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W E EK EN D W A TCH • Russ Sutter concert @ Frederic • Author to speak @ Luck • Vintage snowmobile races @ Milltown • “Celebrating the Haggis!” @ Amery “Talkin’ Sasquatch” @ St. Croix Falls • Ice fishing @ Danbury, Cushing, Amery • Golden eagles program @ St. Croix Falls See Coming events, stories


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Luck School Board makes budget decisions for 2010-11 school year PAGE 3

Younger brother stranded in Haiti Adoptive parents seek help from U.S. government PAGE 2

Golden eagle program this Saturday See back page

$10,000 fine for former camp director Peggy Hjelseth will also spend six months in Burnett County Jail PAGE 4

Talkin’ Sasquatch at St. Croix Falls See Currents, page 3


Intoxicated man shows up in couple’s home Luck man surprises local woman in bathroom; “loses” car PAGE 3

SCF council gives go-ahead for Auditorium grant Money would be seed money for restoration project PAGE 14

Dragon boys heat up! Hand Tigers third straight loss

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Gov. Doyle’s final State of the State address PAGE 3

The Wicked Witch threw a fit when she failed to get back the glass slippers from Dorothy in a scene from the Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre production of “The Wizard of Oz” presented last weekend at the Grantsburg High School auditorium. Cassandra Quinn, one of the PFCT actors, played the Wicked Witch and co-directed the production along with fellow PFCT actor, Ranele Winter, who played the Scarecrow. Grantsburg Community Education sponsored the production, which had over 60 students performing in the updated version of the classic tale. More photos in Currents. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer

Old school Horse loggers clear land to make way for organic tomatoes and blueberries by Sherill Summer SAND LAKE TOWNSHIP - Former co-owner of the Chattering Squirrel coffee shop in Siren, Peggy Tolbert, and her son, Aaron Manulikow, are starting on another economic venture. They hope to raise organic tomatoes and blueberries on Tolbert’s property on the Yellow River in Sand Lake Township. The land has been named Squirrel Ridge Farm. But first, about 3-1/2 acres of thick woods had to be mostly cleared of trees, preferably by next summer so that the remaining stumps could be tackled. Manulikow has a horticulture-related degree from the University of Minnesota and has worked in the landscape design field, specializing in native and perennial plants and adding architectural elements to gardens. He also has a vegetable garden. He explained that it will be a few years before the farm produces blueberries, but they hope to start cultivating tomatoes next year. Those are the plans, but first the 3-

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Dwarfed by standing timber, Tim Carroll brings poplar logs out through the woods to the staging area where the logs are stacked. One benefit of horse logging is that it is less destructive to the forest than conventional logging. - Photo by Sherill Summer

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Younger brother stranded in Haiti Prime minister’s ruling stalls adoption process by Gary King ROSEVILLE, Minn. – A Roseville couple hoping to bring their two adoptive children home from Haiti this past week experienced a roadblock when Haitian Prime Minister Bellerive stated all future cases of humanitarian parole would have to complete a new exit process with his office. Dawn and Lee Shelton, who have been in the adoption process for two years, were delighted when the humanitarian parole for adoptive children, granted in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, meant they would soon have custody of Patricia, 10, and her younger brother, Philippe, 8. But only 79 of the 106 children from the Children of the House of God orphanage were flown from Haiti to the U.S. prior to the prime minister’s decision. Patricia arrived Sunday in Orlando, Fla., greeted by her new mom. Her brother was left behind in Haiti. “This is someone (Philippe) that when you see him with us you can tell how much he needs a mom and dad, and now he’s struck there alone without his big sister - and I’m just sick about it,” Dawn told KSTP-TV, Tuesday. Dawn is the sister of Jill Lund, wife of Pastor Greg Lund of the Evangelical Free Church of Frederic. The Lunds had planned a happy homecoming celebration at the Minneapolis airport for their new niece and nephew until this latest development changed everything. Jill said her sister has been in touch

Patricia and her brother, Philippe, of Haiti, were separated during the adoption process by a last-minute ruling by Haiti’s prime minister. Special photo with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office. Klobuchar and four other senators held an emergency meeting Tuesday in Washington, D.C., to discuss ways to expedite the release of the remaining adoptive children. Jill also said her sister was instructed by Klobuchar’s office to keep her cell phone on for news on any breaking developments. It’s a drama still being played out as the Leader went to press on Wednesday morning. The prime minister has yet to define the new exit process he mentioned in his statement. Meanwhile, Dawn and others sit in Florida, incurring hotel and other costs. “Dawn, along with the For His Glory outreach in Texas, who help support this orphanage, are urging adoptive parents, supporters and all those concerned about the welfare of the orphans in Haiti to con-

tact their congressmen, senators, governors, and the White House to urge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to quickly resolve this issue with Prime Minister Bellerive,” noted Jill. Pat Flowers, a For His Glory board member who has been in Haiti this past week consulting with the orphanage staff, said in a news release that expediting the adoption process will also create more room for others at the orphanage. “The faster we resolve the departure issue, the quicker we will be able to reach out to those unfortunate children in Portau-Prince who now have no one.” Jill Lund said she was waiting to hear the outcome of the meeting among senators on Tuesday. “As of now, we pray and wait,” she noted. E-mail addresses for the representatives can be found on page 8 of the Leader. Any updates to this story will be posted on the Leader’s Web site at

Peter Lund of Frederic posed for this photo to create a poster telling Philippe how anxious he is to meet his new cousins. - Special photo

Old school/from page 1 1/2 acres needed to be cleared. Tolbert’s husband, Jim, contacted forester Neil Ambourn to find a logging outfit that would clear the trees. One company expressed interest in the job if the Tolberts would be willing to cut at least five acres of land, and if they would be willing to wait until the summer of 2010. The Tolberts were not excited about these prospects and began looking for alternative options. One option was to hire an outfit that cuts trees with a chain saw and uses horses to remove the trees from the woods. Usually called horse logging or equine forestry, these niche logging operations are often willing to do smaller jobs that conventional mechanical loggers cannot afford to do because of the overhead in owning logging equipment and the cost in bringing the equipment to a site. Enter Cedar River Horse Logging Tim Carroll from Lyle, Minn., owner of Cedar River Horse Logging and Wood Products, was willing to take on the job this winter and was hired. Carroll has operated Cedar River Horse Logging for 19 years. The business goes beyond logging, as Carroll also owns a portable sawmill and a kiln to dry the

lumber from his sawmill, and he sells furniture made from the wood he has harvested, through his Web site. Besides running the business, Carroll hosts seminars and has created TV shows that have aired on public television to educate the public on the benefits of logging with horses, citing that the business model makes business sense because horses cost about $2.50 per day to operate (2008 figures) and horse logging disrupts the forest less than mechanical logging, making horse logging more sustainable. Carroll did not work on this job alone. He brought his son, Ricky, and Serena Sohn, a recent forestry graduate from Colorado State University, who is interning with Carroll to learn about equine forestry. Fellow horse logger Taylor Johnson of Springbrook is also working on the project, and Johnson brought a friend of his from Trego to work on the project. Between them, there were three teams of horses. A tent complete with wood cooking stove, cots and chairs was available for these who chose to camp out at the job site. Johnson, owner of Mule Skinner Horse Logging out of Springbrook, is a full-time

logger who uses horses. He explains that he is a fifth-generation logger and his father largely gave up horse logging and bought mechanical equipment. He looked to purchase mechanical equipment of his own but discovered that the equipment would cost about $100,000. He remembered his father’s horse teams from when he was a child and decided to go that route instead. He says he keeps busy working smaller jobs, usually in the 5- to 40-acre range, but he currently has a contract for a 160-acre job. Some of his work is forest management, where he works with an owner over time to maintain the forest, selectively harvesting primarily to maintain the forests rather than to harvest timber. He also clears building sites as fast and cheaply as mechanical operations. Jim Tolbert is willing to point out some drawbacks to using a horse logger rather than a conventional logger. There is a higher cost using a horse logger, usually two or three times higher than a mechanical logger, and it takes longer to finish the job. On the other hand, Carroll was willing to cut exactly what the Tolberts wanted and the job was finished well before the 2010 planting season.

LEFT: Taylor Johnson of Springbrook has finished chaining logs and is ready to have his team of horses drag the logs to the staging area nearby. RIGHT: Serena Sohn graduated this past spring from Colorado State University with a forestry-related degree. She says that horse logging was only mentioned briefly in her classes when it was described as too expensive, and she doesn’t see horse logging done in Colorado. Nonetheless, Sohn was curious enough in horse logging to intern with Tim Carroll to learn the craft. Photos by Sherill Summer


Briefly Minnesotans and Wisconsinites now share one more thing - besides the Mississippi River - it’s the motto, “Live by the Favre, die by the Favre,” following this past weekend’s NFC title game in which the 40-year-old legend threw an 11th-hour interception during a drive for a winning field goal. It was “deja vu all over again” for Packer fans who remember the same exact script from two years ago. Some found themselves asking the question, “Did the Mayans foresee this, too?”– submitted ••• SIREN - One of several active candidates for governor, Scott Walker, will be guest speaker at the Burnett County Lincoln Day Dinner this Sunday, Jan. 31, at The Lodge at Crooked Lake. The event begins at 11:15 a.m. with remarks at 1:15 p.m. - with submitted information ••• NATIONWIDE - Bird-watchers coast to coast are invited to take part in the 13th-annual Great Backyard Bird Count, Friday, Feb. 12, through Monday, Feb. 15. Participants in the free event will join tens of thousands of volunteers counting birds in their own backyards, local parks or wildlife refuges. Anyone can take part, from novice bird-watchers to experts and for as little as 15 minutes or as long as they wish. More information is available at - submitted •••

Intoxicated man shows up in couple’s home Luck man surprises local woman in bathroom, “loses car” by Greg Marsten RANGE – A rural Luck man is facing charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct after allegedly showing up in a local couple’s bathroom in the middle of the night, and then attempting to re-enter the home after being asked to leave. Polk County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call at a Range-area home at 12:41 a.m., Friday, Jan. 22. The 911 call concerned a woman who awoke to find an unknown man standing in their rural home’s bathroom. He is alleged to have then left the home after the woman and her husband called the authorities. Daryl Merrill, 21, Luck, is then alleged to have attempted to reenter the home through a porch door. The couple then locked all the doors to the home, armed themselves and waited for police to arrive. Police discovered Merrill still on the porch at the rear of the home, allegedly quite intoxicated. He reportedly told police he was walking from the Straight 8 Bar in Range back to his home at the Round Lake Community near Luck. He then told police he had “lost” his car, and said he had run “through the woods,” and told police that he hoped he could just sleep at the home “as long as he doesn’t cause any trouble.” Polk County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Steve Moe said Merrill has a lengthy history with local authorities, and was likely not a major threat, but said Merrill was lucky the couple did not go further with defense of their home. “He’s lucky he didn’t get shot,” Moe said. Merrill was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies and was charged with the two misdemeanor offenses. His first court appearance was on Friday, Jan. 22, where he was bound over for trial, with a hearing set for mid-April. He was released on a $500 cash bond on the conditions of absolute sobriety and no contact with the victim(s) or the residence he allegedly broke into. Merrill has had at least 13 arrests for multiple charges over the years, mostly for disorderly conduct and probation violations.

Nearly $500,000 in layoffs, reductions Special annual meeting planned for United Pioneer Home project by Mary Stirrat LUCK — In a closed session at the end of its Jan. 25 meeting, the Luck School Board of Education approved layoffs and budget reductions amounting to nearly $500,000. The cuts were recommended by school administration for the 2010-11 school year. Details cannot be released at this time, said district Administrator Rick Palmer, until the individuals involved have been notified. “I can comment that the cuts will affect numerous departments and people,” he said, “not just teaching staff.” United Pioneer road On the agenda for Monday night’s meeting was possible action on United Pioneer Home’s request that the school consider deeding road right of way along the property line between the school and nursing home south of Butternut Avenue. The item was taken off the agenda because, said Palmer, the district’s legal counsel advised that the school must have a special annual meeting to allow input from the public. A special annual meeting has been set for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, just prior to the next regular board meeting. District residents in attendance at the meeting will be asked to vote on whether or not the school should provide the right of way. Dan Valentine, administrator at United Pioneer Home, said that the situation fits within the home’s timing for construction. “It’s amazing how God is leading this project, just like back in 1953,” he said, referring to when UPH was opened through the efforts of local churches. Retirement With many thanks for her years of

service, the board accepted the resignation of elementary secretary Theresa Nelson. Her resignation is effective March 22, but Feb. 23 will be her last formal day of Renee Gavinski, work. family and consumer The board education teacher at voted appoint Luck. – Photo by Mary Brenda Giller, Stirrat who is currently secretary for the athletic department, to take the position of elementary secretary. Details of the contract with Giller will be worked out, but her schedule will likely follow that of elementary Principal Ann Goldbach, according to discussion at the meeting. FACE presentation Renee Gavinski, family and consumer education teacher, explained her program to the school board, noting that she teaches five classes each day. Class size ranges from 15 to the upper 20s. Among the courses Gavinski teaches are parenting skills, fashions and sewing, culinary arts, lifeskills, and food, fitness and society. She is also FCCLA advisor, National Honor Society advisor and junior high volleyball coach. Gavinski, who has taught at Luck for two years but has a total of 18 years’ teaching experience, received kudos from the board. “She’s a very positive person to have around the building,” said Palmer. Policies After several months of collaboration between staff and students, the final

draft of the school’s dress code was presented to the board by high school Principal Mark Gobler. The policy will go into effect after students have the opportunity to review it. There will be clothing available in both the high school and elementary school if a student is found to be wearing something inappropriate. The board had a first reading of the new parking regulations that require each driver to register their vehicle with the district office for a fee of $10. Parking stickers will be needed for both students and teachers. A first violation will result in a warning, and additional offenses will incur a fine. Students and teachers will not be allowed to park in the lot if they have unpaid fines, and those in “serious violation” will have their car towed at owner’s expense. Other business • Amy Aguado, community education director, informed the board of upcoming class offerings and reminded members that the annual lasagna supper and raffle will be held Friday, Feb. 5. For the past 14 years, the supper and raffle have raised scholarship funds for the Luck community graduate fund. • Palmer reported that January’s second-Friday enrollment count showed the school was down 24 students since the beginning of the school year. Enrollment has decreased by 168 students in the past nine years, he said. • Goldbach reported that the elementary school received a $400 grant to implement a garden. • The board voted to provide junior David Franzel with $100 towards his $250 tuition to the 2010 Senate Scholar Program, pending a review of the program. Only 33 “academically exceptional high school juniors and seniors from around Wisconsin” are selected through a rigorous application process to take part in the weeklong program offered by the Wisconsin state Senate.

Doyle asks for property tax relief Final State of the State address for governor MADISON - Gov. Jim Doyle, in what was his final State of the State address Tuesday evening, Jan. 26, spoke of a myriad of issues facing the state, including job creation, property tax relief and help for schools with declining enrollment, issues that may be of particular interest to northwest Wisconsin residents. Doyle proposed that lawmakers amend the state constitution so that more property tax relief could be directed toward homeowners. He said he would simplify the application form for the Homestead Credit - going from 17 pages to a single sheet of paper and significant reforms would be made to the Expenditure Restraint Program. “State government spends about $60 million a year to encourage municipalities to hold the line on spending, but loopholes allow some communities to get the incentive even with large property tax increases,” Doyle said. “In my budget, I will close the loopholes - so we reward communities that actually hold down property tax increases. We

will expand it to cover counties as well as municipalities.” Doyle said not only would incentives be given to achieve a target property tax increase, the state would provide bonuses for municipalities and counties that hold their property taxes even lower. The Constitution says the state must treat business and residential properties alike for the purposes of property taxes. To change the Constitution, the Legislature would need to pass a resolution this year and again in 2011 or 2012. The issue would then be decided by voters in a referendum. Doyle said he’ll draw on “many of the good ideas” put forth by his Task Force on Educational Excellence, which includes Democrats, Republicans, educators, business leaders and parents. “The task force made 40 recommendations, on everything from how we improve special and early education to how we help school districts with declining enrollment.” The governor didn’t go into detail on the ideas to help with declining enrollment. Doyle also called for creating more jobs. He said he was using more exist-

ing state funds to create a $100 million Green to Gold revolving loan program manufacturers would use to lower their energy costs. He also noted part tax breaks which he said were instrumental in bringing or keeping jobs in the state. The governor cited a recent article of Inc Magazine which reported the state has experienced “a remarkable turnaround ... with the nation’s largest surge in manufacturing job creation.” Doyle said manufacturing is up, personal income is up and home ownership is up. “And ACT scores are up - the highest in the nation,” he said. Doyle said some things are going down, such as crime - down 25 percent below the national average, alcohol-related deaths, down 14 percent due to a tougher drunk driving law, and teen smoking is down to the lowest level ever recorded. Doyle’s complete 5,500-word address can be found on the Leader’s Web site at - Gary King with State of State address from Gov. Doyle’s Web site and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Feingold has another Republican challenger MADISON – Another Republican is challenging incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold for his U.S. Senate seat: Terrance Wall of Madison, a developer of real estate across Dane County. The first challenger from the right was Dave Westlake, a small businessman from Watertown who wore blaze orange to announce his candidacy. In making his announcement, Wall was more subdued in

suit and tie as he became the second Republican to compete for Feingold’s seat. Wall hopes to boost his recognition throughout Wisconsin by visiting all 72 counties during his campaign. He’s already made an appearance at a TEA Party rally in Racine. Wall opposes health reform supported by Feingold and says only the private sector can lead an economic recovery. He says,

“unlike Washington, I have created thousands of jobs. Unlike my opponent, I have helped businesses throughout the state.” According to, Wall paid no personal income tax in four of the past five years. Wall says he’s paid every penny of tax owed by him and his companies, and says he’ll concentrate on what voters care about: jobs. Wall says if someone is unemployed, they don’t want to hear the politics

of personal destruction, but how they are going to get a job. Incumbent Feingold – a three-term U.S. senator – says his priorities in 2010 will be creating jobs and controlling government spending. - Shamane Mills, Wisconsin Public Radio


$10,000 fine for former camp director Hjelseth will also spend six months in the Burnett County Jail; place flowers on grave yearly by Sherill Summer SIREN - “This is a death case, and we are not going to sugarcoat it,” said Judge Eugene Harrington during the sentencing of 68-year-old Marjorie “Peggy” Hjelseth, of Roseville, Minn., who was the former director of Trade Lake Camp. Hjelseth faced sentencing on Wednesday, Jan. 20, for abusing a person at risk causing death. Hjelseth was found guilty in the death of 50-year-old Shirley Meade, who died July 17, 2008. Meade, a mentally handicapped adult who was not able to speak, was given 150 mg of Clozapine that was intended for another individual during the morning hours of July 17. Hjelseth realized almost immediately that she gave Meade the wrong medication, but instead of seeking medical treatment for her, she

decided to let Meade sleep it off. Meade was found dead shortly before midnight. A known side effect of this drug is a large drop in blood pressure, and the official cause of death Marjorie (Peggy) was an overdose which had caused Hjelseth her to fall into a drug-induced sleep. It was not Hjelseth’s mistake of giving the wrong medication that was emphasized during her sentence hearing. It was the series of decisions made by Hjelseth after the medicine was given. Hjelseth never sought medical treatment for Meade, even after she knew that Meade was given the wrong medicine, nor did she seek medical treatment after Meade fell, giving her a large bump and a black eye. Just before death, mottling was noted in Meade’s feet and legs, a sign that Meade’s body was shutting down, but this too was also ignored because Hjelseth believed that Meade

would sleep off the side effects of receiving the medication in error. Just a couple of weeks prior to Meade’s death at Trade Lake Camp, a camper wandered away from the camp and was lost in the woods for several days. There was extensive media coverage of the search and eventual rescue, and Hjelseth was afraid that the camp would be shut down if a second, highly publicized event were to happen at the camp. Harrington pointed out that if he was given the wrong medicine, he would probably know that something was wrong and could do something about it; when most people are given the wrong medication, they know it and can do something about it, but this poor woman couldn’t tell anyone about it. Harrington went on to note that Hjelseth had been a highly productive member of society, had many friends and was not a danger to society, but to not sentence her to some sort of confinement would depreciate the seriousness of what happened. The maximum sentence Harrington could impose was a $10,000 fine and / or a 3-1/2-year prison sentence. Judge Harrington asked Hjelseth out-

right if she had protected any of her assets prior to this sentencing hearing. Hjelseth told the judge that she had not done so. The judge then proceeded to impose the maximum fine of $10,000 and ordered Hjelseth not to shield any assets until after any civil suit has been satisfied and the fine paid off. She was also placed on a three-year probation and will serve a six-month jail sentence in the Burnett County Jail as a condition of probation. Technically, Hjelseth’s sentence was withheld, but she can still serve a prison sentence if she breaks the terms of her probation. Other details of her sentence include paying $1,369.28 in restitution and possibly reimburse the state of Minnesota for Meade’s public burial. Hjelseth is also prohibited from caring for people with disabilities. Finally, Hjelseth is ordered to place one-dozen longstem roses on Meade’s grave on her birthday and the anniversary of her death during the term of her probation unless she is in jail.

More details released in ramming case Danbury man remains in jail by Sherill Summer SIREN - Bail has been set for Michael Lunsman who is charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide and three other charges after Lunsman drove his truck into Ckyle Gill, 41, South St. Paul, Minn., at the Last Cast Bar in Danbury on Jan. 11. However, Lunsman has not posted the required $5,000 cash bail and $50,000 sig-

nature bond and remains in the Burnett County Jail. His preliminary hearing has been set for Monday, Feb. 8, at 11:15 a.m. The police report on the incident is now public record, and it gives more details on what allegedly happened. Lunsman, the report states, was harassing a woman at the bar which lead to a verbal confrontation with the woman. At this point, Lunsman was asked to leave the bar, and when he refused, a second confrontation developed between Lunsman and Gill. This confrontation

was broken up, and Lunsman left the bar. As he was leaving, he threatened to kill Gill. Lunsman then reportedly got into his truck and started eastbound on Hwy. 77 before turning around and driving back to the bar. Witnesses heard Lunsman threaten to kill Gill again. Meanwhile, Gill left the bar and was walking in front of the bar. Lunsman allegedly drove straight at Gill, pinning him between the bar and the truck. After Lunsman drove into Gill, witnesses ran

to the truck and saw Lunsman in the driver’s seat, attempting to back the truck up, but the wheels were spinning and the truck did not move. Lunsman then turned the truck off and fled the scene. He was reportedly picked up near the scene and taken to his house, but after about 10 minutes at home, he asked for a ride back into Danbury and was dropped of at the grocery store. It was there that he was arrested.

Frederic Sleigh Parade needs someone to take the reins FREDERIC - The Frederic Sleigh Parade, held annually for nine years, will not be held again unless volunteers come forward to “take the reins” to organize the event. Larry and Liz Petersen, organizers during the years the parade has been in existence, have resigned. “It’s a tremendous amount of work to coordinate,” said Liz Petersen. “It’s a huge job, and it’s stressful to do without help.” There are a number of people who help out on the day of the event, Petersen said. People help with parking, announcing, grooming the track and plowing the trailer parking area. But the work before the day of the event is extensive, and the Petersens have decided it is too much for them to continue to do alone. Some of the tasks involved in organizing the parade, according to Petersen, include printing and putting up posters in many towns; putting together the banquet items and registration books for the announcer, finding a ring steward who organizes the entries, and radios to the announcer the entry that is coming before the judge; many calls and e-mails lining up entries; getting items for door prizes and raffle items, as well as providing signs for the streets the day of the parade; contacting the school janitors; arranging for trailer parking, snowplowing, and trail grooming; finding an announcer and judges; contacting photographers, press, and finding volunteers; and setting up the sound system. “The time to do all this, not to mention the gas we’ve used, really adds up,” said Petersen. Originally, Bob and Marilyn Blake helped organize the event, but they were

unable to continue. “I feel we were successful organizing the parade,” Liz said. “It was our wish to bring some business into our community, and put Frederic on the map with this winter event. Photos of the sleigh parade entries have been in many publications, as well as in a driving horse calendar that goes all over the world.” This year the event was held on Saturday, Jan. 16. It was one of the warmest days for the parade ever at about 34 degrees, and a large crowd turned out to watch the 25 vintage sleighs. The event raised $614 for the Frederic Food shelf this year. A freewill offering through the spectators raised $386 and additional money was raised at the awards dinner through a fundraiser. There have been normally 22 to 25 sleighs in the parade, though there were only 13 in 2005 when it was bitterly cold. The event has brought up to 500 spectators, according to Petersen. She said last year there was promotional coverage of the parade in two Eau Claire newspapers, and there were many spectators who came from that area. There are not many sleigh parades in the area. There is one in Ashland, and one in Waseca, Minn. There is a new one this year in Eagle River for Klondike Days. But the Frederic parade is the only one that gives 50 percent of a freewill offering to a worthy cause, according to Petersen. “By choosing a recipient for half of what we collect, we help someone less fortunate and help to cover costs of putting on the parade. It also helps to draw people to support the cause for the recipient,” she said. Last year the parade donated over $1,000 to John Gurtner, who was injured and unable to work. The Petersens have put out a call for

Larry and Liz Petersen, of rural Frederic, organizers of the Frederic Sleigh Parade for the nine years of its existence, ride in their sleigh in the parade held on Jan. 16. — Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

help organizing the sleigh parade a number of times, but there has not been any response. Petersen says she is willing to help with it, but that it needs to be more of a community effort.

“I would feel sad about it if this turns out to be the last year,” she said. “But we just can’t do it alone anymore.” — with submitted information





Merger of lime quarry, highway tabled Rediske’s seat on the board filled by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — A proposal to merge the Polk County lime quarry and the highway department was tabled by the county board of supervisors Tuesday evening, Jan. 19, after each side presented position papers and the board discussed the pros and cons. Once the discussion was over and the resolution to merge the two departments came before the board, Supervisor Larry Voelker said, “I get more and more confused.” The county is in the process of hiring a county administrator, he said, and it is that person’s job to determine whether or not the merger is in the best of the county. Voelker made a motion to table the resolution, which carried on a 13 to 6 vote. Prior to the vote, highway Commissioner Steve Warndahl presented the position paper in favor of the merger. He stressed the need to develop short- and long-term plans for the site, located in southern Polk County, and to determine the amount of lime actually available. Warndahl noted that the northern part of the quarry will be out of lime this year, and mining operations will move across the road to the south. He expressed concern

Ted Johnson, a member of the lime quarry committee, urges the board to vote against the merger of the quarry with the highway department.

Polk County Highway Commissioner Steve Warndahl shows the location of the county’s lime quarry on an aerial map. – Photos by Mary Stirrat over whether or not the crusher will be moved, which could impact the safety of cars on the road. Automating the weighing and billing process would reduce the number of staff needed, said Warndahl. He said that he believes, with automation, that the highway department head can run the quarry from Balsam Lake with a foreman on-site supervising day-to-day operations and other employees. “We feel having a department head run a two- or three-person department is a little overkill,” Warndahl said, referring to the lime quarry committee’s position that an on-site department head is most effective. “We believe a good foreman can run an operation of that size with no trouble at all,” he said, likening the lime quarry to the recycling center, where an on-site manager oversees operations and employees while reporting to a department head at the government center. Supervisor Dean Johansen, a member of both the highway and lime committees, presented the lime quarry’s position paper opposing the merger. Johansen went through a series of questions to determine the reason why a merger is needed, concluding that the current system is “an old but proven model.” Lime sales spiked in 2008, he said, and have returned to normal levels, indicating

that the amount of ag lime needed has not diminished. “There’s a demand there,” he told the board. Asking whether the quarry is costing tax dollars, Johansen noted that the enterprise has returned $900,000 to the county’s general fund in the past nine years. “I don’t see that as a problem,” he said, adding that the quarry carries no outstanding debt and all equipment is paid for. Changes proposed by the lime quarry committee, said Johansen, could reduce the staff to three full-time equivalents, so overstaffing shouldn’t be an issue. When discussing whether there is ineffective oversight, he pointed out that efficiency and production have both increased since 2000 by upgrading power and equipment and diversifying product. “The results are $900,000 in the general fund and everything paid for.” Johansen’s final question was whether poor customer satisfaction might be the reason a merger is needed, but he said that there have been few, if any, complaints, and everyone from farmers to lime haulers to county citizens have praised the service provided at the quarry. Despite the efforts of Warndahl and Johansen to present the opposing sides of an issue that has been discussed for months, no decision will be made on the merger of the lime quarry and highway department until a county administrator is hired. It is expected that the position of county administrator will be filled in April, with a start date in late April or May. Supervisors voting in favor of tabling a vote on the merger were Supervisors Bob Dueholm, Joan Peterson, Johansen, Patricia Schmidt, Kathryn Kienholz, Jim Edgell, Ken Sample, Mick Larsen, Larry Jepsen, Kim O’Connell, Neil Johnson and Voelker. Opposed were Herschel Brown, Marvin Caspersen, Craig Moriak, Russ Arcand, Jay Luke and Chairman Bryan Beseler. Absent were Brian Masters, Diane Stoneking and Gary Bergstrom. Rattel appointed The supervisory seat for District 8, which includes most of the city of St. Croix Falls, has been vacant since the resignation of Keith Rediske late last year. On Tuesday evening, Beseler filled that vacancy with the appointment of Wendy Rattel. Beseler introduced Rattel at the end of the meeting, saying that the next day would be her “first day on the job.” She

Wendy Rattel was appointed to serve out the three remaining months of Supervisor Keith Rediske’s term. will sit on the personnel and land information committees. Given the opportunity to introduce herself to the board, Rattel said she moved to St. Croix Falls two years ago. Admitting she has never been involved in politics, Rattel added, “It was fun to be here tonight, and see what went on.” Rattel is running unopposed in the April election for the District 8 seat. Other business • With Arcand opposed, the board voted to use $30,000 from the contingency fund to begin funding the next round of orthophotography, or aerial photographing. Total cost is expected to be around $60,000. The photos form the base layer for the county’s GIS mapping system and emergency services dispatching. • The board approved $15,007 in gopher bounties, funded through the bounty budget. The town of Eureka will receive the most, at $2,620, followed by the town of Laketown at $2,450. Municipalities receive $1.50 for each pocket gopher and 50 cents for each striped gopher trapped. • Luke, of the public protection committee, reported that the county has received $28 per day for state prisoners housed in the Polk County Jail. The state guaranteed $40 per day, resulting in a shortage of $33,000 for 2009.

April election contests in most Polk villages and cities Full ballot in Milltown, blank spots in two villages by Gregg Westigard POLK COUNTY – The ballots for the April 6 town, village and city elections are now almost complete. Only Frederic and the town of St. Croix Falls results remain, with caucuses in those spots being held Tuesday night, Jan. 26. (See separate stories for those results). Among the 13 municipalities, there are contests in seven places, no contests in four places, and blank ballot spots and write-in contests in two places. Six places use nominating papers in December to choose candidates while the other nine choose their candidates at caucuses in January. The most contested ballot is Milltown, where six people, including two incumbents, two former trustees and two new faces, are running for three seats, one of which is vacant now. The write-in contests are in the villages of Dresser and Turtle Lake. In each place, only two people filled for the three board seats during the monthlong filing period in December. Interested write-in candidates should register with the village clerks. There are no contests in Amery, Clear Lake, Osceola and the town of Clayton. St. Croix Falls has a contest for mayor. All other contests have one extra candidate. While there are no contests in Amery, there is still a full slate of names on the

ballot. Amery alderpersons serve fouryear terms. There were vacancies midterm for two council seats. Kay Erickson was appointed to the council when Syd Bjorkman died. Jack Rogers was appointed to replace Michael Karuschak when Karuschak was appointed mayor after Harvey Stower’s death. Both Erickson and Rogers must now run for the remaining two years of their terms. Polk County city and village candidates for the April 6 election (Frederic and the town of St. Croix Falls not included) Cities / elect mayor, alderpersons, municipal judges Amery Mayor: Michael Karuschak, Jr. (I) Alderpersons, Wards 1 & 2 (Four-year term) Richard Davis (I) Wards 3, 4 & 5 (Two-year terms / two seats) Jack Rogers (I) / replaced Karuschak Kay Erickson (I) / replaced Syd Bjorkman At large (Four-year term) David I. Meyers (I) Municipal judge: Jerome Wittstock (I) St. Croix Falls Mayor: Darrell E. Anderson (I) Bill Nelson Alderperson, Ward I: Debra Kravig (I) Alderperson, Wards II & III: Paul Kuhlman (I)

Municipal judge: David Danielson (I) Villages / each elects three trustees Balsam Lake [Jim Broome retires] Chris Sondrol (I) Jeff Reed (I) Caroline Rediske Laura McKenzie Centuria [LaVerne McKenzie retires] Peter Englund (I) Dave Markert (I) Eugene Ludack Ryan Davison Clayton Robert Carlson (I) Scott Donath (I) Jonathan Bartz (I) Doug Anderson Clear Lake Lori Martin (I) Vern Engebretson (I) Jerry Peterson (I) Dresser [Bryan Raddatz retires] James Rochford Jr. (I) Kristi Scheet (I) Write-in Luck [Eugene Cooper and Lori Pardun retire] Marsha Jensen (I)

Shane Allen Hassan Mian Phil Warhol Milltown [one seat vacant] Pete Peterson (I) Robert J. Jones (I) Joe Castellano Les Sloper Henry Studtmann Larry Kuske Osceola Rodney Turner (I) Mark Campbell (I) Donald C. Stocker (I) Turtle Lake [Jean Pabst retires] Ray Hall (I) Tom Flottum (I) Write-in Municipal judge: Dennis Zemke (I) Towns / elect two supervisors Alden Gary Dado (I) John Bonneprise (I) Dennis O’Hearn Clayton Robert Gale (I) Odell Olson (I)





Siren schools receive money from drug trade? by Carl Heidel SIREN - There was a bit of the bizarre at the regular meeting of the Siren Board of Education last Monday evening, Jan. 25. Siren Chief of Police Chris Sybers handed board President Dayton Daniels a check for $915, money acquired, more or less, from the drug trade. Syber explained that last year his department apprehended persons who at that time were suspected of trafficking in drugs, and confiscated several items they were using in their business. Among these items was an automobile. After the district attorney successfully prosecuted the suspects, and they were sentenced, the confiscated property could be sold, and the money used to recoup some of the police department costs in the case. When the sale was complete, the vehicle had netted the department over $1,800. But the police couldn’t keep that entire amount. According to state laws, 50 percent of the sale of the auto had to be given to the local school district, the Siren schools. So Monday evening, Sybers gave the schools a check for $915, money recovered from the drug trade. As he explained the source of the money and turned over the check, Sybers commented that the board could use the money for parking lot improvements. Board member Dave McGrane asked if that was a condition placed on the donation, but Sybers only grinned. McGrane then made a motion to accept the gift, with no conditions attached. All board members present voted, “Aye.” A request to reinstate the school sport of golf, and fund it in the amount of $3,500 a year, did not receive that same support. First, McGrane raised questions about the number of prospective student golfers, and

asked whether it would be appropriate to co-op a golf program with Webster schools. Then Daniels stated his opposition. He said that while he supported a golf program, there were other programs that had been cut, and that these programs should receive priority treatment and be reinstated before golf returned. Following discussion, the proposal to restore the program was defeated by a 4-2 vote. Football coach Jason Bins reported on the WIAA proposal to realign state high school football conferences. He said that he supported the change since it would allow Siren to compete with schools of similar size rather than with much larger schools. Some of the board members questioned whether they could make any input on the proposal. Consensus, however, was that even with about 80-percent opposition from the state’s schools, this was pretty much a “done deal,” and the WIAA would do what it wanted. After discussion the board backed the coach and voted their support for the realignment. In other business the board: • tabled action on roof repairs and energy-saving changes until more bids are received; • approved the Title I budget of $38,000, approved the CESA shared services agreement, approved grant applications for a Native American Revitalization Language Program, and approved changes in the 2010-2011 high school course handbook. Siren Police Chief Chris Sybers explained to the school board that the money his department was about to donate to the schools came from the sale of a vehicle confiscated from the drug trade. Photo by Carl Heidel

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The Burnett County Family Resource Center is proud to announce a fundraising event with nationally known comedian Mary Mack. She will be performing at Northwoods Crossing on Friday, February 12, at 8 p.m.


No contests for Burnett village boards Spring ballots complete for April election by Gregg Westigard BURNETT COUNTY – The April 6 ballots are now complete for the three Burnett County village boards. In Grantsburg, incumbent James O. Nelson, Dale Dresel and Val Gene Johnson will be running unopposed for the three open seats. Earl Mosley was nominated at the caucus but declined the nomination. Incumbents Dean Tyberg and Michael Landevin are not running for re-election. In Siren, the three candidates nominated at the caucus, incumbents David Doty Sr. and Rudolf Mothes, plus Phyllis Kopecky, have all accepted their nominations and will be running unopposed for three council seats. Luanne Swanson is retiring from the council. Two of the five candidates nominated at the caucus for the village board in Webster have declined. That leaves three candidates, incumbents Kelsey

Gustafson and Paul Berg plus Jeff Roberts, on the ballot for three trustee seats. The third incumbent, Norman Bickford, is retiring. Municipal Court Judge Brian Sears is also running for another term. Burnett County village board candidates Each village elects three trustees Grantsburg [Dean Tyberg and Michael Langevin retire] James O. Nelson (I) Dale Dresel Val Gene Johnson Siren [Luanne Swanson retires] David Doty Sr. (I) Rudolf Mothes (I) Phyllis Kopecky Webster [Norman Bickford retires] Paul Berg (I) Kelsey Gustafson (I) Jeff Roberts

Harsdorf urges stronger focus on jobs creation agenda STATEWIDE – The Wisconsin State Senate passed legislation, on a 32-1 vote, which includes job creation incentives such as a postsecondary education tax credit for businesses and higher annual limits on angel investment tax credits. State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, who supported this Democratic initiative labeled C.O.R.E., said there is much more work to be done. “The bill passed recently is a baby step in the right direction,” said Harsdorf. “Unfortunately, it comes long after a budget bill was passed that targeted businesses with hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxes and new laws that increase costs for small businesses.” Harsdorf highlighted how Western Wisconsin is especially sensitive to tax policies given its proximity to the Twin Cities. “Given our close proximity to the Twin Cities, we have seen how state taxes and policies can result in businesses moving from one state to the other,” said Harsdorf. “State policies should help spur private sector job creation that is sustainable; not hinder it. Wisconsin has a wealth of resources, a skilled workforce and great educational opportunities for training and retraining workers. But these assets must

be coupled with an environment that does not target businesses with burdensome regulations, higher costs and more taxes as we have seen Democrats push all session long.” Legislative Republicans held a series of statewide roundtables attended by over 160 job providers in the spring of 2009, including one that Harsdorf hosted in Eau Claire. A Wisconsin Jobs Now Agenda was developed that proposed alternatives such as lowering taxes, reducing red tape, encouraging collaboration between education and business, and reforming health insurance to target cost. The full report and action items can be found on Harsdorf’s Web site, “The Legislature must focus on creating a favorable environment for job creation and stop going after businesses with more taxes and more regulations,” said Harsdorf. “I believe that Wisconsin Jobs Now Agenda lays out what actions should be taken to put jobs first and it is my hope that Democratic leaders will change direction and build upon the legislation that passed the state Senate today.” – from the office of Sen. Harsdorf


U N I T Y ’ S P R E - K B U SY B U G S A ND K I N D E R G A RT E N R E G I S T R A T I O N ATTENTION! Do you have a child who will be four on or before September 1? If so, it’s time to bring them to our Pre-K Busy Bug Registration at Unity School! Place: Unity Elementary Library Dates: February 11 & 12 RSVP: Please call the Elementary office at 825-2101, ext. 3500 to set up your two-hour session time! Come and join the Busy Bug and kindergarten teachers for a fun-filled session! Parents will be “BUSY” registering and children will be “BUSY” having fun at school!

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Continuing its long-standing tradition, Burnett County VFW Post 1256 provided Christmas baskets to three area families. Families are nominated by the Burnett County Health and Human Services office and the Salvation Army. This year’s baskets went to families in Grantsburg, Siren and Webster. The Christmas baskets included $75 worth of food, which included a Christmas dinner, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each child in the families received two gifts as well thanks to private donations by two VFW members. – Photo submitted

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L e a d e r Results from last week’s poll:

F O R U M The truth about the recovery

We b Po l l This week’s question: Favorite late night talk show host? 1. Jay Leno 2. David Letterman 3. Conan O’Brien 4. Craig Ferguson 5. Jimmy Kimmel 6. Jimmy Fallon 7. Jon Stewart To take part in our poll, go to and scroll down to the lower left part of the screen

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Either 2012 will be when our economy begins recovery in earnest or, according to the Mayans, it simply won’t matter any more. There is no economic recovery for most of us right now, short of a winning lottery ticket. At least not in our neck of the woods – on the ground and in the trenches. People compare our current recession to the one in the 1980s but many of us can’t remember that one. Maybe because we weathered it better or were too young to remember it. According to Wisconsin Public Radio reporter Patty Murray (“The Long Road to Recovery” on, the actual damage to the state’s job base in the 1980s wasn’t as bad as the current recession, which economists say began in December of 2007 with breathtaking job losses continuing until March of 2009. Since December of ‘07, the state has lost 150,000 jobs, 6 percent of its base. Current statewide unemployment is at 8.3 percent. Burnett was at 9.8 percent in November (compared to 7.1 percent a year ago) and Polk was at 9.3 percent (compared to 6.5-percent a year ago). The good news? It can’t get much worse, economists say. A total of 250,000 people in Wisconsin collect unemployment insurance checks each week. The unemployment program began in the 1930s during the Great Depression (note of trivia: the first unemployment check was issued in Wisconsin) and offers 26 weeks of compensation but the federal government has stepped in to provide extensions - some can get up to 93 weeks of unemployment. Some are giving up the hunt for employment - some stay home with the kids knowing the cost of child care would eat up most of any paycheck they could secure. WPR, in its series, does a good job of balancing the story, unspun by economists or government talking heads who understandably want to spin the story on the economy to provide some hope for all of us. Job growth will begin to occur in the third and fourth quarters of this year, according to one economic analyst. But most experts are saying it will be two years to see close to full recovery. It’s all speculation - but offers us a glimmer of light. Knowing and digesting the truth first helps us decide on our own when, if and how to hope for our personal economic futures.

Giving Haiti a future More than $60 million was raised for Haiti via a celebrity telethon last week.

That’s an amazing amount to be gathered within such a short time span. That money will be added to the millions sent in by Americans and those from around the world over the past two weeks. The Haiti government is seeking $3 billion in contributions worldwide to return its country to its pre-earthquake state. Jobs are needed and infrastructure needs rebuilding. Because, according to an article in the New York Times, Haiti has had a history of mismanaging funds, there has been somewhat of a tepid response by some countries to Haiti’s request for money. The current economy worldwide may also be a factor. Rebuilding the infrastructure of a country that lies on a serious earthquake fault line might take some special consideration. And the lack of drinkable water during this tragedy was a major drawback and concern. Addressing the country’s water supply - perhaps the construction of a windgenerated, off-shore desalination station that would turn sea water into drinkable water - might be a project some of this money could go for - not only for Haiti, but for many countries in the world that find lack of potable water a stumbling block to healthy living. Will the rebuilding of the country over the next few decades be interupted by another massive earthquake? Will better building codes negate the need for worry? And what about relocation, or at least decentralization of the population and infrastructure? It’s clear the immediate needs for food and shelter take precedence and that long-range investment in the future of this country may have to consider much more than that. Views expressed on these pages or by columnists elsewhere in the paper do not necessarily represent those of the Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association management or board.

Where to Write President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. 20500 Governor Jim Doyle P.O. Box 7863, Madison, WI 53707 Congressman David Obey (7th District) 2462 Rayburn Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515 or Federal Building, Wausau, WI 54401 (715) 842-5606 Rep. Nick Milroy (73rd District) Room 221 North, State Capitol P.O. Box 8952, Madison 53708 E-mail:

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Rep. Ann Hraychuck (28th District) State Capitol, P.O. Box 8942 Madison, WI 53708 Phone: 608-267-2365 • Toll free: 888-529-0028 In-district: 715-485-3362 rep.hraychuck@ Rep. Mary Hubler (75th District) Room 7 North, State Capitol P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708 or 1966 21-7/8 St., Rice Lake 54868 (715) 234-7421• (608) 266-2519 U.S. Senator Herb Kohl 330 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 (715) 832-8492

Senator Robert Jauch (25th District) Room 19 South, State Capitol P.O. Box 788, Madison, WI 53707 E-mail: Senator Sheila Harsdorf (10th District) State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882 Madison, WI 53707 (608) 266-7745 • (715) 232-1390 Toll-free - 1-800-862-1092 U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold SDB 40, Rm. 1, Washington, D.C. 20510 or 1600 Aspen Commons Middleton, WI 53562-4716 (608) 828-1200

To the moon again...or not Kudos to U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold and his “Spotlight on Spending” series, shining the light on examples of poor stewardship of American taxpayer dollars. Feingold, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, recently introduced legislation to reduce the U.S. deficit of $1.42 trillion, by about a half trillion dollars, legislation that includes 40 proposals to cut the budget. One of those is to postpone spending $24.7 billion to undertake a lunar mission. Feingold reasons that not only would NASA’s proposal to put a crew exploration vehicle in orbit in 2015 and commence a lunar mission in 2020 not make fiscal sense given the economy, but “rushing it through as planned could subject our astronauts to unnecessary risk.” Feingold is correct in saying this isn’t the time to spend that kind of money. There’s ignorance in saying “we’ve been there and done that,” but it wouldn’t be out of line to postpone this mission and further weigh the cost against what we’ll gain in knowledge and technology. And India, China and other countries are developing lunar missions wouldn’t it be smart to further pursue sharing the cost and science for future space adventures?

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Letters t o t h e e d i t o r Sleigh parade

Why I am not a Democrat

I just wanted to submit a note of huge gratitude to all the men, women and horses that participated in the ninth-annual Frederic Sleigh Parade. I am new to the area and enjoyed last year’s and this year’s parade. The reason I am submitting this letter is to make sure they know what a wonderful show it was. Before my horse passed away, he participated in an event for Jesse Ventura, did a parade carrying the American flag, two events inside of churches, weddings, etc., etc. It was a tremendous amount of work, but we both always knew how thankful the audience was from their smiles and clapping. Unfortunately, between having to wear gloves at these two parades (which muffled any clapping) or being too busy trying to capture the perfect picture, made any attempts at showing vocal appreciation unheard. I believe this was true for most of the crowd. This wasn’t like attending a football game, where if nothing else, you can whistle to show how awesome they all were (this vocalization could’ve spooked at least some of the animals).

Our state and nation both are facing what one could term “desperate times.” Our entire electorate must have this clear in their minds in this new year. Possibly it’s because of my name, but I am asked, from time to time, if I am a Republican. Without blowing a political horn, it is much simpler to speak of reasons that I am not a Democrat. The Democratic Party is the only one that demands allegiance. It states: “We expect all Democrats to support this platform as candidates, and work to implement it when in office.” Listed are a few of these actual platform planks, and they are direct quotes just as the previous statement is. First: “Marriage by civil ceremony must be permitted for unmarried couples of marriageable age without regard to sex.” Second: “We support the right to choose death with dignity with appropriate safeguards.” (Assisted suicide) Third: “Health insurance companies should be required to cover physical and mental illness equally, cover pregnancy terminations (abortions) and included contraceptives in drug coverage.” Fourth: “We support adequate income and living conditions and access to health insurance for farmers, migrant workers and their families.” (Illegal aliens) Fifth: “We support Wisconsin’s concealcarry ban.” And finally, “We support freedom of reproductive choice and oppose all measure to interfere with it or limit it.” (Abortions) With just these few mandates in force, we could boast of a state and/or nation that ignores the sanctity of marriage, would allow assisted suicide, makes abortion completely legal, proposes adequate income and living conditions for illegal aliens and with no right to bear arms. I love Wisconsin and the United States of American, but hopefully you can see why I am not a Democrat. Also, thank you and Gold bless you, Mark.

