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March 28, 2007 2 sections • Vol. 71 • No 31 8,000 copies


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Tuesday is election day Profiles of candidates in local elections inside

Another well for city by early summer

Spring dance

Water ban this summer still likely Page 5

Open meeting laws studied Siren School Board goes through in-service on meeting laws Page 3 A sandhill crane was photographed doing a mating strut as part of its spring ritual. - Photo by John Reed

Community discusses global warming

Rebirth of a church

Community ed sponsors showing of “An Inconvenient Truth” at Frederic Page 25

Profiles of the candidates for State Supreme Court Page 23

New Dresser church blends old traditions, new media in century-old sanctuary by Julie Holmquist DRESSER - A Dresser church that has a 120-year-old history has experienced a rebirth during the last year or so. Along with rethinking the church's format and traditions, St. Peter's Community Church has also embraced today's technology in an effort to send its message. By the fall, the church is hoping to add to its Web page to allow virtual visitors to download sermons on their Ipods and even attend “virtual” church. A Webcam operated from the media center created in the old Norwegian church will make that possible.

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Pastor Don Guttormson of St. Peter's Community Church in Dresser stands near the old Norwegian inscription above the cross, which means, “God sees our heart.” Services in the 120-year-old sanctuary are scheduled to go online in a “virtual” church on its Web site come fall. - Photo by Julie Holmquist



“Thank you for all you did”

Spring is officially here... Inside

Currents feature







It takes a village, people

St. Croix Falls teachers showed off their dancing and singing abilities with a performance of “YMCA” at a recent student variety show held last week. More photos and story in Currents section. - Photos submitted

No settlement in Grantsburg schools Teacher-board negotiations end with no contract by Carl Heidel GRANTSBURG - "This is not the report I'd hoped to bring," Cindy Jensen told the Grantsburg Schools Board of Education as it met Monday evening. Jensen, chairperson of the board's personnel committee, informed the gathering that the teachers had rejected a tentative contract agreement reached between the board and teacher negotiators March 15. The 41-19 "no" vote means that negotiations are at an end for the current 2005-2007 contract cycle which ends

April 1. The next round of negotiations will address the 2007-2009 contract, but neither board nor teachers have taken steps to deal with that issue. According to Keith Lehne, lead negotiator for the teachers, the primary factor in the teachers' rejection of the agreement was the matter of health care costs. While the proposed contract called for an overall salary/benefit increase of more than 4 percent for the two years, changes requiring teacher contributions for health insurance premiums would have negated salary increases for many of the teachers. In some cases, the changes could even have led to an overall decline in salary for the teachers. Spokespersons for both the teachers

and the board expressed disappointment in the failure of the negotiations. Both sides acknowledge, however, that economic factors beyond control of either the board or the teachers contributed greatly to the failure. The present revenue cap formula in Wisconsin puts limits on what schools can tax and spend. With the formula tied to enrollment figures, districts such as Grantsburg which face declining enrollments constantly face declining revenue. With revenues dropping, the schools face a second problem with soaring health care costs. Those increases translate into increased health care insurance premiums which schools pay for their employees.

Grantsburg teachers listen as Cindy Jensen, chairperson of the Grantsburg School Board's Personnel Committee, tells the board that contract negotiations with the teachers failed to produce a contract for the 20052007 contract period. - Photo by Carl Heidel INTER-COUNTY

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The result of all this is that boards and teachers confront a situation with limited and decreasing resources and spiraling costs. With not enough dollars to go around, teachers and schools together face grim choices. Do the available funds go into wage increases or maintenance of benefits? Faced with these external pressures, negotiators for the two sides created a tentative agreement which they felt would equitably distribute the school district's limited resources. The teachers judged the agreement inadequate. With negotiations and contract period at an end, the board has not decided what its next step will be. According to Superintendent Joni Burgin, the board could make a Qualified Economic Offer of a 3.8-percent total salary package increase for both years of the 2005-2007 contract period while the fringe benefits would remain unchanged. Burgin explained that, under Wisconsin law, school districts in Grantsburg's situation have the authority to make a QEO, thereby establishing a contract that is binding on both schools and teachers. She indicated that the board has made no decision as to whether it will make such an offer. With contract matters behind them, board members addressed a proposal to improve the teaching of language arts. According to Middle School Principal Brad Jones, "what" is being taught is consistent, but "how" it is being taught is not. "We lack a common 'language'," he said. There are different opinions about how to teach Guided Reading, and this results in inconsistencies not only between grade levels but also within grade levels. To correct the situation and to provide staff and curriculum development, the board approved a contract with Steve Dunn, an educational consultant from California. At a cost of approximately $20,000 annually for three years, Dunn will help the district create a balanced literacy program from kindergarten through the eighth grade. In other business the board: • approved open enrollment applications which will bring 14 new students into the district while transferring 13 new students into other districts; - approved 535 open enrollments for the online school which the district operates for Insight Schools of Wisconsin; • approved with thanks the resignations of Jamie Carlson (district office) and Mike Myers (high school assistant basketball coach); • approved with thanks the retirement resignations of Sally Craven (elementary Title 1 teacher) and Bruce Teigen (high school art teacher).

Briefly... LEADER LAND - Temperatures soared into the high 70s on Monday, breaking some records in the region and making us all feel like we skipped spring and went right into summer. Temps cooled off quickly as Tuesday arrived, but the snow is a thing of the past - knock on your wooden Packer lawn ornament. ••• WEBSTER - The Jose Cole Circus is coming to Webster. A fundraiser for the girls softball program, the circus will present a performance on Friday, April 20, at p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Tickets are available at Wayne's Foods Plus in Webster, Log Cabin Store in Danbury, Good Ol' Drive Inn in Frederic and the Main Store in Webb Lake. ••• NATIONWIDE - April 2-6 has been designated by the Federal highway Administration as Work Zone Safety Awareness Week throughout the United States. The Polk County Board of Supervisors also passed a resolution in March in support of Work Zone Safety with the hope that drivers will be aware of the danger to highway workers while they are in the work zone. Work zone fatalities have risen dramatically in the last few years. On average in Wisconsin there are over 1,700 work zone accidents each year with 12 fatalities. ••• BURNETT COUNTY - If you are a low-income Burnett County resident, you may be eligible for Weatherization/housing Assistance. The Indianhead Community Action Agency administers the programs for lowincome homeowners and renters who qualify. For more information or to apply contact Mary Andrea at 715-8668151 Monday, Tuesday or Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. or Spooner Wednesday and Thursday at 715-635-3975. ••• SPOONER - Northwoods Sports Complex will host more than 100 local skaters this weekend in an ice show featuring skaters age 4 and up. The Northwoods Figure Skating Club Festival on Ice 2007 will present “Let's Go To The Movies” this Saturday, March 31, at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 1, at 2 p.m.

Obey to host public updates WASHINGTON, D.C. - Seventh District Congressman Dave Obey will host public updates on the federal budget and the war in Iraq throughout the 7th Congressional District between March 30 and April 4. The briefings will be one hour in length at the times and locations below. The public and members of the media are encouraged to attend. Following are his local appearances: Friday, March 30 10:15 a.m. Amery (City Hall, Council Chambers) 12:00 p.m. Siren (Government Center) 2:30 p.m. Shell Lake (County Board Room) 4:30 p.m. Hayward(Courthouse) from the office of Congressman Obey

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Open meeting laws studied by Nancy Jappe SIREN - In open session following closed-session discussion, the Siren School Board Monday, March 26, approved the request from John Tinman for release from his position as the school's athletic director. According to Administrator Scott Johnson, besides his other full-time teaching position, Tinman has been going back to school. “John is leaving on very good terms with the board,” Johnson stressed. The resignation is effective at the end of the summer baseball season. The other action taken in this open session was for the board to approve extracurricular assignments for the 2007-2008 school year. “Everybody that is in a position now will retain that position with the following exceptions: The athletic director position, which is now vacant, will be posted. Next spring's baseball position will be filled as part of the new cooperative baseball agreement. The vacant eighth-grade girls and boys basketball position needs to be filled,” Johnson said. The board held its closed-session discussion in the administrative offices, but returned to the high school library for the open session that followed. This procedure will be in place each time there are decisions that need to be made following closed-session discussion. Prior to the start of the March 26 meeting, board members and the administrator met with the district's attorneys to go over open-meeting laws, proper posting of meetings and other related areas. Johnson is to compile information from that in-service into a format that can be given to parents and other interested persons. Filling out form is important The importance of every parent completing the form that governs the free and reduced cost status of students was stressed. “Our funding level is at $2,000 per student,” Johnson said. “Everybody in the district needs to fill out the free and reduced hot lunch application and turn it in so we will get a better idea (of who is entitled to free and reduced hot lunches). It is very important. We are trying to get the word out to people to fill out the form. A lot of people qualify, but don't know it.” Board member Dave McGrane stressed the confidentiality of the information requested in the application, and that having that information helps the district in its per-pupil reimbursement. Teacher Donna Tjader added, “We have no idea who is on free and reduced hot lunches.” The guideline for the district reimbursement per child is available sometime in August. Johnson agreed to a suggestion of making the letter that goes with the application more friendly, and maybe putting it on brightly colored paper. Questions from the floor Parent Wendy Kosloski asked about a promised second SAGE meeting, and when it would be held. “Everybody wanted to put this on hold until they know the funding level,” Johnson answered. “We know we need to hire two SAGE teachers, but want to make sure our funding is secure. We hope to post the positions by May so hiring can be done before the school year begins.” Parent Becky Strabel asked the board to clarify the procedure for closed sessions. Board President Sid Sherstad went over the procedure. Strabel mentioned her idea for having a town meeting or forum, possibly quarterly and facilitated by a neutral party, to go over areas of concern. Her intent in suggesting the forum would be to avoid stressful meetings and allow ideas to come forward in an informal manner.

Siren Village Board member Luanne Swanson voiced her appreciation for the response of Siren School Board members to a joint discussion of public-safety issues. “There was very good dialogue,” Swanson said. “I hope that the board considers what we spoke about that night. I offer a challenge to students, teachers, staff, parents and the community to work with this. You can't do it alone. It is important that we all take the responsibility of creating a safe environment for prekindergarten all the way to graduation. Board actions Open enrollment applications for a possible net loss of six students and a gain of 15 new faces in the district next school year was accepted by the board. “That's good news. We have had a neg-

Siren School Administrator Scott Johnson showed his new photo badge as an example of the badges that authorized people around the school will now be wearing. The staff took part in a crisis-preparedness in-service with law enforcement officers. The use of new badges, along with door-locking procedures and lettering/numbering on school entrances and classrooms are results of this in-service. ative figure (going out versus coming in) for the last couple years,” Johnson commented. The board approved the elementary handbook for 2007-2008 and the request for a family leave for teacher Darrell Imhoff. The Imhoffs have a new daughter, Sarah Josephina.

Nelson honored

Loretta Nelson, a 24-year veteran of the Siren School Board, attended her last board meeting Monday, March 26. She has decided not to run for re-election to the board. “I have served with several superintendents, several school boards and administration. I love this board, and will really miss you. The district of Siren is so lucky to have this board,” a tearful Nelson said. She quickly added, “I'll be on the other side of the table now so behave yourselves.” Nelson was given a wooden clock with imprinted appreciation wording on the front (“I have just the place for this,” she said) and a decorated cake to share with board meeting attendees. - Photos by Nancy Jappe





School board sees technology demo, building improvements by Mary Stirrat LUCK — A light agenda for the March 26 meeting of the Luck School Board provided the opportunity for board members to take a tour of some areas in the school that are being remodeled and to take a look at new technology being used in the high school. First stop on the tour was high school teacher Dean Rousch’s math and science room, where Rousch gave a demonstration of an interactive white board. The touch-screen white board works with Rousch’s computer and a projector mounted on the ceiling, allowing Rousch to work through problems and lessons without rewriting them for each class and without needing to jump back and forth from the blackboard to his computer. “It doesn’t make me a better teacher,” he told the board, “but it enhances what I do here. It saves a lot of time.” The system, which cost $2,500 and was bought with grant and other program dollars, also helps Rousch in highlighting and updating important terms. By having students work at the board, he said, he can also easily see if they understand the vocabulary. “It’s a way I can get the students a little more interactive,” he said. “It’s a way I can get them to talk to me. I can identify more quickly what they don’t know. That’s what I find most valuable. It really improves learning.” In addition, he said, it’s the kind of technology that students will be using in college. “I feel very fortunate. I feel very blessed,” he said,

Dean Rousch, high school math and science teacher at Luck, demonstrates the new interactive whiteboard he utilizes in his classes.

Man nabbed on 11 warrants POLK COUNTY - The Polk County Sheriff’s Department arrested a man last week wanted on 11 warrants. Authorities arrested John T. Hughes, 47, on March 22 around 4:40 p.m. He was living in rural Luck on 135th Street. A tip sent a deputy to the home, where Hughes identified himself using a British passport. Hughes had warrants for his arrest from the Hammond Police Department, Trempealeau County, Woodville Police Department, St. Croix County, Pierce County and Pepin County. – Julie Holmquist

Members of the Luck School Board of Education toured improvements at the school during their March 26 meeting. Shown here are the new greenhouse and the soon-to-be-completed teacher’s workroom. thanking district administrator Rick Palmer for his support in obtaining the equipment. The board also toured the new greenhouse, the newly painted high school media center, and a former storage room being transformed into a teacher’s workroom. The new workroom will also house teacher mailboxes and be used for a boardroom, said Palmer. The current boardroom will still be used for meetings, and the copy/mailbox area off the administration office will become storage for district records now stored under a stairwell. Students in Chris Boland’s tech ed class and Tom Wesle’s ag class, along with Rob Hamann, and Jean Boatman did much of the work, said Palmer, with flooring from Jensen Furniture in Luck. Other business • Swimming lessons will again be held at Unity School this summer, from July 9 through July 20. • District administrator Rick Palmer presented statistics showing that, while the district’s revenue limit increased about $400,000, or less than 6 percent, over

the past six years, the tax levy has increased by more than double, from $1.2 million to $2.6 million. This, he said, includes some building project money, but is also a reflection of the state transferring more of the burden of funding education to local taxpayers. • The board endorsed Palmer’s acceptance of a $13,217 bid from Door Service of the Twin Cities to replace classroom locks with handicap accessible ones that can lock from the inside. One other bid, at $27,086, was received for the project. • The elementary gym has a new scoreboard, sponsored by Bernick’s Pepsi, reported athletic director Mark Gobler. • The 2007-08 school calendar, with a start date for students of Sept. 4 and an end date of June 5, was tentatively approved by the board, pending the scheduling of graduation day. • In a closed-session discussion, administrative contracts for principals Mark Gobler and John Nichols, and district administrator Rick Palmer, were extended for the years 2007-2008 and 2008-09. There was no discussion of salary or benefits.

Golden Age Manor on three agendas GAM board receives critical report on the nursing home by Gregg Westigard AMERY/BALSAM LAKE – The status of Golden Age Manor, the Polk County-owned nursing home in Amery, was back on the table recently. On March 14, the finance committee held a long discussion about how much control the county has over GAM. The GAM board met Monday, March 23, and received a long status report from Ecumen, the consultant to the nursing home board. That report says

$50,000 grant awarded to Luck Historical Society The Hugh J. Andersen Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Luck Area Historical Society for its joint building project with the Luck library. Chuck Adleman, president of the historical society, at left, accepts the $50,000 check from Polk County Historical Society vice president Darrell Kittleson. The county historical society is acting as the conduit for the funds. According to Adleman, $532,000 of the $1 million needed has been received or committed to the project so far. The cost of the building will be $750,000, with another $250,000 placed in an endowment fund to help cover operations. — Photo by Mary Stirrat

that Ecumen feels the facility could succeed, but that there are individuals who are not willing to make the changes required. The Ecumen report was followed by a four-hour debate, after which the GAM board, in a closely divided vote, decided to delay action on implementing the Ecumen recommendations for three months. Also as a reaction to the report, the Amery City Council will hold a special hearing on the Golden Age Manor May 2. A full story on all these meetings and the latest developments concerning GAM will appear in next week’s Leader.

Wester honored by Polk County Museum Judy Wester, left, was honored by Polk County Museum Director Rosalie Kittleson for her longstanding volunteer work at the museum and for the county historical society. Wester produces the historical society’s newsletter and helps out at the museum, among other things. – Photo by Mary Stirrat


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Another well for the city by early summer Water ban this summer still likely by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS–The permit from the DNR for a test well for well number 11 came Monday, March 26. It arrived just in time, as the council discussed the well on the agenda that evening at the city council meeting. Scott McCurdy from Cedar Corp. reported to the council that the city received the construction of a test well permit from the DNR. He stated the test well construction is for well number 11, which is in the site where existing well number 8 was put out of commission. McCurdy said that the well will be constructed in the same general area as well number 8, utilizing the existing well house which saves the city money.

Because well number 8 was a good water-producing well, it is hopeful well number 11 would be as productive since it will be in the same location. Apparently well number 8 had some problems with a void at the base of the casing and the well has to be televised to determine if that void needs to be filled before abandoning that well. “We have to abandon well number 8 correctly so it does not have the potential for future contamination of well number 11,” he said. McCurdy suggested well number 8 be televised and that it be filled in with concrete to properly abandon it. McCurdy said the DNR requires a plan submittal design of well 11 along with water quality sampling. There are also several tests required, and the city council left Cedar and water and sewer department manager Mike Bryant to

determine which tests are necessary. Should the city develop the well and not pass a test, the well will be shut down, and not be allowed to be brought online. The city council debated on the amount of testing, and dollars to spend on it, because well 11 is in a site where an existing well (number 8) operated and the water quality was fine. The flip side is if they did not do some of the testing up front, thinking some of the tests were not necessary, how much money would the city lose if one test does not pass after the construction and if the well would not be allowed to be brought online. After debating the issue for over 45 minutes, the council deferred to Bryant and McCurdy to make the determinations when it comes to the testing. “It’s their bag,” said councilman

Darrell Anderson. The council agreed to leave the decision in their hands and authorized the well 11 design and construction and oversight task order, not to exceed $10,750. The well should be up and running by early summer, providing everything goes well with approvals and reviews. Mc Curdy said 12 weeks is a realistic schedule and he would be happy if the well comes online by July 1. He said there are overlapping procedures and things have to fall into place just right for the schedule to move that fast, but he remains hopeful. Councilperson Lori Erickson asked if the city would avoid a water ban this summer because of the well addition this year. “We will more than likely see a water ban again this summer,” said Bryant. “I don’t see any way to get around it.”

TF hears favorable audit report by Julie Holmquist TAYLORS FALLS - Taylors Falls is making strides in building up its general fund balance. That’s according to Caroline Stutsman of Kern, DeWenter and Viere, Ltd., the city’s financial auditor. “You have a healthy financial balance (in the general fund),” Stutsman said. “But it’s not exorbitant by any means.” The city is heading in the right direction, she said, in building up the general fund as recommended by the auditing firm. The general fund cash and investment balance for 2006 increased by $20,330 to a total of $207,865. The city has been working to increase its general fund balance, which was $129,801 in 2002. Based on 2006 actual amounts, the general fund balance represents more than three months of disbursements for the city. Stutsman gave a brief review of the audit report, noting that the sewer and

water fund are “doing well and operating on a healthy perspective.” Lack of segregation of accounting duties was pointed out in the report as a weakness; however, this problem is shared by most small municipalities, Stutsman said, and occurs in “99 percent” of the audits they do. The city, she said, is limited because of the size of its staff. While public works disbursements increased in 2006 because of lighting projects and street restoration, local government aid also increased, from $121,286 in 2005 to $209,924 in 2006. In other business, the council approved a bid from Knife River Construction of Sauk Rapids for the street improvement project for Government Street and West Government Street. The bid fell within in the budgeted amount of $50,000. Three other companies bid on the project, but their bids were all higher than Knife River’s. Knife

River was formerly called Bauerly Brothers and the city engineering firm recommended accepting that bid. City Councilman John Tangen abstained from the vote on the bid because he lives on Government Street. The city tabled a consideration to pay down the principle balance of the fire hall loan with funds recently received by Chisago County. The city received $37,646 from Chisago County to offset the cost of emergency services Taylors Falls provides to Interstate Park, which is a state park. The city requested those funds last July. The council decided to wait until the state legislature makes a decision about permanently funding the city for the emergency services. Currently, the city must annually request funds to offset those emergency costs, which means the city is not guaranteed the monies. But after much lobbying by the city,

the legislature is currently debating whether the city should receive funding of $30,000 on an automatic basis through local government aid funds. Council members decided to wait on any decision to make additional loan payments until they know if the legislature will agree to a permanent, annual funding of the emergency service monies. Clerk / Treasurer Jo Everson noted that charitable gambling donations used to pay on the bank loan have been limited in past years, and the city has levied $26,000 in tax monies in 2004 and 2005 in order to make the loan payments. She recommended keeping the $37,646 in the fund in case the permanent funding is not approved by the legislature. In other news, the city has sold the pumper truck it retired to the city of Ledyard, Iowa, for $9,500.

Louisiana bids come in lower than expected Preconstruction meeting being planned by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS–The bids for the reconstruction of Louisiana Street were competitive and lower than estimated for the project. Chris Strom said the city received four bids, and they were very competitive. The low bid was from Pember Excavating, and Strom reported the bid was $180,000 under the estimate. He stated that he wanted to get a preconstruction meeting put together in a

week so that when all the contracts are signed everyone is on board and ready to proceed. “It will take two to three weeks to get the contracts signed,” he said. “I have been scheduling preconstruction meetings early with other projects and that seems to work really well.” The city portion of the bid was $1.5 million. Of this amount, $500,000 will be paid for by a grant, and $538,000 from Xcel Energy as part of an agreement with them. The rest is covered by borrowed funds. The council could have saved an additional $20,000 if they agreed to

allow another 30 days for completion, but it was the opinion of Strom that it was not an amount worth pushing the completion back a month. The council agreed that it would interfere with the school and neighbors. Rather than accept that discount, they decided to stick with the early completion date, which is anticipated to be Sept. 1. That will be worked out by Xcel as the project moves forward. Overlook Deck/Riverwalk bid In related news, the city council approved a bid from Pember for the Overlook Deck Trail for $167,000. It was

noted that Ivan Bowen at Traprock Quarry has graciously committed to donating the traprock for the project. “The city is deeply appreciative of this kind gesture,” stated administrator Ed Emerson. “Additionally, the city is seeking to ensure that the project is built with the minimum amount of city tax dollars and is looking at utilizing some of the mitigation funds from Xcel Energy to help with the cost. The city is to receive $250,000. So, hopefully, these Xcel funds will be used for the extension of Gaylord Nelson Riverwalk, and the burial of powerlines associated with the project.”

Alley vacation not a go on Olmstead project City considers deeding parkland by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS–Two items for the Olmstead condominium development were forwarded to the city council by the planning commission. The city council looked at the two issues at the March 26 regular meeting. The Olmstead development is the proposed condominium with commer-

cial retail development on Washington Street north of the Overlook Deck. The plan commission passed on, for council consideration, the possibility of alley vacation and parkland deeding for the project as presented by Mark Olmstead. The council decided not to pursue vacating the alley, which will mean the project will have to be narrowed down on the west side. The alley will not be vacated to allow for the Gaylord Nelson Riverwalk completion. The city hopes

to have the riverwalk done by Wannigan Days, coinciding with the unveiling of the River Spirit sculpture. On the other item, considering deeding parkland, the council adopted a resolution to consider deeding city parkland to Olmstead with several contingencies, including identification of a public benefit. Several items dealing with the Olmstead development came before the plan commission March 19. Out of the items, those two were forwarded to the

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council. More information and plans will be forthcoming to the plan commission. In other business, the council authorized a mountain bike race as part of the June 2 National Trails Day. The course is through the school woods, crossing Blanding Woods Road, through Riegel Park to Steve Litzkow’s property, totaling about five miles.





School activities reported by principals

by Nancy Jappe SIREN – In his report to the school board at their meeting Monday, March 26, Siren Middle School/High School Principal Joe Zirngible talked about past and upcoming activities in the school. Included were the book fair during the week of March 5, parent-teacher conferences March 8 and 9, performance of the play “Anchors Aweigh!” this past weekend and the March 13 competition among choirs and bands in Luck. Each member of the high school band and choir received a rating of 1, the middle school band and choir a rating of 2.

Two forensics students, Courtney Daniels and Aaron Engstrand, received a perfect score of 25 in district forensics competition. They will move onto state competition April 13 and 14 in Madison. Approximately 50 band and choir students competed in solo and ensemble competition in Webster March 27. The library fundraiser held Saturday, March 24, raised approximately $6,500 to be used to buy new books for the library. Appreciation to the community for their fabulous support was voiced by Zirngible. A masquerade ball is the theme of this

year’s prom scheduled for Saturday, April 21, with coronation of the king and queen at 10 p.m. Post-prom will be at a water park in Brooklyn Park, Minn. The post-prom celebration is designed to prevent possible car accidents due to drinking or drugs, illegal parties and unwanted pregnancies. A number of activities have taken place during the past month in the elementary school. Appreciation was expressed to the Siren Lions Club and the St. Croix Tribe for their donation of money that allowed each student to get a new book to take home.

The school was commended by Tamara Sharp from CESA 11 for the cirruculum they were updating and the integrated curriculum being designed. Family Fun Night drew a crowd of about 90 people who listened to stories told by Kevin McMullen. Smoky Bear will visit the school March 27, and Moms For Kids will sponsor their 24th Rainbow of Fun Carnival Saturday, March 31. Reading for Fun Week if April 9-13, Tornado Awareness Week that same week, and the Siren K-4 music program is April 18 starting at 2 p.m.

Jauch and Hraychuck visit Siren Senior Center Sen. Bob Jauch and Rep. Ann Hraychuck stopped in at the Siren Senior Center Monday, March 26, to talk about the future of SeniorCare, Wisconsin’s prescription drug program for seniors. SeniorCare was created several years ago to make prescription drugs more affordable for seniors. More than 110,000 seniors in the state rely on the program, saving more money through SeniorCare than they would by enrolling in Medicare Part D, according to a media advisory from Madison. The program is set to expire June 30, despite bipartisan requests from the Legislature to renew its federal waiver allowing seniors to sign up for the program instead of Medicare Part D. Shown during the visit at the Siren Senior Center were (L to R): Don Brand, president of the senior center; Sen. Jauch; Rep. Hraychuck; and Judy Johnson, senior center treasurer. – Special Leader photo

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Siren Village President running unopposed Four seek three open trustee positions by Nancy Jappe SIREN – Longtime Siren Village Board trustee Janet Hunter (elected to the board for the first time in 1985) is running unopposed for the position of village president. The current village president and former trustee, Rick Engstrom, decided not to run again. Four people, incumbents Joan O’Fallon and Dave Alden, along with Herb Howe and Josh Henry, are running for three trustee seats, the positions currently held by O’Fallon, Alden and Hunter. Each candidate was asked to provide background information, state why they are running for the position and comment on what they feel are the most important issues facing the village at this time. Joan O’Fallon (Incumbent) I am a 1984 graduate of Siren High School, and have a degree in public relations from the University of South Florida. My husband, Chuck, and I returned to Siren in 2004 to open O’Fallon Photography. I currently work as the communications director for Polk-Burnett Electric Company. The top issue facing Siren is continuing to provide quality services while acting responsibly with residents’ tax dollars. The cost of services are always increasing, as is demand for village resources, healthy water systems, safe roads, parks and police protection. Other challenges include improving water-treatment facilities, renovating Main Street and other roadways and balancing economic development and tourism growth with our precious natural resources and small-town values. I was elected to the Siren Village Board in 2005, and serve on the police-public safety and parks-buildings committees. Our present board works very well together on behalf of village residents. If elected again, I hope to continue our progress of keeping Siren a great community to live, work and play. Herb Howe (Challenger) I have lived in the village of Siren for the past 13 years. Prior to that time, I ran a resort for 17 years in the town of Siren. I was born in south Minneapolis, lived in Richfield, attended Bloomington High School and graduated from Roosevelt High School. While in school I played basketball, football, baseball and hockey. I played golf in the Twin Cities for years,

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playing with (golf great) Sam Snead in the Minnesota State Open in 1963. I used to hunt on the land where the Mall of America is now, and knew all the farmers out there. For 26 years, I was vice president of a distributing company in the Twin Cities, building the company from $1.5 million sales the first year to almost $18 million when I left. I was in charge of nine divisions. It was a very profitable company that expanded and carried a lot of major household appliances. After my wife, Helen, and I moved to Siren, I got involved with Bill Thomey in his (golfing) business, Webster Woods. After the resort was sold, I went on the road, selling Webster Woods products to golf courses. I later took over the business that I run out of my home today. I assemble, weigh, cut and sell clubs in addition to other golf items. I take golf products along when Helen and I go to Arizona in the winters, working the Mesa, Ariz., swap meet every Friday. I am in my third retirement, selling golf supplies, whenever the sign is out at the house, and have been a weekend host at Adventures Pub & Restaurant ever since they opened. I have been watching the expansion of the village sewer system, along Hwy. 35/70, helping increases businesses along the highway, and now along Hwy. 70 to the county shop and (possibly) to the golf course. Randy Surbaugh (village administrator) has a big job on his shoulders. It is necessary to move people here and there. He is doing a marvelous job in a big undertaking. We have got to move, but move within our capable cost of what we can afford to do. We need to put a cap on where we are going (in our) attempt to increase numbers and people. I am running for election to the village board because I want to get involved and to be more knowledgeable about what is going in the village. I have come to quite a few village board meetings in the last 13

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years, but have never seen more than a half-dozen people at the meetings. It is necessary to have meetings when people can attend, rather than at 2 p.m. Unless you own your own business and have employees or are totally retired, you can’t get away to attend. Younger people come in and take jobs. The public should be more informed to keep the old school spirit, keep taxes on an even keel and make improvements as necessary. Dave Alden (Incumbent) I grew up in Siren, graduating from Siren High School in 1981. From there, I attended college at UW-Superior, working part time at Menards on weekends and holidays. After college, I went on to work at Menards full time for 19 years, both in the Twin Cities and Rochester, Minn. My wife and I then moved back to Siren, where we own and operate the Pine Wood Motel. I serve on the plan commission for the village of Siren, and know about all the planning and growth that is going on in the village. In my management jobs, I had to communicate with large numbers of people

every day. I’m very organized and enjoy taking on large tasks, following them through to conclusion. I feel that I can be a great asset to the village board and to the community. The village has a big task ahead in dealing with the state and local budget dilemmas. The largest tasks ahead of the board at the current time are the new wastewater-treatment plant and the Main Street project. We need to put each situation in order of its importance to make the right decisions for the good of the village and those who live here. Josh Henry (Challenger) I have been a resident of the village of Siren for the past year and a half. I would bring a youth viewpoint to the board, representing people who live in town and may not always have a voice. I am a native of Wisconsin Rapids, and was active in Boy Scouting, earning the Eagle award during my last year in scouting. I have an associate degree in criminal justice from Mid State Technical College, Wisconsin Rapids, and I was on the auxiliary police force there while going to school. I have worked for the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department for the past four years, and also part time for the Siren Police Department. I have been interested in government since I was a kid, but I have not yet had the opportunity to get village board or other civic experience. The top issues facing the village, I believe, include: Managing a proper budget with the cuts that have been coming from the state, increasing business in the industrial park and increasing the size of the village.


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We b Po l l Last week’s question: Should smoking be banned in Wisconsin taverns and restaurants?: 1. Yes 67 votes (41 percent) 2. No 64 votes (39 percent) 3. Just restaurants 32 votes (20 percent) Total votes: 163 This week’s question: Do you plan to vote on Tuesday? 1. Yes 2. No 3. No, I have no way to get to the polling place 4. I’m still too young

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Who controls the air?

ow easy could it be to find someone opposed to the proposed statewide smoking ban and a hefty increase in the cigarette tax? Pretty easy. A couple of outspoken critics of the proposal have been published in various newspapers across the state. That includes Dan Hass of Duluth who has been an active advocate for the rights of small-business owners and against smoking bans since 2000. Hass recently took a Wisconsin newspaper editor to task for displaying “a classic example of both misinformation and lack of education inherent in every debate about smoking bans.” “How a newspaper editor could be so misinformed is beyond me,” Hass wrote. Well, that may have been the telltale sentence that let readers know he’s a bit naive. Hass has arguments that are interesting if not valid. People who complain about having to air out their clothes after spending a few hours in a smoky restaurant or bar should ask themselves why in the world they spend any time there in the first place. Every consumer enjoys the fredom to choose where he spends his hard-earned money, he says. The government doesn’t exist to save us from our poor judgment, Hass writes. And it’s not their job to coerce adults into giving up a legal product they choose to purchase. When it comes to taverns, Hass may have some local supporters. In our unscientific Web poll last week, (results in upper left of this page), it appears that many would agree restaurants should ban smoking but it’s pretty close on the straight ban question. It’s the most people to take part in our poll in a long time. Had the editor done his homework, Hass noted, he would have discovered that Wisconsin spent every single penny of its proceeds from a multistate settlement from the tobacco companies to balance the state’s budget. That included future proceeds from the settlement. “And now they want more money?” he said. According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the Wisconsin Legislature in 2002 “traded 25 years’ worth of tobacco settlement payments that would have totalled more than $4 billion for a one-time payment of $1.6 billion and all of that money went to balance a single budget. Then-Attorney General Jim Doyle advised against the move. Now he’s asking smokers to pay for education about the harmful effects of smoking and anti-smoking programs. Increasing the tax on cigarettes by $1.25 a pack, would, in effect, help with the programs and discourage smoking in general. One pack of Marlboro Lights that costs $3.46 after tax, will jump to $4.78. Hass makes a strong point also in noting that many restaurants are already volunarily smoke-free - and that’s the point. “The free market has always decided this issue on its own without any interference from government bodies or special interest groups. The most powerful tool consumers have is their pocketbook.” And to parallel his point in some way - the annual health care costs in Wisconsin directly caused by smoking total more than $2 billion - and you can’t help but think that translates into higher medical costs for all of us. And yes, the government does keep trying to save us from ourselves - telling us to wear helmets and safety belts and drive the speed limit...well, the list goes on. Enjoying the freedom to breathe good air in public is now up against the freedom from government telling us how to live our lives. It’s likely the one of five of us who smoke cigarettes in this state are about to find out who controls the air - at least in public places.

All editorials on this page by editor Gary King

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Sena and Bud Christopherson of Falun (shown with their mule Kate (L) and Clydesdale horse Nick (R) receive our Tip of the Hat this week. Both are faithful supporters of girls basketball and fastpitch softball at Grantsburg High School. They make it a point to go to every game to encourage the girls. Bud is retired after years of faithful service as a county employee, and Sena stays active with Habitat for Humanity, the Grantsburg Food Shelf and Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Hats off to both of them...and to Kate and Nick, too. - Photo submitted.

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Questionable Death

cry if I died? Are there any people I know who wouldn't? I really want to know. I want to know who truly cares about me. I want to know if working so hard will be worth it. I just want to know. Someday we all shall perish; where will our souls go? Do we even have souls? Will they cry when I'm gone? Will it have been worth it? Oh, Questionable Death, how you worry me. I hope it may be a long time before I get the answers to these questions, for I don't want to die anytime soon. Neither do I want anyone else to.


hat happens when we die? Do we really go into the sky? I have never learned any specific story, but I've heard about getting to the gates to be judged or to choose what I will be Elizabeth reborn as. Otto Honestly, how am I to believe such stories? I have always wondered, however, what happens when we are put into the cold Earth or become a pretty jar of ashes on Editor’s note: Siren middle-schooler Elizabeth Raea relative's mantel. Does everything stop and go Jean Otto calls writing and art her "passions": blank? Or is it more spiritual than that? "They define me and provide my mother with topics Sometimes I worry about dying. Tomorrow for bragging," she says. In return, her mother often could be my day. But, the death I fear most is inspires her work. Liz also gleans material from her not my own. I am always afraid that someone I four siblings and father. Teacher Jodi McLain comlove and care about will die. I don't know what mented on her student’s writing, saying, "It’s rare to I would do if my mom, or my dad, or any of my find such compassion and intensity in a writer as friends or family died, even if I didn't know young as Liz. I think the public will be intrigued by them well. I haven't had much experience with her work." The 14-year-old is the daughter of Lisa death, so it's very questionable. Anderson and Ron Otto. I hope I don't have too many more encounters with death. I do wonder, though, would people

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The limits of ethanol

resident Bush's plan to push increased production of ethanol needs to be matched by efforts in other areas, including conservation. Amid the gusher of ethanol news since President Bush called for an aggressive boost in production, one fact has become as clear as a gallon of grain alcohol. Ethanol is only a part of the solution. Other steps will be needed to wean Americans from the pernicious effects of foreign oil and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. In his State of the Union address in January, Bush called for production of ethanol and other alternative fuels to rise to 35 billion gallons a year by 2017. Gov. Jim Doyle, likewise, has set a target of a quarter of all liquid fuels from renewable sources by 2025. Worthy goals. Ethanol is cleaner-burning than gasoline and emits fewer greenhouse gases. But ethanol has limitations. Greater use of corn-based ethanol may skew other farm prices and push up the cost of food. As Bush noted on a swing through Missouri last week, "That's fine if you're a corn grower, but it's not fine if you're a hog raiser." There are concerns about ethanol's efficiency - the Department of Energy estimates that drivers can expect at least a 15% reduction in fuel economy. And there are questions about air pollution produced by ethanol distilleries. Large-scale production of ethanol will require large investments in new infrastructure to handle and move this more corrosive product. In the long run, ethanol from wood chips, soybeans, garbage or even the stalks of corn might solve some of these concerns. But Bush should also push automakers for improvements in fuel economy and lead an effort to encourage conservation generally. His proposals to increase fuel standards by 4% a year over the next 10 years can be charitably described as modest. In addition, more federal research dollars are needed to explore fuel cell technology as a successor to the internal combustion engine. The country needs a solution, and it's encouraging that the president finally is focusing on the problem. For too long, American energy policy has been hostage to rogue states like Hugo Chavez's Venezuela. Global warming may provide the most compelling reason to wean ourselves from the addiction to fossil fuels. But the efforts must be broad-based and long-lasting to be effective. - from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel



A travel story

n the spring of 1969 I quit my corporate job with title (minor) and company car, purchased a one-way ticket to London, bought a bike, and set out on another adventure. It is a luxury to be able to travel with no time limits. You can stop where you want, meander down a side road that beckons, spend an afternoon daydreaming. I had a general destination in mind but no route and no arrival time. I wandered through Kent, crossed the channel to Belgium, wandered through The Netherlands, and crossed into Germany. Along the way I stayed at hostels and with friends old and new. There is an advantage traveling alone. You’re totally free to go where the wind and your spirit takes you. And it is much easier to meet people and be invited to join in their activities. This was my second long, solo bike trip (I had once biked from Minnesota through Canada to New England) and I was enjoying my freedom. My journey took me into Denmark where I wandered north through Jutland to the city of Arhus where I received one of these invitations. A group of young people (scouts and their young leaders) were in the final stages of a two-year project, building a Viking ship using only the tools that their ancestors would have used a thousand years earlier. Felling oak trees with axes, they used tools of ancient design to construct a

fine vessel. One would take a log and, with only an ax, spend several days shaping a rib for the ship. My hands grew very sore and then very tough as I labored with the group. The ship was coming to life in an old warehouse in Gregg the center of town. We lived Westigard there as well, our sleeping bags scattered here and there around the site. It was a hot summer and we often slept in the day and “Spejdernes vikingeskip splintret af did our hard work in the cool of the lyn” (Scout's Viking ship destroyed by night. lightning). And indeed, the solid oak I had arrived as the ship, the Imme bow, which took most of the charge, Aros, was near completion. The day was in splinters. (I still have the picarrived in late July when the ship was tures). launched with great celebration. A nearby fishing vessel towed us King Frederik, a fine old man, came back to port. The several of us who to dedicate the ship. The entire town took the bolt were checked out at the turned out. It was a grand affair. hospital. We were all fine. The crew We hoisted the sail and set off, as the spent the night assessing the damages paper said “24 mand og 5 piger” (24 and we set out again, this time under men and 5 women) packed into the tow, as the mast has been weakened by open hold, bound for a large scout jam- the strike. We were greeted as celebriboree in the south of the county. ties and heroes when we arrived at the We had hardly cleared the harbor jamboree and given our own Viking when a sudden storm arose. Lightning house for lodging. hit the mast and part of the charge travI was none the worse from this eled down toward the deck, flattening adventure, with only a large white several of us. One minute I was stand- mark on my tanned back where the ing on the deck of a rolling ship, the charge hit me. Plus a neat story. My next I was coming to amid a scene of travels continued after that, taking me chaos. (Being hit by lightning is a to Norway, a year in rural Sweden strange feeling - a sensation of total (another story), marriage, and a return cleansing). to the states. The local paper had a large headline

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ABOVE: After the lightning strike and a night of repairs, the crew of 24 men and five women set off again (under tow since the mast was damaged) for a large gathering in southern Denmark. The writer is reclining on the left side of the ship, reading a book. BELOW: The solid-oak bow of the Viking ship Imme Aros took most of the lightning charge. The bolt hit the mast and traveled down the line to the bow.

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Letters t o t h e e d i t o r Pot and kettle

Is it the kettle calling the pot black when Mr. Blake informs us of the present county boards evil ways (the present board is not without sin) or just a little bit of forgetfulness on his part. It was not that long ago that Mr. Blake and his friends were in power and boy did they save us taxpayers money. Let's remember just one area of many were they did an outstanding job. The removal of three employees to the tidy sum of $300,000 - $500,000 or more in payouts, lawyer costs, staff time and county board meetings. The lucky employees were Frank Pascarella, administrative coordinator $49,000-plus, he must have been lucky because his contract had only three months left and nonrenewal was an option. Then they totally disregard county policy and appoint the assistant to replace Mr. Pascarella at his salary of $75,000-plus, a $20,000 increase for that lucky person. Then my favorite, George Palo the highway commissioner, a few months pay and benefits and a $60,000 payout to get him to leave. The highway commissioner's position is elected by the county board and it was up for renewal two months from the settlement. I'll bet that signing the letter of recommendations for Mr. Palo was a bitter pill to take. Then when you think things are finally going to settle down and be normal, the Rodney Beyer, human resource director, payout tops them all. Mr. Beyers received a year's salary, lawyer fees and benefits paid to the tune of $130,000-plus. Mr. Beyers sin was reminding the elected officials that they needed to follow policy and the law (in Beyer's settlement agreement Mr. Blake's name is mentioned often). So, Bob, keep up the good work of informing the public about the present board. They have a ways to go to be as effective as the last board. Jeffrey Timmons Amery Editor's note: The writer worked for Polk County from August 1978 to August 2006 as the director of land and water resources.

Perhaps a duel?

