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This camper, owned by Andy and Candy Johnson of Siren, overturned in the storm Friday, July 1, evening just after turning north at the junction of CTHs N and D. The parents, and their three young daughters, along with their dogs, were all in the vehicle when it overturned. No one was seriously injured. Weather warnings had expired by more than 30 minutes, Candy wrote on Facebook, and there was no wind or rain at their house, just a few miles from where the incident occurred. - Photo courtesy Dawn Jewell

Storm is sudden, deadly

Ushering in the Fourth of July weekend, summer “thunderstorm” produces 100 mph winds and is the cause of two deaths, three critical injuries and millions in property damage

by Gary King Leader editor BURNETT COUNTY - It was billed by weather forecasters as a “severe thunderstorm,” but, in fact, the storm that ushered in the Fourth of July weekend was of tornadic velocity, producing winds estimated at 100 miles per hour or more. The massive system, which began in the Dakotas and crossed Minnesota, engulfed three-quarters of Burnett County, producing hail and lightning, but it was the wind that wreaked havoc, downing thousands of trees which translated into millions in property damage, widespread power outages and the

The power of kindness

Storm generates generosity

by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG - Jarrod Campbell was on his way to his Oak Street home around 1:30 a.m. Saturday where his wife, Jamie, and their kids anxiously awaited his return. The Union Pacific conductor had been on a run to get a generator after Friday night’s storm had left his family without power. As he was passing by Northwestern Wisconsin Electric Company he saw some employees trying to start a generator to get power to the company’s Grantsburg office. Campbell immediately

There was a bit of a twist involved with the offer to sell this trampoline, put out on Oak Street in Grantsburg Saturday after Friday night’s storm. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer

stopped to see if he could help and ended up offering them his generator. “We really, really appreciated it,” said Edie Manthie, who had come to the office to help answer and direct outage calls from customers to the crews. According to NWE President Mark

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loss of two lives. An 11-year-old Hinckley, Minn., girl, Mackenzie Klar, died when a tree fell on her as she ran from a playground at Scenic View Campground on Poquette Lake in the Town of Dewey, to her family’s trailer, after lightning struck the tree. The oak tree was so large it took 20 men to remove it. She was pronounced dead at 8:12 p.m. at Spooner Hospital. “Everyone worked together to try to save her,” Kim Larson, who was at the campground when it occurred, said. “It happened

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Rural Centuria couple confirmed as victims in New Ulm blaze PAGE 3

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by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff reporter GRANTSBURG – Marilyn Gronlund stood with her husband, Gene, and daughter Janet Saturday, July 2, looking at the large oak tree that had come crashing down on their home’s porch in the severe storm that hit Grantsburg and other parts of Burnett County Friday evening, July 1. Tears began to well up in Gronlund’s eyes as she spoke about the damage done to their home of some 18 years. “This is the first time I’ve cried since it happened,” said Gronlund, as she managed to take a few bites of burger given to her and over 200 others affected by the storm Saturday by the local drive-in. “But we are still very fortunate.” Sitting at their dining room table, three days later, the memory of their storm experience was still fresh in their minds. “When the lights went out around 7 p.m. I came out on the porch to get some candles from the cupboard,” Gronlund recalled. “And just as I reached for a candle the storm hit and the tree came down on the porch right above me.“ “I couldn’t shut the porch door, Gronlund continued, so I ran into the house but I couldn’t shut the kitchen door either. We didn’t think it was going to be

“How in the world did that get in here?” Ramona Anderson said she remarked at seeing a large tree limb protruding from her kitchen wall and ceiling.”

As the storm: Gratefulness

Marilyn Gronlund showed where she was standing at the exact moment the storm hit. “The lights when out around 7 and I came out on the porch to get some candles from the cupboard,” Gronlund recalled, “Just as I reached for a candle the tree came down on the porch right above me.” that bad a storm. It happened so quickly I didn’t have time to get scared.” Gronlund’s husband, Gene, shook his head in agreement. “It was so unexpected. The wind came in such a hurry.” The Gronlunds are taking the damage to their home in stride. “We’ve had some ups and downs this summer said Marilyn. “We got to attend our granddaughter’s wedding in Chicago, then I had open-heart surgery and now this.” “We have a big hole in our roof and the wall upstairs has a bulge in it, too, but we don’t fret about it,” said Gene, smiling. The Gronlunds say they are very grateful for the help received from neighbors, members from their church congregation and their insurance agent. “Our neighbor across the street, Suzie Retzer, offered us a bed, and Alma Karels from our church brought us her generator so our food would keep.” And then laughing the Gronlunds told

A few houses down from the Andersons Laura Hane and her family cleared trees from their home and then offered help to their neighbors. of how they took up another friend’s home. offer to let them shower at his vacant “They worked for three hours getting condo. the tree off my roof being so careful not “Wayne Lake gave us the key to his to collapse the wall,” said a grateful Skincondo so off we went in our bathrobes, ner. hoping the car wouldn’t quit. And oh “My son and I both offered them that shower felt so good.” money, but they wouldn’t take it. They The Gronlunds said Gary Nelson, their just told us we could give a donation to insurance agent, was quick to respond to the Legion if we wanted to give anytheir call. thing,” Skinner noted. “Gary came right away and got Wayne Skinner, too, had her own porch storm Lake who started right in clearing the story to tell. As Skinner went out on her trees away. They said we’ll take care of porch to look at the approaching storm everything,” Gene explained. “And at the wind hit. our age, that’s really nice,” Marilyn “I held on to my screen door for dear added. life, the wind was so strong everything The Gronlunds said Josh Lamere and a was flying off and I thought it was going crew of volunteers also came to offer to to take the door right off, too.” clear away branches. East of Skinner’s home other hard-hit The Lamere crew, which included fam- Wisconsin Avenue residents, Ramona ily members, friends and Grantsburg Le- and George Anderson, were just finishgion members, also came to Betty ing supper when the storm hit. Skinner’s home and took away the tree “We are thankful to be alive. When the that had fallen on her Wisconsin Avenue trees started coming down we ran to the neighbor’s house for shelter,” said Ramona of their stormy Friday evening. When the couple returned home to assess the damage, Ramona said she got quite the surprise at seeing the redecorating the storm had done in the kitchen. “How in the world did that get in here,” Anderson said she remarked at seeing a large tree limb protruding from her kitchen wall and ceiling.” A few houses down from the Andersons, Laura Hane and her family, who had plenty of their own tree clearing to do, were offering help to their neighbors. Countless stories of people’s storm experiences and that of neighbors helping neighbors in the wake of the storm’s aftermath will continue to be told. And as the cleanup also continues those accounts of the perseverance and The Gronlund’s marveled at a yel- kindness shown by its citizenry will low dish which even though it had serve the Grantsburg residents with literally flown off their stove during much needed comfort in the weeks to come. the storm managed to remain unbroken. - Photos by Priscilla Bauer

The power of kindness/from page 1 Dahlberg, Campbell didn’t want anything for the loan of his generator or even for the fuel used. Remarking on giving up his generator, Campbell joked, “It’s not every day you get to give power to the power company.” But when asked why he decided to do it, Campbell turned serious. “We try to be good citizens. This is a tight-knit community. It has been wonderful to see how the

community pulled together after the storm.” Campbell’s tone once again turned humorous as he told of how he took his children’s trampoline, twisted by the storm, and set it out by the curb with a for sale sign just for fun. Campbell’s attempt to give people something to laugh about in the midst of dealing with the storm’s aftermath




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Two drowning deaths in Polk County POLK COUNTY – Two people, a 22year-old St. Paul man and a 53-year-old rural Centuria man, Ronald S. Carlson, drowned in separate incidents over the Fourth of July weekend in Polk County. The name of the St. Paul man is being withheld at this time, pending notification of family. Following are the news releases from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department: “A 22-year-old St. Paul man has lost his life in a boating-related accident in Polk County. “On Saturday, July 3, at 3:30 a.m., the Polk County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call of a possible drowning on Antler Lake in the Town of Milltown. “Deputies, along with Milltown Fire Rescue and Unity Ambulance Service, were dispatched to the scene. “Upon deputies arrival at the residence, CPR was in progress. The victim was transported to St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Resuscitative efforts were unsuccessful, and the man was pronounced dead at the hospital. “The investigation at the scene found that the victim, along with approximately four of his friends, had boarded a 12-foot aluminum boat which was equipped with a small outboard motor, and had went boating on Antler Lake. During the boat ride, the boat did capsize. The victim was swimming to shore when he called out he was having difficulties. Another member of the group was able to get to the victim and locate him under the surface of the water. He brought him to shore and lifesaving measures were initiated. “The name of the victim is being withheld until family members can be notified.” “On Friday, July 1, at 5:03 p.m., the Polk County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call of a water accident which had occurred on North Twin Lake in the Town of Eureka. “The investigation into this incident found that Ronald S. Carlson, 53, of rural Centuria, had dove headfirst off a dock into shallow water and struck his head. His friend, who was with him at the time of this incident, observed Carlson float to the surface at which time the friend did remove Carlson from the water and began lifesaving measures. A daughter of Carlson, via the Leader’s Web site, said her father tripped on a broken board on the dock as he was getting ready to do a cannonballtype jump off the dock. “Polk County deputies, Cushing Fire First Responders, along with St. Croix Regional Medical Center EMS, did respond and requested Life Link III air ambulance. Resuscitative measures were unsuccessful, and Carlson was pronounced dead at the scene.” - with information from Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

Jauch to meet on storm damage GRANTSBURG/SIREN - State Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) was scheduled to meet with Grantsburg village board members Wednesday afternoon, July 6, to discuss state assistance for communities that suffered damage from the significant storms that came through northwestern Wisconsin on July 1. Jauch was also to meet with Burnett County officials to discuss storm damage earlier in the day. The main state program available to communities facing natural disasters is the Wisconsin Disaster Relief Fund, which provides funding to help communities offset emergency response and cleanup costs associated with storms. The fund provides grants covering up to 70 percent of certain costs associated with storm damage. “When disaster strikes, citizens count on local law enforcement and emergency response personnel,” said Jauch. “The state needs to make sure that the communities hit by these storms have the resources necessary to provide that assistance, especially when no federal funding is available.”- from the office of Sen. Jauch

Local couple confirmed as victims in New Ulm blaze Joseph and Dian Bergman perish in Victorian B&B blaze, with four others by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer NEW ULM, Minn. – Authorities have now confirmed that a tragic bed and breakfast fire in the early-morning hours of Saturday, July 2 in New Ulm, Minn., has a local couple among its six victims. Joseph and Dian Bergman of rural Centuria were apparently staying at the historic 1899 Bohemian Bed & Breakfast Inn when the blaze broke out and quickly consumed much if the historic structure at approximately 1:45 a.m. on Saturday morning. New Ulm Fire Chief Paul Macho was quoted as calling the Bohemian blaze "The worst fire they had ever seen," and that the damage was so extensive, firefighters were unable to make their way through the seven-bedroom vintage home to find and save occupants. Reportedly, the Bergmans did not show up for planned events back home, and the New Ulm Police discovered their vehicle in the nearby parking lot, leading to spec-

ulation all weekend on the couple being the unnamed victims of the blaze. Condolences began to roll in for family members on their social network pages, and the rumor of the local victims swelled by Tuesday, but their identities could not be confirmed until the autopsies were completed, reportedly through the use of dental records. The blaze also killed the home owner, Bobbi McCrea, 48, and her daughters Abby, 15, and Savannah, 3, as well as Andy Uhing of Hartington, Neb., which is reportedly where Joe Bergman was also from before moving to Polk County over two decades ago. A total of six people died in the fire that authorities believe started on or near the front porch area and then rolled up the side of the building to engulf the home, which was one of many celebrated Victorian homes over a century old in the historic city. Four people were rescued from the blaze, and several other patrons were able to climb out after the fire started. But even though so many people escaped, the Bohemian fire is thought to be one of the most tragic in New Ulm's history, and likely ranks among the most tragic in re-

cent Minnesota history. The structure remains under high security as the Minnesota Fire Marshal’s office conducts a thorough investigation into a cause for the fire, and victim autopsies were being handled by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office. According to the since-shutdown Web page for the inn, The Bohemian was constructed in 1899 at 304 S. German St. in New Ulm by lumber company and grain elevator owners Amherst and Eva Bingham. The mansion was turned into a seven-suite bed and breakfast in the last decade and was considered a premier romantic destination for couples. It was known for its restored Victorian architecture, elaborate breakfasts, striking interior and themed rooms, and was recently featured on HGTV as an inspiration for a bedroom design theme. It was also known for the flamboyant owner, Bobbi McCrea, who bought the home in 2002 and perished in the blaze with her two daughters, as mentioned earlier. Obituaries and service details for the Bergmans are pending.

Nine Wisconsin Senate recall elections under way Primaries next two weeks by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer STATEWIDE – The Wisconsin Senate recall election activity that started in late February reaches the voters over the next two weeks. On July 12, there will be six primary elections to determine the Democratic Party opponents for six Republican state senators. The general election for those races will be Aug. 9. On July 19, there will be three more elections challenging three Democratic state senators, two primaries and one general election. The general election for two of those contests will be Aug. 16. The Republican senators facing recall include Robert Cowles, Senate District 2; Alberta Darling, Senate District 8; Sheila Harsdorf, Senate District 10; Luther Olson, Senate District 14; Randy Hopper, Senate District 18; and Dan Kapanke, Senate District 32. The three Democrats are Jim Holperin, Senate District 12; Robert Wirch, Senate District 22; and Dave Hansen, Senate District 30. All but two of the districts are in the eastern half of Wisconsin and

stretch from the Michigan border to the Illinois line. The exceptions are the 10th District in northwestern Wisconsin (including Polk and Burnett counties) and the 32nd District in the La Crosse area. Incumbent senators are automatically placed on the ballot for the recall election. Opposition candidates needed to circulate nomination papers to get on the ballot. In all six districts with Republican recalls, Democrats endorsed by the Democratic Party are being challenged by a group of protest candidates, so labeled by the Republican Party in a press released (see related statement). That triggered the primary elections next week. In addition, two Republicans filed for each nomination to face the three Democrats, triggering more primaries and delaying the general elections until August. In District 30, one of the Republican candidates for the nomination, Assembly member John Nygren, failed by two votes to get the 400 signatures required to get on the ballot. In that district, Hansen, Democrat, will face Republican David Vanderleest in a general election July 19. In all the other eight districts, the July 12 and 19 primaries will lead to another four weeks of cam-

paigning. History The recall activity started Feb. 25 when a number of recall campaigns were registered against some Democrats in the senate. By early March, all 16 senators elected in 2008 and subject to recall were facing petition drives. To be recalled, an official must have served in office for at least a year. The 17 senators elected in 2010 could not be recalled at this time. The number of signatures needed in each district was 25 percent of the votes cast for governor in the 2010 election. That number ranged from 11,000 to over 20,000. Petitioners had two months to gather the signatures. By the cutoff time, nine of the 16 drives had been successful. Wisconsin legislators have faced recall elections four times in the past. Sen. Otto Mueller, Republican, survived a recall election in 1932. James Halperin, Democrat, then a member of the Assembly, also survived a recall in 1990. Two senators were removed from office by recalls, Republican George Petak in 1996 and Democrat Gary George in 2003.

Recall primary Tuesday by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BURNETT/POLK Counties – A 10th Senate District primary election Tuesday, July 12, will decide which Democrat will oppose state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf in a recall election Aug. 9. Candidates in the Democratic Party primary are Shelly Moore, River Falls, and Isaac Weix, Menomonie. Harsdorf is the only Republican candidate in the race, so there is no Republican Party primary. The 10th Senate District extends from Webster in Burnett County south to Pierce County and includes most of Polk County. Moore is a schoolteacher in Ellsworth and is making her first try for elected office. She is endorsed by the Wisconsin Democratic Party. Weix owns a business in Elmwood. He ran for the Wisconsin Assembly in 2010, losing in the September primary. The recall election against Harsdorf was called after a petition drive in March and April. That petition drive gathered 23,685 valid signatures, more than the 15,744 required. The 10th Senate District recall election is one of nine under way in Wisconsin. Recall petition actions were started against all 16 state senators, eight from each party, who were elected in 2008 and subject to recall. Of those 16, six Republican senators and three Democratic senators are facing the voters. Candidates Moore and Weix were asked to provide a brief biography and make a statement on why Harsdorf should be recalled. This is the information they submitted to the Leader.

Shelly Moore Statement as to why Sheila Harsdorf should be recalled: “At a time of fiscal crisis for our state, it is more important than ever that people work together and listen to each other to find solutions. But Senator Harsdorf has voted to gut fundMoore ing for our most important priorities like education, local roads, health care — all while increasing spending by over $1 billion, rolling back environmental protections and raising taxes on the working families and seniors of our district. And she did all of this while shutting people out of the democratic process — taking late-night votes and leaving no time for public debate. We need a leader who will fight for the values of the people of our communities. In the state Senate, I will work with members of both parties to balance the budget fairly, while respecting our working families, seniors and students. “I know that everyone - including corporations and public workers - must do their part to balance our state budget. Now is not the time to give even more tax breaks to big companies and the rich. As the daughter and granddaughter of veterans, I am committed to those who protect our freedom. I will fight to make sure our schools get the

funding they need, that we protect our seniors and expand access to health care in rural areas. I will also fight to protect WiscNet, a program that provides highspeed Internet to rural areas, and will work with telecommunications companies to ensure that they maintain service in rural Wisconsin.” Weix Bio: Shelly Moore is an award-winning teacher, who has taught high school in Ellsworth for 13 years. She worked her way through college at UW-Stevens Point by waiting tabels and managing a bait-and-tackle shop. After college, Moore became heavily involved at the River Falls domestic violence shelter. Isaac Weix No reply was submitted by Weix. He has a Web site According to his Facebook page, he owns T & S Hardware in Elmwood and is a company gunnery sergeant in the Marine Corps. He is an Elmwood High School graduate, and has a degree in business from UW-Stout and a Master of Business Administration from UW-Eau Claire. He lists his political views as conservative. He is one of the protest candidates the Republican Party of Wisconsin talked about in a statement issued on June 14. (See related story.)

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School aid cuts and their local impact Final numbers from state mean final budgets can be set NORTHWEST WISCONSIN – The impact of the recently signed Wisconsin state budget and the impact on state school aid for local school districts means those districts can finalize their budgets and finally work with hard numbers on the reality of those reductions. While most local school districts will see at least 10-percent state aid reduction, the actual monetary impacts vary greatly across the region, from as high as $1.093 million in Osceola to just over $18,000 in Webster. The more serious cuts likely mean staff and/or program cuts in some districts, especially in those schools with declining enrollments. The recently enacted state budget set general state school aid at $4.262 billion for the 2011-12 school year, an 8.4-percent decrease from this year, meaning

410 of the state’s 424 public school districts will receive less school aid from the state for the 2011-12 school year than they did in the previous year. General school aid is made up of three parts: equalization aid, integration aid and special adjustment aid. Largely because of the decrease in the state’s share of support for education, nearly 70 percent of districts became eligible for special adjustment aid this year. That type of aid is intended to provide school districts with 90 percent of the state general aid they received in the previous year, which jibes with the final, approximate local reduction percentages. That ratio was very close to what all local districts ended up with as their final aid reduction, with only Unity getting a slightly taller aid reduction of 11.76 percent. Two semilocal districts technically received an increase: St. Croix Central in Hammond (1.74 percent) and Somerset (.11 percent). Otherwise, a handful of regional districts held at static or close to steady: Barron, Baldwin-Woodville, New Richmond and a few others had their aid


(‘11-’12 aid $) (previous aid $) ($ change) (% impact)

Amery Cumberland Frederic Luck Osceola Grantsburg St. Croix Falls Shell Lake Siren Spooner Turtle Lake Unity Webster

8,753,003 3,982,254 2,373,269 2,140,757 9,696,316 5,248,281 4,749,360 2,168,711 974,579 1,331,759 585,883 1,727,567 160,855

9,739,831 4,440,816 2,640,785 2,382,150 10,789,446 5,839,936 5,284,897 2,413,270 1,084,420 1,481,862 651,915 1,957,728 178,985

cut by just around 1 percent. Other than those districts, the local exceptions were rare. Estimated aid amounts are based on budgeted school district data from the 2010-11 school year, which include membership, shared costs and property value. School membership, which is not the same as enrollment, is estimated to be down by nearly 1,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) students statewide, and to-

-986,828 -458,562 -267,516 -241,393 -1,093,130 -591,655 -535,537 -244,559 -109,841 -150,103 -66,032 -230,161 -18,130

-10.13 -10.33 -10.13 -10.13 -10.13 -10.13 -10.13 -10.13 -10.13 -10.13 -10.13 -11.76 -10.13

taled 857,258. Property valuations range from $9.1 million per pupil to $199,100 per pupil, a ratio of 45:1 between the state’s most and least property wealthy districts. The DPI will certify 2011-12 state aid on Oct. 15 using audited public school district data, so estimated general aid to districts may change. – Greg Marsten, with information from the Wisconsin DPI

Brad Herzog to sign books in Minneapolis July 12

by Nancy Jappe Leader staff writer SIREN - Brad Herzog, author of the book “turn left at the Trojan horse” that includes a chapter featuring Burnett County Sheriff Dean Roland, will be in the area signing copies of the book Tuesday, July 12, in Minneapolis. The book signing is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Mager & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. South. “Generally, I discuss my travel memoirs for about 20 minutes, read for about 20 minutes, then talk some more for 15 or 20

minutes,” Herzog said. “It’s a good show. I’d love to see any and all of you there.” Herzog, a California-based author and former winner of $64,000 on the TV show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” took a trip across country chasing heroes in 2009. He was headed to a college class reunion in Ithaca, N.Y., and ended up in Siren along the way. During his short time in Siren, Herzog met Roland, who was chief of police in Siren at the time of the tornado in 2001. One of the chapters in his book deals with that visit and the time of the tornado. That

chapter is titled “Silent Siren.” “There is a warning siren here, mounted on a pole in the center of town,” Herzog wrote in the book. “It had been struck by lightning and severely damaged a few weeks earlier (before the tornado hit) ... The broken siren was so old that replacement parts weren’t available. An appointment with a representative from FEMA had been scheduled for June 21, three days after the tornado struck. So it was left to people like Dean Roland to sound the alarm.” The chapter includes a photo of a Siren

tornado memorial, the portion of a boat permanently lodged in a tree on Rudy and Ruth Mothes’ property along Hwy. 70, a memorial to the tornado’s power. “Most of us like to think that our efforts constitute a credit in the universal ledger, that we are on some sort of heroic journey, but on occasion it would be nice to receive a hero’s welcome,” Herzog stated in his concluding words to the chapter featuring Siren and its police chief.

SCF man faces sixth DUI and other charges by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer CENTURIA – Centuria Police arrested a 30-year-old St. Croix Falls man for his alleged sixth driving while intoxicated charge, which is an automatic felony, after they apparently received complaints of his driving from other drivers, and he was later stopped, and thought to be under the influence. According to a report from Centuria Po-

lice, Brandon K. Chapman was the subject of several driving complaints while driving on Hwy. 35 near the entrance to Centuria on Saturday, July 2, at just after 3 a.m. As officers responded to the complaint, they allegedly noticed that same vehicle roll through a stop sign, and the officer initiated a stop a short time later. When stopped, the officer began to talk with Chapman, who said he had been drinking “a little,” and admitted to com-

ing from a St. Croix Falls tavern. The officer also found his driving privileges were suspended, due to a DUI conviction last December. As it turned out, Chapman had five previous DUI convictions going back to 2004. He also has a pending disorderly conduct case from 2009, as well as a May 2011 conviction for receiving stolen property, with stipulations that may have been violated with the DUI charge.

Chapman was taken into custody on the latest allegations and was charged with felony DUI (fifth or sixth), as well as misdemeanor charges of operating while revoked, and several bail-jumping charges. He appeared before Judge Molly GaleWyrick on Tuesday, July 5, who set a $3,500 cash bond, payable in increments. He also had several stipulations placed on his release. Future court dates had not been set at press time.


