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by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK – There was little that Edwin Pedersen wasn't interested in, and his involvement had a tendency to rub off on others. The renowned local educator, artisan and community activist passed away at the age of 88 on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the United Pioneer Home in Luck. Known for everything from his woodworking, extensive writings, historical research, support of education and outspoken politics, Pedersen's mind re-

mained sharp long after his body failed him. Edwin was involved in many community organizations, including serving on the boards of the United Pioneer Home, Luck Community Education, West Denmark Church, and was instrumental in the Luck Library/ Museum project. He was passionEdwin Pedersen ate about the envir o n m e n t , community, human rights and politics, and contributed many thoughtful, con-

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Mack to perform at fundraiser for BCFRC SIREN – Nationally known comedian Mary Mack, a Webster High School graduate, will be appearing at a special comedy night fundraising event for the Burnett County Family Resource Center on Saturday, April 21, at Northwoods Crossing and Event Center. Mack’s mandolin sing-alongs have been featured on national radio and television including appearances on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham” and NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” She currently tours the country in her $400 Dodge Neon with her mandolin in hand. The event will also feature a raffle and silent auction, cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are available at various local businesses or the Family Resource Center at 715-349-2922. - with submitted information

Bifokal kits available POLK COUNTY - Did you know that last year the Polk County Library Federation circulated 3,000 large-print books to the nursing homes and assisted-living facilities of Polk County and presented over 80 programs to these facilities in 2011? This is one of the many services the Polk County Library does for those who can no longer physically access the library or that may need the additional stimulation the programs can offer to those in these facilities. Many of the assisted-living homes request help with their programs and with their resident materials including large print, books on tape and videos that allow them to expand their collection of items for their residents. Topics for programs include such titles as Remembering from Automobiles, Work Life and many topics inbetween that stimulate mental activity and participation and discussion in these groups. If you are involved with a group that could benefit from such a program of old-time pictures and slide shows call the Polk County Library Federation, 715-485-8680. - submitted

Authorities responded to a home on Hwy. 8, just west of Range on Saturday, Feb. 4, following a propane gas explosion that claimed the life of Nancy C. Johnson, 77, and seriously injured her husband, Stanley, 81. The Johnsons made birdhouses and other crafts at their home. - Photo from Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

Woman dies in propane explosion Husband seriously injured POLK COUNTY - A 77-year-old rural Amery woman lost her life, and her 81-year-old husband was injured Saturday, Feb. 4, when a propane tank exploded in the garage area of their Town of Apple River home. Authorities said Nancy C. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Polk County Medical Examiner. Her husband, Stanley, was transported to Amery Regional Medical Center for Nancy C. Johnson treatments he sustained in

the explosion and fire. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Stanley was actively filling a small one-pound LP cylinder from a larger 20-pound tank. The small tank ruptured, igniting the escaping gas. Stanley was able to extricate himself from the building after the explosion and fire. Authorities were notified by a caller who said there was one person injured and another still trapped inside the structure. Members of the Apple River Fire Department were able to locate Nancy in the north-most part of the building, but she showed no signs of life. The Polk County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by Apple River and Turtle Lake fire departments. - with information from Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

Open water This photo, taken Monday, Feb. 6, shows the St. Croix River at Interstate Park, mostly free flowing, despite it being the dead of winter. The unusually warm winter has not only provided scenes like this one but has caused sportsmen and others to think twice before venturing out onto icecovered lakes. - Photo by Rob Harrison

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Hwy. 8 roundabout land deal leads to lawsuit

WisDOT challenged on condemnation price paid by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The principal investors behind a since-bankrupt construction company that had their property condemned to make room for the controversial Hwy. 8 roundabout at 208th Street has filed a civil lawsuit against the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, challenging the amount of money they received from the state after the property was condemned. Dale, Bruce and Greg Mattson of the former Midwest Vinyl Systems of Osceola filed a civil suit on Jan. 31 in Polk County Civil Court, seeking a 12-person jury trial to re-

view and adjust the compensation MVS received in the condemnation order by WisDOT. While the owners could not be contacted before press time, reportedly, the amount WisDOT paid to MVS in compensation for that eminent domain condemnation did not jibe with the actual valuation the owners were paying in taxes on the same property. The plaintiffs behind MVS are requesting a 12-member jury to review that compensation amount and possibly adjust that payment. After the WisDOT condemnation two years ago, MVS moved down the road to a warehouse behind the North Country Mall, on the other side of Hwy. 8. But the MVS operation folded last year after the move, and the same group that

filed suit against WisDOT are also listed as defendants in a civil suit from the North Country Mall group for back payments of lease money still owed. The Hwy. 8 roundabout project was completed late last year, after the MVS property was cleared of all structures to stretch the easement and allow a larger footprint for the intersection. The main MVS warehouse building was moved across 208th Street, instead of being demolished, and is currently being used by the Polk County Recycling Center. The WisDOT suit has yet to have a court hearing, while the civil suit against MVS by the owners of the North Country Mall was filed last June, it was set to go to trial last month, but has been stayed during the bankruptcy proceedings.

Local officer facing battery charges by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer MILLTOWN – A Milltown police officer is facing allegations of misdemeanor battery after his estranged former girlfriend claimed he tried to hurt her after a night of drinking. Sgt. Ryan Marx, 31, Milltown, is on administrative leave while the case is sorted out by authorities, but he is alleged to have had a physical altercation with the woman after she attempted to wake him from being passed out on the floor of his apartment. The incident is alleged to have taken place in the early-morning hours on Wednesday, Feb. 1, after a night of drinking in a rural Milltown tavern. Marx was reportedly extremely intoxicated and was getting sick when an acquaintance gave him a ride home. He was brought in to his apartment and passed out on the couch almost immediately. According to the police report, the estranged girlfriend accompanied him to the home and became upset with Marx while he was passed out after she reviewed his past phone messages and no-

ticed he had texted messages to another woman. The report states that she tried to wake him up and ask about the texts, “by slapping him across the head.” The report goes on to describe how Marx responded to the woman, that Marx jumped up and “began hitting her with a closed fist in the back of the head.” He also is alleged to have knocked her down, grabbed her by the back and began to choke her. She said she screamed and he stopped, but she said during the choking incident, she “began to see stars,” and was afraid for her life. Marx then passed out again, and the woman texted for help from someone in the party that gave them a ride home earlier in the night. That person picked the woman up and brought her to the Luck Police Department, where she reported the incident. The Luck officer requested mutual assistance from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, due to possible conflict of interest with the adjacent Milltown Police Department. According to the initial report, the woman was crying and displayed several

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ful, controversial and articulate editorials, many of which were highlights in the Leader. Pedersen was considered a leading local historian and edited “A Little Bit of Luck,” a comprehensive history of the community published in 1996 that ranks among the most popular, well-received local publications to this day. He was also a master carver and woodworker, creating and restoring many fine pieces of furniture that will last for generations. Pedersen teamed up with local blacksmith Erling Grumstrup on several projects, and the two men remained friends for many decades, even after Grumstrup moved to California a couple of years ago. "They were quite a team in their artistry," stated Grumstrup's daughter, Judy Scott, who also noted Ed's dedication to the West

Denmark Church and the Luck community, as well as his interest in philosophy, politics and ideas. "I think they were friends for 70 years!" Pedersen's passing was also noted by Dan Beal of Bone Lake, who said that Ed and his wife, Donna, were among the first people to involve them in the community. The duo worked with several others to start the Polk County Men’s Group, which is still active and holds presentations at the Luck Library/Museum. "Ed and I once jokingly described the group as similar to the League of Women Voters but without the brains," Beal joked of his friend. "We all soon recognized that Ed was the one who kept our discussions on an insightful path and especially regarding politics - woe to the man who tried to defend a conservative platform!"

marks, welts and bruises, which were photographed by the officers. The investigator noted feeling a 1.5-inch-diameter lump on the back of the woman’s head. The woman said the two had been living together for about a 1-1/2 years when they broke up a few days prior, apparently because he had been “talking to other women.” While she told police she did not want to file charges, she later said the duo had been in an altercation several months earlier, where they were fighting and she hit her head on a wall, and that she had to visit a local hospital two days later from lingering side effects, but said she had lied about how she received those injuries. The woman said she still had a key to his apartment and still had belongings there. Police went to the apartment to interview Marx a short time later, after she made the reports to a sheriff’s deputy. When police arrived at the apartment, they had a hard time waking Marx, and when asked about the woman’s allegations a short time later, he claimed to have no memory of her even being in the apartment that night. They noted that the

apartment was in a state of disarray and that Marx’s speech was slurred, and he smelled of intoxicants. He was placed under arrest and taken into custody for domestic battery. Charges had yet to be filed at press time and may be handled by an agency outside the county, to avoid any conflict of interest. Marx has surrendered his police sidearm, but remains on paid administrative leave during the investigation. The Milltown Village Board will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 5 p.m. at the Milltown Community Center, to officially inform the board of Marx’s arrest, and to consider forming a threemember specific police commission to handle an independent investigation, as well as hire an attorney to represent the commission. That process follows state statute on the handling of alleged municipal police infractions. The meeting is open to the public and no other action will be considered.

Pedersen's hand touched numerous local projects, from church carvings to Danish festivals and activities to trails, plans and more. He even hand constructed an elaborate limestone "council ring" and stone stairway on the shores of Little Butternut Lake, when he was nearly 80 years old. "Ed and Donna Mae led by giving of their love and guidance to numerous community projects," Beal added. "If ever there has been a Luck citizen, homegrown and a prime example of honesty, integrity and generosity, Edwin Pedersen has been - and will continue to be - that person." Born in Bone Lake, Edwin grew up and attended Luck schools for 12 years, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he served in the Pacific. After the war, Pedersen attended Grandview College in Des Moines, Iowa, for two years and then spent two years at Macalester

College in St. Paul, Minn., receiving his Bachelor of Arts in education and later earned a master’s degree in English literature. He married Donna Mae Petersen in 1950, and they had four children, Katherine, Ann, David and Paul. Edwin started his teaching career in Huntley, Minn., and then moved to Frederic and spent 34 years teaching English in the Frederic School system. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. at the West Denmark Lutheran Church, west of Luck. Edwin’s family asks that memorials be given to the Luck Library/Museum to help pay for a life-sized bronze sculpture or to the West Denmark Church. A fund will be set up with Luck Historical Society. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck is in charge of funeral arrangements.


Caught in the act and forced to call 911 One perp held at gunpoint, two flee and steal a car by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – A bizarre ending to a burglary gone wrong led to one of the suspected burglars being forced at gunpoint to call 911 to report his own crime, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department. In the initial police report, police state that the owner of Amery Auto Salvage heard noises after 3 a.m. at his adjacent salvage yard. The yard owner found several subjects loading items into a vehicle from the yard. He broke in on the burglars in the act, holding one of them at gunpoint, although two of them fled the scene on foot to the south, across Hwy. 8. Waylon Rogers, 29, Luck, was the burglar held at gunpoint by the owner. The yard owner forced Rogers to call the police on his cell phone to report the burglary in progress - a burglary that he was committing. When officers arrived a short time later, they discovered over $1,000 of radiator cores packed into the back of Rogers’ Jeep Grand Cherokee. The yard owner also said his office was broken into, and the cash register had been cleaned out. The Jeep also had burglary items packed in, including a battery-powered demolition saw, multiple pry bars and

other burglarious tools. Polk County sheriff’s deputies were able to follow the tracks of the two other people involved. They led across Hwy. 8 toward Main’s Crossing, where they apparently stole a vehicle. The two were later apprehended near the Polk/St. Croix County line by St. Croix County sheriff’s deputies and a Somerset police officer, after the stolen vehicles was spotted heading south by an Osceola police officer. They found a juvenile male behind the wheel, with Jerry Carlson, 34, Woodbury, Minn. Carlson has an extensive criminal history from Minnesota and is in fact on probation for a possession of stolen property. He is scheduled to be sentenced in Minnesota on March 2. It is unclear how the latest allegations will affect that process. Rogers is now facing two felony charges, including possession of burglary tools, as well as misdemeanor theft of moveable property. He is set to go before Judge Jeffery Anderson for a preliminary hearing on Thursday, Feb. 9, where the judge will determine if enough evidence exists to move the case ahead to trial. The stolen vehicle recovered near Osceola and driven by the juvenile and Carlson originally left some confusion on charges, as it did not necessarily connect the duo to Rogers and the stolen radiators. But according to Capt. Steve Smith of the PCSD, the two reportedly have confessed to their involvement in the burglary and

Co-ops: Part of the solution community. All across America, co-ops pitch in to assist local economic development, through loans or grants to start-up busiIn a world of high unemnesses, donations to local ployment and crippling services, and in many other debt, the spirit of enterprise ways. is needed more than ever. Some 800 million people On the other hand, when worldwide are members of enterprise is deformed into cooperatives and about 100 plunder, whether by a cormillion are employed by coporation, by government or operative businesses. Here by individual businesspeoin the United States, there’s ple, the result is likely to reno area with greater co-op semble what we struggle to activity than Minnesota and recover from today. Nations Bill Oemichen Wisconsin, the No. 1 and 2 that are home to the world’s largest economies are seeing their credit states respectively that are home to the downgraded and their citizens fearful of most cooperatives. Between our two states, more than what may become of their savings and 1,600 cooperatives have more than 6 milinvestments. There’s an important lesson in this as lion members (many people are memwe begin the International Year of Coop- bers of more than one), employ more eratives: a business model that stays fo- than 65,000 and account for more than cused on delivering needed goods and $43 billion in economic activity annually. To recognize the power of cooperaservices through self-reliance and selfhelp is far less likely to abuse customers, tives to promote economic and social decheat investors, or run up liabilities and velopment and help eradicate poverty, leave the rest of society holding the bag. the United Nations has proclaimed 2012 American cooperatives have been prov- the International Year of Cooperatives, ing this every day for more than 260 with the theme Cooperative Enterprise Builds a Better World. As president and years. A unique way of doing business, coop- CEO of Cooperative Network, the trade eratives are owned by their members. association for cooperatives of all kinds The first U.S. cooperative was a town in Minnesota and Wisconsin, I’ll return mutual insurance company—neighbors periodically this year with more brief esjoining together to insure each others says on the ways cooperatives embody farms and homes—organized by Ben- that theme. I hope you find them informative about the cooperative way of doing jamin Franklin in 1752. What’s true of the original town mu- business by putting people first. Editor's note: This is the first in a setual is also generally true of other types of cooperatives. They’ve typically been ries of columns that will run throughout formed to meet needs that large, for- 2012, shining a light on various cooperaprofit companies would not fulfill at a tive sectors, their business principles, reasonable price or were uninterested in and the important role they play in our serving because of a small or inconve- local and state economies. The United Nations has declared 2012 the Internaniently scattered customer base. The core concept of a cooperative is to tional Year of Cooperatives to recognize deliver goods and services to the mem- that cooperatives are a major economic bers at cost, plus a sufficient margin to force in developed as well as developing sustain day-to-day operations and guard countries. Cooperative Network is a against unforeseen expenses. Because leading business association in Wisconthey are not-for-profit organizations, sin and Minnesota. It serves more than earnings above a prudent reserve—de- 600 member-cooperatives, owned by termined by a board of directors elected more than 6.1 million Minnesota and by their fellow members—are treated as Wisconsin residents, by providing govthe property of the members based on ernment relations, education, marketing and technical services for a wide variety their patronage of the co-op. It’s in that sense that we say coopera- of cooperatives including farm supply, tives exemplify the American traditions health, dairy marketing, consumer, fiof self-reliance and neighborly, mutual nancial, livestock marketing, telecomelectric, housing, assistance. And it’s in that same sense munications, that we champion co-ops as part of the insurance, worker-owned cooperatives solution to today’s economic woes. One and more. For more information about Network, visit of seven principles that guide the co-op Cooperative way of doing business is concern for

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The Jeep used in the bungled burglary attempt was packed full of stolen radiator cores, worth over $1,000 in scrap costs. -Photo by Greg Marsten were, in fact, the two who fled the yard. Smith said it means amended charges are

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Seminar on municipal alcohol policies Feb. 27 SIREN/SPOONER - The public is invited to join elected officials from Burnett County Monday, Feb. 27, for a free seminar on municipal alcohol policies in Wisconsin. The seminar, presented by the Burnett County Adolescent AODA Prevention Coalition, will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Lodge on Crooked Lake. Julia Sherman, coordinator of Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project at the Resource Center on Impaired Driving, will be discussing the basics of municipal alcohol policies, along with examples from other municipalities as well as discussion on local alcohol policy concerns. She has worked on alcohol-related policy issues since 2001, first at the American Medical Association’s Reducing Underage Drinking through Coalitions project, and later as national field director for the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Georgetown University. Most recently she worked at the Wisconsin Clearinghouse

for Prevention Resources, where she provided technical assistance to communities and coalitions on preventing and reducing underage drinking. A second seminar will take place Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Jersey’s Event Center in Spooner. This seminar will have a brief review of municipal alcohol policies, but will focus on picnic licenses, establishing license review boards and creating a system of awarding licenses, as well as festival control. Representatives from Barron, Sawyer, Washburn and Burnett counties have been invited to this seminar which will include a breakout session where groups will be divided by county to discuss county-specific concerns. Please note you must RSVP for this event to Lil Pinero at by Monday, Feb. 13. Please contact the prevention office with any questions at 715-349-2155. from Burnett County AODA

February workshop focused on renting farmland POLK COUNTY – One of the most frequent questions the Polk County UW-Extension office gets asked during the year is, “What is the going cash rental rate for farmland in the area?” Both landlords and renters alike are interested in rental rates for farmland, because as land values keep increasing and commodity prices continue at record highs, farmers are looking to rent additional land for their operations. Determining what to charge or pay for land rent can be tricky. While many people tend to focus on the high commodity crop prices for corn and soybeans that farmers receive, many other factors should be used to determine land rent. In order to assist landlords and tenants with deciding what cash rental rates should be for their land, or the land they are renting, the Polk County UW-Extension office is offering two Renting Farm Assets workshops on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The afternoon workshop will be targeted specifically at farmers and tenants, while the evening session will be for landlords. Both workshops will be held at the county government center in Balsam Lake and feature specialists bringing forward the latest information and tools.

Participants will receive example rental agreement contracts and receive the latest results of the Polk County Farmland Cash Rent Survey. The program for farmers and tenants will be from 1-4 p.m. UW-Extension specialists Ken Bolton from the UW Center for Dairy Profitability and Phil Harris from the Ag Economics Department at UW-Madison, will be on hand to discuss determining land rental rates and contract law. Jennifer Blazek, Polk County Agriculture agent, will present the results from the Polk County Farmland Cash Rent Survey. The evening program for landlords will be from 7-9 p.m. This workshop will focus on lease agreements with a presentation by Tim Jergenson, Barron County Agriculture agent. Blazek will also present the farmland rent survey results and discuss factors to determine land rent. Registration is $10 per person and includes materials. Refreshments will be served. Please preregister for either workshop by contacting the Polk County Extension office at 715-485-8600 or e-mail at

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in November and December, possibly the final batch of title documents from the housing crisis. She said that with a lot of work, all the documents were recorded.

by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The Polk County Property Committee oversees many activities. Actually, the full name of the committee is property, forestry and recreation, but the body also oversees the museum, fair, register of deeds office, issues with the county treasurer, plus all county buildings. The committee meeting Monday, Feb. 6, covered issues involving most of these bodies. It was an example of how broad an area Polk County government is involved in.

Loggers in trouble and forestry issues County forester Jeremy Koslowski reported that two logging companies were unable to complete the logging on county forestland they bid for. One logger bid for the trees on 63 acres of land and had 45 acres left to cut when the bid completion time ran out. The other logger had four years to complete the harvest and has left a significant area unharvested. The county forest plan calls for a regular harvest of timber to maintain the forest and generate revenue in the process. Koslowski said failed bids are rare, and he is working to reopen the bid process for the remaining portions of the land. He reported that a third timber sale worked out perfectly as most do. With the lost revenue from timber sales, the forestry department still came out in the black and will return possibly $50,000 to the county’s general funds. DNR forester Paul Heimstead and Koslowski told the committee how pollution issues in the western forests can affect logging in Polk County. A new federal regulation under the Clean Water Act could require stricter control of logging roads in Polk County, where storm water runoff has not been a problem, because there have been runoff problems in mountain area forests near streams. Stricter controls could lead to higher costs here to cover a problem elsewhere. They and the county are joining other counties in asking that the new regulations be modified so they affect the areas where runoff is a problem.

Residents in trouble In 2006, a couple bought a lot, one of eight, in a new small development in Garfield. The seller of the development defaulted on all payments, and the owners of the other parcels in the development went into foreclosure. The couple has attempted to make the property tax payments on the land and have been current, but the county is still owed the taxes from 2007 that the developer should have paid. And while the couple owes over $180,000 on their property, the other lots are now going for half that amount. The couple asked for help so they can keep their home and work out of the debt. County treasurer Amanda Nissen said the couple has paid all taxes due from them, the taxes from 2008 to the current year. Committee member George Stroebel noted how many people are suffering from problems like this. The committee voted to waive the interest due, $1,400, and work out a plan where the couple will pay the 2007 taxes that the developer should have paid, $2,900. The couple gets a chance to save their home, and the county avoids another foreclosure. Related to the foreclosure issue, register of deeds Laurie Anderson told the committee that her department had received over 2,000 assignment of mortgage documents

Cutting energy costs and saving county dollars The Polk County Recycling Center has some propane furnaces that are 20 years old, no longer serviceable and could possibly break down in the near future. The Polk County Renewable Energy Committee came to the property committee with a proposal to replace these furnaces with new ones that would burn waste oil, a product the recycling center collects. The project has a possible return

on investment of less than eight years and that cost could be even less if the county receives a grant available to counties that took part in the state’s 25X25 energy plan. Three members of the renewable energy committee, Tom Engel, Kathryn Kienholz and Marlin Baillargeon, were present to present the proposal. (Full disclosure: this reporter is also a member of the renewable energy committee). The property committee approved the concept of the new waste oil furnaces, with installation possible before the start of the 2012-13 heating season. Buildings Director Deb Peterson presented a report on energy usage in county buildings which showed that in several areas the county’s energy consumption (gas and electric) is lower than the average for county government buildings in a large survey, and energy use is more efficient by 16 percent over the average. Peterson noted a problem with some energy use for hot water at the Justice Center and said she will ask the renewable energy committee to work on the issue. The energy reports led to committee member Ken Sample saying that the county should put money into the budget for the renewable energy committee. Property Chair Larry Jepsen said the renewable energy committee is doing a great job by volunteers. “We need to get the word out,” Jepsen said, “the committee is making waste go away.”

Parks and tourism “We need to put energy into maintaining the county parks,” Jepsen said. “The future demographics say more retired people will be coming through Polk County, and we need to be ready for them. We need tourism dollars.” He went on to say that he would like to create an RV park on the county-owned Woodley Dam property on Hwy. 8 to serve people traveling through the area. Peterson reported that use of the county’s Apple River campground was triple the goal in 2011. She said improvements were made to the site during the year. Peterson said the county continues to add and improve the docks at the county parks and lake accesses.

The future of the Grantsburg pool $35,000 needed by March 16, school board considers funding Monday by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The future of the Grantsburg swimming pool will be decided soon. The outdoor pool is owned by the village and has operated at a loss each year since it opened in 1980. The village has covered most of that annual loss out of its general budget. In addition, there have been special repairs and improvements that have been paid for by community contributions and donations. The Grantsburg School District uses the pool for swimming lessons during its summer school period and has paid part of the operating and repair costs. Still, $35,000 needs to be raised by March 16 in order for the pool to open in 2012. The Grantsburg School Board will consider paying more of the pool expenses at its next school board meeting next Monday, Feb. 13. For 2012, there are two developments. First, the Grantsburg Village Board has decided that village residents can no longer pay the majority of the annual pool deficit. The village has budgeted $10,000 for pool expenses in 2012 instead of the $30,000 or more in past years. Second, new

federal regulations require that an Americans with Disabilities Act compliant lift and steps be installed in the pool before it opens this year. Some leaks also need to be repaired. The March 16 date for new funding would allow time to contract for the needed new equipment and to start hiring staff for the coming season. The village, the school district and the community are looking for ways to cover the expenses of the pool, both for the coming year and for the future.

Pool expenses Annual operating expenses, based on 2011 actual costs, are about $48,000. That included $26,000 for staffing, $7,000 for utilities (natural gas, electric, water, sewer), $11,000 for chemicals and supplies, and $4,000 for repairs and cleaning. There does not seem to be a long-range plan for the cost of future repairs or a history of past repair expenses. A new heater and impellor cost $15,000 in 2011. New requirements and regulations have resulted in additional costs to keep the pool compliant. The new ADA lift and steps will cost an estimated $10,000. There is nw projection of future new requirements.

expenses. (That cost was $38,500 in 2007). It is cutting its annual cost to $10,000. User fees have brought in about $15,000 a year. That includes $5,000 the school district has paid for swimming lessons. Donations from the community have raised some money in the past. In 2011, there was a goal of $15,000 for the heater. Only $9,700 of that was raised, and the village paid $5,300 in addition to its regular expense. Grants are also being applied for to cover the 2012 new costs.

The future The village would like the broader community (the area beyond the village limits) to pay more of the pool expenses. It has asked the neighboring towns to pay part of the costs, but that option has not been successful. There is a possible way for the school district to pick up more of the pool expense, the Community Service Fund (fund 80). The Frederic School District used fund 80 to cover its pool expenses for several years. That would spread the pool costs over the entire user community.

Pool revenues The village has paid over $30,000 a year to cover pool

Korean vet starts program to help other vets by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — A local veteran of the Korean War has been out pounding the streets to help his fellow veterans in a very tangible way. Jim Korus of Luck spoke to the Luck Village Board at the end of January, explaining a program he’s established that gives veterans a discount at participating local businesses. Our veterans have paid a price, Korus said, and the discount program is a way to honor and give something back to the veterans who were willing to serve our country. Korus said that there are nine businesses in Luck, nine in Milltown and four in St. Croix Falls that currently take part in the program. Each displays a poster that highlights the raising of the American flag at Iwo Jima during World War II, along with the seals of each branch of the armed forces. While Korus’ immediate goal is to provide veterans with discounted merchandise and services, he has a larger picture in mind. He told the village board that the more a business can increase sales the more likely it is to create jobs. Ultimately, the goal is to make sure that veterans have the employment they need. “That’s the way to make our country grow,” said Korus. The reception of the program by local businesses has been “phenomenal,” according to Korus. Gary LaMirande, owner of Dalles Auto in St. Croix Falls, says he is happy to support area veterans. Three months ago, Dalles began to offer veterans a discount that varies by project, he said, which people have appreciated.

Korean veteran Jim Korus explained a veterans discount program to the audience and board at the Jan. 25 village board meeting. Twenty-two businesses in Polk County offer discounts to veterans through the program. — Photos by Mary Stirrat

Look for this poster at area businesses, Korean veteran Jim Korus told the Luck Village Board. It means that the business supports United States veterans. “It’s a way to help out the veterans,” said LaMirande, “and it brings people to the business.”

Luck Pharmacy is another participant in the program, offering veterans a 5-percent discount on everything except prescriptions. “Our veterans have done a lot for us,” said general manager Amy Dueholm. “I’m glad we can do something as a small token of our appreciation.” “I love what I’m doing,” Korus told the board. “I’m the happiest veteran in the county because this is successful. I’m so proud of this. I love what I’m doing.”


Public ATV use suggested for Dresser Village joins Polk EDC by Tammi Milberg Leader staff reporter DRESSER-The village board for Dresser met Monday, Feb. 6, and heard from Doug Schmidt, chair for the Town of Osceola, regarding public ATV use on Dresser roads. Schmidt stated that he wanted to address the board and have them think about the ATV use because the Town of Osceola opens all of its roads to ATV use in the spring and felt that it would be nice for the roads that are open to tie into Dresser. “I would like the board to consider several roads as new routes,” Schmidt stated. “East Avenue out to 90th is one area, but I’m not sure where it would tie into the existing route so people could get to businesses in the village. The other road to consider is State Street.” Schmidt added that CTH S can’t be open, but Ravine Drive could be and he said he thought that was already open for ATVs, as well as the Clark Road/Peace Lutheran area. “I believe there is a shared road out there, and I can’t open up a

shared road. I hope you would consider opening these roads to ATV use so people can access the businesses in the village. It’s a win-win for Dresser.” Village President Rick Flandrena stated there is a public works committee meeting on Friday, Feb. 24, and asked Schmidt to get him something in writing to present to the committee regarding this. Schmidt replied that the signs for the open roads will not go up until March, and the roads will be approved in April after an ordinance can be passed approving the roads and signage when it is all in place. This will give Dresser board members time to think about opening their roads. During public works discussion on the agenda, the ATV issue was further pursued. Officer Ryan Haass stated currently all roads are open to public ATV use. He stated once riders come into the village streets, they use the most direct route to get to an existing route. Haass stated the village would not need to change the ordinance since the roads are open now. Flandrena stated he wanted to know if the village needed additional signage and asked about the speeds. The Town of

Osceola has a speed limit of 35 mph. The village speed limit is 25 mph unless you are in close proximity of a residence, then the speed is reduced to 10 mph. Flandrena indicated the matter would be put on the public works committee meeting on Feb. 24 for further discussion and recommendation for the board’s next meeting. In other business, the board approved investing in the Polk County Economic Development Corporation for 2012. The board tabled the matter at a previous meeting because they wanted answers as to what the village gets or how Dresser benefits from the corporation membership. Steve Healy of the corporation was present to address the board. Healy stated he is the go-between guy when helping municipalities with things like filling empty buildings with businesses, developing visions for communities, helping municipalities get CDBG grants, loan programs for prospective businesses and more. Healy stated that what he can do for Dresser depends on what Dresser would like to work on pursuing with him. Board member Greg Andrie said, “The way I understand this is that the village has to cre-

ate something to sell.” Healy replied, “We need to have a core group of people from the community to work with and see what you want in your community. The businesspeople need to be involved.” Flandrena stated that Healy has given him a lot to think about and that the village hopes to be utilizing his talents in the future. The board then discussed the membership of the corporation. The asking dues are $1 per capita, which would make Dresser’s dues $895. However, the board only budgeted the amount from previous memberships at $732. The board voted to pay the membership fee in the amount of $732, with the option to re-evaluate the dollar amount during budgeting time. The motion carried with all in favor. The board approved a request from the Dresser Neighborhood Watch for a donation of $275 and the use of the community hall for an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 7. This is the fifth-annual hunt and the board noted its past success. The next village board meeting is Monday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m.

Christian apologist to speak at Oak Forest Center “Jesus among other Gods” topic of program by Reuben David by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer FREDERIC — From choosing our child’s name to deciding how to wear our hair or spend our free time, we live in an age that celebrates diversity, when differences are not only accepted but often praised and encouraged. This is as it should be, according to Christian apologist Reuben David, but David warns that there are also times when too much acceptance can lead to unhealthy compromise. While differences in taste are matters that should be celebrated, says David, there are issues of truth where differences must be disputed. David will be presenting a community program titled “Jesus among other Gods” on Tuesday, March 13, at Oak Forest Center outside of Frederic. Designed for adults and students as young as 11 years old, the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Christian apologist Reuben David will speak at Oak Forest Center Tuesday evening, March 13, on the topic, “Jesus among other Gods.” — Photo submitted Born and raised in India, David is a Christian who lived much of his life in a culture steeped in Buddhism, Hinduism

and Islam. This, he believes, gives him unique insight into the truths claimed by these world religions. In addition, David holds a master’s degree in religion and is well-versed in the practical realities of comparative religions today. His firsthand knowledge of competing philosophies and ideologies has made him a popular lecturer and seminar leader for students and adults alike. “Can Christianity stand the test of other religions?” David asks. “Do all religions lead to the same god?” Adhering to any religion, a combination of religions or no religion at all, David claims, will influence the way in which a person views the world. Looking at the long-term implications of various worldviews, or life philosophies, is imperative to understanding current trends and foreseeing where these trends lead. Just as holding a Biblical worldview comes with a set of values and priorities, so does viewing the world through the lens of Islam, secular humanism, Buddhism, scientific humanism, multiculturalism or any other belief system. If individuals do not deliberately choose a

worldview, they will choose one by default. Focusing on youth and families, the March 13 evening event will be “an honest pursuit of truth,” seeking answers to questions on religion, philosophy and worldviews. There will be a questionand-answer period before the program concludes at 8:45 p.m. Currently a professor of journalism at North Central University in Minneapolis, David holds master’s degrees in mass media, psychology and religion from Regent University in Alexandria, Va., and from Bangalore University in India. David oversees ministries in India for FaithSearch International and is a former visiting scholar with the Wilberforce Forum. He has written extensively on world religions and has spoken in Europe, Asia, America and to university audiences throughout the world. Oak Forest Center is located on 130th Street between Luck and Frederic. Preregistration for the March 13 program is not required, but is recommended. Call 715327-4500 for more information or to register.

UW sculptor to do life-size bronze statue to living Tuskegee airman by Mike Simonson Wisconsin Public Radio SUPERIOR - There’s an effort in Duluth and Superior to erect a monument to a living Tuskegee Airman. Joe Gomer was a member of that group of black pilots who broke racial barriers flying missions over Europe in World War II. There were 992 black Americans trained at Tuskegee, Ala., to fly fighter planes. Gomer of Duluth is one of the fewer than 100 still alive. These men engaged Nazi

Luftwaffe planes, protecting Allied bombers flown by white pilots. Gomer says their success came at a great price. “Suppose you’re sitting in your tent and you’ve lost all your tent mates, your four original tent mates plus replacements, and you know that you’re going to keep on flying,” he says. “That is Russian roulette on a grand scale.” Veterans groups are trying to raise $50,000 to build a life-size bronze statue of Gomer. They’ve commissioned UW-Supe-

rior sculptor Tim Cleary to do the job. Cleary says this has become a personal obsession. “And I realized to my horror, I really didn’t know anything about the Tuskegee Airmen,” he says. “The more I found out, the more horrified I became that part of history was something I knew nothing about. That started a ‘I’ve got to do something about this.’” Before the Tuskegee Airmen, AfricanAmericans were banned from flying in the military. But the racially segregated group

blew away the myth that people of color didn’t have the ability or nerve to fly in combat. Gomer says that’s important to remember. “I hope people realize what we did because it proves that given the opportunity, you can be anything you want to be, and I never thought there would be a black commander in chief within my lifetime,” he says. They hope to have the money raised and the statue erected by Gomer’s 92nd birthday, June 20.

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Grantsburg students celebrate 100th day of school by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Decked out in their 100th-day glasses and hats, Grantsburg Elementary and Nelson Primary students celebrated the 100th day of school on Monday, Feb. 6. Students and staff started the day singing the 100th-day song, then enjoyed special 100th-day activities throughout the day. In their classrooms, students counted out and then strung 100 Cheerios for necklaces, drew pictures of what they’d look like at age 100 and counted the 100 items students brought to school, everything from pine needles to pennies. In gym class, students ran 100-lap relays, shot basketballs to score 100 points and even did 100 jumps. Even snacks were centered around the magic number. One student went merrily from room to room treating classmates and staff from her bag of 100 pieces of candy, while students in another class were busy counting 100 kernels of popcorn. Before enjoying their snack, they had fun guessing how many didn’t pop. After enjoying their 100th day, students went home eager to come back for day 101.

Mrs. Gloodt’s Nelson kindergarten class counted the bags of 100 items they brought from home on a floor chart during their celebration of 100 days of school. Second-grader Kaeley Fischer was all too happy to show off her festive 100th day of school hat.

First-grader Mark Seeger smiled as he showed off the self-portrait he drew of himself at his present age and at age 100. Third-grader McKenzie Spafford went merrily from room to room treating classmates and staff from her bag containing 100 pieces of candy.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

A team of Grantsburg Elementary School students cheered after completing 100 laps during gym class on the 100th day of school.

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Snow Neighbors of West Sweden Snowmobile Club would like to thank the following for their Generous Donations! Our Club Banquet was a Huge Success. Skol Bar Pour House Frederic Grocery Great Northern Knauber Farms Outdoors Frederic Liquor Store Karla Holmquist Bremer Bank Gary Stranz Inter-County Leader Tom & Wanda Johnson Avalon Yellow Lake Lodge Northwestern Electric Sundown Saloon Bean’s Country Griddle Chell Trucking Skol Haus Bernick’s Pepsi State Farm Ins. Tim & Marilyn Frederic Design & Grefsrud Promotion Sweeny’s Bar CenturyLink GB Sales Daeffler’s Quality Meats Gene Johnson Const. Lakes Gas Medicine Shoppe Frederic Stop Shawn & Christine Subway Broughman Holiday Station Car Quest Dollar General Rose Garden Larsen Auto Jacobson Eye Care Frederic Golf Course Frederic Hardware Ed & LuLu Greinke Mike & Marsha Garsky Frederic Fuel Herman Ins., Shawn Bella Salon Anderson Frandsen Bank LCO Lodge & Casino Tom’s Bar Birchwood Beach Jed’s Laker Lounge Campgrounds

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“Git-’R Done” publicity

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Over in neighboring Washburn County this week, tourism officials were smiling as Super Sunday brought some super promotion to that area. Larry the Cable Guy wore a Spooner Fire District T-shirt during his interview with NFL Network’s Rich Isen and mentioned how his wife grew up in Sarona. “I have to be a Packer fan,” he told Isen. “Plus, in 2003, Brett Favre did an inteview wearing a Larry the Cable Guy ‘Git-’R Done’ T-shirt!” Viewers had to watch closely to catch another Washburn promo - a quick glance at the city of Shell Lake’s giant walleye during the new Cenex commerical, which aired during Super Bowl prime time. So congratulations to Washburn County. You can’t buy that kind of publicity - as subtle as it might have been. On the other end of the publicity spectrum, Siren was the locale for an undercover sting piece by KSTP-TV in which the “battle of the butts” was highlighted - cigarette butts, that is. Reporter Mark Saxenmeyer filed an impressive report and may have been surprised to find he didn’t have to venture that far undercover. This story was out in the open, smoky air. Patrons at the Midtown Tavern were lighting up cigarettes with little concern for the state law that was passed in July of 2010, enacting the smoking ban. The owner of the tavern has been fined hundreds of dollars, according to the KSTP report, but feels he would lose 20 percent of his business if abided by the ban. So it’s a law he’s ready to break. Of course, that’s unfair to other taverns who abide by the law. Sheriff Dean Roland is caught somewhat in the middle. He told the Leader this week that he won’t stop enforcing the smoking ban law, but he can’t justify having deputies spend a lot of time chasing down reports of smoking in taverns or making random checks. Especially considering the ratio of deputies to square miles in the county. Priorities come into play. Roland says one way to make the smoking ban work better would be to throw the liquor license into the mix when considering punishment for violating the ban. That might do away with the temptation for some bar owners to simply plead guilty and pay a fine. Whether you support the ban or not, that suggestion might be one for legislators to ponder - in the name of bringing fairness and perhaps easier enforcement. Kudos to KSTP for their report.

