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Kourtney Collins, Unity junior, has been among the art students directed by Craig Zipperer, art instructor at Unity, making ceramic bowls for the Empty Bowls project. The Unity Empty Bowls project is a hunger awareness program that will be held in conjunction with the Eagle Extravaganza this Thursday, March 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Unity School. The bowls will be available for sale with a bowl of soup, piece of bread and a beverage available for $10, with all proceeds benefiting the local food pantry, Ruby’s Pantry, Salvation Army backpack program and Heifer International. The Unity FFA is coordinating the soup portion of the event. The public is welcome to attend.- Photo by Jeanne Alling

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by Lori Nelson Special to the Leader LUCK - “I was lucky to have Gwynne Wisse and Dean Roush as my teachers because they are really good ... they teach from the heart,” proclaimed former Luck student Rachel Foster just after receiving her diploma from Principal Mark Gobler at the regular monthly meeting of the Luck School Board, Monday evening, March 26. Gobler noted that Luck began a night school program in 2000 and that Foster actually started working for her diploma shortly thereafter. However, life – including four children – happened, and the journey took longer than Foster had orig-

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Rachel Foster received her night school diploma Monday evening, March 26. Photo by Lori Nelson

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Actor, musician to speak and play the blues SUPERIOR – Actor and musician Gary Farmer will be at the University of Wisconsin-Superior on Tuesday, April 10, to discuss the Haudenosaunee culture and indigenous cinema and then perform with his blues band, Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers. Farmer will speak from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. in Manion Theater in the Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center. He is a member of the Cayuga Nation in Canada and the Wolf Clan of the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Confederacy. Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers will perform at 7 p.m. in the Yellowjacket Union. Both events are free and open to the public. For maps and directions to campus go to A native of Ohsweken, Ontario, Farmer attended Syracuse University and Ryerson Polytechnic University, where he studied photography and film production. He has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, including “Powwow Highway” in 1989 and “Dead Man” in 1995, in which he starred opposite actor Johnny Depp. Farmer’s appearance is sponsored by UW-Superior’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, Center for First Nations Studies, communicating arts department, Educational Leadership Program within the teacher education department, social work program, Student Involvement, Circle of Native Nations student organization, University of Minnesota-Duluth’s American Indian Related Programs and the Yellowjacket Activities Crew. - submitted

Aqua fitness programs continue LUCK - Two fitness classes at the Luck Country Inn pool have been giving people the opportunity to improve and maintain their physical health. Water Aerobics classes have been running through Luck Community Education for the past four years, and are taught by Stephanie Robinson. The classes give a good all-over workout while offering the benefits of a cardio workout without the high impact of regular aerobics. The water’s buoyancy is less stressful on the body and joints. As a certified lifeguard and fitness coach, Robinson has taught at area pools in recent years and also served in the Navy for 22 years. The next six-week session of classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays, April 9 to May 16, from 4 p.m., 5 p.m., or Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 10 to May 17, from 9 to 10 a.m. These classes are scheduled all year long, and nonswimmers are also welcome to register for the classes. Additional class times will be added as interested people contact Luck Community Ed at 715-472-2152 Ext. 103 or The WITC fee for the classes is $52, and $28 for ages 62 and better. The second class offered at the hotel pool is Aqua Zumba, taught by Christina Atkinson. For the past six months, participants have been revving up their heartbeats and increasing their fitness stamina with music and routines. Atkinson leads this class once a week on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $30 for six weeks. Aqua Zumba is a step in the right direction for people concerned about knee injuries. Atkinson can be contacted at 715-553-1123 for more info about this class. Shown in photo: Instructor Stephanie Robinson works the group through on strengthening the body’s core muscles using foam barbells and noodles. - from Luck CE

SCF Library - “We have ghosts!” by Garth Olson Special to the Leader ST. CROIX FALLS - St. Croix Falls Friends of the Library present Supernatural St. Croix Falls – A Paranormal Event. Paranormal investigator Chad Lewis, author of “The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations” presents his 13 years of haunted research on Friday the 13th, April 13, with 6:30 p.m. for social time, program starts at 7 p.m. The Dalles House features a costume ball (21 and older) including DJ Casey Borchert starting at 8:30 p.m., April 14. ($15 at the door.) “If you want your future read - come to the Dalles House,” library director Sarah Adams said. The Supernatural St. Croix Falls – a Paranormal Event is part of the library’s annual fundraising efforts. Folks interested in learning the Friends of the Library including Cole Zrostlik, Sarah Adams, Randy complete schedule of events and for regKorb, Ann Turner and Loreen Clayton Morrell showcase the paranor- istration information, including fees, go mal during April 13-14 at the St. Croix Falls Public Library. - Photo by to

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Free electronics and appliance recycling events set BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES Siren, Saturday, April 14, 9:30 a.m. to The Habitat for Humanity ReStore 2 p.m.; and the Clean Sweep at Polkwill be hosting free electronics and Burnett Electric Cooperative, 1001 appliance recycling events in several Hwy. 35, Centuria; Friday April 20, communities this spring. Most items 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items that will be acwill be accepted for free; those concepted include computers, laptops, taining Freon will be accepted with monitors, LCDs, washers, dryers, payment of a $10 fee. Drop off your stoves, water heaters, furnaces, cell old electronics and appliances at a phones, printers, scanners, modems, free recycling event and know that CD drives, cables, keyboards, mice, your unneeded items will be kept out TVs, VCRs, DVD players, camof our landfills and be responsibly recorders, cameras, game players and cycled here in the United States. All Free electronics and appli- joysticks; telephones, pagers, anpersonal data is guaranteed to be ance recycling events are being swering machines, typewriters, calsafely and securely destroyed through held in several communities this culators, adding machines, fax Habitat ReStore’s partnership with spring. -Photo submitted machines, copiers, microwaves, Vintage Tech Recyclers. Recycling toasters and postage meters. Refrigevents coming up are: Amery Home Show, in the erators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers True Value parking lot across from the ice arena, will be accepted with payment of a $10 fee. Volun1065 Riverplace Drive, Amery; Saturday, March 31, teers are also needed to help load the electronics into 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Siren Home Sweet Home Show, in trucks. Please call the ReStore at 715-483-2700 with the Timbers Theatres parking lot - 24226 1st Ave., questions or to sign up to help. - submitted

Response to “Wreath rage” Kathy Java sent this note and photo after reading Leader staff writer, Priscilla Bauer's column, "Wreath Rage." "Priscillla, I had to laugh at your article about Christmas tree wreathes in the Leader. I'm one of those people who keep my wreath up after the Christmas season. The reason? See the photo. Every year a pair of house finches nest there. I do take the red ribbon off though. LOL!" Java's adorable little house guests definitely get her a pass on leaving the holiday wreath hanging on her door! - Photo by Kathy Java




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Two-vehicle accident in Frederic A two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon, March 22, just north of Frederic, resulted in the injury of a 92-year-old Frederic man. Douglas Harlander suffered unknown injuries and received medical attention from North Land First Responders and ambulance personnel. A Polk County Sheriff’s report indicates that Harlander was traveling south on Hwy. 35, making a left-hand turn onto Benson Road as an oncoming, unknown vehicle made a left turn onto Benson Road in the opposite direction. At the same time, a vehicle driven by Ronald G. Johnson, 64, Danbury, was traveling north on 35 and had moved into the right passing lane. The ensuing collision caused air bags in both the Chevy Impala driven by Harlander and the Chevy TrailBlazer driven by Johnson, to deploy. Frederic Fire Department and North Land Ambulance, along with Polk County Sheriff’s Department and Frederic Police, responded to the scene. - Photo by Gary King

Names released in armed robbery incident SIREN - Thomas J. Polski, 21, Danbury, and Angelica M. Wenzel, 21, Webster, are both charged with burglary, robbery with threat of force and resisting or obstructing an officer for an incident Wednesday, March 14, that was reported in last week’s Leader. Polski has an additional charge of endangering safety/ use of a dangerous weapon. The initial appearance for both are scheduled for Wednesday, March 28. As of last week’s Leader, the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department had not released the names of the suspects because they were still investigating the incident. Neither suspect is in custody at this time. Sherill Summer

Correction A photograph in last week’s edition of the Leader that accompanied a story on the Wisconsin Dairy Association’s recognition of the use of cheese brine by the Polk County Highway Department included an incorrect identification. In the photo, county board Supervisor and highway committee member Craig Moriak was incorrectly identified as Jay Luke. Moriak was standing second from left, next to highway Commissioner Steve Warndahl. We apologize for the error.

Santorum says he can win Wisconsin by Chuck Quirmbach Wisconsin Public Radio FOND DU LAC – Rick Santorum spent much of the weekend in Wisconsin, claiming he can still capture the Republican presidential nomination. The former Pennsylvania senator is well behind Republican contender Mitt Romney in GOP convention delegates. But boosted by his win in the Louisiana primary on Saturday, Santorum energetically campaigned in five eastern Wisconsin cities. Yesterday at a bowling alley in Fond du Lac, Santorum urged Republican voters to choose him, and not Romney, who Santorum claims is a lot like Democratic President Barack Obama. Santorum says one of the key issues is the state health care plan Romney supported as Massachusetts governor, which Santorum says is too much like the federal Affordable Health Care Act, which many Republicans dislike. Small business owner Phil Macintosh of Fond du Lac says he may vote for Santorum, because Macintosh fears a jump in health care costs. Macintosh says he doesn’t think Romney has wrapped up the Republican nomination yet, and doesn’t mind Santorum staying in the GOP primary. But Macintosh says Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul ought to drop out. All four Republican candidates will be in Wisconsin later this week, ahead of the April 3 primary.

Lightning strikes rural Frederic home FREDERIC - In one ground-trembling moment, the entire electrical system in the home of Sandy Hickey of rural Frederic was destroyed Tuesday morning, March 27, when a bolt of lightning struck at approximately 6 a.m. “We don’t know exactly what was struck - maybe a power line or the well - but it destroyed all the electrical in her house and it blew one section of the wall out,” said Frederic Fire Chief Brian Daeffler. Hickey was unharmed but shaken after surviving what could have been a potentially fatal event. Every photo was blown off her wall by the strike and her house filled with smoke due to a flash of electrical fire. The neighboring homes of Trevor and Heather Otto and Catha Foltz experienced damage also, and the electrical service to the area was knocked out by the strike. Gary King

Frederic fire trucks arrived at the Sandy Hickey residence on Tuesday morning, March 27, minutes after a lightning strike shook the home and destroyed its electrical system. - Photo by Gary King

Accused officer speaks out Former Milltown cop Ryan Marx makes first court appearance by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Charges against a now former Milltown police officer came to light this week at his initial court appearance on Monday, March 26, as Sgt. Ryan Marx appeared to address dual misdemeanor charges of battery and disorderly conduct involving domestic abuse for an incident that is alleged to have occurred in recent months, and led to his recent dismissal from the Milltown Police Department. Marx, 31, is now living in Washburn, and faces the potential of up to a year in prison and over $11,000 in fines if convicted. He may also lose firearm privileges, as well, due to the domestic enhancer, which could affect his career in law enforcement. Charges against Marx were first filed in late February, but because of a potential conflict of interest with local law enforcement, the case is being prosecuted by an outside agency, specifically Burnett County District Attorney William Norine. According to the criminal compaint, the incident occurred in the early morning hours of Feb. 1, after a night of heavy drinking at a rural Milltown bar. In the narrative, it describes a friend giving Marx a ride home from the tavern, where he was reportedly extremely intoxicated. The friend brought him back to his apartment in Milltown, where he passed out on the couch. However, Marx was in the middle of a very recent breakup with his girlfriend after approximately 18 months of dating, and she

Former Milltown Police Officer Ryan Marx (left) appeared with his attorney, James Remington, at an initial appearance in court on Monday, March 26. – Photos by Greg Marsten

“Lots of things have been said that just aren’t true ... I lost my job over this ... I’m confident the truth will come out and I’ll win my case” - Ryan Marx was still residing at the apartment. She was at the apartment when he arrived to pass out. The woman was reviewing his cell phone for outgoing text messages, and began to confront Marx, who was still passed out. She reportedly slapped him across the face to

Former Milltown Police Officer Ryan Marx (right) is seen here at a village board meeting last fall. Chief Andy Anderson is on the left.

wake him up and get his attention, when he awoke suddenly and punched the woman on the back of the head, knocked her down, and continued to punch her, as well as reportedly choke her before he passed out again. The woman said she feared for her life and called police, who arrested Marx and took him into custody. He was later freed on a $500 cash bond. Marx made his initial court appearance on Monday before Polk County Circuit Court Judge Jeffery Anderson, where he pleaded not guilty and requested a speedy trial. The case is now set to go to trial on Thursday, May 17, with a final hearing for pretrial motions or a plea agreement set for Friday, May 11. Marx made no comments in the courtroom, but did speak with the Leader outside the venue. He confirmed that he is no longer a law officer for Milltown, and expressed confidence that he would be exonerated of all charges in the matter. “It is what it is,” Marx said with a shrug. “I just hope the truth comes out.” He expressed regret for the incident and admitted to being intoxicated, but he also noted, “Lots of things have been said that just aren’t true ... I lost my job over this ... I’m confident the truth will come out and I’ll win my case,” he said. Marx is not to be in taverns or any premises where alcohol is served, and is also under a no-contact order with the victim, in spite of a recent motion filed by her to lift the order. A judge denied that request several

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Spring election April 3 Elections for county, village and school boards by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BURNETT & POLK COUNTIES - The Tuesday, April 3, election will chose the entire county board in each county, some seats on every school board and some seats on every village and city council. However, many of the races are uncontested, with a single candidate for each position. In a few cases, there is not any candidate, and those contests will be decided by write-in votes. Here is an overview of the contested races. Polk County A countywide binding referendum will decide if the Polk County Board is reduced in size from 23 supervisors to 15. If the referendum passes, the county board elected on April 3 will be charged with drawing new county board district lines before the 2014 election. The 15 new districts would each need to have roughly equal population based on the 2010 census. The entire 23-member county board is up for election. The results for 19 districts are assured, barring last-minute write-ins. Sixteen incumbents are running for re-

election unopposed as are three new candidates. There are only four contested seats. Three incumbents face challengers, and two incumbents were placed in the same district after the district lines were redrawn to reflect the new census figures. (See separate article for the details). Four of the 10 school districts serving the county have races. In Amery, Fritz Coulter faces incumbents Darren Van Blaricom and Lynn Blomstrand for two seats. Clear Lake also has two seats up. Incumbents Tom Aasumundrud and Mark Monson are challenged by Phyllis Ness. Osceola has a single open seat with Jeffrey Pfannes and Louis Garriga seeking to replace the retiring Mary Cotch. The Unity district has two seats on the ballot. Loey Weber is challenging incumbents Sheryl Holmgren and Kelly Kamish-Bakke. There is only one contested race in the city of Amery. Alderperson Diane Taxdahl is being challenged by Rick Van Blaricom in Wards 1 and 2. The city of St. Croix Falls will have a new mayor and two new council members, but all three are running unopposed to replace retiring incumbents. All villages have three of their six council seats up every two years. There are contests in seven of the 10 villages. These are the contested races, with incumbents marked (I).

Balsam Lake: Jeff Reed (I), Caroline Rediske (I), Chris Sondrol (I), Vera Bollinger and Ryan Wildt. Clear Lake: Vern Engebretson (I), Lori Martin (I), Jerry Peterson (I), Edward Flatum and Jerry Thompson. Frederic: Kerry Brendel (I), Brad Harlander (I), Jamie Worthington (I), Doug Amundson and Terry Siebenthal. Luck (two-year terms): Ross Anderson (I), Phillip Warhol (I), Alan Tomlinson. (single one-year term): Craig Lundeen (I) and Gene Cooper. Milltown: Larry Kuske (I), Henry Studtmann Jr. (I), Linda Martinson and Les Sloper. Osceola: Mark Campbell (I), Donald Stocker (I), Rodney Turner (I) and Roger Kumlien. Turtle Lake: Ken Mandley (I), Pat McCready (I), Ruth Morton (I) and Sheryl Gahrman. Three of the 24 towns in Polk County have five-member boards with two supervisors elected each year. Two of those towns have contests this spring. Alden: John Bonneprise (I), Gary Dado (I), Barry Ausen and Dennis O’Hearn. St. Croix Falls: James Beistle (I), Mary Lynne McAlonie (I) and Frank Behning.

Burnett County Seventeen of the 21 Burnett County

Board members are running unopposed for re-election. Only one incumbent faces a challenger. Three supervisors are retiring, and in two districts only a single person filed for the open seat. No one filed for the remaining open seat and that position will be filled by a write-in election. (Details in a separate story). There are contests for two of the five Burnett County school boards. In Webster, three seats are up. The candidates are incumbents Wendy Larson, Charles Macke and Brenda Rachner plus Lynn Stromberg. Spooner also has three seats up. The contestants include two incumbents, Philip Markgren and Christina Martin, plus two new candidates, Nathan Eichhorst and David Wilson. The candidate who finishes third gets a two-year seat to complete the term of a former member. Among the three villages, there is a contest in Grantsburg and a blank spot on the Webster ballot. Each village has three open council seats. In Grantsburg, the contestants are incumbents Dale Dresel and Val Johnson and new candidates John Addison and Greg Peer. Only two incumbents, Kelsey Gustafson and Greg Widiker, were nominated for the three open council seats. The third seat will be filled by a write-in contest.

One seat challenged for Luck Village Board ELECTION PROFILES Luck Village Board by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — The Luck Village Board has four trustee seats up for election, three of which are for two-year terms. The fourth seat is a one-year term, and both incumbent Craig Lundeen and former Trustee Gene Cooper are seeking that seat. Below is information supplied by each of the two candidates. The ballot will show four candidates for the three two-year terms, but candidate Rebecca Rowe is no longer pursuing a seat on the board. She made the decision to withdraw from the race after the deadline for removing her name from the ballot. The remaining three candidates for the other three seats are incumbents Ross Anderson and Phil Warhol, joined by Alan Tomlinson. Gene Cooper In 2010, after 17 years on the village board, Cooper decided to retire. Now, he said, it seems there is no one on the board with history and knowledge of the board’s past actions, of what was done and the reasons they were done. “I have several friends who badgered me often to return,” he said, “so I agreed to a one-year term.” His previous board experience includes serving as chairman of every committee except the cemetery board, which is no longer a committee. “The recent board actions appear to me as being among trustees without a team effort,” said Cooper. “That is too bad. In every organization, you need team support and work as a team.” If a vote doesn’t go your way, he said, you still need to support the majority. That isn’t what tends to happen anymore. “I like citizen participation but not redundancy,” Cooper said. “I have been to many hearings of many organizations in my newspaper career, and spokesmen are chosen for each side and it worked much better. You tend to tune out the same words repeated several times. I think repetitive opinions are disrespectful to everyone in the room.” Cooper said he gets the feeling there is mistrust of the village board and administration. “I don’t know why but I intend to

“Contrary to a wildly circulated signage a few years ago,” he said, “I am a conservationist and have promoted conservation in my outdoor writing career of 40-plus years. I have been awarded local, county and state recognition of my efforts.”

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find out why. Not being forthright is a character flaw. There are certain things that need to be protected, such as employee relations and negotiations, both of which are authorized by state law and rightfully so. If I find that the fermenting of distrust is a lie, I feel no obligation in not naming the liar in public.” Preferring what he calls a “favor versus fear government,” Cooper said he hears too many comments from people who feel, rightly or wrongly, that there is an attitude that citizens are to work for the government rather than being favored when they make a request. “I will work to change that. I will try to get a return to the working committees again to tap the knowledge and imagination of trustees. I think committee work is very satisfying. Doing the footwork gives you background knowledge you don’t get any other way.” Regarding the ATV park, Cooper feels the board did the right thing. “When a group of citizens make a request,” he said, “I think a board has the obligation to meet those requests when possible.” He is disappointed that the board and school could not come to an agreement to allow the village to purchase schoolowned property. The issue, he said, is safety. “An extension of South Fourth Street would remove some of the traffic that passes in front of the school. Until I had a chance to observe the amount of traffic that passes in front of the school during early-morning hours, I had no idea it has increased as much as I observed in the past few years. “I am sorry to see child safety is taking a back seat to the almighty dollar. I championed the bypass road in my editorials in The Luck Enterprise as early as the 1980s after observing some close calls after late-night games as well as the prime student activities.”



These issues, said Cooper, along with four or five other projects he has in mind, will be his focus if he is favored by the Luck voters. “We need a subdivision ordinance, a shoreline ordinance, some shoreline erosion control work in light of the rock dam placed at the lake outlet and a real effort to do something about the storm runoff problem,” he said. “I also want an appeal procedure for ordinances of people control.” Finally, said Cooper, he is surprised at the number of people who have forgotten the lessons they had in civics class. “As costs to run government increase, there are only two ways to meet those costs, either raise taxes or increase the tax base to spread the cost over a wider population. With a 50-person drop in population this past decade, and a dozen or so foreclosed and vacant properties, every effort should be made to increase our tax base. Unfortunately, new housing doesn’t seem to be in the near term, so we have to depend on retail and industry retention and growth. The end game is to return to a full village crew and police department.” Cooper was the originator of the village administrator position and said he still feels the village did the right thing. He likened the position to those that county and school have in today’s government. “My observation is that too many use that person as a slave instead of doing footwork themselves,” he said. “I don’t use that system. I will do my own footwork, and when I am ready, will seek the administrator to provide the technical methods to present it to the committees and board in a collaborative effort. I seek no glory in doing work in my free time to improve my town and ultimately, my life.” Cooper’s final comments addressed his stand on conservation.

Craig Lundeen Lundeen joined the Luck Village Board five months ago when he was appointed to fill a vacant position. At that time, he was also appointed to the Redevelopment Authority. “My wife and I have committed to our family’s future in Luck,” said Lundeen, “and with that came the responsibility to serve our community as we could.” Among the primary public issues to face the village in recent months have been the proposed purchase of schoolowned land, which the board in March voted not to pursue, and the development of an ATV park on the north side of the village. Both issues raised a great deal of discussion and conflict between residents and between residents and the board. When asked how he thought the village should pursue growth and development in the village, and how to foster greater unity on these issues, Lundeen responded, “Our focus as a village should be the support and service of our businesses and residents. “Without the village seeking to direct affairs outside the scope of their fundamental duties, the chance of overstepping bounds and dividing the community would be mitigated.” Lundeen believes that once the community feels fully engaged, the problems facing the community and village can be solved by the community as a whole. “The burden of informing our fellow residents lies on the board,” he said. “If they feel uninformed, that is an issue that we need to remedy.” Lundeen is married with two daughters, a 9-year-old and a 2-month-old. He works at Van Meters Meats on Main Street, and his wife works for the USDA Farm Service Agency. “I don’t think we’ll have time for other interests for a few years,” he said.


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ELECTION PROFILES Webster School Board by Carl Heidel Leader staff writer WEBSTER - Four candidates will be on the ballot for three seats on the Webster School Board. Chuck Macke, Brenda Rachner and Wendy Larson are running for re-election as incumbents. Lynn Stromberg, a former member of the board, is the lone challenger. Each of the four has provided the Leader with basic information about their qualifications and reasons for running. Chuck Macke I graduated from the University of St. Thomas with Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. I am a retired teacher of the district and have lived here the past 41 years. Julie and I have four sons and two grandsons, who graduated from WHS. I started my teaching career in 1967 at WHS, served two years in the U.S. Army, taught one year in Oregon, and returned to Webster, where I taught business education until I retired in 2000. I have had the privilege to serve the district as a board member for the past nine years, learning the procedures and activities of our district‘s various committees. I have enjoyed being involved in district decision making and want the best education possible for our students. My 31 years of experience as an educator in the classroom gives me certain insights in helping to make the tough decisions that need to be made. We have established a progressive curriculum agenda at the Webster Schools, which truly gives our students the ability and opportunity to compete after they graduate As has been the case these past years, the school district must stay within budget guidelines, while trying to maintain our goal of offering quality education for our children and favorable options for our educators and noninstructional staff. In these tough economic times we must remain positive as we experience the uncertainties of new legislation, and present a sound and responsible budget to the taxpayers, while still offering best possible education and curriculum for our students. I remain sincerely committed to the education and success of the our students. Brenda Rachner My name is Brenda Rachner and I have been part of the Webster community my entire life. My husband and I have been



married 20 years and have raised three children, all who have been part of the Webster School District. I work in Webster at the clinic and my husband works at Nexen. We volunteer at our church, and I like to go in and volunteer at the school whenever I get the chance. We have a small hobby farm just outside of Webster and enjoy the outdoors very much. Spending time with our family is what we value most. My motivation for being part of the Webster School Board is simply to make sure all students are getting the best education we can give them. I want to see that our students have a positive atmosphere to learn, and our staff have a positive place to work. I want to ensure that all students feel safe and accepted. The experience I have received in the last term on the board is invaluable, and with this last term behind me, that gives me the advantage of knowing what is currently going on within the district. I know what is being worked on and can continue to give input instead of being a “new” board member and needing to learn it all from scratch which can slow down progress. I have been part of the district as a student, but also as a mother, and have gotten to know the teachers and extended staff. As part of the community, I get the chance to talk to a lot of people, and it makes it easier when they need to come to me with questions or concerns. I have a lot of experience working with the public and like to spend time getting to know others. A quality I have that is important as a board member is the ability to listen. I also am not one to make hasty judgments about a person or situation. I need all the facts. I also check into things and make sure there is follow-through. I am not on the board to impress anyone, only to make sure Webster continues to have a district we can be proud of. My goals if re-elected are to continue to work on bullying issues so we see progress in this area. I will also do my best to ensure that our district continues to be financially stable, the technology



continues to stay updated, and I would like to see our teachers and all staff evaluated on a regular basis. I also feel it is important to find more ways to get parents involved in the district as this would give the kids the feeling of support from parents, and the staff also needs to know that they have the support of the parents. I think education is ever changing, and as a board member it is my job to ensure that we are changing with it so the students have every advantage they can get which gives them a great start in life once they graduate.

Lynn Stromberg I’m running for school board because I think we are a small rural district with good leadership and staff that provides a quality education. I simply want to be part of that continuing. I was on the Webster School Board for about nine years (1994-2003). While much has changed since then, I believe my past experience will help me transition readily back to school board business. Here are some current challenges as I see them: 1) Making financial decisions while maintaining integrity of the education delivered. 2) Policies - making sure they are necessary and pragmatic. 3) Hiring and keeping quality staff with fair pay, mentoring and a positive work environment. 4) Buildings that are bright, energy efficient, well-maintained places for all who use them. 5) Technology - keeping up to date with respect to what the students will need postgraduation. My husband, Philip, and I have lived in the Webster School District for 30 years and raised two children that both graduated from Webster Schools. I am currently employed at Northwest Passage. Wendy Larson I believe instead of complaining, you should jump in and lend a helping hand. I ran for the board four years ago because I did not understand the teacher tenure and nonrenewal policy and wanted to

learn how the system worked when a favorite teacher of my daughters was nonrenewed. I believe parents are the most important people to role model and teach values to a child. Our senior daughter, who we see very little of, is very involved in school activities, participates in every sport available to her and works part time as well. This makes the teachers, staff and coaches those adults she spends more time with and being mentored by. It became a priority to me to be involved and know that we have the best people, curriculum and facilities available for our kids. My main and most important qualification, I am a parent, and I truly care about what we are doing to teach our kids to be prepared for “life,” not only academically but socially and morally. I know children learn by example, so it is important to have the best qualified staff teaching our kids and a curriculum that offers the most opportunity. I feel it is important to have a school board that is from a wide spectrum of people in the district. Having every view and idea represented and brought to the table for discussion to make sure we are doing what is in the best interest for our children. It is up to us, as parents, to advocate for our kids. It has been a great three years, and I think continuity within the board is important to proceed with the projects and items we have been looking into over the past year. I know technology is a must for competitiveness in today’s work environment. We continue to keep up to date with equipment and training, but I believe understanding and mastering the basic skills are just as important. We are fortunate to have a great staff that really cares about our kids; many go above and beyond, and I really appreciate those efforts. These kids are our future and deserve only the best! I am originally from Ohio, and my husband is from Webster, and we moved back here 13 years ago when he retired from the U.S. Air Force. We have three girls, our oldest a sophomore at UW-Stout, our middle daughter will be graduating in May, and our youngest is in the seventh grade. I run a licensed home day care, we are a licensed foster home. I have been involved with Girl Scouts for the past 12 years, our family has volunteered weekly at the animal shelter for the past 10 years, and I enjoy helping in the Webster Athletic Association‘s concession stand during home athletic events.

Four running for three Grantsburg Council seats been involved in the village’s comprehensive planning process and says he wants to work to bring new companies to the industrial park.

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ELECTION PROFILES Grantsburg Village Board

One may be ineligible to serve by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – A Grantsburg Village council election that might have been simple has become a bit complicated. Four people were nominated in January for three board seats on the Tuesday, April 3, ballot. In addition, a present council member, Mark Dahlberg, has announced that he will resign after the election leaving the chance the candidate who finishes fourth place might be appointed to the vacant spot. However, one of the candidates, John Addison, might have a conflict of interest that would make him ineligible to serve on the board. The four candidates nominated at the Jan. 9 caucus are incumbents Dale Dresel and Val G. Johnson and new candidates Greg Peer and Addison. Longtime incumbent Jim Nelson is not seeking another term. The conflict of interest arises because Addison leases the golf course from the village. That lease was renewed at the March council meeting and extended for



three years. While these actions were taken by the present board, questions have been raised about Addison’s possible future role on the board because of the lease arrangement. If Addison takes a seat on the village board, he might be violating two sections of the state statutes, sections 19.56 and 946.13 (2) (a). The first prohibits a local official from taking action on anything in which he has a “substantial financial interest.” The second prohibits private interests in public contracts. The details of the possible conflicts are presented in a letter dated Jan. 16 sent by the attorney for the village, Bill Thiel of Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci, to the village clerk, Jennifer Zeiler. Thiel says that the second section, 946.13, is a criminal strict liability statute, meaning that if the district attorney brings charges, he does not need to prove intent.



Thiel goes on to say that Addison would place himself in a highly dangerous situation if he took a seat on the council and urges him to be cautious in his decision to serve. He also states that if the village council rushes to extend the contract before Addison is elected, that action might not pass the smell test of complying with a common law conflict of interest. Addison told the Leader he has not withdrawn from the council race and has not decided if he will take the oath of office if elected.

Statements from the Grantsburg Village Board candidates: Greg Peer Peer is a Grantsburg native who owns and operates an assisted living home in the village. He says he is running to help the village plan for the future. Peer has

Val Johnson Johnson is a Grantsburg graduate who returned to the village after retiring from a career in Minnesota. He says the biggest issue for the village is planning housing and services for an aging population. He wants to preserve the quality of life in the village while being expeditious in spending village funds. Dale Dresel Dresel owns a construction company and has served several terms on the village board. He says the basic obligation of a village is to provide sewer, water and streets for the residents. Other functions are optional, he says. Dresel wants to use his experience to take care of the village residents and keep taxes affordable. John Addison Addison grew up in Grantsburg and moved back to the village three years ago. He leases and manages the village golf course. He says he is running to stop the bleeding of village government. He says this is a hard time for governments, and his goal is for citizens and government to work together.


Three candidates for two seats at Unity ELECTION PROFILES Unity School Board by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE — Two seats on the Unity School Board of Education are up for election, and three candidates are seeking to fill those positions. On the ballot are incumbents Kelly Bakke and Sheryl Holmgren, along with Loey Weber. Sheryl Holmgren Holmgren is a resident of Balsam Lake and has been on the Unity School Board of Education since 2005, during which time she has served on a number of board committees. “Education has always been important to me and my family,” she said about why she is seeking re-election. “I enjoy being involved with the education of the children who will be our future.” Holmgren currently sits on the Title I committee, the professional staff development committee and the support staff negotiating committee. She has, in the past, been a member of the technology committee. Title I at Unity evaluates children’s reading abilities then, keeping families involved, provides any needed help to keep students in their grade levels. The professional staff development committee, she noted, puts together teaching and learning experiences for the district’s in-service days. The most recent in-service day was devoted to the “whole child,” which included speakers from the Native American community to discuss student concerns. There has also been online suicide prevention training for all staff, developed by the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide. Through this work, as well as having been a volunteer in the school for seven years, Holmgren has had the opportunity to become familiar with the students, staff and administration, as well as policies and procedures. “I am very impressed with how well our staff works together.” Keeping enrollment numbers up and facing the current economic climate are two of the main challenges Holmgren sees the district facing in the upcoming years. “Maintaining enrollment numbers will be a challenge for Unity,” she said. “Staying financially stable will also be a major challenge as the economy rebuilds itself.” One of the main strengths of the Unity School District, Holmgren believes, is its

around the nation,” she said. As a member of the school board, Bakke said she believes the district has made “solid forward progress” in technology and preparing students for the future, regardless of the path they take. “I really enjoy working toWeber gether with the board, administration and committees to continue building on the solid long-range plans for our campus, technology, curriculum and students,” she said. “I look forward to seeing how changes to our classrooms and curriculum will change and enhance learning for our students and provide amazing tools for our teachers.” One the greatest strengths of the district, Bakke believes, is the employees. “From support staff to teachers to administration,” she said, “one thing is clear throughout: we have the best interest of the students in mind. We work hard cooperatively to do our very best to stay focused on what is number 1, educating and preparing our students for life after Unity in a safe environment.” She described district Administrator Brandon Robinson as “a true asset,” noting that he continually seeks out opportunities to strengthen the district in a variety of ways. Another strength, Bakke said, is that the district is forward thinking, often first to implement or try something new. “We aren’t afraid to take the time, do the research, attempt pilots, analyze, work cooperatively for decisions and solutions and execute or implement as we see appropriate.” One of the greatest challenges facing the school, she said, is “continuing to do more with less. We want to provide the best for students and staff, yet have continued to see funding cut pretty aggressively year after year.” Her role, she said, is to continue to be an educated, active and involved participant as a board member and committee member. Kelly and her husband, Wayne, have two daughters at Unity, whom Bakke describe as “pretty wonderful girls.” She enjoys photography and staying actively involved in the lives of her daughters.

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community involvement. “Unity School offers something for everyone,” she said. “The buildings are used seven days a week.” Holmgren said she is very glad to be involved in the school as both a volunteer and as a school board member. “Volunteers are needed in many ways at the school,” she said. “The atmosphere at the school is a very friendly and positive one, and I like doing it.” Besides her responsibilities at the school, Holmgren is active in the community, particularly the Balsam Lake Public Library and Milltown United VFW Post 6856. Kelly Bakke Bakke has served on the school board since she was appointed to fill a vacancy in 2008. She was elected to a three-year term in 2009 and is seeking another term because she enjoys it and because she feels she has something to add to the board and district team. “I believe the driving force for me is the deep passion I have for the students and their overall success,” she said. “Not just academically, but overall as people — extracurricular activities, character education activities and more, from pre-K through high school.” Bakke said she works hard to be active in the school, supporting students, faculty, staff and administration, adding that she has extensive business experience. “I have a solid background in business as I’ve worked in multiple leadership roles at UnitedHealth Group for nearly 17 years,” she said. “I believe in giving back to our communities through volunteerism and sharing our own personal talents and abilities when and how we can.” She also serves on a national-level board, having been appointed National Board of Education Advisor for Bully Police USA in 2010. “I am actively involved in supporting legislation and helping to bring character education programming and anti-bullying policies to school districts

Loey Weber Weber moved full time to Big Blake Lake seven years ago, building a year-round

home to replace the cabin she had built there in 1992. She has a deep passion for education, and said she is running for the board, not because she sees anything to change, but to use her experience to assist the school in the good job it is doing. With a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in counseling and psychology, and 60 credits toward her administrative specialist degree, she has worked as a teacher, school counselor, principal and dean of students. She was also a coach, taking her Arizona girls gymnastic team to three state championships in the seven years she coached. The team took second in state the other four years. “I am a strong believer in extracurricular activities,” she said, “especially in rural schools, whether it’s sports, drama, music, leadership, everything.” Having worked in other parts of the country, said Weber, has given her a perspective on the reputation of education in Wisconsin and the Midwest. People elsewhere, she said, are “in awe” of the school systems here, noting that for years Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa have vied for the number 1 position in the nation. “I’m afraid we’re going to lose that status,” said Weber. Noting what she terms the new philosophy of education in Wisconsin, Weber said that things are being done differently now than ever before. “Times are changing,” she said. An expanded voucher system will encourage students to leave the public school system to attend private or charter schools, hurting the smaller public schools. Ever-increasing budget cuts add to the challenge, along with finding a way to work with staff without collective bargaining abilities. Saying that she is “very moderate,” Weber added that she is not going into the school board arena as a defender of teachers. “I will be there for the students,” she said. Weber describes herself as “a people person,” and wants to use her experience and skills to connect to the community in a meaningful way. “Unity has done a great job,” she said, “and it will be fun to be part of it.” Besides, she said, it never hurts to have a new perspective added to the mix. Weber currently teaches two classes, psychology and interpersonal communication, at Globe University. She has three grown children and six grandchildren in the Twin Cities area.

Four candidates for three seats by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer MILLTOWN – Milltown’s Village Board has four candidates seeking three vacant seats, including two incumbents, Henry Studtmann Jr. and Larry Kuske. Also running is former Trustee Les Sloper as well as newcomer Linda Martinsen. Current Trustee Pete Peterson is retiring from the board. Henry Studtmann Jr. (I) First-term incumbent Studtmann is an almost lifelong village resident and a Unity graduate. He has worked at Arrow Building Center for 15 years and said he has enormous pride in the village. “Two years on the board is just not enough,” he said. “It‘s not enough time to grasp what the job entails.” He thinks the primary issues facing the village are maintaining a strong and responsible budget, with respect to the variables “that come down from up above, at the state level.” Studtmann is a married college graduate and said he enjoys being on the board. He referred to himself as level-headed and proud of his work for the village. His extensive experience working at a local building center has given him an insight into finding solutions to problems, and he feels his board experience has given him insight into the needs of the village and its residents. “I pretty much grew up in the village,” he said. “I like to think we run a pretty decent ship and realize what we need to do to please the majority of residents.”

Larry Kuske (I) Incumbent Kuske has lived in Polk County almost his entire life and has lived in the Milltown area for approximately 22 years. He is seeking another term on the board, after serving two previous, but nonconsecutive terms. “I feel the decisions we have made have helped improve the community,” he said as to why he is running. “We got our budget straightened out, and I really think we’re moving in the right direction.” He thinks that it is important to know the functions and role of a trustee, and thinks it takes some time before they completely understand issues such as where the money comes from and how to do the best work for the board and village. “That way you don’t have that ‘greenhorn’ time,” he joked. Kuske is a maintenance technician in Cumberland, and because of that, realizes that the first or lowest price or quote is not always the one that makes the most sense or is the wisest economic decision. “I’m not afraid to ask those questions,” he said. Kuske thinks street and infrastructure improvements are the biggest hurdles the village faces and said he would also like to see an expansion of the village industrial park. He has been a firefighter since he was a teen, has been a longtime member of the Milltown Fire Department and is proud of the work they have done over the years.

Lester Sloper Sloper served a decade on the board in the past and is running again after a brief hiatus. “I want to be involved again,” he said, noting that he served over a decade on the board in the past and misses being involved in village affairs. Calling himself a semiretired carpenter, he was raised locally and has been a village resident since 1983. He is no stranger to village machinations and board process and duties, and thinks the biggest challenge the village faces involves taxes and how they are spent. He said he would also like to see local business expansion, such as the reopening of a grocery store. “It would be nice to get more industry back in town,” he said, noting he would like to find a way to attract more businesses to the village. Sloper said he is not afraid to say no and calls himself conservative by nature. “I’m willing to ask the hard questions,” he said. He also said he’d like to see some parts of the village cleaned up, and noted junked cars and other unsightly messes are an area of concern. “Springtime seems to be when that stuff shows up in the yards,” he added. Linda Martinsen Challenging for the vacancy is Martinsen, who has never run for elected office prior, but considers it a true life challenge to seek a term. “Honestly, I’m kind of excited about running,” she said. “ I think you’re never too old to learn something, and I’d like to

expand what I can do for the village.” She said her running is also a way to strengthen her own abilities as an individual and said it would be an honor to serve on the board. Martinsen thinks the biggest challenges the village faces involves keeping a balanced budget, which she said will be difficult but possible, even in the current economic times. “But we really need to bring in more business,” she said. “We need more job potential to keep the residents who live here working here, so they have more options and reasons to stay.” She has lived in Milltown for 34 years, but spent her entire life locally, graduating from Unity High School and even pursuing two associate degrees later in life in both electronic programming and supervisory management. “My greatest relevance is life,” she said. “We all have so many ups and downs, just like the board has ups and downs. But it becomes part of life experiences, and you learn from your mistakes and correct them and then you carry on!” Martinsen is currently the Milltown Community Club secretary and is also involved in several other village projects plans, including a new focus group for the Milltown Library. She has also started her own cleaning business and works at a local welding shop as her business gains traction. “I’m really hoping to apply that knowledge to my own business, as well as to the board,” she said in closing.


Two challengers in Frederic Village race ELECTION PROFILES Frederic Village Board FREDERIC - Five names will be on the ballot Tuesday, April 3, for three positions on the Frederic Village Board of Trustees. They include three incumbents, Jamie Worthingon, Brad Harlander and Kerry Brendel, and two challengers, Doug Amundson and Terry Siebenthal. Candidates were asked to submit their responses to questions posed by the Leader. - Gary King

Kerry Brendel Why am I running? I have a sense of duty to the village in which I live and feel that as long as I can offer my abilities and experience to help make Frederic a better place in which to live and work, I want to contribute to making Frederic the wonderful village that it is. How long have I served on the board? I have served as a trustee on the Frederic Village Board for 16 years, I believe. What issues do I feel are most important to the village at this time? With the current levy caps in place which limit the village’s ability to provide for infrastructure and services, I feel it is important to search for the best ways to provide services to the taxpayers and preserve and improve the infrastructures that are currently in place as well as looking for improvements that continue to make Frederic a great place to live and work. By having served the village for the time that I have, I feel that my experience and involvement offer the stability and level of understanding that is needed to complement the rest of the village government. We need to continuously think outside of the box and look at every way possible to be able to provide the services necessary that will make Frederic the community that it has been and will be for years to come. Experience that will lend itself to serving on the board? Having served the village for 16 years as village trustee, having served on the Frederic Development Corporation for approximately 25 years, served on the village hospital board for seven years, lived in Frederic for 29 years, worked in banking for 26 years and the manufacturing sector for 10 years, I feel that I bring the experience that has been gained from the years of involvement in Frederic as well as the knowledge attained from my banking and manufacturing careers that help bring stability, creative thinking and common sense to village government in Frederic. Background/personal information? I first came to Frederic in 1972 to work in the consumer finance business, moving back in 1975 to start work in the Bremer Bank, then known as Farmers State Bank. I have many years of community involvement in Frederic including civic organizations, church involvement, Boy Scouting, as well as the experience on the village

board. My wife, Cindy, and I have been married for three months shy of 40 years, we have raised our two grown children in Frederic and now spend our time with our grandchildren playing in the same parks, walking on the same streets and enjoying the same amenities that we have for so many years.

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Doug Amundson I grew up in Indian Creek with my parents, Clifford and Luella, and two older sisters, Jean Giller of Luck and Ann Amundson of Grantsburg. I graduated from Frederic High School in 1978 as salutatorian of my class. I am married to Becky and we have two daughters, Megan 17 and Emily 14. We have lived in the village of Frederic for almost 21 years. I have been in the masonry business since 1978. I love to hunt, garden and spend time with my family. I have served on the Lorain Cemetery Board for the past four years. I also run the local farmers market in Frederic. I have more concerns than issues. Concerns that we are losing or not drawing in the young families because of lack of jobs. We have a wonderful town with many great assets to offer. Being on a board means having to make the tough decisions that have to be made. You will never please everyone. You have to remain open-minded and look to the future. Why am I running? I feel I have a lot to offer. I was obviously nominated because I can help bring some change and freshness to the board. Jamie Worthington Why are you running? I am running for my third term because I feel that I can make a difference in our community. I love Frederic and want to continue to be a part of helping our village remain strong and grow. What issues do you feel are most important to the village at this time? In my opinion the biggest issue facing the village right now is finding the best way to keep the services and quality of life that our residents have grown accustomed to while dealing with the reality that we have less money to offer those services. We are going to have to continue to think outside of the box and work cooperatively with other communities in order to remain successful. I am confident that by facing the future with a proactive approach that we can continue to grow as a village. Experience that lends itself to serving on the board? I have been a trustee on the board for the past four years. It takes a while to learn how government works. and I believe that I am finally getting comfortable in my role and would like to con-



tinue learning. I believe that my biggest experience is life itself. I have lived comfortably as well as struggled and think that has helped me to become more creative as to how to maintain a decent quality of life without a lot of money. Background, vocation, family, etc.? I graduated from Frederic High School in 1996. I am a mom of two wonderful kids ages 8 and 11. Frederic is the town that I chose to raise my children in due to the family feel of the community and the opportunities that I felt they would have growing up here. I currently work as an office assistant for a large preschool in addition to continuing my education through the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. My two kids keep me pretty busy beyond work and school. I enjoy coaching and watching them play sports. Any other comments? I am hopeful that I will have the opportunity to continue serving the community on the village board and welcome the challenges that the role entails.