Schaffer Manufacturing adds space, employees by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer MILLTOWN — Local and state officials were on hand to celebrate the ground breaking for a 20,000-square-foot addition at Schaffer Manufacturing in Milltown last Friday, July 1. Seven to 10 new jobs will be created as a result of the addition, according to outside sales/estimates manager Steve Schaffer. The company, which manufactures metal products for customers both domestically and abroad, currently employs 58 people. Schaffer acknowledged the involvement of state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, state Rep. Eric Severson, Polk County Economic Development Director Steve Healy and the Milltown Village Board in assisting small businesses in Milltown, the county and the state. “I want everyone to know that the intention of this ground-breaking ceremony is not simply to acknowledge the growth of Schaffer Manufacturing,” said Schaffer. “We are proud to announce that all the businesses involved in this project are based in Polk County.” Northwest Builders, with more than 40 years of service in Polk County, is the lead contractor for the project, said Schaffer, and Sterling Bank, which has shown “unwavering confidence” in the business for the past 15 years, is providing the financial resources for the project. “We are here today to recognize the collective effort of several businesses in making our local economy stronger and more self-sufficient while creating new employment opportunities in the process,” Schaffer told the gathered crowd of employees, local officials and business associates. Schaffer Manufacturing was established as Schaffer Specialty Welding in 1991 by Schaffer’s father, Barry Schaffer. It was started in a 1,500-square-foot garage with Schaffer as the sole employee. “The goal was simple,” said Steve Schaffer. “Honest, transparent business with an emphasis on building relationships with its loyal customer base. I am happy to say that we continue to operate by those guiding principles to this day.” By 1995 the company employed a

Key individuals in the expansion project at Schaffer Manufacturing in Milltown are (L to R) Steve Healy, director of the Polk County Economic Development Corporation; state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf; Rep. Eric Severson; Kyle Johansen, President of Sterling Bank Luck Branch; Steve and Barry Schaffer; Chris Mlejnek of Northwest Builders; and subcontractors Mark Erickson and Dale Meyers. “handful” of people and moved into a 3,500-square-foot facility. Several local companies began contracting with Schaffer, putting it on the path to growth. It moved to its current location in Milltown in 2002, then built an addition in 2005. “With the exception of one year,” said Schaffer, “Schaffer Manufacturing has grown sales every year since it was started.” Schaffer credited the strength and growth of the business to “over 20 years of dedicated service by some of the most outstanding individuals,” noting that with the addition the company will support more than 70 local families. “To me,” he said, “this addition truly represents what can happen when a group of people come together with a common purpose and goal. “Schaffer Manufacturing is an excellent example of how our economy can be stimulated when an individual is given a fair

opportunity to succeed without severe restrictions or limitations.” In closing, Schaffer thanked and congratulated the employees of Schaffer Manufacturing, saying that they have made the company what it is today.

Steve Schaffer applauds the employees of Schaffer Manufacturing, saying they have made the business what it is today. “Your commitment to excellence and dedication to this organization will continue to create more opportunities for our community to prosper,” he said.

Barry (right) and Steve Schaffer, father and son. Barry Schaffer began the business in 1991 as Schaffer Specialty Welding.

Photos by Mary Stirrat LEFT: Steve Schaffer, left, and Barry Schaffer, right, are joined by state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and Rep. Eric Severson.

Employees, area businessmen and local officials gathered at the Friday, July 1, ground-breaking ceremony at Schaffer Manufacturing in Milltown. Steven Schaffer, on lift at right, credited the employees, local businesses and the local community for making the addition possible.





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On the day that I announced my candidacy for state Senate, my opponent jumped at the opportunity to inject heated rhetoric into this campaign. Since day one, name-calling and dirty tricks like running a fake candidate to force a primary election - have been their tactic of choice. I would like to take this opportunity to reintroduce myself to you and to set the record straight on several key issues. I am a nationally recognized teacher, and I have been teaching high school in Ellsworth for 13 years. I worked my way through college at UW-Stevens Point by waiting tabels and managing a bait-andtackle shop. After college, I became heavily involved at the River Falls domestic violence shelter. I am running for state Senate to restore civility and transparency in government. At a time of fiscal crisis for our state, it is more important than ever that our elected officials work together, listen to each other and find solutions. I firmly believe that everyone, including corporations and public workers, must do their part to balance our state budget. Now is not the time to give even more tax breaks to big companies and the rich. As the daughter and granddaughter of veterans, I am committed to those who protect our freedom. I will fight to make sure that our schools get the funding they need, that we protect our seniors and that we expand access to health care in rural areas. The radical nature of our current leadership must change. We need elected officials who value honest debate and compromise over backroom deals and underhanded tactics. I have always believed that in Northwest Wisconsin there is no problem so big that it can’t be solved over hotdish in the church basement, over cards in the ice shanty or over curds at the fair. This is the time to unify under a common cause to find solutions. Shelly Moore Candidate for state Senate District 10

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


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

It’s come time for people to realize that one needn’t belong to any political party to run for any office within the borders and territories of the United States. There is no requirement or mandate within the U.S. Constitution that any political parties need or should exist. In that knowledge then, the people need desperately to understand that any one of us can, and now must, make a try to gain public office. It is imperative that new people throw their name into the political hat and run on the premise that he/she runs for office because he/she are themselves. It has also become imperative that “we the people” find replacements for any and all those who hold public office and

Sen. Robert Jauch (25th District) Room 415 South, State Capitol P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707 Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (10th District) State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882 Madison, WI 53707 608-266-7745 • 715-232-1390 Toll-free - 800-862-1092 Rep. Nick Milroy (73rd District) Room 8 North, State Capitol P.O. Box 8953, Madison 53708

elect those who run on their personal recognition rather than some political party, or, because they are supported “buy” big buck corporations. Everyone complains about the broken government, but yet keeps electing the same old problem. Why? The people must now support the “FNG” (funny new guy) as it can be seen - the old guy isn’t going to change anything. People need to understand to vote for a person, not money or clever advertising that the one with the most money can buy. People who want to effect change now have to step forward and run for office, and if the people want government fixed they will have to vote for the FNG. It doesn’t make sense to vote for those who broke it and who are the same that benefit from it being broken. People, turn to and make do, put this country back in your hands. If you are one that is inclined to help the people fix what’s broken, step forward, win or lose. It is better to lose than not try at all. And you the people out there have to support the brave new ones. Edward C. Reh II Siren

Brain injury Wisconsin needs a sports concussion law. Sports concussion legislation is a major topic all around the country, and many states are passing bills protecting the youth athlete. Wisconsin is not far behind and has legislation in the works. Wisconsin’s proposed bill would mandate that an athlete be removed from practice or play if a concussion is suspected and not be allowed to return to practice or play without first being assessed and cleared by an appropriate medical professional. Information educating the coaches, parents and athletes will be given out annually, and a letter of understanding will be signed in order for the athlete to participate in the activity. This is a timely issue because recent research found that 14 percent of sudden deaths among young athletes were due to trauma-related injuries. The study also found that most of these deaths were preventable with the use of better equipment and better protocols for when injured athletes should return to action. There has been some discussion of keeping state government out of the relationship between a young athlete, his or her coach and the parents. The proposed legislation simply wants those involved with youth sports to learn about concussion, to recognize the potential seriousness of the injury and to take the appropriate steps to protect the young athlete, who has more than a game or season to look forward to. Lori Schultz, director of programs and services Mark Warhus, executive director Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin Madison

Severson issues statement on storm OSCEOLA – State Rep. Erik Severson issued the statement following Friday night, July 1, storms in Burnett County: “I am saddened to hear of the loss of life that occurred over the weekend in Burnett County, and my condolences go out to the families of those who died as a result of this storm. “My family and I were camping in Burnett County during the storm, and we experienced firsthand the devastation that

this storm has brought on these communities. I am optimistic that we can get the community back up and running in no time. I am willing to provide whatever assistance I can to help those affected by these storms.” Anybody looking for assistance can contact Rep. Severson’s office toll-free at 888-529-0028 or by e-mail at - from the office of Rep. Severson

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NWL receives grant from Otto Bremer Foundation FREDERIC – Northern Waters Literacy was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. NWL is a local nonprofit organization that has been serving Polk County since 1985. The organization provides free educational literacy programs such as backpacks for new families, playgroups and parent education for preschool families and free tutoring - reading, writing, speaking and math - for adults and children. Trained volunteer tutors, located throughout Polk and St. Croix County, work with individuals in libraries, schools and churches to accomplish NWL’s mission to enrich the quality of life and learning through individualized literacy instruction, community building and personal relationships. As the recipient of this award from the Otto Bremer Foundation, NWL will continue to provide these educational programs and collaborate with other local agencies and schools throughout Polk and St. Croix counties.

The Otto Bremer Foundation is a charitable trust which uses the earnings from its assets to support nonprofit organizations. A majority of its assets are invested in Bremer Financial Corporation the ownership of which is shared with Bremer bank employees. In accordance with the principles set forth in the trust agreement, the mission of the Otto Bremer Foundation is to assist people in achieving full economic, civic and social participation in and for the betterment of their communities. Beneficiaries must reside in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, with preference given to those in regions served by Bremer banks. – submitted

Northern Waters Literacy was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. From (L to R): Dan Siebrasse, Bremer Bank business banker; Jill Leahy, Northern Waters Literacy executive director; and Leanne WaterWork, program coordinator. – Special photo

Judge GaleWyrick appointed deputy chief judge of Tenth Judical District EAU CLAIRE Judge Molly E. GaleWyrick, who has served on the Polk County Circuit Court bench for nine years, has been named deputy chief judge of the Tenth Judicial Administrative District. District Ten Chief Judge Scott R. Needham, St. Croix County Circuit Court, announced the appointment, which was effective Thursday, June 30. As deputy chief judge, GaleWyrick will work with Needham and district court Administrator Scott K. Johnson to help handle Tenth District administrative matters, such as case-flow management, budgeting and personnel issues. “Judge GaleWyrick has the necessary

skills and talents to assist in meeting the needs of the Tenth District,” Needham said. “She has an exceptional work ethic, an excellent working relationship with judges and administrative staff throughout the district, is a proven leader and has the ability to ‘think outside the box.’ She is a perfect candidate for the position. I look forward to working with her and the district’s administrative staff,” Needham added. GaleWyrick was first elected to the Polk County bench in 2002 and was re-elected in 2008. She was in private practice from 1988-2002. She currently serves as presiding judge in Polk County.

Being a deputy chief judge requires an understanding of court administration and a wide range of skills, Needham said. “Courts do much more than process cases. The administrative work includes budgeting, managing personnel, working closely with county boards to ensure that our courthouses are safe and secure, developing educational programs, addressing technology issues and much more,” Needham said. GaleWyrick said she is grateful for the opportunity to work with Needham and other colleagues in the Tenth District. “I believe that being of service in a profession one loves is its own reward, and I welcome

the challenges ahead,” GaleWyrick said. The Tenth District encompasses the circuit courts in 13 northwestern Wisconsin counties including Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, Sawyer and Washburn. The Tenth District is geographically the largest of the state’s 10 judicial districts. Deputy chief judges are selected by chief judges in each of the state’s 10 judicial administrative districts. Chief judges are selected by the Wisconsin Supreme Court and may serve up to three two-year terms. - submitted

Former high court officials address alleged incident between Justices Prosser, Bradley by Gilman Halsted Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - The alleged physical altercation last month between state Supreme Court justices Ann Walsh Bradley and David Prosser has prompted mixed reaction from two former Supreme Court justices. The former justices, one considered liberal the other conservative, both agree something must be done to diffuse the

personal animosities between the liberal and conservative justices now sitting on the court. At a forum sponsored by the Society for Professional Journalists last week, Justice Janine Geske said the incident is eroding confidence in the court’s ability to rule fairly on cases. “The justices are going to have to be out on the road in the fall a lot, rebuilding confidence in people’s sense of the court,”

New St. Croix Tribal election set HERTEL – The St. Croix Tribal elections will be held again on Saturday, Aug. 13 if a recent ruling is upheld. The candidates in the new election will be the same as the ones in the June 11 election. That election was overturned by a tribal judge from Red Cliff after he considered challenges and appeals presented to the election board of the St. Croix Chippewa of Wisconsin. His decision is being appealed to the next judicial level, according to information provided to the Leader. The June 11 election to the five-member

tribal council saw the defeat of two council members running for re-election. Unofficial results showed Stuart Bearheart winning the Maple Plain seat, replacing Jeanne Awonohopay, and Nancy Matrious being elected in Danbury, replacing Beverly (Songetay) Benjamin. They would have joined incumbents Elmer “Jay” Emery Jr., and Lewis Taylor, both from Big Sand Lake, and David “Maabin” Merrill from Big Round Lake on the council for the next two years. - with information from Stuart Bearheart and others

Try our e-edition @ CORRECTION: The final line in our Currents feature “Finding the navigator’s sled,” was cut off at the end of the article on page 14. It should read: “It seems that 1963 bar bet with Aufderheide really went full circle.” We apologize for the error.

says Geske. “Because it is absolutely critical for our entire system that people trust that when they get to the court the case is going to be decided on its merits, not on partisan politics, not on personalities.” Former Justice Jon Wilcox - considered by most to have been on the conservative side of the court - suggested the central problem is the rigid leadership style of Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. He said one simple solution would be for justices

to spend time together outside of their chambers to promote more mutual respect for their differing opinions. He says for a time, all the justices used to lunch together. But he says that stopped in 1997. Both Wilcox and Geske said once the current law enforcement and judicial commission investigations into the flare-up between Bradley and Prosser are complete, they hope the court will face the problem and find a workable solution.


Notices/Employment Opportunities (June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff vs. KENNETH ROBERT LARSON, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 09 CV 220 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE

STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY U.S. BANK N.A. Plaintiff vs. JANICE E. BENSON, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 152 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 16, 2011, in the amount of $181,942.40, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: August 18, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin . DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 4504 recorded in Volume 20 of Certified Survey Maps, page 56 as Document No. 682160, being part of the Northwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4, Section 32, Township 33 North, Range 17 West, Town of Garfield, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 628 170th Street, Osceola, WI 54020 TAX KEY NO.: 024-00672-0110.

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Dated this 20th day of June, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Russell J. Karnes State Bar #1054982 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 272954

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 6, 2009, in the amount of $195,237.31, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: August 17, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin . DESCRIPTION: The South 228 feet of the West 365 feet of the Southwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 5, Township 33 North, Range 15 West. Said land being in the Town of Clayton, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 499 115th Avenue, Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 016-00096-0000. Dated this 14th day of June, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719

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Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 272661


Notices/Employment Opportunities (June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff vs. LEON E. MEWHORTER, et al. Defendant(s)

(June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff vs. SHARI L. HERTEL, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 09 CV 346 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 14, 2010, in the amount of $141,933.45, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: August 17, 2011. at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 77, Assessor’s Plat of the City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 347 East Louisiana Street, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. TAX KEY NO.: 281-01071-0000. Dated this 14th day of June, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Russell J. Karnes State Bar #1054982 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 272648

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(June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. CRAIG H. MEASNER, et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 10 CV 949 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 11, 2011, in the amount of $222,906.95, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: August 18, 2011, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lots 3 and 4, of Certified Survey Map No. 4419 recorded in Volume 19 of CSM, Page 200, as Document No. 677672, being part of Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 3643 recorded in Volume 16 of CSM, Page 156, as Document No. 629722, located in part of the Southwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 9, Township 32 North, Range 19 West, Town of Farmington, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 406 280th Street, Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO.: 022-00209-0130 & 022-00209-0140. Dated this 24th day of June, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Russell J. Karnes State Bar #1054982 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 273378

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(June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff vs. MELISSA OGREN, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 09 CV 720 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on January 6, 2010, in the amount of $304,582.93, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: August 17, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin . DESCRIPTION: Lot 7 of Certified Survey Map No. 22, recorded on May 27, 1960, in Volume 1 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 23, as Document No. 293873, being located in Government Lot 6, Section 31, Township 36 North, Range 16 West, in the Town of Bone Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, together with an easement for ingress and egress as shown on said Certified Survey Map. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1168 243rd Avenue, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 012-00813-0000. Dated this 14th day of June, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Chaz M. Rodriguez State Bar #1063071 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 272678

Case Number: 10 CV 354 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 30, 2010, in the amount of $191,817.76, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: August 17, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lots 1 and 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 4468 filed on May 19, 2004, in Volume 20, Page 20, as Document No. 680274, being a part of the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 26, Township 36 North, Range 17 West, in the Town of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin. ALSO DESCRIBED AS: Part of the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4, Section 26, Township 36 North, Range 17 West, Town of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as Lots 1 and 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 4468 filed in Volume 20, Page 20, as Document No. 680274. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1382B State Rd. 48, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 036-00614-0100 & 036-00614-0200 Dated this 14th day of June, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Russell J. Karnes State Bar #1054982 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 272647


Notices Burnett County deaths David L. Roettger, 66, Town of Trade Lake, died June 16, 2011.






Storm is sudden, deadly/from page 1 so quickly,” she told KARE 11. “She was somebody’s beautiful little girl and now she’s an angel.” Also ruled storm-related was the death of 51-year-old Kerry Richter of Webster. He and his brother had been clearing the road from their house out to CTH D after the storm struck. After they got back to the house Richter said he didn’t feel well, took a nitro pill and died. His brother told Burnett County Medical Examiner Mike Maloney that Kerry had suffered four or five heart attacks in the past. There were approximately 39 storm-related injuries, according to Burnett County Sheriff Dean Roland. Three persons were critically injured and airlifted to hospitals in the Twin Cities, including a person involved in an ATV accident. Details surrounding the critically injured were not available at press time. North Memorial Ambulance manager Joe Walsh reported that his service had 12 transports Friday evening following the storm, including the two fatalities.

On the heels of a celebration In terms of overall devastation, Friday evening’s storm rivaled, if not exceeded, the June 18, 2001, F3 tornado, and ironically came on the heels of a community celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of that storm and the progress that had been made in rebuilding lives it affected. “Disaster is something we have grown to work with,” Burnett County Sheriff Dean Roland said at a press conference held the day after the storm at the Burnett County Government Center. “We are getting mutual aid and everything is going smoothly.” Also at the press conference was Carol Christenson from the National Weather Service at Duluth. She emphasized there was no evidence at that time that Friday’s storm involved tornadic activity. “The damage was done by good, strong straight-line winds,” Christenson said. She estimated the storm’s winds reached 100 to 110 miles an hour. But some Burnett County residents claim to have seen funnel clouds. Vicki Koenen of Danbury said a tornado touched down in a field across from her daughter Ginger’s home. “Other people in town watched the funnel cloud as it went across the northwest end of Danbury,” she said. Christenson said weather warnings were given out Friday evening after Sky Warn weather spotters witnessed indication of severe storm activity. But some people in the path of the storm reported they had little knowledge of the potential severity of the storm and one family noted weather warnings they had heard had expired by more than a half hour when their truck and large camper trailer were literally blown upside down at the intersection of CTHs N and D. A clear path of destruction can be seen in aerial photos from Yellow Lake northeast to the Webb Lake area. Yellow Lake, the Town of Jackson, A & H and Voyager Village were the hardest hit with countless trees down over power lines and roads and extensive building damage. Roland said the storm came at a time when Burnett County’s population swells from 17,00 to 80,000 as the summer tourism season reaches its peak. Combined with the fact that more Minnesotans were likely vacationing in Wisconsin in light of that state’s closing of its state parks as part of a state government shutdown, the county had record numbers of

Burnett County Sheriff Dean Roland held a press conference outside the Burnett County Government Center Saturday, July 2. With Sheriff Roland (center) were Carol Christenson (L), warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service, Duluth, and Sheriff Terry Dryden of Washburn County, where storm damage also occurred. "We are going out and working in the county to make sure everybody is OK," Roland said. - Photo by Nancy Jappe people visiting when the storm hit. Businesses like the Log Cabin Store in Danbury attempted to accommodate customers the best they could, even without power or lights on Saturday. There were no credit card tranactions but customers were allowed to pay cash after employees, using flashlights, helped them locate goods.

Restoring power Crews from Northwestern Wisconsin Electric and Polk-Burnett Electric, with help from other power utilities, have been working since Friday evening to restore power to customers in the path of Friday evening’s massive windstorm. Thousands remained without power as of Tuesday morning, July 5. In a statement issued Wednesday morning, July 6, PBEC said “significant progress” had been made restoring power to its members and approximately 600 remained without power in Grantsburg, Siren, Webster and the Town of Jackson areas. The co-op’s northern territory experienced 6,000 outages at its peak. Linemen from 11 neighboring co-ops and tree-clearing contractors were called in to help. PBEC is using Twitter and the Internet to keep customers up to date with power restoration. Go to NWE estimated Tuesday morning, July 5, that 3,500 of their customers remained without power but that number was revised to 2,500 on Wednesday morning, July 6 (see story, page 29). The Yellow Lake, Webb Lake and Markville, Minn., areas had the largest amount of outstanding widespread outages. “We are still waiting for access into many of these areas and anticipate outages well into the week of July 11,” said a news release issued Tuesday. NWE lineman Jeb Stewart’s home was completely blocked by trees so he walked more than a mile to be picked up by crew members so he could go to work on the lines after the storm. NWE’s press release issued Tuesday can be found on the Leader Web site ( and elsewhere in this issue.

help their residents recover. It is unclear at this time whether FEMA funds will be available. The Salvation Army is ready and available to help with food, water and gas for generators, according to local director Lori Heller. Persons in need of help are asked to call the Salvation Army at 715-349-8744 or 715-222-1624. Debbie Jaskolka from Siren School food service has offered to make food for workers and homebound people, etc. “We are trying to coordinate services

but really need to know where we are immediately needed,” Heller noted. In the Town of Jackson a group of 60 members of a Mennonite church arrived over the weekend to help where needed. Jackson Fire Hall was used as the operations center for search and rescue and feeding those who came to help. Watch the Leader Web site for updated information and for an e-edition containing more photos of the storm damage.

Emergency declared Burnett County officially declared an emergency on Sunday. That means there could be state monies available for local municipalities that are using resources to

An Emergency Operations Center was set up in Room 165 of the Burnett County Government Center Saturday, July 2. The center was also open Sunday, July 3, with people on hand to provide help wherever help was needed in the county following the storm that hit the previous night. At right is a schedule board used as a guide for people staffing the center. - Photos by Nancy Jappe

Jackson Electric Cooperative, Black River Falls, sent a bucket truck and two-man line crew to help rebuild power lines for co-op members. Jackson is one of 11 co-ops throughout the state assisting with outage restoration in Burnett County. - Photo from PBEC


July 1 storm photo gallery

Heads up: Approaching storm

Cell phone cameras at the ready, people outdoors on Friday evening, July 1, in Burnett County looked up to see an ominous sight. ABOVE: Josiah Lund of Frederic took this photo of the approaching storm, Friday evening, July 1. “This is our church softball field in Falun,” Lund wrote on his Facebook page. “As soon as that cloud got over us, it was raining horizontally and pitch black.” The storm affected three-fourths of Burnett County. RIGHT: Ashley Hickey snapped this photo from her grandmother’s house near Frederic. LEFT: Katie Grey’s cell phone camera recorded the time as 7:15 p.m. when she took this shot of the sky from her home near Webster.

A DNR pilot took this photo of downed trees in the Johnson Lake area of Burnett County, the day after the storm.


