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Men escape sinking car

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Lake ice is in poor condition - use caution, sheriff says PAGE 2

Tribe’s cut of member payments questioned

Council members respond at meeting PAGE 4

Cool music for students Currents

BL police chief issues statement

Committee hears more on written complaints PAGE 3

Rosalie Kittelson to be honored Back page

Stock Market losses could cost school districts

Retirement system payments may go up dramatically PAGE 13

Snowboarder loses life

Suffers head injury during stunt PAGE 3

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County saves $500,000 through stimulus package PAGE 25

This mountain lion seems to be posing for the camera but in reality is keeping a close eye on humans who treed him using dogs last week in Burnett County, north of Hertel. The sighting of a wild mountain lion has not been documented in a hundred years in Burnett County, according to wildlife officials. After two failed attempts by the DNR to sedate the animal in order to place a tracking device on it, the animal ran free. Story and more photos in Outdoors, inside this section. - Special photo

Ma ki ng a n i mpr e ssi on i n Ma d Ci t y Money management simulation shows students to be wise spenders by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG - Impressive was the word heard over and over again from volunteers describing how Grantsburg High School seniors managed their finances during the Mad City Money simulation, sponsored by the Indianhead Credit Union on Wednesday, March 4, at the Crex Convention Center in Grantsburg. As the high school students arrived in Mad City, each was given an “about me” sheet, which took them into the future.

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Jordon Heinecke worked on his budget balance sheet during the Mad City Money Simulation. – Photo by Priscilla Bauer

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Vehicles break through ice on Balsam

A total of four vehicles have gone through ice in the past month; sheriff notes that ice is deteriorating rapidly

BALSAM LAKE - Two men from Chippewa Falls escaped a vehicle as it broke through ice on Balsam Lake and sank, Monday morning. Jon Stetler, 41, and Michael Meyers, 46, were driving out onto the lake for a morning of ice fishing when they came to the Big Narrows and their 2008 Honda Fit crossed open water, striking the opposite edge of ice, damaging the front end of the vehicle. The Honda began sinking into the icy water and the men were able to escape. Stetler told a Polk County Sheriff’s deputy that it only took 10 seconds for the vehicle to sink and that he hurriedly grabbed Meyers, who was sinking in the water with the vehicle, pulling him free and onto solid ice. Both men escaped through the passenger side door. The two then walked to the nearest fish house where a fisherman let them in to warm up while they waited for law enforcement and an ambulance. The deputy reported that both men were “soaking wet and shivering from hypothermia.” The men were taken by ATV to an ambulance waiting on shore, where they warmed up further. They declined an offer to be taken to a hospital. Polk County Sheriff Tim Moore said Monday’s incident was the fourth time a vehicle has dropped through the ice in the last month. Last Thursday evening, March 5, Joe

Two vehicles broke through the ice on Balsam Lake this past week in separate incidents. A van (photo at left) broke through the ice on Thursday and a smaller car (photo at right) broke through the ice on Monday morning. Occupants of both vehicles were able to escape before the vehicles became submerged. - Special photos Lester of St. Paul, Minn., was driving his 2001 GMC Astro Van on Balsam Lake when he became disoriented in dense fog. He didn’t make it across the pressure ridge on the Big Narrows entering East Balsam. Lester went to find help and when he returned his vehicle had disappeared. The van got hung up long enough to allow for a safe exit but sank into eight feet of water shortly afterward. “The current ice conditions are anywhere from three to 24 inches, and the ice thickness is very inconsistent and ice quality is poor,” Moore said, after talking with Jeff Traynor, owner of Lake Services towing, which pulls vehicles from the lake, usually with the help of Rick

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Davidsavor of Aqua Trek Divers. Three vehicles have broken through ice on Balsam Lake and one on Cedar Lake in recent weeks. Davidsavor said the Big Narrows on Balsam Lake opened completely up in recent days. ”The lake lost over two inches of ice during Saturday morning,” Davidsavor noted. “Ice depth is not indicative of its strength. Surface water percolates through blue ice but will refreeze if the temperature is cold enough. Ice cannot freeze water, only ambient temperatures below 32 degrees can. During hours of daylight, any water on top of the ice magnifies sunshine and further melts ice.” The deadline for removing ice houses is this Sunday, March 15. “We’re anticipating a large number of people venturing out onto the ice,” Moore said. “I would strongly urge people to use common sense and extreme caution. Stay off the ice with motor vehicles - including trucks and SUVs - wear life vests and look at lighter weight alternatives.” – Gary King

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Backup diver Troy Davidsavor and line tender Ray Little of Aqua-Trek Divers begin the job of rescuing the sunken Honda. - Special photo

Grantsburg Middle School students had a chance to hear the sound of Bobby Thorp’s trumpet close-up during the educational program the Synergy Brass Quintet presented at the Grantsburg High School auditorium on Friday, March 6. More photos and story in Currents. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer

BURNETT COUNTY - The Voter Service League of Burnett County will host a candidates forum for the two people running for the position of circuit court judge in Burnett County. Each candidate has agreed to participate at 7 p.m., on Thursday, March 26, at the Burnett County Government Center. Appropriately, the forum will be held in the courtroom on the second floor. The current officeholder, Judge Ken Kutz, and his opponent, Paul Baxter, have agreed to answer written questions from those in attendance. Each will be given time to introduce himself. Questions will be presented to each candidate by a moderator and then each will have time for closing remarks. The Voter Service League urges attendance so that voters can be wellinformed when they go to the polls on Tuesday, April 7. - from VSL

Briefly SIREN - Moms For Kids has scholarship money available to Siren seniors who volunteer their time doing community service and have a financial need. You do not need to belong to Moms For Kids to qualify; in fact, over 50 percent of the past scholarships have been awarded to nonclub member students. Over the past eight years, Moms For Kids has awarded $9,750 to 28 graduating seniors. Scholarship funds are generated through sponsoring the Rainbow of Fun Carnival, Saturday, April 4, at the Siren School, and the Northwoods Christmas Craft Show, Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Northwoods Crossing Event Center in Siren. This year, at least one $500 scholarship will be awarded. Applications can be picked up at the school guidance office. – from Moms for Kids ••• DULUTH, Minn. - Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager whose story was portrayed in the film “Hotel Rwanda,” will keynote The College of St. Scholastica’s African Heritage Festival at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the Mitchell Auditorium on campus. The event is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased at the door or ordered in advance by contacting unitedforafrica@css.edu. Ticket proceeds will benefit pediatric nutrition programs in the Darfur region of western Sudan. - from CSS

Snowboarder dies after suffering head injury ST. PAUL - A 22-year-old Lake Elmo, Minn., man died Tuesday after being removed from life support at Regions Hospital where he was taken after suffering a head injury while snowboarding. Caleb Szajner was at Trollhaugen Ski Area in Dresser on Saturday, March 7, with his sister and a friend, when he attempted a stunt and hit his head, according to a report in the Lake Elmo Leader. Szajner was transported to St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls and then airlifted to Regions. Szajner, a student, is the son of Dr. Amos and Sue Szajner of Lake Elmo. He attended Sovereign Grace Community Church in Stillwater. - with information from Lake Elmo Leader

Legislature would have to approve closing of State Patrol post SPOONER – The state Legislature would need to approve the closing of the State Patrol headquarters at Spooner, a proposal that has been discussed publicly in the past few weeks. “We haven’t issued a press release on possible closings of State Patrol posts or DMV mobile service centers because it is still just a possibility,” stated Nancy E. Gibson of the State Patrol’s office of public affairs in Madison. “We don’t know what the final budget will mandate.” The state could save nearly $250,000 over the next two years by closing posts in Spooner and Tomah, according to a story aired on KUWS, 91.3 FM. Without a post in Spooner, officers would have to travel further for meetings and training and it could also affect law enforcement coverage for parts of the state. Locally, closing of the Spooner post could place extra stress on local law enforcement agencies, such as the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department and Spooner Police Department. Approximately a dozen jobs would be lost if the Spooner post closes, including dispatchers, office staff and electrical engineers. – Gary King

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Chief Gehrman issues statement

Committee hears more on written complaints

by Marty Seeger BALSAM LAKE – A public protection committee meeting was held Monday night at the Balsam Lake Village Hall to discuss the public’s ongoing concern about law enforcement. The meeting stemmed from the regular meeting of the village board on Monday, March 2, where complaints arose about village police Chief Sheryl Gerhman, and the way she handled a report written on the sale of beer at the Winter Fest event sponsored by the community club. Around 20 people showed up for the meeting, but no public comments were heard, other than from those who had written formal complaints. Nick Walton spoke on Gerhman’s actions at the event stating,“Sitting across the road in the parking lot, I just thought she was spying on us, and the way she handled that was very unprofessional.” It was said several times through complaints on Monday that Gehrman had been sitting in her truck while off duty, and taking notes. Gehrman denied that information according to an article in the Leader last week, and said she had written up a report at the request of community club President Chris Nelson. Gehrman did eventually make a statement Monday, but not before several others commented on her actions. Steve Biza of Sunset View was concerned about the incident report and its contents. He said it raised too many questions, and wanted to see a full investigation of the report. He discussed items such as phone numbers, phone messages and e-mails in the report that are now on public record, despite confidentiality notice. Holly Helms, another member of the community club, added her thoughts on the issue of needing a picnic license to sell beer at the event. “At the time that she was sitting in her personal vehicle overseeing what we were doing, if she knew herself that there was beer there, I wish she would have just done the courtesy and came down to talk to either Chris or myself,” Helms said, and added, “She, at that time, could have explained that we were doing something illegal, because we weren’t doing that intentionally.” Helms felt it was sad that Gehrman didn’t come down to have a conversation; instead, it was done in a large report. “I kinda feel like we’ve been a little blindsided by it,” Helms said. Nelson weighed in on the issue next, stating that “this is a terrible day for Balsam Lake. Although Nelson said everyone agrees that there are things

A large group showed up at the public protection meeting March 2 to voice their opinion on the latest issues concerning law enforcement in Balsam Lake.

Balsam Lake Village Police Chief Sheryl Gehrman issued a statement to those in attendance at the public protection committee meeting on Monday night. – Photos by Marty Seeger Gehrman does a great job with, he said “it’s time to say she does a horrible job with the majority of our community.” Nelson talked about how people who live on Balsam Lake are afraid to go into town because, they tell him they hear the village has a bad cop. He asked about who gave Gehrman the authority to tell the community club that the village cannot license the community club for a picnic license, and questioned where Gehrman was getting her information. “Something’s going on here that should be brought out in the public, and I think a full investigation should be done,” Nelson said. One thing in question that Nelson pointed out was the details about fourwheelers and snowmobiles at the events. “No one in the community club had anything to do with any of that, but yet it somehow finds its way into the report to kind of cloud the waters, that’s my take,” Nelson said. He then listed several topics including the confidentiality of the report, misinformation about the picnic license and past instances that he felt were inconsistent with her report. He also stated that he never asked Gehrman to write a report, and wasn’t sure why she did it. “If they don’t do a total full investigation and get outside resources to deal with this, I think you guys are not doing justice for the community,” Nelson said. Chief issues statement Chief Sheryl Gehrman stood up after complaints were heard, and read a

statement in the presence of village attorney John Schneider. “I want you to know that at no time have I had any underlying reasons or motivations to disrupt your group or events, but I’ve always talked positively of your group and encouraged people to attend the events you’ve sponsored,” Gehrman said. She stated that she was trying to get information to the community club that a license was needed to sell alcohol, and it was not a ploy against the community club. “I believe that we both have been given questionable information, but I believe a solution for the future was reached,” she said. Gehrman added that at no time did she suggest that any citations or further enforcement was going to be done, but she just wanted to get the information to the right people. She also commented that the informational report was done at Chris Nelson’s request based on their conversation “If doing my job is a mistake, then that is the mistake that I made,” she concluded. One person in attendance, Laura McKenzie, spoke on behalf of Gehrman before the meeting went into closed session saying, “I think we all have to rise above it, act like adults and move forward,” and added that they need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. She didn’t believe Gehrman intended to do anything to ruin the event. Closed session and labor meeting After closed session the committee discussed the idea of doing an investigation on the report made by Gehrman, but decided against it. It was said by the village attorney there was enough information and no need to spend additional money. Options will be brought to the full board in the next meeting, with options including parttime enforcement, co-oping with another municipality or going to the county.

Hraychuck encourages attendance at DMU meetings Deer population and status meetings held in Turtle Lake, Baldwin and Spooner

MADISON – State Rep., D-Balsam Lake, and Assembly Fish and Wildlife Committee Chairwoman Ann Hraychuck encourages sportsmen and women to attend one of the deer management unit population and status meetings held by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources this month. “The biggest concern that I am hearing from sportsmen and women around the state is the whitetail deer population, a concern that I share with them,” said Hraychuck. She has met with DNR Secretary Matt Frank on this issue, as well as representatives

from the Natural Resources Board, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Wisconsin Conservation Congress, Hunters’ Rights Coalition, and legislative colleagues in the Senate and Assembly. These meetings are a great opportunity for those in the hunting community to learn about how the 2008 harvest results could affect the 2009 hunting season. The DMU meetings also serve as a forum for the public to provide feedback and share personal experience that may be of concern to the DNR. “The annual DMU meetings are a chance for hunters to express their concerns and wishes to the DNR directly,” Hraychuck said. “All Wisconsin hunters should take advantage of this opportunity to have their

voices heard.” Local DMU Meeting Details March 17: Barron and Polk Counties, DMUs 10, 15, 16, 21, 22, 22A, 23, Turtle Lake High School Library, 205 Oak St., Turtle Lake, 7 p.m., Kevin Morgan: 715-637-6867, Michelle Carlisle: 715485-3518. March 19: Pierce and St. Croix counties, DMUs 60A, 60B, 60M, St. Croix County Agriculture Services and Education Center, 1960 8th Ave., Baldwin, 4-9 p.m., Harvey Halvorsen: 715-684-2914 ext. 113. March 23: Washburn and Burnett counties, DMUs 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, Wisconsin Agricultural Research Station, Hwy 70 East, Spooner, 6:30 p.m., Pete Engman: 715-463-2896, Gary Dunsmoor: 715-635-4092. - from the office of Rep. Hraychuck


Tribal members ask for clarification on per cap cuts

by Sherill Summer SAND LAKE - Faced with dwindling casino revenues, the St. Croix Tribal Council voted in mid-February to reduce tribal member per cap checks from $1,000 to $400 per month and tribal elder checks from $1,500 per month to $400, effective immediately.

Ed Songetay complained that adjusting to council’s decisions is difficult for tribal members because of little advanced communication and called for monthly open meetings for tribal members. — Photos by Sherill Summer

Lewis Taylor called the per cap cuts to elders especially devastating and asked for the cuts to be spread out and not just in the per cap checks.

Douglas Merrill worried about becoming a lost generation because of the cuts in education stipends, making getting an education more difficult.

The cutbacks were reflected in the per cap checks issued at the beginning of March, and an impromtpu meeting called by concerned tribal elders was held at the St. Croix Tribal Center in Sand Lake on Wednesday, March 4. Former tribal chairman Lewis Taylor opened the meeting by calling the cuts “devastating” and asked for some clarification on the per cap cuts from the tribal council. Although the council members that were in attendance said that they were surprised that they were asked to run this meeting, they did offer some general explanations for the cuts and offered to provide more detailed revenue numbers in a later meeting, without the press. Tribal Chair Hazel Hindsley described the emotional meeting in mid-February when council members voted to reduce per cap checks and assured people that the council had put off this decision as long as possible. She also expressed hope that the cuts are temporary and that the checks can be increased again shortly. Already the

St. Croix Chippewa of Wisconsin hire Damon Butler as CEO TURTLE LAKE – The St. Croix Chippewa of Wisconsin have announced the hiring of Damon Butler as their new chief executive officer. As CEO, Butler will oversee operations at the St. Croix tribe’s three casino operations—the Hole in the Wall Casino and Hotel at Danbury, the Little Turtle Hertel Express at Hertel and the St. Croix Casino and Hotel at Turtle Lake. Butler holds a degree in political science/prelaw from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and has done graduate work in banking financial analysis at Louisiana State University. He has 18 years of experience in the Midwest gaming industry, serving in various executive capacities including general manager, vice president and senior director for casinos in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri before coming to Wisconsin. He has also served as an officer in the U.S. Army. What brought Butler to Wisconsin? “Opportunity and challenge,” he said. “I have always taken on challenges throughout my career. After meeting everyone throughout the properties and tribe, I was confident that we as a team could do great things for the tribe and all of its members.” And he didn’t wait long to get started. Butler has already taken giant

steps in a new direction— cross-marketing the three casinos. “In the past, Danbury, Hertel and Turtle Lake have been marketed as three distinct casinos,” he said. “In fact, I don’t think that many people even knew that they were all owned and operated by the St. Croix Chippewa.” That’s changing. “We’re already packaging our advertising differently, as three casino operations all owned and operated by the St. Croix Chippewa of Wisconsin. Our new message is, ‘Three casinos. One winning combination,’” Butler said. “You’ll see that message everywhere, in our newsletter, in all of our print and electronic media advertising and in all of our direct mail pieces as well,” Butler said. “The St. Croix tribe’s gaming operations have always been successful because they have been built on solid leadership, ethics and values,” Butler said. “My goal is to assist the properties and their teams to become the most successful they can be, to turn good into great. And that same solid leadership, ethics and values will continue to be the hallmark of our day-today operations.” Butler is married and has three sons, 6, 9 and 11. His family lives in Iowa. submitted

Tribal Chair Hazel Hindsley described how difficult it was to cut the per cap checks and assured people that the council had put off the decision as long as possible.

“We did this to ourselves. We thought with our hearts and not with our minds.” - Jay Emery

amount elders would receive had been increased the day before to $800. This still amounts to a $700 cut from the previous amounts. Hindsley said that she wanted to have smaller meetings at all of the tribal communities to show tribal numbers why the cuts were necessary and that they are based on less revenue coming from the casinos. Already she had meet with tribal members in Maple Plain and was amazed at the number of people who supported the cuts. Tribal councilman Jay Emery added that it is not just the St. Croix Chippewa that is experiencing tough economic times and described some of the recession effects worldwide. Even with the widespread slowdown, he placed the blame for the tribe’s financial difficulties squarely on past and present tribal councils, explained that St. Croix Tribal Enterprises is a multimillion-dollar corporation that never adjusted spending. “Anything and everything you (tribal members) came to us to pay for, we did. We did this to ourselves. We thought with out hearts, not with our minds.” The explanation offered by council members clearly did not satisfy everyone who was in attendance. There were several complaints about the level of communication, not just with the lack of advance warning that the per cap cuts were coming, but on other matters affecting tribal members and elders. There were calls for more frequent open meetings and for more communication in the tribal newspaper. There were also accusations of mismanagement and calls for cuts to be spread out evenly between per cap checks and tribal businesses and questions about the wisdom of the Danbury casino construction. Some of the criticism received a lot of applause.

Tribal councilman Jay Emery explained that the St. Croix Tribal casinos and other businesses are multimillion-dollar corporations that never adjusted spending. Job fair offers hope There was some hope offered for younger tribal members willing to work. Announced at the meeting were plans to lift a hiring freeze that has been in effect at the casinos since last fall. A job fair will be held on Thursday, April 2, for tribal members only to fill some of the positions currently open. Emery pointed out that of the 1,047 employees at the casinos, only 110 employees, or 9 percent, are tribal members, and so the council is working on a new program that had never been tried before. Not only would workers receive help with child care and transportation, workers would receive eight hours of schooling per week. Emery explained these schooling opportunities in a phone call later on. He said that not only could the schooling be used for job advancement, but general life skill classes and GED classes for tribal members without a high school diploma.





Internet antenna contract not yet approved by Brenda Sommerfeld FREDERIC – During the Frederic village board meeting on Monday, March 9, the Starwire Technologies contract approval was on the agenda. Starwire Technologies had asked during the February meeting to lease space on the north water tower to hang antennas for their Internet service. The board had requested a contract written up before making a commitment to the lease. Trustee Kerry Brendel started the discussion of the lease agreement in the absence of village Administrator Dave Wondra. Brendel stated it had been read over by a lawyer and Wondra. In the agreement, they could place the antennas on the water tower in exchange for free Internet service to four village locations: the depot, village shop, wastewater treatment center and the village offices. Trustee Maria Ammend asked if it was ever discussed whether the library should also be included as a location. “A lot of our citizens could take advantage,” Ammend said. “They use the Internet a lot there.” Library representative Chris Byerly was not sure if it would be possible but said she was willing to look into it with her IT staff. Other suggestions by trustees were in making amendments to the contract. William Johnson IV thought there

should be proof of insurance for their equipment on file with the village. Johnson also wants a statement in the miscellaneous portion stating: all costs associated with installation, operation or removal will be the responsibility of the tenant. Pending the changes, the contract approval was tabled for at least a month until the next meeting. Library program with Northwest Passage With grants last summer, the public library developed a project with the Northwest Passage girls, also known as the P3 girls. The teenage girls are here for 90-day periods for a behavioral intervention program at the Northwest Passage facility in Frederic. The library started a book club with the girls. Every other week, a session is held at Northwest Passage and the next week at the library. It is a get-together where they read a book and talk about that book. This is the third cycle of the program that Chris Byerly and Karen Carpenter have started. “For those of us that are readers you get so much out of reading a book,” Byerly said. “You get a lot more when you talk about it and share it with someone else.” Byerly told the board she is being asked to write about the program in national publications that deal with

teens because it’s a unique program. She said the library will continue the program forever due to other grants they have been given. “The girls are so free and open about coming to the group,” Byerly said. “We learn so much from each other. It’s absolutely an amazing process.” The participants volunteer at the library along with several other places in the community. MSA project update Dave Rasmussen, senior planner of MSA Professional Services Inc. was present at the meeting to give the board members a review on the projects MSA is doing in the village of Frederic. An advertisement for bids on demolishing the former Feed Mill building is being published March 11 and 18. The bid opening will start March 31 and the demolition is scheduled for May. The CDBG Housing program has thus far provided 10 homeowners with improvements and one household received assistance in purchasing a home in the village. A total of $170,029 has been committed to the projects, which leaves approximately $113,865 that is uncommitted. Several applications are pending approval. All loans have to be closed by June 30 and all rehabilitation work is to be completed by Sept. 30. The other project Rasmussen spoke of

was the improvements to Oak Street and Lake Avenue. The CDBG Public Facilities Program is providing grant funds of $164,000, which is 50 percent of the funding to improve the streets. The topographic survey work has been completed for the sidewalk replacement and streetlight installations. Other business •The Coon Lake Park docks are being repaired by Boy Scouts. •The park board will start working on their five-year park plan in April. Villages and municipalities are required to have five-year park plans. •The historical society will be advertising the Soo Line Depot in a national Trains magazine for three months over the summer. •Deborah Sundby was appointed to the library committee to fill a position that was empty. •An unknown compensation may be given to people who pass along any criminal information to police personal. •State shared revenue will probably be reduced by 1 percent, taking $3,640 from Frederic. •Village trustees are meeting with Brian Hobbs to find out more about the costs of repairing the current pool. The village is not keeping the school board from anything they may choose to do with the pool.

Golf commission full again at Luck

New village Web site up and running

by Mary Stirrat LUCK — After several months of upheaval and change, the Luck Golf Commission is once again at full strength. At the March 4 meeting of the Luck Village Board, the fifth and final member of the commission was appointed and approved. Luck native and businessman Alan Tomlinson will be joining commission Chairman Steve Nielsen, Al Nelson, Rich Callister and Danette Olsen in overseeing the municipal golf course. Tomlinson has a record of involvement in the village outside of his experience as a business owner. He has been a coach at Luck Schools, is on the Luck Lutheran Church Board, and has been active in the Luck Area Historical Society and the museum, where he serves a volunteer curator. Other golf course business The board voted to refinance the existing $425,000 mortgage revenue note, deciding not to include any additional monies for equipment, operations, or maintenance. The loan period is 10 years, with a 20-year amortization. According to village Administrator Kristina Handt, interest on the loan cannot be included in the refinance. Interest increases about $63 per day, and the balance as of Monday, March 9, was $13,143. Although the board approved the refinance, no action can be taken until a resolution is adopted at the April meeting. The golf course commission, at a special March 9 meeting, voted to move ahead with roof replacements for the pro shop and maintenance shop. The commission will ask the board to apply for a loan from the state public trust fund to pay for the roofs, which previous estimates put at $25,000. In addition, the commission voted to ask the board to pay the interest on the mortgage revenue note, which will be repaid by the golf course by Sept. 15. The board also voted to approve the 2009 agreement for services with Cardinal Accounting, at an estimated $8,400, and to shorten the 2009 contract with golf course consultant Fred Rose.

Shortening the contract means cutting four weeks off the contract for a savings of $5,250. Rose will begin one week later in April and leave three weeks earlier in November. The golf course commission will be meeting monthly, on the second Wednesday of the month, at 8 a.m. According to Handt, the commission will be revisiting the 2009 golf course budget in light of economic changes. Web site Luck’s new Web site is now up and running at www.villageofluckwi.com. “We’ve got the bread and butter of the site done,” said Christine Seaton of BriBri the Computer Guy, the Luck company that developed the site. The Web site will include meeting notices and agendas, approved meeting minutes, and contact information for village staff and officials. Forms for licenses and permits can eventually be found there, along with village ordinances and codes. Handt will be responsible for updating the calendar of events, with public nonprofit events included free of charge. It will also have links to pertinent state and county information and events. Staff training Attendance by village personnel at various workshops and training sessions was approved. The village administrator will join the St. Croix Valley Municipal Association in a trip to Madison March 11-12 to meet with state representatives and personnel. Cost will be $25 per day for food plus shared mileage. The director of public works will attend water and sewer training in Madison March 17-19 and March 24-26. Cost is $316 for registration, $200 for hotel, and daily per diem of $25. The shop foreman will attend the rural water conference in Green Bay March 25-27. Registration is $120, with hotel costs of $300 and per diem of $25 per day. Resident concerns RaeAnn Allen posed some questions to the board during the public comment period. She attended last month’s meeting to update the board on the ambulance service, and said her questions

came as a result of sitting in on the meeting. She asked why the village administrator would receive and tabulate results of her own sixth-month evaluation, and whether the administrator was living within village limits. Gene Cooper, sitting in the president’s seat for the absent Rich Callister, said that Handt was compiling her evaluation results as a “matter of convenience.” He also said that, while Handt was to have been living within the village by next month, a three-month extension had been given since she has not yet sold her home in the Twin Cities. No mileage is being paid, he added. Allen then questioned Handt’s expertise in writing grants, and was told

that Handt is taking training for grant writing and is exploring grant options. When she asked about the retirement and resignation of two former village employees, Cooper said that the reasons for the employee’s decisions were not public knowledge but personal business. Other business • Heat and water bills in an amount just under $600 have accumulated for the old museum building, and the board directed village staff to turn both off to save the library money. • The board approved a picnic beer license for the Lions Club Spring Fling March 28 at the DBS Hall. Police chief Dan Deiss said that things went smoothly at the Luck Winter Carnival.





Fairground expansion comes to county board

by Gregg Westigard BALSAM LAKE – After skipping a meeting in February, the Polk County Board will meet Tuesday, March 17, with only three resolutions on its agenda. But one of those resolutions and a related presentation will help plan the future of the Polk County Fair. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the government center building in Balsam Lake and is open to the public. Last summer, the Polk County Fair Society set out to prepare a long-range plan for the fairgrounds in St. Croix Falls. Thomas Jennings, an architect with experience in fairgrounds planning, was hired to present ideas and options on how to develop the county fair and the county-owned property which hosts the annual fair. The results of that study, a 20-year plan complete with maps, will

be presented at the start of the Tuesday meeting. The county board may act on adopting the plan at its April meeting. Part of the draft plan includes changing the vehicle approach to the fairgrounds so that cars can reach the parking area without driving through the animal showing area. The change would cut congestion, increase safety, and free up land for the construction of a new indoor horse ring and exhibition area. Cars entering the fairgrounds at the east entrance off Louisiana Street would proceed straight north directly to the parking lots. There is now a house and barn blocking this approach and that is the subject of a resolution coming to the board. The house sits on 5.4 acres of land. The county has been offered a chance to purchase the property and the board will consider a resolution on whether to proceed with negotiations on the offer.

“I bought the land for the betterment of the kids,” Neil Johnson told the Leader. Johnson is a county board member and an owner of ITP, a St. Croix Falls company that now holds title to the property. Johnson bought the land at a foreclosure auction in the fall of 2007. He says he felt the property was needed by the fairgrounds and purchased the land to hold it for possible sale to the county. Johnson said his bid, the only one made, was a spur of the moment decision. The resale of the land to the county, which owns the land on which the fair society holds its annual event, has taken some time. The property committee of the county board, which oversees the fair, was concerned that the fair society had no long-range plan. While the planning discussion between the property committee and the society dragged on over the months, no action was taken on

the land purchase. With the 20-year plan on the table, that land sale might finally happen. Johnson, through ITP, is offering the property to the county for $153,676. Johnson told the Leader that this is the actual cost of the property and of expenses on the purchase since the fall of 2007. Those expenses include property taxes, cleanup and maintenance of the buildings, and interest costs on the investment. The offer at this price is being made only to the county. If the county adopts the master plan and purchases the property, the fair improvements could start this summer. Fair society officials told the property committee in February that the horse people are ready to start raising funds for a new arena now, and have a goal of collecting $650,000 for the new building.

Luck’s comprehensive plan criticized Cooperation with adjacent township is missing, says resident by Mary Stirrat LUCK — The chair of the plan commission for the town of Luck took issue with the proposed comprehensive plan for the village of Luck, saying that the village should have sought input from the town of Luck. The town of Luck surrounds the village on all sides except the southernmost tip. Stating that he was at the meeting on his own behalf and not that of the town plan commission, Gregg Westigard

aired his concerns to the board at the March 4 public hearing for the comprehensive plan. Many of the concerns could have been avoided, he said, had the village met with the town plan commission prior to the public hearing. The village board later voted to postpone any action adopting the plan until a meeting can be held with the town plan commission. This meeting is expected to take place in early April. While the comprehensive plan states the village and town will work jointly regarding boundaries areas, said Westigard, the village has sought no such cooperation. Instead, the plan includes sections on

village expansion into the township worded in an “antagonistic” way that imply “expansion and annexation are a certainty.” The comprehensive plan calls for housing developments on land outside village limits on town land and into property now held in trust. The way it’s written, said Westigard, “implies that the village has the right to put a hold on town land use until it, the village, is ready to implement its plans. These sections could be worded in a more cooperative way that reflects a role for each community.” Anther concern, said Westigard, is that the plan seems to be encouraging commercial development along Hwy.

35, both north and south of the village. “Is Hwy. 35 going to be like Hwy. 8 coming out of St. Croix Falls?” he asked in a later interview. Commercial enterprises should be centered in downtown Luck, he said. A third issue that should be discussed, according to Westigard, is the longrange impact of development on the existing water and sewer system. Seasonal cabins are being remodeled into year-round homes, which will have an effect on public utilities, he noted, and it should be made certain that the system can handle the increase. “Right now,” Westigard told the board, “there’s a lot of anger from this and there doesn’t have to be.”

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Milltown library sponsors water tower contest

Farmers market to open this summer

by Mary Stirrat MILLTOWN — Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the village of Milltown, and plans are to mark the milestone on new village signs, possibly on banners along the street, and on the village water tower. The water tower needs to be painted, public works director Rick Fisher said at the March 9 meeting of the village board, and the Milltown library is hosting a contest to come up with a design that will incorporate the 100th anniversary. Original artwork from people of all ages is being accepted through June 30, according to information on the contest, and Milltown residency is not a requirement. The Milltown Public Library can be contacted for more information. Cost of painting the water tower is estimated at $57,000, and planner Patrick Beilfuss from Cedar Corporation will be exploring the possibility of grant funding to cover the project. At its March 9 meeting, the village board also looked at several options for new signs designed by Bogus Punkin. Most favored by board members was a sign that incorporated a fishing bobber and the slogan, “13 lakes within 8 miles — A great place to be.” The board directed Jason Peterson of Bogus Punkin to obtain prices on wood, steel and vinyl signs to present at the April meeting. Also under consideration are banners that can be placed along the street, possibly announcing the 100th anniversary. Rough cost of each banner is $110 to $140. The board briefly discussed whether or not busi-

Farmers market Milltown resident Jamie Carlson met with the board to request approval for a farmers market at her property on 2nd Avenue NW. Last year, she said, she had so much produce that some of it went to waste, and she wants to have a way to share it this year. There is one other vendor interested at this point, Carlson said, but she hopes to have as many as 10 to 15 participating. It would be open either Friday afternoons or Saturday mornings. “Sounds excellent,” commented trustee Ben Wheeler.

Milltown Village President LuAnn White discusses options for banners to place along the street in honor of Milltown’s 100th anniversary next year. – Photo by Mary Stirrat nesses might want to sponsor a banner, with their business name included on it. Village President LuAnn White distributed brochures with sample designs, saying she will get some firmer costs for the next meeting.

Other business • The board approved refinancing of a 40,000 loan with AnchorBank, for two years at 4.75 percent. • The board voted to write off just under $500 in personal property taxes for three businesses in Milltown, allowing the village to recoup taxes already forwarded on to the school. • Police Chief Andy Anderson said that attractions are being added to Fishermen’s Party this year. The U.S. Army will have a simulation tent up all three days, and Black Widow Racing and Yamaha will both have displays during the vintage snowmobile and tractor show. • White read a letter from CRA Welcome Home Shelter noting that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. In 2008, the letter said, Polk County had 886 reported cases of child abuse and neglect. A candlelight vigil will be held April 15 at Unity Schools, and a bench will be dedicated April 27 at Milltown’s park to a little boy killed by his father.

Milltown tire pile has to go by Mary Stirrat MILLTOWN — A Feb. 23 judgment against Don Michaelson and his tire company orders the removal of waste tires from the property in Milltown by 2010 and payment of $3,000 by 2012. The action filed by the state of Wisconsin against Michaelson, Don Lee Company, and Tire and Auto Center states that the defendants violated state laws governing solid waste management at an unlicensed solid waste disposal facility at 201 So. Stokely Rd. Ted Lee was also named but dismissed as a defendant in the case. Court records show that all tires on the property must be removed by April 2010, with 10 truckloads of approximately 500 tires each to be removed each cal-

endar year beginning in January 2009. All tires must be removed from any of the property before the property can be sold, and no additional waste tires or other waste can be accepted on the property The $3,000 judgment includes $1,377 in forfeitures for the violation and $1,000 in attorney fees to the Department of Justice. Nearly $500 is for state penalty and environmental charges, with remainder in court costs and miscellaneous surcharges.The judgment is to be paid in six equal payments, made June 15 and December 15 of each year from 2010 to 2012. At its March 9 meeting the village board discussed the outcome of the case. “I think they’re pretty dedicated to getting rid of the

tires,” said village president LuAnn White. The village board in February discussed a bill from the county health department for spraying the tire pile for mosquitos. The pile was sprayed nine times, said White at the February board meeting, at a cost of $2,231. White said that at the time of the spraying she had indicated to Brian Hobbs, county environmental health specialist, that the village had not requested and would not pay for the spraying. He responded that grant money would be available to cover the cost, but the village still received the bill. The bill, she said Monday night, is still unpaid.

Unity projects 2009-10 deficit of $338,000

by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — Initial projections for the 20092010 Unity Schools budget indicates a $338,043 shortfall, said district administrator Brandon Robinson in his report to the Unity School Board Tuesday evening, March 10. The early estimates show an anticipated increase in the revenue limit of $211,957, compared with expenditure increases of $550,000. These increases come in the form of about $100,000 in additional open enrollment losses, $225,000 in insurances, and $225,000 in increased personnel costs. “The shortfall remains somewhat difficult to project as there are some variables that could impact the 20092010 budget considerably,” Robinson stated in his report. The $100,000 additional loss in open enrollment, for example, is based on the applications. History shows that not all applicants choose to open enroll when the school year starts.

Likewise, actual insurance costs are not known. “The highest anticipated increase is being used in the calculation,” he said. “Finally, enrollment for Unity remains a mystery for next school year,” Robinson told the board. Unity’s enrollment has been fairly stable in past years, but even a slight increase or decrease would have an impact on the school’s financial picture. In addition, he noted, the final impact of the stimulus package has not been calculated. “What looks to be certain,” according to Robinson, “is a reduction of the state equalization aid that Unity School District will receive next school year.” In the past, he said, the district has lost equalization aid every year. “There will need to be reductions at Unity School District for the 2009-2010 school year to compensate for the decrease,” he said. “Some of the reductions may result in staffing reductions. “The administrative team is considering the deficit

and its impact on programming and will present a plan to the board of education in the near future.”

Summer school The board approved summer school activities for all grade levels. The classes include academic enrichment and remediation, but also “activities designed to instill a love for learning and discovery.” It will run three weeks in June, with fifth- through eighth-grade orientation in August. Prairie Fire Theatre will be presenting “Pinocchio!” in June, and there will be a variety of sports and music camps through the summer. There will also be an eight-day summer school in August for grades kindergarten through fifth, to “review, refresh and target gaps in learning so that students come back in August prepared to learn new material.”

Public hearing set for Milltown’s comprehensive plan by Mary Stirrat MILLTOWN – A public hearing on the comprehensive plan for the village of Milltown will be held Monday, April 13, at 6 p.m. The date was set by the village board at its March 9 meeting. The plan includes a map and information on future land use and development in the village, as well as current demographics. Copies will be available for review at the village hall and library by this Friday, March 13. It will also be on the Cedar Corporation Web site. Nine chapters cover topics such as housing, transportation, economic development, and natural and

cultural assets. Goals and objectives are outlined for each topic, as well as policies, programs and actions to assist in reaching the goals. The plan ends with an implementation chapter that prioritizes recommended actions, such as “support the development of the skate park,” “explore purchasing additional land to expand the industrial park,” and “coordinate new sidewalks with road reconstruction projects.” “These things are meant to be done over time,” said Patrick Beilfuss, senior planner with Cedar Corporation, who helped draft the plan. Beilfuss told the board that the plan is a fluid docu-

ment, describing it as a “prioritized wish list” that can be changed as items are added, completed, or discarded. It can be changed at any time, he added. The process requires that the village plan commission recommend that the village adopt the comprehensive plan, and plan commission members present at the March 9 meeting voted to do so. The April 13 public hearing will be held at the village hall, immediately followed by the regular monthly meeting of the village board.

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On page 7, in “Uncommon,” Tony Dungy writes, “Integrity has no need of rules.” A democracy or republic works only as long as there are people with integrity. No need for lots of rules. When integrity is lost, these types of governments no longer function as they were meant to function. My high school history teacher said there are seven fundamental principles of history. I don’t recall all of them, but five of seven isn’t too bad I guess – 50 years later. The seven fundamental principles are, no nation can long survive (1) without a strong industrial class, (2) without a strong middle class (3) without a strong farming class (4) it’s materialism without a return (emphasis on return) to spiritual and (5) a nation falls from within rather than outside pressure. The present stimulus bill has more pork than the state of Iowa, sans Des Moines. What was that about integrity? Few rules are needed. But Congress keeps enacting, even paying lip service to pork via earmarks. May I remind us that God only had 10 rules? Few are needed for things to run smoothly and well. Stan Miller Luck

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President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. 20500 president@whitehouse.gov

Governor Jim Doyle P.O. Box 7863, Madison, WI 53707 wisgov@mail.state.wi.us Congressman David Obey (7th District) 2462 Rayburn Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515 or Federal Building, Wausau, WI 54401 (715) 842-5606 Rep. Nick Milroy (73rd District) Room 221 North, State Capitol P.O. Box 8952, Madison 53708 E-mail: rep.milroy@legis.state.wi.us

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

Senator Robert Jauch (25th District) Room 19 South, State Capitol P.O. Box 788, Madison, WI 53707 E-mail: Sen.Jauch@legis.state.wi.us Senator Sheila Harsdorf (10th District) State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882 Madison, WI 53707 (608) 266-7745 • (715) 2321390 Toll-free - 1-800-862-1092 sen.harsdorf@legis.state.wi.us U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold SDB 40, Rm. 1, Washington, D.C. 20510 or 1600 Aspen Commons Middleton, WI 53562-4716 (608) 828-1200 senator@feingold.senate.gov

Now I am not an impulsive person, sort of conservative in nature. So this morning, when I started reading my newspaper, at 5:30 or so, I got mad at myself. I am reading the plan to save people who own homes. Now 35-plus years ago, I wanted to build a new home out on our family farm. I sort of planned it, and built it myself! I put just under $30,000 into it, plus my labor. It is not a modest thing, a duplex, two stories, has a total of seven bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths and a deck. Through the years, I have had more operations than one would like to think about, have suffered some disabling illnesses too. Been unable to really work for several years, divorced, refinanced three-four times, and still I have made my payments. Now I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. In two more years, I can call my humble abode my own, just 26 more payments on my current mortgage. I have had my mortgages go from the initial 9 percent, (yes 9 percent) to 12-1/2 percent (thank you, Jimmy Carter!) to my current 5.78 percent, which will cost me more to redo than I will save to get the new rates. In the initial energy crisis, I put in an outdoor wood burner, and have burned wood, which I have cut for the past 25plus years. This morning, in the newspaper, I see that if I own a home worth $759,750 or more, I do not qualify for a bailout! Or, if I owe over 105 percent of my home’s value, I do not. I should have built larger! And borrowed more! Darn! Here I have been sweating out my payments for the past 35 years, and if I had only not paid, and waited, you, my friends, would have supported me. That’s the problem with me! I just didn’t think ahead! So this year, I am not going to cut wood! I decided that the payment I mistakenly sent in Monday, so it will be at the bank by the 5th, today, to avoid being delinquent, was my last one. Come to think of it, in and hour and a half, when the bank opens, I will stop payment on that check. Might as well take full advantage of your largess! Today, I am also going in to the bank and borrow as much as I can against my house. Forget getting out of debt in 26 months! Got to call Dave too. We were going to make bee boxes today, to put new swarms in, so we could have honey to sell this fall, and make some spending money. No need to do that! Won’t need

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the money from the honey, as now I won’t have to make anymore mortgage payments. Just think, no longer will I have to get stung, as I have you, the taxpayer to take care of me! And now you can get stung instead. As for me, I’m going back to bed now. It’s a life of leisure for me now. You will support me, and make my payments for me now, won’t you? Ah, the good life I deserve is just one government payment ahead. And I am still mad at myself. But starting tonight, it is a world of wine, women and song for this old country boy! George G. Motz Balsam Lake

Ignored Recently a gentleman wrote in that when asked about not reading the bailout package, our congressman’s response was “So what.” At least he got a response. I have written letters to the congressman several times in the past without any acknowledgment whatsoever. Congressman Obey voted against having campaign funding published, voted against the FCC fair reporting in the media, he also voted for making it acceptable for a convicted felon to remain in public office for Congress and the senate. Let his record stand for itself, and you can see what his morals and ethics truly are. He is so arrogant. Why print information to contact congressman and senators when they don’t respond? If you ask difficult questions, they ignore you. I now know what our forefathers meant about taxation without representation. Our public officials represent only their own self-serving interests. The issues of the taxpayers are totally ignored. Dave Wilhelmy Siren


In response to Don Hicks’ article, Marijuana Madness, in the March 4 issue: Many of his former co-workers are indebted to a program available to all employees. This program is the Employee Assistance Program, or EAP. This program provides information and resources to identify and resolve problems, such as: relationship and family concerns, child and elder care, alcohol and drug issues, grief support, marital concerns, depression and anxiety, financial and legal concerns and stress management. This program is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at no cost for employees and eligible household members. This program is voluntary and confidential. Each person recieves a number of free in-person counseling sessions. As in all addictions, the first step is admitting you have a problem. The second step is asking for help. The help was there. All you had to do was pick up the phone and call. As with any addiction, you must really want to beat it or all the help available is not going to work. Don has taken the first step. Now he needs to take the second step. Blaming his former employer because he lost his job has no merit. The reason he lost his job is because of the choices he, himself, has made. Good luck beating your addiction, Don. A few former co-workers, Laryn Larson Wendy Tietz Diane Barton

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Taxes: A history lesson Someone will have to start paying more taxes. Taxes are the only source of income any political unit has, whether local, state or federal. Lord knows the middle class pays its big share in sales taxes, real estate tax, income tax, payroll taxes and fees to local, state and federal governments. It is the the top 10 percent who have received one tax cut after another who are not paying their fair share. Warren Buffet, the second richest man in the world, says this, “... though I’ve never used tax shelter or had a tax planner, after including payroll taxes that we all pay, I’ll pay a lower effective tax this year than my receptionist. This discrepancy is unconscionable.” All debts at some time must be paid. If revenue continues to be less than expenses, the only final result will be bankruptcy or a mortgage, and finally sell off our assets and then go bankrupt. This is where we have been heading since Reagan’s presidency except for a period under Presidents H. W. Bush and Clinton. Then a strange thing happened; taxes were raised, the economy came alive and the U. S. government actually had a surplus. Believe it or not, U. S. economic growth has been strongest when our taxes have been high. Tax hikes usually correspond to higher government spending. There you have it; those dratted tax and spend Democrats. But, government spends money on things that the private sector does not pay for: physical infrastructure, social infrastructure, market infrastructure and defense. These are the things that make doing business possible and the lives of citizens safer and more comfortable. The worse they are, the more difficult doing business becomes; the better they are, the better business is. That is the way it has worked in the past. Check it out. Our economy began its downward slide after Reagan’s tax cuts, was given a reprieve when taxes were raised under H. W. Bush and Clinton and really tanked after George W.’s two tax cuts. Conservative Republicans have an obsession about cutting taxes. There is no trickling down. They don’t seem to be able to handle too much money. In their greed, they get sucked into some Ponsi scam, or they squirrel it away in a secret Swiss bank account or a Cayman Island tax shelter. There are two simple reasons for their obsession: the one is pure simple greed, the other is ideology. Regan said it, “Government is the problem” so “starve the beast.” Make government so poor there is nothing left for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or any help for Reagan’s welfare queens driving their Cadillacs. I’ll finish with two quotations out of the past that I think are appropriate. Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1841-1935, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court wrote, “Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.” And some things never change. Plato, 427-347 B.C. observed that “When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust man will pay less on the same amount.” So it was, is now and I’m afraid ever will be. Edwin Pedersen Luck

Devoid of “humanity” The Amery Free Press, from the week of Feb. 16, in the Opinions Column—supposedly authored by the manager of the Amery Free Press—takes the usual number of cheap shots at everything connected to Polk County government. It also takes a swipe at Judge Gene Harrington and his ruling regarding the sale of Golden Age Manor. Harrington ruled that the sale could proceed, but the Third District Appellate Court overturned his ruling, and the appellate court was upheld when the State Supreme Court refused to review the Third District Appellate Court ruling. The Free Press Opinions Column states: “If you’ll recall, he (Harrington) presided over the Golden Age Manor case