Brad Harlander Why running? I’ve always enjoyed living in Frederic. I’ve enjoyed growing up here. I’ve enjoyed raising a family here. I’ve enjoyed practicing dentistry here. We have a high quality of life and live amongst really great people. Consequently, I’d like to be involved in the community and the decision-making process to help move the community forward. How long on the board? Eight years. What issues do you feel are most important? The most important issue is maintaining and improving economic vitality. All communities, particularly rural communities, face economic challenges. We’ve been fortunate to have some new businesses locating here. The proposed medical clinic will be a boost. A number of economic issues we have no control over. Obviously, everyone here and everywhere else would like to see more jobs available. Unfortunately, there is no magic wand to produce jobs. However, I believe that working to our strengths will best serve the community in the long run. Our trump card is the high quality of life. We have wonderful schools, parks, businesses, churches, and most importantly, great friendly hardworking people. Striving to maintain a high quality of life for our community



will help retain people and businesses that are currently here as well as help attract new people and businesses. Experience that lend itself to serving on the board? Being in business here and being involved in a number of community organizations keeps me in contact with a lot of people which in turn provides me with a lot of feedback on what people are thinking about various issues that arise. Background/personal info? Graduated from Frederic High School in 1972. Graduated from U. of Minnesota Dental School 1979. Practiced dentistry here since 1979. Married 27 years, four children.

Terry Sibenthal Why are you running? I am running hoping to help make a few changes for the better. How long on the board? I have never served on our board before. What issues do you feel are most important to the village at this time? I'm not really sure what issues are important to the village at this time, but I would believe one issue would probably be new businesses starting up in our village and existing businesses to stay here. I suppose hearing what everyone’s different opinions and what is the different importances to people. Background/personal info? I have lived here for 36 years, went to school and graduated here. I’m married with four children, and they also attend school here in Frederic. I've been in the construction field for power plants since I graduated in 1989. I hope I can do my part for the village of Frederic and help in any way.

No race for Luck School Board LUCK — Incumbents only are running for the two seats up for election for the Luck School Board of Education. Amy Dueholm is finishing her first three-year term on the board, and Daryl Bazey has been a board member since 2003. — Mary Stirrat

Two blank spots on Burnett ballots Candidates needed for Webster Village, rural Grantsburg county board by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BURNETT COUNTY – The Tuesday, April 3, election is just days away, and

there are no candidates for two positions, an open seat of the Webster Village Board and a seat of the Burnett County Board in the Grantsburg area. The Webster seat is now held by Paul Berg. He declined renomination at the caucus in January, and no one else was nominated for the third open council seat. The person with the highest amount of write-in votes next Tuesday will have to

decide if they want the position. The open county board seat is District 3, which includes much of the Town of Grantsburg north of Hwy. 70, a small portion of West Marshland, and the part of the village of Grantsburg north of Benson Avenue. Eldon Freese has held the seat for several terms and is not running for reelection. No candidate filed for the position in December, and no write-in

candidate has come forward in the last three months. People who intend to run as write-in candidates must register as candidates as soon as that intent is known, under Wisconsin election laws. All write-in votes are counted, but registered write-ins are considered “official” candidates.

Three seek two seats on SCF School Board No contests for city ST. CROIX FALLS – St. Croix Falls School Board has three candidates for two seats. Board President Mona Schmidt initially did not file to seek re-election because at the time she was having some

health concerns. Since then, she has decided she wants to continue on the board and is running as a write-in. Incumbent Brent McCurdy is running for re-election, and past board member Ken Stensven filed his nomination papers and is also on the ballot. The city of St. Croix Falls has no con-

tested races as Mayor Darrell E. Anderson retires after his third term as mayor. Running unopposed for mayor is current Councilman Brian Blesi. There will be two new faces on the council with Don Anderson running unopposed for Ward I councilman to replace Debra Kravig who retires, and Randy Korb who is also un-

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opposed to replace a retiring Paul Kuhlman in Wards II and III. There is no contest for municipal court judge as David D. Danielson is running as an incumbent unopposed. – Tammi Milberg





Turning out the vote

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The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board says that up to 35 percent of the voting-age population in Wisconsin will turn out to vote in next Tuesday’s spring election and presidential preference primaRy. There are fewer than normal contested races locally, but the binding referendum question in Polk County may keep voter turnout strong there. The presidential primary should help also. Historically the highest voter turnout in a spring presidential primary was in 1960 - 50.2 percent. Of course, for those of us old enough to recall voting that year - or at least reading about it - that was the primary in which Massachusetts Sen. John Kennedy took on Minnesota Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey in the Democratic primary - and won. Not by a large margin, but enough to give him momentum in the following state primaries. Wisconsin’s presidential primary this year coincides with the nonpartisan spring election, but unlike last year, there are no statewide races for state officials. It’s all about local races for county, municipal and school board - and that, aside from the presidential primary contest - should be the local draw for voters. The Leader would like to thank the local candidates who took the time to answer questions about themselves for our voter preview pages this week. And it’s encouraging to see some individuals new to serving local government step forward and put their names on the ballot. We can salute their commitment and courage by voting at the polls next Tuesday. Editorials by Gary King

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Great coverage The St. Croix Falls wrestling community extends gratitude to Marty Seeger for the tremendous coverage of our sport and our team this year. Our athletes, our wrestling families, our coaches and our community are very appreciative of the great work you do. Dan Clark Head wrestling coach St. Croix Falls

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

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The Don Sundvall predator bear case in Polk County is getting more and more strange. The facts surrounding this case have been published in several newspapers: The Country Today 7-20-2011; Cumberland Advocate 7-27-2011; Inter-County Leader 8-32011; Inter-County Leader 8-17-2011; The Country Today 2-15-2012; County Ledger Press 2-16-2012; Inter-County Leader 3-142012. The interest in this case has resulted in increased public scrutiny, uncovering a multitude of concerns with the actions of the DNR which require immediate redress. Overzealous DNR wardens Phil Dorn and Dave Zebro worked with the Polk County district attorney to press charges and win a conviction against Sundvall even though the results of the meager investigation they performed yielded evidence contrary to the version of events the wardens promulgated in the press. Zebro falsely spread the rumor Sundvall went on a bear hunt and shot the first bear he saw even though the results of the only witness Zebro interviewed, Mr. Rouzer, indicated otherwise. Again, despite evidence Zebro obtained from the Rouzer interview, Zebro also claimed the bear had left the area, even though Rouzer indicated and later testified to the fact the bear was within 100 yards of the calf hutches when it was discovered. After charges were levied, Sundvall no longer granted interviews to the press to avoid any influence of potential jury members. In stark contrast, Zebro, experienced in court proceedings and appropriate witness conduct, gave the DNR “side of the story” to the Turtle Lake Times (2-2-2012) in an interview published within one week of the trial. In this interview, Zebro expounded on the DNR’s view of appropriate defense of property. Zebro claimed the DNR would have considered the bear kill justifiable if Sundvall had observed the bear attack. The DNR’s preposterous claim was the bear shooting was not a justifiable defense of property because the bear was discovered eating the calf it killed but not actually killing the calf. Zebro tried to advance this ludicrous position on defense of property on the witness stand where, under oath, he finally admitted he had not recently read, nor was he actually familiar with, the details of the defense of property law. On the witness stand, the wardens attempted to influence the jury by claiming “a” bear was shot, implying this was not the animal that killed the calves.

They continued to insist the bear had left the area. They offered no explanation why they had not ordered a necropsy to prove the bear was the predator animal. Only when pressed under cross examination did wardens Zebro and Dorn finally admit the bear had not left the area and the bear shot was indeed the bear that killed the calves. At the trial, wardens suggested the bear was heading for public hunting grounds as it was chased by Mr. Rouzer as if this changed the circumstances of the situation in regards to defense of property. During pretrial hearings, the DNR and the Polk County district attorney argued that Mr.Chad Alberg, USDA wildlife specialist who had been subpoenaed as a witness, would not be testifying. Only when Judge Anderson insisted, did the DNR and district attorney relent. The behavior of the DNR wardens was unprofessional and bordered on unethical throughout this ordeal. There was no accountability up the chain of command in the DNR regarding this incident. Where is the management and oversight of these wardens? Internal DNR communications received during discovery phase of the trial show wardens complimenting themselves on the thoroughness of their investigation. Does this slipshod investigation pass for a thorough job in the DNR? Why didn’t DNR administration require a necropsy? Why didn’t DNR require wardens become versed in defense of property law before they worked with the district attorney to press charges, go to court and spend taxpayers money? Does the DNR administration encourage wardens to go to the press immediately prior to trial so the DNR perspective can influence potential jurors? Does the DNR condone threatening that a USDA employee will not honor a subpoena during pretrial hearings? In response to an inquiry by one of us (Vern Moore), DNR secretary Stepp transferred responsibility for levying charges in this case on the Polk County district attorney. Clearly, the district attorney levies charges at the request of DNR wardens. From recent communications between the Polk County district attorney and Sundvall’s attorney, Mr. Aaron Nelson of Doar, Drill and Skow, (County Ledger Press 3-16-2012), it is obvious the district attorney, Mr. Steffen, has an unprofessional attitude and lack of respect for the justice system he is supposed to uphold. Internal DNR communications show these wardens have a close working relationship with Mr. Steffen. Perhaps the unprofessionalism of the wardens has been influenced by their association with this district attorney. Although the DNR is undergoing changes as a result of the Walker administration taking office, the actions of these Northwest Wisconsin wardens and their superiors need to be investigated. The close association of these wardens with an unprofessional district attorney must be scrutinized. If the DNR administration does not address these issues, action must be taken at the gubernatorial level. Citizens should not have to defend themselves from a state agency with rogue employees and unprofessional behavior. Peggy Rode, Town of Baldwin Vern Moore, Town of Worcester

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Prison sentence for Danbury woman Sentence is stayed, for now, pending an appeal by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer SIREN - The substantial battery case against Misty D. Matrious, 27, Danbury, seemed a routine case when she entered a plea of no contest on Aug. 24, 2011. As part of a plea bargain, Matrious admitted that she hit a 27-year-old Danbury man with a metal Christmas tree stand, causing substantial injuries and double vision for life. In doing so, she passed up the chance to describe the motivating circumstances for her behavior in court. The defense attorney, the district attorney’s office and the defendant all knew that the maximum sentence for the charge was a 3-1/2-year prison sentence, but all expected a lengthy probation and potentially, a jail sentence instead. The only question remaining seemed to be who was responsible for the hospital bill. A routine presentence investigation was ordered. Any presentence investigation examines closely the defendant’s past history and recommends a sentence for the judge to consider. In this case, the presentence investigation recommended a prison sentence instead of probation in part because of two revoked probations in the past. When the defendant and defense attorney

News from Bone Lake Town Board At the town board meeting in February there was considerable public comment regarding a possible ordinance for ATV operation on town roads, after which the board requested the planning commission review the concept and make a determination as to whether such an ordinance would be in accordance with the town’s comprehensive plan. At the March town board meeting the planning commission advised they had determined such an ordinance would be acceptable with the concept of the town plan. The board opted to continue gathering information from concerned citizens and from other towns who have already adopted such ordinances, as well as listen to any further conversation at the annual meeting, and will discuss and perhaps take action on such an ordinance at the April town board meeting. The board voted to accept the contract, as revised, from NorthStar Consulting Engineers, Inc., to begin work on obtaining a permit from the WI DNR for construction of a dam on the Straight River. It was decided that the town would open the cemetery mowing operations up for bid this year. Bids will be accepted both using the town’s mowing equipment or using the bidder’s own equipment. Bids must be received prior

found out about the prison recommendation, they attempted to withdraw the nocontest plea. Judge Ken Kutz did not allow Matrious to withdraw her plea on Wednesday, March 21. He also did not ignore the presentence investigation recommendation of a prison sentence, ordering the maximium prison sentence allowed with the charge. In the sentencing hearing, Kutz acknowleged that there might have been motivating circumstances for her behavior, but explained that she also had options that would not have resulted in permanent injury to the victim. The judge also brought up the fact that alcohol was a factor in much of her problems with the law. He ordered Matrious to an in-prison treatment program for chemical dependence. Once her treatment is complete, her prison confinement is also complete. If Matrious does not undergo treatment in prison, she must complete treatment in her extended supervison. Another reason Kutz noted for the lengthly sentence was the large restitution amount of $14,377.27, the amount of the victim’s medical bills. Matrious was ordered to have no contact with the victim or the victim’s family during the sentence. She was also ordered to provide a DNA sample. The prison sentence is stayed pending an appeal.

to the board meeting on April 12. The Bone Lake Management District is working to install a camera at the Bone Lake boat launch on the north end of the lake in an effort to monitor any invasive species entering Bone Lake. Though permission was given to the district to install a camera at a meeting in 2011, it has since come to light that Lakeland Communications will require an easement to provide Internet services to the camera location. The board discussed this and will request more details regarding the installation and trenching necessary and is also waiting on the specific easement to be written before taking a vote. It is anticipated that the easement will be ready to review before the April board meeting. The town approved ordinance number 1-2012 which extends the terms of office for all current board members by one week. This ordinance was necessary pursuant to election law changes as directed by the state of Wisconsin. Doug Route continues to report regularly concerning the Polk County Citizen Advisory Committee on Land Use Rewrite. He states they are now wrapping up their work on the many shore land zoning issues. The annual meeting for the Town of Bone Lake will be Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m., at the Bone Lake Lutheran Church. The next town board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m., at the Bone Lake Lutheran Church. - submitted by Darrell Frandsen, town clerk

New officers for SCRMC group

The St. Croix Regional Medical Center Volunteer Partners recently gathered in the River Room for their annual installation ceremony and meeting. The newly installed officers (L to R) are: Carolyn TeGrootenhuis, gift shop financial manager, Mickey Gebhard, volunteer manager, Sandra Williams, installing officer, Kathy Lucken, president, Jackie Hillman, vice president and Carolie Gubusta, treasurer. Carolyn Ward was also recognized for her election to district chair. - Photo submitted

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ATV committee sets sound check for March 31 Noise issue will be laid to rest before plans for ATV park continue by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — Hoping to find out once and for all whether dust and noise from the proposed ATV park north of Luck will affect neighboring residents, a nine-member committee will be visiting those neighbors while as many as 20 ATVs drive around the park property. The date for the sound check is Saturday, March 31, with a rain date set for April 1. Established at the most recent meeting of the Luck Village Board, the committee includes officials from both the village and Town of Luck as well as residents who are on all sides of the issue. Representing the town are town Chair Dean Johansen and Supervisor Greg Marsten. From the village are Trustees Bob Determan, Ross Anderson and Phil Warhol. Citizen members are Luck ATV Club President Lisa Anderson, Chad Ogilvie, Jack Barron and Mike Carlson. The Wednesday, March 21, meeting of the ATV committee had a very different tone than earlier meetings at the town and the village halls. Only one couple was in the audience, compared with crowds of 50 or more people at the other two meetings, and the couple was there only to listen. Determan and Johansen facilitated the meeting, with village Administrator Kristina Handt also present.

The committee looking into the impact of developing an ATV park at Luck (L to R) are town Supervisor Greg Marsten, nearby residents Jack Barron and Mike Carlson, village Trustee Ross Anderson, town Chair Dean Johansen, village Trustees Bob Determan and Phil Warhol, village Administrator Kristina Handt, ATV club President Lisa Anderson and supporter Chad Ogilvie. – Photo by Mary Stirrat Acknowledging that noise and dust seem to be the biggest worries of nearby landowners, Determan asked, “Can we find a win-win?” One of the first things the committee did was discuss a suggestion made at the March 21 village board meeting — that ATVs be run on the property to see how noisy and dusty it really will be. The sooner the sound check can be done the better, they agreed, both because there are no leaves out to block the sound and because the application for a DNR grant to build the site is due April 15. “If you’re going to hear something,” said Determan, “you’re going to hear it now.” Anderson agreed, saying, “We don’t want people out there to be annoyed or to be mad.” She anticipated that, if the park is developed, there will only be a few ATVs on the five miles of winding trails at any given time. At first, she said, the park may be a

novelty that attracts a larger number of riders, but use will level out. ATVs will not be allowed in the park in winter, opening the trails to skiers or snowshoers. Some of the rules that will govern the park were discussed, including hours of operation, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the fact that the ATV club will patrol and take care of the garbage. Because they are already out and about, village law enforcement would make sure the gate is locked at night, and the village crew will open it in the morning. There will be a picnic area, eventually with a covered pavilion, said Anderson. Club members, added Ogilvie, will be diligent in patrolling the park because they will want to make sure the park stays open. “They’re not going to want a couple of yahoos wrecking it for them,” he said. Committee members checked a map of the area as they discussed the March 31

sound check to make sure that neighbors would be notified. They also planned a route they would take from home to home so that the entire committee could listen from the same places at the same time. “If it bothers those guys,” said Ross Anderson, referring to nearby neighbors, “that’s enough. If it’s detrimental to their lifestyle, why go further?” Two other possible concerns are the approaching deadline for a DNR grant that will pay all costs for developing the park and the effect the park may have on property values. Handt addressed the approaching grant deadline, saying, “It’s probably more important we go through this process than worry about the grant.” Regarding property values, Jack Barron asked if any studies have been conducted that might show whether or not an ATV park would decrease the values. Committee members will investigate this.

Group to gather public input on possible National Heritage Area designation “This is an opportunity for people and communities to imagine new possibilities for our area,” said Marty Harding of St. Croix Falls, chair of the Heritage Initiative Task Force. “The upcoming workshops will ask people to share what they feel makes the St. Croix River region special, and how we could work together to make the most of what it has to offer.” There are 49 National Heritage Areas around the United States, though none currently in Wisconsin or Minnesota. National Heritage Areas recognize places that have made important contributions to America’s history and culture. They celebrate stories, conserve natural and historic resources, and help promote economic growth

BURNETT COUNTY - Residents of Burnett County are invited to a meeting on Sunday, April 15, to help identify important stories and special places in the area and the common threads which tie together the St. Croix River region. The Heritage Initiative is hosting the discussion about the possibility of National Heritage Area designation for a region surrounding the St. Croix River and its major tributaries in Wisconsin and Minnesota.


to all the Shamwalk/Run 5K runners, walkers, sponsors and volunteers! Burnett County Family Resource Center - Co-host

Adventures Restaurant Anytime Fitness Aurora Community Counseling Bremer Bank Burnett County Drug and Alcohol Court Burnett County Sheriff’s Department Burnett Dairy Co-op Burnett Medical Center

Chattering Squirrel Coffee Café The Drive-In Restaurant Grantsburg Families First Counseling Center Fat Chick Farms Grantsburg Family Foods Fourwinds Market JB Studios Jacobson Advanced Eye Care Making Memories & More

North Country Dumpsters North Memorial Ambulance Siren Dairy Queen Siren Fire Department Subway-Siren/Frederic The Copy Shop The Lodge at Crooked Lake Wayne’s Foods Plus Yellow River Pharmacy Cashco Building Supplies Wayne Koball – Timing Director Thank You to Nace Sutherland and Jessica Tills for Building the Finish Line Siren School District, Burnett County, Siren Village and Siren Township Highway Departments

Shamwalk/Run Top Three Female Times By Age Group

Preteen: Trevor Stanford Mitchell Daniels Carter Doriott 13-16 years: Max Norman Harrison Jones Zeke Karge 17-19 years: Brian Hall

28:45.39 38:04.53 40:40.90 24:24.72 29:05.85 33:24.35

20s: Karina Swanburg Mindy Rudiger Elizabeth Hagen 30s: Nicole Ruetz Emily Ovik Kelli Eklof

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27:20.11 28:02.05 28:29.28 23:55.49 25:44.27 26:58.18

40s: Kristi Niles Valerie Jorgenson Pamela Engen 50+: Janet Swenson Eileen Tomlinson Mary Doll

Shamwalk/Run Top Three Male Times By Age Group 24:16.76 24:51.67 28:15.25 19:46.13 24:02.00 29:46.00 26:39.32

20s: Daniel Bocock Scott Ramberg Jason Bergeron 30s: Josh Bentley Dan Campion Jonathan Jordan

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Preteen: Montana Niles Emily Doriott Jade Horstman 13-16 years: Caitlynn Daniels Skyler Ruetz Hannah Jones 17-19 years: Mackenzie Swenson Madison Jones Tabitha Wanless

40s: 20:36.45 Kevin Link 20:43.09 22:21.83 Jim LeDuc 21:20.09 24:52.13 Donald Strunk 22:10.10 50+: 18:47.00 Dave Belisle 20:45.16 24:11.22 Mark Canfield 25:24.20 24:45.79 Jeff Jorgenson 25:33.74 Overall Winners: Male: Josh Bentley 18:47 • Female: Mackenzie Swenson 20:42

study, which will take place over the next 18 months. A workshop will be held Sunday, April 15, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park, 8500 CTH U, Danbury. Please R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, April 11, or by calling 715-386-9490, sending an email message to, or online at A similar workshop will be held in Washburn County on Wednesday, April 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Jerseys Ballroom & Event Center, 301 West Walnut Street in Spooner. Participants are invited to attend either event. - submitted




Osceola School Board April 3

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– I do not have my wife, or anyone in my family, working for the District. – This is a critical issue as the District establishes an employee handbook. – Served on management negotiation teams to develop labor contracts and resolve contract disputes.

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• Background.

– Have over 34 years of management experience. – Developed and implemented multimillion dollar budgets. – Directly supervised a staff of 20 employees. – Managed safety, security, equipment, computer replacement and budget programs. – Developed and presented both training and educational adult classes.


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through local partnerships. “The Burnett County Historical Society welcomes participants to attend and take part in this event,” said Steve Wierschem, director of the Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park. The heritage discovery workshops that started in February in Polk County, and will continue throughout 11 counties in the St. Croix watershed in the months ahead are an important phase of the Heritage Initiative. A task force convened by the St. Croix Valley Foundation of Hudson, has been working for two years on the project. The group held briefings around the region in February and March of 2011 and last summer decided to engage in a feasibility


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Balsam Lake Village Board contests Five candidates are seeking to fill three vacant seats by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Three Balsam Lake Village Board trustee seats are on the block next Tuesday, April 3, with five candidates running for those seats, including three incumbents, Jeff Reed, Caroline Rediske and Chris Sondrol. Challenging those incumbents are Vera Bollinger and Ryan Wildt, who are both running for the first time. Chris Sondrol (I) After serving three consecutive terms and a previous term on the Balsam Lake Plan Commission as well as the zoning board, Sondrol said he wants to continue working to move the village ahead, businesswise. “I feel we’ve put a lot of work into moving the village to that next step in growing business, without losing that small-town feel,” he said. Sondrol has a Bachelor of Science in industrial technology, and while he did not grow up in the area, he is a solid advocate of the village and longtime local business owner of Pro-Lawn, which he started in Balsam Lake in 1997. He said the village industrial park vacancies are a major concern, as well as revitalizing the downtown area and helping to enhance Main Street. “I want to just continue to move forward,” Sondrol said, noting his own passion for the park committee. “We’ve worked hard on getting more trails and making our parks even better ... and enhancing our town.” He said completing the village skate park and other pending projects really do enhance the village and help to draw tourists and business. “With my business background and being on the board for three terms, I know how the system works to benefit the village,” Sondrol said. “I want to see us move forward with due diligence on the budget.” Jeff Reed (I) The two-term incumbent Reed is the chair of the Balsam Lake Smart Growth Committee, which recently paved the

way for an ambitious series of village projects, including seeking investment for additional lodging options, Main Street revitalization and further enhancements. “I think we’re right at the start of getting some really good stuff done,” Reed said, noting the CTH I Mill Pond bridge project that should be done next year, “with no village taxpayer expense,” as well as several new business and smart growth initiatives for the downtown and the industrial park. He thinks the village is making great strides in those areas and will have a strong effect on local business growth and hopefully, local job creation. “The economy is still not great and Balsam Lake is no exception, but getting people back to work is the most important issue facing the village,” Reed said. “Getting more business on Main Street and in the industrial park means more jobs.” Reed grew up here and is a Unity High School graduate with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He said he has worked at businesses large and small, corporate and family-owned, before returning several years ago to his hometown of Balsam Lake to help assume and eventually take over the family business, Sunnyside Marina, with his brother. “We’re seeing some really good things happen here,” he said about the village he calls home. “I think the past four years (as a village trustee) has shown me how politics work and adds to my experience.” He said he is especially proud of the work of the smart growth group, which he noted has included a cross-section of community groups, business owners, residents and even economic development professionals. “We’ve put together a really broad spectrum of community interests,” he said. “I’d really like to see all of this through the end.”

Caroline A. Rediske (I) Rediske is a one-term incumbent and is running to “finish the job we’ve started.” “I love the Town of Balsam Lake and really want to serve another two years,” she said. “One term is not enough!” She sees adding and retaining current businesses as one of the prime issues facing the village and also thinks they need to enhance opportunities for new and existing businesses. Rediske is also leading

the charge for a new “pocket park” at the corner of Main Street and CTH I, across from Peper’s Service. “I‘m really proud of what’s happening with that park, and local businesses have really stepped up to make it happen,” she said. “It’s kind of my pet project.” She said it is an honor and a privilege to serve on the Balsam Lake Village Board. “I am very fortunate to reside in this wonderful community,” she said. “I feel that I bring a knowledgeable background and an insightful perspective to my trustee position, especially with the skills and experiences I have gained running my two businesses (Sew Creative and Basically Balsam) along with my recent service as a trustee for the past two years.” She said she tries to be responsive, forthcoming, open and understanding when questions and concerns arise, and wants to be an innovative thinker. Her goal is keeping Balsam Lake fiscally sound and responsible, continue road and infrastructure improvement, promote safety, beautification, business growth in both the downtown and business district, and citizen concerns. Rediske is chair of the Balsam Lake Park Committee and is a smart growth committee member. She is an active participant in the Balsam Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Balsam Lake Homeowners Association and is the village representative for the Balsam Lake Protection Rehabilitation District. “I believe I have countless opportunities to hear and listen to the needs and concerns we all have. I deeply care about the future of Balsam Lake and will continue ... making Balsam Lake a great town in which to live, work and play,” she said. “I will continue to place Balsam Lake first.”

Vera Bollinger Is running for the village board for the first time and said she has several reasons for running. “I’m retired and have lived in Balsam Lake for 22 years,” she said. “I’ve really wanted to get involved and think this is a good way to serve the community.” Bollinger has not run for elected office prior, but has served for several years on her church council and has also been president of the VFW Auxiliary district, and

has also served with the Lioness Club in the past. Her late husband served a long career in the Navy, which has given her a unique perspective on many issues, and also allowed her the experience of living in some unique places, such as Iceland for three years. She has a stepdaughter in Milltown and several local in-laws in Balsam Lake, so she is well-acquainted and tied closely to the area. Bollinger sees the lack of a lodging as a major village concern as well as more options for young people. “They need more things to do,” she said. “I just want people to know that if I am elected, I will do the best job I can do for the village,” she said. “I really want to get involved.”

Ryan Wildt Wildt is a lifelong area resident who has not run for a trustee position prior, or any elected office. “I think it’s an honor to give back to the community I grew up in,” he said. Wildt sees some of the major issues facing the village as tracking and enhancing new business to the community, while also keeping the existing businesses. “We’ve got too many empty buildings,” he said. “No hotel and no open grocery store. And the industrial park is half empty.” He also thinks the CTH I bridge and culvert project is something the village needs to move forward on and sees village infrastructure, such as aging sewer and water lines, as a problem they need to address. “It may be way down the road, budget wise, but we need to budget for it now.” He cited his running a small business for almost a decade as relevant experience, and how he had to do everything from the janitorial work to bookkeeping, maintenance and front-counter service. “Running the village is a business in itself, and I think I can help,” he said. He has a degree in graphic design and said he considers Balsam Lake “a great town” and that he is proud of the area and hopes to give back by serving on the board. “Its my first run in politics, but I consider Balsam Lake my hometown and want to help out by giving back,” he said.

Presidential primary April 3 Active Republican contest by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer NORTHWEST WISCONSIN – One

Wisconsin election contest on Tuesday, April 3, will be watched nationwide. The race is still on to decide who will be the Republican presidential candidate in November, and all the active candidates, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney

and Rick Santorum, are on the Republican presidential preference ballot, along with former candidates Michelle Bachmann and Jon Huntsman. The Wisconsin delegates to the Republican Party national convention will be decided by the out-

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come of the primary. Democrats also have a presidential primary April 3, but with one name, Barack Obama, on the ballot, the results will be less in doubt.


Quiet Polk County election April 3

Only four contested seats, three new unopposed supervisors by Gregg Westigard

Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – After a series of elections in recent years where up to half the county board was replaced, the 2012 Polk County election is very quiet. Sixteen of the 23 supervisors are running for re-election unopposed. There are also no contests for three open seats. Only three present board members are facing opponents, and two incumbents were placed in the same district when new district lines were drawn. The Leader interviewed all 11 candidates, usually in their homes. The interviews were unformatted, starting with the question “What do you want to say?” and going on from there with a free-flowing conversation. The profiles are written from a compilation of notes from those interviews. District 6 District 6 includes the village of Milltown and most of the Town of Milltown. The incumbent, Kathryn Kienholz, has served for two terms. Lester Sloper also challenged her in 2010. John Overby represented the district for many years until 2006 Kathryn Kienholz (I) Kienholz says she is enjoying the county board work and wants to do more. She says it takes time to know what is going on in county government. Kienholz says she is having a really interesting time as a county board member. The big issue is balancing what must be done now and what can be put off, Kienholz says. Putting something off can sometimes cost more in the long run. She says the county must make prudent decisions. Finding the right balance is hard. Kienholz says the present county condition is encouraging. She says the county administrator stresses economic sustainability and a structurally sound budget. She says it will be several years before the county can consider more borrowing. The county needs to redefine the goal for Golden Age Manor, Kienholz says. She says there is a need to keep GAM sustainable, operating well and off the tax levy. She wants to keep GAM going to serve senior taxpayers. Kienholz says a part of the county government’s job is to keep Polk County as great as it is. That includes keeping the county beautiful and attracting more tourists. She also want to bring more jobs here that pay real wages. Kienholz is a CPA and does tax work. She has owned property here for 22 years and lived in the Town of Milltown for 13 years. She was elected to the county board in 2008 and serves on the GAM board, where she is chair, the finance committee and the renewable energy committee. Lester Sloper Sloper says he was asked to run for the county board by several current board members. He says he wants the county to live within its budget and spend its money well. He mentioned several county programs. Sloper says one of the first places he would look at is the county library. He would look at the salary of the librarian and the cost of the library program. Golden Age Manor, the county nursing home, should stay within budget, he feels. And a new county highway shop should stay within Balsam Lake. Sloper feels the county cannot cut the roadwork and reduce the number of plow trucks. He feels that the county needs the sheriff’s field deputies, especially at night, and feels that the service is needed even though the village has its own police force. Sloper says it is worth the extra money to have the night patrol and not double dipping with the village’s police service. Sloper has spent a dozen years on the Milltown Village Board and says that government money must be spent well, saving taxes because unforeseen things come along. Sloper is a carpenter and has spent his entire life in Milltwon. District 8 District 8 is the part of the city of St. Croix Falls north of Hwy. 8. Randy Korb

ELECTION PROFILES Polk County Board was appointed to the seat last December when Wendy Rattel resigned. She had been appointed in January 2010 when Keith Rediske resigned. John Brown represented the district for many years up to 2004. Randy Korb (I) “I’m an entrepreneur,” Korb says. He is a teacher who brings nature programs to young people. He says he must plan his programs well and deliver them effectively. Korb says he must teach the students well or he won’t be asked back. As an entrepreneur, if he doesn’t work, he doesn’t get paid. He brings that attitude to his role as a county board supervisor. Korb says the board should not micromanage. It should trust the employees and encourage creativity. He has worked for governments as a teacher in the past and says institutionalization can limit creativity. Korb says he is far from a bureaucrat. Polk County has the best employees and department supervisors, Korb says. With a county administrator that is the key to good government in the county. He does not want to undo that. Korb mentions no county programs he wants to cut. But he has faith in young people, the younger county employees for instance. Korb wants to step out of their way and let them do their jobs. Korb’s joy is in bringing nature to young people, connecting them and their families to nature. He says much of what our education has done separates kids from the best life has to offer, our natural surroundings. Korb says we compromise the value of young peoples lives by taking them away from nature. Korb came to St. Croix Falls four years ago to be close to his adult daughters and be involved as a grandfather. He says the quality of life here is incomparable. Korb has been active in setting up the new Audubon Society chapter and says there are very many interesting people here, more than in the Green Bay area he came from. Korb was appointed to the county board in November and sits on the land information and land and water resources committees, both of which deal with land use issues. Tom Engel Tom Engel says he wants Polk County to be more efficient, more modern, so the taxes are spent well. He wants government programs to be run well and says the county board should take a broad view of the direction the county is going in, the larger picture, and not micromanaging. The county has a professional staff, Engel says, and he wants to make the employees a strong team, bringing them into the process. They should not feel threatened, he says. Engel says the county should be a workplace where employees can be innovative and open to new ideas. He says the county has honest, enthusiastic workers who should be able to do research and have incentives for reaching performance goals. Engel mentions programs where the county should do more. First on his list is support for the economic development corporation. He backs the work Steve Healy is doing and wants to find more incentives to bring businesses here. Engel says he is skeptical of new regulations and wants regs to be sensible. Land regulations must also be sensible and based on good science, Engel feels. He says a certain amount of zoning is appropriate to prevent pollution and correct problems for the lakes. Engel says our resources must be protected. Engel is also supportive of the county’s services to the aging. He says many county residents are coming into retirement and want to stay in their homes as long as possible. Engel says the county needs to decide what should happen to the homecare program. Engel had a career in manufacturing and is currently an international consultant, helping customers find cost reductions. He is a founding member of the county’s renewable energy committee and has worked on programs to lower energy costs for county buildings and vehicles. Engel

has lived in St. Croix Falls for 33 years. District 11 (One candidate) District 11 includes the Towns of Apple River and Beaver and the portion of Turtle Lake in Polk County. The district has been represented by the retiring Ken Sample for four years. Rodney Littlefield served from 2004 to 2008, and Rick Scoglio served from 2002 to 2004.

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Rick Scoglio Scoglio calls himself a libertarMagnafici Engel Scoglio ian. He says that means that government should not interfere with people’s lives unless their actions interfere with the lives of others. Government should not regulate the private behavior of people and should Voelker Thorman Jepsen not be in business that can be done in others. When it comes to land use, Scoglio says he should be able to do anything on his land that does not affect his neighbor. But he should not be able to do things that his neighbor Cockroft Arcand can hear or smell, that affect his neighbor’s water. ing its aging citizens. He is concerned He says that is common sense. about the community meal centers the Scoglio says government should not county operated for the seniors. A change nickel and dime the citizens. He says rais- in the program, with meals brought in ing fees too high drives away business and rather than prepared on-site, has led to makes the county an undesirable place to fewer people using the centers, less socialdo business. Scoglio says county govern- izing. Magnafici would like to see if the ment has too many committees and can be congregate dining program can be done much more efficient. He is the driving right again. force behind the referendum to reduce the Magnafici calls himself a conservative county board to 15 members. and says he is concerned about the size of Every program at the county should be the county budget. He wants to see what looked at Scoglio says. Could services like services the county needs to provide and highway be privatized with contracts for see that those services are run well. Magsnow removal, he wonders. Scoglio says nafici says the basic government services several towns including Apple River hire are roads, schools, public protection and private contractors for snow removal. It is public records. Beyond that, everything just a matter of breaking old habits, Scoglio should be looked at. Government should says. not be in competition with private busiScoglio entered the race for the county ness, he feels, but some issues raise hard board at the last moment after noone else dilemmas. For example, he mentions profiled for the open seat. He is the Apple viding home-care services to seniors living River town chair and served on a county in the far reaches of the county who are not board for one term from 2002 to 2004. He served by the private care providers. has owned Pap’s store for 30 years but has The county has good employees and debeen coming to Polk County all his life, partment heads, Magnafici says, with the spending summers at his grandfather’s ability to do their jobs. The county should summer home. trust those employees and let them get . their jobs done. He says if you are honest District 16 (One candidate) District 16 is the only new district with- with people, they will be honest with you. out an incumbent. It includes much of Magnafici says if you pay well, you will Garfield, the southern part of the Town of get the best employees and avoid the high Balsam Lake, and the eastern edge of the cost of of employee turnover. Magnafici says he is running for the Town of Garfield. Before redistricting, the old District 16 was represented since 2000 board because he is looking for a new chalby Mark Kopp, Nick Willow, Marlin Bail- lenge in his life and a way he can help the largeon, Diane Stoneking and George people in the county. He says he enjoys the Stroebel. Stoneking was the only one to be fun of asking questions and learning new things. Running for the county board is the re-elected over that period. most exciting things in his life right now, Magnafici says. Tom Magnafici Magnafici moved to Polk County from Tom Magnafici is running for the county board because he has always been inter- Illinois 13 years ago. He lives on his wife’s ested in politics and in community service. family farm. He owns a company that deBut he also wants to give something back signs and installs residential and commerto others because he says he benefited from cial irrigation systems. the help of others. Magnafici was raised in an orphanage from the age of 8 until he District 18 District 18 is the south half of the Town went off on his own at age 16. He says living in an institution as a of Osceola. This was a new district in 2002. youth gives him an empathy for elderly Dennis Radcliffe served from 2002 until people. He is concerned about caring for 2004. Larry Jepsen has served since then. the aging in the community so they can live with dignity. That includes families Cindy Thorman Concern about the way the county is caring for each other, but Magnafici is also concerned about the county’s roll in help-

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County board/from page 12 being run brought Thorman into the county board race. She says the county needs to balance declining revenues and increasing expenses. She wants to evaluate all county programs to see which services might need to be curtailed to stay within available revenue. Thorman says the challenge is how to make everything work. There are things the county should do, including public safety, roads and health, Thorman says, and the county needs to think of new ideas on how to do these things. She says the county has good employees who are doing their jobs the best they can. She says one program that is doing good is the lime quarry. Thorman says it is running well, serving people and making money. That is one service that should not be cut. The home-care program is one she wants to look at. Thorman says lots of elderly people could use the services, but she wants to know more about the county dollars needed for the program. She says some programs are needed, but they might be better served by less government and more support from the community. Thorman says her heart is in the community. She has spent much of her time revitalizing the Osceola Main Street and trying to stabilize that community. Thorman says she runs her life by putting her energy and money into the issues she speaks out about. Her goals for the county include bringing in more jobs and controlling property taxes. She says she will listen to the people. Thorman grew up near Balsam Lake and has lived in the county all her life. She develops and manages properties and is a member of the Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative Board. Larry Jepsen (I) Larry Jepsen says he is eager to carry on the work of Polk County, helping the county set its goals for the future. He wants to be a part of the process, using the experience he has gained while on the board. “We should be leading, not reacting,” Jepsen says. “We should be out in front with strategic planning. We have got to re-energize the county. The county administrator needs to know our goals.” Part of that planning involves representing the county at meetings outside the county. Jepsen said the county needs to be at the table with other counties and the state and be present and part of the discussion when new programs are being developed. Jepsen says the county is not doing its job if it is not involved. He adds that he is often the Polk County voice at regional and state meetings. We says volunteering to fill this roll is the reason his per-diem payments are higher than some. Jepsen sees many concerns as regional issues. That includes environmental issues and job development. He says the counties must work together to bring good working employment to the area, within driving distance of local workers. Jepsen says what is good for the region is good for the county. He adds that the state wants to work with regional entities, not with 72 separate counties, on development issues. Economic development is important, and Jepsen wants to give more support to Steve Healy and the economic development corporation. He says tourism will play a strong roll in Polk County’s future, and the county needs to invest more to bring tourists here. Jepsen says this is another topic where Polk County can network with other counties for the common good. The census figures show a growth in baby boomers, Jepsen says, with more people retiring here. He says part of that benefit is the growth in sales taxes from the spending of this group. Jepsen says sales tax revenue is easy money, and the more sales tax the county gets, the less property tax it needs. He says the growth in the retiree means more of them will need services to help them stay in their homes, and he doesn’t want to cut the county’s home-care program without a thorough study. Jepsen was elected to the county board in 2004 and served two years as county board chair. He is chair of the property committee and serves on the land and water committee. He has lived in Polk County all his life and owns a trophy business. District 22 District 22 includes most of Black Brook and the southern part of Amery. It is a combination of much of the old District 13 and part of the old District 22. District 13 was a new district in 2002. Eugene Sollman served from 2002 to 2006, when Arcand won the seat. District 22 was represented since 2002 by Walter “Bud” Lee, Jerome Anderson, Charles Hansen and Art Gamache before Larry Voelker was appointed in 2008. Larry Voelker (I) Larry Voelker wants to maintain the rural environment of Polk County. He says that is why he lives here. To him that means maintaining the roads, supporting public pro-

tection and maintaining the infrastructure. Voelker says that includes protecting the environment, the air and the groundwater. But there can be too many rules, regulations, permits and conditions. There is a fine line between protecting the area and overregulating he says. Frac sand mining is a major issue in the county’s future, Voelker says, and he serves on the two committees that will deal with the new mining issues. Land information will deal with the zoning and land use issues, including protecting the groundwater. Highway will deal with the road conditions resulting from the large increase in heavy truck traffic. Voekler says the experience he has gained being on the committees will help him make good decisions about the coming issues. Voelker says the full-time administrator is good. He says the county is big business, and little groups should not oversee the operations. He said there were too many pet projects, too much waste before the administrator started. Voelker says people work hard for their money, and he is bothered by wasteful spending. The county must live within its means, Voelker says, and maintain the current level of service without borrowing, except when borrowing is well-justified in an orderly and educated fashion. He says the county must plan ahead for large expenditures like a highway shop. Voelker strongly supports Golden Age Manor. He says the county’s seniors have paid their dues over the years, and the county should provide for the services that help them maintain a good quality of life and let them enjoy their last years. There are two sides to many issues, Voelker says, and it takes time to learn about the county and study the issues. He says a primary function of government is to care for people, and it takes study to identify the places where government needs to be involved. Voelker says the county needs good planning for the future to avoid last-minute projects and crisis decisions. Voelker moved to the county in 1979. He was appointed to the county board in December 2008. Voelker maintains high-tech medical equipment at the Veterans Administration hospital. Russ Arcand Money is always a big issue for the county, Arcand says. People who pay the taxes feel they are not using the county services. They feel that the consumers who use the services, especially the human services, abuse things and don’t pay taxes. Most taxpayers have no idea where the money comes from and where it goes. Arcand says they don’t understand. Arcand says things are not abused. The county budget is fairly bare bones. It has been shut down as low as it can get, with very little to cut. There is no money for a big issue like a highway building. The county can’t afford it, it is not in the budget and the county can’t raise taxes. “It is easier to be in government now, with an administrator,” Arcand says. “We don’t do the work. Administration and staff does.” Arcand says that without Dana Frey, the county administrator, the county would be in huge trouble and that it was in trouble before Frey came. In the old days, vacancies were filled automatically. Now each job is looked at and some are combined. Arcand points out the Human Services Department where management was combined and three supervisor jobs eliminated, resulting in better management. He says the county must get a lot smarter and double up on its resources. Polk County has good employees, and the workers should be given more authority and responsibility, Arcand says. We should give them more choice on what to do. When we trust them, it does something for them. It can be more compensation than money. This has already happened in human service. The committees are getting less important now that there is an administrator, Arcand says. Things can happen without committee approval. He says that more supervisors are starting to see that there is not much action at many committee meetings. Arcand said, “We will not do anything at the human services meeting next week.” He said he is on the county board to conduct business, but it is hard to go to a meeting when there are no items on the

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Jared Cockroft Public service is part of Jared Cockroft’s family. Both his parents were schoolteachers, and every generation of his family has served in the military. When an open seat arose on the county board, he was willing to run for the position. Cockroft said he is surprised by the apathy of citizens and the fact that no one else was willing to run for the open seat. He says that citizenship comes with responsibilities. Cockroft says that the public often does not grasp that the county is more than the dollar amount spent. He says that perception is reality for the public and the public needs to be informed about what the county does. For example, he mentions the positive things that human services does and how much more would be spent if human services wasn’t there. Cockroft is not coming on the board to cut programs. He says that programs are in place because there was a need and the programs had to be sold to be established. One program he supports is Golden Age Manor. He says it serves the greatest generation, the ones who started it. But he says he needs to study the money issues of GAM. On personnel issues, Cockroft says employee morale is the main issue. He says people are inherently good. Give the employees good feedback and you get more for less cost. It is a win/win situation. Positive, open communications and perceived fairness at the workplace get good results. Happy employees do a good job and that saves money, Cockroft says. He said the county administrator and Sheriff Pete Johnson are doing a good job of treating the employees with trust and respect. Cockroft says the county department heads are doing fine. They need to be given the tools to run their departments, and the employees need to be given the tools to do their jobs. Cockroft has been in law enforcement for 21 years, including nine years with Polk County. He is currently on the St. Croix Falls police force. He has lived in the county all his life and is an Amery graduate.