July 1 storm photo gallery

Pine trees on the peninsula at Yellow Lake Lodge on Yellow Lake northwest of Webster were snapped in half by the high winds in Friday evening’s storm. A pontoon boat of vacationers can be seen entering the inlet, still enjoying their Fourth of July vacation time while surveying the grim reminder of Friday’s storm. BELOW: This car was completely demolished after a huge pine tree fell on it during Friday evening’s high winds. The tree was one of many giant pines to become uprooted in the storm. - Photos by Gary King


July 1 storm photo gallery

These aerial photos by Bob Pearson show the power of the Friday evening, July 1, storm. The house shown in photo at left is in Grantsburg. The other aerial photos were taken in the Johnson Lake area and Des Moines Lake area. Pearson said he photographed most of Burnett County from the air this past weekend and has them for sale. Those interested may contact him at - Photos left and above by Bob Pearson

This camper on the shore of Yellow Lake was overturned by high winds and a canoe was stopped midflight by a tree (background). - Photo by Gary King

A broken power pole, still attached to a line, dangles from a tree near Webster. - Photo by Connie Magnuson

Cleanup was in full swing by midmorning on Saturday, the day after the storm, at Log Cabin Hollow campground and neighboring properties, one of which used a downed tree to support a mailbox. - Photos by Gary King

Friday’s storm did substantial damage to trailers and vehicles at the Log Cabin Hollow campground on Yellow Lake. - Photo by Gary King



F R E D E R I C • G R A N T S B U R G • L U C K • S T. C R O I X F A L L S • S I R E N • U N I T Y • W E B S T E R L E G I O N B A S E B A L L • A M AT E U R B A S E B A L L

Siren Freedom Five race results

Second-place winner Sean Kutz (left), 21, Grantsburg, and Freedom Five race winner Peter Walsh, 21, Danbury, exchanged a handshake following the race Monday, July 4, in Siren. Walsh’s time was clocked at 15:31. The time for Kutz was 15:53.

Susanna Edmond, 27, Minneapolis, Minn., was the first female runner to cross the finish line in the July Fourth Freedom Five race in Siren. Edmond’s time was clocked at 17:45.

The Wroblewski family, Todd, Kim and 21-month-old Jillian, from Sun Prairie over near Madison, were on hand for the running of the 31st-annual Freedom Five 5K race in Siren. Complete race results can be found on by clicking on “road races” and then “results.” The top 25 finishers can be found on the next page. – Photos by Nancy Jappe

The quartet known as Harmonic Balance, (L to R) Russ Erickson, Jim Muus, Rick Kosloski and Kent Lindquist, were on hand at the start of the July 4 race to sing the national anthem.

Greg Busse from St. Paul, Minn., shown here with his wife, Sandy, took part in the Freedom Five race on his 63rd birthday. Busse is the son of the late Walter and Phyllis Busse from Siren and has taken part in many Freedom Five races in past years. Busse‘s finishing time was 22:19.

Glenn Nordin (center), Siren, has been in the Freedom Five race for the past 24 years, but says he thinks this may be his last year. Team Nordin had a much larger group racing during earlier years, when others of his mother’s eight children and their families took part. This year only Nordin’s son-in-law Erik Teegerstrom and grandson Carl were running with him.

The 31st-annual running of the Freedom Five 5K race in Siren started at 8 a.m. on Main Street. There were a total of 449 run finishers and 143 walkers who finished the race course, 45 males and 98 females. The first walker, Jon Rice, 17, Milltown, came in with a time of 25:30.

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••• FREDERIC – Frederic Paintball is hosting Operation America on Sunday, July 10. The event is open to anyone who enjoys the sport and will help to raise funds in support of Faith Comes by Hearing, an organization that gives soldiers MP3 players that are loaded with an audiobook of the Bible. Frederic Paintball is teaming up with United Methodist Church in Frederic to help with the project. Currently, there are over 250,000 requests by soldiers for the MP3 players, and Frederic Paintball and the United Methodist Church is hoping to raise enough money to purchase 30 of them. The gates will open at 9 a.m., and paintball will begin at 11 a.m. For more information on this event contact Devin Moats at 715-205-9775 or visit the Frederic Paintball Web site at The cost is $25, which includes air. Heat and premium paintballs are available from $15 to $65. ••• SIREN – The Siren Ballpark 13thannual 14U girls fast-pitch tournament is taking place this weekend, July 8-10. Some of the local teams competing include St. Croix Falls, Unity, Shell Lake, Frederic/Luck and Cumberland. More information on the tournament can be found on the Siren Ballpark Web site at ••• OSCEOLA – The Woodbury Warriors at Osceola Braves game is being broadcast on 104.9 FM beginning at 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, July 13. ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete playing collegiate sports in 2011 and hasn’t been mentioned, send us an email or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4:30 p.m. on Mondays to go in Extra

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Indian Creek Tractor & Truck Pull 2011

ABOVE & LEFT: Kitties were at the tractor and truck pull hoping to find someone to give them a good home.

The Lorain Fire Department held their 27th-annual farm tractor and truck pull on Saturday, July 2, in Indian Creek. – Photos by Brenda Martin

Trophies were awarded to the first few finishers in farm stock tractor classes, while other class winners won cash prizes.

ABOVE & ABOVE RIGHT: These spectators didn’t have to walk from one side of the track to the other. They rode in style.

Some of the trucks were too loud for this little boy. He hid under the bench covering his ears as they pulled.

Hay bales were used as seats.

Young spectators watched intently.

More tractors than trucks pulled during the day.

Bevarages of all kinds were consumed during the hot, summer day.

Umbrellas were used to block the sun while watching the tractors and trucks pull.








Polk County Special Olympics competes at state event STEVENS POINT – More than 1,700 athletes competed in the Wisconsin state summer games including several from Polk County held on June 9-11 in Stevens Point. Jackson Bean of Osceola took sixth in the 100-meter dash and fourth in the softball throw. Charlie Casarez of Somerset placed third in the turbo jav, and Crystal Fougner of Amery took first in the 100meter dash, fifth in the 4x100-meter relay and first in the shot put. Fougner also had

the farthest throw of any shot put athlete at the competition in any division, and the relay team took fifth in the fastest division at state among eight other divisions. Dawn Hughes of Balsam Lake took second in the softball throw and Brian Johnson of Frederic was seventh in the 100-meter dash, fifth in the 4x100-meter relay and first in the turbo jav. Makinzie Miller of Osceola finished fourth in the turbo jav, and Jason Neidermire of Osceola took seventh in the 100-meter dash,

sixth in the 200-meter dash and fifth in the 4x100-meter relay. Amy Pickard of Amery took seventh in the 100-meter walk and third in the turbo jav. Nik Schrantz of Osceola came in first in the 400-meter dash, second in the 800meter run and fifth in the 4x100-meter relay. Jarvis Warwas of Frederic finished seventh in the 100-meter dash, and Jordan Warwas of Frederic placed fifth in the 100meter dash and second in the turbo jav. submitted

Aquatics Results: Erin Anderson came in second in the 50meter backstroke, second in the 50-meter freestyle and third in the 4x25 free relay. Justin Christensen was second overall in the 25-meter backstroke, second in the 25meter freestyle and third in the 4x25 free relay. Shelly Swanson was third in the 100meter freestyle, fifth in the 200-meter freestyle and third in the 4x25-meter relay. Angie White took first place in the 20meter backstroke, fifth in the 50-meter freestyle and third in the 4x25 relay.

LEFT: The best of the Polk County Special Olympics athletic team take time out for a photo opportunity. RIGHT: The best of the Polk County aquatics athletes pose for a quick photo after a successful state competition. – Photos submitted

Freedom Five Top 25 Finishers Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

First 25 Male Finishing Runners

Finisher, Age, City Peter Walsh, 21, Danbury Sean Kutz, 21, Grantsburg Jack Taylor, 18, Webster Bryan Krause, 19, Webster Joey Erickson, 17, Webster Nick Krinkie, 20, Danbury Michael Bytner, 33, Green Bay Weston Hyllested, 19, Circle Pines, Minn. Phil Johnson, 19, Irvine, Calif. Josh Bentley, 33, Siren Michael Hughes, 44, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Dan Sodemann, 34, Madison Jacob Ohnstad, 15, Cushing Brendan Kutz, 17, Grantsburg Cory Harris, 22, Burlington Joel Anderson, 19, Frederic Chris Whealy, 43, Plymouth, Minn. Bradley Wright, 21, Wiloughby, Ohio Carson Velaski, 15, Shafer, Minn. Ben Anderson, 21, Frederic Brett Ridout, 36, Weyerhaeuser Matthew Smith, 16, Danbury David Weider, 47, Shorewood, Minn. Chris Rykal, 20, Cadott David Hong, 22, Minneapolis, Minn.

Time 15:31 15:53 16:31 17:09 17:13 17:16 17:29 17:29 17:34 17:50 17:52 17:59 18:15 18:20 18:30 18:34 18:47 18:50 19:12 19:19 19:21 19:25 19:40 19:47 19:53

Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

First 25 Female Finishing Runners

Finisher, Age, City Time Susanna Emond, 27, Minneapolis, Minn. 17:45 Terri Emond, 27, St Paul, Minn. 18:09 Tammi Braund, 32, Cushing 19:03 Mackenzie Swenson, 18, Siren 20:46 Carlin Schulz, 17, Eden Prairie, Minn. 20:47 Jenny Benson, 34, Verona 21:18 Sarah Howe, 18, Siren 21:37 Missy Dierks, 37, St. Paul, Minn. 21:42 Stephanie Zipperer, 35, Neenah 21:46 McKenzie Kelly, 20, New Richmond 22:03 Kit Kocha, 15, Burlington 22:10 Annie Kocha, 17, Burlington 22:23 Morgan Kelly, 17, New Richmond 22:38 Cate Hayman, 36, Siren 23:22 Kathryn Krause, 21, River Falls 23:35 Jean Soehn, 40, Grantsburg 23:58 Anne Frank, 16, New Richmond 24:05 Emily Howe, 14, Siren 24:06 Tracey Huizel, 43, Minneapolis, Minn. 24:20 Sarah Walsh, 18, Danbury 24:21 Tanya Wildes, 34, Kirknoob, Mo. 24:30 Carissa Sullivan, 32, Lino Lakes, Minn. 24:48 Maddie Crawford, 17, Burlington 24:49 Barb Rippberger, 39, Plymouth, Minn. 24:50 Kathy Rosenow, 51, Ramsey, Minn. 25:15


Men’s Slow-Pitch Wednesday League Team Record Bon Ton 6-0 Chell Well 5-1 Pour House 5-1 Century 21 4-2 Wayne’s 3-3 Kris’ Pheasant Inn 3-3 Sundowners 3-3 True Quality Auto Body 1-5 JCS 0-6 Lake Lena 0-6 Scores Wednesday, June 29 Bon Ton 19, True Quality Auto Body 9 Century 21 22, Wayne’s 1 Pour House 13, Chell Well 10 Kris’ Pheasant Inn 24, JCS 7 Sundowners 11, Lake Lena 10

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Falun Church League Team Record Calvary Covenant 6-0 Trade Lake Baptist 5-0 Siren Assembly 4-0 New Hope Lutheran 3-2 Faith Lutheran 3-3 Webster Baptist 2-3 Falun Churches 2-4 Trade River Free 2-4 W.Sweden/Zion Lutheran 1-3 Siren Covenant/Bethany 0-4 Frederic Free 0-5 Scores Thursday, June 30 Calvary Covenant 15, Webster Baptist 1 Trade Lake Baptist 11. Falun Churches 6 Faith Lutheran 13, Trade River Free 2 Upcoming Thursday, July 7 7 p.m. Frederic Free vs. Siren Covenant/Bethany 8 p.m. New Hope Lutheran vs. Trade River Free 9 p.m. Siren Assembly vs. Webster Baptist Friday, July 8 7 p.m. W.Sweden/Zion Lutheran vs. Faith Lutheran 8 p.m. Calvary Covenant vs. Trade Lake Baptist Women’s Slow-Pitch Monday League Team Record Coyland Creek 5-0 Beehive 4-0 Smith Family Eye Care 3-2 Kris’ Pheasant Inn 2-3 Maurer Construction 2-4 The Rumors 2-4 Big Butz BBQ 0-5

Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

First 25 Male Finishing Walkers

Finisher, Age, City Time Jon Rice, 17, Milltown 21:53 Connor Nickelson, 13, Eagan, Minn. 27:45 Taylor Zenzen, 11, Frederic 29:57 Gary Boylan, 60, Siren 37:07 Todd Wroblewski, 40, Sun Prairie 37:12 Paul Hassing, 41, Inver Grove Heights, Minn. 37:39 Connor Hassing, 7, Inver Grove Heights, Minn. 38:21 Stephen Rice, 10, Milltown 44:08 Harry Rasmussen, 60, Superior 45:29 Clark Dolch, 22, Elliot, Iowa 45:44 Mike Myers, 70, Siren 46:03 Gregory Garcia, 61, St Paul, Minn. 46:38 Mark Wroblewski, 50, LaFayette, Colo. 47:41 Mark Bloemers, 47, Hudson 48:07 Ray Neinas, 65, Webster, Minn. 48:07 Richard Anderson, 66, Eau Claire 48:29 Wyatt Luzinski, 15, Woodbury, Minn. 48:43 Bob Skalicky, 70, Owatonna, Minn. 49:55 Roy Ward, 36, Siren 49:56 Theo Nichols, 23, Minneapolis, Minn. 50:21 Drew Elvhjem, 10, Mora, Minn. 50:29 Tom Gardner, 39, Wilmington, N.C. 52:32 Ernest Swanson, 69, Siren 52:57 Glenn Nordin, 81, Siren 53:03 Wally Nelson, 58, Frederic 54:33

Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

First 25 Female Finishing Walkers

Finisher, Age, City Time Lilia Henke, 9, New Richmond 25:30 Michelle Henke, 42, New Richmond 25:31 Abbie Lee, 27, Savage, Minn. 27:34 Angela D'Jock, 29, Siren 29:43 Kitty Boylan, 61, Siren 32:04 Ann Nelson, 48, Frederic 32:15 Emily Mortenson, Eden Prairie, Minn. 36:07 Staci Lundmark, 32, Cumberland 36:48 Sue Schommer, 52 36:51 Kim Wroblewski, 33, Sun Prairie 37:12 Sydney Hassing, 9, Inver Grove Heights, Minn. 37:31 Pattti Hegseth, 48, Fargo, N.D. 38:31 Jennifer Boylan, 36, Ramsey, Minn. 39:14 Maryann White, 58, Siren 40:46 Cindy Johnson, 60, Siren 0 Nina Wroblewski, 17, LaFayette, Colo. 42:08 Nancy Anderson, 54, Frederic 42:17 Cindy Lamirande, 45, Dresser 42:40 Elissa Hinze, 34, Shell Lake 42:44 Peggy McDowell, 47, Amherst 42:45 Cathy Hinze, 65, Siren 42:47 Bridget Getts, 37, Webster 43:32 Rebecca Rice, 15, Milltown 44:08 Geness Tjader, 28, New Richmond 44:12 Susan Shroyer, 55, Hudson 44:12

Saints take third at 14U tournament

The St. Croix Falls AA 14U baseball team took third place among eight other teams during a tournament held at the Siren Ballpark on June 24-26. Grantsburg took fourth overall, but both St. Croix Falls and Grantsburg ended the tournament with 2-1 records. Siren/Webster also competed but took eighth place. Unity also competed in the AAA tournament and finished with a 1-2 record. – Photo submitted


Summer League 2011 Standings: Ta-Da 12, Don’s Boys 11.5, Cutting Edge Pro 11, Lane Brains 9.5, McKenzie Lanes 7.5, Denny’s Downtown

Lanes 6, Friends 5.5, MMCO 5. Women’s games: Kelly Oryan 203, Brenda Lehmann 192, Kelly Oryan 190. Women’s series: Kelly Oryan 581, Toni Sloper 510, Mary Sue Morris 508.

Men’s games: Gene Ackland 289, Ed Bitler 268, Jim McKenzie 258. Men’s series: Ed Bitler 717, Gene Ackland 692, Jim McKenzie 661.




Rare bear incident has people talking in Eureka Black bear kills calf near Town of Eureka by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer EUREKA – Seeing a bear in the northwoods isn’t anything new, and a bear that attacks the bird feeder for a free and easy meal isn’t exactly new either. But a bear that killed a calf near the Town of Eureka has generated a lot of conversation over the past few weeks, mainly because of the way it happened, and because the incident is so rare. On Monday, June 13, Shaila Johnson took her daughter to swimming lessons at around 1:45 p.m., and returned just under two hours later to find the fence had been knocked over. Inside their fence had been a calf that her daughter was taking care of as part of a 4-H project. She had been planning to show the calf off at the fair. The Johnsons don’t have any other livestock on their five-acre property, but are given a calf each year by relatives to show at the fair. A large tract of wilderness surrounds the area roughly four miles south and one mile east of Cushing. Johnson immediately called her uncle Bob and cousin Kyle Swanson, who owns the calf, to inspect what had just hap-

It didn’t take much for a bear in the Town of Eureka to knock down this enclosure where Shaila Johnson’s daughter was keeping a calf to show at the fair as part of a 4-H project. Incidents like these are rare according to the local wildlife damage specialist. – Photo submitted pened. the calf a few hundred yards from their “I just wanted to know what it was, and house. The bear had taken a single but why it did this,” said Johnson, adding that large bite out of the calf’s spine, but nothit was easy to see where the bear had drug ing else. Her cousin and uncle took sev-

eral pictures of the scene and were put in contact with wildlife damage specialist Chad Alberg, who is part of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service through the United States Department of Agriculture. Alberg confirmed right away that it was a bear that had taken and killed the calf. “We handle bear complaints throughout the year and livestock killing, but with bears it’s pretty rare,” Alberg said. Authorities attempted to trap the bear during the following week but to no avail. Alberg said it was a one-time deal, and uneventful. Things have been relatively quiet since the first bear incident, and Alberg has received no other reports of any calves being taken by bears. He also stresses that they can’t act on these kinds of cases without someone first reporting that they’ve happened. Johnson, meanwhile, continues to see several bears during all hours of the day in her area, and several people continue to call and inform her of other sightings of bear in the area. Johnson did say that it is possible that two other nearby farms sustained an attack on one or more calves, but neither the DNR, nor the USDA or APHIS have been contacted since that attack on her calf.

Gov. Walker schedules signing date for SB93 Current laws on rifles and shotguns will remain unchanged by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer MADISON – Gov. Scott Walker is scheduled to sign concealed carry into law this Friday, July 8, at 2:30 p.m. Senate Bill 93 will allow Wisconsin citizens to carry concealed weapons, which includes handguns, tasers or stun guns.

Fourth of July fun There’s this thing I have with fishing with other people – I don’t like it – and on most fishing outings I prefer to go alone. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy fishing with friends and family. They’re alMarty ways welcome to come along, but with most of Seeger my friends living in other counties, and a daughter not quite old The enough to tightly grasp Bottom a fishing pole, it’s mostly me, and that’s Line the way I’ve always liked it. Some call it therapy – my wife, Laura, calls it “Marty time,” while others consider it odd. I just tend to simply think of it as fun. But, during the Fourth of July weekend, fishing can be downright depressing. Last year I’d vowed not to try and fish during another holiday weekend, as jet skis and speedboats turn lakes into a swirling mess. A circus is almost certain on every boat landing, and while I’m not advocating against a person’s right to a great time on the water, anglers are wise to pick another time during the summer to try their favorite fishing holes, or sim-

The law could take effect as soon as October. Walker plans to sign the bill at the Grand Lodge Hotel in Wausau, which is located near the heart of Sen. Pam Galloway’s 29th Senate District. Galloway first introduced the concealed-carry bill, which has undergone several changes since being introduced. Initially the bill offered no training requirements but eventually passed the state Assembly on June 21 with a vote of 68-27. SB93 introduced a training requirement along with several other changes to make the bill a “shall issue,” as opposed ply join in the Fourth of July fun and leave the poles at home. With limited time on the water already this summer, I opted to go fishing anyway. Just the thought of it sounded great, and once again, I was alone. I traveled to one of my favorite lakes first, but the normally quiet lake was a zoo, and I didn’t even get out of my truck. Another lake, which I’ve deemed the “Dead Sea,” was busy too, but with the evening winding down I opted for the Dead Sea, and got exactly that. On the bright side, the casting was therapeutic, but far from inspiring, as the heat was nearly unbearable, and the fishing was terrible. I did boat a few crappies that might have fit nicely in a can of sardines, but that’s about it. Fortunately, my friend Neil had been begging to go fishing lately, and with the next morning off, which happened to be Monday, July 4, we decided to meet halfway on a favorite Barron County lake. As is always the case with Neil, we must fish walleye, and do it only one way by trolling crawler harnesses, or Lindy rigs. It’s been an effective walleye catching tool over the years, but has yielded fewer fish more recently. With the Fourth of July weekend, walleye fishing was likely to be even worse unless we met early enough to beat heavy traffic, which we managed to do at precisely 5:30 a.m. For the better portion of the first three hours, we fished slip bobbers tipped with a small jig and leeches. We boated at least one 15-inch walleye while sitting an-

to its original “constitutional carry” format. The Department of Justice will be responsible for issuing the permits. Some of the main components of SB93 will require the person to be 21 years or older and a Wisconsin resident. They must not be prohibited under federal or state laws from possessing a firearm and must undergo a criminal background check, as well as pass a firearms training course. Those who are members of the military, are retired law enforcement personnel or have passed a hunters safety course are exempt from the training. Other training courses by certified state

or national organizations may also qualify as one of the training requirements. Citizens should also take note that SB93 only pertains to “weapons,” which are defined as a handgun, electric weapon, knife other than a switchblade or a billy club. This does not affect how firearms such as shotguns or rifles are currently carried according to the law. Once SB93 is signed into law, Illinois will be the only remaining state in the country to not allow some form of concealed carry.

A healthy-looking bluegill is fit for the frying pan once again during an early-morning Fourth of July fishing trip. – Photo by Marty Seeger chored on a piece of structure in about 9 feet of water. We also caught a few nice bass, and some quality panfish, which I reluctantly threw back until we began trolling with crawler harnesses later in the morning. Still, even on the Fourth of July, the lake seemed to be all ours, and the warm, light, morning breeze made the morning perfect. To make things even better, I caught Neil having a little bit of fun switching

back to slip bobbers, and allowing me to keep 15 chunky bluegills for dinner. I can’t wait to get back out again and try slip bobber fishing. It’s easy, effective and a lot of fun. But in order to use slip bobbers again, I’ll need to ask Neil to join me, since he’s the one with the depth finder. Turns out that fishing with friends or on a holiday weekend isn’t such a bad thing after all.


July 1 storm photo gallery

“Not what we had planned for the Fourth of July weekend.” This group cleaned up after the storm at a home in the village of Siren. - Photo by Gary King

Burnett County marriage licenses Nicholas D. Bengston, Town of Meenon, and Ashley A. Eley, Town of Meenon, issued June 1, 2011. Rocky L. Phernetton, Town of LaFollette, and Laurie A. Erbe, Town of LaFollette, issued June 2, 2011.

Charles E. Stadick, Town of Jackson, and Carol A. Gardner, Town of Jackson, issued June 2, 2011. Joshua D. Beaver, North Branch, Minn., and Bevin M. McClaskie, North Branch, Minn., issued June 3, 2011.

Eric S. Carlson, Grantsburg, and Deborah L. Anderson, Grantsburg, issued June 3, 2011. Ian T. Ostby, Forest Lake, Minn., and Elly L. Olson, Forest Lake, Minn., issued June 16, 2011. Dylan J. Patterson, Siren,

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Polk County deaths John A. Gillis, 79, Amery, died June 10, 2011. Shirley A. Elstad-Calhoun, 73, Balsam Lake, died June 15, 2011.

Deborah L. Martin, 81, Amery, died June 15, 2011. Denise M. Jeske, 55, Clear Lake, died June 17, 2011. Jeanne Coquyt, 63, Frederic, died June 19, 2011.

Darold R. Johnson, 73, St. Croix Falls, died June 21, 2011. Donald L. Michaelson, 76, St. Croix Falls, died June 22, 2011.

Siren Police report June 15: During the afternoon, the Siren Police Department received the report of a window shot out at DSI. The suspect weapon was a pellet or BB gun. No pellets, BBs or bullets were found under the window. June 16: The officer on duty assisted in a county traffic stop at 10:41 p.m. for a driver whose license had been revoked due to driving while intoxicated and with

a “highly intoxicated� passenger in the vehicle. June 17: Angela M. Rogers, 31, was taken to Burnett County Jail on a warrant for failure to appear and Mitch L. Butler, 30, on a no-drink probation violation. The pair was picked up on Herman Johnson and Taylor Drive at 10:45 a.m. June 26: Charles R. Bentley, 20, Webster, was arrested for operating after suspension dur-

ing a traffic stop at 12:53 a.m. on Hwy. 35/70 and Works Progress Street. June 28: Letters were sent to Kini Hart, Shakopee, Minn., and Lindsey Hammond, Danbury, regarding unreturned movies from Siren Auto Stop. The two have until July 9 to return the movies or they will be charged with theft.

