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‘Follow the Leader’

January 10, 2007 2 sections • Vol. 71 • No. 20 8,000 copies


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A big step for the St. Croix Tribe BIA recommends approval of Beloit Project; forwards application to D.C. Page 2

Man faces seconddegree homicide charge

Race? What race?

Passenger in Corvette dies eight months after accident in which man drove 158 miles per hour Page 3

Mayor Foss goes to Washington Seeks federal funding for four city projects Page 13

This little guy spent his day pushing snow with his toy bulldozer and paid little attention to the snowmobiles racing around the track behind him. More photos of the races in Currents section. Photo by Jeanne Daniels

Fresh (but sleepy) faces

Grantsburg Schools steps into the future of education Virtual charter school brings partnership with Insight Schools

The first babies born in 2007 at St. Croix Regional Medical Center (left) and Burnett Medical Center (right) were a bit tired as they entered a new world and new year at the same time. More information and photos of the families can be seen on the back page. - Photos submitted


by Carl Heidel GRANTSBURG - What began in 2004 as an alternative mode of learning for students in the Grantsburg School District has opened a door into the future of education. The success of the district’s virtual charter school has led to a partnership between the Grantsburg Schools and Insight School of Wisconsin, part of a nationwide virtual learning system. In a pair of decisions at Monday’s board of education meeting, Grantsburg took the final steps to partner with Insight. The move opens new opportunities for students in the area

See Grantsburg schools, Page 14

RAMBLINGS Trader Carlson and the Indians

Father, daughter return from jungle mission

Currents Page 4





SPORTS Uffda! Cards tangle with Norse! Page 17



Successful year for publishing co-op

Circulation up for Inter-County Leader, Washburn County Register

FREDERIC – “The Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association is a very strong cooperative,” accountant Loren Bavin of Carlson Highland & Co. told the members gathered for the annual meeting Saturday, Jan. 6. “It is very unusual to have enough cash and securities to cover all debts.” Over 200 members and guests gathered at Hacker’s Lanes for the 72nd-annual business meeting, which included the election of board members, followed by a dinner. Bavin told the members that the cooperative, which publishes the InterCounty Leader, the Washburn County Register, and the Advertisers, has assets of $2,816,404 and no long-term debt. He said that while advertising revenue was down $90,000 for the year, that was partially offset by a $35,000 increase in

Janet Oachs and Merlin Johnson were returned to the ICCPA’s board of directors by stockholders Saturday. subscriptions. The cooperative had a total income of $5,549,092 and a margin or profit of $80,687 after all expenses were deducted. Manager Doug Panek said that the ICCPA continues to upgrade its equipment in order to improve the quality of printing. He added that increasing subscriptions is an excellent thing in these times. He thanked the 75 employees for their work. “It was a good year for the co-op, considering that sales were down,”

More than 200 members and guests of the Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association gathered Saturday at Hacker’s Lanes in Frederic for the co-op’s annual meeting. – Photo by Gregg Westigard board President Vivian Byl told the members. She added that co-ops are in the news and mentioned the success that a group of Wisconsin senior care givers has had by organizing a cooperative. The members re-elected Merlin John-

son and Janet Oachs to the five-member board of directors, which also includes Charles Johnson, Harvey Stower and Byl. Dean Dversdall and Ralph Pelle were the other nominees for the two spots. – Gregg Westigard

A big step for the St. Croix Tribe

BIA recommends approval of Beloit Casino Project; forwards application to Washington, D.C.

HERTEL – In its most ambitious project to date, the St. Croix Tribe of Chippewa is joining the Bad River Tribe to support a $200 million casino project near Beloit in an effort to spur futher economic development for both tribes. Today, members of the tribe and

Beloit city officials are in Washington, D.C., to promote the project in the wake of a recommendation of the proposal Monday by the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ regional office in Minneapolis. The BIA is endorsing approval for the project’s application to create a federal land trust which would allow it to be used as a gambling site. It took six years of laying the groundwork with the city – where citizens strongly supported the project in a ref-

erendum vote – before reaching the milestone represented by Monday’s recommendation. It was the first in three steps needed for ground to be broken on the project. The second step is the approval of George Skibine, the bureau’s director of Indian gaming. The third and final step would be a thumbs-up from Gov. Jim Doyle, who has yet to go on record as to his thoughts on the project, one of a handful of proposals for new gaming facilities in Wisconsin.

Burnett County’s elected officials take oath

Elected officials in Burnett County were sworn into office Monday by Judge Michael Gableman. Pictured (LR) are Ken Kutz (district attorney), Dean Roland (sheriff), Wanda Hinrichs (county clerk), Jeanine Chell (ROD), Trudy Schmidt (clerk of court), and Joann Pahl (county treasurer). - Photo by Carl Heidel


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The two tribes, along with Illinois developer Kurt Carlson, are proposing a casino, hotel, convention center, waterpark and outlet mall. The complex would be built on 75-acres beside Interstate 90, just north of the Wisconsin-Illinois border. The project was endorsed by 61 percent of Beloit voters in a 2000 referendum. “One of the main purposes of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act is for disadvantaged tribes to gain success through gaming,” Bad River Chairman Eugene Bigboy said. “When we were invited to Beloit, we did not have a clear idea that the trust land approval process would move so slowly.” St. Croix Chairman David “Maabin” Merrill expressed thanks for community support the project has received. “This project will provide both the St. Croix and Bad River people with much needed economic development,” Merrill said. While Gov. Doyle has not committed to approving the project, the editorial writer for the Beloit Daily News noted, “the headline in this newspaper last week quoted him accurately: ‘I love Beloit,’ Doyle said. We certainly hope so.” The newspaper speculated that the timetable for decision is not clear. Some guess BIA review in Washington shouldn’t take more than a few months. If it comes back to Wisconsin with the recommendation for approval intact, Gov. Doyle can take as long as he wants to review it. If he approves, the state would have to come to some sort of agreement with the tribes for financial and other considerations. – Gary King with information from Associated Press, Beloit Daily News and Wisconsin State Journal

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Briefly... FREDERIC – Our apologies to Orv Volkmann this week for making our readers believe he had left town. We listed him as “former Frederic resident” in a caption under a photo he had submitted for publication in 2006. In a Christmas card to the Leader, Volkmann said he read the caption and then checked the obituary page to make sure he was “still here.” He is. Sorry, Orv. ••• POLK COUNTY – The Polk County Salvation Army raised $57,000 this year thanks to volunteers, civic groups, businesses and citizens who donated via the red kettles. The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance for rent, utilities, transportation and medication. They also provide milk coupons to all food pantries in the county. Milk coupons provide one gallon of milk to individuals and families that seek assistance at local food pantries. Christmas gifts are provided to every person who resides at nursing homes throughout the county, some of whom are forgotten and it’s the only gift they receive. – submitted ••• POLK COUNTY – The bad news is…the flu has reached Polk County and the western region of Wisconsin. The good news – it’s not too late for a flu shot. According to a news release this week from the Polk County Health Department it only takes two weeks after you receive a flue shot until you have adequate immunity to influenza disease. “The strains of influenza in Wisconsin match those in the vaccine, so those who’ve received the vaccine should have adequate protection from the disease,” notes Bonnie Leonard, public health supervisor. – submitted ••• OSCEOLA – The St. Croix Valley Health and Faith Coalition will bring the area faith community together with area health care representatives to address critical health issues of mutual interest. An open invitation has been extended to faith leaders, clergy, parish nurses, community leaders and the general public to attend Facing the Influenza Pandemic with Faith: Challenge to the Faith Communities, a seminar to be held Thursday, Jan. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Osceola United Methodist Church at 306 River Street. Topics will include understanding the clinical implications of the influenza virus as it relates to individuals, families, the community and faith communities; and how together the faith community and health officials can be the conduit for information, support and spiritual leadership. Registration is required by Jan. 19. To register or for more information contact the Rev. Alan Hagstrom at or call 715-755-2275. – from SCVHFC

Thursday meeting to focus on Frederic businesses FREDERIC – Polk County Economic Development Corporation director Mike Welch will be speaking to owners of small businesses in Frederic this Thursday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. at the village hall. Welch will discuss opportunities for smaller businesses to obtain funding through low-interest or no-interest loans. Frederic’s business development in general will be on the agenda. Village Administrator Dave Wondra will also be at the meeting to answer questions. The public, particularly business owners, are welcome to attend. Gary King

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Charges filed after woman in April crash dies Clayton man charged with second-degree homicide; allegedly drove Corvette 158 miles per hour

by Julie Holmquist POLK COUNTY - A woman’s death has prompted a homicide charge against a Clayton man who crashed a Corvette last year while driving well over 100 miles per hour – with evidence showing it traveled at 158 miles per hour at one point. Douglas S. Mueller, 36, was charged with reckless driving causing bodily harm last April after he crashed a Corvette head-on into a tree, injuring his passenger, Robyn A. Cobb. Cobb, of Turtle Lake, a mother of two, died Dec. 29 in Chippewa Falls from injuries sustained in the one-car accident. Polk County amended Mueller’s charge last Thursday. He is now facing felony charges of second-degree reckless homicide. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 26 in Polk County Circuit Court. According to the criminal complaint, Mueller was test driving a brand-new Corvette owned by Michael Pelc, trav-

The Corvette involved in the crash. - Photo courtesy Polk County Sheriff’s Department eling northbound on Hwy. 46. Polk County Deputy J. Syllora of St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department was heading southbound on Hwy. 46 at 8:15 p.m., April 26, when he met a red Corvette travelling northbound at what he estimated was 100 miles per hour. According to the complaint, Syllora said he then saw a big cloud of dust and some of the impact of the accident in his rear view mirror. He went to the scene and saw that the Corvette had run off the road, hitting trees and demolishing the car, leaving only the seats and the engine. Cobb was unresponsive at the accident scene and did not regain consciousness. According to Regions Medical Center records, Cobb received traumatic brain injury with hemorrhage, shock and multiple pelvic fractures. Mueller sustained serious injuries but recovered.

Settlement reached at Siren Schools Final nonrenewal notices issued to four staff members by Gary King SIREN - After months of negotiating, the Siren certified staff and the school district have reached a settlement following a special meeting, Tuesday evening. Superintendent Scott Johnson announced Wednesday that the union and school board ratified a contract for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 school years that amounts to a raise of 3.8 percent the first year and 4.2 percent the second year. This round of negotiations nearly bumped into the next round of contract talks for the 2007-08 year. The increase includes salary and benefits, Johnson said. Considering any increase goes to cover benefits first, and the fast-rising cost of health care insurnace, some teachers may be forced to drop some of their health coverage in order to realize a raise. “They are basically trading health care coverage for salary increases at that point,” Johnson said.

The current health care coverage cost offered through the school district totals $1,557 per month for family coverage and $686 for single coverage. Those number represent a 21-percent increase over the previous year. Despite struggles to balance those costs, Johnson said the school board was “very excited” to have reached a settlement with staff. In other business Tuesday the board took action to issue final nonrenewal notices to four one-year staff members. The district had issued preliminary notices in December as part of statemandated procedure. Now, Johnson noted, the board will monitor the budget throughout the year and when it comes budget time and consideration of staffing, they will decide whether or not the district can afford to keep those positions. For now the position will not be renewed. They include a half-time music teacher at the elementary school, a half-time elementary counselor and two elementary positions, one of which was filling in for another teacher. The board also acted to hire Leva Oustigoff as the seventh grade girls basketball coach.

The complaint states that Mueller was coming off a small curve and crossed onto the east shoulder of the highway. He then pulled to the left, leaving tire marks on the road, then headed toward the west ditch, crossed the center line, and traveled in the southbound lane of travel. Mueller then apparently corrected to the right and hit a tree head-on in the east ditch. The following accident report indicated a speed reading of 133 miles per hour. Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Dale Hall found that the Corvette was traveling about 78.6 to 89 miles per hour when it left the roadway. Sheriff Tim Moore noted that the Corvette’s “black box” computer shows that the 405-horsepower sports car had been going 158 miles per hour five second before the crash. At the initial point where the vehicle left the roadway to the right, before pulling back to the left, the minimum speed was estimated at 92.4 to 107 miles per hour. - Julie Holmquist with information from Polk County Sheriff’s Department

Suspect escapes, prompts extensive search Allegedly threatened mother of his child with large knife POLK COUNTY - A large-scale search by Polk County sheriff’s deputies ended Friday night when an escaped suspect turned himself in. Johnathon Vogel, 23, Balsam Lake, had been arrested for disorderly conduct around 6:30 p.m. after he allegedly threatened the mother of his child with a large knife. Vogel According to authorities, a deputy detained Vogel in the back seat of the only Polk County squad car without barred windows. As the deputy was getting a statement from the victim, Vogel kicked out the window of the squad car, took the knife from the front seat and escaped. Deputies searched the area for more than two hours with no success. Vogel turned himself in at the front lobby of the Polk County Justice Center at 10:30 p.m. He now faces possible charges of disorderly conduct, escape, criminal damage and obstructing an officer. According to Lieutenant Steve Smith, the department has not lost a squad car window on vehicles with barred windows. – Julie Holmquist

The New “EXPO 2007” set for April

Burnett Youth Hockey Association goes in a different direction to raise funds for hockey

by Marty Seeger SIREN — The New Mix 105, WLMX-FM and Classic Hits 105.7, WXCX-FM are teaming up with the Burnett Youth Hockey Association to promote the new “EXPO 2007.” The event is replacing the previous home show, but will still be held during the same time at the Lodge Center Arena in Siren as in years past. “It’s not just a home show, it’s

everything for your life, for your kids, for your family, from five (years old) to one hundred, said Ron Revere, General Manager of Mix 105 and Classic Hits. “We’re looking at having a variety of exhibitors in there, and doing a variety of things during the show to make it an event, and really create some buzz and get people excited.” Revere says that the radio station is going to bring a lot attention in terms of marketing to the event, and use other avenues to attract more people to the area such as the Internet, newspapers, and radio. “We’re going to market it as a regional event because this is too good

not to have the people in this region know what’s going on,” said Revere. According to Revere, the EXPO is going to be free admission for everyone and will feature different booths promoting recreation, entertainment, health, beauty and “anything you can think of for your life.” “We may have Grand Casino showing you how to play black jack at one booth, and the next booth may be the Burnett Medical Center doing free blood pressure checks,” said Revere who is working closely with the association to promote the event. “I’ve never had a kid in the Association, but I just love what it’s going to

See Expo, page 6























Siren Main Street project expanded

Jan Hunter nominated for village president

by Mary Stirrat SIREN — If she chooses to accept the nomination, the name of current village of Siren trustee Jan Hunter will be the only candidate running for the office of village president in April. The term of current president Rick Engstrom expires this year and he has chosen not to seek re-election. Hunter was nominated for the position at the Jan. 4 village caucus. Three trustee positions, currently held by Hunter, Joan O’Fallon and Dave Alden, are up for election. Both O’Fallon and Alden were nominated at the caucus, along with Herb Howe and Josh Henry. Candidates have until Monday, Jan. 15, to accept the nominations, said vil-

lage administrator Randy Surbaugh. Liquor license Village residents and business owners will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on village regulations concerning liquor licensing and on a pending application from Holiday StationStore to sell off-sale liquor. At the recommendation of the public safety committee, a public hearing on the issue has been set for Thursday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m., at the start of the board’s next regular monthly meeting. The board will vote on the application at its March meeting. Holiday’s general manager Jim Zeiler, and district manager Gerry Strand attended last month’s meeting when the application was initially considered. At that time the board voted to refer the item to the public safety committee for review and a recommendation. This is the first time the village has been asked to consider a Class A off-sale liquor license application, said village

Large turnout at Grantsburg All seats contested in April by Gregg Westigard GRANTSBURG – All Grantsburg Village offices will be contested at the April 3 election. The 32 village residents taking part in the nominating caucus Monday night selected a full slate of incumbents and challengers. Mark Dahlberg is running for re-elec-

tion as village president. He will face David Walters, who is presently a trustee. Running for the three open trustee seats are incumbents Tim Tessman and Roger Panek plus challengers Dale Dressel, Dennis Dahl, Craig Bowman and Jeff Finch. Earl Mosley and David Walters were also nominated for trustee but failed to make the cut in the vote for the six ballot spots. Mike Downey was nominated, but declined.

administrator Randy Surbaugh. The state of Wisconsin gives local municipalities the authority to accept or deny such applications. Current ordinance prohibits Class A off-sale within 300 feet of a church, school, or hospital, according to Surbaugh, but the village can vote to overrule this. Overriding the prohibition would need to be addressed because the entrance to Bethany Lutheran Church is within that distance. Surbaugh said the committee has reviewed ordinances from other communities, most of which have no special regulations for the granting of Class A licenses. Some, he said, require a separate entrance, separate cash register, or cordoned area for liquor sales. Main Street project The roads, streets and utilities committee recommended to the board that the Main Street reconstruction project be extended to Ellis Avenue rather than


ending at Hanson Avenue, and the board approved the recommendation. The section of Main Street from Hwy. 35 to Hanson Avenue was previously approved. The reconstruction project will include a 40-foot-wide roadway with curb and gutter, and a 5-foot sidewalk on the north side of the road. Because the project will increase the amount of impervious surface, additional stormwater management measures will be required, said Surbaugh. Engineering plans should be completed by mid-January, with the project going out for bid in early February and awarded in March. Construction will start when weather permits in spring, and require about six to seven weeks to complete. A meeting with the ad hoc downtown committee will be held in the near future, Surbaugh said, to discuss ways to promote downtown businesses and inform the public about access and parking during the construction.

Master Gardener volunteer training offered WEBSTER - Garden enthusiasts interested in learning more about horticulture and who have an interest in volunteering in their local communities still have time to register for the University of Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training program. Classes are scheduled to begin Tuesday, Jan 30, and will continue through Tuesday, April 24. Classes will be held at the

Webster High School from 5:30 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. Classes will meet once a week for 13 weeks and cover topics on lawn care, herbaceous annuals and perennials, small fruits, vegetables, plant diseases and insects, weeds and pest management, soils and fertility, native plants and backyard wildlife. – from UWExtension





















One candidate for each seat at Luck by Mary Stirrat LUCK — After two election seasons without enough candidates to fill vacant board seats, the April ballot at Luck should have at least enough names for each position up for election. The village caucus was held last Wednesday, Jan. 3, immediately prior to the regular monthly board meeting. The position of village president, held by Rich Callister, and trustee positions held by Jack Holdt, Al Nelson, and Phil Warhol are all up for election. Callister, who accepted a nomination to serve another term as village president, will be the only name on the ballot for that position. Nominated for the three trustee positions were Jack Holdt, Al Nelson, Marilyn Berg and Steve Nielsen. Nelson declined to turn in his nomination papers, so the names of Holdt, Berg, and Nielsen will appear on the ballot. Both Warhol and Nelson indicated

earlier that they would not seek another term. Golf course Kyle Johansen, chair of the golf course commission, reported that the bid has been awarded for remodeling of the west one-third of the lower level at the club house. Don Clarke Construction of Luck was low bidder, at $86,662. The work consists primarily of renovating the women’s locker room, considered phase one of a multi-phase project. Three bids were received, said Johansen, ranging up to $197,000. “It was pretty clear cut,” he said about accepting Clarke’s low bid. The bid included mechanical work by Maxwell Heating ($3,200), plumbing by Luck Plumbing ($18,000), electrical by John Morley ($9,995), and flooring and wall covering from Jensen Furniture (no amount given). Responding to a question from village

President Rich Callister about the presence of asbestos in the building, Johansen said that environmental tests revealed asbestos in the joint compound and in the sheetrock. Removal was not budgeted for but has been done and is anticipated to be about $5,700. The project is possible because of a $100,000 donation from Dennis Frandsen. “We’re slightly over budget, but our supporter is still supportive,” said Johansen. “We’ve been assured the project will be completely paid for,” added Callister. “He’s in it 100 percent,” agreed Johansen about Frandsen. Christmas decorations Callister and the board expressed appreciation to everyone who decorated their homes for the Christmas season. Al and Eileen Tomlinson were also thanked for hosting an open house at

their historic home in mid-December. The return of the swag decorations on Main Street has been well received, said trustee Marsha Jensen. She added that the community club has offered to purchase at least one of four wired, pre-lit artificial swags to replace the natural evergreen swags. The natural swags cost about $600 each year. The artificial garland comes to $3,200. Other business In other business, village clerk Kathy Hanson reported that the process of changing to electronic water-meter reading has begun with the installation of computer software. Installation of the new meters, which will be read with a hand-held reader and can be done from a truck, will begin this month. Information from the electronic reader will be loaded into the computer for billing.

Frederic will take part in YES program Youth Educational Shoplifting program is part of Burnett County’s Restorative Justice endeavor by Gary King FREDERIC - Although area merchants have yet to be approached, Frederic Police Department is open to participating in a program aimed at first-time shoplifters, in an effort to reduce repeat

offenses and prevent their further penetration into the criminal justice system. Frederic officer Dale Johnson reported to the village board Monday evening that he’s in favor of the program as it appears to take strong measures at prevention. “It’s always easier to keep someone whole rather than trying to make them whole,” Johnson noted. Trustee Arlen Peterson said he felt it was a good idea for the village police

Smith promoted to lieutenant in sheriff’s department by Julie Holmquist POLK COUNTY - Polk County Patrol Sergeant Steve Smith has been promoted to lieutenant in the Polk County Sheriff’s Department. Smith, 46, was one of four people interviewed for the position formerly held by Sheriff Tim Moore. When Moore was elected Polk County sheriff in November, the position was left open. Moore said the department would now be in the process of filling the patrol sergeant position left vacant by Smith’s promotion. Smith graduated from Unity High School in Balsam Lake in 1979 and started working in the jail/dispatch area of Polk County soon after. He began working part-time in Polk County patrol work in 1986 and turned full-time in patrol in 1991. In 1999, he was promoted to patrol sergeant. The lieutenant is in charge of all field

services in the s h e r i f f ’ s department. Some of the many duties include supervising reports, being a liaison to the district attorney’s office and the c o u n t y ’ s domestic abuse task force, man- Patrol Sergeant aging the fleet Steve Smith has of vehicles, tak- been promoted to ing charge of Polk County sheriff’s scheduling and lieutenant. –Photo by transports of Julie Holmquist arrested people to prison, courts, or medical facilities. Smith lives in the Balsam Lake area.

Where can you snowmobile? FREDERIC – Like many cities and villages, Frederic has an ordinance outlining where snowmobiles can be driven within its boundaries. With the arrival of snow, some residents are concerned about irresponsible snowmobilers riding on sidewalks, through front yards and on other private property such as empty lots – and even on property where landowners have put up barricades or orange tape to keep snowmobilers off their property. Frederic has an ordinance to allow residents to travel from their homes to access the snowmobile trails. Until the trails are declared open by Polk County Parks Department there is no reason to operate snowmobiles in the village. The east side of Coon Lake is village

park property and is designated a ski area – snowmobiles are restricted by statute from operation there. ATVs are now allowed on streets anywhere or anytime. Other notes regarding snowmobiling: • Registration is required. • Operation on school or church property requires permission from the owner. • Polk County Parks, Buildings and Solid Waste Director Debbie Peterson makes the determination to open or close the snowmobile trails. Persons wishing to know if the trails are open or not may call Polk County at 715-485-9294 or the Polk County Information Center at 800-222-POLK. You can also visit the Polk County Web site at - Gary King

department to become involved in such a program and asked Johnson if it involved the perpetrator apologizing to the merchant, making restitution and showing remorse. “They have to be ready to apologize to the store owner,” Johnson said. “If it’s a first offense and a young kid, it will probably work. If it’s a fifth offense, probably not. One of the facts pointed out is that if someone steals a candy bar, the merchant has to sell 100 candy bars to make up for that loss, due to the low margin in markup.” Johnson said first-time offenders completing the program will have the charge against them dropped and expunged from their record. The YES program helps juveniles identify the feelings, thoughts and actions which led them to shoplift – whether it was a $50 sweater or a 50cent candy bar - and teaches them to make better choices for themselves in the future, according to the YES Web site. Budget comes in on target Administrator Dave Wondra reported that the 2006 budget came in as budgeted. Of the approximate $616,000 budgeted for the year, approximately $613,000 was spent with a bill for street lights still outstanding, which totals approximately $2,800. Wondra reported that the auditing company used by the village the past 10 years has been sold to a Minnesota company, but noted there’s no reason at this time to change auditing companies and suggested the village stay with the company, at least for this year. Wondra also suggested forming a

small committee to meet with the board of review prior to the actual review to go over some information regarding assessments within the village. Everything possible is being done, he said, to make sure assessments are accurate. Clark Marilyn Sederlund reported the village is in the process of collecting the first half of property taxes. She also noted the village-owned apartment above the public library has been rented out to the North Land Municipal Ambulance Association for its Frederic crew. They will move in Feb. 1. Village President Phil Knuf asked Sederlund why two applications for bartender licenses in the village were denied. Sederlund explained that if background checks show the person has been convicted of OWI, no license can be issued. She noted the person can still work, but only under supervision. Public appearance Wm. Johnson IV, the only member of the public in the audience, spoke briefly, noting that the annual sleigh and cutter parade near the high school is set for Jan. 20. It’s being promoted as the area’s “first event of the year,” and shows Frederic has activities going on – even in January. “We might be lucky enough to get a couple inches of snow – even though it’s more for looks,” Johnson said, in regards to the parade. Monday’s meeting was a relatively brief one with no reports from the park board, public works or library. Present besides the administrator and village president were trustees Arlen Peterson, John Boyer, Jamie Worthington and Brad Harlander.

Ayers presses speed limit sign issue Former district attorney, highway commissioner hired for case POLK COUNTY – In a letter to new Polk County District Attorney Dan Steffen, rural Frederic resident Brad Ayers states that the actions by the town of Clam Falls to place a 55-mph sign on the dirt road in front of his house was vindictive and illegal. Ayers states he hired a firm to survey the road, and it supported his position that the township’s actions in erecting the sign consists of criminal negligence, reckless endangerment and withholding of public records and violations of

sunshine statutes. “The gravity of this situation rises above any personal and local political considerations,” Ayers writes. Ayers has sparked controversy in the past with outspoken criticism of local and state officials and policies. In this latest issue, Ayers retained former Polk County District Attorney Mark Biller to represent him legally and the head of the firm who did the road survey for him is former Polk County Highway Comissioner George Palo. Ayers says the road – 85th Street – cannot support traffic at 55 mph safely and that his requests to have the sign removed and/or the speed limit lowered have been ignored. – Gary King
















Switching offices in the two Osceolas

First filing period ends for spring election, Luck was a full ticket

by Gregg Westigard POLK COUNTY – There may be role switching in both the town and village of Osceola after the April 3 election. In the town, the chair is running for supervisor and the former clerk-treasurer is running for chair. In the village, the president and a trustee may switch places. The Luck Village will have no write-in spots for the first time in three elections. These are some of the races that are clear as the filing period for nomination papers has passed and the first caucus has been held. Most villages and 23 of the towns in the county nominate candidates at caucuses during January. Town of Osceola – Bob Ingebrightson and Lynn Buss are running for chair. Ingebrightson was town clerk-treasurer for many years. Longtime chair Ronald Gamache is running for one of the two supervisor

positions. Also running are incumbents Steve Stroshane and Eugene Lindholm and challenger Tim Lauridsen. The office of clerk-treasurer is appointed and not on the ballot. Village of Osceola – Present trustee Gary Beckmann is running for president, as is Kathleen Demulling. Present village President Charles Jensen is running for the open trustee spot. Incumbents Carrie O’Connell and Purnal Tracy are seeking re-election to the other board seats. Village of Luck – After two elections with blank places on the ballot, the village has a candidate for each position this year, and no contests. Richard Callister is running for re-election as village president. The candidates for the three trustee positions are incumbent Jack Holdt and new candidates Marilyn Berg and Steven Neilsen. Allan Nelson and Philip Warhol are stepping down from the board. Village of Clear Lake – No contests. Incumbent Jeffrey Johnson running for president. Incumbents Dean Tronrud and Leigh Witthoft and former board member Michael Flaherty are running for trustee spots. Incumbent Joseph Mara retires.

Village of Dresser – No contests. Sherman Leske runs for re-election as president. Present trustees Greg Andrie and Bryan Beseler are seeking new terms. Also running is Rick Erickson. Debra Jacobson is not seeking election to the spot she was appointed to. Village of Turtle Lake – There will be two blank spots on the ballot. Present trustees Ken Ahlberg and Dale Haselhuhn did not file for re-election, leaving incumbent Jeff Outcalt as the only name on the ballot for the three board seats. Incumbent President Laurie Tarman is being challenged by Darwin Platter. City of St. Croix Falls – Brian Blesi is running unopposed for the alderperson seat in District 1 being vacated by Jon Cermin. District 2 has two unopposed candidates. Arnie Carlson is running for a two-year term. He was appointed to the seat to replace Debra Points. Fellow council member Lori Erickson is seeking election for a one-year term. She was appointed to replace Bill Kersh who was elected last year, but did not take the office.

Grantsburg Schools commended in audit report by Carl Heidel GRANTSBURG - The Grantsburg Schools Board of Education heard some good news at its meeting Monday afternoon. The annual financial audit for 20052006 reported sound financial management in the district and commended the schools for their “continual effort towards improvement and excellence in financial record keeping.” “The management letter at the back of the report speaks well of you and your people,” said Larry Stotz, whose firm Stotz & Company prepared the audit. “There’s really nothing of note in there,” he said, “and that’s good. There is no reason to say anything unusual.”

Stotz led the board members and Superintendent Burgin through an overview of the report. He noted that because of changes in government regulations, there were changes in the way the audit was conducted and presented. For example, he noted, in past years certain hard assets, such as buildings and equipment, were not included in the audit. Now these assets and any liabilities connected to them are part of the overall consideration. According to Stotz, this new method of evaluating the district’s finances gives a much better picture of the actual financial health of the schools. But he pointed out that regardless of which method is used, the previous one or the one now mandated by regulation changes, the schools are financially sound. He noted that the fund equity is where it should be. “It’s good policy to have the equivalent of two months of operating expenses in the fund equity,” he said,

“and the schools have $1.6 million, right where you should be.” Stotz did caution the district to pay close attention to monies for employee benefits, especially with regard to early retirement expenditures. “Employee benefits will be a huge portion in the next three to four years,” he said. He supported his warning to deal carefully with these expenses by citing the problems of the Florence schools, which have filed for bankruptcy. That district allowed its employee benefits to balloon to 10 percent of the total budget, an amount that left the district insolvent. But Grantsburg, Stotz said, “is healthy and improving.” In other business, the board passed resolutions relative to operation of a virtual charter school that is not an instrumentality of the district (see related story).

Charges filed after man allegedly shoots wife’s dog POLK COUNTY - A Turtle Lake man faces felony charges in Polk County after allegedly killing a dog belonging to his wife. Bruce Colburn, 52, was arrested Friday on suspicion of shooting the dog in the rear and faces charges of mistreating an animal resulting in death. Colburn and his wife are separated. According to the Polk County’s Sheriff’s Department, Colburn told a relative that he shot the dog, named Butterscotch.

Colburn told authorities that the dog was a nuisance animal and always running around. The wife told deputies that the dog had been missing since Dec. 29 and that they had called the neighbors looking for the dog. Deputies reported that the possible intent for Colburn to shoot the dog could have been to intimidate his wife. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 16. – Julie Holmquist

Expo/from page 3 do for the kids,” said Tom Anderson, who serves as a board member for Burnett Youth Hockey. This is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the Hockey association, and it is an important part of keeping hockey a big part of the local community. Throughout the year, the association uses many different methods to raise money for the program, including calendars, pizza sales, and chuck a puck. “We’ve got a beautiful facility there, and ninety percent of the time, nothing is going on, and we could make it so it could be,” Anderson said about working with the radio stations to promote the event. “With all of the stations that they’ve got, and the services they provide, if we can make this work that would be great.” Although the events primary goal is to raise funds for the Burnett Hockey Association, Revere mentioned that the event goes deeper than just raising

money. “We look at it as a radio station, as a business decision, but we look at anything that helps the community,” said Revere. “One of my mandates as a radio station is to serve the public interest, and this is a way to do that. Anything we can do to help our community, county, region is what we’re mandated to do and we do that in a variety of ways.” EXPO 2007 has booth space available for any business, club, organization, group or church at every affordable fee, with electrical hookups both inside and outside the Lodge Center Arena. The event will be held on Saturday, Apr. 21 from 9-4 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 22 from 10-3 p.m. “To me it’s a quality of life issue. Anything that improves the community and the area is something that’s good for everybody,” said Revere.







Village to be paid for administering garbage service Recyclables all go to county recycling center by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — A new contract with Waterman Sanitation for garbage collection allows the village of Balsam Lake to take a small piece of the proverbial garbage can to cover its costs in handling the service. The board approved a two-year residential service contract with Waterman at its regular monthly meeting Monday night. The contract includes a provision that all recyclable materials be disposed of at Polk County Recycling Center on Hwy. 8. Other garbage haulers, village trustee and recycling center manager Mike Voltz told the board earlier, cause the county to lose recycling dollars by taking the recyclables out of area. Prices for garbage receptacles are increasing $1 per month starting in January, with prices ranging from $10.50 to $15 per month for 35- to 90-gallon sizes. Recycling is an additional $1 per month. For the first time in its 10-year history with Waterman, the village will receive something for handling the service, retaining $1 per customer per quarter for billing. Library report Tricia Olson, director of the Balsam Lake Public Library, presented a yearend summary of library use to the board that showed circulation at the library increased 25 percent in 2006. Total circulation in 2006 was 27,671, compared with 22,169 in 2005. The library held 20 adult events in 2006, ranging from knitting and natural herbs classes to book groups. Attendance at the events totaled 322. About 550 children attended children’s events at the library. The 70 events in 2006 included weekly story times, puppet shows, and the summer reading program.

Fire department The fire department received approval to purchase three pagers, at $395 each, for a total of $1,185. The department gained five new members in 2006, and in December responded to four fire calls and 24 first responder calls, reported Chief Ed Hill. Hill and trustee Dave Evans, board liaison with the department, will meet to discuss whether it would be beneficial to hire a consultant to write grant applications. The department recently learned its application to FEMA for equipment and gear was not funded, although surrounding communities have successfully applied. Hill also reported that the fire department has voted to contribute $1,000 to the community club for the 2007 Freedom Festival. Other business • The board authorized Cedar Corporation to explore and present information on the feasibility of establishing impact fees for water and sewer hookups. Impact fees are a way to acquire funds for future improvements from users of the water and sewer system, explained Chris Strom of Cedar Corp. Cedar Corporation will present its findings at the Jan. 16 meeting of the water and sewer committee. • A bid of $7,360 from Cedar Corporation to survey and design a sewer line bypass was accepted by the board. The reroute would be designed to alleviate the large volume flow to the lift station on Indianhead Point. • The board voted to renew the service contract with the ambulance service at $9 per village resident, the same rate as last year. With 1,041 residents, total cost is $9,279. • In compliance with state law, the board voted to extend election hours. New hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. • The board approved a sign application from Ed Hill of Hill’s Super Valu. The sign will be attached to the exterior of the building.

Man arrested for dirt bike burglary, trade for PlayStation POLK COUNTY - A Minnesota man faces burglary charges in Polk County after allegedly stealing a dirt bike in Frederic worth $4,700 and trying to sell it. Luke Liesch, 19, Little Canada, Minn., was arrested Jan. 3 for the crime allegedly committed on Dec. 4. According the Polk County Sheriff’s

Department, the dirt bike was traded to a man in Mankato, who discovered the bike was stolen when he tried to register it. The bike was apparently traded for a Sony PlayStation 3 and other items. – with information from Polk County Sheriff’s Report

Donor appreciation and annual meeting set POLK COUNTY – Interfaith Caregivers Donor Appreciation and Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 15. The program helped over 240 seniors and adults with disabilities to maintain their independence at home in 2006. Caring volunteers offered nonmedical services like transportation, friendly visits, yardwork, and more at no cost to the residents in Polk County. At the annual meeting, volunteers will be recognized for donating over 5,100 hours and 28,500 miles last year.

Interfaith is looking forward to 25-percent growth in requests and volunteers for 2007. Interfaith Caregivers will be hosting a donor reception with refreshments on Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m., with the annual meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Please join in at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church located at 1606 CTH I between Balsam Lake and Centuria. Please RSVP. For more info contact 483-9263. submitted

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Last week’s question: New Year’s resolutions? 1. Not this year 9 votes (20 percent) 2. Spend more time with family 1 vote (2 percent) 3. Lose weight and/or stop smoking 7 votes (16 percent) 4. Get control of my finances 11 votes (24 percent) 5. I never keep them so I don’t make any 17 votes (38 percent) Will Brett Favre announce his retirement from pro football this year? 1. Yes 2. No

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Tribal affairs important to us all

embers of the St. Croix and Bad River Chippewa were in Minnesota on Monday, meeting with top regional officials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs for a signing ceremony of the tribes’ Beloit casino applica-

tion. "If this were a game of poker, then supporters of a $200 million casino project in Beloit were dealt the first of the three aces they need Monday by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs," reported the Wisconsin State Journal The Beloit Daily News reports that the city of Beloit has been waiting for this event…for years. Six years, to be exact. The same goes for the tribes which have invested money, effort and patience in seeking the approval for this project – one that stands to even the playing tables for the Bad River Tribe, which has not enjoyed the level of success many of the other 10 tribes in the state have since gaming was approved well over a decade ago. Every year, in our year in review story, the St. Croix Tribe stands to make the top 10 list. Not for any particular story but for the overall impact their community has on our area. In history, culture and economics. This year there was no mention of the tribe in the Top 10 list and that was an oversight. Things continue to evolve with the St. Croix Tribe, as demonstrated by this week’s developments with the Beloit casino project, which could be one of the top local stories of 2007. Even though the casino/convention center/water park is being built near Beloit, it stands to eventually impact the St. Croix community in a big way and, in effect, the local economy in general. Should the project get final approval, proceeds will likely go towards bigger and better diversification projects. That could mean more jobs in this area. The tribe is also looking at revising its constitution, another process the BIA is involved in. A group of tribal members called the Elder Coalition for Constitutional Change is proposing its own version of what it feels the constitution should be, while the current tribal council has presented its version. Much of it focuses on member rights and, basically, a say in how things are done. The tribe has several new and ongoing business ventures with new construction proposed at Hole In The Wall at Danbury and getting the fish farm near Danbury – the tribe’s first major move towards diversification – up and running at full steam. Water standards regulated by the federal EPA have brought the facility to a skeleton crew status. This year will also see another election for council. As the tribe plays such a critical role in the economic health of our area today – and its cultural importance continues to enrich this area – it would a disservice to not report on their successes and challenges. 2007 will bring more of that for all of us – and, as things are shaping up particularly for the St. Croix Tribal community.

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Does rudeness stem from ignorance or is that just a polite thought? Perhaps the grumpy store clerk or the abrasive boss just have other things on their minds or lack those polite genes that allow some of us to smile every 10 minutes at the very least. But we know it’s just a different world today and some of us – including younger citizens – are "civility challenged." Up front, we can’t pin this malady on young people alone. But it seems to be a tradition to shake our heads in shock and despair when young people misbehave. KARE 11 TV focused on a class at Luck that offers 10 minutes of teaching on manners, if you will, every Tuesday. “Etiquette Tuesday.” Teacher Barb Petersen told the TV reporter that she noticed some students were obviously lacking manners. "I’d be talking to a student and other students would walk between us or interrupt us," she said. Petersen took her concern a step further, challenging her students to absorb some classroom-taught manners. If they don’t learn it at home, they’ll learn it at school. As one student noted, "Some don’t learn all that stuff at home." Principal Mark Gobler was also interviewed for the KARE piece that aired Monday evening. He said business owners were telling him that students applying for jobs didn’t really know how to introduce themselves or project a favorable image. A smile and polite applause for Luck Schools and teacher Barb Petersen for finding a way to teach what was obviously not taught at home – at least in

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oc” Chobot knew he was seriously hurt when a Viet Cong soldier tripped a booby trap that blew him skyward – and he was looking down on nearby banana trees in the dense jungle of Vietnam. When he landed, both legs were missing. “I was gushing blood. I ripped off my utility belt and used it as a tourniquet to tie off one leg. Another corpsman at the end of the patrol used his utility belt to tie off the other,” he said. “The sight of my own guts didn’t bother me. My first thought was: How am I going to walk out of here?” He didn’t. He was carried out by his fellow Marines. And nearly 37 years later, Chobot is walking on prosthetic legs, still reliving parts of Vietnam, and using his experience as a severely wounded and disabled veteran to help others. That’s why Scott “Doc” Chobot of Baileys Harbor is this month’s hometown hero. “Doc” Chobot says he’s “210-percent disabled” after being wounded on three separate occasions and awarded three Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars (one for valor). The veteran now offers counsel to young veterans returning from Iraq. He writes a column for the Sturgeon Bay Advocate that frequently talks to veterans. And, at every possible opportunity, he speaks to groups of veterans of all ages who still suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism – which are sometimes related. At the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, we’re focusing the next few months on those heroes who sacrificed for us as soldiers – then returned to use their experience to help build their communities and make them better places to live. Chobot’s road to Hometown Hero started in suburban Chicago. At age 18, he enlisted to become a medical specialist in 1968, just as fighting in Vietnam was exploding. His father, a World War II Army medic, and brother, a two-

tour Army corpsman in Vietnam, both advised strongly against joining the Army medics because they were being killed in high numbers in Vietnam. So Chobot enlisted as a Navy corpsman, but was still plunged immediately into the U.S. Marines Alpha Company, 7th Battalion, 1st Division – a front-line force fighting in a triangular patch of jungle roughly the size of Door County. “I was scared the entire John A. Scocos time. But I tried not to think Wisconsin Dept. of Veterans about it. My first loyalty was Affairs Secretary to my men,” he said. “Doc” Chobot at It wasn’t easy. The Viet Cong and North Vietnamese targeted d e t o n a t corpsmen. “We were dropping like ed a booby trap that ripped off his legs flies. By the time I got there, the and threw him over the banana trees. Marines had only half the corpsmen Nine months later, he awoke for good back in a hospital – and started on his they needed.” road to northern Wisconsin. The fighting was brutal. “The prosthetic legs were hot and Under cover fire from fellow he says. “But I rememuncomfortable,” Marines, Chobot waded into a rice paddy to save two soldiers in a fire- ber visiting Door County as a kid. It fight. Both were dead, one with half his was cool and breezy. So that’s where I head shot off, and Chobot was hit as he moved.” But his personal war wasn’t over. He crawled back to his line just as two Phantom jets incinerated their attackers spent several years working on a hoswith napalm. He was just 19 years old. pital administrative staff, then using A short time later, a Viet Cong guer- his basic medical skills working as a rilla fired a rocket at his tent in a physician’s assistant in a nearby clinic. “secure” area where his platoon rested. Eventually he served as Door County Four Marines were simply vaporized. deputy coroner. The dead bodies brought back too It lacerated Chabot with so much many memories. After eight years in shrapnel he still picks it from his body. A Marine corpsman is a tough job. In Door County he entered a veterans addition to full gear, they also carried treatment facility in Tomah for postmedical supplies, four canteens of traumatic stress disorder. “They saved me. I can’t say enough. I water and bottles of intravenous fluids to save soldiers who fold in the intense don’t know what I would be if it jungle heat. More than once, while weren’t for that treatment. “I still can’t sit in a restaurant with under fire, Chobot used his switch my back to the door. And I still don’t blade to cut into a fellow Marine’s throat to clear blood and insert a like being in crowds. It took me three years before I could stand the smell of a breathing tube. After only two months of intense barbecue. But I am now married. I have fighting, his shooting war ended. A a good life.” Chobot is a Mission Welcome Home Vietnamese soldier in a “monkey hole”

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age 19. - Photo submitted advocate, aiding the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs with its program to help returning veterans adjust back to society. “This is a rural area, so when veterans come back from Iraq, we all know who they are. If they’ve seen a lot, they don’t want to open up. But they’ll open up somewhat to me, because they know I’ve been there,” he says. Chobot, while suffering loss of vision and hand control, also manages to write as a freelancer for a number of veterans publications as well as the Sturgeon Bay Advocate, which he has written for since 1986. “My goal is to help veterans. Our country has to have a much greater understanding of veterans and their contributions to society,” he continues. “That’s why, even today, I speak whereever I possibly can.” “Doc” Chobot is truly a hometown hero. (John A. Scocos is Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. This is the fourth in a series of columns about Hometown Heroes that will be published.)

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inetist, I had some great times in band. High school marching band was a hoot, because mom, who stayed at home durwe had the greatest uniforms ing those years. She made me — tuxedo-like jackets, tall red practice for a half-hour every furry hats that looked like the night, and she never even put ones worn by the guards at in ear plugs. Buckingham Palace (or at Mind you, we didn’t have a least what I imagine are worn big house - it was a rambler, all at Buckingham Palace), and on one level, and there were black pants with a narrow Mary seven of us living there. Not white stripe accented with Stirrat only that, besides my clarinet red going down the sides. she also had to listen to me The only problem was that practice the piano, while my they were so blasted hot that at least brother, Rick, practiced guitar and coro- one band member passed out during net and my other brother, Jim, practiced every single parade of my marching drums. band career. When my younger brother and sister I also had a great time in high school came along my parents no longer felt band class, mostly because Larry the that practical musical experience was trombone player sat across the room necessary for a well-rounded educa- from me and, unbeknownst to the tion. Go figure. By that time their ears director, we’d take turns standing up as were probably damaged and they we were playing. He’d stand up and wouldn’t have noticed the din any- play a couple of notes, hamming it up more, so I’m not sure what made them like some famous jazz musician, then so lenient with the younger siblings. sit down. I’d stand up and do the same, Although I was never a great clar- although my style wasn’t quite as con-

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s a fifth-grader at Hartland Elementary School I had to make the monumental decision of which band instrument to choose. The pool of choices seemed endless and, despite strong encouragement from my parents that I actually think about different options, I knew little about any of them. For no logical reason that I can remember, I chose the clarinet. School was about a mile away, and I had to walk there and back (uphill both ways) carrying my instrument. I have always been more interested in “sleep in” than “work out,” so common sense should have told me to consider the piccolo. But no, it was the clarinet that caught my ear. I squeaked and squawked my way through middle and high school, never becoming top notch but at least staying in the middle of the pack. I have to give my parents a tremendous amount of credit, especially my

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vincing. Eventually a flutist would stand up, then a coronet player, then an oboe, then tuba, until Mr. Hertig brought us all to attention by tapping his baton on his music stand with such force the first-chair flute player had to duck to avoid the pieces. I haven’t yet told my niece, Elizabeth, the stories of my band days. She’s in eighth grade now, and has played the clarinet since fifth. I like to think she decided on the clarinet because she idolizes her Aunt Mary, but I’m not going to ask her — I’ll just assume it. Elizabeth was nominated and accepted to perform in the National Band Association All-State Concert in Wisconsin Rapids later this month (note a touch of pride), and we’re going to go and cheer her on. Surprisingly, this honor comes to Elizabeth despite the fact that she never had (or even asked about) clarinet lessons from her Aunt Mary. It seems that musical genius must be genetic after all.