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One contested race for Burnett County Board; two unopposed seats; one with no candidates ELECTION PROFILES Burnett County Board BURNETT COUNTY - There is just one contested race for the Burnett County Board next Tuesday, April 3, in District 15, where incumbent Rick Anderson is being challenged by Dave McGrane. There are no candidates for District 3, the seat held since 2004 by Eldon Friese, who has chosen to not seek re-election. In District 4, Jeremy Gronski is running unopposed for the seat most recently held by Priscilla Bauer, who is not seeing re-election. In District 2, Dale Dresel is running unopposed for the seat most recently held by Jim Sundquist. Following are profiles of each candidate.

District 15 race Rick Anderson – incumbent

I have been on the Burnett County Board of Supervisors since my first election in April of 2006, so this will be my fourth time standing for election, and coincidentally my first time not running unopposed. Currently I am the second vice chairman and serve on the infrastructure and administration committees. I am also the county's represenative on the loan board for the Northwest Regional Economic Development Fund, plus I serve as chair for the WCA Group Health Trust Claims Review Committee, and also serve on the claims review committee for the Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation. The infrastructure committee deals primarily with airport, buildings and grounds, and the county highway department, while the administration committee deals with personnel, plus all the financial issues before the county. My wife, Jacky, and I live in the village of Siren and together own the Fishbowl Insurance Agency, which has offices in Siren, Webster and Minong. I am a graduate of Siren High School and received my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Since my degree is in business administration and economics, with an emphasis in finance, I believe I can be of the most help on the administration committee where I have served for the last two years, and if re-elected will continue to serve. When I run for a public board such as the county I never really have a specific agenda, or a compunction to get one specific item accomplished. I would rather say that I will be a good steward of the public resources and do everything in my power to see that they are administered fairly and equitably.

Dave McGrane - challenger

I grew up on the east side of St Paul, Minn. I attended Harding High School, the University of Minnesota and Michigan State University. I worked in the warehousing and transportation business, later owning a warehousing and transportation business. I was elected president of the Minnesota Northwest Warehouseman’s Association. I was on the board of directors of the Association of Manufacturers Reps. I was a member of the Delta Nu Alpha fraternity. I retired in 2000 and moved from White Bear Lake, Minn. and moved to Siren in 2001.

I am married to Diane McGrane who works at the Siren clinic as receptionist and medical records. We have five children and nine grandchildren. I have served as board chair for CRA in Milltown, board chair for DSI in Siren,and board chair of Restorative Justice of Northwest Wis. and vice chair of Habitat for Humanity. I am currently back on the board of DSI. I am a member of ADRC, vice president of the Siren School Board and on the board of CUE. I am a longtime member of the Moose Lodge and Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren. I am running for the county board to serve all my constituents but with most concentration on our elderly to make sure they are being served properly with services that are available to them. I hope to bring a new perspective to the county and be as involved as necessary to make sure all of our tax dollars are used wisely. I will ask that, if elected, you will feel free to contact me and let me know how we can help. I may not be able to answer your question as you want but you will surely know why.

District 4 – unopposed Jeremy Gronski

I have resided in the Town of Anderson with my wife Nicky and two daughters, Tiffany, 7, and Sidney, 5, since 2001. I grew up in Luck and graduated from Luck High School. My occupations are carpenter and parent. I currently serve as the chairman for the Town of Anderson, chairman of the Anderson planning commission, and vice president of the Grantsburg Fire Association. I decided to run for a seat on the board when no other people were interested in running for the District 4 seat. I feel the most important issues for Burnett County are the budget, zoning and land use. My experience with public service from working on the comprehensive plan at the county and town level will help me be effective at the county board right away.

Dale Dresel

District 2 – unopposed

I reside in Grantsburg. I started Dresel Construction in 1948 and operated the business until selling it this year. While owning my construction company, I have been involved in building airports, dams, parks and watershed projects, so I have extensive experience with planning and constructing public works projects. As a construction company owner, I have dealt with banks, lawyers and finance companies, all of which have given me experience and knowledge in developing budgets and negotiating contracts. Since 1999 I have served several terms on the Grantsburg Village Board. While on the board, I felt my role was to promote the city, not my construction company. Serving on the Grantsburg Village Board has given me a great deal of governmental experience. I have an interest in this county, I like it here, and that is why I am running for the county board of supervisors. I feel land use and highway maintenance are two important issues for which my experience as a construction company owner and village board trustee will be valuable. I am more conservative and feel there are too many regulations and too much bureaucracy in government. This is a good community, and I feel I can help to make it better. I will do my best to represent the people.

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More pool questions posed at school board meeting by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg School Board members were full of questions after yet another discussion on the future of the Grantsburg Pool. During the board’s Monday, March 26, meeting, Superintendent Burgin asked to give an update on the status of the pool under committee reports. Burgin told the board there are 330 student swimming lesson registrations. Parents have been sent letters notifying them the pool may not be open for summer school. The village had set March 16 as the deadline for getting the needed donations for keeping the pool open. After that date passed without meeting that goal, the board voted to not fund the pool for the 2012 season. Burgin said she had contacted the village staff to find out the status of the fundraising effort and reported fundraising has been slow. Burgin told the board it was her understanding $20,000 was still needed in order to open the pool for the season. Burgin said people who donated to the pool fundraising effort a few years ago may be hesitant to give now, feeling no long-range plans were made for the pool’s continued operation. “People feel they may be throwing money at the wind,” commented Burgin. Burgin said she had been on the phone with several community members in an effort to raise more funds to be able to open the pool at least for swimming lessons. An application for a grant from the Farmers Independent Telephone Company was apparently not submitted before the deadline, reported Burgin. Burgin said previously the phone company had given a $20,000 grant but since the grant process was over, no further requests for funds would be considered for this year. “We are tapped out,” said Burgin when asked if there were any spend-down funds available to use for the pool. A discussion by the board followed ending with members having more questions than answers. Board member David Dahlberg said he had a figure of $24,000 needed to run the pool just for swimming lessons and

$35,000 needed for the full summer season. Differing reports as to how much in donations have been received in 2012, with as much as a $10,000 discrepancy between them, left board members frustrated. “I would like to see a report from the village with the numbers,” said board member Chris Erickson. “We need to know the bottom line.” “The village is wrestling with their budget, too,” said Burgin. “They had to cut $164,000.” “We haven’t been negligent with funds for the pool,” remarked Burgin, who then went on to list the school’s yearly contributions to the pool operating expenses. Since 2006, the school has made contributions toward fuel, electricity, water/sewer, chemicals and other pool maintenance as well as for pool staff wages, including lifeguards, certified instructors, teachers and walkers. Each year the contribution made by the district has increased with the 2011 contribution totaling $19,140. Several board members then voiced negative comments related to the village’s decision to no longer fund the pool’s operation. “I still question when the village made the decision to give up running the golf course why they didn’t reduce staff,’’ said Dahlberg. “The village can spend $15,000 tearing down a building but not to open the pool,” commented board member Jim Sundquist. “Personally, I feel we won’t get any more money from the village,” stated Dahlberg. Burgin then commented on the SEARCH Institute survey, Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors, that measures Grantsburg students assets compared to 40 developmental assets. “These assets are protective factors and help students to thrive and be resilient,” Burgin explained. “The more assets our youth have, the better they learn in school and the less prone they are to participate in risk-taking behaviors ... like drinking and driving, sex, drugs, crime, etc.” “We survey our students every three years to see if our efforts are helping to increase the assets in our students. We want them to have lots of protective assets,”

said Burgin. Burgin said that since 2003 students have reported lower scores on the Community Values Youth Asset - How a young person perceives adults in the community value youth. “The youth in our community don’t feel valued.” “What are kids going to think when the pool doesn’t open,” questioned Burgin. “We have little kids at the elementary school collecting pennies to keep the pool open.” “Keeping the pool available is one way the village can show they value our youth,” said Burgin. “Our students are watching and talking about this and want the pool to be kept open. Village leaders need to ensure that Grantsburg is family friendly and that our families and youth are valued.” The discussion then came back to how much money is still needed to open the pool for summer school and the season. The question was raised if the $10,000 the village budgeted for the pool’s operation for this year could be used for swimming lessons. “I think we need a problem-solving meeting with the village before we let this go,” stated Burgin, with all board members in agreement. Burgin’s final comment before moving on to other board business that it would take a “Hail Mary” from the fund balance to keep the pool open, drew this response from Sundquist, “It’s too bad.” A joint meeting with the village and school board members later was set for Thursday, March 29, at 5 p.m.

In other board business Burgin reported teacher contract negotiations are staled statewide. The district has the draft rules from the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission for the calculation of maximum base wage increases for general municipal employees, but they are only draft. The draft is awaiting approval from the governor, but he may have some issues with the draft, causing the delay. Sundquist asked how this would affect negotiations with the district’s teachers. Burgin said the district’s attorney would not provide the costing for contract negotiations until the ERC rules are approved at the state level. “The board can’t

finalize the teachers contract on draft rules that may be changed,” Burgin told the board. “We will need to wait until the state provides clear guidance.” The board approved a recommendation from athletic director Mike Amundson to accept the low bid from Premium Bleacher of $11, 270 to make adjustments and repairs to the high school gym bleachers. An extra step will be added to the bottom of bleachers so there isn’t as a big step up onto the bleachers. Railings will also be added and a section of bleachers will be cut out to accommodate wheelchairs. Amundson said approximately four 4foot sections will be lost cutting into the bleachers for the handicap access, reducing seating. Board member Russ Erickson, who brought the need for the bleacher upgrades to the board’s attention, commented the plan did not include extra steps being added in between the rows but just at the bottom. Erickson said he had hoped extra steps between rows could be installed to make it easier for people to get up and down the bleachers. Amundson said the purpose was to reduce the amount of step up on to the bleachers. He noted because of the age of the bleachers it wasn’t feasible to put in additional steps, as that would require cutting into the bleachers and would weaken the structure. Amundson also reported he had a $1,700 bid to repair the seams on the track. “We will repair the seams but not any overlay,” Amundson explained. “The track will be needing a new asphalt surface in the future at a cost of approximately $25,000,” Amundson told the board. The board then considered a change to the benefit proration for part-time teachers. The new plan is a straight pro-ration of benefits. Teachers must work at least 50 percent to qualify for benefits. The former plan gave 75-percent benefits for contracts over 50 percent and 100-percent benefits for contracts at 75 percent. The board approved Grantsburg High School physical education instructor Adam Hale as head football coach.

Library event scaled down after complaints “Supernatural” not so super by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – At the St. Croix Falls City Council meeting March 26, Sarah Adams, library director, gave her report to the council. Also present was Loreen Clayton-Morrell, president of Friends of the St. Croix Falls Library. Both reported that after hearing a few harsh complaints and even receiving threats about the upcoming “Supernatural” events planned as a Friends of the Library Fundraiser, the decision was to scale back the event rather than alienate some of the upset library users. The event takes place April 13 and 14 (See story, page 2). It initially included several events that were built around supernatural and paranormal topics. Some of the negative communication the library received pointed a finger at the library for promoting these things, saying they were not appropriate for the youth or other members of the community. “We built the event around the interest in the unusual and paranormal things like the shows on cable TV and went with that theme,” said Adams. “We made some adjustments after the feedback from some persons in the community. While the masses were small, they were mighty.” “It’s unfortunate that things happened in the last week,” said Clayton-Morrell. “We cut the entire afternoon of the program out, which is unfortunate. Our intent was to raise money for the library. We received some rather threatening communication and decided to change things.” It was noted during the communication with the council that the library intent was to have an interesting event to help raise

funds, not an intent of evil. The council thanked the Friends for being so flexible and understanding and for their efforts to help raise funds for the library. In other business, the council heard from the St. Croix Falls Lions Club. They invited the council to the anniversary celebration of the Lions Club on April 21. They also discussed the fishing pier, rain garden and enhancements to Lions Park after the last council meeting when the council tabled both the rain garden and fishing pier issues. Steve Jensen, Lions district representative, stated that the Lions Club can apply for the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grant that would help pay for several enhancements to Lions Park. In order to do that, the city will need to add/update its recreation comprehensive plan. This plan is different than the comprehensive plan, this plan was last updated in 1996 and includes recreation only. The updating would be to include new recreation areas and improvements made to the city since including the Wert Nature Preserve, Park Rosemarie and others. The council and Lions seemed to have a mutual agreement to work together to update the plan and therefore qualify to apply for the stewardship grant. No action was taken as the matter was informational and was public comment. The council approved the request for a handicapped parking space on Thompson Parkway at the request of an apartment building owner who has a tenant that is in need of a handicapped parking space. Because the parking is located on the city street, the city needed to approve the designation of the space. The council also discussed the EMS plan that St. Croix Regional Medical Center has to house on-call employees at the

home on the corner of Roosevelt and State Street and to build or enlarge the existing garage to house an ambulance. The council would have to rezone the property from residential to commercial in order for an ambulance to be housed on-site. The thought was that with the house as a residential stay for employees, they could be close to the medical center if there was a need to share on trauma or emergency personnel in the emergency room during any downtime for the on-call employees. Because the rezoning could allow the medical center to change the appearance of the location and the council’s concern about the transition on the artery into downtown not being a smooth residential to commercial development if the appearance of that property changed, they tabled the issue. The council can include stipulations for how the property should look on a conditional use permit, but they felt they would be more comfortable seeing a design plan for the garage before granting the rezoning. The council also discussed getting approval from the DNR for an off-site sludge storage site for the wastewater treatment plant. This would prolong the life of the plant, and may actually speed up the process on the wastewater treatment plant upgrade. The council authorized Mike Bryant to submit the request to the DNR and get the ball rolling on the off-site location. Lastly, the council discussed citywide cleanup. Due to the layoff of a public works employee, the city crew does not have the time or manpower it once did to do spring cleanup pickup. It was the decision of Joel Peck, city administrator, to discontinue the use of city trucks and crew driving around daily during spring

cleanup. He asked the council for direction on his recommendation. The council discussed the concerns of persons who may not be able to haul their own yard waste, such as elderly persons. The council did seem to agree that due to the budget cut by cutting an employee and all the other things in the city that need attention, they supported Peck in his decision.

School board makes quick work of routine business SIREN – Compared to several busy months of whirlwind committee work, Siren School Board’s Monday, March 26, meeting seemed quick and easy. In addition to managing regular administrative business, like approving the minutes from other meetings, the board approved three youth option applications for next year, approved a tuition agreement for an early childhood student with the Frederic School District and reviewed a few proposed policy changes. In closed session, the board approved hiring Joel Anderson as the junior varsity baseball coach for this spring and approved a Wall of Honor nominee to be announced at May’s graduation. – by Jean Koelz, with submitted information


Two women face fifth DUI charges Felony charges pending in unrelated incidents. by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Two women are facing felony fifth DUI charges after two unrelated incidents, three days apart. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, the first incident occurred at close to midnight on Tuesday, March 20, when a 911 call came in that a woman had left the St. Croix Regional Medical Center in a van that left without having headlights on. A corresponding report came in moments later on Hwy. 8. Police stopped the van a short time

later, and the officer noticed an odor of intoxicants. The driver was later identified as Tammy Stark, 46, Luck. She admitted to drinking several shots and drinks and was apologetic, but she registered a blood alTammy Stark cohol concentration of .149 percent, almost twice the legal limit. She was arrested for her fifth DUI, with previous convictions going back to the year 2000 and four total DUIs in the period since. Stark has yet to make an initial court appearance on the matter.

Polk County authorities arrested another driver for a fifth DUI three days later, this time after several other drivers called 911 and noted to police that a woman was driving erratically while eastbound on Hwy. Lori Dixon 8 on the evening of Friday, March 23. Police were able to stop the car a short time later on Hwy. 87, north of St. Croix Falls, after the officer also took notice of the erratic driving. The car was pulled over without incident and immediately the deputy noticed the odor of intoxi-

cants. The driver was identified as Lori Dixon, 53, Woodbury, Minn. She admitted to having consumed a Bloody Mary and a beer four hours earlier, but later registered a blood alcohol concentration of .23 percent, which is almost three times the legal limit. She was arrested and charged with felony driving while intoxicated, fifth, after four previous convictions. Dixon made an initial appearance before Judge Jeffery Anderson on Monday, March 26, where he set a $750 cash bond on her freedom. Her preliminary hearing is now set for June 15, with the court order not to drink any alcohol, with random testing for compliance.

Man faces charges after injury rollover Passenger suffers serious injury in alcohol-related crash by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer CLEAR LAKE – A 21-year-old Emerald man is facing serious charges after a crash resulted in his passenger suffering serious injuries east of Clear Lake over the weekend. The one-vehicle crash occurred just before midnight on Sunday, March 25 near the intersection of 30th Avenue/CTH A and 20th Street, roughly midway between

Hwy. 8 bridge project delayed Last-minute signing changes noted as reason by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The looming and previously controversial Hwy. 8 bridge reconstruction project that was slated to start this week has now been delayed for another week, according to WisDOT Regional Communication Manager Christine Ouellette. “Due to a delay in receiving signs for our detour route for trucks, the U.S. 8 bridge project is now expected to begin April 2,” she said in a news release on Wednesday, March 28. The project is expected to run for much of the summer, concluding in either late July or early August, weather permitting. It includes numerous bridge and approach maintenance projects and deck resurfacing. The project signage had to be changed at the last minute, after a huge public outcry when WisDOT revealed initial plans to detour all westbound Hwy. 8 traffic through Osceola. Dozens of business owners began a petition and raised their voices loudly over worries of a summer without tourists in both Taylors Falls and St. Croix Falls, due to the one-way detour plans. The outcry worked, and WisDOT did an about-face and changed the plans in recent weeks. Now only trucks will be detoured south to Osceola on the Hwy. 243 bridge into Minnesota. Ouellette and others had expressed concern about the new time line for signage, due to the detour changes. Typical vehicle traffic will still be allowed in both directions for the duration of the project, with two 10-foot-wide lanes, now only truck traffic will be forced to use the Osceola detour. WisDOT is the lead agency on the project, which is still set to run in two stages and includes improved approaches, sidewalks, enhanced architectural treatments on the abutments and improved aesthetics on both sides of the river, as well as necessary deck resurfacing. Most of the cost of the rehab project is federally funded, with Wisconsin providing 20 percent of the final cost.

Clear Lake and Clayton. The driver is being named now as Brent Matter, and he was later taken into custody for driving while intoxicated, and is facing likely charges of causing injury during the Brent Matter DUI. The crash left his passenger with serious injuries, and she required extrication from the vehicle after it rolled over in a steep ditch. The woman has not been named, but according to Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson, she appears to have suffered serious head injuries, as well as a broken arm and possibly more. “She was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital, although we don’t know the full extent of her injuries,” Johnson said. According to the police narrative, the female passenger was able to confirm that Matter was the driver, something he had initially denied after being taken to the

The Chrysler 300 rollover Sunday, March 25, between Clear Lake and Clayton, left the passenger with serious head injuries, and the driver, Brent Matter, facing charges. – Photo by Greg Marsten

Amery Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. The police report later states that upon further questioning, Matter did eventually confirm that he was the driver, and after officers noted a smell of alcohol, Matter was given a battery of tests, and registered a .20 blood alcohol concentration, which is over twice the legal limit. In later interviews, he stated to drinking “maybe a 12 pack” of beer at a Reeve sports bar, and he also told police that he did not know he had crashed. He told police he recalled seeing a turkey in the road, but that he was not sure if it was that night

or the night prior. Matter later submitted to a blood draw and was issued a citation. He made an initial appearance before Judge Jeffery Anderson in Polk County Circuit Court on Monday, March 26, where he placed a $500 bond on his freedom. His next court appearance was scheduled for June 15. Matter was ordered not to consume alcohol and is subject to random testing to establish compliance. The injured passenger’s identity had not been released by press time, and her condition status was also unknown.

Gov. Walker announces nearly $285,000 in county forest road aids Burnett County to receive $11,037.78, Polk County to receive $2,389.01 MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker announced Thursday, March 22, that 24 Wisconsin counties will share $284,700 in state funds to help maintain and improve public roads in county forests. The 2012 fiscal year funds are distributed through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s County Forest Road Aids program. They will help improve more than 900 miles of public roads within county forests. Marinette County, with more than 220 miles of eligible county forest roads, will receive the largest payment of nearly $70,400. “These funds will help cover county costs associated with improving and maintaining public roads within county forests,” said Walker. “This is another example of how the state partners with local governments to enhance our transportation system and quality of life.” To qualify for the state funding, roads must meet minimum design standards of a 16-foot surface width and a 20-foot roadway width; must be located within county forests; must be open and used for travel; and cannot be town roads, county or state highways. County Forest Road Aids are separate from the larger General Transportation Aids program. GTA returns to local governments nearly 19 percent of all state-collected transportation revenues, fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, helping offset the cost of county and municipal road construction, maintenance, traffic and other transportation-related costs. Counties and the amount of County Forest Road Aids being distributed are listed at right. — from WisDOT


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Donuts and Dads at Nelson School

LEFT: Josie Doskocil smiled as she hugged her dad, Jason, during the Donuts for Dads breakfast at Nelson School on March 22. ABOVE: Lane Hennessey reads with his dad, John, during the breakfast held at Nelson school on Thursday, March 22. UPPER RIGHT: Willie and Kaylee Taylor gave each other a smile as they enjoyed donuts and chocolate milk for breakfast at Nelson School last week. RIGHT: Brian Anderson followed along as daughter Angil Saenger read him a story in her kindergarten classroom last week during the Donuts for Dads morning at Nelson School. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Grantsburg Legion steak dinner baseball fundrasier

ABOVE: Over 220 people came out for a steak dinner and to support the Grantsburg baseball team Saturday evening, March 24, at the Legion Hall in Grantsburg.

LEFT: Grantsburg baseball team member Bryce Ryan served supporter Mike Moritz during the Grantsburg Legion steak dinner baseball fundraiser on Saturday, March 24.

– Photos by Priscilla Bauer

RIGHT: Jackson Gerber got ready to sample his steak at the Legion steak dinner Saturday. The dinner was held as an annual fundraiser for the Grantsburg baseball team.

LEFT: The steaks were sizzling for the diners coming to the Legion steak dinner baseball fundraiser last Saturday night. The guys doing the grilling were (L to R): Josh Hayes, Mark Loomis, Devin Eckstrom and Corey Sandberg.





Softball teams usher in a new era for 2012

Luck and Frederic combine forces to try to shake up the West Lakeland

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FREDERIC – After five seasons of coaching the Frederic Vikings softball team, Erin Hansford and assistant coach Brad Schmidt are entering a new era of softball for 2012. The addition of Luck to the softball program has significantly bolstered the talent already this season, and the transition has been going smoothly so far, according to Hansford, but the transformation really started to take root before last Christmas, during one of the first team meetings. “Our parents meeting was so bad,” said Frederic senior pitcher Corissa Schmidt, but she didn’t mean it in a negative way. “We were at the back table just talking and Coach just kept telling us to shut up, and we were like ‘hey, we’re just getting along with our teammates.’” The camaraderie of the group was obvious during practice on Monday, March 26, in Frederic, where the team will practice and play all of its home games. “We were friends with them before softball so it was just like we were already a team together,” said senior Maria Miller, also of Frederic. With over 20 girls on the roster, there’s a renewed sense of excitement among the players but also with Hansford, who has had a successful program over the years, but not much to choose from with low participation numbers. The addition of Luck has not only added talent, but will allow the team to schedule junior varsity games as well, giving athletes more playing time and experience once they hit the high school level of play. “This is the first time I’ve felt like we’re going to have a solid nine, and excess,” said Hansford. “We’ve never … ever had a bench. We’ve always had to just wing it. It’s really exciting to have extra players.”

Frederic’s Corissa Schmidt displays the new Luck/Frederic logo during practice.

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••• STATEWIDE – The Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association announced the 2012 All-State boys and girls basketball teams for the 2011-12

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Luck/Frederic softball head coach Erin Hansford has a long line of talent to choose from this season with Luck and Frederic joining forces in spring sports. – Photos by Marty Seeger Comments have been nothing but positive from the players, Hansford said, and the balance on the field shows a fairly even mix of girls from both Frederic and Luck. Schmidt will be the likely favorite to be the team’s starting pitcher this season, and will have a great backstop in all-conference catcher Avery Steen of Luck. There’s also depth in pitching with Maia Lehmann of Luck, freshman Mya Rivera of Frederic and Abby Otto of Luck. “There’s a couple positions that we’re still really not sure about, and it’s all going to come down to who’s hitting the ball. I don’t care if you’re a so-so player. If you’re hitting the ball, I’m finding somewhere for

Maia Lehmann of Luck hauls in a pop-fly in centerfield during a recent practice.

you to play,” Hansford said. Team uniforms were handed out for the first time on Monday, but Hansford said they haven’t picked out a mascot, and likely won’t. She says they’ll probably stick to Luck/Frederic for now, as it represents both schools. For now, she’ll focus her efforts on bringing a long list of talent together in 2012, who she hopes will make waves in the West Lakeland Conference.

Grantsburg Pirates Coach Don Bjelland says this year’s Pirate softball team could be one of his most solid in the program’s storied history, which says a lot considering the program boasts 11 conference titles, nine regional championships, four sectional titles and two state championship trophies since 2000. Although the team lost 8-7 in 11 innings during the sectional semifinal against Hurley last season, and 3-2 in nine innings against Arcadia in 2010, the Pirates are poised to take 2012 by storm. Backed by four solid pitchers and eight returning juniors, who all have potential to be starters, the Pirates are bringing back a solid core of players with athleticism, youth and also experience. “There’ll be some shared time for sure, but that’s kind of a nice luxury to have. We’ve got two junior pitchers that are solid, and then a sophomore and a freshman. And they all throw good,” Bjelland said, but added he won’t be rotating his pitching staff, as he often did last year with his three main arms. Although he says this is a promising team with a lot of talent, one thing stands

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basketball season, and four area players made the list of honorable mentions. From the Division 5 boys basketball team, Siren’s Murdock Smith and Elijah Hinze were two Daniel Biorn of the seven players nominated as honorable mentions. Clayton’s Matt Gretzlock made the D5 All-State team among the 10 chosen. For Division 4, Grantsburg’s Daniel Biorn was among the 11 playAvery Steen ers named as honorable mentions, and for the Division 5 girls All-State team, Avery Steen of Luck was nominated as an honorable mention among seven others chosen. – Marty Seeger with information from ••• GRANTSBURG – Current Grantsburg girls basketball coach Adam Hale will assume a new role this fall when he takes over as head coach of the Grantsburg football team. The hiring was approved during Grantsburg’s monthly school board meeting. Hale was an assistant football coach last season and is replacing longtime coach Keith Lehne after Lehne retired after the season last fall. ••• LEADER LAND – The Amery at St. Croix Falls baseball game scheduled for Monday, April 2, can be heard on 1260 AM, beginning at 5 p.m. ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete playing collegiate sports in 2012 who hasn’t been mentioned, send us an email or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger

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Frederic girls selected to play in all-star game Both hope to raise money to fight childhood cancer by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FREDERIC – Like many others throughout the community, and world, Frederic seniors Maria Miller and Corissa Schmidt are familiar with how cancer can affect the lives of others. Both have had grandmothers who have had cancer, or are currently battling cancer, and other close relatives who have shared in the battle. Now they’ll get the chance to help fight back, after both were selected to play in the Wisconsin state girls basketball all-star game at Wisconsin Dells on June 15. The 28th-annual event not only features the top senior basketball players in each of the five divisions in the state, but helps raise money for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund. Miller and Schmidt are asked to help raise $500 each for the cause. “We want to do a lot more than that though,” said Schmidt. Both she and Miller have set a goal to raise as much as $4,000. They’ve already sent letters to friends, family and local businesses, and have plans to try to hold some sort of

Maria Miller fundraiser to help in their efforts. They have until May 1 to reach their goal. Only one other Frederic girl in school history has been selected to play in the allstar game, and both Miller and Schmidt are excited for the opportunity to play against some of the best competition Division 5 has to offer. They were chosen

Corissa Schmidt based on some of the statistics they accumulated during the basketball season, but also with the help of coach Troy Wink, who spoke on their behalf at a Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association meeting. The players are then voted in by other coaches from the WBCA. They’ll spend nearly a week practicing

under head coach Allen Guthman of Owen-Withee, and stay with a host family in Owen, while also experiencing some of the tourist attractions in Wisconsin Dells. Both the girls and boys games will be played at the Just a Game Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells. The girls play on Friday, June 15, and boys play Saturday, June 16. Frederic senior Waylon Buck was also nominated to play in the all-star game, but was chosen as an alternate player in the event that someone is injured. There are four games with a team from the north going up against a team from the south. Although Miller and Schmidt are excited to hit the court again, they seemed even more excited about the opportunity to help raise money to fight childhood cancer. “Just knowing that we helped with this will be really cool,” Miller said. Over the next month, Miller and Schmidt will be busy trying to reach their fundraising goal of $4,000. They have several ideas in the works and will continue to update those in their community. Anyone interested in donating or being a sponsor can contact Schmidt at 715-5663174, or Miller at 715-529-4785. Contributions are tax deductible and can be sent directly to either Miller or Schmidt, and payable to the WBCA/MACC fund. For more information, visit

High Flyers completing successful season

LEFT: The St. Croix Falls High Flyers wrestling team completed another great season last week. They had a very successful year, qualifying four to the state tournament. ABOVE: Four members of the St. Croix Falls High Flyers wrestling team qualified for state this year. Pictured (L to R) are: Noah Berg, Luke Clark, Clay Carney and Luke Thaemert. – Photos submitted

Softball preview/continued out in the fact that it’s a relatively quiet team. “We’re going to practice celebrating,” Bjelland said with a laugh, but was serious too, in the fact that he feels celebrating is an important part of the game. “Enjoying the game, and having fun. When somebody makes a play, you celebrate together. That’s part of building your confidence and momentum.” Or perhaps this Pirates team will create their own noise by simply winning, as they’ve done over the past three seasons. Since 2009, the year in which Grantsburg won a state championship, they haven’t lost a single regular-season game. Their only two losses since then came during sectionals, so the goals are once again high for 2012. “I think we’ll be pretty solid in every area, but I’m never satisfied, so it doesn’t mean we’re not going to keep working hard at it,” Bjelland said.

St. Croix Falls Saints The Saints softball team is undergoing a change in 2012 with new head coach Clayton Hanson and assistant coach Jodi McKusick. Hanson has roots in the area as a 2000 SCF graduate and grew up near Cushing, where fast-pitch softball is still king and gave him his competitive edge growing up. “Softball is my life. It has been for as long as I can remember, growing up with it and being at the field with my dad and uncle and

everybody,” Hanson said, adding that he’s always wanted to be a softball coach. He also teaches high school biology at St. Croix Falls and still plays fast-pitch softball in the area. He was also part of a team from Rice Lake that played at nationals for two seasons. McKusick also brings experience to the coaching staff, as she played softball for UW-Superior. “Having college experience and my experience facing men’s league, putting us together is a really interesting combination because we both bounce ideas off each other,” Hanson said. The Saints have nearly the entire team back from last year and, after finishing above .500 and second place in the conference, Hanson expects it to be another competitive season. The Saints main pitcher from last season has since graduated, but there are four to five pitchers that have experience including junior Natalie Sempf, who can play anywhere on the field, but was either behind the plate or on the rubber when Alicia Chelberg wasn’t pitching. Senior Brenna Loen is another option, but things could certainly change as the season progresses. One of the team’s strengths could be in their hitting. Sempf and Alexis Erickson brought a lot of pop to the lineup but several others will look to cash in as well. “They are driving the ball. I’m seeing a team that’s really hungry to get out there and hit. That’s our big strength, and our fielding could be one of our strengths too,” said Hanson.

Unity Eagles The Unity softball team will look to improve on a .500 season from last year, and

already have a good start to the season with not only great weather, but six returning starters, including all-conference catcher Brittany Thomfohrda and Jenny Vlasnik, who are the team’s only seniors. Second-year head coach Chad Stenberg believes the team has a lot of strength defensively, but is still working out the kinks on offense. “Offense will be a question mark. I don’t think we will put up big numbers but maybe the girls will surprise me,” he said. The Eagles are still a relatively young team with a lot of varsity experience, and Stenberg is hopeful that last year’s players can build on what they learned last season. So far, it looks like the team is ready for anything. “I think this team understands the game a lot better and what it takes to be a good team. Their attitude and work ethic has been great.” The team has set high goals at the start of the season, to not only play hard whether they’re playing the game or at practice, and hopefully make it to the state tournament. “Every game will be key for us. We need to play our best every night and build our confidence for the end of the year, tournament time,” said Stenberg.

Siren/Webster The Siren/Webster softball team can only go up from last year’s one-win season, and head coach Ashley Close and assistant

coach Tina Rutiger are hopeful they can build on some good numbers out for the program. There are currently 24 girls on the Siren/Webster roster this season and right now they’re currently trying to schedule junior varsity games. “We do have a wide variety of ability, so if I can’t get JV games, some of the girls won’t play very much. So, I’m really pushing to try and get some JV games so girls have opportunities,” said Close. Close was an assistant to Scott Hoefs last season and isn’t a stranger to the coaching ranks. She coached three years in Luck as a head middle school coach, followed by an assistant, and was head coach for one year. She’s also the sevenththrough 12th-grade family and consumer science teacher in Webster, and Rutiger is an elementary teacher in Siren. Both are trying to recruit more athletes and generate more excitement for the sport in both schools. Siren/Webster is a young team this season and while they lost a lot of seniors from last year, there’s still some depth and a lot of pitchers to choose from. “We do have some depth, and a lot of the girls who are new coming out have a lot of skills to offer as well, so I think we’re going to be well-rounded. It’s just working on those fundamental skills and keeping those aligned,” she said. Most importantly, Close said the enthusiasm to start the season is high, and the girls will be ready to compete in two weeks. “The girls just seem really excited, and Tina and I are both super excited about it,” said Close.








Area hoopsters compete in border battle

Girls win again but boys fall in high-scoring affair by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer DULUTH, Minn. – Several area basketball players competed in the Duluth Amateur Youth Basketball Association Minnesota versus Wisconsin border battle high school all-star game on Tuesday, March 27. The game was played at the UM-Duluth Washington Recreation Center, with the girls all-stars hitting the hardcourt first. The fourth-annual event featured Frederic senior Corissa Schmidt, as well as Ashley Lahti of Turtle Lake, who scored 14 points in the game. Others included Heather Bowe of Eau Claire Regis, Cansis Bodsberg of Boyceville and Arien Becker of Hayward. There were 10 girls total from the Wisconsin side, who went up against some tough competition, including 6-foot-9 forward Savanna Trapp of Esko, who wowed the crowd during a dunk competition during halftime. The Wisconsin girls ended up winning the game 85-69, and remain unbeaten in the four years the event has taken place. The Wisconsin boys had also dominated Minnesota in previous years, but lost on Tuesday by a score of 135-75. The boys were well-represented with Siren seniors Andrew Brown, Murdock Smith and Elijah Hinze taking the court. Brown and Smith both finished with a team-leading 19 points apiece, followed by nine points from Hinze. Frederic seniors Michael Tesch and Waylon Buck also competed during the event, scoring four and two points respectively. Video of the dunk competition can be found on the Duluth News Tribune Web site, at and more information on DAYBA can be found on their Web site,

Area basketball players competed in the Duluth Amateur Youth Basketball Association Minnesota versus Wisconsin border battle high school all-star game on Tuesday, March 27. Boys included back row: (L to R): Murdock Smith and Elijah Hinze, and Frederic's Michael Tesch, (far right). Andrew Brown (bottom right) and Waylon Buck, pictured next to Brown, also played. – Photos by Kelly Schmidt

Michael Tesch of Frederic went in for a onehanded dunk during the halftime entertainment.

Senior Corissa Schmidt, pictured bottom row, second from the right, played during the Duluth Amateur Youth Basketball Association All-Star game.

Waylon Buck of Frederic takes the ball across midcourt during the all-star game on Monday.

Andrew Brown of Siren goes in for a dunk during a competition at halftime at the UM-Duluth Washington Recreation Center.

Frederic senior Corissa Schmidt takes the ball toward the hoop against the Minnesota all-star team.

Siren's Elijah Hinze puts up a jump shot on Tuesday, March 27, in Duluth, Minn.

Murdock Smith of Siren put up 19 points against Minnesota during the all-star game on Tuesday, March 27.








River Valley Swim Club swimmers make a splash in finals by Steven Nichols Special to the Leader OSCEOLA – In an Olympic year, the River Valley Swim Club, coached by Kelley Hagenbuch, finished their 2011-2012 fall/winter season in Olympic fashion with 38 top 10 finishes in the Minnesota Swimming Finals this past February through March. The Dragons are now poised for the summer season which starts in May. At the Pre-C Finals swim meet in River Falls this past February, Jeremiah Peer of Osceola took first place in both the boys 11- to 12-year-old 50-yard freestyle and 50yard backstroke events. Jeremiah also finished third in the 100-yard individual medley. His teammate, Anna DyrbyeO’Hare, also went home to Osceola with two first-place finishes in the girls 9- to 10year-old 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke swims. Her ability to shave 21.66 seconds off her previous best time allowed her to win the 100-yard breaststroke prize. Anna also finished second in the 50-yard breaststroke. Another incredible second-place finish was swam by 8-year-old Autumn Timm of Osceola. She bested her previous time by 13.41 seconds to take second in the girls 8 and under 100-yard individual medley. Autumn also finish fifth in the 50-yard butterfly event. Other notable RVSC finishes: Boys Eight and under – Owen PatrickNichols, Osceola, fourth place in the 50-yard breaststroke, and Tristen PatrickNichols, Osceola, sixth in the 50-yard breaststroke and eighth in the 50-yard freestyle. Girls Eight and under – Lauren Olson, Clayton, second place in the 50-yard breaststroke and sixth in the 50-yard freestyle. Age 9-10 – Alyssa Tran, Dresser, second place in the 100-yard backstroke, second place in the 100-yard freestyle and third in the 100-yard breaststroke. Age 11-12 – Laura Herbst, Osceola, second place in the 50-yard breaststroke, fifth in the 100-yard individual medley and

River Valley Swim Club finished their fall/winter season and are now preparing to start their summer season in May. – Photo submitted ninth in the 100-yard freestyle; Alli McKusick, Dresser, seventh in the 50-yard breaststroke; and Rachel Nelson, Osceola, eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke, 10th in the 100-yard individual medley. The C Final swim meet was held a week later in Hudson, and again the Dragons swam the water out of the pool. Mickey Gearin of Star Prairie, in an amazing display of endurance, took second place in the girls 13- to 14-year-old 400-yard individual medley event improving her previous time by an astounding 20.88 seconds. She would later use a 30.18-second improvement to garner third place in the 200-yard, individual medley. Mickey finished her meet off with a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke and a seventh-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly. Her teammate, Cole Riemer of Osceola, would also use a notable 15.14second improvement to swim to a fifth-

place finish in the 200-yard individual medley. Cole also took fourth place in the 100-yard butterfly, fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke and eighth in the 100-yard butterfly.

Other RVSC finishes include: Boys Eight and under – Owen PatrickNichols, Osceola, fourth place in the 50-yard backstroke, and Tristen PatrickNichols, Osceola, eighth in the 50-yard backstroke. Girls Eight and under – Lauren Olson, Clayton, seventh in the 50-yard breaststroke, Autumn Timm, Osceola, eighth in the 100yard freestyle, and 10th in the 50-yard butterfly. Age 11-12 – Lydia Zentzis. Somerset, sixth in the 50-yard freestyle. Age 13-14 – Jillian Stokes, Osceola, 10th in the 200-yard breaststroke.

The third and final meet was an A/B final held in Minnetonka, Minn., the first weekend in March. The River Valley Swim Club sent four members, Jeremiah Peer, Lauren Olson, Autumn Timm and Anna Dyrbye-O’Hare, to do battle in the pool. Autumn, Osceola, came out of the water with a third-place finish in the girls 8 and under 50-yard freestyle event. The River Valley Dragons look forward to building on their success this summer and into the next fall/winter season. The 2012-2013 fall/winter season registration will be held sometime in September, but if you want to join sooner, the 2012 summer registration will be held at the Osceola Aquatics Center on Mondays, April 4-16, and Thursdays, April 4-19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Visit for more information.


Monday Afternoon Senior’s Standings: Hummingbirds 37, Eagles 31, Bears 29, Night Hawks 26, Vultures 22, Badgers 22, Swans 19. Men’s games (Handicap): Phil Knuf 203, Roger Christenson 226, Roger Messer 219. Men’s series (Handicap): Phil Knuf 605, Roger Messer 591, Dennis Bohn 578. Women’s games (Handicap): Sandy Bannie and Jackie Giller 218, Marge Traun 195. Women’s series (Handicap): Jackie Giller 601, Sandy Bannie 576, Lila Larson 547. Team games (Handicap): Eagles 770, Hummingbirds 763, Night Hawks 736. Team series (Handicap): Eagles 2220, Hummingbirds 2206, Night Hawks 2145. Tuesday Classic Standings: Great Northern Outdoors 109, Yellow Lake Lodge 105, Bottle Shop 88, Pioneer Bar 58.5, Frandsen Bank & Trust 55, House of Wood 52.5. Individual games: Brett Daeffler and Josh Henry 276, Butch Hacker Jr. 256. Individual series: Josh Henry 674, Brett Daeffler 644, Butch Hacker Jr. 638. Team games: Pioneer Bar 689, Yellow Lake Lodge 632, Frandsen Bank & Trust 615. Team series: Pioneer Bar 1829, Yellow Lake Lodge 1791, Frandsen Bank & Trust 1735. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Josh Henry 9x = 276, Brett Daeffler 8x = 276, Butch Hacker Jr. 5x = 256. Games 50 or more above average: Josh Henry 276 (+85); Brett Daeffler 276 (+79); Butch Hacker Jr. 256 (+71). Series 100 or more above average: Josh Henry 674 (+101). Spits converted: 3-4-6-7-9-10 Brett Daeffler, 3-10 Josh Bazey, 3-10 Rita Bohn. Wednesday Night Early Standings: A-1 Machine 34, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 32, Cummings Lumber 29, Lewis Silo 25, Pioneer Bar 24, Skol Bar 23, Larsen Auto Center 23, Bye Team 2. Individual games: Chris Rowell (PB) 247, Josh Bazey (DQM) 241, Brett Daeffler (DQM) and Gene Ruhn (SB) 226. Individual series: Chris Rowell 644, Mark Bohn (SB) and Josh Bazey 600.

Team games: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 973, Pioneer Bar 960, A-1 Machine 912. Team series: Pioneer Bar 2721, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 2693, Skol Bar 2630. Thursday Early Standings: Fab Four 33.5, Kinetico 32, American Family Siren 28.5, Red Iron Studios 27, Grindell Law Offices 26.5, Hell Raisers 24, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 20, Wikstrom Construction 16.5. Individual games: Edward Bitler (RIS) 238, Blake Douglas (GLO) 226, Jim Wikstrom (WC) 225. Individual series: Edward Bitler (RIS) 658, Nick Skow (DQM) 608, Mark Bohn (FF) 597. Team games: Red Iron Studios 588, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 571, Grindell Law Offices 560. Team series: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 1660, American Family Siren 1628, Red Iron Studios 1625. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Ed Bitler 6x = 231; Edward Bitler 5x = 238; Blake Douglas 5x = 226; Jim Wikstrom 5x = 225. Games 50 or more above average: Jim Wickstrom 225 (+59). Thursday Late Standings: Stotz & Company 27, Fisk Trucking 26, Hansen Farms Inc. 21.5, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 21.5. Men’s games: Oliver Baillargeon 236, Dale Frandsen 208, Eugene Wynn Sr. 203. Men’s series: Oliver Baillargeon 672, Eugene Wynn Sr. 584, Larry Stotz 517. Women’s games: Rhonda Bazey 200, Heather Wynn 191, Judy Bainbridge 142. Women’s series: Heather Wynn 556, Rhonda Bazey 474, Judy Bainbridge 322. Team games: Stotz & Company 885, Hansen Farms Inc. 880, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 810. Team series: Hansen Farms Inc. 2580, Stotz & Company 2392, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 2318. Friday Night Ladies Standings: Junque Art 63, Meyer’s Plus 63, Frederic Design 56, The Leader 52, Pin Heads 46, Pioneer Bar 42, SKM 36. Individual games: Gail Linke 209, Jen Ellefson 189, Karen Carlson 188. Individual series: Gail Linke 574, Karen Carlson 550, Margie Traun 504.

Team games: Frederic Design 631, Pin Heads 621, Junque Art 612. Team series: Pin Heads 1791, Junque Art 1785, SKM 1725. Games 50 or more above average: Myrna Magnuson. Splits converted: 6-7-10: Mona Renfroe, 5-7: Kim Owens, Tammy Lindberg, Lori Linke and Pat Traun.

McKenzie Lanes

Monday Night Ladies Standings: Edina Divas 86, Frederic Truck & Tractor 82.5, Metal Products C 81.5, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 79, McKenzie Lanes 67.5, Milltown Appliance 64, Alyeska Contracting 56.5, Bye 18. Individual games: Sue Handlos 232, Kathy McKenzie 203, Lois Webb 191. Individual series: Shirley Wilson 504, Cindy Castellano 498, Sue Handlos 491. Team games (Handicap): McKenzie Lanes 891. Team series (Handicap): Edina Divas 2433. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: Dream Lawn 52.5, Hack’s Pub 51, Centurview Park 43, McKenzie Lanes 41.5, The Cobbler Shop 39, The Dugout 32, Nel-Lo-Hill Farm 32, Steve’s Appliance 29. Individual games: Jason Schultz 279, Jim Harder 258, Ken Williams 255. Individual series: Jason Schultz 697, Jim Harder 679, Gene Braund 646. Team games (Handicap): Dream Lawn 1382.

