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Polk may have $3 million shortfall Finance chair sees 30 jobs cut; calls for board to set budget direction PAGE 3

Chrysler breaks franchise contracts with local dealerships

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GM follows suit but does not release list of dealers affected PAGE 2

Dollar General Store set to come to Frederic Village also expects arrival of Division 8 company and 20 to 30 new jobs PAGE 4

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Ruling on lost voice messages expected soon

Judge will rule on whether homicide trial should continue PAGE 3

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After graduating with classmates at Grantsburg High School on Sunday, , Jessica Moyer discovered that she had to wipe away a tear that had trickled down her face. More photos in Currents section. - Photo by Carl Heidel

‘Bobby’s’ poem will help Herzl Camp by Gary King WEBSTER - Visitors and even many locals probably don’t realize as they drive by the Herzl Camp sign on Hwy. 35 north of Webster, that they just passed a historic landmark of sorts. One of the thousands of teenagers who spent their summers at the camp over the years would go on to become one of this past century’s most famous musicians.

A 16-year-old Bobby Zimmerman sat around the campfire on the north shore of Devils Lake in 1957 and strummed a guitar and sang for his fellow campers. Less than six years later, he would write and record “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Bobby Zimmerman, aka Bob Dylan, would sing his way from Webster,

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A poem titled “Little Buddy” was submitted to the Herzl Camp newspaper in 1957 by the camp’s most famous alumni, who is shown (inset) holding a guitar, surrounded by fellow campers at Devils Lake. – Special photos

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by Gary King NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - As noted in headlines across the United States this past week, the bankruptcy woes of Chrysler and General Motors have “spilled onto Main Street, U.S.A.” And our local Main Streets were not spared. Chrysler announced last Thursday it was breaking its dealership contracts with nearly 800 dealers nationwide, including longtime area car dealer, Terry Larsen, owner of Larsen Auto Center of Frederic with dealerships in Spooner, Osceola and Amery, and Johnson Motors of St. Croix Falls and New Richmond. The Larsen and Johnson dealerships were among 18 dealerships statewide and 789 dealerships nationwide to lose their Chrysler franchise. On Friday, a day after Chrysler made its announcement, General Motors announced it would not renew franchise agreements with 1,100 of its dealers nationwide. Unlike Chrysler, GM did not announce which dealers had been notified and left the announcement up to dealer owners. Terry Larsen said Monday he was not on the list and will retain his GM franchise. Greg Anderson, owner/manager of Johnson Motors at St. Croix Falls, declined to comment on whether GM had pulled its franchise from his business but told the Leader he may have a statement in the near future. “We’re just considering our options on how to handle the situation,” he said. The owner of Arrowhead PontiacBuick-GMC in Spooner, was unavailable for comment. Larsen said he learned about the Chrysler announcement on the Internet last Friday, 10 minutes before receiving a letter from Chrysler via courier. Over the weekend he drafted a letter and submitted a prepared statement for cus-

tomers and submitted a statement to the Leader in which he directs comments to his customers: “Even though Chrysler abandoned us, we will not abandon you,” Larsen noted in the statement, which is printed in its entirety in the Leader’s editorial pages this week. Larsen said his business has a customer satisfaction rating of 99 percent, which means his clients are “very satisfied.” He also said his facilities are up to date, as are the tools, training and technicians. “Being in business for years, working hard and paying the bills on time seem to have little effect on the decisions that were made,” he stated. Chrysler will not buy back its vehicles or parts, he said. Still, he plans to go on with business – with his GM products and used inventory – and said he will try not to cut any hours or positions at this time. GM said it plans to sever ties with a total of more than 2,600 dealers by 2010 in an effort to regain financial stability. Larsen, however, says local dealers cost the factory nothing except for a representative who calls periodically by phone. Dealers pay for vehicles before they receive them and also pay for training, tools, signage and parts. The U.S. Treasury Department issued a press release last week stating in part: “The task force played no role in deciding which dealers, or how many dealers, were part of Chrysler’s announcement today. We understand that this rationalization will be difficult on the dealers that will no longer be selling Chrysler cars and on the communities in which they operate. However, the sacrifices by the dealer community – alongside those of auto workers, suppliers, creditors and other Chrysler stakeholders – are necessary for this company and the industry to succeed.” The only other dealers in Northwest Wisconsin to lose their Chrysler franchises were Quinn Motors of Ellsworth and Chilson Automotive of Eau Claire. The other 14 were located in Southeast Wisconsin.

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During their annual membership meeting in April, members of the Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation voted to change the organization’s name to Ice Age Trail Alliance. This follows closely on the heels of the organization’s relocation to a permanent headquarters building in Cross Plains. The membership meeting provided additional excitement when it was announced that the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation had recognized the IATA with a 2008 George B. Hartzog Jr. Award for outstanding volunteer service. The IATA was one of only five award recipients nationwide this year and was nominated on the strength of the more than 1,600 Ice Age Trail volunteers who provided more than 42,000 hours of service in 2008. “Without the tremendous work of our dedicated volunteers, the Ice Age Trail would be little more than a line on a map,” said Cora Dversdall of Frederic, who was elected president of the IATA’s board of directors at the April meeting. “Recognition like the Hartzog Award gives us a great reason to reflect on that fact and feel proud of our enduring efforts.” The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a nonprofit, member- and volunteer-based organization that works to create, support and protect the Ice Age Trail. Founded in 1958 as the Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation, the organization has more than 2,900 members and hundreds of volunteers throughout the country – from IATA

Wis. to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now, the original copy of a poem Dylan wrote in 1957 for the Herzl Camp newspaper is going on the auction block to help raise funds for the camp. “Little Buddy” is about a little dog who met a tragic end. According to Associated Press, Lisa Heilicher, Dylan’s fellow camper at Herzl Camp where she edited the Herzl Herald, is donating the poem to help support the camp’s $8 million capital campaign. Heilicher said she kept the poem with “all the stuff” she had collected from camp and when she realized how famous Dylan had become, put it in a piece of plastic and stuck it in an encyclopedia – under the letter Z for Zimmerman. The poem, written on both sides of a single page, is being offered for sale at a Christie’s auction Tuesday, June 23. It’s expected to sell for $10,000 to $15,000. Written on both sides of a single page, the poem tells the poignant story of Little Buddy, who is killed at the hands of a drunkard and the boy who mourns him. “He was such a lovely doggy/ And to me he was such fun/ But today as we played by the way/ A drunken man got mad at him/ Because he barked in joy/ He beat him and he’s dying here today,” the poem reads. Heilicher and Dylan both attended

the University of Minnesota as freshmen, but after that they lost touch. When she decided to sell the poem, Herzl Camp asked Dylan’s nieces and nephews who work for the camp to tell him about her decision. “Do what you want with it,” Dylan replied, said Holly Guncheon, Herzl’s development director. In 2005, a collection of poems written by Dylan as a college student sold for $78,000 at Christie’s. Of that summer in 1957, Heilicher recalled Dylan “banging on the piano instead of going to the (camp) sessions.” Dylan pays tribute to those days on his 2008 CD, “Tell Tale Signs,” which features a photograph of the 16-yearold Dylan holding a guitar surrounded by other campers. “He was different,” she said. “He was way before his time.” –with information from Associated Press article

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Suspected “thrill killer” made stop in Sarona SARONA – A suspect in the murder of a 93-year-old Radisson woman was apprehended at the Sarona Post Office Thursday, May 7. Christopher L. Roalson, 27, Radisson, and a 15-year-old juvenile whose name cannot be released, are suspects in what the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department called a “thrill killing.” They were arrested for the stabbing murder of Irene Roszak at her home early Sunday, May 3. Thursday, May 7, an employee at the Sarona Post Office witnessed the alleged murderer pull into the parking lot during lunch hour. The employee said that an SUV came into the lot, then whipped around and drove right up to the building, and she saw people exit the vehicle. They were only out there for a few minutes, she said, before a law enforcement vehicle came in. She said she didn’t know what was going on until she saw the officer pull out a gun, so she hid in the office. More vehicles came, and about seven officers had the man on the ground, and they were there for over an hour, she said. The employee said she had no idea what was going on, until the reports came in of the apprehension of an alleged “thrill killer” the next day. She did not know or recognize Roalson when he was outside the post office at the time. The Washburn County Sheriff’s Department and the Spooner Police Department, as well as the state Division of Criminal Investigation, assisted the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department with the arrest. Reports placed Roalson in Spooner, too, not long before the incident. Both he and the juvenile are in the Sawyer County Jail with a bond set at $1 million each. – Regan Kohler, with info. from the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department

Jury trial set in child porn case POLK COUNTY – A jury trial has tentatively been scheduled for Sept. 21 for a 22year-old Centuria man accused of possession a child pornography. Authorities say they found pornographic videos involving children at the home of Samuel Bradley when they conducted a search, Feb. 11. If convicted on the charge, Bradley faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison. He entered a not-guilty plea in federal court last Friday. The charge was filed following the gathering of information in an investigation by the FBI and Polk County Sheriff’s Department. Handing the prosecution for the state will be U.S. Attorney Robert A. Anderson. – Gary King with information from U.S. Attorney’s Office

Polk may have $3 million shortfall

Finance chair sees 30 jobs cut; calls for entire board to set budget direction

by Gregg Westigard BALSAM LAKE – “We will need to find $3 million for our next budget,” finance committee Chair Gary Bergstrom said. “There is no fat. We made the big cuts last year. I see substantial cuts in personnel. I anticipate the layoff of 30 people.” Bergstrom was speaking at the finance committee meeting last Wednesday, May 13. He went on to say that the county board as a whole needs to look at the county’s financial issues up front, at the start of the 2010 budget process. Bergstrom said that solving a deficit as big as Polk is facing requires direction

from the entire board, not just the executive committee. “We need to look at everything,” Bergstrom continued. “This includes consolidations of departments. We need to look at what makes sense, what is most efficient. It might mean fewer managers. But the issue needs to be talked about at the start of the process.” “We are jumping too far into this,” the county board chair and committee member, Bryan Beseler, said to Bergstrom. “Some of this can be solved if the executive committee is given more power. You (Bergstrom) are speaking for yourself, not the committee. You are turning a positive mood coming out of the financial retreat into a negative mood.” “I agree with Gary,” committee member Brian Masters said. “There is less money coming from the state. There is no easy way to make the cuts. We need

to look at the big picture and let the department heads make recommendations on the cuts.” “I like the idea of the whole county board giving direction,” committee member Kathy Kienholz said. “The county board should take ownership for the direction we go.” The fifth committee member, Mick Larsen, said that as the state makes cuts, there will be a trickle-down effect on the county. He questioned whether some programs would still be considered as mandated if the state takes away the program funding. Concluding the discussion, Bergstrom said the entire board should take up the issues at the June meeting. If substantial reductions will be made, the department heads will know what can be cut, he added. “Let’s ponder this for now,” Bergstrom said.

Judge to rule on lost voice messages

Expects ruling to be reviewed by a higher court

by Sherill Summer BURNETT COUNTY – Last July, at the end of the preliminary hearing in the second-degree intentional homicide charge against Kyle Huggett, then-Burnett County Circuit Judge Michael Gableman said that the case was one for the jury to decide. But the jury has yet to hear the case 10 months after Gableman’s observation and 16 months after the initial incident. The case centers around Huggett’s shooting of John Peach on the evening of Jan. 20, 2008, moments after Peach broke into Huggett’s home, allegedly enraged over text messages that had been exchanged between the two men. Huggett has claimed he acted in selfdefense. Peach was unarmed at the time of the shooting. The judge now presiding over the case, Judge James Babbitt, opened the latest court preceding on Monday, May 18, with almost an apology that he was

not going to give a ruling that day even though, “the vicitm deserves a ruling and Mr. Huggett deserves a ruling.” Essentially the ruling that the judge must give is if this case can even move forward to a jury trial. He will either rule for or against a defense motion to dismiss the charge against Huggett. The defense bases their motion on two voice mails, one on Huggett’s phone and one on Huggett’s girlfriend at the time, Amy Kerbel’s, phone, each left by Peach prior to the shooting. The messages were not preserved by the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department prior to the messages being deleted seven days after they were recorded, even though the sheriff’s department confiscated the phones on the night of the shooting and the messages were referred to in statements the police by both Huggett and Kerbel. Already the judge ordered the phones sent to DCI to see if the messages could somehow be retrieved, but DCI was unable to do so either. The judge must now decide if Huggett can have a fair trial without the phone messages or if other evidence is sufficient, such as text mes-

sages and cell phone records. District Attorney Bill Norine pointed out that the messages are not the only evidence of a hostile and threatening nature: there is the whole series of text messages. Even before the judge makes his written ruling, in about two weeks, the judge has indicated that he will state his reasoning behind his ruling because he fully anticipates that his ruling will be reviewed by a higher court. There currently seems to be no precedent ruling for these circumstances when voice messages are not preserved, and the judge thinks that the higher court will take this opportunity to clarify who needs to do what in these circumstances, especially now that almost everyone has cell phones, voice mail, e-mail or even Twitter technology. The judge concluded by saying whatever happens in this case, in the future we want to make sure that this “sorry situation is not repeated.” The judge expects to make a written ruling within two weeks, after which another court appearance will be scheduled.

Moriak appointed to county board

Blake approved for GAM committee

by Gregg Westigard BALSAM LAKE – The Polk County Board is back to full strength. The board approved the appointment of Craig Moriak to fill the District 12 seat which was been vacant since Pat Messicci resigned in mid-February. Moriak was the second person board chair Bryan Beseler appointed to the seat. His first choice, Duana Bremer, withdrew her name last month after criticism arose over her possibly returning to the seat she held until being defeated by Messicci last year. Moriak served as the Clayton Town Board chair for four years and was lived in the Clayton area all his life. He is the seventh person to fill the District 12 seat in the past 10 years and the third person appointed to fill a vacancy in the district. Seven board members, Joan Peterson, Patricia Schmidt, Herschel Brown, Brian Masters, Russ Arcand, Neil Johnson and Beseler, voted against the appointment. Beseler said he made the appointment of Moriak based on the recommendation of people in the district. This is the second time a county board chair has voted against an appointment he had made. Larry Jepsen, when he was

Craig Moriak took his oath of office and took a seat on the Polk County Board Tuesday night, replacing Pat Messicci who resigned the District 12 seat in February. Administering the oath is county clerk Carole Wondra. – Photo by Gregg Westigard

county board chair, appointed Gerald Newville to replace Tom Nielsen in district 23 and voted against the proposal. The appointment of Robert Blake to a seat on the Golden Age Manor Board was also approved by a split vote. Blake, a former supervisor and county board chair, had been appointed to fill a vacancy on the GAM Board in March. His reappointment to a full two-year term drew criticism from Larry Voelker who questioned Blake’s commitment to the nursing home. That drew comments in support of Blake from three supervisors. Schmidt, who sits on the GAM board, said Blake is the most informed and best member of that board. She said that his

knowledge of county policies helps the GAM Board. Masters said Blake has an open mind and looks at the big picture. And Larry Jepsen said that Blake is beneficial in bringing up other sides of the issues. The Blake appointment was approved by a vote of 13 to 10. Voting for the appointment were Bob Dueholm, Peterson, Dean Johansen, Schmidt, Brown, James Edgell, Masters, Ken Sample, Beseler, Larry Jepsen, Kim O’Connell, Gary Bergstrom, and Johnson. Opposed were Kathy Kienholz, Marvin Caspersen, Keith Rediske, Moriak, Arcand, Mick Larsen, Jay Luke, Diane Stoneking, Voelker, and Gerald Newville.





Dollar General Store planned for Frederic

Village also expects arrival of Division 8 company and 20 to 30 new jobs

by Gary King FREDERIC – Ground could be broken in Frederic as soon as this June or July for a 9,000-square-foot Dollar General Store, pending approval of a zoning change. Village Administrator Dave Wondra said he’s been working with representatives of Dollar General for the past six months to help bring the store to the community. The proposed site - the southeast corner of the Pioneer Square development on Hwy. 35 and previously the site of an elementary school and playground - still needs to be rezoned from PUD, or Planned Unit Development, to Business 1. A zoning hearing is set for June 1, at 6:30 p.m., at the village hall. Letters of notification of the hearing have been sent out to property owners near the proposed site and the meeting is publicly noticed elsewhere in this issue of the Leader. That entire block is owned by Rust Architects, a Minnesota-based firm owned by Bill Rust, who began the Pioneer Square development 10 years ago with hopes of building another seven duplex apartments on the site. Only one has been built to date. Plans for the Dollar General Store call for an entrance and exit on Linden Street. Dollar General operates about 8,200 stores in 35 states, including one in Cumberland and 84 others throughout Wisconsin, with its headquarters located in a suburb of Nashville, Tenn. The company, according to its Web site, funds a literacy foundation that awards nearly $5 million of grants each year to 314 nonprofit

organizations that promote literacy and education.

Division 8 Further south on Hwy. 35, the longtime Pepsi bottling plant, which has sat empty for the past two years after being vacated by Northern Image, is awaiting the possible arrival of Division 8, a company based in Blaine, Minn., that manufactures facades for commercial buildings, including fast-food restaurants. The company, according to Wondra, has an offer on the table to purchase the building, which is now owned by a bank. There are still 60 days left of the 90-day-offer period. The arrival of Division 8 in Frederic, possibly by late summer, would mean 20 to 30 much-needed jobs for the area, Wondra noted. Feed mill demolition This map shows the location of the proposed Dollar General store The demolition of the 1904 feed mill on the southeast corner of the original Pioneer Square building on Oak Street along the development property which fronts Hwy. 35 in the village of Frederic. Gandy Dancer Trail, will begin in the – from the Village of Frederic next few weeks and be completed by mid-June, according to Wondra. at a cost of $69,936. The village owns the building and has no specific The feed mill is one of the longest standing business plans for the property once the building is gone, but structures in the village, starting as the Frederic Roller will market it as potential retail space, Wondra said. Mills on Wisconsin Avenue (where the Inter-County Two or three parties have already shown interest in the Cooperative Publishing Association building is now lospace, he noted, without specifying whether those of- cated) and was moved in the mid-1960s by the Frederic fers involve retail development or not. Farmers Co-op to its current location. Demolition will be performed by Team Earthworks,

Former judicial candidate sentenced to 90 days in prison

MADISON – A man who ran for the post of municipal judge in Osceola two years ago has been sentenced to 90 days in prison without parole for possessing child pornography. Jason M. Pape of rural Osceola pled guilty March 6 to the crime. The sentence, imposed by Judge Barbara Crabb Friday, March 15, stipulates that following his release from prison, Pape will be on supervised release for the rest of his life. The sentencing came exactly one year after police officers from the New Richmond Police Department and Polk County Sheriff’s Department executed search warrants at Pape’s home in New Richmond and a residence

used by Pape in Osceola. At both residences, law enforcement officers found numerous images of child pornography on his computer hard drives. According to the Osceola Sun, Pape is the father of five teenagers and owner of a pair of taxi services in New Richmond. He also operates branches of the service in Ellsworth, Siren and Duluth. His father, Allen F. Pape, is the municipal judge in New Richmond. The charges against Pape were the result of an investigation conducted by the New Richmond Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department and Polk County Sheriff’s Dept. Prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Jarosz, according to a news

release from the office of Erik C. Peterson, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin. The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit - Gary King with information from U.S. Attorney’s Office

Polk County residents receive awards

Henry, Drabek challenged Polk County

by Gregg Westigard BALSAM LAKE – Peter Henry, Alden, was concerned that the removal of the Woodley Dam and the damage that removal might cause to the Apple River. James Drabek, Balsam Lake, felt that Polk County Board members violated open meeting laws during the proposed sale of Golden Age Manor. Each individual followed up on his concern. Now each has received an award for his action. Henry has been named a 2009 River Champion by the Wisconsin River Alliance. In making the award, the alliance noted that several groups and residents contested the DNR permit to Polk County for the dam removal and the damage the proposed plan could do to the riverbed and banks. The alliance said, “As time and expense mounted, Peter remained the last soldier standing, putting his own money, time and skills on the table to challenge the DNR’s ques-

Peter Henry was named a 2009 River Champion for carrying on with his concerns about the Woodley Dam removal when others dropped out of the fight.

tionable permit for the project.” It says Henry embodies the true spirit of a river steward, stepping up when times get tough. Drabek was named the Citizen Openness Advocate of the Year by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council for his action against every member of the Polk County Board. The council said, “The Balsam Lake-area building contractor was upset that the board repeatedly met in secret to discuss the sale of a nursing home. “And so he filed a complaint and successfully assumed the role of citizen prosecutor.” Judge Eugene Harrington, in ruling that the supervisors violated the open meeting law, said, “Contentious decisions of a public body ought to have more public discourse, not less.” Drabek acted at his own expense in taking the issue to court and was awarded $1,123 to cover his actual costs. After a two-month wait, he has just received his money from Polk County.

James Drabek was named Citizen Openness Advocate of the Year for his action against the Polk County Board for open meetings violations. After a two-month wait, he has just received a check from the county to cover his expenses in pursuing the case. – Photos by Gregg Westigard

CenturyTel Customer Care Center has new hours

FREDERIC – CenturyTel recognizes that their customers have busy lives and need flexibility to ask questions about services, pay a bill or look into new services. That is why they are extending their customer care center hours. The new hours of operation for the Frederic location are Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to providing our customers with extended store hours, CenturyTel is also supplying its

customers with additional services available at the customer care center. “Our care associates can help with a variety of things from changing a billing or directory address to ordering new service,” said Tom Braml, area operations manager. “We are excited about the additional assistance our care associates can provide for their customers and being open for business on Saturdays.” Now, CenturyTel customers have the option of calling 1-800-201-4099 or speaking face-to-face with a

customer care associate in their Frederic location. CenturyTel is a leading provider of communications, high-speed Internet and entertainment services in small-to-midsize cities through their broadband and fiber transport networks. Included in the S & P 500 Index, CenturyTel delivers advanced communications with a personal touch to customers in 25 states. Visit them at - from CenturyTel





Siren School Board presents modified public-comments policy by Nancy Jappe SIREN – A number of people came to the Siren School Board meeting Monday, May 18. The meeting was held in the media center rather than the district offices, its usual location. In preparation for people wishing to talk during the public-comments portion of the meeting, board President Dayton Daniels set some ground rules. These rules, he explained, would apply to public comments at that night’s meeting and in the future. The statement Daniels read had been approved by the school district’s attorneys. Each person would be allowed to talk for three minutes, and to supplement their words with written materials for the board to consider. Everyone would be allowed a turn to speak, but a person may only speak once unless there was time available for additional comments at the end. The board president would allow no comments that would humiliate another person nor would the board respond to any questions that might be raised. People with questions were directed to turn those in to the district administrator, who would respond to them. As example of this, two printed sheets were available for anyone attending the meeting to take and read. The first was an answer to a question presented by Bev Flanigan at last month’s school board meeting. A list was given of things the board has done to improve the overall morale and climate at the school by providing parents and staff members with ample opportunity to be informed and have input into programs and decisions that affect them. The second handout was a communication to all staff in response to three unsigned questions that were left in district Administrator Scott Johnson’s mailbox following that last school board meeting. The questions referred to the status of employee Cheryl Turnbull. Johnson explained that Turnbull is still employed and that, because the district is attempting to resolve a personnel matter with her and out of respect for her, the district is not able to comment on the matter. Johnson explained that he was the only person in the district office on April 27 when a parent came in to register her student and no one was there to assist her, a function usually handled by Turnbull. Other staff were at training at this time. According to Johnson, a sign on the counter directed visitors as to where to go to get help. Johnson also said that the district does budget for legal fees every year under the line item titled General Administration and that fund balance would not be spent down as a result of legal fees. Public comments In her public comment, Ellen Ellis, a banker by profession, commented that the public doesn’t fully understand what a fund balance is used for, i.e. borrowing power and to meet a budget shortfall. In regard to the failed recent referendum, Ellis said that she feels that the fund balance should be used to cover any unmet expenses due to that. Regarding lawsuits, she said she believes that the dis-

trict does have insurance to cover any legal fees that it would incur. Diane Lund asked for an answer to a question posed by her husband, Bert, at the April meeting regarding the district setting up public recognition for educators during Educator Appreciation Week in May. Lund was told that question would be answered. Jim Gloodt asked that the school board agenda and minutes be posted in an accessible location. Polly Imme expressed appreciation for the answer to the questions about Turnbull. She went on to say that expenses leading up to a lawsuit may not be covered by a legal-costs line item. She asked what that line item is and what would happen if the line item was exceeded for any purpose. “I would like to know who is conducting the investigation (on Turnbull),” Imme said, adding that this is a huge concern and that she feels a personality conflict is involved. At this point, Daniels stopped Imme, saying that the board would not discuss this at this level because it is a personnel

Siren School Board President Dayton Daniels read a modified statement on public board-meeting comments at the start of the meeting Monday, May 18. issue. “This is what the community has been asking and waiting for, that you do not want to have a discussion,” Imme responded. No further comments were made in the public-comments section, and the board went on to the regular agenda items. Back to the posted agenda Johnson passed along to the board an invitation to attend this year’s baccalaureate ceremony for graduates to be held in the school auditorium Sunday, May 24, at 7 p.m. He told the board that the district should prepare for more cuts and tighter school revenue limits that may come down from the Doyle administration. This has not been decided for sure and an amount is undefined, but the board should brace itself for possible re-

Newest Siren School Board member Molly Bentley pointed out corrections she felt should be made in the 2009-2010 handbook for the middle/high school during the May 18 school board meeting. The handbook was approved, with various changes noted. – Photos by Nancy Jappe duced revenue limits and a cut in state aid. Dave McGrane made a motion to recognize cross country as a school sport and to let this be a self-funded sport. No one was there on behalf of those interested in cross country; however, a letter from Jim Kopecky had been received by the board. District Athletic Director Ryan Karsten urged that the board wait for two years before making a decision on cross country to give the new co-op football program time to get established. “We are dealing with minimum numbers (of potential players),” Karsten pointed out. “If you take six or seven guys off the minimum numbers, this will be the end to the football program in two years.” Karsten said that nobody had sat down with him, as athletic director, to discuss a grand plan or tell him how the cross-country players planned to fund the sport. “I assumed this had been discussed with the athletic director,” McGrane said. “That makes a difference.” The board then voted down the motion to allow cross country as a selffunded school sport. Karsten spoke out in favor of funding golf as a school sport because of the minimal expense involved. The motion to do that was defeated by a vote of 4-3. The board voted in favor of continuing its softball/baseball co-op with Webster for another two years. It approved a new tournament policy that increased the meal allowance to the WIAA standard. The board agreed to not make any meal charge to students who qualify for reduced-cost lunches under the free/reduced lunch policy. “I think it is a good thing for kids, and I think the director will take care of seeing that the minimal cost will be easily absorbed,” commented Dave McGrane, who made the approval motion. It was pointed out that the money for

this does not come out of the general fund. It comes from Fund 50, a separate line item that is a food-service account. Other actions by the board included: Approval of a side letter with support staff regarding those who did not work during the state tournament release day to use a day of leave, approval of the low bid from Gartner Refrigeration for an airconditioning unit for the elementary computer lab and the purchase of PLATO and EDDUS software using federal stimulus money. “The federal government wants you to get this. It will last for years,” Diane Lund told the board. The cost for the PLATO software is $6,000 plus $5,000 for staff training. This is an online curriculum for special-education students who need to make up credits. EDDUS software costs $7,100 and will help students get in accord with state requirements. The middle school/high school handbooks for the coming year were approved, incorporating some changes recommended by board members. The meeting calendar for the board is as follows: Budget and finance – Monday, June 15, 5 p.m. Building, grounds and transportation – Wednesday, May 27, 4 p.m. to go over roofing bids, with a special school board meeting to approve the bid to be held at 4:30 p.m. Personnel and negotiations – Monday, June 15, 6 p.m. Policy, planning and curriculum – Monday, June 15, 7 p.m. Closed session actions Decisions made in open session following closed-session discussion are as follows: Decision to hire Lisa Kuhl as the new IMC specialist starting with the 2009-2010 school year. Hiring of Laura Ritten as the Title I resource teacher for the coming school year, and Ashley Frommader as teacher in the second grade. A request to increase the help in the food service department by 3.5 hours a day was also approved.

Siren School Athletic Director Ryan Karsten told the school board that he had not been contacted about cross country being accepted as a selffunded school sport. The board later denied the request to approve that.

Help for veterans who want to stop smoking

BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have high smoking rates – up to 57 percent if they had been deployed as compared to 19 percent among members of the adult general public – and a newly expanded state program can help those, and all, veterans quit tobacco use. Operation Quit Tobacco provides a free eight-week course of stop-smoking medication, along with tailored and confidential coaching, to help veterans suc-

cessfully quit smoking. Combining the medication and the coaching, which is conveniently delivered over the telephone, can boost quit-success rates by four times. The program is available to any Wisconsin veteran who calls from a Wisconsin telephone area code. They can reach 800-QUIT-NOW from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. It is a service of the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line and was first launched in November 2006. Since then, more than

500 veterans and active military, reservists and National Guard members have called for help. “From what I understand, there are always health benefits to be gained from quitting tobacco use. Operation Quit Tobacco provides stop-smoking gum, lozenges or patches to help veterans begin realizing those benefits,” said Rick Gates, Polk County Veterans Service Officer. The Polk County Veterans Service Of-

fice at 715-485-9243 can provide information on Operation Quit Tobacco and other services. Further information on Operation Quit Tobacco is available at OQT/oqt or by calling the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 800-QUIT-NOW. The Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line is a program of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. - submitted



Profits now go to county’s general fund by Gregg Westigard BALSAM LAKE – Golden Age Manor, the Polk County nursing home in Amery, once kept its own fund balance. As a county enterprise, it operated separately from the county budget, not receiving county funds and not including its funds in the county’s general assets. In the late-‘90s, GAM started to experience operating losses but took those losses out of its own fund balance. In

Finance identifies issues by Gregg Westigard BALSAM LAKE – The solutions to Polk County’s budget problems may not be decided, but many of the issues involved in an estimated $3 million shortage were identified at the May 13 finance committee meeting. Finance director Tonya Weinert presented information on the 2009 financial picture through April and an overview of what lies ahead for the 2010 budget. And county treasurer Amanda Nissen presented information on revenues for the current year. Weinert and Nissen said that the county is bringing in less money from sales tax as the economy stays weak and less money from the county’s invest-



GAM funding issue redefined 1999, for example, GAM’s expenses exceeded its revenue by $189,000. That loss was taken from the GAM fund balance, reducing that balance to $784,493 on Jan. 1, 2000. That was then, this is now. GAM lost money each year from 2000 through 2007. Its own fund balance was depleted and the county transferred over $2 million from county funds to GAM to cover the losses. In 2008, GAM had a profit of possibly $800,000. “Those funds are part of the county general fund at the end of the year,” fi-

nance Chair Gary Bergstrom told GAM Chair Bob Dueholm. “That money is not the nursing home’s money, it’s the county’s money.” Dueholm had argued that the GAM profit should stay in the GAM fund balance and be used as a reserve for possible future declines in the home’s finances. He had expressed concern that the fund was being spent down on improvements that could be better financed by borrowing. “The county needs as much cash as possible,” Bergstrom said. “Enterprise funds don’t have money of their own.

County revenues down

ments as interested rates decline. For example, two $500,000 certificates of deposit invested before the economic collapse are drawing 3.60 percent and 3.95 percent interest, while six newer CDs are drawing interest ranging from a high of 1.55 percent to a low of 0.8 percent. In addition, the interest rate the county earns on its current funds was lower last year. Weinert said that the county had relied on these revenues, sales taxes and interest, to cover current 2009 operating expenses. Another revenue source, rent for the Adult Development Center, has been reduced by $30,000 to help the ADC meet its own financial problem. She said that the 2009 budget will be adjusted down. State funding issues also raise concerns for the county, Weinert said. The

state may be reimbursing county programs at a lower rate while the cost of those programs increases. She said that the state budget, now being prepared by the Legislature, is a wild card. There is also a shortfall with the highway department’s six-year road improvement plan. The county bonded to cover the cost of the plan, but rising expenses for fuel, asphalt and other materials used that money faster than anticipated. Weinert said the road plan is now short $1.8 million. There may be a draw on the county’s current fund reserves this summer if there is an increase in delinquent property taxes due in July. The county passes the full amount of taxes due on to the schools and local governments. This tax settlement in excess of the taxes collected would lower the funds available and the

GAM does not have a nonlapsing account. We will not allow a department to bottle up money.” “If GAM loses money in the future, the county will cover that debt,” finance Director Tonya Weinert said. “The general fund is responsible for losses at the end of the year. This should be an advantage for GAM.” “Bob Blake has made the argument for years,” county board Chair Bryan Beseler said, referring to a former county chair. “There is no GAM fund balance. GAM starts each year at zero. It is not GAM’s money.”

interest earned on that fund. The county pays the full cost of the employees retirement benefit into the state pension plan. The assets of the state plan are down 20 percent, finance Chair Gary Bergstrom said, and this may lead to a demand for an adjustment from the county. There is even a developing issue relating to records preservation and computers, information technology director Todd Demers told the committee. In the future, new regulations might require that all information on all county computers, including e-mails, be preserved. “In the future, we may not be allowed to wipe the old computers clean but might be required to store all that information,” he said. Demers called this a new way of doing business.

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County board denies power to executive committee

Divided board called “not ready to move”; chair to pull other suggestions

Merger opposed The lime quarry merger into the highway department drew much more spoken opposition, starting with the public comment section at the start of the meet-

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by Gregg Westigard BALSAM LAKE – The Polk County Board had a very simple agenda for its monthly meeting Tuesday night, May 19. There was a resolution to merge the lime quarry into the highway department, one of several mergers proposed by the executive committee in April. There was also a resolution to give that executive committee the power to issue “directives” rather than “guidance” as the 2010 budget process starts. Neither resolution was adopted and a long meeting ended with county board Chair Bryan Beseler telling the supervisors that they are not ready to move on making changes. It took the board 3-1/2 hours to act on three resolutions, with many roll call votes. The “directives” resolution was a proposed change to the county policy setting out the process for preparing the annual budget and staffing plans. That policy now says that the executive committee, composed of the 10 committee chairs and the county board chair, will start the budget process by issuing “guidance” to the departments and committees as they plan for the coming year. The resolution would give the executive committee the power to issue directives. Gerald Newville said the change would take away power from the finance and personnel committees, groups that he said are adept at managing the budget. He added that under this change, the executive committee will tell the departments “This is what you will do.” Larry Voelker said the resolution would give a small group of individuals power and that takes away the duties for the rest of the board. Beseler took the floor to argue for the change. He said this would broaden the board’s power by switching budget authority away from the finance committee. Beseler said that the present guidance roll of the executive committee gives it no power. With little discussion, the resolution was defeated with only six supervisors, Kathryn Kienholz, Marvin Caspersen, Russ Arcand, Jay Luke, Diane Stoneking, and Beseler, voting for the change and 17 opposed.

ing. Alden farmer and lime committee member Ted Johnson said the lime quarry has been very successful over the years, operating at a profit and contributing money to the county’s general fund. Alden Town Board member and former Supervisor John Bonneprise said the town had passed a resolution opposing the merger. He said that the quarry could not be operated in a more efficient manner than it is now. Once the resolution was on the floor, several supervisors also spoke in opposition to the merger. Herschel Brown said there was no explanation of what would be gained by the merger. Caspersen said the board was being asked to vote on something it did not clearly understand. Voelker said he saw no purpose in the merger and added that he had received many calls expressing opposition to the plan. Dean Johansen said the purpose of the quarry is to serve agriculture, and he saw a lack of understanding of how important the quarry is to farmers. Newville said, “We have lost sight of who elected us. The farmers will be unhappy with this merger.” There was some board support for the merger. Brian Masters said study of the merger has shown that things can be done to make the quarry more profitable. Gary Bergstrom said the merger is a budgetary issue, a way for the county to raise needed money and lower expenses. A series of amendments changed the intent of the resolution from ordering a merger to approving a study. In all, there were over a half dozen amendments approved, each of which moved away from the directive to merge. Finally, a motion was passed, by voice vote, to refer the merger idea to a joint study by the highway and lime committees. The failure of the two resolutions drew some strong comments from Beseler, speaking as the administrative coordinator. “After the fiscal retreat, I thought we were ready to make some decisions,” he said. “I will ask the executive committee to scrap all the resolutions we passed there. The board is not ready to move. The lime/highway merger was the easy one. I was trying to bring ideas forward. I brought the wrong idea out of the retreat. Everything that came out of the retreat is dead.” Beseler went on to say, “I don’t have time to work on issues that will be voted down. You all must come out of the silo effect. We can’t continue to do business the way we have done business. We need to start doing some work. We are facing difficult times. If we don’t come up with ideas, there will need to be position cuts. There is nowhere else to look.”


Trail passes waived June 6-7 POLK COUNTY – In recognition of National Trails Day, Polk County will not require trail passes on the Gandy Dancer Trail June 6 and 7. As part of the state trail system, passes are normally required for bike riders on the trail, 16 years of age and older. In its 15th year as a recreational trail, the limestone surfaced trail runs 47 miles from St. Croix Falls to Danbury through many of the small villages that were once served by the railroad. In Frederic, the Soo Line Depot has been

refurbished and serves as a rest stop for the trail as well as the museum of the Frederic Area Historical Society. The Frederic Depot is the last remaining depot on this railroad corridor, and is open from Memorial Day weekend through fall leaf season. Trail maps are available at the Polk County Information Center, 800-222POLK or Polk County Parks 715-4859294. For downloadable information, – submitted

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Take the time this coming weekend to pay tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation’s wars - whether it’s actually on Memorial Day or the day before – or two days before. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to put Memorial Day in perspective – a special day that serves as a reminder of what we need to remember throughout the year. A 40-year-old editorial popped up on the Internet during a search for inspiring words to offer on this Memorial Day. It’s from the Los Angeles Times, written during the height of the Vietnam War - 1968. Here’s a paragraph that stood out… “We would suggest that the best remembrance, the greatest tribute, we can pay those who have died in their nation's wars, and those fated to do so, is not simply to institutionalize their sacrifice on one day out of the year. Rather it is to live our own lives as citizens of this nation, and conduct our affairs as a power in the world, according to the higher goals in whose name these sacrifices are made.” What a timeless paragraph.

Small towns deserve technology, too

Have you been to the Leader Web site lately?

For a community newspaper we feel pretty good that we can offer a virtual edition of our entire newspaper online - and most recently we’ve been able to provide video clips of some spot news, and more importantly, a presentation to Osceola students by Ashland County District Attorney Sean Duffy and a town hall meeting in St. Croix Falls, hosted by State Rep. Ann Hraychuck and Assembly Majority Leader Thomas Nelson. It’s all with a little help from our friends, most notably videographer/reporter Kirk Anderson of St. Croix Falls. Aside from the local-access channels offered by cable companies, it’s the closest thing we have to “televised” area news coverage at this point, offering an opportunity to “experience” a local event that you may or may not have been able to work into your daily schedule. The town hall forum video included every minute of the forum, including comments by Polk County Sheriff Tim Moore on the affect of home foreclosures as it relates to people his department comes in contact with. If you haven’t seen it, check it out at And please give us feedback as to whether you appreciate this kind of news coverage.

State sacrifices

During the recent town hall meeting at St. Croix Falls, Rep. Hraychuck and Rep. Nelson assured the audience that state government is not growing in the face of the challenging economy. Hraychuck said 1,100 state jobs have been cut, state employees have been asked to take an eight-day, unpaid furlough at some point in the coming year, and some DMV and DNR service centers across the state are being closed. Facing a $6.5 billion budget shortfall, legislators have their work cut out for them. So far, more than $2 billion Rep. Nelson said that for every $1 worth of cuts have been made of new revenue in the proposed budget, there’s a corresponding $1.77 worth of cuts. It’s a balancing act of continuing to provide services while not overtaxing citizens to do so, especially in a tough economy. Cutting more employees, as Nelson noted, might seem logical to some who want to cut more from the budget, but he said it wouldn’t put a dent in the massive current debt the state faces. Tough times all around - and state legislators seem to be careful in not seeking increases in spending.

Don’t forget the farmers

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Where to Write

President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. 20500 Governor Jim Doyle P.O. Box 7863, Madison, WI 53707

Congressman David Obey (7th District) 2462 Rayburn Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515 or Federal Building, Wausau, WI 54401 (715) 842-5606 Rep. Nick Milroy (73rd District) Room 221 North, State Capitol P.O. Box 8952, Madison 53708 E-mail:

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Rep. Ann Hraychuck (28th District) State Capitol, P.O. Box 8942 Madison, WI 53708 Phone: 608-267-2365 • Toll free: 888-529-0028 In-district: 715-485-3362 rep.hraychuck@

Rep. Mary Hubler (75th District) Room 7 North, State Capitol P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708 or 1966 21-7/8 St., Rice Lake 54868 (715) 234-7421• (608) 266-2519 U.S. Senator Herb Kohl 330 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510

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

The state’s ag industry is facing a crisis like few in Wisconsin’s history, according to Wisconsin Farmers Union President Sue Beitlich. In the WFU’s most recent newsletter, Beitlich says that farmers, as a group, aren’t prone to sounding the alarm bell when times get tough, but she says she has no problem letting people know that farms of all sizes are affected like any other business during this dour economy. Dairy farmers, she notes, need $14.50 to $18.50 a hundredweight for their milk just to meet basic operating expenses. And that’s well above what they have actually been receiving this year, with the base price dipping below $10 a hundredweight. “Even when prices were at historic highs a year ago, sharp increases in input and transportation costs ate most of those milk-price earnings,” she said. Beitlich says it’s not about whining farmers, it’s about the lack of attention being paid to an issue that plays into national security and public health. “Who will produce food for our nation if our farmers can no longer afford to farm?” she asks. And while the housing and auto industries get daily attention by the national media, the agricultureal industry seems to be overlooked, she notes. “The last time I checked, you couldn’t eat a car,” she wrote. All unsigned editorials by editor Gary King

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We won’t abandon you

Larsen Auto Center, Frederic, received a letter last Thursday, May 14, which informed them they would no longer be a Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep dealer. Other dealers in the area also received the same letter, putting them out of the Chrysler business too. I would like to tell our Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep customers that even though Chrysler abandoned us, we will not abandon you. Why or how this decision, affecting 789 dealers nationwide, was made remains unclear. Larsen Auto Center has a Customer Satisfaction Index of 99 percent, which means the customers are very satisfied. The facilities are up to date as are the tools, training and technicians. Being in business for years, working hard and paying the bills on time seem to have little effect on the decisions that were made. The decision made on behalf of Chrysler -Dodge -Jeep does nothing to save money for the factory or the government. These auto dealers are independent businessmen. The dealers pay for the vehicles before they receive them. The parts, signage, tools, training, right down to the sales pamphlets are paid for by the dealers. Dealers cost the factory nothing except for a representative who calls periodically by phone. As for the government, tens of thousands of dollars in sales tax (state and county) and other revenues are collected by auto dealers. Now, the government will have to pay for the job losses of all the affected employees as well as having lost revenue. Billions of dollars in stimulus money are being spent to create jobs and yet the government steps in where is doesn’t belong and takes good jobs away. It is difficult to understand how in a country like America, some committee, Wall Street genius or judge, can choose who can be in business and who cannot. Should they go through our towns and start randomly eliminating banks, grocery stores, hardware stores and other businesses too? In a moment they can take away someone’s lifelong work, regardless of how well it is run. The businesses that were cut were never even visited before receiving their letters. We read the eliminated Chrysler dealer list on the Internet 10 minutes before our letter arrived via courier. In America it has always been the customer that determined who was successful in business and who wasn’t, based on who they did business with. The better businesses survived and the poor failed on their own. It may be true that there are too many dealers in some areas, but normal attrition has and would continue to solve this problem. To make matters worse, ChryslerDodge-Jeep, like others, will not buy back the new cars, trucks, parts or tools from the dealers even though that’s what their contract with the dealer states. Dealers are left on their own to dispose of hundreds of thousands of dollars in product. Is it fair that some dealers will benefit so much from this while others are left to bear so much? Is this the American way? It has always been that if you followed the law and paid your bills and taxes that you would be allowed to continue in business and the American citizen would determine your future. We are still your dealer and will still take care of your automotive needs, except for Chrysler warranty work. We have our Chrysler-certified technician and tools available to service your vehicle. We assure you even though Chrysler abandoned us, we will not abandon you. Many General Motors dealers (1,124 dealerships) received a letter last Friday, May 15, stating that their franchise agreements would not be renewed. The Larsen Auto Center Group did not receive a letter from General Motors. We will continue to be your General Motors dealer. Terry Larsen Frederic

Extraordinary acts

We would like to take this opportunity to extend gratitude for your most generous support of the St. Croix Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. Your donation will support the work of our Red Cross Volunteers as they go quietly about meeting the needs of our friends in our local communities within the greater St. Croix Valley Chapter each day. We empower people in the American Red Cross to perform extraordinary acts in the face of emergency situations. American Red Cross St. Croix Falls Chapter

Looking for members of Fifth Division I’m writing on behalf of The Society of the Fifth Division, United States Army, which will hold its annual meeting and reunion in Middleton, at the Madison Marriott West, 1313 John Q. Hammons Drive, on Sept. 3-7. We’re trying to publicize this event as much as possible in an attempt to locate and invite anyone who was part of the Fifth Division during World War II, Vietnam, or Panama. These soldiers proudly wore the Fifth Division’s Red Diamond, yet many don’t know about our society. The Society of the Fifth Division, United States Army, is the oldest continuing military unit organization in the United States. It was founded in 1919 by the World War I veterans of the Fifth Division, at the Fifth Division Headquarters in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg. The Society exists to: • Perpetuate and memorialize the valiant acts and patriotic deeds of the Fifth Division. • Electrify and unify that invisible current of fellowship, friendship and camaraderie molded in the throes of war and the exigencies of a peacetime service, and promote the interests and welfare of its members. • Publish and preserve the history of the accomplishments of the Fifth Division and the Society, in war and peace, and set forth the gallant and heroic deeds of its members. The Fifth Division has a proud history of supporting and defending freedom in America and around the world. During World War I action in France, Cmdr. Hunter Liggett congratulated the division on its achievements. Also, Gen. Pershing called one member of the Fifth Division, Maj. Sam Woodfill, “the greatest soldier of WWI.” The Fifth Division was assigned to Patton’s Third Army in World War II and became known as Patton’s Red Devils; he thanked them in a letter for spearheading his march across Europe. In Vietnam, a brigade of the Fifth Division served at Khe Sanh, Con Thien and other important sites along the DMZ. As part of this year’s meeting and reunion, the Society will raise funds for the Disabled Veterans of America, and will also raise money to help finance museums in France and the Czech Republic to honor the memory of the valiant members of the Fifth Division who helped secure freedom in those countries. For more information on The Society of the Fifth Division, United States Army, and on the upcoming meeting and reunion, please contact me at 608-798-3844 or e-mail at You may also go to our Web site at J. Patrick Andreoni, president Society of the Fifth Division, U.S. Army Cross Plains

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America, honor your veterans

(Editor’s note: Mariah Zastrow is an eighth-grade student in the Grantsburg schools. Her language arts class required her to write an essay for the American Legion Brask/Fossum 185 chapter essay contest, but since she regards herself as “not good at writing essays,” she wrote the following poem. The poem was good enough to win first prize in the Legion contest, and has been submitted to state contests. Mariah’s grandfather, Jack Ormston of Grantsburg, is the “Grandpa Jack” mentioned in her poem. He served in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. At this time, Mariah is with her classmates on a field trip to Washington, DC. While she is there she will read her poem at the Arlington National Cemetery. When she returns, she will read her poem at the Grantsburg Legion’s Memorial Day services.)

Soldiers Past and Present ... America, Honor your veterans

Fighting, dying, and giving their all.

No giving up, no matter how hard the fall. The bruises and wounds will go away, But the memories and aches will always stay. And still they’re willing to give their lives, To lose their friends, children and wives. We take for granted what they do, Being brave and staying true. If it weren’t for what they do and see, Our country today would not be free. The sacrifices they’ve made and make, And still all we do is take. To respect them in even the smallest way, Is not a huge price to pay. Men and women, rich and poor, Are fighting in battles, winning a war. Risking every day, never giving up hope, Each, and every day, having to cope. With losses and bruises and hiding inside, Waiting to go home, arms open wide. The feeling they get when they arrive, But knowing they have to go back and try to survive.

Tax rally Government is out of control. No matter what level of government you look at, they are constantly raising taxes for some altruistic reason. They have moved away from their primary reasons we even have government. To protect us from foreign enemies, regulate commerce, provide public safety and courts and to provide equal opportunity. From their original duties they have become an all-encompassing nanny state. Too many politicians want to protect us from ourselves. God gave us the right to live our lives as we see fit without the interference of government. And the liberals and bleeding hearts are all too happy to jump on the nanny-state bandwagon. On May 30, at the Polk County Courthouse in Balsam Lake, there is going to be a tax protest rally. It’s time the hardworking achievers take their government back and put an end to the constant cycle of tax and spend. We can’t afford more and the government has to be reduced in size and scope before it consumes the free-enterprise system and suffocates the American spirit.

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Mariah (R) with her Grandpa Jack. It’s a lifelong journey they’re willing to take, And for most it’s a very hard decision to make. But still they go and give their all, Always accepting their sudden war call. My Grandpa Jack was in World War II, And came back with scars, bruises, black and blue. He’s mostly deaf, can barely hear, And I’m just glad he can still be near. He’s not been the same since his time overseas, But his memories are fading, slowly with ease. My Grandpa Jack is an example of The veterans fighting, showing their love. We honor them with simple applause, For fighting for a wonderful cause. Shake their hand, or say thank you, Tell them they’re wonderful for staying true. They’re everyday people you see on the street, People you know, people you meet. Fighting, dying, and giving their all, No giving up, no matter how hard the fall. The bruises and wounds will go away, But the aches and pains will always stay. A simple poem such as this, Is a great joy full of bliss. To a veteran here who still lives, Or one far away, who still gives. Either way, No matter what happens, America, we need to honor our veterans.