Usually I don't step into a situation in which I'm not concerned, but an acquaintance of mine that is high on the social ladder thought it may be wise if I interceded in the matter. It would seem Steve Pearson, this liberal fanatic, and Wayne Anderson the conservative know-it-all just can't get along. It is quite entertaining, but we get enough of this trash on TV or speaking with our redneck neighbors. I may have a simple answer for this controversy. I would like to offer my services. My background consists of counseling which consists of correctional changes, ethnic studies, hypnotism, sensitivity training, education and, last but not least, I was a saloon keeper. If you ask five psychologists a question you probably get five answers. If you have an important question, go ask your friendly bartender. It may seem Pearson and Anderson have a testosterone problem, it's not uncommon for men of our age. Also being a NRA member, I may suggest a duel. Spit wads at 30 paces at daybreak. P.S. If they may request my services, they must bring their own couch. Bruce Muehlhauser Cushing

TLC needed Without lighthouses, our nation's coastlines just wouldn't be the same. Lighthouses serve a vital role, guiding ships to safety, attracting tourists and instilling civic pride. These incredible buildings are home to local history and

are true architectural and engineering marvels. Thankfully, citizens in the Great Lakes region have recognized the many benefits that lighthouses offer and recently rallied behind one of Lake Michigan's bestknown and beloved landmarks: The Wind Point Lighthouse near Racine. As part of a national search spearheaded by Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors, citizens nominated and cast thousands of votes online for the Wind Point Lighthouse, earning this 127year-old historic landmark reliable new windows and doors. At a time when preservationists are waging an uphill battle to counter decades of deterioration and lack of consistent funding to maintain and preserve many of our nations' lighthouses, this outpouring of support is inspiring. It shows the powerful difference that public, private and nonprofit partnerships can make when they join forces and rally together behind an important cause. With help from caring individuals, we can be sure that lighthouses will remain the shining stars of our coastlines. Bob Trapani Jr., Executive director American Lighthouse Foundation Rockland, Maine

Say thanks

We are over halfway to raising $1 million to build and create an operating endowment for the Luck area librarymuseum. Many of us children, parents and grandparents are very excited about what this will do for our community and our area. We identify strongly with the motto of the building project, “Building on our past for the future.” Before our goal is achieved, we will have hundreds to thank for their donations of their time and treasures. However, as we cross the halfway mark, I want to be sure we thank Ed, Tam and Chuck. Ed Pedersen had the dream of a museum and for years tirelessly pursued that dream. Tam Howie recognized the space and technology needs of our public library with a tight availability of public funds. Tam has wholeheartedly taken on the responsibility of heading up the project. Chuck Adleman is the president of the Luck Area Historical Society, and his leadership has been pivotal in this exciting period. So when you see Ed, Tam or Chuck, please thank them, and perhaps give them a donation for the library-museum. Bob Dueholm Proud Luck area resident

Stop torment

I don't think I could possibly be more outraged with the human race right now than I ever have before. We all know what Mitchell Ludden did was wrong and he was duly punished. I have pleaded with you all not to judge his family, but apparently to no avail. Some at the courthouse should hold their heads down in shame for their actions. And for the school that the child goes to, shame on the parents for not raising their children to learn empathy and sympathy. What did this child ever do to them? I'll ask one more time, please stop tormenting innocent people like they have leprosy. Shannen Higgins-Johnson Grantsburg

Wheel tax

Do you have a few dollars left at the end of each month? Some members of the Polk County Highway Committee are discussing a new way to help you spend them. A newspaper article written by Gregg Westigard in the March 14, Inter-County Leader outlined the Polk County Highway Committee's proposed five-year plan which needs funding. One sugges-

tion for funding was to create a wheel tax to be paid by Polk County taxpayers. "Carl Holmgren said it was time to start a wheel tax, a county tax on vehicles registered in the county. Art Gamache said he agreed, adding 'If you drive it, you should pay for it.' " A wheel tax is very regressive and has nothing to do with ability to pay or how many miles are driven. This is a very bad idea and, as with many taxes and fees, it may start out at $10 or $20 per year per vehicle but could increase dramatically thereafter. Gas tax is fairer because the more you drive the more you pay. A portion of gas taxes paid on each gallon purchased is returned by the state to counties on a matching basis. Tourists will not pay a Polk County wheel tax but they do pay gas tax. When comparing budget year 2006 with 2007, our Polk County Board reduced the 2007 highway budget by $234,198 in order to donate more than $118,000 to the information center located in the St. Croix Falls city hall and also make other donations and fund several ad hoc committees which are totally unnecessary. A wheel tax would not be needed if the current county board would change their priorities and spending habits. Please contact the following highway committee members to voice your opinion of a wheel tax. Marvin Casperson, chairperson, 715483-9140; 2295 205th Ave., St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 William Hughes, 715-483-1888; 1885 140th Avenue, P.O. Box 475, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 Jay Luke, 715-268-2018; 727 100th Street, Amery, WI 54001 Carl Holmgren, 715-485-9421; 105 Indianhead Point Road, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. Arthur Gamache, 715-268-5909; 288 155th Street, Amery, WI 54001 Buy The Leader for March 14, 2007 to read the entire article or go to =61&twindow=&mad=&sdetail=7121&w page. Dennis Radcliff Osceola

Simple math

We are now seeing more of the specifics of Gov. Doyle's budget requests, and as with any state process it will now be discussed, modified and changed within the legislative process. As we would expect, members of each of our major parties will continue to state their likes and dislikes based upon a number of facts and political concerns - and we as citizens will have to endure the rhetoric for the next few months. But, what we do not have to deal with is commentary that borders on the foolish or gross political posturing. Republican members of both of our legislative bodies are now using words like, “shocking”, “devastating” and “unbelievable” concerning the change in what was expected to be a tax increase amount of approximately $75 to $94 per year on our property tax. Before we do some simple math, let's remind ourselves about some historical facts - the budget crisis that put us in this situation was accomplished with a Republican governor, and both houses under Republican leadership. Obviously, exactly what has been happening at the national level - but let's go back to some simple math. We all need to look at the percentage changes which will then give us an idea as to what each of us will spend on needed taxes for our police, schools, roads and more - always making sure we do what we can to make sure the money is spent wisely. If we look at the worst-case scenario high-value property - those folks may see around a $90 jump per year. That equates to approximately 25 cents a day more than now. For those in the middle, around $50,

it will mean approximately 14 cents per day! Now let's take a look at other things that affect we citizens. Gas would be a pretty good place to begin - with just a 30-cent increase per gallon, and an average use of 20 gallons per week - that translates to $312 per year or 85 cents a day. If 25 cents is "shocking," what do they call this? Or shall we consider the cost of health care for the past few years - annual increases of approximately 10 percent, or as little as $30 a month to more than $100 per month. That equates to over $360 ($1 per day) to $1,200 per year or $3.29 per day. How would they describe their outrage over these numbers? So, “shocking” at 25 cents - I would like to have all of our representatives quit playing the rhetorical political games and deal with the issues that really impact on us, including health care issues, good jobs, safe communities and more. Steve Anderson Danbury

Rebuttal: Supreme Court To clarify the facts, I felt compelled to write a rebuttal to the letters which appeared in last week's paper disparaging Judge Annette Ziegler. Her detractors charge that Judge Ziegler should have recused herself in a handful of court cases in which they allege that she had a conflict of interest. Some of the cases involved small claims where the parties did not even appear before the judge and a clerk handled the paperwork. Judge Ziegler has said she welcomes any impartial review of any of the disputed cases. Her campaign manager, Mark Graul, says no one has ever questioned the outcome of the cases and that it's clear she was fair to everyone involved and showed no bias to either party. Further background research revealed that Judge Ziegler had sent a letter to her opponent suggesting that their campaign staff and volunteers, as well as independent organizations, take the high road and run a clean campaign. It is regrettable that some of the allies of Judge Ziegler's opponent have found it necessary to resort to mudslinging to win this race. The Ziegler campaign, however, has stayed on the high road befitting the office she is pursuing. What Judge Ziegler's detractors do not want you to know is that she is only candidate with actual judicial experience running for the Supreme Court. As a presiding judge, she frequently deals with a variety of legal issues. Furthermore, Judge Ziegler is the only candidate who's been a criminal prosecutor, having worked at both the state and federal levels. She's tough. Judge Ziegler has sentenced hundreds of criminals to serve more than 1,000 years behind bars. Wisconsin's law enforcement community strongly supports Judge Ziegler. Every law enforcement group that has endorsed in the race for Supreme Court is backing her. A majority of Wisconsin's judges, district attorneys and sheriffs, both Democrats and Republicans, have endorsed Judge Ziegler, including sheriffs from the local counties of Burnett, Barron, Dunn and St. Croix. The facts speak for themselves. Judge Ziegler is the only candidate running for the Supreme Court with experience both as a judge and as a criminal prosecutor. She has strong, bipartisan support from Wisconsin's law enforcement community, those who know law enforcement best. I urge your readers to join me in supporting Judge Annette Ziegler at the polls on April 3. Laurie Riemer Siren


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Letters t o t h e e d i t o r Rebuttal: Town of Daniels

Do you really want to spend money on a 100-plus-year-old building for a town hall? It will cost about the same as a new constructed building, putting the same things in it, also property that would be level for good parking. It is not the present board that didn’t listen, it was the new candidates’ families that want control. The Leader says “today’s news is tomorrow’s history.” This was done many times from 100 years to our last newspaper. Don’t forget, these same challenges today will be here next year, regardless who represents the taxpayer. I believe Daniels Township is in goo financial condition. Please vote April 3. James Engelhart Siren

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To the parents, teachers, and most of all, the students of Webster Middle School, I don't know that I have the words to accurately express how I feel about the overwhelming support you have given me, not only during this trying time, but throughout my stay here at Webster Middle School. I want you to know that it was both an honor and a pleasure working with you day in and day out. By working side by side with you, I realized the true rewards of this profession. You have brought a satisfaction to my heart I knew could only be found in being a teacher and coach. The days spent in the classroom, on the

court, on the track, at dances, at concerts, wherever it was that I had the privilege of knowing you, will be something I will carry and hold dear forever. During this period, you were my family; something that is never to be forgotten. I consider myself lucky to have been part of your life, and hope to continue to be part of it, in some way, shape, or form, even if from a distance. As I leave on the last day of school, as difficult and emotional as I anticipate that day being for me, please know that in my heart I'm happy. I'm happy that our paths crossed, I'm happy that I know you as I do, and I'm happy for the time we spent together. I will always remember my time at Webster Middle School with you. With a great deal of appreciation and gratitude, I thank you for everything you have done for me, and for everything you have meant to me. Our time together was short, but its effects will last a lifetime. In the meantime, let's make the most of these final months together. Let's continue to share laughs and enjoy it. There is still plenty of time to have fun and learn from each other. When my time is done, please remember me and the things I stood for. I hope I did the job you needed me to do, and was the person you needed me to be. Sincerely and gratefully yours, Teacher/coach/colleague Sean Oswald Webster

Not fiction, but fact No matter what Shahid Mian said regarding my statements about Islam, they are not fiction, but fact. Just because Arabic Christians use “Allah” in their Arabic Bible, does not mean that

this is the Allah of Islam. The Allah in the Arabic Bible (Gen. 1:1) is the same God of the Bible originally written in Hebrew and Aramaic (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament). But, the God of the Bible is a totally different God then that of Islam. There are similarities, but the differences are vast. A good comparison is worth the effort. I was told that I need to document my sources and this is what I’m going to do.

The God of the Quran is a singular unity; but the one God of the Bible is Triune (one God in three persons, not three gods) who eternally exists as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Isaiah 45:21; Matthew 28:19; Luck 3:21-22; John 5:18). The God of the Quran “loves not the prodigals” (Surahs 6:142, 7:31), but Jesus tells of the story of a father, metaphor for God the Father, who longs for the return of his prodigal son (Luke 15:11-24). When judgment day comes, the God of the Quran weighs the good works and bad works and decides one’s fate (Surah 101:6-9). However, it’s up to Allah. The God of the Bible tells us that salvation and entering heaven are not based on works (Ephesians 2:8-9). The God of the Quran desires to afflict the wicked for some of their sins (Surah 5:49; Surahs 4:168-169; 7:179; 9:2; 40:10). But the God of the Bible has no such pleasure (Ezekiel 18:23). The God of the Quran does not love those that do wrong (Surah 3:140), and neither those who are treacherous and sinful. But the God of the Bible “demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The Quran speaks of killing those who do not convert to Islam (Surah 2:217; 4:89; 4:71-104; 8:24-36, 39-65; 47:4). The God of the Bible says, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27). Many more comparisons

could be given to show the God of the Quran is not the God of the Bible. Speaking on suicide bombers, the Quran clearly states that if you die in jihad, you don’t even go to the grave, and wait the judgment, you go directly to Paradise (Surah 4:74; 9:89). Suicide is forbidden in Islam, but if you do it for jihad, you enter Paradise. The Quran is also filled with verses dealing with virgins in Paradise. These are some of the Quran verses: 2:25; 37:40-48; 44:51-55; 52:17-20; 55:56-57; 55: 72; 56:22; 78:31; 78:33-34). The Tirmzi, vol. 2-page 138, states that every man who enters paradise will be given 72 virgins. Regarding the crescent moon becoming common after the Ottoman Empire is only a superficial understanding of it. Though may Muslims will argue that the crescent moon entered Islam very late, this is simply not the case. What is interesting is that the crescent moon is very important for starting the Muslim holy month of fasting, and Ramadan. Many mosques and other Islamic buildings, also, have depictions of the crescent moon on their spires and pinnacles. Furthermore, 12 Muslim nations go so far as to include the crescent moon symbol on their flags. The reason I’ve documented all this is to simply show that the God of the Bible, the God of Christianity, is not the same as that of Islam. There is a vast difference. The God of the Bible has revealed himself in Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 14). Salvation and entering paradise is not by good works (Ephesians 2:8-9), but by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus calls it being born again (John 3:3, 7). Nothing more needs to be written about the religion of Islam. Pastor Merrill Olson Webster

A r e a N e w s Teen wounded in shooting BARRON - A 14-year-old boy from the Baraboo area was airlifted by Mayo 1 from the Horseshoe Lake Road area in the town of Rusk south of Weyerhaeuser with a belly wound on Sunday morning after what a DNR warden described as an "apparently incidental shooting." The youth was reportedly recovering at Luther Hospital. The dispatch log indicated that the Rusk County Sheriff's Department received at call at 9:56 a.m., March 18, from someone who said his friend had been shot with a gun. The Chetek Ambulance was paged, and two deputies and DNR Warden Jeremy Peery hurried to the scene as Mayo 1 got into the air. Peery said two 14-year-old boys from the Baraboo area were at a relative's house south of Weyerhaeuser. They were "out plinking" with .22 rifles with one walking in front of the other. The boy in the front was shot in the back when the other boy's gun discharged, according to the warden. He said the bullet traveled through the boy's body and exited through his belly in front. He said both youths were hunter safety graduates. Names were not released because the boys are juveniles. - Barron News-Shield Kentucky firm gets contract RICE LAKE - Corporate Health and Wellness of Paris, Ky., will operate the new veterans community-based outpatient clinic in Rice Lake, Department of Veterans Affairs public relations specialist Steve Moynihan of Minneapolis said. A spokesperson for Corporate Health said the company will staff the facility and plans to open in Hayward and Rice Lake in June. Moynihan said he didn't

believe there were any local bidders when proposals were sought to provide the medical services. That request for proposals was posted late last year, with the deadline for applicants later extended. The request for proposals said primary medical care services are to be provided for about 1,700 eligible veterans at two clinics, with one in Rice Lake and the other in Hayward. The contract is for 12 months beginning on or about March 1, with four additional 12-month options to renew. The solicitation said pricing proposals must be valid until the contract is awarded and that the “size standard” was $9 million, although the contract was awarded in February at a listed contract award amount of $193,324. Both the Rice Lake and Hayward clinics will provide primary and mental health care services, as well as having telemedicine capabilities to tap into VA health expertise at other locations. The proposed locations of neither of the two clinics was available at press time. Currently the nearest VA medical center to Rice Lake is in Chippewa Falls. According to the Barron County Veterans Service office, the county has about 4,500-5,000 veterans, and about 2,000 people use the county office. - Rice Lake Chronotype New post office PINE CITY, Minn. - Gary Mattox from the U.S. Postal Service in Denver, Colo., was in town last Wednesday to explain the process to the city council. About 15 area residents attended the special meeting. "By the time you see me here, that means a new post office is coming to town," Mattox said. He added that a site must be found by Sept.

30, the end of the Postal Service's fiscal year, in order for money to remain available for Pine City. Ads will go out at the end of this month or early in April requesting proposals from people who have a site available. The Postal Service needs a half-acre, close to downtown, that can accommodate a 4,000-sq.-ft. building. Sites with existing buildings will be considered. The existing post office is 2,800 sq. ft. and has no off-street parking for customers. - Pine City Pioneer Area sex offender sent back to prison HAYWARD - At a March 14 hearing in Sawyer County Circuit Court, Charles Scott Quagon, 38, was ordered reconfined to state prison for one year and 75 days on a felony conviction of failure to support a child. Quagon's sentence is concurrent with a sentence of two years in prison imposed after his extended supervision was revoked on two 2004 Sawyer County convictions of first-degree sexual assault of a child occurring in September 2002 and October 1999. Quagon received a concurrent sentence of one year in prison plus one year of extended supervision for failure to notify the State Sex Offender Registry of a change in his address last Aug. 19. He had falsely reported that he was living at 14482 Hwy. K in the town of Hayward, but was residing elsewhere. Quagon was credited with 163 days served in jail since he was reapprehended. Quagon's most recent addresses have been 14482 Chippewa Ave., town of Hayward, and 13942W Signor St. in the village of Signor, town of Couderay. According to

a state Department of Corrections probation and parole agent, Quagon was released from prison in December 2005. On June 14, 2006, he failed to participate in sex offender treatment and then absconded from supervision. He failed to participate in or cooperate with alcohol and drug counseling at the LCO Clinic. Quagon admitted to the agent that he smoked marijuana about once per week and consumed alcohol once per month until he was apprehended last Oct. 15. A 17-year-old girl informed authorities that on Aug. 9 in the town of Bass Lake, Quagon placed his hands underneath her shirt and kissed her without her consent. Other accusations were made, but according to an Eau Claire administrative law judge, Kevin Schramm, three allegations were based on hearsay statements from intoxicated individuals who may not be reliable sources of information. But Judge Schramm ruled that the other five statements/allegations warrant a revocation of Quagon's supervision. Judge Schramm returned Quagon to the Sawyer County Court with a recommendation that Judge Yackel impose the maximum period of reincarceration two years and five days with credit for supervision holds. Quagon was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with credit for 147 days served, after a charge of fourth-degree misdemeanor sexual assault of the 17-year-old girl was amended to disorderly conduct. The jail time will be served in state prison. Sawyer County Record


April 3 election • Vote Tuesday

Three vie for two seats on Webster School Board WEBSTER - Three candidates are running for two three-year terms on the Webster School Board. Mark Elliott and Doug Quenzer, the two incumbents, are challenged by Kitty Holmquist. All three candidates were asked to indicate why they are running, what their qualifications are, what they see as the main issues confronting the school district, how they would address those issues, and what personal information they might want to share. Mark Elliott (Incumbent) I am married and have three kids, a 10th-, eighth- and a fifth-grader all attending the Webster Schools. I am the executive director of Northwest Passage, a treatment/assessment program for children with mental health issues. I have been with Northwest Passage for the last 20 years. I have been actively involved in some capacity with the Webster School District for almost 30 years as a student, coach and school board member. I enjoy being a part of the district and helping strive to make it a quality learning environment. In my 12 years on the board I have come to realize that the more things change the more they stay the same. Financial/budget issues have always been a prominent challenge while on the board and this will continue. We have a responsibility to spend the taxpayers’ money for education in the most efficient and effective way. They need to know we are investing it wisely in our students and, in turn, building a stronger future. Staying on the cutting edge of education and facing the unending challenge of doing more with less is something I have

Mark Elliott

Douglas Quenzer

grown accustom to in my profession and during my years on the board. I do not shy away from the work and energy it takes to build a strong educational community and will, if given the opportunity, continue to do so. Douglas Quenzer (Incumbent) The school board has the important responsibility of making sure that our children are educated to meet the challenges of living in a fast-changing and competitive world. The reason I am running is to make sure that is achieved. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of South Dakota and a Master of Divinity of Degree from Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., so I know what it takes to succeed in higher education. I have also been a full-time pastor and run my own real estate business, which gives me a good insight into managing people and working in the marketplace. I have had the privilege of serving on the school board this past year to fill out the term of Dave Swingle. It has been a learning experience, and it certain-

Kitty Holmquist

l y has provided some insight into our district. Some of the issues facing our district are: obtaining and retaining good teachers, raising test scores (which are a measure of academic achievement), funding, and possible declining enrollment. As a member of the school board it is my responsibility to make sure that our administrators and teachers do their jobs with excellence and to be as supportive as possible for dealing with those issues. They are the people in the trenches that make things work. They have a big task, and the school board has to be their biggest cheerleader because it is ultimately about the kids. Kitty Holmquist (Challenger) I’m running for board because some of the board members are handling employees and the public unfairly. I would like there to be more communication, a new and improved mentoring program for new teachers, and announcements for parents if there are major policy or

restructuring policies taking place. Most parents were not informed about the change in fifth- and sixth-grade schedule and this directly affected their children. Teacher turnover through nonrenewal notices and teacher resignations reflect poorly on the district ... presently, some of the board members refuse to communicate with the staff unless it goes through the chain of command ... Clearly the board needs to be accessible to everyone, not just the administration. Another issue facing the school is money; Webster needs to handle the funds more appropriately. Firing and hiring people is not the way to solve money issues and, in many case, costs the district extra funds. They also need to take advantage of all the facilities and use them to benefit all students. If elected, I will be available to talk to the parents, teachers, and administration. I believe getting well-rounded input would be the way to improve the district. Also I think time needs to be spent on a new mentoring program and on evaluation of teaching techniques ... I do believe some teachers should be nonrenewed; however, six in two years is way out of line. I presently serve on the Village Players board in Voyager Village, and teach in Grantsburg as a long-term substitute for seventh-grade English. We’ve lived in the area since 1988. My son is a junior in Webster and my daughters graduated from Webster in 2003 and 2006. We love the area and want to make Webster School District a place that the students are happy, and great teachers will want to live.

Three positions open on Webster Village Board VILLAGE OF WEBSTER - Voters from the village of Webster vote for three trustees positions and the village president this year. Paul Cyms is running unopposed for village president. Tim Maloney and Kelly Gunderson are seeking reelection, and two challengers, Bill Rock and Robert Zappa, are running for the three trustee positions. All terms are for two years.

Tim Maloney (Incumbent)

I graduated from Webster High, and with some post-secondary education, have been working at Nexen Group, Inc. as a machinist here in Webster for the past 24 years. My wife Debbie and I have lived in the same place in town for almost as long, and have two children who have grown up here as well. We like living in the village and still believe it’s a great place to raise a family. Though all decisions are not always popular with everyone, I do believe the past few village boards really have tried to do their best for the village and its residents. I would like another opportunity to continue with that work. A couple of the biggest challenges I see for the village are the availability of steady, decent-paying employment in the area, and the board’s ability to continue providing the same level of municipal services and maintenance of infrastructure, while staying within the state mandated 2-percent budget cap. With the cost of wages, fuel, and just about all other

goods and services going up, this will be increasingly more difficult. Expansion and retention of business in town should be mentioned here also.

Bill Rock (Challenger)

I am a high school graduate with some college. I served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1959 to 1966. I Bill Rock Kelly Gunderson Tim Maloney Robert Zappa am a retired defense worker, working for Honeywell in Hopkins, Minn., on production contracts to build, test and redesign do a better job of informing local residents I’ve lived here all my life and raised a U.S. Navy MK46 torpedoes. During my of the issues discussed at board meetings wonderful family etc., vote for someone employment with Honeywell, I traveled and the decisions made by the board to else. to and lived in San Diego, Calif., Newport, resolve these issues. I do feel personally the residential prop- Kelly Gunderson (Incumbent) R.I. and Nagasaki, Japan, for extended My mane is Kelly Gunderson and I periods of time in support of the torpedo erty in the village of Webster is overvala significant financial ued, thus creating graduated from high school in program. I retired in 1998 and returned to the Midwest in 2002. I lived in Prescott, burden on the residents, especially our Alexandria, Minn. I spent three years in Wis. for several years prior to my job- senior citizens. I intend to address this the Army with one tour in Vietnam. issue at the local and state levels should I I spent most of my career with related travels which began in 1985. Radisson Hotels and Pointe Resorts in the My wife Laurie and I have been mar- be elected to the board. food, beverage, and conventions departried for 20 years and bought our home in ment. I moved to Webster in 1991 when I Webster in 1999. We spent our winters in Robert Zappa (Challenger) I graduated from Webster High School purchased the Yellow River Inn, and spent Missouri and summers in Webster until making Webster our permanent home in 68th out of 54, if that gives you any idea of 11 years as owner and operator. For the my math skills. I attended UW-Superior last seven years I have been employed at 2002. I have no experience in public service at long enough to meet my muse and rack Straus Knitting Mills as materials managup a huge bill. Since then I’ve worked er. all. The issues I feel facing the village My purpose for running for a seat on some very odd jobs and I am currently running Deviance Incorporated: The would be: the board is to try to get more residents of Control spending to keep with in the Webster interested in what is going on the greatest mock cult in the history of relibudget. village and to hopefully get the board to gious fallacy. I am running to shake things up and Upgrade the streets and sidewalks that start some debate. Normally I’m running are in need. because there’s usually something really Continue to add recreation areas for the scary just behind me. village residences. Important issues facing the village of Develop the Smith Pines Estates. Education April 3. Jim Sundquist, Russ Webster are: 1. My master plan. 2. An Develop the industrial Park to encourErickson and Dave Dahlberg are seeking inflatable carnival? What?? 3. A cultural age business’s to build. re-election to three-year terms. mindset of acceptance that’s not even I have spent the last four years on the ready for disco. 4. Let’s face it, bars are Webster Village Beard as a trustee and am big business in this community as a a past member of the Webster Volunteer whole. Customers shouldn’t have red and Fire Department. Renberg is running for the position held blue lights behind them before they even I hope to continue making good, sound by Nelson. With two positions open and put the vehicle into gear. decisions on how to make our community two names on the ballot, this is not a conI don’t sugarcoat what I say or believe. viable and a village where people would tested election. If you want someone who simply says like to live and develop their businesses.

No contest in Grantsburg school election

GRANTSBURG - Three incumbents will run unopposed for the three open positions on the Grantsburg Board of

No contest in Siren School Board

SIREN - Two positions are open on the seven-member Siren School Board. Incumbent Bill Ellis is running for re-election. Loretta Nelson, with a record of 24 years on the board, is not. Michelle


April 3 election • Vote Tuesday

Grantsburg Village candidates state priorities

by Gregg Westigard

GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg Village Board will have at least one different face as a result of the election next Tuesday. The contest for three of the six trustee positions on the village board includes two incumbents, two former village trustees and two first-time candidates. The village president, Mark Dahlberg, is running unopposed for reelection. All seats are for two years. The incumbents are Roger Panek, first elected in 1999, and Tim Tessman who is completing his first term. Former trustees in the race are Dale Dresel who served from 1999 to 2005 and Dennis Dahl, a board member from 2002 to 2005. New faces in the council race are Craig Bowman and Jeff Finch. The open seat is being vacated by David Walters, a oneterm board member who was nominated to run for village president but declined the nomination. The remaining three trustees, James O. Nelson, Dean Tyberg, and Tim Swenson, serve until April 2008. The candidates were asked what they thought were the priority issues for the village. All interviews were by telephone. VILLAGE PRESIDENT Mark Dahlberg (Incumbent unopposed) Mark Dahlberg was elected a village trustee in 1969 at the same time that James McNally became village president for the second time. Dahlberg moved into the president’s chair when McNally retired in 1995 and has held the spot since then, serving the village residents for 38 years. Dahlberg named several projects that he feels are priorities for the village, starting with the ongoing street reconstruction projects. The modification of the sewer treatment plant to reduce the phosphorous level is a priority. He said the village has been ordered to clean its wastewater, with a possibility of obtaining DNR funds for part of the cost. The village is also looking at Memory Lake, seeing if it is possible to eliminate the weeds. Business development is also a priority issue for Dahlberg. He mentioned the progress of the new TIF district No. 4 south of Hwy. 70 but said that filling empty storefronts on Main Street and is also important. Dahlberg said he is positive about the new enterprise center being built in TIF No. 3 to help new and existing small companies grow. He said a new fire barn is also important. Dahlberg feels that a lease could work for the golf course. The course is a valuable asset for the village, he says, and he would hate to see it closed. He added that the citizens have said that no money

should be spent for operations, but he would be in no hurry to sell the land. Dahlberg said he likes local government and feels that the village citizens are supportive of the council. Dahlberg grew up in Frederic and moved to Grantsburg in 1964 to take an engineering job with Northwestern Electric. He is now president of the company.

VILLAGE TRUSTEE Roger Panek (Incumbent) The senior trustee on the council, Roger Panek has served since 1999 and was also on the council in the 1960s. He also represents the village on the fire department board. Panek says maintaining the streets is a priority issue. He also is concerned about a good police department. Panek says the village must do its work while keeping the taxes low. More affordable housing is another village need, including the possibility of assisted-living units near the hospital. Panek says he would hate to lose the golf course but can’t see putting large amounts of village money into the course. He said he could see putting some money into the course if it could be operated. Panek has lived in the village for 46 years. He worked for Land O’Lakes and Burnett Dairy before he retired and says he finds lots to do in retirement. He has been president of the chamber of commerce and the senior center. Tim Tessman (Incumbent) Tim Tessman became interest in government over concerns about taxes. He started attending village council meetings and discovered that the village was not spending wildly and that most property taxes go to the schools. He also discovered that few people attend village board meetings. He said he was asked to run for the board after he showed an interest in the village. The village’s first priority is to protect its residents, Tessman says. He is concerned about public safety, including police and fire protection. He likes to use common sense in looking at new issues, balancing good intentions with the limited amount of money available. Tessman says there could be a endless supply of needs but likes to see the private sector do many of those things. He says the golf course is one of the things that could have been done by private interests, but if its there, the village should help maintain it. Tessman suggests that the course should have an oversight committee that would include course members. Tessman says his two years on the board have been interesting and frustratingly satisfying. He said there was and is a lot to

learn about a broad range of issues. He says it is an honor to be on the village board. Tessman moved into the village from the rural area in 2000. He is an engineer at the Nexen Group in Webster, working in new product development. Dale Dresel (Challenger) Dale Dresel has spent a lifetime in the construction industry, much of that time building roads and other public projects including airports. He says he knows costs, the bidding process, and how to get and spend public money wisely. Dresel feels the council needs to work more actively to promote the village and must help all local businesses. The village streets are a priority. Dresel says street and sewer problems are coming. He says that many of the streets are classified as minor collector roads, and the village can get state grants for some of the improvement costs. He feels his knowledge of the bidding and funding process can be a value to the village. Dresel says he is interested in the interests of the taxpayers, many of whom can’t afford the property taxes. He doesn’t want to squander money and says the village can’t do everything. Dresel feels the village can’t afford the golf course and doesn’t need the airport. He says he will do everything possible to help the village while looking out for the taxpayers. Dresel came to Grantsburg as a youth in 1944. In his job with Dresel Construction Company, where he still is president, he has traveled widely. He says he is proud of Grantsburg and chose to stay here in his retirement. Dennis Dahl (Challenger) Dennis Dahl wants the village to have a plan for upgrading its infrastructure while controlling spending. He says the village’s water and sewer systems and streets are getting old. Repairing them will be an ongoing project with enormous costs. But he wants to be vigilant with the taxpayers money while doing the work and is not in favor of too much debt. Dahl calls himself a fiscal conservative. One problem he hopes can be dealt with is the silting in of Memory Lake. Dahl says the village was once able to open the gates of the dam and wash out the built up silt. This natural flush is no longer permitted. He says the looming project is complicated and would be a major commitment. Dahl says the golf course may close. He is not sure the village should pay for the losses from the course. The village eventually must cut and run, he says. Dahl is a Grantsburg native and moved back into the village 11 years ago. He worked as a quality engineer for Parker Hannifin before his retirement. Dahl was

appointed to the village board in 2002 and elected to a full term in 2003. He did not run for re-election in 2005. Jeff Finch (Challenger) Jeff Finch feels he is a person people can come to. A Main Street businessowner, he says he hears what issues the residents are concerned about. He wants to be on the council to be a visibly voice for those issues, improving communications with the public. Finch feels a village goal should be more development on the highway, in the new TIF district. He is concerned about the weed problem in Memory Lake. He wonders if dredging is an option and who should pay for the project. Finch says he is not running because he is upset or angry about any issues. He says he does want to control spending and keep a lid on property taxes. Finch would like to see more affordable housing, especially for seniors. He would like to see the area behind the post office developed for this purpose, something that would also improve the downtown. The village can’t afford to rebuild the golf course, Finch feels. Finch was born and raised in Grantsburg and returned in 2000 after spending 12 years in the printing industry in the Twin Cities. He started and owns Darrell’s Hardware Store. Finch has served on the boards of the housing authority and the business improvement district. Craig Bowman (Challenger) Craig Bowman wants to be a good steward of public funds. He says he has no major issues but thinks government should reward civilized people and stay out of their lives. Bowman says he is a live-and-let-live person. Bowman is worried about the aging infrastructure of the village and about rising taxes. He wants to work for reasonable solutions for the village needs. Government has become burdensome with its mandates, Bowman says. Bowman is concerned about local youth and their options. He has a background in social work and spent four years working in a group home for teenage girls. He serves on the Burnett County 4-H Leadership Council. Bowman would like more opportunities to keep young people in the community. The golf course should be self-sufficient, Bowman says. He would need to see good evidence that money for improvements would be recouped before he approved spending village funds on course improvements. Bowman has lived in the village for 23 years. He works for Schmidt Sheet Metal.


April 3 election • Vote Tuesday

Two challengers in Frederic School Board race FREDERIC - Two challengers and four incumbents are seeking four open seats on the Frederic School Board this spring. Shari Matz and Becky Amundson are challenging incumbents Kay Friberg, Terry Taylor, Lee Jensen and Scott Nelson. Only one seat on the school board, currently held by Marilyn Sederlund, is not up for re-election this year. Both Jensen and Nelson were appointees this past year, replacing David Pederson and David Ammend, both of whom resigned. The top two vote-getters in Tuesday's election will be appointed to three-year terms on the board, the third largest votegetter will get a two-year term and the fourth-place vote-getter will get a oneyear term. Each candidate was asked why they are seeking a spot on the board, what they see as being the major issues facing the school district, what experience they bring to the board and any personal/family information they wished to share. - Gary King Kay Friberg (Incumbent) Kay Friberg has served six years on the Frederic School Board and is currently the board president. He wants to continue to serve to “give some continuity” to the board through his experience and knowledge of the issues. He sees the issues of the school board as being the same ones facing many school boards in the region, statewide and nationwide. “We look to maintain quality education with limited finances,” he said. “And declining enrollment is national news today,” he said, noting the changing landscape in today's more mobile society includes smaller families and, locally, a reflection of fewer family farms which drove a strong ag-based economy and thriving Main Street for Frederic in years past. “The school district today is in pretty good shape,” Friberg said. “I think we were ahead of our time several years ago in finding ways to deal with some of the (financial) challenges we faced. You're seeing other school districts just starting to face those same challenges now.” Friberg said the district has a “great staff,” that the school board is looking at “out-of-the-box” issues and solutions and that meetings have been good. Friberg's experience includes serving on three boards at the current time - the school, village and county board. He said it has been an interesting experience, offering him insight into various issues. Kay is a lifelong resident of the Frederic School District and operates Friberg Sales, located in the village's industrial park. He and his wife, Joy, have four grown children, all Frederic High School graduates, the youngest a sophomore in college. Becky Amundson (Challenger) Becky Amundson says the first and foremost reason she is running for school board is “to make sure that my children and all the children in the Frederic School District get the best education possible. I want to make sure that there is always open communication between the staff, the public and school board.” The biggest issue facing the district at this time is money and funding, she said. “Unfortunately that will be a big issue for awhile. That is why the communication between the school board, staff and public must be strong, so we can work through this issue together.” Amundson's experience includes serving as vice president of the Lewis Women's Softball Association from 19921993, serving four years on the Pilgrim Lutheran Church board, her last year as



vice president. She served on the Frederic Schools 4K startup committee, involved with the research phase all the way through to interviewing the first teacher for the program. She is currently a member of the Frederic Reach School Wide Leadership Team. She has lived in the Frederic School District since the beginning of her third grade year of school, 1976. She graduated from Frederic High School in 1986 and graduated from WITC-New Richmond with high honors in 1988. With a diploma in child care services, she has been in the child care business since graduation. Her parents were Georgeand Jan Ackerley. She is the youngest of nine children, with five sisters and three brothers. In 1991 she married Doug Amundson, son of Clifford and Luella Amundson of Indian Creek. “Luella worked as a Frederic School secretary for 46 years, and is loved by all who know her,” Becky noted. Becky and Doug have two girls enrolled in the Frederic Schools, Megan, 13, in seventh-grade and Emily, 9, third grade. Lee Jensen (Incumbent) Lee Jensen notes it is a privilege to serve the community by being on the school board. “My sincere desire to keep working on the projects that are in motion. The school board is currently midstream in implementing a special education program onsite,” he states. “This is an excellent opportunity for the students as well as the district. I've been involved from the beginning and I'm now working on the transition with staff and students from the Balsam Lake Special Education to move them to our school. This will not only provide for our local students, but we will also be able to meet the needs of other communities in the area. I'm dedicated to ensuring that the students will find the change positive and encouraging, with as little interruption to their lives as possible.” Jensen is also part of the support staff negotiations team. “There are still several key issues that need to be finalized and I feel it would be in the best interest of the district if this process were not interrupted by board member change. I look forward to bringing this to completion in the months to come.” As a business owner, Jensen says he has the insight and knowledge that can help the district operate more efficient financially. “There are many things that can be done to save money without compromising the quality of our students' education. I am very concerned about how the taxpayers' money is being spent and I am committed to stay on top of the district's financial responsibility to our community.” Concerning issues, Jensen stated: “The students should always be our first concern. As a board member, my goal is to be proactive in making sure that all students receive an excellent education and are prepared for their future. It is very



important that the new special education program transition is smooth and successful. In addition, the school district is moving in the right direction financially and it's imperative that, as a team, we continue to work together for the benefit of the community. The board is functioning well together, and I believe it would be in the district's best interest to keep the current members in place.” Jensen has served on the school board for the past seven months. He's been a Lorain volunteer firefighter for five years and over the past 20 years he's helped with several community functions and been involved with various organizations. He and his wife have been married for 23 years. They have two children and his family moved to Frederic 11 years ago. “I've worked in the commercial lighting industry for 25 years and have owned my own business since 1997. Prior to moving here, I lived in New Richmond, where I grew up and went to school.” Shari Matz (Challenger) Shari Matz is running for Frederic School Board because, “I care about our students, schools and community.” “I am running for election because my children attend a Frederic school, and I have a vested interest in the success of the Frederic school system. I am running for school board in the interest of not only my children, but also the other nearly 500 students in our district as well. Lastly, I am running because I feel I would be a positive and productive member of the school board.” Matz notes the Frederic School District is in the midst of trying times with declining enrollment and inequitable state funding. “However, we do have several assets such as excellent facilities and dedicated, caring teachers; and, we need to do what we can to help maintain these resources to the best of our abilities. We are facing a very difficult financial situation, as are many districts throughout our state, and some tough decisions need to be made. However, the one thing that must be kept in mind during any decision-making process is “how does this affect the students.” Matz said everyone needs to remember that we are in the business of educating our children, and that it is the duty of the school board, administration, staff and community “to ensure that every student who attends Frederic schools receives an education that provides them with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue any opportunity they choose after high school.” “I believe that in order to understand and effect change, a person needs to become involved in the process,” she stated. “As an individual with a passion for education, I feel that by serving on the Frederic School Board I can be part of the process that ensures the Frederic School District maintains a commitment to excellence in education. Matz has lived in Frederic for 14 years with her husband Glenn; they have two children, Zane and Kinzie, who attend



Frederic Elementary School. Her background includes a business administration degree from Mankato State University in Minnesota, and nearly 25 years' experience in various business environments, which has provided her with a solid knowledge of finance and human resource issues. She is currently active at her church as a Sunday school teacher and a past member of the Call Committee; she has been involved in the soccer and baseball organizations in Frederic; and is an active volunteer at the Frederic Elementary School. Scott Nelson (Incumbent) Scott Nelson says he wants to make sure that the students at Frederic get a quality education and would also like to create a good working environment for the teachers and support staff. “I also would like to give back something to the community,” he noted in responding to the question as to why he would like to continue to serve on the school board. Concerning issues facing the school district, Nelson said, “I would like to see our enrollment go up. We are also working on cognitive disabilities special education classes at Frederic.” Nelson has served on church boards as chairman and trustee and serving as treasurer for 20 years. He has helped with the volunteer work that went into the hockey rink at Frederic and also did work for the Frederic Public Library. He is a lifelong resident of the Frederic School District. Both he and his wife went to Frederic through high school. They have three daughters, one a graduate of Frederic High School, one a senior this year and one in third grade. Terry Taylor (Incumbent) Terry Taylor has served three years on the school board and would like to stay on the board, primarily to help continue what he feels is a positive momentum. “I feel the school is operating very well - we have a bunch of great teachers, the school board is working well together and I think I can help that continue,” he noted. Taylor said he sees decisions on budget cuts as one of the most crucial issues facing the school board. “We've got a little juggling around to do (with the budget),” he said. “But for the most part the state dictates how much money you get and how you can spend it.” Taylor praised superintendent Jerry Tischer for doing a “real good job.” Taylor has been involved with the school district for years through his position as president of the FFA Alumni Association and he remains a strong advocate for the district's ag program. Taylor is a lifelong resident of the Frederic School District and has served for three years on the town of West Sweden board as well as the school board. He and his wife, Jane, are parents of three children who have gone through the Frederic school system. He owns and operates T & J Farm and Feed.

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April 3 election • Vote Tuesday Three challengers, two incumbents in village race FREDERIC - Three challengers and two incumbents are seeking three open seats on the Frederic Village Board. Challengers Maria Ammend, Eleanor Carlson and William Johnson, IV and incumbents John Boyer and Arlen Peterson are vying for the open seats. Village President Phil Knuf is unopposed. Besides the two open seats on the board now held by incumbents, a third seat will be filled Tuesday. That position was left vacant when then-trustee Phil Knuf was elected by fellow board members to take over the village president seat left vacant last spring by the resignation of Charlie Wolden. The board decided to leave the seat open until this election. The open positions are two-year terms. Candidates were asked why they are running, what issues they see as being most important to the village at this time, what experience they bring to the board and any background/family information they cared to share. - Gary King with interviews by Matt Blumkin and Marty Seeger VILLAGE PRESIDENT Phil Knuf (Incumbent) Phil Knuf came into his third term as a village trustee in 2005, and he ended the term as the interim village president when the previous president resigned in 2006. He will run uncontested for another two-year term as president in this year's election. Knuf sees the need to work on the TIF district and to continue growing the community commercially and residentially. “All these things require constant monitoring or updating and that's important,” said Knuf. “We've got a really good village board.” Knuf, being retired, puts in extra time at the village office for his work as president. He had taught in the Frederic school district since 1967, and he now substitute teaches occasionally. He also owned the Sears Catalogue store in Frederic for seven years. Knuf has been married to his wife Marilyn about 50 years, and they have four children, all college graduates. He also serves with the American Legion, Lions Club and once served in the ambulance service. VILLAGE TRUSTEE John Boyer (Incumbent) John Boyer has served as a trustee on the village board for about 10 years, and he will be running for another two-year term. He wants to see continued changes for the village such as more low-cost housing made available and more industry coming to Frederic. He also has helped with the park board and would like to see there be more for youth to do. Boyer has lived in the village for over 40 years, and he has been working in construction for the past 40. He also served in the military and earned a degree at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. He and his wife have two sons and two daughters. Boyer also serves as a volunteer firefighter for the Frederic Fire Department., and he has been involved in the Lions Club for 25 years and helps his wife at the local food shelf. Boy Scouts for 10 years, a leader during that time, and also on Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church board for several years. Arlen Peterson (Incumbent) Arlen Peterson will be running for his third term as village trustee, and he's doing so because he likes the direction the village is heading and wants to keep it going. “I really believe in the direction the village board is heading - to bring more businesses,” said Peterson, who also mentioned the board has been helping existing businesses too. He sees developing the business sector along Main Street and Hwy. 35 as the No.



1 issue to tackle for the village. He also believes that promoting the village and its activities is the next big issue at hand. “Without existing businesses, we don't have people stopping (in town),” said Peterson. “It's important to have quality businesses. The key to a successful town is bringing people into that town.” Peterson also wants to develop the village's new TIF district if elected for another term. He has lived in the village all of his life, and he graduated from Frederic High School. Peterson served three years in the military and now works as an electrician independently. He had been working as an electrical contractor for the past 10 years. Though he has been seeking other employment, he intends to stay in the village. “This town has a lot to offer, and the tip of the iceberg has not been tapped yet,” said Peterson. Peterson had owned A&E Electric with his son, but his son moved on to a job in Hudson when the construction industry in the region had slowed down. Peterson also has two daughters and has been married to his wife Vicki for 32 years. He now has eight grandchildren, too. He also serves as the vice commander for the Indian Creek American Legion, and he recently retired from serving as the president of the International Watercross Association. He enjoys boating in the summer out on Spirit Lake. Eleanor Carlson (Challenger) Eleanor Carlson moved to the Frederic area six years ago from Hawthorne, Calif. Carlson moved to California from Minnesota where she started the city's first neighborhood watch. She served 11 years as the cities block captain, and then moved up as the area coordinator. “I got changes done in a big city of about 70,000,” she said. Currently Carlson belongs to the Frederic Lioness Club, and coordinated a fundraiser last year for Anita Long, and belongs to the senior citizens center. She decided to run for village board trustee because she would like to see what can be done about the high property taxes in the area, plus she would like to see more businesses in the area and more activities. She would also like to see family days get a boost, but most importantly, she is running to be involved with people. “I'm very much a people person, and I think that's why I get involved,” she said. Carlson has two children, a son who is currently moving to Austin, Texas, and a daughter in California as well as two grandchildren. William F. Johnson IV (Challenger) William F. Johnson IV, a lifelong resident of the Frederic area, and Frederic High School graduate, says that he's only missed five village board meetings in the past 10 years. Johnson served as the county board supervisor for District 2 from 1996-2006, and chaired the property, forestry, and recreation committee. “One of Frederic's biggest assets is its parks, and Frederic's future will depend on recreational opportunities in the area,” he says. He also served on the personnel committee for six years, where he dealt with labor negotiations and established



employee relations. Johnson said that he has been nominated to be a candidate for the village board several times but declined because he felt the time commitment was too great to serve on two publicly elected boards. “Since I'm not serving on the county board now, and was strongly supported at the village caucus, I think this is a good time to be involved,” he said. Johnson says that the biggest challenges facing Frederic are promoting local businesses, and that the proposed TIF district will be important for making changes for the future. Communication between Frederic and West Sweden, Listening to other municipalities and historical perspectives into the future are other issues Johnson feels important to Frederic. Maria Ammend (Challenger) Maria Ammend grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota and moved to the Frederic community about 10 years ago with her husband Dave and 7-year-old daughter.


Ammend is currently serving on the village park board, and has been for three years. She has also involved with the save the pool committee, and enjoys helping out with the community in any way that she can. She says that she has a belief in government, and believes in moving forward with growth in the community, whether it's the growth of area businesses or economic development. Since she already serves on the village park board, Ammend says that she is interested in improving the surrounding parks, whether its planting trees, or improving playground equipment. “I feel like I can bring a voice to the board and represent part of the community that wants to be heard,” she said. After graduating high school, Ammend earned her bachelor's degree in sociology and paralegal at Mount Marty College in South Dakota.


April 3 election • Vote Tuesday

Five candidates for three seats at Milltown

MILLTOWN — Five candidates, including all three incumbents, are seeking positions as trustees on the Milltown Village Board. The three incumbents are Harley Lund, Sam Owen, and Ben Wheeler. Challengers are Paul Brooks and Scott Warren. Incumbent village president LuAnn White is running unopposed. Each candidate was asked about their background, why they are seeking a position on the board, and what they feel are the main issues that the village board will be facing in the upcoming years. Paul Brooks (Challenger) Paul Brooks, a retired Marine, moved to Milltown four years ago with his wife and family. His wife, Kristine, is originally from Milltown. Brooks, who grew up in a farming community in New York, works for the township of Milltown. He is involved in the Milltown Fire Department, the American Legion, the VFW, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Masonic Lodge at Frederic. Brooks said he decided to run for a seat on the board at the urging of several other residents. “I am a people person,” he said. “I get along well with everybody.” The village is growing, said Brooks, and he would like to see it grow a little more. His main reason for running for the board, however, is to get a better idea of how the process works and what goes on at that level.

The Brooks have two children at Unity. Tyler is in eighth grade, and Haleigh is in seventh.

Harley Lund (Incumbent) Harley Lund has lived in the village of Milltown for 10 years, and has been on the board for the past eight. He grew up on a farm 3-1/2 miles southwest of the Milltown, moving into the village in October of 1997. Lund is retired from the Unity School District, where he worked for 35 years. He retired in Jan. 1, 1995, having started there in 1959. He still volunteers five hours a day, five days a week, in what he calls his “spare time.” He feels that it is important that the people who are serving on the village board are able to work together in order to get things accomplished, and to get them done in a positive way. The growth that the village is experiencing is the biggest issue on the board’s agenda right now, said Lund. This is sometimes hard on small communities, he noted, and he is interested in helping Milltown successfully move into the future. Sam Owen (Incumbent) Sam Owen is seeking a second term on the Milltown Village Board. The first term on the board, said Owen, is spent learning the role of the village board and how things work. With those two years of experience, he said, he knows he can now do more for the village.