Team series (Handicap): Dream Lawn 3728. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Davy’s Construction 22, McKenzie Lanes 21, Harvest Moon 21, Edina Realty 17, Dalles Electricians 16, Tiger Express 12, Reed’s Marina 11, Hanjo Farms 8. Individual games: Jason Schultz 267, Darren McKenzie 259, Craig Willert and Mike Elwood 248. Individual series: Darren McKenzie 678, Jason Schultz 670, Carl Hetfeld 655. Team games (Handicap): Dalles Electricians 1085, Tiger Express 1047. Team series (Handicap): Dalles Electricians 3121, McKenzie Lanes 2992. Thursday Night Ladies – 3-15-2012 Standings: Hauge Dental 89, KJ’s 81, RiverBank 78.5, Bont Chiropractic 73, Cutting Edge Pro 70, Eagle Valley Bank 62, Hack’s Pub 59, Truhlsen Chiropractic 47.5. Individual games: Dawn High 205, Dawn Larson 203, Shannon Cox 203. Individual series: Paula Foerst 539, Dawn Larson 533, Shawn Busby and Dawn High 512. Team games: Hauge Dental 849, Cutting Edge Pro 826, Bont Chiropractic 775. Team series: Hauge Dental 2357, Cutting Edge Pro 2246, Eagle Valley Bank 2168. Thursday Night Ladies – 3-22-2012 Standings: Hauge Dental 98, KJ’s 92, RiverBank 86.5, Bont Chiropractic 85, Cutting Edge Pro 81, Eagle Valley Bank 77, Hack’s Pub 68, Truhlsen Chiropractic 52.5. Individual games: Melanie Erickson 213, Rachel Hedberg 208, Dawn High 194. Individual series: Rachel Hedberg 550, Mjo Hacker 539, Dawn High 515. Team games: Eagle Valley Bank 814, Bont Chiropractic 777, Hauge Dental 763. Team series: Eagle Valley Bank 2236, Hauge Dental 2217, Bont Chiropractic 2180. Saturday Night Mixed Standings: B&K Cousins 65.5, Cutting Edge Pro Shop 59, Pin Busters 54.5, TDawgs 53.5, Eureka Bombers 51.5, The Bald & The Beautiful 47, The In-Laws 41, Roller Coasters 36. Men’s games: Roger Fisk, 265, Erv

Lehmann 253, Darren McKenzie 243. Men’s series: Erv Lehmann 633, Roger Fisk 626, Jason Schultz 595. Women’s games: Loni Stowell 198, Toni Sloper 194, Jan Kruse 191. Women’s series: Loni Stowell 567, Toni Sloper 537, Sharon Berg 494. Team games: T-Dawgs 929, Cutting Edge Pro Shop 888, The Bald & The Beautiful 884. Team series: T-Dawgs 2628, Pin Busters 2589, B&K Cousins 2579.

Black & Orange

Monday Night Men’s Congratulations to Black & Orange team on winning the 2nd half. Congratulations to Glass and Mirror Works – League Champs TNT Congratulations to Flower Power – League Champs Standings: Flower Power 37-19, Cashco 36-20 Larry’s LP 32-24, Vacant 7-49. Individual games: Cheryl Scallon (C) 169, Patty Bjorklund (L) 168, Becky Reynolds (L) and Mary Ellen Smith (C) 165. Individual series: Becky Reynolds 473, Mary Ellen Smith 452, Mary Reese 450. Team games: Flower Power 863, Larry’s LP 831, Cashco 797. Team series: Flower Power 2496, Larry’s LP 2397, Cashco 2345.

Denny’s Downtown Lanes

Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Boyd’s Outdoor Power 52, Radio Shack 47, Wood River Pharmacy 46.5, Village Hearth 41.5, Grantsburg Sanitary 33, Snow Whites 32. Individual games (Handicap): Jason Johnson 244, Edward Bitler 240, Jeff Burnham 229. Individual series (Handicap): Jack Sando 621, Jeff Burnham 620, Jason Johnson 617. Team games (Handicap): Wood River Pharmacy 1004, Radio Shack 984, Village Hearth 944. Team series (Handicap): Wood River Pharmacy 2902, Radio Shack 2806, Village Hearth 2805.





There’s new grass on the field. Before next week’s Leader hits newsstands or the Internet, local high school baseball teams will already have one or two games under their belts. The perennial powerhouse Grantsburg Pirates will be the first local nine to THE SPORTS take the field for keeps when they travel to Boyceville on Friday, March 30, which will be the earliest GHS opener on record. Future Wisconsin Coaches Association Hall of Fame GHS skipper Pete Johnson – whose team finished 21-4 in 2011 – is likely to orchestrate a committee approach to pitching duties for Friday’s battle at Boyceville. Meanwhile, spies indicate that some returning starters from last year’s sectional finalist may find themselves playing different positions on the Pirate defense in 2012. Once thing is certain: Johnson has an elite baseball mind and in his head the wheels of strategy are always turning.

John Ryan



Leader Land hockey celebs to bring local flavor to Frozen Four Research has revealed that University of Minnesota alumnus and wellknown area hockey fan, parent, coach and referee Brad Harlander will once again be leading a contingent that will be heading to the NCAA Division 1 hockey finals known as the Frozen Four. This time, Harlander and his beloved Golden Gophers will travel to Tampa, Fla., for the event, where a clash awaits with the Boston College Eagles in semifinal action on Thursday, April 5. If Goldy wins, they’ll play in the championship game on Saturday, April 7. Incidentally, Harlander is the father of former WLSFG Blizzard great David Harlander. Included in Harlander’s Tampa entourage will be Frederic High School exchange student, and Vikings basketball and softball player, Eda Mirioglu who hails from Berlin, Germany. Meanwhile, spies also indicate that former Webster-area resident Steve Billings – who once shepherded three Blizzard offspring of his own — will also make the Frozen Four scene. Billings currently serves as the head girls hockey coach over in Hayward. Speaking of Webster The nationally known Webster High School grad who these days exhibits her comic genius under the name Mary


Mack has struck laugh paydirt with a recent YouTube offering. Although fans of Ms. Mack are well aware that she is a diehard Minnesota Twins fan, her current video gem has a basketball theme. If you have access to a computer, simply log on to YouTube, then search for Ricky Rubio Moves, by Mary Mack. Suddenly, a reality After three decades of spending a pretty penny for lodging expenses during their annual South Dakota pheasant hunting trip, a group of local ringneck hunters has finally wised up and done what they’ve mused about doing for 20 years. The group of Leader Landers pooled their resources and purchased a house in a tiny town just a short distance away from their secret hunting haunts. The humble estate will serve primarily as their Dakota hunting shack, but also as a home away from home whenever the “road trip” urge comes over them. S.S.P. (or: Shameless self-promotion) A quintet of current and former Leader Land athletes was among the 40,000 on the scene for the March 25, 2012, running of the 8-kilometer Shamrock Shuffle in downtown Chicago. Those who cheered from curbside say that ex-St. Croix Falls volleyball star Mary Ryan, former Frederic cross-country mainstay Erin Ryan, erstwhile Webster Tiger (and cur-

P O R T S rent Grantsburg Honker) baseball great Mike Ryan, Grantsburg volleyball legend Britta (Anderson) Ryan, and Siren school principal (and 2011 cancer survivor) Peggy Ryan all finished the race with flying colors. And they even have the T-shirts to prove it. Lucky 7 ... A welcome fix for trivia and wrestling fans On occasion, this columnist has been roundly criticized for both abandoning his once-regular trivia feature and also for failing to chronicle the sport of wrestling on a regular basis. This week, he’ll kill two birds with one stone and satisfy naysayers with a trivia questionnaire, which focuses on the sport of grappling (aka wrestling). Match the real name of these famous wrestlers with their ring monikers: 1) Jesse “The Body” Ventura 2) The Undertaker 3) Hulk Hogan 4) Kenny J 5) Adrian Adonis 6) The Crusher 7) Disco Inferno A) Terry Bollea B) Ken Benkowski C) James Janos D) Mark Calaway E) Reginald Lisowski F) Glenn Gilbertti G) Keith Franke (correct answers: 1-c, 2-d, 3-a, 4-b, 5-g, 6e, 7-f) John Ryan may




City of Trails 5K and 10K set for June 2 ST. CROIX FALLS – The City of Trails 5K Run/Walk and Rock ‘N River 10K Trail Run/Hike salute summer on Saturday, June 2, 2012, in St. Croix Falls. In its eighth celebration of National Trails Day, the City of Trails 5K and 10K trail runs are excellent ways to make a lifelong habit of taking the trail. “The race is always on National Trails Day, the first weekend of June,” says Amy Klein, race director of the City of Trails 5K. “This event culminates the mutual missions of the race activities and of National Trails Day, bringing together all the themes we value most – the preservation of trails through wild areas and getting outside to breathe fresh air and enjoy nature.” Most of the 5K and 10K trail race courses are routed on National Scenic Ice Age Trail segments. Milwaukee’s Ray Zillmer was the visionary who in 1960 began work to establish a trail that traced the outline of Wisconsin’s glaciated area. “Nowhere can the work of the glacier be seen or studied to better advantage than in Wisconsin,” said Zillmer. Some 1,000 miles of that vision are now connected because of the diligent volunteer work of the Ice Age Trail Alliance.

The City of Trails 5K Run/Walk and Rock ‘N River 10K Trail Run/Hike will be on Saturday, June 2, in St. Croix Falls this year. – Photos submitted Local chapters work with landowners to arrange land purchases, negotiate narrow easements and dig in, breaking trail, creating a path where there was none. The gorgeous Mindy Creek segment in St. Croix Falls, established on a hot weekend in July 2006 by a small cadre of trained Mobile Skill Crew, is now a featured trek in the Rock N’ River Trail Run. The Indianhead Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance maintains the local system of trails SOFTBALL in St. Croix Falls and provides the volunStandings teer power to make the City of Trails 5K Team Conf. Overall

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and 10K trail runs happen smoothly. The 5K and 10K races start simultaneously at 9 a.m. from St. Croix Falls Middle School. All races follow wooded and very scenic courses finishing via Gaylord Nelson Riverwalk at the 1905 Hydroelectic Dam and Overlook Deck in downtown St. Croix Falls. The annual Team Challenge spotlights participants of local businesses, youth organizations, families and friends for a chance to win the “Golden Boot,” awarded in two categories: the fastest team (top three combined times) and the largest team (most participants.). Teams of youth runners are welcomed to participate at a reduced cost of $10. Show up early with the kids for the Baby Mammoth 1K Kids Trail Run. Kids ages 5-12 line up at St. Croix Falls Middle School and hit the trail at 8:30 a.m. for a great first race. The short, sweet and freeof-charge Lil’ Hiker Hustle for 2- to 4year-olds will get set at the Overlook Deck after the conclusion of the 5K and 10K runs. Prizes for all. Online registration is open until May 27 with prerace rates of $20 per individual and $50 per family (after May 27, $25 and $55). Registration forms can be downloaded at this Web site or picked up at the St. Croix Falls Public Library. Race day registration opens at 7 a.m. Detailed City of Trails racing event information is available at Racing events are designed and organized by the City of Trails 5K Committee in partnership with the Indianhead Ice Age Trail Chapter, St. Croix Regional Medical Center and the City of St. Croix Falls. For more information, visit or contact Amy Klein, 715-557-0197 or

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Program to increase lands for hunting, fishing and trapping enrolls 30,000 acres Voluntary Public Access program to include Polk and Barron Counties MADISON – Since becoming available in August 2011, Wisconsin landowners have enrolled more than 30,000 acres in a program intended to increase the amount of land available for public hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife observation. Now the state is expanding the program into 12 additional Wisconsin counties. The Voluntary Public Access program

provides incentive payments to private landowners who voluntarily open up their land for public access. Grassland, wetland, forestland and, in some cases, agriculture land, are eligible. Land enrolled in conservation programs such as the Conservation Reserve Program, State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement, Wetlands Reserve Program, and Managed Forest Law may also be eligible under VPA. “We are excited to expand into additional counties,” said Melissa Keenan, who coordinates the program for the Department of Natural Resources. “The expansion gives private landowners the opportunity to earn additional income by leasing their land to public access.”

The program is being expanded into Columbia, Sauk, Juneau, Adams, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Jackson, Clark, Polk and Barron counties. Funding for the Voluntary Public Access program was authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill and Wisconsin received $1.9 million to implement it. Annual payment rates are based on the type of land – agriculture land at $3 per acre, grassland/wetland at $10 per acre and forestland at $15 per acre. Lease lengths are up to 2-1/2 years. An up-front lump sum payment would be made at the beginning of the contract. Priority will be given parcels greater than 40 acres in size

with at least 25 percent usable cover and that are located near properties currently open to public hunting and/or fishing. Under state statutes, landowners are generally immune from liability for injuries received by individuals recreating on their lands. Also, the department agrees to provide compensation for damages to property or crops that occur as a result of opening the land to public access. For more information about the program or to find VPA properties open to public access, visit and search VPA. – from the DNR

Professor addresses uncommon fish kill in Big Sand SIREN – This year, a few days after iceout, numerous dead fish appeared on the surface of the west bay off Big Sand Lake, near Siren. Dead fish and frogs littered the bottom. Most numerous were bluegill, but others also showed up. Fresh remains were found among marsh grasses and in the open water of the bay. The likely problem was anoxia and not freeze-out because the dead fish and frogs appeared on the bottom below the depth of the ice and in deeper water as well. The fish kill could be related to inadequate drainage. Only over the past three years has Sand Creek run dry since the low water levels of the 1930s. Inflow of oxygen rich water from the lake was thus reduced. The main reason for low flow was steam blockage near Sand Lake Road. Low flow is thought to be reflected by the loss of wild rice in the bay where it once grew. Phosphate is no longer replenished from the lake, so rice will grow only with added phosphate showing that circulation was restricted. The fish kill was limited to areas away from passages between the lake and the bay. While the ice remained above the bottom of the bay, there was apparently insufficient circulation, for

the first time noticed, to supply fish and frogs with oxygen. The low-oxygen water gives a habitat for the low-oxygen-tolerant carp to survive egg predation by bluegills. The fish kill could also be related to common problems in shallow lakes. A half century ago, Big Sand had moderately clear water and very good fishing. Fishing removed many of the large-bodied fishes including northern pike and walleye. It also became overpopulated with dwarfed game fish, particularly small bluegill. Weed beds expanded and the water became more transparent. Shallow lakes often undergo regimen shifts, changing from phytoplankton (algae) sufficient with good fishing to ones with abundant weeds and clear water (InterCounty Leader, March 21, 2007, page 23). Fish sizes are usually involved in the stability of midsized lakes because one of the controlling influences is the number of steps in the food chain: phytoplankton to invertebrates, to small fish, to large fish. And fish distributions are affected by fishing as the bigger members are harvested. Water clarity is increased due to reduced grazing of macrophytes (weeds). These

large-leafed plants can remove enough phosphate to starve out the phytoplankton responsible for water turbidity. So the distribution of fish and other grazers affects the amount of weeds. And these macrophytes affect the amount of oxygen in the water as they decay and can cause fish to suffocate. Common carp are thought to be present in small numbers and there have been probable sightings in the bay. However this spring, swirls appeared from schools of large fish, unlike those from bass, when spooked from under patches of uprooted weeds. Carp were introduced to the U.S. about 200 years ago, but did not appear in our lakes until recently. While not previously regarded as a problem in Big Sand, carp recently overpopulated in nearby Clam Lake, reaching an astounding mass of about 100 tons. The normally major rice crop was reduced to zero. Other macrophytes were also eliminated and replaced with phytoplankton, and the water turned a murky green. With its vast shallow weed beds, carp could also overpopulate and seriously degrade Big Sand as well. One problem with invasive weeds such as Eurasian water milfoil is that they

grow early in the season, crowd out native plants, die early, and leave decaying plants that consume oxygen. In Big Sand small bluegill normally abound in the west bay during spring when most carp reproduce. Bluegill will consume carp eggs immediately upon release by the swimming fish. Carp overpopulated Clam Lake only after a crash in the population of bluegills. And low-oxygen backwaters do not support bluegill so carp can spawn where their eggs and fry are less likely to be eaten. No bluegill have been seen in the west bay so far this spring. Big Sand already has an abundance of macrophytes due to shallow water and extra phosphate from human habitation. As was the case for several of our lakes, a regimen shift from weed rich to phytoplankton rich could therefore take place. Together the result of overfishing, restricted water flow, and anthropogenic phosphate favors both infestation by common carp and fish kills due to oxygen deficiency. – submitted by D.K. Button, professor of marine science and biochemistry emeritus, University of Alaska, with a home in rural Webster

Warm spring means fish are spawning up to a month early MADISON – March’s record-breaking high temperatures following an unusually mild winter have fish spawning early across Wisconsin and state fisheries crews racing to finish the annual fish surveys that are a foundation for keeping Wisconsin’s fish populations robust. “We’re in full-blown sampling mode across the state,” says Tim Simonson, the Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist who coordinates fish surveys on lakes. “It’s about a month ahead of time in some parts of Wisconsin, so we’re doing our best to keep up with the natural cycles of fish in response to the accelerated warming trend we’ve seen.” DNR crews also are collecting eggs from fish earlier than normal at the state’s two facilities that operate in the spring. The spring fish surveys, however, involve the most people and most waters, and record temperatures in the 70s and

even low 80s from Superior to Sturgeon Bay and Menomonie to Milwaukee during the week of March 18 have disrupted the normal progression of work from southern to northern waters. Crews are done sampling in some parts of Wisconsin, while others are going full bore. Altogether, DNR crews will sample 130 lakes across the state this spring; rivers and streams are sampled in the summer, Simonson says. The spring and summer surveys, along with surveys done in the fall, help give fish biologists information that allows them to estimate the population of certain fish species, understand the distribution of fish size and age, and information about angler harvest. The crews use different surveys and different sampling gear according to the goal of the survey and the fish species. During the spring, DNR crews use both fyke nets,

large hoop nets that act as funnels to trap swimming fish – and electrofishing boats that deliver a low-level electrical current to the water that momentarily stuns the fish but doesn’t hurt them. Fisheries crews collect the fish with dip nets and bring them on board. Once on board, the fish are weighed, measured and often marked with a tag of some kind. DNR crews insert floy tags, which look like a thick piece of spaghetti, behind a fish’s dorsal fin. Each tag is printed with a unique number, allowing DNR to keep tabs on the fish in coming years when it’s recaptured by DNR crews or by anglers. Such information can help DNR generate population estimates, estimate natural mortality rates and harvest rates, and understand where the fish moves and when. PIT tags, short for passive integrated transponder tags, are sometimes used.


They are inserted into the fish and also carry a unique number. These tags are more expensive but are less likely to come out of the fish, and they allow fisheries crews in coming years to run a scanner across a fish to read the number. Simonson says warm-up and earlier spawning season can be a good thing for the fish that hatch. “They get the potential for a longer growing season,” he says. “The bigger they are in that first summer, the better they survive that first winter.” “The flip side is we can get a cold snap that can be detrimental to the survival of the newly hatched fish,” he says. The fast warm-up and spawning also may potentially have meant eggs weren’t able to fully develop inside the female fish, raising questions about the quality of the spawn.


SCF decides to discontinue gymnastics; Unity left without co-op Low numbers a factor in decision

by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The school board for St. Croix Falls made a decision at the Tuesday, March 27, school board meeting that board members say was hard to make, but in the end, it boiled down to the lack of St. Croix Falls voices. The agenda item was to decide to end the co-op with Unity and discontinue the gymnastics program at St. Croix Falls. The reason the item was on the agenda is because a co-op agreement has to be reached by April 2. Low numbers on the St. Croix Falls end forced the board to look at the program’s continuation. Head coach Dawn Peer was present at the meeting and addressed the board during public comments. Also present was Unity’s athletic director Doug Ramich, and St. Croix Falls teachers and parents of a Unity gymnast, Chris and Kelly Nelson. The first to speak during public comments was Peer. She stated that she was a participant in the sport at St. Croix Falls from 1991-94. She has been the head coach

since 2003. She said that she understood the program cut was being looked at because of low numbers. “I had low numbers one other year, and the next year I ended up with 26 girls. That was before we had the co-op option. When numbers got low in recent years, we co-oped with Unity. There is not a lack of interest in the sport; there is a lack of support from the community.” Peer stated that because there is always a challenge for finding practice space, and being shifted from gym to gym, and even off-campus at times, she has found a way to face those challenges and have a program. She stated there is a large interest in the elementary and middle school programs, but the interest seems to drop at the high school level. She said that she felt the program does not receive the kind of support to generate interest. Next to address the board was Chris Nelson. Nelson stated he was not selfishly asking the board to find answers before ending the program because his daughter is involved in the Unity end of it, but just to carefully evaluate it before deciding to eliminate the program entirely. “Seek all the answers and be educated on the decision and take the time to find answers before making the decision.”

The athletic director at Unity, Ramich, said Unity approved the co-op already and that if the co-op is not approved by April 2, Unity’s gymnastics program is also done. He added that if St. Croix Falls approved the co-op that night, they could decide to discontinue the program anytime and it would not bind St. Croix Falls to the agreement. The co-op agreement is renewed every two years. It was noted by Superintendent Glenn Martin that the cost in 2011 was about $11,000 with coaching pay, transportation fees and custodian costs. Unity paid $5,100 of that to St. Croix Falls as their share of the co-op. When the matter came up on the agenda, the board had their chance to weigh in on the issue. “I don’t think we’ve given it our best shot,” stated Pat Mitchell, board member. “It seems kind of like gymnastics is second class.” “In some ways, I agree with you, Pat,” said high school Principal Pete Nusbaum. “But, if we are to support the program, it may mean we get a facility to have it in and that is a lot of money involved. We can’t grow the program without support.” “I don’t know if we, or even Unity, have the money to invest to grow the program

and get space to have it,” said Brent McCurdy. “I think we’d like to support it, but don’t know if we have the resources to do it. We’ve only heard from people from Unity. There’s no one here from St. Croix Falls. I don’t like taking the opportunity away, but we can’t invest if we don’t have the resources.” A motion to end the co-op and discontinue the program was made by Sheri Norgard and seconded by McCurdy. Discussion took place following the motion before a roll-call vote was called. “I don’t see how we can continue a program when there is no one here from St. Croix Falls asking us to keep the program. There’s no one from our own district saying they don’t want us to discontinue the program,” said Norgard. “There’s more passion here from Unity. I see there is an interest from Unity, but it costs money for the program, and there’s no one from St. Croix Falls here.” A roll call vote showed Norgard, McCurdy and Roni Schuler voting in favor of ending the co-op and discontinuing the program. Mitchell voted against the motion. Mona Schmidt was not in attendance.

Joint classes being discussed Luck, Frederic and Unity join in cooperative effort LUCK - The possibility of joint classes between Luck, Frederic and Unity schools is being discussed by the principals from all three schools, it was noted at the regular meeting of the Luck School Board, Monday, March 26. In order to make this possible, an effort was made to align Luck’s 2012-2013 school calendar to theirs. Superintendent Rick Palmer noted that the proposed Luck calendar was very close to Frederic’s. At his urging, the board passed the 2012-2013 calendar. He noted that the start of the high school’s school day may need to change since Frederic students begin classes at 8:22 a.m. and Unity’s classes begin at 8:30 a.m.

Technology needs/concerns Library media specialist Lori Nelson discussed the technology needs and concerns within the district. She and technology technician Aaron Arjes are in the midst of creating Luck’s 2013-2015 technology plan. The district recently purchased Atomic Learning software which

will be used by the students, teachers, administrators and school board members to assess current knowledge and usage of software. Following an analysis of the results, teachers and students will be able to access tutorials and hands-on-learning projects to fill in any gaps and add to the current curriculum. Nelson noted that new technology standards at the state and national level indicate students need to be exposed to and use technology at earlier grades, as well as learn to use the technology safely and efficiently. The computers and other equipment which board member Jake Jensen had arranged to be donated to the district from the U.S. military should increase students access to technology, but will probably not eliminate the problem. She also identified a need for the elementary students to be taught keyboarding skills by a qualified teacher in a focused unit. Currently keyboarding is taught in the seventh grade and by then the hunt-and-peck method has become ingrained in many students and it creates difficulties for them as they grow older. She then asked the board to consider their concerns and goals for the district’s technology plan and to offer input.

Maintenance projects The school board meeting began with a presentation by financial advisor Lisa Voisin of Baird & Co. who presented options for the school board to consider with regard to paying for a number of delayed maintenance projects. Palmer indicated that the district is projected to receive $ 75,000 in state aid for next year. This is on top of the reduction of $328,000 of aid this year from last year. He added that under the current revenue cap, the district’s cost per student can only increase $50 per student. He added that transportation costs are going up with the price of fuel; fortunately this year’s heating costs will about balance out those transportation increases, thanks to the warm weather. Palmer recommended a change in space allotment for the special ed program. The room which currently houses computer technician Arjes will be revamped during the summer and will become a special ed center in the fall. The neighboring men’s faculty bathroom will become a bathroom with shower space and a separate timeout room – both of which will only be accessible from the special ed center. Don Kendzior will return to his former room

and, for next year, Arjes will move into the room currently housing Kendzior’s E. D. classroom. In the future, that room could become a technology lab or, if needed, the special ed department could expand into it. Plans for the soon-to-be vacant lowerfloor special ed room are also up in the air.

Math curriculum changes Principal Mark Gobler indicated that the math curriculum is gradually being changed and an eventual goal will be teaching algebra to the students in the eighth grade. He and Mrs. Fenning agreed that the math curriculum does not currently flow smoothly between first through fifth grades and sixth through eighth grades, and that the high school has switched from core math to more traditional offerings. He noted that 23 states are involved with the development of common core standards and currently the emphasis has been on math and language arts. He said that in the future they will also be used for teacher evaluations and principal evaluations as well as retraining of students and staff, but that “they are a work in progress.” - with information from Lori Nelson, Luck Schools

Park board wants Frederic blooming again FREDERIC - Fifty years ago, two women’s groups pooled their efforts to beautify Frederic. They used the slogan “Keep Frederic Blooming.” Together they provided flower boxes for the village and offered flowering crab trees for sale to encourage residents to make Frederic a more beautiful place. Very few of those original trees now exist because flowering crabs

have a life span of about 50 years. This year, the Frederic Park Board would like to do the same. In addition to the existing flower boxes, boulevard plantings and other areas the park board oversees including the north water tower park, the fountain, the Frederic park and the Marilyn Sederlund Memorial Garden located at the village hall. The board

would like to offer flowering crab trees at a discount to area residents. The board is working with the Rose Garden in Frederic to offer flowering crab trees for $40 minus 15 percent if planted in the Frederic area. To order a flowering crab tree, please call the village hall at 715327-4294. All orders should be in by Wednesday, April 11. Trees will be ready

for pickup at the Rose Garden after May 15. If you don’t have a spot in your yard for a flowering crab tree, please consider donating one to be planted in the village. Let’s get Frederic blooming again! - submitted

Luck’s first cash mob

The cash mob crew made the shopping event fun for everyone, and they also did some spring fixer-up purchasing at Luck Lumber Saturday, March 24. – Photos submitted

Over 20 local residents began the first so-called “cash mob” on Saturday, March 24, at Luck Lumber in downtown Luck. The concept is beginning to catch on across the nation and involves a gathering of local residents who pick a specific time to gather at one location and then ascend on a business to spend money locally. This first cash mob group was based out of West Denmark Church, but also included participants from across the area who became part of the cash mob on Luck Lumber, with a goal to support local businesses. “We plan to do this once a month to different downtown businesses,” said Pastor Linda Rozumalski. She added that several people were unable to attend the Saturday event and did their own “cash mobbing” visit later that day. Luck Lumber is owned by Chris and Randy Petersen of Luck.


Grantsburg Elementary students celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday

ABOVE: Grantsburg Elementary students Jared VanWatermeulen, McKenzie Harmon, Dillyn Hennessey, Molly Hartshorn and Justin VanWatermeulen showed off their Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat hats. The students wore their red and white hats proudly during the school’s Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday bash on Monday, March 12. Students commemorated one of the world’s greatest children’s book storytellers with readings of the noted author’s stories and enjoying a visit from the Cat in the Hat himself. RIGHT: Grantsburg Elementary second-grader Molly Hartshorn gave her favorite Dr. Seuss character, Horton the elephant, a hug during the school’s celebration of Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday on Monday, March 12. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Journey/from page 1 originally planned. None of that mattered Monday evening to a beaming Foster as she shared a few of her experiences with school board members. She posed for photos and indicated her husband, Chris Peltz, is starting school for Web programming while she plans to study Web design. Then Rachel and her family joined all those in attendance in enjoying pieces of the graduation cake which Mrs. Wisse had made in Foster’s honor.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

At the instigation of a number of students, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes had been added to the official list of student organizations at Luck. Gobler noted that several students had spoken to him about the possibility of launching such an organization. Superintendent Rick Palmer sat in while they met with a representative of the organization and discovered that one of the organization’s requirements was that it had to be a student-driven club. He noted that one of the primary focuses of the group is on building leadership skills and that students could participate in a leadership camp during the summer. He added that the advisors for the group would be volunteers.

Student report

Student school board representative Michael Jenssen reported on a couple of busy weeks. Activities included two unscheduled fire drills on Friday, March 23, which was also the date for the visual arts district competition. Almost all of Luck’s competitors will be advancing to the state contest. Saturday, March 24, the school’s forensics squad performed at the district contest and 24 students are heading to state. On Wednesday, March 28, the student council hosted a blood drive in the small gym. On Thursday, March 29, the seventh- through 12th-grade students will be participating in a PBIS Day of Celebration. At 2:30 p.m., the day will culminate with the seniors versus faculty basketball game. On Friday and Saturday nights, March 30 and 31, the drama club will be presenting “The Spring Show.”


The board approved Palmer’s recommendation to continue holding the district’s pre-K / 4-K program at the Head Start building in Balsam Lake. He indicated that space may be available to hold the pre-K program on-site in future years; however, it will not be available for the 2012-2013 school year. He noted that re-

7-12 Principal Mark Gobler presents night school graduate Rachel Foster with her diploma and tassel.

Luck night school graduate poses with her family shortly after receiving her diploma at the March meeting of Luck’s School Board Monday, March 26. Pictured are front: Dylan, kindergarten; Ryan, fifth grade; Delia, fourth grade, and Riley, seventh grade. Back row: Rachel Foster and Chris Peltz. - Photos by Lori Nelson sults from the survey of parents who had children who school-choiced out of the district, that several had chosen to send their children to Unity because it was on-site and was a full-day program that meets four days per week. He also presented a chart indicating that the Luck district’s perpupil cost is in line with the state average.

Suicide awareness/prevention

Palmer indicated that Polk County will be presenting a suicide awareness and suicide prevention training program at the CESA office. Arrangements are being made to allow Luck’s entire crisis team to take part in the two-day training.

State testing

School Psychologist Kristi Fenning presented the third- through 10th-grade WKCE state testing data. She indicated that there was a need for improvement in fourth-grade language arts and for math in grades five-eight. She added that common core standards are being pushed at the state and national level and that the entire test will be changing in 2014. The literacy committees for language arts and for math have been meeting in preparation for the change and that the district has been focusing on the PBIS and RTI programs this year. She agreed with board member

Daryl Bazey that the change in curriculum will focus on trying to determine whether a student’s disconnect was happening due to “what we teach or how we teach.”

Homework lunch program

Mr. Gobler will be launching a sevenththrough 12-grade homework lunch program beginning at the start of the fourth quarter. The purpose of the program, which has been successful at Bruce, is to provide extra time for a student who does not have an assignment done on time. If a student has not completed an assignment by the time it is due, he/she will be assigned to homework lunch. The homework lunch students will report to Mr. Hetfeld’s room at 12:05 p.m., the beginning of the lunch period, where they will get to work. If the student brings the completed assignment to homework lunch or completes his/her assignment during homework lunch, the supervisor will check it for completion and send him/her to lunch. At 12:25 p.m., the students who are not done with their assignments will go to the cafeteria where they will eat in a separate area. If those students do not turn in a completed assignment to their teacher before the next class period, they will be assigned homework lunch again the following day. The students will be informed about the

program on Thursday, and it will begin on Monday.

Sportsmanship award

Gobler indicated that the West Lakeland Conference balloting for sportsmanship had been completed and that Luck placed first for girls basketball and second for boys basketball. The start of the co-op (with Frederic) spring sports season went smoothly. There are 22 girls out for softball, 28 boys out for baseball and 23 students out for track. The track team competed at UW-Stout on Saturday, March 24, while the baseball and softball openers are on Tuesday, April 3. The board approved the hiring of Jeremy Jensen as the junior-varsity baseball coach and volunteer baseball coaches Nick Mueller, Matt Dunlap and Connery Johnson.

Summer school

Kristi Fenning offered information about summer school. It will be held from 8 a.m. – noon from June 11 – June 28. Students in grades one-seven will meet for the entire period, while kindergarten students will only meet during the final week. There will also be a special education class. She noted that the students in grades five-eight are grouped together, but that may change depending upon the number of students involved. As a part of the Carol White Physical Fitness Grant, phy ed teacher Megan Challoner will be in charge of structured exercise breaks as well as structured activities during the recess time. Swimming lessons will also be offered during Luck’s summer school session.


Teen bound over on multiple sex assault charges Faces over 140 years in prison if convicted by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – A 19-year-old local man was bound over for trial this week on multiple charges of sexual assault, one of them against an underage girl, although one victim refused to testify at a hearing, meaning additional charges were dropped. Michael J. Trumble of Amery stands accused of seven felony charges stemming from at least three alleged incidents involving three different victims, one of whom was under age 18 at the time. As mentioned earlier, another allegation of sexual assault involving an underage girl was dismissed when the victim refused to testify at the preliminary hearing on Monday, March 26. Trumble stands accused of three felony charges of second-degree sexual assault with use of force, as well as multiple felony bail jumping charges and another misdemeanor charge of sex with a child over age 16. He appeared before Judge Molly GaleWyrick on Monday, March 26, for pre-

Michael Trumble

liminary hearings in a bundled hearing on all counts and cases. After testimony and evidence was presented, the judge found that probable cause existed and bound Trumble over for trial, but no dates were set due to several pending mo-

tions. The charges come from separate incidents involving forced sexual assaults of three different females, two of them over a one-month period last August, with the other allegation emerging last month. Trumble was already on probation for a 2011 deferred conviction on a 2010 case where he allegedly tried to strangle a man in an altercation. He accepted the terms of a plea agreement last March, which made it misdemeanor battery, with terms and conditions that he not commit any other violent crimes. District Attorney Dan Steffen argued on Monday that the deferred prosecution was violated with the latest allegations, and

Michael Trumble, 19, Amery, (right) and his attorney, Mark Biller, appeared at Trumble’s court appearance in Polk County on Monday, March 26. – Photo by Greg Marsten filed a motion to enter a judgment of conviction on the previous battery incident. Trumble’s attorney, Mark Biller, suggested they may file for judicial substitution, so no further scheduling on any of the

matters took place. If convicted on all seven remaining felony counts, Trumble faces a potential combined sentence of over 140 years in prison and fines of over $350,000.

Many in Wisconsin tune in as U.S. Supreme Court takes up health reform by Shamane Mills Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE – Health reform, or the Affordable Care Act, goes to the U.S. Supreme Court today. An Eau Claire business owner who says high premiums forced her small business out of the group market will be following the legal arguments. For 27 years, Loni Madis has owned the

Greater Midwest Mercantile in Eau Claire. She and her two adult children sell jewelry, rifles and small antiques. Midwest Mercantile had a small-group health insurance policy, which Ladis dropped in 2008. “They (the insurance company) wanted to give us a 40-percent—that’s four zero— increase,” she says. “With a $5,000 deductible, that became insurmountable.” Ladis went on Medicare, her daughter

used a spouse’s insurance, and her son got a cheaper individual policy. Health reform offers tax credits for qualifying small businesses to help pay for coverage. A group called the Small Business Majority says more than 300,000 firms nationally took advantage of these tax credits last year. The group’s founder, John Arensmeyer, says overturning the Affordable Care Act would be disastrous for small business.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done and we’re the first to say this law is far from perfect,” he says. “But what’s important to keep in mind is that it’s a significant improvement over the status quo.” Other business groups oppose the law. They question whether it will contain costs and expand coverage.

Jauch gets earful on mining during listening session by Rich Kremer

Wisconsin Public Radio RICE LAKE – Democratic state Sen. Bob Jauch drew praise and criticism during his first listening session after voting against a controversial iron mining bill. There were about 20 people at the Rice Lake City Hall for the Jauch listening session on Friday, March 23. Most were supporters of his vote against an Assembly

version of the iron mining bill, but others were not. Francis Schneider of Rice Lake is one of the latter. He says he’s sick of both parties playing politics with some 700 jobs on the line. “We‘re losing these good jobs; they pay more money and have great benefits for our families and we definitely need them up here,” he says.

A recall has been launched against Jauch and Republican State Sen. Dale Schultz for their votes against the mine. Schneider says he’d consider signing a petition. But Mark Pederson says he supports Jauch. “Senator Jauch has offered a fair compromise for the mining bill that balances the need to proceed with mining if possible and do it in a safe way.” Jauch says he encourages spirited debate

and doesn’t expect the recall to get any traction. “Once we break through the myths and the mythology and the misinformation that the people they begin to realize that what Senator Shultz and I did should not be condemned, it should be celebrated,” he says. Jauch said he would be meeting on Wednesday, March 28, with Gov. Walker to discuss a plan to get mining legislation

Polk County circuit court Nathan T. Alm, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Corey R. Anderson, La Crosse, nonregistration of auto; operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, not guilty pleas. Joseph W. Anderson, Scandia, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Justin M. Anderson, Comstock, speeding, $175.30. Kyle A. Anderson, Zimmerman, Minn., unsafe lane deviation; operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, not guilty pleas. Kristin S. Artis, Brooklyn Park, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Rebecca M. Ashby, Amery, speeding, not guilty plea. Nathan B. Babcock, Blaine, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Zachary R. Baxter, Milltown, no catalytic converter, $175.30. Amy M. Benson, Clear Lake, speeding, $200.50; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Kori E. Berg, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $200.50. George A. Bibeau, Centuria, seat belt violation, $10.00. Robert J. Biedler, Luck, operating while revoked, $200.50. Jeremy A. Brown, Dresser, nonregistration of auto, not guilty plea. Allen E. Bruce, Somerset, drink open intoxicant in MV, $200.50. Danika V. Buck, Cumberland, seat belt violation, $10.00. Amy E. Busch, Turtle Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00; operating motor vehicle a/proof of insurance, $10.00. Andrew J. Cimfl, Clayton, speeding; cracked/damaged windshield; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, not guilty pleas. Susan A. Claude, Milltown, seat belt violation, $10.00; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00.

Kenneth P. Clement, Saxon, speeding, $200.50. William M. Defiel, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, $175.30; nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Joshua L. Doroitt, Strum, seat belt violation, $10.00; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Edward R. Dunbar, Shell Lake, speeding, $175.30. Anthony J. Eastman, Webster, speeding, not guilty plea. Amy L. Eaton, Dresser, speeding, not guilty plea. Jason A. Eggen, Beldenville, operating while suspended, $200.50. Justin K. Eley, Cushing, speeding, $175.30; operating while revoked, $200.50.; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Jeremy G. Ellingsworth, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Patrice J. Evans, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Carl W. Flawell, Flagstaff, Ariz., speeding, $175.30. Samuel J. Frankhauser, Weyerhaeuser, speeding, not guilty plea. Angela R. Flynn, Ashland, speeding, $200.50; operating while suspended, $200.50; nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Kent H. Forsland, River Falls, fail to stop/improper stop at stop sign, not guilty plea. Willem G. Gebben, Colfax, speeding, $175.30. Frank J. Goeman, New Richmond, speeding, $200.50. Rebecca A. Gourevitch, Hastings on Hudson, N.Y., speeding, not guilty plea. Leigh C. Grampre, Fridley, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Amanda M. Groehler, Luck, operating while suspended; operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, not guilty pleas. Doreen A. Gustafson, Frederic, speeding, $175.30.

Heather N. Hanson, Cottage Grove, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Judith R. Hanson, Baudette, Minn., operate w/o valid license, $200.50. Samantha L. Hart, Luck, operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50; possess open intoxicants in MV, $263.50; operating while revoked, $200.50. Bryon J. Hartung, Amery, speeding; operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, not guilty pleas. Michael D. Haugen, Eagan, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Shelby J. Hegna, Cameron, seat belt violation, $10.00. Randy A. Heil, River Falls, speeding, $200.50. Charles D. Hile, Rice Lake, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Rose L. Houtari, Frederic, seat belt violation, $10.00; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Rene J. Hunger, Ramsey, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Gerald R. Jackson, Luck, operating while revoked, $200.50. Cole J. Johnson, Red Wing, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Jarret C. Johnson, Red Wing, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Sally M. Johnson, Clear Lake, speeding, $175.30. Tom P. Johnson, Luck, seat belt violation, $10.00; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Tina M. Jordan, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Jacob J. Jungmann, Clear Lake, speeding, $200.50; operate motorcycle w/o valid license, $200.50. Jessica A. Kahler, Deer Park, seat belt violation, $10.00; operating while suspended, $200.50. Allen L. Kangas, Milltown, operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50; operate w/o

valid license, $200.50. Anthony L. Kathrein, Wausau, speeding, $175.30; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Chalane D. Kirchoff, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Kristina L. Koethe, Centuria, speeding, not guilty plea. James M. Kovac, Racine, speeding, not guilty plea. Craig A. Krueger, Maplewood, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Dustin J. Larson, Athens, operate w/o valid license, $200.50. Dorothy L. Lauritsen, Balsam Lake, deviation from designated lane, $175.30. Penny J. Lehner, Fort Dodge, Iowa, speeding, $175.30. Lisa M. Lien, Clayton, speeding, not guilty plea. James W. Lindgren, Balsam Lake, drink open intoxicant in MV, $187.90. Dominique F. Linquist, St. Paul, Minn., automobile following too closely, $200.50. Fred E. Lunsman Jr., Wheeler, speeding, $200.50. Eric J. Madsen, Stanley, speeding, $175.30. Lawrence C. Mahoney, Birchwood, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Alexis B. Martin, La Crosse, speeding, not guilty plea. Brandon A. Marz, Amery, seat belt violation, $10.00. Murphy L. Mccann, Eagan, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Kathy A. Mckenzie, Willow River, Minn., seat belt violation, $10.00; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Kenneth M. McNiff, Prescott, speeding, $175.30. Valerie J. Medeiros, Lindstrom, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Jonathan M. Merrill, Luck, nonregistration of auto, $175.30; operating while suspended, $200.50; seat belt violation, $10.00.

Matthew Millermon, St. Croix Falls, resisting or obstructing an officer, not guilty plea. Jason L. Millermon, Amery, speeding; operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance; display unauthorized vehicle registration plate, not guilty pleas. Mason M. Millermon, St. Croix Falls, resisting or obstructing and officer, not guilty plea. Mary J. Monteon, Pymouth, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Antoinette G. Mortensen, Spring Lake Park, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Timothy J. Nelson, Taylors Falls, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Amanda C. Nissen, Dresser, speeding, $175.30. Thomas D. Patterson, Centuria, speeding, not guilty plea. Michael E. Pelant, Farmington, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Anthony J. Perry, White Bear Lake, Minn., operate w/o valid license, not guilty plea. John A. Peterson, Comstock, speeding, $175.30. Danette M. Priebe, Milltown, operate motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Ronald R. Rathbun, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Aaron J. Reaney, Boyceville, speeding, $175.30. Eric L. Reynolds, Lewisville, Texas, speeding, $225.70. William A. Ricci, Comstock, speeding, $175.30. Anthony J. Richmeier, Clear Lake, speeding, $175.30. Patricia A. Ridley, White Bear Lake, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Christopher M. Rinehart, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Xicotencatl H. Ruiz, Stewart, Minn., speeding, $183.30. Kenneth C. Sanz, Dresser, speeding, $225.70. Landon K. Shelby, Amery, resisting or obstructing an officer, not guilty plea.

Nicholis C. Siltberg, Dresser, speeding, $175.30. Michael J. Skow Jr., Luck, drink open intoxicants in MV, $187.90; possess drug paraphernalia, $269.50. Elaine H. Solum, Deer Park, fail/yield right/way from stop sign, $175.30. Ricky C. Stafford, Taylors Falls, Minn., seat belt violation, $10.00, twice. Mark L. Stanek, Gilman, speeding, $175.30. Roseann Svien, Prescott, seat belt violation, $10.00. Tammy J. Swanson, Clear Lake, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Jared D. Tober, Grantsburg, reckless driving-endanger safety, $389.50; OWI, not guilty plea; keep open intoxicants in MV, $263.50; fail/stop at stop sign, $175.30; speeding, $893.50; operating w/PAC >.15, $817.50. Kristine A. Torgerson, Turtle Lake, nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Sara A. Underwood, Frederic, speeding, $175.30; seat belt violation, $10.00. Brooke J. Vangilder, Birchwood, speeding, $175.30. Gabriel D. Walbridge, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Joshua C. Watson, Cadott, speeding; operating while suspended, not guilty pleas. Marilyn J. Wilcosky, Milltown, possession of THC; possess drug paraphernalia, not guilty pleas. Beverly J. Wilson, Rochester, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Tong Xiong, Brooklyn Park, Minn, speeding, $175.30. Joseph B. Zellmer, Luck, seat belt violation, $10.00; violation of child safety restraint requirements, $150.10.