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regarding sale of the facility (GAM). He (Harrington) told Attorney Jason Whitley of Amery, who opposed the sale, that he had left enough slack in his rulings to permit a legitimate appeal to take place.” Note—items in parenthesis were added by author of this letter. If this quote is true, it raises any number of concerns. Why would a judge discuss his ruling with an attorney who may be offering advice or counsel to people who were party to the lawsuit? Why would a judge state, “he had left enough slack in his rulings to permit a legitimate appeal to take place?” Isn’t a judge supposed to rule on the basis of relevant law and legal precedent in the hope of not having to see his decision overturned on appeal? How much did Harrington’s decision with “enough slack in his rulings to permit a legitimate appeal” cost the taxpayers of Polk County in having to go through the appeal process due to the “slack” in his rulings? Does this constitute some level of judicial or official misconduct on the part of the judge and the attorney in even discussing the issue while it was still unresolved? And then there is the comment about the “blue plate specials” that work in Polk County. Is this another cheap shot at Judge Harrington—who is the judge in Washburn County? Who knows what the person who authored this garbage might have meant by that comment? Writers at the Free Press seem to be completely devoid of any sense of humanity. Bob Blake Frederic

The entire quote In Mark Schoen’s letter he finds it appalling that so many of the clergy refuse to embrace his scientific ignorance. What I find appalling is his deliberate deception of using a partial quote from Darwin to deceive the reader into thinking Darwin had serious doubts the eye could be the result of evolutionary processes. Here is the partial quote from Schoen. That the eye “could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree.” Here is the entire quote: “To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree. Yet reason tells me, that if numerous gradations from a perfect and complex eye to one very imperfect and simple, each grade being useful to its possessor, can be shown to exist; if further, the eye does vary ever so slightly, and the variations be inherited, which is certainly the case; and if any variation or modification in the organ be ever useful to an animal under changing conditions of life, then the difficulty of believing that a perfect and complex eye could be formed by natural selection, though insuperable by our imagination, can hardly be considered real. How a nerve comes to be sensitive to light, hardly concerns us more than how life itself first originated; but I may remark that several facts make me suspect that any sensitive nerve may be rendered sensitive to light, and likewise to those coarser vibrations of the air which produce sound.” This from Wikipedia. Gould wrote scathingly of this misrepresentation: “Anti-evolutionists continually cite this passage as supposed evidence that Darwin himself threw in the towel when faced with truly difficult and inherently implausible cases. But if they would only read the very next sentence[s], they would grasp Darwin’s real reason for speaking of absurdity ‘in the highest possible degree.’ (Either they have read these following lines and have consciously suppressed them, an indictment of dishonesty; or they have never read them and have merely copied the half quotation from another

source, a proof of inexcusable sloppiness.) Darwin set up the overt ‘absurdity’ to display the power of natural selection in resolving even the most difficult cases – the ones that initially strike us as intractable in principle. The very next lines, give three reasons, all supported by copious evidence for resolving the absurdity and accepting evolutionary development, as the cause of optimally complex structures.“ And that’s why creationists are also called “liars for Jesus.” Curtis Anderson Siren

What are we doing? The future of the upcoming year is full of uncertainty. People are losing jobs and homes as poor decisions by many create despair in the economy. After many years of excess, people are finding challenges that they are unprepared to face and solve. Many have become dependent upon government to fix all problems and forgot what our grandparents knew – the U.S. is supposed to be a land of opportunity, not entitlement. Our grandparents faced severe hardships, but pulled together to turn their hardship into opportunity. They became stronger because of this. Part of the problem is that Republicans allowed this to happen. Deficit spending and the creation of easy money in the early part of this decade have set the stage for the problems of today. Republicans wandered from their values of fiscal responsibility. Now rather than face the harsh realities of economic recession, Democrats in power are turning to government for expensive gimmicks. The $700 billion bailout plan that this Democratic Congress passed is turning out to be a massive misuse of government taxes that the government doesn’t have. House Republicans didn’t support this hastily, poorly written legislation. As noble as the cause sounded, it lacked fiscal responsibility and controls. We are now seeing this money being misused and wasted as freebies. Republicans, returning to their values of fiscal responsibility, fought to insert controls. Responsible politicians voted no, based on overwhelming support from people to do so. Now the big three auto companies have gone to Congress with their hands out looking for a bailout. Some say that the entire economy will fail if any of the three files bankruptcy. Is that true? Other companies have faced serious financial problems, but they filed bankruptcy under Chapter 11 Protection. This allowed them to refinance and change their business models to meet changing economic and social conditions. Most companies come out of Chapter 11 Protection in a much stronger position and continue to serve their customers while providing jobs for current employees. If the big three receive special privileges, then why shouldn’t others expect the same? Where does the line get drawn? Now even state governments are asking for Federal money for bailouts. The second-largest growth employer this past year was government, just behind health care. Government is growing out of control and you the taxpayers, are paying for it. Americans need to return to the heritage of responsible government, and this means less, not more. They need to understand that the government isn’t something that is free – we all pay for it. Government cannot be the sole solution for the social or economic ills of our society. It should facilitate ideas and foster private enterprise that create jobs that meet a need. It can regulate industry, but needs to understand interference comes at a price. Government spending cannot be the backbone of the economy without lengthening the downturn. In all of the talk of bailouts, no one mentions the small businesses or farms that are in bankruptcy. These are your friends and neighbors who spend their money locally. They are the ones who can not get credit to purchase goods, even though financial institutions have received money

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to do so. They don’t have expensive lobbyists; they count on their elected officials to act responsibly. Throwing money at problems creates a feeling that something is being done now, but it does not solve the core problems. We are simply allowing the problems to grow and depending on our children to solve them later. What can you do? Get involved, write letters but do something besides complain! Richard Hartung, chairman Polk County Republican Party Dresser

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Put single-payer on the table President Barack Obama promises health-care reform, but he has taken single-payer health care off the table. Single-payer is the system that removes private insurance companies from the picture; the government pays all the bills, but health-care delivery remains private. People still get their choice of what doctor to go to and what hospital to use. Singlepayer reduces the administrative costs and removes the profit that insurance companies add to health-care delivery. Single-payer solutions, however, get almost no space in the debate. A study just released by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, a media watchdog group, found that in the week before Obama's health-care summit, of the hundreds of stories that appeared in major newspapers and on the networks, "only five included the views of advocates of single-payer -- none of which appeared on television." Most opinion columns that mentioned single-payer were written by opponents. Congress is considering H.R. 676, "Expanded and Improved Medicare for All," sponsored by John Conyers, DMich., with 64 co-sponsors. Yet even when Rep. Conyers directly asked Obama at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting if he could attend the White House health-care summit, he was not immediately invited. Nor was any other advocate for single-payer health care. Conyers had asked to bring Dr. Marcia

PNHP. Two people out of 120. Locked out of the debate, silenced by the media, singleAngell, the first woman editor payer advocates are taking in chief of the New England action. Russell Mokhiber, who Journal of Medicine, the most writes and edits the Corporate prestigious medical journal in Crime Reporter, has decided that the country, and Dr. Quentin the time has come to directly Young. Young is perhaps the confront the problem of our bromost well-known single-payer ken health-care system. He's advocate in America. He was going to the national meeting of the Rev. Martin Luther King Amy Jr.'s doctor when King lived in Goodman the American Health Insurance Plans, and is joining others in Chicago. "My 15-minute house burning their health-insurance calls would stretch into three bills outside in protest. Mokhiber told hours," he told me. But he came to know Barack Obama me, "The insurance companies have no even better. Though his medical partner place in the health care of American peowas Obama's doctor, Young was his ple. How are we going to beat these peoneighbor, friend and ally for decades. ple? We have to start the direct confronta"Obama supported single-payer, gave tion." Launching a new organization, Single Payer Action (singlepayeracspeeches for it," he said. This past weekend, hundreds turned tion.org), Mokhiber and others promise out to honor the 85-year-old Young, to take the issue to the insurance industry including the Illinois governor and three executives, the lobbyists and to the memmembers of Congress, but the White bers of Congress directly, in Washington, House's response to Conyers' request that D.C., and their home district offices. Critical mass is building behind a sinYoung be included in the summit? A gle-payer system. From Nobel Laureate resounding no. Perhaps because Obama in Economics Joseph Stiglitz, who told personally knows how persuasive and me, "I've reluctantly come to the view committed Young is. After much outcry, Conyers was invit- that it's the only alternative," to healthed. Activist groups like Physicians for a care providers themselves, who witness National Health Program (pnhp.org) and endure the system's failure firsthand. expressed outrage that no other single- Geri Jenkins of the newly formed, payer advocate was to be included 150,000-nurses-strong United American among the 120 people at the summit. Nurses-National Nurses Organizing Finally, the White House relented and Committee (nnoc.net) said: "It is the only invited Dr. Oliver Fein, president of health-care-reform proposal that can work. ... We are currently pushing to have

Letters t o t h e e d i t o r Ready for change? To Webb Lake voters and taxpayers: Are you going to make a change? I think it is about time we do. The people made a change in the presidential election and let’s hope it’s for the better. We might not know what kind of change we are going to get until he has been in office a while longer, but it is obvious that this twoparty system doesn’t seem to work. It really is a shame they can’t work together. I can’t believe we can’t get any new names on the ballot with our caucuses. Why doesn’t anyone want to step up and take part in his or her township? I have never heard of so many excuses, is it that you just don’t care what is going on? I always hear different, but then no one stands up and says or does a thing. We’ve got four names, all have either served before, or have been on the ballot before. Harry Patneaude, David Johnson, John Kielkucki and Greg Main are running again. They may be good guys but why not a new slate? The present group says that a town meeting is a financial meeting only? Yes, they pay bills, yes, they put onto a sheet for financial, but no one can hear what is being said. A microphone would help. Then at the end of the meeting there is a five-minute question period. That does not do it if a person has a question and a back-and-forth question goes on. The people don’t need a 45-60 minute meeting at $170 an hour if it goes on for two or three hours. What is the difference if everyone gets an answer to what they came for? Good questions and answers make a good meeting and happy people. This new group that is running for office is willing to go along with the program. They want everyone to come to the meetings and find out what is going on, and to make everyone happy. They want to make the meetings worthwhile to come to. They hope that if they can make the people happy by doing this, they can get more people involved with the township and more involvement is needed. I believe that these new folks can do a good job but whatever you decide, get out and vote your wishes on April 7. Roger Fontaine Webb Lake

Big Read a success On Feb. 28, the Big Read concluded in Polk, Burnett and Chisago counties with an inspiring and well-received Environmental Symposium arranged by St. Croix Falls Public Library and Festival Theatre, in partnership with St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Over the course of six weeks, “Call of the Wild” by Jack London was the focus in 30-some book discussions and 15 book talks. Frozen gold rush tales were read aloud to approximately 400 students, over 350 people attended Big Read literary events and 8,000 sets of eyes were laid upon London’s “Call of the Wild,” printed in its entirety in the Inter-County Leader. Put in perspective by our editor at the beginning of the eight-week run, it’s been quite awhile since fiction has had such a place in our newsprint. Jack London became a household name and, as a result, many of us have revisited a favorite novel from our school days or read for the first time an American classic published 107 years ago. One busy professional reported that she read, enjoyed and completed the novel via each manageable installment. She read a book— something she doesn’t usually have time for. Another thrifty soul diligently collected and saved the spread each week because it was, after all, a whole novel. I found myself scanning the paragraphs at my normal newspaper-reading pace but realizing that this was excellent prose, was delighted to find my imagination swiftly carried away to another time and another place. All across the country, Big Read programs, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, are working to revitalize literary reading in our lives. One can easily think of problems that perhaps seem more urgent, but then again, what could be more urgent than exercising imagination, taking time to consider someone’s story, remembering resourcefulness and strengthening our culture. Thank you residents of Polk, Burnett and Chisago counties for your enthusiasm for the Big Read and a sincere thanks to Gary King for making it so accessible. Amy Klein, Big Read Project Coordinator Sarah Adams, St. Croix Falls Public Library Danette Olsen, Festival Theatre Dr. Carolyn Wedin

Terrific coverage Gratitude is extended to Marty Seeger and the Inter-County Leader for the terrific coverage of the St. Croix Falls wrestling season. Our athletes, parents and fans appreciate your hard work. Dan Clark and SCF wrestling St. Croix Falls

First step Less than one month away is another election. This is about the only election where your vote really affects the outcome. Yet, sadly, it has one of the lowest turnouts. American taxpayers are being led around like sheep. Taxpayers are on the hook for generations to come to a tune of trillions of dollars. We are represented by lifetime career politicians at all levels of government, such that once they get in office, they spend a lifetime trying to stay put. To them, money is no object, since it is not their money. At the federal level, in Congress, we have been represented since even I was a young grade-schooler. At the state level, now they are going to take a lighted, functioning Hwy. 8 intersection, and turn it into a fender bending aptly named circus. At the county level, despite an overwhelming directive in the form of a referendum, there is still talk of a new highway shop. In the town of Apple River, despite overwhelming contrary polling, a very expensive new town hall was just built. That long road to taking back our country begins with a first step. That first step is getting out and voting in next month’s local elections. Rick Scoglio Town of Apple River

Go Dragons! Congratulations to the Siren High School girls basketball team, its players, parents and coaches, on going to the big dance. A reward well-earned by many hours spent in some gym across Northwest Wisconsin. Good luck at state. Play hard. We’re from Siren, we couldn’t be prouder! Go Dragons! Don Olson, SHS ‘71 Tricia Flanigan, SHS ‘73 Milltown

a genuine, honest policy debate, because we'll win ... the health insurers will collapse under the weight of their own irrelevance." Dr. Young has now been invited to a Senate meeting along with the "usual suspects": health-insurance providers, Big Pharma and health-care-reform advocates. I asked Young what he thought of the refrain coming from the White House, as well as the leading senator on the issue, Max Baucus, that "single-payer is off the table." "It's repulsive," sighed Young. "We are very angry." But not discouraged. I asked him what he thought about Burn Your Health Insurance Bill Day. "Things are heating up." he chuckled, "When things are happening that you have nothing to do with, you know it's a movement." ••• Denis Moynihan contributed research to this column. ••• Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,” a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 700 stations in North America. Her column’s appearance in the Leader is sponsored by the local group, The Gathering, an informal group of people of diverse ages, experience, and philosophies who meet every other week at a member's home for silent meditation and lively discussions about peace, justice, spirituality, religion, politics, environment, global cultures and humanity.

Write-in candidate in Luck Name correction in Burnett’s Lincoln

LUCK –There is now a contest in Luck Village at the April 7 election. Nancy Webster-Smith has registered as a write-in candidate for village president, challenging the incumbent Richard Callister. After the caucuses, it appeared there would be no contested races for the village board. Two of the three incumbent trustees, Marilyn Berg and Jack Holdt, had announced that they were not seeking re-election. Jen Nelson and Peter Demydowich were nominated for the vacant spots. The third incumbent, Steven Nelson, was renominated for another term. ••• The name of the challenger for town chair in the Burnett County town of Lincoln (there is also a town of Lincoln in Polk County) was misspelled in the election overview last week. John R. Spafford is on the ballot for town chair along with incumbent Christ N. Olson. Both supervisors, Bryan Bjorklund and Steve Washkuhn, also face challengers as they run for re-election. Joining them on the April 7 ballot are Joe Peterson and Julia A. Steiner. - Gregg Westigard

Office days set SIREN – A USDA Rural Development representative will be in this area to provide information about the many loan and grant programs that are available to Wisconsin’s residents, communities and businesses. Sue LaPorte, area specialist from the Rural Development Office in Spooner, will be at the Burnett County Government Center, Room 160, Siren on Tuesday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., to conduct these special community outreach meetings. For more information about Rural Development and the programs available, or to schedule an appointment to meet with LaPorte on March 17, please call the Spooner Office at 715-635-8228, ext 4. Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting the agency’s Web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/wi. - from USDA


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Wrestling program gets praise from city

by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS – On Feb. 27, in Madison, part of a dream for wrestler Joe Raygor came true. Wrestling as a young boy in fifth grade, he told high school wrestling coach Dan Clark he would be the school’s first two-time state champion. Raygor, a junior, became the state wrestling champion for his first time. Coach Dan Clark told the city council March 9 that Raygor has taken his first step to his goal of being the first two-time state champion. The council recognized Raygor, and state qualifier Jake Bruns who was unable to make the council meeting, for their efforts in the sport, and praised the

wrestling program and head coach Dan Clark. “One of the biggest assets to our community is our school district,” said Mayor Darrell Anderson. “It’s great to have individuals like you excel and represent us all over the country.” Raygor became the eighth state champion for wrestling from St. Croix Falls. This past summer, Raygor wrestled in Missouri as one of the Wisconsin state representatives. He faired 7-0 in his matches in Missouri and achieved AllAmerican status. Clark said Raygor has had offers from colleges including Princeton and other Big 10 schools. “He volunteers his time

to the youth wrestling program, he’s got a 3.6 grade point average, and is just a great student athlete. It’s nice as a coach to see this work payoff and we still have one more year of Joe, who will be leading the team as a senior next year.”

St. Croix Falls wrestling coach Dan Clark is pictured with the wrestling state champ Joe Raygor, St. Croix Falls junior. Raygor was praised for his efforts and his positive representation of the St. Croix Falls community at the March 9 city council meeting. Also recognized was Saints state qualifier Jake Bruns, who was unable to attend the meeting. – Photo by Tammi Milberg

Taylors Falls approves lending reduction request

by Tammi Milberg TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – The city of Taylors Falls granted a request from GP Land Corp. to authorize a credit reduction for the project Granite Ledge. The council approved the subdivision in May 2006. The original letter of credit for the project from KleinBank was for $632,481. In October 2006, GP Land Corp. asked for a reduction in the letter of credit for $399,647. It was reduced again in January 2007 to $237,315. The reduction request for March 9, 2009, was to the amount of $126,496. The reason for the reduction is because the economy is not lending itself to home development. The developer has put in the water and sewer infrastructure for the development and has done so according to specifications

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by the city. The city engineer, Short Elliot Hendrickson, has approved the work done. The letter of credit reduction will cover the infrastructure costs already invested. The council discussed the topic and indicated that it was a good thing to approve the reduction in credit with an adjusted letter of credit from KleinBank. The council also passed a resolution to accept the public improvements at Granite Ledge with all in favor. Zara Kinnunen was absent. In other business, the council approved a kennel license. The license applicant and her pets were the subject of controversy in the neighborhood, but the license would allow the pet owner to keep three cats and one dog on her property and hold her responsible for making sure they are contained in her

property in accordance with the ordinance. Complaints about the applicant’s pets running at large were provided to the city in the past. The pet owner applied for a kennel license. The council approved it because they felt that it was a good way to keep the pet owner responsible and appease the neighbors. Should the pet owner, Carey Hay, violate the license, the council would have the right to revoke the license, and Hay would not be allowed to have the amount of pets she has currently. The council also approved two purchases Monday night. One purchase was for the public works department. The city purchased a new plow truck that comes with a standard steel plow. The plow has worn down a half-inch so far, and the council was updated by a

memo that the plow should have a carbide bit for the blades to protect them from wear. The item was deemed a necessary purchase since the city is still in a spending freeze except for essential purchases, and it is budgeted for. Because the cost is over $1,000, it needed council approval. The price was $1,858. The motion to purchase was carried. The council also deemed the second purchase a necessity. It is a software support purchase that is for maintenance and upgrades to the GIS software used by the city. The current upgrade license for the software expires this month. The cost is $405, and is budgeted for in the planning and zoning maintenance equipment budget. It was approved with all in favor.

Library bids come in as expected

by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS – The bids came in for the St. Croix Falls library project and were reviewed by the city council for St. Croix Falls on March 9. Gene Johnson, general contractor for the project, explained that some of the bids were unclear, and needed to be checked before a firm number would be given. Johnson indicated the bids are in the $1.3 million range for the total project. The library board anticipated the project to be a million dollars or slightly above that. Johnson said he needed to recheck some mechanical bids and take a few days to straighten that out, but overall there were no surprises on the bids. The council discussed some of the

aspects of the project at great length. Councilman Brian Blesi said he was concerned about the design element of the holding tank below the ground for heating. Blesi said he was wondering if the city is putting a holding tank in the ground for water, then heating it up, with potential cold springs running below the tank cooling it down, if this is the best option. “I’m comfortable with the project and the bids, but I’m not comfortable with this design element and because it is buried, it is one of the first things that have to get done,” Blesi said. “I would just like some verification that this is the best option.” Johnson said he could talk to someone qualified to answer those questions and get back to him on that. City Administrator Ed Emerson said he was at a meeting where engineers answered the questions like Blesi’s and maybe the city needs to have those engi-

neers come and present those ideas to the council. Councilman Paul Kuhlman stated that the council does not need to approve this because the library has the authority. He stated that the library board would meet and further discuss the issue. Librarian Sarah Adams said the council might not want to investigate this piece this far into the project, when the plans are done and the bid is in. Johnson said the contracts would need to be awarded and work would need to begin April 1 to get the project completed by the Harvest Festival deadline at the end of September. The other topic of discussion was how to bridge the gap financially to fund the project. The library fundraising efforts have netted $1 million. After paying some initial bills, Adams explained that there is approximately $900,000 left in funds. The city needs to have the final-

ized bid numbers, determine the amount of the project in dollars eligible for TIF expense, subtract that from the finalized bid numbers, and determine the shortfall thereafter in which the city may be the supporter until the library committee has raised the additional needed funds. Then, determine a method of paying back those funds used to cover the shortfall from the library to the city. The council discussed the matter further and agreed to have Johnson and Adams present a breakdown of the bids/costs and information on the tank, and a financing package for the next meeting. The council passed a motion to move the March 30 meeting date to March 23, for the next regular meeting to hear the breakdown of costs and finalized bid numbers and financing with all voting in favor. Debra Kravig was absent.

Farm to Community group considers online ordering system for local food sales ST. CROIX FALLS — Local farmers, institutional food buyers, and other community members gathered on Tuesday, March 3, at St. Croix Falls City Hall to learn more about an online ordering system that would facilitate sales of local food between area farms and buyers like schools, hospitals, restaurants, and retail outlets. The Farm to Community group, which has been building momentum to support local food sales for the past two years, invited Heather Hilleren, Madison-based creator of the national Web sites GreenLeafMarket.com and LocalDirt.com, to speak about the services her site offers. With the GreenLeaf Market system, farmers and buyers each create online profiles and can search for each other based on a number of different criteria including product availability, location, and delivery options. The site automatically generates invoices and has an option for online bill payment. Because Hilleren is still developing

the GreenLeaf Market site, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, use of the ordering system is free for this season (one year) to those who sign up before May. The Farm to Community group is developing its own Web site, www.farmtocommunity. com, which is currently under construction. The site will link group members directly to an ordering system and also provide opportunities for educational outreach with various committees. Many of those attending the presentation were interested in using GreenLeaf Market during the trial period this year. Lynette Larson, food service director for the St. Croix Falls Schools, said, “The GreenLeaf site is similar to the ordering system we use now with our food distributor, so this is definitely something I could use to find local produce.” Chris Burkhouse of Foxtail Farm near Osceola commented, “The existence of a Web site like this is pretty amazing and really encouraging. It gives more power to local growers and consumers. I can

see this benefiting communities on a number of different levels; it gives people more local food options and the opportunity to build relationships with the people growing their food, and it also strengthens our economy by keeping our dollars circulating here.” “I think the timing might be perfect for us to try this out and see what we can do with it,” says Julie Neuman, parent and co-founder of the Farm to Community effort. “Developing an ordering system on our own would be a huge challenge, but it’s really necessary for our local farmers and institutions to be able to streamline the process of working together. The important part will be having everyone on board and using this tool as a community.” The Farm to Community group includes several local farmers as well as the St. Croix Regional Medical Center, which has begun offering local organic milk from Crystal Ball Farm near Osceola as well as local eggs, meat, apples, and vegetables. The Osceola

Schools are also involved and purchased apples from Baker Orchard in Centuria last fall. Some area restaurants, such as Grecco’s on the St. Croix and Café Wren, have also made commitments to purchasing local foods. The Farm to Community effort centers around the St. Croix Falls/Osceola area, but the group encourages other communities to get involved in local foods projects as well. Those interested in signing up for the GreenLeaf Market site are encouraged to attend a sign-up party and optional potluck event at St. Croix Falls City Hall on Tuesday, March 24, at 7 p.m. More information on the ordering system and how to sign up is available at GreenLeafMarket.com. To learn more about the Farm to Community group or the sign-up event, e-mail Arianne Peterson at arianne@cityofstcroixfalls.com or call her at 715-483-3929 ext. 15. – from St. Croix Falls Buy Local Initiative





Grantsburg called Shangri-la

Softball on the ice, rockets at airport, Photo Memory Lane all proposed

by Gregg Westigard GRANTSBURG – The monthly meeting of the Grantsburg Village Board Monday, March 9, was a gathering of new ideas and visions for the village. By the time the meeting was over, the board had approved a winter softball tournament on the ice and a rocket launch at the airport. A longtime resident proposed gathering historic photos for display at the municipal building. And a newer resident called the village a Shangri-la and presented his vision for the place he calls a gem. The softball tournament is coming fast, this Saturday, March 14, if the weather stays cold. The games will be held on Memory Lake if there is still ice and not slush. Adult co-ed teams will compete starting at 11 a.m. in an event sponsored by the Grantsburg American Legion and used as a fundraiser for American Legion Baseball. Refreshments will be served on the lake. The sponsors promise a day of fun and excitement. A different kind of excitement will come on June 7, during Big Gust Days, when rockets return to the airport. This will be the ninth year that the aerospace project of the Burnett County 4-H will sponsor the model rocket launch event, an event for area youth and adults with a love of flight. Craig Bowman, a leader of the 4-H project, said that 20 people took part in the event last year, firing a variety of rockets ranging from kit-built missiles to powerful home-built units. Bowman, the owner of Craig’s Tech Services, says rockets are an exciting and educational hobby. There is a wealth of local history out in the commu-

Rod Kleiss calls Grantsburg a gem of a village but told the village board that more can be done to attract visitors, including preserving the Main Street area and restoring ski trails through the forest. – Photo by Gregg Westigard nity, family photos in old shoe boxes and albums, and local photographer Billy Haraldson wants to make sure that these records of the Grantsburg community’s history are preserved and shared. Haraldson wants to gather old photos that residents are willing to share and create a Memory Lane to display them in the hallways of the municipal building. Some photos are now on display but he sees many bare walls that could become history walls.

Haraldson is a third-generation Grantsburg resident who remembers the early stories told by his grandparents and aunts about what the community was like over the past century. He is afraid that these memories of the area will be lost. The Sentinel has promised to help him copy the photos and prepare display prints, Haraldson says. “I see everything as a photo,” Haraldson told the Leader. “I always carry a camera to record our community.” The Falun resident grew up in the north part of the village and remembers when the present industrial park was the family cornfield where he flew his kites. Haraldson, a toolmaker by trade, is also a professional photographer. His Hillbilly Photograph business records graduations, weddings, and private events. While Haraldson has been in Grantsburg all his life, Rod Kleiss is new to the area. But he also cares about the area he calls a tiny Shangri-la. Kleiss appeared before the village board to share his vision of what Grantburg can be and some of his concerns about lost opportunities. Kleiss says the village is an unvarnished gem, a place unmatched in the country. He praises the downtown area, which he calls the valley area, with its park and Main Street. He thinks the forest area north of the river, with its old-growth trees, could become a crosscountry skiing draw. Kleiss says that Grantsburg could do much more to draw people to the village, including people who come through the town on the way to Crex Meadows. But he is also concerned about lost opportunities and critical of some actions. Kleiss is bothered that the old forest was cut and the 80 acres of ski trails abandoned. He thinks that too much focus has been put on “strip mall development” along Hwy. 70 at the expense of other areas. He asked if the valley area is being allowed to die. And Kleiss is especially critical of the “eyesore of a house on the edge of the park” with its new neon real estate sign. “This little village deserves much, much more,” Kleiss told the board. “There are many things in Grantsburg that can draw people here. We can make this a mecca.” Kleiss moved to Grantsburg five years ago from the Twin Cities. At the time, he was looking for a place to relocate his business, Kleiss Gears, a precision manufacturing firm. The company now employs 15 people. He found the ideal building in the industrial park and in the process found the community that he feels so strongly about.

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Market losses could cost school districts, says WASB by Gary King BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - Will stock market losses in the state retirement fund mean more spending for area school districts? Yes, according to the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, which says that in order for school districts to offset losses of more than $26 billion, contribution rates to the state retirement system will need to increase from 10.4 percent of payroll to 14.8 percent by the year 2014. The increase is a projection, based on investment returns in an economy that does not recover at all from 2008 stock market rates. The WASB warns that in school districts controlled by revenue limits, higher compensation costs would mean the reallocation of resources and/or the elimination of staff. “Students subsequently feel the pinch with larger class sizes and fewer educational opportunities,” a news release from the WASB states. There are two funds in the Wisconsin Retirement System - the core fund and the variable fund. School employees in districts belonging to the WRS can choose from either fund. In 2008, final investment returns in the core fund dropped 26.2 percent while the variable fund decreased 39 percent. “I see this as a potential tax increase to local districts,” Luck Superintendent Rick Palmer told the Leader this week. Luck, with a 2008 payroll totaling $3.2 million, could end up paying an additional $816,492 into the WRS from 2010 to 2016, according to the WASB. According to an article, “The Impact of the 2008 Market Turndown on the Wisconsin Retirement System,” by

This chart shows a breakdown among local school districts in projected additional costs - beyond the normal retirement payments - districts will need to pay into the Wisconsin Retirement System from 2010 to 2016 if the economy does not recover from 2008 stock market rates. Numbers are based on a percentage of annual payroll costs. - from the WASB David Stella, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust, the WRS is the ninth largest public retirement system in the U.S. and the 24thlargest in the world. There are 146,585 current retirees in the system, a number which is projected to reach 232,189 by 2017. The WASB is recommending the state “incrementally increase the age at which employees are eligible for retirement benefits under the state retirement system. Currently, the eligibility age is 57 for most employees - younger than the standard corporate 401(K) eligibility

rate, which is 59-1/2, and much younger than the Social Security eligibility age of 67. The State of Wisconsin Investment Board is recommending to the state Legislature that the retirement system’s variable fund be phased out.

In an article published in the Racine Journal-Times, David Hazen, chief financial officer for the Racine Unified School District, said that if revenue caps remain the same, the only way for a district to come up with the additional money would be by cutting staff or other services. “It’s never been required by the district to make up for market losses,” Hazen stated. “This seems strange to me. People took their chances if they put money in the variable (fund) and lost money.” John Ashley, executive director of WASB, notes that many Americans suffered large financial losses due to the collapse of the housing market and the decline in the stock market. “Due to these fiscal realities many individuals close to retirement in the private sector have realized that their retirement is going to be postponed and that they will have to make other financial sacrifices to make ends meet - individuals in the public sector covered by the WRS shouldn’t be immune from similar sacrifices.” The WASB is a nonprofit organization that describes itself as providing law, leadership and bargaining services to Wisconsin school boards. - Mary Stirrat contributed to this story

Bid awarded for Siren’s South East Neighborhood Project by Nancy Jappe SIREN – The bid for the South East Neighborhood Project was awarded to the lowest bidder, A-1 Excavating, during the March 4 meeting of the Siren Village Board. Nine bids were submitted on the project, with a tenth bidder withdrawing because of an error made on their part. The accepted bid, which includes all three of the alternatives, came to $610,895.15. Alternate one covers the reconstruction of Third Avenue between Anderson and Cape streets. Alternate two adds a new fire hydrant on Fourth Avenue near the north driveway of the Capeside Cove property. Alternate three covers the grinding of existing asphalt and using it for aggregate rather than hauling the pavement away. Only two other items were on the agenda for action by the board. One was to approve the closing of Main Street, Hwy. 35/70 and Works Progress Street for the St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday, March 14. The second was to approve a pay request for Staab Construction, contractor in the wastewater treatment plant project. As part of his report to the board, police Chief Chris Sybers told the board that Scott’s Auto Care, Grantsburg, was able to fix the department’s Dodge Durango, replacing the worn-out cam shaft. The labor was donated; the only charge was for the part. “This was a big help to the village,” commented village Administrator Randy Surbaugh. Only two dates were set for village committee meetings. The public safety committee will meet Thursday, March 19, at 4:30 p.m. The building, grounds and parks committee will meet Tuesday, March 24, at 10 a.m.

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Paul Baxter, Superior, a candidate for Burnett County Circuit Court judge on the April 7 election ballot, came to the Siren Village Board meeting Thursday, March 4, to introduce himself to the board members. Baxter, who has been a judicial court commissioner for Douglas County for the past six years, is not accepting any outside funding in his campaign for the judge position. – Photo by Nancy Jappe

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RICE LAKE — Prospective students who intend to start classes at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College next fall are able to reduce their college-related expenses by applying for scholarships from the WITC Foundation and other organizations. The WITC Foundation and donors to the college award more than $100,000 each year to students attending the four campuses. WITC-Rice Lake alone will be awarding 90 scholarships this spring for fall, 2009. The majority of them are available to incoming students – 2009 high school grads, previous graduates, dislocated workers, GED/HSED graduates – anyone who wishes to further their education. Applicants need to enroll for at least six credits per semester to qualify. Scholarships are awarded to those who have the initiative, desire and potential to succeed, and are not limited to students with financial need. Some of the scholarships are for specific programs, but many are

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Siren 40, Greenwood 34 by Marty Seeger SPOONER – While their game against Flambeau Friday night was special in its own right, the Siren girls 40-34 win over Greenwood the following night in Spooner seemed so much sweeter. With the win the Dragon girls basketball team will try to attempt what no other Siren team has been able to do in school history … win a state title. It wasn’t an easy road, by any means, for the Dragons, especially trying to hold onto what turned into being a 25-0 record. From the start Saturday night, it appeared that Greenwood 14-11, 7-9, wasn’t about to go down without a fight, and after their upset over the 20-3 Clayton Bears, it was anyone’s game. Greenwood, however, stepped it up considerably against Siren. “That was not the team I watched play Clayton last night. They brought everything, and they came to play and they came to win,” said Siren coach Ryan Karsten after the game. Carley Emery opened the game up with a 3-pointer in the first quarter, and despite it being a low scoring affair Emery knocked down another three. Jamie Fischbach hit for two and Janey Emery knocked down two free throws to help give Siren a 10-6 lead at the end of one. The second quarter was much the same as Ashley Guevara opened up with a 3-pointer and Haily Mulroy knocked down a big 3-pointer to help give Siren a 12-point lead with 5:23 to go in the half. But the lead didn’t last, as Greenwood stepped up defensively and knocked down a 3-pointer of their own, bringing the score to within five points at the half. “We turned the ball over way to many times tonight, and I told the girls from the start of the game, we just had to come play our game,” Karsten said. Siren had a nine-point edge at the end of three quarters, but Greenwood again closed the gap to within four points. Carley Emery knocked down another 3pointer late in the third quarter to help with the seven-point edge, and Janey Emery’s two free throws with .9 seconds to go stretched the lead to nine points, but again, Greenwood wouldn’t go away easily in the fourth quarter. Guevara drew her fourth foul early in the fourth, and Greenwood’s Taylor Johnson and Tara Hendrich hit 3-pointers to bring the score back to within

The Emery sisters, Janey (L) and Carley share an emotional moment after winning against Greenwood to make the trip to Madison for the state tournament. – Photo by Larry Samson three points with 5:02 to go. Turnovers by both teams hurt, but a steal by Greenwood’s Rylee Gregorich for two points brought the game to within one point with 3:32 remaining. In the end, a set of great free-throw shooting from Siren helped them pull away with the win. Carley Emery shot 4 of 6 and the team shot 7 of 10 from the line in the fourth quarter. Carley Emery led the team with 19 points, but of course, it was an all out effort from the Siren Dragons Saturday night. “I thought all seven of my girls played well. We hit big shots in the first half, Haily Mulroy hit a big three, Carley hit a big three down the stretch, they (Greenwood) played so physical on defense tonight, we couldn’t get much going anywhere,” Karsten said. Twenty minutes after the win, Karsten was still speechless, and still trying to catch his breath, but for good reason. It’s been a lot work getting to this point, and well worth the wait. Both Karsten and former girls coach, turned boys coach, Jon Ruud, has had a lot to do with the team’s success. “I can’t say enough about Jon Ruud, this is his ship, I’m just driving it,” Karsten said humbly. Both he and Ruud have put several hours into the team, and with a great team to go along with

Siren used the entire team as captain reps during the meeting with the referees to start both games over the weekend. – Photo by Marty Seeger

it, the Siren girls basketball program was due for a trip to state. “I couldn’t be prouder for a set of girls. We’ve worked hard all year,” Karsten said. He later added, “Greenwood’s an excellent program, and you get this deep in the playoffs everything’s an excellent program, so we were fortunate the stars aligned, and we made history and we’re going to state. So they can never take that away from us, every time you go to state basketball, for the rest of your life, there’ll be Siren in there.” The sectional champion Dragons are the only team out of four in Division 4 with a perfect 25-0 record. The play the state semifinal game the Alliant Energy Center this Friday, March 13, against St. Mary Central, 21-4, beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m. Potosi, 24-1, and Black Hawk, 23-2, play the first game Friday morning beginning at 9 a.m. “I don’t care who we play, or anything else,” said Karsten. “I’m just happy to be there, I’m happy for the girls, I’m happy for the town of Siren, I’m happy for the community.” Team Greenwood Siren

1 2 3 4 6 11 5 9 10 12 9 9 Individual Statistics Greenwood 2s 3s FTM/A Rylee Gregorich 1 Taylan Johnson 3 1 1/2 Staci Suda Kelsey Kim 2 Christin Hasse 3 2/2 Jordan Ehlers 2 0/2 Jana Hendrich 2 Totals 11 3 3/6 Siren Haily Mulroy Carley Emery Janey Emery Meghan Baasch Jamie Fischbach Ashley Guevara Totals

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••• STEVENS POINT – Luck graduate Britta Petersen made first team AllWisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as a forward for the UWStevens Point Pointers. Petersen leads the Pointers in points averaging 14.4 per game. She is second on her team in rebounding and has had a team high of 40 blocks this season. ••• WINONA STATE – Former Grantsburg athlete Mollie Bjelland has been busy with the Winona State Softball team. Bjelland is back in the thick of things after suffering a stress fracture in her back during the volleyball season. Already the Warriors have 15 games under their belt, and are ranked sixth nationally. Bjelland is batting in the cleanup spot and averages .350. ••• FLAMBEAU – The New York Jets signed Flambeau High School graduate Jim Leonhard on Tuesday, March 3. Leonhard played college football as a walk-on at the University of Wi s c o n s i n Madison. He has also played on NFL teams of the Buffalo Jim Leonhard Bills and Baltimore Ravens. While playing for the Ravens in 2008, he set career highs in starts, tackles and passes defensed. ••• LEADER LAND – Wisconsin Badger athletics on 1260 AM can be heard on the following dates and times. The Badgers versus Ohio State college basketball game can be heard Friday, March 13 at 1:30 p.m. The Minnesota State at Badgers hockey game can be heard on Friday, March 13, beginning at 7 p.m. The same teams play again on Saturday, March 14, beginning at 2 p.m. ••• MILWAUKEE – The San Francisco versus Milwaukee Brewers baseball game can be heard on 1260 AM on Tuesday, March 17, beginning at 2 p.m. ••• MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., – The Minnesota Twins versus Boston game on Tuesday, March 17, and Minnesota versus Pittsburg game on Thursday, March 19, can be heard on 104.9 FM at noon both days. ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4 p.m. on Tuesdays to go in Extra Points. – Marty Seeger and Brenda Sommerfeld ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete who will be playing collegiate sports in 2009 and hasn’t been mentioned, send us an e-mail and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger and Brenda Sommerfeld

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Emery sisters combine 43 points for the win Siren 61, Flambeau 50 by Marty Seeger SPOONER – The Siren girls basketball team did what no other Dragon girls basketball team had done before last Friday night. They beat nemesis Flambeau, 61-50, in a back-and-forth battle to advance them to the sectional final against Greenwood. The Dragons had been to Spooner four of the past five years and were knocked out of contention by the Falcons in every attempt. The first game, against Flambeau, was played to a packed Spooner High School gym that featured fans anticipating the game to follow between Clayton and Greenwood. There was no mistakin,g however, that the game between Siren and Flambeau turned out to be the highlight of the evening. “I’m so excited, I’ve been waiting for this for four years,” said senior Janey Emery, who had 21 points for the Dragons and shot 6 of 8 from the freethrow line. Her sophomore sister, Carley Emery, led Siren with 22 points and shot 14 of 14 from the free-throw line. As a team the Dragons shot 31 of 37 from the line, a major contributor to the team’s win. Flambeau was at the Dragons heels all night long, leading after the first quarter 13-9 and at the half by three points. But Siren wasn’t out by any means in the first half as they led at least twice in both quarters.

The cowbell was a big part of the band as they performed in Spooner.

The Siren Dragons had a big following at the sectional tournament in Spooner on Friday and Saturday. – Photos by Marty Seeger In the first quarter Ashley Guevara got fouled hard but made her bucket for two and capped that off with a free throw. Both teams came up big defensively in the first, but Guevara kept Siren in contention leading with five, and Janey Emery led the second quarter with eight points. Janey and Carley Emery hit 3-pointers early in the third quarter and it was a one-point game either way throughout the quarter. Flambeau, however, still led heading into the fourth quarter, 38-36. Free throws were a big part of the game

for Siren, and it continued into the fourth quarter. Early in the fourth Flambeau pulled ahead by five, but Guevara hit a big 3pointer to bring it back to within two. With still over seven minutes to go in the game, Janey Emery drew her fourth foul, but it didn’t seem to hinder her playing time for the rest of the quarter. “I got a little nervous, but I had played before with four fouls, so I was OK,” Janey Emery said. “I think I played just as aggressive, but I didn’t reach as much, and played smarter.”

The Dragons on the bench watch as the clock runs down and they realize they are on their way to Madison.

Siren retook the lead, 45-44, with 5:32 remaining, and later in the quarter Janey Emery knocked down another three to help Siren take a 54-48 lead with 2:50 to go. Flambeau went into foul trouble late and was forced to send Siren to the line, which eventually ended it for the night. Siren shot 18 of 20 from the line in the fourth quarter, and Carley Emery shot 10 of 10 in the frame. She commented after the game that it was her dad, assistant coach Jim Emery, who taught her how to shoot free throws. That, and a lot of practice, too. “Well, every day before practice, everyone shoots free throws, and every other time I play basketball,” Carley Emery said. And as for the win, “It’s awesome, I’m so excited, I don’t know how to explain it, it’s now just a steppingstone to go to state,” she said. Along with hundreds of fans there to support the team, perhaps nobody was more elated than coach Ryan Karsten, who remarked that the game could have gone either way. “We got let off earlier in the playoffs, Northwood, they missed 15 and we didn’t even shoot 15,” Karsten said. He also remarked on Flambeau missing close to 15 free throws as well. “It was a combination of poor shooting by them and good free-throw shooting by us, got us the win,” he said. Karsten said that Flambeau might have beat them on just about any given night, but the game that mattered happened to fall in the right direction for the Dragons.

Sarah Howe collides with a Flambeau player trying to get the rebound.

Siren faces St. Mary Central on Friday by Brenda Sommerfeld NEENAH – Last year’s state runnerup, the St. Mary Central Zephyrs, will be Siren’s first opponent on Friday, March 13, at the state tournament. St. Mary Central is located in Neenah, close to Appleton, and is coached by Jeff Chew. St. Mary Central lost in the state championship game last year to Flambeau, 61-36. It was their first-ever trip to state. As of now, St. Mary Central holds an overall season record of 21-

4, losing four Olympian Conference games. They were fourth in their conference. Three of their four losses were to Division 3 teams - Manitowoc Lutheran, 73-56; Roncalli, 63-56 and Brillion, 43-31. The other loss was to Division 2 team Valders, 51-36. Oneida Nation, 68-18; Green Bay NEW Lutheran, 55-50 and Hilbert, 4634, were the Zephyrs’ victims in regional competition. Niagara, 63-46 and Almond-Bancroft, 71-38 fell to them in the sectionals. St. Mary Central’s leading scorer is 5foot, 8-in. guard Rachel Brown. Brown is averaging 16.4 points per game and has totaled 361 points this season.

“She leads them in rebounding, assists, points, free throws attempted and free throws made,” Siren coach Ryan Karsten explained. “She will be the focus of our defense. We need to control her.” Brittney Sacheffer is another guard the Dragons will have to look out for. Sacheffer is averaging 12.5 points per game and has hit more than 30 3-pointers over this season. Maggie Pawlowski is the Zephyrs third leading scorer, averaging 9.6 points per game. “They play a variety of defense, fullcourt press, half-court press, zone and man,” Karsten said. “They kind of do a little bit of everything to try and see

2008-09 Division 4 Girls State Basketball Semifinals Fri., March 13

Championship Sat., March 14

Potosi (24-1) 9:05 a.m. Black Hawk (23-2) 12:05 p.m. Siren (25-0) after first game St. Mary Central (21-4)




T h e S i re n g i r l s b a s k e t b a l l t e a m i s s h o w n w i t h t h e i r s e c t i o n a l c h a m p i o n s h i p t ro p h y e a r n e d a f t e r a 4 0 - 3 4 w i n o v e r G re e n w o o d . P i c t u r e d b a c k r o w ( L t o R ) : C o a c h R y a n K a r s t e n a n d a s s i s t a n t c o a c h J i m E m e r y. M i d d l e r o w : D a p h n e H u b b e l l , A s h l e y G u e v a r a , M e g h a n B a a s c h , J a n e y E m e r y, C a r l e y E m e r y, Amber Guevara, Sarah Howe and Abigail Mitchell. F r o n t r o w : D a n i e l l e K e l l e r, J a m i e F i s c h b a c h , H a i l y M u l r o y a n d J e n n a Wa m b o l t . – Photo by Marty Seeger


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Cardinals season comes to a close

Buzzer beater in overtime ends season Eleva-Strum 48, Luck 46 by Marty Seeger LUCK – Basketball fans from ElevaStrum and Luck packed the Luck High School gym last Thursday night for the boys regional semifinal game. There were so many fans on hand for the game, TV monitors were placed in an adjacent gym for fans to watch. It wasn’t surprising, however, as the Luck boys grew accustomed to large crowds all season long. Unfortunately for Luck, the win went to Eleva-Strum in the final second of overtime in a thrilling backand-forth battle. “It was a good season, and as always, the players played well, but we just came up a little short,” said Luck coach Rick Giller, whose team had their hands full from the start, but managed a firstand second-quarter tie. Carson Giller had a great first half forcing turnovers and making great drives to the basket. Brennan Olson and Alec Mortel hit key buckets early and it helped the Cardinals break out to an early 10-4 lead. Eleva-Strum retook the lead with 3:39 and eventually stretched their lead to three points after a pair of Team Eleva-Strum Luck

1 2 3 4 OT F 13 7 8 12 8 48 13 7 4 16 6 46 Individual Statistics Eleva-Strum 2s 3s FTM/A F TP Jared Bechel 2 4/6 4 8 Dillon Todahl 1 - 2 Cory Knutson 8 1 2/2 4 21 Zach Rue 6 1/2 2 13 Andrew Petersen 1 4 2 Josh Segerstrom 1 3 2 Totals 19 1 7/10 17 48 Luck Harry Severson-Dickinson Cole Mortel Brennan Olson Alec Mortel Carson Giller Totals


2s 4 1 5 3 5 18

3s FTM/A F TP 1 2/3 3 13 3 2 0/3 4 10 2 6 1 2/3 1 15 2 4/9 13 46

Brennan Olson goes to the basket for a shot against regional opponent Eleva-Strum on the Cardinals home court. – Photo by Marty Seeger traveling calls on Luck. Despite the turnovers, Giller hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie it at 13 points. “Carson played a good game at both ends of the floor and he kept us in the game, scoring half of our first-half points,” Giller noted. The second quarter went back and forth and the teams eventually settled on a 20-20 tie at the half. Coach Giller said the team got away from their game plan in the first half, but still managed to keep the game close. The third quarter was a low-scoring affair for both teams, but Eleva-Strum got out to a four-point lead and held

Luck scoreless until senior HarrySeverson Dickinson got the Cardinals on the board with just over three minutes to go in the third quarter. “Harry also played well at both ends and he took over the scoring in the second half, putting up 13 of 20 points in regulation,” coach Giller said. Luck was held to four points in the third quarter and Eleva-Strum struck first in the fourth quarter to stretch their lead to six points. Giller and SeversonDickinson helped Luck go on a nice run, which included a steal from Giller and a big 3-pointer from Severson-Dickinson. Olson also connected and Luck went up

by four with 3:44 to go in the fourth quarter. Eleva-Strum regained the lead quickly, however, with 2:07 on the clock, eventually got the ball back with 1:24 remaining, and took the time down to 44 seconds before Luck was forced to foul. Cory Knutson hit both free throws for Eleva-Strum to give them a 3-point lead, but Severson-Dickinson connected for two points to bring the Cards within one. An inbound pass went right through the hands of an Eleva-Strum player and Luck regained possession with 20 seconds to go. Severson-Dickinson was eventually fouled and sunk two free throws to give Luck the 40-39 lead with eight seconds to go. Eleva-Strum took a timeout and eventually drove the length of the court. They took a final shot and drew a foul in the paint with .9 seconds to go in the game. Jared Bechel went to the line for Eleva-Strum and after sinking his first free throw, he missed the second shot to send the game into overtime. In the overtime, Giller and Cole Mortel hit two baskets to give Luck a two-point edge with 2:10 remaining. Eleva-Strum’s Zach Rue managed to force two huge steals to give them a two-point lead with 1:02 remaining, before Alec Mortel got a nice put-back to tie the game at 46. Eleva-Strum took a timeout with possession of the ball and 25 seconds on the clock. The first shot missed with an air ball, but landed in the open arms of Cory Knutson, who was right under the basket. As the buzzer sounded, the ball was halfway through the hoop. “Eleva-Strum played very good and their press hurt us where we had too many turnovers,” Giller said. Luck ended their season at 11-1 in the conference, and posted an overall record of 19-2. Eleva-Strum moved on to play Eau Claire Regis last Saturday in the regional finals, but lost 62-39.