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• Letters to the editor • Congressman demonstrates ethics Congressman Sean Duffy has once again shown his strong principles by introducing the RESTRICT Act in the House of Representatives. This act would encourage members of Congress to put their stocks in a blind trust. In so doing, they would unable to use the often-confidential information they are privy to for their own financial gain. We all know about the corruption in government. By introducing this act, Duffy puts morals ahead of financial interests and helps to eliminate one unethical practice that has been used by both parties. Although this act is probably not too popular among his peers, I am proud that my congressman chose to take the high road. My only hope is that Duffy will continue making the right choices in the future by discouraging corrupt practices and looking out for his constituents. Grace LaCasse Dairyland

Article assumes A recent article in the Leader by Bill Lueders just assumes that Justice Michael Gableman is guilty of receiving free legal help from a firm representing clients in cases before the Supreme Court. Lueders is with the supposedly nonpartisan Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. This group is supported by the Open Society Institute, which is liberal multibillionaire George Soros’ umbrella organization. It just happens that the organization filing charges against Gableman is also a Soros group. Milwaukee-based Michael Best & Friedrich is one of the largest firms in the state and has 220 lawyers, so of course it often has cases coming before the Supreme Court. None of them have involved attorney Eric McLeod, who represented Gableman in a matter over two years ago. At that time, Gableman had a standard contingency fee agreement. He had the same fundamental right to representation as any other individual, and there was absolutely nothing improper or unethical about this arrangement. This arrangement should have been privileged information between attorney and client. Instead it was leaked to the media, which then just assumed that Gableman is guilty of receiving a “free gift.” A contingency fee arrangement is not a “gift” as proscribed by Wisconsin law. Since then, Gableman has participated in nine cases involving Michael Best clients, and in a 10th case, he recused himself. In those nine cases, he voted in those clients favor five times, which is barely more than half and should not call into question his impartiality and professional integrity. But now Gableman is being asked to go back and recuse himself from these cases and from any other Michael Best cases which come before the court. If he did this, Dane County District Attorney Ishmael Ozanne would like nothing better than to reopen the Budget Repair Bill case without Gableman on the court. A tie vote would then reverse the decision, negating Gov. Walker’s reform. So, you see, it is really all about collective

bargaining. Supreme Court justices are elected, and the public deserves to have the full court hear cases before it. It is up to each justice to determine when recusal is warranted and Gableman has the honesty and integrity to know whether or not to do that. Maude Dahlberg Grantsburg

Incomplete sermon Pastor Olsen reminds us again that abortion is killing and killing is evil. It’s still an incomplete sermon, like obsessing about bodies floating down the river without checking upstream to see where they’re coming from. I know abortion is killing whether a few cells or a being whose sonogram looks like a baby. Let’s agree on this, stop yelling, check upstream and finish the sermon. People have careless sex that too often results in unwanted babies at risk for poverty, neglect, abuse, disease and death. We know preaching against sin is not enough; if it were, we wouldn’t have endless cycles of confession, forgiveness and invocations of grace. Part 2 of the sermon is about Christian caring for unwanted babies, their distressed mothers and irresponsible fathers. Part 3 is about Biblical ambivalence toward killing, both prohibiting and tolerating in defense of faith. Killing is also illegal, except when it isn’t. Police may kill to preserve life. I may kill a home invader who threatens my life – why else pack heat? We kill thousands of innocents in war and call it “collateral damage.” We tolerate the death penalty. A complete sermon might end with a revised Sixth Commandment: Thou shalt not kill unless it’s for a higher, godly purpose. No one is for killing! Killing should be very rare, never for convenience, and always as the lesser of two evils. I’m confident Pastor Olson would not deny an abortion to a parishioner dying of a complicated pregnancy. Norman Jensen, MD Madison and Siren

Thoughts left out The following paragraphs were left out of my letter last week that began “It’s not that the minimum wage is too low - it’s that minimum hourly wages are too low compared to the upper end of the hourly scale which includes benefits.” If our pay scale was more in line with each other or more geared to the lower end of the pay scale, we could not only afford each others products, but we would be more in line in the global market so other countries would buy more of our products, which would keep more manufacturers and jobs here. If our wages here were more in line or not necessarily the same as the rest of the world, we would not have as many illegal immigrants wanting to come here because it would be less appealing to them, and we could probably avoid building those expensive border fences. Bill Kurtz St. Croix Falls

It makes one wonder Sometime in the next week or so the Luck School Board will decide if they will accept the village of Luck’s offer on the land the school owns east of the United Pioneer Home. Mr Palmer and the school board was told by their attorney that they could not agree to sell this land unless they held a public vote and the citizens in the school district of Luck agreed to sell it, as it is land purchased with our tax dollars, and we are allowed a say in what to do with it. This vote was held Dec. 19 at a noon board meeting, and the notice put in the papers called it a Special Electors Meeting, and was worded in such a way that most people had no idea an actual vote would be taking place. In correspondence between Palmer and Kristina Handt (which I obtained through an open records request and will gladly show anyone), Palmer himself called it a vote, told Handt that the attorney said he had to allow the public to decide if the land should be sold with a vote, and he also encouraged Ms Handt to make sure all the village board members and committee members were there to vote in order to encourage the vote to go their way. What he did not do was make sure the general public understood that they had a voice in this decision, and one has to assume this was done on purpose because of the way the notice in the paper was worded. One has to ask why the school board and Palmer would risk violating the public’s trust with this deception over the vote on this land. Is there more we are not being told? Why is there such secrecy and deception going on with this land deal between the school and the village? Why couldn’t an informed vote be held with all the school district taxpayers having a say? It truly makes one wonder what is really going on. Rebecca Rowe Luck Editor’s note: The Leader contacted Superintendent Palmer who provided the following e-mail conversations between himself and village Administrator Kristina Handt. Palmer asks that people read the e-mails and “understand the entire progression of the correspondence” between him and Handt as it explains how the process needed to proceed based on legal advice. Following are the Nov. 30, 2011, e-mails in question: 11:54 a.m. Rick Palmer to Kristina Handt: I finally made contact with our legal counsel and they are putting together the legal resolution for us. It will need to be published twice before our next meeting which is Dec. 19 at noon. The public not only has the right to comment but they must also be allowed to “vote” on the sale of public land so that could make this all very interesting yet. Our public informational meeting the other night went very well I thought with about 15 people there and about a 50/50 split on opinions. Everyone was very respectful and listened and commented appropriately. The appraisal came back higher than agricultural land so I don’t know if that is going to squelch your desire to purchase it or not. We did not share the appraisal with the public at the meeting the other night. Rick Palmer 1:51 p.m. Handt to Palmer Sorry to ask this again but I want to make

sure I understand your process. Do we have to decide on the price prior to the Dec. 19 meeting? Are you able to share with me what the appraisal said so I know how far apart the numbers are? Kristina Handt 2:44 p.m. Palmer to Handt No we don’t need an offer or a price. We actually have to get permission from the public to sell it not an agreement on the price or value. We do not have to open it up for public bids and once we have permission to sell it the board (if I am understanding it) has the right to pick the buyer they want regardless. As far as the Appraisal goes I have sent it to our legal counsel for review to make sure we are O.K. before we make it public. Just trying to cover all my bases and want to do it right. Sorry it takes so long but we have the public’s trust right now I think and I don’t want to jeopardize that. I will share it just as soon as I can with you. Rp 2:48 p.m. Handt to Palmer I completely understand. I’d rather go slow than make a big mistake. I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing a step. I’m going to let the Village Board and Plan Commission members know about the meeting on the 19th so they can begin planning. Thanks, Kristina 4:04 p.m. Palmer to Handt If they could plan to attend that would be great as we might need every positive vote we can get. Rp

Defeat the recall The Democratic primary will possibly have four candidates splitting the vote. We, the majority of voters, who elected Scott Walker in the first place, have had to sit quietly fuming for some months now. If 500,000 of us turn out, and write in Walker in the Democrat primary, it’s a slam dunk for the good guys, and all taxpayers. We can defeat the recall of Walker! If we all participate in this perfectly legal act of freedom, we will defeat those that wish us to go back to the days of $3.6 billion deficits. Wisconsin will become the third state ever to attempt recalling their governor. In order to defeat the other side, we must be more united than ever. With that thought in mind, we should be committed to seeing we retain Walker. The first step is to vote in the Democratic primary election and write in Walker. If we can gain a majority of the votes in the Democratic primary, we will have defeated the recall and save the taxpayers millions of dollars. John Walkosz Grantsburg


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National Guard ag team to help farmers in Afghanistan by Gilman Halsted Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE- Not all U.S. soldiers deployed to Afghanistan go there to fight the Taliban. The 58 members of the Wisconsin National Guard’s 82nd Agribusiness Development Team are heading to the eastern province of Kunar soon to spend a year helping Afghan farmers improve their crop yeilds. The Wisconsin Ag Development team will replace a similar team from the Illlinois National Guard now working on seeding and irrigation projects at several demonstration farms run by the Afghan government’s Department of Agriculture. Col. Darrel Feucht just re-

turned from spending a week at the project and says he’s optimistic that the Wisconsin team can pick up where the Illinois team left off when it arrives in early March. “The big thing that we probably learned on that visit was that tuber crops are really big, be it turnip or potatoes,” he says. “They’re working on how they can rotate several different crops per year and how to do the mound planting, real fundamental farming on some of these things.” The team’s main goal will be to help subsistence farmers in the province grow more crops, but security concerns there are still top priority. Feucht says more than half of his team are combat soldiers tasked with protect-

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ing the ag specialists from possible attacks by Taliban forces. One reason for his recent visit was to meet farmers and let them know that a new ag development team is coming soon. “So a lot of the locals now know that the Bucky Badger patch that we wear is going to be the replacement, and we’re not a combative force, we’re here to support the agricultural mission,” he says. Feucht says he hopes his team can create some peaceful ties with farm families in Afghanistan by forging links between an Afghan Agricultural High School in the province and a chapter of Future Farmers of America here in Wisconsin.



• Area news at a glance • Hotel may undergo renovation SUPERIOR - A historic downtown hotel in Superior could soon undergo a major renovation. Garrison Companies of Kansas City, Mo., is eyeing the Androy Hotel for about 50 low- to moderate-income senior-living apartments in the heart of the central business district. Currently, the hotel has 50 sleeping rooms and 30 apartments. “We’re interested and we’re anxious; if it should be developed as they’ve described, it could be another interesting asset to the downtown, the Business Improvement District,” said Mayor Bruce Hagen. Superior City Council met recently in special session to endorse the project that could bring a $6 million to $7 million investment to the eight-story hotel built in 1924. The project is contingent on Garrison getting tax credits through WHEDA, said Margie Regner, who owns the Androy with her husband, Dave. She said she knows very little about the company’s plan for the building at this point beyond Garrison’s plan to maintain businesses and employees in the Androy and maintain the historic integrity of the building during the renovation. - Superior Telegram Hospital and clinic market services jointly CUMBERLAND - Cumberland Memo-

rial Hospital and Cumberland Medical Clinic announced recently that they would begin marketing their services jointly as Cumberland Healthcare. The partnership, which includes all services provided by both entities, renews a longstanding commitment to creating a healthcare network that serves Northwest Wisconsin. The entities will remain as independently owned and independently operating organizations working together to promote wellness throughout Northwest Wisconsin. “The hospital and clinic have always maintained a complementary focus of providing community-based care and have a strong history of successful collaboration. This is an affiliation of two well-respected, independent and financially stable health-care organizations,” said Charles Christensen, chairman of the board of directors. “This alignment of two superb organizations creates an even stronger integrated health-care delivery system.” - Cumberland Advocate

Three sentenced for marijuana MADISON - John W. Vaudreuil, United States attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Cesar Tinoco, 21, Abraham Ramirez, 29, and Jorge Lopez-Ontiveros, 25, all citizens of Mexico, were each sentenced this week by U.S.

District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 10 years in federal prison for their involvement in a conspiracy to manufacture marijuana in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest south of Clam Lake during 2011. All three men pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge in November of 2011. Evidence summarized by the government at the plea hearings established that Tinoco, Ramirez and Lopez-Ontiveros were apprehended in early August 2011 along with Jose Esqueda-Garcia, 19, of Mexico, Moises Lopez-Ontiveros, 21, of Mexico, and Norberto Burciaga, 40, of St. Paul, Minn., after the marijuana grow they tended in the forest was raided by more than 200 law enforcement officers from over a dozen different local, state and federal agencies. The grow location had initially been discovered in November of 2010 by hunters who reported the find to police. Police monitored the area in 2011 to determine if people involved in the grow would return to use the area again. - Sawyer County Record

Teacher charged BARRON COUNTY - Andrea L. Ebert, 30, Cameron, was charged in Barron County Circuit Court last week with two felony counts of sexual assault of a student by school staff. Ebert, a Rice Lake

Middle School teacher, is on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the case, said interim superintendent Bill Conzemius. The criminal complaint states that Ebert allegedly had sexual intercourse with two 17-year-old boys in separate incidents in her home in Barron and later Cameron in the past three months. - Rice Lake Chronotype

Fire claims cabinet shop NEW RICHMOND - The New Richmond Fire Departments was dispatched to an early-morning fire on Friday, Feb. 3. When crews arrived at the Mike Dalton farm, on Hwy. 64 in New Richmond, at around 4 a.m., they found a two-story pole barn ablaze. The second story was destroyed in the fire, according to Fire Chief Jim Vander Wyst. Vander Wyst said the building was used as a cabinet shop, so a lot of wood, stain and other chemicals were destroyed in the blaze. Crews were on the scene until about 7:30 a.m. Vander Wyst said some of the equipment in the shed will likely be salvaged, and the lower portion of the building might be usable again. Vander Wyst said no cause for the fire has yet been determined. The investigation is continuing. - New Richmond News

GOP sending postcards to people who signed recall petitions by Rich Kremer Wisconsin Public Radio


STATEWIDE - A Republican group is mailing postcards to people whose names appear on recall petitions. The GOP says it wants to verify signatures, but Democrats say the postcards are meant to intimidate. The postcard first informs residents that their signature has shown up on a petitio,n and then asks them if they actually signed.

According to the Republican Party, the postcards are being handled and paid for by the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate, which lists Senator Scott Fitzgerald as treasurer. Fitzgerald himself faces a possible recall. Neither the committee, the Republican Party, nor the Republican Senators responded to requests for comment on the postcards. Wisconsin Democratic Party Communi-

cations Director Brad Wojciechowski says he believes up to 5,000 postcards have been mailed in each of the four Republican senate districts up for possible recall elections. He says the goal isn’t verifying recall signatures. “It’s clearly an intimidation tactic to scare off the petitioners that signed a recall petition,” he says. “It’s kind of a dirty trick that the Republicans are trying to play.”

Wojciechowski says those tactics won’t stave off the recall elections. “We’ve turned in signatures well above the threshold that were needed,” he says. The campaigns for Republican senators targeted for recall are currently vetting signatures and have until this Thursday to decide whether or not to file challenges with the State Government Accountability Board.

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Balsam Lake board moves forward on several projects CDBG, rec plan, sidewalks and more go ahead by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – From a new sidewalk that would connect the downtown to the business area to the west, to an outdoor recreation plan and an application of a Community Development Block Grant, the Balsam Lake Village Board moved ahead with several possible projects at their regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 6. After a short public hearing and a presentation by Cedar Corp. officials, the board voted unanimously to go forward with a CDBG application, as well as approve several resolutions to make sure the program goes ahead with citizen participation. They also approved an ordinance to make sure it is done legally and follows the proper procedure for allocation, displacement and other issues. The CDBG program will allow low- and moderate-income residents to apply for zero-interest deferred-payment loans to rehabilitate their properties and homes, with Cedar Corp. acting as the grant administrator.

The board also approved a proposal from Cedar Corp. to investigate adding a sidewalk from Main Street to Eagle Drive, near the hardware store, for an estimated $1,500. “We’ll look at several alternatives,” said planner Patrick Beilfuss. The board also approved a Cedar proposal to move forward with an outdoor recreation plan for $500. That plan is necessary to make the village eligible for several state trail and park grants. “This is just to start the process,” stated Trustee Jeff Reed.

In other board business: • Kasey Weber and Mary Mikula are two representatives of the newly formed nonprofit Day Friends program in Polk County. They updated the board on their work. The Day Friends group is meant to serve individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s and early memory loss, to assist and help their caregivers and give them a break. “Caregiving can be very stressful,” Weber said, while outlining the program which is based at the Endeavors operation at the Adult Development Center in Balsam Lake. “We’re also looking for people to share

their time and talents,” stated Mikula. • Duana Bremer of the Serenity House gave an update on their Salvation Army transitional housing program, as well as some numbers to show the positive effects on the village. She said the program housed 134 individuals in 2011 alone, although they were space limited and had to turn away 104 applicants. “We’ve actually brought a lot of funds into the county,” Bremer said. “In fact, last year alone, we spent over $20,000 just in gasoline at our local gas stations.” She also noted the growing backpack program, where over 500 low-income children received backpacks of healthy food each week, to make up for nutrition deficiencies when not eating school meals. She also said the program allocated over 6,000 gallons of milk coupons, as well as emergency funds for rent, utility assistance and more. “Over 89 percent [of past participants] are still permanently housed after one year,” she said. • The board approved building committee recommendations to move ahead with Balsam Lake Public Library expansion. Although the plans are rough, they will start with electrical work, as well as removing a wall and storage area in the li-

brary, making it larger to the south. • The board approved public protection committee recommendations to hire Steven Clayton as the primary part-time police officer. Clayton was in attendance and has already done some work for the village. • The board approved sewer/water committee recommendations to move ahead with several plans, such as possible online bill paying, rate adjustment and advanced security at the village dump site. • The board approved an amendment to the village code, allowing snowmobiles to travel on village streets from their home to a marked trail, just as ATVs are allowed. • They denied a claim for damages from Gregory Moore for a potential lawsuit. He apparently was injured on a dock on village property, and is seeking monetary damages. “The insurance was denied,” stated village President Guy Williams, who said the incident occurred on July 26, 2011. • Per Williams’ recommendation, Deb Johnson was appointed as an alternate to the village zoning board of appeals.

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Five generations gathered at the Harland Lofgran home in September of 1984, rural Centuria, and celebrated the 87th birthday of Marie Howard, front left, during the family gathering. The five generations are (L to R) front row: great-great-grandmother Marie Howard of Centuria, and great-grandmother Irmma Snyder of Luck. Back row: Loren Lofgren of rural Centuria, his son Steven, and grandmother Sharron (Mrs. Harland) Lofgren.

Five generations shown in 2011 are (L to R) front row: great-great-grandmother Doris Lofgren holding granddaughter Annaliese Lofgren and great-grandfather Harland Lofgren. Back row (L to R): grandfather Loren Lofgren and father Steven Lofgren Zappitello. - Photos submitted

Barb’s Family Hair Care is Falls Chamber’s Business of the Month ST. CROIX FALLS – The Falls Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Barb’s Family Hair Care and Tanning, located on Bench Street in Taylors Falls, has been selected as the February Business of the Month. Owner Barb Anderson will celebrate working in the cosmetology industry for 40 year this May. She employs two stylists, Jennifer Viebrock and Annette Stumo, and a third, Ariel Lauren, works independently from the salon. Anderson states that their goals

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are to “Keep small business alive and well in America by staying educated, using professional products and giving the best service possible.” The salon offers all types of hair services for women, men and children, plus manicures, pedicures, facial waxing, ear piercing and tanning. Coupons are available on their Web site at Anderson (shown in photo) has been a member of the chamber of commerce for more than 26 years, has

served on the board of the Minnesota Cosmetology Association and been president of the St. Paul Cosmetology Board, receiving a Community Leadership Award in 1993. She always has a smile and a kind word to share. Her style and hospitality will win you over the minute you sit down in her chair. Make an appointment at 651-465-7271 and see for yourself. - Special photo

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Falk asks Walker to disclose more in John Doe investigation

by Chuck Quirmbach Wisconsin Public Radio MILWAUKEE - Democratic candidate for governor Kathleen Falk is asking incumbent Scott Walker to tell the public more about what he knows in the John Doe investigation in Milwaukee. Falk is traveling the state to promote her recently announced run for governor,

should there be a recall race against Republican Walker. Falk is a Democrat from Madison and a former Dane County executive. The John Doe investigation is looking at potential illegal activities while Walker was Milwuakee County executive. Falk says the governor needs to disclose more. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Waukesha, Walker

said he did take disciplinary action in 2010, when he learned that a county worker, Darlene Wink, was trying to help Walker’s gubernatorial campaign on county time. Walker has said he still plans to meet with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm about the John Doe investigation. Falk says Walker also needs to tell Wisconsin citizens. “Just like he demanded

Governor Doyle previously do so,” she said. In 2006, Walker criticized Doyle in the apparent corruption case of state employee Georgia Thompson. Federal judges later cleared Thompson of any wrongdoing.

Republican secrecy agreement shines new light on redistricting debate talking points instructing Republicans to “ignore the public comments” on the map and a warning that if legislators comment they could end up in court. It could explain why on the night the new maps passed the state Assembly, not a single Republican legislator spoke, even as they were prodded by Democrats like Minority Leader Peter Barca, who asked at the time, “... are the microphones working on that side of the aisle? Have they been tested or is there some problem over there? They are working. Great, because you know what, the silence is deafening,” he

said. Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach recalled a different moment in the redistricting debate in a letter he sent to Michael Best and Friedrich. During a public hearing last summer, Senate GOP aide Tad Ottman testified that these maps were drawn only to satisfy three factors: equal population, sensitivity to minority voting rights and the creation of compact and contiguous districts. At the time it prompted sharp questions by Erpenbach: “Did the partisan makeup of the districts come into play at all when drawing the maps?” Ottman: “The principles were the ones I

Driving too fast for conditions causes many wintertime troubles State Patrol Law of the Month STATEWIDE — Even people who take pride in being under control in every situation can easily lose control of their vehicles on icy or snow-covered roads when they drive too fast for conditions. “When there’s ice, snow and slick spots on roadways or when visibility is reduced because of bad weather, driving at the posted speed limit might actually be too fast for conditions,” says Wisconsin State Patrol Captain Jeff Frenette of the Northwest Region. “The speed limit is based on a dry roadway and good driving conditions. You might not be able to stop or control your vehicle at that speed on a slippery road or during hazardous weather.” Slowing down when driving conditions deteriorate is not just sound advice, it’s also the law. It is illegal to drive at speeds that exceed what is rea-

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man won’t be charged because he had a concealed weapons permit and was justified in pulling the trigger. Chisholm says he made his decision after interviewing the shooter, looking at video from multiple cameras in the grocery store and talking with police. The grocery store did have a sign on the door saying no firearms were allowed inside. But Chisholm says the shooter also won’t be penalized for not obeying the sign. A Wisconsin group that opposes handgun violence declined comment on the decision not to charge the shooter, but says it will look into why the man is already touting a Web site that promotes the concealed carry law.

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Concealed carry permit holder not charged in Milwaukee shooting by Chuck Quirmbach Wisconsin Public Radio MILWAUKEE - Prosecutors won’t file charges against a concealed carry permit holder who used his gun to shoot an apparent robber in a Milwaukee grocery store. It’s one of the first highly publicized shootings under Wisconsin’s new concealed carry law. The district attorney in Milwaukee County says a man was shopping with his wife when an armed robbery started at a cash register. The man moved his wife and another customer away, took out his handgun, fired several times at the robber and wounded him. District Attorney John Chisholm says the

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Saints wrestlers take first place at conference

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by Marty Seeger ST. CROIX FALLS – After wrapping up the conference championship against Unity a week earlier, the St. Croix Falls wrestling team took the annual conference tournament in Cameron by storm last Saturday, Feb. 4, earning first-place honors. Clear Lake took second, followed by Unity, Cameron, Flambeau, Bruce, Luck/ Frederic/Grantsburg, Turtle Lake/Clayton, Northwood, Shell Lake and Cornell/Gilman. Eight Saints wrestlers earned trips to the finals match, and four finished with conference championships including Drew Wheeler at 106 pounds, Jake Rademacher at 170, Joe Rademacher at 182 and Ryan Nussbaum, 195. Wheeler had two bye rounds before pinning Davey Strom of Bruce, and defeating Kal Gerber of Cameron by a 6-0 decision in the finals. Jake Rademacher had two pins on the day, including in the finals over Garrett Paulson of Clear Lake, in 3 minutes, 59 seconds. He also won a 12-4 major decision over Mike Scharenbrock of Flambeau in the semifinals. Joe Rademacher won his first two matches of the day by pin before winning a 10-0 major decision in the finals over Joe Christensen of LFG. Ryan Nussbaum won his first two matches of the day by pin in 40 seconds and another in just 54 seconds.

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James Klassen of St. Croix Falls wrestles Clear Lake’s Ricky Anderson at 126 pounds in the finals. – Photos by Larry Samson

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At 180 pounds, Joe Rademacher of St. Croix Falls earned his championship with a 10-0 major decision win over Joe Christensen of Luck.

Saints wrestler Grant Simpson lost a close match in the finals against Ryan Behnke of Bruce at 145 pounds. Simpson lost a 9-6 decision.

••• BURNETT COUNTY – The River Valley Swim Club, the only swim team in Polk County, is hosting a meat raffle fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 18, beginning at noon at PY’s Saloon and Grill in Osceola, as well as a silent auction. All proceeds will help support the swim team. For tickets contact Julie Riemer at 715-338-1295. – submitted ••• BURNETT COUNTY – The Burnett Youth Hockey Association had a solid showing in the playoffs last weekend and will be sending three of their four teams to the state championships. The Bantams won each of their playoff games handily, and the Peewee A team won a nail-biter during the championship against Ashland in overtime. The Peewee B team will be heading to state after winning all of their playoff games. The Squirts were unable to overcome Amery in a tough loss, but did win a big game earlier in the day to Spooner in overtime. The Bantams will be playing in Oregon on Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4, the Peewee A team is in Spooner on Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11 and the Peewee B team will be playing at Baldwin on March 10-11. – Marty Seeger ••• ST. CROIX FALLS – The American Youth Soccer Organization and St. Croix Soccer Club are still looking for those interested in playing soccer this spring in the St. Croix Falls area, for boys and girls ages 4-19. Players must have turned 4 years old by July 31, 2011, to be eligible to play. Registration meetings are set for Thursday, Feb. 9, and Monday, Feb. 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the St. Croix Falls Middle School commons area. Call Jessica for more information at 715-294-3414, or e-mail Volunteers are also needed. ••• LEADER LAND – The Frederic at Luck girls and boys basketball games can be heard on 104.9 FM beginning at 6 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 9. The Grantsburg at St. Croix Falls girls and boys basketball games are on 104.9 FM on Friday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. Updates from the WIAA Division 2 and 3 wrestling regionals can be heard on 1260 AM on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m. The Baldwin-Woodville at Amery boys basketball is on 1260 AM on Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The Amery at Baldwin-Woodville girls basketball game can be heard on 1260 AM beginning at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 10. The Barron at Amery girls basketball game on Monday, Feb. 13, can be heard on 1260 AM beginning at 7:30 p.m., and the New Richmond at Amery boys basketball game is on 1260 AM beginning at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14.

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Eagle wrestlers place third at Cameron

Place one champion and get five wrestlers in third place by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer CAMERON – Unity wrestlers finished in third place at the Lakeland Conference Tournament in Cameron on Saturday, Feb. 4, which was a solid finish for the Eagles, who had just 11 of 14 filling weight classes. “It was nice to finish in the top three. Last year we had three champs and finished third overall also. With only one champ this year, it shows we have a more balanced team,” said Eagles coach Shawn Perkins. Alex Lennartson was the only Eagles champion at 285 pounds. Lennartson had

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a pin over Ryan Strenke of LFG in just 26 seconds and defeated Zach Owens of Northwood in 53 seconds. He also pinned Donovan Ralston of Bruce in the finals in 59 seconds. Unity had five wrestlers who took third place overall, starting with Tucker Olson at 113. Olson lost his first match of the tournament but turned things around,

outlasting his next opponent with a pin in 4:36, and then defeating Eric Nedland of Cornell/Gilman by a 10-5 decision. Kevin Bystrom took third at 138, winning three of four matches. Steven Anderson was third at 145, winning three of Steven Anderson four matches including two pins. Garrett Lunsmann was third at 195, losing his first match of the tournament but earning pins in his final three matches. Justin Peper took third with a win in his first match of the day by pin. He lost in the semifinals, but defeated his final two opponents by an 11-5 decision, and pin for third place over Greg Tangen of Bruce in 49 seconds.

Others placing were Mackenzie Overby in fifth place at 106, Damon Bearheart finished fifth at 120, Tevin Anderson took fifth at 126, Colton Sorensen was sixth at 152 and Ben Bengtson finished sixth at 170. Unity will compete Garrett Lunsmann at the Division 2 regional at St. Croix Falls this Saturday, Feb. 11. “We still have a lot to work on this week, and we hope to peak this coming Saturday. We still believe we have more to prove and we plan on bringing that attitude this weekend in St. Croix,” said Perkins.

LFG wrestlers have a rough day at conference Brewer and Christensen earn trips to the finals by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer CAMERON – Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg wrestlers will be working hard this week to turn things around after a difficult finish at the conference meet in Cameron on Saturday, Feb. 4. LFG took seventh overall out of 10 teams, but were missing four weight classes, which took potential points away from the score. But there were several notables including a conference championship from Tristan Brewer at 113 pounds. Brewer earned a first-round bye before pinning Tucker

Olson of Unity in 3 minutes, 10 seconds, and Eric Nedland of Cornell/Gilman in 1:36. He then defeated Tim Anderson of Clear Lake by a 12-2 major decision. Brewer lost to Anderson just a week earlier during a dual meet. “He has been wrestling well all season. He took second twice this season and it was nice to see him get a first at conference,” said LFG coach Chris Bartlett, adding that Brewer is in good shape heading into regionals this Saturday, Feb. 11, at St. Croix Falls. Brent Johnson also made it to the finals at 132, but only wrestled the one match due to an injury by the opposing wrestler out of Flambeau. Johnson ended up losing in the finals to returning state champion Nathaniel Behnke of Bruce by a 10-0 major decision. At 182, Joe Christensen made the finals with a pin, and with a win by injury de-

Brent Johnson of LFG wrestled his way into the finals but lost to returning state champion, Nathaniel Behnke of Bruce at 132 pounds.

LFG wrestler Tristan Brewer finished in first place at the conference meet in Cameron on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 113 pounds. – Photos by Larry Samson

SCF wrestling/continued He defeated Derek Berrier of Clear Lake in the finals by a 9-6 decision. Four others also made the finals and finished second, including James Klassen at 126. Klassen won by a 5-3 decision and earned a pin in the semifinals, before getting pinned by Clear Lake’s Ricky Anderson. Grant Simpson placed second at 145. He won his first match of the day by a tech fall, pinned Jarod Bainter of Flambeau in 3:14 and lost a close match in the finals to Ryan Behnke of Bruce by a 9-6 decision. Also taking second was Eric Segelstrom at 152, who had two pins before losing a 51 decision to Jordan Bainter of Flambeau. Nolan O’Brien placed second at 220 pounds, winning by pin and 7-2 decision, before getting pinned by Alex Friendshuh

of Clear Lake in the finals. At 113, Tristian Chamberlin took sixth, Sean Bradshaw came in third at 120, Dan Horn was third at 132, Brian Gilbert took fifth at 138, Brian Nelson was fourth at 160, and Ryan Johnson took third at 285. The wrestling regional for area Division 2 teams will be held at St. Croix Falls this Saturday, Feb. 11, beginning at 10 a.m. Teams include Amery, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm, LFG, Osceola, St. Croix Falls and Unity.

RIGHT: Ryan Nussbaum of St. Croix Falls took the first-place title at 195 pounds with a 9-6 win over Derek Berrier of Clear Lake. FAR RIGHT: Jake Rademacher was one of three wrestlers to earn championship titles at the conference meet in Cameron last Saturday, Feb. 4. – Photos by Larry Samson

fault. He lost to St. Croix Falls wrestler Jake Rademacher in the finals by a 10-0 major decision. Coming in third place was Ray Kurkowski at 126. He won three of four matches and his only loss came to Ricky Anderson of Clear Lake. Kurkowski defeated Brock Lien of Turtle Lake/Clayton for the third-place finish by an 8-7 decision. “It’s nice to have Ray able to take the place of Evan (Ryan) and do well. He is looking forward to regionals, and if he wrestles well, he could make it out,” Bartlett said. Tim Lund finished in fourth place while filling in for Josh Glover at 145. He lost his first match by a major decision but won the next two by a 10-4 decision over Clear Lake’s Ben Anderson and by injury de-

fault over Jarod Bainter. He lost the thirdplace match to Steven Anderson of Unity by pin. “Tim filled in nicely for Josh. He was happy to finish in the top four. He has really been coming on strong at the end of the season,” said Bartlett. Others placing at the conference tournament included a seventh-place finish for Jared Lund at 106, Colton Branville placed seventh at 160, Nick Britton took eighth at 195 and Ryan Strenke was sixth at 285. Sam Pewaush did not place at 195, but was under the weather. Bartlett still gave him a nod for gutting it out. “Our kids were inconsistent. Some kids wrestled well and look ready for regionals next week. Other kids need to turn on the switch and get ready for the end of the year,” said Bartlett.








Dragon boys tame the Pirates

Siren clinches conference crown with win over Luck Siren 63, Grantsburg 51

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Siren boys basketball team held off the formidable Pirates on the road Friday, Feb. 3, winning the West Lakeland Conference contest, 6351, and staying undefeated, both in conference play and overall. “I thought that we played great team defense, and that allowed us to go into halftime up five points, 23-18,” said Siren head coach Jon Ruud. Siren held the explosive Pirates at bay in the first half, while both squads were slow on offense in those first two frames, but the baskets flowed a little easier after the break. “We came out in the third quarter on a 7-0 run, putting us ahead 30-18. Grantsburg went on a short 9-0 right after that, which we answered with another run to put us up by 11 points again, and we were able to maintain that lead the rest of the game,” Ruud said. Both squads had a hard time making their shots, at times, but the Pirates were still in the contest until the final minutes. “For not shooting very well, I was happy to see that we had a shot at winning the game,” said Pirate head coach Nick Hallberg. “We know that our own missed shots are something we need to fix to beat good teams like Siren.” Andrew Brown led the Dragons with 18 points, with Eli Hinze a step behind with 17 on the night. Dragon Murdock Smith tallied 10 points to the winning cause, adding a strong 13 boards and another eight assists for a near triple-double. “I don’t think that we played our best basketball Friday night, as our shooters missed a ton of open looks, but we played well enough to beat a decent Grantsburg team by double digits,” Ruud said. Connor Myers led the Pirates with 11 points, including nine in the first half. Brady Thompson added several key 3pointers to keep the Pirates in the contest, but the Dragons are too deep and too solid to give up a lead. “We have a good shot of setting ourselves up pretty nice for the tournaments,” Hallberg said. “If we keep playing solid defense and improve on our shooting and rebounding, we like our chances going into March.” Grantsburg falls to 6-3 in conference play, while the Dragons continue their undefeated ways. “We now have another tough test ahead of us ... as we travel to Webster on Friday. We will have to be mentally prepared to go,” Ruud said.

Unity 38, Webster 28

It was a defensive contest, as the undefeated Dragons took on the formidable Pirates. – Photos by Greg Marsten Grantsburg 86, Clear Lake 39 GRANTSBURG – The Pirates basketball team powered their way to a win over Clear Lake on Tuesday, Feb. 7, leading 4716 at halftime and putting up another 26 points in the third quarter. The Pirates shot 18 of 24 from the freethrow line, and Nolan Hanson led with 23 points, which included five 3-pointers. David Ohnstad and Brady Thompson each had 12, followed by Daniel Biorn, 10; Daniel Larsen, six; Zack Arnold, Connor Myers and Seth Coy each had five; Jacob Ohnstad, four; and Jacob Wald and Gus Johnson each had two points. – Marty Seeger Siren 46, Luck 41 LUCK – The Cardinal boys basketball team was looking to upset the Dragons on Tuesday, Feb. 7, and came close, but Siren held on for the win and clinched their first conference title since 1990. The Dragons led by eight after the first quarter, but the Cardinal defense stepped up in the second quarter, holding the Dragons to six points, and trailing 20-17 at the half. “Our most complete game all year. Tough team to defend with so many good players. We need to carry this into the next games and into the playoffs,” said Luck coach Rick Giller.

Siren led by four after the third quarter and shot well from the free-throw line going 10 of 12 in the fourth quarter and 13 of 16 for the game. Andrew Brown had a 29-point effort, and Murdock Smith had six, followed by Elijah Hinze and Evan Oachs with three each, and Davey St. John and Luke Bollant with two. Luck was led by an 18-point effort from Trent Strapon, which all came from beyond the arc. Three of those came in the fourth quarter. “He’s our floor general and does a fantastic job of finding the open man and just running the show,” Giller said, adding that Kyle Hunter had a solid performance on both ends of the floor with seven points and five assists. Evan Armour added six points and had six boards. John Denny also had eight points, and Karsten Petersen had two. – Marty Seeger

Luck 63, Clear Lake 23 LUCK – The Cardinal boys basketball team put up 27 points in the first quarter and led 52-18 at halftime to take care of Clear Lake in a hurry on Friday, Feb. 3. Luck had a well-balanced scoring attack and contributions from everyone on the team. Trent Strapon’s 12 points came by way of 3-pointers, and Kyle Hunter scored nine of his 10 points in the first

Every rebound was a battle. quarter. Brodie Kunze also buried two 3pointers and had eight points in the first half, and 10 total. Other scorers included John Denny with 11 points, all coming in the first half. Karsten Petersen scored nine, all in the first half; and Evan Armour had four, Dylan LeMay, three, and Jesse Rennicke and Logan Hamack each had two. – Marty Seeger

Eagle boys outlast Webster

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The Unity boys basketball team had to recover from a strong second half to defeat conference mate Webster on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Unity, winning 37-28 in the defensive match that was tied with just a few minutes remaining. Unity jumped to a fast lead and never trailed in the contest, but both squads had a hard time converting field goals, and the scoring was rare, with the Eagles leading 14-10 at the half. Webster senior Joey Erickson scored seven of the Tigers 10 first-half points, and was a strong defensive force to keep them in the game to come back in the second half, where they used a strong press to upset the Eagle offensive attack. Unity kept their cool as the pressure mounted in the waning moments, and RIGHT: It was a battle inside between the Eagles and the Tigers. – Photos by Greg Marsten

while the score was briefly tied at 26-26, the Tigers ran into foul trouble and lost the contest at the charity stripe in the last two minutes, 37-28. Tiger senior Josh Baer went 6-7 from the free-throw line and was strong on the boards for the Tigers. He ended up with 10 points, leading Webster in the scoring department. Unity spread the offensive duties across the board, with seven players notching at least four points, but nobody scored more than Steven Krueger’s eight points. Brandon McKenzie, Oliver Raboin and Brady Turner all added six points each in the win. Unity moved to 7-3 and into second place, alone in the West Lakeland Conference with the win, and moved to 10-6 overall. They travel to New Auburn for a nonconference game on Thursday. Webster is now 3-6 in conference play and 6-11 overall. They host Siren on Friday, Feb. 10.