Notices/Employment Opportunities/Garage Sales/Real Estate

(Mar. 21, 28, Apr. 4) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DAVID S. WILBERG Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 12 PR 12 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth August 3, 1954, and date of death February 13, 2012, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 2414 75th Avenue, Osceola, WI 54020. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is June 20, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar March 13, 2012 Leah E. Boeve Remington Law Offices, LLC 126 S. Knowles Avenue New Richmond, WI 54017 715-246-3422 Bar Number: 1081407

MOVING SALE Friday, March 30, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 130 Jenson Blvd., Luck, WI

Just south of Hwy. 48 east side of Luck


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TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK Join The Grantsburg Girls Softball Team! Saturday, March 31, From 1 - 4 p.m. Grantsburg High School

Fundraising proceeds will support the Grantsburg Softball Team and their pursuit of another State Championship

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• FREE Admission • 2:00 - GHS Softball History (Don Bejelland) • 2:30 - Fashion Show - Starring GHS Softball Players • Demonstrations of Products • Raffles - 5 Tickets - $5, 12 Tickets - $10 • Yummy Desserts, Punch & Coffee (FREE) • Meet The Team • FUN Giveaways, Coupons & Door Prizes • Vendors Giving 10 - 20% Of Sales • Relax & Socialize - Support Our Girls In A FUN Environment • Get AMAZING Products - You Know You Want Anyways - While Giving Back To The Team!

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Coloring, Games & Prizes Where: HS Gym Drop Your Kids Off For A Stree-Free Shopping Experience

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Jockey Person To Person Scentsy Stampin Up Mary Kay Uppercase Living Silpada Tastefully Simple Wild River Photography Norwex ViSalus Sciences Send Out Cards Miche Pampered Chef Amway

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(March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff Vs. EDUARDO LERRO, et al, Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 11 CV 321 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on October 18, 2011, in the amount of $145,566.12 the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 2, 2012 at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin DESCRIPTION: Part of the Southeast 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4, Section 30, Township 33 North, Range 18 West, Town of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing on the East line of said forty, 655 feet North of the Southeast corner of said forty; thence West parallel to the South line of said forty, 214 feet; thence North parallel to the East line of said forty 203 1/2 feet; thence East parallel to the South line of said forty to the East line of said forty; thence South to the place of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2341 Oak Drive, Osceola, WI 54020 TAX KEY NO.: 042-00734-0000 Dated this 7th day of March, 2012 Dustin A. McMahon State Bar #1086857 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C. is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 285406 556156


Monthly Board Meeting Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. Milltown Fire Hall

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Saturday, April 14, 2012, 2:30 p.m.

The annual meeting for the Town of LaFollette will be held at the town hall on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. 556929 Linda Terrian, Clerk 32L 22a (Mar. 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WESTCONSIN CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, vs. TRAVIS J. PETERSEN SHANNON N. PETERSEN, DISCOVER BANK, CAPITAL ONE BANK (U.S.A.), PORTFOLIO RECOVERY ASSOCIATES, LLC, GRINDELL LAW OFFICES, SC, Defendants. Case No. 11CV698 Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of an amended judgment of foreclosure and sale rendered in the above-entitled action on March 1, 2012, in the amount of $102,778.41, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, in said County, on the 3rd day of May, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: Lots 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9, Block 7 of Todd Lewis Addition to Plat of Lewis (in the Town of Clam Falls), Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1144 Oak Avenue, Lewis, Wis. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check upon confirmation of sale. Dated this 6th day of March, 2012. /s/Peter J. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Attorney Christine A. Gimber WELD, RILEY, PRENN & RICCI, S.C. 3624 Oakwood Hills Parkway P.O. Box 1030 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1030 715-839-7786 Attorneys for Plaintiff This is an attempt to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

COACHING OPPORTUNITY The Frederic School District is accepting applications for the following coaching position:


Send letter of application, resume and credentials to: Troy Wink, Athletic Director, Frederic School District, 1437 Clam Falls Drive, Frederic, WI 54837. Telephone 715-327-4223 or email Deadline for applications is 556563 31-32L 21-22a Friday, April 13, 2012. The Frederic School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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AVAILABLE APRIL 1 Water, sewer & garbage included. Background check. First month’s rent and damage deposit.

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(Mar. 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WESTCONSIN CREDIT UNION Plaintiff, vs. PAMELA S. SCHULTE, JOHN DOE SCHULTE unknown spouse of Pamela S. Schulte, Defendants. Case No. 11CV512 Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of a judgment of foreclosure and sale rendered in the above-entitled action on October 3, 2011, in the amount of $128,701.75, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, in said County, on the 3rd day of May, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: The W 1/2 of E 1/2 of SW 1/4 of SE 1/4, Section 25, Township 34 North, Range 16 West, Town of Apple River, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 637 U.S. Highway 8, Amery, Wisconsin. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check upon confirmation of sale. Dated this 8th day of March, 2012. /s/Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Attorney Christine A. Gimber WELD, RILEY, PRENN & RICCI, S.C. 3624 Oakwood Hills Parkway P.O. Box 1030 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1030 715-839-7786 Attorneys for Plaintiff This is an attempt to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-6699777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1800-927-9275. 445101 8a-etfcp 19Ltfc

(March 21, 28, Apr. 4) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF SHIRLEY R. SANDQUIST Order and Notice for Hearing on Petition for Final Judgment (Formal Administration) Case No. 11 PR 25 A petition has been filed. THE COURT FINDS: The decedent, with date of birth November 1, 1925, and date of death April 9, 2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 308 Peterson Lane, Frederic, WI 54837. THE COURT ORDERS: 1. The petition will be heard at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Branch 1, before Hon. Molly E. GaleWyrick, Court Official, on April 20, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The petition may be granted if there is no objection. 2. Notice by publication is required. Publication of this notice is notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call 715485-9238 at least 10 working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. Please check with the person named below for exact time and date. BY THE COURT: Molly E. GaleWyrick Circuit Court Judge March 15, 2012 George W. Benson Attorney at Law BENSON LAW OFFICE LLC P.O. Box 370 Siren, WI 54872 715-349-5215 Bar Number: 1012978

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IN THE MATTER OF THE NAME CHANGE OF JOHN ALLEN YATES By (Petitioner): John Allen Yates Notice and Order For Name Change Hearing Case No. 12CV145 NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: John Allen Yates To: John Allen Kopp Birth Certificate: John Allen Yates IT IS ORDERED: These petitions will be heard in the Circuit Court of Polk County, State of Wis., Judge Anderson, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, WI, April 9, 2012, 4 p.m. BY THE COURT: Jeffery L. Anderson Circuit Court Judge March 6, 2012

Agenda to be posted: 1) Eureka Town Hall 2) Eureka Town Garage 3) Eureka Clerk’s Office. Agenda may also be posted on Town Web site:

The 2012 Annual Meeting Will Be Held On Sat., April 14, At 10 a.m. At The Town Hall

2-BR Apartments Downtown St. Croix Falls $ 450-$475 per mo.

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(Mar. 14, 21, 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE NAME CHANGE OF CHRISTOPHER DUANE YATES By (Petitioner): Christopher Duane Yates Notice and Order For Name Change Hearing Case No. 12CV146 NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Christopher Duane Yates To: Christopher Duane Kopp Birth Certificate: Christopher Duane Yates

Annual Town Meeting Tues., April 10, 2012 7 p.m. at the Eureka Town Hall Monthly Board Meeting Thurs., April 12, 2012 7 p.m. at Eureka Town Hall




Kristi Swanson Village Clerk


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A public test of the Village of Frederic’s Sequoia Voting System will be held at the Village Hall on Friday, March 30, 2012, at 10 a.m.

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TOWN OF LORAIN BOARD MEETING Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. Lorain Town Hall, 252 345th Ave., Cty. Rd. E

Agenda: Call meeting to order; roll call/verification of meeting notice; approve the minutes of the last meeting; approve the treasury report; motion to pay the bills. Reports: Road review; fire dept.; ambulance; cemetery; Comprehensive Plan Commission; Approve additional member to cemetery committee; Set date for Annual Board of Review; Set date for Annual Road Review; additional meeting items for future agendas; motion to adjourn. 556386 32L 22a Susan E. Hughes, Clerk


Notices/Employment Opportunities

Burnett County deaths

(Mar. 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff vs. KERRY L. LYSDAHL, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 939 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 19, 2011, in the amount of $120,785.34, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 2, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 4134, recorded June 26, 2003, in Volume 18 of Certified Survey Maps, on Page 164, as Document No. 660373, in the Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2284 190th St., Centuria, WI 54824. TAX KEY NO.: 020-00279-0120. Dated this 7th day of March, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Scott D. Nabke State Bar #1037979 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 285302

George W. Nutt Jr., 61, village of Siren, died Feb. 10, 2012.

Anthony W. Quattrochi, 58, Town of Roosevelt, died Feb. 12, 2012.

NOTICE OF REFERENDUM Polk County April 3, 2012

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at an election to be held in Polk County, on April 3, 2012, the following proposed referendum question will be submitted to a vote of the people: Shall the County Board of Supervisors be reduced from 23 members to 15 members? Yes _________ / No _________ EXPLANATION A yes vote will lower the number the county board supervisors from the current number of 23 to 15. It will cause district lines to be redrawn to reflect 15 districts. This would go into effect with the next election of county board supervisors as they circulate and file Nomination Papers for the April 2014 election. A no vote will cause the number of county board supervisors to stay at its current number of 23 members. Done in the Village of Balsam Lake, On March 13, 2012 556602 Carole T. Wondra, Polk County Clerk 32L 22a,d WNAXLP

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(Mar. 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT CIVIL DIVISION POLK COUNTY U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, N.D. Plaintiff vs. RONALD R. FEHLEN Defendant NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 11 CV 470 Case Code No. 30404 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on October 28, 2011, in the amount of $188,228.87, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 3, 2012, at 10 a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax from the proceeds of the sale. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lot 7 of Certified Survey Map No. 2026, recorded in Volume 9 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 174, as Document 542747, located in the East One-half of Southeast Onequarter of Southwest Onequarter (E 1/2 of SE 1/4 of SW 1/4, Section Eighteen (18), Township Thirty-two (32) North, Range Eighteen (18) West, Polk County, Wisconsin. TAX KEY NO: 022-00922-0700. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 312 236th St., Osceola, WI 54020. Adam C. Lueck State Bar No. 1081386 Attorney for Plaintiff 230 W. Monroe St. Chicago, IL 60606 Phone: 312-541-9710 Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

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(Mar. 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WILSHIRE CREDIT CORPORATION, AS SERVICER FOR U.S. BANK, NA, AS SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE TO BANK OF AMERICA, NA, AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK, NA, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE MLMI TRUST SERIES 2006-RM4 Plaintiff vs. CHRISTINE A. SIMONSON, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 09 CV 946 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 18, 2010, in the amount of $185,761.73, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 2, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 25, Croixwood, in the City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. ALSO DESCRIBED AS: Lot 25, Croixwood “A Planned Unit Development,” City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1326 East Aspen Drive, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. TAX KEY NO.: 281-01380-2500. Dated this 7th day of March, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Scott D. Nabke State Bar #1037979 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 285293

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(Mar. 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff vs. JULIE A. MINOR, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 09 CV 313 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 15, 2009, in the amount of $162,965.37, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 2, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 1844 recorded in Volume 8 of Certified Survey Maps on page 192 as Document No. 529708, located in Outlot 15 of the Outlot Plat to the Village of Osceola, being part of the Southeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, Section 22, Township 33 North, Range 19 West. Said land being in the Village of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 403A 8th Avenue, Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO.: 165-00355-0000. Dated this 7th day of March, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 285412

Peace Lutheran Church

of Dresser, Wisconsin, has the following opening to complete its ministry team:

Customer Service Representative

We are looking for an experienced part-time CSR to join our team. CSRs are responsible for effectively managing inquiries from customers, which include problem solving, order entry, sales and confirmation, price quotation and technical support. Approx. 50-60 calls per day. High-level solutions oriented individuals encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants must be able to work directly with customers to ensure their needs are met. The right candidate must meet all company core values: Positive attitude, flexibility, speed, integrity and continuous improvement. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:

Federated Co-ops Inc. CSR Position 2634 68th Avenue • Osceola, WI 54020 Or apply online at

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TOWN OF ST. CROIX FALLS Polk County, Wisconsin PLAN COMMISSION - NOTICE OF HEARING April 11, 2012 The Town of St. Croix Falls Plan Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at the Town Hall at 1305 200th Street & U.S. Hwy. 8, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. At that time the applicant will inform the Commission of their request. (THE APPLICANT MUST APPEAR AT 6:00 P.M. WHEN THE COMMISSION CONVENES AT THE TOWN HALL.) Written evidence, testimony or comments, if any, must be delivered in person or by mail to the Town Hall. Craig Peters has applied to rezone a parcel of land and therefore has applied to amend the Town Zoning Map. The applicants are proposing the zoning change from Agricultural to Transitional. The parcel identification number is 044-003610000. The property is located in Section 15, T. 34N., R.18W. The address of this parcel is 1537 200th St., St. Croix Falls. James Alt, Zoning Administrator 557019 32-33L WNAXLP


This part-time position requires the applicant be a Wisconsin licensed RN. Job description and application can be found at under the “Download Forms” button. Mail or fax application and resume to: Peace Lutheran Church Attn: Parish Nurse 2355 Clark Road, P.O. Box 655 Dresser, WI 54009 Fax: 715-755-2525 Deadline for applications April 1.


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NOTICE OF ANNUAL TOWN MEETING The Annual Meeting Of The Town Of Meenon Will Be Held On Tues., April 10, 2012, At 7 p.m. Agenda items to include: 2010 Annual meeting minutes , 2011 Annual report, discussion of official salaries, set date for 2012 Annual meeting, adjournment.

NOTICE OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING The Regular Monthly Meeting Of The Meenon Town Board Will Be Held On Tues., April 10, 2012, Immediately Following The Adjournment Of The Annual Town Meeting Agenda to include: Chairman’s, Supervisor’s, Clerk’s and Treasurer’s report, set BOR dates, items for future agendas and adjournment. Suzanna M. Eytcheson Meenon Town Clerk 556968 32L 22a

Agenda: Call meeting to order: Town chairman; motion to approve the agenda; review & approve minutes of the 2011 annual meeting; review & approve 2011 financial report; designate the official depositories for coming year; approve funds for fire dept. appreciation dinner; approve funds for fire dept. fundraising dinner; Commission report: Comprehensive land use plan; Committee reports: Fire dept., ambulance, cemetery; Other business: Set the date of 2013 annual meeting; motion to adjourn. 556384 32L 22a Susan E. Hughes, Clerk

ANNUAL MEETING TOWN OF DANIELS Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 7 p.m. at Daniels Town Hall

AGENDA: Minutes from 2011; accept 2011 financial report; road tour (set date); overview of Daniels Township; gopher tail rates; set date for 2013 annual meeting. Any other business brought before board per statutes for annual meeting. The annual report will be posted at Johnson Lumber, Backwoods Beer & Bait, Bob’s Auto Service, town hall and the clerk’s home.


The regular monthly town board meeting will follow the annual meeting. AGENDA: Minutes & treasurer’s report; payment of town bills and any other business properly brought before the board. Agenda to be posted at town hall. 556570 31-32L

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POLK COUNTY POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS ADRC Supervisor - Resource Center Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Full Time 40 Hr./Week Deadline To Apply: April 2, 2012

$26.80/hr. DOQ

GOLDEN AGE MANOR RN $25.86/hr. + shift differential Part Time 0.8 FTE 7.75 Hr./Day & Charge RN 2:30 - 10:45 Deadline To Apply: April 2, 2012 LPN $20.19/hr. + shift differential Part Time 2:30 - 10:45 (0.9 FTE) Part Time 2:30 - 9:00/10:45 (0.4 FTE) alternating (.5 FTE) schedule Deadline To Apply: April 2, 2012 ***Please Mail RN & LPN Applications Directly To GAM*** YOU MUST COMPLETE A POLK CO. EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For application, complete position requirements and details, please visit our Web site at, Employment Opportunities, or in person at 100 Polk Co. Plaza, #229, Balsam Lake, or Golden Age Manor, 220 Scholl Ct., Amery, or by calling 715-485-9176. Please, no faxed applications. AA/EEOC 557034 32L


Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of the Village of Webster, Burnett County, Wisconsin, that on April 3, 2012, being the first Tuesday in April, the spring election of candidates for village board and municipal judge will be held at the polls normally used for state, local and judicial elections. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Patrice Bjorklund, Clerk Village of Webster The following is the facsimile of the ballot:

Lekenia J. Williams, 33, Danbury, operate without valid license, $127.50.

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(March 21, 28, April 4) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Royal Credit Union, a federal credit union, 200 Riverfront Terrace Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54703, Plaintiff, vs. Charles A. Otto 826 55th Street Clayton, Wisconsin 54004, Thomas L. Jonas 1913 Miller Street, Apt. 72 La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601, Tamara J. Jonas 1913 Miller Street, Apt. 72 La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601, John Doe, Mary Roe and XYZ corporation, Defendants. Case Type: 30301 Case No. 12CV53 PUBLICATION SUMMONS THE STATE OF WISCONSIN TO THOMAS L. JONAS: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that Plaintiff, Royal Credit Union, a federal credit union, as assignee of The RiverBank, has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. WITHIN forty (40) days after March 21, 2012, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the Complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the Polk County Clerk of Court, Polk County Justice Center, whose address is 1005 West Main Street, Suite 300, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810, and to Plaintiff’s attorneys, Anastasi & Associates, P.A., whose address is 14985 60th Street North, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the Complaint within forty (40) days, the Court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or may in the future, and may also be enforced or garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: March 7, 2012. ANASTASI & ASSOCIATES, P.A. Garth G. Gavenda, #1079588 David C. Anastasi, #1027144 14985 60th Street North Stillwater, MN 55082 Telephone: 651-439-2951 Attorneys for Plaintiff #15957 556238 WNAXLP

(Mar. 28, Apr. 4, 11) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, as Trustee for Freddie Mac Sercurities REMIC Trust 2005S001 Plaintiff vs. TIMOTHY C. CICCARELLI, et al. Defendants Case No. 11 CV 135 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 19, 2011, in the amount of $336,774.05, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: March 28, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. ADJOURNED to April 18, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens, encumbrances, and payment of applicable transfer taxes. PLACE: In the Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lot 22, as shown on the Plat of First Addition to Lori’s Lotus Lake Landing, filed in the Register of Deeds Office for Polk County, Wisconsin, in Envelope 30B, as Document No. 554519 and located in part of Government Lot 4, Section 21, and parts of Government Lot 2 and the Northwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4, Section 22, Township 33 North, Range 18 West, Town of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. ADDRESS: 847 207th Street, Dresser, WI 54009. TAX KEY NO: 042-01315-2200. Dated this 16th day of March, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford, State Bar # 1034906 6508 South 27th Street Suite #6 Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-761-1700 Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC, is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.


ing at discretion of jail staff, alcohol assessment, license revoked 24 months, ignition interlock; hit and run, two-year probation, sentence withheld, $480.00, restitution, $631.00. Cheryl A. Pangerl, 59, St. Louis Park, Minn., speedometer violations, $127.50. Kyle A. Smith, 22, Frederic, speeding, $127.50. Linda S. Steinbaugh, 61, Apple Valley, Minn., operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Andrea R. Wallace, 44, Hugo, Minn., operate without proof of insurance, $10.00.


Martin E. Gustafson, 34, Center City, Minn., OWI, $867.50, license revoked eight months, alcohol assessment. Misty D. Matrious, 27, Danbury, substantial battery, 18month prison sentence followed by two-year extended supervision, DNA sample, no contact with victim, complete chemical dependency program, $14,663.00, restitution, $277.00. Craig A. Mensing, 60, Sandstone, Minn., OWI, $1,424.00, two-year probation, sentence withheld, 45-day jail sentence, Huber release and / or monitor-


Polaris Industries is HIRING for long-term opportunities! Polaris Industries, Inc. Osceola, WI Maintenance Technicians:


This evening is designed for parents only, so they may have a better understanding of the kindergarten program and details of their child’s day at school. If your child is currently enrolled in the 4-K Program in Balsam Lake, your child will bring home a registration packet to be completed by you and returned on April 19. If your child does not go to the 4-K Program, then a packet may be picked up at the Luck Elementary School Office anytime between the hours of 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Those children that are not enrolled in 4-K will also need to bring their child’s birth certificate and immunization records. A school physical will be required to attend kindergarten. According to state law, (chapter 429, section 118.14), a child must be 5 years old on or before September 1, in order to go to kindergarten in the fall. If you have questions regarding this, please call us at 715472-2153, Ext. 108. 556613 21-24a 32-35L

Assist in installation, alterations/modifications, repairs and maintenance of facility’s systems, equipment and machinery. Troubleshoot electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic problems. Technical degree in electrical, controls, mechanical, hydraulics and pneumatics maintenance desired. 3 years’ experience in maintenance of electrical industrial equipment required. Experience with CMMS & PLC programming. Knowledgeable in fabricating and welding; as well as experienced in electrical troubleshooting.

Group Leaders:

Provide training and leadership to direct hourly employees and to meet and exceed production, safety and quality standards. Coach, develop, motivate and train employees to be efficient and productive. Enforce company policies, procedures and systems from all areas within the company. Ensure that a quality product is produced in an efficient workflow while meeting all requirements in responsibilities stated under safety, quality, employees, policy & procedures, housekeeping and confidentiality. Experience in production environment and high school diploma or GED required. Supervisor certificate and/or 2-year degree desired. Ability to work overtime and weekends required.

To learn more & apply, visit the careers section of our Web site at: 556706 21a,dp 32Lp


Take notice that a public hearing will be held at the Village Office, 7505 Main Street, Webster, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, At 5:45 p.m. For the purpose of consideration of a conditional use permit for Sid Sherstad dba Siren Telephone Company, for property located in the Village of Webster. The property zoned R1, Single-Family Residential District. The request is to erect a 140’ tall Internet Tower. The board will hear all interested persons, or their agents or attorneys, and thereafter will make a decision on the requests. For additional information, please contact: Patrice Bjorklund, Village Clerk 7505 Main Street West Webster, WI 54893 Phone: 715-866-4211 Any person who has a qualifying disability as defined by the Americans With Disability Act that requires the meeting or materials at the meeting to be in an accessible location or format must contact the Village Clerk at 715-866-4211, 7505 Main Street West, Webster, Wisconsin, at least 24 hours prior to the commencement of the meeting so that any necessary arrangements can be made to accommodate each request. 556785 32L WNAXLP

NOTICE TO VENDORS AND CONTRACTORS West CAP is a nonprofit corporation that is under contract with the State of Wisconsin to provide weatherization services to low/moderate income families in seven counties in West Central WI. Funding comes from the U.S. Dept. of Energy and the State of WI for these programs. We are now building a vendor/contractor list of interested businesses who would like to provide products and services that may be needed during the next year. These include: HVAC repair and installations, plumbing repairs and water heater installations, electrical repairs and installations, the supply of lumber, construction materials and hardware; sheet metal products for HVAC, ventilation equipment, CFLs and electric supplies, energy-saving materials, glass and vinyl windows; various types of foam sheathing, 1- and 2-part foams; motor fuels, vehicle maintenance services, bagged cellulose and fiberglass insulation and construction safety equipment. American-made equipment is preferred. All interested vendors and contractors are encouraged to submit their names to be included on the vendor list. Small businesses, female-owned and Minority Business Enterprises are especially encouraged to participate. Contact: West CAP attention K. Peterson, P.O. Box 308, Glenwood City, WI 54013 or phone 715-265-4271 X1125 to be added to the bidder’s lists. Be certain to specify what products or services you are interested in providing. 557050 32L

SECTION 00030 ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS 2012 Linden Street East Reconstruction Village of Frederic, Wisconsin Sealed bids for the project designated above will be received for and in behalf of the Village of Frederic until Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at 10 a.m. at which time the bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at the Village Hall, 107 Hope Road West, Frederic, Wisconsin, for furnishing all labor, material, equipment, etc., necessary and required for the following work: 3,000 SY Remove Asphalt Pavement 800 CY Common Excavation 1,800 TON Base Aggregate Dense, 1-1/4-inch 1,400 LF Concrete Curb & Gutter, 30-inch 500 TON Asphaltic Surface, Type E-1.0 600 SF Concrete Sidewalk 2 EA Remove/Replace Sanitary Sewer Manhole with Outside Drop 2 EA Remove/Replace Hydrant Package 1 LS Traffic Control 1,200 SY Topsoil, Seed, and Mulch All bids shall be addressed to the Village of Frederic, 107 Hope Road West, P.O. Box 567, Frederic, Wisconsin 54837, and shall be marked “Bid for 2012 Linden Street East Reconstruction” on the outside of the envelope. Complete digital project bidding documents are available at You may download the digital plan documents for $10.00 by inputting Quest project #1946681 on the Web site’s Project Search page. Please contact at 952-233-1632 or for assistance in free membership registration, downloading and working with this digital project information. An optional paper set of project documents is also available for a nonrefundable fee of $25.00 per set. Please make your check to payable to Cooper Engineering Company, Inc. and send it to 2600 College Drive, P.O. Box 230, Rice Lake, Wisconsin 54868. Please contact us at 715-234-7008 if you have any questions. The bid proposal shall be accompanied by a certified check or bid bond in an amount not less than 5% of the maximum bid price, payable to the Village of Frederic, as a guarantee that the bidder, if his bid is accepted, will execute and file the proper contract and 100 percent performance and payment bonds within 15 days after the Notice of Award. In case the Bidder fails to file such contract and required bonds, the check or bid bond shall be forfeited to the Village of Frederic as liquidated damages. Letting of contracts will be subject to Section 66.0901 Wisconsin Statutes, Public Works, Contracts, and Bids. The Village of Frederic reserves the right to waive any formalities in the preparation of a bid and to reject any or all bids. No bidder may withdraw his bid within 60 days after the scheduled time of bid opening. Published by the authority of: Village of Frederic David Wondra, Village Administrator 107 Hope Road West, P.O. Box 567 Frederic, WI 54837 Cooper Engineering Company, Inc. 2600 College Drive, P.O. Box 230 556515 31-32L WNAXLP Rice Lake, WI 54868-0230


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NOTICE OF ELECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER (S.120.06(8) (C) Wis. Statutes) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the qualified electors of the School District of Luck that on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, an election for school board members will be held. VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN TWO Electors will vote in their polling places. Polls will be open at 7 a.m. and closed at 8 p.m. Two elected at large for a threeyear term. Dated this 19th day of March, 2012. LeRoy Buck, District Clerk

• Asphalt & Pulverizing/Milling • Line Painting • Road Oil • Gravel • Crack Sealing Materials • Rock • Culverts & Liners • Erosion Control Materials • Screened Sand Any and all of the above may be used on the CTH E1 Local Road Improvement Project. Contracted services on county construction projects over $100,000 are subject to prevailing wage laws. Polk County 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 18, 2012, AT 9 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 715-485-8700 557031 32-33L

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(Feb. 29, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P Plaintiff vs. CAROL A. GAUSE, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 442 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on November 23, 2011, in the amount of $196,503.58, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 18, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: All that part of Lot 9, Plat of Lee`s Subdivision, which lies North of the existing town road, Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. TOGETHER with the West 100 feet of Lot 9 of Lee’s Subdivision of a part of the North 1/2 of Section 1, Town 34 North, Range 17 West bounded as follows: On the South by Balsam Lake, on the North by the Public Highway, on the East by a line parallel with and 150 feet West of the East line of said Lot 9 of said Subdivision, and on the West by the West line of said Lot 9, being part of Government Lot 2; and that part of Government Lot 2, Section 1, Town 34 North, Range 17 West, described as follows: Beginning at the Southwest corner of Lot 9 of Lee’s Subdivision of a part of the North 1/2 of Section 1, Town 34 North, Range 17 West; thence Westerly along the water’s edge of Balsam Lake at highwater mark, a distance of 46 feet; thence Northeasterly in a

straight line to the Northwest corner of said Lot 9; thence South along the West line of Lot 9 of Lee’s Subdivision to the point of beginning; except that part lying North of the public highway, Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. ALSO DESCRIBED AS: Tract 1: All that part of Lot 9, Plat of Lee’s Subdivision, which lies North of the existing town road, Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. Tract 2: The West 100 feet of Lot 9 of Lee’s Subdivision of a part of the North 1/2 of Section 1, Town 34 North, Range 17 West bounded as follows: On the South by Balsam Lake, on the North by the Public Highway, on the East by a line parallel with and 150 feet West of the East line of said Lot 9 of said Subdivision, and on the West by the West line of said Lot 9, being part of Government Lot 2; and that part of Government Lot 2, Section 1, Town 34 North, Range 17 West, described as follows: Beginning at the Southwest corner of Lot 9 of Lee’s Subdivision of a part of the North 1/2 of Section 1, Town 34 North, Range 17 West; thence Westerly along the water’s edge of Balsam Lake at highwater mark, a distance of 46 feet; thence Northeasterly in a straight line to the Northwest corner of said Lot 9; thence South along the West line of Lot 9 of Lee’s Subdivision to the point of beginning; except that part lying North of the public highway, Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1262 Leeland Lane, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. TAX KEY NO.: 006-01209-0000. Dated this 16th day of February, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Dustin A. McMahon State Bar #1086857 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719

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North, Range 17 West, described as follows: Beginning at a point 200 feet West of the Northwest corner of Lot 15, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition to the Village of Luck; thence South to a point on South line of the property described in Volume 420 Records, page 557, Instrument No. 394523, in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin; thence Northeasterly to a point which is 23.8 feet North of the Northeast corner of Lot 8, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition; thence North to the Northwest corner of Lot 15, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition; thence West 200 feet to the point of beginning. AND EXCEPT the East 40 feet of Lakeshore Lot 11, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition to the Village of Luck, AND EXCEPT a parcel of land in Government Lot 5, also known as the Northwest 1/4 of Southwest 1/4 Section 27, Township 36 North, Range 17 West, Village of Luck, described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of Lot 15, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition to the Village of Luck; thence West 200 feet, to the point of beginning; thence South 245 feet; thence West 200 feet; thence North 245 feet, thence East to the point of beginning, being located in what was formerly known as Lots 11 through 14, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition to the Village of Luck. ALSO EXCEPT the West 25 feet of the East 65 feet of Lakeshore Lot 11, Show and Butts Addition to the Village of Luck, being located in Government Lot 5, Section 27, Township 36 North, Range 17 West, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 14 North Pine Street, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 146-00352-0000. Dated this 7th day of March, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Dustin A. McMahon State Bar # 1086857 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 285422

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(Mar. 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff vs. MICHAEL F. SEVER, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 599 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on December 22, 2011, in the amount of $233,672.05, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 2, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin DESCRIPTION: A parcel of land located in the Northwest 1/4 of Southwest 1/4, Section 27, Township 36 North, Range 17 West, Village of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of Lot 15, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition to the Village of Luck; thence South to a point which is 23.8 feet North of the Northeast corner of Lot 8, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition; thence Southwesterly to a point which is 23.8 feet North of the most Northerly and West corner of Lot 2, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition; thence North to a point 400 feet West of the point of beginning; thence East 400 feet to the point of beginning (said premises being Lots 9 and 14, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition to the Village of Luck which has been vacated). AND Lakeshore Lot 11, Schow and Butts Addition (said premises located in Government Lot 5, Section 27, Township 36 North, Range 17 West, said Lot 5 being the Northwest 1/4 of Southwest 1/4); EXCEPT a parcel of land located in Northwest 1/4 of Southwest 1/4 Section 27, Township 36

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Krista A. Johnson, Milltown, and Dillon C. Mattson, Milltown, issued March 19, 2012. Ellen B. Courtney, Town of Alden, and Gerald A. Anderson, Town of Alden, issued March 21, 2012.

Paula I. McHale, Town of Balsam Lake, and Richard A. Radke, Town of Balsam Lake, issued March 21, 2012. Megan J. Hansen, Town of Georgetown, and Kyle J. Filip, Town of Georgetown, issued March 21, 2012.


Job Title: Contact:

Middle/High School Assistant Principal Josh Robinson, High School Principal 715-327-4223 Job Description: Full-time position The student-centered Assistant Principal will be instrumental in planning and carrying out the Middle/High School’s mission and goals. Responsibilities include leadership of staff and students based upon a studentcentered approach. The Assistant Principal will be a key member of the administrative staff focused on implementation of sound instructional strategies and programs. The leader will facilitate a positive school culture, exhibiting effective communication and people skills. Requirements: Applicants must hold or be eligible for Wisconsin DPI Principal license (51). Qualifications: The successful candidate is preferred to have school counseling experience and hold a WI DPI School Counselor license (54). Applicants must possess passion and enthusiasm for assisting students with reaching educational goals, particularly in the areas of transition, career skill development and postsecondary planning. Expertise/experience in the following areas is beneficial: Strong technology skills (including knowledge of online learning), RtI/PBIS development, PLC, Common Core Standards, staff development, curriculum design and policy review grant writing. Date Posted: March 20, 2012 Deadline: The posting will remain open until April 4, 2012, however, review of applicants will begin immediately. Web site: How to Apply: Submit a district application, letter of interest, resume, copy of WI licenses, copy of transcripts, and 3 letters of recommendation to: Josh Robinson High School Principal 1437 Clam Falls Drive 556578 21a 32L Frederic, WI 715-327-4223 Frederic School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Wisconsin’s Online Charter School

GRANTSBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT 480 E. James Avenue, Grantsburg, WI 54840

Title of Position: Registrar Job Description: The iForward Registrar will be responsible for daily management of program and student information. Maintains a variety of files, documents and student records for the purpose of documenting and/or providing reliable student information. Provides appropriate information to administration, staff, students and/or external agencies. Performs enrollment and withdrawal activites within the automated student information system to ensure regulatory compliance. Prepares a variety of written materials for the purpose of communicating information to school and district personnel, the public and state officials as well as produce, verify and distribute various other reports as requested. Responds to inquiries from various internal and external parties for the purpose of providing information, facilitating communication and/or providing direction. Performs other duties as assigned or apparent. Qualifications/ Requirements: High School diploma or equivalent education required. Two to three years’ administrative support experience preferred. Must have a very high level of technical, computer and software experience. Must have the ability to perform basic math, including calculations using fractions, percentages and/or ratios; read a variety of manuals, write documents following prescribed formats and/or present information to others; and understand complex, multistep written and oral instructions. Must have the ability to work well in a fastpaced environment and maintain a professional manner while adapting to changing work priorities and frequent interruptions. How to Apply: Send resume, transcripts, letters of reference and credentials to: iForward Attn: Executive Director Grantsburg School District 480 E. James Avenue Grantsburg, WI 54840 or e-mail to: Job Posting 556992 32-33L Expiration: April 20, 2012

Lori A. Dieckman, Town of Laketown, and Claudia Justice, Town of Laketown, issued March 20, 2012.




Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of the Webster School District, Burnett County and Douglas County, Wisconsin, that on April 3, 2012, being the first Tuesday in April, the spring election of candidates for school board will be held at the polls normally used for state, local and judicial elections. The polls will be open for those hours established by each municipality. Wendy Larson, Clerk WEBSTER BOARD OF EDUCATION The following is the facsimile of the ballot:

Senior Nutrition Program

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Town Meeting for the Town of Georgetown, in the County of Polk, State of Wis., for transaction of business as is by law required or permitted to be transacted at such meeting, will be held at the town hall in said town on April 10, 2012, at 8 p.m. Dated this 26th day of March, 2012. 556933 32-33L Kristine Lindgren, Clerk 22-23a,d

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At the Spring Election to be held on April 3, 2012, in Polk County, Wisconsin, the following polling place locations will be used for the municipalities indicated. Polling places will open at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m. Voters must be registered before they may vote. You may already be registered. If you have any questions concerning your polling place, or registering, contact the municipal clerk prior to the election. All polling places are accessible to elderly and disabled voters.

Town of Alden Voting at: Alden Town Hall (Located 1 mile east of Hwy. 65 on Cty. Rd. C & CC) Judy Demulling, Clerk - 715-248-7859 Town of Apple River Voting at: Apple River Town Hall 612 U.S. Hwy. 8, Range Gloria Stokes - Clerk, 715-268-9275 Town of Balsam Lake Voting at: Balsam Lake Town Hall & Shop (Located at 1494 150th Ave., intersection of 150th Ave. & 150th St.) Brian Masters, Clerk - 715-554-2091 Town of Bone Lake Voting at: Bone Lake Lutheran Church (1/2 mile S. of Hwy. 48, corner of Cty. Rd. I & 255th Ave.) Darrell Frandsen, Clerk - 715-472-8212 Town of Clam Falls Voting at: Clam Falls Town Hall (County Road I to 320th Avenue, east to 80th Street, then south 1/4 mile - hall on east side of street) Betty L. Knutson, Clerk - 715-653-4206 Town of Eureka Voting at: Eureka Town Garage 2395 210th Ave. Michelle Tonnar, Clerk - 715-646-2985 Town of Farmington Voting at: Farmington Town Hall (Located 1/4 mile west of Hwy. 35 on 30th Ave.) Debbie Swanson, Clerk - 715-294-2370 Town of Garfield Voting at: Garfield Town Hall (Next to Fire Hall, in Wanderoos) Sue Knutson, Clerk - 715-268-4857 Town of Georgetown Voting at: Town Hall (Located corner of Cty. Rds. H & I) Kristine Lindgren, Clerk - 715-857-5788 Town of Laketown Voting at: Cushing Community Center (Located at 2410 241st St., Cushing School) Patsy Gustafson, Clerk - 715-648-5569

Town of Lorain Voting at: Lorain Town Hall (Located at the intersection of 20th St. & 345th Ave., next to fire hall) Susan Hughes, Clerk - 715-653-2629 Town of Luck Voting at: Luck Town Hall (Located at St. Rd. 48, next to Luck Medical Clinic) Lloyd Nelson, Clerk - 715-472-2037 Town of McKinley Voting at: McKinley Town Hall (Located at Corner of Hwy. 48 and 15th St.) Deborah Grover, Clerk - 715-822-3864 Town of Milltown Voting at: Milltown Fire Hall (Located at 127 Eider St., on Hwy. 35 north of Milltown) Virgil Hansen, Clerk - 715-825-2494 Town of Osceola Voting at: Town Hall (516 East Ave. N, Dresser) Lorraine Rugroden, Clerk/Treas. - 715-755-3060 Town of St. Croix Falls Voting at: St. Croix Falls Town Hall (Intersection of U.S. Hwy. 8 and 200th St.) Janet Krueger, Clerk - 715-483-1851 Town of Sterling Voting at: Cushing Community Center (From Hwy. 87 turn by Holiday (Cty. Rd. N), go straight onto 241st St.) Julie Peterson, Clerk - 715-488-2735 Town of West Sweden Voting at: West Sweden Town Hall (Located in Frederic, off Hwy. 48 W., on (N.) 3rd Ave.) Andrea Lundquist, Clerk - 715-327-8650 Village of Dresser Voting at: Municipal Office (Located on the corner of Main St. and Central Ave., 2 blocks off of State Rd. 35) Jodi A. Gilbert, Clerk - 715-755-2940 Village of Frederic Voting at: Frederic Village Hall (107 Hope Road West , 1/2 block west of Hwy. 35) Kristi Swanson, Clerk - 715-327-4294 Village of Luck Voting at: Luck Village Hall (401 South Main St.) Kristina Handt, Acting Clerk - 715-472-2221 Village of Osceola Voting at: Osceola High School Auditorium Neil J. Soltis, Clerk - 715-294-3498

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City of St. Croix Falls Voting at: City Hall (Located at 710 Hwy. 35 South, intersection of U.S. Hwy. 8 & Hwy. 35 S.) Bonita Leggitt, Clerk - 715-483-3929, ext. 11

The Town of McKinley has a 1994 Ford L8000. Front GAWR-16,540 Lbs.; Rear GAWR-23,000 Lbs.; 10-ft. box; 11-ft. McKenzie power angle plow; Monroe sander 9” auger. The truck can be seen at the McKinley Town Hall. For more specific information, contact Chairman Mark Renstrom at 715-822-3762. The Town Board reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Bids must be submitted by April 24, 2012, to: Town of McKinley, Deborah Grover, Clerk, 2296 1st Street, Cumberland, WI 54829. Deborah Grover, Clerk 556478 31-32L 21-23c WNAXLP


A’viands, a progressive Minnesota-based food and services management company, is seeking a reliable part-time driver for Polk County Jail Senior Nutrition Program located in Balsam Lake, WI. Work schedule is 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. 4 days a week - NO HOLIDAYS OR WEEKENDS! Applicants must be able to lift 50 pounds and pass a background and driving record check. If you have prior food service experience, please apply online at:

www.passion4 or by calling 1-855-436-6373


(Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff vs. TERRY MICHAEL MORTON, et al. Defendants Case No. 11 CV 202 AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 21, 2011, in the amount of $801,756.66, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: February 29, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. ADJOURNED TO April 4, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens, encumbrances and payment of applicable transfer taxes. PLACE: In the Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis., 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: That part of Government Lot 6, of Section 35, Township 35 North of Range 17 West, described as follows: Commencing at a stone monument 1,003.9 feet South and 50.0 feet East of the meander corner on the shore of Balsam Lake on the West line of the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 35, Township 35 North, Range 17 West; thence East 334.0 feet to the meander line on the shore of Balsam Lake; thence along said shore meander North 8 deg. 00’ East 143.0 feet; thence North 15 deg. 25’ West 60.2 feet; thence West 339.0 feet; thence South 200.0 feet to the place of beginning. Said land being in the Town of Milltown, County of Polk and State of Wisconsin. ADDRESS: 1860 140th Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. TAX KEY NO: 040-01213-0000. Dated this 28th day of February, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford State Bar #1034906 6508 South 27th Street Suite #6 Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-761-1700 Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC, is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.


The Next Regular Meeting Of The Board Of Directors Of The Frederic Rural Fire Association Will Be Tuesday, April 10, 2012, At 7 p.m., At The Fire Hall 556687 32-33L

FACSIMILE BALLOT NOTICE OF SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION April 3, 2012 Office of the Siren School District Clerk To the Electors of Siren School District: Notice is hereby given of a school board election to be held in the several wards in the School District of Siren, on April 3, 2012. Notice is hereby also given, at which the officers named below shall be chosen. The names of the candidates for each office to be voted for whose nominations have been certified to or filed in this office, are given under the title of the office, each in its proper column, together with the questions submitted to a vote, for a school district referendum, if any, in the sample ballot below. INFORMATION TO ELECTORS Upon entering the polling place, an elector shall give his or her name and address before being permitted to vote. Where ballots are distributed to electors, the initials of two inspectors must appear on the ballot. Upon being permitted to vote, the elector shall retire alone to a voting booth or machine and cast his or her ballot, except that an elector who is a parent or guardian may be accompanied by the elector’s minor child or minor ward. An election official may inform the elector of the proper manner for casting a vote, but the official may not in any manner advise or indicate a particular voting choice. On referenda questions where paper ballots are used, the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square at the right of the answer which he or she intends to give. If in favor of the question, the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square at the right of “YES.” If opposed to the questions, the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square to the right of “NO.” At the spring election, where paper ballots or lever machines are used, the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square or depress the lever or button at the right of the name of the candidate for whom he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the elector shall write the name of the candidate of his or her choice in the space provided for a write-in vote. On referenda, where paper ballots or lever machines are used, the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square or depress the lever or button at the right of or depress the button or lever next to “yes” if in favor of the the question, or the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square at the right of or depress the button or lever next to “no” if opposed to the question. The vote should not be cast in any other manner. If the elector spoils a ballot, he or she shall return it to an election official who shall issue another ballot in its place, but not more than three ballots shall be issued to any one elector. If the ballot has not been initialed by two inspectors or is defective in any other way, the elector shall return it to the election official, who shall issue a proper ballot in its place. Not more than five minutes’ time shall be allowed inside a voting booth. Unofficial ballots or a memorandum to assist the elector in marking his or her ballot may be taken into the booth and copied. The sample ballot shall not be shown to anyone so as to reveal how the ballot is marked. After an official paper ballot is marked, it shall be folded so the inside marks do not show but so the printed endorsements and inspectors’ initials on the outside do show. After casting his or her vote, the elector shall leave the booth, and where paper ballots are distributed to the electors, deposit his or her folded ballots in the ballot boxes, or deliver the ballots to an inspector for deposit, and shall leave the polling place promptly. An elector may select an individual to assist in casting his or her vote if the elector declares to the presiding official that he or she is unable to read, has difficulty reading, writing, or understanding English or that due to disability is unable to cast his or her ballot. The selected individual rendering assistance may not be the elector’s employer or an agent of that employer or an officer or agent of a labor organization which represents the elector. The following is a facsimile of the official ballot:

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Polk County domestic partnerships

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Molly Bentley Siren School District Clerk



The Town of Balsam Lake will hold its annual meeting on April 9, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. Town Board will approve annual financial report, approve official bank, official newspaper and other misc. items. After the annual meeting the Town Board will hold its regular meeting on April 9, 2012, at 8 p.m. Items include possible road projects, bills and other misc. items. 557020 32-33L 22-23d Brian R. Masters, Clerk


Lorain Township Cemetery Board Meeting Sat., April 7, At 10 a.m. At Lorain Town Hall

Polk County deaths Mary A. Linke, 61, Town of Sterling, died March 6, 2012. John L. Linder, 91, Amery, died March 8, 2012.