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The Jars of Oil Garage Sale challenge When Diane Brask was in Africa on a mission trip, she was invited to a village to meet some destitute widows and the vulnerable, fatherless children that they were trying to take care of. She was asked to bring a greeting and share some words of encouragement, so she told them a story. In the story, a woman’s husband had just died. She had two young sons and a large debt that her husband had left behind. If she did not pay back the creditor immediately, he threatened to take her sons as payment for the debt she owed him. In her hour of hopelessness and desperation she sought out a man of God named Elisha. He asked her what she had in her home, and she replied, “I have nothing but a little jar of oil.” He told her, “Go around to your neighbors and get as many empty jars as you can. Bring the jars into your home, shut the door and then take your jar of oil and begin to pour your oil into the jars until they are all full and then set them aside.” So she and her sons did what they had been told. Miraculously, the little bit of oil in her one jar multiplied so that she was able to fill all the empty jars that her neighbors had given her. So she went back to Elisha and asked, “What should I do now?” And he answered, “Take the jars of oil to the marketplace and sell the oil, you will get enough money to pay off your creditor, plus you and your sons will have enough money to live on.” When Diane told me about this story and the plight of the widows and orphans in Africa, my heart was deeply touched. I knew I needed to do something to help them. Then one day a great idea popped into my head: “You should have a garage sale and give the money to widows and orphans in Africa.” As I discussed this idea with Diane, we came to the conclusion that this was a dream that should be shared. Perhaps groups of young people all over America could pick up the challenge and sponsor a garage sale for widows and orphans, too. The idea is similar to the story Diane shared in Africa. The widow went around to her neighbors and got empty jars that they didn’t need, filled them with oil and sold them. We are not selling oil, but we are also going to neighbors in our community to collect items people don’t need to sell at a garage sale to help make a difference in the lives of widows and orphans in Africa. If you have anything to donate to our garage sale see the ad in this paper, call Tessa Hane at 715-222-9716 or e-mail at Thanks so much for being a part of my dream by joining me in the Jars of Oil Garage Sale Challenge. I know that this simple idea will make a big difference in the lives of many vulnerable women and fatherless children. Tessa Hane Grantsburg

Ethanol What are our politicians really thinking? The new initiative to have the entire country on E85 in five years is ludicrous! They are not scientists, nor engineers, nor experts in any field. They are just lawyers who feed off the population. We have several issues that are not addressed by those pushing the E85 issues. 1) Ethanol mix of E85 produces 25 to 40 percent less mileage on the current vehicles. With CBS announcing that gas will be at $4 per gallon by the end of this year, that means in today’s dollars, we will need to be paying $5 to $7.20 per gallon of gas to travel the same miles. This also does not address the fact the most vehicle components that are subjected to ethanol gas will fail (fuel pumps, fuel lines, carburetors,

Letters t o t h e e d i t o r etc.). The assumptions also do not address the intention of the current political body to add an additional $1/gallon federal tax on gas by the end of 2010 which would bring the gas cost in today’s dollars up to $6 to $8.20/gallon. If we will need an additional 25 to 40 percent fuel to go the same miles, our dependence on imported oil will grow an additional 25 to 40 percent. 2) The water needed to produce 100 gallons of ethanol is several thousand gallons of water. The water resources in this country will be gone in 10 years under the new legislation. The Southwest is already fighting over water rights. The Great Lakes will be dry. 3) The price of fertilizers needed to grow the crops will increase drastically due to higher prices charged by the refineries. 4) The cost of plastics, which are a petroleum-based product, will soar. The average consumer inflation will result in a $2,000 additional cost per year. 5) The price of corn will be well over $10/bushel. This country cannot produce sufficient corn to supply the demand. We will then be importing corn for the first time in history. This will further increase the import balance with further devaluation of the dollar. That means that food prices will increase an average of $400 to $600 per household in today’s dollars. 6) The price of beef will be around $5/pound for hamburger and hot dogs. The rest of the cuts will be about $6-plus per pound of beef. Will beef then also be considered an entitlement? While we need to be good stewards of the land and the world as a whole, we also need to look at things with a complete understanding, not just the whims of a few individuals trying to get more campaign funds from other sources. Our current political base is totally out of touch with reality! While they continue to give themselves raises annually, the rest of the population will suffer with more unemployment, double-digit inflation and Social Security has already had the cost of living increases frozen at 0 percent for the next two years. We really need a population that is willing to demand that all politicians think things through. We need people to contact the president directly. Contacting Congressman Obey, Sen. Kohl and Sen. Sensenbrenner is a futile effort with no replies. Dave Wilhelmy Siren

No answers Having just left the Siren School Board meeting, there is no question in my mind as to why several members of the community have decided to meet on their own to try to come up with a plan to resolve issues they recognize as significant concerns. Community members plan to meet this week, on Thursday evening, at the Lakeview Event Center at 7 p.m. These are taxpayers in the district who do not feel that they have been heard when they have voiced concerns to administrators or board members. These are business owners and parents that are not satisfied with the overall operation of the Siren School District. As a current district resident and as a district employee, I share their concerns. I asked to be heard at a meeting and was not allowed to speak. At this time, this letter is my only avenue to express my displeasure with the current board’s stance on conflict resolution. It is no secret that there is a conflict that needs to be resolved. It is my opinion that the conflict is a result of two personalities that clashed and the subsequent inability of management to resolve the conflict before it escalated into a personnel matter. As staff, we are asked to resolve all issues at the lowest level of authority. Parents are asked to do the same, but obviously this rule does not apply to the superintendent

or board, who quickly confer with legal counsel. This costs you, the taxpayer, money. Money that could best be spent on our students. I have asked how much money has been budgeted for legal fees on two occasions, once in 2007 and again two weeks ago; I have never received a dollar amount. The number of conflicts resulting in legal expenses in the past four years is too high. You can review cases on the Wisconsin Employee Relations Commission Web site; these are cases that apparently were not solved at the lowest level. Many good, strong educators, support staff and ancillary staff have resigned in the last five years while others have been nonrenewed. I believe that we have a number of high-quality educators and educational support personnel who truly love their jobs and are there for their students and families; I hope we can keep them. I believe it is long past time for us to look at some type of consolidation, starting with our administrative services. This may be the only thing Mark Pettis and I have ever agreed on, and I cannot imagine that one good administrator couldn’t handle the Burnett County schools, saving money on everything from salary and benefits to bread bids, while still allowing the towns/villages to retain their schools and identities. Polly Imme Siren

Sneaky governors Based on some of the things hidden in Gov. Doyle’s budget, one has to wonder if sneaky governors in Wisconsin are just smarter than sneaky governors in Illinois. Hidden in the governor’s budget request are provisions that would raise the liability limits on automobile insurance policies for vehicle owners in Wisconsin. It would increase minimums of $25,000 for personal injury, $50,000 for each accident, and $10,000 for property damage to $100,000, $300,000, and $25,000 respectively. It is estimated that this could increase our insurance premiums by 30-35 percent. Also tucked away in the governor’s budget are provisions that would redefine who pays liability damages. Current law says a defendant must meet a 51 percent threshold – bear more than half the responsibility for the accident – to be held responsible for up to 100 percent of the liability cost. However, the governor’s budget would say an individual, employer, charity, or church that is even 1 percent liable could be held responsible for 100 percent of damages. If a person is simply present at an accident they are partially liable and could be found responsible for 100 percent of the damage. A – Why is this part of a governor’s budget proposal? B – Who benefits from this action? The governor’s apologists might say these increased coverages are necessary in view of ballooning costs that result from auto crashes. But why alter the formula for determining shared liability? Clearly, items in the governor’s proposed budget that result in higher cost to people in the state are tax increases. So – within the governor’s budget is a massive tax increase – a 30- to 35-percent increase in insurance premiums for policyholders statewide is a lot of money, from which the state derives not one penny of revenue. The state doesn’t get a cent. Policyholders get their premiums jacked up by nearly 35 percent, so who wins? The victims of an accident? They might benefit from the higher coverages in some cases, but they could get the shaft as a result of the formula changes determining shared liability. Here’s a thought. The governor, and the liberal Democrat majorities, are up for reelection, and some of their largest supporters are trial lawyers. This budget proposal appears to open up a much larger and much deeper pocket for lawyers to dip into

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whenever there is an auto accident. Every claim generated by every accident is a potential gold mine for trial lawyers willing to litigate every aspect of the accident. They, as well as the “victims” will be paid by the statewide policyholders who will have had their premiums increased by nearly 35 percent by a tax increase mandated by the state at the request of the upfor-re-election governor and his co-conspirators in the state Legislature, who will receive large campaign contributions from the lawyers whose pockets will be lined with policyholders’ money. And who gets blamed? The insurance companies that send out the bills with the premium increases. It’s a beautiful thing. It just makes you proud to live in Wisconsin doesn’t it? Bob Blake Clam Falls

Report careless spraying Planting season has begun. Along with that comes spraying of herbicides and pesticides on ag fields. These sprayers cannot and should not be spraying when strong winds can carry these herbicides and pesticides, causing drifting onto areas besides where they were meant to be. There are laws in the state of Wisconsin regulating spraying during windy conditions. So if you have problems (killed or stunted plants, shrubs, trees, etc.) from these careless sprayers, be sure to call and report it. Most of these herbicides and pesticides can cause health problems such as eye irritations, lung problems, etc. Write down all possible information such as time, area sprayed, who sprayed (if known), land owner, etc. before you call. These careless spraying practices affects our health, water supplies, wildlife and environment. And don’t be shy or think you shouldn’t become involved. It is an important issue. The person to call is Dave Frederickson at 608-224-4500. Carolyn Lumsden Dresser

Are wineries ag or commercial? The Burnet County Board will vote May 21 on whether an A-2 zoning is proper for a winery. Close on the heels of that vote, the Trade River Winery, now zoned residential and existing in a residential area of lake homes, has requested A-2 zoning and permission to do the following: “Winery for manufacture, bottling and warehousing of wine from grapes grown on and off of the property. Wholesale and retail wine sales. Wine theme-related retail shop, restaurant, lounge and event facilities for purposes of holding weddings, anniversaries, reunions, wine tastings, musical concerts and other civic events. Hours of Operation: winter hours: Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. May 23 to Oct. 11: Wednesday, Thursday, 2 to 6 p.m.; Friday 2 to 8 p.m.; Saturday 2 to 8 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.; Private events not later than 10 p.m.” Does that business description sound like ag to you? Would you like this business next door to your home with your kids listening to the bar language and trying to sleep at night? Wineries are commercial and should be operated in appropriate locations. I ask the Burnett County Board and community residents to rethink mixing bar activities into residential communities. The county would be best served by commercial placement for wineries and their activities. Rick Painter Rural Grantsburg

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Rep. Hraychuck speaks at Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial MADISON - At noon on Friday, May 8, Rep. Hraychuck, D-Balsam Lake, was the invited keynote speaker at the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial held in Madison to honor Wisconsin’s law enforcement officers. Hraychuck addressed a crowd of hundreds of people comprised of current and retired law enforcement officials, families of fallen officers, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Gov. Jim Doyle. After reciting the poem, “A Very Special Light,” written by Margaret-Anne Farrell, a police officer’s wife, Hraychuck acknowledged police officers currently

Rep. Ann Hraychuck delivered an emotional keynote speech at the Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony in Madison with Gov. Jim Doyle and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen in attendance. - Special photo

Free Fishing Weekend in June

Wisconsin has many great outdoor activities and traditions, and one of the best is coming up soon. The weekend of June 6-7 is Free Fishing Weekend for the entire state. Citizens of all ages can fish without a license on our thousands of beautiful lakes and rivers. This is the perfect opportunity to practice your fishing skills, take your family out on the lake or even learn to fish for the first time Many organizations are sponsoring community events on lakes around the state in celebration of Free Fishing Weekend. You can visit the DNR Web site at to find more information about events being held that weekend. The Web site also has event planning forms to download if you would like to hold your own fishing event and have it sponsored by the DNR. If you want to take part in this exciting event but have no fishing equipment of your own, don’t worry. Many state parks and DNR offices are loaning poles and tackle for those who need them. However, it is important to sign

Taxpayers deserve more, not less

New revenue projections in Wisconsin show a growing budget shortfall, now approaching $7 billion. This budget-shortfall figure represents the amount of money the state provides in total aids for K-12 education and our public universities in one year combined. About half of the state’s budget goes to education, by far the largest appropriation item in the budget. While Wisconsin is not going to shut down our schools for a year to make ends meet, it helps put perspective on the budget challenges ahead. Given our challenges, many would hope that the governor and Democratic leaders would be seeking to stretch our taxpayer dollars to go further. Unfortunately, many of the budget proposals in

serving. “Across America, more than half a million law enforcement officers proudly and bravely carry out their duties protecting us from the worst impulses of our society,” Hraychuck said. “They keep us safe where we live, where we work and where we play. Risk is their constant companion. No one knows that better than all of you gathered here.” Hraychuck, former Polk County Sheriff, then recounted from her own personal experience the day she witnessed her colleagues gunned down while on duty. “As I stand here today, I remember the day I heard the words that can change lives forever: ‘Officer down, officer needs help.’ April 19, 1991, a day forever etched in my mind,” Hraychuck recalled. She and two other Polk County Officers, Deputy Mike Seversen and Dan Mosay, responded to a call regarding a shooting suspect and were in pursuit when the suspect opened fire leaving Seversen critically injured and another officer, Allan Albee, dead. Finally, Hraychuck urged the officers present to remember those that sacrificed their lives while serving their communities. “It is our obligation as surviving officers to never let the next generation of officers forget the sacrifices of those who gave the full measure of devotion while protecting and serving our communities,” Hraychuck said. - submitted

up for this loaning program as soon as possible since many people will be looking for equipment for the weekend. The DNR Web site also has more information about borrowing fishing gear, including a Ann list of locations. Hraychuck Whether you’re avid fisherman 28th District an or just looking to Assembly have a good time with family and friends, Free Fishing Weekend gives you the perfect chance to get out on the water. It’s a great time to share your love of fishing with your children or spouse, or bring out a friend for some fun and relaxation. As always, if you have any additional questions regarding news resources, or have other legislative concerns, please feel free to contact me toll-free at 888-529-0028 or by e-mailing me at:

the Governor’s budget bill would do the exact opposite – making government services more expensive. A glaring example is proposed changes to Wisconsin’s prevailing wage laws. Governor Doyle is proposing to subject Sheila any project of $2,000 Harsdorf or more to comply with prevailing 10th District wage regulations. Senate Volunteer projects with local government help would be a thing of the past. Costs for all municipal projects would grow by as much as 10-20 percent. Rural communities would be especially hit hard, as they would be subjected to

Law enforcement officials stand in front of the Wisconsin Capitol to honor fellow officers. - Special photo

Polk County flood risk information open house scheduled

Public provided opportunity to learn about floodplain management in their communities

POLK COUNTY – Representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, will be hosting a flood risk information open house on Wednesday, June 3, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Unity School, in the auditorium, 1908 150th Street/Hwy. 46 North, Balsam Lake. This open house will provide the public with an opportunity to review a recently completed preliminary Flood Insurance Study and its accompanying preliminary flood insurance rate maps that include base flood information and areas subject to significant flood hazards within the county. Also included in the FIS and the FIRMs is information utilized by public officials when permitting development in the floodplain. Please note, there will not be a presentation at the open house, rather, this is an opportunity to view the preliminary maps and FIS in preparation for the upcoming comment period. The open house will be staffed with representatives from various local and state agencies, to provide you the most paying much higher wages as seen in urban areas. Simply put, local projects would either be fewer – resulting in job losses - or more expensive – resulting in higher property taxes. Additionally, the governor proposed to eliminate cost analysis for state contracts. This issue gained much attention after the legislature demanded accountability of contracts in 2005. In fact, just this week an audit of contracts with state road builders found that many tasks could be done for less with state employees rather than private contractors. Yet, the governor has sought to eliminate review of such contracts in his budget-bill proposal. Finally, the budget proposal contains and the budget-writing committee has passed provisions that would enable up to 30 separate collective bargaining groups for our public universities and

current information about flood risk, flood insurance, floodplain development regulations, and the process for floodplain mapping within Polk County communities. New preliminary floodplain maps have been prepared and will be on display. Once the maps become effective in approximately one year, these maps will be used by floodplain permit officials, builders and developers, lenders, realtors, insurance agents and the general public to determine flood risk, develop mitigation measures, and encourage wise and responsible risk management decision making. Property owners, realtors, lenders, and insurance agents are encouraged to attend and take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation within their community. If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please contact Kristy Hanselman, at 608-261-6443 or Gary Heinrichs at 608-266-3093, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources floodplain planners. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003. - submitted

technical colleges. It would cost over $2 million alone to staff the UW system with a team of negotiators. Collective bargaining for higher education would destroy shared governance at our campuses, wherein staff, students and faculty work cooperatively to set campus policies. It could also result in disparities among staff and faculty pay plans at individual campuses. Smaller campuses like River Falls and Stout, that do not hold the power of Madison and Milwaukee, would likely lose in fighting for limited resources. These changes do nothing to help the budget shortfall but instead increase government costs. We need a new direction that looks for how we can deliver the services citizens expect at a price taxpayers can afford. What do you think? Send me an email to or call me at 800-862-1092.


Co-ownership of future pool approved by school board

Details to be worked out with village

by Gregg Westigard FREDERIC – The Frederic School Board has agreed to be a co-owner, with the village, of the future swimming pool. That action at the monthly meeting of the board Monday night, May 18, should enable the Friends of the Pool to collect funds for the project. The board also reviewed finances for the present and coming years. Reports were presented on a good inspection of the food service and a free lunch program for the summer school. “The pool is part of the community,” Maria Ammend told the board. “The pool will serve the entire area. The Friends of the Pool wants to move ahead with obtaining grants and gifts, but we need to have ownership decided first.” Ammend said that the village board has approved the concept of joint ownership of the pool with the village. She pointed out that the district has used the community service fund to levy $25,000 each year to cover pool staffing. Am-

mend said that this Fund 80 can continue. Board President Scott Nelson said that the community service fund has paid for offering swimming lessons as part of summer school. He said that this was a good thing to do, and he wants to continue raising the $25,000 each year for that purpose. The board agreed to approve co-ownership and to set up a joint committee with the village to work out details on funding of pool operations. It was suggested that a contract between the village and the school was needed to define the issues and commit future boards to the operation. The motion supporting co-ownership was approved by voice vote, with Terry Taylor voting no. The old pool will be demolished sometime this summer. An inspection for possible problems with asbestos and lead paint came back with favorable results, revealing minimal presence of either material. Even without a pool and swimming lessons, elementary Principal Kelly Steen reported that 200 kids have enrolled in the summer school program. All those

students will get a free breakfast and lunch this summer thanks to a program offered by the state Department of Public Instruction. That program was explained by a DPI staff person conducting the five-year inspection and audit of the district’s food service program. That inspection went very well, according to all reports at the meeting. Administrator Jerry Tischer said district spending is on budget for the present year which ends June 30, and the district should come out slightly in black for the year. Many issues regarding the 2009-2010 budget are still being worked out in Madison, Tischer said, including whether the districts will be assessed to cover stock investment losses in the teachers retirement fund. Also in doubt is whether the Legislature will remove the QEO statute that puts some limits on increases in staff wages and benefit expenses. The board will continue to work on preparing the new budget up to the mid-November deadline. The district is continuing to develop a virtual education policy to cover students taking courses online, by computer. Tischer said that an agreement is

being worked out with the Grantsburg District and its Insight School that would allow Frederic students to take classes through that program and still be enrolled in the Frederic District. Frederic would pay the tuition for the classes and provide the students with the needed computer and would not lose the state aid that would be lost if those students transferred out. This would be a financial gain for the district. Virtual education and open enrollment are part of the change in education that allows students more choices on how to receive an education. Community Education classes attracted 649 people this past fall and winter, program director Ann Fawver reported. That amounted to an attendance of 3,407 people in classes that included dance, photography, cheese making, skiing, driver education and computer skills. Classes in driver’s education, yoga and clogging (a type of dancing) will continue over the summer.

West Sweden Township to gain a woodland advocate in 2009 TOWN OF WEST SWEDEN - Woodland owners in West Sweden Township in Polk County who want to attract more wildlife to their woods and have healthier trees will be able to learn how it’s done from their neighbor, Neal Chapman. Chapman recently completed training to be a woodland advocate, a volunteer who connects woodland owners with professional foresters and other resources to teach owners specific ways they can manage their woods for health and sustainability. Advocates give oneon-one attention to their neighbors needs and concerns, and, if a woodland owner wishes, their advocate will coordinate a walk in the owner’s woods with a professional forester. Chapman remembers what it’s like to

buy land and then try to figure out what to do with it. Years ago he had that experience with 20 acres in Minnesota, and it taught him where to find resources and then how to develop and implement a stewardship plan for his land. “You would be hard-pressed to find a more diverse 20 acres than I have near Frederic,” Chapman said. “Rock outcrops, red and white oak and white pine. I have a little river, a wetland, pine plantations and a field that’s going into native prairie.” He has completed the Master Woodland Steward Program and classes at the Leopold Institute to learn how to better care for his land, and now he’s eager to help his neighbors learn how to care for their land. The Woodland Advocate Program provides “the motivation to do what we

should be doing – cultivating other people to think about their land besides as a place they go to hunt. It’s a mentoring role that I thrive on,” Chapman said. “It’s a real bonus to be able to walk other people’s woods with them. There’s a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment.” The Woodland Advocate Program, an initiative of the nonprofit Wisconsin Family Forests, is currently funded with the support of grants from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board and the American Forest Foundation, through the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee. Past grants from the Turner Foundation, the Weyerhauser Family Foundation and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service funded the initial pilot program from 2006 to 2008. Wisconsin Family Forests is dedicated

to promoting sustainability on familyowned woodlands in Wisconsin. WFF supports woodland owners in their efforts to keep their woodlands healthy and works to introduce private woodland owners to the resources and trusted professionals that can assist them in caring for their land. WFF is supported by 50 environmental, governmental and private organizations in Wisconsin, including the Aldo Leopold Foundation, Society of American Foresters, Master Loggers of Wisconsin, and University of Wisconsin-Extension. For more information, contact Neal Chapman at 612-998-7901 or Wisconsin Family Forests Executive Director Gerry Mich at 920-424-7888. - from Woodland Leadership Institute

Smithy dedication at Forts Folle Avoine this Saturday DANBURY - The students from Webster and Siren High Schools have completed the work on the new forge and bellows for the Forts Folle Avoine smithy. It will be officially dedicated at this weekend’s season opener at the Fort. The dedication will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 23. Students from all three Burnett County high schools have participated in the project. Journalism students from Grantsburg published articles while tech ed students from Siren and Webster did the design and construction. The student involvement began last September with a kickoff dinner at the Fort. In November, students visited Fort Snelling to study design and operation of a 19th century forge and bellows. In January, they presented their designs to the Burnett County Historical Society and received approval to proceed with construction. While the labor came from the students, most of the materials for the project were donated by local retailers. The materials included lumber, steel, leather, cement, bricks, pipe and a firepot. The students have worked long and hard to add their own piece of history to the historical park. Please join them on Saturday for the dedication. - submitted

It sucks. It blows. It’s a bellows. by Mike Hunter (Siren High School Student) DANBURY - At the end of the last school year, Mr. Dorn, my Tech Ed teacher, brought to my attention that there was a project that needed to be built. The project was building a bellows for the Forts Folle Avoine smithy. We started this year with a task of finding a plan to build a replica 1890 bellows. In search of this plan we looked at many different Web sites but found little in the 1890 era. Our biggest break in finding a good plan was our field trip to Fort Snelling.

Bending sheet steel to make the hood for the smithy forge, shown (L to R) are: Phil Schmidt, Sean Snorek and Roy Ward. – Special photo

The bellows that we are building is called a double-lung bellows. A doublelung bellows works by pumping up the bottom lung, which blows air out onto the fire. Also by pumping the bottom lung it fills up the top lung, which will cause the bellows to be steadily feeding air to the fire. After we got a good idea of what the bellows should look like from the Fort Snelling field trip, a couple of students started working hard to make a prototype to present to the historical society for approval. Making the prototype had its ups and downs, no pun intended.

The hardest part was to put a covering on it. We did not want to waste leather on it so we used plastic, which kept ripping. It also took us a while to get everything else assembled and working. On Jan. 20, we went to the Fort to see if they would like our project. As nervous as we were, not very good public speakers and showing up late, we presented the design. Siren School is honored with the task to build a historically accurate 1890 bellows for the Forts Folle Avoine.





Show and tell at Webster School meeting by Carl Heidel WEBSTER - Portions of Monday night’s meeting of the Webster Schools Board of Education resembled show and tell in a school classroom. The various presentations showed the board the high school’s National Honor Society, the high school forensics program and the k12 technology program. NHS advisor Brenda Larsen acquainted the board members with the newly created honor program at the high school, and introduced some of the student members who were present. She also showed the board the series of photos taken at the recent induction of the Webster chapter’s first members. A team from the high school forensics program followed with a presentation of their performance of a version of “Hamlet” for people who don’t have time to sit through the entire play. The team’s act had earlier received a perfect score of 25 in forensics competition at the state level. As part of the board’s consideration of an updated technology plan for the schools, Carissa Kammeyer, district library media specialist, demonstrated the learning of technology throughout the school system. Her PowerPoint program showed how the various grade levels, from kindergarten through high school, learned technology skills. Following Kammeyer’s presentation, the board approved the updated tech-

Members of the high school forensics team presented their winning performance of “Hamlet” at Monday night’s Webster School Board meeting. Pictured (L to R) are: Rose Kopecky, Kelsey Tretsven, Niels VanVliet, Brittany Flatten and Olivia Main.

Little Eleanora Kammayer, 2 years old in June, was fascinated by the students’ performance of the “Hamlet” skit. - Photos by Carl Heidel

nology plan. School Superintendent Jim Erickson explained that the plan is reviewed and updated regularly every three years.

• approved WIAA co-op agreements with Siren High School for softball and baseball; • and awarded the contract for seal coating the school’s parking lots to Roy’s Sealcoating of Minong which had entered a bid of $8,300 for the job.

In other business the board: • listened to a presentation from students in the hockey program as they

Webster High NHS hosts variety show by Carl Heidel WEBSTER - In her presentation at the Webster School Board meeting Monday night, National Honor Society advisor Brenda Larsen, announced that the NHS members will sponsor a variety

show at the high school Friday night, May 22 to raise funds for the society‘s activities. The show begins at 7 p.m. in the high school cafetorium. Admission is $5 per person.

voiced support for their coach, Greg Sears; • granted the youth options request of Ryan Brickle to spend his senior year in studies at WITC; • approved an addendum to the 20092010 CESA contract;

Summer school registration ends Friday by Carl Heidel WEBSTER - Webster’s Elementary School principal Jeff Walsh, in his remarks at Monday night’s Webster School Board meeting, reminded parents that the deadline for registration of

their children for the summer school program is this Friday, May 22. For further information or to register children, parents may call the elementary school office at 715-866-8211.

County would step back from negotiating ambulance contracts

Fitzgerald suggests it may be time to let towns create their own ambulance commission

by Sherill Summer BURNETT COUNTY - Burnett County towns and villages are again wrestling with ambulance service for county residents even though the ambulance provider, North Memorial, has indicated that their cost would remain at slightly over $32 per person for next year. Last year, the cost of providing ambulance service unexpectedly jumped, but

the towns and villages were also given the option of reducing the number of locations where ambulances are kept and voted to keep the same level of service. It is the towns and villages that are required to provide the ambulance service. The county only negotiates the contract on behalf of the towns and villages, and at an April 29 meeting to discuss ambulance service for next year, some towns indicated that they are looking at alternatives to North Memorial’s services. Discussion about the ambulance choices for towns and villages also spilled over into a county supervisor policy-planning meeting on Friday, May 15.

At Friday’s meeting, county Administrator Candace Fitzgerald discussed the 20-year history of the county negotiating for the towns and villages, even though it is not mandated to do so and questioned the wisdom of continuing it. “If the towns want to make their own ambulance commission, the county would step out of it. It wouldn’t be of anyone’s service if the service was piecemeal, but we have to trust that the towns can come together ... if the towns did all of the talking, maybe they would understand what the real issues are.” Some of these service issues were discussed in the form of speculative “what ifs,” such as what if the only ambulance

from an alternative provider was on a long ambulance run in the Cities and another call come in? There were no answers to the various scenarios because there were no details of proposed alternatives to North Memorial ambulances. In an attempt to give options of their own, county chairman Phil Lindeman indicated that he would ask North Memorial to give some options on levels of service for all of the towns and villages to consider. A meeting will be held Monday, June 1, at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the matter further.

Winery’s rezoning request on the table by Sherill Summer BURNETT COUNTY - On Tuesday, May 5, the Burnett County Land Use and Information Committee proposed a couple of new permitted conditional uses for the A2 zone, and even before the proposed permitted uses were finalized by the full board, the Trade River Winery on Little Trade Lake applied to rezone their winery in Trade Lake Township from RR3 to A2 and applied for a permit under one of the newly proposed conditional uses. The new conditional use proposed for a winery would allow for the manufacturing and warehousing of wine and spirits, wine-theme retail shop, restaurant, lounge and event facilities and seems well-suited for the Trade River Winery business which both stores and

sells wine in their wine shop, including their own Trade River Winery brand wines, and has outdoor event space surrounded with landscaped gardens that can accommodate up to 300 guests, according to their Web site. The winery, founded in 2001, received its first conditional-use permit in November of 2003 for a wine distribution warehouse with the condition that there would be no on-premise retail sales and that the warehouse would be less than 1,000 square feet in size. Another conditional-use permit allowing on-site sales and service was granted in 2006, but a 2007 application for a winery and banquet facility was denied. The Burnett County Zoning Office was aware of the extent of the winery’s business activities and a citation was issued

for business use outside of the granted conditional-use permits, but the legal process is on hold for now. The public hearing for Trade River Winery’s conditional-use application and zoning change will be on Friday, May 29. There is already some opposition to the idea of Trade River Winery obtaining a conditional permit to expand their business – and it comes from neighbors on Little Trade Lake. The nearest neighbor is estimated to be 200 feet away, according to zoning Administrator Jim Flanigan. All other neighbors are across the bay from the winery, about 600 feet to 800 feet away, but there have been complaints about the noise from outside events at the winery.

Assuming that the new conditional uses are approved by the full county board on Thursday, May 21 - thus making the winery’s application possible the land-use and information committee will make a recommendation on the zoning change, but the full county board will need to actually approve the committee’s recommendation before any zoning change could go into effect, at the earliest, during the regular June meeting. If the land-use and information committee recommends the zoning change, it could also approve the conditional permit. The land-use and information committee has the final say on the conditional permit.

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County administrator’s contract will continue to be negotiated through NWRPC by Sherill Summer BURNETT COUNTY - There is a usual procedure that the Burnett County supervisors use when overseeing the county employees’ salary and benefit package. An administration committee negotiates the details of the contract in closed session and contracts are then approved in open session. From there, the contract is brought to the full county board for approval in the form of a memorandum. Once approved by the county board, the contract goes into effect. This procedure is used for elected officials, nonunion employees, typically department managers and union employees from three different unions. The county goes through the approval process every few years, depending on the length of the contract. There is one annual contract that is handled differently - the contract between the county and Northwest Regional Planning Commission for a county administrator. For the last three decades, the county administrator has been an employee of NWRPC. The county pays for the entire salary and benefit package of the administrator. No other county in the state has this type of agree-

ment with their county administrator, and in a March county supervisor policy and planning meeting, Supervisor Chuck Awe questioned if the method was out of compliance with state statues since the contract is approved by a committee but not the full board. Since that time opinions generally have stated that the county is not out of compliance with state statues, but the transparency of the method was also raised at the police and planning meeting in March and county chairman Phil Lindeman indicated that the method used for approving the contract with the planning would be re-examined at a later time. That time turned out to be the administration committee on Monday, May 18. Myron Schuster of NWRPC was at the meeting, which saw updating of the wording for the contract outlining the contract for administration. State statute numbers were updated as needed and all references to the old committee structure that referred to a personnel committee were changed to read the administration committee, the committee that now handles all contract matters. Two supervisors have typically negotiated the contract in the past and two supervisors will negotiate in the fu-

ture, but the wording that names the supervisors was changed. Also changed was the date the contract is approved. In the past, the contract simply stated that it would be approved by Oct. 1. Now the contract will read that it will be negotiated prior to October but approved by Nov. 15, the day that the county must forward an approved county budget to the state. What did not change was the current procedure of approving the contract at the committee level without approval by the full county board, except as part of the overall budget. At a Friday supervisor meeting, local government specialist Alan Probst said that one situation supervisors do not want to find themselves in is to have the budget held up because of this contract. Probst’s concern was brought up at the administration committee on Monday, but Supervisor Ed Peterson vocalized a general consensus that the budget would not be held up on this. Changes to the contract process approved by the administration committee will now go before the full county board.

Grantsburg School Board paves way toward needed school improvements by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG – A vote by the Grantsburg School Board to approve repaving school parking lots and bus loops was just one of the decisions made by the board at their May 11 meeting for improvements needed for the district. At the board’s April 22 meeting, the board members heard a recommendation as to how to proceed with repairs for the district’s parking lots. The report noted due to the age of the lots, repaving, though costly, was a much better plan than putting any more money into maintenance. The board voted to proceed with the paving project in stages. Asphalt Associates of Roberts was awarded the bid to begin by putting asphalt overlays at the elementary school parking lot and the middle school bus loop with the understanding work would be completed by June. The cost of the first phase of the paving project will be $49,850. Paving of high school bus loop and parking areas will be the next stage of the project with the board not setting a timetable for completion at this time. Jesse Byers, the district’s technology director, presented bids for a new district exchange computer server. Byers told the board the district’s current e-mail systems have seen increased usage over the last couple of years. “They are getting taxed pretty heavily,” Byers told the board. “The new server will allow for combining the two ex-

The board also voted to approve a three-year district technology plan. The plan was developed by a technology planning committee formed in 2008. The committee made up of teachers, principals, tech and support staff attended a CESA technology-planning seminar and reviewed research on technology in education before forming the plan. Superintendent Burgin and the board recognized Byers for his leadership in developing the plan. Chris Erickson was sworn in for a sixth term on the board. The board then considered committee assignments and board reorganization after the spring election. Board members retained their previous committee appointments with new board member Patty Bonneville taking the assignments previously held by outgoing board member Jason Burkman. The board voted to keep board members holding offices in those same positions for the upcoming term with David Ahlquist, president, David Dahlberg, vice president, Chris Erickson, treasurer and Cindy Jensen, clerk.

Grantsburg School District technology director Jesse Byers presented bids for a new district computer server. Byers told the board the new server would accommodate the needs of the district’s current e-mail systems which have seen increased usage over the last couple of years. – Photo by Priscilla Bauer isting e-mail systems into a single and more easily managed, higher performing system,” Byers explained, “allowing for an upgrade to the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.” Byers recommended awarding the bid to CDW-G saying he has worked with the company in the past with good results. The board then voted to award the bid of $7,509.54 from CDW-G for the new server.

In other business: •The board heard a report from Insight School Principal Billy Beasley on the Insight School’s prom and upcoming graduation. Beasley reported the prom was a fun evening and was attended by 52 students. Beasley said 40 students are set to graduate from Insight with 14 accepted at colleges and universities. • The board also voted to approve five Insight School of Wisconsin students requests for Youth Options Program at Beasley’s recommendation. The Youth Options Program allows all public high school juniors and seniors who meet certain requirements to take postsecondary courses at a Wisconsin technical college or institution of higher learning, which include University of Wisconsin institutions, tribal institutions, and private, nonprofit institutions.

Webster School Board elects new officers by Carl Heidel WEBSTER - The annual reorganization meeting of the Webster School Board changed the lineup of board officers. By a split vote of 4-3, Kitty Holmquist was elected board president, taking over from Mark Elliott. Terry Larsen, Sheldon Olesen and Chuck Macke were elected unanimously to the positions of vice president, clerk and treasurer, respectively. All the officers except Macke are new in their positions. 483253 39L

The board also made committee assignments. Each board member will chair one of the seven standing committees. The committees with their chairpersons: transportation, Brenda Rachner; budget, Chuck Macke; property, Sheldon Olesen; policy, Kitty Holmquist; personnel/negotiations, Mark Elliott; curriculum, Terry Larsen; and hearing/Title VII, Wendy Larson.


Nexen to provide temporary help for village by Sherill Summer WEBSTER - The economic slowdown has left Nexen Group with more employees than work, but instead of laying off the extra employees at the Webster manufacturing plant, operations manager Dan Conroy is instead reaching out to the Webster Village to offer temporary help. A letter to the village from Conroy asked if, when there were more employees than needed, if the village had projects around town they could do. The Nexen employees providing the temporary help would be on Nexen payroll and on Nexen insurance. There would be no cost to the village for the help. Conroy also pointed out that the Nexen employees could do many duties for the village and would not need much supervision. The only drawback is that Nexen could not completely guarantee that there would be extra employees on any given day or any given shift since Nexen customers would come first. This slight drawback did not damper the enthusiasm for the idea among vil-

New village President Tom Stusek presided over his first meeting of this term. - Photo by Sherill Summer lage trustees at the meeting on Wednesday, May 13. The director of public works, Jay Heyer, said that he could use the help and village president Tom Stusek thought it was a win-win situation. Stusek went on to thank Nexen, hoping the thank you would make it into

the newspapers, “This is very nice,” he said. Health insurance jump averted Webster trustees learned that the health insurance costs for village employees would take a big jump this year if insurance was purchased through the same company, but insurance agent Carol Alderman had found a different company that might keep costs down for the village. The proposed jump with current provider Blue Cross would cost the village $5,700 per month for all of its employees, but Medica has indicated that they could provide similar insurance for $4,100 a month. Alderman told the board that she wanted to meet with village employees once more so that she can insure that employees have not omitted any information that would change the insurance costs under Medica before the board finalize any decision to change companies, and the board approved a motion that would change health insurance providers with the are including all medications on the insurance forms for Medica.

The change of insurance stipulation that Alderman meets with employees and that she finds nothing that alters the insurance offer. Other business • A satellite toilet has been donated for the summer to be placed near the skateboard park and tennis courts along the Gandy Dancer trail in the village, since without it there were kids with no place to go. If the satellite is damaged during the summer, the village will cover expenses. The bathrooms at the fairgrounds will be opened during the day as well. • The library board did enter into an agreement with MSA to work for a block grant and the process has started. • Training for village clerk/treasurer Patty Bjorklund on July 12 -17 was approved. This is the first year of a threeyear training program. • Former village President Jeff Roberts will remain on the cemetery board as the village appointment.

Menominees attack Interior Department casino policy in court KENOSHA – An advocate for the proposed tribal casino in Kenosha says the weak economy is another reason the Menominee Tribe has gone back to court over the issue. On Friday, the Menominee, with financial backing from the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, filed a federal lawsuit in

Green Bay. The plaintiffs want a judge to throw out the Interior Department’s decision in early January that rejected building a high-stakes casino at the site of the financially troubled dog racing track in Kenosha. The Menominee’s legal argument is that the Interior Department under Pres-

ident Bush exceeded its authority by making it harder to build tribal casinos that aren’t within commuting distance of a reservation. Menominee spokesman Evan Zeppos also says there’s a very current economic reason to give the Obama administration a chance to look at the Kenosha project.

The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe has long opposed the Kenosha casino, arguing its large gaming hall in Milwaukee would be financially harmed. – Wisconsin Public Radio (Chuck Quirmbach)

Education also subject to budget cutbacks STATEWIDE - Gov. Jim Doyle says he’s still working out the details of a plan to solve a budget shortfall that has grown by more than $1.6 billion. But the governor says aid for schools will get cut. Part of the challenge of tackling Wisconsin’s state budget shortfall this year is that every time new revenue estimates are released the deficit grows. About a week ago, the governor predicted that dismal income tax collections would cause the budget shortfall to increase by

as much as $1.5 billion. New revenue estimates pegged that number at $1.6 billion, and revised numbers just released suggest it could grow another $50 million. Those estimates are based largely on numbers the state gets from a national firm that does economic forecasting. The governor says that in past budgets, he’s been impressed by how accurate they are. “But we have moved into a very different world in which those estimates are

changing very rapidly now,” says Doyle. “And obviously what we were told were conservative estimates in February weren’t nearly conservative enough. And that was true across the board.” Furloughs and layoffs of state and university employees are the only concrete plans the governor has proposed so far to fill this latest budget hole. But that chips away a little more than a 10th of the problem at best. Schools are a much bigger piece of the budget, and Doyle says they won’t be exempt from cuts.

“I’ve done everything I can to try to protect education, and we’re going to still do everything we can to try and protect it. But there are going to have to be cuts.” Doyle says he hopes to introduce more details of the cuts this week. He says the state could also borrow more to fill its budget deficit, and Democratic lawmakers have said more tax increases cannot be ruled out. – Wisconsin Public Radio (Shawn Johnson)

Area Ne ws at a Glance Abusive boyfriend gets probation, jail

RICE LAKE - Jason W. Lyons, 34, formerly of Rice Lake and now of Moorhead, Minn., pled guilty in Barron County Circuit Court last week to misdemeanor counts of battery-domestic abuse, intimidating a victim, disorderly conduct-domestic abuse and disorderly conduct. He was accused of brutally beating his live-in girlfriend in their Rice Lake apartment Nov. 15. Judge James Babler placed Lyons on three years of probation with 90 days in jail with work release. He must complete a domestic abuse program. – Rice Lake Chronotype

Trailer detachment near Elmwood

ELMWOOD - A semi-trailer rollover Tuesday morning at the Eau Galle Creek near the Elmwood Rod and Gun Club closed Hwy. 72 and kept Pierce deputies occupied much of the day. The accident occurred when a tractor-trailer, reportedly loaded with turkey feed, lost control in a curve while traveling eastbound on Hwy. 72 near 630th Avenue. The trailer detached from the semi- and rolled into the south ditch, coming to rest in the creek while the semi remained on its wheels on the roadway, according to

Sgt. Tom Gunderson. Driver Charles J. Salaba, 29, Faribault, Minn., was not injured. The highway was closed from CTH PP to CTH G much of the day as crews unloaded the trailer and cleaned up the mess. Pierce County Highway Department workers also assisted at the scene. – New Richmond News

Junk trial

NEW RICHMOND - Define “junk.” That was part of the task for the New Richmond Chief of Police Mark Samelstad Thursday morning, while giving testimony in the case of the city of New Richmond versus Vernon Borst. Borst is having his days in court after receiving 40 citations from the city in 2007, stating that his property at 648 W. Fourth St. violates the city’s nuisance ordinance. Borst claims he is simply running a business at which he sells used property. The case came to trial earlier this year, but a mistrial was declared by Judge Howard Cameron, after he realized that it was more complex than first perceived, and that not enough time was allotted to hear the case. The trial commenced Wednesday, with jury selection and opening arguments at the St. Croix County Government Center in Hudson. This time, Cameron told the jury to expect to

hear testimony Thursday and Friday, and possibly reserve Monday for deliberations. – New Richmond News

School considers more cuts

BARRON - Entertaining ways to balance projections for its 2009-2010 budget, the Barron Area School District has begun considering whether to increase student lunch prices, bump up student fees and cut field trips to help offset the potential shortfall. The school board had approved a series of cuts last month in order to address an estimated deficit for this fall’s budget of nearly $1 million. These reductions included cutting 6.5 positions. Payroll and some other adjustments since then have whittled the dire deficit projection all the way down to around the $245,000 mark, so the finance/facility committee met recently to consider other budget balancing measures. By the end of the meeting, none of the proposed options had been taken off the table, but school officials plan to do more research before asking the board to approve increases to student fees and meal prices, while scaling back expenses from class field trips. District Administrator Monti Hallberg said that many of the school’s fees hadn’t been touched in many years, yet costs have been ticking upward. “So what you are looking at

right now is the increase for art supplies, woodshop materials and supplies ... students who participate in basketball or baseball have to pay currently a $35 fee. All sports are $35 except football, which is $45. We’re asking to increase those (fees) by $5.” – Barron News-Shield

Child injured by treadmill

SUPERIOR -A 1-year-old boy was injured Monday by a piece of exercise equipment, according to a news release issued by the Superior Police Department. Police, Superior Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to a city residence around 11:30 a.m. Upon arrival, the 1-year-old boy was being cared for by his mother. She was home with her two young children at the time of the incident. According to police, the children were playing in the basement, and the treadmill was apparently operating on slow speed. The 1-year-old and a rubber ball were somehow pulled underneath and became trapped. The mother was able to free the child, but the extent of any internal injuries was not known. The child was stabilized at the scene by Superior Fire and Gold Cross Ambulance transported the boy to a Duluth hospital. – Superior Telegram


Making teaching fun by Nancy Jappe SIREN – The last of Siren School’s old-timers, 35-year teacher Diane Lund, is retiring at the end of the current school year. “I was the young pup out of those,” Lund said, referring to teachers who have retired before her. She’s number one on the school’s seniority list now, with 28-year teacher Pam Daniels in the number-two spot. Lund’s retirement letter was submitted April 1. After talking with him for a long time about retirement, Lund reminded Siren School Administrator Scott Johnson that this was April Fools’ Day. Johnson wondered if she had just been fooling with him about the retirement. “No, I’m serious,” Lund responded. As to what she will do when that day comes, Lund has no plans. She did mention a file cabinet in her house that is full of plans for projects she has wanted to do for her students but never had time for. She hopes now to get at some of them, bringing them to school for the students to enjoy, along with volunteering in the classroom.

Siren School’s Title I Coordinator Diane Lund will retire at the end of this school year after 33 years of teaching in Siren and two years in her home state of Illinois. Her goal is to make teaching a fun experience for students in addition to adding in a dose of politeness education.

One of the ways to give students fun in learning letters is to add in a bouncing ball. The letters are positioned going up from bottom to top. Every time Diane Lund would say a letter, the student would repeat it and then bounce the ball. The children love learning this way. — Photos by Nancy Jappe “As a Title I reading teacher, you have to have your own bag of tricks to use in the classroom,” Lund explained. She works with teachers, using things of her own creation to supplement what is going on in the classroom. “The important thing is to keep children active. Children need to be more active than they once did,” Lund said. One of her favorite resources is a brain-based teaching program called Boost Up. This program has disappeared in the classroom, but Lund still makes use of it for her reading projects. Her position as Title I reading teacher, and currently Title I coordinator, is part of a school-wide program. Whereas in the past she worked with a list of students who needed remedial reading work, she is now free to work with any individual student, group or classroom. How did Lund get to Siren? Lund grew up in North Riverside, a western suburb of Chicago, as the daughter of a steel worker who always tried to make learning a fun experience. She remembers going on the subway and her dad teaching her to memorize the street names as they passed by. Since the age of five, her goal was to be a teacher. To make teaching reality, Lund went to Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, earning a Bachelor of Science in education. She taught in the Title I reading program for two years in one of the Chicago suburbs. Since she was 2 years old, Lund and her family had been coming to Burnett County to visit her mother’s two sisters and brother: Bill and Elsie Polanski, who ran Bil-Mar Resort; Henry and Virginia Lamphere, who ran Lamphere’s Resort (both of these resorts on Clam Lake); and the Kovariks who ran the Lakeview Resort on Sand Lake, Webster. During those early years, Lund didn’t know that anyone lived all year round in this area. “I though they just came up, visited and went home,” she commented. After two years of teaching, jobs in Lund’s school were being cut. Anyone with under eight years’ experience was cut. This was in the mid-1970s, and six out of 10 schools in the area were cutting staff. On a long shot, Lund’s aunt mentioned a job opening in the Siren School District. Lund applied for the job, mentioning to then Superintendent Bob Lee that she had Title I experience. She thought that might help her chances of being hired. “You and 100 other candi-

dates,” was Lee’s response. “I thought I’d never get the job,” Lund said. Then a call came in from Lee, asking if she needed help in finding a place to stay. “In that day, you never talked to the superintendent,” Lund said. “Mr. Lee was always very nice to me, and I have had a good experience (here).” “I didn’t know anybody on the staff, and I was the youngest person on staff,” said Lund as she continued remembering those early days. “People would ask if I was an intern. I thought that an intern was a medical doctor, and I wondered why anyone would ask me that. I learned quickly that everybody was related to everybody. Now, after all these years, I am related to everybody.” Thirty-three years of teaching in Siren Lund taught fourth grade for her first six years in Siren. “I liked it because the students were independent, and you could give them assignments with meat in them. After six years, I had everything set, and I was ready for a change.” Her next assignment was in second grade, where she taught for the next 12 years. “I loved it. I didn’t feel I was quite done, but the Title I position opened,” she said. Joyce Staples was Lund’s first mentor, back in the days before the school district had a mentoring program. “She knew how to teach,” Lund said. “She showed me how to be organized and how to handle situations.” Kay Stoner, the fifth-grade teacher whose room was right next to Lund’s, was another very important person during those first days. “If it wasn’t for Kay Stoner, I would have been gone after the first two weeks,” Lund said. “I went to Kay and said, ‘I don’t like this. I am no good.’ She saw something in me and encouraged me. She told me that I could do it, that I should keep plugging away.” In a requirement for the Title I reading teacher position, her next step, Lund needed to get reading teacher certification. “I had taught for 20 years without it. Why do I need it?” she asked. But a Reading 316 Certificate was required for this federal program. She and retired Siren teacher Chris Erickson studied for certification together. They went to UW-Superior for night classes for two years and during two summers. They went everywhere on campus carrying their books in a little red wagon. “When you get older, you don’t care what anybody thinks of you,” Lund said. Lund was the first person on the Siren staff to get a master’s degree. That degree, in elementary education, was also from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. As to children over the years, Lund hasn’t really seen too much difference. “They all have potential, whether 30 years ago or now. There’s no change in that,” she commented. One change she did note is in the area of discipline. “Children know their rights more now than they did before,” she said. “Kids say to me, ‘You can’t do that to me.’ I say back, ‘Try me.’” Lund’s mission for the past eight-10 years is to emphasize politeness with the children. She always looks them right in the eye and says good morning, expecting them to answer back, “Good morning, Mrs. Lund.” It was hard at first, but the children are now catching on to what she has been doing.

“Now a lot of students try to beat me to it. They know I like them to be polite,” Lund reported. Lund said she has always been an inthe-box teacher, liking to have things organized and move as expected. She had to learn to lighten up, that events in the classroom don’t always work out that way. She wants her students to have fun as they learn the skill Diane Lund at the May 18 of reading. She al- Siren School Board meeting. ways looks for the positive way of doing things, such as looking at kids to see where they are and how they can move up, rather than looking only at where they should be. Her best moments come when the lightbulb comes on, and students catch onto what she is trying to teach them. A third-grader once told her, “It is because of you (that) I read so well. You are my inspiration.” Sometimes she doesn’t know what inspired a child, but it makes her feel good to know that something clicked somewhere. “You keep plugging because you never know when the kids will get it. It may not be this year, but they may get it next year. It makes you want to come back,” she said. Lund is proud to be working alongside, as peers, some of her former students who became teachers, like Paul Gudmunson, Renee Wiberg Peterson and Jill Tinman. “Part of me is going with them,” she said. A former student stopped her in a Wal-Mart store one day, and they talked together for about an hour. He told her things about her teaching that she didn’t even remember. “I like to see my former students succeed. It gives me a sense of pride,” Lund said. Lund praised the elementary staff with whom she has worked. “We have grown up together, raising our families. They are just like my family,” she said. Now that retirement is upon her Lund has some good advice for teachers who come after her - Take your job seriously, but lighten up. Look at things from the positive side. Don’t look at what you don’t have, look at what you do have. Make the most of what you have got. “I have always been thinking about what I could do to make things better. Now it is time to let other people come in and make their mark. After 35 years (of teaching), it is time,” she concluded, adding, “If I had the knowledge (I have now) and the energy I had when I was 20 years old, I would be dangerous.”

Home care providers wary of proposed Medicare cuts STATEWIDE - Agencies providing home health care in Wisconsin estimate more than half of them would have to run a deficit if proposed cuts to Medicare go through. President Obama’s plan to overhaul health care proposes cuts to Medicare that will affect hospitals, doctors and drug companies. It also will affect the bottom line of a smaller component of the industry, home health care. Mary Haynor, president of Horizon Home Care in Brown Deer, recently traveled to Washington to lobby against cuts she says would be a financial burden. “Wisconsin’s a conservative state when it comes to utilization of home care, and we have a large portion of Wisconsin that’s rural,” says Haynor. “Which means the cost of making an individual visit to someone’s home is higher than in a metropolitan area.” But across the nation, government reports have indicated some health care agencies are doing quite well, at the government’s expense. One study by the Government Accountability Office cited Medicare claims for unnecessary care and charging for visits to those who weren’t housebound. Despite these incidents, some congressional members are steadfast in their support of home health care, as the nation seeks to change its overall system. Supporter point out it’s much cheaper to go to a patient’s home than have them in the hospital. - Wisconsin Public Radio (Shamane Mills)




Underwater hockey making splash at Unity school

by Brenda Sommerfeld BALSAM LAKE – A sport many have not heard of has recently been introduced to the students of Unity Middle School and High School. Balsam Lake resident Charlie Nielsen taught the sport of underwater hockey to the students of Unity during their physical educaCharlie Nielsen tion classes. “Kids had a choice of playing water games or underwater hockey,” Nielsen explained. “We had a really good turnout for that. You can just get in and push the puck around and have fun, which the kids certainly did. They said they had a lot of fun.” Six players (men and/or women) and up to four substitute players make up a team to play underwater hockey. Each player puts on fins, a mask, a snorkel, a protective glove and headgear. The headgear and stick color shows which team a player is on. Once the players are ready they sit on the edge of the pool as a 3-pound puck that is coated with plastic is placed in the middle of the pool bottom. Pool bottoms are usually 6-8 feet deep. When told to go, the six starting players take their position in the pool as the other four stay out of the play area. Each participant has a short wooden stick, approximately one foot long, to push the puck around the pool bottom. The hand using the stick is protected with a glove. The objective of the game is to put the puck into their opponent’s 9-foot goal at one end of the pool, while protecting their own goal at the other end. “The play is a lot more like soccer than it is ice hockey in that it’s noncontact,” Nielsen said. “Since nobody can stay on the bottom forever, you have to really rely on your teammates to make the game happen.” Alan Blake of the Southsea Sub-Aqua Club in England invented underwater hockey. The sport was started in hopes of keeping members of Blake’s scuba club from abandoning the club during the winter months when they couldn’t dive in the sea because of the cold. It was also a great way to keep divers and many others conditioned during those months. “The time that we spend under water, it’s not that its such a long period of time, its that we do it repetitively,” Nielsen commented. “We’re down for 20 seconds, we’re on the surface for 10 or 15 seconds, then we’re back on the bottom

Minnesota Loon players hit the puck around the bottom of the pool. – Photo courtesy of

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Minnesota Loon players Laurel Hoffman (back left) and Karen Thullner (right) teach Eric Kuske (middle) and Jordan Hendrickson (far left) techniques of playing underwater hockey. – Photos by Brenda Sommerfeld unless otherwise stated for 20 seconds.” Nielsen started with underwater hockey while living in Florida. Friends of his had decided to try it out, so he decided to go with them. “I regret that I didn’t start sooner,” Nielsen said. All of the friends he started with ended up quitting the sport, but Nielsen has stuck with his commitment to the game since 1983. After moving to Wisconsin in 1991, he joined up with the closest existing team, the Minnesota Loons. “When I first came up here, we’d have six to eight people come to practice,” Nielsen said. “Now, with years of developing and growing, we have 20 to 25 people a night show up.” The Loons team practices two nights a week. They are at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis Aquatic Center from 6-7 p.m. on Sundays and the University of St. Thomas from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. After years of playing and then being asked to be part of the National Developmental Board for underwater hockey, Nielsen has set a personal project for himself. “Part of my personal project is to get more youth involved in underwater hockey,” Nielsen said, “along with trying to do this on a national basis as a national project.” Nielsen’s goal is to start an underwater hockey youth league in western Wisconsin and bordering Minnesota towns. He has decided to start close to home. After introducing the sport to the students of Unity during school, Nielsen has started practices after school for anyone from any town to attend. Practices are at the

Players wear fins, masks, snorkels, protective gloves and headgear. They use sticks to hit the puck.