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Sing it all This grievance I’ve had forever, and while it is not one particular to churches in this area, it includes many, so many it here, as a blanket shaken, air, whilst change is in the air. My diverse opinion concerns the particular issue of hymns (let them here be thought of simply as those songs found in your hymnals) not being sung (those of you who could care less about church and anything it involves can tune this one out) in their entireties. Personal persnickitiness aside, I think this unbecoming practice provides an obvious (overlooked?) commentary about what we value as a collective church body, community and culture. First, I don’t believe it honors the writers and composers to sing fragments, chosen lines, the fitting verses, the ones not deemed redundant, or the ones they had time for of their songs. Good hymns, like good poems, are rich wholes, which often relay a narrative, span emotions, and, in the case of hymns, teach, review theology, all with carefully chosen words, tone, imagery, meter, melody. To take in, and breathe out, in worship, parts of the hymn, is not partaking in the full experience of what was intended for our hearts, minds and souls. The Body of Christ should have the whole hymn enchilada, to give in praise, in thanks, back to the author, valuing wholeness and authorial integrity. Second, to sing the whole hymn is to begin to retain in personal and collective consciousness, and heart, with each repetition, more confidently: each verse, each word, each truth to be drawn to mind later (in sorry absence of a hymnal) to solace one’s soul, souls in mourning (O’ Come and Mourn with Me Awhile), inspire (Be Thou My Vision), bring joy (Bringing in the Sheaves), bring hope (I’ll Fly Away), or merely bring that which is familiar, comforting, to, say, bored elderly souls, giving value to that which is with us now, but may not always be. Or you could sing the chorus alone, around and around on a merry-go-round (God is with you), because that is all you can recall. Third, a worship service is a time to enter a new timeless zone, a time to surrender, slow down, reflect, pray, be in relationship with God and people, be. Thomas Aquinas said, “A hymn is the praise of God with song; a song is the exultation of the mind dwelling on eternal things, bursting forth in the voice.” When verses 1, 3 and 5 of hymn #135 are sung, I feel rushed, irritated, confused, if I wasn’t listening to which

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verses I’m supposed to sing, then, lunging for my program, I knock over Martha’s Bible, causing all of her notes to scatter, causing her to look pained, causing me to mouth, “sorry,” as we reach around, between the legs of the Body, so irritating It, and now Martha and I have missed dwelling on verses 1, 3 and 5 not to mention 2 and 4 of the hymn. We ought to overtly and happily value a certain timelessness on the Sabbath, in light of eternal things, setting a standard for our communities and culture. So, if you please, pastors, worship leaders, music-players for God, men, women and children: I, for one (my Grandpa, for two), would much rather sing three hymns in their whole, lovely, rich, ordered entireties, than dissected parts of five hymns. (Forgive the rant!) Amen? Josie Fisk St. Croix Falls

Firing sends message The Chisago County Board of Commissioners’ recent firing of Jeff Schoen without cause from the county planning commission sends a message loud and clear to all homegrown and carpetbagging real estate speculators. “Build anything anywhere you want, boys! No more questions asked.” Mark Oberg Lindstrom, Minn.

Need another Ford This country lost a great former president, Gerald Ford. He was not an elected president, but took over when President Richard Nixon was forced out of the office by the Watergate scandal (a set-up job). President Ford stood up for what he thought was right and he brought virtues of decency, integrity and humility to mend a country full of scandal. He also brought home the American troops from Vietnam, as it was a losing situation over there. By the way, Ford served in the Pacific during World War II, so he knew what war was all about. He pardoned Nixon which cost him the presidency when he ran against Carter for president in 1976. Isn’t it a shame we do not have a president like him now in office? President Bush is not a president, his word is it regardless of what other people say and think. In other words, Bush is a dictator, period.

Instead of bringing the American troops home now from Iraq and Afghanistan, he is sending more troops over there. Some of these troops will not even be fully trained. What is going on over there is a civil war and we don’t belong in the middle of that. The people in Iraq and Afghanistan consider our troops as occupiers of their countries, and do not want us over there. More American troops over there means more American blood spilled over there for a lost cause. Let the people in Iraq and Afghanistan solve their own problems, as they don’t need our troops sticking their noses in their problems. I support our troops, but enough is enough. The troops should be brought home now. Let’s get protests of all sorts going against this war and to Sen. Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold. Let them know how you feel about this so-called war that has dragged on longer than World War II and has cost over 3,000 American lives and over 22,000 wounded. Act now before it is too late. I have been writing letters to the editor against this war for over three years. Some papers do not print my letters but that is their privilege. I have eight newspapers I send in letters to the editor to. I also would like to express gratitude to those who have contacted me. Some agree with my writing while a few others do not. So we all do have our own opinions. I will keep on writing letters to the editor and contacting my congressman and senators until our troops come home, and I hope and pray that will be sooner than later. Sincerely, Jack Rued Balsam Lake

Commendation I would like to take a moment to commend the Polk County Jail for providing a recovery block within the jail. Attitude is one of the few things inmates have control over while being locked up. The recovery block provides a place where an inmate can dedicate his life to changing for the better. Change is not easy, it takes courage, dedication and the ability to honestly assess why they have ended up in jail. The recovery block gives them the space in which to work these things out. Through the support programs offered at the jail, I have seen families restored, and I have witnessed firsthand how men and women have made positive, lasting changes in their lives.

Impact Seven offers little help to Centuria

by Matt Blumkin CENTURIA – At the Centuria Village Board’s monthly meeting on Jan. 8, President Cheryl Lehman gave the board members a letter from Impact Seven, Inc., which offered little hope for helping Centuria’s Industrial Park. Impact Seven has been working with the village board to improve the industrial park. Lehman wrote to Impact Seven on Jan. 2 to have a grant rewritten to help the industrial park’s roads and infrastructure. The grant, which will be ending 2007, has not been used for the residential and industrial buildings it was intended for. Impact Seven had responded to the Lehman’s request to the grant rewriting on Jan. 8, but the president, William Bay, offered little hope that anything would change. He wrote, “…this will have to be done

in the near future as we hold out little hope for modifying or extending the award.” The board held no discussion on the matter, but they did discuss having a community development authority in order to purchase and use the land at the site of a house that burned down in December. A redevelopment authority would protect the community’s property value and bring employment to the community. Discussion will continue. The board also approved the industrial park incentives plan at the meeting. The incentive will include a $2,500 cost per acre, and the lot will have water, road, electric and sewer. The board will also cover 20 percent with a loan agreement for building. In other business: • The board approved to buy a rescue truck for $60,000 for the fire department

to replace the old one. • They approved an ambulance subsidy for 2007, which will be the same as 2006 at $9 per population. • Village trustee David Markert addressed problems with the village’s personnel manual put together for the board by Community Code Services of DeForest.

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Again, I commend the jail administrator and staff for making the recovery block possible. Pastor Randy Stone Centuria

Frankenstein veto After reading Sen. Harsdorf’s column yesterday, I went to her Web site to see the Frankenstein Veto. It is sad to see what politicians can do to good intentions. The state’s legislature gave the governor the power to veto parts of bills as a way of controlling their own spending habits. In other words, since they couldn’t be counted on to control themselves, it was thought that maybe the governor could. Then-governor Thompson used his veto pen more times than any governor before or since, and in creative ways that led to court challenges which upheld his right to use the veto in these ways. Candidate Doyle promised not to abuse his power this way, but Gov. Doyle has, of course, forgotten those campaign promises. So it’s back to politics as usual in Madison. What we need to do, though, is to elect people to office who will promise to make real reductions in spending and then keep their word. If we continue to elect the people who promise us the most money back, then our taxes are going to continue to go up and we’re going to continue losing our young and our elderly to other states where the tax levels are more consistent with their ability to pay. Good luck to Sen. Harsdorf, and I hope our new assemblywoman will be joining in the fight. Jeff Tyberg Grantsburg

Appreciate support The booster club would like to extend gratitude to the members of the Frederic and Luck communities and the volunteers who helped make our spaghetti supper fundraiser a success! Special thanks to Larsen Auto for their sponsorship and Lucky Party for donating balloon centerpieces. We appreciate your support of Viking athletics! Frederic Booster Club

Brunner uncontested No area judicial races this spring BARRON COUNTY – Barron County Circuit Court Judge Edward Brunner is the only candidate on the April ballot to replace retiring judge Tom Cane on the Court of Appeals for District 3. The Court of Appeals is an intermediate court between the circuit courts and the Supreme Court. There are three judges on the District 3 Court, one of four appeals courts in the state. District 3 covers all of northern Wisconsin. Judges on the court are elected for a six-year term. None of the four area Circuit Court judges are up for election this year. The term of Polk County Judge Molly GaleWyrick ends in 2008. Burnett County Judge Michael Gableman, Polk County Judge Robert Rasmussen and Washburn County Judge Eugene Harrington all serve until 2009. – Gregg Westigard


L e a d e r F O R U M The view from H ere A r e a N e w s

Don’t let that stop you BARRON - Clicker’s Bar and Restaurant in Dallas had a run-in with the law last week–literally. A county squad car driven by deputy David Moin slid into the business last Wednesday morning and punched out part of the wall, knocking tables inside out of the way. The officer reportedly caught the squad car’s accelerator with part of his foot when he tried to apply the vehicle’s brake; the squad car received no damage. The crash broke studs, cracked drywall and will require the wall to be replaced later this year. An employee said the deputy still had breakfast at the restaurant that morning. – Barron News-Shield Chaplain killed while crossing highway LADYSMITH - The chaplain at Rusk County Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home was killed early Tuesday morning when struck by a pickup truck while he was crossing Hwy. 27 at College Avenue in Ladysmith. Richard J. Brockbank, 78, Ladysmith, was walking across Hwy. 27 from east to west in a marked crosswalk when hit by a southbound pickup truck driven by Anthony Prokop, 48, Ladysmith. Brockbank, who often walked to work at the hospital and rode over 3,000 miles on his bicycle during 2006, was pronounced dead at the scene. “At this time, very little crash information is available,” said Ladysmith Police Chief Dean Meyer. Brockbank was walking alone, and there are no apparent witnesses other than the driver. A woman in the hospital parking lot heard it and called the sheriff’s department at 7:54 a.m. on her cell phone. She did not see the accident, according to Meyer. Brockbank, who grew up in Ladysmith and graduated from high school here, served his country in Korea and worked for JC Penney Co. for many years, managing stores at various locations. He retired to Ladysmith and briefly operated Brockbank’s Store in the former Tennessen store building on E. Second Street. He served locally as a deacon in the Catholic church for 20 years and presided at funerals, weddings and other church functions. He served as chaplain of Rusk County Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home, and also was a chaplain for the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department. He was active in many community organizations. He was known by many as a quiet and caring individual who brought comfort to those dealing with health problems or experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one. He published a book of poetry last year entitled “Dick’s Poems.” It is a selection of poems he wrote for his family from 1964 to 2006 at Christmastime. During 2006, he rode his bicycle 3,200 miles on 180 trips between March 6 and Nov. 16, and had ridden over 18,500 miles from 1999 to 2006. “I hoped to get to 20,000 miles this year,” he wrote in a year-end summary that he dropped off at the News, “but hopefully there will be another year.” – Barron News-Shield To appeal attempted-murder conviction RICE LAKE - A man recently sentenced to 40 years in prison for trying to suffocate his 10-year-old niece in Rice Lake plans to appeal that sentence. Jefferson R. Heaivilin, 39, of Clinton, Iowa, filed a notice of intent to pursue post-conviction relief in Barron County Circuit Court on Dec. 28. On Dec. 21, Heaivilin was sentenced by Judge James Babler to the maximum penalty for a conviction of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. A charge of sexually assaulting a child under age 13 was dismissed at an earlier plea hearing but read in for sentencing. Heaivilin was baby-sitting his niece for his mother in Rice Lake on June 30 when he called 911 and requested an ambulance because he’d just tried to kill his niece. Heaivilin later told investigators that he tried to suffocate her by holding a plastic bag over her head. His niece, whose parents live in Iowa, was flown to a Marshfield hospital for treatment of her injuries and later discharged. In sentencing Heaivilin to the maximum penalty for the conviction, Babler told the defendant, based on a psychologist’s assessment, that he had no confidence that Heaivilin could be rehabilitated. – Rice Lake Chronotype

Local man is world kickboxing champ STONE LAKE – Newly crowned world champion heavyweight kickboxer Dan Erickson of Stone Lake will be taking another step in his competitive career on Saturday, Jan. 20, in Austin, Texas, at the inaugural World Team Combat League season championship. Erickson will be fighting for the Philadelphia Fire team at the championships. The two-year-old World Combat League was created by action film and television star Chuck Norris and features teams of martial arts athletes from various cities around the U.S. Many of the league bouts are being televised on the Versus cable network (formerly known as the Outdoor Life Network). Erickson is currently in training with former world champion kickboxer Mike LaBree of Cable and with Mike Meyer of Karate Plus in Spooner. Erickson won the world title on Nov. 25 in Loves Park, Ill., when he defeated Kevin Smiles of England for the heavyweight championship in the International Kickboxing Federation. It was a fight that actually was scheduled to take place about a year earlier, on Jan. 14, 2006. Erickson stands at 6’6” and is a trim and muscular 214 pounds. His record going into the fight was a spectacular 30-2-2, while Smiles was 28-6. The title, at the time of the fight, was vacant. – Sawyer County Record

The Coming Surge

west is rapidly emerging as the Not all surges are bad. The alternative energy vortex of the recent surge of interest in all known universe. Gov. Tim things green bodes well for Pawlenty, in a conciliatory the near future. The culture inaugural address last week, seems to have reached its own tipping point, and suddenly had kind words for the “visionaries in the conservation and environmental chic is in. environmental movements” Turns out that everybody who have been attempting to who is anybody in Hollychange the state’s energy poliwood is surging around in Steve cy over the past two decades, hybrid or electric cars. A new reality TV show, “Living with Pearson according to a story in the Sunday St. Paul Pioneer Press. Ed,” will highlight the green Pawlenty said the state’s politlifestyle of actor Ed Begley Jr. Zero-energy houses are all-the-rage for ical leaders who failed to heed their the noveau rich. Next door in Min- advice “lacked the vision to see the nesota, the governor has gone green as future, or lacked the courage to stand the state surges to the forefront of the up to entrenched interests that protectalternative energy movement. And the ed the status quo.” He went on cite the Bush Interior Department knuckled need for a comprehensive, multifaceted under in the face of three lawsuits and alternative energy plan, saying that our surged forward with a proposal to list addiction to oil is “an imminent threat the polar bear as threatened under the to our national security, economic secuEndangered Species Act. Yes, dare I rity, our environment and it limits ecosay it, as we surge ahead into the new nomic development, especially in rural year, things are looking brighter for the areas.” The moment has conspired to bring together an unlikely coalition of fate of the Earth. It could be that any real change these groups supporting the same end and days has to start with the popular cul- appears to reach across party lines; ture and its mouthpiece, television. To Pawlenty is a Republican while the legthat end, Ed Begley Jr., the Emmy-nom- islature in Minnesota is dominated by inated actor, has decided to go public Democrats. Minnesota, like Wisconsin, with his private life in the interests of has the added advantage of not having promoting environmental awareness. any native coal, oil or natural gas interBegley is already well-known as an ests to lobby against the movement. And finally, the polar bear seems eco-activist among Hollywood types and the new show will showcase his poised to become the “iconic mascot” lifestyle, with a dose of marital strife of the fight against global warming, in thrown in to heighten viewer interest. the words of USA Today reporter The actor has been driving an electric Robert Davis. In one of the surprises of car, powered by solar panels, since the year’s end, Interior Secretary Dirk 1970, though he says walking or bicy- Kempthorne proposed listing the cudcling are his first choices for getting dly white giants as a “threatened around. This guy also has a line of species” under the Endangered Species environmentally friendly cleaners Act. By the terms of the act, this would (Begley’s Best) and has been active in appear to put the onus on the federal bringing solar-powered electricity to government to protect the habitat of remote locations in the Third World. the bear, which “may literally be meltYou can catch the six-part series on ing” according to Kempthorne, the closest any official of the Bush adminisHGTV Sunday evenings at 9. Begley’s solar-powered house will tration has come to an acknowledgealso be featured in the series. Once an ment of climate change. More cynical anomaly, zero-energy houses like his observers saw the announcement as an are suddenly fashionable. Technically attempt to block the lawsuits brought speaking, a zero-energy house pro- against the government by three enviduces at least as much power as it ronmental groups. One thing everyone uses. In Begley’s case, his house pro- seems to agree on is that the bears vides enough extra electricity to run his could become extinct in as little as 35 car as well. A few hundred miles to the years if the polar icecap continues to north in suburban Sacramento, a subdi- melt at the current rate. This new surge of activity on the vision of 95 zero-energy homes dubbed “Premier Gardens” has sprung up. At environmental and alternative energy least a half-dozen such developments fronts is a welcome one. A sustained, have been built in California with sev- deep commitment to change in the way eral new ones on the drawing board we heat our homes, generate electricity including the first ZEH community for and power our vehicles would have a senior citizens. While these projects profound impact on our environment, involve new construction, Begley retro- our national security and our foreign fitted an existing structure to empha- policy. It would offer hope to future size that energy-efficient housing does- generations and eliminate the need for n’t mean replacing our existing hous- costly foreign entanglements and their accompanying surges that benefit a few ing stock. Closer to home, our neighbor to the at the expense of many.

Three file for Supreme Court, only contest for February primary by Gregg Westigard NORTHWEST WISCONSIN – Three persons have filed for election to fill an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, creating the need for a February primary election. There will be no other primary contests in Burnett, Polk or Washburn counties for the Feb. 20 election. The filing period for judicial contests ended Tuesday, Jan. 2. The three candidates are Linda Clifford, Madison; Joseph Sommers, Oregon; and Annette Ziegler, West Bend. Clifford and Sommers are practicing attorneys. Ziegler is a Circuit Court

judge. The primary will narrow the field to two candidates who will face each other in the April 3 spring election. The winner will replace Justice Jon Wilcox who is retiring from the court after serving since 1992.

Information on the three candidates for the nonpartisan office can be found on their Web sites. The Leader and Register will run profiles on the candidates before the primary. The Wisconsin Supreme Court has

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Exploring new library plans continues

by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS–The city of St. Croix Falls was presented with a new library option last month. The city has been looking at the former Holiday grocery store building on Main Street as a possible location for a newer, larger library, but that option would require the city to be a landlord, leasing out the remainder of the building. While the city still has an option to purchase the Holiday building on the table, a new idea that involves a new building on city-owned property along River Street is being looked at by the library committee. The idea is to have a green building behind the downtown businesses on River Street with ample parking and commercial/artist space with a walkway linking the NPS and the Overlook

Deck, as well as a possible Gaylord Nelson wing of the library, which could include documents from Nelson in the making of the St. Croix Wild and Scenic Riverway. The city would like the project to be done by an architecture firm as a design-build challenge project, then give a developer property to the south to develop as an incentive for developing the library as long as certain criteria are met, including parking and an elevator and a green roof, to name a few. The council heard more discussion from the library board and library committee at the Jan. 8 council meeting. The design study for the library build proposal for River Street will need to be revised a bit and then sent out to available firms in mid-February. Interested firms would submit a letter of interest

with the understanding the library space included is up to 8,500 square feet, and capping city costs at $1 million. The rest would be done through grants and fundraising to keep city costs minimal. Bids would be received up until April 12, with project designs awarded in the summer of 2007 and construction onsite expected to begin in the spring of 2008, providing the language in the draft solicitation design-build proposal remains the same in the final document. The council will review and approve the final language in the build proposal solicitation before they are sent out in mid-February. Other business The council approved public works purchases of a new utility truck and a


new front-end loader. The lowest bid for a 2007 Chev. Extended Cab work truck came from Johnson Motors at a cost of $17,299.37, excluding tax, title and license. It will be ordered in the color red. The lowest bid for the front-end loader came from Fabco for a CAT at $77,574 with the trade of the city’s John Deere unit. The council waived the sewer usage fee for Dennis Johnson, who owns a home in Chinander Rock. Johnson said he watered the lawn over the summer and just moved into the home, so the sewer has not been used. A similar situation had come up in the past with a property owner who did not use the sewer and the sewer charge was waived. The council agreed to waive Johnson’s sewer charge of $175.78.

City goes forward with well no. 8 by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS–The city of St. Croix Falls will shell out $9,500 for a needed well-site investigation report. The council authorized the expenditure at the meeting Monday night following a proposal from Cedar Corp. to do the report. The city is in the process of issuing a permit to drill a new well near well no. 8 in the city (near Straus Knitting Mills), and to get a well in that area up and running. Approval needs to be given by the DNR prior to consideration of that as a site for drilling a new well, and they have listed some items that need to be cleared by a certified water engineer before the DNR will look at the site.

Issues needed to be addressed in the well-site investigation report include the existing sanitary sewers located in Industrial Boulevard (approx. 112 feet west of the tentative well site) and in Maple Drive (approx. 110 feet north of the tentative well site). There is a code which requires new municipal wells to be a minimum of 200 feet from sanitary sewers that are not constructed of water-main class pipe. The 8-inch clay tile gravity sanitary sewer could be replaced with water-main class pipe to meet this requirement. The ability to construct and/or install water-treatment plant buildings/equipment on the well site, to provide full water treatment to inactivate bacteria,

viruses and cysts via CT water treatment, should also be reviewed and addressed in the report. The report also needs to include reasons why this is the best well site based in part upon the review of other potential well sites and past city test-well and well-production results. Scott McCurdy, hydrogeologist with Cedar Corp., presented the council with a proposal to do the well-site investigation report at a cost not to exceed $9,500. The report would address the DNR issues and would include a DNR wellhead protection plan as part of supporting documentation for a new well location, and a submittal for the Public Service Commission would also be includ-

ed in the services by Cedar Corp. The proposal indicates the well-site investigation and reports for the DNR, and PSC would be completed and delivered to the city within 60 days. Councilman Arne Carlson asked how long it would take to have a new well online at the site of well no. 8 providing there were no problems. McCurdy said it could be six months to complete and have the well online if everything is good and there are no problems. He added that this well-site investigation report is the first step to take and is standard for all new well-site proposals. McCurdy also said the intent of the evaluation is to determine which is the right location to place a well.

Police report for ‘06 up slightly from ‘05 New radio purchases approved by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS–The year-end police report for the St. Croix Falls Police Department was presented to the city council Jan. 8. The numbers were reported to be pretty consistent with 2005 with the exception of traffic enforcement down 2 percent, municipal citations up 25 percent and more cases of thefts, credit card/check frauds as changes for the 2006 year-end report. The following is a breakdown of the different calls handled by the department in 2006: Adult arrests total 119 Drunk driving: 12 Drug offense: 10 Property crime: 21 Other arrests: 76

Juvenile arrests total 12 Drug offense: 2 Property crime: 8 Other: 2 Agency assists total 288 Police: 211 Fire: 19 Medical: 58 Traffic enforcement total 1,683 Traffic stops: 805 Citations: 444 Warnings: 434 Investigations total 164 Reports total 852 Follow-ups total 746 Radio calls total 1,604 Phone calls total 5,603 Thefts total 113 Burglaries total 5 Check cases total 39 Vandalisms total 18 Domestics total 23

Suspicious persons total 71 Reportable accidents total 51 Nonreportable accidents total 41 Animal control total 52 Alarms total 74 Motorist assists total 100 Vehicle registrations total 133 Fingerprinting total 37 Civil process total 55 Municipal citations total 110 Parking violations total 50 In related news, the police department is upgrading the radio system, not necessarily because they want to, but they have to, according to police Chief Jack Rydeen. Rydeen explained to the city council that the police department has been using the same system as the Wisconsin State Patrol, which allows radio access to the DOT in Madison for information on traffic stops. However, Rydeen says the state patrol system is changing their frequencies and this change in frequen-

cies will make the police department’s trunk radios incompatible. Rydeen says the county is getting on board with the WisDOT system in their communications upgrade plans and that the city can get on board that system and will need a trunk radio system, so Rydeen said the department has to change trunk radio systems no matter what. The bid for a trunk radio was presented to the council in the amount of $2,483. Rydeen also stated that the county is implementing the radio-to-radio communication system, or P25-compliant channels that are identical, which was a result of the 911 miscommunication in New York. Rydeen said this makes sense, but will be costly. For one twoway radio system, the bid was $4,684 with a three-year warranty. The council passed two separate motions. One motion for the trunk radio and a separate motion for the two-way radio purchase for the department.

TF Council approves financing for new fire rescue truck by Julie Holmquist TAYLORS FALLS – The Taylors Falls City Council approved financing Monday night by The RiverBank for the city’s new fire department rescue truck. The council approved financing of $194,001 with a 10-year loan with a 5.15percent interest rate. The interest rate offered by The RiverBank was the lowest rate offered by the four banks mak-

ing financing proposals. Council members agreed that they wanted to keep the business in the valley and that The RiverBank offered the best rate. The new rescue truck will be delivered in February and will join the newly arrived pumper truck at the fire department. In other business in the brief meeting,

the council approved a Jan. 18 roundtable discussion with city engineer Steve Heath. The council will discuss several topics, including the plans for the new city well and a right-of-way ordinance that is in the works. The council also set a public hearing for 7:05 p.m. Mon., March 12, for anyone wishing to comment on the second portion of the city’s wellhead protection

plan. The plan is required by the Minnesota Department of Health. Mayor Mike Buchite and council members Zara Kinnunen and Larry Julik-Heine will attend training workshops offered by the League of Minnesota Cities this month. The council also approved a kennel license for Tana Havumaki at 531 Chestnut St. for three indoor cats.























Curriculum additions proposed at SCF

by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS–Three high school teachers made presentations to the board of education Jan. 9, which would add additional classes to the curriculum in science, history and music offerings for next fall. The additional offerings were based on student requests, discussions with students from the first few weeks of school and a committee that evaluated the proposed course offerings and agreed to forward them to the board for consideration. The board heard from science teacher Brian Jacobson, music teacher Shawn Gudmunsen and history teacher Dan Olson. Jacobson’s proposal is to add a science, technology and society course which explores further boundaries in science than the normal biology and science courses. Jacobson said this offers juniors and seniors another option when looking for electives to add to their schedules. Shawn Gudmunsen was next with a proposal for music history/appreciation course that could also be offered ITV to other districts who have expressed an

interest in the course also. Gudmunsen said the course is similar to the art history course added by Suzanne Imhoff last year in that it is a class in the subject that is nonperformance. Just as the art history class gives students the option to appreciate art, but not create art, music appreciation would allow students the opportunity to learn and appreciate music and its origin and its destination without performing. This course would be available to sophomores and up. Dan Olson was last with two course proposals augmenting the social studies/history courses with a cultural geography course and a sociology course. The addition of two more classes in this subject would require the hiring of additional staff because Olson’s schedule is full, but he said the courses are valuable for students that want to go beyond traditional social studies in the upper grades or junior and senior level. This was the first review of the proposals by the board, and it will come back for action at the Jan. 23 meeting. If the board approves the additions, they would be listed as available courses for the fall 2007-08 semester, and students could sign up this spring.

Mayor Foss goes to Washington by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS–St. Croix Falls Mayor Brad Foss will be on a plane headed to Washington D.C. in midFebruary to work with a lobbyist for federal funding of four city projects. Foss apprised the city council of the matter at the Jan. 8 council meeting indicating he has purchased a plane ticket out of his own pocket and will “bring a loaf of bread and jar of peanut butter” along to help keeps his cost down for the trip. Foss indicated his brother-in-law is a lobbyist and he will be staying with him and working with him on lobbying for some money for the city.

Foss said his main focus would be the waste-water treatment facility; the library location on River Street; and the burial of transmission lines behind Clayton’s Hardware along River Street, to open the city up to the river. Councilman Arne Carlson requested Foss add discussion of the city’s water well system and treating the St. Croix River water to his list of items to present in Washington. There was no action on the matter as it was informational.


In other business, the elementary school construction is moving along seamlessly. Randy Christiansen, engineer, stated that the new construction should be enclosed soon, and the inside work can begin for the addition as well as starting some remodeling. Elementary principal Jeff Benoy said that other than changing the bus routes frequently, the kids do not even seem to be aware there is construction going on and that it has not disrupted the flow of things to this point. Christiansen added that the project is already two weeks ahead of schedule due to good weather, and there are no change orders to date. The board also approved summer school dates beginning June 11 with three full weeks or 15 days in the program with enrichment and remedial courses offered as customary. The summer school will take place at the high school and junior high due to the elementary construction with the exception of pre-K which will be offered and held at Dresser Elementary.





















Unity School Board focuses on volunteers by Julie Holmquist POLK COUNTY - Volunteers are valued at the Unity School District. “We certainly want to share the word that we could use more volunteers,” said Superintendent Brandon Robinson. “We do have an open door, and you can come in and help if you desire.” The Unity Board of Education reviewed school volunteering at its Monday night meeting as it continues to review district goals. The district goal is to utilize and encourage the spirit of volunteerism. Robinson reviewed the ways community members could volunteer for the district, and also noted the myriad of ways students volunteer in the community through service-learning projects. He noted that some students donate hundreds of hours of community service. “Volunteering creates a comfortable

and caring atmosphere throughout our community,” he noted. Last year, 88 volunteers helped the district, up from 33 in 2003-2004, but the number of hours volunteered decreased from 3,388 hours in ‘04-‘05 to 2,766 in ‘05-‘06. The number of hours donated in 2003-2004 was 2,392. Volunteers who are counted are “committed, yearlong” volunteers who serve on a regular basis, Robinson said. School board members questioned why the number of hours decreased, but the number of volunteers increased last year. They thought that perhaps fewer people are coming in on a regular, yearlong basis. Board member Sheryl Holmgren, who volunteers twice a week at the elementary school to coordinate other volunteers, said volunteer time can depend on many variables. Health issues of older volunteers kept some people

Grantsburg schools/from page 1 and statewide to learn via the Internet. Insight is a national corporation, a school management firm that is the largest online learning system in the country. It is a full-time, diplomagranting online public high school that now will offer a tuition-free option for traditional high school students in Wisconsin. According to Joni Burgin, superintendent of the Grantsburg Schools, the Grantsburg Virtual Charter School has laid the groundwork for what Insight has to offer. High school and middle school students have begun to use this Internet program for additional electives and enrichments, and are looking for more of this kind of learning. The Grantsburg Virtual Charter School (GVS) is the creation of the district technology team which wrote the charter grant three years ago. Stanley Marczak and Josh Watt, both teachers in the Grantsburg system, have been key players in the success of the charter school. They realized that online instruction allows students to study at a time and at a pace that fits their individual schedules and abilities, and that the future of education would be in online instruction. The State Charter School grant made GVS possible, but there was not enough money to market it adequately. Although the initial intent had been to offer the virtual learning system to students in the district, the plan was also to attract students from other parts of Wisconsin, but the lack of marketing dollars put that part of the plan out of reach. The funding limits prevented the district program from growing, and as a result, the GVS was running out of money and at a point of having to restructure. New funding would be needed or the entire program would have to change. It was at this point in the GVS history that Insight invited the Grantsburg Schools to consider a partnership. In part for funding purposes, the firm seeks to partner with one public school district in each state. Because of the GVS program and its success in helping students complete their high school program, it felt that the Grantsburg district would be the best partner in Wisconsin. Under the agreement between the district and Insight, the Grantsburg Schools will govern the online school as a charter school that is not an instrumentality of the district. Insight will pay the district an administrative fee that is a percentage of its open enrollment revenue. The percentage is scheduled to begin with 4 percent in 20072008 and increase to a limit of 8 percent by 2012.

In addition, the Grantsburg district will receive 25 percent of any surplus funds Insight may receive. Burgin cautions, however, that Insight expects to operate with a deficit for the first few years. The quality of education from the Insight program must meet all the standards of the state of Wisconsin, according to Burgin. Insight’s teachers will be required to have the same credentials as those required of other teachers in the state. She said that teachers from the Grantsburg system are eligible to teach for Insight either full or part time. In fact, the Grantsburg teachers will be given first consideration in hiring. Burgin says that the partnership with Insight holds a great many benefits for her district. It will provide the funds to keep the virtual learning alive and allow it to move to a higher level by expanding the number and types of courses it can offer district students. This means that there will be additional electives for the students. This, in turn, will enrich the students’ education in Grantsburg. Also, if students from the Grantsburg district enroll with Insight, they will get their classes tuition free. And because Insight is in dual-credit partnership with the University of Phoenix, the students will be able to earn dual high school and college credits for certain honors and advanced placement courses. The community will benefit, also, according to Burgin. Insight will bring a new professional business to Grantsburg since it will establish the administrative office of its Wisconsin operation in the town. This will mean the addition of between eight to 10 professionals to the village population. Neighboring school districts will also benefit. The new charter school will be able to provide online courses for those districts’ students at cost plus an administrative fee. Burgin stated, however, that Grantsburg does not intend to recruit students for Insight from these neighboring districts. Burgin said that several media events and presentations throughout the state over the next several weeks will give the public more information about Insight and its offerings. The presentation in Grantsburg will be sometime in February. Students who wish to enroll in Insight for the 2007-2008 school year may do so during the open enrollment period from February 5-23. Interested persons can get more information by calling the Grantsburg Schools or by calling Insight at 866-8000027.

away from the elementary school last year, she noted. No matter the numbers, Robinson said the amount of community involvement in the school “is exciting.” “That’s many different people volunteering in many different ways,” he said. Volunteers can help in the classroom in many ways: tutor students, be a volunteer at home by correcting papers or assisting with keyboarding, or be a community-resource speaker. Speakers discuss a wide range of topics, Robinson said. For example, volunteers can discuss feelings or attitudes with students, demonstrate gardening skills, share occupational skills, show slides of travels, demonstrate artistic or other skills, share ethnic experiences,

serve on a committee or help plan an assembly program. “You can make a difference for a kid,” Robinson said. In other business, the board drew names for the ballot order of the candidates running for the four school board seats in the spring election. The ballot order will be: Dave Moore, James Beistle, Scott Sorenson, Harley Lund and Chad Stenberg. The board also set a Feb. 28 date for an all-day planning session. The board also discussed the upcoming in-service for Unity School staff on Jan. 19. Many training sessions will be offered to staff to help them share strategies for improving literacy for the students.

Few contests for Burnett County school boards Webster and Spooner have only races by Gregg Westigard BURNETT COUNTY – There will be few school board contests April 3 for the districts serving Burnett County. In most of the districts, incumbents are seeking re-election, often without opposition. In two districts with open seats, only one person filed. There will be no February primary in any district. Cumberland – two seats – Incumbent Eric Stone and new candidate Kristen Olson. Incumbent Scott Tice does not run. (Half of Roosevelt is in the Cumberland District.) Frederic – See Polk County story for details on the contest. (Parts of Trade Lake and Daniels are in the Frederic

District.) Grantsburg – three seats – Incumbents Jim Sundquist, Russell Erickson and David Dahlberg. Shell Lake – two seats – Incumbents Stuart Olson and Tim Mikula. (Most of Dewey and half of Roosevelt are in the District.) Siren – two seats – Incumbent Bill Ellis and new candidate Michelle Renberg. Incumbent Loretta Nelson retires. Spooner – two seats – Incumbents Maureen Revak and Willie Kauffman Jr. and challenger Kurtis C. Kreuger. (Rusk, Scott, and part of Dewy are in the District.) Webster – two seats – Incumbents Mark Elliott and Douglas Quenzer plus challenger Kitty Holmquist.

Luck man faces drug charges POLK COUNTY - A Luck man faces drug charges after a chase through the woods led to his arrest by Luck Police early Saturday morning. Police responded to a call around 2 a.m. that a man was “drunk and high on marijuana” at the Northern Bar. A police officer found the suspect on the street, and tried to arrest him. According to the police report, Christopher Paulson, 21, made a run for it. The officer told dispatch that Paulson had fled on foot, then chased the suspect into a wooded area. The officer warned him to stop, or he would use pepper spray.

Paulson kept running, and the officer was forced to spray him. After he was apprehended, officers found a marijuana pipe and a baggy with what was apparently marijuana. They also found a bag wrapped with duct tape between the layers of his coat. The bag contained several smaller baggies filled with what appeared to be marijuana. Officers also found a scale and $203 on Paulson. Paulson faces charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, obstruction and disorderly conduct. – Julie Holmquist

Harsdorf to committees MADISON – State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R – River Falls, has been appointed to serve on the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Higher Education as well as the Senate Committee on Commerce, Utilities and Rail. “Agriculture and higher education are vital interests to citizens in the 10th Senate District,” said Harsdorf. “With two university campuses, Stout and River Falls, the role of higher education in our region’s economy is significant. The same goes for agriculture, the state’s largest economic generator.” Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald commented that Harsdorf will be a strong asset on the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Higher Education. “Senator Harsdorf has proven herself to be one of the state’s true leaders on higher education and agricultural issues,” said Fitzgerald. “She recognizes the vital role of the UW System in our economy and will be a strong voice as we plan the future of higher education in our state. She’s a tireless advocate for Wisconsin’s farmers and will

serve them well on this important committee.” The Senate Committee on Commerce, Utilities, and Rail will deal with a variety of issues critical to Wisconsin’s infrastructure and economic development. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on this committee to build a better Wisconsin for job providers and consumers,” said Harsdorf. – from the office of Sen. Harsdorf

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Polk County sheriff’s report Accidents

Dec. 21, 1:55 p.m., Osceola Twp., Hwy. 35, 300’ south of 68th Avenue, #1—SHARON M. JIROVEC, 53, Osceola; #2— JEAN T. BLEICHER, 57, Menomonie. Unit 1 was traveling north on Hwy. 35. Unit 2 was traveling south on Hwy. 35. Unit 1 lost control of the vehicle on the slippery roads. As Unit 1 began to rotate, the vehicle drifted left of center. Unit 1 went into the path of unit 2. The vehicles collided. Unit 1 spun back into the northbound lane, facing southeast. Unit 2 came to rest facing south. The vehicles were being moved upon the deputy’s arrival. Both drivers sustained injuries (wearing seat belt) and a passenger in unit 2, RICHARD A. EBERSOLD, 59, Menomonie, was also injured (wearing seat belt). All were transported by EMS. Unit 1 driver was cited for unreasonable speed. Dec. 23, 12:40 a.m., Lincoln Twp., Hwy. 46, .30 mile south of 45th Avenue, #1—JEREMY L. HENCK, 23, Turtle Lake; #2— REX A HOOVER, 49, Elk Mound. Unit 1 was northbound on Hwy. 46, crossed the center line by about five feet. Unit 2 was southbound and took evasive action to avoid a head-on collision. A sideswipe collision occurred in the southbound lane. Unit 1 came to rest on the road and unit 2 entered the west ditch, striking a tree. Unit 1 driver cited for operating left of center line. Dec. 24, 12:10 p.m., Luck (Village), Hwy. 46/1st Avenue at Main Street; #1—IRENE V. DUNCAN, 76, Luck; #2— SHIRLEY L. PATSY, 64, Luck; Unit 1 was traveling southbound on Main Street in Luck, north of Hwy. 48. Vehicle stopped at stop sign at the intersection of Hwy. 48. Unit 2 was traveling eastbound on Hwy. 48 past the intersection with Main Street.

Unit 1 proceeded southbound from the stop sign and collided with the rear quarter driver’s side of unit 2 in the intersection. Both units pulled to the side of respective roads and came to a stop. Driver of unit 1 stated she thought the intersection was clear, had difficulty seeing due to the glare of the sun. Dec. 26, 2:50 p.m., Balsam Lake Twp., 120th Avenue, .1 mile west of 130th Street, MELISSA S. TABER, 19, Rice Lake, was traveling east on 120th Avenue. The vehicle crested a hill. The road was totally ice-covered for a stretch. The driver stated she thought she was going too fast and began to slow. She then lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle crossed the road and entered the north ditch. The vehicle was spinning. The vehicle struck a telephone cable box. The vehicle continued until it struck the deck of the Drake Johnson residence at 1311 120th Avenue. Driver was cited for traveling too fast for conditions. Dec. 29, Alden Twp., 6:05 a.m., Hwy. 65, 300’ N of 40th Avenue, JUSTIN M. HARSTAD, 21, Chetek, was northbound on Hwy. 65, entering a right-hand curve. Unit 1 did not make the curve and crossed the lane of traffic, left the roadway, traveled down an embankment and continued approximately 150 feet until the vehicle collided with a tree. Driver sustained a head injury (wearing seat belt) and was transported by EMS. Dec. 29, 1:50 p.m., West Sweden Twp., Hwy. 48, .3 mile west of CTH W, JENNA M. VEENENDAAL, 20, Baldwin, was traveling east on Hwy. 48. The roads were mainly wet and it was raining/snowing as the vehicle began to negotiate the corner. The road became slippery at that time and the vehicle slid across the westbound lane

of travel and entered the north ditch. The vehicle then tripped, rolling over one time. The vehicle came to rest on its wheels, facing east. Dec. 29, 2:24 p.m., Luck Twp., CTH N at 170th Street, MARTHA J. DOLNY, 55, Webster, was traveling eastbound on CTH N. Unit 1 was negotiating the corner on CTH N east of 170th Street and lost control of the vehicle. Unit 1 went left of center, collided with the north ditch and collided with a tree and came to a stop. Dec. 30, 12 a.m., Alden Twp., CTH K, .3 mile east of 145th Street, CORTNEY A. HAYS, 22, Osceola, was westbound on CTH K. While negotiating a curve, the driver lost control after hitting ice. The front driver side of the vehicle struck a guard rail on the south side of the road. Unit 1 continued west on CTH K. Dec. 31, 12 a.m., St. Croix Falls Twp., 208th Street .25 mile north of 120th Avenue, MEGHAN BITTERSWEET, 59, Hopkins, Minn., was southbound on 208th Street. Vehicle started sliding toward the east ditch. Driver corrected vehicle. Vehicle turned west, entering the ditch. While in the ditch, driver turned vehicle to the east. Vehicle overturned one complete rotation, coming to rest in the west ditch with front of vehicle facing southeast in direction. Dec. 31, 11:45 p.m., Garfield Twp., 148th Street, 1/2 mile south of CTH C, SCOTT A. BEAVER, 41, River Falls, was westbound on 148th Street, negotiating a right-hand curve when the vehicle slid off the roadway, overturning as it left the roadway. Jan. 1, 1:40 a.m., Lincoln Twp., 55th Street at 100th Avenue, RITA J. WARD, 50, Amery, was southbound on 55th Street and slid through the intersection across 100th

Avenue and into the south ditch. Road was snow-covered and slippery at the time. Jan. 1, 3:46 p.m., Eureka Twp., Hwy. 35, 600’ south of 220th Avenue/CTH G west; BRITTANY A. CHRISTENSEN, 16, Luck, was southbound on Hwy. 35. The vehicle traveled off the west side of the road while negotiating a left curve. Driver said she was crowded off the roadway by a northbound vehicle that was passing another northbound vehicle. The front of unit 1 struck a tree and then the passenger side of the unit struck the tree. Driver was wearing a seat belt and sustained a minor injury (no EMS). Jan. 1, 12:05 a.m., Lincoln Twp., 120th Street at 105th Avenue, ADAM W. OLSON, 25, Clear Lake, was on the south side of the T-intersection, overturned in the water. Driver was located after the crash and arrested for OWI, Operate after Revocation and Obstructing an Officer. Jan. 1, 1:15 p.m., Osceola Twp., CTH MM, .5 mile north of CTH M; #1—CHRISTINE A. MAMMENGA, 23, Osceola; #2—FRED R. BENTLEY, 67, St. Croix Falls. Driver of unit 1 stated that she was going around a corner and slid into the other vehicle. Both parties then left to go to an adjacent residence and report the collision. Jan. 1, 11:15 a.m., Clam Falls Twp., Main Avenue, .1 mile of Hwy. 35; #1—DAVID J. MANSKE, 57, Rice Lake; #2— GREGORY A. STOCK, 55, Frederic. Unit 1 was eastbound on Main Avenue. Unit 2 , a John Deere garden tractor with snow blower attached, was turning around at the end of the driveway of fire number 1179. Unit 1 lost control on ice and crashed into unit 2. Driver of unit 2 sustained a minor injury (no EMS). Jan. 3, 12:00 a.m., Alden Twp., CTH K, .25 mile east of

Nokomis Drive, MARK R. ATHEY, 45, Amery, struck a deer on the roadway. Jan. 4, 3:10 a.m., Georgetown Twp., CTH I, .25 mile north of Indian Point Lane, Deputy Sheriff Karl B. Beaupre, 30, Balsam Lake, was traveling southbound on CTH I. A deer came out of the east ditch and got struck. Jan. 4, 2:10 p.m., St. Croix Falls Twp., 140th Avenue at 200th Street; #1—JACOB W.E. KERBER, 21, Centuria; #2— JASON D. FRENETTE, 26, Frederic. Unit 1 was traveling southbound on 200th Street. Unit 2 was traveling eastbound on 140th Avenue. Unit 1 failed to stop at the stop sign of 140th Avenue at 200th Street and collided with unit 2. Unit 2 came to rest in the south ditch of 140th Avenue and unit 1 came to rest in the intersection. Driver of unit 1 was cited for failure to stop and a seat belt violation.