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Dorothy L. Neely, 90, Luck, died March 10, 2012.


At the election to be held on April 3, 2012, in the School District of Siren, the following polling place locations will be used for the wards indicated: Municipality Polling Place Municipal Clerk Village of Siren Village Offices Ann Peterson Town of Siren Siren Town Hall Mary Hunter Town of LaFollette LaFollette Town Hall Linda Terrian Town of Daniels Daniels Town Hall Ellen Ellis Town of Lincoln Lincoln Town Hall Wanda Washkuhn Town of Meenon Meenon Town Hall Suzanne Eytcheson Town of Sand Lake Sand Lake Town Hall Peggy Tolbert All polling places will be open at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 8:00 p.m. If you have questions concerning your polling place, contact the municipal clerk. All polling places are accessible to elderly and disabled voters. Dated: March 6, 2012 556388 32L WNAXLP Signed: Molly Bentley, School District Clerk

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Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of the Frederic School District that on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, an election for two school board members will be held. Rebecca Amundson, Clerk March 28, 2012

Leonard L. Powell, 83, Luck, died March 8, 2012. Ellen M. Jepsen, 94, Frederic, died March 10, 2012.


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Village of Frederic............................................................Frederic Village Hall, 107 Hope Road West Town of Bone Lake................................................................................Bone Lake Lutheran Church Town of Clam Falls............................................................................................Clam Falls Town Hall Town of Daniels......................................................................................................Daniels Town Hall Town of Laketown.....................................................Cushing Community Center (Cushing School) Town of Lorain...............................................................................Lorain Town Hall, 252 345th Ave. Town of Luck..............................................................Luck Town Hall, (next to Luck Medical Clinic) Town of McKinley................................................................................................McKinley Town Hall Town of Trade Lake..........................................................................................Trade Lake Town Hall Town of West Sweden.................................................................................West Sweden Town Hall The polls of each of the above polling places will be open at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m.



The Presidential Preference Vote and Nonpartisan Election will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, in the State of Wisconsin. This notice of location and hours of polling places is published on behalf of the municipalities. Following is a list of polling place locations for Burnett County municipalities: Town of Anderson Town Hall 13808 Anderson Rd. Town of Sand Lake Town Hall 5364 County Rd. X Town of Blaine Town Hall Town of Scott Town Hall 28390 County Rd. H (Northland Comm Ctr.) 1232 E. School Rd. Town of Siren Town Hall 7240 S. Long Lake Rd. Town of Daniels Town Hall 9602 Daniels 70 Rd. Town of Swiss Town Hall 7551 Main Street Town of Dewey Town Hall 24433 Town Hall Rd. Town of Trade Lake Town Hall 11811 Town Hall Rd. Town of Grantsburg Town Hall 23211 State Rd. 48/87 Town of Union Town Hall 9015 County Rd. F Town of Jackson Town Hall 4599 County Rd. A Town of Webb Lake Town Hall 31000 Namekagon Trail Town of LaFollette Town Hall 24184 Malone Rd. Town of West Marshland Town Hall 12259 County Rd. F Town of Lincoln Town Hall 9110 Perida Rd. Town of Wood River Town Hall 11610 State Rd. 70 Town of Meenon Town Hall 7396 Kruger Rd. Village of Grantsburg Village Hall 316 S. Brad St. Town of Oakland Town Hall 27826 Lone Pine Rd. Village of Siren Village Hall 24049 First Ave. N. Town of Roosevelt (Timberland Luth. Church) 20805 Cty. Rd. H Village of Webster Community Center 7421 Main St. W. Town of Rusk Town Hall 25195 County Rd. H The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. All of the polling places are accessible to elderly and disabled voters. If you have questions concerning your polling place, contact the municipal clerk: Town of Anderson Jessica King, Clerk 2773 185th St. Luck, WI 54853 715-472-4753 Town of Blaine Rita Ronnigen, Clerk 33426 North Mans Trail Minong, WI 54859 715-466-4884 Town of Daniels Liz Simonsen, Deputy Clerk 8851 Waldora Road Siren, WI 54872 715-349-2291 Town of Dewey Pamela Brown 1148 Swiss Chalet Rd. Shell Lake, WI 54871 715-468-7111 Town of Grantsburg Romey Nelson, Clerk-Treasurer 118 E. Madison Avenue P.O. Box 642 Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-463-5600

Town of Jackson Lorraine Radke, Clerk 4742 County Rd. A Webster, WI 54893 715-866-8412 Town of LaFollette Linda Terrian, Clerk 23928 Malone Rd. Siren, WI 54872 715-349-2531 Town of Lincoln Wanda Washkuhn, Clerk 25603 Icehouse Bridge Road P.O. Box 296 Webster, WI 54893 715-866-4201 Town of Meenon Suzanna M. Eytcheson, Clerk 25863 E. Bass Lake Dr. Webster, WI 54893 715-866-4893 Town of Oakland Deanna Krause, Clerk 7426 W. Main St. P.O. Box 675 Webster, WI 54893 715-866-8213

Town of Roosevelt Patricia Hayden 2997 County Road EE Shell Lake, WI 54871 715-468-2468 Town of Rusk Bonnie Harder, Clerk 26985 E. Benoit Lake Rd. Spooner, WI 54801 715-635-4723 Town of Sand Lake Peggy Tolbert P.O. Box 165 Webster, WI 54893 715-222-9375 Town of Scott Kim Simon, Clerk 28390 County Rd. H Spooner, WI 54801 715-635-2308 Town of Siren Mary Hunter, Clerk 23340 Soderberg Rd. Siren, WI 54872 715-349-5119

Town of Swiss Judy Dykstra, Clerk 7551 Main St. P.O. Box 157 Danbury, WI 54830 Office: 715-656-3030 Town of Trade Lake Deborah Christian, Clerk 13361 St. Rd. 48 Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-488-2600 Town of Union Florence Grabow, Deputy Clerk 28150 County Rd. FF Webster, WI 54893 715-866-7182 Town of Webb Lake Gail Keup, Clerk 2363 Escape Drive Webb Lake, WI 54830 715-259-3439 Town of West Marshland Margaret A. Hess, Clerk 25161 Spaulding Rd. Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-463-2922

Town of Wood River Dawn Luke, Clerk 11097 Crosstown Rd. Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-689-2296 Village of Grantsburg Jennifer Zeiler, Clerk 316 S. Brad St. Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-463-2405 Village of Siren Ann Peterson, Clerk/Treasurer 24049 First Ave. P.O. Box 23 Siren, WI 54872 715-349-2273 Village of Webster Patrice Bjorklund, Clerk-Treasurer 7505 Main St. W. P.O. Box 25 Webster, WI 54893 715-866-4211

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ORDINANCE 2-2012 STATE OF WISCONSIN TOWN OF MCKINLEY, POLK COUNTY SECTION I - TITLE AND PURPOSE The title of this ordinance is the “Town of McKinley Town Cemetery Ordinance.” The purpose of this Ordinance is to regulate the construction, management, operation and platting of cemeteries, the burial of human corpses and other cemetery uses and activities in the town. SECTION II - AUTHORITY The Town Board of the Town of McKinley has the specific authority under s.157.50 (2), Wis. stats., and general authority under its village power under s. 60.22, Wis. stats., to adopt this ordinance. SECTION III - ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE This ordinance, adopted by a majority of the town board on a roll call vote with a quorum present and voting and proper notice having been given, provides for regulation of the construction, management, operation and platting of cemeteries and burial of human corpses and other uses and activities in the town, including cemeteries that are not owned, operated or controlled directly by the town. SECTION IV - DEFINITIONS SECTION V - SUBDIVISION AND NUMBERING OF THIS ORDINANCE SECTION VI - STATEMENT OF POLICY SECTION VII - PLATTING OF NEW CEMETERY LOTS AND NEW EXPANDING CEMETERY OPERATIONS SECTION VIII - PURCHASE OF LOTS IN TOWN CEMETERY SECTION IX - OWNERSHIP RIGHTS OF BURIAL IN TOWN CEMETERY SECTION X - CARE OF LOTS AT THE TOWN CEMETERY SECTION XI - PRIVILEGES AND RESTRICTIONS IN TOWN CEMETERIES SECTION XII - RULES FOR VISITORS TO TOWN CEMETERY SECTION XIII - TOWN CEMETERY BURIALS SECTION XIV - TOWN CEMETERY MONUMENTS AND MARKERS SECTION XV - TOWN CEMETERY VAULTS AND MAUSOLEUMS SECTION XVI - TREES, SHRUBS AND FLOWERS SECTION XVII - MISCELLANEOUS SECTION XVIII - PENALTIES SECTION XIX - EFFECTIVE DATE This ordinance is effective on publication or posting. The full text of this ordinance may be viewed by contacting Mark Renstrom, Town of McKinley Chairman, 715-822-3762 or at 175 Hwy. 48, Cumberland, WI 54829. Adopted this 13th day of March, 2012. Deborah Grover, Clerk 556943 32L WNAXLP



After an official paper ballot is marked, it shall be folded so the inside marks do not show, but so the printed endorsements and inspectors initials on the outside do show. After casting his or her vote, the elector shall leave the booth, deposit the ballot in the ballot box or deliver the ballot to an inspector for deposit, and shall leave the polling place promptly. After an official optical scan ballot is marked, it shall be inserted in the security sleeve so the marks do not show. After casting his or her vote, the elector shall insert the ballot in the voting device and discard the sleeve. Where a central count system is used, the elector shall insert the ballot in the security sleeve so the marks do not show. After casting his or her vote, the elector shall insert the ballot in the ballot box and discard the sleeve or deliver it to an inspector for deposit. The elector shall leave the polling place promptly. After an official touch screen ballot is cast, the elector shall leave the polling place promptly. An elector may select an individual to assist in casting his or her vote if the elector declares to the presiding official that he or she is unable to read, has difficulty reading, writing or understanding English, or that due to disability is unable to case his or her ballot. The selected individuals rendering assistance may not be the elector’s employer or an agent of that employer or an officer or agent of a labor organization which represents the elector. The following is a sample of the official ballots:

The official ballot for all other County Supervisor Districts will be exactly as those shown above, except the names of the candidates which are as follows: District 13......................Jay Luke District 1........................Herschel Brown District 14......................Warren Nelson District 2........................William F. Johnson District 15......................George Stroebel District 3........................Dean Johansen District 16......................Tom Magnafici District 4........................Patricia M. Schmidt District 17......................Kris Kremer-Hartung District 5........................Harry Johansen District 18......................Cindy Thorman District 6........................Lester Sloper Larry Jepsen Kathryn M. Kienholz District 19......................Kim O’Connell District 7........................Marvin Caspersen District 8........................Randy Korb District 20......................Gary Bergstrom Tom Engel District 21......................Neil L. Johnson District 9........................James S. Edgell District 22......................Russell E. Arcand District 10......................Brian R. Masters Larry D. Voelker District 11......................Rick Scoglio District 23......................Jared Cockroft District 12......................Craig Moriak Carole T. Wondra, Polk County Clerk

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OFFICE OF THE POLK COUNTY CLERK TO THE ELECTORS OF POLK COUNTY Notice is hereby given of a nonpartisan spring election and a Presidential Preference Vote to be held in the several wards in the County of Polk, on April 3, 2012, at which the officers named below shall be chosen. The names of the candidates for each office to be voted for, whose nominations have been certified to or filed in this office, are given under the title of the office, each in its proper column, together with the questions submitted to a vote, for a referendum, if any, in the sample ballot below. INFORMATION TO ELECTORS Upon entering the polling place, an elector shall give his or her name and address and sign the poll book before being permitted to vote. Where ballots are distributed to electors, the initials of two inspectors must appear on the ballot. Upon being permitted to vote, the elector shall retire alone to a voting booth or machine and cast his or her ballot, except that an elector who is a parent or guardian may be accompanied by the elector’s minor child or minor ward. An election official may inform the elector of the proper manner for casting a vote, but the official may not in any manner advise or indicate a particular voting choice. At the Spring Primary: Where paper ballots are used, the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice for each office for which he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the elector shall write in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided for a write-in vote. On referendum questions, the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square next to “yes” if in favor of the question, or the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square next to “no” if opposed to the question. Where an optical scan system is used, the elector shall fill in the oval or connect the arrow next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice for each office for which he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the elector shall write in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided, and fill in the oval or connect the arrow next to the write-in line. On referendum questions, the elector shall fill in the oval or connect the arrow next to “yes” if in favor of the question, or fill in the oval or connect the arrow next to “no” if opposed to the question. Where touch screen voting systems are used, the elector shall touch the screen next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice for each office for which he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the elector shall type in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided for a write-in vote. On referendum questions, the elector shall touch the screen next to “yes” if in favor of the question, or the elector shall touch the screen next to “no” if opposed to the question. At the Presidential Preference Vote: Where paper ballots are used, the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice for each office, within the party of his or her choice; or shall in the alternative, make a cross (X) in the square next to the words “Uninstructed delegation,” within the party of his or her choice; or write in the name of his or her choice for a candidate in the space provided, within the party of his or her choice. Where an optical scan system is used, the elector shall fill in the oval or connect the arrow next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice for each office within the party of his or her choice; or shall, in the alternative, fill in the oval or connect the arrow next to the words “Uninstructed Delegation,” within the party of his or her choice; or write in the name of his or her choice for a candidate in the space provided, within the party of his or her choice. Where touch screen voting systems are used, the elector shall touch the screen next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice, within the party of his or her choice; or shall in the alternative, touch the screen next to the words “Uninstructed Delegation,” within the party of his or her choice; or type in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided for a write-in vote, within the party of his or her choice. On referendum questions, the elector shall touch the screen next to “yes” if in favor of the question, or the elector shall touch the screen next to “no” if opposed to the question. AN ELECTOR MAY CAST ONE VOTE ONLY IN THE PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY. The vote shall not be cast in any other manner. Not more than five minutes’ shall be allowed inside the voting booth. Sample ballots or other materials to assist the elector in marking his or her ballot may be taken into the booth and copied. The sample ballot shall not be shown to anyone so as to reveal how the ballot is marked. If an elector spoils a paper or optical scan ballot, he or she shall return it to an election official who shall issue another ballot in its place, but not more than three ballots shall be issued to any one elector. If the ballot has not been initialed by two inspectors or is defective in any other way, the elector shall return it to the election official who shall issue a proper ballot in its place. After the elector has cast his or her vote, the elector shall leave the voting booth, properly deposit the ballot and promptly leave the polling place. The elector may spoil a touch screen ballot at the voting station before the ballot is cast.



OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK TO THE ELECTORS OF BURNETT COUNTY: Notice is hereby given of a nonpartisan spring election and a Presidential Preference Vote to be held in the several wards in the County of Burnett on April 3, 2012, at which the officers named below shall be chosen. The names of the candidates for each office to be voted for, whose nominations have been certified to or filed in this office, are given under the title of the office, each in its proper column, together with the questions submitted to a vote, for a referendum, if any, in the sample ballot below. INFORMATION TO ELECTORS Upon entering the polling place, an elector shall state his or her name and address and sign the poll book before being permitted to vote. Where ballots are distributed to electors, the initials of two inspectors must appear on the ballot. Upon being permitted to vote, the elector shall retire alone to a voting booth or machine and cast his or her ballot, except that an elector who is a parent or guardian may be accompanied by the elector’s minor child or minor ward. An election official may inform the elector of the proper manner for casting a vote, but the official may not in any manner advise or indicate a particular voting choice. At the Spring Election Where paper ballots are used, the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice for each office for which he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the elector shall write in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided for a write-in vote. On referendum questions, the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square next to “yes” if in favor of the question, or the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square next to “no” if opposed to the question. Where touch screen voting systems are used, the elector shall touch the screen next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice for each office for which he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the elector shall type in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided for a write-in vote. On referendum questions, the elector shall touch the screen next to “yes” if in favor of the questions, or the elector shall touch the screen next to “no” if opposed to the question. At the Presidential Preference Vote: Where paper ballots are used, the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice, within the party of his or her choice; or shall in the alternative, make a cross

(X) in the square next to the words “Uninstructed Delegation,” within the party of his or her choice; or write in the name of his or her choice for a candidate in the space provided, within the party of his or her choice. Where touch screen voting systems are used, the elector shall touch the screen next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice, within the party of his or her choice; or shall in the alternative, touch the screen next to the words “Uninstructed Delegation,” within the party of his or her choice; or type in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided for a write-in vote, within the party of his or her choice. On referendum questions, the elector shall touch the screen next to “yes” if in favor of the question, or the elector shall touch the screen next to “no” if opposed to the question. AN ELECTOR MAY CAST ONE VOTE ONLY IN THE PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY. The vote shall not be cast in any other manner. Not more than five minutes time shall be allowed inside a voting booth. Sample ballots or other materials to assist the elector in marking his or her ballot may be taken into the booth and copied. The sample ballot shall not be shown to anyone so as to reveal how the ballot is marked. If an elector spoils a paper ballot, he or she shall return it to an election official who shall issue another ballot in its place, but not more than three ballots shall be issued to any one elector. If the ballot has not been initialed by two inspectors or is defective in any other way, the elector shall return it to the election official who shall issue a proper ballot in its place. After the elector has cast his or her vote, the elector shall leave the voting booth, properly deposit the ballot and promptly leave the polling place. The elector may spoil a touch screen ballot at the voting station before the ballot is cast. After an official paper ballot is marked, it shall be folded so that the inside marks do not show, but so the printed endorsements and inspectors’ initials on the outside do show. After casting his or her vote, the elector shall leave the booth, deposit his or her folded ballots in the proper ballot box or deliver the ballots to an inspector for deposit, and shall leave the polling place promptly. After an official touch screen ballot is cast, the elector shall leave the polling place promptly. An elector may select an individual to assist in casting his or her vote if the elector declares to the presiding official that he or she is unable to read, has difficulty reading, writing or understanding English, or that due to disability is unable to cast his or her ballot. The selected individual rendering assistance may not be the elector’s employer or an agent of that employer or an officer or agent of a labor organization which represents the elector. The following is a sample of the official ballots:

The Following Sample Screen Shot Is A Sample Ballot On The SVRS Handicapped Accessible Voting Machine Available For Use At All Polling Places

Below is a list of the candidates for County Board Supervisor as they will appear on a ballot for the district they represent. You will receive the correct ballot with the candidate representing your district for voting purposes. District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5 District 6 District 7 District 8 District 9 District 10 District 11

Brent Blomberg Dale Dresel No Candidate Jeremy Gronski Dorothy H. Richard Donald I. Chell Gene E. Olson Charles Awe Wayne R. Burmeister Edgar Peterson Norman Bickford

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Christopher P. Sybers Bert E. Lund Jr. Emmett Byrne Richard I. Anderson Gary Lundberg Philip J. Lindeman Don Taylor Maury Miller Gerald G. Pardun Clifford Larry Main

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Quilters get “Piping Hot” at annual retreat by Jean Koelz Leader staff writer SIREN—The ballrooms of The Lodge at Crooked Lake were transformed last week. Decorating the rooms for weddings or rearranging the rooms for corporate meetings is nothing new at the Lodge. However, from March 22-25, the big rooms looked more like textile factories than hotel dining rooms. A group of highly creative women called the Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild set up their worktables, sewing machines, ironing boards and all kinds of other quilting paraphernalia—including stacks of fabric, cutting mats, measuring tools and patterns. These ladies have a lot of fun together, but there was no mistaking the fact that they had come to work. 2012 marks the 25th anniversary for the Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild. The group formed in February 1987 with 17 members. Over the years, there have been between 20 and 50 attendees at any given event. Although new people come and go, there’s a large core group that’s been meeting monthly, doing retreats (they call them Spring Workshops), and conducting fall quilt shows together every year. With great delight, one of this year’s retreat organizers, Sharon Loffgren, pointed out all

the charter members in the room. One of them, Carole Fure, is the self-appointed group historian. She was able to provide annual records of the group’s activities, which document the location and date of all retreats and shows, who was in attendance, and who they brought in as a guest speaker/teacher. This year’s special guest was award-winning author, teacher and inventor, Susan Cleveland, who specializes in a trademark piping technique (called Piping Hot Curves) and maintains a quilting enthusiast Web site called Pieces Be With You. Every fall, the quilters put on a show to display their work and raffle off a quilt. Proceeds are donated to a women’s shelter. For these ladies, quilting is not just a hobby, but it’s also a social activity as well as a ministry. They learn from each other, encourage each other, and work together to raise money for a good cause. It’s a labor of love, and that’s why so many keep coming back.

Guest speaker Susan Cleveland and committee member Sharon Loffgren show their colors at the Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild retreat in Siren March 22 - 25..

Quilters hard at work - with plenty of chocolate on hand at The Lodge at Crooked Lake. – Photos by Jean Koelz

Charter members of the Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild (L to R) Carole Fure, Katie Sundquist, Vicki Tollander and Karen Torkelson at pictured at the guild’s retreat March 22-25 in Siren.

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It was a green theme for NEA’s Read Across America celebration on March 2 at Grantsburg. The spotlight was on Dr. Seuss’ environmental lesson from the book “The Lorax” that opened as a movie in theaters on March 2. This year marked the 14th anniversary of NEA’s Read Across America and the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss. Read Across America was created to share the joy and importance of reading to build a nation of readers. Students at the Grantsburg Middle School enjoyed Dr. Seuss stories and a visit from the Cat in the Hat. Mrs. LePage’s art classes worked to create the Lorax forest in part of the hallway. Students wrote their favorite book titles on a die-cut book, which were used as colorful flowers on the trees. All students were entered into a drawing to win “The Lorax” book, with one winner from each grade level. “The Lorax” book winners (L to R) were: eighth-grader Megan Rod, seventh-grader Genna Erickson, Mrs. Morrin as the Cat in the Hat, fifth-grader Madison St. Germain and fourth-grader Justen Peltier. Not pictured, sixth-grader Brock Anderson. - Photo/text submitted


Burnett Dairy Customer Appreciation Day by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer ALPHA – They started arriving early and kept coming throughout the day to the Burnett Dairy Customer Appreciation Day on Wednesday, March 21. When it was over, 1,400 patrons had stopped by the cooperative to have lunch, sign up for door prizes and pick up equity checks totaling over $870,000. For many, the dairy’s annual Customer Appreciation Day is the big spring event in the community. “Everyone looks forward to it,” remarked one patron headed for the lunch line. “It’s an Alpha tradition.” Though the free lunch was a big draw, seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter of people lingering long after lunch said it all. They’d come for a chance to catch up with friends and neighbors. The warm spring weather couldn’t compete with the warm community spirit served up to patrons by Burnett Dairy at Customer Appreciation Day.

Elaine Bjorklund was one of the many patrons signing up for door prizes at Burnett Dairy Customer Appreciation Day on Wednesday, March 21, in Alpha.

Gage Abbott came for lunch at Burnett Dairy with his grandparents, Sheri and Ken Nelson. The 2-year-old, visiting here from Ohio, seemed to like his cake the best. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Eddie Melquist had his hands full carrying his lunch to a table at the Alpha cooperative’s Customer Appreciation Day last Wednesday.

Burnett Dairy’s Customer Appreciation Day was a great way for those in attendance to get reacquainted, enjoy good food and try to win a couple of door prizes.

Burnett Dairy CEO Dan Dowling helped hand out patron checks totaling over $870,000 at the cooperative’s annual Customer Appreciation Day. Arlyn Lund was one of the many patrons receiving his check by Dowling.

Over 1,400 patrons stopped in at Burnett Dairy Cooperative last Wednesday to have lunch, sign up for door prizes and pick up equity checks.




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Dueling governors seal the deal on St. Croix River Crossing Project but it wasn’t easy

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer STILLWATER, Minn. – With the dancing shadow of the aged and historic Stillwater-Houlton Interstate Lift Bridge mirrored behind them in the water of the St. Croix River, Gov. Mark Dayton of Minnesota and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin shook hands, joked and effectively sealed the deal for a new river crossing in a grand interstate gesture on Friday, March 23, at Lowell Park in Stillwater. Standing beside dozens of elected officials, business owners and other officers from both states and most local municipalities, thetwo governors outlined the effect of the approximately $630 million project meant to finally allow the old lift bridge some time off after more than 80 years of service. The two governors went to great lengths in praising each other’s efforts, and smiles were plentiful, with Dayton saying the agreement was a “shining example of people with different political views cooperating in ways to help the public.” Walker noted that Dayton was able to “pull some magic” and get some of the most opposite-viewed legislators in Congress to agree on supporting the new bridge project. “We should almost call this bridge Cooperation,” Walker said, later joking about that unusual effort. “If Mark [Dayton] can get [Sen.] Al Franken and [Rep.] Michele Bachmann together ... he can get anything resolved!” While the joke was for fun, it was closer to reality than many dared admit, as the crossing project has become a rare example of agreement between two states that don’t always share well or agree - as evidenced by vaguely critical comments by both men. While neither addressed some

With the old Stillwater-Houlton Interstate Lift Bridge behind them, Gov. Mark Dayton and Gov. Scott Walker shook hands to seal the deal on a new bridge.

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With the river ice-out last week, the Stillwater-Houlton Interstate Lift Bridge reflection danced in the water as local elected officials and both governors began to assemble on Friday, March 23, to seal the deal on a new interstate bridge. – Photos by Greg Marsten of the apparent tension, it showed up twice: Dayton hoped for expanded Wisconsin involvement in Asian carp eradication, and Walker hinted to Dayton to move ahead on Minnesota’s role in tax reciprocity. More news on both issues is promised at a later date. But the bridge is different, and the two sides are set in their agreement over the next five years to make a new crossing a reality. Dayton said the project includes “$400 million in payroll ... spread out over 6,000 jobs” on both sides of the river, and Walker repeatedly mentioned the project’s importance on western Wisconsin’s future. Making it happen But getting to Lowell Park with speeches and handshakes was not easy. After overwhelmingly bipartisan approval in Congress, the fight to build a new bridge ended with a stroke of President Obama’s pen on Wednesday, March 14, as he signed off on S. 1134, allowing plans for the St. Croix River Crossing Project to finally be written in permanent ink. Construction of the new, four-lane, socalled extrados-style bridge will be led by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and is set to start in 2014, with completion likely in late 2017. It will run from Oak Park Heights, Minn., across the river to the Town of St. Joseph, about a mile south of the current bridge. With the new crossing, the current Stillwater-Houlton Interstate Lift Bridge will eventually be closed to vehicular traffic, refurbished and then converted to exclusive use for bikes and pedestrians, as part of the project mitigation that includes plans for a Loop Trail that will run across the river and connect with the new bridge, with viewing platforms, historical stops and several miles of trails shadowing the river. “The whole project shows what can be done when all sides work together to get the job done,” stated Wisconsin Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, who grew

up in Stillwater and recalled endless waits crossing the old bridge, which she said helped drive her promotion of the new crossing project for several years. “It was an awesome effort!” The authorization of the new bridge With the S. 1134 Authorization Act, the 112th Congress sidestepped decades of inaction, lawsuits, legal wrangling, subjective documents, objections, conflicted plans, court decisions, and yes, even their own previous congressional actions. They effectively bypassed a new bridge’s conflicts with the Lower St. Croix Riverway’s inclusion under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1972. The Upper St. Croix Riverway, beginning on the north side of Stillwater, was included in the act four years prior in 1968. The legal terminology goes deep into the final version of S. 1134, as Section 2 of the bill begins with the phrase: “Notwithstanding Section 7(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1278(a)), the head of any federal agency or department may authorize and assist in the construction of a new extradosed bridge crossing the St.

Croix River ...” In effect, the U.S. House, Senate and the president usurped recent court actions based on objections to the project’s impact on the riverway. Those objections have been upheld in several court rulings, both by environmental groups and the National Park Service, who two years ago took “negative Section 7(a) Determination,” to basically side with that small but concerted effort to downscale or bypass building a new bridge altogether. The process has been both complicated and filled with reams of legal references over the past several decades, but regardless, action is about to happen, and the bridge will finally be built. “The St. Croix River Crossing is a great example of what happens when everyone puts their differences aside, focuses on the needed end result and works together to successfully get something done,” Walker said with Obama’s signing of S. 1134, “and Wisconsin is better off for it.”

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Conservation wardens from Minnesota and Wisconsin patrolled the river as an assemblage of local, state and federal leaders came together in Stillwater’s Lowell Park on Friday, March 23.

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Bridge/from page 1 Section 4 (f) It took more than 60 years of suggestions and several decades of true action, but the reasons it took so long for a new bridge are difficult to abbreviate; it required either adjustment or bypassing of some pretty stringent and complicated federal rules. Legally, the Lower St. Croix Riverway is considered “recreational” as a so-called “Section 4 (f)” property, under the Federal Transportation Act of 1966. In a nutshell, Section 4 (f) is a notoriously complicated federal standard that “... stipulated that the Federal Highway Administration and other DOT agencies cannot approve the use of land from publicly owned parks, recreational areas, wildlife and waterfowl refuges, or public and private historical sites unless ... there is no feasible and prudent alternative to the use of land, (and/or) the action includes all possible planning to minimize harm to the property resulting from use.” In theory, it means if you can’t avoid doing some harm with an FHWA project, then do as little as possible and try to make it look as good as possible. It also has been part of extensive mitigation efforts to both enhance the area and build the Loop Trail. But even with that mitigation, it failed to garner total support from all of the so-called stakeholders group meant to address and alleviate previous legal objections and rulings of litigants that were against S. 1134, most notably the Sierra Club, who filed and eventually won several rounds of legal objection in recent years. “The St. Croix [River] was designated one of the eight original National Scenic Riverways because it is a natural treasure. It is possible and necessary to balance development pressures with preserving the high-quality features that draw residents to the St. Croix Valley, and continue to protect one of the country’s most endangered rivers,” said Carol Hardin, chair of the St. Croix Valley Sierra Club, who also supported a smaller-scale, “less intrusive” version of the approved bridge, costing approximately $400 million. They have continued their objections to the new bridge’s scope, often calling it “a four-lane mega bridge.” According to MnDOT, the price tag for the new bridge will be about $626 million. About $293 million of that total is for the actual bridge, and the remainder of the MnDOT cost estimate including everything from intersection reconstruction to right-of-way purchase, environmental protection and remediation, contingencies, overruns, bonds, insurance, engineering, management, several historical site alterations and lift bridge preservation projects for its use as a bike and pedestrian bridge. Both sides of the aisle and river As both Dayton and Walker noted, the crossing project is one of the few items of agreement on both sides of the political aisle, from both houses of Congress and even in both states’ Legislatures. While MnDOT is the lead agency on the new project, coordinating with the Wisconsin DOT, the overall cost of the actual bridge, historic and environmental remediation, and project development will be split evenly between the states. The cost of each side’s approach roads will be paid for the by the respective states, meaning Wisconsin will likely spend $256-$305 million, as opposed to Minnesota’s $315$371 million. Both states have budgeted for the project, but there was a bit of a rush recently, as Dayton had placed a March 15 deadline on approval, or his state would have needed to reallocate budget money which could add another two years and millions more in costs. Walker praised the bipartisan coalition in Congress, as well Obama and his cabinet for respecting that deadline in the recent signing. And as several people noted Friday, in many ways, the St. Croix River Crossing Project became not only bipartisan, but became multigenerational as former, retired and even late-elected officials were noted for their work to bring it to fruition. “This is a good project all around,” Walker said. “And I would add that it’s a good testament to the cooperation across party lines, and between the government and the private sector.”

Officials who helped make the new bridge project a reality posed for a group photo, with the old bridge in the background. – Photos by Greg Marsten

The old Stillwater–Houlton Interstate Lift Bridge The current lift bridge will remain open during the entire construction process, at least in theory, and traffic will be as bottlenecked as usual, with occasional shutdowns, detours and upgrade stoppages expected several times before the new bridge opens to traffic sometime in five years. While the integrity of the old lift bridge has come into question numerous times in the past, many people believe it was the tragic I-35W bridge collapse in August 2007 and subsequent increasing scrutiny level on old bridges that put the 1931 lift bridge under the spotlight. It was declared “structurally deficient” and “fracture critical” in the months after the Minneapolis bridge collapse, and there was a seemingly newfound replacement urgency. “To be honest, I do think the attention [of the I-35W Bridge collapse] did make people pay more attention, and put some urgency to this,” stated Rep. Erik Severson, R-Osceola. “It was a sort of wake-up call.” That flurry of attention to bridge safety also resulted in a number of contentious comparisons and damning statements about the condition of the lift bridge, so much that even the normally stoic MnDOT issued a fiery defense last April of the old structure’s integrity. “The lift bridge currently is classified as structurally deficient, but that is due to the deficiencies with waterway adequacy, not structural condition. The condition of the deck is currently rated 8 (good), superstructure is 6 (satisfactory) and substructure is 5 (fair),” MnDOT wrote in direct reply to an allegation noted in a TV documentary calling the lift bridge “one of the most dangerous river crossings” on a History Channel program called “America’s Wake-up Call.” In fact, those concerns partially ring true, and the old bridge will be closed for a spell this fall to repair the lifting mechanism and address other maintenance issues. White-painted engineers' markings can be seen at nearly every beam, cross member, truss and at many areas of the superstructure, meaning the old bridge will likely be closed several times during the new-bridge construction. So they know it needs work, and it will have millions of dollars of attention between now and 2017, when a new bridge is completed. While a new bridge has never been closer with the signing of S. 1134 - even then, no fewer than 17 additional permits still need to be obtained from stakeholders and other agencies in order for the project to proceed through construction. “A habit of catching fire” Even before the current bridge was built, calls for an enhanced crossing rang across the river nearly 90 years ago, as the lift bridge replaced several previous wooden structures that “had a habit of catching fire,” according to a 1929 Stillwater Post-Messenger newspaper editorial, which also lambasted the vulnerability of its wooden predecessor: “The structure that now spans the St. Croix between Stillwater and Houlton is a disgrace to the states it connects,” the editorial added in a push for a new bridge, noted recently by Brent Peterson of the Washington County Historical So-

ciety in a recent editorial. That last wooden bridge was indeed replaced a short time later with the current Stillwater-Houlton Interstate Lift Bridge, dedicated in August 1931 at a total cost of $460,174, which was covered by both Minnesota and Wisconsin. But time is a harsh mistress to the American infrastructure. While the lift bridge is now considered a jewel of the riverway, it was not always so loved, and it was only a teenager when calls for a replacement first rang out. April 1951 Former Wisconsin Assemblywoman Kitty Rhoades often noted an April 1951 interdepartmental letter asking for planning to replace the lift bridge. Rhoades famously pointed out it was written the same month she was born, and she joked that she was about to retire and was “now an AARP member.” While the song was similar to build a new bridge, they rarely mentioned saving the old lift bridge after a new one was constructed, it was often considered as being the real problem, not as part of the solution. But the idea of saving the old structure started to grow on people - possibly as they idled across it at walking speed every day in traffic - and decades of inaction on a new crossing had the unique effect of swelling calls to save the 1,050-foot-long structure, even with a new project in the works. The lift bridge was included on the National Historic Register in 1989, which noted “The Stillwater Bridge is historically significant as a rare surviving example of vertical-lift highway bridge construction of the Waddell and Harrington type.” The National Trust for Historic Preservation even declared the lift bridge one of the “Eleven Most Endangered Places” in 1997, in part because of the NPS statement back then that the old bridge would need to be removed if a new bridge was built, citing policy to keep the number of bridges in the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway constant. Only six vertical-lift highway bridges were built in Minnesota and Wisconsin prior to World War II, and the Stillwater bridge is one of three that still survives.

The river was there first During its first few years, it was rare for the lift mechanism to be needed, as the Minnesota Department of Highways stated in a 1938 letter: “... for several years, not a single request for its opening was received.” Traffic concerns were rare, as well, since, few nonfarmers had business in the decidedly rural western Wisconsin of the era. But the real estate booms of the 1980s and ‘90s meant a dramatic residential expansion east into St. Croix County, across the river. And while environmentalists have argued for years about limiting “urban sprawl,” the notion that it was something new is lost on the bridge’s historical lineage. As early as the 1930s, MnDOT mentions that it has a “decidedly more important role for vehicles than boats,” and the need to look to the future. Calls for lift bridge replacement swelled in the past few decades as the region became more populous and an increasing number of commuters herded in a flood of stop-and-go traffic to the Twin Cities metro, and then reversed the process on the way home, leading to a sea of brake lights five days a week in downtown Stillwater, which was often worse on weekends, with a troubling gridlock that often extended several miles beyond the bridge. Environmental damage, lost business and man-hours, as well as safety were often cited as reasons for concern. The often-noted danger of the steep Wisconsin Hwy. 64 eastern approach, alongside the increasing commuter time, bridge wear and even the swelling replacement cost made the project a top priority in the 1990s. In many ways, that parade of idling cars and seemingly constant bottleneck became one of the primary arguments in favor of replacing the bridge, ironically citing environmental reasons. But the project became a hot button with environmentalists as its size and scope became apparent, and the crossing’s visual impact became a very contentious issue. Legal challenges slowed, altered, stopped, changed and eventually affected the final design in ways that were a dramatic victory for some of the early opponents, but added delays and dollar signs as it languished in and out of courts, fi-

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I know this is not a fashionable thing to say. The fashionable thing to say is how crowded and uncomfortable flying has become, how air travel Carrie Classon lacks charm and grace nowadays and how it used to be so much better. I suppose this is true, but I like to fly. In recent years, most of the flying I did was overseas, and international flights have changed less, perhaps, than domestic. I was startled the first time I was asked if I wanted to buy food (no) and told that I would be charged if I checked my bag (I didn‘t). I found it somewhat alarming to see motion sickness pills advertised on my tray table and hear flight attendants hawking catalog goods. But, these changes notwithstanding, I still like to fly. I like the feel of an aircraft taking off, the precise moment I realize the wheels are no longer connecting me to the Earth and that peculiar magic called flying has begun. I never grow tired of seeing clouds from the topside or watching the scattered lights on a landscape far below. My parents perch at least three months of the year in a little Florida compound near the sea. Everyone lives in a tiny metal house and scoots around on a single-speed bicycle. The residents are quiet and the birds are noisy, and the houses are kept cool by giant pine trees draped in Spanish moss. I hadn’t been to Florida for a number of years. My parents invited me to come down to visit and escape this unsettling Midwestern heat in Florida, where March heat is at least expected. My spring has been filled with loneliness and uncertainty. Florida sounded good. This meant leaving my dog Milo and cat Lucy behind. Lucy was not a problem. Lucy spends 22 of her


abandoned. But Milo needed a place to stay. I finally located a small farm with two female Labs where he could spend his vacation. One Lab was very old with a gray muzzle and named Baby. Baby growls constantly but not out of displeasure. Like me, she is apparently making a sort of running commentary on her life. The younger Lab took an instant liking to Milo, pounded her paws on the ground, and insisted they get down to the serious business of play. When Milo was distracted by the growling and ground pounding, I threw the truck into reverse and headed speedily down the driveway — but not fast enough. Milo saw the truck start to move and ran after me with a panicked look that said, “You almost forgot me!” My heart lurched as I handed the leash to the kind woman who would be watching him and pulled down the driveway and out of sight. Watching the sun filter through clouds, I enjoyed a bit of turbulence as the warm, moist clouds pounded against the plane, asking to play. When we broke through the clouds to a higher altitude I felt the familiar mixture of freedom and powerlessness I always feel when I am in the air. The reality of how much occurs far above me becomes abundantly clear. When I am flying, all I can do is feel the sunshine in my face and enjoy the ride. Till next time, —Carrie

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Rob Heilig and Noah Casterton, students at St. Croix Falls High School, will represent the state of Wisconsin in Salt Lake City, Utah, at DECA’s International Career Development Conference scheduled to take place from April 28 – May 3. DECA competitive events are learning activities designed to enable students to engage in activities that will extend their interests and competencies in marketing, and measure the degree to which competencies have already been acquired. There are three levels of competition; districts, state and internationals. At the state level, over 1,200 students choose an occupational series or written project in which to apply the marketing skills that they have acquired through school and work. St. Croix Falls had five students compete at the State Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva in March. Taylor Webb received a finalist medal, placing her in the top 10 for the Principles of Hospitality and Tourism event. Heilig and Casterton received a third-place overall trophy for their Sports and Entertainment Promotional Plan written project, which they will be competing with at the international competition. Heilig was also an overall finalist in the Human Resource Management occupational series. DECA is a cocurricular organization open to students who have taken or plan on taking marketing, entrepreneurship or introduction to business management. Through the classes, students have the opportunity to operate many different businesses. - Photo/text submitted

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I have never considered myself a musician but I do enjoy music. It eases pain, lifts the spirit and brings life to a dreary day. It John W. Ingalls moves the hearts of young lovers and gives a voice to the angry and downtrodden in our society. Music is simple enough to communicate the drudgery of day-to-day life but it reaches higher and further than we can imagine. Music is a universal language. Sometimes when returning home after a “Hard Day’s Night” and I’ve been working like a dog, I greet my wife, “Hey, Good Lookin,’ Whatcha got Cookin’?” The response is less than pleasant. I was hoping for “Hail to the Chief” but I got something that sounded more like “Jeremiah was a Bullfrog.” She would rather that I come waltzing into the house and say, “Hello Dolly” or “I Want to’Hold Your Hand.” All too often it ends up as “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain” and we suffer through another “Silent Night.” Communication between couples is never easy but sometimes music can bridge the gap. It can be helpful when trying to decide what you want to do on a weekend together. Husbands may be thinking “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” but the wife is singing “New York, New York.” If they aren’t singing in harmony it could end up being a “Song Sung Blue.”

LUCK – In order to garnish the necessary information needed to establish a planned giving fund, the Luck Library and Luck Historical Society Museum will join together to host Cindy Aegerter from the Lutheran Community Foundation. On Tuesday, April 10, at 6 p.m., Aegerter will be explaining the procedure for creating an endowment fund for nonprofit and charitable organizations. Everyone is welcome to attend this timely and educational meeting. Common questions such as, “What does it cost to establish a fund?” and “How are the fund’s assets invested?” will be answered as well as specific questions you may have. Ever since the new library/museum has been built, the intention has been to establish an endowment fund to help raise additional financial resources for the museum and library as they work to meet the needs of the community. This financial supplement will be used to enhance and expand the long-term development of museum and library infrastructure and services as well as to build collections and programming opportunities that will benefit the Luck community for years to come. “Creating a perpetual source of income and providing a full range of charitable giving options seems to be a fiscally responsible move on the part of the Luck Historical Society Museum and Luck Library boards,” remarked library Director Jill Glover. “ We have always had progressive, positive thinkers on the library board. The present board has consistently made financially secure decisions that promote community involvement and plan for the future. We are excited to move into the next phase of our communitybuilding project. Building community is what our organization is all about.” The library looks forward to hosting Aegerter on Tuesday, April 10, at 6 p.m. This is a great opportunity for nonprofits and charitable organizations to begin the research into the often confusing world of organizational endow-

Often the best option in this situation is just relax and listen to the “Sound of Music.” She may be feeling “Crazy” and that doesn’t always help either. Don’t let frustration invade your lives. MD Just close your eyes and “Imagine” and then you can both relax and enjoy your time together. Even in hard times you can say, “I Got You Babe.” Starting a family can be both delightful and traumatic at the same time. Gone are those carefree days “Under the Boardwalk.” “It’s a Small World After All” and those little ones demand to be fed and cared for. The young mother often feels as if “The Lady Sings the Blues” but the dad is more like a “Hound Dog.” First children almost always bring out the best in parents. Excited about every burp and gurgle, young first-time parents beg to be the ones to “Rock-a-bye Baby,” then they come home from the hospital. Babies that sleep on your schedule are a blessing. If the infant sleeps by day and cries at night it can be “Rock Around the Clock.” By the second week you are “Cryin’” and the third week you are thinking “Take This Job and Shove It.” It is during that first year you realize that parenting is a combination of “Tangled up in Blue” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Somehow you get through it, we all do. Yet, when number two comes along, you really know “It’s Goodbye Yel-

ments. Whether you are looking into endowments to create a fund for general or specific purposes, this meeting will be the place to start. Feel free to call the library with questions of if you need special arrangements made on your behalf. - submitted

Regional Hospice’s 13th-annual Spring Fling event planned SIREN — A wonderful evening is being planned by the staff and volunteers of Regional Hospice Services for the Gala Dinner and Silent Auction being held at Lakeview Event Center in Siren on Saturday, April 21, at 5 p.m. This year, as in the past, there will be a social hour, silent auction, various games and board raffles, and this year’s ticket raffle will again have the $1,500 first prize. This will be followed by a dinner catered by Adventures Restaurant with entertainment by Bill Bittner’s Memorial Dixieland Band. This event brings in the money needed by Regional Hospice to cover the many medical costs for patients that are not covered by Medicare or private insurance. Regional Hospice needs to raise 20 to 25 percent of their operational budget each year through community fundraising events in order to provide care for anyone who needs it regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, to purchase tickets or to make a donation, please contact Regional Hospice at 715-6359077. — from Regional Hospice low Brick Road.” Parenting has brought us some of the greatest joys of my life. Surrounded by four wonderful daughters I felt like singing “Girls, Girls, Girls,” although when Elvis wasn’t singing I had to listen to the Moody Blues. I have a streak of sadness at times when I realize they have found their “Knights in White Satin” and are “Leaving on a Jet Plane” but life is supposed to be that way. When they first leave the nest it is an adjustment. After the children have left to carve out their own niche in the world it is quiet in the house. Sometimes you are feeling “All By Myself” while contemplating a slice of “American Pie.” It is times like that when you need to rekindle your relationship with your spouse. It is best to start with conversation. Put on your “Blue Suede Shoes” and give her a big hug. She might respond “What’s Goin’ On?” but you can always come back with “My Girl” and whisper something sweet in her ear. If she wants to know where that came from you can always say “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.” Life goes through many stages. Sometimes you are “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” but most of the time you realize life is actually a “Long and Winding Road.” “Stop and Smell the Roses” and be sure to “Listen to the Music.” You will never regret it.