Unity pool on Tuesday nights starting at 7 p.m. If Nielsen is unable to make it, his Loons teammates Laurel Hoffman and Karen Thullner make the trip from the Twin Cities to instruct interested pupils. “We didn’t get as large a turnout as I thought and the one’s who did turn out were not as dedicated as I’d hoped,” Nielsen said. A team will be unable to be formed in Unity for this year due to the small turnout, but there is one student, Unity eighth-grader Eric Kuske, who shows up every Tuesday for practice. Even without a team, Nielsen plans to get Kuske on a team to play in tournaments. “He has been coming with me to Minneapolis to play at the U of M on Sunday evenings. He’s getting a little bit of exposure to the real game,” Nielsen said. “I will get Eric on some sort of team to be able to play at nationals this year.” The national tournament happens once a year. For 2009, nationals will take place at the U of M-Minneapolis June 2628. Nationals and the world championships are the two biggest competitions in underwater hockey. The world championship is held every two years. During 2008, it was held in Durban, South Africa and for 2010 it is scheduled for Medellin, Colombia. Nielsen’s hope for the youth league he wishes to start is that it will bring more under-19-aged players to try out for the U19 world teams in the future. There is a team for both men and women and one for just women. “New Zealand had 700 kids try out for their world’s team because it’s in their public school systems,” Nielsen said. “We had 50, maybe, try out for our team.” A youth team may be what Nielsen’s overall goal is, but he would like anyone to get interested in the sport. “I will take anybody and everybody who wants to get in and learn how to start. Even if they don’t know how to snorkel, I will teach them how to do that,” Nielsen said. “If you’re a water person and you’re going to be in the water anyhow, it’s just as good a way to spend your time in the water as any.” If you would like more information on underwater hockey, visit or To find out more about the sessions Nielsen is holding in Unity or may be starting in Osceola, contact him at 715-268-5028 or

••• LAKE MERCER, N.J., – Megan Kalmoe of St. Croix Falls and her 2008 U.S. Olympic Women's Double Sculls partner Ellen Tomek raced in the 2009 USRowing National Selection Regatta at Lake Mercer, N.J. on May 15-17. Kalmoe and Tomek placed first Megan Kalmoe in the grand final, finishing 4.58 seconds ahead of the second-place boat. Kalmoe and Tomek expect to return to international competition this summer by representing the United States at the World Cup races in Lucerne, Switzerland in July. Molly Kalmoe and the rest of the M i n n e s o t a Women's Rowing Team raced in the Molly Kalmoe Aramark South Central Sprints in Oak Ridge, Tenn., May 16-17. Kalmoe and the Second Varsity Eight boat finished ninth. More information can be found at – submitted ••• WINONA, Minn., – The Winona State softball team is making its firstever trip to the NCAA Division 2 World Series in Salem, Va., after a 7-1 and 8-0 win over Mesa State last weekend. Former Grantsburg athlete Mollie Bjelland smacked a threerun homer in their 7-1 win hitting 2 for 2 with one walk. She walked once in the second game Mollie Bjelland and the Warriors no-hit Mesa State in the 8-0 win. Bjelland and the No. 6 ranked Warriors play the No. 5 ranked University of Alabama-Huntsville on Thurday, May 21, at 6 p.m. Eastern time. ••• LEADER LAND – The Chetek at Amery baseball game can be heard on Friday, May 22, beginning at 5 p.m. on 1260 AM ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4 p.m. on Mondays to go in Extra Points. – Marty Seeger and Brenda Sommerfeld ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete who will be playing collegiate sports in 2009 and hasn’t been mentioned, send us an e-mail and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger and Brenda Sommerfeld

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Frederic, Webster top conference Brennan Olson sets conference high jump record by Marty Seeger CLEAR LAKE – It was a successful night for several area teams on Monday in Clear Lake for the West Lakeland Conference track meet. The Frederic girls track team dominated the field by taking several first-place finishes. Sage Karl took first in the 100- and 200-meter dash and Calla Karl took first in the 800-meter run and placed second in the 400-meter dash. Sam Nelson placed first in the 3200-meter run and also took first in the 300-meter hurdles. The Frederic girls continued to dominate in the relay events, including a first place in the 4x100-meter relay, which included Allison Anderson, Candace Buck, Amanda Blok and Tanesha Carlson. Despite taking first in the preliminary long jump, Candace Buck took fourth overall, but Jade Johnson had a great night in the girls triple jump, taking first in both preliminaries and finals.

Brennan Olson set the conference high-jump record on this jump in Clear Lake on Tuesday, which was set at 6’ 4’’. The previous record was 6’ 3’’ according to Luck coaches. – Photos by Marty Seeger 6’ 4’’. The previous mark was set at 6’3’’. According to the coaches, Olson actually cleared 6’ 5’’ at a meet in Siren just a few days before. Arnold Gorr finished strong as well for the Luck boys with a first-place finish in both the 100- and 200-meter dash. A.J. Walsh Brenizer did well in the pole vault with a second-place finish, and Landen Strilzuk took second in the long jump and triple jump. James Longhenry finished second in the boys shot put ahead of teammate Olson in third place.

Frederic’s Calla (L) and Sage Karl busted loose on the track on Monday. “Very good performances from both boys and girls,” said boys track coach Troy Wink. For the boys it was Zach Anderson who led the charge with a first-place finish in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Teammate Tony Peterson also finished strong in both of those events in second place. The Frederic 4x100-meter relay finished in second place with Anderson, Ben Ackerley, Tyler Calabria and Jesse Chouinard. The 4x800 finished strong as well, in second place behind Joel Anderson, Patrick Eaton, Ackerley and Josiah Lund. Area teams will be scattered throughout as the regional track meet approaches this Thursday, May 21. Grantsburg, St. Croix Falls and Unity

will be in the Division 2 regionals, with Grantsburg traveling to Hayward, and St. Croix Falls and Unity heading to Somerset. Frederic, Luck, Siren and Webster will be converging on Frederic for the regional in Division 3. Luck’s Brennan Olson sets record CLEAR LAKE – Brennan Olson hasn’t had much time to compete at the various events this year due to academic testing and other obligations related to school, according to coaches Jeff Brenizer and Al Tomlinson. Olson, who’s also the Luck High School valedictorian this year, has been practicing each night however, and it paid off at the conference track meet Tuesday night as he set the conference record in the high jump with a jump of

The Webster and Frederic boys relay teams were definitely on par Monday at the conference track meet in Clear Lake.

Webster boys do it again CLEAR LAKE – The Webster boys track team grabbed another conference trophy with their performances on Monday night with 148.50 points compared to Unity’s second place 101.50 points. Bryan Krause held a second-place finish in the 800-meter run, and Jack Taylor dominated both the 1600- and 3200meter run. The 4x400-meter relay was all Webster on Monday as Kyle Godfrey, Nolan Kriegel, Quentin Johnson and Bryan Krause raced to a first-place finish. Webster’s 4x800-meter relay team also took first, which included Nick Krinkie, Krause, J.T. Elmgren and Devin Greene. The field events also went well for the Tigers, including the boys long jump. After a third-place finish in the long jump preliminaries, Kyle Godfrey got to the top in the finals with a first-place finish. Webster girls reach goals CLEAR LAKE – The Webster girls track team had a goal to finish as close as they could to a second-place finish according to coach Roy Ward and did so by taking third behind Turtle Lake/Clayton and first-place Frederic. “We knew that it was a challenge, but we laid down a solid plan,” Ward said. “These girls put it all out there to make personal sacrifices for the team and a coach can’t ask for anything more than that.” It was a great night for Chris Stoll according to the coach, who crushed her best time in the 800- meter run. “She also had the best split in the 4x400,” Ward said. It was an unusual night for the 4x200meter relay times as the time were a little messed up. It was decided not to score the event. As for other personal bests Ward said he was excited to see that

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West Lakeland Conference Track Meet Clear Lake (5-19-09) Girls Team Results Place Team Points 1st Frederic 177.5 2nd Turtle Lake/Clayton 83.0 3rd Webster 82.5 4th St. Croix Falls 68.0 5th Siren 56.5 6th Unity 54.5 7th Grantsburg 49.5 8th Clear Lake 48.5 9th Shell Lake 35.0 10th Luck 1.0 Individual Results (Top area performers) 100-meter dash - 1. Sage Karl, F, 13.27; 3. Tanesha Carlson, F, 13.96; 4. Candace Buck, F, 14.09; 5. Nikki Ticknor, G, 14.26; 6. Saisha Goepfert, G, 14.34; 7. Paige Marek, SCF, 14.37; 8. Gabby Nuckles, SCF, 14.38. 200-meter dash - 1. Sage Karl, F, 27.39; 5. Shaina Pardun, W, 30.19; 6. Lauren Richter, SCF, 30.29. 400-meter dash - 2. Calla Karl, F, 1:01.96; 6. Alyssa Main, W, 1:09.03; 7. Kendra Wells, F, 1:09.13; 8. Marnie Rozumalski, L, 1:09.14. 800-meter run - 1. Calla Karl, F, 2:33.31; 2. Megan Anderson, F, 2:35.29; 4. Sarah Knauber, F, 2:38.62; 6. Chris Stoll, W, 2:44.18; 7. Brittany Rudolph, SCF, 2:46.50. 1,600-meter run - 1. Sarah Howe, S, 5:35.51; 2. Megan Anderson, F, 5:40.19; 4. Bailey Bergmann, SCF, 5:49.32; 5. Sarah Knauber, F, 5:54.19; 6. Angela Gaffney, G, 6:20.85; 7. Katherine Ebensperger, U, 6:42.07. 3,200-meter run - 1. Sam Nelson, F, 12:01.68; 2. Sarah Howe, S, 12:54.35; 3. Angela Gaffney, G, 13:26.97; 4. Sarah Walsh, W, 14:03.69; 8. Ashley Bolling, SCF, 15:57.26. 100-meter hurdles - 1. Sarah Petznick, SCF, 18.00; 2. Michelle Gibbs, W, 18.22; 4. Adrianna Otte, F, 18.39; 5. Megan Finch, G, 19.22; 6. Stephanie Kothlow, U, 19.28; 7. Kayla Bixler, SCF, 19.40; 8. Hayla Bader, U, 19.97. 300-meter hurdles - 1. Sam Nelson, F, 51.27; 2. Sarah Petznick, SCF, 52.60; 3. Kayla Bixler, SCF, 53.64; 4. Samantha Ince, U, 54.39; 5. Jade Johnson, F, 55.87; 6. Adrianna Otte, F, 57.47; 7. Kathryn Zahler, U, 57.97. 4x100-meter relay - 1. Frederic (Allison Anderson, Amanda Blok, Candace Buck, Tanesha Carlson), 52.17; 3. Unity (Samantha Ince, Cadi Harper, Brittany Bernier, Haley St. Amand), 54.91; 5. St. Croix Falls (Haley Anderson, Ally Mahler, Alexa Meyer, Kady Meyer), 56.05; 6. Grantsburg (Megan Finch, Kortney Morrin, Carly Larson, Nikki Ticknor), 56.12; 7. Siren (Jenna Wamboldt, Ashley Bjornstad, Ashley Guevara, Daphne Hubbell), 58.99; 8. Webster (Chris Stoll, Sarah Nyberg, Tatyana Pope, Felicia Paulzine), 59.33. 4x200-meter relay - 3. Siren (Jenna Wamboldt, Ashley Bjornstad, Ashley Guevara, Danielle Keller), 2:08.35; 4. St. Croix Falls (Haley Anderson, Ahna Hoeffler, Emily Johnson, Danea Meyer), 2:08.41; 5. Webster (Kendra Spurgeon, Shaina Pardun, Alyssa Main, Melissa Gustavson), 3:33.69; 6. Grantsburg (Megan Finch, Haley Larson, Jordan Christopherson, Haley Burkhardt), 3:38.76. 4x400-meter relay - 2. St. Croix Falls (Ally Mahler, Sarah Petznick, Lauren Richter, Brittany Rudolph), 4:29.25; 4. Frederic (Leah Engebretson, Annie Kackman, Adrianna Otte, Karry Simpson), 4:37.10; 5. Webster (Veronica Otero, Shaina Pardun, Chris Stoll, Alyssa Main), 4:38.13; 6. Unity (Samantha Ince, Hayla Bader, April Johnson, Katherine Ebensperger), 4:38.99; 7. Siren (Jenna Wamboldt, Sarah Howe, Danielle Keller, Jennica Kosloski), 5:45.13. 4x800-meter relay - 1. Frederic (Becca Anderson, Megan Anderson, Leah Engebretson, Calla Karl), 10:18.44; 2. St. Croix Falls (Lauren Richter, Bailey Bergamann, Ahsley Bolling, Birttany Rudolph), 11:20.32; 4. Unity (Amanda Kuske, April Johnson, Katherine Ebensperger, Becca Pollock), 11:59.46; 5. Webster (Ashley Robinson, Sarah Wald, Veronica Otero, Tatyana Pope), 12:21.09. High jump - 1. Megan Finch, G, 5-02; 3. Kortney Morrin, G, 5-00; 4. Amanda Blok, F, 4-10; 6T. Stephanie Kothlow, U, 4-06; 6T. Michelle Gibbs, W, 4-06; 8T. Saisha Goepfert, G, 4-04. Pole vault - 1T. Shaina Pardun, W, 7-06; 1T. Kortney Morrin, G, 7-06; 4. Becca Anderson, F, 606; 4T. Mackenzie Koelz, W, 6-06; 4T. Brittany Brenier, U, 6-06; 4T. Paige Marek, SCF, 6-06; 8T. Sam Nelson, F, 6-00; 8T. Kady Meyer, SCF, 600. Long jump - 1. Jade Johnson, F, 16-02; 2. Ashley Johnson, U, 15-07.50; 4. Candace Buck, F, 15-03.75; 5. Daphne Hubbell, S, 15-02.50; 7. Carly Larson, G, 14-05; 8. Kendra Spurgeon, W, 13-11.75. Triple jump - 1. Jade Johnson, F, 32-01.75; 3. Michelle Gibbs, W, 31-09.50; 5. Sarah Petznick, SCF, 30-09.50; 6. Hayla Bader, U, 30-04; 8. Cadi Harper, U, 28-08.25. Shot put - 1. Mary Johnson, W, 31-08; 2. Reba Smallwood, W, 30-08.50; 3. Allison Anderson, F, 30-03; 4. Ashley Guevara, S, 30-00.50; 5. Daphne Hubbell, S, 29-04; 6T. Kendra Wells, F, 29-00; 6T. Kendra Jones, S, 29-00; 8. Chelsea Larson, W, 28-06. Discus - 1. Ashley Guevara, S, 113-03; 2. Reba Smallwood, W, 109-08; 3. Kendra Jones, S, 10400; 4. Amanda Kuske, U, 95-03; 5. Haley St. Amand, U, 91-06; 6. Daphne Hubbell, S, 88-11; 7. Allison Anderson, F, 88-00; 8. Mary Johnson, W, 85-00.








Track/ continued Kendra Spurgeon had her personal best distance in the long jump with 13’11.75”. Along with that, Mary Johnson and Reba Smallwood finished well in the disc and shot put. Johnson finished first in the shot and Smallwood took second place, while Smallwood also placed second in the discus. “Mary and Reba continue to dominate the shot and disc. They have done well all year,” Ward said, adding that he was also pleased with how Chelsea Larson finished in the shot for scoring a lot of points for a freshman. “It is nice to have some depth in the shot and disc,” Ward said. On the pole vault, Shaina Pardun remained consistent and took first place overall. Unity boys finish well in second CLEAR LAKE – The Eagle boys had a nice outing at the conference meet in Clear Lake with a second-place showing. Dustin McKinney was third in the 100and 200-meter dash and Steve Olson finished sixth in both the 1600 and 3200meter run. Xavier Foeller placed third in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, and Unity also took third in the 4x100- and 4x200 meter relays. Despite finishing first in the preliminaries Dustin McKinney took third in the long jump finals. Perhaps the best day for a Unity boy came from Joe Swanson, who finished first in both the shot put and discus with distances of 43-03.75 and 160-08 respectively. He threw 132-00 in the preliminaries but threw an impressive 160-08 in the finals for the win.

Unity sophomore, Joe Swanson took first place in the shot and discus in Clear Lake on Tuesday at the conference track meet. – Photos by Marty Seeger Howe, Guevara finish strong CLEAR LAKE – Siren’s Sarah Howe went the distance in the 1600-meter run with a first place finish, which was almost five seconds ahead of the second place Megan Anderson of Frederic. Howe also took second in the 3200-meter run. Ashley Guevara took fourth overall in the shot put but did well in the discus throw with 113-03 in the finals to take first place. Kendra Jones also finished strong in the discus with third place. Finch gets first in high jump CLEAR LAKE – Senior Megan Finch of Grantsburg placed first overall in the high jump with a 5’ 2’’ while teammate

Kortney Morrin rounded out the third spot with a 5’ 2’’. Morrin also took second in the pole vault. The Grantsburg boys 4x400-meter relay team took third overall with Matt Emerson, Will Geiger, Daniel Gaffney and Jason Jensen. Tony Larson battled it out in the high jump with Luck’s Brennan Olson and Turtle Lake/Clayton’s Ben Yeske but eventually placed third overall. He also took fourth in the pole vault. Petznick gets a first for SCF CLEAR LAKE – Sarah Petznick took a first in the 100-meter hurdles and nearly took a first in the 300-meter hurdles when she finished about a second behind Frederic’s Sam Nelson. The Saints girls also finished strong in the 4x400, in second place, which featured Ally Mahler, Lauren Richter, Petznick and Brittany Rudolph. For the boys, Jake Rademacher finished third overall in the 800-meter run, and despite taking first in the boys discus preliminaries, Ryan Larson was edged out by Unity’s Joe Swanson in the finals. Larson took second with a throw of 136-10.

Siren Track Invitational (5-15-09) Boys Team Results Place Team Points 1st Luck 73.0 2nd Siren 46.0 3rd St. Croix Falls 29.0

Grantsburg senior Megan Finch leaped to 5’ 2’’ in the high jump for first place on Tuesday. Siren Track Invitational (5-15-09) Girls Team Results Place Team Points 1st Siren 61.0 2nd Luck 26.0 3rd St. Croix Falls 11.0

Sarah Petznick was solid in the hurdles for the Saints.

Individual Results (Top area performers) 100-meter dash - 1. Katie Gutzmer, L, 14.70; 2. Marnie Rozumalski, L, 15.00; 3. Lori Linske, SCF, 15.3; 4. Alexa Meyer, SCF, 15.50. 200-meter dash - 1. Diana Kufalk, L, 32.30; 2. Marnie Rozumalski, L, 32.31. 800-meter run - 1. Sarah Howe, S, 2:40.70. 1,600-meter run - 1. Sarah Howe, S, 5:55.20. 300-meter hurdles - 1. Songe Hoyt, SCF, 1:09. 4x100-meter relay - 1. Siren, 1:00; 2. St. Croix Falls, 1:02.30. 4x200-meter relay - 1. Siren, 2:11. 4x400-meter relay - 1. Siren, 5:08.90. High jump - 1. Diana Kufalk, L, 4-02. Long jump - 1. Daphne Hubbell, S, 14-05; 2. Katie Gutzmer, L, 13-06; 3. Kristen Sexton, S, 13-03.50; 4. Marnie Rozumalski, L, 12-07.50. Triple jump - 1. Kristen Sexton, S, 26-06.50; 2. Ashley Bjornstad, S, 24-08. Shot put - 1. Daphne Hubbell, S, 29-10.75; 2. Ashley Guevara, S, 29-04.75; 3. Kendra Jones, S, 28-03; 4. Brittney Danielson, L, 26-08.50. Discus - 1. Kendra Jones, S, 112-06; 2. Ashley Guevara, S, 109-02; 3. Daphne Hubbell, S, 8407; 4. Amber Hall, S, 70-09.

Individual Results (Top area performers) 100-meter dash - 1. Arnold Gorr, L, 11.8; 2. Nick Morgan, L, 11.90; 3. Damian Hubbell, S, 11.91; 4. Collin Tewalt, S, 12.5. 200-meter dash - 1. Nick Morgan, L, 25.8; 2. Landen Strilzuk, L, 26.1; 3. Isaac Wegner, S, 27.5; 4. Alex Bertram, SCF, 28.4. 400-meter dash - 1. Alex Bertram, SCF, 1:01.2; 2. Ryan Nussbaum, SCF, 1:03; 3. Brandon Hutton, SCF, 1:06.40; 4. Matt Pennington, L, 1:56.60. 800-meter run - 1. Luck, 1:45.30; 2. Siren, 2:07.60. 1,600-meter run - 1. Jacob Stiemann, S, 5:59.50; 2. Nate Larson, S, 6:00; 3. Chris Eisen, SCF, 6:01. 3,200-meter run - 1. Ryan Nussbaum, SCF, 12:41.4; 2. Chris Eisen, SCF, 14:09.5. 110-meter hurdles - 1. A.J. Walsh-Brenizer, L, 21.1. 300-meter hurdles - 1. Ryan Nussbaum, SCF, 58.1; 2. Chris Eisen, SCF, 58.2. 4x100-meter relay - 1. Luck, 46.7; 2. Siren, 47.3. 4x200-meter relay - 1. Luck 1:45.30; 2. Siren 2:07.60. 4x400-meter relay - 1. Siren, 4:38.00. 4x800-meter relay - 1. Siren, 11:17.08. High jump - 1. Brennan Olson, L, 6-05; 2. Brady Klatt, L, 5-04; 3. Andrew Brown, S, 5-02; 4. Arnold Gorr, L, 5-00. Long jump - 1. Landen Strilzuk, L, 19-01.50; 2. Isaac Wegner, S, 17-09.75; 3. Adam Anderson, L, 16-06.50; 4. Brady Klatt, L, 15-11.50. Triple jump - 1. Landen Strilzuk, L, 37-11; 2. Isaac Wegner, S, 37-04.50; 3. A.J. Walsh-Brenizer, L, 31-10.50; 4. Max Musial, L, 29-05. Shot put - 1. James Longhenry, L, 43-02; 2. Brennan Olson, L, 42-05; 3. Seth Stoner, S, 4004; 4. Charlie Brown, S, 37-07.50. Discus - 1. James Longhenry, L, 125-08.5; 2. Collin Tewalt, S, 123-09; 3. Seth Stoner, S, 12006; 4. Aaron Engstrand, S, 111-00.

West Lakeland Conference Track Meet Clear Lake (5-19-09) Boys Team Results Place Team Points 1st Webster 148.5 2nd Unity 101.5 3rd Frederic 86.0 4th Luck 82.5 5th Clear Lake 68.0 6th Turtle Lake/Clayton 65.5 7th Shell Lake 56.0 8th St. Croix Falls 44.0 9th Grantsburg 27.0 10th Siren 21.0 Individual Results (Top area performers) 100-meter dash - 1. Arnold Gorr, L, 11.23; 3. Dustin McKinney, U, 11.69; 5. Dan Pope, W, 11.89; 6. Damian Hubbell, S, 11.92; 7. Garrett Radinzel, SCF, 12.02; 8. Auney Seifort, SCF, 12.15. 200-meter dash - 1. Arnold Gorr, L, 23.12; 3. Dustin McKinney, U, 23.65; 4. Nick Morgan, L, 23.91; 6. Dan Pope, W, 24.16; 8. Garrett Radinzel, SCF, 24.34. 400-meter dash - 1. Quentin Johnson, W, 52.86; 4. Kyle Godfrey, W, 53.59; 5. Jason Jensen, G, 55.60; 6. Rush Hickethier, U, 55.90; 8. Ryan Jaremczuk, SCF, 58.21. 800-meter run - 1. Bryan Krause, W, 2:08.02; 3. Jake Rademacher, SCF, 2:11.85; 4. Quentin Johnson, W, 2:12.25; 6. Devin Greene, W, 2:14.74; 7. Josiah Lund, F, 2:17.47. 1,600-meter run - 1. Jack Taylor, W, 4:45.95; 2. Nick Krinkie, W, 4:48.91; 4. Devin Greene, W, 4:53.88; 5. Jake Rademacher, SCF, 4:57.65; 6. Steve Olson, U, 5:10.20; 7. Josiah Lund, F, 5:18.30; 8. Alex Frey, SCF, 5:19.26. 3,200-meter run - 1. Jack Taylor, W, 10:35.87; 2. Joey Erickson, W, 10:39.47; 4. Nick Krinkie, W, 11:01.29; 5. Ben Nelson, F, 11:18.24; 6. Steve Olson, U, 11:34.36; 7. Alex Frey, SCF, 11:41.88; 8. Rashuad Kelash, SCF, 11:44.44. 110-meter hurdles - 1. Zach Anderson, F, 15.88; 2. Tony Peterson, F, 16.78; 3. Xavier Foeller, U, 16.80; 6. Nolan Kriegel, W, 18.16; 7. Ryan Brickle, W, 18.19; 8. Dustin Bazille, U, 18.51. 300-meter hurdles - 1. Zach Anderson, F, 42.32; 2. Tony Peterson, F, 44.45; 3. Xavier Foeller, U, 44.82; 6. Ryan Brickle, W, 45.35; 7. Zach Zelinski, SCF, 45.96; 8. Alec Carlson, U, 46.91. 4x100-meter relay - 1. Frederic (Zach Anderson, Ben Ackerley, Tyler Calabria, Jesse Chouinard), 46.58; 3. Unity (James Slate, Mike Johnson, Dustin McKinney, Dylan Hendricks), 46.73; 4. Siren (Damian Hubbell, Collin Tewalt, Coty Reh, Jeremy Wikstrom), 47.65; 5. Webster (Adam Rinnman, Trevor Fontaine, Dan Dochniak, Mason Kriegel), 49.54; 6. Grantsburg (Will Geiger, Jordan Heinecke, Nick Lindgren, Casey Swosinski), 50.67; 8. St. Croix Falls (Alex Bertram, Chris Eisen, Elliot Frokjer, Brandon Hutton), 54.30. 4x200-meter relay - 3. Unity (James Slate, Luke Hillesheim, Mike Johnson, Dylan Hendricks), 1:38.33; 4. St. Croix Falls (Alex Bertram, Garrett Radinzel, Auney Seifert, Travis Murphy), 11:38.68; 5. Frederic (John Chelmo, Jesse Chouinard, Cody Hallanger, Ryan Phernetton), 1:45.56; 6. Siren (Collin Tewalt, Coty Reh, Jeremy Wikstrom, Andrew Brown), 1:55.51. 4x400-meter relay - 1. Webster (Kyle Godfrey, Quentin Johnson, Nolan Kriegel, Bryan Krause), 3:36.58; 3. Grantsburg (Matt Emerson, Daniel Gaffney, Will Geiger, Jason Jensen), 3:45.74; 4. Frederic (Ben Ackerley, Tyler Calabria, Patrick Eaton, Greg Puetz), 3:48.66; 5. Unity (Tyler Christensen, Zach Edgell, Dylan Hendricks, Rush Hickethier), 3:50.78; 7. St. Croix Falls (Alex Frey, Rashuad Kelash, Ryan Nussbaum, Kodi Drinken), 4:01.80; 8. Siren (Collin Tewalt, Nate Larson, Coty Reh, Jacob Stiemann), 4:19.65. 4x800-meter relay - 1. Webster (Nick Krinkie, JT Elmgren, Bryan Krause, Devin Greene), 8:53.05; 2. Frederic (Joel Anderson, Ben Ackerley, Patrick Eaton, Josiah Lund), 8:55.46; 6. St. Croix Falls (Alex Frey, Rashuad Kelash, Ryan Nussbaum, Kodi Drinken), 9:37.98; 7. Unity (Zach Edgell, Mickey Muller, Steven Anderson, Doug Bengtson), 9:55.11. High jump - 1. Brennan Olson, L, 6-04; 3. Tony Larson, G, 6-00; 4T. Steven Krueger, U, 5-08; 4T. Adam Anderson, L, 5-08; 6T. Brady Klatt, L, 506; 6T. Tim Sundstrom, W, 5-06; 8. Luke Hillesheim, U, 5-04. Pole vault - 2T. A.J. Walsh-Brenizer, L, 11-00; 2T. Mason Kriegel, W, 11-00; 4. Tony Larson, G, 10-06; 5. Ben Jensen, W, 10-00; 6T. Zac Rintoul, SCF, 9-06; 6T. Luke Hillesheim, U, 9-06. Long jump - 1. Kyle Godfrey, W, 20-02.50; 2. Landen Strilzuk, L, 20-00; 3. Dustin McKinney, U, 19-11.25; 4. Dustin Bazille, U, 19-00.50; 5T. Rush Hickethier, U, 18-10.50; 8. Joe Carpenter, SCF, 17-06.50. Triple jump - 2. Landen Strilzuk, L, 40-07; 3. Rush Hickthier, U, 39-01; 4. Zach Anderson, F, 39-00.25; 6. Dan Dochniak, W, 38-03.75; 7. Tony Peterson, F, 38-03. Shot put - 1. Joe Swanson, U, 45-03.75; 2. James Longhenry, L, 44-09.25; 3. Brennan Olson, L, 42-11; 4. Seth Stoner, S, 42-07.50; 5. Cody Gruel, F, 41-09; 6. Mitchell Evenson, G, 41-07; 7. Jessie Janssen, W, 41-01.50; 8. Kyler Liljenberg, W, 4008.25. Discus - 1. Joe Swanson, U, 160-08; 2. Ryan Larson, SCF, 136-10; 3. Dan Pope, W, 136-03; 4. Cody Gruel, F, 135-08; 5. Collin Tewalt, S, 13010; 6. James Longhenry, L, 128-07; 7. Kyler Liljenberg, W, 122-00; 8. John Chelmo, F, 119-10.








Eagles end 19-year drought Unity golfers grab the conference crown by Marty Seeger LUCK – Some of the athletes on the Eagles golf team weren’t even born the last time Unity won a conference championship, but it finally happened Tuesday night. The last time the Eagles won a conference title was in 1990. “The kids did well and they met the challenge … I was really really pleased,” said coach Larry Stencil. The Eagles tied their team low this year of 162 at the Luck Golf Course on Tuesday night, with freshman Reed Sorenson shooting a 37, which gave him medalist honors. Sorenson is also this year’s conference champion with 220 points. “At Luck you’ve got to hit the ball straight, and the greens were not holding very well,” Stencil said, adding that his kids kept the ball in the fairway and minimized their mistakes. Throughout the year, the Eagles have been very consistent with the exception of a couple of

Grantsburg’s Brad Berner has been successful this year with the Pirates. Luck Golf Invitational (5-19-09) Luck Golf Course Team Scores Place Team Score 1st Unity 162 2nd Luck 165 3rd Grantsburg 182 4th Webster 187 5th St. Croix Falls 191 6th Siren 194 7th Frederic 204 Individual Scores Name Score School Reed Sorenson 37 Unity Dylan Fultz 40 Luck Carson Giller 40 Luck Brandon Stencil 40 Unity Tyler Hall 41 Unity Christain McCabe 42 Luck Luke Bollant 42 Siren Chris Aldrich 43 Luck Tony Folk 44 Grantsburg Roger Steen 44 Luck Sam Bengtson 44 Unity Brad Berner 45 Grantsburg Mitchell Elliott 45 Webster Derek Sando 46 Grantsburg Kyle Christensen 46 St. Croix Falls John Mikl 46 St. Croix Falls Jordan Sargent 46 Siren Dan Erickson 46 Webster Connar Goetz 47 Grantsburg Scott Stromberg 47 Webster Brent Crandell 48 Frederic William Primm 48 Frederic Josh Yunker 49 St. Croix Falls Jake Bengtson 49 Unity Karl Weber 49 Webster Blake Yunker 50 St. Croix Falls Justin Decorah 53 Siren Ben Clasen 53 Siren Chris Hopp 54 Frederic Dayton Rivera 54 Frederic Kyle Johnson 55 Grantsburg Alex Clemmons 59 Webster Ian Anderson 62 Frederic Kevin Niedenfuer 63 Siren

Josh Yunker of St. Croix Falls takes a swing at the Luck Golf Course. year. He says the team didn’t do a lot of improvements throughout the year, they just came out to their ability right from the start and continued to be consistent. “To be consistent is just a tremendous attribute to the kids, they just did a great job,” Stencil said. Others notching quality scores on Tuesday night included sophomore Brandon Stencil with a 40, junior Tyler Hall with a 41, senior Sam Bengtson at 44 and sophomore Jake Bengtson at 49. Stencil finished third in the conference standings overall as an individual. Unity and the six other area teams including Frederic Grantsburg, Luck, Siren, St. Croix Falls and Webster will be playing at another Conference meet at the Turtleback Golf and Country Club this Thursday, May 21. The match is an 18-hole team tournament played between the East and West Lakeland.

Unity freshman Reed Sorenson led the conference in points and was the medalist Tuesday night with a score of 37 at the Luck Golf Course. – Photos by Marty Seeger late hiccups. But they started out fast, fast start that we’d be able to at least which is one of the goals Stencil and his make an impression on the other schools, kids had at the beginning of the season. and we did that,” Stencil said. “We knew if we could come out to a As young as the team is this season, Stencil is very happy with how his kids were able to keep their composure this Unity Golf Invitational (5-18-09) Luck Golf Course Team Scores Place Team Score 1st St. Croix Falls 174 2nd Grantsburg 175 3rd Luck 179 4th Unity 181 5th Webster 194 6th Siren 202 7th Frederic 210 Individual Scores Name Score School Dylan Fultz 39 Luck Kyle Christensen 39 St. Croix Falls Brad Berner 40 Grantsburg Derek Sando 43 Grantsburg Carson Giller 43 Luck Blake Yunker 43 St. Croix Falls Jordan Sargent 43 Siren Brandon Stencil 43 Unity Sam Bengtson 44 Unity Tyler Hall 44 Unity Kyle Johnson 45 Grantsburg Christian McCabe 45 Luck Drew Fontanille 45 St. Croix Falls Connar Goetz 47 Grantsburg John Mikl 47 St. Croix Falls Tony Folk 48 Grantsburg Mitchell Elliott 48 Webster Scott Stromberg 48 Webster Karl Weber 48 Webster Josh Yunker 50 St. Croix Falls Luke Bollant 50 Siren Reed Sorenson 50 Unity Jake Bengtson 50 Unity Dan Erickson 50 Webster Dayton Rivera 51 Frederic Chris Hopp 52 Frederic Roger Steen 52 Luck Chris Aldrich 52 Luck Brent Crandell 53 Frederic Ian Anderson 54 Frederic Kevin Niedenfuer 54 Siren Justin Decorah 55 Siren Ben Clasen 56 Siren Alex Clemmons 56 Webster William Primm 58 Frederic

Rice Lake Golf Invitational (5-14-09) Turtleback Golf Course Team Scores Place Team Score 1st E.C. Memorial 308 2nd Hudson 310 3rd Rice Lake 312 4th New Richmond 319 5th Superior 320 6th Osceola 322 7th Chippewa Falls 326 8th Unity 329 9th River Falls 331 10th Cumberland 336 11th Hayward 337 12th St. Croix Falls 339 13th Menomonie 343 14th E.C. North 351 15th Luck 364 16th Ladysmith 365 17th Spooner 377 18th Barron 389 19th Frederic 407 20th Chetek 419 Individual Scores Name Score School Brandon Stencil 76 Unity Reed Sorenson 77 Unity Blake Yunker 80 St. Croix Falls Kyle Christensen 80 St. Croix Falls Dylan Fultz 85 Luck Josh Yunker 86 St. Croix Falls Sam Bengtson 88 Unity Jake Bengtson 88 Unity Tyler Hall 90 Unity Carson Giller 91 Luck Christian McCabe 93 Luck John Mikl 93 St. Croix Falls Roger Steen 95 Luck Dayton Rivera 97 Frederic Chris Aldrich 98 Luck Ian Anderson 100 Frederic Brent Crandell 100 Frederic Drew Fontanille 100 St. Croix Falls Chris Hopp 110 Frederic William Primm 110 Frederic

Birchwood Golf Invitational (5-15-09) Birchwood Golf Course Team Scores Place Team Score 1st Ashland 313 2nd Birchwood 365 3rd Bruce 373 4th Turtle Lake 386 5th Flambeau 399 6th Weyerhaeuser 439 7th Siren (3 golfers) 251 Individual Scores Name Score School Jordan Sargent 77 Siren Luke Bollant 82 Siren Kevin Niedenfuer 92 Siren 2009 Golf All-Conference Points Standing Team Points Team Points Unity 54 Grantsburg 50 St. Croix Falls 47 Luck 45 Webster 29 Siren 19 Frederic 9 Standing Individual Points Name Points School Reed Sorenson 220 Unity Dylan Fultz 208 Luck Carson Giller 166 Luck Brandon Stencil 176 Unity Kyle Christensen 146 St. Croix Falls Tony Folk 136 Grantsburg Blake Yunker 130 St. Croix Falls Brad Berner 126 Grantsburg Derek Sando 126 Grantsburg Luke Bollant 116 Siren Sam Bengtson 92 Unity John Mikl 80 St. Croix Falls Connar Goetz 76 Grantsburg Mitchell Elliott 76 Webster Josh Yunker 74 St. Croix Falls Kyle Johnson 72 Grantsburg Jake Bengtson 58 Unity Christian McCabe 56 Luck Jordan Sargent 54 Siren Chris Aldrich 40 Luck Tyler Hall 36 Unity Karl Weber 32 Webster Roger Steen 32 Luck Justin Decorah 30 Siren Alex Clemmons 28 Webster Erik Nelson 26 Unity Rhett Warner 18 St. Croix Falls Scott Stromberg 14 Webster Ben Bengston 12 Unity Dan Erickson 4 Webster








Saints defeat No. 1 state-ranked Grantsburg being thrown out at first. Grantsburg only had two stranded on base in the third and only one more batter made it on base during the other four innings. St. Croix Falls also had only one more batter on base in the next four. Swenson went 1 for 3 with one run and one RBI. Chelberg and Larcom had the Saints other two hits. Sarah Wald, Heather Davison and Nicole McKenzie had Grantsburg’s three hits. Each teams pitcher had a good night with no errors at the mound. Saint Amanda Larson totaled 12 strikeouts, gave up three hits and walked one batter. Pirate Michelle Lund had 14 strikeouts. She gave up three hits and two runs in her seven innings. Grantsburg may have had a disadvantage missing two starters. The two sitting out had played in a slow-pitch tournament along with other local high school players. According to WIAA rules this was not allowed and the players may be suspended for the rest of the season. More on this in a future edition of the Inter-County Leader.

Grantsburg missing starters St. Croix Falls 2, Grantsburg 0 by Brenda Sommerfeld GRANTSBURG – The St. Croix Falls Saints defeated the undefeated and No. 1 state-ranked Grantsburg team, 2-0, on Tuesday, May 19. “They (St. Croix Falls) played really well,” Grantsburg coach Don Bjelland said. “They scored first and when you score first that’s a big advantage.” Both St. Croix Falls and Grantsburg left one runner on base during the first inning and were out in three at bats in the second. St. Croix Falls stepped up to the plate in the third to score their two runs. Jamie Rohm started the inning with a strikeout, followed by Jessica Larcom who struck out but got on base by a catcher error. Larcom made it to second on another catcher error. Alicia Chelberg was the second out on a fly to first. Abby Swenson singled, bringing home Larcom. Swenson made it home on a third catcher error in the inning. Heather Gilbert finished the inning

Grantsburg’s Michelle Lund slides safely into third base against St. Croix Falls. Lund was left stranded at the base during the inning. – Photo by Scott Hoffman

Saints lose a pair at Amery tournament

Get win Friday over Cameron Amery 11, St. Croix Falls 1

by Marty Seeger AMERY – The St. Croix Falls softball team played a Saturday tournament in Amery, losing both games. The Saints scored first in their game against Amery after leadoff singles from Alicia Chelberg and Abby Swenson. Heather Gilbert got the RBI with a groundout to the shortstop, but after that the Saints were held scoreless. The Warriors didn’t score in the first and second innings but opened up a three-run inning in the third and scored eight more in the fourth for the 11-1 win. Cumberland 13, St. Croix Falls 0 AMERY – The Saints softball team was shut out by Cumberland in their 13-0 loss, which featured seven errors by St. Croix Falls. The Saints had four total hits, includ-

ing two singles from Alicia Chelberg and one apiece from Megan Yunker and Rebecca Wampfler. St. Croix Falls 9, Cameron 0 AMERY – The Saints picked up a win last Friday afternoon against Cameron with Amanda Larson on the mound. Larson pitched only five innings due to the weather but managed to get seven strikeouts, allowed two walks and three hits. The Saints scored three runs in the first inning with help from a one-out RBI triple from Heather Gilbert. A pair of walks, a wild pitch and an error led to the Saints other two runs scored by Gilbert and Larson. The Saints scored three more in the second inning and another three runs in the fourth inning with help from a double by Abby Swenson and a single from Megan Yunker.

Saints third baseman Heather Gilbert throws over pitcher Amanda Larson to Megan Yunker at first. – File photo by Marty Seeger

Vikings shut out last conference opponent Frederic takes second in West Lakeland Conference Frederic 10, Unity 0 by Brenda Sommerfeld FREDERIC – The Frederic Vikings ended their conference season with a 7-3 record after their 10-0 shutout against Unity on Monday, May 18. The Vikings take second place in the West Lakeland Conference under the undefeated Grantsburg Pirates. The Vikings closed the game in the sixth inning, scoring their 10 runs on 10 hits. They scored two runs in the first inning, five in the second, one in the fourth and two in the sixth. Corissa Schmidt was brought home in

the first by Chenal’s single base hit. Chenal followed Schmidt home on a fielding error. Chenal’s second single in the second inning scored Maria Miller and Alex Lonetti. Fielding errors helped to score the three other runs. Vanessa Neumann finished the game on the 10run rule, scoring Chenal in the sixth inning. Chenal finished the game going 3 for 4, scoring three runs and tallying up four RBIs. Nuemann had three RBIs during the game. Schmidt went 2 for 3 with three runs. Unity’s Jessica Kutina had the only hit for her team.

Frederic’s Maria Miller slides into second under Unity second baseman Brittany Thomfohrda. – Photo by Scott Hoffman








Luck holds Grantsburg to three runs bats. She gave up only two hits and two walks with no errors. Larsen totaled six strikeouts, gave up eight runs on 11 hits and two walks. Alex Lonetti and Maria Miller had nice games at the plate for the Vikings. Each went 3 for 3, Lonetti crossing home plate once and Miller twice. Lonetti had three RBIs, while Miller had one. Two of Lonetti’s RBIs were in the top of the fourth when she hit a line drive to left center. She scored Tara Anderson and Miller but was thrown out at third. Webster/Siren’s two hits were by Rose Kopecky and Megan Baasch. Both had their hit in the sixth inning and went 1 for 3 at the plate. Frederic got Kopecky out trying to steal third and Samantha Kopecky was thrown out at first before Baasch could score.

Vikings shut out Webster/Siren Grantsburg 3, Luck 1 by Brenda Sommerfeld LUCK – The Cardinals held the Grantsburg Pirates to only three runs during their conference game on Thursday, May 14. Luck fell to the Pirates, 3-1, during the game. Grantsburg’s three runs came from eight hits and Luck’s one run from two hits. Melissa Jenssen had the Cardinal’s two hits and one run. Jenssen hit a single in the first inning but was left stranded with the following batter out at first. Jenssen’s double in the seventh made her the next Luck batter to get on base. Taryn

Grantsburg’s Lauren Romanowski races to third just ahead of the throw as the Pirates defeated Luck 3-1.– Photo by Scott Hoffman

Frederic’s Terri McKinney slices at a ball against Webster/SIren – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

Pilz got on after an error by the Pirate catcher, and Maia Lehmann was walked to first. Jenssen scored on a catcher error before Lehmann was thrown out at second and Hannah Melin at first. The Pirates were taken out one, two, three in three of their seven innings. During the other four, one run was scored in three of them and two runners stranded in the other. Annie Palmquist scored in the second inning after a double hit and the next batters walked. During the fifth inning, Michelle Lund scored after getting on base with the fielder choosing to get another Pirate out. Lund scored on a

single-base hit by Palmquist. Ingrid Ames hit a single in the sixth, scoring on a hit by Nicole McKenzie. Palmquist finished the game going 2 for 4 with one RBI. Ingrid went 2 for 3 and scored one run. Frederic 8, Webster/Siren 0 WEBSTER – The Frederic Vikings shut out Webster/Siren 8-0 on Thursday, May 14. Corissa Schmidt pitched for her second Viking start, while Siiri Larsen played the mound for Webster/Siren. Schmidt had 14 strikeouts of her 23 at

Webster/Siren’s Ellie Isaacson snags a catch against Frederic. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

Saints, Cardinals play Saturday games

scored its first three runs of the game in the top of the fifth to tie the game. Taylor Horsager singled, and Jake Meyer was hit by a pitch. Jamison Gross doubled. Harry Severson-Dickinson also singled in the inning. Amery scored one run in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead, and Luck scored one more in the sixth and four in the seventh. Ben Kufalk singled in the seventh, and Gross tripled in the inning. Luck also walked three times in the inning, and Severson-Dickinson was hit by a pitch to give Luck a lead. Amery, however, scored four in the bottom of the inning and another run in the bottom of -the eighth for the win.

Vikings top Warriors St. Croix Falls 12, Prairie Farm 3 Cumberland 10, St. Croix Falls 7

by Marty Seeger CUMBERLAND – St. Croix Falls lost one and won another at a tournament in Cumberland last Saturday. The Saints handled Prairie Farm with ease with six hits, including two from Josh Larcom. It was a tough night for the Panthers pitching as the Saints moved runners around the bases on at least five wild pitches. “We didn’t have many hits due to the fact their pitcher was having trouble locating the strike zone consistently,” said Saints coach Paul Randolph. St. Croix Falls stole 12 bases against the Panthers, including four from Nick Johnson and two from Cory Gebhard and Sam Schmidt. The Saints scored five runs in the first inning and four in the second. They scored once in the fourth inning and two more times in the sixth for the win. The Saints moved to 14-4 overall after taking a loss in the second game Saturday against Cumberland 10-7. It was a good test for the Saints, as Cumberland will be the starting point of some tough competition in the week ahead. The Saints have a string of tough games ahead including Unity, Cameron and River Falls before wrapping up the regular season in Grantsburg on Tuesday, May 26. “We mentioned to the kids that the competition from this game on is pretty

An Amery base runner gets under a tag by Luck catcher Derek Letch. – Photo by Sue Tolan good,” Randolph said. The Saints got on the board in the first inning against Cumberland with three runs on two outs that started with a triple from Matt Vold. Gus Koecher hit an RBI single and Will Ball singled before Ben Anderson and Larcom hit RBI singles. Things went a little quieter for the Saints after that, but they held onto a 6-4 lead going into the top of the fifth before Cumberland scored six times to take the

lead in the bottom of the fifth. “Unfortunately, we gave them three extra outs in the bottom of the fifth which led to our undoing,” Randolph said. Amery 9, Luck 8 AMERY – The Cardinals lost to Amery in eight innings last Saturday despite a comeback effort. The Warriors took a 3-0 lead into the fifth inning before Luck

Frederic 8, Clear Lake 7 FREDERIC – The Frederic baseball team picked up a win at Clear Lake last Friday afternoon after getting a productive sixth inning that featured three runs on four hits. The Vikings had a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the third inning when Clear Lake got four runs to go up 5-3. The Vikings tied it back up in the fourth inning and picked up the go-ahead runs in the sixth off a single from Trae Gehl and a double from Joe Draxler. David Harlander hit an RBI single, and Andrew Kurkowski hit an RBI double. All of the Vikings runs came with two outs. Draxler and Harlander led at the plate with two hits apiece.








Siren/Webster wins first game of season Pirates slide past Luck Siren/Webster 8, Frederic 7 by Brenda Sommerfeld WEBSTER – The Siren/Webster baseball team took their first win of the season against Frederic, 8-7, on Monday, May 18. The Vikings had defeated them, 5-4, a few weeks earlier. Frederic held the lead on Monday for the first five innings. The Vikings scored three runs in the first inning. Tom Thompson and Joe Draxler hit singles, and Dave Harlander was walked to first. All three players made it home. Matt Norston helped with his double before the team’s third out. During the third inning, Thompson, Draxler and Harlander were once again the batters to score. Harlander hit a single, Thompson a double and Draxler a triple during the inning. Norston’s double in the inning also helped contribute to the runs scored. During the first five innings, Siren/Webster had left four runners stranded on bases until their rally in the sixth. In the sixth, the team scored seven runs to take the lead. All but two Siren/Webster players in the batting order made their way around the bases to score. Shane Rossow started the batting. They made it all the way through the batting order back to Rossow, who struck out for their third out.

Webster/Siren’s Evan Oachs attempts to lay down a bunt in an earlier game this season. – File photo by Marty Seeger Frederic scored one run in the seventh inning to tie the game, 7-7. Harlander crossed home after his single and Andrew Kurkowski’s single, taking the game into an eighth inning. Siren/Webster scored a run in the eighth to end the game.

Grantsburg’s Thane Larson tags out Luck’s Mitchell Larson on a throw from catcher Ben Larson. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Grantsburg 8, Luck 2 LUCK – A two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning by Luck’s Harry Severson-Dickinson wasn’t enough to get the Cards back from eight Pirate runs Monday. Grantsburg took a one run lead after the first inning when Nolan Hanson drew a walk and Trent Bonneville hit a single. Bonneville later scored on two errors on the Luck defense. The Pirates scored three runs in the third inning on a single from Hanson and singles from Thane Larson and Austin Eskola. They tacked on another two runs in the fourth inning with hits from Ben Larson, who was 3 for 5 in the game and Thane Larson who went 2 for 4. Eskola also went 2 for 4 and Hanson led the Pirates with two RBIs. Luck’s Derek Letch went 2 for 4 at the plate and the Cardinals totaled seven hits, while Grantsburg had a total of 12 hits. – Marty Seeger St. Croix Falls 4, Unity 0 ST. CROIX FALLS – The Saints have all but locked up their conference title with a big win over Unity on Monday evening. St. Croix Falls out-hit the Eagles 8-4 and had seven strong innings from Matt Vold who had six strikeouts, two walks and moved to a 4-1 record on the season. “Very impressed with our pitcher and catcher,” said Saints coach Paul Ran-

dolph. The Saints took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with the help of a lead off triple from Nick Johnson, and Cory Gebhard brought him home on an RBI single. Gebhard went 3 for 4 in the game with three RBIs, while Vold hit 2 for 4. Luke Nelson pitched seven innings for the Eagles and pitched two scoreless innings in the second and third before the Saints got another run in the fourth. But two walks set up Gebhard for the RBI single, which seemed to be a story of the game according to Randolph. “Our hitters overall were disciplined at the plate. We earned seven walks which were turned into 3 of four runs we scored,” Randolph said. Defense was another important part of the game according to Randolph, as 15 of 33 Eagles connected with the ball, but the Saints were there to make the play, including a double play in the fourth inning. The Saints final conference game of the season is at Grantsburg on Tuesday, May 26, and the Eagles travel to Frederic on Thursday, May 28, for their final conference game. – Marty Seeger Grantsburg 6, Rush City 5 RUSH CITY, Minn. – The Grantsburg Pirates defeated Rush City, 6-5, on Tuesday, May 19. The Pirates had eight hits against their opponent during the game. One of the Grantsburg runs was in the first inning, the other five were scored in the seventh and final inning. “We really needed this kind of win, to come from behind against a good team,” coach Pete Johnson said. Rush City was up 5-1 after four innings. With four hits, a couple of walks and two Rush City errors in the top of the seventh, Grantsburg scored their five runs to win the game. – Brenda Sommerfeld St. Croix Central 14, Unity 9 BALSAM LAKE – Unity scored seven runs in the first and second innings, but couldn’t contain St. Croix Central on Tuesday in eight innings. Derek Jorgenson led the Eagles at the plate going 4 for 4 with a pair of RBIs, and Brady Flaherty hit 3 for 5 with four RBIs. Eric Goulet also had a pair of RBIs to go along with one hit. St. Croix Central scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning to win. Flaherty started the game on the mound, going five innings with six strikeouts, four walks and allowed 10 hits. Goulet and D.J. Larson also pitched. – Marty Seeger

Grantsburg slides through Vikings

thrown out at first by the Frederic second baseman. Frederic didn’t score one more run throughout the next six innings, leaving five runners stranded. Grantsburg scored two runs in each the second and fifth, one in the fourth and three in the sixth. Larson hit a single as the sixth batter in the second inning, scoring Dylan Marohn and Jamie Robb. Bonneville had two RBIs in the sixth inning hitting a triple that scored Larson and Trevor Thompson. Thane Larson followed Bonneville with a sacrifice hit to score Bonneville. Bonneville and Ben Larson each totaled three RBIs and Thane Larson finished with one.

Pirates record 7-2 in conference Grantsburg 9, Frederic 2

by Brenda Sommerfeld GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg Pirates baseball team is ranked second in the West Lakeland Conference. They defeated conference opponent Frederic, 92, on Thursday, May 14, for the sixth win of their 7-2 conference record. The Vikings scored two runs in their first inning at bat. Brady McWilliams and Joe Draxler scored on two hits. Draxler and Andrew Kurkowski made the two hits, and Kurkowski had one RBI during the inning. Grantsburg scored one run during the first inning. Trent Bonneville scored Ben Larson on a hit while Bonneville was

Frederic throws the ball in as a Grantsburg runner goes toward third base. – Photo by Brenda Somemrfeld








WSFLG Blizzard Boys Softball playoff brackets 2008 Division 2 Girls Softball Playoffs third-annual golf outing WEBSTER – The third-annual golf outing was held at Fox Run in Webster on Saturday, May 11, for the families and members of the WSFLG boys hockey team. Coach Greg Sears organized the Best Ball Tournament for teams of three. Nine holes of golf were played, followed by a potluck dinner and hockey awards ceremony. Recognition was given to the top golf team, Papa Sears, Jordan Sargent and Vida Sears. Hockey awards were presented to: Most Improved Player - freshman Jordan Sargent; Blizzard Heart Award - freshman Joe Engelhart; Defen-

sive Player of the Year - freshman Tyler Richison; Offensive Player of the Year senior David Harlander, First Four-Year Letter Winner - senior David Harlander; Most Games Played in Blizzard History - senior David Harlander. Special recognition at the awards ceremony went to Brad Harlander for his dedication as equipment manager and skate sharpener and Rebecca Harlander for her dedication to the Blizzard hockey program. The WSFLG Blizzard Boys high school team’s four-year record is 52 wins, 32 losses and two ties. – submitted

The highest seeded team will host through the regional final game provided their field is on the approved site list and is in good playing condition. If the higher seed’s field is not on the approved list or unplayable and the lower seed’s field is, the lower seed will host. If neither field is approved the higher seed will host. Games should not be postponed if a playable field is available.



Thursday, May 21

Tuesday, May 26

Thursday, May 28

WIAA State Tournament June 12 - Semifinals Sectional #1 vs. Sectional #2 approx. 8 p.m.