Other incidents

Dec. 21, DUANE GURTNER, RR Balsam Lake, reported the theft of three tires and rims from his vehicle while it was parked at his property in Balsam Lake Twp.. Dec. 27, CHARLTON H DIETZ, RR Amery, reported that his pole shed had been burglarized, located in Alden Twp. Taken were two sets of snowmobile dollies, two tents, a Coleman lantern, 6-volt battery charger and an extension cord. Dec. 28, REBECCA PALM, RR Star Prairie, reported a mailbox damaged, along with a heavy-duty 15’ chain and two No Trespassing signs on her property. Dec. 28, ARLEN BURKE, Amery, reported a burglary had occurred to his property in rural Amery. Taken were a John Deere wagon, steel toolbox for a pickup truck, Poulan chainsaw (19” bar), a McCullough chainsaw (12” bar), Coleman gas

lanterns, boards and utility tiedowns for a wagon/trailer. Dec. 28, RICHARD T. TIMM, JR., RR Amery, reported a burglary had occurred to his garage. Taken were numerous fishing equipment items to include Vexilar fish locater and a Jiffy brand auger. Dec. 29, STEVEN PORTER, Edina, Minn., reported a burglary to his property in Sterling Twp. Missing are .30 caliber ammo box, Remington .22 LR ammunition, Carabiners and pulleys, Stihl chainsaw and a Smith & Wesson SS .357 with leather holster. Dec. 29, MARK L DEICHMAN, Mankato, Minn., reported that his shed located on property he owns on Bone Lake had been burglarized. Missing is a Jiffy brand power ice auger. Dec. 29, CAROL K. SVOBODA, RR Centuria, reported mailbox vandalism, Milltown Twp. Dec. 29, All of the electrical wiring and copper tubing was stolen from the interior of the THOMAS R. BUBLITZ (Apple Valley, Minn.) residence located in Milltown Twp. Dec. 30, TRACEY ECKSTROM, St. Croix Falls, reported a window of her residence had been broken. Dec. 30, DENNIS L. ANDERSON, Lorain Twp., reported vandalism to his fence. Dec. 30, Employees of PETRO PLUS in East Farmington reported a theft of gasoline. Dec. 31, OLGA SCHWARTZ, RR Centuria, reported mailbox vandalism, Milltown Twp. Dec. 31, KERY J SWENSON, RR Centuria, reported mailbox vandalism, Milltown Twp. Jan. 1, DOUG D. GUSTAFSON, Frederic, reported a theft of gas from his vehicles in his shed on his property. Jan. 4, LISA R. CORY, RR Dresser, reported damage to her mailbox, Osceola Twp.

Burnett County traffic court Accidents

Town of Wood River, Dec. 22: Randolph T. Briggs, 20, Grantsburg, was driving south on S. Williams Road when the driver lost control of his 96 Ford Ranger. The vehicle entered the ditch on the west side of the road and overturned, moderately damaging the truck. The driver reported he had a sore neck. Town of Scott, Jan. 3: Shirley M. Museus, 76, Danbury, was northbound on CTH A at about 1:42 p.m. when she made a left-hand turn in the path of southbound Kathleen M. King, 68, Danbury. King’s vehicle then hit the rear passenger side of the turning vehicle. King reported no injuries and her 99 Honda Civic received minor

damages. Museus reported that her leg hit the dash and was sore and her 03 Buick Century received moderate damage. A dog was in her vehicle, but it was unknown at the time of the accident if the dog received injuries. Museus was cited for inattentive driving. Town of Rusk, Jan. 6: Katrina A. Boyle, 17, Spooner, was west on Indian Mounds Road when the driver noticed her vehicle was on fire. The driver left about 200 feet of skid marks on the road before coming to a stop off the right side of the road. The driver reported that she was unable to open the doors and had to kick out the window to escape the fire. The driver reported cuts and other

Burnett Co. marriage licenses Kyle E. Gjonnes, Siren, and Danielle M. Harmom, Siren, Jan. 3

Burnett County civil court Johnson Lumber Company vs. Paul Berger, Monticello, Minn., judgement of $656.88. Mrc. Receivables Corp. vs. Roger Evans, Webster, judgment of $771.94. Discover Card vs. Robert J. Hayes, Danbury, judgment of $5,137.37. Atlantic Credit and Finance Inc vs. Tony S. Payson, judgment of $3,842.87. Ford Motor Credit Company vs. Roger Moritz Jr. return of 2005 F150 plus court costs $372.32. Anderson Repair vs. Brian Sternquist, Grantsburg, judg-

ment of $1,553.60. Adam C. Benson vs. Neil Oustigoff, Webster, judgment of $2,626.87 Northwest Wisc. Anesthesiologists SC vs. Richard K. Cunningham Jr. Siren, judgment of $587.30. Capital One Bank vs. Ardith A. Kurowski, Grantsburg, judgment of $983.48. Capital One FSB vs. Joani B. Hartley, Danbury, judgment of $1,010.95. Mrc Receivables Corp vs. Kathleen Leonhardi, Danbury, judgment $2,379.28.

Burnett County warrants Kenneth W. Alm, 52, Wabasha, Minn., commitment, Jan. 2 and Jan. 4. Jason W. Barrett, 28, Milltown, commitment, Jan. 4. Angela M. Johnson, 33, Webster, commitment, Jan. 2. James A. Nelson, 31, Grantsburg, commitment, Jan. 4.

possible injuries to her legs received during the escape. The 95 Plymouth Neon was totaled and was towed from the scene. The vehicle was reportedly in an accident one month previous to this incident.

Warrant Arrests


Town of Siren, Jan. 6: Janet E Andresen, 45, Siren, was arrested on a warrant for failure to pay on worthless checks.

Other incidents

Town of Daniels, Jan. 2: Wade Rufsholm, 49, Siren, reported the theft of his snowmobile that was displayed for sale at his residence. Tracks from the stolen snowmobile indicate that it was driven from the residence. There were no keys in the ignition. The incident remains under investigation. Town of Swiss, Jan. 4: Corey Scott Bearheart, 38, Webster, reported that his truck that was

at Brian Jorgenson’s residence in Danbury for repairs was stolen sometime between 8:30 p.m. Jan. 3 and 6 a.m. Jan. 4. The incident remains under investigation. Town of Sand Lake, Jan. 5: Matthew J. Gary, 30, Webster, reported that someone broke out windows of two vehicles parked in his yard sometime between Jan. 4 and 5. At the time of the report, it was unknown if anything was missing from the vehicles. The inci-

dent remains under investigation. Town of LaFollette, Jan. 5: The sheriff’s department was dispatched to the town of LaFollette to investigate the report of a dead horse. No deceased animals were found. Horses at the residence appeared to be in good health. The animals had free access to shelter and the shelter was cleared of feces. There will be no further investigation.

Burnett County criminal court Lynn H. Skrupky, 55, Webster, guilty of operating after revocation, 60 days in local jail, license revoked for 6 months, Huber granted, $1,209.00. Roger L. Nelson, 67, Coon Rapids, Minn., jet ski violation, guilty of speeding in no-wake zone, $173.40 Timothy Clark, 32, Frederic, guilty of illegal use of radio, $173.40. Deana L. Breault, 28, Grantsburg, guilty of unsafe backing of vehicle, $160.80, guilty of nonregistration, $160.80. Terrance R. Spears, 48, Webster, guilty of passing in nopassing zone, $196.60. Shawn C. Rae, 21, Lindenwood, Ill., guilty of resisting an officer, 8 days in local jail, $88.00 William K. Williamson, 23, Webster, guilty of issuing worthless checks, $249.00. Elizabeth M. Galles, 39, Danbury, guilty of operating ATV on closed fire lane, $186.00.

Joseph R. McGeshick, 22, Siren, guilty of disorderly conduct, $249.00. James Jay Duncan, 28, Ham Lake, Minn., guilty of unreasonable and imprudent speed, $249.00. Diane Elizabeth Ney, 57, Eagan, Minn., guilty of speeding, $186,00 Mark A. Sorenson, 45, Grantsburg, operating after revocation, $431.00, guilty of speeding, $210.50. Candice Marie Fitzsimmons, 22, New Hope, Minn., guilty of operating while suspended, $186.00. Matthew P. Lawrence, 40, Eagan, Minn., guilty of operating with PAC, $250.00, license revoked for 6 months. Kenneth N Hinze, 60, Hugo, Minn., disorderly conduct, $362.00. Brent E. Reynolds, 23, Webster, guilty of possession of methamphetamine, prison sentence of 1 year and 6 months followed by 2 years’ extended supervision. $113.00

Burnett County deaths Delmar Mitch A. Gamelin, 34, city of Arden Hills, Dec. 3. Martin Benson, 92, Siren Village, Dec. 17. David August Stuermer Jr. 86, Scott Township, Dec 21. Ruth Marjorie Hunter, 70, Grantsburg, Dec. 23. Curtis Lee Dunkley, 50, Grantsburg, Dec. 27.

James Jacob Lundquist, 23, Delano, Minn., guilty of criminal trespass to dwelling, ordered to draft letter of apology to victims, $335.00. Andrew John Richardson, 30, Crystal, Minn., disorderly conduct, $293.72 Dana Joseph Stadler, 54, Plymouth, guilty of bail jumpingfelony, 2 years’ probation, $77.00. Patrick J. Bogan, 46, Mpls., Minn., guilty of speeding, $186.00. Gary D. Stock, 50, Osceola, guilty of operating ATV w/in 150

feet of dwelling, $160.80. Rochelle A. Carlson, 56, Webster, operating after revocation, operating while suspended, failure to wear seat belt, $356.80. Jeremiah G. Passow, 25, Foreston, Minn, Passing in nopassing zone, $198.60. Jason J Miller, 34, Cottage Grove, Minn., construct or use of elevated device, $186.00. Ashley M. McCarty, 22, Woodville, issuing worthless check, $313.74.

Polk County divorces Adrian Davis, Frederic and Lisa Davis, Cushing. Two children. Married 2002. Debra and Joseph Berghammer, Clayton. Married 2004. No children. Loren and Candice Cox, Clayton. One child. Married 1995. Lisa and Paul Houx, Amery. Two children. Married 2003.


Burnett County traffic court Greg C. Aamodt, Prior Lake, Minn., operating left of center line, not guilty plea. Dale O. Anderson, Siren, speeding, $211.20. Hannah M. Anderson, Siren, fail/notify address change, not guilty plea. Mary S. Andrea, Spooner, speeding, $160.80. Timothy W. Balthazor, Webster, speeding, $160.00. James J. Bartz, Barronett, speeding, $160.80. Timothy F. Baxter, Shell Lake, speeding, not guilty plea. Gail M. Bearhart, Siren, fail to stop at stop sign, $160.80. Gary D. Bearhart, Danbury, speeding, not guilty plea. Brad R. Belanger, Brooklyn Park, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Leah Jo Benjamin, Webster, operate without valid license, not guilty plea. Sherry Benjamin, Webster, speeding, $160.80. Jacob A. Bennett, Forest Lake, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Robert W. Bergum, Hayward, speeding, $186.00. Samantha Jo Bernier, Grantsburg, speeding, $160.80. Mark G. Beseman, Balsam Lake, no tail lamp/defective tail lamp, $148.20. Jessica R. Bildeau, Sandstone, Minn., violate absolute sobriety law, $375.00, 90 days license suspension. Pamela Jo Black, Maplewood, Minn., speeding, $186.00. David S. Bluml, Coon Rapids, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Pauline S. Boyle, Barrington, Ill., operating left of center line, operating while under influence, not guilty pleas. Michael W. Bramer, Hayward, speeding, $160.80. John E. Bromander, Crystal, Minn., speeding, $186.00. James A. Brown, Shell Lake, place, use, hunt wild animals with bait, $530.00. Thomas R. Brown, Shell Lake, ATV – operate w/loaded firearm in vehicle, not guilty plea. Randi L. Buchholz, Webster, operate while suspended, speeding, not guilty pleas. William B. Burton, North Branch, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Jorge R. Caceres-Jopp, Grantsburg, license violations, $186.00. James W. Carmon, Siren, speeding, $186.00. Michael W. Carpenter, Shell Lake, place/transport loaded firearm in vehicle, $243.60. Georgiana J. Carson, Shell Lake, reckless driving – endanger safety, not guilty plea. Earl R. Casey, Forest Lake, Minn., operating with PAC .10 or more, $730.00, 7-month license suspension and order for assessment. Mark D. Cassidy, Eagan, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Ricky W. Chamoli, East Bethel, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Leonard J. Chute, Grantsburg, operating while suspended, not guilty plea. Kenneth M. Clark, Circle Pines, Minn., discharge firearm from across highway, $203.40. Franklin T. Colburn, North Port, Fla., burning without a permit, $160.80. Kenneth R. Cook, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. Clinton D. Coveau, Sandstone, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Janine J. Cowle, Danbury, speeding, $186.00; reckless driving – endanger safety, $375.00.

Anita J. Crandell, Frederic, speeding, not guilty plea. Danbury Fire Department, Danbury, fail to follow notification require/demolition, not guilty plea. Charles E. Dates, Omaha, Neb., speeding, $160.80. James T. Dean, White Bear Lake, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Kimberly T. Depover, Danbury, speeding, $186.00. Erica A. Doriott, Frederic, nonregistration of auto., $160.80. Timothy M. Dorman, Bloomington, Minn., ATV – operation adjacent to roadway, $181.00. Travis Dye, Eden Prairie, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Gail M. Easland, Menomonie, operating while suspended, not guilty plea. Lillian K. Erickson, Grantsburg, dog running at large, $154.50; failure to license dog, $154.50. William L. Erickson, Grantsburg, failure to license dog, $154.50; dog running at large, $154.50. Frederick J. Ewig, Wisconsin Dells, fail/validate or attach deer carcass tag, $329.00. David J. Falk, Grantsburg, speeding, $160.80. Andrea E. Fiddle, Webster, ATV – operate without headgear, $135.60. Kurt G. Fischer, St. Croix Falls, operate boat without valid cert. number, $186.00. Shirley J. Flaa, Danbury, speeding, $160.80. Christopher L. Flora, Broomfield, Colo., speeding, $160.80; operate without valid license, $186.00. Dennis J. Fontaine, Webb Lake, speeding, $160.80. Nadine J. Ford, Webster, speeding, not guilty plea. William B. Frels, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Todd W. Frey, Hudson, hunt within 50’ of road’s center, $208.40. Eva L. Friel, Webster, speeding, $160.80. Douglas W. Gallwas, Mahtomedi, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Jesse M. Ganley, Cushing, seat belt violation, $10.00. Bradley D. Glienke, Luck, seat belt violation, $10.00; safety belt violation – child under 4 years, $160.80. Jerry W. Gobel, Danbury, speeding, not guilty plea. William M. Goepfert, Grantsburg, operating while suspended, failure to notify police of accident, unreasonable and imprudent speed, not guilty pleas. Gary P. Gray, Lakeville, Minn., operate at unreasonable and imprudent speed, $186.00. David J. Grubish, Maplewood, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Cody R. Gunderson, Frederic, fail to stop at stop sign, $160.80. Christopher J. Gustin, speeding, $186.00. Kathryn J. Halverson, Siren, operate while under influence, operating center lane – 3-lane highway, not guilty pleas. David D. Harer, Grantsburg, possess open intoxicants in motor vehicle – passenger, $186.00. Dennis L. Harrington, Wayzata, Minn., speedometer violations, $211.20. Richard J. Hartel, Superior, speeding, $160.80. Evie L. Hartwig, Webster, fail/stop at stop sign, $160.80. Jerome J. Harvieux, Prior Lake, Minn., operate vehicle in navigable water, $186.00. William F. Hawn, Eau Claire,

speeding, $186.00. John W. Heckert, speeding, $186.00. Parker C. Heise, River Falls, nonregistration of other vehicle, $249.00. John L. Hennessey, Grantsburg, speeding, $168.90. Alex D. Highstrom, Siren, speeding, $160.80. Brenda S. Hildenbrand, Grantsburg, ATV – operation on highways, not guilty plea. Nicole L. Holcomb, Superior, operating while under influence, operating with PAC .08 or more, operate without valid license, not guilty pleas. Corey W. Hopkins, North Branch, Minn., passing on hill or curve, speeding, not guilty pleas. Jeremy A. Hosch, Coon Rapids, Minn., hunt within 50 feet of road’s center, $208.40. Michael J. Howard, Webster, operating without valid license, $186.00. Martin Hozjan, Lemont, Ill., speeding, $160.80. James J. Hunt, Forest Lake, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Kyle A. Huntley, Hugo, Minn., failure to notify police of accident, $249.00. Michael Van Huyen, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Jason M. Imholt, Clear Lake, speeding, $186.00. Debbie L. Janke, Frederic, operating while under influence, operating with PAC .08 or more, not guilty pleas. Leo R. Janke, Grantsburg, fail/stop at stop sign, not guilty plea. Julie A. Jardine, Port Wing, speeding, $211.20. Henry W. Java, Grantsburg, speeding, $160.00. Gerald Jeschke, Golden Valley, Minn., grade shoreline/remove vegetation cover, not guilty plea. Jacob H. Joachim, Grantsburg, unsafe lane deviation, not guilty plea. Cory M. Johnson, Webster, failure to notify police of accident, not guilty plea. Cynthia A. Johnson, Elko, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Dawn M. Johnson, Webster, operating while suspended, $186.00. Eric A. Johnson, Elk River, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Jeremy J. Johnson, Siren, operate vehicle without stopping lights, $148.20; seat belt violation, $10.00. Monica M. Johnson, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Gordon R. Jones, Monkton, MD, seat belt violation, $10.00. Andrew W. Jorgensen, Grantsburg, operating while suspended, $186.00. Brady Kline, Edmond, Okla., speeding, $211.20. Mark N. Kloster, Webster, speeding, $186.00. Christine Ann-Wilkes Knutson, Cambridge, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Timothy P. Kornwolf, North Branch, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Mark A. Kraft, Webster, operating without valid license, $186.00; driving too fast for conditions, $198.60; failure to notify police of accident, $249.00. Karen F. Lamb, Green Bay, speeding, not guilty plea. Tracy A. Lamore, Oshkosh, speeding, $186.00. Gary E. LaPoint, Princeton, Minn., speeding, $186.00. William J. LaPointe, Webster, speeding, $186.00; nonregistration of auto., $160.80. James P. Larocco, Elk River, Minn., speeding, $160.80.

Michael E. Larson, Grantsburg, transport deer without person who tagged it, group deer hunting violation, possess/loan/borrow another’s license, not guilty pleas. Timothy G. Larson, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $160.80. John W. Leuthard, Blaine, Minn., operate at unreasonable and imprudent speed, $186.00. Jeremy T. Lindquist, Taylors Falls, Minn., operating while under influence, operating with PAC .10 or more, unsafe lane deviation, not guilty pleas. Victoria R. Little, Solon Springs, speeding, $186.00. Lydia Longwell Lewis, Hopkins, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Theresa M. Lubich, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. Richard E. Lundborg, Hopkins, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Brandon M. Madery, Prescott, failure to notify/address change, $148.20; operating while suspended, $186.00. Bennett E. Marks, Minnetonka, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Charlene A. Marlow, Stillwater, Minn., operating while suspended, $186.00. Janet L. Martin, Anoka, Minn., operate without valid license, $186.00. David S. Mattia, Flech, Mich., speeding, $186.00. Leon J. Matties, Gibbon, Minn., fail/validate or attach deer carcass tag, $329.00. Patrick A. McCoy, Gwinn, Mich., speeding, $160.80. Chelsea R. McFarren, Spooner, speeding,$160.80. Anna M. Mckenzie, Dover, Ohio, speeding, $160.80. Sharon A. McMurray, Webster, passing in no-passing zone, not guilty plea. Timothy B. McNamara, Edina, Minn., speeding, $236.40. Kevin J. Meeds, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $160.80. Anton P. Mentele, Shell Lake, speeding, not guilty plea. Richard J. Mercer, Siren, failure to stop at stop sign, $160.80. Willy J. Merritt, Foxboro, speeding, $186.00. Sheryl A. Merry, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $211.20. William A. Miller, Rush City, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Brian D. Moe, Danbury, operate vehicle without stopping lights, $148.20. Joseph A. Morey, Hayward, speeding, $211.20. Loretta J. Moritz, Siren, speeding, $160.80. Robert F. Moritz, Siren, seat belt violation, $10.00. Eric J. Munson, Foxboro, speeding, $186.00. Michael J. Myers, Grantsburg, speeding, $160.80. James A. Nelson, Milltown, speeding, $186.00. Roy M. Nelson, Cushing, unsafe backing of vehicle, $160.80. Sharlene H. Neumann, Edina, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Lee A. Newman, Maple Grove, Minn., speeding, $160.00. Andrew R. Nick, Dresser, operator violate red traffic light, not guilty plea. Christopher R. Osdick, Lindstrom, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Thomas D. O’Shaughnessy, Burnsville, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Mark J. Ouska, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Audrey L. Pardun, Webster, speeding, $160.80.

Nathan W. Pardun, Webster, construct or use elevated device, not guilty plea. Andrew D. Peterson, Webster, speeding, not guilty plea. Shawn W. Peterson, Grantsburg, OAR – 2 counts, not guilty pleas. Scott A. Pettit, Solon Springs, speeding, $186.00. Troy J. Pfingsten, Plymouth, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Bailey A. Pierce, Bloomer, speeding, $160.80; operating while suspended, $186.00. Adam W. Polski, Burnsville, Minn., speeding, operate without valid license, not guilty pleas. Neal A. Quagon, Stone Lake, operating while under influence, operating with PAC .08 or more, not guilty pleas. Zachary A. Quigley, Webster, speeding, $160.80. John E. Quist, Siren, seat belt violation, $10.00. Sarah K. Radke, Siren, failure to stop at stop sign, not guilty plea; seat belt violation, $10.00. Lance M. Ramsdell, Frederic, seat belt violation, $10.00. Adam D. Reek, St. Louis Park, Minn., seat belt violation, $10.00. Heidi P. Rein, Webster, speeding, not guilty plea. Nathaniel D. Reynolds, Webster, underage drinking, $249.00 and order for assessment. Rachel K. Rubin, Hudson, violation of child safety restraint requirements, $135.60. Thomas L. Rushfeldt, Minnetonka, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Paulette L. Sahir, Danbury, speeding, $186.00. Jared M. Schowalter, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. Michael J. Shroeder, Naples, Fla., speeding, $160.80. Amy E. Schulte, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $186.00. Dennis H. Schulz, Mora, speeding, $211.20. Timothy L. Sears, Gordon, speeding, $160.80. Michael H. Segelstrom, Webster, burning without a permit, $160.80. Leroy A. Shabaiash, Cloquet, Minn., possess open intoxicants in motor vehicle, $186.00. Dawn R. Sheldon, Siren, OAR, not guilty plea. James T. Sherman, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Derrek A. Skeie, White Bear Lake, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Thomas A. Skinaway, Danbury, OAR, not guilty plea. Robert G. Skytland, Wisconsin Rapids, speeding, $160.80. Dusten A. Smith, Grants-

burg, operating while under influence, operating with PAC .10 or more, operating while suspended, hit and run – property adjacent to highway, not guilty pleas. Ryan M. Smith, Red Wing, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Christopher W. Solheid, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Thomas A. Solinger, Webster, operating while suspended, not guilty plea. Deborah A. Spring, Eagan, Minn., speeding, $160.50. Kiowa S. Staples, Sandstone, Minn., present revoked ID card as valid, $249.00. Burrowes G. Stevens, Bethel, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Michael G. Stoehr, Forest Lake, Minn., operate without valid license, $186.00. Melissa J. Stokes, Luck, speeding, not guilty plea. Daniel E. Stypula, Cumberland, OAR, not guilty plea. Virginia M. Sutton, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $236.40 and 15-day license suspension, passing in no passing zone, $198.60. Marc E. Sylvestre, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Toby T. Thomas, Webster, nonregistration of auto., $160.80. Amber M. Thompson, Dairyland, speeding, $160.80; seat belt violation, $10.00; operate without carrying license, $249.00; ride in vehicle without wearing seat belt, $10.00. Lisa E. Thompson, Webster, violation of child safety restraint requirements, $160.80. Steve G. Torbenson, Burnsville, Minn., operate vehicle in navigable water, $186.00. Thomas N. Tourtillotte, Grantsburg, operating left of center line, $198.60. Jose A. Vinueza, Brooklyn Center, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Derrick J. Walter, Grantsburg, nonregistration of auto, $160.80. Shane T. Walton, Siren, speeding, $160.80. Michael A. Waltzing, Webster, speeding, not guilty plea. Susan K. Washkuhn, Spooner, fail to obey traffic officer signal/order, not guilty plea. Laurie L. Weber, Brook Park, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Marcella M. Wedin, Grantsburg, speeding, $160.80. Suzanne M. Welbourn, Park, Ill., speeding, $211.20. Britney J. Wessels, Grantsburg, operator violate yellow traffic signal, operating while suspended, not guilty plea. Marc J. Wiehl, Danbury, nonregistration of auto., $160.80.





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Engstrom, Brookshaw skating for U.S.A. Engstrom, who had also recovered from a back injury during 2006. “I don’t notice it anymore except when lifting weights.” Engstrom also came along with five players from the Badgers hockey team and Badgers Coach Mark Johnson. Johnson had signed a one-year contract as the head coach of the USA women’s hockey team. “I think it puts USA Hockey in a phenomenal position right now,” said Engstrom. “We can all see what he did with the Badgers.” He coached the Badgers to a national title in 2006. Engstrom currently works on the coaching staff as a graduate assistant since she’s used up her NCAA eligibility. Brookshaw followed up the USA camp with a win and tie over Ohio State on Jan. 5-6. That put the Beavers in a tie for fourth in the WCHA. “It’s always good to get three points on the road,” said Brookshaw. “We usually go for the split. Following the season, Brookshaw may have another opportunity to take another step towards the Olympics at the next USA women’s hockey camp, which starts on March 20 in Grand Forks, N.D., before the world championships.

Extra Points Siren native Molly Engstrom skating in the 2006 Winter Olympic games against Finland. Engstrom recently trained at the U.S.A. Hockey Holiday Camp alongside Webster native Emily Brookshaw. The two local stars will look to compete for the U.S. at the world championships in 2007. – Photo Courtesy of Getty Images

Local hockey stars Emily Brookshaw and Molly Engstrom train at USA Hockey camp by Matt Blumkin LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – “I just want to get to the next thing,” said Webster native Emily Brookshaw of her step-bystep journey towards becoming an Olympian. The Bemidji State goalie took part in the USA Hockey Holiday Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., Dec. 26-Jan.2, along with Siren native Molly Engstrom. Engstrom played for the bronze-medal team in Torino in 2006 and has been training on her own since returning to school at UW-Madison. “She’s had to work out on her own, so she couldn’t wait to get out there (the camp),” said Brookshaw. The two played together on the same team in some of their daily scrimmages at the camp. They hadn’t played together much before, except for a few times as youth players because of the age difference. Engstrom played four years for the Badgers, 2002-06, before playing in the Olympics. Brookshaw, a junior, has played for the Beavers since 2004. Brookshaw had played for the USA Under-22 Select Team before her junior season, so she had gained some exposure to USA Hockey. She last participated in a USA Hockey program when she attended a 17-18-year-old camp during

Emily Brookshaw playing against Canada for the U.S. Under-22 Select Team in 2006. She recently trained again with USA. Hockey at their holiday hockey camp Dec. 26-Jan. 2. Brookshaw, a native of Webster, plays goalie for Bemidji State University. – Photo courtesy of U.S.A. Hockey the summer before her freshman season at BSU. “The first practice (at the camp), I had to adjust to the speed,” said Brookshaw. She held her own in net at the scrimmages where she had a one-goal performance, two goals allowed and a shutout. She guessed that she averaged around one goal allowed per game. “I think she has the potential definitely,” said Engstrom of Brookshaw’s odds

of making the Olympic squad for Vancouver in 2010. Engstrom played as a defenseman in the scrimmages alongside Brookshaw and against her too. She also scored a goal against the goalie from Webster. Though Engstrom came as one of the 19 women from the 2006 Olympic squad, she was not one of the younger defenseman. “I’m not a rookie anymore,” said

••• MENOMONIE – Former Webster student Char Edwards helped UWStout to a pair of women’s basketball wins on Jan. 3 and Jan. 6. She had five points, three rebounds and a steal in 12 minutes of play during their 68-52 win over UW-La Crosse on Jan. 3. Then, she posted three points, three rebounds and two steals during the same amount of playing time. Stout downed UW-Stevens Point, 71-68, in a battle of No. 15 and No. 24 respectively for NCAA Division III. Former Luck standout Britta Petersen is on the Pointers’ roster, but she has not been able to play this season due to injury. – Matt Blumkin ••• CROOKSTON, Minn. – Nancy McConkey, a former Webster student, returned to the Bemidji State women’s basketball lineup on Jan. 6. She posted nine points in her first game since Nov. 25 as the Beavers downed UMCrookston, 69-52. McConkey injured her arm in their game against St. Cloud State. – Matt Blumkin ••• CENTURIA – Mike O’Ryan bowled a perfect game in his first game on Wednesday, Jan. 3, during the Wednesday Night Men’s League. Darren McKenzie also had a perfect game on Jan. 3. His first and third games were 300 each. – from Jim McKenzie, McKenzie Lanes ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete from the area that’s competing in collegiate athletics and not mentioned on these pages, please give us a call or send us an e-mail. We’ll take it from there! – Matt Blumkin and Marty Seeger •••

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A taste of victory by Norway team in Luck Norwegian club team downs Cardinals in overtime Asker, Norway 55, Luck 50, OT by Matt Blumkin LUCK – Cardinals coach Marty Messar coined it, “…the Luck Danes and the Asker Norse.” The Cardinals’ opponent on the third day of January came from far-away Asker, Norway, and it took awhile to settle the contest as the Norwegian club team beat the Cards 55-50 in overtime. They did so before a packed gym of Luck students on a Wednesday afternoon. “They thought the whole atmosphere of having the crowd and having the fans and everything was just great for them,” said Messar of his team. “They responded by elevating their level of play, and that was good to see.” Messar liked his team’s effort against the visitors. He didn’t know what to expect from Asker, but the Cards kept going back and forth in the second half after rallying from as much as 10 points down during the first half. They also overcame losing sophomore Steph Tido in the first half to a knee injury and possibly a torn ACL. Tido had suffered an injury to her knee last year as a freshman. Tido had contributed as a physical player for the Cards, and her absence will lower their rotation of post players from four to three. “I feel really bad for her,” said Messar. “She’s a physical presence under the basket. She’s not afraid to put the ball 2 3 17 12 22 11 Statistics Asker 2s 3s 0 Elena Stenvik 0 0 Mari Borretzen 4 Susanne Halvorsen Myhre 0 0 Inga Skallerud 1 0 2 Caroline Lundegaard Hann. 8 Martine Stenvik Kroge 1 0 Anna Hammer 7 1 0 1 Ellen Martine Skjonsfjell 3 22 Totals Team Asker, Norway Luck

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Luck’s Britta Giller defending Asker, Norway’s Caroline Lundegaard Hannisdal as she looks to pass. The Cards played a back-and-forth contest against Asker in the second half, but they fell in overtime, 55-50. – Photos by Matt Blumkin

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Asker coach Robert Stenvik, from Norway, spent a school year in Amery, 1967-68, where he took up basketball. He played for a club team when he returned to Norway and now coaches for Asker’s club team.

The Cardinals players and Asker players exchanged gifts following the contest.

Surfs up! Luck students had part of the afternoon off from school to attend the game, and they brought on the school spirit as one student leads the wave. The Cards used the school spirit and kept pace with the visiting Norwegian team.

on the floor to get to the rim.” Messar also added, “She’s one of our better rebounders.” Nonetheless, the Cards kept it close in the fourth quarter, and junior Sarah Petersen hit a baseline shot late in the game to send it to overtime. They had taken advantage of Asker’s 25-for-54 shooting, which persisted even when they had the lead in the final quarter. The Cards shot 18-for-30 in the game. “It played right into our hands,” said Messar. The Cards’ international opponent came to Luck because Cards athletic director Mark Gobler knew the coach, Robert Stenvik as a student at Amery in 1967-68. Stenvik had come from Norway to study there for a year, since his cousin, Karen Christopherson, lived there. Gobler had been serving as the Warriors’ athletic director at the time, and he saw Stenvik take up basketball in place of hockey since Amery didn’t offer hockey at the time. “I was a hockey player coming in and I was a basketball player going out,” said Stenvik. He didn’t play very many minutes, but he had won the student body’s affection. In a late-season game, he got a chance to play and hit a pair of free throws, which got the crowd roaring. “The ref stopped the game to find out what happened,” said Christopherson. “They (the students) were so supportive of him playing and learning the game.” Since his time in Amery, he moved back to Norway and played for a club team. Then, he took on a coaching job with his current club from Asker since he had three daughters. All three have played for him. He has also seen some of his players move onto to bigger things. One plays at New York Tech now. They had been in the States over the Christmas holiday, and they played in an international tournament in California before coming to Wisconsin. They also played Amery and Barron while in the state. Families of the Amery players hosted the team members, which gave the Warrior players an opportunity to learn about Norway, its people and its culture. The Cardinals showed their hospitality with a packed gym of students getting a break from class, and the students had learned a Norwegian cheer. Some even had signs reading “Go Norway.” The Cards players also showed their welcome to the Asker players by exchanging gifts with them following the game. The Asker players walked away with Cards memorabilia and a win on the Cards’ new home floor. “It gives our kids an opportunity to interact with kids from another country,” said Messar. “They get a chance to come over here and experience what we’re all about, so it’s a nice cultural exchange.”

Luck band members got the crowd going before the game.














Blizzard boys fall to Amery 6-3 Greg Sears. “We played together and good things happened. I was happy with our play in the third.” The Blizzard held an early lead in the first period with an unassisted goal by Ethan Hayes, but Pine City answered back with two goals shortly after, and took the lead midway through the second period. “We had a 4-2 lead after two, played the systems well and shut them down in the third,” said Sears who also mentioned that Justin Hughes had another good game. The Blizzard killed all of their four penalties and went two for six on power-play goals. “Upfront it was a team effort that won this one for us,” said Sears. With this win the Blizzard improved to 8-2-1 on the season.

Despite loss, coach still pleased with the effort Amery 6, Blizzard 3 by Marty Seeger AMERY — “Not a bad game,” said Blizzard Coach Greg Sears on the Blizzards loss to Amery Tuesday, Jan. 9. “I thought we did some good things, however, Amery showed up for the full 51 minutes. They were big and physical and gave a good effort.” Amery got on the board first in the first period, but the Blizzard answered back with a goal of their own. The game was tied 2-2 after the first period, but Amery pulled ahead 4-2 as second period came to a close. “I thought we got beat in the second period,” said Sears. “They added on an empty-hat goal to make the final 6-3.” Sears thought that Travis Close had a nice game with his two goals in the first period. Josh Meyer put in the other unassisted goal in the third period for

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Scoring First Period – 1, B Ethan Hayes, 8:06 2, PC Brady Anderson (Corbin Peters) 14:48, Second Period – 3, PC Tyler Will (C. Warner) 10:06 4, B Travis Close 7:13, 5 Close (Bryan Bennet 7:07, 6 B Hayes Josh Meyer1:34 Third Period – No Scoring Goalies Saves – B, Cameron Hughes (18). PC, Travis Peterson (20)

Travis Close had a great night in Amery on Tuesday, Jan. 9, but it wasn’t enought to bring down the Warriors size and speed. - Photos by John Reed

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the team’s third goal of the night. The Blizzard were able to hang tight with the tough Amery team who boasts an 11-2 record with their only two losses coming against New Richmond and Rice Lake, both of which were lost in overtime. “I think the guys got a reality check tonight and hopefully show up for the

full 51 minutes on Friday night,” said Sears. The Blizzard will play host to Milwaukee Pius on Friday, Jan. 12. Blizzard 4, Pine City 2 PINE CITY, Minn. — “Nice win for the boys again,” said Blizzard Coach

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Scoring First Period – 1, A Jonathan Kohlrusch, (Joseph Lindberg, Matthew Mullendore) 8:34. 2, B Travis Close (Ben Anderson) 2:25. 3, A Tanner Tryggestad :30. 4 B, Close (Ethan Hayes, David Harlander) Second Period – 5, A Shane Webber, (Tryggestad, Brian Elkin) 7:26, 6, A Elkin (Tryggestad, Webber) 5:47 Third Period –7, B Meyer, 5:03. 8, A Vance Buhr (Tryggestad) 15:59. 9, A Mullendore (Ryan Bergren) :52 Goalies Saves – B, Cameron Hughes (16). A, Matthew Tryggestad (14)

Recurring habits set Blizzard girls back zard this season. They had a 2-1 lead going into their Dec. 14 game against Hudson, but they gave up four goals in the final period and lost 5-3. They also led 3-2 against New Richmond entering the third on Nov. 28, but they gave up a up in the period and another in overtime. They fell behind further in the third against Dickinson, N.D., on Dec. 28 at the Moose Lake, Minn., Tournament. They entered the period down 3-2 and gave up another goal in a 4-2 loss.

Blizzard team looks to step up the intensity in order to compete Menomonie 4, Blizzard 1 by Matt Blumkin SIREN – The Lady Blizzard suffered the same setback many do during the first week of the new year, recurring habits. “We need to finish a game with as much intensity as we start the game,” said Lady Blizzard coach Greg Norman. “The game is not over by the third, but instead of stepping up our intensity and drive, we step down.” This time around, the Lady Blizzard suffered a third period setback as they saw a 2-1 deficit double. Menomonie put in two goals during the third as Alexis Thome put in her second goal of the night, and Emily Jones shut the door on the Lady Blizzard with the team’s fourth goal. The Lady Blizzard had taken a 1-0 lead on a goal by Shannon Steiner in the second period, and Allison Briggs assisted on the goal, which came three minutes, 49 seconds into the period. Yet, Menomonie answered back with two goals over the next six minutes to go ahead. That occurred despite no penalties by the Lady Blizzard. They had two in the third period. Third period meltdowns have occurred other times for the Lady Bliz-

Team New Richmond Lady Blizzard

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Scoring First Period – 1, LB, Shannon Steiner (Rachel O’Brien), 8:35. Second Period – 2, NR, Leah Egan, 7:34. 3, NR, Rahcel Mullendore (Anna Dodor), 10:34. 4, NR, Mullendore, 16:28. 5, NR, Mullendore (Dodor), 16:51. Third Period – 6, LB, Alex Lonetti (Sasha Chell), 1:18. 7, NR, Dodor (Egan), 2:35. 8, NR, Mullendore (Egan), 7:51. 9, LB, Mandie Ramstrom, 13:18. Team Lady Blizzard Northland Pines

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Scoring Third Period – 4, LB, Rachel O’Brien, 3:29. 8, LB, Mandie Ramstrom (Sasha Chell), 16:43. Team Menomonie Lady Blizzard

Jeanne Reis was on the net in one of the Lady Blizzard’s earlier games this season.- File photo by Marty Seeger

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Scoring First Period – no scoring Second Period – 1, LB, Shannon Steiner, 3:49. 2, M, Sarah Suchia, 6:02. 3, M, Whitney Krueger, (Suchia), 9:27. Third Period – 4, M, Krueger (Suchia), 2::43. 5, M, Emily Jones, 3:25.














Unity unites to tear past Pirates

Eagles notch big win over Grantsburg, still have a tough road ahead Unity 53, Grantsburg 52 by Marty Seeger BALSAM LAKE — “I think I have no energy, and I used every bit of it for tonight’s game,” said Unity Coach Dennis Anderson after their big win over Grantsburg Tuesday, Jan. 9. After the win, Anderson was preparing to leave for the Mayo Clinic to take care of ulcers that have been giving him trouble, but he stuck it out for the Grantsburg game and hopes to make it to the

Luck game Friday night. “My goal is to be out on Friday morning but I will listen to what the doctors say, and if I have to be there, Rory and Jason did a heck of a job helping me out, so everything should be fine,” Anderson said. The Eagles did a fine job at keeping up the tempo Tuesday night, as did the Pirates, who trailed only by three at the end of the first quarter. The Eagles were getting some quality looks at the basket early, but none seemed to fall the right way. “Matt had a hard time there in the beginning, missing his first three layups and two free throws, and that kind of took him out of the game a little bit,” said Anderson. The Eagles held onto the lead for much of the second period, but the Pirates hovered extremely close the entire time. With two minutes remaining in the second quarter, Grantsburg’s Brenton Thompson gave the Pirates a lead short-lived by a Merril Leoso 3pointer. With only seconds remaining in the half however, Tim Josephson hit a clutch jumper to keep the game tied 24-24 at halftime. The Pirates kept it close in the third quarter as well, and a surge with six unanswered points gave Grantsburg a tie and a new spark. With just under a minute to go, Brandon Kaiser tied the game, and Tyler Larsen gave the Pirates another short-lived lead. In the waning seconds, Unity’s Chris Bugg tied the game on a jumper with seconds left in the third quarter. The Eagles had a five-point lead going in the fourth quarter, but Grantsburg quickly pressed hard and came back to keep the game within one point for the duration of the fourth quarter. As the minutes slowly ticked by, it was again late in the quarter when 1 2 3 4 11 13 13 15 14 10 13 16 Individual Statistics Grantsburg 2s 3s FTM/A Brenton Thompson 4 0 0/0 Ben Larson 7 1 0/0 Tyler Meyers 1 0 0/0 Tim Josephson 0 0 0/0 Jason Jensen 1 0 0/0 Zach Phillips 0 0 0/0 Trent Bonneville 7 0 4/6 Shawn Pavlik 0 0 2/2 Brandon Kaiser 1 0 1/1 Totals 21 1 7/9

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Unity Chris Bugg Chad Strilzuk Justin Bader Matt Goulet Ryan Flaherty Merrill Leoso James Coen Totals

F 3 1 1 4 1 1 1 12

TP 10 16 6 7 4 10 0 53

3s 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 4

FTM/A 1/2 4/5 0/0 0/2 2/2 0/1 0/0 7/12

Grantsburg took another short lead. Trent Bonneville, who had a great game with 18 points, landed the shot to put Grantsburg up by one, but Chad Strilzuk, who added 16 points for the Eagles, put Unity on top 50-49 with 21.3 seconds left in the game. After a Unity timeout, the Pirates turned the ball over on a miscued pass. After a mad scramble for the ball at midcourt, Unity’s Justin Bader picked up the loose ball and found Matt Goulet under the basket to hit the

layup to put the Eagles on top by three. “I thought, Oh my God I hope I make it,” said Goulet on his layup with just seconds to go. “They were trying to press pretty good there but somehow we got through it.” Just as the Eagles thought they were safe, the Pirates Ben Larson hit a long 3pointer that quickly tied the game 5252, but a foul on Bugg stopped the clock with 3.1 seconds left on the clock. After sinking his first shot, Bugg missed the second, giving the Pirates a timeout to plan for a last-second shot. The Eagles stopped a last-second desperation shot by Kaiser to end the game and push the Eagles to a 7-2 overall record. “This is really going to catapult the team, but Luck is a very good team and we’ll have to play better than tonight in order to beat Luck,” said Anderson.

Matt Goulet was in the right place at the right time when he sunk this layup to put the Eagle’s up three points with less than 15 seconds in the game. Seconds later, Grantsburg’s Ben Larson hit a game- tying 3-pointer with three seconds left.

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Team Grantsburg Unity

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Unity senior Merrill Leoso wrestles the ball away in the Eagles win over Grantsburg on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Leoso scored 10 points on the night. - Photos by Marty Seeger

Unity’s Chris Bugg drew a big foul in the final seconds of the game on Tuesday night. Bugg made his first free throw, which gave the Eagles the edge to defeat the Pirates in a nailbiter.

Grantsburg’s Brenton Thompson makes a move on Unity’s Justin Bader. Thompson scored eight points in Tuesday night’s game, and Bader scoredsix for the Eagles.














Clearly on top: Saints trounce Warriors! St. Croix Falls throws out Clear Lake 54-18 by Matt Blumkin ST. CROIX FALLS – The Saints and Warriors came in evenly matched teams, but the Saints came out as overwhelming winners. “We went through the lineups a few times and looked at the different possible outcomes,” said Saints 152-pounder Dustin Raygor. “We figured it was going to be really close, but we wrestled well.” They had the benefit of six consecutive match wins as they ran away with their match against Clear Lake on Jan. 4. Jordan Beauvis (275), Justin Homdahl (125) and Shawn Castorena (189) came up with the key wins for the Saints. Beauvis has been wrestling in his first season ever, and he has made an impact with a 5-6 record through the Northern Badger. Against Clear Lake, he downed the Warriors’ heavyweight, 15-0. Beauvis played football for the Saints and decided to give wrestling a try this winter. That effort has filled what would have been a big hole for the Saints lineup without a heavyweight. Beauvis said playing lineman in football helped, “…a lot because when I was a lineman, I had the upper body strength and the lower leg Dustin Raygor strength. Going into this, I have the position too.” Homdahl found a good position when he broke a 1-1 tie with Clear Lake’s Brayden Wienke to win with back points. Wienke finished second at the Northern Badger on Dec. 29. “I really didn’t know if I had it or not,” said Holmdahl. “I got up and everybody was screaming, so I figured I won.” Castorena earned an 11-6 decision for the Saints in beating 189-pounder Josh Lindner. Michael Lamirande also gave the Saints some momentum with a quick pin at 215. “Lammy’s tough,” said Clark. “He goes out there for one reason: to pin a kid.” In addition, Dustin Raygor broke the

Dan Larson of St. Croix Falls taking down his opponent against Clear Lake on Thursday, Jan. 4. The Saints dominated the Warriors in a 54-18 win. – Photo by Matt Blumkin Saints all-time win record with 123 wins. He defeated Clear Lake’s Tom Reindahl 17-4 for the win. “He deserves it,” said Clark. “He’s worked his butt off; 122 wins is a lot of win.” Raygor had forgotten about the record until Clark had reminded him about it before his match. Yet, Raygor went out and did what he had done 122 times before. The team turned out the same result over Clear Lake, they have another duel win and counting. The kept their winning ways going on Saturday, Jan. 6, with a win at the Chetek Invitational. Bont, Joe Raygor, Castorena, Rikkola, Shaw Amundson and Dustin Raygor all won their weight classes at the tournament. “We peaked, but we could probably still peak a little more,” Beauvis said on Thursday night. They face Unity next on Jan. 11, which will help lock up the conference title. Bont earns 100th win ST. CROIX FALLS – Isaac Bont, the Saints’ 171-pounder, picked up his 100th career win against Clear Lake. Bont, a senior, has been wrestling for the Saints since his freshman year; he has wrestled since the first grade. His father, Steve, had been the top-ranked wrestler for his weight class in the state

of Michigan when he wrestled in high school. Isaac also benefited from being part of the Saints’ winning program. Fourteen Saints have earned 100 or more wins before, and he wrestles against 2006 state qualifiers Isaac Bont Dustin Raygor and Michael Lamirande regularly in practice. Raygor, at 152, helps Bont handle smaller and quicker opponents. Lamirande helps Bont prepare for larger opponents, which Bont faced earlier in the season. Bont wrestled at 189 pounds to start the season since that spot had not been solidified. He struggled at first with three losses early in the season, but he has improved his record to 19-6 secondplace showings at tournaments in Spooner and Chetek and a seventhplace finish at the Northern Badger. Bont had finished higher in the Badger before as a sophomore when he took fifth. That year, he also took fourth in the individual sectionals, just missing state. He didn’t make it out of regionals last season after facing a couple tough opponents. He lost 8-0 to Shell Lake’s Max Smith in the second-place match.