Dawn Boroff Siren

Calling the tune This country based its system of governing on the concept of a representative democracy, where the voters would choose their representatives to the Congress. Two things have happened that change that system. The first is the practice of redistricting, after every census. The second is the end of election finance reform. Redistricting often becomes gerrymandering and allows the party in power to draw up the election district boundaries in order to favor their party. The result now is that the candidates choose the voters instead of the voters choosing the candidates. The Supreme Court just now ruled that unlimited gifts to political action committees on behalf of specific candidates is a right guaranteed by the First Amendment’s free speech clause. This will allow the people with the money to control, or more accurately purchase, the candidate of their choice. Big business is clearly the one who will make the most of this ruling and have the most to gain from it. They will be able to dispose of those “pesky” rules that constrain business such as the right of workers to unionize, minimum wage and the 40-hour workweek. They can also get rid of safety in the workplace, environmental preservation regulations and other antibusiness rules they do not support. Corporate independent expenditures on behalf of their candidate are now a constitutional right guaranteed by the First Amendment. Remember the old aphorism, “He who pays the piper calls the tune.” Darrel Mathieu Luck

Wasted money I read in the Leader, the county board voted to allocate $15,000 to hire a firm to hire an administrator for the county. During these difficult economic times, this is wasted taxpayer money. First of all, why does the county need an administrator? Second, the people on the county board ran to be on that board. They knew much of the county’s business would entail money and administrative duties. If they are not qualified to allocate money and oversee the county’s business, resign! Spend your time with family and friends, and let someone who is able to run the county be in your position. If an administrator is hired, why do we need county board members? He will gain total control either way. Thomas J. Braddock Dresser

Sherman Pettis, Osceola

Speak for the innocent Recently an article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press stated that domestic abuse has gone up in Wisconsin. We read daily about people killing and abusing members of their own families, often babies and young children. The elderly are abused and stolen from by their own children. It clearly shows a lack of respect for human life that has been growing in our nation. In the middle 1800s, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that slaves were not persons. Slave owners could do whatever they wanted to with them, including murder and it was carried out in secrecy on the large plantations. In Germany under Hitler, the Jews were declared subhuman and millions were slaughtered in concentration camps. In 1973, the U.S. Court declared unborn babies were not persons and since then almost 50 million citizens have been killed by abortion. These also are done in secret away from the public eye so the lie could be perpetrated that they are only a mass of cells. Of course, few people believe that anymore but somehow the outrage that Americans should feel over such a slaughter is missing in too many of our citizens. There are even those who think we should pass the Freedom of Choice Act and go back to allowing partialbirth abortion where a child who would be able to live outside the womb is turned around to feet first and pulled down through the birth canal so all of its body is out except the head. Then a scissors is jabbed into the back of the neck and its brains sucked out. Those babies feel every bit of pain that we would feel if it was done to us. Not only does it kill the baby, it has to be devastating to the pregnant woman’s body. We have all seen some pretty graphic pictures and movies of war and disaster, etc. Why does the media go along with covering up the truth about abortion and

the physical pain as well as the emotional pain it causes? Why do we never see a TV program showing an abortion with the doctor pulling out the baby limb for limb and then crushing its head and taking it out as he/she lays it out on a tray to make sure it is all there? Here again, that baby has been proven to feel the same pain as we would. If it’s too far along for that, they inject a saline solution and burn it to death. Again, it feels the same pain as we would. Has Congress ever watched this? People have ended up in jail for abusing or killing animals but we are allowed to kill our unborn children. Proverbs 24:11, 12 says: “If you forbear (refrain) to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If you say, behold we knew it not; does not he that ponders the heart consider it? And he that keeps your soul, does not he know it? And shall not he render to every man according to his works?” God expects us to speak up against wrong. Sunday was Sanctity of Life Sunday. Maybe if everyone who believes abortion is murder would contact their congressmen and speak up for the most innocent, next year abortion would be ended in America. MaryEllen Olson Amery

Identity theft Identity theft continues to negatively impact many of our citizens. Chances are you or someone you know may have experienced some form of identity theft. According to the Federal Trade Commission, as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. Statistics released by the FTC for complaints per 100,000 population, revealed that Wisconsin ranked 41st in the nation with 2,450 victims in 2007. Some Wisconsin residents have experienced a very sophisticated phone scam. It began with a phone call and an automated message indicating that your debit card has been deactivated because of questionable charges. Then, the recording asked folks to “Please enter your 15-digit card number,” tricking people into giving up important credit card and financial information. In this case, the scam was further complicated through the use of hijacking a legitimate business’ phone number that was portrayed on caller I.D. No one is immune from becoming the victim of identity theft. With stolen identities, identity thieves commit credit-card fraud, telephone or utility fraud, employment fraud, Internet fraud, bank fraud and evade traffic citations or arrest. If you take the following steps you can lessen your chances of becoming an identity theft victim: • Manage your personal information wisely; make sure you know why your personal information is required and how it will be used. • Shred discarded personal records and documents. • Don’t give out personal information on the telephone, mail or Internet unless you are sure whom you are speaking with. • Pay attention to billing cycles. • Guard your mail from theft. • Do not carry your Social Security card, extra credit cards, birth certificate or passport, except when necessary. • Order copies of your credit report yearly. • Keep personal information in a safe place. If you become the unfortunate victim of identity theft you need to take the following steps immediately to best ensure protection: • Contact your local law enforcement agency and report the crime. • Contact the fraud department from each of the three credit bureaus: Experian, 888-397-3742,, Equifax, 800-525-6285,, Trans Union, 800-6807289, www.transunion. com.

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• Document and keep records of all correspondence. • Contact creditors for any fraudulent accounts opened or tampered. • Contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-ID-THEFT. As with most crimes, awareness is an effective weapon against many forms of identity theft. Protect your personal identifying information with the same security as you do with your personal property. Be aware of how personal identifying information is stolen and what you can do to protect yours. Armed with the knowledge of how to protect yourself, you can make an identity thief’s job much more difficult. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Madison

Sexuality and the church I am most certain that people from both sides of the current religious conflict feel and homosexuals do belong in church. They are children of God as well as the rest of us. They should receive God’s word, love, and forgiveness as one of God’s flock. The issue, I believe, is whether they should be in a leadership/teaching position. Influencing our youth. Preaching to us from the pulpit. This is what people are struggling with right now. It does not matter whether God took six days to create the world, or if it was actually months or years; there is a book, (the Bible) full of his knowledge, teachings and his wishes for us. A book, that tells us that same-sex marriage is not what he intended for us. Isn’t that what we were all brought up to believe? That is what our ancestors were brought up to believe, also. God is forgiving, as he teaches we should be, also. That does not mean that we should place someone who is practicing same-sex relationships in the pulpit. We forgive them as God does but we should not condone the behavior – forgiving is one thing – condoning it is another. If the minorities keep taking away what this country was built on, there will be no true meaning to anything in our lives. The country is trying to take God out of our lives in the public place, government and in our schools. The church should not remove or change God’s word from the original Bible teachings. The words of the Bible should not be twisted to sanction the acceptance of same-sex relationships in the pulpit. Those same-sex relationships are welcomed in the pews of each church to share in God’s love, word and forgiveness with all of God’s people. There is only one God, and he is in each church. The same God! Each denomination of churches determines to interpret God’s word a little differently, or dwell a little stronger on one area or another of the Bible. The fact still remains that we are told to be forgiving of our neighbors, but we are expected to follow God’s word, if we are a true believer, and a Christian. Not ignore his word or change the meaning of his word to suit the lifestyle of a minority. We are not asking that gay members leave the church, as they do belong in church. This is a leadership issue, and that is all it is. The ELCA will not reverse their August vote, therefore, a true Christian should not support this new morality that tells us that homosexuality is a gift from God and sanctioned by God. God tells us in numerous places in the Bible that he does not approve of this lifestyle. He does forgive this lifestyle as he does all of our other sins. We should be changing ourselves to suit God, not the other way around. This could be the work of the devil, picking away at our beliefs, like it has done with the schools and the public places. The church should not change to suit the minorities. That is a cafeteria-style religion. Liz Petersen Frederic

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Letters t o t h e e d i t o r What planet is she from? On Tuesday, Jan. 19, at approximately 9:30 a.m. I entered the Siren Post Office to retrieve my mail. Since it was the day following a holiday, I had several letters to mail and my mailbox was stuffed full. In addition, I found a key in my box notifying me that I had a package in one of the larger boxes. So why am I telling you all this? It’s just to say I was busy, and it took me several minutes longer than usual to complete my business at the post office that morning. It’s what was happening in the lobby of the post office during my time there that I am writing this letter about. As I entered, I was confronted by the rantings of a woman in her 50s who literally had an elderly gentleman captured in her tirade of incessant badgering. The focus of her anger was directed toward the citizens who have objected to Administrative Committee’s vote to move the county veterans office. The more she pressed her argument, the further the gentleman withdrew in an effort to find some means of escape. “I don’t know why vets deserve better treatment than anyone else,” she demanded. “I don’t know what everyone is upset about,” she continued. “If Chris is in his office when a vet comes for help, they can talk in his office. If he’s not there, Linda can take the vet into Chris’ office. Linda is a secretary and works for more than one department and so it’s better if she has a desk that’s out with the other secretaries,” she said while pressing ever forward toward her victim. “They wouldn’t want me to come to a meeting because they wouldn’t like what I had to say.” I couldn’t believe my ears. What planet was this woman from? Doesn’t she know that very reason she is able to rant in a public place is because veterans have preserved those rights for her? She obviously does not recognize the sacrifices veterans and their families have made for her and her family. As she continued her onslaught against our finest citizens, I thought to myself, “I wonder what kind of sacrifices this woman has made to think she deserves the same place of honor and respect we afford our veterans?” The only way I know for her to get my respect would be to enlist and serve her country. Then she might understand how detestable her rantings were to those who know better. I returned to my vehicle where my veteran husband was waiting. When I told him what was going on inside the post office he was dismayed. “I can’t believe we have people in this country that don’t appreciate that sacrifices vets have made,” he said. “They act like their rights don’t need defending.” Don’t they understand that Linda is more than just a secretary? She’s a benefits specialist. She’s the one that helps vets fill out the forms and write the letters that get them and their families the help they need. Once a vet contacts the veterans county service officers to get help, it’s Linda that makes things happen. “When I talk to her, I want to know it’s in private. I expect the citizens of Burnett County to respect that. Most of them do, some just don’t respect anyone but themselves. I suspect the county administratioin committee fits the latter,” he said. Audrey Costerisan Siren

Devastating ruling Last Thursday, five activist conservative judges on the U.S. Supreme Court delivered an opinion which will have devastating results in reducing the voice of ordinary citizens in determining the course of our government. In finding that corporations are entitled to spend unlimited funds in independent political ads right up to election day, the court reversed a century of efforts going back to the days of Teddy Roosevelt to limit big corporate influence in the political life of our nation. While the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech that was certainly intended to apply to individual citizens, and I believe it would come as a shock to the founders to see it now applied to corporations whose owners already have a voice at least equal to that of other citizens in our republic. Additionally, one could well argue that free speech is not purchased or

bought speech whereby the loudest megaphone will drown out the voice of ordinary citizens, thereby diminishing if not silencing their voice. Further, to apply this ruling to independent political ads leaves the beneficiary of the largely negative ads, which dominate our airwaves with deniability of any responsibility for the content of the ads. Neither the shareholders who own the corporation nor any other body will have the ability to hold the corporations accountable. While the court decision also frees labor unions to engage in similar conduct, they have neither the resources nor the ability to raise dues to engage in such activity on any large scale. It is for this reason that Republican officeholders are ecstatic over this ruling. As a longtime Congressional staffer and lobbyist, I can tell you that this decision has empowered the business lobbyists of this country more than any other in my lifetime. No lobbyist will have to spell out to any legislator what may happen if he votes against the wishes of his company. And any judge facing election will likewise face intimidation in his rulings. Eiler Ravnholt Luck

Drain the D.C. swamp The unthinkable happened in Massachusetts! The voters there elected Mr. Brown, a pickup-truck driving conservative to the U.S. Senate, to fill the seat held by Ted Kennedy for over 40 years. Wow! Is that great or what? Massachusetts has been solidly Liberal forever. This hopefully is encouraging news to us in Wisconsin. It shows we can do better also. Rep. Obey and Sen. Feingold are representatives who are, and have been, strong supporters of President Obama, with his ultra-liberal socialistic agenda, which includes national health-care takeover, crazy overspending, proposed cap and trade bill and the kissand-make-up policy with terrorists. We here in Wisconsin need to help our great country by draining the Washington, D.C., swamp of its current inept members of Congress. A great start for us would be to send Congressman Obey packing this coming November. This guy has to go! He has been our representative for way too long. Did any of you notice that he does not even dare to show up in northern Wisconsin for a town-hall meeting, to explain his support of the Obama health-care bill, or explain why we need this bill passed. This bill will raise our insurance health-care premiums, limit our access to doctors, reduce Medicare benefits for the elderly and charge a fine to young people if they don’t want to carry health insurance, and yes, this bill will produce death panels. It has to. I can’t understand why Obey is hiding. Oh well, he must know what is best for us, he is our congressman. Oh, by the way, if you didn’t hear, he also proposed a new special war tax for you and me, so we can send more money to the Washington, D.C., swamp. I urge voters that have supported this guy before, to look at his record before you vote next November. No matter what you’ve been told, these liberals currently in Washington are not the same Democrats of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Ask yourself this. Is it worth getting a new library in your hometown, with Obey’s help, that is paid for by other taxpayers, if it means having the ultra-liberal Obey elected again to vote with and support the behind-closed-doors special deals, including bribes (you know Chicago-type politics) that Obama has brought to our nation’s capital. We Wisconsin voters need to drain the Washington, D.C., swamp ASAP. Start this coming November by voting for commonsense conservative individuals, which Obey is not. I don’t know about you, but I’m also getting very tired of having my tax dollars paying for attorneys, (in our court system on U.S. soil) protecting and defending Muslim terrorists who helped kill 3,000 of our fellow citizens on 9-11 and also those Muslim terrorists who are trying to kill us with underwear bombs on planes during

the Christmas season. I’d rather have my tax money go to buy weapons for our military, to fight and kill terrorists before they kill more of us. If this statement is not politically correct, I don’t care. Maybe I’m just a crazy Conservative. As newly elected Sen. Scott Brown from Massachusetts said to his supporters. “We can do better.” Help drain the D.C. swamp! Tom Bonneville, Trade Lake

Fluoridation I read with great interest a letter to the editor in last week’s paper from Gretchen Sampson regarding water fluoridation in Amery. I give kudos to the city of Amery for discontinuing this practice and would like to share some little-known history of water fluoridation. If one takes an honest look at the history of fluoridation, one will find that in the U.S. fluoridation began after WWII just as aluminum and munitions manufacturers were facing great cleanup costs to avail themselves of sodium fluoride, the toxic by-product of aluminum manufacturing. Facing great cleanup costs for this industrial waste, these companies sold sodium fluoride to the public as a way to prevent tooth decay. Unfortunately for the public, it is calcium fluoride, not sodium fluoride, that occurs naturally and may help prevent tooth decay. In addition, since it is an industrial waste product, sodium fluoride contains heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum. On Sept. 18, 1943, the Journal of the American Medical Association states, “fluorides are general protoplasmic poisons, changing the permeability of the cell membrane by inhibiting certain enzymes.” In 1944, the city of Grand Rapids, Mich., voted to have their town water fluoridated in a 10-year study to determine whether or not sodium fluoride was safe and effective, as compared to the town of Muskegon which was to remain unfluoridated. That same year, Oscar Ewing, an attorney for the Aluminum Company of America (remember, fluoride is waste from aluminum manufacturing), became the Federal Security Administrator and vigorously promoted fluoridation. Because of this vigorous government campaign, the 10year Grand Rapids study was discontinued after only one year, and the fluoride-free control city of Muskegon was then fluoridated to conceal any differences between the two cities. On Oct. 1, 1944, the American Dental Association warned that, “We do not know that the use of drinking water containing as little as 1.2 to 3.0 ppm of fluoride will cause such developmental disturbances in bones as osteoporosis, and we cannot run the risk of producing such systemic disturbances in applying what at present is a doubtful procedure …” In 1954, a study is published in the Dental Digest entitled “Sodium Fluoride in the Drinking Water of Mice” which links fluoride and the development of cancer in animals. In 1954, C. E. Perkins, a chemist for I.G. Farben, admits fluoride is used to reduce resistance to authority. In 1979, Drs. Gabler and Long at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center find that as little as 0.2 ppm of fluoride in the body (Ms. Sampson claims that 0.7 to 1.2 ppm are “safe”) stimulates superoxide production in resting white blood cells. In 1992, Michael Perrone, a legislative assistant in New Jersey, contacts the FDA requesting all information regarding the safety and effectiveness of fluoride tablets and drops. After six months of stalling, the FDA admits that they have no data to show that fluoride tablets or drops were either safe or effective. They informed Perrone that they will “probably have to pull the tablets and drops off the market.” Fluoridosis, or fluoride poisoning, evidenced by brown spotting on the teeth, is discussed on both the CDC and the American Dental Academy’s Web sites. It is for this reason that the ADA no longer recommends that mothers use fluoridated water in infant formula. One more thing to think about: Water fluoridation amounts to medicating the

population without their consent, which is in direct violation of the Nuremberg Code and the International Bill of Rights, which states, “The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.” And this is just the tip of the iceberg. All of the information I’ve provided is available on the Internet, and I highly suggest that everyone start doing their own research and making an informed decision. I challenge anyone to provide me with studies, not sponsored by pharmaceutical or chemical companies, which have a vested interest in the sale of fluoride and the illnesses it causes, that prove definitively that sodium fluoride, when added to a town’s drinking water, is both safe and effective. I suspect that if you look, you will find not one. Cheryl Wedin Grantsburg

Pastoral training Back in the fall, right as our schedules were starting ramp up with the beginning of Advent, someone wrote a letter suggesting that many pastors have not read the Bible and do not know what it says. Since it was a busy time, I didn’t want to respond just then. I cannot speak to what other church bodies do with pastoral training. I do know what my own church body, the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, does for pastoral training. In my own case, I attended a Lutheran elementary school and high school. I had a pretty-good working knowledge of Biblical history by fifth grade. In high school, we had courses on Old and New Testament in which we read most of the Bible. In college, Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Mich., we had 15 semester hours of religious instruction. This included courses on the Old and New Testament, wherein we were required to read the entire Bible. We also had a course on the proper method of interpreting Scripture. Our seminary training is about 120 quarter hours leading to a Master of Divinity degree. Our schools are fully accredited and my M.Div. would gain entry into many accredited doctoral programs if I so chose. (Pastor Emmons is in fact working on his doctorate.) Again we are required to read the entire Bible. We study the Biblical languages - Greek and Hebrew. Most of LCMS pastors are skilled enough to research the exact meaning of the original text. A few, like Pastor Schoen, are so skilled in the Biblical languages that they can read right from the original text and translate it on the spot. We have required courses that cover the waterfront of both the Old and New Testament. We are also required to take courses on Genesis, Isaiah and Romans, and then we have a choice between Luke or John. Additional courses on specific books are offered as electives. We also take courses on the proper method of Biblical interpretation, doctrine and pastoral practice. I cannot say too much about the qualifications of pastors of other churches. I know the level of education varies greatly. But Missouri Synod pastors are very welltrained and know the Scriptures very well. If someone has a question about something one of us as written, I would suggest that they give us a call, set up an appointment and we can examine the text of the Bible together. Rev. Jody R. Walter Immanuel Lutheran Church, LCMS Frederic

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Harsdorf comments on governor’s State of the State MADISON - State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf released the following statement Wednesday morning, Jan. 27, following Gov. Jim Doyle’s State of the State address, Tuesday evening: “The challenges Wisconsin faces are great. Unemployment is approaching 10 percent, multibillion dollar state budget deficits persist, and economic growth lags. ”While the federal government

helped bail out Wisconsin government in the last budget cycle, state lawmakers are bound to be in an even more difficult position come next year. Instead of addressing state-spending issues head-on, the governor continues to make promises that are unsustainable. Decisions to overhaul and reform spending habits have fallen to the wayside, as the last budget bill added billions in new taxes that stifle private-sector job creation.

”Wisconsin has tremendous assets that position us well for growth and prosperity. Our educational system, our strong work ethic and our natural resources give us great advantages. But we need a government that will foster this economic growth by encouraging investment, not penalizing it; by practicing fiscal responsibility, not unsustainable spending; and living within the means of taxpayers, not taking more of their hard-

earned money for growing government. ”We have some tremendous challenges, and there are no simple or easy solutions. It is my hope that the Legislature and governor can come together to create an environment where the private sector has the confidence and optimism to invest and grow the jobs that are essential in rebuilding our economy.” from the office of Sen. Harsdorf

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organizations, with the hopes of creating stable, good-paying jobs in Wisconsin by investing in the clean energy industry. An initial economic assessment of the Clean Energy Jobs Act found that the package could directly create at Ann least 15,000 green Hraychuck jobs in Wisconsin by 2025, with more 28th District than 1,800 jobs crein the first year Assembly ated alone. Some of the provisions of the bill include the establishment of a statewide goal known as the “25 by ’25.” This means that by 2025, 25 percent

of Wisconsin’s energy should come from renewable resources like wind, solar and biofuels. Another provision requires utilities to step up their commitment to offering a premium buyback rate for energy produced by their customers using renewable methods such as solar panels or wind turbines. A third aspect of the bill creates production incentives for farmers producing biomass crops that can be used to generate energy — either heat energy (displacing coal, fuel oil or natural gas) or as feedstock for producing liquid fuel. As you can imagine, a bill of this magnitude does not come without controversy. In response to the debate surrounding Assembly Bill 649, the Special Committee on Clean Energy Jobs was created with the intention of completing a thorough, indepth review and evaluation of this legislation. Composed of both Republicans and Democrats from the state Assem-

bly and the Senate, this committee will hold public hearings and gather information regarding the various provisions of the bill. I was asked to be a member of this committee to represent northern Wisconsin, and I look forward to hearing from constituents and various stakeholders about their thoughts on the Clean Energy Jobs Act. If we are going to move forward with such a significant piece of legislation it is important that we weigh the costs and the benefits to ensure our investments will be worthwhile. As always, please feel free to contact my office regarding this or any other state legislative matter, I can be reached toll free at 888-529-0028 or by e-mail at

It seems like everywhere we turn, we hear about increasing energy costs and our continuing struggle to get Wisconsin’s economy back on track. Whether it’s the cost of filling up your gas tank or dreading the arrival of your monthly utility bill, we cannot ignore our growing energy needs. Since Wisconsin doesn’t have coal, oil or natural gas resources, we pay out more than $16 billion each year to meet our energy demands. That’s right, $16 billion. Wouldn’t it be more efficient for Wisconsin to utilize energy resources, like wind, sunshine or agriculture, which we actually have in Wisconsin? Earlier this month, the Clean Energy Jobs Act (Assembly Bill 649) was introduced by multiple business leaders, legislators, labor and environmental

Former judge candidate appeals child porn sentence in Madison by Greg Marsten MADISON – A local man who pleaded guilty to charges of possession of child pornography has made an appeal to the 7th District Circuit Court of Appeals on Jan. 21 in Madison. Jason Pape, 38, was a 2007 candidate for municipal judge in Osceola who faced up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography on zip drives, several computers and various other media. He was indicted by a federal Grand Jury last year after a joint investigation between the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, New Richmond Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was brought to the attention of authorities after a local child raised concerns. Pape agreed to a plea bargain in March 2009, and was sentenced to 90 months in

federal prison for the crime by Judge Barbara Crabb. Under federal sentencing guidelines, he faced the potential of up to ten years in prison. His appeal went before the Appellate court last week in Madison, where Pape’s attorney, Michael Lieberman, argued for a lesser sentence. Lieberman claimed Judge Crabb did not properly weigh Pape’s character and public service into the sentence. Lieberman also argued that there are statistics showing that child pornography convictions and sentences are “disproportionately higher in the Western District of Wisconsin.” Lieberman claimed Pape agreed to a guilty plea, but with an assumption of a much lesser sentence, on the line of two years. “This is about procedural reasonableness,” Lieberman stated during the ap-

peal, later bringing up comments by Judge Crabb that she did not have the authority to consider “personal characteristics” when deciding a sentence. However, in the arguments, an appellate judge pointed out Judge Crabb’s mention of Pape’s character several times during written explanations of her sentence. The judge also question the validity of a sentencing argument when case precedent did not support the finding, due to Pape’s receiving a lesser sentence than the potential maximum. During the appeal, prosecutors also pointed out the nature and extensive collection of Pape’s pornographic collection, which included numerous young children and some violent acts. They mentioned that this wasn’t just “something that was stumbled upon.” They also argued against the sentencing dis-

parity, again, since Pape faced a sentence that was not beyond the maximum. The prosecutors also questioned the disparity issue, noting that the type of cases and convictions in the Western District of Wisconsin could be of a more serious nature, and may focus on the production of child porn, which the judge quickly countered with a question of plausibility. “Does Madison seem like the center of the child abuse industry in America?” the judge asked rhetorically, leaving the door open for consideration of the sentencing and case number disparity issue. Pape ran unsuccessfully for the position of Osceola municipal judge in 2007, but was eliminated in the primary. His case remains under consideration by the courts, with a decision to be released at an unspecified time.

Area News at a Glance Missing teen DULUTH - People were passing out flyers this past weekend for Sylvester “Sly” McCurry Jr., a missing 18-year-old Duluth East High School student. About 30 friends and family met Sunday afternoon at the Superior Inn to coordinate a search in Superior and Duluth. McCurry went missing a week ago while leaving Stargate Nightclub. - Superior Telegram Somerset man dies when tire hits car SOMERSET - A Somerset man was killed in a Saturday afternoon accident near Stillwater, Minn. Shane Erickson, 23, was killed when a wheel from a Ford F-350 vehicle bounced across Hwy. 95, striking Erickson’s Pontiac Grand Am. According to the Minnesota State Patrol report, the crash occurred at about 2:23 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Hwy. 95 at the intersection with Hwy. 36. Bradley Wicklem, 39, of New Richmond, was the

driver of the pickup. He was reportedly uninjured, as was his passenger, Jacob Wicklem, 7. Troopers said Erickson was wearing a seat belt, and his airbag was activated when the car was hit. - Bonus checks: $0 BAYPORT, Minn. - For the first time since the Great Depression, Andersen Corp. will not distribute profit-sharing checks to its employees. Officials at the Bayport-based window and door manufacturer told the 5,100 employees Tuesday that the company “Did not generate enough profits to share with employees after paying other major obligations.” The last time the company was not able to share profits was a nine-year period during the Great Depression - from 1929 to 1938. Otherwise, profits have been shared annually at Andersen since founder Hans Andersen initiated the program in 1914. - St. Paul Pioneer Press Pardee new agent for Barron County BARRON - There is a new face at the Barron County Extension office as of this Wednesday, Jan 20. Hired as the new 4-H and youth development educator is

Mary Pardee, who has held the same position in Burnett County for the past three years. Extension spokesman Tim Jergenson said Pardee is one of 25 wellqualified candidates who applied for the position. He confirmed last week that the position was offered to a candidate, who verbally accepted but had yet to sign the contract. “We are excited about this,” Jergenson said. “We think she is going to be a super person to work with, and we think Barron County 4-H families will really enjoy her.” Vacating the post after a one-year interim position is Annette Bjorklund of Spooner, who will return to her position as 4-H and youth development educator in Washburn County, a position she has held for 10 years. - Rice Lake Chronotype Firefighters rescue farmer BALDWIN – Volunteers from five area departments converged on a town of Rush River farm Friday afternoon to rescue a farmer trapped in a large bin while trying to release corn that had crusted near its top. Baldwin Fire Chief Gary Newton said Buddy Schumacher had climbed atop and entered the bin through its rooftop access cover to loosen

corn stuck around the edges of the structure. Schumacher somehow slipped from the inside ladder and became mired up to his chest in corn. After struggling for about 15 minutes to free himself, he managed to reach his cell phone and called one of his sons for help. The son then called emergency workers. Upon arrival at 2056 18th Ave., near the junction of Hwy. 63 and CTH Y, personnel from United Fire’s Baldwin station entered the bin, located Schumacher and got a safety harness around his upper body. Once they knew he was stable and secure, rescuers were able to take their time in extricating him, Newton said. Because Schumacher was trapped in an area opposite the access door, Newton said his department requested help from Hudson Fire’s rope rescue team and another ladder truck from the River Falls Fire Department to join the Baldwin ladder rig already at the scene. The aerial platforms allowed firefighters to rig ropes which were eventually used to pull Schumacher free without having to cut a hole in the side of the hopper. Newton said firefighters were poised to cut the hole had that been necessary, however. -

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Polk administrator selection continues at fast pace by Gregg Westigard BALSAM LAKE – The process to select a county administrator for Polk County is continuing at the fast pace set by the county board at its Dec. 15 board meeting. The three-member selection committee held its second meeting Monday, Jan. 25, and took more steps that could result in the hiring of an administrator by the present county board on April 13, one week before the new county board elected on April 6 is seated. The selection committee, composed of Bryan Beseler, Patricia Schmidt and Ken Sample, the chair and vice chairs of the board, was authorized by the county board to develop and implement a process to bring a county administrator candidate recommendation back to the board for selection and hiring. The meeting Monday started with a telephone conference with Denise Frueh and William Frueh, partners with Public Ad-

ministration Associates, the firm contracted with to aid in the CA recruitment process. The contract with PAA was approved by the county board the previous Tuesday, Jan. 19. As a result of that conversation and the following committee discussion, a time line is being set and the details of the process worked out. A brief survey asking about desired CA experience and qualities has already been sent to department heads. That survey will now be sent to county board members. PAA will use those results, together with the revised job description for the position, in preparing an ad for the job and a profile of the county government. Once the committee has approved PAA’s recommendations, the job will be advertised. The initial applications will be reviewed by PAA and a list of 8 to 10 semifinalists will be selected by the committee, with PAA advice, to proceed to an interview process.

Frederic, town of St. Croix Falls select candidates Nomination period ends for April election by Gregg Westigard FREDERIC/ST. CROIX FALLS – The process of nominating candidates for the April 6 election, which started in December, ended Tuesday night, Jan. 26, when the last nominating caucuses were held in Frederic and the town of St. Croix Falls. Now area voters know who is running for the county boards, school boards, city councils, village boards and the few town boards with five members. Except for write-in candidates, the choices are known. Only nine persons showed up for the Frederic caucus Tuesday. They nominated three incumbents, Jamie Worthington, Kerry Brendel and Brad Harlander, for the three open trustee seats. Also nominated

News from Bone Lake Town Board BONE LAKE – At the last town board meeting on Jan. 14, there was continuing discussion about the dam next to 250th Avenue on the Straight River. To enforce current regulation, the DNR is calling for action from the community to either remove the current obstruction or to build a properly permitted dam. Information and estimates regarding both the construction of a new dam and the removal of the current obstruction have been gathered. The town board, the voluntary dam advisory committee, and the planning commission would like to present this information to the town and are interested in hearing feedback from the public. There will be an open-to-the-public meeting held on Friday, Feb. 26, at the Bone Lake Lutheran Church, at 7 p.m. This will not be a meeting for making a final decision, but rather one to give those in the town an opportunity to share their ideas and concerns. This meeting is to present information already assembled, gather new information, and to provide further opportunity to those interested to join the discussion regarding whether to build a properly permitted dam or remove the current obstruction. In other news, the Polk County Board of Adjustment hears all requests for variances that would allow a reduction of the required setback. Within Polk County Ordinances is the following statement: “The setback from any town road should be 63 feet from the center of the roadway, or 30 feet from the right of way, whichever is greater.” When a Bone Lake landowner wants a variance for a town road setback, the owner is to contact the Bone Lake Planning Commission and it’s chairman, Dan Beal, for a hearing. The planning commission members would then examine the landowner’s request and examine the effect upon future town plans, The

was Virginia Clausen, a member of the village park board. Harlander and Clausen were not present for the caucus and have five days from their notification to accept their nominations. While many villages hold their caucuses at the same time as their monthly council meetings, Frederic conducts its caucus as a separate meeting on the last day allowed for caucuses. The St. Croix Falls caucus Tuesday night was over in five minutes. The April ballot there will include incumbent town Supervisors James Beistle and Mary Lynne McAlonie plus Michael Dorsey. Town governments have the option of expanding their board to five members, with the chair and two supervisors elected in the oddnumbered years and the other two supervisors elected in the even-numbered years.

commission may then call for a town meeting of concerned citizens for an open discussion, if deemed appropriate. A report of possible concerns would then be reported to the town board. This will provide the information to the town board members for their evaluation of the request for variance. A letter would then be sent to the County Board of Adjustment, with an attached approval or disapproval. This procedure may appear to be lengthy, but at least there will now be an opportunity for citizen involvement in matters that could have an effect upon their land assessment and their sense of aesthetic values. A new feature for the monthly newspaper article will be the review of one of the town of Bone Lake’s ordinances that was enacted in the past and is still in effect today. The following is the first of these: On April 26, 1988, an ordinance was adopted prohibiting the deposit of trash on the town road right of way. “It shall be unlawful for any person to throw or deposit any weeds, sod, brush, cans, glass, gravel, stones, boulders, machinery, garbage, or any other waste or rubbish, on any town road right of way, without the written permission of the town board. The penalty for any violation of any provision of this ordinance will be, upon conviction, a forfeiture of a sum not to exceed two hundred dollars, besides costs, and if anyone defaults in payment, (that person) shall be imprisoned in the county jail for a period not to exceed thirty days.” Questions or comments about this older ordinance or any other subject relevant to Bone Lake Town business may be forwarded in writing to Wayne Shirley, town chairman. The next Bone Lake Town Board meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 11, and the planning commission will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Both meetings start promptly at 7 p.m. – submitted by Darrell Frandsen, town clerk, and Dan Beal, plan commission chairman

The initial videotaped interviews will be done by PAA. The interviews and background checks will lead to the committee narrowing the field of applicants to possibly four finalists who will come to the county for in-person interviews. The final steps, which are still being worked out in detail, probably will involve a day of the candidates meeting with board members, department heads, employees and the public in a series of interviews and discussions. With that done, the committee would recommend two candidates to the full board. The supervisors would select one of the candidates and approve a job offer. The candidate hired would be expected to start work in the county within a few weeks. All these steps would take place over the coming 11 weeks. Some of the discussion Monday involved who would take part in each step of the process and which steps would be

open to the interested parties, including other supervisors beyond the three member committee, department heads, county employees and the public. While those details are being worked out and will be announced on a meeting by meeting basis, it was agreed that the names of the final three or four candidates would be public. Three supervisors, Neil Johnson, James Edgell and Ken Sample, plus properties director Debra Peterson related their experiences as school board members in hiring school administrators. Among ideas shared was having a public reception where the finalists can meet the county people and an interview process where each interested group, such as unions and supervisors could interview each of the finalists. These details will be worked out while PAA starts the work of finding qualified applicants.

The mysteries of covering Polk County and Golden Age Manor What you see depends on where you stand by Gregg Westigard AMERY/BALSAM LAKE – Covering Polk County government, including Golden Age Manor, the county-owned nursing home in Amery, is not necessarily simple. Information on any issue may vary depending on what source you are using or what document you are looking at. But there is often not an answer to why the “facts” are different. Making or losing money Is Golden Age Manor making money in 2009? Yes, says the monthly financial report prepared by GAM and presented to the GAM governing board each month. No, says the GAM page in the financial report prepared by the finance department and presented to the county board each month. The GAM report shows a preliminary net income for 2009, including depreciation expense, of $513,727. Allowing for end-ofthe-year adjustments in expenses, the GAM governing board chair predicts a final income of about $300,000 compared to a budgeted gain of $236,664 for the year. That gain includes $683,594 in supplemental payments, a federal/state funding source that covers the operating losses of government-owned nursing homes. The finance department report shows an end-of-the-year loss of $68,820, a difference of $582,547 compared to the unadjusted GAM figure. The finance figure may not include the $122,859 depreciation expense included in the GAM figure. The difference relates to how a 2008 profit for GAM has been handled on the books and which books you are looking at. Both the GAM and finance figures for 2008 show a profit for the year. The GAM report shows a 2008 net income of $615,095. The audited report shows a 2008 net income of $616,063. The audit adds that net income to the balance sheet for GAM, an enterprise account, and shows that the GAM assets increased by that amount. (Part of the 2008 revenue for GAM was a one-time additional federal payment, called a Certified Public Expenditure, of $343,121. Without that CPE money, GAM would still have shown a gain of $273,000 for 2008. The CPE funding was not available for 2009). However, sometime after Dec. 31, 2008, the GAM gain, now listed as $617,720 on the finance department reports, was transferred from GAM to the Polk County general funds. That transfer is included in the finance reports for 2009 as a GAM expense, resulting in the different figures for the year. The GAM report does not include that transfer. For over 40 years of GAM’s 50-year history, GAM apparently kept any surplus funds in its own account and covered any annual losses by drawing down that reserve. That changed in 1999 when GAM entered into a period of losses that drained its reserves. That resulted in a time of “overdrafts” (the auditor’s term) for the

county as the county paid GAM’s losses. Those losses continued until through 2007. The county paid $2,070,402 after the fact to cover those losses. The GAM anticipated lose was never included in the county budget over those years. The authorization for the change in practice which transferred the GAM 2008 gain to the general fund for the first time is unclear. Corporation Counsel Jeff Fuge, at the Nov. 24, 2009, GAM Board meeting, said that the $600,000 was looked at as a department surplus, but that this was not the case as GAM is an enterprise fund. Fuge said a resolution was needed to transfer the funds from GAM books to the county’s books and there was no official transfer. Fuge said that the transfer was authorized in effect when the county board approved the 2010 county budget that included the $617,000 as a revenue source. The issue remains unresolved. The transfer of the money apparently has been accepted. The question now might be how the audit will handle the “loss” of some $60,000 for 2009 resulting from that transfer. Who pays for projects Starting in August 2007, Polk County, through the finance department, has maintained an Estimated Five-Year Capital Improvement Projects Plan. That first plan listed projects for 2007 through 2011. That plan has been revised regularly and was a major part of the 2010 county budget discussion last summer. The CIP lists all expected or requested capital expenses, including vehicle replacements, building repairs and highway projects, for all county departments regardless of funding source. While much of the CIP funding ($1.8 million of the $3.7 million 2010 CIP) comes from the levy and was a debated topic during the budget preparation, some funds come from dedicated reserve accounts, grants and borrowed funds. All departments list their CIP items in the CIP Plan. Except for Golden Age Manor. GAM has an ongoing internal list of capital projects. A GAM list of Future Capital Needs for the Next Five Years included carpeting, windows for the entire building, a copier, roof repairs, a new bath, a time-keeping system and repairs to the parking lot and sidewalks. However, GAM did not include any of its projects in the county CIP list until the Aug. 13, 2009, version of that plan. In that version, GAM only included two items, a copier and $20,000 of roof repairs. Both items are listed as 2010 expenses with nothing listed for future years. The carpeting and time-keeping system items were addressed in 2009, but the other expenses such as windows are not on both lists. The GAM Board is now looking at establishing it own ongoing improvement plan, a major discussion item at its board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26. (More on that next week). But it is still an issue of where you look.


Luck native heads to National Poverty Summit in Washington, D.C. DECORAH, Iowa – Jennifer Roberts, a Luther College student and Luck native, has been recognized as a national student leader in activism against extreme poverty and preventable disease and will be attending the third-annual Power 100 Summit in Washington, D.C., this week. The Summit, organized by the global anti-poverty campaign organization ONE, is a multiple-day event that brings together top student leaders from 100 campuses across the country. The conference will take place from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1. Roberts, daughter of Scott and Lisa Roberts and a 2007 graduate of Luck High School, earned a spot at the summit by by participating in the ONE Campus Challenge, a competition that engages college campuses to take action in the fight against global poverty. The schools who have earned the most points and who rank within the top 100 schools in the competition have students attending the national summit. Roberts is currently a junior at Luther College, ma-

joring in history and Africana studies. “To win their spot at the conference, each of these students took actions to raise awareness and encourage our leaders to keep the fight against global poverty on America’s agenda,” said ONE Student Coordinator Maisie Pigeon. “They called their members of Congress and recruited other students. The takeJennifer Roberts away from this conference, in addition to friendships and restored enthusiasm, will be a lasting passion for activism against poverty and preventable disease.” All told, the schools comprising the Power 100 have taken more than 50,000 education, awareness-raising and advocacy actions, recruited more than 10,000 new

ONE members, and collected, in only 20 days, more than 20,000 used books for the Liberian Literacy Foundation At the summit, students will come together, meet with their Congressional representatives and hear from well-known speakers, policy experts, thought leaders and activists. Speakers include Susan Smith Ellis of Product; Robert Draper, correspondent for GQ and a contributor to The New York Times and National Geographic; Will Herberich of the Millennium Campus Network; Scott Hahn, co-founder of the clothing brand Edun; author and activist Pam Cope; and ONE President David Lane. ONE is a global advocacy and campaigning organization backed by more than 2 million people from around the world dedicated to fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. For more information please visit Gary King with information from ONE

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City upgrades wastewater system maintenance by Tammi Milberg TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – The city of Taylors Falls Council approved the purchase of a sewer jet at the Jan. 25 council meeting. Mike Kriz made the request for the purchase as public works superintendent. Kriz explained that as the city updates the wastewater system, the amount of plastic lines in the city is approaching 50 percent. The city currently has no way to maintain these plastic lines in a backup or clog according to Kriz. The system the city is using is a rodder system, but that would cause damage to the plastic lines. The plastic lines require a different mechanism called a sewer jet. Kriz stated the city tried out a sewer jet from Flexible Pipe, and it performed very well on the city lines when it was tested. The remainder of the city lines is clay and is older lines, estimated to be from around the 1930s. Those will eventually be replaced at some point, but the sewer jet also works on those lines, eliminating the need for the rodder. Kriz explained that Flexible Pipe has a firm offer on a used, reconditioned sewer jet, for half the cost of a new sewer jet. The price quoted was $17,100 for the used sewer jet. The council approved the purchase of the sewer jet.

In other business, the council approved computer purchases for the administration at city hall. The new equipment was looked at in November, but at that time, the city staff recommended waiting until after the first of the year to look at comparable quotes for computer equipment. The proposal for the computers was $3,333 for three HP desktop computers and monitors that come with a 4GB memory and three-year warranties. The council approved the purchases of the computers for the city administrative staff. The council heard a proposal for Yellow Bike from Brad Foss, St. Croix Falls. The proposal was also made to the St. Croix Falls City Council earlier this month to have bike stations set up within the city linking people to bike the communities of St. Croix Falls and Taylors Falls with free bike use. The proposal is to have two bike stations in each community. St. Croix Falls would have their stations at the Overlook and at the new city library. Taylors Falls would have one location at the Drive-In and the other location to be determined by the council or community members. Foss also indicated the proposed route for Yellow Bikes would be through the towns of Taylors Falls and St. Croix Falls and out to St. Croix Falls Lions Park. He stated that he has received

offers from community members who have indicated they will donate a used bike to the program. Foss stated that the insurance policy of liability is essentially covered under the city insurance with signs posted indicating the participants use the bikes at their own risk. The use of helmets would be as per state requirements and donated helmets are also being accepted. The maintenance of the bikes would need to be done routinely, and Derek Shores of Planet Supply in St. Croix Falls has agreed to do bike maintenance. Foss wanted to know if the council was in support of Yellow Bike and if they would have community persons who want to become involved by donating a bike, helmet or their time put in contact with Foss. The council indicated they were in favor of the program and thought it was a good promotional idea for people to really see the city by getting out on a bike. The council also indicated they would think about a location for the second bike station in the city. Foss stated he would get back to the council in April with an updated plan. He did mention that the kickoff for the event would be on Trails Day, the first Saturday in June, and Yellow Bike would be available beginning that day.

Still no candidate for Clayton seat on county board Incumbent chooses not to run by Gregg Westigard POLK COUNTY – The Polk County Board is now back at full strength with the appointment of Wendy Rattel to fill the seat left vacant by the December resignation of Keith Rediske. (See story, page 5). However, after two months there is still no candidate for the Clayton area seat on the Polk County Board. Rattel was appointed to the District 8 at the end of the Jan. 19 county board meeting. Rattel will now fill

the seat and Rediske’s spot on the personnel and land information committees until the April election. The appointment by county board Chair Bryan Beseler was not on the agenda. Beseler had earlier said he would leave the seat vacant until the April election at the request of the St. Croix Falls mayor. However, Rattel was the only person who filed for the position during the December nomination period. Rattel had originally registered her name on the ballot as Wendy Olney-Rattel but will now list her name as Wendy Rattel. The District 12 seat on the board is still without a candidate after two months. Supervisor Craig Moriak

announced in late November that he would not run again for the seat he was appointed to last May. No candidate filled for the office in December and no one has emerged as a write-in candidate after the filling period closed. Write-in candidates must register with the county clerk as soon as they decide to run for the seat. Whoever is elected to the District 12 supervisor seat April 6 will be the fifth person to hold the office since October 2007. District 12 includes the village and town of Clayton and parts of the towns of Lincoln and Clear Lake.

Council gives go-ahead for Auditorium grant by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS – The city council for St. Croix Falls approved the forward progress of a grant application for the city’s historic Auditorium building, occupied by Festival Theatre at the Jan. 25 council meeting. The grant application is for a National Trust grant designed to secure funds for a capital campaign for restoration and improvements to the Auditorium building. Council President Brian Blesi explained that the city and Festival Theatre have plans to rehabilitate the building before 2017 when the building will have its Centennial. ”The money from the grant would be seed money to

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start a capital campaign for the 2017 date,” Blesi said. The money required from the city for the grant, which is a matching grant is $11,850. Danette Olson, Festival Theatre, explained hat the grant would help with a feasibility study. Olson said the study would determine how much money could be raised. She said it would take six months of research to move beyond the speculation and determine what can actually be raised for the project. This gives the starting point for the capital campaign because the amount of how much can be raised is set before the campaign can begin. The council approved moving forward on the grant application with the city’s share committed. In other business, the council discussed the consolidation of the city, chamber and tourism Web sites into one entity. A proposal from Jerry Boucher to consolidate the Web sites was made with a $1,900 fee attached. The council discussed the Web site for the city, and Shari Steele, tourism committee, discussed the tourism Web site. The main point of the discussion is that information about St. Croix Falls is being duplicated on several Web sites. The idea is to place the three entities on one updated Web site and strive to move up in the hits and links lists when someone enters a search so that they get the main St. Croix Falls page as the top hits in the search list that comes up. No action was taken at this time, but the council directed Administrator Ed Emerson to work with executing a contract between the city

and Boucher to bring back at the next meeting. Steele also indicated that she is putting together advertising for tourism-related businesses. She told the council businesses are marketing themselves in a Minnesota publication for Valentine’s Day weekend, including special packages the businesses have put together intended for people come to and stay in St. Croix Falls for the weekend. Other business • The council approved the amendments to the employee manual regarding tuition reimbursement and vacation to include a schedule of length of service and rate pay for employees who work half of the accrual of full-time employees, and that departments shall budget annually for job-related training as needed in place of the existing tuition reimbursement policy. • The council approved a $500 reimbursement request from Susie Jasperson regarding the Miss St Croix Falls Queen Royalty. • The council approved independent contractor agreements for the St. Croix Falls Farmers Market for the following: Shannon Poff and Sloan Stanze. • The council convened into closed session for discussion of purchase of property on River Street for the city wastewater treatment plant. The specific property was not indicated. In open session following the closed session, the council indicated they would continue to negotiate the purchase of property along River Street.