Rice Lake (#1) Ashland (#5) @Hayward - 4:30 p.m. Hayward (#4)

Thursday June 4

@Rice Lake - 5 p.m.

Northwestern (#3) @Brule - 4:30 p.m. Webster/Siren (#6) Spooner (#7) @Barron - 4:30 p.m. Barron (#2) Mosinee (#1) Lakeland (#5) @Tomahawk - 5 p.m. Tomahawk (#4) Wittenberg-Birnawood (#3) @Wittenberg - 5 p.m. Northland Pines (#6)

@Mosinee - 4:30 p.m.

@Medford Area - 5 p.m. Medford Area (#2)

2008 Division 3 Girls Softball Playoffs The highest seeded team will host through the regional final game provided their field is on the approved site list and is in good playing condition. If the higher seed’s field is not on the approved list or unplayable and the lower seed’s field is, the lower seed will host. If neither field is approved the higher seed will host. Games should not be postponed if a playable field is available.



Several players from the high school Blizzard boys hockey team received awards after their golf outing held in Webster on Saturday, May 11. Pictured (L to R): Coach Brian Sears, David Harlander, Frederic; Joe Engelhart, Grantsburg; Tyler Richison, Siren; Jordan Sargent, Siren and coach Greg Sears. – Photos submitted

Thursday, May 21

Tuesday, May 26

Thursday, May 28

WIAA State Tournament June 12 - Semifinals Sectional #1 vs. Sectional #2 approx. 8 p.m.

Hurley (#1) Ladysmith (#5) @ Ladysmith - 5 p.m. Cameron (#4)

Thursday June 4

@Hurley - 5 p.m.

Chetek (#3) @Chetek - 5 p.m. Phillips (#6) Washburn (#7) @Park Falls - 5 p.m. Park Falls (#2) Grantsburg (#1) St. Croix Falls (#5) @Cumberland - 4:30 p.m. Cumberland (#4)

@Grantsburg - 5 p.m.

Unity (#3) @ St. Croix Central St. Croix Central (#6)

David Harlander and his parents were given special recognition at the WSFLG high school boys award ceremony. Rebecca Harlander was recognized for her dedication to the Blizzard hockey program, David Harlander for being Offensive Player of the Year, for playing the most games in Blizzard history, and for being the first four-year letter winner, and Brad Harlander was recognized for his dedication as equipment manager and skate sharpener.

Turtle Lake/Clayton (#7) @Glenwood City - 5 p.m. Glenwood City (#2)

2008 Division 4 Girls Softball Playoffs The highest seeded team will host through the regional final game provided their field is on the approved site list and is in good playing condition. If the higher seed’s field is not on the approved list or unplayable and the lower seed’s field is, the lower seed will host. If neither field is approved the higher seed will host. Games should not be postponed if a playable field is available.


Neighbors Helping Neighbors golf scramble ST. CROIX FALLS – So far this year the St. Croix Valley Chapter – Polk County Branch of the American Red Cross has responded to three tragedies and has assisted families who have lost their homes with basic necessities, clothing and shelter. These are some of the reasons why they do events like the Neighbors Helping Neighbors golf scramble that was held on Monday, May 11. Generous community support helps the Red Cross continue to help people in need. Archer Cleaning and Restoration was the event sponsor. Hole sponsors were Johnson Lumber Company, Thirsty Otter Tavern, Blacksmith Shop, Hoefs Construction, Amrhien Painting, Maxwell

Heating and Air Conditioning, Balsam Lake Pro-Lawn, Bremer Bank, Rural American Bank, Steve McCormack, DDS, St. Croix Regional Medical Center, Menards, Amery Regional Medical Center, Mike Leroux, Kathy Poirier, Johnson Motors (Hole in One Car) and Indianhead Supper Club. Gratitude is also extended to Balsam Lake Market, Wayne’s Foods, Audrey Ruck, Flying Pie Pizza, Noah Insurance, Cardinal Glass, Bill’s Distributing, Sports-N-More, Freedom Etching, Geno and Angler’s Inn and Fred with the Luck Golf Course, Nancy Oakes of Oakes Design and to all of the wonderful volunteers. - submitted

Thursday, May 21

Sectionals Tuesday, May 26

Birchwood (#1) Clear Lake (#5) @Luck - 5 p.m. Luck (#4) Frederic (#3) @Frederic - 5 p.m. New Auburn (#6)

@Birchwood - 4:30 p.m.

@Shell Lake - 2 p.m. Shell Lake (#2)

Glidden/Butternut (#1) Drummond (#5) @Solon Springs - 5 p.m. Solon Springs (#4)

@Glidden/Butternut - 5 p.m.

Mellen (#3) @Northwood - 5 p.m. Northwood (#2)

Thursday, May 28

Thursday June 4 WIAA State Tournament June 12 - Semifinals Sectional #1 vs. Sectional #2 approx. 8 p.m.








Cards fall short of a comeback victory moved to a perfect 8-0 in the conference, and pushed Luck to even in the conference at 4-4.

Saints stay undefeated in conference with win St. Croix Falls 3, Luck 2 by Marty Seeger ST. CROIX FALLS – Down 2-0 with a man on first and two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Luck’s Harry Severson-Dickinson gave the Cardinals a reason to celebrate. Severson-Dickinson belted a two-run shot over the fence in left-center field to tie it 2-2. Luck pitcher Connery Johnson threw a nice game for the Cardinals, allowing just seven hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Matt Vold was on the mound for the Saints and allowed eight hits with three walks, and six strikeouts. “This game was a combination of Luck playing better and us not being productive at the plate,” said Saints coach Paul Randolph. Ben Anderson and Will Ball each singled in the second inning but went scoreless until the third inning after Nick Johnson walked and eventually stole second base. Cory Gebhard hit an RBI in-

Saint Gus Koecher was called out at first on a close play against Luck’s Taylor Horsager last Thursday. – Photo by Marty Seeger field single and took second on a throwing error. Gebhard then scored on a passed ball. Luck was productive in the top of the


West Lakeland Conference Standings

Team St. Croix Falls Grantsburg Unity Luck Siren/Webster Frederic

Conf. 9-0 7-2 5-4 4-5 1-7 1-8


Overall 15-5 12-8 11-8 8-10 1-12 1-14

Thursday, May 14 St. Croix Falls 3, Luck 2 Unity 24, Siren/Webster 4 Grantsburg 9, Frederic 2 Friday, May 16 Frederic 8, Clear Lake 7 Saturday, May 16 Amery 9, Luck 8 Cumberland 10, St. Croix Falls 7 St. Croix Falls 12, Prairie Farm 3 Monday, May 18 Grantsburg 8, Luck 2 Siren/Webster 8, Frederic 7 St. Croix Falls 4, Unity 0 Tuesday, May 19 Unity 14, St. Croix Central 9 Lake Holcombe 19, Siren/Webster 9 Grantsburg 6, Rush City, Minn. 5


Thursday, May 21 4:30 p.m. River Falls at St. Croix Falls 5 p.m. Siren/Webster at Luck Unity at Frederic Friday, May 22 4:30 p.m. Luck at Cameron 5 p.m. Grantsburg at Bruce Saturday, May 23 5 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Cameron Tuesday, May 26 5 p.m. Bruce at Luck St. Croix Falls at Grantsburg

TRACK & FIELD Upcoming

Friday, May 21 4:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Glenwood City Grantsburg at Glenwood City Tuesday, May 26 3 p.m. Grantsburg at Hayward Regional St. Croix Falls at Somerset Regional Unity at Somerset Regional Frederic at Frederic Regional Luck at Frederic Regional Siren at Frederic Regional Webster at Frederic Regional


Standings Team Overall Maurer Construction 2-1 Chell Trucking 2-0 Coyland Creek 2-0 Bobbie’s World 1-2 Smith Family Eye Care 0-1 Clam Falls/Pheasant Inn 0-3 Scores Monday, May 18 Coyland Creek 11, Maurer Construction 5 Bobbie’s World 23, Clam Falls/Pheasant Inn 18 Chell Trucking 9, Smith Family Eye Care 7


West Lakeland Conference Standings

Team Grantsburg Frederic Luck Unity St. Croix Falls Webster/Siren

Conf. 9-1 7-3 3-5 4-6 4-5 1-8


Overall 20-1 12-5 6-10 6-7 9-13 2-16

Thursday, May 14 Grantsburg 3, Luck 1 Frederic 8, Webster/Siren 0 Unity 10, St. Croix Falls 6 Friday, May 15 St. Croix Falls 9, Cameron 0 Saturday, May 16 Amery 11, St. Croix Falls 1 Cumberland 13, St. Croix Falls 0 Monday, May 18 Cameron at Luck (TBA) Frederic 10, Unity 0 Tuesday, May 19 Webster/Siren at Luck (TBA) St. Croix Falls 2, Grantsburg 0

third when Jamison Gross led with a one-out walk. A single from SeversonDickinson and a walk by Bryson Clemenson eventually loaded the bases, but the Saints got out of the jam with a groundout to second base to end the inning. Both teams went down relatively quietly in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings until Severson-Dickinson’s homer in the top of the seventh. “We needed to play with more enthusiasm,” said Randolph, but added that he was pleased with the team’s defense pitcher Matt Vold and catcher Gus Koecher. Despite not getting as many hits as the team is accustomed to, the Saints stole six bases, which proved to make a big difference in the game. St. Croix Falls sealed the win in the bottom of the seventh when Nick Johnson drew a leadoff walk. With Gebhard up next, Johnson stole his second base of the game, and Gebhard came through in the clutch with a deep shot that sailed over the center fielder’s head, scoring Johnson for the winning run. “To our credit, we found a way to win,” said Randolph, whose Saints

Unity 24, Siren/Webster 4 BALSAM LAKE – It was a busy Eagles dugout last Thursday as twenty different players were subbed in during their 24-4 win over Siren/Webster. The Eagles produced 19 hits, which included an Eric Goulet three-run homer. Brady Flaherty went 3 for 3 at the plate and four Eagles had a pair of hits, including Dennis McKinney, Luke Nelson, Alec Larson and Seth McKenzie. “It was a very good offensive performance for us last night,” said Unity coach Matt Humpal. “After playing well for a couple of weeks, hopefully we didn’t use up all our runs.” The Eagles got a triple from Jason Vlasnik in the first inning and scored seven times. Including Goulet’s three-run homer in the second, the Eagles scored 12 runs, and added another five in the third inning. Siren/Webster had four hits and scored once in the first inning and three in the top of the fifth inning.

Unity’s Luke Nelson hurls a pitch towards home plate in an earlier game. – File photo by Marty Seeger


Thursday, May 21 4:30 p.m. Webster/Siren vs. Northwestern at Brule St. Croix Falls at Cumberland 5 p.m. Unity at St. Croix Central Clear Lake at Luck New Auburn at Frederic Tuesday, May 26 TBA Regionals



Thursday, May 21 9:30 a.m. Conference at Rice Lake Tuesday, May 26 8:30 a.m. St. Croix Falls at Osceola Regional Unity at Osceola Regional 9:30 a.m. Frederic at Frederic Regional Grantsburg at Frederic Regional Luck at Frederic Regional Siren at Frederic Regional Webster at Frederic Regional


Standings Team Overall Chell Well 3-0 Fur, Fins & Feathers 2-0 Sundown 2-0 Grantsburg Sanitary 2-1 Pour House 1-1 Godsquad 1-1 Century 21 1-1 Lake Lena 0-2 Da Crew 0-2 Shooters Bar 1 0-2 Shooters Bar 0-1 Scores Wednesday, May 13 Fur, Fins & Feathers 19, Lake Lena 5 Chell Well 12, Pour House 8 Grantsburg Sanitary 22, Da Crew 12 Century 21 13, Shooters Bar 2 7 Sundown 22, Shooters Bar 1 2 Chell Well 21, God Squad 10

PREPS NAME: Megan Finch SCHOOL: Grantsburg YEAR: Senior COMMENTS: Grantsburg’s Megan Finch had a good day at the conference track meet in Clear Lake on Tuesday night. Finch got first place in the high jump going 5’ 2’’. Both Finch and teammate Kortney Morrin have been competing all year long for the top spot. – Marty Seeger


Megan Finch


NAME: Brennan Olson SCHOOL: Luck YEAR: Senior COMMENTS: While he’s known more for his presence on the basketball court, Luck senior Brennan Olson was stellar in his performance in the field at the conference track meet in Clear Lake. Brennan Olson Olson broke the conference high-jump record by raising the bar to 6’ 4’’, breaking the old record of 6’ 3’’. – Marty Seeger




Warden Spaight honored with 2009 Torch Award GRANTSBURG – Conservation Warden Chris Spaight will receive the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association 2009 Torch Award for Region 5. This award recognizes a warden’s excellence as a field conservation officer and an outstanding work ethic on behalf of the warden service, the department and the people of the state of Wisconsin. “Chris deserves this award not only for his many accomplishments these past years, but also because of his over-all attitude in the field with the citizens he serves and working with his fellow officers,” said Chief Warden Randy Stark. Stark also thanked the NAWEOA for the award. The award was established by retired officers as a symbol of Passing the Torch to acknowledge the outstanding work of younger officers. The award is presented annually by NAWEOA recognizing officers from each region. Eligible officers must have no more than five years’ experience and must demonstrate a genuine desire to protect the resource and develop professionally. Spaight covers the western half of Burnett County that borders on Minnesota.

Conservation Warden Chris Spaight covers the western half of Burnett County, and has excelled in several areas of his work and beyond. – Photo submitted

His supervisor, Rick Rosen, said this requires the Grantsburg warden to have a working knowledge of Minnesota DNR laws. “Chris developed skills to protect resources and enforce game laws that are not often found in other areas of the state such as bear and bobcat hunting, tribal spearing and ceded territory issues, sharp-tail grouse and sturgeon enforcement,” Rosen said. He added that Spaight has made a number of large fish and game cases over the past several years. In one instance, Spaight followed up a citizen’s complaint leading to the arrest of an individual for shooting trophy bucks with a crossbow from his vehicle. Rosen said that along with covering his own area, Spaight volunteers for group checks and participates in team functions on and off duty. He has worked with the DNR law enforcement academy to assist with training new recruits and will complete course work as a field training officer this year. Another area where Spaight has excelled is in search and rescue. Rosen said that because of the training Spaight has

taken and the fact that he successfully found a number of lost individuals, he is now being called upon to assist in search and rescue operations outside his area. “He played a key role in finding a man missing for seven days in June of last year and personally located a lost deer hunter last November,” Rosen said. The Burnett County warden is also known locally and outside the area for teaching young people how to hunt turkey, bear, pheasants and other game. He has volunteered to work at a number of youth conservation days, shooting events and expos. Last year, Spaight traveled downstate to Dodge County and participated in an event that involved over 1,000 youth. He also conducts ride-alongs for candidates interested in a career as a conservation warden. “I see Chris as a warden who has demonstrated initiative to expand his knowledge of job duties and who has had a positive impact in his community and state,” Rosen added. – from the DNR

New tackle shop comes to Centuria by Marty Seeger CENTURIA – Brian and Anna Grandstaff are a long way from their former home in South Milwaukee but are already excited to have recently moved to Centuria. “We’re going to enjoy it here; we already do,” Brian said from the Bobberstop Tackle Shop on the east side of Hwy. 35 in Centuria. Their new business is located directly behind their new log cabin home and is easy to find. Brian grew up in a small town, but his wife, Anna, was born and raised in Milwaukee. They first started the business online about four years ago and started the retail part of it close to two years ago in Milwaukee, where Brian says business was busy. But, having grown up in a small town, the big city got tiring for Brian, and he looked forward to finding something with a slower pace. The location in Centuria was actually the first thing he spotted when searching for a new place to call home.

Brian and Anna Grandstaff stand inside the Bobberstop Tackle Shop in Centuria, which is filled with just about everything you might need for fishing. – Photo by Marty Seeger “This is the first thing that I saw,” Brian explained. “That’s gotta be an omen.” Brian grew up fishing river systems in Missouri and did a lot of fishing for

salmon and steelhead in the creeks and rivers near Milwaukee. He and Anna look forward to fishing the St. Croix River and also the surrounding lakes like Long and Balsam lake. But days on the

water will be limited for both Brian and Anna, as the hours of their business suggest. They’ll be open from 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day except on Mondays, they’ll be open on holidays, including Memorial Day, according to Brian. The Bobberstop Tackle Shop carries a little bit of everything to accommodate all types of fishing, including minnows, leeches, crawlers, and they also sell hunting and fishing licenses. Brian said they also loan out rods and reels for kids who need them or a life jacket as part of the Life Jacket Loaner Program, in part with the BoatUS Foundation for boating safety. “We’re big on getting the kids involved,” Brian said, adding that he and his wife were part of a youth fishing program in Milwaukee. For more information contact the Bobberstop Tackle Shop at 715-640-2248.

Walleye bag limits revised on 255 northern lakes MADISON – Daily walleye bag limits will increase Friday, May 22, on 255 lakes in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory to reflect spring spearing harvest by six bands of Wisconsin Chippewa. A daily bag limit of one or two walleye will increase to two or three walleye per day on 92 lakes. In addition, 163 lakes will go from an initial bag limit of one or two walleyes per day to the state daily bag limit of five, according to Joe Hennessy, who coordinates the treaty fisheries management program for the Department of Natural Resources. Anglers should consult the 2009-10 Guide to Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations, signs at boat landings and the 2009-2010 Revised Ceded Territory Walleye Bag Limits pamphlet for lake-specific information. As part of a 1983 Federal Appellate Court decision affirming Chippewa off-

reservation hunting, fishing and gathering rights, the six bands of Wisconsin Chippewa set annual harvest quotas for off-reservation lakes in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory. To assure the combined tribal and recreational angler harvest does not exceed a sustainable level, the state sets recreational bag limits in lakes declared for harvest by the Chippewa bands. An administrative rule passed by the state Natural Resources Board in 1998 allows the department to adjust initial bag limits annually to reflect actual spring spearing harvests and projected summer harvests. Of the 258 lakes with bag limits less than five, 78 lakes will have a bag limit of two walleye per day, and 180 lakes will have a daily bag limit of three walleye per day. The six Chippewa tribes together declared a harvest of 53,706 wall-

eye for 2009 and had harvested 32,198 as of May 15. In Burnett County, eight lakes are affected, including Big McKenzie and Devils lakes with a limit of two and Dunham, Lipsett, Little Yellow, Rooney, Sand and Yellow lakes with a limit of three. In

Polk County, Balsam, Big Round, Half Moon and Wapogasset lakes have a set limit of two walleyes, and Big Butternut, North Pipe and Pipe lakes have a limit of three walleyes. – from the DNR

Neil McKenzie Youth Fishing Contest coming in June by Marty Seeger DEER LAKE – The sixth-annual Neil McKenzie Youth Fishing Contest is set for Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Deer Lake. The free event is open to all youth, and families are welcome to participate. Guides, boats and equipment will be available if needed, and trophies, door prizes and a free lunch are

also part of the event. Those who wish to participate should preregister before Saturday, June 13, and can contact Joyce McKenzie at 715-646-2060 or Ann and Dave Hraychuck at 715-4853362. Guides and volunteers are always needed, so those who would like to help can contact McKenzie or the Hraychucks.


Graduate tells how Drug Court totally changed his life by Nancy Jappe SIREN – “If I could have gotten into this program right out of high school, I would have saved seven years of my life. Drug Court gave me the keys to open any door, and start my life basically all over again. Drug Court changed my life, no doubt about it. Without it, I would have kept on going down that rough road, and I would have gotten into more serious trouble. Drug Court gave me the chance to start anew,” Dusten Smith said during the 20th-anniversary celebration of the Drug Court program in Burnett County Friday, May 15. Smith is one of 13 graduates from the program since it started in Burnett County in 2006. Twenty-three persons have been in the program since the beginning. Of that number, three have been terminated, and seven are currently active. Five of those seven are employed. Three of the participants have paid a return visit to the jail, two on probation violations and one for operating while intoxicated.

Members of the Burnett County Board, (L to R) Gary Lindberg, Chuck Awe, Ro Endresen, Phil Lindeman and Don Chell, are shown here during the 20th-anniversary celebration of National Drug Court. “We have got to support Drug Court,” Chell commented. At the celebration but not pictured were county board supervisors Eldon Freese and Brent Blomberg. According to Burnett County Circuit Court Judge Ken Kutz, the person who was arrested for operating while intoxicated knew what was coming and what the triggers were that caused this to happen. He just didn’t have the strength to control it. “Drug Court gives you the tools, the means, to know exactly what you are doing and ways to avoid that. Hopefully the next time, he will have those tools,” Kutz said. The idea of Drug Court started in a courtroom in Dade County, Florida, in 1989. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals was established in 1994 to assist in the planning, implementation and operation of drug courts. “What started in a Florida courtroom 20 years ago has become the nation’s most successful strategy for dealing with substance-abusing offenders,” stated a press release from Burnett County Alcohol and Drug Court. The Burnett County 20th-anniversary celebration included a breakfast at the Government Center and later viewing of a webcast from Dade County. “It was strongly suggested that all the current Drug Court participants attend,” said Drug Court Coordinator Tessa Anderson. Smith told about his life before and after Drug Court. “I always had a steady job, and have been working since (the age of) 14,” Smith said. “I never had problems in school, and never skipped a day of school. (Then) I moved out of my parents’ home, and I met new people. I was doing drugs and drinking. What I thought was having fun was basically putting my life on hold because of partying.” Smith hit bottom, and got his first OWI with possession of drugs arrest. He has been on probation since

Thelma CeCe Mitchell, the first Burnett County Drug and Alcohol Court graduate, had a gift for Dusten Smith, the graduate who talked about getting his life back because of participation in Drug Court. The two were on hand for the 20th-anniversary celebration of the National Drug and Alcohol Court program Friday, May 15, at the Burnett County Government Center. – Photos by Nancy Jappe the age of 20, and spent five months in jail. It was there that he got the opportunity to become a Drug Court participant. “I had time to sit in jail, and realized that partying was not worth the rest of my life. It was not my future,” Smith said. “At first, Drug Court is hard, but it becomes a way of life. I changed my ways, and got rid of all my friends. That was the first building block, and I just kept building on from there.” Smith recognized the people who were there to help him succeed, to question him about what was going on in his life and to get his life going in a more respectable way. “Before Drug Court, people were frequent flyers in the jail,” Kutz commented. “We needed something as an alternative. It was a never-ending cycle. We had to break it. “Drug Court is not 100-percent successful. Everybody has drug-control problems, and they didn’t change overnight. You have to want to change. Few of the people who completed the Drug Court program have come back for prosecution.” Participation in Drug Court is a three-stage process. The efforts of two people, Lori Moody and Robin Johnson, for completing the first two stages was recognized during the anniversary celebration. They were given a completion certificate and a $50 gift card to Wal-Mart. “I was a frequent flyer upstairs,” Johnson said. He said that his parents and family have seen a change since he became a part of Drug Court. “They tell me that they are proud of me,” he said, adding, “It has been a long road, but it feels good to do what I am doing and actually being a person.” Moody admitted that she, too, was a frequent flyer in the jail, with five plus OWI charges against her. “Life became unmanageable,” she said. “I couldn’t lead my life. This program gave me the people to help me, to listen to me, to give me freedom. I had to go to jail to be free.” Judge Kutz said it is more enjoyable to ask people about positive changes when he sees Drug Court partic-

Room 165 at the Burnett County Government Center was full of people who came for the 20th-anniversary celebration of National Drug and Alcohol Court Friday, May 15, and in recognition of May as National Drug Court Month. Mike Decorah was on hand to represent the St. Croix Tribe. Rep. Ann Hraychuck was also there, as was a representative from Rep. Dave Obey’s office.

(L to R) Lori Moody and Robin Johnson, two Burnett County Drug and Alcohol Court participants who have completed two out of the three stages in the program, were given certificates and Wal-Mart gift cards by Judge Ken Kutz during the 20th-anniversary celebration Friday, May 15, at the Burnett County Government Center. ipants weekly. “It is so much more fun than telling them how long they are going to jail or how a big a fine they will pay,” he said. Burnett County Mental Health/AODA Coordinator Roberta Rudiger recognized the cooperation that exists between Burnett County and the St. Croix Tribe. “We are one community,” she said. “We need one another to make that walk together.” Drug and Alcohol Court is a voluntary program that handles cases involving drug offenders through an intensive, judicially supervised program of drug treatment, rehabilitation services and strict community supervision. Offenders must be 17 years old and convicted of a crime which is a result of the offender’s substance abuse or addiction. In Wisconsin, incarceration in prison can cost approximately $30,000 a year per offender. The cost for Drug and Alcohol Court participants is approximately $3,000 a year.

Paint in the Park SIREN – The Burnett Area Arts Group will hold a Paint in the Park working artists session Monday, June 1, 2-5 p.m. Oil painters, water colorists and artisan crafters will set up their easels and workbenches in pavillion No. 2 at Crooked Lake Park in Siren so the public can meet them and watch them at work. Jenny Goalen, Kathy Swingle, Jimmy Springett and David Hakseth are among the artists who will participate. The “paint-in” will be followed by the BAAG monthly meeting. The meeting is open to all Burnett County artists and crafters. In case of inclement weather, the session and meeting will be held at North Wind Arts on Hwy. 35/70 across from Crooked Lake. For additional information, call 715-349-8448. – submitted

Frederic students recognized

Frederic seniors Brent Crandell and Kelly Daeffler were recognized for being students of the month during the 20th-annual youth banquet that was held at the Rice Lake Elks Lodge #1441 on Thursday, May 7. – Photo submitted


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Burnett Co. sheriff’s report Accidents May 15: Keith A. Larson, 43, Rush City, Minn., was eastbound on Hwy. 70 in Daniels Township when Dennis D. Burdick Sr., 69, St. Paul, Minn., pulled out from a driveway and hit a fifthwheel trailer pulled by Larson. Burdick’s vehicle was severely damaged in the accident, the trailer axles were damaged and

the trailer had to be parked on the side of the road for a time. Burdick was cited for failure to yield right of way. No injuries were reported. May 17: Jessica V. Bruzek, 21, Grantsburg, reported hitting a deer while on Hwy. 70 in Wood River Township. No injuries were reported.

Polk County deaths Charles V. Harvey Jr., 87, April 18, Centuria Sarah V. Cockrell, 46, April 24, Amery Floyd E. Dodge, 81, April 24, Clear Lake Donald E. Posey, 85, April 25, Turtle Lake Evelyn Hutton, 91, April 29, Luck Marilyn E. Johnson, 76, April 30, Amery

Donovan J. Olson, 69, May 3, Amery Violet M. Petersen, 92, May 3, Amery Leonard G. Swanson, 82, May 5, Star Prairie Lyle H. Palmsteen, 71, May 6, Osceola Travis J. Foss, 27, May 7, Amery David P. Rice, 66, May 8, Dresser



suspension and order for assessment. Nicholas D. Despiegelaere, Centuria, nonregistration of auto, $160.80. Curtis L. Donald, Frederic, operate ATV without valid registration, $186.00. Dustin L. Donald, Frederic, operate ATV without valid registration, $186.00. Michael P. Farrell, Frederic, seat belt violation, $10.00. Ralph B. Foreman Jr., Brainerd, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Sheri L. Gatten, Amery, speeding, $160.80. Tamatha A. Gehrt, Rhinelander, nonregistration of auto, $160.80. Daniel C. Gillett, Woodbury, Minn., speeding, $160.80. James E. Hahn, Forest Lake, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Dustin D. Havlish, Osceola, operate ATV without valid registration ticket, $186.00; operate ATV in careless manner, $186.00. Wayne W. Hellerman, Oak Park Heights, Minn., drink open intoxicants in motor vehicle, not guilty plea. William D. Hellerman, Lake Elmo, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Brittany J. Hoyt, Amery, speeding, $186.00. Rylee M. Johnson, Centuria, speeding, $160.80. Denise A. Johnston, Balsam Lake, speeding, $160.80.

Shane M. Jones, Luck, speeding, $160.80. Blake P. Karwoski, Osceola, speeding, $160.80. Eric W. Larson, Amery, operating while suspended, not guilty plea. Edwin M. Leverty, Balsam Lake, operating while revoked, $249.00. Derick W. Lundgren, Osceola, operating while under influence, keep open intoxicants in motor vehicle, operating with PAC .10 or more, not guilty pleas. Bradly T. McCarty, Clayton, drink open intoxicants in motor vehicle, $186.00. Molly K. McCurdy, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Amanda J. McKennney, Centuria, seat belt violation, $10.00. Mark L. Miller, Turtle Lake, speeding, $160.80. Carlos Mosay, Luck, failure to notify police of accident, $249.00. Carolyn A. Moser, Dresser, drink open intoxicants in motor vehicle, $249.00. Kate M. Murtaught, St. Croix Falls, speeding, not guilty plea. Trisha M. Nyren, Luck, speeding, $160.80. Judi J. Parker, Luck, operate without valid license, $186.00. Susan R. Patten, Fort Myers, Fla., speeding, $160.80. Amanda R. Pechaver, Clear

Louis F. Belisle, 26, Webster, OWI, $1,234.00, three-year probation, license revoked 33 months. 330-day jail sentence, Huber release granted, alcohol assessment. Wayne S. Staples, 53, Danbury, OWI, $2,739.00, 110-day jail sentence, Huber release

granted, license revoked 30 months, alcohol assessment. Richard J. VanDommelen, 51, Spooner, OWI, $1,030.00, 20-day jail sentence, Huber release granted, license revoked 16 months, alcohol assessment. Nicholas J. Morseth, 30, Frederic, battery, one-year pro-

Friday & Saturday, May 22 & 23, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pool table, clothing, household items and lots of misc. Siren United Methodist Church Garage 486102 39Lp 1st & Bradley

Fri., Sat. & Sun., May 22, 23 & 24, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Antiques; National cash register, inspected 1926; two 32-20 Colt revolvers; old wall telephone; household items; Christmas stuff; knickknacks.

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Friday & Saturday, May 22 & 23,

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. DONT MISS OUT ON ONE OF THE BEST SALES EVER! There will be very few clothes but everything else. Household goods, knickknacks, beautiful artwork, all kinds of things for babies and some furniture. Coming from the south, go to 7596 Hayden Lake Road, Danbury. Just 5.5 miles north from Oakland Cemetery and turn west. If you are coming from the north just 1-1/2 miles from Danbury and turn right on Hayden Lake Road.

You get lost, call 715-866-4970

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jail, 10-day jail sentence, $88.00. Roger L. Kuula, 39, Siren, operate snowmobile while intoxicated, $627.00. Patrick J. Borgman, 47, Savage, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Bert F. Barnes, 23, Siren, speeding, $186.00. Cole R. White, 16, Grantsburg, speeding, $186.00. Peter R. Denn, 22, Frederic, speedometer violations, $160.80. Davin G. Tyler, 43, Siren, failure to notify police of accident, $249.00; nonregistration of auto, $160.80. Thomas V. Valento, 35, Vadnais Heights, Minn., ATV - careless operation, $186.00.

Garage Sales

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bation, restitution to be determined, no consumption or possession of alcohol and controlled substances unless prescribed by a physician, no possession of firearms, no contact with victim, follow through with assessment and treatment found necessary, $188.00. Shannon R. Stevens, 32, Grantsburg, operate without valid license, $186.00. Michelle P. Hillman, 21, Grantsburg, disorderly conduct, $588.00. Donnell C. Wilson, 50, St. Paul, Minn., sell liquor without a license, $537.00; fail to report to



Mark your calendars, bring your family and come to our garage sale, Memorial weekend. Browse, buy and know at the same time you are making a difference in the lives of widows and orphans in Africa. Now, how do you like that bang for your buck?

Nathan J. Stackhouse, Frederic, unreasonable and imprudent speed, fail to stop at stop sign, not guilty pleas. Leah A. Stauber, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Michael J. Steiner, Luck, possess open intoxicants in motor vehicle, $249.00. Jason D. Strilzuk, Balsam Lake, speeding, $160.80. Karen D. Swenson, Cushing, speeding, $160.80. Micheal D. Swiontek, Cushing, operating while under influence, operating left of centerline, operating with PAC .10 or more, not guilty pleas. Thomas G. Taylor, Almena, speeding, $160.80. Mathew A. Tucker, Olathe, Kan., speeding, $160.80. Chris H. Ward, Frederic, speeding, not guilty plea. Ryan C. Weber, White Bear Lake, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Tyler J. Zacharias, Luck, operating while under influence, operating with PAC .10 more more, not guilty pleas. Canda L. Zappa, Centuria, operating without valid license, $186.00. Ryan Golden, no town given, operate after suspension, $186.00. Marissa Haroldson, no town given, CDL violation, $186.00. Blake Yunker, no town given, speeding, $160.80.

Burnett County criminal court

Youth Group Fundraiser For The American Cancer Society

Fri., May 22, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sat. & Sun., May 23 & 24, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mon., May 25, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Wood River Town Hall, Alpha, Wis.

Lake, license restriction violation, $186.00. Jeremy A. Pederson, Taylors Falls, Minn., knowingly operating while suspended and cause property damage, $6,463.00; fail to yield right of way from stop sign, $160.80. Collin M. Petersen, Centuria, speeding, $160.80. Bret L. Radinzel, Amery, reckless driving – endanger safety, not guilty plea. Jessica A. Ralidak, Clear Lake, speeding, $160.80. Russell L. Rehm, Amery, operating while revoked, not guilty plea. Jacquelyn K. Reynolds, Milltown, seat belt violation, $10.00. Rosanne G. Riendeau, Rosemount, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Lynn T. Rundquist, Balsam Lake, garbage dumping, $181.00. Katherine L. Schultz, Amery, speeding, $160.80. Shanna M. Shoquist, Frederic, operating while under influence, not guilty plea. Chad R. Simpson, Taylors Falls, Minn., driving too fast for conditions, $198.60. Derek J. Slvsarski, Eagan, Minn., speeding, $160.80. George W. Sornson, Richfield, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Brandon L. Spalinger, Barron, fail to stop at stop sign, $160.80.

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Saturday, May 23, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Thursday & Friday, May 21 & 22 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tons of baby and kids clothes and shoes; girls and boys from newborn to size 8. Also many toys, books, furniture, household items and adult size clothing.

Between Amery and Clayton 471 70th Ave./County Road J, 2 miles west of Hwy. 63

RUMMAGE SALE Fri. & Sat., May 22 & 23 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

20725 State Rd. 87 7 miles south of Grantsburg. Professionally made custom and personalized crafts (wood, glass, metal, stone, etc.); quality wildlife and nature photos; clothing 5 yrs. & up; lots of misc. items; toys; household; books; craft supplies; furniture; etc. 486279 39Lp

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Sunday, May 24, 8 a.m. - ?

Fri. & Sat., May 22 & 23, 8 a.m. to ??

Baked goods, hot dogs & brats

Half off everything or better

All proceeds benefit Troop 465 Located at RICHTER FURNITURE Easy to get to! The long driveway at the end of Main Street in Siren. 486490 Need directions? 715-349-7045 39Lp

Something for everyone

Clothes: Ladies small, very nice, men’s large including XXL leather jacket; Children’s: Girls 6 mo. to 9 years, excellent condition; twin bed w/bookcase headboard; white twin headboard; men’s golf clubs & stand-up bag; antiques, American & Oriental; tan retaining wall blocks; new moose/bear decor & misc. North of St. Croix Falls on Hwy. 87, 6 miles, go west 1/2 mile. Follow the HOT PINK SIGNS for the hottest sale around.

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Kjell J. Burg, Pine City, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Amy M. Bystrom, Balsam Lake, nonregistration of auto, $160.80. James T. Clark, Mahtomedi, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Winston J. Cluett, McGregor, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Steven C. Darsow, Luck, failure to notify police of accident, $249.00; driving too fast for conditions, $198.60. Lawrence R. Denn, Grantsburg, operating while under influence, $677.00, six-month license

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Christopher L. Aldrich, Luck, fail to stop for unloading school bus, not guilty plea. Robert J. Anderson, Taylors Falls, Minn., operate without valid license, $186.00; operate large vehicle after rev./susp. of registration, $160.80. Kaitlin R. Asp, Osceola, speeding, $160.80. Jedadiah H. Becker, Hudson, speeding, not guilty plea. Brian D. Bernstetter, Lake Elmo, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Micheal D. Bloomer, Amery, speeding, $160.80.


Frederic, and John T. Allee, village of Frederic, applied May 14. Alisa K. Johnson, town of Clam Falls, and Jeffery A. Lang, town of Clam Falls, applied May

15. Mary E. Koenig, town of Balsam Lake, and Eric S. Morrissey, town of Balsam Lake, applied May 15.

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Rebekah L. Brihn, village of Clear Lake and Joshua P. Cook, city of Minneapolis, Minn., applied May 11. Dorothy M. Majewski, town of Alden and Dennis M. Dahlberg, town of Alden, applied May 14. June A. Bottolfson, town of Luck, and Bruce A. Coen, tow of Luck, applied May 14. Marci A. Wicklund, village of




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

In Our 34th Year Rice Lake - 715-736-4663 St. Croix Falls - 715-483-1329 Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Evenings & other hours by appointment.

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At 4:52 p.m., Peter H. Dornfeld Kastler, 33, Minneapolis, was cited for speeding on Hwy. 70 and Hanson Avenue.



Union Cemetery Wed., May 27 6 p.m. at Golden Oaks Apts. 3rd St., Frederic

Annual Meeting Thurs., May 28, 2009, 7 p.m. Eureka Town Hall 2111 Highway 87 St. Croix Falls, Wis. Info. call 715-483-9140

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The Polk County Land Information Committee will hold a Public Input Meeting on the Polk County Comprehensive Plan on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the Government Center (2nd floor West Conference Room), Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting is held to obtain public input on the nine elements required by state law of: Issues and Opportunities, Housing, Transportation, Utilities and Community Facilities, Agricultural, National and Cultural Resources, Economic Development, Intergovernmental Cooperation, Land Use and Implementation. This meeting is the fourth meeting in a series of meetings to update the 2003 Polk County Land Use Plan to meet the Comprehensive Planning Law of the State of Wisconsin by using the 2003 Polk County Land Use Plan, local level comprehensive plans, survey results and pubic meeting input. More information on Polk County Comprehensive Planning efforts can be seen at or A quorum of County Board may be in attendance. 486408 39L 29a,d (April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. KEVIN L. BUCK, individually and d/b/a Lake Country Cheese and d/b/a Falls Maytag, f/d/b/a Appliances & More, and BILL’S DISTRIBUTING, and WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, Defendants. Case No. 09 CV 20 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on March 31, 2009, in the amount of $355,823.91, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on: Thursday, June 4, 2009, at 10 o’clock a.m., TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: Lot Two (2) of Certified Survey Map No. 1444, recorded in Volume 7 of Certified Survey Maps, page 21, Document No. 486208, located in the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter (NW 1/4 of NW 1/4), Section 35, Township 34 North, Range 18 West, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 044-00982-0000. Street Address: 1978 U.S. Highway 8, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 14th day of April, 2009. Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

(May 6, 13, 20) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY MTT FINANCIAL, LLC Plaintiff vs. JARIS C. JOHNSON, and DENNIS DIRKS, and GARY PEER, and COUNTRY COMFORT, Defendants. SUMMONS Case No. 09 CV 231 Case Classification No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage To: Jaris C. Johnson 406 220th Avenue Comstock, WI 54826 You are hereby notified that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within forty (40) days after May 6, 2009, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the Complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the Court, whose address is: Clerk of Court Polk County Justice Center 1005 West Main Street Suite 300 Balsam Lake, WI 54810 and to plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is: Steven J. Swanson 105 Washington Street South P.O. Box 609 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within forty (40) days after May 6, 2009, the Court may grant Judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint and you may lose your right to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A Judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated the 28th day of April, 2009. Steven J. Swanson #1003029 Attorney for Plaintiff 105 South Washington Street P.O. Box 609 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

Notices (May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bremer Bank, National Association, P.O. Box 107, 104 Maple Street West, Amery, WI 54001 Plaintiff, vs. Lori L. Grey and Jeffrey P. Grey, her spouse individually and in his own right, 13015 Carlberg Road, Grantsburg, WI 54840, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Code No. 30404 Case No. 08-CV-800 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure and sale entered in the above-entitled action on the 16th day of December, 2008, the undersigned sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction on the front steps of the Polk County Justice Center in Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on the 24th day of June, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. the real estate directed by said judgment to be sold, and therein described as follows: That part of the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SE 1/4 NE 1/4), of Section Twenty-two (22), Township Thirty-seven (37) North, Range Seventeen (17) West, lying South and East of State Trunk Highway #35 except the South 640 feet thereof, and except for that parcel described in document recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wis., Volume 390, Page 633 as Document No. 373956. Dated this 6th day of May, 2009. /s/Timothy G. Moore Polk County Sheriff George W. Benson Attorney for Plaintiff Wis. State Bar No. 1012978 P.O. Box 370 Siren, WI 54872 484931 WNAXLP 715-349-5215 (May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WASHBURN COUNTY NORTHVIEW BANK, f/k/a FIRST STATE BANK OF FINLAYSON 2203 Finland Avenue P.O. Box 257 Finlayson, Minnesota 55735 Plaintiff vs. JEREMY R. COVEAU, a/k/a JEREMY COVEAU 6537 Griff Lane Danbury, Wisconsin 54830 JOHN DOE and MARY ROE, Defendants Court File No. 08-CV-28-0 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Order for Judgment and Judgment dated March 16, 2009, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction on the front steps of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on the 2nd day of July, 2009, at 10 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises located in Polk County, Wisconsin, directed by said Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Order for Judgment and Judgment, to be sold, and described as follows: Lots 12, 13 and 14, Block 4, first Addition to the Village of Frederic, Polk County, Wisconsin. Terms of Sale: Cash or 10% of amount bid by certified check with the balance to be paid upon confirmation of sale. Sale subject to pay the debt then secured by said mortgage and taxes, if any, actually paid by the mortgagee, on said premises and the costs and disbursements, including attorney’s fees as allowed by law. Dated: May 6, 2009 Timothy Moore Sheriff of Polk County, Wis.


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May 17: A resident was notified that her dogs had been disturbing a neighbor woman who had to get up early to go to work.

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tection. At 8:49 p.m., a woman was taken to the hospital for a suspected overdose of a prescription medication. May 14: At 12:49 p.m., a disorderly conduct incident at Siren School involving a student refusing to give up a cell phone was referred to social services. May 15: Mark P. Staloch, 39, St. Paul, Minn., was cited for speeding. His speed was clocked on radar on Hwy. 70 at Hanson Avenue. May 16: At 3:20 p.m., Morris L. Lewis, 53, Minneapolis, was cited for speeding on Hwy. 35/70 and Johnson Street. At 7:15 p.m., Scott J. Gmeinder, 30, Minneapolis, was cited for speeding on Hwy. 70 at Hanson Avenue.

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resisting an officer. May 9: At 7:50 p.m., the Siren officer on duty went with a woman to retrieve her belongings from a Siren residence. May 12: At 11:52 p.m., Steve L. Sutton, 44, Danbury, was picked up on a probation warrant arrest from a Siren residence. Dax Johnson, 32, Siren, was picked up on a no-drink probation violation at the same residence. May 13: Two Siren School students were cited for truancy. Another student was cited for disorderly conduct. At 7:23 p.m., a man was warned to leave a neighbor family alone. According to the report, the man was videotaping what went on outside the neighbors’ house, allegedly for his own pro-

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May 4: According to the report, a Siren School student was taken to Burnett County Jail at 1:45 p.m. for disorderly conduct that involved swearing at school and attempting to punch a principal. May 6: A Siren School student who was physically and vocally abusive to two teachers was cited for disorderly conduct. May 7: Maria L. Helin, 31, Webster, was cited for speeding on Hwy. 70 and Hanson Avenue at 4:43 p.m. At 7:50 p.m., Cyrus B. Elliott Jr., 68, Minneapolis, was cited for speeding on Hwy. 70 and Hanson Avenue. May 8: Robert S. Lopez, 36, Siren, was taken to Burnett County Jail at 9:29 p.m. on a probation no-drink violation and for


Siren police report


Burnett County warrants



(May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE IN TRUST FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF AMERIQUEST MORTGAGE SECURITIES, INC., ASSET BACKED PASS THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005R4, Plaintiff, vs. RICHARD A. SCHROEDER; PEGGY SUE SCHROEDER, his wife; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; and STATE OF WISCONSIN, DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, Defendants. Case No. 08-CV-658 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE (Foreclosure of Mortgage 30404) By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of said Circuit Court in the above-entitled action which was entered on December 30, 2008, in the amount of $108,761.22, I shall expose for sale and sell at public auction in the Foyer of the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on the 1st day of July, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., the following described premises or so much thereof as may be sufficient as to raise the amount due to the plaintiff for principal, interest and costs, together with the disbursements of sale and solicitors’ fees, to-wit: Lot 28 of the Assessor’s Plat of the City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin, except the North 100 feet thereof. Tax Key No. 281-00985-0000 Terms Of Sale: 10% down, cash, money order or certified check. Balance due within ten days of confirmation of sale. This property is being sold as is and subject to all liens and encumbrances. /s/Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Hersh Law Offices, LLC 10555 N. Port Washington Road Mequon, WI 53092 262-241-9339 State Bar No. 1016890 Velnetske The above property is located at 322 E. Louisiana Street, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Hersh Law offices, LLC, is a law firm representing a creditor in the collection of a debt owed to such creditor, and any such information obtained will be used for that purpose.

Yourchuck’s Video Inc. Joseph Yourchuck, President Amanda Yourchuck, Vice President JoAnn Yourchuck, Secretary/Treasuer 24467 Hwy. 35/70 North Siren, WI 54872

Hereby makes application for Class A Malt Beverages and Intoxicating Liquor License to be used from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010, at the place of business located at: 24537 Hwy. 35-70 North Section 5 Siren, WI 54872 Dated May 11, 2009 Mary Hunter, Clerk Town of Siren

(May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY OCWEN LOAN SERVICING, LLC, AS SERVICER FOR DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY AS TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF GSAMP TRUST 2005-SD1, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-SD1 Plaintiff, vs. ALISTAIR MCLAREN WILSON, et al Defendants. Case Number: 08 CV 732 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on December 18, 2008, in the amount of $272,157.25, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: June 30, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified Check. Balance to be paid upon confirmation PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: A parcel of land located in the Northwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 and the Northeast 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4, Section 25, Township 32 North, Range 19 West, described as follows: Commencing at a point 165 feet West of the Northwest corner of the Northwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4; thence directly South parallel to the West line of said Northwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of said Section 25, 743 feet; thence directly East; 415 feet; thence directly North 500 feet; thence directly West, 205 feet; thence directly North 243 feet, more or less, to the North line of Northwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4; thence West to the point of beginning, Town of Farmington, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2448 20th Ave., Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO.: 022-00594-0000. Dated this 5th day of May, 2009. /s/ Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Chaz M. Rodriguez State Bar #1063071 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (152509)

Case No. 09 PR 29

Hereby makes application for Class B Malt Beverages and Intoxicating Liquor License to be used from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010, at the place of business located at: 24467 Hwy. 35/70 North Section 5 Siren, WI 54872 Dated May 11, 2009 Mary Hunter, Clerk Town of Siren

Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration)

(April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CITIMORTGAGE, INC. Plaintiff, Vs MICHAEL SMITH, et al Defendants. Case Number: 08 CV 437 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 29, 2008, in the amount of $240,794.64 the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: June 2, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of the sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal leins and encumbrances. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 3337, filed April 16, 2001, in Volume 15 of Certified Survey Maps, page 104, as Document No. 610977, located in the Northwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 35, Town 34 North, Range 17 West, Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wis. Also described as: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 3337, filed April 16, 2001, in Volume 15 of Certified Survey Maps, page 104, as Document No. 610977, located in the Northwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 35, Town 34 North, Range 17 West, Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. Together with a 66 foot wide access easement for the benefit of Parcel 1 as designated by Surveyor of Certified Survey Map No. 3337. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1225 135th St., Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 006-01076-0100. Dated this 10th day of April 2009. /S/ Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Benjamin J. Pliskie State Bar #1037985 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (148884)

An application has been filed for informal administration of the estate of the decedent, whose date of birth was December 21, 1913, and date of death was March 16, 2009. The decedent died domiciled in Polk County, State of Wis., with a post office address of: 210 E. Park Ave., Luck, WI 54853. All interested persons have waived notice. Creditors’ claims must be filed with the probate registrar on or before August 14, 2009. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar May 6, 2009 Merilee Thorstad Personal Representative 3519 W. 150th Lane Frederic, WI 54837 715-327-4606

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Yourchuck’s Video Inc. Joseph Yourchuck, President Amanda Jo Yourchuck, Vice president JoAnn M. Yourchuck, Secretary/Treasurer 24537 Hwy. 35-70 North Siren, WI 54872


(April 29, May 6, 13, 20) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY HSBC MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC., Plaintiff, vs. WILLIAM F. BOKENYI and SHERRI D. BOKENYI, husband and wife; and JANE DOE and/or JOHN DOE, unknown tenants, Defendants. Case No. 08-CV-608 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000 AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on October 17, 2008, in the amount of $199,967.55, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 26, 2009, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin DESCRIPTION: Lot 32 Of First Addition To Montriol Estates. Said Land Being In The City Of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 684 South Moody Road, St. Croix Falls. TAX KEY NO.: 281-1341-0000. Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.


Alexander A. Crosby/ Paul D. Brown Personal Representative/ Attorney 332 Minnesota Street Suite W2610 St. Paul, MN 55101 651-228-0497

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Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar May 11, 2009

Application for Retail Class B License to sell intoxicating liquors and malt beverages to the town board, Town of Siren, Burnett County, Wisconsin. The undersigned:



An application has been filed for informal administration of the estate of the decedent, whose date of birth was May 26, 1914, and date of death was January 27, 2009. The decedent died domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: 750 Louisiana Avenue East, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin 54024. All interested persons have waived notice. Creditors’ claims must be filed with the probate registrar on or before August 17, 2009.


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Case No. 09 PR 33

Application for Retail Class A License to sell intoxicating liquors and malt beverages to the Town Board, Town of Siren, Burnett County, Wiscon-sin. The undersigned:

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Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration)

Craig A. Stevens, 36, Danbury, warrant - failure to appear, May 12

(May 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS CWABS, INC. ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005AB5 C/O COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC. Plaintiff, vs. COLLIN J. BETTS, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 07 CV 739 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on January 9, 2008, in the amount of $160,798.98. the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: July 9, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified Check. Balance to be paid upon confirmation PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Parcel 1: Part of the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4), Section Three (3), Township Thirty-two (32) North of Range Nineteen (19) West, described as follows: Commencing at the Southeast corner of the SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4, Section 3-32-19; thence proceeding North along the centerline of Highway 35 as now laid out and traveled a distance of 652 feet; thence West parallel to the South line of said parcel, a distance of 265 feet to point of beginning; thence South parallel to the East line of said 40 acre parcel, a distance of 322 feet; thence West parallel to the South line of said 40 acre parcel, a distance 265 feet; thence North parallel to East line of said 40 acre parcel a distance of 322 feet; thence East to the point of beginning, Farmington Township in Polk County, Wisconsin. Parcel 2: A parcel of land in the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4), Section Three (3), Township Thirtytwo (32) North of Range Nineteen (19) West, described as follows: Commencing at the Northeast corner of real estate described in Volume 202 of Deeds, page 270 in the office of the Register of Deeds for said County; thence North along the center of STH 35 at a distance of 322 feet; thence West parallel to the South line of said forty, 265 feet; thence South parallel to center of said STH 35 to the North line of the land described in Volume 202 Deeds, page 270 aforesaid; thence East parallel to the South line of said forty to the place of beginning; Farmington Township in Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 559 State Road 35, Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO.: 22-70-0. Dated this 14th day of May, 2009. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Deborah A. Blommer State Bar #1000749 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (153542)

LICENSE APPLICATION Application for Retail Class A License to sell fermented malt beverages. Submitted to the Town Board, Town of Sterling, Polk County, Wisconsin. The undersigned: Edward M. Seck, President Jody K. Seck, Secretary Stop-A-Sec 2460 Old State Road 87 Cushing, WI 54006 Polk County, Wisconsin Hereby applies for a Retail Class A License to sell fermented malt beverages from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010. Dated May 20, 2009 Julie Peterson, Clerk Town of Sterling 486045 39L


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IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Henrietta Alvina Anderson a/k/a Henrietta A. Anderson

Violet S. Reynolds, 29, Siren, warrant - failure to appear, May 14. Joseph E. Rogers, 22, Webster, warrant - failure to appear, May 13.




Andre J. Gonzales, 26, Rice, Minn., failure to pay fines, May 15. William L. Jones Sr., no date of birth given, Danbury, warrant failure to appear, May 12.

(May 13, 20, 27, June 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CITIBANK, NA as Trustee for WaMu Series 2007-HE2 Trust, Plaintiff, vs. JOSHUA MALEITZKE and JANE DOE, unknown spouse of Joshua Maleitzke, and JOHN DOE and/or JANE DOE, unknown tenants, Defendants. Case No. 08-CV-352 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000.00 AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on October 30, 2008, in the amount of $402,529.47, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: June 9, 2009, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: The Northerly 100 feet of the Southerly 200 feet of that part of Government Lot Six (6) of Section Seventeen (17), and of Government Lot Four (4) of Section Eighteen (18), both in Township Thirty-five (35) North of Range Sixteen (16) West, Polk County, Wisconsin, lying between Bone Lake and the North and South Highway running through said Government Lot 4. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2100 Bone Lake Drive W, Town of Georgetown. TAX KEY NO.: 026-00707-0000. Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

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Laurence Bearhart, 70, Webster, warrant - failure to appear, May 13. Marty J. Clendening, no date of birth given, Danbury, warrant failure to appear, May 11.

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Michael J. Andresen, 23, Webster, warrant - failure to appear, May 13.