Cards seniors win one at home LUCK – It may be the middle of the season, but the Cards have already wrestled their final home match of the season. Seniors T.J. Ball and Jesse Schallenberger both won their matches for the Cards. Ball pinned Turtle Lake’s Josh Swanson, and Schallenberger downed Lakers 160-pounder Dylan O’Connell 18-9. Though the seniors stepped up, the Cards fell short to the Lakers, 42-22. “We may have came up short in the match, but we had a good showing,” said Cards Coach Chris Bartlett. “They had four pins to our three pins and a major.” The Cards split the eight matches, but they also forfeited three weights. Robert Hansen’s return to the Cards helped them out as he pinned the Lakers’ Nick Peterson at 125 pounds. Hansen had missed the first part of the season due to injury, and he couldn’t wrestle again at the New Richmond Invitational on Jan. 6 due to the same injury acting up. Travis Rikkola also helped out the Cards as he pinned the Lakers’ Lan Burhop in following up his 11th-place finish at the Northern Badger. “He is becoming more aggressive as the season goes on,” said Bartlett. Rikkola followed up that performance with a third-place finish at the New Richmond Invite. He posted a 4-1 record after winning his first four matches of the day, including three pins. Yet, he got pinned by John Duch of Spooner in the finals. Russel Harr also finished in the top three of his respective weight class (189). He lost to New Richmond’s Josh Starjnski and Israel Newmann, but he rebounded to end the day with a win over John Smith of Clear Lake. Osborn soars in Tiger town NEW RICHMOND – Unity 140pounder Zach Osborn tamed the competition in New Richmond and won his weight class on Jan. 6. With Osborn’s first-place finish and Dennis McKinney’s second-place finish at 130, the Eagles took fifth overall at the New Richmond Invitational. Chuck Harper (275), Tim Reed (135) and Dustin McKinney all took third in their respective weight classes. That helped the Eagles overcome forfeiting four weight classes at the tourney.

Viking girls hoops pass 2005-06 win total Vikings surpass last years win total en route to third-straight win Frederic 55, Luck 25 by Matt Blumkin FREDERIC – They needed a whole season to reach five wins in 2005-06. This time around, they hit six wins by the start of January. “Everyone’s stepped up a little bit,” said Vikings Coach Troy Wink. The Vikings routed the Cardinals on Jan. 5 for their third consecutive win as Frederic’s Jenny Murphy going for they controlled the game with their a shot. – Photo by Matt Blumkin pressure defense and inside scoring. “Nobody was really getting their back by Murphy for a 13-2 Vikes lead. Murphy, who Vikes Coach Troy Wink shots, but Jenny (Murphy) was sinking all of her shots,” said Frederic’s Melanie says is a vocal leader, stepped up in the game with 13 points. All of her points Chenal. They started off with a 7-0 run, and came in the first half. “She’s the one that’s always talking they capped off a dominant first quarter with a last-second rebound and put- and pumping the girls up and keeping

them on task,” said Wink. So far this season, the Vikings have beaten everyone with similar or poorer records. Their only losses have come to Grantsburg (4-2, 4-1), Siren (7-1, 5-0) and Clayton (9-0, 5-0). “We’re not letting anybody get past us that shouldn’t,” said Chenal. They’ll be gearing up for Grantsburg and Siren when they meet them again. They host the Pirates on Jan. 19, and they visit the Dragons a week later on Jan. 26. “We tried to press them and we had success at times, but I think that tells us that we’ll have success down the road,” said Wink. One of the key improvements for the Vikes has been their pressure defense. “We’ve been working a lot on our press, trying to get it right, making sure we know what to do,” said Frederic’s Erin Schmidt. The Cards couldn’t move the ball across court quickly, and the Vikes capitalized on 36 turnovers by the Cards. They also shot 9-for-32 from the field. “I asked for four things before the

ballgame: I wanted defense, I wanted discipline, take care of the ball, I wanted effort and I wanted execution,” said Messar. “And the kids went out and didn’t do any of those.” “So much for inspirational pregame speeches,” Messar quipped. “I think I’m going to have to shelve that one. It truly was disappointing after the way I felt we played against the Norway girls.” 4 12 7

Luck Britta Giller Brianna Stage Megan Hacker Sarah Petersen Chelsea Rasmussen Tayrn Pilz Brittney Danielson Bailey Swenson Totals

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Frederic Ann Nelson Anna Tesch Kelly Wondra Erin Schmidt Ali Lake Kathleen Jerry Becca Anderson Michelle Owens Jenny Murphy Melanie Chenal Totals

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Tuesday night area hoops results Tigers on Tuesday, Jan. 9. The Vikings were only able to produce a total of 13 points in the first half and 13 in the second. For the Webster team it marks another win to tack on to an eight-game winning streak. Kevin Ingalls led the team with 15 points, and Paul Olesen added 10. Webster will face a tough Grantsburg team this Friday, and move on to face Luck on Jan. 19.

Tough losses and big wins across the leader land area Prairie Farm 50, Siren 49 by Marty Seeger PRAIRIE FARM — Adam Daniels had a great night with 34 points against the Panthers, but it wasn’t enough to get the Dragons the win they wanted Monday, Jan. 8. The Dragons held it close in the first half as Prairie Farm took a mere 23-20 lead at halftime. The Dragons closed the Panther lead even closer after the third period 3534, and took a lead in the fourth quarter. Daniels had a fantastic first half with 12 points, but turned it up even more in the second half with 22 points. Adam Daniels Derek D’Jock added four points in the first and second half, while John Anderson contributed three in the third. “We had a lead there in the fourth quarter, but turned the ball over a cou-

Siren 51, LCO 44 SIREN — The Dragons took their second win of the season over Lac Courte Oreilles on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Adam Daniels had another fantastic night scoring 23 points and sinking five out of six free throws. Derek D’Jock added 10 points to the total, while Ryan Keith, Keith Cremin and Dylan Geske added four points. The Dragons third game this week will take place at St. Croix Falls on Thursday, Jan. 11.

Webster powerhouse Paul Olesen drives the lane in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s game in Frederic. Olsen completed the layup by drawing a foul and making it a 3-point play. Jake Schmidt (#4) is shown in chasing Olesen down. - Photos by Marty Seeger second close game of the season, Anderson is moving on as usual. “They took it hard, but the only thing is that we don’t have to worry about it because we have another game again tonight,” Anderson said. Webster 54, Siren 26 SIREN— The Tigers rolled easily over the Dragons on Friday, Jan 5. Webster shut the Siren offense down in the second half, only allowing five points in the second half. Paul Olesen led the Tigers with 15 points, and Brian Thill and Kevin Ingalls added 11 points apiece. Grantsburg 59, St. Croix Falls 38 GRANTSBURG — The Pirates had a long break over Christmas but held on Team SIren Prairie Farm

Webster’s Peter Walsh crowds Frederic’s Kanan Hackett along the baseline to force him out-of-bounds in Tuesday night’s game. ple of times,” said Coach Rick Anderson. “It was a heartbreaking loss.” Anderson mentioned that he had scouted Prairie Farm earlier this season when they played Webster, and knew that the team would compete, but was surprised at the Panther’s Nick Goodremote, who scored 16 on the night. “He was a tough matchup for us, and I couldn’t get anyone to stop him from scoring,” Anderson said. The loss to Prairie Farm was similar the Siren’s loss to Frederic earlier this season, when they lost a tough one 4240 as the game came down to the final minutes. But despite dropping their

1 2 3 4 4 16 14 15 6 17 12 15 Individual Statistics Siren 2s 3s FTM/A John Anderson 0 1 0/0 Robert Smith 0 0 0/2 6/8 Derek D’Jock 1 0 Dylan Geske 0 1 1/2 Adam Daniels 11 3 3/3 5 10/15 Totals 12

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Prairie Farm Adam Klefstad Mike Sampson Nick Goodremote Nathan Wirth Keith Holten Matthew Bjurstrom Totals

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FTM/A 0/0 0/0 0/0 3/4 0/0 3/6 0/0 1/2 7/12

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to their winning ways against the Saints on Friday, Jan. 5. With the Pirates depth they were able to keep the points spread out amongst the team. Tyler Meyers was the leading scorer with 15, and Trent Bonneville wasn’t far behind with 13. Ben Larsen added eight points, and Tim Josephson and Brandon Kaiser added six. Eric Thorstad and David Lund led the Saints with eight points, and Jake Larcum led the team with seven rebounds and three steals. Webster 61, Frederic 27 FREDERIC — The Vikings had trouble with turnovers in their loss to the Team Luck St. Croix Falls

1 2 3 4 19 23 12 15 6 13 4 9 Individual Statistics Luck 2s 3s FTM/A Brennan Olson 3 0 2/2 Mike Christenson 6 0 0/0 0/0 Harlan Opitz 1 0 Travis Pilz 7 0 1/1 Cody Richert 3 1 1/1 0 1 1/2 Mitchell Klatt Tyler Peterson 2 0 0/0 Adam Wallin 7 0 0/0 Totals 29 2 5/6

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St. Croix Falls Jacob Larcom Daniel Roach Trygve Chinander Sam Schmidt Eric Thorstad David Lund Dan Harrington Greg Kadrmas Totals

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1 2 3 Team Lac Courte Oreilles 9 14 6 Prairie Farm 17 14 8 Individual Statistics 2s 3s LCO J. Nanaze 0 0 5 9 D. Drobot 2 1 M. Clarqust A. Benton 2 0 0 0 E. Bressette 13 6 Totals Siren John Anderson Ryan Keith Keith Cremin Jordan Potvin Derek D’Jock Dylan Geske Adam Daniels Travis Freese Blake Hall Totals

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FTM/A 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/2 5/6 0/0 0/0 6/8

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Luck 69, St. Croix Falls 32 ST. CROIX FALLS — The Cardinals continued their domination in the conference standings with a commanding win over the Saints on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Travis Piltz led the Cards with 15 points on the night and Adam Wallin added 14. Mike Christensen was also near the team leaders with 12 points and Cody Richert had 10. David Lund led the Saints with 11 points and Jake Larcom had nine rebounds to go along with five points. Sam Schmidt had a good night on defense with eight steals.

1 2 3 4 14 14 19 14 4 9 8 6 Individual Statistics 3s FTM/A 2s Webster Peter Walsh 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 Brian Gibbs 4 3/3 1 0 Nick Wolfe A.J. Holmquist 4 0 0/0 2/3 Paul Olesen 5 0 0/0 0 Quentin Johnson 0 Brian Thill 1 1 0/0 4 2 1/2 Kevin Ingalls 0 0/0 Alex Main 1 Adam Baum 1 0 2/2 22 3 8/10 Totals

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Frederic Steve Lake Nolan Neumann Ben G. Anderson Zach Anderson Jake Schmidt Josh Nelson Kanan Hackett Totals

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Team Webster Frederic

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Team St. Croix Falls Grantsburg

1 2 3 4 9 11 4 12 19 12 13 15 Individual Statistics 3s FTM/A 2s St. Croix Falls 2 0 3/4 Jacob Larcom Daniel Roach 0 0 0/0 3/4 0 1 Trygve Chinander 0 0 2/2 Sam Schmidt Charles Schmidt 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 Allistant Knuckles 2 0 0/0 4 Eric Thorstad David Lund 3 0 2/3 0/0 0 2 Francis Fossum 0 10/13 14 Totals Grantsburg Brenton Thompson Kevin Johnson Ben Larson Shawn Pavlik Tyler Meyers Tim Josephson Jason Jenson Tyer Larson Brandon Kaiser Zach Phillips Trent Bonneville Totals

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FTM/A 1/2 0/0 2/4 0/0 0/0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2/4 0/0 2/3 8/15

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Saints reconcile conference record!

St. Croix Falls 39, Luck 26 by Matt Blumkin CROIX FALLS – Marissa ST. Campeau starred on the links for the Saints during the fall, but on Tuesday, Jan. 9, she showed her stuff on the hardwood. Campeau led the team with 15 points and several rebounds as the Saints downed the Cardinals, 39-26. She also blocked thre shots for the Saints. They built at 10-3 lead in the first quarter and extended it past 10 during the second half. Kelsey Douglass-White and Sasha Bryant came up big in the steal department with five and four respectively, which helped the Saints cushion their lead. Bryant also scored nine points in the game and pulled down five boards. Annie Confer led the team in assists with four. Briana Stage led the Cards in scoring with nine points, and Megan Hacker added eight. The Cards dropped to 1-9 on the season, but they’ll have a chance to crack the win column again when they play Unity (1-10, 1-5)on Jan. 12. Grantsburg 62, Unity 40 BALSAM LAKE – The Eagles scored 40 points, but their defense couldn’t slow down the Pirates. Miranda Kammeyer (19 points) and Mollie Bjelland (17 points) each scored in double figures as the Pirates won, 6240. The Pirates also held off any hope of an Eagles rally with a 15-8 third quarter. Yet, Eagles Coach Chuck Holicky liked his team’s effort including an 18point effort by Andrea Thompson. and Briana Bielmeier’s passing. “We did some very nice things breaking their pressure,” said Holicky. “We just didn’t always finish.” Tina Edgell added nine points in the Eagles’ loss. They’ll have a chance to crack the win column for the new year with a home game against Luck (1-9) on Jan. 12.

Frederic’s Melanie Chenal looking for position against the Luck Cardinals in their game on Jan. 5. The Vikings have a four-game winning streak going. – Photos by Matt Blumkin Butternut-Glidden 36, Unity 26 BUTTERNUT – A team that forces 39 turnovers normally would earn the sweet taste of victory. Yet, that did not happen for Unity in Butternut on Jan. 6 in a 36-26 loss. “It's hard to believe that we forced them into 39 turnovers and still lost the game.,” said Eagles Coach Chuck Holicky. “We did a lot of good things in that game but we're still struggling offesively.” The Eagles had tied the game at the three-minute mark in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, they couldn’t come up with the offense needed to win as they shot 9-for-51 for the game. Briana Schmid had stepped up for the Eagles with four points, six offensive

VIkings Coach Troy Wink has his crew passing their win-total from 2005-06 and in position to compete with Siren and Grantsburg in the conference race. The Vikings have won four straight and sit at third in the conference. 1




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Individual Luck Brianna Stage Megan Hacker Sarah Petersen Tayrn Pilz Brittney Danielson Ashley Valentine Totals

Statistics 2s 3s 4 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 12 0

FTM/A 1/2 0/3 1/2 0/0 0/0 0/0 2/7

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St. Croix Falls Anne Confer Jennifer Benoy Alex Confer Marissa Campeau Kelsey Douglass-White Elle Kaskinen Sasha.Bryant Totals

2s 1 1 2 5 2 1 3 15

FTM/A 0/0 1/2 0.0 2/2 0/2 0/0 3/4 6/10

F TP 2 2 0 3 1 4 3 15 2 4 0 2 1 9 11 39

3s 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3


this win.” The Vikes only mustered 10 points in the first quarter, but they broke the game open in the second quarter with 20 points to lead, 30-13 at halftime. They turned it up in the second half offensively with 37 points including an eight-point third quarter by Becca Anderson. “In the second half, we put our offense together better,” said Wink. Ali Lake led the way with 16 points, and Anderson also hit double-digits with 13. Along with Jenny Murphy reaching 10, Kathleen Jerry added nine points, and Melanie Chenal added six. The Vikes won their fourth-straight game and improved to 4-2 in the conference. They host Northwood next on Jan. 12.

St. Croix Falls evens conference record at 3-3 with home win

Team Luck St. Croix Falls


Team 1 Unity 4 Butternut-Glidden 6 Individual Unity Cola Hickethier Tina Edgell Allie Peterson Brianna Schmid Brianna Bielmeier Andrea Thompson Lindsay Turner Totals

2 3 6 9 10 8 Statistics 3s 2s 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 7 2

4 7 12 FTM/A 2/2 0/0 0/0 2/8 0/0 1/2 1/2 8/14

F TP 2 8 2 0 2 0 4 4 1 0 5 13 1 0 17 26

Butternut-Glidden Caiti Setterman Jenny Wedlund Jen Ertl Jordon Kontny Dee Esberner Chelsea Aicher Totals

2s 0 1 2 1 1 6 13

FTM/A 1/2 3/3 3/4 0/0 1/2 2/4 10/16

F TP 1 1 3 5 2 7 2 2 0 3 5 14 13 36

3s 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

F 26 36

Siren 50, Webster 24 SIREN – The Dragons blew past the Tigers and continued to hold on to a perfect conference record Friday, Jan. 5. Brittany Jaskolka was nearly perfect on the line, shooting eight of nine free throws and 12 total points on the night. Caitlin Flanigan and Janey Emery shared the spotlight with 13 points apiece, and the Dragon defense was stellar, allowing only five points in the first, third and fourth quarters. Webster’s Amanda Alberg led the Tigers with a total of 14 points, and Beth Baer picked up eight on the night. – Marty Seeger

Frederic 67, Webster 31 FREDERIC – Every player in the Vikes’ lineup scored, and the Vikes rolled, 67-31. “We played sluggish and slow to start,” said Vikings Coach Troy Wink. “Webster did a good job in their 1-3-1 half-court defense to disrupt us. So, to their credit we really had to work for

St. Croix Falls 44, Grantsburg 67 GRANTSBURG – “As a team we played very well in the second half,” said Saints Coach Angie Maternowsky. The Saints got off to a slow start against Grantsburg Friday, Jan. 5, scoring only eight points. But the Saints picked it up in the third scoring 21 points, and 15 points in the fourth. Kelsey Douglass-White had a career high of 10 points, while Marissa Campeau led the team with 14 points. Molly Bjelland led the Pirates with 23 points, with 10 coming in the third period. Megan Finch scored 15 points for Grantsburg, and Miranda Kammeyer added 14. – Marty Seeger

Team Webster Frederic

Team St. Croix Falls Grantsburg

rebounds and six steals. Cola Hickthier, meanwhile, had slowed down Butternut’s six-foot post player according to Holicky. Hickthier also posted eight points despite the loss.

Webster Sam Hogle Amanda Alberg Chelsie Benson Kathryn Krause Chelsey Bereiter Shonne Stoll Beth Baer Katie Thill Rose Kopecky Leah Janssen Totals

1 6 10 Individual

Frederic Ann Nelson Kelly Wondra Erin Schmidt Anna Tesch Ali Lake Kathleen Jerry Becca Anderson Michelle Owens Jenny Murphy Melanie Chenal Totals Team Grantsburg Unity

1 13 6 Individual

2 3 7 13 20 20 Statistics 2s 3s 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 0

4 5 17 FTM/A 0/0 0/0 1/1 2/4 1/2 0/0 3/8 0/2 0/0 0/0 7/17

F TP 3 2 4 2 3 1 1 4 1 11 0 2 3 7 2 0 0 2 1 0 18 31

2s 1 0 1 0 7 3 4 1 4 3 26

FTM/A 1/2 2/5 0/0 0/0 2/4 0/0 2/2 0/0 2/2 0/0 9/14

F 1 1 5 1 1 3 2 0 2 4 20

3s 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2

Grantsburg Abby Vaksdal Sarah Wald Miranda Kammeyer Molly Bjelland Megan Finch Ingrid Ames Vanessa Kleiss Alison McKinley Lindsey Hedlund Totals

2 3 14 15 11 8 Statistics 2s 3s 1 0 0 0 7 0 8 0 3 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 27 0

Unity Cola Hickethier Tina Edgell Allie Peterson Brianna Schmid Brianna Bielmeier Andrea Thompson Lindsay Turner Totals

2s 1 3 0 2 2 7 1 7

3s 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

F 31 67

4 20 15

TP 3 2 2 2 16 9 13 2 10 6 67 F 62 40

FTM/A 0/1 0/0 5/11 1/2 1/2 1/2 0/0 0/0 0/0 8/18

F 0 2 3 2 0 1 2 1 0 11

TP 2 0 19 17 7 5 6 0 6 62

FTM/A 0/0 3/3 0/0 0/0 1/2 1/3 0/0 5/10

F TP 5 2 2 9 0 1 1 4 1 5 3 18 2 2 20 40

1 2 3 4 4 21 15 4 15 19 20 13 Individual Statistics St. Croix Falls 2s 3s FTM/A 0/1 2 0 Meghan Johnson Annie Confer 1 0 0/0 0 0/0 0 Alex Radinzel 0 0/0 Jenny Benoy 2 Marissa Campeau 4 1 3/7 2/2 0 Kelsey Douglass-White 4 0/0 Elle Kaskinen 3 0 Amanda Larson 1 0 0/0 0 0/0 Sasha Bryant 0 0 0/0 Megan Yunker 0 17 1 5/10 Totals 3s 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2

F 0 3 4 1 1 2 0 0 4 2 17

TP 6 2 0 4 14 10 6 2 0 0 44

FTM/A 2/4 0/0 1/1 1/2 0/6 0/0 1/2 0/0 5/15

F TP 0 14 1 2 2 23 1 15 1 10 0 2 3 0 1 0 8 67

1 2 3 4 17 13 15 5 5 9 5 5 Individual Statistics Siren 2s 3s FTM/A Lauren Howe 1 0 1/2 Jennifer Mitchell 0 0 0/2 Caitlin Flanigan 6 0 1/2 Courtney Daniels 1 0 0/0 Jena Coyour 1 0 0/2 Janey Emery 5 0 3/8 Brittany Jaskolka 2 0 8/9 Brynn McBroom 1 0 0/0 Kim Lindberg 0 0 0/0 Amanda Peterson 1 0 0/0 Haily Mulroy 0 0 1/2 Totals 18 0 14/27

F 50 24 F 1 2 1 2 2 4 0 2 1 0 1 16

Webster Sam Hogle Amanda Alberg Chelsie Benson Kathryn Krause Beth Baer Katie Thill Chelsey Bereiter Totals

F TP 5 0 1 14 1 0 3 0 4 8 5 2 1 0 20 24

Grantsburg Miranda Kammeyer Sara Wald Molly Bjelland Megan Finch Ingrid Ames Jade Johnson Vanessa Kleiss Lindsey Hedlund Totals

2s 6 1 11 4 5 0 1 0 28

F 44 67

Team Siren Webster

2s 0 6 0 0 4 0 0 10

3s 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

FTM/A 0/4 2/6 0/0 0/0 0/2 2/4 0/2 4/18

TP 3 0 13 2 2 13 12 2 0 2 1 50














Luck Cardinals dominate Frederic! tributed offensively. Carson Giller led all players off the bench with five points in the second half. Mitchell Klatt hit three of four free throws, and Wallin nailed a bucket in the third. On the Vikings’ end, foreign exchange student Ariel Chang from Paraguay, who is playing basketball for the first time, got to see some playing time. “It’s got to be pretty overwhelming for him, but he’s taking it in pretty good and learning some things,” said Vikings coach Ben Nelson. “He hustles, he works hard and he knows some of the system stuff.” Though his team struggled against Luck and Webster over the past week, he has hopes it will pay off in the long run. “If you look at the three Lakelands (conferences), it’s the best Lakeland,” said Nelson. “When you’ve got Luck, Webster, Grantsburg and Unity, four teams that have kind of beat up on the nonconference teams they’ve played in other Lakelands. With these four teams, it’s preparing us for the tournament.” They will have Grantsburg, on Jan. 19, on the conference slate next to help them prepare.

Brennan Olson hits 16 as Luck rolls over Frederic Vikings Luck 63, Frederic 43 by Matt Blumkin FREDERIC – They didn’t light up the scoreboard with 90-percent shooting like they did against Shell Lake, but the Cards rolled nonetheless. “You’re not going to get one of those games all the time,” said Cards coach Rick Giller. His Cards started off quickly with Brennan Olson and Travis Pilz putting up points inside for a 10-3 lead. Olson caught fire for the Cards with eight of his 16 points in the first quarter including a jumper that pushed the lead to 11. “He’s looking for his shot a lot more,” said Cardinals guard Adam Wallin. The Cards played aggressively to the buzzer of that first quarter as Pilz picked up a steal and passed it to Cody Richert for a last-second shot attempt. Yet, the referees waved it off, and the Cards only led 21-5 after the quarter. The Vikes put together a 6-0 run in the second quarter, but the Cards continued to hold a double-digit lead, 30-13, by halftime. The Cards continued to build on that lead during the second half thanks in part to their press. They had 20 steals for the game. “Our press wasn’t very good in the first half, but then, the second half, he (Giller) gave us a little speech,” said Cards center Tyler Petersen. “We played hard and got more steals out of it.” During the second half, Cards’ reserves came off the bench and con-

Team Luck Frederic

Luck’s Brennan Olson trying to gain position against Frederic’s Steven Lake. The Cardinals dominated the Vikings on Jan. 5. They’ve improved to 10-1 on the season with their recent beating of St. Croix Falls on Jan. 9. – Photos by Matt Blumkin


Luck Brennan Olson Mike Christensen Harlan Opitz Travis Pilz Cody Richert Mitchell Klatt Tyler Petersen Adam Wallin Carson Giller Nick Morgan Totals

2 3 9 14 14 8 Statistics 2s 3s 8 0 2 0 0 0 8 0 1 4 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 26 1

FTM/A 0/3 0/0 0/0 2/7 0/0 3/4 2/2 0/0 1/2 0/0 8/14

F 1 1 3 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 14

Frederic Steve Lake Nolan Neumann Ben G. Anderson Zach Anderson Kyle Swenson Jake Schmidt Josh Nelson Totals

2s 4 0 1 3 3 0 0 11

FTM/A 1/1 0/0 1/3 0/0 3/4 1/2 0/2 6/12

F TP 3 9 5 0 1 6 2 6 1 9 4 4 0 0 16 34


NAME: Sarah Petersen SCHOOL: Luck YEAR: Junior COMMENTS: Sarah Petersen, Britta Petersen’s younger sister, donned Britta’s old number 23 this season for the Cards. She came up with a clutch shot against Asker, Norway, to send the game Sarah Petersen to overtime before the Cards fell 55-50. Petersen had seven points in the game. – Matt Blumkin

1 21 5 Individual

3s 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2

4 19 7

F 63 34 TP 16 4 0 18 11 3 4 2 5 0 63


NAME: Isaac Bont SCHOOL: SCF YEAR: Senior COMMENTS: Isaac Bont picked up his 100th career win against Clear Lake on Jan. 4. He also became the 15th Saints wrestler to do so. He followed that up with a first-place finish Isaac Bont at the Chetek Invitational on Jan. 6. Bont has a 19-6 record on the season at 171 and 189 pounds. – Matt Blumkin

Youth on Target!

Zach Anderson of Frederic coming down with a rebound against Luck on Friday, Jan. 5.

Youth from Burnett County receiving instruction from a Timberwolves offical. – Photo submitted














Don’t Blaine it on the snow: Cats romp!

Wildcats ski team dominates Blaine, Minn., in nearflawless performance by Matt Blumkin TAYLORS FALLS – “It’s unusual to get that consistency,” said Chisago Lakes-St. Croix Falls Coach Dan Raedeke, noting that his entire lineup skied well. His Wildcats dominated the Blaine, Minn., Bengals with a 52-3 win for the

Wildcats skier Jennifer Sandberg against Blaine on Jan. 9. – Photo courtesy of Dan Raedeke

boys and a 55-0 win for the girls. The Wildcat girls swept all of the top 10spots in their race. Sarah Bottjen won the race in what Raedeke said was her best race of the season. Melinda Beyer took fifth for the Wildcats, and Kate Wright finished eighth. The boys raced a competitive race against each other. The top five finished within 0.1 seconds of each other as Mitch Peterson continued his dominance with a first-place finish. Andrew Wagner came right behind at second place.

B U C K S - W O LV E S

Gymnastics action Pirates come out strong after break by Matt Blumkin GRANTSBURG – The Pirate gymnasts looked as good as new during their first meet of 2007. “I was concerned that we did not get very many practices in over the break, but this meet actually went better then I anticipated,” said Pirates Coach Kathy Lund. She said the girls performed well on the floor exercises with Michelle Lund taking second overall with a score of 8.325. Jamie Lund scored an 8.15, and Maarja Anderson had an 8.05. They also saw similar results with the vault. “We improved in the vault with three gymnasts hitting in the eights,” said Coach Lund. Jamie took second overall on the


R E A Hacker’s Lanes

Sunday Afternoon Mixed

Standings: Sandbaggers 5, Misfits 5, Underdogs 5, Gems 5, Storm Chasers 2, Flame Throwers 2, Hot Shots 2, SpareUs 2. Men’s games: Mac McCann (Underdogs) 213, Jim Loomis (Spare-Us) 206, Brandon Barfknecht (Hot Shots) 203. Men’s series: Chuck Moyer (Sandbaggers) 555, Mac McCann (Underdogs) 546, Jim Loomis (Spare-Us) 531. Women’s games: Gail Linke (Storm Chasers) 180, Edla Meyer (Sandbaggers) 173, Bea Moyer (Sandbaggers) 149. Women’s series: Gail Linke (Storm Chasers) 513, Edla Meyer (Sandbaggers) 457, Sue Erickson (Misfits) 428. Team games: Underdogs 872, Sandbaggers 839, Storm Chasers 810. Team series: Sandbaggers 2419, Underdogs 2389, Storm Chasers 2316. Splits converted: 3-10: Angie White. 57: Tanya Harter. 5-10: Theony Gardner.

Monday Afternoon Retired (End of 1st half)

Standings: Swans 33, Eagles 31, Nite Hawks 30.5, Badgers 25.5. Men’s games: Tom Johnson (Nite Hawks) 210, Dick Coen (Nite Hawks) 208, Roger Messer (Eagles) 194. Men’s series: Dick Coen (Nite Hawks) 553, Tom Johnson (Nite Hawks) 547, Buster Hinricks (Swans) 457. Women’s games: Lucy Hansen (Eagles) 168, Betty Anderson (Badgers) 166, Thelma Hendricks (Nite Hawks) 158. Women’s series: Lucy Hansen (Eagles) 474, Thelma Hendricks (Nite Hawks) 454, Betty Anderson (Badgers) 444. Team games: Nite Hawks 683, Eagles 602, Swans 601. Team series: Nite Hawks 1948, Swans 1749, Eagles 1730. Monday Night Ladies

Standings: Hacker’s Lanes 7, Radio Shack 5, Adventure’s 5, The Bottle Shop 4, House of Wood 3, S&C Bank 2, Mane Attractions 2, Miller Chicks 0. Individual games: Nancy Anderson (HL) 210, Rhonda Bazey (HW) 202, Robin Lindvall (BS) 187. Individual series: Nancy Anderson (HL) 548, Rhonda Bazey (HW) 523, Robin Lindvall (BS) 517. Team games: Hacker’s Lanes 662, House of Wood 602, Radio Shack 600. Team series: Hacker’s Lanes 1893, Radio Shack 1773, House of Wood 1740.

vault with a score of 8.475, and Alyssa Ryan scored 8.30 for third. Michelle had a score of 8.025, which gave her fifth place. Their performance on the beam didn’t help them though. “On the beam, we made our mounts, but missed our connections and lost points,” said Coach Lund. Despite their problems on the beams, Maarja Anderson and Jamie each had no falls. They also did that in their last meet against St. Croix Falls. Saints Cross into top four SUPERIOR – Kayla Cross of the St. Croix Falls gymnastics team took fourth overall at the Superior Invitational on Jan. 6. Saints Coach Dawn Schmit noted that Cross improved on her bar score by a point.



Tuesday Classic

Standings: Frandsen Dairy 7-12, Pioneer Bar 2-9, Crazy Ladies 7-9, All Around Gals 5-7, Hacker’s Lanes 0-5. Individual games: Ernie Meyer (CL) 191, Char Sandberg (PB) 184, Liz Johnson (HL) 183. Individual series: Ernie Meyer (CL) 506, Diana Erickson (PB) 470, Pat Bresina (AAG) 455. Team games: Crazy Ladies 747, All Around Gals 737, Pioneer Bar 735. Team series: Crazy Ladies 2146, Pioneer Bar 2068, Frandsen Dairy 2003. Standings: Pioneer Bar 4, Skol Bar 4, A1 Machine 3, Lewis Silo 2, Cummings Lumber 2, Parker 1, Jack Pine Trading 0, Bye 0. Individual games: Jake Anderson (A-1) 237, Scott Morrison (A-1) 236, Brett Daeffler (JT) 235. Individual series: Mike Erickson (PB) 658, Don Hughes (SB) 622, Mark Bohn (SB) 598. Team games: Parker 952, Lewis Silo


Friday Night Ladies

Tuesday Late Mixed

Wednesday Night Early Men


Next: vs. Clippers, Nets, @ Grizzlies The unseasonably warm weather isn’t the only thing that’s hot, as the Timberwolves have won three-straight overtime games as of Jan. 7. They beat the San Antonio Spurs, 103-101, and then, they beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 104-102. They did it again on Sunday, Jan. 7, against the Houston Rockets, 103-99. Mark Blount, who has been having a career year for the Wolves, continued to emerge as he scored 28 points against the Spurs and 21 points along with 10 rebounds against the Rockets. Three Wolves had double-doubles in the win over the Rockets. Kevin Garnett had his usual double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Mike James had liftoff in his game for the Wolves with 12 points and 10 assists.The Wolves improved to 17-15 and moved in front of the Denver Nuggets in the Northwest dIvision standings.– Matt Blumkin

Inc. 2532.

Standings: Hacker’s Lanes 11, Bottle Shop 11, Great Northern Outdoors 10, Oddballs 8, Ward Lake Services 5, Yellow Lake Lodge 3, Hog Wild 2, Pioneer Bar 2. Men’s games: Ron Skow 278, Ed Bitler 258, John Bytnar 233. Men’s series: Ron Skow 658, Ricky Daniels 640, Don Hughes 624. Team games: Hacker’s Lanes 634, Great Northern Outdoors 614, Bottle Shop 613. Team series: Hacker’s Lanes 1773, Great Northern Outdoors 1764, Bottle Shop 1726.

Wednesday Afternoon Ladies


Next: @ Cavaliers, vs. Wizards Bucks fans all across the state of Wisconsin rejoyced after the Bucks recent winning streak, and for a moment some were even making bold assumptions about what could happen in the new year. It seemed like a perfect assumption that the Bucks might be playoff material, that is, until they lost Michael Redd to a recent injury. Redd has been nominated twice this season as the Eastern Confererce Player of the Week, but recently sustained an injury that will keep him out for six to eight weeks. Charlie Villanueva is another Bucks player that has been struggling with injury this season as well. If things couldn’t seem any worse, Milwaukee has dropped their last three games since the start of the new year. It might be time to start changing those new year’s resolutions. At least for now anyway. – Marty Seeger


Standings: Pumpkin Heads 7-0, RTs 70, Rat Pack 5-2, Packer Backers 2-5, McCurdy Farms 0-7, Rock and Bowl 0-7. Men’s games: Bruce Gravelle 221, Randy McCurdy 204, Chad Brugman 200. Men’s series: Chad Brugman 542, John Bytnar 531, Bruce Gravelle 517. Women’s games: Tiffanie Tretsven 163, Cynthia Omer 154, Rose Burnham 151. Women’s series: Tiffanie Tretsven 462, Cynthia Omer 435, Rose Burnham 404. Team games: Packer Backers 633, Rock and Bowl 626, McCurdy Farms 618. Team series: Packer Backers 1839, Rock and Bowl 1837, McCurdy Farms 1694. Splits converted: 5-10: Rose Burnham.

Coon hunting at Wild Mountain TAYLORS FALLS – Simone Raedeke won her first high school race for the Chisago Lakes-St. Croix Falls Wildcats as both the boys and girls teams downed Coon Rapids, Minn., 51-4. “Taking nine out of 10 spots from a good Coon Rapids team shows that the whole team skied well,” said Wildcats Coach Dan Raedeke. Melinda Beyer finished second for the girls, while Mitch Peterson and Andrew Wagner finished first and second for the boys.

945 & 939. Team series: Lewis Silo 2752, Skol Bar 2723, Pioneer Bar 2691. Thursday Early 3-Man

Standings: CenturyTel 11.5, Frontier Trails 10, Full Timers 8, Wikstrom Construction 8, K-Wood 5, Grindell Law Offices 5, Fab Four 3, Hell Raisers 1.5. Individual games: Bruce Wikstrom (WC) 251, Ed Bitler (KW) 246, Simon Nelson (GLO) 246, Don McKinney (FF) 228. Individual series: Don McKinney (FF) 652, Lydell Larson (FrT) 646, Simon Nelson (GLO) 599. Team games: K-Wood 595, Fab Four 591, Grindell Law Offices 588. Team series: Fab Four 1683, K-Wood 1633, Full Timers 1609. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Bruce Wikstrom (WC) 5x = 251; Ed Bitler (K-W) 5x = 246; Lydell Larson (FrT) 5x = 227. Games 50 or more above average: Bruce Wikstrom (WC) 251 (90); Simon Nelson (GLO) 246 (64). Series 100 or more above average: Bruce Wikstrom (WC) 592 (109). Splits converted: 3-10: Tim Pederson (FF). 4-5: John Hickey (FF). 4-7-9-10: Tim Pederson (FF). Thursday Late

Standings: Stotz & Company 3-1, Johnson Upholstery 3-1, Wardlake Services 3-1, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 1-3, Hansen Farms Inc. 1-3, Fisk Trucking 1-3. Individual games: Norm Hansen 269, Lydell Larson 244, Dick Coen 233. Individual series: Lydell Larson 652, Norm Hansen 620, Steve Baillargeon 596. Team games: Wardlake Services 1027, Hansen Farms Inc. 872, Stotz & Company 866. Team series: Wardlake Services 2894, Stotz & Company 2550, Hansen Farms

Standings: 4-Season Travel 12, The Leader 10, Meyer’s Plus 9, Hole in the Wall 8, Skol Bar 6, Tin Cup Promotions 6, Brad’s Ringneck 5, Bye 0. Individual games: Sandy King 212, Cara Holicky 205, Gail Linke 201. Individual series: Cara Holicky 558, Gail Linke 554, Sandy King 510. Team games: The Leader 723, Brad’s Ringneck 700, Meyer’s Plus 686. Team series: Brad’s Ringneck 1919, 4Season Travel 1885, Meyer’s Plus 1858. Games 50 or more above average: Sandy King, Sheila Hansen. Splits converted: 5-10: Sheila Hansen. 5-6-10: Myrna Magnuson. Saturday Night Mixed

Standings: Handicaps, Generation III, Garbe’s Gang, Schmidt House 4, CC Lupinos, Skowl, Dead Eyes, Lakers. Men’s games: Ron Skow (SK) 254, Don Hughes (SUB) 223 & 215. Men’s series: Ron Skow (SK) 649, Don Hughes (SUB) 648, Mike Renfroe (GE) 562. Women’s games: Deb Ingram (SK) 206 & 194, Kathy Java (LA) 190, Kelly Schmidt (SC) 190. Women’s series: Deb Ingram (SK) 544, Kathy Underwood (SUB) 532, Kelly Schmidt (SC) 504. Team games: Skowl 718, Generation III 716, Skowl 714. Team series: Skowl 2145, Generation III 2041, Lakers 1997.

Black & Orange Early Birds

Standings: Black & Orange 8-4, 10th Hole 7-5, Gandy Dancer Saloon 5-7, Log Cabin Store 4-8. Individual games: Marion Obszarny (10th) 212, Bev Johnson (GD) 176, Carol Gullickson (GD) 174. Individual series: Carol Gullickson (GD) 487, Donna Crain (B&O) 476, Marcy Viebrock (B&O) 464. Team games: Gandy Dancer Saloon 937, Black & Orange 908, 10th Hole 845. Team series: Gandy Dancer Saloon 2580, Black & Orange 2563, 10th Hole 2329. Games 50 or more above average: Marion Obszarny 212 +85. Monday Night Men

Standings: Larry’s LP 4-0, Bruce’s Auto 3-1, Parker 3-1, Glass & Mirror Works 13, Pope’s Construction 1-3, Vacant 0-4. Individual games: Dean Eytcheson

(BA) 221, George Godzik (PC) 218, Curt Phelps (BA) 203. Individual series: Curt Phelps (BA) 576, Dean Eytcheson (BA) 567, George Godzik (PC) 564. Team games: Bruce’s Auto 935, Parker 920, Glass & Mirror Works 904. Team series: Parker 2689, Bruce’s Auto 2659, Pope’s Construction & Larry’s LP 2640. Games 50 or more above average: Dean Eytcheson 221 +52. TNT Ladies (End of 1st half)

Standings: Larry’s LP 6-2, Cashco 4-4, Flower Power 3-5, Wild Bills 3-5. Individual games: Cheryl Hansen (WB) 211, Vicki Tollander (C) 203, Celia Leehe (L) 192. Individual series: Cheryl Hansen (WB) 528, Vicki Tollander (C) 497, Celia Leehe (L) 494. Team games: Cashco 751, Larry’s LP 741, Flower Power 687. Team series: Larry’s LP 2082, Cashco 2081, Flower Power 1993. Games 50 or more above average: Cheryl Hansen 211 +55, Vicki Tollander 203 +68. Wednesday Night Men

Standings: T&P Tree Service 4-0, 10th Hole 3-1, Lions 3-1, Black & Orange 3-1, Northview Drive Inn 1-3, Blasters 1-3, Lynch Mob 1-3, Cashco 0-4. Individual games: Monte Rinnman (C) 208, Brad Reinhardt (N) 203, Chuck Houman (10th) 202. Individual series: Brad Reinhardt (N) 531, Chuck Houman (10th) 525, Gary Parkins (10th) 505. Team games: Lions 949, Northview Drive Inn 934, 10th Hole 933. Team series: Lions 2716, 10th Hole 2708, T&P Tree Service 2700. Games 50 or more above average: Chuck Houman 202 +52. Series 100 or more above average: Larry Johnson 434 +113. Thursday Night Ladies

Standings: Ben Ott Const. 6-2, Hole in the Wall 5-3, Riske Dick’s 5-3, Pour House 3-5, Check Services 3-5, Black & Orange 2-6. Individual games: Jennifer Kern (B&O) 205, Daphe Churchill (RD) 201, Julie Chalupsky (H) 176, Angie Olson (CS) 201. Individual series: Daphe Churchill (RD) 544, Jennifer Kern (B&O) 514, Angie Olson (CS) 508. Team games: Riske Dick’s 748, Ben Ott Const. 678, Black & Orange 677. Team series: Riske Dick’s 2105, Ben Ott





Gator food for thought In the wake of Flordia’s 41-14 romp over Ohio State for the Bowl Championship Series National ChampiMatt onship game, one can draw several concluBlumkin sions. H E First of all, a 51-day T layoff from competition is far too long, even for the mighty Buckeyes. Secondly, Florida (13-1) did deserve a shot a the national title, and finally, Boise State (13-0) does too. OK, realistically, Boise State woudn’t beat either Florida or Ohio State head-tohead. However, they did beat Oklahoma, which does say something. The BCS should not punish Boise State for being a small school. Besides BSU, LSU beat the Gators during the season, and they creamed Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl. In addition, USC manhandled Michigan, a team Ohio State barely beat. Don’t those teams deserve a chance? All it takes is one off day in September, October or November and a team’s national title hopes are dashed. That’s what happened to USC and LSU. Finally, I’ll address the money argument since none of these bowls or their sponsors are about to give up their games whether meaningful or meaningless. The NCAA could keep the bowl games, which could co-exist with a national playoff system. I believe it would be similar to the basketball National Invitational Tournament, which the gives teams that missed the NCAA Tournament an opportunity to shine. Hey, more money for the NCAA, sponsors and the mainstream media. That’s what they want, right? These things again demonstrate college football’s needs for a playoff system! For now, I’ll just look forward to 2008 when North Dakota State is playoff eligible for a Division I-AA.


What’s going on in Gopherland? While Ohio State has garnered most of the Big Ten’s and the nation’s attention, the University of Minnesota conducted plenty of shenanigans. The Swami was 151 last week, which raised his overall mark to 64-10, or 88 percent. “No car dealers or newspaper stiffs in the region are anywhere close to that percentage,” he said. Then the Prediction King asked for extra space in this week’s column to make the THE SWAMI following humble plea: “It has come to my attention that many local fans are choosing to stay home rather than attend basketball games. They say, ‘Eh, why bother? Once I read the Swami’s column, I already know who is going to win as well as the approximate score of the game.’” That may well be true, but for the sake of our local athletes and our schools, I urge you not to forego your attendance. The kids need your support and the schools’ athletic budgets can certainly benefit from your admission fee. Thank you. Yours truly, The Swami.