Overtime play takes Pirates from regionals Bonneville nailed a shot within seconds to take the lead, 63-61. The Panthers were sent to attempt free throws on bonus four times, making two of their seven shots. Another field shot was made by St. Croix Central before Goetz nailed a 3-pointer and Bonneville made 1 of 2 free throws, bringing the score to the Pirates favor, 67-65. The Panthers took a timeout with 16 seconds to go. Getting down the court, St. Croix Central’s Kyle Cress nailed a 3pointer to win the game. Bonneville finished the game with 21 points, Jason Jensen scored 12 and both Goetz and Larson totaled nine points. Grantsburg ended their season with an 18-4 record.

Connar Goetz brings Pirates to overtime St. Croix Central 68, Grantsburg 67 by Brenda Sommerfeld GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg Pirates made it to overtime against the St. Croix Central Panthers on Thursday, March 5. The Pirates eventually fell, 6867, to be eliminated from the regional tournament. The Pirates started off the game with Trent Bonneville at the free-throw line. Bonneville put in both shots to start the scoring. He went 6 for 6 from the line during the first quarter. The Panthers scored four 3-pointers in the beginning of the first quarter in order to get a 12-5 lead over Grantsburg. St. Croix Central hit several more shots to make it a nine-point lead, 23-14, by the end of the first. By the halftime buzzer, the Pirates had scored enough to bring the game within three points, 38-35. The Panthers widened the gap back out by the end of the third, 52-45. The last minute of the fourth quarter had Grantsburg fans on their feet after a shot by Bonneville brought the game within one point, 57-58. Bonneville was put to the line after the shot for one free throw. It didn’t go in, but teammate Thane Larson quickly made up for it with a shot of his own, giving Grantsburg a 60-58 lead.

Senior Connar Goetz made one of his two free throws tieing the Pirates with St. Croix Central in order to go into overtime play during their regional matchup on Thursday, March 5. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld With 14 seconds on the clock, St. Croix Central nailed a 3-point shot to take the lead back, 61-60. Connar Goetz went up for a shot for the Pirates and was sent to the free-throw line on a foul with six

seconds left. Goetz scored one of the two free throws, ending regulation play in a tie. The four-minute overtime started with Grantsburg getting the jump ball.

Team 1 2 3 4 OT F St. Croix Central 23 15 14 16 7 68 Grantsburg 14 21 10 23 6 67 Individual Statistics St. Croix Central 2s 3s FTM/A F TP Luke Brown 2 5/11 2 9 Kyle Cress 3 4 4 18 David Butler 3 0/2 3 6 Joe Simon 2 3 4 Brian Aldworth 4 2/4 4 14 Cody Olson 3 1/2 4 7 Brad Walen 4 - 8 Charlie Clark 1 - 2 Totals 18 8 8/19 20 68 Grantsburg Connar Goetz Ben Larson Tyler Myers Brent Myers Jason Jensen Thane Larson Trent Bonneville Totals

2s 2 2 1 6 6 17

3s FTM/A F TP 1 2/3 1 9 3/3 5 7 1/2 5 1 2 2 8 - 12 3 2 9 9/13 4 21 6 15/20 19 67













Dragons end season in Drummond lead in the final minutes. “Once we got down nine, it was three and a half to go. That was the ballgame,” Ruud said. Siren ended up losing by seven points, 49-42, in their final game of the season. The Dragons lead scorers were Elijah Hinze with 11 points, Brennen Moose added 10 points and Andrew Brown totaled nine. The Siren team went 4 of 10 from the free-throw line. “It was a good year,” Ruud commented. The Siren Dragons finished their season 6-6 in conference and 11-11 overall. “No one can remember the last time Siren was 6-6 in conference,” Ruud said.

Siren led for first half Drummond 49, Siren 42 by Brenda Sommerfeld DRUMMOND – The Dragons had the lead in the first half of their regional game against Drummond on Thursday, March 5. Drummond came back in the second half to remove Siren from the tournament, 49-42. “We didn’t play very well against Drummond, but a lot of that is they play really good defense and we didn’t play very good ball,” coach Jon Ruud said. “They (Drummond) do a really good job of taking care of the ball.” Siren had lost to Drummond by five points earlier in the year, making the game a hard one to predict. The Dragons led the game 8-7 after the first quarter and 24-23 after the second quarter. They kept the ballgame tied up at 33-33, ending the third quarter. In the last seconds of the fourth quarter, Ruud took Charlie Brown from the game after a third foul was called on him. Ruud said he intended for Brown to check in to start the fourth, but Brown must not have known, so he didn’t check in until after the quarter started. “Normally it wouldn’t be a big deal, but these officials never blew the whistle all night, so he sat on the floor by the scorer’s table for two minutes and 15 seconds,” Ruud said. Ruud felt that Brown not being in for those two minutes was a big part of how Drummond started to gain their

Team Siren Drummond Siren Christian Hall Elijah Hinze Brennen Moose Charlie Brown Vince Nasman Andrew Brown Totals

Siren’s Vince Nasman passes the ball over Bayfield defenders during the Dragons win over Bayfield last Tuesday. Siren fell to Drummond on Thursday during regional play. – File photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

Molly Engstrom named to WCHA top 10 by Brenda Sommerfeld MADISON – The Western Collegiate Hockey Association marked its 10th season of women’s hockey this year. The first league season started in 19992000. In celebration of the first decade passing, WCHA announced the top 10 players from the first 10 years. League coaches and officials nominated athletes for the WCHA’s Top 10 players in 10 years from a list of AllAmericans, Olympians and post-season award winners. The nominations were then submitted to a selection committee that was appointed by the commissioner’s office to choose the team. Siren’s Molly Engstrom was one of the two former Badgers to make the list. Engstrom played defenseman for the Badgers from 2002-2005. She won a bronze medal with Team USA during the 2006 Olympics. She was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005. She is one of the six UW student athletes that has been named a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award. She was a 2005 All-American and All-

WCHA selection. She finished her Badger career with 28 goals and 57 assists, totaling 85 points. Other Badger players were Sara Bauer and Jessie Vetter. All 10 of the players were honored during the 2008 WCHA Final Face-off in Minneapolis March 7-8.

Youth Hockey Blizzard Squirt

Saturday, Feb. 28

Blizzard 4, Amery 3

Goals: Brady Mangen (2), Andrew Ruiz, Jenna Curtis. Assists: Jenna Curtis, Jake Smith, Brady Mangen. Saves: Baily Mangen (8).

Blizzard 5, Cumberland 0

Goals: Jenna Curtis (2), Brady Mangen, Andrew Ruiz, Jordan Larson. Assists: Jordan Larson, Jake Smith. Saves: Baily Mangen (15).

Sunday, March 1

Blizzard 12, Barron 0


Goals: Jenna Curtis (4), Brady Mangen (3), Aubri Larson, Tanner Lee, Logan Taylor, Hunter Schmidt, Andrew Ruiz. Assists: Jenna Curtis (2), Andrew Ruiz (2), Brady Mangen, Tanner Lee. Saves: Baily Mangen (4).

RIGHT TOP & BOTTOM: Molly Engstrom played for the Badgers from 2002-2005. She was honored at the Final Face-off in Minneapolis March 7 as one of the top 10 players in the first decade of WCHA Women’s Hockey. – Photos courtesy of Badgers Web site

1 2 3 4 8 16 9 9 7 16 10 16 Individual Statistics 2s 3s FTM/A 1 2 2 1/2 5 0/2 2 2/3 1 4 1/3 13 4 4/10

Drummond Cole DeChant Greg Jareki Brian Best Paul Walters Doug Wickingson Totals

2s 3 5 3 4 15

F 42 49 F 3 1 5 1 9

TP 3 11 10 6 3 9 42

3s FTM/A F TP 2 - 12 4/6 1 14 1/2 - 1 0/1 5 6 2 2/3 1 16 4 7/12 7 49

Becca Anderson ranks third on team scoring list by Brenda Sommerfeld FREDERIC – Becca Anderson did not reach the 1,000-point mark during her high school career, but she managed to come in third on the Vikings scoring list. Anderson has scored 719 points in her three years playing on the Frederic varsity team. She played only junior varsity her freshman year. “I think Becca is the ultimate team player,” coach Troy Wink said. “She was a great person to coach, her love for basketball is second to none and she gave our program all she could give. I appreciate her efforts, she is a one-of-a-kind player. One that will be hard to replace.” She has made a total of 81 3-pointers, 180 of 273 free throws, 157 assists and 124 steals throughout her career. Her biggest scoring game came this season, her senior year, with 31 points against Turtle Lake on Tuesday, Feb. 17. “Her 31 points in a game were the most by an individual in my nine seasons as coach,” Wink said. During her three years, Anderson has helped lead her team to 48 wins. The 48 wins is the most wins in a three-year stretch since 1989-1990 through 19911992. The past three-year stretch was during the years Vikings leading scorer Amy (Lundquist) Fossum played. Fossum also holds the record for most points scored in a game, at 43.

RIGHT: Viking senior Becca Anderson finishes her third and final season for Frederic ranking third on the most scoring list for Frederic. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld














KC contest awards - Frederic

Frederic Council 6370 Knights of Columbus present Frederic School awards for free-throw, math and spelling contests, as well as the awards for councilwide math and spelling. Addition math and spelling winners were (L to R): David Lindberg, sixth-grade math; Benjamin Richter, sixth-grade spelling; Kinzie Matz, fifth-grade math and Sarah Wells, fifth-grade spelling. Benjamin Richter was fifth-grade spelling council champ. Kinzie was the fifthgrade math council champ and Sarah Wells was the fifthgrade spelling council champ. – Photos submitted

A R E A Hacker’s Lanes

Sunday Afternoon Mixed Standings: Mark’s Girls 42, Chippewa Checks 41, Hot Shots 39, Gold Rush 38, Hole in the Wall 37, Sandbaggers 29, Spare-Us 28, The Gutter Busters 26. Women’s games: Lori Linke 232, Ernie Meyer 200, Dorothy Barfknecht 161. Women’s series: Lori Linke 548, Ernie Meyer 547, Dorothy Barfknecht 467. Men’s games: Scott Morrison 212, Brian Bistram 182, Jamie Mier 169. Men’s series: Scott Morrison 566, Brian Bistram 468, Mark Loomis 457. Team games: Gold Rush 654, Sandbaggers 614, Mark’s Girls 601. Team series: Gold Rush 1838, Mark’s Girls 1756, Sandbaggers 1721. Splits converted: 4-5: Angie White. 5-6: Angie White. 3-10: Lori Linke, Bea Moyer. 5-10: Amanda Peterson. 5-8-10: Gary Barfknecht. 5-7: Gary Barfknecht. Monday Afternoon Seniors Standings: Nite Hawks 28.5, Bears 25.5, Swans 24, Badgers 21, Eagles 21, Cardinals 19, Zebras 12.5, Bye 0. Women’s games: Carol Messer 164, Betty Anderson 163, Lila Larson & Nancy Morten 162. Women’s series: Lila Larson 450, JoAnn Tyler 441, Nancy Morten 431. Men’s games: Roger Messer 226, Bob Eischens 191, Chuck Hahr 184. Men’s series: Roger Messer 575, Dennis Bohn 497, Bob Eischens 490. Team games: Eagles 636, Nite Hawks 607, Zebras 606. Team series: Eagles 1814, Nite Hawks 1772, Swans 1688. Monday Night Ladies Standings: AnchorBank 63, House of Wood 50, Mane Attractions 46, Miller’s Chicks 38, The Bottle Shop 37.5, Hacker’s Lanes 32.5, Thrivent Financial 32, Bye 2. Individual games: Rita Frandsen (HW) 192, Nancy Anderson (HL) 185, Julie Hall (MA) & Barb Morgan (TF) 177. Individual series: Rita Frandsen (HW) 496, JoAnn Pomerleau (MA) 480, Rhonda Bazey (HW) 474. Team games: AnchorBank 614, Mane Attractions 609, House of Wood 602. Team series: AnchorBank 1780, Mane Attractions 1768, Hacker’s Lanes 1694. Tuesday Youth (2 games) Standings: Eliminators 13, Strikers ‘R Us 11, Pin Heads 11, IDK 7. Boys games: Charlie Lindberg 159, David Lindberg 137, Austin Bruss 119. Boys series: Charlie Lindberg 270, David Lindberg 239, Cody Holmen 226. Team games: Strikers ‘R Us 228, Pin Heads 220, IDK 201. Team series: Strikers ‘R Us 420, Pin Heads 405, Eliminators 385. Tuesday Classic Standings: Hacker’s Lanes 233.5, Great Northern Outdoors 219.5, Yellow Lake Lodge 208, Bottle Shop 194, Olsen & Son 175.5, SCVH 129, Pioneer Bar 100, Reliables 92.5. Individual games: Mike Renfroe 278, Brett Daeffler 268, Dale Gregory 247. Individual series: Brett Daeffler 716, Mike Renfroe 661, Dale Gregory 637. Team games: Bottle Shop 653, Hacker’s Lanes 628, Great Northern Outdoors 613. Team series: Bottle Shop 1906, Hacker’s Lanes 1761, Great Northern Outdoors 1752. Games 50 or more above average: Brett Daeffler (+64); Mike Renfroe (+99). Tuesday Late

Math and spelling winners were (L to R): Charlie Lindberg, eighth-grade math and spelling; Tylyn O’Brien, seventh-grade math; Elise Coddington, seventh-grade spelling. Charlie Lindberg, was the eighth-grade council math and spelling champ.

B O W L I N G Standings: Terminators 28, Red Rollers 23, LCR 21, Joe Blow 20, Cushing Rollers 14, Bye 0. Individual games: Rick Hach 220, Ron Pitts 188, John Wallner & Wesley Costa 185. Individual series: Rich Hach 596, Ron Pitts 495, John Wallner 476. Team games: Joe Blow 528, Red Rollers 478, Terminators 471. Team series: Joe Blow 1512, Red Rollers 1387, Terminators 1286. Series 100 or more above average: Brett Daeffler (+104); Mike Renfrow (+124). Wednesday Night Early Men’s Standings: 4 Seasons Wood Products 28, Larsen Auto Center 22, A-1 Machine 18, Lewis Silo 18, Pioneer Bar 15, Skol Bar 15, Parker 15, Cummings Lumber 13. Individual games: Josh Henry (LAC) 267, Dave Romanowski (PB) 247, Don Hughes (4S) 243, Individual series: Don Hughes (4S) 723, Denny Soper (P) 643, Josh Henry (LAC) 640. Team games: 4 Seasons Wood Products 978, 971 & 967. Team series: 4 Seasons Wood Products 2916, A-1 Machine 2734, Larsen Auto Center 2648. Thursday Early Men’s Standings: Grindell Law Offices 20.5, KWood 19.5, Hell Raisers 15, Wikstrom Construction 12.5, Full Timers 12, Fab Four 10.5, Frontier Trails 7, Bye 7. Individual games: Edward Bitler (KW) 223, Simon Nelson (GLO) 222, Don McKinney (FF) 219. Individual series: Edward Bitler (KW) 644, Don McKinney (FF) 585, Mark Bohn (FF) 578. Team games: Hell Raisers 611, Full Timers 570, Fab Four 567. Team series: Fab Four 1589, Full Timers 1579, K-Wood 1554. Splits converted: 3-10: Bert Meyer, Mike Sullivan. 4-7-9: Laryn Larson. Thursday Late Standings: Stotz & Company 26, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 22, Bazey Racing 16, Fisk Trucking 16, Johnson Upholstery 15, Hansen Farms Inc. 13. Individual games: Dale Frandsen 242, Larry Stotz 233, Stump Anderson 215. Individual series: Dale Frandsen 614, Stump Anderson 573, Dale Peterson 566. Team games: Stotz & Company 982, Hansen Farms Inc. 892, Bazey Racing 890. Team series: Bazey Racing 2564, Stotz & Company 2561, Hansen Farms Inc. 2499. Friday Night Ladies (2/27/09) Standings: Hole in the Wall 43, Meyer’s Plus 41, Junque Art 40.5, The Dozers 34.5, Frederic Design & Promotion 34, Pioneer Bar 33, The Leader 33, Skol Bar 21. Individual games: Gail Linke 190, Cara Holicky 190, Sheila Hanson 184. Individual series: Gail Linke 520, Missy Hernandez 506, Cara Holicky 495. Team games: Skol Bar 673, Meyers Plus 645, The Leader 618. Team series: Skol Bar 1897, Meyers Plus 1864, Junque Art 1708. Splits converted: 5-7: Paula Domagala. Friday Night Ladies (3/6/09) Standings: Hole in the Wall 50, Junque Art 47.5, The Dozers 41.5, Frederic Design & Promotion 34, Meyer’s Plus 41, Pioneer Bar 33, The Leader 33, Skol Bar

21. Individual games: Karen Carlson 224, Missy Hernandez 198, Cara Holicky 179. Individual series: Karen Carlson 579, Missy Hernandez 514, Ruth Taylor 501. Team games: Junque Art 664, Skol Bar 654, Meyers Plus 610. Team series: Junque Art 1883, Skol Bar 1841, Meyers Plus 1765. Ganes 50 or more above average: Kathy Gingras.

McKenzie Lanes

Monday Night Ladies Standings: Frederic Truck & Tractor 79.5, McKenzie Lanes 71, Milltown Appliance 68, Sam’s Carpentry 59, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 57.5, Edina Divas 57, Metal Products 56, Bye 32. Individual games: Jane Smith 199, Cindy Castellano 187, Toni Sloper 186. Individual series: Jane Smith 524, Kathy McKenzie 516, Cindy Castellano 512. Team games: (Handicap scores) McKenzie Lanes 1025. Team series: (Handicap scores) McKenzie Lanes 2884. Monday Night Madness Standings: Mishaps 68, Ole’s Country Market 60, Scottay’s Trucking 56, McKenzie Lanes 50, Alleycats 46, Peper Tire & Alignment 45, Pepie’s Gals 35, Bye 24. Individual games: Linette Erickson 197, Lois Murphy 191, Tammy Beckwith 189. Individual series: Linette Erickson 543, Debbie Swanson 496, Tammy Beckwith 478. Team games: (Handicap scores) Peper Tire & Alignment 673, Pepie’s Gals 653, Mishaps 614. Team series: (Handicap scores) Peper Tire & Alignment 1828, Mishaps 1768, Pepie’s Gals 1765. Tuesday Early Mixed Standings: Jim’s Flooring 49, Lemon Heads 46, Kluge 43, Mom’s Boys 38, Lane Crashers 38, Wild Boys 38. Women’s games: Brenda Lehmann 181, Linda Larson 152, Dennette Coen/Walton 83. Women’s series: Brenda Lehmann 534, Linda Larson 435, Dennette Coen/Walton 230. Men’s games: Darren McKenzie 257, Jim Coen 231, Glen Minnick 227. Men’s series: Darren McKenzie 696, Glen Minnick 620, Jeff Lehmann 599. Team games: Jim’s Flooring 596. Team series: Jim’s Flooring 1687. Tuesday Women’s Day Standings: B & H Builders 134, Country Gals 128.5, Hauge Dental 117, Custom Outfitter 114.5, Tomlinson Insurance 108, Kassel Tap 104.5, Gutter Dusters 73.5, Bye 36. Individual games: Denise F. Donaghue

Free-throw winners from Frederic were (L to R): Kendra Mossey, age 14; Emily Wells, age 13 and Zach Kuechenmeister, age 13. NOT PICTURED: Free-throw winners were (L to R): Mark Olson, age 12; Austin Ennis, age 11; Andrew Hochstetler, age 10; Mya Rivera, age 12 and Taylor Alseth, age 10 and Alyssa Kelcher, age 11.

R E S U L T S 197, Audrey Ruck 196, Lois Swenson 188. Individual series: Denise F. Donaghue 538, Audrey Ruck 503, Lois Swenson 502. Team games: (Handicap scores) Kassel Tap 836, B & H Builders 802, Gutter Dusters 788. Team series: (Handicap scores) Gutter Dusters 2290, B & H Builders 2264, Kassel Tap 2247. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: Steve’s Appliance 24, McKenzie Lanes 23, Hack’s Pub 21, Greatland Transportation 20.5, Glass Bar 19, Nel-Lo-Hill Farm 18, Dream Lawn 17.5, The Dugout 17. Individual games: Gene Braund 248, Donny Potting Jr. 248, Darren McKenzie & Roy P. Price 246. Individual series: Roy P. Price 706, Gene Braund 692, Donny Potting Jr. 681. Team games: (Handicap scores) Nel-LoHill 1257. Team series: (Handicap scores) Nel-LoHill 3407. Wednesday Early League Standings: Holiday StationStores 55, Lite House 48, JJ’s Club 35 44, Suzie Q’s 42, Cutting Edge 40, Hendrick’s Motor 40, Hack’s Pub 29, Top Spot 22. Women’s games: Patty Walker 189, Jeanne Kizer 159, Justine Melin 154. Women’s series: Jeanne Kizer 471, Patty Walker 446, Kathy Braund 421. Men’s games: Todd Wagner 232, Greg Dick 230, Gene Braund 228. Men’s series: Todd Wagner 632, Mike Welling 621, Gene Braund 594. Team games: (Handicap scores) Lite House 658. Team series: (Handicap scores) Lite House 1943. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Tiger Express 8, Edina Realty 6, Hanjo Farms 6, Harvest Moon 4, Davy’s Construction 4, Dalles Electrician 2, Reed’s Marina 2, McKenzie Lanes 0. Individual games: Jake Jerrick 257, Rick Katzmark 245, Todd Hansen, Darren McKenzie and Brad Hacker 243. Individual series: Rick Katzmark 679, Tim Katzmark 675, Brad Hacker 671. Team games: (Handicap scores) Edina Realty 1139, Hanjo Farms 1087. Team series: (Handicap scores) Edina Realty 3123, Hanjo Farms 3023.

Black & Orange

Early Birds Standings: 10th Hole 26-18, Gandy Dancer Saloon 26-18, Black & Orange 18.5-25.5, Log Cabin Store 17.5-26.5, Individual games: Donna Koon (B&O) 169, Michelle Lysdahl (10th) 158, Star Chirstensen (GDS) 155. Individual series: Michelle Lysdahl (10th) 434, Star Christensen (GDS) 422, Lynn Toivola (LCS) 417. Team games: Gandy Dancer Saloon 897, Black & Orange 807, Log Cabin Store & 10th Hole 804. Team series: Gandy Dancer Saloon 2635, 10th Hole 2395, Log Cabin Store 2387. Monday Night Men’s Standings: Bruce’s Auto 28-8, Black & Orange 25-11, Larry’s LP 19-17, Pope’s Construction 17-19, Glass & Mirror Works 12-24, Vacant 7-29. Individual games: Breck Eytcheson (G&MW) 225, Richard Morse (G&MW) 213, Curt Phelps (BA) 200.

Individual series: Curt Phelps (BA) 537, Breck Eytcheson (G&MW) 522, Chris Olson (L) 519. Team games: Larry’s LP 934, Glass & Mirror Works 909, Pope’s Construction 900. Team series: Glass & Mirror Works 2638, Pope’s Construction 2634, Bruce’s Auto 2584. Games 50 or more above average: Breck Eytcheson 225 (+78); Richard Morse 213 (+55). TNT Standings: Larry’s LP 26-14, Flower Power 23-17, Cashco 20-20, Wild Bill’s 11-29. Individual games: Brenda Heinz (SB) 192, Jennifer Kern (L) 178, Vicki Tollander (C) & Cheryl Hansen (C) 172. Individual series: Cheryl Hansen (C) 498, Jennifer Kern (L) 490, Brenda Heinz (WB) 440. Team games: Cashco 922, Larry’s LP 876, Wild Bill’s 870. Team series: Larry’s LP 2545, Cashco 2536, Wild Bill’s 2448. Games 50 or more above average: Brenda Heinz 192 (+77). Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Cashco 24-12, Northview Drive Inn 24-12, 10th Hole 18-18, Lions 16-20, Black & Orange 13-23, T&P Tree Service 13-23. Individual games: Dave Wardean (C) 200, Roger Tollander (C) 194, Doug McDowell (NDI) 189. Individual series: Chuck Houmann (10th) 515, Doug McDowell (NDI) 491, Roger Tollander (C) 488. Team games: 10th Hole 947, Northview Drive Inn 914, Black & Orange 892. Team series: 10th Hole 2677, Northview Drive Inn 2630, Black & Orange 2621. Games 50 or more above average: Dave Wardean 200 (+52). Early Risers Standings: 10th Hole 25-15, Hole in the Wall 22-18, A+ Sanitation 18-22, Gandy Dancer 15-25. Individual games: Lylah Nelson (A+) 177, Cris Damman (10th) 176, Carol Phelps (A+) 164. Individual series: Cris Damman (10th) 443, Phyllis Myers (A+) 437, Lylah Nelson (A+) 421. Team games: A+ Sanitation 713, Hole in the Wall 664, 10th Hole 657. Team series: Hole in the Wall 1966, A+ Sanitation 1892, Gandy Dancer 1863. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Lip’s 26-6, Check Services 16.5-15.5, Pour House 14.5-17.5, Ben Ott Const. 7-25. Individual games: Jackie Churchill (L) 204, Angie Olson (CS) 167, Daphne Churchill (L) 165. Individual series: Jackie Churchill (L) 522, Daphne Churchill (L) 464, Angie Olson (CS) 454. Team games: Lip’s 711, Check Services 673, Pour House 666. Team series: Lip’s 1977, Check Services 1938, Pour House 1912. Splits converted: 6-7-10: Laura Oustigoff














U-14 girls are state consolation champs

FOND DU LAC – Grantsburg/ Burnett Stars U-14 girls team went to Fond du Lac over the weekend for the Wisconsin U-14 girls state hockey tournament and became consolation champions. The girls started out Saturday morning playing the Central Wisconsin Storm U-14 team and lost 7-0. Hope Tucker had 10 saves in the game. The Storm went on to get second place in the state tournament. The second game the Stars played on Saturday was against the host of the tournament, Fond du Lac U-14 girls. Grantsburg/Burnett came back from their loss with a huge 8-0 win over the hosts. Sam O’Brien scored the first goal in the first period unassisted. Ashley Dietmeier knocked in the Stars second goal assisted by Daniel Pardun. Kassie Lien scored the third goal with a little under a minute left in the second period on an assist from Dietmeier. Wendy Roberts scored a power play goal five minutes into the third period. Three minutes later, Dietmeier got the puck from Paige Johnson for the fifth goal of the game. Johanna Lauer passed to O’Brien on a power play to put the sixth goal on the board. Roberts scored her second power play goal. Dietmeier scored her hat-trick goal with 45 seconds left of play for the team’s eighth goal. Tucker had a shutout with five saves in the game. Grantsburg/Burnett kept

The Grantsburg/Burnett Stars U-14 girls hockey team took the consolation championship at the state tournament over the weekend. Pictured back row (L to R): Tianna Stewart, Kassie Lien and Sam O’Brien. Middle row: Assistant coaches Teri O’Brien and Allison Briggs, Johanna Lauer, Brianna Phernetton, Abby Stevens, Taylor Heathman, Larissa Houtari, Haylie Samuelson and coach George Briggs. Front row: Paige Johnson, Danielle Pardun, Hope Tucker, Ashley Dietmeier and Wendy Roberts. – Photo submitted the pressure on with 60 shots on Fond du Lac’s goalie. “I knew if we just kept shooting and following up on our rebounds we would start scoring more goals,” coach George Briggs said. “And that is what the girls did!” Winning against Fond du Lac put the

KC contest awards - Siren

Frederic Council 6370 Knights of Columbus present Siren School awards for free-throw, math and spelling contests, as well as the awards for council wide math and spelling. Knights of Columbus free-throw winners from Siren were (L to R): Stephanie Wambolt age 12; Emily Howe, age 11; Elizabeth Stanford, age 10; Neil Oustigoff, age 11 and Aaron Ruud, age 10. – Photos submitted

Stars in the consolation game on Sunday against the River Falls Black Cats. The first period ended scoreless. With the Stars getting five shots on the River Falls goal and Tucker saving three shots on her. With four minutes in the second peri-

od, the Black Cats scored their first goal and only 20 seconds later had their second goal. For the next ten minutes the game was scoreless until Johnson hit Dietmeier with a pass and Dietmeier put the Stars on the scoreboard to make the score 2-1. With 30 seconds left in the period, the Black Cats got their third goal, putting them up 3-1. Two minutes into the third period, O’Brien took the puck and scored. Lien followed putting one in the nets to tie the game up, 3-3. For the next 8-1/2 minutes the battle went on with no scoring and each goalie getting a mild workout. With a couple of minutes left in the game, coach Briggs called a time out to give the girls a breather and come up with a plan. The girls went out and skated their hearts out and with one minute left Lien popped the fourth goal in to put the Stars up by a goal. The Stars held the Black Cats off for the next minute to win the game. Tucker had a great game in the nets with 15 saves. The girls were all smiles when accepting their trophy and medals. “What a way to end the year,” said coach Briggs. “The girls played a great weekend of hockey and it really paid off!” The parents of the team appreciate head coach Briggs and assistant coaches Allison Briggs and Teri O’Brien for giving the girls a nice year of hockey. – submitted

KC contest awards Grantsburg

Knights of Columbus presented Grantsburg School awards for free-throw, math and spelling contests, as well as the awards for councilwide math and spelling.Free-throw winners from Grantsburg were (L to R): Connor Myers, age 14; Lars Thoreson, age 13; Brady Bonneville, age 12 and Joel Rauchbauer, age 11. Not pictured: Dakota Schultz, age 10. – Photos submitted

Free-throw winners from Grantsburg were (L to R): Connor Kylie Pewe, age 14; Ellie Corbin, age 13; Rebekah Curtin, age 12; Carolyn Peterson, age 11 and Jordyn McKenzie, age 10. Knights of Columbus winners were (L to R): MacKenzie Smith, age 13, freethrow; Jake Swenson, eighth-grade math; Raven Emery, eighth-grade spelling; Devan Pavlicek, seventh-grade math; Austin Bruss, seventh-grade spelling council champ.

Math winners from Grantsburg (L to R) were: Jacob Radtke, eighth grade; Austin Handy, seventh grade; Richard Schneider, sixth grade and Jaeger Staven, fifth grade (photo not available). Jacob, Austin and Richard were council math champs. – Photos submitted

Siren Knights of Columbus knowledge winners (L to R) were: Harriet Koball, sixth-grade math and spelling; Emily Stiemann, eighth-grade spelling and Hannah Skold, fifth-grade spelling.

Spelling winners from Grantsburg (L to R): were Connor Myers, eighth grade; Christopher Parker, sixth grade and Majel Schmaltz, fifth grade (photo not available).





Nice guy finishes first Accolades are pouring in for the Siren Dragons and their head coach Ryan Karsten. (see story and photos elsewhere on these pages) Is there any coach around who devotes more of his time, energy and personal fortune to all levels of a basketball program than does Karsten? The 25-0 Dragons will face the 21-4 St. Mary Central Zephyrs (of Neenah) at 10:35 a.m. on Friday. Incidentally this could be the first “Dragons vs. Zephyrs” matchup in the history of high school sports in 50 states. And now is a good time to renew your subscription to the Inter-County Leader, since some time next February you won’t want to miss exclusive coverage of Dragon sensation Carley Emery’s 1,000 career point. Earlier this season her sister, Janey Emery, was fea-

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tured for the same milestone but Carley will hit the big number as a junior. What a thrill it must be for 1980s Dragon hoop star Jim Emery to have a seat on the bench as assistant coach watching his daughters perform. And what do coaches do to help shake the blues that follow a tough regional loss to Drummond? If you’re Siren boys coach Jon Ruud you head to the woods for a shed antler hunting expedition. Spies hiding behind trees in eastern Burnett County say Ruud found six specimens Saturday to add to his growing collection. Former Frederic connections go deep into tournament To the surprise of many Northwest Wisconsin hoop fans, the Prescott Cardinals find themselves in this Thursday’s sectional semifinal versus Eau Claire Regis in Somerset. Of course, the Cardinals are head coached by ex-Frederic cage mentor Corey Morning. At one time during this campaign, Prescott held a 1-10 record and were only 5-15 when the playoffs began. They opened tourney play with a win over St. Croix Falls, followed by victories over Glenwood City and St. Croix Central.




Meanwhile, over in Hayward on Saturday, 6’ 6 junior Nick Geisen – a former Frederic Viking – was again in the starting lineup for the Washburn Castle Guards who lost a thrilling double-overtime battle with Ladysmith, 73-69. Webster zebras informed of state assignment Once the dust had settled after Saturday’s girls sectional finals, WIAA associate director Deb Hauser strode jauntily to her official WIAA personal computer, sat down, then e-mailed the officiating assignments for this week’s state tournament in Madison. And it was then that well-known local refs Tim Widiker and Tim McIntyre found out they’d be working the MonroeGrafton Division 2 semifinal on Friday afternoon at 1:35. So don’t touch that TV dial after watching Siren win in the preceding game. Instead, make yourself a sandwich (tuna for some of you) and stay tuned at least long enough for the Monroe-Grafton pregame action at which time you will have the opportunity to see the televised introduction of the game’s officiating crew.


John Ryan may jmr202@yahoo.com.


Team Siren

West Lakeland Conference Standings Scores

Conf. 12-0

Overall 25-0

Friday, March 6 Siren 61, Flambeau 50 Saturday, March 7 Siren 40, Greenwood 34


Friday, March 13 10:35 a.m. Siren vs. St. Mary Central in Madison


West Lakeland Conference Standings

Team Luck Grantsburg Siren


Conf. 11-1 10-2 6-6

Thursday, March 5 Drummond 49, Siren 42 St. Croix Central 68, Grantsburg 67 OT Eleva-Strum 48, Luck 46 OT

Overall 20-2 18-4 11-11




TO THE SENIOR BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYERS of Webster, Siren, Frederic, Luck, Grantsburg, Unity and St. Croix Falls:

Spelling and math winners were (L to R): Olivia Zappa, sixth-grade spelling; Sarah Schaar, fifth-grade math and Knights of Columbus presented Luck School awards for free- Nick Mattson, fifth-grade spelling. throw, math and spelling contests, as well as the awards for councilwide math and spelling. Free-throw and knowledge winPhotos ners from Luck were (L to R): Avery Steen, age 14; Cayel submitted Wesenberg, eighth-grade math and Whitney Peterson, age 12.

Free-throw winners from Luck shown (L to R) were: Noah Mortel, age 11; Derek Rennick, age 10; Kerrigan Ekholm, age 11 and Emma Pedersen, age 10.


12 days until baseball practice The hubbub and hullaballoo of next week’s boys state basketball tournament will have barely subsided when high school baseball players begin practicing indoors on March 23. Most teams will play their first games by April 6 and this year the WIAA allows an expanded 26 game regular season schedule. (Get those pitchers ready!) Look for the Grantsburg Pirates to repeat as West Lakeland Conference champion. Incidentally, a quick review of the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association yearbook indicates that Pirate skipper Pete Johnson is ranked fifth among active state coaches with a career record of 190-53, for a winning percentage of .781. That’s right up there on the Swami’s plateau (see prediction column elsewhere on these pages). Johnson rarely stops thinking about baseball and lately has been musing about the creation of an age 35-andover baseball league involving teams from the Leader Land region. This sounds like a great idea.

KC contest awards - Luck




We have watched most of you play since 3rd grade when you all started out learning the fundamentals of basketball by playing on Saturdays. It has been a pleasure seeing you grow into fine athletic men and respectable young citizens. Thanks for the memories. We wish you the best success in your future. 480153 29Lp


NAME: Connar Goetz SCHOOL: Grantsburg YEAR: Senior COMMENTS: Pirates guard Connar Goetz stepped up in the second half of the regional game against St. Croix Central. Goetz scored nine points in the second half to help tie the game up. A freethrow shot by Goetz was Connar Goetz what put the game into overtime. His 3-pointer in overtime play brought the Pirates close to a win. – Brenda Sommerfeld

NAME: Ashley Guevara SCHOOL: Siren YEAR: Sophomore COMMENTS: Ashley Guevara was a big piece of the puzzle last weekend in the Dragons push to the state tournament. Guevara was strong on the boards and scored 12 points against the Falcons in their 61-50 win, and Ashley Guevara shot 7 of 7 from the line. She scored six points against Greenwood and had a big 3-pointer in the first half. – Marty Seeger

Did you ever have a big fat zero written down in your teacher’s grade book because you missed a daily assignment? If so, you know what effect that can have on your quarterly grade. A similar thing happened to the THE SWAMI Swami last week, as he closed out the basketball season with a horrendous 0-5 prediction record and dropped his season mark to 131-43. As a result, his success rate plummeted from 78 percent

down to 75 percent. The performance was so bad that he has sequestered himself in his shack and has refused to answer any phone calls, e-mails or knocks on his door. Even a pound of wild rice and a jar of homemade maple syrup placed on his porch failed to bring him out of seclusion. He had indicated earlier that he was considering predicting track and field this spring but that remains to be seen. If not, he ends the 2008-2009 prognostication season with a cumulative mark of 177-60, thanks to his 46-17 football performance. When he’s not in seclusion, the Swami answers all e-mails and can be reached at predictionking@yahoo.com.

The Swami





Cougar confirmed in Burnett County tion warden Paul Martin strongly requested calling off the search Thursday. The wardens and biologists eventually made a joint decision to call it off. Although Thompson’s group was unhappy with how DNR biologists handled it, they weren’t unhappy with any of the wardens who were there, and thought they handled everything the right way. “I [still] would have liked to have seen it collared,” Thompson said.

Local houndsmen join rare experience by Marty Seeger SPOONER – It’s not every day you get to see a mountain lion in Wisconsin, but a handful of awestruck spectators were able to do just that near Spooner last week. Word spread quickly throughout the community and for good reason, as only two confirmed mountain lion sightings have happened in Wisconsin. One was confirmed in 1910 and another was confirmed more recently near Milton, but the cat was later killed near a suburb of Chicago. The story first began Monday afternoon when a phone call from Ed Berkes, of Spooner, was made to friend Steve Thompson after Berkes saw what he thought looked like a mountain lion track going through his yard. Coincidentally, Thompson and a group of others had just got back from hunting mountain lions through the mountains of Montana about three weeks earlier. “As soon as I drove in his yard and looked, I knew it was a mountain lion, no question in my mind,” said Thompson, who first looked at the track early Tuesday morning. Thompson, of Webster, then called a group of others he frequently hunts with to check on the tracks. Those members included Asa Thompson, who hails from Minnesota, and Ross Tollander, Kevin Radman, Mark Brown and Steve

This male (tom) cougar treed in Burnett County was estimated at around 125 pounds, which experienced houndsmen described as average in size.

Four of the local houndsmen that were an important part of the chase for the mountain lion included (L to R): Mark Brown, Kevin Radman, Steve Thompson and Steve Curtis. – Photos submitted Curtis, all of the Webster area. ed the DNR to come out and take a look, “We kept driving around the block, but nobody showed up. Other curious seeing where the tracks were going into, onlookers, however, did. and finding where it came out,” said “What started out to be about four or Curtis. five of us ended up to be about 24 at the The group spent the better part of the end,” Curtis explained. morning circling various chunks of Since the authorities hadn’t shown up woods roughly four miles north of that evening, the hunters left the mounSpooner. It wasn’t until early that after- tain lion so as not to cause any stress on noon that the group found a set of the animal. Early the next morning tracks going in, but couldn’t find an Steve Thompson tried contacting the area where the cat had come out. In DNR again, and after waiting a couple about 24 hours since the tracks were ini- of hours he received a call from a DNR tially spotted at the Berkes residence, biologist, who asked if they could rethe cat had already covered 17 miles of tree the animal to try and tranquilize ground to an area south of Hertel. Once and place a radio collar on it. they got to that area, they found that a In the three hours Steve Thompson group of coyote hunters were in the waited for a DNR reply, the cat had same woods as the mountain lion. traveled six miles from where it was “The mountain lion happened to be in treed the Tuesday before. Thompson a piece that they were in, they were was out early Wednesday morning to never chasing it, but it was in that see if the cat had left the area. It hadn’t, piece,” Curtis said. but by the time the biologists joined the Once the coyote hunters had left the search, the cat traveled the six miles area they started looking again, found north. where the animal went in but not where The group eventually caught up with it came out. Curtis says they spoke with the mountain lion along with the bioloone of the coyote hunters who had actu- gists, but the first attempt to tranquilize ally seen the cat’s tracks in the woods. the animal failed. It was treed again, He described the coyote hunters as and the second attempt failed as well. “good guys.” “How many times do you need?” At about 3 p.m. they dropped the Thompson said about the efforts of the hounds on its tracks, and at about 3:35 DNR biologists. p.m., Curtis says he was taking the first Thompson and the other hunters photos of the cougar alongside Asa were so frustrated that they decided Thompson and Brown, who were that enough was enough, and the cat among the others to be the first to arrive needed to be left alone, so they pulled at the tree. the dogs off Wednesday for good. “I’ve seen a lot of mountain lions, but The search was picked up again by a this one’s pretty special,” and a lot easi- second group with hounds at request of er walking,” Curtis said with a chuckle. the biologists. The mountain lion was treed again on Thursday, but again DNR gets involved efforts were unsuccessful in trying to After several photos were taken on tranquilize it. Tuesday afternoon, the hunters contactAccording to Thompson, conserva-

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Still no search for cat As of Tuesday, no more efforts to capture the mountain lion have been done according to DNR public affairs officer Jim Bishop, out of Spooner. “We decided to just leave it alone, it had been run essentially three days in a row,” Bishop said. He added, “Our primary concern was for the health of the animal.” With depleting snow it would be extremely difficult to track the cat, and Bishop says it has likely moved along to another area. He spoke with another

The cougar is also known as a mountain lion, puma or catamount. Several photos were taken of the cat, in Burnett County, including this one, which shows an engaging look. warden who says the range of a young male mountain lion such as the one spotted in Burnett County can be up to 600 miles, whereas a female has a range of about 200 miles. With expanding populations of mountain lions (which are also commonly called cougars, pumas or catamounts) in the western states and Canada, Bishop says we may see more of them in the future. It is said that the nearest population exists in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where about 250 animals are believed to exist. “We would have liked to have gotten a radio collar on [the cougar],” Bishop said. The information used would aid biologists in finding out how, where and why they travel. Although they missed the opportunity, Bishop says the DNR has learned a lot, and they may be able to do it again at another time.

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Local DU celebrates habitat projects

by Tim Spielman GRANTSBURG – If you’re a duck, you aren’t concerned about the state of the United States economy. If you’re a mallard, a pintail, a scaup, or one of the many other duck species that pass through or take up residence in Wisconsin in the spring, you hope to find a place to rest as you migrate north, and you hope to find a location to nest. However, the fortunes of waterfowl could be tied to the fortunes of U.S. citizens; as funding becomes tight, that which goes to conservation could be back. Meanwhile, the scaled usual threats to duck habitat - habitat that’s used by a host of other birds and animals - will remain, making the work of conservation groups like Ducks Unlimited all the more important. For its part, the Crex Meadows Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host its annual fundraising banquet March 28, at the Northwoods Crossing Event Center in Siren. The event will begin at 5 p.m. Funds raised by Ducks Unlimited are directed to where they’re most useful, not always in the locations where they’re raised. But for ducks, it makes sense: good habitat in the prime breeding locations to the north and west of Wisconsin means more ducks passing through the state in the fall, when hunters head afield. Still, there’s breeding habitat in this part of the state, and that’s reflected in work by DU, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wisconsin DNR and other groups. Much of that work is occurring at Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area, and

other parts of the county, as well as Polk County. Much of the money raised by DU chapters is used in conjunction with other sources of funding, to match USFWS funds, creating a pot big enough to tackle increasingly expensive habitat projects. Jason Hill, DU regional biologist, said several projects are under way in and around Burnett County. For example, DU recently was awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant of $75,000 for a project in northwestern Wisconsin. Partners in the grant, according to DU, will “restore and enhance 638 acres of wetlands and grasslands under this new program.” Most of that work will occur in areas where wetlands were in the past drained for agricultural use. “The program area was historically dominated by pothole-type wetlands shaped by the last glacier,” DU says. The project will include both public and private lands. A large portion of the project - nearly 90 percent includes establishing and maintaining native grasslands, as both Crex Meadows and the Fish Lake SWAs have been identified as “high-priority landscapes for grassland bird management” by the DNR. Also, work is expected to be done this summer at Grettum Flowage, south of Grantsburg on the Fish Lake State Wildlife Area. Repair of a water-control structure “will allow for continued water-level and management at the vegetative Fish Lake SWA refuge, which provides wetland habitat beneficial to waterfowl and other wetland-dependent migrato-

A portion of Wisconsin showing areas where habitat projects were done with the help of Ducks Unlimited throughout the state of Wisconsin. – Submitted map ry birds.” This project, too, is a coopera- important for waterfowl and a host of tive effort: DU completed engineering other wildlife. But they all play roles in design for the project last year; the DNR ensuring that ducks don’t notice the will obtain permits and complete the economic slow times. For more information about the Crex Meadows DU repairs, probably this year. Ducks Unlimited is just one of many chapter event, call 715-689-2923. groups in Wisconsin that work to restore and improve habitat that’s

Salamander survey ST. CROIX FALLS — It’s easy to overlook salamanders. Unlike frogs and toads, salamanders are quiet amphibians living secret lives beneath logs and leaves. Biologists suggest that their numbers may be declining in some states, but what about here in Wisconsin? Last spring curious citizen monitors from 20 counties took to woodland ponds and marshes to find out. 2008 marked the first year of the Wisconsin Salamander Survey, a joint initiative of the Wisconsin Audubon Council Inc. and the Citizen-based Monitoring Network of Wisconsin. Nearly all of the 50 volunteer monitors were members of one of 15 Audubon chapters throughout the state. Wisconsin Audubon received a small grant from the Citizen Monitoring Network to pay for project expenses. Wisconsin has six terrestrial salamanders and one aquatic, the mudpuppy. Monitors are especially interested in

A handful of salamanders found in Wisconsin. – Photo submitted documenting the presence of three species that breed in ephemeral woodland pools — the blue-spotted, spotted and tiger salamanders. Monitors livecaptured and released over 1,000 adult salamanders of six species last April.

