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White is a fall color

First wave of vaccine expected to arrive in next few weeks PAGE 3

The Beaver Club lives again! Currents, page 13

Alleged rapist faces charges DNA links man to unsolved sexual assault PAGE 2

Ag research station marks 100th year Currents, page 12

Life on a Great Lakes freighter, Part II Currents, page 4

State paying to rebuild a killer’s face Turtle Lake man shot himself in 2002 after shooting girlfriend PAGE 3

Defense gives argument in Huggett case

The arrival of snow and frost over the weekend was a rude wakeup call for area residents, many of whom weren’t ready for the first taste of winter and had barely had a chance to enjoy the fall colors before they disappeared into shrouds of white. More snow arrived this week, but temperatures are expected to reach the 50s this weekend. - Photo by Gary King

Milking it for all it’s worth by Priscilla Bauer ALPHA – When Larry Huset headed out on his milk route around 5:45 a.m. on the morning of Oct. 9, he knew it was going to happen that day. The 35-year veteran milk hauler was about to reach a milestone not often heard of in today’s throwaway society. Huset, owner of Huset Transfer of Rice Lake, hauls milk to Burnett Dairy. Seven days a week for the past three

years, Huset or another driver makes the route to Barron County farms in Huset’s 1998 Peterbilt truck without fail. Friday’s run would be a little more than routine for Huset though. A dramatic turn was coming, one that would have Huset not only keeping his eyes on the road but also on his

See Milking it, page 2

Appeal process proceeds in alleged homicide PAGE 5

Home care, museum saved Polk County’s budget and staffing plan completed PAGE 6

Golfers back from Madison!


SCF city looks at budget for 2010 Gaylord Nelson Earth Day Project proposed PAGE 7

Larry Huset gives a smile from the cab of the truck he’s driven and maintained for 1 million miles. - Special photo

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Charges pending against alleged rapist

SIREN - A Superior man appeared in the Burnett County Courthouse for a bail hearing on Monday, Oct. 12, after DNA evidence linked him to an 2006 unsolved sexual assault. Craig A. Mehtala, 28, is also facing three second-degree sexual assault charges in Douglas County. The incidents in Douglas County all involve Mehtala stranger assaults ac-

Unused vehicles put to use by Sherill Summer SIREN - As sort of an experiment to try and save money, Burnett County has assigned three unused vehicles, including a retired police car, for county employees to use during work. So far the Health and Human Services Department is making the most use of the fleet, and it is saving the department a substantial amount of money. The health and community service committee was told on Tuesday, Oct. 13, that in the first nine months of 2009, the department would have paid employees $16,295.16 in mileage reimbursement for the nearly 29,000 miles department employees have driven on county business using their own vehicles. Instead the department has purchased $3,773 of gas to fuel the fleet for a savings of $12,522.


cording to an article in the Superior Telegram. In all three Douglas County assaults, Mehtala allegedly came up behind women walking alone in the dark during early-morning hours. No information on the 2006 Burnett County incident has been released yet. Mehtala was initially charged with one second-degree sexual assault in Douglas County and he was released on $750 cash bail. However, when the investigation on that assault linked DNA evidence with two other assaults in Douglas County and one in Burnett County, Mehtala’s one charge in Douglas County was amended to three separate

sexual-assault charges and Burnett County was notified of the investigation for charges in Burnett County. Burnett County District Attorney Bill Norine explains that Mehtala will be formally charged in Burnett County, “any day now” as he is in the process of finalizing the charges. Bail was set at $25,000 with $2,500 of this amount to be paid in cash in Burnett County, but so far, he remains in custody. The initial appearance in Burnett County is scheduled for Oct. 28. He had a preliminary hearing in Douglas County for his charges there on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Federal official wants states to manage gray wolves

Bar fight injuries suspected in death

MADISON - Management of the Midwest's gray wolf population will eventually go back to Wisconsin and other states, if the new director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has his way. After months of legal back and forth, Endangered Species Act protections once again apply to the gray wolf in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. That means landowners and others cannot kill problem wolves. The Fish and Wildlife Service has promised a federal judge that the agency will let people comment on any future proposed rule to remove protections for wolves in the western Great Lakes region. There are believed to be more than 600 gray wolves just in Wisconsin, well above state goals for a stable wolf population. The Department of Natural Resources says about a dozen of the animals were killed illegally last year. - Wisconsin Public Radio (Chuck Quirmbach)

BURNETT COUNTY - The Oct. 8 death of a man who suffered serious injuries in a bar fight Sept. 18 is under investigation by the Burnett County Medical Examiner’s Office. Medical examiner Mike Maloney said an autopsy performed on the man was inconclusive. He was not releasing names until the investigation is completed. He said there is a suspicion that injuries from the fight may have caused the death but there is no solid evidence to support that theory at this time. – with info from the Burnett County medical examiner


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Frederic School Board member Becky Amundson and her daughter, Emily, were at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Sept. 19, to accept a Minnesota Twins’ Fields for Kids plaque and matching grant in the amount of $500. The money was awarded by the Twins to the Frederic Village Parks and Frederic Schools for completion of dugouts, installation of safety guard fencing and completion of the infield of the new ball field at the elementary school campus. “The plaque will be placed at the ball field in recognition of the Twins’ generous support in helping to complete the project,” noted Rebecca Harlander of the parks committee. - Special photo

The odometer reading.

Milking it/from page 1 odometer. Friday was the day Huset’s truck would go over the 1 million mile mark. That’s right ... -million-miles. Later that morning, as Huset was driving north on Hwy. 53 on his way back to the Alpha dairy, it happened. “I knew it was going to happen on that road,” said Huset. “I was headed north by the veterans cemetery near Spooner and looked down at the odometer all the nines were lined up.” Huset said the people on his milk route have grown pretty used to seeing his familiar black truck coming down the road. “They like the truck and knew it had a lot of miles on it. They were all happy for me when they heard about the truck going over a million miles.” Huset bought his truck in 2004 and said it has served him well but not without “a lot of fixing,” as he put it. “It’s been a good truck but it’s needed a lot of maintenance,” said Huset, who added he rebuilt the truck’s motor last April. Huset said he knows over-the-road semi trucks will hit 1 million miles, but this was a big milestone for him and his truck. “ I’d like to keep my truck running,” said Huset when asked about going for the next million miles. “I’m just going to keep driving it. If I keep up the maintenance it will keep going.” Back at the dairy it was time to snap photos of Huset, his truck and that odometer now at over 1 million miles. And as a smiling Huset sat in his record-breaking truck, the old saying “Milking it for all it’s worth” was only too fitting to utter in describing his million-mile moment.

Briefly OSCEOLA - St. Croix ArtBarn will present the Jeff Daniels hunting comedy, “Escanaba in da Moonlight,” Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24, at 7:30 p.m. When the Soady clan reunites for the opening day of deer season at the family’s Upper Peninsula camp, 35-year-old Reuben Soady brings with him the infamous reputation of being the oldest Soady in the history of the Soadys never to bag a buck. General admission tickets are $12 adults; $10 seniors, and $8 students. ArtBarn is located at 1040 Oak Ridge Drive, one block east of Hwy. 35 next to the Osceola middle and high schools. For more information, call 715-294-2787 or visit The production will move to The SPACE, New Richmond, Nov. 6, 7, 13 and 14. - submitted ••• MILWAUKEE – Applications for the 2010 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship can now be obtained in the principal’s office at Wisconsin public, religious, and independent high schools, from the Wisconsin Parents Association, and at A total of 100 students will be chosen to receive $1,000 scholarships from among all applicants throughout the state. Applicants must be residents of Wisconsin who will graduate from high school in 2010, and plan to continue their education at a college, university or vocational/technical school. Students will be evaluated on academic achievement, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities. Completed applications are due in November of 2009; the exact date is determined by individual schools. Students should contact their high school principal or counselor, or go to as soon as possible for a copy of the application form and detailed information on the eligibility criteria. The number of applications each high school may submit is based on enrollment. Home-schooled students can also obtain information from the Wisconsin Parents Association at P.O. Box 2502, Madison, WI 53701-2502, or, or 608-2833131. - submitted •••

More than $1 million in timber sales again by Sherill Summer SIREN - Burnett County held its final timber sale of the year on Thursday, Oct. 8, as a part of the Burnett County Natural Resources Committee. The timber sales from the county’s public land have earned the county $1 million or more for the last several years, and so far the three timber sales this year indicate that the county can expect upward of a million dollars in timber sales for the next couple of years as well. Logging operations bid on tracts of standing timber scheduled to be cut. The highest bidder wins each timber contract. The final timber sale held on Thursday sold $455,835.71 in timber contracts, and the first two sales sold about $845,000 in contracts for a total of about $1.3 million this year. Burnett County sells two-year contracts that require the timber to be cut sometime within the next two years. Aside from a down payment received at the timber sale, the county will receive full payment once the timber is cut. So far this year, the county has been paid about $900,000 for timber cut this year on county land. Ten percent of the timber sales each year is paid to townships with public land in their borders.

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State paying to rebuild a killer’s face

by Dee J. Hall Wisconsin State Journal Special to the Leader MADISON - Daryl Strenke called to his former girlfriend to come out of her Comstock mobile home so the two, who had recently broken up, could talk. Samantha “Sam” Verby told him to come inside. As Verby blurted out, “What are you doing?” Strenke aimed his 12-gauge shotgun at her head and fired, killing her. Verby’s two friends ducked for cover as Strenke then turned the gun on himself, blowing Strenke away the lower part of his face. The crime left the Verbys without a daughter and a 7-year-old girl without her mother. But Strenke, of Turtle Lake, survived the shotgun blast, eventually pleading guilty to second-degree intentional homicide for the June 30, 2002, shooting. Strenke sustained significant injuries that make it impossible to eat or speak normally. Later this month, the Columbia Correctional Institution inmate is expected to have the first of what likely will be a series of extensive - and expensive - surgeries to repair his shattered face, his mother, Darlene Strenke, confirmed. The decision by the state Department of Corrections to OK the surgeries is raising questions about how far the state should go to provide medical treatment to prisoners who rely on the state for their care. Strenke’s mother is defending the decision, saying Strenke, 45, is “tortured” by his injuries. He is serving a 60-year sentence, including 30 years behind bars. Verby’s mother is unsympathetic. She said Strenke should have to live with the consequences of his crime. “Taxpayers feel their money should go to better things than rebuilding his face,” said Alice Verby, of Turtle Lake. “He did it to himself. Let him live that way.” A duty to limit suffering Corrections spokesman John Dipko would not confirm or deny that Strenke

would receive surgery, citing patient confidentiality rules. However, Dipko emphasized that any “reconstructive surgery would be undertaken for medically necessary reasons only, not for elective purposes.” The department has a legal responsibility “to deliver adequate health care to inmates under its custody,” he said, adding that “deliberate indifference to an inmate’s serious medical needs” would violate the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. “Our actions as a correctional healthcare provider are consistent with this constitutional directive, including instances in which an individual is identified by an outside medical specialist as in need of reconstructive surgery to protect the individual’s life and health,” Dipko said. Helen Potts of Physicians for Human Rights said there are other reasons the department may be obliged to provide the care. “Doctors have an ethical duty to prevent and limit suffering of patients in their care, and a duty to practice medicine in a neutral way without fear or favor,” said Potts, an attorney and human-rights expert at the Cambridge, Mass.-based group. “And under international human-rights law, governments are obligated to respect the right to health and refrain from limiting access to medical care for prisoners.” Weighing the need - and the cost State Rep. Ann Hraychuck, D-Balsam Lake, who was the sheriff of Polk County in 2002 and helped prosecute Strenke, said she sees both sides. Taxpayers don’t want their hard-earned money wasted, but the state must care for people in its custody, she said. “I do understand that institutions are responsible for providing necessary medical treatment,” Hraychuck said, noting that as sheriff, she ran the Polk County Jail. “Now my job is to protect taxpayers ... and make sure they’re getting the best bang for their buck.” In the end, Hraychuck said, she trusts Department of Corrections Secretary Rich Raemisch, former Dane County sheriff, made the right decision. Given the budget cuts across state government, Hraychuck said, “I can’t imagine

that the secretary of the Department of Corrections would OK any kind of treatments or surgery that isn’t absolutely necessary.” Current Polk County Sheriff Tim Moore stated, “I hope the state of Wisconsin would show an equal amount of compassion, and concern for the health care of the victim’s child, as it is apparently showing for Mr. Strenke.” Attempts by the Wisconsin State Journal to determine how much the facial reconstruction might cost were unsuccessful. Asked to estimate the cost of such procedures, UW Hospital spokeswoman Lisa Brunette said it would be impossible without a physical examination and knowing the patient’s detailed medical information. But she hinted it could be expensive. “Complicated reconstructions for severe injuries in particular very often present unexpected developments all along the way,” Brunette said. “I don’t think we can responsibly provide even a ballpark estimate at this stage of the process.” They’re still a human being Without surgery, Darlene Strenke said, her son would continue to struggle to speak and eat. She said his speech is nearly impossible to understand and his food must be pureeed. “He doesn’t have any teeth. He doesn’t have a roof in his mouth, and he’s only got part of a nose,” she said. Verby said alleviating Strenke’s suffering at a time her family continues to struggle with its own loss doesn’t seem fair. Her husband, Larry, was the first on the scene, running from the familyowned Staples Lake Bar near Samantha’s home. Her granddaughter was just a few feet away when her mother was shot to death. “It took quite a long time for her to go to sleep by herself,” Verby said. “She was afraid someone else was going to shoot through her room.” Darlene Strenke admits there was a time when she would have felt the same as Alice Verby - until her own son was sent to prison. “It doesn’t matter who they are, what crimes they’ve committed, (prisoners) still deserve the (medical) care,” she said. “They’re still a human being.”

GHS marching band begins fundraising

GRANTSBURG - The Grantsburg High School marching band is fundraising for a trip to Orlando, Fla., in March and are asking for donations of box tops. Persons may find out which box

tops qualify by going to the General Mills Box Tops for Education Web site at Mark your bags of box tops “Band” and drop them off at the Grantsburg High School office, Grantsburg Public

Library, U.S. Bank, or Community Bank. Further information is available by contacting Betsy Morley at 715-3278988. - with submitted information

Burnett and Polk counties gear up for H1N1 vaccine clinics BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - The Burnett and Polk County health departments continue to plan for the arrival of H1N1 vaccine. Following Wisconsin Division of Public Health, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the Burnett and Polk County health departments continue to work closely with local medical centers to develop H1N1 vaccination plans. The first wave of H1N1 vaccine, which is expected to arrive over the next few weeks, will be limited and will be targeted for health-care workers, EMS and first responders. The purpose of targeting these groups is to assure that we protect those who will come in frequent contact and treat those with H1N1 influenza. Pregnant women will also be targeted for vaccination in the initial wave, as studies are showing that they are at greater risk to develop complications from influenza when not treated early. The second wave of H1N1 vaccine,

as it becomes available, will be targeted for all people 6 months to 24 years, persons 25-64 with pre-existing health conditions associated with complications to influenza, and caregivers of those less than 6 months of age. The county health departments are currently working with local school districts to plan for school-based vaccination clinics. As part of this process, school officials will be notifying parents with dates and important information, such as consent forms, for H1N1 school-based vaccination clinics. Burnett County will have schoolbased clinics open to the public, similar to their seasonal influenza clinics. Due to the number of school districts in Polk County, the local medical centers and other vaccinators will be targeting the other groups listed in the second wave. During the final wave of shipments of H1N1 vaccine, anyone else wanting the vaccination should be able to get one. The exact time frame between

phases one, two, and three is not known at this time because it is based on the amount of vaccine that makes its way to Burnett and Polk counties over the next several months. The health departments and the local medical centers want the public to know that they continue to plan and work together to make the H1N1 vaccination campaign as efficient as possible. Updates on the school-based clinics can be found at: As the H1N1 vaccine trickles into Burnett and Polk counties, they want to remind the public that enough vaccine has been ordered at the federal level so that everyone who wants the vaccine will eventually be able to get it. During this time, they ask the public to protect themselves and others by following simple public-health measures such as covering your cough and sneezes, stay home if you are sick and wash your hands frequently. - from health departments in Burnett and Polk counties





CarQuest building lot approved on survey map

Municipal judge reports on court

then we have an idea of where the rest is.”

by Brenda Sommerfeld FREDERIC – The planning commission recommended the Frederic Village Board approve a certified survey map for the property where the feed mill was located. After discussing the changes to the property during the regular board meeting, Monday, Oct. 12, the village board approved the survey map. The map shows two lots, an out lot and a street easement. Lot No. 1 is the northwest corner of the property and will be where the CarQuest building will sit once built. Most of the land there now is covered with a parking lot. “I don’t think anyone really realized how diagonal this was,” Trustee Kerry Brendel stated. “It wasn’t a true north and south. I thought it would be pretty easy to cut that lot off, but it wasn’t.” CarQuest’s lot is 10,372 square feet or 0.23 acres of land, leaving 75 feet on the east side. Another change to the map is to have an easement of 30 feet from Traffic Avenue to the west, leaving only 44 feet for the parking lot that is currently on this property. The easement is being made for the opportunity, if decided, to widen Traffic Avenue.

Annual meeting set for Oct. 26

Frederic Municipal Judge Sherry Gjonnes was present at the Frederic Village Board meeting held Monday, Oct. 12. Gjonnes reported on the court during the meeting. – Photos by Brenda Sommerfeld “There’s been some discussion on possibly widening that street or having a study done for safety purposes,” Brendel explained. “Right now this certified survey map is just identifying that piece of land where Lot 1 will sit on there and

Municipal judge reports In past meetings, it has been the request of the board to have Municipal Judge Sherry Gjonnes attend a meeting to inform the board of court happenings. Gjonnes attended the October meeting. She reported that the municipal court meets once a month and has had a total of 108 citations, 71 traffic and 37 ordinance. Citations paid total $4,120.20, with outstanding at the greater number of $6,430. “Just a reminder that we’re not a money-making department,” Gjonnes stated. “It’s more for accountability and saving officers from having to take people down to Balsam Lake.” Also mentioned by Gjonnes was that her clerk, Kathy Johansen, purchased her own digital recorder and laptop and uses her own cell phone in contribution to the court. “She’s not looking for reimbursement, but just to let you know that she’s contributing as well,” Gjonnes said. Financial assistance approved The board accepted resolution No. 100909 to financially assist in the funding of urban and community forestry projects. The park board will budget

$5,000 for 2010 to be paid by the village, which will be matched by a $5,000 grant to plant trees in the town of Frederic. The money includes three different species to be planted, a mapping and database of the trees planted, three months worth of watering and maintenance, a training for the village crew in correct planting techniques and educational information to be posted around town and given to residents. Other business •The public hearing on the village budget will be held during the regular board meeting of November. The public hearing will take place on Monday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. •The five-year lease agreement from the village board to the Frederic Area Historical Society on the depot is up for renewal. It was agreed to table the lease until the November meeting in order for the historical society to have a chance to discuss first. •Crosswalks have been newly painted on the streets surrounding the elementary school. •After much discussion over the concern of illegal U-turns being made by vehicles on Main Street while parking, new signs have been placed on the centerline informing drivers it is illegal.

Unity tax levy, mill rate going up

by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — Decreased state aid and decreased property values have combined to produce a higher-than-expected taxing mill rate in the Unity School District, according to discussion at the Oct. 13 meeting of the Unity School Board. Voters in the district will have the opportunity to vote on the budget, with its $10,264,358 tax levy, at the annual meeting Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. The proposed levy is up 4.75 percent from last year, and the mill rate is up from 8.3 to 9.15. This means that taxes on a home valued at $100,000 this year will pay $915 in school taxes, compared with $830 last year. Taxes on a $100,000 home the year before were $775. Last week the state announced equalized property valuation, and property within the Unity District has decreased by nearly 5 percent in the past year, from $1.18 billion to about $1.12 billion.

Robinson, but has remained relatively stable over the past six years. The 2009 third-Friday enrollment, used by the state in the budget formula, was 1,137, compared with 1,150 last year. The three-year average is 1,131, compared with 1,134 last year. The annual meeting will be held in the elementary library.

Members of the Unity School Board of Education got a firsthand look at how the Promethean interactive whiteboards work in the classroom. The district has eight of the whiteboards on a trial basis, and will be voting next month on whether or not to purchase them at half the regular price. Giving the demonstration is high school social studies teacher Sarah Schmidt. — Photo by Mary Stirrat In addition, the district has lost about 15 percent, or $405,000, in state aid.

Enrollment is down from last year, said district Administrator Brandon

Other business • School immunization clinics for H1N1 are being scheduled at this time, said Robinson, and information should be available later this week or early next. There have been a “handful” of confirmed cases, he said, and the district is working closely with the Polk County Health Department. • The district’s Web site has recently been updated and refined, including an interactive calendar and new access to food-service accounts. The address is • The school garage sale will be Oct. 23-24. • Carol Kline was hired as junior varsity girls basketball coach.

Centuria Utility commissioners recognized for service

CENTURIA – Centuria Utilities commissioners were recognized for their many years of service to the public power industry recently. Each received the 2009 Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin Pillar of Public Power award at a utility commission meeting Monday, Oct. 12, at the village hall in Centuria. MEUW is the statewide trade organization that represents all 82 of Wisconsin’s community-owned electric utilities. The Pillar of Public Power award recognizes members of the public power community governing bodies who have served their communities at least 10 years. In Centuria, the utility commission has oversight responsibility for the community-owned utility and its operators. “Public power in Wisconsin depend on citizens leaders like those in Centuria. This award is just a small way we recognize utility commission members for all their dedication and support of public power in Wisconsin,” said Scott Meske, MEUW’s associate director.

Centuria Utility commissioners were recognized for their many years of service to the public power industry recently. Pictured (L to R): Glenn Melin, MEUW associate director, Scott Meske, George Jerrick, Calvin Schladweiler and Steve Sylvester. Missing from photo, Jim Schmidt. – Photo by Marty Seeger Glenn Melin, chairman of the Centuria Utility Commission, was recognized by MEUW last year at its annual conference, and has been on the utility commission for 35 years. James Schmidt received an award for his 15 years of service. Calvin

Schladweiler received an award for 26 years of service, Steve Sylvester for 29 years of service and George Jerrick, 30 years. Centuria Municipal Electric Utility is a public power utility serving approxi-

mately 400 customers in the village of Centuria since 1946. MEUW has provided safety training, legislative and regulatory services for Wisconsin’s 82 community-owned electric utilities since 1928. – submitted





Defense submits arguments in Huggett case

by Sherill Summer SIREN – Kyle Huggett’s defense team has submitted its response to the state in what has been a slow-moving appeals process. Huggett, 34, Danbury, was facing a second-degree intentional homicide charge stemming from the Jan. 20, 2008, shooting death of John Peach, until May when Judge James Babbitt dismissed the charge with prejudice. However, Burnett County District Attorney William Norine appealed Babbitt’s decision and the Wisconsin Department of Justice is now assisting the county in prosecuting Huggett. Assistant Attorney General James M. Freimuth submitted the first brief, or argument, a month ago – Sept. 4 - that the appeal court judges will eventually consider. Babbitt dismissed the charge against Huggett citing Huggett’s due process was violated when two allegedly threatening voice-mail messages from Peach to Huggett and to Huggett’s girlfriend Amy Kerbel were not preserved by the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department before they were deleted by the cell-phone

by Nancy Jappe SIREN – In an effort to reach not only tourists but local people who drive around the area and (want to) find places they have never been before, a new Siren tour map has been printed. The free map is a combined project for the village of Siren, the Siren Area Chamber and Burnett County Tourism. It is available at various places in the area now. The map was developed by a group called the Siren Branding Group. Members of this group included people with good background knowledge of Siren and representing various businesses. The group included Jake Mangelsen, Joan O’Fallon, Jan Hunter and Randy Surbaugh, Gary Kannenberg, Mike Henrickson, Luanne Swanson and Amanda Shafer from the Siren Tourism Office at The Lodge at Crooked Lake. Siren Chamber Administrator Chris Moeller was the group’s facilitator. “The group was put together to decide how to draw more tourism for Siren,” Moeller said. “They came up with a marketing statement, identified a target

provider after seven days. In his Sept. 4 brief, Freimuth argued that the voice-mail messages were destroyed by an independent third party, Alltel, the cell-phone Kyle Huggett provider, not the sheriff’s department. Freimuth also argued that the voicemail messages were not the only means by which Huggett’s defense could convey the alleged threats the night of the shooting since there are text messages from Peach from Jan. 20 that are preserved, and there is also testimony from both Huggett and Kerbel that describes the threatening nature of the lost voicemail messages, even if they could not remember the exact words Peach used. Freimuth then described the dismissal

Defense argument Huggett’s defense attorney Craig Mastantuono had a month to respond to Freimuth’s argument, and on Tuesday, Oct. 6, Mastantuono submitted his argument for the court of appeals judges to consider. Mastantuono argues that because the information stored on the cell phones was apparently exculpatory evidence (evidence that would help the defendant clear himself from the charges against him) when the evidence was not preserved, regardless of no perceived bad faith from the sheriff’s department, Huggett’s due-process rights were violated. Mastantuono also addresses whether or not there is comparable evidence by any other available means by quoting Babbitt when he said shortly before dis-

missing the charges, “It is hard to imagine any evidence more compelling than threats from the decedent (Peach) that the defendant heard approximately two hours before the decedent is breaking into the defendant’s residence.” Finally Mastantuono argued that while the sheriff’s department did not have exclusive possession of the voicemail messages, because Huggett and Kerbel could have remotely accessed the messages, this was irrelevant. Mastantuono cites a previous case, one a higher court in Wisconsin considered, involving a vehicle that was destroyed by the insurance company after is was impounded, which did not relieve the sheriff’s department’s duty to preserve evidence. Now that there are two briefs, one from the prosecution and one from the defense, the case is close to being ready for consideration by appeals court judges. First, however, the prosecution will have an opportunity to respond to the defense argument since it was the side that filed for the appeal. That argument is due Oct. 20.

New Siren tour map is out

audience and listed what Siren has to offer, who is the competition and what advantages Siren has over the competition.” One of the committee members, Mike Henrickson from Big Mike’s, focused on all the nature that the Siren area has to offer and how many people come here for fall color tours. Henrickson outlined four different tours that would highlight places that featured nature at its best. The thought was that tourism wasn’t just for fall colors but that many other attractions were available and that there was always something going on, regardless of the season. The map contains no advertising. Its goal is to feature and show off what the area, and the county, have to offer, and that Siren would be a good place for people to stay while they are touring. Tracy Horel, mapping specialist in the Burnett County Surveyor/Land Information Office, developed the map, highlighting the area and detailing the tours that Henrickson had mapped out. Tour one is called Wine and Wildlife. Tour

New auto insurance bill will require an increase in policy amounts WISCONSIN – A new bill passed in the state budget will require mandatory auto insurance for all vehicle owners as well as an increase in insurance policies. Starting June 1, 2010, auto insurance will be required in Wisconsin, like it is in Minnesota; it is currently optional for most vehicle owners. Drivers will be required to carry proof of insurance, such as a card or letter issued by their insurers. If a driver is stopped on suspicion of a traffic violation, the police officer can ask for proof of insurance, and issue a $10 ticket to those who don’t have a card with them, even if they do carry a policy. Those who don’t have any insurance could be fined up to $500. According to an article in the Wisconsin Independent Agency magazine, it is unclear yet how law enforcement will be able to know who actually doesn’t have insurance, and who does but simply isn’t carrying proof. Underinsured motorist coverage, which is currently optional, will also be required for drivers on new or renewed policies, beginning Nov. 1 of this year. As for the cost, motorists will need to have a policy providing at least $50,000 in bodily injury coverage for one person;

of the charges with prejudice as unfairly harsh sanction against the prosecution, and that a better remedy would be for the court to instruct the jury to accept the voice-mail messages from Peach as described by Huggett and Kerbel in testimony.

$100,000 in bodily coverage per accident; and $15,000 to cover property damage. Limits are currently set at $25,000, $50,000 and $10,000, respectively. These higher limits will go into effect Jan. 1, 2010. Combining coverage limits for multiple vehicles, which is called “stacking” of policies, to determine the limit and liability amounts of insurance coverage available for bodily injury or death suffered by a person in any one accident, is now allowed in the state, according to the article. Stacking was not allowed prior to the state budget. The language, however, limits stacking to three vehicles owned by the insured. This bill also prohibits insurers from placing clients in a high-risk category if they had no previous motor vehicle insurance. A local insurance agent said that his agency had no idea about the bill in the state’s budget until reading the article in the magazine. He said he had heard that when the state worked on the budget, nobody had the opportunity to vote on this bill. – with info. from the Wisconsin Independent Agency

Chris Moeller, administrator of the Siren Area Chamber of Commerce, holds the new Siren tour map that was designed to encourage people (visitors and locals alike) to “Stop, Stay & Savor the sights that are Burnett County.” The free map is available at many locations, including the tourism offices in Burnett and Washburn counties, Crex Meadows, the DNR offices in Webster and Spooner and various businesses. – Photo by Nancy Jappe two is Feathers, Foliage and Fun. Tour three is Majestic Forest & the Rivers That Run thru It. Tour four is called Legion of Lakes. The tours are on one side of the folder. The other side lists the reasons to stop, the sights to savor and places to stay. The sights pointed out include Forts Folle Avoine Historical Pak, Trade River Winery and Burnett Dairy Cooperative. The Siren lodging establishments are described under Places to Stay. The Savor includes water, forest, trails, history, activities and attractions, artisans and crafters and seasonal events. “Select

your season…come visit us soon!” the map states. The Siren Branding Group worked with Yellow River Advertising and The Printery in Rice Lake to produce the map, which is printed on recycled paper. According to Moeller, really positive feedback has been coming in. “This is our first map, and we have printed enough maps to last for a year,” Moeller said. “We may make changes, and we are looking at another issue next year.”

Operation Christmas Child begins SIREN - Siren Covenant Church is the official drop-off center in Burnett County and surrounding areas for Operation Christmas Child. Drop-off week will be Nov. 16 through Nov. 22. Operation Christmas Child is a unique opportunity to do something as simple as packing a shoe box that will have a lasting impact on a child a world away, says Sandy Wickman, Operation Christmas Child drop-off site coordinator. “We are excited about the 2009 collection season as community members have already begun packing shoe-box gifts.”

Some gift suggestions for Operation Christmas Child are school supplies, toys, hygiene items, hard candy, T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips or flashlights with extra batteries. Operation Christmas Child is affiliated with Franklin Graham and Samaritan’s Purse. The Siren Covenant Church is located at 7686 Lofty Pines Drive, Siren. Donators are asked to call the church for the drop-off hours during drop-off week. The phone number at the church is 715349-5601. - submitted





Administrator proposed for Polk County

Budget and staffing plans at board meeting

by Gregg Westigard BALSAM LAKE – The Polk County Board members will be presented with a resolution to hire a county administrator when they hold their monthly meeting next Tuesday, Oct. 20. The supervisors will also vote on the county’s staffing plan for the coming year and the proposed 2010 budget. Another resolution will propose a borrowing plan for the highway department trucks. The county board meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the government center building in Balsam Lake and is open to the public. The county administrator proposal would place the hiring of a county manager on the fast track. The resolution, submitted by Supervisors Neil Johnson and Jay Luke, sets out a process where the new county administrator would be hired at the March 2010 board meet-

ing. A seven-person committee would direct the hiring. The committee would be chaired by the first vice chair, Keith Rediske, and composed of three other supervisors, the employee relations director, another department head and an elected county official. The group would develop a position description and work with a professional recruiter, with the goal of closing the application process by the end of December. A county administrator has specific duties set out in the statutes and has more responsibility and power than an administrative coordinator, the managerial position Polk County has had with Frank Pascarella and more recently with the county board chair. A county administrator directs most county functions, appoints and supervises department heads, appoints boards and prepares the annual budget for board approval. The county board oversees the position. The board action Tuesday on the 2010 budget comes in two parts. The board will approve a proposed budget for public review. The county budget will be adopted

after a public hearing on Nov. 10. The board will also approve a staffing plan for the coming year. That plan includes all position changes approved by the personnel committee. (See separate story on the 2010 budget.) The highway trucks borrowing proposal is a plan to accelerate the purchase of six tandem trucks, allowing them to be bought before new regulations go into effect next April. Finance Chair Gary Bergstrom, in presenting the resolution, says that the county would save over $247,000 by replacing the six trucks before April. The interest cost for the loan would be $90,000 for a net savings of $157,000. Besides the budget, administrator and truck replacement issues, the board will be asked to approve the county’s comprehensive plan and the 2010 county forest plan. All board meetings start with a period for public comment.

Polk budget and staffing plan completed

Home care and museum saved

by Gregg Westigard BALSAM LAKE – Once the finance and personnel committees had the correct numbers, preparation of the 2010 Polk County proposed budget was wrapped up in one day. The two committees met in joint session last Wednesday, Oct. 7, to hear appeals and make final adjustments to the staffing plans and department budgets. A final draft of the documents was due the next day. The meeting started at 2 p.m. By 8 p.m. the budget process which started last April was completed. This was the first time the committees had met together after the discovery of a $2 million error in the numbers which led to the requested resignation of finance Director Tonya Weinert. With a much smaller shortfall to correct, the committees had a less difficult

task in front of them. A series of motions resulted in the following actions. The county will be using $748,000 from its fund balance or reserves to cover the shortfall that resulted from lower revenues and increased expenses. The final budget includes all the capital improvement projects, mainly vehicle replacements and buildings and road repairs. There is one new levy-funded position. Management employees, those not represented by unions, will have no cost of living pay raises. Union employees will have a two-step raise totaling 2.64 percent. There will be not layoffs or furloughs. The home care program will not be phased out. The museum will not be sold. The new position, the only new employee to be funded by levy dollars, is a mental-health case manager in the Human Services Department. HS Director Sherry Gjonnes said the weak economy has generated an increased need for a service that already had a backlog. Half the cost of the position will be covered by outside

funds. The county’s share of the cost for the full-time position is $40,614 for the coming year. No increases All departments were asked to submit budgets with no increases over 2009, with the wage increases covered by operations and other cuts. Many departments were able to meet that guideline. “Two large departments [public protection and highway] did their work to meet our goal,” county board chair Bryan Beseler said. “They took it on the chin.” The finance office is making final adjustments to the numbers which will soon be on the county Web site.

Maggie Wickre appointed interim finance head by Gregg Westigard BALSAM LAKE – Maggie Wickre has been appointed interim finance director by county Chair Bryan Beseler. Wickre has worked in the finance department as a bookkeeper for nine years. She took over immediately in a short-staffed office with one vacancy, one person on a honeymoon and one person soon to go on maternity leave. The county will soon start reviewing the finance director job description and start a hiring process.

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City looks at budget for 2010

Gaylord Nelson Earth Day Project proposed

by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS – The city of St. Croix Falls Council looked over the proposed budget for 2010 at the Oct. 12 council meeting. The proposed budget indicates no change in the mill rate over last year and a decrease in the levy. Steve Scheidler, auditor, explained that the city’s intent was to keep the mill rate at the same rate as last year or $5.13. This means taxes for a home valued at $100,000 would be $513.55. The assessed value is down, which usually means the levy increases to make up for the shortage in property taxes based on value. Also down was the intergovernmental assistance. State shared taxes will be $1,000 less than a year ago. The levy decreased 2 percent, or $17,377, due to the diligence of city staff cutting the budget. A public hearing will be set before the council can place the preliminary budget on an agenda for official adoption. The council considered passing a resolution endorsing a Festival Theatre Arts in the Communities grant application to the Wisconsin Arts Board to create a performing arts tribute to former U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson’s life and impact. The endorsement comes with a $5,000 grant match-fund clause, should the grant be awarded. The performing arts project to be applied to this grant application is Gaylord Nelson Earth Day Project. Carrie Clas-


son, co-founder of St. Croix Festival Theatre, came up with the proposal and indicated she would be the artistic director if the grant were awarded and the event took place. It would honor Nelson’s legacy while serving as a platform for community development, education, involvement and renewal through current conservation work. It is not to be confused with enacting the biography of Gaylord Nelson’s life, but rather, tell the story of environmental movement in America through the legacy of Gaylord Nelson. Festival Theatre will celebrate 20 years in 2010; the project would involve Festival including many artistic talents from a variety of the arts coming together for the event as well as the Festival Theatre children’s education Director Amy Klein heading up educational components for river history, environmental science and hands-on activities to enhance the message of Gaylord Nelson that a nation’s wealth is air, water, soil, forest, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity. Xcel energy presented their construction schedule for undergrounding portions of the Chisago Project beginning with the River Street and Washington Street section from the substation to the buried conduit on Louisiana Street, the portion of Louisiana Street to Blanding Woods Road, and Blanding Woods Road to Maple Drive, Pine Street, to the substation on 220th Street. The time line for those three areas on the project schedule is Oct. 15, 2009, to Oct. 15, 2010.

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BALSAM LAKE — Unity Schools received word last week that the middle school has been recognized by the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators as an Exemplary Middle School. A letter addressed to district Administrator Brandon Robinson, signed by AWSA executive Director Jim Lynch, states, “We applaud the leadership skills that you and the principal of this school have demonstrated.” Eighty-three of 306 eligible districts received the award. The criteria for the award, the letter states, are high growth in reading

and/or math scores in the past year; reading and/or math scores in the top 10 percent in the past year; and high growth in scores in reading and/or math with special consideration of schools comprised of a high poverty population. Unity, the letter states, is recognized for high growth in reading scores in a school with a high-poverty population. Being recognized as an Exemplary Middle School entitles the school to apply for the Middle School of Excellence Award, which will be presented next February. — Mary Stirrat with information provided by Unity School District

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F O R U M DNA Saves

DNA is the No. 1 crime solving tool in the world today.

Our local representatives in Madison - state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and state Rep. Ann Hraychuck – representing the two major parties – are jointly introducing a bill that would allow the gathering of DNA from a suspect upon arrest. Currently it’s gathered upon conviction. The difference would streamline the process and help law enforcement stop serial offenders, noted Harsdorf, who hand-delivered information on the proposed bill to the Leader and other area media outlets last week. She said Hraychuck’s involvement in sponsoring the bill, with her law background from the time she served as Polk County’s sheriff, is essential. Wisconsin would become the 16th state to pass arrestee DNA legislation – joining Alaska, Arizona, California, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. It may appear like it’s poor economic timing to introduce legislation that would require money implementation of extra DNA sampling. But Harsdorf and Hraychuck claim taking DNA samples at the time of arrest would be much easier administratively and that DNA evidence gathered right away can expedite future investigations and prevent additional crimes, thereby saving much more than it costs to administer, not to mention exonerating innocent people. A recent city of Chicago study followed the criminal histories of eight convicted felons and found that had officials collected DNA upon their first felony arrests, they would have prevented 60 violent crimes, including 30 rapes and 22 murders. That bit of evidence alone should be enough to convince legislators to get behind this bill.

Domestic Abuse Awareness Month

Two stories on last week’s front page of The Washburn County Register, the Leader’s sister paper in Shell Lake, outlined the cases of two serious domestic abuse cases as they wind through the justice system. The third front-page story was about October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The timing of all three front-page stories appeared contrived, and of course, their placement may have been, but they also represented the hard news of the week in a small community that suffers from domestic violence like every other community across the nation. It’s a never-ending source of bad news. The story State paying to rebuild killer’s face, in this week’s issue of the Leader, is also related to a domestic abuse crime. It’s a story that transcends the domestic abuse issue, presenting difficult moral and legal obligations, but in the end it’s all about violence stemming from a domestic situation. While stories that are headlined in the media seem to be all about boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands and wives and violence that stems from those relationships, the overall picture is more complex. According to the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, domestic abuse is “ a pattern of coercive tactics that are used to gain and maintain power and control in an ongoing, familar relationship.” Generally, the WCADV notes, several forms of abuse, such as psychological, emotional, physical, sexual and/or economic, are used in combination. “Abusers believe they are entitled to control how their victims think, feel and behave. This control extends to the entire household, and children in the home are harmed by the behavior and parenting tactics of the abuser. Physical and sexual violence may be a component of the abuse but some victims are controlled through intimidation, threats, emotional and psychological abuse and isolation - no physical abuse is necessary ...” Elder abuse is often overlooked, but it is also part of domestic abuse. Our area is fortunate to have the Community Referral Agency and its Welcome Home shelter, serving Burnett and Polk counties. They are not only crusaders against domestic violence through education and involvement in the judicial system, but provide the tools for victims to recover. Views expressed on these pages or by columnists elsewhere in the paper do not necessarily represent those of the Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association management or board

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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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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

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Among the tributes for Harvey Stower arriving at the Leader office in the wake of his death two weeks ago was an e-mail from Bill Lueders, longtime editor of The Isthmus, a well-read and highly respected newspaper in Madison. We’ll let him tell the story: “In 1994 Harvey Stower, then a Democratic state representative from Amery, came to me with an idea for a major investigative project. I was (and still am) the news editor of Isthmus newspaper in Madison, and the story had immediate appeal. But part of what made it doable was that Stower was willing to be quoted saying stunningly audacious things, like calling the subjects of the piece ‘the sleaziest, worst people you can talk about in relation to gambling.’ “The story was about a management team that called itself the Buffalo Brothers; it consisted of two white guys who had managed to siphon off most of the profits of two Native American casinos in Stower's district: Danbury and Turtle Lake. The pair had at that time pocketed upward of $25 million from gaming operations run by the St. Croix Tribe. “Stower was incensed. ‘They've been able to use their power as high rollers to roll people,” he told me. “I ended up coming to the area, where I met with a great many people who helped flesh out various aspects of the story. But it was Stower's sense of outrage at the St. Croix's exploitation that gave the story its moral center. “In the end, the Buffalo Brothers were forced out and tribal-run management instituted. Harvey Stower can count that among his many achievements.” Lueders’ original article ran 7,500 words but a shorter version of the story he wrote for The Progressive, in which Stower is less of a major character, can be found online by using a search engine and typing in the words “Buffaloed: Casino cowboys take Indians for a ride.”

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Some of you may have read the article in the Sept. 16 edition of the Leader regarding the excessively long bus rides that many children in the Frederic School District have to endure following the cutting of another route this year. We have received many encouraging comments following that article and want to again raise awareness to this issue. At the annual school board meeting on Sept. 14, we presented the school board our concerns regarding the long rides and some possible solutions that could be explored further. The school board members seemed very open to discussion and indicated that they would look into this matter. We are planning to attend the October school board meeting and hope to learn what action will be taken in regards to the transportation issues. A number of parents and other concerned citizens have expressed support of our efforts thus far and we are hoping that there will be community support at the meeting to indicate that we are strongly opposed to letting any child in our district ride the bus for 90 minutes, one way, or a total of 15 hours per week. If you live in the Frederic School District and feel that bus rides of this length are unreasonable for any child, we would encourage you to come and show your support at the next school board meeting on Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. Tammy and Paul Zarn Frederic

We need the quarry In my recent travels around the Osceola area I have been seeing signs that say “Incompatible Land Use” regarding the newly proposed Osceola Quarry. The Webster’s Dictionary definition of incompatible is “Unable to coexist.” The current quarry in Dresser has been in operation since 1900, and has coexisted with that community with very few complaints. What makes people think this newly proposed quarry will be any different? The following is from a release by the state of Wisconsin, Department of Workforce Development, dated Aug. 26 2009: The state of Wisconsin unemployment rate is at 8.7 percent compared to 4.6 percent one year ago. Polk County’s unemployment rate of 9.3 percent ranked 25th highest of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. We in the Osceola/Dresser area have a corporation willing to come in and provide jobs for the unemployed and help the local economy; let’s make it happen. David Berg Osceola

Lt. Choi won’t lie for his country Lt. Dan Choi doesn't want to lie. Choi, an Iraq War veteran and a graduate of West Point, declared last March 19 on "The Rachel Maddow Show," "I am gay." Under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" regulations, those three words are enough to get Choi kicked out of the military. Choi has become a vocal advocate for repealing the policy, speaking before tens of thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies at last Sunday's National Equality March in Washington, D.C. Shortly after Choi's public admission to being gay, the Department of the Army sent him a letter stating, in part, that "you admitted publicly that you are a homosexual which constitutes homosexual conduct. ... Your actions negatively affected the good order and discipline of the New York Army National Guard." Since "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993, 13,500 soldiers, sailors and Marines have been discharged from the military for similar, alleged behavior. Choi could receive an "other than honorable" discharge, losing the health, retirement, educational and other benefits to which combat veterans

Letters t o t h e e d i t o r Avoid a car insurance crash

Opening your auto insurance bill this fall may result in whiplash more severe than a head-on collision. But unlike the deer in the middle of the road, this disaster was completely avoidable. Democrat lawmakers included numerous auto insurance changes in the last state budget, causing rates to skyrocket. The sneaky part is that these policy provisions had absolutely nothing to do with balancing the state books. You will now be required to have higher minimums on coverage, and multiple vehicle polices could be exposed to action from a single accident. In other words, if you have two cars with $1 million of insurance on each, you could be liable for all $2 million in damages, even if only one vehicle was involved in an accident. The lone group that supported these changes will benefit from those bigger awards in lawsuits. According to the Wisconsin Insurance Alliance, these changes will boost auto insurance premiums by 33 percent for most drivers and more for low-income and middle-class drivers. Additionally, medical payment coverage premiums for motorcyclists could more than triple. These modifications were attached to a budget document in the hopes that you wouldn’t notice. From the calls I am receiving at my office in Madison, however, their sleight of hand did not work. Callers to my office are rarely irate. But since insurance bills list “legislative action” as the reason for the increase, my phone lines have been overheated with frustration. The annoying part of that explanation is that every Republican in the Legislature, including myself, opposed these provisions. We offered specific amendments to remove the changes that would increase premiums but were rejected by the Democrat majority. We pleaded with Democrats to not artificially increase insurance premiums, as the higher rates will hurt working families and small businesses. They heard us, but ignored our request. Nothing as trivial as premium increases during a recession was going to get in the way of the Democrat leadership flexing its muscle. These significant rate hikes are hitting families at the worst time. With record unemployment, we should be working in Madison to reduce the burden on the family budget. Instead, Democrats made changes that take away options and dramatically increase rates on those already financially stressed. are entitled. While Congress acts to remove the restrictions on health insurance for people with "pre-existing conditions," Choi's pre-existing conditions, being gay and being honest about it, may be enough to keep him out of the Veterans Affairs health-care system for life. The night before Sunday's march, President Barack Obama spoke to the Human Rights Campaign, the largest and wealthiest gay-advocacy group: "We should not be punishing patriotic Americans who have stepped forward to serve this country. ... I will end 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'" He laid out no timetable, however. After receiving the letter from the Army, Choi wrote an open letter to his commander in chief, Obama. He said: "I have personally served for a decade under Don't Ask, Don't Tell: an immoral law and policy that forces American soldiers to deceive and lie about their sexual orientation. Worse, it forces others to tolerate deception and lying." U.S. troops in Afghanistan are serving side by side with NATO forces that allow openly gay and lesbian troops. Longtime gay-rights activist Urvashi Vaid, author of "Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation," is opposed to war and militarism, but told me, "The military is a large employer, and has to commit to not being discriminatory." She, too, was at the march on

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Democrats were given absolute power in the last election. They chose to unnecessarily jack up your insurance rates. Now that is change you can do without. State Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald Horicon Editor’s note: Rep. Fitzgerald is the Assembly minority leader.

