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Our 75-year anniversary open house is Tuesday See story, page 2

County takes GAM to Supreme Court Board members object to lack of openness; further suit possible PAGE 3

Ninth road fatality

22-year-old Woodville man dies in onevehicle accident in Polk Co. PAGE 2

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Hwy. 8 safety study set

SCF city council signs agreement with DOT to seek options to improve intersection at KFC PAGE 3

S PO R T S Tigers, Saints share top spot in Large Lakeland See Sports Inside


This eagle engaged in a bit of a stare-down with the photographer. As the photographer moved closer, the bird just sat waiting on the shoulder of the road. Maybe he just wanted someone to take a good portrait photo of him..."Did you get my good side?" - Photo by Carl Heidel

J a il t u r ne d t r a ns i ti o n a l h o m e o p e ns s o o n Program, tours set for Saturday, Oct. 11 The biggest pumpkins

SCF Fall Festival

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Shooting what?


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Photos in Currents section

by Gary King BALSAM LAKE - “What was once a cold steel-barlined jail is now a warm and welcoming home for those without support or hope.” Those are the words used to describe the newly created Serenity Home Transitional Shelter in Balsam Lake, which will host an open house celebration next Saturday, Oct. 11. The home, created from the former Polk County Jail, will offer a place for nonviolent offenders sentenced to a halfway-house-based program, to stay while they integrate back into society. Duana Bremer, the social service director for the Salvation Army of Polk and St. Croix counties, said the Salvation Army will operate the home with help from community volunteers. Four years ago the seeds for the Serenity Home project took shape when she heard about the frustrations from the probation and parole departments in Polk County regarding the lack of such a facility.

See Serenity Home, page 3

The former Polk County Jail has been renovated for use as a transitional shelter. - Special photos

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Open house Tuesday FREDERIC - The Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association - publishers of the InterCounty Leader, Washburn County Register and the Advertisers, will be hosting an open house Tuesday, Oct. 7, in honor of its 75th anniversary. The open house will be held at the cooperative’s Frederic office from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be refreshments, free gifts, door prizes and plant tours.

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MILLTOWN – Dr. Daniel Baker’s children are holding an open house in the honor of their father’s retirement. The open house will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Baker Orchard in Centuria. Baker is retiring after 40 years of surgical practice. He specialized in bariatric surgery. After graduating from Centuria High School in 1954, Baker went on Hamlin University and the U of M Medical School, where he graduated in 1962. His surgery internship was with the Minneapolis General Hospital, now known as Hennepin County Medical Center. Baker spent from 1963 to 1968 doing his residency at the Hennepin County General Hospital, which is also now part of the Hennepin County Medical


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The husband of local sculptor Julianne Stage, Pwajdeur Swanstrom, and one of their daughters, Serendipity Stage, did the honors of unveiling the new placque for Julianne’s River Spirit statue at the St. Croix Falls Fall Festival, Satuday, Sept. 27. Julianne created in the work of art in 2006 for placement near the city’s Overlook Deck. - Photos by Gary King


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Accident fatal for Woodville man

POLK COUNTY – Polk County recorded its ninth road fatality of 2008 Saturday morning, Sept. 27, when Tony S. Hellstern, 22, Woodville, was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident on CTH P. It appeared that the accident had occurred sometime during the night. The Polk County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene at 7:32 a.m., on CTH P, one-tenth of a mile south of the intersection of CTHs P and A. Responders found a red, 2000 Pontiac Grand Am resting on its roof facing west and were able to determine that the vehicle had spun counter clockwise into the ditch, then rolled several times before coming to a rest. The driver was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident and was partially ejected through the sunroof. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers determined that alcohol was a factor in the accident. – Sherill Summer with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department

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This albino squirrel, gathering food for winter, was spotted Tuesday, Sept. 30, a one-fourth mile north of the RiverBank in Osceola. - Photo by Woody Minar

There will be an open house celebrating Dr. Daniel Baker’s retirement at the Baker Orchard in Centuria this Saturday, Oct. 4. – Photo submitted

Center. From 1968 until now, he has been in surgical practice in Anoka, Minn. and Fridley, Minn. He received the Richard Travis Award in 1988. If you would like more information about the open house to be held, contact John Baker at 763-439-9535 or Jenna Baker Bartosz at 970688-0156.