Burnett Dairy highlighted on Discover Wisconsin TV show BURNETT COUNTY - Wisconsin’s finest cheeses, including those produced at Burnett Dairy in Alpha, take center stage again, starring in the broadcast of Discover Wisconsin America’s Dairyland, set to air throughout the Midwest Jan. 30 and 31. The program, titled “A Traveler’s Guide to America’s Dairyland,” takes a look at some of the top-notch cheesemakers and specialty cheese shops throughout Wisconsin. Highlights of the episode include Larry’s Market in Brown Deer, Burnett Dairy Co-op in Grantsburg, Roelli 504008 23L

Cheese in Shullsburg and 8 other top Wisconsin cheese companies. The show, first scheduled to air at 10 a.m, Jan. 30, on the Fox Sport Network - North, is a joint effort between the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Discover Wisconsin. It is hosted by Stephanie Klett, a former Miss Wisconsin, and written by Amy Wallace of Verona. For more information or to view a clip of the episode, visit - with submitted information





Dragons stay hot with win over Webster Tigers lose third straight after start

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Siren 65, Webster 51 by Marty Seeger SIREN – The Dragon boys are gaining some major ground in the conference after a huge win over Webster on Tuesday, Jan. 26. The Siren win comes at the heels of a previous win over Luck, and it gave the Tigers their third conference loss in a row after starting out perfect at 7-0. “This was a close game throughout, with both teams making runs and establishing leads of five to seven points,” said Siren coach Jon Ruud. Siren maintained a two-point lead heading into the fourth quarter before Webster started getting into foul trouble according to Ruud. “In the fourth quarter, we were able to get into the double bonus fairly early and our lead grew from four to six with about five [minutes] to go, to 10 to 12 points with about three minutes to go. We were 13 of 20 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.” Ruud stated. Despite the big win, Ruud thought his team played a sloppy game, which had much to do with the 25 turnovers. “We were very fortunate to beat a quality team while still committing this many turnovers,” said Ruud. Offensive rebounds, especially in the first half, was another downturn for the Dragons, but they were able to make it through the game despite some pretty solid defensive pressure from the Tigers.

Siren's Murdock Smith is just one of the keys to the Dragons most recent success on the court. He had 16 points against Luck last week and another 20 against the Tigers Tuesday. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Webster's James Wethern goes up for a jump shot in an earlier game this season. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

“Nobody that we have played this season does more to pressure the ball with great intensity than the Webster defense. If Austin Elliott only averaged six points a game, he would still be all-conference material with what he brings to the table defensively. There is not a smarter player on the court in our conference than Austin,” Ruud said. For the Dragons it was Murdock Smith who led with 20 points, and Andrew Brown added 11, Elijah Hinze had 10

and Luke Bollant had nine. Elliot led the Tigers with 17 points, Nolan Kriegel had 12, and Tim Sundstrom had eight points. “I am proud of how we continue to battle each night, and we are now really starting to get different guys to step up each and every night. We must really have a good two days of practice to prepare for a tough Unity team on the road Friday night,” Ruud said. Webster will have another test this Friday as they travel to Luck.

Luck girls come back to beat Vikings Frederic has solid defense in fi rst half Luck 38, Frederic 36 by Greg Marsten LUCK – The Frederic Vikings made it look like the hosting Luck Cardinals were trying to leave home with the parking brake engaged Tuesday night, Jan. 26. Jumping to an explosive start, the hungry Vikings used solid passing, good ball movement and effective inside defense on the Cardinal scoring machine to make fans wonder if this was going to be one of those frustrating, wish I were watching “Idol” nights. Turned out to be one of the Cardinal girls better comebacks this season. Frederic had solid defense in the first half, using Maria Miller, Jade Johnson, Chrissy Chenal and Corissa Schmidt to silence the normally noisy inside Cardinal threat. Both teams showed some unusual sloppiness in the first half; The Vikings were just able to get more points out of the turnovers and one-shot-andout possessions. Frederic outscored the normally pointheavy Luck squad 16-8 in the first quarter, and again in the second quarter, giving them a solid 10-point lead at the half.

Luck freshman Avery Steen (with ball) looks for a safe outlet for a pass while being defended by Samantha Nelson and Jade Johnson. Luck's Morgan Denny pleads with her teammate for the pass. – Photo by Greg Marsten Luck turned a corner after their locker time. They stayed positive, kept the pressure rising, and seemingly changed focus later in the game to shut down some of the first-half magic the Vikings were pulling with Johnson, Schmidt and Kendra Wells. Between several successful steals and fast breaks, Cardinal scoring got the green light. Morgan Denny, Bailee Swenson and Avery Steen all gained their sea legs, and turned loose on the Frederic backcourt like minnows in a pool. After trailing for the entire game, the Cardinals quickly came close and then tied the

score at 28-28 as the end of the third frame neared. For that little DQ twist in the cone top, Avery Steen buried a downtown shot about a quarter note short of the buzzer, to jolt the crowd out of their slumbers. The Fourth quarter proved to be everything the first half wasn’t. Both teams had their moments, and passes were a little better placed. Frederic had steady follow-through from Miller, who proved to be one of the Viking game highlights, missing a shot and then following

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••• SUPERIOR – The UW-Stevens Point women’s basketball team is ranked 20th in the nation with former Luck athlete Britta Petersen at the helm. Petersen scored 25 points in the team’s most recent 60-54 win over UW-Oshkosh last weekend. The Pointers extended their win-streak to 10, and Petersen’s 25 points was a ca- Britta Petersen reer-high, to go along with five rebounds and four steals in just 34 minutes of play. – with information from ••• STEVENS POINT – Former Saints wrestler Dustin Raygor, now a junior at Saint John’s University, earned a 74 decision at 174 against UW-Stevens Point in the team’s most recent 30-9 dual win. The Johnnies are an NCAA Division 3 team based in Collegeville, Minn., and are currently ranked Dustin Raygor 11th in the nation. – with information from ••• LEADER LAND – The Webster at Luck basketball doubleheader is being broadcast on 104.9 FM on Friday, Jan. 29, beginning at 6 p.m. The Osceola at St. Croix Falls boys basketball game can be heard on 104.9 FM on Tuesday, Feb. 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ••• LEADER LAND – The Amery at Osceola boys basketball game can be heard on 1260 AM on Friday, Jan. 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Amery at Baldwin-Woodville girls basketball game can be heard on 1260 AM beginning at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Also on 1260 AM is the New Richmond at Amery boys hockey game beginning at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 28. ••• MADISON– The Badger men’s basketball game at Purdue can be heard on 1260 AM on Thursday, Jan. 28, beginning at 5 p.m. The Badger hockey game against Minnesota-Duluth can be heard at 6:30 p.m., on 1260 AM on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 2930. ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4:30 p.m. on Mondays to go in Extra Points. – Marty Seeger ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete who will be playing collegiate sports in 2010 and hasn’t been mentioned, send us an e-mail or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger

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Cardinal boys outgun Vikings Mortel brothers combine for points Luck 60, Frederic 39 by Greg Marsten LUCK – The explosive Luck Cardinals boys basketball team proved they’re a force to be reckoned with on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at home against the Frederic Vikings. They were maybe ready to make up some spanking time from a stinging home loss against the surprising Siren Dragons on the previous Friday, which was their first loss since early December. Frederic was dealing with a rash of lost opportunities and tough breaks recently. They had played well against St. Croix Falls and Unity in the previous week, but came up winless in both efforts. The Cards would quickly jump out front, and started the game hotter than a pawn shop pistol, racking up 11 points faster than Frederic could counter. It was quickly going Luck’s way, as the combo of Cardinal breakaways for points would prove to be too much for the Vikings, who seemed plagued with obtuse rolls for the ball in the rim. Frederic’s athletic bench and rotation kept them in the game. Between Waylon Buck and Trae Gehl’s speed and ball handling, the Vikes were able to stay within reach. They also had several solid minutes from the returning Robert Kirk. Frederic did much better in the second quarter, doubling their offensive production from six to 12 points, but they still trailed by 17 points at the half, and with Luck’s game picking up, it seemed to be too much and too far for the Vikings to overcome. The Luck duo of Cole and Alec Mortel shined strong in the second half. The brothers combined for 33 points, and seem to be getting much better at following each other’s shots for cleanup points. They also combined with junior Logan Hacker for solid board work at both ends, countering improved Frederic

Frederic senior Ian Anderson works the inside against Luck Cardinal Roger Steen. – Photo by Greg Marsten shooting, which proved to have a big deficit to overcome. The Vikings had several promising performances, including from freshman Adam Chenal. But regardless, the final frame was incredibly sloppy from both teams, as they both seemed to let their benches get some much-needed cardio workouts. Luck scored just five points in the final quarter, and while Frederic did slightly better with nine points, neither squad finished very strong. Cole Mortel led all scorers with 18 points, followed by his brother, Alec, with 14 points. Also lending a solid hand on the boards and paint work was Logan Hacker, who tallied eight points in the win, most of them off second-chance and

St. Croix Falls Zack Christenson battles with an opponent for a loose ball. – Photo by Greg Marsten

Pirate David Ohnstad drives the lane in an earlier game. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

follow-up shots. Hacker equalled senior captain Carson Giller’s total. Frederic spread the scoring duty around enough that nobody reached double figures. Senior Will Primm and Buck, a sophomore led the Viking scorers with nine and eight points, respectively. Luck is now back on top of the West Lakeland, with a 5-2 conference record, tying Webster, and an overall 11-3 record. Frederic is 3-10 overall and winless in the conference, so far.

their way to the top of the conference in a big way, getting a road win over the Pirates on Tuesday. The Saints led at the end of all three quarters, but by just two at the half. Austin Whittenberger had nine rebounds, Kyle Christensen had six boards, and Zach Christenson had five. Christensen and Whittenberger each had 14 points and Cory Gebhard had 13 points and five assists. Trevor Thompson led the Pirates with 15 points, and Brenty Myers had 11. Grantsburg hosts Frederic this Friday night and St. Croix Falls will stay home against Shell Lake. – Marty Seeger

St. Croix Falls 52, Grantsburg 39 GRANTSBURG – After a bit of a shaky start to the season the Saints are making

Saint girls moving up in conference standings Grantsburg falls in a nonconference St. Croix Falls 47, Grantsburg 34 by Marty Seeger GRANTSBURG – The Saints girls basketball team upped their conference record to 4-2 after a quality win at Grantsburg on Tuesday night. Freshman Sydney Geisness had a season-high 18 points to lead the Saints to victory, and Sarah Petznick added 15 to the mix, while Marissa Campeau had nine. The Saints led 24-15 at halftime, and extended their lead to 12 points heading into the fourth quarter. Grantsburg’s Haley Larson and Gabby Witzany each had 11 points, while Kortney Morrin had nine. Clayton 51, Grantsburg 31 CLAYTON – The Pirates fell to a tough Bears team last Friday, Jan. 22. Clayton currently ranks No. 15 in the state after suffering two recent losses to Northwood and Osceola. Carly Larson had 13 points to lead the Pirates, Kortney Morrin had nine and both Gabby Witzany and Liz Gaffney had four points. Grantsburg had 28 turnovers, while Morrin led with 10 rebounds and Nicole McKenzie had six boards. Witzany also had four steals.

St. Croix Falls Sarah Petznick drives to the basket against an earlier opponent this year. – Photo by Greg Marsten

Grantsburg’s Kylie Pewe pulls down a rebound during an earlier game. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

Pirate Kortney Morrin takes a shot in a previous game this season. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld








St. Croix Falls girls keep Frederic in check all scorers with 15 points. Frederic’s Maria Miller matched up well with the Saints taller inside, but St. Croix Falls combo of Marissa Campeau, Petznick and sophomore Caitlyn Olson is among the steadiest scoring group in the conference, combining for 30 of their squad’s 48 points. The other 18 points belonged to Saints freshman duo of Geisness and Sempf. In the final quarter, Frederic attempted to get back in the hunt with several stifling presses, and better follow-ups, as well as some impressive hustle from Johnson and Schmidt again. In fact, the Vikes were briefly within seven points of the interstate-cruise-control Saints. St. Croix Falls held on and played conservative enough ball to keep their lead, with the Vikings just a few minutes too late on their wake-up call.

Saints get early momentum never look back St. Croix Falls 47, Frederic 38 by Greg Marsten FREDERIC – It’s been a wacky midseason for girls basketball in the West Lakeland Conference, as the lead, momentum, and upsets all seem to make for a number of very interesting contests, nearly every game night. With former conference leader Frederic hosting the rising St. Croix Falls Saints on Friday, Jan. 22, it would prove to be a tough order for the Vikings, trying to hold back the Saints offensive machinery. The Saints have seen their stock rise lately, as teams have discovered early that they have several shooters, includ-

Frederic sophomore Corissa Schmidt (34) moves around St. Croix Falls sophomore Sarah Petznick (10), as Viking coach Troy Wink (left) gives direction to his players. – Photos by Greg Marsten

Frederic senior Chrissy Chenal (24) goes in for a shot against St. Croix Falls freshman Sydney Geisness (50) in last week's contest at Frederic.

ing two freshmen, and their offensive rebounding is among the best around. Frederic has some of the hardest-working floor managers to counter those scoring threats; with more quickness than size, they are developing depth that will possibly take them deeper into the season than most teams, they have as reliable a bench as any squad around. The Saints developed an early lead off several fast-break Sarah Petznick points, as well as a pair of buckets from freshmen Natalie Sempf and Sydney Geisness. But the Saints didn’t get too far ahead, and had chances to go into gallop mode, but scrappy defensive play from Vikings Jade Johnson and Corrissa Schmidt helped hold back the Saints reins. Frederic also had help from senior Kendra Wells, who buried two shots from the West Sweden side of the court, and has slowly turned into a solid deep threat from all over the court. Wells led

St. Croix Falls sophomore Caitlyn Olson passes the ball off against Frederic junior Samantha Nelson.

Lady Dragons outscore Tigers by 30 Siren starts slow according to coach Siren 51, Webster 21 by Marty Seeger SIREN – The Lady Dragons held Webster to single digits in three quarters of play Tuesday, Jan. 26, as they defeated their conference foe by 30 points. “I thought we played OK. I am not very pleased with some aspects of our team game right now. We don’t come ready to play and start very slow. That will come and bite us in the butt before the season is over,” said Siren coach Ryan Karsten. As of late, Karsten said, his team had been shooting well, but struggled against the Tigers. “That did have something to do with RIGHT: Siren’s Jamie Fischbach drives the lane in an earlier game this season. – File photo by Marty Seeger

what coach Roberts and the Tigers did tonight. I thought they did a real good job making us work on offense, they beat us on the boards, and they ran us out of the gym in the first half,” Karsten said. The Dragons led by 10 in the first half before pulling away in the second part of the game. Karsten was pleased with the play of Ashley Guevara in the post. Guevara led with 20 points and Carley Emery had 16. Tasha Kosloski also had two 3-pointers for the Dragons off the bench. “Sarah Howe and Meghan Baasch were their steady selves and played great defense as always,” Karsten said. Webster’s Mary Johnson was the leading scorer with 11 points, Kendra Spurgeon had five, Chris Stoll had three and Michelle Gibbs added two.

LEFT: Webster’s Rachel Salas puts a shot up from under the basket. – File photo by Brenda Sommerfeld








Unity clashes with LFG in dual win Taking third place was Bert Luedtke at 171. Luedtke lost two matches by pin, but all three of his wins came by way of pin, including one in 35 seconds. “After finally breaking through on Thursday with his first win he exploded for three more. Things are starting to click now,” Bartlett said. Joe Christensen, 160, and Jordan Shearer placed sixth and seventh respectively. Christensen had one pin on the day, and Shearer won an 11-9 decision in his final match of the day.

LFG travels to Ashland and Saints win dual at Osceola Unity 54, LFG 25 by Marty Seeger GRANTSBURG – Wrestlers converged on Grantsburg last Thursday, Jan. 21, for the first and only time this year in a dual between Unity and the Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg wrestling team. LFG got out to a fast start and a 22-0 lead by winning forfeits at 103 and 112. Austin Eskola then took to the mat and won by a 17-5 major decision over Zach Baxter at 119. Brent Johnson also won his match at 125 by pin over Kevin Bystrom in 3:34. “We didn’t wrestle up to our ability level and lost two matches that we should have won. We were ahead at 125 and got caught on the mat in a bad position,” said Unity coach Mark Ferguson. The Eagles grabbed wins by forfeit in the next three matches at 130, 135 and 140, before Unity’s Dylan Hendricks pinned Ben Ackerley in 5:58. Steven Anderson drew a forfeit at 152 for the Eagles and teammate Jared Peper pinned Joe Christensen at 160, in 3:14. Before the final three LFG forfeits at 189, 215 and 285, LFG’s Bert Luedtke won by a 9-5 decision over Jordan Hughes at 171. “We have a couple of duals this week and another weekend off, so we have some time now to tighten some things up with our younger wrestlers. Hope-

LFG’s Joe Christensen was on top for a brief time against Unity’s Jared Peper, but was eventually pinned in 3:14. – Photos by Brenda Sommerfeld

LFG’s Bert Luedtke won by a 9-5 decision over Jordan Hughes at 171 in this match in Grantsburg last Thursday, Jan. 21. fully we are on top of our game by the conference tournament,” Ferguson said. Unity hosts Clear Lake in their next dual Thursday, Jan 28, and LFG hosts Spring Valley at Luck Thursday. Both dual matches begin at 7 p.m. The conference wrestling meet is set for Cameron on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Austin Eskola of Grantsburg had a good week, winning a match against Unity on Thursday, before taking first place at Ashland the following Saturday.

LFG travels to Ashland ASHLAND – While the LFG wrestling team had just five wrestlers able to compete at the Ashland tournament last Saturday, Jan. 23, the team finished seventh out of eight teams and several had good performances. “This was a bad weekend with kids being unable to make it,” said coach Chris Bartlett. “The kids that went wrestled hard and came out with a lot of confidence.” It was worth the long ride for LFG’s

Austin Eskola, 119, who placed first overall, winning all five matches on the day. He pinned his first two opponents, Billy Mathison, and Aaron Perkins of Hayward, in 1:02 and 2:40 respectively, and defeated Zeb Hovde of Rice Lake in a 14-4 major decision in round three. Eskola won by a 7-2 decision over Rob Grigsby of Phillips in round four, and pinned Vince Kasper of Ashland in the championship match in 3:51. “Wrestled well all day,” Bartlett said of Eskola. “Three kids had winning records in his weight class. He was aggressive all day. Really looked good.” Brent Johnson also had a good day at 125, placing second, and ending the day with a 4-1 record. Johnson had two pins and a major-decision win. “He was frustrated he didn’t take first. He is always pushing himself,” Bartlett said.

St. Croix Falls 32, Osceola 30 GRANTSBURG – It was a tight dual match for the Saints wrestlers against Osceola last Tuesday, Jan. 19, as only one forfeit was won on the night, and that match at 112 went in favor of Osceola. Ryan Nussbaum, 145, and Jake Rademacher, 152, lost close matches at the start of the dual by 5-3 and 3-1 decisions, before Marshall Dillman pinned Osceola’s Nate Orris in 3:15 at 171. The Saints shot out to a 16-6 lead when Eric Segelstrom, won by a 12-2 major decision over Bryce Byl at 171, and Joe Raygor, 189, pinned Dalton Spry in 1:19. The Chieftains won the next five matches at 215, 285, 103, 112 and 119 to take a 30-16 lead. Two of Osceola’s wins came by pin, but the Saints ended the night with the win as the next four wrestlers won their respective matches, including James Klassen at 125, who defeated Alex Freese by a 5-4 decision at 125. Spencer Walters defeated Dan Moris by a 5-2 decision at 130, and Grant Simpson got a big pin at 135 over Cody Anderson in 4:22. The final match of the night rested on the shoulders of Shaw Amundson at 140. Amundson needed three team points for the win, and two to tie. Instead, he earned four team points with an 11-1 decision over Cory Lehman, and the Saints won 32-30. St. Croix Falls will be hosting Turtle Lake/Clayton this Thursday, Jan. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. Glenwood City 59, Unity 17 GLENWOOD CITY – The Hilltoppers pinned five Eagles and won three forfeits to hand the Unity wrestlers a loss on Tuesday, Jan. 26. The Eagles won four matches on the night with the first coming at 145, as Luke Nelson won by a 1410 decision over Steve Keeley. At 135, Dustin McKinney won by 18-3 tech fall over Luke Liffring, and at 140, Dylan Hendricks defeated Nik Baumann by a 5-2 decision. The final Unity win came by an Alex Lennartson pin over Jake Munkwitz at 215, in 1:10.

Blizzard girls cruise past Lakeland in lopsided win Bring record to Lady Blizzard 11, Lakeland 2 by Greg Marsten LAKELAND – The Burnett Blizzard girls continued to roll through certain opponents at will. They crushed the hosting Lakeland Thunderbirds, 11-2, on Saturday, Jan. 23 on the road, and keep sporting exciting performances along the way. The Burnett girls used the long bus ride east on Hwy. 70 to their advantage, wrenching up six first-period goals, and

allowing head coach Tim Bennett to play all his lines and give some of the underclassmen a chance on the ice. Even then, the Blizzard were able to match and beat the T-birds. Both squads scored twice in the second frame, but the Blizzard turned up the gas again, and tallied another three goals in the final frame, for a dominating, 11-2 win. Scoring duties were spread quite wide for the Burnett girls: Kassie Lien made off with five points on the day, including a pair of goals. Also with big numbers LEFT: Samantha O’Brien brings the puck down the ice in an earlier game this year. – File photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

were Alex Lonetti with four, including a hat trick and an assist. Nikki Steiner had a pair of goals in the win, as well as a helper. Also scoring for the Blizzard were both Casey and Cody Crawford, with Cody also notching an assist. Kelsey Lien also racked up a goal, as did Samantha O’Brien, who also received credit for an assist. Blizzard helpers included Krysta Laqua with two, along with Tanesha Carlson and Danielle Pardun. Starting goalie Tiff Meyer stopped 9 of 11 Thunderbird shots on goal, as most of the action seemed to occur in front of the Lakeland net.








Unity and Webster tied for conference record Eagles defeat Tigers in last minutes Unity 59, Webster 55 by Brenda Sommerfeld WEBSTER – Friday night, Jan. 22, the Unity Eagle boys defeated the Webster Tigers, 59-55, to bring both teams to a 42 West Lakeland Conference record. The Eagles secured the win over the Tigers holding onto the lead for the last four minutes of the game. “I thought we played pretty well against Webster,” Unity coach Shaun Fisher stated. “It was a very nice win for our guys. They played hard and finished the game strong. We will need more efforts like that to win our upcoming games.” Unity took the lead to start, but it got tied by Webster twice before the Tigers finished the first quarter with a 12-10 lead. The Eagles took over before the end of the half with a 30-27 lead by the end of the second quarter. The Eagles kept control over the lead throughout the third until Webster’s Tim Sundstrom hit a 3-pointer to tie it 39-39. The Tigers took a lead to start the fourth quarter. Webster had the lead three times during the quarter, but with the Eagles at the free-throw line nine times in those final eight minutes, Unity won it 59-55. Brady Flaherty led the Eagles with a total of 21 points, making 11 of 16 free throws. Luke Hilleshiem scored 13 for Unity, Rush Hickethier 11, Xavier Foeller seven, Jared Mork four and Tyler Bublitz three. The team went 24 for 37 at the freethrow line.

Unity’s Luke Hilleshiem goes for a basket against Webster. Webster’s Karl Weber plows into Unity’s Brady Flaherty while going up for a shot. – Photos by Brenda Sommerfeld Shane Rossow and Austin Elliott scored 13 points for Webster, Sundstrom 12, James Wethern 10, Dan Dochniak three and Karl Weber and Nolan Kriegel each two.

Clear Lake 54, Unity 48 CLEAR LAKE – The Eagles snapped a three-game winning streak against Clear Lake on Monday, Jan. 25. The Warriors are currently 4-2 in the Central Lakeland

Conference and 10-5 overall. “They are a pretty competitive team. They are tall and shot the ball well against us. We had a slow start, but played much better in the second half. We put ourselves in a position to win, but couldn’t take advantage of a couple of opportunities,” said coach Shaun Fisher. – Marty Seeger

Tiger girls pull off second-half win over Eagles Eagles lead most of first half Webster 42, Unity 32 by Brenda Sommerfeld WEBSTER – The Unity Eagle girls led for the first half of their game against the Webster Tigers on Friday, Jan. 22, until the last 30 seconds where Webster took a 20-19 lead. The Eagles tied the game twice and took one two-point lead in the second half, before the Tigers won the game, 42-32. “It was a good team effort,” Webster coach Jeff Roberts said. “We had balanced scoring and everyone did an excellent job on the defensive end.” Unity’s Crystal Donahue scored eight, Anna Ebensperger four, Brittany Thomfohrda and Marisa Hacker each two and Brittany Petznick one in the first half that kept the Eagles lead for most of the first day. Webster’s Michelle Gibbs hit a 3pointer to tie, and Chris Stoll nailed one of her two free throws to take a 20-19 lead. “We struggled in the first half, but played much better in the second half,” Roberts commented. “We are still looking to put four quarters together.” Webster outscored the Eagles 22 to 13 in the second half to take the team’s second conference victory. “The end of the third quarter we made some bad turnovers that led to six quick points for them (Webster),” Unity coach Chuck Holicky stated. “The game went from three down to nine down. We were able to cut it to five, but we couldn’t get any closer. We had opportunities.” Stoll, Gibbs, Rachel Salas, Kendra Spurgeon and Mary Johnson were the

Webster’s Shauna Rein looks to pass against Unity’s Anna Ebensperger during Friday’s game. – Photos by Brenda Sommerfeld five players to score all 42 of the Tiger points. Gibbs totaled 13, Stoll 12, Johnson eight, Salas six and Spurgeon three. Unity had Donahue with a total of 12, Hacker and Ebensperger each with six, Thomfohrda with five, Katherine Ebensperger with two and Petznick with one. “The two Ebensperger girls played well,” Holicky commented. “Anna, the freshman, was 3 for 3 from the floor and

had seven rebounds. Katherine held the Johnson girl without a field goal.” Cumberland 43, Unity 36 BALSAM LAKE – The Eagles suffered a tough loss against nonconference Cumberland Tuesday, Jan. 26, on their home court. The Eagles led both quarters in the first half and the game was tied heading into the fourth quarter, but the team couldn’t hold on.

Unity’s Crystal Donahue attempts a shot against Webster defenders. “This was a tough loss,” said coach Chuck Holicky. “We need more field goals but the last three games we’ve been terrible from the line. The kids really played hard but we just couldn’t finish the deal.” Crystal Donahue had 13 points to lead the Eagles, and Brittany Thomfohrda and Marisa Hacker each had eight points.








Dragons fired up with win over Luck West Lakeland crown up for grabs Siren 56, Luck 44 by Marty Seeger LUCK – It’ll be a fight till the finish in West Lakeland Conference this year, as Siren proved over Luck last Friday night with a key conference win, proving that any team in the conference, on any given night has a stake in how it all will end. “[Luck coach] Rick Giller and I were talking before the game and we said anyone on a given night can win right now. From Frederic all the way up to the top … whoever comes out ready to go, and tonight we were ready to go,” said Siren coach Jon Ruud. The win brought the Dragons to 3-3 in the conference, and handed the Cardinals their second conference loss of the season. As of Friday, four teams remained tied at the top of the conference along with Luck including Unity, Webster and St. Croix Falls. Siren is no doubt, right in the mix. “The last four of five games we’ve really started to put it together,” Ruud said. But at the start of the game Friday, night, it looked as though Luck might run away with it as they jumped out to a fast 9-2 lead in the first quarter. Ruud took a time out to settle things down, and Siren quickly turned it around. Murdock Smith hit a big 3-pointer to eventually tie the game back at nine with under three minutes to go. At the end of the quarter, Luck led 14-13. Siren carried a 17-14 lead at the start of the second quarter before Brady Klatt got the Cardinals back in it with a 3-pointer, and the Cardinals defense held the Dragons to just six points the entire quarter. Luck led 24-19 at halftime, but Dragons came out firing in the third quarter. Smith and Elijah Hinze both hit 3-pointers in the first minute, and the game was still tied at 27 with about four minutes left on the clock. It wasn’t until about two minutes remained in the quarter that

Grantsburg’s Brent Myers attempts a shot during an earlier game. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld Siren’s Christian Hall drives around Luck’s Logan Hacker during Friday night’s game. – Photo by Marty Seeger Hinze hit a long 3-pointer to give the Dragons a 36-32 lead going into the fourth quarter. It was a nice turnaround for the Dragons, who seemed to carry that momentum for the rest of the game. “I think we’re in better shape, I think we’re a lot stronger and I think we’re really playing well together as a team. I think for the first time you can see a lot of teamwork, a lot of talking,” Ruud said. With just one minute into the fourth quarter, Siren shot out to a 9-point lead and led by as much as 11 points with four minutes to go. The Cardinals got to within seven points with just over three minutes to go but the Siren defense and free-throw shooting in the bonus kept

them in the driver’s seat. “I’m really happy for the guys, you know, they made big shots down the stretch, they made free throws and they looked like they belonged on the floor,” Ruud said. Smith led the Dragons with 16 points and Andrew Brown had 13. Elijah Hinze had 10 and Christian Hall had nine. For the Cards it was Alec Mortel with 16 points, Logan Hacker had 12 and Brady Klatt added seven. Grantsburg 63, Clayton 46 CLAYTON – The Pirates had a nice nonconference test against the Bears last Friday, but fell short in the fourth quarter

according to coach Nick Hallberg. “To be honest, I was pretty happy with how we played. They’re the No. 4 team in the state and we stayed with them right up until midway through the fourth quarter. Just didn’t make enough shots down the stretch,” Hallberg said. The Pirates led by two points after the first quarter and were down 31-27 at the half. The Bears had just a five-point lead heading into the fourth quarter before they opened up the game with three 3pointers from Tyler Ketz, who had eight 3-pointers in the game and 26 total points. The Pirates were led by Brent Myers with 14 points, Trevor Thompson’s 10, Daniel Biorn’s nine and Connor Myers seven. Seth Coy also added four points.

Saints throttle back Viking boys SCF starts to show true prowess in win streak St. Croix Falls 54, Frederic 43 by Greg Marsten FREDERIC – The St. Croix Falls Saints boys basketball team seems to be in the middle of a hot streak, of late. They’ve played some of the better squads locally and begun to show some of the play they were thought to be capable of with wins of at least 10 points each over Unity, Webster, Turtle Lake and now Frederic. The Saints held the explosive Vikings in check on Friday, Jan. 22, at Frederic by an 11-point margin, 54-43, and secured themselves in the upper echelon of the West Lakeland Conference. Frederic has been a team that plays with all opponents, but has had a tough time down the stretch in recent contests, losing a closely fought battle with Unity last week that proved to be a test of both teams. The Vikings were slow to start on Friday, and were helped along with several second shots by Waylon Buck and Trae Gehl, who buried a three near the end of the first quarter that kept the Vikings in the hunt.

Frederic junior Trae Gehl shows one way of dealing with a box out on the baseline, you go around the players with the ball. Also pictured: Gus Koecher (24). – Photo by Greg Marsten St. Croix Falls was strong inside, and was able to gather their momentum for an 8-point lead early. They were ahead, 22-14, when Viking Ethan Cook made a steal and pass-off to Buck for a finish. The Saints were relying on steady rebounding from their inside big men, Kyle Christensen and Austin Whittenberger, both of whom ended with nine rebounds. They also made good use of the fast break again, with numerous

steals and intercepted passes that were converted into quick points, giving the Saints a halftime lead, 22-16. Frederic had a difficult time recovering from the first half, and while they had solid success from outside the arc, with six buried 3-point shots from four different players: Buck, Gehl, Joe Draxler and Will Primm, the Saints proved too tough in the paint for the Vikings to penetrate. St. Croix Falls was also able to spread

the love around, with nine different Saints scoring on the night, three of them in double figures: Cory Gebhard, Whittenberger and Kyle Christensen. Frederic began to make some inroads to the St. Croix Falls paint late in the fourth quarter, primarily thanks to Trae Gehl. His intensity, diving, free-throw prowess and general scrappiness kept the Saints from running through the Frederic squad. Gehl ended up as the game high scorer with 12 points, but many of them were hard-earned and on second or even third chances. St. Croix Falls also capitalized on foul trouble, with steady enough charity stripe prowess to keep Frederic from ever making the final run toward the lead. The Saints held on to win, 54-43, and continued to rack up wins in the month of January. They go against an always difficult Grantsburg squad Tuesday, before two nonconference games with Shell Lake and Osceola. Their overall record is at 6-5, with a logjam at the top of the West Lakeland between Luck, Siren and Webster at 4-2. Frederic continues to struggle in conference, where they are winless. But they do have a deceiving 3-9 record overall, with upcoming matches on the road against Luck, Grantsburg and Prairie Farm.








Blizzard boys beat Mpls West and Pine City Burnett boys keep their Minnesota rivals in check Blizzard 4, Minneapolis West 1 by Greg Marsten MINNEAPOLIS – The Blizzard boys hockey squad made the trip to the Twin Cities for a Two Rivers Conference match with the Minneapolis West squad on Saturday, Jan. 23, and the Blizzard made it a productive bus ride, with a steady 4-1 win. “The guys are starting to come to-

Joe Engelhart, surrounded by teammates, races down the ice with the puck. – Photos by Brenda Sommerfeld

Blizzard’s Russ Thoreen brings the puck down the ice in a previous game this season.

gether and play as a team,” head coach Grant Nicoll said. The Burnett squad has scored some impressive road wins and have won four of their last five since their less than flattering showing at the Christmas tourney. The varsity came away with a 4-1 win, with a second-period goal from Joe Engelhart, and three goals in the final period to hold off any late-game swagger from the Westies. Scoring for the Blizzard in the third were Bryan Bennett, Matt Wood and Jake Langevin. Helpers were by Engelhart, Steven Labatt, Dylan Franklin and a pair of assists by Jaime Robb. Goalie Thomas

Labatt made 21 saves on 22 shots on goal, as the Blizzard boys held on for a big couple of games coming up. “We now get ready to make a run at the conference championship!” Nicoll stated. That run started with a hard practice in Grantsburg, then a trip to Pine City on Tuesday. “A little homecoming for coach and I!” Nicoll said proudly, as he and his assisting team have Pine City hockey roots. Blizzard 3, Pine City 2 PINE CITY, MINN. – The Burnett Blizzard boys used a quick offensive punch

and a three-goal first period to stay ahead of rival Pine City on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at Pine City, and stay in the hunt for a Two Rivers Conference title. Blizzard scoring all happened fast and in the first period. Tallying goals were Matt Wood and a pair of dingers from Bryan Bennett. Helpers in the Blizzard win went to Anthony Dietmeier, Joe Engelhart and Jaime Robb. Thomas Labatt covered 25 of 27 shots on goal, and the Blizzard were able to hold off a last-minute charge by the rival Pine City squad, for a 3-2 win on the road.

Lady Dragons on top for now in the West Siren dominates second half against Luck Siren 57, Luck 39 by Marty Seeger LUCK – The Siren girls are alone at the top of the West Lakeland Conference with their win over Luck last Friday. Both teams had yet to lose a conference game this season, and the first half at least, looked exactly like what you might expect between two talented 4-0 teams. “I knew that the game Friday night would be very tough. Many of the coaches and others in the area picked Luck to win conference this season. They have a lot of really talented girls,” said Siren coach Ryan Karsten. The game was tight in the first quarter as both teams stepped up defensively, and kept the game at a 6-6 tie with three minutes still on the clock. Morgan Denny and Taryn Pilz each had four points in the quarter and Meghan Baasch and Jamie Fischbach buried 3-pointers near the end of the quarter to help the Dragons lead 12-8. The Cardinals kept Carley Emery, who ranks ninth in the state in scoring, with zero points in the first half, and Ashley Guevara to just four points in the first half. “They came out in a triangle and two on Carley and Ashley. We had prepared for it, but they did a wonderful job on Carley in the first half,” Karsten said. Luck coach Marty Messar was no doubt

Luck’s Morgan Denny drives into Siren’s Abigail Mitchell for a shot during their game on Friday night, while Dragons Ashley Guevara and Jamie Fischbach watch. – Photo by Marty Seeger pleased with his girls first-half effort. “Avery Steen and Taryn Pilz played great defense matched up with Siren’s top two scorers,” Messar said. But Siren’s other offensive threats

stepped up in Fischbach and Baasch, who had seven and nine points respectively in the first half. Karsten was also happy with the effort from his senior guards and Sarah Howe. The Dragons

led 20-16 heading into the second half. “We went into halftime feeling that there was a lot of things that we could do to get Ashley and Carley the ball because you can only hold down great players for so long,” Karsten said. Emery had a 21-point effort in the second half and Guevara added another seven points to the Dragons 37-point effort in the second half. The Cardinals managed to keep the game within six points midway through the third period before the Dragons started extending their lead, eventually leading by 39-27 heading into the fourth quarter. “Kudos to coach Karsten and the Siren Dragons. They dominated the second half and showed they are clearly at the top of the class of the West Lakeland Conference,” Messar said. Morgan Denny had a double double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Pilz had 11 points and five rebounds. Bailee Swenson and Aleah Lemieux each had four points and Steen had three. Siren’s Emery led with 21 points and five steals, Guevara had 11 points, Baasch 10, Fischbach nine, Abigail Mitchell five and Howe one. Baasch had nine rebounds, Guevara had eight boards, Fischbach had six and Howe had five. “I was really happy with the way our entire team played in the second half. I thought Abigail Mitchell stepped up and played well tonight when Mgehan Baasch was in foul trouble in the first and second half,” Karsten said. “Luck is a quality team that will get better and better and the next time we play them I expect an even better game.”








St. Croix Falls/Unity post team high in Rice Lake Grantsburg Pirates take ninth by Brenda Sommerfeld RICE LAKE – The St. Croix Falls/Unity gymnastics team scored their highest team score of the season with a 115.15 at the Rice Lake invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23. “I am very excited about how well the team did at Saturday’s invitational in Rice Lake,” coach Dawn Peer exclaimed. “In the end, we ended up with our highest team score of the year, 115.15.” “The competitors connected their bar routines, and we had a couple no-fall beam routines,” Peer said. “We were able to score above a 28 on both events, making it the top scores for the season.” The team scored a 28.95 on beam and a 28.225 on the uneven bars. Ashley Johnson scored the highest in both events with an 8.05 on the balance beam and 7.525 on bars. Kady Meyer scored a 7.325

on beam and 6.85 on bars, Nichole McPherson scored a 6.85 on beam and 7.00 on bars, Melissa Larson a 6.725 on beam and a 6.85 on bars, Haley Anderson a 5.80 on beam and Jenna Christensen a 4.975 on bars. Vault was the team’s best event with a 31.50 score, from Johnson’s 8.25, Christensen’s, Meyer’s and McPherson’s 7.75 and Larson’s 7.675. “We still have a lot of work to do on floor, cleaning up routines and getting rid of unnecessary deductions,” Peer commented. On floor, the team scored 26.475 with Johnson and Christensen tallying a 7.125, Alexa Meyer a 6.15, McPherson a 6.075 and Anderson a 5.175. St. Croix Falls/Unity competes in Hudson on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. for their next meet. Grantsburg Pirates The Pirates gymnastics team also competed at Rice Lake on Saturday, Jan. 23,

Grantsburg’s Jessika Ilgen took eighth as an all-around gymnast at Rice Lake. – Photo submitted

where they took ninth out of nine teams with a score of 113.80. Michelle Lund received 16th scoring 31.00 and Jessika Ilgen 18th with 30.05, as all-around gymnasts. Lund scored an 8.20 on vault, 7.25 on bars, 7.50 on beam and 8.05 on floor. Ilgen placed eighth on vault with an 8.625, she also scored a 7.25 on bars, a 6.80 on beam and 7.375 on floor. Nikki Ticknor also competed allaround, scoring 8.25 on vault, 4.30 on bars, 6.95 on beam and 6.90 on floor. Breanna Fickbohm scored a 8.125 on vault, 5.275 on bars and 6.75 on beam, while April Campana scored a 7.725 on vault, Haley Johnson a 2.50 on bars and Rachel Diffee a 5.025 on beam. Jenna Barenz and RuthAnn Pederson performed floor routines scoring a 6.20 and 6.175, respectively. Grantsburg will host Rush City, Minn., in Grantsburg on Thursday, Jan. 28, starting at 6:30 p.m. and then will travel to Hudson on Saturday, Jan. 30.

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to five points before the Vikings turned it up to “11” and got back within a point, with less than a minute remaining. The Cards then turned the ball over twice in several seconds, with Johnson racking up well-timed steals - she had six on the night - with Chrissy Chenal and Miller owning the boards at both ends

for Frederic. Then Frederic was charged with a technical foul with only 12 seconds on the clock, and a one-point deficit. But Luck missed both freebies, and the score stayed at 37-36. Frederic fouled Swenson with just three seconds remaining, and she converted one, giving the Cardinals a 38-36

lead. Frederic tried a long inbound but proved to have too much court between them and the basket, sealing the Luck victory, 38-36. The game proved to be exciting to the end, and shows how close any girls team in the West Lakeland Conference can play.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Courage Center’s ski and snowboard program is seeking participants for their third-annual Courage Cup on Saturday, Feb.13. All proceeds support skiers with disabilities through training instructors and providing specialized equipment. The event, at Trollhaugen in Dresser, includes a ski race, raffle and silent auction to benefit CCSS. For $75, teams of three participants are matched with a

Courage Center adaptive skier for the race. Individual participants are welcome; lift tickets sold separately. Skiers of all abilities are encouraged to sign up. Register online at www.courage Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon.

Luck girls/continued through with Chenal or Johnson for the score at several key moments. Luck had a few rolls that went their way, while Frederic seemed to have a smaller rim. Luck throttled their lead up

A R E A Hacker’s Lanes Monday Afternoon Seniors Standings: Bears 8, Nite Hawks 7, Vultures 7, Cardinals 7, Swans 6, Badgers 5, Zebras 5, Eagles 3. Women’s games: Lila Larson 171, Bernice Moyer 167, Ruth Sorenson 165. Women’s series: Ruth Sorenson 471, Lila Larson 464, JoAnn Tyler 453. Men’s games: Dick Coen 224, Tom Johnson 220, Jim Morten 196. Men’s series: Dick Coen 571, Dennis Bohn 551, Tom Johnson 524. Team games: Nite Hawks 774, Vultures 661, Eagles 622. Team series: Nite Hawks 2086, Vultures 1879, Eagles 1798. Monday Night Ladies Standings: AnchorBank 17, Hacker’s Lanes 17, Chicks 16, House of Wood 15, The Bottle Shop 11, Mane Attractions 8. Women’s games: Janet Brewster (MA) 203, Kathy Java (HL) 196, Barb Morgan (AB) 189. Women’s series: Kathy Java (HL) 515, Janet Brewster (MA) 499, Barb Morgan (AB) 497. Team games: Hacker’s Lanes 613, AnchorBank 607, House of Wood 595. Team series: AnchorBank 1739, Hacker’s Lanes 1709, Mane Attractions 1698. Men’s Tuesday Classic Standings: Yellow Lake Lodge 28, Pioneer Bar 23, Bottle Shop 20.5, Hacker’s Lanes 20, Great Northern Outdoors 16, Olsen & Son 9.5. Individual games: Reed Stevens (BS) 267, Dale Gregory (HL) 262, Ken Tonsager (HL) 247. Individual series: Reed Stevens (BS) 705, Gene Ackland (YLL) 696, Brett Daeffler (BS) 673. Team games: Bottle Shop 707, Hacker’s Lanes 703, Yellow Lake Lodge 659. Team series: Yellow Lake Lodge 1925, Bottle Shop 1914, Hacker’s Lanes 1858. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Reed

B O W L I N G Stevens 8x – 267. Games 50 or more above average: Reed Stevens 267 (+71); Dale Gregory 262 (+55); Ken Tonsager 247 (+55). Series 100 pins or more above average: Reed Stevens 705 (+117). Splits converted: 2-7-8: Josh Henry. Wednesday Night Early Men’s Standings: Skol Bar 10, Lewis Silo 9, 4 Seasons Wood Products 8, Pioneer Bar 7, A-1 Machine 6, Cummings Lumber 4, Larsen Auto Center 3, Bye 1. Individual games: Steve Baillargeon (A1) 269, Gene Ackland (4S) 257, Dale Frandsen (PB) 256. Individual series: Gene Ackland (4S) 697, Dale Frandsen (PB) 668, Brett Daeffler (4S) 663. Team games: 4 Seasons Wood Products 1051, A-1 Machine 1033 & 1020. Team series: 4 Seasons Wood Products 3017, A-1 Machine 2955, Skol Bar 2831. Thursday Early Standings: Grindell Law Offices 20, Hell Raisers 17, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 13, Full Timers 13, K-Wood 12, Wikstrom Construction 11, Fab Four 10, Frontier Trails 8. Individual games: (Handicap scores) Bryce Daeffler (DQM) 265, Dennis Lieder (FuT) 262, Tom Moore (GLO) 261. Individual series: (Handicap scores) Ed Bitler (KW) 737, Tom Moore (GLO) 721, Dave Grindell (GLO) 711. Team games: (Handicap scores) Full Timers 712, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 706, Grindell Law Offices 694. Team series: (Handicap scores) Grindell Law Offices 2041, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 1946, K-Wood 1913. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Ed Bitler 7x (255). Games 50 pins or more above average: Ed Bitler 254 (+51), 255 (+52); Bryce Daeffler 238 (+59); Dennis Lieder 224 (+57); Tom Moore 191 (+59). Series 100 pins or more above average: Ed Bitler 722 (+110); Tom Moore 511 (+115).

R E S U L T S Junque Art 621, Hole in the Wall 586. Team series: The Pin Heads 1879, Junque Art 1783, The Leader 1671. Splits converted: 5-6-10: Edla Meyer.