Quarry means jobs Back in the later 1930s during the height of the Depression, our farm bordered the present Hwy. 35 near the Dresser Trap Rock quarry. Trap Rock was so close we occasionally heard the infrequent blasts, depending on the wind. “Oh, Trap Rock is blasting,” we would say and then go on about our work, not giving it a second thought. I never heard my parents complain about the quarry noise or dust. Our windows never broke. We had a wonderful spring-fed well that never failed. And our buildings never had foundation problems because of the quarry. Our neighbors, the Rousselows and the Holmquists, were thankful to have jobs there. It meant good wages and security during Depression times and everyone wanted a job at Trap Rock. What a benefit to the community. Today, with the latest technologies and methods, the new Osceola Township quarry would also be a great benefit to our area – especially considering the current economic conditions we again face. Think of the jobs that would be created and the families protected from foreclosure. Alice Whitaker Palmer Osceola

Positive influence Times are very tough right now, for most everyone. There are so many things to be worried about, the economy and the war to name a few, and just day-to-day life. If it impacts us adults, how does that impact the youth in our community? We would like to see a positive influence on our community. We believe that can happen. Milltown is looking to build a skate park. Fundraising efforts have begun, concrete is in the ground, and some local businesses have started to pledge funds. But there is still a lot to do! This is an expensive project but will benefit the youth greatly. It will give them a safe, designated place to ride their bikes or skateboards, instead of in parking lots, sidewalks or streets. They will Sunday, whose turnout surprised many of the mainstream gay organizations, as they hadn't actively organized it. She said: "First, it's a generational shift in the LGBT movement. There is a new wave of activism Amy coming up. And it's Goodman gay and straight. That's a second big change ... the third shift that's happening in the LGBT movement is that it's much more of a multi-issue agenda that is being carried by the people who are marching." In addition to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the LGBT movement is also intent on repealing the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act, and on achieving marriage equality. This will be a hard fight, Vaid predicts, based on grass-roots activism in every congressional district. Challenging discriminatory laws couldn't be more timely: On the day before Obama's speech to the Human Rights Campaign, a gay man in New York City was taunted with anti-gay slurs and savagely beaten by two men. He is currently in a coma. Lt. Dan Choi is still technically a serving officer. Obama could halt proceedings against Choi. Activists contend Obama

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be staying active and in shape. Most importantly, if efforts are great enough, they will see that a community can come together for a common goal, even in the worst of times. There are a number of youth in the community that are willing to work hard to help raise money for this project, so it will use as little taxpayer money as possible. They are looking for help from anyone that is interested! There is an account set up at AnchorBank for anyone that is willing to donate. Let’s pull together for the youth in Milltown and surrounding communities to show them that we are willing to try and make a safe, comfortable environment for them. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the village of Milltown or Ben Wheeler. The youth need your help to raise money for a Milltown skate park. Donations accepted at AnchorBank with checks payable to Milltown Skate Park Fund or mail donations to P.O. Box 341 Milltown, WI 54858, Attn: Village Trustee or Milltown Village, 89 Main Street W, P.O. Box 485. We are so close, we are just looking for those last pledges to complete the project. Keep giving to the can drive in the old Village Market parking lot that has been a great success. Thank everyone again for all the support. Ben and Deanna Wheeler Milltown

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could stop active enforcement of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" through an executive order. Presidential or congressional action may not come in time to save Choi's military career. If he loses his health benefits, he has a plan. Choi got a message from an Iraqi doctor whose hospital Choi helped to rebuild while he was there. He said the doctor is "in South Baghdad right now. And he's seen some of the Internet, YouTube and CNN interviews and other appearances, and he said: 'Brother, I know that you're gay, but you're still my brother, and you're my friend. And if your country, that sent you to my country, if America, that sent you to Iraq, will discharge you such that you can't get medical benefits, you can come to my hospital any day. You can come in, and I will give you treatment.'" Choi ended, "I hope that our country can learn from that Iraqi doctor." ••• Denis Moynihan contributed research to this column. ••• Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,” a daily international TV/radio news hour. Her column’s appearance in the Leader is sponsored by the local group, The Gathering, an informal group that meets for meditation and discussions about peace, justice, spirituality, religion, politics, environment, global cultures and humanity.

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The National Animal Identification System is a program of the USDA that would place all farms in the U.S. into a massive federal database, with the ultimate goal of tracking and tracing all farm animals, no matter how large or small the farm, with microchips implanted under the animals’ skin. Premises Registration, or the placing of all farms into a database, is the first step of NAIS. While the federal government still pursues NAIS as a voluntary program, and while several states have specifically rejected a mandatory program by law, Wisconsin has been one of the most aggressive states in pursuing NAIS Premises Registration, aided by millions of dollars from the federal government to do so. Many people have signed onto Premises Registration due to threats from the Wisconsin government, but others have refused. After two years of threats, Wisconsin is now pursuing legal action against Wisconsin farmers. Two weeks ago they took Emmanuel Miller, an Amish farmer, to court, and in a few weeks, they’ll be taking another farmer, Patrick Monchilovich, to court. This is a call to all people, whether you are a farmer, hobby farmer, or just a freedom-loving American, to support Monchilovich in standing up to this oppressive intrusion of government. The USDA has held listening sessions all summer regarding NAIS, with the resounding majority of citizens saying no! The only ones to benefit from Premises Registration and NAIS are large technology companies, agribusinesses, and the State Departments of Agriculture (no wonder Wisconsin is pushing so hard - it benefits them and their corporate cronies!), not hardworking individuals and not family farms. Wisconsin is struggling with a $6.6 billion budget deficit, while Polk County has a huge deficit of its own. Is this how we want our taxpayer money spent, persecuting hardworking farmers who are contributing to the economy? Monchilovich’s hearing is taking place on Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Polk County Courthouse in Balsam Lake. A packed courtroom will show both the agency and the judge that Monchilovich is not alone in this fight, that many people are watching what they do, and that we do not support their aggressive tactics against freedom

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Earth Arts event This weekend while my husband and I were up at our cabin near Centuria, I kept seeing an image of a green eye on posters in area businesses. Finally, my curiosity got the best of me. A closer look told me it was announcing the fall art exhibition held at the Café Wren in Luck. I was thrilled and immediately let my husband know that we were coming back to the cabin the third weekend in October. Last year, we happened upon the Friday evening public reception for this annual Earth Arts event. We were stunned to find such a high-quality, professional art exhibition in the area, all open to the public and free. If you didn’t get the chance to attend this event last year, go this year. It is wonderful. Adeline Nelson Centuria

Inspired by Stower Polk County has lost a truly dedicated and honorable public servant. Mayor Harvey Stower’s death is being felt by many people and programs touched by his vision, involvement, support and facilitation. We hope the energy he has initiated will be carried on by those just as devoted to the community he has served so well. Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, which serves both Burnett and Polk counties, will always have a special appreciation of Mayor Stower. His efforts have helped get this housing program operating in Polk County over the past couple of years. He helped to organize and set up the first information meeting about Habitat for Humanity in January of 2007, and over the next year, a core group of volunteers anxious to involve Habitat for Humanity in this area, along with Mayor Stower, worked to have the program established, funded, and running in Polk County. Later this fall, its first Habitat Home will be completed here in Amery and dedicated to a worthy family. This family has part-

nered with Habitat for Humanity to put in sweat equity hours on the build and will pay a modest affordable mortgage. Mayor Stower kept in touch throughout this process, offering meeting places, information, or other support for this event to happen. At the home dedication, a new tree will be dedicated in his honor, planted at the home site. Our heartfelt condolences are extended to Mayor Stower’s family and the Amery community. Please know that Habitat’s efforts will continue to serve the county as Mayor Stower dreamed it would. Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity has been humbled and inspired by Mayor Stower’s support, leadership and vision. The board and volunteers of Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, serving Burnett and Polk counties

Ambulance decision We are grateful for the decision made by the Burnett County Towns Association to keep the Danbury ambulance station open. The vote made by the association means that the citizens and visitors of this corner of the county will continue to be served promptly when needed. The vote by the board members, who represent the towns and villages of the county, means that the per capita tax will be raised for all the citizens of the county. What this means to us is that we are blessed to be part of a “larger community” that is willing to be our “brother’s keeper.” Administrative council Danbury United Methodist Church, Kathy Swingle, chair Danbury

Burnett County facts Some of you are requesting a spending increase of 3 percent or more, when we are in the worst recession in 70 years. Highest unemployment in 26 years. No level of government/school should be increasing spending at this time. Please stop, look and listen. The economy train has long left the station and won’t be back for a few years. 1. Our county population is 16,911 and increasing. 2. Our unemployment is 9.4 percent/was 9.6 percent in July. Forecast, 11

percent. 3. About 13 percent live below the poverty level of $12,000 and that number is increasing 4. Almost 23 percent will receive no Social Security increase and the percent is increasing. 5. Eighty-four percent own homes and the percent is decreasing. 6. Number of foreclosures up 25 percent in 2008. One million Americans will lose their homes in 2009. Will your spending drive us out? When will you start your reductions? We have. Based on these facts and trends, if you care to serve the people, you will decrease spending by 3 percent or more. When we are down; pick us up. Please do not kick us when we are down! If you remember us now, then we will remember you, when you are up for re-election. For the quiet people. Rich Hess Town of Trade Lake

Start seeing buses It should be quite obvious to licensed drivers in Wisconsin that the destinctive yellow school bus color, flashing red lights, and unmistakable red and white stop sign extended out into your lane of traffic indicates a need to stop your vehicle and let children cross the road to safety. As obvious as this law may seem, the law has been broken at least twice this school year at our bus stop north of St. Croix Falls on Hwy. 87. In both instances the vehicles careened through the flashing lights, stop sign, honking bus horn, shaking bus driver fist, and profanity and nasty hand gestures from the drivers who seemed to find the time to stop for the school bus at highway speeds. Please pay special attention when you see a school bus on our roads. Not paying attention to a request to stop for a school bus can get you a hefty fine and children hurt or killed! Gratitude is extended to driver Rosie for the great job she does day in and day out. Matt Steele St. Croix Falls

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by Gregg Westigard GRANTSBURG – The future of the Grantsburg swimming pool and airport were discussed at the Grantsburg village board meeting Monday night, Oct. 12. Each operation has some capital costs in its future. Board members called for public input and support for each operation. The swimming pool issues are an immediate priority. The main pool needs to have the drains brought up to new safety standards before it opens next summer. That project and other maintenance items could cost $20,000. Add to that the

purchase of a pool cover and the pool is facing $25,000 in expenses above the operating costs. Village resident David Huff presented a written report on pool operations and suggested starting a capital funds drive to enlist community support for the pool. Board members agreed and called for a public meeting in January to enlist the public in raising money for the repairs. One of the improvements, a pool cover, might actually pay for itself. A pool cover unit would cost $3,000. It is estimated that a quality cover could save up to 50 percent on energy costs. Those energy costs have averaged about $5,000 a year and were $8,000 in 2008. Besides the energy savings, the cover could

lower other expenses. Less evaporation would lead to less water use. Less new water would mean lower chemical cost for treatment. The village owns the pool and spends about $30,000 a year to cover the operating expenses not covered by memberships and fees. Total operating costs have run about $45,000 a year. The community support has already started, Mark Dahlberg said. The Grantsburg School District has said it wants the pool to stay open and will donate $5,000 for the project. The airport was also discussed. There is an immediate need to repair the terminal building and a long-term potential need to resurface and possibly extend

the runway. The village has three yearly grants of money available for improvements. Each grant is $150,000 and must be committed within three years. That means the oldest grant, from 2007, must be used by next fall. However, the village needs to make a commitment to keep the airport open for 20 years if it uses the money. Dahlberg said the airport is a tool for economic development and a valuable service to the community. Dean Josephson said the airport is important and Glenn Rolloff said the board will need to make a long-term decision. Members said user input is needed for the airport as well as the pool.

Area Ne ws at a Glance Nobel Prize winner SUPERIOR - Superior native Oliver E. Williamson, a professor emeritus of business, economics and law at the University of California in Berkeley, shares the prize in economics with Elinor Ostrom of Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. Williamson, who was born in Superior in 1932 and graduated from the former Central High School, was honored “for his analysis of economic governance, especially the boundaries of the firm,” according to the Nobel Prize Web site. Williamson’s work involves a multidisciplinary field that he mapped out to study

how varying organizational structures for markets and institutions affect economic activity. Williamson, who grew up in Superior and spent summers at the family cottage in Lake Nebagamon, continues to come back to the region in the summer months, a friend in Lake Nebagamon said. - Superior Telegram Boil water notice HAYWARD - A boil water notice is being issued by the village of Exeland in Sawyer County to its water consumers until completion of modifications to its water system at the request of the Department of

Natural Resources. Modifications to the discharge piping near the well and elevated storage tank will require the water system to be taken offline and lose pressure on Monday, Oct. 12. As a precautionary measure once water pressure is returned, all water used for drinking, food preparation and ice should be heated to a rolling boil for at least one minute or water should be obtained from a potable source outside the village. - Sawyer County Record

Hunters find remains PIERCE COUNTY - The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department says hunters found remains on an island south of Red Wing, Minn., in the back waters of the Mississippi River. Investigators found a Minnesota I.D. in the body’s pocket and with that and dental records determined the man to be 53-year-old Robert More. Investigators say More was on his houseboat docked at Mister Sippi’s in Pierce County when he went overboard. They say no foul play is suspected. -


From the state budget to your school district to your property tax bill by Bill Osmulski

STATEWIDE – School districts across Wisconsin already know to expect less state aid this year, but this week the Department of Public Instruction will tell them exactly how much they’ll lose, which many hope to make up by increasing property taxes. State funding for districts has steadily increased since 1993-94 when revenue caps were established. This year, however, lawmakers, dealing with a $6.6 billion budget shortfall, decided to cut school funding by 2.7 percent. How much state aid a district loses depends on a funding formula, which takes into account student population and property values. Nearly every district will lose some level of funding, with 94 districts seeing a 15-percent or more reduction from last year. DPI projects North Lakeland will lose all its funding. The next four districts to top the list are Swallow (16.6 percent), Wisconsin Dells (16 percent), Elcho (15.7 percent) and Princeton (15.4 percent). State law limits year-to-year state aid reductions to 15 percent. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau said four of those districts will receive special adjustment aid to make up the difference, but North Lakeland is an exception. North Lakeland is a property-rich district that only received $8,610 last year, and because it’s such a small amount, the district does not qualify for the adjustment. The loss of funds did not surprise nor trouble Richard Voughd, North Lakeland’s superintendent. “That’s not a drastic cut,” he said. “I anticipated all along that we would lose all our state aid.” Other districts, where aid reduction was a much smaller percent, will be affected far more drastically. For example, the Eau Claire Area School District will receive 3.75 percent less aid than last year, which comes out to $2.3 million. The Pulaski Community School District is projected to lose only 1 percent of its aid, $240,988. However, that district relies on state aid for two-

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thirds of its general fund budget.

Raising property taxes The immediate problem for districts is how to make up the loss in revenue. Looking ahead, if districts don’t make up for the loss, their decreased revenue this year will become their new revenue cap for next year. The solution to both problems for districts is obvious: raise property taxes. According to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, 181 districts could raise taxes by 10 percent or more, while another 111 districts could raise taxes by 5 to 10 percent. School districts have until the last day of this month to levy new property taxes, but there’s a catch. State law requires most districts to allow their residents to vote on property tax levies. That vote is usually taken at a district’s annual meeting, which are being held now. The Pulaski Community School District proposed a 12-percent property tax increase to make up for its loss, but voters turned it down. Now the district will have to figure out what to cut out of its budget. Voters in Greenfield rejected an 11.4-percent levy and in West Bend, a 12.1-percent levy was shot down. Not every school district has to go through the voters to levy new property taxes. In districts like Eau Claire, it’s up to the school board. It recently approved a 6.7 percent property tax increase. Despite the decision, district officials said they are not oblivious to the hardship property tax levies place on their communities. Dan Van De Water, executive director of business, questioned “How is a community going to absorb something like that?” Confused state lawmakers Despite the chain reaction set off by the state aid reductions, lawmakers insist the state budget shielded most Wisconsinites from tax increases. When Assembly Democrats unveiled their new agenda of “Standing Up for Wisconsin Families,” Majority Leader Tom Nelson stated “We were able to pass a state budget that protects 99 percent of Wisconsin residents from tax increases. At the same time we were able to ensure that our kids continue to receive one of the best ed-

ucations provided by any public schools in the country, by preventing drastic cuts to our schools.” Nelson would not comment on what he exactly meant by that statement. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau said lawmakers did not realize the extent of education cuts when they voted on the budget, because they misinterpreted data provided by the bureau. In June, the bureau gave lawmakers estimates that compared how much aid districts could receive with and without the cuts for the 2009-2010 school year. Later in July, after the budget had been signed into law, DPI provided estimates on how aid would differ from the 2008-2009 school year. The two sets of data illustrated how cuts would affect school districts in two completely different ways. For example, LFB explained the cuts would cost Arrowhead UHS 10.1 percent of its aid for this year, while DPI projected that would be a 15.2percent drop from last year. Many people were confused by the two sets of data, thinking they both were trying to predict how much aid districts would lose compared to last year. To make matters worse, LFB used 2007-08 school year data as the basis for its projections. Lawmakers were accused of not using the most recent information before voting on the cuts. Dave Loppnow, Legislative Fiscal Bureau, explained DPI had not yet compiled that data for 2008-09 when the bureau produced its estimates for the Legislature. Since that information was not available, Loppnow explained “It wasn’t a prediction of what [school districts] were going to get. The exercise wasn’t an attempt to do that.” Loppnow said lawmakers did not want the cuts to cost districts more than 10 percent of their aid for this year. At the same time, state law does not allow districts to lose more than 15 percent of aid from one year to the next. Even though lawmakers might not have understood LFB’s projections, the final cuts met both sets of requirements. Loppnow stated “I don’t think there was a mistake made.” However, he said he’s received phone calls from legislators who

thought they made a mistake. Loppnow has been able to explain to them what happened. Lawmakers taking action With the decision to cut school aid behind them, some lawmakers are now addressing the dilemma districts face because of the revenue funding formula. The state sets new revenue caps each year based off of a district’s revenue from the previous year. That encourages districts to raise as much revenue as they are allowed, whether or not they actually need the money. Two state lawmakers are proposing what they call one possible solution to the problem. Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, and Rep. Gary Sherman, D-Port Wing, recently introduced a bill that would set revenue caps every two years. “Many school districts fear making the cuts they need to balance the needs of property taxpayers with their current budget reality. This bill is intended to provide some relief from that fear, recognizing that some drastic cuts are needed in this economic climate,” stated Jauch. Jauch and Sherman expect the Assembly and the Senate to pass the bill within the next couple of weeks. That would give districts another option to consider when finalizing their budget and property tax plans. However, they would have to move quickly to take advantage of that potential new law. The deadline for districts to make property tax decisions is the end of this month. Editor’s note: Bill Osmulski writes for the MacIver Institute, a Wisconsin-based think tank founded this past March that “believes in free markets, individual freedom and responsible government.” MacIver has been hiring investigative journalists to look into issues traditional news outlets do not have the time, resources, or interest to pursue. These stories often focus on how government policies affect the general public. More information is available at

Bipartisan, bistate legislators push to save income-tax reciprocity WOODBURY, Minn. - Minnesota and Wisconsin lawmakers from both parties met together in Woodbury to develop a strategy to urge both governors back to the negotiating table in an effort to reinstate income-tax reciprocity. In September, Minnesota notified Wisconsin of their intent on withdrawing from the long-standing agreement effective Jan. 1 of 2010. The meeting was coordinated by Wisconsin state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R – River Falls, and Minnesota state Sen. Kathy Saltzman, D – Woodbury. “The governors from both states should get back to the table to hammer out a deal that works for citizens of both states,” said Harsdorf. “It is time to move beyond lip service about cooperation and work to get a deal that benefits the tens-of-thousands

Bob Lang, director of Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, Wisconsin state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, and Minnesota state Sen. Kathy Saltzman address income-tax-reciprocity issues with area legislators, state lawmakers, and other interested parties at an Oct. 12 meeting. - Special photo

of border crossers each year.” Ten regional lawmakers attended the meeting, as well as numerous representatives from state agencies in both states. The two-hour meeting discussed the details of the prior agreement and the implications of ending income-tax reciprocity. The meeting concluded with lawmakers agreeing to send a joint letter urging the governors to negotiate a new deal. “We have a long tradition of working with Minnesota to provide services that benefit both our states citizens,” said Harsdorf. “Our meeting here today should serve as a clear message to both governors that the tax-reciprocity agreement is important to the people we represent, and we want them to work together in order to maintain it.” - from the office of Sen. Harsdorf

Harsdorf and Hraychuck introducing DNA Saves bill MADISON - State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, and state Rep. Ann Hraychuck, D-Balsam Lake, are introducing DNA Saves legislation that would require DNA samples to be taken at the time of arrest to expand tools for law enforcement to apprehend criminals and create a more streamlined process for collection. “Just as law enforcement collects fingerprints and mug shots at the time of arrest, we should take a DNA sample,” said Harsdorf. “A change in the state law will streamline the process and help law enforcement stop serial offenders.” “Utilization of the technological advancements in DNA testing has proven to be a valuable tool for law enforcement,” said Hraychuck, a former Polk County sheriff. “DNA evidence not only saves costs for law enforcement agencies by expediting investigations, thereby preventing additional crimes, but it also exonerates those convicted of a crime they did not commit.”

Harsdorf and Hraychuck have received positive feedback in the past months from state law enforcement groups and the Department of Justice while drafting this legislation. “Collecting DNA samples at the opportune time will help law enforcement solve cold cases in a time-efficient and taxpayerfriendly manner,” added Hraychuck. “Other states have taken the steps to collect DNA samples at arrest to stop repeat criminals,” said Harsdorf. “There is no need to let tragedies pile up before we effectively take advantage of these crimefighting tools.” The issue has gained interest in light of the case involving alleged Wisconsin serial killer Walter Ellis. Ellis did not have his DNA sample in the DNA databank even after a felony conviction, as currently required by law. It has been estimated that as many as 12,000 DNA samples were not properly entered in the DNA data bank. Public officials have suggested that taking

DNA samples at the time of arrest would be much easier administratively. Under the DNA Saves legislation proposed by Harsdorf and Hraychuck, the collected DNA sample would remain in the DNA data bank if an individual is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor charge resulting from the arrest. If the individual is found not guilty or the charges are dropped, the individual may request that the DNA sample be expunged from the data bank. The Department of Justice, which administers the data bank, would be required to expunge the sample within 30 days of receiving the request. Frequently asked questions Q: Would this bill require DNA samples for every arrest, even misdemeanors? A: No, this bill requires DNA samples on felony arrests and every juvenile arrest wherein that certain sexual assault offense would be a felony if committed by an adult.

Q: Innocent people get arrested, too; does their DNA remain part of the database? A: The bill allows an individual to have their sample removed from the database if charges are dismissed; sentencing is vacated or set aside; or reversed. This process is identical to current law which allows individuals to have their DNA sample removed if their conviction is overturned. Also, if the prosecution fails to file charges within a year of the DNA sampling, an individual can have their sample removed. Q: Wisconsin is facing tough budgetary times. Can we afford this? A: Catching a serial offender soon rather than later saves money on investigation costs, not to mention the value of human lives saved. If you add up the cost of an investigation, the costs to society when serial offenders are free, and the personal costs to families, the benefits of DNA collection at arrest are extraordinary. - from the Wisconsin State Legislature





Drug bust nets equipment for Milltown police Border agreement with town nears final stages by Mary Stirrat MILLTOWN — A 2008 drug bust in Milltown has yielded a crop of new equipment for the Milltown Police Department, police Chief Andy Anderson told the Milltown Village Board Monday evening. During a traffic stop last Oct. 29, police officer Ryan Marx found marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash in a vehicle being operated by 26-year-old Jeremy Pederson. The items, including the $4,000 in cash, were turned over to the United States Marshal. A year later, less 20 percent retained by the U.S. Marshal, the drug seizure funds were returned to the Milltown Police Department. That $3,600, plus a $4,200 grant secured by Marx from the Office of Justice Assistance, has equipped the department for the next year or more. “We don’t have to buy anything,” Anderson told the board. “We were able to upgrade all of our equipment at no cost to the village.”

The drug funds purchased new radar guns, tires and lights for the squads, while the grant provided what Anderson described as a “top of the line” computer and reporting program. Another radar gun was also purchased with grant funds. “Everything we got is all bought and paid for,” Anderson said. “It’s close to $7,000 in upgrades. “Most exciting,” said Anderson, “is that $300 of the drug seizure money has been set aside to purchase prizes for next year’s Kids Night Out.” “Thank you for being so money-conscience,” village President LuAnn White told Anderson and Marx. “We really appreciate that.” Border agreement Prior to the village board meeting, the town board held its final public hearing on the border agreement between the village and township. The village will hold its public hearing then consider approval of the agreement. The town board initiated the agreement in an effort to protect itself from annexation into other municipalities, particularly the village of Balsam Lake. Eventual con-

solidation of the town and village will likely be one long-term result of the agreement. Once in effect, the village zoning codes will be extended into the township, with the township reimbursing the village for any associated costs. Tire Experts White reported that she received an e-mail from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regarding the tire pile at Tire Experts. The DNR, according to the e-mail, recently visited the tire pile and noted that it has decreased during the year. However, the e-mail said, no receipt stating that tires were removed has been received since July. A court order requires the tires to be removed by April 2010. Other business In other business the board voted to opt out of levying a tax to support the Polk County Library Federation. The village has that option because it operates its own public library. ”I hate to do that, but we have to,” said White, referring to the village’s own budget.

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April 1994, and again from April 1998 to the present. Jensen has been on the board since April of 1999.

Budget The village board has held at least two budget work sessions, one focusing on the expenditure side of the budget (see Sept. 30 edition) and one looking at the revenue side, which was held Oct. 7. At this point the village has a balanced 2010 budget, at $730,587 for both revenue and expenses, and a slightly reduced taxing mill rate. The 2009 budget was at $718,783. General property taxes are expected to increase from $354,667 to $372,638, while property values within the village have increased by about $179,000. Due to higher property values, the taxing mill rate is anticipated to decrease from $7.73 per $1,000 in equalized value last year to $7.71 this year. This amounts to a decrease of onethird of 1 percent. The proposed budget will be finalized at the Oct. 21 meeting of the board, then published and brought before the board for final approval in November. Village President Nancy Webster-Smith was absent from the Oct. 7 budget workshop. She said she did not attend due to concerns that have been raised about a conflict of interest, since her husband is an employee of the village.


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by Mary Stirrat LUCK – About two-thirds of the signatures necessary to recall two Luck Village trustees have been obtained, said Don Tomlinson, who has organized a recall of Trustees Marsha Jensen and Gene Cooper. There are still 40 days left of the 60-day period in which to gain the needed 104 required signatures, which reflects 25 percent of the number of registered voters who cast a ballot in the last gubernatorial election. As of Tuesday morning, according to Tomlinson, there were about 73 signatures on each of the two recall petitions. Tomlinson said he is organizing the recall effort

against Cooper and Jensen because they have not been listening to their constituents regarding the spending of tax dollars to develop a business park or hire a village administrator. If the required signatures are obtained within the time frame set by the state, a special election will be held sometime in January. Unless they indicate they are withdrawing from the race, the names of Jensen and Cooper will appear on the ballot. The cost of the special election is estimated at $1,250. Trustees are elected for a three-year term, and both Jensen’s and Cooper’s terms end in April of 2010. Whoever is elected in a special election will fill out the remainder of the term, from January until the April election. Cooper served on the board from April 1990 until


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Grantsburg School Board votes to go under levy cap

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by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG - The Grantsburg School Board voted not to levy to the full revenue cap authority for the 20092010 budget thus reducing the mill rate from a projected 9.7 mills to 9.3 mills. The vote came at the board’s Monday, Oct. 13, meeting after a detailed report by Superintendent Joni Burgin outlining the options the finance committee considered before bringing this recommendation to the full board. “We tried to be sensitive to the board’s concerns and the local economy,” said Burgin. “And we did some brainstorming as to how to reduce the tax levy.” The revenue cap limits what school districts can levy through taxes to operate the school system. School boards usually levy to the full authority of the revenue cap system and do not under levy. Burgin told the board she knew of only one other school district who is not going to levy to the full authority it can, the Clayton district. “We will have the distinction of being one of the only districts to under levy,” said Burgin. Burgin explained that like many school districts in the state, Grantsburg’s tax levy is taking a jump this year and this plan would under levy by $119,459 and also use debt service fund interest ($50,000). The tax burden will be reduced by a total of $169,459. Burgin went on to say the revenue sources that will help the board accomplish this goal are Insight Revenue from the district’s charter school, a small amount of ARRA stimulus funds ($16,459), and interest accrued in the debt service account ($50,000). Burgin said the biggest factors influencing this year’s budget were a drop in equalization aid due to the state formula changing and declining enrollment. “The district got less money from the state, and we lost

Insight School of Wisconsin Executive Director Karl Peterson presented the Insight Quarterly Report to the Grantsburg School Board at their Oct. 13 meeting.

Insight Schools Vice President Cliff Green and Grantsburg Superintendent Joni Burgin discussed the Insight School audit update Green presented to the Grantsburg School Board at the board’s Tuesday, Oct. 13, meeting. 30 students last year on the official January count,” Burgin told the board. Burgin said revenue from Insight School is one of the main reasons the board is able to under levy the revenue cap. “Without that we’d be cutting staff.” Burgin also said restructuring some staffing decisions has stretched district dollars since last April. “It’s a balancing act. You have to weigh maintaining a good school system with the money you have. We’ve been able to do more with less,” said Burgin, who added, “We have the lowest revenue per student compared to area schools, yet our schools have pulled in some fine achievements.” Commenting after the vote Burgin had this to say, “Due to economic situations in our community, the board has voted not to levy to the full revenue cap authority to ease the tax burden on local citizens.” The one board member, Jim Sundquist, felt there should be no mill rate increase. “I think the public deserves a nomill-rate increase,” commented Sundquist, who was the only member of the board voting against the under levying plan.

the delay in issuing the report stems from the fact no report like this has ever been done. “The Insight document is similar to a regular audit report, but basically this is a governmental report for a for profit company.” Stotz went on to explain the report will not be issued until everything is correct, telling the board the Department of Public Instruction has not been clear as to what they wanted in the report. Stotz also told the board he had no conflict when working on the audit report with Insight while also representing the district. “Insight has left no stone unturned, they are 100-percent invested in this process,” said Stotz. Green then told the board that once this document is done, next year’s audit should be done fairly quickly since a format has been established. Insight School of Wisconsin Executive Director Karl Peterson gave the Insight of Wisconsin School’s quarterly report to the board. Peterson said enrollment is at 710 students this year up from 407 last year. Peterson commended the Insight staff for the exceptional job he said they have done getting all the students enrolled. “I’m very proud as to what our staff has accomplished.” Peterson, Green and Burgin all commented on the effect Wisconsin’s enrollment cap for virtual schools has had on Insight School enrollment.“I’d love to see the enrollment cap increased or taken away,” said Green.“The hurdle is the enrollment cap,” said Burgin. “We are going to be working with legislators to raise or remove the cap,” said Peterson. Green also told the board that academically the Wisconsin Insight School is Insight’s flagship school. The board also approved an amendment to the Insight School of Wisconsin’s Management Service Agreement. The amendment increases the enrollment allowances for Grantsburg resident students from 1 percent to 2 percent. In other board business • Burgin gave the official third Friday enrollment count as 924, up seven students from last September. Burgin gave the open enrollment numbers as 33 students coming in and 17 going out. • The board voted to approve the resolution authorizing temporary borrowing in amount not to exceed $1.6 to assist in cash flow needs throughout the school year. • The board approved Penny Curtin as the girls head basketball coach. • The board approved Nick Hallberg as the boys head basketball coach.

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Siren village administrator to retire next June

by Nancy Jappe SIREN – The subject did not come up at the Oct. 8 Siren Village Board meeting, but in his village administrator’s report to the board, Randy Surbaugh mentioned his intention to retire from his position June 1, 2010. “While I enjoy my job here, I am looking forward to having more time for myself,” Surbaugh wrote. “This is a good change for the village also. It looks like it will be several years before another major construction project can be undertaken, and the new priority for the village should be economic promotion and development. While this is something I would otherwise be interested in working on, the village will have the opportunity to bring on board someone with the background and ability to pursue business growth without having to pay

the salary for an engineer.” Surbaugh has been combining the job of village administrator and engineer since he started working for the village six years ago. He had to notify the board’s personnel and finance committee by October of any changes in his contract for 2010. In that notification, Surbaugh suggested that the village not hire an engineer for the position but look at hiring someone with a background in economic development. “I will work with the village in any way requested to help with the transition, and am also willing to look at adjusting the timing of my retirement if it helps,” Surbaugh’s report concluded. Village President Janet Hunter had this to say about Surbaugh and the job he has done for the village: “I asked him not to leave, to postpone his leaving for an-

other year. He said that he had thought about it, but really felt it was time. I admire what he does. He is an asset to our community, and we will miss him. To replace him will be a challenge.” Among the action items discussed at the Oct. 8 meeting, the board approved a recommendation to allow LUVs (light utility vehicles/side-by-sides) to operate on ATV routes in the village of Siren, but only if Burnett County opts into the pilot program administered by the Wisconsin DNR. Doing this would require the village to change ordinances, and it would have to be a county-wide decision. The board opted to postpone further discussion regarding use of Phase II wood-heating outdoor furnaces in the village. The issue will be referred to the board’s public-safety committee. Other board actions included rezoning

the property where the Lilac Village Bed and Breakfast is located from residential to commercial, approving a certified survey map for property between Lanquist and Anderson streets owned by Don Daniels, and amending ordinances to provide for monthly billing of sewer and water charges. The committee-meeting calendar for the month includes: Public safety – Tuesday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m., and roads, streets and utilities at 10:30 a.m. Building, grounds and parks – Wednesday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m. Personnel and finance – Thursday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m. The date for a possible special board meeting on the budget will be set at the November board meeting.

Bremer Foundation hosts listening session in Siren

Staff of the Otto Bremer Foundation, (L to R): Charlotte Johnsen; Randi Ragath, foundation director; and Tony Vasquez, IT director for the foundation, led a community listening session for nonprofit organizations at the Best Western Northwoods Lodge, Siren, Wednesday, Oct. 7. Don Draxler, CEO of Bremer of Wisconsin, was on hand as were other employees of the local Bremer banks, along with representatives of about 20 local nonprofit organizations.

Close to 20 nonprofits were represented in Siren Wednesday, Oct. 7, when staff of the Otto Bremer Foundation held a listening session for community organizations. The nonprofit representatives were asked about what issues are surfacing or will be arising for their organizations, what’s working well for them and what they are interested in hearing from the foundation. “We want to serve,” said Randi Ragath, director of the Otto Bremer Foundation, acknowledging a comment that the foundation needs to look at the size of the community in considering future needs.

RIGHT - Issues that came up during the community listening session conducted by staff from the Otto Bremer Foundation for local nonprofit organizations in Siren Oct. 7, included issues of people losing jobs, looking for them and focusing on other careers; alcohol and substance-abuse issues; hopelessness; stress because of transportation issues and cultural differences; breaking the cycle of poverty; need for a supportive justice system and the aging of the local population.

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Great Dane Rescue group seeks help to recover $1,400

Shown (L to R): Big John Vandergon and Kathy Vandergon accepting the fire chief’s choice for best chili. The couple’s chili also took home third place in the judges’ choice for best chili and third place in the people’s choice for best chili. Other winners were Tom from the Grantsburg Fire Department, who took first in the people’s choice and second in the judges’ choice for best chili. Firehouse Red from the Buffalo Lake, Minn. Fire Department took first place in the judges’ choice for best chili and Dave Growe’s Bar G Ranch chili took second in the people’s choice.

The Jackson Fire Department held their annual chili cook-off on Saturday, Oct. 10, where fire Chief Dave Formenak, shown above, tried out Theo Mitchell’s hot chili. Not shown is Formenak’s burning mouth after trying the chili. Mitchell’s hot chili burned the rest of the competition, and he took home the first-place award for hottest chili, followed by Dave Kinney and Shawn McPherson’s hot chili that placed second and Brian Landon’s chili, which took the award for third-hottest chili.

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BURNETT COUNTY - The Great Dane Rescue of Minnesota and Wisconsin is allegedly out $1,400 after an Illinois man reclaimed ownership of the Great Dane for his son, but failed to pay medical costs associated with the rescue of the animal. The rescue group paid $1,400 for surgery to save the life of Pepper, a Great Dane who was turned over to the rescue by the Illinois man. Pepper escaped from its foster home and was on the move for 2-1/2 weeks. Dozens of people in Burnett and Polk counties help search for the dog, and it was finally captured at Lake Lamont in Polk County. The father of the previous owner arrived on the scene shortly after Pepper was drugged to slow her down. With the help of the volunteers, Pepper was directed to the man, and he was able to contain her. The man asked if he could take Pepper back to her former family in Illinois if he paid the rescue back the $1,400 they paid to save the dog’s life. The rescue agreed and the man left with Pepper, stating he would send a check as soon as he arrived home. The rescue has contacted the man several times and has retained an attorney. The man has allegedly said repeatedly he will not pay the $1,400 he promised to pay. According to volunteer Ann Heinrich, Great Dane Rescue of Minnesota and Wisconsin is a small, all volunteer group. The rescue had to borrow the $1,400 to pay for Pepper’s surgery and intended to recover it by having a fundraiser for her. Since the rescue no longer has the dog, a fundraiser is not a feasible idea. “The rescue is reaching out to you, the dog-loving public, to help us repay this money,” Heinrich stated. “A donation in any amount would be appreciated and is tax deductible as the rescue is a registered not-forprofit organization.” Donations may be mailed to: GDROMN, 8238 Waldora Rd., Siren, WI 54872. - with submitted information





WIAA proposal could impact football in 2010 Grantsburg, Unity and SCF among most affected by Marty Seeger FREDERIC – There’s been a considerable amount of discussion across the area and state, focusing on the upcoming WIAA proposal to rearrange football conferences and the way playoffs are currently scheduled. At the annual WIAA meeting back in April one topic centered on the possibility of allowing all football teams to qualify for the playoffs. In the current system only teams with a record of .500 or better qualify for the playoffs. According to the WIAA, a survey conducted by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association in 2001 showed that the majority of coaches across the state were against all teams qualifying for the playoffs as it would mean a No. 1 seed would go up against a No. 8 seed. Another topic centered on the fact that some schools have limited enrollment in comparison to much larger schools in the same conference, which makes it difficult to pull off a winning record in a conference where they’re outnumbered significantly. But according to Grantsburg Athletic Director Mike Amundson,

This map shows what Division 7 might look like. District A includes Frederic and Siren, with the farthest town being Winter. those aren’t the only concerns. When the football playoff season arrives, teams will play their last game of the season on a Thursday night. If they make the playoffs their next game will be played on the following Tuesday night, with the second round of the playoffs on a Saturday four days later – some believe three football games in just 10 days is too much. “No one feels that’s right in regards to kids; it’s just too physically demanding,” Amundson said. With these concerns backed by the WFCA, the WIAA set out an alternative to address these issues. The biggest part of the proposal would move football teams to divisional play based on enrollment, meaning there will be seven divisions with eight districts in each division and eight teams in each district. The top three or four teams in each district will move onto the playoffs, and the ninth game of the season will be the first round of the playoffs. “Teams that didn’t qualify for the playoffs would play a crossover game with someone else in that same division who

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This map shows a portion of the proposed districts for Division 5 teams. District A includes Grantsburg. Other teams in their district would include Phillips and Park Falls which have similar enrollment. – maps from the WIAA also didn’t qualify for the playoffs, so the sive research and number crunching by competition would be comparable,”, Frederic will actuAmundson. ally decrease mileage if the proposal While the competition might be com- goes through. A model of comparison parable, some districts will be faced with can be found on the Web site, which a much different challenge off the field. shows a total of 470 miles traveled in the For the larger schools in the area includ- 2009 football season in comparison to ing St. Croix Falls, Unity and Grants- 370 in 2010, which shows a mock schedburg, travel times will change ule. Grantsburg, however, shows 511 considerably. The district proposal miles traveled in 2009 and an increase to shows Grantsburg to be one of the 835 miles traveled in 2010. schools most affected. According to the According to Luck Principal and Athproposal, Grantsburg qualifies as a Divi- letic Director Mark Gobler the WIAA sion 5 school in the Class A district. Some will hold its next discussion on the new teams in the district include Park Falls, proposal on Wednesday, Jan. 27. He says Phillips and Ladysmith, which increases the new proposal could go into affect as the team’s travel time considerably. soon as 2010, but doesn’t know for cer“For the schools on the borders travel tain that it will happen. Gobler has been becomes problematic,” said Amundson, a board member on the WIAA Board of who still thinks the system isn’t a bad Controls for the past three years and is a idea, but says some of the concern is time representative of the District 1 area. out of the classroom, and kids being out Gobler says the process is moving fast of school earlier than usual. One of and will first go to a coaches committee, Amundson’s main concerns is JV foot- and then to the sports advisory commitball games on Monday nights. If a team tee, which is made up of athletic direcfrom Park Falls plays at Grantsburg on a tors. The executive board will then make Friday night, the JV will typically travel a recommendation to either approve, to Park Falls on a Monday. With schools disapprove or modify the proposal. making considerable cuts over the past Then it goes to the advisory council and year, there are also cost issues. then finally the board of control, which “This is going to have a serious impact could make a final decision as soon as on the Grantsburg School District. Our the spring of 2010. students, parents and community are not The new proposal will no doubt have used to traveling such very long dis- an impact on area schools and could tances. We are concerned that it will im- eliminate the conference football alignpact the football program – both in ments altogether. For some football participation and costs,” said Grants- teams the change could be beneficial, burg Superintendent Joni Burgin in an e- while others will no doubt face chalmail statement. Burgin is also concerned lenges if the proposal is passed. As far as that the WIAA is moving too rapidly on the WIAA is concerned, Gobler feels such a big change. She said the WIAA they’ve done a nice job handling disusually gives the district a little more tricts’ concerns up to this point. lead time on changes such as these. “I give the executive staff credit. It’s The Grantsburg School Board was open and they’ll give you the reasons, made aware about the topic at the end of and give you pros and cons both ways,” their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. Gobler said. 12, and other districts in the area have For more information visit discussed the topic as well. or go to While larger schools might be moving in a very different direction, schools like Frederic will be traveling to games a little closer to home. According to exten-

••• WARROAD, Minn., – Siren native Molly Engstrom, and the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team made it look easy over the University of North Dakota on Saturday, Oct. 10, with an 11-1 victory. The game was part of the 10-game Qwest Tour, which will end just prior to the start of the 2010 Winter Games Molly Engstrom in Vancouver, B.C. Engstrom is a defenseman but was one of nine different athletes to score in the game. An Engstrom shot at the goal was tipped by Erika Lawler to put the U.S. up 9-1. The U.S. National Team will battle Canada on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Wash. – with information from ••• RIVER FALLS – Despite a 32-29 loss to UW-Oshkosh on Saturday, Oct. 10, former Grantsburg athlete Ryan Hansen caught seven passes for 77 yards including a 19-yard touchdown reception for UW-River Falls. Hansen is a senior tight end for the Falcons. ••• LEADER LAND – The Clear Lake at Luck football game will be broadcast on WLMX 104.9 FM on Friday, Oct. 16, beginning at 7 p.m. The Amery at New Richmond football game can be heard on 1260 AM on Friday, Oct. 16, beginning at 7 p.m. ••• GREEN BAY– The Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers game is being broadcast Sunday, Oct. 18, beginning at noon on WXCX 105.7 FM. ••• MINNEAPOLIS – The Baltimore Ravens at Minnesota Vikings game can be heard on Sunday, Oct. 18, beginning at noon on WLMX 104.9 FM. ••• MADISON – The Iowa Hawkeyes at Wisconsin Badgers college football game is being broadcast on WXCE 1260 AM beginning Saturday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. ••• MADISON – The Colorado College at Wisconsin Badgers hockey game is being broadcast on 1260 AM on Saturday, Oct. 17, beginning at 7 p.m. ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4:30 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 or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger and Brenda Sommerfeld

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Area individuals compete at state

SCF, Luck/Unity and Osceola represent in Madison

by Marty Seeger AMERY – After winning the conference and regional titles this season the Saints golf team met a tough sectional last Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Amery. Both regionals and sectionals were held at the Amery Golf Course, and weather conditions were dramatically different. In the regional held the week before there were milder conditions, but rain and wind slowly moved into the area and forced the sectional last week to be moved back a day. At the regional meet St. Croix Falls defeated the second-place Osceola team by 14 strokes and Baldwin-Woodville by 17 strokes. Unfortunately, the Saints were just one stroke away from taking the entire team to state as Baldwin-Woodville won first place at sectionals with a score of 385, and Hayward took second with a 403. The Saints took third with a 404, and Marissa Campeau led the team with an 81, Cortney Rasmussen shot a 105, Brittany Buss had a 106 and Tess Hedrick shot 112. Despite not getting all four to the state meet, Campeau earned her way to the state meet in Madison at University Ridge Golf Course as an individual. Campeau is a four-time all-conference selection and finished 10th as an individual last year at state.

Although the Luck/Unity team didn’t make the sectional tournament this season, freshman Avery Steen did, and golfed well enough to be representing the team for her first trip to University Ridge in Madison. Steen posted the fourth-best score at sectionals with a 94,

Campeau was third with her 81, and Baldwin-Woodville’s Erica Timmers shot a second-best 76. Osceola freshman Casey Danielson was the sectional champion with a 74. She was also the regional champion the week before with a score of 75.