Tony S. Hellstern was pronounced dead at the scene of this accident on CTH P in Polk County. It is the ninth fatality on Polk County roads this year. Photo from Polk Co. Sheriff’s Dept.


Briefly October is National Cooperative Month and the Leader will be offering news throughout the month, not only on the benefits of cooperatives in general, but on our own history. The Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association began in 1933 and published the first cooperative-owned-and-operated newspaper in the nation. Our open house on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at our Frederic plant, will offer tours, refreshments, prizes, and a special edition souvenir. See story, facing page. ••• FREDERIC - Frederic graduate Grant Norman, who rose to fame in two Broadway shows - “Miss Saigon” and “The Phantom of the Opera” - made a visit to his former home recently and said he plans to take a role as a doctor on the TV soap opera, “All My Children,” beginning sometime this month. Filming will start soon, according to the grapevine. Norman is also known for his role as Gaston in Disney’s stage production of “Beauty and the Beast.” ••• Credit needs to go to Focus Features, which provided us with photos of Brent Braunschweig for the Currents feature last week, “Brent’s big break.” Brent is a Grantsburg sixth-grader who has a part in the Coen Brother’s latest project, “A Serious Man,” now filming in the Twin Cities area. Scenes were also filmed at Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls. ••• SIREN – Tuesday, Sept. 30, was Greg Schewe’s last day as officer in charge at the Siren Post Office. Schewe, the Milltown postmaster, has been in Siren since just before the interior of the post office was remodeled. He will be going to Danbury as OIC there, replacing Postmaster Art Saxon who is retiring. The new OIC in Siren will be Pam Stearns, the postmaster at Barronette. In this case of shifting dominoes, the final outcome for Siren and Danbury is not yet known. – Nancy Jappe

Stabbing puts two men in the hospital by Sherill Summer HERTEL – An early-morning fight on Sunday, Sept. 28, left two men in the hospital with multiple stab wounds, and another man, with bruises on his face, in jail and facing charges. Billy J. Snyder, 20, Webster, and his sibLambert ling, Waylon J. Snyder, 19, Hinckley, Minn., were taken to the Spooner hospital with multiple stab wounds. Both were reportedly stabbed with a steak knife by Jeromy M. Lambert, 23, Webster. Lambert reportedly fled the scene after the stabbing. His mother called police to report that her son had been jumped by several others. Lambert was arrested and taken to the Burnett County Jail where he refused to give a statement without an attorney. A K-9 unit was used to try and find the knife. However, the knife was not found.

County takes GAM to Supreme Court Board members object to lack of openness; further suit possible by Gregg Westigard BALSAM LAKE – Polk County will have its lawyers take the Golden Age Manor sale issue to the Wisconsin Supreme Court for review. However, that review action may be withdrawn at the October board meeting. In addition, there were mentions of a possible law suit coming. This was the outcome of the Polk County Board Special Session Tuesday night, Oct. 30. Much of the long meeting was held in closed session despite early objections from some supervisors. The Supreme Court action would be asking for a review of the Sept. 16 Court of Appeals decision blocking the sale of the county-owned nursing home in Amery. That court ruled that the sale was invalid because the county board could not sell land that was donated to Polk County for a special purpose. Attorneys for the county told the board there was only a 30-day period, ending Oct. 16, during which a review of the Court of Appeals decision could be requested. The approval to take the issue to the Supreme Court was made in closed session, apparently by consensus of the board, after the supervisors were informed of the consequences of not taking the action. However, as soon as the board returned to open session and the review action was announced,

Supervisor Bob Dueholm announced that he would be submitting a resolution at the October board meeting to withdraw that review by the high court. Supervisor Diane Stoneking said she agrees with Dueholm that the review should not go forward. While it was not specifically stated Tuesday night, the possible law suit may be brought by the parties that purchased GAM last January. That purchase agreement is still in effect. If the court decision, which stated the county’s sales agreement was invalid, is left standing, the buyer may be able to sue the county for damages. The closed session was probably used to advise the board members of the results of not trying to complete the sale. William Thiel, an attorney with Weld, Riley, Prenn and Ricci, told the board in open session that there were several options open to the county in the future if this sale is voided. First, the county could continue to operate GAM as a nursing home. Second, it could close the home but keep the property. Third, it could ask the heirs of Annie Sylvester, the donor of the property, to waive the restrictions in the original donation. The action to make this request of the heirs would require a two-thirds vote of approval by the county board. The meeting started with a long debate on whether to accept the agenda, which had been amended on Monday to add two resolutions. Dueholm objected to having resolutions brought to the board for action that the supervisors had not seen. “Our governing rules state that reso-