The Swami






How on earth did they blow a 38-7 lead in the Bowl? The Gophers athletic department made the right call by firing football coach Glen Mason. Yet, why does the Twin Cities press have to make a fuss over the possibility of the Gophers hiring an African American? It may not be Martin Luther King Day, but the attention to race is unecessary. All people are equal, so I think it does little good to draw public attention to someone’s race. Diversity in and of itself is good, but to place importance on it in the hiring of a football coach is overboard. Furthermore, the Gophers have proven themselves hypocrites of their own political correctness. They’ll play the North Dakota Fighting Sioux in hockey but in no other sport because of their nickname. Finally, the Gophers unveiled the design for their new football stadium. While it is exciting that Gophers will be playing outdoors again, that is truly a disordered use of funds. There’s over hundreds of people in the region without roofs over their heads while the Gophers complain about the one (Metrodome roof) over theirs. Excitement in Badgerland The Wisconsin Badger men’s basketball team has bolted out to a 13-1 overall start, and they’ve acheived the No. 3 ranking in the nation. That is the highest ranking ever for the Badgers. Will this team go further than the Final Four team that ran into Michigan State earlier this decade? NFL Predictions Now that the holiday fun over and time for business (I’m still mourning the end of the Christmas season). I wanted to catch up on the NFL and offer my predictions for the playoffs. The first round didn’t suprise me except the Cowboys’ Tony Romo botching the snap that lost the game with the Seahawks. Divisional Round: Chargers 28, Patriots 27: This is a battle of titans, but the Chargers are unstoppable with LaDainian Tomlinson. Ravens 35, Colts 24: The Colts have no run defense, and Peyton Manning can’t save the day. Saints 24, Eagles 17: No more Eagle magic. It’s the year of the Saints. “Reggie, Reggie, Reggie!” Seahawks 31, Bears 10: The Seahawks are a seasoned playoff team, and Derrick Alexander is running loose again. The Bears’ offense is not consistent. Boys games: St. Croix Falls 51, Siren 47: This game will be closer than some expect. Webster 58, Grantsburg 45: The Tigers have been playing flawlessly of late. Frederic 50, Northwood 45: It won’t be a cinch, but the Vikes break their mini skid. Grantsburg 67, Pine City 66: It’s been years since the Swami has picked two Pirate losses in one week, and he couldn’t bear to do it this week. Luck 64, Unity 46: The Cards hammer out another one-sided win. Cameron 67, St. Croix Falls 45: The Central Lakeland leaders top the Saints. Girls games: Siren 58, St. Croix Falls 30: Man, there seems to be a lot of mismatches this year. Grantsburg 60, Webster 33: Man, there seems to be a lot of mismatches this year. Frederic 54, Northwood 30: See previous two comments. Luck 31, Unity 30: In a shocker, the Cards avenge an earlier defeat. The Swami answers all e-mails and can be reached at







West Lakeland Conference Standings

Team Luck Unity Grantsburg Webster St. Croix Falls Frederic Siren


Conf. 4-0 4-1 3-2 3-1 1-3 1-5 0-4


Overall 10-1 7-2 4-3 8-1 3-5 4-7 1-6

Friday, January 5 Grantsburg 59, St. Croix Falls 38 Webster 54, Siren 26 Luck 63, Frederic 34 Monday, January 8 Prairie Farm 50, Siren 49 Tuesday, January 9 Webster 61, Frederic 27 Siren 51, Lac Courte Oreilles 44 Unity 53, Grantsburg 52 Luck 69, St. Croix Falls 32

Coming up

Thursday, January 11 Siren at St. Croix Falls, 7:30 p.m. Firday, January 12 Webster at Grantsburg, 7:30 p.m. Luck at Unity, 7:30 p.m. Northwood at Frederic, 7:30 p.m. Monday, January 15 Unity at Cumberland,7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 16 Cameron at St. Croix Falls, 7:30 p.m.

West Lakeland Conference Standings

Team Siren Grantsburg Frederic St. Croix Falls Webster Unity Luck




Friday, January 5 Blizzard 4, Pine City, Minn. 2 Tuesday, January 9 Amery 6, Blizzard 3

Coming up

Friday, January 12 Milwaukee Pius at Blizzard, 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 16 Blizzard at Moose Lake, Minn., 7 p.m.

Coming up

Thursday, January 11 Siren at St. Croix Falls, 6 p.m. Friday, January 12 Luck at Unity, 6 p.m. Webster at Grantsburg, 6 p.m. Northwood at Frederic, 6 p.m. Monday, January 15 Clear Lake at Unity, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 16 Siren at Solon Springs, 6 p.m. Frederic at Shell Lake, 7:30 p.m.


Lady Blizzard



Thursday, January 4 Menomenie 4, Lady Blizzard 1 Friday, January 5 Northland Pines 6, Lady Blizzard 2 Tuesday, January 9 New Richmond 6, Lady Blizzard 3

Coming Up

Thursday, January 11 Lady Blizzard at Superior, 8 p.m.


Thursday, January 11 St. Croix Falls at Unity, 7 p.m. Luck-Frederic-Grantsburg at Clear Lake, 7 p.m. Saturday, January 13 St. Croix Falls Invitational, 9 a.m. (St. Croix Falls, Unity) Medford Tournament, 9 a.m. (Luck-Frederic-Grantsburg)


Tuesday, January 16 Andover, Minn. vs. Chisago Lks-SCF, 5:30 p.m. (at Trollhaugen)

Overall 7-1 6-2 7-3 4-6 5-6 1-10 1-9

Wednesday, January 3 Asker, Norway 55, Luck 50, OT Friday, January 5 Butternut-Glidden 36, Unity 26 Siren 50, Webster 24 Grantsburg 67, St. Croix Falls 44 Frederic 55, Luck 25 Tuesday, January 9 Grantsburg 67, Unity 44 St. Croix Falls 39, Luck 26 Frederic 63, Webster 31



Conf. 5-0 5-1 4-2 3-3 2-4 1-5 0-5


Thursday, January 11 Grantsburg at North Branch, Minn., 6:30 p.m. Saturday, January 13 River Falls Invitational, 11:45 a.m. (Grantsburg, St. Croix Falls)


Week of January 2

Team Greg’s Gals Wise Guys Blacksmith Shop Harvest Moon #1 10’ers Hack’s Kassel Tap Glass Bar

Score 73 70 70 55 55 49 45 34

Youth hockey results Burnett Youth Hockey Weekly Results January 5-7

Barron Grizzlies 10, Burnett Blizzard 3 Goals: Brady Mangen (3) Mites A Burnett Blizzard 13, Barron 1 Goals: Jenna Curtis (3), Brady Mangen (6), Bailey Mangen, A. Larson, Jordan Larson Assists: Andrew Ruiz, Bailey Magnen, Tanner Lee Saves: Garrett Hunter (3) Burnett Blizzard 7, Spooner 0 Jenna Curtis (4), Bailey Mangen, Sophie Phernetton, Dylan Strait Assists: Sophie Phernetton (2), Brady Mangen Saves: Garrett Hunter (2) Squirt A Burnett Blizzard 5, Altoona 3 Goals: Ryan Curits (4), Triston Alden Assists: Ryan Curtis Saves: Paige Young (12) Burnett Blizzard (w 8-2) Goals: Ryan Curtis, Vinney Larson (2), Max Norman, Nick Robinson, Lara Harlander (2), D.J. Hunter Assists: Vinney Larson (3), D.J. Hunter, Jeremy Roy Saves: Brett Richison (10) Burnett Blizzard (t 5-5) Goals: Ryan Curtis (5) Saves: Brett Richison (17) Squirt B Pewee A Burnett Blizzard 10, New Richmond 2 Goals: Joe Engelhart (5), Anthony Dietmeier (2), Tyler Richison, Ashley Dietmeier, Shay Johnson. Assists: Joe Engelhart (2), Tyler Richison, Ashley Dietmeier, Anthony DIetemeier Saves: Aaron Dietemeier (2) Burnett Blizzard 11, Menomonie 5 Goals: Aaron Dietmeier (4), Joe Engelhart (3), Alex Hoppins, Tiyler Richison, Anthony Dietmeier, Jacob Swenson

Assists: Anthoyn Dietmeier (4), Ashley Dietemeier (20), Shay Johnson (2), Matt Larson Saves: Jimmy Richison (13) Burnett Blizzard 5, Tartan Park, Minn. 2 Goals: Joe Engelhart (3), Tyler Richison, Aaron Dietmeier Assists: Anthony Dietemeier (2), Ashley DIetmeier, Tyler Richison Saves: Jimmy Richison (9) Burnett Blizzard 13, Spooner 1 Goals: Aaron Dietmeier (3), Joe Engelhart (2), Anthony Dietmeier (3), Jimmy Richison, Tyler Richison, Jacob Swenson Saves: Alex Hopkins (6) Pewee B Barron 9, Burnett Blizzard 1 Goals: Ryan Curtis Assists: Vinney Larson Saves: Conner McGinnity (12) Bantam Spooner 5, Burnett-Grantsburg Pirates 1 Goals: Ben Jensen Assists: Jeremy Wikstrom Saves: Thomas Labatt (38 Somerset 7, Burnett-Grantsburg Pirates 1 Goals: Jeremy Wikstrom Saves: Thomas Labatt (18) Burnett-Grantsburg Pirates 5, Barron 3 Goals: Connor Pierce, Ben Jensen, Ben Shives, Jordan Sargent, Adam Cordell Assists: Ben Shives, Will Shirley, Adam Cordell, Nate Larson, Jeremy Wikstrom Saves: Thomas Labatt (45) U-14 Chippewa Falls 5, Burnett-Grantsburg 0 Saves: Gabby Schiller (20) Ashland 9, Burnett-Grantsburg 4 Goals: Ashley Dietmeier (3), Paige Johnson Assists: Brittney Hopkins (2), Kassie Lien Saves: Gabby Schiller (8)


Quiet December for FPD FREDERIC – It was a relatively quiet month for the Frederic Police Department, according to a report handed out at the monthly meeting of the village board, Monday evening. The department, now consisting of a new police chief, R.J. Severude, and patrol officer Dale Johnson, along with some part-time help, noted it was a very quiet month. Johnson was present at the meeting to outline the following incidents to the board: • Two groups of children ran away from the Northwest Assessment Center.

• The FPD assisted the Frederic Fire Department when two dogs went through the ice in Coon Lake. • Officer Warner solved a burglary/theft case involving theft from a vehicle and the resulting bond violation. • A bounced check case was referred to the district attorney for felony charges. Other incidents noted included one charge of providing alcohol to minors; one warrant arrest (felony); one hit and run accident; two suspicious person reports; two motorist assists; one dog at large (taken to

pound); one missing person and semi truck (from out west - the person and vehicle were located); two reports of domestic violence; one noise complaint; three traffic accidents; one report of damage to property; two reports of child out of control at school; one civil issue; one medical first responder; one criminal traffic ticket; one child custody case and three assists to other agencies. The month ended, the report notes, with a “quiet” New Year’s Eve.– Gary King

Polk County criminal court John Goodie, 17, Amery, burglary, theft. Preliminary hearing set for Jan. 18. Steven Schramski, 50, St. Croix Falls, OWI, operating with prohibitied alcohol concentration of .08 or more. Preliminary hearing set for Jan. 18. Kari Bernston, 24, St. Croix Falls, pled not guilty to disorderly conduct. Court entered a not guilty plea. Court review set for March 20.

David Sampson, 30, Pine City, Minn., resisting an officer. Bench warrant issued. Kimma Mosay, 35, Luck, disorderly conduct. Bench warrant issued. Ricky Hiemstra, 37, Clayton, fail to report to jail. Adjourned initial hearing set for Jan. 16. Lisa Broker, 37, Clayton, pled not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia. Signature bond set of $1,000.

Keith Rott, 44, Minneapolis, Minn., pled not guilty to theft. Signature bond set of $1,000. Colin O’Leary, 24, Burnsville, Minn., possession of marijuana. Signature bond set of $1,000. Adjourned initial hearing set for Jan. 16. Brandon Judge, 17, Amery, pled not guilty to disorderly conduct. Court review set for Feb. 8. Travis Chaput, 24, Danbury,

battery. Adjourned initial hearing set for Jan. 16. Jason Brotzel, 27, Clayton, pled not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia. Review set for Feb. 16. Amber Schumacher, 25, Frederic, pled not guilty to disorderly conduct. Review set for Feb. 9. Kenneth Cunningham, Stillwater, Minn., pled not guilty to battery and disorderly conduct.

Polk County circuit court Fremont Investment and Loan, Ontario, Calif., plaintiff. Nathan Bowers, Milltown, defendant. Plaintiff seeks mortgage foreclosure in amount of $115,962.30. Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, Madison, plaintiff. Jacob Frederick, Frederic, defendant. Plaintiff seeks mortgage foreclosure in amount of $90,502.06. Polk County, Balsam Lake, plaintiff. Pamela Hokanson, Rice Lake, defendant. The county seeks a money judgement of $44,658.61 for the cost of care and services provided to Hokanson. Wells Fargo, Fort Mill, S.C., plaintiff. Lance and Kathryn Hjulberg, Luck, defendants. Plaintiff seeks mortgage foreclosure in amount of $115,840.85. Jay Norman, Milltown, plaintiff. Wausau Underwriters, Insurance Co. and village of Milltown, defendants. Plaintiff seek damages after failure of sewer system that plaintiff alleges occurred because of negligence of village of Milltown.

HSBC Mortgage Services, Prospect Heights, Ill., plaintiff. Jody Molamphy, Balsam Lake, defendant. Plaintiff seeks mortgage foreclosure in amount of $103,892.96. Elisabeth Dahl, Amery, plaintiff. Jay Brandstrom, Somerset and Buberl Recycling and Compost, Inc., Stillwater, defendants. Plaintiff seeks damages for injury she sustained in accident and alleges the collision was due to plaintiff’s negligence. CitiMortgage, Inc., Coppell,

Texas, plaintiff. Teresa and Randall Bishop, St. Croix Falls, defendants. Plaintiff seeks mortgage foreclosure in amount of $148,750.43. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., Santa Ana, Calif., plaintiff. Teresa Anderson,

Amery, defendant. Plaintiff seeks mortgage foreclosure in amount of $96,701.52. S & C Bank, New Richmond, plaintiff. Sandra Wood, Amery, defendant. Plaintiff seeks mortgage foreclosure in amount of $5,062.57.


Review set for Feb. 9. Brian Taylor, 21, Frederic, operating vehicle while revoked. Signature bond set of $1,000. Thomas Johnson, 21, St. Croix Falls, pled not guilty to OWI, operating with PAC .08 or more, OAR. Cash bond set of $750. Brian Rood, 27, St. Croix Falls, OWI, operating with PAC .08 or more. Adjourned initial hearing set for Feb. 5.












Long distance trap line

Hello friends, A couple of weeks ago I wrote to you about a weekend trapping experience I had with Doug Cibulka and two of my stepsons. The four of Mark us set some traps Walters under the ice for muskrat in the MeadOUTDOORSMAN’S ow Valley Wildlife Area. Neither Doug Cibulka or myself had ever attempted to trap rats under the ice and realized it can be pretty difficult trying to get a muskrat to swim into a body grip trap. That weekend experience set a fire underneath of me that forced me to buy four dozen 110 and 160-body grip traps and start a long-distance trap line in an attempt to learn how to catch muskrat under the ice and maybe even make some extra cash. Friday, Dec. 22 High 39, low 21 This column covers three weeks of fieldwork, so there is a ton to write about. Today was 13-year-old Joey Dushek’s first day of Christmas break and he spent it on the trap line with me. We made 25 sets with the first one being made close to a mile from the


A 160-body grip trap is very efficient in catching muskrat under ice. – Photo submitted truck. About noon, a steady rain began and I kept mentioning to Joey that he might want to put his gloves on because he was chilling down and didn’t even know it. About 3 p.m., the normally active and very talkative boy lost all power in his batteries and I knew he must have caught a chill. We didn’t make it to the truck until dark and he loved the heater and was literally snoring before I was a mile down the road. I bet he wears his gloves from now on. Joey and I had the pleasure of talking to a couple of veteran trappers while we were on the ice today. Darrel Hardy of Necedah and Gene Parker of Dexterville are running a long-distance trap line and had a basket full of muskrat for their efforts. I could probably learn more in one day trapping with those

guys than I could in a month of trapping by myself. Tuesday, Dec. 26 High 41, low 28 The warm weather the world seems to be experiencing has me concerned about long-term problems for our planet. On the short term it’s a good thing I wear chest waders all day long because I had broken through the ice several times including twice because of warm highs as well as lows. Today I had a pretty nasty experience while I was setting a brand-new 160body grip trap for the first time. One of the safety locks was put on backwords at the factory, and the teeth that hold the trigger also had a factory flaw. While I was setting the trap two feet under the ice, while wearing a shoulder-length trappers glove, the trap went off on my left hand and caught all five fingers. I could not get the glove or trap off and my hand was in tough shape for a good 20-minute hike from the truck and a long drive to the real world. Through a mixture of ripping and thinking I set my hand free and all was well in my world. Thursday, Dec. 28 High 40, low 32 The coolest thing that happened on the trap line today was on the actual drive. While driving down a gravel road in the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge with my wife’s cousin Bill Dynes, we came across four wolves, or at least we think they were wolves. When we caught up to the four animals, of which one was obviously a female that had had nursing pups, and

another seemed to be an alpha male and the other two looked like pups. What was weird about the whole experience was that instead of darting into the woods, the animals just kept loping in front of my truck. After a mile of that I decided to pull over and try howling. I did just that and the critters stopped in their tracks and walked right up to my truck. Two of them had muzzles full of porcupine quills and I could literally feel their stress. I told Bill Dynes I figured they would enter the forest once they hit a fire lane and that was exactly what they did after another mile of jogging in front of my truck. Believe it or not, neither Billy Dynes nor myself had a camera for what was truly an incredible experience. Sunday, Dec. 31 High 42, low 34 Want to lose some serious weight? Walk on thin ice while pulling a loaded sled for eight hours at a time. Thin ice is a way of life, so is catching muskrat. Today I thoroughly enjoyed myself while once again spending the day under rainy conditions. I caught 13 muskrats and a mink to give me a total of 65. My first goal was 20, and then 50, and now has changed to 100. I will sell all of my fur at one time and hopefully have a large enough check to buy something special. Trapping is an adventure that requires constant thought to catch your quarry on a regular basis. I’m glad I had this experience! Sunset

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Joe’s Big Catch Joe Oustigoff of Hertel pulled these monster walleye through the ice on Friday, Jan. 5. The walleye on the left weighed in at eight pounds 10.5 ounces, and the fish on the left weighed 11 pounds 8.5 ounces. Photo courtesy of Big Mikes Outdoors

On track... In the clearer lakes you will likely find the crappies glued to the bottom, according to St. Croix Outdoors near St. Croix Falls. If you are fishing a darker lake, the crappies have been found on the edges of the weed line, and near structure. St. Croix Outdoors says that Bass Lake is a good bet if you are looking for northern pike. Also in the St. Croix Falls area is Mud Lake, which has been producing some nice crapppies, and Sand Lake has been producing good panfish and walleye. If you’re looking for the best walleye action in the area, your best bet is to hit Yellow Lake near Webster, before the best early season ice fishing is over. – Marty Seeger


An alliance of Wisconsin wildlife organizations is announcing the fifth-annual Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters Conference, which will be held March 2-3 at the Country Springs Hotel and convention center (previously Holiday Inn) in Stevens Point. The focus of the conference is to preserve and enhance the waterfowl hunting heritage, or how waterfowl hunting can be improved. The meeting is open to anyone who is interested in waterfowl hunting. Some of the topics that will be discussed at the conference include updates on DNR waterfowl management plans, potential new waterfowl regulations, waterfowl disease information, management of private waterfowl areas and more. For additional information on attending the Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters Conference visit the web site at or contact Don Gamble at or 715-595-6045 – Marty Seeger with information from Jon Bergquist



First babies Burnett Medical Center

Brady Eugene Gross, born on Jan. 8 at 12:27 p.m., is Burnett County’s first baby of the year. His parents are Kelly and Jared Gross, from the Atlas area. At birth Brady weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 inches long. His big sister, Carley Marie, is 22 months old. As the first baby in the county, Brady is already a prize-winner. He will receive the following gifts: from U.S. Bank, $50 in a savings account; from Community Bank, $50; from Indianhead Credit Union, $25 in a savings account; Cyndie’s Hair Care will provide his first haircut; Farmers Independent Telephone Company, a $25 phone card; from the Burnett County Sentinel, 25 baby announcements; from Village Floral & Gifts, his first tree. —submitted

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St. Croix Regional Medical Center

Pictured in their birthing suite at St. Croix Regional Medical Center are back row, (L to R): Kim Johnson, OB nurse, Lydia, 2; Ethan, 4; Tom and Lisa Woods and newborn Nicholas; Kelly Schmidt, nurse midwife; and in front, sons Mason, 7, and Noble, 5. Not pictured is their daughter, Bailey, 15. ST. CROIX FALLS - Tom and Lisa Woods of Frederic, who recently moved to Wisconsin from Oklahoma, had something very special to celebrate during the first week of the New Year: the birth of their son, Nicholas Darren. Arriving Jan. 5, at 9:45 a.m., he is the first baby born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center in 2007. Nicholas weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces at birth and measured 18-1/2 inches long. He joins five other children in the family: Bailey, 15, Mason, 7, Noble, 5, Ethan, 4 and Lydia, 2. “Nicholas is our first child born here at St. Croix Regional Medical Center,” said Lisa. “This is the best experience we’ve ever had in a hospital and we’ve had five other children. The other hospitals we’ve been in were very white and sterile, with no color anywhere. The medical center here in St. Croix Falls is amazing. Kim Johnson, our nurse, and the other staff were so thoughtful. They didn’t wake us when we were sleeping unless it was absolutely necessary. They were so very helpful and met all our

labor and delivery needs. They gave us excellent care, and we really felt comfortable in our room. We also enjoyed the special birthday cake and party we received to celebrate Nicholas’ birth. Our other kids couldn’t wait to enjoy it, too!” As the parents of the first child born in 2007 at St. Croix Regional Medical Center, the proud couple received a gift of a backpack and a pastel baby blanket from the medical center that was monogrammed with Nicholas’ name, birth date, and the medical center’s logo, a $50 gift basket for Mom and baby from the SCRMC Auxiliary/Gift shop, a $25 gift certificate for baby for family pictures from the North Country Portrait Studio, a $50 gift certificate from MarketPlace Foods, a $50 savings bond from Eagle Valley Bank, a $50 savings bond from The RiverBank of St. Croix Falls, and a $50 Wal-Mart gift certificate. The center is grateful to these merchants for their generously offering these gifts for the baby and family of the first child of 2007. – from SCRMC

Sleigh & Cutter Parade coming

The area’s first big event of 2007, the Frederic Sleigh & Cutter Parade, is set to take place Jan. 20 at the high school grounds off Hwy. 35 just north of Frederic. The event will begin at noon, according to organizer Liz Petersen. A freewill donation will be taken during the parade to help defray advertising expense and awards with half of it going to a cause. Last year it was for Steve Litzkow of St. Croix Falls, who was involved in a vehicle-buggy accident. This year proceeds will go to Marnie Housel of Spooner, a young, single school teacher and lifelong horse person. She was in a car accident in June that left her in a coma for two months, and she is on a long road to recovery and still not living at home. Vicki and Jim Bodoh of St. Croix Falls will be judging and Frederic Royalty will be on hand to greet people. The Frederic Area Community Association helps sponsor the event. This is its sixth year and only once was there a lack of snow, forcing the use of carriages. The event is held, snow or not. - File photo

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SCF father, daughter return from jungle mission Natives experience first doctor exam by Julie Holmquist ST. CROIX FALLS - Seventeen -yearold Kayla Hedlund and her father, Dr. Patrick Hedlund of St. Croix Falls, shared several sleepless nights last month in a South American jungle hut with rats and giant spiders. But a stay in the Peruvian jungle was worth any discomfort it caused them, they said, and they’re ready to return to help the natives there have a better life. “These people had never seen a doctor before,” Dr. Hedlund said. “Even in a rainstorm they came, and kept coming and coming.” The Hedlunds were part of a small group working with United Servants Abroad to bring simple, but needed medicine to people in Peru. The Hedlunds, along with Dr. Scott Burry of the St. Croix Regional Medical Center, and local nurse Linda Bowen, delivered much-needed medicine and supplies to Pucallpa, Peru. The supplies included simple things like dressings. Natives there must bring their own dressings, pillows and sheets to the hospital before they can receive help. The group also provided a defibrillator donated by the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. It became the first emergency room defibrillator for the Pucallpa Hospital. From Lima, the group flew over the Andes to Pucallpa, and then took a 31/2-hour boat trip to Santa Rosita, one of the hundreds of jungle villages in the area. During one day in Pucallpa and three days in Santa Rosita, the volunteers saw 395 patients. There are 350 people in Santa Rosita. In the jungle, the battle is against ever-present worms found in the muddy ground, Dr. Hedlund explained. Because no one wears shoes in the tropical village, the worms burrow into the feet and make their way into the digestive system, where they steal the nutrients meant for the person. That leads to malnutrition and abdominal pain, Dr. Hedlund said. Some of the children’s bellies were swollen with worms. The group provided cheap pills that will protect the people from worms for six months.

The clinic was a simple structure. As kids came to the clinic, the group gave them free fishing line and a fishhook, which meant they could fish without harpoons and machetes. One of the villagers vacated his hut so the volunteers had a home. It was made of bamboo with a grass roof and no walls. The split-bark floor was three feet off the ground, and the villager’s rooster, pig and dogs lived under the hut floor. “So at three in the morning the rooster would be crowing,” Kayla said. “There wasn’t much sleeping.” Each group member slept in a “tent” of mosquito netting, trying to forget about the rats crawling on the rafters or the large spiders and other insects. “Kayla was the go-to one for the rest of the girls,” Dr. Hedlund said. She wasn’t afraid of the insects in the outhouse. “They called her ‘Amazonian Woman.’” Doctoring in the jungle, he said, “was glorious.” “I didn’t have to dictate or keep records. I enjoyed not having a cell

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Kayla and her father at home, with several souvenirs, including a spider. “They should get treated every six months,” Dr. Hedlund said. “Unfortunately, the government says they have programs for this, but it doesn’t happen.” The pills are inexpensive, he explained, but without the medicine, the jungle inhabitants are reinfested. “In the jungle, people were waiting for two hours for a five-minute visit and they didn’t complain,” Kayla said.

This simple building was used for a clinic in Santa Rosita.

“They live with headaches, stomachaches and machete wounds.” The doctors also treated upper-respiratory infections, skin, eye and ear problems. “It was basic, urgent-care treatment,” Dr. Hedlund said.

This child’s belly is full of worms, which leads to malnutrition.

Kayla Hedlund gave balloons to the village children.


The group travelling to Peru (L to R): Kayla Hedlund, Linda Bowen, Luke Rose, Sara Rose, Dr. Scott Burry, Dr. Patrick Hedlund, Stephanie Wiersum, Valerie Wiersum, and Ann Verhoeven.

Father/daughter/from page 1 phone, pager, wallet or keys in my pocket.” The natives live a primitive life, but they eat well. Living off the land provides good nutrition, Dr. Hedlund said, if the worms don’t steal it. The only money natives earn is from selling bananas or craft work in Pucallpa. “They (the natives) are considered outcasts in Peru,” he explained. “You’re only considered noble if you have Spanish blood.” The villagers caught a huge fish to feed the group the first night, and ran the one, loud electric generator just so the visitors could use one light bulb at night in the hut. The natives were impressed that the group lived in the village. “They couldn’t fathom why we would stay there,” Dr. Hedlund said. “We told them that it was because of the love of Jesus Christ and to help them.” The Hedlunds also experienced an unusual adventure at the village. They went “alligator” hunting on the murky

Peruvian river, complete with piranha, in the middle of the night. The natives hunt South American caiman, which looks like alligator, using a regular boat and a dugout boat. By shining a light, they find the caimen’s eyes, then harpoon it and a use a machete to finish the job. Sitting in the less-than-stable dugout boat wasn’t the safest place in the world, Dr. Hedlund noted. The Hedlunds witnessed a catch on their first hunt. “We ate the tail,” Dr. Hedlund said. “It tastes good. Phenomenal.” At the end of the jungle stay, villagers bestowed gifts of necklaces and personalized bracelets woven for the group members. And they issued a formal request for the group to return. The journey, Kayla said, has fueled an ambition to do just that. The Hedlunds hope to return in 2008. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to speak more Spanish,” Kayla said. Donating the defibrillator to a surgeon at the Pucallpa Hospital were (L to R): Dr. Hedlund, Dr. Burry and Bowen.

Six decades of bookkeeping retired by Merlin Johnson and Wayne Anderson GRANTSBURG – Nov. 8, 1944, a date in history that is praised and warmly remembered at Bethany Lutheran Church of Grantsburg. On that beautiful, crisp fall day, Dolores Johnson of Grantsburg first opened the church books. And now after 63 years of faithful service as church treasurer, she is passing the books on and retiring. Her official retirement date is set for Jan. 28, at the church’s annual meeting. Kathy Anderson, of Grantsburg, will be the new treasurer. “My husband always said that bookkeeping was my first love,” Johnson remembered. It was also her profession. She worked as bookkeeper at Northwestern Wisconsin Electric Company

Dolores Johnson

for 47 years. But her personal service to the church ran deeper than mere enjoyment. “I did it for the love of God,” she said. All her time serving the people of Bethany and the Lord were memorable. “I have really enjoyed the work, but now I need the time to do some other things,” she said. She notified Pastor Jay Ticknor and the church council of her decision at the last November meeting. They accepted her decision with love and appreciation. Bookkeeping was no stranger to her family. Johnson’s father, Stanley Clementson, was the church treasurer for the three years prior to her tenure. Rev. James Falk was the pastor at that time. Besides her devoted work as church treasurer, she also used her talents as a

Sunday school teacher for 64 years. She achieved perfect attendance, never missing a day of service in all that time. Her husband Harvey Johnson also served many years as church custodian, caretaker, running the sound system and countless other daily duties. Harvey passed away in July 2003. All these acts of stewardship and devotion by Johnson and her late husband have not gone unnoticed by her church family and the community at large. The Bible says God has been recording in the Book of Life all these acts of love and devotion to his church. And the members of Bethany Lutheran Church sincerely thank Dolores Johnson for her many, many years of serving them as treasurer, teacher and friend.

Bloodmobile visits Siren SIREN – The Burnett County Chapter of the St. Paul Red Cross Service had a very successful drawing on Jan. 3, at the Siren Covenant Church. Mild outdoor temperatures brought out 101 clients from whom 95 units were donated, including five double red blood cell units. Attendance included one firsttimer, Kay Helene, plus four others, names not available. Multiple donors receiving pins

included: 2 gal, Mary Okonek, and 4 gal, Ken Busby. Included in the support of a successful day were the Webster Lioness callers and the Siren American Legion Auxiliary, which provided callers , volunteers and canteen snacks. Gratitude is extended to the Siren Covenant Church for the use of their facility. Bremer Bank provided postage money for mailing reminder cards. The

Experience at The Northwoods Event Center, provided six delicious pizzas for lunch for the Red Cross staff and volunteer staff. Local volunteers included: Katie Hedlund - coordinator, Shirley Anderson - advertising, Laura Jensen, Joan Anderson, Gerry Ramsdell, Marjorie Lee, Ethel Daniels, Donis Taylor, Rose Nelson, Pat Olson, Wanda Flanigan, Jack Hedlund and Wally Nelson.

The Red Cross recognizes and appreciates donors and volunteers who make this effort a worthwhile cause. When you give blood, you give someone another birthday, another anniversary, another laugh, another hug, another chance. The next bloodmobile visit in Burnett County will be in Webster on May 22. submitted by Katie Hedlund


Writers’ Corner The Wrong Cat by Nina Borup Malmen My Dad cared not for birds or dogs His favorite was the cat, My Mom despised the feline species And that was simply that. He preferred the silver tabby breed He called them “Tiger Stripers”, They roamed the shop and garage at will And slept between the windshield wipers. It was a long hot summer day When that stray yellow tom appeared, Yes, he became another pet Just as my Mother feared. My Father promptly named him Muntz And fed him bread and milk, A handsome cat with eyes of green And fur that gleamed like silk. We never shall forget a certain Sunday morn Beside the roadway Muntz lay dead, The victim of a speeding car That hit him in the head.

As we returned from church that day My Dad and daughter held the final rite, Complete with flowers, song and cross My Mother’s garden became the burial site. While all this fuss was taking place I helped Mom pack a picnic meal, The words she said regarding cats Would make a preacher reel. “The world a better place would be... If all the cats were dead”, I could hardly believe my ears But that is what she said. Late that night as we returned All sadness turned to glee, Beside the kitchen door sat Muntz Alive as he could be. Silence reigned throughout the car As Dad removed his hat, And then we heard him say “Guess, I buried the wrong cat”.

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Fines may be issued for public intoxication LA CROSSE - The city of La Crosse could soon begin fining people who are publicly intoxicated. La Crosse police responded to three more cases of severe binge drinking over the weekend. Police Chief Ed Kondracki says the city is lucky it avoided another river drowning. La Crosse Mayor Mark Johnsrud says he’ll introduce a public intoxication ordinance that would allow police to fine people who are drunk in public. Johnsrud says state law doesn’t allow police to detain people who are publicly drunk, but communities can fine them, and several Wisconsin cities have created similar fines. Johnsrud says he’ll have the city council decide the level of the fine and what qualifies as being too drunk in public. The La Crosse Police Department is also creating a special unit

Customer tips Most people realize that the person serving us is a human being. They can't change prices or procedures set in place by the people who sign their paychecks. Even so, there are things that we could all stand to learn. With that in mind, here are a few tips gleaned from conversations with various working stiffs: In a restaurant: • If you are dining with your child/children: • Babies will cry, and we know that, but if your 4-year-old throws down a tantrum, please remove him/her from their prone position on the floor and visit the restroom until they calm down. • Please do not allow your child to run around the restaurant. Not only is it disturbing to other customers, but it can be dangerous for your child and the staff. A server rounding a corner with six plates of hot food is not going to be prepared for a child to be darting out in front of them! • If there is an error on your bill, there is no need to freak out. Just point it out to your server, and they will correct it. • You asked for extra cheese? It's likely there is a charge for that. Screaming at the server will not make that go away. In any establishment: • No one is more important or entitled than every other person in the store. Including you. Or me. • Hang up the cell phone, especially when you are ready to order or checking out. If the call is that urgent, get out of line and deal with it before you get to the cashier. • When you pay with a credit card, expect your signature to be checked. Yes, I know, far too many places don't check them carefully, but those who do are simply doing their jobs completely. • If you didn't sign the back of the card, or have written "see photo ID" in the signature space, don't get cranky when

which will deal with alcohol enforcement and prevention. La Crosse has seen a string of river drownings involving intoxicated young men going back to 1997. – Wisconsin Public Radio (John Davis)

Cookie orders being taken ST. CROIX FALLS - Order taking for Girl Scout cookie sales begins Saturday, Jan. 13. Look for girls coming to your door. If you do not get contacted by a Girl Scout, call Lisa at 483-1534 to place your order. Thanks for supporting our

asked for identification. It's for your protection! You'd have a fit if your card was stolen and used successfully due to no verification! • If you pay with a check, especially in a large, national chain store, expect it to take a few minutes. Those corporate policies are tough! Kris • Express Lane generally limits items to Emerson 10 or 12 (depending on the store). If you have a full cart, just don't do it. • If you do this anyway, getting angry with the cashier only makes you look like a fool. • If you need help finding something, ask an employee politely for help. • Right way: "Can you direct me to the (whatever)?" • Wrong way: Shouting "Hey, you! (Whatever!)" • If an employee is already helping someone, wait your turn! • Saying please and thank you does not lower you. In fact, it makes employees want to wait on you forever! Servers are not robots, whether they are serving your dinner or ringing your groceries or mopping the floor. They are human beings, just like you, who have a job in order to pay their mortgage. This means that sometimes, on a day they've been badly battered, they may be less than enthusiastic. It's hard work, and often underappreciated. This is where the most awesome customers come into play. They recognize it, and take one second to smile and make eye contact. They say please and thank you. In doing so, they lift the employee up and make the rest of the day bearable. I know this, because I have customers who do this for me every single day. What kind of customer are you?


SPOONER - Saturday, Feb. 3, will be the 5th-annual Jack Frost Fest at Spooner. The event is sponsored by the Spooner Area Chamber of Commerce. It will be an exciting day with an ice-fishing contest, antique snowmobile show, ATV pull, cartoons, contests and activities, with food available. The event takes place on or near the Yellow River Flowage by Hwy. 63 south of the downtown area. - submitted ••• OSCEOLA - The Jan. 31, Osceola Senior Citizen Club Inc. noon potluck will feature a presentation by Polk County Library Federation Director Colleen Gifford speaking on the topic, Busy Hands, Happy Thoughts, a topic geared toward brightening our attitudes and our days. The meeting will take place in the community room at the Millside Apartments, 403 2nd Avenue, Osceola. Osceola Senior Citizen Club membership is open to persons 50 and over and everyone is welcome. Members are encouraged to bring friends. The club would particularly welcome someone who can play piano for the occasional singalong. Anyone who can’t make the potluck may feel free to come not later than 1 p.m. for the program, dessert and coffee. For more information or to arrange a ride, call 715-294-3670. - submitted ••• POLK COUNTY - The Polk County Genealogical Society will meet Monday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Osceola Public Library, Osceola. The topic this month will be individual stories of success or maybe not so much success. Polk County Genealogical Society Members will do the presentations. All members and visitors are encouraged to attend. The facility is handicapped accessible. Refreshments to follow. For additional information contact 715-294-3447. - submitted ••• ST. CROIX FALLS – On Monday, Jan. 15, St. Croix Falls High School will host the Upper St. Croix Valley Music Association Honors Band and Honors Jazz Ensemble. Each of these groups consists of talented students from 10 different school districts who are nominated by their band directors. Each of these groups will perform in concert at 6:30 p.m., at the St. Croix Falls High School gymnasium. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for students and $6 for a family, and are available at the door. – submitted •••


Applications for tree donations being accepted


BURNETT COUNTY – Charlie Peterson, chairman of the Burnett County Land and Water Conservation Committee, announces that the Land and Water Conservation Department is now accepting requests from nonprofit organizations that would like to be considered for the annual tree donation. To be considered for the tree donation, please submit a formal, written request on your organization’s letterhead outlining the proposed project the trees are to be used for to: Burnett County Land and Water Conservation Department, 7410 CTH K, #109, Siren, WI 54872. Requests are due by March 1. No requests will be accepted after that date. For more information you can contact the Land & Water Conservation Department at the county government center, Room 180, or by calling 715-349-2186. – from BCLWCD


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River Road Ramblings

collected by Russ Hanson

Trader Carlson and the Indians Spring was a busy time at Trader John Carlson’s store. The Indians came in great numbers to sell the furs that they had accumulated during the winter trapping season. Carlson kept records written in Swedish on the pineboard walls inside his warehouse building listing the numbers of fur pelts he bought from the Indians. One such record read, “3 bears, 7 wolves, and 1200 muskrats”, together with the name of the Indian trapper. An 1883 newspaper record states: ”Bought 1780 pounds of ginseng root this season . Shipped six wagon loads of furs.” Another reads: “J. Carlson is in a state of prosperity. He bought 580 muskrats in one evening.” Carlson would always be prepared for the heavy spring trade and would give his entire attention to the Indians. He paid for the furs in silver, as the Indians loved the sound of the clanking silver. Carlson treated them royally, as his guests. He provided plenty of food and drink, inviting them to stay all night in the store, and to make their beds on the floor. Some Indians came from as far away as Two Harbors, Minn. Before morning, however, Carlson would have most of the silver back in his cash drawer. The Indians spent it freely on

A Wisconsin Indian warrior.

View of Trade Lake, circa 1900. Trader Carlson’s store on right. blankets, shawls, and gay calicoes in all of the vivid hues imaginable. Carlson also kept a large stock of bright beads in his big showcase. It was beautiful to gaze at, and as a child it was a big treat just to go in with my mother and look at Carlson’s showcase of beads. These beads were one of the biggest attractions to the Indians, for they loved beads and bright colors. Indians never traveled in groups, and not even in pairs most of the time. They would walk one by one, maybe a quarter or half a mile apart. There was no way to know in advance how many would come. On the top of a hill south of Carlson’s store, which overlooked the mill pond, was a place the Indians had selected as a suitable spot for their dances. At such times, Indians from far and near would gather, pitch tents, and sometimes stay there for several weeks. The braves would dance and sing all day long and late in to the night. People from the community would come every day and watch, standing around in a big circle on the outside edge of the area. Others would bring their children and stay until dark, listening to the Indians singing and beating the drums. Young couples found an excuse to meet here. Old men and women came and would marvel at the strange order of events. There was never any conversation between the white people and the Indians. (The exception was Trader Carlson who

The old clock from Trader Carlson’s store. Courtesy of Delbert Wicklund.

“Trader” John Carlson (18441925), early Trade Lake merchant famous for his dealings with the Indians. learned to speak the Chippewa language well enough to assist him in bartering with the Indians.) The only sounds were the mysterious harmony of their voices, the beating of drums, and the jingling of many small bells that hung on their clothing. The chief was seated at the center of the large circle by a fire. This seemed to be the imaginary goal for all the dancers. Only a few special ones advanced up there. They were dressed very elaborately in buckskin suits trimmed by fringes and bright beads, bands of satin, and a full headdress of feathers, and holding long pipes in their

mouths. Other dancers, less important, came up only halfway. At the edge of the dancing area, all Indians were privileged to sit. Little boys as well as grown men were in the dance. They jumped first on one foot and then the other, never turning around. When each reached his own goal, he would retreat backwards, never turning, but yelling continuously, which could be heard for several miles around. The only time I ever saw a white person inside this circle was when a young man by the name of Peet was allowed to come in. He worked for Carlson and waited on the Indians in the store. He was the general helper who always assisted the Indians whenever they were there. So he was invited to come and join the dance. The Indians seemed to be overjoyed to have him there. He danced and joined in their shouting and singing. Note: This story is based on the childhood recollections of Theresa Larson Fornell during the years of 1885 to 1890. She is the daughter of Anders and Johanna Larson who settled in Trade Lake township in 1881.


Minnesota Blues 1. I came, I thawed, I transferred. 2. Survive Minnesota, and the rest of the world is easy. 3. If you love Minnesota, raise your right ski. 4. Minnesota – Where visitors turn blue with envy. 5. Save a Minnesotan – Eat a mosquito. 6. One day it’s warm, the rest of the year it’s cold. 7. Minnesota – Home of the blond hair and blue ears. 8. Minnesota – Mosquito supplier to the free world. 9. Minnesota – Come fall in love with a loon. 10. Where the elite meet the sleet. 11. Land of many cultures – mostly throat. 12. Minnesota: Closed for glacier repairs. 13. Land of two seasons: Winter is coming, winter is here. 14. Minnesota – Glove it or leave it. 15. Minnesota – Have you jump-started your kid today? 16. There are only three things you can grow in Minnesota: Colder, older, fatter. 17. Many are cold, but few are frozen. 18. Why Minnesota? To protect Ontario from Iowa. 19. You are entering Minnesota: Use alternate route. 20. Minnesota – Theater of sneezes. 21. Jack Frost must like it in Minnesota – He spends half his life here. 22. Land of 10,000 Petersons. 23. Land of the ski and home of the crazed. 24. Minnesota – Home of the MISPI MISPP MISSISPP (where the river starts). 25. 10,000 lakes and no sharks. 26. In Minnesota – Ducks don’t fly south, people do! – Anonymous (The above was handed to me by a faithful Leader reader. It refers to Minnesota but could just as easily be about Wisconsin. This winter’s strange weather is changing the usual attributes of the state however.) Some of us were reminiscing the other day about winters when we were children. They were colder, snowier and longer. We had blizzards. We were sometimes snowbound. What a cozy feeling to be housebound with plenty of coal for the Arcola stove, plenty of food in the house and the radio to keep us informed about the outside world. We did jigsaw puzzles using tiny, interlocking pieces cut in curlique shapes of real wood (not cardboard). My mother and I often cracked hickory nuts and laboriously picked the nuts out of the broken shells as we listened to the radio. Programs included the “Little Theatre Off Times Square,” the “Hit Parade” or “The Shadow Knows.” We’d put the nutmeats in a glass jar, all ready for mother to bake one of her famous hickory nut cakes. A snowy, blustery day was just right for me to clean the walk-in pantry off the kitchen. I’d remove everything from the top shelf, discard the old newspaper lining the shelf and put down new, folded to fit. Sometimes I’d add a white shelf paper with a decorative edging to hang down over the edge of the shelf. I’d dust or wash everything before putting

items back on the shelf. I’d do shelf after shelf, everything lined up in rows. It looked nice and clean and neat when finished. That was a great sense of accomplishment for a young girl. Cooking pans and skillets hung on nails on the pantry Bernice wall. Abrahamzon I have lived in old houses where the pantry even had a flour bin plus a workspace where bread dough could be kneaded or cookies cut out. Some pantries had a window to let in the light. Children these days wouldn’t know how handy a pantry really was! They wouldn’t recognize a metal breadbox, a roller towel which had no ends but fit on a wooden roller and hung near the sink. For dish detergent, we put scraps of bar soap into a little metal holder and swished it through the hot water in the dishpan. The little wire box had a short handle so it was easy to swish. We had an old-fashioned crank telephone on the kitchen wall. It connected us to five places on the estates: the two houses, the garage, the gatehouse and the chauffeur’s quarters. Our ring was one. We had a regular table phone in the dining room for outside calls. When the blizzard was over, my father would hitch up Shorty, a dapper gray horse, and attach a homemade V plow made of heavy planking. My mother and I would bundle up, go outside to help plow our long driveway. Mother would sit on one side of the plow and I’d sit on the other, as our weight stopped the plow from riding up and over the drifts instead of biting in and moving the snow. My father walked behind, guiding the horse by long reins. It usually took several passes up and down the drive to make any headway. I was warmer than mother because I had put on ski pants, a wool mackinaw, a tassel cap, bunny boots and mittens.