The lone species not found was the redbacked salamander. It lays its eggs on land. The WSS needs volunteer monitors from Polk, Barron, Burnett, Washburn, St. Croix and Dunn counties. This is a

family-friendly and educational citizen science project and school-age children and their parents make especially good monitors. Monitors check live traps for six consecutive days in early April and record their results. Monitors receive all the training and supplies needed, including traps, and must possess a valid fishing license. People interested in becoming citizen salamander monitors may attend a free training workshop at Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls on Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. Randy Korb, project director, will give a short talk and bring live salamanders to help participants learn about these secretive creatures. He will explain the survey, hand out materials and help volunteer monitors build their live traps. Participants must preregister by Friday, March 13, by contacting Julie Fox, park naturalist, at Julieann.Fox@Wisconsin.gov or 715483-3747. — from Interstate Park

Informational hearings on 2008 deer season MADISON—Rep. Ann Hraychuck, D-Balsam Lake, and Sen. Jim Holperin, D-Eagle River, announced plans to hold informational hearings about the 2008 deer season and herd management techniques in Spooner and Rhinelander on March 30, as well as a joint SenateAssembly Committee hearing in Madison on Wednesday, April 15. Hraychuck serves as chair of the Assembly’s Fish and Wildlife Committee, and Holperin is chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee. Both recognize the many questions and concerns of Wisconsin hunters about the 2008 deer season and the Department of Natural Resources population management tools for the deer herd. “Everyone knows there’s a lot of

upset deer hunters out there following a very disappointing and unproductive season for many,” Holperin said. “The Legislature should certainly not start running our deer seasons, nobody wants that, but there are many deerrelated policies that are legislatively based, and so we need to listen to hunters, hear them out, and react so that there is a greater level of satisfaction with deer management policy in this state.” Members of the public are encouraged to attend and provide oral testimony or written comments. Those who are inclined to testify are asked to limit comments to three minutes. In addition to the hearings being held by Hraychuck and Holperin, the DNR is also holding deer management unit

hearings across the state throughout the month of March. “An important part of the deer management equation is the annual DMU hearings that are being held in 40 locations,” said Hraychuck. “Traditionally there has been low attendance at these hearings. It has never been more important for citizens to voice their concerns about Wisconsin’s deer population management. Senator Holperin and I urge hunters to attend the meetings held locally, and if they can, make the trip to one of the three legislative hearings,” Hraychuck continued. DNR staff will be in attendance at each legislative hearing and DMU hearing to answer questions and explain in greater detail their current techniques for calculating the deer population and

mechanisms to manage the herd. Visit the DNR Web site for more detailed information and a full list of DMU hearings. dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/news/hear meet.html#deer, or call 800-936-7463. Hearing dates and times: Rhinelander: Monday, March 30, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the James Williams Middle School, 915 Acacia Lane, Spooner: Monday, March 30, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., at the Spooner Elementary School, 500 College Street, Madison: Wednesday, April 15, 10 a.m., State Capitol, 411 South. - submitted


Three suits filed to stop Iver’s Mountain mine

Mathy claims over $2 million in investment at stake

by Gregg Westigard LAKETOWN – The status of the proposed basalt or traprock mine in Laketown is moving forward on several fronts. Mathy Construction Company, owner of the 378acre site it calls the Laketown Quarry, has served a claim against the town of Laketown. Various residents have filed three suits in court to halt the operation at the site they call Iver’s Mountain. The town board has rescinded a road agreement with Mathy and declared a moratorium on new large developments like the mine. And the Laketown voters will choose a new town board and vote on an advisory referendum at the April 7 election. The town of Laketown is not zoned and mining is an allowed use of the property on Mountain Drive. Mathy needs two things before it opens the quarry, an agreement with the town to use town roads to haul the mine products and a reclamation permit overseeing the future closing of the mine. On May 19 of last year, Mathy officials met with the town board members to work out details of a developer’s agreement allowing Mathy use of the town roads. In return, Mathy agreed to make improvements to the roads, including the paving of Mountain Road west to

200th Street. That agreement was approved by the town board at its monthly meeting on May 20, 2008. The meeting on May 19 was not publicly noticed and the published agenda for the May 20 meeting did not list the road agreement as an item of business. The May 19 meeting and the action at the May 20 meeting were probably violations of the open meeting law. The town board took that position on Aug. 1, 2008, when it rescinded its approval of the “purported” agreement. Meanwhile, Mathy relied on that agreement and proceeded to purchase the property on June 10, 2008. Mathy paid $1,548,857 to purchase the land according to a claim the company served on Laketown in November. Mathy wants Laketown to enforce the agreement and void its moratorium or pay Mathy for damages of “not less than $500,000 plus potential lost profits.” The company says it had already invested over $367,000 in the property above the purchase price as of late November. Mathy was issued a nonmetallic mining reclamation permit by the Polk County Land and Water Resources Department in October. Some residents challenged that action in a process that included a contested case hearing. The permit was upheld but is being challenged by a group of residents. Three lawsuits have been filed in circuit court to stop the quarry. One, Hansen v. Mathy, seeks to void the road agreement. A second, Schermer v. Laketown and

Mathy, also seeks to void the agreement based on open-meeting-law violations. The third, Bergstrom v. Polk County and Mathy, seeks to reverse the reclamation permit. All the cases are working their way through the court system. All this has resulted in a large turnover of the Laketown board. Town Chair Terry Mattson resigned and was replaced by Dan King. Then Supervisor Randy Erickson resigned and was replaced by Montie Tretsven. The other supervisor, Donald Swanson, is not seeking re-election. On April 7, town voters will choose two supervisors from a field on four persons, Tretsven, Bruce Paulsen, Matt Larson and Mathew Mattson. King is unopposed for the chair position. Residents will also vote on an advisory referendum with two choices on the ballot: “Do you favor continuing legally and financially to halt Mathy Construction’s proposed mining operation?” or “Do you favor coming to a mutual agreement with Mathy Construction and the Town of Laketown?” Meanwhile, the Friends of Iver’s Mountain continue to organize opposition to the mine. The group has held a series of meetings, including two concerts, to gather support for the effort to save the mountaintop property. They claim that the spot is of geological and historic significance, not just to the area but to the state. They also claim that the mining, including blasting, will cause damage to the neighbors and to the Trade River at the base of the property.

County saves $500,000 through stimulus package

Hwy. Y repair part of six-year road plan

by Gregg Westigard BALSAM LAKE – The federal stimulus package will save Polk County residents an estimated $500,000 by covering much of the costs of rebuilding CTH Y. The stimulus money has been offered to governments to help pay for projects that are “shovel ready,” that is, projects that could be started immediately and get federal money into the economy rapidly. The Polk County Highway Deparatment was ready with such a project, thanks to the department’s development of a long-term six-year road improvement plan. Last year the county borrowed $2 million to fund part of that plan. The stimulus money will mean that those funds can be used for other road improvements. Polk County Y is a north/south highway that forms


the boundary between Osceola and Garfield. The coming road work will be starting at the top of the hill east of Horse Lake and working north. The county board

will act on a resolution at its March 17 meeting authorizing the start of right-of-way acquisition for the project.

School Board approves resolution with hockey groups

by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg High School library was filled with a large group of hockey parents, players and coaches who came to the board’s Monday, March 9, meeting to show support for their sport. At the board’s Feb. 23 meeting, the board tabled a request by the Burnett Youth Hockey Association and the Blizzard High School Hockey Co-op to approve a resolution for the district to continue to sponsor hockey as a high school sport. The postponement of any action came after a lengthy discussion between the board and the hockey groups as to Grantsburg School policy “which discourages school events, activities and programs from being scheduled anytime on Sunday or Wednesday evenings after 6:30 p.m.” The groups had asked the board to modify the policy to allow for more practice time for the players.

With the board remaining firm in keeping to the current policy (which does allow for some exemptions), the hockey groups presented a draft agreement at the board’s March 9 meeting, which stated the groups would abide by the district’s policies and procedures including the Relations with Community Activities and Families policy. Board President Alhquist voiced his support for hockey, saying, “I wished there had been hockey when I was in school.” The board then reviewed the resolution to the renew the WIAA Hockey Co-op for 2009-2011 and voted to continue to sponsor high school hockey with no further discussion or comments from the floor. In other board action: • The board approved a fifth-grade overnight camping trip.

First tapping

Maxine Peterson (R), retired Burnett Community Library librarian, paused to pose with the new librarian, Patty Meyer (L), at a recent reception honoring Meyer. - Photo submitted

New Lioness welcomed

The Siren Lioness Club welcomed new member Kathy Johnson to their club, recently. Johnson’s membership brings the Siren Lioness total to 37 for the 2009 year. Shown (L to R) are Siren Lioness Skirttwister Jeanette Olson, new member Kathy Johnson, and Sponsoring Lioness Secretary Charlene Hyslop. Special photo

LUCK - Gov. Jim Doyle has declared March 14 to April 15 Wisconsin’s Maple Syrup Month. The Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association, Wisconsin State Maple Syrup Queen Ashley Weissman, and Alice in Dairyland, Ashley Huibregtse, will be hosing the ceremonial “first tapping,” Saturday, March 14, near Luck. The Wisconsin First Tree Tapping will take place at Dave Richter’s farm, 2717 170th Street, one mile west of Hwy. 35 on CTH B, north of Luck. Watch for signs. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts. The first tapping will take place at 10 a.m., followed by a pancake breakfast, supported by a freewill donation. For additional information go to www.wismaple.org or call 800-222-POLK. - from Polk County Information Center with information from the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association

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operating while suspended, not guilty plea. Otto L. Dyg Jr., New Richmond, failure to notify police of accident, $249,00; hit and run - property adjacent to highway, $249.00. Teresa M. Erickson, Grantsburg, speeding, $160.80. Jesse J. Eveland, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Janelle L. Farah, St. Croix Falls, operating while suspended, $186.00. Matthew M. Frohn, Amery, speeding, $211.20. Jason A. Gorris, Barron, speeding, $160.80. Stephanie M. Grecco, Savage, Minn., speeding,

Polk County marriages Cody Hetrick and Jamee Walker, issued Feb. 27. Christopher Skjolsvik and Sarah Peche, issued Feb. 28.

Jerry Rahmeyer and Diane Smith, issued March 2. Edwin Dayton and Lynn LaMere, issued March 4.

Burnett Co. civil court LVNV Funding LLC vs. Jessica A. Holwell, Webster, $2,538.02.

Security Credit Services LLC vs. Jack M. Holmes, Danbury, $3,780.01.

Polk County deaths Zachary T. Foeller, 18, Feb. 18, 2009, St. Croix Falls Mary A. Heiken, 65, Feb. 18, 2009, Clayton Harriet J. Lexvold, 88, Feb. 18, 2009, Amery Jane A. Molls, 74, Feb. 18, 2009, Almena

Benjamin Pierre-Johnson, 16, Feb. 19, 2009, Osceola Marie C. Shobak, 80, Feb. 20, 2009, Balsam Lake Betty J. Neidermire, 81, Feb. 23, 2009, Osceola LaSarah D. Steffen, 74, Feb. 24, 2009, Osceola

Polk County warrant arrests Heather R. Coon, 28, Siren, felony bail jumping, arrested March 6. Nathan J. Anderson, 21, Amery, body only warrant, arrested March 8. Kyle E. Nelson, 36, Osceola, bad checks, arrested March 7. James A. Sweeney, 26, Forest Lake, Minn., THC, arrested March 4.

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$160.80. John G. Haberkorn, Cumberland, speeding, $160.80. George Hansford Jr., Frederic, nonregistration of auto, etc., $160.80. Tiffany L. Hanson, St. Croix Falls, inattentive driving, $173.40. Mark W. Higgins, Grantsburg, inattentive driving, $173.40. Katherine E. Hillier, Osceola, operating while under influence, operating with PAC .10 or more, license revoked six months, $740. Aaron J. Hougdahl, Milltown, drink open intoxicants in MV, $249.00; driving too fast for conditions, $198.60. Dora S. Hoveman, Osceola, speeding, $160.80. Jeffrey J. Johnson, Amery, fail./yield while making left turn, not guilty plea. Justin J. Johnson, Balsam Lake, speeding, $236.40.

Milo A. Kimball, Star Prairie, failure to notify police of accident, $249.00. Jeffrey S. Krohn, Clear Lake, operating while under influence, operating with PAC .10 or more, not guilty pleas. Ky D. Larson, Milltown, display unauth. veh. registration plate, not guilty plea. Steven S. Leisch, Luck, seat belt violation, $10.00. Travis W. Lowe, Luck, seat belt violation, $10.00. Tyson L. Lowe, Luck, speeding, $160.80. Nicholas J. Lysdahl, Deer Park, drink open intoxicants in MV, $186.00. Donna M. Mabry, Luck, failure to notify police of accident, $249.00; seat belt violation, $10.00. Guy A. McCarty, Frederic, speeding, $160.80. Josua G. Meline, Amery, nonregistration of auto, etc., $160.80. Tyler S. Metcalf, Forest

Lake, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Kaitlyn M. Milner, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $160.80. Rebecca J. Muellerleile, Champlin, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Andrew R. Nelson, Amery, operating while suspended, $186.00; nonregistration of auto, etc., $160.80. Kyle E. Nelson, Osceola, operating while suspended, $186.00. Steven W. Nichols, Osceola, speeding, $160.80. Erin E. O’Brien, Siren, speeding, $160.80. Erin A. Peterson, St. Croix Falls, operate w/o valid license, $186.00. Jeremy A. Sarsland, Amery, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jeramy S. Schadow, Grantsburg, speeding, not guilty plea. Matthew J. Schardin, Dresser, speeding, $160.80. Paul M. Smith, Cushing, speeding, not guilty plea.

Joseph K. Spanner, Amery, fail./stop at stop sign, $160.80. Sharalanee M. Staples, Webster, speeding, $211.20. Nicole E. Stewart, Frederic, seat belt violation, $10.00. John L. Stoeklen, Cushing, speeding, not guilty plea; nonregistration of auto, etc., $160.80. Melissa A. Thompson, Luck, nonregistration of auto, etc, $160.80. Tyle J. Truckey, St. Croix Falls, driving too fast for conditions, not guilty plea. Charles A. Trudell, Comstock, seat belt violation, $10.00. Paul R. Veenendall, Woodville, speeding, $160.80. Maynard L. Williamson, Grantsburg, operating while under influence, operating with PAC .10 or more, license revoked six months, $740.00. Lon J. Winger, Ellsworth, seat belt violation, $10.00.

“Under our Skin: The untold story of Lyme Disease” RICE LAKE — The Western Wisconsin Lyme Action group will show the film, “Under our Skin: The untold story of Lyme Disease,” on Thursday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m., at WITC-Rice Lake Conference Center, 1900 College Drive. It is open to the public and admission is free. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 200,000 people may acquire Lyme disease each year, a number greater than AIDS, West Nile Virus and Avian Flu combined. But Lyme disease is one of the most misunderstood and controversial illnesses of our time. Difficult to test accurately, tens of thousands of people go undiagnosed, are told that their symptoms are “all in their head,” or are misdiagnosed with such conditions as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autism, MS and ALS. And yet the medical establishment – with profound influence from the insurance industry – has stated that the disease is easily detectable and treatable, and that chronic Lyme is some other unrecognized syndrome or a completely psychosomatic disorder. “Under our Skin” has won multiple awards across the U.S. It follows the stories of patients who once led active lives but

Frederic police report The Frederic Police Department handled 36 incidents during the month of February. Incident Amount Chapter 51.15 1 Child neglect/abuse 1 Citation 2 Civil 1 Damage to property 2 Disorderly conduct 1 Domestic abuse 1 Fraud 1 Identity theft 1

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Gerald M. Beauchamp, Luck, operating while revoked, not guilty plea. Mark D. Beaudry, Luck, speeding, $160.80. Cora M. Bos, Balsam Lake, speeding, $160.80. Jenna M. Bousil, St. Croix Falls, display unauth. veh. registration plate, $223.20. Denise S. Brenne, St. Croix Falls, speeding, operating while under the influence, not guilty pleas. Lynnea D. Brewer, Osceola, operating while under the influence, operating with PAC .10 or more, license revoked six months, $677.00. Vaughn J. Chute, Frederic,

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Man arrested for possession of marijuana POLK COUNTY - A Polk County police officer arrested Jason W. Anderson, 32, of Amery, for possession of marijuana on Feb. 26. A motorist had reported a possible fight in another vehicle traveling on 208th Street. The officer found the vehicle, still moving, on Hwy. 8. While following the vehicle, the officer saw the passenger open the car door while it was moving at about 45 miles per hour, in an apparent attempt to get out of the car. The officer turned on the red lights and siren, and the vehicle pulled into Super America and stopped. Anderson, the driver, was taken into custody and put in the police vehicle. When officers went to speak with the female passenger, they saw a small black bag with a baggy sticking out of it, which smelled of marijuana. There was a small amount of what looked like marijuana in it, which later tested positive for THC. The female passenger denied there was anything physical going on in the car and that she had opened the door in an attempt to get Anderson to stop the car. — from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department

Burnett Co. sheriff’s report Arrests March 2: Michael T. Gorman, 45, Siren, was arrested on a warrant. March 2: Kristal R. Gorman, 26, Siren, was arrested on a warrant. March 3: Terrell J. Jackson, 33, St. Paul, Minn., was arrested for driving a vehicle without consent and operating without a valid license. A suspicious driver was stuck in a driveway off of Leghorn Drive. The vehicle was found nearby and matched a vehicle reported stolen from St. Paul, Minn., Reportedly, a suspect matching the description of Jackson took the vehicle for a test drive and never came back. March 4: Michael M. Madsen, 28, Danbury, was

arrested for a probation violation. Other incidents March 7: Peter J. Johnson, Grantsburg, reported his mailbox on North Fork Drive damaged by an unknown, eastbound vehicle. The incident is under investigation. March 7: Robert A. Hillestad, Grantsburg, reported his mailbox on North Fork Drive damaged by an unknown, eastbound vehicle. A piece of the turn signal was found at the scene. The incident is under investigation. March 7: Judith M. Gannon, Prior Lake, Minn., reported two diamond rings missing from her cabin. The incident is under investigation.

Polk County sheriff’s report Accidents: Feb. 25, 1:40 a.m., Laketown Twp., Hwy. 48, .2 mi. W. of 180th Street, Carole A. Henderson, 67, Cushing, lost control of the vehicle and slid off the roadway, striking a mailbox owned by Ronald C. Petersen, Luck. Feb. 25, 3:27 p.m., Alden Twp., CTH M, .3 mi. N. of County Line Avenue, Jeanie M. Holter, 19, Dresser, was southbound on CTH M at the beginning of a curve to the left. The vehicle continued straight and drove off the roadway, striking a power pole, telephone box and a tree. Driver of the vehicle said she didn’t know what happened. Feb. 28, 12:20 p.m., Osceola Twp., 945A 248th Street, Hilary

R. Richardson, 16, Osceola, was northbound on 248th Street, attempting to pull into a driveway. The vehicle spun 180 degrees on an icy spot, struck the ditch on the north side of the driveway and tipped over onto its passenger side. The vehicle came to rest approximately 50’ north of the driveway. March 1, 3:49 p.m., Osceola Twp., 90th Avenue, .5 mi. E. of 210th Street, Mathew J. Hall, 37, New Richmond, was negotiating a curve on 90th Avenue when he overcorrected after hitting a patch of ice. He then went off the south shoulder of the road, causing the vehicle to slip once and then come to rest on its roof. Driver cited for traveling too fast for conditions.


Burnett Co. deaths Laura M. Coulter, 48, Siren Village, Feb. 16. (Feb. 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF NEVADA C/O SPECIALIZED LOAN SERVICING, LLC Plaintiff, vs. JANINE K. WENDT, et al Defendants Case Number: 07 CV 817 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on March 13, 2008, in the amount of $166,620.69 the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 14, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified Check. Balance to be paid upon confirmation PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: The Southwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/ 4 of Section 4, Township 33 North, Range 15 West, in the Town of Clayton, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1152 40th Street, Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 016-000760000. Dated this 12th day of February 2009. /s/ Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Deborah A. Blommer State Bar #1000749 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (142658) 478855 WNAXLP

Burnett County warrants Darin J. Ryan, 24, Grantsburg, failure to pay fines, March 3. Jackie L. Pardun, 36, Danbury, failure to pay fines, March 3.

Christine M. Onchiri, 26, Coon Rapids, Minn., warrant failure to appear, March 2. Tonya A. Mattinas, 22, Cloquet, Minn., failure to pay fines, March 3.

(Feb. 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. THOR L. JEPSEN, and CHRISTINE M. JEPSEN, and HOUSEHOLD FINANCE CORP III, and CAPITAL ONE BANK, Defendants Case No. 08 CV 547 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on October 3, 2008, I will sell at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin on: Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: A parcel of land in the Southeast Quarter of Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4), Section 8, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Village of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of Block “D,” First Addition to the Village of Milltown; thence N 00 degrees 14 minutes East, 8.0 feet on the West line of said SE1/4 of SW1/4; thence South 89 degrees 44 minutes East 367 feet; thence North 00 degrees 14 minutes East 32 feet which is the point of beginning; thence N 00 degrees 14 minutes East, 114 feet; thence South 89 degrees 44 minutes East, 102 feet; thence South 31 degrees 50 minutes East to a point directly East of the point of beginning; thence West to the point of beginning. PIN: 151-00244-0000 Street Address: 212 First Avenue East, Milltown, WI 54858 TERMS OF SALE: Cash DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by cash or certified check. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 5th day of February, 2009. Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin

Feb. 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1 STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, fsb, Plaintiff vs. Randall G. Webber and Reena C. Webber Defendants NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No.: 08 CV 477 Case Code: 30404 Judge: Robert H. Rasmussen PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on the 8th day of October 2008, in the amount of $152,366.23, the Sheriff of Polk County will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: April 21, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to the Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified check. Balance due within 10 days of court approval. Purchaser is responsible for payment of all transfer taxes and recording fees. Sale is AS IS in all respects and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: 1005 West Main St., Suite 900, Balsam Lake, Wis. 54810. DESCRIPTION: That part of the NE 1/4 of NW 1/4, Section 19, Township 34 North, Range 17 West, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the Southwest corner of Block 3 of Basil’s Addition to the Village of Balsam Lake; thence South 25.085 feet; thence West 65.0 feet; thence South 384.915 feet to the place of beginning; thence West 150.0 feet; thence South 100.00 feet; thence East 150.0 feet; thence North 100.0 feet to the place of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 319 Hilltop Avenue Balsam Lake, WI 54810 Timothy G. Moore, Polk County Sheriff ECKBERG, LAMMERS, BRIGGS, WOLFF & VIERLING, P.L.L.P. Nicholas J. Vivian (#1047165) Attorneys for Plaintiff 1809 Northwestern Avenue Stillwater, MN 55082 651-439-2878 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. 479051 WNAXLP

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Thomas V. Meadows, 22, Frederic, was cited for failing to stop at a stop sign and nonregistration of a vehicle during a traffic stop on Works Progress Street and First Avenue at 7:16 p.m. Feb. 22: A ticket for parking in a prohibited area (from 2-6 a.m.) was issued on a four-door Ford Expedition parked near the intersection of First Avenue and Johnson Street. Feb. 27: Christy R. Merrill, 24, Siren, was taken to the Burnett County Jail on a nodrink probation violation and for resisting/obstructing an officer by giving false identity. Merrill was taken to jail from a Siren residence shortly after 12:20 a.m. March 4: An oral report of damage to Jethro D’Jock’s mailbox on Tewalt Road was given to the Siren Police Chief. Pictures but no other information were included with the report. The damage occurred on Feb. 24. (Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Conquest Investments, LLC, Plaintiff, vs. Levi A. Carrillo and Tamela L. Carrillo, and Lawrence G. Boos and Elizabeth J. Boos, Defendants. Case No. 08-CV-643 Case Code: 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on Dec. 11, 2008, in favor of Conquest Investments, LLC, in the amount of $180,045.91, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 26, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS: Pursuant to said judgment, 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the Sheriff at the sale in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds, payable to the Clerk of Courts (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted). The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the Clerk of Court in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds no later than ten days after the Court’s confirmation of the sale or else the 10% down payment is forfeited to the Plaintiff. The property is sold “as is” and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Foyer Area, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main St., Suite 900, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810. DESCRIPTION: The North Eighty-two (82) feet of that certain parcel of land in the City of Amery, described in Volume 185 of Deeds, page 203, Document No. 276091, more particularly described as follows: Beginning at a point 40 feet East and 10 feet North of the Southwest corner of the Northeast Quarter (NE 1/4) of the Northwest Quarter (NW 1/4), Section Thirty-three (33), Township Thirty-three (33) North, Range Sixteen (16) West, in the City of Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin; thence East 200 feet, thence North 320 feet, thence West 200 feet; thence South 320 feet to the place of beginning. TAX KEY NO.: 201-009640000. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 337 Keller Avenue South, Amery, WI 54001. Dated this 28th day of January, 2009. Timothy G. Moore Polk County Sheriff James M. Jorissen, Esq. Leonard, O’Brien, Spencer, Gale & Sayre, Ltd. 100 South Fifth Street Suite 2500 Minneapolis, MN 55402 (612) 332-1030 394769

At 12:57 p.m., disorderly conduct by a juvenile at Siren School was reported. The incident has been reported to social services.

(Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS CWABS, INC. ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005AB5 C/O COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC. Plaintiff, vs. COLLIN J. BETTS, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 07 CV 739 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on January 9, 2008, in the amount of $160,798.98, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 23, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified Check. Balance to be paid upon confirmation PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Parcel 1: Part of the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 ), Section Three (3), Township Thirty-two (32) North of Range Nineteen (19) West, described as follows: Commencing at the Southeast corner of the SW 1/ 4 of the NE 1/4 , Section 3-3219; thence proceeding North along the centerline of Highway 35 as now laid out and traveled a distance of 652 feet; thence West parallel to the South line of said parcel, a distance of 265 feet to point of beginning; thence South parallel to the East line of said 40acre parcel, a distance of 322 feet; thence West parallel to the South line of said 40-acre parcel, a distance 265 feet; thence North parallel to East line of said 40 acre parcel a distance of 322 feet; thence East to the point of beginning, Farmington Township in Polk County, Wisconsin. Parcel 2: A parcel of land in the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4), Section Three (3), Township Thirty-two (32) North of Range Nineteen (19) West, described as follows: Commencing at the Northeast corner of real estate described in Volume 202 of Deeds, page 270 in the office of the Register of Deeds for said County; thence North along the center of STH 35 at a distance of 322 feet; thence West parallel to the South line of said forty, 265 feet; thence South parallel to center of said STH 35 to the North line of the land described in Volume 202 Deeds, page 270 aforesaid; thence East parallel to the South line of said forty to the place of beginning; Farmington Township in Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 559 St. Rd. 35, Osceola, WI 54020 TAX KEY NO.: 22-70-0 Dated this 26th day of February, 2009. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Deborah A. Blommer State Bar #1000749 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (143819)

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Eugene R. Butler, 57, Stone Lake, operate without a valid license, $186.00. Brandi J. Java, 24, Grantsburg, issue worthless check, $309.00. Richard S. Trenkmann, 66, Chicago, Ill., standing on roadway, $135.60.

cle sideways when coming into Siren Auto Stop, an action he had previously been warned against. Weller was stopped at Works Progress Street and Spruce Lane at 5:07 p.m. Autumn D. Gokey, 33, Hayward, was cited for speeding at 5:41 p.m. on Hwy. 35/70 and Works Progress Street. Allen R. Blair, 43, Le Sueur, Minn., was cited for not stopping at the stop sign on First Avenue and Works Progress Street. At 9:07 p.m., the Siren officer assisted with a medical emergency at AnyTime Fitness on Hwy. 35/70 north of Siren. March 1: Dinah Radke, 50, Frederic, was cited for speeding at 1:47 p.m. on Hwy. 70 and Hanson Avenue. Joshua D. Dudley, 18, Rice Lake, was cited for operating after suspension at 2:16 p.m. on Hwy. 70 and Ellis Avenue. Richard D. Morse, 64, Siren, was cited for speeding at 3:41 p.m. on Hwy. 35/70 and South Shore Drive.

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Christianson, 27, Siren, was cited for speeding at 2:54 p.m. on Hwy. 70 at Railroad Street. At 9:17 p.m., the officer on duty was dispatched to assist the Grantsburg Police Department at North Williams Road and CTH D. According to the report, driver Earl Baker, Siren, had rammed head-on into a Grantsburg SUV during a chase, pushing the squad into a snowbank. Baker was taken to Burnett County Jail. Feb. 28: Rick L. Lenoue, 54, Eden Prairie, Minn., was cited for speeding, passing in a nopassing lane and reckless driving at 12:07 a.m. Lenoue was stopped on Hwy. 70 and First Avenue after a chase where he allegedly was going over 100 miles an hour coming into the village of Siren. David L. Weller II, 23, Webster, was cited for disorderly conduct in a motor vehicle and non-use of his seat belt violation. The disorderly conduct involved Weller sliding his vehi-


Monthly Board Meeting Will Be Held Tuesday, March 17, 2009, At 7:30 p.m. At The Cushing Community Center. Agenda: Roll call, clerk’s report, treasurer’s report, open forum, possible closed session to discuss current litigation, reconvene, road report, select an engineering consultant selection committee, audit of books, pay bills, adjourn.

Selection Committee Meeting To Immediately Follow Regular Board Meeting

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(March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY HSBC MORTGAGE SERVICE INC. Plaintiff, vs. ARDELL K. STRENKE and SHELLEY A. STRENKE, husband and wife; and JANE DOE and/or JOHN DOE unknown tenants, Defendants. Case No. 08-CV-353 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 2, 2008, in the amount of $134,375.44, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 29, 2009, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED REAL ESTATE IN POLK COUNTY, STATE OF WISCONSIN: SE 1/4 OF NE 1/4 OF ONE ACRE IN THE NE 1/4 OF SE 1/4, DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF NE 1/4 OF SE 1/4, RUN THENCE EAST ALONG THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID DESCRIPTION 22 RODS, THEN SOUTH AT RIGHT ANGLES 11 RODS, THEN NORTHWESTERLY TO A POINT ON THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID DESCRIPTION 3 RODS SOUTH OF PLACE OF BEGINNING, THEN NORTH 3 RODS TO BEGINNING, ALL IN SECTION 29-37-17, POLK COUNTY, WISCONSIN. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1619 315th Avenue, Town of West Sweden. TAX KEY NO.: 048-00667-0000. Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, Wis. O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

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Siren police report Feb. 18: Charges of theft were filed against Barb Ford and Christy Merrill, both from Siren, for movies not returned by the date specified in a letter sent previously to each of them. William C. Wicks, 27, Siren, was charged with theft, removal of a shopping cart, damage to property and possession of drug paraphernalia. Two counts of disorderly conduct with intent to injure against a Siren School student were investigated. The student was placed on out-of-school suspension for five days. Feb. 22: Charges of operating while intoxicated, operating to the left of the centerline and having an open intoxicant in the vehicle were made against Christine T. Gorman, 44, Superior, during a traffic stop on Hwy. 35/70 and Main Street. Patrisha C. Lynne, 39, Minneapolis, was cited for speeding at 5:50 p.m. on Hwy. 70 near the county shop. Feb. 27: Casey A.


Agenda: Clerk’s minutes; treasurer financial report; update on town leases; update on Old Settler’s Church rebuilding; open bids for town timber sales in Sections 11, 12 & 24; citizen concerns; road maintenance; set April agenda; pay bills. 479990 Julie Peterson, Clerk 29L 19a



(Feb. 25, Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, fsb f/k/a S & C Bank, Plaintiff, vs. Richard J. Kellogg a/k/a Rick Kellogg, Unknown Spouse of Richard J. Kellogg a/k/a Rick Kellogg, and Cemstone Products Company, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No: 08 CV 379 Case Code: 30404 Judge: Molly E. GaleWyrick PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on the 29th day of September, 2008, in the amount of $100,935.86, the Sheriff of Polk County will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: April 21, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to the Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified check. Balance due within 10 days of court approval. Purchaser is responsible for payment of all transfer taxes and recording fees. Sale is AS IS in all respects and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: 1005 West Main Street, Ste. 900, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. DESCRIPTION: Lot Nineteen (19), Twenty (20), Twenty-one (21), Twenty-two (22), Twenty-three (23) and Twenty-four (24), Block Three (3), Basil’s First Addition to the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 409 Courthouse Avenue, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. Timothy G. Moore Polk County Sheriff ECKBERG, LAMMERS, BRIGGS, WOLFF & VIERLING, P.L.L.P. Nicholas J. Vivian (#1047165) Attorneys for Plaintiff 1809 Northwestern Avenue Stillwater, MN 55082 (651) 439-2878 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose.

(March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY HSBC MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC., Plaintiff, vs. WILLIAM F. BOKENYI and SHERRI D. BOKENYI, husband and wife; and JANE DOE and/or JOHN DOE, unknown tenants, DEFENDANTS. Case No. 08-CV-608 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on October 17, 2008, in the amount of $199,967.55, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 21, 2009, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” & subject to all legal liens & encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin DESCRIPTION: Lot 32 Of First Addition To Montriol Estates. Said Land Being In The City Of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 684 South Moody Road, St. Croix Falls. TAX KEY NO.: 281-1341-0000 Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, Wis. O’DESS & ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 414-727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

(Feb. 18, 25, Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WILSHIRE CREDIT CORPORATION, AS SERVICER FOR CITIBANK N.A. TRUSTEE FOR THE MLMI TRUST SERIES 2007-HE2 Plaintiff, vs. JASON P MAKI, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 08 CV 432 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 17, 2008, in the amount of $143,564.71, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 2, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified Check. Balance to be paid upon confirmation PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 11, Plat of Del Mar Addition, Village of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 504 Delmar Avenue, Osceola, WI 54020 TAX KEY NO.: 165-008110000 Dated this 10th day of February 2009 /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Benjamin J Pliskie State Bar #1037985 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719

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. (142597)

(March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT Branch 1 POLK COUNTY WESTconsin Credit Union 444 South Broadway Menomonie, WI 54751 Plaintiff vs. Joel T. Hetzel 2912 Hemingway Drive Chaska, MN 55318, and Martha E. Hetzel 2912 Hemingway Drive Chaska, MN 55318,and USA, acting through the Rural Housing Service US Department of Agriculture c/o Attorney General Western District of Wisconsin P.O. Box 7857 Madison, WI 53702 Defendants Code: 30404 Case No.: 08 CV 778 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on February 2, 2009, I will sell at public auction at the Polk County Justice Center in the Village of Balsam lake, Wisconsin, in said County, on Thursday, May 7, 2009, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: A parcel of land in the Southwest Quarter (SW1/4) of Northwest Quarter (NW1/4) of Section Thirty-six (36), Township Thirty-three (33) North, Range Seventeen (17) West in the Township of Lincoln, described as follows: Commencing at a point 25 feet East of the Northeast corner of Lot 13, Block 1, Deronda; thence running direct East 125 feet; thence due South and parallel with said Lot 13, Block 1 to the highway limits; thence following said highway limits to within a point 25 feet East of the Southeast corner of said Lot 13, Block 1; thence running due North parallel with said Lot 13 to a place of beginning, Polk County, Wisconsin. The above property is located at 1285 65th Avenue (CTH F), Amery, Wisconsin. TERMS: 1. 10% cash or certified check down payment at time of sale, balance upon confirmation by court. 2. Sale is subject to all unpaid real estate taxes and special assessments. 3. Purchaser shall pay any Wisconsin real estate transfer fee. 4. Property is being sold on an “as is” basis without warranties or representations of any kind. 5. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining possession of property. 6. The sale of this property will be subject to the USA’s right of redemption during the twelve months subsequent to this sale. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 18th day of February, 2009. Tim Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin SCHOFIELD, HIGLEY & MAYER, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff Bay View Office, Suite #100 700 Wolske Bay Road Menomonie, WI 54751 715-235-3939

(March 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P., as servicer for Bank of New York as Trustee for the certificateholders CWALT, Inc. alternative loan trust 2006OC10, Mortgage Pass-through certificates, Series 2006-OC10 Plaintiff vs. Robert Pedro Driscoll Bobbie Jo Schmidt Unknown Spouse of Bobbie Jo Schmidt Unknown Spouse of Robert Pedro Driscoll Sunset Meadows Condominiums Unit Owners Association, UA Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Intervale Mortgage Corporation Defendants SUMMONS Real Estate Mortgage Foreclosure Case No. 09 CV 79 Honorable Molly E. GaleWyrick Case Code: 30404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To the following party named as a defendant herein: Sunset Meadows Condominiums Unit Owners Association, UA. You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is also served on you, states the nature and the basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after March 4, 2009, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in Chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is: Polk County Clerk of Circuit Court 1005 West Main Street P.O. Box 549 Balsam Lake, WI 54810-9071 and to Chaz M. Rodriguez/ Blommer Peterman, S.C., plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is: Blommer Peterman, S.C. 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within 40 days from the date stated above, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated this 17th day of February, 2009 Chaz M. Rodriguez Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1063071 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719

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The Monthly Board Meeting Will Be Held Mon., March 16, 2009, At The Cushing Community Center At 7 p.m.

Case No. 08-CV-867 Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage/ Contract NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 11, 2009, in the amount of $775,686.30, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 29, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS: Pursuant to said judgment, 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the sheriff at the sale in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds, payable to the clerk of courts (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted). The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the clerk of courts in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds no later than ten days after the court’s confirmation of the sale or else the 10% down payment is forfeited to the plaintiff. The property is sold as is and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: In the foyer area of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the city of Balsam Lake, Polk County. DESCRIPTION: LOT ONE (1) OF CERTIFIED SURVEY MAP NO. 1688, RECORDED IN VOLUME 8 OF CERTIFIED SURVEY MAPS ON PAGE 36 AS DOCUMENT NO. 517828, LOCATED IN THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER (SE 1/4 OF THE SW 1/4) OF SECTION TWENTY-EIGHT (28), TOWNSHIP THIRTY-FOUR (34), NORTH OF RANGE EIGH-TEEN (18) WEST, CITY OF ST. CROIX FALLS, POLK COUNTY, WISCONSIN; AND THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER (SW 1/4 OF THE NW 1/4) OF SECTION THREE (3), TOWNSHIP THIRTY-SIX (36) NORTH OF RANGE SEVENTEEN (17) WEST, TOWN OF LUCK, POLK COUNTY, WISCONSIN, EXCEPT: VOLUME 194 DEEDS, PAGE 28, DOCUMENT NO. 281079; VOLUME 498 RECORDS, PAGE 935, DOCUMENT NO. 447064; VOLUME 787 RECORDS, PAGE 47, DOCUMENT NO. 586082. PROPERTY ADDRESSES: 2149 U.S. Highway 8, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, 54024 and 2964 150th Street, Frederic, Wis., 54837. Timothy G. Moore Polk County Sheriff MURNANE BRANDT Attorneys for Plaintiff 30 E. 7th Street, Suite 3200 St. Paul, MN 55101-4919 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. 480189 WNAXLP


The public is hereby notified the Public Housing Agency (PHA) 5-year Plan for fiscal years 2009-2014 of the Burnett County Housing Authority is available for review and inspection for a 45-day period beginning on March 6, 2009, and ending on April 20, 2009. These plans can be viewed at the office of the Burnett County Housing Authority, 7350 E. Main Street, Webster, Wisconsin 54893 during the following normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. till Noon and 12:30 p.m. through 4 p.m. excluding legal holidays. A public hearing to receive any comments on the plans will be held April 17, 2009, between the hours of 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the community room located at Cedarwood Manor East, 7350 E. Main Street, Webster, Wisconsin. 479740 28-29L 18-19a



The RiverBank 304 Cascade Street P.O. Box 188 Osceola, Wisconsin 54020 Plaintiff, vs. LJSP, LLC 2149 U.S. Highway 8 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024; and LJPP, LLC 2149 U.S. Highway 8 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024, Defendants.

(Feb. 25, Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK Plaintiff, vs. SHELDON B. OSBORNE Defendant. Case Number: 08 CV 553 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on January 12, 2009, I will sell at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on: Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 4856 recorded in Volume 21 of Certified Survey Maps, page 183, as Document No. 699163, located in the Southwest one-quarter of Northwest one-quarter (SW1/4 of NW1/4), Section 10, Township 36 North, Range 18 West. PIN: 030-00249-0100 TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by cash or certified check. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 19th day of February, 2009. Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787




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Agenda: 1. Call meeting to order 2. Clerk and Treas. Reports 3. Any corrections on the printed agenda in the newspaper. 4. Public input 5. Old Business 6. Employee report 7. Correspondence 8. New Business 9. Bills/vouchers 10. Set next meeting date 11. Move to adjourn Lori Lundquist, Clerk


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Notice Is Hereby Given That The Regular Monthly Town Board Meeting Will Be Held On Tues., March 17, 2009, At 6:30 p.m., At The Town Hall.

(Feb. 25, March 4, 11) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY In the matter of the name change of: Travis Christopher Gaiovnik Notice and Order for Name Change Hearing Case No. 09 CV 107 NOTICE IS GIVEN THAT: A petition has been filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Travis Christopher Gaiovnik. To: Travis Christopher Murphy. IT IS ORDERED: This petition will be heard in the Circuit Court of Polk County, State of Wisconsin. Judge’s Name: Molly E. GaleWyrick. Place: Justice Center, Br. 1, 1005 W. Main St., Ste. 600, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. Date: March 20, 2009. Time: 1:45 p.m. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED: Notice of this hearing shall be given by publication as a Class 3 notice for three (3) weeks in a row prior to the date of the hearing in the Inter-County Leader, a newspaper published in Frederic, Polk County, State of Wisconsin. If you need help in this matter because of a disability, please call: 715-485-9299. BY THE COURT: Molly E. GaleWyrick Circuit Court Judge 479137 February 12, 2009 WNAXLP

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Application for License to sell intoxicating liquor. To the town board of the Town of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin: The undersigned: Countryside Co-op Lori Freitag, Agent Hereby applies for Class A Intoxicating Liquor License from March 30, 2009 to June 30, 2010. 2527 State Road 35, Luck, Wisconsin Dated March 3, 2009 Lloyd Nelson, Clerk Town of Luck 479790 18a 29L WNAXLP


Unity School District announces the opening of a longterm substitute teaching position in elementary music, PreK-5, beginning approximately April 23 - June 5, 2009. Qualifications Necessary: Wisconsin certification; prefer candidates with knowledge of current music theory and practices, Wisconsin state standards in the area of fine arts, positive discipline, differentiated learning strategies and utilization of technology as it relates to music. Qualified, interested persons should apply by sending a letter of application to: Brandon Robinson, District Administrator Unity School District 1908 150th St./Hwy. 46 North P.O. Box 307 Balsam Lake, WI 54810 Deadline for application: March 27, 2009. 480201 29-30L 19-20a,d EOE


I. Call to Order (4 p.m. - West Conference Room 2nd Floor) II. Presentation - UW Extension Al Probst (Roles and Responsibilities in Preparation of Budget Retreat) The Board will recess at approximately 5 p.m. for dinner The Board will reconvene at 6 p.m. in the County Boardroom for the Remainder of the Meeting. III. Call to Order (6 p.m. - County Boardroom IV. Evidence of Proper Notice V. Roll Call VI. Prayer: Supervisor Sample VII. Pledge of Allegiance VIII. Approval of Agenda IX. Approval of January 20, 2009, Minutes X. Public Comments - 3 Minutes Per Person - Not To Exceed 30 Minutes Total XI. Presentation: Tom Jennings - Fair Planning Presentation XII. Finance Director’s Report XIII. Resolutions A. To Authorize the Negotiation of the Real Estate Transaction of the Property Adjacent to Polk County Fairground Lands B. County Road Y Project C. Water Safety Patrol XIV. Standing Committees/Boards Reports A. Highway: Supervisor Caspersen B. Finance: Supervisor Bergstrom C. Personnel: Supervisor Arcand D. Property, Forestry & Recreation: Supervisor Larsen E. Extension, Land and Water Resources, Lime Quarry: Supervisor Jepsen F. Public Protection: Supervisor Luke G. Land Information: Supervisor O’Connell H. Human Services Board: Supervisor Stoneking I. Board of Health: Supervisor Johnson J. Golden Age Manor Board: Supervisor Dueholm XV. Appointments: Com. Member Com. Name James Chapin Veterans Service Com. Leslie Larsen Transportation *Dave Ollman GAM Gov. Brd. XVI. XVII. XVIII. XIX.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009, at 9 a.m. Shoreview Apartments, Balsam Lake

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Half-time position available with weekday hours. Must be licensed by Wis. Seeking applicant with experience in outpatient hand therapy and splint making. Call for more information or check Web site. Apply Directly To SCRMC: www.scrmc.org 715-483-0565 • Fax: 715-483-0508 235 State Street, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 An Equal Opportunity Employer

Agenda: I. Call to order. II. Minutes. III. Financial Report. IV. Operations Report. V. Unfinished Business: A. CDBG. VI. New business: Long-term improvements. VII. Adjourn


This position has primary responsibility and authority for directing, managing, maintaining and improving human service programs and delivery systems for Polk County. In consultation with the Human Service Board, this position performs responsible, high-level management functions regarding the operation of the human services programs of Polk County. Works closely with the Human Services Board, the County Board and the Administrative Coordinator in the development and administration of policy and interpretation of rules, regulations and statutes. Requirements include a Master’s Degree in Human Services, Social Work or Public or Business Administration, or related field with five (5) years’ program planning, administration and budgetary experience. For full position requirements and details, application and information about working for Polk County, please visit our Web site at www.co.polk.wi.us, Job Opportunities. Deadline to apply is 480156 29L 19a-e Wed., April 8, 2009, at 4:30 p.m.