“I’d like to see if I can help,” he said. “We’ve started a few things in the village, and I’d like to follow them and see them completed.” Specifically, said Owen, are the plans to get more industry and business into the community, and the overall village functions like street projects and public safety. “There are a lot of small things that people might think don’t matter, but they really do,” he said. The village has overcome some hurdles in the past 18 months, Owen said, that took a lot of time. “But they’re behind us now so we can look forward to getting down to the issues at hand,” he said. Owen served on the town board for eight years, and on the Cushing Fire Department board for 16 years, and said he is experienced with issues like public safety. He currently works for Unity Area Ambulance. He believes he knows things that can be improved to better serve the needs of the general public. “Taxes are always on everyone’s mind,” he added, “but for the past few years they’ve dropped a little. We need to better manage how that money is spent.” Owen said he is always available for any comments, suggestions, or questions that residents may have. Scott Warren (Challenger) Scott Warren has lived in Milltown for the past six years, but is a lifelong resident of the area who graduated from Luck High School. Admitting that he has never been involved in “politics” before, Warren said that he is the kind of person who gets things done, and he would like to use that, if possible, to benefit the village. “I’m involved in a lot of other things in the area, I have an interest in the community, and I’m not going to go anywhere,” he said. He serves on the ambulance, the fire department, and is a member of the VFW.

“Being involved in those things I see a lot going on, and how the village is growing,” he said. “It really interests me to be a part of that as much as I can.” Warren emphasizes that he is not interested in “stirring things up,” but is very interested in being part of the direction the village takes. “It’s going in a positive direction,” he said. “I’m just not a person that sits back. I get involved as much as I can. “I’m not going to agree with everything going on on the board,” he said. “But I’ll help to make good decisions.” He said he would look forward to the discussion of different issues and working things out. Warren is married and has two children. He is contract administrator for Custom Fire Apparatus in Osceola.

Ben Wheeler (Incumbent) Ben Wheeler is seeking his second term on the village board. He is a lifelong resident of Milltown, except four or five years spent in Duluth after high school. Wheeler owns and instructs Milltown Karate and is assistant manager at Milltown Holiday. He has been working retail for eight years and said he understands how the village runs and about personnel matters. The recent establishment of a revolving loan fund for businesses is a great asset to the community, he said, allowing vacant buildings to become viable businesses again. “I think it’s a prosperous time in Milltown,” he said, “with the new business coming in.” There is still more to be done in that direction, however, he said. His first term, said Wheeler, was a time of learning the ropes and how to be effective. “Now I see how things work a little bit,” he said. “I know and respect a lot of people in Milltown,” said Wheeler. “I like the people. It’s a very nice town to live in.”




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A new springtime for area ball teams The time now has come for them to coach the Saints, a team loaded with 11 seniors and most of their starters back. They also have the help of senior Katie Weinberg as the team manager since she will miss the season due to a torn ACL. Kerchow and Petersen will split coaching duties as Petersen will take the varsity team, and Kerchow will coach the junior varsity.

New softball season ushers in new coaches for teams around the area by Matt Blumkin LUCK – What would you do if you had been asked to coach a high school team though you never had coached before? New Luck softball coach Aimie Jorgensen had been asked in the fall by softball assistant coach Marty Messar and athletic director Mark Gobler to consider taking on the coaching job for the Cardinals. “At that point, I figured I wasn’t qualified,” said Jorgensen who had never coached before. That didn’t stop her from looking in the open door though. “I prayed about it,” Jorgensen recalled. “Even though I felt very I underqualified, talked it over with Mr. Messar and Mr. Gobler.” Since accepting the position, Jorgensen has been reading about coaching softball, and she attended a coaching clinic. Aimie Jorgenson While she may be new to coaching, she won’t be new to softball. She has been playing softball since the fourth grade in Luck, and she played for the Cardinals when they reached the sectional finals in 2002. Jorgensen had been a key player for the team earning second-team all-region and a gold glove. She also led the team in stolen bases. The Cards team she inherited from former coach Barb Melin reached the sectional finals last year too. Though she will have a winning tradition to carry on and a young team to work with, pressure would not be how she describes taking on this task. “I feel privileged to come into a good program, get girls into a good spot,” said Jorgensen. “It makes the job easier.” To help the transition, she coached the seventh grade girls’ basketball team during the winter. She played basketball for the Cards during high school

New Saints coach Kelli Kerchow watching the junior varsity from the third base line.

College ball experience to Frederic FREDERIC – Erin Jensen will bring her college softball experience to the Vikings this season as their new head coach. “It’s a totally different ballgame,” said Jensen who played at MinnesotaDuluth from 2001 to 2005. “I think it’s going to give our team an edge because I just go a different perspective. It’s a lot more of mental game and everyone is a level-four hitter.” Jensen, who also played high school ball for St. Croix Falls, will be emphasizing hitting for the Vikes and having them challenge area teams in conference play. She also takes over a young team, which won a playoff game last season. “I think I was fortunate to come in at a good time,” said Jensen. “I want the girls to get out there competing with Grantsburg and knowing that they can play at that level because there’s no rea-

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St. Croix Falls third baseman Dani Petty making a catch against Forest Lake, Minn., in a scrimmage on Monday, March 26. The Saints and Raiders had 80-degree weather to enjoy in their first scrimmage of the season. The Saints open their regular season schedule with Osceola on March 29. – Photo s by Matt Blumkin under Messar, and she played for Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, N.D. Jorgensen finds herself at home working with junior high and high schoolage youth. She leads a youth group at Siren Covenant Church, and she earned a minor in church ministry at Trinity in addition to her degree in music ministry. “This is right now where I feel drawn,” said Jorgensen about working with teens whether in ministry or coaching. “First and foremost, the Lord inspired me to take the job.” A tandem of Saints ST. CROIX FALLS – SCF will have cocoaches this season after the retirement of Karen (Hanson) Lundgren from coaching the Saints. She had coached the Saints to a sectional appearance, and new coaches Kelli Kerchow and Melissa Petersen will look to continue the winning tradition at SCF. “I think the girls are adjusting well,” said Kerchow. “We’re looking at a good year.” Kerchow, a first-grade teacher at SCF Elementary School, has been putting in

the extra time to prepare since accepting the coaching position in the fall. Fellow elementary teacher and friend, Melissa Petersen, decided to come on board too. Kerchow, originally from Shafer, Minn., played softball and competed in gymnastics for Chisago Lakes, Minn., High School in the 1980s. She coached gymnastics for the Wildcats during the 1995-96 season and has coached Melissa Petersen youth teams, so she hasn’t been a stranger to coaching. Petersen played volleyball and basketball for the Saints during her high school days before the school had a softball program. She had played on fastpitch teams elsewhere. Both have been relatively new to the SCF teaching scene also. Petersen is in her first year teaching fourth grade, and Kerchow substitute taught for a year last year before returning to teaching full-time. She had taken several years off to have children and run a preschool.

••• RIVER FALLS – Jessica Lundgren, a former St. Croix Falls softball standout, scored a run as pinch runner in UW-River Falls’ 3-2 loss to Gustavus Adolphus on March 24. Lundgren, a freshman catcher, scored the run in the first inning, but the Falcons fell at home and dropped to 12-3 on the season. – Matt Blumkin ••• GRAND FORKS, N.D. – It’s official! Siren native and former Olympian Molly Engstrom will play defenseman for the U.S. women’s hockey team at the International Ice Hockey Women’s World Championships in Manitoba, Canada, April 3-10. They have been training at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks since March 27. Team U.S.A. will play a pair of exhibition games against 2006 Silver Medal winner Sweden at UND on Saturday, March 30, and at Warroad, Minn., on Sunday, April 1. – Matt Blumkin ••• LEADER LAND – Many area athletes compete in college athletics for various colleges and universities around the region. Unfortunately, we don’t always know of everyone competing. If you know of someone not mentioned on these pages, please send us an e-mail and let us know! – Matt Blumkin and Marty Seeger ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports want to recognize area youth athletes for their achievements each week. Coaches and/or parents please submit your info by 1 p.m. each Tuesday, and we’ll include what we can. – Matt Blumkin and Marty Seeger •••

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Throwers have a narrow road ahead The WIAAs setting of a narrower throwing sector will challenge throwers this season by Matt Blumkin LEADER LAND – “We don’t have a lot of choice,” said Grantsburg track coach Shaun Fisher regarding the new challenge throwers will face in 2007. Space won’t be abundant either. The WIAA changed the size of the throwing sectors for discus and shot put events to accommodate safety and to line up with college and U.S. regulation sizes. Those sectors shrunk almost in half to a 34.92degree angle for both events. Discus had a 60 and shot had 65.5 before. Yet, the WIAA is just following the rules of the National Federation of High School State Associations.

Unity’s Amanda Kuske sets up to throw a discus at practice on March 29. She and other area throwers will have to deal with the WIAA’s change in the throwing-sector sizes for both shot put and discus this season. The shot put throwing sector has been reduced from a 60-degree angle to 34.92, and the discus will also be 34.92 after being 65 in previous years. – Photos by Matt Blumkin

Jason Coehn of Unity about to launch a shot put at practice on March 29.

“This new rule came from the NFHS Track & Field Rules Committee,” said WIAA representative Marcy Thurwachter. “It was implemented for three reasons: safety concerns, high school meets at college facilities; using a common sector and preparation for

post-high school competition.” While safety is an understandable concern for the coaches, most throwers won’t throw beyond high school and not all schools compete at college facilities. “Safety is what comes first,” said

Fisher, whose team will need their throwers to be contenders in conference this year. He has sprinters, and Sean Kutz can continue to dominate in distance events, but the throwing events weren’t the Pirates’ forte before this change. Yet, Fisher sees the change as just one more challenge. “I think if they can get over that mental block, they’ll probably be fine,” said Fisher. “Someone who’s new to throwing may be at an advantage because they don’t have to change anything.” Meanwhile, coaches in the area and around the state have been making the adjustments for their throwers to succeed under the new regulations. “We will have to work hard in practice to make sure that we can land the discus within the new landing sector,” said St. Croix Falls coach Sam Malm. “I am predicting many throwers not being able to land a single throw in the 34.92 degree sector during the first meet of the year. Meet points this season in the shot and disc will depend on accuracy, not on the distance of the throw.” Scratching could become more commonplace since many throwers already scratched within the sectors at 60 and 65.5. “I think the shot put athletes that spin will have the most difficulty in that event and the discus throwers will have to adjust also,” said Frederic coach Troy Wink. “The change is definitely going to have an impact on the number of scratches.” Of course, they’ll know more once the teams can leave behind the gyms for the outdoors and begin competition. “As far as how it is affecting right now, it is too early to tell once we get outside, and get throwing there we will know more, but I believe a lot of kids will struggle with it. It is quite a drastic change,” said Unity coach Mike Morris.

New/from previous page pitcher,” said Jensen. “It’s nice to have a good pitcher, but you don’t win ballgames 0-0.” She also has her team go through game-like situations in practice to prepare them for the competition this season. “I do things that are meaningful to the game,” said Jensen. “It doesn’t make sense to sit in the cage and just bat, bat, bat, swing, swing, swing over and over again. We try to simulate everything exactly like how it would be in a game.” She also has the help of volunteer assistant coach Brad Schmidt, who worked with former Vikes coach Erin Jensen Dale Hutton last season. Hutton retired from coaching the Vikes in 2006. Schmidt’s wife, Kelly, coaches the junior varsity squad. “He’s been a lot of help,” said Jensen. “I really appreciate them.”

St. Croix Falls senior Mary Johnson driving the ball for a single against Forest Lake, Minn., on March 26. – Photo by Matt Blumkin Timing for her taking the job seemed impeccable too. She applied after taking a 4-year-old kindergarten teaching job at Frederic Elementary for the 2006-07 school year. She officially took the position in January, and she gave birth to her 2-month-old daughter on Jan. 28.

“I’m sure her dad (George) will bring her down to the games,” Jensen said. She’ll get to see a Vikings team with three solid pitchers, but they will need to improve their hitting. “I think there’s an old belief in fastpitch softball that you don’t have a good team unless you have a good














Scenes from Unity’s father-son challenge

Ole and Lena were crowd pleasers last Friday night. Here Ole (pictured above) stands aside to watch Lena chase Mike Carlson across the mat.

Eagles coach Mark Ferguson, AKA Ferg “Alicious,” was all smiles while he wrestled Devin Hoyt “The Flyin’ Hawiian” in one of the first matches of last Friday night’s father-son wrestling challenge IV. Unfortunately for Ferguson, Hoyt made a miraculous comeback in the end to take the upset. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Dusty “Roads” McKinney (125) and Denny “Devour” McKinney (130) took on dad, Danny “Concrete” McKinney in the handicap match Friday night.

Lena wasn’t happy when Mike “Red Hot” Carlson defeated Ole Balboa in their bout Friday night. Here she is shown chasing Carlson across the mat.

“The sad thing is that they’re wearing the same size singlets,” said Unity wrestling coach Mark Ferguson over the microphone while getting laughs from the audience Friday night. Mike “Rafone” Johnson (125) took on Mark “TL Laker” Carlson and won by a 4-2 decision.

“Rolls” Royce Jepsen battled Nate “Squeek” Freer to decide if Oliver prevailed over John Deere. Mike “Red Hot” Carlson faced Ole Balboa, AKA “The Russian Donkey” on Friday night. Carlson put up a good fight, and even got to wear Ole’s hat during part of the match.

Josh Eaton “Supper” (215) took on his dad David “Always” Eaton on Friday night. Josh was just about to get an easy pin, but the buzzer sounded off just in time for his dad to escape the pin.














Youth state wrestling results

Three Unity students wrestled at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on March 23-24 in the Kids Folkstyle State Tournament. All three advanced to the tournament from the River Falls Regional. Pictured (L to R) are: Dylan Stenberg, (who placed sixth) Dylan Hendricks and Dylan Ruck.






Washburn looking sharp in Cactusland by Matt Blumkin PEORIA, Ariz. – Webster native and Mariners pitcher Jarrod Washburn has posted some decent stats in the MLB Spring Training Cactus League. He has a 1-1 record on the mound with a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 19. He fanned a couple batters and gave up one earned run in 4.2 innings of work. In five spring training games, Washburn allowed a 2.75 ERA, and he has allowed ony 16 hits over 19.2 innings of pitching. DATE


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Against the Kansas City Royals on March 8, Washburn struck out four batters and allowed one hit and no runs in three innings of Jarrod Washburn action. Washburn has clocked 12 K’s in the spring training season. Washburn will be the second pitcher in the Mariners’ starting rotation. They open the regular season on April 2 against the defending AL West Division champion Oakland Athletics. Washburn will be slated to start on April 3 against the A’s. – with informa-


Tristan Brewer, (pictured right) fourth grade, of the Burnett County Bulldogs, wrestled in Madison at the Youth Folkstyle State Tournament. He wrestled in the 72-lb. weight class, 1996-97 age group. Tristan placed second in state. Other wrestlers that represented the Burnett County Bulldogs at state were David St. John Jr., Nick Britton, Austin Swenson and Dakota Schultz. They all wrestled well and gained experience for next season. Three Bulldogs, Joseph Gaffney, Tristan Brewer and Joshua Glover, will be traveling to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to wrestle in the USA National Wrestling Asics Tournament, March 30 to April 1. - Photo submitted





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Next: vs. Dodgers The Brewers will start a three-game stint against the Dodgers, beginning with their home opener on Monday, April 2. To no surprise, Ben Sheets will start opening day, which is his fifth opening-day start in six years. It’s great to see that he is back and healthy again. On Monday, Vinny Rottino knocked his third homer of the spring season to lead the Brewers with a 9-2 victory over the Diamondbacks. Also on the charge was starting pitcher Claudio Vargas, who threw a no hitter for 4-1/3 innings against his former Arizona team. Vargas allowed only two runs on three hits and walked one. The Crew has a chance to end the spring season with a .500 record, which bears similarities to last season, but with everyone healthy and a couple of new additions to the bullpen, the Brewers are on their way to a more promising season. In other positives, the Brewers traded centerfielder Brady Clark for veteran pitcher Elmer Dessens. Clark was a starter for the Brewers the last two seasons, but outfielders are the least of what the Crew needs right now, and that’s strong pitching. – Marty Seeger





Next: vs. Orioles As spring training winds up and the first pitch of the new season being only days away, the report card can come in for the Twins. They get a B for their hitting during spring training and a C for pitching. Catcher Joe Mauer, being out with a left fibula stress reaction, hasn’t helped the Twins offense lately, but Michael Cuddeyer put together a decent spring training with .375 hitting, 13 runs scored and four homers as of March 27. Luis Castillo has batted .444, which is impressive for spring training. Look for good things from Castillo at the plate this season. Justin Morneau made some good hits with a .346 average and 13 RBI’s. Yet, the pitching remains suspect. Of course Johan Santana continues to impress with a 1.42 ERA and a 2-1 record. But Carlson Silva (03, 11.02), Ramon Ortiz (0-1, 3.86) and Sidney Ponson (2-1, 3.94) have not been so impressive. Boof Bonser has given the Twins some punch in their starting rotation, though with a 2-1 record and a 2.81 ERA. Silva, Ortiz and Ponson must step up for the Twins to make another run at the division and win a playoff series. – Matt Blumkin






NCAA MARCH MADNESS ’07 RULES: In addition to keeping track of how many games each participant called correctly or incorrectly, points will be awarded for correct calls in each round. Points will be awarded as follows: Round of 64 game = 1 point; round of 32 game = 2 points; Sweet 16 game = 4 points; Elite Eight game = 8 points; Final Four = 16 points; NCAA Championship game = 32 points. To prevent a tie, all participants will predict the final score of the NCAA Championship Game; whoever calls it closest to the actual score will receive a 64-point bonus to their final point total. Closeness to final score will be determined by adding up the distance over or under of both actual scores, then adding the two totals. Example: Guess score 60-55. Actual score: 67-52. Seven under+three Participants W-L (Points) Final Four Florida (#1) vs. UCLA (#2) Georgetown (#2) vs. Ohio State (#1) Championship Florida/UCLA winner vs.Georgetown/Ohio State winner

Matt Blumkin 38-21 (64)

Marty Seeger 45-14 (105)

John Ryan 43-16 (85)

UCLA Ohio State

UCLA Georgetown

UCLA Ohio State

UCLA (74-60)

UCLA (71-70)

Ohio State (83-79)


Thursday, March 29 St. Croix Falls at Plum City, 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 2 Cumberland at Luck, 4:30 p.m.


Thursday, March 29 Amery Indoor Invite at UW-Rver Falls, 4:15 p.m.

(St. Croix Falls) Friday, March 30 Simpson Invitational at UW-Superior, 4 p.m. (Unity) Monday, April 2 Baldwin-Woodville Invitational, 4:30 p.m. (Luck)


Thursday, March 29 Osceola at St. Croix Falls, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 31 Games at Stillwater, Minn., dome Grantsburg vs. Somerset, 12:30 p.m. Unity vs. Clear Lake/Cameron, 1:40, 3:20 Grantsburg vs. Pine City, Minn., TBA Monday, April 2 Duluth, Minn., at St. Croix Falls, 4:30 p.m. Osceola at Luck (scrimmage), 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 Unity at Frederic, 4:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Grantsburg, 5 p.m.


Thursday, March 29 Amery Indoor Invite at UW-River Falls, 4:15 p.m. (St. Croix Falls) Friday, March 30 Simpson Invitational at UW-Superior, 4 p.m. (Unity) Monday, April 2 Baldwin-Woodville Invitational, 4:30 p.m. (Luck)





Moss to wear the spinach and mustard? After peaking a week or so ago, the Randy Moss-toGreen Bay rumors to have seem cooled. True, at age 30 Randy’s skills have declined a bit, but he still has enough left to provide a shot-in-the arm to the franchise and to Brett Favre’s career before Brett rides off into the hall-offame sunset. Moss has always been popular with intelligent and goodhumored cheeseheads and at least one longtime Viking fan has said he might even switch allegiances if the Pack lands Randy. “I have my pen in hand and I’m ready to send a check to the Wisconsin DOT for a (Randy 84)‚ (or Randy 18) Packers vanity license plate if he signs with Green Bay,” said the hopeful Viking fan, crossing his fingers.

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Time to stall ball-control tactics Seven states currently use 35-second shot clocks in high school basketball. After watching this year’s WIAA state

A R E A Hacker’s Lanes Monday Afternoon Retired

Standings: Eagles 30, Nite Hawks 21, Swans 15, Badgers 14. Men’s games: Dick Coen (Nite Hawks) 163, Roger Messer (Eagles) 161, Tony Diess (Swans) 155. Men’s series: Dick Coen (Nite Hawks) 460, Roger Messer (Eagles) 450, Max Simon (Swans) 403. Women’s games: Lila Larson (Badgers) 164, Lucy Hansen (Eagles) 163, Betty Anderson (Badgers) 155. Women’s series: Lucy Hansen (Eagles) 486, Lila Larson (Badgers) 469, Betty Anderson (Badgers) 447. Team games: Badgers 672, Nite Hawks 577, Swans 561. Team series: Badgers 1864, Eagles 1642, Swans 1591. Monday Night Ladies

Standings: House of Wood 55, Adventures 51, The Bottle Shop 49, S&C Bank 41, Hacker’s Lanes 40, Mane Attractions 36, Radio Shack 35, Miller Chicks 29. Individual games: Maggie Hess (ADV) 191, Susie Houston (MA) 182, Nancy Anderson (HL) 180. Individual series: Nancy Anderson (HL) 512, Susie Houston (MA) 505, Kathy Java (HL) 474. Team games: Hacker’s Lanes 636, Mane Attractions 615, S&C Bank 561. Team series: Hacker’s Lanes 1842, Mane Attractions 1750, Adventures 1669. Tuesday Classic

Standings: Hacker’s Lanes 115, Great Northern Outdoors 109.5, Bottle Shop 97, Hog Wild 76.5, Yellow Lake Lodge 74, Oddballs 63, Ward Lake Services 50.5, Pioneer Bar 38.5. Men’s games: Ron Skow 267, Ed Bitler 246, Scott Morrison 226. Men’s series: Ed Bitler 673, Ron Skow 651, Bruce Gravelle 593. Team games: Great Northern Outdoors 687, Ward Lake Services 607, Bottle Shop 578. Team series: Great Northern Outdoors 1842, Bottle Shop 1670, Yellow Lake Lodge 1626. Tuesday Late Mixed

Standings: Rat Pack 55 (29), McCurdy Farms 51 (33), Pumpkin Heads 46 (38), RT’s 39 (45), Packer Backers 33 (51), Rock and Bowl 28 (56). Men’s games: Chad Brugman 213, Bruce Gravelle 200, Chris Olson 190. Men’s series: Chad Brugman 561, Bruce Gravelle 548, Randy McCurdy




tourney, armchair pundits are again coming out of the woodwork to make their case for Wisconsin to adopt the clock. About 15 years ago it seems, Wisconsin high school coaches appeared to fully embrace the philosophy advocated by clinicians like state coaching legend Dick Bennett. Ever since—with a few exceptions—we’ve been mostly mired in a down-tempo rut in which individual possessions are managed with the care shown a football two-minute drill. Sure, Minnesota high schoolers play four more minutes per game, which in part accounts for their higher-scoring games. But the more wide-open style seen on TV in last week’s Gopher State tourney (even without a shot clock) was refreshing after several months of watching the Wisconsin style which is more likely to produce a 40-38 game rather than an old-fashioned 60-58. Apparently shot clock units cost about $2,000, so don’t expect the WIAA to make a change any time soon. We’ll just have to wait and hope for the Bennett influence to gradually fade away over time. Well-deserved win After two hard-luck starts in which he pitched well enough to earn victories, ex Frederic Viking and current Grantsburg Honker star Bryan Vilstrup joined the win column last Wednesday as he and his UW-Stout

Yet another space filler High school baseball season begins this week so the midseason sports lull officially comes to an end. Readers can expect a more locally flavored column in the next issue. This week’s trivia exercise is called “How well do you know Randy Moss?” And after answering these questions, you’ll see why Brett Favre and company hope to see Randy in a Packer uniform next fall.

Wednesday Night Early Men

Thursday Early 3-Man

Standings: Grindell Law Offices (11.5) 29.5, K-Wood (8) 27, CenturyTel (4) 23.5, Full Timers (13) 22, Frontier Trails (0) 19, Wikstrom Construction (9) 15, Fab Four (5) 12, Hell Raisers (1.5) 8. Individual games: Ron Skow (KW) 280, Bart Sladky (GLO) 254, Don Hughes (KW) 244. Individual series: Ron Skow (KW) 682, Don Hughes (KW) 658, Bart Sladky (GLO) 644. Team games: K-Wood 672, Grindell Law Offices 600, Full Timers 593. Team series: K-Wood 1823, Grindell Law Offices 1749, Full Timers 1723. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Ron Skow 10x – 280 and 6x – 207. Splits converted: 5-7: Barry Anderson.


Friday Night Ladies

Standings: The Leader 61, Meyer’s Plus 54, Skol Bar 51, 4-Season Travel 51, Tin Cup Promotions 50, Brad’s Ringneck 50, Hole in the Wall 41, Bye 6. Individual games: Sandy King 200, Linda O’Donnell 184, Bonnie Zbleski 181. Individual series: Sandy King 539, Bonnie Zbleski 525, Linda O’Donnell 502. Team games: The Leader 658, Brad’s Ringneck 626, Skol Bar 626. Team series: The Leader 1898, Brad’s Ringneck 1821, Skol Bar 1740.

McKenzie Lanes Monday Madness

Standings: Scottay’s Trucking 64, State Farm Ins. 61, Peper Tire & Align. 56, Alleycats 49, Pepie’s Gals 46, Frederic Larsen Auto 39, McKenzie Lanes 33, Osceola Plumbing & Htg. 30. Individual games: Brenda Garske 235, Debbie Swanson 211, Jeanne Kizer 197. Individual series: Debbie Swanson 568, Pam Alleva 492, Brenda Garske 492. Team games: State Farm Ins. 657. Team series: Alleycats 1791. Monday Night Ladies

Standings: Metal Products 86, Milltown Appliance 78.5, McKenzie Lanes 75.5, Sam’s Carpentry 74.5, Edina Divas 72, Bont Chiropractic 66.5, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 59.5, Jericho Trucking 47.5. Individual games: Amber Duncan 214, Renee Sassor 201, Jane Smith 198. Individual series: Dana Amundson 557, Yvonne Snyder 557, Amber Duncan 520. Team games: Metal Products 1052, Bont Chiropractic 1008. Team series: Metal Products 3052, Bont Chiropractic 2931.


Answers: 1) Rand, WV 2) Jason Williams 3) football and basketball (twice) 4) Lou Holtz 5) Charles Woodson 6) 17 7) Lake Minnetonka 8) Jerry Porter 9) 5 10) Because there were only two seconds left and there was no chance his team was going to recover an onside kick and score in that amount of time.

R E S U L T S Tuesday Women’s Day

2-4-10: Dave Grindell. 3-6-7-10: John Bytnar. 6-7: Barry Anderson. 3-10: Laryn Larson, Ron Skow. 2-7: Brad Schmidt.


1) Name Randy’s home town. 2) Name the NBA star who was a high school teammate of Randy. 3) Name the two sports in which Randy was named West Virginia’s high school athlete of the year. 4) Name the ex-Notre Dame coach who called Randy the greatest high school athlete he’d ever seen. 5) Randy was fourth among Heisman trophy finalists in 1997. Ryan Leaf, Charles Woodson and Peyton Manning were also in the running. Who won the Heisman that year? 6) Randy holds the record for most touchdown receptions by an NFL rookie. How many? 7) An avid angler, Randy has hosted the Randy Moss Charity Invitational Bass tournament on what famous Minnesota lake. 8) Ever the gentleman, Randy reclaimed number 18 when he went to the Raiders because this fellow wide receiver was wearing number 84. 9) How many Pro Bowls has Randy played in? 10) Why did Randy walk off the field late in his team’s 2003 playoff game against the Redskins.

Standings: Kassel Tap 128, Gutter Dusters 125.5, Country Gals 123.5, Custom Outfitter 119.5, A-1 Machine 118, B&H Builders 107, Hauge Dental 100.5, Bye 62. Individual games: Toni Sloper 231, Diane Fisk 215, Jan Kruse 203. Individual series: Denise F. Donaghue 532, Jan Kruse 515, Diane Fisk 506. Team games: B&H Builders 810, Country Gals 806. Team series: Country Gals 2290, Hauge Dental 2234.

Splits converted: 4-7-10: Shane Nyland.57: Donna Johnson.

Standings: Skol Bar 35, Parker 32, Lewis Silo 28, Cummings Lumber 26, Pioneer Bar 23, Jack Pine Trading 21, A1 Machine 20, Bye 7. Individual games: Don Swanson (CL) 247, Jon Doolittle (LS) 222, Brett Daeffler (JT) 218. Individual series: Denny Soper (P) 579, Don Swanson (CL) 576, Duane Doolittle (LS) 572. Team games: Parker 972, Lewis Silo 930, Jack Pine Trading 924. Team series: Parker 2732, Lewis Silo 2689, Jack Pine Trading 2434.


At least one local NCAA basketball pool participant says he is set to win his company’s pool while not even watching a bit of the tournament. With my favorite team having a deplorable season this year, college hoop interest had been nearly nil, but then Leader sports guy Hello Country Blumkin summoned me to participate in this year’s NCAA prediction contest. And lo and behold, here I sit on the threshold of prognostication glory. Unlike the Swami, I shall be a humble champion (or, unlike the Swami, a gracious loser).

516. Women’s games: Donna Johnson 147, Audrey Hermensen 146, Tiffanie Tretsven 142. Women’s series: Audrey Hermensen 405, Rose Burnham 400, Barb Fritsche 392. Team games: McCurdy Farms 661, Packer Backers 630, Rat Pack 625. Team series: McCurdy Farms 1910, Packer Backers 1771, Rock and Bowl 1762.

Standings: Pioneer Bar 5-69, Frandsen Dairy 7-68, All Around Gals 5-50, Crazy Ladies 2-43, Hacker’s Lanes 2-32. Individual games: Kathy Sandberg (PB) 202, Marvel Beckman (CL) 194, Margie Traun (AAG) 192. Individual series: Kathy Sandberg (PB) 510, Margie Traun (AAG) 465, Marvel Beckman (CL) 457. Team games: Pioneer Bar 731, Crazy Ladies 729, All Around Gals 705. Team series: Pioneer Bar 2090, Crazy Ladies 2053, All Around Gals 1998.


teammates defeated Carthage College 6-3. The rangy southpaw scattered seven hits and fanned three in 5-1/3 innings. Blind squirrels find acorns


Wednesday Afternoon Ladies


Tuesday Night Men

Standings: Nel-Lo-Hill Farm 26, Dream Lawn 26, Steve’s Appliance 24, Greatland Transportation 22, Glass Bar 20, McKenzie Lanes 16, Hack’s Pub 14, The Dugout 12. Individual games: Dave Steinert 265, Darren McKenzie 256, Bob Rettler 249. Individual series: Bob Rettler 726, Darren McKenzie 690, Dave Steinert 683. Team games: Nel-Lo-Hill Farm 1004, Glass Bar 984. Team series: Nel-Lo-Hill Farm 2921, The Dugout 2836. Wednesday Night Men

Standings: Dalles Electrician 26, Tiger Express 24, McKenzie Lanes 24, Embroidery Plus 22, Harvest Moon 20, Davy’s Construction 20, Reed’s Marina 14, Hanjo Farms 10. Individual games: Gordy Johnson 278, Gene Braund 257, Tom Werran 248. Individual series: Gordy Johnson 814, Brad Hacker 702, Jason Loney 646. Team games: Embroidery Plus 1062. Team series: Tiger Express 3113. Thursday Night Ladies

Standings: K.C. Electrical 86.5, Hauge Dental 82.5, Century 21 80, Balsam Lake Hardware 69, Eagle Valley Bank 68.5, RiverBank 64.5, Deer Lake Block 62.5, Hack’s Pub 45.5. Individual games: Norma Hauge 264, Louise Cole 213, Holly Gutzmer 211. Individual series: Norma Hauge 600, Marysue Morris 531, Louise Cole 514. Team games: RiverBank 1042. Team series: RiverBank 2982. Saturday Mixed

Standings: Fisk Trucking 66.5, Eureka Bombers 54.5, Tiger Express 54, The Whippersnappers 51, Happy Campers 50, Roller Coaster 47.5, The Eagles 46, The In-Laws 38.5. Men’s games: Tom Donaghue 272, Roger Fisk 246, Bill Berg 245. Men’s series: Roger Fisk 663, Tom Donaghue 590, Ervin Lehmann 575.

Women’s games: Lonnie Curtiss 223, Lonnie Curtiss 196, Rachel Carney 191. Women’s series: Lonnie Curtiss 589, Rachel Carney 507, Maryann Sloper 492.

Black & Orange TNT Ladies

Standings: Flower Power 32-20, Larry’s LP 30-22, Cashco 27-25, Wild Bill’s 1537. Individual games: Sue Eytcheson (FP) 211, Cheryl Hansen (WB) 188, Jennifer Kern (L) 187. Individual series: Cheryl Hansen (WB) 551, Sue Eytcheson (FP) 534, Jennifer Kern (L) 523. Team games: Flower Power 767, Larry’s LP 706, Cashco 686. Team series: Larry’s LP 2037, Flower Power 2023, Wild Bill’s 1975. Games 50 or more above average: Sue Eytcheson 211 (+68). Series 100 or more above average: Sue Eytcheson 534 (+105). Thursday Night Ladies (End of 2nd Half)

Standings: Riske Dick’s 38-10, Pour House 32-16, Black & Orange 27-21, Check Services 20-28, Hole in the Wall 15-33, Ben Ott Construction 12-36. Individual games: Sandy Churchill (RD) 196, Daphne Churchill (RD) 191, Jackie Churchill (RD) 180. Individual series: Celia Leehe (B&O) 485, Sandy Churchill (RD) 482, Jennifer Kern (B&O) 480. Team games: Pour House 722, Riske Dick’s 705, Black & Orange 652. Team series: Riske Dick’s 2081, Pour House 2002, Black & Orange 1932. Early Risers

Standings: 10th Hole 50, Hole in the Wall 48, Gandy Dancers 40, A+ Sanitation 30. Individual games: Cheryl Parkins (10th) 201, Lucy Hansen (HITW) 176, Donna Crain (GD) & Angel Paulzine (HITW) 168. Individual series: Lucy Hansen (HITW) 495, Cheryl Parkins (10th) 487, Angel Paulzine (HITW) 472. Team games: Hole in the Wall 611, Gandy Dancers 602, 10th Hole 584. Team series: Hole in the Wall 1792, 10th Hole 1722, Gandy Dancers 1678. Splits converted: 4-5: Angel Paulzine, Celia Leehe. 5-7: Jackie Grimes. 2-7: Lucy Hansen.




Tips and reflections on turkey time

Turkey season is right around the corner, and those of you that remembered to send in your turkey applications should start taking note of the in your area. Marty turkeys The recent rise in Seeger temperatures has really motivated the The turkeys to start gobbling in the early morning and in late evenings on the roost. These are perfect times to locate a flock of turkeys to see where they’re hanging out. One of the things to remember is not to use any hen calls to locate gobblers if it’s strictly a scouting mission. This could educate the birds and lessen your chances of bagging one this spring. Plus, a bird might respond to your call and come in to investigate, (this happened to me) only to find that it’s not a hen, but a human at the end of the call. If you do intend on scouting birds this early in the season, it’s best to steer

Bottom Line

clear of the area as much as possible before the season begins. Glass open areas with binoculars and talk to landowners to find out where the turkeys are. If you know that a flock is nearby, resist the temptation to barge into an area looking for sign. In most cases, the best turkey hunting areas are the ones untouched by the presence of other hunters. As more people begin to discover the excitement of turkey hunting, it will get tougher to find a flock that hasn’t been pressured. The beauty of hunting turkeys, however, is the fact that each season offers a unique experience, and turkey hunting can vary from one day to the next. Take Wisconsin’s first-ever youth turkey hunt, for example, which runs from April 7-8 for youth ages 12-15. It makes sense that the youth of our state should get the first crack at a trophy gobbler, but the season might be tricky even without pressure from other hunters. Toms situated in the middle of a flock of hens are very difficult to call, but it’s not an impossible task. It might be better to hunt late in the morning or early in the afternoon during this period, because hens will get less interested as the day wears on, which can send a gobbler out to look for another mate. From my experience, the second, third, and fourth seasons have been my most successful. I’ve been fortu-

nate to have nearly perfect conditions during these seasons and have had success during these times in the early morning and into the late afternoon. In the past two seasons, I’ve taken birds on the third season, which is what I now apply for every year, and will continue to do in the future. It doesn’t seem to be better than any other season, but it’s the time of year when the woods gets its first tinge of green, and the bugs aren’t as pesky. It still has the likelihood of snow, but even if does snow, or temperatures dip into the teens, turkeys will still answer the call, and strut their way into gun range. It makes a hunt a little more uncomfortable, but with only five days, it’s best to stick it out under the worst conditions. Turkey hunting began for me in the mid-90s. I drew a tag not knowing a thing about the sport, and hadn’t even seen a strutting turkey up close before. I went out alone on the first morning and tried to take a shot at a turkey at about 50 yards and missed. It took about two hours to sneak up on the two longbeards as they strutted in an opening with a hen. I managed to call the hen within 10 yards, but the gobblers stayed just out of range. Even though I didn’t harvest a bird that year, turkey hunting hooked me, and I can’t imagine a year without it.

After harvesting my first bird (a jake) with a friend who knew what he was doing, I began learning and reading of different strategies on how to hunt turkeys. On some hunts it got me wondering why everyone thought it was so difficult, and on other hunts I realized how difficult turkey hunting could be. I guess you could say I’ve been humbled many times, but no matter what happens, I’ve learned something new, and continue to do so every year. No matter what season you have, I hope that it’s successful. You might get your bird in the first five minutes, get one on the fifth day, or not get anything at all. Whatever the season, and whatever the outcome, I hope that it’s successful beyond the harvest. Even if you don’t have a license, find someone who does and offer some calling assistance. If you have enough friends, you might be able to find a friend for each season. You could participate in a hunt without carrying a gun. I’ve found over the years that it’s more fun to call for a friend than to pull the trigger. Of course, a wild turkey dinner is awfully tough to beat. Just remember turkey hunting is a team sport, and it’s best shared with friends and family, so be safe and have a successful turkey season this year.

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Geneticist assists state’s musky stocking program HAYWARD – By collecting muskellunge eggs from different lakes where muskies have proven they can grow to large sizes and reproduce successfully on their own, state fisheries officials are hoping to improve Wisconsin’s musky rearing and stocking program and provide better musky angling for years to come. Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologists are working with a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point fish geneticist who helped them develop genetic criteria for selecting lakes for musky egg collection. Dr. Brian Sloss, a geneticist at the UWStevens Point College of Natural Resources, helped DNR biologists develop criteria to select lakes for egg collection using factors such as documented natural reproduction and adequate number of fish. Trophy-fish potential is another factor considered when selecting brood source lakes. Dr. Sloss also recommended annually rotating collection among the lakes that meet the criteria for providing eggs for hatchery production. “The greater the genetic diversity among sources of stocked fingerlings, the greater the odds they will adapt to their new home, resist disease, and perhaps even spawn successfully as adults,” said Dave Neuswanger, DNR fisheries supervisor for the Upper Chippewa Basin. Following the criteria, biologists last year obtained all the fertilized eggs needed for fingerling production at the Governor Thompson Hatchery in Spooner from adult muskies on the Chippewa Flowage. “During that operation, we mated an

unprecedented number of individual females — 26 of them — up to 51 inches in length with multiple unique males up to 45 inches in length,” Neuswanger said. “This ensured a healthy level of genetic diversity among the hatcheryproduced 10- to 12-inch fingerlings stocked last fall throughout northwestern Wisconsin,” he said. This year, biologists chose Butternut Lake near Park Falls in Price County as the source of eggs for the DNR musky hatchery in Spooner. Neuswanger said that Butternut is one of the few lakes in northwestern Wisconsin that meets all the criteria recommended by Dr. Sloss for sources of muskellunge brood stock. Further, Butternut produced many trophy-class fish over 50 inches long until it became overpopulated in the early 1990s. More recently, body condition (plumpness), growth rate, and average size declined in the face of extreme competition for food among abundant adults. “We propose to fix the overpopulation at Butternut by removing some adult fish surplus to our spawning needs. That will also help us start a new musky fishery in Lake Neshonoc near La Crosse,” Neuswanger said. “As a source of eggs for hatchery production and adults to start a new fishery, Butternut is ideal because its adult muskellunge have the demonstrated potential to reach trophy size, and they have reproduced naturally at a high rate since 1995, even in the presence of northern pike.” Biologists initially considered moving a couple hundred adult muskies from Butternut Lake to Lac Courte Oreilles near Hayward. LCO currently has

fewer muskies than desired. That plan was changed when tests showed substantial genetic differences between adult fish in the two lakes. “We have no reason to believe there is anything wrong, genetically, with the fish in either lake,” Neuswanger explained. “They simply appear to be different, and we thought it unwise to flood LCO with spawning adult fish from a different genetic stock at a time when biologists are trying to get the native stock at LCO to reproduce better on their own.” “Using Butternut Lake offspring will help maintain overall genetic diversity in northwestern Wisconsin,” Neuswanger said. “The stocking of 10to 12-inch fingerlings to maintain a


musky fishery at LCO, where about 90 percent will die before reaching sexual maturity at age 6, poses far less risk to future natural reproduction at LCO than doubling the population instantly with a transfer of hundreds of spawning-age adults from Butternut Lake.” Neuswanger added that he appreciates the help from the University of Wisconsin in moving the state’s musky program forward. “I have worked in other states,” said Neuswanger, “but none are applying the principles of muskellunge genetic stock conservation more progressively than Wisconsin right now, thanks in large part to Dr. Sloss.”For more info contact Dave Neuswanger at 715-634-9658. – From the DNR


Hunting, fishing, sports and conservation patron licenses will expire on March 31. Also, otter trapping season closes in the central and southern zones. The area has been quiet for the past few days in the ways of anglers. A few brave souls could be spotted on lakes that hadn’t broken away from the shoreline, but most of the lakes in the area are inaccessible. It’s been fun driving with the windows down during the past few days, and feel the summerlike breeze float through the air. Despite the early teaser, I’d put a pricey bet on the likelihood of it snowing again before the summer officially begins. It’s probably not what anyone would like to hear, but it always seems to take a nasty turn sometime in April. Probably during my turkey season. I’ve been pretty spoiled in the past few seasons. Now would be a great time to change line in your reels and reorganize the tackle box, break out the registration forms for the boat if needed and send the outboard in for a tune-up. It won’t be long and the fishing season will begin once again. Of course, there are still some open water angling opportunities on some of the river systems in Wisconsin, and Lake Superior will start to get hit hard soon, but for most of us, the real season begins in the first part of May. -– Marty Seeger


April 3 election • Vote Tuesday State Supreme Court race:Clifford versus Ziegler - from Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance STATEWIDE - On April 3, Wisconsin voters face an important decision. They will elect a new member of the state supreme court. In recent years, the court has been closely divided on a wide range of important issues, including tribal gaming, concealed weapons, school finance, medical malpractice and criminal rights. In an effort to help citizens make an informed decision, the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance sent both candidates a survey. Running for the court are Madison attorney Linda Clifford and Washington County Judge Annette Ziegler. The two seek to replace Justice Jon P. Wilcox, who is retiring after 15 years on the court. Overview The Wisconsin Supreme Court is composed of seven justices—the chief justice and six associate justices. The chief justice earns the title by being the longest-serving member of the court. Currently, the chief justice is Shirley Abrahamson, who has served since 1976. Abrahamson is both the first female justice and the first female chief justice. In Wisconsin, justices are elected to 10-year terms in nonpartisan elections. The method of selecting justices varies considerably within the states. Wisconsin is one of 14 states that uses nonpartisan elections. Other methods include partisan elections, gubernatorial appointments, professional committees and legislative elections. To add further complexity, some states give justices lifetime appointments, similar to the U.S. Supreme Court, while other states require justices to stand for election in “uncontested retention elections” after their initial appointment or election. To retain their office, justices facing these elections must receive support from a majority of voters. The Wisconsin Supreme Court is the state’s court of last resort, meaning that for state issues the court’s ruling is final. (For federal questions, direct appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court are possible.) Most of the cases the court receives are from the court of appeals, though the Supreme Court may bypass the appellate level if it seeks a case on its own initiative, allows a petition from a party at a lower level, or accepts a request for legal guidance from another court. In addition to ruling on appeals, the Supreme Court has other responsibilities, including the administration of the state judicial system. The Supreme Court appoints the director of state courts, who oversees court personnel and several state panels. The court also directs the Board of Bar Examiners, which administers the exam that allows lawyers to practice in Wisconsin. The court investigates attorney misconduct via the Office of Lawyer Regulation and works with the Judicial Council, which responds to allegations of wrongdoing by judges and other court officials. The Supreme Court also takes recommendations from the Judicial Committee to improve the efficiency of the court system. Linda Clifford For the past 25 years I have practiced at LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn (formerly LaFollette & Sinykin). I was a part-time solo practitioner for the four years prior, caring for our young daughters at home. Previously, I served as assistant attorney general in the Wisconsin Departmen of Justice. From representing the state’s largest corporations to pro bono work for the homeless — I offer three decades of quality experience and judgment that matters.