Black & Orange

Splits converted: 3-10: Dennis Lieder, Bryce Daeffler, Gilbert Meyer. 2-5-7: Laryn Larson. 5-10: Laryn Larson. 7-8: Mark Bohn. Thursday Late Mixed Standings: Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 7, Stotz & Company 6, Johnson Upholstery 4, Fisk Trucking 4, Hansen Farms Inc. 3, North Wind Arts 3, Rural American Bank 1. Women’s games: Rita Bohn 215, Kelsey Bazey 197, Amy Goalen 192. Women’s series: Rita Bohn 556, Kelsey Bazey 547, Rita Frandsen 467. Men’s series: Dale Frandsen 225, Oliver Baillargeon 224, Doug Johnson 213. Men’s games: Oliver Baillargeon 613, Dale Frandsen 600, Lee Mangelsen 592. Team games: Johnson Upholstery 949, Hansen Farms Inc. 940, Stotz & Company 882. Team series: Stotz & Company & Johnson Upholstery 2586, Hansen Farms Inc. 2584. Friday Night Ladies Standings: The Pin Heads 16, The Leader 15, Junque Art 13, Hole in the Wall 11, Pioneer Bar 11, The Dozers 11, Meyers Plus 5, Frederic Design & Promotion 2. Individual games: Karen Carlson 214, Pat Traun 192, Marge Traun 180. Individual series: Karen Carlson 576, Jen Carlson 507, Marge Traun 499. Team games: The Pin Heads 664,

Early Birds Standings: Log Cabin Store 15-5, 10th Hole 14-6, Black & Orange 10-10, Gandy Dancer Saloon 1-19. Individual games: Lynn Toivola (LCS) 172, Donna Crain (B&O) 161, Marcy Viebrock (B&O) 160. Individual series: Lynn Toivola (LCS) 474, Marcy Viebrock (B&O) 449, Michelle Lysdale (10th) 419. Team games: Black & Orange 850, 10th Hole 811, Log Cabin Store 805. Team series: Black & Orange 2395, Log Cabin Store 2373, 10th Hole 2371. Monday Night Men’s Standings: Glass & Mirror Works 12-4, Larry’s LP 8-8, Pope’s Construction 6-10, Black & Orange 6-10. Individual games: Josh Johnson (L) 201, Dean Eytcheson (G&MW) 195, Jack Witzany (L) 190. Individual series: Richard Morse (G&MW) 552, Josh Johnson (L) 541, Jack Witzany (L) 520. Team games: Larry’s LP 1027, Glass & Mirror Works 976, Pope’s Construction 912. Team series: Larry’s LP 2798, Glass & Mirror Works 2716, Pope’s Construction 2532. Games 50 or more above average: Josh Johnson 201 (+50). Splits converted: 7-9: Josh Johnson. TNT Standings: Cashco 13-3, Larry’s LP 7-9, Hole in the Wall 7-9, Flower Power 5-11. Individual games: Mary Ellen Smith (C) 188, Cheryl Hansen (C) 186, Audrey Pardun (HITW) & Jennifer Kern (L) 184. Individual series: Jennifer Kern (L) 519, Cheryl Hansen (C) 513, Audrey Pardun (HITW) 507. Team games: Hole in the Wall 875,

Cashco 842, Flower Power 837. Team series: Cashco 2487, Hole in the Wall 2482, Larry’s LP 2438. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Cashco 10-6, Lions 10-6, 10th Hole 10-6, Northview Drive Inn 10-6, Black & Orange 7-9, Vacant 1-15. Individual games: Larry Johnson (L) 215 (x2), Jack Witzany (L) 211, Mike Young (NDI) 208. Individual series: Jack Witzany (L) 602, Larry Johnson (L) 586, Mike Young (NDI) 573. Team games: Lions 1014, Black & Orange 995, Cashco 944. Team series: Lions 2834, Cashco 2674, Black & Orange 2668. Games 50 or more above average: Jack Witzany 211 (+64). Series 100 or more above average: Jack Witzany 602 (+131). Early Risers Standings: Hole in the Wall 13-7, A+ Sanitation 11-9, Gandy Dancer 9-11, 10th Hole 7-13. Individual games: Gayle Naegeli (HITW) 175, Carol Phelps (A+) 171, Lucy Hansen (HITW) 168. Individual series: Carol Phelps (A+) 502, Lucy Hansen (HITW) 467, Gayle Naegeli (HITW) 465. Team games: Hole in the Wall 715, Gandy Dancer 710, A+ Sanitation 694. Team series: Hole in the Wall 2102, A+ Sanitation 2019, Gandy Dancer 1982. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Lip’s 16-4, Check Services 10-10, Webster Motel 8-12, Pour House 6-14. Individual games: Angie Olson (CS) 202, Jackie Churchill (L) 181, Daphne Churchill (L) 173. Individual series: Angie Olson (CS) 552, Jackie Churchill (L) 523, Daphne Churchill (L) 483. Team games: Pour House 688, Check Services 681, Lip’s 680. Team series: Lips 1994, Pour House 1946, Check Services 1933.






Burnett Bulldogs wrestle in first tourney

LEADERSPORTS SCOREBOARD BOYS BASKETBALL West Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Luck Cardinals 5-2 St. Croix Falls Saints 5-2 4-2 Unity Eagles Siren Dragons 4-3 Webster Tigers 4-3 2-5 Grantsburg Pirates 0-7 Frederic Vikings Scores Friday, January 22 Unity 59, Webster 55 St. Croix Falls 54, Frederic 43 Siren 56, Luck 44 Clayton 63, Grantsburg 46 Monday, January 25 Clear Lake 54, Unity 48 Tuesday, January 26 St. Croix Falls 52, Grantsburg 39 Siren 65, Webster 51 Luck 60, Frederic 39 Upcoming Friday, January 29 6 p.m. Siren at Unity (DH) 7:30 p.m. Frederic at Grantsburg (DH) Webster at Luck (DH) Shell Lake at St. Croix Falls (DH) Saturday, January 30 2:30 p.m. Birchwood at Webster Monday, February 1 7:30 p.m. Braham, Minn., at Grantsburg Siren at Solon Springs Tuesday, February 2 7:30 p.m. Webster at Cumberland Frederic at Prairie Farm (DH) Osceola at St. Croix Falls Central Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Clayton Bears 7-0 Cameron Comets 5-1 4-2 Clear Lake Warriors 3-3 Turtle Lake Lakers Northwood Evergreens 2-4 Shell Lake Lakers 1-5 0-7 Prairie Farm Panthers East Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Flambeau Falcons 6-0 Cornell Chiefs 5-2 Bruce Red Raiders 4-3 Winter Warriors 3-4 Lake Holcombe Chieftains 3-4 Birchwood Bobcats 3-5 2-5 Weyerhaeuser Wildcats New Auburn Trojans 2-5 Conf. 6-2-0

Scores Saturday, January 23 Blizzard 4, Minneapolis West 1 Tuesday, January 26 Blizzard 3, Pine City, Minn. 2 Upcoming Saturday, January 30 7 p.m. North Branch, Minn., at Grantsburg Monday, February 1 7:30 p.m. Blizzard at Mora, Minn.

GYMNASTICS Upcoming Thursday, January 28 6:30 p.m. Rush City, Minn., at Grantsburg Saturday, January 30 10 a.m. Grantsburg at Hudson St. Croix Falls at Hudson

LEFT: The Burnett County Bulldogs Wrestling Club wrestled in their first team tournament Sunday at Shell Lake. They tied for second place as a team and all did a great job. They travel to Amery this Saturday. Top row: Coach Jake Nichols, Adam Menke third grade, third place; Cole Britton sixth grade, first place; Austin Swenson eighth grade, first place; Luke Anderson third grade, third place; Josh Glover seventh grade, first place; Dakota Schultz fifth grade, first place; Tristan Brewer seventh grade, first place; Tony Britton seventh grade, second place; Nick Britton eighth grade, second place; and coach Joel Glover. Front row: Nolan Johnson first grade, second place; Elliot Swenson third grade, second place; Landyn Johnson second grade, second place; Brandon Lucas preK, fourth place; Colin Jeske third grade, first place; Brad Lucas first grade, third place; Taedon Nichols, kindergarten, second place; Lane Johnson third grade, second place; and coach Tory Jeske – Photo submitted


Future Star?

Fans at the Friday doubleheader basketball game between St. Croix Falls and Frederic were treated to a halftime show featuring demonstrations from a Frederic elementary and preschool basketball clinic. Here, Scout Dodds shows her form as a future Viking. – Photo by Greg Marsten

Unity wrestling cheerleaders show spirit in Grantsburg

GIRLS BASKETBALL Overall 11-3 7-5 5-8 8-5 7-3 6-8 3-10

Overall 13-0 8-4 10-5 5-8 5-7 1-11 0-12 Overall 8-2 5-6 5-8 7-6 5-8 3-8 4-6 3-11

BOYS HOCKEY Team Blizzard


Overall 7-8-1

West Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Siren Dragons 6-0 Luck Cardinals 5-1 4-2 St. Croix Falls Saints Frederic Vikings 3-3 Webster Tigers 2-4 1-5 Grantsburg Pirates 0-6 Unity Eagles Scores Friday, January 22 Webster 42, Unity 32 St. Croix Falls 48, Frederic 37 Siren 57, Luck 39 Clayton 51, Grantsburg 31 Tuesday, January 26 St. Croix Falls 47, Grantsburg 34 Siren 51, Webster 21 Luck 38, Frederic 36 Cumberland 42, Unity 36 Upcoming Friday, January 29 6 p.m. Frederic at Grantsburg (DH) Webster at Luck (DH) Shell Lake at St. Croix Falls (DH) 7:30 p.m. Siren at Unity (DH) Monday, February 1 7:30 p.m. Siren at Drummond Tuesday, February 2 6 p.m. Frederic at Prairie Farm (DH) St. Croix Falls at Clear Lake Turtle Lake at Unity Central Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Northwood Evergreens 6-0 Clayton Bears 5-1 Turtle Lake Lakers 4-2 Cameron Comets 3-3 Clear Lake Warriors 2-4 Shell Lake Lakers 1-5 Prairie Farm Panthers 0-6 East Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Flambeau Falcons 5-0 Lake Holcombe Chieftains 4-2 Bruce/Weyerhaeuser 4-2 Winter Warriors 3-2 New Auburn Trojans 3-3 Birchwood Bobcats 2-5 Cornell Chiefs 0-7

Overall 10-3 8-4 6-4 8-5 4-8 3-11 1-11

Unity wrestlers had the support of cheerleaders during their match against the Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg team in the Grantsburg gym on Thursday, Jan. 21. The cheerleaders performed several different cheers throughout the short match. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

Overall 11-0 10-2 9-4 3-9 5-8 1-12 0-12 Overall 8-2 8-5 6-5 7-5 6-5 3-8 1-11

GIRLS HOCKEY Team Lady Blizzard

Overall 11-7-1

Scores Saturday, January 23 Lady Blizzard 11, Lakeland 2 Upcoming Thursday, January 28 7 p.m. Menomonie at Grantsburg Saturday, January 30 Silver Bay at Grantsburg 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 2 8 p.m. Lady Blizzard at Superior

WRESTLING Upcoming Thursday, January 28 7 p.m. Turtle Lake/Clayton at St. Croix Falls Clear Lake at Unity Spring Valley at Luck Friday, January 29 9:30 a.m. Unity at River Falls Saturday, January 30 10 a.m. Unity at River Falls

The Swami said his e-mail box was full last Thursday evening with many loyal followers wondering why his column was missing from the Jan. 20 Leader. He claimed emailers moods varied from concern, to despondency, to anger. Meanwhile, a few chided him for what they claimed THE SWAMI to be avoidance of some key matchups. “Nothing could be further from the truth on the ‘avoidance’ front,” he declared. “Unlike the amateurs, I’ve never avoided a tough prediction.” The Swami wouldn’t say why his column was absent, but sources from “up north” say the normally reclusive hippie may have been spotted north of Hayward last Tuesday night in the company of a mysterious female acquaintance. “I appreciate the concern of my fans, but I’m back now and I’ll remain until the last Leader Land basketball team is standing in the WIAA playoffs this

The Swami


March,” he added with resolve. By the way – his record was 15-2 in the Jan. 13 Leader, which makes him 29-8 for the season, or 78 percent. Due to the long slate of games this week, and the lengthy narrative above, The Swami will again add only one word to each prediction. Of course, he answers all emails and can be reached at This week’s games Boys games Grantsburg 56, Frederic 46 – Finally St. Croix Falls 70, Shell Lake 40 - Breather Siren 53, Unity 48 - Spooner? Luck 50, Webster 41 - Mirage Webster 61, Birchwood 36 - Yawn Siren 55, Solon Springs 53 - Eight Webster 48, Cumberland 46 - Resurgence? Frederic 60, Prairie Farm 41 - Nononference Osceola 53, St. Croix Falls 47 - Rivalry Girls games Luck 44, Webster 37 - Wizardry Siren 60, Unity 29 - Championship Frederic 51, Grantsburg 44 - Victorious St. Croix Falls 53, Shell Lake 27 - Destruction Siren 69, Drummond 39 - Breather Frederic 70, Prairie Farm 43 - Unchallenged Turtle Lake 43, Unity 33 - Competitive St. Croix Falls 41, Clear Lake 38 - Rolling




Go ahead and eat it “I’m not eating them if they have worms!” is a typical response from the person who sees a few of those little yellow grubs in the meat of a prized pile of bluegills or perch. Marty Growing up, I remember on more than Seeger one occasion when dad hinted to my mom that the fish were The “a little wormy” and Bottom had to cut around them to finish up the Line fillets. “Don’t tell your mother, or she won’t eat them,” he’d say, and divert my attention elsewhere. So what are those little yellowishwhite grubs you see in the flesh of some of the fish you clean throughout the year? Like most anglers already know, it’s a harmless parasite that can be found in any freshwater fish. “There’s no way they’re going to affect you,” says fisheries biologist, Larry Damman of Spooner, who gets a lot of calls from area anglers each year on the topic. Anglers also question those little black specks you often see that pepper the body of the fish. Both are closely related parasites, or flukes, that have very similar life cycles. According to the source “Common Parasites of Freshwater Fish,” flukes, (trematodes) are the scientific words used to describe the parasites larval stage. The larval stage is what you commonly see on the surface of the fish, or the ones buried in the fillet of the fish. Those black spots on the surface are grubs as well, and look very similar to the yellow or white grubs when placed under the microscope.

Damman says the yellow grub and black spots you see are in the resting stage of a pretty dynamic life cycle that begins with a great blue heron, a green heron or kingfisher, which are fish-eating birds. Typically, a bird will eat an infected fish with grubs, and those grubs will lay eggs in the intestines of the bird. The eggs then pass through the birds’ droppings and into the water, where they eventually hatch into a swimming stage and find a host in snails. It then multiplies in the snail, and reaches another swimming stage that inevitably finds a fish, and burrows itself into the flesh. While it doesn’t make too much difference what kind of fish is infected, some can be more susceptible than others. “And that’s just because of where the fish is when the bug comes out of the snail,” Damman said. When water temperatures reach around 70 degrees, the fish that are located in shallow, weedy areas become infected easier, because that’s where the snails are. Fish like bluegills, which spawn when water temperatures are around 70-degrees, or small pike that are in the shallows can get heavily infested. Walleye, which are typically in deeper water, aren’t swimming where the parasites are swimming, so they aren’t infested as easily. “It really doesn’t have much to do with the fish at all, it has more to do with the snails,” Damman said, adding that shallow, weedy lakes have more snails, and greener lakes that have a lot of algae on rocks can also have more snails. Only certain kinds of snails are affected by this cycle, but it does act as a bit of a population control method for them, mostly because the parasite kills the snail host prior to leaving it to burrow itself in a fish. Several of our area lakes in Polk and Burnett counties tend to be weedy and shallow, but Damman says lakes further east are sometimes

This photo shows the black parasites on the gills of a sunfish. The little yellow grub near the center of the photo is common on many lakes in the area. – Photo by Marty Seeger cleaner, more hard bottomed lakes, and aren’t commonly known to have as many grubs. There’s really nothing to be grossed out about if you see those little yellow grubs, or black parasites on the body of a fish, and certainly no cause for alarm either. Damman even said you could eat the grubs raw if you wanted to, because they’re only transferable through herons and other fish-eating birds. “People around here would be full of parasites, if they were transferable,” Damman said.

It’s probably unlikely that anyone will start up a new restaurant featuring raw, yellow or black grubs, but it’s nice to know there’s nothing to worry about. Some folks will likely continue to refuse to eat them. Some may even be more grossed out by how they attach themselves to the fish. But others, like myself, will simply pluck them out, or cut around them, and enjoy another healthy meal of fish when the opportunity presents itself.

Opportunities coming to Crex Meadows GRANTSBURG – How does bald eagle research help us understand the health of the environment? How are high school students involved in this research? Join the National Park Service for an engaging lesson about the role of students in scientific research with a case study about bald eagles. The workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Crex Meadows Visitor Center in Grantsburg. The workshop will feature presentations by Bill Route, director of the National Park Service’s Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Network; Ted Gostomski, biologist and science writer for the Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Network, and Rick Erickson, Bayfield High School science teacher. Through a mix of hands-on exercises, PowerPoint presentations, and resource materials, including a class study plan, learn how teachers and their students can become involved in helping scientists monitor our natural resources. Increase your knowledge about bald eagles and hear how students and scientists worked together to find out about contaminants in their system. Learn about the National Park Service’s Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Network and current monitoring needs. This workshop is the fourth in a series of six workshops on the St. Croix Na-

tional Scenic Riverway that will be held during the 2009-2010 school year. The workshops are designed to increase awareness of the riverway as a teaching resource by providing experiences that focus on using the riverway as a learning laboratory. The series of workshops will also include a presentation and lessons on aquatic invasive species, a birdwatching session, and other hands-on activities, fieldwork, observations, resource materials and lesson plan development. Other workshop dates and topics are Saturday, March 6 on invasive threats and Saturday, April 17, on birdwatching. Space is limited and registration is required. Contact park ranger Branda Thwaits at 715-635-8346, ext. 425 to register or for more information. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 2. – submitted Full moon series and snowshoe hike GRANTSBURG – The Crex Meadows Wildlife Education Center is hosting a full-moon series beginning Sunday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. This is a 12-month, free series that is open to the public and will meet at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education Center every month during the full moon. Along with revealing the science and folklore of moon phases, the indoor pre-

sentations will briefly describe seasonal changes of the flora and fauna at Crex Meadows. They will also get outside for an exploration of the rising moon during a hike along the Crex Meadows Interpretive Trail, and end the evening by enjoying a full- moon-related snack. Dress for the weather and wear com-

fortable walking shoes, and if possible, bring snowshoes for the hike after the indoor presentation. For more information contact Ali Cordie, natural resources educator, 715-463-2739, or e-mail – submitted

Dreaming of a hunt in Africa? LUCK – If you’ve ever dreamed of hunting in Africa someday, you may want to check out Africa Night in Luck on Friday, Jan. 29, at the Hog Wild BBQ and Grill from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m. Dries Visser Jr., of Dries Visser Safaris in South Africa and Namibia, is presenting a slide show and seminar on bow hunting Africa’s antelope and dangerous game. Dries is one of Africa’s first to specialize in bow hunting, and the hunting company founded by him has been outfitting for over 35 years, with its focus on bow hunting for the past 12 years. Anyone interested in hunting Africa, in particular with a bow, or would like to learn more about the adventures in Africa should give the seminar a look. For more information contact Tom Close, of Close Encounters at 715-472-8253, e-mail or

Dries Visser Jr. (at right) and a client with a Kudu measuring over 60 inches, which is equivalent to taking a 190-inch whitetail. – Photo submitted – submitted


Frederic Tiger Clubs visit the Leader

Larry Fisk named Barbershopper of the Year

The Frederic Tiger Cubs (first grade) visited the Leader on Friday, Jan. 22, and fulfilled one of their Go See It achievements. They were also joined by the Scouts in the new pilot program for kindergartners - Lion Cubs. In the photo at left, boys shown (L to R) are Dawson Simon, Oscar Lahti and Carson Simon, all Tiger Cubs. The favorite attraction in the tour by far was the paper cutter. Special photos

GRANTSBURG - Larry Fisk, a member of the well-known Indianhead Chorus for more than two decades, was presented the Barbershopper of the Year Award at a banquet sponsored by the chorus at Woodlands Restaurant in Grantsburg last Saturday, Jan. 23. Fisk has been very active in the chorus as a quartet singer and as an officer. He was also presented a plaque recognizing his 21 years as chorus secretary and treasurer. Ken Mettler, director of marketing and public relations in the Land ‘O Lakes District of the Barbershop Harmony Society, made the presentation, which he called “the highlight of the evening.” Archie Lessard was given a plaque for his years of service to the chorus as president. Mark Nelson served as the master of ceremonies for the evening and introduced Steve Swenson and Karl Wicklund, who led the chorus in singing two songs for the wives in attendance. The songs were “Son of the Sea” and The quartet “Hello, Mary Lou.” named Chariot sang two songs to the group, and the chorus ended the evening by singing “Honey, Little Lize” to their sweethearts. Peter Jarnberg, district vice president for the Land ‘O Lakes District, was present to install officers for 2010. They are as follows: President: Mark Nelson; secretary/treasurer: Larry Fisk; VP marketing and PR: Ken Mettler; bulletin editor: Ken Mettler; VP music: Steve Osero; VP membership: Clint Gjerde; assistant music director: Karl Wicklund; webmaster: Karl Wicklund;

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Larry Fisk (R) receives the Barbershopper of the Year Award from Ken Mettler (L) at the Indianhead Chorus annual Ladies Night banquet held Saturday Jan. 23, at Grantsburg. - Photo submitted music director: Steve Swenson; members at large: Larry Durand, Roger Johnson and John Roeber; Young Men in Harmony director: Jon Buss; sunshine chairman: LeRoy Brown; chapter historian: Gary Merchant; 2010 show chairman: Ken Mettler; librarian: John Roeber; and performance coordinator: Dan Valentine. The evening was all part of the annual Ladies Night banquet presented by the chorus. - Gary King with submitted information


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Justin S. Danielowski, Osce-

ola, seat belt violation, $10.00. John J. Dargiewicz, Centuria, operating while suspended, $200.50. Holly L. Davis, Comstock, operate w/o valid license, $200.50. Mary L. Degraef, Luck, speeding, $175.30. Long H. Doan, Andover, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Charles K. Dockendorf, Milltown, seat belt violation, $10.00. David A. Doll, Irvine, Calif., speeding, $250.90. Amanda E. Drinkman, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Roxanne M. Drinkman, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Andrew D. Erickson, Schofield, speeding, $200.50. Evergreen Lawn Care & Landscapes Inc., Cumberland, fed. reg./safety, general, $200.50; vehicle equipment violations, group 1, $238.30; vehicle equipment violations, group 3, $175.30. Chris G. Ewals, Anoka, Minn., fail./validate or attach deer carcass tag, $387.25. Jacob M. Farah, St. Croix Falls, operate motor veh. w/o adequate muffler, $175.30. Kevin R. Farnham, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Matthew P. Fjorden, Somerset, speeding, $225.70. Gary R. Flandrick, Champlin, Minn., illegally construct, use or fail./remove or attach name/address or DNR number to unattended tree stand, $167.70. Joshua A. Flug, Osceola, illegally construct, use or fail./remove or attach name/address or DNR number to unattended tree stand, not guilty plea. Shannon D. Forslund, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $225.70. Paul H. Frank, St. Michael, Minn., give permission/operate ATV w/o registration, $200.50. James R. Franzel, Luck, operate bicycle in unauthorized area, $175.30. Julie J. Fugle, Shakopee, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Daniel J. Galle, Siren, seat belt violation, $10.00. Anna M. Ganley, Cushing, seat belt violation, $10.00. Nikki M. Gehrke, Luck, nonregistration of auto, etc., $175.30. Maria S. Geror, Camerson, seat belt violation, $10.00; speeding, $200.50. Jill J. Glover, Grantsburg, operate after rev./susp. of registration, $175.30; speeding, $175.30; seat belt violation, $10.00. James E. Goodwin, Amery, illegally construct, use or fail./remove or attach name/address or DNR number to unattended tree stand, $162.70. Laura L. Goodwin, Amery, illegally construct, use or fail./remove or attach name/address or DNR number to unattended tree

Burnett County civil court SST Inc. vs. Bryan Mintz, Webster, $384.50. Capital One Bank vs. Bonnie B. Staples, Danbury, $2,305.58. Capital One Bank vs. Bonnie B. Staples, Danbury, $2,820.30. Diagnostic Radiology Asso-

ciation vs. Gary Barfknecht, $921.63. Surgery Clinic of Spooner vs. Jillian Fleury, Grantsburg, $4,439.50. Cumberland Clinic vs. Jamie Taylor, Shell Lake, $748.26.

Siren police report Jan. 12: A 14-year-old youth was issued a citation for disorderly conduct. Jan. 13: A 16-year-old youth was issued a citation for disorderly conduct. Jan. 13: A 15-year-old youth was issued a citation for truancy. Jan. 19: A 45-year-old Blaine, Minn., man requested an ambulance because he had attempted

suicide. The man was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. Jan. 20: A 13-year-old youth was issued a citation for theft. Jan. 21: Mikala Moody, 20, Siren, was arrested on a St. Croix County warrant. Jan 25: A 15-year-old youth was issued a citation for disorderly conduct.

stand, not guilty plea. Bradley D. Goskowicz, Ham Lake, Minn., speeding, $175.30. John G. Haberkorn, Cumberland, seat belt violation, $10.00. John T. Hall, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, $200.50. William J. Hancock, Cumberland, fail./yield while making left turn, $175.30. Anthony R. Hard, Cumberland, hunt/pursue bear w/o license, not guilty plea. Matthew G. Harrison, Frederic, operate motor vehicle w/o adequate muffler, $175.30. Lloyd M. Harry, Centuria, seat belt violation, $10.00. Isabelle J. Hart, Luck, speeding, $175.30. Thomas J. Hearn, Oak Grove, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Aimee C. Heldman, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Joshua A. Hill, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Kevin J. Holdt, Luck, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jeffrey E. Holsclaw, St. Croix Falls, discharge firearm from/across highway, $217.90. James L. Hughes, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Rory K. Hughes, Hudson, deviation from designated lane, not guilty plea. Gearold F. Jacobs, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Victoria R. Jacobs, Amery, seat belt violation, $10.00. Russell D. Jensen, St. Croix Falls, operating while under influence; operating with PAC .10 or more, not guilty pleas. David A. Johnson, Clear Lake, fish > 3 hooks/lines/baits, not guilty plea. Emily L. Johnson, Amery, speeding, $175.30; seat belt violation, $10.00. Jason R. Johnson, Star Paririe, speeding, $208.50. Kyle J. Johnson, Shafer, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Benjamin C. Jones, New York, N.Y., speeding, $175.30. Marne M. Judge, Eagan, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Anthony J. Kampmeyer, Roseville, Minn., violate absolute sobriety law, $225.70; speeding, $389.50. Shannon L. Katcher, Centuria, speeding, $200.50. Hank Khang, Wisconsin Rapids, fail./validate or attach deer carcass tag twice; hunt deer in unauthorized quota area, not guilty pleas. Elizabeth L. Knutson, Frederic, seat bell violation, $10.00. Glenn D. Kobs, Dresser, hunt deer in unauthorized quota area, $217.90; discharge firearm from/across highway, $222.90. Larry L. Koch, White Bear Lake, speeding, $175.30. Bridgette K. Kral, North Branch, Minn., operating while under influence; operating with

PAC .10 or more, not guilty pleas. Jennifer J. Kramer, Osceola, speeding, $250.90. Michael D. Krinkie, Oakdale, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Alvin Kubsch, Ogilivie, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Michael T. Kuhl, Clear Lake, fish> 3 hooks/linese/baits, $182.70. Kelli M. Larkin, Luck, speeding, not guilty plea. Jack S. Laroche, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Jason L. Lindner, Amery, illegally construct, use or fail./remove or attach name/address or DNR number to unattended tree stand, not guilty plea. Patricia L. Lindquist, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Jeremy Listerud, Dresser, speeding, $250.90. Brent C. Lorbetske, Rhinelander, speeding, $200.50. Brian S. Marquardt, Lindstrom, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Kimberly L. McCalla, St. Croix Falls, unsafe lane deviation, $175.30. David M. McHahon, Centuria, driving too fast for conditions, $213.10. Sarah F. Metke, Amery, speeding; seat belt violation; operating while suspended, not guilty pleas. Preston R. Meyer, Wausau, speeding, $183.30. Harold C. Mikkelson, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Dennis E. Molll, Spring Lake Park, Minn., place, use or hunt over illegal bail/feed for bear hunting, bear dog training or deer hunting, $343.00. Rachel K. Mortel, Osceola, operate motor veh. w/o adequate muffler, not guilty plea. Timothy J. Musselman, Richfield, Minn., speeding, $175.30. David E. Needham, Houlton, speeding, not guilty plea. Gary A. Nelson, Cushing, seat belt violation, $10.00. Scott W. Newville, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Mikaela I. Nichkova Doseva, Woodbury, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Lorne J. Nordahl, Amery, vent/side window excessive tinting, not guilty plea. Jeramy L. Norlander, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $225.70. Wade E. Nygaard, Fargo, N.D., interstate record of duty status, $263.50. Josie N. O’Connell, Frederic, seat belt violation, $10.00. James V. Olson, Amery, seat belt violation, $10.00.

Jessica A. Persons, Hanover, Minn., speeding, $175.30. William A. Pichelman, Turtle Lake, hunt deer in unauthorized quota area, $266.65. Jason W. Piercel, Frederic, operating while suspended, $200.50. Tania M. Plourde, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Joshua J. Pouliot, Milltown, seat belt violation, $10.00, twice. Precision Landscape and Tree, Hugo, Minn., violate Class A hwy. weight limits, $411.60. Aundrea R. Proulx, Siren, seat belt violation, $10.00. Blake S. Reber, Dresser, operate w/o valid license, $200.50. Ronald J. Rosenbach, Sarona, speeding, $175.30. Anthony D. Rositzki, Luck, operate motor vehicle by permittee w/o instructor, $200.50. Justin M. Rossow, Hudson, place/transport loaded firearm/vehicle, $258.10. David D. Rudesill, Frederic, seat belt violation, $10.00. Larry Sanford, Cushing, OWI, not guilty plea. Daniel C. Satterlund, Amery, speeding, $213.10. Paul D. Savard, North Branch, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Thomas J. Schaffner, Baldwin, hunt deer in unauthorized quota area, $266.65. Randy A. Selle, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Cassandra M. Sicard, Hudson, speeding, $225.70. Eldon C. Simons, New Hope, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Tiffani A. Simons, New Hope, Minn., speeding, $175.30; seat belt violation, $10.00; operating while suspended, $200.50. Chad W. Smith, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Matthew T. Sparks, St. Croix Falls, seat belt violation, $10.00. Cary E. Strantz, Dalbo, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Andrew T. Sund, Luck, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jared M. Swader, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $175.30. Jason R. Swanson, St. Croix Falls, seat belt violation; nonregistration of auto, etc, not guilty pleas. Scott D. Swisher, Osceola, display unauth. veh. registration plate, $238.30. Daniel R. Sylte, Amery, place/trasport loaded firearm/vehicle, $217.90. Jenna L. Tape, Maple Grove, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Xiong Thao, St. Paul, Minn., hunt deer in unauthorized quota area, $266.65.

Melissa L. Paetznick, Lino Lakes, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Douglas B. Perfetto, Silver Bay, Minn., interstate record of duty status, $200.50.

John C. Treacy, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Kathleen A. Turcotte, Naples, Fla., speeding, $225.70. Humberto Valdes-Tergas, St. Paul, Minn., speeding,

Burnett County warrants Margaret A. Cooper Stoll, 36, Grantsburg, warrant - failure to appear, Jan. 18. Debra A. Jackson, 40, Grantsburg, warrant - failure to appear, Jan. 20. Donald E. Kline, 28, Hay-

ward, failure to pay fines, Jan. 19. Kelly E. Lamb, 27, Plymouth, Minn., failure to pay fines, Jan. 19. Milo C. Merrill Jr., 25, Luck, warrant - failure to appear, Jan.

18. John E. Paulson, 45, Siren, warrant - failure to appear, Jan. 20. Orval V. Simon, 43, Grantsburg, failure to pay fines, Jan. 18.

Two OWI arrests after cars go in the ditch POLK COUNTY Charles Pedersen, 27, Balsam Lake, was arrested and charged with OWI, second offense, on Jan. 25 just after midnight. He was arrested after police were sent to a car in a ditch across the street from Ducks Bar and Grill. When police arrived, Pedersen was in the driver’s seat, the car was in

park but running, with the accelerator pushed nearly to the floor. Pedersen was asleep. He was given field sobriety tests, including a Breathalyzer, which registered .196. Daniel Bruce, 24, Luck, was arrested and charged with OWI, first offense, on Jan. 18, after his vehicle went into a ditch. Bruce had gotten out of

the car and walked to the Thirsty Otter tavern. The officer had seen him walking along the road and located him at the bar. The officer smelled alcohol on Bruce and administered a PBT, which registered .275. — with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

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$225.70. Angela N. Vettling, Forest Lake, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Tyler D. Voght, Amery, fail. to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Chad M. Webb, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Michelle J. Weber, Plymouth, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Lorae C. Webster, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Bradley N. Weiss, Eau Claire, speeding, $183.30. Westdale Farm Llc, Centuria, vehicle equipment violations, group 3, $175.30. James D. Willey, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00; speeding, $175.30. Anna J. Williamson, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $175.30. William R. Wilson, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Carl A. Wirtz, Frederic, seat belt violation, $10.00. Matt D. Wolfe, Arlington, Va., speeding, not guilty plea. Michael L. Woltz, Centuria, speeding, $200.50; nonregistration of auto, etc., $175.30. Michael L. Wood, Somerset, speeding, $175.30. Koua Xiong, Oakdale, Minn., fail./validate or attach deer carcass tag, twice; hunt deer in unauthorized quota area, not guilty pleas. Jason B. Yonash, Hudson, speeding, $200.50. Carl J. Zappa, Siren, operating while under influence; operating with PAC .10 or more, $691.50, 6-month license revocation and order for assessment.

(Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff, vs. KERRY L LYSDAHL, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 09 CV 29 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 9, 2009, in the amount of $109,736.42, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 24, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 4134, recorded June 26, 2003, in Volume 18 of Certified Survey Maps, on Page 164, as Document No. 660373, in the Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2284 190th St., Centuria, WI 54824. TAX KEY NO.: 02-00279-0120 Dated this 29th day of December, 2009. (s)Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for this purpose. (182860)

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Courtney O. Anderson, St. Croix Falls, speedometer violations, $175.30. Eric S. Anderson, Osceola, hunt deer in unauthorized quota area, $266.65 Ronald R. Anderson, Glenwood City, hunt deer in unauthorized quota area, $222.90; hunt within 50 feet of road’s center, not guilty plea; load/discharge firearm in/from a vehicle, not guilty plea; load discharge firearm in/from a vehicle, $258.10. Annetis Ent., Boyceville, vehicle equipment violations, group 1, $283.30. Brian D. Axdahl, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Jennifer M. Backes, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Erika E. Barker, Rice Lake, speeding, $200.50. David J. Belair, St. Michael, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Warren O. Bengtson, Coon Rapids, Minn., speeding, $183.30. Michele L. Berner, Blaine, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Jon D. Bilyou, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Maraya B. Bitney, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Jeremiah J. Bonse, Grantsburg, illegally construct, use or fail./remove or attach name/address or DNR number to unattended tree stand, $162.70. Joel R. Boos, Cushing, seat belt violation, $10.00. Chad Boyd, Amery, no special exception use permit, junkyard/salvage yard, not guilty plea. Evan K. Brackee, Clayton, ATV intoxicated operation, $452.50 and order for assessment. Todd C. Brett, Stacy, Minn., operate while under influence; operating with PAC .10 or more, $754.50, 7-month revocation and order for assessment. Tara M. Brown, Chetek, speeding, $175.30. Charles T. Browning, Coon Rapids, Minn., speeding, $183.30. Kyle J. Burdick, Luck, fraud in obtaining a license, $745.50. Donald J. Burich, Cadott, hunt deer w/o required color clothing, not guilty plea. Adam J. Canik, Butternut, vehicle equipment violations, group 3, not guilty plea. Cebery Excavating & Trucking Llc, Amery, violate Class A hwy. weight limits, $281.07. Tawny R. Christenson, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $175.30. Richard J. Cook, Amery, load/discharge firearm in/from a vehicle, $258.10; hunt within 50 feet of road’s center, $222.90. Kazimierz M. Czarniak, Armstrong Creek, speeding, $233.70.


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(Jan. 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CREDIT ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION 25505 West 12 Mile Road Southfield, Michigan 48034, Plaintiff, vs. JEREMIAH JOHNSON 3187A State Road 35 Frederic, Wisconsin 54837, Defendant(s). Case No. 09-CV-904 Daubert Law Firm File: 09-08734-0 SUMMONS THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To each person named above as a Defendant: You are hereby notified that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within 40 days after January 13, 2010, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the Complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the Court, whose address is Clerk of Court, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, and to plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is One Corporate Drive, Suite 400, P.O. Box 1519, Wausau, Wisconsin 54402-1519. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the Complaint within 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: January 4, 2010 Daubert Law Firm LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff Melissa A. Spindler State Bar No.: 1060672 One Corporate Drive, Suite 400 P.O. Box 1519 Wausau, WI 54402-1519 715-845-1805 503364 WNAXLP

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(Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the action of AgStar Financial Services, FLCA v. Terry L. Sanders, et al., Polk County Case No. 09CV682, I will sell at public auction in the Sheriff Department’s lobby at the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 10:00 a.m. the following described premises, located in Polk County, Wisconsin: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 3748, as recorded in Volume 17 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 11, Document No. 634233, in the office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin, being a division of Lot 12 of Certified Survey Map No. 944, as recorded in Volume 4 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 190, in the office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin, all being located in the Northeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4, Section 6, Township 35 North, Range 18 West, Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wisconsin. Together with a 30-foot wide easement for ingress and egress adjoining the easterly side of said parcel and going northerly to the town road as shown on said Certified Survey Map Nos. 944 and 3748. Notice is further given that the successful purchaser will be responsible for the lien of real estate taxes, for the municipal charges, if any, the Wisconsin real estate transfer fee, and is responsible for obtaining possession of the property, which is sold “as is.” TERMS OF SALE: Cash with 10% to be paid at time of sale. Sheriff Tim Moore Polk County, Wisconsin James Flory Wiley Law, S.C. 21 South Barstow Street Post Office Box 629 Eau Claire, WI 54702-0629 Phone: 715-835-6171 Fax: 715-835-4222

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(Dec. 23, 30, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WILMINGTON TRUST COMPANY, AS SUCCESSOR TO JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE C-BASS MORTGAGE LOAN ASSET BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-CB6, Plaintiff, vs. RONALD C. BECKWITH; and TAMMY M. BECKWITH, his wife, Defendant. Case No. 08-CV-496 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE (Foreclosure of Mortgage30404) By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of said Circuit Court in the above-entitled action which was entered on September 3, 2008, in the amount of $118,788.50, I shall expose for sale and sell at public auction in the Foyer of the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on the 18th day of February, 2010, at 10 a.m., the following described premises or so much thereof as may be sufficient as to raise the amount due to the plaintiff for principal, interest and costs, together with the disbursements of sale and solicitors’ fees, to-wit: The West 5 ac. of the NW1/4 of NW1/4, Section 24-35-18, Polk County, Wisconsin. Tax Key No. 020 00630 0000 Terms Of Sale: 10% down cash, money order or certified check. Balance due within ten days of confirmation of sale. This property is being sold as is and subject to all liens and encumbrances. /s/TIMOTHY G. MOORE, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Hersh Law Offices, LLC 10555 N. Port Washington Road Mequon, WI 53092 262-241-9339 The above property is located at 2088 190th Street, Centuria, Wisconsin. Hersh Law Offices, LLC, is a law firm representing a creditor in the collection of a debt owed to such creditor, and any such information obtained will be used for that purpose. 502377 WNAXLP

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(Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff, vs. JAMES A. BURNS, et al Defendants Case Number: 09 CV 82 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 5, 2009, in the amount of $465,366.28, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 3, 2010, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 5273, filed September 19, 2006, in Volume 23 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 180, as Document No. 722502, located in the Northeast 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 9, Town 32 North, Range 18 West, in the Town of Alden, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 493 213 Street, Star Prairie, WI 54026. TAX KEY NO.: 002-01107-0000. Dated this 8th day of January 2010. /s/ Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Benjamin J. Pliskie State Bar #1037985 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (183019)

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(Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P., as servicer for Countrywide Home Loans Servicing L.P. Plaintiff, vs. THOMAS C. CREE, et al Defendants Case Number: 08 CV 734 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on March 6, 2009, in the amount of $116,365.89, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 9, 2010, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: The Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 23, Township 34 North, Range 16 West, in the Town of Apple River, Polk County, Wisconsin, except the East 20 acres thereof. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 792 150th Avenue, Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 004-00633-0000. Dated this 11th day of January, 2010. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County 503570 WNAXLP

(Dec. 23, 30, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. BRIAN L. TRIEBOLD and MICHELLE R. FALSTADTRIEBOLD Defendants. Case No. 09 CV 471 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on August 6, 2009, in the amount of $99,301.89, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION The West 400 feet of the North 785 feet of the Southwest Quarter of Northwest Quarter (SW1/4 of NW1/4) of Section 17, Township 34 North, Range 17 West, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 006-00499-0000 STREET ADDRESS: 1556 170th Street, Centuria, Wisconsin 54824. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 3rd day of December, 2009. Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson / #1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787 502276 WNAXLP


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1989 Airstream 3-axle travel trailer, with sway bars and ball receiver hitch, 8x34. 1995 Dodge Roadtrek motor home, fully loaded. 1973 Ford Mustang Mach One Fastback, 2-dr. coupe, auto. 1966 T-Bird coupe, auto. 2 BMW motorcycles (1974, 1979), 750-1000cc ?? (fairings and saddlebags with bike). 1955-1960 Allis Chalmers WD, with attachments: splitter, mower, rear blade, front bucket and all front hydraulics. Three-point hydraulic setup and one spare rear tire. Bedroom furnishings, Select Comfort mattresses, couches, entertainment systems and other household goods. All items sold as is. Close to Bone Lake Store. By appointment only. January 16 through February 6. Cash or certified check only.

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Stephanie L. Staples, nodate-of-birth-given, Danbury, resisting or obstructing an officer, one-year probation, sentence withheld, restitution to be determined, $88.00. Frank G. Sippel, 60, Hayward, speedometer violations, $175.30. Tyler P. Newling, 24, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Rachel A. E. Fitzgerald, 39, Hammond, speeding, $175.30.

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Ricky A. Mork, 49, Osceola, theft of movable property, 10-day jail sentence, $88.00. Sharon A. Hughes, 52, Webster, speeding, $175.30. Michael A. Lundin, 24, Grantsburg, operating with PAC of .08-percent or more, 10-day jail sentence, Huber release granted, license revoked 12 months, alcohol assessment, $916.00. Alexander G. Bildeaux, 69, Wyoming, Minn., operate without a license, $200.00. John R. Olson, 46, Webster, OWI, $1,231.00, 80-day jail sentence, Huber release granted, license revoked 24 months, alcohol assessment. Marion M. Baca, 24, Danbury, possession of drug paraphernalia, $500.00.

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Christopher L. Needham, 32, Crystal, Minn., violate restraining order, 76-day jail sentence, no contact with victim for four years. $88.00. Ronald L. Ritchey, 20, Webster, possession of drug paraphernalia, $309.00. Erika J. Reynolds. 22, Webster, battery, one-year probation, sentence withheld, $458.35 restitution, 12-day jail sentence if restitution is not paid, obtain anger management counseling, alcohol assessment, $133.84. Joseph E. Hiber, 53, St. Cloud, Minn., OWI, 10-day jail sentence, license revoked 14 days, alcohol assessment, $979.00. Hans T. Hagen, 51, Rogers, Minn., disorderly conduct, $323.50.

Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (184105)


Monthly Board Meeting Monday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. Milltown Fire Hall Virgil Hansen, Clerk 503830 22-23L 12-13a,d

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Copies of the Draft Version of the Comprehensive Plan and Maps will be on display. Members of the Planning Commission will be present. Deborah Christian, Clerk

REQUEST FOR BIDS INSTALLATION OF ENERGY CONSERVATION CONTROLS AND EQUIPMENT The Siren School is soliciting for proposals from experienced temperature control system contractors to implement specific Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) into the existing HVAC temperature control systems by installing additional devices. This project will involve the installation of occupancy sensors, carbon dioxide sensors, airflow measuring stations, variable speed drives and reprogramming the existing controllers. To obtain further information, please contact the Director of Buildings and Grounds at 715-3497392 ext. 403. All bids must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2010, in a sealed enveloped marked (Energy Conservation Bids). All mailed bids shall be sent Attention: Don Fleischhacker, Director of Building and Grounds, School District of Siren, 24022 4th Ave., Siren, Wisconsin 54872. The School District of Siren reserves the right to accept or reject any 503855 22-24L 12-14a-e and all bids.

FREDERIC BOARD OF EDUCATION Regular Meeting Monday, December 21, 2009 The President, Mr. Nelson, called the regular meeting of the Frederic School District Board of Education to order at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 21, 2009, in the 7 - 12 School, Room 107. Board members present: Mrs. Amundson, Mr. Engen, Mr. Holicky, Mrs. Matz and Mr. Nelson. (Note: Mrs. Matz left the meeting at 6:45 p.m. and returned at 8 p.m.) Administration present: Mr. Draxler and Mr. Tischer. The following persons were also present for this meeting: Larry Stotz, Glenn Meier, Dan Siebrasse and Gregg Westigard. Motion Amundson/Matz that this meeting was properly noticed. Motion carried 5-0. Motion Holicky/Engen to approve the 11-16-09 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried 4-0. Mr. Nelson provided a summary of the 11-16-09 closed session minutes. Motion Engen/Holicky to approve the 10-19-09 closed session minutes. Motion carried 4-0. The invoices for November 2009 were presented as follows: Regular invoices (#7885-7935 & 38118-38159). .$278,253.00 Payroll account....................................................$201,953.01 Motion Amundson/Holicky to authorize and confirm the money payments of the invoices presented. Motion carried 4-0. Mr. Engen presented receipts for November 2009, totaling $131,068.44. Mr. Tischer reviewed the 2009-2010 budget. The administration presented building and district reports. Reports were submitted and presented by food service, and buildings and grounds. Larry Stotz presented the 2008-2009 audit report. Motion Matz/Engen to approve a contract with Kassi Baillie, Junior High Girls Basketball Coach. Motion carried 50. Motion Holicky/Matz to approve a contract with Solbrekk Inc., for evaluation of district technology. Motion carried 5-0. The Board reviewed the Open Enrollment Policy, specifically regarding transportation. Motion Holicky/Matz to sign the “Memorandum of Understanding: with the WI DPI to receive funds for “Race to the Top,” a federal-funded program. Motion carried 4-0. Mr. Nelson announced to members of the Board that they should consider adjourning to closed session for the purpose of negotiations, personnel matters and contract information. Mr. Nelson informed the Board that the closed session would be proper and is authorized by s. 19.85 (1)(c)(f)(i) of the WI Statutes. Motion Amundson/Engen to adjourn closed session. Vote by roll call was unanimous to convene in closed session and the motion carried 5-0. Time: 9 p.m. The regular meeting reconvened at 9:30 p.m. Motion Matz/Holicky to adjourn. Motion carried 5-0. Time: 9:30 p.m. Rebecca Amundson, Clerk 504071 23L

(Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Plaintiff, vs. JANET K. MELAHN, et al Defendants Case Number: 09 CV 298 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 27, 2009, in the amount of $104,087.10, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 11, 2010, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 14, Plat of Harmony Hills, Town of Lincoln, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 997 Harmony Lane, Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 032-01384-0000. Dated this 7th day of January, 2010. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (183636)

(Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Donovan Edward Rasmussen, a/k/a Donovan E. Rasmussen Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 10 PR 06 An application has been filed for informal administration of the estate of the decedent, whose date of birth was January 12, 1922, and date of death was September 21, 2009. The decedent died domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: 343 McKenny Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. All interested persons have waived notice. Creditors’ claims must be filed with the probate registrar on or before April 26, 2010. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar January 18, 2010 Alexander A. Crosby Personal Representative/ Attorney 332 Minnesota Street Suite W2610 St. Paul, MN 55101 651-228-0497 (Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union 180 State Street St. Paul, MN 55107 Plaintiff, vs. Darryl Siebold 115 Cottage Dr. Osceola, WI 54020 Defendant(s). SUMMONS Case Code: 30301 Case No. 10CV1 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To each person named above as a Defendant(s): You are hereby notified that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The Complaint, which is attached, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within twenty (20) days of January 20, 2010, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in Chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the Complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Lois Hoff, Clerk of Circuit Court, 1005 West Main Street, Ste. 300, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, and to Messerli & Kramer, P.A., Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 3033 Campus Drive, Suite 250, Plymouth, MN 55441. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within twenty (20) days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. MESSERLI & KRAMER, P.A. Jillian N. Walker, #1066378 3033 Campus Drive, Suite 250 Plymouth, Minnesota 55441 Phone: 763-548-7900 503763 Fax: 763-548-7922 WNAXLP

Jan. 19: Chad L. Bartusch, 26, Grantsburg, was arrested on a Burnett County warrant. Jan. 19: Jacqueline L. Sanford, 38, Grantsburg, was arrested on a Burnett County warrant. Jan. 19: Sheila A. Tucker, 43, Webster, was arrested on a Burnett County warrant. Jan. 19: Orval V. Simon, 43, Grantsburg, war arrested on a Burnett County warrant. Jan. 19: Robin L. Parsons, 21, Siren, was arrested on a Burnett County warrant. Jan. 19: Bradley M. Belisle, 32, Webster, was arrested on a Burnett County warrant. Jan. 20: Jennifer L. Kiser, 29, Hayward, was arrested on a Sawyer County warrant.