Polk County marriage licenses Crystal L. Harrison, Clayton, and Joey A. Lemke, Clayton, issued June 26, 2011. Nichole R. Knutson, Centuria, and Shaun M. Hofferber, Centuria, issued June 27, 2011. Brandy J. Peterson, Milltown, and Randy L. Bruner, Milltown, issued June 28, 2011. Sharon K. Sveback, Eureka, and Arthur R. Madison, Eureka, issued June 28, 2011. Kelsie A. Krunkkala, Town of Farmington, and Jacob M. Lu-

angrath, Town of Farmington, issued June 28, 2011. Erin M. Dahlberg, Town of Georgetown, and Patrick S. Fowler Sr.,Town of Georgetown, issued June 28, 2011.

Pamela A. Orina, St. Croix Falls, and Richard O. Orina, St. Paul, Minn., issued June 29, 2011. Kimberly A. Coen, Town of Laketown, and Dale A. Boyer, Osceola, issued June 30, 2011.








Polk County circuit court Daniel J. Atkins, Lino Lakes, Minn., disorderly conduct, not guilty plea. Jamie L. Booth, Centuria, inattentive driving, $187.90. Travis L. Borowicz, Hudson, operating vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Martin J. Brooks, Clayton, seat belt violation, $10.00. Zachary C. Burch, Birchwood, speeding, $200.50. Kyle J. Burdick, New Richmond, operating vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Brock A. Cash, Centuria, disorderly conduct, not guilty plea. Ashley M. Colley, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Wayne A. Deleasky, Elk Mound, interstate record of duty status, $200.50. Dennis D. Dickinson, Bayport, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Jed E. Dohm, Grand Forks, N.D., seat belt violation, $10.00. Jacob J. Draves, St. Croix Falls, operating while suspended, $200.50. Ture T. Duden, Clear Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Danae L. Eckwall, Clear Lake, Minn., criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, not guilty pleas.

Ruby M. Edwards, Turtle Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Jennifer L. Erickson, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $200.50. John F. Flanigan, Clayton, nonregistration of auto, $175.30; seat belt violation, $10.00. Harold W. Gary, Clear Lake, operating motor vehicle w/o insurance; nonregistration of auto, not guilty pleas. Wade J. Greenquist, St. Croix Falls, disorderly conduct, $262.50. Alexandra M. Haddeman, Clear Lake, operating motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50; display unauth. vehicle registration plate, $238.50. Brandon M. Hansen, Roberts, operate after rev./susp. of registration; nonregistration of auto, not guilty pleas. Greg Hoffman, Hugo, Minn., doing plumbing without required state license, $452.50. Crystal A. Holland, Centuria, disorderly conduct, not guilty plea. Kevin A. Hougdahl, Milltown, operating motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50.

Jennifer K. Johnson, Milltown, possession of marijuana, $269.50. Kenneth W. Johnson, Balsam Lake, speeding, $175.30. Harlyn L. Jutila, Barron, seat belt violation, $10.00; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Robert J. Kientop, Green Bay, speeding, not guilty plea. Angela R. Kirk, Clear Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Donald L. Klinger, Clear Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jean C. Koelz, Webster, speeding, $175.30. Larry L. Larsin, Center City, Minn., violate Class A hwy. weight limits, $208.50; operate vehicle (excess height) w/o permit, $1,528.05. Devlyn J. Larson, Milltown, dog at large, $187.90. Joshua J. Lee, Ladysmith, speeding, $200.50. Donovan L. Lefler, Forest, Ill., speeding, $200.50. Joanne R. Lipoff, Luck, dog at large, not guilty plea. Russell A. Manning, Centuria, illegal burning, $187.50. Julie E. Markgren, Spooner, speeding, $175.30. David J. Markie, Luck, seat belt violation, $10.00.

Patricia L. Moga, Roseville, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Mr. Bults Inc., Burnham, Ill., violate Class A hwy. weight limits, $229.29. Jenny L. Mueller, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Mary L. Mumm, Clayton, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Nicholas K. Myers, Ellsworth, speeding, $200.50. Mary A. Newville, Clear Lake, speeding, $175.30. Donovan D. Nickell, Clear Lake, disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle, $175.30 twice; ATV operation without headgear, $135.60. Nolan P.J. O’Brien, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $200.50. Karen P. Ofelt, Clayton, speeding, $175.30. Nicholas B. Olto, Luck, speeding, $175.30. Harlan C. Opitz, Luck, operating while suspended, not guilty plea. Alexandria K. Pace, Frederic, theft, $235.00. Lauren A. Parkos, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Danielle M. Phillips, Oakdale, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea.

Timothy C. Pippenger, Clayton, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Taylor H. Porembo, Deer Park, disorderly conduct; criminal damage to property; not guilty pleas. Michelle L. Rivard, Tomah, speeding, $175.30. Anthony D. Rositzki, Luck, disorderly conduct, $269.50. Audrey J. Ruck, Centuria, speeding, $175.30. Brittany D. Rupp, Frederic, possess drug paraphernalia, not guilty plea. Michael J. Saad, Osceola, disorderly conduct, not guilty plea. Karen A. Sakariassen, Detroit Lakes, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Terry L. Schwartz, Clear Lake, retail theft, $366.17. Lisa A. Scott, Columbia Heights, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Joshua P. Simon, Eau Claire, operate overlength vehicle w/o permit, $208.50. Michelle J. St, Apple Valley, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Andrew J. Stock, New Richmond, speeding, $200.50. Jon-Arthur D. Stotts, Woodville, speeding, $175.30.

Nathan J. Stuart, Siren, operating while suspended, $200.50. Erik M. Sullivan, Howard Lake, Minn., operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Brandi M. Swenson, Dresser, speeding, $175.30. Mark F. Thayer, Luck, speeding, $175.30. Barbara R. Tschida, Turtle Lake, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Brian C. Vadnais, Clayton, disorderly conduct, $269.50. Galen A. Vandervelden, St. Croix Falls, operating while suspended, $200.50; operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. David J. Waldroff, Hudson, speeding, $200.50. Nicholas M. Walton, Balsam Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Rebecca R. Wendelboe, Grantsburg, fail/stop at stop sign, not guilty plea. Doyle G. Wiebe, Almena, speeding, $175.30. Jean A. Wilson, River Falls, speeding, $175.30. Billy L. Wood, Parkman, Wyo., disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle, $175.30; operate motorcycle w/o valid license, $200.50.


Northwestern Wisconsin Electric: Outages well into week of July 11 BURNETT COUNTY - Northwestern Wisconsin Electric Company crews continue to work to restore power to customers throughout their service territory. As of this Wednesday morning, July 6, over 2,500 customers remained without power, with the majority of customers located in the Yellow Lake, Danbury, and Webb Lake areas. All distribution substations are now energized and serving customers. The main feeder lines in the Yellow Lake, Danbury, and Webb Lake areas are now being cleared, repaired, and put in service. The crews will then come back and work on shorter tap lines and individual customers in these areas. Northwestern has been working south to north to restore power as they are able to gain access to areas. NWE is being aided by crews from one other utility and contractors. The contractors are working on clearing Right-of-Way before the crews can rebuild the lines. Crews continue to be hampered by an inability to gain access to certain areas. NWE crews are encountering many areas where the roads are completely blocked by trees and debris. This is especially true from the Yellow Lake area north towards Danbury and Webb Lake. Although they realize that customers wish to know when service will be available, it is very difficult to give any time estimates because of the widespread damage. NWE still anticipates outages well into the week of July 11.

Linemen prepare to clear trees from downed power lines along Hwy. 35 south of Webster on Saturday, July 2. - Photo by Gary King

Customers are encouraged to contact an electrician to inspect their service for damage before calling NWE for reconnection. In some cases, NWE has removed the customers meter or service wires for safety purposes. It is the customer’s responsibility to have the service wired to NWE requirements before it can be reconnected. If NWE customers are ready to be reconnected or need temporary service, they or their electric contractor should call NWE at 800261-1200. NWE wants to remind those customers that any downed electric line should be treated as energized and dangerous. If you encounter an electric line that is down call NWE at 800-261-1200 or notify the NWE crew working in your area. Also please remember that if you install an emergency generator, it must be completely separated from the power line. Northwestern Wisconsin Electric appreciates the patience of its customers during this storm. They understand the loss of electric service is an inconvenience anytime, especially during warm weather and over holidays. We will continue to work hard and safely to restore your electric service as soon as possible. If you have immediate questions or concerns please contact us at 715-463-5371 or 800-261-1200. - from NWE

Power lines went down across Burnett County in Friday’s storm. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer

July 1 storm photo gallery

This new truck at Fiedler Ford was surrounded by parts of the building’s roof which came down on top of it during the severe winds that hit Grantsburg on Friday, July 1. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer

Mark, a young worker at a fireworks stand on Hwy. 70 west of Grantsburg, had an exciting experience. He saw the storm approaching and was trying to fasten down the tent when the wind hit. The wind almost picked him up as it blew the tent away. As he ran across the highway to reach a ditch, a power-line transformer exploded in front of him. As he lay in the ditch, he said it felt like being sandblasted. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer LEFT: This driver kept on truckin’ despite some serious damage to his vehicle. - Photo by Jessica Beecroft


July 1 storm photo gallery

Where to start? This man surveys the damage to his property from atop his roof. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer

Looking like a giant carpet, parts of this lawn draped huge uprooted trees on this Jackson Avenue residence in Grantsburg after severe winds hit the area Friday evening. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer

This branch came through the ceiling of the Ginger Koenen home in Danbury. Her home (shown in photo below) was covered by fallen trees. People in Danbury reported seeing a funnel cloud as it went across the northwesst side of the village. - Special photos

This car sustained a direct hit from a large tree near Grantsburg. - Photo by Becky Amundson

Faith’s Lodge, the retreat for families suffering the loss of a child or loved one, was seriously damaged by the storm. - Special photos

Lamont Cranston Blues Band



A popular Minneapolis group since the ‘60s, the Lamont Cranston Blues Band performed Saturday evening, July 2, at the St. Croix Casino in Danbury. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer LEFT: Lamont Cranston Blues Band fans Tim and Lisa Whitcomb took to the dance floor during the group’s concert at St. Croix Casino in Danbury on Saturday evening. RIGHT: Brian Risling made sweet sounds on the sax during the Lamont Cranston Blues Band’s concert at the Danbury St. Croix Casino last weekend.

Trinity Lutheran July Fourth Pie Social

Lead singer, guitarist, and harmonica player for the Lamont Cranston Blues Band, Pat “Lamont” Hayes entertained his fans playing some great blues tunes during the group’s performance at St. Croix Casino – Danbury on Saturday, July 2.

Freedom Fest turtle race winner

Gena Wollenberg and Anna Kinder (above) and Keith Reed (below) were only too happy to pose with their pie at the Trinity Lutheran Church pie social on July Fourth. The three cyclists were on day 32 of a cross-country trek from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Portland, Ore. They celebrated their odometers turning 1,800 miles by Trinity Lutheran Church member Gary Carlson offered stopping in Falun for the pie social. “This little stop is the highlight guests coming to Trinity Lutheran Church of Falun’s anof our day since we can’t be with our families on the Fourth,” said nual Fourth of July pie social a table filled with sweet Reed as he got ready to take a big bite of his pecan pie. slices set out for them to sample. Photos by Priscilla Bauer

LEFT: Ivy Zaborowski was caught enjoying her piece of coconut cream pie at the annual Trinity Lutheran Church Fourth of July pie social.

Kelsey Kline was the winner or the 2011 Balsam Lake Freedom Fest Turtle Race on Sunday, July 3. – Special photo


Louie’s bucket list shrinks

Comedian Louie Anderson reveals his Wisconsin secret and his one final media dream

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – Minnesota-born comedian Louie Anderson has a resume that would make Michael Jordan jealous. The 58-year-old comic has done just about everything in entertainment media, short of hosting the Emmys or dating Jennifer Aniston. From his top-selling current Las Vegas comedy show to creating and starring in a hugely successful morning cartoon, “Life with Louie,” to producing and hosting numerous TV comedy specials, a TV game show, writing several best-selling books, even doing stand-up clinics and improv mentoring, let alone his legendary sellout stand-up comedy gigs around the world, oh, and he has acted in films such as Eddie Murphy’s “Coming to America” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Add to that his dozens of appearances on hit – and not-such-a-hit – TV shows from “Nash Bridges” to “Touched by an Angel” to “Ally McBeal” and “Chicago Hope,” and you can say that Anderson has admittedly done it all, except for one special thing, which you’ll learn in just a moment. It seems there is little room on his resume for more entertainment stars, but for Anderson, there’s nothing like coming home to Minnesota or playing a gig in Wisconsin, which he said is “Just like Minnesota, only with a football team.” Yes, as a born-and-raised Minnesotan, he is a master of those great rivalry jokes. But he admitted later that he really does have a few vivid memories of the Badger State as a teen, but it was not something he was all that proud of today. “Don’t tell anyone, but I do kind of remember jumping the border to Wisconsin from St. Paul as a teen,” he said quietly, telling a tale of piling his buddies into a very big car and heading across the river, where the drinking age was just 18 years old, with homespun tavern owners who just loved those Minnesota plates – as did those Wisconsin cops. “Yeah, you could drink there, and creep and party,” he said with an I-can’t-believeI’m-sharing-this sort of sigh. “But you knew the cops were waiting for you by the border. We’d just pray they would only give us a speeding ticket!” His life now is much more sober and shrouded in fewer legally challenging social issues, and he does admit to a “sincere love” – in a good way – of his Wisconsin fans, many of whom have been his greatest supporters over the years, he said. He is looking forward to his July 16 outdoor comedy show in St. Croix Falls, as part of the annual Wannigan Days celebration, which is expected to be a show not to miss.

The Louie Anderson Comedy Show is coming to town and starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, on Thompson Parkway in St. Croix Falls. Tickets are available at Olsen Drug in Siren, Indian Creek Winery and at Bont Chiropractic offices, as well as online at or at 715483-3387 or 888-887-6002. – Special photo “A lot of families identify with my humor as a group,” he said, “Especially in the Midwest, where the people really are the best: They read, they’re smart, they’ll help you out of a snowdrift when you’re stuck ...” Leave it to Louie to use snowdrift manners as a foundation for perceived societal decency. “I have a theory that under every joke is a better joke. If you work hard enough on it, you can always make it better,” he said. “I think what happens with a good joke is they can become really great jokes. They can become so solid that they have a real place in your act, no matter what.” He also knows that because of who he is – meaning a man not known for his physical prowess – he can present things that few others can pull off, and get a solid laugh. “For instance, I can say, ‘Hey it was a really great, beautiful day today ... it was so nice I almost took a walk!’ And I know that little joke will probably get a laugh, because of who I am and my character,” he said. “And I try to add to that joke by adding ‘But then I got to the front door and realized I don’t really know this area.’ “The idea behind a joke is it paints a picture, it finishes a canvas, and all I’ve got to do is make sure the canvas is full and that you hopefully remember it,” he added. Anderson is looking forward to the change of venue, and said the St. Croix Falls appearance is also a chance for him to try out some new material for an upcoming CMT-TV special, which he admitted “may be one of my last. “But I’m always adding new stuff,” he said when asked if he ever experiments with a crowd for their take on new material. “I’m usually pretty sure of my material before I do it ... but you’re right, I guess there is some element of experi-

ment. But after 32 years [of stand-up] I usually do stuff that works.” His life has been a nonstop blend of mixed media, which he partially credits to his memory. “Yeah, I’ve alway been really lucky, I jot a few things down, but I’ve always been able to recall my jokes,” he said. “I mean I can’t remember what I’m supposed to do today, but I remember which jokes worked last night!” Anderson also is a true fan of comedy, and is regarded as one of the most sincere, mentoring comedians in the business today, pure and simple. “A lot of people seek me out,” he said, noting how they send him stand-up clips, or give him short impromptu acts on the street after a show or send an e-mail link to their YouTube video. And while he denies being a modern comedy “kingmaker,” he said he feels obligated to watch, just as his mentors did years ago. “Rodney [Dangerfield], Johnny [Carson], Jimmie Walker, they all helped me,” he said. “Comics are good people. I’m trying to do what they did for me.” But Anderson’s life was far from easy or charmed, in spite of his later success. Much of his comedy is painted on a painful canvas that includes having an over-the-top alcoholic father, being very overweight, shy and part of a huge family with numerous quirks, foibles and bizarre happenings. That troubled background story and his success – in spite of those hardships – is maybe one of the reasons his fan base is so dedicated. “It really makes me feel closer to a bunch of people, that my experience was maybe not all that rare, after all, that there were a lot of people who went through that. It sounds sort of corny, but I feel a real kinship to them,” he said in a serious tone, so rarely heard. “And also, I think it’s healed a big part of me to laugh about

it, and just have some fun.” Louie Perry Anderson is anything but slowing down as he approaches his likely retirement, but he gives a few hints that his curtain is closing, per se. He said that upcoming CMT comedy special – his fifth or sixth, he can’t recall – is likely his last. He just finished a Showtime special called “Louie Anderson Presents,” which is an homage of sorts to the late Rodney Dangerfield and his specials spotlighting young comedians, which is where Anderson got one of his big breaks. Now he has presented several young comedians, as well. He called it “something to cross off my list.” Anderson also admits to being in the process of writing his fourth book, which will give some of his renowned lessons of comedy, something people have paid big money for in the past at his legendary “comedy boot camps.” But then he revealed his swan song, bucket list plan, which he has begun to pen in recent months: an as-of-yet untitled Broadway show dealing with his life, lessons and so much more. “So yeah, I’ll probably transition into doing a little less stand-up and transition into this idea of a Broadway show, working on the new book, things like that,” he said gingerly. “But stand-ups are funny people. They like to work. At least I do.” While it may seem like Anderson is getting an itch to retire, he said he really just wants to stay busy and interested, and can’t believe how lucky he’s been with his career. “As long as people are coming to see me, I really feel good,” he stated. “I am so very lucky. I have three different audience members: people who grew up that were my age when they became my fans, their parents, and [former] kids who grew up watching ‘Life with Louie.’ How lucky is that?” He also attributes much of his success to a now rare comedy secret: “My shows are family friendly, and I think that is more rare than it is common, and I hope people appreciate that.” Anderson also appreciates getting pulled out of a snowbank - especially in Wisconsin. The Louie Anderson Comedy Show starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, on Thompson Parkway in St. Croix Falls. There is a special reception prior to the show at Festival Theatre for special ticket holders. Anderson’s show is sponsored by Bont Chiropractic, Indian Creek Winery & Grill, and Joe Roberts Entertainment. Tickets are available at Olsen Drug in Siren, Indian Creek Winery and at Bont Chiropractic offices, as well as online at or at 715-483-3387 or 888-887-6002.




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Finding the navigator’s sled The “Holy Grail” of Arctic-conquering snowmobiles finds a local home by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – It’s hard to quantify the intrinsic historic value of a local couple’s find. It is a machine literally beaming with rich historical significance, in a rare category with Lewis and Clark’s compass, Magellan’s maps of the world, Leif Ericson’s sword, Cortez’s first gold piece or any number of other tools of exploration. There are noted hash marks of heroism on the time line of human history, usually involving exploration or conquering journeys into the unknown or into hugely inhospitable realms, ranging from the oceans, poles, mountains, river sources, uncharted terrains out to the depths of the sea or even the moon. They are hundreds of noted events marking human achievement and conquering, and few of those journeys have been more controversial than reaching the true magnetic North Pole. Phil and Joyce Stener of Balsam Lake have what is literally one of those tools on the hash marks of heroism: an almost unknown-to-exist historic snowmobile that literally conquered the North Pole. And it was the actual navigator’s sled. So you can be darned sure this thing sat right atop the North Pole. 400 years of elusive expeditions Over 17 men have died in the pursuit of the insanely inhospitable Arctic north, trying to reach the true magnetic northern pole of Earth, where every direction is south. (See sidebar: “What is theNorth Magnetic Pole?”) Going back to the 1600s, when people began to believe that the true North Pole was actually over the Arctic Ocean and not on land, hundreds of people have been involved in failed expeditions, many of them dying along the way. Those conquest attempts culminated dramatically over a century ago when Frederick Cook, his nemesis Admiral Robert Peary and others later tried but al-

was taken very seriously, so much that even CBS Broadcasting took note. Plaisted’s first polar attempt was immortalized in a 1967 CBS TV documentary called “To the Top of the World,” accompanied by legendary author and broadcaster Charles Kuralt, who would also write a book on that failed expedition, as well as host the noted documentary on the journey. But that 1967 attempt did not live up to its title, due to warm temps, open water and storms. They were stranded short of their goal. But Plaisted had the bug, and had to try again, this time with some changes.

Joyce and Phil Stener of Balsam Lake are excited to be part of such a legendary piece of human exploration history and are going to great lengths to display the legendary machine. Photo by Greg Marsten most surely failed to reach the North Pole by surface ice. Several of them claimed they reached the spot, and history generally believed their claims until recent years. Reality has since proved that none of the renowned, early expeditions actually made it to the true pole, due to story inconsistencies and shifting ice, proven with the advent of modern satellite telemetry, far beyond the old system of “dead reckoning,” using the stars, sun and horizons as guides. Until the spring of 1968, the reality lingered that no human had actually reached the North Pole by surface conquest, and it became a poorly kept secret in more modern times. The Steners machine made it, as you’ll see later, there is no question.

When Phil Stener took possession of the Pole Cat, it was still in its 42-year-old crate at Warner’s Dock in New Richmond. The famous sled had never even been unpacked after returning from the North Pole. – Photos submitted

“To the Top of the World” Polar expedition failures remained one of those unsettled and legendary benchmarks, but few people had the money or drive to make the sojourn so known for its harsh brutality and high mortality rate. After all, some of history’s greatest explorers died trying to reach the pole, or came very close. Enter Ralph S. Plaisted, a high school dropout, avid outdoorsman and insurance salesman from northern Minnesota who was a huge fan of the snowmobile which he called “iron dogs,” playing on polar Plaisted expeditions using sled dogs over the treacherous terrain. Plaisted had such faith in his iron dog Ski-Doo that he made legendary claims about them during a beer-drinking episode with his close friend, Dr. Arthur Aufderheide, in 1963. Plaisted later said the doctor “called his bluff that night” on the reliability of the machines, leading Plaisted to start thinking and dreaming. Plaisted went from caribou hunting via snowmobiles in the Northern Territories to planning a concentrated land assault of the North Pole - and he did his homework - which ironically would later be some of the most convincing evidence against the unsuccessful, but accepted earlier claims of reaching the pole by Admiral Peary. The St. Paul insurance salesman would later become a master of promotion for his polar land assault, culling up enough sponsors and technical assistance that he

The second expedition Plaisted wasn’t thwarted by falling short the first time, and organized a smaller, even leaner snowmobile-based expedition for the next spring, leaving a few weeks earlier to beat the thaws and with a smaller crew, carrying lighter loads, minimizing weight and gear, with several fuel and equipment air drops along the way. They left on March 7, 1968, from Ward Hunt Island, just 15 miles from where Peary’s small group embarked but never returned, almost six decades earlier from Cape Columbia on Ellesmere Island. It was minus 62 F that afternoon as Plaisted’s crew rode four rumbly, 16-horse sleds across the ice. Later photos of the expedition are nothing short of amazing, showing them crossing what seemed like open water but was actually semifrozen ice floes that they would later describe as “rubbery ice” - flexible and barely able to support the loaded Ski-Doos and trailing supply sleds - it occurs when salt water freezes at minus 40 F. They would not only have to hit that delicate ice at full throttle to make it without sinking, but also have to pickax and chip their way through pressure ridges that would appear overnight - one time, beside their tent - with the collision of rogue ice floes. The ridges would swell to the size of cars, homes and small buildings. Joyce Stener recalled notes from the Plaisted attempt that would compare it to “riding a snowmobile over your own town - the buildings, trees, everything – going right over the top of them!” The team saw one bird about 100 miles in, but otherwise, never saw another living thing. The trip included numerous detours for actual open water, and ridges too tall to climb, but eventually encompassed 825 miles, which is approximately twice the actual 412-mile distance from the spot they left to the true pole. Plaisted’s well-documented assault of the Arctic created mountains of evidence against any earlier conquest claims by Peary or Cook, a battle he would later win, as well. “Everywhere from where you are now is south!” After 43 days, 2 hours and 30 minutes, Plaisted and crewmen Walt Pederson (mechanic), Gerry Pitzl (navigator) and JeanLuc Bombardier (technician) made the

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Expedition/from page 1 first confirmed surface conquest of the true magnetic North Pole on April 19, 1968, at approximately 9:30 a.m. CST. While it spits in the face of many previous history books, their feat is now part of accepted reality, and the 1968 Plaisted Expedition - using those four relatively stock Ski-Doo snowmobiles - is considered the first true land conquest, later confirmed by the U.S. Air Force, which gives it an air of respect. That actual polar confirmation came about through tireless dead-reckoning calculations by schoolteacher and navigator Pitzl, who would take hourly sextant readings on the fast-moving ice floes to confirm they were where they hoped. In fact, they were actually four miles away from where they had spent the night prior, showing how fast the whole ice shelf moves, a fact unknown by the early explorers. As mentioned, Plaisted and crew had some unique witnesses. When they approached the pole, they radioed their location to a U.S. Air Force weather reconnaissance plane, which a few hours later was absolutely confirmed by a C135 flyover. The plane’s pilot not only noted their North Pole location but reportedly radioed back that “Everywhere from where you are now is south!” Not only was everywhere around them south, they had no time zone.