Bridge/from page 2 nally ending up as S. 1134, which essentially put a stopaction on the appeals. The new-way approach With the approved project now an eventual reality, it has become a modern-era example of dramatic, superstructure technology. MnDOT has several animated video examples on their Web site of what the new bridge will be like, as well as the adjacent Loop Trail, which includes the old lift bridge in its plan. That computer animation was created last year and highlights many of the features first approved by the 28member stakeholder group’s vision that emerged from the Sierra Club/NPS lawsuit, combining the project needs and visions with the later Visual Quality Review Committee’s recommendations. According to the video’s accompanying script, the VQRC “balanced good highway design ... with the contextual features of the area.” That animation shows the final realignment of Minnesota Hwy. 36, as well as similar approach changes on Hwy. 64 in Wisconsin. Including the new bridge, the project totals approximately seven miles of construction, much of which can be worked on simultaneously. The new approach includes ramp access to Stillwater and Bayport, Minn., on a new Hwy. 95 diamond interchange, with extensive landscaping and dense stands of vegetation to screen the interchange from the restored 1930s St. Croix Overlook above. The affected area extends beyond the typical bridge project footprint into the construction of nearby foot and bike trails, local road rebuilding and alignment, with eventual jurisdictional transfers of those roadways to the respective cities, villages and towns on both sides of the river. The VQRC recommendations were extensive and even included making four storm-water ponds in Oak Park Heights that mimic natural ponds to help clean up an otherwise busy transition between old, new and scenic river way. Striking a balance The new, extrados-style bridge promises to be a striking structure, with styling described as a cross between a girder bridge and a cable-stayed bridge, “with short towers and straight cables to support the decking,” MnDOT states.

But in reality, extrados-style bridges are not the most efficient for materials or cost, but can be stunningly attractive. The design was chosen because of that elegant style, which MnDOT describes as “a balance between the unique historic qualities of the area and the natural environment.” The new bridge includes state-of-the-art navigation, trail and road lighting, with the mitigation resulting in several dramatic bike-and-pedestrian-only accessed viewing platforms on the central piers, several hundred feet above the waterline, and sure to be popular for photo settings, picnics, artists and newlyweds. While the actual deck length is still to be finalized, the bridge structure will be over twice the length of the lift bridge and aims northeast as it traverses into Wisconsin, eventually crossing Hwy. 35 and veering almost straight north to intersect with St. Croix County CTH E and a few blocks later with Hwy. 64, where the roadway will maintain its current routing, which was reconstructed for the new bridge’s eventual alignment in recent years. A pedigree of bridge building MnDOT jumped ahead of the Obama signing several weeks ago by announcing that the St. Croix River Crossing Project already has a lead contractor in Jon Chiglo, who has a noted pedigree of bridge building. He was a lead engineer behind the I-35W bridge replacement in 2007-08. “I am honored to be doing this work and look forward to keeping the community involved with and aware of our efforts,” Chiglo said recently, and his appointment was met with a chorus of praise from officials on both sides of the river. Chiglo will have a staff of engineers and specialists, as well as community-relations personnel. As Dayton noted, over 6,000 jobs will emerge over the life of the project, even including an ombudsman to help resolve conflicts and other thorny issues. With the S. 1134 approval, the likelihood of legal holdups is minimal at best, but the Sierra Club has yet to officially respond to the override and subsequent presidential approval, and there is a necessary permitting process yet to come before the efforts behind actually building the crossing become a flurry of activity. However, crews will fan out in the coming months to address land purchases, easement acquisition, elevation

and engineering specs. According to MnDOT, in the next few months, divers will begin to conduct river bottom soil foundation load tests, so bridge designers know about conditions under the river in determining foundation and pier designs. Yes, before too long, ground will begin to turn for a new bridge for the first time since the 1920s, and commuters and visitors will see firsthand a wide maze of construction less than a mile south of the lift bridge for the next three years. “This project is complex and calls for collaboration among many organizations and individuals,” stated MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel. “We intend to achieve nothing less than a legacy of sound construction, responsible stewardship of the St. Croix River Valley’s resources and successful community participation.” “Somewhere on this bridge, we’ll need to have the word cooperation,”Walker half-joked on Friday. “It’s nice to see all of us working in the same direction.”

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Autistic disorders becoming more common, need early intervention

STATEWIDE – Some parents know right away that something is wrong. Others won’t suspect until their toddler suddenly stops babbling or making eye contact. Either way, learning that your child is autistic can be lifechanging. “The focus on early detection and intervention on autistic disorders has increased significantly over the last decade,” says Donna Wood, Practice Leader of Clinical Operations at Quorum Health Resources. “A study released in 2009 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed an alarming increase in the prevalence of these disorders. One out of every 110 children now is affected.” The Autism Society has deemed the month of April as National Autism Awareness Month to raise awareness across the country. The nonprofit group estimates that about 1.5 million Americans currently are living with autism disorders, which are almost always lifelong afflictions. Boys are four to five times more likely than girls to be diagnosed, with one in 70 affected. In the early 1940s, the Austrian-born physician Leo Kanner and founder of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Psychiatric Clinic, used the term “autism” to describe young patients with withdrawn behavior. Then in 1944 another Austrian physician, Hans Asperger, described a similar behavioral disorder but less severe or, high-functioning type of autism. Today, autism is often referred to as “autism spectrum disorders.” As the label “spectrum” suggests, autism disorders vary greatly in severity, from uncomfortable social challenges associated with ASDs syndrome to the nearly 40 percent who never learn to talk. ASDs include: • Autistic disorder - Sometimes referred to as “classic” autism, this diagnosis is characterized by significant language delays, social and communication challenges and unusual behaviors and interests. In many people autism is accompanied by an intellectual disability. • Asperger’s syndrome Asperger’s is marked by unusual behavior and interests.

People often struggle to recognize social cues and interact with others. Asperger’s syndrome typically does not cause language problems or intellectual disability. • Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified - PDD-NOS, also referred to as “atypical” autism, is a disorder with fewer and milder symptoms than autism or Asperger’s. The symptoms typically affect only social interaction or communication. • Rett’s and childhood disintegrative disorders - As a child grows, a loss of social, language and/or motor skills begin to appear late in a child’s development. Many are concerned that fewer people may get diagnosed if all autistic ailments are placed under the single category “autistic spectrum disorders” in the 2013 edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, also are called DSM-5. Without specific distinctions of diagnosis people may not be able to get insurance reimbursement for treatment or services. Autism care costs the nation about $35 billion a year, and that figure is expected to increase significantly in the next decade, according to the Autism Society. By standard definition, autism spectrum disorders begin before the age of 3. However, the CDC says many children are not diagnosed until about 5 years of age. The following symptoms may suggest an autistic disorder in children: • Not responding to their name by 12 months old. • Not pointing to or showing interest in objects by 14 months old. • Not engaging in “pretend” games by 18 months old. • Avoiding eye contact or preferring to be alone. • Being unaware of other people’s feelings or not talking about their own feelings. • Having delayed speech and language skills. • Exhibiting echolalia, which is repeating words or phrases over and over. • Responding to questions with unrelated answers. • Getting upset from minor changes to routine or ap-

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pearance. • Exhibiting obsessive interests. • Flapping their hands, rocking their body or spinning in circles. • Experiencing unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look or feel. “Research continues to identify the causes of autism disorders, but scientists believe they are related to deficiencies in brain structure or function,” says Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Teri Kohlrusch. “In addition to genetic causes, researchers are studying the role of brain development and environmental factors, such as viral infections and exposure to chemicals and other toxins.” Childhood vaccinations have also been linked to autism, but research has shown that the development of symptoms near the time of getting shots is not causal, but coincidental. Diagnosis often comes at the age immunization occurs. Treatment for ASDs is individualized and may include behavioral or communication therapies, dietary changes and medication. Alternative approaches, such as chelation therapy to remove heavy metals from the body, also are being assessed. Advocacy groups and autism professionals are pushing for early diagnosis and more research to better understand the causes of autism disorders and develop new approaches to treatment and prevention. For more information, go to or – This article provided courtesy of Amery Regional Medical Center and Quorum Health Resources.


Lamar celebrates loan retirement POLK COUNTY - A little faith goes a long way. Back in 2004, the foundation at 1905 Lamar School in rural St. Croix Falls was braced with beams from east to west holding the monolithic walls in place, cracks and all. Renovations usually start with the roof but, in this case, the foundation repair was critical to protect the hale and hearty structure above. An all-volunteer group had been busy earning income and seeking donations. It also had grant funding from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Focus on Energy, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering to install the solar heating system. Still, a shortfall remained. The board was pursuing a bank loan when Kathy Clark, a neighbor who was also the board secretary, stepped forward with a $27,000 loan from the life insurance policy of her recently deceased husband, Russell Clark. Six members of the Lamar board co-signed on the loan, guaranteeing payment. The organization celebrated that loan retirement last week. “It was an act of faith for Kathy to make the loan at the time, and for Lamar advocates to co-sign on it. The organization was in the early stages of re-establishing programming and creating a vision,” says director Kathleen Melin. “Income was unreliable.” Eight festivals, hundreds of pieces of pie, lots of shared work and many individual donations later, Lamar is debt free. The organization has grown to serve upward of 2,000 people a year who come from all around the region for unique classes, seminars and events. “I wasn’t worried,” said 2004 President Joyce McKenzie. “I knew we could do it.” McKenzie, along with Donald Anderson, Dorrinne Bebault, Maurine Melin and Kathleen Melin, co-signed on the retired loan. It turns out to be perfect timing, as the organization now looks to complete the renovation. Lamar has a $100,000 all-or-nothing challenge grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation that requires it to achieve the projected building budget of $300,000. Only three months remain to meet that match. “We‘re working very hard to meet the challenge and offer this building to the region for another hundred years,” said Melin. “There are so few like it in the public domain. This one in particular has such a legacy of devotion to community. I think people feel that when they come through the doors.” The reach of Lamar has grown steadily in the past eight years. The vision now is for Lamar to continue to

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50 Years Ago

Lamar Community Center celebrated the retirement of a $27,000 loan on Wednesday, March 21. The loan, along with grants and individual donations, funded the first stage of renovation of the 1905 Lamar School in 2004. Joyce McKenzie, president at the time the loan was signed, receives congratulations from Falls Chamber Director Cindy Stimmler. - Photos submitted serve area communities and to increase its economic impact by drawing people from outside the region. “Continuing the mission of a community idea that has carried on since 1905 is an important heritage link for our residents,” said Polk County Board Chairman William Johnson. Lamar welcomes donations to the campaign which can be made to Lamar, P.O. Box 344, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. For further information, contact Executive Director Kathleen Melin at 715-646-9339. - submitted

Frederic students headed for the state forensics meet were Lynn Rudell, Carmen Gjonnes, Marcia Grindell, Pamela Petersen and Carol Freeberg.–A St. Paul man, Frank P. Conney, was Polk County’s first traffic fatality for 1962. Three men from Amery, all brothers, were in the car he collided with and were listed in “good” conditions at the hospital.–Frederic Girl Scouts were sponsoring their annual father-daughter square dance at the high school. Ten Luck Girl Scouts and their fathers were also planning to attend.–A picture of a bicycle with a twisted front end was on the front of section 2 by request of Officer Clarence Spencer of Frederic, who wanted it published as a warning that bicycle riding could be dangerous. This bike was damaged when its rider, Ashley Hughes Jr., Frederic, collided with a car the previous weekend and was hospitalized with injuries.–Obituaries included David Hutton, Olava Peterson, Mrs. Lena Lundgren and Arved Eck.–Thirteen Wisconsin lakes were opened to public access by a program started by Gov. Gaylord Nelson, including Desaire Lake in Barron County and Deer Lake in Polk County, with plans for more in the works.–Farm management specialists at the University of Wisconsin recommended that part-time dairy farmers with off-farm jobs should switch from dairy to something less labor intensive, such as feeder pigs, replacement dairy heifers, a laying flock and/or sheep.

40 Years Ago

A black poodle named Frenchy was a hero when his persistent early-morning barking alerted his owners and neighbors to a fire which destroyed Rollie’s Bar in Lewis.–Elections were coming up on April 4 for 19 Burnett County supervisors, 31 Polk County supervisors and the presidential primary, with candidates in that race including Richard Nixon, Paul McCloskey, Eugene McCarthy, Shirley Chisholm, Hubert Humphrey and George Wallace.–There would be an Easter bake sale at the Luck American legion hall, and a dance for teenagers at Frederic Recreation.–Miss Mamie Peterson, Grantsburg, was the first resident at the new Capeside Cove Nursing Home in Siren.–Bill’s Pantry, Frederic, had a 2-pound box of Velveeta for $1.29, canned vegetables at five cans for 89¢, and Jif peanut butter, 28 ounces for 99¢.–There were obituaries for Hedvig Hanson, Maude Meyer, Ernest Anderson, Dorothy Nelson, Edgar Anderson, JoAnne Johnson and George Taylor.–The St. Croix Valley AllConference basketball team included Duane Murphy and Randy Giller, Luck; Dave Pettis and Bill Schmitt, Osceola; Bruce LaMirande, St. Croix Falls; Joe Korsan, Lee Milligan and Gary Quist, Unity; Les Webster, Amery and Bruce Carlson, Frederic.–Four Siren students got A ratings at the district forensics contest and were headed to Madison for the state competition. They were Denise Imme, Janice Roy, Rodney Coyour and Kathy Johnson.

20 Years Ago

Dorrinne Bebault, Donald Anderson, Kathy Clark, Kathleen Melin and Joyce McKenzie hold copies of the promissory note of the loan offered to Lamar by Kathy Clark and co-signed by board members in 2004 including Maurine Melin (not pictured). That loan was retired last week. Lamar is now in a capital campaign to complete the renovation with challenge grants that must be matched by June 2012.


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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Well another week has come and gone and right now I am having a total brain freeze and seem to be at a loss for words. I can tell you it’s been a beautiful week weatherwise and I have been taking full advantage of the warmth on my old body. Mom has been busy working out in the yard and we’ve just been lying around in the sun soaking up the rays and supervising her progress. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to make sure it’s done right! What a crazy week at the shelter, with two cats being adopted, five puppies, one adult dog and one teenager. I swear that this weather is bringing out the people to visit my friends at the shelter and it’s been great. Prince, our big 18-pound cat, was adopted to the same family that adopted my little friend Johnny last year. He is going to be very spoilt, I’m sure. It was also great to see Johnny again since he left last July, he’s looking great and they’ve renamed him Chewbacca, or Chewie for short, because he reminded them of a Wookie from the movie “Star Wars.” My friend Nate and his new dad also visited us at the shelter on Friday and he has gotten to be a very big boy. Looks like he just may have Great Dane in him. A funny thing about his new name, Frenchy – when he was on his way to his new home they stopped for some food at the Webster Drive-in. Well needless to say Nate decided to steal some Fred french fries – hence the

Happy Tails Await Arnell Humane Society of Polk County Shadow is handsome and superfriendly. He has a long, seal point Siamese mix coat and dashing blue eyes. Shadow came to the shelter as a surrendered pet. His previous caretakers were moving and couldn’t take him with them. He is a declawed, neutered male and a fantastic companion. Shadow loves to be with you on the couch. He rolls over to have his belly rubbed and purrs when you bring out the brush. Shadow is a large fellow with a large appetite for attention and would prefer not to share the spotlight with another cat. This handsome guy has been at the shelter since Feb. 6 and he is ready and waiting to share his many positive qualities with a special someone. The adoption fee for Shadow is $50. All of our cats over 1 year are $40 and declawed cats over 1 year are $50. Bart, the two-time column-featured pet of last week’s column, was adopted in a heartbeat. In fact, thanks to readers like you, he could have been adopted six more times as the calls for Bart kept


YAPpenings Sadie name Frenchy. Hey, a big shout-out to all those great humans that dropped off much-needed supplies at the shelter; we really appreciate your help. I also forgot last week to thank Laura McKeag and her son; they came by the shelter and picked up all the cans and took them to the recycling place in Frederic. We have such wonderful supporters out there and we love you all. We got some new kitties in this week; four were surrendered when their owner was moving and couldn’t take them with her. Two are beautiful shiny blacks named James and Katie, the other two are black and white with really interesting markings. Their names are Minnie and Moto. Another young cat also arrived and her name is Americana – that’s carrying on the names with their other caffeinated kitties. The shelter is overflowing now with cats, so if you’re looking for a furry companion then I bet we have the one for you! New dogs are also available for adoption. There is Fred the very happy and friendly black Lab cross and Max, a very sweet and friendly Lab/shepherd mix. Both of these guys were surrenders and I just bet they’re wondering why they’re at the shelter but coming throughout the week. Thank you to all who saw the special dog with the floppy ears in our column and reached out to him. This week I would like to tell you about two other special pups that came to the shelter Shadow in February. They are both adult tricolor dogs with long, floppy ears. Charlotte is a 6-year-old, tricolor purebred beagle. She is house-trained and sings for her supper. Charlotte is a dame. She carries her expanded waistline with nonchalant chutzpah. “Here I am in all my glorious color and charm.” Charlotte has the classic beagle markings and large, soft brown eyes with expressive eyebrows. Charlotte is a honey with character. Charlotte has been waiting for a new home at the shelter since Feb. 7. Doc is a 5-year-old tricolor, neutered male Walker coonhound. Doc is easygoing and a friend to all he meets, human, dog or cat. He is extra tall and has a large, tan head. He would undoubtedly have a stunning career on the silver screen with his chiseled face and deep, dark eyes. Doc is a pal Coon-

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715-349-2964 We now have renters in both the front and backyard bluebird houses. They arrived last Monday and Wednesday. Both pairs are now busy getting nesting material. The seagulls have arrived in the area; Little Doctor Lake had what looked like hundreds as we passed by on Tuesday afternoon. Does anyone know if they stay in our area or are they just passing through? If they stay in the area, where do they nest as once spring is over we usually don’t see them. A pair of male phoebes have taken to sparring on the front deck rail almost daily. My guess is they both are after the same nesting spot on the front drain pipe. We have had a pair nest there for the past four years. The house sparrows at the St. Croix Wal-Mart store have also been busy gathering nesting material, so spring must be here. I’m guessing the orioles and hummingbirds will probably be here in April if the weather stays warm.

The Grandmas group met for their March get-together at the home of Marilyn Lemieux. A potluck lunch was enjoyed by all and the afternoon spent doing a variety of crafts and visiting. Those present were Hazel Hahr, Erna Lueck, Dorothy Lahners, Naomi Glover and granddaughter Laycee Glover, Marge Peterson and grandson Aiden Foehser, Carol Juve and Bev Beckmark. Sympathy to the family of Beulah (Boots) Johnson who passed away March 19. The Siren Lioness held their March/St. Patrick’s Day meeting Tuesday, March 20, at the Siren Senior Center. Guest speaker for the night was PDG Sam Kochel and his wife, Carolyn, of Rice Lake. He spoke on the Lions camp for kids with disabilities and how it gives them a chance to make memories that can last a lifetime. March was also our grow a plant month. Everyone took home a pot of planted seeds to grow at home for eight weeks, then bring them back in May to be judged with a prize for first, sec-

we have them in safekeeping until they find their forever home. Just look at their pictures, how can you resist? Max was very leery of the camera, can you tell? Max Charlie Brown and Linus are now officially our longest term residents. These young Lab/shepherd mix pups are now 5 months old and have been waiting at the shelter since Jan. 23. They really are nice young fellows so hopefully someone will take notice soon. They have new pictures on our Web site. Don’t forget our annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser and silent auction on Saturday, April 21, 4-7 p.m., at the Moose Lodge in Siren. This event is our biggest fundraiser each year and all proceeds go directly to helping the animals. Please help us out by donating new or like-new objects, a service or craft for our silent auction. “The dog was created specially for children. He is the god of frolic.” - Henry Ward Beecher Have a great week everyone. Licks and tailwags! The Humane Society of Burnett County is saving lives, one at a time., 715866-4096, license No. 267335-DS. We’re on Facebook too, why don’t you like us there!

hound. He would love to ride in the front seat of your truck. He isn’t much of a talker but he is a good listener. Of course when he does say something, it is in a deep and gravelly yodel. But, as I say, Doc doesn’t talk much. He has learned the art of sitting for treats and the restraint of using his “inside voice.” Doc is white with ticking, a large spot or two and, as mentioned, a large, tan head. He is almost majestic. Take a look for yourself on our Web site. His pictures say it all. Doc came to the shelter on Feb. 13. Level-one dog obedience class begins on Saturday, April 7. If your pooch is in need of some basic manners, give us a call at the shelter for details on this class or read all about it in the Amery Community Ed catalog. Most of the animals from the Arnell shelter in Amery have been finding homes faster than we are taking them in. We currently have few dogs and cats and this is a good thing. We appreciate everyone who looks for their new pet at our shelter. If we don’t have the pet of your dreams, we might know where else to look. Stop in to visit and see what we do. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 185 Griffin St. East, Amery 715-268-7387 (PETS) or online:

winners in Dominos. Dottie Adams and Bill McGrorty were the winners in Hand and Foot. Winners in 500 wee Bren Nel Ward, Joan Arnold and Audrey McNurlin. Thursday started with exercise followed by Skip Bo. At 4:30 p.m., Cribbage was played followed by 500. Winners in 500 were Roger Greenly, Sue Lundgren, Charlie Mevissen, Betty Wilson and Darold Lundgren.

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Lida Nordquist took Kay Krentz out for lunch Thursday to celebrate her birthday, which was earlier this month. Visiting Donna and Gerry Hines over the weekend were Brian and Justin Hines and Mark and Sue Hines. Jan, Jim, Caleb and Hannah Schott were weekend guests of Lida Nordquist. Saturday visitors and supper guests of Karen and Hank Mangelsen were Jake and Grace Mangelsen and Dick Quinton. Nina and Lawrence Hines returned home Saturday after spending several weeks in Arizona. Lida Nordquist, and Jim, Jan, Caleb and Hannah Schott and Nancy and Steve Hagen visited them Saturday. Nancy and Steve stayed overnight. Hank and Karen Mangelsen and Gerry and Donna Hines called on them Sunday. Members and friends of Lakeview United Methodist Church enjoyed a potluck brunch at the church after the service on Sunday. Joleen and Richard Funk visited Lida Nordquist Sunday afternoon and brought supper to share. Clam River Tuesday Club will meet April 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Trudy DeLawyer.

Frederic Senior Dave CenterPeterson Our weather continues to be beautiful. The winners for Spades were Ellis Erickson, Margaret Ulick, Larry Anderson and Norma Nelson. The winners for 500 were Micky Kilmer, Hazel Hoffman, Arnie Borchert and Tim Abrahamzon. There was no 9-bid winner. Remember that we play Spades at 1 p.m. on Monday, Pokeno at 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday and Bingo from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. All ages are eligible for our events. New players are always welcome. Hope to see you at the center.

Birth announcements Born at Osceola Medical Center:

A boy, Sean Benjamin Olsen, born March 17, 2012, to Cynthia Koehler and Todd Olsen, Osceola. Sean weighed 6 lbs., 3 oz. ••• A girl, Izabelle Grace Swenson, born March 20, Bev Beckmark 2012, to Jeremy and Rana Swenson, Dresser. Izabelle weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. ond and third. Sam Kochel also won the 50/50 spot ••• that evening. Born at Burnett Medical Center: Rudy and Pat Solomonson on Dunham Lake enA boy, Josiah Eberhard Walters, born March 20, joyed the visit from son Scott Blomers of North Car2012, to Alfred Walters and Samantha olina last week. Scott’s sister Mary, of St. Paul, Schwartzbauer, Grantsburg. Josiah weighed 8 lbs., Minn., and his nephew Dick and girlfriend, Allie 9 oz. and was 20-1/2 inches long. He has a brother, Shipka, of the Twin Cities area, came on Friday. SevElijah Walters. eral friends of the Solomonsons brought food Friday Grandparents included Joseph and Linda night and a party ensued. Steve and Melanie Perner Schwartzbauer of Grantsburg and Delores Walters arrived with lasagne and tossed salad, Pastor Tom of Rapid City, S.D. Great-grandparents include Cook and wife Jane came with coleslaw, Art and Bev Hartzell Lozier of New Richmond and Jean Beckmark brought up the rear, so to speak, with a Schwartzbauer of Prairie Farm. pan of brownies and a couple of bottles of wine. ••• Scott returned home on Monday. Congratulations to elementary student Austin Tinman, middle schooler Emily Stiemann and high schooler Mercedes Moody for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. What a great job.

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St. Croix Senior Center Tuesday was another great day with our exercise and a game of Skip-Bo. We had our potluck lunch followed by the meeting. Representatives from the National Park Service gave a talk and asked for volunteers. It was decided that on Sunday, April 15, we will have a taco feed at 12:30 p.m. It will be followed by games being played. It will be a good day to spend at the center. Games were played with Ione White, Steve VanHouten and Martha Lundstrom as

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We send our sympathy to the family of Wes Lambert who passed away this past week. We are looking for new members. It was decided to have a meal served on May 22, followed by the monthly meeting. Then games will be played. If you would like to check us out and get acquainted, that is a good day for you to visit the center. Mark it on your calendar.

Fran Krause attended the HCE executive board meeting Tuesday at the government center. The Orange 4-H held their monthly meeting Friday afternoon at the Webster Elementary School. Weekend visitors at John and Reeny Neinstadt’s home were Lamar, Sandy, Mitchel and Britany Johnson. They celebrated Britany’s 14th birthday. Tylyn O’Brien was in the Frederic track meet on Saturday with 28 other schools at Stout in Menomonie. Pat and Nancy O’Brien were visitors in Minneapolis on Sunday.

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Borderline news Don and Annette Carlson recently returned from a five-week visit to Texas. They spent a few days with former colleagues and neighbors in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, and then moved on to the Galveston area for a full month. High points in the trip were spending time with daughter Kristen and her family, walking barefoot in the surf and attending a retreat titled “Abundant Living,” which dealt with aging issues. One of the themes was, “Live more,

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age less.” The time away from Wisconsin was refreshing, but they said that being back home seemed really good too. On Thursday evening, Clint and Peg Coveau of Markville and Ron and Sharon Proffit of Cozy Corners were dinner guests at the home of John and Reeny Neinstadt in Webster.

The Friends are enjoying a sweet success with their monthly second-Saturday book sales. Each month there are new and different books added to their stock. Hop into spring with books at our Saturday, April 14, used book sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

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Book club

• “Indominatable Will: LBJ in the Presidency” by Mark K. Updegrove

“Ahab’s Wife or the Star Gazer” by Sena Jeter Noslund will be discussed on Tuesday, April 24, at 10 a.m., in the Nexen Community Room. We welcome newcomers to the book discussion, even if you haven’t read the book yet. This novel was inspired by Herman Melville’s book “Moby Dick.”

Preschool story time

We meet every Wednesday all year long at 10:30 a.m. for good stories, companionship and fun.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

This group meets at our library every other month, alternating with Grantsburg. They meet on the fourth Thursday at 2 p.m. In April, the group will be meeting at our library in the Nexen Community Room on Thursday, March 26, at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Mystery Mayhem Book Club

Take a bite out of crime on Monday, April 9, 2012, at 10 a.m., by joining us for a lively book discussion on mysteries with cooking themes. We meet monthly, and each meeting has a different mysery subject. Please call the library for a list of books to choose from for the discussion, 715-866-7697.


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Grantsburg Public Library Spring Gala, Saturday, April 21. New York Times best-selling author William Kent Kruger will be speaking. Interested parties can stop by the library for a reservation form.

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Library hours and information

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

• “Head in a Haymow” by Chris Seaton • “Farmer in the Fieldstone” by Chris Seaton • “The Eighth Sea” by Nancy Sprowell Geise • “Stay Close” by Harlan Coben

Adult nonfiction

Children’s books

• “Amy’s Light” by Robert Nutt • “Dora’s Easter Bunny Adventure” by Veronica Paz • “Frog and Friends” by Eve Bunting • “Easter Engines” (Thomas & Friends) by the Rev. W. Awdry • “Go, Go, Go (Cars)” by Melissa Lagonegro • “10 Easter Egg Hunters” by Schulman, Janet (Boardbook) • “Farmyard Rhymes” by Clare Beaton (Boardbook) • “Bedtime Rhymes” by Clare Beaton (Boardbook) • “Duck & Goose: Here Comes the Easter Bunny” by Tad Hills • “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick


• “Game of Thrones” • “The Descendants”

Hours and information

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

Luck Public Library Steady As You Go exercise for seniors program is taking sign-ups for our spring class. Two classes are being offered right now with a third to be added as we need it. Classes meet at the Lions Hall in Luck Tuesdays and Thursdays. The beginner class is offered at 11 a.m. while the intermediate class is held at 9:30 a.m. This is a 12-week class for persons 55 and older. Steady As You Go is a certified fitness class designed to strengthen muscles, prevent falls and improve balance. It is broken up into 20 minutes of weight training, 20 minutes of cardiovascular development and 20 minutes of stretching. Call the Luck Library to sign up. 715-472-2770. Space is limited. AARP is continuing to process and e-file taxes at the Luck Library. They will be at the library Wednesday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 11, from 8:30 – 11 a.m. Please call to sign up for a time to get your taxes done for free. There are plenty of times available for both days, but make sure you sign up early,

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because the slots fill up fast. The Artsy Smartsy after-school art program will be making cake-pops on Tuesday, April 10. Everyone is invited – even adults can’t resist these delectable, darling treats. They are easy to make, fun to decorate and lovely to eat. Tiffany will be here from 3:30 – 5 p.m. to show us how to make cake-pops. T-Ball sign-up is also scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, at the library. A representative will be here from 5:30 – 7 p.m., to sign up your little T-Ball players and to answer questions. Spring is here! Let’s get out and play ball!


Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Sunday, tutorial only from noon – 4 p.m., library is closed to checkouts and browsers.



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Luck Elementary Book Nook needs donations LUCK - The Luck PTA and Title I are coordinating a book drive and are requesting help to fill the shelves. Their goal is to collect a minimum of 500 books by April 16 for the Luck Elementary School Book Nook. This recently established program is geared for youth in kindergarten through sixth grades to read and reuse books, increase their love for reading and build their home libraries at no cost. School families and community members are encouraged to donate books their children have outgrown so other young readers in kindergarten through sixth grade can select one book at a time to take home to read and enjoy. They have the option of either returning it to the Luck Elementary Book Nook or keeping it, if the book claims a special place in their home library. Ongoing book donations are welcome throughout the school year. There are approximately 260 students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade at Luck School. The LPTA anticipates a continuous need for books should the popularity of the Book Nook turn out as planned. This project has been on Janet Brandt’s want-to-do list and she asked the LPTA group to help make it happen. Brandt, the Luck School Title 1 coordinator and reading specialist said, “Please consider sharing your books you have in storage with our eager Luck readers. Our

students would love to open them up and read the stories you or your children enjoyed. Books are treasures not to be hidden. They should be shared so countless lives may be touched in some magical, meaningful way.” Donated books can be dropped off at either the elementary or high school offices. Please make sure the books are generally clean and have no musty smell to protect students who have sensitive immune systems and help them avoid allergic reactions. The Book Nook is receiving additional help from within Luck School. Tom Wesle’s high school construction class has designed and is currently building the bookcase to custom fit in the new “nook.” Kyle Clemins’ high school art class will design and paint a mural on the walls surrounding the Book Nook. This program is being coordinated by LPTA and Brandt. If you’d like to volunteer some time sorting and organizing the books, please contact Brandt at 715-4722153 Ext. 168 or e-mail For more information about LPTA, please contact Sarah Kilgour at 715-327-4288. You can also receive updates from LPTA when e-mailing The next LPTA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, at 6 p.m. at Luck School.- submitted

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High school and middle school students helped by moving furniture so new carpet could be laid at the Grantsburg Library. – Photo submitted

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Call Ann Fawver at 715-327-4868 or email to enroll. Woodland Management: Evaluation, Goals, Practices. Mondays, April 2 and 16, 6 p.m. Instructor: Neal Chapman. Fee: $25 for materials. Yoga Ongoing class - Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Instructor: Sandy King. Fee: $28/62-plus $16. Woodland Chorale - community choir in concert Performing “Music of the Spirit and of

the Heart,” Saturday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Frederic Performance Center. Freewill donation for local cause. AARP Safe Driving Class Thursday, April 19, 4 p.m. Instructor: Mary Nelson, call office for details. Bentwood trellis 3’-5’ for climbing garden plants from willow Thursday, April 26, 5-8 p.m. or until trellis is completed. Instructor: Sarah Kilgour. Fee: $25 includes materials. Fly fishing for trout and salmon Thursdays, April 26 - May 3, 6-8 p.m. Instructor: Dr. Charles Huver. Fee: $20.


New Thrivent Builds with Habitat home to be built in Centuria

A growing urgency for a healthy home

POLK COUNTY - Brian and Denise Van Vleet applied to Habitat last year, seeking a better home for their family. They have three children living with them, Dakota, Sierra and Kylie, as well as Brian’s father Keith, who is undergoing cancer treatment. Keith helps around the house and is great with his grandchildren, but he is unable to work because of health issues. Though Brian has a decent job, they could not find a suitable, healthy home for their family that they could afford. The home they are renting now was built in 1871. It is big enough, but in winter it’s cold. They heat with propane, but sometimes they can’t afford to fill the tank. Then they use electric heat. It’s costing them over $3,000 a year to heat the home. They have mice in the house, but in a way Denise is glad about that. “If you have mice, you know you don’t have rats,” she said, “because rats eat the mice. In our last home, sometimes we’d see rats run out from under the couch.” The urgency to change their living situation has been amplified recently. They have watched their children repeatedly get sick and recently discovered mold in the home which is toxic to their family. Keith has been forced to stay more and more at the VA and away from his family because the house is dangerous to his compromised immune system. Like many renters, they have asked their landlord for help and it has been refused. Habitat Executive Director Eric Kube

Denise looks at the floor plan of their soonto-be-built Habitat home with Kylie and Dakota. Each child eagerly asked, “Which room will be mine?” – Photos submitted

The Van Vleet family, from left, includes Keith, Sierra, 7, Denise holding Kylie, 5, Brian and Dakota, 11. asked, “What would you do if you lived amount as they are now paying per in a place that was making your family month – about $250 for the season. sick and you could not afford to move into Habitat is seeking donations totalling a healthier home?” $50,000 to build this home, is looking for Habitat has chosen to work with the volunteers who will help build it, as well Van Vleet family to build a home with as those willing to bring a lunch for the them in Centuria starting this spring. workers. Helping with a Habitat build is a Habitat will change this situation for the fun and deeply rewarding experience. Van Vleet family – with the help of caring Those interested may call 715-483-2700, emembers of the community. Their new mail or go to home will be healthy and very energy-ef- the Web site to learn more. Tax-deductible ficient. The cost of heating their new home donations may be sent to WRHFH, 2201 for an entire season will be about the same Hwy. 8, P.O. Box 736, St. Croix Falls, WI

54024, and they may be made online at Please save the date for the groundbreaking ceremony, which is set for Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m. The home will be built at 300 Minnesota Ave. in Centuria. All are welcome to attend this event. This home will be built as part of the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity program. Thrivent will provide significant financial assistance toward building the home as well as help to find volunteers to work on the home. In this way, Thrivent is helping Habitat expand its program and help more families. – submitted

Luck area ACS walk-run kickoff breakfast held LUCK - The 17th-annual Luck Area American Cancer Society Walk/Run kickoff breakfast was held Thursday, March 22, at Café Wren. Local businesses, churches and organizations received team packets and other materials for this year’s event to be held Saturday, May 12, at Luck High School. Sandy Lundquist, Luck Area ACS chairman, welcomed all including 1 month-old Mallory McKenzie – the youngest person to ever attend a kickoff breakfast. Michele Gullickson Moore, ACS representative, spoke about some of the things the ACS does: Stay well – Web site to learn about cancer and prevention, getting regular cancer screening, adopting healthly lifestyles and better nutrition in schools. Unhealthly children can lead to unhealthly adults. Get well – cancer information programs and services, lodging facilities for cancer patients and their caregivers at no cost. Along with Hope Lodge in Marshfield, there is a new patient lodg-

ing program where some hotel chains around the state and nation provide complimentary rooms Sunday through Thursday. They may also help with transportation to and from the hotel to the hospital. Request for lodging is made by calling 800-ACS-2345. Find cures – research and grants currently going on at UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and Marshfield. Fight back – volunteers advocating in the legislature for smoke-free laws in the workplace, restaurants and bars, laws to request health plans to provide coverage for cancer screening and laws to cover low-income individuals to have access to screenings. Judy Erickson, an ovarian cancer survivor, is this year’s honorary chairperson. In her absence, Hilda Trudeau gave Erickson’s cancer history. Marlys Hedberg told how she sends handwritten letters, and follow-up thank-yous, to friends and family asking for donations each year for this ACS walk/run. Last year she sent 270 let-

ters and received over $2,700 in donations. Lundquist reported again this year there will be a Trash to Treasure sale, Saturday, April 28, at the Hwy. 35 strip mall, Luck, in the area of the previous dollar store-location, donated by Ed and Jody Sec and a fundraising event at Sundown Saloon with Elvis returning, Wednesday, May 2, Hwy. 35, Lewis. Tribute flags, in honor of or in memory of those who have battled cancer can be purchased for a minimum donation from Marcia Anderson, 1512 Lake Ave., Luck, WI 54853. Donations can now also go toward your team total. Designate your team and captain when donating. These flags will be displayed in Triangle Park for all to see as they walk/run this year’s new route. Foot A Buck feet are available in local businesses to be purchased. This also can be credited toward your team’s total. Enter this on your registration form. Teams will be assigned times for photos

this year. Please be there at your designated time slot. Cassie McKenzie gave a Web site presentation for online donations. Team captains can help their walkers/runners with this. Door prizes were graciously donated by: Polk County Realty – Scott Mellon; Nails by Cathi; Margie Nelson; Flowers Forever; Hog Wild; and Luck Country Inn. In one way or another, cancer affects us all. That’s why it is up to all of us to play a part in beating cancer in our lifetime. All monies raised go directly to the American Cancer Society, which is the largest private funder of cancer research in the United States, second only to the United States Government when looking at the sources of all cancer research funding. If anyone needs help finding a team or has questions, contact Lundquist at 715-4724114 or submitted


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ABOVE: “The Show” is the much-awaited humorous performance by the Luck Drama Club at Luck High School this coming Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31. – Photos by Greg Marsten

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Rainbow of Fun Carnival coloring contest winners: carnival this Saturday

The Siren Elementary School recently participated in the annual Moms For Kids Rainbow of Fun Carnival coloring contest. The lucky winners who received first place are Taylor Winberg , Emma Peterson, Tony Mattie, Faith Munson, Lindsay Liljenberg, Mackenzie Hicks, Lilly Johnson, Hope Munson, Macy Bentley, Kaley Bergstrom, Nyomi Kegel, Konner Lamson, Chad Songetay Jr., Silas Vasatka, Alexa Buskirk, Abby Kosloski and Dolan Highstrom. Second place went to Cameryn Ritchey, Sarah Imhoff, Ciera Oiyotte, Lucas D’Jock, Christopher Phernetton, Nicholas Webster, Morgan Tollander, Macy Tollander, Angela McCollough, Casey Goranson, Jalynn Nelson, Sage Ortez, Rylee O’Brien, Lukas Hunter, Cassandra Maslow, Eric Bruss and Mandy Close. Those that placed third were Natalie Schommer, Montana Kallevang, Ethan Ruud, Oliva Taylor, Wyatt D’Jock, Ailah Reynolds, Josie Taylor, Justis Christianson, Taedon Nichols, Abby Hayman, Jaidyn Jewell, Mitchell Daniels, Karlee Sybers, Gavin Benjamin, Devin Rand, Leigha Priske-Olson and Josie Taylor. The pictures were judged based on coloring, creativity and imagination. Please stop by and see the winning artwork in the commons this Saturday, March 31, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. while you enjoy the Moms For Kids Rainbow of Fun Carnival. Presale tickets are at Siren banks and are 50 tickets for $10. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the carnival, four for a $1. - Photo submitted

Webster School District advances technology WEBSTER – On Friday, March 16, the Webster School District had a staff in-service day and used the full day to introduce their new e-mail system, Gmail, assess basic technology skills and learn a wide variety of new technology skills. The training included support staff, teaching staff, substitute teachers and administration. The basic technology assessment included Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, SMART notebook, scanning, e-mailing attachments and saving files on the network. The afternoon format included seven different workshops in one-hour breakout sessions. These sessions were led by the staff who shared their expertise on various technology including, Google Calendar, Google Searches, Google Docs and Forms, spreadsheets and presentations, SMARTboard tips and tricks, Moodle and

Skyward tests. The Webster School District is constantly striving to find the best ways to incorporate the newest technologies into their curriculum to make the educational experience for their student as relevant and engaging as possible. - submitted

Lisa Richison is demonstrating how to use the Student SMART Response system where students use a remote to answer questions on the SMARTboard. Shown seated (L to R): Jodi Elmgren, Maria Cairns, Laura Eckart and Shirley Tyson. – Photo submitted

Blue Star Banner presented

Five generations

A Blue Star Banner was presented to Chrissy and Bruce Gibbs of Webster by Unit 96 American Legion Auxiliary President June Dopkins. Chrissy’s son, Alex Clemmons, is currently serving in the United States Air Force and was a graduate from Webster High School. The Legion honors all members of the military serving this country. – Photo submitted

Stay connected to your community.