The Webster School District’s Four-Year-Old and Five-Year-Old Kindergarten Roundup will be held at the Webster Elementary School on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27. All parents in the district having a child who will be four years of age or five years of age on or before September 1, 2009, and have not yet attended the Webster Schools are urged to contact the school for an appointment. The children will be given an opportunity to meet the teachers and staff. The sessions will be on an appointment basis only. An informational letter with the time schedules will be sent to each participant. Sessions will last approximately one hour and will be staggered to accommodate 7-8 children at a time. Please call the Webster Elementary School office to register your child by March 19, 2009, at 715-866479180 27-29L 8210 or 715-866-8211.


Children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2009, are eligible to enter kindergarten this fall for the 2009-2010 school year. To register your child, please call the Luck School, 472-2153, extension 108, by Thursday, March 19. Kindergarten registration is scheduled for Friday, March 27. Parents need to call the school to register their child and receive a specific appointment time. After registering, additional information will be sent to you through the mail.


Luck School District children who will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2009, are eligible to enroll in our 4K Cardinal Program (4-year-old Kindergarten), housed at the Polk County Early Learning Center in Balsam Lake. This is a half-day, four-days-a-week program with busing provided to and from the Learning Center. Please call the Luck School, 472-2153, extension 108, for more information on registering your child. 479743 28-30L 18-19a

NOTICE OF FREDERIC SCHOOL BOARD REGULAR MEETING Monday, March 16, 2009, 6:30 p.m. Frederic 7 - 12 School, Room 107

1. Call to order. 2. Opening ceremonies A. Approve agenda B. Welcoming remarks C. Audience to visitors and delegations: Elementary students - “Battle of the Books” 3. Reports of officers A. Minutes from previous meetings B. Invoices and receipts C. 2008-09 budget D. Board member reports/Governance 4. Reports of the administration A. Superintendent B. High School Principal C. Elementary Principal D. Buildings and Grounds E. Food Service 5. Unfinished Business A. 2009-2010 Calendar 6. New Business A. Contracts 1. Computers and technology 2. Utility pumps B. Personnel - Title I, Special Education C. Open enrollment 7. Closed session: Wisconsin statutes 19.85 (1)(c)(i), Staffing 8. Business as a result of closed session 9. Adjourn 480200 29L


The Polk County Board of Adjustment will hold public hearings at 12:00 p.m.. on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. The board will recess at 12:15 p.m. to view the sites and will reconvene at 2 p.m. at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. At that time, the applicant may be asked to inform the Board of their request. The Board may go into closed session under Wisconsin State Statutes, s.19.85(1)(a)(g), deliberating concerning a case which was the subject of any judicial or quasi judicial trial or hearing before that governmental body. (THE APPLICANT MUST APPEAR AT 2 P.M. WHEN THE BOARD RECONVENES AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER.) TROY & ERICA LEE request an Appeal of Administrative Decision for the denial of a Special Exception Permit by the Land Information Committee on December 17, 2008. Property affected is: 134 206th St. & 10th Ave., pt. of Govt. Lot 3, Sec. 27/T32N/ R18W, Town of Alden, Horse Creek. JIM KUCHENMEISTER requests an Appeal of Administrative Decision for the denial of a Special Exception Permit by the Land Information Committee on February 18, 2009, and a variance to Article 12A1 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to remove vegetation greater than 30’ wide within the 35’ buffer area. Property affected is: 1444 20th Ave., W 10 acres of the SW 1/4, NE 1/4 and the W 10 acres of the NW 1/4, SE 1/4, Sec. 27/T32N/R17W, Town of Alden, South Fish Lake. 479595 28-29L 18a,d WNAXLP


Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear the polling place on election day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on election day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 10 days before the election. The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot. TO OBTAIN AN ABSENTEE BALLOT YOU MUST MAKE A REQUEST IN WRITING Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the Spring Election. You may also request an absentee ballot by letter. Your written request must list your voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature. Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized or serving as a sequestered juror. If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk. You can also personally go to the clerk’s office or other specified location, complete a written application and vote an absentee ballot during the hours specified for casting an absentee ballot. (Please call the Town Clerk after 5 p.m. to arrange a time to cast an absentee ballot, the Meenon Town Clerk is Suzanna M. Eytcheson, 715866-4893, 25863 E. Bass Lake Drive, Webster, WI 54893). The deadline for making application to vote absentee by mail is 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2009. Military electors should contact the Municipal Clerk regarding the deadlines for requesting or submitting an Absentee Ballot. The deadline for voting an Absentee Ballot in the Clerk’s office is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2009. All voted ballots must be returned to the Municipal Clerk so the Clerk can deliver them to the proper polling place or counting location before the polls close on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Any ballots received after the polls close will 480116 29L 19a WNAXLP not be counted.


All products may be used for local road improvement projects. The highway committee reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and to accept the bid most advantageous to Polk County.

BIDS WILL BE OPENED PUBLICLY ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2009, AT 10 A.M., AT THE POLK COUNTY HIGHWAY OFFICE. For additional information, please write or call: Polk County Highway Commission P.O. Box 248, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 480002 29-30L 715-485-8700


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The Polk County Land Information Committee will hold public hearings on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in the Government Center (1st Floor, County Boardroom), Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. The Committee will recess at 10:15 a.m. to view sites and will reconvene at 1:00 p.m. at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, to consider the following and other agenda items: BILL & ROXANNE STOCK request a Special Exception from Article 8D1(a) of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to operate a Tourist Rooming House. Property affected is: 2136 70th St., Lot 12, Plat of Bemocatonk, Sec. 14/T35N/R16W, Town of Georgetown, Big Round Lake. DAVID & GALE PAULSEN request a Special Exception from Article 8D1 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning ordinance to operate a Transient Lodge. Property affected is: 2927 170th St., Parcel “A”, Pt. of NE1/4, SE1/4, Sec. 6/T36N/R17W, Town of Luck, Pond. CHRIS DuBOSE requests a Special Exception from Article 8D1(a) of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to operate a Tourist Rooming House. Property affected is: 1232 Leeland Ln., E 75’ of W 100’ of Lot 2, S of town rd., Lee’s Subd., V411/85, Sec. 1/T34N/ R17W, Town of Balsam Lake, Balsam Lake. 479460 28-29L 18a,d WNAXLP


Federal Law P.L. 99-499 was enacted in October 1986 by the United States Congress to protect and inform all citizens of the existence of hazardous chemicals that may be manufactured, stored, distributed or used in a community. Public Law 99-499 is the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986, title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (S.A.R.A) Information about these hazardous chemicals and locations is available for public review at the following location between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday: Emergency Management Office Polk County Justice Center 1005 W. Main St., Suite 900 Balsam Lake, WI 54810 Information available includes lists of facilities reporting, Material Safety Data Sheets, inventory forms of chemicals, emergency response plans and if any are filed, follow-up emergency notices of releases from facilities. Telephone inquires as to specific information contained in the files will be accepted. Copies of the documents may be made at the expense of the requester and at rates established by Polk County Records Control Ordinance. Information available is limited to compliance with P.L. 99499 and does not include all chemicals that may pose a threat to humans, animals or the environment. Questions related to this notice should be addressed to Kathy Poirier, Coordinator, Polk County Emergency Management for the Local Emergency Planning Committee (L.E.P.C.) 715-485-9280. This legal notice is published to inform the general public and complies with Section 324 of P.L. 99-499. 479795 29L

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Siren Elementary School will hold Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Registration/Screening/Orientation on Friday, March 20, 2009. The Kindergarten registration and screening is intended for children who will enter Kindergarten in the fall of 2009. Children eligible for kindergarten placement must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2009. For a registration/screening/orientation appointment time, please call 349-2278 prior to March 19. Prekindergarten registration is for children who will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2009. Please call 349-2278 for a registration/screening/orientation appointment time. The Wisconsin immunization law requires a booster dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, an additional Polio vaccine and 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine for children ages 4 - 6 years previous to entering kindergarten. Immunization records and a copy of the birth certificate should be brought to your appointment. If parents have questions about immunization, contact your family physician or county health office. If your child has attended the prekindergarten program or early childhood at Siren school, he/ she will not need to be screened for kindergarten. He/she will need only to be registered for kindergarten. If your child has not attended either program here at Siren, please let us know when you call for your appointed time. We will need to screen your child during that time. If you have a question regarding screening or any educational concerns about your child, please contact the Siren Elementary School at 349-2278. 479774 28-29L

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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Frederic Farmers Co-Op Demolition Village of Frederic Polk County, Wisconsin The Village of Frederic will receive sealed bids at the Village Hall, located at 107 Hope Road West, P.O. Box 567, Frederic, Wisconsin 54837, for the Frederic Farmers Co-op Demolition project until 2 p.m., March 31, 2009. All bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time. A prebid conference will be held at the site at 11 a.m., local time, on March 24, 2009. The site is located at 104 Traffic Avenue, Frederic, Wis. Representatives of OWNER and ENGINEER will be present to discuss the Project. Bidders are encouraged to attend and participate in the conference. The work for which bids are asked includes the following: Excavation, hauling and disposal of approximately 98 tons of pesticide contaminated soil; removal and disposal of asbestos containing materials; demolition of the former feed mill building; hauling, recycling or disposal of demolition materials; backfill, compaction and site restoration. The BIDDING DOCUMENTS may be examined at the offices of MSA Professional Services, Inc., Baraboo and Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Planholders list will be updated weekly on our Web address at www.msa-ps.com under Projects Bidding. An updated planholders list will be mailed with any and all addenda. No planholders list will be faxed. Copies of the BIDDING DOCUMENTS may be obtained at the office of MSA Professional Services, Inc., 1230 South Boulevard, Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913, upon receipt of a nonrefundable deposit of $35. Bidding documents in electronic portable display format (PDF) will be provided on a single compact disk for a nonrefundable fee of $25. No proposal will be accepted unless accompanied by a certified check or bid bond equal to at least 5% of the amount bid, payable to the OWNER as a guarantee that, if the bid is accepted, the bidder will execute and file the proper contract and bond within 15 days after the award of the contract. The certified check or bid bond will be returned to the bidder as soon as the contract is signed, and if after 15 days the bidder shall fail to do so, the certified check or bid bond shall be forfeited to the OWNER as liquidated damages. No bidder may withdraw his bid within 60 days after the actual date of the opening thereof. OWNER reserves the right to waive any informalities or to reject any or all bids. Published by the authority of the Village of Frederic. CONSULTING ENGINEER: MSA Professional Services, Inc. 1230 South Boulevard Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913 Kristi DuBois, P.E. (608) 355-8856 480187 29-30L

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(Feb. 25, March 4, 11) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Pearl Rochford AMENDED Notice to Interested Persons and Time Limit for Filing Claims (Informal Administration) Case No. 09 PR 05 An application has been filed for informal administration of the estate of the decedent, whose date of birth was July 2, 1926, and date of death was January 2, 2009. The decedent died domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: Monroe Manor, 508 E. Monroe Avenue, Barron, WI 54812 (formerly city of Amery). Please take notice that: 1. The application will be heard at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 1034, before Jenell L. Anderson, Probate Registrar, on February 20, 2009, at 9 a.m., or when scheduled thereafter. You need not appear unless you object. The application may be granted if no objection is made. 2. Creditors’ claims must be filed with the probate registrar on or before May 28, 2009. 3. Publication of this notice shall constitute notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar February 18, 2009 Gerald L. Liden, Esq. Personal Representative/ Attorney Liden & Dobberfuhl, S.C. P.O. Box 137 Barron, WI 54812 715-537-5636



(March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY INDYMAC FEDERAL BANK, FSB Plaintiff, vs. STEVEN R. MCLEOD, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 08 CV 586 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on October 16, 2008, in the amount of $287,366.65, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 23, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified check. Balance to be paid upon confirmation. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 4416, recorded in Volume 19 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 197, as Document No. 677402, located in part of the Southeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 29, Township 32 North, Range 16 West, in the Town of Black Brook, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 169 100th Street, Deer Park, WI 54007 TAX KEY NO.: 010-00731-0300 Dated this 23rd day of February, 2009 Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Chaz M. Rodriguez State Bar #1063071 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (144010)




Mad City Money/from page 1 Handed a bio sheet listing their occupation and salary, they were sent out to make and keep a one-month budget. Some of the students were excited to find they had good-paying jobs while others had to deal with being just out of college and looking for work. Then there were the students who found out they had loans and credit card debt. And all the students had to consider expenses such as medical and car insurance. The students were also designated in different family situations. For students with bio sheets stating they had children, support and caring of those dependents was an eye-opening experience, especially when it came to finding affordable child care. All the students were required to build a monthly budget based on their income, bio sheet and visits to the Mad City merchants to purchase housing, transportation, food, day care, shopping and financial services. Just as in real life, participants experienced unexpected changes in their financial situations when volunteers playing the “Fickle Finger of Fate” randomly gave participants either an unexpected windfall or an unplanned expense. At the end of the three-hour personal finance exercise, designed to teach reallife money management, volunteers were asked to give comments as to how the seniors performed during the workshop. Some of the roles the 40 volunteers played were as merchants, salespeople, real estate agents, financial services representatives, and entertainment venue operators. All said they were impressed by the degree of responsibility students demonstrated in managing their budgets. “I was selling cars, and they were pretty careful about keeping to their budget. They looked at the used cars and the economy cars over the high-end vehicles,” said Donald Chell, who volunteered to play a car salesman. “Most only bought one car and planned for the spouse to take the bus,” Chell added. “I

Burnett County Board member Donald Chell was wearing a different hat at the Mad City Money Simulation held at the Crex Convention Center on March 4. Chell, who volunteered to play the part of a car salesman, tried to sell GHS seniors high-end cars and trucks but was surprised most, like Steven Hanson, kept to their budgets and went for used vehicles. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer thought the students did well, and the session was a good learning experience.” Matt Fury, manager of Marketplace Foods, was in charge of the Mad City “Gotta Eat” grocery store. Fury, too, was impressed with the students’ performance. “The kids and the program were both very impressive. All the students who came to me had thought through their expenses carefully.” The students also seemed impressed with what they learned during the workshop. “It’s important to take care of the needs before the wants. You have to make sure you make the right choices so you have enough money for what you need,” said Jordon Heinecke, who had been crunching numbers on his calculator throughout the simulation. “It was a good learning experience. It taught you how to use your money,” said Anthony Larson, after discussing loan options with volunteer Jackie Finch at the Mad City Credit Union. One student named Steven had a dif-

GHS math instructor Jay Gilhoi, who teaches personal finance, collected GHS seniors’ completed Mad City Money Simulation forms. During the threehour money management exercise, Gilhoi answered questions from students trying to balance checkbooks and keep to their budgets. ferent learning experience, admitting he had gone into debt while in Mad City. “There were so many options for buying things, especially at the mall.” Bruce Frei, who organized and acted as facilitator of the event, said the program’s objectives included giving students practice in budgeting as an adult in realistic situations, identifying and experiencing the consequences of poor decisions, developing good judgment in spending and budgeting, and understanding budgeting is a necessary step in good money management. “I think the simulation went very well. This is the biggest group we’ve done Mad City Money with and the 55

students who participated did a great job,” said Frei. “What I wanted to accomplish with students coming away from the experience was they had learned at least one thing. Whether it was balancing a checkbook or knowing how to write a check, if all they got out of Mad City Money was one thing I’d be pleased,” Frei said at the end of the exercise. Frei also acknowledged the volunteers and school staff and was grateful for their help in making the Mad City Money workshop a success. “They were great. We couldn’t have done it without them.” Senior Anthony Larson gets some lending advice from ICU Grantsburg Branch Manager Jackie Finch. Learning how to apply for loans from financial institutions was just one of the exercises GHS seniors had to complete during the Mad City M o n e y Simulation held on March 4.

Bruce Frei, vice president of Indianhead Credit Union, explained the rules of the game to Grantsburg High School seniors just before students began the Mad City Money Simulation, a three-hour exercise designed to teach money management skills. Students soon learned keeping to a budget is no game.

Webster Girl Scout Troop 50406 earns their Silver Award WEBSTER - Miranda Burger, Sarah Nyberg, Leslea Wiggins and Chelsea Larson worked together to earn their Silver Award, the second-highest award a girl can earn as a Girl Scout. The troop hosted a You Go G.I.R.L. (girls in real life) Day which focused on issues and challenges that teen girls face on a daily basis. All Webster and Siren girls in the seventh, eighth and ninth grades were invited to attend and listen to the guest speakers as they focused on issues concerning peer pressure, selfesteem, grief/loss, careers and Internet safety. During the lunch break, Mary Kay consultants gave facials, and girls also

had the opportunity to get their hair styled and nails painted. The event was a complete success, with a total of 30 girls in attendance. Another event is planned for spring. Appreciation is expressed to guests Cate Hayman, A.J Simon, Carol Larson, Annette Arnold, Heidi Rand, Natalie Villella, Jeannie Bickford and Jeanette Olson for volunteering their time and expertise. The community was also very generous in their monetary donations and items to hand out as door prizes and gift bags for each girl. – information submitted These four Girl Scouts from Webster Troop 50406, (L to R): Chelsea Larson, Sarah Nyberg, Leslea Wiggins and Miranda Burger, worked together to earn their Silver Award, the second-highest award a girl can earn as a Girl Scout. – Photo submitted





Let’s Read Week celebrated in Grantsburg by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg Elementary and Nelson Primary schools declared March 2-6 Let’s Read Week with special events held at both schools, including Dr. Seuss Day, Pirate Day, Favorite Book Day, Sports Book Day and Pajama Day. Storyteller and singer Kevin McMullin gave two presentations to all pre-K through grade three students, and guest readers on Dr. Seuss Day read stories during the students library classes. Daily drawings were held for books, Tshirts, and other prizes, and students got a chance to exchange their old books for new ones during the weeklong book swap. The chapter book, “Bedtime Stories,” was read in each classroom and students had an exciting time looking for Bugsy the hamster, a character from the book. The cuddly stuffed animal was hidden around the school throughout the week and prizes were awarded to the first classroom finding him each day. The weeklong activities ended with a special Pajama Day breakfast for students and staff.

These girls were all giggles as they modeled their pajamas on their way to a special breakfast last Friday. And not to be outdone, this group of pajamaclad boys, below, begged to have a photo taken of them, too. Students at Grantsburg Elementary and Nelson schools were asked to wear their PJs for Pajama Day last Friday, ending a week of special days celebrated as part of the school’s Lets Read Week held March 2-6.

Grantsburg first-grader Charlie Huehn was monkeying around with his pal, George, at the special pajama day held last Friday at Grantsburg Elementary School.

LEFT - Kindergartener Victoria Lauer, decked out in pirate attire, showed off a pirate storybook she brought to show her Nelson School classmates for the school’s Pirate Day last Tuesday. Pirate Day was one of the special days the Nelson students enjoyed during Let’s Read Week. — Special photo

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RIGHT - David Detienne reads to his daughter Carli during Family Reading Night at Grantsburg Elementary last Tuesday evening. Grantsburg Elementary and Nelson parents and families attending the special reading night learned how to pick “just the right books” to read with their children and listened to presentations from staff on reading strategies and techniques.

Celebrating with Nina

Nina Wicklund of Falun celebrated 90 years with family and friends at a birthday party held in her honor at the Crex Convention Center on Sunday, March 8.

Cindy Stewart, Bev Sandberg and Hazel Oman posed for a photo with fellow Falun neighbor Nina Wicklund at her 90th birthday party last Sunday afternoon. Many friends and family gathered at the Crex Convention Center to give Wicklund birthday greetings and share stories about their friend and neighbor. Also coming to help celebrate Nina Wicklund’s 90th birthday party were former Trinity Lutheran Church of Falun pastors Arnold Walker and Elizabeth Larson. Reverend Walker came all the way from Tennessee to be at the party. Many hands went up when Pastor Larson asked all in the room that had received Nina’s gifts and kindness for a show of hands. - Photos by Priscilla Bauer

“I was the luckiest person in the world to be raised by Nina,” said her son, Roger, as he recalled the many fun and interesting experiences he had growing up on his mother’s farm in Falun in the 1950s.


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Bramuel Musya reaches out to “oral listeners” in rural Africa, with easy to read Bible stories

by Nancy Jappe SIREN – Last Saturday this reporter had the opportunity to meet the second of Diane Brask’s heroes, a very special young man from Kenya, Africa, by the name of Bramuel Musya. The life of this 32-year-old man reads much like the story of Brask’s other hero, Christopher Boda, the head of Banjara Tribal Ministries in India. The meeting, over tea and soup, was held at Adventures Restaurant in Siren. For well over an hour, the talk was about reaching oral learners, what we would call illiterates, in remote rural areas of Africa, with stories from the Bible. Musya responded to Brask’s invitation of coming to visit her the next time he was in the United States. “I’ll introduce you to my friends, and you can do some training here,” Brask said. Musya arrived in the United States Thursday, Feb. 26, in the midst of a blizzard. Imagine the shock of leaving 90degree temperatures in Kenya, and arriving at your destination in a blinding snowstorm. The plane he arrived in at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport was late getting on the ground, coming in at midnight rather than the expected 8:30 p.m., due to one of the worst storms of the winter. “Minnesota gave him a cold welcome; I gave him a warm one,” Brask said, smiling. She was waiting at the airport to pick him up. The following day, after going through a full round of appointments, the two left for a weekend with a rural church congregation outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan. This church

Bramuel Musya is shown in a TV station in Kenya. For four years, Musya worked as producer of all TV shows going out of that station. He learned the TV trade on the job, having had no television experience when he started.

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A rural African man shows the solar listening device that enables him to listen to a simplified version of Bible stories. – Photos submitted unless otherwise noted

Diane Brask introduced one of her heroes, Bramuel Musya from Kenya, Africa, to reporter Nancy Jappe at Adventures Restaurant, Siren, Saturday, March 7. Musya, who is in the United States on a seven-week visit, included the Brask farm near Grantsburg as one of the stops. They looked at photos on the new computer purchased with money given as a love gift to Musya after a weekend visit to New Beginnings Christian Endeavor in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Other gifts included a high-end Sony TV camera, a Net book for travel and a Nikon still camera. – Photo by Nancy Jappe

storytelling method to reach the 8 million Muslim people who live on the east coast of Kenya near Mombasa, Kenya’s second-largest city. His goal is to build his own radio station to reach these people. Musya also chairs the board of the Widows and Orphans Project with his friend James who is heading up this small-business-loan project that will help widows to become self-supporting. This story was featured in a previous Leader article. Musya’s parents were officers in the Salvation Army when he was a young boy. They separated when he was 3 years old. From then until he reached the age of 13, he lived with his father and new stepmother. During that time, although he went to church, he lived with two sources of bitterness – bitterness against his father and bitterness against God. Getting an elementary education is free to all Kenyan young people, but it costs to go on to high school. Musya’s father couldn’t afford to pay for high school so, at the age of 13, he left his rural

has been a strong Brask supporter for several years, and they were thrilled to Just who is Bramuel Musya? have the honor to meet a ministry partAt the present time, Bramuel Musya is ner all the way from Kenya. the African Continental Coordinator for Musya has been in this area for about “God’s Story Project” and “Simply the ten days. Many people have had the en- Story.” With training, people can quickly lightening opportunity to participate in learn this method and begin to teach the a unique Bible storytelling experience Bible message as Jesus Christ did back in with this young Kenyan leader. He has his time – by storytelling and engaging met with small groups in garages, homes the people in lively discussion through and coffee shops of our communities. thought-provoking questions. The response from young and old alike One of his present dreams is to use this See Bramuel, next page has been exactly the same as in rural villages of Kenya. “We love this way of learning the Bible. It makes it come alive in a whole new way. It is so different from listening to a sermon. I wish we could learn about God like this all the time,” Brask said. “Isn’t it wonderful? God has brought everything full circle. I had the chance to work with people in rural villages and homes in his country of Kenya. Now he is working with me in rural villages of my home area and country.” Other destinations on Musya’s itinerary include: Birmingham, Ala.; Orange County and Los Angeles in Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Dallas, Texas; Annapolis, Md.; Santa Lucia in the Caribbean and Ellijay, In this photo, training in the “Simply the Story” way of presenting easily-unGa. Musya leaves for home at the end of April after seven weeks in the United derstood Bible stories is given to rural African participants. States.


Bramuel/from page 1 village, taking a 16-hour bus trip to Mombasa city to look for his mother. He found her, a now born-again Christian and, with her financial help and help from the people in her church, he was able to go to high school. During Musya’s first summer with his mom, the local pastor of their church sponsored his attendance at a summer Bible school. It was while there that Musya became aware of how much a burden of bitterness he was carrying. As in “Pilgrim’s Progress,” a John Bunyan story shared at the Bible school, Musya learned to lay his bitterness at the feet of Jesus Christ. This was a very emotional experience for the young man and a turning point in his life. After high school, he went from Mombasa, where his mother lived, to the capital city of Nairobi, to live with an uncle where he received a few months of training in supply management and logistics. Following this short course, Musya went to the border of Kenya and Sudan to seek employment with the many international relief organizations that were basing there to bring relief into the war-torn region of Sudan. At first, he volunteered his time. After six months, he applied for six jobs and, at the age of 19, was offered jobs with all six organizations. He chose a Christian agency, Medair, that was based at the Kenya/Sudan border but had its headquarters in Switzerland. He worked for Medair for four years as a logistics officer with responsibility for getting teams in and out of the Sudan safely. He had to make life-anddeath decisions daily at this young age. After four years with Medair, Musya decided to quit his job on Sept. 11, 2001. He heard about the bombing of the World Trade Center in the United States and, at that point, decided he had enough of wars and bombing. He wanted to do something different with his life, so he decided not to return to Medair. While sitting in an Internet café in Nairobi, he developed a proposal for a TV show, even though he had no previous experience with writing television shows. He took it to a television-station manager. Two days later, he was offered a job, but not just any job. The man introduced him to other staff as “the new TV producer.” Musya’s hands were sweaty. This was

"Something about you strikes me" - Quote from TV station manager upon picking Musyga's script out of thousands sent to him

Bramuel Musya is shown here teaching “Simply the Story” to an oral listener in Ethiopia. – Photos submitted his first time in a television studio. He had never had an experience like this before. After introducing him around, the man walked away. This began a fouryear experience of learning how to produce different kinds of television productions. After only seven months, he was given the job as head of production in charge of all programming. In 2005, Musya left the TV station to go into full-time ministry. Even though he lived in a big city, his burden was for ministry to people in rural areas. He started looking on the Internet for resources to use in reaching what we would call illiterate people with the oral message of Jesus Christ. While surfing the Internet, he found “God’s Story,” a video that tells, in 80 minutes, a collection of Bible stories in chronological order that gives an overview of the Bible from beginning to end. Musya e-mailed Dorothy Miller, founder of the “God’s Story” project, to see if the program had been translated into Swahili or other African languages. At that time, the Swahili translation had not yet been done. That was the beginning of a journey of yet another opportunity that landed Musya a new job - the Kenyan director for “God’s Story.” There are 42 languages spoken in

Bramuel Musya is shown here with a group of “Simply the Story” listeners in Sudan.

Kenya. Musya knows 13 of those languages. According to what he said, 70 percent of the people in the world are oral learners. In other words, they don’t know how to read or write. In some countries, 100 percent of the people are primarily oral learners. This equates to about 2 billion of the world’s populace who are oral learners and can’t even write their own name. Musya began to tackle this problem in Kenya. In just three years, he finished the translation of “God’s Story” into 35 different African languages. About 20 more are being targeted in the next two years. One of Musya’s dreams is to build a radio station, located in Mombasa, where he can promote oral learning through the telling of Bible stories. He already has a radio license from the Kenyan government (one that he got in only two weeks time), and has met with African engineers to get a bid on the materials that would be needed. The legwork is done. All he needs now is to raise $100,000 to get it up and running. Musya and Brask meet Diane Brask, who headquarters out of the Brask farm near Grantsburg when she is not traveling all over the nation and the world, heard about “God’s Story” when she was looking for a way to reach an illiterate group of Tibetan people. She was visiting her friend, Kris Oman, in Arkansas, when she visited a booth at a world awareness fair at John Brown University that promoted “God’s Story” as a way to reach people with no Bible background. “God’s Story” is told in an 80-minute video that takes the viewer from Genesis to Revelation via 18 stories told in an easy-to-understand manner. Brask launched the “God’s Story” project with a Tibetan people group in China. Soon after, she had the opportunity to meet Dorothy Miller, its founder. In 2006, Brask was invited to a conference sponsored by African nationals.

Dallas Brass to perform The Dallas Brass will perform in the Amery High School Auditorium on Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. When the Dallas Brass last appeared in Amery in 2004, the show was a sellout. Since its founding in 1983, the Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost musical ensembles. The group has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments with a full complement of drums and percussion, which creates a performing entity of extraordinary range and musical challenges. The Dallas Brass repertoire includes classical masterpieces, Dixieland, swing, Broadway, Hollywood and patriotic music. They have shared the stage with the late Bob Hope, have performed for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, have appeared on the CBS “Early Show,” and their music has been used numerous times on “The Young and the Restless.” General admission tickets are on sale in Amery at Johnson Drug and Bremer Bank, by mail with a self-addressed stamped envelope to Amery Community Ed (543 Minneapolis Avenue, Amery, WI 54001), or online at www.mycommunitytickets.com (online fee $1.50). Adult tickets are $18 and student/senior tickets are $16. To learn more, go to www.dallasbrass.com. - submitted

Key leaders from every nation in the continent were there. Musya had a booth at that conference. His booth was the most popular booth. Brask was drawn to this popular young man and the God’s Story tools and training that he was offering his African colleagues. That was the beginning of their friendship. “You tell the story, help people understand it by asking questions about it, then apply it to their lives,” Brask explained. In 2008, Brask was invited back to Nairobi to be a trainer with Musya in a train-the-trainers conference. Musya was the convener of that conference that brought 160 people from 12 different nations together to learn how to train others to teach the program. “People said they never got training so helpful that they could immediately use,” Brask said. That training opportunity led to Musya’s visit to the Brask farm, along with the chance to tell his story to some of Brask’s friends, including this newspaper reporter. Two heroes communicate Bramuel Musya and Christopher Boda, Diane Brask’s two heroes from different continents, met each other through the magic of a computer. During one of Boda’s visits to the Brask farm, he happened upon an instant message from Musya when he was trying to communicate with Brask. Boda responded to Musya, and the two have been corresponding by Internet ever since. Musya and Brask are talking abut the possibility of doing a trip together to India to train Boda’s rural pastors and Bible school students in this unique storytelling approach. Boda’s ministry is with the Banjara Tribal Gypsies in India, providing orphanages and education for their children. Musya’s goal is to reach rural people groups in Africa who cannot read and write with an easily understood message of hope through a relationship with Jesus Christ. These two men have kindred hearts. Two men – Christians from far different parts of the world – linked together through their relationship with Diane Brask, a missionary who works in rural communities to spread the word of Christ to all people by whatever means they can best understand. Brask’s latest thrill in her global networking adventures is helping to develop “God’s Story” and “Simply the Story” as the way to reach oral learners and anyone with a listening ear and an inquiring heart, wherever they are.


Topsy by Nina Malmen During the 1930s we lived on the Roberts Homestead in West Marshland Township about six miles northeast of Grantsburg. My uncle, Lester Roberts, owned a huge, black-and-white dog by the name of Topsy. The breed of this dog was a little questionable; however, he was a good cattle dog and my very best friend. Topsy had one bad habit, which caused a certain amount of grief. His favorite place to sleep was on the roof of an automobile. My uncle and my dad, Olof Borup,

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

Writer’s Corner owned vehicles that were of the 1932 vintage. The roofs were constructed of a black, heavy-duty type of canvas, which was very popular in that day and age. Lester and my dad made a point of parking their vehicles in the north side of the machine shed. The rafters were low enough so Topsy was not able to crawl up and sleep on the roof areas of their vehicles. One day Lester came home from completing an errand and was in a hurry to run another errand. He left his car parked near the front of the house. Topsy jumped up on the hood and from there, onto the roof of the car. Sorry to say, the roof did not hold Topsy’s weight and he fell through into the interior of the car. Lester returned to find a howling Topsy in the back seat and a gaping hole in the roof.

Uncle Lester was always well known for his jovial and easygoing personality. Needless to say, on that particular day he probably was not so jovial or easygoing.

Snowflakes by Delores Sandberg Those frail and fragile snowflakes can deliver quite a punch When they decide to gather in a soft and fluffy bunch. They dress up trees and bushes in gowns and robes so bright And lay a cozy blanket down so clean and sparkling white. This picture-perfect scene won’t last if old Sol starts to shine Or winter’s windy blast decides to rustle through the pine. So I’ll enjoy it while I can and when it fades away, I’ll be content in knowing it will come another day. No artist with a brush will ever paint a scene as nice

As nature paints with nothing more than water turned to ice.

Aerial Affair

by Jack Koblas Walking on ice In winter winds Have you ever Done a loop-de-lo? Becoming an ice angel Horizontally embedded In ice and pavement, A heck of a way To watch a sunset Sink into obscurity With your vertebrae.

PoCo Penners The PoCo Penners meet the second Friday of the month at 2 p.m. at the county boardroom in the government center in Balsam Lake. Contact Brenda Mayer at 715-485-3571 or Iris Holm 715-294-3174 for more information. - submitted

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Stimulus cash paves way for lots of road construction

Spring 1927

In the spring of 1927, Siren school’s seventh- and eighth-grade classes were photographed. They included, back row (L to R): Orvill Tobias, William Sterner, Lawrence Johnson, Kori Ruffhom, teacher, Bernice Bishop, May Omacht, Agnes Lundquist, Mathilda Blocke and Ester Hellenal. Middle row: Mildred Hawkinson, Vivian Spellman, Myrtle Lind, Francis Nelson, Lucille Strand, Anna Nordean, Martha Erickson, Sadia Block, Sonya Sterner, Helen Ruasumson, Elysen Nelson and Gladys Ellis. Front row: Walter Nelson, Earl Nyberg, Russel Ellis, Clarence Campbell, Alvin Nelson, Carl Nordean and Vernon Nyberg. — submitted by Barb Munger

STATEWIDE - Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation says drivers should brace for more road construction this summer with hundreds of millions in federal stimulus funds on the way. Funding for road construction was scheduled to go up this year even without stimulus payments. Wisconsin DOT Spokesman Mike Goetzman says the state had planned between $870 and $890 million in projects this summer, about a hundred million dollars more than last year. Add the roughly $530 million in stimulus money the governor’s office is expecting for roads, and you’re looking at a total of around $1.4 billion in road projects, nearly double what the state spent last year. It might go without saying, but with more construction there’s the potential for more delays. Goetzman says motorists should be prepared for it. “We want to make sure that people who are traveling make sure that they watch out when they’re entering work zones, be prepared for work zones,” he says. Goetzman says the biggest surge of construction will be starting in late April to May. First the state has to complete its “letting” process, where it reviews contractors bids for projects.. Wisconsin Public Radio (Shawn Johnson)

Community is invited to ACS run/walk kickoff to help fig fight cancer FREDERIC – The Frederic community is asked to participation in the American Cancer Society Run/Walk. The kickoff for this year’s Run/Walk is Friday, March 27 at 7 a.m. upstairs at Hacker’s Lanes. Joan Funne is the honorary chair this year. The Kickoff provides registration forms and general information about the run/walk. All team captains and interested persons are encouraged to attend. The Frederic ACS event is a twothree- or five-mile walk following a designated course through town streets. Cancer survivors, families, friends and others affected by cancer celebrate life while raising funds to find a cure and help cancer patients. This year’s event is Saturday, May 9, beginning with registration at 8 a.m. at the Birch Street Elementary School in Frederic. This is the

third year for this site. Teams, as well as individuals, are encouraged to join in the day’s festivities to help raise funds for cancer. Event chair, Elvira Schmidt states, “This event is about getting some physical exercise while doing something positive to help fund cancer research, education, advocacy and service.” Registration forms will be available at the Bremer and U. S. Banks and the Medicine Shoppe. Quilt raffle tickets will also be for sale at the banks and from committee members. Quilt raffle tickets will also be sold the day of the walk. Athletic shoes will be available for $1 in area businesses. The walk is going green and asking participants to bring their own water for the walk again this year. For more information on how you can

participate in this year’s American Cancer Society Run/Walk event, please contact Schmidt at 715-653-2684. The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to

eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. - submitted

Change in date for open skate SIREN – The ice will be coming out a week earlier at the Lodge Center Arena in Siren due to a scheduling change. The last open skate, Come and Skate the Ice Off event, has been changed to Saturday, March 14. Cost for admission will be $3 and skate rental is available for $3. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, March 14: 3 to 5 p.m. - Open skate for young skaters and families; 6 to 8 p.m. – Open skate for everyone; 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. – Open skate for high school students. They hope you can join them for this last Saturday of skating on the ice. – submitted


Potato starch factories by Stanley Selin The information in this article was taken from Burnett County newspapers, the publication “Strolling Through a Century,” and the booklet titled “Past Industries of the Grantsburg Area,” by Alton C. Jensen, with permission from the Grantsburg Area Historical Society. Photos are from the Selin collection. Potatoes grew well in the areas surrounding Grantsburg, and were a steady cash crop for farmers from about 1890 until the 1940s. During the 1890s, many carloads were shipped out by rail to national food markets, even as far as California. In addition, there was a ready market for potato starch in the United States. It was decided to build a starch factory just north of town. In the spring of 1890, subscription lists were placed in the local stores. Farmers signed the lists and gave an estimate of the number of acres of potatoes they would be able to plant in the coming year. By late May, a new company had been incorporated, called the Grantsburg Starch Factory. The first load of potatoes was brought in early in September, for which the seller received the attractive price of 50 cents a bushel. In the early 1890s, prices were high, which encouraged thousands of bushels to be grown and harvested. Potatoes were coming into Grantsburg at such a rate, up to 2,500 bushels per day, that it became almost impossible to find enough railcars to ship them out. In October, farm wagons were backed up in long lines, extending to the edge of town. Schools were closed in the fall for two weeks so that children could help with potato picking. It was estimated that the local 1895 production was 285,000 bushels, of which 147,000 bushels went through the starch factory. Warehouses were built to hold the excess. To make matters worse that year, there was a bumper crop all over the state, plus an unexpected early frost, forcing the crop to be harvested much sooner than normal, dropping potato prices even further. In October, 1895, 90 carloads were shipped by rail in one week, but the price had dropped so low that there was a great deal of grumbling among farmers. Potatoes, loaded in railcars and waiting to be shipped, were frozen when the temperature dropped

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Photo taken in 1895 showing the farmer’s potato wagons lined up for unloading at the Grantsburg Starch Factory. Here the horses had been unhitched and were being kept overnight in a separate building. The Farmers Starch Factory on the east end of Madison Avenue, which began operations in 1900.

Steam-operated pumps inside the starch factory. unexpectedly, which ruined the potatoes. In November of 1896, a carload of starch was sent to Philadelphia. The 20 tons of starch brought less that two cents a pound, delivered. In one instance, a farmer was so disgusted with

the low prices that he dropped his load of potatoes on Madison Avenue (Main Street) in the village, while at the same time uttering unprintable statements in Swedish. This caused a group of dissatisfied farmers get together and erect a new starch factory on the east side of town, called the Farmers Starch Factory. It was put into operation in 1900. For a time, there were two starch factories and

six potato warehouses in the village. Potatoes graded as No. 1 were stored for eventual shipment to the Twin Cities to be sold for food. The remaining potatoes went to the starch factory. The demand for potato starch remained high, as there was still a ready market for its use in the sizing of clothing, tablecloths, draperies, and rugs. In addition, it was used for the sizing (stiffening) of mens’ removable shirt collars, which were used extensively at this time. By the time of the first World War, the demand for starch had declined considerably, but the demand for potatoes as food provided a steady income for area farmers. Prices were highest in the spring, and lowest after the fall harvest. The Journal of Burnett County reported that for many years prior to 1930, an average of 300 carloads of potatoes had been shipped out of Grantsburg every season. In 1930, for example, 150 carloads (90,000 bushels) of potatoes were shipped out to various food markets, bringing in about $108,000 in cash to local farmers. In 1932, 100,000 bushels were produced locally. However, crops such as corn, hay, and small grains that were required for the support of dairy farming gradually took up more of the available farmland. In spite of this, the raising of potatoes as a cash crop remained a significant secondary income source for area farmers for many years.

Another view of incoming potato wagons, to be unloaded at a potato wareWagon loads of potatoes waiting in line to be weighed on the scale near the house or the starch factory. railroad tracks.

Digging potatoes with a horsedrawn machine. Most farmers did not have the luxury of a mechanical potato digger as shown here, but dug them out by hand using tined forks.


More Happy Notes

I am still cutting up pretty Christmas and birthday cards, writing on the white space and sending packs of them to friends. My own trivia. Card 1 One of the advantages of having a TV dish is that we get to watch a lot of old movies. Not just once but over and Abrahamzon over until we know many of the lines by heart. I can’t count the times we have seen “The Magnificent Seven,” “Trip to Bountiful,” “Gone with the Wind” and “Philadelphia Story.” This past week we watched “Driving Miss Daisy.” Some very touching moments; humor, too. When it first came out, friends of mine went to the Twin Cities to see it as it had not yet come to the country. Card 2 Knickknacks lend interest in a home, but they need constant dusting. I keep bringing them home from yard sales and it’s about time to give them away. TV programs are telling homemakers to eliminate clutter. But how can I part with prize rocks, cobalt-blue votive candleholders, the amber glass bud vase, the cup that says “Create your own rainbows,” the string of ceramic goslings following in a row, the angel bell given to me by Esther, and the little nugget of quartz standing for good luck in my pocket? Card 3 It seems we are always looking for a pen that works, in spite of the face that we have pencil or pen holders all over the house. So the other day I sat down and tried every pen. I threw them out by the handful. That left me with a lot of empty mugs to wash and dry, and they have to go somewhere but where? The cupboards are full. Card 4 We have too many cups and mugs but they have special meaning to me. They include all the Leader commemorative mugs marking the years, and they


Behind the Signpost

mean a lot to me. This year in 2009 I am marking my 41st year of writing for the Inter-County Leader. I was given a mug for being a charter member of the local Indianhead Rock and Mineral Society and also a charter member of the Northwest Regional Writers. There is also a “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” mug with angels on it and others with good thoughts. At a yard sale mugs sell for 25¢ and how can I sell a good thought that cheap? I’d rather give it away. Card 5 You’ve all heard the jokes and funny stories about pregnant women and their cravings for strange foods. Well, as we get older we develop cravings, too. The other day I thought pickled herring and crackers would make a good lunch. Wouldn’t you know, when I took the jar out of the refrigerator, only the onions were left. (Not my fault!) It worked out OK, however, as I found a can of sardines and ate those with crackers. It’s True An office needs a boss. A school needs a teacher or two or three. A play needs a director. A church needs a pastor or a priest. A country needs a leader. A football team needs a coach. A circus needs a ringmaster. A prize fight needs a referee. A bank needs a president. A kitchen needs a cook. A store needs a manager. And most important. A committee needs a chairperson. Until next week, Bernice

Well owners urged to test their wells during Groundwater Awareness Week MADISON – National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 8-14, serves as a reminder to the 900,000 households in Wisconsin that use a private well – it’s time to get your water tested. Individual homeowners bear the responsibility of having their well tested for contaminants like bacteria, nitrates or arsenic. The Water Resources Institute at UW-Madison wants to be sure that the well water that the majority of us use each day is safe for people and livestock alike. “It is particularly important to test for contaminants at this time of year when snowmelt and spring rains recharge our water supplies,” said institute director Anders Andren. “We use more than 800 million gallons of groundwater each day, and Wisconsin is not immune to water contamination.” The UW Water Resources Institute funds a variety of groundwater research projects to better understand contaminants and methods of cleaning up contaminated wells. One study currently under way will better determine how many Wisconsin households currently test their wells for contaminants. “Unlike municipal water supplies, private wells are not required to be tested,” said study leader Lynda Knobelock, a research scientists and senior toxicologist at the Department of Health Services’ Division of Public Health. “Those who do test their wells usually only test for nitrates and bacteria. Wells should also be tested for other potential contaminants, such as benzene, arsenic or lead.” According to Knowbeloch, about a third of Wisconsin families obtain their drinking water from privately owned wells, but only about 33 percent of those wells are tested. Knobeloch is particularly interested in find-

ing out why private well owners do not test their wells for other contaminants. She suspects the reason may vary from not knowing what should be included in the test, what laboratory to use or the cost associated with the tests. Information about how to get your well tested can easily be found on the Internet. Using a search engine like Google, type in ”What’s wrong with my water?” This will lead the homeowner to laboratories that are available and what tests may be conducted. Those without Internet access can contact their county Extension agent or local Department of Natural Resources office for more information. – from University of Wisconsin

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the St. Croix Casinos HERTEL/TURTLE LAKE/DANBURY – Catch the luck o’ the Irish at the St. Croix Casinos on St. Patrick’s Day. Wear green to the St. Croix Casino in Turtle Lake or the Little Turtle Hertel Express in Hertel on Tuesday, March 17, and receive $5 in cash. At Turtle Lake, you’ll also receive an entry for hourly $100 Four-Leaf Clover Drawings, held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. All winners must be present. And all three St. Croix Casinos, Hole in the Wall at Danbury, Little Turtle Hertel at Hertel and the St. Croix Casino in Turtle Lake, will offering corned beef and cabbage specials on St. Patrick’s Day. - submitted

Big Sink prizes announced FREDERIC - Fred the Fish is happily enjoying his time on Coon Lake in Frederic. But the warm weather is coming and the ice will be melting and Fred’s fish-crib home will soon sink into the waters, creating a nice habitat for the fish below. The public is invited to place their guesses as to when the crib will break through the ice. Entries are $1 per guess. There is no limit to the number of guesses a person can make. The prize, to be awarded to the person with the closest guess of both date and time, con-

sists of the following: Fifty dollars cash; Friday night fish fry for two at Countryside Inn; fishing pole, tackle box and lures from Great Northern Outdoors; a fish soap dish by Win Herberg, potter; and Soapy Sister’s Soap, made by Cynthia DeMar. The Big Sink is sponsored by Frederic Arts, supporting a Community Arts Center in Frederic. - with submitted information

Do you remember ? Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

50 Years Ago The grand opening of Olson’s Cash Market, Frederic, north on Hwy. 35, was held Feb. 27, with a complete line of groceries. Berna and Charlie were in charge.-Polk 4-H Clubs celebrated National 4-H Club Week on Feb. 28 to March 7.-Eldo Bengtson and his crew moved a house purchased by Vern Wikstrom from Ray Sahr as the former Eric Lawson property.-A long list of auctions was printed in March.-The Vernon Ulicks bought the Pine Grove Home at Grantsburg.-Paradise Lodge, operated by the Hoenhes, invited diners to try their seafood smorgasbord every Friday until Easter.-Norma’s Beauty Shop, located northeast of Frederic on Hwy. 35, 1-1/2-miles north, was now open with Mrs. Norma Nelson in charge.Jim’s Barber Shop in Cushing opened Tuesday, March 10, at 8 a.m., with Jim Engelhart in charge.-Windus Apparel, Frederic, celebrated its 36th anniversary on March 6.-Specials at Route‘s Super Market included pork chops at 59¢ lb., coffee at 2 lbs. for $1.39, fruit cocktail at 39¢ can and Hydrox cookies at 2 pkgs. for 49¢.-Readers were invited to attend the open house at the newly remodeled Siren office on March 12 at the First Bank of Grantsburg.-Sunnyside addition was platted for village of Frederic.-Joseph Beres, 71, passed away at the rest home in Grantsburg.