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Notices/ Employment




(May 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, National Association, as purchaser of the loans and other assets of Washington Mutual Bank, formerly known as Washington Mutual Bank, FA Plaintiff, vs. STEPHEN J. NEIL and JANE DOE unknown spouse of Stephen J. Neil and JANE DOE and/or JOHN DOE unknown tenants; and MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; and STATE OF WISCONSIN, Defendants. Case No. 08-CV-833 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 29, 2009, in the amount of $246,336.21, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: June 30, 2009, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot Thirteen (13), Block Two (2), Plat of Eagle Ridge, said plat located in the East One-half of the Southeast Quarter (E 1/2 SE 1/4), Section Twenty-nine (29) and the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4), Section Twenty-eight (28), Township Thirty-three (33) North of Range Eighteen (18) West; Town of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2211 73rd Ave., Town of Osceola. TAX KEY NO.: 042-01317-1300. Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, Wis.


O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

(May 20, 27, June 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Thomas G. Sadlicki, Trustee of the Thomas G. and Katalie Sadlicki Trust dated January 29, 2003, 10091 W. Campfire Hayward, WI 54843 Plaintiff, vs. Harold Dojan a/k/a Herald Dojan 2323 180th Street Luck, WI 54853 and Arnold Dojan a/k/a/ Arnie Dojan 2323 180th Street Luck, WI 54853 and State of Wisconsin Dept. of Workforce Development 201 E. Washington Avenue P.O. Box 7946 Madison, WI 53702 and Wisconsin Department of Revenue P.O. Box 8933 2135 Rimrock Road Madison, WI 53708 and The RiverBank 2191 U.S. Highway 8 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 and Great Seneca Financial Corporation P.O. Box 1651 700 King Farm Road Suite 503 Rockville, MD 20850 Defendants SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION Case No. 09-CV-331 Code No. 30405 The State of Wisconsin, To Said Defendants You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon George W. Benson, plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is P.O. Box 370, Siren, WI 54872, a demand for a copy of the complaint; an answer to the complaint which is served upon you; Within 40 days after May 20, 2009, exclusive of such date, if no such personal or substituted personal service has been made, and service is made by publication. That in case of your failure to serve an answer or demand for a copy of the complaint within the time fixed, judgment will be rendered against you according to the demand of the complaint. In addition, to serving an answer or demand for a copy of the complaint upon plaintiff’s attorney, the same document must be filed with the office of the Clerk of Circuit Court for Polk County, P.O. Box 549, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. Dated this 15th day of May, 2009. George W. Benson Plaintiff’s Attorney Wis. State Bar No. 1012978 P.O. Box 370 Siren, WI 54872 486107 WNAXLP 715-349-5215


(May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK Plaintiff, vs. CAROLE A. RETANA and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, acting through the Rural Housing Service, United States Department of Agriculture, and WESTCONSIN CREDIT UNION Defendants. Case No. 08 CV 614 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on December 23, 2008, in the amount of $30,067.48, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on: Thursday, June 25, 2009, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: That part of Government Lot Two (2), Section Nineteen (19), Township Thirty-two (32) North, Range Fifteen (15) West, Village of Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at a point 216 feet Southeasterly from the Northeast corner of Lot Six (6), Block Sixteen (16) in a Southeasterly direction parallel with Graves Street in the Village of Clear Lake; thence Southeasterly on a line with the Southerly line of Graves Street a distance of 75 feet; thence Southwesterly on a line parallel with the Easterly line of said Block Sixteen (16) a distance of 150 feet; thence in a Northwesterly direction on a line parallel to the Southerly line of Graves Street a distance of 75 feet; thence in a Northeasterly direction a distance of 150 feet to the point of beginning, being a portion of Outlot Eighty-nine (89), (previously recorded as Outlot 86), Village of Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, according to the official plat on file and of record in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 113-00312-0000 Street Address: 150 Third Avenue, Clear Lake, WI 54005. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 24th day of April, 2009. Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson / #1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787 484467 WNAXLP

Application for Retail Class B License to sell intoxicating liquors and malt beverages to the Town Board, Town of Siren, Burnett County, Wisconsin. The undersigned: The Roadhouse Jeffrey Pavelka 24568 State Road 35/70 North Hereby makes application for Class B Malt Beverages and Intoxicating Liquor License to be used from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010, at the place of business located at: 24568 State Road 35/70 North Siren, WI 54872 Dated May 11, 2009 Mary Hunter, Clerk Town of Siren 486224 39L

(April 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 2009) STATE OF WISCONSIN POLK COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT WELLS FARGO BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, as Trustee, for First Franklin Mortgage Loan Trust 2004FFH3, Plaintiff vs. TROY D. CHRISTENSEN and JENNIFER S. CHRISTENSEN, husband and wife, and JANE DOE and/or JOHN DOE unknown tenants; and POLK COUNTY and DAVID HOLMDAHL; and DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY ASSOCIATES OF WISCONSIN, SC, and CHEMMASTER INC.; and RYAN M. BENSON and THE RIVERBANK; and LVNV FUNDING LLC, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Defendants, and STATE OF WISCONSIN, Added Defendant. Case No. 08-CV-630 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000.00 AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on November 12, 2008, in the amount of $181,270.08, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: June 9, 2009, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: The East 515 Feet of the North 729 Feet of the Southeast Quarter of Northeast Quarter (SE 1/4 of NE 1/4), Section Twenty-nine (29), Township Thirty-five (35) North, Range Seventeen (17) West, Town of Milltown, Polk County, Wis., except the East 295 Feet of the North 362 Feet thereof, and except highway right of way. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1965 160th Street, Town of Milltown TAX KEY NO.: 40-969-0 Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

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Application for Retail Class B License to sell intoxicating liquors and fermented malt beverages. To the Town of LaFollette, Burnett County, Wisconsin. The undersigned: John A. Lawson Jr. John Boy’s Watering Hole 24653 County Road X Shell Lake, WI 54871 Hereby applies for a Class B Liquor License to sell Fermented Malt Beverages and Intoxicating Liquor from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. Dated: May 19, 2009 Linda Terrian, Clerk Town of LaFollette

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Application for Retail Class B License to sell intoxicating liquors and fermented malt beverages. To the Town of LaFollette, Burnett County, Wisconsin. The undersigned: Janet P. Schell Misty Pines 3833 State Highway 70 Hertel, WI 54845 Hereby applies for a Class B Liquor License to sell Fermented Malt Beverages and Intoxicating Liquor from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. Dated: May 19, 2009 Linda Terrian, Clerk Town of LaFollette

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Application for Retail Class B License to sell intoxicating liquors and fermented malt beverages. To the Town of LaFollette, Burnett County, Wisconsin. The undersigned: Barbara A. Wallace Bobbie’s World 4709 State Highway 70 Webster, WI 54893 Hereby applies for a Class B Liquor License to sell Fermented Malt Beverages and Intoxicating Liquor from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. Dated: May 19, 2009 Linda Terrian, Clerk Town of LaFollette


(May 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., Plaintiff, vs. ANDREW J. YOUNGMAN and TANYA L. YOUNGMAN, husband and wife; and JANE DOE and/or JOHN DOE, unknown tenants; and MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., Defendants. Case No. 08-CV-764 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on December 12, 2008, in the amount of $219,092.39, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: June 30, 2009, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: The East half of the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (E 1/2 of SE 1/4 of NE 1/4), Section Four (4), Township Thirty-Six (36) North, Range Eighteen (18) West; and that part of the Southwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter (SW 1/4 of NW 1/4), Section Three (3), Township Thirty-Six (36) North, Range Eighteen (18) West, Town of Laketown, described as follows: Commencing 37 rods North from the Southwest corner of the Northwest Quarter, Section 3, running North on the Section line between Sections 3 and 4, 34 rods; thence S30 deg. E. 9 rods; thence S. 3 deg. W., 26 rods to point of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2107 295th Ave., Town of Laketown. TAX KEY NO.: 030-00080-1000 and 030-00055-0000. Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, Wis. O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue, Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

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(May 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CACH, LLC AS ASSIGNEE OF WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK 4340 S. MONACO ST. 3RD FL DENVER, CO 80237 Plaintiff, vs. JANE BRITAIN 116 MAPLE ST. W. #302 AMERY, WI 54001-1040 Defendant(s). Case No. 09CV208 AMENDED SUMMONS Money Judgment: 30301 Our File: 548853 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, To each person named above as Defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is also served upon you, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after May 19, 2009, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court whose address is 1005 W. Main Street, Suite 600, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, and to Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik, LLC, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is shown below. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer to the complaint or provide a written demand for said complaint within the 40-day period, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: April 20, 2009. /s/Brandon E. Bowlin RAUSCH, STURM, ISRAEL, ENERSON & HORNIK LLC ATTORNEYS IN THE PRACTICE OF DEBT COLLECTION 2448 S. 102nd Street, Suite 210 Milwaukee, WI 53227 Toll-Free: 888-302-4011


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(May 20, 27, June 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT BURNETT COUNTY In the matter of the name change of: Ashton James Brown By: (Petitioner) Katrina Delaine Heier Notice and Order for Name Change Hearing Case No. 09-CV-131 NOTICE IS GIVEN THAT: A petition has been filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Ashton James Brown. To: Ashton James Heier. IT IS ORDERED: This petition will be heard in the Circuit Court of Burnett County, State of Wisconsin: Judge’s Name: Hon. Kenneth L. Kutz. Place: Burnett County Circuit Court, 7410 County Road K #115, Siren, WI 54872, Room 220. Date: June 12, 2009. Time: 9:45 a.m. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability, in order to participate in the court process, please call: 715-349-2147 at least ten (10) working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. BY THE COURT: Hon. Kenneth R. Kutz Circuit Court Judge 486360 April 28, 2009 WNAXLP

(May 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Harold A. Peterson DOB: September 16, 1945 Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 09 PR 32 An application has been filed for informal administration of the estate of the decedent, whose date of birth was September 16, 1945, and date of death was April 18, 2009. The decedent died domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: 1984 78th Street, Luck, WI 54853 All interested persons have waived notice. Creditors’ claims must be filed with the probate registrar on or before August 14, 2009. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar May 8, 2009 John E. Schneider - Schneider Law Office - Attorney 205 Main Street, P.O. Box 215 Balsam Lake, WI 54810 715-405-3006 485673



DOUBLE CHIP SEAL OVER GRAVEL-TOWN OF SIREN The Town of Siren is seeking bids for double chip seal over gravel of approximately 9/10 mile of the Nyren Road. 20 feet wide. Sealed bids will be opened on June 11, 2009, at the Siren Town Hall at approximately 7 p.m. Must have proof of insurance. The township reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Mary Hunter, Clerk 23340 Soderberg Road, Siren, WI 54872 486226 715-349-5119 39-40L WNAXLP


Comforts of Home, Frederic, is looking for experienced caregivers. 2nd- & 3rd-shift positions available. Please apply within. Application deadline is May 29 105 Oak St. East 485751 Frederic, Wis. 28-29a 39-40L


The Polk County Land Information Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at 8 a.m. in the Government Center (1st Floor, County Boardroom), Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. The Committee will recess at 8:30 a.m. to view site and will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, to consider the following and other agenda items: MICHAEL & NANCY STOCKHAUS request a Special Exception from Article 8D1(a) of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to operate a Tourist Rooming House. Property affected is: 937 Vincent Lake Ln., Lot 25, Glenna Lake Vincent Plat #2, Sec. 9/T35N/R16W, Town of Georgetown, Vincent Lake (class 3). 486103 39-40L 29a,d WNAXLP

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(May 6, 13, 20) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Dorothy Mae La Doucer Notice to Interested Persons and Time Limit for Filing Claims (Informal Administration) Case No. 09 PR 26 An application has been filed for informal administration of the estate of the decedent, whose date of birth was October 8, 1924 and date of death was March 30, 2009. The decedent died domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: 202 Cedar Street E., Frederic, WI 54837. Please take notice that: 1. The application will be heard at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 1034, before Janell Anderson, Probate Registrar, on June 2, 2009, at 11 a.m. or when scheduled thereafter. You need not appear unless you object. The application may be granted if no objection is made. 2. Creditors’ claims must be filed with the probate registrar on or before August 7, 2009. 3. Publication of this notice shall constitute notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar April 28, 2009 Christine A. Rasmussen Personal Representative/ Attorney Doar, Drill & Skow, S.C. 103 N. Knowles Ave. New Richmond, WI 54017 715-246-2211

TOWN OF LORAIN BOARD MEETING FOR BOARD OF REVIEW MEETING TO BE ADJOURNED TO A LATER DATE Will be held at 5 p.m., May 26, 2009, at the Lorain Town Hall located at 252 335th Ave., Frederic, WI Agenda: Call to order; roll call; elect a chairperson; a motion to adjourn until a later published date; a motion to adjourn. Susan E. Hughes, Clerk 486219 39L


The Frederic School District Is Accepting Applications For The Following Coaching Position:

Head Girls Volleyball Coach

Send letter of application, resume and credentials to: Jeff Carley, Athletic Director, Frederic School District, 1437 Clam Falls Drive, Frederic, WI 54837. Telephone 715-327-4223. Deadline for applications is May 26, 2009. 485243 38-39L The Frederic School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Siren Girls Head Volleyball Coach for 2009 - 2010 Siren Girls JV Volleyball Coach for 2009 - 2010

If interested, please contact Ryan Karsten, Athletic Director Via e-mail: Via Phone: 715-349-2277, Ext. 310 Via Mail: 24022 North 4th Ave., Siren, WI 54872 Application will be taken until positions are filled!

St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery Association Monday, June 1, 2009 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church 7:30 p.m.

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1:30 p.m. at the church in rural Grantsburg, Wis.


NOTICE TOWN OF LUCK PLAN COMMISSION MEETING Tues., May 26, 2009 7 p.m. Luck Town Hall

The meeting is open to the public. Lloyd Nelson, Clerk

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Must have excellent people skills and be detail oriented. Retail experience preferred but not required. Flexible schedule and benefits available. Addl. $2.50/ hour for weekend hours.

Apply In Person At:

MENARDS 1285 208th Street St. Croix Falls, Wis.

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Sunday, May 24,

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Ronald E. Hansen, 71, Jackson Township, May 3. Joseph C. Matrious, 62, Swiss Township, May 1.

Donald H. Johnson, 77, Grantsburg Village, April 29. Carolyn M. Mach, 78, Rush City, Minn., May 6.

(May 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF WENDELL EDWARD HURO Summary Assignment - Order for Hearing and Notice Case No. 09PR30 A petition has been filed for summary assignment of the estate of the decedent, whose date of birth was April 7, 1936, and date of death was April 20, 2009, who died domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: 2462 Sunny Acres Lane, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. Creditors may bring an action by: 1. Filing a claim in the Polk County Circuit Court before the property is assigned. 2. Bringing a suit against the assignee(s) after the property is assigned. The right of a creditor to bring an action terminates three months after the date of publication of this order. The property may be assigned to the creditors and persons interested on or after June 10, 2009. THE COURT ORDERS THAT: The petition be heard and heirship be determined at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500, before Jenell Anderson, Court Official, on May 29, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. or when scheduled thereafter. BY THE COURT Jenell Anderson Probate Court Commissioner May 8, 2009 Steven J. Swanson, Attorney P.O. Box 609 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

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(Apr. 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY GREENTREE SERVICING, LLC Plaintiff, vs. DOUGLAS J. WALTON, ANNA M. WALTON, CAPITAL ONE BANK, Defendants. Case No.: 08 CV 755 Case Code: 30404 Case Type: Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on the 12th day of December, 2008, I will sell at public auction in the front lobby/ foyer area of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, in the City of Balsam Lake, County of Polk, Wis., on June 23, 2009, at 10 a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: Lot Thirty-five (35) of the Plat of Pixie Acres Mobile Home Second Addition to the Village of Milltown, being part of the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (NW 1/4 of SW 1/ 4), Section 8, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Polk County, WI. Tax Parcel No.: 151-00427-0000 Address: 623 Milltown Ave. Milltown, WI TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: 10% down of amount bid in cash or certified check at the time of sale made payable to Clerk of Courts; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. SALE SUBJECT TO: Property to be sold as a whole “AS IS” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances, real estate taxes, accrued and accruing special assessments, if any, penalties and interest. Purchaser to pay all recording fees, Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax and cost of title evidence. Dated this 14th day of April, 2009. Tim Moore Polk County Sheriff Attorney Sam Kaufman 201 S. Marr Street Fond du Lac, WI 54936

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(May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WM SPECIALTY MORTGAGE LLC, Plaintiff, vs. TAMBRA L. GREVICH, a single person, Defendant. Case No. 08-CV-462 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE (Foreclosure of Mortgage 30404) By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of said Circuit Court in the above-entitled action which was entered on August 21, 2008, in the amount of $167,315.53, I shall expose for sale and sell at public auction in the Foyer of the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on the 18th day of June, 2009, at 10 a.m., the following described premises or so much thereof as may be sufficient as to raise the amount due to the plaintiff for principal, interest and costs, together with the disbursements of sale and solicitors’ fees, to-wit: Parcel of land located in the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (NW 1/4 of SE 1/4) of Section Twenty Three (23), Township Thirty Two (32) North or Range Eighteen (18) West, EXCEPTING land described in that certain deed dated August 20, 1946, and recorded on August 21, 1946, in the office of the Register of Deeds, Polk County, Wisconsin in Volume 167 of Deeds on page 44 and shown as Document No. 241844. Tax Key No. 002-01563-0000. Terms Of Sale: 10% down cash, money order or certified check. Balance due within ten days of confirmation of sale. This property is being sold as is and subject to all liens and encumbrances. /s/ Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Hersh Law Offices, LLC 10555 N. Port Washington Road Mequon, WI 53092 (262) 241-9339 State Bar No. 1016890 Velnetske The above property is located at 247 192nd Street, Star Prairie, Wisconsin. Hersh Law Offices, LLC, is a law firm representing a creditor in the collection of a debt owed to such creditor, and any such information obtained will be used for that purpose.

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(May 6, 13, 20) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY HSBC BANK NEVADA, N.A. S/I/I TO DIRECT MERCHANTS CREDIT CARD BANK, N.A. 111 TOWN CENTER DRIVE LAS VEGAS, NV 89128 Plaintiff, vs. JOHN WRIGHT 1356 HUNGERFORD PT. ST. CROIX FALLS, WI 540248105 Defendant(s). Case No. 09CV268 AMENDED SUMMONS Money Judgment: 30301 Our File: 675404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, To each person named above as Defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is also served upon you, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after 5/08/ 2009 you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court whose address is 1005 W. MAIN STREET, SUITE 600, BALSAM LAKE, WI 54810 and to Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik, LLC, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is shown below. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer to the complaint or provide a written demand for said complaint within the 40-day period, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: April 15, 2009. /s/ Brandon E. Bowlin RAUSCH, STURM, ISRAEL, ENERSON & HORNIK LLC ATTORNEYS IN THE PRACTICE OF DEBT COLLECTION 2448 S. 102nd Street, Suite 210 Milwaukee, WI 53227 Toll-Free: 888-302-4011


The Village of Frederic Plan Commission will hold a Public Hearing on June 1, 2009, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frederic Village Hall, 107 Hope Road W., to consider a request to rezone parcel 126-00101-0100 from P-1 PUD to B-1 Downtown Commercial on property located at the corner of Wisconsin Ave. S. and Linden Street E. Any and all public comment will be heard at this time. 486043 39-40L WNAXLP Kristi Swanson, Deputy Clerk

BLACKTOP GRINDING - TOWN OF SIREN The Town of Siren is seeking bids for the grinding of the old blacktop on approximately 1 mile of Airport Road beginning at the intersection of Old 35 and going west to the town line. Sealed bids will be opened on June 11, 2009, at the Siren Town Hall at approximately 7 p.m. Must have proof of insurance. The township reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Mary Hunter, Clerk 23340 Soderberg Road, Siren, WI 54872 486227 715-349-5119 39-40L WNAXLP


The Town of Jackson is seeking sealed bids for chip seal resurfacing of approximately 7 miles total, average width 21 feet. Sweger Road from Mail Road to County Road C (1.73 mi.), Sieben Road from Mail Road to County Road C (1.0 mi.), and Mail Road from County Road C to end (4.27 mi.). Aggregate for chip seal to be 100% fractured aggregate 1/4 to 5/16 inch. Fractured aggregate applied evenly and rolled into emulsified asphalt, with excess aggregate to be broomed from coated surface. Required crack sealing and surface sweeping to be performed by others prior to application of chip seal coating. Contractor to verify road width and length. Resurfacing work is to be coordinated with town representatives and must be completed by August 21, 2009. Bids are due and will be opened on May 30, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at the Jackson Town Hall during a town meeting. Valid certificate of insurance must be presented with bids. The Town of Jackson reserves the right to reject any and all bids or portion thereof. For more information, contact Roger 485744 39-40L 29a Larson, 715-866-7529. Sealed bids should be sent to Town of Jackson, 4599 County Road A, Webster, WI 54893. Attn.: Chip seal bid.



Pursuant to s.70.45, Wis. Stats., the assessment roll for the 2009 assessment year will be open for examination at the following time: Thursday, June 4, 2009, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Cushing Community Center.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the Town of Sterling of Polk County shall hold its first meeting on Thursday, June 4, 2009, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cushing Community Center. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board: - No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the Assessor to view such property. - After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to, a member of the board about the person’s objection except at a session of the Board. - No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed because the person has been granted a waiver of the 48-hour notice of an intent to file a written objection by appearing before the Board during the first two hours of the meeting and showing good cause for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirements and files a written objection, that the person provides to the Clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal of any Board members and, if so, which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take. - When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at the estimate. - No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or object to a valuation; if that valuation was made by the Assessor or the Objector using the income method; unless the person supplies the Assessor all of the information about income and expenses, as specified in the manual under Sec. 73.03(2a), that the Assessor requests. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under Section 19.35(1) of Wis. Statutes. - The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone. Respectfully submitted, Town of Sterling - Julie Peterson, Clerk 485743 39L WNAXLP

Polk County Lime Quarry Will Be Accepting Bids For A 7.0-Cubic-Yard, Front-End Loader Specification sheets are available at quarry office. All bids must be submitted to:

Polk County Lime Quarry 2023 50th Ave., Osceola, WI 54020 by Tuesday, June 9, 2009

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West Cap, a community action agency in West Central Wisconsin which operates a weatherization program under contracts with the State of Wisconsin, is seeking bidders to supply a wide range of products and services for the upcoming year for use in Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties in Wisconsin. The products/services we will be seeking during the next year include, but are not limited to: the supply and installation of gas and electric water heaters, the supply and installation of gas and oil-fired residential and mobile home furnaces, and gas and oil-fired boilers, suppliers for windows and doors, insulation of all types, misc. hardware, lumber, compact fluorescent lights, ventilation equipment, sheet metal and ducts, safety supplies, insulation installing contractors and fuel. We especially encourage minority-owned, femaleowned and small businesses to bid on these materials, but all bidders are welcomed. Contracts are awarded at various times throughout the year for various products and services. For details or to be included on the bidders list please contact West Cap Home Works Dept., Attention Ken Peterson, P.O. Box 308, Glenwood City, WI 54013. Phone 715-265-4271, ext. 325. 486037 39-41L (May 6, 13, 20, 27 June 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT BURNETT COUNTY EVERHOME MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, vs. FRANK R. FLEISCHHACHER and JANE DOE, unknown spouse of Frank R. Fleischhacher; and PATRICIA A. OMUNDSON and JOHN DOE, unknown spouse of Patricia A. Omundson a/k/a Patricia A. Osmundson; and JANE DOE and/or JOHN DOE, unknown tenants; and BURNETT DAIRY COOPERATIVE; and LARRY’S L.P., INC., Defendants. Case No. 08-CV-296 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000 Code No. 30405 Other Real Estate AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on November 18, 2008, in the amount of $85,343.17, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: June 9, 2009, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Burnett County Government Center, located at 7410 County Road K, Siren, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 Of Certified Survey Map Survey Map No. 3312, Volume 16, Pages 58 And 59, A Part Of The Northwest 1/4, Southeast 1/4 Of Section 17, Township 39 North, Range 15 West, Burnett County, Wisconsin; Together With A Nonexclusive Easement For Ingress And Egress Over And Across The Following Described Parcels Of Land: Parcel 1) A Parcel Of Land Located In The South-

west 1/4, Northeast 1/4, Of Section 17, Township 39 North, Range 15 West, Town Of Sand Lake, County Of Burnett, State Of Wisconsin And More Particularly Described As Follows: Commencing At The Southwest Corner Of The Southwest 1/4, Northeast 1/4 Of Section 17; Thence South 89° 29’ 16” East 910.44 Feet Along The South Line Of The Southwest 1/4, Northeast 1/4 To The Point Of Beginning; Thence Continuing South 89° 27’ 16” East 24.11 Feet Along Said South Line; Thence North 33° 23’ 14” West 33.45 Feet To A Point On The Southerly Right-Of-Way Line Of Whistler Road; Thence Southwesterly Along Said Right-Of-Way Line 20.07 Feet On The Arc Of A Circle Concave To The Northwest Whose Radius Is 199.75 Feet The Chord Of Said Arc Bearing South 61° 07’ 53” West 20.06 Feet; Thence South 33° 23’ 14” East 21.57 Feet To The Point Of Beginning; Parcel 2) Beginning At The Easternmost Point Of Lot 1 Of Certified Survey Map No. 3312, Volume 16, Page 58 And 59; Thence North 55° 26’ 24” West 10 Feet To A Point; Thence North 33° 23’ 14” West To The North Line Of The Northwest 1/4, Southeast 1/4, Of Section 17, Township 39 North, Range 15 West; Thence Westerly Along Said Line To The Northeast Corner Of Said Certified Survey Map; Thence South 33° 23’ 14” East 110.26 Feet To The Point Of Beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 26232 WHISTLER ROAD, Town of Sand Lake. TAX KEY NO.: 07-026-2-39-1517-4-02-000-013000. LEGACY PIN: 026-3217-03-210. Dean Roland Sheriff of Burnett County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

SEEKING BIDS The town of Clam Falls is seeking bids for the following: 1. Grind and resurface with hot mix blacktop to a thickness of 3-1/2-inches that section of 340th Ave. in Clam Falls Township approximately one mile east from 115th St. 2. Hot mix blacktop to a thickness of 3-1/2-inches that section of 340th Ave. approximately 1-1/2mile from 90th St. west to the current blacktop. Bids must be received by the town clerk, Betty Knutson, 3335 - 90th Street, Frederic, WI 54837, by 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, 2009. Bids will be opened at the monthly board meeting which will be held at 7 p.m. that evening. Certificate of insurance and worker’s compensation must be furnished. Questions can be addressed to town Supervisor Robert Carlson, 715-653-2500, or Town Chairman Greg Anderson, 715-327-4372. The Town of Clam Falls reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Clearly mark the outside of the envelope “PAVING BID.” 486215 Betty Knutson, Clam Falls Town Clerk 39-40L 29-30a-e (April 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CapFinancial Properties CV2, LLC, Plaintiff, vs. Donald D. Smith, Evelyn K. Smith, Conseco Finance Servicing Corp. f/k/a Green Tree Financial Servicing Corporation, Household Finance Corporation, Capital One Bank, Elite Recovery Services, Department of Workforce Development, ABC Partnership, XYZ Corporation, John Doe and Mary Roe, Defendants. Case No.: 08-CV-615 Case Code: 30404 (Foreclosure of Mortgage) The amount claimed exeeds $5,000 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure entered on December 23, 2008, in the amount of Fiftyone Thousand Eight Hundred Eighty-eight and 24/100 Dollars ($51,888.24), the Sheriff of Polk County will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: DATE & TIME: June 24, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS: Pursuant to said judgment, 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the Sheriff at the sale in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds, payable to the Clerk of Courts (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted). The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the Clerk of Courts in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds no later than ten days after the court’s confirmation of the sale or else the 10% down payment is forfeited to the plaintiff. The property is sold “as is” and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Entrance of Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Part of the Southeast Quarter (SE 1/4) of Section Six (6), Township Thirty-five (35) North, Range

Eighteen (18) West, described as follows: Commencing at the Southeast corner of parcel described in Volume 392 Records, page 262, Document No. 375027; thence following said East line North 1°50’27” West 2,087.97 feet; thence North 89°08’33” East 418.72 feet; thence South 1°50’27” East to the Southwest corner of parcel G of Certified Survey Map No. 795, recorded in Volume 4 of Certified Survey Maps, page 40, Document No. 404768; thence South 82°57’35” East to the Westerly line of 66-foot roadway easement (the Easterly line of said roadway easement being described in Volume 467 Records, page 494, Document No. 426682); thence Southerly following the Westerly line of said roadway easement to a point that is 500 feet North of the South section line; which is the point of beginning; thence West 990 feet; thence South 500 feet to Section line, thence East along section line to a point which is located on the Westerly line of said roadway easement, Southerly of the point of beginning, thence Northerly to the point of beginning, except highway right of way, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2331 230th Avenue, Cushing, Wisconsin 54028. Dated: April 23, 2009. SEVERSON, SHELDON, DOUGHERTY & MOLENDA, P.A. By: Brian J. Wisdorf, I.D. #1065688 Loren M. Solfest, I.D. #1036610 Attorneys for Plaintiff 7300 West 147th Street Suite 600 Apple Valley, MN 55124 952-432-3136





NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Open Book for the Town of McKinley will be held at the McKinley Town Hall, Hwy. 48 and 15th Street on Saturday, May 30, 2009, from 9 to 11 a.m., and that the Board of Review will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for the purpose of reviewing and examining the assessment roll of real and personal property in said town and all sworn statements and valuations of real and personal property therein, and or correcting all errors in said roll, whether in description of property or otherwise, and to perform such other duties imposed by law. Taxpayers may appear at this meeting and examine the assessment roll, sworn statement and valuations. No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the assessor to view such property. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to a member of the board about that person’s objection except at a session of the Board. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed under WI Stat. Sub (3)(a), that a person provides to the clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal under WI Stat. Sub (6m) and if so which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take. When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of the land of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or subject or object to a valuation, if that valuation was made by the assessor or the objector using the income method of evaluation; unless the person supplies to the assessor all of the information about income and expenses, as specified in the manual under WI Stat. 73.03(2a), that the assessor requests. The municipality or county shall provide by ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the assessor under this paragraph and shall provide exceptions for persons using the information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or of the duties of their office or by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determines that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under s.19.35(1). 486109 39-40L WNAXLP Dated this 14th day of May, 2009. Town of McKinley, Deborah Grover, Clerk


The Town of LaFollette is seeking sealed bids for hot mix and/or warm mix blacktopping Cranberry Marsh Road. Two bids are requested, one bid for approximately 0.7 mile starting at Mangelsen Road going towards the Cranberry Marsh. Second bid to be for approximately 0.4 mile starting at Dake Road going south. Blacktop surface will be 2-1/2 inches compact and 20 feet wide. Please have separate bids for each section. Bids are due and will be opened on Monday, June 8, 2009, at the LaFollotte Monthly Meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. Must have certificate of insurance. The Town of LaFollotte reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. For more information on specifications, contact Darwyn Brown at 715-566-2343. 486398 39-40L 29-30a Linda Terrian, Clerk

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Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a discharge in a chapter 7 bankruptcy case, this communication should not be construed as an attempt to hold you personally liable for the debt.


BLACKTOPPING BIDS - TOWN OF SIREN The Town of Siren is seeking blacktopping bids: 1. Airport Road - Approximately 1 mile beginning at the intersection of Old 35 and west to the town line. 2” compacted by 20 feet. 2. Nyren Road - 100’ of 2” compacted by 20 feet at the intersection of County Road B. 3. Nyren Road - 75’ turnaround at the end of Nyren Road, 2” compacted. Sealed bids will be opened on June 11, 2009, at the Siren Town Hall at approximately 7 p.m. Must have proof of insurance. The township reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Mary Hunter, Clerk 23340 Soderberg Road Siren, WI 54872 715-349-5119 486226 39-40L WNAXLP


The Polk County Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. The Board may go into closed session under Wisconsin State Statutes, Section 19.85(1)(a), for the purpose of deliberating the decision of the appeal, which is the concerning a case which was the subject of any judicial or quasi-judicial trial or hearing before that governmental body. (THE APPLICANT MUST APPEAR AT 8:30 A.M. WHEN THE BOARD RECONVENES AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER.) STACIA (KOTILINEK) BANK has requested an Appeal of the Land Information Committee’s March 4, 2009, decision to deny an application for Special Exception Permit with respect to the property affected: 2306 243rd Ave., Lot 1+2, Plat of Rollingwood Shores, Sec 31/T36N/R18W, Town of Laketown, Round Lake - class 3. Evidence will be limited to: The adequacy of the septic system for more than eight (8) residents and testimony of the Polk County Department of Health relating to the cubic footage in sleeping quarters and allowable density. The Board of Adjustment may reconvene in open session to consider or act upon any matter identified on this notice, including those matters noticed for consideration or action in closed session. 486382 39-40L 29a,d WNAXLP


Notice is hereby given that Open Book for the Town of Lincoln, Burnett County, will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2009, from 8 10 a.m., at the Lincoln Town Hall. Pursuant to Sec. 70.45, Wis. Statutes, the assessment roll for the 2010 assessment year will be open for examination. At the open book session the property owner has the opportunity to meet with the assessor, ask questions of the assessor and look over their property assessments.


Notice is hereby given that the Board of Review for the Town of Lincoln, Burnett County, will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2009, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Lincoln Town Hall. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board: No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the Assessor to view such property. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to a member of the Board about the person’s objection except at a session of the Board. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the waiver of the 48-hour notice of an intent to file a written objection of appearing before the Board during the first two hours of the meeting and showing good cause for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and files a written objection, that the person provides to the Clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal of any Board member and, if so, which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take. When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at the estimate. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or subject or object to a valuation; if that valuation was made by the Assessor or the objector using the income method; unless the person supplies the Assessor all the information about income and expenses, as specified in the manual under Sec. 73.03(2a), that the Assessor requests. The municipality or county shall provide by ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the Assessor under this paragraph and shall provide exceptions for persons using the information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or of the duties of their office by the order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under Sec. 19.35(1) of Wisconsin Statutes. The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone. Respectfully submitted, Patrice Bjorklund, Clerk 486035 39L 29a WNAXLP Town of Lincoln, Burnett County


The Village of Siren will have sandy fill available to Village property owners in late May and early June from a street project. The cost is $30 per truckload delivered, with 486410 39L one truckload minimum. Contact Mike Bentley at 715-349-2493 or Randy Surbaugh at 715-349-2273 for more information.


The Burnett County Land and Water Conservation Department is accepting bids for a feedlot and manure storage project located in southern Burnett County, Wis. The project is located at the Fairview Dairy, approximately 1.5 miles west of Siren. The project involves an 84’x50’ poured concrete animal feedlot, 1’ and 2’ concrete walls, a 50’x30’x6’ concrete manure storage structure and an additional 2,800 square feet, more or less, of concrete flatwork. Additional items include excavation and grading for the proposed structures and coordination of the project with the installation of a steel tubing/fabric feedlot cover. Person with questions should call 715-349-2186. There will be a site showing at 1:00 p.m., May 27, 2009. Bids will be accepted until 1:00 p.m., June 1, 2009. All bids must be delivered in a sealed envelope to the Burnett Co. LWCD at 7410 County Road K, #109, Siren, WI 54872. Bid submittals must indicate that it is an official bid clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. All bids will be opened at 1:00 p.m., June 1, 2009, in Room 21 of the Burnett County Government Center. All bids not sent in a sealed envelope or bids without identification on the outside of the envelope will be rejected. 486372 WNAXLP 39-40L For additional information and/or copies of the Bid Package, please contact the number listed above or 715-485-8699.


Notice is hereby given that the Open Book Session for the Village of Webster will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, from 2 to 4 p.m., at 7505 Main Street West, Webster, Wis. This Session gives the property owner an opportunity to meet with the assessor, ask questions of the assessor and look over their property assessments.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the Village of Webster of Burnett County, shall hold its first meeting on the 27th day of May, 2009, from 4 to 6 p.m., at 7505 Main Street West, Webster, WI 54893. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board: No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the Assessor to view such property. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to a member of the Board about the person’s objection except at a session of the Board. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of the assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed because the person has been granted a waiver of the 48-hour notice of an intent to file a written objection by appearing before the Board during the first two hours of the meeting and showing good cause for failure to meet the 48hour notice requirement and files a written objection, that the person provides to the clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal of any Board members and, if so, which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take. When appearing before the Board of Review, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or object to a valuation; if that valuation was made by the Assessor or by the Objector using the income method of valuation; unless the person supplies the Assessor all the information about income and expenses, as specified in the Assessor’s manual under Sec. 73.03 (2a) of Wis. Statutes, that the Assessor requests. The Village of Webster has an ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the Assessor under this paragraph which provides exceptions for persons using information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or the duties of their office or by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under Sec. 19.35 (1) of Wis. Statutes. The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone. Respectfully submitted, 484789 38-39L 28-29a Patrice Bjorklund, Clerk/Treasurer

Burnett Co. marriage licenses Justin J. Taylor, West Marshland, and Tyra P. Gaffney, West Marshland, May 12.


AN ORDINANCE DESIGNATING ALL-TERRAIN ROUTES AND REGULATING THE OPERATION OF ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES SECTION 1 - Intent The purpose of this ordinance is to establish all-terrain routes in the town and to regulate the operation of all-terrain vehicles while protecting the health and safety of operators of allterrain vehicles, the town’s residents, wild and domestic animals, individual’s property and the environment. SECTION 2 - Statutory Authority The Town Board of Daniels, Burnett County, has specific authority to adopt this All-Terrain Vehicle Route ordinance under Wisconsin Statutes 23.33 (8)(b) and (11). SECTION 3 - Definitions A. “All-terrain vehicle” or “ATV,” means any nonhighway recreational vehicle, except snowmobiles, when used for cross-country travel on trails or on any one of the following or a combination thereof: Water, snow, ice, marsh, swampland and natural terrain. B. “Operate” shall include any attempt to operate and shall be construed to cover all matters and things connected with the presence and use of all-terrain vehicles whether they are in motion or at rest. SECTION 4 - ATV Routes Discussed by the Daniels Township Planning Commission 1) Starting at the Daniels Town line at Elbow Lake Rd. west to Wood Creek Rd. north to State Hwy. 70. Continuing north on Wood Creek Rd. to Daniels 70. Continuing north on Swenson Rd., then easterly on Spangberg Rd. to Daniel Johnson Rd., then north 1 mile and 1/2 mile east on Daniel Johnson Rd.: To the Siren Township line (at Fish Lake Rd.) SECTION 5 - Conditions for the Operation of ATVs on Designated Routes. Pursuant to WI Stats. 23.33 (4)(d)(4), except as otherwise provided in WI Stats. 23.33(4), no person may operate an all-terrain vehicle on the roadway portion of any highway in the town except on roadways that are designated as all-terrain vehicle routes by this ordinance subject to the following conditions: 1) All ATV operators must be 16 years of age and older and carry valid driver’s license. Note: Operators under the age of 18 will require the use of a helmet. 2) All ATV operators must possess a valid DNR registration and proof of insurance while operating their ATV on township roads. 3) Hours of operation: 1/2 hour before daylight until 1/2 hour after dark. 4) Township roads are only open to ATV traffic from April 1 to December 1. 5) All ATVs must operate in the right-hand portion of the traveled part of the roadway in single file. Note: On paved roadways all-terrain vehicles must be operated on the paved portion of the roadway and not on the gravel shoulder. 6) The posted speed limit for operating ATVs on the township roads will be 20 mph with a reduction of speed to 10 mph or less when operating within 150 feet of a dwelling. 7) Routes must be signed in accordance with NR 64.12, and NR 64.12(7) c. 8) ATV operation on town roads will require that lights are on at all times. a. Every ATV shall have mounted on the front at least one headlight capable of casting a white beam for a distance of at least 100 feet directly ahead of the ATV. b. Every ATV shall have mounted on the rear at least one lamp capable of displaying a red light which shall be visible at a distance of at least 100 feet behind the ATV. 9) No person may operate an ATV that is not equipped at all times with an effective and suitable muffling device on its engine to effectively deaden or muffle the noise of the exhaust system. a. Each ATV shall meet noise omission standards of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and in no case exceed 82 decibels of sound pressure at 50 feet on the “A” scale as measured by the SAE standards J-192. b. Each ATV shall be equipped with a working spark arrestor. c. No person may modify the exhaust system of any ATV in any manner which will increase the noise emitted above the emission standard provided in paragraph a. 10) Number of passengers allowed per ATV shall follow the manufacturers specifications for the make and model. SECTION 6 - Enforcement The provisions of this ordinance shall be enforceable by Police and law enforcement officers, including but not limited to: State Police officers, sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, fish and game officers, policeman, constables and all persons empowered to arrest in criminal cases. Section 7 - Penalties The penalties under WI Statutes 23.33(13)(a) are adopted by reference. Section 8 - Severability The provisions of this ordinance shall be deemed severable and it is expressly declared that the Township of Daniels would have passed the other provisions of this ordinance irrespective of whether or not one or more provisions may be declared invalid. If any provision of this ordinance or the application to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of the ordinance and not the application of such provisions to other person’s circumstances shall not be deemed affected. Section 9 - Effective Date This ordinance becomes effective upon passage and publication. Passed the 12th day of May, 2009 Daniel Peterson, Chairman Timothy Tjader, Supervisor Edward Fisher, Supervisor Attest: Ellen Ellis, Clerk 486345 39L WNAXLP Published: May 21, 2009


Local ambulance service observes Emergency Medical Services Week FREDERIC/LUCK – Each year, thousands of individuals give of their time to provide emergency medical care for the communities in which they live. The hours spent in training, responding to medical and trauma calls, and the time spent away from the families of our emergency medical services professionals does not go unnoticed. In the communities of Frederic and Luck, there are 47 individuals who volunteer their time to keep the Northland Municipal Ambulance service staffed and running 24 hours a day. These individuals are trained in providing safe transport and potentially lifesaving care to members of the community. At the drop of a hat, emergency medical technicians, as well as those who drive the ambulance and first responders, leave what they are doing to help their neighbors.

There are 47 individuals who volunteer their time to keep the Northland Municipal ambulance service staffed and running 24 hours a day. Pictured back row (L to R): Roger Miller, Jordan Coddington, Josh Rau, Sue Ames-Lillie, Sherman Lillie, Brent Hostrup, Lori Hostrup, Cherrise Miller, Alissa Steiner, RaeAnn Allen, Debbie Fredericks, Jen Mikl, Kevin Douglas, Linda O’Donnell, Todd Miller, Vern Knauber, Cory Laqua, Stuart McWilliam and Lonna Coddington. Front row: Chad White, Brian Randall, Carissa Marsh and Luke Knauber. – Photos by Brenda Sommerfeld

Different dates in 2009 will mark 30 years of volunteering for father and son, Roger and Todd Miller of Frederic, on the Northland Municipal ambulance service. This week, May 17–23, is Emergency Medical Services Week. Observation of this special week provides an opportunity for those in the community, as well as those in our organization, to honor all of those who respond to our calls for help every day! Whether it is for an automobile crash, a baby who is sick or someone who needs to be helped after a fall, these individuals are deserving of our thanks! EMS Week also provides an opportunity for EMS providers to educate the

public about emergency medical services. The field of EMS is the newest of all the emergency services - police and fire have been around for many years. As the newest members in the field, they have a lot to learn and a lot of things that they can do to help our communities. There are constant advances being made in emergency medicine and prehospital treatment of patients. This means that there is constant training that helps our service keep up to date with the changes that are taking place on the state and national level. Today, with the implementation of emergency dispatch centers, paging systems and dedicated emergency numbers, they have come a long way towards providing excellent care to our communities. One thing that community members can do to help, is to make sure that your house or fire numbers are easy to read and are clear of brush. A lighted number or sign is the best way to find your home at night. Learning the signs and symptoms of strokes and heart attacks is one

Gallery Gift and Floral open in Siren

more way that you can help. Don’t be afraid to call 911 if you feel that you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms. If any member of the community is interested in learning life saving skills or would like to take a class to become an emergency medical technician or first responder, please contact Lonna Coddington at 715-327-5766 or Lori Hostrup at 715-472-9111. They, along with RaeAnn Allen and the NLMA Board of Directors would like to extend gratitude to all members who are dedicated to our communities and are willing to serve in this volunteer organization. – submitted by Lonna Coddington


Sorry if we woke you in the middle of the night. But someone in your neighborhood is fighting for their life. Sorry if we block the road and make you turn around, But there’s been a bad wreck with

dying children on the ground. When you see us coming I hope you’ll understand, Let us have the right of way, someone needs our helping hand. Sometimes a child is choking, sometimes a broken leg, Sometimes a heart stops beating and when we get there it’s too late. So if you see us crying when we think we are alone, You’ll know we had a bad one and we’re feeling mighty down. We don’t do it for the money, you know we get little pay, We don’t do it for the glory, but for life that might be saved. Somewhere deep within us, our souls are crying out, We’re here to help our neighbors in their hour of pain and doubt. God gave us something special to help us see you through, We do it because we love you and we care about you too. - Author unknown

Attitudes Dance Academy recital

Fathers of students performed a “Dad's dance” at the recital. – Photos submitted

Debbie Rufsholm’s new shop, The Gallery Gift and Floral, features gifts and gift baskets, fresh flowers by design, green plants, home and garden décor, and decorative items for special events. The shop opened May 2 in the Parkside building across from Timbers Movie Theatres and Subway on Hwy. 35/70, Siren. Its hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. — Photo by Nancy Jappe

Andrea Fox poses with Hannah Lemiuex, junior student of the year.

SIREN - Attitudes Dance Academy, Siren, run by Andrea Fox, put on its second yearly recital Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16, in the Webster High School cafetorium. Seventy-five brightly dressed young people, from age 2 to seniors in high school, were on stage. The recital, titled “Stars on Broadway,” featured a disco-medley Saturday Night Live number with 18 dads and their daughters (including Andrea and her dad, Andy Fox) dancing together on stage.


Remembering Our Fallen Veterans A&H and Jackson

9 a.m., Webb Lake Cemetery 10 a.m., Sacred Heart Cemetery, A&H 11 a.m., Jackson Cemetery


Memorial Day is a time to honor and show our appreciation for our country’s fallen wartime heroes. From the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom and the eras in between, hundreds of thousands of American men and women in uniform have selflessly given their lives protecting our freedom. This Memorial Day, take a few moments to reflect on the courage and patriotism of these proud Americans, and voice your appreciation for their efforts and the continued efforts of today’s dedicated troops.

8:30 a.m., Union Cemetery

Clam Falls/Lewis/Indian Creek

Indian Creek American Legion to meet at the hall at 8 a.m. 9 a.m., McKinley Cemetery 9:30 a.m., Corpus Christie Cemetery 10:15 a.m., Lewis Cemetery 10:45 a.m., Clam Falls Cemetery 11 a.m., Clam Falls Flowage 11:30 a.m. Lorain Cemetery The 2009 Memorial Day program will be conducted by Carl Linnel, Post 392 American Legion, Chisago County Post 1678 VFW. Invocation by Spec. Ed Szezpanski; address by Pastor Brian Bergin; and taps by Tim Lindgren. Franconia Cemetery, 9 a.m.; Taylors Falls Cemetery, 10 a.m.; March to Interstate Bridge and salute to Maritime Dead, 11 a.m.; and Almleund Cemetery, 11:30 a.m. Dinner will be served at the Almelund Church. All veterans are urged to take part in these programs.

Frederic Area

7 a.m., pancake breakfast for Legionnaires, Auxiliary, members and friends, American Legion Post #249 8:30 a.m., Union Cemetery, Trade Lake 8:45 a.m., Zion Lutheran, Trade Lake 9 a.m., Mission Cemetery, Trade Lake 9:20 a.m., Coon Lake, Frederic 9:45 a.m., Zion Lutheran, Bone Lake 11 a.m., Maple Grove Cemetery. Speaker: Pastor Arveda “Freddie” Kirk Music: Frederic High School band.

A volunteer puts the final touches on the Spooner Veterans Memorial bell tower. Memorial Day is Monday, May 25. — Photo by Larry Samson


Brask-Fossum-Janke American Legion Post 185 and Auxiliary 10 a.m., meet at Legion Hall for walk over Memory Lake Bridge and military honors for those lost at sea. Then, walk to Riverside Cemetery for Memorial Day ceremony.


The Luck American Legion Post 255 will hold a Memorial Day service on Monday, May 25, 10:30 a.m., at the Luck High School. The public is welcome.

The Glory Train, a local country gospel band, will perform at Zion Lutheran Church of Bone Lake on Saturday, May 23, at 7 p.m. A freewill offering will be taken. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the performance. Zion Lutheran Church of Bone Lake is located at the intersection of CTH I and 280th Avenue, South of CTH W and north of Hwy. 48. - Photo submitted

9 a.m., Pleasant Hill Cemetery 10 a.m., St. Croix Falls Cemetery Speaker: Roger Northquest Music: St. Croix Valley Brass Band Everyone welcome to a potluck picnic provided by Post 143 and Auxiliary at noon. A flag disposal ceremony to be held at the post following the Memorial programs. A group picture of 50-year membership club will be taken at noon.


American Legion George W. Melby, Post 254 will remember their beloved at Memorial Day services. 9:30 a.m., South Milltown Cemetery 10 a.m., Milltown Cemetery 10:40 a.m., North Balley Cemetery 11 a.m., New Home Cemetery 11:20 a.m., Pleasant Valley Cemetery 11:40 a.m., Granum Cemetery 12:30 p.m., Bone Lake Cemetery United VFW Post 6856, Milltown, will hold a Memorial Day service on Monday, May 25, 2:45 p.m., at the post. Lunch will follow the service.

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Military honors by the Lund-Brown American Legion and Auxiliary will be at the following places: 9 a.m., Burnett County Government Center 9:30 a.m., Mud Hen Lake Cemetery 10 a.m., West Sweden Cemetery

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Burnett County VFW Post 1256 ceremonies will be at the following places: 9 a.m., Viola Lake 9:30 a.m., Hertel/St. Croix Tribal Cemetery 10 a.m., Lakeview Cemetery

There will be a Memorial Day program at the Siren High School auditorium at 11 a.m. with military honors at Lakeview Cemetery in Siren immediately following the program. Program speaker will be Carleen Nordin Tjader, daughter of WWII veteran and POW Carl Nordin. The program will include special music. Robert Thomas will lead prayers and Legion Commander Lyle Thomas will be the master of ceremonies. Poppy children will be Lilly Allan, Zack Corbo and Micah Tjader.

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Cushing and St. Croix Falls Legions want to invite you to Memorial Day ceremonies Monday, May 25, by honoring those who made this day happen. 10 a.m., Cushing Cemetery 11 a.m., Wolf Creek, cemetery walk and lunch following.


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Mas t er Se r ge ant s , PFC s and H AL O Fir some veterans and their families, every single day is, or will be, a Memorial Day of sorts by Roger L. Albertson In August 1964, I was assigned to C Company, 1st Special Forces Group, on Okinawa. As a private first class, I had just left Fort Bragg after graduating as a Special Forces demolitionist. While waiting for a slot on an "A - Team" headed for Vietnam, I volunteered for a specialized Army parachute course called HALO. HALO is an acronym for high altitudelow opening, and at that time was a relatively new military parachute technique. By using free-fall insertion from altitude, a 12-man Special Forces ATeam could infiltrate hostile territory undetected by enemy radar. It was there that I met Master Sgt. George Ronald Brown. "Ron" Brown was the NCOIC and jumpmaster for 1st Group's HALO school. He was quiet, unassuming, nonexcitable, and detailed in everything he, or we, did. The requirements for graduation were simple: pass all classroom instruction and ground training and make 25 jumps. The jumps were divided into 10 at low level (5- to 10-second delay) and the rest at 8,000 feet and higher, with at least one of the higher to be at night with weapons, rucksacks and oxygen. During our ten low-level jumps, I managed to open my chute while upside down, make a tree landing (the only tree on the drop zone), severely damage a farmer’s lattice-covered vegetable garden (he was very angry) and wreck my stopwatch and altimeter while giving

Jumpmaster Msg “Ron” Brown, and the man walking behind him is Sgt Major Senkewich (a fellow HALO student). - Photos by Roger L. Albertson myself a concussion. But as I told Sergeant Brown when he jokingly questioned my acumen, "Top, I think I'm gettin' the hang of it." All of our HALO chutes had a barometrically operated automatic opening device. When armed, it would automatically pull your rip cord ten seconds after falling past a preset altitude. It's there in case a jumper is in some way incapacitated and fails to manually pull his "blast handle." On our first high-altitude (8,000 foot) jump, my device failed in the aircraft. Brown was spotting from the C-130's

Jumpmaster “Ron” Brown (R) is shown having just stood up after giving the thumbs up sign for the students to “GO.” He is wearing a headset to communicate with the pilot and was basically driving the plane to the release point. In the same photo Sfc Robert Hataway has just stepped of the tailgate and is in the morning sun. This jump was from 12,500 feet. - Special photos

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tailgate. Just before he gave the "Go" sign, I felt my backpack open and the pilot chute spill out. If it got into the wind it would drag the whole chute out the tailgate. I'd be dead and the plane would probably crash. Instantly, as per our training, I reached around and grabbed the pilot chute while backing into the skin of the aircraft. Brown watched the other trainees freefall as long as he could, got up, and walked back into the aircraft. At first he couldn't see me because I was in the shadows. When he did, he thought I had quit and grabbed me so I couldn't do anything foolish. He tried to say something but, at 150 knots and the tailgate down, I couldn't hear him. Turning slightly towards the tailgate I motioned with my eyes to look down. He did and turned white. After closing the tailgate, I took the chute off and we discovered that the device leaked air. After landing and explaining what happened, we all chuted up for the second drop of the day. Boarding the aircraft, Brown asked me if I would be comfortable skipping 8,000 feet and going straight to 12,500. By skipping that pass we would have time for two more jumps. It was fine by me and that's what we did. The following Saturday, for our third jump from 12,500 feet, 1 showed up at our 5 a.m. pilot's briefing with my 35mm camera taped to my right wrist. Brown didn't notice it until we were chuting up. When he did, he pulled me aside and asked what I planned to do with the camera. I said "If it's OK with you, I'd like to take some photos in free fall." He thought about it for a moment, then walked away shaking his head. Our 22nd jump was from 20,000 feet, at night, with weapons, rucks and oxygen. While on our drop approach and

going through our equipment check – disaster – my altimeter's lightbulb was burned out. That was it. Brown looked at me, and drew his finger across his throat while shaking his head. I wasn't going. No-go, no-graduate. Everyone crowded around to see what had happened, including the C-130's loadmaster. The loadmaster saw the problem, took out his flashlight and held it to the altimeter's face for a few seconds. Its numbers and hands glowed almost as bright as day. Brown looked at the loadmaster then looked at me and nodded OK. Ninety seconds later, the last thing I saw as I did my tailgate pirouette while stepping into ink, was the loadmaster reaching for the flashlight I had tossed back to him. To this day, I am forever grateful that Brown let me make that jump. I know it was against regulations, and if something had happened, he would have been court-martialed. A master sergeant took a chance on a PFC and I would never have a chance to thank him for it. In May 1966 I was discharged and went back to school. Twenty-six years later, at a reunion, I was told Brown had been lost, MIA in Laos on March 28, 1968. Declassified records show that during the NVA's 1968 Khe Sahn siege, George "Ron" Brown, Sgt. 1st Class Alan Boyer and Sgt. 1st Class Charles Houston all went missing while conducting an MACV SOG mission as part of Khe Sanh's defense. Compromised, they called for extraction, and were on the rescue helicopter's rope ladder when it was severed by heavy ground fire. Seconds later both Brown and Huston were last seen on the ground, running and appeared unwounded. In May 2003, Brown's daughter, Ronda Brown-Pits, was notified by the Army that her father's remains had been found. The remains consisted of a single tooth, but dental records, provided to her, showed that her father's tooth had a filling and the tooth recovered did not. She demanded a DNA test but it was refused, based on the Army's policy of "body desecration." A DNA test would destroy "all of the remains." His remains have since been delivered to her in Dayton, Texas. In the history of our nation's wars there are thousands of stories similar to this one. Each has its dead, maimed, survivors and families. We must never forget that this horrible collective loss was borne to keep the United States free. This is, and always will be, the price of our freedom. So this Memorial Day, and every day for that matter, when you see a veteran, stop and thank him for his service. Even if he says nothing, I promise you he will be grateful. You see, for some veterans and their families, every single day is, or will be, a memorial day of sorts.