The machines Three of the original four Ski-Doos have been meticulously displayed in museums in Canada and apparently by the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. But it was unclear by many accounts whether or not the fourth Ski-Doo - the one ridden by Pitzl even made it home from the pole. It turns out that machine did make it home, after all. And it can now be confirmed that Phil and Joyce Stener of rural Balsam Lake do indeed have that fourth sled, the so-called “Pole Cat” driven to the pole by Pitzl. Yes, one of the true machines of destiny is sitting in a way-cool, ultrarare collection of Ski-Doo memorabilia. “Warner’s Dock had it!” The Steners began collecting Ski-Doo sleds and memorabilia over 15 years ago, and somehow, through his connections, Phil found out one of the true “Holy Grails” of snowmobiling - this Plaisted Expedition sled - was sitting in a New Richmond warehouse at Warner’s Dock, where it had been since 1968 when an airlift brought back the successful expedition’s gear. And Phil keeps a pretty good secret. After several years of delicate prodding, he was able to buy the sled through patience, and more patience. And very few people even knew it still existed. “It had been there (Warner’s Dock) since it was shipped back from the North Pole,” Phil Stener said. “One got shipped there, and nobody really knows how come. The other three stayed in Canada at a Bombardier snowmobile museum in Valcourt, Quebec.” Stener said it may have gone to Warner’s because they were the biggest Ski-Doo dealer in Wisconsin at the time, but it is all speculation, and it sat in its crate for decades, unopened and gathering dust.

The original factory key tag is further evidence of the Pole Cat sled’s heritage. The tag shows the effects of 44 days in the Arctic tundra. - Photo by Greg Marsten

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Ralph Plaisted’s navigator, Gerry Pitzl, is seen working on his sled, nicknamed the Pole Cat, that would later reside in the Steners local collection. – Photos submitted “They knew what the sled was ... they just didn’t have any interest in it,” Phil said. “I’d seen it once about five years earlier, and took a picture of it.” After several years, Phil finally persuaded them to sell him the machine last winter, which was still in its original crate when he bought it. There was only a handful of Ski-Doo enthusiasts, outside of Stener and some of the Warner’s Dock associates, who even knew the sled made the trip home from the pole. Even the famous sled’s former rider, Pitzl, was unaware of the sled’s existence, and the Steners were “beyond excited” to actually be able to purchase the lost jewel. “Oh man, I was wetting my pants on the trip down!” Stener joked about driving to New Richmond to pay for and pick up the secret sled.

Confirming the secret sled’s identity Phil knew the sled was the real deal for some time, even before he owned it, as the “Plaisted Polar Expedition” sticker on the cowling was a major clue. But he had to prove it undoubtedly, just like Plaisted had done with their actual polar conquest. “The president of the Antique Snowmobile Club of America was here, and several other prominent Ski-Doo collectors were also here to look at it,” Phil said. “We even brought it to the (snowmobile) Hall of Fame in St. Germain, Wisconsin.” The story behind confirming its identity also came with more surprises. After the Steners took possession of the machine this past winter, Phil later got ahold of Pitzl, who is still alive and residing in New Mexico. Stener sent him pictures of the sled, and was able to talk with him at length about the machine - his name is still lettered on the lower flanks and the semifamous navigator didn’t even know it was brought back from the pole. “He had no idea his sled was even around. He didn’t have a clue that this thing came back!” Phil said. As Phil tells it, the Bombardier group retrieved most of the items from the expedition by air transport, but the final location of that gear and equipment was never quite clear or well known, due to a philosophy of the time that “getting there was the achievement,” he said. But the Steners had to prove their case,

The original Plaisted Expedition insignia placard, as it appeared in 1968.

(Condensed from Wikipedia and other geographic sources) The North Pole is the northernmost point on Earth, lying diametrically opposite the South Pole. It defines geodetic latitude 90° north, as well as the direction of true north. At the North Pole all directions point south; all lines of longitude converge there, so its longitude can be defined as any degree value. While the South Pole lies on a continental land mass, the North Pole is located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean amidst waters that are almost permanently covered with a constantly shifting shelf of sea ice, generally between 5 and 8 feet thick. The sea depth at the North Pole has been measured at 13,980 feet.

The Pole Cat, poised near the North Pole in the spring of 1968. in part because it was never noted as returning from the pole. So the queries continued, and eventually it brought him to Pederson, Plaisted’s mechanic, who also confirmed the sled as truly authentic, telling a story that would later explain a strange scar on its flank that would also help prove its authenticity. Stener said that even Ski-Doo “history guru” Phil Mickelson confirmed it as the real deal. “He was the first Ski-Doo dealer in Minnesota, at Halverson Equipment,” Phil said. “He came down and looked at the sled ... and declared it ‘undoubtedly authentic.’” That the original, OEM fabric Bombardier tag was still on the key chain also helped their cause, showing it was a factory-spec, purpose-built machine for the expedition. Yes, the Stener sled is not only the real thing, it’s a sort of lost jewel. “And to think it sat at Warner’s Dock for 43 years!” Phil said with a nod and a light chuckle.

That strange soot mark “Everybody I’ve talked to said I should not try to fix it up,” Phil said. “Just clean it up and make it look like it did when they shut it off at the North Pole.” That’s just what you see – ripped seat, cracked cowling, roughed-up lettering and controls and a strange charring on the left side, near the carburetors, which the

The winds and cold were so abusive, the expedition would do a “wagon roundup” with their machines, tying their tent in the middle to survive minus 70 F temps and triple-digit wind chill. – Photos submitted unless otherwise noted

Steners later found had a unique origin. “It’s got a few special parts, but outside of a few things to make it special for the expedition, it’s a pretty much stock machine, really. Extra work on the skis, springs, latches, bumpers, and studs in the track,” he said. As mentioned earlier, Phil had an extensive conversation with expedition mechanic Pederson, whose task of not only keeping the sleds running but starting them after the long, cold nights proved to be a delicate battle with physics, technology and the Arctic elements. “It was 70 below zero, with wind chills around 130 below ... and they’d take a flame, from a stick they’d dip some from gas in the tank,” Phil said, as he illustrated on the actual machine the procedure of creating a spark in temps so cold your tears freeze on your eyeballs, and typical machinery cracks and falls apart. The mechanic told the Steners it was so cold “they would then need to warm up the farmers matches, or they wouldn’t light ... get ‘em to body temps, to start the gas (on the stick),” Joyce Stener said. Pederson would then need to get an open flame into the carburetors, which would allow them to pull-start the engine, if they were lucky. “You can still see the soot,” Joyce said as she pointed to the left side of the cowling, solving the mystery charring, and further proving their case. Once started, they would take a new drive belt and place it across the scalding hot muffler, as every start meant sacrificing a frozen drive belt due to the cold. Then they would advance the track by hand to put the new belt on. They would need to repeat the procedure another three times on the other sleds. So, once Pederson started a sled, he didn’t dare shut it off unless absolutely necessary.

The Pole Cat nickname The sleds all had unique, 5.5-gallon external fuel tanks atop their hoods, meant to supplement the factory 3.5-gallon tank. But the Steners also noticed in their research that pictures from the expedition suggest the sleds had more writing than their Pitzl unit still showed, and the issue bugged them both. “When we first got this, we knew the guys named their sleds,” Joyce said, but it was so dirt-covered they couldn’t see the See Expedition, page 14

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visiting an elderly lady in the hospital, he noticed a bowl of peanuts by her bed. He began Joe Roberts to nibble the peanuts as they visited, and by the end of the visit realized he had consumed the entire bowl. Feeling badly he bought a bag and brought them to her the next day. As he gave them to her he explained they were to replace those he’d eaten the day before. “Why you didn’t need to do that pastor,” the lady explained. “The thing is, I don’t have any teeth, so when my nephew brings me chocolatecovered peanuts. Well, I just suck the chocolate off and spit the peanuts in the bowl.” ••• My dad once said to my mother, “When I’m gone you’ll never find another man like me.” My mom looked at my dad and replied, “What makes you think I’d want another man like you!” ••• “I told my wife that a man is like a fine wine ... I always get better with age. The next day, she locked me in the wine cellar.” ••• A reporter was interviewing a 104-year-old woman, “And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?” She simply replied, “No peer pressure.”


Turtle Fest outdoor music festival set for July 15 and 16 TURTLE LAKE – Bring your whole family to the firstever Turtle Fest outdoor music festival at St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake July 15 and 16. Headlining the twoday festival will be two of the hottest ‘80s tribute bands, Strutter and Hairball. On July 15, catch the sounds of new area band Octane 9 from 4 to 6 p.m.; rock to Michael Paul & the Capone Allstars from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and enjoy Strutter’s tribute to KISS. Country band War Pony leads off the July 16 festival lineup from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by Michael Paul & the Capone Allstars from 7 to 9 p.m. Popular ‘80s tribute band Hairball wraps up the festival from 9:30 to midnight on July 16. Turtle Fest attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Turtle Fest will be held rain or shine. Gates open at 3 p.m. each day, with the music starting at 4 p.m. Food and beverages will be on sale at the festival site. No carry-in coolers, food or beverages will be allowed. Admission is $15 per day, or $20 for the weekend. For more information on Turtle Fest, call St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake marketing at 800-846-8946. - submitted

Losing my Marbles We recently completed a re-

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modeling project on our home, replacing some siding that had been damaged by weathering and John W. Ingalls woodpeckers. A three-week project that started in early April finally ended in late June. Although the contractor and his crew were excellent we ran into delays due to weather and supplies. I knew we didn’t have any control over the clouds and rain but I thought we accounted for all of the necessary materials. Part of the siding that was replaced was now a stone veneer. The only problem we encountered was a shortage. Not enough was ordered so we found ourselves one brick short of a full load. In solitaire as well as siding, shortages create problems. In this technological age we play solitaire on computers. It is convenient because you don’t have to shuffle the cards but it makes it difficult to cheat. Prior to computers I used to play the od-fashioned way. Time after time I could never win until I discovered the problem. A card was missing. It is hard to get ahead in life if you aren’t playing with a full deck. During my elementary school years we had a favorite spring ritual. As soon as the sun melted enough snow away from the playground on the south side we would bring our collections of marbles to school. Each

I got busted for speeding this week. It wasn’t the police who stopped me. I was driving in a residential neighborhood and had just passed an intersection Carrie Classon when I heard a yell. A man with a broom was yelling and waving the broom over his head. I stopped my truck and waited for him to come over. I really had no idea what he wanted, but he looked very upset. He was. I was likely distracted, coming back from the store. I was thinking about dinner and other more interesting things than driving a 3,000-pound vehicle when I came to a four-way stop, looked both ways— and kept rolling. I know it was not a full stop. I rolled the window down and the man stuck his head in my truck. He yelled a lot of words you can’t print in the newspaper, but the gist of it was that I was going too fast. There were children in the neighborhood, he said. I was a dangerous driver. There was spit coming out of the corner of his mouth as he yelled a lot of hard words at me. I looked into his eyes and saw he was very angry. “I’m sorry,” I said, “I will be more careful.” This made him quiet and he took his broom and walked off. I felt terrible. When I got home I was a little ashamed. I wondered, if I walked my dog past his house, would he come out and yell at me again? I promised myself that I would pay more attention in the future. Then I realized there were other things I should pay more attention to. My rolling stop at the intersection was not why he was so angry. He was angry because I was the last in a long line of drivers who had driven irresponsibly. He was angry because he was afraid of something

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terrible happening. Maybe he remembered something terrible that had already happened. Maybe he imagined terrible things that could happen when someone careless, like me, went sailing through an intersection. Somehow, he had stored the anger, fear, bad memories and terrible imaginings (or perhaps a combination of all of the above) and my little green truck was the symbol of them all. I had it coming. For whatever reason, the road was quiet and ... I rolled on through. Yes, I need to be a more careful driver, but I also need to be more aware of my own broom waving. When someone behaves in a way I don’t like, I’ll start waving around my own little broom. I’ll make assumptions about people I don’t know. I will unload on them resentments accumulated from things that ticked me off long ago. I know I do this. I do this every time I generalize about politicians, parents, teenagers or men. I am filled with preconceptions and, while I don’t think I harbor a lot of hostility, I do make a lot of generalizations— assumptions about who someone is or why they do what they do. Like the man with the broom, I lose the individual in the general. I forget there is a unique and tender soul inside each person. I already apologized to the man with the broom. Now I feel I owe an apology to a lot of people that have been at the receiving end of my broom waving. Most likely there was no malice, no bad intent, no evil designs or deliberate neglect. Most likely, for whatever reason, the road was quiet and... they rolled on through. Till next time, —Carrie

Rotary Club marks 25th anniversary ST. CROIX FALLS/TAYLORS FALLS - The Rotary Club of St. Croix Falls/Taylors Falls celebrated its 25th anniversary on June 26. In celebration, the club held an anniversary party in conjunction with the annual installation of new officers. This memorable event took place on June 30 at the Chateau St. Croix Winery in St. Croix Falls. A special evening of terrific food, lasting memories and official events included the installation of this year’s new Rotary president, LeeAnn Vitalis. The Rotary Club is part of Rotary District 5960 under the leadership of Gov. Judy Freund. Over the years, the local Rotary Club has made significant contributions to the community. Whether by supporting battered women’s shelters, local food shelves, hiking trails, skate parks and recreation, literacy programs, education, disaster relief, or eradicating polio around the world - Rotary Club members are volunteers who choose to serve others daily. Service Above Self is Rotary’s motto. Rotary Clubs work collaboratively and by collaborating with other individuals and organizations, the St. Croix Falls/Taylors Falls Rotary Club has been able to amplify its service far beyond what any single person day during recess we would gather together and compete to win each other’s marbles. In addition to our regular marbles we had “shooters” (the large marbles) and “steelies” which were MD nothing more than ball bearings of an acceptable size. Some of the boys had it all together. Reassured and confident, they would come to school in the mornings with only a couple of marbles and go home with their pockets full. I was only average at best. Some days I won and some days I lost but even on the best days I went home with fewer marbles than when I came. That’s when I discovered a hole in my pocket. No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t be a champion when I was losing my marbles. Do you ever get that feeling that you are behind the 8 ball? If I had an elevator in my house it wouldn’t go all the way to the top. One day I forget to pack part of my lunch and I realized I was one sandwich short of a picnic. We have a lamp in our living room that stays lit most of the time. Our neighbors now realize that the lights are on but no one is home. Somewhere after the age of 50, gravity took over and everything sagged including my memory. I don’t mean to give you the idea that I am stupid but I am frustrated with my own occasional inadequacies. If I go into my bedroom with a hammer and nail to hang a picture I might notice that the windows

could do alone. That sets Rotary apart and explains why they see consistent growth and participation in their club. On June 26, 1986, a small group of businessmen chartered the St. Croix Falls/Taylors Falls Rotary Club for fellowship and opportunities to serve others. Of those founding members, the club is honored to still have four of those Rotarians at their weekly meetings. They wish to congratulate the charter member Rotarians Jerry Wyatt, Steve Swenson, Tom Engel and John Edling for 25 years of service in the community. The Rotary Club of St. Croix Falls/Taylors Falls is a chapter of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of business leaders dedicated to humanitarian service, high ethical standards and goodwill. “Our members take great pride in the service we perform for our community and are thrilled when we can positively affect the lives of those who are less fortunate than ourselves. We’ve found that we’re truly able to have fun making a difference,” said former President Rebecca Berg. For more information on Rotary, please contact Kirk Anderson at or visit our Web site at - from SCF/TF Rotary Club need washing. Rather than complete the original project I find myself distracted. Putting the hammer down I go outside to get the ladder and rags to wash the window. The truck needs to be moved to get at the ladder and as I am backing out the truck I realize that the oil needs to be changed. Since I am in the vehicle already why not take it to town and do it now. While waiting for the oil to be changed I decide to browse around the local hardware store. Seeing the tools reminded me of a project that I needed to complete but I couldn’t quite remember what it was. Before returning home my wife calls. “I went grocery shopping and forgot a bag at the store. Could you pick it up?” “Sure, what was in it?” “I’m not sure. You see I forgot the list at home so I bought things from memory.” At the grocery store I realize that several people had walked out and forgot bags of groceries so choosing the correct bag becomes tricky. While trying to sort things out I notice a sale on marbles and playing cards. Realizing what a great gift idea for the grandchildren I return home without the groceries. That night at dinner time I am still one french fry short of a Happy Meal, I can’t figure out why there is a hammer lying on my side of the bed, I’m playing Solitaire with the old deck and I’ve already lost my marbles.


Rambling into summer I was a little disappointed with Margo last week. I guess I haven’t finished with her education yet after 39 years’ marriage. She is normally a pretty good wife, but once in a while, she doesn’t live up to my expectations. However, as a good husband, I forgive her and continue with my project to make her the perfect wife. She had driven down to our Pine Island home to do a few days working in her flower beds before heading over to West Bend to spend a week with her parents. I got a call from her. “Honey, the septic system alarm went off and was buzzing all day. I checked the electric cord coming out of the tank and the plug was burned. The wire is good up to the plug. The circuit breaker was off too.” “Gee, I can’t get down there until Monday (this was Thursday)—have a couple of things I have to be at up here for the next few days. I suppose the pump failed in the second half of the septic tank that pumps the liquids to the mound. I will e-mail you instructions in a few minutes.” I spent 30 minutes writing down the details how to dig down to the tank cover, lift it out, drop in her greenhouse water pump and empty the end tank into the neighbor’s cornfield, spray clean the tank with the garden hose and then climb down with the ladder and bring out the pump and put in a new one. It is actually pretty simple and the last time I did it took me only a few hours and $150 for a new pump. I also added “If you run into trouble, call the guy who pumps the septic tank.” Well, Margo read all my instructions and then called the septic man who fixed it at about three times the cost of the doit-yourself method. I am a firm believer in doing things for yourself—you probably do it better than someone else who doesn’t care as much, and you get by much cheaper. I could have bought the gold-plated guaranteed until 3012 stainless sewage pump with built-in TV camera that broadcasts live from the tank to our TV for the cost of the fix. Oh well, I guess I shouldn’t cry over spilt sewage. Margo wouldn’t take the 91 Olds she got from Aunt Lou on her trip to her parents this time. It is a comfortable and nice car, but it has been acting up—speedometer and a/c intermittent; idle jumpity; service-engine light looking like it’s on a Christmas blinker; and other odd symptoms. I stood on my head and removed the car’s computer from under the dash behind the glove compartment and hung it where your feet go on the passenger side. “Bang it on the dash,” I told Margo when it acted up. After a few firm whacks, everything corrected OK until the next start-up. “You can drive it down to Pine Island and to West Bend, just be careful when you reach over and grab it and bang it on the dash, that you don’t drive in the ditch.” You have to bend over pretty far to reach it if you are alone in the car, so I found my old cane from broken leg days so she could poke it as needed. She grumbled about that, so I mounted a hammer on a temporary pivot so all she had to do was pull a string near the wiper switch and it would whack the metal computer case. Still not good enough, so she took the little green 99 Hyundai. After she left, I eBayed a used Olds car computer module for $50 rather than pay $250 plus two hours’ labor at $75/hour at the dealer to have it replaced. The part came in a few days ago and seems to have fixed the problem completely! Now I just have to wedge it back up under the dash and put the glove compartment together and it should be Margo-ready. Meanwhile Margo was at Pine Island.

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Eldie Lagoo at the Wolf Creek Dam in the 1930s. This dam is very likely similar to the six dams known to have been built on Trade River. It was used to run a flour mill until 1929 and then to maintain the Fairy Glen park pond until the early 1940s when it was removed. – Photo submitted By the time she dealt with the septic pump, the service engine light came on in the Hyundai. She changed the oil and filter. I have got her trained to do that. She took the car to Pine Island for diagnosis. “Nothing comes up on the diagnostics,” said Ron, our local mechanic, “but look at your back tires—they are worn down so the steel is showing.” Two new tires later, she headed off to West Bend. Keeping track of the mileage, she got 38 mpg on the trip down, but only 34 bucking a headwind on the way back last Saturday. The hour waiting in line to cross the St. Croix at Taylors Falls, Minn., probably had something to do with that—electricity was off on Main Street and so the light was off and folks were doing the “take turns” method at the intersection with Minnesota shut down by intransigent politicians. The reason I couldn’t go down and fix the septic pump at Pine Island last week included the Sterling picnic on Sunday and a local history tour on that Friday. The Settlers picnic was fun and well attended. We got 22 new and renewal members for the Sterling, Eureka and Laketown Historical Society, so have a good base to be active for another year. Attendance was in the 80s, with a third of the folks in their 80s too. The highlight was the recognition of Ruth and Frank Boatman’s 70th anniversary. I had planned to ask Frank if he ever had gotten Ruth fully trained as a good spouse but never got the chance. I suppose after 70 years, you either have, or have given up trying and just live with the other person’s faults. David Olson’s (Big Dave Olson to you Cushing Tiger fans), mother, Ethel (Mrs. Roland Olson) passed away a few weeks ago at 98 years. At the funeral, Dave, his sister and some of his cousins were talking about the family, the old days and got around to local history. They grew up on Melo Drive, not too far from Trade Lake, on a farm that straddled Trade River. Their great-grandpa, Peter Olson, had come from Scandinavia and built a flour mill on the river—first in the 1870s at Atlas, but when the neighbors there complained about flooding their land with his dam, he moved north to another site, where Dave and his sister grew up. They asked me to join them in a tour of the area—partly as a guide and partly to learn more from their knowledge. We toured Alabama, Atlas, the Union Cemetery, Four Corners, Trade Lake, eating our picnic lunch under the huge shade trees at the Swedish Mission church. The sign says the summer service and potluck picnic will be Sunday, July 24, 11 a.m. this year. Stanley Selin and I are going invite ourselves to sell the new Trade River


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book there where we will autograph them to say whatever you want us to write. We plan to give $2 for each book sold to go to the support of the old church and the rest to the history society. The picnic follows a Sunday church service in the nearly 140-year-old building and is noted for the Scandinavian foods brought by the local Swedes. We stopped to visit Virgil Brenizer on Little Trade, and reminisced about picking cucumbers as well as admired the view of the lake and Davidson’s Island and bought a couple of bluebird houses. Mrs. Raschick graciously gave us a tour of her home, the old Trade Lake School, that two of our group had attended back in the fifties. One room is still full-sized, with the old stamped tin ceiling looking wonderfully elegant. We stopped at the convenience store in Trade Lake to pick up our picnic supplies. The little store has everything from groceries and drinkables to bait and movie rentals—truly a convenience store. They had sold out of our new “Second book of Stories of the Trade River Valley” so I dropped over the next day a box of 24 to meet the huge demand! We need to support these little stores in our neighborhoods to keep them running. We wrapped up the tour by visiting the Olson homestead and dam and mill site on Melo Road. The six of them, now friends, bought books and included a nice contribution to the Sterling, Eureka and Laketown Historical Society in remembrance of their mother and aunt. We had spent five hours looking around and probably skipped half of the interesting points in just a radius of five miles from Trade Lake. Not only do we live in a wonderfully scenic neighborhood, but in a historic one too. I had to leave at 2 p.m. to get to Eureka Farmers Market and set up the maple syrup and book sales (Fridays 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.). While delivering books to the Trade Lake Store, I took a chance and dropped in to visit new neighbor Ed Emerson, the retired St. Croix Falls city administrator who had written a series of columns in the Leader about transitioning to the simple life, buying “the cheapest home in Polk County” up at Four Corners. I was a little worried. Some of our backwoods neighbors retreat to the woods and aren’t interested in being neighborly, so I approached the house gingerly. The yard was overgrown, but as I let my own lower yard overgrow this year too, just so I can get a lot of fireflies to watch from my porch—they won’t come with mowed lawns—I figured that Henry David Thoreau probably didn’t mow his lawn either. Ed was at home and a gracious host.