LEFT: Tiger Cody Isaakson pulls in a board as his team transitions.








Surging Vikings hold off the Eagles

Frederic bounces back after a tough second quarter Frederic 55, Unity 50

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FREDERIC – The Frederic Viking boys basketball team continues to improve and play well, and it showed against the Eagles on Friday, Feb. 3, at home. Frederic led 14-10 after the first-quarter, but the Eagles played a solid second quarter, outscoring the Vikings 19-7 and taking a 29-21 lead at halftime. “We had a rough second quarter defensively, and part of that was Unity … they are a very solid team. But I was really proud of how our guys bounced back in the second half,” said Vikings coach Ryan Lind. The Eagles were able to hold Frederic’s Mike Tesch scoreless in the first half, while Unity’s Brady Turner chipped in a pair of threes in the second quarter and totaled 13 points for the first half. But the Vikings were able to turn things around heading into the second half. “I challenged Mike at halftime and told him that we needed him to step it up of-

ABOVE: A Unity player takes a shot against Frederic. LEFT: Frederic's Jack Neumann lofts up a jump shot against the Eagles on Friday, Feb. 3, in Frederic. – Photos by Becky Amundson

Adam Chenal goes in hard for the layup against Unity. fensively, and he did. I thought he had an 36 lead into the fourth quarter. Buck shot excellent second half and showed a lot of 4 for 4 from the free-throw line and 9 of 10 character,” said Lind. for the game. Tesch led the Vikes with 14 points, all in The Eagles were led by Turner’s 22 the second half, while Waylon Buck had points, followed by Steven Kruger, 12, 13, Adam Chenal, 12, Ian Lexen, eight, Clay Peckman, six, Jacob Ruck, five, and Jayce den Hoed, six, and Jack Neumann, Oliver Raboin, three. two. “I really enjoy coaching this group of Tesch also buried a 3-pointer in the third guys. They are tough young men that quarter, and Frederic held the Eagles to work hard, work together and want to seven third-quarter points and took a 37- win,” Lind added.

Tiger boys sneak out a win against Saints lor Heinz and Jake Hunter had two points. Scoring for the Saints were Rob Heilig with nine; Nick Lunde with eight;,Casterton with six, Cody Zelinski and Andrew Erickson with four points each and Ben Clauson and Erik Swenson with two points each.

Webster 39, St. Croix Falls 35 by Eugene Ruhn Special to the Leader WEBSTER – There was very low scoring in the first quarter with the Tigers starting off with a six-point run. The Saints scored their first points with just over one minute left in the first period. The score at the end of the first quarter was eight to two. In the second quarter, Webster once again had a six-point run, but it was countered by the Saints, who found a spark and followed up with a 10-point run of their own. The score at the half was Webster 19 and St. Croix Falls 17. Webster came out in the second half with a very tough defense, but the Saints were able to grab a lot of offensive rebounds with their height advantage grab a lot of offensive rebounds. The Tigers held on to a small lead to the end of the third quarter 30 to 28. The fourth quarter was very low scoring, again. The Saints took their first lead of the game with three and a half minutes left in the game, with a 3-point shot by Noah Casterton. The Tigers answered back and took the lead with two free throws by Joey Erickson, with just over one minute left in the game. Casterton scored inside the paint on the next possession to cut the Tiger lead to one point. Erickson once again made two big free throws to put the Tigers up for good. Final score Webster 39 and Saint Croix Falls 35. Top scorers for the Tigers were Josh Baer with 14 points and six for 13 on free throws; Erickson with 12 points and 8 for 11 on free throws, Brad Krause with five points, Cody Isaacson with four, and Tay-

Clayton 78, St. Croix Falls 45 ST. CROIX FALLS – The Saints boys fell to a tough Clayton Bears squad on Monday, Feb. 6. The Bears won their 14th straight of the season, while handing the Saints their 10th straight loss. No game stats were available at press time. – Marty Seeger Frederic 48. St. Croix Falls 37 ST. CROIX FALLS – The Frederic Viking boys were able to fend off the hosting St. Croix Falls Saints on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at St. Croix Falls, with the Vikes winning, 48-37. Games stats were not available at press time. The West Lakeland Conference matchup leaves the Saints without a win in conference play, and moves them to 2-16 overall. Frederic has been one of the surprise squads this season, and moves to .500 with the win at 5-5 in conference, and 12-6 overall. Frederic travels to Luck on Thursday, Feb. 9, where they will also participate in the "Coaches for Cancer events that evening. St. Croix Falls hosts the Grantsburg Pirates on Friday, Feb. 10. – Greg Marsten Josh Baer of Webster continues to lead the Tigers this season with solid play on both ends of the floor.

RIGHT: Rob Heilig of St. Croix Falls eyes the basket for a shot. – File photos by Martys Seeger








Eagle girls tame the Tigers

Unity 63, Webster 31

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The Unity Eagle girls basketball team left little doubt they are a team to beat, and better than their record, as they more than doubled up on the Webster Tigers , 63-31, in a West Lakeland Conference matchup on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Unity. Webster had a tough time handling the rebounds, while the Eagles were ruthless inside, giving themselves several chances for shots, at times, and making every rebound count. Tiger freshman Stefani Wambolt led Webster in scoring with 10 points, with

Webster senior Chelsea Larson and Unity sophomore Carly Ince rush to recover a loose ball. – Photos by Greg Marsten

Stefani Wambolt and Unity 's Brittany Thomfohrda (No. 11) work close at the perimeter.

Cailea Dochniak goes in for a layup against Shell Lake on Thursday, Feb. 2. – Photo by Larry Samson

junior Angel Christianson contributing six points to the cause. The Eagles spread the scoring duties out across the board, with senior Brittany Thomfohrda leading the way with 18 points and solid defense, including several coast-to-coast steals and finishes as exclamation points. Also scoring big was junior Shauna Jorgenson, who tallied 16 points, and also had another strong defensive game. Shay Nelson and Maddie

Ramich contributed eight points each in the win. Unity was very consistent in their scoring, racking up at least 14 points per quarter and never trailed, leading 28-15 at the half. Webster had some defensive highlights, especially late in the game, but they could not get past scoring nine points per quarter, and again struggled at the free-throw line, converting just five of 11 attempts.

Unity held on strong for the dominating win, evening up their overall record at 88, but have struggled at times in conference play, where their record now stands at 3-5. Webster remains winless in conference play and is now 1-13 overall. The Eagles travel to New Auburn on Thursday, Feb. 9, for a nonconference match, while the Tigers host Siren on Friday.

Shell Lake 51, Webster 20 SHELL LAKE – The Webster Tiger girls basketball team lost their eighth straight game against Shell Lake on Thursday, Feb. 2. No game stats were available at press time.

Saints girls improve to 13-2 Win big over Webster St. Croix Falls 52, Webster 25 by Eugene Ruhn Special to the Leader WEBSTER – The Webster girls basketball team had a tough time with a strong Saints team Friday evening, Feb. 3. The Tigers lost 52-25. In the first quarter, the Saints scored right away after the tip-off, with Webster scoring three minutes into the game. The score at the end of the first quarter was 13-4. The Saints had a 12-point run, beginning in the first quarter and continuing on into the second quarter. Webster had a lot of costly turnovers, which turned into 10 points for the Saints off the turnovers. St. Croix had a very tough defense, which made it very hard for the Tigers to run anything on offense. The Saints ended up with an 18-point run for a duration of eight minutes. The score at halftime was 30-10. In the third quarter, Webster was working very hard trying to get something going, but the Saints were still too strong, outscoring the Tigers 12-4, making the score at the end of the third period, 42-14. The Saints, for the fourth quarter, had their bench players getting some playing time, and the Tigers were able to run their offense quite efficiently and outscored St. Croix Falls 11-10. Top scorers for the Saints were Sydney Geisness with 12 points and four rebounds, Caitlyn Olson with 10 points, Sarah Petznick with eight points and three rebounds, Jessica Rademacher with six points and seven rebounds, Alexis Erickson with six points and six rebounds, Jerrica Jones with five points and three rebounds, Natalie Sempf had two points and five offensive rebounds, Erica Bergmann had two points with two rebounds and Jordan Johnson had one point and three rebounds. No stats were available for Webster at press time.

The Saints Natalie Sempf defended by Cailea Dochniak and Angel Christianson. – Photos by Eugene Ruhn St. Croix Falls 78, Pine City, Minn., 4 St. Croix Falls 60, Frederic 40 ST. CROIX FALLS – The Saints girls put ST. CROIX FALLS – The St. Croix Falls up 78 points against Pine City on Satur- girls basketball team took care of Frederic day, Feb. 4, winning handily. St. Croix for a solid conference win, inching themFalls led by just five after the first quarter selves a bit closer to a possible conference but scored 22 points in the second quarter title. But the Saints still have three more and held Pine City to just six. conference games to play during the regThe Saints also had a 28-point effort in ular season against Grantsburg, Luck and the third quarter to pull away easily for Siren, with two of them being home the win. Caitlyn Olson led the team with games. 21 points, followed by Jerrica Jones and St. Croix Falls led 28-14 at the half and Sydney Geisness with 12 apiece. Jessica stretched it to 44-22 heading into the Rademacher added eight, Natalie Sempf, fourth quarter. Jessica Rademacher had 18 seven; Alexis Erickson, six; Sarah Petznick points on the night, followed by Sydney and Taylor Orton each had four, and Matti Geisness with 16; Sarah Petznick, 12; Gerlach and Erica Bergmann each had Alexis Erickson, four; and Jordan Johnson, two. Erickson and Rademacher each had Matti Gerlach, Erica Bergmann, Natalie seven rebounds, and Geisness had four. – Sempf and Caitlyn Olson each had two Marty Seeger points.

The Saints Sarah Petznick goes up for a shot over a sea of defenders. “We didn’t play well. A lot had to do with SCF being a good team. They play strong defense and have a strong offense, good balance,” said Vikings coach Troy Wink. “Lauren Domagala was a bright spot for us, played well overall.” Domagala contributed four points, and Corissa Schmidt led with 12. Maria Miller added eight points, Carly Gustafson and Kendra Mossey had six, Brittani Hughes had three and Emily Byerly added one. – Marty Seeger








Tag teaming against cancer

Luck and Frederic combine efforts in Coaches vs. Cancer event on Feb. 9 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer

LUCK – In a unique, first-of-its-kind combined effort between two schools, the Luck and Frederic school districts are pooling their resources to fight cancer, culminating with a doubleheader basketball game, meal, contests, games, raffles and swimming in a sea of pink shirts, ribbons and uniforms on Thursday, Feb. 9, at Luck. “We’re coming together to fight cancer,” stated Luck girls basketball head coach Marty Messar. “I know of no other situation like this where both schools come together in this kind of effort.” The Thursday, Feb. 9, doubleheader will also take the Coaches vs. Cancer basketball to new levels, as both squads will also honor

cancer survivors from past teams. “It’s an opportunity for two communities to come together in a common theme of defeating cancer,” Messar added, but also to honor our own survivors.” According to Frederic Elementary School Principal Kelly Steen, fundraising efforts have already started to win the battle and help eliminate cancer. She is also acting as a contact for donations of items and money, and can be reached at 715-327-4221. The fundraising consists of selling pink Tshirts, raffle tickets at home games, basket-

balls in honor or memory of for the wall of fame, as well as the always popular “center swish” bean-bag game, free-throw shooting by the team and passing the bucket for donations. According to Steen, there will be a short presentation before the tip-off of the girls game on Thursday at 6 p.m. That is when both Luck and Frederic girls basketball programs will honor two former players who are also cancer survivors, as the two schools combine their efforts to wish them continued success in battling the terrible disease. The Luck girls basketball players will be looking for donors who would like to pledge a straight dollar amount or a specific amount per free throw. In essence, each Luck girls team member will be shooting 10 free throws in practice on Wednesday, Feb. 8, with Messar totaling the number of free throws made. For example, if there are 15 girls in the program, and each player shoots 10 free throws, there could be a total of 150 free throws made. If a donor pledged a $1 per free throw made, it would mean a donation of $150 toward the cure of cancer.

“The gym will be a swarm of pink!” Steen said, noting that all girls and boy players, coaches and fans are encouraged to wear pink, showing their support. “Pink is more than just a color, it represents life!” Steen said. “It unifies its survivors and supports those who courageously fight the battle. It provides hope and courage, and lets cancer know … you can’t beat me!” The Coaches vs. Cancer event will be held on the same night as the Luck Community Education lasagna dinner, which runs from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and supports Lucks graduating seniors. “Come out on February 9th and support both of these worthy events and see some great basketball too!” Steen added. Frederic and Luck already combine their efforts in several sports, educational efforts and in program fundraising. They will also add softball and baseball to that list this spring of cooperative efforts. “We do so many things together already, why not combine our fight against cancer?” Messar said.

Blizz girls end regular season with OT win, and a loss Blizzard 4, Moose Lake, Minn., 3 (OT) Hayward/Spooner 7, Blizzard 4 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer SIREN – The Blizzard girls hockey team wrapped up their regular season with a strong comeback and overtime win against Moose Lake, Minn., on Friday, Feb. 3, in Siren and then finished their regular season schedule at home on Tuesday, Feb. 7, with a tough 7-4 loss to the Hayward/Spooner cooperative squad. In the Moose Lake contest, the Blizzard

had early second-period goals from Wendy Roberts off Samantha O’Brien and Kassie Lien helpers, as well as a goal six minutes later from Ashley Dietmeier off assists from Johanna Lauer, O’Brien and Roberts, making it 2-1 in favor of the Blizzard. But the Moose Lake girls came back strong, scoring two unanswered goals to give the visiting Rebels a 3-2 lead as the clock was expiring. After trailing 3-2, and with under two minutes left on the clock in regulation, Lien scored a goal off a Roberts assist to force an overtime.

The Blizzard girls made the most of the OT, with goalie Hope Tucker fending off all but the three shots on goal, giving the home team a chance to work their offense. And work it they did, as Dietmeier scored her second goal of the game at the 7:15 mark in overtime off assists from Roberts and Lauer for the 4-3 win. However, their luck was not as strong on Tuesday’s season finale, again at Siren, as the Hayward/Spooner Hurricanes outscored the Blizzard by a 7-4 mark for the win.

Hayward scored three goals each in the second and third periods, leaving the Blizzard girls flat-footed as time expired. Blizzard game stats were not available at press time. The Blizzard start their postseason play on Thursday, Feb. 16, at home in Siren against Chippewa Falls/Menomonie in the first round of the WIAA Regionals. The Cardinal girls have had the upper hand this season on the Blizzard, winning in both previous contests this season, first by a close 4-3 score on Dec. 20, and then again on Jan. 10, where the Blizzard lost 6-4.

Blizzard boys strong over conference rivals Blizzard 4, Minneapolis 1 Blizzard 14, Pine City, Minn. 2 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer

TOWN – The Blizzard boys hockey squad made it a good week with two impressive wins, starting with a come-from-behind victory on Saturday, Feb. 4, against top conference rival Minneapolis, which is a cooperative squad comprised of players from several large Minneapolis high schools.

The Minneapolis Nova squad drew first blood, but the Blizzard boys came back strong, first with a Brandon Ryan goal off a Bryce Ryan helper, then with three unanswered goals to seal the victory and the Two Rivers Conference title. Scoring for the Blizzard after Ryan were Joe Engelhart, unassisted, and then back-toback scores from Anthony Dietmeier, off helpers from Engelhart on both tallies, giving the Blizzard the 4-1 victory and the conference title, as the Novas were the only squad challenging them for top billing.

Anders Nelson added to Razorback volleyball staff FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas head volleyball coach Robert Pulliza has announced the addition of Anders Nelson as assistant coach for the Razorbacks. An All-American during his playing career at Ball State University, Nelson’s last stop was at the University of Kentucky. “I believe Anders is one of the top upand-coming coaches in the country,” Pulliza said. “He understands the commitment of what being a student-athlete is all about as he was an All-American and graduate summa cum laude. He will be a great part of this team as we continue our quest for championships.” Nelson comes to Fayetteville after spending one season on the bench with the Wildcats who advanced to the regional semifinal round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, finished with a 28-6 overall record and a 17-3 mark in Southeastern Conference play. Among other duties, Nelson coached Kentucky’s middle blockers. In 2011, the Wildcats averaged 2.56 blocks per set, good for first in the SEC and 39th in the country. At the club level, Nelson spent two years with the Munciana Volleyball Club in Muncie, Ind. Once again, as the coach of the club’s middle blockers, he helped lead Munciana to the 2011 AAU 18 Open National Championship with a near-flawless 66-2 record. During his coaching stint with Munciana, Nelson coached three

AAU All-Americans. He has also served as the assistant coach at Muncie Burris Laboratory High School. During that time, he helped the team to two state titles, a pair of national runner-up finishes and a 79-0 combined record. At Muncie Burris, Nelson coached two Gatorade Players of the Year and nine all-state performers. During his playing career at Ball State, Nelson earned AVCA Second-Team AllAmerica honors and was a two-time AllMIVA performer. He served as a three-year team captain for the Cardinals. During his senior season, he was second in the “Off the Block” National Blocker of the Year voting and finished fourth in the country in total blocks. For the past three summers, the Saint Croix Falls native has been director of the Nelson Volleyball Camp, a three-day camp established with his sister, AllAmerican Meredith Nelson. Over three years, the camp has mentored more than 175 athletes. Nelson has further NCAA Tournament experience as a student statistics analyst for the 2006 University of Minnesota volleyball team that reached the regional finals under Hall of Fame head coach Mike Hebert. For more information regarding Razorback volleyball or University of Arkansas athletics, visit – from Zach Lawson, Arkansas Athletic Media Relations

Blizzard goalie Thomas Labatt managed 32 saves on 33 shots on goal in the victory, while his supporting cast took advantage of power plays, scoring twice when they had the player advantage. The Blizzard kept their winning ways and almost burned up the ice on Monday, Feb. 6, in Pine City, Minn., against the Pine City/Rush City Dragons, where the local boys muscled their way to a stunning 14-2 drubbing. Matt Larson scored the first Blizzard tally just 10 seconds into the contest on a power play, with Jake Langevin adding another score 33 seconds later off assists from Bryce Ryan and Lucas Willis. Joe Engelhart kept the power play pressure on with the third goal in less than a minute, just 39 seconds later, off helpers from Alex Hopkins and Anthony Dietmeier-that would prove to be the game winner – just 1:22 into the contest, and the Blizzard led 3-0. They would go on to score a total of six goals in the first period, five more in the second frame and three more in the final period for the 14-2 victory. It almost took a spreadsheet to keep track

of the Blizzard scoring credits, with Engelhart getting four goals total, on top of an assist. Anthony Dietmeier notched two goals and a pair of helpers, with Lucas Willis scoring twice and getting an assist. Also scoring solo goals for the Blizzard were Ryan Curtis, Cody Benedict, Jake Langevin, Aaron Dietmeier, Matt Larson and Bryce Ryan. Assist credits go to Langevin, Aaron Dietmeier, Engelhart, Willis and multiple assists for Alex Hopkins two, Bryce Ryan two, Austin Thoreen two, Anthony Dietmeier two and even goalie Thomas Labatt notched a pair of assists. Matt Larson amassed four assists in the drubbing, which also had several notable major penalties to help give the Blizzard extensive power-play advantages. The Blizzard close out their regular season back home on Friday, Feb. 10, at Grantsburg for a Two Rivers Conference contest against the North Branch Vikings. They begin playoff action Thursday, Feb. 16, against Menomonie in the first round of the WIAA Regionals. With their two latest wins, the Blizzard move their overall record of 20-2-0 so far.

Unity eighth-graders take first The Unity eighthgrade traveling team took first in the Spooner Great Northwest Tournament last Saturday, Feb. 4. Pictured back row (L to R) are: Cole Garvey, Eric Peterson, Logan Bader, Lucas Loehr and Matt Peterson. Middle: Philip Sorenson, Nathan Heimstead and Wyatt Stenberg. Front: Brett Nelson and Eli Vos Benkowski. – Photo submitted






Spooner/Burnett bantam heading to state

SPOONER — The Spooner/Burnett bantam hockey team entered the state playdowns this past weekend on a hot streak, having won tournament championships the past two weekends. They continued their great play, winning their two games convincingly and qualified for the state tournament. The Spooner/Burnett bantams dominated Amery in their first game, winning 10-0. Brady Mangen was on fire, finding the back of the net for six of the goals. Also scoring for Spooner/Burnett were Jenna Curtis, Max Norman, Tanner Schafer and Ryan Anderson. Hunter Johannes had a great game, assisting on seven of the Spooner/Burnett goals. Also earning assists were Anderson with two, Norman, Bailey Mangen and Curtis. Taren Wols and Trevor Brimblecom shared the goaltending duties, stopping eight Amery shots to share the shutout. Spooner/Burnett then faced Ashland for a berth in the state tournament. Ashland was coming off a hard-fought overtime victory over Barron. Spooner/Burnett and Ashland had faced off to a 1-1 earlier in the season. The local bantams scored early and often, tallying six goals in the first period, to Ashland’s one. They continued to play hard and came home with an 11-1 victory. The official score sheet was not available for this game so the total goals and assists is not



Squirts are state bound

known. Brady Mangen and Johannes once again had big games, combining for multiple goals. Adding to the offensive effort were Curtis, Anderson, Ryan Schutt, Jake Smith and Josh Gilberg. The coaches credited the defense for doing an outstanding job of keeping the puck away from the goalie. The defensemen for the weekend were Norman, Schafer, Bailey Mangen, Levi Neubich and Austin Bowman. The goalie tandem of Brimblecom and Wols once again played outstandingly. Coach Nick Freeman stated that he was very pleased with the efforts of his team this past weekend. They came out in the first period of the Ashland game and worked hard which paid off huge dividends. The coach felt that the weekend produced by far the best team effort he has seen all year. And it paid off with a trip to the state tournament. “I am so proud of how these kids played together as a team this weekend. At the beginning of the season we brought together a group of players from two associations that had developed quite a rivalry through the years. Now they are gelling as a team and playing great hockey. It is a fun group to coach,” stated Freeman. The bantams will be playing in the state tournament in Oregon, March 3-4. In the meantime they will have games over the next three weekends in preparation for state. – submitted

On Saturday, Feb. 4, the Cumberland squirts hosted River Valley with the winner heading to Oshkosh to play in the state championship tournament. Scoring for Cumberland in the first period were Dalton Anderson, Dawson VanMeter and DaShaun Ames. Assists went to Tyler Bohn, David Johnson and Anderson. River Valley’s defense stiffened up in the second period. They only allowed one goal, which was scored by VanMeter, with the assist from Ames, and Anderson. In the third period Cumberland’s hard work paid off with the help of Maleea Kasper. Scoring in the third were Ames, Vanmeter and Alexis Wisner. Getting assists for the period were Jacob McWilliams, Aaron Gunderson and Ames. Jonah Becker got the shutout for Cumberland. – Photo submitted


Sunday Afternoon Youth Games Standings: The Strikers 17, Hi There 14, The North 11, The Girls 10, The Dogs 10, The Bowlers 8, Bye 6, Team Hambone 4. Boys games: Kyle Hunter (TB) 224, Taylor Hawkins (TN) 223, Austin Bruss (HT) 208. Boys series: Kyle Hunter (TB) 593, Austin Bruss (HT) 566, Taylor Hawkins 509. Girls games: Corissa Schmidt (TG) 182, Julia Owens (HT) 158, Lauren Domagala (TG) 158. Girls series: Corissa Schmidt (TG) 509, Julia Owens (HT) 416, Avery Steen (TG) 404. Team games: The Bowlers 507, The North 467, Hi There 462. Team series: The Bowlers 1476, Hi There 1335, The Girls 1299. Sunday Night 1 No Tap Mixed Couples Standings: Jeff’s Team 28, Chuck’s Team 26, Happy Campers 23, Packer Backers 19, Long Shots 18.5, Knaubers 15.5, Late Comers 15, No Names 14. Men’s games: Don Swanson (PB) & Jim Murphy (LS) 245, Jon Underwood (CT) 240, Don Swanson (PB) 231. Men’s series: Chuck Kruse (CT) 657, Don Swanson (PB) 650, Jim Murphy (LS) 638. Women’s games: Sheila Hansen (JT) 248, Debbie Mattson (PB) & Jan Kruse (CT) 231, Kathy Underwood (CT) 207. Women’s series: Sheila Hansen (JT) 618, Jan Kruse (CT) 610, Linda Richter (LS) 546. Team games: Packer Backers 799, Long Shots 797, Chuck’s Team 785. Team series: Chuck’s Team 2334, Packer Backers 2208, Long Shots 2180. Monday Afternoon Senior Standings: Night Hawks 15, Bears 15, Hummingbirds 15, Eagles 11, Badgers 11, Vultures 9, Swans 5. Men’s games (Handicap): Dick Coen 256, Ron Noble 237, Alvin Tyler 235. Men’s series (Handicap): Alvin Tyler 612, Dick Coen 610, Dave Bannie 603. Women’s games (Handicap): Betty Anderson 239, Jackie Giller 219, Barbara Austad 216. Women’s series (Handicap): Jackie Giller 628, Betty Anderson 624, Barbara Austad 593. Team games (Handicap): Night Hawks 865, Vultures 814, Badgers 810. Team series (Handicap): Badgers 2307, Eagels & Night Hawks 2287. Tuesday Classic Standings: Great Northern Outdoors 44, Yellow Lake Lodge 41, Bottle Shop 41, Pioneer Bar 28, Frandsen Bank & Trust 25.5, House of Wood 15.5. Individual games: Chris Olson 278, Ed Bitler 258, Gene Ackland 257. Individual series: Ed Bitler 703, Gene Ackland 664, Chris Olson 652. Team games: Great Northern Outdoors 736, Frandsen Bank & Trust 648, House of Wood 589. Team series: Great Northern Outdoors 1921, Frandsen Bank & Trust 1769, Yellow Lake Lodge 1730. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Chris Olson 9x = 278; Gene Ackland 6x = 257; Ed Bitler 6x = 258; Kelsey Bazey 5x = 247. Games 50 or more above average: Chris Olson 278 (+81); Gene Ackland 257 (+61); Josh Bazey 246 (+60).

Splits converted: 2-5-7-8: Butch Hacker Jr. 4-9: Butch Hacker Jr. Wednesday Night Early Standings: A-1 Machine 19, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 14, Lewis Silo 11, Pioneer Bar 10, Larsen Auto Center 10, Cummings Lumber 8, Skol Bar 7, Bye Team 1. Individual games: Mark Bohn (SB) 245, Brett Daeffler (DQM) 244 & 243. Individual series: Brett Daeffler (DQM) 711, Chris Rowell (PB) 659, Mark Bohn (SB) 655. Team games: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 1001 & 974, Skol Bar 955. Team series: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 2795, Skol Bar 2723, A-1 Machine 2628. Thursday Early Standings: Kinetico 40.5, American Family Siren 36.5, Wikstrom Construction 34.5, Hell Raisers 32, Fab Four 32, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 30, Red Iron Studios 29, Grindell Law Offices 25.5. Individual games: Brian McBroom (AFS) 268, Mark Bohn (FF) 259, Derek Ayd (K) 247. Individual series: Brian McBroom (AFS) 666, Mark Kamish (AFS) 649, Mark Bohn (FF) 648. Team games: Daeffler’s Quality Meats & American Family Siren 619, Fab Four 606. Team series: American Family Siren 1826, Fab Four 1775, Hell Raisers 1650. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Ed Bitler 6x = 232; Mark Kamish 5x = 225; Brian McBroom 8x = 268; Derek Ayd 5x = 247. Games 50 or more above average: Derek Ayd 247 (+93); Mark Bohn 259 (+54); Blake Douglas 246 (+63); Dave Hall 225 (+50); Brian McBroom 268 (+77); Don Swenson 239 (+65). Splits converted: 3-10: Mike Skow, Jim Wikstrom, Joel Struck. 4-5: Bert Meyer. 45-7: Joel Struck. Thursday Late Standings: Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 12.5, Stotz & Company 10, Fisk Trucking 9, Hansen Farms Inc. 8.5. Men’s games: Oliver Baillargeon 214, Dale Frandsen 209, Eugene Wynn Sr. 208. Men’s series: Dale Frandsen 585, Eugene Wynn Jr. 574, Oliver Baillargeon 568. Women’s games: Heather Wynn 226. Women’s series: Heather Wynn 558. Team games: Hansen Farms Inc. 990, Stotz & Company 889, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 836. Team series: Hansen Farms Inc. 2703, Stotz & Company 2410, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 2371. Friday Night Ladies Standings: Frederic Design 31, Junque Art 30, Meyer’s Plus 29, The Leader 28, Pioneer Bar 26, Pin Heads 16, SKM 6. Individual games: Jen Ellefson 203, Sheila Hansen 189, Cindy Denn 183. Individual series: Jen Ellefson 540, Mona Renfroe 515, Gail Linke 491. Team games: Pin Heads 628, SKM 623, Junque Art 602. Team series: SKM 1808, The Leader 1763, Junque Art 1753. Games 50 or more above average: Jen Ellefson. Splits converted: 6-5-10: Kim Owen. 510: Gail Linke. Saturday Night Mixed Standings: Lakers, Rebel Alliance, Handicaps, Luck-E, Hot Shots, Skowl. Men’s games: Ron Skow 251 & 247,

Mark Bohn & Mike Renfroe 234. Men’s series: Ron Skow 691, Mark Bohn 625, Curtis Renfroe 588. Women’s games: Deb Ingram 234, Linda Giller 226, Jackie Peterson 222. Women’s series: Deb Ingram 638, Linda Giller 604, Jackie Peterson 509. Team games: Skowl 976, Rebel Alliance 955, Luck-E 919. Team series: Skowl 2749, Luck-E 2701, Handicaps 2661.

McKenzie Lanes

Monday Night Ladies Standings: Edina Divas 15, Frederic Truck & Tractor 14, McKenzie Lanes 11.5, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 9, Metal Products 8, Milltown Appliance 5.5, Alyeska Contracting 2, Bye 3. Individual games: Shirley Wilson 222, Cindy Castellano 192, Yvonne Snyder 188. Individual series: Shirley Wilson 564, Cindy Castellano 519, Kathy McKenzie 501. Team games (Handicap): McKenzie Lanes 864. Team series (Handicap): McKenzie Lanes 2404. Monday Night Madness Standings: Mishaps 44, Alleycats 38, Eagle Lounge 37, Bogus Punkins 36, McKenzie Lanes 33, Bye 4. Individual games: Debbie Swanson 171, Judy Maier 168, Julia Delougherty 162. Individual series: Debbie Swanson 483, Judy Maier 418, Cathy Albrecht 407. Team games (Handicap): Eagle Lounge 622, Bogus Punkins 608. Team series (Handicap): Eagle Lounge 1747, Alleycats 1739. Tuesday Early Mixed Standings: Lane Crashers 63, 1 Pin Short 38.5, What the Ek 36, Lemon Heads 30.5. Men’s games: Kevin Ek 198, Jeff Lehmann 189, Gilbert Berg 180. Men’s series: Jeff Lehmann 546, Kevin Ek 538, Gilbert Berg 502. Women’s games: Beth Ahlgren 192, Brenda Lehmann 189, Alisa Lamb 169. Women’s series: Brenda Lehmann 521, Alisa Lamb 490, Beth Ahlgren 470. Team games: What the Ek 510. Team series: Lemon Heads 1399. Tuesday Women’s Standings: Country Gals 82.5, Kassel Tap 82, Hauge Dental 72.5, LC’s Gals 65.5, Trap Rock 64, Gutter Dusters 63, Custom Outfitter 60.5, Tomlinson Insurance 54. Individual games: Norma Hauge 197, Patti Katzmark 191, Kelley Hill & Jane Smith 190. Individual series: Kelley Hill 510, Denise Donaghue 509, Patti Katzmark 508.

Team games (Handicap): Kassel Tap 827, Gutter Dusters 808, Hauge Dental 800. Team series (Handicap): Kassel Tap 2377, Hauge Dental 2331, Custom Outfitter 2301. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: Dream Lawn 63.5, The Cobbler Shop 53.5, The Dugout 50, Centurview Park 49.5, Nel-Lo-Hill Farm 47.5, Steve’s Appliance 47, Hack’s Pub 45, McKenzie Lanes 44. Individual games: Doug Oryan 266, Craig Willert 247, Rick Fox 246. Individual series: Doug Oryan 705, Rick Fox 704, Darren McKenzie 655. Team games (Handicap): The Cobbler Shop 1229. Team series (Handicap): The Cobbler Shop 3553. Wednesday Early Standings: Amrhien Painting 46, Hack’s Pub 44, Gerhman Auto Body 40, Holiday StationStore 38, Suzie Q’s 30, Top Spot 30, Cutting Edge 20, Bye 8. Men’s games: Mike Welling 214, Tim Shalander 212, Merlin Fox 199. Men’s series: Mike Welling 611, Merlin Fox 560, John Gehrman 545. Women’s games: Patty Walker 177, Jeanne Kizer 175, Dixie Runberg 171. Women’s series: Dixie Runberg 483, Jeanne Kizer 445, Justine Melin 427. Team games (Handicap): Cutting Edge 684. Team series (Handicap): Cutting Edge 1974. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Tiger Express 32, Harvest Moon 24, Edina Realty 24, Davy’s Construction 18, McKenzie Lanes 16, Hanjo Farms 16, Reed’s Marina 16, Dalles Electricians 14. Individual games: Daryn Sylvester 278, Darren McKenzie 277, Tim Katzmark 254. Individual series: Daryn Sylvester 731, Darren McKenzie 726, Craig Willert 719. Team games (Handicap): Tiger Express 1072, Edina Realty 1051. Team series (Handicap): Tiger Express 3198, Davy’s Construction 2877.

Black & Orange

Early Birds Standings: Yellow River Saloon 21-11, Gandy Dancer Saloon 21-11, The Tap 1220, Black & Orange 10-22. Individual games: Kay Casey (YRS) 171, Lynn Toivola (T) 168, Lorene Breignan (GDS) 158. Individual series: Kay Casey (YRS) 460, Lorene Breignan (GDS) 400, Bonnie Fischer 398. Team games: Yellow River Saloon 864, Gandy Dancer Saloon 838, The Tap 808. Team series: Yellow River Saloon 2497, Gandy Dancer Saloon 2419, The Tap 2300. Monday Night Men’s Standings: Glass & Mirror Works 14.59.5, Black & Orange 14.5-9.5, Larry’s LP 14-10, Vacant 5-19. Individual games: Art Bliven (L) 204, Jack Witzany (L) 202, Dean Eytcheson (G&MW) 201. Individual series: Dean Eytcheson (G&MW) 593, Vern Nottom (B&O) 532, Art Bliven (L) 522. Team games: Larry’s LP 946, Black & Orange 931, Glass & Mirror Works 920. Team series: Black & Orange 2705, Larry’s LP 2704, Glass & Mirror Works 2642.

Games 50 or more above average: Jack Witzany 202 (+52). TNT Standings: Flower Power 20-8, Cashco 18-10, Larry’s LP 14-14, Vacant 4-24. Individual games: Jennifer Kern (L) 189, Mary Ellen Smith (C) 188, Patty Bjorklund (L) 181. Individual series: Jennifer Kern (L) 516, Mary Ellen Smith (C) 460, Vicki Tollander (C) 439. Team games: Flower Power 863, Cashco 861, Larry’s LP 827. Team series: Cashco 2490, Larry’s LP 2449, Flower Power 2377. Games 50 or more above average: Patty Bjorklund 181 (+60). Wednesday Night Standings: Cashco 18-6, Lions 15-9, Zia Louisa’s 15-9, Pheasant Inn 11.5-12.5, Black & Orange 9.5-14.5, Vacant 3-21. Individual games: Mike Zajac (C) 212, Art Bliven (L) 211, Roger Tollander (C) 202. Individual series: Mike Zajac (C) 601, Art Bliven (L) 576, Roger Tollander (C) 547. Team games: Cashco 951, Lions 941, Zia Louisa’s 911. Team series: Cashco 2718, Lions 2678, Zia Louisa’s 2658. Early Risers Standings: Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 19-13, Gandy Dancer 17-15, 10th Hole 17-15, A+ Sanitation 11-21. Individual games: Evie Engebretson (GNHD) 169, Pam Dildine (10th) 168, Donna Crain (GD) 163. Individual series: Evie Engebretson (GNHD) 479, Donna Crain (GD) 465, Pam Dildine (10th) 460. Team games: Gandy Dancer Saloon 705, Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 672, 10th Hole 659. Team series: Gandy Dancer Saloon 1998, Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 1972, 10th Hole 1929. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Dolls w/Balls 20-8, Webster Motel 14-14, Rollettes 11-17, Pour House 11-17. Individual games: Jacquelyn Churchill (Dw/B) 176, Brenda Swett (R) 174, Shaurette Reynolds (Dw/B) 169. Individual series: Shaurette Reynolds (Dw/B) 467, Brenda Swett (R) 460, Jacquelyn Churchill (Dw/B) 404. Team games: Rollettes 695, Webster Motel 655, Dolls w/Balls 647. Team series: Rollettes 1996, Webster Motel 1878. Dolls w/Balls 1847. Games 50 or more above average: Brenda Swett 174 (+52).

Denny’s Downtown Lanes

Sunday Afternoon Mixed Standings: Spare Us 39, Redneck Coon Hunters 35, Blind 33, George’s Angels 28, Team Siren 23, The Pacifiers 10. Women’s games: Austin Otis 165, Lori Dake 154, Ernie Meyer 150. Women’s series: Austin Otis 435, Lori Dake 416, Ernie Meyer 378. Men’s games: George Nutt 194, Jim Loomis 179, Scott Lamphere 166. Men’s series: Scott Lamphere 473, George Nutt 458, Jamie Meir 450. Team games: George’s Angels 453, Spare Us 449, Redneck Coon Hunters 398. Team series: Spare Us 1267, George’s Angels 1213, Redneck Coon Hunters 1180.