Grantsburg Class of 2009 graduates 61 by Carl Heidel GRANTSBURG - In a crowded gymnasium Sunday afternoon, families and friends applauded the Grantsburg High School Class of 2009 as its 61 graduates received their diplomas. From the opening welcome from valedictorian

Nicole Davis to the heartfelt farewell from class president, Lydia Benge Briggs, it was a time of laughter, serious thought and even a few tears.

Photos by Carl Heidel

Lydia Benge Briggs, president of the graduating class, delivered words of farewell to her classmates.

Nicole Davis, class valedictorian, welcomed her classmates and the community to the commencement ceremony.

Graduates listened as speakers offered words of challenge and encouragement.

Jason Jensen was all smiles after Superintendent Joni Burgin moved his tassel to mark him as a graduate.

Graduating seniors came back to the choir to sing one last time. Here the selection was “Live Your Dream” by Greg Gilpin.

Proudly carrying their diplomas, Kaylynn Anderson (left) and Jennifer Lisiecki (right) marched out in the recessional.

aMitch Evenson (left) and salutatorian Tyler Myers (right) had their classmates laughing as they spun a long list of class memories.

Grantsburg band director Andrew Schulz led the band through several pieces, including “Spirit of America,” as arranged by Allen Gray.


Stories from the youth contest third-place winners in the fiction and nonfiction categories.

An Anniversary Present Gone Wrong by Haylee Johnson, Osceola Middle School “Detective! Detective! I need your help!” screamed Isabella Layne. “ My boyfriend has been murdered!” Isabella looked as though she would fall over. Detective Swan was rushing over behind her in case she did. “When did you find the body?” asked the suave detective. “When I got home. I had been shopping all day. Today was our anniversary. I wanted to get him something nice,” she replied, sounding as though she was calming down. Swan noticed a scuff on her brownish-black shoes. She shuffled her feet nervously. The detective was suspecting. “So, you went to the store to shop for an anniversary present? Was there anyone at the house when you left? And where did you go shopping?” “Well, yes. The maid had been there. She was cleaning while he slept. I went shopping about ten miles out of town. I wanted the house to be clean when I got home so we could have a nice, romantic dinner. I mean, it’s our anniversary.” Isabella started tearing up.

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Writer’s Corner “So do you suspect that the maid killed him?” questioned the detective. “She’s the only plausible choice. I wasn’t home. And it’s not like he killed himself.” She really looked nervous now. Her knees were buckling and she was twiddling her thumbs. She had a cut going across her arm. Detective Swan looked at it as though it were telling him the answer to the mystery. It almost had. “So you arrived home when?” the detective asked, taking a seat on the cool surface of the car. “About five minutes before I discovered his body. Why?” “Isabella Layne. You really need to reconsider your anniversary present. You are under arrest on account of murder.” How did he know it was Isabella? The surface of the car would still be warm if she got home five minutes before the detective got there, especially since she was ten miles out of town.

Misty Tuesday morning in November, I lay in bed waiting to get up for school. It was five o’clock and the phone rang. I heard my mom whisper, “Who could be calling at this time?” Summer is almost here. We would like to run favorite summer memory stories throughout the summer. Submit your story to the Leader by mail or e-mail.

She picked up the phone and started talking. I was too tired to stay awake. I fell back asleep instantly. It seemed like two seconds later when my mom came and woke me up. I put on a purple horse shirt and gray sweatpants. Then I went out, opened the cupboard, and grabbed a box of cereal. When I shut the cupboard, I turned my head. On the couch was my mom crying. “Why are you crying?” I asked. “Just eat your cereal, and forget about it,” she said. But my mom told me when I sat on the couch. She said that my horse, Misty, had gotten caught in a loose piece of wire and probably wasn’t going to make it. I quickly ran to the bathroom and cried. My mom came in and asked me if I was okay. I said, “Yes,” but I wasn’t. We went to my grandma and grandpa’s to see Misty. She was in bad shape. There was a huge cut on her back leg. You could stick your fist in it. I knelt down beside her. I looked at her, and she looked at me. I knew she knew what was happening. I stroked her soft head. After I was through petting her, my grandma told me to go inside and eat. I poured Fruit Loops and ate a couple of spoonfuls. I couldn’t eat the rest. I was too sad. So then I went in the living room and turned on the TV. There was a guy training a horse. It made me cry even more. I quickly changed the channel to “Dragon Tales;” there were unicorns racing. For the last time, I changed the channel. Finally, nothing to do with horses. My mom returned to the house and asked, “Are you going to stay with Misty?” “Yes.” Most of that day I stayed inside and watched TV. At about one o’clock in the afternoon, my aunt came running into

the house. “Misty could live!” She exclaimed. I was so happy. We both ran back to Misty and did as much as possible to make her leg stop bleeding. That night after my mom was done with work, we stayed with Misty. When it was time to go, I asked if I could have a piece of Misty’s mane. My aunt cut some and handed it to me. I said goodbye to Misty, and we left. The next morning before school, we went to the chiropractor. When we were leaving, I heard my mom and the chiropractor talking. Mom said that Misty had died. Inside of me, I was crying. I tried to hold back the tears. When we got to the school my mom asked me if I was going to be okay. “Yes,” I said. When I went into the classroom I didn’t say a word. Whitney asked me, “How’s Misty?” I didn’t answer. I started to cry. Whitney knew then that she hadn’t made it. I couldn’t stop crying. Everyone tried to cheer me up by smiling and telling jokes, but it just didn’t work. Now that two years have passed since Misty died, it’s not as hard for me, but I still think of her all the time. In my room sitting on a shelf is a picture of her and me, a snip of her mane, and all the trophies we have won together. This way I will never forget about her.

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Burnett County's largest outdoor craft show set for Saturday by Harriet Rice WEBSTER - Thirteen local artists and crafters are among more than 150 participants in the annual Webster Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Extravaganza set for Saturday, May 23, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Webster Elementary School. Vendors from Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota will sell everything handmade and homegrown, from gourmet foods, textiles, wildlife photography, frames, cabin décor, paintings, pottery, woodworking, sculptures and furniture to garden ornaments, children’s toys, jewelry, floral arrangements, clothes and more. “Come early and buy what you want when you see it.” That’s the advice of

Tim Gerber, organizer of the event, which is now in its 26th year and is sponsored by the Webster Chamber of Commerce. Since the first fair with 18 crafters in the gym of the old Webster High School, the event has grown to become the largest annual arts and crafts fair in Burnett County. The money raised from booth fees makes up the major portion of the Webster Chamber of Commerce annual operating budget. More than that, it puts the village of Webster on the map and the financial impact on the community is substantial, particularly during these difficult economic times. “It makes for the busiest time of the year in Webster for many of our retailers,” said chamber

N o r b Behringer of Siren mans his booth featuring wood carvings at the Webster Arts and Crafts Extravaganza set for May 23 at the Webster Elementary School.Photos by Harriet Rice

Kathy Melton’s glass bead-making demonstration draws a crowd Melton and her husband, Frank, from Sarona, will sell handmade glass bead jewelry at the Webster Arts and Craft Extravaganza, May 23, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. President Matt Swenson. The biggest challenge, according to Gerber, is reviewing the applications and deciding what items to include in the show. This year there are many returning favorites. “This year, the trend seems to be toward a lot of wildlife art and photography,” said Gerber. “In past years it was cabin décor.” Many vendors whose livelihood depends on seasonal sales hope fair visitors will buy as well as look. Local artists and crafters participating this year include three from Webster, with embroidery, florals and jewelry; one each from Siren, Danbury and Luck,

with wood carvings, candles and doll clothes, three from Frederic, with chainsaw sculpture and willow twig furniture; and four from Grantsburg, with signs, wildlife photography and soaps. The Arts and Crafts Extravaganza runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The Burnett Youth Hockey Association will sell brats, bakery goods, coffee and soft drinks. Please, no dogs, except guide dogs. Gerber’s parting reminder: “Many items sell out early in the day. Look around, but if you hesitate, the item you want might be gone.”


Melvin Davidsavor: A Modest Hero by Russ Hanson Memorial Day at cemeteries in our neighborhood, a small contingent of veterans honor their deceased comrades with a brief ceremony that includes reading a list of names; the veterans buried in the cemetery. At Wolf Creek, along the Old St Croix River Road, the list is long and every year more people are added. Behind each name there is a story. This year at Wolf Creek, on Memorial Day we will take a few minutes extra to remember one veteran, Melvin Davidsavor, whose name will be read for the fortieth year. Melvin was born Jan. 17, 1947, the last and 10th child of Earl and Myrtle Davidsavor. They farmed and ran a sawmill on the banks of the St. Croix River in West Sterling, a few miles from Wolf Creek and the old cemetery. When neighbors wanted lumber, they visited Earl and bought freshly cut boards or brought their logs to him to saw. All of the children, boys and girls, worked hard at the sawmill and on the farm. I met Melvin in 1952 when we started first grade at Wolf Creek School. The first grade that year included only four of us – Joyce Fisk; Susan Rutter; Melvin and I. We were in the little room. Melvin had older brothers and sisters in the big room. We were within a month of the same age and best friends while growing up. Childhood friends are friends forever. Every day Floyd Harris took his old 10passenger wagon to pick up the kids for school. The last pickup on our route was out west of the River Road through the sand curves and hills to the Davidsavor place. As we drove into the farm we looked at the long flat sand fields; watched to see if the sawmill and its big old gas engine was running as we drove up to the farm. A large silo and new barn stood near an old house. The foundation for a new house stood along the road, abandoned after Melvin’s 9-year-old sister, Alice, died in 1955. Alice was buried in the cemetery next to the schoolyard after an illness that lasted many weeks. Melvin and I went to her grave and tried to understand how she could just die—she was a year older and a grade ahead, our active playmate. She was a tomboy, always running and playing with us. How could she just end? Why did it happen? What did it mean to die? Why do some people die young? The Davidsavors were cheerful, rugged kids; every one of them, boys and girls, strong and tough from hard work. They worked at the sawmill and rolled logs, carried lumber and slabs at an early age, eager to show they could start the engine and carry the big boards. In each grade in school amongst the boys, if there was a Davidsavor, he would be the one who could do the most pull-ups; climb the flagpole the quickest; outwrestle and outdo anyone else on feats of strength, and at the same time be a true friend. Melvin and I became great friends. For the five years that we went to Wolf Creek, we were the only two boys in our grade and then the only two in our grade. We did our school work together; played together and explored the world together. “Uncle Channie gave me this agate,” I said as I showed Melvin the pretty red and white striped rock one nice fall day when we were in the fourth grade, “He collects them.” “I know where there is a huge one,” replied Melvin, “in the big gully behind our field going down the hill to the river. I saw it there after the rain last week.” “We should go look at it,” I said.

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Melvin Davidsavor will be honored this Memorial Day at Wolf Creek, 40 years after he died after returning from Vietnam. His widow, Alice, will be there to help us remember him. Melvin and Alice are just married, in 1965, in the photo. Photo submitted “Its just a 20-minute walk through the woods from school to my house,” said Melvin. “We can get there over noon hour.” Leaving word with Linda Harris that we were going for a walk in the woods and might be a little late getting back, we headed off. Melvin knew the way to follow the ridges along the river. At 3 p.m., just before Floyd was due to haul us home, we got back to the school, satisfied that although the huge boulder in the gully was pretty, it didn’t have agate lines. Mrs. Irving Olson, our teacher, said “You boys know you are supposed to come back from playing when you hear the bell.” “But we didn’t hear the bell” was our true excuse, as we were probably four miles away when it rang. Our noon recesses for the next week were spent printing “I will not leave school without permission,” 25 times a day on the blackboard. After Christmas that year, Melvin came back to school wearing his Christmas present, a big hunting knife and sheath. He proudly showed it off to all of us. Mrs. Olson admired it “That is a very nice hunting knife. I am sure you will get lots of use out of it hunting and fishing. But, we have safety rules at school—you can’t bring it to school in the future.” Now Melvin could be pretty stubborn at times and the next day he came to school wearing it again. “Melvin, I told you not to wear your knife to school. I know you like it, but it isn’t OK to bring it to school. You leave it home tomorrow or I will have to take it away and give it to your older sister to take home.” Well, the next day Melvin brought it and he ended up with a spanking and his knife going home with his sister and staying there. Mrs. Olson told Melvin and me to take the arithmetic book and go off to the library and work on it together for an hour each day. We did the odd-numbered problems and checked our own answers with her answer book. If we had problems, (we rarely did, as we both liked arithmetic) we were to come and ask her. Well, with an hour a day we managed to go through two years of arithmetic in one year. We kept this up until Wolf Creek closed when we were in the sixth grade and we went to the new Cushing school where there were 25 kids per grade. We just shut up there and did the same arithmetic books over again rather than be treated differently.

Melvin had done fine in school at Wolf Creek. At Cushing it was harder. Just having more kids meant that there were more tests of strength on the playground and more chance of getting lost with the schoolwork. He and I got separated into different classrooms. When he was 16, in St Croix Falls High School, he dropped out. In those days it was common to quit when you were 16 and go to work. I sort of lost touch with him after that – he would stop by a few times a year at our farm and visit. He bought a big old Harley-Davidson motorcycle and drove that around. When he was 18, he introduced me to his girlfriend and soon-to-be wife, Alice Dwyer from Grantsburg. About the time I started college, he got married, 1965. The Vietnam War was heating up at that time. If you were out of school you were sure to be drafted into the Army. Melvin was drafted in 1967 and after training spent a year in Vietnam. After he came back he volunteered for another term. He ended up serving 18 months there, getting several awards for bravery and excellent service. Near the end of his time he was no longer feeling healthy. Up to then he had been very healthy and prided himself on his physical condition. He returned home to his wife, Alice, and started working, but continued to have health problems. After two stays in local hospitals, his doctor told him to go the veterans hospital in the Twin Cities. He resisted as long as he could, his stubbornness showing. Finally, Alice persuaded him. It was cancer—Hodgkin’s disease. After three months of suffering and wasting away, he passed away, two months shy of his 23rd birthday. He was buried by his sister, Alice, in the Wolf Creek Cemetery. The Hodgkin’s disease was later attributed to exposure to Agent Orange while in Vietnam. He died 18 months after Vietnam. When Melvin came back from Vietnam, I heard he had gotten some awards for heroism. I asked him about Vietnam and his awards. He didn’t want to talk about it and just said “You do some crazy things when people are trying to kill your buddies.” Melvin earned 10 military awards during his two years in the Army as well as two Bronze Stars and the Air Medal and various sharpshooter rifle/machine gun bars. One Bronze Star award with a “V” (for

valor) reads “For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force. Private First Class Davidsavor distinguished himself by heroism in action on 21 June, 1967, while serving as a rifleman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry during a search and destroy operation near the village of Van Thien, Republic of Vietnam. On this date, his company became engaged with elements of a North Vietnamese Army regiment. Pfc. Davidsavor immediately began placing a heavy volume of fire on the enemy positions. With complete disregard for his own safety, Davidsavor crawled forward and destroyed a key machine-gun bunker, which had caused his platoon several casualties and had kept them pinned down for several hours. His display of personal bravery and devotion to duty is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflects great credit upon himself and his unit, and the United States Army.” Steven Warndahl remembers Melvin: “Though Melvin was a lot older than me he always took time for me and we remained friends until his death. Folding the flag at his funeral was a sad day for me. I have not missed a Memorial Day at Wolf Creek since the day we buried Mel. I always make sure I visit his grave and pay my respects to him, his mother and father, and sister Alice. “Melvin was the toughest and strongest man I have ever known. I would watch him do one-arm pull-ups on a broken beam in the Davidsavor barn, then switch hands while not touching the floor. A bird had built a nest halfway down the track in the haymow so Mel rode up on the fork, telling Earl to stop if the rope got tight. Well it did and Earl didn’t stop in time and the carriage smashed into Mel’s head, cutting him badly. He should have gone to the hospital and had several stitches but instead gave me a ride home on his old Harley-Davidson 74, and then had someone tape his cut shut to stop the bleeding. “Mel was a good hunter and was blessed with a father that taught him. I was 13 and witnessed Mel run down a wounded deer and tackle it.” With the help of his widow, Alice, and another Vietnam veteran and friend of Melvin, Steven Warndahl, and the Davidsavor family, we will have some pictures of Melvin and copies of his awards on display on Memorial Day at Wolf Creek at Melvin’s grave. The Wolf Creek cemetery has been holding Memorial Day (Decoration Day, the old-timers called it) ceremonies since the Civil War veterans started organizing after that war and the first veterans were buried there in the 1870s. In the 1890s up to 600 people would attend. The American Legion marches in at 11 a.m. and there is a 30-minute program including reading of the veterans list, music and a speaker. Then we all move next door to the historic Wolf Creek Methodist School (now the Methodist Church) where the Ladies Aid has lunch (please donate liberally) and we visit with old neighbors. After lunch, at about 1 p.m., the Sterling, Eureka and Laketown Historical Society will take you on a free stroll through the cemetery, exploring one of the oldest cemeteries in Northwestern Wisconsin. We will stop at the Davidsavor plot and remember Melvin and his service for us and his family. Forty years Melvin has lain at Wolf Creek, next to his school and near the old farm he loved. He has neighbors at the cemetery from his Wolf Creek School friends – Jimmy Rutsch, Linda Harris and my own brother Byron. He lies next to his sister Alice and his parents. I visit Melvin’s grave every year. I ask the same questions he and I asked about Alice so long ago. He went to Vietnam when he was asked, heroically served our country, and came back and died. Remembering him and the other veterans is the right thing to do on Memorial Day.


The teacher in me Every morning I drink my two cups of coffee from a mug that reads, “I love my job! I’m a teacher.” It’s been a long time since I’ve been a teacher. In our early years of marriage, both my husband and I taught English in the Ashland High School. He had classes in sophomore English Abrahamzon plus classes in speech. He also directed two plays a year, plus a Christmas program. I taught freshman, junior and senior classes in English. My aunt Pearl lived with us and took care of our first little boy. One time when Ken was ill, I took over his play rehearsals because that was my field, too. At noon we ate lunch together in the school cafeteria. What I really loved to do was to write. I had been editor of our high school paper and also wrote for the town newspaper. In college I wrote reams of stories and poems. When I did my practice teaching at Lincoln High School in Milwaukee, my supervising teacher told me, “Bernice, you are here to teach the children, not entertain them.” Isn’t that strange? I always though learning should be fun! Friends tell me now that in today’s world, teaching is different. Teachers, through no fault of their own, do not have the respect once given them. Does it stem from the attitude of their parents? Has the world become too casual? Perhaps experts have analyzed it. It’s probably a good thing that I stopped teaching and raised a family. That was challenging enough! One little boy was in tears because he didn’t know how to skip. Ken took him up to the high school one night and they skipped back and forth, up and down the corridors of the school. That problem was solved. I smile when I visualize it in my mind. In another year that same little boy was upset because he had to know the story of Thumbelina. I told him, “I don’t know that story. Did the teacher read it to you?” He admitted, “I was probably daydreaming.” That didn’t help him afterward. Years and years later I heard the story of Thumbelina, and told my family, and we laughed and laughed. How could it have been such a problem all those years ago? Another of our sons kept coming home during the day when he was in first grade. We lived close to the


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school and it was too easy to walk out. Fortunately, each time it happened I was at home, so there was nothing else to do but take him back to school. “You have to walk back inside and sit down at your desk,” I told him. “Go on now.” He figured he had had enough for one day. I could understand. I’d had days like that myself. It’s a wonder we ever get kids raised, educated and established in life. Our first, really big mistake was buying a good family cow. One led to another, “ad infinitum.” We’d probably be city people, into computers, e-mail, the Internet, city jobs and interests. But life happens and years spin past. We might have been world travelers and I would have had a lot more to write about than one little corner of Polk County. Still, I am fulfilled. It has been more than enough. Last night I spent a lot of time studying the 2009 graduation insert in last week’s Leader. Such beautiful young people, with their whole lives ahead of them. High hopes! Dreams! Some uncertainty, yes, but looking forward. I studied their faces and inwardly said a prayer for them. “Please, Lord, help them. Watch over them. Don’t let them drive too fast. Keep them safe now that they are on their own.” Sound bossy? You bet! They are our future. Perhaps their generation can accomplish what ours could not. I can already visualize some of them in business, seated at village and city board meetings, perhaps on county, state or national boards or positions. They say an individual works at seven jobs in a lifetime. In my life I tutored students in learning to read, I worked in a sanitarium on kitchen duty and waiting tables in the dining room, working in a private office, working for Carnation Company in the insurance department, teaching, several spots in the Leader plant. That comes out about right, not even counting my campus jobs at college.” So, my advice is “Do your best! and “Keep trying” and “Be careful out there.” The world is a beautiful, exciting place, but there are pitfalls, too, and dangers out there. Congratulations on graduating. Wishing you all good things. Until next week, Bernice

May is Tavern Month MADISON - May is Tavern Month and the Tavern League of Wisconsin wants to remind everyone of the important role taverns play in all communities throughout Wisconsin. Whether raising money for a charity, sponsoring a bowling team or simply providing a place to meet, the local tavern is part of your community. Despite the economic downturn being witnessed by all members of the Tavern League of Wisconsin, giving to state and local charities remains a priority. While many charities feel the negative impact of the economy, the members of the TLW continue to do more than their share in supporting these worthwhile causes.

In 2008, Tavern League members donated more than $4,813,000 to 4,662 Wisconsin charities. “Even though times are tough, our members don’t abandon the charities they have supported over the years” said Rob Swearingen, president of the TLW. “It’s a great tribute to our members.” The TLW and its members are proud of their accomplishments and continue to support their communities and work to make Wisconsin a better place to live. Members of the Tavern League of Wisconsin truly are Friends and Neighbors Helping Friends and Neighbors. For more information about the Tavern League of Wisconsin go to - from the Tavern League

Second-annual wine and cheese tasting event to benefifitt humane society FREDERIC – Trade River Winery will be hosting the second-annual wine and cheese tasting event to benefit the Humane Society of Burnett County on Saturday, May 30, from 3-7 p.m. This event will be held outdoors on the patio of the beautiful Trade River Winery located off Hwy. 48, west of Frederic. Enjoy an afternoon of wine, cheese (donated by the award-winning

Burnett Dairy Co-op) and music by local musicians Dave Frank and Mandikat Wirkkula. Dogs and cats available for adoption will also be there to visit with. Tickets are $15 per person. For additional information or directions, please see the HSBC Web site at or call HSBC at 715-866-4096, or call Trade River Winery at 715-327-4193. – submitted

Know Your Antiques at Balsam Lake BALSAM LAKE - Larry and Linnea Phillipson present the oh-so-popular Know Your Antiques at the next Polk County Historical Society meeting, Tuesday, May 26. Join expert appraiser Mark Cellotti as he looks over

and evaluates your treasures. The presentation begins at 7 p.m., immediately following the board of directors meeting, in the large media conference room at the Polk County Justice Center. There is a limit of two artifacts and items per person. - with submitted information

Do you remember ? Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

50 Years Ago The Lewis Telephone system went to dial on May 15, 1959.-There were 5,482 chest X-rays done in Polk County by mobile unit.-Commencement exercises at Frederic packed the auditorium on May 17, 1959, with Dr. Walker D. Wyman of the UW-River Falls as speaker.The last and 11th member of the Arvid T. Friberg family, Jane, graduated from Frederic High School.-The Georgetown Lutheran Church set a spring dinner for May 24, at Hunky Dory Resort on Lake Clare, Balsam Lake.-Specials at Anderson’s Clover Farm Store, Frederic, included canned beans or peas or kidney beans at 10¢ a can, with free coffee and cookies served Friday and Saturday.-Specials at Route’s Super Market, Frederic, included oranges at three dozen for $1, onions at 3 lbs. for 25¢, Kool Aid at 6 for 25¢, angel food cake mix at 39¢ each and spare ribs at 39¢ lb.-Coddon’s Kitchen, Siren, held its grand opening.-A girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Duane Fremont, Danbury, at the Siren Community Hospital on May 12.-Wisconsin milk prices were down from April 1958.-The Webster Drive-In was open for business.-The Webster Chamber of Commerce sponsored the athletic banquet.-The movie “Stalag 17” was playing at the Frederic Theatre, starring William Holden.-Milltown Swap Shop would hold its grand opening under new management on May 23 under Ralph and Madeline Stelton, free coffee and doughnuts.Farmers Union Co-op, Frederic, had barbed wire, steel posts and stock tanks for sale.

40 Years Ago Dairy Queen special at Frederic was a 24¢ shake.Jensen Furniture had a gigantic warehouse sale on May 31.-The top ten honor students of Frederic included Donald Haumant, Joan Liljeberg, Raymond Amundson, Donna Jensen, Roberta Bartz, Jeanine Brekke, Rosana Ronningen, Andrea Rudell, Katherine Pedersen and Jay Friberg.-There were 73 seniors graduating at Frederic on May 25.-A former graduate, Eiler C. Ravnholt, would address the Luck Class of 1969.-Pastor Don Leigh would be the speaker for FHS Awards Night.-Poppy poster art winners were announced.-Specials the Frederic Co-op Super Market included red or white grapefruit at 10 for 69¢, cabbage at 12¢ lb. and chunk tuna at three cans for $1.-Specials at Route’s Super Market, Frederic included Jell-O at 6 pkgs. for 49¢, ground beef at 3 lbs. for $1.49, lettuce at 19¢ a head and cube steaks at 89¢ lb.-Siren and Webster would join in promotion of July air show.-Dr. Henry Ahlgren would address graduates at Webster School graduation. Valedictorian was Judy Bruss; salutatorian, Timothy Tollander; historian, Cheryl Morrill.Arlene Tobias would address the class at Polk County college commencement.-Burnett VFW planned a Memorial Day celebration.-A trail ride was held by Wild River Saddle Club members.

20 Years Ago Business of the Week focused on the Highway 70 Sports and Bait Shop adjacent to the home of Gene and Dona McKenzie, Grantsburg.-The Webster school hosted the Round Table contest. An Eye-to-Eye column focused on Phil Stromberg of the Webster Ranger Station.-The annual meeting of the Burnett County Development Association was held April 20 at the Burnett County Government Center, Siren.-The Webster Co-op elected two new members, Ron Pardun and Russell Otis.-Cooler weather tamed fire season, although a burning ban was still possible.-The crowd was very vocal at the rally to protest spear fishing.-A Luck man was arrested at spear fishing rally.-The 1989 Luck prom royalty, Charlie Welch and Johanna Bee, were photographed along with Kirt Cook and Tracy Giller, the junior king and queen.-Eye focused on Mark and Alice Carrington, residents on Spirit Lake for 24 years, now moving to Colorado.-Alvina Melby celebrated her 98th birthday at Milltown.-A spring salad luncheon was served May 5, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Frederic.Two pages of pictures proclaimed “Fire” at the Bob Classert home on Round Lake, Buddy Lundberg home in West Sweden, plus 20 acres in the Fish Lake wildlife area.-Obituaries included Birdie Schaal, Virgil Chappelear, Stanley Zieska and Wallace Larson.



866-4334 Dave Wardean and Butch Beers were busy at the center on Monday making repairs to the kitchen sink and in the men’s bathroom. Thanks guys, for all of your hard work. Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren was packed on Monday morning with the many friends and family of Jeanette Olson who came to pay their last respects to a special lady. Forty-eight diners enjoyed Nicky’s roast beef dinner on Tuesday evening for the annual combined Volunteer Recognition/Dining at Five evening meal. Burnett County Aging Director Lois Taylor awarded Lily Gleason a gift and certificate of appreciation for volunteering 461 hours with the Webster nutrition program in addition to driving 3,375 miles delivering meals to clients. Top home-delivered-meal driver was Bob Gleason with 11,909 miles driven during 2008; followed by Les Garbe – 6,217; Sandy Wohletz – 5,076; the late Leon Mansfield – 409; and Gladys Beers – 112 miles. Other Webster dining site volunteer hours were Gladys Packer – 174.75; the late Mercelia Studeman – 61.5; Gladys Beers – 52.5; Bruce Behrens – 46.75; Margel Ruck – 43.25; Judy Behrens – 43; Mary Klar – 33.75; Theresa Gloege – 24.5; Myrtle Kisselburg – 12.75; Eugene Johnson – 12; Dave Wardean – 11.5; Sandy Woheltz - 11; Harold Peterson – 8.5; Jane Wardean – 5; Eldora Brown – 3.75; and 5 others totaling 26.5. Elderly & Handicapped and Medical Assistance Transportation Webster area volunteer miles were Dan Cutler – 11,845; Eugene Johnson –

8,267; Greg and Linda Peterson – 6,101; Janet Cutlet – 5,209; Inez Buboltz – 4,341; and Gladys Beers – 1,978. Ed and Della Smythe also received certificates of appreciation for volunteering in the Siren Senior Center nutrition program with 25.5 hours each. In the home delivered meal program, 20 volunteers from Webster, Siren, Grantsburg and A&H drove a total of 82,008 miles for a total of 3,575 hours delivering 25,131 meals during 2008, for a total in-kind value of $155,900. At the four nutrition sites, 53 seniors volunteered 1,800 hours. In the transportation program, 47 volunteers drove clients to appointments 312,860 miles. Aren’t our volunteers wonderful? A big thank-you also goes to Steve Hall who helped Nicky in the kitchen, and Connie Crosby, Margel Ruck and Pat Nickleson for helping serve the meal. “No matter how big and powerful a government gets, and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers.” – President Ronald Reagan. Twelve ladies played dime Bingo on Wednesday afternoon and everyone had strawberry shortcake furnished by Donna Lehman. All those attending the Wednesday evening concert given by the Old Town Gospel Choir from Sweden at the Siren Covenant Church really enjoyed some fine listening. They sang both old and new songs in the Swedish and English languages and it was wonderful. Mert Kisselburg, Theresa Gloege, Margel

Burnett Community Library The library will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. Another one of the responses we received during National Library Week: My public library is important to our community because … “Especially in this economy we’re all watching our spending habits, and reading is at the same time both entertaining and educational.” The Friends of the Library met on Wednesday to make plans for their book sale at the library on Saturday, May 23, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mary Poretti made two trips to the Burnett Medical Center at Grantsburg to deliver Books for Babies. The friends work on these gift bags every month after their meeting. Welcome to our new volunteer, Peggy, who is helping us out on Wednesdays. There must be some crafters out there that would enjoy meeting once a week at the library for conversation and a special time to work on your individual craft projects? We meet weekly at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. It sounds like when we get our two new computers (soon), we will be able to add another public access computer, making it five. This will help relieve the busy late-afternoon and evening waiting lines.

Meeting reminders

• Adult book club, Tuesday, May 26, at 10 a.m., “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” by Mary Ann Shaffer. • Afternoon craft groups, Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., on the lower level. Bring a friend and your favorite craft. • Saturday, May 23, Friends of the Library Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New audio book

New books for children

“Fancy Nancy,” by Jane O’Connor; “Junie B. Jones, First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells,” by Barbara Park; three new poetry books by Susan M. Freese – “Carrots to Cupcakes,” Fireworks to Fruitcakes” and Nickto Nightmares”; “Deltora names Shadowlands,” by Emily Rodda; “Land of Elyon Collection,” by Patrick Carman.

New books for adults

“Look Again,” by Lisa Scottoline; “Mrs. Jeffries in the Nick of Time,” by Emily Brightwell; “Diabetic Living Everyday Cooking,” (BHG); “Mustard Seeds: Thoughts on the Nature of God and Faith,” “Summer on Blossom Street,” by Debbie Macomber; “Wicked Prey,” by John Sandord; “The Perfect Poison,” by Amanda Quick; “Dark Summer,” by Iris Johansen; “A Reliable Wife,” by Robert Goolrick; “Oolong Dead,” by Laura Childs; “Grave Goods,” by Ariana Franklin; “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie,” by Alan Bradley; “Wind Dancer,” by Jamie Carie; “A Flickering Light,” by Jane Kirkpatrick; “The Lace Reader,” by Brunonia Barry; “Land of Marvels,” by Barry Unsworth; “Tender Grace,” by Jackina Stark; “The Water Goes North,” by Dennis Weidemann; “House of Cards,” by William Cohan; “Coop,” by Michael Perry

New DVDs

“The Velveteen Rabbit,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Marley and Me,” “Appaloosa.”


Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Burnett Community Library is at 7451 West Main Street in Webster.

“Look Again,” by Lisa Scottoline

Frederic Senior Center by Ardyce Knauber

Monday, May 11, Spades was played with the following winners: Holly Stonesifer in first place, Donald Danielson in second place, Ed Berdal in third place and Candace Doriott in fourth place. Whist is played on Tuesday. The coffee is on early for the morning group and pool players enjoy the mornings sharpening up their skill. They really are good players and lots of fun is enjoyed. Wednesday and Friday Pokeno is played. This group is always a joy to be around. They have good refreshments too. Thursday 500 cards was played with the following winners: Arnie Borchert in first place, Nina Vold in second place, Larry Anderson in third place and Eleanor Bonneville in fourth place. Saturday was food and fellowship. Card games, Pokeno and Bingo were played. Refreshments at coffee time. This is a wonderful way to spend a nice social time at our center. We will have Memorial Day potluck on

Monday, May 25. Spades will be played and other games can be played if you prefer. Coffee time refreshments will be served. We always enjoy the holiday together with good food and fellowship. Memorial Day is a day to honor our veterans. Tuesday, May 19, the United Aging meeting was held at Golden Oaks community meeting room. Our center belongs to the coalition and it is important to support this agency as many cuts and changes in benefits make a crucial difference in the lives of us seniors. Remember that there are agencies working for us and the Polk County Aging Program can benefit us to add life, laughter, independence, friends and energy. The Polk County nutrition project is an example that is contributing to the well-being of the senior citizens in our area. We enjoy the “Senior Voices” publications to keep us informed with the information important to our age group. The new format is very easy to read.

Ruck, Jane Wardean and I helped Gladys Beers celebrate a belated birthday dinner on Thursday evening at the Loose Change Café, Danbury. Afterward they joined Nancy O’Brien, Carol Berglind, Bernie Boelter and Donna Lehman at cards at the center. Rod and Millie Hopkins, Chuck Lehman, Gene Johnson, Dave Wardean, Pat O’Brien and Harold Peterson had a great time playing pool, too. Don’t forget, red hatters, that the next Ravishing Rubies Red Hat Society Luncheon will be held at noon on Tuesday, May 26, at Madden’s Steakhouse in Siren.


Mary Klar We wish a happy birthday to Nicky Quernemoen, Dorothy Bothman and Ben Blodgett who celebrated recent birthdays. Our special thanks go to Bernie and Earl Boelter for donating a case of 600 plastic forks; and Melanie and Dan Johnson for their donation of eggs. Our get-well wishes and prayers continue to go out to Olive Gehrke, Earl Boelter, Steve Hardy and Lynn Kern. Our sympathy and prayers also go out to the family of Robert Smiley in his recent passing. See you at the center!

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Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Sue and Roger Mroszak Tuesday evening. Dean and Lorraine Kendall were guests of Nina and Lawrence Hines Thursday and Friday. Diana Mangelsen visited them Friday afternoon. Karen and Hank Mangelsen were supper guests of Jake, Holly, Hannah and Grace Mangelsen Friday. April, Dave, Patty and Mandy Close, and Randy and Tara Mangelsen were there also. Lida Nordquist, Nina Hines, Kay Krentz, Sue Ackerman, Dixie Andrea and Judy Leonard attended the spring tea at Faith Lutheran Church in Spooner Saturday. Weekend guests of Maynard and Ronda Mangelsen were Sharon and Jim Firestine and Diane and Jerry Stieb. They all went to the graduation open house Saturday for their nephew, Dylan Longhenry, at the home of his parents, Mike and Nancy Longhenry, of rural Grantsburg. Ronda and Maynard attended the graduation Sunday afternoon. On Saturday, Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Nick and Esther Mangelsen and Doug, Hi, everybody! Blacky here from Humane Society of Burnett County. My ears were getting tired from being blown around outside all morning, so I thought I would come indoors and give ‘em a rest. How come it is so darn windy all the time? Lots of scents get wafted my way, but sometimes it’s more than I can take. And sometimes the wind blows the wrong way, and I don’t smell something until it’s too late - like the other day. I was doing my thing out in the front yard when that juvenile delinquent bear showed up again. I didn’t even know he was there until he was 5 feet away from me! That’s something, because he smells like rotten garbage. This time, I chased him away myself, and my mom said it looked like two Blackys running across the yard. Since then, I gave it some consideration, and I think I’m going to take all my biggest sticks and fashion them into a giant catapult, and then launch some groceries into the woods for him. I don’t want him to starve, but I don’t want his smelly, tick-ridden behind at my house, either. I’ve got two brothers, a mom, and a yard to protect! That same day, once I was certain that things were secure, I took a ride to the shelter to see my friends. I had to chuckle when I walked back and looked into one of the play yards; there, in the sun, were a pile of puppies sleeping in the sand. Five of them, to be exact. They are the offspring of Juno, a young Lab mix, who was surrendered to the shelter recently. She isn’t too old herself, only about a year or so, and she’s a very sweet dog with a pretty brown coat and a waggly tail. Her pups names are Raisin, Tate, Sage, Wendy and Victor. They’re about 8 weeks old, I think, and couldn’t be any cuter. Another newcomer is Harley. Harley is a white schnoodle, and he’s 11 months old. He’s also a surrender, and the shortest guy in the house! I’ll have to take him for a ride on my back sometime, so he can see the world from my perspective. Two strays were brought in that day, as well. Lydia is an adult black Lab, and I’m not certain where she was found. The other dog was found near Glendenning Road in Oakland Township, just south of Danbury. He looks like a Samoyed/retriever mix with long white hair, and a happy face. We’ve dubbed him Casper. I bet the folks who’ve lost these two are looking high and low. If either of them are yours, we’ve got them safe and sound at the shelter. If you happen to lose your dog, or find one, my friends here at the shelter want you to call them! They will put the dog’s description on the Web site in the Lost and Found section, and also, if your pooch winds up here, we

Karen Mangelsen

Nicholas and Alex Brustad at their weekend home in Siren. Later they went to the open house for Dylan Longhenry. After that they called on Maynard and Ronda Mangelsen and their company. Brian Hines visited Donna and Gerry Hines Friday and Saturday. Nancy and Steve Hagen, Emily Hagen and Josh Hennager were overnight guests of Lawrence and Nina Hines Saturday. Sue and Roger Mroszak called on Dixie and Chuck Andrea Sunday morning. Dan and Pat Israel visited Roger and Sue Sunday evening. On Sunday afternoon Allen, Kyan and Jim Hanna came to visit Ronda and Maynard. Brenda, Kristie and Jessie Sweet, and Marlene Swearingen were Sunday visitors of Gerry and Donna Hines. Dave and April Close and family, and Don and Lida Nordquist visited Karen and Hank Mangelsen Sunday. The Memorial Day program at Hertel Lakeview Cemetery will begin at 10 a.m. sharp. All are welcome. will already be alerted that he or she belongs to someone. If you call after hours, please leave a message with a means of contacting you, too. I was a little disappointed to see that most of my current pals are still at the shelter waiting for homes: Cats Amy, Chloe, Leona, Scamper and Tynan; the big-dog duo of and Cooper; YAPpenings George Murphy the Lab/hound who thinks he’s Spiderman; Raven, the big-hearted shepherd; Truman, the fuzzy keeshond pup; and last but not least, the yellow Lab-mix pup, Rocky. He is such a cute little twerp, I’m shocked no one has snapped him up already. The good news, though, is that fox terrier Abby went home, and so did that kitten, Rascal. Boy, he wasn’t here very long at all, and he left inside his own carrying case - how cool! If I left in a crate, you’d have to move me with a forklift. Ha! I don’t know what I’ll be transported in when I go to the wine and cheese tasting event coming up, but I am bound and determined I am going. It is on Saturday, May 30, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the Trade River Winery. There will be wine from the winery, and cheese to sample from Burnett Dairy, and live music by Mandikat Wirkkula and Dave Frank. Admission is $15, but I’m hoping that they’ll let me in for free. I don’t have any money, but I can be charming, and I already have a ride! If you need directions, or have other questions, you may call the winery at 715-327-4193, or the shelter at the number below. I hope to see you there! My final words are these: There are ticks galore out now, and a few of those pesky mosquitos. I haven’t seen any of those yet, but I just watched my mom give my brother a dose of medicine for heartworm prevention and, judging by the expression on his face, it didn’t taste too good! (Mom’s cheap, and won’t buy us the yummy chewables, but you sure can!) I hope all of you pet owners are making sure your furry friends are protected from tick-borne diseases, and heartworm too. And, that they’re up-to-date on all their shots, and are spayed or nooooooootered ... uh-oh, Mom’s coming my way. I think I’m next in line for the yuck medicine! I gotta go hide, everybody, but I’ll see you here next week. HSBC is saving lives, one at a time. 715-866-4096

Blacky Shelter




Bernice Abrahamzon

If you took a walk Sunday morning and thought you smelled pancakes in Lewis, you did. The men of the Lewis church served a treat of scrambled eggs, sausages, pancakes, juice and coffee, after the 8:45 a.m. church service. Good fellowship and good breakfast. Pastor Tom Cook asked LaVonne Boyer to take charge of Sunday’s service. Helpers included: Sylvia Schaetzel, Kara Alden and four

ushers, as there was the regular offering, plus it was Mission Sunday. The choir sang an old-time favorite hymn. It was a cool Sunday, but people were grateful that the sun shone. Spring green is all around us as trees leaf out. White violets are blooming in great mounds and marsh marigolds are hugging streams of water and blooming with yellowgold blossoms. (We also call them cowslips.)

So much to see in the springtime that we don’t know what to look at first. A stray cat had a kitten in one of our sheds, but neglected it and it died. Did you read the column on Clam Falls Township in last week’s Leader? It was written by Clayton Jorgenson. He is basing his information on other printed sources and on personal interviews with residents. Readers will find it interesting.

The column on community also good reading, a recent one by Dr. Ingalls and the week before last by Jodi McLain. Writer’s Corner is focusing on winners in the writing contest in area schools sponsored by the NW Regional Writers. A lot of talent uncovered in those fiction, nonfiction and poetry divisions. Hoping you’re reading all these fascinating columns and insights.

Baby is waiting at Arnell Humane Society. She is waiting for her perfect match – a gentle caretaker who enjoys the love and companionship of a soft-spoken friend. Baby has short hair of diluted gray and creams. She is spayed and declawed. At 5 years of age, Baby is happy to

announce a new program for adoption of older cats at the shelter. “Seniors for Seniors” is a new adoption program that will offer senior cats to senior citizens at a discounted adoption fee. Senior cats make excellent pets for senior cit-

izens who enjoy the quiet companionship of a pet. This pairing is a natural. Senior cats are laid-back and easy to care for and senior citizens are laid-back and enjoy caring for a furry friend. The Arnell Seniors for Seniors program will begin with four senior cats available. Ms. Kitty is a 5-year-old declawed longhair tortie. Mr. Pickles is a 7-year-old, declawed Maine coon cat. Also available are Twister, the 8-year-old, neutered male Birman and Baby, our featured cat this week. To qualify for the Seniors program, adopters must be 60 years or older, and be willing to share

their life with a loving, available senior cat. Due to the Snip and Tuck spay neuter program, beginning May 26, Arnell Humane Society will not be open to the public on Tuesdays. Snip and Tuck surgery patients will be admitted between 8 and 9 a.m., but the shelter animals will not be available for viewing. Phone calls regarding lost and found pets will be returned, as will arrangements to deliver strays to the shelter. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 185 Griffin St. East, Amery, 715-268-7387 or visit our pets online:

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Siren Senior Center I will be taking a leave of absence from the center starting Saturday, the 16th, but hopefully will be able to see that our Siren senior news still gets to you every week. My daughter in Texas had surgery on Monday the 18th, and I went down there to perform my motherly duties. I brought my laptop computer, and with the help of CeCe and Marge Nyberg I should be able to gather all of our news and e-mail it up to the Leader. So if you have anything you want included in the weekly news, contact either one of them, and they will relay it.

Our gratitude to Nona Severson for library books, Muriel Todd for cat food (humane society) and books, Luanne Swanson for a box of vases for the craft shop and Eldora Brown for some Western paperbacks. Our seniors are still looking for more Westerns; it seems we just can’t keep up with them, so if you have any that you have read please bring them in as they are greatly appreciated. The center was busy this week with a good number of diners eating and people enjoying dime Bingo and 500. Winners at 500 were Candace Doriott, Tom Knopik, Dean Elken,

Dave Peterson and Mary Sicord. Marie Van Gilder treated the players to some cookies to add to the usual goodies. We want to also thank Marge Nielson who has been diligently making greeting cards for the center. Thanks to the recyclers, we have good supply to sell. Several people have inquired about membership in our center recently and as we have mentioned before, we do not have membership dues. All seniors are welcome to come and participate in all of the activities. The only requirement is that if you want to voice your opinion on who is going to be on the

Barb Munger board you have to attend at least six monthly senior meetings in order to vote for the officers. The center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Dime Bingo, 500 cards and Spades are played on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday beginning at 1 p.m. Call 715-349-2845 for dining reservations or if you have any other questions you may call 715-349-7810 The dining at five dinner will be held on June 4, so you can start making your reservations now.

Cloverton-Markville Marsh marigolds, trilliums and Mother’s Day always let us know that we are in the middle of the month of May out here in the little townships of Arna and New Dosey. The annual pancake breakfast sponsored by the Duxbury Volunteer Fire Department will be this Sunday, May 24, at the Wilma Town Hall. Serving will begin at 7 a.m., and continue until 1 p.m. It is with sadness that we note the death of Mabel Burson, who died at age 95 in the Sandstone Nursing Home last week. Mabel’s daughter and son-in-law, Eleanor and Mel Elliott, are longtime Markville residents. Our sympathy to all of Mabel’s family. Marlene Mishler, Marge Wolf and Fran Levings attended the monthly meeting of the Seven-County Senior Federation last week. The main agenda item was a report by the auditor that all of the financial records are in excellent shape. Marge and her husband, Al, spent five days in Hastings, Minn., with their daughter,

Heidi, and her family. Al built a wall-hanging stand for all of Heidi’s sewing materials. While down there, the Wolfs had lunch with some friends at the Treasure Island Casino. All in all, it was a very pleasant trip. Jan Proffit went over to Mora to spend Mother’s Day with her mother, Alice Erickson. Marlene and Don Mishler traveled to Cumberland on Mother’s Day to the home of Don’s brother Wayne. The three of them then shopped at the Farm and Fleet store in Rice Lake and had dinner at the China Buffet. Marlene had another very enjoyable time when she joined Evelyn Johnson and Marge Wolfe for the Spirng Fling at the Grand Casino. Pam Ellwein and Vicki Elliott came over to have dinner with them. Diane and Brent Morrison, Rosemount, Minn., put on a wonderful surprise 70th-birthday party for her father, Gene Wickham, while back. Gene and Cheryl were delighted with the event, which included a skit about a previous medical experience of Gene’s.

Cheryl’s brother Roger was the doctor and a friend was the candy striper who had taken care of Gene at one time. The Wickhams say it was hilarious. The evening was capped with Cheryl’s brother Larry doing some karaoke. After getting calls from all of her children on Mother’s Day, Antoinette Kern and her husband, Ron, ate breakfast at Perkins in Superior then did some shopping in Duluth, Minn. Dan Roboin came up recently to help his dad, Boots, split some firewood. Boots says he gets his wood done four years ahead of use because the oak is so nice and dry by that time. Boots also gets down to North St. Paul, Minn., every two weeks to see his granddaughter Emma who is now 5 years old. Sandi and Dave Drake had a wonderful Mother’s Day. They attended church services at daughter Patty’s church where Patty was part of a short play based on the biblical Deb-

Academic news EAU CLAIRE - Spring commencement exercises for 1,217 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire were May 16, in Zorn Arena. A total of 1,107 students received bachelor’s degrees, including 572 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 227 from the College of Business, 229 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 79 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Master’s degrees were awarded to 110 students. The graduates included 16 from the College of Arts and Sciences, including six specialist in education degrees, 32 from the College of Business, 30 from the College of Education and Sciences and 32 from the College of Nursing and Health Services. Local students who received degrees and their fields of study are: Balsam Lake\ Jason Randall, Nursing and Health Sciences, BSN, nursing. Grantsburg Jonathon Burton, Arts and Sciences, BS, psychology; Traci Griffith, Arts and Sciences, BS, biology. Luck Kelli Miles, Education and Human Science, BS, elementary education; Amy Wallin, Education and Human Science, BSW, social work. Osceola Adam Bjornstad, Business, BBA, informa-

tion systems; Justin Roettger, Arts and Sciences, BA, economics; Jenna Selzler, Arts and Sciences, BS, psychology. St. Croix Falls Matthew Campeau, Arts and Sciences, BA, sociology; Erin Carlson, Education and Human Science, BSW, social work. - submitted ••• ST. PAUL - Ashton Leigh Peterson, Balsam Lake, interned this spring with the law firm Hoglund, Chwialkowski,and Mrozik P.L.L.C. in Roseville, Minn. She worked as paralegal. Peterson is graduating with a degree in legal studies at Hamline University. Hamline University attracts a diverse group of 4,900 undergraduate and graduate students who develop their passions working alongside professors invested in their success. Challenged to create and apply knowledge in local and global contexts, students develop an ethic of inclusive leadership and service, civic responsibility and social justice. Hamline students are transformed in and out of the classroom to discover truths that shape the way they see and are able to change the world. - submitted ••• ST. PETER, Minn. - Gustavus Adolphus College Vice President for Enrollment Management Mark Anderson and the college’s entire admission staff is pleased to announce

the incoming class for the 2009-10 academic year. The following local students are among the 620 full-time first-year students who have accepted an offer of admission to begin their collegiate studies this fall, making the estimated enrollment at the college nearly 2,500 students. Gustavus is a residential, liberal arts college that grants undergraduate degrees in 75 majors in 24 academic departments. The college, overlooking St. Peter and the Minnesota River Valley, was founded by Swedish Lutheran immigrants and named for Swedish King Gustav II Adolf. Gustavus is the oldest Lutheran college in Minnesota. Fully accredited and well-known for its strong writing, science, music, athletic, and service-learning programs, Gustavus hosts a local chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is internationally recognized for its annual Nobel Conference. Luck Maren Rozumalski, dean’s scholarship. Balsam Lake Jennifer Gorne, dean’s scholarship. Centuria Rebecca Pollock, dean’s scholarship. Grantsburg Lydia Benge Briggs, presidential, Anderson theatre and dance. - submitted

orah. After services, their granddaughter Gracie and husband, Joe, served a delicious dinner for them at their home in Elk River. Many thanks to Dennis Sherman, Peg and Clint Coveau, Don Mishler, Al Wolk and Dave and Fran Baker for cleaning the cemetery last Friday. They all appreciated the refreshments served by Marlene and Marge at the town hall after the cleanup. My husband, Dave Baker, spend last Wednesday in the Cities with his son Nic who is home for five days from Philadelphia. There will not be a column next week due to the three-day weekend. Remember the troops on Memorial Day, wherever you are.