Shown (L to R) standing: Great-grandma Sandy Hickey, great-great-grandma Cecelia Johnson and Grandma Rita (Mark) Bohn and sitting Jackie (A.J.) Peterson holding Ayla Rain Peterson recently were together to take this five-generation photo. – Photo submitted


Students read over 5,000 books

ST. CROIX FALLS – Students in Mrs. Stridde’s first-grade class at St. Croix Falls Elementary have earned themselves a pizza party. Their teacher challenged them this year to read 5,000 books at home – they ac-

Miles Wilson proudly shows the the reading chart for his classroom in Mrs. Stidde's firstgrade class at St. Croix Falls.

complished that goal just this past week, reading a total of 5,070 books so far this year as a class. As students read books at home, they complete reading logs signed by parents and return them school where the class takes time to celebrate each reading log turned in. As students reach individual goals, they get to choose friends to eat with in the classroom during their lunch. Stridde has noticed the spark of internal motivation for the children, “First grade is a big year … students go from sounding out words to reading chapter books all within a year’s time. The children are exposed to books on a daily basis – they know what books are just right for them and are selfdriven. It’s so fun to watch them develop their reading skills and see how far they have come since school began!” The school year isn’t over yet – students are still motivated to continue their reading. They want to see how many books they can read before the end of the school year. Miles Wilson is at the top of the reading chart with a total of 1,050 books read. Keep it going, reading machines. - submitted

Mrs. Stridde's first-grade class at St. Croix Falls Elementary has read over 5,000 books and earned themselves a pizza party. – Photos submitted

FSA CRP general sign-up now available SPOONER — Wisconsin Farm Service Agency reminds producers that general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program began on March 12 and continues through Friday, April 6. During this sign-up period, landowners may offer eligible land for CRP’s competitive general sign-up at their county Farm Service Agency office. Land currently not enrolled in CRP may be offered in this sign-up provided all eligibility requirements are met. Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring Sept. 30 may make new contract offers. Contracts awarded under this sign-up are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1. FSA, which administers the CRP, will evaluate and rank eligible CRP offers using an Environmental Benefits Index that shows the environmental benefits to be gained from enrolling the land in CRP. The EBI consists of five environmental factors: wildlife, water, soil, air and enduring benefits, and cost. Decisions on the EBI cutoff will be made after the sign-up ends and after analyzing the EBI data of all the offers. In addition to the general sign-up, CRP’s continuous sign-up program will be ongoing. Continuous acres represent the most environmentally desirable and sensitive land. For more information, visit or for Burnett or Washburn counties, contact the FSA office at 715-635-8228, Ext. 2. — from FSA

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12 new members welcomed at Bethany Lutheran

Perspectives Sally Bair

Layers On warm days, we can’t wait to remove layers of clothing. We shed winter jackets, caps, mittens, furlined boots and longjohns or sweatpants for shorts and sleeveless shirts. Regardless of the weather, some of us try to shed our minds and spirits of things that keep us from being comfortable in our spiritual skin, so to speak. We try and try to stop a bad habit. Whether it’s smoking or drinking, pornography or overeating, we can’t seem to shed it from our lives. It might even be the seemingly harmless habit of sleeping late on Sunday morning rather than going to church, or the tempting habit of watching TV all evening instead of playing a game with the kids or taking a walk. Our reasoning can be faulty, too. We tend to rationalize our bad habits and behavior. We believe we need to sleep in late because we deserve extra rest. Or we watch TV late in the night because we’ve worked hard all day and deserve to zone out the world around us, perhaps at the expense of fostering better family relationships. Joshua of the Old Testament offers guidelines on living a more meaningful life and the resulting benefits. “This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and … have good success.” (Joshua 1:8) Paul writes about being a soldier for Christ – a person who is always ready to fight against sin, temptation and evil. He also writes, “Put off … the old man which grows corrupt … be renewed in the spirit of your mind and put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24) The process of simply shedding a layer of clothing to avoid the heat is easy. Removing wrong behaviors is not easy. By ourselves, in fact, it’s impossible. But by the word of God and his spirit we can achieve freedom from our sinful “overdress.” If you can’t overcome a bad habit, ask God for help. God’s promises are true. He will strengthen your resolve, your determination and your willpower. He will bring you the victory. Lord, we thank you for promising to help us shed old habits. Keep our minds open and focused on you—our help, our deliverer and our overcomer. In Jesus’ name, amen. Bair may be reached at

On Sunday, March 18, Bethany Lutheran Church of Grantsburg welcomed 12 new members to the congregation. Each family was presented with a gift basket by the evangelism committee to welcome their newest members. Following the church service, there was a potluck luncheon held in their honor. Shown (L to R) are: Judy Shultz, Jean Sandberg, Larry Kruger, Kim Johnson, Cody Byers, Mark Byers, Kyle Byers, Pastor Jay Ticknor, Margaret Houdek, Bev Dahlberg, Lucy Dahlberg, Dan Dahlberg and David Lee. – Photo submitted

St. Peter's planning for fall boutique Women of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of rural Luck, Mary Mattson, Robin Johnson and Sharon Pilsner, are already hard at work making tie quilts that will be sold at the church’s fall boutique on Sept. 22, instead of a spring sale this year. Photo submitted

Israeli pastor to speak at New Hope Lutheran Church in Grantsburg on Good Friday GRANTSBURG – Pastor Shlomy Abramov and his wife, Miriam, of Le Rishon Zion, Israel, will be speaking at New Hope Lutheran Church in Grantsburg on Good Friday, April 6, at 6:45 p.m. Abramov is a fourth-generation native born Israeli, a sabra. They lead Awake Israel Ministry. He will show the foods used in the Passover Service and tell of their

Biblical significance while he shares how the Gospel message of Christ is presented in the Passover. For more information on Abramov and Awake Israel Ministry visit their Web site at or call New Hope Lutheran Church at 715-463-5700. The public is invited to join them for this Good Friday service. - submitted



FREDERIC GRANTSBURG Each building will have their own breakfast menu.






BREAKFAST Whole-grain apple or cherry frudel, cantaloupe. LUNCH Pizza dippers, dipper sauce, Italian veg. blend OR buffalo chicken salad.

BREAKFAST Whole-grain pancakes, applesauce cup. LUNCH Taco Max snacks, Mexican rice, mixed vegetables OR turkey salad.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza, pineapple. LUNCH Chicken nuggets, tritaters OR ham salad.

LUNCH Cheese or chicken quesadilla, tortilla chips, salsa, mixed vegetables, mandarin oranges, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Roast chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, corn, gelatin, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Meatball sub, french fries, mini carrots, dip, sliced pears, apples, oranges, bread basket.


BREAKFAST Cereal/French toast sticks. LUNCH Chicken patty, buttered noodles, winter mix, fruit sauce. Alt.: Corn dog, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/biscuits and gravy. LUNCH Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hot dog, 712.

BREAKFAST Cereal/long john. LUNCH Build your own sub, chips, corn, fresh fruit. Alt.: Chicken nuggets, 712.

BREAKFAST Cereal/ring donuts. LUNCH Cheese or sausage pizza, rice, green beans, fruit sauce. Alt.: Chicken patty, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast served with peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH Sloppy joes, nachos, beans, veggies, pears. Alt.: Noodle bowl.

BREAKFAST French toast sticks, juice and milk. LUNCH Spaghetti, garlic bread, lettuce salad, peas, peaches, apples. Alt.: Orange-glaze chicken.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast served with peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH Barbecue chicken on a bun, Tostitos, shredded lettuce, corn, apples and oranges. Alt.: Meat loaf & mashed potatoes.

BREAKFAST Mini pancakes, juice and milk. LUNCH Cheeseburger, french fries, carrots & celery, beans, strawberries. Alt.: Nachos.

BREAKFAST Pancake and sausage. LUNCH Mini corn dogs, tater tots, baked beans, pears. Alt.: Tuna sandwich, broccoli-cheese soup.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Tacos, hard & soft shells, fixings, peas, pineapple. Alt.: Cinnamon rolls.

BREAKFAST Scrambled eggs w/cheese & toast. LUNCH Chicken patty, spicy fries, corn, peaches. Alt.: Ham & cheese croissant.


BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Hamburger, fries and fruit.

BREAKFAST Belgian waffles/toppings. LUNCH Chicken pot pie w/biscuit, pudding and fruit.

BREAKFAST Breakfast bites. LUNCH Sub sandwich, cottage cheese, chips and fruit. EARLY RELEASE

LUNCH Cook’s choice OR chicken Alfredo, noodles, carrots, bread stick, peaches.

LUNCH Cheeseburger, bun, baked beans, carrots, fresh fruit.



LUNCH Chicken patty, broccoli/cauliflower/ cheese and fruit. LUNCH Spaghetti, salad, bread stick, pears.


THURSDAY BREAKFAST Combo bar, peaches. LUNCH Roast turkey, au gratin potatoes, corn on the cob, fresh fruit, dessert, no salad.





BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast, juice and milk. NO SCHOOL LUNCH GOODrice, FRIDAY Pizza dippers, corn, carrots, celery, pineapple tidbits, banana. Alt.: Cook’s choice.





OBITUARIES Beulah “Boots” Johnson

Max Fisk

Beulah “Boots” Johnson, 68, Town of Wood River, passed away on March 19, 2012, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. Boots was born on July 18, 1943, to Frank and Bessie Breen in Cloquet, Minn., where she was raised and attended school. On Nov. 10, 1962, Beulah married Lynn Johnson in Cloquet, Minn. She was an active member of the church and Bible study at New Hope in Grantsburg. Boots was a ham radio operator. She enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, watching the birds, baking and loved to travel in the RV with her husband and spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a big support for her family and will be greatly missed. Boots was a caring and giving person; she continued that in death through the gift of organ/tissue donation. Boots is preceded in death by her son Mark and parents. She is survived by her husband, Lynn; daughter, Jill (Bink) Johnston; grandchildren, Christa, Whitney and Mark; great-grandchildren, Dominic, Landon and Izabella; sisters, Mary Lou (Kenny) Johnson, Verna Ostman and Judy Sanda; along with many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Memorial service was held Monday, March 26, at New Hope Church, Grantsburg, with Pastor Emory Johnson officiating. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.

Pastor Max Fisk, 85, St. Croix Falls, died Thursday, March 22, 2012, at Parmly LifePoints in Chisago City, Minn. Max was born March 9, 1927, in Taylors Falls, Minn., to Rupert and Violet Fisk. He graduated from St. Croix Falls High School in 1944. He attended Northwestern Bible College graduating in 1948. Shortly after graduating, he married his wife, Ruth, at Riverside Free Church in Minneapolis, Minn. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. He worked with the Billy Graham Evangelical Association for many years and was a pastor all of his life. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, writing, speaking at camps, working with youth, Facebook and blogging. Max was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth; sons, Donovan and Joel; grandson, Ryan Fisk; and brother, Dwight. He is survived by sons, Duane (Betty) of Wyoming, Minn., Mike (Trish) of Osceola, Rich (Becky) of Shafer, Minn., and Tim (Cheryl) of Glencoe; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Marge Rousselow of Balsam Lake; nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 31, 1 p.m., at Alliance Church of the Valley, St. Croix Falls. Family will greet friends Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at church. Interment will be at St. Croix Falls Cemetery. The Grandstrand Funeral Home, St. Croix Falls,, was entrusted with arrangements.

Carol Dene (Hunter) Matz, 73, died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Carol was born July 7, 1938, at her home in Siren. She was married to Gary William Matz from Frederic. They were blessed with two daughters, Darcel (Doug) Greene, day-care provider of Center City, Minn., and Jenell (Ralph) Britton, owner of the Main Dish in Luck. Carol lived in Frederic until her illness. She enjoyed her crafts, bird-watching, cooking for all her loved ones and spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by her husband; daughters; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four siblings, Luann (Gary) Ackerley, Mike Hunter, Elton Hunter and Lisa Hunter; and stepmother, Earlene Hunter. Memorial services will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic on Friday, March 30, at 5 p.m., with visitation beginning at 4 p.m. Online condolences may be left at or Please continue to check the Web sites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-327-4475. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.



Our family would like to express our sincere thanks to the staff of Comforts of Home in Frederic, WI. Their loving and professional care given to our wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Ruth Johnson, was greatly appreciated. Thank you to Regional Hospice for their compassionate care given to Ruth in her final days. Thank you for the cards, memorials, flowers and prayers given to our family during this difficult time. A special thanks to our friends and family who traveled long distances to be with us. 556848 32Lp

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Ken Stoner

who passed away April 2, 2011. Nothing can ever take away, The love the heart holds dear. Fond memories linger every day, Remembrance keeps you near. Sadly missed by his family, wife Kay, daughters and sons, Janey, Nancy, Keith, Steven and families

The Family Of Ruth Johnson

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THANK YOU The family of Dorothy Neely would like to express sincere thanks to the staff of the United Pioneer Home, Luck, WI. Dorothy loved the care she was given during her time there. She appreciated the staff dearly. Thank you to Pastor Marlon Mielke for his words of comfort; to Joy Mielke, Shawn Gudmunsen and Ruth Matson for the beautiful music; to the ladies of the First Baptist Church, Milltown, for serving the luncheon and to Rowe Funeral Home for the arrangements. Thank you for the cards, flowers, plants and prayers to our family during this difficult time.


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Mary E. Chouinard, 95, Luck, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at the United Pioneer Home in Luck. Mary was born in Portal, N.D., on Feb. 21, 1917, to George J. Thill Sr. and Rose C. Thill. Mary attended Goose Lake School at Balsam Lake and later took a GED test at Rice Lake and received her high school diploma. During the course of her life, Mary worked at the Maple Island Packing Plant in New Richmond; was a nurse at the Apple River Valley Memorial Hospital in Amery for 20 years; and served as a housekeeper for a missionary priest for seven years, at which time she played the organ and organized a church choir. Mary enjoyed music very much. She liked to dance and played many instruments including piano, organ, accordion, guitar, mouth organ and Jew’s harp. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church all her life and was involved in the Council of Catholic Women. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Warren Belisle and Emery Chouinard; brother, George J. Thill Jr.; sisters, Catherine Agnes and Margaret Mortenson. She is survived by brother, Bernard (Bernie) Thill; along with several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A memorial Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, March 28, at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake by Fr. Thomas Thompson. Interment was in the St. Patrick Cemetery. The Grandstrand Funeral Home, St. Croix Falls,, was entrusted with arrangements.

Peace Lutheran Church, ELCA

The family of Dorothy Neely

Mary E. Chouinard

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Palm Sunday, April 1 8:30 & 11 a.m. Worship Services With Choir Cantata Palm Sunday Bake Sale Between Services 9:45 a.m. Christian Puppet Revival Maundy Thursday, April 5 6 p.m. Supper 7 p.m. Worship Service With Holy Communion Good Friday, April 6 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Good Friday Mini Camp For Kindergarten - 6th-Grade Students Noon - Good Friday Service Easter Sunday, April 8 6:30, 8:30 & 11 a.m. Worship Services Breakfast Served At 7:30 & 9:30 a.m., Freewill Offering With Proceeds To 2012 Youth Mission Trip Alleluia, Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!

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Luck Lutheran Church 6:30 a.m. - Sunrise Service 7:30 a.m. - Easter Breakfast 9 a.m. - Festival Service with Holy Communion 510 Foster Ave. E, Luck, WI 54853


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Donna Mae Swenson Smith Donna Mae Swenson Smith, 84, River Falls, died March 23, 2012. She was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on July 16, 1927, to Earl and Doris Baglien Swenson. At the age of 4, her family moved to Frederic. During her childhood, she was active in school, especially music, singing in the high school choir, the bobbysox trio and her church choir. After graduating from high school in 1946, she followed her music passion and enrolled in the Minneapolis College of Music. The following year, she transferred to Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., continuing her focus in music. She was a member of the choir and especially enjoyed touring with them. She was a member of the sigma delta sorority, a cheerleader, and a queen candidate finalist in the Gustavus Adolphus Santa Lucia queen pageant. It was during her college years at Gustavus, where she met and fell in love with the man of her dreams, David Malcolm Smith. They were married on June 14, 1950, and moved to David’s hometown, River Falls. There, David began his 44-year banking career at his family’s bank, the First National Bank of River Falls. Donna and Dave made River Falls their home and were blessed with five daughters. While raising her girls, Donna was very active in the First Congregational Church. She was a choir member for more than 30 years, launched the children’s choir and directed it, taught Bible school and volunteered endlessly in the church’s kitchen. She also co-chaired the campaign of Pastor Stan York’s run for assemblyman, which was a success. In the community, Donna was an active volunteer with projects involving children and education. She was part of a team that annually screened children for early detection of scoliosis with the River Falls School District, and worked many years at kindergarten roundup. In the 1970s, she actively worked to set up homes for Vietnam refugees and find families to adopt war orphans. She was elected to the First National Bank’s board of directors in 1972. After the sudden death of her husband in August of 1994, she was elected as board chair. In 2009, and after 37 years of service, she stepped down and served as chair emeritus until her death. Donna will be remembered fondly for her love of her church, family and friends, her laughter, sense of humor, quick wit and her love of River Falls. She will be most remembered for her apple pies and devotion to the Green Bay Packers. She is survived by her five daughters, Patricia (Francis) Neir of Minneapolis, Minn., Sandra (Michael) Wurm of Mahtomedi, Minn., Polly (Mark) Stafford of Mahtomedi, Stephanie Smith of Woodbury, Minn., and Mary Grace Smith of San Francisco, Calif.; four grandchildren, Melissa Rae Wurm of San Diego, Calif., Christian David Edward Wurm of San Diego, Olivia Nancy Neir of West Hollywood, Calif., and Chloe Mae Smith of Woodbury; and step-grandchildren, Alex (Stacy) Neir of Denver, Colo., Cassandra (Michael) Morris, of Maple Grove, Minn., Andrew Stafford of St. Paul, Minn., Mitchell Stafford of Mahtomedi, Minn.; and her sister-in-law, Eunice Swenson of Turtle Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Doris; brothers, Duane and Donald; and her husband and love of her life, David. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 29, at the First Congregational Church of River Falls. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday at the Cashman Hill Funeral Home in River Falls, and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Memorials are preferred to the David and Donna Smith Memorial Fund, care of the St. Croix Foundation, P.O. Box 784, River Falls, WI 54022 To send the family an online condolence, go to Cashman-Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, River Falls, was entrusted with arrangements.

Alfred W. Carlson Alfred W. Carlson, 90, longtime resident of St. Paul, Minn., and Siren, died March 24, 2012, at Parmly Life Points in Chisago City, Minn. A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 1 p.m., with visitation from noon to 1 p.m., at Fristad Lutheran Church in Centuria. Online condolences can be made at A full obituary will be published at a later date. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.


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Lucille Lien, 87, Grantsburg, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Lucille was born on Oct. 10, 1924, to Alfred and Evone Jenie. She grew up in Siren, and then went to St. Paul, Minn., at the age of 18. She was employed at Golden Rule as cashier in the jewelry department. Lucille was united in marriage in 1945 to Hector, when he returned from serving in the Navy during World War II. They then moved to Grantsburg, and five children were born to their union. Hector passed away in 1985. Lucille was employed as a cook at the Grantsburg school for 17 years. She stayed in her home until she had health problems and then moved into an apartment at Crexway Court in Grantsburg. She is survived by her five children, Duane (Judy), Diane, Doreene “Tully” (Lyman) Rand, Donna (Sam) Wyss and Darren (Lori); sisters-in-law, Delores, Janice and Ardyce; brother-in-law, Darvey; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; special nieces, Beverly and Janette; and other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Evone; brother, Allen; and husband, Hector. A memorial service was held Saturday, March 24, at Faith Lutheran Church in Grantsburg.

Allan W. Niklason, 80, Webster, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on March 17, 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents, Erik and Jennie; brother, Einar; and brothers-in-law, Ervin, Ivan and Bob. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Patricia; their children, Jean, Brian (Jean), Gary, Linda (Dennis) Beltz and Chad (Kristie); grandchildren, Janea (Ryan) Clinton, Jeremy, Allicia, Carter, Tabitha and Emma; his siblings, Ardella Runchey, Joyce (Harold) Sjolie, Jeanette Harris and sister-in-law, Phyllis Niklason; along with a host of other loving family and friends. Memorial service will be held Friday, March 23, 2012, at 11 a.m., with visitation 10-11 a.m., at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster. Visitation will also be held Thursday, March 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. A luncheon will follow the service at the Yellow Lake Lutheran Church. A private burial will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the family. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, were entrusted with arrangements.

Janis Faye (Peterson) Bean Janis Faye (Peterson) Bean, 76 of Luck, peacefully passed away on March 19, 2012, at Willow Ridge Health Care Center in Amery. Janis was born on March 3, 1936, in Duluth, Minn., to Norman O. and Veva E. Peterson. She attended elementary school in Hermantown, Minn., until the age of 8 when her family moved to Indian Creek, where she finished elementary school. She graduated in 1954 from Frederic High School in Frederic. She then went on to attend college at the Polk County Teachers College in St. Croix Falls where she earned her teaching certificate. In 1956, she taught grades one through eight in a oneroom schoolhouse in Pipe Lake. It was there that she met Glenn A. Bean, the older brother of four of her students. They were married on Feb. 7, 1958, and were blessed with four children. Janis enjoyed raising her children along with gardening, crocheting, and for a few years, farming. She was also a very loving caregiver to her father, as well as her grandchildren for several years. Janis is survived by daughters Suzanne (Dave) Przywojski of Menomonie, Janeen (Don) Sorensen of Amery, Sherri York of Luck, and son Tom (Liz) Bean of Siren; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many other loving relatives and friends. Her beautiful, loving attitude and smiles will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, brother Donald and her sister Arlene. Funeral services were held on Friday, March 23, at the Kingdom Hall in Milltown. A private family interment will take place at the Lewis Cemetery. Friends and family may sign an online guest book by visiting The Williamson - White Funeral Home in Amery was entrusted with arrangements.

Alan Kirby Alan Kirby, 63, Siren, died March 25, 2012. A memorial service will be Friday, March 30, at 2 p.m. with visitation 1-2 p.m., at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Siren Chapel. A full obituary will be published on a later date. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Siren Chapel, were entrusted with arrangements.

Thomas William Eisen Thomas William Eisen, 72, St. Croix Falls, passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Regions Hospital. Thomas leaves to celebrate is memory his wife, Shirley, of St. Croix Falls; sons, Jim McKeig of Woodbury, Minn., and Gene Eisen of St. Croix Falls; grandchildren, Merrick McKeig of Las Vegas, Nev., Meghan McKeig of Raleigh, N.C., Chris Eisen, Alyssa Eisen, J.J. Eisen and Brandy Eisen, all of St. Croix Falls; brother, Richard Eisen of Northern California and Harry Eisen of Florida. Private family funeral services will be held at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home. To express online condolences, please visit The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Christine M. (Skow) Pedersen Christine M. (Skow) Pedersen, longtime resident of Luck, died Sunday, March 18, 2012, at Comforts of Home in St. Croix Falls. Christine was born on Nov. 4, 1915, to Sena and Magnus Hansen at Hazelwood, Minn., near Northfield. She attended grade school at District 76 through the sixth grade. Her parents then sold the farm and moved to Milltown to be closer to family. Christine was confirmed at Luck Lutheran Church in 1930 along with 25 other members. She attended East Laketown School, grades 7-8, and then Luck High School, graduating in 1935. Christine worked one year for Mrs. Reis, Dr. Reis’ wife, in their home doing ironing, cooking and cleaning. She was united in marriage to Nels Skow, in 1936 and worked at Paulsen’s and Lawsen’s stores in Luck until they bought a farm northeast of Luck. Not too long after this, in 1939, their son, Warren H. Skow was born, and they farmed for many more years until Nels’ death in 1976. In 1979, Christine married Norman Pedersen, and they enjoyed dancing, playing cards, raising violets and family gatherings until his death in 1989. Throughout her years, Christine remained very active working for Palberg-Hesson Implement, serving as treasurer on St. Peter’s cemetery board for 20 years, singing in the church choir, active in the DBS and the senior citizens center, playing Cribbage and serving lunch. Christine loved people and visiting. She would always try to bring a smile to everyone that she came in contact with. She especially loved and cherished her time spent with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their families. Christine always loved crafts and enjoyed decorating for special occasions, whether it be a raffle bulletin board for the senior citizens, posters for DBS and church bazaars or the upcoming holidays, as seen by her window decorations. She loved to celebrate. As of late, Christine was known for her homemade napkin holders, and she would always try to bless everyone who she saw with one. Christine is survived by her grandchildren, Tom Skow of Centuria; Barbara (Jim) Drabek of Centuria; Deborah (Terry) Ingram of Osceola; and Ron (Heidi) Skow of Luck; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Joanna Ingram of Osceola, and Jonathan and Nathan Skow of Luck; sister, Sophie (Ervin Berlin) of Kenosha; step-great-grandchildren, Kristi, Melissa, Tayler and Ashley; sisters-in-law, Vivian Pedersen and Evelyn Skow of Minneapolis, Minn. and brother-in-law Einer (Doris) Skow of Superior and many cousins. She is proceeded in death by her husband, Nels Skow; husband, Norman Pedersen, son and daughter-in-law, Warren and Patricia Skow. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in North Luck with Pastor Rob Lubben officiating with fellowship to follow. Family will greet friends at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Rowe Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

Harold Lloyd Phernetton Harold Lloyd Phernetton, 77, a resident of Webster, died March 22, 2012. A memorial service will be Saturday, March 31, at 11 a.m. with visitation 10-11 a.m., at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences can be made at A full obituary will be published on a later date. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, were entrusted with arrangements.


CHURCH NEWS Prom night could be positive experience for teen girl Q: My daughter, a junior, is looking forward to going to her high school prom in a few weeks. But I’m worried about the hedonistic atmosphere. What’s your perspective on this? Jim: There are a number of good reasons to be concerned about what goes on during and after a high school prom – everything from immodest dress and dancing to sexual activity to drug and alcohol abuse. It can be a real challenge to guide your teen wisely through this minefield. You can defuse some of the danger by simply asking your daughter about her plans and expectations. Why does she want to go so badly? What does she expect to happen when she gets there? The list of bad reasons for going to prom is considerable, and yet most of them are promoted in teen magazines. They include things like finding a “boyfriend” or “girlfriend” and hooking up, or simply impressing others with clothes and limousines that come with hefty price tags. But there can be positive reasons for attending prom, too. Your daughter might

AMERY – First Baptist Church. Maundy Thursday service April 5 at 7 p.m., and Easter service Sunday, April 8, at their normal service time, 9-10:15 a.m. There will not be Sunday school. ••• DRESSER – Bethesda Lutheran Church Easter schedule Sunday, April 8, 7 a.m. sunrise service, traditional; 8:30 a.m. sunrise service, contemporary; 10 a.m. Easter service, traditional. Lenten services, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 with soup supper prior;

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be allowed to take part in this event as a reward for hard work, personal integrity or academic achievement. She can be encouraged to see it as a chance to deepen strong friendships in a group setting. In fact, going with a group of friends – rather than with an exclusive “date” – can be a great way for your daughter and her pals to keep one another accountable in the face of prom’s temptations. Gaining a sense of your daughter’s intentions for prom night can either confirm your anxieties or bolster your confidence. Either way, you’ll have more solid information on which to base your decision. If you choose to let her attend, you can enhance the experience by getting excited about it with her. If, on the other hand, this process of investigation leaves you feeling uncomfortable about prom night, you can explore alternative activities together, many of which are far less expensive. •••

Q: How do I deal with a spouse who is a computer, TV and iPhone addict? He rarely helps with anything on evenings and weekends, leaving me to do everything. What can I do to motivate him to help around the house and to interact with his family? Juli: For many men, technology has become a way to escape from the pressures of work and family life. You may be shocked to learn that 53 percent of all American adults play video or computer games. Add that to the hours the average American watches TV and checks e-mail and Facebook, and you can see that this is a common problem. It’s much easier for your husband to tune out while at home than to interact or contribute to family chores. Nagging him about it isn’t likely to help. Most likely, you’ll need to be more intentional about getting his attention. Start by asking to have a conversation with him. When you have his full attention, tell him how much you miss him and how it concerns you to see so much of his time plugged into technology. Tell him that while you recognize his need to unwind, you also need him to be more present in the home. Then ask him to come up with some reasonable guidelines, like no technology

Lenten church services

Maundy Thursday, April 5, no soup supper; Good Friday, April 6, no soup supper. Peace Lutheran Church, ELCA, Palm Sunday, April 1, at 8:30 and 11 a.m. with choir cantata; Maundy Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m.; Good Friday children event, April 6, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Good Friday service, April 6, at noon; Easter services, Sunday, April 8, 6:30, 8:30 and 11 a.m.; Easter breakfast served at 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. •••

FREDERIC/SIREN – Holy Week services are as follows: Maundy Thursday, April 5, 5:30 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church and 6:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Good Friday, April 6, 7 p.m. at Bethany. Easter Sunday, April 8, 8:30 a.m. at Bethany and 10:30 a.m. at Pilgrim. ••• LUCK – Bone Lake Lutheran Church, Wednesday, March 28, soup supper at 5:30 p.m., worship at 6:30 p.m. Confirmation discussion follows worship. Maundy Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m. with Holy Com-

during meals, no more than two hours in the evening, etc. If he’s unwilling to do this, I’d insist on meeting with a third party, such as a mentor couple or counselor. This is more than a time waster. It can be a marriage killer, so treat it that seriously. ••• Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two. Dr. Juli Slattery is a licensed psychologist, co-host of Focus on the Family, author of several books, and a wife and mother of three. Submit your questions to: Copyright 2011 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St. Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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munion. Good Friday, April 6, 7 p.m., and Easter Sunday, April 8, 7 and 10:30 a.m. with Easter breakfast at 8-9:30 a.m. ••• WEBSTER/DANBURY – Grace United Methodist. Thursday, April 5, Maundy service will be at 6:30 p.m. Grace United Methodist Easter service will be at 7 a.m. with breakfast to follow. Danbury United Methodist Easter service will be held at 9:30 a.m. •••

Church listings sponsored by the following area businesses: BREMER BANK, N.A. Full-Service Banking Member FDIC Frederic - Danbury - Siren

DAEFFLER’S QUALITY MEATS, INC. Wholesale & Retail Meats Custom Butchering & Processing Phone 715-327-4456


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


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

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


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

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

Duane Lindh


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

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


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







Complete Lumber & Building Supplies

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


Sand, Gravel, Ready-Mix, Concrete, Black Dirt, Dozer Work, Landscaping & Septic Tanks Installed

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Church Directory ADVENTIST


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



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




Meeting in homes. Elder: Cliff Bjork, 715-755-3048 Sun. Fellowship - 10 a.m.; Wed. 7 p.m. LUTHERAN



1115 Mains Crossing, 1/2 Mile South Hwy. 8 On 110th St.; Sun. Worship 9 a.m.; Sun. School 10:15 a.m.


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


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


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


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


Pastor Mary Ann Bowman, 5 mi. E. of Luck on Hwy. 48, 1/2 mi. S. on I; Office - 715-472-2535 Pastor - 715-472-8153, 8:45 a.m. Prayer; 9 a.m. Sun. Schl. & Adult Bible Study; 10:30 a.m. Worship; 11:30 a.m. Fellowship Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


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


Pastor Gary Rokenbrodt - 715-653-2630; 715-327-4461 Worship 10:15 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m. Communion 1st Sun.

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


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


561 Chestnut St., Taylors Falls, MN 651-465-5265 Traditional Worship - 8:30 a.m.; Contemporary Worship - 11 a.m.


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


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


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


Phone 715-327-4340, 715-416-3086, 715-327-8384 Pastor Theresa Riewestahl Worship 9:15 a.m.; Sun. School 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st & 2nd Sundays


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


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


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


Pastor Ralph Thompson - 715-472-8424; 510 Foster Ave. E.; Office 715-472-2605; Sun. Wor. 8 &10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl 9 a.m.


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


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


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




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



Pastor Carolyn Saunders, 715-463-2624 Worship - 9 a.m.; Sunday School - 10:30 a.m. Cindy Glocke, Pastor, 715-866-8646 Sunday Worship - 9 a.m.


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

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



Interim Pastor Andrew Hinwood 507 Wisconsin Ave. N., 715-327-8012 Sun. Worship - 10:.30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 2nd Sundays


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


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


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


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


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

LEWIS MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST Tom Cook, Pastor Worship 8:45 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10 a.m.


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


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


Tom Cook, Pastor Sunday School 9 a.m. Worship - 10:15 a.m. (Nursery available) 290 W. Government Street, 715-294-4436 Reverend Dr. Rolland Robinson Sunday Service - 10 a.m. with nursery Sunday School - Sept. - May at 10 a.m.





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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


Pastor Theresa Riewestahl 715-327-8384, 715-416-3086 Fellowship - 10:30 a.m., Sun. Schl. 9:45 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m., Communion - 1st & 2nd Sundays




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



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


SIREN ASSEMBLY OF GOD 306 River Street, Osceola, 715-755-2275 Pastor Mark Gilbert Adult Class - 8:30 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Worship - 10 a.m.; Holy Communion 1st Sunday

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


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



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


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



1050 North Keller Ave., Amery, 715-268-7717 Father John Drummy, Pastor Sat. Mass 4 p.m., Sun. Mass 10:30 a.m. Mass Wed. & Thurs. 9 a.m.

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


10 mi. W. of Cumberland on Hwy. 48 (McKinley) - Pastor Neal Weltzin GT Office 715-857-5580, Parsonage 715-8223001, TR Office - 715-822-3001 Wor. Serv. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:15 a.m. Holy Communion - 1st Sunday Pastor Gerald Heinecke Home 715-327-8608; Church 715-866-7191 Sunday Worship Service - 8 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


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



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



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




Pastor Dan Pearson Sunday School 8:45 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m. CATHOLIC


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


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


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


Balsam Lake - Rev. John A. Drummy, Pastor - 405-2253 Mass: Sat. eves. 6 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m.; Tues. 5:30 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m.Sacrament of Reconciliation 7:30 a.m. Sun. or by appt.


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




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


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


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


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


EAST BALSAM BAPTIST - BALSAM LK. Pastor Gabe Brennan, 715-857-5411 Wor. Service - 9 a.m.; Sun. School-10:15 a.m.


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


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


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




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



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




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


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




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




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

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



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



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



Hwy. 35 and CTH N., Luck Bill McEachern Pastor, 715-485-3973 Sun. Bible study - 9 a.m.; Sun. Wor. - 10 a.m. 131 Broadway St., 715-268-2223;; E-mail: Reg. office hours: Tues.-Thurs. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pastor Charlie Butt, Lead Pastor; Nick Buda, Associate Pastor Sun. Serv.: 9 a.m.; All ages Sun. Schl. 10:30 11:30 a.m.; Nursery available


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


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


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



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


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


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

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


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

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




Church Phone 715-866-4111 Pastor Tim Quinn Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Worship - 10:45 a.m (Nursery Provided)

GRACE CHURCH OF OSCEOLA “The Cure for the Common Church”


1st, 2nd & 3rd Sunday, 10 a.m. in the St. Croix Falls Library community room.


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

722 Seminole Ave., Osceola Pastor Dr. Kent Haralson; 715-294-4222 or 715-755-3454; Sun.: Praise & Worship Serv. 9 am., Adult Bible Study 10:45 a.m., Children’s Sun. School 10:45 a.m.




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

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

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


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Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Elaine Lahti has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in fourth grade and the daugthter of Allan and Prudence Lahti. Elaine is a soft-spoken, wonderful student in the classroom and a model for others to follow. Her favorite subject is social studies. In her free time, Elaine likes to play with her friends outside and watch “The Voice” on TV. She has a cat named Hannah.

Hope Goebel has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Jason Goebel. Hope is involved in softball, volleyball, basketball, band and track. She enjoys bike rides and going for walks with her sisters. Hope has a good sense of humor, is cooperative and works hard. Her greatest influence in her life is her aunt. Her future plans include enlisting in the Navy and becoming a teacher.

Chris Maslowski has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Michelle Mesecher-Petry. Chris is involved in track, FFA, choir and tutoring. He enjoys farming, running and watching movies. Chris is good at counseling, caring, understanding and has a great attitude. His future plans include going to college for agricultural sciences and ROTC, and continue his career in the Army National Guard.

McKenzie Spafford has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in third grade and the daughter of Shawn Spafford and Karen Spafford. McKenzie is hardworking, kind and has a sensitive personality. She is a very good listener, follows directions and shows respect to her teachers and her classmates. She loves gym class and likes to run every day.


Katie Mattson has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in fifth grade and the daughter of Paul and Tracey Mattson. Katie is an energetic student who always excels in the classroom. She is eager to please her teachers and peers. She is actively involved in gymnastics and volleyball.

Bryan Hoffman has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. He is a freshman and the son of Mary and Steve Hoffman. Bryan is involved in basketball, baseball, youth group and doing radio broadcasts at church. He enjoys playing video games, watching movies, fishing, riding bike and reading. His greatest influences in his life are his parents.


Tiffany Brown has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Herschel and Mary Brown. Tiffany is very active in class discussion, has a great attitude, turns in highquality schoolwork and is quick to help others. She helps at the Balsam Lake Rod and Gun Club as a trap girl. She is involved in 4-H, track, basketball and volleyball. She enjoys reading and spending time with her puppy.

Connor McGinnity has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of Shawn McGinnity and Renae McGinnity. Connor writes well, has a sardonic sense of humor, and has a positive and helpful attitude. He is involved in FCCLA, drama club, forensics, basketball, baseball and football. He enjoys fishing, woodworking and driving. He plans to attend college to become a pharmacist.

Courtney Young has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in second grade. She lives at home with her mom Angie, her dad Aaron and her little sister Katelyn. As a family, they love to play Uno and read together. At school, Courtney loves, loves, loves to read. She loves to make art. When she grows up she wants to be an artist because she loves working with clay and watercolor paints.

Sophie Klein has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Kevin and Amy Klein. She has one brother, Henry, and two sisters, Grace and Anna. Her pets include a dog named Rosco. She is involved in track, student council, drama, DI, softball, soccer, cross country, hockey and 4-H. She enjoys reading, writing scripts, making movies, running, playing piano and trumpet.

Heather Loomis has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of Richard and Shirley Loomis. She has an older sister, Melissa, and two younger brothers, Rick and Bobby. Heather likes to ride bike, baby-sit, go to youth group and hang out with friends.



Alexa Buskirk has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in fifth grade and the daughter of Keith and Jill Buskirk. Alexa is an excellent student, who always strives to do her best. Her helpfulness and friendliness make her popular with students and staff. She loves the outdoors and playing sports, especially basketball, hockey and volleyball.

Sawyer Coy has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of Gary and Stacy Coy. Sawyer is a class act and practices good citizenship every day with his caring and compassionate attitude. His heart of gold is truly appreciated by everyone. Sawyer is always willing to lend a helping hand. His favorite class is art. He is involved in basketball and choir.

Brittany Sanford has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. She is the daughter of Melanie and Jason Sanford. Brittany is a creative art student who works hard and it shows in her projects. She draws, makes prints and is a natural at throwing pottery on the potter’s wheel. Brittany is a pleasure to have in class and sets a good example for her classmates.

Evan Oachs has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Cary Oachs and Michelle Bailey. Evan has proven time and again that he can be counted on in a tough spot and will pull through to the best of his ability. He had a stellar year as a leader on the football field and again on the basketball court. He gives 100 percent and focuses on what is best for the team. He is a hardworking student and has well-defined goals for this future.

Ian Zelinski has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. He is the son of Steve Zelinski and Paula Zelinski. Ian is a very hard worker and a wonderful student. He especially enjoys reading and is good at writing. He is always kind and respectful to his teachers and classmates. Ian takes a lot of pride in his work and always works to the best of his abilities. He enjoys books, video games and going to movies.

Alyssa Hess has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. She is in fifth grade and the daughter of Lachelle Tyndall and Bert Hess. Alyssa is a wonderful student to have in class. She has a great sense of humor and a tremendous amount of patience. She has a positive attitude, is thoughtful of others, friendly to those she doesn’t know and is always willing to help out when needed. Alyssa enjoys shopping.

Sarah Fleischhacker has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daughter of Don and Diane Fleischhacker. Sarah tries her best with schoolwork. At the elementary school, she helps Mrs. Ward with the Tiny Tigers. She is very patient with them and they adore her. Sarah is a very polite student. She baby-sits and enjoys anything that involves children.


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Joshua Niedzielski has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in third grade and the son of Nicole and Joseph Niedzielski. Joshua is always willing to go the extra mile to produce his best work and help his peers with their class work. He always displays a positive attitude and strives to help others with their problems.

Vincent Cloutier has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. He is in fifth grade and the son of Greg and Brittny Cloutier. Vincent’s tests and projects are always completed with high quality. He has a refreshingly positive attitude and works hard. He shows a desire for success and strives to do well. He asks questions and seeks help when needed.

Paige Jones has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of Jeramy and Emily Jones. She enjoys playing sports and swimming. She is involved in dance, softball, student council and volleyball. Her favorite class is ceramics. After high school she plans on going to a 4-year college for vet tech. She resides in Balsam Lake.


Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities

Coming events MARCH


• Good Friday breakfast at the senior center, 7-10:30 a.m.



• Legion Auxiliary bake sale at U.S. Bank, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.



• Learn to Hunt Turkey class begins at Crex Meadows, 5 p.m., 715-463-2739, • Parkinson’s support group, 2 p.m., at the medical center, 715-689-2163.


• Ruby’s Pantry at the town maintenance shop, $15 donation. Open 9:30 a.m., distribution 10-11:30 a.m.


Clam Falls

• Meet and greet with Christine Seaton at the library, 7 p.m.

• Pancake breakfast at Clam Falls Lutheran Church, 8-11 a.m.

FRI.-SUN./30 -1



• Feed My Sheep at Grace Church in Grantsburg. Doors open 8 a.m., distribution 9 a.m., 715-463-5699.

FRI. & SAT./30 & 31

• Lewis Jam - Bluegrass, gospel and country music at Lewis United Methodist Church, 6-9 p.m.

• Gun show at Trollhaugen. Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-338-5989.




• The Spring Show at the high school, 7:30 p.m.

• Corvette auctioned to benefit Unity School at Rapid Repair, 10 a.m.



• The Help-er women’s spring conference at The Lodge, 715-349-7185,



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


• ACS Walk/run breakfast at Hacker’s at 7 a.m.

St. Croix Falls

• Danny Schmidt & Carrie Elkin at Festival Theatre, 8 p.m., • Auxiliary of Good Samaritan-SCV spring bake sale, 10 a.m. until sold out.

Taylors Falls, Minn.

• Lions Bingo at the community center, 6:30 p.m.

SAT. & SUN./31 & 1 Danbury

• Antler Expo & Sport Show at Forts Folle Avoine, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,, 715-866-8890.


• Ruby’s Pantry at Congregational Church. Doors open 8:30 a.m. Dist. 9 a.m., $15 donation, 715-268-7390. • Electronics and appliance recycling event at True Value parking lot, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-483-2700.

Balsam Lake

• Used book sale at the library, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-4853215.


• Women’s Expo at the high school, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


A bright crocus brings life to a pile of dead leaves. - Photo by Carl Heidel

West Sweden

• “Broadway Comes to West Sweden” at Grace Lutheran Church, 2 & 7 p.m.

APRIL Fox Creek

• Free walk/run fair in the Riverbend Conference Room at SCRMC, 5-7 p.m.,



SUNDAY/1 • Pancake breakfast at Georgetown Lutheran Church, 7:30-10 a.m. • All-You-Can-Eat-Breakfast VFW Post 4186 & The Ladies Auxiliary, at the hall, 8 a.m.-noon.


• Humane Society of Burnett County spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Moose Lodge,, 715-866-4096.

MONDAY/2 Clear Lake

• Compassionate Friends, Tri-County Chapter, grief support in death of a child, at First Lutheran, 7 p.m., 715263-2739.




• Potluck at the senior center, noon, 715-866-5300.


• Seminar on Our Internal Plumbing at the medical center. 6:30-8 p.m., 715-294-4936.

• Scrapbooking fundraiser for Burnett County Resource Center at Crex Conventions, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Call to reserve spot. • Spaghetti dinner benefit for Dale Peterson at the community center, 4-8 p.m. • Girls softball fundraiser at the high school, 1-4 p.m. • Northwest Passage fundraiser, Second Chance Prom, at Northwoods Crossing Event Center, 715-3274402. • Rainbow of Fun Carnival at the school, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Clam Falls

• Coffee hour at Clam Falls Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.


• Indianhead Gem & Mineral Society monthly meeting at senior citizen center, 7 p.m. • Tax help at the senior center, 715-349-7810.


• Cardiac support group at the medical center, 1 p.m., 715-268-0291.

St. Croix Falls


• Early-stage Alzheimer’s support group at the senior center, 10 a.m., 715-268-6605.


• Blood pressure screening at Bremer Bank, 9 a.m.1 p.m.


• AARP tax help at the library, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Call for appointment, 715-472-2770.

THURS. & FRI./5 & 6


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

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

Every Monday

Indianhead Barbershop Chorus meets at the Balsam Lake Government Center, 7:30 p.m., 715-483-9202. Baby and Me class - Amery Medical Center, 1-2 p.m. Grief Share support group at Centennial Hall, Amery, 715-268-2176 or 715-268-8360. Moms In Touch International, First Baptist, Amery, 2 - 3 p.m., 715-268-5408,

Partners of Veterans women’s support group, Counseling Associates, Siren, 1-2:30 p.m., 715-349-8575. Play group for children and caretakers at the Burnett County Family Resource Center, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Every Tuesday

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

Every Wednesday

• AARP tax help at the library. Call for appointment, 715463-2244.

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


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



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

FRIDAY/6 Frederic

• AARP tax help at the library. Call for appointment. 1-4 p.m., 715-327-4979.

Every Thursday

Play group for children and caretakers at the Burnett County Family Resource Center, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Every Saturday

AA meets at the West Denmark Lutheran Church, rural Luck, 9 - 10 a.m.

Webster School play offers wild ride by Carl Heidel Leader staff writer WEBSTER - Now suppose you have two families in the hills gathered around a point called Lonesome Polecat, and suppose these two families, named the Calhouns and Tollivers, have had a blood

feud going for 200 years. That’s the first piece in the mix. Then add in the romance. Boy meets girl. Girl likes boy. Love develops. But one of them is a Calhoun and the other a Tolliver, so naturally the feuding folks take up their firearms to put an end to the

Yes, there are animals in the play, too. They’re kindergarten through fifth-grade students who act out the animals at Pa Calhoun’s house, and they like to join their voices – barking, clucking, whatever – with the singing of the human actors. – Photos by Carl Heidel

When they aren’t shooting, they’re singing. Members of the Tolliver family are joined by some of the folks from Lonesome Polecat to sing about the Hee Haw Hayride. The student with the banjo is Danielle Formanek, and beside her (L to R) are Savannah Varner, Sophie Phernetton and Mallory Daniels. In the back (L to R) are Julia Summer and Madison Main.

romance nonsense. Next we add in two competing New York newspapers that learn of the feud and the romance, and they decide to battle one another for the story. They think it’s Romeo and Juliet all over again. So now we have two feuding reporters in the mix. But wait! What about the movies? Right. Movie companies want rights to the story also. More feuding.

Calling this story “Hee Haw Hayride” comes dangerously close to the truth, and making a play out of it could leave you in pain from laughter. It’s a wild ride all right, and the Webster Schools mighty thespians are presenting the play Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, at 7 p.m. in the high school cafetorium. And then they are offering a closing matinee on Sunday, April 1, at 2 p.m., same place. Come and see it. You’ll enjoy the ride.

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