Cortney Rasmussen of St. Croix Falls eyes up a shot at the Amery Golf Course. – File photos by Marty Seeger

Brittany Buss was part of another memorable season for the St. Croix Falls golf team.

Luck/Unity golfer, Avery Steen had a great season for her first season with the Cardinals, and made her first trip to Madison on Oct. 10-11.

Saints golfer Marissa Campeau tees off at the Amery Golf Course last Wednesday afternoon during the sectional meet. – Photo by John Reed

State golf results MADISON – The state golf meet at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona came to a close late Tuesday, with three area individuals doing quite well. After making her first trip to the state tournament as a freshman, Luck/Unity’s Avery Steen finished in a two-way tie for 17th place with a total score of 182. On Monday Steen shot a 94 and managed to par four holes, but improved six strokes the following day with an 88, and shot for par on nine holes. Marissa Campeau represented the Saints on Monday and Tuesday in the top 10 with a ninth-place finish. Campeau shot an 86 on the first day and improved six strokes on day two with a total of 80. In round one she finished on par with five holes, and in round two she shot par on 10 holes. Campeau’s total score of 166 is the same score she shot last year when the entire Saints team participated at the state meet, but this year she moved up a spot into ninth place. Osceola freshman Casey Danielson is the 2009 Division 2 state golf champion after her performance this week. Danielson shot a two-day total of 146, two strokes ahead of MadiEdgewood’s son Meghan Martine. Danielson’s sister, Lindsay, was the first four-time state champion and now golfs for the Badgers at the University of Wisconsin. Casey Danielson

St. Croix Falls golfer, Tess Hedrick was part of another talented Saints team this year.

Unity/Luck tennis players out after sectionals Maddie Anderson didn’t compete by Brenda Sommerfeld DURAND – Five Unity/Luck tennis players made it to sectionals in Durand Wednesday, Oct. 7, winning at subsectionals. They were Unity/Luck’s No. 1 singles player Lexie Kothlow, No. 1 doubles partners Jessi Kutina and Katherine Ebensperger and No. 2 doubles partners Anna Ebensperger and Maddie Anderson. Anderson was unable to attend the sectionals tournament due to illness. April Johnson stepped in to take Anderson’s place beside A. Ebensperger. Un-

fortunately, none of the players made it past the first round of sectionals in Durand. Kothlow fell to Regis’ Annie Lindsay in two sets, 6-4 and 6-2. “Lexie played a wonderful match against Regis to put up a great battle,” coach Beth Trudeau said. “Lexie held strong with strategizing her shots and staying patient. Lexie’s had a superb season this year and has been a crucial part of our team.” Kutina and K. Ebensperger were also beat by Regis opponents, losing in two, 6-0 and 6-2. As juniors in school the pair will have a chance to get further next season. “Jessi and Katherine had quite the competition today,” Trudeau com-

mented. “Regis had great groundstrokes and made few unforced errors. Kutina and Ebensperger held strong by intimidating at the net and finding open alleys. They have done fabulous this year and have a great future ahead of them.” Ebensperger and fill-in teammate Johnson lost in two sets, 6-2 and 6-2, to

Lexie Kothlow

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their Aquinas opponents. “Luckily April Johnson was up to the challenge and competed with Anna Ebensperger,” Trudeau explained. “With their first time playing together, Anna and April kept great communication and used their talents at the net to be tough contenders.”

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Luck completes sweep Monday and Tuesday

sively with six kills apiece, while Alecia Ouellette had four. Sarah Elert had two and Ashley Dexter had one kill. Hannah Karl led the team with four aces. On defense Denny led with five blocks, and Ouellette had four. Denny also had seven digs, and Lemieux led with eight digs. – Marty Seeger

Grantsburg Pirates top conference for another year Luck 3, Unity 0

by Marty Seeger BALSAM LAKE – After winning all three games on Monday night against Birchwood the Cardinal volleyball continued to roll as they defeated Unity Tuesday night by scores of 25-22, 25-15 and 25-19. It was a special night for the Eagles as they not only celebrated parents night but also celebrated October’s breast cancer awareness month. A portion of the proceeds from the match on Tuesday night was then donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Unity, Luck and other teams across the area and around the state are teaming up with the Dig for the Cure program, which is a national organization that promotes breast cancer awareness. It was a great night for the Cardinals and the fans as they watched Morgan Denny lead with 12 kills, five digs and three blocks. Aleah Lemieux had eight kills, five digs and led with three aces. Sarah Elert had four digs on the night, Hannah Karl had 16 assists and Ashlyn Petersen had eight assists. Luck hosts Turtle Lake at home Thursday, Oct. 15, and Unity travels to St. Croix Falls Thursday night. Siren 3, Frederic 1 SIREN – The Siren Dragons took a conference victory over the Frederic Vikings, 3-1, on Tuesday, Oct. 13. The Dragons won the first two games, 25-8 and 26-24, and they defeated the Vikings in the fourth game, 25-20. Frederic succeeded in the third game of the match, 25-11. Frederic’s Chrissy Chenal had nine kills, nine digs, one block and four aces. Maria Miller completed seven kills, six digs and three blocks. Krysta Laqua ended the match with five kills, eight digs, one block and two serving aces. Camilla Collovati hit over four kills and got four digs. Alex Lonetti made 14 assists and Kendra Wells put up 10. – Brenda Sommerfeld Webster 3, St. Croix Falls 1 WEBSTER – The Webster Tigers took their home-court advantage seriously

Siren’s Carley Emery hits as Frederic’s Maria Miller goes for the block. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

Winter 2, Frederic 0 Turtle Lake 2, Frederic 0 New Auburn 2, Frederic 1 WINTER – The Vikings played in a tournament on Saturday, Oct. 10, in Winter. Frederic lost the three matches they played. First they fell to Winter in two sets, 25-17 and 25-18. The Turtle Lake Lakers defeated the Vikings also in two, 25-20 and 25-20. Frederic won one set against New Auburn 25-23, but lost two others, 25-23 and 15-10, to lose the match. – Brenda Sommerfeld

Cardinal Maia Lehmann receives the ball during the Luck versus Unity game Tuesday. – Photo by Marty Seeger

The Unity team sported pink ribbons and shorts in recognition of Dig for the Cure. – Photo by Marty Seeger

with a 3-1 win over the St. Croix Falls Saints Tuesday, Oct. 13. Webster won the first two games 25-20 and 25-18. The Saints pulled off a win in the third 25-17, but the Tigers came back in the fourth with a 25-20 victory to win the match. Webster’s Michelle Gibbs knocked 10 kills over the net. She also had five digs. Alyssa Main and Mary Johnson each had eight kills. Ally Daniels made five kills and three aces. Siiri Larsen totaled 21 assists and had four serving aces. Billie Ingalls also have four aces. Saint Alicia Chelberg made seven kills and two aces. Natalie Sempf had six kills. Sydeny Geisness blocked nine of Webster’s hits and Alexis Erickson made six blocks. Jamie Rohm and Kateyln Meyer each had nine digs. Heather Gilbert scored with two aces. Gilbert also made 39 assists and Gabby Nuckles put up 34 assists. “We did not play very well last night, but when most of your team is out because of sickness in the past few days, what do you do?” Saints coach Stacie Hoff commented. – Brenda Sommerfeld

through the West Lakeland Conference with a 3-0 win over Turtle Lake Tuesday, Oct. 13. The win guarantees them a firstplace finish in the conference. The Lakers closest game to Grantsburg was the first, with Turtle Lake only falling by six, 25-19. The next two went quickly in Grantsburg’s favor, 25-8 and 25-9. Kortney Morrin totaled 14 kills. She also had three serving aces and 10 digs. Annie Palmquist made 11 kills, five digs and one solo block. Kallie Thoreson totaled six kills, one ace, three digs and one solo block. Lauren Romanowski had five kills, three aces and two digs against the Lakers. Emily Cole put up 21 setting assists, served in one ace and made two digs. Larissa Wilhelm got 10 assists, she had eight serving aces and two digs. – Brenda Sommerfeld

Grantsburg 3, Turtle Lake 0 TURTLE LAKE – The Grantsburg Pirates continue their undefeated journey

Luck 3, Birchwood 0 BIRCHWOOD – The Luck volleyball team traveled to Birchwood on Monday evening and took all three games for the match win by scores of 25-18, 28-26 and 25-16. Luck moved to 10-9 overall and remained at 3-5 in the conference. Morgan Denny, Maia Lehmann and Aleah Lemieux each contributed offen-

Saint Natalie Sempf hits one as Webster’s Siiri Larsen attempts a block. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

Grantsburg’s Lauren Romanowski serves the ball in an earlier game. – File photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

Grantsburg 3, Frederic 0 FREDERIC – The Grantsburg Pirates have power at the net and in their backcourt. It showed Thursday, Oct. 8, against the Frederic Vikings in their three-game win. Grantsburg won the first two without allowing the Vikings to score even 10 points, 25-4 and 25-8. Frederic scored more in the third, losing 2518. Kortney Morrin and Lauren Romanowski each had 11 kills and two aces into the Frederic court. Annie Palmquist and Emily Cole scored on three kills. Palmquist had five ace serves and two digs and Cole had two aces and seven digs. Cole and Larissa Wilhelm split the setting duties, each having 12 assists. Tiffany Meyer totaled seven aces. Gab Witzany played in all three games for the Pirates. She had two kills and one dig for the team. Lauren Finch and Nikki Ticknor both played in the third game, each had one kill and two digs. Ticknor also had one ace and Finch had one block. Frederic’s Chrissy Chenal had four kills, while Krysta Laqua, Maria Miller and Cori Schmidt each totaled two. Alex Lonetti had eight setting assists. Laqua had the most aces with two and she also had the team’s two blocks. Alli Anderson made six digs, Chenal had five and Laqua had three against the Pirate team. – Brenda Sommerfeld

Pirate Nikki Ticknor hits the ball toward Frederic’s Krysta Laqua. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld








Seifert gives Saints a boost over Grantsburg

Running back Auney Seifert had a big night for the Saints St. Croix Falls 35, Grantsburg 22

by Marty Seeger ST. CROIX FALLS – St. Croix Falls running back Auney Seifert rushed for 237 yards on 21 carries in last Thursday’s game against Grantsburg, propelling the team to 2-2 in the conference. Seifert had three touchdowns including one for 81 yards and another for 91 yards. The Saints definitely needed the points as Grantsburg was on their heels all night long and scored first in their opening drive on a 1-yard run by Derek Bertelsen. He also had a 23-yard run on the drive, which eventually led to the score. The Pirates drive took half of the first quarter, but the Saints used the rest of it to make their way down the field, and eventually score on a 5-yard run by Nick Johnson. The Saints opted for the field goal and the Pirates remained on top, 87, heading into the second quarter. Grantsburg continued to move the ball early in the second quarter and eventually got the ball to the Saints 8-yard line. Facing a fourth and two, St. Croix Falls made a huge defensive stance with 7:46 to go. Just a couple of plays later, the Saints capitalized on the turnover and Seifert took it 81 yards for the score. “It was nice to see the fact that our linemen were on the same page,” said Saints coach Rod Sempf, adding, “Our defense made a few very important defensive stands, and that was great to see.” The Pirates caught a tough break on their next possession when Bertelsen

Saints running back Auney Seifert took the ball 81 yards down the field on this play in the second quarter against the Pirates last Thursday night. – Photo by Marty Seeger went out of the game with an injury near midfield. Not long after the injury timeout, Saints corner Taylor Sempf intercepted a pass. A couple of big runs from Johnson and Garret Radinzel put the Saints inside the 15-yard line, and Seifert punched the ball in the end zone on a 1yard run with 4:25 remaining in the first half. With the Saints up 21-8, the defense made another key stop to force the Pi-

rates to punt. Before the half ended, Matt Vold connected with Cory Gebhard on a 51-yard touchdown pass to put the Saints up 28-8 at halftime. But the Pirates wouldn’t let the Saints lead deter them from a comeback. With Bertelsen out of the game the Pirates used Kyle Johnson as their workhorse and he rushed for 140 yards on 19 carries in total. He scored his only touchdown of the game with 4:10 to go in the

third quarter. “I was a little bit disappointed with our let down in the second half. We need to try and work to improve that a little bit,” Sempf said. A series of turnovers for both teams happened late in the third quarter, with the first coming by the Pirates in Saints territory. Blake Klopfer recovered a fumble for the Saints with 3:50 on the clock and the Saints took over on the Pirates 21-yard line. A short time later, Jim Nelson intercepted a pass and took the ball across midfield to the Saints 44 yard line, but again Grantsburg fumbled the ball and the Saints recovered on the Pirates 35-yard line. Before the third quarter ended, Nelson recovered a Saints fumble and the third quarter ended with Grantsburg holding onto the ball, and eventually marching the ball back into Saints territory to the 12-yard line. Unfortunately for Grantsburg, the Saints defense turned the ball over on downs, and shortly after, Seifert ran the ball 91 yards for the touchdown to give the Saints a 35-14 lead. Grantsburg made a solid drive midway through the fourth quarter, and after a 22-yard run by Johnson the Pirates Nolan Hanson scored on a 4-yard run to make it 35-22 with over six minutes to go in the game. The Pirates forced a turnover on downs late in the fourth quarter and eventually got the ball to the 19-yard line on a hook and ladder, but Justin Ahlstrand intercepted a pass to the end zone to seal the victory for the Saints. “It was a solid team effort,” Sempf said. The Saints had a team total of 332 yards rushing, 88 and yards passing. Grantsburg had 299 yards rushing and passed for 65 yards.

Webster Tigers devour Cameron Comets Tigers fourth shutout this season Webster 48, Cameron 0 by Brenda Sommerfeld CAMERON – Webster faced Cameron on Thursday, Oct. 8. The game resulted in the seventh Tiger casualty this season with Webster shutting out Cameron 48-0. The Tigers remain undefeated with four shutouts in their 7-0 record. “Cameron played really hard,” Webster coach Jeromie Voeltz said. “They had some key injuries and were forced to play other kids, but they played hard the whole game. I was impressed with their intensity and our kids talked really highly of their sportsmanship and the way they played the game.” Dan Pope scored three touchdowns for the team. Chad French scored two touch-

downs and Garrett Eichman and Mike Bambery were each credited with one. Pope totaled 175 yards in 12 carries, Bambery 32 yards in four attempts, French 31 in five, Dan Dochniak 17 in two carries, Aaron Clay 10 in two and Shane Rossow six in two carries. One of Pope’s TDs came from a pass from James Wethern. Wethern attempted three passes and completed three for a total of 23 yards. Pope received one for 13 yards, Eichman one for five and Dan Erickson one for five yards. “The six guys on the offensive line did another great job protecting James and did a great job opening some holes for our backs,” Voeltz stated. Nolan Kriegel stood out defensively for the Tigers with 18 tackles, four assists, one sack and three tackles for loss. Pope had nine tackles, Eichman 8-1/2 and five assists, Jake Lubich 8-1/2 and three assists and Ben Shives six tackles and two assists. French made an inter-

ception on defense. “Our defense really played a great game,” Voeltz commented. “They were all over the field, making plays and hustling to the football. They kept the intensity up the whole game, creating turnovers and helping our offense with great field position. Our three guys on the defensive line did a great job coming off the ball and creating some disruptions for Cameron.” Webster’s next opponent will be St. Croix Falls on the Tigers field Friday, Oct. 16. “I expect Coach Sempf to prepare them for a great game on Friday between two good football teams,” Voeltz said. LEFT: Tiger Jake Lubich shows excitement after a big tackle in an earlier game. Lubich had 8-1/2 tackles and three assists against Cameron. – File photo by Marty Seeger

Cards shut down by the Buffaloes Big game coming up against Clear Lake Mondovi 20, Luck 6 by Marty Seeger MONDOVI – The Cardinals took a tough loss on the road at Mondovi last Thursday, Oct. 8, scoring their only touchdown in the game in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. “We ran into a pretty good football team who was more physical than we

were. Mondovi controlled the ball with long drives. It’s hard to score if you don’t have the ball,” said Luck coach Don Kendzior. Mondovi led 14-0 at halftime after a 15-yard run in the first quarter and a 26yard pass play in the second quarter. After the third quarter the Buffaloes led 20-0 and held on to the win. Collin Svoboda caught the only touchdown of the game on a 6-yard pass from Carson Giller. Landen Strilzuk led the Cards rushing 18 yards on eight carries, and Svoboda caught six passes for 46 yards. The Cards

had 92 yards rushing and Giller completed nine of 17 passes for 90 yards. Mondovi rushed for 273 yards on 49 carries, and completed four passes for 53 yards. Facing the tough Dunn-St. Croix Conference will be a good warm-up for the Cardinals for this week’s game against Clear Lake this Friday, Oct. 16, at home. RIGHT: Luck’s Cole Mortel makes a tackle against Mondovi during the Cardinals loss to Mondovi Thursday, Oct. 8. – Photo by Sue Tolan








Eagles crumbled in Clear Lake Tough test ahead versus Hilltoppers Clear Lake 36, Unity 6 by Marty Seeger CLEAR LAKE – Unity dropped their fourth conference game of the season at the hands of the Clear Lake Warriors last Friday night Oct 9. The Eagles offense seemed as cold as the evening’s temperatures and the Warriors defense was able to shut them out of the end zone with the exception of a 70-yard kickoff return by Dustin McKinney at the end of the first quarter. “It was a tough loss against a good team. It didn’t seem like we came to play,” said Unity coach Dave Anderson. The Warriors scored twice in the first quarter, and then again in the second quarter, but the Eagles came back with the McKinney touchdown and were still alive at the half, being down by just 13. The third quarter looked promising for the Eagles as they took the first possession of the half and managed to move the ball well across midfield. But the Clear Lake defense held strong again

Unity's Xavier Foeller tries to find an opening in the Clear Lake defensive line. – Photo by Marty Seeger

and Unity was forced to punt. Clear Lake managed to take an even bigger lead late in the third quarter when quarterback Matt O’Connell connected with Brayden Wienke on a 3-yard pass with 5:51 left to go in the third quarter. The Eagles were stuffed again by the Clear Lake defense on their next possession, but quickly got the ball back again when McKinney intercepted a pass on the 10-yard line. The turnover went unanswered however, as the Warriors chipped their way down the field to eventually score on a 4-yard run by Wienke with 7:42 to go. The Eagles fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, and the Warriors kicked a 20-yard field goal to seal the victory. Defensively, McKinney led the Eagles with six tackles. Jared Peper and Jason Vlasnik each had five, and Rush Hickethier had four. Unity totaled just 89 yards rushing and 53 yards passing, and will need more yards if they want to defeat their next opponent, Glenwood City, this Friday, Oct. 16. The Hilltoppers are currently 5-0 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference and 6-1 overall, with their only loss coming against Cumberland in the first game of the season.

Ontonagon, Mich.’s, travels pay off with victory Vikings score in the final quarter Ontonagon, Mich. 36, Frederic 14 by Brenda Sommerfeld FREDERIC – Ontonagon, Mich., traveled over 200 miles to play against the Frederic Vikings Friday, Oct. 9. The journey was a success for the Ontonagon Gladiators, but not so sweet for the Vikings, as the Gladiators defeated Frederic 36-14. Neither team scored in the first quarter of the brisk Friday night game. The first two touchdowns by Ontonagon were scored in the second and third quarters on 7-yard runs. The Gladiators managed a third touchdown in the first minutes of the fourth giving them a cushy 22-0 lead. Two passes from Ben Ackerley to William Primm resulted in Viking touchdowns in the fourth, but Frederic couldn’t catch up, with the Gladiators scoring two more in the fourth. The Vikings totaled 208 offensive yards, 108 passing. Ackerley completed eight of 15 for 108 yards. Primm received

five of the passes, totaling 83 yards. His longest was the 23-yard pass in that scored the Vikings second TD in the final minutes of play. Robert Kirk received one pass for 16 yards and Waylon Buck received one for 8 yards. Rushing the ball was Claire Erickson with 44 yards in five attempts. Tony Peterson made it 25 yards in nine carries, Ackerley totaled 24 yards in four and Buck went seven yards on one carry. Eric Christiansen kicked in Frederic’s two extra points. Dayton Rivera punted once for 47 yards. Adam Chenal had 11 tackles, with eight assists for the Vikings against Ontonagon. Trae Gehl totaled nine tackles with four assists, Peterson eight tackles and seven assists, Buck totaled six tackles and three assists and Erickson made six tackles, four assists and 1-1/2 tackles for loss. LEFT: Frederic’s William Primm blocks a pass intended for a Gladiator in the the end zone. Primm had five catches of his own for a total of 83 yards and one touchdown against the Michigan team. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

Birchwood/Weyerhaeuser rises above Siren Two passes result in touchdowns Birchwood/Weyerhaeuser 56, Siren 16 by Brenda Sommerfeld SIREN – Birchwood/Weyerhaeuser managed their second win of the season with a 56-16 victory over the Siren Dragons Thursday, Oct. 8. The Dragons were able to score two pass touchdowns during the game. Andrew Brown scored one of Siren’s touchdowns on a pass from Christian Hall and Elijah Hinze scored the second on a pass from Isaac Wegner. Hinze ran in one of the two-point conversions and Hall scored the second, for the Dragons 16 points. Hall completed five passes during the game for 18 yards and Wegner com-

pleted one for one touchdown. Brown had four catches for 48 yards and Hinze made two catches for 13 yards. Jeremy Wikstrom rushed for 50 yards in eight carries against Birchwood/Weyerhaeuser. Evan Oachs rushed 40 yards in seven carries and Hall went 17 yards in eight carries. Defensively, Will Haines had 14 tackles for the Dragons. Haines also recovered one fumble. Wegner had one fumble recovery, he forced one fumble and he totaled 13 tackles for the team. Oachs and Hunter Wikstrom each totaled six tackles on the Birchwood/Weyerhaeuser team. LEFT: Dragon Jeremy Wikstrom runs the ball for Siren in their game against Birchwood/Weyerhaeuser. Wikstrom totaled 50 yards in eight carries during the game Thursday, Oct. 8. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld








Anderson’s Maple Syrup sponsors NASCAR CUMBERLAND – For Anderson’s Maple Syrup of Cumberland, sponsoring a NASCAR Nationwide Series team at arguably the most storied automobile racing track was an opportunity too good to pass up. Anderson’s Maple Syrup first sponsored Jay Robinson Racing’s No. 49 Chevy for the 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the legendary Milwaukee Mile racetrack on Saturday, June 20, 2009. Anderson’s will again be sponsoring the No. 49 car in the Dollar General 300 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Friday, Oct. 16. The Cumberland business will also be the secondary sponsor on the No. 28 car of Kenny Wallace and the Border Patrol. The Nationwide Series race will be on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. The No. 28 car is the well-known Border Patrol car driven by Wallace. Wallace is part of the famous Wallace family and is well known and adored by Nationwide race fans. As a regular in the top 20, Wallace always has a good showing for the No. 28 team and Jay Robinson Racing.

Steve and Alison Anderson of Cumberland on Milwaukee Mile’s pit road in June. Anderson’s Maple Syrup will again “fuel” the No. 49 car in Charlotte, N.C. this Friday, Oct 16. – Photo submitted The Andersons’ sponsorship of the No. 49 pairs the company with one of the longest-tenured NASCAR Nationwide Series teams in the garage. Since 1999, Jay Robinson Racing has been a fixture

on the circuit, competing fiercely against large, Sprint Cup-affiliated teams since their inception. As Jay Robinson Racing has been a Nationwide Series staple, so has No. 49’s driver Mark Green. Green

has appeared in over 250 Series races. At June’s Milwaukee Mile race the 49 car qualified at 14th with a time of 29.92 seconds. Live coverage of the race was broadcast on ESPN2. The car only made it 30 laps, but Green was moving up quickly through the field before he had to go to the garage on lap 30 with brake problems. The No. 49 car finished 35th. Anderson’s Maple Syrup has been in existence for well over 80 years, providing many midwestern grocery stores, bakeries, butcher shops and specialty shops with the finest-tasting pure maple syrup. As a leader in the industry, the Anderson family ensures that each batch of maple syrup is of top quality before it leaves the sugarhouse. The company, initially founded by grandfather Paul Anderson in the 1930s, has also been run by Norman and Steve Anderson. Steve, the third generation to carry the tradition, now serves as president of the company. More photos can be viewed at – submitted

Luck Volleyball Club host Dig Pink tourney LUCK – This fall thousands of teams from around the country participated in the Dig Pink National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally. Middle school, high school and college teams did a tremendous job promoting breast health education in the community. Over 150 supporters showed up to cheer on eight teams as they battled on the court. The stands and courts were a

Bella Salon donated pink highlights in preparation for Dig Pink.

sea of pink. The event raised over $500 for the cause. Luck High School will be taking on the Turtle Lake Lakers, Thursday, Oct. 15, starting with C squad and JV at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity match at 7 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the match, checks made out to Side-Out Foundation. The proceeds from all donations benefit the Side-Out Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) located in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. They have raised thousands of dollars for breast cancer research nationally through volleyball tournaments, clinics and rallies. Their name underscores the purpose of the organization – a side-out in volleyball occurs when one team wins a point while its opponent is serving, thereby regaining serve or control of play. Likewise in the war against breast cancer, the SideOut Foundation will support health-care professionals in their pursuit of practical solutions for women and men with this disease thus enabling those affected to regain control of their lives and living them to the fullest. People with questions about donations can contact Jen at 715-472-1301. – submitted

Luck seventh grade took first place at Luck’s Dig Pink tournament. Back row (L to R): Kally Lundsman, Hailey Foeller, Reilly Giller, Jenni Holdt, Katie Pfaff, Maddie Joy and Coach G. Front row: Tabitha Rowley and Alaura Leimeux. Not pictured: Angela Gore. – Photos submitted

Hockey Association super raffle winners announced LEFT: The Burnett Youth Hockey Association’s 17th-annual super raffle drawing was held at the Skol on Saturday, Sept. 12. BYHA Board member Rob Lillehaug (L) hands a $5,000 check to first-prize winner Dave Grindell. The winners are: first prize, $5,000, Dave Grindell; second prize, $1,000, Lori Hostrup; third prize, $500, Galen Daniels; fourth prize, $300, John Schoepke, Henry and Joan Van Swol and Bob Carlson; fifth prize, $200, Melissa Soper, Steve Rohde, Bruce Wikstrom, Rod and Judy Hopkins; sixth prize, $150, Bill Rock, Joe Builder, Lisa Mauser and Dave Peterson. — Special photo

Luck eighth grade took first at Luck’s Dig Pink tournament to fight breast cancer. The team consists of Alicia Sund, Sammie Harvey, Bella Nelson, Camille Marsten, Jillian Klatt, Darian Oglivie, Abbie Otlo, Kiona Rowley, Megan Bartylla, Tessa Clemenson, Whitney Petersen and coaches Jen Nelson and Jenna Clemenson.

The Luck High School volleyball players will host a Dig Pink match against Turtle Lake.








St. Croix Falls holds punt, pass and kick event

Fougner off to compete at Nationals

St. Croix Falls held a punt, pass and kick event on Saturday, Oct. 10. The winners are pictured (in no particular order) Division 1: AJ Simpkins, first place, Caleb Bents, second place; Division 2: Sam Wilson, first place, Evan Knutson, second place; Division 3: Tyler Cooper first place, Kullen Parks, second place; Division 4: Sawyer Brice, first place, Luke Clark second place; Division 5: Jameson Kahl, first place, Clay Carney, second place; Division 6: Alex Johnson, first place and Palo Deconcini, second place. – Photo submitted

Crystal Fougner of Amery is one of four females selected for track and field on Team Wisconsin for Special Olympics National Games 2010 in Lincoln, Neb. – Photo submitted

A R E A Hacker’s Lanes

Monday Afternoon Seniors Standings: Nite Hawks 10, Vultures 10, Bears 9, Swans 8, Cardinals 8, Zebras 7, Eagles 6, Badgers 6. Women’s games: Mary Young 168, Barb Austad 154, Nancy Morten 152. Women’s series: Lila Larson 414, Mary Young 410, Betty Schandorff 404. Men’s series: Dick Coen 215, Duane Doolittle 215, Dennis Bohn 206. Men’s games: Duane Doolittle 589, Dick Coen 574, Dennis Bohn 560. Team games: Nite Hawks 726, Vultures 640, Bears 617. Team series: Nite Hawks 1945, Vultures 1849, Bears 1686. Men’s Tuesday Classic Standings: Bottle Shop 38.5, Hacker’s Lanes 37, Great Northern Outdoors 35, Yellow Lake Lodge 35, Pioneer Bar 26.5, Olsen & Son 23. Individual games: Mike Sullivan (OS) 267, Rick Bradway (HL) 238, Edward Bitler (GNO) & Brain McBroom (YLL) 237. Individual series: Rick Bradway (HL) 669, Dale Gregory (HL) 641, Reed Stevens (BS) 641. Team games: Hacker’s Lanes 671, Great Northern Outdoors 671, Pioneer Bar 643. Team series: Hacker’s Lanes 1901, Great Northern Outdoors 1765, Yellow Lake Lodge 1742. Games 50 pins or more above average: Mike Sullivan 267 (+86); Ed Bitler 237 (+58); Rick Bradway 238 (+55). Series 100 pins or more above average: Rick Bradway 669 (+120); Dale Gregory 641 (+113); Reed Stevens 641 (+101) Split converted: 4-9: Maynard Stevens. Wednesday Night Early Men’s Standings: Pioneer Bar 13, 4 Seasons Wood Products 12, A-1 Machine 12, Skol Bar 12, Larsen Auto Center 12, Cummings Lumber 10, Lewis Silo 9, Bye 0. Individual games: Scott Morrison (4S) 236, Shawn Olson (LS) 235, Brett Daeffler (4S) 235. Individual series: Brett Daeffler (4S) 632, Duane Doolittle (LS) 607, Steve Baillargeon (A-1) 590. Team games: 4 Seasons Wood Products 1023 & 919, A-1 Machine 917. Team series: 4 Seasons Wood Products 2799, A-1 Machine 2651, Lewis Silo 2610. Thursday Early Standings: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 44, Fab Four 39, Hell Raisers 37.5, Full Timers 36.5, Grindell Law Office 34, Frontier Trails 26, Wikstrom Construction 24, K-Wood 19. Individual games: (Handicap scores) Blake Douglas (GLO) 280, Tim Pederson (FF) 267, Jason Pearson (HR) 255. Individual series: (Handicap scores) Tim Pederson (FF) 723, Blake Douglas

B O W L I N G (GLO) 720, Jason Pearson (HR) 683. Team games: (Handicap scores) Hell Raisers 712, Fab Four 701, Grindell Law Offices 694. Team series: (Handicap scores) Fab Four 2004, Grindell Law Offices 1974, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 1969. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Mark Bohn 6x = 234; Blake Douglas 5x = 231. Games 50 pins or more above average: Blake Douglas 231 (+155); Jason Pearson 231 (+165); Tim Pederson. Series 100 pins or more above average: Blake Douglas 573; Tim Pederson 579. Splits converted: 2-10: Don McKinney. 3-10: Gilbert Meyer 2X. Thursday Late Mixed Standings: Stotz & Company 12, Hansen Farms Inc. 12, North Wind Arts 11, Rural American Bank 10, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 8, Johnson Upholstery 6, Fisk Trucking 6. Women’s games: Kelsey Bazey 213, Rita Frandsen 190, Rita Bohn 169. Women’s series: Kelsey Bazey 548, Rita Bohn 478, Karen Carlson 473. Men’s series: Oliver Baillargeon 248, Larry Stotz 247, Eugen Wynn Jr. 224. Men’s games: Oliver Baillargeon 641, Eugene Wynn Jr. 623, Dale Frandsen 568. Team games: Rural American Bank 889, Hansen Farms Inc. 871, Stotz & Company 869. Team series: Hansen Farms Inc. 2542, Rural American Bank 2529, Stotz & Company 2420. Friday Night Ladies Standings: The Pin Heads 23, The Leader 22, The Dozers 19.5, Frederic Design & Promotion 19, Pioneer Bar 17, Junque Art 15, Hole in the Wall 13, Meyers Plus 11.5. Individual games: Marvel Beckman 191, Jen Carlson 187, Cindy Denn 186. Individual series: Karen Carlson 513, Cindy Denn 495, Jen Carlson 495. Team games: The Pin Heads 613, The Leader 604, The Dozers 573. Team series: The Leader 1796, The Pin Heads 1725, The Dozers 1655. Games 50 or more above average: Marvel Beckman. Splits converted: 5-7: Wanda Hinze. Saturday Youth (3 games) Standings: Earth Energy 10, L4D 6, The Unknowns 6, ???? 6, Lucky Cards 5, Favre Rules 3. Girls games: Andrea Aurelia 139 & 133, Julia Owens 130. Girls series: Andrea Aurelia 389, Julia Owens 309, Jayme Mitchell 278. Boys games: Logan Hacker 198 & 194, Christian Hall 192. Boys series: Logan Hacker 555, Christian Hall 523, Bryson Clemenson 435. Team games: L4D 583, Favre Rules 580 & 557.

Team series: Favre Rules 1689, L4D 1584, The Unknowns 1544.

McKenzie Lanes

Monday Night Ladies Standings: McKenzie Lanes 46, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 36.5, Sam’s Carpentry 35.5, Metal Products Co. 35, Edina Divas 33.5, Miltown Appliance 32, Frederic Truck & Tractor 29, Bogus Pumpkins 24.5. Individual games: Donna Petersen 194, Shannon Otto 191, Marsha Guggisberg 190. Individual series: Kathy McKenzie 517, Marsha Guggisberg 504, Linda McCurdy 504. Team games: (Handicap score) McKanzie Lanes 831. Team series: (Handicap score) Metal Products Co. 2367. Monday Night Madness Standings: Triple Threat 16, Pepie’s Gals 15, Radio Shack 15, Balsam Lake Market 14, Scottay’s Trucking 12, Alleycats 11, Mishaps 8, McKenzie Lanes 5. Individual games: Debra Mattson 190, Denise Johnston 182, Barbara Benson 178. Individual series: Debra Mattson 476, Heidi Stenberg 462, Barbara Benson 461. Team games: (Handicap score) Pepie’s Gals 655, McKenzie Lanes 620, Triple Threat 611. Team series: (Handicap score) Pepie’s Gals 1856, Triple Threat 1809, Radio Shack 1749. Tuesday Early Mixed Standings: Lemon Heads 36, Jim’s Flooring 30, Mom’s Boys 28, Wild Boys 27, Lamar Stars 23.5, Lane Crashers 19.5. Women’s games: Linda Larson 171, Brenda Lehmann 161, Judy Olson 140. Women’s series: Linda Larson 492, Brenda Lehmann 445, Judy Olson 364. Men’s games: Jeff Lehmann 209, Tim Lehner 208, Glen Minnick 199. Men’s series: Jeff Lehmann 571, Tim Lehner 542, Zach Gurtner 532. Team games: Wild Boys 531. Team series: Jim’s Flooring 1451. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: Glass Bar 61, Steve’s Appli-

R E S U L T S ance 54.5, Dream Lawn 51.5, Hack’s Pub 51.5, Nel-Lo-Hill Farm 50.5, Centurview Park 48, McKenzie Lanes 46.5, The Dugout 36.5. Individual games: Roy Price 247, Darren McKenzie & Gene Braund 246, Cory Crowell & Doug Nelson 245. Individual series: Cory Crowell 698, Doug Nelson 666, Norm Hansen 651. Team games: (Handicap score) Dream Lawn 1260. Team series: (Handicap score) McKenzie Lanes 3655. Wednesday Early League Standings: Hendrick’s Motor 16, JJ’s Club 35 14, Lite House 14, Top Spot 14, Holiday Stationstore 11, Suzie Q’s 11, Cutting Edge 10, Hack’s Pub 6. Women’s games: Janice Fox 196, Patty Walker 182, Kathy Braund & Michelle Madison 176. Women’s series: Janice Fox 516, Patty Walker 473, Kathy Braund 471. Men’s games: Chris Madison 252, Darrell Hendricks 242, Todd Wagner 233. Men’s series: Chris Madison 608, Mike Welling 607, Darrell Hendricks 585. Team games: (Handicap score) Holiday Stationstore 725. Team series: (Handicap score) Hendricks Motor 2003. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Dalles Electrical 26, Hanjo Farms 26, Edina Realty 24, Harvest Moon 20, Davy’s Construction 18, McKenzie Lanes 18, Tiger Express 14, Reed’s Marina 14. Individual games: Scott Anderson 245, Rich Swenson 235, Dick Wallis 232. Individual series: Scott Anderson 731, Todd Hansen 628, Dick Wallis 614. Team games: (Handicap score) Tiger Express 1027, Davy’s Construction 1003. Team series: (Handicap score) Davy’s Construction 2932, Tiger Express 2826.

Black & Orange

Early Birds Standings: Log Cabin Store 10-6, Gandy Dancer Saloon 9-7, Black & Orange 8-8, 10th Hole 5-11. Individual games: Carol Gullickson (GD) 187, Cris Damman (GD) 177, Lynn Toivola (LCS) 168. Individual series: Carol Gullickson (GD) 471, Donna Crain 435, Lynn Toivola (LCS) 429. Team games: Log Cabin Store 855, Gandy Dancer Saloon 815, Black & Orange 809. Team series: Log Cabin Store 2482, Black & Orange 2377, Gandy Dancer Saloon 2373. Monday Night Men’s Standings: Unknown Individual games: Darold Hess (B&O) 193, Art Bliven (L) 181, Arnie Pope (PC) &

Mike Zajac (G&MW) 180. Individual series: Arnie Pope (PC) 501, Art Bliven (L) 491, Dean Eytcheson (G&MW) 490. Team games: Black & Orange 938, Pope’s Construction 904, Glass & Mirror Works 888. Team series: Pope’s Construction 2642, Black & Orange 2635, Glass & Mirror Works 2581. Games 50 or more above average: Darold Hess 193 (+62). TNT Standings: Flower Power 14-6, Larry’s LP 11-9, Cashco 9-11, Hole in the Wall 614. Individual games: Sue Eytcheson (FP) 207, Cheryl Hansen (C) 196, Mary Ellen Smith (C) 182. Individual series: Sue Eytcheson (FP) 533, Cheryl Hansen (C) 521, Mary Ellen Smith (C) 471. Team games: Flower Power 950, Cashco 851, Hole in the Wall 836. Team series: Flower Power 2651, Cashco 2540, Larry’s LP 2422. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Cashco 13-3, Lions 11-5, 10th Hole 9-7, Northview Drive Inn 8-8, Black & Orange 4-12, Vacant 3-13. Individual games: Art Bliven (L) 232, Bill Simmons (L) 199, Mike Zajac (C) 196. Individual series: Art Bliven (L) 646, Bill Simmons (L) 519, Roger Tollander (C) 511. Team games: Lions 961, 10th Hole 934, Cashco 902. Team series: Lions 2693, Cashco 2639, 10th Hole 2610. Early Risers Standings: Hole in the Wall 12-8, A+ Sanitation 11-9, 10th Hole 11-9, Gandy Dancer 6-14. Individual games: Lucy Hansen (HITW) 169, Phyllis Myers (A+) 160, Cris Damman (10th) 153. Individual series: Lucy Hansen (HITW) 485, Phyllis Myers (A+) 418, Cris Damman (10th) 407. Team games: Hole in the Wall 704, Gandy Dancer 698, 10th Hole 660. Team series: Hole in the Wall 2092, A+ Sanitation 1912, Gandy Dancer 1891. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Lips 15-5, Check Services 12-8, Pour House 9-11, Webster Motel 416. Individual games: Angie Olson (CS) 191 (x2), Shaurette Reynolds (L) 177, Jackie Churchill (L) 160 (x2). Individual series: Angie Olson (CS) 511, Jackie Churchill (L) 465, Shaurette Reynolds (L) 430. Team games: Webster Motel 725, Lips 676, Check Services 653. Team series: Lips 1968, Webster Motel 1955, Check Services 1927. Splits converted: 4-10: Cris Damman.




Rematch in Webster The St. Croix Falls Saints expected to be in the 2009 Large Lakeland title mix but this week find themselves in the spoiler role as they visit Tiger country in a rematch of a 2008 tilt which also had title implications. A Tiger victory will clinch THE SPORTS undisputed sole possession of another conference title. You may want to follow the upcoming playoff schedule closely because the Tigers are playing like a team capable of making a deep run. Friday’s Clear Lake-Luck battle could be a dandy as well, and no doubt fans from both schools will be hoping somehow the Saints can pull off a stunner up in Webster.

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Deer Season Rift Statewide public hearings have begun in which the Wisconsin DNR is seeking public input on the proposal to make the state’s traditionladen firearm deer season a 16-day affair, beginning a week earlier. Many hunters would relish the opportunity to hunt in nicer weather while seeing enhanced opportunities to cash in on some of the peak of the buck’s breed-



ing period (also known as “the rut”). Supporters are likely to be offset, however, by organized groups of archers, nonresidents (primarily from Minnesota) who currently appreciate the opportunity to hunt the opener in two states, and those who simply don’t want to mess with tradition, including school breaks and work vacations that occur during Thanksgiving week. You can bet there will be a lot of bow hunters on the scene at the area hearing in Spooner on Oct. 28, and chances are most will be playing the “tradition” card. (But we suspect they enjoy having the peak of the rut to themselves more than they do the firearm tradition). Highway 63 Revisitied? Chances are when Hayward had last week’s 25-13 football victory over Spooner in the bag, Hayward area vandals began to scheme. It seems there’s a Soo Line bridge a few miles outside of Hayward which for several years has been defaced with timely graffiti aimed at the Spooner football team and fans. Apparently there’s quite a rivalry between the two high schools which share a lengthy district boundary. No doubt the local gendarme have been watching the bridge closely and it will be interesting to see if the vandals will pull off an encore. While the culprits probably see this as mere youthful hijinx, they may not be aware that they are committing a criminal offense and could be subject to a fine, jail, restitution or all of the

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Upcoming Thursday, October 15 4 p.m. Unity/Luck at Webster Conference Meet Frederic at Webster Conference Meet Grantsburg at Webster Conference Meet St. Croix Falls at Webster Conference Meet Webster at Webster Conference Meet

Monday, October 19 4 p.m. Frederic at St. Croix Falls Grantsburg at St. Croix Falls Webster at St. Croix Falls Unity/Luck at St. Croix Falls

Helland transfer? Is it true that Webster junior high star and Baldwinbasketball Woodville graduate Marcus Helland has transferred from UM-Duluth and enrolled at UW-Superior where he will also be playing basketball? The Fantastic Favre Report Brett Favre’s undefeated Minnesota Vikings face a tough three-game run, beginning this week at home versus Baltimore. Pittsburgh and our Green Bay Packers follow and local Viking fans are hoping purple pride can prevail in at least two of those three. “No one expected us to go 16-0 this year, but if we can take two of these next three we really only need to play .500 ball the rest of the way to have a good shot at repeating as NFC North Division champions,” said a talkative Viking fan early Wednesday morning just before walking into Frederic’s Northwoods Bakery for a hot cup of coffee and a fresh pastry. Quiet Exit There are even more Minnesota Twins fans in Polk and Burnett counties than Viking fans, but their excitement over the late-season division run

was quickly squelched by the spiteful New York Yankees, the team many people love to hate. Some are still squawking over the horrendously incompetent umpire call by Phil Cuzzi which may have affected the outcome of game two (a 4-3 extra-innings Twins loss), but Minnesota had numerous opportunities in that game long before the botched call. It was said that to blame that loss on that call would be like blaming a onepoint basketball loss on a referee after the losing team shot 30 percent from the field, 10 of 20 on free throws and committed 25 turnovers. In other words, the game was blown long before the blown call. This week’s trivia: College Bowl. Participants are to match the local sports celebrity with the college he attended. 1) Duane Wisse 2) Dennis Anderson 3) Jeff Roberts 4) Shaun Fisher 5) Marty Seeger 6) Ryan Lind 7) Garth Olson 8) Bobby Lindberg 9) Andy Jepsen Choose from the following list: a) Bemidji State b) UM-Duluth c) UW-River Falls d) Ripon College e) UW Stevens Point f) UW-Stout g) UW-Superior h) Michigan State i) UW-Eau Claire Correct answers: 1) c 2) g 3) a 4) b 5) e 6) d 7) h 8) f 9) i John Ryan may be reached at


NAME: Auney Seifert SCHOOL: St. Croix Falls YEAR: Junior COMMENTS: The Saints running back stepped up big against the Pirates in a game last Thursday, Oct. 8. Seifert had a total 237 yards on 21 carries, including three touchdowns. Seifert had two huge gains that contributed to the Auney Seifert yards including 81- and 91yard touchdowns. – Marty Seeger NAME: Avery Steen


SCHOOL: Luck YEAR: Senior COMMENTS: Luck/Unity golfer Avery Steen continued to improve throughout the season and eventually started shooting in the mid-40s in the final three weeks. Those improvements earned her a trip to the state meet this week, where she finished 17th overall. – Marty Seeger

Avery Steen



Small Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Flambeau Falcons 7-0 Shell Lake Lakers 5-1 Turtle Lake Lakers 5-2 Frederic Vikings 4-2 Northwood/Solon Evergreens 3-3 Bruce Red Raiders 2-4 Birchwood/Weyerhaeuser Cats 2-4 Winter Warriors 0-6 Siren Dragons 0-6 Large Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Webster Tigers 5-0 Clear Lake Warriors 3-1 Luck Cardinals 3-1 St. Croix Falls Saints 2-2 Grantsburg Pirates 1-3 Unity Eagles 1-4 Cameron Comets 0-4 Scores Thursday, October 8 St. Croix Falls 35, Grantsburg 22 Webster 49, Cameron 0 Mondovi 20, Luck 6 Birchwood/Weyerhaeuser 56, Siren 16 Friday, October 9 Ontonagon, Mich., 36, Frederic 14 Clear Lake 36, Unity 6 Upcoming Friday, October 16 7 p.m. Frederic at Shell Lake Cameron at Grantsburg Clear Lake at Luck St. Croix Falls at Webster Winter at Siren Glenwood City at Unity

above. While old-timers certainly recognize the seriousness of such activity, some nevertheless think of equally heinous acts from days gone by such as burning the rival school’s bonfire the night before it was scheduled to be burned.





West Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Overall Grantsburg Pirates 9-0 23-1 Clayton Bears 8-1 21-6 Webster Tigers 6-3 11-9 St. Croix Falls Saints 6-4 10-13 Luck Cardinals 6-5 12-9 Turtle Lake Lakers 4-5 9-13 Shell Lake Lakers 3-5 8-13 Clear Lake Warriors 3-6 3-6 Siren Dragons 2-7 4-14 Frederic Vikings 2-9 5-13 Unity Eagles 2-9 4-16 Scores Thursday, October 8 Grantsburg 3, Frederic 0 (25-4, 25-8, 25-18) Saturday, October 10 Winter 2, Frederic 0 (25-17, 25-18) Turtle Lake 2, Frederic 0 (25-20, 25-20) New Auburn 2, Frederic 1 (25-23, 23-25, 15-10) Monday, October 12 Luck 3, Birchwood 0 (25-18, 28-26, 25-16) Tuesday, October 13 Siren 3, Frederic 1 (25-8, 26-24, 11-25, 25-20) Grantsburg 3, Turtle Lake 0 (25-19, 25-8, 25-9) Luck 3, Unity 0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-19) Webster 3, St. Croix Falls 1 (25-20, 25-18, 17-25, 25-20) Upcoming Thursday, October 15 7:30 p.m. Siren at Grantsburg Turtle Lake at Luck Unity at St. Croix Falls Webster at Clayton Shell Lake at Frederic Saturday, October 17 9:30 a.m. Unity at Cameron Grantsburg at Cameron Tuesday, October 20 TBA Regionals


Overall 7-0 6-1 5-2 4-3 3-4 2-5 2-5 1-6 0-7 Overall 7-0 6-1 5-2 3-4 2-5 2-5 1-6

The Swami Predicts The Swami stumbled to a 5-2 record last week which means he is now at 37-9, or 80 percent. “I haven’t had that 7-0 performance for a few weeks and it’s starting to hurt me,” he said. A The loyal and devout Packer fan, he adSwami mitted to being depressed over Brett Favre’s perTHE SWAMI formance for the Vikings. “I still bleed green and gold,” he said, “but I’m beginning to have my doubts that Aaron Rodgers has the intestinal fortitude it takes to produce a division championship.” Next week, the Swami lets his e-mail friends take over the column.


This week’s predictions: Webster 28, St. Croix Falls 12 – For the second consecutive year the Tigers clinch a conference title against the Saints. Grantsburg 27, Cameron 12 – The Pirates look good for four quarters and earn a convincing win. Siren 21, Winter 19 – With talent in the hopper, the Dragons are ready to turn things around and might as well start now. Shell Lake 26, Frederic 20 – And the Twins think the Yankees have a hex over them. This matchup is getting just as frustrating. Clear Lake 25, Luck 14 – This will be a tough battle, which the Warriors won’t put in the bag until late. Glenwood City 32, Unity 17 – The Hilltoppers tune up for their conference game with Elk Mound next week. Baraga, Mich., 50, Washburn 6 – The Castle Guards fall to 2-6. The Swami answers all e-mails and can be reached at




Youth see success through cold and snow

In over three years of working with the Inter-County Leader I’ve never encountered so many bright and smiling faces in such a short period of time. Several hunters Marty are featured this week on the outdoor pages Seeger from the Oct. 10-11 youth gun hunt that took place last weekThe end, and from the Bottom looks on their faces you can definitely see Line that the season was another huge success. No doubt several thousand other youth hunters across the state were successful as well, which says a lot about the special youth hunting program that got its start back in 2000. It’s also nice to see some familiar faces from last year’s youth hunt, which shows our youth have a desire to give hunting another try. The youth hunt not only seems to be growing but has become somewhat of a new tradition celebrated by many families across the state, and for good reason. Not only are the conditions right for deer movement but the odds of bagging a first deer are pretty high. There’s limited pressure from other hunters, and the deer tend to be in natural patterns as opposed to what you might find in the regular nine-day gun hunt. One of the many reasons for offering the early youth hunts is to give youth a

Emily Amundson (L) took this 6-point buck that weighed 156 pounds, and Megan Amundson took these two does within 20 minutes during the youth hunt last weekend. – Photos submitted chance to hunt in a more controlled setting, and this year was the first in which 10- and 11-year-olds were able to hunt alongside a mentor. Perhaps not as many took part in this year’s hunt, but by next season the numbers will certainly grow as the success of others slowly catches on. One comment in particular caught my attention over the weekend when a proud parent was talking about the success of their daughter, who had harvested her first deer. The young girl noted that several of her friends admired her success and thought that they too might want to give the youth hunt a try someday. The state-

ment says a lot about the popularity of hunting, given the fact that her friends are the type that might not otherwise give hunting a try. Given the right connections, however, they too might make hunting a part of their lives. One of the main components of the youth hunt is to give them a great experience so that they’ll want to continue to hunt year after year. Those that tagged their first deer over the weekend will hopefully come back for another year, and maybe they’ll even pass a similar tradition to their own kids someday. Each hunt holds its own special memory, but that first deer of your life is

something you won‘t soon forget, and I have yet to find a person who doesn’t remember every detail of their first deer with a bow or gun. Another reason for offering early youth hunts, is that the weather conditions are usually much better than they are in mid-November. This can make hunting a little more pleasurable for some, but those who were out on both Saturday and Sunday might have found that the snowy conditions resembled weather you might see on opening day of the regular nine-day gun-hunting season. That still didn’t seem to deter very many people from hitting the woods, and that says a lot about the parents, mentors, those simply willing to volunteer their time to do their part in sharing not only their land but also their love of the outdoors. One of the things you may not get from each and every photo are the comments from the parents, grandparents or other relatives that want others to share in their success by sending in the photos. From a couple of simple sentences littered with exclamation points and praise, you can nearly feel their excitement, and I’m sure their proud smiles must be jumping out just as much as the smile on the hunters in the photo when they forward them on. It’s a part of the experience that speaks volumes about who’s involved and why we hunt. Bringing families together through the act of hunting is something special, and hopefully all youth that hunted last weekend felt just a little more connected to their families, friends or mentors who took them out into the woods. I hope they’ll continue to share those experiences with their families and friends for the rest of their lives.

Hraychuck encourages attendance at deer hunting meetings MADISON – State Rep. and Assembly Fish and Wildlife Committee Chairwoman Ann Hraychuck, D-Balsam Lake, encourages sportsmen and women to attend one of the public hearings being held on the proposed rule outlining the 2010 and 2011 deer hunting season structures. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is holding hearings across the state in 11 locations. “This is the public’s opportunity to have input early in the process before the Legislature gets involved,” said Hraychuck. “When these administrative rules come to my committee, the DNR includes how many people came to the public hearings and what was said. So

it really does matter when you show up to these meetings and make your opinions known.” As a result of the deer population hearings held by Hraychuck and Sen. Jim Holperin, D-Conover, last spring, the DNR created an Earn-A-Buck alternative study committee. The committee was charged with developing potential alternatives to herd control methods such as EAB. One of the proposals that came out of the EAB committee was having a statewide 16-day gun deer season opening on the Saturday before Thanksgiving instead of the traditional nine-day hunt. The entire report can be found online at The public hearings will begin at 6:30

p.m. with an informational presentation. The public testimony portion of the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Meeting details Wednesday, Oct. 21, Ashland, Ashland AmericInn Conference Center, 3009 Lakeshore Drive E. Monday, Oct. 26, Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley Tech. College auditorium, Room M103, 620 W. Clairemont Ave. Wednesday, Oct. 28, Spooner, Spooner High School Auditorium, 801 CTH A. Those who are unable to attend a public hearing in person may comment on the proposal through an online comment form. The online comment form will only be active throughout the period of

the hearings Wednesday, Oct. 14 through Tuesday, Nov. 3. More information is available on the DNR website: unt/deer/proposal.htm. – submitted

A little bit jealous

Youth hunt 2009 More photos next page LEFT: Andrew Moris took this nice buck on Saturday, Oct. 10, during the two-day youth hunt that was held statewide from Oct. 1011. The buck had an 18inch inside spread.

RIGHT: Denna Kurtz-Moody shot an 11-point buck on Saturday, Oct. 10. She dedicated the hunt to Violet and the late Leonard Engebretson, who are her hunting partner Nick Morseth’s grandparents. – Photos submitted

Tammy Ingalls of Webster shot this nice 11-point buck with her bow on Saturday, Oct 3. Her husband, Dr. John Ingalls, is pretty proud and a little bit jealous. – Photo submitted
















Venison donation program enters 10th year MADISON – This year marks the 10th anniversary of Wisconsin’s venison donation program. In 10 years the program distributed over 3.1-million pounds of ground venison from nearly 70,000 deer donated by hunters, processed by participating meat processors and distributed by volunteers to state food pantries. “Wisconsin’s venison donation program is an important effort that provides high-quality food to Wisconsin families in need,” Department of Natural Resources Secretary Matt Frank said. “This program has been very popular. I encourage hunters to continue this charitable effort by bagging a deer for food pantries.”

Wisconsin’s venison donation program is a partnership between local charitable organizations, counties, the Department of Natural Resources, meat processors and hunters. This effort has provided high-quality protein to thousands of families over the years. In addition to donating deer to the program, since 2002 hunters have chipped in an additional $123,000 to the pantry program on top of the fee they pay for deerharvest permits. A list of participating meat processors, available on the DNR Web site and searchable by county, is growing daily. Rules of the program are simple. Hunters harvest, tag, field dress and reg-

ister a deer same as they always have. After registration the hunter can drop off the carcass at a participating processor. There is no cost to the hunter other than transporting the carcass. Hunters are advised to call ahead to a processor to check on business hours and if the processor currently has space to accept the carcass. Hunting Down Hunger New this year is a program run by the Green Bay Packers called Hunting Down Hunger. Anyone who has been to a Packer game or watched the Pack on TV is familiar with the “sea of orange” and camouflage in the stands. Now hunters

can wear their favorite team’s logo and their favorite fall colors by purchasing a baseball cap in orange or orange camo or a stocking hat in orange, all with the Packer logo. Five dollars from every hat purchase will be donated to hunger relief in Wisconsin. “Through the combination of two traditional Wisconsin pastimes, the Packers and hunting, we’re hopeful fans will take aim at hunger in this very unique way,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. For more information contact Laurie Fike at 608-267-7974 or Bob Manwell at 608-264-9248. – from the DNR

Still time to enjoy a colorful autumn in Wisconsin MADISON – Weather conditions are signaling fall in the Badger State but there is still plenty of time to enjoy colorama here. The majority of Wisconsin counties are in the 40- to-60-percent range and are reporting they will reach peak color later this month on the Department of Tourism’s fall color report. Counties in central and southern Wisconsin, such as Portage, Waupaca, Richland, Columbia and Washington counties, are reporting they’ve already reached peak color earlier than usual. Buffalo, Green Lake, Waukesha, and Green counties report less than 25 percent of their trees have changed color. Forecasting when leaves will change color and how long colorama will last is

an inexact science. “When a region sees a lot of rain and wind, autumn leaves are likely to fall off of trees sooner than if the weather is sunny during daytime hours and cooler in the evening,” according to Virginia M. Mayo Black, a DNR Forestry Division communications specialist. “Warm days and cool evenings are the conditions that bring about the change in color. And that change is an indication a tree is preparing itself for winter.” A single year’s weather conditions is only one factor affecting the changing of a tree’s leaf color. “Drought, particularly long-term drought conditions, flooding, tree diseases and physical injuries to trees

caused by animals and humans are stress factors that can cause trees to change color and lose their leaves earlier than usual,” Mayo Black said. “Reports from DNR staff at the state forests and state parks and local chambers of commerce have indicated colorama in most areas of the state is pretty much following the usual north-to-south progression.” Because of increasing rainfall throughout the state, current fire conditions in Wisconsin are reported as being low, according to information on forestry’s current fire danger Web page. “But the effects of long-term drought conditions such as Wisconsin has experienced for a number of years aren’t completely miti-

gated by recent rainfall. “Everyone walking in any wooded area needs to do their part to protect the valuable resource that is Wisconsin’s forests,” Mayo Black said. “Until snow is on the ground, there is always some level of wildfire danger. There is also a danger of carrying out seeds of invasive plants on shoes and clothing. The publication of Wisconsin’s forestry, recreational forest user and urban forestry Best Management Practices are a timely reminder of the role we all play in preventing the spread of invasive plants and insects.” For more information contact Virginia M. Mayo Black at 608-2610763 or Bob Manwell 608-264-9248. – from the DNR

Area youth successful in annual two-day hunt

Andrea Dumas participated in the early youth hunt and bagged her first deer on her grandparents property Saturday, Oct. 10.

Amanda Campana of Grantsburg harvested her first deer last weekend, a doe, with help from her dad, Bill Campana.

April Campana of Grantsburg took her first deer last weekend, a 3-point buck with help from her dad, Bill Campana.

Adam Johnson Jr., 12, Grantsburg, shot his first deer, a 9-point buck, on Saturday, Oct. 11. His dad, Adam Johnson Sr., was with him on the hunt.

Photos submitted unless noted

RIGHT: Jordan Wickman, 12, granddaughter of Byron Alyssa Taylor, 12, and Bradley Taylor, 14, Jack Tricker-King of Frederic bagged and Sandy Wickman, harvested this 14-point buck on harvested these nice bucks during the his first deer Sunday, a nice doe, while opening day of the youth youth hunt last weekend near Alpha. – hunting with brother, Andy, near Atlas. Photos submitted Photo by Gary King hunt.

Brandon Holdt, 15, Luck, harvested this 10-pointer Saturday evening, Oct. 10, west of Luck during the youth hunt.


Rollover crash brings OWI second offense charge LUCK – Bryan Larson, 20, Arden Hills, Minn., was arrested and charged with OWI, second offense, on Oct. 9 at about 3 p.m. Police were called to a rollover accident at CTH I and 250th Ave. Larson told police he had crashed his car while trying to pass a car. He admitted to drinking, was given field sobriety tests and arrested. He was taken for a blood draw at St. Croix Regional Medical Center and then to the Polk County Jail. Two other OWI second-offense arrests were also

made. Eric Becker, 26, New Richmond, was charged with OWI, second offense, on Friday, Oct. 9, at about 11:30 p.m. A police officer who was parked at the exit of the Dairy Queen in Osceola allegedly saw Becker fail to stop at the intersection there. The officer reported Becker didn’t slow down at the intersection and nearly hit another vehicle making a left turn in front of him. Becker was pulled over and given field sobriety tests, including a preliminary breath test, which registered

Man arrested after attacking woman, damaging property

POLK COUNTY - John Klinkhammer, 30, North Branch, Minn., was arrested and charged with battery, criminal damage and disorderly conduct on Sept. 27 after police were called to a home. A woman there said Klinkhammer, who is her ex-boyfriend, had come into her home and thrown something at her, hitting her in the head. The officer reported seeing a bump on her head. The woman said then Klinkhammer left, but hit her vehicle with his as he was leaving. The woman then went to another address that she was moving out of. There she found a great deal of damage, including

.221 percent. He was taken in for a blood draw and then to the Polk County Jail. Also on Oct. 9, Casey Chatelois, 28, St. Paul, Minn., was charged with OWI, second offense. He was stopped by a police officer after activating his high beams while approaching the officer’s vehicle on CTH M. His PBT registered .131. He was taken in for a blood draw and then to the Polk County Jail. He had a previous OWI offense in July of 2000. — with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department

OWI fourth-offense arrest

broken windows, a clock, painting, desk, and washer and dryer which were tipped over and damaged. Police were also called to a report of a broken window at the woman’s place of business about the same time. Witnesses reported seeing a red Dodge Dakota truck with no front bumper at that time. The woman reported Klinkhammer drives one like that. The woman also allegedly received “obscene and threatening” text messages shortly after the assault. — with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office

OSCEOLA – Jeffery Warman, 51, Somerset, was arrested and charged with OWI, fourth offense on Oct. 5 at about 5 a.m. Warman was stopped by a police officer who had seen him driving without his headlights on. The officer followed him for a short time and allegedly saw erratic driving. Field sobriety tests were given and Warman was arrested and taken to the Osceola Medical Center for a blood draw and then to the Polk County Jail. — with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department

Frederic Police report The Frederic Police Department handled 87 incidents during the month of September. Incident Amount Accident car-deer 1 Aid citizen 1 Alarm 2

Animal complaint 4 Assist ambulance 2 Assist motorist 1 Assist other department 1 Attempted entry to vehicle Attempted theft 1 Auto theft 1


Background check Burglary (UCR) Check fraud Citation Damage to property Disorderly conduct Domestic abuse

3 1 1 5 1 1 4

Harassment Informational Lockout Medical Open door Paper service Suspicious activity

1 9 1 3 2 2 2

Suspicious person Theft/larceny (UCR) Traffic complaint Traffic enforcement Vandalism Vehicle violation Warning traffic

1 1 1 12 1 9 9

Warrant arrest Welfare check Total

1 1 87 - submitted

Polk County circuit court Antonio O. Aizpurua, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Priscilla A. Alcantar, New Richmond, operate w/o valid license, $200.50; speeding, $175.30. David L. Anderson, Shafer, Minn., seat belt violation, $10.00. Eric S. Anderson, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Lacey J. Anderson, Milltown, transferee fail./apply new vehicle title, $175.30. Eric W. Bader, Amery, nonregistration of auto, etc., $175.30; failure to notify police of accident, $263.50; failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Berwin K. Badhorse, Hillsdale, seat belt violation, $10.00. Karie A. Bartlett, Luck, speeding, $250.90. Alan W. Beestman, Clayton, operating while under influence, $817.50; operating with PAC .10 or more, $817.50. Curt E. Bennett, Wyoming, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Brett M. Bents, Clear Lake, failure to notify police of accident, $263.50. Dean A. Berger, Prescott, operating while revoked, $263.50. Jared R. Berhow, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Erik W. Bethell, St. Croix Falls, inattentive driving, $189.90. Karrie L. Bies, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Robert S. Black, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Jennifer K. Bohn, Lake Elmo, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Kevin G. Bohrer, Edina, Minn., speeding. Shawn P. Bottolfson, Clear Lake, speeding, $200.50. Jamie L. Bowell, Clear Lake, ATV operate on private prop. w/o consent, not guilty plea. Aaron A. Bracht, no town given, OWI, left of centerline, OAS, not guilty pleas. Douglas P. Brewer, Merrill, speeding, $175.30. Briana S. Bridger, Cumberland, nonregistration of auto, etc., $175.30. Nathaniel A. Brigham, Glenwood City, operating while under influence, operating with PAC .10 or more, not guilty pleas, nonregistration of auto, etc., $175.30.

Joseph P. Brown, Centuria, seat belt violation, $10.00. Robert J. Bushway, Milltown, operating while under influence, operating with PAC >= .08, not guilty pleas. Dianne M. Cardenas, Clayton, seat belt violation, $10.00. Ryan J. Chantelois, Osceola, speeding, $175.30 Mikle A. Cline, Haugen, operating while suspended, $200.50. Guy David, St. Paul Park, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Arianna M. Davis, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Karen S. Diel, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Kathryn M. Drude, Cottage Grove, Minn., operate personal watercraft w/o valid safety certificate, $162.70. Brian V. Ducklow, Somerset, speeding, $200.50. Michael A. Dunham, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Michelle L. Dupae-Claypool, St. Croix Falls, fail./stop at stop sign, $175.30. Bridget N. Faricy, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Patricia J. Farrell, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Christopher M. Fasbender, Luck, seat belt violation, $10.00. Keith B. Fiedler, Wyoming, Minn., speeding, $174.80. Ashley M. Fjorden, Frederic, speeding, $175.30. Thomas J. Ford, Appleton, speeding, $200.50. Zachary R. Fredrickson, Center City, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Adrian NMN Garcia-Silva, Turtle Lake, permit unauthorized person to drive, $200.50; nonregistration of auto, etc., $175.30. Kyle C. Geason, Eden Prairie, Minn., fail./slow vehiclepassing stop emerg. veh., $263.50. Carl E. Graber, New Richmond, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jeremy J. Graber, Turtle Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Zachary A. Gurtner, Dresser, fail./stop at stop sign, not guilty plea. Karen J. Hail, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Scott D. Hansen, Maple Grove, Minn., speeding, $175.30.

Burnett County warrants Mary E. Olson, 27, Grantsburg, warrant - failure to appear, Oct. 9.

Jason A. Johnson, 25, Grantsburg, warrant - failure to appear, Oct. 5.

Benjamin P. Hart, Turtle Lake, operating while suspended, not guilty plea. Kristy L. Haskins, Hudson, speeding, $175.30. Jamey T. Hoag, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $200.50. Tracey M. Hoff, Clayton, seat belt violation, $10.00. Sarah J. Holland, Amery, operating while suspended, $200.50. Shane J. Holst, Cumberland, failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Ramona K. Hunt, Omaha, Neb., speeding, $174.80. Melissa S. Jones, Osceola, operate motorboat within 100’ of dock, $187.90. Aarol L. Karl, Frederick, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jeremy D. Keenan, San Francisco, Calif., speeding, $175.30. Sean D. Kelly, Blaine, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Lawrence J. Kieffer, Cushing, nonregistration of other vehicle; operate w/o valid license, not guilty pleas. Cornelius S. Kirk Jr., Balsam Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Larry J. Kolve, St. Croix Falls, operating while suspended, $200.50; nonregistration of auto, etc., $175.30. John D. Koonce, Cushing, seat belt violation, $10.00. Kevin R. Korthof, Chippewa Falls, speeding, $175.30. Nathanael J. Kramer, Hollister, Mo., nonregistration of auto, etc., $175.30. Chad M. Lessard, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Mindy J. Lindell, Osceola, inattentive driving, $187.90. Paul A. Little, Browns Valley, Minn., operate w/o valid license, operating while under influence, not guilty pleas. Jerry A. Maag, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $200.50. David E. Magsam, Star Prairie, operate boat w/o valid cert. number, not guilty plea. David F. Magnine, Amery, failure to notify police of accident; operating while under influence; operating with PAC .10 or more, not guilty pleas.

Timothy S. Marek, Luck, speeding, not guilty plea. Jonathan J. Markland, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Derek A. Martinson, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Danielle M. Marum, Dresser, speeding, $175.30. Karl E. Max, Bayfield, fail./yield right/way from stop sign, $160.80. Maxwell G. McCormick, Edina, Minn., ATV operation on highways, $200.50. Alisha L. McDermott, Star Prairie, fail./stop at stop sign, $175.30. Linda S. McIntire, Clear Lake, ATV operate on private prop. w/o consent, not guilty plea. Shawna L. Moon, Amery, fail./stop at stop sign, $175.30. Morgan A. Moreno, New Richmond, fail./stop for unloading school bus, $326.50. Bradley A. Nelson, Balsam Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Thomas J. Novak, Amery, fail./stop at stop sign, $175.30. Robert E. Otis, Milltown, speeding, $200.50. Alicia D. Paukstat, Luck, speeding, $200.50. Carl A. Peterson, Comstock, fail./stop at stop sign, $175.30. Eric O. Peterson, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $200.50. William L. Peterson, Maple Grove, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Anthony J. Piel, Milltown, seat belt violation, $10.00. Mason A. Potvin, Luck, speeding, $175.30. Herman J. Raska, New Richmond, fail./stop at stop sign, $175.30. Jennifer L. Rider, Osceola, vehicle owner’s liability for failing to stop at scene of accident, hit and run, not guilty plea. April N. Riniker, Deer Park, speeding, $175.30. William J. Roberto, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Tiffany A. Rose, Luck, seat belt violation, $10.00. David D. Rudesill, Frederic, seat belt violation, $10.00.

Polk County deaths Edna L. Hayes, 84, died Sept. 25, 2009, Amery Kenneth Madsen, 68, Sept. 28, 2009, Amery Richard W. Hansen, 62, Sept. 29, 2009, Osceola

Fred L. Tietz, 82, Oct. 1, 2009, Amery Douglas J. McKenzie, 69, Oct. 2, 2009, Balsam Lake Harry A. Goddard, 94, Oct. 3, 2009, Alden Township

Jeramy S. Schadow, Grantsburg, speeding, $200.50; seat belt violation, $10.00. Brian A. Schaeffer, Somerset, seat belt violation, $10.00. Maxamillion R. Schostek, Balsam Lake, nonregistration of auto, etc., $200.50. Kenneth D. Schulte, St. Croix Falls, operating while under influence; reckless driving, endanger safety; hit and run, unattended vehicle, not guilty pleas. Kristopher J. Schultz, Prior Lake, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Jamie A. Selvig, Clear Lake, fail./stop at stop sign, $175.30. Dustin R. Shephard, Overland Park, Kan., speeding, $175.30. Daniel M. Shilson, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Kathleen B. Sienko, Blaine, Minn., fail./yield while making left turn, $175.30. Christopher S.P. Spencer, Frederic, speeding, $175.30. Robert R. Stafsholt, New Richmond, speeding, $175.30. Kyle S. Swager, Stillwater, Minn., operate ATV w/o NR trail

pass, $169.00. Joseph A. Ulrich, Oakdale, Minn., seat belt violation, $10.00. Kelly A. Vasatka, Lindstrom, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Mitchell D. Vezina, St. Croix Falls, seat belt violation, $10.00. Robert J. Williams, Siren, speeding, $250.90. Rosh B. Williams, Clayton, operating while revoked, $263.50. Kevin C. Wuollet, Cushing, operate w/o valid license, $200.50. Fermin T. Xicalhua, Ridgeland, display false vehicle registration plate, $263.50. Eric C. Youngman, North St. Paul, Minn., seat belt violation, $10.00. Carl J. Zappa, Milltown, failure to maintain control, $213.10; failure to notify police of accident, $263.50. Molly S. Ziegler, Star Prairie, fail./stop at stop sign, not guilty plea. Marlene C. Zika, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30.

Burnett Co. sheriff’s report Accidents Oct. 9: Ryan E. Keith, 20, Siren, reported hitting a deer while on Hwy. 70 in Daniels Township. No injuries were reported. Oct. 10: Daniel G. Harvey, 39, Grantsburg, was westbound on Assembly Road in Grantsburg Township when he lost control on slippery roads. The vehicle left the roadway and overturned. There were no injuries reported. Oct. 10: Robert A. Becker, 62, New Brighton, Minn., was westbound on Hwy. 70 in Meenon Township when he lost control on slippery roads. The vehicle left the roadway and flipped onto a electric-pole guy wire. There were no injuries reported. Oct. 10: Bradley M. Belisle, 31, Hertel, was westbound on Hwy. 70 in Sand Lake Township when he crossed the centerline and entered the ditch. The vehicle struck several trees before coming to a rest. Officers found the driver lying on the shoulder of the roadway. He was taken to Spooner Hospital for his injuries. Alcohol was a factor in the accident. Belisle was issued three citations.

Oct. 10: Wayne E. Olson, 67, Ramsey, Minn., reported hitting a deer while on CTH H in Scott Township. There were no injuries reported. Oct. 10: Brittany J. Wilcox, 24, Webster, was southbound on CTH F in Swiss Township when reportedly a vehicle, also southbound, pulled along side of her and swerved to strike her in the driver’s door area. Wilcox accelerated to pull away from the other vehicle, but it caught up to her further down CTH F and drove into Wiscox’s rear bumper. The vehicle was driven by an unknown driver. There were no injuries reported. The incident is under investigation. Arrests or citations Oct. 6: Jeffrey J. E. Olson, 19, Webster, was arrested on a Dunn County warrant. Oct. 6: Frank C. Hamer, 55, Shell Lake, was arrested on a Burnett County warrant. Oct. 10: David R. Hubbell Sr., 46, Siren, was arrested on a Washburn County warrant and issued a citation for nonregistration. Other incidents Oct. 4: Tim E. Hinson, Grantsburg, reported his mailbox damaged. The incident is under investigation.

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(Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. DAVID A. ANDERSON AND LORAE C. ANDERSON, Defendants. Case No. 09 CV 129 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on May 15, 2009, in the amount of $323,798.26, 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, Wis., on: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 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 1 of Certified Survey Map, recorded in Volume 20, page 224, as Document Number 690708, being located in part of the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter, Section 22, Township 32 North, Range 19 West, Town of Farmington, Polk County, Wis. PIN: 022-00729-0100. STREET ADDRESS: 2776 10th Avenue, Osceola, WI 54020. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 28th day of September, 2009. /s/ 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



The Town Board of the Town of Bone Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, has the specific authority under s.349.07(8), Wis. Stats., to adopt this ordinance. This ordinance, adopted by a majority of the town board on a roll call vote with a quorum present and voting and proper notice having been given, provides for the installation of stop signs on town highways in the town as follows: A. Stop signs shall be placed on 280th Avenue in the town at each entrance of that road onto 90th Street, making that intersection a 4-way stop. B. The Town Chairman shall erect stop signs as provided in this ordinance on or before the effective date of this ordinance. This ordinance is effective on October 16, 2009. The town clerk shall properly post or publish this ordinance as required under s.60.80, Wis. Stats. 498158 8L Adopted this 8th day of October, 2009. WNAXLP Darrell Frandsen, Clerk Wayne Shirley, Chairman Bill Schilling, Supervisor Roger Neumann, Supervisor

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(Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, fsb f/k/a S&C Bank, Plaintiff, vs. James T. Dalton and Unknown Spouse of James T. Dalton, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No: 09 CV 200 Case Code: 30404 Judge: Molly E. GaleWyrick PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on the 14th day of July, 2009, in the amount of $27,203.32, the Sheriff of Polk County will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME:October 22, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. TERMS:10% of successful bid must be paid to the Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified check. Balance due within 10 days of court approval. Purchaser is responsible for payment of all transfer taxes and recording fees. Sale is AS IS in all respects and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 1005 West Main St., Suite 900, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. DESCRIPTION: Lot 6 Plat of Whispering Winds, located in part of the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4, Section 24, Township 34 North, Range 17 West, Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin PROPERTY ADDRESS: XXX 130th Avenue, Balsam Lake, WI . Timothy G. Moore Polk County Sheriff ECKBERG, LAMMERS, BRIGGS, WOLFF & VIERLING, P.L.L.P. Nicholas J. Vivian (#1047165) Attorney for Plaintiff 1809 Northwestern Avenue Stillwater, MN 55082 (651) 439-2878 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose.

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(Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY U.S. BANK CONSUMER FINANCE, AS SERVICER FOR U.S. BANK NA, ND Plaintiff, vs. ALYCE M. BADER-ONSTED, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 09 CV 131 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 9, 2009, in the amount of $91,558.21, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 12, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: The South 230 feet of the West 300 feet of the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 5, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Town of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2378 170th Street, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 040-00131-0000 and 040-00130-0100. Dated this 21st day of September, 2009. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 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. (170581) 496607 WNAXLP

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(October 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT BURNETT COUNTY Aaron Hopkins, Plaintiff, vs. Georgia Certain, Deceased Her Heirs and Assigns and Unknown Heirs Defendants. SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION Case No. 09 CV 259 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, To each person named above as a Defendant: You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within forty (40) days after the 7th day of October, 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: Burnett County Clerk of Court Burnett County Circuit Court 7410 County Road K, #115 Siren, WI 54872 And to David L. Grindell, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is: GRINDELL LAW OFFICE, S.C. P.O. Box 585 Frederic, WI 54837 You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the complaint within forty (40) days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated this 1st day of October, 2009. David L. Grindell State Bar #1002628 Attorney for Plaintiff GRINDELL LAW OFFICES, S.C. P.O. Box 585 Frederic, WI 54837 498072 715-327-5561 WNAXLP

NOTICE OF POSITION OPENING Boys 9th-Grade Basketball Coaching Position Beginning November 2009, ending March 2010 Qualifications Necessary: Ability to work with young athletes, knowledge of teaching basketball skills and techniques. Qualified, interested persons should apply by submitting District application, resume and letters of recommendation to: Brandon Robinson, District Administrator Unity School District 1908 150th St./Hwy. 46 North P.O. Box 307 Balsam Lake, WI 54810 Deadline for application: October 26, 2009 498068 8-9L EOE



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DANIEL P. SCHAEFER, et al Defendants Case Number: 09 CV 356 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 24, 2009, in the amount of $370,843.45, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: October 28, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Parcel 1: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 1101, filed in Volume 5, Page 91, as Document No. 435572, located in Government Lot 2, Section 17, Township 35 North, Range 16 West, Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PARCEL 2: An easement for ingress and egress for the benefit of Parcel 1 as shown on the subject Certified Survey Map. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2167 Maier Court, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 026-00636-0000.

/s/ Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719

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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. (168952)

(Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff, vs. LISA K. WOODS, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 09 CV 185 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 22, 2009, in the amount of $150,000.47, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 4, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Front entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 5244, filed in Volume 23, Page 151, as Document No. 720911, located in the Southwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 23, Township 37 North, Range 17 West, in the Town of West Sweden, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 3252 140th St., Frederic, WI 54837. TAX KEY NO.: 048-00542-0000. Dated this 11th day of September, 2009. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 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 with be used for that purpose. (169644)

NOTICE Town of West Sweden

Snowplowing Driveways Release Form The snowplowing of driveways will be up to the discretion of the patrolman. The patrolman will begin plowing driveways after all town roads have been addressed. This season the fee will be $125 and must be paid by October 31. Sr. citizens 65 and over, $75. Rates are nonrefundable. The rate after the above date will be $35 per hour with a 1/4-hr. minimum, including senior citizens. Please send your payments to Phyllis Wilder, 3096 170th St., Frederic, WI 54837. All driveways must be free of obstructions. This release form MUST accompany payment. I hereby release the Town of West Sweden from any liability arising from damage done in the process of snow 498084 8L removal. Name Address Signed 498013 49a,dp 8Lp



In order to provide a 30-day public review period in accordance with Section 70.27 of the Wisconsin Statutes, official notice is hereby given, that the state-certified Kemah Shores Assessor’s Plat No. 1, located in the NE 1/4 SE 1/4 and Government Lot 2 of Section 34 and Government Lots 7 and 8, Section 35, Town 35 North, Range 17 West, Town of Milltown, will be on file through November 9, 2009, at the Milltown Town Clerk’s office at 2272 155th Street, Milltown, by appointment, 715-825-2494. Virgil Hansen, Milltown Town Clerk Polk County, Wis. 497943 49-51a,d 8-10L (Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY U.S. Bank National Association N.D. Plaintiff, vs. Mark L. Hansen and Unknown Spouse, Defendants. Case Code: 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No. 09 CV 318 Hon. Robert H. Rasmussen PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on the 23rd day of June, 2009, the Sheriff of Polk County, will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: October 29, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to the Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified check. Balance due within 10 days of court approval. Purchaser is responsible for payment of all transfer taxes and recording fees. Sale is AS IS in all respects. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. DESCRIPTION: Commencing at the Northwest corner of the Northeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter (NE 1/4 NW 1/4), Section Nine (9), Township Thirty-six (36) North, Range Eighteen (18) West, Town of Laketown, Polk County, Wisconsin; thence South 38 deg. 10’ East for 450.7 feet to an iron pipe hereinafter known as the place of beginning; thence North 57 deg. 28’ East for 100 feet to an iron pipe; thence South 32 deg. 28’ East for 170 feet to an iron pipe; thence South 57 deg. 32’ West to an iron pipe; thence North 32 deg. 28’ West to the place of beginning. (FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY: Plaintiff believes that the property address is 2886 216th Avenue, Luck, WI) Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Stein & Moore, P.A. Attorneys for Plaintiff 332 Minnesota St., Ste. W-1650 St. Paul, MN 55101 651-224-9683

(Oct. 14, 21, 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY HAJOCA CORPORATION 401 South 4th Street Wausau, WI 54403-6271, Plaintiff, vs. BRADY UTGARD and JEAN UTGARD d/b/a Utgard Plumbing & Heating 110 North Keller Ave. Amery, WI 54001 or 1073 35th Avenue Amery, WI 54001, Defendants. AMENDED SUMMONS Case No. 09-CV-549 Case Code: 30301 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, To each person named above as Defendants: You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within 40 days after October 14, 2009, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the Complaint. The demand must either be sent or delivered to the Court, whose address is Clerk of Courts, Polk County Courthouse, P.O. Box 549, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810, and to Mark R. Franklin, of Kulig, Michalak & Franklin, whose address is P.O. Box 400, Independence, WI 54747. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the Complaint within 40 days, the Court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated this 6th day of October, 2009. KULIG, MICHALAK & FRANKLIN By: Mark R. Franklin Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 400 Independence, WI 54747 715-985-3091 State Bar. No. 1006074


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(Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff, vs. SAREE L. REINDAHL, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 09 CV 56 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 28, 2009, in the amount of $79,378.79, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 4, 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, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Part of Government Lot 3, Section 31 Township 34 North, Range 15 West described as follows: Commencing at a point on the West line of said Section 31 Township 34 North, Range 15 West, 641.25 feet South of Northwest corner of said Section 31 Township 34 North, Range 15 West, thence South 69 feet, thence East 175 feet, thence North 69 feet, thence West 175 feet to the place of the place of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1286 60th Street, Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 008-00818-0000. Dated this 11th day of September, 2009. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 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 with be used for that purpose. (169616)




probation, sentence withheld, 330-day jail sentence, Huber release and/or electronic monitor system granted, alcohol assessment. Richard R. Connors, 27, Danbury, operating with PAC or .08 or more, 140-day jail sentence, Huber release or electronic monitor system granted, license revoked 30 months, alcohol assessment. Craig A. Naylor, 29, Trego, OWI, $967.00, license revoked 14 months, alcohol assessment, 10-day jail sentence, Huber release granted. Betty A. Miller, 54, Grantsburg, issue worthless check, $309.00. Michael F. Meyer, 34, Siren, OWI, $677.00, license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment.

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(Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff, vs. JEREMY W. LARSON, et al Defendants. Case Number: 09 CV 7 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 13, 2009, in the amount of $121,270.42, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: Nov. 24, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Part of the Southwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4, Section 22, Township 32 North, Range 15 West, described as follows: Commencing at a point 40 rods East of the Southwest corner of said Southwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4; thence North 28 rods; thence East parallel with the South line of said Southwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4, 40 rods, more or less, to the East line of said Southwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4; thence South on said East line 28 rods to the Southeast corner of said Southwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4; thence West on the South line to the point of beginning. Said land being in the Town of Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 231 25th Avenue, Clear Lake, WI 54005. TAX KEY NO.: 018-00429-0000. Dated this 5th day of October 2009, /S/ Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 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. (173005)

tence followed by 12 months’ extended supervision, $113.00. Arlun W. Koska, 63, Webster, endanger safety with use of a dangerous weapon, one-year probation, sentence withheld, may not use or possess any firearms, must follow all treatment recommendations by the VA health providers. Tyrone S. Awonohopay, 23, Cumberland, operate without a valid license, $186.00. Nicholas P. Lisdahl, 23, Webster, battery, one-year probation, sentence withheld, 30day jail sentence, Huber release for employment is granted, $328.70 restitution, maintain absolute sobriety, no contact with victim, $120.87. Samuel B. Woods, 35, Frederic, OWI, $2,739.00, license revoked 33 months, three-year

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$1,831.15 restitution, 90-day jail sentence, concurrent with other jail sentence, Huber release granted, $371.83. John E. Jensen, 30, St. Paul, Minn., possession of methamphetamine, 18-month prison sen-

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Michelle E. Taylor, 33, Hayward, operate after revocation, license revoked nine months, $750.00. Jewell F. Skinaway, 47, Hinckley, Minn., OWI, $1,256.00, license revoked 36 months, may not possess motor vehicle and no operation of a motor vehicle without proper license, alcohol assessment, two-year prison sentence followed by three years’ extended supervision, is eligible for Challenge Incarceration Program. Craig A. Stevens, 36, Danbury, disorderly conduct, $82.17 restitution, 90-day jail sentence, Huber release granted, $105.14; criminal damage to property,


Burnett County sheriff's report

Unity School District announces the opening of a long-term substitute teaching position in Middle and High School Choir, grades 6-12, for six weeks beginning in approximately mid-November. Qualifications Necessary: Wisconsin certification, prefer candidates with knowledge of current music theory and practices, Wisconsin state standards in the area of fine arts, positive classroom management skills with secondary groups of students, differentiated learning strategies and utilization of technology as it relates to music. Individual will be responsible for keeping accurate records and must have the ability to prepare students for public performances and direct high school choir in one public concert. Qualified, interested persons should apply by sending a letter of application, resume, district employment application and three (3) letters of references to: BRANDON ROBINSON, DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR UNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT 1908 150TH ST./HWY. 46 NORTH P.O. BOX 307 BALSAM LAKE, WI 54810 (Applications may be picked up in the District office or obtained from the District Web site at Deadline for application: Mon., October 26, 2009. 498160 8-9L 50-51a,d EOE


Sept. 15: A bike left on the west end of Main Street was reported at 4:30 p.m. While on duty at 3 a.m. Sept. 16, the Siren officer picked up the bike, a Rally Eclipse CX. As of Oct. 8, the bike had not been claimed. Oct. 5: Charges were made against three persons during a

stop at the Holiday Station at 12:09 p.m. The driver of the vehicle, Duane R. Widell, 17, Grantsburg, was charged with violation of his Class D driving restriction. There was more than one individual in the vehicle with him. The charges for possession of

(Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, fsb, a Federally chartered savings bank corporation (successor by merger with S&C Bank), 25 West Main Street P.O. Box 7933 Madison, WI 53707 Plaintiff, vs. Kost Welding & Fabricating, Inc., a Wisconsin corporation, 301 East 1st Street Centuria, WI 54824; John L. Autrey 12202 County Road 25 Wawina, MN 55736; Dale R. Perreault 38184 Kost Trail North Branch, MN 55056; and XYZ Corporation; ABC Partnership; Joe Doe and Mary Rowe, whose true names are unknown to Plaintiff, Defendants. Notice of Sheriff’s Sale of Real Property in a Foreclosure by Action Case No. 08 CV 543 Case Code: 30404 (Foreclosure of Mortgage) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, at 10 a.m., on November 18, 2009, at the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, and pursuant to an Order for Judgment and Judgment of the Circuit Court of Polk County, Wisconsin, entered in the above captioned action on May 8, 2009, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wis., will sell the real property described in said Order and Judgment, to wit: Lot One (1) of Certified Survey Map No. 2940 recorded in Volume 13 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 194 as Document No. 592702 being part of Outlot Eight-Eight (88) of the Assessor’s Plat to the Village of Centuria and part of the Northeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter (NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4), Section Twelve (12) Township Thirty-Four (34) North of Range Eighteen (18) West, in Polk County, Wis. Parcel ID No.: 111-00361-0100. Address: Not assigned. (Hereinafter the “Real Property”) together with all the estates and rights in and to said Real Property and all buildings, structures, improvements, easements, appurtenances, fixtures, and rents related to said Real Property, as one parcel, for cash, to the highest bidder, all in accordance with Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 846 and the provisions of law relating to the sale of real estate in foreclosure. As set forth in said Order for Judgment and Judgment, the proceeds of the sale shall be applied first to pay Plaintiff’s usual and customary costs and expenses of said sale and second to pay, in whole or in part, the Court’s judgment against Kost Welding & Fabricating, Inc., John L. Autrey and Dale R. Perreault, jointly and severally, in the amount of $289,915.26 plus interest at the rate of $56.35 per diem from and after April 8, 2009 through the date of sale. The overage, if any, shall be paid to the Court to abide by the further order of the Court with respect thereto. Dated this 23 day of September, 2009. TIMOTHY G. MOORE Sheriff of Polk County, Wis. BRIGGS AND MORGAN, P.A. Joseph D. Roach Wis. License No. 1039463 2200 IDS Center 80 South Eighth Street Minneapolis, MN 55402 (612) 977-8400 ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF

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Wild Rivers Habitat For Humanity Annual Meeting To Be Held Thurs., Oct. 15, At 6:30 p.m. Bethany Lutheran Church

(Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, fsb f/k/a S&C Bank, Plaintiff, vs. Gerald W. Marko and Nancy M. Marko, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No: 09 CV 341 Case Code: 30404 Judge: Robert H. Rasmussen PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on the 10th day of July, 2009, in the amount of $87,012.25, the Sheriff of Polk County will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: October 22, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS:10% of successful bid must be paid to the Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified check. Balance due within 10 days of court approval. Purchaser is responsible for payment of all transfer taxes and recording fees. Sale is AS IS in all respects and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 1005 West Main St., Ste. 900, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. DESCRIPTION: Lot four (4) of Certified Survey Map No. 4986 recorded in volume 22 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 93 as Document No. 703797, being a resurvey of Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Certified Survey Map No. 4376 recorded in Volume 19 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 157, being located in Government Lot 3, Section 20, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Town of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin, together with an easement for ingress and egress purposes described as follows: an undivided 2/6th interest in outlot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 4377 recorded in Volume 19 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 158 as Document No. 675730; and the 66-foot-wide “Private Road” shown as 164th Street on Certified Survey Map No. 4376, recorded in Volume 19 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 157 as Document No. 675729 and on Certified Survey Map No. 4377, recorded in Volume 19 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 158 as Document No. 675730. PROPERTY ADDRESS: Lot 4, 164th St., Centuria, WI 54824. Timothy G. Moore Polk County Sheriff ECKBERG, LAMMERS, BRIGGS, WOLFF & VIERLING, P.L.L.P. Nicholas J. Vivian (#1047165) Attorney for Plaintiff 1809 Northwestern Avenue Stillwater, MN 55082 (651) 439-2878 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. 495453 WNAXLP

drug paraphernalia (pipes) that tested positive for marijuana were two against Grantsburg youth, Cody Janes, 18, and Michael J. McAbee, also 18. Shaji J. Pazhukkathara, 41, Somerset, was cited for speeding on Hwy. 70 and Ellis Avenue at 11:05 p.m.

Oct. 10: Daniel A. Wilson, 23, Eagan, Minn., was cited for operating while intoxicated, operating with a prohibited alcohol content of .10 percent or higher and possession of a one-hitter drug pipe. Nick Villareal, a passenger in Wilson’s vehicle, was cited for having an open intoxi-

The Monthly Board Meeting Will Be Held Monday, October 19, 2009, At The Cushing Community Center At 7 p.m.