Annette Ziegler I have been a Circuit Court Judge since 1997 and I am currently the senior judge in Washington County. I am also the deputy chief judge for District III. Prior to serving on the bench, I was a criminal prosecutor first with the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office and then as an Assistant United States Attorney. I also spent six years in private practice where I mostly worked to help Wisconsin businesses. Why are you running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court? Ziegler: My background and experience, not only as a lawyer in the public and private sectors, but also as a judge for nearly a decade, will allow me to serve the citizens of this state as an effective and independent justice from day one. I’ve had the opportunity to preside over cases in just about every facet of the law. I’ve also been a front-line prosecutor helping to make neighborhoods safer. As a wife and a mother, I am invested in the future of our state in the most personal way. I want Wisconsin to be a safe and prosperous place where my children, and all our children, can grow up and choose to stay here to start their own families. I was fortunate in that I grew up in a home where I learned both the value of an honest day’s work, and the real impact of government decisions on families and a business’ bottom line. My parents owned and operated a small hardware store—which my brother now runs. The work ethic that was instilled in me by sweeping floors and stocking shelves in that store remains with me to this day. Wisconsin has been good to me and my family. It has been a wonderful and rewarding experience to give back by working for the taxpayers as a prosecutor and now a judge. I’d be honored to continue my public service on our state’s highest court. Clifford: The life and 32-year career I’ve led make me the most qualified candidate to be the fair, independent, and experienced jurist we need on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The Supreme Court works best when its justices come from a wide variety of personal and professional backgrounds. My election would help restore balance to the court. Ten years ago, the majority of the seven justices came to the court from outside the court system—for example, the law school, private practice, the legislature—bringing different experiences and perspectives to the job of solving complex legal issues. That balance has been lost. Significantly, none of the current justices has had recent real-world experience representing real people and businesses, either as an advocate or counselor/ advisor. The court would benefit more from the addition of a seasoned practitioner than another local judge. I have been involved in more than 30 cases in front of state and federal appellate courts, including the Wisconsin Supreme Court. I have been endorsed by former Republican and Democratic governors of Wisconsin as well as both former Supreme Court Chief Justices, Roland Day and Nathan Heffernan. This bipartisan support reflects the nonpartisan nature of this position, my firm commitment to judicial independence, and the diversity of enforcement and legal experience I’ll bring to the Supreme Court. How would you characterize your judicial philosophy?



Clifford: The Supreme Court’s decisions directly affect Wisconsin citizens who are entitled to a justice with the discipline to maintain independence from outside political pressure and to decide cases fairly and impartially. Using labels or short-hand phrases to describe something as complex as decision-making at the Supreme Court level disserves the judicial system. I would characterize my approach to decisionmaking as “pragmatic,” with the goal of construing constitutional provisions, statutes, and regulations to further their intended purposes. As a justice, I promise: • To uphold the rule of law, putting aside personal or political preferences; • To rely on legal precedent, but not blindly, respecting the need for the slow evolution of the common law to reflect social, technological, or legislative change; and • To interpret and uphold legislative enactments to advance legislative intent—unless those enactments violate civil liberties, constitutional rights, or fundamental freedoms or violate other constitutional or statutory provisions. Then, I would have the courage to strike them down. That’s not activism; that’s not legislating from the bench. That’s judging—what Wisconsin citizens expect its co-equal judicial branch to do—standing guard between our constitutional democracy and the tyranny that can occur if unauthorized legislative or executive actions go unchecked. Ziegler: I believe a judge has a definite and modest role. The court’s duty is not to determine what the law should be or to negate laws in order to arrive at a desired outcome. A Supreme Court Justice must act with restraint. The role of the Supreme Court is to

interpret the spirit and the letter of the law and to apply that law consistently, fairly and impartially. It is imperative that a justice rely on legal precedent, the Constitution, and the language of the applicable law. In other words, a Supreme Court Justice should not legislate from the bench. I believe that because of the country we live in, we are afforded the ability to be activists in our daily lives, from the products we buy to the ballots we cast. Activism, however, does not belong on the bench. A conservative activist is just as dangerous as a liberal activist. Neither forwards the proper role of the judiciary. The court should be the least negotiable branch of government; however, it also maintains the fewest checks and balances within its organization. As a result, a justice must have the humility and commitment to realize that while the position is extremely important, the court operates within a system of precedent. In no other way can the three branches of government preserve the rights and liberties we all value. Editor’s note: The complete profile on these candidates can be found online at

Centuria incumbents race uncontested

CENTURIA – Four open spots and four uncontested incumbents will line up the ballot for the Centuria Village Board on election day, April 3. Incumbent village president Cheryl Lehmann will be running again. Dave Markert, Mike Roshatka, and Wayne Bakke will all be running as unopposed incumbents for the three open trustee positions. - Matt Blumkin

Climate zones to disappear during global warming STATEWIDE – Wisconsin scientists are part of a team that predicts climate change will prompt some climate zones to disappear. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wyoming used climate models okayed by the recently Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The scientists asked that given the global warming scenarios, where would new climates be created and where would existing climates disappear? UW geography professor Jack Williams is with the Center for Climatic Research and is the primary author of the new study. He says the main changes will be in low-lying tropical areas, at the top of very high mountains, and at the poles. He says the warmest areas get warmer and are first to move outside the range of what is experienced at present and then the coldest areas also get warmer, so that these sets of cool or cold climates disappear as we move to a warmer world.

Williams says where climates disappear, that will put local species in danger or force them to move. He says it isn’t clear what the new climates will be like or how nature will adapt. Williams says Wisconsin doesn’t appear to be at risk of losing any climate zones, but he says the models show changing climates everywhere and so, more subtle changes for the Midwest. He says some of the general predictions for the region are warmer than present winters, warmer than present summers, and changes in rainfall; he says where they occur varies a bit by model. Williams says as with all predictions, actual human behavior can affect whether the modeling comes fully true. For example, he says there would be great value in reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases, but that 20 percent of the world’s land area is likely to see some sort of new climate by the year 21000. – By Chuck Quirmbach






Notes on town races in Polk County by Gregg Westigard POLK COUNTY - All 24 towns in Polk County hold elections April 3. While many have uncontested elections with all incumbents running for re-election, there are some interesting stories. Apple River – There were 82 persons at the nominating caucus, an meeting that often draws fewer than 10 voters in many towns. One incumbent supervisor, Ken Chapdelaine, was denied a place on the ballot. Only the treasurer is unopposed. Beaver – Town clerk Jillene Strasser is retiring after 14 years in office. She said she sought out some persons with the needed skills to be candidates for the position. Clam Falls – The town will hold a referendum to make the office of clerk an appointed position. The person elected clerk on April 3 would fill out the term but the office would not be on the 2009 ballot.

Town clerk Betty Knutson, who is running unopposed for re-election, says the position is much more complicated than in the past and requires many skills. Clayton – Clayton was one of the first in the area to go to a five-person board with two supervisors elected each year. The town made the change after an election when the entire town government was new. Town clerk Carol Wozniak said having a larger board was very beneficial last year. One supervisor moved out of town and one died, but Wozniak told the Leader the town carried on as usual, “with not even a bump”, because the board still had three continuing members. Eureka – The town chair and both supervisors announced in December that they would not be running again. Last month the town shop burned. In April, an entire new board will have to take over the ongoing issues relating to that fire,

including insurance claims and the decision to repair the old shop or build a new one. Two persons are running for chair and three persons, including a registered write-in candidate, are seeking the two supervisor spots. Johnstown – There are no candidates for town clerk or treasurer, on the ballot or running as write-ins. The present clerk and treasurer, Roger and Joanne Dillon, who are husband and wife, announced that they would not run again. No candidates were nominated at the caucus. Lincoln – The race for town chair is a rerun of the county board contest last year. Jay Luke, who was appointed chair when Wilfred Kuhl resigned, will face Gail Tessman. Luke defeated Tessman last spring for the county board position. The town clerk is the only candidate who is unopposed. McKinley – The town could have an

entire new board. One supervisor, Lynton “Poncho” Lindell is running for the open chair position against Sandy Hibbs and the other supervisor is retiring. Osceola – Longtime chair Ron Gamache is stepping down from that position and running for supervisor. Seeking the chair position are Bob Ingebrightson, who served as the town’s clerk/treasurer for many years, and Lynn Buss. St. Croix Falls – The town is going to a five-person board with two supervisors elected each year. Voters will elect four supervisors from among the eight candidates. The two with the most votes will serve two-year terms. The persons coming in third and fourth will get one year terms and come up for full terms in 2008. One supervisor candidate, Steve Palmer, is also running for chair as a registered write-in.

Community discusses global warming by Boyd Sutton FREDERIC - About 30 people from the area attended a showing of the Academy Award-winning movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” at Frederic High School Thursday evening, March 22. The showing was sponsored by Ann Fawver of Frederic Community Education. The movie, narrated by former Vice President Al Gore, presents evidence that current trends in global warming far exceed normal patterns of warming and cooling. Data derived from analysis of ice cores from Antarctica reveal that the highest levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere over the past 650,000 years was about 300 parts per million. The level now is nearly double that and, if nothing is done to reduce the trend, it will be at least triple that within the next 50 years. The movie points to carbon dioxide emissions from human activities over the past 100 years or so as the primary cause of this unprecedented warming. It concludes that significant actions must be taken now to reduce carbon emissions or extreme weather and flooding catastrophes will occur in the next few decades. Following the movie, people discussed various aspects of the science on which the movie’s evidence and conclusions are based. Most seemed to agree, but one or two expressed alternate

viewpoints. One viewer argued that the record of temperature fluctuations and carbon dioxide analysis based on the ice core samples probably reflected individual snowfalls, not entire years. In his view, the ice core samples couldn’t represent 650,000 years of weather patterns. Subsequent discussion brought out that his view was based on his religious belief that the earth was no more than about 6,000 years old. Instead, he argued, the earth’s “wobble on its axis” and “coming closer to the sun” could explain global warming and be more relevant than carbon dioxide. He also noted that temperatures on Mars are increasing now, just as on Earth, but that there are no humans or greenhouse gasses on Mars to blame. Another participant argued strongly in support of the movie’s message. He said that “99.9 percent of all climate scientists agree” with the evidence and conclusions presented. He asserted that all of the opponents had a specific financial, political, or religious ax to grind and no relevant scientific credentials. He argued that these people have deliberately created confusion in people’s minds for their own, narrow purposes, and have blocked responsible action by our government. Most of the people who came to the presentation already believed that global warming is a significant problem.

None said their views had changed based on viewing the movie, but all agreed it was interesting and worth seeing. Some said that seeing the film made them realize it’s a problem requiring urgent action. It can’t be business as usual. All also seemed to agree that there are many good reasons to do things that will reduce carbon emissions. For some, it’s a matter of preventing a looming catastrophe that will affect hundreds of millions of people around the world, including here in America. For others, it simply makes sense to improve the environment. And for a few, it is a matter of saving money—use less energy, have lower bills. The group spent some time discussing alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, coal gasification, nuclear, and fuel cells. Kris Schmid, who owns and operates Legacy Solar, a local business that installs solar energy systems, noted that the efficiency of solar systems has become good enough now that solar is an option worth considering. He said that all publicly traded utilities in Wisconsin are required to buy back excess power generated by home installations at the same rate they charge customers for electricity. And, while electrical cooperatives are exempt from this requirement, Polk-Burnett Energy Cooperative has agreed to follow the policy. Solar energy is also far more effi-

cient than electricity for heating water. One man noted that building new coal-fired power plants makes no sense because they are not efficient and because they are terrible polluters. Another noted that nuclear power is far safer than people have been led to believe, citing France and Germany, which have invested heavily in nuclear power generation, as examples. Initial cost and zoning restrictions have limited wider use of windmills for individual home installations. And the suitability of specific sites varies widely in our area. But new technology has brought the cost down considerably and has made smaller windmills efficient enough to meet an average home’s needs. In response to a specific question, no one said they would object if their next door neighbor put up a windmill to generate electricity. Denis Simonsen got a laugh when he said, “I’d like to buy a little power from him if he did.” Despite the gravity of the issue and some strongly held views, the overall tenor of the discussion was cordial and constructive. But global warming seems destined to be with us for a while, both as an issue every responsible person needs to carefully consider and as a source of contention.

School officials back Doyle’s budget, despite shortfalls MADISON - A nonpartisan analysis released earlier this month found Gov. Jim Doyle’s proposed budget would fall short of funding two-thirds of the costs of education. But missing that benchmark has yet to drum up much of an outcry from some of the state’s top school advocates. The budget state Superintendent of Public Instruction Elizabeth Burmaster proposed in advance of the governor’s would actually spend more money on

education than Doyle would. But when she was asked by Republican Sen. Luther Olsen of the Legislature’s finance committee whether that’s cause for concern, the state’s schools chief stood behind the governor. She says the way she sees it right now is that the governor’s budget is “the best one on the table.” Up to this point, the state’s largest teachers’ union has also praised Doyle. The Wisconsin Association of School

Man flees police to Unity School BALSAM LAKE - Authorities were concerned last week when a man being chased by the police ran into Unity High School at 10 a.m. on Friday. No problems occurred, however, and the Polk County Sheriff’s Department eventually arrested the man who is accused of a $27 gas theft from the Centuria gas station. Christopher Garness, 42, of Balsam Lake, now faces charges in Polk County Court of fleeing an officer, operating a

vehicle after revocation and theft. He also faces his fifth charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, which is a felony. Joyce Knopps, 41, Clayton, was also arrested in the incident and charged with obstructing an officer. Knopps was a passenger in the Garness’ vehicle. According to the police report, Knopps allegedly told the police that Garness’ name was Chris Kars, then told the police the right name. – Julie Holmquist

Boards has also backed most of the governor’s plan. Association Director John Ashley says Doyle has made education a priority and the two-thirds funding mark has more to do with property tax relief than it does with how much money goes to Wisconsin classrooms. But that’s part of what worries Sen. Olsen, who told Burmaster he’s concerned this budget will upset taxpayers. He says if the governor’s budget is left the way it is, he thinks there will be “a

serious problem in education” in the next couple years and even longer than that. The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance says it’s a mathematical truism that property taxes will go up when there’s a smaller increase in state aid. The Alliance says that’s because without that extra state money, schools will have more leeway to ask local taxpayers to foot the bill. - Wisconsin Public Radio (Shawn Johnson)

Jeep spinouts injure man

DRESSER - A Dresser man faces charges after alleged Jeep spinouts in a gravel lot injured a man. Blake Reber, 21, Dresser, is charged with causing bodily harm by reckless driving and criminal damage to property. Reber allegedly was doing “spinouts” with a 1988 Jeep in the gravel lot of Sand Lake Park on Sunday around 2 a.m., when gravel flying from the Jeep hit a man standing in the lot. The victim was a passenger in the Jeep who was standing by as Reber

allegedly drove around the lot, spinning tires. Authorities found the man in the back seat of the Jeep with blood on his head and showing signs of head trauma. According to the police report, Reber told police that he drove through the grass portion of a park, spinning his tires and causing extensive damage to the grounds. He also told authorities that he drove into the cemetery and drove over a headstone. Authorities said that alcohol was not a contributing factor. – Julie Holmquist


April 3 election • Vote Tuesday

SCF City has three open seats

Two incumbents and one new face by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS–Three seats are open on the city council. Incumbent Arne Carlson is seeking re-election unopposed to a two-year term and incumbent Lori Erickson is seeking a one-year term to finish out her appointment to the council. Both are representing District 2 for the council. Erickson was appointed last April when she ran as a write-in against Bill Kersch. Kersch won, but moved out of the area and declined to accept the council seat. Erickson was appointed to a one-year term to fill the seat on the council and will be on the ballot to be elected for another year. She is running unopposed for the seat. Jon Cermin, representing District 1 for the council, has decided not to run for another term. A new face has put in his bid for the seat. Brian Blesi is running unopposed for the open council seat. Cermin gave the following statement as to his decision not to run again for city council. “My time on the common council has had its highs and lows, but overall, serv-

ing two-and-a-half terms on the planning commission and one on the common council has been a good experience. I hope that as I leave my positions, the city is in better standing with our constituents and our environment than when my terms began,” he said. “Between the travel requirements for my company and my commitments to city government, I haven’t given my family the time that they deserve. While I’ve appreciated the opportunity to serve our community, I feel that it is now time for me to step back and let someone else take a turn at this service so I can devote more time to my family. I also thank my family for allowing me to take time from them in order to serve our community.” Cermin said he has spoken several times with Brian Blesi, who is running for the council seat for District 1 and added he feels Blesi is abreast of the city’s needs and concerns. “I hope you will support him in this endeavor,” Cermin added. “I also thank my fellow council members Anderson, Carlson and Erickson, Mayor Foss, city Administrator Ed Emerson and city clerk Bonita Leggit for their commitments to our city. We may not have always agreed on everything, but I feel

Dresser Village has four open seats, no contests by Tammi Milberg DRESSER– The village of Dresser has four open seats for the April election. Three seats are trustee seats and one is village president. Sherm Leske is the current, long-standing village president and is seeking re-election unopposed. Trustees Greg Andrie and Bryan Beseler are seeking re-election unopposed. Trustee Debbie Jacobson is not seeking another term. The vacancy on the board by Jacobson is sought by Rich Erickson, who is running for that trustee position unopposed. Erickson has lived in Dresser five years, is an ex-marine, has a wife and three children, There’s a neighborhood watch group he helped get started in town a year-and-a-half ago. He wants to see if the village can find

an approach for the future. “I don’t see long-term goals for growth, or restoring things like the depot. The community is no growing, focus on which Rich Erickson way it is going. Also, looking at ways of bringing more service to the community without increasing taxes. The community is growing in the middle of two larger towns and I hope we can keep up with our bigger neighbors.”

SCF School has two seats open by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS–The election for school board has two seats open with incumbent Ken Stensven seeking reelection and Woody Minar not running for another term. Minar’s seat left one spot on the board open with Stensven seeking his seat unopposed. One person filed for Minar’s vacant seat, former board member Max Fehrenbacher. Fehrenbacher served on the school board consecutively for 13 years before he lost re-election to current board member Steve Bont. Fehrenbacher is running unopposed for the seat on the board and said, “I said I wouldn’t run and I got beat in the last election, and moved past that, but I don’t like to see an open ballot.” Fehrenbacher said that he does not like situations where there is an appointment to the school board, or city council for that matter, because no one ran for the seat. “I had hoped someone else would have taken an interest, and I thought Woody would run again,” he added. “I had several calls from people asking me to do it. I have the experience and I have a passion for education and would like to work for the good of our kids and our

grandkids and that’s really what it’s about.” Woody Minar, stated his reasons for not running for the board for another term. “I have thoroughly enjoyed serving on the school board; it’s been a worthwhile experience. Considering where we were three years ago when I came on the board, we have put into a place an outstanding district team in all aspects. Additionally, the taxpayers agreed with our need to remodel and add on to the elementary school. I want to thank them for their support. We have more work to do such as the music room space and noise issue,” he said. “Being on the board consumes a lot of time if one is dedicated to fulfilling the position properly. Deciding not to run took several months of stressful thought. Saying “no” was difficult and I’m still not sure if it’s the right decision. I’m going to miss it. I’m involved in a lot of activities and organizations, and my flight training is occupying a tremendous amount of my time. I’m supposedly retired! As a result, I feel that I’m short-changing the district because I can’t devote the time that is required.”

that with this administration there has always been mutual respect between all persons working within our city government. I think that there’s a lot of excitement in the positive direction in which the city is currently heading. I know that as I leave the council our city is in great hands.” Brian Blesi has lived in St. Croix Falls with his wife Suzi and their three children Sam, 12, Orianna, 9, and Beau, 7. Blesi said the reason they moved to St. Croix Falls from Marine on St. Croix was because they wanted to live in a community where the school was within walking distance of the neighborhood, access to trails and areas with natural ability. Blesi works for Target Corporation in the property management area. He said he maintains properties after the stores are built. He said he has no affiliation with the rumored Target search in St. Croix Falls, but said even if he could confirm the rumor, he would not be allowed to say anything. “There are some big decisions coming up for the city and I think we need to be cognizant of the water supply and the wastewater treatment plant capacity and there is more than one way to address these issues,” he said. “I think one way is to encourage conservation

for new development such as reducing water consumption and that also affects the amount being treated.” Blesi said he hopes to use his property management expertise to the city. “I manage a budget and I am a fiscal conservative. I also hope to help the city in the direction of growth. I am part of a technical subcommittee that is like LEED, that deals with residential development and it is branching into the commercial area as well. They are called Green Building Alliance and have the same approach LEED does, except they believe LEED is too complex and GBA are simplifying the idea. I think we are all waking up these days and thinking environmentally.” Blesi said that the city should work in the future to help encourage conservation and that in his property management he has done some environmental work by landscaping and redeveloping brown sites. He said that he is running to contribute. “Some people get passionate about something or are angry and that’s why they want to run,” he said. “I have to say I am not angry about anything. I think on balance the city is running pretty well.”

Oxygen Network in St. Croix Falls

The Oxygen Network taped interviews in St. Croix Falls last week for the documentary on the Roland Krueger homicide and were also in town taping this week. David Lane (behind camera) is shown conducting the interview with Leader reporter Tammi Milberg as she recalls reporting during the investigation of the Roland Krueger homicide from May 21, 1999, and court appearances of Mary Krueger and Sarah Johnson in connection with the case. The film crew will travel to Florida, April 3, to interview Mary Krueger from prison where she serves a life sentence for the jury conviction of the crime. Letters to the Oxygen staff suggest she still professes her innocence. The documentary is expected to air this fall. Lane says he projects an October air date of the program. Several key persons in the case were interviewed as well as family members of Roland Krueger and friends and attorneys for Mary Krueger. – Special photo

“Nature” writer can’t tell a chicken from a grouse He should have looked at the book by Gregg Westigard GRANTSBURG – The caption last week in the photo of the new diorama at the Crex Meadows Visitor’s Center said the birds were prairie chickens. They were not. The birds on display are sharp-tailed grouse, one of the special features of the Crex Wildlife Area. Each year, nature enthusiasts rise before dawn to sit in blinds at Crex and watch the mating rituals of the colorful birds. Watching the grouse is so popular that

people start making reservations in January for a spot in the blinds. All spots are reserved for the 2007 season, which runs from April 7 through May 7. The Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Wisconsin, reviewed last week in the Leader, tells all about the sharp-tailed grouse and all our other local birds. The Atlas will be available at a number of local nature shops in addition to the store at Crex. The book can be found at the Interstate State Park office, the Polk County Information Center, and the St. Croix Wild River Visitor’s Center. All three are in St. Croix Falls.


April 3 election • Vote Tuesday

Five for four seats at Unity School Board BALSAM LAKE — Five individuals are seeking seats on the Unity School Board, with four positions up for election. Incumbents Jim Beistle, Harley Lund, Dave Moore, and Chad Stenberg are being joined on the ballot by Scott Sorensen The candidates provided the following information about themselves James Beistle (Incumbent) James Beistle is completing his third three-year term on the school board. He was first elected in 1998, one year after he retired from a 29-year teaching career at Unity. “At that time I was asked why I was running,” he said, “and my reply at that time is still valid today: I bring no personal or hidden agendas to the board table; my agenda is to help provide the best education for the students in the Unity School District. “Unity has been a leader in many educational aspects — a compliment to staff and administration — and it is my goal for this to continue.” The biggest issues that the board had dealt with in recent years are personnel and funding, said Beistle, noting that the board’s primary function in personnel is hiring the administrator. His first vote as a board member in 1998, he said, was to hire a new superintendent. Since he had not been involved in the interview process, Beistle passed on voting, which ultimately resulted in readvertising for the position. Terry Schmidt was eventually hired. Last year, in the second interview process for superintendent that Beistle was involved, Brandon Robinson was hired to replace Schmidt upon his retirement. “Future issues appear to be funding and enrollments,” he said. “Funding was, is, and will be a major concern of the board.” District voters were helpful in approving the levy override last fall, said Beistle, which will allow for necessary maintenance work and providing current levels of educational programs. Local taxpayers are doing a good job of funding the school, he said, but state funding is a problem. The state has committed to funding two-thirds of educational costs, but at Unity is only providing 30 percent. “Since when is 30 percent equal to twothirds?” he asked. Declining enrollments is another problem that will need to be addressed, Beistle said, with charter school, virtual schools, online schools and open enrollment impacting the programs that the school can offer. “The addition of the 4-year-old kindergarten was something I supported,” he said. “Various programs exist for the economically and physically disadvantaged students, but nothing for the young children from the middle group who make up the largest share of taxpayers in the district.” The program put all students on “the same level playing field,” Beistle said. Beistle brings a variety of experience to the board. He taught business education courses at Unity for 29 of his 35-year teaching career.



“This experience allows me to bring to the board the understanding of classroom.” He has also served nine years as the voting delegate from Unity to the annual Wisconsin School Boards Association delegate assembly. This past January he was appointed as one of two school board members to the State Superintendent’s Rural Education Advisory Committee. He has also a member of the WITC Board of Trustees for eight years, serving as a liaison between the K-12 and technical colleges. He is on a number of boards and committees at the county level, and has served as clerk for the town of St. Croix Falls since 1991. Beistle has been a resident of the Unity School District since he began his teaching career at Unity in 1988. He has been an active sports official at the high school for many years. He is also involved in the Unity Area Lions Club, the church council, and has been ecumenical choir program coordinator for the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Harley Lund (Incumbent) Harley Lund has lives in the village of Milltown and has served on the Unity School Board for 12 years. Prior to that he worked for the district for 35 years, from 1959 to 1995. He is very active at the district, volunteering five hours a day, five days a week, to help first- and second-graders with their reading. During his time on the board, Lund has been involved in two referendum building projects designed to improve the learning environment and safety at the school. In those years the district has also been bringing the buildings up to code and addressing other issues of safety and efficiency. One of the bigger projects was the renovation of the playground which, for safety reasons, badly needed updating, said Lund. Lund strongly believes that the most important task of the school and school board is to see that students get the best education possible. He feels that the most effective way to accomplish this is for the school board and school administration to work together. His experience and knowledge of the district, and his ability to work with people, enable him to assist in making this happen.



“I am still vitally interested in having young people educated and ready to make their way in the world,” said Moore. “That seems to include a lot these days. Education is changing and how we are able to make it happen takes creativity, teamwork and the willingness to change.” Virtual schools, declining enrollments and the ever-present financing of education as issues currently at the forefront at Unity, said Moore. “We are, thanks to the voters, able to maintain the buildings and equipment to get the kids to school and keep them safe,” he said. “I think we have a top-notch school, and through the community’s support we have been able to keep it that way.” Moore has long experience in education and using it to benefit people. He been a social worker for 32 years. He has also been chairman of the CESA board of control for at least 10 years. “CESA gives you a broad perspective, as it serves 39 school districts,” he said. Moore also served on the Balsam Lake Village Board one term. Moore said he would like to serve another term to work with the new administration at Unity. “We have three new administrators at Unity,” he said, “and I would like to be a part of the innovation and exciting educational process at Unity. We at Unity want to provide the very best education for the community’s dollar and are striving to bring that education to our children in a safe and caring environment.” Scott Sorensen (Challenger) Scott Sorensen is seeking his first term on the Unity School Board of Education. He is a lifelong resident of the area, having attended Unity and graduated from there in 1982. He has one daughter who graduated from Unity in 2005, with four more children coming up through the grades. For this reason he is interested in becoming more involved in the school and learning how the board operates. Sorensen said he looks forward to being part of what the school board is doing to


help Unity students achieve their best, while keeping the facility in good condition. “I would first want to get familiar with what goes on,” he said. As a pipefitter who works heating and air conditioning, Sorensen said he can bring expertise to the board regarding maintenance issues with which others on the board may not be so familiar. “I understand about the building itself, and I think that will be helpful,” he said. Sorensen also describes himself as being able to get along well with people, which will be an asset to him as he works with other board members, school administration and the public. “I’m not interested in going in to change anything,” he said. “I’m just interested in learning what goes on and helping out with what I can.” Chad Stenberg (Incumbent) Chad Stenberg was born and raised in Balsam Lake. He was appointed to the Unity School Board last September to complete the term of a board member who had resigned. The biggest issue facing the school is the same issue that everyone is trying to deal with, said Stenberg, and that is money. “Trying to give the kids the best education and keep up the schools facilities,” he said, “with less and less money from the state each year, is getting really tough. “Trying to balance the budget without asking for more money from the taxpayers will be the biggest challenge.” Stenberg admits he doesn’t have much experience with the school board. “But I do have concerns about the school,” he said. “I have three children in the school so I feel it’s my duty to be involved with what’s going on there. I want to help give them and other students the best opportunity to learn and have a great experience while in school. “I will try to get the community to be involved and support are school. There are some great things happening in our school right now, and I look at the future and I see great things to come.”

No race at Luck Village, school

David Moore (Incumbent) David Moore has been on the school LUCK — There is no race for either the board 17 years and the CESA board 16 Luck School Board or the Luck Village years. Board this year, but there will be a new face on the village board. Marilyn Berg will join incumbents Jack Holdt and Phil Warhol, running unopposed for three trustee seats on the village board. Al Nelson, the third trustee whose seat is up for election, has decided not to seek another term, and Berg will take that

position. For the school board, board president Robert Clifton is running unopposed, as is board member LeRoy Buck. Buck was appointed a year ago to fill out the term of Sandi Langness, who resigned from the board upon moving out of the district. Buck is unopposed for a three-year term. – Mary Stirrat

Incumbents only at Balsam Lake

BALSAM LAKE — Only the names of incumbents will be on the ballot for the Balsam Lake Village Board, with village president Guy Williams running unopposed for that position.

Trustees Eugene D’Agostino, Dave Evans, and Mike Voltz are running unopposed for the seats they currently hold on the board. – Mary Stirrat


Historical presence at site is issue for BIA

BELOIT - The issue of whether the St. Croix and Bad River bands of the Chippewa have historical connections to the proposed Beloit casino site is now being rehashed by staff at the Bureau of Indian Affairs federal headquarters, according to an article in the Beloit Daily News. The Ho-Chunk Nation recently submitted a legal opinion and analysis to the Department of Interior, claiming that neither band of the Chippewa Tribe possesses any right, title or interest in the proposed site.

While the claim by the Ho-Chunk is nothing new, the analysis is undergoing its first staff review, along with Beloit casino application materials, by the office of BIA Director of Indian Gaming, George Skibine, BIA spokesperson Nedra Darling said Thursday. The report’s author, tribal attorney Lester J. Marston, acknowledges in his opinion that a group of Indians known as the “United Nation of Chippewa, Ottawa and Potawatomi Indians of the Illinois” participated in a series of treaties from 1816 to 1833, but he asserts

that the Chippewa mentioned in those treaties have no connection to the modern day bands in question. “The Oberly report brought up the whole idea that Mucketeypennesee signed the 1816 treaty. By virtue of signing that treaty, they (the tribes) have a historical connection,” Beloit Casino Complex spokesman Joe Hunt said. “There’s a clear connection between Mucketeypennesee and what became the Bad River Tribe.” The Oberly report refers to a report written by University of Wisconsin-Eau

Burnett Democrats endorse anti-smoking legislation BURNETT COUNTY – Officers and members of the Burnett County Democratic Party “unanimously and whole-heartedly” endorse and support the resolution passed by the Burnett County Board which was co-sponsored by the Burnett County Heath Department. “We support and strongly encourage that Gov. Doyle’s anti-smoking legislation be passed in its entirety without

deletions or amendments,” reads a statement released this week by party chairman Steve Anderson and vice chair Paul Sexton. “We urge and request that all state senators and assemblymen work for and vote for the passage of this critical legislation. This legislation is long overdue. Let’s get it passed now!” The Burnett County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution in Feburary endorsing Doyle’s statewide

anti-smoking initiative, increasing the state excise tax on cigarettes by $1.25 a pack; banning smoking in all public buildings, workplaces, restaurants and taverns; support the refinancing of the tobacco settlement bonds securing a lump sum of $600 million that will be permanently locked away; and using interest on that money for anti-smoking campaigns/efforts.

Weight Watchers begins Frederic meetings FREDERIC - As the ground begins to thaw, and the flowers and trees begin to bud, so do the department stores blossom with shorts, swimsuits and sundresses. Since there are no shortcuts to getting in shape for summer, Weight Watchers is opening new locations, including our first-ever meeting in Frederic. Starting April 4, meetings will be held every Wednesday at 6:45 a.m. at Frederic Elementary School, 305 Birch Street. To celebrate this grand opening, Weight Watchers is offering a free gift when you join and bring a friend to a meeting through April 21. “Starting early in the spring will allow you to set realistic goals that are attainable by summer,” explains Amy Tinman, the meeting leader in Frederic. “For example, losing just 10 percent of your body weight can make a real difference – it can lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure – and think of how glad you’ll be when you’re modeling a new pair of shorts at the Memorial Day picnic.” Amy understands firsthand the challenges involved in losing weight, because she lost weight following Weight Watchers. She also knows what it takes to succeed and wants to share the skills that she used. Weight Watchers meetings last approximately 35 minutes. We recommend that our members attend one meeting each week to learn about healthy eating, gain motivation and have their confidential weigh-in to track their progress. The public is also welcome to “Be Our Guest” at a participating Weight Watchers meeting with no

Claire history professor Dr. James Oberly, regarding the history of Indian occupancy, territorial sharing and land cession from 1640 to 1833, in the area of the proposed Beloit casino site. Oberly was commissioned by the Chippewa to draft the report, because of his expertise in the history of Wisconsin Indian treaties. The report was submitted to the BIA as part of the Chippewa’s Environmental Impact Statement draft process.– with information from the Beloit Daily News

Notes on the Burnett County town elections by Gregg Westigard Daniels – The town of Daniels has a very full ballot with contests for every office but treasurer. Dewey – This is one of the last towns to elect its assessor, who must be a resident to run for the office. Most towns hire an assessor. Thomas Biver is retiring, and his brother, John Biver, is running for the office. Scott – The present chair Shirley Muller is running for supervisor, and one of the supervisors, Doug McCreadie, is running for chair. There is a contest for each office except clerk. Union – Town chair Tom Nielsen decided not to run for re-election. No one was nominated for the office at the caucus. Now Nielsen is running as a write-in to succeed himself.

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Amy Tinman and Dorrie Raye welcome the public to the new Weight Watchers meetings. - Photo submitted obligation to join, just to see what it is all about. When Frederic area residents come to Weight Watchers, they will see that the program is not just a diet, it’s a lifestyle that offers tools, support, food and activity plans that are livable and effective. At Weight Watchers meetings, people come together with a common goal – to learn how to successfully lose weight. Meetings are an important part of how Weight Watchers helps members reach their goals; in fact, people who

attend meetings lose three times more weight than those who try to lose weight on their own. “We are excited to be in Frederic,” explained Carole Kruger, territory manager, Weight Watchers. “It is our intention to offer people of this and all communities a convenient place to help people reach their weight-loss goals. Our new and improved Turnaround® Program will not only energize them to lose weight, but also keep it off long term.” – from Weight Watchers

DRESSER – No passenger train has used the Dresser Depot since 1961, 46 years ago. Since then the depot has had several different uses, but for the past many years has sat empty and was in danger of being demolished. Minnesota Transportation Museum and the Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway have leased the depot to save it from demolition. Persons wanting to help save the depot can make a donation of needed goods or services in addition to or instead of a monetary donation. For an up-to-date list of what goods and services are needed for this project, contact Bill Pfannes at 715-755-3962. To make a tax-deductible donation send your check marked for “Dresser Depot” to: Minnesota Transportation Museum, 193 East Pennsylvania Ave., St. Paul, Minn. 55130. – submitted

Supreme Court race hits “new low” MADISON - One of the state Supreme Court candidates accused of unethical behavior declared in a forum Monday, March 26, that the race has hit a “new low,” because of her opponent’s behavior and that of her supporters. The election for the state’s highest court has included questions of potential conflict of interest, commercials featuring a werewolf and accusations that research of public documents is done to dig up dirt. The debate began with the moderator voicing an audience member’s concern

over the tone of the race for the state’s highest court. He asked the candidates how they respond to the widely held perception among attorneys that this year’s negative campaign has tarnished the reputation of the Supreme Court. There were other concerns. Members of the Dane County Bar Association questioned whether one candidate’s “tough on crime” ads would predispose Annette Ziegler to rule against criminal appeals. Another attorney wanted the candidate’s views on whether this supposedly nonpartisan race would tip the

presumed political balance of the state’s highest court. Madison attorney Linda Clifford says it’s “ridiculous” to try to predict how a justice might vote along liberal or conservative lines. Clifford says it is important that there is careful analysis of cases by justices and the assurance they can be fair. Clifford claims her opponent, a Washington County judge, crossed what she says is a “bright line” in legal ethics by ruling on cases that involved a bank where Ziegler’s husband serves on the board of directors.

Zeigler maintained that the standards of judicial conduct are what she called both “subjective and objective.” She says she has recused herself on a number of cases where she could not sit fairly and impartially or would have the appearance of that. She says it’s something she takes very seriously. The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign has filed a complaint about Ziegler not recusing herself in other cases. Wisconsin Public Radio (Shamane Mills)

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Local emergency staff receive second plaque as part of their Stars of Life awards by Nancy Jappe WEBSTER – For the second time in a little over a month, North Ambulance emergency medical technician Linda Jorgensen, stationed in Danbury, and paramedic Mark Manning, stationed in Webster, were honored for their commitment to emergency medical services in the area. The two were presented with plaques from the Wisconsin Legislature, hand delivered by Sen. Bob Jauch and Rep. Ann Hraychuck to the Webster station Monday, March 26. Another plaque, signed by Gov. Jim Doyle, along with a medallion to wear around the neck, was presented to the two at a ceremony in Madison Feb. 8 that recognized 17 state recipients of the 2nd-annual Stars of Life award given by the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin. Since joining North Ambulance in 1989, Jorgensen has put in over 110,000 hours of on-call time to ensure that the Danbury ambulance remains in service and ready to respond at a moment’s notice. She has accumulated more on-call hours than any of the over 650 North Memorial Ambulance personnel. Jorgensen has

been an EMT for 32 years, and station coordinator for most of those years. “Linda’s compassionate care and vast experience has gained the respect of her peers and the community. Linda has demonstrated a lifetime of loyalty and community service, and is a model for the new EMTs that join the service,” stated the biography that was part of the award literature. Manning has worked in emergency medical services for over 14 years, 11 of them as a paramedic. “Mark is gifted in being able to share his skills and experience with his EMT partners in a confident and nonthreatening manner that has gained him the respect and appreciation of his peers,” the biography stated. Two local North Ambulance staff received the Stars of Life award last year, Erin Liljenberg of Webster and Jason Sebens from the Spooner office. “These people were nominated (for the award) because they go above and beyond the call of duty,” commented North Ambulance’s Burnett County manager Joe Walsh, who was on hand for the presentation of the Legislative award Monday, March 26, along

Sen. Bob Jauch and Rep. Ann Hraychuck were in Webster Monday morning, March 26, to deliver plaques from the Wisconsin Legislature to North Ambulance staff members Linda Jorgensen and Mark Manning. Jorgensen and Manning were among 17 state recipients of the second-annual Stars Award recognized in Madison Feb. 8 at the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin Stars of Life ceremony. The two received two plaques, one from the Legislature, the other signed by Gov. Jim Doyle.

This poster of appreciation hangs on one of the walls at the North Ambulance station in Webster, a symbol of appreciation from some grateful young visitors. – Photos by Nancy Jappe

with Pay Coyne, director of out-state operations for North Ambulance headquartered in Brooklyn Center, Minn.


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Books for Siren School library

People buying raffle tickets at the Siren Library fundraiser could purchase an arm’s length of tickets for $15. Some of them grabbed hold of Mike Swanson (R), a tall guy with long arms, to do their measuring for them. In this photo, Tim Goalen (L) measures tickets against Swanson’s arm length. Siren Library fundraiser attendees, (L to R) Ethel Daniels, Marge Lee and Pat Bittner, look over the menu for the Tuscan dinner prepared by Adventures Restaurant & Pub, caterers for the event held in the Siren School library Saturday evening, March 24. Approximately $6,500 was raised.

Siren School students, (L to R) Jessica Morse, Sarah Howe, Sydney Doran, Mackenzie Swenson and Britteny Muus, were on hand to help at the Siren Library fundraiser at the school Saturday night. They are standing near a wide variety of books donated as raffle prizes by Dave and Ruth Tripp.

–Photos by Nancy Jappe

An airplane ride and dinner for two was just one of the items offered in the silent auction at the Siren Library fundraiser at the school Saturday, March 24. The organizing committee was grateful for the generous response of businesses and individuals in the community who donated a wide variety of prizes for the silent auction and raffles. The fundraiser was set up to provide funds so the library could buy some badly needed new books.

A committee of Siren School teachers, (L to R) Terry Muus, Chris Erickson, Kathie Koball, Donna Tjader, Sheila Staples (committee chair) and Jenny Goalen, along with Rick Larson (not pictured), set up a special dinner night as a way of raising money to purchase new books for the school library. Participation in the dinner was limited to 100 people. Entertainment was provided by Harmonic Balance, a well-known community quartet, and donated silent-auction and raffle prizes were given out Saturday evening, March 24.


A message that “kick butts”

Students at Frederic High School sent a message using foam cups and the fence around the athletic field in honor of anti-smoking education and efforts coordinated through the four-school AODA program. Wednesday was “Kick Butts” day, in honor of the nationwide campaign to help people stop smoking. - Photo by Gary King

Ice rescue

Unity Area Ambulance responded to a call for a snowmobiler injury at Half Moon Lake in the town of Milltown Saturday, March 24, at approximately 6:45 p.m. The male driver of the snowmobile was reported by persons ice fishing in the area to have been driving fast, turning a sharp curve, and rolling the sled three times before it came to a rest. One of the ice-fishing witnesses called 911. The driver was transported off the lake by rescue personnel and was transported by Unity Ambulance for a neck injury. –Photos by Tammi Milberg

Rebirth/from page 1 “A Web site is a poor substitute for relationships,” noted Pastor Don Guttormson, “but a lot of people don't attend church.” The Web site and the planned virtual church, he said, are just new ways for people to become familiar with the church. Guttormson served as a pastor at the little white church on CTH F from 1982 to 1988, and was asked to return in September of 2004. When Guttormson and his wife, Bonnie, who have a history of starting churches, decided to take the call, they recommended closing the church's doors for six months. “We needed to reassess what the church is and what it does,” Guttormson explained. So the few members of small church had “retooling” meetings for six months and “relaunched” in September 2005. Since then, the church has grown from five families to 14 families. “It's basically a rebirthing of the

church,” Guttormson said. The church is affiliated with Foursquare Church and with the Lutheran Congregation in Mission for Christ, but Guttormson said the church considers itself to be interdenominational. “We're calling this a community church,” he noted. “The families here have been active in Lutheran churches, Baptist, and Foursquare Church.” Guttormson said the church blends evangelical and mainline church worship styles. That's a result of the “rebirth,” he said, when they examined what they do in church and why. New elements include using new media as well as stocking a table in the back of the sanctuary with flavored gourmet coffee. And a prayer and share time takes place during worship, where people sometimes break into small groups to pray. But worship time also includes older hymns along with contemporary wor-

ship music and readings from the Lectionary - a traditional calendar of Scripture readings. So portions of the Old Testament, the Psalms, the New Testament and the Gospel are read every week in church. “There are elements of the old and new in one service,” Guttormson said. “We prayed about it and asked ourselves, what is the reason behind everything we do?” “It's been a stretch for me,” he said. “We're doing a lot of new and innovative things.” The church encourages meeting in small groups or “coffee clubs” during the week for Bible studies or studies on marriage and other topics. Guttormson is the founding pastor of the Foursquare Church in Dresser. His undergraduate work was at North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, Minn., and LIFE. Bible College in Los Angeles. He completed his Master of Divinity

at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Guttormson's pastoral career spans work in several denominations including the Assemblies of God, Independent Assemblies of God, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and Foursquare. The pastor refers to himself as a "mutt" Christian, in part because of his eclectic ministry background. But he said he also refers to himself that way to stress the unifying love of true disciples of Jesus Christ, regardless of their church background. Promoting unity among Christians of all flavors is listed as something important at St. Peter's Community Church. For more information about the church, see its Web site:, or call Pastor Guttormson at 715-557-0403, or 483-2911. The church has coffee time at 9:30 a.m., prior to the worship service at 10 a.m.

Unity, Luck present program on Internet danger

LUCK/BALSAM LAKE — Unity and Luck Schools are teaming up to present “Keeping Your Child Safe on the Internet,” Thursday, April 12. Programs will be presented at each school during the day, with a program in the evening for adults only. The programs will be presented by

Eric Szatkowski, a special agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice/Criminal Investigation since 1991. He is currently assigned to the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Milwaukee. Statistics show that 71 percent of teens report receiving online messages from

someone they don’t know, and 40 percent of them usually reply to and chat with that person. Twenty percent of all teens report that it is safe to share personal information they have posted online. The evening program will be held at the Unity High School Auditorium at

6:30 p.m., with free child care provided. Sponsors of the program say it is needed because young people think they are safe using the Internet, but they are not. — Mary Stirrat, with information from Luck School

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M arch 28, 2007 • 2nd Se c t i on B• Inter-County Le a de r


“Thank you for all you did” Biloxi couple thanks “angels” for rebuilding their home last year by Mary Stirrat A year ago last month, a group of 75 volunteers, mostly from Polk and Burnett counties, returned from a threeweek trip to Biloxi, Miss. During those three weeks they rebuilt a home from the ground up for a couple that had lost everything to Hurricane Katrina. The home, known as the Butterknife House for the one item left usable after the hurricane, has left a lasting legacy with the family for which it was built as well as the numerous people who made it possible. More than a year after moving into their new home, said owners Chuck and Kathy Billeaud, people still come by to “see the house that God built.” It is one of the few rebuilt homes in their neighborhood. Chuck and Kathy initially decided not rebuild their hurricane-devastated home. They visited the ruins several times, coming to believe that they were to build again on the same spot. “We didn’t know where to start,” said Chuck. “Kathy said, ‘Don’t worry. God will take care of us.’ We had no idea what would happen, but we both had a feeling of peace about it. “Then we got a phone call, someone saying, ‘We want to rebuild your house.’ It was God’s gift.” The “someone” on the other end of the phone line was Brian Johnson of Frederic. He and his wife, Enid, had been in Mississippi earlier doing hurricane relief work with Samaritan’s Purse, and had met the Billeaud’s at that time. Chuck and Kathy’s story greatly impacted the Johnson’s, who both felt that God was leading them to rebuild the Billeaud’s home. They brought the idea back to the Frederic Ministerial Association and, before it was finished, the project brought together people from all over Polk and Burnett counties as well as outside the area. Donations from countless individuals, businesses, civic groups, churches and schools helped to rebuild the home from the ground up, including furnishings. Accommodations for Kathy’s cerebral palsy were included in the new home design.