Pirate girls down Siren


Grantsburg 58, Siren 47 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Pirate girls basketball team handed the Dragons a rare loss on Friday, Feb. 3, at Grantsburg, winning by a 58-47 final in the West Lakeland Conference matchup. “I thought our girls played extremely hard for four quarters and never let up defensively,” stated Pirate head coach Adam Hale. “Macy Hanson was all over the court and gave an outstanding effort.” The Pirates had a surprise challenge as the game started, losing spark plug junior Kylie Pewe during pregame warm-ups to a freak ankle injury, but Hale said the other players stepped up and made up for the loss. “Stacey McKenzie did a nice job stepping in with six points, eight rebounds and four assists,” Hale said. “Carly Larson hit some big baskets in the first half to get us going and it was nice to have Sam (Schwieger) back as she gives us some extra offense.” The Dragons had trouble with their outside shot, and tended to go one and out, while the Pirates made every board count. “It was a game in which we didn’t shoot the ball very well and Grantsburg came to play,” stated Siren head coach Ryan Karsten. “Coach Hale had his girls prepared for what worked the first time when we beat them and they made some nice improvements.” Grantsburg’s Schwieger led all scorers with 15 points, followed closely by teammate Larson with 14 tallies. Hanson contributed 11 points in the win, as well as strong defensive pressure. Mackenzie Smith led the Dragons with 10 points, followed by Raven Emery and Ky Kettula with nine points each. “They outhustled us, outrebounded us, and outplayed us most of the night. I give them all the credit,” Karsten admitted. “Their defense caused us to miss too many shots.” Siren was 7 of 35 from 3-point territory, and converted just 9 of 28 field-goal attempts, meaning they were 16 of 63 overall, which didn’t sit well with Karsten. “We got shots, just didn’t hit them. It was an off night for the Dragons, one of many this season,” Karsten said. “We

Viking girls earn comeback win in thrilling fashion

Carly Larson heads in for a layup against Siren's Brittany Coulter. – Photos by Greg Marsten have been either on or off, no in-between. That happens when you have little to no experience on varsity, and I have plenty of that.” Grantsburg did a solid job containing the Dragon shooters, while also handling the boards on both ends with aplomb. “Siren is a very difficult matchup because they always have at least four girls on the court who can bury the 3-point shot,” Hale said. “They kept shooting and fortunately for us they missed a few, which allowed us to build a double-digit [lead] and hang on in the fourth quarter. Nicole McKenzie had a couple of key rebounds and free throws in the fourth quarter as well.” With the Siren loss, the Pirates equaled the Dragons West Lakeland Conference record, but neither squad has an easy road ahead. “I hope over the last quarter of the season we can play better,” Karsten said. “The schedule doesn’t get any easier.”

Siren 57, Luck 46 LUCK – The Siren girls earned a solid conference win over the Cardinals on Tuesday, Feb. 7. “The game was the story of three parts,” said Siren coach Ryan Karsten, who said his girls got off to a good start, leading 178 at one point, but foul trouble allowed the Cards to keep it close at halftime, 22-19. The Dragons came out firing in the third quarter however, outscoring Luck 26-10 and taking it the rest of the way. “Marty had his girls ready to play and they played hard,” said Karsten. Brittany Coulter and Carly Good each had 3-pointers in the first half, along with two from Raven Emery and another from Mackenzie Smith. Then in the third quarter, Karsten said Good had the hot hand with three 3-pointers and another two. Abigail Mitchell had six, Liz Brown added two, as well as Kyiasha Kettula; and Mackenzie Smith hit a 3-pointer at the

Dragon Liz Brown goes up against the Pirates. buzzer. Brown also had another huge night rebounding, with 15. She had 16 a game earlier against Grantsburg. “She has been working very hard for us inside. We hit nine threes on the game and looked comfortable and relaxed all night. That is the way we need to play if we are to have success the rest of this season!” Karsten said. The Cards were led by Steen’s 22 points, eight rebounds and one assist. Maia Lehmann had 12 points and six rebounds, Darian Ogilvie and Jaimee Buck each had four points. Buck had five rebounds and three assists, and Taylor Joy also had eight boards and two points. Hannah Karl also had two points and three rebounds. – Marty Seeger

Down but not out

Frederic 57, Unity 56 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FREDERIC – The Viking girls basketball team won a thrilling victory over Unity on Friday, Feb. 3, while at the same time snapping a three-game losing streak and to cap it all off, it was another amazing comeback victory. During a game earlier this season against Clear Lake, the Vikings were trailing by as much as 20 points in the third quarter, but surged ahead late for the eventual win. Last Friday, Vikings coach Troy Wink said the Vikings trailed by as much as 18 points in the third quarter, but cut the Eagles lead to 12 heading into the fourth. “(We) kept chipping away and finally took the lead with 22 seconds left by (Corissa Schmidt’s) two free throws,” Wink said. Frederic had a chance to put the game away for good in the final seconds after a steal, but they missed a layup, and the Eagles came down with the rebound. The Vikings were forced to foul with just nine seconds left in the game and Unity senior Brittany Thomfohrda knocked down both free throws to give the Eagles a 56-55 lead. But Schmidt made the best of the remaining nine seconds of the game, taking the ball coast-to-coast and hitting a diffi-

The Vikings take a time-out with the game knotted at 54 points apiece. The Vikings trailed by as much as 18 in the third quarter, but made their way back in a big way in the fourth quarter.

Frederic's Carly Gustafson had a solid effort with nine points and six rebounds against the Eagles in a big comeback win for the Vikes. – Photos by Becky Amundson

had five steals. “Maria was solid, (with her) doubledouble,” Wink noted. “Huge contributions from Natalie Phernetton on both ends of the court. Kendra Mossey’s D in the fourth was super, and Cori’s strong fourth. Great team win!” Phernetton and Carly Gustafson each

had nine points, Emily Byerly, four, and Mossey and Lara Harlander each had two. Gustafson also had six rebounds. The Eagles got a 20-point effort from Shauna Jorgenson, and Thomfohrda added 15. Sarah Bader had eight points, Maddie Ramich, six, Anna Ebensperger, five and Hailey Olson had two.

cult shot from 8 feet away for the game winner. The Vikings held off the Eagles for the remaining three seconds and the eventual comeback win. Schmidt had 12 points and seven steals on the night, and Maria Miller led with a double-double contributing 19 points and 10 rebounds. Miller also shot 9 of 10 from the free-throw line and





The Year of the Dragon Prior to the 2012 West Lakeland hoop campaign, the Siren Dragons girls basketball teams, under coaches Jon Ruud and current head man Ryan Karsten, had earned West Lakeland titles for five consecutive seasons. MeanTHE SPORTS while, the Luck Cardinal boys had accomplished the same feat under coach Rick Giller through 2011. So perhaps the stars were properly aligned with the Cardinals as the opponent when Ruud’s Dragon boys claimed the undisputed conference championship with Tuesday night’s hard-fought 46-41 victory at Luck. (See game story elsewhere on these pages.) It is the Dragon boys first title since 1990, when 1,000-point scorer and rebounder Tim Murphy led the green and white under coach Bill Sargent. Jason Hinze and Scott Blahauvietz were among other key contributors on that last Dragon boys squad to earn a league title.

John Ryan


Old-timers in action at Luck Leader Land’s premier alumni basketball tournament takes place this Satur-


day, Feb. 11, in the Andy Dolny gymnasium in Luck. The tourney is one of the marquee events in the annual Luck Winter Carnival. A few years ago, Frederic’s then-current boys basketball coach Ben Nelson organized a similar affair at FHS, but it didn’t take off like the Luck event and eventually died on the vine. At least one participant in that Frederic tourney was at first disappointed in the low turnout of alumni from the 1960s and ‘70s. But after being forced to play the majority of two entire 40-minute games and then being largely immobilized by stiffness and pain for a full week thereafter, the Viking alumnus realized that the very wiser old-timers were the guys who chose not to participate. Ben Nelson climbs coaching ladder Spies report from Arizona that the above-mentioned Frederic alum and former head coach Nelson is currently an assistant coach for the Mesa Community College women’s basketball team. The Thunderbirds have a 17-6 record as this week’s Leader went to press. Heads-up Ricky Rubio teaches basketball lesson Astute basketball minds took note of a brilliant, yet seemingly fundamental play by Timberwolves phenom Ricky Rubio at the end of his team’s recent win over the New Jersey Nets. The Wolves had a three-point lead with three seconds remaining when Rubio corralled a steal

LEADER SPORTS SCOREBOARD BOYS BASKETBALL Team Siren Dragons Unity Eagles Grantsburg Pirates Frederic Vikings Webster Tigers Luck Cardinals St. Croix Falls Saints


Conf. 10-0 7-3 6-3 5-5 3-6 2-7 0-9

Scores Friday, February 3 Frederic 55, Unity 50 Siren 63, Grantsburg 51 Webster 39, St. Croix Falls 35 Luck 63, Clear Lake 23 Monday, February 6 Clayton 78, St. Croix Falls 45 Tuesday, February 7 Frederic 48, St. Croix Falls 37 Grantsburg 86, Clear Lake 39 Siren 46, Luck 41 Unity 38, Webster 28 Upcoming Thursday, February 9 7:30 p.m. Frederic at Luck (DH) Unity at New Auburn (DH) Friday, February 10 7:30 p.m. Grantsburg at St. Croix Falls (DH) Siren at Webster (DH) Turtle Lake at Unity Monday, February 13 7:30 p.m. Unity at Prairie Farm (DH) Tuesday, February 14 6 p.m. Shell Lake at Frederic (DH) 7:30 p.m. Birchwood at Webster (DH) Pine City, Minn., at Siren Thursday, February 16 6 p.m. Webster at Frederic (DH) 7:30 p.m. Unity at Clear Lake Grantsburg at Turtle Lake

Overall 18-0 10-6 13-4 12-6 6-11 7-11 2-16


Standings Conf. Overall WSFLG Blizzard 12-0-0 20-2-0 Scores Saturday, February 4 Blizzard 4, Minneapolis, Minn., 1 Monday, February 6 Blizzard 14, Pine City, Minn., 2 Upcoming Friday, February 10 7:30 p.m. North Branch, Minn., vs. Blizzard at Grantsburg


Upcoming Saturday, February 11 10 a.m. St. Croix Falls Regional Meet (Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg, St. Croix Falls, Unity) Tuesday, February 14 6 p.m. Team sectionals at Somerset

Team St. Croix Falls Saints Siren Dragons Grantsburg Pirates Unity Eagles Frederic Vikings Luck Cardinals Webster Tigers

door meet competition. Last weekend, the Karl sisters garnered key points in their events, which helped catapult the Blugolds to a narrow victory in a triangular meet at UW-Stevens Point. The Karl sisters, of course, are well known locally as the youngest members of the Karl family, which (at least until or unless someone wrests away the figurative title) is affectionately known as Leader Land’s undisputed “First Family of Distance Running.” Follow our local athletes throughout the winter and spring via the UWEC Web site.

It’s track and field season at UW-Eau Claire The spy network reports that 2011 Luck graduate Roger Steen and lastspring’s Frederic grads Sage Karl and Calla Karl competing for their respective Blugolds track and field teams in in-

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Scores Thursday, February 2 Luck 57, Clear Lake 47 Shell Lake 51, Webster 20 Friday, February 3 Frederic 57, Unity 56 Grantsburg 58, Siren 47 St. Croix Falls 52, Webster 25 Saturday, February 4 St. Croix Falls 78, Pine City, Minn., 4 Tuesday, February 7 Siren 57, Luck 46 Unity 63, Webster 31 St. Croix Falls 60, Frederic 40 Upcoming Thursday, February 9 6 p.m. Frederic at Luck (DH) Unity at New Auburn (DH) Friday, February 10 6 p.m. Grantsburg at St. Croix Falls (DH) Siren at Webster (DH) Monday, February 13 6 p.m. Unity at Prairie Farm (DH) Siren at Clayton Tuesday, February 14 6 p.m. Birchwood at Webster (DH) 7:30 p.m. Shell Lake at Frederic (DH) Cumberland at Grantsburg Thursday, February 16 7:30 p.m. Webster at Frederic (DH) Grantsburg at Flambeau

Overall 14-2 9-7 11-3 9-8 7-10 5-10 1-14


Helpful hint for sportsmen Many local landowners have multiple salt licks on their property to be enjoyed by deer and other inhabitants of our forest floor. If you want multiple licks but are discouraged by the high price of salt, note that there is a better, cheaper way. Simply buy one block of salt, turn it on its side (longer side parallel to ground) and firmly (but not harshly) whack it with a splitting maul. With two or three well-placed hits, you will have three or four good-sized blocks, which should last a full year at even a busy salt lick.

Keep up on your favorite high school team

Overall 11-12-0

Scores Thursday, February 2 Blizzard 4, Moose Lake, Minn., 3 (OT) Tuesday, February 7 Hayward/Spooner 7, Blizzard 4 Upcoming Thursday, February 16 (1st Round of Playoffs) 7 p.m. Blizzard at Chippewa Falls


Thursday, February 9 6:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Grantsburg Saturday, February 10 10 a.m. Grantsburg at Ashland St. Croix Falls at Ashland

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Conf. 9-0 7-2 6-2 4-5 3-6 1-7 0-8



deep in the Nets front court. Rubio immediately lofted a high lob toss in the direction of the Wolves goal and the clock expired by the time the ball hit the floor. One would think that Rubio’s heads-up play would be a no-brainer, but it’s not what we normally see in that situation at any level of play. Generally, in such a case, it seems that the player who came up with the loose ball steal would tuck in the ball, assume a fetal position and hope he would be fouled for the potential “glory” of shooting game-clinching free throws and adding to his individual scoring tally. Of course “the rub” is that no free-throw shooter shoots with 100-percent accuracy, and Rubio knew that the only way the Nets could’ve possibly won that game would’ve been if he had gone to the line and missed the front end of a one-and-one. Nevertheless, chances are the next time you see a similar loose-ball recovery in a similar spot on the floor with three seconds remaining, and whether the player shoots free throws at a 40-, 60-, 70- or 90percent clip, you will probably see the player tuck in the ball, hoping to be fouled. So: Nice job, Ricky!



Webster Tigers

by following the Blizzard Hockey

Congratulatory emails will continue to pour in to the Prediction King after last week’s 152 record which raised the rhyming prognosticator ’s season mark to 12027. This bumps his success rate up to 82 percent. “Like a welldrilled basketball team, I am reaching THE SWAMI my peak as tournament time approaches,” he said Wednesday morning while waxing his cross-country skis in preparation for this month’s Birkebeiner race.

The Swami


This week’s games Boys Frederic 50, Luck 48 – FHS helps kick off Winter Carnival week. Like the Swami, the Vikings are reaching their peak. Siren 49, Webster 31 – This won’t be too close, but you can certainly bet that it not as lopsided as the first time they met. Grantsburg 66, St. Croix Falls 33 – The Pirates take off on a new winning streak. With title hopes gone, tourney glory they seek. Unity 58, Prairie Farm 35 – Unity wins this mismatch with ease. Now, go on to the next rhyme below if you please. Unity 53, Turtle Lake 51 – A tight nonleague game, but the Eagles prevail. At home UHS is unlikely to fail. Webster 40, Birchwood 37 – Birchwood can’t score, which will help Webster’s

cause. The Bobcats succumb ‘neath the Tigers fierce paws. Siren 90, Pine City 47 – Finally, a chance to air out their game. This Dragons victim shares the same mascot name. Frederic 68, Shell Lake 40 – The Vikings will close winning six games straight. Their chances for tournament wins sure look great. Girls Unity 60, New Auburn 33 – Let me make myself perfectly clear, a one-sided win is in order here. Frederic 57, Luck 54 – The Vikes won last time with a fourth-quarter blizzard. Will youthful coach Wink outwit the old Wizard? St. Croix Falls 52, Grantsburg 49 – Order the T-shirts. The Saints win the crown. There’s another hoop title in SCF town. Siren 55, Webster 31 – A sweep for the Dragons in this doubleheader. This year Siren is just that much better. Siren 53, Clayton 39 – Clayton is rebuilding, and it would also appear that the SHS Dragons will be a better next year. Unity 58, Prairie Farm 28 – Another mismatch which the Eagles can’t lose. To a lackluster 30 point victory they’ll cruise. Webster 38, Birchwood 35 – It’s been quite awhile, but here’s win number two. For the Bobcats as well, wins have been few. Grantsburg 70, Cumberland 31 – Pirates will win, and this is a time, when the poet can’t find any words that will rhyme. The Swami cheerfully answers all emails and can be reached at




Carp removal continues on Clam Lake Some success seen in most recent netting efforts by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer SIREN – Efforts to remove carp from Clam Lake near Siren have been continuing this winter as part of an ongoing research project aimed at protecting the once-flourishing growth of wild rice on the lake. Mapping surveys done in 2001 showed roughly 288 acres of dense rice that could be found on Clam Lake, but a year ago, that number had shrunk to a low of about 60 acres. Research and funding from the St. Croix Tribal Environmental Services, Wisconsin DNR, Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Clam Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District and many others, showed the culprit to be the common carp, whose numbers have risen dramatically over the past decade. With the successful removal of 4,009 carp last Friday, Feb. 3, crews were able to get their first population estimate since the project began, and the numbers are staggering. “Just looking at the raw data, it looks like we maybe have roughly 78,000 fish,” said Tony Havranek, Land and Water Resources manager for St. Croix Tribal Environmental Department. Havranek said the numbers also include juvenile fish, but the removal of 4,009 carp (estimated at approximately 28,000 pounds) is just a drop in the bucket compared to their target goal of removing 70 to 80 percent of the population. “I know that’s a lot of fish, but I think that’s a good goal to have. If we get that many that’s going to be a real dramatic change to the fishery. And we’ll be able to see what kind of difference that makes come summertime,” he said. But removing those fish has proven difficult, and it has set the research project back at least a year. Carp are aggregated during the winter months, but are spooked easily and can scatter out of an area rather quickly if there’s too much activity on the ice. The carp seem drawn to the areas on Upper Clam Lake near the sunfish bay area, which is shallow and muddy, adding to the difficulty in netting them. During the removal process, which is conducted by JR Commercial Fish out of Cambridge, Minn., nets of up to 2,500 feet are led by radio-controlled mini-submarines, to a hole in the ice about the size of the average car. The lines that are drawn by the mini-subs are then hooked to a winch, and drawn slowly out of the water. Once the carp are harvested, samples are taken and the fish are transported to a new fish processing facility in Wabasha, Minn. There is virtually no waste, and the product is sold to Europe, Australia and Asia. Some products include fillets, canned fish,

Crews work together to net carp on Friday, Feb. 3, on Clam Lake near Siren. They were successful in netting 4,009 carp, which is roughly 5 percent of the population. They hope to net a whole lot more this winter if conditions are right. – Photos submitted

Similar to an assembly line, workers sort out carp and take down data to ensure that the research projects on Clam Lake are successful. caviar, products for the craft market, “With the way the weather has been, leather goods and animal food supple- who knows how many weeks of good ice ments and fertilizer, according to its Web we’re going to have,” Havranek said. site. Removal efforts continued on Tuesday, Also aiding in the effort of finding the Feb. 7, but numbers weren’t available at fish prior to netting are 16 carp fixed with press time. For now, Havranek is waiting high-frequency radio transmitters. By for subsamples that were taken from the using radio telemetry and side scanning fish caught Friday, which will help detersonar crews can find the huge school of mine average length, size and weight. It fish effectively. But efforts are quickly will also give them a better idea of the biocalled off if cold weather hits or fish scat- mass of the lake and help determine the ter out of the area. number of fish they’ll need to remove Crews also tried netting carp in the with more accuracy. open water last spring after ice-out and Some fish caught Friday were between were successful in netting about 2,000 fish, 15 and 20 inches, and others were as large but Friday’s results were their best effort as 25 pounds. There was also a sturgeon to date. As long as winter ice conditions caught, tagged and released by DNR fishdon’t deteriorate, they hope to do as much eries biologists that measured 76 inches, netting as possible when the carp are lo- and was too large for a scale that maxed cated effectively, and the prospect of cap- out at 105 pounds. turing large numbers is high. By removing the carp, the lake’s natural

native vegetation, native fish populations, waterfowl and people who frequent the lake will benefit. Once the target goal is reached, crews will be able to begin working on reseeding wild rice areas depleted by the carp. They also continue efforts to protect the rice and work on other problem areas the lake is facing. One of those areas is with woody habitat work, which they hope will increase the precipitous decline in the bluegill population. A recent fishery assessment report done by the DNR helps to confirm the need for woody habitat to provide bluegills with the cover they need to survive as fry. Bluegills are also a natural predator of the carp as they not only feed on carp eggs, but also the fry. “In the absence of that bluegill population out there, the carp are able to take off, and all they need is one or two years of recruitment,” said Havranek, who also pointed out another study done with waterfowl on Clam Lake, and neighboring Long Lake. Using Long lake as a control, They found that there wasn’t a big difference in the fall migration or summer brood numbers, but the spring migrating population on Long Lake was about 18 times higher than the spring migrating population on Clam Lake. “And that doesn’t take into account the size difference of the two lakes, so you could tell there was incredibly reduced numbers on Clam Lake, and we just think it’s due to the reduction in aquatic vegetation out there,” said Havranek. With so much information and research going into the effort to restore Clam Lake, Havranek appreciates the efforts from various agencies and studies done by the University of Minnesota, and this week, they took a leap forward with the successful netting of more carp. “It’s really nice to have all these pieces of data coming together in this one giant puzzle,” Havranek said.

Crated carp rest on the ice on Clam Lake, waiting to be taken to the processing plant.

2012 Wisconsin waterfowl hunting conference in Wausau Crex Meadows is this year’s featured property WAUSAU – Wisconsin waterfowl hunters are invited to attend the Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters Conference which will be held on Friday-Saturday, March 9 and 10, at the Wausau Plaza Hotel in Wausau. This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the conference, and the steering committee has been working to make the conference even better.

The conference is designed, developed and managed by a committee of independent waterfowl hunters. It is supported by individuals, conservation organizations, private businesses and government agencies. The focus since the inception of the conference has been about preserving and enhancing the waterfowl hunting heritage, and how waterfowl hunting in Wisconsin might be improved. Attendees can have a hand in determining the future needs for waterfowl management, research and hunting opportunities. The cost of the conference is only $20 if you preregister. The meeting is open to anyone inter-

ested in waterfowl hunting; allows waterfowlers from around the state the opportunity to meet fellow hunters, management biologists and wardens; and addresses questions, concerns, experiences and information that affect the waterfowl hunting heritage and future hunting opportunities. Along with holding the conference at a new location, the improved agenda and conference program includes a variety of topics and presentations that waterfowl hunters will find both stimulating and educational. It includes waterfowl issue updates from the DNR Bureaus of Wildlife Management and Law Enforcement; Wis-

consin legislative update; status of scaup; waterfowl taxidermy techniques, waterfowl habitat enhancement on the breeding and wintering grounds; and many other topics. The Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in northwestern Wisconsin will be the featured property. Breakout sessions will be held on Saturday that will feature duck calls, duck identification from wings, graduate school for duck dogs and more. Additional information on the Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters Conference can be found at submitted




George Herman Ruth, Jr. was born in February 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland. By the time he was 5, Ruth was always getting in trouble in his neighborhood, so his parents sent him to St. Mary’s Industrial School. There, Brother Matthias introduced Ruth to baseball. By 1914, Ruth had become a baseball star in Baltimore. That was the year the Baltimore Orioles, a minor league team, signed him to a contract. However, because Ruth was only 19, the owner had to become his guardian, so other players called Ruth the “baby,” which later became “Babe.” During that season, Ruth was sold to the Boston Red Sox. From there he was sold to the New York Yankees in 1920. He was a big hit in New York; and for the first time in baseball history, more than 1 million fans saw the Yankees play that year. By the time he was 26, Ruth had already hit more home runs than anyone in baseball history. Ruth played his last game in Pittsburgh in May 1935. That afternoon, he hit three home runs, giving him a total of 714. When the Baseball Hall of Fame opened in 1939, Ruth was one of the first five members to be selected.

Building Young Men Dedicated to helping boys become better people, several men took part in developing the Boy Scouts of America. Robert Baden-Powell, Ernest Thompson Seton, Daniel Carter Beard, William Boyce and James West established the Boy Scouts of America in February 1910. Today, the Boy Scouts of America is made up of several groups. Tiger Cubs BSA: This school-year program is for 7-year-old boys and adult mentors. Boys learn about leadership, community and family. Cub Scouting: For 8, 9 and 10 year-old boys, this is a family- and home-centered program. Boy Scouting: Boys, 11 to 17, work to achieve the goals of scouting with outdoor programs and adult counseling. Varsity Scouting: Young men, 14 to 17, work through programs like adventure, service and personal development. Venturing: This new program is for young men, 14 to 20. National Eagle Scout Association: Young men who have received the Eagle Scout rank are part of this program to help other young men.

At last count, more than 90 million people had been a boy scout at sometime during their lives. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, visit the Web site at


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Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Russell J. Karnes State Bar #1054982 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 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. 282306

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.


Plaintiff vs. RICHARD F. DIEDRICH, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 309 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 19, 2011, in the amount of $118,562.34, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 21, 2012, 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: Lot 6, of Certified Survey Map No. 4232 recorded in Volume 19 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 13 as Document No. 667181, located in the Northeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 19, Township 32 North, Range 16 West, Town of Black Brook, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 297 110th St., Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 010-00487-0600. Dated this 30th day of January, 2012 Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Scott D. Nabke State Bar #1037979 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719

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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 or the purpose. 283124

NOTICE OF FREDERIC SCHOOL BOARD REGULAR MEETING Monday, February 13, 2012, 6:30 p.m. Frederic High 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. 2011 - 12 budget D. Board member reports/Governance 4. Reports of the administration A. Superintendent B. High School Principal C. Elementary Principal 1. Technology-Science Presentation by the Third Grade. D. Buildings and Grounds E. Food Service F. Athletic Director 5. New Business 1. Personnel 2. Administrative Staffing 3. Faculty Staffing: Nonrenewal/Layoff 4. Spring Coach Approvals A. Contracts 1. CESA Shared Services 2. Loan Refinance B. Policy Review: 1. Reading 2. Title I 3. Open Enrollment C. Budget Transfer D. Insurance Program E. School Calendar Review: 2012 - 13 6. The Board will adjourn into closed session pursuant to s19.85(1) & (f) to consider the possible nonrenewal of a teacher(s) and negotiations. 7. Business as a result of closed session 554210 25L 8. Adjourn

Burnett and Polk County deaths Burnett County Jerry Lee Torgerud Sr., 72, Town of Meenon, Dec. 21, 2011. Louise Mildred Kimbel, 89, village of Grantsburg, Jan. 25, 2012.

(Feb. 8, 15, 22, 29, Mar. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CITIFINANCIAL, INC. Plaintiff vs. ALLEN J. WYMAN, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 341 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 17, 2010, in the amount of $90,535.26, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 27, 2012, 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 3 of Glenna Lake Vincent Plat No. 1, being a part of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 9, Township 35 North, Range 16 West, Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 973973A Vincent Lake Lane, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 026-01443-0000. Dated this 3rd day of February, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Scott D. Nabke State Bar #1037979 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 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. 283172

Polk County Leon H. Erickson, 69, St. Croix Falls, died Jan. 19, 2012. Ivar H. Johnson, 83, Georgetown, died Jan. 20, 2012. Eunice L. Alen, 91, Amery, died Jan. 21, 2012.

Audrey G. DeTar, 68, Amery, died Jan. 22, 2012. Michael I. DeMoe, 66, Frederic, died Jan. 25, 2012. Frederick W. Donath, 86, Clear Lake, died Jan. 29, 2012. (Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Mar. 7) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CENTRAL MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, vs. THE ESTATE OF DONALD C. HOFFMAN, Defendants. Case No. 11-CV-729 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of said Circuit Court in the above-entitled action which was entered on December 21, 2011, in the amount of $303,610.94, I shall expose for sale and sell at public auction in the Foyer of the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on the 22nd day of March, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the following described premises or so much thereof as may be sufficient as to raise the amount due to the plaintiff for principal, interest and costs, together with the disbursements of sale and solicitors’ fees, to-wit: Lot Five (5), Plat of Kingview Addition, Town of Black Brook, Polk County, Wis. Tax Parcel Number: 01000896-0000 TERMS OF SALE: 10% down - cash, money order or certified check. Balance due within ten days of confirmation of sale. This property is being sold as is and subject to all liens and encumbrances. TIMOTHY G. MOORE, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Velnetske Law Offices, LLC 10555 N. Port Washington Road Mequon, WI 53092 (262) 241-9339 The above property is located at 1107 55th Avenue, Amery, Wisconsin. 553660 WNAXLP Velnetske Law Office, LLC, is a law firm representing a creditor in the collection of a debt owed to such creditor, and any such information obtained will be used for that purpose.

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF LUCK REGULAR BOARD MEETING Thursday, February 16, 2012, 6 p.m. Boardroom

AGENDA 1. Call to order and seek approval of the agenda, Robert Clifton 2. Consideration of previous minutes, LeRoy Buck 3. Presentation of Vouchers, Amy Dueholm 4. Treasurer’s Report, Amy Dueholm 5. Recognition of Guests or Delegates A. Michael Jenssen, Student Representative B. Dean Roush/Other Staff - Board will convene in Mr. Roush’s room for a Promethean Board demonstration. 6. Administrative Reports A. Mr. Palmer B. Mrs. Goldbach C. Mr. Gobler 7. Old Business A. Second reading of Cell Phone Policy. 8. New Business A. Shared Services Contract with CESA. B. Discussion of Special Ed classroom needs/remodeling. C. FFA Graduation Sash criteria. D. D.O.D. possible surplus grant. E. Any other business that may properly come before the Board. 9. Motion to convene into executive session per WI Stat 19.85(1)(e) for discussion and negotiation with a committee from the Village about a possible land purchase from the school. 10. Reconvene to open session. No action on executive session expected. 11. Motion to adjourn. 554174 25L

Polk County marriages Phanthachith Koubandonh, Richfield, Minn., and Joshua L. Billie, Richfield, Minn., Jan. 29, 2012. Darla M. Bang, Taylors Falls, Minn., and Woodie D. Morley, Osceola, Jan. 29, 2012. Laura L. Baker, Clear Lake, and Miles L. Leritte II, Clear Lake, Jan. 30, 2012. Alina D. Kotasek, Dresser, and Matthew P. Hayes, Dresser, Jan. 31, 2012. (Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. CHARLES S. BITTORF, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 654 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on January 6, 2011, in the amount of $231,171.53, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 29, 2012, 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: Government Lot 6 and those parts of Government Lot 10, the Northwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, and the Southwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, which lie North and West of the abandoned railroad right of way now owned by the State of Wisconsin, Department of Transportation, all in Section 18, Township 33 North, Range 15 West, Town of Clayton, Polk County, Wisconsin. EXCEPT Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map Number 3739, recorded in Volume 17 of Certified Survey Maps, page 2, as Document Number 633843, located in part of Government Lot 10, Section 18, Township 33 North, Range 15 West, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 571 90th Ave., Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 016-00409-0000, 016-00404-0000, 016-004150000 & 016-00417-0100. Dated this 15th day of November, 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. 279927

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PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 14, 2011, in the amount of $84,316.10, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 20, 2012, 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: Lots 1, 2, 3, Block 1, Lawson City, Village of Luck, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 30 2nd Avenue E., Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 146-0046-0000. Dated this 17th day of January, 2012.

NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of a judgment of foreclosure and sale rendered in the above-entitled action on September 26, 2011, in the amount of $207,022.04, 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 March, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: PARCEL 1: Part of Government Lot 2, of Section 30, Township 34 North, Range 16 West in the Town of Apple River described as Lot 28 of Certified Survey Maps, filed January 4, 1995, in Volume 9 of Records, Page 80, as Document No. 538840. PARCEL 2: A 66-footwide easement for the benefit of PARCEL 1 for ingress and egress over and across the proposed town road as shown on the subject Certified Survey Map. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1166 134th Avenue, 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 6th day of February, 2012.


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Case No. 09CV348 Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage


(Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Mar. 7) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAYVIEW LOAN SERVICING, LLC Plaintiff vs. JOHN W. NELSON, et al Defendant(s)



(Feb. 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Edis C. Calder Notice Setting Time to Hear Application and Deadline for Filing Claims (Informal Administration) Case No. 11 PR 41 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth June 17, 1914, and date of death June 11, 2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of c/o Jean Giller, P.O. Box 72, Luck, WI 54853. 3. The application will be heard at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500, before Jenell L. Anderson, Probate Registrar, on February 22, 2012, at 10 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 April 27, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500. 6. This publication is notice to any persons whose names or address are unknown. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call 715-4859299 at least 10 working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar January 17, 2012 Daniel J. Tolan Attorney at Law P.O. Box 213 Luck, WI 54853 715-472-4002 553655 Bar No. 1029533 WNAXLP


(Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BRANCH 1 ANCHORBANK, FSB Assignee of S & C Bank Plaintiff vs. RICHARD L. VOLGREN THELMA A. VOLGREN GERALD C. VOLGREN DEBORAH A. VOLGREN CITIBANK (SOUTH DAKOTA) DISCOVER BANK FIRST EQUITY CARD CORPORATION CACH NCO Portfolio Management Assignee of Capital One JOHN DOE #1, JOHN DOE #2, JOHN DOE #3 AND JOHN DOE #4 Defendants. Case No: 11CV234 Case Code: 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE By virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above-entitled action on August 22, 2011, in the amount of $169,773.09, 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 February, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the Judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: Lot One (1) of Certified Survey Map No. 5756 recorded in Volume 26 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 22 as Document No. 758039, located in the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (NE 1/4 of NE 1/4) of Section Eleven (11), Township Thirty-four (34) North, Range Seventeen (17) West, Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, FORMERLY DESCRIBED AS the South 371 feet of the North 571 feet of the East 587 feet of NE 1/4 of NE 1/4, Section 11, Township 34 North, Range 17 West, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1693 130th St., Balsam Lake, WI. 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 within ten days after confirmation of sale. Dated this 29th day of December, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Polk County Sheriff Donald R. Marjala - Lawyer Spangler, Nodolf, Bruder & Klinkhammer, LLC P.O. Box 1165 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1165 (715) 830-9771 Attorneys for Plaintiff 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 obtained will be used for that purpose. 552296 WNAXLP

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Northwest Passage Residential Treatment Program

Of Webster, Wisconsin, provides comprehensive therapeutic services for adolescent boys experiencing emotional and behavioral disturbance. Night & Weekend Primary Counselors: Requires a bachelor’s degree in social or behavior science field, but also may be waived with equivalent experience. Responsible to provide counseling, group work direction, care and supervision for residents. Full-time position with benefits. Also positions available in Frederic. Check our Web site ( for more details of the program. Interested applicants, please apply by sending a resume to:

Northwest Passage

Deb Watson, Staff Development Coordinator 7818 Moline Rd., Webster, WI 54893 or


Part-Time Weekdays Pharmacy Technician

The Monthly Board Meeting For The Town Of McKinley Will Be On Mon., Feb. 13, 2012, At 7 p.m.

TANGEN DRUG 124 N. Washington St. Croix Falls, WI

(Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Contractors Capital Corporation 10527 165th Street West Lakeville, MN 55044 Plaintiff, vs. The Collovas, LLC 715 West Shore Drive Somerset, WI 54025 Patrick C. Collova 715 West Shore Drive Somerset, WI 54025 Gerald J. Smith 11160 190th Avenue Elk River, MN 55330 Jennifer L. LaVenture 663 236th Avenue New Richmond, WI 54017 Gerald J. LaVenture 663 236th Avenue New Richmond, WI 54017 Liza A. Knutson 212 Hwy. 35 Osceola, WI 54020 M & I Marshall and Ilsley Bank 651 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55402 P.C. Collova Builders, Inc. 719 West Shore Drive Somerset, WI 54025 Defendants. NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 10-CV-469 Foreclosure of Mortgage Code #30404 Judge Robert H. Rasmussen By virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered in the above-referenced action on the 11th day of February, 2011, I will sell at public auction at the main entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Suite 300, in the City of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on the 29th day of February, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the following described mortgaged premises, as one parcel, to-wit: Lots 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34 and Roadways for Cattail Coulee Plat; all in the County Plat of Cattail Coulee, Town of Farmington, Polk County, Wisconsin. TERMS: 1. 10% cash or certified check down payment at time of sale, balance due 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. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., December 27, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Michael L. Brutlag (#123225) BRUTLAG, HARTMANN & TRUCKE, P.A. 3555 Plymouth Boulevard Suite 117 Minneapolis, MN 55447-1399 Telephone: 763-222-2503 2860-200

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Experience in pharmacy required.

(Jan 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff vs. TERRY MICHAEL MORTON, et al. Defendants Case No. 11 CV 202 AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 21, 2011, in the amount of $801,756.66, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: January 11, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. ADJOURNED TO February 29, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens, encumbrances and payment of applicable transfer taxes. PLACE: In the Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis., 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: That part of Government Lot 6, of Section 35, Township 35 North of Range 17 West, described as follows: Commencing at a stone monument 1,003.9 feet South and 50.0 feet East of the meander corner on the shore of Balsam Lake on the West line of the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 35, Township 35 North, Range 17 West; thence East 334.0 feet to the meander line on the shore of Balsam Lake; thence along said shore meander North 8 deg. 00’ East 143.0 feet; thence North 15 deg. 25’ West 60.2 feet; thence West 339.0 feet; thence South 200.0 feet to the place of beginning. Said land being in the Town of Milltown, County of Polk and State of Wisconsin. ADDRESS: 1860 140th Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. TAX KEY NO: 040-01213-0000. Dated this 3rd day of January, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford State Bar #1034906 6508 South 27th Street Suite #6 Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-761-1700 Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC, is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

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The regular Monthly Village Board Meeting will be held on Monday, February 13, 2012, at 7 p.m., at the Village Hall, 107 Hope Road W. Agenda will be posted at the Village Hall. Kristi Swanson Clerk

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NOTICE OF MEETING Village of Frederic

(Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ROYAL CREDIT UNION Plaintiff, vs. KAREN S. WALKER JOHN DOE WALKER, unknown spouse of Karen S. Walker, CARRIE C. SMITH, Defendants. Case No. 11CV301 Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF ADJOURNED SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of a judgment of foreclosure and sale rendered in the above-entitled action on July 19, 2011, in the amount of $18,797.78, 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 22nd day of March, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: That part of Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (NE 1/4 SE1/4), Section Thirty (30), Township Thirty-four (34) North, Range Eighteen (18) West, described as follows: Commencing at a point 719 feet West of the 1/4 post between Sections 29 and 30, Township 34, Range 18, then South parallel with the West Line of land described in Volume 80 of Deeds, Page 173 to the center of highway, then Westerly along center of highway 180 feet, then North to North Line of said 40, then East to beginning, also beginning at a point 719 feet West and 154 feet South of the 1/4 post between Sections 29 & 30, then South to center of highway leading to cemetery, then East and North along the center of said highway to a point due East to point of beginning, then West to beginning. Which mortgage was recorded in the Register of Deeds office for Polk County, Wisconsin, on July 18, 2005, in Volume 974, at Page 507, as Document #702072. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 660 Maple Drive, St. Croix Falls, 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 17th day of January, 2012. /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.

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Phillip A. Youngmark, 64, Webster, warrant - failure to appear, Feb. 2. Craig A. Naylor, 32, Prescott Valley, Ariz., failure to pay fines, Jan. 30.

(Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY EVERBANK Plaintiff, vs. BRIAN S. COWAN and ANA J. COWAN, husband and wife; and WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION; and ST. CROIX REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, INC.; Defendants. Case No. 11-CV-515 Code O. 30404 FORECLOSURE OF MORTGAGE DOLLAR AMOUNT GREATER THAN $5,000.00 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on November 21, 2011, in the amount of $141,083.59, the sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 23, 2012, 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 part of Outlot 75 of the Assessor’s Plat of the Village of Centuria, Polk County, Wisconsin, being a part of the Northeast Quarter of Southeast Quarter (NE1/4 SE1/4) of Section Eleven (11), Township Thirty-Four (34) North, Range Eighteen (18) West, described as follows: Beginning at a point which is 473.80 feet West and 300 feet South of the Northeast corner of Outlot 75; thence West 150 feet parallel to the North line of Outlot 75; thence South 100 feet along the West line of Outlot 75; thence East 150 feet parallel to the North line of Outlot 75; thence North 100 feet along the West Street right of way to the point of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 813 Superior Avenue, Village of Centuria. TAX KEY NO.: 111-00130-0000. 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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POLK COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY Regular Monthly Meeting Thursday, February 16, 2012, at 9 a.m. Shoreview Apartments, Balsam Lake

Agenda: I. Call to Order. II. Minutes. III. Financial Reports. IV. Operations Report. V. Unfinished Business. VI. New 553980 25L Business. VIII. Adjourn.