lutions must be submitted in advance to the county clerk,” Dueholm said. “They have not been and therefore are out of order.” Corporation Counsel Jeff Fuge said the resolutions would be circulated in closed session. “I don’t understand why resolutions that affect so many can only be introduced in closed session,” Dueholm responded. “There is no time to study the resolutions. We should all be disturbed by this process.” [Judging by the titles of the two resolutions in the agenda, the first resolution would have been to ask the Sylvester heirs to remove the donation restrictions and the second resolution would have authorized the Supreme Court review.] Supervisor Ken Sample told the board that while opposition to a closed session seemed logical, he had been one of the few supervisors present at a closed session of the finance committee last week where information on the county’s standing in the sale issue was disclosed by the attorneys. Sample said there were issues the supervisors should know that could only be presented in closed session. While the county may now be forced to try to complete the sale of GAM or possibly face a claim for damages, the financial picture of GAM has changed. The home may now be operating at a profit without additional funding from the county. It was that unbudgeted operating funding from the county that led to the proposal to sell GAM last year.

Hwy. 8 safety study for SCF by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS– The city council for St. Croix Falls signed a three-party agreement with the DOT and federal government to look at options to improve the safety of the Hwy. 8 intersection at Kentucky Fried Chicken. The residents of Red Fox Trail

requested the WisDOT, look at safety issues with the intersection. The federal government appropriated $1.2 million to look at alternative options to improve the safety in that area. Mark Bowker, WisDOT, was present and indicated that an overpass was thought to be a solution, but was not

feasible costwise. The appropriation is for the city to partner with the WisDOT and seek an alternative solution or options for improved safety. The council approved the agreement, with the first meeting to take place the first week of November.

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A home owned by James Pijanowski on Dunroven Road, was destroyed by fire on Friday, Sept. 26. Firefighters from Danbury received the call at 8:09 p.m. Firefighters from Webb Lake and Scott also responded to the scene. An ambulance and two police departments also responded. – Photo by Sherill Summer

Serenity Home/from page 1 Persons sentenced in Polk County were being sent to halfway homes as far away as Eau Claire. “They were hooked up with a church, an AA program and a job, but after the program was completed, they had to come back to the county of origin, where there was no job, home or friends,” Bremer noted. “They end up reoffending with no support system.” Bremer got involved with writing grants herself to get the project off the ground. With substantial grants from the WHEDA Foundation, Otto Bremer Foundation and the Hugh J. Andersen

Foundation, things began to move along nicely. The county allowed the Salvation Army use of the home at no cost. The Salvation Army paid for the remodeling and must bring it into good condition if they ever vacate. Renovation began six months ago and Bremer said she expects the home to have its first residents by the end of this month. There are 32 beds planned, but in the beginning there will be just 15 residents until all systems are in place. Serenity Home will be staffed 24

hours and offer living space for single men and women. Bremer emphasized that the people living at the home will not be sex offenders or those with a violent history. Serenity Home is looking for volunteers to help with transportation, answering phones and helping to provide community meals. “We have a great meal program,” Bremer said. “We’re trying to secure churches or civic groups - or individuals - who can come in and provide an evening meal for those staying here. We want to make this a real positive experi-

ence for the community and for residents who live here. So far we received just huge amounts of community support.” Serenity Home is also looking for donations of glasses and silverware, housecleaning items, toiletries, blankets, notebooks and pens, phone cards and more. The open house will have a program from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by tours of the facility. Those wishing to donate time or items are asked to call 715-485-1221. - Gary King