We spent a couple of hours visiting. He has been exploring the area around here, and doing a lot of kayaking on big, small and very small lakes and streams. “I have been away from my job for six months now—getting along fine. I gave myself one year to unwind and not join anything or take on any responsibilities,” he said as best I can remember. We visited on his deck until a few mosquitoes became a nuisance as evening approached. I can report that Ed is friendly, seems pretty darn normal, is interesting to talk to, and a welcome addition to the neighborhood and his “shack” is much nicer than he led us to think. I would rate it at least a cottage, on the shack, cando, cabin, cottage, house, mansion scale. His simple life is already complicated with a cat and a girlfriend. I hope she is handy with backwoods pumps, plumbing, etc., so he won’t have to do all the training I have been stuck with. The tour with the Olsons got me thinking about dams on Trade River. Trade River begins with two branches, Butternut Creek coming from Luck and heading north out of Little Butternut and Trade River crossing Hwy. 35 south of Frederic. The two meet a little southwest of Iver’s Mountain near CTH B where it turns south toward Atlas. I don’t know if there was a dam near Luck or downstream on Butternut Creek, or on Trade River before Atlas, but I do know there was one at Atlas about where the current and last dam is located. In the first book of “Stories of the Trade River Valley” we included information from the Dahlberg family history that told us Peter Olson, David’s greatgrandpa, built his first dam on Trade River in 1875 at the site of the dam in Atlas now. In 1883, because of a dispute with neighbors who were flooded, Olson and his son-in-law, Aaron Dahlberg, built a dam below Trade Lake—the one on Melo Road. Later Dahlberg built another dam at nearby Round Lake and a mill there. That one was described as having a large waterwheel. I suppose most of the early mills had dams high enough to run a waterwheel. I spent some time using Google Maps and pinpointed the coordinates for the dams I know about along Trade River. You can find them with a GPS or by going to and entering the pairs of numbers. Probably, most of the them were initially logging dams used to flush the logs on downriver to the St. Croix. After the Trade River logging era ended in the 1860s, they were likely rebuilt for mills. A brief second logging era, about 1900 where second growth pines were logged, gave at least the Worth dam a rebuild. Example link to the Olson dam site:,92.645752 Coordinates and description of other dams: 45.679822,-92.645752 Mill built by Peter Olson and Aaron Dahlberg in 1883. 45.688329,-92.59213 Trade Lake Dam – site of old rock Indian Dam, later mill. 45.634325,-92.5911 Atlas Dam, 1875, by Peter Olson with mill. 45.648481,-92.671791 Trade River Dam along Hwy. 87 with mill. 45.621804,-92.733632 Worth Dam (St. John’s Dam), 1850s logging dam rebuilt in 1904. 45.667145,-92.579379 Outlet of Round Lake Dahlberg mill.


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Ladies Aid

Guest column Compiled by Nina Borup Malmen

The term “ladies aid” always brings to my mem-

ory the years that we lived in the Town of Laketown. Our home was a small farm on the Range Line Road, between Sterling and Laketown, about a mile south of CTH B in Polk County. We were Laketown residents from 1938 to 1943. My parents, Olof and Fannie Borup, and my aunt and uncle Kate and Christian Borup, were members of the Laketown (Tamarack) Lutheran Church. My mother and Aunt Kate were members of the Ladies Aid at this church. They usually did a dual job of entertaining this group which had its beginning in 1892. Planning for this event of having the Ladies Aid involved a lot of preparation, which included the planning of a huge meal that resembled a mini banquet, cleaning every nook and cranny of the house and painting the kitchen chairs. The chairs in both of our households were your average wooden style which were covered with many, many layers of white enamel paint. I am not sure if it was the summer of 1940 or 1941, anyway, it was Aunt Kate’s turn to host the Ladies Aid at her home. She and Uncle Christian resided on the Borup farm that is currently owned by Lorain and Barb Hoffman at 2864 259th St./Hwy. 87, about six miles north Cushing. The entertainment of the Ladies Aid was not without various distractions and interruptions. It was a hot and a sultry day. The thermometer reading was 100 degrees in the shade. As the Ladies Aid was in the process of having their business meeting and the program, the sky became almost as black as midnight. The children who were playing outside were called into the house. Moments later a high wind engulfed the area, almost bending the trees to the ground. Aunt Kate quickly lit the kerosene lamps to provide light throughout the house. Within a few moments the dark sky and the roaring wind moved to the north. It rained briefly and then the sun returned. Aunt Kate attempted to call her brother who lived near the Trade River School. The phone line was dead. The meeting of the Ladies Aid continued, lunch was served and then the phone rang. We were astonished that the service had been restored so quickly. Aunt Kate answered the phone, had a brief conversation with the person at the other end of the line and hung up the receiver. She reported that a twister had struck in the Bass Lake area near Hwy. 48. A barn on one of the farms had been demolished. Two men were killed, however, the young son of one of the men had survived as they sought shelter in this building. The following year it was my mother’s turn to host the Ladies Aid. Less than a week before this event we were in the process of cleaning the house and painting the kitchen chairs. For some reason the Rev. Okland (served Laketown 1940-1945) made a surprise visit. Everything was a mess. I can still see him sitting on the corner of the woodbox while he discussed the upcoming event with my mother. Once again the Ladies Aid was in the process of having their business meeting and program when one of our neighbors appeared at the kitchen door. He was leading one of our horses. The front right leg of the horse had become the victim of a barbed wire fence. Martha (Brenizer) Christenson grabbed a par-

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Signpost Bernice Abrahamzon tial sack of flour from the pantry and began throwing handfuls of flour on the leg of the horse to ease the flow of blood. Dr. Liljeberg, who served the area as a veterinarian, was summoned. He arrived in a timely manner, stitched up the wounds and threw a light-blue powder (some type of disinfectant) all over the leg of the horse and the kitchen steps. Eventually the meeting of the Ladies Aid continued, lunch was served and the horse recovered. Later that summer Uncle Christian and Aunt Kate hosted the annual Ladies Aid ice-cream social at the Borup farm. Prior to this event the house was thoroughly cleaned. The yard was manicured and the kitchen chairs were painted. The families of the Laketown Lutheran Church arrived in their Sunday best. Following the program came the serving of the homemade ice cream, which was topped with homegrown strawberries, and, of course, gallons of coffee. One of the male members of the church (who weighed way over 300 pounds plus) elected to sit in one of Aunt Kate’s newly painted chairs. It was a warm and humid evening. As this man decided to leave the event, he stood up and to everyone’s horror the paint on the seat and back of the chair stuck to the back of his shirt and the rear end of his Sunday (best suit) trousers. Aunt Kate felt terrible over ruining his clothes. This man felt terrible about the damage to the kitchen chair. The somewhat naked-looking chair sat in the corner of the kitchen until it was time to repaint it for the next Ladies Aid event. Every church, regardless of denomination, had a ladies aid, or some type of association which was under the jurisdiction of the ladies of the church. These hardworking women who met monthly were known as the Willing Workers, The Sewing Society, Women’s Missionary Society, Lutheran Church Women, Augustana Lutheran Church Women and many other names. Their efforts and ambitions resulted in the raising of money for numerous church improvements, support of missionaries, the sewing of quilts, rugs and clothing for the needy, preparation and serving of food for weddings, funerals, reunions, banquets, etc., the Sunday morning nursery care for infants, recipe books and let us not forget those smorgasbords. (Note: The above guest column was written by Nina Borup Malmen of Newport, Ore. It is very well written and I enjoyed it and know you will too. I thank her.) Until next week, Bernice

Do you remember? Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

50 Years Ago The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra was scheduled to play at Frederic on July 5.–A forest fire burned a large area along Hwy. 77.–June Dairy Month celebrated its silver anniversary this year.–David Pederson of Rt. 2, Siren, was going to attend Badger Boys State as the Frederic representative.–A dance was held every Saturday night at Yellow Lake Lodge.–A grand opening was held June 3 for Lindberg’s Corner Store, Webster, with grocery specials.–Hagberg’s Federated, Frederic, had thongs with cushioned rubber soles for children, ladies and men’s from 39¢ a pair to 49¢ and 59¢ a pair. Also tennis oxfords for $1.79 a pair.–Specials at the Frederic Co-op Store included ice milk, Scooper, 59¢ for a half gallon, whole kernel corn at five cans for 89¢, Winesap apples at 3 lbs. for 39¢, and new potatoes at 10 lbs. for 47¢.–Readers were advised to protect their lawn from diseases.–Chemicals were listed that control all weeds.–Frederic classes of 1935-1936 planned to hold a reunion at the high school.–Lester Erickson, 49, lost his life in a tractor accident.–Accidents marred the Memorial Day Weekend at the Milltown track.–At the Co-op Store, Frederic, specials were watermelons at 69¢ lb., sirloin steak at 69¢ lb., Occident flour at 50 lbs. for $2.98 and catsup at $1 for five bottles.–Miss Judy Lee was summer 4-H agent in Burnett County.

40 Years Ago A budget study suggested a drop in mill rate for Frederic School.–Milltown stores reported breakins.–Bids were opened for water-sewer project in Frederic Village.–Ray Rowe was a new associate at Edling Funeral Home.–Gary Aggerholm purchased Harold Sommerfeld’s Trucking, and advertised for livestock hauling to South St. Paul.–Specials at Route’s Super Market included bacon at 39¢ lb., watermelon at 89¢ lb., bananas at 10¢ lb., Hormel’s Smokies at 69¢ for 12 oz.–Specials at the Frederic Coop Store included large eggs at 2 dozen for 78¢, green peppers or cucumbers at 11¢ each, and ground chuck at 78¢ lb.–A local teacher, Sylvia Wahl, joined a tour to the Pacific Islands.–Link Bros. Motors, Rice Lake, had a big midsummer Honda sale.–Dick Strait had a professional painting and paper-hanging business.–The Webster Board approved the budget, and reviewed the annual meeting agenda.–The program was set for the fair at St. Croix Falls.–The Frederic School Board approved the budget and lease of Lewis School.-Specials at Anderson’s Store, Siren, included peas at two cans for 25¢, Heinz soups at 5 for $1, beef liver at 49¢ lb., and thuringer at 89¢ lb.–Specials at Route’s, Frederic, included popsicles at 6 for 29¢.

20 Years Ago Forty-five students graduated from Luck High School.–C.A. Carlson and Robert Soderberg posed for a picture of them and Carlson Hardware Store, Frederic.–Obituaries included Joseph Andersen, Alberta Kiessling and John Naylor.–A graduation open house was held for Stacey Svoboda at the Milltown Community Center on June 2.–The DNR was prepared to pay $3.25 per acre rent for Barrens.–A trapeze artist performed at the Cole Circus at the Siren High School gym.–Readers were asked to protect Polk and Burnett counties from environmental suicide by voicing their opposition to a toxic ash dispoal in Burnett County.–An arts and crafts show was held at Webster.–Voters were asked to vote “no” to proposed landfill site at Town of Trade Lake.–A kids ceramic class began June 3 from 1 – 3 p.m., all summer long at Marie’s Ceramics and Gifts, Webster.Ω –A Minnesota Landscape Arboretum tour was held June 1 with a walking tour of five different gardens.–The Yellow Lake Golf Course sponsored nite lite golf on May 21.–Visiting Europe is safe said an area tourist, Douglas Edwards of Webster.–A local housewife, Patrice Beebe, won $250,000 playing the Supercash Lottery game at the Holiday Station, St. Croix Falls.

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Wow – what a storm, July really came in with a bang. Mom says we were really lucky where we live as there was minimal damage with just a few trees that snapped branches to pick up and we were only without power for an hour. Unfortunately my friends in other areas weren’t so lucky and I want you to know that I hope you’re all safe and that I’m thinking of you. I’m told there was minimal damage at the shelter and that all my four-footed friends there are safe and sound, although the power was still out as of Saturday night. Guess what, I heard from Blacky! I was so excited to hear from him and know that you think about him too. I was sad to learn that he has had a rough couple of months. Between something called anaplasmosis and Lyme disease, the poor guy is in need of what humans call knee replacement. In typical Blacky fashion though, he hasn’t lost his spark. His mom is looking at doggy wheelchairs to help him get around. Thank you Blacky for keeping in touch and to all you Blacky fans out there, please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Good news – Johnny the terrier left us and went to his forever home on Friday and Seymour leaves the shelter on Monday morning. Rosco, who came to the shelter with his best buddy Muffin, goes home this week. I know Muffin will be lonely without him so hopefully someone will see what a great little dog he is too. Muffin is a Lhasa apso, and is 9


YAPpenings Sadie years old. She is a good-looking little gal and really likes people. Poor Rosco and Muffin came to the shelter as, sadly, their human had passed away and I can tell you they were both very Jose well cared for. I have included a picture of Muffin but, so you know, she has been groomed since this picture. Our two wayward teenage twins Jose and Dudley are still waiting for someone to notice what great cats they are. Mom calls them the shelter’s comedians; both are very friendly and inquisitive. They have beautiful black, shiny fur and big gold eyes. Did you know that black is beautiful or, in their case, handsome? I just included a picture of

Lewis It was Communion Sunday on July 3 at the regular Sunday service at Lewis with Pastor Tom officiating, assisted by JoAnn Gibbs and Marie Nelson. Sylvia Schaetzel also helped with the service. A patriotic lunch was provided after the service by Marie and Bob Nelson, all kinds of red, white and blue treats. The roofing project of the Lewis church will soon be under way as soon as the weather cooperates, as a bid has been accepted. Everyone was glad the work hadn’t started as the wind caused some damage in the Lewis area Friday, with trees down, damaged roofs, etc. On Saturday there was cleanup all over town, at the LaVerne Leep place where a branch fell on her front porch roof and an evergreen was uprooted in her yard plus lots of debris. A tree fell in the yard of Marlene and Scott Nelson, narrowly missing the house. A tree was also down in the yard of Jim and Chong Jones, another tree between the home of Juanita Berg and her neighbor, and more. Busy at LaVerne Leep’s house on Saturday were Bob and Scott Nelson, John Boyer, Chong Jones, plus LaVerne’s bank neighbors, perhaps more. The Northwest Regional Writers and the Poco

Penners will hold a combined potluck at Balsam Lake on Friday, July 8. For carpooling, meet at 11:30 p.m. at the parking lot of St. Dominic Catholic Church, Frederic, as Mary Jacobsen has volunteered to drive. Bring a dish to pass and also something you’ve written to read aloud. The group met there last year and had a great time. Rick Abrahamzon and his mom, Bernice, and Sheila Staples attended the Thursday evening meeting at the Luck Library Historical Society Museum. Guest speaker was a Civil War expert, Lance Herdegen. He teaches in Waukesha, at Carroll College. Bernice could relate to that as she attended classes there in American history, comparative religions and creative writers. Her teachers were professer Flitcraft, Viola Wendt and professer Elmer Smith. Of course, that was years ago after her graduation from Milwaukee-Downer College. Thursday night’s speaker told many funny stories about Wisconsin soldiers in the Civil War. A capacity crowd came to hear him. Air conditioning and good company made it very enjoyable. It ran from 5 p.m. to almost 7 p.m. This area has been treated to many authors lately. The monthly potluck supper and monthly meeting were enjoyed Wednesday night at the church.


715-349-2964 On the weekend of June 18 Siren celebrated its 10-year survival and restoration of their tornado. This year on the Fourth of July weekend in Burnett County the weather looked as if it would be a great weekend for celebrating. However, as hundreds streamed to our county, Mother Nature raised her ugly side. On Friday night, July 1, the skies turned almost black as she rolled in the storm. It started in the Grantsburg area and twisted and turned through the areas north and east all the way to Danbury leaving its destruction everywhere in its path. As this column is written it has not been determined if it was just straight-line winds or a tornado or both. Saturday morning found a large area digging out. Thousands were without power, water and phone service. Once again neighbors, friends and strangers pulled together to help one another and once again our area will heal from this disaster. The Town of Daniels July meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 13, because of the July 12 election. Meeting at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Fran Krause


Written for July 1

The Webster fourth-grade baseball team had a fun day at Wisconsin Dells on Friday. Brandon Bray and his family were among those going. On Saturday, they traveled to Mauston and participated in the baseball tournament in which they won first place. Congratulations. John and Reeny Neinstadt spent the weekend with Sandy and Lamar Johnson and family. The Harmony HCE Club trip was on Tuesday at Shell Lake where they toured the Potter’s Shed and ate lunch there. Those attending were LaVonne, Anita, Kathleen and Sharon O’Brien, Diane Madaglia, Carol Newman, Amy Kopecky, Pat Johnson, Sharon Wilbur, Karen Hintz and Fran Krause.

Written for June 27

I heard there is a rather handsome young semi driver at Burnett Dairy who celebrated his 53rd birthday on July 2 and, to top that off, he and his lovely wife celebrated their second anniversary on the Fourth of July. Many more to the both of you. Not much going on in bear country this past week. However, the deer make their daily visits to the bird yard for salt. The bucks are showing signs of promise of having awesome racks come fall. Does have yet to bring their fawns in, soon I’m sure. Last Wednesday a large porcupine and her little one seemed to really enjoy chewing on the stump that holds the salt block. I have heard they really like salt and travel for quite a distance to get some. There hasn’t been a porky in the bird yard for several years. They are a slow and docile animal and, if left alone, bother no one. The annual Fourth of July picnic at the Bells socalled ranch was held on Saturday, July 2, as some of the kids wanted to head back to Bayport, Minn., on Sunday to beat the traffic. Not as many tents in

On Tuesday several Harmony HCE members attended the project, decorations with candy favors,

LaVonne O'Brien

presented by Rosemary Yackel at the Government Center. LaVonne O’Brien was a Duluth, Minn., shopper on Thursday. Mark, Julie and Brad Freeborn, Kalie and friends spent the weekend with Marvel Merriam. On Wednesday evening, Rick and Judy Witzany entertained Jack and Jeri Witzany for dinner and helped Jack celebrate his birthday. Patty Kringer from Big Lake, Minn., visited the Witzanys over the weekend. Karen Hintz attended a retirement party for two extension co-workers in Madison last Thursday, and then she drove to Webster to visit her mother for a few days. On Sunday, they joined relatives at Red Wing, Minn., for their Tomhaus family reunion. The Orange 4-H Club had a picnic potluck at Crooked Lake Park in Siren last Friday night.

one of them because they are so much alike and I can’t tell them apart. There are some awesome animals at the shelter, all looking for that special person to notice them. Shelter animals make wonderMuffin ful pets and who knows, you may just find that right connection for you. “You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘My God, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!’” ~ Dave Barry And one for the cats: “I’ve met many thinkers and many cats, but the wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.” ~ Hippolyte Taine Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings, I do appreciate it. Licks and tail wags. The Humane Society of Burnett County is saving lives, one at a time. 715866-4096. We’re on Facebook too.

Bernice Abrahamzon June’s mission collection was earmarked to go toward the piano needed at the Frederic school. The July meeting is earmarked for the tent revival the second weekend in August. The August collection is for the Frederic Food Shelf. It’s nice to know in advance what the project is going to be. Hope you’ll enjoy this week’s guest writer, Nina Borrup, in Bernice’s space this week. Well written and humorous. She also wrote a personal letter with compliments for the weekly Leader. Being without electricity makes everyone realize how important electricity is and how lost everyone is without it. Most of us stumbling around in the dark looking for candles, a flashlight or oil lamp. And, oh, the cars lining up later at gas stations waiting to get gas. It’s too bad the storm happened over the holiday as some visitors headed back to the city when they found their cabins had no lights. The Fourth of July weekend is one of our most profitable long weekends and our local areas need that boost in our local economy, but what can’t be helped can’t be helped.

Bev Beckmark tent city this year, only seven. This year’s tenters were Mike, Gidget, Abby and Grandma Sue Bell, Mike’s sister Lori, her husband Stewart, brother Andy and wife Karen Gillett and their three kids, Lori’s friend Mary and husband Gordy and their two kids plus Stewart’s mom and stepdad from the Twin Cities area. They returned home on Saturday evening. All in all a great bunch, a great evening with lots of great food. The Siren United Methodist ladies annual homemade pie with homemade ice cream was, as usual, a hit. The SUM men’s group held a brat sale Friday, Saturday and on the Fourth. They also did great.

St. Croix Senior Center Marian Edler By the time you read this, the Fourth of July will be over. When we worked, we anticipated each holiday with a day off. We didn’t think much of the meaning of the holiday. Now as we get older we think about the Fourth of July as our nation’s birth. Tuesday started with the exercise session followed by games of Skip-Bo. In the afternoon, games were played. Winners in Dominos were Delores Benson, Gladis Weikert and Ione Meixner. Winners in 500 cards were Ray Nelson, Roger Greenley, Jeanette Berquam and Ron Flostad. Winners in Hand and Foot were Russ Adams, Bill McGrorty and Donna Schlosser. After Hand and Foot games were over we played Ponytail. Thursday we held the exercise session. Then we played Skip-Bo. In the evening, 500 cards were played and the winners were Don Benson, Ray Nelson and Pat Willits. Stop in and visit us during Wannigan Days on July 15, 16 and 17. On Saturday, we will have pork chops on a stick, brats and hot dogs. You can come inside to cool off with a beverage. Hope to see you then.


Reddy/Jensen Jessica Reddy, St. Croix Falls and Jacob Jensen, Forest Lake, Minn., were united in marriage on June 4, at the Elim Lutheran Church in Scandia, Minn., with Pator Scott Westphal officiating. Jessica is the daughter of Wade and Liz Reddy of St. Croix Falls. Jacob is the son of Robert Jensen and Paulette Hanes of Minnesota. Attendants were Brittany Terrien, maid of honor, and Jared Jensen, best man. The bridesmaids were Janel Jensen, Janice Jensen, Jessica Smith and Emily Pheneger. Groomsmen were Joseph Reddy, Jonathan Tolbert, Mason Smith and Douglas Amundson. Ushers were Jacob von Arx and Joshua Bellers. Jessica has a degree in social work from North Central University in Minneapolis, Minn., and will pursue employment in social work. Jacob has a degree in youth development from North Central University in Minneapolis, Minn., and is employed as a graduate assistant at Indiana Wesleyan University. The couple honeymooned in West Palm Beach, Fla., and plan to make their residence in Marion, Ind. - submitted

Dewey LaFollette Karen Mangelsen

Roy Nordquist was a visitor of Don and Lida Nordquist Wednesday. Eleven ladies from Clam River Tuesday Club went out to eat at Pine Ridge Resort near Stone Lake Thursday evening. Karen Mangelsen met Judy Sigmund for lunch in Shell Lake Friday to celebrate Judy’s birthday. Some weekend visitors of Ronda and Maynard Mangelsen were Ken and Tyann Otis and Jacob, Hank and Karen Mangelsen, Ryan, Hanna and David Lester. Hank and Karen Mangelsen and Wayne and Marie Romsos had lunch with Gene and Carlotta Romsos Saturday. Nina and Lawrence Hines went to Richfield, Minn., Sunday and stayed overnight with Sue and Colin Harrison. They celebrated the Fourth of July there with a number of family members. Karen and Hank Mangelsen were supper guests of Marie and Wayne Romsos at the Romsos Farm Sunday. Thirty-two relatives gathered for a potluck lunch and relaxing afternoon on the Fourth of July at the home of Donna and Gerry Hines.