Agenda: Clerk’s minutes, Treasurer Financial Report, 2008 book audit report, Update on handicap accessibility of Community Center, Citizen Comments, Board Vote On Ordinances To Delegate Issuing Class “B” Licenses And Provisional Licenses To Town Clerk, Discuss Issuing Of Operators Licenses And License Fee Ordinance, Board Approve Tax Collector’s Bond, Discuss 2010 Budget Items, Road Maintenance, Set November Agenda, Pay Bills. 498111 8L 50a Julie Peterson, Clerk

(Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, fsb f/k/a S&C Bank, 25 West Main Street P.O. Box 7933 Madison, WI 53707, Plaintiff, vs. Troy E. Thiele 934 Mains Crossing Ave. Amery, WI 54001, Unknown Spouse of Troy E. Thiele, 934 Mains Crossing Ave. Amery, WI 54001, Defendant. SUMMONS Case No: 09 CV 664 Case Code: 30404 Judge: R.H. Rasmussen THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, to each person named above as a DEFENDANT: You are hereby notified that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is attached, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within 20 days of receiving this summons (45 days if you are the State of Wisconsin or an insurance company, 60 days if you are the United States of America), you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Polk County Clerk of Circuit Court, Clerk of Circuit Court Office, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Ste. 300, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, and to Nicholas J. Vivian, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is Eckberg, Lammers, Briggs, Wolff & Vierling, P.L.L.P., 1809 Northwestern Avenue, Stillwater, Minnesota, 55082. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within 20 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: August 27, 2009. Eckberg, Lammers, Briggs, Wolff & Vierling, P.L.L.P. By: /s/Nicholas J. Vivian, Esq. Attorney for Plaintiff State Bar I.D. No.: 1047165 1809 Northwestern Avenue Stillwater, Minnesota 55082 651-439-2878 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. 497019 WNAXLP

cant in the vehicle. Oct. 12: A Wisconsin truck license plate and holder registered to Austin D. Kornov, Webster, were turned over to the police after being found at the car wash in Siren.



(Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. MICHAEL J. CURTIS and REBECCA L. CURTIS and JEFFREY M. CURTIS and SYSCO FOOD SERVICES OF MINNESOTA and DISCOVER BANK and BULL DOZIN, INC. and U.S. FOODSERVICE and RESURGENCE FINANCIAL, LLC and STATE OF WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BUREAU OF CHILD SUPPORT Defendants. Case No. 09 CV 387 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on August 11, 2009, I will sell at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on: Thursday, November 12, 2009, at 10 o’clock a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: Part of the SE 1/4 of NE 1/4, Section 28-37-17, lying East of the right of way of the Soo Line as now located and operated, beginning at a point which is 66 feet West of the Southwest corner of Lot 8, Park Addition to the Village of Frederic and on the South line of land sold to Ketil Stensurd, thence running West to East line of said right of way, thence South along said East side of said right of way to a point at the Northwest corner of piece of land theretofore sold to W.B. Elwell, thence East along the North line of land sold to W.B. Elwell to Northeast corner thereof, which point is 66 feet West of Southwest corner of Lot Q, Block 18, First Additon to Village of Frederic, thence North about 216 feet to beginning, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 126-00491-0000. STREET ADDRESS: 409 Traffic Avenue, Frederic, WI 54837. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by cash or certified check. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 16th day of September, 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

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(Oct. 14, 21, 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP Plaintiff, vs. RUTH M. SCHADEWALD, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 06 CV 57 AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 24, 2009, in the amount of $179,104.22, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 12, 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: Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 4217, recorded in Volume 18 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 247, as Document No. 666504, located in the Northeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 7, Township 35 North, Range 18 West, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 22852285A 230th Street, Cushing, WI 54006 TAX KEY NO.: 020-00177-0300 Dated this 8th day of October, 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. (167902)

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(Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY INDYMAC FEDERAL BANK, FSB, Plaintiff, vs LYLE HETRICK, et al Defendants Case No. 09 CV 19 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 17, 2009, in the amount of $201,861.80, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: October 28, 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 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: The North 20 rods of the South 40 rods of the West 16 rods of the Southwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 23, Township 36 North, Range 17 West, Town of Luck, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2660 140th Street, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 036-00532-0000. Dated this 3rd day of September, 2009. /s/ Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, WI Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Ave. 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 that purpose. (168686) 495462 WNAXLP

The Monthly Board Meeting For The Town Of LaFollette Will Be Held At The LaFollette Town Hall On Mon., Oct. 19, 2009, At 7:30 p.m.

Agenda: Verification of Posting, Clerk’s Minutes, Treasurer’s Report, Resident Issues, Road Items, Trip Money, White Pine Cemetery, Ambulance Service, Town Officials Workshop Update, Review Budget Numbers, Pay Bills and Look at Correspondence. 498214 8L 50a Linda Terrian, Clerk

(Oct. 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY EVERHOME MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, vs. JASON P. SCHMIT and JANE DOE unknown spouse of Jason P. Schmit and MATTHEW K. KRARUP and JANE DOE unknown spouse of Matthew K. Krarup and JANE DOE and/or JOHN DOE, unknown tenants; and WESTCONSIN CREDIT UNION, and ARROW FINANCIAL SERVICES, LLC Defendants; and CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Added Defendants. Case No. 09-CV-255 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 May 29, 2009, in the amount of $214,491.40, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: December 2, 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 6 of Certified Survey Map No. 3979 recorded in Volume 18 on page 19 as Document No. 649191 being a part of Government Lot 2, Section 6, Township 32 North, Range 16 West, Town of Black Brook, Polk County, Wisconsin, together with and subject to easement for ingress and egress as shown on said Certified Survey Map. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1104 55th Avenue, Town of Black Brook. TAX KEY NO.: 010-001500600. 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. 497836 WNAXLP

(Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY The Riverbank, Plaintiff, vs. Thor L. Jepsen, and Christine M. Jepsen, and Household Finance Corp. III, and Capital One Bank, Defendants. Case No. 08 CV 547 SECOND AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on October 3, 2008, I will sell at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on: Tuesday, November 10, 2009, at 10 o’clock a.m. all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: A parcel of land in the Southeast Quarter of Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW 1/4), Section 8, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Village of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of Block “D,” First Addition to the Village of Milltown; thence N 00 degrees 14 minutes East, 8.0 feet on the West line of said SE 1/4 of SW 1/4; thence South 89 degrees 44 minutes East 367 feet; thence North 00 degrees 14 minutes East 32 feet which is the point of beginning; then N 00 degrees 14 minutes East, 114 feet; thence South 89 degrees 44 minutes East, 102 feet; thence South 31 degrees 50 minutes East to a point directly East of the point of beginning; thence West to the point of beginning. PIN: 151-00244-0000. Street Address: 212 First Avenue East, Milltown, WI 54858. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWNPAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by cash or certified check. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 16th day of September, 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 496639 WNAXLP

(Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY HOUSEHOLD FINANCE CORPORATION III, Plaintiff, vs. STEPHEN C. EKLUND and JANE DOE, unknown spouse of Stephen C. Eklund; and JANE DOE and/or JOHN DOE, unknown tenants; and GOULET COMPANIES, LLC; and MARCUS DAMIEN, Defendants. Case No. 09-CV-229 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 7, 2009, in the amount of $198,736.30, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 19, 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 nine (9) AND OUTLOT TWO (2) of Spring Brook Meadows, SAID PLAT BEING LOCATED IN Section 23, T33N, R19W, and in Section 26, T33N, R19W. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2515 Britani Lane, Town of Osceola. TAX KEY NO.: 042-01285-000. 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.



Burnett County is seeking applicants for a limited-term-contract Child Support Project Position – approximate duration, contingent on available funding, thru September 30, 2010. This position performs a variety of administrative and legal secretarial duties of wide and varying scope under the direct supervision of the Child Support Administrator. Graduation from High School or GED equivalent required. Must also have previous experience working in an office setting with up-to-date equipment. Past experience working in child support enforcement or legal setting preferred. Salary: $15 per hour plus prorated sick leave and vacation benefits. For further information and application material contact the Burnett County Administration/Human Resources Office, Burnett County Government Center – Room #190, 7410 County Road K, #116, Siren, WI 54872 ( or, Phone: 715/ 349-2181, Fax: 715/349-2180). Applications accepted until 4:30 P.M., Friday, October 23, 2009. 498212 AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER 8-9L

NOTICE OF MEETING TOWN OF WEST SWEDEN Notice Is Hereby Given That The Regular Monthly Town Board Meeting Will Be Held On Tues., Oct. 20, 2009, At 6:30 p.m., At The Town Hall

Agenda: 1. Call meeting to order 2. Clerk and Treas. Reports 3. Any corrections on the printed agenda in the newspaper. 4. Public input 5. Old Business 6. Employee report - Sand/salt bid 7. Correspondence 8. New Business A. Proposed Budget Review B. Dog Lister 9. Bills/vouchers 10. Set next meeting date 11. Move to adjourn Andrea Lundquist, Clerk

(Oct. 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18) 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 2005-R11, c/o American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc. Plaintiff, vs. JOHN N. DUXBURY and SHARON RONNENBERG, husband and wife, and JOHN DOE and/or JANE DOE, unknown tenants, Defendants. Case No. 09-CV-109 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 May 28, 2009, in the amount of $106,030.72, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: December 1, 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: A parcel of land located in the NW 1/4 of NW 1/4, Section 17, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Polk County, Wis., and described as follows: Beginning at a point which is 33.0 feet South and 111 feet East from the Northwest corner of said Section 17, thence East parallel to the North line of said Section 17 and distance of 54 feet, thence South parallel to the West line of said Section 17 and distance of 107.25 feet, thence West parallel to the North line of said Section 17, a distance of 54 feet, thence North parallel to the West line of said Section 17 a distance of 107.25 feet to the point of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 121 Main Street, Village of Milltown. TAX KEY NO.: 151-00323-000. 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. 497822 WNAXLP

(Oct. 14, 21, 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JOHN E. MALOY Order Setting Time to Hear Petition for Administration and Heirship and Notice to Creditors Case No. 09 PR 67 A petition has been filed for administration of the estate and determination of heirship of the decedent, whose date of birth was April 20, 1941, and date of death was April 3, 2008. The decedent died domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: 1328 Deer Lake Park, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. IT IS ORDERED THAT: 1. The petition be heard at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room Branch 1, before Honorable Molly E. GaleWyrick, Judge, on November 3, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. or when scheduled thereafter. 2. Heirship will be determined on the date set for hearing on the final account. You need not appear unless you object. The petition may be granted if no objection is made. 3. Creditors’ claims must be filed with the court on or before January 15, 2010. 4. Publication of this notice shall constitute notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. BY THE COURT: Molly E. GaleWyrick Circuit Judge October 7, 2009 Steven J. Swanson, Attorney P.O. Box 609 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787 Bar #1003029

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Midland Funding LLC vs. Michael L. Kessler, Siren, $4,586.95. Capital One Bank vs. Gretchen Crawford, Grantsburg, $2,714.35.

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Capital One Bank vs. Scott R. Powell, Webster, $948.69. SCD Trading LLC vs. Mark S. Gunnufson, Clear Lake, $606.25. Midland Funding LLC vs. Michael Kessler, Siren, $3,747.79.

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(Oct. 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY INDYMAC FEDERAL BANK, FSB Plaintiff, vs. STEVEN R. MCLEOD, et al Defendants Case Number: 08 CV 586 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on October 16, 2008, in the amount of $287,366.65, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: December 2, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified Check. Balance to be paid upon confirmation. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 4416, recorded in Volume 19 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 197, as Document No. 677402, located in part of the Southeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 29, Township 32 North, Range 16 West, in the Town of Black Brook, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 169 100th Street, Deer Park, WI 54007. TAX KEY NO.: 010-00731-0300. Dated this 12th day of October, 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. (173736) 498265 WNAXLP

Notices PUBLIC NOTICE VILLAGE OF FREDERIC DELINQUENT UTILITY BILLS & SPECIAL CHARGES All delinquent utility and special charges, whether created by a tenant or property owner unless the same is paid by NOVEMBER 1, 2009, a penalty of 10 percent (10%) of the amount of such arrears will be added; and that unless the arrears, with any added penalty, are paid by NOVEMBER 15, 2009, the arrears and penalty will be levied as a tax on the 2009 tax roll against the lot or parcel of real estate to which services were furnished and for which payment is delinquent, pursuant to WSS.66.0809 (3). Kristi Swanson, Village Treasurer 497655 7-8L

NORTHLAND MUNICIPAL AMBULANCE SERVICE QUARTERLY MEETING Wed., Oct. 28 - 7 p.m. At the Frederic Fire Dept. 498168 8-9L 50-51a


The Polk County Health Department is recruiting RNs, LPNs and CMAs to assist in school and community H1N1 vaccination clinics. Must have experience in immunizing children. Competitive wages: RNs $35, LPNs $28 & CMAs $20 per hour. Limitedterm contract employment. YOU MUST COMPLETE A POLK CO. EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For application and job description please visit our Web site at Employment Opportunities, or in person at 100 Polk Co. Plaza, #229, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, 715-4859176. Deadline to apply: October 20, 2009. AA/EEOC 498196 8L



The School District of Webster is accepting bid proposals for snowplowing. All bids are to be sealed and submitted no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, to the School District of Webster, P.O. Box 9, Webster, WI 54893, Attn.: Snowplow Bid. Please direct any questions to Brian Sears at 715-866-4281 or Specifications: • Administration building parking lot • Elementary School parking lot and playground • 5-12 School parking lot, turnarounds and receiving area *Bids are on a per hour rate for a two-year period (2009-2011) *Plowing to begin after 2” of snow accumulation *Frequency of plowing to be determined by Administration and must be completed by 7:45 a.m. The Board of Education reserves the right to reject 497300 7-8L any part of a bid or all bids.


Vacant land located at: Sec. 09, Town 34N, Range 15W, in the Town of Beaver. Approx. 10.00 Acres, N 330’ SE SE. This property has not been surveyed.

Appraisal Notes: Subject parcel is located 4 miles northwest of the Village of Turtle Lake. No survey was conducted to accurately determine the boundaries of the subject. Normal utility easements assumed. (Utilities listed on appraisal are assumed). No environmental warranties made. No other adverse conditions noted. Addresses are for mapping purposes only. A copy of this information and the appraisal is available at the Polk County Treasurer’s Office Web site: Parcel ID #008-00186-0000. Property Sold As Is to Highest Bidder. Minimum Bid is $30,000. (Minimum bid includes all costs accrued by county.) Appraised Value of Property is $30,000. Appraisal completed on August 24, 2009, by a licensed appraiser. Bids must be received by noon, on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, at: Polk County Buildings Department, 100 Polk County Plaza, Suite 10, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. Bids will be opened at the November meeting of the Property, Forestry, & Recreational Committee, currently scheduled for Monday, November 2, 2009, at 2 p.m., at the Polk County Government Ctr. Questions may be addressed to: Polk County Treasurer’s Office, 715-485-9255. 497723 7-9L 49-51a,d



The Bone Lake Town Board, Town of Bone Lake, Polk County, does ordain as follows: Section 1. Pursuant to section 59.69(2) and (3) of the Wisconsin Statutes, the Town of Bone Lake, is authorized to prepare and adopt a comprehensive plan as defined in section 66.1001(1)(a) and 66.1001(2) of the Wisconsin Statutes. Section 2. The Town Board of the Town of Bone Lake, Wisconsin, has adopted written procedures designed to foster public participation in every stage of the preparation of a comprehensive plan as required by section 66.1001(4)(a) of the Wisconsin Statutes. Section 3. The Plan Commission of the Town of Bone Lake, by a majority vote of the entire commission recorded in its official minutes, has adopted a resolution recommending to Town Board the adoption of the document entitled “Town of Bone Lake Comprehensive Plan 2009-2029” containing all of the elements specified in section 66.1001(2) of the Wisconsin Statutes. Section 4. the Town has held at least one public hearing on this ordinance, in compliance with the requirements of section 66.1001(4)(d) of the Wisconsin Statutes. Section 5. The Town Board of the Town of Bone Lake, Wisconsin, does, by enactment of this ordinance, formally adopt the document entitled, “Town of Bone Lake Comprehensive Plan 2009-2029” pursuant to section 66.1001(4)(c) of the Wisconsin Statutes. Section 6. This ordinance shall take effect upon passage by a majority vote of the members-elect of the Town. Adopted by the Bone Lake Town Board of the Town of Bone Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, this 8th day of October, 2009. Wayne Shirley, Town Chairman Attest: Darrell Frandsen, Town Clerk 498157 8L WNAXLP Date Published: Oct. 14, 2009 Date Effective: Oct. 14, 2009


On August 4, 2009, the Polk County Zoning Office received a Special Exception Permit application from Kraemer Mining and Materials Inc. Kraemer Mining is the acting agent for the following landowners: Glyn Thorman, James Rochford and William Johnson. The Special Exception application is to establish a rock quarry. On October 21, 2009, the Polk County Land Information Committee will hold a public hearing to consider the proposed quarry. Section VIB5 of the Polk County Comprehensive Land Use Ordinance requires a Special Exception Permit for a quarry. The Committee will open the public hearing at 2 p.m., in the West Conference Room, on the 2nd floor in the Polk County Government Center located in Balsam Lake, Wis. At 2:10 p.m., the Committee will recess and travel to the proposed quarry site. The site is located in: Section 16/T33N/R18W, Town of Osceola. Once at the proposed site, the Committee will reconvene the hearing to tour the property. At the conclusion of the tour of the site, the Committee will, once again, recess for dinner. At 5:30 p.m., the Committee will again reconvene to the 2nd floor of the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wis., to take testimony from the agent and/or the applicants and the public. During this same public hearing, the Committee will provide opportunity for the public to present testimony on reclamationrelated matters. Pursuant to Section 15.10 of the Polk County Nonmetallic Mining Reclamation Ordinance, the Land & Water Resources Department, as the Regulatory Authority for Nonmetallic Mining Reclamation in Polk County, will review all comments and testimony presented pertaining to the Reclamation Plan and reserves the right to make a final determination on the Reclamation Plan submitted for this nonmetallic mine. The public may review the Reclamation Plan and supporting materials at the Polk County Land & Water Resources office, 100 Polk Plaza - Suite 120, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, or receive further information by calling: 715-485-8699. At the conclusion of the public hearing, the Committee could take action on the Special Exception request. See Web site: SpecialExceptionApplication.asp 497283 7-8L 49a,d WNAXLP

(Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY First National Bank & Trust, Plaintiff vs. Curtis Ventures, LLC Jeffrey M. Curtis Rebecca L. Curtis Michael James Curtis Beverly Curtis & Warren Smidt The RiverBank Schannon Mortgage, Inc. Bull Dozin, Inc., Defendants NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Case No. 08 CV 522 Classification No.: 30303 Under and by virtue of Judgment for Foreclosure in the above entitled action issued by the Court aforesaid on the 31st day of July, 2009, I am commanded to sell the following described property: Barron County Real Estate: The Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter; the North one-half of the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter; the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter; all in Section 8, Township 32 North, Range 14 West (in the Town of Vance Creek), Barron County, Wisconsin. Tax key #050-0800-05-000, 050-080017-0000, 050-0800-19-000. Washburn County: Lots 3 and 4 of Certified Survey Map #3309, Volume 15 of CSM, page 137, being part of the Northeast Quarter of the Fractional Northwest Quarter and the Northwest Quarter of the Fractional Northwest Quarter of Section 2, Township 37 North, Range 13 West. AND, Outlot 1 of Certified Survey Map #3645, Volume 17 of CSM, page 147, a Redivision of Outlot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 3310, Document No. 311586, and lot 9 of Certified Survey Map No. 3311, Document No. 311587, and Lots 10 and 11 of Certified Survey Map #3312, document No. 311588, all located in the Northeast Quarter of the Fractional Northwest Quarter, Northwest Quarter of the Fractional Northwest Quarter, and the Southwest Quarter of the Fractional Northwest Quarter, Section 2, Township 37 North, Range 13 West. AND, Lot 5 of Certified Survey Map #3310, Volume 15 of CSM, page 138, being part of the Northeast Quarter of the Fractional Northwest Quarter; the Northwest Quarter of the Fractional Northwest Quarter and the Southwest Quarter of the Fractional Northwest Quarter of Section 2, Township 37 North, Range 13 West. AND, Lot 10 of Certified Survey Map #3645, Volume 17, page 147, a Redivision of Outlot 1 of Certified Survey Map #3310, Document No. 311586, and Lot 9 of Certified Survey Map #3311, Document No. 311587, and Lots 10 and 11 of Certified Survey Map #3312, Docu-

ment No. 311588, all located in the Northeast Quarter of the Fractional Northwest Quarter, Northwest Quarter of the Fractional Northwest Quarter, and the Southwest Quarter of the Fractional Northwest Quarter, Section 2, Township 37 North, Range 13 West. AND, Lot 17 of Certified Survey Map #3313, Volume 15, page 141, being part of the Northeast Quarter of the Fractional Northwest Quarter: the Northwest Quarter of the Fractional Northwest Quarter and the Southwest Quarter of the Fractional Northwest Quarter of Section 2, Township 37 North, Range 13 West. Tax Key #s.: 65-002-2-37-13-02-2 02-000-006000 65-002-2-37-13-02-2 01-000-006000 65-002-2-37-13-02-2 01-000-001010 65-002-2-37-13-02-2 02-000-001010 65-002-2-37-13-02-2 01-000-002000 65-002-2-37-13-02-2 01-000-004000 65-002-2-37-13-02-2 03-000-002000 Polk County Property: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map #2392, recorded in Volume 11 of Certified Survey Maps, page 99, Document No. 564643, located in the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter, Section 22, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Town of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin, Tax Key #040-00577-0100. All of the real estate shall first be offered for sale as one parcel. Thereafter, the real estate in each county will be offered for sale as one parcel. Thereafter, the parcels in each county will be sold individually. The highest bid will then be accepted as the sale price. PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on November 18, 2009, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., on that day at the front entrance of the Polk County Justice Center in the foyer thereof, located in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, I will sell the above-described real estate to satisfy said judgment with interest and with costs to the highest bidder for cash. TERMS OF SALE: 1. This is a cash sale. A certified check or bank check in the amount of 10% of the amount bid must accompany the bid with the balance due upon confirmation of the sale by the court. 2. Sale is subject to all unpaid real estate taxes and special assessments. 3. Purchaser shall pay any Wisconsin real estate transfer fee. 4. The property is being sold on an “as is” basis without warranties or representations of any kind. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 29th day of Sept., 2009. Timothy Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin

HELP WANTED Personal Care Worker In the rural Danbury area - 5 mornings a week. CNA required.



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The Webster School District is soliciting bids for: 1. Ford Focus SE or Chevy Malibu LT 2009 model, auto. trans., cruise control, 4 doors. 2. Full-Size Passenger Van 2006 or newer, auto. trans., cruise control, 7 to 10 passengers. Please quote the net price per vehicle (including delivery, title and license cost). Bids shall be delivered to the following no later than October 30, 2009. Brian Sears School District of Webster P.O. Box 9 Webster, WI 54893 715-866-4281, ext. 336 The School District reserves the right to accept or reject any, or all bids, and to waive any defect in form. The School District also retains the right to evaluate the quality of the automobile to make an award to that supplier whenever, in the Board’s opinion, the car represents the best 498216 8-9L value to the District, regardless of price.


The Lorain Town Board, Township of Lorain, Polk County, does ordain as follows: Section 1. Pursuant to section 59.69(2) and (3) of the Wisconsin Statutes, the Town of Lorain, is authorized to prepare and adopt a comprehensive plan as defined in section 66.1001(1)(a) and 66.1001(2) of the Wisconsin Statutes. Section 2. The Town Board of the Town of Lorain, Wisconsin, had adopted written procedures designed to foster public participation in every stage of the preparation of a comprehensive plan as required by section 66.1001(4)(a) of the Wisconsin Statutes. Section 3. The Plan Commission of the Town of Lorain, by a majority vote of the entire commission recorded in its official minutes, has adopted a resolution recommending to Town Board the adoption of the document entitled “Town of Lorain Comprehensive Plan 2009-2029” containing all of the elements specified in section 66.1001(2) of the Wisconsin Statutes. Section 4. The Town has held at least one public hearing on this ordinance, in compliance with the requirements of section 66.1001(4)(d) of the Wisconsin Statutes. Section 5. The Town Board of the Town of Lorain, Wisconsin, does, by enactment of this ordinance, formally adopt the document entitled, “Town of Lorain Comprehensive Plan 2009-2029” pursuant to section 66.1001(4)(c) of the Wisconsin Statutes. Section 6. This ordinance shall take effect upon passage by a majority vote of the members-elect of the Town Board and published as required by law. Adopted by the Lorain Town Board of the Township of Lorain, Polk County, Wisconsin, this 8th day of October, 2009. Richard Eggers, Town Chairman 498204 8L WNAXLP Attest: Susan Hughes, Town Clerk





(TDD 715-532-6333) We are an equal opportunity employer operating under an approved Affirmative Action Plan. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply.

PROPERTY AVAILABLE FOR BID Vacant land located at: Sec. 34, Town 37N, Range 15W, in the Town of Lorain. Approx. 2.970 Acres, PT SE SW Desc. V245/290 AKA Lot 2 Assessor’s Plat of Sec. 34. This property has not been surveyed. Appraisal Notes: Subject parcel is located 11 miles east of the Village of Frederic. No survey was conducted to accurately determine the boundaries of the subject. Normal utility easements assumed. (Utilities listed on appraisal are assumed.) No environmental warranties made. No other adverse conditions noted. Addresses are for mapping purposes only. A copy of this information and the appraisal is available at the Polk County Treasurer’s Office Web site: Parcel ID #034-00670-0000. Property Sold As Is to Highest Bidder Minimum Bid is $14,900. (Minimum bid includes all costs accrued by county.) Appraised value of property is $14,900. Appraisal completed on August 24, 2009, by a licensed appraiser. Bids must be received by noon, on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, at: Polk County Buildings Department, 100 Polk County Plaza, Suite 10, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. Bids will be opened at the November meeting of the Property, Forestry, & Recreational Committee, currently scheduled for Monday, November 2, 2009, at 2 p.m., at the Polk County Government Ctr. Questions may be addressed to: Polk County Treasurer’s 497726 7-9L 49-51a,d Office, 715-485-9255.





Call to Order Evidence Of Proper Notice Roll Call Prayer: Supervisor Brown Pledge of Allegiance Approval of Agenda Approval of September 15, 2009, Minutes Public Comments - 3 minutes per person - not to exceed 30 minutes total Presentation: Polk County 2010 Budget Receipt of Notice for Public Hearing on the 2010 Budget and Instruction to Publish Same Finance Director’s Report Proposed Ordinances and Resolutions: A. 2010 Forest Variable Acreage Share Loan B. Polk County Forest 2010 Annual Work Plan C. Resolution to Authorize Polk County Hazard Mitigation Planning Grant D. Support for Application of CY2010 CountyTribal Law Enforcement Grant Program E. An Ordinance to Adopt the Polk County Comprehensive Plan F. To Authorize Borrowing for Highway Trucks G. To Create the County Office of County Administrator and County Administrator Selection Committee H. Establishing New Positions, Elimination &/or Change of Status for Existing Positions & Approval of Departmental Staffing Plans for 2010 Standing Committees/Boards Reports a. Highway: Supervisor Caspersen b. Finance: Supervisor Bergstrom c. Personnel: Supervisor Arcand d. Property, Forestry and Recreation: Supervisor Larsen e. Extension, Land and Water Resources, Lime Quarry: Supervisor Jepsen f. Public Protection: Supervisor Luke g. Land Information: Supervisor O’Connell h. Human Services Board: Supervisor Stoneking i. Board of Health: Supervisor Johnson j. Golden Age Manor Board: Supervisor Dueholm Appointments: Michael LaPointe - Local Emergency Planning Committee Supervisor Reports Chairman/Administrative Coordinator’s Report 498162 8L 50a,d Adjourn


Jan Kelton honored at Eleanor Roosevelt dinner MADISON - Jan Kelton of Frederic was honored Tuesday evening at the 11th-annual Eleanor Roosevelt Tribute, held at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in Madison. Kelton, the chair of the 7th Congressional District for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, received the Marlys Matuszak Statewide Impact Award for her actions and commitment to growing and strengthening the democratic process statewide and her work for social justice. Each year Wisconsin Democrats nominate outstanding women for their leadership and activism. “She’s (Kelton) been a key player in leading and growing the Democratic Party,” said Maggie Brick, Democratic Party of Wisconsin executive director. “And she was instrumental in building the Polk County Democrats organization.” Kelton also played a key role in electing Ann Hraychuck to state office and is a longtime advisor to Congressman Dave Obey. Brick said the Eleanor Roosevelt Tribute awards are given to those who “work

in the spirit” of former First lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who dedicated herself to enhancing the role of women in politics and government and improving the lot of the underprivileged. The award given to Kelton is named after former 7th Congressional District Chair Marlys Matuszak, who died in 2008. Kelton was chosen from nominations from throughout the state by a panel of members of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Kelton is the wife of Charlie Wolden and works as the victim/witness coordinator for Polk County. Among others attending Tuesday’s award ceremony were Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton and Gov. Jim Doyle, accompanied by his wife, Jessica, who also received one of the awards given at the ceremony. - Gary King

Jan Kelton is shown with her award, accompanied by her husband, Charlie Wolden (L) and Gov. Jim Doyle (R), at the 11th annual Eleanor Roosevelt Tribute held Tuesday evening, Oct. 13, in Madison. - Special photo

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Great Pumpkin Contest

Maria, Whitney and Madison Oachs were three smiling sisters after all won trophies in this year’s Great Pumpkin Contest sponsored by Wood River Garden Store. Great Pumpkin winners

First – Whitney Oachs: 307-1/2 lbs. Second – Madison Oachs: 244-1/2 lbs. Third – Maria Oachs: 240 lbs.

Fourth – Natalie Bybee: 154 lbs. Fifth – Anna Mckinley: 136-1/4 lbs. Prettiest pumpkin: Ellen Lindquist Ugliest pumpkin: Megan Miller

Wood River Garden Store owner Dean Faulhaber placed a huge pumpkin next to other entries in the garden store’s annual Great Pumpkin Contest. Each fall Wood River Garden Store sponsors the contest and displays the giant pumpkins at their Hwy. 70 location, but this year, Faulhaber decided to show the amazing entries at the Grantoberfest celebration held earlier this month at the Grantsburg Fairgrounds.

Jennifer Bybee held her daughter, 6-month-old Natalie, as the youngest Great Pumpkin Contest entrant eyed her fourth-place trophy. This was little Natalie’s first year entering the contest, with her pumpkin growing to 157 pounds, which was considerably more than Natalie’s weight.

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Sitting on their Great Pumpkin Contest entries these youngsters waited to hear who won first place in the annual contest sponsored by Wood River Garden Store. This year the pumpkins were displayed at the Grantoberfest fall celebration held earlier this month at the Grantsburg fairgrounds. Front row: Whitney Oachs, Ellen Lindquist, Maria Oachs and Madison Oachs. Middle row: Anna McKinley, Nate McKinley and Hope McKinley. Back row: Max Lindquist, Grace Schultz, Annie Schultz and Jennifer Bybee holding Natalie Bybee.

Ellen Lindquist won the prettiest-pumpkin trophy in Wood River Garden Store’s Great Pumpkin Contest held earlier this month at the Grantoberfest celebration in Grantsburg.


Jackson Fire Department hosts fifirre demonstration WEBSTER - The town of Jackson Volunteer Fire Department held a side-by-side fire demonstration at the Jackson Fire Hall in Webster on Sept. 19. The purpose of the demonstration was to show the tremendous

speed of a typcial home fire and its potential for deadly destruction. The fire department burned two model rooms side by side, one protected with a sprinkler and one not. These photos show the results. — submitted

The model room without sprinkler protection looked like this 12 seconds after the fire was started.

The model room without sprinkler protection one minute after the fire started.

The model room with sprinkler protection 12 seconds after the fire was started.

The model room with sprinkler protection 22 seconds after the fire was started.

The model room without sprinkler protection two minutes after the fire started. — Special photos

The model room with sprinkler protection after the fire was extinguished.


Snow fell on colored leaves over the weekend, creating scenes like this across Burnett and Polk counties. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer

Earth Arts Fall Salon

Art Exhibit October 16 - 18

Public Reception Friday, October 16, 5 - 8 p.m. Cafe Wren Community Room, Luck, WI 498234 8L

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N e ar- d e at h ad ve n tu r e i s r e t old in book by Nancy Jappe FREDERIC – Writer/columnist Sally Bair was back in town Friday, Oct. 9, bringing with her copies of her new, selfpublished book, “Williwaw Winds,” a book written for readers ages 8 to 108. While the primary focus in marketing is for boys or girls ages 8-12, older readers get deeply into the story as well. The book is an easy read, two hours cover to cover at normal reading speed. “Very interesting, informative and well written,” commented one 77-year-old male reader, adding, “Practical from a realistic standpoint. Man has a tendency to turn to God when things are bad. That can be positive if they really turn to God.” “Williwaw Winds” is based on the story of a near-death experience of Bair’s oldest son, Jarl Gustafson, a commercial fisherman/trapper who lives in Homer, Alaska. Gustafson was the engineer on a crab-fishing boat in 1996 when williwaw winds (described as violent winds that come off the Bering Sea – or Cape Horn in Africa as well) hit and sank the boat. The men on board, five of them, were rescued unharmed from a raft in the sea by a Coast Guard rescue team and helicopter. Williwaw winds can also refer to inner turmoil and how to get through that turmoil when it hits your life, as the young man in the book was doing. According to Bair’s plan, there will eventually be four books in the “Williwaw Winds” series. The next one to come out is titled “Trouble at Fish Camp.” “The accident happened Dec. 4, 1996. Jarl, a man of few words, called me Dec. 6. ‘Hi, Mom, I am fine,’ he said, ‘but …’ He then told me the story. I asked him questions. Then I cried for a week,” Bair

Writer/columnist Sally Bair, who now lives in Washburn, came back to Frederic Friday, Oct. 9, bringing copies of her newly published book, “Williwaw Winds.” Bair set up a book-signing display at Great Northern Books, not that far from the home she and her husband, Don, lived in for 13 years, until after his death in 1998. – Photos by Nancy Jappe

The newspaper in Homer, Alaska, carried the story of the accident that nearly took the life of Sally Bair’s oldest son, Jarl Gustafson, in 1996. “This is a story that has to be told,” Bair said. While keeping true to most of the details of that accident, Bair did change the subject of her book, “Williwaw Winds,” to be a 16year-old boy, Jake. Jake was out on his first crab-fishing trip when williwaw winds hit and sank his boat in the icy waters of the Bering Sea.

said. After Bair came to the conclusion that this was a story that needed to be told, she wrote it into a children’s book and sent it off to six publishers. Six rejections came back, but three of them were accompanied by very nice personal comments. “Over the years, I went to writer’s workshops, and was told (the story) was too heavy for little children. I was told to expand it into young adult/middle readers ages 8-12,” Bair said. She took that advice and expanded the story for older readers. The task of marketing the book then began. Bair came to the decision to self publish because it was less confusing and risky. She spent weeks reading and researching ways to get the book on the market. She used four “bibles” on marketing that gave her step-by-step howto’s. She took a helpful Writer’s Digest WOW workshop on fiction writing. The next step was to plan appearances to present the book to readers through book signings, like the signing she did Oct. 9 at Great Northern Outdoors, Frederic, and personal appearances at libraries, churches, etc.

Background on the author Sally Christianson Bair, daughter of Ed and Ruth Bunker Christianson of Frederic, wrote her first book when she was 14. The story was about a young girl who lived with her grandpa in the mountains of Montana. She had a dog, and everything possible happened to them. “You must have just read Heidi,” her mother told her. Bair was 12 years old when she and her family, with twin sister Sandy and big sister Jo, moved to Frederic from Minneapolis, Minn. “Life began when we moved up into the country,” she commented. In the past she has written about being a twin, and said she and Sandy were very dependent on each other when they were younger, like one identity. Her writing credentials include being on staff at the Superior Evening Telegram for four years during college and after, doing ad/copy-writing/public-relations work in Minneapolis and freelance writing for the Inter-County Leader. Bair is a past president of the Northwest Regional Writers and a member of the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association. She is a past winner of the AMY Foundation award for Christian writing in Lansing, Mich. Entrants in that competition must submit an article(s) that has been printed in nonreligious publications and must contain at least one Scripture passage. At the present time, Bair writes a weekly devotional column, Eternal Perspectives, for the Leader and for a newspaper in Ashland. Her column has hit a nerve for some of its readers, including one atheist (nonbeliever in God or gods) who puts his reactions, sometimes explosive, on her blog. “It’s an eye-opener, reading comments about my column,” Bair said. But she encourages comments and reactions.

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A sign outside Great Northern Outdoors in Frederic alerted readers to the Oct. 9 book signing for the new book, “Williwaw Winds,” by former Frederic resident Sally Bair. “‘Williwaw Winds’ is based on a true story of how my son and four others were rescued from sea much like the characters in this book. While I’ve changed the names and personalities of the real men, much of my story really happened,” Bair said.

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Webster fifirrefifigghters teach safety to elementary students WEBSTER – On Thursday, Oct. 8, the Webster Fire Department visited Webster Elementary School. Twelve different classes, ages pre-K through grade two, were visited. Each was given a classroom lesson on how to identify potential causes of fire within a home, how to safely leave a dangerous environment, and the importance of staying out and being accounted for once outside the home. Following the classroom lesson, each group got the chance to use their newly learned skills in the Burnett County Fire Safety House. Once inside, the children practiced crawling low beneath the smoke, checking the doorknobs of closed doors for heat and exiting safely to a preplanned “meeting place.” Webster Fire Department is pleased and impressed at how well the kids remember their fire-safety lessons learned from previous years. The day’s experience was fun and memorable for the firefighters as well as for the kids. - submitted

Ms. Monarski’s kindergarten class poses for a photo in front of Webster’s Engine No. 7. – Photos submitted

Firefighters Russ Allen and Ryan Pleski assist young Zachary Zelinski with his escape.

The children stay low to avoid the smoke en route to their escape.

Firefighters Jerry Seaman, Denny Snarski and Ryan Pleski discuss fire safety with Mrs. Swenson’s kindergarten class.

Children enter the fire safety house, newly prepared for an “emergency.”

Sally Bair/from page 1 She has four children’s picture books on the writing table, including one about learning to recite the alphabet backward, based on nature and a moral theme. “My Grandpa Bunker taught all his grandchildren to say the alphabet backward,” Bair said, recalling that meaningful childhood experience. Bair didn’t think about a career choice until she was in high school in Frederic. She thought about being a home-economics teacher, but gave up on that idea because it required taking math courses. She did eventually go to college, UW-Superior, graduating with a major in English and a minor in journalism. Bair now lives in Washburn, about 12 miles from Bayfield and almost equal distance from Ashland, with a home setting in a grove of cedar trees. Her niece, Ann, Sandy’s daughter, lives with her, to the delight of both women. Her office and space for writing is in a peaceful setting in the woods. “I am so excited about the book, ‘Williwaw Winds,’ because it is a story that has to be told,” Bair commented. “There

Jarl Gustafson, Sally Bair’s oldest son, is shown on the left with fellow crewmates in this Homer News article from 1996. After Gustafson told his mother the details of the near-fatal accident he and the crew had been through, “I cried for a week,” Bair said. aren’t that many good Christian books out there for young boys based on true stories. This is based on a true story of

my own family with a strong spiritual focus, but not a preachy tone.” Bair was recently presenting the book

at a craft and book sale in Iron River. “Every time a young boy or girl saw it, without fail they would ask their mom if they could have one,” she said. “These kids will get something that is exciting and fun to read, plus being well written.” Bair’s future includes a trip to market the book in Alaska next year, with a stop in Kodiak, site of the Coast Guard rescue station, and development of a speaker platform for appearances at various places and on various spiritual topics. “I have no trouble speaking in front of a group, and I love teaching,” Bair said. “I’m starting small, going 100 miles from home (at first).” What does she want people to remember about her? “I love the Lord. Most of my writing is for his glory,” Bair answered. “I draw a lot from nature. You can learn a lot about the heavenly Father by watching nature.” “Williwaw Winds” is available at bookstores or online at or

Chili supper basketball fundraiser Thursday at Frederic High School FREDERIC - The Frederic boys and girls basketball programs are working together to raise money to purchase a piece of equipment called The Gun. A chili supper basketball fundraiser is set for this Thursday, Oct. 15, during the girls volleyball game at the Frederic 7-12 school cafeteria. The all-you-can-eat supper begins at 5 p.m. and costs $5. In order for the programs to earn this equipment for this season, they are conducting one more preseason fundraiser. This equipment will rebound and return players shot attempts at a quick rate of speed. The Gun also keeps track of shot percentages and can pass to the player at various spots on the floor. “This equipment would be a great addition to these programs for the kids that put in the long hours trying to improve their game long after practice, as it will work with them to get more shots,” notes coach Ethan Bergstrom. “We appreciate your support in helping us work to better our basketball programs.” More information regarding this purchase will be available at the chili supper. - with submitted information

Polk County Genealogical Society plans October event OSCEOLA – The Polk County Genealogy Society meeting will be held in the Osceola Public Library on Monday, Oct. 26. The question-and-answer roundtable discussion will begin at 7 p.m., and focus on Successes and Shortcomings in research over the previous year. Please bring one chapter of your family history data to assist in the explanation of your family history time frame. Please consider your availability to staff (once or twice a season only) the research library at the Polk County Historical Society Museum during the 2010 summer season (14 Mondays). Tea, crumpets, coffee and conversation served. Members and general public are encouraged to attend. - submitted

Nylons and discrimination by Carolyn Lumsden Discrimination was rampant when I was a young woman. It reared its ugly head everywhere. The N word was not banned as it is today and the word blacks was not yet invented or coined. Now, that is even considered an unsavory term. Often, back then, people with African backgrounds were categorized with other colored persons. While working at West Publishing, the Law Book Publisher, I wore dresses and skirts. Slacks were not an accepted attire at that time. Daily wearing nylon stockings was the norm. They were so easily snagged, and when snagged, resulted in an immediate run. Women, including me, carried clear nail polish and as soon as a run began, we dabbed a drop on the area to prevent the snagged area from running further. When we removed the nylons, the nail polish would make the stockings stick to our legs. I wouldn’t venture to guess the amount of nylons I purchased those working years in St. Paul, Minn. Being the frugal person that I am, I watched for sales on nylons.

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consider going through this ordeal again. As my sister, brother-in-law and I worked have a yard sale. feverishly into the night assembling on borMy sister is not a yard sale kind of perrowed church banquet tables our impresson, neither am I. The idea of displaying sive household accumulation, my mother more than a decade’s worth of ill-advised was enlisted to write 50- and 25-cent stickelectronic purchases and dubious clothing ers in her still-perfect, first-grade-teacher choices is not appealing, and neither of us handwriting. When we finally surveyed the has any illusions that it will be financially magnificent assemblage my mother anrewarding. nounced, “I never imagined my daughters My sister was inspired because she is owned so much junk.” looking for a new house. Her plan to subdiI was surprised that I still remembered vide her daughter’s bedroom to make room where everything came from, as I watched for her young son is looking less and less it disappear down the driveway. I rememfeasible and more and more expensive. bered that my uncle John brought the When the carpenters began to suggest raiswooden doll back from Russia. I rememing the roof, she began to look at new Letters from bered that my grandma wore the earrings houses. before she pierced her ears at 80 years old. I The prospect of putting her house on the remembered the apartment where the art market brought the flotsam and jetsam of had hung and the terrible wallpaper it her household into sharp relief. She dehelped to conceal. I remembered wearing the tiecided, for reasons that remain unclear, that rather shirt camping with my husband and friends, dyed than simply donate to the local used-goods store or Goodwill, she would have a good old-fashioned yard sitting by a bonfire till nearly dawn. I remembered sale and bring her mantra of “reduce, reuse, recycle” the suitcase sitting like a sentry in the bedroom, always ready to leave with my husband, until he did literally to her front door. My sister provided the catalyst to get my basement leave, finally, and never came back. I watched my ex-husband’s suitcase wheeled sorted out in time to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime yard sale. The sale provided the necessary mo- down the driveway by a young Hispanic man. He tivation to complete the grisly excavation of paid a dollar for it, with the checked luggage tags long-forgotten household goods buried in boxes in from half a dozen countries still dangling off the hanmy basement since the dissolution of my marriage dle. He seemed pleased with his purchase. There was something therapeutic about taking the and subsequent move to Africa three and a half years remains of my former life from the dark and dragago. It offered the dim but still viable possibility of ging them into the bright light of day. There was locating my kitchen knives. At a minimum, it serves as the only likely excuse I will find to bring to light something healing about sitting in the sunshine on my sister’s long driveway. I watched one person after the horrors that lay buried below. Actually, my sister never claimed it was a one- another puzzle over these assembled oddities. We all spent the weekend wondering what, if anytime-only event. She maintains that it is her “every42-year sale,” as that is the length of time she has thing, from this former life might be useful. Till next time, spent on the planet so far, and also the approximate – Carrie length of time that will need to pass before she would

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Writer’s Corner Nylon colors varied in shades like different batches of yarn, so when nylons went on sale, I’d head for the department store to purchase nylons. Boxes of nylons came in three, six or 12 pairs in a box. I’d purchase 12 pairs so all the colors were the same. That way, when one nylon would run and I had to toss it, the others matched. So instead of tossing a pair, I could toss only one nylon. Invariably, another would run soon. The larger department stores, at that time, were Schunemans (later to be merged with Dayton’s), the Emporium and the Golden Rule. For whatever reason, the Golden Rule seemed to have more sales on nylons. When they came on sale, off I’d go to purchase 12 pairs of nylons. In the lingerie department where nylons were sold, there would be two or more women working. Usually it was one white woman and a black woman or two white women and the sole black woman who worked there. The black woman was tall, very dark skinned, with the usual kinky hair that she tried to tame into more gentle curls. She was an attractive woman. But that ugly discrimination was there. When nylons were on sale, many women went to purchase them. The white woman or women, would be very busy and the black woman often stood behind the glassed-in counter waiting for a customer. But instead of being idle, she would be straightening boxes or whatever else needed doing.

Sometimes several white women would be lined up in front of the white clerk or clerks. They refused to be helped by a colored woman. When I went to purchase nylons, which seemed much too often, I’d seek out the black woman to help me. She was courteous, helpful and kind. We became friendly, as acquaintances will. Although I learned her name, today I cannot recall it. But I remember her well. It must have hurt her to see the white women clustering around the white sales clerks and refusing to have her help them. I’ve wondered about her through the years and hoped her life became more bearable when the race discrimination issue was brought to light during Martin Luther King’s movement. I hope so. She deserved better.