You’re over the hill when: • It takes you two tries to get up from the couch. • You enter a store and totally forget what you came in for. • You little brother starts going bald. • Your train of thought frequently derails. • Instead of getting up and changing the TV channel, you spend 15 minutes looking for the remote. • You take a little nap before going to bed at night. • You stop minding if someone else drives. Until next week, Bernice

Candlelight night at the Park The Friends of Interstate Park invite you to Candlelight Night at the Park on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 6 – 9 p.m. Experience a winter evening by candlelight as

Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

50 Years Ago Consolidated Lumber Co. and the Clover Farm Store were robbed. Both were located in Frederic and the robberies were front-page stories on Jan. 2, 1957.The July hailstorm in Nye was the top story of 1956, leaving a $1 million crop damage.-Northwestern Wisconsin Electric Co. moved to new offices on Oak St., Frederic. The new 25x60 building was built by Wikstrom Construction.-The film “War and Peace” was playing at the Frederic theatre.-Duane Pratt, 23, of Indian Creek was critically injured in a woods accident in the Prairie Farm area.-Don Leigh broke his right leg while tobogganing at Whispering Pines Camp, Spirit Lake, Frederic.-Dale Christison, 46, Leader employee, died following a cerebral hemorrhage.-Open house was held Jan. 5 at Olson’s Phillips 66 Service at Siren.-The entire West Sweden tax roll was published in this newspaper.-A headline asked, “How can we help the brave people of Hungary?”The movie “The Shepherd of the Hills” was playing at the Frederic Theatre.-The Leader’s annual meeting was held Jan. 19 at the grade school auditorium.Dresser assumed the Sky Watch for the first four months of this year, with Irma Ward in charge.Abbie’s Beauty Shop, Frederic, was closed Jan. 15 – 19.-The Frederic Hockey Club will sponsor the winter carnival.-A fire at the Jim Voight farm in Maple Valley did considerable damage.

40 Years Ago Schauls Shoe Store, Frederic, had a shoe and slipper sale.-Gary G. Wenthe, Siren, was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.-New holiday trim, small decorated trees were put on the light poles at Siren.Specials at the Clover Farm Store, Frederic, included red grapes at 2 lbs. for 29¢, flour at $3.99 for 50-lb. bag and chicken noodle soup at 3 cans for 49¢.-Obituaries included Ellen M. Seval, Jens Jorgensen and Albertina Peterson.-Mrs. Howard Amundson won quite a few prizes by participating in the television “Weather Scramble” show seen each evening on KSTP-TV channel 5 and Olsen and Son Drug Store, Frederic, awarded the prizes.-Neil Martin was the new chairman of the Polk County Democrats.-Vic Weinzierl was the winner of a new outdoor jacket at Hagberg’s weekly drawing.-Greetings came from Sears Catalog Store, Charlie’s Cleaners, Linder Body Shop, Larry’s Barber Shop and Stub’s Texaco Service, all located in Frederic.-Specials at the Frederic Co-op store included turkeys at 35¢ lb., ham at 69¢ lb. and Gold Medal pop at five pint bottles at 89¢.-Help was wanted at the Webster Co-op Store.-A new lemon-lime diet drink was advertised by 7-Up. It was called Like.-A timber sale brought $30,000 to the Burnett County Treasury.Marvin “Buz” Anderson was the new director for Burnett County Civil Defense, succeeding Glenn Shearman.

20 Years Ago

Wisconsin Interstate Park

ST. CROIX FALLS – A popular program for preschool children and their parents has started again this winter at Wisconsin Interstate Park. Thursdays at 10 a.m., January through March, naturalist Julie Fox will share a story and activity with preschoolers and their parents at the Ice Age Center. A short activity following the story will reinforce the story’s nature-related theme. Nature Story time will generally last between 30-45 minutes, depending on the participants. “It is a great opportunity for parents to get out to the park with their little ones during this time of the year,” commented Fox. Participants may spend time indoors and outdoors, weather permitting, so parents should dress their children accordingly.

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hundreds of candles are lit to guide skiers, snowshoers and hikers on separate trails. Come when you can, ski at your own pace on the Quarry CrossCountry Ski Trail. Snowshoers will discover the winter solitude of Lake O’ the Dalles (snowshoes are available for use free of charge for ages 6 and up). Hikers can enjoy a candlelit walk beside the St. Croix River. There will be hiking opportunities no matter the snow conditions! This is an event you won’t want to miss! Mark your calendar today and plan to attend Candlelight Night at the Park on Saturday evening, Feb. 10. Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls, on Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. The event is free of charge, but a Wisconsin State park sticker is required to enter the park. Annual passes for 2007 are $25 for Wisconsin residents or $35 for nonresidents. Daily passes are $7 for residents or $10 for nonresidents. Hourly passes are $5. For more information about the evening, call Julie at 715-483-3747. – from Interstate Park

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Obituaries included Brenda Fallstrom, Inez Bjornberg and Clara Hanson.-Mrs. William Woodard wrote news for Wood Lake, Millie Wilder wrote for Frederic and Bernice Abrahamzon wrote for Lewis.-A meeting was held to decide what to do with the historic Lewis church following a fire in October.-Open house was held at the United Pioneer Home in Luck to celebrate the 100th birthday of Adelia Melin on Jan. 4.The third-annual fishing contest was held Jan. 3 at Big Yellow Lake and the winner had a choice of a 1987 Chevrolet Celebrity or $10,000 in cash.-The Audubon Society at Grantsburg completed its 1986 Christmas bird count. Participating were Bret and Dennis Allaman, Ernest Bauer, Burnell Hanson, Marcella Hanson, Joseph Hudick, Eunice Kanne, Paul Kooiker, Winifred Lawrence, Boyd and Helen Lien, Emrian Olson, Norman Stone and Clarence Wagman.-Army Reserve Pvt. Timothy M. O’Brien of Webster, completed his basic training at Fort Dix, N.J.-The Webster area Economic Development Corporation placed a sign at the south end of Webster proclaiming, “Bring your business or industry to Webster.”

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER 320-242-3933 Recent articles have encouraged people to get together as much as possible over the holidays, and apparently the idea really caught on. This week it seems everyone has been chillin’ and hangin’ in the crib, with little or no news to report. Most of my calls for news were very brief. Jim Allen has an alternate theory that it’s not the partying, but rather that people are weary of me, and are just waiting to unload on Fran when she takes this column back next week. Well, before we rush to judgment, let’s just wait and see what Jim gets for Christmas next year. Speaking of Fran, she made it home all in one piece. When I asked her what her news was, there was a long silence on the other end of the phone. Now if anyone should have news, she should. All I can say, is if you see her wandering the streets of New Dosey aimlessly, don’t worry, it’s only jet lag. She did report that on the way home she heard that terrorists had blown up a restaurant in Thailand where she had eaten recently. Pete and Emma Fornengo spent New Year’s Day with the rest of the family having dinner at Davy and Mandy’s.

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Emma says the holidays went so well, and the attic is so full, that they can’t put all their Christmas decorations away. Dave and Sandy Drake had a quiet New Year’s Eve. On Jan. 2, Sandy and Louise Costen served the meal for ladies circle bible study. Dave has finally finished the digging phase in construction of his anti-tornado device, and now the walls are going up. If you had bet he would quit for the holidays, you lose. Sandy is doctoring in Duluth for her bad knees, getting injections she says are made from rooster comb. Dave does not report any sharp knee-pokes in the back at daybreak each morning. Darlene and Pete Merimonte were off to see Darlene’s mom again, but report some bad news. Her brother, aged 80, is in a hospice, and has only a few months to live, due to a rare disease where a waxy substance accumulates in the body. The name of the disease is a mile long, so I can’t provide that information. Of course, our thoughts and best regards are with them. Evelyn Johnson made a trip to her daughter Linda’s

Fran Levings place in Lauderdale (the Twin Cities) recently, and had a long visit with her granddaughter who just got back from a year in New Zealand as a foreign exchange student. Many fond memories were told, and many beautiful pictures were shown. She says she already misses being over there. Apparently, there was a huge New Year’s Eve party at Todd and Vickie’s Outpost. It is reputed you couldn’t pack ‘em in with a shoehorn, so the attendance list is too long to mention here. There were streamers, noisemakers, music, revelry, and much laughter into the wee hours, and other than that, no one is saying a word. Finally, for those that remember Dave Lynas when he lived in our community, there will be a party at the Cloverton Town Hall on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 4 p.m., for those who would like to catch up on events over the many years. The affair is a potluck dinner, including music by Davy L., accompanied by Dennis Hansen from Sandstone, and possibly others. Bring your drum, horn, guitar, or washtub, and a plate of vittles.

State fish eaters have unsafe mercury levels Researchers are surprised by the amount of toxic mercury found in state residents who eat fish. A study of hair samples Jen Barton from people who eat fish in Wisconsin has turned up levels of mercury that have surprised even the health officials conducting the research. Results show that 30 percent Reycling of the men and 14 percent of Control the women have mercury levCommission els in their hair that are higher than the minimum safe level recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. The testing of hair samples of 2,000 state residents for methyl mercury was conducted last year (me included). While much of the focus on mercury sources has been on power plants, the improper disposal of mercury-containing products releases several times more mercury to the environment than do the state’s power plants. Methyl mercury, the toxic form of mercury that accumulates in fish after emissions from coal-burning plants entering lakes and streams, and from burning garbage such as plastics and Styrofoam, are also to blame The hair samples tested were submitted voluntarily, and came mostly from sport groups and other populations that generally eat a lot of fish. This study was aimed at people who eat fish because they are most at risk. The news for Dane County residents is not good. Of the state’s 10-highest mercury levels, five belonged to men from Dane County. While the highest mercury level in the state belonged to a Madison man who eats 20 meals of fish a month, almost entirely at restaurants. The high mercury levels are showing up in people who eat not only fish caught from Wisconsin lakes but also those who eat commercial fish such as canned tuna. Methyl mercury is a nerve toxin and can cause damage to the human nervous system if levels remain high. The results of the study are important, because of the recent debate over regulation of the mercury being emitted by power plants. Gov. Jim Doyle had said that Wisconsin is joining several other states in a lawsuit challenging President Bush’s announced mercury rules. Those rules, Doyle and others argue, do not require sufficient control of mercury emissions by utilities nor do they require such cuts soon enough. Oh, by the way, my hair results were in the safe range!


Red Cross extends gratitude to the Clear Lake Community Fund Drive POLK – The St. Croix Valley Chapter, American Red Cross would like to express gratitude to all the people who donated funds to the American Red Cross. With the help of goodhearted friends, “Together, we can save a life” – whether it’s providing shelter for disaster victims who have lost their homes, or providing emergency services to U.S. military families in crisis. This generous support will make all the difference to hurting people who must depend on the compassion of others. This is a community who cares! – submitted

Sponsored by the St. Croix Falls Historical Society Who are these people, this family, in the photo sent by Jo White, of Lacey, Washington? Mrs. White and her daughter traveled here last summer to search for the family roots of the Christensons Rosemarie and Ericksons, at the county Vezina courthouse and the St. Croix Falls cemetery, where they did locate Braatz some buried ancestors of her husband, Jerry White. He is the son of Ruby Erickson and John Warren White, who married in Centuria in 1942. In the Oct. 25 issue of the Leader, we had printed an inquiry from the Whites about their family's connection to the ChristensonErickson-Chinander family here. Roy Clark responded that the Christensons were neighbors on 160th Street; Maude Christenson Chinander and Merle Chinander were the parents of Duane Chinander, a well-known St. Croix Falls resident who died in 1998. The photo, Mrs. White writes, was among Ruby Erickson's possessions when she passed away, and is possibly of Ruby's family, Ellef and Mary Christenson. ••• Memories of wartime were stirred up last week at the Taylors Falls Historical Society meeting with World War II as its theme. People brought mementoes dug out of closets and drawers, ranging from military uniforms and medals to ration books that attested to the civilian shortages in those days, as sugar, coffee, butter went to the troops, and rubber was so precious, tires went only to those who could demonstrate a need for the war effort. A panel beginning the discussion consisted of Mary Berg, Lindstrom, who stressed the need to keep those memories alive to honor those who served, and


Norm Toensing, St. Croix Falls, who recalled that as a youngster growing up in St. Paul, he watched the succession of B-25s fly in and out of Holman Field, mostly with women pilots, to be fitted with Norden bombsights manufactured at Minneapolis Honeywell. He also read parts of essays he wrote to highlight the drama of wartime goings and comings at the Union railroad depot on Fourth Street, in what is now called Lowertown St. Paul. Program chair Barb Young then opened the discussion to the assemblage, and it seems every person there had particular recollections of those tragic years. In addition to the many men present who spoke of their experience in the military, there were many who recalled the civilian experience, of blackout wardens and airplane spotters, of banners that hung in windows with blue stars to depict each family member in service, red stars for those wounded, and gold stars for those who would not return. In Taylors Falls, that memorialized John Tuvey, the native son who gave his life. Again and again, people said, “Write down those memories before they are gone. We must not forget.” ••• Is it possible? We actually gave that River Road Rambler Russ Hanson a bit too much credit last week, in naming him president and founder of the Sterling–Eureka-Laketown Historical Society. The president is actually Marcia Marquardt, of Cushing, and the group first began to take shape “years ago” with several history-minded women at Cushing and Wolf Creek, principally Donna Blair, Ione Muehlhauser, Alice Swanson, Louise Swenson, and Linda Harris. It took some years before it was officially established, with encouragement from Russ Hanson. Since Russ still makes his home at Prairie Island, near Rochester, his forays into this territory are relatively brief. Yet, he has produced, in addition to the River Road book, a compilation of Dr. Squirt stories. Russ is doing some intensive research on the legendary Dr. Squirt, and has agreed to speak to the St. Croix Falls Historical Society on that subject, a date not yet set.


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER St. Croix Valley Senior Center We sure are having a very nice winter. Things going on at the senior center are exercising with YMCA every Tuesday at 10 a.m. In the afternoon it’s dominos and 500 cards. The domino winners were: first place, Madonna Knuston; second place, Deloris Benson; third place, Janice Mevissen. 500 card winners were: first place, Elaine Edlund; second place, Phil Mevissen, third place, Laurice Lambert; fourth place, Emma Klatwitter and fifth place, Olga Young. On Thursday morning is exercising with the YMCA at 10 a.m. In the afternoon we do crafting. Thursday evening 500 card winners were: first place, Roger Greenly; second place, Cliff Qualle; third place, Phil Mevissen and fourth place, Mary Lou Lund. We are looking for more members. We have heard people who are in their 80s

say “I’m too young.” But we need your input and would very muck like to have you join us. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Come in and have that cup of coffee and visit a spell. We’d love to have you and your friends come in at least for a visit. Tax aide volunteers will be available to give tax assistance. In order to reduce waiting time this year, appointments will be taken. If you wish to schedule an appointment, call 715-268-7884, or sign up at the senior center. Here at St. Croix Senior Center will be on Wednesday, Feb. 21 and Wednesday, Mar. 21. To ask questions, or to schedule home visits for the homebound persons, call Marvin Nevada at 715-268-7884. There is no charge for this, as it is sponsored by ARRP.

Siren Senior Center

Barb Munger

349-7249 The holidays are officially over, the crew that put up the Christmas decorations have taken them down and stored them away for another year. The center is now decorated for January with our snowman theme so be sure and stop in and see Marge’s handiwork for this month. Things were a little quiet around “home” last week, not too many coming out to dine at noon, and small turnouts at our dimebingo and cards. I think things will pick up this week after everyone is rested up. Remember our senior meeting will be held next Tuesday Jan. 16 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Birthday celebrations will be honored that day also at the noon meal, so be sure and put that on your calendar. The VFW also calls bingo at Capeside

Cove in the afternoon and they could use volunteers to help, so if you’re available, it would be a nice gesture to go over and assist them. Winners at 500 on Wednesday were Gerry Vogel, Herb Sederlund, Millie Hartshorn and Flo Antiel. Friday spades winners were Marjorie Nyberg, Lucille Chelmo and Gerry Vogel. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, come in and join us for coffee. Dime-bingo is every Tuesday, cards on Wednesday and Friday all beginning at 1 p.m. Thought for the week: A minute is a little thing, but minutes make the day. So crowd in some kind deeds before it slips away.

Siren 349-2964 Have you taken a good look at your lawns after that heavy rainstorm? I did just that the other day and found there are some places that are starting to green up. This year of strange weather has everything confused that they don’t know what to do. Many of our hibernating critters are also fooled. Some black bears have even been seen wandering around. What’s this world coming to? Stan and Erna had a family Christmas get-together last week in Mounds View, Minn., at the home of Erna’s son and daughter-in-law, David and Kim Williams. This family event brought together about 30 people for the afternoon. Last Saturday, the four remaining kids of the late Wilber “Woody” and Clarice Woods, Terry Glenna, Scott Woods, Fern Woods and Willa Cole, along with their families, held their annual Christmas gettogether at the Siren American Legion hall. Woody and Clarice have 13 grandchildren and a total of 23 great-grandchildren, most of who attended Saturday’s event. Art Beckmark and wife, Bev, also were included. Art is the cousin to their four remaining children. The sixth-annual wedding showcase is coming up on Sun., Jan. 28, for all you upand-coming brides. The Northwoods Crossing Events Center will hold this event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a complete wedding-style show from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. This event is put on by the Burnett County Sentinel, Saratoga Wed-

Bev Beckmark

dings, Peggy’s Fashion Rack and the Northwoods Crossing Events Center. The admission is free for all show events. Art Beckmark spent last Wednesday afternoon visiting his aunt and uncle, the LeRoy Beckmarks, while wife, Bev, attended the UMW church meeting. Don’t forget, all you seniors who are members of Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op, you must have your applications in by Jan. 26 for their yearly cooperative citizen scholarship awards. See your high school guidance counselor for the applications. The fourth-annual Yellow Lake and Rivers Associations Ice Fishing Contest on Jan. 13, has been canceled due to warm weather and unsafe ice. However, ticket drawings will still be held on Jan. 13 at Ike Walton Lodge at 3 p.m. Sympathy to the family of Loretta Tucker who passed away Jan. 6. Those of you who enjoyed going on some of the past trips, one is coming up on June 3 to Branson, Mo., and returning June 9. Trip cost is $650 per person for a double occupancy. This trip offers great shows plus much more. For more info or to sign up, call Shirley Bloom at 715-3492514 or Donis Taylor at 715-866-8584. The Burnett Dairy Co-op held their Christmas party for employees last Saturday night at the Experience in Siren. About 70 people enjoyed an evening of dinner, dancing and karaoke with lots of great prizes given away.

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Happy Tails Await It is that time of year again, when property taxes must be paid, and annual dog licenses renewed. All dogs in Polk County must be licensed. That means dogs that live indoors and never leave the yard, dogs that guard sheep for a living, dogs that live in rental property, country dogs and city dogs, all must be licensed. Licenses can be acquired through the collecting official in your township or village. Fees are minimal, $3 for spayed and neutered dogs and $8 for unaltered dogs. Proof of a current rabies vaccine is a requirement of the annual dog license. Several local veterinarians are offering a Saturday Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, Jan. 13. Apple River Animal Hospital in Amery, Armstrong Vet Services in Star Prairie, Clear Lake Vet Clinic and New Richmond Vet Clinic all have morning Walk In, No Appointment Necessary clinics. Clayton Vet Clinic offers an Appointment Necessary clinic on the same Saturday morning. All vet clinics require that your pet is on a leash or in a carrier to participate. Please contact the clinic of your choice for more information regarding their hours and services for these vaccination clinics. This is a great opportunity to vaccinate your pets quickly, economically and just in time to renew your license. Thatcher is that cuddly, enthusiastic pal you have been looking for. He is a 3-year-old, neutered, male rottweiler mix with a wavy black and tan coat Hello everyone, Fritz here. Woof, did I have a good week here at the shelter. Kelly took me on a field trip and I was able to run, run and run some more at this fenced circle place she called a track. It was great fun and I loved the grass under my toes and the exercise. Slobbers to Kelly, she’s the best! It was a little bit sad, but I said goodbye to 11 of my friends that the angels took to the humane society in the Twin Cities. I know it’s a good thing for them because they will find fur-ever families there, so I tried not to howl too much. Jack and Honey the Jack Russells are being adopted by the same family this week. They are so excited to have a family and to be able to stay together, it may take them a couple years to calm down! Maggie, a Lab puppy went home last Saturday and Butch the big Lab is being adopted by the same wonderful woman who found him wandering and brought him to the shelter! The bulldog mix puppies are a month old now and still being fostered and bottle fed by the angels. There are four brown and four black. Pixie is a 3-year-old rat terrier who’s ready for a fur-ever family. She’s

Thatcher and a docked tail. Thatcher reminds me of the rottweiler named Carl, made famous in a children’s book, Good Dog, Carl. He is big, weighing in at nearly 100 pounds, but he is all love, good manners and a great attitude. Thatcher is a joy to walk. He sits for treats and a pat on the head and never jumps on you unless invited. He has the famous rottweiler wiggle, that starts at his stubby tail and sets his hindquarters in motion when excited. Thatcher looks out of his kennel and wonders how it came to be that he is at the shelter without a home. He is but one of our dignified strays waiting patiently. Also available for adoption is a Pomeranian, a bulldog mix, a handsome 6-month-old black Lab male, a Doberman shepherd mix, a basset-Lab mix, a Beagle and five 9-week-old black Labrador mix puppies. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 185 Griffin St. E, Amery, 715-268-7387 or visit our adoptable pets online at:

small, sweet and energetic but not a yapper like some. Sheba is a beautiful yellow Lab who was surrendered because she ran away too much. She is a young, athletic dog Fritz who needs lots of exercise but she is NEWS FROM very good natured and loving too. Last but not least, Harley and Dundee tell me not to forget them. Dundee is a handsome German shepard and Harley is a medium-sized brown boxer/Lab mix. I think there should be snow on the ground now but there isn’t, and the weather is so nice. A great time to take your four-legged friend for a hike. Arroo! It’s good for dogs and humans! Don’t forget to provide fresh water this time of year. It’s cooler but the air is dry and there’s no snow for us to eat. We dogs get thirsty fast, even in the winter. Tail wags to everyone, have a great week! With your help HSBC is saving lives, one at a time.


Capeside Employee of the Month Capeside Cove Good Samaritan Center chose Amanda Olson as their employee of the month for December. Olson has been employed at Capeside since June 5, 1995, as an accounts payable/purchasing clerk/staffing coordinator. She was born in Shell Lake and currently resides in Webster. Amanda has two daughters, Chelsey, 16, and Ashley, 14. When asked about an outstanding event in her life, Olson said it was the birth of her children. In her spare time, Amanda loves to watch her favorite show, “Law and Order,” and to relax. When asked

what her favorite thing is about working at Capeside, she said “being able to help people in need and being able to laugh and talk with my coworkers.” – submitted Amanda Olson



653-4281 Alice Ford had a story about her father in last week’s issue of The Country Today published in Eau Claire. Remember that the NW Regional Writers will meet this Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Jade Dragon, Grantsburg. No assignment. Just fellowship and food. It was Communion Sunday at the Lewis Church on Jan. 7. It was also a pancake breakfast at church following services. It was open to the public, and proved to be a good opportunity to meet and greet. Nice to see old friends and meet new ones. The men do very well in the kitchen and the dining room. There was a big turnout for the annual stockholder’s meeting of the Inter-County Leader Cooperative Publishing Association held at Hacker’s Lanes, Frederic. LaVerne Leep attended as the guest of Bernice Abrahamzon. In the election, Merlin Johnson and Janet Oachs were returned to office on the board. Each stockholder received an insulated bag with the cooperative logo on it


with goodies inside. The dinner served at the annual meeting was very good with both roast beef and chicken available. Good to see both former and present Leader employees there; including Raymond Linden of Osceola, Lida Nordquist, etc. A big crowd, estimated at 250. The United Methodist Women will meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Lewis church. Best wishes to Lettie McDonough of the Leader staff who recently underwent surgery on her shoulder. She is in the subscription department and working part-time until she is completely healed. Sympathy is extended to the family of a Lewis resident who reportedly took his life last week. His death brought a number of police officials and coroner to our little community. A death under such circumstances is always a matter of concern in any area. Prayers continue for family members of Pastor Mike

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Sympathy is extended to the family of Joyce Anderson, who passed away Jan. 1. She was a longtime member of Clam River Tuesday Club and will be sadly missed. Visitors of Donna and Gerry Hines on New Year’s Day were Don and Lida Nordquist and Brenda, Tim, Nicole, Bryce and Jessica Sweet. Lida and Don Nordquist visited Marlene and Bruce Swearingen Monday evening. Clam River Tuesday Club met Jan. 3 at the home of Judy Albee. The next meeting will be Feb. 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Marian Brincken, with Kay Krentz as cohostess. There will be an exchange of $5 gifts for Valentine’s Day. Beth Crosby and Judy Albee called on Roger and Sue Mroszak Wednesday evening. Donna Hines was a Friday visitor of Marlene Swearin-

Karen Mangelsen

gen, and later they went to see Dorothy Hines at Capeside Cove Nursing Home. Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Sue and Roger Mroszak Friday evening. Karen and Hank Mangelsen joined Karen’s brothers and their wives for a family get-together Saturday at the home of Gene and Carlotta Romsos. Gerry and Donna Hines were lunch guests of Inez and Arvid Pearson Sunday. Don and Lida Nordquist visited at the home of Joleen and Richard Funk Sunday. They helped Rick Funk celebrate his birthday. Hank and Karen Mangelsen were supper guests of Jake and Holly Mangelsen and family Sunday. April and Dave Close and family were there too. Holly’s birthday was celebrated.

Webster Senior Center I’m sorry that I didn’t have a column the last two weeks. The first was when I missed the Friday deadline before Christmas due to a medical appointment, and the second was when I was still a little under the weather. I will condense this one to do a little catch-up. We had the bestever attendance at our Dec. 18 senior meeting with 23 present. Discussion was held regarding making the center available to organizations such as Interfaith Caregivers, etc., for use as fundraisers, without charge. It was decided at that time to have weekly dime bingo. The Christmas party on Dec. 22 was attended by 29 diners who enjoyed the roast beef dinner, cookies, assorted candies, gift exchange and a meat/cheese and crackers tray donated by June Larson and Gene Dopkins. Door prizes were won by Theresa Gloege, Berenice Quernemoen, Dudley Dingman and Bob Marsh. The Ravishing Rubies Red Hat Society met on Tuesday, Dec. 26, at Zia Louisa Restaurant, Webster, with 21 ladies attending. We were very thankful to have Laurie open up especially for us since they are normally closed on Tuesdays. We all enjoyed our meal in addition to the beautiful Christmas decorations. Following our Red Hat song, we all sang Happy Birthday to Janice Lee and Helen Sellman and they were each given a birthday gift item. Our traveling purple birthday hat was passed on to Janet Snelson to wear in February. Several hilarious jokes were read by Corinne Root, Mert Kisselburg, Linda Peterson and Thelma Klugow, and Queen Mother Mary Klar read a few “points to ponder.” Linda Jolly gave her report on the adventures of our mascot bear, Ms. Hattie, while she visited at Linda’s home during the month of December, and then we decided to let Ms. Hattie hibernate for a few months to give her a rest from all of her exhausting adventures. After all, she is more than just the average bear. Door prize winners were Linda Peterson, Ruth Zack, Thelma Klugow, Ruth “Corinne” Root and Janice Lee. The next Ravishing Rubies Red Hat Society luncheon will be on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Yellow River Saloon and Eatery, Webster. A number of our seniors attended the New Year’s Eve party at the Siren senior center and they reported on having a great time. I stayed home and went to bed early without even greeting the New Year in. Welcome back to Betty Trudeau, who had a great time spending Christmas and New Year holidays with her son, David, and family, in Gladstone, Mich. But she said it is always good to get back home. The dime bingo players had a great time on Wednesday. Margel Ruck and her mother, Olive Gehrke of Balsam Lake, joined us (yes, I got to play too), and I think she won more games than we really wanted her to. Go easy on us next time Olive! We had a lot of delicious munchies, but I think my favorite was Margel’s fudge brownies that had real frosting on them. Pat O’Brien, Dave Wardean, Ken Hayes, Gene Johnson and Harold Peterson enjoyed playing pool on Thurs-

Bernice Abrahamzon

Mary Klar

day evening. The only ones playing cards were Margel Ruck, Jane Wardean and Mert Kisselburg, but I heard that they still had a hilarious time. And, of course, they had their supply of munchies. There was a nice group of diners on Friday to enjoy the pork tenderloin meal prepared by subcook, Dolly Peterson. Bruce and Judy Behrens, Margel Ruck, Jane Wardean, Mert Kisselburg, Gladys Beers and I stayed afterwards to undecorate the Christmas tree and put away all the other decorations. New red tablecloths were put out to be ready for our next holiday, Valentine’s Day. Our next senior center meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 15, at 12:30 p.m., at which we will be discussing finances. I hope that all those that attended our last meeting will sign up for lunch and then stay for this one. Our next Dining at Five evening meal will be on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m. and Deb will be serving chicken alfredo, veggies, garlic bread and strawberry shortcake, so start calling in now at 715-866-5300 to make your reservation. The AARP tax aide schedule has been set for our center for the second and fourth Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. as follows: Fri., Feb. 9 and 23, March 9 and 23 and April 13. So mark your calendars and get prepared. Gratitude is extended to Donna and Baldy Doriott and Bev Pardun for donating aluminum cans; Carl and Gail Nordquist, cookies; Betty Trudeau family, bucket of mixed candy; Berenice Quernemoen, chocolate candy; Carol Berglind, set of hot pads for the kitchen; Gladys Beers, candy; Dave Wardean for cleaning the odorous kitchen grease trap; and Lee Pomerleau and Dave Wardean for working on a new storage area in the east, front entry. Our get-well wishes and prayers continue to go out to Katy Johnson, Kathy Beyer, Mary Heier, Bud and Norma Martin, Ray Hammerschmidt and Mary Garbe. Our sympathy and prayers also go out to the families of Jean Klint and Bertha Buskirk in their recent passing. In the story, “Lonesome Dove,” by Larry McMurty, Texas Rangers captains, Woodrow McCall and Gus McCrae, face many perils while driving a herd of cattle to Montana. Subsequently, ranger McCrae is killed and Captain McCall makes a deathbed promise to bury his body in Texas. While traveling from Montana back to Texas, Captain McCall is asked many times why he was taking on such a dangerous obligation. McCall’s only reply was, “I gave him my word.” At the beginning of every new year we all seem to make a lot of well-intended resolutions that eventually get broken. Psalm 15:4 says, “…he who swears to his own hurt…” that means we keep our word even if it costs us dearly. Keeping our word is a mark of our integrity. God also keeps his promises to us. God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, the Lord is my helper.”-Hebrews 13:5-6. See you at the center!

and Candy, Mabel Sutton and LouAnn Gackle. Christmas lights, creche and wreaths have been packed away until next year at the Lewis church, and inside decorations will soon follow. Homeowners are doing the same in their yards and homes. Christmas is over but let’s keep it in our hearts. The January church newsletter came out last week. If any church member or church friend didn’t receive a copy, contact the Siren United Methodist office in Siren and tell the secretary or pastor. Colds and coughs are making the rounds. Perhaps if the weather got colder, it would kill some of the germs floating around. Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Imhoff entertained friends for New Year’s Day. Lewis folks attending were Renae Peterson, Sheila Staples and Rick Abrahamzon.

Births Lizzy Schweitzer would like to announce her new brother, Brody Daniel, born on Saturday, Jan. 6, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. He weighed 6 lbs., 12 oz. and was 19 inches long. Parents are Danielle and Jeremiah Schweitzer of Frederic. Grandparents are Tom and Pam Schweitzer of Cushing and Bryan and Patty Bjorkland of Webster. ••• Born at Amery Regional Medical Center: A girl, Jazmine Marie Anderson-Robertson, born Dec. 29, to Cindy Huehn and Vernon AndersonRobertson, Clayton. Jazmine weighed 6 lbs., 10-1/2 oz. ••• A girl, Maren Brenna Dodge, born Jan. 2, to Kristine Leehe-Dodge and Ty Dodge, Clear Lake. Maren weighd 7 lbs., 11-1/2 oz. •••

Orange Fran Krause

LaVonne O’Brien

Sympathy is extended to the family of Bertha Buskirk, who passed away last week and the funeral was on Saturday. Fran Krause attended the open house at the Burnett library on Saturday to celebrate their 15-year anniversary. John and Reeny Neinstadt visited Sandy and Lamar Johnson in Cadott over the weekend. Bud Flagstad visited John and Reeny last week. The Tony O’Brien family and Steve O’Brien family had their Christmas get-together at Pat and Nancy O’Brien’s a week ago Sunday. Last Wednesday Maxine Stone, Iola Rachner, Doris Schauers and daughters, Jean and Julie, and Char Harshburger visited Pat and Nancy O’Brien. Saturday LaVonne O’Brien met her cousin, Virginia, and they attended the Home and Landscape Show in Minneapolis, Minn., at the Metrodome.

Frederic Senior Center

Ardyce Knauber

We have been enjoying the nice weather. It makes it nice for us seniors to get around. Monday spades were in last week’s columns. The gals played Pokeno Wednesday. They enjoy this game and would welcome others who would like to play. Thursday night 500 winners were first - Marlys Borchert, second - Dave Petersen; third - Tim Abrahamzon; 4 - Hazel Hoffman. Friday at 1:30 was our monthly meeting. We have a new member Emma Jean Hinrichs. Donald Danielson’s birthday was celebrated with cake and coffee. We will be having a tax aide at the center from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 8 and March 15. Saturday, Share-ALunch was enjoyed by those that attended and cards and bingo was played, followed by lunch at 3 p.m. One of our longtime seniors, Donald Fossum, passed away Friday, Jan. 5. He will be remembered for his ability to fix anything that was broken at our Center.

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Inducted into the National Honor Society Inducted into the National Honor Society on Nov. 7, 2006, at Unity High School with a dinner and ceremony afterwards were: front row (L to R): Mr. Adam Bever, Angela Berthold, Ethan Schmidt, Justin Bader, Ben Hendricks, Justin Anderson, Kayla Fuller and Mr. Kyle Christie. Back row: Brianna Bielmeir, Taylor Larson, Kendra Nelson, Ashley Hutton, D.J. Morgan, Kim May and Charity Moore. – Photo submitted

Fundraiser a success Unity Drama Department held a garage sale fundraiser at the Fristad Lutheran Church in Centuria on Nov. 11. The earnings were approximately $532. All money and donations raised will go toward funding the trip to New York in April 2007. Shown are (L to R): Justin Anderson, Johnna Alling, Sue Duerkopp – drama coach, Shila Meyer and Elliott St. Amandt. On Jan. 25, before the St. Croix Falls/Unity doubleheader basketball at Unity, the drama department will be holding a chili feed. The drama department’s play “Neverending Beauty Pageant” will be performed on March 9, 10 and 11. – Photo submitted



St. Croix Falls Public Library Saturday Talk About the Book Club “The Other Boleyn Girl” by Philippa Gregory is the selection for the month of January. The book club will meet the second Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. at Goochy Noochy’s in downtown St Croix Falls. See you on Jan. 13. Did I read this already? Now you can track what you have read through the MORE system’s My History. Check it out on the Web site. Story hour Listen to stories, create great art and have fun with other kids and parents every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. at St. Croix Falls Public Library story hour! Food for Fines Bring in nonperishable food items or household supplies, and we will forgive fines during January. Everything will be distributed to the St. Croix Falls Food Shelf. Computer classes at the library Library staff will teach basic computer classes during January and Feburary on Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings. Class size is limited to five,

Milltown Public Library

Knit and crochet register in advance. 715-483-1777. Join the most exciting group in Mill1. Getting Started: For the beginning computer user this class will focus on town at the library on the first and third the basics including mouse handling, Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. keyboard basics, opening and closing Experts and beginners are invited! If programs in Windows XP: Jan. 11, 6- you’re in the middle of a project and are looking for help or just fun conversa7:30 p.m. and Jan. 16, 8:30-10 a.m. 2. Library Electronic Resouces: How tion while you finish that sweater, hat, to use the library online catalog, Wiscat, mitten or whatever, please join us for Badgerlink magazine and newspaper the next meeting on Jan. 4. Beginners databases and useful Web sites. Search are invited – free lessons will be providtechniques will be emphasized, how to ed! find information: Jan. 18, 6-7:30 p.m. We are wireless and Jan. 30, 8:30-10 a.m. Bring your laptops to the Milltown 3. Exploring the Internet: Basic browser functions and features, portals Public Library and enjoy our new, free, and indexes, hyperlinks and search fast wireless Internet access. No more engines. This one will be wide open for waiting for an open computer! Surf the following the interests of the partici- net from a comfortable chair! No time pants: Feb. 13, 8:30-10 a.m. and Feb. 15, limits! 6-7:30 p.m. 4. E-mail Basics: We will set up new Story hour Milltown Public Library offers two accounts, send e-mail, manage messages and explore common features of story times every Tuesday. The morne-mail services: Feb. 20, 8:30-10 a.m. and Feb. 22, 6-7:30 p.m. Hours of Library: Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursdays and Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Story time and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Story time is at 11 a.m. every Wednesday here at the library. All ages are welcome to join us for stories, crafts, music and snacks. January is Messy Art Month so wear old clothes and be prepared for some free messy fun! Last week some ten an exhilarating story brimming very creative projects were made! with language, history, landscape, music and love. Copies of the book are Special event available at the library, and we welBeginning knitting class Monday, Jan. come anyone who likes to talk about 22, at 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. All ages are books. welcome – bring a skein of yarn and size 9 knitting needles if able, supplies Cleaning your bookshelves? will also be available. The library is planning its February Saturday, Jan. 27, is Art Day from 10 bake and book sale, and we gladly a.m. to noon. This free event is open to accept your donations of gently used all ages. Please join us for a fun creative books, movies, music CDs, and audio- morning. Art supplies are furnished. books for our sale. You may drop off the materials anytime during library Book club open hours, and we can provide a Meets at the library Wednesday, Jan. receipt for the number of items you 17 at 3 p.m. Everyone welcome. Janudonate. This is one of two large ary’s choice is “Can’t Wait to Get to fundraiser book sales held at the library Heaven” by Fannie Flagg. each year, and we appreciate your supCombining southern warmth with port. unabashed emotion and sidesplitting hilarity, Fannie Flagg takes readers back Library hours at a glance Regular library hours are Mon. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Wed., Thurs., Fri. 10 a.m. 5 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. The library is closed on Tuesdays.

Don’t forget the milk caps and soup labels The library continues to collect milk caps and food product labels for school projects, as well as grocery items for the local food shelf. Be sure to include some of these items in your book bag when you return materials to the library. If you are not sure which brands the school will accept, please ask for a list at the circulation desk. The book group is reading “That Old Ace in the Hole” Please join us for a lively hour of discussion on Thursday, Jan. 18 when the book group will discuss “That Old Ace in the Hole” by Annie Proulx. One reviewer says “’In That Old Ace in the Hole,” Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Annie Proulx has writ-

Book club Milltown Book Club is reading “Love in the Time of Cholera,” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The book discussion is open to the public and will be held on Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Guests and new members are always welcomed. Hours Library hours are Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Frederic Public Library Story time is back in session Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to attend story time Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 10:30 a.m. for 45 minutes of tales, music, and activities from Around the World. We welcome volunteer readers – if you like to share stories with children, please contact us – we supply the books, you supply the voice!

ing story time begins at 10 a.m. Can’t make it in the morning? We will repeat the program at 6:30 p.m. Story times are free and are designed for children under 6 and their caregivers. Each story time lasts 30 to 45 minutes and includes time to browse and checkout books.

to Elmwood Springs, Mo., where the most unlikely and surprising experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: “Why are we here?” Friends of the Library The Friends Group will be having a book sale in February so this would be a great time to clean out those book shelves and donate your books to the library. Love Those Used Books Sale will be Saturday, Feb. 17, here at the library. Get rid of the winter blues by curling up with a good book. The Friends group will meet again on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 1:30 p.m. Location, hours Balsam Lake Library, (under the water tower) at 404 Main St., Balsam Lake. Our hours are Monday 10 a.m. — 8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. — 2 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. — 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. — 4 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. E-mail us at Web site is

How to contact the library Frederic Public Library, 127 Oak Street West. 715-327-4979.

Centuria Public Library Hours The Centuria Public Library is open Monday from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday from

noon to 5 p.m., Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., closed Friday, and open 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Clear Lake Public Library Hours Monday: noon - 7 p.m. Tuesday & Friday: noon - 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Dresser Public Library

Molly Kessler, Assistant Librarian/Youth Services, is surrounded by the newest young adults rotation books arriving at the Polk County Libraries. Please look for them in the young adult section of your local library. — Photo submitted

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Luck Public Library Educator’s workshop An Educator’s Lapbooking Workshop has been scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Luck Library. Special guest and educator Maria Potvin will share her secrets and help you earn how to creatively construct this wonderful assessment tool. Bring your examples and ideas. There will be time to share and swap ideas. Is it a journal? Is it a scrapbook? Just what is a lapbook anyway, and why would I want to use it with my students? A lapbook is a project book that fits in a child’s lap. It is a complete collection of information from a particular unit or area of study. It is organized (usually) in a file folder folded in a shutter fold. It contains everything that student knows about the subject in an

attractive, creative and fun display. It can be used not only as an assessment tool but also as a review technique and a great way to share with others what your students are learning. Story hour Preschool story hour will resume Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 10 a.m. Join us for stories, games, activities, and lots of fun. Hours Luck Public Library is open Monday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Our phone number is 715-472-2770.

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Friends of the Library The Friends of the Library board will meet at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22. The Friends of the Library book group will meet on Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. to discuss “Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time” by New Auburn, Wisconsin author Michael Perry. Holiday closing The Amery Public Library will be closed for Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 15. Otaku Club The Otaku Club will meet every Tuesday at 5 p.m. to discuss manga and anime. Watch the signs on the library door for more specific information. This group is for teens. Teens Read Teens Read book group will meet Monday, Jan. 29, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to discuss “Invisible” by Pete Hautmann. Come for snacks and exciting book talk if you are a teen. Books are available at the circulation desk. Tax forms The tax forms have started to arrive at the Amery Public Library. We have federal forms but are still waiting for Wisconsin forms.

Dresser Public Library, 117 So. Central Avenue, Dresser, WI 54009. The Dresser Public Library Board of Trustees holds its monthly meeting on the last Monday of each month at 6 p.m. Library hours Monday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday noon – 5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. – noon and 1 – 7 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Three Internet computers are up and running! You must physically present a MORE library card to library staff and library fines must be under $10 to use a computer. Story time Lapsitter and preschool story times begin Thursday, Jan. 4, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, crafts and more! Focus on 2006! Dresser Public Library has been a very busy place this year. More than 19,760 items have been distributed through our door to MORE library

More than 230 food items have been brought to Luck Public Library in the Food for Fines program. The library is taking $1 off overdue fines for each nonperishable food item patrons bring in, and is extending the program through Saturday, Jan. 6. The food will be donated to Loaves and Fishes Interfaith Food Pantry in Luck. – Photo submitted

Story time Story time is held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday mornings. Everyone is welcome for songs and stories. Story time is a great place to meet other parents of young children if you are new in the area.

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Planting plans As the seed catalogs begin to arrive in the mail remember that the library is a great place to go to help you plan your yard and garden for the coming year. Have you always wanted a water garden? Stop in at the Amery Public Library and check out books on how to build one. Need ideas for a shady lawn? Check out books on lawn care. Do you want some new perennials next year? Check out the perennial books and see what might fit your needs. Post holiday Needing to work off those holiday treats? Stop in at the Amery Public Library for videos and DVDs on pilates, aerobics, yoga, jazzercise, exercises for the elderly and even a new DVD on belly dancing! The Amery Public Library also has lots of diet books and cookbooks to help you find a healthy way of eating in the new year. Happy New Year Happy New Year to all who are heading off on winter vacations. Remember that the Amery Public Library is a good source of information on travel, whether it be in the United States or out of the United States. Also, take along books on tape or books on CD if you are traveling and mail them back when you get there. The Amery Public Library has a large selection of fiction and nonfiction books on tape and CD. Hours Mon. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wed. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

users in 10 Wisconsin counties. More than 5,000 visitors entered our door making use of a wide range of services including the Internet, making photocopies, doing reference work, being tutored, requesting materials from many states, using the MORE Online Catalog to place holds on items and checking out a multitude of materials. Gratitude is extended to everyone who has contributed to these achievements. It has been a pleasure for the Dresser staff to assist you all in making 2006 a year of terrific reading, viewing, listening and learning! Happy New Year everybody! Contact the library at 715-755-2944 which is our telephone and FAX number or e-mail us at Our FAX is for library business only. Our Web site also has information about story times, days closed, etc.; the site can be accessed via www.dresserpubliclibrary@org. The reference site, “Ask Away” is now available through this address.


Medicine man to speak at Luck historical meeting LUCK — The Luck Area Historical Society will welcome guest speaker Clifford Duran at their regular January meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Duran, of Siren, is a Native American medicine man. He will tell about his background and the nature of his responsibilities and how it fits into Native

American culture. The hope is that this will be the first of many programs the society will sponsor that deal with the history and culture of the local Native American community. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Luck Village Hall Tuesday, Jan. 16. It start with a short business

meeting followed by Duran’s presentation, questions and discussion. The meeting will end by 9 p.m. As always, everyone is welcome. — submitted by the Luck Area Historical Society

Dinners begin again WEBSTER - Food and Friends Community Dinners will begin again on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Grace United Methodist Church in Webster. Serving is from 5 to 6 p.m. There is no charge for the dinner but donations are accepted from those who are able to donate. Everyone is welcome regardless of ability to donate! This is the sixth year of this ecumenical ministry of

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Webster, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Webster and the United Methodist Churches of Webster and Siren. This year the Siren Covenant Church will be joining the other churches as well. Dinners rotate among the churches so that each church will host two dinners a year. Please watch the community calendar in this

paper for the location of each. Dinners are held the last Tuesday of every month. There are no dinners in November and December due to the holidays those months. This is a wonderful way to have a nutritious meal and socialize with old and new friends. - submitted

Cookie brigade a success FREDERIC – The purpose of Cookie Brigade is to get America baking for our deployed military personnel, military working dogs and convalescing military personnel. This mission is accomplished by area residents and organizations baking homemade cookies and dog biscuits which are sent to our men, women and canine teams serving the USA. The project began in October 2006, and since then has mailed 157 dozen cookies and 116 dozen dog biscuits. The cookies have been sent to military personnel, in all branches of the military, primarily serving in Iraq, and one convalescing soldier in Kansas. The Cookie Brigade has sent cookies and dog biscuits to 24 canine teams in Iraq, and 28 canine teams in South Korea. Many of the recipients have sent notes expressing their gratitude that they are being thought of and

supported. Cookie Brigade would like to recognize the following people and organizations for their many hours of help, support and donations. Jeff and Jill Alden; Dawson, Logan and Tyler Alden; Todd Anderson; Pat Bates; Mary Ellen Bechtel; Helena Burke; Burnett County Veterans Service Center; Todd Beckmann; Diane Crane; Ray Draxlar; Joyce Faught; Kathy Frazee; Frederic Grocery; Frederic Post Office – Bruce, Cindy and Steve; Kim Hoverman and Brownie Troop #1257; Marilyn Hubette; Lisa Johnson and Brownie Troop #2691; Mary Anne Johnson; Gary King; Linda Baker Lottie; Pete Magnuson; Lexi Marion; Deborah Lucey-Martin; Nouveau Salon and Day Spa; Kay Russell; Shepherd of the Valley Church, St. Croix Falls; Doug Stubbe; Cindy Vilstrup and Pat Wildt and the Polk County Special Ed Program.