Burnett County deaths Patricia Lonie, 68, Pierce County, Dec. 28.

Darlyne D. Gustafson, 71, Union Township, Jan. 11.

(Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. MICHAEL J. CURTIS and REBECCA L. CURTIS and JEFFREY M. CURTIS and SYSCO FOOD SERVICES OF MINNESOTA and DISCOVER BANK and BULL DOZIN, INC. and U.S. FOODSERVICE and RESURGENCE FINANCIAL, LLC and STATE OF WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BUREAU OF CHILD SUPPORT Defendants. Case No. 09 CV 387 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on August 11, 2009, I will sell at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin on: Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: Part of the SE1/4 of NE1/4, Section 28-37-17, lying East of the right of way of the Soo Line as now located and operated, beginning at a point which is 66 feet West of the Southwest corner of Lot 8, Park Addition to the Village of Frederic and on the South line of land sold to Ketil Stensurd, thence running West to East line of said right of way, thence South along said East side of said right of way to a point at the Northwest corner of piece of land theretofore sold to W.B. Elwell, thence East along the North line of land sold to W.B. Elwell to Northeast corner thereof, which point is 66 feet West of Southwest corner of Lot Q, Block 18, First Addition to Village of Frederic, thence North about 216 feet to beginning, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 126-00491-0000 STREET ADDRESS: 409 Traffic Avenue, Frederic, WI 54837 TERMS OF SALE: Cash DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by cash or certified check. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 7th day of January, 2010. /s/Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

(Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., Plaintiff, vs. TESSA M. AUNE and JOHN DOE, unknown spouse of Tessa M. Aune and JANE DOE and/or JOHN DOE, unknown tenants Defendants. Case No. 08-CV-717 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on January 14, 2009, in the amount of $143,156.44, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 10, 2010, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Part of the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (NE 1/4 NE 1/4), Section Eighteen (18), Township Thirty-Five (35) North, Range Seventeen (17) West, Village of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the Northeast corner of Section 18, Township 35 North, Range 17 West; thence South 486.50 feet; thence West 448 Feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING of parcel to be described; thence South 150 feet; thence West 115 Feet; thence North 150 Feet; thence East 115 Feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 210 3rd Avenue, Village of Milltown. TAX KEY NO.: 151-00373-0000. Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

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Marie F. Dutilly, Amery, and Stephan L. Cleveland, Amery, issued Jan. 20, 2010. Patricia M. Bobzin, Osceola, and Jason A. Kunshier, Osceola, issued Jan. 21, 2010.

Accidents Jan. 22: Lloyd W. Talmadge, 77, Siren, reported hitting a deer while on Hwy. 70 in Dewey Township. There were no reported injuries. Jan. 22: Nicholas A. Birrenbach, 18, Webster, was eastbound on Hwy. 77 in Webb Lake Township when he lost control on icy roads and hit a tree. There were no reported injuries. Two citations were issued. Arrests and citations Jan. 19: Shirley L. Barenz, 42, Grantsburg, was arrested on a Burnett County warrant. Jan. 19: Ronald L. Anderson, 32, Grantsburg, was arrested on a Burnett County warrant.

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Dorothy P. Priebe, 84, Clear Lake, died Jan. 15, 2010. Robert E. Hilton, 90, Amery, died Jan. 18, 2010. Gustave Otto Jr., 58, Centuria, died Jan. 19, 2010.

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Betty L. Colgan, 77, Grantsburg, died Dec. 20, 2009. Dorayne M. Paulson, 86, Luck, died Jan. 4. 2010. Florence J. Gille, 85, Amery, died Jan. 9, 2010. Thomas E. Remley, 86, Luck, died Jan. 9, 2010.

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(Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DORAYNE M. PAULSON Order Setting Time to Hear Petition for Administration and Heirship and Notice to Creditors Case No. 10 PR 05 A petition has been filed for administration of the estate and determination of heirship of the decedent, whose date of birth was December 5, 1923, and date of death was January 4, 2010. The decedent died domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: 1671 250th Avenue, Luck, WI 54853. IT IS ORDERED THAT: 1. The petition be heard at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room Branch 1, before Honorable Molly E. GaleWyrick Court Official, on March 12, 2010, at 3 p.m. or when scheduled thereafter. 2. Heirship will be determined on the date set for hearing on the final account. You need not appear unless you object. The petition may be granted if no objection is made. 3. Creditor’s claims must be filed with the court on or before April 19, 2010. 4. Publication of this notice shall constitute notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. The names or post office addresses of the following persons interested (if any) are not known or reasonably ascertainable: James R. Paulson. BY THE COURT: Honorable Molly E. GaleWyrick Circuit Court Judge January 15, 2010 Steven J. Swanson, Attorney 105 Washington St. So. St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787 Bar No. 1003029



cepting applications for the following position:

WISCONSIN PROPERTY TAXPAYERS, INC. 1-800-994-9784 504117 12d,ep 23r,Lp 13a,b,cp

NOVITZKE, GUST, SEMPF, WHITLEY AND BERGMANIS Timothy T. Sempf, (1019141) 314 Keller Avenue N. Suite 200 Amery, Wisconsin 54001 Phone: 715-268-6130

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(Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ALEXA NELSON Plaintiff, and MID-CENTURY INSURANCE, Involuntary-Plaintiffs, vs. MIKE A. JOHNSON PROGRESSIVE NORTHERN INSURANCE Defendants. Case Code: PI Auto 30101 Case Number: 09 CV 981 SUMMONS FOR PUBLICATION THE STATE OF WISCONSIN TO MIKE A. JOHNSON: You are hereby notified, that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within forty (40) days after January 10, 2010, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the Complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the Court whose address is: Clerk of Court 300 Judicial Center 1005 West Main Street Balsam Lake, WI 54810 and Timothy T. Sempf, Esq. Novitzke, Gust, Sempf, Whitley & Bergmanis 314 Keller Ave. N., Suite 200 Amery, WI 54001 You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the Complaint within forty (40) days, the Court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated this 13th day of January, 2010.

POLK COUNTY POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS PH Educator Tobacco Control Specialist $21.49/hr. - Bachelor’s Public Health Dept. $22.92/hr. - Master’s Part Time 20.5 hr./wk. Deadline to apply: Feb. 5, 2010 Forestry Administrator/ Parks Assistant $25.10/hr. Parks Dept. Full Time 40 hr./wk. Deadline to apply: Feb. 11, 2010 YOUR MUST COMPLETE A POLK CO. EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For applications, complete job description and qualifications; please visit our Web site at, Employment Opportunities, or in person at 100 Polk Co. Plaza, #229, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, 715-485-9176 AA/EEOC 504213 23L (Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P., as servicer for The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a the Bank of New York, as Trustee for the Certificate Holders CWALT, Inc., Alternative Loan Trust 2006OC10, Mortgage Pass-Though Certificates, Series 2006-OC10 Plaintiff, vs. CHRISTOPHER J. HEINN, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 09 CV 442 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 25, 2009, in the amount of $438,473.58, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public action as follows: TIME: March 3, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot Four (4) Of Certified Survey Map No. 2677 Recorded In Volume Twelve (12), Of Certified Survey Maps, Page One Hundred Sixty-Four (164), Document No. 581439, Located In The Northwest Quarter Of The Southwest Quarter (NW1/4 SW1/4), Section Twenty-Seven (27), Township Thirty-Two (32) North, Range Seventeen (17) West Together With Easements Located In The South Half Of The Northwest Quarter (S1/2 NW1/4), Section TwentySeven (27), Township ThirtyTwo (32) North, Range Seventeen (17) West, As Described In Volume 518 Of Records, Page 211, Document No. 459339, Polk County, Wisconsin. The Above Property Is Situated In Polk County, State Of Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 152 147th St., Deer Park, WI 54007 TAX KEY: NO.: 002-00705-0400 Dated this 4th day of January, 2010. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (182699)

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(Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, a Minnesota banking corporation, Plaintiff, vs. CYNTHIA M. REITMEIER, DAVID R. REITMEIER AND JOHNNIE B. DALTON SALOON & TEX-MEX EATERY, INC. Defendants. Case No.: 09-CV-22 Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on December 7, 2009, nunc pro tunc October 1, 2009, in the amount of $41,412.70 against Johnnie B. Dalton Saloon & Tex-Mex Eatery, Inc., in the amount of $238,199.79, against Cynthia M. Reitmeier and David R. Reitmeier, jointly and severally, and in the amount of $8,417.87 against Johnnie B. Dalton Saloon & Tex-Mex Eatery, Inc., Cynthia M. Reitmeier and David R. Reitmeier, jointly and severally, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 24, 2010, at 10 a.m. TERMS: Pursuant to said judgment, 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the sheriff at the sale in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds, payable to the clerk of courts (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted). The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the clerk of courts in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds no later than ten days after the court’s confirmation of the sale or else the 10% down payment is forfeited to the plaintiff. The properties are sold “as is” and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: In the foyer area of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main St. in the City of Balsam Lake, Polk County. DESCRIPTION: Lots 3, 4, and 5, Block 18, Original Plat of The Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 305 Main Street, Village of Balsam Lake, WI, no address listed for Lot 5, Block 18, Village of Balsam Lake, WI. Timothy G. Moore Polk County Sheriff MURNANE BRANDT Attorneys for Plaintiff 30 E. 7th Street, Suite 3200 St. Paul, MN 55101-4919 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. 503365 WNAXLP

Agenda posted at the Pines Thrift Store.

(Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee in trust for the benefit of the Certificate Holders for Argent Securities Trust 2006-M2, Asset-Backed Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2006-M2 by American Home Mortgage Servicing Inc., its attorney-in-fact, Plaintiff, vs. DARIN A. BJORNSON and TANIA L. BJORNSON, husband and wife; and JANE DOE and/or JOHN DOE, unknown tenants; and LAKES GAS CO. d/b/a Lakes Gas Company #7, Defendants. Case No. 09-CV-496 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000.00 Code No. 30405 Other Real Estate NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 25, 2009, in the amount of $215,617.75, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 2, 2010, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Part Of The Southwest Quarter Of SouthWest Quarter (SW1/4 of SW1/4), Section One (1), Township Thirty-Five (35) North of Range Seventeen (17) West, Described As Follows: Beginning At The West 1/8 Stake Between Sections 1 And 12, Township 35, Range 17, Then In Section 1, Northerly 80 Rods To The East And West Line, Then 31 Rods Westerly, Then Southerly 55 Rods, To The North Boundary Stake Between Lot 5 And 6 Of Crystal Bay Of Pine Lake Subdivision, Then Easterly 150 Links To The North Boundary Stake Between Lot 6 And Lot 7 Of Above-named Subdivision, Then Southerly 45 East, 890 Links To The 1/8 Stake To Beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1283 230th Ave., Town of Milltown. TAX KEY NO.: 040-00027-0000. Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 414-727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

(Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. ESTATE OF ARLENE J. ELMER RICHARD ELMER, SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR, and WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES, Defendants. Case No. 09 CV 786 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on November 17, 2009, in the amount of $15,141.68, I will sell at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin on: Thursday, February 18, 2010, at 10 o’clock a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: Lots 1 and 2, Block 4, Original Plat of Wanderoos in the Town of Garfield, Polk County, Wis. PIN: 024-01213-0000 TERMS OF SALE: Cash DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by cash or certified check. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 29th day of December, 2009. Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

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wk. SIREN SANITARY DISTRICT BOARD MEETING : Open until filled TOWN OF SIREN BOARD MEETING PLETE A POLK CO. EMPLOYMENT APPLICA- The Siren Sanitary District meeting will be held on Thursday, BLE. For application, complete job descriptionFebruary 11, 2010, at 6:30 p.m., at the Siren Town Hall. following the Sanitary District meeting the Town please visit our Web site at , rtunities, or in person at 100 Polk Co. Plaza,of Siren will hold a Board meeting at approximately 7 p.m. If you wish to be on the agenda, please call Mary Hunter, Clerk. , WI 54810, 715-485-9176. AA/EEOC Mary Hunter, Clerk 504203 23-24L 715-349-5119

(Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK Plaintiff, vs. JONATHAN D. BJORK and PATRICIA A. BJORK, Defendants. Case No. 09 CV 588 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on September 10, 2009, in the amount of $117,126.25, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on: Thursday, March 11, 2010, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: The South 102.8 feet to the West 230 feet of Lot Seventy-eight (78), and the North 35 feet of the West 230 feet of Lot Seventy-nine (79) of the Assessor’s Plat of the Village of Dresser, being a portion of the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4, Section 17-33-18. PIN: 116-00373-0000. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 330 East Avenue, Dresser, Wisconsin 54009. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 15th day of January, 2010. Timothy G. Moore. Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

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(Dec. 23, 30, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY MTT FINANCIAL, LLC, Plaintiff, vs. JARIS C. JOHNSON, and DENNIS DIRKS, and GARY PEER, and COUNTRY COMFORT, Defendants. Case No. 09 CV 231 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on July 7, 2009, in the amount of $617, 885.52, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Thursday, February 4, 2010, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION Parcel 1: The Southwest one-quarter of Northwest one-quarter (SW1/4 of NW1/4), of Section 16, together with an easement for access over the existing driveway located on the Northeast one-quarter of Northeast onequarter (NE1/4 of NE1/4), and Southeast one-quarter of Northeast one-quarter (SE1/4 of NE1/4) of Section 17, all in Township 35 North, Range 15 West. PIN: 028-00396-0000 Parcel 2: The Northeast one-quarter of Northwest one-quarter (NE1/4 of NW1/4), and the Northwest one-quarter of Southwest one-quarter (NW1/4 of SW1/4), of Section 16; The entire Northeast onequarter (NE1/4) and the Northeast one-quarter of Northwest one-quarter (NE1/4 of NW1/4), except a parcel in the Northeast corner thereof more fully described as follows: Commencing at the Northeast corner of the NE1/4 of NW1/4, Section 17-35-15; thence South on the quarter line a distance of 25 rods; thence West parallel with the North section line a distance of 35 rods; thence North parallel with the quarter line a distance of 25 rods; thence East on the section line a distance of 35 rods to the point of beginning, of Section 17; The Southeast one-quarter of Northwest one-quarter (SE1/4 of NW1/4), and the Northeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter (NE1/4 of SW1/4), of Section 17; and The entire Southeast onequarter (SE1/4), of Section 17; All in Township 35 North, Range 15 West, Town of Johnstown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 028-00394-0000, 02800399-0000, 028-00406-0000, 028-00407-0000, 028-004080000, 028-00409-0000, 02800410-0000, 028-00414-0000, 028-00415-0000, 028-004190000, 028-00420-0000, 02800421-0000 & 028-004220000. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 7th day of December, 2009. Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson / #1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787 502274 WNAXLP


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NOTICE TO TRANSPORTATION PROVIDERS Polk County Transportation for the Disabled & Elderly, Inc. hereby provides notice that it intends to apply to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for the following transportation equipment under Section 5310/ s.85.22 to serve elderly persons and persons with disabilities in Polk County: One minibus, accessible, dual wheels seats 7 with 1 wheelchair One large bus, accessible, seats 20 and 2 wheelchairs Individuals or agencies wishing to comment or receive additional information about this application should contact Kari Flom at 100 Polk County Plaza, Suite 190, Balsam Lake, WI, 715-485-8590. Formal comments or requests for additional information must be received in writing by February 17, 2010. 504009 23L


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(Dec. 30, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE OF AMERIQUEST MORTGAGE SECURITIES, INC., ASSET BACKED PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 203-8, UNDER THE POOLING AND SERVICING AGREEMENT DATED AS OF AUGUST 1, 2003, WITHOUT RECOURSE, c/o American Mortgage Company, Plaintiffs, vs. THOMAS C. HUFFMAN II and DOLORES S. HUFFMAN, a/k/a Delores S. Huffman his wife; and S&C BANK, Defendants. Case No. 06-CV-538 Foreclosure of Mortgage Amount over $5,000.00 Code No. 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on March 9, 2009, in the amount of $826,525.22, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 17, 2010, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Exhibit A File Number 534669 The land referred to herein is situated in the State of Wisconsin, County of Polk, City of Osceola, described as follows: PART OF GOVERNMENT LOT 2 AND 3, SECTION 33, TOWNSHIP 33 NORTH, RANGE 19 WEST, VILLAGE OF OSCEOLA, POLK COUNTY, WIS., DESCRIBED AS: PARCEL 1: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE EAST HALF OF THE

O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

January 22, 2010 Job Title: Instructional Aide Special Education Job Description: Part time (3.5 hrs./day for remainder for 2009/2010 school year. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) Qualifications: At least a two-year college degree and state certified as a Special Education Aide or be willing to obtain certification. Requirements: Desire and ability to work with children in learning situations and on a regular basis. High level of patience and even temperament in approaching events. This individual must be a confidential person and present a positive school district image at all times. The individual must remain flexible to a changing work schedule. He/she must follow written and/or oral directions and maintain good work habits. How to Apply: Send a letter of application, resume, credentials and a copy of certification by February 3, 2010. Contact: Brad Jones, Principal Grantsburg Middle School 500 East James Avenue Grantsburg, WI 54840 The School District of Grantsburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, sex, religion or handicap.

The following part-time position is available in the Shell Lake School District: Early Childhood Special Education Teacher position for up to 20 hours per week. This position will involve providing services in a variety of settings. DPI license 809 Early Childhood Special Education license is required for this position. This position runs until the end of the 2009/2010 school year with the possibility of extension based on need. Start Date: February 22, 2010 Description: This is a part-time elementary position with the School District of Shell Lake. Successful applicants will be child centered, flexible and show evidence of collaborative practice. Shell Lake School District is located 80 miles northwest of Eau Claire, WI. Will include some summer hours. To apply: Interested applicants are to send the following: - Letter of application - Resume - Copy of current WI EC Special Education license - 3 Letters of Recommendation - Copy of official transcripts Must also successfully complete a criminal background check and drug screen. Application Deadline: February 12, 2010 Submit application materials to: Mr. Michael Werner, Elementary Principal School District of Shell Lake 271 Hw.y 63 S. Shell Lake, WI 54871 503388 21-24r,L Shell Lake Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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(Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE C-BASS MORTGAGE LOAN ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2004-CB7, Plaintiff, vs. JERRY J. JOHNSON; MARILYN JOHNSON, his wife; and ASSOCIATED BANK, Defendants. Case No. 08-CV-812 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE (Foreclosure of Mortgage30404) By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of said Circuit Court in the above-entitled action which was entered on November 12, 2009, nunc pro tunc to June 24, 2009, in the amount of $176,725.09, I shall expose for sale and sell at public auction in the Foyer of the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wis., on the 25th day of February, 2010, at 10:00 a.m., the following described premises or so much thereof as may be sufficient as to raise the amount due to the plaintiff for principal, interest and costs, together with the disbursements of sale and solicitors’ fees, to-wit: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 2179 in Volume 10, page 103 as Document No. 553886, located in the Northeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter, Section 9, Township 33 North, Range 16 West, Town of Lincoln, Polk County, Wisconsin. Tax Key No. 032-00196-0100. Terms Of Sale: 10% down cash, money order or certified check. Balance due within ten days of confirmation of sale. This property is being sold as is and subject to all liens and encumbrances. /s/TIMOTHY G. MOORE, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Hersh Law Offices, LLC 10555 N. Port Washington Road Mequon, WI 53092 (262) 241-9339 The above property is located at 1037 State Road 46, Amery, Wisconsin. Hersh Law Offices, LLC, is a law firm representing a creditor in the collection of a debt owed to such creditor, and any such information obtained will be used for that purpose. 503087 WNAXLP

(Dec. 23, 30, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P., as servicer for Bank of New York as Trustee for the Benefit of the Certificateholders, CWALT, Inc., Alternative Loan Trust 2007-18CB MortgagePass Through Certificates, Series 2007-18CB Plaintiff, vs RONALD JAMES SANOSKI, JR., et al. Defendants. Case Number: 08 CV 687 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 5, 2009, in the amount of $253,098.32, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 10, 2010, at 10:00 AM TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: THE SOUTH HALF OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER (S1/2 OF NW1/4 OF NW1/4), SECTION 24, TOWNSHIP 33 NORTH, RANGE 18 WEST, TOWN OF GARFIELD, POLK COUNTY, WISCONSIN. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 882 190th St., Dresser, WI 54009. TAX KEY NO.: 024-00853-0100. Dated this 14th day of December, 2009. Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Christina E Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (181338) 502273 WNAXLP

(Jan. 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY J & R Apartments/Croix Management 412 Bench St. P.O. Box 236 Taylors Falls, MN 55084 Plaintiff(s) vs. Donna McNamara 123 No. Adams St., #206 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 Defendant(s) Small Claims Publication Summons and Notice Case No. 09-SC-1053 Publication Summons and Notice of Filing TO THE PERSON(S) NAMED ABOVE AS DEFENDANT(S): You are being sued by the person(s) named above as Plaintiff(s). A copy of the claim has been sent to you at your address as stated in the caption above. The lawsuit will be heard in the following Small Claims Court: Polk County Justice Center County Courthouse Room 1102 1005 West Main Street Balsam Lake, WI 54810 Telephone Number of Clerk of Court: 715-485-9299 on the following date and time: Date: 2-1-10 Time: 8:30 a.m. If you do not attend the hearing, the court may enter a judgment against you in favor of the person(s) suing you. A copy of the claim has been sent to you at your address as stated in the caption above. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. You may have the option to Answer without appearing in court on the court date by filing a written Answer with the clerk of court before the court date. You must send a copy of your Answer to the Plaintiff(s) named above at their address. You may contact the clerk of court at the telephone number above to determine if there are other methods to answer a Small Claims complaint in that county. If you need help in this matter because of a disability, pleae call: Clerk of Circuit Court Office 715-485-9299. Lisa Coyard 651-465-6841 504272 Dated: 1-14-2010 WNAXLP

(Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, as servicer for HSBC Bank USA, N.A., as Trustee for the registered holders of ACE Securities Corp. Home Equity Loan Trust, Series 2004-IN1, Asset-Backed Pass-Through Certificates Plaintiff, vs. JAMES T. LEISZ, et al Defendants Case Number: 09 CV 454 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 3, 2009, in the amount of $138,470.31, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 9, 2010, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: That part of the Northwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4, Section 4, Township 33 North, Range 16 West, lying Northerly and adjoining Lot 18 of the plat of Rehm’s Riverview. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1173 Birchwood Lane, Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 032-01672-0000. Dated this 12th day of January, 2010. /s/ Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (183635) 503587 WNAXLP


Financial stress impacts student learning Simulation puts Unity staff in poverty situations by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — Unity students had an early-release day Friday, Jan. 22, but staff members put in an afternoon finding out what life is like for families who live in poverty. The professional staff development simulation, facilitated by Bernard Slowey of UW-Barron County, was designed to help staff better understand the conditions and challenges facing district families living in a poverty situation. School districts, said high school social studies teacher, look at the percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch as a measure of economic status. At Unity, 40.5 percent of the students qualify, compared with 50.4 at Frederic, 35.9 at Luck and 28.5 at St. Croix Falls. Unity School employees were divided into various “family groups,” including two-parent families, single mothers with children, single fathers with children and an elderly woman living alone. Other staff were “service providers,” offering programs such as day care, food stamps, employment, pawn brokering and mortgage lending. Each family group was provided with a scenario explaining its financial, employment and home situation. Each family group needed to make sure their family was fed, children were either in school or day care, the mortgage and utilities paid, and any outstanding loans were paid. The simulation consisted of four rounds, each representing a week, with family members changing roles within the family. For example, the single mom in one family changed roles with her teenage daughter. As parents vied for limited spots in the day care and spent hours applying for family services, others snapped up the few jobs that were available. An elderly woman pawned her heirlooms and went without medication and food to pay on her mortgage, while an opportunist bought up transportation vouchers, giving another family money for food and utilities. Meanwhile, the local police were kept busy with truancy, robberies and other crimes. Toward the end of the “month,” more and more families faced eviction. Students found their parents more and more occupied with keeping a roof over their heads and food on the table, so more children fell victim to “opportunists,” particularly when they were let out of school early. Adults at the employment office argued and begged for a job, and chaos reigned. At the end of the simulation, Slowey asked participants — both the “service providers” and the “family groups” — for their perceptions of what happened. Some service providers, according to comments made, felt helpless because they couldn’t do more to help. Others

Truancy and delinquency are common results when parents cannot be, or will not be, involved in the day-to-day activities of their children. Seated here are some of the youth in juvenile hall. Playing the roll of the police officer is Cory Nelson. – Photos by Mary Stirrat

Lines were long and tempers sometimes short at the employment office. described clients as “at their wits’ end,” “impatient” and “frustrated.” At the day care, parents brought their children but had no money to pay. They couldn’t pay because they didn’t have a job, but couldn’t get a job because they had no one to watch their children. The pawnbroker, although she accumulated many items, said it was difficult to see people pawning their valuables for less than they were worth. Few people showed up to pay rent or mortgages, and less than half paid their utility bills. When Slowey asked for comments from the “family groups,” one individual said that the oldest child in the family ended up holding it together, because the adults in the family suffered from addictions and a lack of ability to care for their children. Another parent said they stole $1,000 to pay their mortgage, but failed to get a receipt, and there was no record of the payment. “You become so desperate,” said Slowey, “you’ll do anything.”

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One single mother said that trying to get assistance took too long, while children were home alone and there was no food in the house. Parents had no time to spend with their children, and children felt they were all on their own. In one situation, a child was being raised by her grandparents and was completely disruptive because her grandparents had no way to buy the $350-per-month medication she needed. A show of hands indicated that, besides the drug dealer and the pawnbroker, only one family was better off at the end of the simulation than at the beginning. One of the adults in that family had found a job. In conclusion, Slowey asked what the school did that exacerbated the situation for families in financial struggles. One teacher responded that requiring students to bring money for different things created a big hardship. She said that her “family” was down to $10 to live on, but her child came home asking for $3 for something going on the next day.

Bernard (Barney) Slowey of UWBarron County facilitated the poverty simulation for Unity staff Friday afternoon.

IMC specialist Deanna Erickson, in the black hat, was the mortgage and rent collector. Few came in to pay rent and house payments during the first weeks of the simulation, leading her to evict and foreclose on families. Here, an single elderly woman played by prekindergarten teacher Betsy Lyga pays part of her mortgage, foregoing medicine. High school English teacher Christine Carlson tries to help. The teacher said she told her child to stay home from school. Even sending homework home can be an issue, said Slowey, because it assumes that students have a place to do it, a light and some help. For some children, he said, it is merely another discouraging situation because they know there is no way to get it done. He ended the simulation by asking the staff to come together to discuss some of the ways that they may actually be making education more difficult for those students they are trying to help.

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Tori Niles, 5, of Frederic, cut about 11 inches of her hair and donated it to the Locks of Love program. She is in the Frederic 4K afternoon class and the daughter of Dan and Susie Niles of Frederic. - Special photos

On the lookout for a meal last Friday, Jan. 22, this eagle perches on a wintry tree branch south of Luck. — Photo by Mary Stirrat


Luck Community Scholarship fundraiser supper and rafflflee Friday, Feb. 5 LUCK - Mark your calendar to have supper at Luck School on Friday, Feb. 5, between 5 and 7:30 pm. A lasagna supper with all the fixings and dessert will be served in the Luck School cafeteria. Tickets for the supper are $5 for adults, and $3 for children ages 10 and younger. The event is organized by Luck Community Education, its advisory board members, and Luck seniors and their parents. Larsen Auto Centers and Bernick’s Co. sponsor the supper and beverages. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser are given as scholarships for each Luck senior who graduates and continues their education after high school. Luck graduates have three years following high school to use their $125 scholarship for continuing education expenses, whether it’s for college, technical school or specific training. Graduates who serve in the military are given three years past their discharge date. The class of 2010 will be the 14th class to receive these scholarships funded by the community. In addition to the lasagna supper, a raffle also raises funds for the scholarships. The grand prize this year is a handmade quilt given by Donna Pedersen. First prize is a gift certificate at Johansen Autobody, worth $100 for a wash, wax, clean and detail. Second prize is a Vtech cordless phone, valued at $60, donated by Lakeland Communi-

Luck High School seniors show off this year’s grand prize to be awarded at the annual scholarship dinner, Friday, Feb. 5, a handmade quilt given by Donna Pedersen. The quilt is on display at Rural American Bank in Luck. - Special photo cations. Third prize is a $30 gift certificate to be redeemed at Salon St. Amand. Dan and Evie Beal donated a pendant necklace and earrings set for the fourth prize. The fifth prize is a $25 gift certificate from Natural Alternative Food Coop. Prizes six through eight are $15 gift

certificates from Fibre Functions. Additional gift certificates from local businesses will also be raffled. Tickets are $1 each, or six for $5. The drawing will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, during halftime of the varsity boys basketball game. Winners need not be present.

If you need raffle tickets or have questions about the lasagna supper and quilt raffle, please call Amy Aguado at Luck Community Ed., 715-472-2152 ext. 103. submitted

Golden eagle program this Saturday “Golden Eagle Hunting in Mongolia,” a presentation by Ron Winch, wildlife photographer, will be held Saturday morning, Jan. 30, at the annual meeting of the Ice Age Trail, Indianhead Chapter, at Wisconsin Interstate Park, St. Croix Falls. The program will be held at 11 a.m. in the park’s interpretive center. There will be coffee and conversation at 9:30 a.m., then a business meeting at 10 a.m., followed by the eagle program. Winch is well known for his beautiful bird photography and has illustrated several books on raptors. He and his wife, Toni, a raptor handler, went to the Golden Eagle Festival in Mongolia, where the Kazaks hunt on horseback with trained eagles. It is said in Kazakhstan that every “real” man should have a golden killing eagle. Sayat, as it is called, is Kazakhstan’s national sport. The Indianhead Chapter of the Ice Age Trail is an organization of volunteers who are responsible for construction and maintenance of 61 miles of Wisconsin’s National Scenic Trail. - Special photo

North Wind Arts moves to a new location by Sherill Summer SIREN - North Wind Arts and the Burnett Area Arts Group have moved. Their new location is on the east side of Hwy. 35/70 near Ruby’s Pantry. North Wind still offers classes, art supplies and framing, but co-owner Jenny Goalen explains that the art supplies section has been downsized, and the gallery has been restructured to be a co-op style gallery. There are 26 local artists and craftspeople in the galley selling one-of-a-kind items such as cards, soaps, hats, willow baskets, bronze figurines and paintings. Many of the items are priced under $20 and are made in Burnett County, so Goalen points out that shopping at North Wind is an opportunity to support the local economy. Now that the gallery is a co-op style gallery, many of the artists will be working at the gallery, so stopping in would be a good opportunity to meet the artists. The location is also the official home of BAAG. An open house is being planned for mid-February, and a grand opening will be held later in the spring. Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. For more information call 715-349-8448 or visit

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Stiemann places second in Patriots Pen contest

As with the previous location of North Wind Arts, art supplies and paintings are sold. - Photos by Sherill Summer

Burnett County VFW Post 1256 would like to congratulate Emily Stiemann, a sixthgrade student from Siren School, for placing second in the District 10 Patriots Pen competition. The Patriots Pen is an essay contest for sixththrough eighth-grade students. Seventeen student from Northwest Wisconsin competed in the Wisconsin VFW District 10 contest. To be entered into the district competition, a student must place first at a post-level competition. – Photo submitted


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Dan Glockzin’s new house on Wood Lake has subtle nautical theme

by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG –A mix of year-round homes and cabins line Wood Lake’s North Shore Drive. There are the nostalgic and classic log cabins, the mere sight of which conjures up memories of happy summer days at the lake. Standing next to, and dwarfing, them are the modern two-story homes. Farther down the drive you can find a few 1950s rambler-style houses, some having been given an updated look while others seem stuck in time. And while the homes and cabins differ in shape, size and style, they all have one thing that draws the curiosity of those driving by, beckoning the question, thought if not spoken, “What lies beyond the lighted windows?” Dan Glockzin recently opened his new home on North Shore Drive for a tour, leaving no need to wonder what he’s been doing with the interior space. He’s owned a small cabin near the end of North Shore Drive for many years, but he finally realized he needed more space if he was to continue hosting the Christmas family gathering, which over the years had grown to over 25 guests. Now, four years later, he was ready to show the unique home he designed and built. “Since I lived on the lake and was always intrigued and mystified by sailing I decided to do a nautical theme with a bit of a medieval look, too, throughout the house.” The huge and unique stone fireplace in the center of Glockzin’s great room is the first thing to give one pause. Glockzin designed it to include a bread oven


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Nothing shows off the uniqueness in the interior design in Glockzin’s home better than the winding staircase. above a woodstove. The wood trim, also used to build the side doors of the fireplace, is fir, which Glockzin sandblasted to expose the wood’s beautiful grain. Looking up, the stonework gives way to a copper roof. “I wanted something different than

The sliding stable doors leading to another yet unfinished area and the rounded window trims Glockzin built show just how much time and attention to detail he took in carrying the Western theme throughout the downstairs rooms.

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stones going all the way to the top as most fireplaces do so I came up with the copper roof,” said Glockzin, who then pointed out a symbol in stone in the fireplace’s center. “This is a Maltese Cross,” said Glockzin pointing to a symbol imbedded in the stone. “I had it put in the stone. It has eight corners and I think the early knights in the Crusades used it. Each corner stands for something. They are like commandments or a guide for living,” he said, touching one of the corners. “I think if everyone could accept these vows the world would be a better place.” The ceiling in Glockzin’s house is no less unique. With its angled 3,500 feet of sanded and varnished cedar, one is reminded of the inside of a ship’s hull. Two large ceiling fans, appropriately named Windjammers, have blades made from sail material, adding to the subtle nautical style, as do the block and tackles used for suspending light fixtures. Antique finds Glockzin has furnished his home with antique finds from country auctions fitting with his nautical and medieval theme. His sister Vicki, who buys and sells antiques, has also helped with furnishings, including the guest bedroom’s

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square-nailed antique bed with a 6-foothigh headboard. “A few years ago I didn’t care about antiques but now I really appreciate their charm,” said Glockzin as he ponders the original purpose of an old chest he now uses for storage. When asked if people want to give him nautical pieces, Glockzin nodded his head and smiled. “People do bring me things that look nautical and sometimes they fit.” Glockzin’s desire is for the house to say unique quietly, rather than screaming it, so he’s been careful not to carry the nautical look too far. You won’t find any nautical knickknacks cluttering up counters, wrecking the understated nautical charm Glockzin has managed to create. Perhaps nothing says unique better than the winding staircase leading to the lower level. It’s another standout feature of the house, a project which Glockzin calls the stair winder, he says took a lot of time and help in completing. “My brother, Larry, is the architect and he knew a way to do it,” said Glockzin explaining how a computer had to be used to determine the rise and turn of the steps. “It was very complicated, one of the most complicated things I’ve done,” he said as he pointed out the stair’s stainless-steel spindles he bent by hand. "I did a lot of experimenting in this house,” Glockzin remarked, rubbing his hand over the stairway’s rope-covered railing. He said even with help from a couple of people, putting the rope on the railing took several hours. “The rope had to be glued down to hold it in place. Then later I experimented with different sealants until I found a fiberglass resin that worked to seal the rope while keeping it washable.” “I wanted every room to really be dif-

See Of sails and nails, page 2

A small brass porthole mirror on the entryway wall is just one of the subtle nautical influences reflecting Glockzin’s success in creating a decidedly different and beautiful home.


Of sails and nails/from page 1 The shower in Glockzin’s master bath has tiled moon and stars in one corner of the shower and a sun in another illustrating the obvious; one could linger in surroundings such as these for a long time. The shower also a built-in has steamer for a sauna effect and a body dryer for the ultimate in showering comforts.

ferent,” he explained as he showed how each room’s walls were paneled with a different kind of wood. That different look is no more noticeable than in the master bath with a shower to be coveted. The beautiful stonework, including a representation of Wood Lake and the surrounding rivers on the floor and walls Glockzin spent hours cutting tiles for immediately draws you in. The tiled moon and stars in one corner of the shower and a sun in another illustrates the obvious; one could linger in surroundings such as these for a long time. The shower also has a built-in steamer for a sauna effect and, get this, a body dryer for the ultimate in showering comforts. Theme variations Heading to the lower level of the house, Glockzin gives a quick disclaimer. “Forget about the nautical theme now. Down here I wanted a Western look.” To achieve that effect Glockzin used colored cement on the walls to give them what he said was an adobe wall look. He also paneled some wall space with rough-sawed pine (saved from the trees he took out to build the house).

The master bath’s shower has beautiful stonework, including a representation of Wood Lake and the surrounding rivers on the floor and walls. Glockzin spent hours cutting tiles for the design.

The large game room ceiling is covered in recycled tin and the cement floor has a spattered treatment Glockzin created by using concrete stain. Glockzin said he chose canvas for the exercise area ceiling not only because it was inexpensive but again for the different look he wanted. The sliding stable doors leading to another, yet unfinished area and the rounded window trims Glockzin built show just how much time and attention to detail he’s taken in carrying the Western theme throughout the rooms. Outside, the deck’s wood pilings, built to give it the feel of standing on a peer, stood frozen in January’s drifts. Pointing to the raised gardens, now snow-covered and dormant, Glockzin suggested a spring or summer tour. Glockzin says finishing touches still need to be made to his home, but getting it right in giving his house a subtle uniqueness is very important to him so he doesn’t mind it’s taken some time. Heading out the door a small brass porthole mirror on the entryway wall catches your eye, just one more reflection of Glockzin’s success in creating a decidedly different and beautiful home.

– Photos by Priscilla Bauer

The ceiling in Glockzin’s house is angled with 3,500 feet of sanded and varnished cedar, giving the effect of the inside of a ship’s hull. Two large ceiling fans, appropriately named Windjammers, have blades made from sail material adding to the subtle nautical style, as do the block and tackles used for suspending light fixtures.

A huge and unique stone fireplace is the center of Glockzin’s great room. Glockzin designed it to include a bread oven above a wood stove. The wood trim, also used to build the side doors of the fireplace, is fir, which Glockzin sandblasted to expose the wood’s beautiful grain. Looking up, the stonework gives way to a copper roof. “I wanted something different than stones going all the way to the top as most fireplaces do so I came up with the copper roof," said Glockzin.

This standout feature of the house called the stair winder, was the most complicated project Glockzin says he’s ever completed.

Talkin’ Sasquatch in St. Croix Falls



Sasquatch researcher Dan Nedrelo of Viroqua will share his views on the existence of an unverified giant North American primate in a talk at the senior center in downtown St. Croix Falls on Friday, Jan. 29, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Nedrelo, a former curator with the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, has conducted fieldwork and interviews with people claiming to have made Bigfoot sightings for the past 10 years. Tickets are available for $5 in downtown St. Croix Falls at the Indian Creek Winery & Grille and Clayton’s Hardware, and in Osceola at Bill’s Ace Hardware and Reflections Hair Salon, next to Cascade Falls. For more information visit or e-mail Randy Korb at – Photo submitted

Last month I slipped on the ice and thought I broke my leg. So, I get into the doctor’s office and they take some X-rays. The doctor looks at the X-rays and says, “These show some damage to the bone, but I wouldn’t worry about it.” “Oh really!” I said, “Well if your bone had damage, I wouldn’t worry about it either.” ••• I remember when my son was about 8 years old. He asked me, “Daddy, where did I come from?” Just for So I sat him down and explained everything I thought he should know about sex and babies. After I asked him, “So does that answer your question?” “No!” he shouts. “Tommy, next door, said he came from St. Paul, Minn.!”

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Eventually I arrived, Lucy and Milo in to northern Minnesota to see tow, and had a bowl of my mother’s good my parents, I suddenly knew something soup. My sister, her husband, my niece and was wrong. nephew piled out of the car with their new It’s a four-hour drive from my farmhouse cat. Soon the small house on the lake was to my parents’ house up north. I was going overflowing with family and good spirits. to spend a long weekend with my parents, So, when he called to say that he’d be there my sister and her family. We were going to by 10 the next morning, I felt a bit foolish— celebrate my father’s and niece’s birthdays. and happy. Then, on Saturday, the gentleman I met We all had a nice day. We skied and ate over the holidays was going to meet my pie. He took Isabelle and me out for coffee family. Despite caution and distance and and Isabelle, who just turned 7, had a strawtwo divorces between us, he had agreed to berry smoothie and developed a crush on drive two hours from his home on Saturhim. Then he got ready to leave and drive day morning to meet my parents and my the two hours back home. But before he left sister and my precocious niece Isabelle all at once. Letters from he told me that, the night before, while I was driving north, he had not been sure he I realized, as I was driving, what a crazy should come. idea this was. He had not been sure of how I felt—not We had not been seeing each other very sure until he saw me—and that not knowlong. We lived a distance apart. We were very different and had not had nearly enough time to ing had made him sad. I was surprised. I was surdetermine how deep those differences ran, or what prised he didn’t know, and more surprised that I difference the differences would make. But I had knew so certainly. So last night I went out on Facebook and commitasked him if he would like to come up to spend the ted the ultimate act of self-disclosure. I changed my day and he said “sure.” It wasn’t until I was driving relationship status from “single” to “in a relationnorth, with Lucy and Milo riding shotgun in the small cab of my pickup truck, that it occurred to me ship.” And this morning … this morning my mailbox was he might decide not to come after all. filled with good wishes. Cousins from both sides of I called and he did not answer his phone. He almy family wrote, and friends from both sides of the ways answers his phone. I turned the radio on loud. I searched for old pop ocean. Former in-laws and former boyfriends, music to distract me. Some people run screaming friends I have had since my teens and friends I met from the room when they hear disco and some, in this summer—all wrote to congratulate me on my spite of every better intention, get a silly grin on their “changed status.” It was very silly and embarrassing face. I am one of the latter. I searched for the most in- … and deeply touching. His name is Daniel and yes we do, we have a relasipid music the radio waves had to offer and found tionship. temporary relief singing along with Barry Gibb. Then, as I drove further north, I lost the station and Till next time, my worries returned. – Carrie Something was wrong.

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Nature story time at Interstate Park ST. CROIX FALLS – Join naturalist Julie Fox at 10 a.m. on Thursdays through March at the Ice Age Center at Wisconsin Interstate Park for a story and activity chosen especially for preschoolers and their parents. Please bring clothing for outdoor play (weather permitting).

Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls, on Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. Nature story time is free of charge, but a Wisconsin state park sticker is required to enter the park. For more information call Julie at 715-483-3747. - submitted

A call for writers and artists A new feature in 2010 will be the Artspage, a presentation of the best works we can gather from the two-county area and beyond. We will accept continuous submissions of photography, drawings, any images that can be reproduced in a newspaper, writings and short prose and

Come visit in winter by Carolyn Lumsden Come, visit the meadows and woodlands in winter. Now that winter is here, people often think that meadows and woodlands are asleep. Although plants are dormant now, most animals do not slumber. Activities abound in meadows and forests. The lowly meadow and deer mice have made nests of soft grasses and made sure an ample food supply is nearby. After the snows, they often tunnel beneath the drifts in their quest for food, being wary of predators ready to make them a tasty meal. Roaming widely and ever searching, the red and gray fox sniffs for the scent of a tasty mouse, rabbit or other small crea-

Northwest Regional Writers The Northwest Regional Writers meet at 1 p.m. the second Friday of the month either in Frederic or Grantsburg. Call Mary Jacobson at 715-349-2761 for more information about the organization.

poetry, with a mind toward appropriateness for this publication. Humorous, creative, satirical, imaginative and images that challenge, provoke and enlighten are sought. Give us your best and we’ll do the rest. Depending on the flow of submissions, this can be anywhere from a

Writer’s Corner ture. The coyotes are ever watchful for food. Their territory, too, is wide. Although the songbirds have long since migrated to warmer climes, many hardy bird species remain. Among them, the raucous blue jay, the “watch bird” of fields and forest, who keeps tabs on the surrounding areas. They warn everything of marauders in their territory. The curious chickadee scouts the meadow for seeds. Nuthatches walk upside down on branches and up and down tree trunks searching for bug larvae, as do several species of woodpeckers native to our area. They are the “bug patrol.” Once a brilliant yellow, the goldfinch now looks dowdy in its greenish-gray winter garb. They, too, glean seeds from the many meadow plants. The shy, bright red cardinal males decorate the forest, with their dowdy-colored mates nearby hardly noticeable. Raptors, including the hawk and bald

monthly to a weekly feature. We will need a healthy dose of submissions, so get out your pencils and pens, cameras and computers, brushes and whatever accoutrements you require to create your art, and get busy, please. This space could also be used for arts news, previews and re-

views of arts and literary events, or profiles of/interviews with writers and artists. Only you can ensure the success of this experiment. Send images in jpeg form, short poetry, prose and bio in the body of an e-mail, to: or

eagle, take to the skies and soar on wind currents watching for their meal. Small creatures must be ever on guard as they go their busy way. In the night, owls take over for the daytime raptors, keeping the small creatures alert and wary. While the woodlands are dark and cold, owls mate and incubate their eggs long before the throes of spring. Cocky ring-necked pheasants strut in open areas or on snowdrifts hardened by winter winds. Crowing to proclaim his territory, the male is colorful and usually has several drab brown females in his bevy. Gleaning the farmer’s fields, they supplement their usual winter’s diet. Still cautious from hunters, the whitetailed deer emerge from woodlots to feed on dried meadow grasses. They supplement their diets with browse and farmers snow-frosted round hay bales that are placed along fence lines and roadsides. Their concern now is out of control running domestic dogs and an occasional wolf or coyote pack. Squirrels dig stored nuts they diligently buried during the warmer autumn days. They also can hide a cache of nuts in a hollow tree. Sometimes they can be seen tugging or carrying a cob of corn taken from

a nearby field to add variety to their winter meals. Chipmunks scurry in sheltered areas of brush or weeds. They, too, have stored foods from warm autumn days, for the long, cold winter. The enticing sound of running water draws all creatures for a sip of the sustaining liquid. A camera and plenty of patience will bring rewards beyond your expectations. These are only a few examples of the activities that are teeming in the meadows and woodlands during the winter months. Take time to wander the meadows and woodlands and listen to the sounds and sights around you. Watch silently the busy lives as you survey the meadows and woodlands. You’ll be glad you visited them in winter.

PoCo Penners The PoCo Penners meet the second Friday of the month at 2 p.m. in the Conference room, next to the restroom, in the Justice Center in Balsam Lake. Contact Brenda Mayer at 715485-3571 or Iris Holm 715-294-3174 for more information.