Restorative Justice puts out call for funding Asks for first-time help from county board by Nancy Jappe SIREN – Money worries are plaguing many agencies these days, limiting their ability to continue providing necessary services. Grants are becoming harder and harder to get, and there’s a prohibition against one foundation providing sole support to any nonprofit organization. Hunting for new sources of funding is a position in which many agencies find themselves. For the first time, Burnett County Restorative Justice Response is going to Burnett County for funding. Although Burnett County is included in their name, the organization has never received any county funding. The first request for inclusion in next year’s budget will be made to the county board at its Sept. 25 meeting. The Burnett County Restorative Justice Response has, to date, been supported largely through grants from the Otto Bremer Foundation and U. S. Bank, along with money from the PolkBurnett Electric Company’s Operation Round Up. The organization got their 501(c)(3) nonprofit status three years ago. This means that their major funding source, the Otto Bremer Foundation, is required to follow the federal tipping law that regulates their giving to nonprofits. Restorative Justice started five years ago under the direction of Burnett County Circuit Court Judge Mike Gableman and its first director Patty Solveson. Two years ago, Lisa Johnson was hired as program director and Brandy Horstman as administration director. The two work under the direction of a board of directors, which until recently, was headed by Judge Gableman. The current board members are: Dave McGrane, the current acting chair; Nancy Bergman; retired teacher Joyce Glover; Bremer Bank manager Glenn Meier; jail supervisor Terry Nesvold; St. Croix Tribal representative Duane Emery; Sarah Busch from Northwest Passage; Webster guidance counselor Martha Anderson; Marge McCardle; Rick Lindner from the Siren Police Department; Kelly Pearson from Siren High School; Andy McDaniel from Trade Lake Baptist Church; and juvenile justice caseworker Allison Fern. According to Johnson, the jail inmates work on community-service projects outside of the jail has resulted in 6,384.75 community service hours at a jail rate of $49 a day. People in jail are choosing to do community service to

one that doesn’t pay for services, except through grant funding. The other counties do pay for services their residents receive. A number of other counties include restorative justice programming in their county budgets. Victim Impact Panels, for which the offenders pay the expense, do bring in some money. Money is also received from drug and alcohol court and juvenile justice. Unpaid services are: Offender/victim mediation, AODA education programs, the youth shoplifting program, the community-service program, service to government agencies and senior centers and to other nonprofit organizations. Usage-by-program-to-date shows a total of 599 cases, involving both adults and juveniles, have been handled through Restorative Justice services. Johnson mentioned the three top needs of her agency: 1) Financial support so the programs can continue. 2) Volunteers to work with the programs. 3) The names of any senior citizens who need help and someone who will supervise work done for these seniors. “We are hoping that the people who read this article and/or have been touched by Restorative Justice will contact their county supervisors to urge their support for funding our programs,” Johnson said.

This chart shows the utilization of community service through the Burnett County Restorative Justice Response by villages and townships in 2007 and thus far in 2008. The dollar amount saved by this manpower (provided by jail inmates) is a community benefit, yet Restorative Justice does not receive any reimbursement from it to support their budget. – Chart submitted lighten their sentences and pay off county-owed fines. So far in 2008, 233 days have been shaved off sentences through the community-service work done by 26 inmates. None of this savings has made its way to the Restorative Justice coffers. Through the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, probation violators are often ordered to put in community service. No funding is given to Restorative Justice for supervising this service. Since the beginning of 2008, a total of 6,754 hours have been put in for DOC/jail/juvenile justice/court ordered/drug and alcohol court referrals. Using the minimum wage of $6.50, this means a savings of $43,901 to the community. “These figures speak for themselves,

but are the figures doing anything to help us?” Johnson asked. The expenses to run the Restorative Justice program, including paying the two staff, office and other expenses amount to close to $5,000 a month. In addition to asking the county for support, Johnson has been going out to speak to the townships and villages that use Restorative Justice services, to ask for donations and support of the program. So far, she has attended meetings in the towns of LaFollette and Oakland as well as the village of Webster. She will be going soon to the towns of Meenon and Sand Lake. Restorative Justice services are provided to residents of Burnett County as well as Washburn, Polk and St. Croix counties. Burnett County is the only

Powerball winner

Congratulations to Larry “Lars” Milbeck, a recent $10,000 Powerball winner. Milbeck purchased his ticket at Wayne’s Foods Plus, Webster. – Photo submitted

Wisconsin State 4-H Agility Show The 2008 Wisconsin State 4-H Dog Agility Show was held Saturday, Sept. 20, in Eau Claire. Pictured (L to R) from the Polk County 4-H dog project are: Emily Petzel with Nettie, Emily Bull with Aussie, Allison Swenson with Lexi and Riley, Megan Swenson with Hailey and Nichole Webert with Cheba. Allison Swenson placed second and Nicole Webert placed fifth in the JTT (jumps, tunnels and table) class. Megan Swenson placed third, and Nicole Webert placed fifth in the standard class. All of them received qualifying scores. – Photo submitted