Chuck and Kathy Billeaud with granddaughters Kaitlin and Shelby in front of their new house built by people from the Frederic area last January, after it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina (photo below). - Special photos Four months after Hurricane Katrina took the Billeaud’s house and possessions, a group of 75 volunteers arrived in Biloxi with everything needed to rebuild their home. Three weeks after that, the home was completed. ••• “We didn’t realize what was going on up there,” Chuck said about the planning and preparation for building the Butterknife House. “When we came up there we started hearing the different stories — the dedication, the donations — it was overwhelming.” (The Billeauds were in Frederic for Family Days last summer.) They learned more about the “behindthe-scenes” work of raising and giving money, materials, and time that allowed the “boots on the ground” to follow through in Biloxi. “The house is great,” said Chuck. “We’ve had several storms here, and we barely hear the rain, it’s so well built. The garage door use to rattle, but now we don’t hear anything.” Chuck and Kathy say that their home continues to be a testimony of God’s love as they share the story of how it came to be. It has even been a witness to the insurance company when the Billeaud’s were called about a claim. “I said, ‘No, thank you. God took care of me.’” Cleanup and reconstruction continues slowly, said Chuck. Of the 120 homes lost in the nearby area, only 12 are being refurbished, with a couple new ones going up. Much of the debris along Hwy. 90 through Biloxi has been cleared, but west of that are large rural areas that have not

yet been cleaned up. Many people are living in tents or in FEMA trailers, in trailer courts of 200 to 300 units. By the grace of God, and thanks to the people in Polk and Burnett counties, said Chuck, they are in a different situation right now. “There are angels,” he said. “We lost absolutely everything. Then it’s all given back.” ••• If the Billeauds consider themselves greatly blessed by the Butterknife House volunteers, the volunteers seem to have been equally blessed. That is what project organizers Brian and Enid Johnson of Frederic said, adding that the initials they put in their clothes to avoid laundry mix-ups in Biloxi are daily reminders. “I think people are still talking about it,” said Enid. People comment about how much fun they had, and that they felt they got so much more than they gave.” The Johnsons are still in contact with people they met while at the work site, even stopping to visit a volunteer living in Arkansas, who had stayed at the same church. The woman owns a restaurant, and was “God’s provision,” said Enid, who had been in charge of the kitchen. “It was a good thing,” she said, “as I

had nearly burned the place down the day before just trying to cook oatmeal. When I need to cook for more than six people I go into a panic mode.” Brian and Enid have not ruled out the possibility of another project, but they know that they can’t force it on their own. “If the Lord opens the door, you know and go through it,” she said. “We’re just waiting to see what happens.” Even people who weren’t personally involved in the project, and don’t even know the Billeaud’s or the volunteers, have visited the Butterknife House. One example is a person the Johnsons met in Branson, Mo., who said they had heard about the house and stopped in when they were in Biloxi. “Overall, I think people felt it was a life-changing experience,” Enid said. Other volunteers agree with Enid’s assessment. “It was amazing to see God at work,” said Ryan Johansen of Luck, who was in Biloxi for the first week of the project. “The way people worked together on the job — there was no arguing. It was the Holy Spirit at work. The leadership took leadership, and everyone else just took orders. It was framed, with the roof on, in three days.” See Butterknife House, page 2

Four months after Hurricane Katrina took the Billeaud’s house and possessions, a group of 75 volunteers from the Burnett and Polk County area arrived in Biloxi with everything needed to rebuild their home. - Special photos


Butterknife House/from page 1 Despite unloading semi trailers in the rain, after hours and hours on the road, the volunteers remained calm and uncomplaining. The destruction was beyond anything he could have imagined, said Johansen. One example he witnessed was the remains of three floating hotel barges, each the size of two city blocks, tossed up onto land in a residential area. “It looked like the hurricane had just gone through there,” he said. “It was just a scattered mess. Clothes were hanging from the trees. I was in shock. “People were in despair,” he said. “There is probably 10 years of work yet to do there, and Biloxi is such a small part of it.” Johansen had just completed a fourmonth stay at Teen Challenge in Milwaukee, overcoming his own forms of destruction and despair. “I knew God was calling. I surrendered at Teen Challenge. The transformation is incredible,” he said. Having the opportunity to spend the next week in Biloxi with people from this area who share a strong faith in God was a blessing to him, said Johansen. It allowed him to build relationships that are still strong and that continue to strengthen his faith now, after 17 months of sobriety. “For me it was more than a blessing,” he said. “It was the opportunity of a lifetime.” Johansen said he would welcome the opportunity to go back to the area to do more of the rebuilding work. “I came home feeling it was such a gift to be able to help there,” he said. The need is great, and Johansen express the desires of many of the volunteers when he says he would like to go back again. “We would strongly consider going again,” said Maria Potvin of Frederic, who went to Biloxi with her husband, Rich, and two children, Anna and Nels. The most striking thing about their time at the Butterknife House, said Potvin, is the relationships they made

with people right from this area. “The most lasting impact for us has been the relationships we’ve built with the people we worked with there,” she said. “We have still maintained those friendships.” She said that, whether it would be the whole family together or just some of its members, they would like the opportunity to go back to the devastated area to help. “The area is going to need years and years of work,” she said. “I don’t know if it will ever be up to its fullness again.” Another volunteer, Sherman Lillie of Luck, has already gone back once and is planning another trip with a group from Voyager Village. “You make a little dent in a huge disaster,” he said. Being able to do that, he added, is a great experience. Lillie looks at the opportunities as a chance to be a little like Jesus — to help others without expecting anything in return. He passes the credit for the project to God, as do the others who were involved in the project. “It’s neat to know Chuck and Kathy are doing well,” said Lillie. “People come to them and they say, ‘This is the house that Jesus built,’ and that’s the way we want it. We were placed there by the Holy Spirit. We are just the utensils, the vessels to be used.” Seeing how God uses each person is a special part of working on this kind of project, said Lillie. Hidden talents come out, and it is possible to see what a person is really made of once they are released from their daily routine. “Everyone has really good things about them, but a lot of times we hinder this,” he said. “This kind of project brings these things out, things we might never otherwise see. Someone finds they have the ability to comfort a child, or to pick out the special little things that make a house a home.” Downtown Biloxi, said Lillie, was hit harder than any other area he has seen. Communities have lost schools and churches because people have not re-

Houses in the same nieghborhood were also rebuilt following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. - Special photos turned, greatly affecting the economy. Only 6 percent of what was damaged by Hurricane Katrina has been repaired or rebuilt, he said. About 70 percent of the insurance claims have not been settled. “There is so much work left to do there,” said Lillie. ••• A vast amount of recovery work remains to be done. Relief groups from around the country are still working on cleanup and building projects throughout the devastated area. One such group will go in April and will include Sherman Lillie and the Voyager Village crowd. Meanwhile, said Chuck, people along the gulf are doing their own recovery. “People are closer and tighter now,” he said. “Families are closer and tighter.” Many things were lost, but possessions can be replaced. It’s a lesson learned for him, said Chuck.

“You can have all the possessions you want,” he said, “but it’s God that leads and guides.” God led angels from Northwest Wisconsin to him, Chuck believes. “The Lord has angels,” he said, “and they live up in Frederic, Luck, Siren and the surrounding area. “We thank you for everything you did. We love you. There are angels.”

Book by Luck grad is published LUCK – Julie Bowe has written a book for children – her first book – and it’s been published by Harcourt Trade Publishers. Bowe, a 1980 graduate of Luck High School, will be signing copies of “My Last Best Friend,” at the Borders Books and Music store in Eau Claire (4030 Commonwealth Ave.) on Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. “We’re thrilled to be publishing Julie’s first book and feel she has a great career ahead of her as a children’s book author,” noted Sarah Shealy, associate director of publicity for Harcourt. “The feelings of her character, Ida May, ring so true – it’s like Julie has channeled her fourth-grade self to create her!” “My Last Best Friend” is the funny story of a fourth-grader, Ida May, who is determined not to make a new best friend, despite the best efforts of the new girl in the class. Bowe grew up in Luck, the daughter of Kris and Doris Henriksen, at a small farm that has been in the Henriksen family for many years. Her great-grandparents settled there when they emigrated from Denmark in 1880. “My dad was even born there,” she writes. “Right in the living room!” Bowe’s brother, Neil Henriksen, still lives in the Luck community, and she has two other siblings, Carol and Scott. More information about Bowe and her book can be found at her Web site at - Gary King with information from Harcourt Trade Publishers and Julie Bowe

Julie Bowe, formerly of Luck, (left) has published a book entitled “My Last Best Friend.” – Special photos


The Silhouette

Feed-Sack Fashions

by Carolyn Lumsden The rider and his horse stood still. A silhouette against the blue western sky atop a tall, long tan treeless bluff. Who was he? From whence had he come? I, too, stood still, watching, He wore a hat of western kind. But he was too far away. Much too far to see what it was. What was he looking at? Or for? Could he see me? I wondered. Long minutes transpired. I stood mesmerized. The silhouette was still as if a statue. Was it? I reached for my binoculars. When I looked again, the silhouette was indeed a rider and his horse. At a fast pace, the horse, with its rider, sped away as I watched. Its tail blew in the stiff wind. Without lifting the binoculars, I watched until he disappeared from my view. Was the silhouette a he? Perhaps a she? I’ll never know. But I’ll remember that silhouette scene forever.

by Annette Borup Hanson I grew up in late ‘30s and early ‘40s when times were hard. My mother, Fannie Roberts Borup, and my grandmother, Emma Noyes Roberts, sewed many dresses and outfits for my two sisters and me. They were all made out of feed sacks which came in many different prints. We would look in the Alden’s and Montgomery Ward’s catalogs and pick out a dress we liked. Our mother would make a dress by using several patterns, taking a sleeve from one and a bodice from another, etc. We always had a new dress for Easter, the school picnic on the last day of school, the first day of school in the fall, and a few in between. Our Christmas dresses were usually made over from an adult dress that had been given to my mother. My older sister, Nina, and I were in the Round Lake 4H Club, where we had sewing as a project and started sewing at the age of 10. We entered our outfits in the Burnett County Fairs at Webster and Grantsburg and took part in the dress reviews. We had to walk in front of the judges. We were judged on

our posture and the fit of the garment. The judges would sometimes lift the hem to inspect our stitches. The summer I was 11, my two sisters and I made matching blouses and skirts. The blouse was sewn of white cotton with white eyelet trim. We sewed a casing on the inside of the sleeve and neck, through which we would run red ribbon and tie it at the opening in a bow. The skirt had a white background with yellow and red flowers and green leaves. We didn’t need a pattern because it was very simple. The skirt required two feed sacks. All we needed to do was measure the length and sew two side seams. Through the casing around the waist we ran elastic and pulled it tight to fit. We stay-stitched around the bottom and hand stitched the hem. On wash day we removed the red ribbons in the blouse and the elastic from

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the waistband. Then we washed, starched, and ironed them with a flatiron heated on the wood stove or the kerosene stove. We didn’t have electricity. We would run the ribbons into the blouses and the elastic into the skirts and they were ready to wear again. My first store-bought dress I wore for my confirmation at Zion Lutheran Church at Trade Lake on March 11, 1951. It was yellow with smocking on the front of the bodice. I bought it at Windus’s Dress Shop in Frederic.

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You can subscribe online @ Impeach President Bush? Steven, In the famous words of President Ronald Reagan: “There you go again.” You want to beat the dead horse of impeachment? Surely you jest? I only ask, because you have such a funny way with words. OK, let’s pretend you’re serious. You want us, “The People” of Wisconsin, to follow the lead of a minority of nuts in Vermont to vote to impeach our president? Are you majorly nuts? Where do you get this impeachment stuff? On Let me click over there and see what nutty things are going on. I’ll be right back… Wow, these kids on Yahoo are really having a good time on this Web site. I love their cute, little-cartoon faces next to their political comments. It has a real teen feel to it. Impressively, some of these kids have done their homework. Listen to what some of our intelligent youth are saying about impeachment. “Any and all talk of impeachment is

about as effective as a nonbindmouths of babes will flow ing resolution,” said LeAnne. the truth. For your own “It’s a total waste of time and health, stop foaming at the money - it’s political grandmouth about impeaching standing at its best - both the people—even Vice President time and the money could be Dick Cheney. much better used trying to You say his “crimes and solve some of the real concerns misdemeanors are so nufacing this nation, like illegal merous” his impeachment Wayne immigration, the Iraq war or “would be an easy one.” Anderson health care. Typical liberal nonIf so, why hasn’t this easy sense!” task begun? Let me help you LeAnne, who is titled a “Top with the answer: No charges Contributor” is a smart cookie. have ever been brought. We would be wise to listen to I know Wild-West Liberals her—and her friend Bryan. like to convict people before “First, any attempt at imthey are tried. Why let a trial peachment will be an incrediget in the way of a good ble waste of time. The primary hanging? But in America, reason for this is that there are moderate Liberals know, and not enough votes in the Senate to actu- insist, we don’t do it that way. ally reach the required 2/3 majority,” But if you, or your friend in Gentlewrote Bryan, who is also at the top of his man’s Quarterly magazine, want to imYahoo class. peach someone—do it! Quit talking “There is a hatred for the president by about it and make a move. some in our society which has led them Here’s how it’s done. First you do not to believe he is absolutely guilty while run to Vermont, where folks enjoy ignoring the basic fact that this intelli- maple syrup, impeachment and gay gence and the conclusions which were marriage. No. First you run to your condrawn existed before Mr. Bush ever took gressman and get him introduce Artioffice,” said Bryan. cles of Impeachment in the House of Hear ye! Hear ye! Steve! Hear the Representatives. voices of our youth. For out of the For you and me, that person is Rep.



Dave Obey. But sorry to say, Rep. Obey is not interested in impeachment—and dismisses it out of hand. “The last time we talked about it, he dismissed it out of hand,” said Ellis Brachman, press secretary for Congressman Obey. “The congressman is more interested in moving forward and getting things done.” Talk of impeaching President Bush and Vice President Cheney is about as constructive as saying: Blah…blahblah…blah-blah. We learned that impeaching Preident Bill Clinton. Impeaching President Clinton for obstruction of justice and perjury, regarding sexual-misconduct with a subordinate employee was a national mistake. A court trial, after he left office, would have been more appropriate. You’re a smart, good-looking guy. Surely you have more to say than impeaching people. If you need topic ideas, check out what the teenagers are saying on Until we meet again, I wear my hat President Bush signed, my Hermit Thrush (Vermont State Bird). Wayne


River Road Ramblings Root cellar memories

by Nina Borup Malmen When my grandfather, John Alfred Borup, and his first wife, Christina Matilda, emigrated from Sweden to Sterling Township in 1874, they settled on a rented farm in the area of Bass Lake, west of Cushing. Their arrival was in the spring during the month of May. According to our family history, their home burned to the ground the following February. The snow was several feet deep and the thermometer reading was well below zero. For three days they lived in the root cellar while the neighbors assisted with the construction of a new home. When I questioned my dad as to the explanation of a root cellar, he told me that it was like a cave dug out of the side of a hill. A few wooden timbers of various sizes had been installed as a support system forming a crude ceiling and walls. The door was on the north side. Vegetables whose roots are eaten as a source of food were placed in the root cellar following the annual harvest. These vegetables being potatoes (white and sweet), beets, carrots, rutabaga, turnips, parsnips and onions. Some of the vegetables were actually buried in the dirt floor of the root cellar while others were stored in burlap sacks and wooden boxes. As the temperature in the root cellar remained above freezing, this procedure provided fresh vegetables throughout the winter and into the early spring months of the year. The door was usually on the north side of the root cellar. This prevented the rays and heat of the sun from penetrating via the door into coolness of the root cellar. The Borup’s second son was born in February of 1875, the same month the house burned. I wonder if Christina Matilda lived in this environment when she was nine months pregnant, or did the child arrive before the fire forcing the parents to “walk the dirt floor” during the wee hours of night with a crying infant in their arms. We will never know. During the years 1944-1950, when we lived in the community of Round Lake, we had an up-to-date root cellar under the house. Prior to the construction of the house, someone dug an area about 15 feet deep and about 15 feet square in size. In the center was the base of the chimney, which extended upward between the master bedroom and the living room. The ceiling of the root cellar consisted of the underside of the floor boards of part of the bedroom and a few feet of the living room. The walls were a combination of large rocks and packed dirt. The floor was also packed dirt and a combination of a few inches of sand. There were no stairs between the interior of the house and the root cellar. Our only entrance was on the north side of the house. The doors were about 12 feet in length and each door about 2 feet wide. The doors rested on a framework of 2 x 4’s. The lower section of the doors rested near the ground and the higher section even with the top of the foundation on which the house was built. This angle permitted the rain water to run off into the yard. These doors were hinged on the outside and when closed, met together and overlapped creating a cover for the steps which led downward and into the root cellar. The steps and lower landing were also constructed of huge stones and packed dirt. We used this storage unit for the preservation of potatoes and carrots. It was also used for storage of the many glass quart jars containing various preserves, which my mother had canned during the summer months. This house had no modern conveniences. The only source of light was the open doors above the steps. We owned a flashlight, but usually we had no batteries or the batteries were dead. For some reason, my folks did not trust me with a kerosene lantern or a burning candle. There were times when I returned with too many potatoes or not enough carrots and there was always the problem of grabbing a jar of peach sauce instead of a jar of stringbeans. I lived in morbid fear of rats, mice or snakes. It was always so dark in the root cellar that I don’t believe anything of that category lived in this area. During the winter months there was the challenge of sweeping or shov-

The Johnson Boys have fixed up the old root cellar on their farm on Hwy B. – Photo submitted eling snow from the root cellar doors in order to gain entrance to the food that was stored in the foreboding location. During the years 1950-1961, my folks were in the restaurant business in Falun (Hwy. 70, between Grantsburg and Siren). During the mid-1950s they bought an old farmhouse and some acreage, which was located on the Range Line Road north of Falun. This property came with a root cellar that was built above the ground level. Someone had constructed a wooden framework and then covered it with dirt. There was a set of wooden doors on the north side of this root cellar. As the years passed.. grass, small trees and lilac bushes covered the structure so it more or less blended with the surrounding area. While operating the cafe business, my mother found time to can a few dozen jars of applesauce. We were short on storage space. So my mother came up with the brilliant idea of storing this sauce in the root cellar. Later my folks rented the house to a family that was experiencing hard times. After living there for a short time, they moved away. It was then that we learned that this family had discovered the root cellar and had eaten all of the applesauce. My mother’s comment was, “I suppose that they were hungry.” In 1961 my folks sold their business, remodeled the house north of Falun and lived there during their retirement years. My daughter recalls asking her grandmother if she could explore the root cellar. She was told, “No, the root cellar was full of skunks.” We never saw or smelled the odor of skunks, but rather than argue with my mother, my daughter never viewed the interior of this root cellar. On June 18, 2001, a devastating tornado swept through Burnett County demolishing nearly everything in its path. Siren, Hertel and Falun were among the hardest-hit areas. The current owners of my parent’s former home took refuge in the root cellar. The photos that my sister sent me show the bare floorboards of the house, piles of debris, the kitchen cabinets and a slab of cement which was once the site of the garage. In the background, a tattered American flag flies above this unbelievable scene. Eventually the owners had another house and garage constructed at this location. It is my understanding that the root cellar still remains. It is a tribute to the day when it served as a sanctuary, which saved their lives from this memorable storm. ••• Have you a story to pass along? Send it to Russ Hanson, 2558 Evergreen Ave., Cushing, WI 54006, phone 715-488-2776. We are looking for pictures of Cushing from the 1870s to the 1980s for our History of Cushing project. I can come to your house and make a photocopy of your pictures in just a few minutes, so let me know if you have some to share with us. I drink regular coffee and eat any kind of cookies or bars. The 210-page book “History of the Trade River Valley” is at the Leader to be printed and should be avail-

collected by Russ Hanson able by the end of April. It looks like we will be able to sell them for $15 each. We will have them in some local businesses so you can rush out and buy several copies as soon as they are available! The small profit goes to Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society to work on preservation of local history. You can mail order it for $17 (shipping included) by sending a check to SELHS, Box 731, Cushing ,WI 54006. I was rambling around this week waiting for the first drop of maple sap to start running. As of Thursday the 22nd they had not started running yet on Orr Lake. Brother Everett has already cooked two batches up on his sandy land near Alpha with his soft maples. Normally our season is from mid-March to mid-April. The bald eagles, crows, osprey and other assorted scavengers were perched near where the spring runs into the lake below the cabin. Every year lots of small panfish avoid winterkill by swimming into the little open area where the spring enters the lake, to get freshly oxygen-rich water. Two bald eagles have been lunching all week. The lake normally opens in midto-late April, but has been early in recently years. Trumpeter swans, geese, ducks are on the small ponds nearby. The St. Croix River opened up all along the River Road this week from just above St. Croix Falls to at least Wolf Creek. It is a good time to take the River Road as you can see through the trees to the river. I visited the Luck Historical Society as they brainstormed what to put in their coming museum. What a lot of fun it is to think about what in the Luck area deserves exhibits. The obvious ones are Yo Yos, Indians, loggers, early businesses, farming and trades. I like to think of history in terms of people, especially interesting characters. I remember Myrhom Peterson (I think that was his name) who lived on Hwy. 35 and bought my fox skins and raccoons from my early days of trapping. His story would make a good RRR column. Edwin Petersen told us that having just finished celebrating Luck’s centennial a couple of years ago, it was now time to celebrate 150 years. He explained the “Old Luck” that was on Big Butternut Lake started in 1857 and stayed there until the coming of the railroad in the early 1900s. Then horses were hooked onto the buildings and they were slid over to the new railroad tracks. Happy 150th, Luck! I went to the Frederic showing of “An Inconvenient Truth,” the movie on global warming by Al Gore. A good crowd came to watch and discuss it afterwards. It appeared that, with the exception of two persons, that the audience was convinced that the global climate is warming and that it is caused by humans and we should do something. The two skeptics were having a hard time with Gore’s graphs and statistics because the Antarctic ice cores used to look at temperatures go back through hundreds of thousands of years. They believed that God created the Earth 6,000 years ago so of course the science was wrong when it looked further back. One was a local science teacher. Conservation of energy use is probably the most direct thing we can do ourselves. Last year we bought a 1999 Hyundai compact car that gets 35-40 miles per gallon, so that helps with the gas usage and costs. Of course, Margo hogs it all the time so I have to drive my 15-mpg pickup. Remembering the energy conservation efforts of the 1970s, when we built our house in Pine Island 10 years ago, we superinsulated it, put in a high-efficiency furnace, water heater, lots of glass to the south, use the new low-energy bulbs, set the thermostat at 62, etc. These efforts not only save us money but are things we can do to help with the global warming. Margo has gotten used to watching radio by candlelight with two pairs of long underwear, sweaters and a blanket. Being more scientific, I superinsulated myself like the bears do for winter. I admire the Lundeens who biked to the meeting and have chosen bicycling for most of their local travel. It is healthier, cheaper, better for the environment and probably a lot more enjoyable to actually look around you as you pass through the area. I think I might get Margo’s old bike out and fix the tires…


When God seems far away, who has moved? by Mary Lou Carney I walked along the path that wove its way toward Lake Michigan. As I got nearer, I faintly heard it; when I topped the last dune, I could hear it clearly; the thunderous crashing of waves. I watched, amazed – as always – at the lake’s endless energy. Finally, I turned for the walk back, the sound of the surf pounding in my ears. I hiked over one dune, then another. When I paused to catch my breath, I was amazed to realize I could no longer hear the water. Sometimes God’s presence seems so real it’s almost tangible. At other times he seems so far away – and then it’s easy to have doubts. But the lake helps me to remember that God is always there, whether or not I can see him at work or hear his voice. (Do: Close your eyes and think of a time when you felt very close to God. Perhaps it was in the church, while walking in the woods or on the beach or when reading the Bible. Use that memory to remind yourself of his presence whenever he seems far away.) Note: The above is adapted from the book “Time Out for the Spirit” composed of short devotions compiled by the editors of Guideposts. For four years, I lived in Milwaukee when I was in college. We were within walking distance of Lake Michigan. We were often awed by the power of the waves crashing on the beach. Read on a sign I am the library I am neither walls nor shelves Nor even the books that stand in rows I am the wisdom of the universe Captured and arranged for you I am an open door Enter

Bernice Abrahamzon



“Inevitably grief does find its way to us at sometime or other. How we handle it or how long we let it stay is something we can’t predict ahead of time. It is such a totally personal experience. …It seems to cut off the circuits temporarily and insulate you against sympathy, condolences, comfort – anything that might diminish it. Numbness alternates with searing pain, and each individual must find his own way of getting though it. Talk about on-the-job training.”

Good thought “Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.” – Benjamin Franklin 1768 Yes indeed A kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasioinally walk around to see each child’s work. As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.” The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.” Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, “They will in a minute.” - Contributed Until next week, Bernice

On grief When I read a book, I take notes and copy particularly helpful passages. The following is taken from the autobiography “Betty White in Person.”

Do you remember ? Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

50 Years Ago Pleasant Valley 4-H Club placed first for window display, out of 39 displays in all.-The Frederic American Legion celebrated its 38th anniversary on March 15-17.-The Jersey Parish meeting was held March 20, at Balsam Lake.-The golden anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Berntson was celebrated March 17, with an open house at the DBS Hall in Luck.-A St. Patrick’s Day dance was held March 16, at the Odd Fellows Hall, with Bruice King and his orchestra playing. The Milltown Hall was located above Miller Hardware Store.-Specials at Route’s Super Market, Frederic, included two heads of lettuce for 29¢, bacon at 49¢ and fryers at 47¢ lb.-A turkey dinner was served March 17, at Glockzin’s Restaurant, Frederic.-Phenothiazine was available to Polk County sheep raisers. It was a “must” for sheep to control internal parasites and sold for 60¢ lb.-The three students who won prizes in the Helen Mears art contest were: Elaine Teigen, Rosalie Beaulieu and Billy Utley.-The Clam Falls Luther League would sponsor a pancake supper on April 6, at the Clam Falls Lutheran Church.-The Milltown Ladies Aid held a rummage sale on March 23, at Jorgenson Implement Co.-Since last June, prices for farmers with eggs were running well below a year ago.-Jolly Stan supplied the music for the March 23 dance at the Indian Creek Hall, admission was 50¢.

40 Years Ago Stolen radiators were reported at Bairs Auto Salvage, Frederic. About a dozen were stolen.-An overheated heater at the Gerlach home, Indian Creek, did considerable damage. Firefighters were also called to the Vernon Java home where a wall furnace caught on fire.-Specials at the Frederic Co-op Store included sliced bacon at 65¢ lb., kidney beans at 10 cans for $1 and 20 lbs. of No. 1 Burbank potatoes at 97¢.-Specials at the Clover Farm Store, Frederic, included 2 lbs. rice at 27¢, facial tissue at five boxes for 89¢ and 25 lbs. of Gold Medal flour at $1.99.-Obituaries included Gerda Olson, Iris Schultz and Lillian Walton.-Judges award 32 A’s at the Frederic Forensic Meet.-Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Kunze, Luck, were parents of a baby girl, Karen Elizabeth, born March 10, at the Frederic Hospital.-Specials at Route’s Super Market, Frederic, included bananas at 9¢ lb., soda crackers at 2 lbs. for 39¢ and Swansdown cake mixes at four for $1.-Due to bad weather, days had to be made up at Siren Schools, so students had only Good Friday and the weekend off.-Snowmobile races were held at Crooked Lake on Sunday, March 19.-The Old Veasy Road was to be indentified by the Burnett County Historical Society. It was also known as the Old Tote Road, and the Old Pinery Road.

20 Years Ago

The 1950 St. Croix Saints team pictured here, in a photo courtesy of Rayolla and John Edling, are (front row): John Beattie, Fred Horsmann, Larry Lundgren, Paul Morrow, Loren Kamish, John Edling and Dick L’Allier. Back row: Bob Berquist, Dick Rathbun (assistant coach), Jerry Wyatt, Dick Hanson, Darrell Johnson, Jerry Frank, Coach Don Snyder and school superintendent Nels Sorensen. – Photo submitted Big bold letters across the front page of the March 22, 1950, Standard-Press proclaim: Saints State B.B. Champs! “St. Croix Falls has a right today to celebrate an honor which may come only once in a lifetime to a town with a listed population of 1,007, for its fine high school basketball team Rosemarie Vezina walked off with the state WIAA championship Saturday night in Braatz Wisconsin’s field house,” the Standard-Press announced. St. Croix Falls was the smallest community represented in the state tournament, having defeated Eau Claire 59 to 35. The Standard-Press stated: “St. Croix Falls High School basketball team, a well-coordinated precisionlike organization, from the smallest town represented in the state tournament at Madison last week, easily


walked off with the championship laurels. Not only did the Saints win the coveted championship, but won the admiration of the more than 15,000 fans in the field house and the sports writers alike by their display of clean sportsmanship-like playing. Added to their victory laurels were the shattering of some tournament records. The Saints garnered the highest total of points for three games, 169, which were three more than the tournament record. Paul Morrow, the Saints 6 foot, 8 inch center, rated as the best ever to play in a state tournament, broke the individual scoring record of Wisconsin’s well-known Johnnie Kotz, he netting 79 points as against Kotz’s 65 —- Morrow also broke the record on gift shots, he making 31 as against the 25 on record.” The St. Croix Falls Saints were state basketball champions again in 1992, coached by Ron Greenquist. By then, teams were classified by school size, and St. Croix Falls, in Division 3, with school enrollment of 370, won against Columbus, 75 to 72. - Sponsored by the St. Croix Falls Historical Society

Wisconsin Interstate Park

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

(weather permitting). Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls, on Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. For more information, call Julie at 715-483-3747. – from Interstate Park

Oeffler’s Greenhouses at Frederic and Luck were featured as Business of the Week in this newspaper.Officers of South Fork Sporting Club were: Rick Eklof, Tom Lemieux, Perry Karl, plus directors, Cliff Anderson, Jim Flanigan and Richard Kettula.-A couples cribbage tournament was held Feb. 28, at the Lewis VFW.-Richard and Doni Jo Schlader were featured as the owners of the Indian Creek Orchard on the former Clarence Pratt Farm. They also owned the property known as Central Supply in Frederic, originally developed by Everett Coen.-Obituaries included Emma Lou Friend, Harvey Christensen, Rose Brown, Harold (Jim) Chapman, Emma Nielsen and Harold Lund.-Polk County planned to draft an ATV ordinance.-George Tybert of Siren, received medals 42 years after gallant action as soldier in WWII.-Surveyors were busy surveying for new post office in Frederic.-Circle C Foods in Frederic was expanding its business to have more room for groceries.-Jean Miller, Lewis, moved to Sunrise Apts., Frederic.-Additional obituaries included Clarence Erickson, Charles Dietmeier Jr., Hertha Pentland, Linnea Lundberg, Sadie Nelson and Leo Anderson.-Winter lime quarry closing brought many complaints.-The Burnett County Board nixed a huge waste dump proposal.


Frederic Run/Walk Finish Line Walk Kickoff meeting held FREDERIC - The kickoff meeting for the Frederic Area American Cancer Society Run/Walk Finish Line Walk was held Thursday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Larsen Auto Centers, and Amery Regional Medical Center, are the corporate sponsors for the Frederic event this year. Phyllis Wilder, of Larsen Auto Centers, and Linda Clausen, of the Luck Medical Clinic representing the Amery Regional Medical Center, presented sponsorship checks. Walk sponsors help defray the costs involved in a walk so that the money raised all goes to the American Cancer Society. Funds raised from Finish Line have helped the American Cancer Society save lives through expanding research, provide greater access to cancer information, support legislation to protect public health and provide access to health care, and offer programs and services to cancer patients and their families. The 2007 walk will be held on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 9:15 a.m. Registration will be at the Birch Street Elementary School from 8-9 a.m. This is a new site. Shary Shouse, the new regional representative of the American Cancer Society, shared information about the services offered by ACS in Polk County and the nation. She also shared the latest research and treatment developments. Registration forms for the walk and tribute flag forms

are available at Larsen Auto Center, Bremer and U.S. banks, Curves and The Medicine Shoppe. Preregistration is $5 and is due by Friday, May 11, to Kay Thorsbakken at Box 221, Frederic, WI 54837. Registration forms will also be available the day of the walk and will be $8. Walkers may choose a 2-, 3- or 5-mile route. Refreshments will be available at the walk and top fundraisers will be recognized. Every walker that brings in at least $50 in pledges will receive a T-shirt. Teams that bring in $500 or more will receive a framed picture of their team. Sandra Hacker is the honorary chairperson this year. Sandra has been fighting colon cancer for six years. She has been very supportive of the walk for a number of years. Sandra is married to Butch Hacker and has a son and daughter, two stepsons and 11 grandchildren. Sandra is enjoys working at Hacker’s Lanes, golf and bowling. Betty MacKean has created and donated a beautiful wine, green and cream “Jacob’s Ladder” design quilt that will be raffled as a fundraiser for the Run/Walk Finish Line. Tickets on the quilt raffle are $1 or 6 tickets for $5. The quilt will be on display at the Bremer and U. S. banks in Frederic, and tickets will be available there or from any Run/Walk Finish Line committee members. Businesses will have an opportunity to purchase Signs of Hope for $35 that will be placed along the walk

route with the name of the sponsoring business. Tribute flags will be available at the businesses that have the registration forms. Honor a cancer survivor or loved one by purchasing a Tribute Flag for $5. The flags will be displayed the day of the walk at the Birch Street Elementary School. Run/Walk Finish Line athletic shoes will also be available for purchase for $1 in various businesses in the Frederic area. The athletic shoes have the name of the person who purchased it and are displayed in store windows or in the interior of the business. All funds raised from the Signs of Hope, tribute flags, athletic shoes, and the walk goes to the American Cancer Society. The Frederic Finish Line committee urges you to join the fight against cancer. Join your family, friends and neighbors on May 12, and enjoy the great out-of-doors and a healthy, fun activity. If you are unable to walk, please consider making a donation to a walker or purchasing a tribute flag in honor of a cancer survivor or in memory of a loved one who died of cancer. If you would like to make a donation, the checks should be made out to the American Cancer Society and may be sent to Elvira Schmidt, 3348 30th Street, Frederic, WI 54837. For further information on the walk contact Schmidt at 715-653-2684. - submitted

Luck Lutheran mission Our Faith Journey Sunday School classes recently presented Laurie Hopp from the Oncology Department at St.Croix Regional Medical Center with tie blankets and pillows which the children made to comfort cancer patients during their treatment. This is one of many mission projects that the children of Luck Lutheran Church complete every year for people in our community. – Photo submitted


Luck Historical Society receives donation Marianne Tomlinson and Chuck Adleman of the Luck Area Historical Society gratefully accept a generous donation toward the Luck Library and Museum Fund from Cora Dversdall (center) representing the Polk County Association for Home and Community Education. The HCE’s mission is to promote education, enhance leadership skills and to provide service to area communities. The library and museum committee is truly appreciative of HCE’s confidence and support of the campaign. – Photo submitted

Bill proposes punishment for schools with AmericanIndian mascots STATEWIDE - A bill that would impose fines on school districts that refuse to change their Indian logos and mascots faces opposition from the Wisconsin Association of School Boards. The bill introduced in the Assembly last week is the latest in a long line of legislative efforts beginning in 1993 to eliminate Indian logos and mascots. The director of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, John Ashley, says he takes issue with a provision of the bill that calls for a fine of up to $1,000 a day for districts that refuse an order by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction to change their logo. Ashley says that’s unnecessary and notes that 24 districts have already changed their mascots without intervention by state officials. He says what has been happening is that communities are really engaging in a thoughtful discussion and making changes. He says putting in penalties doesn’t seem to be the way to go and, he says, that’s not a plus for our democracy when there are local elected officials having their powers usurped by the Department of Public Instruction. But the bill’s sponsor, Assembly Republican Terry Musser says the battle over Indian logos has led to too many bitter school board recall elections. He’s hoping the new bill will help communities avoid what he calls unnecessary civil wars. He says these debates have literally divided communities, and he says he’s just looking for an alternative that will work. The bill has the backing of Wisconsin Indian Education Association. No hearings have been scheduled for the mascot bill yet. Democratic state Sen. Spencer Coggs plans to introduce a companion bill in the Senate soon. -


K of C aids Bone Lake fire victims

LUCK — A family that lost their home and business in a Feb. 14 fire received $550 from the Knights of Columbus last week to help them get back on the their feet. The early-morning fire destroyed the home and Bone Lake Store owned by Ernestine and Danny Hoffman and their children, Megan Hoffman and Tobias Otto. Luck, Milltown and Frederic fire departments all responded to the call. Ernestine Hoffman-Otto and Tobias Otto accepted the check, thanking the Knights of Columbus and the community for all the help and support they have received. “Nobody ever thinks this is going to happen,” said Hoffman-Otto. “It’s a nightmare.” She encourages everyone she knows to make sure they have adequate insurance, particularly contents insurance. The family has been staying at the Kopecky Farm in Siren while they determine what the future will hold. They hope to rebuild both their store and home, but do not yet know if they will be able to do so. An account for the family has been set up at Sterling Bank. They have adequate clothing and furniture, said HoffmanOtto.

Mike Bauer, financial secretary for the Knights of Columbus-Our Lady of the Lake Council 12609, presented the family with a $300 check from the state organization and a $250 check from council 12609, with money raised primarily through the annual statewide raffle. Last year the raffle brought in $541,000, with $300,000 given back to local groups for redistribution to fire victims, hurricane victims and people with medical needs. Council 12609 also donates to the local fire department and other groups, as well as Kinship and Interfaith Caregivers. The raffle is the largest in the state, with more than $135,000 given away in prizes (contact Bauer at 715-648-5318 for more information). Hoffman-Otto was also given a raffle ticket, which has a grand prize of $50,000 and a second prize of $25,000. She thanked the Knights of Columbus, adding, “I’ve already won the lottery — I have found a community that loves us.” — Mary Stirrat

Mike Bauer of Knights of Columbus Council 12609 presented $550 to the Ernestine and Danny Hoffman family, who lost their home and the Bone Lake Store in a Valentine’s Day fire. Accepting the checks from the state and local organizations were Ernestine Hoffman-Otto and her son, Tobias Otto. Not pictured are Danny Hoffman and daughter Megan Hoffman. – Photo by Mary Stirrat



Engagement Trumble/Tretsven Bonnie Trumble, St. Croix Falls, and Steve Tretsven, Cushing, would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Tiffanie Tretsven, to Jeremy Dagestad, son of Darryl and June Dagestad. An April 21 wedding is planned at First Lutheran Church in Cushing. A reception will be held at the Cushing Community Center following the ceremony.

Rossi/Reynolds Sallyann Rossi of Forest Lake, Minn., and Shawn Reynolds of Forest Lake, Minn., are pleased to announce their engagement. Sallyann is the daughter of Kathy Rossi of Lindstrom, Minn., and Carl Rossi of Osceola. Shawn is the son of Denise Reynolds of Faribault, Minn., and Harvey Reynolds of Faribault, Minn. The bride-to-be is a 2002 graduate of the University of Minnesota – Duluth, and she is presently employed as a math teacher in Forest Lake School District. The groom-to-be is a 2002 graduate of the University of Minnesota – Duluth and is presently a financial aid counselor for the Anoka Technical College. The couple are planning an April 2 wedding in Jamaica, with a reception to be held on April 21 in Hugo, Minn.


Weslander/Blakeslee Mark and Cindy Weslander are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Racheal Sara Weslander to Thomas R. Blakeslee Jr., son of Thomas and Marjie Blakeslee of Siren. Racheal is a 2006 graduate of Chicago Lakes High School and Thomas is a 2002 graduate of Siren High School. A June 16 wedding is being planned at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Almelund, Minn. The couple will reside in Shafer, Minn.

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John and Reeny Neinstadt were in Cadott on the weekend to help granddaughter Britney celebrate her ninth birthday. The Orange 4-H took part in the County Cultural Arts fair in Siren on Saturday. Allyson Krause had lunch with Fran Krause Sunday before returning to school from spring break. Brad and Pam Peterson took Maxine Stone to the Webster band concert Tuesday evening. H.C.E. Board Meeting was held on Tuesday at the government center. Many of the spring birds are back. The Dean Petersons spent the weekend at their cabin helping Brad Peterson with maple syrup. Pat and Nancy O’Brien returned from two weeks in Florida. They took in several of the Minnesota Twins games.

Diesel is a size extra-large 4-year-old, neutered male black Lab. He may be big, but he is well-mannered and is a hoot to watch as he “sits pretty” for treats. His extra bulk, stern to bow, has allowed him to perfect this trick. Diesel has charisma and enthusiasm. He is ready to hit the trail or keep that squirrel high in the tree with diligence. He would make an excellent family Arnell pet or companion for anyone with the room for him to sprawl out. Humane The adoption process at Arnell starts Society when you see the pet of your dreams at our shelter and you fill out an adoption application. It is easy to fall in love with a pet. a n d Adopting a pet is a big decision. Because the joys p e t of pet ownership require lots of time, money and w i l l commitment, our adoption application asks many get so of the questions you should ask yourself before you much more out of the experience after they are readopt. sponsible enough to care for a pet. Does the pet Why do you want a pet? It is amazing how many you are considering have the size and temperment people fail to ask themselves this question or don’t perfect for your home and lifestyle? understand the implications of their answer. Your Are you willing to take the good with the bad new pet will hopefully live with you for over 15 when dealing with pet behaviors? With that cudyears. It is a long-term commitment that shouldn’t dly kitten or puppy comes the likelihood that you be undertaken because it is the “thing to do” or be- will have to deal with flea infestations, scratched cause your 1-year-old child likes kitties. furniture, carpet soiling and unexpected medical Do you have time for a pet? Companion animals emergencies. require food, water, responsible exercise, grooming Many animals that come to the shelter are pets and loads of attention. Many animals are in shel- who were obtained by people who didn’t think ters because their owner didn’t realize how much through the responsibilities of pet ownership. time it takes to care for them. Do you have the time Think before you act on sharing your life with a and energy to be a responsible pet owner? companion animal. They are counting on you. Is it a good time to adopt a pet? Is your living sitArnell Memorial Humane Society, 185 Griffin St. uation stable enough to ensure a lifelong home for E, Amery 715-268-7387 or visit our pets online at: your pet? Finding rental property that allows pets is becoming harder and harder to do. If you have kids under 6 years old, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt a pet. Your children



Hello, Fritz here! Arroooo, has spring HSBC. gotten off to a warm start! It’s perfect Getting back to taking a walk with your fadog-walking weather and if you need a vorite four-legged friend, the ticks are out! dog to walk, you know where to come. Grrrr….there’s nothing worse than being bitten Bobo, Lightning, Travis, Lion and I are by a nasty tick, especially when they can give still here just waiting for good homes and you Lyme disease! One thing you can do to prosomeone to take on walks. tect yourself and your dog is to walk more on The angels have been talking about roads or bare trails and less in grass and woods. Fritz The ticks hang out on grass and other plants money a lot lately. I’m not sure I underwaiting to hitch a ride when you brush past stand money very well, but apparently they use it to buy food and medicine for NEWS FROM them. Check yourself and your pet for ticks after a walk before they embed themselves into us and to keep the shelter open. I guess the skin. And finally for us dogs and cats, there they’ve had more money leaving the are products that you can get that will kill the shelter the last couple months than ticks as they start to bite, before Lyme disease is what comes in from adoptions and exspread. cellent folks like you. I know a lot of you already give what you can to help us, but I have That’s enough for this week. Get out and enjoy another favor to ask. The angels say they will be the warm weather with a four-legged friend! And going to township meetings in April to ask them to please take a moment to contact your township askput the Humane Society of Burnett County into their ing them to support the shelter by adding us into budget. HSBC serves all the townships in Burnett their budget. With your help HSBC is saving lives, one at a time. County by taking in stray and unwanted dogs and finding good homes for them. Please call or send a, 866-4096. letter to your town board asking them to support




653-4281 Lynn and Patti Anerson, Plymouth, Minn., Laurene and Dan Edge, Pine City, Clarice Nelson, Jon and Anita Olson, Somerset came to support the Siren School Library Fundraising Dinner on Saturday evening. The dinner had a Tuscan theme and was catered by Adventures Restaurant in the 7-12 library. Lynn provided generous donations from Holiday Corporation and Gander Mountain. Sheila Staples and five other committee members organized the dinner. Sheila is the director of the K-6 library and the 7-12 library. She also teaches four high school English classes and facilitates the two distance-learning television studies. According to news from California, Merlin Nelson has apparently suffered a stroke. Relatives in this area were notified last week. This Thursday is the last day in March that the Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church members and friends are responsible for tending the Frederic Food Shelf. Helpers last week were Gloria Chell, Linda Baxter and Tammy Baxter also dropped in. LaVonne and John Boyer are always working there, not only on Thursday. Donations

are weighed and recorded, shelves restocked, etc. Bernice Abrahamzon attended the morning book club at the Frederic Library last Thursday, and the group of five had a lively discussion on the March selection. The April book is “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest Gaines. Who learns the lesson? The convicted prisoner, the teacher, even the readers. A disturbing book that makes a person think. More readers are invited to participate. The prescribed book is available at the front desk at the library. Dave Carlson will present the program at the Monday, April 2 meeting of the Indianhead Gem and Mineral Society at the Luck Senior Citizens Center. This is the first meeting of the club since last fall after a long winter recess. The Carlsons go to Alaska every year and collect concretions of many sizes and shapes. Rock club members will also share winter experiences and finds. Potluck as usual. Gather at 7 p.m., with meeting starting promptly at 7:30 p.m., according to President Dan Beal. Welcome to all. The holidays are fast approaching and so is spring cleaning. An all-church rum-

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mage sale is set for the last Saturday in April from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Lewis Church. Donations of items in good condition are welcome. Any questions? Please contact Bernice Abrahamzon, who volunteered to head it up. Pussywillows on the altar at the Lewis Church are symbols of spring. John and LaVonne Boyer brought them in. They always spot them early. Gloria Chell, Carol Bohn and Sylvia Schaetzel sang a special number during Sunday’s service. Beverages and cookies were served after the service, conducted by Pastor Mike, assisted by LaVonne Boyer and Sylvia Schaetzel. LaVonne Smith usually goes to Capeside Cove on Thursdays to play cards with friends, including June Moline. This last Thursday she took June a bouquet from the UMW. Pastor Mike usually visits there on Thursdays, too. Have you looked at the ballots published in Saturday’s Indianhead? Election day is fast approaching on April 3. Are you correctly registered? This week’s Lenten service will be held at 7 p.m., at the Siren United Methodist

Church, preceded by a 6 p.m. supper. This month’s meeting of the Lewis Administrative Board will be held Thursday at 7 p.m., at the church. There will be no fellowship before the meeting this time. Nice picture of Emma Jenson, one-half of the royalty at Capeside Cove. Emma is a former member of the Lewis community. Herb Sederlund and Tim Abrahamzon of Lewis area enjoy playing 500 on Thursday nights at the Frederic Senior Citizens Center. It’s surprising how many come each week. See Ardyce Knauber’s Senior Center News each week. A yard sale was held in Lewis over the weekend at a house facing the church. Lots of activity there. Another sign of spring. Also, the robins and killdeer are coming back. May have seen a goldfinch in flight, too, near a feeder. Now is the time when the pace quickens as spring comes in many forms. Hurrah! We have survived the long winter, the snow and ice, the colds and coughs. And may the voice of the turtledove be heard in the land.