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


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Ramblings Having spent the last several Januarys in the Deep South where you can forget two feet of snow and the cold weather, we are getting a little cabin fever staying home this winter with our broken leg and being ordered to stay off it until the next X-ray on Feb. 18. After that, some weight-bearing walking with a brace and cane, but no maple sap carrying this spring season. It looks like Margo and Scott will be the sap haulers with the Rambler directing the process, starting in mid-March. Last Saturday we got up at 4 a.m. to drive to Neillsville to the winter meeting of the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association (WMSPA The meeting is for producers who do maple syruping as a business rather than hobbyists. This year there were three morning speakers and then afternoon roundtable sessions with the speakers to get more information. Many vendors of syrup-producing equipment and supplies had nice displays with the emphasis on tapping trees using plastic tubing, vacuum pumps, power filters and evaporators; the automation of the process, so a drip of sap gets pulled from the tree to the bottle in a few hours, untouched by human hands! Brenda Heinen, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, talked about the Rural Energy for America Program federal grants and loans available to improve our energy efficiency. If you earn half of your income from farming, or have a business in a rural area or in a city under 50,000 people, you can apply for money to improve your energy efficiency or replace fossil fuels with renewable sources. For more information go to wi/programs/rbs/energy.htm Another program with money to help is Value Added Producer Grants. Farm examples included fruit to wine, trees to lumber, milk to cheese, and sap to syrup. Planning grants to $100,000 and matching grants to $300,000 for capital projects are available. Brenda encouraged people to call the office and see if their projects would qualify. For more information go to www.rurdev.usda. gov/rbs/coops/vadg.htm. A speaker from the Wisconsin branch

Duane and Lynn Lindh of rural Frederic and Rodney and Jackie Moody of Clam Falls attended the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association meeting in Neillsville, Jan. 16. Meeting topics included energy efficiency grants/loans and licensing sugar bush facilities. – Photo by the Rambler of the National Agriculture Statistics Service gave us production numbers for maple syrup in Wisconsin for the last two years and selling prices. Production for the 2009 season was nearly double the previous three years. Wisconsin retail prices were lower than most eastern states with the average price of a pint at $7.40 as compared to $11 in Connecticutt and $9.65 in Vermont. I talked to several producers who were expanding their tapping this year because the syrup price went up significantly since 2007 and continues higher now. We were encouraged to report our production figures so Wisconsin, now fourth-largest producing state, will have correct numbers. The maple statistics are located at Statistics_by_State/Wisconsin/Publications/Crops/maple.pdf. The third speaker was from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection She went through the regulations for making and selling maple syrup in Wisconsin. Producers who make syrup and sell all of it retail (at your own business, home, stand, farmers market, etc.), are not required to have a license and are not inspected, but are expected to follow the same rules for clean, sanitary and delicious syrup. I have posted the inspection guidelines on my Web b-slog. We met some other local syrupers at the meeting, Al and Linda Hustad ( from Cumberland. They buy sap directly from producers and supply tapping equipment to producers for the season. They have a large processing plant and a retail outlet. Steve Anderson, of Anderson Maple ( near Cumberland was there with a display of maple equipment for sale. He says he is

A homemade maple syrup cooking setup from a barrel and a folded sheet of tin is what Cushing Postmaster Jana Massee uses for sap coming from a few trees. Everett Hanson built it as an early model but has moved on to bigger and better units and passed it along. Llama power is used to haul sap. – Photo by Jana Massee

opening his business on weekends now and is ready for the season with lots of supplies on hand. He decided not to do his open house this year, so stop in early and get your supplies before the busy season gets under way. He has an online catalog. Duane and Lynn Lindh from Frederic will be buying sap again this year and tapping their own trees. They have a licensed syrup-producing facility. Last year was the best year Duane can remember for syrup production per tap, at 2 quarts. A few of us old-timers remember 1977, probably the best year ever in northwestern Wisconsin, but don’t have numbers to make a good comparison. The Hansons had so much sap that ran so many days in 1977 that we never collected more than about one-third of the pails that year as we couldn’t keep up. That happened to Steve’s dad, too. Rodney and Jackie Moody, from Clam Falls, attended their first winter meeting. They began tapping just last year, starting big with 300 taps. They enjoyed making syrup and plan to continue. We talked about how you turn a hobby into a small business. Doing syruping as a small business requires some additional tax paperwork, but lets you deduct that new tractor you need to collect sap and allows you to change your woods from high regular property taxes to low agricultural tax rates. The rule of thumb is that 20 taps per acre qualify it for ag status, potentially dropping your property taxes to 10-20 percent of the non-ag rate. If you want to try making maple syrup, you first need to find a maple tree. Any tree in the maple family, from boxelder, red maple to sugar maple, will work. In a normal year, each half-inch diameter hole, 2 inches deep into the tree will produce 10 gallons of sap that will cook down to a quart of syrup. You will need a spile or tap, a tapered tube you tap into the hole that collects the sap into a food-grade jug or pail (not cat-food grade!). During the mid-March to midApril season, most days will have little sap, and a few days will run over even a 5-gallon bucket. The sap has to be boiled and boiled and boiled, 35-40 gallons down to one gallon. Doing it in the house is just not a good idea unless you wanted to have your wallpaper fall off from the steam! One of my neighbors used a gas grill and was proud that he made a gallon of syrup with only two $20 tanks from a single tree with four taps. After your first year, you spend the winter thinking about a better cooker and pan and where you can find more maples. The next year you improve your cooker and soon you need a roof and walls around it and you are hooked for good. Local history books on Internet I recently put four out-of-print books of information on local Polk/Burnett county history on the Internet so anyone in the world with Internet access can read them and look at the pictures. You can find them by going to and searching by title in quotation marks “Stories of the St. Croix River Road” or “Stories of the Trade River Valley” or “Doc Squirt” or “Wolf Creek School History Wisconsin” and see the whole book for free. You can search for any word in the book and find all of the pages where it is located. Google, a major Internet company, has a project to scan every book ever written and make it available to readers through the Internet. They have negotiated paying authors for copyrighted books read online, provide links to buy the books, and to show books out of copyright for free to anyone who looks. For instance, I am now reading for free, Wisconsin author and humorist Bill Nye’s 1888 book “Forty Liars and other Lies.” He seems to be making fun of Congress when he writes, “Among the new laws we need, and to which we call the attention of the legislature, are the following: 1. A law for the prevention of cruelty to indigent bedbugs. 2. A law for the more successful propagation of the doughnut plant in Wyoming. 3. A law for the prevention of large air-holes in baker’s bread. 4. An act in aid of an institution for bald-headed orphans.” According to USA Today in a Feb. 2009 article, 25 percent of Americans do not have access to the Internet from home. Eight percent of Americans say they don’t want to use the Internet at all. All of our local public libraries have computers and free access to the Internet and people who can help you set up free e-mail accounts and look at links referred to in my column this week. If you haven’t tried the Internet, it should go on your “bucket list” (list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket). It certainly is amazing to think that you may soon have access to almost every book ever written, and have access to millions of them now for free! This column has a lot of Internet links listed as a way to direct you to detailed information on the subjects I covered. If you go to my b-slog (my Web story book) at I have put the maple syrup info and links in an article there where you can directly click on them as well as another list of all the local history books with the ability to search my books for any word you want. Local woman’s telephone bugged For the last few months Mom’s telephone has been cutting off as it begins to ring, some days no problems and others, all the time. Last week it started failing most of the time – so Brother Marvin spent half a day swapping phones, disconnecting and reconnecting them until he was satisfied that the phones were OK, and then called the office in Grantsburg. The repairman came out soon, worked a few minutes outside the house and came in and tested it and all worked OK again. “What was wrong?” asked Mom. “The little box covering the wires was filled clear full of lady bugs. They sometimes crossed off the wires and sometimes didn’t. I cleaned them out.” I imagine that when electricity for the ringer came through it may have tickled them to shift around, or maybe the call had some hot news. If your phone stops working, it too may be bugged! From my Internet reading of old books I leave you with two quotations. “There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” Will Rogers wrote this in the 1930s. “Facts are like little children born into the earth nude; and like little children they should be dressed,” Bill Nye, St. Croix County humorist, written 120 years ago.


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people know what hand-me-downs are. Especially if those older people grew up in the Depression of the ‘30s. One of my aunts taught school in the Nakomis Elementary School in Madison, and another aunt worked at the telephone office in Chicago. Both women wore many shirts and blouses, Abrahamzon and when they grew tired of them, they handed them down to me. They were new to me and I was glad to get them. As I grew up, I inherited their suits and fur coats, too. Buying new clothes was considered a needless expense. I knew my parents lost money at the local bank, and were not likely to recover it. Fortunately, my father was a professional gardener and living quarters were provided on the estate as part of his wages. Also vegetables from the gardens he planted and tended, milk from the dairy, gasoline for the provided pickup, apples from the orchard, coal in the coal bin in the basement for the Arcola stove to heat our four-bedroom house, other utilities, paid by his employer. Actually our family fared well during the Depression with few outside expenses aside from dental, medical, personal items. My father took a cut in salary. Our house was furnished with heavy oak furniture in the living room and dining room, electric range and old-fashioned ice box in the kitchen and a wooden table and chairs. We owned our own bedroom furniture including metal beds and bureaus. Basic groceries were not expensive the way they are in today’s depression. We raised chickens and they supplied eggs and meat. No, we did not have chicken every Sunday, only once in awhile. In summer my father often went fishing at day’s end and we enjoyed fresh fish. We ate creamed chipped beef on potatoes or codfish balls. Codfish came in little wooden boxes; or we had scrambled eggs with a little sliced onion added during the frying. We ate tons of vegetables, so I learned early in life to eat brussels sprouts, lima beans, broccoli, green or wax beans, and all the rest. Because everyone was in the same boat financially (we didn’t have any money) we didn’t know we were poor. We seemed to be in good shape; considering conditions today, we were. So when it came to clothing, hand-me-downs were welcome. Our employer had a daughter a little older,


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and we were both thin, so I received clothing from her parents, too. Mothers today go to yard sales and look for clothes for young children and the kids are OK with it. I understand however that teenagers don’t appreciate secondhand clothing, and prefer new. I don’t go to many yard sales, but when I do, I look for books to read. I have also discovered that turtleneck sweaters and sweatshirts are in good supply, often like new. I guess some women don’t like turtlenecks, but I’m happy as I like them. They’re cozy and warm and eliminate the need for a neck scarf under your coat. I have no false pride about wearing hand-medowns. The expression is not common in today’s world, and it’s not in my dictionary. Birthdays Friends asked me in church last Sunday, “Don’t you have a birthday this week?” I answered, “If you insist.” Actually, considering the alternative, birthdays should be celebrated. We can’t hold back Father Time no matter how quickly those years add up. It dawned overcast and misty, but brought cards, gifts, phone calls, lovely flowers, a marble cake, a catered prime rib dinner, best wishes and Bible verses. Doesn’t sound at all like a depression event, does it? I am very fortunate and enjoy each day. I don’t mind staying inside if the weather is bad or the sidewalk is icy. Each day is a gift, and so is each friend. Good thought It’s not what you’d do with a million If riches should e’er be your lot But what are you doing at present With the dollar and half you’ve got. And another Drive in such a manner that your license expires before you do. And finally Enjoy your own life, without comparing it with that of another. Until next week, Bernice

Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County My experience with snow shoveling by Catherine I have been so lucky to see the beautiful winters of this snow country since 1970. I think the snow falling is a wondrous and glorious sight. Then when it’s time to travel - the inches of snow have to be moved so we can move about safely. This is when snow shoveling becomes a way of life. I used to move the snow with a vigorous air about me. Nowadays - I move the snow vigorously fighting for air. As we age, handling such a stressful activity as shoveling snow should be left for those more physical types. Interfaith Caregivers recognizes the need for people to do this vigorous and very physical activity. So we are sending out a cry for help from our elderly and disabled neighbors. Without your assistance, they would find themselves snowed in, rendered immobile, stuck. That can be a very frightening feeling - remembering the big one of the 1991 Halloween

snowstorm. We weren’t able to get to town for about four days. It’s a feeling I’ll long remember. Since Interfaith Caregivers does not have enough volunteers, we are asking people to be aware and help your elderly and disabled neighbors with snow shoveling. I know they will appreciate you. We are missing our snowbirds, which increases the need for more volunteers. These are our current needs: Drivers to take a Road to Recovery cancer client from Frederic to Maplewood, Minn., and back. We have a client requesting occasional light housekeeping in Frederic. Requests from the St. Croix Falls area for rides to the government center or clinic appointments and food shelf, grocery or other local shopping. We had a request for volunteers to do respite visits once a week in the Cushing area. If you (or someone you know) could benefit from our services or would like to volunteer, call Interfaith Caregivers at 715-485-9500, e-mail to, or visit the Web site at Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 426, Balsam Lake, WI 54810.

Swedish Club to meet AMERY – The Swedish Club meets Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m., at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on Deronda Street. A Swedish film (with English subtitles) titled “The Painter of Bishop Hill” will be shown. Refresh-

ments will feature a Swedish tradition for February. The public is welcome. submitted

Grantsburg Library hosts valentine card workshop GRANTSBURG – Let the Grantsburg Library help you with the perfect token of love or friendship this Valentine’s. Attend the Valentine Card Workshop from 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 6. Instructor Marie Dahlberg will demonstrate how to

turn your time and creativity into a one-of-a-kind gift. The workshop is free, but please sign up by visiting or calling the library at 715-463-2244 to reserve materials. The class is open to adults and kids ages third-grade and up. - submitted

Do you remember ? Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

50 Years Ago A bowling tournament will run for six weekends at the Frederic Recreation from Jan. 22, 23 and 24 through Feb. 26, 27 and 28.–Poplar Well Drilling, Poplar, was running ads in this paper.–The film “The Gunfight at Dodge City” was playing at the Frederic Theatre.–A dance was held at Lily Lake Inn, Webster, on Jan. 23.–A turkey supper was held at Rommel Bar, Lewis, on Jan. 21.–John Deere Day was held Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Osceola High School gym sponsored by McCarty Implement Co. Inc., Osceola.–A Cushing farm couple, Mr. and Mrs. Irving Olsen, won a Bermuda vacation through Allis Chalmers.–Weatherman dished out below-zero readings along with light snow.–A pancake feed was served at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Frederic, on Jan. 29, beginning at 5 p.m.–The Luck Winter Carnival and Ice Show were set for Feb. 13.–There were 162 pints of blood given at Frederic in one day’s collection.–Boat registration blanks were available in Polk County.–Ervin Sederlund sold his truck route and franchise to Calvin Anderson.–Specials at Route’s Super Market, Frederic, included boiling beef at 29¢ lb., round steak at 69¢ lb., peanut butter at 39¢ jar and ground beef at 2 lbs. for 89¢.–Burnett County Homemakers sang at Madison.

40 Years Ago Specials at the Frederic Super Market included eight cans of kidney beans for $1, seven cans of peas at $1, cans of Campbells soups at 6 for $1 and evaporated milk at 6 cans for $1.–The largest fish caught at the American Legion Fishing contest was caught by a Minneapolis man at Wood Lake.–An extra-long cooking fork was the February special for 49¢ at Carlson Hardware, Our Own Hardware, Frederic.–Concordia College choir was coming to the Grantsburg High School gym on Feb. 12 with a concert.–Farmers State Bank provided new heart-care equipment at Frederic.–A chicken dinner was set at the Frederic Country Club for Tuesday, Feb. 17.–Specials at Route’s Super Market, Frederic, included 2 lbs. bacon at $1.59, round steak at 89¢ lb., Swansdown cake mixes at 4 for $1, oranges at 2 dozen for 79¢, and raisins at 2 lbs. for 53¢.–Singers and wives were invited to the SPEBSQSA at Balsam Lake School on Monday, Feb. 16, with slogan “Keeping America Singing.”–A dance would be held at Joe’s Cross Roads on Feb. 14 with music by Glenn Hunter, sponsored by the Sand Lake Sportsmen’s Club.–The movie “3 into 2 Won’t Go” was playing at the Frederic Theatre (where the Frederic Library is now located).–Frederic Area Senior Citizens were exploring possibilities of having a senior center.–A permit was granted for a new pond in West Sweden.

20 Years Ago Mike Luedeke of Spooner was hired as Burnett County Forestry Department Administrator.–Records were set in Burnett County bird count.–The Grantsburg sled dog festival would feature many new events on Feb. 9 – 11.–Pop Wagner appeared Jan. 19 at the Trade Lake Town Hall with a house concert.–Special education needs increased at Grantsburg.–Disabled can receive full-service gas at self-service price.–Siren Chiropractic Clinic got a state-of-the-art treatment table.–Burnett Health Department was preparing measles defense.–Thomas L. Boe, D.D.S. had a Main Street dental office in Siren.–Peggy’s Fashion Rack, Siren, had a winter clearance sale with up to 50 percent off.–Open house was held for the 90th birthday of Caroline Root on the afternoon of Jan. 14 at the Siren United Methodist Church.–The Webb Lake Town Dump would be permanently closed Jan. 31, 1990.–Local news came from Cushing, Alpha, Cloverton, White Pine, May and Danbury plus many other little communities.–An estimated 400 people attended the historical society fishing contest for the sixth year at Yellow Lake, and according to Mary Kaliska those who caught the biggest fish in one category won over $3,000 worth of prizes. No one caught the tagged fish, however, to win the pickup.–Polk County dairy herds declined 25 percent in three years.–Luck Schools needed more classrooms and more teachers.

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Participating in the Sunday service at the Lewis church were Pastor Tom, Brad Alden, Robin Peterson, Starr Warndahl (pianist), Marlene and Nicole Nelson, ushers. The weather kept some people home, but those who came enjoyed all the treats served after the service by Kara Alden, LaVonne Boyer and Sheila Staples. Two birthdays were celebrated, that of Carol Warndahl and Bernice Abrahamzon. People were willing to linger over the coffee cups, too. Sharla Stickland of Webster, during the services shared a special devotion with the Lewis congregation. One of the members brought a live plant for the altar and will keep it in the church, hoping it will flourish and grow bigger. A brief meeting of the UMW was held Sunday morning to consider having a bake sale on Friday, Feb. 12. (Place to be announced and verified). All proceeds will be marked for

Haiti. It was agreed that such a project is needed, not only now but for months to come. Bernice Abrahamzon had a birthday telephone call on Thursday from her one-time bridesmaids, Theresa and Dorothy Syriopoulos of Milwaukee. They are twins and have been friends and faithful correspondents for 70 years as they are classmates from Milwaukee-Downer College, now merged with Lawrence University of Appleton. She also heard from another M-D.C. classmate, Shirley Misbach Buswell of Marengo, Iowa. The month of January is rapidly going and the deadline approaching for paying real estate taxes. Just a reminder, too, that a jam session will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, from 6 – 9 p.m., at the Lewis church. The town of Lewis has no community center, and the members of the church are happy to share their facilities with the public. Music is a good attraction.

Several music lessons are given on Thursdays at the church, so if you wonder what is going on, it’s music. A potluck noon lunch was enjoyed at Sunrise Apts. Community Room a week ago Sunday at Scrabble Club. It would have been for Doris Lundquist but she is now a resident of Sophie’s Manor, Centuria, formerly Bethany Home, so Bernice A. was the only one with a birthday. Some new members are now coming and that’s good. We miss Darlene Jensen, who passed away in late 2009, and Eva Hansen who had a hip replacement and is a resident of Pioneer Home, Luck. Changes happen and are inevitable. Many of the Scrabble players use the new board, which incorporates some changes. Some of us still use the original, old boards as we’re used to them. Get-well wishes to Judy Mrdutt of Danbury who recently underwent surgery.

Siren Senior Center Our name, The Siren Senior Community Center Inc., was named thus because it is a center that belongs to every senior in our community. We are happy to say that we have participants come from Voyageur Village, Danbury, Webster, Grantsburg and Frederic to join in our activities. On Wednesday, Feb. 10, we will celebrate the five-plus years that our building was officially opened for all the seniors in the area. A potluck luncheon will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. for all who wish to attend, so please come and celebrate. If you are unable to bring a dish to pass, join us anyway as there always seems to be an ample amount of food. The monthly Dining at Five dinner will be held on the second Thursday, Feb. 11. You

will be able to enjoy a “Touch of Italia” as CeCe is serving lasagna with garlic bread, a salad bar and cherry cheesecake. The sign up sheet is out so you may stop in to make a reservation or call 715-349-2845. Get-well and speedy-recovery wishes to Nona Severson and Fran Oltman who are having their surgeries this week. Nona is having wrist surgery in Minneapolis and Fran will have heart surgery in Eau Claire. Hurry back, ladies. Gratitude is extended to Violet Beckmark and the Tjader family for the cards that they donated to be recycled. The card ladies are sending out a plea for larger greeting card envelopes so if you have any extra laying around the house they would appreciate


349-2964 Old Mother Nature sure seems to enjoy playing tricks on us with our weather this winter. Since the Christmas storms we have gone through a few days of nice January thaw to freezing rain, just plain rain back to snow and don’t forget the ice. Seems the highway boys are working overtime just keeping up with her tricks. So far it looks like we just might be in for another unpredictable year of crazy weather. The Siren Lioness Club held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Siren Senior Center, a good-size group of ladies attended.

them. We would like to extend our sympathy to the Powell family on the passing of Steve. Steve and Alice contributed a lot of their time and talent to our center in its earlier years until his health started to fail and they decided to be closer to their children in Minnesota. The monthly senior meeting was held on Tuesday, Jan. 19, with 15 people attending. It was announced that the Feet First Lady would be available until 4 p.m. instead of the usual noontime. This should be accommodating to the folks that find it difficult to make an appointment in the morning. The sheet is out for appointments so either call 715-349-7810 or stop in and sign up. She will be coming to the center on Monday, Feb. 15.

The Grandmas Group resumed their gettogethers after the holidays with their own Christmas party at the home of Dorothy Lahners with a potluck lunch and gift exchange. Those present were Naomi Glover, Erna Lueck, Hazel Hahr, Marge Peterson, her mom and new member Carol Juve, and Bev Beckmark. No crafts were done, just an afternoon of visiting. Congratulations to elementary student Zachariah Richter and high-schooler Hunter Wikstrom for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. The wedding showcase is coming up on

Sunday, Jan. 31, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northwoods Crossings Event Center in Siren. If you are planning a wedding or just need a few ideas to finish off your wedding plans this is the place to come to as you just might find some things to make a great wedding day into a spectacular one. Sympathy to the family of Elmer Taylor who passed away Jan. 20. Sympathy to the family of Jerry Svoboda who passed away Jan. 20. Sympathy to the family of Merle Hanson who passed away Jan. 21. The SCC Ministries will once again be hold-

Bernice Abrahamzon Carol Bohn of Frederic is recuperating from a recent fall, where she suffered bruised ribs and also injured her back, making it painful to take a deep breath. Good to see her and Dennis in church on Sunday. Arlene Jones will soon start therapy to help heal her shoulder as it is still painful. Did you notice the recent obituary of Robert Anderson, son of Ernie and Myrtle Anderson? She was once our “telephone lady” here in Lewis, and a familiar figure sitting at her switchboard in the entryway on the “telephone house” on Main Avenue, Lewis. See last week’s Leader for obituary. Emmy and Ethan, children of Jenny and Krist Midbrod of Somerset, spent the weekend with grandparents, Lee and Carol Mangelsen of rural Frederic. LaVerne Leep visited them at the Mangelsen’s on Sunday.

Barb Munger Winners at 500 this week were Gerry Vogel, Darlene Groves, Anke Olesen, Neil Olson and Clara Palomaki. Spade winners were Gerry Vogel, Arnie Borcherd, Barb Munger, Sue Newberger and Inez Pearson. Marge Nyberg, Inez Pearson and Anke Olesen provided treats for the card players. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The nutrition dinner is served promptly at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Do not hesitate to call the center for any information at 715-349-7810.

Bev Beckmark ing their Chocolate Affair on Friday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. until the chocolates are gone at the U.S. Bank and Bremer Bank in Siren. If you want to purchase some of these great chocolates for your valentine mark your calendar and come early; they go fast. If you want a fun Valentine’s Day, mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 13. The Webster Lioness Club is hosting a great afternoon of fun at the Webster Community Center. Lunch starts at noon for just $4, then stick around and play Bingo until 3 p.m., there are lots of great prizes to win.

Birth announcements Born at Osceola Medical Center:

A boy, Jackson Eric Thompson, born Jan. 14, 2010, to Jessica and Eric Thompson, New Richmond. Jackson weighed 8 lbs., 15.9 oz. ••• A girl, Elizabeth Ann Hansen, born Jan. 18, 2010, to Jason and Brandi Hansen, Grantsburg. Elizabeth weighed 9 lbs. •••

Born at SCRMC:

Twin girls, Katelyn Jean Otto and Emily Ann Otto, born Dec. 29, 2009, to Crystal and Justin Otto, Shafer, Minn. Katelyn weighed 6 lbs., 9 oz. and Emily weighed 6 lbs., 11 oz.

••• A girl, Julia Marie Chadwick, born Jan. 12, 2010, to Jim and Shari Chadwick, Frederic. Julia weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz. ••• A girl, Cora Faith Jacobson, born Jan. 13, 2010, to Rachael and Michael Jacobson, St. Croix Falls. Cora weighed 9 lbs., 7 oz. ••• A girl, Mia Dawn McLafferty, born Jan. 11, 2010, to Melissa and Justin McLafferty, St. Croix Falls. Mia weighed 6 lbs., 3 oz. ••• A boy, Austin Taylor James Banger, born Jan. 11, 2010, to Ashley Banger, Amery.

••• A boy, Aiden Michael Fehlen, born Jan. 8, 2010, to Jessica and Jerrod Fehlen, Osceola. Aiden weighed 6 lbs., 11 oz. ••• A boy, Mitchell James Makinen, born Jan. 13, 2010, to Richard and Amy Makinen, Osceola. Mitchell weighed 6 lbs., 6 oz. ••• A boy, Jordan Alexander Metheny, born Jan. 15, 2010, to Vanessa Duxbury and Matthew Metheny, Turtle Lake. Jordan weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz. ••• A girl, Ashtyn Colleen Piel, born Jan. 14,

2010, to Tony Piel and Kelly Plenty, Milltown. Ashtyn weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz. •••

Born at Burnett Medical Center:

A boy, Gabriel Micheal Hess-Hollon, born Jan. 18, 2010, to Dawn Hess and Gregory Hollon, Grantsburg. Gabriel weighed 6 lbs., 12 oz. and was 19-1/2 inches long. Siblings include Dakota, Elijah and Talen. Grandparents are Randall and Susanne Hess, Grantsburg. •••

Academic news KENOSHA – Jessica Owens, Frederic, has been placed on the dean’s list for the fall 2009 term at Carthage College in Kenosha. – submitted ••• MINNEAPOILIS, Minn. – Ashley D. Chapman has been placed on the dean’s list at Dunwoody College of Technology while in the electrical maintenance and construction program. Chapman is the daughter of Jim and Dianne Chapman of St. Croix Falls, and a 2009 graduate of St. Croix Falls High School. – submitted ••• SUPERIOR – The University of WisconsinSuperior has named the following students to the dean’s list for academic achievement in the Fall 2009 semester.

St. Croix Falls Tashina Martinson;

Luck Joshua Bazey;

Grantsburg Tyler C. Myers*, freshman, biomedical engineering;

Osceola Kristen Jasperson;

Siren Joshua Bentley. – submitted ••• HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan Technological University has released the dean’s list for the fall 2009 semester, recognizing students who achieve grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher. Those earning straight-A averages of 4.0 are indicated by asterisks. Among the honorees are the following from the local area: Cumberland Logan X. Mahowald, junior, electrical eng. tech;

Osceola Kyle G. Jones, senior, mechanical engi-

neering; Tyler J. Muckenhirn, sophomore, mechanical engineering; St. Croix Falls Ryan M. Stark, junior, electrical engineering. – submitted ••• The UW-Stevens Point honored 2,447 undergraduate students for attaining high gradepoint averages during the fall semester of the 2009-10 academic semester. Full-time undergraduates who earned grade points of 3.90 to 4.0 (4.0 equals straight A) are given the highest honors designation. High honor citations go to those with gradepoint averages from 3.75 to 3.89 and honor recognition is accorded to those with gradepoint averages from 3.50 to 3.74. Personalized certificates of scholastic achievement are being sent to those who earned highest honors distinction. Students who received honors include:

Frederic Johanna E. Schmidt, highest honors; Webster Allison E. Didier, high honors. Grantsburg Carrie T. Myers, highest honors; Osceola April J. Millermon, high honors; Unity Sabrina R. Roth, honors. – submitted ••• ST. PAUL, Minn. – Lauren Howe, of Siren, was named to the dean's list at Hamline University for the fall term of the 2009-2010 academic year. Members of the dean's list achieve a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale. Howe, who is majoring in art history, is a graduate Siren High School and is the daughter of Jeffrey and Karen Howe of Siren. •••


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Hi, everybody! Blacky here from Humane Society of Burnett County. Last week I told you that I had a surprise for my friends at the shelter, and I was pretty excited. You see, I was given a machine that was supposed to automagically pick up my furry pals’ ... um, organic yard ornaments and take the yuck factor out of cleanup. I left it for the staff to try out and, after further review, it seems that the shovel still out performs. To be fair, it probably wasn’t designed for a whole shelter full of dogs. If they put a turbine engine on it, and made the intake opening bigger, then we’d be getting somewhere! Oh well, you don’t know if you don’t try. Conversely, there are some things you might not know about that you should not try, under any circumstance. I learned this the other day when I was out for my walk. I was running through the woods when I came upon a creature I have never seen before. It wasn’t a tree rat, or a rock rat for that matter, but a different kind of rat altogether! This one looked like a pincushion with legs, and Carlee is a 6month-old purebred black Lab. She was given, as a puppy, to a young mother with a newborn. It turns out that newborn humans take a lot of time and energy, leaving very little time and attention for a young pup. At 6 months, Carlee is full of life and energy. She is in need of a home that will celebrate an active life with her and teach her basic obedience in a household. All she asks is that a chew toy is provided and she prom-

he wasn’t very friendly. I ran up to say hello and sniff him out, but he turned around and puffed up his hind end, stomped his feet, and hissed and growled! I got the distinct impression he didn’t want to be friends, plus my mom was shouting, “No, no, no, no ...” at me in the distance. I jumped back, as it was the craziest thing I’d seen! I thought YAPpenings ever about it a second or two and then decided that I should perhaps leave well enough alone. I’m glad I did. Later, my brother told me stories about this animal, and he said if I had gotten too close I’d have wound up with a face full of those pointy things, and I’d be on the express route to the vet to have

them yanked out. Yow! That sounds painful! I don’t always have a lot of sense, but in this case I’m glad I made the right decision. My shelter pals have been having some fun skating around on the rain-turned-to-ice outdoors. Paws slide out in all directions, and my buddy Maddox slid down our little walking bridge on his face and stomach! He’s a tripod like my brother, so I don’t think he did it on purpose. Heck, it’s hard enough to stay up on all fours, so I can only imagine what it’s like when your balance is already off because you’re minus a leg. I slipped off my back stairs over the weekend and hit the ground like a bag of concrete. That’s embarassing. While I was testing gravity at home, a new pup arrived at the shelter. She is a little cutie pie. Her name is Nadine and she is a Chihuahua mix (maybe?) who was picked up in the Hertel area. She is about 8 weeks old. I was sent her picture, and I thought I‘d share it with you just in case you have not gotten your “Awwww!” for the day. If she’s lost, I bet

her people miss her really bad and are worried sick. I know my friends at the shelter will take excellent care of her, though, and give her lots of love. I’m sure glad they’re around. It’s snowing outside now, and that is one of my favorite things. I like it when the snowflakes land on my whiskers and eyelashes, and I can romp around and play. Maybe if that stompingmad quill rat stopped to appreciate his surroundings a little more, he wouldn’t be so grouchy. I’m not going to be the one to tell him that, though. Noooo way. Take care, everyone, and I’ll see you here next week! HSBC is saving lives (and teaching skating techniques), one at at time., 715-866-4096.

ises to behave and learn her lessons. Carlee is a beautiful young Labrador retriever in need of love and attention. Our dog kennel is brimming with adoptable dogs. Eddie is a carbon copy of Carlee in a

male Labrador version. Jaeger is a beautiful 5-year-old rottweiler, neutered male. He is house trained and loving. A bloodhound named Lizette is the epitome of her breed and behaves as an indoor pet; house trained and very little barking. She wants to be your next couch potato. Shiloh is a 3-year-old black Lab-springer mix who is trained to alert a diabetic of low blood sugar. His previous owner died and no one in the family could afford to keep him. Rounding out the canine category is a litter of five mix puppies. Mom was a Lab-shepherd, dad a husky-retrievergolden mix. These roly-poly pups are 10 weeks old, three blondes, a redhead and a black and tan. They are too cute for the room and are ready to wiggle their way into your heart.

The Cat Room has an assortment of young and younger. Fannie, Jacque and Sienna are a diluted calico, a calico tabby and a longhair, mitted brown tabby, respectively. Mikah is the old man at 1 year old. He is the Big Lebowski personified. His attitude is “Hey man, it’s all groovy. Let’s sprawl out on this couch until dinner.” Kittens, 10 weeks and under, are flame-point brother and sister, Barbie and Bart, mediumhair Carmie with a grey and white coat and Kasey, shorthair black and white. All of our adoptable pets can be seen on the Web site or at the shelter, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The animals love visitors. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, Amery, 715-268-7387 or online:

Blacky Shelter

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Webster Senior Center and Area News

Nicky’s Tuesday congregate meal was meatballs with mashed potatoes and gravy. Gladys Beers, Margel Ruck and I stayed afterward to decorate the center in a valentine theme. The center was open for congregate dining on Wednesday this week because a training meeting had been scheduled for the site manager/cooks on Friday, so it was nice to be able to eat lunch there on Wednesday before dime Bingo. Fifteen ladies came in to play in the afternoon, and it was great to have Joanne Miehle join the group again after being absent for a while. Gratitude is extended to Peggy Lawless for furnishing the refreshments. Four of the AARP tax aide workers were at the center on Thursday to coordinate their computer programs to get set for their first Homestead Tax day at our center on Friday, Feb. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. There is a sign-up sheet available at the center to schedule appointments. The Webster Lioness Club met for their monthly dinner meeting on Thursday evening at the Webster Community Center. The dinner was prepared by Angel Jackson and the dessert by Kira Schwendemen, guest speaker Jeff Butler gave a presentation on Wisconsin Project New Hope, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, which is a new retreat being planned for military veterans and their families at Luther Point, with the start-up first retreat dates of April 30 to May 3, for 10 families. With $300 covering the cost for one family, they will be needing $3,000 by April 1. Donations will pay for camp rental and food costs, and the rest is volunteer work and volunteer certified counselors. They already have a retired chaplain from the Milltown/St. Croix Falls area. Included in the planned retreat activities are sessions with the veterans,

spouses and adolescents, fishing tournaments, bonfires, nondenominational church services, boating, archery, ropes courses, etc. Jeff served in the U.S. Army Infantry in Vietnam and also in Germany and he is very committed to seeing Project New Hope become a success. He will have details in the very near future as to where local donations can be sent. The Webster Lioness Club also invites the public to attend their annual Valentine’s buffet luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Webster Community Center. Food will be served promptly at noon with a $4 charge, followed by free Bingo until 3 p.m. with lots of good prizes. Ken Hayes, Pat O’Brien, Harold Peterson, Dave Wardean and Earl Boelter played their usual games of pool on Thursday evening while Bernie Boelter, Nancy O’Brien and Margel Ruck played golf cards. Dave Wardean fixed the light at the center’s back entrance and then salted and sanded both the front and back entryways before our potluck dinner at noon on Saturday. Twenty-five people attended and enjoyed the variety of good food, fellowship and fun. A lot of giggling and laughing went on later in the day as people stayed to play Scrabble, Yahtze and King’s Corner. It has been decided to have a potluck dinner on the last Saturday of the month during the months of September through April. The next one will be on Feb. 27, and a silent auction will also be held to raise money to buy a new television for the center. Edna Schroeder was a guest of her son, William Jackson, Saturday evening at the annual Danbury Volunteer Fire Department banquet held at the Wild Waters Restaurant. Happy birthday to John Cullen who celebrated a birthday on Jan. 23, not the 17th.

Cloverton-Markville Things have been moving rather slowly out here in the little townships of Arna and New Dosey this past week. Mary and Frank Schaaf, after shopping in Duluth one morning, snacked at the food court of the Miller Hill Mall. A couple of days later, they went to Grantsburg to visit their sister-in-law, Lois Schaaf, in the care center there. Marlene and Don Mischler have a new little (and I do mean little) dog at their home these days. They bought a shih tzu at the Finlayson Feed Store last week. The little bugger is very small and enjoys eating Taste of the Wild dog food. Six deer come every day to eat in the yard of Deloris Schirmer. One day she said she had 11 deer feeding outside.

Pam Ellwein took Clara Lilly to Wyoming, Minn., for two routine medical appointments last week. They did some grocery shopping, then stopped for nice visits with Esther and Jim Vink in Pine City, Minn., then with Maynard Monson in Hinckley, Minn. On the homefront, my husband, Dave Baker, and I, enjoyed two social events recently. On Saturday, we double-dated with Patty Koehler and Bob Brewster. We went to see the movie “The Lovely Bones” in Hinckley, then had dinner at Cassidy’s. A few days later we met Bill Foster from Beroun and a friend from Brook Park for lunch, again at Cassidy’s. Bill is the town chair for Munch Township. Watch out for the logging trucks, wherever you are.

Thank you to Mary Poretti for donating a variety pack of greeting cards to our sale table. Prayers and get-well wishes continue to go out to Betty Kulbeck. Sympathy and prayers also go out to Eldora Brown and family in the recent death of her brother, Merle Hanson, of Superior. Does growing older mean that we are becoming obsolete? I don’t think so! It does mean maturing, serving, ministering, finding new adventures, and enjoying ourselves to the end of our days. I have heard the saying, “Have a blast while you last.” We shouldn’t idle away our last years because we then just rob ourselves of what could be the best years of our lives. There are still services to be rendered and victories to be won. Some older

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people may not have the inclination or energy for leadership, but they are still an invaluable asset to the next generation of leaders. To forget the elderly is to ignore the wisdom of the years. We need to remain open to being used by God to enrich the lives of others. Our greatest usefulness may be to pass our understanding of God on to others. “The longer we live the more that we know, old age is the time for wisdom to show; Who knows how much good some word we might say, could do for the leaders of some future day.” - H.G. Bosch. “When I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare your strength to this generation.” - Psalm 71:18. See you at the center!

Frederic Senior Center by Ardyce Knauber

Monday, Jan. 18, Spades was played with the following winners: Donald Danielson in first place, Hazel Hoffman in second place, Holly Stonesifer in third place and Lorna Erickson in fourth place. Tuesday Whist or cards was played. Wednesday and Friday Pokeno was played at 1 p.m. The morning coffee group and pool players were enjoyed in the morning. Thursday, 500 cards was played at 6:30 p.m., with the following winners: Phyllis Peterson in first place, Willis Williams in second

place, David Peterson in third place and Bill Ihrig in fourth place. Saturday nasty roads but a boiled dinner enjoyed and cards were played. Get-well wishes to Norma Nelson, who was hospitalized but back enjoying the center. Our tax aides will be here on Thursdays, Feb. 4 through March 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. The appointment system will be necessary. The taxes will be electronically filed, call Shirley Sandquist at 715-327-4155 or 715327-8623 for appointment.

Wisconsin Interstate Park Candlelight Night at the Park The Friends of Interstate Park invite you to Candlelight Night at the Park on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 6 – 9 p.m. Experience a winter evening by candlelight as 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 Skyline CrossCountry Ski Trail (intermediate level). Snowshoers will discover the winter solitude of forest and field (snowshoes are available for use free of charge for ages 6 and up). Both trails begin at the Ice Age Center. Beginning at the Camp Interstate Shelter, hikers can enjoy a candlelit walk beside the St. Croix River.

There will be warming fires at the trailheads and refreshments available at the new building addition to the Ice Age Center. 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, Feb. 13. 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 2010 are $25 for Wisconsin residents or $35 for nonresidents. Daily passes are $7 for residents or $10 for nonresidents. For more information about the event call 715-483-3747.


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER St. Croix Valley Senior Center by Carol VanBuskirk

Positive thinking makes positive things happen! Your dreams are waiting. Start living them today! Last week on Monday, our center served the local Christian Women’s group. Approximately 70 were in attendance. Tuesday, eight members played Dominos with Martha Lundstrom, Ione Meixner and Gladis Weikert taking the winning honors. Twenty-nine people played 500 cards. Winners were Roger Greenly, Elaine Edlund, Artis Brown, Cliff Qualle and Jeanne Thomforhda. The nine-bid winners were Roger Greenly and Phil Mevissen. Exercise and Skip-Bo cards on Tuesday and Thursday mornings were well attended. February birthdays include Janice Mevissen, Cliff Qualle, John Edling and Kathy Larson. Everyone remember to come celebrate at the center on Feb. 10, at 12:30 p.m., with cake and ice cream for the honorees. If anyone is interested in becoming a worker with the United States Census, there will be testing at the center on Sunday, Jan.

31, starting at 1 p.m. Last Thursday we had our monthly meeting following potluck lunch. It was mentioned that Carol Olson’s birthday would be on Saturday, with a party at Karen’s Coffee Time from 2 to 4 p.m. We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Sunday, Feb. 21, with Charlie Mevissen making his famous chili for us. There is a signup sheet. Please add your name if you plan to come. It was suggested by John Brown to have the health program on Alzheimer’s and dementia. He will also have a speaker coming to our center to give a talk to those interested. Remember our center is open on a daily basis and we welcome you for coffee, treats and good conversations. Our facility is also available for rental. Talk with Joyce Nelson about reservations. Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great!

Big winner at St. Croix Casino

Cheryle Atkinson, Balsam Lake, was the winner of $61,349 on Loco Loot at the St. Croix Casino. – Photo submitted


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Karen Mangelsen visited Inez and Arvid Pearson Wednesday morning. That evening, Hank and Karen called on Maynard and Ronda Mangelsen. Don and Lida Nordquist, Gerry and Donna Hines, and Hank and Karen Mangelsen went to the home of John and Diana Mangelsen Thursday evening for Bible study. Later, they helped John celebrate his birthday. Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Bob and Pam Bentz Friday evening.

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Saturday afternoon visitors and supper guests of Ronda and Maynard Mangelsen were Tom Langland, Cheyanna Sears, David Lester and Michi Lee. Karen and Hank Mangelsen went to Rice Lake Sunday to the home of Ron and Juliann Jensen. They enjoyed dinner there with Gene, Carlotta, Wayne, Marie and Carol Romsos and Sue Just. Juliann and Ron’s birthdays were celebrated.


Tuesday Fran Krause, Diane Medaglia and Adeline Ingalls attended the HCE executive board meeting at the government center. Sunday afternoon the Mark Krause family and Kent and Nancy Krause watched the football game at Fran’s house and enjoyed dinner

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LaVonne O'Brien

to celebrate Mark’s birthday. Alyson Krause returned to school at Stevens Point after her Christmas break. Tom and Becky O’Brien visited Jack and LaVonne O’Brien on Sunday.

New fifinngerprint/scan speeds use, adds EMR security at SCRMC ST. CROIX FALLS – Nearly a year ago, St. Croix Regional Medical Center made the transition from paper medical records to an electronic EMR system, protecting confidentiality with passwords. This system has brought many benefits, including putting more health information about patients—lab results, immunizations, medical history, current/past prescriptions and so on—at their provider’s fingertips more quickly than ever before possible. And that has meant faster and better patient care. “Moving to this electronic format, however, resulted in doctors and clinicians having to remember even more passwords to access the data and applications they use to provide care,” said Brent McCurdy, network manager at SCRMC. “At times this could disrupt workflow and reduce the amount of time spent on patient care.” “With more than 400 employees in multiple locations, we realized we needed to provide our physicians and clinicians with an easy and secure way to access electronically stored patient data,” explained McCurdy. To do so, the medical center implemented OneSign and fingerprint biometrics to protect patient confidentiality and to provide their clini-

cians with easy and secure access to patient health information and other data. “Now, with just the swipe of a finger, the Imprivata fingerprint/scan system allows our staff to quickly log into record and program systems throughout the hospital and clinics, retrieve or update needed patient information, and then be securely logged out,” McCurdy continued. “It also prevents unauthorized access through an unattended computer terminal.” “St. Croix Regional Medical Center understands that providing fast and secure access to patient information is a critical part of an effective EMR system,” said Imprivata, the company that created this sophisticated security authentication system. “As a result, they are ahead of industry norms by addressing these complex password and security issues.” Headquartered in Lexington, Mass., Imprivata serves the access security needs of more than 900 customers around the world. Imprivata secures employee access to desktops, networks, applications and transactions. Its OneSign system enables organizations to protect information while improving user productivity. For more information, visit - submitted

Historical Society wants help identifying students

The Polk County Historical Society is looking to identify the people in this photo. Please mail any identifying information to: B. Beattie, 820 Maple Drive, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. – Photo submitted


Back when I was a kid by John Ingalls Memories of our childhoods are filtered through time, enough to take the edge off of the worst times and make the good years into the best of our lives. Now when trying to put a current issue into perspective for my own children I find myself comparing their lives to the life I lived as a child. With the rapid changes occurring in our society, a few years can bring about changes that astound us. One thing that actually remains timeless is the way parents like to use the phrase “Back when I was a kid …” Back when I was a kid … I cringed when I heard myself use the very words my father and grandfather used … back when I was a kid. How often have we heard about walking to school in the middle of winter. It was 10 miles at least and uphill both ways and always 20 degrees below zero. Back when I was a kid, it was different. I marvel at how things have changed in my lifetime. Clothing is a simple example. Microfiber fleece clothing is so soft, warm and comfortable it is hard to imagine winter with out it. My favorite relaxing-at-home shirt is a fleece pullover that feels instantly warm when I put it on. Back when I was a kid … there I go again. There was cotton and wool. Yes it was warm if you had enough layers on, but the wool made you itch like you had fleas and the wool coat was so heavy it felt like the sheep was still in it. Winter boots today are so vastly superior to anything we used to have. Black five-buckle overshoes slipped over plastic bread bags that were pulled over your street shoes were the common winter footwear. Sometimes you even added a few layers of newspaper in the bottom of the overshoes for insulation. If the boots leaked, you didn’t throw them out and buy new ones. They were patched with a typical tire or inner-tube patch. If you were a middle child, your boots often had two or more patches and then you usually used two bread bags on your feet for good measure. The poor kids, whose mother baked bread at home, had to go without bread bags on their feet. Winter clothing may have changed but nothing like telephones have

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Growing Old John Ingalls changed. I recently bought a new cell phone after I lost mine the bottom of the lake. I wanted something I could just talk into. You can’t get that anymore. Cell phones are amazing. You can take pictures, video, check the stock market, watch a football game, check email and even talk to people on the new phones. Most people who have these don’t actually talk to people, they “text.” It has become a personal, portable portal for social networking. Back when I was a kid … we had a rotary dial phone on a party line. That was the social networking device back then. When someone else was called, you listened. You would never lose your phone because it was always attached to the wall. We didn’t have to be in touch with everyone in the world every minute of our lives. It was kind of nice not being available. Health care is something that has changed dramatically. Back when I was a kid going to the doctor was a big event. You didn’t go for colds, flu, poison ivy or wood ticks, maybe you would go if you had a bad laceration or something more serious. You generally stayed home and if you survived the home remedies then you could go back to school or work. Home remedies generally included hot soup, Watkins liniment and Vick’s vaporub. When you went back to school everyone knew you had been sick because they could smell you coming before you walked in the door. Going to the doctor when you were sick often meant getting a penicillin shot in the butt. I want to believe that life is better now compared to “back when I was a kid” but I am not so sure. I am utterly amazed at how complicated we have made our world. I am very thankful for the opportunity to have grown up in a much simpler time even though it really wasn’t that long ago. That reminds me, have I ever told you about the way it used to be back when I was a kid?