Blaze of Glory by Stan Miller The sky was beginning to smile as old Mr. Sun stretched to view all beneath his stoic gaze. Stray clouds filtered the rays in the distant eastern sky like streaks of blond in a brunette’s hair. Shades of red, orange and pink colored the vistas between heaven and Earth, just above the horizon. Mirrored on the lake were the same colors, although their hue and brightness were altered. All below stirred in shadows and shivered in the cool air, while all above glistened as the sun’s rays reached over ever-increasing heights. The temperature was balmy and a slight breeze stirred a leafy applause as the day dreamily unfolded. Soon the hustle and bustle of the earth’s human inhabitants would add stress to an oth-

erwise perfect day. “Mother Nature,” some said, “was at her finest, arrayed as if going to a ball, dazzling in appearance.” But they had, no doubt, forgotten Father God and his creativity. As the day began to make ready for rest, old Mr. Sun blushed orange in contentment. The western sky replayed a myriad of colors just above the horizon. As Mr. Sun began pulling the clouds over his chin an enchanting veil of gray obscured the full blush of a job well done today. Tomorrow, according to the weatherman on TV, would be totally different. Trouble, he said, was brewing. Gray, scudding, announcer clouds would forge into the Midwest, then bubble up ahead of a cold front, sprinting to catch yesterday. Like an ESPN prognosticator, the meteorologist outlined the strengths and weaknesses of the cold and warm masses, rivals for years, and predicted an impending victory of that cooler mass. His prediction was right on. And we humans canceled the second half of our football game as lightning danced in the distance and great, dark clouds blotted out what little filtered light remained. Mr. Sun once again made ready for bed, covers already pulled over his shamed face.

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Life on a Great Lakes freighter in 1952 – Part 2 by Stanley Selin (Conclusion) Most older lake freighters at this time were steam-powered vessels, requiring a crew of about 30 men. The newer diesel-powered vessels required a smaller crew, usually of about 12. The Robert B. Wallace was built in 1906 and was powered by a coal-fired triple-expansion steam engine. This was considered to be the most efficient steam engine of its time. “Triple” means it had three cylinders, i.e., a smaller, high-pressure cylinder connected directly to the boiler, which exhausted into a mediumdiameter cylinder, which, in turn, exhausted into a low-pressure, large-diameter cylinder. The cylinder diameters in the Robert B. Wallace’s engine, for example, measured 23, 38 and 63 inches, respectively, with a 42-inch piston stroke. It was coal-fired and ran on about 200 pounds psi steam pressure, developing 1700 horsepower. The vessel was 535 feet in length, and 55 feet wide, and could carry about 10,000 tons of cargo at a top speed of 15 knots. It was considered an average-sized bulk freighter at that time. (Lake freighters of today measure over 1,000 feet in length, and can carry 60,000 tons, or more, of cargo.) The 30 seamen on a steam-powered vessel were divided into three categories, the deck, galley and mechanical crews. The deck crew was made up of the captain, the first and second mates, the wheelsmen and the deckhands. The wheelsman steered the vessel, and

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An aerial view of the lake freighter Robert B. Wallace. – All photos from the Stan Selin collection gave orders to the engine room, such as slow, fast and stop. The deckhands opened and closed hatch covers, secured the ship to the dock with ropes, cleaned out the holds after unloading cargo, and did scraping and painting on the deck. The galley crew personnel were the steward (chief cook), the second cook, the porters and dish washers. The mechanical crew was made up of the chief engineer, the first, second and third assistant engineers, oilers and coal passers. This crew took care of the engine room and maintained the operation of the mechanical and electrical systems. The Wallace had been modified so that the coal was automatically fed to the boiler’s firebox, eliminating the need for a fireman. The coal passers kept the coal bin tidy and monitored the operation of the coal auger feeding the boiler. On a steam engine, hand oiling and the twisting down of grease cups were needed regularly. This was the job

of the oilers. Except for the galley crew, the normal workday was divided into four-hour shifts, consisting of four hours on duty and four hours off duty for each of the three shifts. We, who worked in the galley, normally got eight hours of sleep a night. Thinking back over the years, the food handling had to be well organized, with everything done at the right time, as serving times for the crews were staggered. At the time, I never gave this a passing thought. It seems that the galley crew seldom sat down together to a family-style meal. (Maybe this was because there was no one to wait on us.) The food, however, was always abundant and good tasting, as this was one of the well-known perks of working on the lakes. At night, a large table was stacked high for the night crew with all sorts of delicacies, such as smoked fish and caviar. The chief cook would fry a steak to order. The choices were rare, medium or well-done. I remember on one occasion when a clever young deckhand ordered a steak fried rare, ate it, then ordered a medium-done steak and ate that, too. Then he ordered a third steak welldone, which, to everyone’s amusement, was delivered by the cook himself along with some very appropriate remarks. Another time, as I recall, the cook had made a big round layer cake, but had made the frosting a bit too runny. The top layer started to slide, so he stuck an ice pick into the cake and left the kitchen, hoping it would harden. When he returned, the top layer, with the ice pick still in it, had slid off and was lying on the floor. At the sight of this, the cook began to swear vigorously. At times, there were short periods available for sightseeing when the freighter was docked. When the cargo was coal, the ship was in the dock longer, because it took 24 hours to un-

load the coal using an old-fashioned clamshell-type bucket. When the cargo was iron ore, it was unloaded in just eight hours by huge mechanical unloaders. Usually, there was not much for us to see at this time because the vessel was almost always docked near a lonely warehouse area. One time, we took a load of cargo to Port Arthur/Fort William, Canada, and were able to do a little sightseeing there. Several times, while traveling light on the way back to the Twin Ports, we stopped at Detroit to pick up a load of cars. They were shiny new 1953 cars just off the assembly lines. Each car was loaded by driving it onto the deck and parking it on the hatch covers. Oh yes, there was a “barber” on board. He was self-taught, it seems, judging by the quality of the haircuts he gave, but then, he charged only 50 cents a head. His shop was an ordinary chair down in the engine room. I needed to have a haircut, as my hair had gotten long. His tools were a comb, a scissors and an old-fashioned hair clipper that he squeezed by hand. He cut my hair all right, with every second or third squeeze of the clipper pulling some hair. When he was finished, I had nice parallel ridges on both sides of my head, in addition to a lot of loose hair down inside my shirt. I paid him 50 cents and thanked him. It was the only haircut I had that summer. I resigned the galley job on Sept. 8, 1952, and took another slow train from Milwaukee back to Superior. I returned to college, and never thought much more about the Robert B. Wallace after that. Years later, I became curious about what had happened to this fine old vessel, and did a little research. I found that it had been owned by the Wilson Transit Company since 1936. After 1952, it changed owners a couple of times, and in 1959 was renamed the Peter Robertson. Late in 1969, it was sold to a salvage company and towed across the Atlantic Ocean to Spain to be cut up for scrap. Sometime in 1970, when nearing her destination in Santander, Spain, the hull started leaking badly and the old ship sank in 4,000 feet of water a few miles northwest of Coruna, Spain. In her historical account, it was concluded, “She had cheated the cutting torch.”

On the Detroit River, Stan Selin is relaxing in front of a load of new cars bound for Duluth.

The mechanical unloaders were hydraulically powered, and were designed to unload iron ore as fast as possible. They were really oversize rocker arms with a scoop at one end. The scoop went down into the hold of the ship, took a 17-ton bite of ore and lifted it up, dumping it into waiting railroad cars. The operator sat inside the unloader, close to the scoop, riding with it down and up, continuously. He was visible through a small window on the side of the unloader.

View of the Robert B. Wallace with the hatch covers open, showing the mechanism for unloading coal.


A is for apple Sometimes, A is for aardvark, but that is harder to remember and harder to spell. A is for apple is elementary. We can relate to apples, all kinds of varieties, red or golden or Granny Smith green. Bushels of apples, fragrant, as American as apple pie. “Can she bake an apple pie, Billy boy, Billy boy? (or is it Abrahamzon cherry?) Can she bake an apple pie, charming Billy? She can bake an apple pie In the twinkle of an eye, But she’s a young thing And cannot leave her mother.” Once upon a time I was afraid to try my hand at making an apple pie, but now I am an old hand at it, and making three apple pies at one time is no challenge at all. Not that I can tell anyone else how to do it. Two cups of flour, a little salt, enough shortening and a splash of water. Mix it gently together with a fork. Don’t over handle. Roll out bottom crusts for three pie pans. You’ll have dough left over. Draw a kitchen chair up to the table, use your favorite paring knife, quarter apples, peel the quarters and core them, cut slices into the waiting crusts. Apples are sweeter than you think and you don’t have to use much sugar, perhaps half a cup. Sprinkle with apple pie spice. Roll out a top crust for one pie. You may have enough dough for another top or perhaps enough to make two lattice tops, weaving them in and out. You will probably need just a little more dough, so guess at it and make just a little bit. You have to be cavalier about making pies. Just take a chance. Use a light hand, no heavyhandedness here. Cut slits into regular pie tops. Lattice-tops have enough breathing holes. Slip the three pies onto a middle shelf in your oven. Check your clock to see when you began to bake them and when they should be ready to come out. While I peel apples, I watch the birds at our feeders. Blue jays, hoggish birds wearing blue uniforms like a cop on the beat. Woodpeckers of many kinds attacking the suet


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blocks put into little wire cages. Then I hear a woodpecker who has a different drumbeat. He is tap-tap-tapping on the cedar shingles on the second floor siding. “Stop that!” and I get up and slam the kitchen door, hoping that will scare him away. He keeps on hammering, so there is nothing else to do than go outside and shout at him. Our bird world is invasive. Little birds come in, like the chickadees who don’t say their names until spring comes, then it’s chickadee-dee-dee all over the place. Another old-time saying is, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” which promotes apples as healthy food. A house may be kept in “apple-pie order” (Well put together). Calling New York City “the Big Apple” is a compliment meaning the top, the best, the sublime, with lots to offer. The apple is Mother Nature’s toothbrush and provides food, moisture, beauty. My favorite paring knife was made years ago by Fred Schandorf. He handcrafted it, carving a handle, wrapping it around a knife blade made from a piece of saw blade, wrapped with copper. I wrote an article about him and his knives of all sizes and he gave me a knife as a thank-you. Good memory. Yesterday we visited Apple Hill Orchard and I brought an apple to show how our own trees produced well this year in spite of the drought. That’s like bringing coals to Newcastle, but I really didn’t need apples, not with two bushels already picked. But the apple cookbooks are always appealing and so are the children’s storybooks and coloring books. Handcrafted candles, too and homemade honey crème. Saw a Wolf River apple that weighed a half pound. One baked apple could make a whole meal. You owe it to yourself to visit an orchard before the snow comes. Well, before the snow comes to stay! Until next week, Bernice

SCF marching band to compete at YIM Championships To battle for Midwest’s top honors during public competition at Metrodome MINNEAPOLIS – Artistry, precision and the unmistakable sound of marching bands will be on display when the top high school marching bands in the Upper Midwest do battle during the Fourth-Annual Youth in Music Championships Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. The event showcases 14 bands - including the St. Croix Falls High School marching band - each bringing their own unique style, sound and production to the Dome for a daylong competition that’s sure to wow the crowd with creative themes, aggressive marching formations, challenging musical pieces, bold props, flagtoting drill squads and a high level of energy and showmanship. And, of course, the music will highlight the talents of these young musicians.

As the largest marching band event in the Upper Midwest, the YIM Championships features bands from Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin and South Dakota. During the afternoon session, which starts at noon, the bands will compete for state championships in Class A, AA and AAA. The top 10 bands will advance to the evening session, which starts at 7 p.m., for the Youth in Music Upper Midwest Championship. Each band has 10 minutes to perform. The YIM Championships is co-sponsored by Schmitt Music, Yamaha, Gateway Music Festivals and Tours, Stanbury Uniforms and the Army National Guard. It’s coordinated by Youth in Music, a nonprofit organization that promotes music education in communities, schools, senior centers and children’s organizations through grants and outreach activities. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students, and are available at the gate or by calling Karen at 612-987-9576. More details are available at – submitted

Halloween party and dance at Frederic FREDERIC – Frederic’s 15th-annual Halloween Party and Dance will be held at the Birch Street Elementary School on Saturday, Oct. 31. This year to help with costs, $1 donation per child at the party is suggested. Everyone is welcome to the party, but the games are only for children preschool through sixth grade and will be from 5 to 8 p.m. The dance is for students in grades seven through 12 and will be from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Total Eclipse Sound and Light Show, from St. Croix Falls, will be performing at the party and dance again this year. Chad Hoag, owner/operator of Total Eclipse, has been a part of this event for the past 13 years. They have a special kiddie area for preschool through kindergarten, which includes many games and a mini-moonwalk. For ages preschool through sixth grade, they are having face painting, cookie decorating, movie room, Bingo, pumpkin patch walk, haunted house, moon walks, cotton candy, costume and bubblegum contests, many games and much more. Hot dogs, chips, soda, water and chips/cheese will be

served to all attending the party. Also, again this year, Bradley Knauber will be entertaining with his juggling. The dance, which is a lock-in, will follow the party. Soda, water and pizza will be served to all attending the dance. New this year, they will be having a silent auction with donated items. If anyone is interested in putting a basket together or donating something for the silent auction, it would be very much appreciated. This event has been a huge success with over 600 children attending the party and over 100 students at the dance. This has been made possible by donations from businesses, organizations and individuals. Donations are needed and can be sent or dropped off at the Birch Street Elementary School office. A drop-off container is also available at the Frederic Grocery Store. Volunteers are still needed to help out the night of party. If you have any ideas or would be interested in donating or helping in any way, please call Linda at 715-327-8142. - submitted

Do you remember ? Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

50 Years Ago Specials at Route’s Super Market, Frederic, included spare ribs at 39¢ lb., pork roast at 39¢ lb., lard at 3 lbs. for 39¢, sweet potatoes at 3 lbs. for 29¢, brown sugar at 2 lbs. for 29¢.–The Frederic Rural Fire Dept. asked people reporting a fire to always give the fire number.–It was said that farmers can control foxes and coyotes.–Wisconsin farm income was lower this year.–John Taylor of Siren celebrated his 111th birthday.–The October special at Carlson’s Hardware, Frederic, was a set of six stainless-steel teaspoons for 66¢.–Snyder’s Bone Lake Resort was closed for the season.–The Frederic Auto Co., Inc. was showing off its superlative 1960 Chevy, the revolutionary Corvair.–Special at Stop ‘N’ Swap included a dining room set at $89.50, hide-a-bed at $188, bunk beds at $39.99, and china closet at $89.50.–Playing at the Auditorium Theatre, SCF, was the film “The Man Who Understood Women.”–Playing at the Grand Theatre, Grantsburg, was the film “The Hangman,” starring Robert Taylor and Fess Parker.–Wisconsin jobless payments for September came to $1,928,000.–Billy Friberg was wounded by a stray bullet.–Frigid blast sent the mercury down to 28 degrees.–The Spooner story of three bears was much better than original.

40 Years Ago Prime rib would be on the Nov. 8 menu at Topper Café as a Sunday special.–Topper Café also had a deer hunters special, open at 4 a.m.–The Frederic senior class planned to present the play “No Crime in the Streets” in the high school auditorium on Nov. 6.–Mrs. Jerry Anderson was seriously injured in a Hwy. 61 crash.–Specials at the Frederic Co-op Store included round steak at 89¢ lb., kidney beans at eight cans for $1, Thompson seedless grapes at 29¢ lb. and margarine at 3 lbs. for $1.–The Ernie Swift Memorial Conservation committee presented arguments opposing lake development.–The Siren Auxiliary planned to collect gifts for veterans.–Fred Evert, Burnett County zoning administrator, died in Madison.–Mailbox damage could be extensive after Halloween celebrations, it was said.–The film “Those Were the Happy Times” was playing at the D’Lux Theatre, Luck, starring Julie Andrews.–The film “Wilderness Calling” was playing at the Auditorium Theatre, SCF.–Carlyle’s at Grantsburg advertised 200 suits.–The November special at Carlson’s Hardware, Frederic, would be a saucepan lid at 49¢ each.–Indianhead Airy was leased to Belle Cheese Corp.–The Frederic Fire Department set a tax levy of $6,710.–The village council accepted the budget with no citizens objecting.–The halfway mark was reached in local United Fund.

20 Years Ago The Burnett County Board heard from both sides of Danbury salmon farm.–Citizen input was sought on proposed beaver policy.-The Burnett County Board borrowed $1.5 million to cover delinquent taxes.–Food prices increased in July.–Webster had four new teachers including John Ranallo, Roberta Nack, Susan Bax and Chris Vold.–Gene Cummings thought he was going to land a muskie but it turned out to be a catfish.–An Eye-to-Eye feature focused on Brian Rogers taking the “dis” out of disability.–Obituaries included Fred O’Brien, Orvin Johnson, Carol Marie Bemis, Day Okes II and Mabel Olson.–Polk County building permits were published on a regular basis in this newspaper.–Mark Scharenbroich spoke at the Frederic High School on Sept. 11. He was a motivational speaker.–Henry Boss kept busy selling sweet corn on Siren’s busiest corner at Hwy. 35-70.–The St. Croix tribe was planting walleye and bass in area lakes.–State Rep. Harvey Stower was pictured presenting a $350 check to Jamie McCarville, regional director of the American Diabetes Association.–Six people were injured in a two-vehicle crash at Siren.–After 60 years, the first customer got a free haircut when Edgar Olsen cut Joe Chasensky’s hair.–A foreign exchange student, Ulnke Lange of Hamberg, arrived at the Webster School.



866-4334 Brrr! As I write this on Sunday evening, I shiver and wonder “What happened to fall?” and then I get up and turn the thermostat up a little higher. The snow we had on Saturday morning was enough to make me want to leave town ASAP for warmer climes. Sixteen congregate diners enjoyed Nicky’s roast pork dinner on Tuesday in addition to the 13 ladies from the Runaway Rubies Red Hat Society that met there. Jane Tomnitz was recognized at their luncheon for having an October birthday, and door prize winners were Mary Lou Peterfeso and Bonnie Raymond. All of the ladies stayed to play dime Bingo afterwards and had a great time. Bud and I attended grandparents open house on Wednesday afternoon at Mina Copeland Head Start for granddaughter, Gaby Stahl, and greatly enjoyed it. Bud may not have had any children before our marriage, but he has a boatload now of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Burnett County Aging director, Lois Taylor, met on Wednesday morning with Elderly Nutrition Program Project Council members Dee Troutman, Cora Sandberg, Jerry Oachs, Eldora Brown, Violet Dahlberg, Mary Martin, Barb Munger and Glenna Hauger at the Siren Senior Center. Representatives from all four nutrition sites, at the senior centers for A&H, Grantsburg, Webster and Siren, reported on their activities. Taylor indicated that the breakfast meals have been received favorably and will continue through the end of December, and possibly into 2010. She also reported that the decision has been made to continue the evening meal throughout the winter without taking a break as in the past several years. She stated that 39 people attended the Transportation Summit on Aug. 13 in Frederic and although the public transportation program was not successful, it will be readdressed sometime in the future. She

further indicated that sanitizing dispensers will be put in each of the senior centers to help curtail the spreading of germs, especially during the flu season. The next project council meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Webster Senior Center. Fourteen ladies had a great time playing dime Bingo on Wednesday afternoon and everyone enjoyed the refreshments furnished by Nancy O’Brien. It was nice to have Vera Tromberg of Virginia, Minn., join the group as she has been spending a few days visiting her sister, Millie Hopkins. After dime Bingo was over Gladys Beers, Theresa Gloege, Margel Ruck and I stayed and removed the summer decorations and replaced them with fall flowers and leaves and Halloween decorations. It looks pretty good, if I must say so myself. The nutrition site was closed on Thursday as all of the site managers, assistants and sub-cooks attended site manager/staff training with Lois Taylor at Rice Lake. The Burnett County Aging Unit Advisory Board met in the afternoon at the Government Center with yours truly chairing the meeting. Benefit Specialist Connie Crosby gave reports for both her department and that of Director Taylor. She indicated that they have received a communication from Diversified Services that they will not be renewing the lease on the county’s 10-year-old wheelchair lift van, and the board made the decision to sell it. Earl Boelter, Ken Hayes, Harold Peterson and Pat O’Brien played pool on Thursday evening while Bernie Boelter, Nancy O’Brien, Donna Lehman and I played “golf” cards. We missed having Dave and Jane Wardean with us but they were off having a good time on a trip up to Grand Marais, Minn., to enjoy the fall colors.

Kurt Anderson and I visited Julie Anderson in Waseca, Minn., on Friday, and I am happy to report that she is doing quite well and is looking forward to being back with family next year. Eldo and Bev Anderson, Kurt, and Bud and I enjoyed a lasagna dinner in Superior on Sunday afternoon at the newly purchased home of Stephanie (Anderson) and Kurt Wahl. We also enjoyed having ice cream with yummy warm apple crisp made from apples picked in their own front yard. I wish I had a couple of apples trees in my yard, too! Mark and Judy Foote attended the last dinner meeting of the Webster Lioness Club and donated a check for $1,000 from the Foote family in memory of his mother, Alyce Foote, who was one of the club’s original charter members. Friends and family of Tanya (Johnson) Blatt attended a baby shower for her on Sunday at the Webster Senior Center. Don’t forget that Burnett County Benefit Specialist Connie Crosby will be helping people with energy assistance applications at our center on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, and also at other locations. The 2009-2010 income guidelines have increased so that some that were not eligible last year could become eligible now. Call Connie for further information or an appointment. Gratitude is extended to Joe Klecker for his donation of rhutabagas, carrots and pumpkins; Charles Scott – magazines; and Bill Sperling and Mary Huoet – apples. Prayers and get-well wishes continue to go out to Pauline Hagen and Maurice Peterson. Our sympathy and prayers also go out to the family of John Okerstrom in his recent passing. While traveling through Pennsylvania after visiting Joan Berg last month, I learned that Pennsylvania-German gardens are called

St. Croix Falls Public Library The St. Croix Falls Public Library is moving into the new building! The library will be closed Oct. 13 through Oct. 17. We will reopen in the new building on Oct. 19. Materials due the week of Oct. 12-17 may be held until Oct. 24. Items returned “overdue” during the week of Oct. 19-24 will be backdated,

Fran Krause We are having unusual weather - snow, so early in the season, while a lot of leaves are in full fall color. The Harmony and Odds and Ends HCE clubs hosted a salad luncheon to raise funds for scholarships on Saturday at Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren. Marvel Marriam spent last week, Saturday through Thursday, at River Falls with Mark and Julie Freeborn. She watched grandson Brad play in a JV football game and also the

Academic news MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Kyle J. Kammerud, St. Croix Falls resident, has been placed on the honor’s list for work in the media arts and animation, a Bachelor of Science program, during the 2009 summer quarter at The Art Institutes International Minnesota, a creative design and culinary arts college located in downtown Minneapolis. Students appearing on the honors lists for The Art Institutes International Minnesota must be enrolled and complete 12 credits or more and meet the following corresponding designation: 4.0 GPA - president’s list; 3.7 - 3.9 GPA dean’s list; 3.5 - 3.6 GPA - honor’s list. - submitted

eliminating any fines incurred due to the week the library is closed. Please do not return items to the book drop during the week the library is closed for moving. Thank you for your patience during this transition. The shelves and any other furniture or

Orange River Falls High School marching band perform at Merrill. Their family also celebrated Julie’s birthday. Friday night Elaine Paulus and Betty Kulbeck were dinner guests of Jack and Jeri Witzany.

equipment the library is not using in the new space will be for public sale on Oct. 2931.The hours will be Oct. 29 – 30, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Mary Martin foursquare gardens because they are raised beds, supported by hardwood boards, bisected by a narrow footpath that divides the larger square into four smaller, equal squares. Smaller in scale (a minimum of 55 square feet) than the fields tended by men, the kitchen garden was the primary source of green vegetables, cooking and medicinal herbs, and material dyes that were essential parts of everyday life. The farmer’s wife was judged by how well she tended the garden with an equal combination of utility and ornamental beauty. At the center of every foursquare garden was a yucca or rosemary plant – both of which had religious significance and evoked a heavenly blessing for a bountiful harvest to feed the family. Many Pennsylvania-German foursquare gardens were planted with seeds early settlers brought from their homelands, as well as native Pennsylvania plant species. But Pennsylvania Germans also adopted proven planting methods of other cultures, such as the Native Americans’ Three Sisters tradition – beans, corn and squash. Native Americans knew such companion crops grew well together and restored vital nutrients to the soil. Just as the farmer’s wife was judged by how well she tended her garden, we as Christians are judged by how we tend to the “garden” of our everyday life. If we place Jesus Christ at the center of our life, with our family, friends and other interests to follow, in that order, then we will be heavenly blessed. These words were on a sign at a church in a small town in Pennsylvania, “Pray for a good harvest, but keep hoeing.” We sometimes forget that God may want us to be part of the answer to our own prayers. We expect him to do everything, and then we sit back and do nothing. God wants us to bring our requests to him, but many times he wants us to add feet to our prayers. Working often goes hand in hand with praying. Pray as if everything depends on God; but work as if everything depends on you. “Your faith in God is proven


LaVonne O'Brien Brad Krause had a successful deer hunting weekend. He bagged a 6-point buck Saturday morning. Fran Krauses’ family helped her celebrate her birthday over the weekend.

A Waiting Child Sallie Dec. 16, 1997 Sallie is a beautiful 11-yearold with bright eyes and a sensational smile. She is an intelligent young lady with a wonderful personality. Sallie loves to be outdoors and enjoys being active, especially if it means riding her bike, going swimming or playing with Bratz dolls and even dancing. Sallie also enjoys expressing herself vocally and loves karaoke. Her current foster parent describes her as being cooperative, sweet and quite helpful around the house. Currently Sallie is in fifth grade. She does

well in most subjects at school and would benefit from a family who supports her education. Sallie deserves a loving and encouraging home with one-on-one attention, structure and patience. With the right influence, Sallie will grow up to be a successful and prosperous young woman. For more information about Sallie, or other Wisconsin children waiting for adoptive homes, call Adoption Resources of Wisconsin at 414475-1246 or 800-762-8063 or visit the Web site at

Anderson/Ryan Britta Anderson, formerly of Grantsburg, and Mike Ryan, formerly of Frederic, along with their parents, Renee and Todd Anderson of Grantsburg and Peggy and John Ryan of Frederic, are pleased to announce their wedding. Britta is employed by AmeriCorps as a literacy tutor. Michael is currently a student at Hamline Law School. The couple was married at Faith Lutheran Church in Grantsburg on July 25, with Victor St. George presiding over the ceremony. The couple honeymooned in Winnipeg, Canada, and is now residing in St. Paul, Minn. – Photo submitted

Birth announcements Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center:

A boy, Osceola Mosay Fahrlander, born Sept. 4, 2009, to Brooke Ammann and Sean Fahrlander, Milltown. Osceola weighed 8 lbs. ••• A boy, Landon Jack Holdt, born Sept. 18, 2009, to Nicole Erickson and Kyle Holdt, Luck. Landon weighed 8 lbs., 1 oz. ••• A boy, Parker Delray Nelson, born Sept. 18, 2009, to Nicholas and Kayla Nelson, Frederic. Parker weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz. ••• A boy, Garrett Daily Dagestad, born Sept.

21, 2009, to Jeremy and Tiffanie Dagestad, St. Croix Falls. Garrett weighed 10 lbs., 3 oz. ••• A boy, Noah Jacob Hochstetler, born Sept. 29, 2009, to Daniel and Nichole Hochstetler, Luck. Noah weighed 8 lbs., 2 oz. ••• A boy, Antonio Gonzalez-Mosay, born Sept. 29, 2009, to Martin Gonzalez and Jessica Mosay, Luck. Antonio weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz. ••• A boy, Eli Gregory Meixner, born Sept. 30, 2009, to Trevor and Lizabeth Meixner, St. Croix Falls. Eli weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz. •••

A boy, Carl DuWayne Morse, born Oct. 1, 2009, to Richard and Sonya Morse, Frederic. Carl weighed 6 lbs., 5 oz. ••• A girl, Samara Deann Douse, born Oct. 1, 2009, to Samantha and Daniel Douse, Dresser. Samara weighed 5 lbs., 5 oz. ••• A boy, Tayten James Jackson, born Oct. 2, 2009, to Iva Rogers and Lorne Jackson, Luck. Tayten weighed 8 lbs., 10 oz. ••• A girl, Luella Lynn Hackler, born Oct. 3, 2009, to Lori Jo Hackler, New Richmond. Luella weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz.


Born at Burnett Medical Center:

A girl, Emma Judith Anderson, born Oct. 10, 2009, to Sara and Jeremiah Anderson, Grantsburg. Siblings are Sophia and Ethan Anderson. Grandparents include Cindy Halls of Eau Claire, Randy Ernst of Grantsburg, RoxAnn Fischer of Rush City, Minn., and Peter Anderson of Grantsburg. Great-grandparents are Patricia Ernst of Grantsburg, Patricia Wares of River Falls, Betty Halls of River Falls, Pat and Ed Masurka of Grand Rapids and Lillian Anderson of Brainerd.



TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Lewis A writers conference will be held this Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Spooner Ag Station. There is free admission, free lunch and a free-for-all in the sense that attendees will read prose or poetry entries for a contest to be judged that day by attendees votes. The conference is sponsored by the Indianhead Writers Club. Is there anyone able to drive that day to carpool so everyone doesn’t have to drive alone? If so, please call Bernice at 715-6534281 and she will pass on the word. A word to the wise: wear warm clothes. Also, on Saturday, Oct. 17, there will be a benefit for Jesse Nelson-Ford, starting at 4 p.m., at the Frederic High School with games, silent auction, food and fun.

Jesse has recently been diagnosed with lupus and has many medical tests and subsequent bills. Jesse is the eldest daughter of Scott and Marlene Nelson of Lewis and attended schools in this local community. For a time she was on staff as a writer for the InterCounty Leader before her marriage to Brian Ford. Hope to see you there at the benefit. Have you visited a local apple orchard yet? Each one offers an assortment of apples of course, plus special items. Perhaps baked goods, perhaps caramel apples, cider, jellies and jams, books, surprises. No fall is complete without a visit to an apple orchard. Group tours can also be arranged in advance. Members of the NW Regional Writers met

last Friday at Espresso Cabin, near the Catholic church in Grantsburg, on Hwy. 70. Good turnout, 16 in all, with very different approaches to writing about 9-11. Writers are also encouraged to write on any subject that is uppermost in their minds. Nice to have visitors (former members) Pat Solomonson and Glendora Hauger of Siren. Do you know the word twittering? No, it’s not the twittering of birds, it has to do with computer talk. Every letter counts as one – so does a space or period. It’s a kind of shorthand. The assignment is an economy of words (i.e. 126 characters, perhaps). Sympathy is extended to the family members of Evelyn Brathall, who resided here in Lewis. A few weeks ago she underwent major

Siren Senior Center We were covered all over with that four-letter word this morning. Yuck. Oct. 10 is too early if you’re old and dilapidated like me. The one blessing was that when I looked out my living room I could gaze on a nice white landscape, not the pile of junk in the adjoining lot. So I am thankful for that. Which reminds me, I think it might be a good idea if the village of Siren would pass an ordinance that people couldn’t stockpile their unwanted items in their backyards. I realize that hauling rubbish is expensive and in this poor economy a great number of people just can’t afford that luxury, so wouldn’t it be nice if one day of the month could be set aside to enable those people to bring all of their unwanted junk to the landfill free of charge? Wishful thinking on my part. The center carried on as usual this week, with the only change that we had a noon nutrition meal as all of the site managers attended a meeting in Rice Lake on Thursday. Be sure to check out your menus before you venture over to the center to eat, as we had three people wander in on Thursday looking for some of CeCe’s food and we couldn’t offer Hi, everybody! Blacky here from Humane Society of Burnett County. When I woke up this morning and asked to be let out, I was tickled to see that it was snowing outside! My brother had an ear-to-ear smile as well. We tore all over the yard playing and rolling around, and when my mom joined us to go for a walk, I noticed that the deer must have been out celebrating too. There were so many hoofprints in our driveway that I think the local population held a dance last night while I was asleep. I like taking a walk when it’s snowing out; it’s so quiet I can hear for miles, and the flakes on my back I can blame on the clouds above and not my current dandruff problem. I’m flaky, in more ways than one. I have some exciting news to tell you this week: Henrietta had her puppies! If you recall, Henrietta was the poor beagle mix who was left in the shelter’s recyclable-can collection bin - no deposit, no return. She was pregnant, and pretty traumatized (How would you like to be treated like a can?), so she has been staying with one of the staff members. Last week she had seven pups; two girls and five boys. That’s a lot of puppies to name, and considering their origin, you might make the connection when I tell you what they are. The girls are Shasta and Squirt. The boys are Bud, Mich, Sam Adams, Leinie and the runt has been dubbed Big Swede. (He needs all the encouragement he can get to grow up to be a big boy.) I’ve only gottten to see pictures of them so far, so I can’t wait to meet them after they get a little bigger, their eyes are open, and they start learning to play. Now that sounds like a real party, if you ask me. You might not realize it, but October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month all across the

them anything. The Wednesday Cribbage lacked a few participants this week with only Lou Jappe and Don Oltman challenging each other. Tie a string around your finger to remind people who enjoy Cribbage that we play every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. and join them. We had good attendance at Dime Bingo on Tuesday and also at 500 and Spade cards on Wednesday and Friday afternoon. Hazel Franseen mentioned last week that she had a person ask her if we ever sponsor dances at the center. That was tried several years ago but we just couldn’t get anyone to take the bull by the horns and exert the effort to keep it going. We have a lot of stereo equipment and tapes if there are any dancers out there that would like to have a dance once a month or so. Get your heads together and plan some dances. Gratitude is extended to everyone who donated produce and treats for cards this week. We received apples from Mary Hewitt, tomatoes from Virginia Martin, and treats from Flo Antiel, Inez Pearson and Marie Van Gilder. Also, gratitude is extended to Elaine Lamson country. In recognition of this, my friends at the shelter will be having another Adoption Day event at Tractor Supply in St. Croix Falls this Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. My furry pals will be there to meet you, there will be microchipping services available for your pet and ID tags for sale, and you can be sure will be plenty of YAPpenings there eyes staring at the bake sale items offered, too ... and not just human ones. I would go for that reason alone. I love food! I’m convinced that if I concentrate really hard, and stare at something on a plate long enough, it will eventually give up and float right over to my drooling chops. This does not apply to vegetables, however. Speaking of things that make me drool, you’ve still got a week or two to order your Kringles for the holiday season. There are nine varieties to choose from, and none of them involve broccoli! There’s almond, apple, apple cinnamon, plain cinnamon, raspberry, chocolate eclair, cherry, raspberry cheesecake, pecan and turtle. They are $8 apiece, and you can place your order by calling the shelter. Kringles are scheduled to arrive between Nov. 11 and 14. My mom won’t share hers with me, but, boy, they sure smell good - and they’re made right here in Wisconsin, not China. I got so carried away talking about puppies and food that I nearly forgot to mention the lone newcomer at the shelter this week.

Blacky Shelter

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for five corn bags that she made to be sold in the craft store. Winners at 500 this week were Arvid Pearson, Gerry Vogel, Shirley Doriott, Sue Newberger and Mary Ellen Vorwald. Spade winners were Arvid Pearson, Darleen Groves, Gerry Vogel, Tony Rutter and Marie Van Gilder. Just a reminder that the nutrition program does not serve any dinners at any of the senior centers in the county on Wednesdays. Our center is open every day Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and play pool, cards or just enjoy a cup of coffee. The Feet First (Sally) will be at the center on Monday, Oct. 19, and there are still spots open so call the center at 715-349-7810 and make a reservation. Our monthly senior meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 20, beginning at 9:30 a.m. We will be celebrating the October birthdays with cake following the meeting, so try to come out and join us. Stay warm and healthy.

Ty is a young stray who was found in Grantsburg. He is approximately 1-1/2 years old, and one interesting-looking fella. Ty is a bassett shepherd mix who is rust colored with a black strip that extends down his back and into his tail. He’s built like a basset, but has a shepherdlike face. When I first saw him, I thought about that movie “The Fly” when things went awry in the telepod machine, but I suppose that’s not very fair of me to say. If you took a look at me sometime, you might think the same thing. More than once I’ve heard people say, “What’s up with his ears?” or even, “What is he?” I don’t mind. I’ve got thick skin and consider myself unique - and so is Ty. I’ve got a couple of items to ask for this week, but it isn’t toys or food; it’s boring stuff for the office. The staff needs some business-card paper for their printer, and card stock so they can send out love notes to the people who send us stuff. Sometimes people donate on behalf of others, so we like to let those people know that, too. As a reminder, the shelter also collects used printer cartridges and old cell phones to recycle. If you’ve got any of those lying around, bring them in! I’m warm, I’m dry now, and I’m tuckered out from romping around in this morning’s winter wonderland. It’s nice to curl up and be cozy at home, especially when I know that my furry pals at the shelter each have a blanket, toys, a full belly, and folks that love and take care of them until they find their permanent home. What would we do without them? Take care, everyone, and I’ll see you here next week! HSBC is saving lives, one at a time. 715-866-4096

Frederic Senior Center Spades was played Monday, Oct. 5, 1 p.m., with the following winners: Jim Bly in first place, Donald Danielson in second place, Ellie Erickson in third place and Eleanor Bonneville in fourth place. Tuesday and Wednesday the center was

closed due to getting new carpet installed. We are very happy with the job and will enjoy it. Thursday 500 cards at 6:30 p.m. with the following winners: Arnie Borchert in first place, Bill Ihrig in second place, Hazel Hoffman in third place and Mildred Ihrig in fourth

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place. Friday Pokeno and cards. Coffee time together is always an enjoyable time. Saturday, we had our annual member dinner at Hacker’s at noon. A wonderful family style dinner. We appreciate the red-carpet

surgery, spent a little time in a nursing home and came home. One of Jean Hill’s sisters has moved into the former Bob Sauerbrey house in Lewis. Welcome to her. The one-time home of Pearle and Ray Rackman will be for sale here in Lewis. Several other homes are also for sale. The UMW will meet this Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m., at the Lewis church. Election of officers. You know the motto: “If you’d like to be elected, you’d better be there.” On the other hand, “If you don’t want to hold an office, you’d better be there, too.” Surely we will have Indian summer. I’ve never heard it called Native American summer, so guess it’s all right to call it Indian summer. Nice to have Starr and Carl Warndahl back with us as they just enjoyed a well-deserved vacation to Branson, Mo., and enjoyed music groups and scenery and a change from regular routine. You are invited to Sunday’s church service this Sunday, as it will be different. You’re in for a surprise. Meanwhile, remember the Saturday, Oct. 17, benefit for Jesse Nelson-Ford, the writers conference in Spooner, etc. Don’t say there’s nothing to do as most schedules are full.



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Brrr. Can you believe the weather this year? We just had our first real killing frost on Friday morning; at least we did here at Bear Country. I actually watched as Jack Frost did his handwork. The grass along the roadway got whiter and whiter as I stood at the window watching. Then on Saturday morning, I woke to find Old Man Winter was shaking his bag of white tricks to the sum of over an inch. Looks like we could be in for a long and cold winter, better get out your long handles and winter coats if the weather gets any colder, we are going to need them. This coming week a busy one for the kids at school, it’s Siren’s homecoming week. Monday is Camouflage Day, Tuesday is class Color Day, Wednesday is Wacky Day, Thursday is Nerd Day and Friday is Spirit Day, with the week-ending football game against Winter and the homecoming dance in the school’s small gym starting at 8:30 and the king and queen coronation at 10:30 p.m. Good luck to all the contestants. Peggy Strabel out on Waldora Road enjoyed visiting with Mary Dalsveen Thursday. She visited by phone with Bev Beckmark on Saturday. Coming up on Tuesday, Oct. 20, is the Burnett County Moose Lodge Blood Drive from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, north of Siren. For more information call Gerry at 715866-4878. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Oct. 27, this is the date for October’s Food and Friends Community Dinner. The meal will be at the Siren Methodist Church at 5 p.m., come early as the food goes fast. Freewill offering. The Burnett County Caregivers Memory and Loss Support Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Birchwood Manor in Siren from 4 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 715-349-5250. Congratulations to elementary student Jade Horstman, middle schooler Tristan Sheldon and high schooler Tyrone Moose for being chosen Siren Schools Students of the Week. Don’t forget, all you knitters and crocheters, there is yarn available for your projects of hats and mittens, scarves and slippers for the Siren Lioness U.S. Banks mitten tree soon to go up. Stop in at the U.S. Bank and pick up some, after all, the temps tell us winter isn’t far away.

Ardyce Knauber treatment they give us seniors. Cards are played at the center after dinner. Coffee and refreshments enjoyed at coffee time. We enjoyed Clareese Marek’s cake. Each Saturday, we get a special dessert treat. Friends = success



Franny is a 3year-old puggle (pug x beagle) mix. She has the Puggle face with a short nose, wide-set eyes and fold-over helicopter ears. Her tail has a gentle curl instead of the tight pug curl. In fact, everything about Franny is relaxed pug. Her height is stretched out over a slightly taller frame, the aforementioned tail, a not-so-pushed-in nose and less attitude than a purebred pug. Franny has a happy personality, is housetrained and good with kids. She is the perfect family pet. She is spayed and ready for her new home. Everyone has been predicting an early winter and so volunteers have been helping the shelter ready for it. A great groups of

gals, the Carson Crew, Joanne Alling, Joyce K l i n k h a m m e r, Laura Lee Humphrey and Pam Carson, spent countless hours staining our cedar fence. Thanks to them, it is now a Juniper green and able to withstand another

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468-2940 Clam River Tuesday Club met Oct. 7 at the home of Beth Crosby. Nina and Lawrence Hines went out to eat Wednesday evening with Jerry and Pat Bahrke. Larry, Heidi, Celie and Baxter Mangelsen and Barb and Wally Thompson were weekend visitors of Hank and Karen Mangelsen. They each stayed in their campers Friday and Saturday night. Other Saturday visitors of Karen and Hank were April, David, Patty and Mandy Close. Barry and Josh Hines visited Donna and Gerry Hines Saturday. A number of relatives and friends attended the open house for Roy Nordquist at Madden’s Steakhouse in Siren Saturday. It was in

cold Wisconsin winter. With the forest behind the shelter cleared earlier this summer to make room for our kennel addition, the ground needed some dirt distribution. Larry Dorau donated his machinery and expertise to smooth out the loads of donated topsoil that will enable us to plant grass, hopefully yet this fall. The Willow River Garden Club prepared and

Dewey - LaFollette honor of his 90th birthday. The annual fundraiser for Clam River Tuesday Club was held Saturday evening at Indian Creek American Legion Hall. The good-sized crowd had a fun time of dancing, eating and winning. The winners of the quilt were Wayne and Jackie Dahlstrom. Congratulations to them. Special music was provided by Jenny Gedatus. She sang “The StarSpangled Banner” at the beginning of the evening and later she sang a song in honor of her grandparents, Dixie and Chuck Andrea, for their 49th wedding anniversary. The club members appreciate all who helped in any way to support their efforts. Blessings to Jaelyn Nora Foust, who was baptized at Lakeview United Methodist

One billion The H1N1 virus is here now as well as throughout the world. This could become a pandemic this winter in the northern hemisphere. Preparations and plans have been developed to cope with these eventualities for several years. Several plans include triage of patients requiring ventilatory support. Triage is essentially treating those who are most likely to survive. When medical facilities are overwhelmed or do not have the technology to treat a patient, the patient is usually transferred to an appropriate hospital. Time is of the essence when massive trauma or organ failure is involved; typically the Golden Hour is important to survival. This usually requires rapid transport to a trauma or specialty center. In our community this would be accomplished by a medical helicopter. I believe that

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would be a 20minute ride to most Twin Cities hospitals. Usually a key component in these life-threatening scenarios is the ventilator, assuming breathing is inadequate. A ventilator is a machine that assists or controls your breathing. A resuscitator can be used, but it does not allow hands-free operation for delivery of other care. Once the patient arrives at the appropriate facility they are transferred to a ventilator.

planted a perennial bed around our new roadside shelter sign. Marcy Armstrong, Lois Sommerfeld and Carolyn Craig planted a nice variety of evergreens, flowering bushes and perennials that were donated by Dragonfly Gardens in Amery. The coral bells, day lilies and hydrangea will bloom in the spring and sing their praises. We couldn’t do it without these gracious volunteers. A helpful volunteer is a gift to the shelter. We are thankful for those who give their time and energy to make projects like these happen. Thank you to all the volunteers who inspire us. Your heart is felt throughout the shelter and motivates us to make a difference for homeless animals in our area. Adopt your next pet from Arnell Animal Shelter, 185 Griffin St. E., Amery 715-2687387 or visit online:

Karen Mangelsen Church Sunday morning. Her parents are Jay and Christy Foust and sponsors are Dustin and Chelsea Lee. Maternal grandparents are Scott and Cheryl Hotchkiss and great-grandmother is Elnora Hotchkiss. Despite the cold weather, there was a nice turnout for the Fall Fun Fest at Lakeview United Methodist Church Sunday afternoon. Indoor activities were lunch, face painting, apple bobbing and pumpkin painting. Outdoor fun included hayrides (thanks to Mark Knoop), a cake walk (thanks to Ronda Mangelsen) and carriage rides (thanks to Carol Makosky and Pam and David Dunn). There was also a campfire by which to warm the body, as the fellowship warmed the soul.

Typically, large hospitals have 45 to 100 percent of their ventilators in use on a daily basis. Trauma centers usually dedicate their equipment to specific areas to assure it will be available. Historical data tells them what they will need for the peaks and valleys. Herein lies the problem. A flu pandemic will overwhelm their ventilator inventory as well as their personnel. For a measly $1 billion 80,000 new transportable ventilators could be added to the system. Of course this is not going to happen because it is under the radar and not a priority. When the pandemic comes maybe we’ll all get rice cookers from the government. It won’t help you breathe, but it will be a nice gesture. My e-mail address is

A&H via Illinois by Joyce Kirchhoff

I am finally home after three months of hospitals and care facilities. First off I have to thank all of you who sent cards - you know who you are. I even got one from Ed Kellogg. I understand several churches had me on their prayer chains, so thanks for that too. The leaves are just starting to change here in Illinois so it must be getting lovely by you. Maybe next year I can make it up. I hear Orris Haraldson is doing well. That’s good as it’s not easy being alone after 60 years of marriage. Herb Dalglish was very ill, but is recovering so they can take off for Florida for the winter. Bunch of wimps. Marian Woodard is my main source of news, but lots of notes came with the many cards so I know what mischief you old folks are up to. Janet McInroy is busy with Wednesday Bridge and keeping Mac in line. Dolores Crane spent time on her lake. Fred and Joan Kramer are always busy and she painted the cards she sent. They are lovely. She prints a JK in the corner of each: it only took me three weeks to figure it wasn’t me. Caroline Osborne just called from St. Paul where she now lives. Her house in Voyager is rented with a good chance it will be sold. Fingers crossed here. Ketters over on Warner Lake had to put their dog Mollie down. That’s tough, but they got a chocolate Lab pup and are busy with that. Actually when one old friend has to go, the very best thing to do is get a new one. Kind of works that way with husbands too, I’m told. I came home to my TV. Picked up the control and drew a blank. I had to get out the instructions to figure the darn thing out. There are times when being alone is a good thing and this was one of them. I must have looked bemuddled. My dog Annie was at my son’s house. He has two dogs - a Lab and a standard poodle, who are kept in the kitchen, so Annie was too. She now runs my house and large backyard. Best place is my bed. The lady across the street took in mail until we had it transferred to my son’s house. She even trimmed all my bushes and kept an eye open. She just brought me tomatoes and peppers from her garden. What a gal. I think I’ll paint her a picture. What can she do … she’ll have to take it. Lots of Bridge games going on up north. I played twice in three months. They play Bingo about 9 a.m. at the care center but I don’t function that early - and I don’t play Bingo either.