Webster Senior Center Both Monday morning coffee drinkers and the congregate diners got to enjoy the homemade caramel rolls brought in by Gladys Packer. There wasn’t even a crumb left over. Thanks Gladys! Following lunch, the seniors had their annual meeting and election of officers with eight people attending. By unanimous vote Mary Klar was elected president, Gladys Beersvice president, Margel Ruck-secretary and Jane Wardean-treasurer. After the meeting was over we had nine ladies that played cards. We were happy to have Burnett County Health & Human Services Director Jeff McIntire join us on Tuesday to enjoy Deb’s roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings. After cleanup, Gladys Beers, Margel Ruck, Theresa Gloege, Jane Wardean, Carol Berglind and I played golf cards. There were 14 players at dime bingo on Wednesday and Gladys Beers, Jane Wardean and I took turns at calling, and a good time was had by all. Margel, Jane and I attended the senior meeting at the Siren center on Thursday afternoon where 33 seniors from A & H,

Webster, Siren, Grantsburg, Frederic, Luck and St. Croix Falls shared ideas about use of the centers, meals, attendance and joint get-togethers. Everyone seemed to enjoy both the refreshments and conversation. A similar meeting will be held next year on March 27, at the Luck Senior Center. We were invited to attend the Good Friday breakfast to be held at the Siren Senior Center on April 6 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. While I was in Siren, I stopped at Capeside Cove Nursing Home to visit my brother, Stanley Smith. While there, we both enjoyed the music of Vernon Bistram, Gary Fender, Mike DeMarre and Fred Harellson who are known as Playin’ Country. Dwaine Persell was also there with his accordian and harmonica. Howard Proffit stopped by our table to say hello and inquired about Elden’s health. Before playing cards on Thursday evening we all enjoyed a potluck supper at the center. Pat O’Brien, Sam Williamson, Dave Wardean, Harold Peterson and Ken Hayes played pool while Nancy O’Brien, Jane Wardean, Mert Kisselburg, Effie Wester, Gladys Beers, Margel Ruck, Faye

St. Croix Valley Senior Center Spring has sprung! Our Tuesday afternoon domino winners were Martha Lundstrom in first place, Deloris Benson in second place, Janice Mevissen in third place. 500 card winners were John Brown in first place, Irene Campbell in second place, Vern Lundstrom in third place and Lonnie Jones in fourth place. Thursday, March 29, the Cushing Community Center will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. for blood donation. Call Sharron Lofgren at 715-825-3733 to donate blood. Walk-ins welcome.

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of. Youth has a beautiful face and old age a beautiful soul. Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer? Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle? Thursday evening 500 card winners were Mary Lou Lund in first place, Cliff Qualle in second place, JoAnn Gehrman in third place, Olga Young and Don Benson tied for fourth place. Enjoy this beautiful spring weather.

Frederic Senior Center The weather has made it easier to get to the center and participate in our activities. A good crowd enjoyed spades on Monday, March 19. The winners were: 1. Lillian Murphy. 2. Vi Luke. 3. Margaret Ulick. 4. Clara Polomaki. Wednesday pokeno at 1 p.m. was well attended. Thursday night 500 cards had a large number of players, the winners were: 1.

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Inez Pearson. 2. Arvid Pearson. 3. Don Wyck. 4. Jim Bly. Saturday share-a-lunch was held with noon meals, bingo, cards and 3 p.m. coffee treats. We welcome Norma Nelson as our new member. We enjoyed having Karen Greenberg with us Saturday. She enjoyed playing bingo again.

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Russ, Rhonda Tignor and I played cards. Rhonda is Faye’s daughter who is visiting her from Cincinnati, Ohio. Rhonda hadn’t played golf cards before, but she is a quick learner. It is nice to have Pat and Nancy O’Brien back with us again as they had spent several weeks visiting family and friends in Fort Meyer and Sarasota, Fla. We also welcome Mildred Buggert back home again after spending some of the winter months with her daughter in California. The AARP tax aides were kept busy Friday afternoon by all the procrastinators who were waiting to get their homestead and income tax paperwork done. Don’t forget that Friday, April 13, is the very last time to have the tax aides help you before the deadline of April 15. However, the 15th is on a Sunday so you can still get them in the mail so they are postmarked on Monday the 16th. Margel Ruck and I attended a Saturday afternoon matinee of the movie “Wild Hogs” at the Timbers Theater, Siren, and it was hilarious. I laughed so hard it brought on a coughing jag. I made a blunder last week and the correct dates for the Webster Lioness Club annual rummage and bake sale are June 8 and 9. Our get-well wishes and prayers con-

tinue to go out to Katy Johnson and Maury Heyer who are both patients at BMC Continuing Care, Grantsburg; Norma Martin, Kathy Beyer, Mary Heier and Patty McLaird. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the families of Larry Java, Crystal Honts and Chuck Scotka, in their recent passing. Spring is in the air – it officially arrived here on Tuesday evening and we’ve been reveling in the mild temperatures ever since. Spring is not just a figure of speech, it actually is a frame of mind. Scientists have stated that there is a marked degree of brain activity when people are experiencing the effects of spring. Spring is a time for tilling the soil and planting crops, vegetables and flower gardens. It is a “greening up” of the grass and trees, with birds and butterflies and bumblebees all about. All of this being God’s creation. Each of us, too, was uniquely designed by the creator. “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous, Lord.”Psalm 139:13-14. “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.”-Ephesians 2:10. See you at the center!

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Births Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center:

A boy, Lane Manning Hopkins, born March 30, 2007, to Aaron and Kelly Hopkins, Frederic. Lane weighed 6 lbs., 8 oz. ••• A boy, Braden James Beverlin, born March 13, 2007, to Jill Beverlin, Frederic. Braden weighed 8 lbs., 8 oz. ••• A boy, Eric Dewey Currie, born March 17, 2007, to Kimberly Runnels, Frederic and Chad Currie, Webster. Eric weighed 6 lbs., 12 oz. ••• A girl, Rhetlynn Irene Havens, born March 16, 2007, to Sarah Hoover and Joshua Havens, Taylors Falls, Minn. Rhetlynn weighed 6 lbs., 1 oz.

••• A girl, Zoey Rae Virginia Thompson, born March 16, 2007, to Rachel Cardin and Calvin Thompson, Osceola. Zoey weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz. ••• A girl, Sophie Jane Gillingham, born March 16, 2007, to Brian and Sue Gillingham, Osceola. Sophie weighed 6 lbs., 14 oz. ••• A boy, Leo Carter Larson, born March 16, 2007, to David and Heather Larson, Centuria. Leo weighed 8 lbs., 7 oz. ••• A girl, Boston Marie Morris, born March 19, 2007, to Stephanie Marie Morris, Siren. Boston weighed 7 lbs., 5 oz. •••




Spring must have arrived for real, and not just what the calendars tells us. The robins, bluebirds and red-winged blackbirds are once again in our backyards. The drab winter colors of the beautiful little goldfinches are once again turning to their summer black and yellow feathers. Take time to watch small animals and your birdfeeders, the bears are either out and about in this warmer weather or soon will be with no thoughts other than food. The Grandma’s Group had their March get-together on Monday, March 19, at the home of Erna Lueck. Those present were Dorothy Lahners, Naomi Glover and her little granddaughter, Layse Glover, Marge Peterson and her grandson, little Alex Peterson, Hazel Hahr and Bev Beckmark. A great lunch was enjoyed and the afternoon was spent doing crafts and just enjoying the two little ones. Mark your calendars for April 7 because that’s when the Burnett County Moose Lodge is holding their annual Easter egg hunt. This fun event is open to kids ages 2 to 10 and it begins at 1 p.m.

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Sympathy to the family of Eleanor Karr, Recent visitors of Randy and Arlene who passed away March 19. Schacht were Dr. Jack and Jean Edson Don’t forget, this Saturday is the Mom’s from Strum. For Kids 18th-Annual Rainbow of Fun CarDuane Albee and Beverly Brunclik were nival at the Siren School from 10 a.m. to 2 supper guests of Judy Albee Monday. p.m. Tickets available at Siren banks or at Kay Krentz and Dixie Andrea visited Lida the door. Nordquist Thursday afternoon. Mark your calendars for April 21 and 22 Judy Albee called on Beth Crosby Thursfor the fun-filled weekend at the Siren day evening. Lodge Center Arena for the Burnett Youth A large number of people attended the Hockey Association great fundraiser Expo birthday celebration for Beverly Brunclik at 2007. More information will be in the col- Indian Creek Saturday evening. After the umn as it gets closer. dance, Beverly, Duane and Kathy Albee Congratulations to elementary student Leigha Priske-Olson, middle school student Abigail Mitchell and high school student Brynn McBroom for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. 349-7249 Art and Bev Beckmark attended the Annual Luck Mutual Insurance Company Appreciation dinner on Saturday at the Tac Monday a large group of seniors had the near Hwy. 8. While there they visited with pleasure of helping Helmi Larson celebrate Ron and Cecelia Nyren. They later took in the Menard’s Grand Opening event in St. her 90th birthday at Bobbie’s World. A buffet of foods was prepared and served by Croix Falls. Bobbie in honor of the occasion. Our senior monthly meeting was held on Tuesday. Dave Kopecky informed the seniors that if they have need for any chores around their yards that the Burnett County Restorative Justice Response will be able to provide a community service provided by skills and battlefield operations and tacthe nonviolent residents of the county jail. If tics, and experiencing use of various you have a need for such a service, Don weapons and weapons defenses availBrand offered to take your name and adable to the infantry crewmen. dress to pass along to the people in He is the son of Bruce Schmidt of Fredcharge. You can call the center at 349eric, and Pam Lehman of Osceola. 7810 and leave a message. Schmidt is a 2004 graduate of Osceola Sorry I didn’t get his name, but the genHigh School. - submitted tleman who is in charge of the farmers market informed us that we will have the opportunity to share our parking lot with all of the local producers every Saturday from May 19 to October. The feeling is that our location will be more visible to the public rather than the hockey arena where it has been held other years. Coming events to mark on your calendar for April will be our Good Friday breakfast to be held on April 6. We will be serving from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., and the cost will be $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. A blood pressure cuff was donated to the center in memory of Anna Traun from her daughters, Marge and Pat Traun. So if you want, you may stop in and have your pressure taken. Don’t forget we also have a defibrillator on hand in case of emergencies. A motion was made and seconded at the meeting for the purchase of a small bookcase to be placed in our living area near the fireplace. Ralph Severson suggested this several months ago as we have old photo albums and scrapbooks scattered about the center and this will be home to all of them. Also they will be in a nice area where people can look at them.

Karen Mangelsen

and friends, Donald Albee, and Chris Albee and his fiancé Natalie spent some time visiting at the home of Judy Albee. Don and Lida Nordquist visited Donna and Gerrry Hines Sunday. Hank and Karen Mangelsen were Sunday visitors at the home of Jake, Holly, Hannah and Grace Mangelsen Sunday. They had lunch and supper there. Clam River Tuesday Club will meet April 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Lida Nordquist.

Siren Senior Center

News from the Service Army Pvt. Joshua W. Schmidt has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat


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On Thursday we had a chance to get together with quite a few members of the surrounding senior citizen groups. Ideas were shared and it was decided that this is going to be a yearly event. The Luck Senior Center will be hosting the group next year. Our dining at five dinner will be held on April 12. Shirley is planning on having ham loaf, scalloped potatoes, salad bar, vegetable, rolls, and pistachio pudding for dessert. The sign-up sheet is available, so call in your reservation at 349-2845 or stop in and put your name down. April 5 will be the last day that the tax assistants will be at the center to help anyone who is in need of filling out their homestead credit forms or taxes. They will be here from 1 to 4 p.m. and it is on a first-come first-serve numbered system. My helpful hint this week is if when you go to a public gathering and you see a coat or jacket that you think may be yours, check to make sure it really is. This will save you a lot of money on gas that you have to spend on returning it to the proper owner. A good clue to heed is to see if it is really your jacket, is to check in the pockets. If there are keys in the pocket and they don’t look familiar to you, this is a good sign that this is not your coat/jacket. Also you could try it on and see if it fits like your other jackets. If it is too small or too large it isn’t yours, so just put it back where you found it. On Wednesday, the 500 card group was attended by the largest amount of people we have ever had (32). The winners were, Jeanette Olson, Flo Antiel, Clara Palomaki and Sue Newberger. Winners at Spades on Friday were, Gerry Vogel, Inez Pearson, Flo Antiel and Arvid Pearson. Remember the center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and everyone is welcome.

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POLK COUNTY LIBRARY NEWS Amery Public Library Story time will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday mornings. Everyone is welcome for songs and stories every week. The tax forms are still available at the Amery Public Library and remember that the time is running down. We have Wisconsin, Minnesota and federal tax forms. If you need an odd one, we will try to get it off the internet for you. The Friends of the Library book group meets at 7 p.m. on April 16, to discuss “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver. Pick up a copy at the circulation desk and join us. The Otaku Club for teens who like manga and anime meets at the library every Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. The Teens Read book group meets on March

26, to discuss the heartwrenching “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult. Pick up a copy at the circulation desk and join us for exciting book talk and snacks. The History Group had its first meeting on March 26, with Herb Cederberg and discussed “The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America” translated by Magnus Magnussen at the Amery Public Library. Snacks are provided. They will meet in April and May to discuss two more books. Library Hours Mon. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wed. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dresser Public Library Dresser Public Library is located at 117 S. Central Ave., Dresser, WI 54009. The Dresser Public Library Board of Trustees holds its monthly meeting on the last Monday of each month at 6 p.m. Library hours Monday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday noon–5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.–noon and 1–7 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Income tax forms are available at the library. The Internet is a great source for downloading additional forms you need for only 5 cents per copy! Three Internet computers: You must physically present a MORE library card to library staff and library fines must be under $10 to use a computer. New adult books A variety of new books will be arriving during the month of April, including “Marriage Game” by Fern Michaels and “Obession” by Karen Robards. Mystery fans will certainly enjoy “Fresh Disaster” by Stuart Woods. New DVDs will be ready for circulation this week. Our rotation collection from Polk County Library Federation includes great adult fiction,

Books 1. “The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers,” by Lillian Jackson Braun 2. “A Deeper Sleep: A Kate Shugak Novel,” by Dana Stabenow 3. “Plum Lovin’,” by Janet Evanovich 4. “On Tall Pine Lake,” by Dorothy Garlock 5. “Family Tree,” by Barbara Delinsky Books on CD 1. “High Profile,” by Robert B. Parker 2. “Natural Born Charmer,” by Susan Elizabeth Phillips 3. “Step on a Crack,” by James Patterson 4. “Trouble,” by Jesse Kellerman 5. “White Lies,” by Judith Ann Krentz

The library has received many questions regarding donations. We welcome donations of new or gently used books, videos, DVDs, music CDs, and audiobooks. We do not accept National Geographic Magazines, Reader’s Digest condensed books, encyclopedias or textbooks. Donations may be added to our collection, passed on to other libraries, or put on the annual Friends of the Library book sale which will be June 22 at the Clear Lake Public Library. Making a monetary donation to the library for the purpose of purchasing new material is an excellent means of honoring or remembering a loved one. On April 14 from 9-11 a.m. at the Clear Lake Area Community Center, the library is sponsoring a flower and veg-

now equipped with the Zoom Text Magnifier, Version 9.0 complete with new xFont. This adaptive software gives complete low-vision access to all applications-including word processing, email and the Internet. An easy-to-use mouse accompanies the software. This equipment is part of a LSTA Grant through the Indianhead Federated Library System in Eau Claire. Contact the library at 715-755-2944 which is our telephone and FAX number or e-mail us at Our Web site, also has information about story times, days closed, reference links, library policy and much more.

Story hour Wednesday morning Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to story hour at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, when we will share stories written by children’s author Don Freeman, author of the beloved “Corduroy” books. Book groups are brain food! The Thursday morning reading group will meet Thursday, April 19, at 10:30 a.m. to discuss “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest Gaines, a novel of the relationship between a young black man on death row and his teacher in 1940s Louisiana. The evening book group will meet Thursday, April 19 (same date), at 7 p.m. to talk about Anne Tyler’s “A Patchwork Planet,” the hilarious yet poignant story of 30-something Barnaby Gaitlin, a character apparently unable to keep his finger off the auto-self-destruct button every time his life improves.

Helping your child Do you have a third-grader who is beginning to work on the math process of multiplication or has been busy working on memorizing the multiplication tables? If you do, keep in mind that it is important that your child knows how and when to multiply in addition to memorizing. The Centuria Public Library is a perfect place to come and check out the book “How Is My ThirdGrader Doing in Third Grade?” by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. This book will offer you many excellent ideas on how you, as a parent, can help your child memorize along with understand the process of multiplication.

How does your garden grow? It’s that time of the year – the seed catalogs have arrived and even the windowsill gardener studies the catalogs and dreams of what may be. The library has a variety of gardening books that offer something for everyone. Just getting started? Check out “Gardening for Dummies” or “Rebecca’s Garden” – both titles offer basic, practical information with tips for gardening at all levels. Container gardening is very popular, and “The Container Gardening Encyclopedia” or

Hours The Centuria Public Library is open Monday from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m., Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., closed Friday, and open 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Did I read this already? Now you can track what you have read through the MORE system’s My History. Check it out on the Web site.

Osceola Public Library

etable gardening seminar presented by the Polk County Master Gardeners. Please preregister by calling the library at 715-263-2802. There is a $5 fee which will help fund future gardener projects. All levels of gardeners are welcome, and you do not need to live in Polk County to attend. Celebrate National Library Week by coming to the library on April 16, at 6:30 p.m., to hear Ken Anderson, author of “Mayberry Reflections: The Early Years.” This book features the Taylor Home Inn bed and breakfast, which is located in Clear Lake and owned and operated by Dave and Marsha Scheuermann.

Frederic Public Library

books on CD for adults and teens, and the very popular titles in the Young Your April food donations count The next time you come to the library, Adult collection. Stop in and check us be sure to bring some food items – you out! We have MORE for you! will feed people in need, and the weight of your items will help our local food Story time Lapsitter and preschool story times shelf receive a larger monetary donation begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Join us from the Feinstein Foundation, a group for stories, songs, fingerplays, crafts and dedicated to alleviating hunger. If you’d rather write a check, the library will more! make certain it is also delivered to the Focus on: Internet Computer No. 1 is food shelf.

Centuria Public Library New arrivals The Centuria Public Library continues to receive new books, books on CD, and DVDs throughout the month to spark reading and viewing interest for the patrons that come into the library. Recent additions to the library collection include:

Clear Lake Public Library

“The Ultimate Container Gardener” will help you fill your deck or patio with pots of blooming plants. If you dream of gardening on a larger scale, pick up “Time Life How-To Garden Designs” or “John Brookes’ Natural Landscapes.” The library also has many special-interest titles such as “Growing & Using Herbs in the Midwest,” “Perennial All-Stars,” “Cultivating Bonsai,” or “Garden Problem Solver.” Don’t forget to also check out the magazines for copies of Organic Gardening, Mother Earth News, House & Garden, and Midwest Home and Garden. No matter if you’re a novice or master gardener or if you have a windowsill or five acres, this year grow a tomato or plant a flower – it’s good for the earth and good for you! Need home delivery? If you live in the village of Frederic and are homebound and cannot visit the library, the library will come to you! Volunteers or library staff will set up a schedule with you, choose materials by your request, and deliver them to your door. If you would like this service (or if you know someone who would benefit from it), please contact the library. Tax forms are still available If you are beginning to do your taxes, the basic federal and Wisconsin tax forms are here, including the homestead credit and rent certificate schedules. We will also be happy to download other tax forms from the web for you. Library hours at a glance Regular library hours are Mon. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Wed., Thurs., Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. The library is closed on Tuesdays. How to contact the library Frederic Public Library, 127 Oak St. West. 715-327-4979.

St. Croix Falls Public Library Story hour Listen to stories, create great art and have fun with other kids and parents

every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. at St. Croix Falls Public Library story hour! Hours, contact Our hours are Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dresser Public Library


POLK COUNTY LIBRARY NEWS Balsam Lake Public Library Celebrate Reading during National Library Week In celebration of National Library Week April 15-21, the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation and Culver’s restaurants are kicking off a Coming Together At The Library drawing campaign for children 10 and under in partnership with Wisconsin public libraries. This is the 11th-straight year local Culver’s restaurants in Wisconsin have sponsored this event, which encourages children to read and celebrates their favorite book characters. Children can enter the drawing event by picking up drawing sheets from Balsam Lake Library, available now. Children are encouraged to draw book characters that they would like to meet at the library. Every child who completes a drawing will receive a “Be Our Guest” coupon for a free single scoop of frozen custard from Culver’s and be entered into a random drawing to win additional prizes from Culver’s, including a Scoopie plush toy and Frisbee. Drawings will be displayed at Balsam Lake Library through the month of April. Story time Story time is at 11 a.m. every Wednesday at the library. All ages are welcome to join us for stories, crafts, music and snacks. Please join us for this fun-packed hour. Book lovers group This group gets together monthly to share favorite authors and books. Group will meet again on Wednesday, April 4, at 3 p.m. Read their comments of favorite books.

Knitting group Join us for an evening of knitting and crocheting. Beginners encouraged and welcome, lessons will be given. Bring a project or start a project here. Good conversation and helpful hints are guaranteed. We meet Monday, April 2, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Book club “Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman,” by Elizabeth Buchan is a modern every-woman’s tale. It is the funny, heartfelt, and sad—but definitely not tragic—story about love and how it touched 47-year-old Rose Lloyd. As a college student, Rose fell in love with a man. His name was Hal and he loved her but also wanted to roam the world. Then she met Nathan, who wanted to marry her and raise a family. Rose loved Nathan, too, although for different reasons. She made a decision. We will meet Wednesday, April 18, at 3 p.m. Open to all ages. Friends of the Library Friends of the Library book sale was a great success. Many books found new homes, and we still have a good start for our June book sale. We will still take donations. Friends Group will meet again on Wednesday, April 25, at 1:30 pm. Hours Balsam Lake Library, (under the water tower) at 404 Main St., Balsam Lake. Hours are Monday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. E-mail: Web site

Milltown Public Library Knit and crochet Join the most exciting group in Milltown at the library on the first and third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. Experts and beginners are invited! If you’re in the middle of a project and are looking for help or just fun conversation while you finish that sweater, hat, mitten or whatever, please join us for the next meeting on April 15. Beginners are also invited for free lessons from talented club members – just call the library at 8252313 to ensure that a teacher and materials will be ready for you. We are wireless Bring your laptops to the Milltown Public Library and enjoy our new, free, fast wireless Internet access. No more waiting for an open computer! Surf the net from a comfortable chair! No time limits! Story hour Milltown Public Library offers two story times every Tuesday. The morning story time begins at 10 a.m. Can’t make it in the morning? We will repeat the program at 6:30 p.m. Story times are free and are designed for children under 6 and their caregivers. Each story time lasts 30 to 45 minutes and includes time to browse and check out books.

Book club The Milltown book club will discuss “Rise and Shine“ by Anna Quindlen at 7 p.m. on April 30. Extra copies of this book are available for checkout now at Milltown Public Library. New members and guests are always welcome at the book club discussions. Refreshments will be served. Summer reading program Mark your calendars! The summer reading program at Milltown Library kicks off on Saturday, May 26, with entertainment, games, art projects, and prizes for kids and adults. This summer we will offer Readers’ Rewards to people of all ages. If you can’t make it to the kick off on May 26, you can register for Reading Rewards anytime afterward. Exciting workshops and performers for this summer are already being planned – check out for more information. Hours Library hours are Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Osceola Public Library Hours, contact Our hours are Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from

noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our phone number is 715294-2310, and our Web address is

Preschool story hour is held Wednesdays from 10 – 11 a.m. All preschoolaged children are welcome. We focus on early literary skills, story sequencing,

emergent phonics, the alphabet and other prereading skills. We hope to see you there.

Luck Public Library

Polk County Library Federation April is Poetry Month April is National Poetry Month, so to help celebrate the Polk County Library Federation is hosting its third-annual Teen Poetry Contest. The contest is open to students in grades six -12 and will run April 1 - 18. All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 18. Teens can register and submit original works at their local Polk County public library or send their registration and entry to the Polk County Library Federation, 400 Polk County Plaza, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. All participants will receive a fun gift. The winners will receive fabulous prizes and the honor of reciting their poem at an

Open Mic Night at Goochy Noochy’s Coffee Bar in St. Croix Falls. Library road trip Be sure to participate in the Polk County Road Trip during April celebrating National Library Week. Visit every library in Polk County. Check next week’s library pages for details. Check it out at your library.


Teaming up to fight cancer “Because of you, lives will be changed and lives will be saved!” WEBSTER - Have you ever felt like you were just going in circles? Here is your chance to do it all night long for a great cause. Make a difference in your community and participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Burnett County. The seventh relay will take place on the June 8 and 9 at the Webster High School track. Opening ceremony is at 7 p.m. with the Survivors Lap following and the emotional and beautiful Luminary Ceremony takes place at 10 p.m. Friday. The public is encouraged and welcomed to attend. Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society with more than 4,500 events nationwide and in over 24 countries worldwide. The funds raised by Relay For Life support the American Cancer Society’s mission as the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Campfires, tents and campers circle the Webster High School track as over 500 of your neighbors enjoy music, ceremonies, entertainment, games, raffles and food at this family-orientated event. This year there will be more music, more activities, more food and more fun. Cancer never sleeps and neither do we. Teams are now forming to join us on relay night. Gather your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and we will provide you with information, ideas and sup-

One of last year’s many family teams. Shown (L to R) are Patty Mahocker, Ruth Johnson, Sarah Pals, Shan Pals, Traci Sanders and, in the stroller, Lucas Sanders. – Photo submitted port to make your first team fun and successful. No team is too small. Organizers want you and cancer patients need you to join them for the biggest relay Bur-

nett County has ever seen. - submitted


St. Croix Falls sixth grade live the Iditarod ST. CROIX FALLS – Sixth-graders from St. Croix Falls Middle School have been following, the Iditarod closely and cheered for specific mushers as part of an interdisciplinary unit developed by sixth-grade teachers, Kelly Nelson, Cheryl Olson, Sarah Campbell and Alicia Streich. Language arts teacher Cheryl Olson, used the book “Black Star, Bright Dawn” by Scott O’Dell to help the students gain background into dog mushing and winter survival. Students chose an Iditarod musher who they followed throughout the course of the race in Alaska. Using the Internet, the students mapped the musher’s progress daily. “Our musher blacked out on the trail and had to drop out of the race. We chose a new musher, Jason Barron, and we followed his race progress.” said sixth grade student Cody Dudash. Groups of five to six students worked together to make “sleds” from large cardboard boxes donated by F&A Dairy

Allie Holmdahl helps her team, the Eskimo Cream Pies, pull musher Jordan Johnson away from the start line in the St. Croix Falls Middle School Human Iditarod. – submitted

in Dresser. Because of the quick snowmelt last week, the Human Iditarod was conducted on the grass fields around the St. Croix Falls Middle School, but the students didn’t seem to mind. They just wanted to race their sleds. “This is a great opportunity for the students to work on their planning and cooperation skills. One person alone cannot complete this project. It has to be a team effort. The students were very successful in the end and they had a lot of fun,” said social studies teacher, Kelly Nelson. Students have been running laps in physical education to build up their endurance for the race. But, endurance only was not the key to a successful race. They also had to communicate and work together to finish the race. Following the races, the students returned to the classroom for awards and treat provided by the teachers. “It was a great day for the race!” said Nelson. - submitted

Summer conservation camp scholarships offered BURNETT COUNTY – As spring approaches and Burnett County residents dream of summer breezes, students and parents alike are eagerly planning their summer agendas. Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Camp offers the perfect opportunity for students to combine career development with fun! The Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association will be holding their 29th-annual Conservation Camp this year, June 19-22, and the association

is encouraging youth from all 72 counties to attend and learn more about natural resource conservation. Students will investigate a variety of natural resources including wildlife, soils, forest, lakes and streams, and learn how those resources are managed by professionals. Students can also gain some hands-on experience in the field and find ways that they can use their talents to help protect our natural resources. Conservation Camp also offers

a unique opportunity to meet friends from around the state and enjoy hiking, swimming and canoeing. The Burnett County Land and Water Conservation Committee is sponsoring two WLWCA camp scholarships for high school youths, entering 9 – 11th grades in fall 2007. Scholarships include registration, meals and lodging for four days. Applications to attend Conservation Camp are available at the Burnett County Land and Water Conservation

Department located in the Burnett County Government Center. Deadline for application is Tuesday, May 1. To find out more about this program and other environmental educational opportunities in the county contact Dave Ferris or Ann Lane at the Burnett County Land and Water Conservation Department, 7410 CTH K, Siren, WI 54872 or call 715349-2186. – from LWCD


Local Cub Scouts compete in annual Pinewood Derby by Jeanne Daniels WEBSTER - On Saturday, March 24, the Cub Scouts of pack #564, held their annual Pinewood Derby event at the Webster elementary school. Twenty-one first through fourth-grade boys from the Webster and Siren areas, led by cubmaster Charla Stickland, also of Webster, met last weekend for the opportunity to compete in three different derby classes. The custom cars and their young fabricators competed for first-, second- and third-place awards in the speed, design and originality categories. Car fabrication began when the boys were given their Boy Scouts of America approved derby car kits last month. The kits each contained a chuck of wood, four axles, and four wheels. The boys are required to use the BSA approved kits and their cars cannot be longer than 7 inches or taller than 3 inches. The time and attention invested into fine-tuning the cars is ultimately the reason why one car does better and goes faster down the raceway ramp. Although the boys ultimately reap the rewards for a job well done, it’s a family affair to create these one-of-a-kind derby cars.

The winners of the speed award and their three-run cumulative speed totals are (pictured L-R) Ian Dirschel, third place with 21.16 seconds, Grant Preston, second place with 20.72 seconds, and Alec Ralph, first place with 20.39 seconds. Also shown standing is Cubmaster, Charla Stickland, Webster. Ruth Ralph, Webster, and scout mom of two, stated, “All the cars need to be designed by the kids, but generally an adult will help with the carving of the ac-

tual design. It really turns into a family event.” And, Ralph stated, the boys aren’t the only ones having fun with the cars. The adults have an opportunity, too, to compete for top honors at the derby as well during the open race class. Scout dad, Steve Ralph, Webster, raced with one of 18 cars in the open class division and accomplished a three-run total speed of 20.51 seconds while his 11-year-old son, Jack, finished with 21.06 seconds. Open class category cars were designed by other family members including moms and dads, brothers and grandpas. The goal of Saturday’s competition was to advance to the district competition which will be held in Somerset in the near future. There, the top contenders, the overall winners from this troop including Ian Dirschel, Joey Formanek, Alex Strang, Jonah Mosher, Grant Preston, Alec Ralph, Alec Gustafson and Andy Pavlicek will compete against all other troops in the Wild River District in their respective categories. The top three finalists will move on to the state competition held at the Mall of America, Bloomington, Minn., in May. The Pinewood Derby, along with their summer camping trip, is a major annual highlight for the Cub Scouts.

The Cub Scouts of pack #564 held their annual Pinewood Derby last Saturday and sent their custom-made derby cars sailing down this raceway. - Photos by Ruth Ralph

SCF Easter egg hunt April 7 Expo scooter winner announced ST. CROIX FALLS–The St. Croix Falls Chamber announces the annual Easter egg hunt at the Lions Park in St. Croix Falls. The event will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 7. Kids can come to

hunt for candy and eggs and meet the Easter Bunny. The event is free. The chamber also announced the winner of the 2007 Yamaha Vino Scooter donated by Larsen Auto and Motorsports for the Home and Business Expo that took place March 24. The winner is Greg Anderson of Johnson Motors. –from the chamber

Peace Lutheran to host free clothing event DRESSER – Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser will again host its free clothing event on Monday, April 16, from 2 – 6 p.m. Free clothing, suitable for spring and summer wear, will be available to the general public at this event. All items are clean and in good condition, having been donated by members and friends of the Peace Lutheran congregation. The public is asked to please comply with the hours of the clothing share and not

arrive before 2 p.m. out of respect to the church staff and their working schedule. The free clothing event is sponsored by the church’s social ministries program, which is designed to reach out to area residents through various public assistance services and activities. To learn more about the program and how it can help you or people you know, please call the church at 715-755-2515. – submitted


Frederic grad returns from Yucatan outreach MEXICO - Julie Soppeland, 2004 graduate of Frederic High School , recently returned from a mission outreach to a rural village in the Yucatan area of Mexico. Soppeland traveled with 13 classmates and faculty from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., who each paid to give up their entire spring break in exchange for hard work and memories that will last a lifetime. The group accomplished their primary goal of building a church for the village of Cocoyol, and will long remember the relationships they formed with the indigenous Mayan people there. Preparations for the trip, Feb. 23 – March 4, began well in advance. Much planning was required as the group purchased and provided all of their own

Julie Soppeland (with cap in back) and Mayan children.

A Mayan girl is all smiles when receiving crayons.

food and bottled water for the entire time. Malaria and typhoid pills and shots were needed, along with various travel papers. Each team member collected and brought along donated items, and those from the Frederic area nearly filled one of her bags, reports Soppeland. Dozens of toothbrushes donated by Dr. Brad Harlander were distributed by the team, as well as small tablets of paper given by the Inter-County Leader, with sets of children’s markers donated by Faith Lutheran Church in Grantsburg and pencils purchased by Soppeland’s grandparents. The children loved receiving the surprises and donated clothing, and looked forward to the Bible stories and craft projects, games and songs led by the team each evening. Several different bus and van rides took the team to this small village which was located quite a distance from the city of Akumal. The team’s visit and con-

struction project had been coordinated entirely through an established local Christian ministry. During their stay, team members slept inside huts belonging to villagers, in handmade hammocks they purchased from local craftspeople for well above their asking price. It was unsettling but not uncommon to share the hammock each night with large spiders or red ants, next to passing geckos or scorpions, says Soppeland. And, she adds, snakes and moths the size of hummingbirds would come out after dark. Roosters, wild hogs and other animals roamed freely about, often serenading their exhausted and sunburned visitors all night long. Although the days were very hot and tropically steamy, Soppeland says the nights were chilly. Fleece blankets made before the trip by team members came in handy and were then left behind for village families. The group cooked on a gas

camping stove, and there was only one generator available for power in the village. Showers were not enjoyed until the end of the outreach. All in all, quite a different life than one in a college dormitory. The bulk of each day was spent constructing a church building for the people of Cocoyol. With the supervision of area builders, the team hauled and laid bricks for the walls provided by funds they had each contributed. Heavy, steeltoed construction boots were mandatory for each team member, but Soppeland and the others don’t regret leaving their brand-new pairs behind for those who had no shoes. Groups of smiling children would wait each morning for them to wake up and then follow them throughout their day. Although the children and women spoke primarily in the Mayan language, Soppeland spent memorable times conversing in Spanish with the oldest man—the village leader—who was 62. All of the Mayan people were very warm and generous to us, shares Soppeland. One afternoon, the group was able to travel to see some Mayan pyramids and ruins, and also explored an underground cave. Especially meaningful to the group was participating in a village church service, with everything being translated from Mayan to Spanish and then to English so that all could participate, sing along and understand. Soppeland considers the trip an unforgettable experience, and hopes to one day return to visit the Mayan people again. She wants to share her gratitude for those in this area who supported her with prayer and financial gifts and provided her with donated items to give away to people who have so little. Soppeland is in her third year at Concordia College , with a double major in music and Spanish. She is the daughter of Pastor Mike and Mimi Soppeland of Trade Lake. - submitted

New SCF art studio boasts “strange sculpture, odd things” by Julie Holmquist ST. CROIX FALLS - When David DeMattia was a kid growing up in Simi Valley, Calif., he was surrounded by cutting-edge engineering. He still remembers being at home, feeling the rumble and watching a plume of orange emanating from rocket engines being tested for space travel. “They would bolt it (the engine) down sideways and fire it,” DeMattia recalled. Combining engineering ingenuity with the artistic whimsy of nearby Disneyland became DeMattia’s passion. Now he’s brought his special brand of art to St. Croix Falls. DeMattia recently moved his Sleeping Dragon Studios to St. Croix Falls, a studio advertising “Strange Sculpture & Other Odd Things.” He’s sharing space in Planet Supply, at 115 Washington Ave., in downtown St. Croix Falls, just below Goochy Noochy’s coffee shop. So just what does DeMattia do? He creates animatronics, similar to those moving plants, beings, and other objects at Disneyland. He also creates artistic sculptures, builds clocks out of old computer parts, designs control systems and does sound design. “I do a little bit of everything,” said the 46-year-old who lives in Lindstrom. He’s created lighting and sound design for theatre companies, including the Dallas Children’s Theatre, designed animatronics for a children’s television show called “J.J. The Jet Plane,” and did the animatronic stunt double for the “Wishbone” television show. “When I was a kid, I wanted to work for Disneyland, designing rides. I wrote to them when I was a freshman in college, and they said you need an engineering degree.” DeMattia has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of North Texas, with a minor in radio, television, and film, and another degree in electronics. He worked for many years as a research engineer for a Texas corporation, which eventually moved employ-

David DeMattia sells dragon art and clocks made from computer parts, as well as other “odd things.” – Photo by Julie Holmquist ees to Minnesota. But 11 years of corporate life was enough for him, he said. The urge to leave corporate life behind led him to open a studio in his Lindstrom home four years ago. He welcomed moving his studio to downtown St. Croix Falls though, because he “got tired of talking to the chipmunks.” DeMattia has created everything from a 9-foot-tall talking Christmas tree for a Texas shopping mall to “maneating” animatronic plants for Festival Theatre’s “Little Shop of Horrors” production. And he received a McKnight grant last year to create an interactive sculpture. “It’s either going to be a tropical bird or a weird plant,” he said. For the project, he’s hoping to merge artistic elements

with a wind generator that will operate a moving sculpture. DeMattia will also be teaching a 3D class at Day Art Camp this summer held at the Golden Egg Farm north of St. Croix Falls. He’s also considering teaching other classes for kids at some point, he said, because “I figure it’s time to give back.” He said he’s also concerned about a generation of kids who are more interested in video games than in creating something. Anyone interested in possible classes may call DeMattia at 651-257-6019. Some of his work can be viewed on his web site: www.SleepingDragon


“Bye, Bye Birdie” ST. CROIX FALLS – St. Croix Falls High School drama presented “Bye, Bye, Birdie” this weekend at Festival Theatre. The play will be presented again this weekend, March 30-31, with shows on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For tickets in advance call 715-483-9823 ext. 283. Tickets are also available at the door. –Photos by Tammi Milberg

Jessica Reddy and Rebecca Liemandt make up part of the teen chorus in the production.

Mae Peterson, Kelsey Douglass-White, plays the perfect nagging, guilt-tripping mother of Albert Peterson.

Brenna Martens and Eric Roush play Doris and Harry MacAfee, parents of teenager Kim MacAfee. They contemplate what has gone wrong with teens these days.

Albert Peterson (Steve Tucker) prepares Conrad Birdie, played by Isaac Bont, for his escape out of Sweet Apple, Ohio, with a disguise at the train station.

Rose Alvarez, played by Mary Ryan, tells Albert Peterson (Steve Tucker) she is leaving him after years of waiting for him to make a commitment to their relationship.

(L to R): Alice played by Jo Oldenburg, Deborah Sue played by Erin McCormack, and Ursula, played by Kaelie Ward, go ga-ga over heartthrob Conrad Birdie, played by Isaac Bont. Also pictured are members of the teen chorus in the background.


Romantic ship-side comedy/mystery presented by Siren High School Directed by Laurie Bakkum, with technical direction/set by Jim Kopecky Photos by Nancy Jappe

Simon (Bobby Smith) talks over his love situation with Hyacinth Devine (Courtney Daniels). The two are under a poster showing the musical headliner for the cruise shows, Siren’s own Troy Daniels. Daniels himself comes on stage for one poignant vignette where he stops to admire the face looking back at him from the poster

Prince Alexander (Keith Cremin) is on the SS Flounder cruise to find a suitable woman to come off the cruise on his arm. That woman turns out to be Hyacinth Devine (Courtney Daniels), and the two share a surprisingly vehement hug. “Anchors Aweigh” was presented in the Siren High School auditorium Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23, and Sunday, March 25.

Thirty years ago, on June 10, the captain (Kyle Malm) and his love, Corky (Melanie Schulz) parted. Each never got over the love, and have mourned that date every year Captain Creeg (played by Kyle Malm) is surrounded by the crew of his cruise ship, the SS Flounder, in the Siren High until they are reunited on the SS School’s production of “Anchors Aweigh!” by Craig Sodaro The crew consisted of (L to R): Chris (Cory Abbott), Sam Flounder cruise. (Mackenzie Swenson), Darcy (Sarah Howe), Naomi (Hailey Nadeau), Nicole (Vada Moody) and Ishmael (Tom Chosa).

Old ladies Esther (Brittany Horwath) and Hester (Emily Muus) blend into the background during the entire production. Only at the end is it revealed that they are the mysterious owners of the cruise ship, the SS Flounder, a fact unknown to everyone, even the captain in Craig Sodaro’s play, “Anchors Aweigh!”

(L to R) Bad guys Bubba (Tyler Johnson) and Max (Aaron Engstrand) switch into dresses as the plot thickens. They are seen here talking to Prince Alexander (Keith Cremin) who is also on the ship in disguise, and are eventually discovered to be the missing stowaways on board.


“Western Jamboree” Frederic elementary students have a stompin’ good time at their spring music program Frederic students in grades 1-3 entertained a full house at the Birch Street Elementary School last Thursday evening as they presented their annual spring musical, “Western Jamboree.” The cowboys and girls sang, danced, rode horses and played instruments, all to the theme of the Wild West. Music instructor Pat Anderson directed the program which brought enjoyment and some laughs to the audience, even if they were prompted (photo at right). - Photos by Gary King


St. Croix Falls students put on talent show ST. CROIX FALLS – “American Idol” has nothing on St. Croix Falls Middle School. Students in grades five through eight gathered for an assembly Friday, March 23, to entertain and amaze their teachers, parents, and peers with a surprising display of courage, talent, preparation, and character. As evidenced by the quality of the performances many of the students have been looking forward to (and preparing for) this event for a long time. “The talent show provides another opportunity for students to share in the life of the middle school,” said Kathy Willow, middle school principal. “The participants did an outstanding job not only in terms of talent but in their display of confidence as well. It’s not easy to stand in front of your peers and perform, but they each did an awesome job and the audience was very receptive and supportive. It was a great afternoon for students and staff alike.” The event capped off two days of excitement as the students celebrated March Madness Days, in which students and staff alike participated and competed in dress-up days (mix it up and pajama). The sixth grade also held their annual Human Iditarod competition earlier Friday morning. But the talent show is really the centerpiece of March Madness Days. Beginning shortly after 1 p.m., students performed a variety of acts from solo electric guitar, to duets, to piano, to dance and lip-sync routines. Even the teachers got into the act, breaking up the program with entertaining skits as they dressed up as different celebrity figures such as the Village People, Judge Judy, the “American Idol” judges, and Ryan Seacrest. “The talent show is a chance for stu-

Alicia Graveson got the crowd rocking and earned first prize by singing “Truly, Honestly and Deeply” by Savage Garden. – Photos submitted dents who may not be involved in other activities to show off their skills. It was awesome watching them perform,” said middle school guidance counselor, Denise Sinclear. “I am proud of the middle school student council who put on the events this week. They did an awesome job planning and organizing all the events. March Madness was a huge success,” said Sinclear. - submitted RIGHT: Karina Morley entertained the audience with a unicycle act.


Samaritan Center will celebrate 40th aniniversary ST. CROIX FALLS – The St. Croix Valley Samaritan Center will be celebrating its 40th anniversary next year. In 2009, the Good Samaritan Auxiliary will follow with its 30-year anniversary. Plans are under way, to re-energize and revitalize the auxiliary before that date. More than a decade after the St. Croix Valley Good Samaritan Center was built, a group of community-minded women saw a need. These women realized that the residents of the Good Samaritan facility needed contact with the community. They further noted there was a need to provide the residents with more of the comforts of home.

In 1979, these dedicated community workers organized the St. Croix Falls Good Samaritan Auxiliary. The purpose of the auxiliary was to provide needed volunteers to keep the lives of the residents whole and active and to raise funds for added amenities that would add to the fullness of life for each resident. To this end the organization is active today. In the years since the auxiliary was founded, it has provided volunteers for the many daily activities and distribution of daily water to the residents. The auxiliary’s fundraising efforts have made many, otherwise unattain-

able, needs a reality. The auxiliary purchased a big-screen television for the residents’ lounge. The auxiliary raised money for a bus, making it possible for more residents to attend events outside the facility. In recent months, visitors chairs were purchased for each room and oak shelves were installed to provide a place for personal items and the auxiliary purchased specialized medical equipment to help the staff ensure the health of the residents. In the past, the auxiliary provided needed funds for the facility’s Dove Room that provides residents and families a place for the peaceful passage of their loved ones.