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(Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8) 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 Aug. 20, 2010, in the amount of $297,109.97, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: Feb. 21, 2012, 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 Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4), Section Thirteen (13), Township Thirty-three (33) North, Range Nineteen (19) West, in Polk County, Wis., 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 traveled; 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 acre. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 916 248th Street, 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 Ave. Ste. 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.

Treasurer Emma Kolander Township Residents Invited AGENDA: Minutes & treasurer report; nominate election inspectors; contract for UDC inspector; budget amendment; payment of town bills and any other business properly brought before the board. Agenda will be posted at Daniels Town Hall 24 PAGE 26 - INTER-COUNTY LEADER - NEWS SECTION - A - FEBRUARY 8, 2012 hours before meeting. Visit Daniels Township Web site - Ellen M. Ellis, Clerk

Notices/Employment opportunities

FISHBOWL SPORTSMAN’S CLUB P.O. Box 318 Webster, WI 54893 715-349-2832

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Notice is hereby given that applications are being accepted for three (3) positions on the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) District Board from individuals residing in Region 1 (Douglas County), Region 2 (Ashland, Bayfield and portions of Iron Counties), Region 3 (Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn Counties), Region 4 (Burnett and Polk Counties), and Region 6 (portions of St. Croix County) of the WITC District. *Please note: Applications will not be accepted from Region 5 (Barron County) since no region may have more than two members on the Board and WITC currently has two members from Region 5 on the Board. Appointments will be made for the following positions in accordance with the Board Appointment Committee’s Plan of Representation, which specifies categories of membership as well as geographic areas of representation within the district. Board members are not paid, except for expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. W I T C D i s t r i c t B o a rd M e m b e r O p e n P o s i t i o n s The following Board positions will commence on or about July 1, 2012, upon certification by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board, with 3-year terms ending on June 30, 2015. 1. Employee Member: Representing Region 1 - Douglas County 2. Employer Member: Representing Region 6 - St. Croix County 3. School District Administrator Member: Representing the WITC District* (see note above) B o a rd M e m b e r C a t e g o r y D e f i n i t i o n s Please refer to the following Web site for additional information to help you determine if you qualify for a Board member category: • An Employee Member is defined as someone who is employed, or who does not meet the Employer Member definition, or who is acting in the capacity of an officer or agent of a labor organization. An employee receives earnings as payment for personal services and is employed in the district. • An Employer Member is defined as someone who receives earnings as payment for personal services and who has the authority to exercise independent judgment in determining, or effectively recommending, any of the following actions for business employees: hire, transfer, suspend, layoff, recall, promote, discharge, assign, reward, discipline and adjust grievances. Note: Representatives of labor organizations (officers or agents) are considered employee members regardless of their responsibilities. • A School District Administrator Member is defined as a school district superintendent, supervising principal or other person who acts as the administrative head of a school district and who holds an administrator’s license; and must be employed by a school board or a school district located within the technical college district. In the appointment process, equal consideration is given to the general population distribution within the WITC District, as well as to the distribution of women and minorities. Note: No two members of the WITC District Board may be officials of the same governmental unit, nor may any district board member be a member of the school board which employs the School District Administrator. Notarized application forms must be received no later than 4 p.m., on Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Applicants must attend the public hearing of the District Board Appointment Committee on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 2:30 p.m., at the WITC - Administrative Office, 505 Pine Ridge Drive, Shell Lake, WI 54871, and provide at least two letters of recommendation supporting his/her candidacy to the WITC District Board before being interviewed at the scheduled public meeting. No additional names will be accepted from the floor at the time of the Appointment Committee meeting. Notarized applications should be sent to: Mr. Daryl Standafer, Chairperson District Board Appointment Committee WITC - Administrative Office 505 Pine Ridge Drive Shell Lake, WI 54871 Application forms and instructions may be obtained at the WITC Web address above, or by contacting: Ms. Kim Olson, Board Appointment Committee Liaison WITC - Administrative Office 505 Pine Ridge Drive Shell Lake, WI 54871 Telephone: (715) 468-2815, ext. 2279 E-mail: A second legal notice announcing the public hearing and committee meeting and all applicant names will be published in mid553972 25r,L WNAXLP March 2012.

TOWN OF DANIELS MONTHLY BOARD MEETING The Monthly Town Board Meeting Will Be Held Tues., Feb. 14, 2012, At 7 p.m., At Daniels Town Hall

AGENDA: Minutes & treasurer report; payment of town bills and any other business properly brought before board. Agenda will be posted at Daniels Town Hall 24 hours before meeting. Visit Daniels Township Web site ( 554202 25L Ellen M. Ellis, Clerk

WILM DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR The WILM Consortium (includes Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College) is seeking a Database Administrator to administer a variety of database systems including Microsoft SQL Server and other Database Management Systems (DBMS); develop and enforce database administration and user standards and procedures. Qualifications include an Associate degree in Information Systems or an IT related discipline is required. Deadline to apply: February 22, 2012


For a complete list of qualifications and to apply visit our Web site at 554061 25-26r,L TTY 711 15-16a-e

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Maintenance Assistant $17.13/hr Full-time 37.5 hr./week Deadline to apply: February 14, 2012 Laundry Aide $11.19/hr Part-time 5.5 hr./week 5 - 10 a.m. & 6 - 11:30 a.m. Every other weekend plus replacement during the week Deadline to apply: February 14, 2012 YOU MUST COMPLETE OUR POLK COUNTY EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For application, complete position requirements and details, please visit our Web site at, Job Opportunities, or in person at 100 Polk County Plaza, #229, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, or by calling 715-485-9176. AA/EEOC 554211 25L


Job Title: Qualifications:

Middle School Secretary (10-month Contract) The middle school secretary must be highly motivated, capable of working independently yet also needs to work as a team, and must conduct themselves in a professional manner. As the role and responsibilities of the middle school office staff changes, a candidate who is adaptable and flexible is essential. The secretary is responsible for handling communication between the community, parents, students, teachers, and administration with tact and confidentiality. The 10-month middle school secretary is responsible for the attendance; issuing absentee & tardy slips, entering and logging attendance daily in PowerSchool. Having the ability of counting and keeping track of money is a must as this position is in charge of the student/staff breakfast/lunch accounts as well as the necessary reports. A candidate with strong interpersonal and technology skills is required. A working knowledge of computer programs such as PowerSchool, Windows, and Microsoft Office and dealing with spreadsheets, word processing and database management is necessary. This position is also responsible for updating the middle school Web site. Disseminating information via e-mail, telephone, oral and written documentation in an efficient and effective manner is a must. This position also requires providing first aid and basic health care to ill and injured students as well as issuing student medications. Requirements: A minimum of a 2-year degree in office management or equivalent experience is preferred. Candidates must have strong interpersonal and technology skills. The ideal candidate must be able to understand the middle school aged student, thus being highly energetic, be able to display confidence, have a sense of humor and maintain a high degree of professionalism. How to Apply: Send a letter of application, resume, credentials and references by February 15, 2012. Contact: Brad Jones, Principal Grantsburg Middle School 500 East James Avenue Grantsburg, WI 54840 The School District of Grantsburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, sex, religion or handicap. 553868 24-25L

Trista R. Dahlberg, 31, Danbury, issue worthless check, restitution, $487.97. Duane R. Hochstetler, 59, Webster, operate while revoked, deferred sentence revoked, monthly fine payments ordered, $568.00. James D. Jeanetta, 35, Shoreview, Minn., possess drug paraphernalia, $330.50; OWI, $979.00, 10-day jail sentence, license revoked 14 months, alcohol assessment. James A. Johnson, 27, Grantsburg, battery, probation revoked, four-month jail sentence, Huber release at discretion of jail staff, $200.00. Daniel P. Reeves, 22, Duluth, Minn., speeding, $175.30.

Billy J. Snyder, 23, Siren, possess amphetamine/LSD/psilocin, probation revoked, eight-month jail sentence, $100.00. Sheldon J. Thayer, 17, Danbury, disorderly conduct, 60-day jail sentence, $243.00; resisting or obstructing an officer, sixmonth jail sentence, consecutive to other sentence, Huber release and / or community service at discretion of jail staff, $243.00; bail jumping, sentence withheld, three-year probation, restitution to be determined, obtain GED, no gang affiliation or display of colors, cognitive intervention program, alcohol assessment, $268.00.



TOWN OF LUCK BOARD MEETING Tuesday, February 14, 7 p.m. Town Hall


The Monthly Board Meeting For The Town Of LaFollette Will Be Held At The LaFollette Town Hall On Mon., Feb. 13, 2012, At 7:30 p.m. Agenda

Agenda: 1. Reading of the minutes 2. Treasure’s Report 3. Review and pay bills 4. Patrolman’s report Any additional agenda will be posted in the Luck Town Hall and Clerk’s Office. 554169 25L Lloyd Nelson, Clerk

Verification of Posting Clerk’s Minutes Treasurer’s Report Resident Issues Road Items Safe Deposit Box Signers Ordinance To Extend Town Officers Terms Due To Law Change Ordinance To Have Clerk Serve On Board Of Review Pay Bills and look at correspondence Linda Terrian, Clerk

(Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. RICKY W. TROFF PATRICIA J. TROFF XYZ CORPORATION ABC PARTNERSHIP JOE DOE MARY ROWE Defendants Case No: 10CV206 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE By virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above-entitled action on January 19, 2011, in the amount of $106,444.99, 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 February, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the Judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: Lot 1 of CSM No. 3353 located in the SE 1/4 of the SW 1/4, Section 15, Township 33 North, Range 17 West, Town of Garfield, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1451 90th Avenue, 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 within ten days after confirmation of sale. Dated this 9th day of January, 2012. Peter M. Johnson, Polk County Sheriff Donald R. Marjala - Lawyer Spangler, Nodolf, Bruder & Klinkhammer, LLC P.O. Box 1165 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1165 (715) 830-9771 Attorneys for Plaintiff 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 obtained will be used for that purpose. 552733 WNAXLP

(Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WESTCONSIN CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, vs. JUANITA E. LAURITSEN, JOHN DOE LAURITSEN unknown spouse of Juanita E. Lauritson, CITIBANK (SOUTH DAKOTA), Defendants Case No. 11CV555 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 November 22, 2011, in the amount of $12,963.51, 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 23rd day of February, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: The South 100 feet of the East 214.5 feet of the South 15 Rods of the East 32 Rods in the SW1/4 of the NW1/4, Section 32, Township 35 North, Range 16 West, Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1851 W. Bone Lake Drive, Balsam 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 28th day of December, 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.

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To all interested parties: The Fishbowl Sportsman’s Club of Webster, Wis., is embarking on a major landscaping project to relocate our shooting facilities. This project is under way to alleviate any environmental issues regarding the Clam River and associated low and/or wetlands in the area. It involves moving substantial amounts of dirt and sand. We have all required permits and have made all appropriate notifications. If you would like more information in this regard, please contact the


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UW-Superior choirs perform in Italy Local graduates among group by Kelli Marlow Special to the Leader SUPERIOR - On Jan. 11, the UW-Superior Acappella and Chamberchoirs departed for eight days in Italy. After more than a year of planning, and a very selective audition process by the Vatican, they were on their way to Rome. They made their home at the Hotel Domus Mariae Palazzo in Rome for four of the seven nights abroad, and the Hotel Tuscany Inn in Montecatini the remaining three. Throughout their time in Italy they visited the cities of Rome, Florence, Assisi, Montecatini, Sienna, Lucca and Pisa. They had the privilege of giving four performances abroad. The first, on Jan. 13, was at the well-known Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, located in the heart of Rome. The second day of performances was on Saturday, Jan. 14. The morning performance was held at a small church called Santa Maria della Provvidenza, for ANFASS, a national group for people and families with intellectual and/or relations disabilities. It was a general consensus among the choirs that this was the favorite of the performances. The reception of the crowd was indescribable. Afterward the president of ANFASS told Dr. Matt Faerber, the choirs’ director, that he had never witnessed the patients respond so much before. It was a wonderful gift for all involved. The day was not over for the choir, however, and they were soon off to Vatican City to prepare for their next, and most prestigious concert of the trip. At 5 that evening, the choirs had the remarkable opportunity to perform during a Mass at the main chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica itself. The Chamber Choir performed one selection, “O Quam Gloriosum” by Tomás Luis de Vittoria, and the Acappella Choir performed a Renaissance piece, “Sicut Cervus” by Giovanni Pierlluigi da Palest-

The entire choir outside the cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi. - Photos submitted rina, and two American spirituals, “Crucifixion” by Adolphus Hailstork and “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord” by Moses Hogan. The group stated they felt like celebrities afterward when they posed for a picture at the front of the chapel and the very welcoming crowd wouldn’t stop snapping away. The fourth, and final, performance of the trip was also a Mass, this time at the cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi. Although the eight days seemed to fly by, the amazement of the opportunity did not escape the group, and neither did the well knowN love of Italian food. Faerber, who is fondly known for enjoying food perhaps more than the average individual, was particularly sad to say goodbye to the mountains of delicacies. Nevertheless, all good things must come to an end and so the roughly 60 exhausted students and chaperones climbed back on the plane and made their way back home. The group has now rejoined the members who were unable to make the journey and are hard at work preparing for their next concert on March 13, a night all about the many cultures of the

The choir in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. world, something most of them now know a little more about. Editor’s note: The author is the granddaughter of Frederic resident Liz Ruhn. Also

taking part in the trip to Italy was choir member and St. Croix Falls graduate Ben Anderson.

Third-annual Four-District Showcase a success GRANTSBURG – On Thursday, Jan. 26, the Four-District AODA group held their third-annual Four-District Showcase in Grantsburg. This year’s efforts raised $307 for the groups post-prom efforts. This year the group is planning to take the Siren, Webster, Frederic and Grantsburg kids to Stars and Strikes Bowling Alley in Wyoming, Minn. The destination was selected by the kids from the four schools, and they are excited to enjoy the unlimited bowling, arcade, laser tag, indoor golf simulator and pizza buffet. The showcase this year was hosted by Wayne Koball of Siren. In all, 27 different students from the four schools took the stage to showcase their talents. Gratitude is extended to the Frederic Northwoods Bakery for supplying rolls and donuts for concessions, Bremer Bank for providing napkins, Grantsburg High School for once again hosting and all the adults who helped to judge, host and help with food during intermission. At the end of the night and after all the great talent and treats, Siren won and took home the traveling Four-District Showcase trophy. - submitted

Leslea Wiggins of Webster performed the piano solo “Sontina” by Kabalevsky. Brad Knauber and Ian Lexen of Frederic performed “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” by Panic! At the Disco.

Lily Benge Briggs and Ellie and Grace Corbin of Grantsburg performed “Someone Like You” by Adele. Pictured are the the Siren performers accepting the traveling trophy. Not listed in order are Lucas Stiemann, Rylee O’Brien, Maddy Nichols, Ellyn Lindquist, Felicia Paulzine, Emily Stiemann, Allie Webster, Riley Anderson, Kayla Eideh, Kaylin Ritchey, Autumn Tinman, Abby Good and Heather Struck. – Photos submitted

RIGHT: Host Wayne Koball of Siren preparing for the presentation of the traveling trophy.


Three sophomores compete for crown on Friday

LUCK – The 2012 Luck Winter Carnival is set for this weekend, Feb. 9-11. With events, games, entertainment and more, the Luck Winter Carnival also has one of the only queen pageants set in a winterscape. The outgoing Luck 2011 royalty includes Queen and Miss Congeniality Hannah Karl, First Princess Jaimee Buck, Little Miss Luck Brooke Hetfeld and Little Princess Gabrielle Engstrand. The latest candidates for queen are quite enthused about this year’s program and contest, which will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, at the Luck Auditorium. The 2012 candidates for Miss Luck are as follows: Megan Elizabeth Bartylla. Megan is the daughter of Joseph and Amy Bartylla. She is sponsored by Steps Studio and AMEC Mortgage. She is active in FCCLA, art club, marching band, pep band, jazz band, choir, golf, drama club, the fall play, spring show, and forensics. Megan has received special recognition for CIA Gold card. She has also received an academic letter, and a letter in softball. Megan is a teacher’s aide and is in her church choir. She has also helped with “Feed My Starving Children.” Her hobbies include baby-sitting, dance class, playing saxophone, singing, sewing, golfing, cooking, reading, shopping and spending time with friends and family. After graduation Megan plans on attending college to pursue a career as an optometrist.

Jillian Rae Klatt. Jillian is the daughter of John and Pamela Klatt. She is sponsored by Lakeland Communications and Sterling Bank. She is active in FCCLA, drama club, forensics, choir, basketball, softball, and volleyball. Jillian is involved in Kinship and is a member of the youth choir at her church. She is a teacher’s assistant, and also an office assistant at Luck Elementary School. She has lettered in both softball and academics, and has

She is sponsored by The Bottle Shop and Luck Lumber. She is active in Kinship, art club, FCCLA, choir, forensics, drama club, volleyball, basketball, star event competitions, track, and solo and ensemble. Whitney’s special honors include being on the honor roll, student of the week, National Honor Society and has a CIA gold card. Whitney has also received an academic letter and athletic letters. She volunteers her time with Ruby’s Pantry, and cleaning up the Luck beach and golf course. She has also helped out as a teacher’s aide and prepared lunches for summer school students. Whitney enjoys drawing, singing, sports, and spending time with friends and family. After graduation Whitney plans to attend college to possibly pursue a career in education or as a lawyer.

Shown are the Luck Winter Carnival queen candidiates: Top: Whitney Petersen. Bottom row (L to R): Jillian Klatt and Megan Bartylla. – Photo by Greg Marsten

stayed on the honor roll throughout high school. She enjoys traveling, playing sports, watching movies, attending school events and spending time with friends and family. After graduation Jillian would like to study abroad while majoring in pediatric nursing or hospital administration.

Luck Little Miss contestants

Whitney Raye Petersen. Whitney is the daughter of Kent and Rachel Petersen.

Winter Carnival grand marshalls

The 2012 Little Miss Luck candidates (not necessarily in order): Coral Melin, Alexis Greener, Grace Jensen, Britta Dueholm, Ellie Shelby, Taylor Talmadge, Katia Marcellus, Johnanna Mlenek, Kylie Broten, Kylie Buck and Megan Chivers. - Special photo

Is love in the air?

Grand marshals of this year’s Luck Winter Carnival parade are Ted and Grace Anderson. Special photo

Champion of winter The Chickadee, a champion of winter, waits impatiently on a frosty branch for its next meal opportunity. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Adult pairs of swans form pair bonds at about 3 to 4 years of age and may remain together their entire life. In some cases, the males who have lost their mates do not mate again. While this is the norm, some will switch mates over their lifetime. — Photo by Larry Samson




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There’s no place like home

Comforts of Home opens second building in Frederic

by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer FREDERIC — It looks and feels like you are walking into a roomy and comfortable private home, but you’re not. Instead, you are entering Comforts of Home in Frederic, an assisted senior living residence in Frederic. One of seven locations of Comforts of Home in Wisconsin, Frederic’s facility just opened its second building last October. The inviting sitting areas, bright dining room, and large but cozy, private rooms all confirm what the Comforts of Home brochure states: “Our name is our promise.” The new, second building is adjacent to the first, on East Oak Street next to the clinic. In the past, the building has served many purposes, including a hospital, nursing home, police department and library. Now it is home to 12 seniors who enjoy the homelike atmosphere and the variety of services and programs that allow them to remain independent. There are rooms available for three more individuals. The services at Comforts of Home, said house manager Janet Olson, are designed for adults who do not require nursing home care but do need assistance in order to live independently. Olson manages the two Frederic facilities, with a combined capacity of 34 residents, as well as St. Croix Falls Comforts of Home with 31 units. “Comforts of Home features 24-hour staffing, medications management and administration, health monitoring, assistance with bathing, dressing and other activities of daily living,” said Olson.

Clinic services are located right next door. Three home-cooked meals a day, daily housekeeping, laundry, beauty shop services, cable TV, telephone and transportation arrangements are also provided. Each facility has a memory care program and hospice/end-of-life programs. The 150-square-foot rooms come furnished with a bed, bedding, night stand, curtains, towels and toiletry items, and residents can bring in additional furniture and decorate their room to their own taste. All rooms are private with bath, said Olson, who has been with Comforts of Home since 2004. Like most house managers, she began her COH career as a caregiver and was then asked to take the position of house manager. Along with private rooms, where each resident can enjoy time alone as much as they want, there are opportunities for social activities, Olson noted. Each is part of a small group of “neighbors” who share meals together and socialize together as they please, but each can also choose to enjoy the privacy of their own room.

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Janet Olson, right, is house manager for Comforts of Home in Frederic and St. Croix Falls. With her is Harriette Wagman, who is a lifetime resident of Grantsburg who moved to Comforts of Home when it opened in October. - Photos by Mary Stirrat

Comforts of Home is located on East Oak Street in Frederic, right next to the clinic. The portion of the building with the clinic sign on the wall houses the newly opened 15 units.

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Table decorations in the dining room at Comforts of Home remind residents and staff of the upcoming Valentine’s Day celebration. Personal touches and the caring staff, say residents, make living at Comforts of Home feel like being at home with family.


No place like home/from page 1 There is even an option for married couples, with a bedroom, bathroom and sitting/living room. Joyce and Alexander Stewart moved up from Racine last October when the second building opened and currently live in one of the “honeymoon suites.” “They are taking good care of us,” said Alexander. He and his wife are parents to Nancy Stewart, a longtime member of the Polk County community. Comforts of Home operates assisted senior living facilities in seven Wisconsin communities and, as White Pine Senior Living, another five in Minnesota. For more information go to For more information on Comforts of Home in Frederic or to set up a tour, call Olson at 715-497-0269, 715327-4394 or 715-483-1707.

Open house scheduled

The public is invited to an open house at Frederic Comforts of Home in Frederic on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 1-3 p.m. Come in for a tour, coffee and snacks.

Arlene Jones puts her feet up, taking advantage of the recliners in the community living room to watch a movie.

This corner provides a cozy sitting area for visiting or reading. Roxy Gunderson, a resident at Woodville Comforts of Home, does the decorating at all of the Comforts of Home buildings. The spacious rooms at Comforts of Home are all private with a bath that is usually shared with another room. Each room is furnished with a bed, bedding, curtains and a nightstand, and residents can change and decorate their room as they wish.

LEFT: Joyce and Alexander Stewart, at right and left, visit with their daughter, Nancy Stewart, in their “suite” at Comforts of Home. The couple moved up from Racine last October when the new Comforts of Home building opened, for the first time living more than a few miles from Lake Michigan. – Photos by Mary Stirrat

Webb Lake Area Men's Club ice-fishing contest

Webb Lake

WEBB LAKE – The Webb Lake Area Men’s Club hosted its 29th-annual ice-fishing contest on Saturday, Feb. 4. It was held on Lower Webb Lake at the Oak Ridge Inn from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Plaques for the largest bass, northern and panfish caught by children 12 and under were given. All children catching legal fish were entered into a drawing for three $25 awards. Those who caught the largest legal fish in each category received $50. Drawings were held for an underwater viewing system and three $100 local business gift certificates. The men’s club uses the proceeds to maintain the Webb Lake area cross-country ski trail and to make donations to local organizations such as Crescent Lake Community Outreach, first responders, Regional Hospice and local fire departments. For further information contact Paul Cunliffe at 715259-7927 or Bob Wirtz at 715-259-7844. - submitted

Winner’s List Underwater viewing system – Paul Beeksma $100 gift certificate – Jim Perlick $100 gift certificate – Michelle Rochel $100 gift certificate – Jenna Dudycha Largest northern – John Schultz, 4 pounds, 13 ounces. Largest bass – Melissa Brooks, 3 pounds, 3 ounces. Largest panfish – Ross Murray, 9 ounces. Kids prizes Largest northern – Jason Rochel, 4 pounds, 2 ounces. Largest bass – Levi Kelton, 2 pounds. Largest panfish – Sheridan Christianson, 4 ounces. $25 – Mackenzie Weeks $25 – Jason Rochel $25 – Lexi Williams. - submitted

Fish were biting at the annual Webb Lake Area Men’s Club ice-fishing contest Saturday, Feb. 4. - Photos submitted



you hear about the old man who died canoeing? He had a “stroke, stroke, stroke.” ••• Joe Roberts Some Boy Scouts went to see an old veteran in the nursing home, and he was telling them about the war. He said, “One time while on a mission, a lion jumped out and went roar. I soiled myself.” One of the boys said, “That’s understandable, we would be scared of a lion, too.” The old man said “No, I mean just now, when I went roar!” ••• “How was your golf game, dear?” asked Jack’s wife. “Well I was hitting pretty well, but my eyesight’s gotten so bad I couldn’t see where the ball went.” “Well you’re 75 years old now Jack, why don’t you take my brother Scott along?” suggested his wife. “But he’s 85 and doesn’t even play golf anymore,” protested Jack. “But he’s got perfect eyesight. He could watch your ball,” his wife pointed out. The next day Jack teed off with Scott looking on. Jack swung, and the ball disappeared down the middle of the fairway. “Do you see it?” asked Jack. “Yup,” Scott answered. “Well, where is it?” yelled Jack, peering off into the distance. “I forgot.” •••

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Speaker on hearing issues coming to Luck Museum LUCK - Wisconsin Department of Health Hearing Specialist Carolyn Small will speak about hearing issues at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Luck Historical Museum at Main Street and 3rd Avenue in Luck. Small, mother of a son with hearing difficulties, was trained and employed as an educational interpreter and has worked with the state Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing since 2000. Small will touch on accommodation needs for the hard of hearing, available services, communication access, employment, kinds of hearing loss and hearing aid technology. Guests are encouraged to share their hearing-related experiences and questions with Small. If “what?” is the the most common word in your conversations, this may be for you. Admission is free to all. - submitted

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boyfriend, Daniel, and I went to the birthday party of his 3-yearold grandson, Jaxon. The party was held in a hall. I have been alive for a lot more than three Carrie Classon years, and I have never had my birthday celebrated in a hall. Daniel kept calling it Jaxon’s “retirement party” and wondered aloud if he should give him a gold watch. “Perhaps a set of golf clubs?” I suggested. In the end, Daniel got him a bouncing ball that he could ride. When we arrived at the hall, Jaxon was far less surprised than I would have been to discover that everyone was dressed like a pirate. There was a pirate cake. Skull and crossbones flags were flying. The tables were decorated with gold-wrapped chocolate doubloons and costume pirate jewelry. There was a pirate pinata that all the kids took turns hitting with a stick until one of the older kids finally broke it and candy spilled all over the floor. It was a pretty cool party, especially for someone who hadn’t even retired yet. And, in the midst of all these pirates, I thought of how really strange this all was. Not the pirates with their foam-rubber cutlasses, eye patches and hooked hands, but the stranger idea of being in the midst of a family of which I was really and truly not a part. I never had children and, and at the time of my divorce, I thought one of the few blessings was that it would not adversely affect any children. But here I was, in a rented hall festooned with pirates, celebrating the third wonderful year of life with a young man and his family— a family that had weathered divorce. The fact that I had nothing to do with the dissolution of their family was of no comfort whatsoever. Here I was, eating pirate cake, a visible reminder that they were not the same family any-


more. At least, I worried that is how I might see it, if I were them. But I am not. Daniel’s daughters, who had orchestrated the whole shebang, were exceedingly cordial to me. They both thanked me for coming, asked how I was doing, and introduced me to the people I didn’t know, which was nearly everyone. I met Jaxon’s great-grandfather, shared a joke with Daniel’s former father-in-law and chatted, briefly, about the unseasonable weather with Daniel’s ex-wife. Lots of photos were taken, and everyone had a wonderful time. I was worrying about all the wrong things, as often happens. These young people were not in the business of keeping score or waxing nostalgic about a family where their mother and father were sitting together as man and wife. The divorce was old news that had happened long before I appeared on the scene. Today’s news was Jaxon and his birthday, and the brand-new baby Lily Jo, who was the smallest pirate of all. Today’s concern was whether enough coffee had been brewed in the hall’s kitchen and whether Jaxon had said “thank you” to everyone who brought a gift. The biggest worries today were why the stubborn pinata wouldn’t shatter and when, not if, the foam-rubber cutlasses would have to be confiscated from the small pirates in order to prevent the even smaller pirates from being beaten too severely. When I left, Daniel’s daughter hugged me— twice. Daniel and I drove away from the hall. I had a skull and crossbones ring on my finger and a heart full of pirate cheer. Till next time, —Carrie

Harlanders honored for hosting student

American families hosting for the academic year 2011-2012

NATIONWIDE - Families across the nation expanded their horizons this year by opening up their hearts and homes to teenage students from foreign countries. Teenagers from more than 20 different countries arrived in the United States last August and this January to live with families for nine or five months and attend local high schools. Both the AYA and PAX programs recruit only quality students and require that they must maintain a “C” or better in all of their core courses while staying in the United States. By opening up their homes, host families have given the communities an opportunity to discover and interact with other cultures from around the world. It has also given the communities that were involved a glimpse at a more global perspective. By opening our eyes to

what others in the world believe it just may be possible to find some answers to the question of what it will take to make this planet safe for all. “The following Frederic host family is to be congratulated for opening up their home and taking on the responsibility of an exchange student this (2011-2012) academic school year: Brad and Rebecca Harlander hosted Eda Miriogla,” said a statement released this week by Frederic Schools. “Many thanks go out to these families for their efforts to make this world a much smaller place to live and broaden our understanding of other cultures.” If you are interested in taking part in this program, or perhaps hosting a student for either one or two semesters for the upcoming 2012-2013 year you may contact Steve Eichman at 88 South Horseshoe Lake Drive, Turtle Lake WI 54889 or call 715-986-4533 or e-mail at: Note: 2012-2013 profiles have started to arrive. - from Frederic Schools

St. Croix Chippewa donate $150,000 to area communities in 2011

NORTHWEST WISCONSIN – The St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin have always been proactive and responsible partners with the communities where they do business. The profits from the tribe’s three casinos – St. Croix Casino Danbury, St. Croix Casino Hertel Express and St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake – permit the tribe to enhance the quality of life for its members. But those casino profits also make it possible for the tribe to answer the needs of surrounding communities. In 2011, the St. Croix tribe and the St. Croix Casinos did just that. They contributed $150,000 to area charities and organizations through donations, sponsorships and three charitable drives. In 2011, the tribe and its casinos made more than 850 in-

A new start Rehabilitation implies starting

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over, a second chance. It also means something was seriously wrong that needed rehab. Most of John W. Ingalls us who have been pierced by that common affliction called middle age are looking to get another chance to correct the mistakes we have made. Business or investment decisions gone wrong, youthful indiscretions or just plain old stupid decisions haunt us as we look forward, always wondering, “What if?” Health issues also have a way of grabbing our attention. With the recent back surgery behind me I have decided to make some serious decisions about my own health. Day after day I dispense health advice, rendering my opinions on everything from hemorrhoids to hangnails and yet I tend to ignore my own recommendations. New Year’s resolutions are a great way to refocus. After the Christmas and New Year’s holidays are over most people are ready to renounce chocolate and embark on plans for self-improvement. For some it may be weight loss programs or for others a vow to quit smoking. I also suffer from procrastination so I never make any new pledges until after my two favorite holidays have passed. Now that Groundhog Day and Super Bowl Sunday are over I can get serious about my

kind donations totaling $48,000 to benefits and charitable organizations. The tribe also funded sponsorships totaling $27,400. Organizations receiving sponsorships included the Almena Fireman’s NTPA Pull, the Amery Senior Center, the Balsam Lake Fire Department, the Burnett County Youth Hockey Association, the Cedar Lake Speedway, the Hmong American New Year Celebration, Lac Courtes Oreilles Ojibwe Community College, the Power of Choice Organization of Turtle Lake High School, the St. Paul Saints and the Spooner Rodeo Committee. In addition, the tribe funded activities for the Turtle Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Turtle Lake Inter-County Fair and the Turtle Lake Cars in the Park car and crafts show.

own rehab. Groundhog Day represents the theoretical beginning of the end for winter and the Super Bowl actually marks the beginning of a new season. Football fans everywhere can begin again to believe this MD will be the year. Even though I wait to complete my New Year’s resolutions until February, I don’t usually invest much energy in facilitating the changes until spring. Change can be frustrating so you don’t want to rush into anything that might cause some stress. As I have stated before, when I get the urge to exercise I usually lie down until it passes. Not this time. Now when I get the desire to move I am going to give it some serious thought. Changes in diet are often the most difficult. Anyone who is serious about weight loss needs to read and study the latest and easiest ways of restoring their neglected human temple. My first order of business was heading off to the bookstore to learn how to diet. I picked out three books that seemed to be good but couldn’t decide on which one to buy. I browsed through the chapters while enjoying a mocha latte grande and a turtle cheesecake at the coffee shop. Each book offered differing advice so I couldn’t choose between them. I bought them all. Tomorrow would mark the transformation to the new me but

Unique to the St. Croix Chippewa are three annual charitable drives sponsored by the tribe and hosted by the St. Croix Casinos. Benefiting 22 charities in Northwest Wisconsin, the Coins for Cans food drive, the School Supply drive and the Gifts from the Heart toy drive represented a financial investment of $69,500 for the tribe in 2011. The St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin look forward to continuing their generosity in 2012. The tribe welcomes donation requests with advance notice. For more information or to request donations, please contact or mail your request to St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake, ATTN: Donations, 777 U.S. hwy. 8/63, Turtle Lake, WI 54889. - submitted

tonight I would celebrate at an all-you-can-eat buffet. The diet plan I liked best was counting calories. It seemed so scientific. The idea was to count calories and this was going to help you lose weight. I couldn’t count that high so I bought a calculator. In order to keep it simple, I don’t count any calories above 4,000. Actually counting calories can be rather enlightening. I found that I could eat 10 large onions, a bowl of oatmeal, a glass of skim milk and one square of dark chocolate every day and still lose weight. Another key to successful rehabilitation is trying to visualize the new person hidden under all of those lumps and folds. If you have troubles looking past the obvious, ask your spouse or a friend what they may see in your future. When they have finished gasping for air because of uncontrolled laughter ask them to join your plan. Actually changing your health may be accomplished with some very simple changes. Exercise doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, just move. Make smart choices including moderation in everything. Middle age isn’t the beginning of the end but it doesn’t give you much time if you like to procrastinate. Next year on Groundhog Day if you can’t see your shadow or if your shadow is much smaller than before, then perhaps your diet and exercise was successful. Celebrate.


Curling club, casino display support of cultural diversity RICE LAKE — The local cohosting Rodrigo from Spain; Craig and ordinators, students and host Lori Hamernik, Barron, hosting Anna families from the Polk, Washfrom Germany; Andrea and Dan Schullo, burn, Barron, St. Croix and Spooner, hosting Malvine from Belgium; Burnett counties chapter of Brad and Rebecca Harlander, Frederic, Academic Year in America hosting Eda from Germany; Mark and and PAX organization were reKaren Lettner, Barron, hosting Luca from cently able to provide experiGermany; Debra Nebel, Shell Lake, hostences for exchange students ing Franzika from Germany; Kevin and through the donations from Jocelyn Korasick, Spooner, hosting two local businesses. Fabian from Germany; Dale and Sherry The Rice Lake Curling Club Wirth, Clear Lake, hosting Patricia from opened their facility to the orSpain; Jim and Kathy Koser, Almena, ganization on Sunday, Jan. 22. hosting Theresa from Germany; Gary Through their generosity, the and Lynn Berghias, Spooner, hosting exchange students and host Paula from Germany; Jim and Cherie families were able to experiKelly, Bruce, hosting Fanziska from Gerence the Olympic sport of many; Richard and Debra Shipman, curling. The tribal council at Spooner, hosting Joana from Germany; the St. Croix Casino in Turtle Paul and Laurie Mara, Clear Lake, hostLake donated the use of a bus ing Laura from Germany; Denise and and driver in December to atBrent Tabor, Hillsdale, hosting Yana from tend a dinner theater at Fanny Germany; and Joanne Jacobs, Spooner, Hill Supper Club in Eau Some of the exchange students in the area met at the Rice Lake Curling Club on Sunday, welcoming Malvine from Belgium. Claire. The Rice Lake Curling Jan. 22. – Photo submitted The 2012-2013 placement season of the Club and the St. Croix Casino highest quality students from around the have once again displayed world is just now starting, and interested major support of cultural diversity by supporting these change student for the 2011-2012 academic school year. families are encouraged to contact these academic protwo events. Activities and interactions of this nature They are Mark and Emily Renstrom, Cumberland, host- grams by calling Steve Eichman at 715 986-4533 or eencourage visitors from other countries to see a much ing Carolin from Germany; Shane and Angel Lehmann, mailing seichman@centurytel.netfor more information. broader view of what the culture in the Midwest has to Cumberland, hosting Simon from Sweden; Mike and — from AYA/PAX Foundation Trudy Stachowiak, Turtle Lake, hosting Daniel from offer. The following Wisconsin families have opened their Germany; Joe and Rachel Waite, Hillsdale, hosting Hanhomes and have taken on the responsibility of an ex- nah from Germany; Eric and Diane Stone, Cumberland,

Northwest Wisconsin Destination Marketing Organization to hold 20 12 kickoff and anniversary celebration MINONG — Do you want to bring new visitors to your area and new customers to your business while, at the same time, stretching your advertising dollars? Northwest Wisconsin Destination Marketing Organization invites businesses, organizations and all those interested in collaborating marketing efforts to the 2012 DMO kickoff and fourth-anniversary celebration at Heartwood Conference Center and Retreat, between Minong and Trego, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 4-7 p.m. DMO was formed as a collaborative marketing effort by the hardworking people behind the scenes of local tourist attractions, chambers of commerce, tourism organizations, restaurants/taverns, lodging properties, outdoor recreation businesses and media representatives throughout northwestern Wisconsin. DMO’s mis-

sion is to collectively promote Northwest Wisconsin as a year-round destination. The kickoff begins with a social hour from 4-5 p.m. followed by joint marketing presentations, including the relaunch of the NW WI Mobile Travel Information Center. Invited guest speaker is Sarah Klavas, Wisconsin Department of Tourism Industry Relations and Services director. She will be speaking on The Power of Tourism. Be sure to bring your brochures, maps and visitor guides to exchange. Enjoy refreshments, entertainment,

door prize drawings and a tour of Heartwood Conference Center and Retreat. Take advantage of this free event which will be your opportunity to join together with other local businesses and organizations in promoting visits to Northwest Wisconsin this year to potential customers. For more information on the DMO kickoff event and to RSVP you will be attending, contact Nancy Herman at 218-426-0964, or go to — from NW WI DMO

Local photographers to conduct nature photography seminar at REI

GRANTSBURG—The Minnesota Nature Photography Club is hosting an all-day photography workshop on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the REI store in Minneapolis. Presenters include Crex Photo Club members Dale Bohlke, Marianne Cyr, John Pennoyer, Mike Prokosch and Ron Cleveland. Proceeds from the workshop will benefit the Friends of Crex Endowment Fund. The workshop is divided into two parts. The morning session, from 9 a.m. until noon, will focus on educating photographers about the features of their own cameras that will be most useful in capturing nature images. The class is designed to give each participant individual attention from experienced photographers. Cost for the morning session is $20, and participants must bring their own digital SLR, owner’s manual and fully charged batteries. The first two hours will be spent indoors, and the third hour will be outdoors, weather permitting, to allow practice of newly found skills and/or camera features.