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Voyager Village distributes funds to 12 organizations Each year the Voyager Village craft show held Labor Day weekend raises money for charitable organizations. On thursday, Oct. 1, at the Voyager Village Stables, $24,000 in checks from the 32nd-annual craft show were distributed to 12 organizations. Shown is Jim Dale from Habitat for Humanity who received one of the checks. Each recipient had a chance to talk about the organization and what they plan to do with the money received. Dale described the progress on the latest Habitat home in Siren and shared plans for another home in southern Polk County now that the two chapters of Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity have merged and the group now covers Burnett and Polk counties. Despite the hard economic times, organizers of the craft show noted that the amount raised this year was about the same as last year.

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Karen Schmidt, from the arts and crafts committee, gave checks to Webb Lake, Scott and Jackson fire departments. The three fire departments were among 12 recipients of checks given out on Thursday, Oct. 1. The money for neighborhood organizations is a portion of the proceeds from the 32nd-annual craft show held at the Voyager Village Stables Labor Day weekend. Organizations receiving checks were Webb Lake Fire Department, Webb Lake First Responders, Scott Fire Department, Jackson Fire Department, Indianhead Community Action Agency, Interfaith Caregivers, Alzheimer’s Day Respite, Burnett County Law Enforcement Citizens Auxiliary, Habitat for Humanity, Burnett Community Library, the Ski Club and Voyager Village.

Online scholarship program announced NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - WESTconsin Credit Union has gone paperless with its high school and post-high school scholarship application process! Student members now have the opportunity to apply for the WESTconsin scholarship online. Applications will be accepted now through Jan. 31, 2010. Up to ten high school scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded. The goal is

to award one scholarship to a graduating high school senior planning to continue his or her education in each community served by a WESTconsin Credit Union office. These areas are Amery, Baldwin, Barron, Hudson, Menomonie, New Richmond, Prescott, River Falls and Spring Valley and surrounding communities. One post-high school scholarship will also be awarded to a member who is

continuing their post-secondary education. Scholarship recipients will be announced in May of 2010. The online application can be accessed through WESTconsin Credit Union’s Web site at by clicking on the Scholarship Application icon located on the home page. Full instructions are provided on the online scholarship.

This is the 15th year of the WESTconsin Credit Union Scholarship program. More than $150,000 has been awarded to local students to assist them in continuing their education. - from WESTconsin Credit Union

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Polk-Burnett scholarship applications now available; co-op to award $5,000 CENTURIA – Applications are now available for the Polk-Burnett Community Service Scholarships. Ten candidates from the Class of 2010 who meet eligibility requirements will be randomly selected during a community-service recognition banquet to receive $500 scholarships to continue their education after high school. In addition, eligible candidates will be invited to participate in an essay contest to win a trip to Washington, D.C., as Polk-Burnett’s delegate for the NRECA Youth Tour in June 2010. Scholarship applicants must be graduating from high school in 2010; enrolling in post-secondary education;

and the son, daughter or legal dependent of a Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative member (those who purchase electricity from Polk-Burnett). Candidates are also required to provide a community-service resume and essay. “Since 1987, Polk-Burnett has awarded more than $380,000 to high school seniors who have made a difference in the lives of others,” said Joan O’Fallon, communications director. “The scholarship is unique because it focuses on community service, rather than academic grades, athletic performance or financial need. It’s the co-op’s opportunity to recognize the sons and daugh-

ters of members, and it’s a demonstration of the cooperative principle, commitment to youth and community.” Polk-Burnett scholarships are funded by unclaimed capital credits and do not affect electricity rates. Applications are available at local high schools, Polk-Burnett offices in Siren and Centuria and online at The application deadline is Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. For more information call 800421-0283. – from Polk-Burnett

Antique buttons topic at historical society LUCK — Shirley Schilling of Luck will be guest speaker at the Thursday, Oct. 22, meeting of the Luck Area Historical Society. Schilling has been collecting old buttons for more than 20 years and has taken a keen interest in all aspects of buttons used for clothing

throughout the years. If you have old or unique buttons, bring them along and perhaps learn more about them. Mark your calendar and spend some time at the Luck Museum at Third and Main on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Meetings begin at 7 p.m. with the main program following a brief business meeting. They adjourn at 8:30, but you are welcome to stay later if you want to chat. If you have questions call Chuck at 715-472-4378. — submitted

Grantsburg Class of 1954 The Grantsburg High School Class of 1954 celebrated their 55th class reunion on Aug. 29, at the Pour House in Siren. Seated (L to R) are Jerry Soderbeck, Annette (Borup) Hanson, Dale Hanson, Betty (Swenson) Doolittle, Karen (Ryan) Klinkhammer and Donna Mae (Nelson) Ganther. Second row: Nancy (Schadow) Bosak, Lois (Schultz) Anderson, Mary Jane (Mattson) Stotlar, Myrna (Tollefson) Gardin, Connie (Erickson) Anderson, Marlene (Sandberg) Dahlberg, Arleth (Johnson) Anderson and Dale Anderson. Third row: Del Roy Christenson, Dawn (Johnson) Fernstrom, Delight (Wedin) McKeag, Angeline (Halverson) Anderson, Betty (Nord) Frandsen and Ralph Akermark. Back row: Douglas Hedlund, Gene Swenson, George Williamson, Bob Nelson and Herman Dannholz. – Photo submitted

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Enjoy the fall colors, learn about managing woodland at fifieeld day this Saturday SIREN – Woodland owners and guests can enjoy the fall colors and learn about forest management at a field day and tour of Ben and Marge Skinner’s woods near Siren this Saturday, Oct. 17, beginning at 2 p.m. The Skinners’ property is east of Siren on CTH B and north on Malone Road, or west of Hertel on Hwy. 70, south on Cranberry Marsh Road, west on Dake Road and south on Malone Road. WWOA Field Day signs will be posted to direct travelers. Participants will tour the Skinners’ well-managed forest and see a timber harvest in progress. Much of their very diverse forest is enrolled in the state Managed For-

est Law program, which gives landowners reduced property taxes in exchange for following sound forestry practices. Experts will be at the field day to answer questions on pine, aspen and hardwood management; the MFL program; estate planning for woodland owners; and how and why to manage woods for timber production, firewood and wildlife habitat. A potluck dinner around the campfire is planned for 5:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share; beverages will be provided. The Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association is committed to educating and supporting private forest

landowners in managing their land for all woodland benefits, now and in the future. The Northwest Chapter hosts four field days and general membership meetings each year, offering educational programs and opportunities for forest landowners to meet and share information and experiences about their woodlands. The Northwest Chapter serves private woodland owners in Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn counties. For more information on the Oct. 17 field day or other NWWOA activities, call Ben Skinner at 715-349-5358. — submitted

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Frederic Nursing and Rehab has three residents 100 years or older. Hilda Peterson celebrated this October reaching 100 years. Ethel Peterson and Lila Rowe celebrated earlier and were honored as Centenarians by the Polk County Fair in 2009. - Special photos

American Red Cross classes for new students BALSAM LAKE – The American Red Cross is offering the following classes. Adult/AED CPR – Tuesday, Oct. 20 - 5:30-9:30 p.m., First Aid – Wednesday, Oct. 21 - 5:30-8:30 p.m., Infant/Child– Thursday, Oct. 22 - 5:30-9:30 p.m. These classes will be held at the Polk County Red

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Ag research station celebrates 100 years by Larry Samson SPOONER — The Spooner Agricultural Research Station is celebrating 100 years of operation and service to the farmers in northern Wisconsin. An open house is planned for Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the station, which is located one mile east of Spooner on Hwy. 70. Molly Jahn, dean of the UW College of Agriculture and Life Science, will be the guest speaker. There will be a presentation of the station’s history, current work and future plans. Visitors will be able to tour the station and refreshments will be served. The history of the station is the history of agriculture in northern Wisconsin. At the end of the century northern Wisconsin was opened up to farming on millions of acres of cutover white pines. Four stations — Ashland, Spooner, Marshfield and Sturgeon Bay — were set up to help provide information on agricultural practices for the new farmers. Professor E.J. Delwiche used the railroad to travel weekly to the four stations he was responsible for. The station had a dairy farm, which operated until 1936, when the herd had to be destroyed because of an outbreak of brucellosis. At that time sheep were brought in to utilize the forages produced on the farm. The station was instrumental in the introduction of the Targhee sheep breed to Wisconsin. The station’s main research was in agronomy with work done on potatoes, oats and corn varieties. Wisconsin No. 25 open pollinated dent corn and

This is an old glass-plate photo of E.J. Delwiche standing in a field of soybeans that the station was developing of Wisconsin early black, Flambeau, 606 Manchu and 507 Mandarin Carl Ryberg was the station shepherd from 1941-1980. He is shown with two soybeans. At this time soybeans were Targhee sheep. The station helped introduce the Targhee breed to Wisconsin. used as a forage crop and were not considered a grain crop. Spooner oats were top selections in their time. Those early days of the station were to help the farmers as they started farms where there were no farms. Delwiche’s most popular bulletin was called First Aid to the Settler. It was a detailed guide to selecting land, how to clear it, break it, crops that were suitable for the north, livestock needed and crops for home consumption. Delwiche is considered the father of agriculture in Northern Wisconsin. As agriculture matured so did the work of the station. In 1944 Professor Arthur Strommen be-

A photograph from 1912 shows workers feeding corn bundles into a silo filler. Corn silage was in its infancy. The station had a dairy herd until 1936, when the herd had to be destroyed because of a brucellosis outbreak.

came the superintendent of the Spooner Experimental Farm, where he served until 1969. With his research in 80- to 85day corn hybrids he has been credited with, “Moving the corn belt 100 miles north.” Dairy farmers benefited from the extensive work done on alfalfa selection and practices. Farmers made the transition from clover to alfalfa based on the research done on liming and fertilizer requirements. Starting in 1936, the station has been a leader in sheep research. In 1996, under the direction of Yves Berger, the station became instrumental in the development of the dairy-sheep industry in Wisconsin.

Special photos except where noted Currently it is the only dairy-sheep facility in the Western Hemisphere and is the main player in the Annual Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Symposium held in the U.S. and Canada. Phil Holman is the current superintendent and agronomy program manager. The station is committed to serving the needs of the farmers. Work being done today in the areas of bioenergy, conservation tillage and natural resources will help lead to a sustainable future.

An aerial view of the Spooner Research Station shows the fields as they were laid out when the city of Spooner gave 80 acres to the University of Wisconsin to start the research station in 1909. The windbreaks were put in to protect the fragile sandy soil before conservation became important after the dust bowl of the 1930s. — Photo by Larry Samson

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The Beaver Club lives again! by Carl Heidel DANBURY – The great hall of Forts Folle Avoine was filled with the sights and sounds of revelry Saturday night, Sept. 10, as the Beaver Club met for the first time since 1827. There were sounds of flute and fiddle, bagpipe and bodhran, the soothing tastes of shrub and cider, and the mouthwatering succulence of walleye, quail and buffalo. There was dancing to be sure, and fine enough it was. And there was poetry both high and low, toasts aplenty, solemn ceremony, boisterous singing, boring speeches, broken pottery, tall tales and brazen bragging, and laughter and joyous noise. After a lapse of 182 years, the club was reborn in grand fashion under the careful tutelage of the Burnett County Historical Society. The Beaver Club originated in 1785 when veteran fur traders back in Montreal began to gather on a regular basis to recall their adventures in the North American wilds. Club membership was only open to those elected by their fellow members, but visiting luminaries of the

time, such as Washington Irving, frequently came to the dinners as guests. Several traditions marked the club’s dinner observances. There were five regular toasts and a host of rowdier activities. The latter were regrettably absent from the Folle Avoine celebration, but the Montreal inn or tavern ambience and the joie de vivre were present in abundance as a host of historical re-enactors breathed new life into old times. (Additional information for this article was provided by Aeneas Cameron, retired bourgeois of the North West Company.)

The fiddle music set hands to clapping and feet to tapping as guests and reenactors took to the floor to dance. – Photos by Carl Heidel

William McGillivray (left) pinned the Beaver Club medal on the coat of John Sayer (right) as Sayer is initiated as a club member.

The table of dignitaries at the feast. Left to right, Aeneas Cameron (retired North West Company bourgeois), William McGillivray (NWC chief officer whose uncle, Simon McTavish, was instrumental in organizing the Beaver Club), and John Sayer (influential fur trader and bourgeois of the NWC Folle Avoine Department).

The wailing of the bagpipe heralded the arrival of each course of the feast.

The fiddler played the sweet tunes of a time gone by.

Fur traders heard the sound of the Native American flute when they were in the Indian areas.

Aeneas Cameron presented the calumet (Indian pipe) in the opening ceremonies of the Beaver Club feast.

The cause of it all, the American beaver.

Serving maids bore the feast into the banquet hall.


Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild's 2009 Quilt Show SIREN – The Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild’s 2009 Quilt Show was held at Siren School Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10 and 11. A total of 533 people went through the show on Saturday alone, making this a record turnout. “Bring on the snow. Snow will bring people out,” commented this year’s chair, Dawn Straub. Over 200 quilts of various sizes were on display. Proceeds from ticket sales on the display quilts were designated for the Community Referral Agency and breast cancer (four of the current guild members are breast-cancer survivors) and were matched by the Burnett County branch of Thrivent Association for Lutherans.

Dawn Straub (L), the 2009 Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild Show chair, and her cochair/2010 show Chair Judy Curnow, are shown standing beside the small-quilt viewer’s choice winner. The small quilt was made from a kit by Bonnie Picard, using the Mexican Star pattern and Indonesian-made batik fabrics.

A Red Cross quilt from the World War I era (1915-1918) was on display for the bed turning at the Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild Annual Show at Siren School Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10 and 11. This photo shows the back of the quilt, with its one big red cross, as it is being turned by Betty Olson, Grantsburg (L) and Janet Howie, Luck. The front is filled with little red crosses. A reported 50 people were on hand to watch the bed turnings (a number of quilts on a bed turned up one by one) at one time at the Saturday show. The Red Cross head scarf shown in this photo was worn by Lulu Bailey Trench, a nonquilter, who rolled bandages for the Red Cross during World War I. The quilt is owned by Trench’s granddaughter, Patricia Rosenberg, Webster.

Lorraine Lunzer, Milltown, spent three months making this blue-ribbon-winning wall hanging in the medium-quilt category for her husband for his birthday. The quilt is made from strips of cloth that range from 1/4 inch wide to 1-1/2 inches wide. “I didn’t realize what I was getting into,” Lunzer commented.

It took Betty Fenton, Frederic, eight years to finish the quilt she entered in the large-quilt category at the Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild show. The pattern is called Yellow Brick Road, with quilting done by Christmas Valley Quilting, Luck, a company which did the quilting on 39 of the quilts that were entered in this year’s show.

Hope Healey, Frederic, tied for first place in the large-quilt category. She used the Shadow of the Bear pattern featuring double bear paws in the middle and at the points, single paws around the border. Log Cabin pattern fills the rest of the quilt, which was found in a book by Trudie Hughes. Pat Bluemel, Strum, from Country Lane Custom Quilting, did the quilting for Healy.

Mary Bjorgaard, Webster, tied with Hope Healy in the large-quilt category, with her Warm Heart of Africa quilt. It took Bjorgaard at least a year to finish the quilt, taking its animal squares along with her to work on in the car or wherever waiting was required. She pointed out the square showing a tame African warthog called Robert. The embroidery of the lion is based on photographs Bjorgaard and her husband, Steve Pearson, took during their trips to Malawi, Africa.

In honor of her year as president of the Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild, Mary Ann Heiden, Clayton, was given squares put together and signed by members of the guild. When Heiden died of cancer before she was able to put the squares together, members did the job for her, and the quilt was displayed at the show. A large quilt made by Heiden was also shown at the show, and was given a second-place red ribbon in the viewer’s choice voting.


Burnett County Conservation Day

Burnett County conservationist Dave Ferris gave a cheer at the start of the scavenger hunt during the annual Burnett County Conservation Day held for Grantsburg, Siren and Webster fifthgraders on Sept. 29 at the Crex Wildlife Education and Visitor Center in Grantsburg. Students heard presentations on land, water and soil conservation, checked out plant and wildlife displays and participated in hands-on learning activities during the daylong event. Grantsburg fifth-grade students Camilo Guelle and Noah Rauchbauer picked some mushrooms, one of the items they needed to find for a scavenger hunt during Conservation Day at the Crex Wildlife Education and Visitor Center. The day of conservation awareness activities was held for Grantsburg, Siren and Webster middle school students on Sept. 29.

GRANTSBURG – Students attending the Burnett County Conservation Day heard from guest speakers, watched demonstrations, checked out displays and participated in hands-on learning activities on the importance of conservation at the daylong event held on Sept. 29 at the Crex Wildlife Education and Visitor Center in Grantsburg. Students were given a

conservation awareness quiz to see how much they had learned. The two students from each school with the highest scores received conservation awareness certificates. Overall conservation awareness certificates were awarded to the top scoring two students from all three participating schools.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Grantsburg Middle School students Rhiana Pochman, Carolina Lowenstein and Shayna Vendela pondered over some pine needles to see if they were on their scavenger hunt list. The scavenger hunt was just one of many fun learning activities Grantsburg, Siren and Webster fifth-grade students enjoyed at the Sept. 29 Burnett County Conservation Day at the Crex Wildlife Education and Visitor Center.

Webster School conservation awareness certificate winners were Logan Grey and Emily Sabatka.

Webster fifth-grader Victoria Tyndall studied the conservation awareness quiz questions at Burnett County Conservation Day. Top-scoring students were presented with certificates. The daylong learning event was held at the Crex Wildlife Education and Visitor Center in Grantsburg on Sept. 29.

Grantsburg conservation awareness certificate winners were Austin Olson and Jake Wicklund.

Overall conservation awareness certificate winners were Austin Olson, Grantsburg, and Logan Grey, Webster.

Siren School conservation awareness certificate winners were Brady Mangen and Bayzhia Jean Taylor.


Enjoy the colors and tastes of fall at local farmers markets ent in many autumn soups. Beige colored and shaped like a vase, butternut squash has a sweet, nutty flavor. Warm up your family with this unusual stew. Gold, red, yellow and green vegetables spiced up with a fresh jalapeño and a touch of cinnamon make for a pretty and tasty stew.

by Collen Draxler BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES – A chill is in the air, the maples are showing off their yellow, orange and red leaves, and sports fans need to bundle up to cheer on their favorite football teams on Friday nights. Fall has definitely arrived. Enjoy the colors and tastes of fall at your local farmers markets. Gourds, apples, winter squashes (hubbard, butternut, buttercup, acorn and spaghetti) and pumpkins are the stars of the Octo-

This bright collection of gourds were for sale by Deb and Sam Talmadge at the Frederic Farmers Market. Gourds are used as birdhouses, musical instruments, bowls and table decorations.

Spicy Squash Stew from the Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, N.Y. 1-1/2 tablespoons oil 2 cups chopped onion 6 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 butternut squash, (about 4 cups cubed) 1/2 small jalapeño, minced 2 teaspoons cumin 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 3 cups water 2 cups tomatoes, chopped 2 cups red and/or green peppers, chopped 2 cups corn, fresh or frozen salt and pepper to taste sour cream or grated cheddar cheese

The Lahti boys, Roman, Leif and Oscar of Frederic, pick perfect pumpkins for their jack-o’-lanterns from a great selection of all sizes and shapes. What fun they’ll have cutting, scooping and carving the perfect scary or silly faces. – Photos by Colleen Draxler

Fire Safety Week It was Fire Safety Week at St. Croix Tribal Head Start Oct. 5 – 9. Fire Safety Week activities included reading a firefighters book to the Head Start students, smoke alarm practice with students and all students listening to the tribal firefighters as they explained about the uniforms they wear to protect themselves from the heat and flames of a fire. They talked about their masks, helmets and gloves as they put them over their everyday clothes. They all then went out to the fire truck where they were able to walk through to see all equipment needed on a fire truck. They sat in the Burnett County fire safety house unit as Miss Janet talked to the students about how to get low and go out the window when the room filled with smoke. Gratitude is extended to the St. Croix Tribal Injury Coalition/Tribal Head Start and to the Tribal Fire Department and the Burnett County Fire Department who loaned the fire safety unit. – Photos submitted

ber farmers markets. Did you know that the first pumpkin pie was quite different than the one peope enjoy today? Northeastern American Indians grew squash and pumpkins. They brought pumpkins to the colonists as a gift and taught them many uses for this tasty, nutritious vegetable. The first pie was a hollowed-out pumpkin filled with milk, honey and spices and baked in hot ashes. Tis the season to pick up a small sweet pumpkin for eating or an enormous one for carving out a scary Halloween jack-o’-lantern. The first jack-o’-lanterns were carved by the Irish and Scottish on turnips and potatoes. In England, large beets were used. Immigrants to the United States from the British Isles brought this tradition with them and soon discovered that pumpkins make perfect jack-o’-lanterns. Butternut squash is the main ingredi-

Place the oil, onions, garlic and salt in a soup pot. Cover and cook on medium heat for ten minutes until the onions are translucent. Stir often. Meanwhile, halve and peel the squash, scoop out the seeds and cut the flesh into one-half inch cubes. Add the squash, jalapeño, cumin, cinnamon and water to the soup pot and simmer for five-10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, peppers and corn and cook for 10-15 minutes until vegetables are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve each bowl with a dollop of sour cream or a sprinkle of grated cheese. Area farmers markets: Frederic, Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon, in the Inter-County Leader parking lot. Siren, Saturdays, 1 – 3 p.m., in the Siren Senior Citizen Center parking lot. Grantsburg, Mondays, noon – 2 p.m., at the village offices/library. Spooner, Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., near the train museum. Milltown, Fridays, 3 – 7 p.m., north of town on Hwy. 35. Balsam Lake, Fridays, 3 – 5:30 p.m., in the Balsam Lake Market & Deli parking lot. Falun, Fridays, 3 – 6 p.m., in front of Johnson Lumber.

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Rick Thill and Laurie Dezenzo were the perfectly costumed couple at the Trade River Winery’s Octoberfest celebration held on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Marge Seeger, owner of the Trade River Winery, welcome guests to the winery’s annual Octoberfest celebration held Saturday, Sept. 26. The winery is located on Hwy. 48 between Frederic and Grantsburg. - Photos by Priscilla Bauer


SCF drama students to present Shakespeare comedy ST. CROIX FALLS - “The course of true love never did run smooth.” The cast and crew of the St. Croix Falls High School Drama Department invite you to enjoy the humor of Shakespeare’s prophetic words as they present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the St. Croix Falls Elementary Gymnatorium on Nov. 12-14. Shakespeare’s famous comedy centers around the adventures of four young lovers, played by Lauren Lund, Grant Simpson, Gabby Nuckles and John Mikl, a group of pitifully amateur actors, played by Dillon Peterson, Matt Rude,

Taylor Ader, Alex Frey, and Alicha Greenlee, and their interactions with the fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest. Along the way, the romance is further complicated by the fighting between the king and queen of the fairies, played by Ryan Jaremczuk and Katie Burns-Penn, as well as the mischief and mishaps of the king’s servant, Puck, played by Ben Anderson. As the story unfolds, the lines between logic and reason continue to blur with the imaginative world of magic and mystery, leaving everyone to ponder what is real and what is not in this intriguing and hilarious Shake-

spearean classic. Rounding out the cast as other visitors to the enchanted forest are: Anthony Locken as Theseus, Sarah Perszyk as Hippolyta, Joe Reddy as Robin Starveling and Wall, Ben Clausen as Egeus, Jessica Adams as Cobweb, Bridgette Bayle as Mustard Seed, Maddie Sullivan as Peasebottom, Mirielle Francis as Moth, and Brandi Swenson, Lauren Richter, Ethan Anderson, Jace Marek and Michelle Peterson as fairies. The play is led by director Shawn Gudmunsen, technical director Holly Waterman and publicity manager Sharlene Prinsen.

Show times for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” are Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Thursday night and Saturday night shows are $1 for all students. All performances will be at the St. Croix Falls Elementary Gymnatorium. Tickets may be reserved by calling the high school office at 715-483-2507 ext. 1301. - submitted

Grantsburg Class of 1949

The Grantsburg High School Class of 1949 celebrated their 60th-class reunion on Sept. 12, at the Pour House Conference Room in Siren. Twenty classmates and 11 spouses enjoyed the celebration. Pictured (L to R) back row: Thomas Lahners, Cora Larson Sandberg, Betty Lindberg Anderson, Jeanne Lundberg Patterson, James Hoffman, Hartley Hedberg, Beverly Lahners Twingstrom, Lowell Olson and Donald Medchill. Middle row: Marilyn Upton Heinrichs, Carol Halverson Lysdahl, Marlys Lindquist Hanson, Katie Johnson Hedlund, Margaret Dahl Houdek, Phyllis Bjorklund Hoffman and Elaine Nelson Swenson. Front row: LaVone Ramsdell Brethorst, Barbara Green Moser, Marilyn Peterson Gronlund and Dorothy Mae Johnson Moan. – Photo submitted

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Virginia Zoncki-Bunker wins 2009 Polk County Library Trustee of the Year ST. CROIX FALLS - Indianhead Federated Library System is pleased to announce that Virginia ZonckiBunker won the 2009 Polk County Library Trustee of the Year Award. “Virginia has been, and continues to be, the bones on which the new library project in St. Croix Falls is built upon.” St. Croix Falls Public Library Director Sarah Adams meant that in the sense of fundamental support Zoncki-Bunker has provided in bringing a new library to the community. Zoncki-Bunker has tirelessly lead the library board and the director in the delicate interchange between the project’s advocates and those who may be in opposition or in positions of power. ZonckiBunker has also given countless hours of time and expertise in grant writing - winning over $300,000 for the project. Whether it is her thoughtful and kind words or her sharp mind, the contributions Zoncki-Bunker has given to the St. Croix Falls Public Library are outstanding. Indianhead Federated Library System Director Awards were given at the 31st-annual IFLS recogni- John Thompson presenting the 2009 Polk County tion ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 8. Zoncki-Bunker was Library Trustee of the Year Award to Virginia Zonin attendance to accept the award. Award recipients cki-Bunker. – Special photo were selected from nominations given by the 10 public libraries within Polk County. - submitted

New owners of the Siren Bargain Bin Jilene (Highsrom) Perreten and Charles Toenges are the new owners of the Siren Bargain Bin (formerly the Siren Dollar Store in the Outpost Mall). The Bargain Bin (with new signage coming) will carry many of the most popular items carried by the former Dollar Store plus many new items. The new owners are looking forward to providing the community with affordable everyday items plus a selection of new and exciting items. People with ideas on items they would like to see in the store can call the store at 715-3497283, or stop in and talk with one of the cashiers, Shonnah, Gail or Erin. – Photo by Nancy Jappe

Ten Digit local dialing is coming Residents and businesses in the 715 area code in Wisconsin should prepare for area code overlay STATEWIDE – Beginning Oct. 17, customers within the 715 area code in the state of Wisconsin should start dialing ten-digits, that is, the Area Code + Telephone Number when making local calls. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin approved the addition of the 534 area code to the geographic region currently served by 715 to ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers in the state- this is called an Area Code Overlay. An overlay is the addition of another area code - in this case, 534 - to the same geographic region as an existing area code (715). An overlay does not require customers to change their existing area code or phone number. However, when two area codes serve the same region, rules of the Federal Communications Commission require callers to change the way they dial local calls. The new procedure requires callers to dial the area code and the seven-digit telephone number. This includes all calls that are currently dialed with just seven digits. The most important things consumers and businesses need to know about the area code overlay are: • Customers’ existing phone numbers in the 715 area code will not change as a result of this overlay; • Effective Oct. 17, 2009, a “permissive” ten-digit dialing period begins, meaning that callers should begin using the new dialing procedure. If callers forget to use the area code and dial only the seven-digit number, the calls will still be completed during this permissive phase; • Beginning July 17, 2010, “mandatory” ten-digit local dialing begins and customers in the 715 area code must use the ten-digit dialing procedure for all local calls. As of this date, if they do not use the new dialing procedure, the calls will not be completed and a recording will instruct callers to hang up and dial again; • Phone numbers with the new 534 area code may be assigned in some areas as soon as Aug. 14, 2010; • The price of a call, local and long-distance calling areas and other rates and services of your telecommunication provider will not change as a result of the Area Code Overlay. What is a local call now will remain a local call regardless of the number of digits dialed; • The dialing procedure for long distance or operator assisted calls will not change; In addition to changing their dialing procedure, customers are encouraged to begin reprogramming their automatic dialing equipment and all other types of equipment that are currently programmed with only seven-digits. All such devices will need to be reprogrammed with tendigits (area code + telephone number) prior to July 17, 2010. Customers also are being urged to check with their security or alarm companies and the suppliers of their business phone systems as soon as possible to make sure their systems are programmed to handle the new dialing pattern. For more information, please visit or contact your local service provider. - submitted







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CHURCH NEWS Bone Lake Lutheran news

There was a special surprise during worship for the Bone Lake congregation on Sunday, Oct. 11. Benett J. Ulmaniec was baptized, and one of his sponsors, Nick Kuechenmeister, couldn’t be there in person because he is currently serving in Iraq. But thanks to great technology, Kuechenmeister was “live” from Iraq for the service through the Internet and the computer program Skype. Even the baptismal family did not know that this was going to was a total The Blessing of the Quilts took place during worship at Bone Lake on Sunsurprise. Benett’s parents are Jenny and Jim Ulmaniec. His sponsors are day, Oct. 11. The quilters made over 100 quilts for Lutheran World Relief. The Mande and Nick Kuechenmeister and Joel and Laurie Loehr. The hymn followquilters also make baptismal quilts for infants, fire quilts and quilts for raffles ing the baptism was “Let There be Peace on Earth,” chosen especially for at the congregation and Luther Point Bible Camp. – Photos submitted Kuechenmeister and Benett.

Ladies morning retreat at Frederic Evangelical Free Church features Michelle Rayburn Rayburn present “Patchwork,” examining the many pieces that comprise the patchwork of a woman’s life and how the loving heavenly Father can put those pieces together in a pattern that creates a beautiful masterpiece. Rayburn draws from broad experience in Christian work


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

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Service of Remembrance for children set at North Valley Lutheran Church CENTURIA – A Service of Remembrance for children will be held Sunday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m., at North Valley Lutheran Church at 1988 220th Ave., Centuria – two miles west of Milltown on CTH G. North Valley invites those who have experienced the death of a child, whether parents, sisters, brothers, relatives or friends, to attend this thirdannual Service of Remembrance for children. No matter the age of the child or when it happened, it is still the death of a child to someone. This service provides an opportunity to come together in a mutual bond to remember and celebrate the life of that child. Participants hear the word of promise and hope from the Lord in the

midst of loss. When you experience the death of a child, your world is never the same, even though the rest of the world continues in the same way. Those attending are welcome to bring a flower in memory of their loved one(s) to be added to a bouquet of remembrance. Candles will be lit in their honor and memory. Guest speakers will be Nate Fisk of Centuria, whose brother died in an accident, and Pastor Danny Wheeler of Milltown, whose grandson died at the age of one week. A time of refreshment and fellowship will be held after the service. For more information call North Valley Church at 715-825-3559. - submitted

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CHURCH NEWS The Rev. Gary Rokenbrodt installed as pastor of duo parish by Brenda Sommerfeld CLAM FALLS – The Clam Falls Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church of Bone Lake installed the Rev. Gary Rokenbrodt as their pastor during a ceremony held Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Clam Falls Lutheran church. Rokenbrodt has been the intern pastor for the parish since January, but after the installment service he is officially the pastor of the two churches. “I did hope that a call from Northwest Wisconsin would come to be and it did,” Rokenbrodt said. “I like the area.” He has been a pastor for over 25 years. He is a graduate of Concordia Seminary,

St. Louis, Mo. He went on to pastor in Texas, then from 1984 to 1998 he was the pastor in Turtle Lake and Clayton Zion and Immanuel. From there he went to Hilbert, near Appleton, and he has spent the last six years in Wadena, Minn. His wife Debra and his youngest daughter still live in Wadena, where Katie attends junior high school. Debra and Katie will join Rokenbrodt in the Clam Falls parsonage soon. Katie will attend Frederic School and Debra will continue her career as a Minnesota Virtual Academy online schoolteacher from home. The couple has four other children who are attending college.

Family surrounded the Rev. Gary Rokenbrodt during the service Saturday, Oct. 10, that installed him as pastor of Clam Falls Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church of Bone Lake. – Photos by Brenda Sommerfeld

AALC regional pastor, the Rev. Mark Homp, installed the Rev. Gary Rokenbrodt, and the Rev. Michael Main gave the sermon during the ceremony.

“I’ve always wanted to take the Christian gospel message to people,” Rokenbrodt stated. “I’ve always been inspired by cross-cultural mission-type things; that’s what led me into the ministry. I have done cross-cultural things, but I do enjoy parish ministry right here in Northwest Wisconsin.” With a background in Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Rokenbrodt is fortunate that the American Association of Lutheran Churches parish of Clam Falls and Bone Lake Lutheran churches came to have a relationship with the

LCMS in 2007. Rokenbrodt plans on forming a youth encounter team. The church has also hosted a Dave and Barb Anderson Fellowship Ministries concert. He plans to reach out to the community more through concerts and youth-oriented events. “We hope to be reaching out and touching the community and we hope to grow and all those good things,” Rokenbrodt said.


Celebrating centennial

Reegan Kulzer was baptized on Sept. 27, 2009, at West Immanual Lutheran Church by Pastor Rex Brandt. Reegan wore a handmade baptismal gown that had been passed down six generations and is 144 years old. Reegan’s mother, Brooke, is holding Reegan. – Photo submitted

In celebrating their centennial, members of Fristad Lutheran Church are donating items, hoping to attain a number of 100 or more per project. In August, they assembled 122 school kits for Lutheran World Relief, plus giving school supplies locally. In September, the project was paper products. Donations were 202 rolls of toilet tissue and 100 rolls of paper toweling. These supplies were given to two local food shelves and three group homes. In October, donations of 100 or more bars of ARE YOU A soap are being requested for food shelves and forCATHOLIC eign distribution. Also being requested are 100 that hasn’t been to skeins of yarn or crocheted or knitted afghans for church for a while? the prayer shawl ministry. The community is invited Are you wondering if to participate in these Celebration/100 projects and it’s OK to come back? all services and events at Fristad Lutheran Church, Do you have questions, Hwy. 35 in Centuria. Shown (L to R) are Ardyce Ditlefbut are afraid to ask? sen, Marge Beyl, Ardis Swenson and Marilyn Lacy Others feel packing school supplies. – Photo submitted the same as you!

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On Sunday, Sept. 27, at the 10 a.m. worship services Taylor Terry Hansford was baptized at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Frederic. Taylor’s middle name was after her great-grandfather. The congregation welcomed Taylor into God’s family. Pictured (L to R) are Taunee Clausen, sponsor, holding Taylor Terry Hansford, Pastor Catherine, mother Erin holding big sister, Lily, and father, George. – Photo submitted

Menu: Egg bake, Swedish Pancakes, Swedish Sausage, Muffins, Fruit Cup, Pumpkin & Apple Bars, Milk, Coffee & Juice Freewill Offering • Proceeds to Missionaries Allan & Marie Krahn in Brazil Supplemental funding is applied for from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. - Monday, Oct. 19, the Taylors Falls Christian Women will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Wappogasset Bible Camp, Amery, for lunch. The special feature is Carrie Wisner on “Pumpkins,” from Glenna Farms. The music is by Judith Mickelson. The

speaker is Chuckie O’Leary, speaking on “A Life-Saving Story.” The cost will be $8 inclusive and reservations are necessary and can be had by call Dory at 651583-2627 or Velda at 715-857-5573. submitted


CHURCH NEWS When good comes from bad

Victory in Jesus

Joe Cycenas Joe Cycenas, 78, Siren, died on Sept. 29, 2009, on the Feast Day of the Holy Archangels. He was born on April 9, 1931, in Chicago to Charles and Nancy Cycenas. At the age of 16, his parents purchased and moved to Riverside Resort, north of Danbury. On May 1, 1954, he was united in marriage to Nancy D’Jock. They have eight children, Edward (Robin) Cycenas of Siren, Mary (James) Hunter of Siren, Jane Rose of New York, Julie (Charles) Carnevale of Florida, Polly Cycenas (Kevin Kelly) of Florida, Joel Cycenas of Chisago City, Minn., Tracey (Kim) Cycenas of Oak Grove, Minn., and Monica (Aaron) Larson of Luck; and 10 grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; eight children; and two brothers, Richard Cycenas of Racine and John Cycenas of Manchester, Conn. Mass of Resurrection was at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Frederic with Fr. Tupa and Deacon Mike Martin officiating. Burial was at the Siren Cemetery.


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Evald Gjerning Evald Gjerning, a resident of the Pioneer Home in Luck, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009. Funeral services are Friday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m., at Pilgram Lutheran Church in Frederic. Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 15, 5 - 7 p.m., at the Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic. The Rowe Funeral Home, Frederic, was entrusted with arrangements.

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FREDERIC – Last Sunday, the 19th Sunday after Pentecost, was designated as Thank Offering Sunday by the women of the church. Half of the special offering that was collected will go to Faith’s Lodge in Siren and the other half will go to Serenity House in Balsam Lake. The guest speaker was Bill Turk who talked of his faith journey in life in a talk he had titled “Plop Plop.” The sanctuary choir, though small in numbers, is mighty in their voices and the song they sang was “And We Remember” by Douglas Wagner. For children’s time, Pastor Catherine invited all the young children of the congregation to sit on the kneeling bench and place their hands on the homemade quilts that were draped on the altar railing. As they did that, she prayed a special blessing over the quilts. These quilts will provide warmth as well as shelter for the people who will be receiving them. For the past year the quilt ladies have been busy making the quilts that will be distributed by Lutheran Social Services throughout the world. Someone donated a box of dark-colored men’s suit samples to the church so these samples were laundered, then cut into 5inch squares and sewn together into a very warm quilt. That is recycling at its finest. On Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8 to 11 a.m., the church will again be having a giveaway day for anyone in need of toddlers and children’s coats, jackets, mittens, scarves, ski pants and boots. You can help this mission project by do-

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nating items that are new or used in good condition. They can be dropped off at Affordable Quality Appliances in downtown Frederic every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call Sylvia Hansen at 715327-8235 or LuAnn Ackerly at 715-327-4737. It appears as though winter has arrived and all children need to be dressed warm. Trick or Treat for the Frederic Food Pantry – On Sunday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., the youth from sixth to 12th grade will go out into the community to collect food for the local food shelf. The youth will meet at the church at 5:45 p.m., and everyone is encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes. As the students go out into the community to collect the food, please leave your outside light on so they will know to stop and pick up your food or you can leave your bag of groceries on the step and the students will pick them up. The food shelf is always in need of food to share with others within the community. After the food has been collected, the students will go back to the church for games, refreshments and the judging of costumes. Pilgrim invites everyone to join them for Sunday morning worship services at 10 a.m. Sunday school starts at 9 and all children from pre-K through sixth grade are welcome. For more information about the church or any of the up-and-coming events, call the church office at 715327-8012 or go to their Web site - submitted


Friday, October 23

Dinner: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 8.00 Kids Under 6 Free


Bake Sale: 1 - 7 p.m. Fresh Frozen Apple Pies For Sale

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In some respects, the animal world isn’t much different from the world of humans. Regarding death or rejection, for instance, some species grieve over loss of their family members, such as elephants that spend days at the side of a dead or dying relative. The subject of death is not always pleasant. But although we humans grieve with varying intensity and length, we know that sometimes good comes from it. A woman who lost a child to a Perspectives drunk driver took on the challenge to bring more stringent laws against drunk driving, and others were invited to join her in a massive campaign called Mothers Against Drunk Drive r s . A widow might find healing and fulfillment in volunteering, which could result in help for many others. A man who loses his job might go back to school and consequently find a better-suited occupation. Epidemics bring new cures. Catastrophes bring better warning systems. Inhumane treatment of people or animals brings compassionate help and better laws. There are countless examples of good coming from bad. The Old Testament tells of Joseph, abused and sold by his brothers and then perjured by a vengeful woman which led to his imprisonment. Because Joseph remained faithful, God eventually brought much favor and riches to him. Another example is of King David, maligned by his enemy, Shimei, who cursed him and threw stones at him. David’s servant insisted the man be killed. But David had another idea. “It may be that the Lord will look on my affliction, and that the Lord will repay me with good for (Shimei’s) cursing this day,” David said. (2 Samuel 16:12) If only we all held the same attitude. Such an attitude is filled with hope rather than despair, with love for God rather than “why me?” thinking, and with patience and perseverance rather than futile ideas of revenge or blame. Death cannot be avoided. Rejection can’t either, in many cases. In fact, death is a type of rejection. But our attitudes can bring good from them. It’s up to us. Rather than wallow in grief forever, like a woman I knew who mourned her husband’s abandonment year after year, we can choose, rather, to love and serve God with willing, joyful, patient hearts. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) Lord, give us the strength and wisdom to look at our problems and “evils” with the hope and assurance that you will bring good from them. In Jesus’ name, amen. (Mrs. Bair may be reached at

Lord’s church still stands. And not only does she still live, she lives in greater strength and with a far wider influence than Every attempt on the part of Satan to deany other ideology of man could ever dream stroy the church and lead saints into apospossible. tasy and eternal loss serves as another Christianity has been involved in controlexample of the great power of our God to ling the progress of civilization and the desovercome the forces of the devil and bring tinies of the world. She has marched over victory out of defeat. Great battles have the ruins of human wisdom and folly, movbeen fought from the very inception of the ing ever forward and onward. She has surchurch and there will be battles yet to come. vived more than two thousand years of But the final outcome will be victory in relentless attack, but she still lives. We can Jesus. say without fear of contradiction that the Christianity has passed through several church can never die. As Phillip Schaff has generations, each one with its own antagonoted, “It will never see the decrepitude of nists and enemies of the cross. Some have suffered immensely, some only moderately. Preacher’s old age; but, like its divine founder, it will live in the unfading freshness of self-renewBut regardless of the age in which we live ing youth and the unbroken vigor of manwe remind ourselves of the words of Paul: hood to the end of time, and will outlive “They that live godly lives in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). When one con- time itself.” Human systems will come and go the siders the battles the Lord’s church has faced, and the way of all flesh, but the church will never be deeventual outcomes, he stands amazed at the power of stroyed. She will simply exchange her earthly garGod and the fulfillment of his promise that he would ments for the white robes promised by our savior. And once ushered into that heavenly abode, God’s be with us “to the end of the world” (Matt. 28:20). During the long succession of centuries the church people of every age will enjoy an endless day of glohas outlived an immense array of attacks by the devil, rious bliss promised by our savior. That will truly be and it has remained intact, and in most instances re- “victory in Jesus” as together the saints of every age vitalized and stronger as a result. She has survived sing the song of Moses and the lamb. (Written by the encroachment of Judaism, the destruction of Tom Wacaster) If readers have questions you would like answered Jerusalem, the dissolution of the Roman Empire, and the rise and fall of nation after nation, few of which in this weekly column or simply wish to know more have lasted more than two centuries. She has over- about the Church of Christ, we would like to invite come fierce persecutions from without, and heretical you to call 715-866-7157, visit our Web site corruptions from within. The barbarian invasions, ( or stop by the church confusion of the dark ages, the papal tyranny, the rav- building at 7425 W. Birch St., in Webster. Sunday Bible ages of infidelity and revolution, and the rise and fall class begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship begins at 10:30. of philosophical systems and social organizations We also meet Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Office without number – all have come and gone, and the hours are Tuesdays through Fridays 9 a.m. - noon.


OBITUARIES Arnold O. Anderson

Evelyn Brathall

Pharis Harvey Stower Jr.

Arnold O. Anderson of Dresser died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at his home, at the age of 85. Arnold was born March 2, 1924, to Adolph and Christine Anderson in Dresser. He was baptized at St. Peter’s Lutheran in Dresser and confirmed at Bethesda Lutheran at Sand Lake. Arnold graduated from St. Croix Falls High School and Superior Vocational School in aircraft sheet metal work. He then went to Seattle and worked in the Navy shipyards on Puget Sound. He returned to Wisconsin in 1944 and went into partnership with his brother, Vernon, on their farm. He also worked at the Osceola Telephone Company and did some logging. In 1992, he married Darlene Munkholm. Arnie enjoyed hunting, fishing and carving wood. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Myrtle; and brother, Vernon. He is survived by his wife, Darlene; stepdaughter, Michele (Steve) Silvester; stepgrandsons, Andrew and Nicholas Silvester; nieces, Emmy (Gerald) Pieper and Mary (Jerry) Bolang; great- and great-great-nephews and nieces and many friends. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Bethesda Lutheran Church with the Rev. Mark Richardson officiating. Music was provided by Barbara Peterson and Roger Johnson. Interment was in the St. Peter’s Cemetery in Dresser. The Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, was entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Evelyn Brathall, 88, Lewis, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at the St. Croix Falls Regional Medical Center. She was born Evelyn Maria Schroeder on Sept. 17, 1921, in Tamarack, Minn. She married Leslie Rutherford in 1941 and farmed outside of Siren. They divorced in 1956. She moved to Frederic and worked at Olsen and Son Drug Store. She married Merlin Brathall in 1962 and farmed outside of Roberts. Merlin died in 1977 and she moved to Lewis, where she lived out her life enjoying feeding her birds and working in her yard. Evelyn was preceded in death by her three sisters and two brothers. She is survived by one daughter, LaVerne Rutherford-Lund; two grandchildren, Terry (Melinda) Lund, Kelly (Jeff) Fisher; and five great-grandchildren, all living in Washington state; nephew, Tim (Renee) Greaner from Balsam Lake; brother-in-law, Richard (Sandra) Brathall from Luck; and other nieces and nephews, other family and friends. No services will be held, as per Evie’s wishes. Interment will be held at a later date at Woodside Cemetery in Baldwin. The Polk County Cremation Society of St. Croix Falls, was entrusted with arrangements.