The auxiliary recently contributed funds toward new sliding front doors, making access safer and eliminating problems with the wind. The list of needs is long and the residents deserve the best that can be given to them. If you are a community-minded, caring person and want to be part of this amazing group of women (men are welcome, as well), if you have a desire to put smiles on the faces of people who deserve the very best, call the center 715-483-9815 and ask to talk to Georgeann Gore. - submitted

Adult day care helps both caregivers and clients BURNETT COUNTY – Burnett County Adult Day Care is a dual-purpose program that benefits not only those with memory loss but also their caregivers. Adult day services provide a safe, social day program for people afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or a different type of dementia, as well as general confusion due to normal aging. When caregivers use adult day services, it allows them time to take care of things they need or want to do, without having to worry about their loved one’s safety. Programming and activities at Northwoods Respite are planned according to

the clients’ interests, activity level and therapeautic needs. Traditional activities like games, baking, crafts, exercises and manicures are scheduled often. Birthdays and other special occasions call for celebration, and day trips are common during the summer. Socializing is also an important part of the day care because it allows participants to interact socially with others in similar situations without being judged. The caregivers can greatly benefit from Northwoods Respite’s services as well. It allows them two days a week for themselves. While this may seem selfish, it’s

important that caregivers find a balance, early on, between the stressful demands of caregiving and their own personal needs. Many caregivers use this time to run errands, schedule appointments or just rest. If you are a caregiver who struggles to find that balance, this may be the time to think about outside resources like adult day centers. Other benefits to the caregiver is the support they’ll find through other caregivers who are experiencing the same things. Books, videos and informational brochures are also available through Northwoods Respite, or your local

Alzheimer’s Association Chapter, 218726-4822. By identifying the need, the earlier the better, and by using the resources that are available, both of you will be happier and healthier. Northwoods Respite is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m, and are currently accepting clients. Please contact Northwoods Respite director at 349-5250, if you are a caregiver and want more informtion on how to get your loved one into respite care. – submitted

Café Accordion Orchestra to perform at Festival Theatre ST. CROIX FALLS – Earth Day weekend will see downtown St. Croix Falls abuzz with activity and filled with music on April 21 and 22. Café Accordion Orchestra will headline concert activities on Saturday evening starting at 7:30 p.m. At Gaylord Nelson Park and throughout the river trails, nature hikes and trail cleanup will pay tribute to the beauty of the upper St. Croix River. With a an eclectic mix of vintage swing, Latin, American, and French music, Café Accordion Orchestra evokes the mood of popular Parisian cafes of the 1920s through 1950s. At the heart of the orchestra’s five-piece band is a romantic, gypsy-influenced music, which is complemented with ballands, tangos, boleros and rumbas to create a wonderfully varied show. On Sunday, an Earth Day party brings to town three much-loved musicians for a family (ages 3 and up) concert at 2 p.m. Dakota Dave Hull, Claudia Schmidt and Pop Wagner will share the stage with acoustic folk music and stories. Wagner and Hull will play a set and then Claudia will play a set, before the three come to the stage together for a round robin of

Café Accordion Orchestra to perform at Festival Theatre. – Photo submitted duos and trios. Café Accordion is performing within

the 2007 Music Series and tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door (or use Flex

Passes). The Earth Day party also offers reserved seating at $12.50 for adults and $7.50 for children (ages 3 and up). During the season, eight additional concerts round out the Music Series including Alice Peacock in concert May 5 and Sons of the Voyageur on July 20. Tish Hinojosa, Butch Thompson, and Monroe Crossing are some of the other musicians who will take the stage at Festival Theatre in 2007. To receive a 2007 season brochure, stop in at Festival Theatre or request on by phone or e-mail. 2007 Flex Pass tickets are on sale now for savings up to 35 percent on plays and concerts. Festival Theatre is located in downtown St. Croix Falls, at 210 North Washington St. For more information, to order tickets or join the Festival Theatre mailing list, call 715483-3387 or 888-887-6002. You may also send an e-mail to info@festival If you would like more information about the nature hikes and trail cleanup opportunities, please call St. Croix Falls Chamber of Commerce at 715-483-3580 or Menagerie at 715-4831250. – submitted

Pilgrim Lutheran Church youth group goes bowling FREDERIC – Pilgrim Lutheran Church Youth Group and members went bowling on Sunday evening at McKenzie Lanes in Centuria. Everyone had a good time bowling for an hour. Afterwards the group enjoyed pizza and a soda. All are welcome to attend worship services on Palm Sunday, April 1, one service only at 10 a.m. The Confirmation students will be performing “The Passion” according to Matthew. Sunday School is from 8:50 to 9:50 a.m. and the students will be putting the final touches on the songs they will be singing in church that morning. They will also be ringing the bells. Holy Week continues, with services for Maundy Thursday, on Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. The Ecumenical Services for Good Friday are at 7 p.m. at St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Frederic. Easter Sunday, April 8, a breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m., in the Fellowship Hall of the church with worship of one service only at 10 a.m. Please call the

Standing (L to R): Dayton Rivera, Ray Thompson, Megan Amundson, Cori Schmidt, Kayla Nelson, Sarah Smith, Cody Camp, Jan Berg, Gilbert Berg and Julie Martin. Seated (L to R): Zach Schmidt, Austin Kurkowski, Carol Thompson, Ashley Kurkowski, Jackie Kurkowski, Jamie Taft and Pastor Catherine Burnett. – Photo submitted church to make a reservation for breakfast, 327-8012.

For more information about Pilgrim Lutheran Church, go to their Web site call the church office. - submitted



EDUCATION VIBRATIONS Mina Copeland Head Start gather to celebrate of the Burnett County Government Center on Hwy. 35 between Siren and Webster. Children are accepted from all of Burnett County. To enroll a child for next year, or to find out more information, please call Bonnie at 866-4867. - submitted

SIREN – The I.C.A.A. Mina Copeland Head Start Center children and family members gathered recently to celebrate their grandparents and to enjoy a delicious snack together. One activity they did together was to create a fun animal book to read at home. The Mina Copeland Head Start Center serves children from 3 to 5 years of age. The program helps children become better prepared for school by providing help with social skills, understanding basic rules, and taking regular field trips to learn about the community. They currently are enrolling children for their fall The center is lo2007-08school year. cated approximately one-half mile north

Shown are Maddie (mom), Sandy (Grandma), Heather and Ben. – Photo submitted

Burnett County Library New arrivals: “Puss ‘n Cahoots” by Rita Mae Brown; “Daddy’s Girl” by Lisa Scottoline; “Secret” by Rhonda Byrne; “Obsesby Jonathan Kellerman; sion” “Whitethron Woods” by Maeve Binchy; “Culture Warrior” by Bill O’Reilly; “Forever Young: 10 Gifts of Faith” by Pat Williams; “The Sugar Solution” by Prevention magazine editors. On order: “Fresh Disasters” by Stuart Woods; “Dragonfly in Amber” by Diana Gabaldon; “Lord John and the Private Matter” by Diana Gabaldon; “Voyager” by Diana Gabaldon; “Battles of Destiny, Volumes 1,2,3 and 4” by Al Lacy; “Cherokee Rose, A Place to Call Home #1” by Al Lacy; “Bright are the Stars, A Place to Call Home #2” by Al Lacy. To address the books for drug awareness, on order are: “Straight Talking” – duplicate titles are ordered for different age levels, 1. Cocaine 2. Ecstasy 3. Methamphetamine 4. Oxycontin. Celebrate reading during National Library Week Culver’s will be sponsoring a drawing event in partnership with the Burnett Community Library of Webster during the week of April 15 – 21. The Wisconsin Library Association Foundation and Culver’s restaurants are kicking off a Coming Together at the Library drawing campaign for children age 10 and under in partnership with Wisconsin public libraries. This is the 11th-straight year local Culver’s restaurants in Wis-

Follow the Leader Academic news Michael Ryan of Frederic has been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus. Ryan, son of John and Peggy Ryan of Frederic, completed over 12 credits with a GPA of over 3.66.

consin have sponsored this event, which encourages children to read and celebrates their favorite book characters. Children can enter the drawing events by picking up drawing sheets from their local library at over 320 participating Wisconsin libraries during April 12 – 21. Children are encouraged to draw book characters that they would like to meet at the library. Every child who completes a drawing will receive a “Be Our Guest” coupon for a free single scoop of frozen custard from Culver’s and be entered into a random drawing to win additional prizes from Culver’s, including a Scoopie plush toy and Frisbee. Drawings will be displayed at participating libraries and/or a Culver’s restaurant throughout the month of April. “Wisconsin’s libraries expose children to worlds both real and imaginary,” said Maxine Peterson. “The National Library Week provides all of us with an important reminder of the positive role a story plays in shaping young minds and developing reading and language skills.” First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. For more information about Wisconsin libraries, go to Remember to stop by the library if you want to pick up a drawing sheet during April 12-21. Any questions please call the library at 715-866-7697 and ask for Maxine or Charlotte. - submitted

Moms for Kids scholarships available to seniors SIREN – Moms For Kids have scholarship money available to Siren seniors who volunteer their time doing community service and are financially needy. You do not need to belong to Moms For Kids to qualify, in fact, close to 60 percent of the past scholarships have been awarded to nonclub member students. Over the past six years, Moms For Kids have awarded over $7,750 to 21 graduating seniors. Scholarship funds are generated though the sponsoring of the

Experience a Northwoods Christmas Craft Show (Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Northwoods Event Center) and the Rainbow of Fun Carnival (Saturday, March 31 at the Siren School). This year, at least two scholarships will be awarded. Applications may be obtained by going to the school guidance office. Please mail your application in before the Saturday, March 31, due date. – submitted

Luck Solo and Ensemble participants

Luck High School Solo and Ensemble contest participants that participated in the area high school solo and ensemble contest held at Webster were bottom row (L to R): Gina Armour, Ashley Valentine, Ali Lehmann, Chelsie Anderson, Kaylyn Ball, Tanya Holm and Darcy Brenholt. Middle row: David Leggitt, Todd Anderson, Chris Valentine, Tyler Petersen, Ben Panek, Lacy Sellent, Aleah Lemieux and Jordan Hall. Top row: Dana Erickson, Grace Jenson, Felicia Lane, Nick Emerson, Wally Rich, Mitchell Larson, Stephanie Mathews, Mary MaidenMueller and Alexis Lowry. Not pictured were: Kayla Bubendorf, Kassi Ingram, Jenny Roberts, Jake Monahan, vocal director Janet Holdt and nstrumental director Jennifer Gilhoi. – Photo submitted


The Show 007 this weekend in Luck

Luck High School will present “The Show 007” Friday and Saturday evenings, March 30 and 31. This year’s theme, appropriately, is James Bond. The alloriginal sketches bring back favorite actors from years past and introduce new talent, particularly Dan Nentvich, a German exchange student. Experience “News for Paranoid Alarmists,” “Ice Cream Shop,” which is a small business run by refugees with dark world views, and “Boardroom,” where executives ponder the services of a new company. Come to “The Show 007,” and watch Miss USA apologizing, or see the Garrets and their troubles with Gladys, invites director Judy Wicklund. “A lot of people who see the Garret skits ask, ‘What exactly is a Garret?’” she says. “Frankly, I don’t know, but I don’t want one.” “The Show 007” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the elementary gym. — submitted

Dip in manufacturing jobs temporary STATEWIDE - The latest figures for Wisconsin’s manufacturing workforce show 490,000, a 17-year low. But a labor official says the picture’s not quite that bleak. According to Eric Grosso, a labor market economist with the state Department of Workforce Development, the manufacturing sector lost 8,600 jobs in the year ending this past February. Grosso says it’s easy to look at this and call the glass half-empty. However, he notes that the first quarter of any calendar in term of employment in many industries can be “a little bit erratic.” Grosso says the areas taking the brunt of the loss are paper, wood and food and beverage makers, generally referred to as “nondurable” goods, items that aren’t

made to last any longer than three years. He says the durable goods sector - items like cars, appliances and furniture – is highly resilient, and makes up most of Wisconsin’s manufacturing employment. Grosso says he’s optimistic things will pick up again just before summer. He predicts the employment will be just above 500,000 by about June, and moreover, he says it will be across the nondurable goods and durable goods manufacturers. Manufacturing jobs currently make up 17 percent of Wisconsin’s total employment. - Wisconsin Public Radio (Brian Bull)


Home and business expo held

The 2007 Home and Business Expo was held at the St. Croix Falls High School gym Saturday, March 24.

Kids at the home and business expo in St. Croix Falls brought their jump ropes and found ways to entertain themselves while their parents checked out the booths on display.

Local businesses set up booths and displayed their wares or provided information about services they provide to persons who attended the expo.

Photos by Tammi Milberg

WITC students provide free tax prep NEW RICHMOND – As the deadline for tax looms on the horizon, accounting and finance students at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College stay busy providing free tax preparation for low-income taxpayers. Now in its 13th year, people on both sides of the equation benefit from the symbiotic relationship with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance: students get valuable experience working with real clients, while members of the community get high-quality tax preparation assistance. The service is available each Tuesday through April 10 on a walk-in basis only, 5:30 to 8 pm. The college also has a Spanish translator available by appointment. The VITA tax preparers are WITC students and other volunteers who are trained with materials provided by the IRS and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. The returns are prepared with state-of-the-art software and electronically filed. Federal and state refunds can even be transmitted directly to a taxpayer’s bank account, eliminating weeks of waiting time compared to a mailed-in return. The free tax preparation is available for individual taxpayers whose income was $25,000 or below, or families up to $35,000. Preparers are ready to work on the following types of return: 1040EZ, 1040A and 1040, including schedules A, B, C-EZ, and D (unless complicated). To have taxes prepared free by VITA, bring to the first appointment: picture ID; Social Security cards for anyone shown on the return‚ All forms W-2 and 1099‚ information on any other income, information for all deductions/credits, property tax statement or certificate of rent paid from landlord, Anything else that clients think may be needed and a copy of last year’s return. Questions about the program may be directed to a toll-free hotline: 800-243-9482, ext VITA (8482). – submitted

WITC business students and VITA volunteers provide free tax preparation services to taxpayers. Here WITC student Kathleen Schachtner assists a young couple with their 2006 tax return. The WITC business and finance instructor and VITA advisor is R. Thomas Pedersen. – from WITC

Nursing home tax could hurt elders’ care, managers say STATEWIDE - Nursing homes would get more money in the budget proposed by Gov. Jim Doyle. However, they’re not all happy about the size of the bump, not to mention the way the state would pay for it. The Governor’s budget would increase reimbursement rates to nursing homes by 2 percent in each of the next couple years. But nursing home administrator Bonnie Zabel told members of the Legislature’s budget committee that’s not enough to keep pace with the rising cost of caring for seniors. Zabel says workers at her Watertown facility deserve the kind of attention that other areas of the budget are receiving. Administrators say the problem is that they lose money on the Medicaid patients for whom they’re expected to care. Zabel says her home loses $2 million on these patients each year. Terry McGinnity runs a 91-bed nursing home in Lodi, where he says he’s forced to charge private residents $62 more each day in order to cover the cost of those on government-supported care. He says it doesn’t seem very fair for these frugal few who happen to get sick to subsidize so much of the care for people who just happen to be poor. McGinnity also takes issue with a proposed nursing home bed tax in the governor’s budget that would go up from $75 to $125 a month. While the aim of that tax is to cover more Medicaid costs, it has a history of being used in part to pay other bills. - Wisconsin Public Radio (Shawn Johnson)


Wisconsin ranks among top states in hospital quality, safety MADISON – Wisconsin ranks among the top states in the nation on hospital care associated with pneumonia, heart attacks and heart failure according to a report released by the Joint Commission ( The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations across the nation. The report details the performance of accredited hospitals against standardized national performance measures and the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals. Three years ago, the Wisconsin Hospital Association launched CheckPoint,, becoming one of the first states in the country to publicly report hospital quality and safety information. CheckPoint initially had 10 quality and five safety measures and 121, or 96 percent of the hospitals participating in the program. Now, 99 percent of the hospitals in Wisconsin participate in CheckPoint, and by the end of 2007, CheckPoint will report more than 70 measures on its Web site. Since December 2004, Wisconsin hos-

pitals have either maintained an already high level of compliance with a standard of care, or effected double-digit improvement increases. For example, the statewide average of the percent of hospitalized pneumonia patients who receive a vaccination to prevent a future onset of pneumonia has gone from 46 percent in December 2004 to 77 percent in December 2006, a 64-percent increase across all hospitals. Smoking cessation counseling for pneumonia patients went from 61 percent to 86 percent – a 41-percent increase across all hospitals in the state. Of the 19 medical and error prevention measures currently reported in the WHA CheckPoint Web site, the statewide average compliance score is greater than 90 percent for 11 of the 19 medical and error prevention measures. Dana Richardson, WHA’s vice president of quality, said, “It is well-known that you improve what you measure. In several quality improvement areas reported in CheckPoint, we saw doubledigit increases which demonstrate

improvement in the safety and quality of the care that we provide in our hospitals. Improvement like that is only possible when physicians and hospital staff commit to standardizing and refining processes that lead to better patient outcomes.” Richardson said improvement this significant requires coordination across many hospital departments and disciplines. Wisconsin hospitals have used many approaches including focused quality improvement efforts, multihospital collaboratives, and participation in national campaigns. WHA Senior Medical Advisor Charles Shabino, MD, said CheckPoint gives patients an opportunity to partner with their physicians in a new way by asking questions about the quality and safety of their care. “CheckPoint creates a new environment of sharing information that will be helpful to patients, health care organizations and businesses,” according to Shabino. While health care is delivered in a

more competitive environment these days, Shabino said Checkpoint offers a way for hospitals to collaborate and benchmark successes, learning best practices from one another. “Through CheckPoint, all hospitals share their progress towards implementing practices that research demonstrates improves outcomes and increase safety, which will raise the level of health care quality statewide,” Shabino added. Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Since 1951, The Joint Commission has maintained state-of-the-art standards that focus on improving the quality and safety of care provided by health care organizations. The Joint Commission’s comprehensive accreditation process evaluates an organization’s compliance with these standards and other accreditation requirements. - submitted

Moms for Kids coloring contest held Front Row: Henry Taylor, Grace Tolzman, Noah Kegel and David Greif. Second Row: Samantha Kosloski, Brittany Dohm, Noah Koball, Elizabeth Stanford, Kaci Tolzman, Aubri Larson and Leigha Olson. Third row: Michael Conrow, Sydni Schultz, Hattie Koball, Stefanie Wambolt, Jorden LaPointe, Jacob Swenson, Jared Emery and Mackenzie Smith.

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Front Row: Dalton Banderveldon, Robbie Jarrell and Derek Highstrom. Second row: Julia Butler.

SIREN - Here are the lucky winners of the Moms for Kids Rainbow of Fun Carnival coloring contest. The pictures were judged for their coloring, creativity and imagination. Please stop in to see the winning art and enjoy the Moms for Kids Rainbow of Fun Carnival on March 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Presale tickets are at the Siren area banks for 50 for $10 and will be available at the door for 4 for $1. - submitted

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not pictured: Winners Rylee O’Brien and Asia Belisle

Luck High School National Honor Society members present check National Honor Society members from Luck High School presented $250 to Debbie Wickstrom of Luck High School, which they earned at a bake sale. The Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation will be holding a walk, which will take place at the end of August. The National Honor Society gave the $250 to Wickstrom so she may begin to meet the goal of $2,200, which is needed in order to participate in the walk. Anyone wishing to help Wickstrom collect $2,200 may send a check to the school or contact her at the school. In the event that Wickstrom does not meet the goal, the money raised will still go to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to aid in the research of breast cancer. – Photo submitted


Unity raises $11,038.86 for American Heart Association

About 130 Unity Elementary students participated in Jump Rope for Heart on Tuesday, March 20, and raised $11,038.86 while learning about the symptoms of strokes and heart attacks. Money raised during the event will benefit the American Heart Association. Pictured above are the students that raised the most money. From (L to R): Olivia Ozmun (first grade) raised $460, and Nicole Paulzine (fourth grade), raised $348. (Inset): Whitney Rock (third grade) raised $359. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Burnett County civil court GMAC vs. Matthew P. Randt, Shell Lake, return of 2002 GMC Sierra plus $373.25. GMAC vs. Andrea M. Holm, Grantsburg, return of 2003 Saturn Ion plus $377.75. Green Tree Servicing LLC vs. Yvonne Owens, Grants-

burg, return of Heritage mfg. home plus $230.00. Bayfield Financial, LLC vs. Lori R. Steichen, Spooner, $2,122.64. Velocity Investments LLC vs. Gail Meyer, Spooner, $1,273.70. Erin Capital Management

LLC vs. Patsy L. Lokker, Webster, $2,142.62. Erin Capital Management LLC vs. Mary J. Christner, $1,551.27. Doug French et al vs. Gale Rachuy, Duluth, Minn., $1,247.40.

Burnett County deaths Rodger A. Erickson, 63, Dewey, March 8.

Polk County divorces Divorces filed Dean and Sherdyn Koehler, Star Prairie. Married 1994. Three children. Dawn and Bart Brandt, Turtle Lake. Married 1989. Three children. Jeffrey and Ronda Martinson, Amery. Married 2001. No children. Scott McCurdy, Centuria, and Sara McCurdy, Hurley. Married 1997. One child. Divorces granted Jinny and Richard Miller. Married 2001. One child. James and Kathy Jantz. Married 1986. Once child.

Polk County civils Joseph Vierkandt, Amery, plaintiff. Richard Ward, Balsam Lake, Sheyanne Hiemstra, Clear Lake Motel, defendants. Vierkandt was injured in 2006 as a result of a bar fight and alleges he was injured because of Hiemstra’s negligence and seeks damages. At the time of the injury, Hiemstra was employed by Ward, d/b/a, The Fieldhouse Bar. PHH Mortgage Corp., Mt. Laurel, N.J., plaintiff. Susan Proulz, Osceola, defendant. Plaintiff seeks mortgage foreclosure in amount of $122,643.91. Patricia Gaffney-Thompson, Osceola, plaintiff. Gerald Viebrock and Nancy Viebrock, Viebrock Construction, Inc., Osceola, defendants. Plaintiff alleges breach of contract by defendant stating defendant allegedly failed to perform work according to terms of contract and seeks damages in amount of $22,375. Beneficial Wisconsin, Virginia Beach, Va., plaintiff. Ralph Sawyer, Balsam Lake, defendant. Plaintiff alleges default of loan payments and seeks $13,047.29. U.S. Bank, St. Louis, Mo., plaintiff. Trudee Bealka, Dresser, defendant. Plaintiff alleges default on credit cart account payments and seeks $7,073.97.

Portfolio Recovery Assoc., LLC, Norfolk, Va., plaintiff. Cindy Austin, Amery, defendant. Plaintiff alleges default on credit cart account payments and seeks $9,002.42. Jadie Libbenga, St. Croix Falls, plaintiff. Country Mutual Insurance Co., Madison, Teressa Jensen, Amery, defendants. An accident in 2004 resulted in injuries to Libbenga. Plaintiff alleges that injuries were caused by alleged negligence of Jensen and seeks damages. Bank of America, N.A., Getzville, N.Y., plaintiff. Jeremy Schouten and Kristine Geraghty, Centuria, defendants. Plaintiff seeks mortgage foreclosure in amount of $45,947.88. Gordon and Jacqueline Struss, Luck, plaintiffs. Warren and Carol Haroldson, Sun City, Ariz., Betty Knutson, Lewis, and ReMax Northwoods, Siren, defendants. Plaintiffs allege fraud, false advertising and misrepresentation during sale of house at 1172 243 Ave., Luck, and seek damages. U.S. Bank National Assoc., Minneapolis, Minn., plaintiff. John G. Peterson and Allyson E. Meyers, Taylors Falls, Minn., defendants. Plaintiff seek foreclosure on parcel in Centuria in amount of $47,204 plus interest.

Polk County criminal court Johnny Massey Sr. 20, Grantsburg, issue worthless check, $249.00. Marlene S. Mitchell, 57, Cumberland, issue worthless check, $249.00. Nancy Matrious, 52, Danbury, issue worthless check, $249.00. Jeffrey E. Jonas, Maplewood, Minn., issue worthless check, $249.00. Gregory S. Deal, River Falls, issue worthless check, $314.96. Julie A. Oliger, 46, Pine City, Minn., issue worthless check, $266.48. Lawrence E. Bildeau, 23, Hertel, bail jumping, 30 days’ jail time, $77.00. Leroy E. Bond Jr., 34, Siren, bail jumping, seven months’ jail time, one year probation, $88.00. Benjamin F. Notinokey, 20, Webster, disorderly conduct, 90 days’ jail time, $233.00. Brandon G. Hulter, 19, Danbury, disorderly conduct, 30 days’ jail time, $88.00. Darryl R. Moose, 40, Webster, disorderly conduct, $299.00. Jason L. Pierce, 24, Webster, disorderly conduct, $249.00. Dennis J. LaSarge, 27, Webster, possession of THC, one-year jail time, $97.00. Dennis J. LaSarge, 27, Webster, vehicle operator flee/elude officer, alcohol assessment, 2 years’ probation, $650.00, restitution, $113.00. Lawrence E. Bildeau, 23, Hertel, criminal damage to property, 10 days’ jail time, $75.00. Lawrence E. Bildeau, 23, Hertel, resisting or obstructing an officer, 30 days’ jail time, $88.00. Katie E. Schommer, 23, Hudson, criminal trespass to

dwelling, $150.00, restitution, $249.00. James C. Blume, 41, Danbury, battery, five months jail time, one-year probation, $77.00. Lawrence E. Bildeau, 23, Hertel, battery, nine months’ jail time. James E. Lightfeather, 26, Webster, operating while revoked, 60 days’ jail time, $88.00. Patrick F. Bodine, 39, North Branch, Minn., OWI, $894.00, alcohol assessment, 10 days’ jail time, license revoked 12 months. Alicia A. Hall, 34, Webster, OAR, 10 days’ jail time, $413.00. Steven R. Daniels, 27, Trego, OWI, $957.00, alcohol assessment, $5,734.38 restitution, 30 days’ jail time, license revoked 14 months. Dennis J. LaSarge, 27, Webster, OWI, $1,967.00, alcohol assessment, 80 days’ jail time, license revoked 27 months. Patrick R. Frazee, 43, Danbury, OWI, $1,209.00, license revoked three years, three years’ probation, conditions of probation-six months’ jail time. Dallas W . Schauls, 44, Luck, possession of THC, sentence withheld, three years’ probation, license suspended six months, $363.00. Nicole R. MacLean, 27, Hayward, possession of narcotic drugs, sentence withheld, three years’ probation, suspended six license months, $113.00. David C. Diver, 39, Rosholt, possession of cocaine, possess drug paraphernalia, sentence imposed, three years’ prison, 30 days’ jail time consecutive to prison sentence. James K. Wille, 47,

Coraran, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Michael E. Larson, 44, Grantsburg, transport deer without person who tagged it, $258.00. Michael E. Larson, 44, Grantsburg, group deer hunting violation, $283.00. Michael E. Larson, 44, G r a n t s b u r g , possess/loan/borrow another’s license, $283.00. Shawna L. Crawford, 40, Poplar, speeding, $160.80. Bruce W . Nelson, 19, Grantsburg, operating with PAC >= .08 < .10, license revoked six months, $250.00. Wesley J. Bearheart, 43, Spooner, OWI, $793.00, alcohol assessment, license revoked eight months. Charles J. Fish, 60, speeding, $113.00. James G. Darby, 23, Webster, third-degree sexual assault, sentence withheld, five years’ probation, conditions of probation, one-year jail time, psych treatment, register as a sex offender, costs waived by the court. Margaret D. Cashman, 49, Danbury, OWI, $793.00, alcohol assessment, license revoked eight months. Zachary R. Quigley, 17, Webster, speeding, $236.40. Jessica L Royce, 35, Danbury, speeding, $160.80. Jolene H. Anderson, 51, Siren, speeding, $186.00. Laura B. Henriksen, 25, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $113.00. Joan L. Wilhelm, 45, Webster, speeding, $186.00. Zachary R. Stensland, 30, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Timothy P. Kornwolf, 61, North Branch, Minn., speeding, $211.20.

Polk County criminal court Ashley Cordie, 19, St. Croix Falls, pled not guilty to retail theft. Signature bond set of $500. Court review May 11. Robert J. Johnson, 24, St. Croix Falls, pled not guilty to disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia. Settlement conference set for April 27. Jeffrey A. Anderson, 43, St. Croix Falls, pled not guilty to disorderly conduct. Court review set for May 25. Kenneth Molgard, 30,

Amery, pled not guilty to battery. Signature bond set of $2,500. Settlement conference set for April 20. Daryle J. Merrill, 18, Luck, pled not guilty to disorderly conduct. Court review set for April 27. Shelly Lundstrom, 40, Amery, pled not guilty to reisisting/obstructing an officer. Settlement conference set for April 27. Larry Kolve, St. Croix Falls, battery. Signature bond set of $500. Adjourned initial

hearing set for April 23. Leon Klein, 42, pled not guilty to disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia. Settlement conference set for April 27. Candice Swank, 22, pled not guilty to operating while intoxicated, operating a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration of .08 or more. Signature bond set of $1,000. Court review set for May 11. Melissa Krueger-Madsen, 28, Amery, pled not guilty to operating while intoxicated,

operating a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration of .08 or more. Signature bond set of $3,000. May work at bar during the day but then must leave. No alcohol consumption or possession. Court review May 4. John E. Millermon, 44, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, possession of meth, felon possession of firearm. Jury trial scheduled for Oct. 10

Burnett County sheriff’s report Accidents Town of Daniels, March 20: Elissa K. Hinze, 30, Shell Lake, was eastbound on Hwy. 70, slowing down for a stopped school bus. Behind her was Larry W . Bettenhausen, 41, Ashland, in a semi-truck transporting hazardous material. He saw the bus and was slowing to a stop, but the driver alleges that his foot slipped off the brake and hit the gas. He

rear-ended the vehicle driven by Hinze. Bettenhausen was citied for failure to maintain control. There were no reported injuries. Town of Rusk, March 23: Paul W. Klabunde,79, Shell Lake, was southbound on CTH H when he started to leave the roadway. He overcorrected a couple of times, eventually spinning out of control into the ditch and overturning. There was

heavy damage to the vehicle. The driver was transported to the hospital for his injuries. Town of Webb Lake, March 24: Gerard F. Kaminski, 49, Dairyland, was southbound on Namekogen Road when he skidded through an intersection and struck a tree. The vehicle was towed due to the damage. There were no reported injuries.

Arrests Town of Sand Lake, March 23: James D. Boutin, 32, Webster, is on a no-drink probation and was arrested when he consumed alcohol. Village of Grantsburg, March 20: Michael J. McCullough, was cited for battery for an incident in Grantsburg.

Polk County sheriff’s report Accidents March 13, 12:30 a.m., Alden Twp., 51st Ave., at 150th St.; TIMOTHY J. RUSSO, 20, Amery. A vehicle was located by a passerby down an embankment in some trees. No one was around the vehicle. It appeared the vehicle had been traveling westbound on 51st Ave., at the bridge and driver couldn’t negotiate the curve and left the roadway. The driver called a day later. There were open containers of alcohol and drug paraphernalia in the car. Driver

was cited for operating while suspended. March 13, 2:05 a.m., Bone Lake Twp., Round Lake Rd., .5 mile south of 250th Ave., DAVID J. MERRILL, 24, Hertel, was traveling east on Round Lake Rd. Driver veered into the westbound lane, losing control, entering the north ditch, at which time the vehicle rolled and ended on its roof. Driver cited for OMVWI. March 16, 5:48 p.m., Georgetown Twp., CTH G, .25 mile west of CTH E, BRIANA M. BIELMEIER, 17,

Luck, was westbound on CTH G. Driver stated a second vehicle, eastbound on CTH G, pulled into the westbound lane of traffic. Driver of unit 1 turned left to avoid a collision, entering the south ditch and striking a highway sign. Vehicle then spun clockwise before coming to rest in the ditch. Driver stated the vehicle was moved prior to deputy’s arrival, when attempting to get vehicle out of the ditch. The second vehicle continued eastbound on CTH G. Driver sustained a minor injury

(wearing safety equipment/no EMS). March 25, 3:18 p.m., village of Centuria, CTH I, .1 mile east of Meadow Ln. (West); B. #1—AMANDA KUTINA, 19, Balsam Lake; #2—DENNIS W . SWANSON, 35, Centuria. Unit 2 was turning right into a driveway. Unit 1 rear-ended unit 2. The driver of unit 1 said a water bottle rolled under the brake pedal, prohibiting her from stopping.


Burnett County circuit court David L. Africano, Arbor Vitae, speeding, $186.00. Randel E. Alexander, Chippewa Falls, speeding, $160.80. Douglas J. Allen, Turtle Lake, operating while revoked, $249.00. Linda Marie Altermatt, Minong, nonregistration of vehicle, not guilty plea. Gary E. Althoff, Rush Minn., speeding, City, $160.80. Ursula I. Amoit, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Anthony L. Awonohopay, Cumberland, speeding, $160.80. Matthew R. Bambery, Webster, speeding, not guilty plea. Rosalyn J. Bard, Trego, speeding, $186.00. Rochelle M. Beckman, Webster, allow dog to run at large, $154.50. Ashley E. Becvar, Webster, underage drinking, possess; minor possess or purchase tobacco, not guilty pleas. Shaun J. Belisle, Webster, underage drinking, possess, $249.00 and order for assessment. Agnes M. Benjamin, Sarona, equip motor vehicle w/illegal muffler, not guilty plea; speeding, $160.80. Sherry Benjamin, Webster, equip motor vehicle w/illegal muffler, not guilty plea; speeding, $160.80. Eric C. Berg, Solon Springs, operating while revoked, not guilty plea. Steven M. Bildeau, Hertel, OAR, not guilty plea. Wesley Boos, Danbury, fish with unattended lines, $168.20. Dennis K. Boyd, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. Dean L. Boyington, Siren, speeding, operate w/o valid license, not guilty pleas. Rick S. Bradway, Spooner, speeding, $211.20. Peter S. Brinda, Hinckley, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Charles A. Brookshaw, Webster, speeding, not guilty plea. Floyd A. Buchin, Siren, operating while under influence, $665.50, six-month revocation and order for assessment; operating while suspended, $186.00. Bonnie J. Burns, Hayward, speeding, $186.00. Mitch L. Butler, Webster, operate w/o valid license, $186.00. Julie A. Cairns, Danbury, speeding, $160.80. Samuel J. Carlson, Grantsburg, operate ATV w/PAC>= .10 and ATV intoxicated operation, not guilty pleas. Robert E. Cattanach, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Ashley A. Cihak, Grantsburg, display unauth. vehicle registration plate, $223.80; seat belt violation, $10.00. Leonard S. Clark, Bloomington, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Damian L. Cockroft, Amery, speeding, $160.80. Willa J. Cole, Siren, speeding, $160.80.

Corbin B. Connell, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Joshua L. Cooper, Shell Lake, fish without license, $188.20. Ricky V. Daniels, Webb Lake, speeding, $198.60. John G. Dehn, Dayton, Minn., speeding, $236.40. Kathy D. Deiss, Luck, seat belt violation, $10.00. Antonia H. De La Huerta, Danbury, seat belt violation, $10.00. Donna M. Demarre, Frederic, operating while suspended, not guilty plea. Michael S. Dewanz, Coon Rapids, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Renay J. Dodge, Shell Lake, speeding, not guilty plea. Melissa J. Drews, Mayville, speeding, $160.80. Andrew L. Durand, Spooner, fail to stop at stop sign, $160.80. Roland L. Erickson, Shell Lake, passing in no-passing zone, $198.60. Adam M. Evans, Webster, operate w/o valid license twice, $186.00 twice; seat belt violation, $10.00. Charles E. Fagelberg, Grantsburg, discharge firearm from across highway, $203.40. Renee K. Fischbach, Webster, speeding, $160.80. Chase R. Fornengo, Danbury, speeding, not guilty plea. Maureen R. Freeman, Grantsburg, seat belt violation, $10.00. Kenneth H. Gale, Webster, speeding, not guilty plea. Scott C. Ganske, Spooner, speeding, $186.00. Minnie A. Garcia, Shell Lake, speeding, not guilty plea. Patrick J. Garofalo, Rosemount, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Ashley M. Garrity, Webster, speeding, not guilty plea. Nathan J. Gillitzer, Forest Lake, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Mary D. Gonzalez, Rush City, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Larry A. Graf, Frederic, nonregistration of auto., $160.80; failure to notify police of accident, $249.00; driving too fast for conditions, $198.60. David W . Hanson, Elk River, Minn., operate snowmobile w/o trail sticker, $186.00. Trevor C. Haugrud, Rush City, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Ethan A. Hayes, Siren, speeding, not guilty plea. Barbara J. Hegenes, Orono, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Bert M. Hess, Webster, fail to display vehicle license plates, $135.60. Philip A. Hoefs, Danbury, fish with unattended lines, not guilty plea. Kathryn E. Hofstad, New Hope, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Richard C. Hopkins, Webster, speeding, not guilty

plea. Cheri A. Huff, Webster, operate w/o valid license, $186.00. Becky E. Hull, Grantsburg, operating while revoked, not guilty plea. Ryan J. Hunter, Minnetrista, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Beverly A. Johnson, Webster, failure to notify police of accident, $249.00. Carl B. Johnson, Rosemount, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Dawn M. Johnson, Webster, failure to notify police of accident, $249.00; operating while suspended, $186.00. Peggy D. Johnson, Grantsburg, seat belt violation, $10.00. Rona M. Johnson, Chetek, speeding, $160.80. Aarol L. Karl, Frederic, operating while suspended, $186.00. Joseph C. Kehborn, Hastings, Minn., inattentive driving, not guilty plea. Margaret A. Kelaart, Minneapolis, Minn., fail to maintain vehicle speedometer, $160.80. Jerry W. Kesler, Siren, fail to stop at stop sign, $160.80. Robert J. Killian, Lakeville, Minn., place dock on county forestlands, dock caused damaged to natural resources, cut vegetation w/o permit, not guilty pleas. Mark N. Kloster, Webster, speeding, $160.80. Mark J. Koenig, Henriette, Minn., operate w/o valid license, $186.00. James R. Kolinski, Rosemount, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Dwight M. Kraemer, Webster, operating left of centerline, OAR, not guilty pleas. Kent W. Krause, Webster, speeding, $186.00. Jonathan T. Leach, Albert Lea, Minn., fail to stop at stop sign, not guilty plea. Ian G. Leask, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Todd M. Lemcke, Farmington, Minn., operate snowmobile w/o trail sticker, $186.00. Cassandra L. Lemcke, Trego, speeding, $160.80. Robert S. Levine, San Juan, Calif., speeding, $160.80. Heidi R. Lompa, Siren, fail to properly maintain exhaust system, $160.80; cracked/damaged vehicle windshield, $160.80. David J. Lose, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Matthew R. Makowsky, Sarona, seat belt violation, $10.00. Myron L. Mansfield, Webster, OAR, not guilty plea. Wanda L. Matrious, Danbury, OAR, not guilty plea. Michael T. McAndrews, operating while under influence, operating with PAC .10 or more, not guilty pleas. Sara J. McLain, Grantsburg, speeding, $186.00. Philip K. Metz, Kingwood, Texas, speeding, $186.00. Ted L. Michaelson, Milltown, speeding, $186.00.

Webster municipal court Matthew R. Bambery, Webster, disturbing the peace with motor vehicle, $109.00. Kelsey E. Gustafson, Webster, barking dog, $109.00. Alicia A. Hall, Webster, permitting unauthorized use of motor vehicle, $109.00.

Wanda R. Hinrichs, speeding, Grantsburg, $83.80. John D. Polski, Webster, OAS, $109.00; and entry into lock box, $203.50. Scott R. Powell, Webster, speeding, $109.00.

Ronald L. Ritchie, Webster, operating without valid driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license, $109.00. Jared M. Schowalter, Webster, expired registration, $83.80. Linda L. Sells, Webster, speeding, $83.80.

Shirley M. Miller, Spooner, speeding, $160.80, seat belt violation, $10.00. Laramie G. Mittlesdorf, Hayward, speeding, $211.20. Michael A. Mollner, Woodbury, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Mark A. Montgomery, St. Croix Falls, fish >3 hooks, lines, baits, $168.20. Linnia Mosay, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. Trent J. Mulroy, Webster, failure to notify police of accident, $249.00. Mark H. Neaman, Lake Nebagamon, passing in nopassing zone, $198.60. Bruce E. Nelson, Pine City, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Thomas G. Nelson, Danbury, hunt/trap bobcat, otter, fisher w/o tag, $329.00. Ryan L. Nohrenberg, River Falls, fish w/o license, $188.20. Virgil L. Nohrenberg, Grantsburg, fish >3 hooks, lines, baits, $168.20. LaShane S. Oiyotte, Webster, operating while suspended, $186.00. Nancy L. Olinger, Centuria, speeding, $160.80. Spencer A. Olson, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Bradley J. Opsahl, Stacy, Minn., ATV operation on highways, $186.00. Thomas D. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shaughnessy, Burnsville, Minn., failure to notify police of accident, operate w/o valid license, hit and run property adjacent to highway, not guilty pleas. Pamela S. Owens, Luck, seat belt violation, $10.00. Gregory A. Peterson, Grantsburg, operating under influence, operating w/PAC .08 or more, OAR, not guilty pleas. Harold O. Peterson, Webster, speeding, $211.20. Denise M. Pettis, Siren, OWI, operating w/PAC >= .10, not guilty pleas. Randy I. Phernetton, Siren, seat belt violation, $10.00. Robert E. Phernetton, Siren, speeding, $211.20. Valerie J. Phernetton, Siren, seat belt violation, $10.00. John G. Pike, Sandstone, Minn., operating while under influence, not guilty plea. Tonya L. Plunkett, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $160.80; seat belt violation, $10.00. Thomas J. Porter, Webster, operating while under influence, operating w/PAC .10 or more, not guilty pleas. Trevor R. Porter, Rosemount, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Drew L. Preston, Danbury, display unauth. vehicle registration plate, $223.80; fail to properly maintain exhaust system, $160.80. Maynard J. Quaderer, Stone Lake, speeding, $186.00. Keith R. Reaves, Carrollton, Texas, speeding, $186.00. Jeffrey S. Redberg, Coon Rapids, Minn., speeding, $211.20.

Joseph M. Reed, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Brenda L. Reidt, Shell Lake, speeding, $186.00. Jellisa A. Reynolds, Shell Lake, underage drinking, $375.00, six-month license suspension and order for assessment. Sean T. Reynolds, Webster, OAR, not guilty plea. Steven J. Riemer, Stacy, Minn., ATV operation on highways, $186.00. Donald L. Roberts, Spooner, speeding, $186.00. Michael A. Robertson, Woodbury, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Adam P. Rodelius, Lake Elmo, Minn., operating while under influence, $665.50, sixmonth revocation and order for assessment. Amanda K. Rogers, Webster, theft, not returning movies, $200.00; failure to stop at stop sign, $160.80, operating while suspended, $186.00. Lorraine F. Rogers, Webster, speeding, seat belt violation, not guilty pleas. Patrick J. Root, Grantsburg, underage drinking, possess 17-20, $249.00 and order for assessment. Bryan J. Roy, Spooner, failure to notify police of accident, $249.00. Jeffry A. Salzbrun, operate snowmobile w/o trail sticker, $186.50. Elliott V. Sanford, Minong, driving too fast for conditions, failure to notify police of accident, not guilty pleas. Mark L. Sauter, Pine City, Minn., operate vehicle w/o securely fastened logs, $194.00. Mark V. Sazama, Maple Grove, Minn., operate snowmobile w/o trail sticker, $186.00. Matthew J. Schindeler, Bloomer, speeding, $186.00. Mark C. Schoen, Carver, Minn., speeding, $160.80. James S. Schuba, Oakdale, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Emily J. Schug, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Timothy D. Sellner, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Mark D. Simonson, Superior, speeding, $160.80. Bart W . Sladkey, Luck, speeding, $160.80. Cleonne F. Smith, Danbury, speeding, $160.80. Gene G. Stanchfield, Grantsburg, speeding, $186.00. Stephen J. Stevens, Webster, operating while revoked, not guilty plea. Michael G. Stoehr, Forest Lake, speeding, $186.00.

Thomas E. Stoner, Spooner, speeding, $223.80. Mariea L. Strait, Siren, improper display of license plates/tags, not guilty plea. Sarah J. Stromberg, Webster, speeding, $186.00. John R. Sullivan, Grantsburg, deviating from lane of traffic, $160.80. William B. Summer, Webster, speeding, not guilty plea. Harry L. Summitt, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Charlene O. Sutherland, Webster, operate w/o valid license, not guilty plea. Rebecka L. Swanson, Grantsburg, speeding, $186.00. Amber M. Thompson, Luck, seat belt violation, $10.00. Hkrista L. Thompson, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00. William H. Turner, Bloomington, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Lucas M. Usselman, Birchwood, fail to stop at stop sign, $160.80. Christen J. Vagt, Hamel, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Valerie K. Valasco, Siren, operate w/o valid license, $186.00. Gerald M. Vandervelde, Chetek, speeding, $160.80. Linda A. Vannispen, Woodbury, Minn., passing into oncoming traffic, $312.00. Ruth E. Wallace, Springbrook, speeding, $186.00; seat belt violation, $10.00. Matthew K. Weber, Cumberland, speeding, $160.80. Matthew J. Wheeler, Webster, speeding, $160.80. Donald D. White, Hayward, speeding, $160.80. Jason C. Williams, Sandstone, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Michael J. Williams, Coon Rapids, Minn., speeding, $160.00. Kevin W . Wilt, Orono, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Michaele R. Wozny, Hayward, fail to stop at stop sign, $160.80. Beverly B. Wright, Lino Lakes, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Kurt J. Wylie, Frederic, operating while under influence, operating w/PAC .08 or more, not guilty pleas. Jeremiah Yerke, Grantsburg, operate unregistered snowmobile, not guilty plea. Rhoda A. Zarbok, Danbury, seat belt violation, $10.00. Douglas L. Zschokke, Grantsburg, speeding, not guilty plea.

Siren police report

March 15: Kipp L. Beckman, 44, Siren, was taken to the Burnett Government Center around noon on a probation pickup. March 20: A black Motorola cell phone was recovered sometime during the day. It is being held at the Siren Police Department until the owner can be located. Siren Police Chief Chris Sybers was called out at 3:20 p.m. to investigate the report of a break-in at a Siren apartDavid L. Smith, Siren, fail- ment. Michael James Mcure to stop at stop sign, Collough, 21, Siren, was $83.80. jailed on possible charges of Tyler N. Thompson, Web- criminal property damage ster, OAS, $109.00. and obstruction of an officer. March 21: At 12:32 p.m., the Siren officer assisted a resident in an exchange of

property. A $10 gas drive-off was reported at Siren Auto Stop around 9:30 p.m. The vehicle was described as a white two-door sporty type headed south on Hwy. 35. Mark D. March 22: Brown, 34, Siren, was cited at 10:54 p.m. on Hwy. 35 and Clear Lake Street for: operating while intoxicated, operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher, operating after revocation, having an open intoxicant in the vehicle, both driver and passenger. March 23: Jenna Rae Daeffler, 22, Siren, was cited for failure to have her seat belt fastened at 3:35 p.m. on CTH B and Third Avenue.