40 Years Ago A dance was held at Joe’s Cross Roads on March 1, sponsored by the Sand Lake Sportman’s Club.-Social Security had asked representatives to be in area the March 10.-Holstein breeders would meet in Balsam Lake on March 11.-The Siren Home Bakery had 10 percent off everything with specials on 1-1/2-lb. bread at 4 loaves for $1.19 plus almond bar candy at 99¢ lb.Hagert Locker in rural Siren had specials on round steak at 69¢ lb., ground beef at 49¢ lb. and beef liver at 25¢ lb.-Betty Marlow had a porch sale March 6 – 7 and Sun., March 9, with antique dishes and furniture, new hand-loomed rugs, etc.-Frederic Farm Lockers had a beef sale on fronts, 48¢ lb., sides at 53¢ lb. and hinds at 59¢ lb., cut and wrapped free.-Military service in Vietnam was completed by Richard Rasmussen, Siren.Real estate listings of transfers used to be published in this newspaper.-Bernice Abrahamzon did weekly book reviews for the Frederic Library in this newspaper.-Gustafson’s vanilla ice cream was $1.49 a gal.-The guidance clinic board recommended new quarters at Turtle Lake.-Tom Lemieux was a new salesman at Frederic Auto Co.-Three candidates who withdrew as candidates in Lorain Township were Nevada Johnson, Donald Anderson and Tom Manosky.-Robert Thompson resigned from the Frederic Hospital Board.

20 Years Ago Big Chick, former rock star bodyguard addressed the Frederic school students.-Obituaries included Andrew “Jack” Dehn, Lucille Byle Walker, Leonard Morrison and Sallie Carlson.-There was an opening for a cocktail waitress at DeNucci’s 35 Villa, Luck.-Nursing assistants were needed at Capeside Good Samaritan Center, Siren.-A school bus driver was needed for the Frederic school with applicants asked to contact Tom Twining, transportation supervisor.-Local doctors reported an outbreak of flu in this area.-Townships in Burnett County were looking at ambulance needs.Capeside Cove held a 90 and over birthday party.Milk prices were expected to fall.-Education dominated the State of the State Address.-When it comes to hazardous materials, the community has a right to know.-Local community queens were planning to attend the St. Paul Winter Carnival.-The Cushing Fire Department was called to the Lloyd Wilson residence for a chimney fire.-Visitation in the local nursing homes was discouraged due to the flu outbreak.-Glenn Melin retired from Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op.-Bernice Abrahamson wrote the Lewis news.The Luck-Frederic school merger was said to be not a viable alternative.-Snowmobiles broke the 100 mph barrier at E.I.O. Radar Run.-The Ranch Cafe at Luck was sold to Tim Erickson.



866-4334 Congratulations to Grant Preston, Carter Doriott and Sharon Zabel for being named Webster schools students of the week. I was happy to see my grandson Ricky Stahl’s picture in the paper for it also during the prior week but it slipped my mind. It is great to see our students get the public recognition they need to help encourage them. I also forgot to mention that Gladys Beers received a letter from Mildred Buggert, who is visiting her daughter in California, and she was inquiring as to how everyone at the center was doing. Before Mildred moved to the Big Gust Apartments in Grantsburg last year, she used to eat at our center fairly often, and when she did, she always watered the plants and kept them from getting neglected as they quite often do now. I don’t have much of a green thumb anymore. My plants at home keep right on living, just to spite me I think, because I forget to water them until they’re almost dead. Tuesday’s congregate diners enjoyed Nicky’s pork cutlet meal with mashed potatoes and gravy. Actually, almost any kind of meat with mashed ‘taters and gravy seem to be a favorite at our center. Twelve ladies from the Otis Taylor Post 96 American Legion Auxiliary, Webster, attended their monthly meeting on Tuesday at the Webster Community Center. It took quite a while to catch up with all the correspondence, as no meetings were held in January and February. President June Dopkins reported that the community center has been reserved for Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, for their annual rummage and bake sale. It was decided to have a Poppy Princess as it has never been done with the Webster unit before. Since the next meeting falls on Tuesday, April 7, which is Election Day, it will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Mary Klar. The ladies playing Dime Bingo on Wednesday afternoon all had a great time, as usual, and everyone enjoyed the treat that was furnished by Margel Ruck. Margel’s mother, Olive Gehrke of Balsam Lake, has been staying with Margel this week and everyone was happy to see her again. She is such a wonderful person, I have adopted her as my new mom, and I really enjoy the hugs I get from her. The community room of Burnett Community Library was jam-packed with people on Wednesday evening to watch the Lyme disease video. Some of us didn’t get to see it because there was not enough room, but the video will be purchased by the library to have on hand. Snacks were served during intermission. It was very apparent that our current library is just too small and we need help with some large donations to get our building fund built up to get us to the expansion stage. I attended the Friendship Gold potluck luncheon on Thursday at the First Baptist Church, Webster. Missionaries Steve and LeAnne Hardy were there and gave presentations on their work in Johannesburg, South Africa, in addition to numerous musical selections. The regular group of guys and gals playing pool and cards had their regular good old time at the center on Thursday evening. The ladies furnished the munchies, and sometime during the course of the evening Bernie Boelter, Margel Ruck, Jane Wardean, Gladys Beers and Theresa Gloege put all of the Valentine decorations away and changed the tablecloths to green. They also put out some of the St. Patrick’s Day decorations. I got the impression that our Mr. Reddi K doesn’t think it’s necessary to do this before the tenth, especially if some of them use electrical watts. I missed out on the fun because I was home taking a nap in my recliner. Nicky’s Friday salmon loaf meal was very good. She also Hi, everybody! Blacky here from Humane Society of Burnett County. I was just thinking about food, a topic which occupies a good portion of my time, and my thoughts turned to our second-annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser that is coming up in April. Saturday, April 18, to be exact. The hardworking folks at the shelter have been busy organizing the event, and they asked if I would enlist some help from you, my readers. Besides the dinner and the big raffle, they are also having a silent auction to help raise money for my furry pals. The thing is, they need some donated items to feature in the auction. Are you crafty? Or YAPpenings do you have any cool items you wouldn’t mind contributing to help out? If you do, that would be great! I was going to part with some of my vast collection of sticks, but I was kindly told that they weren’t looking for items that had teeth marks in them, or were otherwise used. I guess I will have to consider something different; every last one of my sticks has my signature dental impression on them, just so everyone knows they are mine. Does that make me a stickler? I dunno. Anyway, if you have any items to donate, or a service perhaps, please get in touch with my human friends at the shelter. I have a couple of new four-legged arrivals to tell you about this week. We’ve got another duo of black Lab pups that came in over the weekend - Mindy and Sweetie. They are a couple of months old and are a cute and frisky pair. Marwa is another black mix of a dog who was surrendered, I believe. I’m not sure what his pedigree is, but he must be real smart. He has a big head in relation to his body, so he must be carrying around a lot of brains. He is about 4 years old and seems like a nice fellow. I didn’t get to play with him much since he was in the seven-day isolation area, and the guys were hard at work building the new kennels. The sound of all those power tools gives me the jitters. I’ve only lately allowed my mom to vacuum me with the handheld thing we‘ve got at home. My brothers still head for the hills. Another outing I want to mention is coming up soon, and that is Adoption Day. The shelter staff and volunteers will be

Blacky Shelter

makes sure we get our peanut butter fix. Lily Gleason won the homemade baked goodies in the National Nutrition Month drawing. Afterwards, Theresa Gloege, Jane Wardean, Gladys Beers and I finished putting out the rest of the St. Paddy’s Day decorations and they look mighty festive. Later, I had one last, if not late, birthday dinner with Margel and Olive on Friday evening at the Loose Change Café in Danbury, and the fish fry was delicious. I haven’t had to do much cooking for myself this week, have I? Does it sound like I focus on food a lot? I have told you before that my priorities in life are faith, family, friends, fun and food! Les Garbe stopped by the center just before Friday’s lunch and gave us a health update on his wife, Mary. Les and Mary will be walking in a race/walk fundraiser for the National Kidney Foundation on May 17 in Duluth and he was getting donations/pledges. If anyone is interested in helping, call Les or Mary at 715-656-3360. On Saturday evening Opal Johnson, Dorothy Larson, Beverly Brunclik, Margel Ruck, Olive Gehrke, Gladys Beers and I were part of the huge crowd of over 100 people that gathered at the Lewis Methodist Church to hear wonderful oldtime gospel and bluegrass music. Brad Alden of the Crossed Paths Band was there minus Steve Bell, Carla Manning and Char Harshbarger, as they were attending a large bluegrass festival in the Twin Cities. Two of my favorites of Brad’s songs, which he sang while playing guitar and Starr Warnhahl played mandolin, were “Resting In My Sweet Jesus’ Arms” and “One Day at a Time.” Edith and Vernon Daniels from Trego were there and they both played guitars while she sang “The Treasures Money Can’t Buy,” “The Sun is Still Shining in the Valley,” and others. Glory Train Band, consisting of Jerry Baxter, Joe Lener, Gloria Chell, and Starr and Carl Warndahl, sang “Life is Like a Mountain Railroad” with Choo Choo Jim Mars blowing his train whistle, and “The Great Lamb of God” to the tune of “Great Speckled Bird.” Susy Zeiler sang two songs she wrote, “The Little White Church on The Hill” and “I’m a Sinner, Lord,” that she said she was inspired to write by her grandmother. Mary Jo Bierman played keyboard to a calypso beat and sang “God Still Moves,” and “There’s a Place in My Heart.” Dan Strabel and Bob Andresen both played guitars and sang two songs I forget the names of. Edith and Joe sang the touching song “Come Home, It’s Suppertime,” that brought tears to many eyes. And the list goes on. I’m sorry I didn’t get the names of all the musicians. Refreshments were served throughout the evening and Pastor Tom Cook had a few words to say. I’m going again next time, and it’s the first Saturday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. The next AARP tax aide assistance day is scheduled at our center on Friday, March 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. The congregate menu for that day is baked chicken with dumplings, mixed vegetables, fruit dessert and milk. Call 715-866-5300 to make a reservation to eat first. On Wednesday, March 18, during and after the congregate meal, North Country Independent Living will be presenting on basic NCIL services and assistive technology. Additional topics will be the transportation voucher program, personal care program, and long term care changes. You can try out different pieces of equipment such as amplified phones, large-numbered remote controls, large-size rearview mirror, and much more. Nicky will be serving meatballs in gravy over egg noodles, vegetables, rolls, milk and fruit cup. Call to make a reservation to eat and be part of the interesting NCIL presentation. The sunshiny, 40-plus-degree temperatures of Thursday, taking some of my adoptable, adorable friends to Tractor Supply Co. in St. Croix Falls on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can meet a potential new companion, get a deal on microchipping, plus buy them a high-quality, dog-durable-yet-fun ID tag, all in one stop! They will also be selling raffle tickets for the weekend getaway and other great prizes, if you haven’t purchased any yet. That drawing will be at the spaghetti dinner, and you don’t need to be there in order to win. I wish I could be there. I was peeved last year that I couldn’t go, but I was glad that so many folks turned out to help. Maybe someone will save me a meatball, at least, and I won’t have to have any temper tantrums. There’s a lot of stuff going on in April, now that I think about it. It is National Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month (like not inviting them to a spaghetti dinner). You can learn more by visiting www.aspca.org; Animal Control Appreciation Week (April 12-18), which recognizes and promotes the upgrade and professionalism of animal control around our nation (details at www.nacanet.org); and, I have to sneak in a personal item as well. April 1 marks my eldest brother’s 16th birthday. Who’d have thought a dog who began life not expected to see 2 years old would live to be so old - and lumpy. He’s had his share of health issues and mishaps, but he keeps plugging along. He’s also kind of out to lunch sometimes, but he’s always ahead of me when we go for walks, and he is always in a good mood. Take the other morning, for example. We loaded up in the car for an outdoor adventure, and on the way back home he somehow got wedged between the front and back seat of the car, on the floor. My mom had to lift him out like a big sack of potatoes, but he hit the ground running and wagging his tail the second he was free. Thank goodness he cannot hear much anymore so he won’t be able to hear her sing “Happy Birthday” to him on his big day. I’m going to go hide in the bushes - unless there’s cake involved. Well, that is about all the news I have for you for now. I will be giving you more details on our upcoming spaghetti dinner/bigger-than-me raffle as the date gets nearer. I say bigger-than-me because someone called me “mammoth” the other day. That tickles my hide! Be kind to your furry friends, everyone, and I’ll see you here next week! HSBC is saving lives, one at a time.

Mary Klar Friday and Saturday felt wonderful and the balmy days of spring can’t get here soon enough for me. It is hard to believe that as of Sunday morning we are already on daylight saving time. Gratitude is extended to Dave Paul for donating to the center the pool cue stick of his late brother, Tom Paul; Joanne Miehle – books; Melanie Connors – eggs; Nancy O’Brien – candy; and Jerry Vogel – books. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Edna Schroeder’s son, Alfred Jackson of Waukegan, Ill., who recently had a massive heart attack; Barb LeMire recovering from knee surgery; Mary Christensen who is residing at BMC Continuing Care; Ruby Radke and Iva Leef. During Lent (the 40 days prior to Easter) many Christians follow the practice of giving up something and taking time to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice of himself for us. Some of the middle class and more well-to-do people in our country get so used to living with so much material possessions that when the time comes that they lose their jobs because of downsizing in their places of employment, they become depressed and feel they just can’t go on living. They don’t know how to live on minimum wage. Some, after they have had to start all over by living on little, finally learned the joy of giving. They have had to ask God to change their attitude toward money. By living on less, they finally learned just how much they could give away. Living on less does that. It makes one look at what you normally give and realize that it is far from being sacrificial. Your standard of giving is more important than your standard of living. We need to give sacrificially to others – not just during Lent but all year long. The Lord said to Israel, “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: … Is it not to share your bread with the hungry?” – Isaiah 58:6-7. “Grant us, then, the grace for giving with a spirit large and free; that our life and all our living we may consecrate to Thee.” – Murray.

Dewey - LaFollette


Karen Mangelsen

Don and Lida Nordquist returned Monday from a trip to Phoenix, Ariz. They were gone for several weeks. Marlene Swearingen traveled with them. Marian Brincken, Kris Fjelstad, Sandy Redding, Judy Leonard, Beth Crosby, Lida Nordquist, Mary and Samantha Andrea and Kay Krentz, were guests Tuesday afternoon at the home of Dixie Andrea. They helped Kay celebrate her birthday. Clam River Tuesday club met Wednesday, March 4, at the home of Trudy DeLawyer. The next meeting will be Wednesday, April 1, at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Lida Nordquist. Visitors of Donna and Gerry Hines during the week were Marlene Swearingen, Don and Lida Nordquist, Karen and Hank Mangelsen, Brenda, Jessie and Kristie Sweet and Kristie’s friends, Jan and Hannah Schott, and Lois Sass. Lida Nordquist visited Inez and Arvid Pearson Friday. Gerry and Donna Hines and Hank and Karen Mangelsen called on Marlene Swearingen Friday afternoon. Congratulations to the Siren girls high school basketball team for winning the sectional championship game Saturday in Spooner. Now they will be going to Madison, Friday, March 13, to play in the competition for state championship. Visitors of Karen and Hank Mangelsen over the weekend were April, Dave, Patty and Mandy Close, Jake, Holly, Hannah and Grace Mangelsen, Larry, Celie and Baxter Mangelsen and Lloyd Anderson. The interim pastor for Lakeview UM Church is the Rev. Joan Goebel. She will serve the Spooner and Lakeview churches from March 1 to June 30. There will be a benefit for Kyle Vanderhoof on Saturday, March 14, at the Shell Lake Community Center. The spaghetti feed will go from noon to 6 p.m. There will also be a silent auction, raffles and a bake sale. There is an account at the Shell Lake State Bank for anyone wishing to make a donation to help with Kyle’s medical expenses.

A Waiting Child Alex

June 12, 1992 Alex is described as being a shy, friendly, sweetnatured kid. He enjoys playing basketball and watching cartoons, including “Spiderman” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” He also loves playing with action figures and using his imagination. His creativity really shines through in his artwork and school projects. Alex needs a family who can support him in his academic development. Alex says he wants a mother, father and a permanent home without dogs. He needs a family who is committed to providing him with a safe and stable home where he can grow and develop into a responsible young man. For more information about Alex or other Wisconsin children waiting for adoptive homes, call Adoption Resources of Wisconsin at 414-475-1246 or 800-762-8063 or visit their Web site at www.wiadopt.org.


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Frederic Senior Center by Ardyce Knauber Monday, March 2, Spades was played with the following winners: Marlyce Borchert in first place, Vi Luke in second place, Shirley Sandquist in third place and Holly Stonesifer in fourth place. Tuesday Whist and other cards were played. The morning coffee table crew is always here each morning, Monday through Friday. The pool table gets a good workout from the early pool players. Wednesday Pokeno was enjoyed. Fun to see this happy group. Thursday night 500 cards, at 6:30 p.m. was played with the following winners: Ellis Erickson in first place, Lorna Erickson in second place, Shirley Sandquist in third place and Vi Luke in fourth place. Friday, our monthly meeting was held at 12:30 p.m., so several could go to Marilyn Sederlund’s funeral. Marilyn was the village clerk before she became severely ill and she did many nice duties to help us keeping our center running smoothly. Blessed be the memory of Marilyn Sederlund. Pokeno and cards were played after the meeting. Refreshments were served at coffee time. Saturday potluck and birthdays of the month were celebrated. We had a beef buffet luncheon and cards were played after dinner. We had Clareese Marek’s cake for dinner and angel food cake and strawberries for the afternoon coffee time. Tax aides will be here from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, March 12. Walk-ins will be worked in. We will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 14. Music will be at 11:30 a.m. Dinner will be at noon. We had such a good time on Valentine’s Day and know that St. Patrick’s Day will be even better. Everyone is welcome. We wish best wishes to Dorothy LaDoucer, who has been hospitalized and has further surgery scheduled soon. Let no one every come to our Center without leaving better and happier than when they came in.



Bev Beckmark

What with the weather turning warmer and the snow melting, are we going to see an earlier return of the black bears in our backyards? Maybe someone has already seen one out and about, if so, let me know. Several of the goldfinches are now sporting their bright black caps at my feeders. Last year I had several pairs of mourning doves and so far two pair of them have returned. Each day I am watching for the pair of bluebirds that nested in the birdhouse not far from my kitchen window. Spring must really be on its way. Those of you ladies who attend the Whistling Wings Ducks Unlimited banquet each year or are planning to attend for the first time, mark your calendars for Monday, March 23, as that date has been set for their 25th-annual ladies banquet at Northwoods Crossing Event Center. Social hour is at 5:30 p.m. with a program at 7 p.m. For more info or to purchase your tickets call 715-327-8049. The United Methodist Church ladies held their monthly meeting Wednesday, March 4, at noon, and in the evening they served the first of the Lenten suppers before the service. The service was given by the church’s former pastor, retired pastor Steve Ward. Sympathy to the family of Ralph Selvig who passed away Feb. 24, Robert Thompson who passed away Feb. 25, and Isabella Shinler who passed away Feb. 25. Stop in at Siren on Saturday, March 14, as Siren will be holding their 31st-annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade starting at 2 p.m. There are lots of activities going on that day. You can meet the St. Paul royal family, many of the neighboring towns royalty, or stop at the local shops for holiday items, you can even stop in at either Kris’ Pheasant Inn or the Pour House and enjoy some of the traditional corned beef and cabbage. Pick up a button at many of the local establishments and maybe you will win some of the awesome prizes given away. The drawing will be held at Little Mexico at 4:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by our own Siren Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations to elementary student Josiah Wegner, middle-schooler Jacob Swenson, and high-schooler Allison Didier for being chosen Siren schools students of the week. There were 10 kids from the Siren Methodist Church that participated in a 30-hour famine last weekend at church. They earned $264.55 in pledges. They learned that amount of money would feed 100 children for a day. Last Saturday night Siren residents heard a lot of ruckus throughout the streets as the Siren girl’s basketball team celebrated their 40-34 win over Flambeau. They will be playing in the State Tournament on Friday. Good luck, girls!

Interstate Park news Nature story time at the park Join naturalist Julie Fox at 10 a.m. on Thursdays through March at the Ice Age Center at Wisconsin Interstate Park for a story and activity chosen especially for preschoolers and their parents. Please bring clothing for outdoor play (weather permitting). Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls on Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy 8. Nature story time is free of charge, but a state park sticker is required to enter the park. For more information call Julie at 715-483-3747.



Congratulations to the Siren School girls basketball team. They will be playing in the state tournament in Madison on Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Brian Webster and family, Rick Abrahamzon and Sheila Staples recently attended a birthday party for 2year-old Sarah Imhoff. The party was hosted by her parents, Darrell and Suzanne, and brother, Nolan. The party theme was the Backyardigans and Sarah was dressed as Uniqwa. The jam session held Saturday night at the Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church went very well, with local and guest performers Gloria Chell with her accordion, as well as Starr and Carl Warndahl, Sylvia and Phil Schaetzel singing several duets, Brad Alden and others. Well over 100 were there to enjoy music, snacks, fellowship and fun. Many of those involved with the jam session were up bright and early (especially being back on daylight saving time once again) in spite of the late night out the night before. The choir sang a short but inspirational number. Lunch was served after the service with a “Happy Birthday” sheet cake in honor of all the March birthdays. The United Methodist Men met after services on Sunday. The United Methodist Women met after Sunday services, as well, for their regular monthly meeting. The mission money collection for April and May will go to the Frederic Food Shelf. The Lewis church members are also volunteering to work at the food shelf every Thursday in March from 2 – 6 p.m. Last week’s crew included Alice and Charles Ford, Mickey Lenz (Glockzin) and Linda Baxter. This Wednesday’s Lenten service will be held at the Lewis church with a supper held at 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. Lenten service. Last week’s supper and service were held at the Siren U.M. Church with Steve Ward substituting for the Willow is a 9-year-old spayed female cocker spaniel. She has a thick black and tan coat. Willow and her son, Santana, were surrendered to the shelter because their loving owner could no longer afford to care for them. While they are both mildmannered, they have never lived with or spent time with small children, and need to find a home without them. It would be great if they could be adopted out as a pair. Willow and Santana are house-trained and have cuddled with cats. It seems that there is a bounty of information about dogs as pets but very little when it comes to cats. We accept the fact that cats are independent creatures and accept this as a part of sharing a home with one. Truth is that there are more pet cats than dogs. Maybe a good place to start understanding our pet cat is from the cat’s mouth. Just what are they trying to tell us? As independent hunters, cats have a limited need for extensive vocalization. Cat-to-cat vocalizations are generally limited to communicating with kittens, a sexual partner or an enemy. By changing the volume, intensity and number of repetitions of the vocalizations and backing them up with expressive body language and signaling, cats ensure that their messages are received and that their needs are met. The purr is the most common sound issued by cats - and yet one of the most misunderstood. The purr is made on the inhale and exhale. Built-up pressure created by the opening and closing of the glottis results in a separation of vocal folds that create the purr. While purring is often heard when the cat seems content, it is also heard when a cat is in pain or near death. The reason for the purr is not known, but it is enjoyed by most cat owners. In fact, many a shelter cat has been adopted on the strength of her purr alone. The second-most common sound a cat makes is the m e o w .

Arnell Humane Society Happy Tails


scheduled speaker. This Wednesdays service will be conducted by Pastor Carolyn Saunders. Sympathy is extended to the family of Eleanor Freeberg who passed away Saturday. She had recently been a resident of Comforts of Home. She and her husband, Nealie, once lived in Lewis in the house across from Juanita Berg. Marilyn Sederlund’s service was held last Friday at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Frederic with the pastor of Clam Falls Lutheran Church in charge. A benefit is being planned in honor of Marilyn as she had been a much-valued village employee. Watch for further info. The snow is going, going, not yet gone. Another snowstorm may arrive before this newspaper is published. Daughter, Diane, and husband, Ronald Ackland, of Hutchinson, Minn., spent the weekend in this area, visiting friends (as time allowed) enjoying the jam session with mother, LaVerne Leep, and other daughter, Carol Mangelsen. The Acklands visited Frank and Karen Svoboda of Osceola. The Northwest Regional Writers will meet this Friday at 1 p.m. at Sunrise Apts., Frederic. The assignment is to write on Friday the 13th. If interested in any kind of writing, you are invited to come. Guests are always welcome. Big plans are afoot as the state Regional Writers will hold their spring conference at the Lodge at Siren the first weekend of May. This is a great honor as it is seldom the group comes this far north. Some very important speakers will address those assembled. Watch for details. Parent-teacher conferences will be held Monday at the Siren schools. It is hoped parents will take advantage of this opportunity.

The meow is rarely heard between cats. This vocalization seems tailor-made for communication between cats and humans. Cats notice that meowing brings attention, contact, food and play from their human companions. Some behaviorists suggest that certain cats alter their meows to suit different purposes and that their owners can differentiate between an “I’m hungry” meow and a “Let me out!” meow. “Chirping” is the sound a cat makes when it is highly aroused by the sight of prey. You will know it when you hear it and wonder if your cat has swallowed a bird. Some say that the cat is trying to imitate the bird sound to lure it. If the cat is frustrated and unable to get at the bird, he may let out a “chatter,” which is a series of chirps. Cats hiss when they are surprised by an enemy or want to express the need for personal space. It is a warning that the cat feels threatened, and stranger beware. A highpitched shriek or scream is expressed when the cat is in pain or fear and aggressive. Snarling is often heard when two tomcats meet, followed by a long, low-pitched growl that warns of danger. Cat owners and cat lovers appreciate the nature of the cat and enjoy sharing their home and love with them because they are often less demanding than a dog. They don’t need long walks or potty breaks at regular intervals. For the price of a litter box and Meow Mix, a purring lap-warmer is content to keep you company. Arnell Humane Society, Amery 715 268-7387 (PETS)

Siren Senior Center March is Nutrition Month. Every week on Friday, a door prize will be given (something nutritional) to someone participating in the noon meal at a nutrition site. The only requirement is that you must dine at either Siren, Webster, Grantsburg or A&H senior centers and enter your name for the drawing. At the end of the month, all of the entries will be eligible for the grand prize of a basket of good eats and interesting ideas. The winner at our site for the first week was Pastor Tom Cook. This is to promote good eating, nutritional eating, as well as happiness to the soul. Wearing of the green is the theme for our March decorations. Abbey Brand and Grace Haines did us the honor of washing off our plastic table coverings, which I must admit were in great need of that. Thanks to Marjorie Nyberg, Myrna Thomas, Corrine Root and Della and Ed Smythe, the decorating was done in double time. Our Dining at Five had the largest turnout ever, with 57 people in attendance. The winner of the door prize, a lemon pie, was Kathy Meyers. Word must be out what a great dinner we have for only $5. Keep coming, we always say “the more the merrier.” The Holiday Station has a new promotion that is benefiting our senior center. If you buy a cup of coffee, you may also purchase a Pop Tart for 10 cents, and if you don’t want it, it is donated to the Siren Senior Center box, where all the seniors and those receiving home-delivered meals can enjoy them. Colleen from the Holiday Station visited us during the Dining at Five dinner to make this announcement, and stayed to help serve deserts and bus dishes. Thank you, Colleen and Jim Zeiler from the station, and all of their wonderful staff. The next senior meeting will be held next week on Tuesday, March 17, promptly at 9:30 a.m. As I mentioned before, we do not have membership fees, anyone who wants to come and join in on the meeting is welcome to do so. Our one and only requirement is that you must attend at least six meetings in a fiscal year to be eligible to vote for our officers.

Bernice Abrahamzon

Barb Munger

The Feet First people will be at the center March 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. You must stop in, or call and make an appointment. To put your name on the list, call 715-349-7810 or 715-349-2845. If you have a computer you may also send an e-mail to sirensrdining@sirentel.net to sign up for dinner or other events. We were informed this week that Al Carlson is now residing in North Branch, Minn. If you care to drop in and visit him or call, he would gladly appreciate it. His address is: Comforts of Home, 38610 14th Ave., Apt. #104, North Branch, MN 55056. The telephone number he may be reached at is 651317-2027. We would like to extend our sympathy to the family of Don Heavy, who passed away recently. Another good turnout for Dime Bingo this week. Report is that 23 people were here to play. They start their games promptly at 1 p.m. every Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday winners at 500 this week were: Earl Boelter, Dick Klepetka, Nona Severson, Inez Pearson and Clara Palomaki. Spade winners on Friday were: Candace Doriott, Rich Hustad, Arvid Pearson, Lucille Chelmo and Marjorie Nyberg. We would also like to put the word out that the Siren Methodist Church is sponsoring a Magnificent Michigan Tour, May 11 –15. Anyone who is interested in traveling with this fun group should contact Shirley Bloom at 715-349-2514, for details and a reservation. As usual we asked, and we received, some Western novels that were brought to the center. They are borrowed out as fast as they come in, so another plea: if you have any please think about sharing them with us. All of the paperbacks that are brought in are greatly appreciated and we have quite an extensive library, which we are very proud of. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The pool table is open every morning for anyone who wants to come and play, and the coffeepot is always on. Hope to see you at the center.


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Cloverton-Markville Many of the residents of the little townships of Arna and New Dosey attended the services for dear Beverly Vink recently. We will always miss this lovely, intelligent and kind woman who graced our lives. May she rest in peace. Allen and Marge Wolf have been driving down to Siren quite a lot lately to see movies. They’ve seen nearly all of the big hits playing now, including “Changeling,” “Gran Torino,” “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Taken.” Other than that, Al has been busy getting ready for bee season, which will begin in about a month. Marlene and Don Mishler ate in Superior after a day of shopping and errands up north last week. Jan and Ed Proffit went to the home of Jan’s sister, Diane Raskin, in New Hope, Minn., on Feb. 28, for a going-away party for Diane’s son, Ben, who will be going to Iraq soon. Ben was a frequent visitor to Cloverton when he was a youngster. One day last week, four eagles spent several hours flying around the home of Shirley and Jerry Blokzyl, finally landing in a tree right outside their window. Mary and Frank Schaaf journeyed to St. Cloud last week for a visit with Frank’s brother, Ed, who came over from Kimball with their sister-in-law, Gina Schaaf, and her daughter, Lisa. The women spent the whole day doing lots of shopping. It was a long day for Mary and Frank as they had left early and

returned late. Darlene Merimonti’s sister-in-law, Tina Wolff, age 66, died recently in Stillwater. Cancer was discovered about one month before she died. Darlene has had two grosbeaks feeding at her feeder so we can assume that this particular bird hasn’t decided not to visit our area this winter. Jan Streiff has been participating in a very interesting project. Via the Internet, she is enrolled in the National Geographic Genome program. This project will research a person’s geographical history. She sent them a sample of her saliva about six weeks ago and, after examining it, the experts sent her a history of her family’s geography going back 50,000 years. She was told that she (and everyone else on the planet) came out of East Africa. Then Jan’s ancestors went to Sinai in Egypt, then (in this order) to the following places: the Middle East, Turkey, Mongolia, Western Europe (along the Baltic Sea), then to France. About this time, there was an ice age in Europe, which sent her ancestors to Spain, then back to France and over to England (which is where her family is from). Anyone interested in getting a geographical history can go to the National Geographic Web site. Things have been quiet on the home front these days.

SCF Senior Center Hope everyone remembered to turn their clocks ahead one hour this past weekend. It does seem great to still have some daylight after supper to spend time outdoors. Now if we could just get rid of all the snow and invite spring in to stay. Tuesdays exercise group enjoyed one hour together practicing some new routines. Then they exercised with numbers for an hour playing Skipbo. Thirty-three friends and members joined for 500 cards and seven engaged in Dominos. Winners included: Elaine Edlund, Brenel Ward, Don Benson, Lonnie Jones and Elroy Petzel for 500; and George Meixner, Martha Lundstrom and Ione Meixner won Dominos. Thursday exercise and Skipbo are the favorites at the center. Each group welcomes new players at any time. Thursday evening 500 cards had 25 in to play, and also to enjoy some award-winning chili prepared by Charlie Mevissen. Winners for the evening were Leroy Booth, Cliff Qualle, Deloy Olson and Lloyd Knutson. Elroy Petzel won the nine bid.

Friday morning Bridge group shared with the U-Care insurance meeting. Fourteen friends enjoyed Bingo with Pat Jenson winning the coverall game. Please remember to sign up for the St. Pat’s Party to be held March 19, at 5:30 p.m., with 500 cards and Dominos to follow. There is also a 500 card party at Milltown VFW on Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m., to benefit the cancer society. This week we welcomed back our first snowbirds, Del and Jean Olson of Lindstrom, and their friends. These four really know how to liven up a party. Activities remain the same this week. On March 18, AARP tax aides will be here between 8:30 a.m. and noon; March 19 will be exercise and Skipbo, with the St. Pat’s party at 5:30 p.m.; and March 20, Bridge and Bingo at 1 p.m. Remember, we always have treats and coffee. Stop by and visit and pick up a new schedule of events.

Academic news MILWAUKEE – UW-Milwaukee named Jacob J. Elmquist, an English and computer science major, and Joseph A. Pfannes, an English and computer science major, to the dean’s list for the fall 2008 semester. They are both from Osceola. – submitted ••• PLATTEVILLE – UW-Platteville has announced the chancellor’s list for the 2008 fall semester. Students on the chancellor’s list must have grade-point averages of 4.00 and have a minimum of 12 credits for the semester. Jacob A. Friberg, Frederic, from the college of engineering, mathematics and science was named to the chancellor’s list. – from UW-Platteville •••

ELY, Minn. – LaShawn Nohrenberg, Grantsburg and Sarah Weiderman, Spooner, have been named to the Vermillion Community College fall honors list. To be named to the honors list a student must have a gradepoint average of 3.0. – submitted ••• MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee School of Engineering announces Alexandra Marjorie Puetz, Frederic, is included on the dean’s list for winter quarter. Students who have earned at least 30 credit and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher are on the dean’s list. — from Milwaukee School of Engineering


The Supreme Court of the State of Wisconsin appoints the members of the District 11 Committee of the Office of Lawyer Regulation. This committee investigates and reports on attorney conduct to ensure the ethical and competent practice of law by Wisconsin attorneys. I am honored to have been selected chairman of that committee. I have successfully handled injury and death cases since 1977. Home, hospital and office appointments are available. Cases are handled on a contingent fee basis, such that if there is no recovery, there is no fee. When you, a relative or a friend, need an attorney, you should contact John Grindell at Grindell Law Offices, S.C., Box 585, Frederic, WI 54837. Telephone: 715-327-5561. 406435 8Ltfc 50atfc

Birth announcements Adam and Amy Hale, Naples, Fla., wish to announce the birth of their son, Axel Jeffrey Hale, born Feb. 24, 2009, in Naples. Axel weighed 8-lb., 9-oz. and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Jim and Caren Sundquist of Grantsburg and Dennis and Dee Hale of Worthington, Minn. Great-grandmother is Lucille Hale of Jackson, Minn. ••• A girl, Layla Ann Moe, born Feb. 28, 2009, to Sarah Osberg and James Moe of Ham Lake, Minn., at Mercy Hospital in Anoka, Minn. Layla weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. and was 20 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Darrel and Cheryl Osberg of Ham Lake. Maternal greatgrandmother is Irene Chasensky of Frederic. Paternal grandparents are Denise and Dave Gonsior of Anoka, Minn., and paternal greatgrandmother is Jean Moe of Blaine, Minn. •••

Born at Osceola Medical Center:

A girl, Nataiya Rose Frazee was born March 1, 2009, to Joshua and Karen Frazee of Balsam Lake. She weighed 8 lbs., 11.3 oz. Her big sister is Kelly. Grandparents are Floyd and Kathy Frazee of Frederic and Paul and Karen Stevens of Balsam Lake. - submitted •••

Born at Amery Regional Medical Center:

A girl, Natalie Marie Petersen, born Feb. 16, 2009, to Liane and Christopher Petersen, Clear Lake. Natalie weighed 8 lbs., 3-1/2 oz. ••• A boy, Kyle Matthew Rader, born Feb. 19, 2009, to Jennifer and Brent Rader, Osceola. Kyle weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz. ••• A girl, Lily Marie Ludy, born Feb. 20, 2009, to Beth and Ryan Ludy, Turtle Lake. Lily weighed 8 lbs., 14-1/2 oz. ••• A girl, Jade Marion Zelinski, born Feb. 23, 2009, to Jennifer Blouin-Potvin and Shane Zelinski, Amery. Jade weighed 8 lbs., 9 oz. ••• A girl, Kaleigh JoLynn Wilson, born Feb. 24, 2009, to Cherae and Ryan Wilson, Amery. Kaleigh weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz.

••• A girl, Morgan Faith Boettcher, born Feb. 24, 2009, to Sabrina and Kyle Boettcher, St. Croix Falls. Morgan weighed 7 lbs., 10-3/4 oz. ••• A boy, Caden Lovell Koch, born Feb. 27, 2009, to Andria Norlund and Brandon Koch, Amery. Caden weighed 6 lbs., 13-1/2 oz. ••• A boy, Owen Bruce Anderson, born March 2, 2009, to Alisha and Jason Anderson, Turtle Lake. Owen weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz. •••

Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center:

A boy, Lucas Micah Schwegman, born Feb. 24, 2009, to Jessica and Nathaniel Schwegman, Dresser. Lucas weighed 9 lbs., 2 oz. ••• A boy, Brandon Matthew Smith, born Feb. 26, 2009, to Chrystina Allen and Bruce Smith, Amery. Brandon weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz. ••• A boy, Chevy Allen Mehtala, born Feb. 26, 2009, to Amanda and Mark Mehtala, Frederic. Chevy weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz. ••• A boy, Mitchell Douglas Hobbie, born Feb. 27, 2009, to Marc and Lisa Hobbie, Webster. Mitchell weighed 8 lbs., 7 oz. ••• A boy, Evan Kristopher Kaphing, born Feb. 28, 2009, to Bonnie Richardson and Kristopher Kaphing, St. Croix Falls. Evan weighed 9 lbs., 10 oz. ••• A girl, Johanna Kruse Tretsven, born March 2, 2009, to Ty and Jennifer Tretsven, Luck. Johanna weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz. ••• A boy, Elijah Graham Larson, born March 2, 2009, to Christopher and Sara Larson, St. Croix Falls. Elijah weighed 9 lbs., 12 oz. ••• A boy, Jordon James Jensen, born March 3, 2009, to Lisa Strese and Rick Jensen, New Richmond. Jordon weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz. •••

Burnett Community Library Tax forms are available on the lower level. Preschool story time is held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Craft group is held every Thursday at 10 a.m. Bring your favorite craft to work on. Adult book club is held the fourth Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. Our library is considering the possibility of beginning an early literacy group for children birth to age 2 (along with their parents). The current children’s story time will continue to meet as usual at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday morning. If anyone is interested in joining an early literacy group, please call Patti at 715-866-7697. Thirty-five people attended Marina Andrew’s Lyme Disease presentation on Wednesday evening. The award-winning film “Under Our Skin – The Untold Story of Lyme Disease,” lasted two hours, with a question/answer session following the film. Andrew is a member of the Western Wisconsin Lyme Action Group. For more information, visit www.lymenet.org and www.underourskin.com. The Thursday Craft Group, which meets at 10 a.m. every Thursday morning, seems to be getting too large for the space provided by the library. They are considering starting an evening craft session for those unable to attend during the daytime. Anyone interested? Please call Patti at the library. New books for young adults “City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments Series)” by Cassandra Clare

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“City of Bone” by Cassandra Clare “The Host” by Stephanie Meyer New books for adults “Energy-Efficient Homes for Dummies” “Cream Puff Murder” by Joann Fluke “Death of a Witch” by M.C. Beaton “A Darker Place” by Jack Higgins “Lethal Legacy” by Linda Fairstein “The Shack” by William P. Young “The Apocalypse Directive” by Doulgas MacKinnon “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak “T is for Trepass” (audio book) by Sue Grafton New books for juniors “Technical Foul (Winning Season Series No. 2)” by Rich Wallace “East Company (No. 3)” by Rich Wallace “Second String Center (No. 10)” by Rich Wallace Music CDs Jonas Brothers Soundtrack, “Mamma Mia!” Sugarland, Love on the Inside Rihanna, Good Girl Gone Band: Reloaded Jonas Brothers, A Little Bit Longer Hours Monday through Thursday open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Pioneer Memoirs This is the sixth installment of a publication of memoirs written in 1947 by Frederic pioneer Alice Dahlin Lund. Editor

Raymond and Ruth Kimmes of Frederic were married March 16, 1944.

Auditions scheduled FREDERIC – Auditions for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre's original musical production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16, at Frederic’s elementary school. A total of 70 Frederic-area children are needed to play the roles of Buck, Luck, Yuck-Yuck, and the rest of the Groundlings; Titania, Oberon, Pease Blosson, Cobweb, Moth, Mustardseed, and the rest of the Sprites; Quince, Flute, Starveling, Snout, Snug, and the understudies of the acting troupe; The Duke, Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius, Helena, and the rest of the noblemen and noblewomen. Auditions are open to anyone in the Frederic School District, grades 2 to 12. The audition process lasts two hours and all those who audition are required to be in attendance the complete time. No preparation is necessary to audition. Rehearsals will be held from 3:35 to 8 p.m. the remainder of the week. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the elementary school gym. Tickets will be available at the door: $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-18. This weeklong Prairie Fire residency is sponsored by Frederic Community Education with the help of a grant from Polk Burnett Operation Round-up. For more information contact Ann Fawver at 715-327-4868. – from Frederic Community Ed

by Alice Dahlin Lund We used to have quilting bees. Father made a quilt frame that could be rolled up on either side with a crank. Everyone in the neighborhood used to borrow it, and also our spinning wheel, which was brought to this country from Sweden. Quilting bees were, as a rule, attended by the women and some of their children, but you can bet they had their coffee with sugar lumps and something good to eat. The quilts were made of good wool filling, and were covered with quilting material, or more likely, a top for the quilt had been made previously, and had been saved for this purpose. During spare time, the good housewives would make these tops out of scraps of material left over when making aprons, dresses, shirts and even trousers. Our homes were simple and we lacked many conveniences, but we prided ourselves in many things. The ladies were proud of their lovely new quilts, and many would try to add some more each year or to cover some of the old ones. We made warm quilts out of old, but clean woolen materials. We tied and quilted them by hand. Once in a while we bought new material for quilt coverings, but we were more proud of our quilts that were made from salvaged material, as we were proud of being economical. Within the last ten years, I have enjoyed making many quilts for myself, my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I want you to know that each of the million little stitches represents my love and well wishes for all my loved ones. Brooms that we used for everyday sweeping were made from willows. They sorted out the slender branches with fine twigs for the best brooms, using the heavier ones for the granary or outdoors. Our scrubbing brushes were made of twisted hay, tied together in a rope-like fashion; instead of rags, we used white moss. Two pails of water were used in scrubbing floors; one for scrubbing and the other for rinsing, so don’t think our homes were not clean. The floors and woodwork of our homes were unpainted, so they had to be scrubbed clean. Saturday was the day for cleaning thoroughly. During the winter we were expected to remove our shoes before entering the house. We were barefoot in the summertime. One day when my mother was making some brooms, a little neighbor boy named Emil came over. Mother asked him if he had an errand. He said he just came over to play. He was five months older then I, and I was always glad when he came, as I like to play with him. We started to play, but in a few minutes his mother came running into our house through one door as he ran out the other. As she went through, she called, “Good morning,” stooped down to pick up a soft willow switch, and ran after him. I almost cried, for I did know what a switch meant. The next day I ran over to the saw rig, for that was midway to his home, and we were allowed to meet and play there. When Emil came there I asked him if he got a whipping, but he carelessly answered, “No, I got home before she did.” “Oh, I said, “my mother would not do that, and I don’t dare run away, as I then get it all the worse.” I pouted a little, as I felt all my sympathy for him had been wasted, but it was all forgotten when we started playing. We also made eggbeaters, but we used birch wood for that, as that wood did not give off any taste. We picked the branches in the spring and scraped the bark off. The smaller ones were used for beating eggs and cream. First we would dip them in hot water to soften them, and then we put them in cold water. We beat eggs and cream for frosting or similar food. The more heavy ones were used in stirring mush, porridge and other foods thickened with flour. We used spruce branches for doormats, as they were nice for that purpose. Father also made his own tar. He made it out of pine, but just exactly how, I do not know. I remember when he brought the tar in it was thick and black. I also re-


member him using a funnelshaped thing made of sheet iron. It was round and quite large, for we children climbed upon it and jumped down inside and played it was an Indian wigwam. Three of us were able to get into it at one time, so you see it was a rather large funnel. I think I will always remember when all three of us got inside of this funnel. When we wanted to find out what was going on outside, we had to stick our heads through the hole. Emil got up there and stuck his head out. I thought he stood there so long that I got up there and stuck my head out, too. It was fun until we tried to pull our heads back! We both pulled at the same time. We thought we were stuck, as we could not get up or down. There was no one to help us. We started to yell as loud as we could. The other children started yelling too. Presently my sister came to our rescue. She pressed my head against Emil’s neck and in that way she got it down and pulled us out one by one. We never played Indian in that wigwam again, but we still played Indians. One day I picked up an iron ring from the cookstove. My mother used it for small kettles. I put it on top of my head and all of a sudden it slipped down over my face and I couldn’t get it off, no matter how I tried. My ears and nose got in the way, so I had to carry it around my neck for a while until my mother came home. She got it off, but it hurt my nose terribly. My father did something that I became very proud of after I was old enough to understand. It was something that other men did not do. He made brick. My mother did all she could to help him. He shaped the brick and laid them on the ground to dry. He had an oven where he burned them until they became red. Someone had to be out by the oven all the time so they did not get too hot. I felt sorry for father, for he had to stay out there nights too, but he did not seem to mind. When the bricks were finished, father would sell them to the neighbors around there and make chimneys for them. At one place where he had sold bricks he had a little fun. When the chimney was completed he called to see how it worked while he picked up this tools and got ready to go home. They built a fire and it burned very nice, the smoke coming up the chimney in good style, but then father put his coat over the chimney, which sent all the smoke down into the kitchen. When my father came down, they were talking loud, saying they were not going to pay him until he got it fixed. He told the couple about the joke and they paid him and it all ended satisfactorily. After father was through making chimneys for neighbors, he made a fireplace in our house. We had two large rooms. The floor in our front room had boards about eight to 12 inches in width. They looked nice, as they were always scrubbed clean and looked almost white. Many evenings I played with the children in front of the fireplace. It was here that I learned my ABCs. My mother was my teacher. Many a time I was called into the kitchen to hold a torch for father so he could see to file his saw. In the daytime he was too busy sawing, so it had to be done in the evening. It was winter and the days were short. The torch I held was made of pine and was quite long so it would not burn down too quickly. We used candles, but they did not give enough light. Once in a while I would pout when I stood there as I could hear my brother was playing with our big white cat with black ears. One night I got so tired that I dropped off to sleep standing, and the torch fell to the floor. Father picked it up and told me I had better go to bed. I had become so frightened that I was wide awake and could have stayed awake all night, but I went to bed and said my prayers. We said our prayers after we were tucked in bed. Often my mother would sit beside the bed with her knitting, teaching me new prayers. They were Swedish. – With information submitted by Brian Johnson’s family. – From Betty Fenton, director of public relations, Frederic Area Historical Society.