Lauritz P. Jensen

Byron (Buck) Freeman Cooper

Lauritz P. Jensen of Luck died Oct. 9, 2009, at the age of 91. He was the son of August and Henriette Jensen. He was an employee of the U.S. Postal Service for 32 years and a decorated WW II veteran. He was an active member of the National Association of Federal Employees and the Danish Brotherhood in America. He is survived by his wife, Grayce, of 55 years; and brother Harry ( Darlene); three children, Larry (Michelle) of Andover, Minn., Sanna of Isanti, Minn. and Norman (Jackie) of Urbandale, Iowa; four grandchildren, Teresa, Nicole, Sarah and Katelyn. Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at Rowe Funeral Home in Luck followed by a private interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Memorial contributions will be made to the Fort Snelling Honor Guard.

Byron (Buck) Freeman Cooper, 75, St. Croix Falls, died at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in St. Croix Falls on Oct. 2, 2009, after more than 15 years of battle with asbestosis. Buck was born in Spooner on March 23, 1934, the sixth child of Ira and Frances Cooper and the first in the family to be born in a hospital. He started life near Hertel, attending Bashaw, Lampson and Demecrest schools, as the family moved, ending up on the Clam River, near the dam. There, he attended Kruger school through the eighth grade, then logged with his dad until the family migrated to Milltown. At 17, he left home to work in South St. Paul, Minn., at Armours and Swifts, in turn. He enlisted into the Army in 1953, and served in the Army’s ski patrol along the western border of Alaska during the Korean War. In early 1956, he was mustered out of the Army and returned to his parents home in Milltown. He worked for about one year for Archer Daniels Midland Co. in Minneapolis, until he was laid off. Upon leaving his ADM job, he resumed logging with different loggers, and met his future wife. They dated over a year before Buck left for Montana to work as a faller with brother Dewey. In December of 1958, he returned to the his Wisconsin/Minnesota area and married Janice on Dec. 27 in St. Paul, Minn. They returned to Montana five months later, where their first child was born that October. After two years, they returned to St. Paul. A second child was born three years later. Buck took a job as a laborer in his father-in-law’s company, laying pipe for sewer lines. He went on to work for Carlson Sewer, Maplewood Plumbing and Commercial Utilities. Eventually, he was accepted into the Plumbers’ Local No. 34 and continued to be an active member from 1966 until he retired in 1994 because of respiratory problems, which proved to be advanced asbestosis. He remained in the union as a retiree until his death. Buck was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Frances; brothers, Russell and Dewey; sisters, Marlys Gilles and Lorelie Thompson. He is survived by his wife, Janice (nee League); daughter, Deborah; son, Christopher; grandchildren, Desiree Hanson Pliego, Derek, Laura and Sarah Cooper; remaining siblings, Lane Cooper of Washington state, Betty Thomas of Montana; several nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends. Buck’s wishes were to offer his lungs for research against asbestosis and to be cremated. Committal service and military honors will be held Friday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m., at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner. No flowers please. There will be a lunch served following from noon to 3 p.m. at the St. Croix Falls American Legion Hall, St. Croix Falls. Memorials can be sent to Janice Cooper, 28404 CTH FF, Danbury, WI 54830. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Pharis Harvey Stower Jr., 65, Amery, died unexpectedly at Regions Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. Harvey Stower was born on Sept. 17, 1944, in Frederic, the son of Pharis and Kathryn (Bergman) Stower. His early years were spent near Frederic until his family moved to Range, where he attended eighth grade at the Range School and graduated from Amery High School in 1962. His high school activities included athletics, speech and helping to found the Young Republicans club. Harvey attended college at UW-River Falls where he was active in United Methodist Youth, campus politics, and working for social justice issues throughout the United States. In 1965 he participated in the Selma to Montgomery march with Martin Luther King Jr., beginning a lifelong commitment to working for civil rights. It was during this time that he switched his political affiliation, becoming an active member of the Democratic Party for the rest of his life. Harvey graduated from UW-River Falls in 1966 with degrees in political science, English and education. He met his future wife, Marilyn, at UWRF and they were married on March 11, 1967, in River Falls. Harvey taught for several years at Prescott, Clayton and Nicolet high schools, where he shared his love for literature with students in his English classes and created a new course on minority literature. In the mid1970s Harvey pursued another dream, to become an ordained United Methodist minister. He attended Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and spent time studying in St. Andrews, Scotland. After becoming ordained in 1977, Harvey and Marilyn moved to Milwaukee, where he served as a minister at Kenwood United Methodist Church. In 1982, Harvey returned to Polk County to run for Wisconsin State Assembly in the 28th District. He spent the next 10 years involved in state politics. During his time in the state Assembly, Harvey was called “The Conscience of the Legislature” and won the respect of many on both sides of the political aisle. He chaired the Tourism and Recreation Committee and chaired two legislative council studies on issues relating to hunger prevention and homelessness. He was vice chair for the Committee on Consumer Affairs and the Committee on Government Operations and Corrections; was chair of the Subcommittee on Forestry for the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Affairs. He wrote legislation to create the Wisconsin Conservation Corps, and was given the Clean 16 Award by Wisconsin’s Environmental Decade for his outstanding voting record on environmental issues. He also authored legislation to support Wisconsin schools and rural communities, and improve the lives of farmers, workers, motorists on Wisconsin highways, veterans and Americans with disabilities. In 1994, he ran an unsuccessful bid for U.S. Congress. Harvey spent the last 14 years of his life as Amery’s mayor, working on behalf of the citizens of Amery and the surrounding communities. He focused much of his efforts on developing the riverfront in Amery, maintaining a thriving downtown, encouraging industrial growth, and building the reputation of Amery as one of the “100 Best Arts Communities” in the United States. Through the “Amery Almanac” he highlighted events, places and people that make Amery the place that he loved. Throughout his life, he received numerous awards and commendations including the Award for Excellence from the Robert Gard Wisconsin Idea Foundation. He also served on the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Board and Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association Board. Harvey was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; and his parents, Pharis and Kathryn. He is survived by his daughters, Kate (Joe Schlosser) and Liz; grandson, Adam Schlosser; sisters, Pat (Jim) Anderson and Susan (Gary) Bohn; sisters-in-law, Nancy (David) Nedveck, Marie Nielsen and Carla Nielsen; brother-in-law, Allen (Cindy) Nielsen; two nieces; eight nephews. The ecumenical funeral service took place on Saturday, Oct. 10, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amery, with the Rev. Mark Peacock officiating. Pallbearers were Geoff Bohn, Greg Anderson, Steve Bohn, Todd Anderson, Andrea Bohn, Anna Bluma and Allen Nielsen. Honorary pallbearers were Derek Nedveck, Mateus Romero and Kenton French. Music was led by Duck for the Oyster, Nancy Hoppe, Sherry Monson, Chris Lindee and Barry Tulkki. Memorials may be made to the Stower Community Scholarship Fund, Kinship of Polk County, Amery Area Public Library,\ and UMCOR. The Williamson-White Funeral Home, Amery, was entrusted with arrangements.

John Okerstrom John Okerstrom, 77, died Oct. 10, 2009. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m., at Yellow Lake Lutheran Church, Webster. Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 16, from 4-7 p.m., and from 10 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Yellow Lake Lutheran Church, Webster. A full obituary will follow in a later edition. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Patrick E. Schultz Patrick E. Schulz, “Pat”, 54, St. Croix Falls, died after a long and courageous battle with cancer on Oct. 9, 2009. Pat was born in St. Paul, Minn., to Edward Schulz and Patricia Jaracz. Pat married his wife, Pam, in 1995. They lived in a quiet neighborhood where Pat learned to love gardening. He transformed his yard into a peaceful and relaxing getaway where he loved to spend hours with friends and family. Above all, Pat enjoyed having a family of his own, including his four grandsons, who visited him and loved to play in his yard. Pat was also a member of The Sons of the American Legion, which brought him many friendships. Pat is survived by his wife, Pam, who spent the last two years helping her husband who was fighting to spend the rest of his life with her; mother, Patricia and Emil Jaracz; sister, Deborah (Patrick) Finnigan; sister, Edna Schultz; and brother, Victor (Kathy) Schultz; stepchildren, Christopher (Amy) Donovan and their sons, Cody, Matthew and Ryan, and Shannon Donovan and her son, Blake; many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Schultz. A celebration of Pat’s life was held Wednesday evening, Oct. 14, at the St. Croix Valley Funeral Home Chapel in St. Croix Falls. The St. Croix Valley Funeral Home and Polk County Cremation Society in St. Croix Falls was entrusted with arrangements.

William Shires William Shires, 60, died Oct. 7, 2009. Memorial services will be Monday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m., with visitation prior from 9-11 a.m., at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Siren Chapel. A full obituary will follow in a later edition. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.


OBITUARIES Kathryn Carol Reinholdt Flom

Gary C. Measner

Irene L. Crane

Kathryn Carol Reinholdt Flom, 88, Roseville, Minn., formerly of St. Croix Falls, died Oct. 9, 2009. Kathyrn was born to Martin and Caroline Reinholdt on Dec. 26, 1921, in Van Hook, N.D. She married Harold J. Flom on April 5, 1944, in Bismark, N.D. Her love of children drew her to a lengthy teaching career in both her church and in the public schools. She is survived by her husband, Harold; two sisters, Marjorie Drickey and Ivadelle Fontana; eight children, Betty (Michael) Utecht, Lynette (R. James) Bledsaw, Stephanie (Steven) West, H. Douglas (Sandra), Tony (Hannah) Riggs, Michele (Robert) Echols and Lori (Paul) Dennis; 26 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and a host of children of the heart. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Bethesda Lutheran Church at Sand Lake with interment at the Sand Lake Cemetery. The Edling Funeral Home, St. Croix Falls, was entrusted with arrangements.

Gary C. Measner, 66, of Jackson, Ga., died Sept. 14, 2009, at Sylvan Grove Hospital, Jackson, Ga. Gary was born Sept. 8, 1943. His family moved to Trade Lake when he was 10 years old. Gary was raised on a farm and was a farmer himself for 40 years. He worked for Peterson Lumber Yard in Spirit Lake and at St. Croix Valley Hardwoods in Luck. Gary married Laurie Jepson. They had one son, Jeremy. He later married Vereen Richter. Gary was a quiet man who liked simple things. It was the little things in life that made him happy. He loved his garden and was a great gardener. He loved his yard work. He loved birds, fall leaves, the first spring buds and all of nature. He liked all things green, like the Green Bay Packers and John Deere tractors. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Leander Measner and Gladys Brenizer; stepfather, Byron Orr Brenizer. He is survived by his wife, Vereen; son, Jeremy (Angie) of Las Vegas, Nev.; four stepchildren, Tammy Day and Connie Sasser, Florida, Marty Richter and Terry Lane of Georgia; brothers, Curtis (Judy), Clear Lake and Richard (Sand) Frederic; sister, Sharon (Doug) Anderson, Menomonie; nine step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Graveside services were held Saturday, Sept. 26, with Pastor David Almlie officiating. Burial was at Missionary Cemetery, Trade Lake.

Irene L. Crane, 98, Woodbury, Minn., died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, at the Woodbury Health Care Center. Irene Clementine L’Allier was born Dec. 5, 1910, to Oscar and Azela L’Allier of rural Balsam Lake. She grew up on the family farm in the Blake community. On Aug. 24, 1937, she married Vaemond Crane, and they made their home in the Bunyan community. Five children were born to them. Vaemond passed away in April 1996, and Irene remained on the farm until 2005, when she moved to St. Croix Falls, and then to Woodbury, Minn., in 2008. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers and eight sisters; her husband; two great-grandchildren; and son-in-law, Mervin Hill. Irene leaves to celebrate her memory, children, Connie Hill, Vaemond (Bonnie) Crane, James (Janet) Crane, Clair (Carol) Crane and Faye Crane; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; her sister, Fernande Pederson; and sister-in-law, Ruth Dueholm. Mass of Christian burial was held at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Father John Drummy officiated. Irene was laid to rest next her husband at the Balsam Lake Cemetery following the Mass. Grandsons were casket bearers. To express online condolences please visit The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria was entrusted with arrangements.

Donald W. Amlee Donald W. Amlee, 82, Cushing, died Oct. 3, 2009, at the United Pioneer Home in Luck. He was born Feb. 25, 1927, to Wendell and Gladys Amlee in St. Paul, Minn. He was 6 weeks old when the family moved to Cushing. He graduated from St. Croix Falls High School in 1945. He was president of the FFA while in school. After graduating he moved to St. Paul and worked for Western Electric. Don married Delphine on Nov. 6, 1948. Together they had seven children. In 1950, they returned to Cushing for a couple of years before moving to White Bear Lake, Minn., where Don drove truck for Indianhead Truck Lines hauling gasoline in the five-state area for 10 years. In 1961, they moved to California, where Don worked for Mayflower Trucking Co. and in 1962 started working for TRW in the transportation department. He hauled satellites and spacecrafts to various launch pads and to the airport for transporting to Florida. After retirement in 1987, Don and Delphine returned to Cushing. Don loved working outdoors, gardening and helping anyone who needed help. He was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Cushing, which included serving on the church council for a number of years. Don is survived by his wife of 60 years, Delphine; children, Larry, Carol (Roger) Rosebury, Debby (Kevin) Strange, Barbara (Tom) Martin, Cindy (David) Hester, Dave (Jenny) and Tom; 13 grandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren; and brothers, Allan (Phillis), Gaylon and Arlin; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Oct. 10, at First Lutheran Church in Cushing with interment following at the Cushing Cemetery. The Edling Funeral Home, St. Croix Falls, was entrusted with arrangements.

Fred Leo Tietz, 82, Amery, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at Golden Age Manor. He was born on Sept. 18, 1927, to Arthur and Clara Tietz of Frederic. Arthur and Clara were farmers at Indian Creek. He grew up in the Clam Falls area. On April 7,1947, Fred married Jane Madilene Fenton in Minnesota. To this union a son, Leo, was born in 1951, and son, Allen in 1957. Fred worked as a steel cutter in the Twin Cities for many years, and kept up with the Teamsters Union local 662. He retired from the union in 1987. In 1969, they moved to Frederic and he worked as a cheesemaker for Stella Cheese. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Allen in 2000; brothers, Lawrence and John; and sister, Margaret. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jane Tietz; son, Leo (Carol) Tietz; daughter-in-law, Carla LaFrontaine; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. Memorial services were held on Monday, Oct. 12, at Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery. Pastor Penny Fritze-Tietz officiated at the service. Special music was provided by Penny and Larry Tietz. Following the service the interment of the cremains was at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Frederic. The Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery was entrusted with arrangements.


To our families and our community for all the support we have received since the death of our son, River Daniel. Together he will live on. So many in the community came out and shined when it was our darkest time. There have been so many generous people and we are truly appreciative of everything that has been done for us. Please keep the family of River close to your hearts and in your prayers. We just wanted to thank everyone again.

In Loving Memory Of

Nick Karels

It broke our hearts to lose you, You did not go alone, For part of us went with you, The day God called you home.

Missing You, Your Family

Fred Leo Tietz

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In loving memory of our dear son and brother,

Donald Steven Van Gundy,

Quentin O. Borg Quentin O. Borg, 81, formerly of Grantsburg, died Oct. 3, 2009, in Jackson, Minn., after a lengthy illness. Quentin was born Aug. 12, 1928, to Otto and Mabel Borg of Grantsburg. He had one younger brother, Derald. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother. Quentin attended school in Grantsburg and graduated from Grantsburg High School in 1946. He served in the United States Army from 1952 – 1955. After his discharge from the Army, he went to work at the Ford plant in St. Paul, Minn. Ill health caused him to leave his job with Ford in 1968, and he moved back to the family farm on Borg Road north of Grantsburg. For a time he raised chickens and did some truck gardening, selling eggs and vegetables door-to-door. Quentin is perhaps best remembered for his adventures after he left Grantsburg, which were chronicled in his 1996 memoir, “When Life Went Hectic.” In 1985, at age 57 with just a few food stamps and the clothes on his back, he hitchhiked to Florida, then on to California, where he eventually found work in a mission. He returned to Florida late in 1987 and settled in Ft. Pierce, where he found work as a night security guard. He remained in Ft. Pierce until March of 2008. By that time his health had deteriorated to the point where he was unable to live alone. At the invitation of and with the help of his former Grantsburg neighbors, Leo and Karen Porter, he moved to Jackson, Minn. There he lived with Porters for six months before moving into an assisted living facility. As his health continued to decline, he moved into the Good Samaritan Nursing Home and remained there until his death. Quentin Borg was buried beside his parents and brother in Riverside Cemetery in Grantsburg on Oct. 14. The Brask Fossum American Legion Post provided an honor guard.

who passed away one year ago, Oct. 18.

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Ever close in mind and heart No further away than a picture, A smile or remembered phrase Our loved one lives in memory So close in so many ways. For how often does a sunset Bring nostalgic thought of mind Of moments that our loved one shared In days now left behind. How often has a flower or A crystal autumn sky Brought golden recollections of Happy days gone by. Yes memory has a magic way Of keeping loved ones near Ever close in mind and heart Are the ones we hold most dear.

Sadly missed by Mom and Duane, Sisters Erica and Paige, Family and Friends  

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The Family of D o u g l a s J. M c K e n z i e would like to express their appreciation to Steve Smith and the other officers, Tom Kolstad, Pastor Sollitt, the women from East Balsam Baptist Church who served the lunch, those who brought food, flowers and cards, and especially to those who were with us at home and at the services as we said good-bye to Doug. 498282 8Lp



Don’t let small grievances ruin relationship with parents

to each member of our family. I couldn’t imagine life without her just a few years earlier. But time passed so quickly, and before we knew it, she had grown old and sick and incompetent. This human experience is like that. In just a brief moment, it seems, our fleeting days are gone, and as King David said, “The place thereof shall know it no more” (Psalm 103:16, KJV). As I sat at her memorial service, I was flooded with memories and a profound sense of loss. But there was not the slightest hint of regret, remorse or guilt. There were no hurtful words I wished I could have taken back. There were no prolonged conflicts that remained unresolved between my parents and me. Why not? Was I a perfect son born to flawless parents? Of course not. But when Shirley and I had been married two years, I remember saying to her, “Our parents will not always be with us. I see now the incredible brevity of life that will someday take them from us. We must keep that in mind as we live out our daily lives. I want to respond to both sets of parents in such a way that we will have no regrets after they are gone.” Again, to those of you who are in need of this advice, I urge you not to throw away these good, healthy

Q: I have plenty of reasons to resent my parents. They’ve never abused me or anything like that, but they do such stupid things. My dad’s work has been the only thing he cared about. My mom is a perpetual nagger. How can I respect people like that? DR. DOBSON: Let’s assume that your complaints against your parents are valid — that they didn’t do a very good job of raising you and your siblings. Nevertheless, I urge you to cut them some slack. You’ll learn someday just how hard it is to be a good parent. Even those who are highly motivated to do the job right often make a mess of things. Why? Because children are infinitely complex. There is no formula that works in every case. In fact, I believe it is more difficult to raise children now than ever before. Be assured that you will not do the job perfectly, either. Someday, if you are blessed with children, one or more of them will blame you for your failures, just as you have criticized your parents. Let me share one more suggestion with you and others who have been angry at their parents. Given the brevity of life and the temporary nature of all human relationships, can you find it within your hearts to forgive them? Maybe my own experience will be relevant to you. My mother closed her eyes for the last time on June 26, 1988. She had been so vibrant — so important

times. Your parents will not always be there for you. Please think about what I have written and be careful not to create bitter memories that will hang above you when the record is in the books. No conflict is worth letting that happen. ••• Q: Are all forms of child abuse illegal? DR. DOBSON: Not in any practical sense. Within certain limits it is not illegal to ignore a child or raise him or her without love. Nor is it against the law to ridicule and humiliate a boy or girl. Those forms of rejection may be more harmful even than some forms of physical abuse, but they are tougher to prove and are usually not prosecutable. ••• Dr. Dobson is founder and chairman emeritus of the nonprofit organization Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80995 Questions and answers are excerpted from “Complete Marriage and Family Home Reference Guide” and “Bringing Up Boys,” both published by Tyndale House.

Dr. James

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After 5 dinner meeting set SIREN/WEBSTER - The Webster/Siren Area Christian Women’s Club After 5 invites all women to attend a dinner meeting on Monday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be held in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church located on Hwy. 35, in Webster. With the theme It’s a Grand Night for Shopping, there will be a special Christmas fundraiser for Stonecroft Ministries. This will feature local auctioneer Rhonda Erickson, who will auction off items brought

in by any willing participants. Jellies, baked goods, garden produce, craft items, baskets, etc., are suggested things to bring for this activity. Monetary gifts will be accepted also if desired. Mother-daughter duo Karen Bohlen and Kari Robin will provide vocal music. Special speaker for the evening will be Chuckie O’ Leary, Merrill, with “A Life-Saving Story.” An accident that nearly took the life of O’Leary’s son exposed the

needs in her family’s lives and helped her rearrange her priorities. Tickets will be sold at the door for $9, but reservations are needed - please call Jane at 715-566-0081 or Julie at 715-866-8946. After 5 is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. - submitted

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


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


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


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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.




Meeting in homes. Elders: Cliff Bjork, Jon Zens, 483-1357 and 755-3048 Sun. Fellowship - 10 a.m.; Wed. 7 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 Sun. Schl. 8:15 a.m.; Sun. Wor. - 9:30 a.m.


Pastor Mark Richardson, 715-755-2562 1947 110th Ave., Dresser Sunday Contemp. Serv. 8:15 a.m.; Heart Song (Gospel) Serv. 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Sunday 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 Sun. Schl. & Adult Bible Study 9 a.m.; Fellowship 10 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


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


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

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



510 Foster Ave. E. 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; 9:30 a.m. Sun. Schl.; 10:40 a.m. Worship Serv..


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


Rev. Jody Walter, Interim, Phone 327-8608; Church Phone 866-7191 Sun. Wors. - 9:15 a.m.; Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


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.


(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.


1614 CTH, North Luck Office Ph.472-2605; Dial-A-Devotion 472-2345 Sun. Worship - 9 a.m.


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



LEWIS MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST Tom Cook, Pastor Worship 8:45 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10 a.m. Pastor Annie Tricker 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 Mark Gilbert Adult Class - 8:30 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10 a.m. Sunday Worship - 10 a.m.; Holy Communion 1st Sunday

ST. CROIX FALLS UNITED METHODIST Rev. Mike Weaver Sunday Worship Service - 10 a.m. Sun. School is at 9 a.m., Nursery available


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


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

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


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 Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Fellowship 9:45 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m.


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


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


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


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

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






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


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


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

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





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

10 mi. W. of Cumberland on Hwy. 48 (McKinley) - Pastor Neal Weltzin GT Office 857-5580, Parsonage 822-3001, TR Office - 822-3001 Wor. Serv. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:15 a.m. Holy Communion - 1st Sunday Rev. Jody Walter, Interim Home 715-327-8608; Church 715-866-7191 Sunday Worship Service - 7:45 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays

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 Catherine Burnette 507 Wisconsin Ave. N., 715-327-8012 Sunday Schl. 9 a.m.; Sunday Wor. - 10 a.m.; Holy Communion 1st & 2nd Sundays


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



Pastor Dorothy Sandahl Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School 10:30 a.m.

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

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

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



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

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

CTH H, 1/2 mi. N. of CTH A & H on H Church Off. 715-635-7791 Roger Pittman, Pastor Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Worship Serv. 8 &10 a.m.; Sat. 7 p.m.; 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.





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.


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 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.

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

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.


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



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


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


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




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


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


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


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



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


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


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



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






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 Pastor Willis Christenson, 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: 9 - 10:15 a.m. & 10:30 11:45 a.m.; Childrens church ages 3-4 Sun. Schl. for Pre-K to 5th; Sun. Schl. for Jr./Sr. high meet in 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.


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


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


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

523 1st St., Clayton, 715-948-2493 Fr. Christopher Wojcik, Pastor Sat. Vespers - 5 p.m.; Sun. Liturgy - 9:30 a.m. Meeting at Zion Lutheran Church, 28005 Old Towne Rd., Chisago Lakes, MN Fr. Robert McMeekin, pastor 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 Adult Class 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:45 a.m.; Worship Service 9:45 a.m.; Nursery available

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

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




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

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All shows and show times before 6 p.m. $5.00. Shows and show times subject to change. Visit us on our Web site:

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SHOWS AND SHOW TIMES Oct. 16 - Oct. 22


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Tues. & Thur. ALL seats $5.50 Wed. FREE bag of popcorn with each paid admission

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Daily: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bake Sale Will Be Held Food Available At 4 p.m. Silent Auction Items 5 p.m.)

(Bidding will

end at 6:4

Benefit For Jesse Nelson-Ford (daughter of Scott & Marlene Nelson)

Jesse was diagnosed with Stage 3 Lupus and has many medical expenses not covered by insurance. Sat., Oct. 17, 2009, 4-7 p.m.

Frederic High School Glory Train WILL PLAY AT 4 P.M.

Crossed Paths WILL PLAY AT 5 P.M.

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Fri.: 5:05, 7:10, 9:15 Sat. & Sun.: 2:05, 5:05, 7:10, 9:15 Mon.-Thur.: 5:05, 7:10

Sat., Oct. 24, 2009 At

Bone Lake Lutheran Church From 1 to 5 p.m.

25 Years




WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (PG) Fri.: 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 Sat. & Sun.: 2:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 Mon.-Thur.: 5:00, 7:00

COUPLES RETREAT (PG-13) Fri.: 5:10, 7:10, 9:10 Sat. & Sun.: 2:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10 Mon.-Thur.: 5:10, 7:10


Cris A. Moore, FICF, FIC Senior Financial Consultant

Joel L. Morgan, FIC

Assistant Financial Associate 201 Main St. S. Luck, WI 54853

715-472-8107 office 1-800-500-2936 toll-free 200700115 12/08

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Suggested donation: Adults $7 • Kids $5 • Under 5 Free


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Dave has suffered for some time with a serious heart condition. Dave was on the list for a heart/lung transplant at Mayo Clinic until it was determined he would not be able to survive the surgery. Doctors are now trying alternative and sometimes experimental treatments for Dave which means he needs to make frequent trips to Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Dave is also on oxygen and recently received a pacemaker.



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Dick & Holly Hall’s 25th Wedding Anniversary


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• Commercial Printing • Office Supplies • Daily UPS Pickup • Fax & Copy Service

• Frederic, 715-327-4236 • Siren, 715-349-2560

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Family Eye Clinic

Chili contestants, raffle-prize donors and all who participated in this year’s successful Chili Cookoff and Sportsmen’s Raffle. Town of Jackson Fire Dept.

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a.m. with the students and continues until 1 p.m. The Mad Money workshop is a practical money management learning experience provided to students in conjunction with their personal finance course. Students are given a life scenario and must budget and plan their finances accordingly.

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GRANTSBURG - The Indianhead Credit Union will be sponsoring the Mad Money simulation for Grantsburg High School seniors on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Crex Convention Center located in the Gateway Plaza. Training for volunteers starts at 88:30 a.m. The simulation begins at 9


Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Elaine Lahti has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in second grade and the daughter of Allan and Prudence Lahti. Elaine is friendly and helpful to all of her classmates. In class she takes her time and writes neatly. Elaine works hard to do her personal best. Her favorite thing to do at home is play with her little brother, Leif. Her favorite subject at school is phy ed and she also enjoys playing at recess.

Jazalyn Anthony has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Angela Featherly. Jazalyn is an honor-roll student who has been recoginzed for citizenship. She is motivated to be successful, energetic and enthusiastic around school. She has a pleasant personality. Jazalyn is involved in basketball and babysits. She enjoys listening to music. Her future plans are to go to law school.

Zach Petersen has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Larry and Liz Petersen. Zach takes challenging courses and is a hard worker who is involved with a number of groups. He is a good independent learner and cooperative. He works at Best Western and is self-employed. Zach enjoys game design. He plans to attend UCCS for video game design and development with a business degree.

Mason Kurkowski has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. He is in fifth grade and the son of Shannon and Aaron Kurkowski. Mason is a fun student to have in the classroom. He has a great attitude and gets along with everyone. Mason plays drums in the school band, and his favorite class is gym. His favorite afterschool activity is playing flag football.



Derek Rennicke has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and the son of Lydia and James Rennicke. Derek is involved with chess tournaments and horse and pony competitions outside of school. He also takes part in baseball, basketball, cross -country, soccer, judo and band. Derek is a wonderful, insightful student. He is very helpful to other students and is well liked by his peers.

Mary Faye Maiden Mueller has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daughter of Mary and Mueller. Mary Spike Maiden works hard to organize her time so she can be involved in activities. She is involved in band, choir, drama club, NHS, quiz bowl, church choir, senior high youth group and tennis. Mary enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with family. She plans to attend college and major in history.

Megan Bartylla has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Joe and Amy Bartylla. Megan is a gifted musician and a hard worker. She does her best in whatever she is working on. Megan is involved in volleyball, basketball, softball and track. She enjoys playing with her pets and spending time with her family.

Austin Cummings has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in third grade and the son of Trevor McCurdy and Polly Cummings. Austin has one sister and one brother. His favorite subjects are math and science. Austin enjoys snowmobiling and watching Viking football games.

Ethan Java has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of Todd Java and Joan Hahr. Ethan’s favorite subjects are phy ed, math and science. He is looking forward to playing football and taking the HMV course in high school. Ethan enjoys fixing and working on vehicles and plans on attending WITC to pursue a career as a mechanic.

Daphne Hubbell has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. She has well-defined goals and works hard to achieve them. Daphne is a committed teammate on the volleyball and basketball teams. In track she finished her 2009 season in style. She currently holds the No. 3 spot in the long jump. Beyond her academic and athletic accolades, Daphne is a respectful young lady who is a joy to be around.

Brock Cherney has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. He is a hardworking student. His happy and easy-going nature is infectious as he shares his joy of learning and life with his classmates. Brock enjoys playing with Legos and recess. He also enjoys reading books, especially “Pokemon” and “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” Brock is always helpful to his teacher and classmates.

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Sydney Geisness has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. She is a freshman who enjoys reading, swimming, drawing and hanging out with friends. Sydney is involved in volleyball, basketball, track, band and student council.

Cassidy Formanek has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of David and Robyn Formanek. Cassidy is an enjoyable student to have in class. She is very interested in learning, but also knows how to have fun. Cassidy is polite and respectful toward her classmates and is always willing to help others. She has a good sense of humor, is kind and friendly.

Amber Davis has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. She is a freshman and the daughter of Kris and Brande. Amber is a great student who is very bright and polite. She takes accountability and responsibility for her schoolwork and does a great job in the classroom. Amber is involved in volleyball. She enjoys shopping and being with friends and family. Her future plans are to attend college in Madison.


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Cole Appel has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Dave Appel and Jeanne Kizer. Cole has many pets which include two dogs, a cat, 10 fish and 20 chickens. He is involved in soccer and Boy Scouts. He enjoys playing games, watching TV and riding bike. His favorite subject is gym because they get to play games and run around. Cole is a hard worker and wants to do his best in class.



Mollie Anderson has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in second grade and the daughter of Kathi-Jo Maneval and Jeremy Anderson. Mollie is hardworking and always willing to lend a helping hand. She is respectful, responsible and a great role model for the younger students. Her favorite thing to do in school is writing, and in her free time she likes to draw.

Stephanie Miklya has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Robert and Anne Miklya. Stephanie is a talented singer who is willing to work hard on her craft. She is cooperative and pleasant. Stephanie is involved in vocal, jazz, hand bells, National Anthem group, band, choir and Link group. She enjoys singing, writing, performing music, playing instruments, fashion, art, psychology and reading.

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Payden Bainbridge as been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in first grade and the daughter of Bryan and Kim Bainbridge. Payden is a kindhearted first-grader with a passion for life and learning. Her smile is contagious and her excitement for school is seen daily. She is an absolute joy to have in class. Payden is a hard worker and always strives to do her best.

Desiree Walton has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Anna Walton and Douglas Walton. Desiree has a positive attitude and works very hard. She is kind and has a great work ethic. Excellent effort and outstanding behavior are other characteristics of this young lady.

Jayke Monahan has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Mike Monahan and Rebecca Luppo. Jayke enjoys fixing guitars and playing them as well. He works at the Luck-E Bar and Grill.



• 500 card night at the senior center, 6:30 p.m. • Chili supper fundraiser at the high school, 5 p.m.


• American Legion & Auxiliary meeting at the village hall, 7 p.m. • Program and discussion: Put Your Garden to Bed, at the library, 3:30-5 p.m.

Coming events


• Interfaith Caregivers Hymn Sing at United Methodist Church, 4 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• Pancake breakfast at the Lone Maple Community Center, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • American Legion Post 143 pancake breakfast at the Legion hall, 8 a.m.-noon.

Turtle Lake

• 23rd-Annual Farm Toy Show & Craft Sale at St. Ann’s Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-357-6170.



St. Croix Falls

• Taylors Falls Christian Women meet at Wapogasset Bible Camp, 11:30 a.m., 651-5832627, 715-857-5573.

• Lund Brown American Legion Post meeting at the village hall, 7 p.m.


• “Deathtrap” at Festival Theatre. 7:30 p.m., 715-483-3387,



• American Legion & Auxiliary Post 346 meeting at the Legion hall, 7 p.m.

• Ruby’s Pantry at old school parking lot. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., distribution starts at 4 p.m. • Help with energy-assistance applications at the senior center, 9 a.m.-noon.


• Spades at the senior center, 1 p.m.


FRI. & SAT./16 & 17

• DBS meeting at the Lions hall, noon.

Turtle Lake


• Fire district’s fall gun show at the hall. Fri. 48 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-986-4516.

• Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre auditions, “Wizard of Oz,” at the school, 3:30 p.m., 715349-2548.




Balsam Lake

• Pokeno at the senior center, 1 p.m. • Morning retreat for women at the Free Church, 9:15-11:15 a.m.

• Red Cross adult/AED CPR class at the Red Cross office, 5:30-9:30 p.m., 715-485-3025,


• 5th Quarter - Open Door at the Luck Lutheran Church, after football game until midnight, 715485-8379. • Public artists reception and Earth Arts Fall Salon Art Exhibit in the community room at Cafe Wren, 5-8 p.m. • Presentation by Nicholas Piszczek on Choquequirao, Peru, at the library, 6:308 p.m.


• United VFW Fish Fry at the hall, 4:30 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• Bridge 10 a.m. and Bingo at 1 p.m. at the senior center, 715-483-1901.

SAT. & SUN./17 & 18

Clam Falls

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


The apple tree in the yard of Tim and Marilyn Grefsrud in Siren took on an entirely new look on Saturday morning, Oct. 10, following the season’s first snowfall. - Photo submitted


• Bazaar & bake sale at First Lutheran Church, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,



• Cozy Corner Trails dinner & auction at Northland Community Center, 5-10 p.m., 715656-3855.

St. Croix Falls

• Harvest dinner & bazaar at Peace Lutheran Church, 4:30-7 p.m., 715-755-2515.

• Earth Arts Fall Salon Art Exhibit in the community room at Cafe Wren, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. • “Deathtrap” at Festival Theatre. Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., 715-483-3387,

Turtle Lake

• Wisconsin Colorfest,




• Children’s winter clothing giveaway day at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 8-11 a.m., 715-3278235. • Buffet at noon, cards, Bingo or Pokeno at the senior center, 1 p.m. • Benefit for Jesse Nelson-Ford at the high school, 4-7 p.m.



• Amery’s Oktoberfest at the TAC, 2-10 p.m.

Balsam Lake

• Faith Lutheran Church’s arts and crafts bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-485-3355, 715-4053354. • Author Ben D. Anderson to speak at the library, 10 a.m.



• Bazaar and bake sale at North Valley Lutheran Church, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-8253559.

• Benefit for Dave Covey at the Legion hall, 4 p.m. start, 715-222-2195, 715-689-2794.


• Sight for Jenna Frenette benefit at Sherrard’s Bar & Campground, 1-4 p.m., 715-8575125.


• A Day for Donna Bengtson fundraiser, starts at the community center, 8 a.m. • Winter clothing share at Milltown Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


• Ride for the Cause benefit for the Angie Hunt Family at Augies. Noon ride, food & silent auction 6 p.m., 715-294-4220.

Shell Lake

• Bazaar/lunch at St. Joseph/St. Catherine’s, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-468-4197.


• Siren Covenant Church showing a movie, “Fireproof,” 7 p.m., 715-349-5601.


• Writers conference at the ag station, 9 a.m.3 p.m., 715-468-2604.

St. Croix Falls

• Humane Society of Burnett County Adoption Day at Tractor Supply, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 715866-4096. • Good Samaritan Society - St. Croix Valley Auxiliary fall sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-4832720. • Lioness Club chicken dinner at the senior center, 2-7 p.m. • Sunshine Service Dogs, Inc. annual charity chili feed and silent auction at Wal-Mart, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

• Christian Women’s Club meeting at the senior center, 9-10:30 a.m.


• Ruby’s Pantry at the school bus garage. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Distribution starts at noon. • T.O.P.S. Take Off Pounds Sensibly meet at senior citizen center, 5:30 p.m., 715-472-2341.


• Lioness Club monthly meeting at the senior center, 6:30 p.m. • Burnett County Moose Lodge blood drive, 1-6 p.m., 715-866-4878.

St. Croix Falls

• Exercise 10-11 a.m.; Skip-Bo 11 a.m.-noon and 500 Cards and Dominos 12:30 p.m. at the senior center, 715-483-1901.

WEDNESDAY/21 Balsam Lake

• Red Cross first aid class at the Red Cross office, 5:30-8:30 p.m., 715-485-3025,

THURSDAY/22 Balsam Lake

• Red Cross infant/child class at the Red Cross office, 5:30-9:30 p.m., 715-485-3025,



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

• Moe Lutheran Church’s lutefisk dinner, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Luck Area Historical Society meeting, 7 p.m., 715-472-4378.

Clear Lake


Clear Lake grad hosts premiere for his movie

Dustin Booth signed autographs during the Midwest premiere of the film “Clear Lake, WI” at the Hudson Theatre last Friday, Oct. 9. Booth, who graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1993, is a star and executive producer of the psychological thriller, which also stars Michael Madsen ("Kill Bill," "Donnie Brasco," "Reservoir Dogs") and Shi Ne Nielson ("CSI: NY" and "ER"). About 90 percent of the film was shot in Clear Lake. In the movie’s fictional plot, Clear Lake was quarantined in 1992. During the evacuation, a preacher and seven teenagers kidnapped and murdered townspeople. Fifteen years later, a documentary filmmaker visits the abandoned town and discovers four of the teens. The movie was shot in 2007 and 2008 for $100,000 and producers wanted to film on location for authenticity. The village’s old school, sawmill and abandoned church were used for film locations. Booth told the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram that he decided to become a movie star around his 30th birthday. He read “Acting for Dummies,” and he was soon taping commercials in Minneapolis. His nostrils landed on the box of Breathe Rite nasal strips. He moved to California in 2006 and won a lead role in a short film about Paul Revere. He and the director of the film, Brian Ide, became friends. The friendship led to their collaboration on “Clear Lake, WI.” Booth and leading lady, Carla Toutz, will be at the film's screenings on Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 for meet and greets. Tickets are $8. The film is rated R and contains brief nudity and strong language. More about the movie at - Photo in center by Garth Olson

United Way goes local POLK COUNTY – The United Way of Polk County’s new 2009 brochure is featuring pictures of local people and quotes from local people in an effort to help Polk County residents understand that the United Way really is a local effort. “Too many people erroneously think we’re just a national organization with all their money going across the country” said Carleen Matosky, regional director of the United Way of Polk County based in Centuria. “We wanted people to see and hear from our local neighbors that this is a grassroots movement in Polk County for Polk County,” she added. Jim Hallgren is on the cover of the new United Way brochure seated on a tractor while plowing in his field. He and his wife Lynn own an 80-acre farm near Milltown. Jim and Lynn have been aware of the United Way since a local office was opened in Centuria in early 2007. “That Carleen is a really nice gal and she really tries to make things better for the community,” said

Unity FFA attends state FFA FI R E conference BALSAM LAKE – Jena Alling and Beth Johnson of the Unity FFA Chapter attended the Wisconsin Association of FFA FIRE conference, Oct. 3, at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, in River Falls. FIRE stands for Foundations in Reaching Excellence. The conference helps young FFA members grades, seven, eight and nine, discover opportunities in the FFA organization and gain valuable leadership skills. This is one of three conferences held around the state of Wisconsin for seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade FFA members. Over 600 members will attend these three conferences during September and October. The state FFA FIRE conference is designed to inform beginning FFA members about the FFA and motivate them to participate in its many activities. Students learned about communication skills, social skills, goal setting, FFA awards and programs, and opportunities in agriculture along with developing leadership skills to help them be effective members in their local chapters. The conference is conducted by the 2009-2010 State FFA Officer Team along with assistance from the UWJena Alling and Beth Johnson, Unity FFA memRiver Falls Agriculture Education Society. BJ Chrisler, bers, recently attended the state FFA FIRE conferstate FFA president, along with his fellow state FFA officers, developed this conference around the theme As ence in River Falls. – Photo by Jeanne Alling Seen in OD (Official FFA Dress). All of the state officers encouraged students that attended the FIRE con- and these young members are taking a step in the right ference to set goals for their FFA involvement and meet direction.” The Wisconsin FFA Association is comprised of 250 people from around the state who can help them reach local chapters with nearly 18,000 members gaining those goals. leadership for the future of agriculture. FFA activities Not only does this conference help students underand award programs complement instruction in agristand the FFA organization and all its opportunities, but helps them develop skills in meeting people, work- culture education by giving students practical experiing with others and setting goals with a plan of action. ence in the application of agricultural skills and “In the FFA, we assist members starting in seventh knowledge gained in classes. FFA’s mission is to degrade to develop skills they will need for future careers velop membersí potential for premier leadership, perand opportunities,” said Cheryl Zimmerman, state FFA sonal growth and career success through agricultural executive director. “FFA develops the whole person education. - submitted

Adults returning to college face challenges New UW-Extension resource addresses biggest concerns cited by students STATEWIDE – Faced with an uncertain economy or a major lifestyle change such as divorce, job loss or “empty-nest syndrome,” more and more adults are thinking about returning to college. “Overall, studies show that college graduates are happier and more satisfied with their jobs than workers without college degrees,” says Marilyn Kooiker, family living agent with the University of Wisconsin-Extension in Burnett County. “But going back to school when you’re an adult can be like entering a whole different world.” Kooiker’s own background as an adult student and a parent with two children made her aware of a lack of resources for people coping with the responsibilities of school and caring for children or family members. To meet this need, Kooiker’s UW-Extension colleagues worked on developing an educational resource that spoke to some of the major concerns identified by adult students. “We wanted to address the issues specific to their situation,” says Lisa Devine-Barribeau, educator with Oconto County UW-Extension. “Things like how to choose good child care,

make sound financial decisions and handle changing adult relationships.” For example, Devine-Barribeau found that many adult students felt guilty about spending less time with their children. “People said they needed to do schoolwork but wanted to hang out with their kids,” says Devine-Barribeau. “Having a partner who is really supportive can help with this.” For single parents, Kooiker recommends enlisting the aid of family and friends. “Adult students shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help,” she says. “Don’t forget that you aren’t the only one who benefits from getting a degree,” adds Kooiker. “Celebrate the fact that you are improving your situation – and your family’s – through education.” “Family Matters for Adult Students,” a series of eight publications on topics identified by adult students is now available from the UW-Extension Learningstore at For more information on becoming a student in the University of Wisconsin System, go to To learn more about issues that concern Wisconsin families, visit the Family Living Programs Web site at - submitted

Jim, referring to the regional director of Polk County’s efforts. The Hallgren farm is actually located less than a mile from the northern site of the United Way Polk County Emergency Fund. Maggie Isaacson, pastor at North Valley Lutheran Church, administers this northern site for people who need help with utilities, rent, car repairs and other emergencies within the zip codes of Centuria, Milltown, Luck and Frederic. There are two other United Way Emergency Fund sites around Polk County, located in Amery and Dresser, to help people in other parts of the county. People who need assistance with emergency funds or other social services are encouraged to call the United Way 211 help line. To access this help line just dial 2-1-1 on your landline phone. It’s a free call. To access the United Way help line from a cell phone dial 651-292-0211. Real people are available to answer calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to connect callers to the resources they need. For more information on the United Way of Polk County visit their Web site at or call their office at 715-553-0707. - submitted

Emergency checks authorized MADISON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced Sept. 25 that the VA will disburse emergency aid checks for up to $3,000 to be given to student veterans who have applied for educational benefits under the Post 9-11 GI Bill and have not yet received their government payment for tuition, housing and textbook payments. Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John A. Scocos said, “I applaud VA Secretary Eric Shinseki on his initiative to authorize emergency checks for our veterans. It is indeed about doing what’s right for our veterans and their families.” The emergency aid checks, being issued due to a backlog of about 25,000 pending claims, started being distributed on Friday, Oct. 2. Students can go to a VA regional benefit office with a photo ID and course schedule to request advance payment of their education benefits. Because not all of these offices are located near students, the VA expects to send representatives to schools with large numbers of student veterans and work with veterans service organizations to help students with transportation needs. A list of those VA regional offices is available at In Wisconsin, the Regional Office of the Veterans Benefits Administration is located in Milwaukee, at 5400 West National Avenue, phone 800-827-1000. - from WDVA

4-H and Fire Safety

Members of the South Milltown 4-H each received an October Fire Safety Month booklet from the Centuria Fire Department and they made posters to put up in local towns to bring awareness to fire safety during Fire Safety Month. Those pictured include, seated: Johanna Alling, Lexi Anderson, Rachael Locke and Lucy Locke. Standing: Reina Cox, Jena Alling and Eric Kuske. – Photo by Jeanne Alling

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