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Fran Krause attended the Sara Circle meeting on Wednesday with Marge Skinner as hostess. Thursday, Mark Krause brought Kathryn home from college. Friday, Kathryn left for an Inter-Scholastic Conference in Michigan. Allyson Krause returns from college Monday. Monday, LaVonne and Mike O’Brien attended Frederic’s middle school spring concert to see Tylyn O’Brien. Tuesday, Jack and LaVonne O’Brien and Pat and Nancy O’Brien went to St. Cloud to meet Jack’s sister-in-law Vi O’Brien, nephew George O’Brien, brother Don O’Brien and Elaine, Dane and Teresa Childus for lunch and lots of visiting. Friday night, LaVonne O’Brien attended Stars on Broadway, put on by Attitudes Dance Academy at the Webster High School in which Rylee O’Brien was one of the dancers. Thursday some of the Webster Elementary School had old-fashioned school days at the Orange School.

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Luck Senior Center by Kathy Mueller

Well, we all had a great time last Saturday at the men’s breakfast. Twenty-two Luck gentlemen attended the breakfast. The food was awesome, and the visiting was just as great. We had an egg bake, a cranberry scone, banana and pumpkin breads, juice, strawberries and coffee. The ladies in the kitchen worked hard, but our chief cook, Marlene, made it enjoyable. We all learned a little about making food look beautiful. Helpers in the kitchen were Edna Lawson, Silpa Ogren, Carol Weitz, me and Betty (and I cannot remember Betty’s last name!). We hope to do it again. We are planning to make a trip, as a group, to see the Iris Gardens in Forest Lake, Minn. The date will be Monday, June 8. We will meet at the senior center at 9 a.m. I called the garden owner and he said we will see peak blooming in the second week of June. I have been there once a few years ago, and if you love flowers, you need to see this place. We will probably ask a donation of about $1.50 for drivers to help pay for gas. We will

also likely stop somewhere for lunch, no definite plans yet on that issue. Anyone is welcome to come along. There is some walking to see all the flowers, but the terrain is not difficult. We need to know how many are interested in going, so we can arrange to have drivers. Please sign up at the center, or call 715-472-8285. Coming up also is our Women’s Tea as I have mentioned before. It is on June 19, Friday, at 1 p.m. Again, please sign up at the center. I think this will be even more fun than the men’s breakfast. Come in to visit us Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 am to 3:30 p.m. We always have coffee and treats, and have sandwiches and other good stuff for lunch. We do ask for donations for snacks. Everyone is welcome, members and nonmembers, and people of all ages (we especially love to see little kids once in a while). Our building is also for rent for special occasions or for meetings. Our rates are very reasonable. Call if you have any questions.

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Our center was very busy with many activities all week long. On Monday, Ann Hraychuck and Tom Nelson held a town hall meeting in the afternoon. Many community members and seniors were in attendance. Tuesday had 39 people enjoying 500 cards and Dominoes. Domino winners were Jean McIntyre, Janice Mevissen and Don Anderson. 500-card winners were Lonnie Jones, Jeanne Thomforhda, Ken Johnson, Don Benson and Rita Boyle. Ken Johnson and Rita Boyle won the nine-bid. Tuesday and Thursday morning exercise group has gained several new members. Everyone feels so energized after an hour of putting our bodies into motion. Thursday evening 500 cards had 25 in attendance. Winners were Arliss Rosen, Irwin Bird, Ray Nelson, Leone Montgomery and John Brown. Don Benson and Kim Rosen won the nine-bid. The card groups have also

gained some new members. Friday Bridge players had two full tables playing. Anyone who would like to join this group should stop in at the center on Friday morning at 10 a.m. Delores Benson was the coverall winner at Bingo on Friday afternoon, which had 14 people in attendance. Friday evening the Good Samaritan Center held their spring prom for their residents. Emma Klawitter was chosen prom queen. Saturday evening 500 cards at Cedar Lake had Bob Soderquist and Jim Prichard as their two winners. Our monthly meeting is this Thursday, May 21, with potluck prior to the meeting. We will be voting for new officers and do need a quorum of paid members for this voting. Ole asked Lena to run downtown and find him a pair of loafers. Lena came back with two Swedes. Stop by for coffee and refreshments and get a current schedule of events.

Birth announcements Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center:

A boy, Gordon Adam Perry, born April 29, 2009, to Hannah and Adam Perry, Taylors Falls, Minn. Gordon weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz. ••• A girl, Lily Pearl Bruggeman, born April 30, 2009, to Ashley Knutson and Jason Bruggeman, Dresser. Lily weighed 10 lbs., 2 oz. ••• A boy, River Daniel Wheeler, born April 30, 2009, to Benjamin and Deanna Wheeler, Milltown. River weighed 6 lbs., 9 oz. ••• A girl, Shelby Saleen Koffler, born May 1, 2009, to Barbara and Jason Koffler, Pine City, Minn. Shelby weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz. ••• A girl, Margaret “Maggie” Ann Cox, born May 5, 2009, to Jeromy and Jennifer Cox, Milltown. Margaret weighed 8 lbs. •••

News from the Service SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Air Force Airman Zachary T. Barnholdt graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Mandy Helton of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and grandson of Lee Miller of Webb Lake.

A girl, Aubrey Lee Charpentier, born May 6, 2009, to Jeff and Courtney Charpentier, Harris, Minn. Aubrey weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz. ••• A girl, Isabella Mae Wilson, born May 9, 2009, to Kerry and Orin Wilson, St. Croix Falls. Isabella weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz. ••• A girl, Britta Marie Olson, born May 10, 2009, to Carrie and Shawn Olson, Centuria. Britta weighed 8 lbs., 12 oz. ••• A boy, Andrew Curtis Carlson, born May 12, 2009, to Liza and Curtis Carlson, Luck. Andrew weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz. ••• A boy, Dawson Lyle Hetrick, born May 13, 2009, to Cody and Jamee Hetrick, St. Croix Falls. Dawson weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz. •••



Last Thursday evening, about 7 p.m., I finally got a look at what I’m sure is my little black bear I call Pee Wee and it isn’t much bigger than it was last year. I was sitting in the living room talking to my nephew Craig’s wife, Linda, of Monroe, N.C., when our little Boston terrier, Toots, who usually lays by the patio door guarding the backyard, or so she thinks, went totally ballistic. I knew right then something was up. There she was, my little bear, heading right for the bird yard like it knew just what was there to eat. This is not the bear that left its muddy paw prints about 10 feet up on the siding outside the kitchen window a few weeks ago, as they were way too high for a small bear. We have been told that there are seven of them living in our area. One is an old boar that weighs in at about 500 pounds. We have seen him and he is very determined. There will be a Memorial Day service on Monday, May 25, at the Siren school at 11 a.m. A service at the Lakeview Cemetery will follow the one at the school. There will be a service at the Mud Hen Lake Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. Take the time during your busy Memorial Day weekend plans to pay tribute to all the men and women who have made our freedom possible. The Siren Methodist Church held a memo-


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rial service for Lois Heffner-Canfield last Sunday at 3 p.m. Lois passed away several months ago in Arizona. Sympathy to the family of Ronald E. Hanson who passed away May 3. The Food and Friends Community Dinner for the month of May will be held on Tuesday, May 26, at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Webster. Dinner is from 5 to 6 p.m. This is a free dinner but donations are accepted. Come early as the food goes fast. The Burnett County Library in Webster is holding a book sale on Saturday, May 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Donated books are always gladly accepted. The money made from the sale will go to help the library. Congratulations to elementary student Mandy Close, middle schooler Jessica Talbert and high schooler Jackie Duncan for being chosen Siren schools students of the month. Congratulations to all the 2009 Siren schools graduating seniors. Graduation is Sunday, May 31, at 2 p.m. Aim high, graduates, in whatever you choose to do and always follow your dreams as dreams can and do come true to those who are determined to reach for the stars.

Leadgislation The revelation that toys from China contained lead has prompted the usual flurry of concern by our esteemed politicians. Legislation was quickly cobbled together and passed to save the children. At this point, I want to mention that lead has to be ingested or inhaled to be toxic. Touching lead will not poison you. Don’t get me wrong, some kids 6 and under have to be protected because they have a propensity to put everything in their mouths. The intentions were good but the content was flawed. In their zeal, they restricted all lead-based components of materials that would come in contact with children. This included ATVs that apparently have lead in some components. Dealers were required to pull their kid-specific inventory of ATVs to

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the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars until the law could be addressed. The lead legislation was approved by the same geniuses that didn’t read the stimulus package – that makes me feel better. If your kid gnaws on the fenders of his/her ATV maybe they should take up jogging or you could give them a spanking.


Museum announces opening BALSAM LAKE - The Polk County Historical Museum will be open for the season, Memorial Day through Labor Day, noon to 4 p.m. The museum is located 120 Main Street, downtown Balsam Lake. The museum has several new displays and is now handicap accessible. There is handicap parking on the north end of the new addition and elevator to use to get to the different floors. Please come enjoy the Polk County history at its best yet. - submitted

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Olesen/Skogen Mr. and Mrs. Daniel and Deborah Olesen of Milltown and Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Karen Skogen of Rosemount, Minn., would like to announce the marriage of their children, Kathryn and Todd. The couple was married April 23, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nev. They reside in Minnetonka, Minn. – Photo submitted

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ST. CROIX FALLS - A motorsport expo and swap meet is being scheduled for Saturday, June 2, in the parking lot of Tractor Supply Co. on Hwy. 8 in St. Croix Falls. The event will run from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is free to the general public. Featured will be vendors and businesses of motorsports such as motorcycles, ATVs, boats, and other personal recreational vehicles and accessories. To become a vendor at the event or to learn about participation in the motorsports swap meet during the event, contact the Falls Chamber of Commerce at 715483-3580, or by e-mail: . The expo is being organized by the Falls Chamber of Commerce. - submitted

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Editor’s note: This is the second in a series on the history of the Clam Falls area, compiled by local historian Clayton Jorgensen

Early logging on the Clam Shell River

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Clayton Jorgensen

Clam Falls area

152 years

Clam Falls, part 2 When heavy logging started in 1950 around Ward Lake, the tote road was extended from Clam Lake south near the Clam Shell Falls. When the area was first surveyed in 1853, the surveyor marked the road, and the map also showed logging huts near the falls. In the spring, when the floods of snow and rain come thundering down the little valley, those rapids are completely hidden by the sheet of white water that is flung from the rocks. When the log driver sluices, or bushes, his logs over the falls, the pounding of the huge timbers against the rocks, the rush and roar of the water, the shout of the daring driver as he plunges into the spray at the risk of life and limb, forms a scene not easily forgotten once it has been witnessed. The falls would create log jams of the many logs coming from the Ward Lake area. It was in the spring of 1859 that Tom Kent was killed at the falls. Kent, from the famous Kent milling family in Osceola, was considered one of the best men on logs on the river. His agility and dexterity were so good, he never thought it was worth the while to wear calks on his driving boots. It was said of him that he could stand on any chunk, or log, of not more than four feet in length, and it could bear his weight, and with no other aid than his feet he could end the chunk over and over. Yet he was drowned, or crushed, in water that he could wade in, and within ten feet of shore at Clam Shell Falls. They were sluicing logs through the dam, and Kent went down on the rocks just below to break off a jam that was forming. He was cautioned about the logs, but warning was needless as he was as well-acquainted with the place as any man on the crew. He freed the jam but lost his hat, jumped back to get it and slipped and a log rolled over him and crushed him to death. He was not

Smith’s Sawmill - 1872. Daniel Smith could see great value in the falls of the Clam River. In 1871-72, he built a sawmill at the falls and a place to live. He became the first settler of Clam Falls and also raised the first crops.

The first bridge. Around 1859, a logging dam for collection tolls on saw logs was built just above the Clam River falls. In 1864, Daniel F. Smith, Canute Anderson and J. Vincent were authorized to construct a bridge over the Clam River at Clam Falls to connect the early road from Butternut to Bashaw Lake area and beyond.

seen again for hours. The body of Thomas Kent was found by a Native American maiden who drew his body from the water and covered it with a blanket. She stayed by the body until Capt. William Kent came to the falls and took his brother home for burial. In 1862 Daniel F. Smith returned to the area. This is what W.H.C. Folsom said about Daniel Smith in his book “Fifty Years in the Northwest”: “Daniel F. Smith, a peculiar and eccentric man, was born in Chautauqua County, New York, in 1813; emigrated to Michigan in 1834, where he married Eliza Green the following year, and moved to Racine County, Wisconsin. In 1842 he engaged in lumbering on the Wisconsin River, his home being at Stevens Point. He was of the firms of Smith & Bloomer and Smith & Fellows. Mr. Bloomer was accidentally killed, on which account the business of these firms was closed, Mr. Smith removing to Galena, Ill., to facilitate the settlement of their affairs. In 1852 he moved to St. Louis, Mo.; and in 1853 to Memphis, Tenn., where he engaged in the wholesale grocery business, losing heavily, in fact all the accumulations of his life. In the spring of 1855, he leased the St. Croix Falls saw mill, and operated it for two years, when trouble arose and litigation ensued, in which Smith obtained a judgment against Cushing for $1,000. In 1860 he removed to Clinton, Iowa, and thence in the same year to California. “He traveled much, visitLogging had started on the Clam River many ing mines. He spent some years before, but heavy logging started in 1873 time in mining, and also manby the C.N. Nelson Lumber Company. The Nelufactured shingles. In 1862, son Camp was built south of the village of Clam he returned to St. Croix Falls Falls on the west side of the river. A main tote and engaged in lumbering for road was built south from Clam Falls past the three years. In 1868, he built a Nelson Camp and down to the Mackie Lake sawmill at Butternut Lake, Camp. Wisconsin.

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES Will be held on Monday, May 25 at the following times and locations:

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“He did much to open that country to settlement. He was the founder of a town which he named Luck. In 1872, he was the first settler at Clam Falls, where he built a sawmill with but one man to assist, and around that mill has sprung up a flourishing settlement. “Dan Smith, with undaunted perseverance, has battled his way through life, and has come out victorious over difficulties and opposition that would have discouraged and turned back other men. Mr. Smith is a plain, direct, outspoken man; a man of energy and ability. He has ably and satisfactorily filled many places of trust. For many years he has been a commissioner of Polk County.” Canute Anderson, first settler in Burnett County, asked Daniel Smith in 1863 to be his financial partner to acquire the 160 acres of land where Grantsburg is built. The most common story on how Grantsburg got its name was that the Hickerson brothers from Grantsburg were fighting with Gen. Grant during the Civil War in the South. The town was named in honor of Grant and the Hickerson brothers. What is not commonly known is that Smith, who was helping Anderson at this time, had lived in Galena, Ill., and knew Gen. Grant. He could have had some influence in the naming of Grantsburg. In 1864 Smith, Anderson and J. Vincent were authorized to construct a bridge over the Clam River at the Clam Falls. About the same time in 1864, Smith also built a dam at the Clam Falls and started charging lumber companies fees for passing logs through the dam. This did not make the logging companies happy and a lot of problems started. The lumber companies sent a person

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Foster Trading Post - 1857. One of the miners, William Foster, opened a road from Clam Falls to St. Croix Falls in 1857. This road was called the Butternut Road. Later the road was called the Clam Falls Road. After Smith returned to this area in 1862, Canute Anderson asked him to be his financial partner to acquire 160 acres in Burnett County. This land was platted for the proposed county seat of Burnett County. The town was later named Grantsburg.

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from Stillwater, Minn., to see Uncle Dan Smith about the problem, and the man went back to Stillwater with two teeth missing. In the mid-1860s, Smith approached the Polk County Board of Supervisors with the idea to improve the Butternut Road. The county board denied the request, because it would bring too much traffic and other problems to the area. Smith hired 20 men and had them improve the road from Clam Falls to St. Croix Falls. The county commissioner did not take this kindly, so they sent the sheriff to arrest Smith. It was at this time the road name was changed from Butternut Road to Clam Falls Road. The road was one of the most important factors in opening northwestern Polk County to settlement. Daniel Smith built a large sawmill by Butternut Lake in 1868 and helped his friend, William Foster, open the area and build a new town, which people say Smith named Luck. In 1868, Alonzo Hyck and a wagonload of Civil War veterans arrived to claim land in the area. It was also at this time that a trading post existed on the present H. Donald Johnson farm, one mile north of Clam Falls. The trading post was there before a store was built in Clam Falls. An old road came down from the north. This road went past the trading post and joined the Clam Falls Road at Clam Falls on the east side of the Clam River. The early roads at this time in the Clam Falls area were the Clam Falls Road, the north-south logging tote road on the west side of the Clam River and the old trading post road.


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There was another service at the church at 10 o’clock so we left the old gentleman, arriving at the church just in time for the services. My sister’s friend and his brother lived with their sister in a house very close to the church, and we were invited to have lunch with them. They boarded there as their parents were still in Sweden. After lunch all of us went to our home. We had a lake on our land and we spent the afternoon skating and sitting around the fire. My friend, Swede, stopped down and picked an evergreen from a vine, some call it prince’s pine, and pinned it on my coat. Sixty years have passed, but this little pine is still among my souvenirs. The next night we went to a Christmas program and later to a dance. I don’t know just how it happened, but Swede spent most of his time with me during my vacation! To tell the truth, he spent most of his time with me the next fifty years! We enjoyed each other even though I told him his nose was too large and he told me that I was good looking, but that my lips could have been a little smaller. My folks had small noses and full lips, and his folks had large noses and thin lips. All that did not matter. He was a good dancer, and was my favorite partner. How I did love to glide across the floor with him! Our vacation came to an end, and I had to go back to the mill. I promised to write. Why did I do that? I never wrote to any of the other boys, but write, I did.

Could it have been love? The following spring, in June, I packed all my belongings and went home to father’s farm to keep house for him and any of my brothers, letting my sister go to the city for a while. There was a great deal of hard work to do, but plenty of fun, too. I was happy whereever I went, letting nothing worry me. My Swede was home for a few weeks, too. Another year rolled by. Time passes so swiftly on a farm with a lot of work to do. One day, who should I see coming down the hill? It was my Swede. He had come home from the woods where he had been for six months. “Oh, my,” I thought, “He looks like a real American – got his hat tipped just so and has learned to speak English, too. I guess I still stand in good stead with him, for I am the first girl he calls on after he has been gone all winter.” We had supper and then he and my brother and I walked out to see his sister. We came home at ten o’clock and my brother went into the house right away, but for us there was the most tempting moonlight we had ever seen. We seemed to have so much to talk about, we forgot all about time. It was twelve o’clock when I went in. Oooh! In the morning I got an awful scolding for not coming in with my brother. “Oh,” I thought, “Can’t the old folks remember when they were young” I’ll bet father

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sat out in the moonlight too, when he was young. Who could just go in and crawl into bed and let a lovely moon like that go to waste? The next Sunday evening we went with a group of young folks to a party and did we have fun. We got tired playing games and started telling stories and singing. How could we help that daybreak came so early? We were about seven in the group and had to walk three or four miles to get home. It was broad daylight when we got home, so I asked him to come in and have some coffee before he went home. Father was up and had fire in the stove. He surely did reprimand us. I felt badly. Swede took his hat and started to leave, but father said, “No, no, sit down and have breakfast with us. I am not angry. I don’t mind you going to parties when you come right home, but what I want you to understand is that I do not want her to pet and kiss, because that leads to nothing good! We promised to be good, and Swede told father that he was in love with me and that we planned to get married as soon as he could build a house on his homestead. I left for the city to work very soon after that, as there were many things that I wanted to buy. I hated to leave my father and brother, but they were understanding and did not want to stand in my way. Later that summer Swede came down to work in the çities a couple months before he went to work in the logging camps. This fall his parents and sister came over from Sweden, building a home next to their daughter’s house by the church and his father became caretaker of the church and grounds. I was so anxious to meet his folks. In my mind, I had already adopted his mother.


As I had not had a mother since I was nine years old, I was very, very thrilled about it. But, I had a sad disappointment. Swede and I came into the house, hand in hand, filled with joyful expectation. He greeted his mother first and then said, “Mother, this is my sweetheart. We plan to get married in the spring.” “Oh,” I thought, “Why doesn’t she put her arms around me and say that she is glad for her son?” Instead she said sternly, “I thought you had your girl in the old country.” “Mother,” he said, “I did not have a girl there that I wanted to marry.” “Well, what about Emma?” she asked. I liked his father very much, for he not at all rude. I went back to the city and mama had her dear son all to herself on Sundays and she influenced him to write to Emma. She did all she could to break our engagement, but his father felt differently about it and asked Swede if he had given me an engagement ring. Swede said he had, so his father said, “A ring means a lot, I think you had not better break it up.” His poor mother had planned all the time that he was to marry Emma and had tried to poison his mind against me. I did not know about all this until I came up there to be married. He had written to me in April saying his house was finished enough for us to move in, so I arrived there the second of May. We stayed at my sister’s and his brother’s place until we were married. His parents were there too, as it was their oldest sons’ home. Our land joined theirs. – With information submitted by Brian Johnson’s family. – From Betty Fenton, director of public relations, Frederic Area Historical Society

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POLK COUNTY LIBRARY NEWS Amery Public Library “In the Dark,” by Brian Freeman 1977, a hot and stormy summer night ends in a brutal murder. Thirty years later Detective Jonathon Stride is reminded of the cold case when Tish Verdure, a former high school classmate returns to Duluth, Minn., to write a book about the murder of Laura Starr. Stride starts to look into the murder again, for the case was never solved.. Laura Starr was Stride’s wife Cindy’s sister. Cindy died of cancer a few years ago and now Stride is involved with Serena but the past won’t stay buried and current events show the corruption which fueled the earlier murder is still alive. Stride is working on a string of windowpeeping incidents which lead to the drowning of a young girl, and the past keeps resurfacing. Brian Freeman knows how to take the reader by the lapels and not let go. If you haven’t read his thrillers stop in at the Amery Area Public Library and pick one up. His three previous novels are, “Immoral,” “Stripped” and “Stalked.” The books feature the Duluth police detective, Jonathon Stride. Library notes Story time will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday mornings with Elaine until

June 10, when we will have our first Summer Reading story time, Dance Revels Moving History: A Day in the Life of a Voyageur. Summer Reading, Be Creative at Your Library, starts on June 8. Stop in and sign up your child. Help them keep those hard-earned reading skills over the summer and have fun as well. They can sign up in Read to Me, Regular Reader 50 Page Club and 100-Page Club. Friends of the Library have a book cart with books, magazines and movies for sale at the library so check it out if you need things to read for your cabin or camper. Also remember the Ameryopoly Game for graduation presents or if you are having a class reunion. The Amery Area Public Library is having a bake sale to raise funds for debt reduction on June 12. If you are a baker, sign up to bring items for the sale at the library. If you are an eater, remember that the best baked items are homemade baked for a good cause. Otaku Club meets every Tuesday for teens who love manga and anime and gaming. Stop in and check it out if you are a teen. The Amery Area Public LIbrary will be closed on Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy your holiday.

Centuria Public Library New books, books on CD and DVDs New library materials of all sorts are added to the collection of materials at the Centuria Public Library. If you need a new book to read, want to listen to a story on CD, read to your child/children, or watch a DVD, the library in Centuria is the place to go. Come in and check out our selection. We are sure that you will find something to borrow.

Regular library hours Monday: noon - 5 p.m.; Tuesday: noon - 7 p.m.; Wednesday: noon - 5 p.m.; Thursday: noon - 7 p.m.; Friday: closed; and Saturday: 10 a.m. - noon.

Polk County Library Hours Osceola Public Library Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our phone number is 715-294-2310, and our Web address is St. Croix Falls Public Library Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, except Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed on Sunday. 715-483-1777. E-mail: Online: Balsam Lake Public Libary

Balsam Lake Library, (under the water tower) at 404 Main St., Balsam Lake. Hours are Monday 10 a.m. -8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. E-mail: Web site

Centuria Public Library Monday: Noon - 5 p.m.; Tuesday: noon - 7 p.m.; Wednesday: noon - 5 p.m.; Thursday: noon - 7 p.m.; Friday: closed; and Saturday: 10 a.m. - noon. Luck Public Library Open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Thursday. Fridays we will be open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday we will be open from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Dresser Public Library Monday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday noon–5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.–noon and 1–7 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Amery Public Library Hours will be Monday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Milltown Public Library The library hours are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Sunday closed. Clear Lake Public Library Monday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Wednesday: 2 - 8 p.m.; Thursday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Friday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. We can be reached by phone at 715-263-2802 or by e-mail at Frederic Public Library Frederic Public Library, 127 Oak Street West. 715-327-4979, e-mail Regular open hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Frederic Public Library Library closure Please note that the library will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. Memorial Day activities Looking for meaningful ways to mark Memorial Day weekend? Friends and families will certainly be gathering for their own celebrations, but take some time to learn about Memorial Day by accessing its history and symbolism on the Web site A great site for family activities is found at w w w. e d u c a t i o n - w o r l d . c o m / holidays/archives/memorial_day.shtml a Web page that promotes education through a variety of Internet resources. You’ll find everything on this site, from the history of this holiday, to listening to taps, to making a patriotic flag cake for your family celebration. Story time theme is community workers Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to story time every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. Guest readers will represent the hospital on May 27. Join us for a lively hour of stories and activities. Summer library program begins June 8 Registration for the Be Creative at Your Library summer program begins June 8 for all kids from preschool to tweens and teens. We have all kinds of hands-on activities planned, and we are looking for donated craft materials. If you have extra yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, beads, buttons, fabric, felt, specialty papers, glitter, glue, or other materials, please donate them to the summer library program, and they will become awesome art projects. We appreciate your support. Ride the course and you may win a bike! The library is partnering with the Frederic Police Department to host a bicycle rodeo for all kids who ride bikes on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. at the library. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and partici-

pants who ride the course will have their names put in a drawing for new helmets and bikes. Mark your calendars for the bicycle rodeo on June 6, and be sure to bring your bikes and your helmets when you come. Friends of Frederic Library meeting The Friends group will meet Thursday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the library. New Friends are always welcome, and if you would like to become a member of this very worthwhile group, please attend the meeting to learn more about their service projects. Share the bounty If you like to grow vegetables, why not share your green thumb with those in need? Share the Bounty is a hunger prevention project that encourages gardeners to plant free seeds, which are available at the library, and then bring half the harvest to local food shelves, families at WIC clinics, and others in need. Stop in to pick up some seed packets and learn more about this program and this great family summer project. Do you have donations for the book sale? If you’re cleaning shelves and closets, please consider donating your gently used books, music, and movies to the library’s annual Family Days bake/book sale, which will be held June 19-20. The sale is sponsored by the Friends, and profits go to library services and projects. Your donations are welcome anytime up to the day of the sale. Hours and information Frederic Public Library, 127 Oak Street West. 715-327-4979, e-mail Regular hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Story time is held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers and their caregivers.

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Polk County Library Hours Brown Bag Library Lecture – June 11, noon – 1 p.m. Yoga helps improve balance, strength and flexibility and leads to greater selfawareness, confidence, and peace of mind. Join Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor Cindi Buenzli on Thursday, June 11, from noon -1 p.m., at the Polk County Library Federation for a trial yoga experience. Buenzili’s gentle yet enthusiastic style encourages people of all ages and abilities to give yoga a try. Please wear comfortable clothes that allow you to stretch.

Equipment is provided for the demonstration class. Please register for this class by calling the Polk County Library Federation, 715485-8680. Registration is due June 9; space is limited so call today. The director of the Polk County Library Federation is Colleen Gifford, and the assistant librarian/ clerk is Tina Riley. The Polk County Library Federation is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.


Exciting theatre series ahead for Festival in 2009

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Patrick O’Brien in “Dates with a Nut.” Perry Thrun as Snoopy in “Charlie Brown.” – Photos submitted Two,” a romantic-comedy montage where two actors play eight characters in four short plays (July 23-Aug. 2). These extraordinary July theater events definitely showcase the powerful art of acting. In August, an unusual comedy takes the stage for two weekends only with the production of “Sylvia” (which playwright A.R. Gurney dedicated to Sarah Jessica Parker who played the title role on Broadway in the mid-‘90s). When a midlife crisis meets a new life in mid town Manhattan and a large dog follows, life gets beyond interesting for Greg and Kate. Longtime Festival Theatre fans will be delighted to see James Walker and Marilyn Mays in the roles of Greg and Kate, while those theatergoers who haven’t yet seen Jim and Marilyn perform together will be in for a truly memorable experience. One of the biggest mystery thrillers in American theater history will be onstage in October when “Deathtrap” opens on Oct. 1 for a four-week run. Written and opening on Broadway in 1978, “Deathtrap” ran for nearly 1,800 performances. The play asks a simple question: how far will someone go to have a hit play? When Sydney Bruhl becomes desperate for a successful new play and a student from a playwriting seminar shows up with a real winner, temptation may prove far too great for any mere mortal. This Ira Levin masterpiece is sure to intrigue and entertain! Thanksgiving and Christmas in the St. Croix Valley would not be complete without a play for the whole family at Festival Theatre. The 2009 theatre series will have a lot of extra laughter with “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” In this hilarious Christmas tale by Barbara

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sure that variety of mediums are offered. The event, held on the same day as the Siren Summerfest, is expected to a attract a large volume of visitors and includes food, wine-tasting and live entertainment. As part of the festival, there will be a first-ever special exhibition of art by the late Jens Rasmussen, a Sirenbased oil painter of regional renown. The BAF is sponsored by the Burnett Area Arts Group and North Wind Arts. For additional information and to receive a registration package, email, call Jenny Goalen, 715-349-8448; or Kathy Recke, 715-656-3322. Registration information and form can be downloaded from the BAAG Web site, - submitted

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The Siren Farmers Market is open Buy local, buy Wisconsin by Colleen Draxler BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - Finally, after a long winter and a cold spring, it is time to visit a local farmers market. If you are eager for fresh produce and fresh air, check out the Siren Farmers Market from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at the Siren Senior Center. Local growers, crafters and other vendors will present their specialties throughout the summer. What will you find at the market on Saturday? Look for a wide variety of flowering and bedding plants. With the last frost behind us (we hope) it is time to plant your garden and patio pots. Pick up some already-started peppers and tomato plants for your own vegetable garden. Trays of impatiens, pansies, petunias and much more are ready for your flower beds. Select from the most colorful hanging baskets of begonias, geraniums and monkey flower for your porch or patio. Dahlia bulbs are available providing the promise of summer glories in various sizes and colors, together with instructions on planting and staking. The first tastes of spring also will be available, including tender asparagus, tart rhubarb, sweet parsnips and fresh lettuce. In the coming weeks the market will feature a large variety of perennials: Asiatic and Oriental lilies, balloon flowers, primrose, dianthus and more; plants of varying heights: short, medium, tall and ground covers. If you are one of the many new gardeners this year, the farmers market is the perfect place to get your questions answered. The growers are happy to chat with you about the best varieties of tomatoes or where to plant that variegated coleus. They know what plants thrive in the shade and which flowers will spruce up your rock garden. They have years of experience to share with you. The Grantsburg Farmers

Market will open Monday, June 1, noon to 2 p.m. at the village offices/library; Frederic Farmers Market Saturday, July 18, 8 a.m. to noon in the Inter-County Leader parking lot. The Spooner Farmers Market will open mid-June on Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the train museum. New vendors are always welcome, growers and crafters alike. Interested vendors should call Chuck Awe for the Grantsburg/Siren markets Cell: 612-226-1220; Doug Amundson, Frederic Market 715327-8842 and Connie Van Sluys, Spooner Market 715-766-2105. Rhubarb, one of spring’s first treats, is ready to pull. Use tender young red stalks to make this moist, sweet and tangy bread. Rhubarb Bread Ingredients: 1 cup milk 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1-1/2 cups brown sugar 2/3 cup vegetable oil 1 egg 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1-1/2 cups chopped rhubarb 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans. In a small bowl, stir together milk, lemon juice and vanilla; let stand for 10 minutes. In a large bowl, mix together 11/2 cups brown sugar, oil and egg. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda, stir into sugar mixture alternately with the milk mixture just until combined. Fold in rhubarb and nuts. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. Sprinkle this mixture over the unbaked loaves. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a loaf comes out clean.

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Unity Community Education Red Cross swim lessons BALSAM LAKE – Monday through Friday, July 13 to 24, at the Unity School Pool, Red Cross certified instructors: Laurie Paulsen and Jeanne Wallis will teach Learn-to-Swim classes.. The cost will be $30 per student, all levels. The American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim classes provide instruction to help swimmers of all ages and abilities develop their swimming and water safety skills. They are designed to give students a positive learning experience. Learn-toSwim teaches aquatic and safety skills in a logical progression. The objective is to teach people to swim and to be safe in, on, and around the water. Times are subject to adjustment, depending upon final enrollment. Instructors will call with changes. Registration deadline is noon on Thursday, July 9. No late registrations will be accepted. Class schedule: 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Red Cross Levels 1 and 2. 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Red Cross Levels 3 and up. 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Prelevel 1, typically for ages 3-5. July 13 to 17, one week only. 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Infants ages 6 months to 3 years. July 20 to 24, one week only. - submitted

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A groundbreaking groundbreaking AMERY - The Polk County Chapter of Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, with their partner family, broke ground in Amery on Saturday, May 16, for their first home. Despite the cold weather and high winds, a number of supporters came to witness the event. Mayor Harvey Stower, city council members, Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity President Jim Dale and many others were on hand for the celebration. Lien Elementary offered their cafeteria to use for coffee afterward, so the group was able to move indoors for most of the ceremony. The homeowners-to-be, Stephanie Larson and Travis Rehbein Sr., and their children, Travis Jr., Sabrina and Natasha, were overwhelmed at the support of the community and of area agencies. Once the ground is cleared and the foundation is set, the build will begin in June. For more information regarding volunteering contact, Ernie Naumann, at 715825-4841 or link to more Polk County Habitat for Humanity information at – submitted

Chapter President Eric Kube (R), introduces the Rehbein/Larson family: Natasha, Sabrina, Travis Jr., Stephanie Larson and Travis Rehbein Sr. – Photos submitted

At Lien Elementary school, Blessing Boards were signed by attendees; these 2 X 4’s will become part of the framework of the home. Also shown is the family’s first hammer, given to them by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans representative, Jon Grams, during the ceremony.

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A sizable crowd of supporters and well-wishers braved the cold and wind Saturday to help celebrate the groundbreaking for Polk County’s first Habitat for Humanity home.


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Wormy and Squirmy in Africa by Wayne Anderson “Hey Wormy, we made it to Africa! That was a great ocean ride,” exclaimed Squirmy, who by now would have his sea legs, except worms don’t have legs. “Let’s see from India we sailed across the Tropic of Capricorn to get here,” Wormy charted on his world map. “By the way, what is the Tropic of Capricorn? It sounds like some astrology thing?” “Well, actually, it is,” Squirmy confirmed. “The name means ‘goat’s horn’ in Old Latin. Capricorn is one of the 12 zodiac signs.” “What sign are we?” Wormy wondered. “I’m not sure worms have a sign, but we do have an interest in things, like Africa!” Squirmy said with glee. “I want to see and learn more about this place.” People always talk about Africa like it was a single place. Well, in a way it is. It is not a country, but a continent. Do you know how many continents there are in the world? The answer is seven. Africa is the second-largest continent, where a quarter of the world’s people live. A lot of scientists think Africa is the birthplace of the human race. They believe they found human remains that are 130,000 years old. They call Africa the “cradle of civilization.” All original Africans have black skin. But Africans today can come in all shapes and colors and religions. Oh yes, they even have Chinese Africans! And just about everyone has their own native language. But of course there’s English, which you remember is the “language of commerce.” “I read there were lots of famous people who lived in Africa,” Wormy said, with historical pride. “One was named David Livingstone.” “Yes, Wormy, he was a missionary and a doctor from Scotland. I read about him too,” Squirmy chimed in. “He traveled all over central and southern Africa telling people about God. The funny thing is, he first wanted to go to China, where we were just weeks ago. And he wanted to be a missionary there. But

they had a war and he could not go.” “Wow. It’s strange how things work out sometimes,” Wormy said, thinking about how Livingstone wanted to Wayne M. do one thing and ended up Anderson doing something else. “Life sure has its twists and turns.” In Africa, Livingstone traveled to more places and met more native peoples than any other person ever. He set up many churches and helped people with their medical needs. The African people loved him. He went deep into the jungles of Africa and no one heard from him for years. People around the world were worried about him. So a newspaper in America sent their ace reporter, Henry Stanley, to find Dr. Livingstone. He looked and looked and after eight months finally found him and greeted him with the famous saying: “Dr. Livingstone I presume.” “Dr. Livingstone sure did see a lot of Africa. And he met so many people from so many different tribes,” said Wormy. “I’ll bet he met the Zulu people.” “Oh, definitely,” Squirmy assured him. “They’ve been living in South Africa for a long, long time.” The Zulus are a large, proud tribe of people with a lively culture. If you ever listen to Zulu jive, you’ll find it sounds bouncy and happy, like pop music. Some say it sounds a tad Irish too. The most famous Zulu was Shaka, king of the Zulus in the early 1800s. Shaka was a brilliant military man who united the Zulus and many other African tribes. But he was also a warrior king. Some say he went crazy after his mother died. But in his 41 years of life, he amassed the largest and most powerful kingdom in all southeastern Africa.

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Arguing male hippos in the Mara River. Even today, Shaka is a symbol of national pride for Zulu people. “Hey Wormy,” Squirmy called to his friend. “Let’s catch a cab over to this Zulu village. They teach you all about their culture in the working village.” The worms hailed a cab and off they went. “Excuse me, sir? Can you take us to the Zulu village?” Wormy asked the driver. “And can you please tell me your name?” “Hello, my friends. Yes, I know where the village is. I am Zulu too. And as for my name, it is Moses.” “Wait a minute! Moses?” Wormy questioned, shaking his head. “Wasn’t he in the Bible?” “Yeah, how come you’re named after a Bible person?” Squirmy jumped in with a question. Well, the name Moses is not all that weird. Lots of people in Africa are Christians. So they would know about the Bible and people in it. In South Africa they have some other religions too, like Islam. People who practice Islam are called Muslim. “Wow, Moses! We are learning a lot about Africa,” explained Wormy to the delight of the cab driver. “My dear friends, I’m happy you want to learn about Africa,” Moses said with a big, loving smile. “There is so much to discover.” There are large beasts like lions, elephants, hippos and rhinos all over Africa. Even the silly, swinging mon-

A Blue Monkey enjoys a noon treat. keys and baboons live in the trees. And in the trees hangs the black mamba, the most venomous, deadliest, fastest-moving snake in the world! When you look at the black mamba you see it’s all green - except when it opens its mouth to hiss at you, it’s all black inside its mouth. Yikes! “I’m glad we could come to Africa and see some of its beauty and its danger,” said Squirmy with some hesitation. “But seeing the beauty of this ancient land, the ‘cradle of civilization,’ makes it all worthwhile.” Lots of people dream of Africa. Wormy and Squirmy hope your dreams come true. Things to remember: 1. Africa is a continent, not a country. 2. Africa is called the “cradle of civilization.” 3. Dr. Livingstone loved and helped many Africans. They loved him. 4. Shaka Zulu was a great chief, a symbol of national pride for Zulus. 5, The black mamba snake is the fastest, deadliest in the world.

Maasai people in their village in Zimbabwe. – Illustration: Kaylynn Anderson and John Schneider, Grantsburg High School. Photo edit: Bill Berger. Photos by Wayne Anderson

Sunrise on the Maasai Mara game reserve.

Over 90 Party

ABOVE: The Frederic Senior Citizen’s Center hosted an Over 90 party on May 2 to recognize local citizens over the age of 90 with a noon luncheon celebration. RIGHT: Those attending included (L to R), back row: Edna Utley, Marian Miller, Elvera Amundson, Donald Danielson and Willis Williams. Front row: Ferne Baker, Eleanor Bonneville, Clifford Potter and Netha Polson. Missing were Clareese Marek and Robert Larsen. - Special photos


St. Croix Falls Prom

2009 St. Croix Falls Junior Prom King Jordan Fehlan and Queen Cassie Petherbridge dance at the St. Croix Falls Prom held in Stillwater May 16.

Front row: Junior royalty Brady and Lucy Belisle. Row 2: King Jordan Fehlan and Queen Cassie Petherbridge. Row 3: Jamie Rohm, Gabby Nuckles, Ali Greenly, Megan Yunker and 2008 Queen Carissa Libenga. Row 4: 2008 King Leif Chinander, Gus Koecher, Cory Gebhard, John Mikl and Josh Larcom. – Photos Courtesy SCF Yearbook

LEFT: Five young women arrived at the St. Croix Falls prom in a white carriage last Saturday. The carriage was driven by Tim Wilson. Shown in the carriage are (L to R) Brandi Swenson, Jessica Sveback, Crista Chock, Ashley Kolve and Candice Sanders. Special photo RIGHT: Junior royalty for St. Croix Falls Prom were Brady Belisle and Lucy Belisle.

Moms and muffins

Elaine Ogilvie and son Casey read a book together at Moms and Muffins.

The well-established tradition of Moms and Muffins had a strong attendance on May 13 at the Luck School cafeteria. About 250 students and parents made time to read together at 7:30 a.m. before the school day began. The Title 1 program alternates Moms and Muffins every spring with Dads and Doughnuts to give everyone in the family another reason to enjoy books together. Luck School reading specialist Janet Brandt affirmed, “Reading is such a wonderful time to bond by imagining, discovering, and discussing characters feelings.” Families could choose to either bring a book from home or enjoy the variety of books placed out on the tables. Food service director Ione Barron and several volunteers set up and served mini muffins and beverages. - Special photos

Cora Lueck and son Joe are oblivious to activity around them as they share a book over muffins, milk and coffee.


Luther Point camp begins 60th with pancakes by Carl Heidel GRANTSBURG - Luther Point Bible Camp near Grantsburg launched its 60th year with a pancake breakfast last Saturday, May 16. The event drew a large crowd of area residents. The breakfast was part of a fundraising activity intended to help cover costs for some of this year’s campers. All of the funds from selling the breakfast went into the Campership Fund. But it was more than just a breakfast event. Throughout the morning there were camp tours, a campfire, a sing-long and early registration for coming camp programs. And for the truly hearty there was a “Break in the Lake,” a quick jump into the waters of Big Wood Lake.

Part of the day’s fun was the singing led by camp staff. (L to R): Elise Holmstrom, Brianna Dietmeier and E.J. Polarski were having as much fun as the visitors.

Chris Kolbe fried and stacked the pancakes for hungry visitors.

Photos by Carl Heidel

This was a camp experience with a touch of luxury. Marge Hover of Amery provided soothing masCamp director Craig Corbin visited with people sage for tense and tired muscles. who were enjoying the pancake breakfast.

A fun trip to the hospital GRANTSBURG - On the afternoons of May 13 and May 14, the Grantsburg kindergarten classes toured Burnett Medical Center. The students were divided into small groups and toured eight different areas. They visited the Continuing Care Center, ambulance, physical therapy, dietary, emergency room, pharmacy, radiology and the lab. Upon arrival, the classes were greeted by the director of nursing, Lois Carlson. Each student was given a bag to carry around with them and received a memento from each area visited. — submitted

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Director Carol Ahlquist introduces a small group to resident Eunice Kanne. Eunice Kanne shared her age with the students by having them count her fingers by tens and then added one more – 101 years young.

Talen HessHollon investigates some of the bones on display in the physical therapy department. Harley Gorkiewicz, Troy Wicklund, Talen Hess-Hollon, and Jarryd Gardner enjoy riding in and out of the CT scanner in the radiology department on their class trip to Burnett Medical Center


Salute to fallen officers

Glenn Gramer, son of fallen Officer Paul Gramer, was the guest speaker at the ceremony to honor his father and two other law A procession of uniformed officers from all the law enforcement departments in the county always leads off the enforcement officers who have lost their law enforcement memorial service to honor three officers who have lost their lives while on duty held at the Burlives while on duty in Burnett County. nett County government center. Although Gramer spoke at length of the wisdom of choosing him to speak due to his habitual disregard for political correctness, he Photos by Sherill Summer gave a moving speech honoring the bond between all officers and family members of officers.

The classic symbol of a fallen officer, a horse carrying riding boots as shown, made its appearance at the law enforcement memorial service honoring fallen officers in Burnett County. This year the horse was handled by Burnett County Citizen’s Patrol Officer Cora Sower.

This year’s special music was performed by Julie Mead and Jonathan Mosher from the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department.

The distinctive sound of bagpipes added a somber note to the law enforcement memorial service for Burnett County’s three fallen officers last Thursday, May 14.

LEFT: A wreath was placed at the foot of a memorial with the names of three officers who have lost their lives while on duty: Paul Gramer in 1968, Richard Schinzing in 1974 and Allen Albee in 1991.

RIGHT: The St. Croix Tribal color guard again presided over the flags during the law enforcement memorial service honoring three Burnett County officers who have lost their lives while on duty.


Alternative Diploma students graduate at Unity by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — Thirteen graduates of the Alternative Diploma Program at Unity School received their diplomas Tuesday evening, May 12. “This evening’s ceremony sees Unity’s sixth graduating class from our Alternative Diploma Program,” said district Administrator Brandon Robinson at the graduation ceremony, “and I know that I speak for our district leadership team, our teaching staff, and our board of education when I say how proud we are of each of you.” Robinson applauded the graduates’ perseverance and dedication, noting that there were obstacles and hardships to be overcome. “I encourage you to rely upon your perseverance in the future,” he said, “as you now look to new opportunities, new challenges, and new choices. “What pathway lies behind you is not as important as the one that lies before you,” said Robinson. Program coordinator Deanna Erickson and high school Principal Jason Cress also recognized the hard work and the dedication of the graduates. Erickson read a poem dedicated to the students, ti-

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but dream; not only plan, but also believe.” — Anatole France

Dylan Andren accepts his high school diploma from Unity School Board member Jim Beistle. Looking on is high school Principal Jason Cress. – Photos by Mary Stirrat tled, “Dream Big.” The first lines read, “If there were ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, it is now.” School board members Debbie Ince-Peterson (presi-

Deanna Erickson, coordinator of Unity’s Alternative Diploma Program, and school Administrator Brandon Robinson applaud the 13 graduates who received diplomas Tuesday evening. dent), David Moore, James Beistle, Joe Tilton, Sheryl Holmgren, Kelly Bakke and Chad Stenberg were on hand to congratulate each of the graduates. Beistle presented the diplomas.

Unity’s Alternative Diploma Program Class of 2009 received their diplomas at their graduation ceremony Tuesday, May 12. The graduates (not in order) are Dylan Andren, Heather Blomquist, Dane Dudash, Melvin Fletcher, Tisha Holden, Richard Jackson, Joshua Johnson, Kyle Lehmann, Tyne Lowe, Ryan Martin, Erek Nelson, Nickilas Peterson and Denise Sutherland.



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Thank you very much to all of our friends, family and neighbors for all of the wonderful gifts, love and support after the loss of our home. Thank you to the Frederic, Lorain and Luck Fire Departments. Thank you to Corey Arnold and State Farm Insurance. Thank you to all of the individuals who helped us out with clothes, food and other items to get us back on our feet. We are very grateful to have such a caring community to live in.

Warren, Jane, Autumn and Hunter Schmidt

Jane Wisse Wellness Scholarship

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Registration 9:30 a.m. Walk begins at 10 a.m. (Rain or Shine) Starting & ending at Crooked Lake Park in Siren, WI.

A 2.5 mile walk for people of all ages to raise money for the Jane Wisse Wellness Scholarship Fund honoring the memory of Jane Wisse with a great wellness activity.

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Tyne Lowe of the Class of 2009 gets a big hug from her aunt, Cindy Fowler.


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This puppet stage was donated to the Luck Library by Nicki and Ali and their father, Colin Mueller. Colin and his daughters built the stage about three years ago, and Nicki and Ali spent many hours playing with it, but they haven’t been using it lately. Both girls thought it would be a good idea to give it to the library. The puppets shown here were just recently purchased by the library, so the stage came at a good time. Standing next to Nicki and Ali is Colleen Allen, one of Luck’s librarians. - Photo submitted

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Twelve students from Webster, Solon Springs, Superior and Hudson successfully completed the ATV Safety Class sponsored by Cozy Corner Trails, Inc., in late April. Shown with the students is lead instructor Greg Giese, who was assisted by Peg Giese and then-apprentice instructors Jim and Sue Smedegard. Another class will be scheduled in the fall of 2009. – Photo submitted

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This group of 10 is the latest in a series of study circles – over a dozen so far – meeting throughout Polk County to read and discuss a book titled “The Natural Step for Communities” by Sarah James and Torbjorn Lahti. Groups meet once a week for eight weeks to discuss issues related to sustainability and how communities in our area might adopt the principles and practices described in the book. This group, which met at the Milltown Library, includes front row (L to R): Jeff Peterson, Liisa Mayo, Kathy Kienholz, Marcia Macaulay and Greg Marsten. Back row: Charles Mayo, Matt Rosendahl, Al Pearson, Dave Ammend and Jim Skemp. To register for an upcoming study circle, contact Peterson at 715-472-2728. - Photo submitted


Blessing of the Bikes

The Blessing of the Bikes was celebrated by Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church of Balsam Lake on Sunday, May 17. Pastor Diane Norstad’s husband, Tim, found that many church members had an interest in motorcycling, and a group began riding together last summer. While planning for spring worship, the worship committee felt it was time to offer prayers for the safety of riders during the upcoming season. According to Pastor Norstad, “The Faith Riders group is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and fits the needs of members who may not be interested in other groups of the church. Besides, it’s just plain fun.” – Special photo


Travis Lysdahl Sun., May 24

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Interstate Park begins its summer season ST. CROIX FALLS – Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the beginning of the summer season at Wisconsin Interstate Park. Whatever outdoor activities you enjoy, you’ll find that a variety of recreational opportunities await you at the park. Interstate Park has two campgrounds with a total of 85 family campsites, and a primitive group camp that accommodates 60 people. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made by calling toll-free 888-WI-PARKS (888-947-2757). Visitors may picnic in several different areas of the park. Picnic tables and grills are available as well as open shelters that can be reserved for group picnics. There is

an excellent swimming beach and Beach House at scenic Lake O’ the Dalles. The best way to discover all that Interstate has to offer is by hiking some of the nine miles of trails found throughout the park. Scenic overlooks provide the hiker with views of the spectacular scenery, while along the way Interstate’s abundant wildlife, wildflowers and birds may be seen. To enhance your visit to the park, join the naturalist for a nature program. Summer naturalist programs are offered beginning Friday, May 22, of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Explore the trails, ponder the potholes, or hear the colorful history of the St. Croix River valley during a

guided hike or activity. The Wisconsin Explorer program offers another opportunity for adults and children (ages 3 and up) to learn about nature together. Activities are clearly described in the free Wisconsin Explorer booklets, available at the park office and the Ice Age Center. Children completing a variety of activities will receive a free embroidered patch. At the Ice Age Interpretive Center, open daily, visitors can view exhibits to learn about the frozen history of Wisconsin and the gifts of the glacier. In the auditorium a 20-minute film, “Night of the Sun,” tells the story of glaciation in Wisconsin. The film is shown daily upon request. Shop for

a souvenir in the Glacier’s Gifts gift shop in the lobby. Visit Wisconsin Interstate Park this summer; everyone is welcome! The park is located in St. Croix Falls on Hwy. 35, just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. A vehicle entrance sticker is required. Daily stickers are $7/Wisconsin resident and $10/nonresident. Annual stickers are $25/Wisconsin resident and $35/nonresident. If you have a second vehicle at home, a second annual sticker can be purchased for half price. National Park Service passes are also accepted. For more information call the park at 715-483-3747. - submitted

3M donates to Ice Age Trail Association FREDERIC– The 3M Foundation has donated $400 to the Indianhead Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Association in recognition of the hours volunteered in trail work by 3M retirees Herb Lundberg and Fred Dalleska, both Frederic-area woodland owners with a deep love for the Ice Age Trail.

“If Polk County has more established miles of Wisconsin’s National Scenic Trail than any other county, it is through Lundberg’s and Dalleska’s dedication and inspiration” says Dean Dversdall, chapter chair. They, and other volunteers, cut trail, clear, improve and maintain trail, remove invasive species, build bridges, and place trail

signs. Each has adopted a section of trail. The 3M Foundation, through its volunteer match program, donates $200 per year for each employee or retiree who has volunteered 25 hours or more of community service. However, this is just a fraction of what their retirees contribute. Lundberg has

poured his heart into working on the Ice Age Trail since 1994. Dalleska began in 2002. For both it became a way of life and they make a real difference. For more information about the 3M Volunteer Match program, please contact 3M Community Affairs at 651-733-0144. - from Ice Age Trail Association, Indianhead Chapter

American Legion poppy symbolizes nation’s sacrifificce SHELL LAKE — Auxiliary members understand the sacrifice our armed forces have made to preserve freedom and to honor past and current service members. Area members will wear a red memorial poppy, a symbol of the price of war and the sacrifice of millions, as a sign of their appreciation this Memorial Day weekend. The 900,000 members of the American

Legion Auxiliary, the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, is asking everyone to wear a poppy on Memorial Day weekend. The poppy also honors Wisconsin’s disabled veterans at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee who make the red crepe paper poppies. Wisconsin’s red poppies provide financial and therapeutic ben-

efit to these veterans, as well as the thousands of veterans and their families who benefit from the donations collected from the distribution of the Auxiliary poppies. In the battlefields of Belgium during World War I, poppies grew wild amid the ravages of war. The overturned soils of battle enabled the poppy seeds to be covered, allowing them to grow and forever serve

as a reminder of the bloodshed of war. Please join the American Legion Auxiliary in recognizing the sacrifice of our veterans by making a donation to the veterans poppy fund and by wearing a red memorial poppy this Memorial Day weekend. — submitted

Luck Area Historical Society to feature old Luck photos and restoration techniques digital restoration of old photographs. A slide show of historic Luck photographs donated by Jarold and Shirley Nelson will follow. Jarold’s great-uncle, Christian Nel-

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Tooth decay is the most chronic disease in children in the United States. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infection that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing and learning. It is recommended that your child by examined by your dentist between the ages of six to 12 months of age. We would like to be part of your child’s dental health care. 483306 Call for an appointment for your child today. 35Ltfc

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son, had a photography studio in early Luck for many years. Jarold and Shirley will be on hand to identify and answer questions about selected old photographs.