Do you know someone in the military? Please send their APO # (Army and Air Force), FPO # (Marine and Navy), hospital or other “convalescing” address to Cookie Brigade. They will receive freshly-baked cookies on behalf of Americans who want to let them know that they care and appreciate the hardships and risks they endure daily for our country. Cookie Brigade meets on the first Saturday of each month, at 9 a.m. at the Frederic High School. At that time cookies may be dropped off for packaging and shipping. If that date is not convenient, arrangements can be made to drop off cookies or pick up cookies anytime during the month. To make arrangements, please call Susan Hager 715-327-4532 or e-mail - submitted


Laurel Evert found her passion for art early by Sherill Summer BURNETT COUNTY - As a child growing up in Siren, Laurel Evert was always drawing horses. She knew then she wanted to be an artist. After graduating from high school in 1961, she entered the art department at the University of Wisconsin – Superior and created more art. There she met Thom Scott, who too, always thought of himself as an artist. They received their bachelor of fine arts degrees and married in 1966, and they now have two

Burnett County Artist series children and two grandchildren. Today Evert is again in Siren, and she is still creating art. She received a master’s degree in painting and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Minnesota. She is also an art professor at UWS, where she has taught art education for the past 20 years. Teaching at UWS is a dream job for her. UWS, unlike many universities, insists that all art professors, whether art history or art education or studio art, be accomplished artists. When they interviewed Evert for the art education position, they wanted to see her artwork first. Now her job as an art education professor and her life as a working artist are in harmony with each other. Evert creates many different types of art: paintings, pastel drawings and computer graphics. She also sews fabric together to make fiber art. Often she will think of an idea for a computer graphic or fiber piece while painting, or vice versa, bouncing back and forth between different types of art. Because she works in many kinds of media, the boundaries between one type of art and another are often blurred. For example, there is a similarity between her paintings and her fiber art. In her paintings, the subjects, such as vegetation or fish, are stylized and the shapes repeat like wallpaper or a quilt, or she will sew fabric together to create a landscape picture that is then framed like a painting. Evert also blurs the boundary between computer graphic and fiber pieces when she prints the graphics onto fabric to use in her fiber art. Laurel and Thom recently built a new home they designed to be an ideal place for creating art. It includes a large art studio and a separate computer center where Laurel works on her computer-based works. When she is not teaching, she is usually in her new home creating art, often late into the night. As she is making her art, Laurel concentrates on picking colors that work well with each other, incorporating

Fiber art titled Burnett County Sunset 2006 Photo submitted

Laurel Scott holding a new fiber piece. -Photo by Sherill Summer a variety of textures, and creating a good composition. Evert is also interested in nature and nostalgia, and they often find their way into the artwork. She is finding that she is more spontaneous when creating her art now than in the past. She used to carefully plan out her artwork by making a sketch before starting the final piece. Now she just goes for it and sees what happens. The spontaneity can be seen in her artwork. For example, her big fiber pieces used to look like traditional quilts, now there is nothing traditional about them. You can tell she’s having fun. Evert’s art can be found at the Gallery at Crooked Lake, part of North Winds Art at the Outpost Mall, in Siren.

SCF woman teaches others to live an inspired life Workshop focuses on making dreams a reality by Julie Holmquist ST. CROIX FALLS - A single mom who made her dream come true wants to inspire other women to make their dreams a reality. Victoria O’Day, who moved to St. Croix Falls last March, has founded InspireU and a workshop called “The Four Keys of Living an Inspired Life.” The workshop starts Thurs., Jan. 18 in Luck. O’Day, who makes a living as a project manager for Internet brokerage sites, is also a life coach. She developed the four-part workshop while working on her Master’s degree in human development from St. Mary’s University. “I work with women who are passionate about transforming their lives,” O’Day said. She’s always been fascinated with psychology, and now that her parenting days are done, O’Day said she had the time to explore a new arena. “This is so much fun because I love people,” said O’Day, 46. “I’m a self-help junkie and now I get to use what I’ve learned to help other people.” O’Day has over 27 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in

promise to her son: she pledged to provide a fulfilling life for both of them. “I had no education, no career direction, and negative net worth,” she said. “All I had was my mind and my dreams of creating a rich and fulfilling life for me and my son.” O’Day worked hard and started school, eventually earning an accounting degree. Along the way, O’Day has kept learning, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in E-business from Capella University. “If we can dream it, we can be it,” O’Day says. She now lives north of St. Croix Falls with her second husband, and is offering the workshop in Luck and again in New Richmond in February. The four-part series is a way for women to take a break from the demands of life and gain new perspectives and inspiration. Victoria O’Day is teaching a workO’Day piloted the series in the Twin shop called “The Four Keys to Lead- Cities for Wells Fargo and Ameriprise ing an Inspired Life.” – Photo by Julie Financial as a brown-bag lunch workHolmquist shop. “It’s a lot of fun,” she said. “It’s experiential learning. No high pressure or business accounting, personal finance and stock brokerage, but she didn’t homework. It’s a bunch of women getting together and exploring their inner have an easy start to life. O’Day escaped a first marriage where selves.” The four, two-hour seminars focus on she was abused, and was left to fend for self awareness, aligning your life choicherself and her son. As a single mom living in a shelter es with your natural passions, identifywith a two-year-old, O’Day made a ing healthy attitudes and ones that hold

you back, and taking action by creating an “Inspired Life Intention Statement.” The workshop, O’Day said, attempts to help women adopt new ways of being that will help them achieve their dreams. “Most people don’t take the time to study these things,” she said. “As a life coach, I help them get to the bottom of things and give them several perspectives. I don’t tell them what to do. “It’s not like therapy,” she explained. “It’s more like codesigning what you want in your life. It’s for healthy people who want to get some different ideas or want to achieve excellence.” O’Day likens life coaching to sports coaching: even top athletes have coaches who help them “tweak” their techniques, she said. “The workshop is fun because everyone participates. Everyone likes to tell their story and everybody helps everybody.” For more information about the Luck workshop, contact Barb Kass of Luck Community Education at 715-472-2152 ext. 103 or O’Day at 715-483-3011. The course is offered Thursdays, Jan. 18 to Feb. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The fee is $55. The New Richmond workshop will be offered Feb. 6 – 27.

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Students raise money for phone cards for troops ST. CROIX FALLS - Mr. Gjovig and Mrs. Ollman’s homerooms had a friendly competition in December to see which homeroom could raise the most funds to buy phone cards for U. S. troops. They sent the money they raised to Operation Uplink in care of KSTP so that the money would go to troops from Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. The classes agreed from the start of the project that they wouldn’t have any incentives (like an ice-cream party) for the winner. This project was to be about doing something good for people who are risking their lives for all of us, and they wanted 100 percent of their money to go to the troops. Many of the children worked odd jobs to earn the money that they contributed. Logan Wallace is an outstanding example of this. He baby-sat his brother and sister in December and then donated every penny of his wages – about $65 to Operation Uplink. Other children contributed money they’d been saving for other things because they felt it was important to show our soldiers that people back home care about them. Andrew Erickson is a case in point. He gave the $20 he had been saving toward buying an iPod because he believes it is more important for soldiers to talk to their families than for him to listen to music. Santa must have been aware of Students at St. Croix Falls Middle School have been busy raising money to purchase phone cards for the troops in Andrew’s good deed because Andrew - Photo submitted Iraq. got a new iPod for Christmas this year. Mr. Gjovig and Mrs. Ollman couldn’t they support the troops by placing mag- troops by collecting $571.87 to buy Mr. Gjovig’s class were good sports be prouder of the way their fifthabout their loss because they knew that netic ribbons on their cars. The people phone cards. graders enthusiastically embraced this As far as the friendly competition: no one could truly lose when involved who actually “show” support for the project to supply U.S. troops overseas troops are people like you” (referring to Mr. Gjovig’s class was certain that they in a project such as this one. - from SCF with phone cards. As one soldier wrote people who buy phone cards). The stu- would beat Mrs. Ollman’s homeroom, Schools in an Operation Uplink Newsletter: dents in Mr. Gjovig and Mrs. Ollman’s but Mrs. Ollman’s class proved too for“…Unfortunately, some people only say rooms proved their support for our midable a competitor. The students in

Local teens honored as board members of statewide advocacy BALSAM LAKE - Paige Andrews and Randy Krueger, both Unity High School students, have been selected to represent peers as members of the Youth Board of Directors for the statewide, youth activist group, FACT. Andrews and Krueger have demonstrated positive leadership skills and a commitment to speak out against deceptive marketing tactics by tobacco companies. Their commitment to, and passion for the cause led to their selection. FACT (Fighting Against Corporate Tobacco) is a peer-led, youth movement created by teens for teens to: Expose those around them to the lies of tobacco companies, teach them to Empower others to action and help other youth Understand how they are targeted by giant tobacco companies as future customers. The movement takes on the lies and manipulations of the tobacco indus-

Paige Andrews

SCRMC honors volunteers ST. CROIX FALLS - St. Croix Regional Medical Center recognizes two special volunteers for their years of service and dedication. Millie Kiska, 3,454 hours, Millie Kiska and Edna Lawson, 5,253 hours, have both spent over 20 years of volunteering, and have spent most of that time working in the Auxiliary Gift Shop. At 90 and 93, both wish to have the winter off and take it a little easier!

Edna Lawson

The staff of SCRMC will miss the words of wisdom and great sense of h u m o r shared by Lawson and Kiska. They certainly have made the gift shop a special place in the

facility. SCRMC extends gratitude to Kiska and Lawson, for the many dedicated hours that they were so willing to give. - from SCRMC

Randy Krueger

try and spreads the FACTs to Wisconsin teens. Twenty-three percent of Wisconsin high school students are current smokers. FACT is Wisconsin’s first youth-led tobacco prevention movement funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Service’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. FACT will turn to the 22 statewide, newly selected youth board members to provide overall leadership, guidance and feedback. They will also be called upon to work closely with their local tobacco-free coalition. For more information and opportunities for youth to volunteer in the areas of tobacco prevention and control, please contact Lisa Cory, health educator and tobacco control specialist, with the Polk County Health Department at 715-4858500. – submitted

Car crashes killed 44,000 last year NATIONWIDE - The numbers aren’t tallied yet, but about 44,000 people died in car crashes in America last year. That’s more than 50 times the number of U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq during the same time, and about a fifth of the total number of people killed in the South Asian tsunami. However, car safety advocates complain most people probably don’t know that, based on the information they get. Kari Kinnard is director of the Wisconsin Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk

Driving, and serves on the Governor’s Highway Safety Council. She says these numbers really put into perspective the “phenomenal” rate that people are dying on the roadways. Kinnard says if more people paid attention, there may be greater seat belt use and enforcement. She’d also like to see more sobriety checkpoints. In 2006, Wisconsin actually recorded 92 fewer traffic deaths than in 2005. The total was 709. – Wisconsin Public Radio (Terry Bell)

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Party time as Burnett Community Library celebrates 15 years

Volunteers play a major role in the services the library offers to the community. Pictured are library volunteers Laura Rachford (left) and Sherill Summer (right) visiting with Linda Jolly, a library supporter.

Mary Poretti played a major role in establishing the Burnett Community Library 15 years ago. She helped to create the library and then was a founding member of Friends of the Library, the library’s main support auxiliary. Through the years she has continued to be an important supporter of the library and its work.

The library reception brought together new and outgoing officers of Friends of the Library. Pictured with library director Maxine Peterson (center) are new president Bonnie Niemi (left) and outgoing president Jean McLaughlin (right).

The Burnett County community has always given the library its full support, and many individuals and groups have contributed to its funding. Here Jerry Tuel of the Danbury Lions presents library director Maxine Peterson with a check for the library’s building fund.

A Waiting Child

James, 12, and Matthew, 11, are adorable red-headed young men who would benefit greatly from a safe, structured and stable home with a forever family. They share many of the same interests and both boys are quite intelligent. James is a very good student. He is on the honor roll at his school and is very proud of his academic achievements, which include placement in accelerated math and reading classes. He is very financially motivated and he is a conscientious saver. He is described as a polite child who is willing to help others. He is involved in CCDE, a religious education class, as well as a group called Just Say No to Drugs. He enjoys being involved in multiple activities. Matthew is a very intelligent young man who is on the honor roll just like his brother, James. He is also in an accelerated reading program at school. However, Matthew differs from his brother in that he enjoys athletics more. He is very interested in outdoor sports such as baseball, basketball and football; just being outside in general is a joy for Matthew. While he is somewhat shy, Matthew would like to have kids in his forever families’ neighborhood to play with. He and James both collect Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. Both boys are very smart and, unfortunately, have had many disappointments in their lives. For more information about them, or other children waiting for adoptive homes, call Adoption Resources of Wisconsin, 800-762-8063 or visit the Web site at

Among the guests at Saturday’s reception were (L to R) Irene Cotton and Eunice and Charles Tollander, friends and supporters of the library.

Photos by Carl Heidel

Webster boys end their season victorious

WEBSTER - The eighth-grade boys basketball team led by assistant Coach Mark Elliott placed first in the Great Northwestern League Tournament held in Minong on Saturday, Jan. 6. The team, whose head coach is Jeff Roberts, competed against Northwoods and bigger schools such as Hermantown, Duluth East and Poplar. The championship game against Poplar ended with a final score of 35 to 29 and the Tigers reigned supreme. Coach Elliott, the teams coach since elementary school, stated, “This was the last tournament of the season and it’s great to go out on a win. The kids all played really well.” The Webster Tiger team pictured back row (L to R) are: Austin Elliott, Chris Martin, Zach Holmstrom, Greg McIntyre, Mike Thielke, Jack Taylor and Coach Mark Elliott. Team members pictured front row (L to R) are: Croix Swanson, James Wethern, Mason Kriegle, Dan Dochniak and Devin Greene. Not pictured: Steven Puttbresse. - Photo by Jeanne Daniels


Kids Pro Ice returns to Burnett County by Jeanne Daniels SIREN - Though this winter has left much to be desired for the usual seasonal sports and their participants, the young racers of the Kids Pro Ice snowmobile circuit haven’t let the unusual weather keep them off the ice - they’ve kicked off their season in full force. The racers, who are as young as 4 and as old as 12 and hail from across both Minnesota and Wisconsin, began their season of ice racing in mid-December. They, along with moms, dads, brothers, sisters and trailers full of pint-sized sleds, blaze a trail each weekend to a predetermined destination to earn trophies half their size, learn about good sportsmanship, provide entertainment and above all, have fun. On Saturday, Jan. 6, the group’s destination was Jed’s Laker Lounge located on Clam Lake just east of Siren. There, parents and spectators of every age witnessed a varying degree of driving experience and ability as participants raced stock to modified kitty cats, 120cc mini-sleds and stock 340cc sleds. The drivers, who range in experience from beginner to advanced, participate from sunup to sundown in 11 different race classes classified as amateur to improved. Neither age nor experience, though, keeps anyone from getting a trophy at day’s end. Each race day ends at a designated nearby location where racers and their families and friends congregate to receive their trophies that signify a job well done. More than 80 trophies and goodie bags leave in the hands of every racer regardless of whether or not they placed in the final or consolation race. Little brothers and sisters go home with treats, too, for braving the cold conditions. By the time their season ends, these dedicated families will have traveled to race-day destinations in Minnesota such as Benson, Hutchinson, Forest Lake, Garrison and Prior Lake. They’ll return to Wisconsin ice as they race in Cable on Saturday, Jan. 20 and in Siren again for their last race on Saturday, Feb. 24. For more information regarding World Snowmobile Association Kids Pro Ice racing organization, please visit their Website at or contact Jim Daniels at 715-866-7080.

Photos by Jeanne Daniels

Stock 120 class racers wait on the line for the green flag indicating its time to go.

Jed’s Laker Lounge, owned by Bob and Jenny Campbell (pictured standing) was host to the WSA Kids Pro Ice snowmobile racing organization race last Saturday. The Campbells are pictured with Webster racers (L to R): Mallory Daniels, 9, Ross Daniels, 6, Caitlynn Hopkins, 8, and Jake Hunter, 11, and stated they are looking forward to hosting and sponsoring another race next year.

Jim Daniels, Webster, and his 6-year-old son, Ross, give his mom twothumbs-up prior to the start of his first race last Saturday.

Nick Erickson, 12, Andover, Minn., demonstrates how it’s all in the lean as he maneuvers his formula one modified kitty cat around the oval track. The F-1 is a spectator favorite as its seasoned drivers reach a speed of about 30 mph. Amateur kitty-cat racers round the first corner of the icy oval track.

Race mom, Traci Hopkins, Webster, stood in the staging area with her daughter Caitlynn, 8, as she waited for her turn to race.


Local Special Olympics athletes compete at Alpine Invitational DULUTH, Minn. - Polk County Special Olympics Alpine Ski athletes, Ryan Pierce and Travis Hansen competed in the Special Olympics Alpine Invitational at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minn. Pierce and Hansen competed in slalom, giant slalom and downhill events. Special Olympics Wisconsin is a statewide organization providing persons with cognitive disabilities yearround sports training and competition. Individuals who are at least 8 years old and are identified as having a cognitive disability are eligible for participation. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with cognitive disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness; demonstrate

Portion distortion: How much am I really eating?

More than one out of five (22 percent) Wisconsin adults is obese, defined by having a body mass index of 30 or more. Many people are concerned with this rising obesity rate and its negative impact on our health. “Becoming more aware of portion sizes and the food guide pyramid serving sizes, when eating out or at home, can help you get on the road to a healthy weight while you still enjoy eating,” says Marilyn Kooiker, Family Living Agent University of WisconsinExtension Burnett County. Many factors contribute to the obesity epidemic. In the simplest terms, people gain weight when they consume more calories than they use. Researchers at New York University studied the role of expanding portion sizes in the obesity epidemic. Results of their research show that portion sizes served in many food service outlets (and subsequently, our perception of a “normal” portion size) far exceed the

Athlete Ryan Pierce, assistant Coach Lindsay Spindler and athlete Travis Hansen. - Photo submitted courage; experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts; skills and friend-

ship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

amounts recommended by the food guide pyramid. Portions served in restaurants and packaged in our stores have led to increases in what we eat withMarilyn out realizing it. According to Lisa Kooiker Young, PhD, RD and author of the book “Portion Teller,” “The problem is you pay less per ounce for the bigger size so there is BURNETT CO. a tendency to buy bigger and more. At the end of the day, your health is the best bargain you have.” Don’t get caught in the bargain for price versus what is better for your overall health. For example, in 1991: • A bagel was three inches and 140 calories; today it is six inches, 350 calories (an increase of 210 calories) and equal to five slices of bread. • A cheeseburger was 333 calories; today it is 590 calories (an increase of 257 calories).

• Chicken Caesar Salad was 1-1/2 cups and 390 calories; today it is 3 cups and 790 calories (an increase of 400 calories). For more information on amounts to eat for a healthy diet visit the Web site. UW-Extension recommends some ways to choose sensible portions when eating out: • Choose a small or medium portion for main dishes, side dishes and beverages. • Choose water to drink. Soda and fruit drinks have calories with few nutrients and don’t count as servings from a food group. • If main dish portions are large, order an appetizer or side dish or share a main dish. • You don’t have to clean your plate – leave the rest or package it to take home. Just be sure to refrigerate leftovers. • Ask for salad dressing to be served on the side so you can control the amount. • Order from the menu instead of the all-you-can-eat buffet. • Avoid super-sizing your meals.



Pierce and Hansen will be traveling to Granite Peak in Wausau to compete in the 2007 Wisconsin State Winter Games on Feb. 10 and 11. Special recognition goes to Trollhaugen Winter Recreation Area for providing assistance and facilities for weekly training events. - submitted

• Learn to cook so you’ll eat out less often. And, when eating at home: • Using standard measuring cups, measure a typical portion of foods you eat often. This will help you estimate how close you are getting to the recommended amounts of food from the My Pyramid food groups. • Limit portions of foods high in fats and sugars like cookies, cakes, fats, oils and spreads. • Try using a smaller plate for your meals. • Take sensible portions at the beginning of the meal and don’t take seconds. • Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. Portion sizes for these foods are important only to be sure you get enough. The new My Pyramid sets total amounts for the day in cups, with the typical American needing at least 21/2 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit per day. For more information, contact Marilyn Kooiker or Julie Yezek at the Burnett UW-Extension office at the Burnett County Government Center in Siren, 349-2151.


EDUCATION VIBRATIONS Unity Community Education

Come in From the Cold Creativity Fair Saturday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come In From the Cold is your ticket out of the midwinter doldrums, a place to explore your creative side. Join us for a day of dynamic workshops, delightful exhibitors, food by Café Wren and creative play. Sample a community ed class from a local instructor, be inspired by one of the many workshops and demonstrations throughout the day. For information about vendor space, you may call Tanna in the Community Ed Office: 825-2101, ext. 3510. Yoga Wednesdays, Jan. 10 to Feb. 14 (please note changes in January dates). 6 to 6:45 p.m. Cost: $35 per session.

Dancing for Women Thursday, Jan. 18. Cost: $12.50 per class. 6-7:20 p.m. Latin Dancing for Women. 7:30-9 p.m. - Pop Belly Dancing. DNR Hunter Safety Certification Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 27 through March 29 (skip March 6 and 8), 7-9:30 p.m. Cost: $10, payable to DNR on the first night of class. Please call Community Ed to register. Introduction To Palmistry Thursday, March 29, 6-7:15 p.m. Cost: $20. Metaphysical Stones 4 Thursday, March 29, 7:30-9 p.m. Cost $25. Instructor: Sandy Klepel is a GIA certified gemologist and fourth generation intuitive, specializing in stones with a shop in St. Paul, Minn.

Frederic Community Education To register call Ann Fawver at 715-327-4868, e-mail, online go to “Search and Register for Courses,” or call WITC at 800-243-9482, ext. 4221. Cross Country Skiing Saturday, Jan. 13, beginner basics will be from 1 - 2:30 p.m. and introduction to skate skiing will be from 2:30 - 4 p.m. Register by Jan. 9. Fee: $10. Cross Country Skiing Workshop WITC: #42-807-416, Monday, Feb. 5, 3 - 6 p.m. Fee: $12.70/$4 Sr. 62+. Skiing for Youth WITC: #42-807-416. Classic skiing for youth age 6-12, Monday, Feb. 5, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Fee: $8.35. The Narrative of History and the Historical Novel WITC #26815, #42-808-401. This course will use as an historical basis Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States.” Anyone with questions or concerns (or suggestions) is invited to contact the instructor, Carolyn Wedin, at or 715-327-8463, Mondays, Jan. 15 - Feb. 19, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Fee: $30.10/$4 Sr. 62+. Write right now! WITC #26814, #42-801-402. Designed to assist writers in projects they are working on, as well as to introduce interesting writing exercises. Mondays and Tuesdays, Jan. 16 - Feb. 20, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Fee: $30.10/$4 Sr. 62+. Flannel Raggy Quilt WITC #26810/#42-304-435. Tuesdays, Jan. 16 - 30, 6 - 8 p.m. Fee: $17.05/$4 Sr. 62+. Photography WITC #26817/ #42-203-405. Thursdays, Feb. 1 - 22, 7 - 9 p.m. Fee: $21.40/$4 Sr. 62+. Sign with Toddlers WITC #25885/ #47-533-405. Learn sign language and add fun and entertainment to your stories, songs and activities. Mondays, Feb. 5 - 19, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free (through WITC grant). Knitting for all skill levels WITC #26803/ #42-815-408. Mondays, Feb. 5 - 26, 6 - 8 p.m. Fee: $21.40/$4 Sr. 62+. Felted Children’s Hats and Mittens WITC 42-815-408. Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6 - 9 p.m. Fee: $12.70/$4 Sr. 62+. Carving Workshop A one-day workshop will be set for late January. In the class you will have the opportunity to carve a character in Scandinavian flat-plane wood carving style. Watch for details in upcoming weeks. Weight Room Training for Women WITC #27001/#42-807-408. Tuesdays, Feb. 6 - 27, 4 - 6 p.m. Fee: $21.40/$4 Sr. 62+. Weight Room Training for Students WITC #27002/#42-807-408. Thursdays, Feb. 8 - March 1, 3:30 5:30 p.m. Fee: $21.40. Babysitting Clinic WITC #26813/#47-307-495. Tuesdays, Feb. 6 - 27, 3:15 - 5 p.m. Fee: $17.50. Felted Wool Purses WITC #26804/#42-815-408. Tuesday, Feb. 13 - 27, 6 - 8:30 p.m. Fee: $12.70/$4 Sr. 62+. Materials fee to instructor - $8. PedFACTS Course Thursday, Feb. 8 and Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6 - 9 p.m. Call CE, 715-327-

4868. Fee: $35, optional book, $10. CPR & AED (Infant, Child & Adult) Fee: $25, optional book $10. Mosaic WITC #27005/#42-815-405. Tuesdays, Feb. 20 - 27, 6 - 9 p.m. Fee: $17.05/$4 Sr. 62+. Mimi’s 2007 Creative Memories Workshops $5 RSVP with Mimi if you’d like to attend, 715-327-8122, Saturday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 10. Also this winter watch for: quilted jacket, computers: Independent projects, Mosaic stained glass suncatcher, creative stamping, preschool tumbling, sign for youth and with your preschooler, introduction to Norwegian, Prairie Fire Theatre. Ongoing Activities Open Ice Skating for Families At Frederic’s skating rink, located east of the elementary school. Rink and warming house open daily from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Families are responsible for supervising their children– rules are posted at the rink. Men’s Basketball League Frederic High School Sundays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $1 fee/time. Open Weight Room For public use at the high school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 7 - 8 a.m. and 3:30 - 5 p.m. No fee. Winter Walking Birch Street Elementary School. Mon. – Fri., 7 – 8 a.m. and 4 – 6 p.m. No fee. Sign in/out outside of the school office. Craft Club Youth meet every Thursday at the elementary school. Classes begin at 3:15 p.m. AYSO Soccer Early bird registration $40/child goes until Jan. 28, 2007. Registration dates are Jan. 29 through Feb. 9, $45/child with a $125 family cap.) Registrations received after Feb. 9 will be subject to a $15 late fee. Register at Luck School -Monday - January 29, 6:30 – 8 p.m.; Frederic School -Thursday - February 1, 6:30 – 8 p.m.; Unity SchoolTuesday - February 6, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Driver’s Education Classroom course for students 15 years and older with Safe Start Driving School. Monday - Thursday, Feb. 26 through March 22, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 6 - 8 p.m., Wednesday, 5 - 7 p.m. Fee: $75. WITC classes offered at Frederic High School Basic Nursing Assistant, #25365 #30-543-300 - Jan. 22 Document Formatting, #23346 #10-106-110 - Jan. 22 Information Management, #23490 #10-106-165 - Jan. 22 Introduction to Microcomp., #23329 #10-103-128 - Jan. 22 Introduction to MS Office, #23331 #10-103-129 - Jan. 22 Keyboarding, #23492 #10-106-181 - Jan. 22 Keyboarding Speedbuilding, #23494 #10-106-184 - Jan. 22 MS Excel A, #23325 #10-103-124A - Jan. 22 MS PowerPoint, #22972 #10-103-106 - Jan. 22 MS Word A, #22959 #10-103-103A - Jan. 22 MS Word B, #22962 #10-103-103B - Jan. 22 MS Word C, #22965 #10-103-103C - Jan. 22 Proofreading for the Office, #23381 #10-106-146 - Jan. 22 Transcription A, #23350 #10-106-122A - Jan. 22 Transcription B, #23352 #10-106-122B - Jan. 22

St. Croix Falls Community Education Open adult volleyball league begins Monday, Jan. 15, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at the Valley Christian School. Adults, 18 and over. Cost is $3 per person or $5 per couple. Braid a chair pad. Classes held at In the Wool at St. Croix Falls. $40 for wool/instructions and braiding supplies for an additional $26.25. Call 715-483-1433 to register. Beginning rug hooking classes. Classes held at In the Wool at St. Croix Falls. Class fee $60 and includes instruction, pattern and wool to complete project. Hook and hoop are extra. Call 715-483-1433 to register. Sort, Store and More. Thursday, Jan. 18, 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the St. Croix Falls High School. Fee: $15. Color It Mine Ceramics classes. This is Snow cute – Jan. 18, 3:30 – 5 p.m. Grades 1 – 6. Cost $13. Be Mine – Feb. 8, 3:30 – 5 p.m. Grades 1 – 6. Cost $10. Hoppin’ Good Time – March 8, 3:30 – 5 p.m., grades 1 – 6. Cost: $13. Hoppin’ Good Time 2 – March 29, 3:30 – 5 p.m., grades 1-6. Cost $13. Adults Wet Green Ware, Feb. 15 for creating, Feb. 22 for glazing, 6 p.m. until done. Cost: $27. Classes held at Simpler Times Ceramics, St. Croix Falls. Full of Joy Yoga. Wednesday, Jan. 17, 4 – 5 p.m. Only $42.50 for 5 sessions at the St. Croix Falls High School, ages 7 and up. Belly Dancing. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 17, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the St. Croix Falls High School. Fee: $42.50 for all 5 weeks. Irish Dance. Beginning Monday, Jan. 15 through Feb. 12, at the St. Croix Falls High School. Grades K-4, 6 – 6:30 p.m., $25 for 5 weeks; Grades 5 – adult, 6:30 – 7;30 p.m., $45 for 5 weeks. Aviation Ground School. For certificated pilots, $155 and textbooks and supplies (everything you need), starting Thursdays, Jan. 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Osceola Municipal Airport Terminal Building. Open Basketball Gym. Every Wednesday from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the

St. Croix Falls High School, $1.50 per week. TaeKwonDo. Classes will be held at the St. Croix Falls High School, every Tuesday. Grasshoppers I, 3:30-4:15 p.m., $20, beginners (white belts); Grasshoppers II, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., $20, older white belts and orange belts; Grasshoppers III, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m., $20, yellow belts and up; Ages 16 – 130, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., $20, adults. Abstract Landscapes. Wednesday, March 7, 6:30 – 9 p.m. for 4 sessions. Cost: $50 per student. Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk – Not too late to get started! First – Third grade, 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.; 4th – 6th grade 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., 7th & 8th grade 6 – 7 p.m., HS – adult, 7 – 8 p.m. at the St. Croix Falls Elementary School. St. Croix Valley Orchestra. Practices at the St. Croix Falls High School band room. Rehearsals 7 – 9 p.m. Mondays. Latchkey the place to be! Kindergarten through sixth grade. Students attending Dresser Elementary may ride the bus to the St. Croix Falls. Open 3:15 – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday on regular school days for children in the St. Croix Falls School District. Cost is $4 per day, per first child and $3.50 per day for second child, $3 per day for every child thereafter per day. Services are available on early-release days and some in-service days. If the child is not picked up by 6 p.m. there will be a $2.50 penalty for each five minutes after that time for added expenses. Please call the elementary office at 715-483-9823, ext. 211. Supervised Weight Room at the St. Croix Falls High School, 6:45 – 7:45 a.m. Monday – Friday; 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Thursdays on student school days. Please call to preregister 715-483-9823, ext. 224.

Ongoing Events

AA Meetings: United Methodist Church, Danbury, 1 block north of Main Street on 1st Street. Thursdays, noon. AA and Al-Anon Meetings: Every Monday night at Frederic Pilgrim Lutheran Church basement at 7 p.m. Amateur (Ham) Radio, holds its monthly breakfast the second Saturday of every month, 8 a.m. at the Fox Den in Balsam Lake with a meeting at approx. 9 a.m. at the Polk County Government Center. Amery - Truckload of food provided each month by Polk County Christians in Action on the second and fifth Saturdays at the Congregational Church in Amery at 201 Harriman Ave. N, 268-7390. Donation of $10 per family requested. Persons will receive fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, and other food as available. Amery - DivorceCare divorce recovery seminar meets Monday at 7 p.m., for 13 weeks, at Apple River Community Church, located on Hwy. 8. Call Bruce Tanner for information at 715-268-8360 or Gary Alexander at 715-268-2724. Balsam Lake Community Club meets the fourth Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., at Balsam Lake Village Hall. Boy Scout Troop #128 is holding an ongoing aluminum can collection fund-raiser. Contributions can be dropped off at the trailer parked at Great Northern Outdoors in Frederic. Burnett County Adult Day Care meets every Tuesday at Birchwood Manor in Siren from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and every Thursday at Cedarwood Manor in Webster from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Burnett County Citizen Patrol, meets the 4th Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., government center. Burnett Community Library Adult Craft Club, meets every Thursday, 10 a.m. - noon at the library in Webster. Caregivers Support Group meets every third Wednesday at Capeside Cove, 4 p.m. 500 Cards at Cushing Community Center, every Wednesday at 1 p.m. Dresser - Tot-Time, an hour of Bible stories, music, crafts and a snack, is held at the first and third Tuesdays, Sept. through May, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church. Please contact the church office to register at 755-2515. Family Child Care Professionals Network, meets the third Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. Call 715-483-1482 for info. Family child care providers welcome! Frederic American Legion Post & Unit #249, meets the third Monday of every month at the Legion Hall, 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise announced. Frederic Booster Club meets the first Sunday each month at 6 p.m. in the high school. Frederic Historical Society to meet the fourth Thursday of every month at the Golden Oaks Apartments, 6:30 p.m. Frederic Senior Center welcomes everyone. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily except Sundays. Mondays, Spades played at 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays Pokeno played at 1:30 p.m., Thursdays 500 cards played at 6:30 p.m. Bingo at 1:30 p.m. and pool or other card games during the afternoon. Business meeting the first Friday of each month. Frederic TOPS meets 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at Comforts of Home community room, contact Nancy 715-327-8063 or Frederic Welcome Wagon, new residents who’d like community information, and businesses and organizations who’d like to offer coupons, discounts and promotions to new residents are invited to call 715-327-8972 or 715-327-4271. Gamblers Anonymous, every Monday, 5 p.m., New Beginnings Alano Club, 7707 Main Street, Siren, 715-349-2588. Head Injury Support Group to meet every second Sunday at the Siren Covenant Church, 7686 Lofty Pines Drive, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Caregivers are welcome. For further information please call Jerry or Karen at 715-349-8985. Humane Society of Burnett County meets the fourth Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. at the Humane Society on Midtown Rd., Siren. We are collecting used printer ink cartridges and used digital cell phones. Call 715-866-4096. Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, open Tuesday & Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 400 Main St. So., Luck, go to back door. Luck Senior Center, open Tuesdays 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Open Wednesday through Fridays, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., for coffee and fellowship. Come in and play pool, cards or work on a jigsaw puzzle. Everyone welcome. Milltown Senior Center, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. 500 cards every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Obesity Surgery Support Group of the River Valley, meets every 2nd Monday of each month, 5:30-7 p.m. at Adventures Restaurant, Hwy. 35, North Osceola. For more info call 715755-3474 or Osceola - DivorceCare divorce recovery seminar and support group meets at the First Baptist Church each Monday, 7 p.m. Sessions for adults and children. The church is located at 722 Seminole Avenue (Hwy. M). For information call 715-2944222 or 651-214-5251 after 5 p.m. St. Croix Valley Senior Center, open Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Regular meetings are the 3rd Thursday of every month, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. blood pressure checks; 12:30 potluck, followed by business meeting and entertainment. 500 cards and dominoes, and exercises by YMCA every Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. Craft Making 1st, 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 11 a.m. and 500 cards at 6:30 p.m. Siren Alano Club: Tuesday noon, women’s group; Wednesday, 7 p.m. AA; Thursday, 7 p.m., NA; Sunday, 9 a.m., AA; Sunday, 7 p.m. NA; First Saturday of the month, open meeting, 5:30 potluck, 7 p.m. speaker and pin night. The Indianhead Barbershop Chorus practices every Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the lower level of the old courthouse in Balsam Lake, CTH I and Hwy. 46. Call 715-483-9202, 715-4635202 or 715-327-8091. Tot-Time, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, Sept. through May at Peace Lutheran. Bible stories, music crafts & snack. Community is welcome, please contact the church office to register at 715-755-2515. Webster Area Chamber of Commerce meets the first Tuesday of every month at 9 a.m. at the Webster chamber office. Webster Tops, Mondays, 9:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church. Quakers. Northern Pines Friends Worship Group, 11 a.m. Every other Saturday, 6020 Peterson Rd., Webster, 866-8802 or 866-7798.


EDUCATION VIBRATIONS Grantsburg Community Education

Trips Feb. 9 and 10 – Auditions for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original musical production of Tom Sawyer will be held on Mon., Feb. 5, at 3:45 p.m. at the Grantsburg High School auditorium. A $5 audition fee will be charged. Auditions are open to anyone age 7 through 100. Performances are scheduled for Fri., Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Grantsburg High School Auditorium. For more info call Cindi Throngard at 715-463-5165 ext. 160. February 24 - The Lipizzan Stallions at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Leave Grantsburg at 11:30 a.m., show at 2 p.m. Cost for show and coach is $48. Feb./March?? - Mystery Dinner and Show – This is a guaranteed side slapper and a great value. Bring your honey and have a wonderful evening. It’s guaranteed you will have a great time. Live dangerously, it will be fun! Cost: $30. Leave Grantsburg 5 p.m. For more info call Cindy at 715-463-5165 ext. 160. March 21 - April 1 - Hurricane Katrina Relief Trip- $260 (includes coach, meals and lodging). Travel with a church from Stacy, Minn., down to the New Orleans area to help some families who have fallen through the cracks. This is a once-in-alifetime chance to make a difference in someone’s life. Guaranteed to make a difference in your life too! March 28: Mall of America. Travel with us to enjoy Easter fun at the Mall of America and the spring shopping. We will spend the day. We will drop any interested at IKEA as well. Cost: $20. Leave Grantsburg at 8 a.m. and return by 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31: “Beyond the Cross” 2000 years ago, one man altered the course of history. Join in for an incredible Easter experience. This inspiring musical production is hosted by Lowell Lundstrom. Journey back in time when Jesus trans-

formed the lives of ordinary people, one person at a time. Leave Grantsburg: 9:30 a.m. Includes coach, meal, and show. Lunch will be eaten on the way down. April 20 – Gaither Give it Away Tour Target Center - $70. Firstclass seats, a meal and coach are included. Leave Grantsburg at 2:30 p.m. and eat on the way at a Country Buffet, and then go to Target Center for a 7 p.m. show. Don’t wait. This event is sure to sell quickly. June 27 – Munsinger/Clemens Rose Gardens and Shopping – Leave Grantsburg at 8 a.m. Join in as we visit this special garden and rose garden in St. Cloud, Minn. A must-see for anyone in the area, WCCO says. Spend the rest of the day shopping in the St. Cloud Mall. Lunch is on your own. Cost: $35. July 14 – Midwest Scrapbookers Convention Join in as we travel to the Rivercentre in St. Paul for this scrapbookers extravaganza. Booths, ideas, projects, and how-tos galore as you spend the day taking in all that you can. Lunch is on your own. Leave Grantsburg at 8 a.m. and return by 6 p.m. Cost: $15 (for coach bus) Show and meal on own. Aug. 27 – Minnesota State Fair – Cost: $15 for coach. Fair entry on own. Leave Grantsburg at 7 a.m. and return by 6 p.m. Have a ball at the great Minnesota get-together. Make it a family event. Children are welcome. November 2007 – Christmas in Sweden Our special tour guide, Suzy Retzer, leads a visit to Stockholm as she is dressed in her Christmas finery. This 12day visit will be an informal, intimate visit to a beautiful European city. Visit many of the top tourist attractions as well as many unique activities . For a brochure, give Cindi a call. Approximate cost: $2,500 (actual cost not available at this time).

Spring Community Education Classes January INDOOR WALKING: The Grantsburg High School is open daily for your winter walking from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. and again after the school day, starting at 4 p.m. In the morning, please enter at the district office entrance. Please wear rubber soled shoes. Any questions, call Cindi at 715-463-5165 ext. 160. ADULT VOLLEYBALL: Every Wednesday night. Two courts used with a relaxed group and a more competitive one. Everyone is welcome! Call Cindi at 715-463-5165 ext. 160 for more info. PRESCHOOL PLAYTIME: Join us, Pete and Deb Johnson, for our 10th-annual open gym for preschoolers. All children must be accompanied by an adult who remains with them the entire time (infants welcome also). There will be play equipment available, but no structured activities. You may bring outdoor-type and riding toys if they are clean. This is a good opportunity for parents to interact while their youngsters run around and have fun with others – a good outing during the long winter months. Mondays – Jan., Feb. and March, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Fee: $5 season pass or $1 for each session. Grantsburg Elementary. LIVING WILL WORKSHOP (ITV Class): Living wills allow a disabled person to control health care, living situation and address end-of-life medical issues. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and complete a living will or a health care power of attorney during this class session. One session, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 6:30 – 8 p.m., GHS ITV room. Cost: $10. CREATIVE WRITING (ITV Class): This creative writing course will explore writing genres in a writer’s workshop setting. Participants will read, analyze and write in genres such as fiction, nonfiction and poetry. These genres will be used to work on building skills in devel-

oping character, setting, conflict, plot and voice. Students will be guided through the states of the writing process and will build a variety of editing and revision skills. A strong emphasis will be placed on learning how to develop imagery in your writing. Other specific skills include: writing dialogue, developing conflict, developing humor in writing, building vocabulary, writing concisely and avoiding the passive voice. Materials: paper, writing utensils, 3-ring binder. Computer access is helpful but not necessary. Eight Wednesday sessions, 6 to 8 p.m., beginning Jan. 24. Cost: $38.80; seniors - $4. FINANCIAL WORKSHOP: Learn how to increase investment income while reducing taxes on those investments. Learn about the stock market as well as other forms of ownership and loanership investments. Five Thursday sessions beginning Jan. 29, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Grantsburg High School art room, #126. Cost: $12 materials included. Instructor: Michael Langevin. WATERCOLOR PAINTING: Learn how to use watercolors from the best. Open to anyone interested in watercolor painting. Five Monday sessions beginning Jan. 29, 6 to 8 p.m., Grantsburg High School art room, #126. Cost: $20 plus materials. Instructor: Bruce Teigen. PILATES: This class consists of mat exercises that strengthen the core – the abdominals and back muscles. Participants must bring their own mat and light pair of free weights. Six Tuesday sessions beginning Jan. 30, 6 to 7 p.m., Grantsburg Elementary School gym. Cost: $30. Instructor: Natalie Doornink, certified in personal training and pilates. February PRESCHOOL SIGN LANGUAGE (ITV Class): Learn to sign with toddlers and preschoolers. Signing with children can improve memory,

vocabulary, reading skills later in life. Three Monday sessions, beginning Feb. 5, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Grantsburg High School ITV Room. Cost: $20. HOW TO SAVE FOR COLLEGE (ITV Class): This class is designed to help you with your education funding concerns and needs. One Thursday session, Feb. 8, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $8. Grantsburg High School ITV Room. SCRAPBOOKING DAY: What a fun and relaxing day to work on your pictures or albums. Bring your lunch and a treat to share and we will provide supper. Come when you can and stary as long as you like. Supplies will be available to for purchase. Door prizes too! One session, Sat., Feb. 10, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: $12. Grantsburg High School library. March MONEY MANAGEMENT – MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR FUTURE (ITV Class): This class focuses on the basics of personal money management. Specifically, we will cover savings and investing, budgeting, insurance programs and other issues that will help you plan for your financial futures. One session, Thursday, March 1, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Cost: $8. Grantsburg High School ITV Room. (Class repeated on March 29). JOURNALING: Come and learn more about the art of journaling. Bring a notebook to journal in and a pen. Four Tuesday sessions beginning March 6, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $10. Instructor: Mandi Amundson. Grantsburg High School. STAINED GLASS: Create stained glass light catchers, windows, boxes or panels. Beginning techniques of cutting, breaking, grinding, foiling and soldering will be covered. Three Monday sessions, 6 to 8 p.m., beginning March 5. Cost: $20. Instructor: Bruce Teigen. Grantsburg High School Art Room. INTRODUCTION TO POWERPOINT: This course will provide

you with the skills to create effective presentations with PowerPoint 2003. Six Tuesday sessions, 5 – 6:30 p.m., beginning March 6. Cost: $23. Instructor: Greg Stager. Grantsburg High School, Room 140. BABYSITTING CLASS: Topics include safety, general care of infants, toddlers and school-age children. This class is for grades 5-6 only. Class limit of 20. Two sessions, Tuesday and Thursday, March 6 and 8, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Cost: $5. Instructor: Debi Fleishauer. GMS Library. HOW TO SAVE FOR COLLEGE (ITV Class): This class is designed to help you with your education funding concerns and needs. One Thursday session, March 8, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $8. Grantsburg High School ITV Room. INTRODUCTION TO UKRAINIAN EGG DECORATING: Discover the exciting process of creating traditional Ukrainian Easter Eggs (pysanky). Using real eggs, beeswax, brilliant dyes and a candle flame, participants will complete a simple three-color pysanka in class. One Monday session, March 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $12 plus $4 materials. Instructor: Becky Utecht. GHS Room 109. CROCHETING: You will need to bring one skein of 4-ply yarn that is 3-1/2 or 4 oz. and a “G” crochet hook to make a pillow the first night. Three Thursday sessions, 7 to 8:30 p.m., beginning March 15. Cost: $12. Instructor: Maggie Hess. GHS FACE Room. JEWELRY BASICS FOR BEGINNERS (Adults and children 8 and up accompanied by a parent): Learn how to use different types of wire, basic clasps and a variety of beads to string a matching set of necklace, earrings and bracelet. One Saturday session, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 24. Cost: $20 plus materials. Instructor: Janna Levings. Grantsburg Elem. Library.