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The afternoon session, from 1:30-6:30 p.m., costs $40 and will focus on art and creativity in nature photography. Expert MNPC photographers will give presentations that show how to create an image that fits the photographer’s vision. The use of light, depth of field and other creative techniques will be emphasized. Inspirational photos and a discussion of the techniques used will arm participants with new ideas and renewed enthusiasm for nature photography. The Minnesota Nature Photography Club was founded in 1956. Its purposes are continuing education in the art, science and technique of nature photography; evaluation of members photography; appreciation and enjoyment of the outdoors; and fellowship. The club is affiliated with the Photographic Society of America and the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs. - Jean Koelz, with submitted information

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Bernice I Remember You Editor’s note: The following remembrance was written and submitted by Pastor Steve Ward.

Song written by Mercer, sung by Nat King Cole I remember you; you’re the one who made my dreams come true just a few moments ago. I remember too distant bells and stars that fell like rain out of the blue. When my life is through and the angels ask me to recall the thrill of it all; I will tell them I remember, tell them I remember, tell them I remember you. Thoughts of Bernice, to remember the special lady she was. Every time someone remembers Milwaukee Downer College, Bernice I will remember you. Every time I hear someone mention Oconomowoc, St. Paul, Superior or Hawthorn, and yes Lewis, Bernice I will remember you. Every time I hear about the Northwest Regional Writers Club, Bernice I will remember you. Every time I read that someone won the coveted jade ring, Bernice I will remember you. Every time I hear of someone’s love of mischievous puppies, Bernice I will remember you. Every time I see birds in someone’s house, Bernice I will remember you. Every time I see a misspelled word in a newspaper and think of what a great proofreader you were, Bernice I will remember you. Every time I read the Inter-County Leader or the Lewis news, Bernice I will remember you. Every time I hear of Bengston Pond or a complaint that the town crews cut down the wildflowers and the berries along Township Road, Bernice I will remember you.

Every time I hear someone mention the Indian Head Rock and Mineral Society of the August Derleth Society, Bernice I will remember you. Every time I see the first pussy willow of spring, Bernice I will remember you. Every time I look at the Lewis beautiful church windows and remember what you said, “They can get one through a long boring sermon,” Bernice I will think of you. Every time I look at the Lewis cross and notice how the light forms a heart around the cross, Bernice I will remember you. Every time I hear of a community welcome wagon or chamber of commerce, Bernice I will remember you. Every time I get a handwritten letter and I am afraid to write one back because I know the person will sit right down and send another that same day, Bernice I will remember you. Every time a pastor gives a children’s message and uses a grocery bag from a local store and someone says, “I am glad to see that you shop locally,” Bernice I will remember you. Every time I find someone who knows that human relationships are most fragile and should be the most cherished, Bernice I will remember you. Every time I hear someone mention ladies aid or UMW or Sunshine Lady, Bernice I will remember you. Every time I hear about someone who loves to read books, Bernice I will remember you. Finally, every time I see someone who is totally devoted to family, faith and community, Bernice I will remember you. And when my life is through and God asks me to recall one of the greatest people of all, I will tell him, Bernice I remember you. Pastor Steve

Nominations sought for Wall of Honor SIREN - Nominations are being sought for the Wall of Honor at Siren Schools, a recognition presented each year at high school commencement ceremonies to honor an individual and/or organization that has “contributed to society through their scholarship, employment or volunteerism.” Those recognized will have demonstrated or contributed to one or more of the following areas: Education, business, human services, government, athletics, military service or fine arts. It is within these parameters that people of the school district are being asked to identify and recognize individuals who have “truly contributed to the fine character of the school/district.”

A five-member committee and its chairperson, comprised of educators, a school board member, businessperson(s), and community member(s) has been established to review the nominations for recognition and to pass on its recommendations to the school board for their final approval. Nomination forms are available in the district office at the Siren School and on the Siren School’s Web site, The deadline for nominations to be turned in to the district office is March 12. Any questions about the Wall of Honor should be directed to the district office at 715-349-7392. - with submitted information

"Extreme Makeover" luncheon set DRESSER - The Christian Women’s Connection will have an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser on Monday, Feb. 20. The special feature will be a style show by Lavon Hanson of the She Shop titled, “It Might As Well Be Spring!”

Music will be by Jodee Beyl. Karen Taucher will speak on “Extreme Makeover.” Cost is $10 inclusive. Reservations/cancellations are necessary. Call Carrie at 651-2574741 or Velda at 715-857-5573. - with submitted information

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At the Frederic Theatre, Jerry Lewis was starring in “The Errand Boy.” The Friday night midnight movie was “Unwed Mother,” and the ad said, “20,000 anguished girls wrote its blistering story.”-A Farm Family meeting was scheduled for Feb. 28 in Amery, and March 1 in Frederic, with James Crowley to speak at both.-Wisconsin began requiring employers to withhold state income tax from paychecks on Feb. 1. It was the 24th state to do so.-The band from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., would perform a concert at Frederic High School Feb. 10.-A headline proclaimed Luck to be ready for their winter carnival, and a picture showed their ice palace, almost completed for the festivities on Feb. 10.-Route’s Super Market, Frederic, advertised pork chops, 34¢ per pound, two stalks of celery for 29¢ and kidney beans, 10¢ a can.-Ole Halverson, Frederic, won a $100 savings bond for catching the biggest fish at the Wood Lake fishing contest sponsored by the Grantsburg Legion.-Obits included Bertha Sather and Carrie Brooks.-County clerk Elroy Spangenberg reported 1,499 mature foxes and 81 kits were killed during 1961 for which bounties were collected, costing the county $3,828.50.-An ad featured Banarat rat poison, saying it was extra-sweetened and loaded with warfarin. Guaranteed effective or your money back!-The Frederic Vikings beat Osceola, favored to win, on their own court. “Our best complete game of the season,” said coach Tom Funne. The score was 59-58.

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Frederic Fire Chief John Glockzin warned of the danger of leaving doors blocked by snow in case of a fire.-Mr. and Mrs. John Boyer purchased the Frederic Dairy Queen from Mr. and Mrs. Dan Frandsen.-Dale Osman, Clam Lake, was hired to be village policeman for Siren and Webster.-Capeside Cove Nursing Home, Siren, was nearing completion.-Ann Pedersen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Pedersen, Frederic, was on the dean’s list at UW-La Crosse.-Roger Strege, from Luck, was promoted to Specialist 4, serving in the Army in Fulda, Germany.-The number of farms in Wisconsin was decreasing about 2,000 per year since 1967, and stood at 108,000, with 20 million acres of land in farms, down from the record high of 23.9 million acres set in the early 1940s.-Obituaries included Joseph Rogers, Loren Chilstrom, Henry Clay, Alma Christianson, Effie Hoff, Kris Petersen and Ervin Carlson.-Miss Frederic, Sue Anderson, won the $50 firstplace prize for her safety essay as part of her involvement at the St. Paul Winter Carnival. Her essay was printed in this paper, about safety at railroad crossings.-Robert Vacinek, Grantsburg, won the largest-fish prize at the American Legion’s ice-fishing contest on Wood Lake.-Neighborhood Youth Corps was asking teens to apply for summer jobs for which they would have to meet certain income qualifications. The jobs would pay $1.60 a hour for eight weeks.


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The Atlas Dam, originally built in 1874 or ’75 as a grist mill dam, was deemed hazardous by the DNR.Eighty-four snowmobiles, driven by members of Polk County Women on Snow, were taken on a tour of Polk County. The women stopped at the E.C. Hideout in Lewis and signed the guest book, which brought the number of snowmobiler signatures to 3,783 since the Halloween blizzard. The total for the previous winter was 695.-Union workers at Wood Goods, Luck, used picketing to get a contract that included overtime pay, wage increases, and company contributions to family insurance.-Kerry Brendel was advanced to the position of president/market manager at the First American Bank of Frederic.-William Bainbridge, Luck, was injured when his vehicle struck a Bernick’s Pepsi semi on wet and freezing roads in light fog. The semitrailer did not have lights.-St. Dominic Catholic Church, Frederic, celebrated the dedication of their new organ with a recital by nationally known organist Gerrit Lemain.-Obituaries included Marvis Henry, William Holliday, Vincent Dale, Carolina Tucker, Chester Fremont, Mildred Hendrickson, Robert Whyte, Marie Olson, Anton “Tony” Wyczawski, Genevieve Boatman and Lucas Trent.-A separate story told of Lucas Trent’s sudden death from illness caused by haemophilus influenza type B bacteria, at age 10. He attended Siren Elementary School.

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Hey everyone, how was your Super Bowl Sunday? That was quite a game, a real nail-biter to the end and then New York pulled it out of the bag. Both teams did a great job and while my team didn’t win, it was a good day. Didn’t we have some nice weather this last week? Only thing is, the ground is kind of sloppy in places which makes for mucky paws followed by paw prints on the floors. Mom keeps some small towels at the door to wipe our feet but I bet she wishes we’d do it ourselves. Have gone for a couple of walks through the woods, which has been nice. It would be nicer if Eli and Maya didn’t act like a couple of idiots hanging off the side of my face. I wonder if a squirt gun would help in stopping that. Hmmmm, will have to think about than one. A good squirt and maybe they’ll let go and as Mom tells them – Knock it off!” Did you know that there is a really great dog at the shelter named Sadie? Same name as me, even the same colors, so she’s quite a good-looking gal if I do say so myself. Erika Why wouldn’t she

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Arnell Humane Hamlet is Norm in the “Cheers” sense. He is a big doughy basset that enjoys relaxing with a beer and friends after a strenuous day. Hamlet has been on a diet since he came to the shelter as a stray and he is excited to show off the “new me.” He enjoys his daily walks and so the weight is coming off easily; the first five pounds simply melted off of him. Hamlet/Norm is enjoying a new sense of pride and self in the new man he is becoming. He smiles and greets everyone with a “How do you do?” Hamlet revels in all of the attention and is rather taken with his new physical profile that includes a waistline. He says he is ready to meet a new guardian soul mate to continue his exercise regime and promises not to slip back into bad overeating habits of the past. The meat raffle fundraiser at PY’s Saloon and Grill in Osceola raised $550 for Arnell Memorial Humane Society. Donations from local businesses made this fundraiser happen. Gratitude is extended to Anderson Consulting, Edling Chiropractic, Boyd’s


YAPpenings Sadie be with a name like mine. Sadie is not as tall as me, more like medium sized. She is really a nice, friendly girl around 6 years old and I’m surprised that she hasn’t been adopted. Come on folks, she’s a wonderful canine. If you’re looking for a smaller dog, she came in with her pal Misty who is equally friendly and nice. Erika is a 5-month-old black and white kitty who gets along with everyone, dog, cats and people! For a youngster she’s pretty laid back and quiet and do you see that beauty mark beside her nose? I think they should have named her Marilyn instead because of that. Erika and the other kitties would really love to be adopted so stop by and visit – see for yourselves. Things were quiet at the shelter last week which is great because we can get caught up on the chores that need to be done. The downside of being quiet is that adoptions have slowed down so here is my personal plea to all you a good folk. Please find a place in your heart and adopt a shelOutdoor Power, Hauge Dental Care, Royal Credit Union, Federated Co-op, Osceola Vet Service and Central Bank Osceola. A good time was had by all. The animals at Arnell were the big winners. MarketPlace Foods in St. Croix Falls is hosting their annual Arnell Brown Bag Wish List campaign this month. Shoppers will have the option of adding a $5 or $10 brown bag of shelter wish list items to their shopping cart. Such items as Kitten Chow, large and medium dog biscuits, cat litter, paper towels, hairball formula Cat Chow, Windex, cat toys and more will fill each brown bag, offered by MarketPlace Foods at wholesale prices. A $5 brown bag will then effectively be donating $10 worth of supplies needed for the animals at the Arnell shelter. MarketPlace Foods will provide each donor with a tax-deductible receipt for the purchased items. The bags are collected right there at the market and delivered to the Arnell shelter from Feb. 1 to March 17. This fundraiser is monumental for Arnell Humane Society. With the help of MarketPlace Foods and citizens from our community, this annual fundraiser provides items needed on a daily basis at the shelter. With these items donated by you, Arnell is able to allocate more of our budget to other necessities, allowing us to do more for the animals in our care. Donating shelter wish list items couldn’t

ter animal, they will be forever grateful and appreciative if you do. We love visitors at the shelter and if you feel so inclined to volunteer, even better! Here’s Sadie a little cat trivia for you. Do you know why sometimes a cat will urinate on a dog’s bed? Well that was a question that came up and believe it or not there was quite a bit of information on the Web site about this. Cats will sometimes do that as a form of revenge from maybe being picked on by a dog. It may also be territorial or jealousy. Isn’t that interesting? So the moral of the story to you dogs out there, be nice to the kitty! “Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well.” – Bonnie Wilcox 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!

be easier. February is a slow time of year for activity at our animal shelter. For whatever reason, fewer dogs and cats are delivered to our care and we use this time to catch up on shelter maintenance. With fewer animals, we are able Hamlet to spend more time with each one. Dogs in our kennel, looking to go home are: Bart, an all-black German shepherd mix, Hannah, a young all-black (even her tongue) chow mix, Dillion and Becca, English shepherd mixes, and Rex, a Lab/pointer mix, also black. Cat adoptions have outnumbered our dog adoptions in recent months. This is a good thing; a reversal of fortune. Hopefully each pet will have their day and start a new life in a new home. Arnell Humane Society, Amery 715 2687387.

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715-349-2964 Hubby has a new trick to outsmart those tree rats in bear country. He took a long piece of bendable wire and wrapped it around one of the black walnuts, then he hung it from a branch. The tree rats know it’s there as they have checked it out, but so far they will not go down the wire. We watched one day as a crafty one eyed it from just about every angle, then he climbed up the tree and spent about an hour trying to reel it up to no avail, wire doesn’t reel. So far no luck, the nut is still there. Sunday, as we returned from church, we saw a large owl sitting on a fence pole in the backyard watching the bird yard. Not a bird or tree rat was in sight. At first, we thought it was one of those great gray owls that were here several years ago. Out came the spyglasses and the bird book. It turned out

it was a barred owl, a big bird but not as big as the great gray. These owls look a lot alike, the only difference is their size, about three inches more for the great gray. The have different colored eyes. The barred owl has dark eyes while the great gray sports large yellow ones. Don’t forget, if you want to get some of those special chocolate treats, the Siren Covenant Church ladies have at their chocolate affair, they will be on sale at the Siren Bremer Bank and the U.S. Bank on Friday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. until gone. Come early as they go fast. Don’t forget to stop at the Larson Family Public Library in Webster on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You never know what kind of great reading you’ll find.

Bev Beckmark The Burnett Dairy Co-op/Cheese Store held their annual winter party last Saturday evening at the Siren Crooked Lake Lodge for the employees. About 200 employees and spouses enjoyed an evening of dinner, prizes and dancing into the night. The Webster Lions Club is holding a Valentine’s party on Saturday, Feb. 11, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Webster Community Center. Come enjoy an afternoon of fun. The parishioners of the Siren Methodist Church enjoyed a souper bowl party Sunday after the service. After the lunch were games with prizes. Congratulations to the Siren boys basketball team, they’re still on a winning roll.

ST. CROIX FALLS – The Friends of Interstate Park invite you to the 23rd-annual Candlelight Night at the Park this Saturday, Feb. 11, from 6-9 p.m.. Experience a winter evening by candlelight as

separate trails. The event will take place no matter the snow conditions. Walk through the woods on the Skyline Trail which begins at the Ice Age Center, or beginning at the Camp Interstate Shelter, hikers can enjoy a candlelit walk near Lake O’ the Dalles and the St. Croix River. There will be warming fires at the trailheads, and food and refreshments available at the Ice Age Center.

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Stoner/Schulte Jeremy Michael Stoner and Allison Kaye Schulte were married on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in College Station, Texas, by the Rev. Steven Cox. Parents of the bride and groom are Roger Schulte and Linda Schulte, Texas, and Steve and Terri Stoner, Frederic. Grandparents are Brian and Virginia Fischer, the late Melvin and Bernice Schulte, Karen Swanberg, the late Larry Swanberg, Karoline Stoner and the late Kenneth Stoner. The bride’s attendants were Melanie Schulte, Libby Jones, Sierra Kunkel, Allison Wagoner, Kaia Mathsen, Holly Stoner and Alexandria Countouriotis. The groom’s attendants were Joe Preimesberger, Erik Stoner, Scotty Hill, Andrew Ritzer, Allen Ellis, Gesta Lexen, Jim Neumann and Brandon Shulte. Flower girls were Sophia Bartels, cousin; and Reese Spacek, goddaughter of the bride. Ring bearer was Charlie Acosta, godson of the groom. Honor attendants were Ashten Postell, Calli Countz, Megan Schlafer, Brook Eckermann, Cacie Wagner, Chelsea Michalak, Hannah Roemer and Lacye Draehn. Jeremy graduated cum laude from Augsburg College honors program in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in physics. He is employed by Ecova, St. Paul, Minn., as an energy analyst. Ally graduated in 2010 from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies. She is employed by Huntington Learning Center, Woodbury, Minn., where the couple now resides. There will be an open house reception at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Frederic. - submitted

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Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. The event is free, but a Wisconsin state park sticker is required to enter the park. Annual passes for 2012 are $25 for Wisconsin residents or $35 for nonresidents. Daily passes are $7 for residents or $10 for nonresidents. For more information about the event call 715-483-3747.

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Join naturalist Julie Fox at 10 a.m. on Thursdays through March at the Ice Age Center at Wisconsin Interstate Park for a story and activity chosen especially for preschoolers and their parents. Please DaveonPeterson Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls on bring clothing for outdoor play (weather permitting). hundreds of candles are lit to guide participants Nature story time is free of charge, but a state We still have openings for the tax people on Feb. park sticker is required to enter the park. For more We have had really nice weather the last week. Winner at Spades were Marlyce Borchert, Joyce 16 and March 15. information call Julie at 715-483-3747. Remember, we play Spades at 1 p.m. on Monday; Thompson, Holly Stonesifer and Arnie Borchert. Winners at 500 were Del Hansen, Barb Munger, 500 on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.; Pokeno on Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m.; and Dime Bingo on SaturArnie Borchert and Brittani Hughes. The Siren Senior Center is having a potluck dinner days at 1 p.m. All ages are welcome, come have a good time. at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15. There will be 500 cards at 1 p.m.

We had our evening meal on Thursday with a good crowd enjoying the pork roast meal. Cherry pie was served to honor Valentine’s Day. We are busy making plans for our potluck, which will be on Wednesday, Feb. 15. We hope everyone will come and enjoy the meal and then stay and play 500 cards with us starting at 1 p.m. The ladies took down the January decorations and put February decorations up. The center is decorated with hearts and red tablecloths for Valentine’s Day. Stop in and see how festive the center looks. Nice job, ladies. Our winners for 500 were Dave Peterson, Mary Ellen Vorwald, Barb Munger, Gerry Vogel and Inez Pearson. Spade winners were Ralph Groves, Anke Olesen, Clara Palomaki, Ralph Severson and Barb Munger. Keep enjoying our nice weather, stay healthy and see you next time.

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Borderline news On Jan. 18, the Dairyland Homemakers held their first meeting of the new year to elect new officers. Janice Hughes was elected president, Dory Willett is vice president, the secretary is Dianna Wolf and the treasurer is Sally Wintlend. This group met a second time on Feb. 8 at the town hall, and made cookies to take around to local people who have trouble getting out. They will also take some cookies over to Sophie Slipher, Lillian Monson and Beatrice Olson at the rest home in Spooner. Gary Gill came to Ron Proffit’s on Jan. 31 to get a load of wood and walk about the place to see the logging operation. Gary stayed for supper with Ron and Sharon. Ron took Sharon down to Elk Mound on Feb. 2 to stay for a few days and take care of 9year-old granddaughter Morgan Kinblom, who had her tonsils taken out on Feb. 3. Brett Gill, a student at River Falls, had surgery on his hand on Feb. 1

after suffering a sports accident. He is the grandson of Ron and Sharon Proffit. Frank Schaaf saw 13 white swans flying north last Saturday. Really. Considering the mild winter we are having, this sighting actually made some sense, but further investigation revealed that the Canada geese have been spreading false rumors about whether open water is available for a landing up there. Loggers are still going hard at it to clean up the storm damage from last July. Although it has been said before, it’s going to take a long time to clean up all the down trees. If you have paid your taxes, and you have any money left over from Christmas, then it’s time to order your garden seeds for the coming year. We plant celery and leek seed around Feb. 20, with eggplant, peppers and certain selected herbs not too long after that.

Webster Senior Center Due to a nasty bug, the Wii bowlers were short one team this week. We hope they are all well soon. Earl Boelter had high individual game and series this week with 234 and 434. The Mini Mights had high team game and series with 749 and 1468. There were several other very good games over 200. As usual, a good time was had by all. Twenty players came for dime Bingo and enjoyed the treats furnished by Diane Johnson. Remember we play every Wednesday at 12:30. No need to call ahead, just bring your dimes and join the fun. Birthday wishes go out to Peggy Lawless and Bob Staples who are celebrating their special day this month. If I have missed some birthdays, please let

Where is winter? We think the other shoe will fall, and we will get the snow and the cold. But spring is just around the corner now. We started Tuesday with our exercise session followed by Skip-Bo. In the afternoon, games were played. Dottie Adams and Marian Edler was the winning team in Hand and Foot. Domino winners were Gladis Weikert, Delores Benson and George Meixner. Winners in 500 were Arne Borchert, Roger Greenley, Don Benson and Elaine Edlund. Thursday we had our exercises followed by Skip-

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me know so we can send them good wishes also. We have room for more card and pool players on Thursday afternoon. We start at 1 p.m. and play for about two hours. Come join the fun. Remember we now have a box to collect nonperishable food items for the local food shelf. They can be dropped off any weekday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Be sure to mark your calendars for the next monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m., and for the next potluck which will be Saturday, March 3. All seniors are welcome. If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain.

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Bo. In the evening, Cribbage was played at 4:30 followed by 500. The winners in 500 were Bren Nel Ward, Jerry Willits and Don Anderson. Friday morning Bridge was played. The AARP tax seminar schedule is full for Feb. 22. If you need help, you can make an appointment for March 21 by calling 715-483-1901. On Sunday, Feb. 19, at 12:30 p.m., we will have our chili feed. Dominoes and cards will be played in the afternoon. You must preregister for this event.

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The Grantsburg Library gets an updated look

The library is on its way to a new look for spring. A fresh coat of paint will be added and new carpeting will be installed during the library’s revamping. After more than a decade of wear and tear, the carpet was falling apart in areas and worn throughout. Volunteers have just begun the work of renovating, but planning for the face-lift was been in the works for a year. The goal is to have a library everyone in the community can enjoy using.


The third Thursday Book Club will gather at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the library. The group has selected Victoria Houston’s “Dead Angler” as the first title to embark on. There is still time to engage in this discussion of Wisconsin fiction. For more information call or come into the library or attend the meeting.

stations, and the library offers a free Wi-Fi signal.

Free tax help

Seniors and income-eligible individuals can receive free assistance preparing their taxes at the library. Appointments are available on the first and second Thursdays and Fridays of February, March and April. Call the library at 715-463-2244 to schedule an appointment. This program is sponsored by AARP Foundation Tax-Aide.


The library can help you meet your technology needs. There are seven Internet-ready computer

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The Youth Chess Club enjoys learning new game strategies. – Photo submitted Preschool story time

Preschool story time is every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a story, make a craft and get together with friends.

Library hours and information

Monday noon – 6 p.m.; Tuesday noon – 6 p.m.; Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday noon – 6 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – noon. The contact information for the library is 715463-2244; Web site is and now


The Orange 4-H Club had their monthly meeting Friday evening at the Larsen Family Public Library. Sympathy is extended to the family of Sonny Phernetton who passed away over the weekend. Saturday night Bob, Heather and Rylie O’Brien helped Jack celebrate his birthday. Tim and Vikki visited them on Sunday. John and Reeny Neinstadt watched their grand-

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kids play basketball on Saturday, Brianna played at Grantsburg and Brendon at Amery. They had supper with Natalie and Bud Flagstad Saturday evening. Jack and Jeri Witzany spent the weekend with Mike at Champlin. They cashed in their gift certificates and enjoyed going to Red Lobster for dinner. Mark and Deanna Krause watched the Super Bowl

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gen, Ruth Rydberg and Karen, Geri and Carol Mangelsen were guests of Diana Mangelsen Wednesday. They spent the afternoon visiting and playing cards. Lida Nordquist visited Kay Stoner Thursday morning. Jerry and Rose Sexton were Friday evening visitors of Hank and Karen Mangelsen. Jan and Hannah Schott were overnight guests of Lida Nordquist Friday. On Saturday, they went to New Auburn, where Hannah played in a basketball tournament. Barry, Sue, Alex, Josh and Olivia Hines and a friend visited Gerry and Donna Hines Sunday afterBorn at Osceola Medical Center: A girl, Izabella Christine Scheel, born Feb. 3, 2012, noon. Joleen and Richard Funk were Sunday afternoon to Brittany and Jesse Scheel, Osceola. Izabella visitors of Lida Nordquist. Donna and Gerry Hines weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. came later and had supper with them. ••• A boy, Oliver Steven Hubred, born Feb. 3, 2012, to Alysse Carlson and Travis Hubred, Osceola. Oliver weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz. ••• A boy, Greyson Clark Maring, born Feb. 4, 2012, to Christopher and Lindsay Maring, Shafer, Minn. Greyson weighed 9 lbs., 14.9 oz. •••

Sympathy is extended to Terrie and Kristy Scanlon and family due to the recent sudden death of Terrie and Kristy’s special friend, Kip Beckman of Siren. He was only 49. The funeral was held in Minnesota. Sympathy is also extended to Mary Dunn and family due to the death of Mary’s husband John. The funeral will be Friday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. at Lakeview UM Church, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Lida Nordquist, Donna Hines, Marlene Swearin-


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Born at St. Croix Falls Medical Center:

A girl, Emory Claire Nelson, born Jan. 18, 2012, to Kayla and Nicholas Nelson, Frederic. Emory weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz. ••• A boy, Justice Matthew Arleigh Chadwick, born Jan. 19, 2012, to Matthew and Amy Chadwick, Grantsburg. Justice weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz. ••• A boy, Kellen Roy Ward, born Jan. 21, 2012, to Josh and Tricia Ward, St. Croix Falls. Kellen weighed 8 lbs., 2 oz. ••• A girl, Aubrie Lynn Pardun, born Jan. 22, 2012, to Megan Kurkowski and Jacob Pardun, Webster. Aubrie weighed 6 lbs., 14 oz. ••• A girl, Sophia Hailey Belisle, born Jan. 27, 2012, to Lacy Belisle, Grantsburg. Sophia weighed 8 lbs., 1 oz. ••• A boy, Pranay Yoseph Janga, born Jan. 26, 2012, to Kristen and Yoseph Janga, Webster. Pranay weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz.

PV2 Kevin Packard earned his Ranger Scroll on Feb. 3. Packard has completed basic training, Advanced Individual Training, Airborne training and Ranger training all at Fort Benning, Ga. He will now be joining 2nd BN, 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Lewis, Wash. He is the son of Jerald and Julie Packard of Webster. – Photo submitted

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MEQUON - Concordia University Wisconsin officials released the fall dean’s list for the first semester of 2011-2012 academic year. To be eligible for the honor, students must achieve a minimum 3.50 GPA. Among the area students named to the list were: Frederic Samantha E. Nelson, athletic training. - submitted ••• IOWA CITY, Iowa – Toi A. Dummett Leget of Grantsburg is among 4,100 undergraduate students at the University of Iowa named to the UI dean’s list for the 2011 fall semester. Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Tippie College of Business who achieve a gradepoint average of 3.50 or higher on 12 semester hours or more of UI graded course work during a given semester or summer session and who have no semester hours of I (incomplete) or O (no grade

reported) during the same semester are recognized by inclusion on the dean’s list for that semester. Undergraduate students in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine may qualify for the dean’s list with fewer than 12 semester hours of graded credit if deemed appropriate by the college. Beginning fall 2011, College of Nursing students participating in clinical courses must have a total of 12 semester hours of earned credit, with eight semester hours of graded credit with a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher. - submitted ••• ELY, Minn. – Two local students were named to the fall 2011 honors list at Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minn. Students named to the honors list have attained a GPA of 3.0 for the semester, and a GPA of 3.5 for high honors. Luck Danielle Martin, honors; St. Croix Falls Tryn Bryant, high honors. - submitted

••• MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Nicholas Krenz, St. Croix Falls, was named to the Dunwoody College of Technology, fall quarter 2011/2012 dean’s list. Students named to the dean’s list are recognized for outstanding academic achievement by earning a 3.5 grade-point average or higher in 12 or more credits for the quarter. Krenz is the son of Kathy Krenz and Mike Krenz, both of St. Croix Falls. He was a 2010 graduate of St. Croix Falls High School and is in the electrical construction, design and management program. - submitted ••• KENOSHA – Jessica Owens, Frederic, has been named to the dean’s list during the autumn 2011 term at Carthage. Students named to the dean’s list have earned a grade-point average of 3.5 or above while earning at least 14 graded credits during the term. Owens is the daughter of Roger and Kim Owens of Frederic. - submitted •••

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The following local student has earned a spring teaching and internship assignment at elementary, middle and secondary schools this spring: Leighann Mensen, Webster, senior, elementary education; teaching second grade at Bemidji’s Central Elementary School. - submitted ••• GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota held its largest ever winter commencement on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, with about 900 students eligible for degrees, an increase of 150 from a year ago. St. Croix Falls Danielle Borressen, bachelor of Science in community nutrition and Bachelor of Science in nursing. - submitted •••

Eating disorders pose a serious health risk, often go untreated intervention may be necessary if the situation is life threatening.” An eating disorder is characterized by serious disruptions in a person’s everyday diet, such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating. People suffering from anorexia nervosa restrict the type and amount of food they eat to avoid gaining weight. Even if they become extremely thin, they may still strive to lose weight because they perceive themselves as fat, and fear putting on pounds. With bulimia nervosa, people will eat unusually large amounts of food. This out-ofcontrol binge eating is followed by compensating behaviors. These include self-induced vomiting – called purging – overuse of laxatives or diuretics, excessive exercise, fasting or several of these behaviors combined. Binge eating involves excessive overeating without purging or partaking in other behaviors to compensate for the food intake. As a result, binge eaters may become overweight or even obese, which can promote serious cardiovascular and other health issues. While concerns about appearance are common in adolescence, parents need to be aware of their child’s eating habits to address unhealthy behaviors before they become chronic eating disorders. Parents should pay close attention to certain activities that have weight and training expectations, such as competitive running, gymnastics, ballet, wrestling and competitive swimming. A person of any age who shows the following behaviors or symptoms should see a doctor for assessment: • Eating small portions or refusing food altogether • Inability to objectively gauge body

weight • Obsession with being or becoming fat • Strenuous or excessive exercising • Hoarding and hiding food • Eating in secret • Visits to the bathroom after eating • Significant fluctuations in weight • Social withdrawal, depression or irritability • Hiding weight loss by wearing bulky clothes • Menstrual irregularities • Thinning or dry and brittle hair • Cavities or discoloration of teeth caused from vomiting Eating disorders seem to have multiple influences including biological, psychological, behavioral and social factors. Research published by a team of international scientists in 2011 suggested that genetic variations could be at work when people are not able to recover from eating disorders. The findings, reported online in the journal Neuropsychopharmcology, may lead to more effective treatment for these chronically ill individuals. “Personalized treatment based on an individual’s genetic makeup is at the forefront of some of the most exciting medical care being delivered today,” said Dr. Noel Jarvis, psychiatrist and medical director of ARMC’s Behavioral Health Center. “As we learn more about genetics and the role they play in certain diseases and disorders, researchers are learning how to develop more effective treatment plans based on individualized genetic information.” While medical science continues to seek answers for how to prevent and treat eating disorders, parents and others can help make a positive influence on young people. To help the young people in your life build self-esteem, a positive body image and an understanding that appearance doesn’t matter as much as other personal qualities, consider these suggestions:

• Accept that physical appearance is a normal concern for young people. Support your loved ones by encouraging them to feel positive about their appearance. • Provide reassurance about appearance and compliment them on the great features and other physical characteristics they have – a lovely smile, the way they look in a certain color, their energy, grace or speed. • Express appreciation of personal qualities that have nothing to do with appearance, such as generosity, loyalty or kindness. • Help them critically evaluate the messages they receive from advertisements, television and elsewhere about how they need to look or dress to be considered attractive. Help them understand that these images are often not “normal” — achieved through image retouching, unhealthy dieting or surgical procedures. • Set a good example by practicing healthy eating and exercise habits. Avoid being self-critical or expressing dissatisfaction with your own appearance and diet. Show appreciation for how your body functions every day. Parents often feel confused and helpless when their child develops an eating disorder, but ignoring the signs can be deadly. Untreated eating disorders can lead to serious, debilitating health issues, and they have the highest mortality rate of any of the mental illnesses. For more information about National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and the National Eating Disorders Association go to w w w. n a t i o n a l e a t i n g d i s o rd e r s . o rg / programs-events/nedawareness-week.php. This article provided courtesy of Amery Regional Medical Center and Quorum Health Resource.






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STATEWIDE – Bombarded by images of stick-thin celebrities – from the elegant Duchess of Cambridge to the iconic Lady Gaga – girls and young women are starving themselves to achieve the same svelte look. And while medical experts understand the implications of extreme eating habits, most girls are unaware that the desire to be unhealthily thin could kill them. As many as 24 million Americans of all ages and genders struggle with an eating disorder, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. “Teenagers and young women are the most common sufferers, but eating disorders can start in preadolescence and continue into adulthood,” explained Donna Wood, practice leader of clinical operations at Quorum Health Resources. “Ten to 15 percent of people with eating disorders are male.” National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 26 through March 3, focuses on preventing eating disorders and the body image issues that fuel them while also advocating for better access to treatment. The event, sponsored by the National Eating Disorders Association, is aimed at educating the public to reduce the stigma associated with eating disorders. This stigma often causes those with eating issues to feel ashamed and avoid seeking medical or psychological help. While some eating disorders become chronic conditions, research has shown that people who receive proper treatment can recover. However, only about one in 10 people with eating disorders seek treatment. “Treatment may include individual, group or family psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, and medications that address depression, anxiety and other co-existing disorders,” said Dr. Colleen Erb, psychologist and program director of ARMC’s Behavioral Health Center in Amery. “In some cases, hospitalization and forced nutritional



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Mushing into history People studying fur-trade times naturally create symbols of the era around which to wrap their thoughts. One image that readily occurs is that of voyageurs dashing across the wilderness in birch-bark canoes. True enough, but canoe travel represents just part of the legacy. One needs to add the snowshoe to come up with a fuller picture. It’s a heritage easily forgotten. European transportation modes worked fine, but they weren’t as adaptable to North American conditions. Their boats broke up easily in the rapids, for instance, and were much heavier than the Indians’ canoes were. The fur traders learned that lesson early on— adopting the lightweight birchbark canoes greatly eased their travel conundrums. But what about winter travel? While Europeans had used various sorts of skis, these too were found to be impractical for largescale use in the fur trade. Nor was the use of horses and wagons very efficient—the wagons would sink in snow and the horses would flounder about. Snowshoes and toboggans—North American Indian inventions thousands of years old – worked far better for carrying out the tasks needed in the fur trade. All of the northern Indian tribes used various sorts of snowshoes. Usually they were crafted with wood teardrop-shaped frames fashioned from ash, cedar or spruce. These were reinforced via supporting crosspieces placed near the ends and middle. The webbing consisted of dressed leather strips (usually deer in this region— moose and caribou in other areas). The French referred to snowshoes as raquettes, while the Ojibwe called them aagimug. All tribes developed their own models, the differences being mainly in their size and shape, which ranged from rounded shorties for short jaunts to more elongated patterns, the latter faring up better in long-distance mushing. Particularly in the longer models, the front ends tended to be tilted slightly upward to give one a slight rise when traversing through deeper snow. Often the travel was augmented via the use of toboggans, frequently pulled by dogs.

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Like moccasins, canoe parts and numerous tasks, snowshoe-making was often a specialty of tribal women. Knowing this story helps in understanding the ins and outs of winter travel which are so casually mentioned in the fur traders’ journals. Something striking about the journals of 1802-04 Folle Avoine XY Company trader Michel Curot, for instance, are the constant movements he records of the trading groups as they fish, hunt, go to distant Indian camps—he even records sending off a couple of men to the area of modern-day Superior. All of this travel was accomplished using snowshoes, but interestingly, it was so common an occurrence at the time that Curot would merely say something to the effect that such-and-such just went off. Fair enough, but when one considers the mode of travel— snowshoes and toboggans—an entire element is added to the narrative. Here’s what was happening this week, for instance (translated from Curot’s original French): “Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 7 - 8. Today LaPrairie left with his wife, children, and the wife of Babeux (Smith

sent his daughter with her) for the lodges of Nenbennoi. They all are to rejoin the band of Les Razeurs to make [maple] sugar with them.” Those few words tell a huge story, actually. First, LaPrairie and his Indian wife are headed off to one of the Indian lodges to participate in one of the more crucial parts of Ojibwe life—the late-winter maplesugar harvest. LaPrairie was actually one of Curot’s trading rivals (they worked for different fur companies), and had a distinct leg up on Curot’s trade via his family ties to the maple-sugar producers. And, returning to our original observation, all these movements were accomplished using one of native America’s unique and outstanding technologies—the snowshoe. By the mid-1800s, though, radical changes in transportation modes meant that the native ways would be replaced with railroads, highways and other modern modes of transport. Still, the story of the fur trade is incomplete without emphasis on the Indians’ use of ingenious solutions to the living conditions prevalent in fur-trade times. Realizing their use and adaptation by fur traders of European heritage enhances our appreciation for the interdependence of natives and traders in the shared legacy we call the fur trade. Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park portrays the fur-trade heritage via museum displays (open weekdays during the winter) and tours (Memorial Day weekend through September). Further info about its programs is available by calling 715-656-4124 or visiting

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Poetry comes to life at Frederic Middle School

Local author/poet Jill Lehmann shares her passion for poetry at Frederic Middle School Thursday, Feb. 2.