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POLK COUNTY LIBRARY NEWS Balsam Lake Public Library Story time

Story time is at 11 a.m. every Wednesday here at the library. All ages are welcome to join us for stories, crafts, music and snacks.

New books in March

“Dead Silence,” by Randy Wayne White; “True Detectives,” by Jonathan Kellerman; “Still Life,” by Joy Fielding; “Lavender Morning,” by Jude Deveraux; “Execution Dock,” by Anne Perry; “Haley’s Green Hints,” by Graham Haley; “Joker 1 A Marine Platoons Story of Courage,” by Donovan Campbell.

Food shelf

We are now a food donation drop-off site for Loaves and Fishes food shelf, which serves Luck and Unity school district. Each bag of food that goes to a family needs canned meat, canned fruit, peanut butter, can of juice, box or bag of cereal, toilet paper and soap.

Book club

Our selection for March is “Nineteen Minutes,” by Jodi Picoult. Best-seller Picoult, “My Sister’s Keeper,” takes on another contemporary hot-button

issue in her brilliantly told new thriller, about a high-school shooting. Peter Houghton, an alienated teen who has been bullied for years by the popular crowd, brings weapons to his high school in Sterling, N.H., one day and opens fire, killing 10 people. Flashbacks reveal how bullying caused Peter to retreat into a world of violent computer games. Alex Cormier, the judge assigned to Peter’s case, tries to maintain her objectivity as she struggles to understand her daughter, Josie, one of the surviving witnesses of the shooting. The author’s insights into her characters deep-seated emotions brings this rippedfrom-the-headlines read chillingly alive.” Book club meets at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, March 18.


Balsam Lake Library, (under the water tower) at 404 Main St., Balsam Lake. Hours are Monday 10 a.m. -8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. E-mail: balsamlakepl@ifls.lib.wi.us. Web site http://www.balsamlakepubliclibrary.org.

Clear Lake Public Library Author visit

On Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m., the Clear Lake Public Library will host lifelong Polk County resident and long-term freelance writer Buz Swerkstrom. His new book “Polk County Places: Impressions and Explorations of Polk County, Wisconsin” features nine sections - Parks, Preserves, Communities, Trails, The St. Croix River, The Arts, Artistic Impressions, and Here and There. Come and join us as Buz shares with us from his new book. Refreshments will be seved.

Master Gardener visits

Gratitude is extended to Fritz Coulter, Polk County Master Gardener, on his very informative presentation on planting onions, potatoes and other cold weather vegetables, for

letting us take side trips as we think of questions even through they don’t directly relate to the topic. We’re so glad that he is willing to come visit us again on Saturday, April 18. Fritz will address topics including: blueberries, flowers, edible weeds and asparagus. Monday Movie Madness: On March 30, at 6:30 p.m., we will be showing “MinuteMEN” (Rated TV-PG). Refreshments will be served.

Regular library hours

Monday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Wednesday: 2 - 8 p.m.; Thursday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Friday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. We can be reached by phone at 715-263-2802 or by email at clearlakepl@ifls.lib.wi.us.

Polk County Library Federation The new Library-Books-by-Mail catalogs will be on their way to rural box holders in the next week. Tina Riley from the Polk County Library Federation holds the 2009 catalog. Look for it in your mailbox. – Photo submitted Check it out at your library Polk County Libraries. The director of the Polk County Library Federation is Colleen Gifford, assistant and the assistant librarian/ clerk is Tina Riley. Please call the Polk County Library Federation for more information, 715-485-8680. The Polk County Library Federation is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Polk County Library Hours Luck Public Library

Monday 1-5 p.m., Tuesday 1-8 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 1-8 p.m., Friday 1-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.noon.

Amery Public Library

Hours are Monday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Osceola Public Library Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our phone number is 715-294-2310, and our Web address is www.osceolapubliclibrary.org. Centuria Public Library Monday: Noon - 5 p.m.; Tuesday: noon - 7 p.m.; Wednesday: noon - 5 p.m.; Thursday: noon - 7 p.m.; Friday: closed; and Saturday: 10 a.m. - noon. Dresser Public Library Monday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday noon–5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.–noon and 1–7 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

St. Croix Falls Public Library Congratulations to The Big Read Literary Arts Contest winners: Shane O’Brien, Bailey O’Brien, April Halverson and Lilly Sletten. The Big Read was fun! Our Big Read selection was the 1903 classic “The Call of the Wild,” by Jack London. Thank you to all who participated.

Plan on

Poetry, Passion … and Problems – a presentation of poetry, by Carolyn Wedin, on Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m., here in the library. Wedin will take participants through A. E. Housman’s argument for poetry’s power in “Terence, This is Stupid Stuff,” and move on through poems of love, despair, death, and hope. These include: Amy Lowell’s “A Decade” – “When you came, you were like red wine and honey;” Hamlet’s despairing contemplation of suicide in “To be or not to be;” and Emily Dickinson’s “Because I could not stop for Death/He kindly stopped for me.” Participants will be invited to share poems that are meaningful to them, including those

that take the form in which we usually hear poetry today – as song. The poems Wedin discusses will be distributed as a handout.


Free wireless is available at the library. Also, visit the library Web site www.stcroixfallslibrary.org to get information on the building project, programs at the library and much, much more!

Story hour

Listen to stories, create great art and have fun with other kids and parents every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

Hours, contact

The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed on Sunday. 715-4831777. E-mail: scflibrary@ifls.lib.wi.us. Online: www.stcroixfallslibrary.org. Holiday hours: The library will be closed Saturday, April 11.

Frederic Public Library Wednesday story time

Story time for preschoolers and their caregivers is on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. The March theme is zoos, so be sure to bring your best wild-animal voices!

Book groups to meet

The Thursday morning book group will meet March 19, at 10 a.m., to talk about “The Good Earth,” by Pearl Buck, the classic novel of a Chinese peasant farmer who grows rich and brings on tragedy as he betrays his family and neglects the earth he had worshipped. The evening book group will meet March 19, at 7 p.m., to discuss Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” an American classic on censorship and book burning. Copies of both titles are available at the library, and new members are always welcome.

We all need Friends

The Friends of the Frederic Library is an organization that values the public library as a vital community resource, and supports the library through fundraising, sponsorship, and advocacy efforts. The group meets four times each year, and works at a variety of library events. If you love public libraries, consider becoming a Friend. For more information, please contact the library.

March is National Craft Month

If you like to work with beads, there are more than 175 titles in the MORE catalog all about beadwork, including 48 books on making jewelry with beads. Interested in knit-

ting? The MORE catalog has 209 entries on the subject. Are you a beginning quilter? Choose from nearly 400 quilting titles to learn all about it. Looking for birdhouse patterns? There are more than 100 titles about birdhouses and birdfeeders for our feathered friends. Choose your materials by visiting www.more.lib.wi.us, or visit the library and we’ll help you order materials for your next craft project.

Food shelf depends on us

Please bring an item or two for the local food shelf when you visit the library – your donations will make you feel good and will help those in need.

Tax forms are available

The basic Federal and Wisconsin tax forms are here, including the homestead credit and rent certificate schedules. We will also be happy to download other tax forms from the web for you.

Free wireless access at the library

If you have a laptop with a wireless card, bring it to the library to use the free wireless Internet access. Cozy chairs and hot coffee are waiting for you.

Hours and information

Frederic Public Library, 127 Oak Street West. 715-327-4979, e-mail fredericpl@ifls.lib.wi.us. Regular hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Milltown Public Library Book club

Calling all bibliophiles! The Milltown book club will gather again on March 25, at 7 p.m. No assigned books, no stodgy questions. This will be a time for book lovers to gather, share, and inspire. We’ll post all the discussed books on our Web site.

Teen Tech Week

“Press play” at the Milltown Library on Friday, March 13, during our open house for teenagers. We’ll serve pizza and snacks beginning at 6 p.m. Bring your friends to check out the demonstration of the library’s free digital downloads, play Nintendo Wii or Playstation RockBand, browse the techie book display, or simply enjoy a fun night at the library with your friends. The fun lasts until 9 p.m.

We are wireless

Bring your laptops to the Milltown Public Library and enjoy our free, fast, wireless Internet access. No library card necessary.

Story hour

Milltown Public Library offers story time every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., year-round. Story times are free and are designed for children under six and their caregivers. Each story time lasts 30 to 45 minutes and includes time to browse and check out books. Join us for a special Peter Rabbit story time on Tuesday, April 7.

Perk up

We now proudly offer Wren Blend coffee at the Milltown Library all day every day, we’re open! This organic, fair trade coffee tastes fantastic. Meet with friends in our coffee lounge, which now has extra seating, or surf the Web on your laptop while watching the hustle and bustle of Milltown’s main street. Our goal is to make your library the living room of the community – please check out and support this newest effort!

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month, and the Milltown Library is hosting an informational night on Tuesday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. We’ll begin the night by looking at homemade sensory toys and other inexpensive resources. There will also be time to ask questions of a local teacher who works with kids with autism spectrum disorders, and to talk with other families. Finally, there will be a chance to create your own toys and resources and to check out a variety of valuable materials from the library’s ASD book and video display.


The library hours are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Sunday closed.


Area artist’s bronze eagle soars in SCRMC lobby. The sight of a bald eagle soaring over the St. Croix Valley is always a thrilling and majestic sight. Look up as you enter St. Croix Regional Medical Center’s new lobby and you’ll see a magnificent bronze-cast bald eagle sculpture soaring above the atrium. This unique and remarkable piece was created for the medical center by Osceola artist Wally Shoop at the request of the medical center’s CEO, Lenny Libis. The medical center is proud to display selected works of area artists and a number of pieces, each on local subjects, are already on exhibit throughout the campus buildings. “We welcome all who come to the medical center to stroll through the campus buildings and look at these wonderful works,” said Libis. This is the first of a series of articles on their art and backgrounds. Looking at Shoop’s magnificent eagle, you might guess that he draws his inspiration from observations of the natural world and from his Native American heritage of respect for nature and the almost spiritual qualities of animal life. His realistic bronze sculptures clearly demonstrate his creative ability as well as his intent to capture human feelings within natural forms. While he began bronze casting professionally in 1970, Shoop actually started expressing his artistic creativity as a young child. “I remember carving sandstone rocks I found in the creek near my home in the Badlands near Rapid City, S. D.,” he said. “It was an odd beginning. I had just seen Mt. Rushmore and I must have been im-

pressed, because I got a rock and carved Teddy Roosevelt’s face. I was always carving something and leaving sand all over the house and Rosemarie porch.” One day, Shoop’s mother Vezina had had enough and tossed all his carvings into the neighbors’ compost pile. A few years later, a Sponsored by neighbor found one of Shoop’s the St. Croix and Falls Historical carvings called the local Society papers. “Because of the moustache, some people from the local mining company thought my old Roosevelt piece was an early Indian representation of one of the first whites to come to the area,” said Shoop with a laugh. “Someone also noted that it ‘strongly resembled’ Teddy Roosevelt!” Today, without any formal training, Shoop has become a well-known artist. His American Bronze Casting, Ltd. is one of only a few artist-owned foundries in America. “The lost wax process of bronze casting is an ancient art that first appeared nearly 6,000 years ago,” Shoop explained. “The basic principle of the lost wax method of casting remains unchanged, although new techniques have been developed.” Shoop’s 15,000-sq.-ft. facility is located along the St. Croix River in Osceola. To view samples of Shoop’s work, go to www.bronzes.com/index.html.


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Bronze casting innovator and famous sculptor Wally Shoop uncovers a new set of eagles at his 15,000-sq.-ft. design/production facility in Osceola. – Photo submitted

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2009 Library Books-By-Mail Catalogs available BALSAM LAKE – Do you like to read but can’t get to the library? You can still borrow books because Library BooksBy-Mail sends books to Polk County residents who need assistance in order to leave their home. There is no charge for this popular free service and all book postage is prepaid. The 2009 Library Books-By-Mail catalog includes hundreds of new titles plus a sampling of the thousands of other books available, including best-sellers, Westerns, romances, Christian fiction, mysteries, arts and crafts and cookbooks. Short descriptions are provided for each book.

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Dying on a cruise ship by Wayne M. Anderson INDIAN OCEAN—Death occurred once again on a cruise ship. This time it was passenger Marion “Vicki” Schaefer, who died on the MS Rotterdam Sunday, Feb. 22. Her final hour came in her aft cabin, sitting in her wheelchair watching TV. The Holland America Line flagship was about 375 miles south of Bali. Mrs. Schaefer was 87. Her son was by her side. “Everything was going fine,” said Bob Schaefer, her son and caretaker. “I checked on her about 4 p.m. and I thought she was still napping. I again checked on her at 6 p.m. and screamed in her ear and felt she was cold. So I called the front desk.” Mrs. Schaefer may have had a cardiac arrest, according to HAL records. And after several tests, Dr. Palma Wideman, ship’s doctor, pronounced Mrs. Schaefer “clinically dead” at 7:15 p.m. “I thought she could enjoy one more long cruise,” Mr. Schaefer said in a quivering voice. Days before, he was speaking to a cruise consultant about a future trip for him and his mother, for whom he cared the last six years. But that Caribbean cruise was not to be. A common death Death at sea is not uncommon on cruise ships, especially on long voyages with an older complement. Death while cruising happens every year for a variety of reasons: natural causes, illness, suicide, accident—even murder. Last year, on HAL’s grand world voyage, three deaths occurred by natural causes, ship officials said. On this year’s 114-day world cruise one death has already occurred, just 36 days after beginning the voyage in Los Angeles. Sadly, others may follow. More and more people around the world are cruising as a form of recreation and vacation. And many of these cruisers are seniors—even super seniors. The range of age groups presently on the Rotterdam is wide: 12 to 95. The majority of the 994 passengers fall into three age groups: 61-70 (355), 71-80 (351) and 81-95 (147), according to ship records. Death by old age “Consequences of aging are the most common cause of death on a cruise ship,” said Dr. Jack Berry, a family physician of 27 years, now retired, and a

passenger on board. “There’s no doubt about it.” For some cruising is their love and thus they choose to die at sea, rather than in a nursing home or hospice. “Yes, it Wayne M. happens,” said Anderson C y n t h i a Ducusin, HAL The guest relations Anderson supervisor. “It’s like in the Report movie the “Bucket List,” said Dr. Berry. “You choose things before you die—and where to die.” So for these decided sailors, the old saying is true: What a way to go. And when someone’s life ends at sea, they often leave behind a loved one. For them, and their fellow passengers, they all face the impending question: What happens when someone dies on board a cruise ship? Passengers soon discover the answer is complicated. There are international laws and local laws that rule what can be done. And every country has its own cultural customs that must be observed. Death at sea is final—but it’s not so simple. What happens? When someone, like Mrs. Schaefer, dies on a cruise ship a series of company policies and procedures are immediately activated. “Automatically we have an emergency contact with those we need to notify,” said Ducusin. “We have to notify our medical department … the medical department contacts the next of kin to tell them this is what happened and the same thing goes with the insurance company.” Most cruise ships, like the Rotterdam, are equipped with a proper facility. “We do have a morgue on board,” said Ducusin. “When you have a death on board, our engineering department is made aware of it. And they freeze the area to keep the body there.” In most cases of death the ship will continue to its next scheduled ports of call if time permits. “We will attempt to meet the wishes of the dependents,” said Peter Wallis, HAL ship’s purser. “But the ship is not equipped to keep a body indefinitely. Operationally, this ship’s regulations require that a body be discharged as soon as feasible.”

“I certainly hope not,” said Wallis. “It (death) is an unpredictable event. Holland America is a service provider … the onus of this sort of thing falls upon the travel agent.” In this matter of dying at sea, the burden is solely on the “passenger knowing” and the travel agent advising, he said. The topic of death is a “downer,” said Cheryl Kobayashi, program manager with Vantage Deluxe World Travel and a passenger on board. In the 25 years she’s been in the travel business, the word on death and dying at sea is always mum. “I know of no one who discusses it,” said Kobayashi. “But there’s certainly a need for it.” Marion “Vicki” Schaefer Ship officials said about 7 days is the maximum length a person may be cared for post-mortem. Cultural peculiarities When a ship approaches its next port, with someone who’s expired, ship officials contact port officials for assistance. And sometimes the answer they get back is simply: No. “There are jurisdictions in the world that prohibit a body being discharged and prohibitions of being carried in transit,” said Wallis. Sometimes a country may allow the deceased in port but not allow certain funeral arrangements. “In Muslim countries they may not permit cremation,” said Ducusin. And in Asia, the funeral experience can be beyond expectation. “You know what happened to us about four years ago in Japan?” Ducusin recalled. “They have this rule that they can cremate the skin and everything, but not the bones. It’s sacred.” So the Asian officials took the body for cremation. “And they came back with a big box—with all the bones still intact,” she said. Death at sea is no simple matter. That’s why it’s important to consider it, before you cruise. Know before you go Cruise companies want you to know things before you sail. These things are commonly called: Know Before You Go. In this documentation are guidelines about health and medical issues like certain prohibitions for pregnant women, infant restrictions and warnings for those with chronic medical conditions. But on the issue of death at sea, cruise companies like HAL offer no pre-cruise information. The topic of death in “Shipboard Life” is silent. Death is never mentioned.

HAL’s condolences Discussions on the obvious aside, Mr. Schaefer said he is very comforted by HAL’s staff in his time of need. He said all his needs are being met. With kind condolences and lovely flowers, the ship has sent several staff members to assist him with filling out necessary paperwork. With tears in his eyes, he tells of staff members who have come to his cabin to just sit and comfort him. He said the ship has offered him free communication services to handle related affairs and waived several fees. The only ship cost incurred is the medical exam ($79) and post-mortem care ($255). He said he is grateful he got the “premium insurance” to cover unexpected expenses. It went “perfect” Mrs. Schaefer was taken ashore Friday, Feb. 27, in Semarang, the next ports of call. There she underwent an autopsy and was cremated and her remains returned to the ship, said Christel Mensink, guest relations manager. “It went absolutely perfect,” Mensink said. And this time there was no customary “bribe,” which is expected in some countries. In Semarang “it was just perfect.” After careful thought and counseling, Mr. Schaefer has decided to stay aboard and complete the world cruise. “’What would your mother want you to do?’ is what people are asking me,” he said. “I know she would want me to go on.” And he finds a loving support system on board in his time of grief. “I could never find this degree of support back home,” he said. In the spring she will be laid to rest with her daughter in New Jersey. But Vicki’s spirit will sail on in the hearts of those she loved, upon the high seas. – Wayne Anderson, news correspondent and Rotterdam passenger, filed: March 2, 2009

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Frederic Arts fifirrst chili cook-off a success FREDERIC - Frederic Arts held its first ever chili cook-off, followed by a concert with local musicians last Saturday, March 7. Ten contestants each submitted a slow cooker of chili to be tasted and reviewed - some hot, some with adobo sauce, some with cocoa and cinnamon, corn, quinoa (an ancient grain), black beans, red beans, pinto beans, and all were “delicious,” according to judges. The tasters took their tasks seriously, coming back for a second taste … just in case. Dr. Andrew Mayo rented the space above the clinic for the event. The venue was perfect for both the tasting and the concert. Musicians donating their time and talents were Anthony John, Dylan Frautschi, Dave Frank, Jay Stackhouse and Cynthia Rintala. William Johnson helped with sound system. Vaughn and Chryse Veit donated compostable and biodegradable spoons, cups and bowls. Chairs and tables were borrowed from the Frederic Fire Department and Grace Lutheran Church of West Sweden.

The Frederic Art Board held a chili cook-off on Saturday, March 7, in the upstairs of the building that holds the Frederic Clinic. Three winners were announced after the event. Pictured (L to R): RJ Severude won the Best Spicy Chili award with his Texas Chili Frito Pie. Dan Johnson, representing the Viking Ski Club, won the Best Chili con Carne, with their secret processed meat. Kathleen Vaughan and Kay Moll won the Best Vegetarian with chili made with quinoa. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld “It takes a community to put on such an event,” said organizers. “We are grateful.” Judges voted on their favorite three. The winners were: Dan and William Johnson (the Viking Ski Club) for Best Chili con Carne (with their secret

Participants were each served chili and they then voted on their favorite three recipes. Ten contestants entered their chili into the contest.

“processed” meat), Kathleen Vaughan for Best Vegetarian (made with quinoa), and R.J. Severude with his Texas Chili Frito Pie for Best Spicy Chili. All entries were crowd pleasers. The winners each received a one-of-a-kind wooden chili bean trophy, made by local woodworker Mark Buley and embellished by Jon Route, and a bottle of hot chili oil. Frederic Arts volunteers provided lots of corn bread and dessert treats and no one left hungry. The upstairs of the clinic soon became a coffeehouse-style venue and the music began with the Juggernauts, Dylan Frautschi and Dave Frank followed by a set with Jay Stackhouse on banjo and Cynthia Rintala with guitar and vocals, ending with a performance by Anthony John on guitar and harmonica. Fred the Fish also made a guest appearance. The event was about raising awareness for Frederic Arts and generating funds to support a community Art Center in Frederic. – with submitted information

National Guard sendoff

U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (L) and Gov. Jim Doyle (photo at right) were among dignitaries who spoke at the sendoff Feb. 22 of the National Guard’s 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team on its way to Iraq. Thousands of family members and more than 100 civilian and military officials converged on Dane County Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison to bid farewell to some 3,200 members of the brigade. It was the Wisconsin National Guard’s largest operational deployment since World War II. “Not since World War II has so much been asked of our soldiers,” said Doyle. “Almost every Wisconsin county can name a student, a mother, father, son or daughter, who is part of the 32nd.” - Special photos

Anthony John performed on his guitar and harmonica as one of the musicians who donated their time and music in performances during the chili cook-off. The Juggernauts Dylan Frautschi and Dave Frank, Jay Stackhouse and Cynthia Rintala also performed. – Photos submitted unless otherwise noted


Student forge and bellows designs approved by historical society BURNETT COUNTY - On Tuesday, Jan. 13, students from Webster and Siren high schools attended the monthly Burnett County Historical Society board meeting. They were there to seek approval of their design for the new forge and bellows for the Forts Folle Avoine smithy. The board was reviewing the designs for historical accuracy, budget and aesthetics. This was a critical milestone for the project because the construction could not begin until the board had signed off on the student designs. Joe Cook and J.T. Elmgren, Webster, used a laptop and projector to show their PowerPoint® presentation. The computer presentation provided a brief history of their approach to the project and several slides showed blueprint-like views of their forge design. The design is for a brick forge built upon a metal framework. The metal framework will make moving the forge easier if the fort decides to move or expand the current smithy building. The brick exterior is historically accurate for a circa-1890s forge. Above the forge will be a steel hood and chimney for venting smoke. Mike Hunter and Andrew Wellman of Siren used a one-third-scale model for their presentation to the board. Ron Dorn, tech ed teacher at Siren, said “Building the scale model really helped the students understand how they would proceed in making the actual bellows. They had seen the bellows at Fort

Siren High School students Andrew Wellman and Mike Hunter hold their one-third-scale model bellows. The model was used to demonstrate the design and operation of the bellows they are building for the Forts Folle Avoine smithy. - Special photo Snelling and read several articles on making a bellows on the Internet. Even with that, they made and remade the model several times before they really understood how to make it.” The model also helped the board un-

derstand what was going to be built and how the final bellows would operate. The students used the model to answer questions from the board by pointing to parts or working the bellows to show its operation.

Throughout both presentations, the board was attentive and engaged. The trip that the students made to Fort Snelling in November paid off by giving them historical knowledge and confidence in presenting their design. Board members asked tough questions but the students were able to answer them clearly and directly. Both presentations included parts lists and budgets. Board approval was unanimous and the board commended the students on the quality of their presentations and knowledge. The acquisition of parts and construction has now begun on both projects. The project continues to experience generosity from the community. Local businesses have freely donated many parts from the student parts lists. Donations for the forge have so far included steel from Siren Steel, Siren and bricks from Hopkins Sand and Gravel, Webster. Donations for the bellows have included leather from the Log Cabin Store and Eatery, Danbury, and lumber from Johnson Lumber, Falun and Dividend Lumber, Webster. Students will be demonstrating blacksmithing techniques on the forge and bellows at the Forts Folle Avoine season opening on Memorial Day weekend. The christening of the forge and bellows will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2009. The public is invited to attend. - with submitted information

Chattering Squirrel reopens in Siren “Believe it or not, it has been almost one year since the Chattering Squirrel has been under new ownership,” stated the flyers that were sent out to promote the grand reopening party Saturday, March 7. Members of the Siren Area Chamber of Commerce were there that day to do a ribbon cutting and present the owners with a plant. With scissors and ribbon in hand, the group included: (L to R) Chamber President Gary Kannenberg and member Sara McLain, Chattering Squirrel owners Peter and Jean Koelz, Holly and Jake Mangelsen and chamber member Karen Howe. The Chattering Squirrel, with its assortment of coffees, teas and menu selections, is located at The Shops at the Lodge complex, Siren. – Photo by Nancy Jappe


Bird Art to be featured

Cemstone is proud to announce that Chris Nelson of Nelson Construction Services, Balsam Lake was the grand-prize winner in the commercial interior category of the second-annual Cemstone Decorative Concrete Awards. This project is located on Hwy. 46 North, just across the highway from Unity Schools in the new development park. You’re welcome to view this office project, showing a wide variety of colored concrete imprinted with various designs. - Photo at left by Marty Seeger

Luck resident Victoria Lehman is Café Wren’s featured artist. Victoria’s artist reception is this Saturday, March 14, from 7 to 10 p.m., in conjunction with the café’s grand reopening celebration. Lehman’s show, titled “Honoring the Inuit Artist,” features bird art in several formats: acrylic, canvas, paper and mixed media. Her artwork will be on display throughout the café during March and April. She is a former Unity School art teacher and currently teaches in Duluth. The café features a new local artist every two months. For more information visit: www.cafewren.com. - submitted


The Synergy Brass Quintet performed music education programs last Friday for Grantsburg High School, Middle School and Elementary students. The group also performed a concert for the public Friday evening. Members of the quintet are (L to R): Jon Hurrell - French Horn, Bobby Thorp - Trumpet, Jordan Witt Trombone, Rachel Rodriquez - Trumpet and Jesse Chavez - Tuba. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Synergy Brass Quintet makes "cool" music by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG – It didn’t take long for the Synergy Brass Quintet to get Grantsburg middle-schoolers excited about playing instruments as the group performed for the students last Friday afternoon, March 6. The students found the Boston-based group’s unique performance style thoroughly entertaining and cool. During a question-and-answer session, students wanted to know just how much the group had to practice. Members of the quintet told the students they practiced several hours each day, stressing one of the group’s messages, the importance of hard work in achieving goals. Synergy Brass Quintet is currently the most-performing ensemble in classical music. The group averages nearly 300 engagements a year all over the United States and the world. Besides their intense concert schedule, the ensemble is dedicated to bringing classical music to kids and has presented their fun-filled music education programs at

Jon Hurrell showed off his talent on the French horn during a performance by the Synergy Brass Quintet for Grantsburg Middle School students last Friday in the high school auditorium. While students were entertained by Hurrell’s horn, they also loved his hair. Synergy Brass Quintet tuba player Jesse Chavez autographed posters for middle school students after the group performed a music education program at the Grantsburg High School auditorium last Friday.

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over 500 public schools to future musicians and music lovers. The Synergy Quintet also presented educational performances to Grantsburg High School and Elementary students. The group later performed a Friday evening concert for the public at the Grantsburg Fine Arts Au-

Head chef welcomed at Woodlands Grill Pub and Crex Conventions The new head chef and general manager of the Woodlands Grill Pub and Crex Conventions, Riki Rosti, received a warm welcome from two of the business’ owners, Todd and Leah Engstrand (L to R), as he assumed his duties. Both Engstrands were enthusiastic about bringing Rosti to their business, and expressed pleasure at being able to acquire his expertise for their operations. Said Leah, “This makes life easier. Now I can sleep at night.” - Photo by Carl Heidel

ditorium. The Synergy Quintet event was sponsored by the Grantsburg High School music department with the support of Grantsburg Community Education, the Grantsburg School administration and the Grantsburg Festival Music Society.


Wound Healing Center awarded New Center of the Year AMERY – Open only since June, the Wound Healing Center at Amery Regional Medical Center is already becoming a leader in care and has been awarded the New Center of the Year Award by National Healing Corporation, a leader in disease management accounting for more than 30 percent of the nation's managed and outsourced wound healing centers. NHC Chief Operating Officer James M. Tyler presented the award saying, "The Wound Healing Center at Amery Regional Medical Center has contributed to the well-being of the community and has certainly made a difference in the lives of each and every patient who walks through its doors.� The Wound Healing Center specializes in the treatment of chronic wounds and nonresponsive conditions and offers hospital-based outpatient wound care as well as disease management and diabetes care. Likely candidates for treatment are those suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that haven't healed within 30 days. Program director Linda Shurden, clin-

Shown at the Wound Healing Center are (L to R): Sandi Reed, administrator of clinical services; Colleen Nordby, HBO technician; Mike Karuschak, CEO; Chris Boardman, office coordinator; Beth Jackson, clinical nurse coordinator; Linda Shurden, program director; and Dr. Anders Ulland, medical director. Special photo

ical manager Beth Jackson, and medical director Dr. Anders Ulland accepted the award. Shurden said, "There isn't a single physician or person on the team that didn't work tirelessly as we opened our doors and their dedication never wavers. I also want to thank Amery Regional Medical Center for its commitment to the mission of offering state-of-the-art wound care to its community." One of the highly specialized treatments offered at the center is hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which works by surrounding the patient with 100-percent oxygen at higher-than-normal atmospheric pressure to increase the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood and promote healing from the inside out. In addition to tissue oxygenation, the Wound Healing Center also employs the use of vascular studies, tissue culturing and pathology, revascularization, skin grafting and clinical or surgical debridement. The Wound Healing Center, a division of Amery Regional Medical Center, is located at 230 Deronda Street. Call (715) 268-0175 or visit their Web site @ www.amerymedicalcenter.org. - Submitted

Unity FFA Alumni Ice-fifisshing Contest

Ariane Mattson and Kellie Montpetit got second place with their northern at the Unity FFA Alumni Ice-fishing Contest recently.

RIGHT: Eric Larson was the big winner of the day at the Unity FFA Alumni Fishing Contest recently on Long Lake near Centuria. His 10-pound northern took first place.

Brandon Bielmeier caught this nice bass at the Unity FFA Alumni Ice-fishing Winners in the recent Unity FFA Alumni Ice-fishing Contest held on Long Lake near Centuria were, (L to R): Contest, which found him placing secAndy Kruse-contest youth chairman, unidentified youth, Johanna Alling-Unity FFA president, Mike Owen, Mike ond. Bielmeier, Eric Larson, Brandon Bielmeier, unidentified adult, Evan Lunda, Kellie Montpetit, Ariane Mattson and


Curves supports communities nationwide with 11th-annual food drive WEBSTER – During the month of March, Curves of Webster will participate in the 11th-annual Curves Food Drive to benefit local food banks. Collectively, over the past five years, nearly 50 million pounds of food were distributed to local communities all over the world through the Curves Food Drive. Curves of Webster is also giving back to the community by waiving its normal service fee for any new member who brings in a bag of nonperishable groceries

and joins between March 9 and March 28. This promotion will help the women of Webster manage their weight and their wallets by joining Curves for free, while also helping feed hungry people in the community. “The Curves Food Drive is always exciting,” said Janet Swenson, the owner of the Webster club, located at 26456 Lakeland Avenue South. “We have a chance to help so many people at a time when the food banks are

lowest. Especially during these uncertain times, this food is needed more than ever. It’s a win-win situation for everyone, and we’re very proud to participate.” Others wishing to donate may drop off nonperishable food items at Curves Monday through Friday during business hours through the month of March. For more information, please call Janet Swenson at 715-8668018. – from Curves

Jim Walker, actor … and prep school math instructor ST. CROIX FALLS - Chisago City resident Jim Walker is familiar to many in the Chisago Lakes area thanks to his work with the St. Croix Falls Festival Theatre. This past week, however, he was in South Saint Paul pursuing a different passion: numbers. Walker is the mathematics instructor and math coach for St. Paul Preparatory School, a small (around 120 students), private, international high school located in downtown St. Paul. International, meaning that about 90 percent of the student body was born and raised somewhere else, speaking a language that was not English. Almost all students are housed with local families, some to complete high school and attend a university in the U.S., some to take a year with an international experience. Walker has been the math coach for St. Paul Prep since the team first joined the Minnesota Math League

three years ago (the school itself is only five years old). This year’s team is made up of two American students, three Chinese students, one Korean student, and four Vietnamese students. “The students arrive with various levels of English proficiency, so part of my job is not just to teach the mathematics, it’s also to teach the vocabulary of math – even simple words like ‘digit’ can be confusing to our students,” Walker says. “Fortunately, quite a few of them have a good grasp of mathematics.” Since joining the Minnesota Math League three years ago, St. Paul Prep’s math team has placed third in their division each year. This past year, they missed placing second by one point. But also this past year, they put on such a strong showing that they finished tied for 14th in the state, and so received an invitation to compete at the state tournament held March 9.

“All of us at the school are very proud of the work the students have done, and are excited about being in the state tournament,” Walker says. “It says something about how hard these students are willing to work – that our little school of 100 or so students can field a team of this quality. And can field such a good team, given that the students have the dual challenge of math and language to contend with.” In addition, three of St. Paul Prep’s students finished in the top 50, of more than 3,400 students competing, in the state, and have been invited to participate in the state individual competitions this year as well. So, even though St. Paul is a bit of a drive each morning and evening, Walker says, “The students make it all worthwhile.” - Marilyn Mays

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All the gratitude and thankfulness that I have for everyone who contributed in any way with the Friendship Fundraiser that was held for me at Tim’s Black in Orange on Sunday, March 1st. I am truly blessed with wonderful friends and family who have shown their love and support to me during my surgery and recovery. I would especially like to thank my beautiful daughters for all their hard work and organization to make this event happen; I am very proud of them. Also, I would like to say thanks to the following who contributed and/ or donated for the fundraiser, in no particular order. The band: Left Of Centre Little Mexico Harry Pijanowski Conner’s Phillips 66 Madden’s Steakhouse Auto Hunter Austin Lake Greenhouse Pam Brown The Tap Bar & Grill Crow Bar Tim’s Black & Orange Larry’s LP Wild Bill’s Outpost

Ike Walton Lodge The Cabaret Roger & Vicki Tollander Bob Zappa Kim & Cosmo Trepczyk Moonglow Café Ace Hardware of Webster Hole in the Wall Casino The 10th Hole Yellow Lake Lodge Square One Pizza James Pijanowski Cheryl Bereiter

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Bloodmobile coming to Cushing CUSHING – March is Red Cross month, and the American Red Cross reminds communities of the importance of donating blood. More than 38,000 blood donations are needed daily in the United States, and while about 38 percent of the

population is eligible to donate blood, only a small portion of those do. “The Red Cross relies on the support of the American public in order to provide all of the services we offer,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the local Red

Cross Blood Services North Central Region. “Donating blood is one way to ... help patients in your community and around the nation.” The Cushing Community Center will hold a blood donation event on Thurs-

day, March 26, from 2 to 7 p.m. Or call 1800-GIVE-LIFE, or visit givebloodgivelife.org to make an appointment or for more information. — from the American Red Cross

Grand opening for new slot area at Little Turtle Hertel set for March 21 HERTEL – The Little Turtle Hertel Express has added a brand-new slot area with 43 new games. The Hertel casino is celebrating with a full day’s worth of grand-opening events on Saturday,

March 21. Here’s what’s in store: • Three-cents-off gasoline coupons available for 48 hours starting at 6 a.m. on March 21 • Hors d’oeuvres buffet for all cus-

tomers • $5 cash play to the first 500 casino customers on March 21 • $2 off any $10 deli purchase • Gift card drawings starting at 10 a.m.

Grow shiitake mushrooms LUCK - Learn to grow delicious shiitake mushrooms. Shiitake mushrooms grown on freshly cut dormant logs have been an Asian favorite for centuries. These distinctive, nutritious mushrooms are wonderful sautéed or dried and added to soups. The process is simple: Using a dormant hardwood log, (oak is best) many holes are drilled in the log and inoculated with shiitake spawn. The holes are then covered with wax and the log(s) are laid in a shaded place while the incubation occurs. This incubation pe-

riod can cover from six months to a year in northern Wisconsin. The Grow Shiitake Mushrooms class will be held on Saturday, April 25. Two separate sessions will be offered: 10 – 11:30 a.m. or 1 – 2:30 p.m. Instructor Mike Bauer will demonstrate how to inoculate your log, and give details about the care and storage of the log. The mushroom spawn, sealing wax and tools will be provided in course fee of $15. Bring your own log or purchase a log(s) for $6 each. If you bring your own log, it

should be oak, 36”-40” long, 4”-6” diameter, and preferably with as little damage to the bark as possible. The logs must be fresh cut; the best time to cut the log is before the end of March. In addition to being a great learning opportunity, this class is a fundraiser for the Natural Alternative Food Co-op in Luck. Preregistration is required; contact Luck Community Ed. at 715-472-2152, ext. 103. Each session is limited to 20 participants. - submitted

• Grand prize drawings at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Come to the Little Turtle Hertel Express on March 21 to get in on the fun. submitted

March Madness cash drawings at Hole in the Wall Casino DANBURY – It’s March Madness time at the Hole in the Wall Casino and Hotel. The Danbury casino is giving away $10,000 in cash during March. Here’s how you can win your share of the green. Pick up one free entry per day at the card club. Earn additional entries for your play. Then come to the Hole in the Wall on March 17, 19, 23, 25 and 27 for the drawings. There will be $1,000 cash drawings held at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on each drawing night. All winners must be present. Complete drawing rules are posted at the casino. submitted

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Kickoff breakfast for Luck area ACS run/walk, March 2 LUCK - A kickoff breakfast for the Luck area American Cancer Society’s 14th-annual Run/Walk will be Friday, March 20, 7 a.m., at Oakwood Inn. Businesses, schools, churches, clubs and other organizations are encouraged to start organizing teams for this May 9

event. Individual participants are also welcome. Posters, registration forms, foot a buck footprints and additional information will be available. Sisters Amy Fossum and Beth Cunningham are this year’s honorary chairpersons and will speak about their experiences with can-

cer. Door prizes will be given. Luck’s Amery Regional Medical Center, Larsen Auto Centers, St. Croix Valley Hardwoods and Wayne’s Foods Plus are corporate sponsors. Donations by sponsors help with costs of the run/walk, in effort to cut expenses to bring more

Sponsors announced for Frederic Area American Cancer Society Run/Walk FREDERIC - The American Cancer Society Frederic Area Run/Walk Committee is pleased to announce that the sponsors for the Saturday, May 9, run/ walk, will be Larsen Auto Center and Amery Regional Medical Center. Donations by sponsors help to defray the costs of the walk. The fewer expenses there are for a walk, the more money

money in for the fight against cancer. Contact Patti Mattson at 715-472-2654 if you would like to attend this breakfast or have any questions. - with submitted information

Rotary donates to American Youth Soccer Organization

there is available to fight cancer. The committee is very grateful for the sponsors generous support of the ACS Run/Walk. If you are interested in forming a team or just want to have more information about the run/walk, please contact Elvira Schmidt at 715-653-2684. - submitted

Genealogical Society to meet ST. CROIX FALLS – The Polk County Genealogical Society will meet on Monday, March 23, at the St. Croix Falls Senior Center on Washington Avenue at 1 p.m. Russ Hanson, Inter-County Leader

columnist, will discuss digital face recognition and researching a Civil War relative. For further information contact Kathy at 715-646-2033. - submitted

Poster winners at St. Croix Falls

Cherie Fischer (R), regional commissioner for Grantsburg, Siren and Webster for the American Youth Soccer Organization, received a check from Siren/Webster Rotary treasurer Kelly Hibbs Thursday, March 4. The check is for the purchase of three soccer goals to be used on a designated field in Webster. This will enable younger players in Webster to practice and play on a field close to home, and is a project Siren/Webster Rotary Club has chosen as one that will benefit the Webster community. – Photo by Nancy Jappe

Diocesan winners from March 7 at Ladysmith Two of the Knights of Columbus winners from Frederic Council will be advancing to the state spelling competition after winning at Ladysmith on March 7. State competition will be held April 4 in Wisconsin Rapids. They are Charlie Lindberg in eighth-grade spelling and Benjamin Richter sixth-grade spelling. Both boys are students at Frederic Schools. – Photo submitted

The winners of the poster contest some of the St. Croix Falls seventh-graders participated in to help advertise at local area businesses are pictured (L to R): First place – Kierstyn Campbell, second place – Alex Jorgensen and third place – Makayla Swanson. All three students are currently in Holly Waterman’s art class where the posters were designed. - submitted



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BREAKFAST BREAKFAST Long john, cereal, juice, milk. Muffin, cereal, juice, milk. LUNCH LUNCH Chicken a la king, biscuit or rice, Ham stacker with cheese, cooked carrots OR chicken taco salad. peas OR ham salad.

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CHURCH NEWS Draw near to God When I raised Lyddie from a pup, I took her out for daily walks. She stuck close to me. When she saw a hawk, a doe, or some other wild critter, she ran a few feet ahead, barked furiously, and then turned around to hide, trembling, behind my legs. It reminded me of the story my mom told about my twin sister and me. Extremely shy as toddlers, we’d hide behind her dress whenever someone came to the door. We depended on her—as Lyddie depended on me—to hide us from danger. Perspectives Perhaps as adults we still find ourselves hiding behind someone or something when we feel threatened. It happened to the Israelites. When God called Moses up to Mount Sinai, the people became so afraid of God’s presence that they stood far off from the mountain. Sometimes we Christians try to avoid—or hide from— God because we don’t know him well enough to trust. So we busy ourselves with hobbies. We go shopping. We eat. We talk on the phone. We watch TV or surf the Web. We fill our time with things that aren’t necessarily bad, yet pull us away from God. The only way to truly know God is by reading and studying his word, and by prayer. Like the Israelites, many of us count on a Moses to pray and talk to God for us. We miss out on some of God’s countless blessings: the awe of hearing his still, small voice, the experience of his abundant peace and joy, his immeasurable love, his strength and power to help us fight the many battles we face each day. Imagine having close encounters with God like Moses had. Every time he came away from talking with God, his face was lit up like a million candles. Even that terrified the people, so Moses covered his face with a veil after his God-encounters. Things haven’t changed. People today avoid those who are “too close to God.” Perhaps they’re afraid some of God will rub off onto them. Perhaps they’re afraid they might have to change their lifestyle. Only those who experience a close relationship with God know how it vastly surpasses the closest relationship with a spouse or child, a best friend, hero, leader, or anyone else. There is no reason to fear. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Lord, thank you for your son Jesus Christ, who offers us free access to you. Thank you for loving us so much that you want to draw near to us. Amen. (Mrs. Bair may be reached at sallybair@gmail.com)

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Webster/Siren After 5 dinner meeting set WEBSTER - The Webster/Siren Area Christian Women’s Club After 5 invites all women to attend a dinner meeting on Monday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church located on Hwy. 35 in Webster. With the theme Pamper Yourself, there will be a special feature by Tenille Kamish from Luck. Sara Renner from Minneapolis will provide music and also be the special speaker. Renner is a professional singer with interests in reading, tennis, Latin dancing and her two cats. Join them as they hear how she found wholeness and freedom in the midst of, and in spite of, painful childhood memories. Tickets will be sold at the door for $9, but reservations are needed - please call Jane at 715-566-0081 or Carol at 349-7006. After 5 is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. - submitted

“Fireproof,” free movie event FREDERIC - The Frederic Free Church invites you and your family to a free showing of the movie “Fireproof,” created by the producers of “Facing the Giants” and “Flywheel.” In “Fireproof,” Kirk Cameron (TV’s “Growing Pains” star) plays the role of Caleb Holt, a heroic fire captain who values dedication and service to others above all else. But the most important partnership in his life, his marriage, is about to go up in smoke. This gripping story follows one man’s desire to transform his life and overhaul his marriage through the healing power of faith as he learns to fully embrace the fireman’s code: Never Leave Your Partner Behind. “Fireproof” will be shown on Friday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Frederic Free Church, 505 Old CTH W, Frederic. Free popcorn and child care will be provided. For more information call 715-327-8767 or go to www.fredericefc.org. - submitted

Going to Heaven

Our number one priority in this life must be to go to Heaven. Nothing else is as important. Jesus says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Our soul is the most precious thing we have. There is nothing that can equal its value. We read in Matthew 16:26, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” One certainly does not profit in the tragic loss of his soul. It is easy in today’s materialistic society to get caught up in the pursuit of materialism if we are not careful. Our Lord says in Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is there will your heart be also.” Our bank account needs to be in heaven. Every day we need to tell ourselves that the main thing in this life is to go to Heaven. We read in Colossians 3:2, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” We should regularly think about going to Heaven. Heaven is a prepared place (John 14:2-3) for a prepared people. It will be such a wonderful place, which is beyond our wildest dreams. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” There is no way that Heaven can be described so we as mortal human beings can understand how wonderful it will be. A person will not accidentally go to Heaven. Going to Heaven is a lifelong race as we read in Hebrews 12:1, “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Going to Heaven requires endurance, patience, and persistence. We must finish the race. Our Lord’s Warning - Christ, who is all-knowing, tells us that many people are going to be lost in eternity. In Matthew 7:13-14 He says, “Enter by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it”. According to the Bible the majority of

people will be lost. We must take this warning seriously. The Lord says that only a few people will be saved. How few can few be? In 1 Peter 3:20 we read, “When once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was preparing, wherein few, that is eight souls were saved by water.” The conservative estimate of the number of people on the face of the earth in the days of Noah is 200 million people. But only eight out of the estimated 200 million were saved. This is not very good odds. Even though the Bible says in 1 Peter 3:9 that the Preacher’s Lord is “not willing that any should perish,” Jesus says in Matthew 7:1314 concerning eternal life in Heaven that “there are few who find it.” The vast majority of people will spend forever and ever in the eternal fires of Hell that will never be extinguished. Mankind cannot comprehend how horrible that Hell is going to be. There are only two roads to eternity and everyone is on one or the other. If we miss Heaven, we will be thrown into the eternal fires of Hell forever. One of the saddest things about being thrown into Hell is the fact that it could have been avoided. The majority of people will be lost in spite of what the Lord has done. Hell is not what God does to us, but Hell is what one does to himself. A person who ends up in Hell is his own worst enemy and only has himself to blame. Let us make going to Heaven our number one priority in this life. (Written by Ron Boatwright) If readers have questions you would like answered in this weekly column or simply wish to know more about the Church of Christ, we would like to invite you to call 715-866-7157, visit our Web site at www.burnettcountycofc.com or stop by the church building at 7425 W. Birch St. in Webster. Sunday Bible class begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship begins at 10:30 a.m. We also meet Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Office hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. - noon.