Vintage snowmobiles at depot, Feb. 6

Scheunemann named Insight Student of the Month GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg teen Matt Scheunemann was recently named Insight School of Wisconsin’s Student of the Month - Science for December in recognition of his outstanding academic achievement. “Matt works hard in his classes and puts in the time and effort needed to succeed,” said Billy Beesley, principal of Insight School of Wisconsin, an online public high school. “He consistently participates in online classroom discussions and stays ahead of target.” Attending an online school is a viable option for many students, including Scheunemann, who was previously homeschooled. “I enjoyed learning at home but I was looking for something more structured,” said Scheunemann, who was also drawn to the wide selection of courses offered by Insight School of Wisconsin. He notes the biggest difference between being homeschooled and attending an online school is the exposure to expert teachers in their re-

Polk-Burnett power provider expands renewable energy Additional “cow power” expected to energize 219 homes LA CROSSE – Dairyland Power Cooperative, the provider of electricity for members of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative, has signed an agreement with Bach Digester, LLC to purchase the energy and capacity from a new anaerobic digester “cow power” facility located in Clark County (Dorchester). Steven Bach, owner of Bach Digester LLC, is a member of Taylor Electric Cooperative. The digester at the 1,200-cow dairy farm is expected to generate about 300 kilowatts of renewable energy, capable of powering 219 average homes throughout Dairyland’s four-state service area. Cow manure is collected and heated in the digester tank, a process that creates methane gas. This biogas fuels a large engine to produce renewable electricity. The process also has additional environmental side benefits, minimizing animal waste problems associated with manure disposal on farms. The odor is reduced, and weed seeds and pathogens are killed during the digestion

Thunder wear On Dec. 23, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian national and Muslim jihadist tried to destroy a Northwest flight from Yemen. He is apparently well educated and has never been a sheep herder; in fact his family is wealthy. He was trained by alQaida operatives in Yemen. His father, Alhaji Umar Mutallab, a prominent banker and former Nigerian government minister, had warned the U.S. embassy in Nigeria about his son’s extremist views. He cruised through security in spite of warnings to authorities from his family. Abdulmutallab’s name was listed in a U.S. government intelligence database, but he was not on the government’s “no-fly list,” which would have banned him from flying into the United States. He carried a chemical bomb of PETN

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FREDERIC – The Frederic Area Historical Society will host a vintage snowmobile ride and show at the Soo Line Depot in Frederic, Saturday, Feb. 6, as part of Winter Fun Day 2010, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Owners of the older snowmobiles that started the whole snowmobile recreation industry are invited to ride in on the Gandy Dancer Trail to take part in this event. Judging will take place at 1 p.m. with awards made to the best pre-1970 and 1971-plus leafspring snowmobile. Vintage machines on display will receive an event dash plaque for participating. Located on the Gandy Dancer State Recreation Trail, the restored 1910 Soo Line Depot serves as the home of the Frederic Area Museum. The museum is open from Memorial Day weekend through leaf season and for special Frederic promotional events. Coffee and museum tours will be available during event hours. A special prize will be awarded to the person who can correctly name the brands and dealers of snowmobiles within a 12-mile radius of Frederic (Milltown to Siren) sold since 1965. Hint: there are more than 10. Entry forms will be available at the depot during the event. Trailer parking is available. For more information call 715-327-4158 evenings. – photo submitted

spected fields. “I like the timely and helpful feedback I receive from all my teachers.” Scheunemann also chose Insight to help him achieve his college dreams. “My goal is to earn a high school diploma but also take courses like Spanish that are required for most colleges,” said Scheunemann. “I’d like to work as a scientist for the Department of Natural Resources some day.” Working for an agency that promotes the outdoors is a natural fit for Scheunemann, who is a member of Insight’s Outdoors club and someone who enjoys fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. When not in school, Scheunemann helps with chores on his family’s farm or enjoys a game of AirSoft, similar to paintball. Scheunemann is one of more than 3,500 Wisconsin students who attend school online. - submitted



process, thus lessening the need for herbicides and pesticides on the farm. Another useful by-product is bedding that can be used in the dairy. Bach Digester LLC is the fifth dairy farm anaerobic digester providing “cow power” to members in the Dairyland system. “We continue to seek opportunities to expand our renewable resources and appreciate working with Steven Bach and Taylor Electric to bring this environmentally friendly energy resource to our members,” said Bill Berg, Dairyland president and CEO. With headquarters in La Crosse, Dairyland provides wholesale electricity to 25 member distribution cooperatives and 16 municipal utilities, including Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative. A Touchstone Energy Cooperative, Dairyland’s service area encompasses 62 counties in four states (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois). Dairyland’s generation resources include coal, natural gas, hydro, wind, landfill gas and animal waste. For more information about renewable energy for co-op members, visit or – from Polk-Burnett and Dairyland Power Cooperative

in his underwear and was instructed to detonate it prior to landing in Detroit. Fortunately for the passengers, the bomb incinerated rather than exploding. Ironically, a Dutch filmmaker along with other passenger were able to restrain him while his bomb flamed out. Hopefully they had to stomp out the flames. The immediate response from the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano was that “The system worked”- easy for her to say. She explained that all flights in the air at that time were notified of the threat. I can imagine the announcement “Attention this is the captain, due to a possible bomb on board place your head between your knees and _______ goodbye.” All airport security had to do was type Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab into the computer and they would have been aware he was on the watch list - at least that’s how it should work. As a result of this incident I recommend you wear clean underwear and slip-on shoes to the airport. Maybe I’m just cynical, but at least we could be vigilant against Muslim terrorists during the Christmas holiday. Columnist note: This has nothing to do with Thunderwear holsters. My e-mail address is


LIBRARY NEWS Amery Public Library “The Lacuna,” by Barbara Kingsolver. Different from her other novels, “The Lacuna,” follows a young man named Harrison Shepherd, born of a Mexican mother and an American father, on his journey through life in America and Mexico in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Harrison ends up working for the flamboyant Mexican muralist Diego Rivera and his artist wife, Frieda Kahlo. He works as a typist for Lev Trotsky who is on the run from Stalinist operatives who want to kill him. Later in the United States, Harrison who has been a avid journal keeper through the early events of his life becomes a novelist using the Mexican history that so fascinated him as a child as the backdrop for successful fictional efforts. The war comes and goes and the difficult McCarthy era affects writers who even knew Communists. Not her most compelling book because of the way it is arranged in letters, journal entries and news items, Kingsolver is a lyrical writer whose works promote thought and discussion. Library notes Story time will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. at the library. Everyone is welcome for songs and stories. Stop in and connect with other parents of young children. The Friends of the Library book/garage sale is coming up on March 5 and 6, during

library hours. If you have items to donate we are accepting small household items, books, CDs, records, videos, DVDs and cassettes. We will accept clothing, clean and in good condition. The Friends of the Library are looking for workers for the sale, so if you would like to work at the sale or help set it up please sign up on the sheet in the library. Amery’s Got Talent is coming up on Feb. 14, at 2 p.m., at the Amery High School Auditorium. If you have talent and would like to participate contact the library or bring your sweetheart for an afternoon out. Friends of the Library book group joins St. Croix Falls Big Read by reading Thornton Wilder’s “The Bridge of San Luss Rey.” Pick up a copy at the circulation desk and join us on Monday, Feb. 8, at 2:30 p.m. Remember the Amery Area Public Library has tax forms they are located to your left as you come into the library. If you don’t find what you need ask librarians to assist you, we may be able to print them out on the computer. Otaku Club meets every Tuesday for high school students and older who love manga and anime. Library hours Monday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dresser Public Library Dresser Village Library is located at 117 S. Central Ave., Dresser, WI 54009. The Dresser Village Library Board of Trustees will hold its monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at the library from 6 – 7 p.m. Internet computers and Wi-Fi You must physically present a MORE library card to library staff and library fines must be under $10 to use a computer. We are now wireless. Log onto the Public Library icon on your laptop to access the Internet. Lap-sitters and preschool story times Each Thursday from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, crafts, fingerplays and lots of fun. Our January theme is Winter. Crochet class Join us each Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, young or old we would enjoy having you join us. Instruction is available. Please bring yarn and a crochet hook with you. Some members are crocheting hats for chemo patients. This project was highlighted in the fall Crochet Magazine and titled “Knots of Love.” Patterns are available at the library for anyone interested in this project. You do not have to be a member of the crochet class to request one. Knitters are equally welcome to participate; however, at this time, we do not have anyone

attending who could provide instruction. Please call the library if you have any questions. Book club Resumes Tuesday, March 16, 1 p.m. We are partnering with St. Croix Falls Public Library in the Big Read, so we will be reading Thorton Wilder’s “Our Town.” Copies of the book are available at the library along with a schedule of community events held in conjunction with the Big Read. Coming up Feb. 1, we begin our Food For Fines Program for the third year. Ask a staff person how to participate and help stock our local food shelves. New audiobooks, DVDs and books for all ages are coming into the library on a regular basis. Contact us: 715-755-2944, telephone and fax number, e-mail us at, or visit our Web site,, which has information about story time, days closed, reference links, library policy and community information.

St. Croix Falls Public Library Frogs (and toads) in February! Can it be? Join us Saturday, Feb. 13, 10:30 a.m., in the community meeting room for some fun with frogs and toads. Wildlife educator and author Randy Korb will share his knowledge and his live creatures with children and families. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m. The library will be hosting a discussion/informational meeting about beekeeping. Paul Ekblad, Trade River beekeeper for 65 years, will be presenting. The area beekeepers meet on Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Polk County Museum to order bees for the upcoming season. If you are considering beekeeping, this is a good time to learn more from an area “sage.” Wednesday, Feb. 24: In Jackson, Miss., in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. But with the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women – two of them African - American maids, one a young white socialite – start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women – black and white, mothers and daughters – view one another. Join us for a book club discussion of “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. Book club will meet at the library. You may register online

or just show up at the library at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24. If you register online, you will receive an e-mail reminder. The Big Read kicks off on Feb. 27. For more info visit www.festivaltheatre. org/TBR/ Community meeting room is available for your organization. Contact the library for details. Check out the library Web site and explore the links – go to www.stcroixfalls Technology Free wireless and eight public computers are available at the library. Story hour Listen to stories, create art and have fun with other kids and parents every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. Hours, contact The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 715-483-1777. E-mail: Online:

Balsam Lake Public Library New hours We are now open every day of the week except Sunday. See hours below. Book sale Saturday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., here at the library. We have books from floor to ceiling – something for everybody. Game day afternoon Friday, Feb. 12, 1:30 to 4 p.m., all types of board games, card games, food and beverages provided. All ages are welcome. Facebook Check us out on Facebook, we will post upcoming activities, we welcome friends. Story time Every Wednesday at 11 a.m. Stories, crafts and snacks; all ages welcome to join our lively group. Public computers We have four computers for the public to use with high-speed Internet connection. Computers can be used for one hour; if no one is waiting you may stay on. You also can reserve computers. We have free Wi-Fi for those with laptops.

New books for February “Secrets of Eden” by Christopher Bohjalian, “Money to Burn: A Novel of Suspense” by James Grippando, “Shadow Tag” by Louise Erdrich, ”Split Image” by Robert Parker, “Worst Case” by James Patterson, and “Winter Garden” by Kristin Hannah. Book club We will join in The Big Read and will be discussing “Our Town “by Thornton Wilder. “Our Town” was first published in 1938 to wide acclaim. This Pulitzer Prizewinning drama of life in the small village of Grover’s Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic. Please join our book club all ages are welcome. The group will meet Wednesday, Feb. 17, 3 p.m. Hours Balsam Lake Library, (under the water tower) at 404 Main St., Balsam Lake. Hours are Monday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. E-mail: Web site

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Library hours Monday 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Tuesday noon–5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday noon-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Centuria Public Library Crafting with the Cricut If you want to learn a new skill, are an avid scrapbooker, or an enthusiastic papercraft hobbiest, you will be excited to learn that the Centuria Public Library has a Cricut Expressions Cutting Machine available for public use in the library. Just bring your library card, the supplies that you need to use the Cricut for your papercraft, and your own Cricut mat and you will be ready to complete your project. The Centuria Public Library will be holding a Crafting with the Cricut class on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. This class is designed to teach participants how

to use a Cricut machine and the many cartridges that allow you to cut out your own diecuts for many different papercrafts. The cost of the class is $15 and this fee covers the purchase of a Cricut mat and the supplies needed to create a special Valentine’s card. Call the Centuria Public Library at 715-646-2630 to register. New extended library hours Monday: noon - 5 p.m.; Tuesday: noon 7 p.m.; Wednesday: noon - 5 p.m.; Thursday: noon - 7 p.m.; Friday: noon to 5 p.m.; and Saturday: 10 a.m. – noon.

Books by Mail is a collection of more than 20,000 paperbacks, loaned through the mail to all county residents who find it difficult to get to a library. Polk County Library Federation also takes books to the inmates in the Polk County Jail as well in the Books-by-Feet program. The Books-by-Mail team gathers together once a year for a meeting. Shown are: Front row (L to R): Amy Alpine, Books-by-Mail coordinator and Joanne Baier, Pierce County Books by Mail. Back row: Kim Durland, Seven-County Site Books by Mail; Marilyn Weber, Price County Books by Mail; Dawn Woods, Pierce County Books by Mail; and Gary Olson, Price County Books by Mail. Middle: Colleen Gifford Foxwell, Polk County. – Photo submitted


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Some 300 runners and walkers participated in last year’s Healthy Heart 5K Run/Walk and free kids run. This year’s event is set for April 17, at Osceola High School. Also featured will be the second-annual Osceola Wellness Fair.– Photo submitted OSCEOLA – The date for the fourthannual Health Heart 5K Run/Walk has been set for April 17. The event, hosted by Osceola Medical Center and Wild River Fitness, also includes a free kids run. The second-annual Osceola Wellness Fair will also be part of the event. The wellness fair has new hours this year and will be open during the 5K, especially for runners and their families and friends. The wellness fair is sponsored by OMC, Osceola Schools and The RiverBank. The Healthy Heart 5K will take runners and walkers along a scenic route through the community of Osceola starting at Osceola High School. Individuals, families and teams, such as company wellness groups, runners clubs and neighborhood friends, are invited to participate. Registration starts at 7 a.m. with the race beginning at 8:30 a.m. Awards will be presented. The kids run, for children who do not wish to participate in the 5K, will follow

a short course at the end of the 5K. Each participant will receive an award for participating. Preregistration is not necessary for the kids run. Entry fees are $15 by April 2 and $20 after April 2 and on race day. Family rates are available. Proceeds of the event will go to Wild River Fitness. More information and registration material for the Healthy Heart Run/Walk is available at www.osceolamedical or by calling 715-294-5736. The wellness fair, also at the high school, will provide information about wellness in many forms, including financial health and nutrition. Come and talk with vendors and watch demonstrations. The fair starts at 7 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m. More information is available at or by contacting the Community Ed. department at 715294-2127, extension 407, e-mail - submitted

Author lends work to library MILLTOWN - Debbie K. Trantow recently presented Jen Feske, director of the Milltown Public Library, with the four-volume literary encyclopedia Books and Beyond in which her works appear. The set will be on loan to the library’s reference section for six months. Trantow, an adjunct English instructor at various University of Wisconsin campuses, wrote a 30-page entry on New Age Literature and a 15-page entry on Autobiography and Memoir for Greenwood Press. She says, “Now when my students complain about the seven- to 10-page research paper I assign them, I show them the 30-page research paper I wrote.” “The work just kind of fell into my lap,” says Trantow. “I’d been trying to launch a freelance writing career. At the time I was in an artist support group when a member, Kathleen Melin, landed this primo assignment to write on New Age Literature. Since I’ve always been interested in metaphysical matters, I was very jealous. Then Kathleen was presented with an opportunity to travel, and she said ‘Debbie, I don’t think I have time to write this piece before I leave. Do you want it?’” Since, Trantow has been hired to write a series of articles on green architecture and has been chosen to edit and introduce a book by a local writer compiling all of his past pieces. Trantow chose the Milltown Public Library as the recipient of the loan in gratitude for all of the assistance she had received from then-director Matt Rosendahl when she was researching the entries. Trantow has been writing poetry for over 30 years, since a team of English teachers at the high school she attended (West Leyden in Illinois) presented rockand-roll lyrics as examples of poetry. Since, she has gotten her Master of Fine

Debbie K. Trantow presents Jen Feske, director of the Milltown Public Library, with the four-volume literary encyclopedia Books and Beyond in which her works appear. The set will be on loan to the library’s reference section for six months. – Photo by Connie Rich Arts degree in creative and professional writing from the University of Minnesota, taught poetry workshops for community education, and composition and literature classes at the university level. Her book of poetry, “Hearing Turtle’s Words,” was published by Spoon River Poetry Press in 2004. She can be reached at submitted

Unity hosts Family Resource Day BALSAM LAKE — Unity Schools hosted its first Family Resource Day Friday, Jan. 22, offering breakfast for families and bringing in exhibitors to provide parents with information on locally available resources. Among the organizations and agencies who set up a booth at the resource day were the Milltown Public Library, Polk County and Unity’s own programs. Unity resources highlighted included the Family Resource Room, which provides winter clothing, school supplies, and assistance with medications, food and transportation, and Title I, with its support for families of children needing help in areas of reading and math. — Mary Stirrat

Families were invited to join their children for breakfast at Unity Schools last Friday, as a kickoff to Family Resource Day. After breakfast, while students were in class, parents were able to explore informational booths presenting information about services available to children and families in Polk County. Shown here, back to front, on left are Natalie Albrecht, Sophie Albrecht and Isabelle Coen. On right are Amy Albrecht, Emilie Albrecht and Cathy Albrecht. – Photos by Mary Stirrat LEFT: Sue Sopiwnik explains the Family Preservation and Support program to Susan Claude, while Leshia Millermon looks at informational materials. The program provides free and confidential assistance to families to help with school, parenting and real-life challenges.

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Claire Lynch to perform Valentine's weekend ST. CROIX FALLS - Multiple GrammyAward-nominated bluegrass artist Claire Lynch will perform on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Festival Theatre. Lynch will be accompanied by Jason Thomas on mandolin and Mark Schatz on bass. The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is part of a weekend of Valentine’s events surrounding a theme: In the Heart of the St. Croix Valley. “You cannot imagine how ecstatic we are to present Claire Lynch on the Festival stage,” said Danette Olsen, executive director. “As a songwriter, she’s had the honor of her material being picked up by some of the best-known singers in the industry, many of whom invite Claire into their recording sessions to provide vocal harmony. As a performer, Claire’s energy and musicianship will create new fans out of everyone in attendance.” There were very few role models for a young woman starting out on the bluegrass highway back in the mid-‘70s when Lynch joined a band called Hickory Wind. A native of Kingston, N.Y., who has lived in northern Alabama since the age of 12, Lynch was offered a position in the band, decided she was going to be a bluegrass singer, and that was pretty much that. After changing its name to the Front Porch String Band, the group worked regularly throughout the Southeast over the next several years, becoming fan favorites on the strength of its open-minded musical approach and incredible lead singer. Lynch’s harmonies have graced albums by such leading artists as Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea, Jesse Winchester, Sarah Watkins and Ralph Stanley. Claire’s success as a singer-songwriter is witnessed on her second solo album, the critically-acclaimed “Friends for a Lifetime,” in 1993. Next came the Grammy-nominated “Moonlighter” in

Claire Lynch and Jason Thomas. - Special photo 1995, followed by 1997’s “Silver and Gold,” which also received a Grammy nomination. During the next several years on the fast track the Front Porch String Band evolved into one of the sharpest, most exciting post-modern bluegrass bands on the circuit. Their last recording effort was Rounder’s “Love Light,” a collection more-than-half comprised of original Claire Lynch songs and which was described as “a masterpiece… an Americana programmer’s true delight.” In the winter of 2005, Lynch signed another three-album deal with Rounder Records. The first release, “New Day” (March ’06), was a top favorite pick for several publications, scored a No. 1 song on the National Bluegrass Survey and an

IBMA nomination for Song of the Year. Next came the anthology collection, “Crowd Favorites,” (October 2007), which earned another couple of top-10 positions on the survey. Joining Lynch for her performance at Festival Theatre are Jason Thomas and Mark Schatz. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Thomas is a Canadian Open Mandolin Champion, not to mention, a two-time Florida State Champion on both fiddle and mandolin who now makes his home in Orlando, Fla. From 2000 until 2005, he was a regular member of Kane’s River, a noted bluegrass band from Bozeman, Mont., and has also played with guitar guru Jim Hurst. Since 2005, he has pulled duty on both mandolin and fid-

dle with the Claire Lynch Band. Thomas has been a professional musician most of his life, performed all over the world and on national television and appeared on numerous bluegrass and country recordings. His many talents include vocal harmony, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass and tenor banjo Mark Schatz is a prominent figure in the new acoustic music scene. Twice named IBMA Bass Player of the Year, he has worked and/or recorded with an impressive variety of artists including Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Maura O’Connell, Tony Rice, John Hartford, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Tim and Mollie O’Brien and most recently, Nickel Creek. He also acts as musical director for the internationally acclaimed Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, which showcases his other talents - clawhammer banjo and southern Appalachian clog dancing. Schatz has two solo recordings, “Brand New Old Tyme Way” and “Steppin’ in the Boilerhouse,” both on Rounder Records. He’s also released two instructional bass videos on Homespun. Tickets for the concert are $26 in advance or $31 at the door (if not sold out). This concert is Flex Pass eligible. Upcoming concerts include: Lou and Peter Berryman on Feb. 14, John Gorka on Feb. 27, and just a few weeks later, the Sweet Colleens return to Festival Theatre for a St. Paddy’s event on March 13. To learn all about the 2010 season at Festival Theatre, request a season brochure by phone, in person or by email. Flex Passes and all tickets are available to purchase online at as well as by phone during box office hours. Festival Theatre is located in downtown St. Croix Falls at 210 North Washington St.. To reach Festival Theatre by phone, call 715-483-3387 / 888-887-6002 or by e-mail to – submitted

SCRMC celebrates February Heart Month MILLTOWN - Debbie K. Trantow recently presented Jen Feske, director of the Milltown Public Library, with the four-volume literary encyclopedia Books and Beyond in which her works appear. The set will be on loan to the library’s reference section for six months. Trantow, an adjunct English instructor at various University of Wisconsin campuses, wrote a 30-page entry on New Age Literature and a 15-page entry on

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Falls Chamber celebrates fifirrst year of merger Danette Olson named Business Person of the Year by Cindy Stimmler TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – The first anniversary of the merger between the Taylors Falls and St. Croix Falls chambers of commerce was celebrated on Thursday, Jan. 21, at Wild Mountain Recreation Area. A hearty group of 65 Chamber members and guests braved the icy roads to attend the Falls Chamber annual meeting and awards banquet. Chamber President Linda Sandmann kicked off the annual meeting with a special thanks to past President Terri Schaefer and former chamber executive directors, Shelley Staeven and Ronda Taber, for their fine work in 2009, a year of transitions and mergers for the chamber. Sandmann also introduced Cindy Stimmler, the new executive director. Highlights of the chamber’s year included the successful Taste of the St. Croix Valley event held at Chateau St. Croix Winery and the chamber’s participation in a community organizational forum last fall. The forum included the chamber’s directors from Taylors Falls and St. Croix Falls and participants from the city Business Person of the Year – Danette Olsen – St. Croix Festival Theatre, shown with awards presenter Sandy Williams. of St. Croix Falls, St. Croix Falls Tourism and the St. Croix Falls Business Improvement District. This core group is working to define and understand each others roles and how to best work together to prosper in our communities. The Chamber Dollars program and the Web site were also measures of success for the year. The Web site received over 40,000 visits from 76 different countries or territories, with the most popular pages being the lodging, entertainment and dining opportunities that chamber members provide. Board member Sandy Williams, of the St. Croix Regional Medical Center, presented the 2009 Chamber Awards. The New Business of the Year award was accepted by Sally Miller, owner of Uptown Floral and Gifts in downtown St. Croix Falls. The shop opened in the fall of 2009 and offers fresh cut flowers, green plants and specialty gifts. They deliver flowers locally and also New Business of the Year – Sally Miller – Uptown provide national wire service via Teleflora. For special Floral. - All photos by Nygren Photography occasions they offer greeting cards and balloons too. The Business Improvement of the Year award was accepted by John Hock of Franconia Sculpture Park, which in 2009 moved to their new location at Hwys. 95 and 8 in Franconia. The park is an innovative arts organization providing living and working space to emerging and established artists. The 20-acre park, with a rotating collection of over 75 contemporary sculptures, reflects the creative talents of local, national and international artists and is free and open to the public 365 days a year. The Business Person of the Year award was accepted by Danette Olsen, executive director of the St. Croix Festival Theatre. Since returning to her roots in Polk County, Olsen has expanded the theater’s Music Series, instituted Children and Family Theatre programs and arts education and started the New Doors program which offers opportunities for local artists to perform and hone their skills. She takes great care in selecting plays that entertain, educate or provoke thought. Additionally, Olsen is active on many committees working tirelessly to promote the St. Croix Valley. The Business of the Year award was accepted by John Gerlach from NEI Electric. NEI has demonstrated allaround excellence in business, with commercial sucBusiness Improvement of the Year – John Hock cess, growth and community involvement. NEI’s of Franconia Sculpture Park. quality work in the region includes projects at St. Croix

Regional Medical Center and Osceola Medical Center plus Sacred Heart in Eau Claire and United Hospital in St. Paul. NEI is proud to be an active participant in many civic groups and supports many private organizations in their communities with time and gifts. The Falls Spirit of the Year award was accepted by Leif Bjornson of Luhrs/Bjornson Artworks on behalf of himself and his wife and business partner, Meg Luhrs. Bjornson and Luhrs are longtime St. Croix Falls residents and noted artists who have been donating original paintings and pottery for many years. A visit to their working studio on Main Street in St. Croix Falls is a delight to the eyes and even a short discussion with Luhrs or Bjornson will tell you that they are among the community’s best advocates. As the evening drew to a close, the board of directors election tallies were announced. The newest additions to the board are Bill Hughes of Rocky River Bakery, Bob Kazmierski of UW-Extension and Ken Moore of Moore & Associates. Each will serve a three-year term. Most attendees took home coffee mugs with the old St. Croix Falls Chamber logo on them, another benefit to membership. Membership in the Falls Chamber of Commerce is open to individuals, nonprofits and both large and small businesses in the Taylors Falls area and the St. Croix Falls area. For further information, contact the business office at 715-483-3580.

Business of the Year – John Gerlach – NEI Electrics.

Falls Spirit Award – Meg Luhrs and Leif Bjornson.

Falls Chamber Board of Directors (L to R): Bob Kazmierski, Ken Moore, Danette Olsen, Cindy Stimmler, Sandy Williams, Linda Sandmann, Teresa Jerrick and Amy Frischmon. Missing Jerry Boucher.


Unity students celebrate Renaissance Day

At the end of the day, the king, queen and students were treated to a feast common during the Middle Ages, which included bread, chicken legs and mutton. – Photos by Marty Seeger Games were simple during the Middle Ages, and students, especially the boys, to seemed have the most fun with this game, as they tried knocking each other off of a small block of wood with a pillow.

Several students felt what it was like to be thrown in the stocks for a short period of time. Their time was brief by comparison to what people endured during the Middle Ages. Some might be held in the stocks for two weeks or more as punishment.

A Unity Middle School student was the “monkey in the middle” during one of the games at the Middle Ages/Renaissance day held at the school Thursday, Jan. 21.

Unity Middle School students were asked to design their own costumes for Renaissance Day. Several students chose the theme of Robin Hood.

A Unity middle schooler had fun with these juggling sticks, which were common during the Middle Ages as a source of entertainment.

Unity social studies teacher Karoline White was all smiles during the Renaissance celebration at the Unity Middle School. White has been doing the event for about six years.

Students weren’t the only ones who participated in the Renaissance fair at Unity last week. Teacher Mike Bielmeier is shown in the background having fun along with the students.


Nationally known artist to display work at Luck LUCK – Café Wren has been host to local artists for more than six years. Every month or two the café showcases work created by the many talented artists who love living and creating in the north woods. Julie CrabtreePfannes, who has settled near Cushing after immigrating here, is a nationally recognized artist for her unique work which is best described as painting with stitches. Crab- Julie Crabtree tree’s show is on now through Feb. 28. The show consists of many originals, framed prints, giclees, matted prints and cards. Crabtree studied textiles, fashion and embroidery at Mansfield College of Arts,

The work of nationally known artist Julie Crabtree-Pfannes, who “paints” with stitches, is on display at Café Wren through Feb. 28. - Special photo

in Nottinghamshire, England. She graduated with credit ratings in City and Guilds of London degree courses and taught at the college before immigrating to Canada, then moving to Wisconsin. Crabtree now spends her time working and developing textural stitched and painted landscapes by utilizing the sewing machine free motion, and drawing freely over the canvas with a needle and thread. She then adds hand stitching with anything to give the desired effect. Experimenting with many embroidery art techniques and the use of various media, including hand-dyed, distressed fabrics and threads. Crabtree shows her work in several galleries and attends juried art shows around the Midwest. She also teaches workshops as time allows. She participates in Café Wren’s annual garden and art sale in May as well as the holiday art sale every December. This is Crabtree’s second show inside the Café as a fea-

tured artist - back by popular demand. Crabtree’s love of the north woods and ever-changing landscapes is a constant inspiration for her to explore. She says “Texture is everywhere, from the gnarled entwined tree roots to frozen ice sculptures distorted by the eroding winds of Lake Superior’s northern shoreline to fossilized rock formations. Nature has an endless supply of uniqueness to offer, which I try to capture and emulate in my distinctive style.” She uses her sketchbook and takes photos while out traveling as a reference, later to be used as an inspirational starting point for her work and works from her imagination to create one-of-a-kind artwork. More information can be found at Café Wren’s Web site: More information about the artist at: - with submitted information

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"The Wizard of Oz" performed at Grantsburg

The good witch, Glinda (Haley Larsen), Scarecrow (Ranele Winter), Dorothy (Whitney Oachs), Toto (Rylee Hoffman), Lion (Jonathan Michaels) and Tinperson (Stephanie Anderson) broke into a lively song-and-dance number before heading off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz.

The Wicked Witch (Cassandra Quinn) and her flying monkey cohorts, played by Summer Anderson and Camilo Guelle, checked out the crystal ball to get a fix on Dorothy and the glass slippers location. Dorothy (Whitney Oachs) and the Scarecrow (Ranele Winter) commiserated together with Dorothy wondering how she’d get back to Kansas and the Scarecrow without a thought as to how he’d get a brain.

“It even ticks!” Tinperson Stephanie Anderson screamed with delight, as she became the timely recipient of a heart, courtesy of the Wizard of Oz. Toto (Rylee Hoffman) and Dorothy (Whitney Oachs) were warned to put on protective eye gear before meeting the Wizard of Oz, who was said to have a glaring presence. The Wicked Witch threw a fit when she failed to get back the glass slippers from Dorothy in a scene from The Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre production of “The Wizard of Oz” presented last weekend at the Grantsburg High School auditorium. Cassandra Quinn, one of the PFCT actors, played the Wicked Witch and co-directed the production along with fellow PFCT actor Ranele Winter, who played the Scarecrow. Grantsburg Community Education sponsored the production, which had over 60 students performing in the updated version of the classic tale.

Josh Curtin portrayed the Wizard of Oz and told the strange tale of how he came to the Land of Oz and became the wizard.

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The Frederic Library Tweens Book Group recently conducted a Pennies for Peace collection in Frederic to contribute to building schools and furnishing school supplies for children in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The girls learned about the project when they read “Three Cups of Tea,” by Greg Mortenson, and they collected $169.49 - that’s 16,949 pennies. Back row: Olivia Tuynman, Emily Amundson and Harli Kelton. Front row: Maddie Ammend, Jenna Laqua, Nicole Nelson and Kendra Erickson. – Photos submitted

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Luck students learn recycling makes the planet healthier LUCK – Students in Mrs. Beth Petersen’s health class at Luck High School recently dug into the world of recycling. In addition to learning all of the things which are currently being recycled commercially and how recycling can benefit everyone on the planet, they also had the opportunity to create individual recycled products. The students were told to take an old, discarded object, and instead of throwing it away, come up with a new use for it. Their solutions included laundry detergent bird feeders, a skirt made of old neckties, a coat rack from golf clubs, a magazine side table, a recovered café chair, a disco ball from a milk jug, a snowmobile hood made from an old deer stand ladder, and a pair of flip-flops made from an old tire and scrap nylon webbing. - submitted

Luck High School health class members, front row (L to R): Natasha Rehbein and Joe Christensen. Back row: J. P. Richey, Tyler Anderson, Sarah Elert, Blake Rust, Nick Tronrud, David Franzel, Spencer Nelson, Nick Leal and Logan Hacker display their recycled-use projects.

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RIGHT: Sophomore Blake Rust shows off the milk jug disco ball that he made as a recycled project for health class at Luck High School.

Junior Sarah Elert models the recycled skirt she created from discarded ties.

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Farmland Preservation and Tax Credits for Farmland to be discussed SPOONER — The Spooner Area UW-Extension office is holding its annual Northern Wisconsin Agriculture Safari program on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Spooner Ag Research Station. The third topic of this four-week series, to be held Jan. 29, is titled Working Lands Initiative: What it means to farmers and local governments. Keith Foye, from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, will discuss what options farmers and local governments have to protect farmland and receive tax credits on qualified farmland. This new program is no longer income based, and farmland owners can receive $5 to $10/acre credit. Foye will also explain Agriculture Enterprise Areas and Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement as two other options available to preserve farmland. Farmers, farmland properties owners and local government officials are encouraged to attend. Other upcoming topics and dates include: Jan. 22: Taking Charge in Challenging Times; Feb. 5: Relative Grain Quality: Not all corn is created equal. This new grain test helps farmers and nutrition consultants improve animal performance. There is no cost for these programs. Preregistration is requested but not required. For more information contact Kevin Schoessow or Otto Wiegand at the Spooner Area UW-Extension office at 715-635-3506 or 800-528-1914. — from UW-Extension


Area schools fifinnd success at F.F.A. district speaking contest SHELL LAKE – The district F.F.A. speaking contest was held at Shell Lake on Jan. 19. Students from Ashland, Cumberland, Frederic, Luck, Maple Northwestern, Shell Lake and Spooner participated in the contest. The judges included teachers, F.F.A. alumni, and others active in agriculture from the Shell Lake area. Individuals or teams who earned a first or second place in the individual contests will advance to sectional competition. Luck juniors Karie Bartlett and Kelly Stokes will be advancing to the next level with their entries in the prepared speech category. Luck F.F.A. Adviser Tom Wesle stated, “I am very proud of all of the Luck students. They have put in much effort and time into their individual contest entries.” He added, “This was the first year in many that Luck has participated in the parliamentary procedure contest and that is one of the most difficult because it means everyone must work as a team. We proved that we could do that and it isn’t easy. Good job, everyone!”

Second place – Taylor Bauch, Shell Lake Third place – Brooke Thompson, Cumberland Fourth place – Kelly Fitzgerald, Luck Prepared speech First place – Kelly Stokes, Luck Second place – Karie Bartlett, Luck Extemporaneous speech First place – Katie Teige, Northwestern Second place – Kourtney Klassa, Shell Lake Third place – Kortney Sandle, Ashland Fourth place – Kelly Grenquist, Cumberland Fifth place – Bret Holman, Shell Lake Sixth place – Kelly Stokes, Luck Seventh place – Morgan Anderson, Spooner

F.F.A. District Speaking Contest Results F.F.A. Quiz Bowl First place – Shell Lake Second place – Cumberland

F.F.A. - Discussion First place – Katie Teige, Northwestern Second place – Allie Rouzer, Cumberland Third place – Summer Johnson, Luck Fourth place – Lakeysha Schallenberger, Luck Fifth place – Isaac Cusick, Shell Lake (tie) Sixth place – Tawni Moin, Cumberland Seventh place –Christian Motel, Ashland

F.F.A. Creed First place – David Mattson, Ashland

Job interview First place – Jessica Pedance, Ashland

Luck’s District Speaking Contest participants, front row (L to R): Lakeysha Schallenberger, Kelly Fitzgerald, Isaiah Tretsven and Devon Nelson. Back row: Karie Bartlett, Kelly Stokes and Summer Johnson. – Photo submitted Second place – Johannah Feeney, Shell Lake Third place – Devon Nelson, Luck Fourth place – Matt Schmitt, Northwestern Fifth place – Kathryn Morion, Ashland

Parliamentary procedure First place – Shell Lake Second place – Cumberland Third place – Spooner Fourth place – Luck. - submitted

Polk County Livestock Quiz Bowl Team compete at UW-Madison MADISON – Polk County Junior 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl Team attended the Livestock Quiz Bowl Competition on Saturday, Jan. 23, at UW-Madison Animal Sciences Department to compete against 18 other junior teams at the state competition. Livestock Bowl is a quiz competition where all the questions are about beef, sheep, swine and meat goat topics and students use a buzzer in order to answer the questions. Teams compete in a doubleelimination format by giving oral answers to questions posed by a moderator. Each match has both an individual and toss-up question round. The teams are divided into three age divisions. The junior division is made up of four members who are under 14 years of age as of Jan.1. The senior division is for teams of four members who are all 14 years of age or older as of

Jan. 1. Competition in Livestock Quiz Bowl encourages member to develop a more complete knowledge of animals and related subjects. This contest provides an educational program for all project members, including those who may not own a project animal, and provides a way to develop self-confidence. The junior team received second place in their category and the senior team received third place. Champion went to Marathon West. The senior team also traveled to earn third place. Only the champion senior team from each state advances to the national competition, which will be held in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 21-26, for River City Roundup, at the 83 Aksaben 4-H Youth Livestock Exhibition held at the Qwest Center. — submitted

Polk County Junior Livestock Quiz Bowl Team: Front row (L to R): Gus Swenson, 12 years old; Zach Swenson, 11 years old; Karen Eby, captain, 13 years old and Nicole Dittbrenner, 12 years old. Polk County Senior Livestock Quiz Bowl Team Back row: (L to R): Mitchell Johnston, Haley Yunker, Emily Petzel and Reese Johnston. – Photo submitted



FREDERIC GRANTSBURG Each building will have their own breakfast menu.






BREAKFAST Uncrustable. LUNCH Tacos, assorted toppings, corn OR turkey salad.

BREAKFAST Apple sticks. LUNCH Cheeseburger, tater tots, fresh fruit OR chicken/taco salad.

LUNCH Chicken burger, potato wedges, peas, applesauce, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Chicken or cheese quesadilla, salsa, lettuce salad, corn, pudding, apples, oranges, bread basket.

BREAKFAST Cereal/bagel. LUNCH Chicken nuggets, rice, peas & carrots, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hot dog, 7-12.




BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Mr. Rib, waffles fries OR beef taco salad.

BREAKFAST Pancake on a stick. LUNCH Pretzel w/cheese, cottage cheese, winter mix OR Oriental salad.

LUNCH Taco salad with fixings, baked rice, sliced carrots, refried beans, sliced pears, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Tater tot hotdish, lettuce salad, green beans, banana, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Meatball sub, potato chips, fresh veggies, dip, sliced peaches, apples, oranges, bread basket.

BREAKFAST Cereal/French toast. LUNCH Nacho supreme, tortilla chips, winter mix, fruit sauce. Alt.: Chicken patty, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/breakfast pizza. LUNCH Chicken patty on a bun, tater tots, corn, fresh fruit. Alt.: Hamburger, 712.

BREAKFAST Cereal/Pancake stick. LUNCH Pork chow mein, rice/hard noodles, green beans, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hot dog, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/cinnamon roll. LUNCH Italian dunkers, dipping sauce, peas, fresh fruit. Alt.: Chicken nuggets, 712.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Cheese quesadilla, refried beans, rice, shredded lettuce, peaches. Alt.: Fajita wrap.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza, juice and milk. LUNCH Chicken patty, oven potatoes, coleslaw, green beans, pineapple, mandarin oranges. Alt.: Lasagna.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Hamburger/rice hotdish, Tostitos, shredded lettuce, corn, pears. Alt.: Mexican potatoes.

BREAKFAST Mini pancakes, juice and milk. LUNCH Chicken/gravy over potatoes, lettuce salad, peas, stuffing, dinner roll, sweet potatoes, oranges. Alt.: Pizza.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Mini corn dogs, pretzel, veggies, beans, tropical fruit. Alt.: Cook’s choice.






BREAKFAST French toast. LUNCH Salisbury steak on a bun and curly fries.

BREAKFAST Yogurt parfait. LUNCH Chicken a la king, potatoes or biscuit and peas.

BREAKFAST Belgian waffles with toppings. LUNCH Pizza calzones and mixed vegetables.

LUNCH Spaghetti, salad and peaches.

LUNCH Cook’s choice OR BBQ pork, potatoes, carrots and pineapple.

LUNCH Italian dunkers, salad OR chicken noodle soup with veggies, PBJ and applesauce.

Long johns.


LUNCH Chicken chow mein, peas, rice or noodles OR ham salad.



Long johns.


LUNCH Baked chicken and au gratin potatoes.

LUNCH Sub sandwich, cottage cheese and chips.

LUNCH Hot dog, bun, baked beans, potatoes and peaches.

LUNCH Chicken patty, cheese slice, bun, fresh veggies and fresh fruit.


CHURCH NEWS My thoughts get me into trouble sometimes. I tell myself that I need a certain thing, and heaven help the person who stops me from getting it. I think I’m right about a certain subject because I’m “qualified” in it, and I’ll argue my point endlessly. I tell someone exactly how to solve his or her problem because it’s the only way, the best way. My wrong thinking has messed up relationships in the past and kept me from new ones. If only I wouldn’t be so hard-headed or Perspectives thoughtless. Perhaps you can relate to my dilemmas. As Christians, we are told to “have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16) That can happen by praying these verses: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) Lord, your understanding is so much greater than mine. Help me to trust more in You than in myself. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2) Lord, forgive me when I let the things of this world conform me into someone who doesn’t know or pay attention to your good, acceptable, and perfect will. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God … casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5) Lord, I refute arguments, theories, and every proud and high thing that sets itself up against the true knowledge of you. Captivate every thought and purpose that I might have that is contrary to my obedience to you. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword … and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) Lord, I submit to your word, which exposes, sifts, and judges the thoughts and purposes of my heart. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) Lord, remove every anxiety from my mind. Keep me in a mind-mode of thanksgiving and prayer so I can experience your peace. May my thoughts be your thoughts. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at

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New interim pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church

Pastor Andrew Hinwood is the interim pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren. He resides in Wheeler, with his wife and children. – Photo submitted

News from the Pews at Pilgrim Lutheran FREDERIC – The annual meeting of the congregation will be on Sunday, Jan. 31, after worship and all members are encouraged to attend this event. Sunday, Feb. 7, after worship there will be a Valentine’s potluck dinner in the fellowship hall of the church. A freewill donation will be taken to raise funds for camp scholarships to help students attend camp this summer. A program of music, sweetheart poems and a special guest appearance by “Dr. I’m A. Quack” and he will give us the latest updates in the field of medicine. The book club is going strong and the book they are presently reading is “Blue Like Jazz” by Donald Miller. The club will meet on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m., at the church in the lower fireside room to discuss the book.

Pictured around the table in the lower fireside room are (L to R) Rae Lynn Neumann, Marcy and Dave Bastin, Jason Goebel and Pastor Catherine. The group talked about what it means to be a Lutheran as these people were welcomed during worship as the newest members of the congregation. They were all presented with a church directory and a copy of the church’s famous cookbook “Taste of Heaven.” Also joining but not pictured were Goebel’s daughters Hope, age 9 and her sister Miya, age 6.

On Saturday, Feb. 13, there will be a family tubing event at Wild Mountain in Taylors Falls. Everyone will meet at the church at 1 p.m. to carpool to Wild Mountain for about three hours of fun, fellowship and refreshments. Pilgrim invites everyone to join them for Sunday morning worship services at 10 a.m. Sunday school starts at 9 a.m. and all children from prekindergarten through sixth-grade are welcome to come. For more information about the church or any of the up-and-coming events, call the church office at 715-327-8012 or go to their Web site www.pilgrimlutheranDuring worship this past Sunday, John and Lori Struck’s grand- - submitted daughter, Macey Grace McNitt was baptized. Pictured (L to R) are Heidi Rubenzer, sponsor, Mom Heidi, Dad Chad and Bill Struck as her sponsor. Macey wore the gold locket that her mother wore the day she was baptized at Pilgrim several years ago. The congregation welcomed Macey into God’s family. – Photos submitted

Kids for Christ donates to Haiti relief effort Shown are KFC children who have donated money to Haiti. The kids and teachers voted without hesitation on Sunday to send the profits from a pancake breakfast held on Sunday, Jan. 17, to the relief fund for Haiti. The total raised at the breakfast, $564.88, was originally intended for camp scholarships. The emphasis this year for midweek youth group has been on helping others. They have been busy baking cookies for various groups – Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets, Faith’s Lodge, Boxes for Soldiers. In all they have baked and donated 84 dozen cookies. They collected and donated $100 to Pennies for Peace and now $564.88 to the Haiti relief fund. This group meets every other Wednesday night at Lakeside Community Church, A & H, right after school. All children are welcome regardless of church affiliation. For information please call the church office at 715-635-7791. – submitted

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The family of Jerry Ackerley would like to extend our sincere thank you and gratitude to all those who prayed along with us, expressed their caring in cards, hugs, phone calls, flowers, blessings and food, while we spent the past week saying goodbye to our dear brother Jerry. We would like to thank the Ellsworth EMS program, River Falls Hospital, Regions Hospital in St. Paul and LifeSource. Regions was very patient with our huge family taking over a waiting room for five days and nights, and LifeSource guided us gently through the donation process as we struggled with the sadness of saying goodbye to our brother, but knowing the gift of his life would go on in others. LifeSource put up with us through our tears and sorrow and our family’s sense of humor. We thank them. To Jane Austin and Milo White of St. Croix Valley Funeral Home in St. Croix Falls, thank you so much for your compassion and love. Jerry was a unique man, a talented musician and an outstanding carpenter. He will be greatly missed by his son, girlfriend, family and friends.

Albert “Jerry” Neumann, 60, died peacefully, surrounded by his family on Jan. 9, 2010. Jerry was born to Albert and Evelyn Neumann on May 6, 1949, in Luverne, Minn. Jerry graduated high school from Tracy, Minn., in 1968. After high school Jerry enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a Green Beret with the Sixth-and Fifth-Group Special Forces and continued serving with the Minnesota (Hutchinson) and Wisconsin (New Richmond) ANG. He attended Hutchinson, Minn., vocational school for machine trades in 1977. Jerry worked as a machinist throughout the upper Midwest, completing his career at Alexandria Extrusion Co. in December of 1973. He married Carolynne Nordstron. They had two sons. During his life he enjoyed his family, and many outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, camping, gardening and woodworking. Jerry was a quiet, honorable, humble person who would always help others and will be greatly missed. Jerry is survivied by his two sons, Jeremy (Catherine), Ramsey, Minn., and Jason (Jennifer), Wahpeton, N.D.; his mother, Evelyn, Dassel, Minn.; his sister, Susan Rauch, Dassel, Minn.; five grandsons and one granddaughter. Any condolences may be sent to: Neumann 6302 169th Lane NW, Ramsey, MN 55303.

John A. Clausen, 60, resident of Baraboo, formerly of Milltown, died on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at the William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital in Madison. John was born in Amery on Dec. 8, 1949, to Earl and Marie Clausen of Milltown. He served two tours in Vietnam as a Marine. John married Carol Douesterhoeft on April 27, 1974. A daughter, Elaine E. Clausen, was born Dec. 15, 1976. They divorced May 9, 1996. He is survived by his daughter, Elaine Clausen, and her friend, Fred Smith; brothers, Gary Clausen (Sue); and Arlie Clausen (Virginia); sisters, Gail (Walter) Losianowycz and Jeanette (Michael) Rochford; former wife, Carol Clausen Newman. John was preceded in death by his parents; and grandson, Reznor Smith. Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Milltown Lutheran Church in Milltown, with the Rev. Danny Wheeler officiating. Music was provided by organist Priscilla Fjorden and soloist Terri Stoner. Pallbearers were Arlie Clausen, Paul Brooks, Tim Hutton, Gary Parkins, Tom Reynolds and Fred Smith. Interment immediately followed the service at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Laketown Township with full military honors. Updated information can be found at The Rowe Funeral Home of Luck was entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Alice Wenthe Alice E. Wenthe, 84, Frederic, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at the Willow Ridge Nursing Home in Amery. Funeral services will be held at the Clam Falls Lutheran Church in Clam Falls on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic on Friday, Jan. 29, 4-7 p.m. and again at the church on Saturday, from 10-11 a.m. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic was entrusted with arrangements.