Frederic seventhgraders and their English teacher are pictured with writer Jill Lehmann (far left). - Photos submitted

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FREDERIC—Local author and poet Jill Lehmann visited Kelly Hopkins’ seventh-grade English class on Thursday, Feb. 2, to share her love of writing as part of the class’s unit on poetry. Teaching poetry can be very challenging for a number of reasons, but mostly because students aren’t familiar with poetry and can find it intimidating. An enthusiastic teacher that demystifies poetry and gives students license to be creative can inspire young writers to experiment with new ways to express themselves. Students are excited. Raven Greener offered her opinion, “Poetry is an amazing thing that you can express your feelings with and let your imagination flow.” Ja’lon Sventek added, “Poetry is rhythmic, funky and a brain-sizzler.” The seventh-grade class is preparing their own body of work, which they will present to parents and community members on Thursday, March 15, at 9 a.m. in the Frederic Middle School and High School library at an event called Expresso Yourself. Guests are welcome to attend. – Jean Koelz, with submitted information


LIBRARY NEWS St. Croix Falls Public Library Lego Club is on the first and third Saturdays in February and March It will be held from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Legos provided. Please leave all personal Legos and toys at home. All ages, with a parent. Computer Cafe in February Internet Searching Basics: Thursday, Feb. 9, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Facebook 101 – using Facebook: Thursday, Feb. 16, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Microsoft Excel 2010 – Excel basics: Thursday, Feb. 23, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Learn how to organize and sort your data, a spreadsheet is worth a thousand words. Friends of the Library Friends of the Library will be meeting Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m., in the community meeting room. Please come and see what the Friends of the Library are all about. You can check out the FOL on Facebook at Keep an eye on the library Web site for upcoming Friends information or contact Loreen Clayton-Morrell at (This meeting was originally scheduled for Feb. 4 and is now on Feb. 11). There will be coffee and treats. Individual help for basic computer questions Mondays from 1-3 p.m. Bring your own laptop; check out a library laptop or workstation. Call ahead to ensure availability. Play Wii at the library Inquire at the circulation desk. A wonderful friend of the library donated a brand-new Wii. Used games and accessory donations in good condition are welcome. Artsy Smartsy: authors and illustrators We are pleased to welcome back teaching artist Tiffany Paige Meyer for this visual arts program created exclusively for children ages 3 – 6 and their caregivers. The third Tuesday of each month, through May, participants will take a closer look at

some favorite authors and illustrators through books and creative expression at 10:30 a.m. at the library. Preregistration is required. Register at the library circulation desk, online or call 715-483-1777. This is a free program. Remember to wear artsmart clothing (dress for mess). See you at the library.

School’s out! SCFPL’s after-school program for kids age 8-plus. Meet friends, get homework help and hang out at the library on Wednesdays during the school year from 3:30 till 5 p.m. Take bus No. 9 down to the library on Wednesday afternoons (with a note from your parent or guardian). Contact Cole,, for more info and to sign up for updates. Community meeting room is available for your organization Reserve the meeting room with our online form at Story hour with Cole Listen to stories, create art and have fun with other kids and parents every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Check out our Web site It has up-to-date information on what’s happening at the library and other useful library tools you can use at home, Look for us on Facebook. Our newsletter will be out the first week in December.

Frederic Public Library Tax preparation assistance will be offered at the library The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides free tax help for people of low and moderate incomes with special attention focused on those aged 60 and older. Appointments are being taken at the Frederic Library for the first and second Fridays in February, March and April from 1 to 4 p.m. Contact the library at 715-327-4979 to make your appointment and receive a checklist of documents you will need to bring when you come to have your taxes prepared. Feb. 16-18 bake and book sale Be sure to attend the biggest and best bake and book sale ever at the Frederic Library Thursday and Friday, Feb. 16-17, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. We have a very large group of books, movies, music and audio books for sale, and we are still accepting donations of gently used items. We also welcome donated food items for the bake sale. This is one of two large fundraiser book sales held at the library each year, and we appreciate your support. Stop by and take advantage of the great bargains and many freebies. What are the book group choices for February? The Thursday morning book group will meet at Bean’s Country Griddle (note location change) on Feb. 16, at 10 a.m., to

Free wireless access at the library If you have a laptop with a wireless card, bring it to the library to use the free wireless Internet access. Cozy chairs and hot coffee are waiting for you. Don’t forget to help your neighbors The library is a collection site for milk caps, food product labels and small empty ink cartridges for Frederic school projects, eyeglasses for the Lions and grocery items for the local food shelf. Be sure to include some of these items in your book bag when you visit the library. Keep up with what’s happening at the library Find us on Facebook at Frederic Public Library. The Web site is E-mail us at Frederic Public Library, 127 Oak St. West, 715-327-4979. Library 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 morning at 10:30 a.m.


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AARP tax help is at the Luck Public Li- opens it and sees that she’s written three brary from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., the first and unexpected and terrifying words: “Don’t second Wednesday from Feb. 1 – April 15. trust Ben.” Suddenly everything her husAll returns will be prepared electronically band has told her falls under suspicion. and by appointment. Walk-ins will be ac- What kind of accident caused her condicepted only of there is time available so tion? Who can she trust? Why is Ben lying call the Luck Library to schedule an ap- to her? And, for the reader: Can Chrispointment. We will let you know what tine’s story be trusted? At the heart of S. J. you need to bring with you when you Watson’s “Before I Go To Sleep” is the petcome. AARP tax help is available to all rifying question: How can anyone funcsenior citizens and low-income residents. tion when they can’t even trust Call 715-472-2770 to make an appoint- themselves? Suspenseful from start to finish, the strength of Watson’s writing alment. The Artsy Smartsy after-school art pro- lows “Before I Go to Sleep” to transcend gram, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, will be explor- the basic premise and present profound ing sculpture and clay design. All questions about memory and identity. school-aged children are welcome. No One of the best debut literary thrillers in registration is necessary. The program be- recent years, “Before I Go to Sleep” degins at 3:30 and runs until 5 p.m. Snacks serves to be one of the major blockbusters are provided. Tiffany will be using of the summer. Pick up a copy today and Sculpy clay and sculpting tools to demon- meet the group at Monday Book Club. strate the art of sculpture. All you need to bring is your creativity. See you at the li- Hours brary. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 7 Book club meets at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 20, at the library. We will be discussing S. a.m. – 1 p.m.; Sunday, tutoJ. Watson’s “Before I Go To Sleep.” Ama- rial only from noon – 4 p.m., library is gives this novel four stars. Re- closed to checkouts and browsers. view columnist Miriam Landis writes this about “Before I Go To Sleep.” Every day Christine wakes up not knowing where she is. Her memories disappear every time she falls asleep. Her husband, Ben, is a stranger Christine Woodward, DDS Hours: Mon.-Thurs. to her, and he’s obligated to Jon E. Cruz, DDS 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. explain their life together 24164 State Road 35, Siren, Wis. Open Some Fridays on a daily basis, all the reNEW PATIENTS WELCOME sult of a mysterious acci* Preventative Care * dent that made Christine * Crowns, Bridges, Cosmetic Dentistry * an amnesiac. With the en* Dentures, Partials, Relines * couragement of her doctor, * Fillings, Root Canals and Extractions * S. A. OLESEN, DDS Christine starts a journal to JON E. CRUZ, DDS GENTLE DENTAL CARE FOR THE help jog her memory every ENTIRE FAMILY day. One morning, she 715-349-2297

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2012 Destination Wedding Fair


Everything you could want for your wedding day can be found in Siren by Jean Koelz Leader staff writer SIREN—Hundreds of guests took in the sights, sounds and tastes of what makes a dream wedding at the 2012 Siren Destination Wedding Fair held at the Lakeview Event Center on Sunday, Jan. 29. Brides and bride wanna-bes brought their friends, families and even their grooms to the fair to gather information and get ideas as they plan for their big day. The fair included a wide range of local suppliers for all the wedding-related businesses you might expect: hotels/venues, caterers, photographers, florists, printers and dress shops. But there were a number of other businesses, too, representing consultants/events planners, physical fitness, beauty products, gifts and entertainment. The annual wedding fair is sponsored by the Siren Chamber of Commerce, and Executive Director Chris Moeller was at the front door to greet every visitor. Guests were given information bags and were encouraged to register to win prizes. There was a special prize basket for the brides valued at $500. Many of the booths also featured drawings for prizes that included everything from T-shirts and picture frames to a $500 travel voucher and generous discounts on rentals or services. Event organizers used the front room to inspire and educate attendees. A number of tables were set to give décor and centerpiece ideas.

Many exhibitors commented that guests seemed enthusiastic, taking the time to talk and gather information. – Photos by Mackenzie Koelz And periodic presentations on food and beverage ideas, floral design and planning the ceremony were made by some of the exhibitors. The larger ballroom was filled with exhibitors who transformed their booth spaces into miniature versions of their stores, providing ideas for every budget. No one left hungry. Adventures Restaurant in Siren passed hors d’oeuvres and handed out cookies; Kelli’s Catering in

Grantsburg served up a mini turkey dinner; and the new culinary team at Northwoods Event Center and Rumors Restaurant—Chef Jorge Sanchez and wife Barbara Krause—offered samples of some of the items you might find in one of the customized menus they develop for catered events. (Rumors was also promoting the upcoming introduction of its new menu, which owner Lisa Hobbie says will be available by Valentine’s Day.) Exhibitors were pleased, saying that visitors seemed enthusiastic and willing to take more time to engage in conversations and gather information. The Gallery Gift and Floral owner Debbie Rufsholm explained that the day isn’t about actually making any decisions right then, so she encourages brides to come to her shop where they can get more individualized attention or just spend some time in her consultation room looking over photos and design ideas. Juli Kannenburg, owner of Adventures

Visitors could enjoy a cupcake at this booth, featuring distinctive cakes from Jan's Custom Cakes in Turtle Lake. Restaurant and veteran wedding caterer, added that for most brides, the big decisions may have already been made. She uses the show as an opportunity to coach brides regarding food-service ideas they may not have considered. These include all the other points throughout the wedding process where food might be served, including daytime snacks for the wedding party, late-night snacks for overnight guests, and day-after meals for out-oftown visitors. At the close of the event, Moeller was pleased. “This year we had more vendors and a bigger turnout; I’ve heard really positive comments from attendees.” Moeller elaborated, "Everyone was impressed by the Lakeview Event Center venue and said they found a lot of good ideas. Some of them even booked their services today."

The Gallery Gift and Floral in Siren featured a number of highly creative and colorful floral arrangements, along with other decorating and gift ideas. Wedding dresses lent by local individuals provided both something old and something borrowed for the event.

This elegant floral display was provided by The Rose Garden Floral and Greenhouse in Frederic.

Peggy Strabel talks with a guest about the wide variety of dresses, accessories and gifts Tablescapes like this one done by the Lakeview Event Center helped brides get ideas for reavailable at Peggy's Fashion Rack in Siren. ception themes and decor.


Winterfest 2012

Balsam Lake

Helena McLean, 3, Minneapolis, took a short break from the Winterfest fun on Saturday, Feb. 4, by laying down on the ice and giggling for a while.

Four-year-old Izzy was pretty pleased with bowling a spare during the Balsam Lake Winterfest on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Tanya Beyer of Spring Valley shows daughter Kalena, 3, how to use a bow and arrow at a Winterfest archery kids game.

Who says there’s no public transportation in Balsam Lake?

Finding wooden coins proved less important as kids realized that playing in the snow is a pretty good time, as well.

This GMC kicked up some ice at the ice drag starting line.

These folks had the first boat launch of the year on Balsam Lake, which also made for a great drag racing view and party spot.

Photos by Greg Marsten

The truck and SUV drag races often pitted Chevy versus Ford. The track was lined with spectators, who probably even picked up a tan.

Food, drink, booya, beer and more.


Winterfest 2012 - Taking the plunge

The synchronized icy plunge at the Balsam Lake Winterfest, Feb. 4, may already be in the works for future competitions.

Splash awards went to this dipper, who may have earned his bruising the hard way.

The Dynamic Duo of Batgirl and Robin made a grand entrance for a good cause.

There is a certain artistry to a good belly flop.

RIGHT: The first true “dipper” was this German shepherd. The crowd was able to egg the dog into jumping.

Photos by Greg Marsten

LEFT: The dress code was slightly relaxed for the Winterfest’s icy plunge.

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Gene Stanchfield, manufacturing manager for Nexen Group Inc. in Webster, recently spent vacation time in Apache Junction, Ariz., where he and wife Joyce now own property. To the surprise of both parties, the Stanchfields and Leader staff reporter Nancy Jappe were at the same RV resort. It was only a matter of time before word about the Stanchfields reached Jappe. The accompanying story was the result. trial park. Horton was only the second business to come into park, and Stanchfield had a good first impression of the Webster community. His company had been looking all over the Midwest for a place to relocate. The Webster Industrial Park was a good choice because it already had improvements, i.e. road, water and sewer in place. Building started that summer; and by Jan. 2 of the following year, the building was ready to go, with 13 skilled workers hired. According to Stanchfield, three of the original 13 employees are still on the payroll. One reason the company was impressed with Webster was the availability

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by Nancy Jappe Leader staff reporter APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. – When Gene and Joyce Stanchfield of Grantsburg were picked up at Gateway Airport in Mesa for a visit to Joyce’s parents in nearby Apache Junction recently, one of the questions Gene’s mother-in-law asked right away was if Gene would be willing to be interviewed by a reporter from a local Wisconsin newspaper. This was only Gene’s second visit to the area in the past 10 years, and it must have been a surprise to him to be asked for a newspaper interview. He and Joyce were sitting at Saturday breakfast at the RV resort when they were approached by an amazed Leader reporter who had only been told about Gene as a person who was responsible for the start of a company in Webster. Having a nose for news for the past many years, she couldn’t resist making contact. “Why, I know them,” Jappe exclaimed when she saw their familiar heads from a distance. She, too, has a place in the park, and she and her husband were on hand for breakfast. She had met both Gene and Joyce on numerous occasions in the past while on duty for the Leader – Gene through his connection with Nexen Group Inc., and Joyce in her role as membership liaison for the Minnesota/Wisconsin River Valleys Girl Scout Council. “It’s really a small world,” both parties were no doubt thinking. After a follow-up phone call from Jappe, the interview with Stanchfield, manufacturing manager for Nexen Group Inc., took place Thursday, Feb. 2, in the resort unit the Stanchfields purchased last October. Joyce had been in Arizona at that time, handling the purchase and visiting with her parents, Wally and Dee Brown, 26-year Arizona visitors originally from the Backus, Minn., area. Gene first came to Webster in the summer of 1982 with responsibility for overseeing the building of the Horton manufacturing plant in Webster’s indus-

A small world after all

ABOVE AND BELOW: This site along Apache Trail in Apache Junction east of Phoenix, Ariz., was chosen as a landmark for the community. The landmark includes a view of powerful and scenic Superstition Mountain in the distance, with saguaro and other cactus filling in the foreground. The state of Arizona celebrates its 100th anniversary of statehood during February of this year, with various celebrations planned to honor the emergence of this southwestern area into the United States. – Photos by Nancy Jappe

of a skilled labor force, with many workers, who had grown up in the Webster area, leaving because of a lack of working opportunity. In the early days, Horton only needed machinists; they weren’t yet involved with assembly lines. And, at that time, the country was in the middle of a recession. In 1999, Horton split into two companies, with owner Hugh Schilling taking responsibility for the trucking side of the business and his son, Hutch (Hugh Schilling Jr.), taking over the manufacturing side. The Horton name stayed with Hugh’s end of the business. Nexen Group Inc. became the new name for the manufacturing side. Hutch Schilling still owns Nexen. Jim Hasart, as chief operating officer, works out of the corporate office in Vadnais Heights, Minn. Nexen has 140 employees, with 100-105 employees working out of the Webster plant. In addition, Nexen has offices in Brussels, Belgium and Tokyo, Japan. Products are also manufactured to license in Australia. “Nexen is a worldwide company,” Stanchfield said. He explained that, when the company first opened in Webster, its work was done on conventional-type machines. After 1984, the company started getting involved with computer-numerically-controlled machines. Today the machines are exclusively CNC machines, and the equipment at the plant is state of the art. “Hutch has put a lot of effort into developing new products which has enabled Nexen to grow and service products we weren’t able to provide in the past,” Stanchfield commented. “He has also been willing to reinvest dollars into the business. These are all pretty positive things.” “Nexen is extremely proud of its skilled labor force,” Stanchfield continued. “We work very closely with a number of technical schools (I personally do). I think Nexen is very fortunate in that we can attract qualified individuals, not only for skilled labor but for support from different communities. There have been mayors and coaches among our employees. Nexen is very happy with our relationship with the surrounding communities and the support that comes from the community.” Stanchfield mentioned one program

that many in the community may not know about. Since about 1984, the company has been employing Webster High School students, who come in and work during the week for a grade and for a paycheck. Three students are working there now, two in the office and one on the shop floor, for 12-15 hours a week. “Their hours vary according to their school schedule,” Stanchfield said, adding, “Education is more important than work.” Along that line, Nexen gives out scholarships each year to qualified graduating seniors at Webster High School. Nexen is also the only area business that raises funds for the United Way. Thus far, Nexen employees have raised over $600,000 for this charity organization. The employees do many things for the United Way throughout the year and devote one week in October to its official fundraising effort. Nexen is celebrating its 30th year of operation this year. “We’re thinking of maybe having an open house later this year,” Stanchfield said. According to the Internet, Nexen Group Inc. is a leading manufacturer of precison motion control components, power transmission and web tension control products for a wide array of industrial applications. Products include high-precision linear and rotary systems, linear locking components, pneumatic brakes and clutches, torque limiters and electronic tension controls. Nexen customers span every industry including aerospace, robotics, machine tool, automotive and factory automation, packaging and material handling. Gene was working for Honeywell in the Twin Cities when he and Joyce were married in 1968, a job he started when he returned from service in the Vietnam War. Through what turned out to be a lucky chain of events, he was laid off from Honeywell, and then hired as a machinist for Horton Manufacturing. He was a general supervisor and foreman responsible for other foremen when the chance to supervise the company’s relocation to Webster came up. Stanchfield thought about the possibility of accepting that responsibility and his answer was – “Sure.” He likes the area, and the direction the company has taken over the years certainly proves the wisdom of that decision.


2012 state Dairy Bowl titles for Polk … times two! PORTAGE AND EAU CLAIRE – Polk County youth won both the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Dairy Bowl Contest in late December and the Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Bowl Contest in late January. Both teams will now advance to their respective national competitions. Springfield, Mo., is the site of the national Holstein contest in late June, while the national 4-H contest is held at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Kentucky in November. The Dairy Bowl program encourages youth to increase their dairy knowledge as they prepare for the contest. They learn life skills - critical thinking, decision making, problem solving, communication skills and independent thinking – when preparing for competition. They also gain knowledge in dairy nutrition, milk quality, herd health, breeding and genetics, marketing, dairy foods and calf raising.

Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Bowl Contest Twelve senior teams with 4-H’ers between the ages of 15 and 19 competed at the Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Bowl contest in Portage, on Saturday, Jan. 28. Polk defeated teams from Grant, Rock, Vernon and Manitowoc counties to advance to the finals. The final round pitted undefeated Polk against the one-loss team from Manitowoc County. The four-person team from Polk defeated Manitowoc to earn the right to represent Wisconsin at the national contest in Louisville this fall. Polk County 4-H team members included Trent Dado of Amery, Cody Getschel of Osceola, Laura Jensen of Comstock and Colin Scholz of Deer Park. Dado is a freshman at Amery High School and plays football and wrestles. He is active in 4-H and recently won the district FFA Creed speaking contest. He lives on his family’s Holstein dairy operation. At the 2011 Wisconsin Junior State Fair he was the top scorer on the written test and placed sixth overall in the Premier Ex-

State champions, front row (L to R): Cody Getschel, Ethan Dado, Chris Rassier and Brett Getschel. Back row: Coaches Gwen Dado, Patti Hurtgen and Ginny Rassier. – Photo submitted hibitor competition. A sophomore, Jensen attends Amery High School and plays basketball. She lives on a Guernsey and Holstein dairy farm. She exhibited the junior champion Guernsey heifer at the 2011 Wisconsin Junior State Fair. Jensen also placed second in the 2011 Wisconsin State FFA Creed Speaking Contest. Scholz of Deer Park is a junior at Amery High School. He raises beef cattle and won grade reserve champion crossbred at the 2010 Polk County Fair and grand champion beef carcass in 2011. He is an officer in Amery FFA and plays basketball. Getschel is a senior at Osceola High School and will be attending college in the fall to major in agriculture. He was raised on his family’s Holstein farm. He plays football, basketball and pole-vaults for Osceola High School. Getshcel placed fourth in the 2010 Premier Exhibitor contest at the Wisconsin Junior State Fair.

The national 4-H Dairy Bowl contest began in 1980. Polk County 4-H members captured their first state and national title last year, and added another state title this year.

Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention Dairy Bowl Contest The Wisconsin Junior Holstein convention was held in Eau Claire on Dec. 28-30, 2011. The contest started with a 25-question written test to determine team matchups. Polk County had the highest combined written test scores and earned the top seed. After four rounds, they advanced to the finals undefeated. Their earlier matches included victories over Door, Dodge, Manitowoc and Vernon counties. The match was a tug-of-war for scoring, with a close match for the entire 16-question toss-up round with Vernon County. The contest came down to the final question, for which Polk team mem-

Cody Getschel, Ethan Dado, Chris Rassier and Brett Getschel relax while the final score is verified at the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Dairy Bowl Contest in Eau Claire in December.

Trent Dado, Colin Scholz, Laura Jensen and Cody Getschel compete in the final round against Manitowoc County.

ber Chris Rassier was the fastest to the buzzer and correctly answered the question with “capacitation,” giving Polk the victory. “The Holstein team was a complete team effort,” commented team coach Patti Hurtgen. Each team member correctly answered questions in the final round, earning the opportunity for two team bonus questions. Those bonus questions were the margin of victory. The Holstein Dairy Bowl team consisted of Ethan Dado of Amery, and Chris Rassier, Brett Getschel and Cody Getschel, all of Osceola. Each of these team members were on a second-place team in the previous two year’s Holstein contests and were well-prepared for this year’s contest. This was the first state title for Polk County since Holstein Dairy Bowl began in 1980. Team members at the Holstein contest included Brett Getschel, a freshman at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls studying dairy science. Getschel was on the national winning 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl team last year and was an All-American at the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest in 2010. He lives on a 55-cow dairy with his parents and three siblings. Cody Getschel, a senior at Osceola High School will attend college this fall to major in dairy science. He is a three-sport athlete for Osceola High School and was a member of both winning state teams. Ethan Dado is a junior at Amery High School. He, too was on the 2011 national winning 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl team. In addition, he was the third high individual at the 2011 Wisconsin FFA Dairy Judging Contest and a member of Wisconsin’s top 4-H dairy judging team in 2010. He serves as treasurer of Amery FFA and is a valuable member of Amery’s track and crosscountry teams. Rassier is a senior and on the Osceola High School varsity wrestling team. He was part of Osceola’s second place FFA dairy judging team in 2011 and was a member of Wisconsin’s national winning 4-H Dairy Bowl team last year. Rassier’s firsthand dairy knowledge comes through his managerial 4-H project at Horse Creek Holsteins in Star Prairie, where he works with the dairy herd. He plans to attend WITC - New Richmond in the fall. Polk County has three coaches. Patti Hurtgen of Fort Atkinson, Gwen Dado of Amery and Ginny Rassier of Osceola. They will be preparing these young people for their national competitions later this year. - submitted

Trent Dado, Laura Jensen, Cody Getschel and Colin Scholz, the Polk County Dairy Bowl team, winners in the state 4-H Dairy Bowl competition on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Wisconsin closer to changing school rating system by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - The state’s education agency is one step closer to changing the way schools are rated in Wisconsin. Friday, Feb. 3, was the final day for the public to weigh in on plan by the Department of Public Instruction that would replace the President Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act with a new way to measure schools. Gone will be the practice of rating schools pass or fail. Under this waiver proposal, schools would be graded

on a scale of one to 100, and the state would have more power to intervene in struggling districts. Deputy state Superintendent Michael Thompson says the hope is to better reflect a school’s situation. “It’s not going to come down to a single score that a parent can go, ‘I got it all now,’ in that,” he says. “They’re going to have to turn the page to understand what’s going on in the school and what action the school is taking to correct the problem.” The plan will also raise the standards students are expected to meet, in part by

changing the test they take. Among its supporters is Tim Schell, the director of curriculum and instruction for the Waunakee School District. He says Wisconsin’s schools were among the best in the nation 20 years ago. “But that was once upon a time,” he says. “And now we’re really not. And it’s not because of our students, it’s not because of our teachers. It’s not because of a lack of support in our communities. It’s really because all of us, in some manner, got a little bit complacent.”

But private voucher schools that use public funds are wary because the plan would also give the state more power over them. Jim Bender is the president of School Choice Wisconsin. “We are going to have a difficult time taking a leap of faith with DPI and having them say, trust us, it will all work out in the end,” he says. “Because DPI is not an objective overseer of the choice program.” The DPI plans to submit its waiver request to the Obama administration by Tuesday, Feb. 21.


Webster Middle and High School Honor Roll

Sixth grade Taylor Howe, Mason Schaaf, Alexis Symond, Dustin Kern, Jazmine Mangelsen, Sydney

Raschke, Joseph Formanek, Simeon Wilson, Troy Woodman, Magdalena Wright, Caleb Pardun, Skyler Winkler, Hailey Hunter, Brianna Bray, Emily Stewart, Trenton Wols, Brett Johnson, Callie Nyren, Rachel Sperry, Chrystal Breeden and Mikayla Walker. Seventh grade Jenna Curtis, David Greiff, Sadie Koelz, Emma

St. Croix Falls Forensic Team

Rachner, Synclare Stubbe, Savannah Varner, Andrew Ruiz, Alex Strang, Jameson Matrious, Emily Sabatka, Victoria Tyndall, Carolina Calixto Rosas, Logan Grey, Andrew Pavlicek, Sunny Cone, Allison Mulroy, Tailor Larson, Sophie Phernetton, Francis Deblase, Jonah Mosher, Alex Schaaf, Hailey Hollis, Bradley Brown and Jordan Larson. Eighth grade Annika Hendrickson, Grant Preston, Alec Ralph, Samantha Culver, Cassidy Formanek, Tate Fohrenkamm, Max Norman, Lydia Wilson, Daniel Okes, Taran Wols, Elizabeth Freymiller, Emma Olsen, Nicole Moretter, Paul Sargent, Nicole Hursh, Darrick Nelson and Caitlynn Hopkins. Freshmen Zachary Koelz, William Cooper, Marissa Elmblad, Ellora Schaaf, Madison Main, Mallory Daniels, Ciarra Lechman, Carrie Rosenthal, Ashley Davis and Christina Weis.

The St. Croix Falls Middle School Forensic Team hosted the Level One meet on Monday, Jan. 30. In attendance were about 75 students from Amery, Osceola, Turtle Lake and Unity. Shown (L to R) are front: Grace Klein, Grant Wallace, Sam Hoefler, Alyssa Paulson and Abbie Paulson. Middle: Katie Kopp, Katie Herrick, Stephanie Hanson, Cassie Peterson, Olivia Peer and Claire Scharfenberg. Back: Emma Wondra, Sophie Klein, Cassi Leach, Raven Marx, Miah Katcher and Steven Lattin. All of the members of the SCF Middle School team received A ratings, qualifying them to move on to the Level Two competition at Unity Schools on Monday, Feb. 13. The SCF Middle School team is coached by Terry Benoy. - Special photo

B honor roll Fifth grade Maiya Fuller, Julia Gavin, Brendon Bray, Jason Peterson, Logan Studeman, Matthew Buffington, Hunter Erickson, Wyatt Schaaf, Kennadi Walker and William Kern. Sixth grade Alexander Pinero, Emily Flatten, Andrew Moritz, Riley Richison, Molly Robinson, Ian Magnuson, Austin Moser, Taylor Nyren, Jordan Mitchell, Madisen Freymiller and Melodi Liljenberg. Seventh grade Nicholas Kern, Elissa Hendrickson, Aeva Heier, Darbi Young and Alyssa Gangelhoff. Eighth grade Raelyn Phelps, Tyler Grey, Kaitlyn Moser, Connor Raschke, Jacob Smith, Julia Summer and Kayla Vantassel.

Sophomores Kristine Watral, Amysue Greiff, Megan Hophan, Mikayla Hatfield, Jack Ralph, Erik Larson, Jeff Petersen and Sarah Thielke.

Freshmen Alec Gustafson, Alexandria Spears, Nathanael Gatten, Andrew Schrooten, Mary Wilson, Sean Martinez, Diana Jennings and Nicholas Robinson.

Juniors Darren Deal, Amber Davis, Brianna Phernetton, Molly Brown, Kaleiah Schiller, Gabriella Schiller, Matthew Smith, Jitarin Chuntaketta, Chelsey McIntyre, Charles Mahlen, Danielle Formanek, Alyxandria Hatfield, Jacob Hunter, Angel Christianson and Roselinn Takvam. Seniors Olivia Kopecky, Audrey Mulliner, Matthew Hophan, Chelsea Larson, Mary Arnold, Melissa Gustavson, Miranda Burger, Mackenzie Koelz, Brittany Maxwell, Joshua Baer, Joseph Erickson, Henri Legrelle, Austin Bork, Alicia Snorek, Bradley Krause and Danielle Dyson.

Sophomores Paige Young, Logan Rutledge, Evon Maxwell, Aleah Heinz, Julio Calixto Rosas, Clifford Benjamin, Lance Preston, Jalicia Larson and Marissa Elliott. Juniors Emma Kelby, Victoria Pope, Amber Friel, Brenna Nutt, Tianna Stewart, Nikkita Emberson and Tessa Schiller. Seniors Leslea Wiggins, Matthew Elmgren, Cody Hughes, Alyce Deblase, Sarah Fleischhacker and Katlyn Payson.

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A honor roll Fifth grade Jamin Wilson, Trevor Gustafson, Jack Washburn, Carter Doriott, Joshua Moretter, Abigail Widiker, Kerik Stubbe and Ashley Morseth.


Frederic Middle and High School Honor Roll Sixth grade Sarah Backlin, Shyla Baker, Jenna Burton, Cassidy Chenal, Jeret Corty, Colton den Hoed, Jennifer Hill, Trent Kuechenmeister, Alexis McLeod, Shelbi Root, Chase Rowe, Chonlada Saengthaweep, Caleb Schott, Derek Steele, Heath Tietz and Taylor Zenzen.

Eighth grade Taylor Alseth, Emily Amundson, Julia Buck, Ann Chenal, Jonathon Erickson, Kendra Erickson, Melanie Jacobsen, Kyle Knauber, Christopher Kuechenmeister, Jenna Laqua, Kinzie Matz, Nicole Nelson, Hunter Schmidt, Olivia Tuynman and Sarah Wells.

Seventh grade Madeline Ammend, Mason Gustafson, Andrew Hochstetler, Bailey Hufstedler, Kaila Jeske, Harli Kelton, Shylie King, Peter Lund, Kyle Olson, Benjamin Phernetton, Brock Phernetton, Mark Siebenthal, Stacy Tido, Jonah Tinman and Alex Vossen.

Freshmen Makayla Arthurs, Isabelle Burton, Eric Chenal, Bradley Erickson, Irric Erickson, Anna Hochstetler, Alyssa Kelcher, Austin Kurkowski, David Lindberg, Abeni Lundeen-Brooks, Zane Matz, Kendra MosayBuck, Melana Nelson, Mark Olson, Gregory Peterson, Mya Rivera, Kathryn Rokenbrodt, Olivia Schauls, Jami Siebenthal, Hayden Swanson and Zachary Williamson.

Sophomores Alyssa Backlin, Brandi Bahr, Jared Braden, Abigail Brightbill, Jordan Clausen, Claire Coddington, Elise Coddington, Haley Coulter, McKenna den Hoed, Lexi Domagala, Carly Gustafson, Zachary Kuechenmeister, Benjamin Kurkowski, Timothy Lund, Susan Maslowski, Tylyn O’Brien, Abigail Pickard, Rachel Poirier, Rachel Thomas, Sawyer Tietz, Jack Tricker-King, Destiney Wetzel-Petersen and Katie White. Juniors Randy Brunette, Paige Burton, Adam Chenal, McKenna Cook, David Crandell, Katelyn Douglas, Kourtni Douglas, Matthew Elrod, Larissa Houtari, Ian Lexen, Charles Lindberg, Gino Lonetti, Kendra Mossey, Lisa Moylan, Vincent Nelson, Julia Owens, Natalie Phernetton, McKenna Rognrud, Michael

Runnels, Kendra Sheldon, Emily Wells, Christa White and Carl Wirtz. Seniors Megan Amundson, Waylon Buck, Emily Byerly, Nicole Coulter, Jayce den Hoed, Lauren Domagala, Leah Engbretson, Anthony Evans, Brandy Gravelle, April Halverson, Christopher Hopp, Brittani Hughes, Tabitha Java, Breanna Jensen, Michelle Jensen, Hatsumi Kanai, Bradley Knauber, Ashley Kurkowski, Ray Kurkowski, Nicole Laboda, Alexandra Lundblade, Seneca Lundeen-Brooks, Kristina Marcyan, Allison Martin, Alexander Miller, Maria Miller, Eda Mirioglu, Shabana Mishler, Kali Otte, Dayton Rivera, Nicholas Rognrud, Autumn Schmidt, Corissa Schmidt, Erik Stoner, Danielle Swanson, Michael Tesch, Sara Underwood, Ashley Wendelboe and Bryce Williamson.

St. Croix Falls Middle School Honor Roll Eighth grade Sophia Aguilar, Wyatt Bergmann, Orianna Blesi, Madalyn Bolig, Jeremy Cermin, Shelby Cook, Jarett Dowd, Madison Eighmy, Jerry Eisen, Bailey Ewald, Solomon Falls, Harrison Fickbohm, Hunter Fickbohm, Natalie Fisk, Alyson Frey, Treven Gearhart, Logan Hansen, Jasper Herman, Tevin Hills, Reagan Hoverman, Jake Johnson, Grace Kessler, Sophia Klein, Dalton Kloos, Abigail Kubesh, Jaylyn Lammert, Dalton Langer, Steven Lattin, Cassandra Leach, Brady Leahy, Mariah Loiselle, Samantha Mackenburg, Erica Mevissen, Erin Mevissen, Casey Mikl, Rebecca Nelson, Jocelyn Ornelas, Hannah Peltier, Johnathan Petherbridge, Sadie Rau, Sarah Rude, Brendan Sheehan, Madison Snyder, Austin Straka, Christopher Swanson, Bailey Tran, Joseph Ward, Cody Whittier, Emma Wondra and Hanna Yira.

Seventh grade Macario Armstead, Noah Berg, Barkley Bermitt, Alyssa Brown, Marissa Chamberlin, Kevin Cross, Palo DeConcini, Theodore De Luca III, Ashley Ewald, Nia Glynn, Erin Gray, Sophia Gutzmer, Shannon Hassnoot, Cody Halstrom, Tyler Henk, Roderick Hoggatt, Taylor Jacobson, Alex Johnson, Justin Johnson, Ella Kerkow, Katherine Koopp, Kevin Koshiol, Wyatt Kuenkel, Matthew LaMirande, Dusty Langeberg, Leah Lyman, Samuel McKinven, Carl Mevissen, McKenzie Meyer, Jacob Murphy, Lyndsey Nelson, Jeremiah Peer, Olivia Peer, Cassandra Peterson, Kristin Petherbridge, PingRu Schaber, Korey Schlaeger, Adrienne Stoffel, Brooke Swenson, Breanna Wondra, Faith Young and Courtney Zehm.

Sixth grade Garrett Bergmann, Sawyer Brice, Clay Carney, Kalli Christenson, Lucas Clark, Alaina Driscoll, Rachel Easland, Jayden Eckstrom, Halden Edwards, Megan Eighmy, Kaylee Engdahl, Caleb Hearhart, Katherine Herrick, Sam Hoefler, Noah Horn, Mackenzie Jensen, Jameson Kahl, Skylar Kazmierski, Grace Klein, Leona Launderville, Nolan Leahy, Jasmine Lee, Joseph Mackenbuerg, Addie McCurdy, Chandler Nesgoda, Annalise Parks, Abigayle Paulson, Alyssa Paulson, Jacob Peper, Marko Radivojevic, Aaron Riley, Gabrielle Sawicki, Claire Scharfenberg, Joshua Skallet, Madison Smith, Tyler Smith, Serendipity Stage, Madelyn Stelton, Nickolas Swanson, Skyler Swenson-Reed, Brooke Thaemert, Alaina Thompsett, Grant Wallace and Billie Webb.

Fifth grade Emma Aguilar, Collin Anderson, Elijah Anderson, Gavin Baker, John Barr, Ella Berens, Marcus Bokenyi, Lauren Borst, Caitlin Carsley, Tyler Cooper, Amie Costello, Nicholas Courteau, Antonia Danielson, Anthony DeLuca, Brandy Eisen, Anja Erickson, Josephine Fitzgerald, Elsie Flom, Isabella Gatten, Joseph Gorres, MacKenzee Hays, Isiah Hoggatt, Whitney Johnson, Anna Klein, David Koch, Luke Kubesh, Alyiah Lyman, Jacob McKinven, Brianne Mottaz, Christina Nygren, Jayd Parks, William Radinzel, Andrija Radivojevic, Makenna Ross, Sean Schaber, Briza Schuler, Spencer Steek, Stephanie Thayer, Alyssa Tucker, Brittany Tucker, Mirabelle Vezina, Adam Vossen, Torihata Wendorf and Logan Yira.