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News from the Pews at Pilgrim Lutheran FREDERIC – Homemade soup and sandwiches are back for Wednesday evening Lenten worship services. Supper is served at 5:30 p.m., with worship at 6:30 p.m., throughout the Lenten season. During Lent, members will be studying “The Book of Faith Lenten Journey” which is a devotional of 40 days with the Lord’s Prayer, by Henry F. French. “This 40-day Lenten journey with the Lord’s Prayer will give us the opportunity to learn from Jesus what it means to follow him in the way of God. It is an invitation to ponder what God has to say to us in the teaching and example of Jesus, an invitation to learn, and - in the Grace of God – to live what you learn.” This past Sunday was the second Sunday in Lent and it was also our contemporary worship service. Steve Stoner was vocalist, accompanied by his wife, Terri, on the guitar and their opening song was the very popular “Here I am, Lord.” The beautiful bouquet of flowers that graced the altar were from Marilyn Sederlund’s funeral and we thank the family for sharing them with us. Last Wednesday afternoon about 20 women gathered in the fellowship hall for dessert and coffee and to hear Carey Lillehaug talk about the Northwest Passage III

Bone Lake honors Shirley Lund On Sunday, March 8, Bone Lake Lutheran Church honored Shirley Lund for her 40 years of service as church organist. She is shown in this picture surrounded by her family and Pastor Mary Ann Bowman. Lund had a stroke last October, and as a result, still struggles with coordination in her hands. She retired as organist this winter and is still undergoing stroke rehab therapy. The church also dedicated their new digital piano, a Yamaha Clavinova, during worship. With the help of the piano’s digital technology, Lund played “Amazing Grace” as special music for the dedication service; music which was received with applause and a standing ovation from the congregation. – Photo submitted

program. This is a 90-day Outdoor Challenge Program for girls. Last Christmas this same group of women of the church purchased 20 blankets for the residents of this program so they would have a present as they were not going home for Christmas. Music is in the air at Pilgrim! Our former choir director Joshua Rau and his family have moved back to the area and he will once again be our choir director and just in time for Easter celebrations. There is a group of people that are busy making plans for a special brunch on Sunday, March 22. They will be honoring and giving special recognition to all Sunday school students and their parents. Also recognized at that time will be the dedicated teachers who teach our young about the life of Jesus and the Bible. Pilgrim Lutheran invites everyone to attend Sunday morning worship at 10 a.m. and Sunday school at 9 a.m., and all children from pre-K through sixth grade are welcome to attend. On the second Sunday of the month worship is a more contemporary service, which has been well received by the congregation. Check out their Web site www.pilgrimlutheranfrederic.org or call the church office at 327-8012 for more information. submitted


CHURCH NEWS/OBITUARIES Shirley Mae Clark Shirley Mae Clark, 71, Amery, died Feb. 26, 2009. She was born in Danbury, on July 20, 1937, the youngest of four children born to Raymond and Lorraine (Knudson) Frost. She attended school in Frederic and graduated from high school in 1956. She worked as a secretary in Minneapolis until marrying Gary Clark in 1960 at the Little Brown Church in Iowa. Together they had two daughters. She loved playing the accordion and piano. Her life work was spreading the word of God with her music ministry, traveling to such faraway places as the Philippines, China, Africa and Russia. She also shared her music at home and in later years in the area nursing homes. She loved life and was loved by friends and family. She was preceded in death by her par-

ents, Raymond Frost and Lorraine Popp; siblings, Evelyn Cassidy and Raymond Frost Jr. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Gary Clark; children, Ronda (Scott) Fredericks and Deborah (John) Koch; brother, Harold Frost; four grandchildren, Anthony and Lea Fredericks, Sophia and Eli Koch; great-grandson, Layne Fredericks; and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Monday March 9, at the Apple River Community Church in rural Amery with Pastor Bruce Tanner and Pastor John Bohlen officiating. Special music was provided by Donna Skinner, Kris Palmer and Patti Schaffer. Casket bearers were Anthony Fredericks, Joe Frisco, Phillip Jackson, Scott Fredericks, John Koch and Dale Boyer. Interment was at the Balsam Lutheran Cemetery. The Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Amery was entrusted with arrangements.

Jam session at Lewis United Methodist Church

Faith Lutheran Youth Group to join "servant school"

The Faith Lutheran Senior High Youth Group is preparing for a summer vacation unlike any they have experienced before. Twenty-three young men and women, along with five chaperones, will be attending the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans during the week of July 22 – 26. While in New Orleans, the group will participate in an experience in what is being called “a servant school.” In order to fund this trip, the youth group will be organizing several activities to raise money. One way will be to collect and recycle used ink cartridges as well as used cell phones. Drop-off boxes are located at the following establishments in the Grantsburg area: U.S. Bank, Community Bank, Northwestern Electric Company and Faith Lutheran Church. Please drop off any used cell phones or ink cartridges in the boxes displayed at these businesses. Your donation will not only help to fund this worthwhile adventure, it will also allow for these items to be recycled properly. - with submitted information


Jerry Baxter’s The Glory Train was on stage for the jam session at the Lewis United Methodist Church Saturday, March 7. The sessions run from 6-9 p.m. Coffee and refreshments are provided. The cars parked around the church testify to the popularity of the sessions, with the audience numbering over 100 on nights when the jam sessions are held. – Photos submitted Brad Alden and Starr Warndahl were among the musicians who took part in the jam session at Lewis United Methodist Church Saturday, March 7. There’s no agenda for these jam sessions. Musicians from as far away as Trego and Spooner are encouraged to come and share their talents with the over-100 people who usually attend.

March is National Social Work Month POLK COUNTY – When life’s challenges become overwhelming, social workers can help. Social workers are society’s safety net, providing vital resources and support to those who need it most. Finding help from a social worker sheds light on the great potential and countless possibilities in every person’s life. The Polk County Human Services Department, along with the National Association of Social Workers, proudly celebrates National Social Work Month 2009, a time to celebrate the more than 600,000 social workers throughout the nation; Polk County Human Services employs 31 social workers in a variety of capacities. This year’s theme, Social Work: Purpose and Possibility, highlights the many ways that social workers help in all communities. Social workers are purpose-driven, compassionate individuals, who work across a range of areas to help those who are most vulnerable, from children to the elderly. From end-of-life decisions to depression or addiction, social workers have the education and experience to help people through some of life’s toughest decisions. Social workers are in schools, courtrooms, drug clinics, hospitals, senior centers, shelters, nursing homes, the military, disaster relief, prisons and corporations. As society’s safety net, social

workers provide vital resources and support to those who need it most. “Social workers tirelessly advocate in federal and state legislatures for individuals, families and communities to receive the support they need to thrive,” says Elizabeth Clark, Ph.D., ACSW, MPH, executive director of NASW. “Social workers also help people meet their immediate needs through counseling and resource referrals.” Social workers are skilled professionals who use their talents to help others create better lives for themselves and their families, encouraging self-sufficiency. Some social workers help clients who face a disability or a life-threatening disease or social problem. Some assist families that have domestic conflicts involving children or spousal abuse. Other social workers conduct research, advocate for improved services or are involved in policy development. Social workers are a critical asset to our society, providing services across the lifespan. Social workers work with people facing difficult situations and help them overcome barriers that keep them from leading productive lives. More information about the many ways that social workers help can be found at www.helpstartshere.org. – submitted

It wasn’t until I read Marilyn’s obituary that I learned she had a formal education as a teacher. As I read, a light bulb went on. No wonder I feel like most of the things I need to know, I learned from Marilyn – BEFORE kindergarten! With the right personality, you can make friends with anyone, even a rock. I can always find Marilyn by going deep into the recesses of my memory, to the foggy rooms of the 1970s. Gary and Jeri were four months apart, and Jon and I were three weeks apart, so we were ideal playmates and together all the time out at their farm. We helped in the barn, taking care to avoid Alice, the crabby cow who only liked Marilyn. Our special job was to feed the calves. We went for walks in the woods to find wild strawberries, and if we got itchy from the weeds, Marilyn would help us put mud on our legs. Who cared what it looked like or the mess it would make. It worked, and it was fun! We could pick gigantic wood ticks off Nelson and pop them on the sidewalk to see how much blood would squirt out, and Marilyn would admire our handiwork. One day, Marilyn took us to the field and had us each pick out a rock, telling us that we would put the rock by our beds and in the morning, when we woke, we would have a surprise. And so we did. We each chose a rock and went to bed, filled with anticipation. In the morning, those rocks had hair and eyes and teeth! It wasn’t until years later when we were snooping in the basement that Jeri showed me Marilyn’s little workshop and told me she had made our pet rocks. I honestly didn’t have a clue. That was Marilyn’s magic. Kids care a lot less about dust and laundry than they do about fun time with an adult who really enjoys them. Everyone should have a baby sitter – or better yet, an aunt – like Marilyn. After a busy morning on the farm, she would have Jon and I lay down for a nap. Jon was usually asleep in about two minutes and I’d be nearing death from boredom. Marilyn would come in and ask me if I wanted to come out and be with her. She had my corn chips ready for me in a little bowl and we would sit and visit about all sorts of important things while Jon slept. I didn’t realize until I became a parent myself how many other things she could have been doing besides talking to a 3-year-old. Years later, the four luckiest kids in the world got to have Marilyn as a grandma. The Russians could be invading, tarantulas could be building webs in the corner, dishes could be stacked like little skyscrapers, a cow could be peeking in the window, but nurturing the minds of little children was always more important. That was Marilyn’s magic. Everybody is special. I admit to a little jealousy. I thought I was special. As I think back to what I know of Marilyn, I realize that there are hundreds of people out there who think the same thing – that they were a special kid and that sparkle in her big brown eyes was just for them. Last time I saw her was ten days before she died. I hadn’t seen her since her diagnosis and when I walked into her room I wasn’t even sure it was her, her physical being had changed so much. She looked up and saw me and flashed that big open-mouthed smile and “Hiiiiiiiiiiii, Teeeeeeeeeeee!” Here she was, in the final weeks of her life, making ME feel special. You can find humor in most situations. On that same visit, Marilyn had a stack of unopened mail at her bedside. She agreed that I could open them and read them to her. Included was a card from one of her brothers and sister-in-law. In that card was a very dirty joke that made me blush. Here she was, so full of pain medication she could barely talk, and she laughed out loud, the breathless little laugh like a car engine turning over in the cold, her eyes twinkled, and she said, half asking/ half stating, “That was from Joel?” That was Marilyn’s magic. It’s the little adventures that make up life. When Jon and I were young, before they moved to Idaho, we were at Grandma and Grandpa’s one day and decided we wanted to walk on the backroads, probably about a mile, to Gary and Marilyn’s house. We were probably only 8 at the time, and Grandma thought both of us, if not her, would have strokes if we did, but Marilyn said she’d go with us. So we set out that hot summer day, Jon, Marilyn and I, to walk down the dusty country road just because, with Marilyn sharing her little wisdoms along the way. “Did you know” she said, “a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a person’s mouth?” To me, that’s a good example of the type of thing kids are interested in learning that nobody would think to tell them – except Marilyn. The birds and the bees. Marilyn was our personal Dear Abby, our own private “Ask Marilyn.” Anything parents didn’t want to answer, which in my case meant most of my questions, met with “Go ask your aunt Marilyn.” Her answers were what nowadays would be called “too much information.” One day we were playing around the farm and the vet came and put a plastic bag on his arm and proceeded to insert his arm into the wrong end of the cow. Naturally, I was curious and I asked Marilyn what he was doing. I remember her stopping her chores to talk to me. She had a pitcher of raw milk in her hand, that red bandana on her head over her dark hair up in a bun with a stick through it, big honkin’ barn boots on her feet, a skimpy little tube top and cutoffs. That day I learned about artificial insemination. I also learned why the bull was in a separate pen, and where the baby brother had just come from. Some things you just don’t forget. Fun is good, but respect is required. On one of my visits out to Idaho, when I was probably about 12, Marilyn took Jon, Jeri and I to see an Eddie Murphy movie. I don’t remember which one, but I do remember on the way back Jon and I were in the back seat and Jon was still laughing about Eddie’s filthy mouth. I looked up and saw Marilyn’s steely glare in the rearview mirror just as she said, “Jon, if I ever hear you talk like that, I’ll take your tongue out and stick it in your ear!” Most of all, love and acceptance are unconditional. Marilyn was fiercely protective and loyal. She was always, always, able to see beyond our imperfections. She was unbelievably tolerant. She saw the good in all of us, and bright potential in every child. Now, we’ve lost our gentle, brown-eyed lady much too soon. In her honor, our job now is to cherish and nourish the children, feed their imaginations and teach them things they need to know but that their parents are embarrassed to explain. We need to make pet rocks! We need to be tolerant of each other, forgiving of each other and perhaps most of all, remember to find humor and adventure in every day we have the gift of living.


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Doris Charlotte Marek

Eleanor Freeberg

Thelma Wang, 68, of Waubun, Minn., died Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at the Mahnomen Health Center Hospital. Thelma Ilene was born Feb. 25, 1941, in White Earth, Minn., the oldest child of Rose (Morgan) and Jerry Rawley Sr. Growing up Thelma’s dad worked construction and therefore, the family moved quite often and lived in several towns throughout Montana and Wyoming, and mostly wintered in Fargo, N.D. As a young lady, Thelma started her own family and had decided her children weren’t going to be uprooted when they started school. She was living in Frederic at that time and that’s where she made her home and raised her six children. In 1980, Thelma moved “up home” to the Naytahwaush, Minn., area, and she worked as a nurse’s aide at the Mahnomen Nursing Home. On Feb. 26, 1982, Thelma was united in marriage to Marlin Wang. The couple has made their home east of Waubun since that time. Thelma furthered her education and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in social work. She did her internship through Indian Child Welfare and worked with the foster care program, becoming a reunification specialist. Thelma was the ICW assistant director and was currently working as the child wellbeing project coordinator at Dream Catcher Homes in Ogema, Minn. Thelma will long be remembered as a caring, compassionate person who helped so many people over the years, both young and old. She was not afraid to share her own personal history of addictions to alcohol and gambling by speaking nationwide. She was a widely recognized advocate for Gamblers Anonymous. Thelma was a very active lady, who was involved in numerous things. She enjoyed shopping, traveling and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Even as a grandma, Thelma was quite modern in the world of technology with her computer and its gadgets and was often the picture and home video taker. She will be greatly missed but not forgotten, by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Thelma is survived by her loving husband, Marlin, of Waubun; two sons, Clinton Burdick Jr. of Frederic and Kevin (Lynnette) Burdick of Luck; four daughters, Debra (Bruce) Voss of Balsam Lake and Diana (Doug) Ackley of Whitehall, Donna (Luther Icard) Wong and Laura (Dale) Rowell, both of Frederic; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandson; two brothers, Jerry (Judy) Rawley Jr. of Waubun and Ron (Bev) Lee of Cass Lake, Minn.; one sister, Geraldine Strom of Ada, Minn.; godson, Levi Rawley; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; two granddaughters, Tawnee and TaeLynn Voss; and a brother, Walter Rawley. Funeral services for Thelma were held Wednesday, March 4, at 11 a.m., at the Samuel Memorial Episcopal Church in Naytahwaush, Minn. Services were led by Mother Lisa Smith, Mother Marilyn Smith and Mother Coke Smith assisting. Special music was provided by Mother Lisa Smith, the Ojibwe Singers, Red Tail Drum, Sonny McDougall and Earl McDougall. Serving as pallbearers were Kyle Burdick, Cody Rowell, Doug Ackley, Bruce Voss, Christopher Rowell, Matt Semling and Luther Icard. Honorary bearers were the Indian Child Welfare staff. Burial will be in the Samuel Memorial Episcopal Cemetery. The Anderson~Mattson Funeral Home, Mahnomen and Winger, Minn., was entrusted with arrangements.

Doris Charlotte Marek, 90, died on Feb. 23, 2009. Doris was born at Alpha, to Albert and Ida Johnson. She attended Alpha grade school and one year of high school in Grantsburg. She left school at the end of the ninth grade to help take care of her sister Effie. After Effie’s death, she moved to Chicago, Ill., to work as a housekeeper. While in Chicago, she met and married Frank Sullivan. They moved back to Alpha in 1940. Doris worked as a clerk at Thorsons Store in Grantsburg for many years until it closed. She then worked for the First Bank of Grantsburg for 20 years as a teller. In 1965, she married Joe Marek. They both enjoyed to travel and made several trips to Hawaii, California and other areas of the country. They also enjoyed their home and took great pride in its appearance and upkeep. Doris was very active at Trinity Lutheran Church in Falun, and religion was very important to her. She was a Sunday school teacher for many years and also served as church treasurer. She was also a member of Ladies Aid and the Bible study group. The past several years she hosted the Bible study group in her home. She was preceded in death by husband, Joe; brothers, Vernon and Alden; sister, Effie; sister-in-law Lucille Johnson; grandson, Terry Sullivan and brother-in-law, Ray Swanberg. Doris is survived by one son, Virgil (Yvonne) Sullivan; grandson, Jeff; great-grandchildren, April and Brian; stepsons, Jerry (Sharon) Marek and Roger (Holly) Marek; sister, Mae Swanberg; brother, Emmons (Shirley) Johnson and many nieces; nephews; stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Falun, on Saturday, Feb. 28, with the Rev. Carl Heidel presiding. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.

Eleanor Freeberg, 95, Frederic, died March 7, 2009, at St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls. She was born to William and Carri Olson on Feb. 4, 1914, in rural Braham, Minn., known as the Day Community. She was baptized, confirmed and married in the Salem Lutheran Church in Dalbo, Minn. She attended grade school at Day and graduated from Braham High School in 1931, after which she attended St. Cloud Teachers College. She received her teaching degree and taught school for 10 years in Isanti County, Minn. On Aug. 4, 1945, she married Nealie Freeberg of Lewis, where they made their home for 30 years. One daughter was born to this union. Shortly before her husband retired, they moved to Diamond Lake. Eleanor is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and Jeffrey Schefelker; granddaughters, Jennifer (John) Bolger and Jayme Schefelker; and two greatgrandchildren, Evelyn and Gavin Bolger, all of Black River Falls; brother-in-law, Charles Freeberg; niece, Carol Searing; nephew, Brian Freeberg; and many other relatives and friends. She was a member of the Eastern Star. An Eastern Star service was held on March 10. Funeral services were held March 11, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Frederic, where she was a member, with Pastor Catherine Burnette officiating. Music was provided by organist, Mary Lou Daeffler and soloist, Terri Stoner. Casket bearers were Darwyn Brown, Gerald Olafson, Jim Engelhart, Greg Engelhart, John Bolger and Larry Hedlund. Interment was at the Lewis Cemetery. The Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic was entrusted with arrangements.

Harold L. Berglund Harold L. Berglund, 82, Cumberland died March 5, 2009, at Cumberland Memorial Hospital. He was born Oct. 13, 1926, in Cumberland, to Gust and Amelia (Treichel) Berglund. Harold attended school in Pipe Lake and Turtle Lake. He farmed in the Pipe Lake area most of his life before moving to Cumberland in 1993. Harold was preceded in death by brothers Ernest, Benjamin and Carl; and sister Anna. He is survived by brother Robert (Florence) Berglund, Loyal; sisters-in-law, Lois Berglund, Shell Lake, and LaVern Berglund, Mendota Heights, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held March 11 at Augustana Lutheran Church, Cumberland, with the Rev. Jennifer Elmquist officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran Cemetery, Pipe Lake. Pallbearers were Christopher Berglund, Arlyn Berglund, Don Cordes, Mark Berglund, Bob Loos and William Hayman. The Skinner Funeral Home, Cumberland, was entrusted with arrangements.

Kenneth J. Potting Sr. Kenneth J. Potting Sr. , 74, of Potting’s Bar, died March 3, with his wife by his side. Ken was born May 20, 1934, at home on the family farm the fifth of 16 children of Leonard and Tilla Potting. He always spoke highly of the fact that he was so proud to be raised in a family with so much love that they had no idea of what they went without. He attended Osceola High School. In Las Vegas, on Aug. 28, 1992, he married his companion of 17 years, Jan Maypark Potting. Ken worked at Andersen Windows for 41 years and owned Potting’s Bar for 35 years, working side by side with Jan for countless double shifts. He ran a warm family-friendly business where everyone could feel comfortable coming in for lunch, supper or conversation. The community loved holding their family parties at Potting’s and the regulars became close friends. They even declared themselves a club and made shirts about the place, “Where everybody knows their name.” Ken hosted countless trips to Las Vegas, enjoying watching “his group” have a good time. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Tilla; brother, Michael; sister, Bernice; granddaughter, Allisha; brothers-in-law, Jack Brinkman, Ralph Tinney, Henry Green and Dick Yaritz. He is survived by his wife, Jan; children, Kenny Jr. (Julie), Kathy (Rick) Cottor, Kim Qualls, Kerry and Jessi (Lee) Mishler; grandchildren, Kristin, R.J., Kahlyn, Amanda, Adrian, Parker and Brooklyn; brothers, Len Jr. (Ann), Ambrose (Arloa), Wally (Marlene), Ray, Chuckie, Dennis (Sharon) and Doni; sisters, Bea Green, Helen (John) Stepaniak, Lucy Brinkman, Mary Ann Yaritz, Darlene (Bob) Roy and Lori (Louie) Germain; numerous nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Friday, March 6, at St. Anne Church in Somerset with Fr. Saji, Fr. Ronald, Deacons Maurice Baillargeon and Richard Peterson officiating. Music was provided by Janelle Sutherland and Carol Kromrey. Interment was in the St. Mary Cemetery in Farmington. The Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, was entrusted with arrangements.

William C. Randt William C. Randt, 66, of Siren died March 6, 2009. Graveside services will be held Friday, March 13, at 10 a.m., Oak Grove Cemetery, Webster. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Mary Jean McKenzie Mary Jean McKenzie (nee Carlson), 77, died Saturday, March 7, 2009, at the Golden Age Manor in Amery, from complications of a stroke she suffered in Nov. 1999. Mary was born Aug. 23, 1931, in Wausau, to John and Laura Carlson. She graduated from Wausau High School in June 1949. She worked for several corporations in central and eastern Wisconsin before moving to Minneapolis, Minn., in August of 1963. At that time, she became involved in working in the insurance industry, holding several positions in the claims division of Crum and Forester Insurance Company, Chubb and Son Insurance Company and then as a supervisor at Minnesota Mutal Fire and Casualty. On July 23, 1966, she married Arnold W. McKenzie at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They both worked in the insurance industry until 1974 when the moved to Arnold’s parent’s farm across from Deer Lake in Balsam Lake Township. For the past 20 years, they lived up on their small farm near Centuria. Mary was an ardent gardener, homemaker and seamstress. Her greatest joy was working in her garden, whether planting flowers or vegetables. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Laura; her first husband, Benjamin Sours. She is survived by her husband, Arnie; daughter, Susan (John) Wolter; granddaughter, Rachel; greatgrandson, Colin Manninen; great-granddaughter, Gaby Manninen; sister, Ruth Reckinger; two nieces and many loving relatives and friends. Services will be held at the St. Croix Valley Funeral Home and Polk County Cremation Society in St. Croix Falls on Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m. Visitation will be from 1 – 2 p.m. (1 hour prior to service) on Saturday. Pastor Duane Gallentine will officiate. Spring interment will be at the Balsam Lake Cemetery. The St. Croix Valley Funeral Home and Polk County Cremation Society in St. Croix Falls has been entrusted with arrangements.

Thank You

The family of Marilyn Sederlund would like to thank everyone for all the support, prayers and help during her illness. Thank you to the Pilgrim Lutheran Church, the Clam Falls Lutheran Church women and Pastor Gary. Thank you Erling and Sharon Syverson, Mike Sparish, Marla McFetridge and Phil Knuf for help with the service. We appreciate the cards, food, the visits and help with transportation we received during this very hard journey. 480211 29Lp


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



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


Pastors Julie Brenden & Nanette Hagen Hinck Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School 10:30 a.m.


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



113 W. Main St.. W., Phone 715-825-2453 Pastor Danny G. Wheeler 9 a.m. Prayer & Praise Service 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:40 a.m. Worship Service




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

NEW WINE MINISTRIES - CENTURIA 309 5th Street, 715-220-5920 Pastors Randy and Pam Stone Saturday 6 p.m., 24/7 Service




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


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


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


Hwy. 35, 1/2 blk. N. Main St. Pastor John Clasen; Pastoral Serv. 349-5280 Sunday Worship - 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School - 9:30 a.m.

BETHESDA LUTHERAN - DRESSER (LCMC) www.bethesdalutheran.ws

Pastor Mark Richardson & Pastor Rob Lubben 1947 110th Ave., Dresser, 715-755-2562 Sun. Contemp. Wor. 8:15 a.m.; Folk & Gospel Wor., Adult Ed & Sun. Schl. 9:30; Trad. Wor. 10:45 a.m.

BONE LAKE LUTHERAN bllc@lakeland.ws

Pastor Mary Ann Bowman, 5 mi. E. of Luck on Hwy. 48, 1/2 mi. S. on I; 472-8153, Office/Kit. - 472-2535 Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Adult Bible Study 9:15 a.m.; Fellowship 10 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


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


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


faithlutheran@lakeland.ws 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 Arthur Bruning, 715-463-5388 Worship 9:30 a.m.; Sun. School 10:45 a.m.


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


Pastors Julie Brenden & Nanette Hagen Hinck; 648-5323 or 648-5324 Sun. Wor. 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:15 a.m.


Pastor Maggie Isaacson, 715-825-3559 3 mi. W. of Milltown on “G” Sun. Wor. - 9:15 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


Pastor John Siedschlag, Phone 866-5406; Church Phone 866-7191 Sun. Schl. - 9 a.m; Sun. Wors. - 10 a.m.; Adult Bible Study 9 a.m.; Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


2355 Clark Road, Dresser, WI, 715-755-2515 E-mail: peace@centurytel.net Pastor Wayne Deloach, Intern Bob Sinclair Sun. Wor. 8:30 & 11 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:40 a.m.; Confirmation Wed. 6 p.m.; HS Youth Wed. 6 p.m.

PILGRIM LUTHERAN - FREDERIC (ELCA) Pastor Catherine Burnette 507 Wisconsin Ave. N., 715-327-8012 Sun. Wor. - 10 a.m.; Sun. School - 9 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 2nd Sundays www.pilgrimlutheranfrederic.org


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

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


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




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

CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST - GRANTSBURG Pastor Carolyn Saunders, 715-463-2624 Worship - 9 a.m.; Sun. School - 10:30 a.m.


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


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

1614 CTH, North Luck; Mark E. Hall, Pastor Office Phone 472-2605 Dial-A-Devotion 472-2345 Sun. Worship - 9 a.m.


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


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


Pastor John Siedschlag Home 715-866-5405; Church 715-866-7191 Sunday Worship Service - 8 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


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


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


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




Tom Cook, Pastor Worship 8:45 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10 a.m. Pastor Bruce Stunkard Sun. Wor. 11 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m. Potluck dinner 1st Sunday


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



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


Pastor Larry Mederich, 715-294-4332 Mtg. @ Osceola Elementary School Sun. Service - 9:45 a.m.


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





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

Pastor Arveda “Freddie” Kirk, 327-4436 Early Wor. 8:30 a.m.; Sun. Wor. 10 a.m. Souper service Wed. 5:15 p.m. Tom Cook, Pastor Sunday School 9 a.m. Worship - 10:15 a.m. (Nursery available)


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

WOLF CREEK UNITED METHODIST Rev. Mike Weaver Sunday Worship - 8:15 a.m. COVENANT


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



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





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


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


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


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


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


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.

131 Broadway St., 715-268-2223; www.fbcamery.org Pastor Charlie Butt, Lead Pastor Sun.: 8:15 a.m. Adult Sun. Schl.; 8:30 a.m. Sun. Schl. for Pre-K to Sr. High; 10 a.m. Morning Worship.



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

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


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

Danbury - 7586 St. Rd. 77, 866-7321 Pastor - Father Michael J. Tupa Mass - Wed. 5 p.m. (Summer), Fri. 9 a.m. (Sept.-May). Reconciliation as per bulletin & by appt.


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



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

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


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.



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

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


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


Pastor Marty Nolet Wor. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - during worship hour


Pastors Mike & Linda Rozumalski 1 mi. west of Luck on N, 2478 170th St., Luck Worship - 9:30 a.m.; Fellowship after service.





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

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

Holytrinity@wisconsinumc.org 1606 165th Ave., Centuria Paul Foulke, Pastor, 715-485-3363 Sun. Wor. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:15 a.m.

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

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






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



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


350 Michigan Ave., Centuria Sun. Wor. - 10:45 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10 a.m.


Rev. Rexford D. Brandt 447 180th St., Osceola, 715-294-2936 Sun. Wor. 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.; Sun. School 9:15 a.m.; Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month



oumc@centurytel.net 306 River Street, Osceola, 715-755-2275 Pastor Alan J. Hagstrom, 715-294-3195 Adult Class - 9 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10 a.m. Sunday Worship - 10 a.m.; Holy Communion 1st Sunday

ELCA - 501 Hwy. 35, 646-2357 Mel Rau, Pastor Sunday Worship & Holy Communion - 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School - 10:40 a.m. Rt. 1, Balsam Lake, WI (Fox Creek) Pastor Neal Weltzen; GT Office - 857-5580, Parsonage - 822-3001, TR Office - 822-3001 Wors. Serv. 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m.; Holy Communion - 1st Sun. of each month


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



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


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


Pastor Kevin Millen Associate Pastor Jim Carmon Sunday School - (all ages) - 9:30 a.m. Church Serv. - 10:45 a.m.


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


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


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



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



Dairyland - Rev. Jack Martiny 715-244-3649 Sunday School - 10 a.m.; Worship - 11 a.m.


FULL GOSPEL WOOD RIVER CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Pastor Dan Slaikeu 4 mi. SE of Grantsburg on Williams Rd. Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Wor. 10:30 a.m.


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



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



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


Meeting at Zion Lutheran Church, 28005 Old Towne Rd., Chisago Lakes, MN Fr. Robert McMeekin, pastor 715-220-5111/hcomm.org Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m.



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


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



CENTERPOINT CHURCH “Come as you are”

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


26390 Lakeland Ave., Webster (Hwy. 35 across from Wayne’s Foods & DNR) Pastor Doug Quenzer, 715-866-7006 Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m.


Meets at Dresser Elem. School, Dresser Pastor Michael Brand, 715-417-2468 Sun. Schl. 8:45 a.m.; Adult Class 9 a.m.; Worship Serv. 9:45 a.m.; Nursery available

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



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

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CHURCH NEWS Children's fears must be allayed through "extinction" QUESTION: My child is afraid of the dark. How can I lessen this fear? DR. DOBSON: I consulted with another mother who was also worried about her 3-year-old daughter's fear of the dark. Maybe her story will be helpful to you. Despite the use of a night-light and leaving the bedroom door open, Maria was afraid to stay in her room alone. She insisted that her mother sit with her until she went to sleep each evening, which became very time-consuming and inconvenient. If Maria happened to awaken in the night, she would call for help. It was apparent that the child was not bluffing; she was genuinely frightened. Fears such as this are not innate characteristics in the child; they have been learned. Parents must be very careful in expressing their own fears because their youngsters are inclined to adopt those same anxieties. For that matter, good-natured teasing can also produce problems for a child. If a youngster walks into a dark room and is pounced upon from behind the door, he has learned something from the joke: The dark is not always empty! In Maria's case, it is unclear where she learned to fear the dark, but I believe her mother inadvertently magnified the problem. In her concern for Maria, she conveyed her anxiety, and the child began to think that her, fears must be justified: Even Mother is worried about it. The fright became so great that Maria could not walk through a dimly lit room without an escort. It was at this point that the child was referred to me.

I suggested that the mother use a process known as "extinction" to change Maria's pattern of fear. She needed to help her see that there was nothing to be afraid of. (It is usually unfruitful to try to talk a child out of fears, but it helps to show that you are confident and unthreatened in response to them.) The mother bought a package of stars and created a chart that showed how a new CD player could be earned. Then she placed her chair just outside Maria's bedroom door. Maria was offered a star if she could spend a short time (ten seconds) in her bedroom with the light on and the door open. This first step was not very threatening, and Maria enjoyed the game. It was repeated several times; then she was asked to walk a few feet into a slightly darkened room with the door still open while Mother (clearly visible in the hall) counted to ten. She knew she could come out immediately if she wished. Mother talked confidently and quietly. The length of time in the dark was gradually lengthened, and instead of producing fear, it produced stars and eventually a CD player – a source of pleasure for a small child. Courage was being reinforced; fear was being extinguished. The cycle of fright was thereby broken, being replaced by a more healthy attitude. Extinction may be useful in helping your own child overcome her fear of the dark. In summary, the best method of changing a learned behavior is to withhold its reinforcement while rewarding its replacement.

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Dobson Focus on the Family

••• QUESTION: How do you feel about year-round schools in areas where overcrowding makes them advantageous? DR. DOBSON: I know there are administrative advantages to year-round schools, especially since the facilities are not standing idle two months a year as they are under the current system. Nevertheless, many parents say year-round schools are very hard on them. Siblings attending different schools may have their vacations at different times, making it impossible for families to take trips together. It is also more difficult to coordinate children's time off with parents' schedules. In short, year-round schools represent just one more hardship on families seeking to do fun and recreational things together each year. ••• Dr. Dobson is founder and chairman of the board of the nonprofit organization Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995 (www.family.org). Questions and answers are excerpted from "Solid Answers" and "Bringing Up Boys," both published by Tyndale House. COPYRIGHT 2009 JAMES DOBSON INC. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise without the written permission of uclick and Universal Press Syndicate.

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Taylors Falls Christian Women to meet ST. CROIX FALLS - On Monday, March 16, the Taylors Falls Christian Women will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Croix Falls Senior Center for lunch. The special fea-

ture will be “Birds,” by Jan Lynn. The music will be by Sara Renner - she will also be speaking on “A Journey to Wholeness and Freedom.”

The cost will be $8 inclusive and reservations are necessary and can be had by calling Carrie at 651-257-4741 or Velda at 715-857-5573. - Submitted

"Fireproof" showing at Webster Baptist, March 13 WEBSTER - First Baptist Church of Webster invites the public to see the movie, “Fireproof,” showing at their church on Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m. This is the action-packed, heartwarming story of Caleb Holt who lives by the adage: “Never leave your

partner behind,” while at work, inside burning buildings. At home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules. His job is to rescue others. Now Holt is ready to face his toughest job ever ... rescuing his wife’s heart.

“Fireproof” is the number one inspirational movie of the year. The movie will be followed by refreshments and good fellowship. Nursery and child care will be provided. For more information call First Baptist at 715866-4111. - submitted

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Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Megan Williamson has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in first grade and the daughter of Stephanie and Lance Williamson. Megan is conscientious, cooperative and responsible. Megan loves to paint and create things with sparkles. She likes to play outside with her brothers and watch TV with her dog.

Oralia Davila has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Rosa Compton. Oralia excels in art. She is polite, respectful, quiet and reserved, but gets things done. Oralia has a pleasant personality and is very creative. She enjoys reading, drawing, TV and music. The greatest influences in her life are her grandparents and her mom.

Krysta Laqua has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Mike and Lori Laqua. Krysta is energetic and positive in the classroom. She shows great school spirit, a friendly disposition and personality and has good work habits. Krysta is involved in AODA, volleyball, hockey, softball and works at Main Street Cafe. She plans to go into the medical field.

Ramsey Clark has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in first grade and the son of Roy and Lynn Clark. Ramsey loves to be challenged in school and has a vivid imagination. He is a positive role model in class and encourages others to be excited about school. He loves to run in the gym and likes math. Ramsey enjoys playing football with his brother and likes to ride his go-cart in the mud.

Megan Peppenger has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Mike and Roxanne Peppenger. Megan is usually happy and likes to do her best on her work. She enjoys spending time with her dog in her spare time.

Brennan Olson has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Brian and Karen Olson. Brennan is very conscientious about his school work. He is a responsible person who puts extra effort in everything he does. Brennan is a good role model. He is involved in forensics, NHS, quiz bowl, newspaper staff, basketball, AAU and works on his dad’s farm. He wants to play basketball at Columbia or Cornell and major in radiology/anesthesiology.


Hans Dahlberg has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of Sheila and Tim Dahlberg. Hans is a very gifted band student. He plays percussion and has earned his way to the state music contest the past two years. Hans enjoys playing in the pep band. Besides his love of playing percussion, Hans has a passion for skateboarding.

Maiya Fuller has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in second grade and the daughter of Adrienne Fuller. Maiya is a wonderful student and a great friend to everyone. When Maiya has free time she really enjoys making clay pots and playing with her dog, Buddy. She also likes to read and write stories. Her favorite author is Ellen Miles. Maiya’s favorite subject is math.


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Evon Maxwell has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Angel and Darryl Paulzine. Evon is quiet, well-behaved and respectful to everyone. Evon is one of the top students in her class. She gets along well with others. Evon is involved in basketball and softball. She enjoys reading and shopping.

Trisha Simon has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daughter of Lorenzo and Sheila Simon. Trisha gets her work done on time and sometimes early. She has been helpful with extra work. Trisha’s attitude has been really positive. She enjoys anything outdoors - bow hunting and fishing and reading. Her future plans include taking a bartending course.


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Mitchell Geisness has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore. Mitchell was chosen because he has perfect attendance so far this year. His hobbies are video games, listening to music, reading, paintball, swimming, tubing, wakeboarding and fishing. He is involved in golf, making videos and volunteering.

Briza King has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in second grade and the daughter of Roni and Scott Schuler. Briza’s favorite subjects are art and math. She is really into art because she learns really cool things, and she would like to be an artist when she gets older. Briza enjoys reading, especially “Captain Underpants” books. She also likes to play outside and swim in their pool.


Breck Mangen has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in first grade and the son of Harley and Amye Mangen. Breck is always on time for class and eager to learn. He participates in class discussions and is willing to help out any student who needs help. Outside of school Breck enjoys playing with his friends and spending time with his family. He is a pleasure to have in class.

Harley DeMarre has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. He is a freshman and the son of Sandy and Gary DeMarre. Harley has been a very hardworking, diligent student who has shown a lot of determination to get good grades. He is very polite and self-driven. Harley enjoys running, riding ATVs, working on his truck, going hunting, fishing and trap and skeet shooting. His goal is to stay out of debt.



Maddie Emerson has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in fifth grade and the daughter of Kris and Russel Emerson. Maddie is an excellent student who loves to read. Outside of the classroom, Maddie is involved in basketball and softball.

Bradley Taylor has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of Janine and Steven Meyer. Bradley is a very responsible student who isn’t afraid to take on extra responsibility and he always does quality work. Bradley’s favorite class is math. He is also active in student council, helping organize various student events. Bradley is involved in church youth activities.

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Brandon Juleen has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in third grade and the son of Melissa and John Juleen. Brandon has outstanding citizenship along with great grades. He is supportive and considerate of others, hardworking and a great math student. Brandon is involved in the Destination ImagiNation program. He enjoys soccer, snowboarding, skateboarding and football.

Stephanie Stivers has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Cynthia Stivers. Stephanie goes above and beyond what is asked. She is kind and helpful and has a sweet personality.

Spencer Severson has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Candace Morris and Erik Olsen. Spencer is a hard worker. He is involved in Upward Bound and works at Paradise Landing. Spencer enjoys listening to music and hanging out with friends. He will be going to UWEau Claire to study computer science.



“The Big Sink,” Frederic. Guess when Fred the Fish will sink into Coon Lake. Info, call Nancy Buley at 715-327-4743.

FRIDAY/13 Amery

• Hubcaps, art exhibit opens through April 30, at The Northern Lakes Center for the Arts, 715268-6811.

Coming events


• Webster/Siren Area Christian Women’s Club meeting at the First Baptist Church, 6:30 p.m., 715-566-0081, 715-349-7006.

TUESDAY/17 Amery

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

Clam Falls


• Clam Falls coffee hour, 10 a.m. at Clam Falls Lutheran Church. Everyone welcome.

• Pokeno at the senior center, 1 p.m. • Meeting of the Northwest Regional Writers, at Sunrise Apartments, Community Room, 1 p.m. Assignment: Write on subject of Friday the 13th. • “Fireproof” showing at Frederic Free Church, 6:30 p.m., 715-327-8767.


• Community Breakfast, 7 - 11 a.m., at the Frederic Senior Citizens Center. Pancakes, bacon, eggs, coffee and juice served by Frederic Police Chief RJ Severude. Cost: $1.



• Music speaker Sara Renner will feature Nancy Wheeler, candy maker at the senior center, 9 a.m.

• Teen Tech Week Open House at the library, 6-9 p.m., 715-825-2313.

St. Croix Falls


• Bridge at the senior center, 10 a.m. • Fish fry at the American Legion Post 143, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

• Take Off Pounds Sensibly #WI 261 meets at the senior citizens center at 5:30 p.m., 715-4722341.



• Tax assistance for seniors and people with low incomes at the senior center, 1-4 p.m., 715-866-5300. • “Fireproof” showing at First Baptist Church, 7 p.m., 715-866-8106 for more info.

• Tax aides at the village hall, 1-4 p.m. • Monthly meeting and celebration of March birthdays at the senior center, 9:30 a.m., 715349-7810. • Siren Lioness Club will have their regular monthly meeting at the Siren Senior Center at 6:30 p.m.

SAT. & SUN./14 & 15 Webster

St. Croix Falls

• Home Sweet Home Show at the high school, 715-463-2341.

• Exercise at the senior center, 10-11 a.m. • 500 cards and Dominos at the senior center, 12:30 p.m. • Polk County United Aging Group Meeting at the Community Room of Forest Heights Apartments, 1:30-3:30 p.m., 715-485-8599.

SATURDAY/14 Cumberland

• Turkey seminar at The Country Store, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m., 715-822-2598.

Yellow Lake


• 17th-annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, leave Gandy Dancer Saloon at noon.

• Cozy Corner Trails, Inc. will meet at Cozy Corner Inn, 9:30 a.m.

WEDNESDAY/18 Frederic


• St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the senior center, with music at 11:30 a.m. and buffet at noon. Cards and games in afternoon.


• St. Patrick’s Day corned beef dinner at the American Legion Hall, 3-7 p.m., 715-431-0365 or 715-689-2816. • Spring Boutique at the senior center, 9 a.m.3 p.m.


• Pokeno at the senior center, 1 p.m.

What...more snow? This metal sculpture in a community garden at the top of Siren Wisconsin Avenue in Frederic seems to sum it up for area residents who faced • Wednesday Art Night at North Wind Arts, a late winter snowstorm on Tuesday afternoon and evening. The sculpture is 4:30-7 p.m. Call 715-349-8448 for more info. • Blood drive at the Burnett County Moose the creation of local metal artist Dennis O’Donnell. - Photo by Gary King Lodge, 1-6 p.m., 715-866-4878.

• 31st-annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 2 p.m., 715-349-2954, 715-349-5402.

St. Croix Falls

• Wisconsin’s annual First Tree Tapping at David Richter’s farm, 2717 170th Street. Festivities begin at 9 a.m., 800-222-POLK, www.wismaple.org. • Zion Lutheran Church’s spring expo and fundraiser, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • 2nd-annual luau at Hog Wild, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., 715-472-4884. • Wisconsin Farmers Union meeting at 11 a.m. at Oakwood Inn. • Cafe Wren’s Grand Reopening Celebration and artist reception at Cafe Wren, featuring Victoria Lehman’s bird art, 7-10 p.m., www.cafewren.com.

• Hunting dog seminar at Tractor Supply Company, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 715-349-8377. • Citizen salamander monitor training at Interstate Park, 10 a.m.-noon, 715-483-3747. • American Legion Post 143 Sunday breakfast, 8 a.m.-noon.


St. Croix Falls

Webb Lake

• Adolph Timm Post #346 American Legion & Auxiliary of Centuria will meet for meal at 6:30 p.m., regular meeting at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

SUNDAY/15 Lewis

• Northwest Wisconsin Car Club meeting at Sundown, 2 p.m. • Sunday morning breakfast at the American Legion Post 143, 8 a.m.-noon.


MONDAY/16 Amery

• DivorceCare and DivorceCare for Kids meet at Apple River Community Church at 7 p.m., 715-268-2176, 715-268-8360.

St. Croix Falls

• Tax aides at the senior center, 8:30 a.m.-noon, 715-268-7884.



• Auditions for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the elementary school, 3:30 p.m., 715-327-4868. • Spades at the senior center, 1 p.m.

• St. Pat’s Parade, 1 p.m., 715-259-3329.

• 500 card party at the United VFW Post 6856, 2 p.m. • NorWesCo Amateur Radio Club monthly meeting at the Burnett County Government Center, Room 165, 9 a.m., SKYWARN Training meeting at 10 a.m., 715-416-1015. • Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild meeting at the senior center, 9 a.m., questions, call Betty at 715-472-4117.



• Auditions for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s “Beauty and the Beast” at the high school, 3:30 p.m., 715-463-5156 ext. 160.

Balsam Lake

• Beekeepers meeting in the community room in Justice Center, 8 p.m.


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


• American Legion & Auxiliary meeting & potluck supper for Legion birthday party at the Village Hall, 6 p.m.

FRI. & SAT./20 & 21


• DBS meeting in the DBS Hall at noon, potluck dinner, meeting & fellowship.


St. Croix Falls

• “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the elementary school, 7:30 p.m., 715-327-4868.

Turtle Lake

• “Beauty and the Beast” at the high school. Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m., 715-463-5156 ext. 160.

• Taylors Falls Christian Women meet at the senior center, 11:30 a.m. • 4th-annual Spring Market Day in Village Park, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-357-3939, 715-9864855.


St. Croix Falls

• Exercise at the senior center, 10-11 a.m. • St. Pat’s Party at the senior center, 5:30 p.m. • 500 cards at the senior center, 6:30 p.m.

Students take virtual trip to Mexico GRANTSBURG - Grantsburg Elementary students in the Spanish 1-3 classroom took a virtual trip to Mexico on Friday, Feb. 20. Their passports in hand, students boarded the plane and took off from their classroom during a gusty cold day, landing safely in Mexico City, Mexico. The group then headed to the hotel pool (Hinckley High School pool) for some water fun. After a fun time of swimming, the class enjoyed dinner in downtown Mexico City at Restaurante Mexico, aka Pine City Pizza Pub. The group later spent a few hours learning about Mexico through various activities. They made souvenir T-shirts, painted murals of the Sun Pyramid and a Diego Rivera inspired picture. They built wooden animals, made maracas and luminarias. The students learned how to play several Mexican games and

Posing for a picture in the Hinckley pool, Grantsburg Elementary School’s first- to third-grade Spanish class students enjoyed some water fun while on their virtual trip to Mexico on Feb. 20. - Special photos built a pyramid out of Legos. After an exciting game of flashlight tag, the tired travelers headed off to bed. In the morning, everyone enjoyed breakfast and the premiere showing of the sleepover DVD before leaving for home.

“It was a great night for the students and parent volunteers who came along on the trip,” said one teacher. “We could not have done it without them! The class really enjoyed their trip and learned a lot about Mexico.” - submitted

Grantsburg Elementary secondgrader Sayo Jolayemi made a souvenir T-shirt of her virtual class trip to Mexico.