Iraqi Gandhi returns to West Denmark LUCK - The West Denmark Social Forum is bringing Sami Rasouli back to Luck on Thursday, March 29. Rasouli was born in Iraq and spent half his life there before moving to the United States in the early 1980s. He was a very successful businessman who ran Sinbad’s Market and Deli in Minneapolis, Minn., an award-winSami Rasouli ning Middle Eastern food establishment. Three years ago, he moved back to Iraq to help put his country back together. Under the guidance of the Christian Peacemaker Teams he founded the Muslim Peacemaker Teams who are working to find nonviolent solutions to the chaos that descended on Iraq since the U.S. invasion in 2003. He was good friends with Tom Fox, an American who was kidnapped and killed in Iraq last year. He returns to the United States for a few months every year to share what he has learned and to raise money for his work by selling art created by Iraqi artists. His perspective on the Middle East is not to be missed. He will be speaking at the West Denmark Parish Hall at 7 p.m., followed by a social time. - submitted

“Messiah” sing with orchestra ST. CROIX FALLS - The St. Croix Valley Orchestra will be presenting Handel’s “Messiah” the weekend before Easter in two locations in this area. This is the 16th season for the chamber orchestra which was spawned by the enthusiastic response of musicians who got together to perform “Messiah” in 1991. This performance will include outstanding vocal soloists, and accompaniment for the audience to sing nine of the marvelous choruses that Handel wrote. The orchestra is made of about 35 players who come from the St. Croix valley area, under the direction of Randolph Elliott. The first concert will be at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lindström, Minn., on Saturday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m., the second will be at Redeemer Lutheran Church in St Croix Falls on Sunday, April 1. at 3 p.m. For more information see the orchestra Web site - submitted

Hospice Spring Fling Gala set SPOONER – The Spooner/Grantsburg office of regional hospice has cared for over 500 patients and families since opening in 1995. From 1998 through 2003 the office served an average of 44 patents per year. In 2005 and 2006 the office served 73 and 71 respectively. As the population of our counties ages, it is predicted that regional hospice will be called upon to serve more and more patients and families. Regional hospice care is provided regardless of ability to pay. Medicare covers 80 percent of most hospice services. The balance must be made up by fundraising. On April 21, at Northwoods Crossing in Siren, the Spooner/Grantsburg Volunteers of Regional Hospice are holding their eighth-annual Spring Fling Gala Dinner and Silent Auction. This event promises to be an evening of fun and delight to celebrate, and raise funds for, a group that believes strongly that life can be fulfilling all the way up until the moment of death. The evening includes a dinner, social hour and silent auction at 5 p.m. followed by dinner, fundraising games, door prizes, raffles and entertainment. Savvy shoppers who are looking for unique and high-quality gifts will find many options. There will be chances to win an Amish log swing, a 20” TV, fine etched-glass tables, jewelry, hanging baskets and much more. Grand prize for the raffle is a 2007 Suzuki Ozark Quad Runner ATV. Entertainment for the evening will be by the popular local duo River Deep, composed of Chris Clements and Shannon Otto, with guest appearances by Bob Otto and Kevin McMullin. Tickets cost $25 and include dinner, entertainment and a chance to win great door prizes. All proceeds go to regional hospice which is a nonprofit organization. This is a limited seating event, so regional hospice recommends calling early to make your reservations. For more information and ticket purchase, call the regional hospice office at 635-9077. - submitted

OBITUARIES Irene H. Kinney

Ruth Elizabeth Prose

Irene H. Kinney, 92, of Minocqua, formerly of Centuria, died March 22, 2007. She was born May 16, 1914, in Centuria. She grew up in the Centuria area and graduated from Centuria High School She was united in marriage to Edward LeRoy Kinney on May 22, 1937, in St. Paul, Minn., and together they raised two sons. They first made their home in Amery, but they spent most of their married years in Eau Claire , where she worked as a claims rep with the Social Security Administration for 26 years. After retirement, the couple moved back to Amery. Ed passed away in 1985 and Irene continued to reside in Amery for the next five years after his death. Irene then moved back to Eau Claire, where she resided until recently moving into assisted living in Wausau. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Amery and loved shopping, especially buying shoes. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ed Kinney; one brother and two sisters. She is survived by her sons, Jim Kinney and his wife, Judy; and Robert Kinney and his wife, Sandy; five grandchildren, David, Aaron, Dan, Ben and Sarah, as well as other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 24, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Amery with Pastor Dan Voth officiating. Interment was at the Amery Cemetery. The William Funeral Home, Amery, was entrusted with arrangements.

Ruth Elizabeth Prose, St. Croix Falls, died March 20, 2007, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. She was 86 years old. Ruth was born in Cavalier County, North Dakota, on Jan. 27, 1921, the daughter of Helmer and Martha Hamre. She moved to Wisconsin as a young child and grew up in the Bone Lake and Sunny View area. She attended Sunny View school through the eighth grade and then attended high school in Milltown. She married Arvid L. Prose on March 30, 1947. To this union five children were born. Ruth was a schoolteacher for many years around the Milltown area. She was also actively involved in the family farm. She recently lived in the Good Samaritan Care Center in St. Croix Falls. She attended Polk County Normal School at St. Croix Falls where she received her teaching degree. Later on, she went back to River Falls college to further her education. In her early years of teaching, she taught in the country school grades one through eight. Later years, she taught at the Unity School District. She enjoyed teaching the students very much. She was a board member at Luther Point Bible Camp for many years. She was also a 4-H leader and was very involved with North Valley Lutheran Church. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Helmer and Martha Hamre; husband, Arvid; 18-month-old daughter, Susan; infant son, Douglas; and daughter-inlaw, Meg Prose; brothers, Marvin, John and Henry Hamre; sisters, Adeline Bublitz, Eleanor Lindgren and Mary Mason. She is survived by her son, Don Prose; daughters, Sharon Schulz (Al) and Barb Prose (Ed Don); grandchildren, Tim and Jonathan Schulz and Ellen Prose; and by sister, Esther Tretsven; and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The Rowe Funeral Home, Luck, was entrusted with arrangements.

Helen Klotzbach Helen Klotzbach, age 75, a resident of Danbury, died on Monday, March 26, 2007, at her residence. Helen L. Hoyt was born on Jan. 9, 1932, in Olwein, Iowa, to Dwight and Marie (Lincoln) Hoyt. She worked for Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she met her husband Robert Klotzbach. On March 26, 1955, the couple were united in marriage in Olwein, Iowa. The couple moved to St. Louis Park, Minn., where she worked for many years at the Super Value Corporate Office, and later for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. In 1994, the couple moved to their retirement home in Voyager Village near Danbury. Helen enjoyed her family most of all, but was also an avid bridge player, a member of the Lake Superior Ragtime Society and the Red Hat Club. She also will be remembered for her love of gardening and cooking. Helen is survived by her children, Chris (Renee) Klotzbach of Allentown, Pa., Sally (Eric) Almond of Minneapolis, Minn., and Ken (Lisa) Klotzbach of Rochester, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Kate, Jenny, Trevor, Katrina, Cooper, Madeline and Colby, and many other family and friends. Helen is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Robert, and one sister, Dorothy Blekeberg. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 30, at 11 a.m., at the Dahl Funeral Home in Spooner, with Chaplain Theresa Riewestahl officiating. A time of gathering will be from 10- 11 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home. The Dahl Funeral Home, Spooner, was entrusted with arrangements.

Wally Olson Waldemar (Wally) John Olson, 83, of Frederic, died at Regions Hospital in St. Paul on Tuesday, March 27, 2007. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 31, at 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Trade Lake with the Rev. David Almlie officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic.

Justine Ruth Kelly Justine Ruth Kelly died March 22, 2007, at the Good Samaritan Center in St. Croix Falls, at the age of 85. Justine was born July 19, 1921, in Evanston, Ill., to Richard Elliot Deutsche and Francis (Edith) McGuire Deutsche. She was raised in St. Paul, Minn. In the summers, she lived and grew up on Deer Lake in St. Croix Falls, with her family, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. In St. Paul, she attended Randolph Heights Elementary, Mariah Sanford Junior High and Central High School where she was president of the Soko Momo Sorority and active in many activities. She entered the University of Minnesota at the age of 17 and was an active member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. It was there she met James Forrest Kelly. They married Jan. 17, 1942, and together they bore three sons. Following Jim’s army career, the family settled in Minneapolis, Minn., and later moved to Elmhurst, Ill. In 1964, Justine returned to St. Paul, Minn., with her youngest son, re-entered the University of Minnesota, completed her degree and became a teacher at Washburn High School in Minneapolis. In 1968 she established a home for herself and her son on Deer Lake and became a teacher at St. Croix Falls High School. After her teaching career, she worked for the National Park Service to establish the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Later, she moved to the Army Corps of Engineers where she worked along the Mississippi River and from which she eventually retired. Justine was preceded in death by her parents and son, Richard. She is survived by her sister, Jacqueline Chesnutt; her sons, Forrest and Donald; her grandchildren, Heather Kelly, Sean Kelly, Tiffany Kelly-Peterson and Summer Kelly; their spouses and many cousins, nieces, family and friends who loved her very deeply. The Edling Funeral Home of St. Croix Falls was entrusted with the arrangements.

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OBITUARIES Ira Lynne Matrious

David J. Rich Jr.

Larry E. Java

Ira Lynne Matrious (Min Waa Waa Yoshe Kwe), age 30, a resident of Webster, died March 22, 2007, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minn. Ira was born on Oct. 15, 1976, to Maxine Matrious in Minneapolis, Minn. Ira was a fun-loving person who loved children. She was an avid lover and fan of the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago Bears. She had many friends and relatives and will be sadly missed by all. Ira was preceded in death by her grandmother, Vivian Hemming; great-grandparents, Louis and Annie Matrious; uncle, Wayne Matrious; and aunts, Irene Matrious and Thelma Matrious Ess. Ira is survived by her mother, Maxine Matrious of Webster; grandfather, Marvin Hemming of Siren; aunt, Windy (Mark) Salmon of Shell Lake; uncles, Kenneth Matrious of Rush City, Minn., and Timothy Matrious of Colorado Springs, Colo.; great-uncle, Louis (Teresa) Matrious of Shell Lake; great aunts, Marion Benjamin of Shell Lake and Delores Pike of Mille Lacs Lake, Minn.; and many cousins and friends. Funeral services were held Monday, March 26, at Lake Lena Community Center with Lee Staples officiating. Interment followed at the Lake Lena Cemetery, Ogema Township, Pine County, Minn. Casket bearers were Anthony Pike, Randy Phernetton, John Spafford, Duane Pike, Sonny Gibbs and Charles Mitchell. Honorary casket bearers were Delbert Benjamin, Gary Bearheart and John Pike Jr. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, were entrusted with arrangements.

David J. Rich Jr., age 91, a resident of Spooner, died March 21, 2007, at Spooner Health System. Dave was born Dec. 7, 1915, in Spooner to Mr. and Mrs. David Rich Sr. He attended Spooner Schools and graduated in the class of 1936. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Lager of Gordon on Dec. 24, 1941. Dave was a member of St. Francis de Sales, the Honor Guard from 1932 until his 80th birthday and firing squad for the American Legion and VFW. He served from 1931 to 1933 in the CMT at training camp at Fort Snelling. He was a former member of Wisconsin National Guard 1932-1938, spent four years in the European Theatre of War from 1941- 1945 with the 6th Division attached to the 3rd Army and spent time at Normandy. Before his retirement, he was employed 20 years with the city street department in Spooner, also on the Northwestern Railroad and Spooner Creamery and highway department. In Dave’s free time he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Gary 1960, two sisters Helen and Mary, and two brothers Louis and John. Dave is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; two daughters, Roxanne (Dewey) Stromberg of Spooner and Rita Rich of Rice Lake; son, Randy (Ann) of Spooner; four grandsons, Gary (Debbie) Stromberg, Marc (Lori) Stromberg, Chad Stromberg and Kristopher (Jinene) Schultz; four granddaughters, Monica (Cory) Pederson, Klaire Schultz, Kasey Schultz and Kelly (Jeremy) Clarke; great-grandchildren, Caley, Tierney, and Taylor Stromberg, Addison Stromberg, Jenna, Tayler, Mya and Addison Schultz, Talon and Lillian Pederson, several stepgrandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held Wednesday, March 28, 2007, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Father Andrew Ricci officiating. Music was provided by organist Sr. Dominica Effertz and the St. Francis Choir. Interment followed Calvary Cemetery in Spooner. Arrangements were entrusted to Scalzo-Taylor Funeral Home, Spooner.

Larry E. Java, age 70, of Webster, died Sunday, March 18, 2007, at the Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg. Larry Edward Java was born on April 9, 1936, in Frederic, to Harold and Francis Java. He grew up and attended school in Frederic. While in high school, he worked for Stubs Texaco Station. After graduation, he moved to St. Paul, Minn., and worked for Montgomery Wards in the warehouse. On Oct. 1, 1955, he married Eileen Daeffler of Frederic. He then worked for Master Bread Company and was transferred to Hinckley, Minn. He worked the bread route for several years and then moved to White Bear Lake, Minn., and went into the chain link fencing business for 10 or more years. In 1977, he moved back to Frederic, and went into the water conditioning business where he retired. For many years he had his own band called the Java Trio, which included brother, Bill, and son, Tim. He enjoyed performing all of his life. In the last 12 years he lived at Log Cabin Hollow Resort, Webster, with life partner, Virginia King, helping with maintenance and running operations of the resort. The last eight years he found the music again, which started the Java Jammers. He spent eight winters in Texas. Enjoying the sun, and of course the jams. He was preceded in death by parents, Harold and Francis; brothers, Walter and Dan; sister, Cora; and brother-in-law, Gary. Larry is survived by his children, Tim of Maple Grove, Minn., Teresa (Ken) Snidarich of White Bear Lake, Minn., Luke (Brenda) of Hudson and Todd (Eva) of Frederic; 10 grandchildren, Tim, Kelly, Jamie, Jessica, Alisha, Kayla, Tim, Jordan, Alaina and Ethan; three brothers, Ken Java (Sonja) of Frederic, Bill Java (Barb) of Grantsburg, Bruce Java (Kathy) of Frederic; one sister, Audrey Kaselau (Ed) of Cameron; life partner, Virginia King; her children, Pam (Ben) Ott of Webster and Sandy (Kyle) Davis of Webster; grandchildren, Brian, Justin, Alisha, Kaela, and Emily, all of Webster; many nieces, nephews, family and friends. Time of gathering was held Friday, March 23, at the Swedberg - Taylor Funeral Home at Webster. Memorial services were held Saturday, March 24, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Webster. Memorials preferred. Music scholarship in Larry’s name. The Swedberg – Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with the arrangements.

Gerald Burton Palmer Gerald Burton Palmer, Rice Lake, formerly of Milltown, died March 20, 2007. He was 85 years old. He was born March 31, 1921, in Minneapolis, Minn. The sixth of nine children of Ralph Waldo and Bessie Ethel (Stubbs) Palmer, he moved with the family to the farm on Balsam Lake in 1921. After graduating from Milltown High School in 1939, he attended Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn. After working in the shipyards in Long Beach, Calif., during World War II, he attended and graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, in 1945. He then began a long career of Southern Baptist mission work serving first as a missionary in New Mexico and Colorado in 1946-1957. He met and married Mary Elizabeth (Libby) Palmer on June 25, 1949. Gerry and Libby started the Calvary Baptist Church in Trinidad, Colo., in 1954 and served as pastor until moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1957 to work statewide with Spanish-speaking and Native American people. While in N.M., Gerry and Libby had four children: Warren, David, Timothy and Marcia. In 1960, the family moved to Atlanta, Ga., where Gerry worked for the Home Mission Board in a variety of positions and retiring as vice president in 1989. In retirement, he served with the Northwest Baptist Convention and in various positions with MinnesotaWisconsin Baptists. In 1995, Gerry and Libby began work with the Hope Baptist Church in Rice Lake. He served as a pastor until his death. Gerry is survived by his wife, Libby; sons, Warren, David and Timothy; daughter, Marcia Laster; seven grandchildren; brothers, Howard and Gordon Palmer; sisters, Gaylie Paul; and sister-in-law, Alice Palmer. He was preceded in death by brothers, Myron, Winton, Kenneth and Jerome Palmer and by sister, Ruth Mattson. Public visitation was at the Rowe Funeral Home in Centuria on Friday, March 23, with graveside services at New Home Cemetery on Saturday. A memorial service was held Saturday, March 24, at Hope Baptist Church in Rice Lake. The Rowe Funeral Home, Centuria, was entrusted with arrangements.

Robert Anderson Robert Anderson, formerly of Lorain Township, 89, died Friday, March 23, 2007, at Golden Age Manor in Amery. He is survived by his children, Teresa Jensen, Dennis Anderson, Roberta Hansen, Johnny Anderson, James Anderson, Daryl Anderson and Jeanette Anderson; sisters, Ella Brunslik, Grace Imme and Mary Lou Peterson; brother, Donald H. Anderson; 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be March 30, 11 a.m., at the American Legion Hall in Indian Creek. Burial will be at the Lorain-Union Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the American Legion Hall in Indian Creek and for one hour prior to services. The William Funeral Home, Amery, was entrusted with arrangements.

Robert E. Nelson Robert E. Nelson, age 80, a resident of Danbury, died March 21, 2007 at his home. Robert was born June 11, 1926, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Walter A. and Carrie A. (Anderson) Nelson. Robert was a Signalman Second Class in the United States Navy during World War II. After being honorably discharged, he married Mona Falk on Nov. 2, 1946, in Minneapolis. Robert worked at Kellor Steel in Minneapolis, for 15 years, Northwestern Electric for 10 years at the hydroplant in Danbury. Robert was a sports fan and loved to watch various sports. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cheryl Rost; and brother, Arthur. Robert is survived by his wife, Mona, of Danbury; daughter, Linda (Jerry) Trott; grandchildren, Stacy, Eric and Nicole; great-grandchildren, Paul and Ty; as well as uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Memorial services were held Monday, March 26, at Danbury United Methodist Church with Pastor Cindy Glocke officiating. Music was provided by Jan Larson. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Eleanor H. Karr Eleanor H. Karr, 93, a resident of Siren, died March 19, 2007, at Capeside Cove Good Samaritan Center. She was born Feb. 24, 1914, in Chicago, Ill., to George and Emma Hahn. She was a school secretary in the Des Plaines public school system in Illinois for many years. She moved to Minneapolis and Danbury in 1973 to be closer to her family after her first grandchild was born. Eleanor is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lois and Jerry Pardun; her grandchildren, Kirsten Pardun-Johannsen and Ryan Johannsen and Guy and Lorena (Jahns) Pardun; and great-grandchildren, Carter and Emmerson Johannsen and Nora Pardun-Roerick and Jack Pardun. Memorial services were held Monday, March 26, at Clover Community Church with Pastor John Cedar officiating. Music was provided by Marlys Nelson. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements. Memorials preferred to World Vision 1-800-777-5777.

Dick Swenson Dick Swenson, 79, Centuria, died peacefull at the Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital on March 21, 2007. Memorial service will be held April 14. A full obituary will be published in a future edition. The Edling Funeral Home, St. Croix Falls, was entrusted the arrangements.


CHURCH NEWS A prophet without honor

“Behold, I thought”

When I was a kid, I tended to listen to the advice of other mothers more than to my own. Years later, as a mother, I found that my children did the same. They paid little Sally Bair attention to my words when it came to practical information and advice that might help them along with their maturity. Rather, they PERSPECTIVES took more heed to the words of their teachers, their friends’ parents, even the TV broadcasters, seeming to have more faith in others than in their own mother. Who knows why kids don’t listen to the advice of their parents? Could it be because of familiarity? Embarrassment? Jealousy or guilt about their own immaturity? The fact is that even as adults, we tend to listen to others more than to our own loved ones. For instance, I sometimes receive favorable comments about my Eternal Perspectives columns from people I don’t know. On the other hand, it’s my own kin who are the most critical and don’t have a lot of faith in my ability to write. (I exclude my small group of good friends in our writer’s critique group, who read my columns with a critical but editorial eye. Their only motive for criticism is that of clarity and understanding in the writing.) When Jesus lived on earth, he was practically ignored by his relatives and friends from his hometown. But it was strangers who flocked to him for healing and for his God-given messages about the Kingdom of God. Mark 6:4-6 says: “Jesus said to them, ‘Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house, is a prophet without honor.’ He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith.” You who are followers of Christ have probably experienced the same thing. It’s hard to talk to close kin and friends about the things of God’s Kingdom. It’s much easier to do so with strangers. Sometimes God may be nudging us to walk away and let someone else do the talking, and merely let our loved ones see Christ in us. Whether we speak to them or silently show them God’s love, we can still pray that somehow they will accept the truth of his Word. Lord, help us to show your love to our own loved ones in such a way that they will see Jesus in us. Amen. (Mrs. Bair may be reached at


doubt we have heard, and occasionally used these three words ourselves. A motorist stopped by the They thought the Titanic was unsinkable! They police may respond, “Behold, I thought...” Poithought there were sufficient lifeboats for whatsoned by an accidental overdose the dying victim is ever emergency they might face. They thought heard to say, “Behold, I thought...” A wrong prodthe double bottom, 16 watertight compartments uct purchased at the local store, failure to pay taxes, could withstand anything! They thought the an innocent violation of the law, and when the reship could float even with some of its bulkheads alization of our error comes to light we are heard filled with water! They thought the three million to say, “Behold I thought.” Unfortunately there are rivets holding the steel plates together were indemany who, like Naaman, have their minds made structible! They thought even after the ship had up. Preconceived notions can be dangerous, if not struck an iceberg that there was no cause for deadly. alarm - everything would be all right! They In the spiritual realm preconceived notions are THE thought all was fine and some continued danceternally detrimental. “Many will say to me in ing, enjoying the music, and partying! They that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by thy thought...but they were wrong! name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by Naaman was the captain of the host of Syria thy name do many mighty works? And then will (2 Kings 5:1). The Bible describes him as a “great I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from man... honorable” and “a mighty man in valor.” me, ye that work iniquity” (Matt. 7:22-23). Those He stood head and shoulders above his peers. But the Bible thus described by our Lord will, no doubt, cry out on the says he was a “leper.” The extent of his leprosy is not judgment day, “Behold, I thought.” It seems to me, in view known, but it was bad enough that it drove him to seek re- of what is at stake, that one would want to make doubly lief. At the advice of a maid who was of the land of Israel, sure that he is on the right track when it comes to the spiriNaaman searched out the man of God that just might pos- tual journey upon which he has embarked. Peter stated it sibly be able to cure him of his leprosy. But when he re- well, “Wherefore, brethren, give the more diligence to make ceived the instructions to “Go and wash in Jordan seven your calling and election sure” (2 Pet. 1:10). When Jesus times” Naaman became “wroth, and went away in a rage” comes again, it will be too late. Don’t find yourself among (5:11). In his anger, he manifested an attitude that not only so many for whom eternity will echo the words, “Behold, I temporarily barred him from healing, but will bar untold thought”! (Reprint of an article by Tom Wacaster) If readers have questions or simply wish to know more millions from heaven’s gate. “Behold, I thought”! In his estimation the “Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus” about the Church of Christ, we invite you to call 715-866were better than the old muddy Jordan. Had it not been for 7157 or stop by the church building at 7425 W. Birch St. in the advice of one of his servants, Naaman would have died Webster. Office hours are Tuesdays through Fridays 9 a.m.noon. Sunday Bible class begins at 9:30 a.m., Worship is at a leper. “Behold I thought”! Three very simple words. No 10:30 a.m. We also meet Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.

Garret Derouin



Bethany gathers for Lent Ellen and Bill Ellis served as ushers during the 10:30 a.m. worship service March 25, the fifth Sunday of Lent, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren. The day’s Gospel lesson was taken from John 12:3, “Mary anointed Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair.” Mary offered what she could to the Lord, just as Christians today share gifts in acts of praise and thanks. Some contribute money, some give their voices in song and others provide services, such as ushering, like Ellen and Bill Sunday at Bethany. The church is seeking other volunteers to serve by doing lawn work this summer, and all are invited to consider their abundant lives during Lenten Soup Suppers Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. Bethany holds worship services every Sunday at 8 and 10:30 a.m.; everyone is welcome. For more information, call 715-349-5280. – from Bethany Lutheran Church, Siren

Holy Week schedules set Bone Lake Lutheran Church

Palm Sunday, April 1, 10:30 a.m. worship services with holy communion and the children sing. Maundy Thursday, April 5, 6 p.m. potluck supper, 6:45 p.m. worship service with first communion. Good Friday, April 6, 6:45 p.m. worship service. Easter vigil, Saturday, April 7, 6:45 p.m. worship service. Easter Sunday, April 8, 6:30 a.m. sunrise worship service with holy communion; 7:30 – 9:15 a.m. pancake breakfast (freewill offering fundraiser. Served by senior high youth); 10 a.m. worship service with holy communion. Everyone is welcomed at Bone Lake Lutheran Church. It is located five miles east of Luck and one-halfmile south on CTH I at 1101 255th Ave. Call 715-472-2535 with questions.

Fristad Lutheran Church

Good Friday services will be a joint service with the congregation of North Valley Lutheran of Milltown. Times are 1 and 7 p.m., April 6. These services will be held at North Valley Lutheran on Hwy. G, just outside of Milltown. Easter will be celebrated with a sunrise service at 7 a.m. Easter breakfast will be served from 8 to 9:15 a.m., with another service to follow at 9:30 a.m.

Milltown Lutheran Church

Milltown Lutheran Church will celebrate Holy Week with the following services: Palm Sunday, April 1, services 9 a.m., prayer and praise with Holy Communion; 10:40 a.m., worship with Holy Communion; Thursday, April 5, Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. service; Friday, April 6, Good Friday, 4 p.m. service and 7 p.m. Tenebrae service; Sunday, April 8, Easter, 6:30 a.m., sunrise service followed by Easter brunch and 10 a.m. Easter worship.

First Evan. Lutheran Church

First Evan. Lutheran Church will celebrate Holy Week at the following services: Palm Sunday, April 1, services at 9 a.m.; Thursday, April 5, Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday, April 8, sunrise at the Lookout, 6 a.m.; traditional worship, 8:30 a.m. and contemporary worship, 10:30 a.m.

Osceola United Methodist Church

Osceola United Methodist Church will celebrate the power of the cross and a risen Lord with the following Holy Week worship schedule: Maundy Thursday, April 5, worship in the setting of the Last Supper at 7 p.m.; Good Friday, April 6, vigil and Tenebrae service at 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday, April 8, sunrise service at 7 a.m., breakfast at 8 a.m., Easter egg hunt at 8:30 a.m. coffee fellowship at 9 a.m. and worship with communion at 10 a.m.

St. Joseph Church and Lady of the Lakes

St. Joseph Church and Lady of the Lakes Catholic churches will celebrate Holy Week with the following services: Thursday, April 5, Our Lady of the Lakes, 7 p.m. Mass with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament to follow until 10 p.m. and St. Joseph’s 8-10 p.m., Mass with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; Friday, April 6, Our Lady of the Lakes, noon service and St. Joseph’s, 3 p.m. service and 7 p.m. devotions; Saturday, April 7, St. Joseph’s, 8:30 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass; Sunday, April 8, Our Lady of the Lakes 8:30 a.m. Easter Mass and St. Joseph’s 10:30 a.m., Easter Mass.

Siren Covenant Church

There are many activities planned for Holy Week at Siren Covenant Church. First of all, the men will be serving breakfast from 8–9:30 a.m. on Palm Sunday, April 1, the worship service will begin at 10 a.m. On Maundy Thursday, April 5, there will be a light supper at 5:30 p.m. with a Maundy Thursday service at 6:30 p.m. Good Friday Service will begin at 7 p.m. in the worship center. On Easter Sunday there will be an egg hunt for the children at 9 a.m. and a Festival Worship Service beginning at 10 a.m. Siren Covenant is located just off of Hwy. 35 on the south side of Siren, 7686 Lofty Pines Drive. We invite you to come and share as we reflect on the life and death of our Saviour.

Our Redeemer Lutheran

The congregations of Our Redeemer Lutheran of Webster and Trinity Lutheran of Danbury will be celebrating Holy Week as scheduled: April 1, Palm Sunday with communion, 8 a.m. at Trinity and 10:30 a.m. at Our Redeemer. April 4, Lenten Service, 7 p.m. at Our Redeemer. April 5, Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. at Our Redeemer. April 6, Good Friday, Chancel Drama, 7 p.m. at Our Redeemer. April 8, Easter Sunday, sunrise service with communion, 6 a.m. at Our Redeemer. Easter Sunday service with communion, 8 a.m. at Trinity and 10:30 a.m. at Our Redeemer. Everyone is welcome to join, as we journey through Holy Week to arrive at a very joyous time on Easter Sunday. “He Is Risen” “He Is Risen Indeed.”

Wolf Creek United Methodist Church

Join the Wolf Creek United Methodist Church for Palm Sunday service, 8:15 a.m. sharp, and stay for breakfast and fellowship following the service.

Pilgrim Lutheran Church

Pilgrim Lutheran Church has announced its Holy Week services. Palm Sunday: 10 a.m. (one worship service with Holy Communion); Maundy Thursday: 6:30 p.m. service; Good Friday: 7 p.m. Ecumenical Service at St. Luke’s Methodist Church; Easter: 8:30 a.m. breakfast in the Fellowship Hall; 10 a.m. one worship service with Holy Communion.

Yellow Lake Lutheran

Yellow Lake Lutheran Church will hold Good Friday services at 1:30 p.m. (April 6) and Easter services at 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. (April 8).


CHURCH NEWS Motivated alcoholics can be successfully treated Q: You listed alcoholism as a marriage killer. My husband has that problem. It has created a great deal of pain in our home, and I am concerned about the emotional welfare of my children. Can it be treated, and is there hope for families like mine? DR. DOBSON: Alcoholism is a devastating disease, not only for the person who has it, but for his or her entire family. Research shows that 40 percent of people living in Western nations have a close family member who is an alcoholic. That incidence is even higher in Russia and other countries of Eastern Europe. There is no way to calculate the impact of this problem on children, on spouses, and on the culture itself. Fortunately, it can be treated successfully for those who are willing to seek that help. A few years ago I discussed the issue of alcoholism with a panel of knowledgeable people on the Focus on the Family radio broadcast. Included were Dr. Keith Simpson, a physician who has treated this problem for 20 years, and Jerry Butler, a marriage and family therapist with 25 years of counseling experience. His own father had committed suicide during one of his drunken binges. Also with me were “Bob,” a recovered alcoholic, and his wife, “Pauline,” who preferred that we withhold their real names. I did not ask these four individuals for a detailed analysis of alcoholism; our listeners already knew how serious it is. Rather, I wanted them to provide us with practical suggestions as to how family members can recognize the disease and then be of help to those they love. The answers they gave were most encouraging and enlightening.

Dr. Simpson was asked whether alcoholism can be treated successfully today. Is it a hopeless condition, or is there a way out for the victim and his family? This was his reply: “I specialized in the field of internal medicine for many years, but found it to be depressing work. I could help my patients with chronic lung disease and Dr. James severe diabetes and heart disease, Dobson but in reality, my efforts were just a delaying action. Over time, conditions worsened and the diseases progressed. I made my rounds in intensive care each day and watched people losing their battle for life, whereas my alcoholic patients were getting well. “That’s why I deal almost exclusively with alcoholics now, and I find it to be extremely rewarding work. I see people who come in with more horrible problems than you can imagine, but they get into a recovery program, and in a few months the difference is like going from night to day. So yes, not only is alcoholism treatable, but the medical community does better with this disorder than any other chronic disease. Alcoholics emerge from treatment programs more functionally integrated, more capable and more effective than before they ‘caught’ the disease.” That was the theme of the entire discussion: There is hope for the alcoholic! But before recovery can begin, the problem has to be acknowledged and treatment sought. That applies to your own family situation, I’m sure. Your husband can be helped if he has “the want to.” •••



Q: I've been aware of my husband's unfaithfulness for some time now. I've taken him to task for it, which has resulted in some incredible, horrible battles. I have even made demands that he stop his infidelity, yet no changes in his attitude and behavior have happened. What am I doing wrong? DR. DOBSON: I'm afraid you've made the common mistake of misunderstanding the difference between expressions of anger and loving toughness. Simply becoming angry and throwing temper tantrums is no more effective with a spouse than it is with a rebellious teenager. Screaming, accusing and berating are rarely successful in changing the behavior of human beings of any age. What is required is a course of action an ultimatum that demands a specific response and results in a consequence. Then you must have the courage to deliver on the promise. Dr. Dobson is founder and chairman of the board of the nonprofit organization Focus on the Family, P.O. Box 444, Colorado Springs, Co. 80903; or Questions and answers are excerpted from "The Complete Marriage and Family Home Reference Guide" and "Bringing Up Boys," both published by Tyndale House. Copyright 2007 James Dobson INC., Distributed by Universal Press Syndicate, 4520 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 64111; 816-932 6600.

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Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Kayla Karl has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Aarol Karl and Jean Karl-Bobick. Kayla is a good student. She is sociable, friendly, quite personable, cooperative and willing to help out. Kayla is in basketball. She enjoys the outdoors. Her future plans include going to college.

Lynnea Chelmo has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daugther of John and Cheryl Chelmo. Lynnea is on the honor roll and is a class leader. She has a positive attitude, supports others, is polite and is willing to help others. She is involved in volleyball and softball. Lynnea enjoys watching movies, reading, fishing and swimming. She hopes to be a veterinary assistant.

Congratulations students on a job well done!



Tyler Welch has been chosen as Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in kindergarten and the son of Charlie and Johanna Welch. Tyler’s favorite part of school is gym and free-choice time. He works hard and always does his best work in class.

Summer Johnson has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Scott and Karen Johnson. She is an excellent student who always does her best. She gets her work in on time, is well behaved and has excellent manners. Summer is polite and friendly to other students and respectful to teachers. She is in 4-H, ABA, WABA, dairy judging and football.

Samantha Wilkinson has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of Linda and Larry Glenn. Samantha is on the honor roll and part of the CIA program. She is polite, conscientious about homework and always has a smile on her face. She is involved in 4-H, choir, FCCLA, FFA and softball. Samantha enjoys hanging out with friends and being outside. Her future plans are to attend college.

Abigayle Paulson has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in first grade and the daugther of Linda Krings and Erik Paulson. She has a brother, Auggie, and older sister, Evelyn, and a twin sister, Alyssa. Math and reading are her favorite subjects. She likes quiet time at school. Abby also enjoys music and likes to sing and dance. She enjoys soccer, collecting rocks and making things from items that would be thrown away.


Connor Crain has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. Mrs. Thill nominated Connor for being a great helper. Connor loves school. His favorite classes are phy. ed. and math. He enjoys playing with his friends during recess. Connor also enjoys reading books.

Luke Raska has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. He has been nominated because of his constant effort and desire to improve as a student. He enjoys playing football, track and baseball. According to Luke, the best part about school is the friends he has made. He is very helpful in class and is looking forward to being successful throughout the rest of the school year.

Bobbie Jo Durand has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of Dana and Connie Durand. Bobbie Jo is a sweet and carring student. He also is very hardworking and always helps out without being asked. He enjoys hunting and fishing. Hobbies include collecting cards, playing on the computer and puzzles. Bobbie Jo would like to go to college to become a freelance photographer.

Stephen Hoag was chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore. Stephen helped start our recycling program this year and goes around twice a week and gathers up the recycling from the classrooms. Stephen always has a smile on his face and a friendly good morning.


Sarah Howe has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. She is a freshman who has already shown incredible initiative and is not afraid to explore new things and broaden her horizons. She is multitalented, and this shows in all of her academic, extracurricular and athletic endeavors. In addition to this, Sarah is a wonderful student to have in class because she is funny, hardworking and willing to share her ideas with her peers.

Joseph Arnold has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in second grade and the son of Bill and Annette Arnold. Joseph is a responsible student who always does his best work. He is a good helper in the classroom and goes out of his way to please people. Joseph has a good attitude, is friendly and kind, and is almost always smiling. His favorite subject is phy. ed. He enjoys playing with friends, 4-wheeling and swimming.

Charley Mahlen has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and the son of Tom and Cathy Mahlen. Charley is an excellent student who takes pride in all of his work. He has great study habits, attendance, respect for classmates and teachers and is a positive example to other students. His sense of humor is also appreciated. Charley is involved in band and his hobbies include hunting and working with his dad.

Katie Thill has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daugther of Dan and Linda Thill. Katie has good attendance and brings positive attitude to school daily. She is involved in SIGN Youth Group, church, AODA and goes on mission trips. Katie enjoys volleyball, basketball and softball. She likes to read, bake, play sports and camp with her family. She plans to attend college or tech school.


VALLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Samantha Lindman has been chosen Valley Christian School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Jeremy and Jenny Lindman of North Branch, Minn. Her favorite subject is math,favorite colors are purple, blue, and favorite foods are fettuccine and spaghetti. Her favorite sport is basketball. She has four cats, two horses and three dogs. After school she likes to go home and play outside and take care of the horses.

Briana Colbert has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in fourth grade and the daughter of Thomas Colbert. Briana has a wonderful attitude and always displays exemplary behavior. She is a hard worker who is always willing to lend a helping hand. Briana is a member of the volleyball team. She enjoys riding bike, camping and taking walks.

Denise McKenzie has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daugher of Ray and Laura McKenzie. She works very hard and treats everyone kindly. Denise has great reading assignments. She has a positive attitude and is very creative.

Jovan Paulzine has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daughter of Heidi Johnson and Mark and Robin Loken of Centuria. Jovan is honest, objective and shows concern for her classmates. She is very active in student council. Jovan enjoys baking, fishing and the outdoors. She plans on attending college for marketing or interior design.



THURSDAY/29 Cushing

• Blood Drive, 1-7 p.m. at the community center. Call 715-825-3733 and leave message w/name, phone & time.

Coming events

Coming event items are published as a public service. Items must be submitted by 10 a.m. on Mondays to be assured of publication in that week’s issue.


• Raffle benefit for Bone Lake Store, 6-11 p.m. at Wilkin’s Resort.


• 500 Card Night, 6:30 p.m. at the senior center.

New Richmond


• Winter Flea Market Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Heritage Center. For info, call 715-2463276.

• Alpha Dinner, video & discusion “Why & How Should I Read the Bible?” 6:308:45 p.m., Faith Fellowship. Call Maggie at 715-825-3559 for more info.


• Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 1 p.m. at the Burnett County Moose Lodge. Treat bags for all area children age 2-10.

FRI. & SAT./30 & 31 Centuria

MON. - TUES./9 & 10

• Spring Trade Show & Quality Craft Fair, in the Old Log Building, Fri. 4-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 715-646-2091 for info.


• AARP 55 Alive classes, at the senior center. Contact Jane Wardean 715-866-8602 or Com. Ed. office 715-349-7070 to reserve.



• “The Show” 7:30 p.m. at Luck High School.


St. Croix Falls

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

• “Bye Bye Birdie” production by the high school, at Festival Theatre. Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. Call 715-4839823, ext. 232 for more info.


• Cow-calf seminar, 4:30-8 p.m. at the Hennessey Hidden Pond Farm. Call 715-6353506 or 800-528-1914 for more info.

FRI.-SUN./30-APRIL 1 Dresser

Balsam Lake • Gun Show at Trollhaugen Convention Center. Friday 5 - 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. The easily identifiable foxtail grass is common, yet an undesirable grass, consid- • Intervening with Grace parenting workshop, 9 a.m. Call 715-485-8600 for more info. 5 p.m.; and Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 715- ered a weed that is also dangerous to animals. – Photo by Mary Hedlund 483-9190. Frederic

• “The Fighting Littles,” presented by the high school drama club, at the Birch Street Elementary School. Friday & Saturday 7 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.

Rice Lake

• 15th-annual Harley-Davison Bike Show, at Cedar Mall. Call 715-458-4604 or 715-2345400 for more info.

FRIDAY/30 Frederic

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

SAT. & SUN./31-APRIL 1 Spooner

• Northwoods Figure Sakting Club Festival on Ice, presents “Let’s Go to the Movies,” at the Northwest Sports Complex, Sat. 2 & 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Call 715-468-7289 or 715- 8224736 for more info.

SATURDAY/31 Cushing

• 6th-annual Spring Bash, fundraiser for the community center. Dinner at 4-8 p.m., live auction 7 p.m., at the old Cushing School. Call 715-488-2467 for more info.


• Noon Potluck Lunch, at the senior center. Bingo, cards, pool or fellowship begins at 1:30 p.m.


• Annual Scouts Prinewood Derby, noon at the community center. Call 715-463-2442 for info.

Lindstrom, Minn.

• St. Croix Valley Orchestra presents Handel’s “Messiah” at Trinity Luthern Church, 7:30 p.m. For more info,


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


• 18th-annual Rainbow of Fun Carnival, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the school. Sponsored by Moms for Kids.



Clam Falls

• Boy Scout pancake breakfast, 7-11 a.m., at the community center.

• Coffee hour, 9 a.m. at the Lutheran church. Everyone welcome.


• Job Fair 2007, noon-5 p.m., at WITC. Call 715-234-6302 or 715-234-6826 for more info.

Rice Lake



• VFW Post #4186 & Ladies Auxilliary, no breakfast because of building damage, due to frozen pipes. Donations welcome at River Bank loacations.

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

St. Croix Falls

• St. Croix Valley Orchestra presents Handel’s “Messiah” at Redeemer Luthern Church, 3 p.m. For more info,

Wolf Creek

• Palm Sunday Service, 8:15 a.m. sharp. Breakfast and fellowship following the service.

MONDAY/2 Frederic

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


• By the Tree, the Turning and Rush of Fools concert, 7 p.m., at the community center. Call 715-463-5524 for more info.




• Organic Livestock and Poultry Production Workshop, 6-8:30 p.m., at the Veterans Community Center. Call 715-635-3506 or 800-5281914 for more info.

St. Croix Falls

• Good Samaritan Auxiliary meets, 1:30 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Home. Plans for the Bake Sale will be finalized.

THURSDAY/5 Danbury

• Fundraiser for the Allen family, at the Fishbowl United Sportsman’s Club.


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


• Indianhead Gem & Mineral Society meets, at the senior citizens center, social time at 7 p.m. with meeting at 7:30 p.m. Mike Carlson will display his collection of unique concretions found in Alaska. Potluck as usual.

• Public hearing on special assessments on Main Street, at the start of the monthly Siren Village Board meeting at 2 p.m. in the village hall.




• Swedish Club “Show and Tell,” 7 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Call 715-2695307 for more info.

Balsam Lake

• Organic Livestock and Poultry Production Workshop, 6-8:30 p.m., at the government center. Call 715-485-8600 for more info.

FRIDAY/6 • Good Friday breakfast, 7:30-11:30 a.m., at the senior center. Call 715-349-7810 for more info.

SATURDAY/7 Grantsburg

• 23rd-annual Spring Craft and Gift Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Legion Hall. Call 715-4632603 for more info.

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


• Burnett County Garden Club meets, 7 p.m. at the high school. Presentation by Don Kaddatz on spring blooming wildflowers.


• Spooner/Grantsburg regional hospice’s 84th-annual Spring Fling Gala Dinner & Silent Auction, at the Northwoods Crossing. Social hour and silent auction 5 p.m., followed by dinner. Call 715-635-9077 for more info.

FRIDAY/13 Grantsburg

• Wildlife Food Plot Seminar, 7 p.m. at Burnett Dairy Co-op. Call 715-689-2467 or 800854-2716 for more info.


• Fish Dinner, 4:30-7 p.m., at the Lutheran church. Everyone welcome. Call 715-825-2453 for more info.


• Wisconsin Wildlife Federation membership banquet, doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., at North Star Event Center. Call 715294-3854 for more info.


• United Methodist Women’s annual Spring Brunch & Program, 10 a.m., at the church. Call 715-755-2275 or 715-294-3408.

SUNDAY/15 West Sweden

• 13th-annual Taste of West Sweden Brunch, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. At 10 a.m. there will be a Zion/Grace joint guitar service.

MONDAY/16 Frederic

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

Northwestern Wisconsin Caregivers Conference set SIREN — Equipped for Caregiving, the Northwest Wisconsin Caregiver Conference will be held on Wednesday, April 18 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Lodge in Siren. Caregivers, family members, health care professionals and volunteers are all encouraged to attend. All persons, who wish to learn more about becoming better equipped for caregiving, learning strategies for taking care of persons with Alzheimer’s or other related dementia and illnesses should attend. Featured speaker Ben Wolfe, M.Ed., a licensed, independent social worker from Duluth, Minn., will present “Win-

dows in Time. Along the Journey: Stories, Icebergs and Family Mobiles.” This presentation will address how stories and icebergs affect the family mobile and how transitions change not only the person themselves but everyone in the family. Other speakers and presentations will include Dr. Mark Van Etten, Spooner Memory Clinic, who will present, “What is a Memory Clinic?” and Becky Reichelt, Alzheimer’s Association will provide tips on interacting with the person with dementia called “Listen with the Ears of Our Heart.” Linda Fike, director of the

Washburn Unit on Aging, will give an introduction to Powerful Tools for Caregivers called “Balance Your Life.” Pam VanKempen, RD, from the Northern Area on Aging, will address health needs with “Don’t Let the Stress of Caregiving Weigh You Up.” Also former caregiver, Leona Cummings, will share her experiences titled “When I said, ‘I do,’ I didn’t know, I would have to do so much.” It will be an event-filled day with education, a hearty meal and fellowship with other caregivers. Staff from the Alzheimer’s Association will be on hand to answer questions

about assessment, treatment and ongoing support in local communities. Other area agencies and organizations will also be available including support groups, aging and respite programs. Doors open and registration begins at 8 a.m. The conference fee is only $15, which includes the educational sessions, continental breakfast, lunch and entertainment provided by the Happy Notes from Birchwood and Vern Moss, pianist. For more information or brochure and to register, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 715-934-2222. — from Washburn County Unit of Aging

Leader|march 28|2007  
Leader|march 28|2007