Luck Jr. and Sr. High School Honor Roll Seventh grade Jacob Aguado, Tiffany Brown, Delaney Dau, Ivy Dyer, Erin Engstrand, Erin Frank, Austin Hamack, Autumn Hermansen, Graham Hershfield, Aviana Hulett, Alexis Laboda, Preston Lane, Brook Linski, Jessica Mattson, Olivia Nielsen, Morgan Pfaff, Paige Runnels, Rachel Sanford and Courtney Stevens. Eighth grade Julia Campion, Maxwell Dehmer, John Dikkers, Kerrigan Ekholm, Devyn Ellefson, Madeline Emerson, Jordan Erickson, Taylor Hawkins, Steven Holdt, Sheridan Hulett, Jared Hunter, Jordan Jones, Madeline Joy, Alaura Lemieux, Markus Linski, Nick Mattson, Noah Mortel, Emma Pedersen, Christo-

pher Pouliot, Derek Rennicke, William Rovney, Sarah Schaar, Parker Steen and Luke Woltz. Freshmen Robert Robick, Kimberly Demydowich, Trevor Dexter, Hailey Foeller, Reilly Giller, Angela Gore, Gabrielle Groh, Jordan Hendrickson, Jenni Holdt, Derek Hutton, Kalley Lunsmann, Samuel Nelson, Tanner Nielsen, Jes Pedersen, Katelyn Pfaff, Emily Warren, Farrah Welch, Victoria Wood and Krystal Zuniga. Sophomores Megan Bartylla, Colton Branville, Tessa Clemenson, Clayton Dehmer, Haley Dikkers, Casey

Ekholm, Cody Engstrand, Samantha Gore, Logan Hamack, Samantha Harvey, Jillian Klatt, Camille Marsten, Connor McGinnity, Travis Muller, Noah Musial, Isabella Nelson, Darian Ogilvie, Abbie Otlo, Jinny Pairoh, Karsten Petersen, Whitney Petersen, Brianna Schaar, Alicia Sund and Isaiah Tretsven. Juniors Evan Armour, Jordan Bazey, Eric Blaser, Jaimee Buck, John Denny, Ashley Dexter, Katelyn Dinnies, Cole Engstrand, Kelly Fitzgerald, Kyle Hunter, Taylor Joy, Hannah Karl, Brodie Kunze, Dylan LeMay, Leah LeMay, Geoffrey MaidenMueller, Jillian Peterson, Logan Potvin, Kylie Rich, Alexander Richey, Jan Rozumalski, Matthew Sanford, Avery Steen,

Matthew Thompson, Lena Ueke-Foster, Kelcie Wilson, Sydney Wood and Timothy Wortman. Seniors Anthony Aguado, Taylar Anderson, Brett Bartylla, Julie Franzel, Shardae Garcia, Taylor Hacker, Michael Jenssen, Summer Johnson, Laurie Jorgenson, Benjamin Kufalk, Caitlin Ledin, Maia Lehmann, Morgyn McGinnity, Danielle Nelson, Spencer Nelson, Krystal Ouellette, Matthew Pennington, Morgan Pullin, Jesse Rennicke, John Richey, Jacob Schrock and Hunter Wilson.






BREAKFAST Frozen yogurt, granola, fruit and bug bites. LUNCH Chicken a la king, green beans, rice or biscuit OR buffalo-chicken salad.

BREAKFAST Uncrustable and peaches. LUNCH Mr. Rib, waffle fries, heart cookie OR chicken-taco salad.

BREAKFAST Combo bar and oranges. LUNCH Mini corn dogs, pretzels, baled beans OR ham salad.

BREAKFAST Cinni-mini and mixed fruit. LUNCH Pizza, raw veggies, dip OR turkey salad.

LUNCH Hamburger with fixings, vegetable beef soup, crackers, corn, fresh pear, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Lasagna, bread stick, lettuce salad, mixed vegetables, mandarin oranges, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Chicken fajitas with fixings, baked brown rice, steamed broccoli, sliced peaches, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Chicken nuggets, potato smiles, peas, applesauce, apples, oranges, bread basket.

BREAKFAST Cereal/French toast sticks. LUNCH Italian dunkers, dipping sauce, green beans, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hot dog, 712.

BREAKFAST Cereal/pancakes. LUNCH Cardinal burger, french fries, winter mix, fresh fruit. Alt.: Chicken patty, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/donut. LUNCH Mashed potato bowl (popcorn chicken), gravy/corn, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hamburger, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/cinnamon roll. LUNCH Barbecues, potato smiles, peas, fresh fruit. Alt.: Pizza, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast served with peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH Hot ham and cheese, wedges, baked beans, veggies, trail mix, pears. Alt.: Chicken Alfredo.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza, juice and milk. LUNCH Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, lettuce salad, peas, gelatin, peaches, strawberries. Alt.: Pizza.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast served with peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH Tater tot hotdish, Tostitos, shredded lettuce, steamed carrots, applesauce. Alt.: Stromboli.

BREAKFAST Cinnamon tastry, juice and milk. LUNCH Turkey and gravy over mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, peas, lettuce salad, apple crisp. Alt.: Soup and sandwich.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal cerealand andtoast, toastjuice served and with milk. peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH Lasagna, Pizza dippers, garlic bread, rice, corn, lettucecarrots, salad, celery, corn, warm pineapple cinnamon tidbits, applebanana. slices, oranges. Alt.: Cook’s Alt.: choice. Cook’s choice.


BREAKFAST Cereal bar, 1 slice of toast. LUNCH California burger, potato salad, green beans, strawberries. Alt.: Turkey sandwich.

BREAKFAST Waffles and fruit. LUNCH Chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, peas, cinnamon apples.

BREAKFAST Scrambled eggs and toast. LUNCH Baked potato bar, ham, turkey and cheese sauce, broccoli, peaches. Alt.: Chicken patty.

BREAKFAST Cheese omelet and toast. LUNCH Ham & cheese, french fries, baked beans, pineapple. Alt.: Pizza burger.

BREAKFAST Pretzel with cheese. LUNCH Pepperoni pizza, lettuce salad, corn, mandarin oranges. Alt.: Tuna sandwich, chicken wild rice.


BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Pizza calzones, rutabagas and fruit.

BREAKFAST Oatmeal and toast. LUNCH French dip, baked potato and fruit.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pocket. LUNCH Spaghetti hotdish, green beans and fruit.


LUNCH Spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, bread stick and pears.

LUNCH Waffles, ham, hash browns OR bean soup with bacon and ham, PBJ, crackers and strawberries.

LUNCH Veal parmesan with marinara and cheese, carrots OR turkey a la king, biscuits, California-style veggies and peaches.


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Perspectives Sally Bair

Anything praiseworthy As I look through my office window each morning, I can’t help but smile at the antics of visiting critters. The deer romp and kick up their heels, the squirrels play tag, and the rabbits wrinkle their noses and wag their stubby tails as they pick at the leftover corn after the deer have had their fill. Critters come under the heading of “God’s works,” and I believe they praise him by way of their exuberant behavior. “All your works shall praise you, O Lord, and your saints shall bless you.” (Psalm 145:10) The Bible is full of verses, especially in the Psalms, about rejoicing in and praising the Lord. We are told to rejoice in him always, not only when we feel well or happy, but when we’re sick in body or sick at heart. Bad things happen to all of us. Loved ones die. People reject us or treat us unkindly. It’s during the tough times that it’s hardest to rejoice. During our difficult times, we should choose to focus on the good around us. God will bring good out of bad when we allow him to work in our hearts. That’s a wonderful promise of hope. He is a loving God who wants to fill our half-full glass of life, rather than emptying it before our eyes. He is a positive God, too, who wants us to be positive about life. “If there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) Do you wonder why we should praise God when we have the flu? How about rejoicing in the fact we don’t have pneumonia? How about being glad we have a warm, comfortable bed? Or accessible doctor care? What about the fact that we have a spiritual family who is praying for us? What about family and friends who encourage and care for us? How about rejoicing in God’s healing and the hope for recovery? Successful people think and act positively. Their positive thoughts lead to positive results. Christians in particular look for “anything praiseworthy” and “meditate on these things.” The result is physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. I like to think they often feel like the romping deer and tag-playing squirrels. They love their God-filled life and live it to the fullest. Ever hang around a positive person? Their attitude is contagious. How is your attitude today? Lord, give us the desire to live positively, to look at all things as worthy of praise and to trust that you have our best interests in mind. Help us to see your blessings in all things, good and bad. In Jesus’ name, amen. Bair may be reached at

Choir begins practice for Easter cantata BALSAM LAKE - The Ecumenical Choir will begin its practice on Sunday, Feb. 12, for the 2012 Easter cantata at Our Lady of the Lakes church in Balsam Lake at 6 p.m. The cantata selected for this year’s performance is “Come Walk with Me.” Voices of all ranges are welcomed to participate; male voices are especially needed. If you are unable to be at the Feb. 12 practice and would like to sing, call Brenda Mayer, choir director, at 715-485-3571 or e-mail at The cantata will be performed on Sunday, April 15, 7 p.m., at the East Balsam Lake Baptist Church. - submitted

St. Peter's welcomes new members St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in North Luck welcomed new members Ron Dornseif, Robert and Pauline Petersen and Skyler Fisher on Jan. 28. - Special photo

Edwin S. Pedersen

Laura Larson Wicklund

Edwin S. Pedersen, 88, resident of Luck, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at the United Pioneer Home in Luck. Edwin was born Nov. 29, 1923, in Bone Lake to Augusta and Einar Pedersen. He had two younger brothers, Andrew and Erik. He attended Luck schools for 12 years, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII and served in the Pacific. When the war was over, he attended Grandview College in Des Moines, Iowa, for two years and then spent two years at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., receiving his Bachelor in Education and later master’s degree in English literature. He married Donna Mae Petersen in 1950, and they had four children, Katherine, Ann, David and Paul. Edwin started his teaching career in Huntley, Minn., and then moved to Frederic and spent 34 years teaching English in the Frederic School system. In 1981, Edwin and Donna moved to Luck where they enjoyed being close to the school and their family. Edwin was involved in many community organizations including the board of the United Pioneer Home, Luck Community Education, West Denmark Church, and was instrumental in the library/museum project. Edwin was passionate about the environment, community, human rights and politics, and contributed many thoughtful and articulate editorials. He was considered a leading historian of the area and edited “A Little Bit of Luck,” a comprehensive history of the community published in 1996. Edwin was a master carver and woodworker, creating and restoring many fine pieces of furniture that will last for generations. Edwin was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. He is survived by his wife, Donna; children Kathy (Robb Wilson), Ann (Dennis Fawver), David (Heidi) and Paul (Karen); 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. at the West Denmark Lutheran Church, Luck. Edwin’s family asks that memorials be given to the Luck Library/Museum to help pay for a life-sized bronze sculpture or to the West Denmark Church. A fund will be set up with Luck Historical Society. Refer to the following Web sites to leave online condolences or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444 for additional information. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck,, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown,, have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Laura Wicklund, 97, Grantsburg, died Jan. 30, 2012, at the Burnett Medical Center CCC in Grantsburg. Laura Larson Wicklund was born Jan. 30, 1915, to Gottfred and Aimie Larson of rural Grantsburg. She grew up attending the Wood River Baptist Church and the Midway School. She graduated from Grantsburg High School in 1933, took teacher’s training and taught in several local rural schools. In the 1940s, she lived and worked briefly in California and Minneapolis, moving back to Grantsburg to live with and care for her mother after her father’s death. She worked at the Thorsen Store in Grantsburg and then became the teacher at the Alpha School. She married local widower and farmer, Marvin Wicklund in 1954. Marvin had two sons, Curtis and Roger, and together Marvin and Laura had a daughter, Barbara. They lived at Marvin’s farm near Wood Lake until his death in 1984. Laura then moved to the village of Grantsburg, Laura spent the first years other marriage as a housewife, gardening and helping with farmwork. She returned to teaching in 1965 and taught for several years in Nelson Elementary School, Grantsburg Elementary School and Grace Nursery School. She retired from teaching in 1993 to baby-sit her grandchildren in her home. Laura joined Trinity Lutheran Church at Falun at the time of her marriage and was an active member there. Over the years, she taught in the Sunday school, directed the children’s choir and participated in the adult choir and women’s group. Laura was also an active member of her community. She belonged to the Audubon society, historical society and the Swedish Club. She organized the visits of several Swedish performing groups in the 1970s and ‘80s. Laura moved into Shady Knoll in 2005 and then to the Continuing Care Center in 2008 where she resided until the time of her death. Laura was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Clarence, Lawrence and Alden Larson; sisters, Ruth Taylor, Hilda Pom, and Tensie Hughes; daughter-in-law, Judy Wicklund; grandson, Jason Wicklund; and greatgrandson, Alexander Wicklund. She is survived by stepsons, Curtis (Marlys) Wicklund of Eau Claire and Roger (Joan) Wicklund of Portland, Ore.; daughter, Barbara (Larry) of Balsam Lake; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Laura will be remembered for her love of and work with children. Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Falun. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.

James T. Curran

Mary Elizabeth Hall, 95, Frederic, passed away Feb. 1, 2012, at the Frederic Care Center. She was born Jan. 19, 1917. She married Ernest Hall on May 29, 1937, to this union 10 children were born. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Hall; daughter, Delores Carroll; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is survived by Luther and Mary Hall, Thomas Hall, Janice Lind, David and Sandy Hall, Barbara and Davis Dillon, Phillip and Nancy Hall, Sharon Simon, Rhoda and John Miskar and Mary and Butch Gille; 23 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and one greatgreat-grandchild. She will be remembered and missed by many family members and friends.

James T. Curran, 71, resident of Comforts of Home in Frederic, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. Memorial services will be held at the Faith Fellowship Church in Luck, on Saturday, Feb. 11, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by the service at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Bill McEachern will be officiating. Online condolences may be left at or Please continue to check Web sites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-327-4475. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Mary Elizabeth Hall



Juanita Joanne Long

Bonnie Rose DeLawyer

Eric J. Munson, 32, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at his home after a courageous eight-month battle with cancer. Eric was born in Rice Lake, on Dec. 27, 1979, to John and Linda (Petersen) Munson. The family moved to Superior when Eric was 4 where he resided until his death, attending Maranatha Academy, East Junior High and Superior High School. He married the love of his life, Hilary Learn, on May 26, 2011. Eric was active in many sports as a youth, but hockey and football were his two favorites. He played football from pony league through high school. As a hockey player, Eric was a member of a number of WAHA state championship teams for Superior, including twice as a bantam as well as a state high school C championship in 1998 with the Superior Mariners. He also coached youth hockey for several years for the Superior Amateur Hockey Association. Eric graduated from Superior High School in 1998 and attended Lake Superior College and the University of Wisconsin - Superior, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in communicating arts with a minor in business administration. Eric was an active hunter and enjoyed golf, bowling and softball, playing in a number of leagues around Superior. He was an enthusiastic supporter of both the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers and made many trips to Lambeau Field and Miller Park to see the games. Eric was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Benhart L. Munson, Hayward and maternal grandfather, David F. Petersen , Frederic. Eric is survived by his wife, Hilary (Learn) Munson, Superior; parents, John and Linda Munson, Superior; sister, Kristin (Munson) Trianoski, Superior; paternal grandmother, Juanita (Summers) Munson, Hayward; maternal grandmother, Muriel (Thompson) Petersen, Frederic; his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Petersen, Frederic; mother and father-inlaw Pat and Dan Learn, South Range; sister and brotherin-law, Haley and Mark Warren, Burnsville; brother-in-law, Michael Trianoski, Superior; and nieces, Addison and Elliana Warren of Burnsville. Honorary pallbearers were Brian Whitney, Steve Baker, Cullen Dorfman, Mark Warren, Dan Learn and Michael Trianoski. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Superior Middle School. Gary Banker officiated. Memorial gifts may be made to the Eric Munson Benefit fund at the Superior Choice Credit Union. The Downs Funeral Home, Superior, was entrusted with arrangements. You may sign the online guest book or send condolences at

Juanita Joanne Long, 68, a resident of Frederic, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at the Frederic Nursing and Rehabilitation Community. Nita was born in Mason City, Iowa, on Aug. 14, 1943. Nita grew up in Plymouth, Iowa, where she attended and graduated from North Central. She went on to graduate from La James College of cosmetology. She opened her own hair salon called Nita Jo’s Clip-N-Curl and was in business for 10 years. She later moved to Minnesota where she spent her time being a homemaker to her four children. Nita later moved to Frederic where she worked at Bean’s Country Griddle making many new friends in the area. She is survived by her children, Rochelle (David) Murphy, Scott (Tami) Shunkwiler, Angela (Dennis) Wick and DeeAnna (Bruce) Wikstrom; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert (Missy), John (Jenny) and Mark (Rachel) Long. Nita was preceded in death by her parents, Mervil and Lelia Long, and her grandson, Keaton Murphy. Memorial services were held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic on Friday, Feb. 3, with Pastor Dave Johnson officiating. Online condolences may be left at or Please continue to check our Web sites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-327-4475. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Bonnie Rose DeLawyer, 92, Deronda, was diagnosed with cancer, and with the help of hospice and her family, she was able to remain at her home, where she died peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. Bonnie Rose DeLawyer was born on Feb. 23, 1919, in their rural farmhouse near Coomer, to Joe and Nellie (Grant) Skidmore. She attended elementary school in Coomer and high school in Frederic. Bonnie went on to attend teachers college at the University of Wisconsin in Superior. After graduating, her first job was at a one-room schoolhouse in Bashaw. She would break ice to get water for the school and carry in the wood to build the fire and heat the school. Bonnie also taught at rural schools in Coomer, Pleasant View, Deronda and finally in Amery. During her tenure, she taught kindergarten through eighth grade and positively influenced hundreds of students through the years. While teaching in Deronda, she met and fell in love with her husband to be, Clarence DeLawyer. They were married on June 8, 1948, and had 63 wonderful years together. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Barbara Anderson. Bonnie is survived by her husband, Clarence; two sons, Tim (Trudy) DeLawyer of Shell Lake and David (Charlene) DeLawyer of Deer River, Minn.; grandchildren, Erin (Dan) Seckora, John (Kim) DeLawyer, Megan (Brian) Danielsen, Adam (Mollie) DeLawyer and Tanner DeLawyer; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Frank (Charlotte) Skidmore; and sister, Bev (Don) Cooper; and many other relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Feb. 3, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amery. Burial was at the Deronda Cemetery. The Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery was entrusted with arrangements. Friends and family may sign an online guest book at

Clarence “Jr.” A. Carlson

Clarence "Jr." A. Carlson, 69, resident of Whitehall, WI formerly of the Frederic area, died Feb. 3, 2012, at Trempealeau County Health Care Center. Clarence was born on April 30, 1942, in Grantsburg to Clarence and Anna Carlson. At the age of 12, they moved to Redmond, Wash. He later returned to the Frederic area. He served in the United States Army for 8-1/2 years, serving three years during Vietnam as a sergeant before being honorably discharged. While serving he received a number of medals including the National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct, Expert Rifle, Vietnam Service Medal with four bronze service stars, Good Conduct Medal with two loops and the Driver Badge, first award. Clarence enjoyed being outdoors and loved fishing. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter Suzanna; parents and sister Beverly. Clarence was survived by his children, Sara L. Carlson, Misty D. Edgley, Jerome Waid, and Jamie Carlson; grandchildren, Kaitlin Carlson, Alex Mann and Timothy Edgley; Ricky D. Swenson, 51, St. Croix Falls, died Thursday his sister, Sharon Morseman; and brother, Lynn Carlson. Feb. 2, 2012, at Methodist Hospital in Funeral service will be Friday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m., with Rochester, Minn. visitation from 9 to 10 a.m., at Swedberg-Taylor Family FuRicky was born Aug. 30, 1960, in St. neral Home, Siren Chapel, with Pastor Emory Johnson ofCroix Falls to Richard and Lois Swenficiating. Interment will follow at the Maple Grove son. He graduated from St. Croix Cemetery, Frederic with full military honors presented. Falls High School in 1978. In 1982, he Online condolences can be made at www.swedberg-taymarried Diane Thoreen at Chisago Lake Lutheran Church in Center City, The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, Minn. He worked in water and was entrusted with arrangements. sewer construction. In his free time Ricky enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Ricky is survived by his wife, Diane; daughters Jenna and Laura; parents, Richard and Lois of St. Croix Falls; Irvine “Sonny” Phernetton, 79, Town of LaFollette, died siblings, Jody (Linda) Swenson of Amery, Karla (Clark) Feb. 5, 2012. Hamilton of St. Croix Falls, Chad Swenson of St. Croix Memorial service will be Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m., Falls, Dawn Swenson of St. Croix Falls and many nieces with visitation noon-2 p.m., at Swedberg-Taylor Family and nephews. Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences can be made A memorial gathering and time of sharing was held at Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in A full obituary will follow in a later edition. Osceola. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, Condolences may be left at was entrusted with arrangements.

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Charles “Stoney” J. Stone Charles “Stoney” J. Stone, 58, a resident of Markville, Minn., died Jan. 29, 2012. Stoney was born on Jan. 7, 1954, in St. Paul, Minn., growing up in Frog Town. Stoney was a proud member of the Dairyland and Duxbury Volunteer Fire Departments. He was also a member of the Minnesota Memorial Riders and the JFDs. He is survived by his mother, Leona Blair; son, Chris; significant other, Jamie East; former wife, Cheryl; and many, many friends. Ride Stoney ride, north to Alaska. “Think about it.” A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Cozy Corner Inn, Dairyland, 2 p.m. A potluck will follow the celebration. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Thank You

We would like to thank everyone for the cards, letters, phone calls, flowers and plants we received after our mother Bernice’s passing. We also extend thanks to all who made hospital and nursing home visits to our mother. We appreciate the wonderful care she received at the Frederic Nursing Home. We offer thanks to Pastor Tom Cook, organist Gloria Chell, soloist Sylvia Schaetzel and the Lewis United Methodist Women for their part in the services. Due to the overwhelming response of sympathy to us, it will take some time to write to each one of you. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for all your care and concern.

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CHURCH NEWS Don’t let kids get wrapped up in wrong Valentine’s message Q: Valentine’s Day was a lot of fun when I was a kid. But that was a more innocent time. I’d like my child to have the same experience, but I don’t want to reinforce our culture’s misguided ideas about romance. What can I do? Jim: In December, I encouraged parents to diffuse the materialism of Christmas by teaching their kids about the historical St. Nicholas. And I’m pleased to report that history can also be your ally when it comes to Valentine’s Day. According to Catholic Online, the original St. Valentine, Valentinus, lived during the reign of Emperor Claudius II at a time when the Roman army was involved in many bloody and unpopular military campaigns. Claudius was having difficulty recruiting soldiers, and he believed the reason was that men did not want to leave their lovers or families. As a result, he canceled all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentinus was a Christian priest who performed secret marriages in defiance of the emperor’s decree. As a result, he was apprehended and condemned to death, suffering martyrdom on Feb. 14, around the year 270 (

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nt_id=159). While there is certainly something “romantic” about this story, it is not the selfcentered, boyfriend- or girlfriendobsessed brand of romance that we associate with the modern observance of St. Valentine’s Day. Valentinus’ life exemplified a very different set of values, namely selflessness and sacrifice. And those are character traits that are certainly worth encouraging in your child. With that in mind, you might also consider a few other activities to help your child maintain a healthy perspective on Valentine’s Day. For example, list a few characteristics that distinguish true love from mere infatuation. Place the lists side by side and have your child decide which set of qualities he or she most wants to characterize his or her life. Or, sit down and talk with your child about a romantic movie or TV show. Are the characters demonstrating infatuation or real love? Shallow feelings or genuine intimacy? With a little guidance and creativity

from you, Valentine’s Day can be both fun and educational for your kids. Supplementing your discussion with chocolate wouldn’t hurt, either. ••• Q: My mother-in-law is extremely controlling and critical of my parenting. My husband seems oblivious to how much stress she causes me. How should I handle this? Juli: One reason why “in-law tension” can be so difficult is because it is not primarily your relationship. Anything you do or say will impact your mother-inlaw’s relationship with your husband, so you probably feel like you are between a rock and a hard place. I would first encourage you to view this as a marriage issue. You and your husband must decide together how you want to interact with his mother. How often should she come over? What comments will you tolerate? How will you respond if she is critical? Your question implies that you and your husband disagree about how you would answer these questions. Because your husband probably doesn’t recognize how controlling and critical his mother is of you, you may need to meet with a third party, such as a counselor or mentor, to talk this through. I would also encourage you to consider

why your mother-in-law acts the way she does. Her controlling and critical behavior is most likely a reaction to her fears and insecurities. Perhaps she views you as a threat to her relationship with her son. Or she may even be reacting to her own parenting failures. Remembering this may help you to respond with empathy rather than anger. ••• 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 2011 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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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


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


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

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


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

CARLSON-ROWE FUNERAL HOME Frederic, Wis. 715-327-4475

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

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


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







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

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

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

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


Church Directory ADVENTIST


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



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




Meeting in homes. Elder: Cliff Bjork, 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.


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


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


Hwy. 35, 1/2 blk. N. Main St. Interim Pastor Andrew Hinwood Pastoral Serv. 715-349-5280 Sun. Worship - 8:30 a.m,; Sun. School 9:45 a.m.


Pastor Peter Rimmereid, 715-755-2562 1947 110th Ave., Dresser Sunday Contemporary Service 8:30 a.m.; Education Hour 9:45 a.m. (Starts 9/18/11); Sunday Traditional Service 10:45 a.m.


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, 8:45 a.m. Prayer; 9 a.m. Sun. Schl. & Adult Bible Study; 10:30 a.m. Worship; 11:30 a.m. Fellowship Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


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; 715-327-4461 Worship 10:15 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m. Communion 1st Sun.

FAITH LUTHERAN - BALSAM LAKE Pastor Diane Norstad 715-485-3800; CTH I & Mill Street Worship 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:20 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 Traditional Worship - 8:30 a.m.; Contemporary Worship - 11 a.m.


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, 715-416-3086, 715-327-8384 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.


CTH H, 1/2 mi. N. of CTH A & H on H Church Off. 715-635-7791 Pastor Bill Schroeder Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Sun. Worship 10 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. 8 &10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl 9 a.m.


113 W. Main St.. W., Phone 715-825-2453 Pastor Nanette Hagen-Hinck Children’s Sunday Schl. 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship


Pastor Emory Johnson, 715-463-5700 685 W. State Road 70, Grantsburg Sun. Wor. Serv. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


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 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.


Pastor Gerald Heinecke Church Phone 715-866-7191 Sun. Schl. - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Wor. - 10:30 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays 1606 165th Ave., CTH I, Centuria Pastor Freddie Kirk, 715-485-3363 Pastor Tammy Clausen Sunday Worship - 8:30 a.m.



2355 Clark Road, Dresser, WI, 715-755-2515 Web site: Pastor Wayne Deloach, Intern Melissa Carmack 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 - 10:.30 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.


350 Michigan Ave., Centuria Sun. Worship - 10:45 a.m.; Sun. School - 10 a.m.


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


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

OSCEOLA UNITED METHODIST 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


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


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


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

10 mi. W. of Cumberland on Hwy. 48 (McKinley) - Pastor Neal Weltzin GT Office 715-857-5580, Parsonage 715-8223001, TR Office - 715-822-3001 Wor. Serv. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:15 a.m. Holy Communion - 1st Sunday



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

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


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.





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


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

300 Seminole Ave. (CTH M) Mark Kock, Pastor, 715-294-2828 Sunday Worship 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 Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m. Fellowship 11 a.m.


Rev. Rexford D. Brandt 447 180th St., Osceola, 715-294-2936 Sun. Wor. 8 & 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:15 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


5 miles E. of Frederic on W, 2 miles south on I; Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st Sunday

ZION LUTHERAN - EAST FARMINGTON (WELS ) Pastor Martin Weigand - 715-294-3489 Sunday Schl. 9 a.m.; Bible Class 9:30 a.m. Worship Serv. 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st & Last Sunday


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


Pastor Theresa Riewestahl 715-327-8384, 715-416-3086 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 Dan Pearson Sunday School 8:45 a.m.; Worship 10 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.


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.


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.



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



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)

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.;



1050 North Keller Ave., Amery, 715-268-7717 Father John Drummy, Pastor Sat. Mass 4 p.m., Sun. Mass 10:30 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.




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


Pastor Greg Lund, 715-327-8767 700 Churchwood Lane; 505 Old CTH W, 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


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


EAST BALSAM BAPTIST - BALSAM LK. Pastor Gabe Brennan, 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 Marlon Mielke, 715-825-3186 Sunday Schl. 9:45 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m., 7 p.m.


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.

FIRST BAPTIST - WEBSTER Church Phone 715-866-4111 Pastor Tim Quinn 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.




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.


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




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 City, 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.




2390 CTH A, 1/8 mi. east of A&H intersection Pastor Tryg Wistad, 715-635-9222 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.


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


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

NEW WINE CHURCH - CENTURIA 309 5th Street, , 715-338-2751 Pastor Scott Petznick Sunday Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m.


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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Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Rachael Bugella has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in second grade and the daughter of Craig and Sharon Bugella. Rachael is friendly, a hard worker and participates in class discussions. She is helpful in the classroom and works well with her classmates. Her favorite thing to do is play Wii. Her favorite subject at school is math. Rachael wants to be a professional soccer player when she grows up.

Kaila Jeske has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Angie and Tory Jeske. Kaila is involved in volleyball, basketball, track, softball, band and bell choir. She enjoys being at home. Kaila is organized, conscientous and has a good sense of humor. Her greatest influence in her life is her parents. She plans to go to college.

Seneca Lundeen Brooks has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Lisa and Tony Lundeen Brooks. Seneca enjoys farming. He is helpful, hardworking and has a positive attitude. His greatest influence in his life is his grandpa. His future plans include running the farm.

Gretchen Lee has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in third grade and the daughter of Jason and Michelle Lee. Gretchen is a very responsible young lady. She is very willing to help others with anything that they may need help with. She is also very kind and caring toward all students and adults. Her favorite subject is writing. When Gretchen grows up she wants to be a mom and a famous author.


Brandon Linder has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in fourth grade and the son of Daryl and Heidi Linder. Brandon is a hard worker and always does his best. He is very responsible about his assignments. He is kind to others and very considerate. He loves playing outside, riding his four-wheeler and playing with his cats and dogs.

Carolyn Peterson has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. She is a freshman and the daughter of Scott and Debra Peterson. Carolyn is involved in volleyball, weight training, student council, art and youth group. She enjoys volleyball, art, photography, writing and reading. She is honest, trustworthy, a good listener, an achiever and has a good sense of humor.


Erin Engstrand has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Todd Engstrand and Leah Vanderweit. Erin is very polite and hard working. She is involved in choir, band, church activities and basketball. She enjoys reading, texting, camping, spending time with family and friends, listening to music, crafts and supporting her brothers in watercross racing.

Maia Lehmann has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daughter of Diane Aldrich and Doug Lehmann. Maia has earned an academic letter and a gold card. She comes to class with a smile and eager to learn. She is involved in FCCLA, NHS, Kinship, drama club, works at The Scoop, softball, basketball and volleyball. She enjoys fishing, watching movies, snowboarding and reading.

Kaden Clark has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in first grade. Kaden lives at home with his dad, mom and two big brothers, Zack and Luke. At home Kaden likes to play Uno with his mom and brothers. He also likes to jump on the trampoline. At school Kaden loves phy ed. He also likes to read. His favorite books are Biscuit and Noodle books.

Kevin Cross has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Heidi and Mike Cross. He has a brother Trevor and a sister Hannah. His pets are three cats, a hamster, a rabbit and 15 chickens. He is involved in basketball and enjoys hunting, fishing and sports. His favorite subject is art.



Alex Peach has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in first grade. Alex is always eager to learn. He participates in class discussions and is willing to help out any student that needs help. Outside of school, Alex enjoys basketball, football, playing outside, games, playing with his sister and playing with his friends. He also enjoys spending time with his family. Overall Alex enjoys school and being with friends and family.

Madeline Duncan has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Kevin and Joanie Duncan. Maddie is a wonderful student who strives to include others in group projects while making sure everything is done correctly and efficiently. Her favorite classes are language arts and social studies. She is active in club volleyball, choir and church.

Kaylin Ritchey has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of David and Linda Ritchey. Kaylin is outgoing and friendly. She enjoys being with friends, scrapbooking and going to movies. In class, Kaylin is helpful and responsible. She is involved in both volleyball and basketball.

Amber Hall has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daughter of Dave Hall and Julie Hall. Amber is invovled in volleyball, track, band, solo and ensemble, honors band, forensics, editor of the yearbook and president of both the IMC club and SHE club. She enjoys quilting, curling and scuba diving. She plans to attend UW-Superior to earn a degree in exceptional education.

Tristan Benjamin has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. He is the son of Clifford Benjamin. Tristan is an excellent student who really loves math. He loves to play football on the playground and at home he loves to play with his dog. Tristan is very helpful to others at all times.

Jaden Denotter has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. She is in fifth grade and the daughter of Samantha Olson and Jared Denotter. Jaden is very responsible about getting her assignments done and is doing a great job in fifth grade. Her favorite subject is math. When Jaden is not in school, she loves to play sports. Her favorite sport is hockey. She also plays softball.

Roselinn Takvam has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of Doris and Roar Takvam, her host parents are Mark and Chanda Elliott. Reselinn is a foreign exchange student from Norway. She is easy to get along with. She is kind, respectful, compassionate, empathetic and a great listener. She always works hard and tries her best. She is involved in cross country and track.


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Jesse Drone has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in second grade and the son of Sara and Thomas Drone. Jesse always has a smile on his face and tries to do his best. He is cooperative with his classmates and adults at school. Jesse is well-liked by all.

Aaron Nyberg has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and the son of Pam Engen. Aaron is a conscientious student with a positive attitude. He loves to participate and comes to class with a smile on his face each day. He works hard and is a joy to have in class.

Lucas Wood has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. He is a freshman and the son of Meline and Rodney Wood. Lucas enjoys playing soccer. His favorite subject in school is math. Teachers say that he is a hard worker and truly goes the extra mile. After high school he plans to go to college to become a police officer. He resides in Balsam Lake.


Coming events

Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities



THURS. & FRI./9 & 10

• Hearing specialist to speak at the museum, 2 p.m.



• AARP tax help at the library, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Call for appointment, 715-463-2244.

• Potluck at the senior center, 11:30 a.m.


St. Croix Falls


• “My Antonia” at Festival Theatre. Thurs. 2 and 7:30 p.m., Fri. 7:30 p.m., 715-483-3387,

• Bake and book sale at the library. Thurs. & Fri. 10 a.m.6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-327-4979.

THURSDAY/9 Baldwin



• Polk/Burnett Beekeepers will meet at the justice center, 8 a.m.

Balsam Lake

• St. Croix Valley Beekeepers meeting at Peace Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.,


• Changed to Thurs., Feb. 23, Frederic’s Got Talent at the elementary school, 7 p.m.,


• Tax aides at the senior center, 8 a.m.-noon. • Kickoff planning meeting for alumni homecoming dance at Hacker’s Lanes, 6:30 p.m., 715-472-4114, days or 715-327-8502, eves.


• American Legion & Auxiliary meeting at the village hall, 7 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• AARP tax help at the senior center, 1-4 p.m. Call for appointment, 715-349-7810.

THURS.-SUN./9 & 12

• Cliff Eberhardt concert at Festival Theatre, 7:30 p.m.,, 715-483-3387.

• Scholarship fundraiser lasagna supper & raffle at the school, 5-7:30 p.m., 715-472-2152. • Bingo at the Lions Hall, 5:30-8 p.m.


• AARP tax help at the senior center, 1-4 p.m. Call for appointment, 715-349-7810.


• Soccer registration meeting at the middle school, 5:307:30 p.m., 715-294-3414.

St. Croix Falls


• Winter Carnival. Fri. pageant 7 p.m., Sat. radar run 10 a.m., parade 7 p.m., Sun. ice fishing 8 a.m.

FRI. & SAT./10 & 11

A nuthatch shakes off the frost on a young elm tree in search of food. – Photos by Marty Seeger


• PFCT’s “Jack and the Beanstalk” at H.S. Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. 2 p.m., 715-463-5165, Ext. 160.

FRIDAY/10 Frederic

• Northwest Regional Writers meeting at Sunrise Apts., 1 p.m. Assign.: Memories of Bernice. 715-349-2291. • AARP tax help at the library, 1-4 p.m. Call for appointment, 715-327-4979.


• Siren Covenant Women’s annual chocolate “Affair” at Bremer Bank and U.S. Bank, 9 a.m. till sold out.


• Raising Backyard Pigs seminar at Ag Research Station, 10:30 a.m., 715-635-3506 or 800-528-1914.

St. Croix Falls

• American Legion Post 143 fish fry at the Legion hall, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


• Ruby’s Pantry at Congregational Church. Doors open 8:30 a.m. Dist. 9 a.m., $15 donation, 715-268-7390. • Mike & Doug evening of music and fun at Balsam Lutheran Church at 7 p.m., 715-268-9291.

Balsam Lake

• Wisconsin Wrestling Club ice-fishing contest on Big Round Lake, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 715-554-2567.


• Guided snowshoe hike at Crex Meadows. Please preregister. 1 p.m., 715-463-2739. • Christian Outdoor Club meeting. For more info, call 715-488-2456.

Indian Creek

• Indoor ice-fishing contest at the tavern, 2-6 p.m., 715653-2671.


• Lions Club breakfast at the school cafeteria, 7-11 a.m.


• Burnett Medical Center Foundation’s Valentine’s Banquet at the Lakeview Event Center. Social hour 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• Hingepoint meeting for men battling sexual addictions, at River Valley Christian Church, 9 a.m.-noon, 715483-5378. • “Hopelessly Romatic Valentine’s program at Festival Theatre, 7:30 p.m., • Candlelight Night at the Interstate Park, 6-9 p.m., 715483-3747. • Friends of the Library meeting at the library, 9 a.m., 715-483-1777.

Taylors Falls, Minn.

• Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound Fundraiser for Lamar & Frederic Arts at the depot, 8-11 p.m.,


• Used book sale at the library, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-8667697. • Lioness Valentine’s party at the community center, noon-3 p.m., buffet.


• State ice-fishing tourney at Beaver Dam Lake, 10 a.m.3 p.m.,


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

St. Croix Falls

• Girl Singers of the Hit Parade at Festival Theatre, 2 p.m., 715-483-3387,

MON.-FRI./13-17 St. Croix Falls

• Stuff The Bus food drive to benefit Family Pathway’s food shelf at the bus garage.

MONDAY/13 Amery

• Weight-loss surgery education and support at the medical center, 5-6 p.m., 715-2-68-0597.


• Tax help at the senior center, 715-349-7810.

St. Croix Falls

• Soccer registration meeting at the middle school, 5:307:30 p.m., 715-294-3414.


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

Divorce care support group at Apple River Community Church, 715-268-8360, 715-268-2176.

Every Monday

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. Moms In Touch International, First Baptist, Amery, 2 - 3 p.m., 715-268-5408,

Partners of Veterans women’s support group, Counseling Associates, Siren, 1-2:30 p.m., 715-349-8575.

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.

Every Wednesday

Women of Hope, cancer support group, at SCRMC, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., 715-483-0431. Free playtime with your toddler at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, 10-11:30 a.m., 715-557-0630.

Every Thursday


Breastfeeding support group at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center, 2-3:30 p.m., 715-483-0431.


• Cancer support group at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 7 p.m., 715-268-6722 or 715-68-7290.

• Practice of Ecumenical Choir for Easter cantata begins at Our Lady of the Lakes, 6 p.m., 715-485-3571.

• Chronic illness/disability support group will meet at Peace Lutheran Church, 6:30 p.m., 715-755-2515.

AA meets at the West Denmark Lutheran Church, rural Luck, 9 - 10 a.m. Open skate at The Lodge Center Arena, Visit the Web site: for special times.

Balsam Lake



Every Saturday

Every Sunday

Open skate at Grantsburg Hockey Rink, 4-7 p.m.

Little Butternut fi fisshing contest

Ty Roehm, Luck, and Ryder Irgens, Cambridge, Minn., showed off their prize catches in the Bon Ton Tavern icefishing contest on Little Butternut Lake on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Jackets were optional at the ice-fishing contest. – Photos by Greg Marsten

Sandy Schaible, Grantsburg, took in the sun on the ice of Little Butternut Lake.

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