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LUCK – At its May general meeting, Thursday, May 28, the Luck Area Historical Society will continue its History of Photography theme by demonstrating the

ANNUAL GARDEN SALE We are having an open house for summer dance class registration on Monday, May 25, through Thursday, May 28, from 4 - 9 p.m., at the dance studio. We have classes avilable for all ages 2 and up, styles including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, stretch-Pilates, private lessons and birthday parties.

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Andrea & Andy Fox from Attitudes Dance Academy has a big thank-you to give out to all the people who helped out with our second-annual dance recital. To the Webster School and staff, the students, parent helpers and everyone else who helped put the shows together without a hitch.

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Polk-Burnett awards $15,000 in scholarships

Jennifer Benoy, St. Croix Falls High School

Hannah Bergstrom, Cumberland High School

Brandi Bierbrauer, Osceola High School

Laura Bowitz, Osceola High School

Charles Brown IV, Siren High School

Isaac Christenson, Amery High School

Kyle Denver Cumberland High School

Zachary Doebler, Eagan High School

Natasha Frank Osceola High School

Christine Franzel, Luck High School

Melissa Jenssen, Luck High School

Hannah Johnson, Osceola High School

Jennifer Lisiecki, Grantsburg High School

Stephanie Nelson, Osceola High School

Aimee Plourde, New Richmond

Jason Rector, Osceola High School

CENTURIA – Polk-Burnett is proud to announce that 20 graduating seniors from the class of 2009 will receive $750 scholarships to continue their education as part of the electric cooperative’s 2009 Community Service

Lauren Stavne,

Grantsburg High School

Karleen Stevens, Amery High School

Scholarship program. Scholarships are awarded to the sons and daughters of co-op members in recognition of their community service, cooperative spirit and efforts to make a difference in the lives of others. Polk-Burnett

Olivia Wilson Osceola High School

Hannah Zahler Unity High School

scholarships are funded by unclaimed capital credits and do not affect electric rates. Shown above are Polk-Burnett’s $750 Community Service Scholarship recipients for 2009. – from Polk-Bur-



FREDERIC GRANTSBURG Each building will have their own breakfast menu.



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BREAKFAST Pop•Tart, cereal, juice, milk. LUNCH Cheeseburger, waffle fries OR buffalo chicken salad.

BREAKFAST BREAKFAST Combo bar, cereal, juice, milk. Long john, cereal, juice, milk. LUNCH LUNCH Hot dog on a bun, tuna macaroni Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, salad, raw veggies OR chicken taco creamed corn OR beef taco salad. salad.

BREAKFAST Bagel pizza, cereal, juice, milk. LUNCH Tacos, assorted toppings, winter mix OR Oriental salad.

LUNCH Chicken nuggets, oven potatoes, H.S.: Baked potato, corn, applesauce, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Pizza dippers, marinara sauce, baked rice, corn, pineapple tidbits, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, broccoli, sliced pears, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Cheese ravioli, marinara sauce, lettuce salad, mini carrots, bananas, apples, oranges, bread basket.

BREAKFAST Cereal/pancakes. LUNCH Chicken gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit sauce. Alt.: Pizza, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/breakfast pizza. LUNCH Cardinal burger, french fries, corn on the cob, strawberries, apples, chocolate ice cream. Alt.: Chicken patty, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/long john. LUNCH Turkey on a bun or turkey wrap, corn chips, green beans, fruit sauce. Alt.: Chicken nuggets, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/cinnamon roll. LUNCH Taco skillet, rice blend, winter mix, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hot dog, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza, juice and milk. LUNCH Mini corn dogs, pretzel, broccoli, veggies, oranges and apples.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal, toast served with juice and milk. LUNCH Chicken nuggets, Tostitos, shredded lettuce, beans, pears.

BREAKFAST Cheese omelet and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, lettuce salad, peas, peaches.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal, toast served with juice and milk. LUNCH Tacos, corn bread, lettuce, refried beans, cinnamon apple slices.

BREAKFAST Egg and cheese muffin. LUNCH Sub sandwich, baked chips, green beans, peaches.

BREAKFAST French toast sticks. LUNCH Cheeseburger, bun, french fries, baked beans, applesauce.

BREAKFAST Cheese omelet, potatoes, toast. LUNCH Chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, peas, pears.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. Cinnamon roll, fruit cup. LUNCH Cheese dogs Pepperoni pizza,w/toppings, lettuce salad,baked corn, chips, melons. cinnamon applesauce baked mixed beans. Alt.: Veggie beef barley, turkey sandwich.

BREAKFAST Oatmeal and toast. LUNCH Hot dogs, baked beans and chips.

BREAKFAST Cook’s choice. LUNCH Hamburger and fries.

LUNCH Burrito, salsa, salad, chips, peaches, mandarin oranges.

LUNCH Sub sandwich, chips, fresh veggies, fresh fruit.













BREAKFAST Ham and egg combo. LUNCH Chicken nuggets and rice.

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Old-time rock ‘n’ roll kicks off Luck’s Music in the Park series Central Park hosts music each Tuesday, beginning June 9 LUCK — Plan to spend your Tuesday evenings this summer at Central Park in Luck, enjoying the 2009 Music in the Park concert series. The series begins Tuesday, June 9, with old-time rock ‘n’ roll by Intensive Care. All concerts are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. A different group will be featured each week, sponsored by local businesses. Rural American Bank-Luck is the sponsor of the June 9 concert. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets. In the event of rain the concert will be moved to Luck Lions Hall at 1st Street and 2nd Avenue in Luck. Each Tuesday evening the senior high youth of Luck Lutheran Church will be selling snacks and drinks. Their menu will be hamburgers and root beer floats for the June 9 concert. Proceeds are being used to send the group to the ELC National Youth Gathering in New Orleans in July. Brats, hot dogs, nachos and water will be sold each week as well. Other concerts and the planned menu are as follows:

Music in the Park will begin in Luck on June 9. – File photo Tuesday, June 16: Night Owls, ‘50s and ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll, sponsored by Thrivent Financial, menu of macho nacho and dump cake. Tuesday, June 23: Crossed Paths, coun-

try bluegrass and gospel, sponsored by Hog Wild, menu of BBQs and ice cream sundaes. Tuesday, June 30: Pipe Dream Blues Machine (Manfred Schonauer), spon-

sored by Doar, Drill & Skow, Ardell and Carol Skow, and Ed and Jody Seck, menu of sub sandwiches and homemade pie. Tuesday, July 7: Wilson Family Singers, folk and various styles, sponsored by Amery Regional Medical Center, menu of tacos and strawberry shortcake. Tuesday, July 14: Danville Singers; contemporary folk, sponsored by Sterling Bank, menu of hamburgers, crisps, and cobbler. Tuesday, July 21; Harmonic Balance, vocal quartet, sponsored by Luck Pharmacy, menu of BBQs and root beer floats. Tuesday, July 28: Frank Gust Old-Time Swing, sponsored by St. Croix Regional Medical Center, menu of hamburgers, brownies, and cookies. Tuesday, Aug. 4: Indianhead Chorus, barbershop harmony, third-place winner in the 10,000 Lakes Division Contest, sponsored by United Pioneer Home, menu of BBQ pork and homemade pie. Tuesday, Aug. 11, Dixieland Band, sponsored by Cardinal Shop, Jensen Furniture and Luck Lumber, menu of tacos and brownie sundaes. Tuesday, Aug. 18: Rex Cactus, country music, sponsored by Lakeland Communications, menu of hamburgers, fries, and root beer floats. – Luck Community Club

Landscapers complete water-quality training BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - Several local landscapers recently completed a one-day training session to expand their knowledge about landscaping practices that benefit water quality and native habitats. Rain gardens and native flower plantings were discussed in detail. These practices help to reduce runoff from waterfront property and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. They also may help landowners to meet county and state permitting requirements. The Balsam Lake Protection and Rehabilitation

District, the Deer Lake Conservancy, the city of Amery, Polk and Burnett counties, University of Wisconsin - Extension, and the Department of Natural Resources sponsored the training held in Luck at the Café Wren. Participating landscapers Austin Lake Greenhouse Webster - 715-866-7261 Balsam Lake Pro-Lawn Inc. Balsam Lake - 715-485-3131 Balsam’s Lakeside Landscaping Balsam Lake - 715-554-0618

Siren Memorial Day Program SIREN – Please join us as we honor our fallen soldiers on Monday, May 25, at the Memorial Day Program at the Siren School at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Carleen Tjader, daughter of the late Siren WWII veteran and POW, Carl Nordin. There will be two vocal performances as well as three selections by the Siren High School band. Lyle Thomas, Legion Commander, will be the

Master of Ceremonies and Robert Thomas will be giving the invocation and benediction. Following the program, we will proceed to the Lakeview Cemetery in Siren to conclude our services honoring our soldiers and their sacrifices. Please set aside the time in your Memorial Day weekend to pay tribute to those who have made our continued freedom possible. - submitted

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Interstate Park Naturalist programs at Wisconsin Interstate Park Friday, May 22 3 p.m. – Hike to Horizon Rock. Meet Naturalist Julie Fox at the Horizon Rock Trail sign across from the Pothole Trail for a short hike to Horizon Rock – appropriately named because of the incredible view. Saturday, May 23 2 p.m. – Wisconsin Explorer. Free booklets with fun activities for parents and their children ages 3 and up. Meet the naturalist at the Camp Interstate Shelter across from the South Campground entrance. 4 p.m. – If the River Could Talk … Hear some of the fascinating history of the St. Croix River Valley on this scenic hike to the Summit. Meet Fox at the Summit Rock Trail sign. 8-9:30 p.m. – Frog Hike with Randy Korb. Meet at the Ice Age Center. Preregistration is required – call 715-4833747 for more information. Friends of Interstate Park members/$3 and nonmembers/$5. Sunday, May 24 2 p.m. – A Billion Years on the Pothole Trail. Meet the naturalist at the Pothole Trail sign and take a hike back in time to

see the geological wonders created over the last billion years. 4 p.m. – The Skinny About Skins. Critter coverings – they come in the form of feathers, fur, scales, shells and more. Meet Naturalist Barb Walker and Copper, the park’s resident fox snake, at the Ice Age Center and see other examples of how amazing and different critter coverings can be. 7 p.m. – Owls: Silent Hunters of the Night. Owls are among the most successful predators of the night because of their wonderful adaptations. Learn all about them with Walker and her live owl Aztec at a program presented at the Ice Age Center. Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day 10 a.m. – Find Those Fascinating Ferns. Ferns are ancient plants that reproduce without seeds. Join the naturalist for a walk on the Ravine Trail to learn how ferns grow and to view a variety of beautiful ferns found at Interstate Park. Meet at the amphitheater located behind the beach parking area. 1 p.m. – Secrets of Eagle Peak. Join Walker for a short walk up Eagle Peak Trail. Learn the secrets of the Peak and see a spectacular view of the St. Croix River Valley. Meet at the Eagle Peak Trail sign in the Pines Group Camp. Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls on Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. For more information call Julie or Barb at 715-483-3747. - submitted


CHURCH NEWS Who can we believe?


I saw a wild turkey near my hometown back when they started to return to the area after years of scarcity. My family didn’t believe I’d seen one. It’s not fun to have our word doubted when we’re used to telling the truth. Nor is it fun being on the other end of the situation, wondering if we can trust someone’s word. The Bible has much to say about Truth. The prophets of old lamented the absence of Truth Perspectives among God’s people. Jesus espoused Truth among his followers. But even his disciples found it hard to always believe him. Thomas refused to believe that Jesus had returned from the grave. How many of us are doubters like Thomas? How do we know when to trust someone’s word and when not to? We can’t even trust all Internet information. When Jesus spoke to the people, he often began by saying, “Truly I say to you …” Can we really trust His word? When he was brought before Pontius Pilate to stand trial and spoke on behalf of himself and his Father in heaven, Pilate said, “What is truth?” How ironic that Pilate did not recognize the Truth even though it stood right before him. Jesus said, “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) In his recorded prayer to the Father, he claimed God’s Word as Truth. Even David said, “His Truth shall be your shield and buckler” and “His Truth endures to all generations.” Though we can’t always believe someone else’s word, we can always depend on God’s Word. He has proven himself to be true to his Word. Yet many skeptics today choose not to believe it, and therefore cannot recognize Jesus as Truth. When many of Jesus’ followers left him and he asked his disciples if they would leave too, Peter exclaimed, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (John 6:68-69) God’s truth is absolute and eternal. It is a precious attribute of God, one which he wants us to use as a way of life. He desires his truth in our inner being. Lord, through faith may we all come to believe wholeheartedly that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In Jesus’ name, amen. (Mrs. Bair may be reached at

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Webster defines encouragement as “the act of encouraging.” The verb encourage means “to give courage to; to inspire with courage; to embolden; to help forward; to support or countenance.” The opposite is discourage, and means “to check the courage of; to dishearten; to dissuade; to attempt to repress or prevent by pointing out difficulties.” Shortly after Israel left Egypt, Moses was instructed to “send men, that they may search the land of Canaan” (Num. 13:2). Twelve men were selected, a man from each of the tribes of Israel. These were not ordinary, run-of-themill men. These men were the “heads of the children of Israel” (Num. 13:3). Here were men who had witnessed the mighty works of God; men who saw Pharaoh and his armies destroyed in the overwhelming flood of the Red Sea; men who stood at the foot of Mt. Sinai and gazed upon the majesty of God as He descended upon the mount. These were men who did not shirk their duty, who “went up, and searched the land,” and who witnessed the abundance of that land that could and should have been theirs for the taking more than 40 years before Israel finally crossed the Jordan to take possession. Why is it, then, that most Bible students cannot recall the names of ten of those twelve men? It is because only two of those twelve men can be identified as encouragers; the other twelve were discouragers. After 40 days of searching out the land, those twelve men returned with a glowing report of what awaited them: “We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey” (Num. 13:27). Wisdom demanded an honest evaluation of the situation. “Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great” (verse 28). Evidently the people were becoming discouraged at the news of the “giants” in the land, for the scripture says that “Caleb stilled the people before Moses” (verse 30a). Caleb was an encourager. Hear his words: “Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” But ten of those men set their sights on the obstacles rather than the opportunity. Instead of looking to God, they focused on the giants. Without any courage of their own there was no way they could give courage to others. “We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.” “And we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight” (verses 31, 33). Every attempt on the part of Joshua and Caleb to encourage the people failed. “If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land,

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and give it us. Only rebel not against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defense is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not” (verses 8-9). Unfortunately the congregation sided with the ten who gave the negative report. So strong was their rebellion that they “bade stone them with stones.” And, as we are wont to say, the rest is history. Someone once said, “We live by encouragement, and we die without it - slowly, sadly, and angrily.” The voices of discouragement drowned out the pleas of those two faithful men. And that generation died a slow, sad and

angry death. Now let’s flip the coin over. Solomon said, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver” (Proverbs 25:11). Each of us has the choice. A simple word of encouragement may very well make the difference between defeat and victory… between failure and success. This is particularly true at this moment in history. Like the ten spies, there is the distinct possibility that we will allow our minds to be filled with negative thinking. We often wring our hands in despair over the economy, the political situation and the biased media. One thing we should never forget: God is still on His throne, Jesus rules at His right hand, and all things work together for the good of them that are called according to His purpose. Let us do what we can to promote right and defeat wrong, and then let us rest in God’s promises that He will do what is right and that He will promote His purpose, regardless of the economical, political or social situation. (Taken from an article written by Tom Wacaster) If readers have questions they would like answered in this weekly column or simply wish to know more about the Church of Christ, they are invited to call 715-866-7157, visit the Web site at or stop by the church building at 7425 West Birch Street in Webster. Sunday Bible class begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship begins at 10:30 a.m. We also meet Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Office hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. - noon.

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Folks who attended The Old Town Gospel Choir (of Lulea, Sweden) Concert on Wednesday, May 13, at the Siren Covenant Church, were treated to a wonderful evening of music. They had the crowd clapping and singing along with their exuberant, toe-tapping, great songs. The choir was under the direction of the multitalented, vivacious Emma Johansson. Also performing with the choir was her father, Lennart Johansson, founder of the group and soloist as well as pianist. All who attended were more than pleased with the group’s performance, which was made evident by the standing ovation and encore. Everyone was invited to enjoy learning more about “the Swedes” while enjoying refreshments following the concert. – Photos submitted


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The Sunday school children from Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren donated their offering to Indianhead Community Action Agency for the food shelf. Members of the church have been filling a grocery cart with nonperishable items to be donated, and the Sunday school wanted to help. Their goal was to collect 200 items through their Sunday school offering from January to May. With help from the congregation, a total of $222 was collected. The check was presented to the Sunday school superintendent by the church secretary on May 17, the last day of Sunday school. – from Julie Dalsveen



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Robert V. Hansen, 90, died Monday, May 18, 2009, at Elnora Root, 80, of Frederic, died Sunday, May 17, The Lutheran Home in River Falls, from natural causes. 2009, at Cumberland Memorial Robert was born on the family farm in Luck on Jan. Hospital. 25, 1919, to Chris and Hilda Hansen. Elnora, or Canary as she was He attended Luck School and learned the carpenter sometimes called because of her trade from his father. In 1944, he married Norma love of singing, was born in the Jensen. Three children were born to the couple; an inhome of her parents, William and fant son, Duane, who died at birth; son, Lyle; and Emma Cooan on September 7, daughter, Bonnie. In 1948 they bought a farm between 1928. Elnora graduated from Shell Milltown and Balsam Lake where they lived until 1997; Lake High School in 1947 and was at that time they moved to an apartment in Milltown. married to Lin Root. She worked After his wife passed away in 2005, Bob moved to at the American Legion Grover River Falls to be near his daughter. Root Post 396 while raising her Bob enjoyed doing carpentry work and selling Pioeight children and helping to raise others on the family farm. She drove school bus in Frederic for several years. neer Seeds. He enjoyed his many customers that he She was also the coordinator of the Sunday school pro- had over the years and had many delightful stories to gram at the Lorain United Methodist Church while her tell. He also enjoyed nature and wildlife, dancing and many grandchildren attended. Elnora was an active playing cards with friends. Bob became a member of the Milltown Lutheran Auxiliary member. She spent her last two years living Church in 1953 which he attended until he moved to with family. Falls in August 2005. River She enjoyed gardening, crafts, cooking, reading and Bob was preceded in death by an infant son, Duane; watching Westerns. She also enjoyed several fishing trips to Canada with family. She was often seen smiling his wife, Norma; his parents; two brothers and two sisunder a pile of grandchildren at family functions or in ters. Bob is survived by his son, Lyle and daughter-in-law, the kitchen, cooking to feed the whole neighborhood. Elnora was a very loving and cheerful person who Carla of Fall Creek; daughter, Bonnie and son-in-law, brought laughter to many people. She will be remem- Bryon Ogilvie of River Falls; one grandson, Greg bered for her world-class chili and her jovial attitude, (Ranae) Hansen of Mondovi; three granddaughters, strength and grace. We are all better people for having Kerry (Dave) Giesen of New Prague, Minn., Kristi (Brad) Graetz of River Falls and Sara (Jon) Goldstein of known her and will forever have her in our hearts. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Es- Cross Plains; and five great-grandchildren, Elizabeth ther and Marie; brothers, Alfred, Melvin and William; Hansen, Tyler and Wyatt Giesen, and Brayden and son-in-law, Ronald; and her loving husband, Lin Root Brody Graetz. The family has decided on a private funeral at Rowe Jr. She is survived by her brother, Bobby (Barb) Cooan; Funeral Home in Luck. Burial will be in the Luck sister-in-law, Bonnie Beecroft; her children, Kathy Arm- Cemetery, Luck. The Rowe Funeral Home of Luck was entrusted with strong, Mary (Chuck) Engdahl, Lin Root III, Diana Root, Cindy (Rod) Gardner, Terry Root, Kevin Root, arrangements. Larry (Lynn) Root; 22 grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren. Funeral services in her honor will be held Friday, May 22, at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Manuel C. “Hank” Larson, 75, a resident of Freya, Church in Frederic; visitation will begin at 10 a.m. prior Grantsburg, died May 8, 2009, at Indianhead Medical to the service. The Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic was entrusted Center. He had had several strokes in the past 10 years. He most recently was living at Care Partners in Spooner. with arrangements. Hank was born on Nov. 20, 1933, in Grantsburg, to Charles and Emma Larson. Hank worked for the Falun Creamery hauling milk, was a factory worker at Shoholm’s and at North States in Siren. He enjoyed Ruth G. Trout, 74, of New Hope, Minn., died Mon- being outdoors and going to Crex Meadows where he day, May 18, 2009, at North Memorial Hospital in Rob- could watch the animals, especially the deer. He did his binsdale, Minn. share of hunting as well. Funeral service times are pending at the time of Hank was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, printing. A full obituary will appear in an upcoming Louise and Charlotte; brother, Lyle; half-brothers, Lester edition of the Leader. and Roy; half-sister, Lillian and granddaughter, Natasha For updated service information please visit Marie. Hank is survived by his children, Cindy Larson of Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been Chicago, Ill., Jill Larson of Siren and Lori Larson of entrusted with funeral arrangements. Chicago, Ill.; grandson, Ryan Larson; sisters, Mary Kujawa, Caroline Larson and Pauline (Art) Bistrom; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Memorial services were held Wednesday, May 13, at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Siren Chapel, with Pastor Steve Ward officiating. Music was provided by Rose Brown and Fran McBroom. Interment followed at Freya Cemetery in Wood River Township. 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John H. Paffel, 90, Cumberland died May 15, 2009, at Cumberland Extended Care Unit with Mabel, his loving wife of 69 years, at his side. He was born July 5, 1918, in Spooner, to Anthony and Emma (Nemec) Paffel. He graduated from Spooner High School in 1938 and worked in the CC Camp located in Cable. During 1943, John worked in Greenland assisting with the building of a hospital for the armed forces. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a steam fitter and was stationed at Norfolk, Va. John was honorably discharged in 1946. He was married in York, S.C., on May 16, 1940 to Mabel C. Britt. For many years John owned and operated a purebred Holstein dairy farm in Comstock. Along with farming, John graduated from Reisch American School of Auctioneering in 1949 and was a well-known auctioneer in northern Wisconsin, until his retirement in 2006. He served on the Crystal Lake School Board for many years and on the Comstock Methodist Church Council. In the past years, John served on the Barron County Fair Board and was recognize for 50 years of dedicated service to 4H and FFA Livestock Members. John was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Tony, Henry and George; sister Dorothy; and greatgranddaughter Ava Faith Bents. He is survived by his wife, Mabel; daughters Judy (Bob) Greener, Cumberland, and Rebecca (Charles) Bents, Osceola; sons Mike (Renea) Paffel, Cumberland, Kelly (Wendy) Paffel, Naples, Fla., and Robert (Darlene) Paffel, Cumberland; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; sisters Mary Germann, Cumberland, and Gertrude (Lyle) Melton, Modesto, Calif.; and brother Albert Paffel, Spooner. Funeral services were held Monday, May 18, 2009, at Augustana Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jennifer Elmquist officiating. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery, Cumberland. Pallbearers were Ryan Paffel, Steve Paffel, Bob J. Greener, Scott Greener, Brian Paffel and Richard Bents. The Skinner Funeral Home, Cumberland, was entrusted with arrangements.

Elverna E. Anderson Elverna E. Anderson, 81, of Frederic, died at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Criox Falls, following a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Elverna was born Elverna Zimmer on Oct. 17, 1927, in Chicago, Ill., to Elizabeth (Markette) and Stephen Zimmer. She attended school in Chicago and graduated from Foreman High School in 1945. Following graduation, she moved with her family to Shell Lake, where her family farmed. Shortly after moving to Wisconsin she met Gordon W. Anderson. They were married on June 5, 1948, at Heart Lake Lutheran Church. To this union nine children were born. The family made their home in Wisconsin and Illinois and finally settled near Frederic in 1975. Elverna resided there until she passed away. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, reading, cooking and baking. She also loved the occasional shopping dates with her daughters. Most of all, Elverna cherished the time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. They brought joy, love and laughter to her life. She taught them so much about living a caring, loving and faithful life. Elverna is survived by children Betty (Michael) Soine, Robert (Linda) Anderson, Mary Ann (Richard) Stone, James Anderson, Patty (Ron) Fredericks, Richard Anderson (Sandra Huffman), Linda (Jeff) Clausen and Karen (Steve) Edgell; many grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; brother, Stephen (Nancy) Zimmer; and other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth and Stephen Zimmer; husband, Gordon W. Anderson; and her son, Gerry Anderson. Funeral service was held Friday, May 15, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Frederic, with Pastor Freddie Arveda Kirk officiating. Music was provided by vocalist Kordi Kurkowski and organist Liz Ruhn. Elverna was laid to rest next to her husband at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Frederic. Pallbearers were Justin and Adam Soine, Matthew Cannon, Gordon Stone, Larry Johnson, Lorin Schmidt, Travis Clausen and Zach Edgell. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria was entrusted with funeral arrangements.


OBITUARIES Evelyn Viola Peterson

Clem M. Hickman

Carolyn Ruth Maack

Evelyn V. Peterson, 88, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, May 17, 2009, surrounded by her children and grandchildren, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. She was born on Sept. 17, 1920, in Siren, to Andrew John and Anna Barton Hayman. She grew up on a farm near Nye. When she was 10 years old, the family moved to Dresser. She attended grade school at El Salem and Dresser. She graduated from Osceola High School and attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison for one year. Evelyn was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Nye and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Dresser. She was an active member of Bethany and Peace Lutheran Church for many years. In 1940, she married H. Lavern (Pete) Peterson. They were blessed with two daughters, Judy Jensen of Osceola and Carolie Gubasta of St. Croix Falls. She lived in the Dresser area most of her life. Evelyn owned and operated the EveLon Café for 24 years; worked at the Dresser Post Office; and enjoyed collecting as well as selling antiques from Pete’s Emporium of Antiques, which was a joint passion of Pete and Eve. Evelyn enjoyed traveling in their motor home throughout all of the 50 states and Canada, as well as taking several trips to Europe. Pete and Eve were also Winter Texans for several years. She was preceded in death by her husband Lavern; brother Walt; sister Violet; and infant twin granddaughters, Joni and Jana Jensen. Evelyn is survived by her daughters, Judy (Phil) Jensen and Carolie Gubasta; five grandchildren, Scott (Amanda) Jensen, Michele DeVille, Krista (Bill) Schlecht, Mark Anderson (Brianna Swanson), and Lisa (Troy) Hansen; 16 great-grandchildren, Caitlin, Mara, Danielle, Chloe, Nathaniel, Jordan, Olivia, Haley, Isaiah, Paige, Emily, Shae, Chaise, Joseph, Seth and Dane; brother, Donald; sister-in-law, Jeanne; as well as many other relatives and friends. She will be laid to rest at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Osceola. The Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, was entrusted with arrangements.

Clem M. Hickman, 50, a resident of Danbury, died May 14, 2009, after a brief illness. Clem was born on July 5, 1958, in St. Paul, Minn., to Franklin and Beverly Hickman. Clem was preceded in death by his mother, Beverly; brother-in-law, Patrick; and nephew, Jason. Clem is survived by his father, Franklin; wife, Casper; mother-in-law, Agnes; children, Amy, Peter and Jeffery; grandchildren, Christopher, Courtney, Cameron and April; sisters, Tami, Kim, Cherri and Angie; along with other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Monday, May 18, at the Danbury Tribal Hall with Lee Staples officiating. Interment followed at St. John’s Cemetery in Webster. Casket bearers were James Hickman, Peter Hickman, Jeffery Hickman, Dale Powers, Lon Powers and Byron Lunsman. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Carolyn Ruth Maack, 68, of Luck, died unexpectedly on May 15, 2009. Carolyn was born Feb. 22, 1941, to Gordon and Elsie Nelson, in St. Paul, Minn. She spent her childhood surrounded by extended family at the Gibbs farm and the Gibbs-Nelson Greenhouse. Free time was spent swimming and fishing at the family cabin on Coon Lake. As a teen, Carolyn played accordion and clarinet and developed a love of art. She graduated from Alexander Ramsey High in 1959. Carolyn worked at the Amery hospital and Luck nursing home for several years. At age 43, she returned to college, graduating from UW-River Falls in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts and art education. She loved being the old lady on campus. Carolyn interned at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in the textile department. From 1988 to 1993, she was the gallery administrator and art-fair organizer for the St. Croix Valley Arts Council. She taught as a substitute at many area schools. One of her favorite experiences was as a long-term German language sub at Siren High School. Carolyn also taught art for the Pine City Area Learning Center. Carolyn’s love of art extended to drama. She designed costumes for Playhouse 46 and lead summer drama programs for grades K-2. She loved the transformation of costumes and drawing people into history. From 1999 to 2003 she worked for New Pterodactyl Leather, traveling to Renaissance Fairs in Minn., Ariz., Colo. and Maine. Carolyn next worked for the Minnesota Historical Society as an interpreter at the Northwest Company Fur Post in Pine City, Minn., until retirement in 2007. Carolyn had many creative hobbies – knitting, quilting, weaving, drawing and watercolor painting. She always had several projects in process. She loved fly-fishing and canoeing, especially with her father. Caroly was an avid reader, usually reading historic novels. Her greatest gift was her acceptance of people; she saw the best in everyone. Carolyn loved to talk and tell stories. She was a Sunday school teacher and leader in 4-H, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. She shuttled children to countless events and juggled the schedules of her six children. Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents and son, Samuel Maack. Carolyn is survived by David Maack; sons, Jon (Heather), Seth, Benjamin; daughters, Amy (Jim) Petersen, Jennifer (Kevin) Lehman and Elsa (Thomas) Thompson; grandchildren, Brittani and Nathaniel Maack, Willie and Justine Lehman, Tony and Cody Petersen, Eric (Jessica) Thomson, Meredith, Adeline and Theodore Thompson; great-granddaughter, Piper Thompson; siblings, Geraldine Pocus, Patricia Nelson, Gary (Barb) Nelson; and many extended family. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, May 23, at 11 a.m., at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, Luck. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.

Marjorie C. Zack Marjorie C. Zack, 83, died April 3, 2009, in Robbinsdale, Minn. Marjorie was born on April 8, 1925, in St. Croix Falls. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Ruth; brothers, Gene, Walt and Eben; grandson, Andrew; daughter-in-law, Sue; and son-in-law, Rick. Marjorie is survived by her husband of 62 years, Joseph; son, Tom (Pat Miller); daughters, Linda (Frank) and Sheryl (Brad); five grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren; brothers, Glen, Edwin and John Eaton. A memorial service was held on April 10, 2009, at the Washburn-McReavy Glen Haven Chapel, Crystal, Minn. Officiating was the Rev. Del Schnaidt. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.

Arlie Mae Randall Correction: A memorial gathering is planned for Saturday, June 13, 10:30 a.m., at the American Legion Hall, 311 Tuttle Street, Balsam Lake.

Betty Smith Betty was born April 2, 1924, in South Sioux City, Neb., to Gertrude and Harry Frahm. As a child, her family made many trips to the Wascott-Minong area and finally made the permanent move to the area in 1936. Betty graduated from Minong High School in 1942. She attended nurses training under the Cadet Nurses Federal Training program at St. Luke’s in Duluth, Minn. Pursing her nursing career, she worked at St. Luke’s in Duluth for a short time and later at a hospital in Compton, Calif., and lastly at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M. She married Glen Smith on Jan. 29, 1947, in Duluth, Minn. Being an Army wife, she had to set up residence in many different locals. First in Fort Riley, Kan., and then in Spooner, while her husband served 18 months in Korea. She was in Aberdeen, Md., for a short time, Fort Gordon, Ga., Sandia Base in Albuquerque, N.M, and back to Minong in 1963. Betty was a member of St. Mary’s church in Minong. She was a member of the Altar Society and helped with fundraising, funerals and other events. Betty wrote a recipe column for the Minong newspaper, Riverway Echo, for many years and also drove a mini school bus for several years. Betty dearly loved animals, especially dogs and cats. She had many pets over the years, her favorite breed being the chihuahua as she raised three of them. Betty also loved to travel and visited many states in the U.S. and made trips to Hawaii, London and Paris. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Eugene; and daughter Denise. Betty is survived by her husband of 62 years, Glen; children Deborah (Ed) Kofal, Wasoctt, Mark (Cheryl) Smith, Grantsburg, Dawn (Robert) DeSoto, Phoenix, Ariz., Dee Ann (Scott) Clark, Bloomington, Minn., and Miles Smith, Trondheim, Norway; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 22, 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Minong. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.


In Memory of

Chuck Pardun

With Memorial Day approaching it brings to mind the gratitude I feel for all the love, kindness and generosity extended our way during Chuck’s illness and passing. For any I missed, personally or with cards to thank you, know that your thoughtfulness was and still is appreciated. This upcoming Memorial Day also brings with it many thoughts of Chuck, best expressed in this poem: A million times we think of you, A million times we cried. If love could have saved you, You never would have died. In life we loved you dearly. In death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place No one can ever fill. It broke our hearts to lose you But you didn’t go alone, For part of us went with you The day God took you home. Author unknown

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We wish to express our sincere thanks for all the acts of kindness shown to our family during the death of our wife, mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother, Jeanette Olson. Special thanks to everyone involved in helping Jeanette at the time of her illness: church council members, the EMTs, Burnett Medical Center and Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Thanks to Pastor Clasen for the service; to Kordi Kurkowski and Myrna Gardin for their beautiful music; to Kordi for the special eulogy; the Mary Kay unit and Lioness group; to the women of Bethany Lutheran Church who served lunch following the service; to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home for making all the arrangements; and to all our relatives and friends for their words of comfort. The prayers, visits, food brought to the house, beautiful flowers and plants, gifts of money and memorials are truly appreciated. God bless you all for your love and kindness. 486367

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



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

LAKETOWN LUTHERAN - CUSHING Pastor Dorothy Sandahl Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School 10:30 a.m.


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



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




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


309 5th Street, 715-640-1450 Pastors Randy and Pam Stone Saturday 6 p.m.




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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


ELCA - 501 Hwy. 35, 646-2357 Mel Rau, Pastor Sunday Worship & Holy Communion - 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School - 10:40 a.m.


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


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


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


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

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


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


2355 Clark Road, Dresser, WI, 715-755-2515 E-mail: Pastor Wayne Deloach, Intern Bob Sinclair Sun. Wor. 9 a.m., Wed. 7 p.m.

PILGRIM LUTHERAN - FREDERIC (ELCA) Pastor Catherine Burnette 507 Wisconsin Ave. N., 715-327-8012 Sunday Worship - 9 a.m.; Holy Communion 1st & 2nd Sundays


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

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





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




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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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



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


ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC 1606 165th Ave., Centuria Paul Foulke, Pastor, 715-485-3363 Sun. Wor. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:15 a.m.


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



Pastor Marty Nolet Wor. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - during worship hour Tom Cook, Pastor Worship 8:45 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10 a.m. Pastor Bruce Stunkard Sun. Wor. 11 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m. Potluck dinner 1st Sunday

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




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


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



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

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


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




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


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


Rev. Rexford D. Brandt 447 180th St., Osceola, 715-294-2936 Sun. Worship June 7 to Sept. 13 - 9 a.m.; Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month


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


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



Pastor Scott Sagel, 715-689-2541 Sun. Schl. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Wor. 10:30 p.m.; Elevator provided, welcome Pastor Dave Guertin 7686 Lofty Pines Drive, Siren, 715-349-5601 Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m.


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


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


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


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


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

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



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

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


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



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



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



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


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

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



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


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



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

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

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

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




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

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


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

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





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


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


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


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


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


131 Broadway St., 715-268-2223; Pastor Charlie Butt, Lead Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 - 11:15 a.m. Sunday School for Pre-K to 5th; Sunday School for middle and high school 8:30 a.m. at teen center; Nursery available


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


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


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



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



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

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



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


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



CENTERPOINT CHURCH “Come as you are”

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

NEW LIFE COMMUNITY - AMERY Pastor Timothy Barnes Sat. 7 p.m. prayer; Sun. Worship 10 a.m.; Children’s Church to 6th Grade


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


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

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


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

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




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CHURCH NEWS Try a little kindness if you know single parents in need

ing anything that day, and Sally said, "I know. No one else is, either." And with that, she began to cry. Shirley invited Sally to come in for a cup of coffee, and she asked her to share her story. She turned out to be an unmarried mother who was struggling mightily to support her 2-year old son. That night, we went to her shabby little apartment above a garage to see how we could help this mother and her toddler. When we opened the cupboards, there was nothing there for them to eat, and I mean nothing. That night, they both dined on a can of spaghetti. We took her to the market and did what we could to help get her on her feet. Sally is obviously not the only single mother out there who is desperately trying to survive in a hostile world, and they could sure use a little kindness – to have someone baby-sit, to have a meal brought over, to have someone repair the washing machine, or just show a little thoughtfulness.

QUESTION: There are several single parents in my church who seem to be so needy. I would like to help them, but honestly, I am barely able to do everything necessary to care for my own family. What responsibility do you think I have to help these other families? DR. DOBSON: Everyone is busy today. I don't know any families that aren't experiencing fatigue and time pressure. None of us need new things to do, certainly, but I do believe it is our duty to reach out to those who are going through hard times. This is especially true of single parents, because their vulnerable children are the ones who suffer. Many years ago, my wife, Shirley, was working around the house one morning when a knock came at the front door. When she opened it, there stood a young woman in her late teens who called herself Sally. "I'm selling brushes," she said, "and I wonder if you'd like to buy any." Well, my wife told her she wasn't interested in buy-

Dr. James

Dobson Focus on the Family

Raising kids alone is the toughest job in the universe. Can you find it in your heart to baby-sit for that single mother one afternoon a week? Or maybe you can fix extra food when you cook and take it over some evening. Imagine what that kindness will convey to a mom or dad who comes home exhausted and discovers that someone cares about his or her little family! Not only will it bring encouragement to the parent, but one or more children will bless you, as well. ••• 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 2006 JAMES DOBSON INC., DISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE 4520 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 64111; 816-932 6600

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Thift shop hop! FREDERIC - Thrift store shopping is an easy way to reap a more plentiful harvest from the financial resources God provides. Here’s a great opportunity to give it a try. The Frederic Evangelical Free Church bus will be leaving the church parking lot at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, for a fun day of ladies-only fellowship and shopping at four large thrift stores in the Twin Cities. A special lunch

rate of $6 has been arranged at Old Country Buffet. The bus will return to church around 6 p.m. If you’re an experienced thrift shopper, you’ll be adding these shops to your list of favorites. If you’ve never been inside a thrift store before, you’ll be amazed at what you can find: clothing, books, toys, home décor, crafts ... all at bargain prices. Two of the stores are offering our group additional discounts so you could

save even more. Start making a list now of what you’re looking for – clothing sizes, curtain measurements, book/movie titles, etc., and, on the sixth, let the treasure hunt begin! Space on the bus is limited. To reserve your spot, please call Jan Gustafson at 715-653-4187. - submitted

Siren baccalaureate service set SIREN – Siren’s graduating class of 2009 will be having their baccalaureate service at Siren Schools audito-

rium on Sunday, May 24, at 7 p.m. Area pastors and several graduating seniors will participate in the serv-

ice. Community members are invited to attend. - submitted

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

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


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


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

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


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WEBSTER CASHCO BUILDING SUPPLIES Complete Lumber & Building Supplies


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



Frederic, Wis. 715-327-4475 110 Oak Street Frederic, Wis. 715-327-4208 Monday - Friday 8:30 - 5 Not Open On Saturday Duane Lindh


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


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

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





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

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


By Willits Jerry & Pat Willits, Owners We sell flags, banners, wind socks, pennants, flag poles & accessories. Installations Available 2815 285th Ave. • Sterling Township 715-488-2729

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

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


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Webster, Wis. 715-866-4100 Days • 715-866-8364 Eves.


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

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



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Sat., May 23, From 1-4 p.m. At His Home At: 1570 290th Ave. Frederic, WI


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Rated PG-13, 138 Minutes. Thurs., May 21: 5:00 & 8:00 p.m.; Fri. - Sun.: 1:00, 3:35, 6:10 & 8:45 p.m. Tues. - Thurs., May 28: 5:00 & 8:00 p.m.



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Rated PG-13, 107 Minutes. Thurs., May 21: 5:30 & 8:00 p.m.

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Sue Heiderscheidt, rural mail carrier, Rt. 1, Centuria, is retiring. Sue’s family is hosting an open house at McKenzie Lanes, Hwy. 35, Centuria, on Sat., May 23, 2 - 5:30 p.m. Stop by if you can.

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304 1st St. So., Luck, Wis.

Hours: Tues., Thurs., Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Phone (715) 472-2121

Phone 715-268-2004

Eye health exams, glaucoma checks, foreign body removal, full line of street wear, safety and sport wear, contact lenses



Mon.-Fri. • 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home Webster, Wisconsin

“Distinctive Funeral Service”

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Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Hanna Daeffler has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Brian and Connie Daeffler. Hanna is very active in the music program at school, both vocally and in handbell choir. She will be singing a vocal solo and a duet in our upcoming concert. Hanna is a good student and is also involved in basketball, volleyball and is very active in her church.

Abigail Pickard has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Matt Pickard and Mel McCann. Abigail is a good citizen, shows a good work ethic, has a pleasant personality and positive attitude. She is involved in band, church youth group and volleyball. Abigail enjoys reading and hanging out with friends. Her future plans are to work with children.

Danielle Swanson has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. She is a freshman and the daughter of Dar and Craig Swanson. Danielle is an honor student who is a hard worker, works well in groups and independently, and has a pleasant personality. She is involved in teaching Sunday school and managing the girls basketball team. Danielle enjoys music and being with friends and family. She plans to go the the U of M for architecture.

Lucas Livingston has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in first grade and the son of Jillian Fleury and Robert Livingston. Lucas works very hard at school and he is very kind to his friends. He enjoys singing in music class, recess and stories. Lucas likes playing with his Hot Wheel cars and going to the park in his spare time.

John Denny has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of Paul and Lori Denny. John works hard and does his best. He is involved in student council, basketball, baseball, football and track. In his spare time he enjoys camping, fishing and golfing.

Jimmy Mellon has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Trudi Mellon. Jimmy is a student who is genuinely nice and someone that can be relied on. When staff needs someone to help with technology, he is the go-to guy, doing a great job. He does a lot of behind the scenes stuff that gets overlooked. Jimmy is involved in church, drama club, band and the school store. He enjoys soccer and spending time with his family. He plans on attending Stout for IT.

Sam Wilson has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in kindergarten and the son of Steph and Mike Wilson. Sam enjoys gym class and playing dodgeball. At home he likes to play soccer with his brothers. Sam is also a member of “The Big White” soccer team! He is a funny and athletic student.

Shelby O’Brien has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Renene and Scott O’Brien. Shelby has a positive, can-do attitude. Her favorite color is lime green, favorite subject is computer/technology and favorite number is 8. Her future plans include going to college to study optometry.

Jessica Lysdahl has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. She is the daughter of Glenn and Michelle Lysdahl. Jessica ranks near the top of her class academically and recently received two gold medals for her vocal performance at the District Solo and Ensemble Contest. Jessica is involved in church youth group. She loves drawing, swimming, singing and acting.

Paige Bird has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in fourth grade. Paige always has a smile on her face and is a ray of sunshine. She enjoys playing outside with her friends, whom she has a lot of. Paige has made progress in school and is a joy to have in class.

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Taylor Stowell has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore. Taylor likes to hang out with friends. She is involved in cheerleading, Clowns and drama.

Aleah Heinz has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Ron and Brenda Heinz. Aleah has excellent grades. She doesn’t complain and gets her work done one time. Aleah is involved in band, choir, basketball, volleyball, track and soccer. She enjoys fishing, hunting and anything outdoors. Her future plans are to go to college to become an obstetrician.

Rebecca Smallwood has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daughter of Joan Boos. Reba works in the H.S/M.S. office where she does what is asked well, and without hesitation. She has a positive outlook on life and a fun personality, which makes her a magnet to others. Reba is involved in band, basketball and track. She enjoys playing sports, hunting and fishing. Reba plans to attend UW-Stevens Point for physical education.


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Cody Whittier has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. He is in fifth grade and the son of Jason and Tiffany Whittier. Cody is an enthusiastic, friendly and respectful student. He is always ready to help out and is very responsible. Cody has one sister, Brittany, and his pet is a dog. Cody’s favorite pastime is golf, and he is involved in hockey and band. His favorite subject is math.



Aurora Vanderhoof has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in first grade. Aurora is always eager to learn. She participates in class discussions and is willing to help out any student who needs help. Aurora enjoys playing tag and hide and seek with her friends. She also enjoys swinging and playing T-ball. Aurora enjoys school and being with friends and family.

Cherissa Vollendorf has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of David and Valerie Vollendorf. Cherissa has a positive attitude, good work ethic and gets along well with others. She is involved in cross country, soccer, swing choir, band, choir, AODA, church youth group and works at the Espresso Cabin. Cherissa enjoys running, reading, singing, acting, making movies and music. She plans to become a nurse.



Cole Webb has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in fourth grade. Cole is a friendly, kind boy who is cooperative in school. He works hard and is a good oral reader. Cole loves listening to stories. Outside of school, he enjoys snowboarding.

Alyssa Taylor has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Steven and Janine Meyer. Alyssa is a hardworking student who strives to do her best in all subjects. Her positive attitude towards school, as well as her attitude towards others, shines throughout her classroom. Alyssa’s favorite classes are math and writing. After school she enjoys fast-pitch and basketball.

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Jake Turner has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in first grade and the son of Craig and Kristine Turner. Jake is naturally a positive individual. He is well liked by all. Jake is a very hard worker, especially when it comes to reading. All of his hard work has definitely paid off.

Sanay Hemingway has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of David and Lois Hemingway. Sanay has been an inspiration to the whole school. Her positive attitude and kindness are very much appreciated. Sanay has great potential in whatever profession she decides to go into.

Jake Monahan has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. He is a junior and the son of Mike Monahan and Rebecca Luppo. Jake is involved in band, choir, jazz band and vocal jazz. He enjoys music playing guitar, singing, drums, and sports - football, baseball, skateboarding and snowboarding. Jake plans to go to college and major in music.



THURSDAY/21 Frederic

• 500 cards at the senior center, 6:30 p.m. • Lioness Club to meet, Skol Haus, 5:30 p.m. for supper and 7 p.m., Sunrise Apartments community room for meeting, 715-327-4271.


Coming events

• American Legion & Auxiliary meeting at the village hall, 7 p.m.

THURS.-SUN./28-31 Roberts

• Good Neighbor Days tractor pull, demo derby.

THURSDAY/28 Frederic

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



• Historical society meeting at the Luck Museum with old photograph restoration demonstration, 7 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• Ruby’s Pantry at 24534 Hwy. 35/70, doors open 4:30 p.m.

• Siren School community meeting at Lakeview Event Center, 7 p.m.


• Exercise at the senior center, 10-11 a.m. • Blood pressures at the senior center, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • General meeting (potluck) at the senior center, 12:30 p.m. • 500 cards at the senior center, 6:30 p.m.


• Container gardening workshop at the Ag Research Station, 7-8 p.m., 715-635-3506 or 800-528-1914.

St. Croix Falls

• Exercise at the senior center, 10-11 a.m. • Health Seminar at the senior center, 1 p.m. • 500 cards at the senior center, 6:30 p.m.

FRI. & SAT./22 & 23 Danbury


• Interfaith Caregivers 3rd-annual freewill offering sale, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Hayden Lake Road, 715-866-4970.


• Pokeno at the senior center, 1 p.m.


St. Croix Falls

• Garage sale fundraiser for ACS at the Methodist church, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Bridge at the senior center, 10 a.m.



• Garden and art sale at Café Wren, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Fundraiser for 3-Day Breast Cancer at KJ’s Bar, 6 p.m., 715-483-2610.



FRIDAY/22 Clam Falls

• South Fork Sporting Club smelt feed, starts at 5 p.m.


• Pokeno at the senior center, 1 p.m.


The color purple radiates from this flowering crab tree in the village of Frederic. - Photo by Ed Berdal


St. Croix Falls

• Farmers Market at Siren Senior Center, 1-3 p.m.

• Bridge at the senior center, 10 a.m.

St. Croix Falls


• Variety show at the high school, 7 p.m.

SAT. & SUN./23 & 24 Dairyland

• 3rd-annual Support the Troops fundraiser at Cozy Corner Inn, 715-244-4030.


• Opening weekend events and 40th-anniversary celebration at Forts Folle Avoine, 10 a.m.4 p.m., 715-866-8890.

• Legion Auxiliary Memorial Day dinner at the community center, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.



• Friends of the Librarys book sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the library. • 26th-annual Webster Craft Fair Extravaganza at the elementary school, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

SUNDAY/24 Duxbury, Minn.

• Volunteer fire department pancake breakfast at the Wilma Town Hall, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.


• Pancake breakfast at the Legion Hall, 6:3010:30 a.m.

• 3rd-Annual Memorial Barrel Race at the fairgrounds, 715-857-6343.

• Annual church service at Pleasant Prairie Church and potluck afterward, 11 a.m. Cemetery meeting at 1:30 p.m.

St. Croix Falls





Balsam Lake

• Baccalaureate service at the school auditorium, 7 p.m.

Bone Lake

• Underwater World at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, 2-3 p.m. • Soundscapes of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

• Spring luncheon at Georgetown Lutheran, 10 a.m., 715-857-5211 or 715-825-2145. • Gospel band Glory Train performs at Zion Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.


• Annual pancake breakfast at St. Peter’s Community Church, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.


• Food and fellowship, at noon, cards, afternoon coffee and refreshments at the senior center.


• Admirals of Adaptation at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, 7-8 p.m.


• Jams Sessions at Log Cabin Hollow Resort, 8 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• Genealogy meeting at the senior center, 7 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

MONDAY/25 Frederic

• Spades will be played at 1 p.m. after potluck dinner, noon, at the senior center.

Balsam Lake

• Polk County Historical Society meeting and Know Your Antiques, 7 p.m.


• The Parent Resource Group for parents of children with special needs will meet at the Burnett County Family Resource Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m., call Jenny at 715-463-4941. • Burnett County Republican Party will meet at 7 p.m. in Room 160 (county boardroom) in the Government Center.

St. Croix Falls

• Exercise at the senior center, 10-11 a.m. • 500 cards and Dominos at the senior center, 12:30 p.m.


• Food and Friends Community Dinner at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 5-6 p.m. • Ravishing Rubies Red Hat Society luncheon at Madden’s Steakhouse, noon.

• Food and fellowship, at noon, cards, afternoon coffee and refreshments at the senior center.


• Fly-fishing workshop at Osceola Landing, for ages 13 and up, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-483-2272.


• 3rd-annual Jane Wisse Wellness Walk at Crooked Lake Park. Registration 9 a.m., 715349-2278, ext. 235. • Lions and Lioness yard sale drop-off at their building, 9 a.m.-noon, 715-349-2400.

St. Croix Falls

• Dedication of Park Rosemarie on Fairgrounds Road, noon. • Fire department recruiting open house, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-483-9444, 715-483-3081.

Trade Lake

• Wine and cheese tasting fundraiser for human society at Trade River Winery, 3-7 p.m., 715-866-4096.

SUNDAY/31 Frederic

• Pancake breakfast at the Legion Hall, 6:3010:30 a.m.


• Lions fundraiser at the golf course, 2-person scramble, 12:30 p.m., 715-472-2939.

St. Croix Falls

• Spring potluck and cards at the senior center at 1 p.m.



Balsam Lake

• Public input meeting on the Polk county Comprehensive Plan at the government center, 10 a.m.,


• Pokeno at the senior center, 1 p.m.

MONDAY/1 Grantsburg

• Farmers Market at the village offices/library, noon-2 p.m.

Frederic Depot/Museum opens May 23 FREDERIC – The Frederic Area Historical Society starts its 14th year of bringing the history of Frederic to life at the Frederic Depot/Museum Saturday, May 23. The Frederic Depot is the last of its kind on what was once the major pipeline of commerce in this area through more than half of the last century – the railroad. When the Soo Line abandoned rail service through Frederic in 1989, the village acquired the depot and restored it with transportation enhancement grants from the federal government, as a rest stop on the Gandy Dancer State Trail and a museum of local history. In addition to the area history archived in the depot, the original Frederic Library building, a log cabin from the late 1800s and a Soo Line wide-vision caboose are featured and open for tours. The depot/museum is open to the public from Memorial Day weekend

The Frederic Depot/Museum opens its doors Saturday, May 23. - Photo by Gary King through the leaf season in the fall. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

Frederic Area Historical Society members will be on hand to share the history of Frederic. The coffee will be on for the

opening weekend. If you are interested in the history of the area, the historical society is always looking for new members. For more information call 715-3274271 or 715-327-4892. The Frederic Area Historical Society hosts several special events at the depot: strawberry shortcake at the depot, June 20, during Frederic Family Days; a pie social, Aug. 15, with the Frederic Arts and Crafts Fair and ambulance chicken dinner; the legendary hotdish cook-off, Sept. 5, with the annual white elephant sale; and a photo-op stop for the annual Brass Era Car Tour, Sept. 11. Check out the museum pictures at State trail passes, required for bicycle riders on the Gandy Dancer Trail, 16 years and older, are available at the depot. – submitted

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