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Jerry (Jerome) Ackerley, 45, of River Falls, formerly of Frederic, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Jerry was born Oct. 13, 1964, in St. Paul, Minn., the eighth of nine children born to George and Janice Ackerley. The family relocated from St. Paul to Luck in 1968, when Jerry was 4 years old. He attended East Luck School until the family home burned down in 1976 and they moved to Frederic. Following high school, Jerry followed in his father and brothers footsteps working in construction. He worked for his dad and his brother Gary's drywall/construction company and on his own. He moved to the Twin Cities and this is where he met his wife, Charlotte. To this union their son Porter was born. The marriage ended but a friendship remained. Jerry taught himself to play guitar. Despite being partially deaf and dyslexic, he was very talented. He wrote and performed his own music for family and friends whenever the opportunity rose. For the past five years he lived in rural River Falls with his girlfriend, Elizabeth. He enjoyed restoring and maintaining the century-old farmstead they lived on. He discovered his natural talent at landscaping, design and gardening. He also dabbled in creating furniture pieces out of old barn wood. Through the sorrow of his death he shared the gift of life by donating his organs through LifeSource of Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents, Janice and George Ackerley. He is survived by his son, Porter Ackerley, of Ely, Minn.; dear friend, Elizabeth Hilton of River Falls, and her family; siblings, Larry and Charlotte Beale Ackerley of Seattle, Donna and Randy Erickson of Atlas, Gary and Luann Ackerley of Frederic, Sandy and Gary King of Frederic, Terrie Nelson of Star Prairie, Barbara Berglind of River Falls, Marla Ackerley of Old Lyme, Cont., and Becky and Doug Amundson of Frederic; nephews, Dan and Dave Berglind, Andy and Sam Tricker, Jack Tricker-King, Matthew King, Jesse Ackerley, Trevor Otto, Ben Ackerley, Adam Erickson; nieces Jamie Tricker, Amanda (nee

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OBITUARIES Gustave “Skip” Otto Jr. Gustave “Skip” Otto Jr., 58, Centuria, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, in his residence in Centuria. Skip was born May 3, 1951, in Jamestown, N.D., the son of Gustave Sr. and Joan (Zillmer) Otto. He graduated from Unity High School in 1969. Skip was an avid sportsman who loved the outdoors and enjoyed watching the local softball teams. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and especially with his two beloved stepgranddaughters, Hailey and Mercedes. Skip leaves to celebrate his memory his wife, Renee Otto of St. Croix Falls; mother, Joan Otto of Milltown; stepchildren, Jeremy Peterson (Kim), Jeff Madsen, Casey Madsen and Curt Madsen; stepgranddaughters, Hailey and Mercedes Peterson; and several other stepgrandchildren; brothers, Terry Otto (Kathy), Randy Otto and Darrell Otto (Janet); sister, Julie Otto (Jim); aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Gustave Otto Sr. A gathering in remembrance was held Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria. Please visit to express online condolences. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home, Centuria, was entrusted with arrangements.

Jerry Christ Svoboda Jerry Christ Svoboda, 94, of Duluth, Minn., died at his home with his family by his side on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010. Jerry was born on Sept. 17, 1915, in Breckenridge, Minn., to Joseph and Josephine (Stuklasa) Svoboda. He was united in marriage to Vivian Holmberg in 1949. Jerry worked for many years as a welder for Marine Iron and Shipbuilding, retiring in 1977. Jerry was a master of hands-on work. He handcrafted numerous items including wind chimes, bird feeders and marble boards. Jerry was a man of hidden faith who was independent, steadfast and accountable. With not much said he was kind, loving and giving. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian, of 58 years; infant son, James Michael; his parents; brothers, Emil, William, Charlie, Frank and Winston; and sister, Violet. Jerry is survived by his son, Leroy (Bev) Svoboda of Mora, Minn.; daughters, Karen (Bert) Watson of Mora, Minn., Linda (Ed) Allen of Shallowater, Texas, Lana Svoboda of Superior and Lisa Svoboda of Duluth, Minn.; grandchildren, Tara, Eric, Krista, Janelle, Christopher, Anna, Joshua and Ashley; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Emma Jensen of Frederic, Gladys Benson of Frederic and Georgia Lalor of Webster. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Bell Brothers Funeral Home in Duluth, Minn., with Pastor David Mork officiating. Inurnment will be held at the Apostolic Lutheran Cemetery in Esko, Minn. Feel free to leave a memory of Jerry at The Bell Brothers Funeral Home, Duluth, Minn., was entrusted with arrangements.

Eileen J. (Mascotti) Caliguire Eileen J. (Mascotti) Caliguire “Scotty,” 83, Siren, formerly of South St. Paul, Minn., died peacefully Jan. 21, 2010. Eileen took great delight working for many years at the Pioneer Press Newspaper as a switchboard operator. Eileen was preceded in death by her mother, Anna; and her infant children, Scott, Anthony and Bridget; her ex-husband, John Calliguire; brother and sister-in-law, Melvin and Angie Mascotti; and brother-in-law, Carmen (Art) Ferraro. Eileen is survived by her daughter, Barbara Caliguire; son, Michael (Annelise) Caliguire; daughter, Colleen (Sam) Bernard; sister, Dorothy Ferraro; grandchildren, Andreatte, Sarah (Kevin) Rosen, Matthew and Rebecca; great-grandchildren, Scott, Adam and Clara; along with many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. A gathering to celebrate her life will be held on Sunday, Jan. 31, from 1-5 p.m., at Mueller-Bies Funeral Home, Roseville Chapel, in Roseville, Minn. Local arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes, Webster. Online condolences can be made at

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Michael L. Murphy, New Richmond, died Thursday Jan. 21, 2010, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn., at the age of 66. Michael was born Aug. 23, 1943, in San Diego, Calif., to Leonard and May Murphy. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. On April 20, 1968, he married Mabel Swenson at Zion Lutheran Church in Farmington. He retired from RexAm Inc. and was a member of Steelworkers Local No. 7796. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, casinos and his family. Michael was preceded in death by his father, Leonard; wife, Mabel in 2004; brothers, Leonard Jr. and Dennis; and sister, Jane Thomas. He is survived by daughter, LoAnne (David) Nemeth; son, Kannon (Missy Carufel); mother, May Murphy of Texas; grandchildren, Darrin “DJ,” Gina, Kody, Heather and Miranda; one brother, Kevin of New Richmond; two sisters, Pat (Bob) Scofield and Kathy (Dan) Sittlow, both of Texas; nieces, nephews and many friends. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at Zion Lutheran Church in East Farmington. Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery. Condolences may be left at The Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, was entrusted with arrangements.

Dorothy P. Priebe, 84, Clear Lake, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Golden Age Manor Nursing Home in Amery. Dorothy Paula Priebe was born in St. Paul, Minn., on May 6, 1925. She was the oldest daughter of George Haradon and Era Minna Josephina Spethmann. Dorothy had a younger sister, Bernice Era Jorgeson, and two half siblings, Eric Spethmann and Paula Spethmann, who were both from Germany. Dorothy lived with her family in St. Paul, Minn., where she attended grade school and two years of high school. She left high school at the age of 15 to pursue employment at Montgomery Wards as a salesperson, selling shoes. Dorothy lived with her parents until she was 17 years old. She met her husband, Jerome Priebe, when she worked at Lugar’s furniture factory in St. Paul. They were married on June 24, 1944, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in North St. Paul, Minn., and together raised four boys. Robert was born in 1945, Roger in 1946, Richard in 1951 and Randy in 1956. Dorothy and her family owned a farm near Hwy. 36 for 18 years. When Hwy. 36 was designed and constructed, the family moved to Clear Lake, and together they ran their dairy farm for the remainder of their lives. During this time, Dorothy also worked at a dime store; as a nursing assistant; and for many years at NR Industries in New Richmond. Dorothy enjoyed raising and showing her rabbits at rabbit shows. Her favorite was the lop-eared rabbit. She also enjoyed feeding and listening to her birds. In addition to her love for animals, Dorothy enjoyed collecting dolls, going to doll shows with her friends and attending quilting workshops. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerome; her parents, George and Era Minna Haradon; sister, Paula Spethmann; and brother, Eric Spethamnn. She is survived by sons, Robert Priebe of Clear Lake, Roger Priebe of Clear Lake, Richard Priebe of Comstock and Randolph Priebe of Clear Lake; grandchildren, Karen (Kevin) Loenser of Clear Lake, Brenda Anderson of Clear Lake, James Priebe of Blaine, Minn.; Anna (T.J.) Buhr of Clear Lake, Brenda Anderson of Clear Lake and Lisa Brune of East Grand Forks, Minn.; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Bea (Rich) Jorgensen of Helena, Mont.; nieces and nephews and many relatives and friends. The funeral service was held at Scheuermann-Hammer Funeral Home in Clear Lake on Wednesday, Jan. 20, with Pastor Bryan S. Anderson officiating. Music was provided by Cindy Nelson. The casket bearers were Ricky Anderson, Timmy Anderson, T.J. Buhr, Rich Jorgensen, Kevin Loenser and Tom Meier. Interment was held at Clear Lake Cemetery in Clear Lake. The Scheuermann-Hammer Funeral Home of Clear Lake was entrusted with arrangements.

Edward Raymond Molamphy Edward Raymond Molamphy, 89, Georgetown Township, rural Balsam Lake, died at his home, surrounded by his loving family and Jake, on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010. Edward was born on Dec. 31, 1920, in Georgetown Township, the son of John C. and Catharine M. (Brummel) Molamphy. Edward grew up in Georgetown Township and graduated from Milltown High School. A proud World War II veteran, Edward served in the United States Navy from 1942-1946, aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard, in the Pacific Theater. On Nov. 10, 1947, he was married to Mary Ann Pearson in Turtle Lake, and to this union three children were born. Edward worked hard as a farmer, and while he was farming he also worked at the Standard Conveyor and Toro Companies. He then worked for 25 years at the Polk County Highway Department, retiring in 1983. Edward was an avid sportsman. From hunting trips out west, to the deer shack up north, from the lakes and streams and rivers, he passed on his hunting, trapping and fishing techniques and talents to his children, grandchildren and other relatives and friends. His sense of humor was always evident, no matter what the conversation was. Edward took up walking, and would walk around the section on a regular basis. It took hours. Not because he was slow, but he visited and had coffee with the neighbors along his route. Edward was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 66, Webster; VFW Untied Post 6858, Milltown; and a life honorary member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also one of the original founders of the Fox Creek Gun Club. Edward leaves to celebrate his memory, wife, Mary Molamphy, Balsam Lake; children, Michael (Anita) Molamphy, Turtle Lake; Patricia (Alvin) Kastens; Clancy (Michelle) Molamphy; grandchildren, Shannon Argetsinger, Patraic Molamphy, Cullen Molamphy, Shawn Denver, Cole Denver, Michael J. Molamphy, Mimi Molamphy, Brandon Molamphy; eight greatgrandchildren; sister, Margaret Paquin; nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and nine brothers and sisters. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m., at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake. Father John Drummy will be the Celebrant. Visitation will be at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m., and then again at the church on Thursday, one hour prior to the Mass. Burial will be at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner. Pallbearers will be Keith Argetsinger, Patraic Molamphy, Cullen Molamphy, Brandon Molamphy, Shawn Denver and Cole Denver. To express online condolences for the family, please visit The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria was entrusted with arrangements.

Doris L. Sandberg Doris L. Sandberg (Koskela), 77, resident of Frederic, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at her daughter’s home in Frederic. Doris was born on Jan. 11, 1933, to Carl and Effie Koskela in Spruce Grove Township, Becker County, Minn. She grew up in the Wolf Lake, Minn., area and graduated from Frazee High School there. She went to California to fill her dreams when she met Big Daddy. Doris married Sandy Sandberg on June 3, 1955, and together they raised five children: Roger, Kathleen, Charleen, Laureen and Colleen. In addition to raising her family she had a variety of jobs, her last one helping Big Daddy run a resort in Chetek. They moved back to the Frederic area to be closer to their children in 1993. She enjoyed dancing, football, Jay Leno, SNL (especially Sally O’Mally), feeding and watching all the wild animals around their home and loved her cats dearly. Doris is preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Effie; son, Roger; and daughter, Coke. Doris is survived by her husband, Sandy; three children, Kathy Sandberg, Char Sandberg and Laureen Fisk; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Kenny (Bobbi) Koskela. Memorial services will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic on Saturday, Jan. 30, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. and the service at 2 p.m. The Rev. Greg Lund will be officiating. Family and friends are invited for a gathering at the Pioneer Bar & Grill in beautiful downtown Frederic immediately following the service. Updated information can also be found on the following Web sites: and or call Bruce at 715-472-2444. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.


OBITUARIES Elmer E. Taylor

Merle H. Hanson

Elmer E. Taylor, 79, a resident of Frederic, died Jan. 20, 2010, at the Frederic Nursing and Rehab. Elmer was born on July 27, 1930, in Frederic to Ernest and Helen Taylor. Elmer married JoAnne on Oct. 9, 1953, at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Frederic. Elmer was a dairy farmer for over 30 years. He drove school bus for the Frederic School District for over 25 years. He was an active member of the Pilgrim Lutheran Church and served on the church council. Elmer also served on the West Sweden Township Board for over 10 years and was a member of the Frederic Farmers Exchange. He was also on the board of directors for Northland Ambulance for over six years. Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Marie, Doris and Ella; brother, Archie; and grandson, Brandon. Elmer is survived by his wife, JoAnne; their children, Kevin (Maria) Taylor, Brad (Kristin) Taylor, Terry (Jane) Taylor, Steven (Carol) Taylor and Vickie (Tim) Erickson; grandchildren, Zachary, Brendan and Amberlyn Taylor, Ryan (Michelle) Taylor, Dustin Taylor, Austin, Billie Jo, Taylor and Holden Erickson; sisters, Violet Linton, Margy (Donnie) Hiller and Catha Foltz; sister-in-law, Margaret Taylor; brother-in-law, Andy Saumer; stepgranddaughter, Kim; and four step-great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church with Pastor Catherine Burnette officiating. Music was provided by Gina Sarow and Sandy Lundquist. Interment followed at Maple Grove Cemetery in Frederic. Casket bearers were John Glockzin, Guy Foltz, Bruce Java, Bob Blake, Kirk Miller and Ray Thompson. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at

Merle H. Hanson, 90, Superior, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at his residence. He was born March 23, 1919, in Clam Falls, the son of Nealie and Dagny (Grytness) Hanson. On June 8, 1941, in Center City, Minn., Merle H. Hanson and Frances R. Peterson were united in marriage. Merle served with the U.S. Coast Guard in the South Pacific during WWII. He was awarded the American Theater, Asiatic, Philippine and Victory Ribbons. Following the war, his work history included Fuller Brush, Hanson Builders and Fraser Shipyards Inc. He retired as a master carpenter from Fraser’s. After remodeling the captain’s quarters, Merle was invited to dine with the captain of the Edmund Fitzgerald, prior to her final voyage. Merle was an avid flower and vegetable gardener. He enjoyed sharing both these hobbies with his children and grandchildren. Many have been blessed by his excellent carpentry skills. He was always ready to put them to use for anyone in need. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Lavone Swanson; brothers, Wesley and Dewey Hanson; stepsister, Pearl Hirsch; and stepbrother, Richard Hanson. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Frances; son, Darrell (Linda) Hanson, Jacksonville, Fla.; daughters, Sherry (Doug) Lantis, Dawn (Mike) Conley, Nancy (Ken) Monforton, all of Atlanta, Ga., Lynn (Dave) Hudacek, Debbie Hanson and Tammy (Tim) Tomzak, all of Superior; 19 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Eldora Brown of Webster and Delores Crownhart, Fayetteville, Pa.; stepsister, Delores (Steve) Malec, Gulf Shores, Ala.; cousins, Violet Beckmark, Lyla Dolan and Shirley Hansen; many nieces and nephews; and two caregivers, Kathy Hallberg and Phyliss Blackwood. The funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 23, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren. The Rev. Curt Vanderstelt, pastor of North Bay Community Church, Superior, officiated. The pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were Merle’s grandsons. Interment will take place at the Lewis Cemetery, Lewis, later this year. If you would like to send condolences or sign the online guest book, please visit The Downs Funeral Home, Superior, was entrusted with arrangements.

Robert Earl Hilton Robert Earl Hilton, 90, Clear Lake, died Jan. 18, 2010, at Amery Regional Medical Center. He was born on Nov. 27, 1919, in Rockford, Ill., second of seven children born to Albert and Lillian Hilton, and grew up in Rockford. He married Wanda Marie Fehr on Sept. 6, 1941, in Rock Grove, Ill., and they were happily married for over 68 years. Bob served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of the American Legion of Clear Lake. He was a farmer, raised cattle, a construction and masonry contractor and a real estate agent. His favorite pastimes included fishing, hunting, playing cards, reading, rock collecting, stained glass, woodworking and telling jokes and stories. Bob and Wanda lived on a farm south of Clear Lake from 1956 to 1973, when they sold the farm and moved to Sedona, Ariz., where they lived 15 years and then moved Los Lunas, N.M. for another 15 years. They decided to return to Clear Lake in 2003 and lived there until he was hospitalized after suffering a stroke on Dec. 16, 2009. Bob is survived by his wife, Wanda Hilton; brother, Joe (Darlene) Hilton of Clear Lake; sister, Gwen Ang of Rockford, Ill.; six children, Jeff (Marilyn) Hilton of Albuquerque, N.M., Linda Hilton of New Richmond, Cindy Paulson (fiancé Dennis Atkins) of Hudson, Connie Hilton of Woodbury, Minn., Peggy (Ron) Sempf of Clear Lake, and Jim (Hyon Joo) Hilton of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren plus many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Lillian Hilton; two sisters, Nancy Wandel and Catherine White; two brothers, Richard and John Hilton; and great-grandson, Tanner Sempf. Memorial services were held on Friday, Jan. 22, at the United Methodist Church of Clear Lake. Services were conducted by Pastor Jayneann Gagner while Brian Wick provided the music. Interment will be in the spring at the Clear Lake Cemetery with full military honors by the Clear Lake Area Veterans Honor Guard. The Scheuermann-Hammer Funeral Home of Clear Lake was entrusted with arrangements.

Donald L. Skoog

Donald L. Skoog, 81, Lindstrom, Minn., died Jan. 6, 2010. Don was born Oct. 24, 1928, in Eureka, the son of Harry and Ruth Skoog. He worked on the family farm through his early years and was a graduate of St. Croix Falls High School. He joined the Navy in 1952 and was a radar operator on an air patrol squadron during the tail end of the Korean War flying reconnaissance along the China coast and was based in Adak, Alaska, and Honolulu, Hawaii. After leaving the Navy, he continued his career in the airline industry working as an avionics mechanic for North Central, Republic, Northwest and Sun Country and has flown to many airports all over the world. Sun Country flew troops to various locations, and some of Don’s memorable moments were flying as part of the crew with the troops to Kuwait during Desert Storm, which earned him a medal from the U.S. Air Force. Don was instrumental in forming the Lakes Area Recreation Association for young athletes. He became their first president and coached football, hockey and baseball for LARA. He was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing. Don is survived by his wife, Janice; children, Robert (Nicola) Skoog of Garrison, Minn., Bradley (Kristin) Skoog of Lindstrom, Minn. and Ann (Michael) Miller of Lindstrom, Minn.; grandchildren, Abby, Kelly, Courtney, Tony and Mikayla; sisters, Angeline Bender of Grand Rapids, Minn., and Irene Campbell of St. Croix Falls; brother, Leslie (Delores) Skoog of Eveleth, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his parents; and sisMyrtle C. Lund, 89, resident of Frederic Nursing and ters, Alice Gustafson and Clarice Lindahl. Rehab in Frederic, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2010. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 9, at Zion Myrtle’s family will be holding private services. Any updated information can be found on the follow- Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chisago City, Minn., ing Web sites: and www.wicrema- with the Rev. Mike Peterson officiating. Condolences may be made at or call Bruce at 715-327-4475. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Myrtle C. Lund

Elva Gladys “Suz” Snelson Hughes Elva Gladys “Suz” Snelson Hughes, 90, of Webster, died on Jan. 14, 2010, in Apache Junction - Mesa, Ariz., where she had been vacationing. She had recently enjoyed an extensive celebration of her 90th birthday and was visiting family and friends in the California and Arizona area. Elva was born Jan. 5, 1920, in Bruno, Minn., in Pine County, to Joseph Leonard Snelson and Reecie Belle Reed Snelson. Elva married Myron “Mike” Hughes at her family home in Cloverton, Minn., on Feb. 22, 1942, and they built their first home in the town of Dairyland. In Elva’s early childhood, her family moved from Bruno to Minneapolis for a few short years where Elva started early kindergarten. The family returned again to Pine County, moving to Cloverton, Minn. Elva graduated from the Cloverton High School, where she was valedictorian of her class. During her youth, she was involved in several community and civic groups. As a teenage girl, she made contact with the “bean factory” and arranged for employment for many of the local families as bean farmers, bringing some badly needed revenue into the community. Shortly after their marriage, Elva and Myron moved to Renton, Wash. After having their first child, Patsy, they returned to Dairyland, where they lived for many years, raising their family and later running their business, Hughes Excavating. In later years, they also lived in Marine on the St. Croix, Minn., and then retired to the Town of Jackson, Webster. Elva had many interests and was very active right up to her death. Over the years, some of the activities she was involved included: Gardening, bird-watching, bowling, Red Hats, Jackson Fire Second Alarm, Dairyland Homemakers, Dairyland Parent Teacher Organization, dancing, sewing, crocheting, traveling, gambling and card playing, painting and craft work, and reading. Along with raising their own children, Elva and Myron had a hand in nurturing and caring for many others, including some of their brothers, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Over the years, Elva furthered her education, receiving a degree in secretarial science, and she did extensive study in accounting and other areas. Along with Elva’s work in the family excavating business and earlier on the family farm, she had also been employed in many different positions including secretarial and accounting work, as a tax consultant, a house-raising assistant, a cook, a caregiver and as a distributor for a nutritional company. Elva is survived by her children, Patsy Pope (Arlan) of Webster, Fern Gomulak (Michael) of Superior, Nancy Peterson (Micheal) of Scandia, Minn. and Sharon Hughes (special friend Jeff Hanson) of Webster.; grandchildren, Debbie Dean, Dana Moser, Arnie Pope, Sonya Blair, Ed Gomulak, Teresa Ellis, Monica Schick, Roger Peterson and Michelle Shaffer; 31 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. She is also survived by her brothers, Jesse Snelson (Janet) of Spooner, and Charles Snelson of Columbia Heights, Minn., inlaws, Ella Hills, Ross Hughes, Harland Hughes (Betty) and Mavis Hughes of Washington, Betty Moss of California, William “Billy” Hughes and Bruce Hughes (Georgene), as well as many nieces, nephews, relations and friends. Elva was preceded in death by her husband in December 1996; her parents; brothers, James Snelson, Gerald Snelson and Joseph Snelson; and sisters, Evelyn Christine (Teenie) Carlson and Elma Kendal Kirks; as well as one great-grandson, A.J. Pope. A funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 23, at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes in Webster with interment at the Riverhill Cemetery in Dairyland, with Steve Ward officiating. Music was provided by organist Annette Arnold and vocalists Web and Lori Macomber. Pallbearers were Harold Kendall, Fred Snelson, Joseph Snelson, Michael Snelson, Roger Snelson and Charles Skjeveland, with honorary pallbearers Leonard Snelson, Robert Wells and Dale Hughes. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.



Marriages experience stale periods; must be energized QUESTION: My wife and I love each other very much, but we’re going through a time of apathy. We just don’t feel close to each other. Is this normal, and is there a way to bring back the fire? DR. DOBSON: This happens sooner or later in every marriage. A man and woman just seem to lose the wind in their romantic sails for a period of time. Their plight reminds me of seamen back in the days of wooden vessels. Sailors in that era had much to fear, including pirates, storms and diseases. But their greatest fear was that the ship might encounter the Doldrums. The Doldrums was an area of the ocean near the equator characterized by calm and very light shifting winds. It could mean certain death for the entire crew. The ship’s food and water supply would be exhausted as they drifted for days, or even weeks, waiting for a breeze to put them back on course. Well, marriages that were once exciting and loving can also get caught in the romantic doldrums, causing a slow and painful death to the relationship. Author Doug Fields, in his book “Creative Romance,” writes, “Dating and romancing your spouse can change those patterns, and it can be a lot of fun. There’s no quick fix to a stagnant marriage, of course, but you can lay aside the excuses and begin to date your sweetheart.” In fact, you might want to try thinking like a teenager again. Let me explain. Recall for a moment the craziness of your dating days

– the coy attitudes, the flirting, the fantasies, the chasing after the prize. As we moved from courtship into marriage, most of us felt we should grow up and leave the game playing behind. But we may not have matured as much as we’d like to think. In some ways, our romantic relationships will always bear some characteristics of adolescent sexuality. Adults still love the thrill of the chase, the lure of the unattainable, excitement of the new and boredom with the old. Immature impulses are controlled and minimized in a committed relationship, of course, but they never fully disappear. This could help you keep vitality in your marriage. When things have grown stale between you and your spouse, maybe you should remember some old tricks. How about breakfast in bed? A kiss in the rain? Or rereading those old love letters together? A night in a nearby hotel? Roasting marshmallows by an open fire? A phone call in the middle of the day? A long-stemmed red rose and a love note? There are dozens of ways to fill the sails with wind once more. If it all sounds a little immature to act like a teenager again, just keep this in mind: In the best marriages, the chase is never really over. •••

Dr. James

Dobson Focus on the Family

QUESTION: As a single mother, I’d like to leave my children with friends or relatives for a few days and get some time for myself, but I’m worried about how this might affect them. Will they feel deserted again? DR. DOBSON: Not only is a brief time away from your children not likely to be hurtful – it will probably be healthy for them. One of the special risks faced by single parents is the possibility of a dependency relationship developing that will trap their children at an immature stage. This danger is increased when wounded people cling to each other exclusively for support in stressful times. Spending a reasonable amount of time apart can teach independence and give everyone a little relief from the routine. Therefore, if you have a clean, safe place to leave your children for a week or two, by all means, do it. You’ll be more refreshed and better able to handle your usual “homework” when you return. ••• Dr. Dobson is founder and chairman emeritus of the nonprofit organization Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80995 ( Questions and answers are excerpted from “Complete Marriage and Family Home Reference Guide” and “Bringing Up Boys,” both published by Tyndale House. COPYRIGHT 2009 JAMES DOBSON INC., DISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL UCLICK, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo. 64106; 816-581-7500

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Baptism at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church LUCK – Gabriel Leslie Renfroe was baptized at St. Peter’s Lutheran, North Luck, on Sunday, Jan. 17, by Pastor Norm Belland. Gabriel is the son of Curtis and Jennifer Renfroe of Frederic. Grandparents are Jerry Petersen and Rachelle Petersen of Luck and Mike and Ramona Renfroe of Frederic. Great-grandparents are Reynold and Barbara Petersen and Maynard and Judy Stevens of Luck, Janet Marlett of Clear Lake and Curtis and Joyce Renfroe of Baytown, Texas. Sponsors were Sara Stevens of New Richmond and Billy Knechtel of Frederic. Following the baptism, family and friends celebrated with coffee and cake in the church basement. Curtis and Jennifer chose the name Leslie to honor and remember Curtis’ grandfather, Les Renfroe, and Jennifer’s grandfather, Reynold Leslie Petersen. There was also some special history at the baptism itself. The baptismal candleholder was given in memory of Jennifer’s great-great-grandmother, Caroline Larsen; and the baptismal oil candle was given in memory of her great-aunt, Ardyce Larsen. – submitted

Sponsor Sara Stevens holds Gabriel Leslie Renfroe for Pastor Norm Belland to baptize while sponsor Billy Knetchel and parents Curtis and Jennifer Renfroe look on. – Photo submitted

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Church Directory ADVENTIST


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




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





Emory Johnson, Interim Pastor at Siren High School Auditorium Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m.



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




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




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


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

Rev. Jody Walter, Interim, Phone 327-8608; Church Phone 866-7191 Sun. Wors. - 9:15 a.m.; Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


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



Pastor Carolyn Saunders, 715-463-2624 Sunday School - 11 a.m.; Worship - 11 a.m. Pastor Carolyn Saunders, 715-463-2624 Worship - 9 a.m.; Sun. School - 10:30 a.m.


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

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC 1606 165th Ave., CTH I, Centuria Paul Foulke, Pastor, 715-485-3363 Sun. Wor. - 9 a.m.


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


Tom Cook, Pastor Worship 8:45 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10 a.m.



Hwy. 35, 1/2 blk. N. Main St. Interim Pastor Andrew Hinwood Pastoral Serv. 349-5280 Sun. Schl. 8:15 a.m.; Sun. Wor. - 9:30 a.m.


Pastor Mark Richardson, 715-755-2562 Pastor Mike Winick 1947 110th Ave., Dresser Praise Serv. 8:15 a.m.; Heart Song Serv., Adult Ed & Sun. Schl. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Trad. Serv. 10:45 a.m.


Pastor Mary Ann Bowman, 5 mi. E. of Luck on Hwy. 48, 1/2 mi. S. on I; 472-8153, Office/Kit. - 472-2535 Sun. Schl. & Adult Bible Study 9 a.m.; Fellowship 10 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


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


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

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


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


5561 Chestnut St., Taylors Falls, MN 651-465-5265 Traditional Wor. 8:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. & Youth 9:45 a.m.; Adult Learning 10 a.m.; Contemp. Wor. 11 a.m.


Pastor Dorothy Sandahl, 648-5323 or 648-5324 Sun. Wor. 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:15 a.m.


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


ST. JOHN’S EV. LUTHERAN (Wis. Synod) 350 Michigan Ave., Centuria Sun. Wor. - 10:45 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10 a.m.


1614 CTH, North Luck Office Ph.472-2605; Dial-A-Devotion 472-2345 Sun. Worship - 9 a.m.


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


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



300 Seminole Ave. (CTH M) Mark Kock, Pastor, 715-294-2828 Sunday Worship at 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School (ages 4 thru 12th grade), Fellowship, Adult Bible Class at 9:15 a.m.


Pastors Mike & Linda Rozumalski 1 mi. west of Luck on N, 2478 170th St., Luck Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Fellowship 9:45 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m.


Rev. Rexford D. Brandt 447 180th St., Osceola, 715-294-2936 Sun. Wor. 8 & 10:30 a.m.; Sun Schl. 9:15 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month

CTH H, 1/2 mi. N. of CTH A & H on H Church Off. 715-635-7791 Roger Pittman, Pastor Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Worship Serv. 8 &10 a.m.; Sat. 7 p.m.; Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday


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


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


Pastor Arveda “Freddie” Kirk, 327-4436 Early Wor. 8:30 a.m.; Sun. Wor. 10 a.m. Souper service Wed. 5:15 p.m.


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


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




Pastor Scott Sagel, 715-689-2541 Sun. Schl. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Wor. 10:30 p.m.; Elevator provided, welcome


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


Pastor Gary Tonn Praise Time 8 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:20 a.m. CATHOLIC




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


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

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



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



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



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

IMMANUEL LUTHERAN - FREDERIC 306 River Street, Osceola, 715-755-2275 Pastor Mark Gilbert Adult Class - 8:30 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10 a.m. Sunday Worship - 10 a.m.; Holy Communion 1st Sunday

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

Rt. 1, Balsam Lake, WI (Fox Creek) Pastor Neal Weltzen; GT Office - 857-5580, Parsonage - 822-3001, TR Office - 822-3001 Wors. Serv. 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m.; Holy Communion - 1st Sun. of each month Phone 327-4340, 327-8384, 327-8090 Pastor David Almlie Worship 9:15 a.m.; Sun. School 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st & 2nd Sundays


Rev. Jody Walter, Interim Home 715-327-8608; Church 715-866-7191 Sunday Worship Service - 7:45 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays Hwy. 70 East, 689-2271, Pastor: Carl Heidel Worship 9 a.m.; Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Communion -Every Sunday

Pastor Martin Weigand - 715-294-3489 Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Adult Bible Class 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m.




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




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


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


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




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


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


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



Pastor David Sollitt 715-857-5411 or 715-268-2651 Wor. Serv. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl.-10:15 a.m.


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


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


131 Broadway St., 715-268-2223; Pastor Charlie Butt, Lead Pastor Sunday Worship: 9 - 10:15 a.m. & 10:30 11:45 a.m.; Childrens church ages 3-4 Sun. Schl. for Pre-K to 5th; Sun. Schl. for Jr./Sr. high meet in teen center Nursery available


Pastor Kevin Miller Associate Pastor Roger Inouye Sunday School - (all ages) - 9:30 a.m. Church Serv. - 10:45 a.m.




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





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

Pastor Tim Faust Worship - 11 a.m.; Sun. School - 10 a.m. Holy Communion - 1st & 3rd Sunday Pastor David Almlie, 715-327-8384, 715-327-8090 Fellowship - 10:30 a.m., Sun. Schl. 9:45 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m.,Communion - 1st & 2nd Sundays

404 Wis. Ave., Amery, 715-268-7717 Father John Drummy, Pastor Sat. Mass 4 p.m., Sun. Mass 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation Sat., 3:30 p.m. or by appt.

Danbury - 7586 St. Rd. 77, 866-7321 Pastor - Father Michael J. Tupa Mass - Wed. 5 p.m. (Summer), Fri. 9 a.m. (Sept.-May). Reconciliation as per bulletin & by appt. Balsam Lake - Rev. John A. Drummy, Pastor - 405-2253 Mass: Sat. eves. 6 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m.; Tues. 5:30 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m.Sacrament of Reconciliation 7:30 a.m. Sun. or by appt.






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

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

Pastor Annie Tricker Sun. Wor. 11 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m. Potluck dinner 1st Sunday

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



Pastor Catherine Burnette 507 Wisconsin Ave. N., 715-327-8012 Sunday Schl. 9 a.m.; Sunday Wor. - 10 a.m.; Holy Communion 1st & 2nd Sundays

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

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

Pastor Michael J. Tupa, 715-866-7321 Cedar & Muskey Ave. - Webster Mass Sun 10:45 a.m., Wed. 5:45 p.m. (SeptMay), Fri. 9 a.m. (Summer) Sat. 8:15 p.m. on Sept. 1

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



Pastor Father Michael J. Tupa CTHs A & H - 715-866-7321 Crescent Lake Voyager Village area. Mass Sun. 8:15 a.m., Thurs. 11:30 a.m. Reconciliation as per bulletin and by appt.


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


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


Church Phone 715-866-4111; Rev. Merrill Olson - Pastor Sun. Schl. - 9:30 a.m.; Wor. - 10:45 a.m (Nursery Provided)


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


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


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


Pastor Andy McDaniel, 715-327-8402 Sun. Schl. - 9:15 a.m.; Wor. Serv. - 10:15 a.m.; Wed. 6:30 p.m. Bible Study; Nursery provided.;



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



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



Pastor Dan Slaikeu 4 mi. SE of Grantsburg on Williams Rd. Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Wor. 10:30 a.m.


231 Bluff Drive, 715-247-2435 Services are Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Call Pastor Darryl Olson at 715-755-3133 for information and directions



1751 100th Ave., Dresser Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Morn. Wor. 10:30 a.m. Evening Services Sun. 6 p.m.; Wed. 7 p.m.



523 1st St., Clayton, 715-948-2493 Fr. Christopher Wojcik, Pastor Sat. Vespers - 5 p.m.; Sun. Liturgy - 9:30 a.m.


Meeting at Zion Lutheran Church, 28005 Old Towne Rd., Chisago Lakes, MN Fr. Robert McMeekin, pastor Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m.




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


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



CENTERPOINT CHURCH “Come as you are”

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


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


Meets at Dresser Elem. School, Dresser Pastor Michael Brand, 715-417-2468 Adult Class 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:45 a.m.; Worship Service 9:45 a.m.; Nursery available


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


715-733-0481 or 715-733-0480 for time of meeting.




1289 160th St. (Hwy. 65), St. Croix Falls 715-483-5378 Pastors Dan and Claudia Denissen Asst. Pastor Ken Janes Sun. School 9 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m.

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Kendra Erickson has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Rex and Heidi Erickson. Kendra is a hard worker and cares about her schoolwork. She is involved in sports and enjoys hanging out with friends, cooking and talking.

Tristan Sheldon has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Daryl Sheldon. Tristan has a positive personality, is easy to have in class and demonstrates social skills. He is involved in basketball, football and track. Tristan enjoys riding bike, being outside, reading and hanging out with friends. He plans to go to college to teach phy ed. The biggest influence in his life has been his teachers and parents.

Michael Elrod has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Bob and Marlys Elrod. Michael is a high-character individual, has excellent work habits, is cooperative and is respectful of others. He works part time at the InterCounty Leader. Michael enjoys reading. He plans on attending WITC in Rice Lake for computer tech/networking.

Lainie Thoreen has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in first grade and the daughter of Russell and Tammy Thoreen. Lainie has a bubbly personality. She has a smile or kind word for anyone. Lainie is an eager learner who listens and follows directions very well. She is helpful to her classmates. Lainie enjoys writing and reading to herself. She takes dance lessons and enjoys playing with children.

Laura Taylor has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. She is a senior foreign exchange student from Spain. Laura is always smiling and has a positive attitude. She has been a great addition to the school. Laura is part of the CIA program, involved in FCCLA, FFA, art club and volleyball. She enjoys spending time with friends, bowling, playing soccer and swimming. Her future plans are to attend college. The person she most admires is her dad.

Farrah Welch has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Charlie and Johanna Welch. Farrah brings a positive attitude to class every day. She works hard to meet each challenge and is very helpful to her peers. Farrah is involved in band, Girl Scouts and sports. She enjoys listening to music, reading and baby-sitting.

Austin Opel has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in kindergarten and the son of Jeanne Opel and Griffin Opel. He has one brother, Andrew. Austin’s favorite thing about school is learning. Austin’s favorite hobby is playing with Legos. He is a polite young man and a great student.

Reagan Hoverman has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and the son of Michelle and Dale Harvieux. He has one sister, Sidney. Reagan is involved in basketball, football, soccer and Boy Scouts. He enjoys riding bike with friends. His favorite subject is social studies. Reagan is a fun and creative student. He is a leader in the classroom, setting a great example.



Kaci Tolzman has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Chad and Denae Tolzman. Kaci is a straight-A student who always works hard at doing her best. She is kind and helpful to others. Kaci often volunteers to help the kindergarteners dress for the cold weather at recess time. Kaci always has a smile on her face and a cheerful attitude. She is a friend to everyone and fun to be around.

Krissy Vendela has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Don and Tracie Vendela. Krissy has a terrific sense of humor and is also very honest and straightforward. She is a real animal lover, as well as an avid hunter. Krissy baby-sits and cleans house. She enjoys hunting, fishing, riding horse and taking care of her animals. She plans to go to college to become a veterinarian or police officer.



Jonah Tretsven has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in fourth grade and the son of Monte and Debra Tretsven. Jonah is friendly, kind and very cooperative in school. He is liked by everyone. Jonah has excellent study habits and listens well in class. He works hard and is always responsible about his assignments. Jonah loves being outdoors and doing things with his family.

Riley Zimmerman has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of Bob and Lana Spafford. Riley works very hard to be a courteous and responsible student. He shows great initiative and a determination to succeed academically and socially. Riley’s favorite class is math. He enjoys football and baseball. After school Riley helps with chores at home and spends time riding snowmobile.

Breylin Johnson has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Dionne Johnson and Theodore Johnson. During the summer Breylin spends time with her dad in Washington state. Breylin enjoys school and her favorite subjects are math and science. She is a positive, outgoing student who is polite and hardworking. Breylin enjoys basketball and being with friends. She plans to become a marine biologist.

Christian Otto has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. He is the son of Ronald Otto and Lisa Taylor. Christian is taking 2-D and 3-D art and has made good progress in both classes. After his assignments are done, he can be found at the potter’s wheel throwing pots. Christian has a positive attitude in the art room and is enjoyable to be around.

Hunter Tjepkes has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. He is a Tiny Tiger in Mrs. Ward’s classroom. His family moved to Wisconsin from Minnesota this year. Hunter likes it here because he can go swimming more. He also says he loves school. Hunter enjoys meeting Letterland characters and recess. Hunter is a hard worker, a great friend to his classmates and is always smiling.

Jamesen Matrious has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. He is in fifth grade and the son of Karl Matrious and Christina Bearhart and Susan Matrious. Jamesen shows great interest in every class and excels in reading, spelling and math. He is a class leader with a positive attitude toward his school, classmates and teachers. Jamesen enjoys football, soccer and playing with his dogs.

Annie Kelby has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of Tom and Sarah Kelby. Annie is a great student and her energetic attitude is inspiring. She enjoys class and is a great participater. Annie is a role model for all. She is involved in NHS and church youth group, cross country and track. Annie enjoys writing, reading and shopping. She plans to attent Northwestern College and major in law.


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STUDENT OF THE WEEK Please Call 715-327-4236

Aaliyah Bowers has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in first grade and the daughter of Nathan Bowers and Brandy Peterson. Aaliyah is a wonderful role model for all her classmates. Her positive attitude and exemplary behavior make her a joy to be around. Aaliyah shows great leadership skills and puts great effort into her schoolwork. She is a joy to be around.

Nate Heimstead has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and the son of Paul and Linda Heimstead. Nate is both conscientious and respectful. He is positive and has a perpetual smile. Nate works hard in class and treats his classmates with respect.

Katherine Ebensperger has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. She is the daughter of Laura and Gary Ebensperger. Katherine enjoys tennis, basketball and track. She plays the saxophone in the concert and jazz bands. Katherine is in student council and SADD/ FACT.




• “Lyme on the Brain,” at the high school, 6:30 p.m.


• 500 cards at the senior center, 6:30 p.m. • Ross Sutter concert at the elementary school, 1:45 p.m. and second floor of the clinic, 7 p.m., 715-327-4979. • Grief support group meets at St. Luke’s through March 25, 6:30 p.m., 715-327-4436.

Coming events


• Burnett County Providers meeting at the Government Center, 1 p.m., 715-349-8744. • Burnett Area Arts Group monthly meeting, 5 p.m. at North Wind Arts new location: 24540 State Hwy. 35/70, 715-866-8153.

St. Croix Falls

• Advance directives class at the medical center, 10-11:30 a.m.

THURSDAY/4 Balsam Lake


• Infant/child class at American Red Cross office, 5:30-8:30 p.m., 715-485-3025,


• Tax aides at the senior center, 9 a.m.-noon, 715-327-4155, 715-327-8623. • 500 cards at the senior center, 6:30 p.m.


• Author Cris Peterson to speak at historial society meeting at the museum, 7 p.m., 715472-4378.


• Ruby’s Pantry at 24534 Hwy. 35/70. $15 donation. Registration 1:30 p.m., distribution 2 p.m.

• Tax assistance at the library, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Call for appointment.

St. Croix Falls


• Exercise 10-11 a.m., Skip-Bo 11 a.m.-noon, 500 6:30-10 p.m., at the senior center, 715-4831901, 715-483-3443.

• Marine Corps League meeting at Little Mexico, 7 p.m., 715-327-4882.

St. Croix Falls


• Exercise 10-11 a.m., Skip-Bo 11 a.m.-noon, 500 6:30-10 p.m., at the senior center, 715-4831901, 715-483-3443.


• Pokeno played at the senior center, 1 p.m. • 2010 Census Team testing at 107 Hope Rd. W, 5 & 7 p.m., 715-833-6870, 866-861-2010,

FRI.-SUN./5-7 Balsam Lake


• Winterfest. Fri. medallion hunt; Sat. ice drags, 10-11:30 a.m. registration, noon start. Sun. icefishing contest 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-554-2091.



• African Night at Hog Wild, 6-8 p.m., 715-5543302, • Fish fry at Burnett County Moose Lodge, 5:307:30 p.m., 715-349-5923.


• Northern Wisconsin Ag Safari: Working Lands Initiative at the Ag Research Station, 10:30 a.m.-noon, 715-635-3506, 800-528-1914.

St. Croix Falls

A steady snow on Sunday gave this snowman a facelift of sorts, with a new layer of white. - Photo by Gary King

Taylors Falls, Minn.

• Women’s Workshop at the community center, 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Preregistration required. Luann Kleppe Kintree, 715-483-5544.


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


Wolf Creek

• Tax assistance at the senior center for seniors and low-income taxpayers, 1-4 p.m., 715349-7810.



• Blood drive at the community center, 1-7 p.m., 651-257-4165.

• Northern Lakes Center for the Arts presents “Celebrating the Haggis!” 7:30 p.m., 715-268-6811.

• St. Joseph’s ice-fishing contest on North Twin Lake, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.



• Suzy Q’s fishing contest, 715-648-5223, 715-483-9458.

• Vintage snowmobile races and world chapionship series on Lake 29, noon sign-up, 715-825-3500.

• Swedish Club meets at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.,



• First aid class at American Red Cross office, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 715-485-3025,

• Bridge, 10 a.m.-noon at the senior center, 715-483-1901, 715-483-3443. • Talkin’ Sasquatch at the senior center, 7:309 p.m.,


• Danbury Lions Club ice-fishing contest at Burlingame Lake, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-2443403.


• Mini buffet, cards and games at the senior center.


• Rod & Gun Club rabbit hunt at the clubhouse. Daybreak - 3 p.m., 715-755-2640.

Shell Lake

• Fire department’s ice-fishing contest on Shell Lake, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• Ice Age Trail - Indianhead Chapter annual meeting. Interpretive Center at Interstate Park. 9:30 a.m. coffee and conversation, 10 a.m. business meeting and 11 a.m. Golden Eagles in Mongolia presentation, 715-472-2248.

• Travis Webb Memorial Hunt at Wolf Creek Bar, 715-483-9255.


• GOP brunch and caucus at The Lodge. Meet and greet 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; brunch, program and caucus to follow. • Wedding Showcase at Northwoods Crossings Event Center, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


• Adult/AED CPR class at American Red Cross office, 5:30-8:30 p.m., 715-485-3025,


• Blood drive at Peace Lutheran Church, 12:30-6:30 p.m.

Taylors Falls, Minn.


Balsam Lake


• Pokeno at the senior center, 12:30 p.m. due to monthly meeting.


• Tax assistance at the library, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Call for appointment.


• Scholarship supper & raffle fundraiser at the high school, 5-7:30 p.m., 715-472-2152, ext. 103.


• Northern Wisconsin Ag Safari: Relative Grain Quality at the Ag Research Station, 10:30 a.m.-noon, 715-635-3506, 800-528-1914.

St. Croix Falls

• “Rethink Afghanistan” showing at the library, 7 p.m. • Bridge 10 a.m.-noon, Bingo 1-3 p.m., at the senior center, 715-483-1901, 715-483-3443.


• Tax assistance at the senior center, 1-4 p.m. Call for appointment.

Clam Falls



• CPR for the Health-Care Provider class at the Red Cross office, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 715-4853025.

St. Croix Falls

• Haitian Relief fundraiser spaghetti dinner at Zion Lutheran Church, 3-6 p.m.


• Family Fun Day at Forts Folle Avoine, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 715-866-8890. • Ruby’s Pantry at the town hall, $15 donation. Doors open 9:30 a.m., disbribution 10-11:30 a.m.

• Coffee hour at Clam Falls Lutheran Church, 10 a.m. • Burnett County VFW Post 1256 monthly meeting, VFW Hall, 7:30 p.m., 715-349-8087. • Exercise 10-11 a.m., Skip-Bo 11 a.m.-noon, 500 and Dominos 12:30-4 p.m., at the senior center, 715-483-1901, 715-483-3443.


• Blood pressure screening at Bremer Bank, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. • Pokeno at the senior center, 1 p.m.

Balsam Lake

Bone Lake Danbury

Work of local photographer published

MJ Springett, a local wildlife photographer from Webster, recently published an article in the fall-winter issue of a nationally distributed magazine, Nature Photographer. The article, Cranes in Crex, features images of sandhill cranes that aggregate in Crex Meadows in the fall. Thousands of cranes gather in Crex to feast before they migrate south for the winter. Springett spent many early mornings and evenings photographing the cranes as they left their roost site and returned to the roost. The article details this Crex experience and a few photographic techniques learned while sitting among the cattails and sedges on the edge of the marsh. Springett is a member of the Northern Lights Camera Club and the Crex Photography Club. Many of her images can be seen at or – Photos submitted

Leader|jan 27|2010  
Leader|jan 27|2010