Frederic Senior Center Hazel Hoffman As we meet again, we want to say a great big hello to everyone from our Frederic Senior Center. We have been closed over the long weekend and there is very little news. Last week’s Spade winners were Ellis Erickson in first place, Liz Ruhn in second place, Inez Pearson in third place and Lorna Erickson in fourth place. Last week’s 500 winners were LeRoy Booth in first place, Rich Hustad in second place, Don Antiel in third place and Brittini Hughes in fourth place. Hope everyone had a great, safe weekend so until we meet again stay happy and healthly.




Born at Amery Regional Medical Center:

A girl, Aaliyah LaRae Hicks, born May 20, 2011, to Amanda Fultz and Dustin Hicks, Milltown. Aaliyah weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz. ••• A girl, Camille Grace Kastanek, born June 9, 2011, to Jana and John Kastanek, Amery. Camille weighed 6 lbs., 15 oz. ••• A boy, Zachary James Matyska, born June 11, 2011, to Terri Jo and Luke Matyska, Dresser. Zachary weighed 6 lbs., 13 oz. ••• A boy, Troy Michael Handrahan, born June 14, 2011, to Kelsey and Joshua Handrahan, Amery. Troy weighed 6 lbs., 9 oz. ••• A girl, Jenessa Guadalupe Flores, born June 14, 2011, to Vanessa Flores and Lauro Pina Hernadez, Amery. Jenessa weighed 7 lbs., 12.5 oz. ••• A boy, Easton Harmon Tunheim, born June 14, 2011, to Cassandra Fox and Cory Tunheim, Balsam Lake. Easton weighed 9 lbs., 9 oz. ••• A boy, Aaron Allen Korth, born June 28, 2011, to Sharla and Leonard Korth, Balsam Lake. Aaron weighed 6 lbs., 10.5 oz. •••

Born at Osceola Medical Center:

A boy, Keegan Marcus Cloutier, born June 25, 2011, to Jordan Cloutier and Maggie Germain, Osceola. Keegan weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz. •••

Born at Burnett Medical Center:

A boy, Brycen Allen, born June 28, 2011, to Deanna and William Allen, Shell Lake. Brycen weighed 9 lbs., 2 oz. and was 22 inches long. He has a sibling named Carter. Grandparents are Mary Mueller of Webster, Mark DeZelar of St. Paul, Minn., and Debbra and Charles Allen of Shell Lake. Great-grandparents are Elaine Smedstad of St. Paul, Minn., and Alyce Allen of Spooner. •••

Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center:

A girl, Kelsi LaVerne Loescher, born June 10, 2011, to Lukas and Amanda Loescher, Dresser. Kelsi weighed 8 lbs., 14 oz. ••• A girl, Josephine Marie Kuhl, born June 14, 2011, to Alli and Tyler Kuhl, Amery. Josephine weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz. ••• A girl, Peyton Marie Kozak, born June 16, 2011, to Billie Kozak, Grantsburg. Peyton weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz. ••• A girl, Kelci Isabel Yost, born June 16, 2011, to Courtney and Micheal Yost, Milltown. Kelci weighed 7 lbs., 12 oz. ••• A girl, Abigail Ellen Petersen, born June 17, 2011, to Christine Bremer and Travis Petersen, Webster. Abigail weighed 5 lbs., 6 oz. ••• A boy, Cassius King Griffin, born June 18, 2011, to Ashley Peper and Venus Griffin, Centuria. Cassius weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz. ••• A boy, Bradley Arthur Nelson, born June 18, 2011, to Bradley and Kandy Nelson, Milltown. ••• A girl, Kaitlynn Marie Johnson, born June 20, 2011, to Nick and Lacy Johnson, Cushing. Kaitlynn weighed 8 lbs.

Interstate Park news Naturalist programs at Wisconsin Interstate Park Friday, July 8

Recipe for a Pothole, 5 p.m., at the Pothole Trail sign. Join naturalist Barb Walker for a guided hike around the Pothole Trail to learn the makings of Interstate Park’s natural wonders.

Rock Trail sign. Meet Walker and hear some of the fascinating history of the St. Croix River Valley on this scenic hike to the summit. Family Fun: Lizards – Modern Day Dinosaurs, 1 p.m. at the Ice Age Center. Meet Puff the bearded dragon. Stop by and visit with Walker about lizards and other reptiles and bring home a crafted makeand-take lizard of your own. Fun for the entire family.

Saturday, July 9

Tuesday, July 12

Get Outdoors! Family Play Day event, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Ice Age Center. Join us for another play-day event of fun-filled activities including Tracks, Tracks and More Tracks and Wildcard Games. This is part of the SOFAS events. Fun for the entire family. What’s Fluttering: Butterfly or Moth? 4:30 p.m. at the Ice Age Center. A fun program for children and their parents – learn how to tell the difference between a moth and a butterfly and take home your very own crafted butterfly pin. Sun-sational Eagle Peak, 7 p.m. at the Eagle Peak Trail sign. Hike up the trail to the peak with Walker, learn the secrets of the peak and see fantastic views of the St. Croix River Valley as the sun begins to set.

Sunday, July 10

Hiking the Ice Age Trail, 10 a.m. at the Pothole Trail sign. The Pothole Trail is the western terminus of the 1,200-mile long Ice Age National Scenic Trail that spans the state of Wisconsin. Join naturalist Julie Fox and learn about the unique geology of Interstate Park, a unit of the Ice Age National Scenic Reserve.

Thursday, July 14

Nature Story time, 10 a.m. Join naturalists Julie Fox or Barb Walker for a story and activity chosen especially for children pre-K through kindergarten and their parents. Check at the park office upon arrival for program location within the park. Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls on Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. For more information call Fox or Walker at 715-483-3747.

If the River Could Talk … 10 a.m. at the Summit

Academic news DULUTH, Minn. - The following students were candidates for graduation at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s undergraduate commencement, Saturday, May 14, at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Amery Ryan K. Bergren, cum laude, Bachelor of Science degree; Sampson W. Moore, departmental honors, Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering degree; and Jenna M. Schone, cum laude, Bachelor of Applied Sciences Degree; Centuria Travis M. Tolaas, Bachelor of Science degree; Grantsburg Tyler P. Crawford, Bachelor of Arts degree; and Brian P. Kutz, Bachelor of Science degree; Osceola Scott J. Kulzer, cum laude, Bachelor of Arts degree; Webster Benjamin W. Ries, Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree. - submitted ••• MENOMONIE – The following students from the region are currently employed through the Cooperative Education Program at University of WisconsinStout. Approximately 835 students participate annually in the university’s Cooperative Education Program that integrates college studies with work experience in industry, business, government or public service, according to Career Services’ Cooperative Education Coordinator Bethany Delong. Students who participate in the program acquire practical career-related experience in a professional setting, apply academic knowledge and skills to a coop learning experience related to their profession and


develop professional, career-related transferable skills. Through the program, students leave campus for a period of up to one year to work nationally or internationally to further develop their professional skills as they prepare for full-time careers. UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, is a special mission university in the UW System. The university has a long-standing reputation of serving business, industry, education and the helping professions through its specialized educational programs. Enrollment this year is approximately 9,339. Amery Mathew A. Tryggestad, golf enterprise management, head bartender server host and pool complex coordinator, Rock Creek Cattle Co., Deer Lodge, Mont. Balsam Lake Timothy W. Reed, manufacturing engineering, engineer intern, Hoffman Enclosures/Pentair Technical Products, Anoka, Minn. - submitted ••• ST. PAUL, Minn. – The following area students graduated from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn., following the spring 2011 semester. Anne Lexen of Frederic received a Bachelor of Arts in biology. She is the daughter of Kyle and Kathleen Lexen from Frederic. - submitted ••• ST. PAUL, Minn. – The following students have been named to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the spring 2011 semester at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minn.: Nicholas Wolfe, son of Steve and Teresa Wolfe from Danbury. Anne Lexen , daughter of Kyle and Kathleen Lexen from Frederic. The dean’s list honors students who achieve an outstanding scholastic record during a semester with a grade-point average of 3.6 or greater. - submitted •••

Swenson/Swanson Steve and Karrie Swenson, along with Bob and Debi Swanson, are pleased to announce the engagement of their children, Abigail Swenson, to Kyle Swanson. Abby is a 2009 graduate from St. Croix Falls, and a 2011 graduate from WITC New Richmond, with an occupational therapy assistant degree. Kyle is a 2006 graduate from St. Croix Falls, and operates a crop and beef farm in Eureka. A Sept. 3 wedding is planned at the Eureka Baptist Church. – Photo submitted

Democrats call for justice officials to review Wisconsin voter ID law by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio

STATEWIDE – A group of Democratic U.S. senators has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to scrutinize several state voter ID laws, including Wisconsin’s. The letter - signed by 16 Democratic senators including Wisconsin’s Herb Kohl - urges U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to scrutinize state voter ID laws to make sure the Voting Rights Act is not jeopardized. The move drew praise from groups like the Washington-based Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Organization President Wayne Henderson says it’s the responsibility of the U.S. attorney general to find out whether laws like Wisconsin’s are discriminatory “Since the state officials in this instance – all representing the Republican party – are unlikely to conduct such an inquiry in advance, that leaves only the U.S. attorney general to carry about that responsibility,” says Henderson. Critics of Wisconsin’s voter ID law have said they may fight it in court, although that could be a difficult battle. In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Indiana’s Voter ID law. Critics have said Wisconsin is a different story since it has far fewer Department of Motor Vehicle offices and hours where people can access voter IDs. But the last state budget increased spending on DMVs by $10 million to expand their locations, meaning it could be easier to get IDs starting next year.


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Burnett Community Library Gratitude is extended for the donations

Looking for seniors

The Siren Lionesses generously donated $500 to our building fund for the new library facility. Whitetail Tavern donated $300 to the Friends of the Library and the Town of Sand Lake donated $200 to the building fund for the new facility. We are nearing the completion of the new library building, scheduled for the end of August (or maybe sooner), but we have had to take out a loan from Bremer Bank to finance the completion of the construction. So any and all donations are very welcome.

We are looking for seniors with low vision that are interested in learning basic computer skills. We will be offering classes this fall. Among the topics that we will cover are: e-mail, searching the Internet, and Facebook. Please contact Patti at the library if you are interested in this program.

Friends of the Library

Summer reading program

The Friends are planning the grand opening of the new Larsen Family Public Library scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9. Michael Perry will be our guest speaker for the occasion. Tickets will be $10. Their annual spaghetti dinner at the Moose Lodge will be held Saturday, Aug. 20. Join us for a Touch of Italy! We are selling copies of “Nature’s Gifts: Wild Rice and Berries from the Folle Avoine” cookbook at the library for $12 a copy.

Preschool story time

Join us every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. for good stories, treats and fun.

We are in our third week of our elementary school summer reading program, One World, Many Stories. Join us each week for a look at other corners of the world, everyone is welcome.

Adult book club

“A Reliable Wife” by Robert Goolrick is the choice for the July book discussion on Tuesday, July 26. “Set in rural Wisconsin in 1909, Ralph Truitt stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement for ‘a reli-

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Lake Superior Zoo came Wednesday, June 29, to the Grantsburg Public Library. Over 50 were in attendance to see the animals and learn more about their habitat and the way they live. This event was part of the summer reading program that the library puts on every year. Programs run every Wednesday through the end of July with multiple happenings throughout the summer. Janel Hutton from the Grantsburg Library holding an albino python was a highlight of the of the summer reading program when the Lake Superior Zoo visited Wednesday, June 29. – Photos submitted

A bearded dragon brought to the GrantsMariette Hoefler teaching the children burg library by the Lake Superior Zoo. Japanese at the Grantsburg library.

able wife.’ But when Catherine Land steps off the train from Chicago, she’s not the ‘simple, honest woman’ that Ralph is expecting.”

Wisconsin’s Early Settlers” • “Get It Together for College” by the College Board

Mystery Mayhem Book Club

Children’s books

The Mystery Mayhem Book Club will meet Monday, July 11, (always the second Monday of the month) at 10 a.m.

New adult fiction books

• “Before I Go To Sleep” by S.J. Watson • “Against All Enemies” by Tom Clancy • “Mothers and Daughters” by Rae Meadows • “Smokin’ Seventeen” by Janet Evanovich • “Blessed” by Ann H. Gabhart • “Blood of the Reich” by William Dietrich • “Long Gone” by Alafair Burke • “Watch Me Die” by Erica Spindler • “Louise’s War” by Sarah R. Shaber • “Lion of Babylon” by David Bunn

New adult nonfiction books

• “To End All Wars” by Adam Hochschild • “Putting Down Roots: Gardening Insights from

So you think you’d like a little place at the lake. A little hideaway … a quiet, peaceful kind of place. A place where you can experience the joys of solitude. As cabin people for several decades, now permanent lake residents, we offer the pros and cons of lake living. Among the pros, when our adult children bring their friends we enjoy hanging out with a younger crowd, to be with fun-loving people who are not into discussing the various treatments for arthritis. As for cons, when you have a lake place you will rarely, if ever, experience solitude. From Memorial Day to Labor Day you’ll wonder if somebody posted an open house sign out front because people who would never drop in on you unexpectedly in the city will do just that at the lake. However, if you play your cards right, you can benefit from a lot of free labor. When our grandson shows up with friends who’d like to do some waterskiing they might be asked to do some mowing … then move that woodpile … then … If you don’t like surprises, selectively invite. Now you’re in charge. Suggest an arrival time that won’t interfere with your morning routine. They will probably arrive early, before you are fully awake. As van doors open, out jump a whole raft of wriggly, pent-up kids. They race each other to the lake and right out onto the dock as one frazzled mom screeches, “No running on the dock!” Stay with me now. This can be fun! Preparation is the key. “We’ll just bring some steaks for the grill,” they suggest. “We’ll keep it simple … you won’t have to do a thing.” To these carnivores, meat makes the meal. You, of course, will provide paper plates and utensils, condiments, bread or buns, probably a salad and beverages. They do manage to wolf down those “nonessentials” you generally have available. First-aid supplies are essential at the lake. We’ve learned to stock up on a variety of anti-itch lotions, sunburn ointments and mosquito repellent. It’s also important to know the best route to the ER. We recently found ourselves racing to a local hospital with a barefoot water-skier who’d bodyslammed the water at 40 mph. While I have become very adept at

• “Edwin Speaks Up” by April Stevens • “The Abandoned Lighthouse” by Albert Lamb • “Curious George and the Pump Truck” by Margaret Rey


• “Hatshepsut: Egypt’s Lost Queen”

Audio CDs

• “Smokin’ Seventeen” by Janet Evanovich

Hours and information

Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, contact the library at 715-866-7697, Web site: Online catalog:

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from the lake Pat Solomonson removing slivers, fishhooks that somehow get embedded in human flesh are also best left to professionals. Patience is a prerequisite when you take kids fishing. It’s best to limit the number of smallfry you put in a boat. Lines with sharp hooks attached will be flying in every direction. Typically, they don’t like baiting or taking fish off the hook, so they wind up with a “bird’s nest” in the reel. When your patience is running thin you need to call it a day. Kids are ingenious. I’ve been asked to supply corn to use for bait when the worms are gone, a container for dipping minnows and an empty bottle. Needing specifics regarding use of the bottle, I was informed that it must be “tall enough to house a bottle rocket.” (Good idea to review your liability insurance, too.) Lakes are notorious for gobbling up stuff that goes overboard. As the owner of lake property you will, over time, acquire a sizable investment in equipment, aka water toys. Among our losses to the lake … a brass boat propeller, a sailboat mast and sail, prescription sunglasses, lawn chairs and a cell phone. Regrets? None. Maybe its those warm evenings, sitting together around a campfire, that makes it all worthwhile. Ever so relaxed, we gaze into the fire … an interesting mix of people, experiences and ages. We sing old camp songs. We talk, we tease, we share of ourselves; briefly halting the easy conversation to listen … with awe … to the melancholy call of “our loons” out on the water. When we old folks have decided to call it a night, we may awaken hours later to note they’re all still sitting there around the campfire, not needing to seek entertainment elsewhere … because what really matters, right now, is right here. We like living at the lake. And while we appreciate the solitude the off-season brings, we especially enjoy these memory-making summers. Welcome!

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Freedom Five runners Curt and Michelle Henke and their five children from New Richmond stopped at Siren United Methodist Church after the race Monday, July 4, to try some homemade pie and homemade ice cream. Running in the July Fourth race is a tradition for the family, who said that Henke missed only one year, the year he was serving in the military during the Desert Storm conflict. – Photos by Nancy Jappe

Mary Stewart (back) dished up homemade ice cream while Bev Beckmark made sure slices of pie were ready for people to choose from during the July Fourth pie social at Siren United Methodist Church. Men of the church were also busy this past weekend with their brat stand along the highway, selling out their stock by Saturday night, and ordering more for sale on Monday.

Bed races and more


Interfaith Caregivers of The M & M bed, raced by the Little Red Cabin team, took first place in the July Fourth bed races in Siren, coming in with a total time of 2:55. The racers were part of the Paul Christensen family and came together from Osceola, Dresser and Allen, Texas. They explained that the family cabin is on a unnamed lake called Ward No. 7 just outside of Siren. This year marks their 10th year of entering the bed race. “We finally won,” commented Shelly Andrewson, a nonracer who is part of the family. The top three racers, in time order, were: The Little Red Cabin, 2:55; Mud Hen Medics, 2:56; and Crooked Lake Super Racers, 2:58.

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AmeriCorps member This fancy green bedbug delighted the crowd by dancing around on its bed, a unit called Sleep Tight, part of the old saying “Sleep tight - don’t let the bedbugs bite.” The 25th-annual July Fourth bed races in Siren brought out 11 beds for timed races along Main Street between Hwy. 35/70 and Hanson Avenue. The Taco Fiesta bed needed its pit crew to come out in the middle of the race because one of its tiny tires blew out along the way. The Taco crew came in seventh out of 11 with a total time of 3 minutes, 17 seconds. – Photos by Nancy Jappe

The second challenge for those taking part in the July Fourth bed races in Siren was the three-legged race with one couple from each bed team joining one of their legs in a gunnysack, hopefully running in sync, around the center of the course.

One of the challenges along the route was to kick a football between the four corners of an intersection, ending with placing a cheesehead on the head of the person at the next corner in a game called the Cheesehead Kick. The challenge was to keep the cheesehead from falling off the head while kicking and to keep the football from going off course, in which case the kicker had to get the ball back on target.

The Crooked Lake Gang was named the Best-Dressed Bed in the 2011 running of the July Fourth bed races in Siren. The Flintstone characters were portrayed by Adam Roach and John, Sarah, Ethan and Alex Pherson, all from Shakopee, Minn. This unit came in eighth in the timed competition, with a total time of 3:26. Others in the race included Viola Lake Swamp People, Mud Hen Medics, Little Red Cabin, Mud Hen Cruisers, Clam Lake Castaways, Taco Fiesta, Sleep Tight, Superheroes, Game Time and Crooked Lake Super Racers.



Siren The national anthem at the start of the July Fourth parade in Siren was sung by Dana Carlson, Somerset, the daughter of John and Roberta Carlson. The Carlsons have a cabin near Webster.

The theme of the July Fourth parade in Siren this year was "Rising Above the Storm - 10 years later." This poster speaks to that theme. RIGHT: There are only three Seawolf submarines left in the world today - well, four if you count this unit in the Siren July Fourth parade. Photos by Nancy Jappe

Because of last weekend's storm, Danbury Days scheduled for July 2 was canceled, but its queen, Raelyn Tretsven, was driven by her mom, Karen Felix, during the Siren parade.

Inline-skater Chad McKenney, Maple Grove, Minn., called Captain America by family members, entered this year's Siren parade as a golden beam of sunlight surrounded by the colors of the rainbow to honor the community's "rise above the storm" after the tornado struck in 2001. The Mike Myers family of Siren put a lot of time and effort into creating McKenney's outfit that stuck to this year's parade theme, as it has every year in the past.

The float carrying Miss Frederic, Little Miss Frederic and their courts was awarded the title Best Community Float.

The float in the Siren parade that was provided by St. Croix Casino-Danbury was given the title of Most Original parade unit.

This "Siren Rises" float was named as having the Best Theme of this year's Siren July Fourth parade. The debris on the float represented the debris left by the 2001 tornado. The sunflowers represented the bright spots of yellow color that were blown about by the tornado winds.


2011 queen pageant

Balsam Lake

Elizabeth Tilton, left, 2010 Junior Miss Balsam Lake, asks the 2010 Little Miss Balsam Lake candidates questions during Thursday’s queen pageant. With Elizabeth from left are 2011 Junior Miss Sidney Nyholm, and little miss candidates Patience VanDerPaardt, Sienna Jurisch and Celeste Larson. Sidney is the 8-year-old daughter of Leslie Nyholm. All three little miss candidates are 6 years old. Patience is the daughter of Betty Jo and Eric VanDerPaardt, Sienna is the daughter of Patty Turner and Jon Jurisch, and Celeste is the daughter of Judy Larson.

Newly crowned Miss Balsam Lake Kaina Zygowicz is surrounded by her junior court after the Thursday, June 30, queen pageant held at Unity Schools. From left are little princess Sienna Jurisch, Junior Miss Sidney Nyholm, Little Miss Balsam Lake Celeste Larson and Little Princess Patience VanDerPaardt.

Kaina Zygowicz was crowned Miss Balsam Lake 2011 last Thursday evening. She is the 16-year-old daughter of Laura Neve and Keith Zygowicz. Kaina will be a junior at Unity High School this fall. She is in the band and enjoys taking pictures, camping, going for walks in the woods, and math.

Kaitlyn MacKinnon, Miss Balsam Lake 2010, entertains the audience at the 2011 queen pageant with a saxophone solo.

Kiddie parade

Celeste Larson, 6-year-old daughter of Judy Larson, was crowned Little Miss Balsam Lake. Placing the crown on Celeste’s head is 2010 Junior Miss Elizabeth Tilton. Photos by Mary Stirrat


Seven units were entered in the July Fourth kiddie parade in Siren. These riders were a part of a foursome that called themselves the Yellow Lake Riders.

This group of clowns was part of the July Fourth Kiddie Parade in Siren. The kiddie parade followed the bed races, going for one block along Main Street from Hanson Avenue to First Avenue and back to Hanson. – Photos by Nancy Jappe The children of Virgil and Jodi Maslow, grandchildren of Ron and Cindy Yourchuck, are shown here in the kiddie parade in Siren, the boy riding an ATV, his sister demonstrating her skill with a hula hoop.

This young lady, Isabella, was celebrating her golden birthday by riding in the July Fourth kiddie parade in Siren. Isabella was 4years old on July 4.


Parade and Car show

Balsam Lake

This little parade goer caught a safe ride through the parade on a blistering hot summer Candy throwers had their hands full with the amount of kids waiting along the roadsides in Balday, which is exactly the way most people wanted it to be. The Freedom Fest parade in Bal- sam Lake last Sunday during the parade. sam Lake was hosted on Sunday, July 3. – Photos by Marty Seeger

LEFT: A little girl waves to the many floats during the Freedom Fest parade in true colors, while two other girls, (RIGHT) support Independence Day with fancy facepaint.