Siren-Webster Community Education Haz Mat Response: Operations. WITC #47-503-482/ID #25426. Seven Wednesdays, Jan. 3 to Feb. 14, 6 – 10 p.m. at the Webster High School. Fee: $61.20/$9 Sr. ATV Safety Education. Sponsored by the DNR. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13 & 14, 9 a.m. at the Burnett County Government Center. For info., call Joshua Henry, 715-349-2121. Advanced EFT Part 1, WITC # 42-560-403, ID # 26836. Four Mondays, Jan. 15 to Feb. 5, 6 – 9 p.m. at the Siren High School.

Fee: $30/$4 Sr. Preregistration required. Mail registration form to WITC, or call WITC at 1-800243-9482, ext. 4221, or call Comm. Ed. office at 715-3497070. Driver’s Education Course (Age 15+). Siren School, Jan. 15 – Feb. 8, M-Th, 6-8 p.m. Fee: $75. For more information and to register, please call the CE Office at 715-349-7070. Computer Housekeeping, WITC # 42-103-455, ID # 26737. Three Tuesdays, Jan. 16 – Jan. 30, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Siren

High School. Fee: $17.05/$4 Sr. Mail registration form to WITC, or call WITC at 1-800-243-9482, ext. 4221, or call Comm. Ed. office at 715-349-7070. German For Travelers, WITC # 42-802-405, ID # 26833. Four Wednesdays, Jan. 17 to Feb. 7, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Siren High School. Mail registration form to WITC, or call WITC at 1-800243-9482, ext. 4221, or call Comm. Ed. office at 715-3497070. Welding For Beginners, WITC # 47-442-403, ID # 27345.

Seven Thursdays, Jan. 18 to March 1, 6 – 9 p.m., at the Webster High School. Fee: $72.60/$24.75 Sr. Basic Nursing Assistant, WITC # 30-543-300, ID # 25366. 17 weeks, Monday – Friday, Jan. 22 to May 18, 2:35 – 3:25 p.m., at the Webster High School. Fee: $304.95. Mail registration form to WITC, or call WITC at 1-800-243-9482, ext. 4221, or call Comm. Ed. office at 715-349-7070. Pre-Ballet & Tap Dance For Kids (Quarter 3). Eight Tues-

days, Jan. 23 to March 13, 4:45 – 5:30 p.m., at the Siren High School. Fee: $45. Preregistration required. Call Comm. Ed. Office at 715-349-7070. First Responder Refresher, WITC # 47-531-446, ID # 26939. Eight nights, Tuesdays and Wednesday, Jan. 30 to Feb. 21, at the Webster High School, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Fee: $59.40/$7.20. Preregistration required. Call WITC at 1-800243-9482, ext. 4221, or mail registration form to WITC. Siren H.S. Gym: Mondays,

7:30-9 p.m. Siren VB begins Monday, Oct. 16; Webster H.S. Gym: Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. Webster VB begins Wednesday, Oct. 18. Winter Hall Walking for Adults. Siren and Webster High Schools: Weekdays 7-8 a.m. Please check in with office staff in each building to get a school pass to wear while you walk in the building.

Luck Community Education To register for classes, call Barb Kass at 715-472-2152, ext. 103, or WITC at 1-800-243-9482, ext. 4221 or visit the WITC Web site at, click Adult Evening classes, Registration for Spring, 2007, locate the class and register online. Ongoing classes: Chess Club Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5 p.m., in room 207. For information contact Lydia at Judo Club Fridays, 6:30 p.m. in the wrestling room. For information contact Lydia at Guitar Riffs at the Riff Factory Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. New classes start monthly! Fee: $45. Dust off that guitar and learn some tunes at the Riff Factory in Luck. Luck Community Ed is partnering with the Riff Factory to offer group guitar lessons to new students at a special intro-

ductory rate. All materials supplied, bring your own guitar. To register, call Barb Kass. Reader’s group Monday, Jan. 29, “The Historian” by Kostova Feb.: “Cry the Beloved country: March: TBA April: “Saving Fish from Drowning” by Amy Tan Readers meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Luck elementary media center. New members are always welcome to this lively and informal discussion group. Please use the north entrance to the school. For other dates and book titles, people with e-mail addresses may send an e-mail to Sue Mattson at, or call the Community Education Office. Luck Youth Cross-country Ski League: Ages 8+. Sundays, Jan. 14 and 21, 1-3 p.m. Skis are available. Call 715-8253837 to sign up, give shoe size and get directions to the Paul

and Karen Pedersen farm. More Spanish with Senor Johansen Mondays, Jan. 8Feb. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cat. #42-802-405, Class ID 26775. Fee: $38.80/$4 for seniors 62+. Instructor: Dean Johansen. The Four Keys to Inspired Living Thursdays, Jan. 11-Feb.1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $55 for the series or $19 per course/seniors $49.50/$17. Instructor: Vicki O’Day. Learn to Cross Country Ski Saturday 13, 1-2:30 and 2:30-4 p.m., at the Karen and Paul Pedersen farm, 1662 240th Ave., near Luck. (Please call Karen/Paul, 715-825-3837 on the morning of the Jan. 13 to be sure there is enough snow.) Fee: $10. Instructor: Paul Pedersen. Some loaner equipment may be available for those needing skis and boots. Understanding Property Taxes Monday, Jan. 15, 6:308:30 p.m. No fee, but registration is appreciated at least one

week in advance. Instructor: Bob Clifton. A People’s History of the United States: The Narrative of History and the Historical Novel Mondays, Jan. 15-Feb. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Place TBA. Fee: $10. Instructor: Carolyn Wedin. Computer Shortcuts Tuesday, Jan. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Class ID 27022, Cat. #42-103-448. Fee: $8.35/$4 seniors 62+. Instructor: Amy Aikin. Write Right Now: Writing a Life Thursdays Jan. 18-Feb. 22, 4-6 p.m. Class ID 27023, Cat. #42-801-402. Fee $10. Instructor: Carolyn Wedin. Knitting: Fair Isle Hat Thursday, Jan. 18, 6-10 p.m. Class ID #42-815-408. Fee: $12.70 plus materials. Instructor: Judy Kastelle. Call for supply list, Barb Kass. Intermediate Quilting: Curves Ahead Saturday, Jan. 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Class ID 26935, Cat. #42-304-435. Fee:

$21.70/$4 seniors 62+. Instructor: Bev Getschel. Stained-Glass Valentine Project Tuesday, Jan. 23, 6-9 p.m. Fee: $18 plus $10 material fee, plating is about $4 more. Instructor: Peg Kuhl. Infant/Child Massage Tuesdays, Jan. 30-Feb. 6 and 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Class ID 27000, Cat. #42-537-410. Fee: $12.70/$4 seniors 62+. Instructor: Susan Ames Lillie. Long Bows with Tony Jenson Thursday, Feb. 1 to March 29, 6-9 p.m. Cat. #60-409-601, Class ID TBA. Fee: $64.90. Instructor: Tony Jenson. Computers: MS Excell Thursdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Cat. #47-103-401. Class ID 27024. Fee: $21.40/$4 for seniors 62 +. Instructor: Amy Aikin. Dare to Repair! Home Repair for Women: Dry Wall and Plumbing Saturdays, Feb. 3 and 10; 9 a.m.-noon in the high school shop. Class ID 27025,

Cat. #42-410-473. Fee: $17.05/$4 seniors 62+. Insturctor: Chris Mailand Stained Glass: Snowflake Monday, Feb. 12, 6 – 9 p.m. Fee: $18 with supply fee $9 per flake, plating is an additional $5 or so. Insturctor: Peg Kuhl. Please watch for the February Luck School Newsletter and the Inter-County Leader for Details Mark your calendar for Feb. 8 Community Education Scholarship Lasagna Dinner and Quilt Raffle (Luck –Frederic Doubleheader BB games). It’s soccer time again! AYSO soccer is gearing up for another great year. You can register at or at any of the three school locations: Luck, Monday, Jan. 29, 6:30 – 8 p.m.; Frederic, Thursday, Feb. 1, 6:30 – 8 p.m. and Unity, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Volunteers are needed. No experience necessary, we will train you.



New and improved AYSO Soccer registration under way POLK COUNTY - It is soccer time again! AYSO Soccer is gearing up for another great year. Register online at or at any of the three school locations. Early-bird registration goes until Jan. 28. School registration dates

are as follows: Luck School – Jan. 29, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Frederic School – Feb. 1, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Unity School – Feb. 6, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Registrations received after Feb. 9, will be subject to a late fee. You can reg-

ister at any one of the schools no matter what school your child goes to. Volunteer are needed! No experience is necessary! Training is provided. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions please call: Mike

715-472-4895, Brenda 715-472-4062 or Becky 715-646-2150. Watch for flyers and information in your school. – submitted

WITC open house at New Richmond campus NEW RICHMOND — Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College will hold an open house Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2-6 p.m.

at its New Richmond Campus. Information about financial aid, admissions, continuing education, credit classes,

programs and certificates will be available. Tours will be given. Spring semester begins Jan. 18. Immediate registra-

tion available. For more information call 715-246-6561. — from WITC

How to Start a Business course offered at WITC RICE LAKE — Over five sessions, the How to Start a Business — An Overview Course is designed to develop planning, organizing, financing and management functions needed to start a small business. Included are identifica-

tion of the resources to create and develop business plans and techniques, solutions to problem solving within your business environment. Students will also develop appropriate strategies to initiate or maintain a small business.

Imme named to dean’s list ST. PAUL, Minn. - Sarah Imme, of Webster, was named to the dean's list at Hamline University's College of Liberal Arts for the fall term of the 2006-2007 academic year. Members of the dean's list achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale. Imme is a graduate of Siren High School and the daughter of Jody and Susan Imme. Hamline's College of Liberal Arts has steadily built its national reputation with an innovative curriculum and excellent, dedicated faculty.

Rigorous academics and innovative programs attract and challenge a diverse and talented student body in Hamline University’s undergraduate college, graduate schools, and law school. Guided by faculty who are leaders in their fields, Hamline’s more than 4,400 students experience an intimate environment of small classes and personal attention along with the opportunities of a comprehensive university. – submitted

Content is applicable across all business sectors. David Miller will instruct the courses on five Tuesdays, Feb. 20, March 13, 20 and 27, and April 3, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at WITC Rice Lake. Seventy-two stu-

dents have completed this course in the past three semesters. Register as soon as possible, as the course fills early, at WITC 800-243-9482. — from WITC

Fall mini grants awards awarded BURNETT COUNTY - The following fall mini-grants have been awarded for the fall 2006 mini-grant cycle: Grantsburg School Title 1 Program$923 - Read Naturally Program; Kinship of Burnett Co.-$800 - School Based Mentoring Program; Burnett County Public Health Dept.-$1000 - Home Safe-

ty Education Program; Frederic Elementary School-$500 - Australian Walkabout Program; Siren School-$400 - Community and Parent Involvement Committee Program. Any question please call, LeAnn Mulroy at 715-349-5545. - submiteed

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Gertrude Mae Olesen

Donald James Fossum

Gertrude Mae Olesen, 94, of Luck, died Jan. 2, 2007, at the St. Croix Falls Good Samaritan Home. Gertrude was born on Sept. 5, 1912, in Page, N.D., to Arthur and Orra Coen. She is survived by her children, Virginia Lunsman, Eugene (Julie) Olesen, Charles (Liz) Olesen, Jeannette Lunsmann, Charlotte (Jerry) Johnson, Ronnie Elfstrom, Royce (Betty) Olesen, Dixie Keenan; 29 grandchildren; 87 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Doris Nelson. Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 5, at the Faith Fellowship Church in Luck. Interment was at the Milltown Cemetery. Pallbearers were her grandsons, Rick Johnson, Craig Johnson, Daniel Olesen, Scott Lunsmann, Gary Keenan and Kevin Lunsmann. The Rowe Funeral Home, Frederic, was entrusted with arrangements.

Donald James Fossum, Frederic, died Jan. 5, 2007. He was 78 years old. He was born on Dec. 13, 1928, to John and Emma Fossum. Donald attended the Frederic Grade and High School and graduated from Frederic High School in the class of 1947. Donald went to work in the carpentry trade after graduation following in the Fossum skills in carpentry and cabinet building. Donald served in the U.S. Army military entering duty in March, 1951, and served active duty for 1 year and 11 months. When Donald came home from service, he went to the Twin Cities for employment as a carpenter. He joined the Carpenters Union and found a good employer. After several years of living in the Cities and coming home each weekend, Donald wanted to get back to working in the Frederic territory, so he left his employment and started his own construction company, Fossum Construction. He started building a house and got jobs to build more houses, garages and remodeling jobs. His construction company became very successful and he found a need to have a partner who had architectural training, was able to do job estimates, and additional management work. He chose Willy Holmberg as he had all the qualifications he needed, and they made a good team. Donald’s life changed when he acquired Parkinsons disease, and each year his health deteriorated more until he had to retire. At first, Donald was very depressed. He missed his work very much. Donald found ways to keep himself busy – he spent a lot of time at the Assembly of God Church doing fixing and starting new projects for the church and parsonage. Donald also spent quite a bit of time at the Frederic Senior Center. Donald called it “Wrinkle City” – he was the fix-it person there too. On Oct. 13, 1998, Donald had surgery on his shoulder and entered the Capeside Cove Nursing Home and remained there till his death. Funeral services were held at the Siren Assembly of God Church on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007. Pallbearers were members of the Siren Assembly of God board. Music was by the Assembly of God music department. Interment was at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Frederic. The Rowe Funeral Home, Frederic, was entrusted with arrangements.

Sophie Halperin Katz Schulman Sophie Halperin Katz Schulman, age 93, of Omaha, Neb., died Dec. 31, 2006. Sophie was born August 18, 1913. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Marshall Katz; sister, Ethel Cohen; and brothers, Max and Yale Halperin. Sophie and her former husband, Marshal, started their married life together in St. Croix Falls in 1938 or 1939. There, the family grew until they moved to Omaha, Neb., in 1955. She was a Brownie Scout mother to many in St. Croix Falls. Among her strengths was her ability to write both letters and issues of historical significance. She is survived by husband, Harry Schulman; daughter, Miriam Katz; daughter and son-in-law, Helen Katz and David Cour; son and daughter-in-law, David Katz and Anne Moses; son and daughter-inlaw, Richard and Amy Katz; grandchildren, Jonathan, Benjamin and Andrew Katz, and Alexander, Maxwell and Emily Katz; sister-in-law, Ida Halperin; step-children, Estelle Shukert and Dennis and Nancy Schulman; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside service was Wednesday, Jan. 3 at BHH/Fisher Farms Cemetery. Memorials may be made to L.O.V.E. (League Offering Volunteers to the Elderly) at the Rose Blumkin Home or Beth Israel Synagogue. Jewish Funeral Home, Omaha, Neb., was entrusted with arrangements.

Corrine M. Westphal Corrine M. Westphal, 72, of Siren, formerly of Bloomington, Minn., died Dec. 31, 2006, at Capeside Cove Good Samaritan Center in Siren, due to complications of Alzheimers Disease. Corrine was born May 4, 1934, in La Crosse to William T. and Merlow Jensen. She graduated from high school in Fargo, N.D., in 1952. She worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fargo, N.D., for a time and then commenced working for the Great Northern Railroad in Grand Forks, N.D., as a keypunch operator. She later transferred to Willmar, Minn. Corrine married Morry Westphal on Oct. 15, 1960, at Willmar. The couple moved to Bloomington, Minn. Corrine transferred her employment to the Twin City office for the Great Northern Railroad. The couple retired to Mud Hen Lake near Siren in 1996. She is survived by her husband, Morry Westphal of Siren; son, Jeffrey Westphal of Champlin, Minn.; daughter, Diane (Julio) Hernandez of Eagan, Minn.; granddaughter, Angelina Hernandez, born Dec. 31, of Eagan, Minn.; sister, Joan Gordon of Siren; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Memorial services were held on Monday, Jan. 8, at Bethany Lutheran Church at Siren with Pastor John Clasen officiating. Music was provided by Fran McBroom. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Helen E. Clark Helen E. Clark of Balsam Lake died January 7, 2007 at the Osceola Medical Center. She was 85 years old. A full obit will appear in a future issue of the Leader.

Helga V. Reule Helga V. Reule, 92, of Columbia Heights, Minn., formerly of Siren, died on Dec. 30, 2006. Helga was born on July 3, 1914, at Minneapolis, Minn., to Walter and Almenia Paulson. She married John Reule at Pine City, Minn., on Feb. 23, 1968. Helga worked for the Zins Master Bakery for 30 years in Minneapolis, Minn. The couple lived in Minneapolis, Minn. They retired to Siren in 1981. They enjoyed traveling with family. Helga was a charter member of the Women of the Moose at Siren. She was preceded in death by her husband; one sister; and three brothers. Helga is survived by her children, Wayne (Marlys) Delin of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Floyd (Tess) Warn of San Diego, Calif.; sister, Martha Lewandowski of Minneapolis, Minn.; two sisters-in-law, Betty Paulson of Chaska, Minn., and Millie Paulson of Thief River Falls, Minn.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 4, at the Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Webster with Pastor Carl Heidel officiating. Music was provided by organist, Fran McBroom and soloist Pat Taylor. Casket bearers were Nicole Sanders, Justin Sanders, Greg Delin, Michelle Mahle, Lindsay Mahle and Ron Paulson. Interment was at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Webster, beside her husband John.



Kent Allen Erickson

Emma (Bergstrom) Haight

Kent Allen Erickson, Grantsburg, died Dec. 28, 2006. He was 51 years old. He was born June 29, 1955, in St. Paul, Minn., to Herbert and Elsie Erickson. Kent enjoyed his variety of pets and animals, picking blueberries, feeding deer and birds, cooking and music. Kent was preceded in death by his father; and sister, Dottie Evenson. He is survived by his mother; siblings, David, of Grantsburg, Vicki (David) O’Connor of Maplewood, Minn. and Vince (Lori) of Lindstrom, Minn.; nieces and nephews, Jenni (Jeff), Nathan, Stacy, Anne, Erin, Mary, Kevin and Brian; and many special friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to donor’s choice. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Central United Methodist Church with Pastor Cindy Glocke officiating. The Edling-Taylor Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.

Emma (Bergstrom) Haight, 90, of Trade Lake, died Dec. 29, 2006, at the Grantsburg Continuing Care Center in Grantsburg. Emma was born on Jan. 13, 1916, to Henry and Alma (Borup) Bergstrom on a little farm beside Trade Lake. She graduated from Grantsburg High School and worked for Honeywell in the Twin Cities for many years. In the late 1950s, she returned to the little farm beside Trade Lake to help care for Henry and Alma. She stayed on the farm for most of the rest of her life, enjoying her animals, her gardens and her friends. Late in life, she married Harold Haight and for several years she lived in Harold’s place on the other side of Trade Lake and made daily trips to her little farm to care for the animals and gardens. She was preceded in death by her parents; and by her husband. She is survived by her sister, Gladys (Bergstrom) Berg; her nieces, Carol (Berg) Melver and Marita Berg; her nephews, Steven Berg and Carl Berg; and many cousins, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Zion Lutheran Church in Trade Lake. Interment was at the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Trade Lake. The Rowe Funeral Home, Frederic, was entrusted with arrangements.

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Greg A. Stock Gregory Alan Stock, 55, of Lewis, formerly of New Richmond, died on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007. He was born on May 28, 1951, in Amery, to Donald and Eleanor Stock. Greg graduated from New Richmond High School in 1969. After that he served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in January of 1976. He later went on to meet the love of his life, Nancy Raddatz. They were united in marriage in 1977. Greg was currently employed by Earth Energy of Siren. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Randy; who died at birth. He is survived by his love, Nancy; son, Andy, of Star Prairie; daughter, Heidi (Corey) Chappelear of Cushing; grandchildren, Brooke and Tyler Chappelear; brothers and sister; many other family members and friends. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m., at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, New Richmond. Visitation will be held an hour and a half prior to service at the church. The Rowe Funeral Home, Frederic, was entrusted with arrangements.

Bertha K. Buskirk Bertha K. Buskirk, 85, of Siren, died Jan. 1, 2007, at Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg. Bertha was born on Dec. 27, 1921, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Albert and Clara Doriott. She enjoyed gardening, writing poems, garage sales and auctions. Bertha was preceded in death by her son, Kelly Buskirk; brothers, Lyle, Gordon and Vernon; sisters, Mary and Loretta; one great-grandson; and one greatgranddaughter. Bertha is survived by her children, George Buskirk, Vernon (Ruth Ann) Buskirk, Bea Reese and Rhunae Buskirk, all of Webster; sister, Marceila Studemen of Webster; brothers, Donny (Shirley) Doriott, Darrald (Karen) Doriott and Albert (Marilyn) Doriott, all of Webster; 16 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home at Webster with Pastor Cindy Glocke officiating. Music was provided by organist Dianne Gravesen and soloist Jan Larson. Casket bearers were Vernon Buskirk Jr., Keith Buskirk, Glen Doriott, Gary Doriott, Mathew Simon and Loren Simon. Interment was at the Oakland Cemetery in Oakland Township, Burnett County. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

June J. Leef June J. Leef, Shell Lake, died Jan. 6, 2007, at Terraceview Living Center. She was 84 years old. Funeral services were held Jan. 10 at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, with interment at Riverside Cemetery in Grantsburg. A complete obituary will be published at a later date. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Loretta J. Tucker


Installation service Sunday WEBSTER – A special service of installation will be conducted at Our Redeemer Lutheran in Webster, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. Because of this special service, normal morning worship services at Trinity Lutheran, Danbury, and Our Redeemer Lutheran, Webster, will not be conducted on Jan. 14. At the afternoon service, the Rev. John A. Siedschlag Sr., will be installed as pastor of Our Redeemer Lutheran Webster and Trinity Lutheran of Danbury. Siedschlag has served the two congregations for two years as interim pastor and was recently issued a call to serve as full time pastor. Siedschlag has served congregations in Southern Illinois, north and south Wisconsin in the past and will observe his 25th anniversary of ordination on Feb. 28. Installation will be conducted by the Rev. Joel Hoelter, president of the North Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, who will be assisted by Missouri Synod Pastors of Circuit 2 of the North Wisconsin District. – from Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

Taylors Falls Christian Women to meet

Loretta J. Tucker, 76, a resident of Siren, died Jan. 6, 2007, at Capeside Cove Good Samaritan Center. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m., at Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 10, from 5–7 p.m. at the Swedberg-Taylor Chapel. TAYLORS FALLS – The Taylors Falls Christian A full obituary will follow at a later date. Women’s club will be meeting Monday, Jan. 15, at The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, was 11:30 a.m., at the St. Croix Falls Senior Center. We will entrusted with arrangements. welcome Connie Tyrpa, creator of “Heirlooms to Treasure” as our special feature. We will also enjoy Holly Berry as she speaks to us on Playing for Keeps, and provides the special music for our gathering as well. The cost is $8 inclusive per person. Please call 651James R. Jones, Milltown, died suddenly on 257-1768 for reservations. – submitted Wednesday, Jan. 3, at his home at the age of 82. Jim was born August 21, 1924, in Herman, Minn., to Walter and Margaret Jones. He graduated from Herman High School. On June 5, 1946, he married Donna R. Reckner at Herman. He worked as a service manager in the automobile business for 37 years. He served in the Army, and was a member of the St. Croix Falls American Legion. He was a member of the “Only the Best” – GM Dealers Club in the Twin Cities Zone. Jim was an avid horseman, W.S.C.A. judge, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Margaret Elizabeth Nolan died Dec. 10, 2006, at the Jim was preceded in death by his wife; parents, age of 88. Walter and Margaret; and sister, Lib Smith. She was born May 13, 1918, to Minnie and Hilmer He is survived by his son, Robert (Linda) Jones of Nelson in Minneapolis, Minn. Milltown; grandsons, Ryan (Melissa), Pat (Christina She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 Lund); brothers, Charley (Dody), Don (Delores) and years, Harry Nolan; her parents; and four brothers. George (Ruth); sisters, Alice Hunt and Kathryn She is survived by her sister, Helen; brother, George; Zimkowski. and daughter, Robin; as well as many nieces, nephews Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Monday, and good friends. Jan. 8, at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Cremation took place at the Cremation Society of Balsam Lake with Father Thomas Thompson, officiat- Minnesota. Family and friends will gather to celebrate ing. Music was provided by Audrey Ruck and Pam Margaret’s life this August, 2007. Remembrances can Garvey. Interment was in the Ft. Snelling National be made to the Zion Lutheran Church in Markville, Cemetery. Minn. The Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, was entrusted with arrangements.

James R. Jones

Obituaries Margaret E. Nolan


CHURCH NEWS A place to run to During my pup’s youngest days, sometimes I’d have to carry her home when we walked the trail because she’d be so afraid of strange noises or movements. The sudden flush of a grouse from a nearby shrub or the ear-splitting Sally Bair screech of a hawk would send her stumbling over her clumsy legs in an effort to reach the haven of my PERSPECTIVES arms. Even when she grew to her full maturity of 70 pounds, my pup often sought the security of my closeness. Someone told me that taking a dog along in bear country—which is just about everywhere in our northwoods—would be inviting trouble. If a dog barked at or chased a bear, the bear might turn around and chase the dog right back to me. Not exactly the kind of advice I wanted to hear, knowing my pup’s habit of running to me at the first sign of trouble. We all need a place to run to when we see trouble. In nature, that might be behind or up the nearest tree, under the nearest fence, or into the closest building. The best place to run to, however, is God’s name. “God’s name is a place of protection—good people can run there and be safe.” (Proverbs 18:10) For the righteous, the Lord’s name is a “strong tower.” It represents his person, authority, and character. The righteous—that is, those who believe in Jesus Christ, have been forgiven by him, and thereby have received his righteousness—can use his name in any circumstance. “There is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) We are told to honor his name, ask anything in his name, believe in his name, and help others in his name. There is power in the name of Jesus. When we face trouble, all we need to do is speak out his name, and we instantly find refuge in him. Stories have been told of missionaries and others being saved from imminent attack by wild animals or evil men by calling on Jesus’ name. His name is that powerful. If you believe in that with your heart and soul, the next time you find yourself facing an adversary, run to God and call on Jesus’ name. He will rescue you. “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:10) Lord, we thank you for the power and protection we can find in the holy name of your Son, Jesus. Amen. (Mrs. Bair may be reached at


Grantsburg Christian Women to meet GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg Christian Women to meet Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Grantsburg Senior Center, 9–10:30 a.m. The feature is Kari and Kelli from the PACE exercise program. Music and program by Holly Berry. Holly is a gifted flutist and a former plus-size model, gliding down life’s runway in search of youth. All are welcome. For reservations and complimentary child care, call Pam at 715-463-5953. – submitted

Christian Women’s Club After 5 meeting set WEBSTER - All ladies are cordially invited to the Webster Area Christian Women‚s Club After 5 dinner meeting to be held at the Channel House Restaurant beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15. Betty Boese from Brooklyn Park, Minn. will provide the special feature for the evening, demonstrating easy ways to organize keepsakes. Holly Berry from St. Paul will be the special speaker and also entertain us with music on the flute. Join this former plus-size model as she glides down life's runway in search of truth. Holly is currently an administrative assistant, and she enjoys long walks around Lake Harriet. Please call Jan at 866-8106 or Carol at 349-7006 to make your reservation. - submitted


men than Moses and the Prophets, yet Matthew 17:1-5 and 2 Peter 1:17-18 show that (Part 1 in a series) Jesus’ authority was greater than both Moses The world has a problem with authority. and Elijah the prophet. In fact, Jesus is God’s What is IT, who has IT, and do we need to authorized prophet (or spokesman) for this obey IT? These are questions that people age. (Acts 3:22-23; Hebrews 1:1-2) ask whether they are rebellious by nature or The scriptures go on to elaborate further, just confused about where they stand on saying that in this age (the church age), Christ the subject. There are only two choices that Garret is the authorized head of the church (Ephman can come to in regards to authority. It 1:22-23) and He has supreme authority Derouin esians either originates with man (subject to man’s in all matters (Colossians 1:18) in Heaven and preferences and feelings) or it originates on earth (Mathew 28:18). Like a king that has THE from the Creator of Heaven and Earth. given all authority to a prince. The prince has “Shall the thing formed say to him that formed PREACHER’S complete authority over all the lands and the it, Why didst thou make me thus? Or hath not subjects within that land, yet the king still the potter a right over the clay, from the same retains his power and authority (1Corinthilump to make one part a vessel unto honor, and ans 15:27-28). another unto dishonor?” (Romans 9:20-21) If you From these scriptures and more we can clearly see believe in the God of the Bible, then this series of arti- that Jesus Christ has ALL Authority. In the next articles are directed to you. If you do not believe in God, cle we will discuss were Christ’s authority now then hopefully these articles may offer you an alter- resides. native to consider beyond simple man-made philosoIf readers have questions or simply wish to know phies. more about the church of Christ, we invite you to call From the very beginning of His ministry, Christ (715) 866-7157 or stop by the church building at 7425 taught with an obvious air of authority. Not that he W. Birch St. in Webster. Office hours are Tuesdays spoke as one representing Authority, but as one hav- through Fridays 9 a.m.-noon. Sunday Bible class ing actual Authority (Matthew 7:28-29). For the Jews begins at 9:30 a.m., Worship is at 10:30 a.m. and at that time there was no greater authority among Wednesday evening class is at 7 p.m.


Bethany congregation receives Holy Communion Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren held Holy Communion on Sunday, Jan. 7. L to R: Bonnie Raymond received the body and blood of Jesus from Pastor John Clasen and Jeanette Olson. The day’s Gospel lesson from Luke 3 told about the baptism of Jesus, and the sermon included a reminder of our own baptism, where we were called by our name and given our identity as a child of God. The Bethany congregation gathers to worship each Sunday at 8 and 10:30 a.m., with fellowship activities for all ages on Wednesday evenings. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 715-349-5280. – from Bethany Lutheran Church, Siren

Guest speaker at Frederic Evangelical Free Church FREDERIC – Israeli tour guide Moshe Malka will be speaking at the Frederic Evangelical Free Church on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 6:45 p.m. Malka has spent 10 years leading tours and organizing missions throughout Israel. He is licensed by the Ministry of Tourism, and is fluent in Hebrew and English. A group of local travelers will be touring the Holy

Land with Pastor Greg and Jill Lund on March 12 – 21 of this year. Currently this tour can accommodate 12 more people. Anyone interested in joining this tour should call the church at 327-8767 or Enid Johnson at 327-5579. Persons interested in learning about the Holy Land or joining the upcoming tour are most welcome to attend, and to meet Mr. Malka. – submitted

Milltown Lutheran Church confirmation class

Milltown Lutheran Church confirmation class, 2006. Shown (L to R), front row: Kalvin Zygowicz and Tyler Anderson. Back row: Jared Peper, Pastor Danny Wheeler, Cadi Harper and Matthew Picton. - Photo submitted


Communicating with teens tries everyone’s patience Q: I hear so much about communicating with our children and making sure we stay on the same wavelength. How can I do that during the teen years? DR. DOBSON: You can expect communication to be very difficult for several years. I have said that adolescence is sometimes like a tornado. Let me give you a better analogy. This time of life reminds me in some ways of the very early space probes that blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. I remember my excitement when John Glenn and the other astronauts embarked on their perilous journeys into space. It was a thrilling time to be an American. People who lived through those years will recall that a period of maximum danger occurred as each spacecraft was re- entering the Earth’s atmosphere. The flier inside was entirely dependent on the heat shield on the bottom of the capsule to protect him from temperatures in excess of 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. If the craft descended at the wrong angle, the astronaut would be burned to cinders. At that precise moment of anxiety, negative ions would accumulate around the capsule and prevent all communication with the Earth for approximately seven minutes. The world waited breathlessly for news of the astronaut’s safety. Presently, the reassuring voice of a man named Chris Craft would break in and say: “This is Mission Control. We have made contact with Friendship Seven. Everything is A-OK. Splashdown is imminent.”

CHURCH Cheers and prayers went up in restaurants, banks, airports and millions of homes across the country. Even CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite seemed relieved. The application to the teen years should be apparent. After the training and preparation of childhood are over, a pubescent youngster marches out to the launching pad. His parents watch apprehensively as he climbs aboard a capsule called adolescence and waits for his rockets to fire. His father and mother wish they could go with him, but there is room for just one person in the spacecraft. Besides, nobody invited them. Without warning, the mighty rocket engines begin to roar and the “umbilical cord” falls away. “Liftoff! We have liftoff!” screams the boy’s father. Junior, who was a baby only yesterday, is on his way to the edge of the universe. A few weeks later, his parents go through the scariest experience of their lives: They suddenly lose all contact with the capsule. “Negative ions” have interfered with communication at a time when they most want to be assured of their son’s safety. Why won’t he talk to them? This period of silence lasts much longer than a few minutes, as it did with John Glenn and friends. It may continue for years. The same kid who used to talk a mile a minute and ask a million questions has now reduced his vocabulary to nine short phrases. They are: “I dunno,” “Maybe,” “I forget,” “Huh?”, “No!”, “Nope,” “Yeah,” “Who me?” and “He did it.” Otherwise, only “static” comes through the receivers — groans, grunts, growls and gripes. What an apprehensive time it is for those who wait on the ground! Years later, when Mission Control fears the spacecraft has been lost, a few scratchy signals are picked

up unexpectedly from a distant transmitter. The parents are jubilant as they hover near their radio. Was that really his voice? It is deeper and more mature than they remembered. There it is again. This time the intent is unmistakable. Their spacey son has made a deliberate effort to correspond with them! He was 14 years old when he blasted into space and now he is nearly 20. Could it be that the negative environment has been swept away and communication is again possible? Yes. For most families, that is precisely what happens. After years of quiet anxiety, parents learn to their great relief that everything is A-OK onboard the spacecraft. The “splashdown” occurring during the early 20s can then be a wonderful time of life for both generations. ••• Dr. Dobson is founder and chairman of the board of the nonprofit organization Focus on the Family, P.O. Box 444, Colorado Springs, CO. 80903; or Questions and answers are excerpted from “The Complete Marriage and Family Home Reference Guide” and “Bringing Up Boys,” both published by Tyndale House. COPYRIGHT 2007 JAMES DOBSON INC., DISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE, 4520 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 64111; 816-932-6600.

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Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Heath Tietz has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in first grade and the son of Joe and Donna Tietz. Heath is a very conscientious boy and always does his very best work. He loves to read and do math problems. He is a very good friend to his classmates. Heath likes to help his mom. When he has time he likes to paint and play his new computer game.

Vanessa Neumann has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of RaeLynn and Wally Neumann. Vanessa is an honor student who puts a lot of effort into her school work. She is a high achiever and considerate of peers. Vanessa is involved in basketball, volleyball and softball. She loves playing sports. Vanessa plans to go to college.

Rebekah Curtin has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. She is in the fifth grade and the daughter of Tim and Penny Curtin.. Rebekah always does her best work and completes assignments on time. She is a friend to everyone. Rebekah says she loves everything about school. She plays the trumpet in the school band, and she also plays the piano. Her favorite sport is fast pitch. She enjoys playing with her dog and her other pets.

Jen Murphy has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daughter of Don and Jill Murphy. Jen is on the honor roll and secretary of AODA. She is one of the most pleasant and cooperative students in the building. Other students see her as an excellent role model. She is involved in basketball and volleyball. She likes to read. Jen wants to go to Chippewa Valley Tech for pediatric nursing.



Merlin Hibbs has been chosen as Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in kindergarten and the son of Jordan and Kelly Hibbs. Merlin’s favorite activities in school are going to the gym and going out for recess. Merlin is a good worker and gets along well with has classmates.

Jade Schrock has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Donna Mabry. Jade is a student who is willing to work a little harder, is pleasant and always smiling and has a good attitude. She is involved in Girl Scouts, basketball, volleyball and softball. She enjoys spending time with her family, taking naps, reading and shopping. The greatest influence in her life is her dad.

Taylor Horsager has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. He is a freshman and the son of Dan and Sue Tolan. Taylor is part of the CIA program. He is a student who is willing to help out when needed, has a good attitude and is a great student to have in class. He works part time at Hog Wild, and is involved in basketball, baseball and football. In his spare time he enjoys snowboarding, playing guitar and playing pickup games with his friends at the park. He would like to go to the University of Madison.

Kristin Petherbridge has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in second grade. Kristin’s two favorite subjects in school are math and spelling because they help you learn a lot. At home she enjoys coloring, working on puzzles, riding bike, swimming and jumping rope. Kristin also loves to read. She is a very pleasant girl with a lovely smile.


Maggie O’Malley has been chosen Siren Elementary’s student of the week. She is in third grade. Maggie was nominated by Mrs. Tjader for being a good helper. Maggie loves school and has several friends. Her favorite class is science. Maggie loves to read books.

Jayme Mitchell has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. She is the daughter of Rose Howe and Gregory Mitchell. Jayme is involved in many different activities at school. She participates in volleyball, basketball, track, softball and is a high school basketball manager. She also does volunteer work on the weekends. Jayme is an excellent student that strives to do her best in whatever she attempts.

Megan Finch has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Jackie Finch. Megan is a delightful young lady with a strong ethic, perseverance and dedication. She is a tremendously positive young lady who relates well to others. Megan has the ability to communicate her ideas in a positive fashion and assists in keeping a positive school climate. Students find her to be a kind and considerate young lady.

Dylan Norgard has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. He is the son of Charly and Sheri Norgard. Dylan has a brother, Dan and a pet rabbit named Dovet. His favorite pastime is skiing. His favorite subject is science because he likes to see how things work. Dylan likes the freedoms of being in the middle school.

Brittany Bess has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore. Brittany is a member of the Saints wrestling team. She enjoys wrestling, playing soccer and playing in the drum line. Brittany was selected because she works hard and is doing well in school.


Mackenzie Swenson has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. She is a freshman and the daughter of Janet and Mark Swenson. Mackenzie was chosen for her outstanding work ethic and high level of academic achievement. She is involved with band and choir and enjoys playing the piano and drawing in her spare time. Mackenzie hopes to someday go to college and become an architect.

Nathan Stadler has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in early childhood and the son of Sarah and Dennis Stadler. Nathan is a good role model and a class leader. His hard work and persistance has helped him to learn many skills that will make him sucessful in kindergarten next year.

Michelle Gibbs has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Kevin and Ritsue Gibbs. Michelle has excellent attendance and is a straight-A student. She works hard in the classroom and in athletics. She is polite, friendly and respectful to students and staff. Michelle is involved in volleyball, basketball, track and softball. The greatest influence in her life is her grandma Karen.

Leanna Huser has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of Brad Huser. Leanna has a pleasant personality and a good sense of humor. She treats others with respect and is friendly to kids of all ages. She enjoys listening to music and deer hunting. Leanna plans to go to school for massage therapy. Her greatest influence is her dad.


VALLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Eric Antonson has been chosen Valley Christian Academy’s student of the week. He is in fifth grade and the son of Richard and Patricia Antonson of St. Croix Falls. His favorite school subject is math. His favorite color is green and favorite food is Alfredo. Eric’s favorite sport activity is basketball. Eric has a pet dog named Spike. After school he likes to play basketball and go 4-wheeling.

Justin Mooney has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and the son of Molly Mooney. Justin was chosen because of his kindness and his caring attitude. He works very hard, and his desire to please is over the top.

Allie Peterson has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daughter of Donnie and Debbie Peterson of Balsam Lake. Allie was selected for the level of effort she puts into school and extracurriculars. She enjoys horses, sports, swimming and friends. Allie plans on attending college after high school for obstetric nursing.


Coming events


THURSDAY/11 Frederic

• 500 card night, 6:30 p.m. at the center. Everyone welcome.


• Library/Museum committee will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the village hall. Open to anyone interested in for on or heping to plan for the new museum and library building.


• 500 card night, 6:30 p.m. at the center. Everyone welcome.


Balsam Lake


• Poco Penners meet, 2 the government center in the county board room. Bring a snack. Other writers of prose or poetry are welcome. For more info call 715-483-9738 or 715-269-5456.

• A Writers’ Forum, 7:30 p.m. at the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts. An evening of original stories, poems and essays read by the authors as published in Northern Lakes Soundings.



• Friends of NW Regional Writers, meet for meal at 11:30 a.m. at Jade Dragon.

• Potluck, noon at the senior center. Bingo begins at 1:30, or cards, pool or fellowship. Please bring a dish to pass or a monetary donation.

St. Croix Falls

• Friday Fish Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 143, 807 Pine Street. Everyone welcome.

MONDAY/29 Frederic


• Spades are played, 1:30 p.m., at the senior center. Everyone welcome.


Balsam Lake

• American Red Cross CPR Classes, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Polk County Red Cross Office. Preregistration is requested. Call Terry Anderson at 715-485-3025.

center. Everyone welcome.



• How We Used to See Things, 7:30 p.m., at the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts. A presentation of historical stereoviews by Ralph Weber. Call 715-268-6811 for more info.

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“Even I couldn’t stay up to ring in the New Year,” notes Shadow Lee Halvorson, owned by Matt and Sharon Halverson of Frederic. – Photo submitted

• Cold Creativity Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Unity School. Join in for a day of dynamic workshops, delightful exhibitors, food by Café Wren and creative play. For more info call Tanna at 715-825-2101, ext. 3510.


• Potluck, noon at the senior center. Bingo begins at 1:30, or cards, pool or fellowship. Please bring a dish to pass or a monetary donation.




• Historical Society will meet, 7 p.m. at the village hall. Clifford Dean, medicine man will be the featured speaker.

• American Legion & Auxiliary Post 255, 6:30 p.m., Christmas party at Paul & Joyce Bille’s home. Potluck supper.

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• Polk County United Aging Group meeting, 1:30-3:30 p.m., in the community room of Forrest Heights Apartments. Physical therapist, Roger Branes, will speak on How to Have a Healthy Back.



• A Young Performers’ Concert, 7:30 p.m. at the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts. An evening of selections highlighting the talents and abilities of local young musicians.


• Spades are played, 1:30 p.m., at the senior center. Everyone welcome.

• Burnett County of the American Legion & Auxiliary meet, 7 p.m. at the community center.

• Potluck, noon at the senior center. Bingo begins at 1:30, or cards, pool or fellowship. Please bring a dish to pass or a monetary donation.

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• 6th-annual Sleigh parade, at Frederic High School campus.

• Benefit for Jeff & Bonnie Moody, 4:30-7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. Meatloaf supper with takeout available.



• Upper SCV Music Association Honors Band & Honors Jazz Ensemble concert, 6:30 p.m., at the high school gymnasium.

TUESDAY/16 Clam Falls

• Coffee Hour, 10 a.m. at the Lutheran church. Goodies served. Everyone welcome.



• 500 card night, 6:30 p.m. at the center. Everyone welcome.

• Polk/Burnett Farmers Union meeting, 11 a.m. at Oakwood Inn. Everyone welcome.

MONDAY/22 Frederic

• WITC College Night, 5-8 p.m. in the WITC conference center. Formerly financial aid night.

TUESDAY/30 Siren

• Cholesterol & Diabetes Screening, call Public Health at 715-349-2140 for appt. Cost $45.


• Food & Friends community dinner, 5-6 p.m., at Grace United Methodist Church.

WEDNESDAY/31 Grantsburg

• Red Hat Ladies, brunch at American Legion, 11 a.m. Call Yvonne at 715-463-5344, Marlys at 715-463-5357 or Anette at 715-689-2776 by 1/26.


• 500 card night, 6:30 p.m. at the center.


• South Fork Sporting Club Gun Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Northwoods Crossing. Buy, sell or trade. Public welcome, exhibitors wanted. For info or reserve tables contact Richard Kettula, 715-653-4291.

• Spades are played, 1:30 p.m., at the senior

New hair studio opens in SCF by Julie Holmquist A new hair studio is opening Jan. 23 in St. Croix Falls and is celebrating with an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon., Jan. 22. Cindy Foeller, the owner of ZEN Hair Studio, said the open house will be “fun and food.” Visitors may enjoy co140 mplimentary paraffin treatments to their hands, to soften up rough winter skin. “I never knew I’d be doing this after I moved here seven years ago,” Foeller said. The 41-year-old worked as a stay-athome mother caring for her three boys for many years. But after her youngest child started school, Foeller decided to start a career. She studied for 11 months at the Aveda school in Minneapolis, where she was the oldest student in the class, then worked for more than two years at an Aveda salon in Lindstrom. For the last 2-1/2 years, she’s worked cutting men’s hair with Barb Fossum at Ken’s Barbershop. But an open space in the Heritage Mall gave Foeller a chance to get back to what she believes is her true niche. Zen Hair Studio welcomes men, women and children, but also offers a full slate of beauty treatments including

facial waxing, make-up applications and color services. Foeller said she specializes in facial waxing. “I’m happy to get back to my background,” she said. “But it was a great opportunity (at Ken’s Barbershop). The former Texan said she enjoys helping people feel good about themselves. She said she chose the Zen name because to her, it’s a state of mind, not a practice. It represents peace. “I want to help people feel good and look good,” Foeller said. The haircuts come with a scalp massage, and make-up consultations are free. “It’s never too late to find your niche, to find something you’re good at,” she said. ZEN Hair Studio is located at 102 S. Washington Ave., in the Heritage Mall. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Walk-ins and appointments are welcome. Night and weekend hours are available by appointment only. The studio number is 483-5688, cell is 651-336-9092. Cindy Foeller is the owner of ZEN Hair Studio, a new business opening in dowtown St. Croix Falls. – Photo by Julie Holmquist

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