The new Balsam Lake royalty took their first trip through the 2011 Freedom Fest Parade.

This 1956 Pontiac Chieftain owned by Roy Snowbank of Cumberland was a crowd-pleaser during the Balsam Lake car show and likely brought back memories for those who appreciated Snowbank’s attention to detail.

Prior to the Balsam Lake Freedom Fest parade was the car show, which had several classic cars, trucks and other unique vehicles.

Civil War re-enactors took to the streets to promote the Polk County Historical Society.

Water was just as popular as candy for many parade-goers in Balsam Lake.

Large crowds packed both sides of Main Street in Balsam Lake during the 2011 Freedom Fest parade.


Canoe races

Balsam Lake

Ryan Flaherty and Chad Strilzuk get out in front in a not-so-close canoe race held at the Balsam Lake beach late Monday afterSometimes you don’t need words to understand what noon on the Fourth of July. came next.

LEFT: One canoeist wasn’t particularly happy with her partner and the way they started out at the canoe races in Balsam Lake, but she later made up for it by tipping opponents as they came into the finish line. Tipping canoes is legal in the races, and about as much fun for the crowd as it is for the competitors. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Summer school Junior Ranger certificates earned

ST. CROIX FALLS – Junior Ranger certificates and badges were earned by first-grade students at St. Croix Falls summer school. During the month of June, they visited the headquarters of the National Scenic Riverway to kick off the Junior Ranger program. They learned about life-jacket usage and safety, completed indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts and watched “The St. Croix, A Northwoods Journey,” the history of the Riverway. When they returned to their classrooms, they completed an additional seven activities related to plants and animals in this habitat. Now, these Junior Rangers are ready to appreciate and protect the St. Croix Riverway. Before the presentation of their Junior Ranger certificates and badges, the first-grade students participated in a watershed demonstration. It showed them how important it is to protect our rivers and waterways.

The group learned about the history of the Riverway and completed activities to earn their certificates and badges.

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Libraries use rotating book collection Sarah Adams, left, library director at St. Croix Falls Public Library, is all smiles as she sorts through a collection of books with Colleen Gifford, director of the Polk County Library Federation. The St. Croix Falls library budget had no money for purchasing books, so the county library was able to order some of the titles Adams wanted and place them in its rotating collection. They will first go to St. Croix Falls and then on to other public libraries in the county. This is a good example of how the county library works to fulfill its mission of assisting the public libraries in pursuing their focus, said Gifford. — Photo by Mary Stirrat

Expedition/from page 2 lettering above the front bumper, which Pitzl later told them it reads Pole Cat. “You can totally see it once you know what it says!” Joyce said with a nod. The navigator revealed the name’s origin as being because they were headed for the North Pole, and because he said to get over the snow and chunks of ice, he named it the Pole Cat, Phil said, later revealing that Pitzl didn’t know that name also was a nickname for a skunk, until Plaisted told him during the expedition.

The sled’s future How do the Steners plan to treat the prized Pole Cat in the future? “It’s going to go to the Hall of Fame (museum in St. Germain),” Phil said, who also said it will make detours to Princeton, Minn., for an event this fall, and also to an Eagle River snowmobile show this year. However, the long-term plan is for the museum to keep the sled for several years, which they can enhance in a display with an original supply sled trailer and legendary arctic clothing worn during the expedition, as well as examples of the special foods they brought along - some of which Pillsbury would make for the Apollo space missions to the moon, and later market to the public as Space Sticks. While the Hall of Fame has a special place for the Pole Cat display, until then, the Steners plan on letting the public in on their special piece of history, and they continue to share their story on the machine that helped several people achieve one of the most punishing feats in humanity. Phil said the museum also has items related to the polar conquest, such as the original teletype readouts they sent on locations, with messages, weather warnings and geographic readings, as well some of the actual radio equipment, log notes and other items from the incredible journey. He thinks that memorabilia will add depth to an already special display, noting a conversation with two of those original crewmen who recalled having to circle the snowmobiles and equipment to tie the tents off, just to keep everything from blowing away on the Arctic tundra. “One time they said it was so cold they slept three people to a sleeping bag,” Phil said. “And another time they said it was so cold they couldn’t get out of the tent for a week!” But, will it run? “It’s a real special machine,” Phil said, with a confirming nod by Joyce. “Really special.” But how do you protect something so rare? “Well, it was hard to get insurance on it,” he said, stating that he had to convince his insurance agent it would never be started and run, but was an antique - a relic of

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sorts. “I have no intention of starting it.” But while the Steners have no plans to rebuild, restore or ever even pull the starter cord on the prized Pole Cat sled, they know their machine is up to the task. “Oh yeah, it’ll run!” Phil exclaimed with a reassuring nod. “I’m confident I can get it running in 15 minutes.” Unlike that original Plaisted Expedition crew, he won’t need to start a gas fire in his face or warm up any house matches to prove it.

Plaisted’s place in history. In recent years, the Guinness World Records has finally confirmed those doubts about Peary’s and other noted polar expeditions, and history does indeed now credit the Plaisted Polar Expedition with the earliest successful, indisputable surface attainment of the North Pole over the sea of ice. Plaisted later became a harsh critic of those supposed accounts, claiming they were all false. While he respected and credited their efforts as noble and brave, he wasn’t afraid to note who really made the journey first – his crew. “It’s time to call Peary’s North Pole conquest exactly what it is,” Plaisted said. “A myth.” After Peary’s living descendants finally allowed review of his locked-up files in 1984 from the National Archives, evidence finally proved Plaisted to be right all along, showing Peary’s journey was as much as 121 miles off. Plaisted died on Sept. 8, 2008, in Wyoming, Minn. The explorer’s ashes were later scattered over various northern Minnesota and Canadian lakes. While his status along those hash marks of world history will remain forever, the actual scientific achievements were less noteworthy, and have more to do with pride, engineering and human endurance, which Plaisted himself admitted shortly before his death. “About the only scientific achievement was that we found Scotch freezes at 65 degrees below zero,” Plaisted wryly told a snowmobile columnist shortly before he died. It seems that 1963 bar bet with Aufderheide really went

The Pole Cat is pretty close to being a stock, 16 h.p. 1968 Ski-Doo, with just a few factory modifications, including the external 5.5-gallon fuel tank, which supplements the internal factory tank. The “Gerry” lettering shows the sled belonged to Plaisted Expedition navigator Gerry Pitzl, who took hourly sextant readings as the team approached the true North Pole, accounting for the shifting ice shelf, an issue that would later call into question several famous previous land expeditions of the North Pole. - Photo by Greg Marsten



Perspectives Sally Bair

Positive feedback

On a recent trip to the North Dakota badlands, my daughter, granddaughter and I thoroughly enjoyed watching prairie dogs in their villages. Cute as buttons to us, they’re tasty morsels for badgers, as we soon learned when we happened to see one (my daughter calls badgers “rugs that run”) chase a prairie dog. The dog ran into its tunneled hole, the badger bounding behind. The other prairie dogs set up a loud and constant chatter, and several “guards” stood on their mounds from a safe distance. The feedback chatter from the other prairie dog villagers lasted during the entire episode. We watched for a long while but didn’t stick around for the final outcome. The last we know is that the badger remained in the tunnel. Feedback is important. In the case of the prairie dogs, I imagine their feedback came in the form of warnings. Perhaps it came as encouragement, too. We all need encouragement. The word comes from courage. When we face any sort of danger or feel desperate or discouraged, positive feedback from someone is always welcome. I treasure the many encouraging words I receive about my Eternal Perspectives columns. When I find it hard to write the right words for a new column, I need only remember someone’s e-mail letter telling me how the column helped them get through a tough situation. When I wonder if I’m too preachy in my messages, I’m reminded that my message to you is for me, also. My words then become the positive feedback I need to get my own spiritual house in order. The Bible speaks of courage and encouragement. God’s people are often beset with problems and dangers, and God intends that his words will give us hope. Paul wrote to the new Christians in Colosse, asking “that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love ….” (Colossians 2:2) Like the prairie dogs that live in tightly knit villages for the sake of safety and fellowship, we too need one another. Being knit together in the love of Christ, we become constant encouragers and hope-givers. Without the companionship of family and friends, we can easily flounder. The continual feedback from God’s word, prayer and fellowship with our Christian brothers and sisters, brings us hope and joy that will help us through any danger, despair or discouragement. Lord, we thank you for your living Word, Jesus. May we ever seek you through him so we can become a source of encouragement to others. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at


Mary Lou Jennings Bufkin

Mary Lou Jennings Bufkin, 57, Balsam Lake, passed away at her home on Monday, June 27, 2011, with her loving family at her side. Mary Lou was born on July 13, 1953, in Balsam Lake and was the only child of Bill and Audrey Jennings. Mary Lou was baptized at Faith Lutheran Church in December of 1953. She was confirmed at Faith Lutheran Church and also was married there on Nov. 27, 1971, to James Edwin Bufkin of Richfield, Minn. After their marriage, the couple moved to the Twin Cities, where their children Jason and Andrea were born. While living in the Twin Cities, Mary Lou worked evenings and day care, so she could be a stay-at-home mother. Life was good until her husband James tragically died in a motorcycle accident in 1993. In 2005, she returned to Balsam Lake where she resided until the time of her passing. She worked as the secretary/treasurer at Faith Lutheran Church. Mary Lou leaves to celebrate her memory her son, Jason Bufkin, and his wife, Angela Doering of Mankato, Minn., and daughter, Andrea Gosch, and her husband, Adam of Anoka, Minn.; granddaughter, Elena Bufkin; and other loving family and friends. A memorial service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Balsam Lake on Saturday, July 9, at 2 p.m., Pastor Diane Norstad will officiate and Pastor Ron Stanley will assist. Music will be provided by Dorene Hendrickson and Jerry Prokop. The family will greet guests at the church one hour prior to the service. The family wishes to invite their guests to share in fellowship and lunch following the service. For more information or to express online condolence, please contact the Kolstad Family Funeral Home or visit them at The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Robert “Bob” L. Casey Robert “Bob” L. Casey, also known as “Fat Cat,” 62, Danbury, died June 27, 2011, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. Bob was born on Aug. 8, 1948, in New Richmond, to Robert E. and Darlene Casey. Bob married Sally on Jan. 20, 1969, in Hudson. He served in the United States Army during Vietnam as a private first class. After returning from the war, Bob began working for North Star Steel in South St. Paul, Minn. After 38 years of service, Bob retired in 2008. Bob was an entertainer, known as “Fat Cat,” entertaining audiences as a DJ for 23 years. In his free time, he enjoyed four-wheeling, being outdoors, playing pool and music. Bob was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Sally; his children, Jason (Mandie) Casey and Charity Casey; grandchildren, Leagh, Brittney, Abby, Brett and Evan; great-granddaughter, Aiyana Grace; sister, Sharon (Kermit) Schleicher; brothers, Raymond (Donna) Casey and George (Kris) Casey; along with other relatives and numerous friends and fans of his music. A visitation was held Friday, July 1, at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home. Pastor Steve officiated. Honorary pallbearers were Chuck Houman, Chuck Anderson, Tom Willie, Rick Mosentine, Art Bliven, Tim Eakins, Brett Casey and Evan Casey. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Mary M. Mattson

Mary M. Mattson (nee Baasch), formerly known as Mary Stadelman, 67, Cottage Grove, Minn., passed away at Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury, Minn., on June 27, 2011. Mary was born Mary Margaret Baasch on Nov. 30, 1943, in Luck, on her parents farm where she grew up. She was the youngest of eight children. Mary’s love of travel took her to many places in her lifetime. She had been to the glaciers of Alaska, to the deserts of the southwest and from the mountains of Austria to the Everglades of Florida. She also loved her animals. She had several cats, horses and a lamb named Lucky. Mary had her own house built and was very particular about the yard and house. She also loved riding motorcycles. She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Carrie Baasch; son, Baby Boy Stadelman; brothers, Curtis Hanson and twins Walter Henry Baasch Jr. and William Howard Baasch; sisters, Helen Marie Hanson, Donna Higgins and Ardyce McCavic. She is survived by her sister, LuAnne (Ken) Welsh; brother-in-law, Don McCavic; many nieces and nephews, and her cats, Rocky and Candy. Funeral services were held at Rowe Funeral Home in Luck on Friday, July 1, with Pastor Ralph Thompson officiating. Music was provided by vocalist Kristen Hanson and organist Margie Nelson. Memorials preferred to the Susan G. Komen charity for breast cancer. Mary was laid to rest at Haustrup Cemetery following the service. Pallbearers assisting were Jeff Higgins, Terry Higgins, Glenn Mattson, Colten LaChance, Gary LaChance, John Welsh and Steve Adney. Refer to the Web site for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck has been entrusted with funeral arrangements, .

Pauline Martha Kingsley Pauline Martha Clendening Kingsley, 79, Centreville, Va., died June 24, 2011, in Harrisonburg, Va. Pauline was born on March 6, 1932, in Danbury and was the daughter of the late Andrew (Cody) Morton and Pauline Glassauer Clendening. She was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a sergeant in the Women’s Army Corps during the Korean War. She retired from her position with the U.S. government in 1996, where she worked as an intelligence analyst for over 33 years. She had a great sense of humor and loved to joke and tease. She loved working in her flower garden, watching birds and spending time with family and friends. Pauline is survived by her son, Gene Kingsley Jr. of Durham, N.C; her daughters, Karen Kingsley Armentrout and husband Kevin of McGaheysville, Va., and Kathy Kingsley and partner Michael VanSkiver of Front Royal, Va. Also surviving are her sister, Evelyn Smiley of Danbury; as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, James Clendening, Robert Clendening and Edward Clendening. A graveside service was held Thursday, June 30, at the Danbury Cemetery with Pastor Steve Ward officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Jeanne Lou (Alden) Coquyt Jeanne Lou (Alden) Coquyt, 63, passed away June 19, 2011, at her home in Frederic. Jeanne was born in Frederic on May 16, 1948, and spent her early years on the Alden homestead east of Frederic. In the ‘50s, the family moved to Iowa, and there she attended elementary school and in 1966 graduated from Oelwein High School in Oelwein, Iowa. The family moved back to Frederic, and her father, Lester, and his brothers built a new brick home for the family on Benson Avenue. Jeanne lived in the Twin Cities and worked as a bookkeeper. In 1987, Jeanne married Bob Coquyt and to this union her son, Luke, was born. Jeanne moved back to Frederic and found employment in St. Croix Falls for a number of years before her retirement. She loved to sew her own clothes, knit, crochet, garden and go antiquing. Her favorite pastime was working the daily crossword puzzles. She was always concerned and faithful at calling relatives and friends keeping in touch with the families. She will be sadly missed. She was preceded in death by her brother, Allen Alden; father, Lester; mother, Gwen; and many relatives of the Alden and Sahr family. She is survived by her son, Luke; cousins, relatives and friends that she treasured. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 7, 1 p.m., at the Lewis Methodist Church in Lewis. Coffee and cake will follow the service. Private burial at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be send to Don and Kara Alden, P.O. Box 192, Siren, WI 54872.



Young people need to move out and grow up Q: At what age should young adults be encouraged to leave home and live on their own? Juli: This is a question more and more parents are asking because there doesn't seem to be a "norm." In generations past, high school graduation (or at least college graduation) was the accepted milestone at which most young adults were expected to become financially independent. Most young adults married and began their occupations or careers by their early 20s. Now, adult responsibilities seem somehow to be too much for a 22-year-old. Many parents have adopted the philosophy that kids should "live a little" before settling down. As a result, it is common for parents to still be housing and financially supporting young adults into their late 20s or early 30s. The common trend to delay marriage, commitment to a career and parenthood may appear to be a gift to this generation of young adults. In my opinion, it is more of a handicap. Yes, young adults don't typically have the wisdom to think through the lifetime decisions they are faced with. That is why they need mentors and coaches to help them. However,

Jim Daly

Focus on the Family

Juli Slattery

the greatest teacher in life is the process of making difficult choices and living with the consequences of those choices. Rather than protecting young adults from pain, delaying the big decisions of life keeps them immature and paralyzed. While there is no "magic age" to determine when young adults should be encouraged to leave the nest, many are staying dependent beyond what is healthy. Ironically, the same kids who were pushed to start preschool at the age of 3 are now encouraged to stay teenagers until the age of 30! If you really want to give your 20-something a jump on life, don't get in the way of the adult responsibilities that promote maturity, self-sacrifice and perseverance. ••• Q: I'm at a loss as to how to teach my kids sound financial principles when banks, businesses and the government are setting such a poor example. Do you have any suggestions? Jim: Regardless of what's happening

with the economy, many parents, sadly, are not doing a great job of teaching their kids the basic principles of money management. Perhaps financial expert Dave Ramsey put it best when he said, "We're raising an entire generation with 'sucker' stamped on their foreheads." Consider these statistics: • Just 26 percent of kids ages 13 to 21 say their parents taught them to manage money. • Eighty percent of undergraduates have at least one credit card and nearly half of college graduates carry four or more credit cards. • Only 13 states have educational requirements for financial literacy – and those don't start until high school. As parents, we need to start sooner than that. A good, old-fashioned allowance and a piggy bank might be a decent beginning. But Ramsey and others have proposed employing three piggy banks for each child: one for spending, one for saving and one for giving. Kids need to learn that once the "spend" money runs out, it's gone, so they need to budget wisely. And they need to delay gratification for the bigger-ticket items for which they're saving. Most importantly, they need to learn the importance of setting aside money to give to charity or the church.

More than anything, though, our kids need Mom and Dad to set a good example. They're not going to learn to spend, save and give wisely if their parents are living on credit and debt. In fact, I believe there are many adults out there who could benefit from the "three piggy bank" approach! ••• Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two. Dr. Juli Slattery is a licensed psychologist, cohost of Focus on the Family, author of several books, and a wife and mother of three. Submit your questions to: Copyright 2010 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St. Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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

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



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







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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



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




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



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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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





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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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



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

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





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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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



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


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


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


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



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

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


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



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

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



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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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



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




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

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




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



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

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



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


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



CENTERPOINT CHURCH “Come as you are”

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


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


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

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


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

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





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.

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

Pastor Martin Weigand - 715-294-3489 Thursday Worship 7:30 p.m.; Sunday Worship 8 & 10 a.m.


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


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




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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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




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

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

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Fourth of July parade


Four-year-old Addison of Danbury found a water puddle, perfect to splash in, at the Webster Fire Department’s water fights held as part of the Monday, Fourth of July festivities in Webster.

Photos by Sherill Summer

This team was still having fun, even if their last-ditch effort to keep thekeg from crossing their line was not successful.

(L to R) Madi, 2-1/2 years old, and Alexa, 4 years old, of Maplewood, Minn., were decked out in red, white and blue for the Webster Fourth of July parade.

(L to R) Denny Snarski, Charlie Weis and Ben Weis at the Webster Fire Department Fourth of July brat feed.

Wild River Shrine Club’s Sweet Tooth the clown relaxed in the shade before the Webster parade. Even with downed trees throughout town – notice the tree limb behind Sweet Tooth – and many homes in town still without power, the Fourth of July festivities went on as planned.


Coming events JULY

6 p.m. • Music in the Park - Danville Singers at Triangle Park, 6:30 p.m.


St. Croix Falls

• “Maiden Voyage” Presentation by Lois Joy Hofmann at the library, 7 p.m., 715-483-1777.


• Heart of the North Rodeo,, 800-367-3306.




• Central Burnett County Fair. Thurs. horse pull; Fri. truck & tractor pull; Sat. horse showdeo, demo derby,, 715-866-8261.

• Polk/Burnett Winter Texan picnic at Lions shelter, Big Butternut, noon.



St. Croix Falls


• Wannigan Days, talent show Thurs. on the Overlook, parade, etc.,

• Memory Days. Thurs. queen coronation, Fri. street dance, Sat. car & talent shows, Sun. tractor show & pull, parade,




• 2nd-annual Forts Folle Avoine Golf Open at Fox Run Golf Course, 2:30 p.m., 715-259-7828 or 715-866-8890.


• Marine Corps League meeting at Little Mexico, 7 p.m., 715-327-4157. • The Country Classics/Vernon Bistram, Bob Rutherford & Al Parson at the band shell, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


• Kevin McMullin & Chris Clements at the band shell, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


St. Croix Falls

• Year One: Bringing Up Baby class at the medical center, 6-7 p.m., 715-483-0431. • American Legion meeting, 7 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. meeting. • “The Lady with all the Answers,” at Festival Theatre, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., 715-483-3387.


• Snowmobile watercross, 715-463-4269.

SATURDAY/16 Garfield

FRI.-SUN./8-10 • Fair Days.

Turtle Lake

FRIDAY/8 Balsam Lake

• Poco Penners NW Regional Writers get-together picnic at the library, noon, 715-483-9738.

• Pig and turkey roast at Trinity Lutheran Church, 46:30 p.m.

Patriotism is not in short supply in the Village of Grantsburg as this display - created for the Fourth of July holiday - shows. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer



• Canoe trip down the St. Croix, Nelson’s Landing to Hwy. 70, 9 a.m., 715-689-2318. • 100-bird shoot at the rod & gun club, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


• Donation drop-off for Lion/Lioness yard sale at their building, 9 a.m.-noon, 715-349-2400.

• Terry Kammeyer Scholarship fundraiser at T-Dawgs, 7 p.m., 715-463-6888. • Fish fry at Burnett County Moose Lodge, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 715-349-5923.

St. Croix Falls

• Music on the Overlook, Folk Music Night, 6:30 p.m. • American Legion fish fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


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


St. Croix Falls

• Hingepoint meeting for men battling sexual addictions, at River Valley Christian Church, 9 a.m.-noon, 715483-5378. • “The Lady with all the Answers,” at Festival Theatre, 7:30 p.m., 715-483-3387.

SUNDAY/10 Centuria

• Chicken dinner at Fristad Lutheran Church, 11 a.m.1 p.m., 715-646-2357.



• Book sale at the library, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. • Musical Memories Concert benefitting Interfaith Caregivers, 7 p.m., 715-646-2357.

• Skonewood Christian Retreat Center - Foundation Quartet, 6:30 p.m.


• Trees of Burnett County presentation at Forts Folle Avoine, 1-2:30 p.m., 715-866-8890.

• Baking in a clay oven class, at Forts Folle Avoine, 8 a.m., 715-866-8890 to sign up.

Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities

Danbury Siren

• Head Injury Support Group at Siren Covenant Church,


• Wildflower expedition at Crex Meadows, 9-11 a.m.,

1-2:30 p.m., 715-349-8985.

St. Croix Falls

• “The Lady with all the Answers,” at Festival Theatre, 2 p.m., 715-483-3387.



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


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


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

• Weight-loss surgery education and support at the medical center, 5-6 p.m., 715-268-0597.

• Meeting of the Indianhead Gem and Mineral Society at the senior citizen center, 7 p.m.

TUES.-THURS./12-14 Taylors Falls, Minn.

• Pioneer School for children kindergarten - eighth grade at the community center. Must preregister at 715483-3012, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

TUESDAY/12 Amery

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


• Youth discussion of “Soldier’s Heart” at the library,

Every Monday

Every Tuesday

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

Every Thursday

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

Every Friday

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

Wannigan Days queen contestants

Eleven young women will compete for the title of Miss St. Croix Falls. Candidates are pictured back row (L to R): Alyssa Eisen, Andrea Kalpin, Stephanie Melin, Raquel McCloud, Autumn Erickson and Brittani Krych. Front row: Sarah Flatum, Samantha O’Brien, Taylor Orton, Natalie Sempf and Maggie Singerhouse. – Photos by Tammi Milberg

Little Miss St. Croix Falls candidates are pictured back row (L to R): Sierra Braund, Minna Flom, Ashley Funk, Lauren Hoverman, Addie Koenig and Jordan Lee. Front row: Annabel McManus, Kaylee Miron, Hannah Murphy, Natalie Ryan and Ella Waterworth. Not pictured: Addilyn Green, Jessica Pederson and Kayla Sheehan. – Photo by Tammi Milberg

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