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City passes memo, resolution for Louisiana Street Community garden location approved by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS–The St. Croix Falls City Council passed a memorandum of understanding with Cedar Corporation and a resolution with regard to Pember Corporation over the Louisiana Street construction issues at the Monday, Sept. 29, council meeting. The memorandum with Cedar Corp. calls for a larger pond at St. Croix Valley Good Samaritan Center, with costs

picked up by Cedar Corp., to help remedy the storm water issue with the new Louisiana Street construction that took place in July. The resolution with regard to Pember Corp. indicates Pember is to remedy and redo a section of Louisiana Street infrastructure to correct the flow line and issues as outlined in an inspection field report by MSA Professional Services. The resolution directs Pember to make the specified changes prior to Oct. 15, and successful completion will release retainer dollars from the city to Pember Corp.

The council held several closed sessions over the issue of the section of Louisiana Street and the storm sewer failure. The memo of understanding and the resolution should correct matters of the failed system while avoiding litigation. The council passed both issues independently. Community garden The city already approved a community garden concept, but the location originally intended, at the fairgrounds on county property, did not pan out.

The request came before the council Monday night to authorize the community garden at the city-owned property east of the east gate of the fairgrounds. With the proposed garden on city property, issues of fencing will not be a problem. The garden must be fenced to protect it from the urbanized deer population in the city. The garden gives people who may not have land for a garden the opportunity to lease garden space. The council approved the new site and the intent is to get the area tilled this fall and staked in order to begin next spring with the project.

SCF pupil count up by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS–The school board for St. Croix Falls met Sept. 30. On the agenda was the discussion of the third Friday pupil count, which was up this year over last year. The number of students in the district attending school is 1,109. District bookkeeper Carolie Gubasta said the number should be up because the district added

4-year-old kindergarten this year and have additional students from that program. In other business, the board was updated that cabinets have been installed in the music addition and it is nearly finished. A change in the 2009-2010 school calendar was approved to remove a halfday scheduled inservice. The calendar

included 8-1/2 inservice days, by law, the calendar should only have had eight days. The board approved hiring Lynn Rouleau as a four-hour, nine-month custodian. The board also convened to closed session for negotiations of nonunion contracts. The board reconvened into open session, and approved a 3.8-per-

cent salary increase for district office staff and supervisors. The board will have a short meeting Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 4:30 p.m. before they attend a WASB regional meeting in Rice Lake. The next regular board meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 28.

WWTP update: $4.2 million left in authorized funding Money not guaranteed by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS–A reality check for the city of St. Croix Falls came Monday, Sept. 29, when the Army Corps of Engineers presented an update on the city’s wastewater treatment facility plan upgrade. Chris Erickson from the Corps presented the city council with a brief history of where things have been and where they are going with the federally mandated upgrade. Erickson talked about the Section 219 program, which has allocated monies for the treatment facility from the gov-

ernment for the Corps to work with the municipality on constructing an environmentally sound facility. The federal dollars are appropriated annually by congress. So far, since the 2005-executed agreement with the Corps to design the treatment facility upgrade, $790,000 of those funds have been utilized. The federal government authorized up to $5 million for the facility plan and upgrade construction to the Corps and city as partners in the project. The amount left is about $4.2 million of the authorized-federal dollars. Councilman Brian Blesi asked how the rest of the money is distributed. Erickson explained that it is up to congress to designate appropriations.

Erickson said that the federal government authorized up to $5 million, but congress determines how much in appropriations they will hand out. “So there’s no guarantee we will get all $5 million?” questioned Blesi, which was answered in the affirmative. “It’s all up to congress,” said Erickson. “Congress, through your representative Dave Obey, has decided it’s important enough to authorize, but they have tough decisions to make. Look at the things they are facing now.” Erickson did not push a panic button for the city, but reminded them that the more involvement their congressman has during the funding process, the better the chances will be for the monies to be appropriated as authorized.

The other item touched on was the fact that in 2005, $5 million covered more than it does today. Erickson stated that even though the plan had not changed that much, the cost of things is higher now than in 2005, and that may be a factor. Councilman Debra Kravig asked when the last time Obey met with the Corps or spoke to someone on the matter had been. Erickson said it was not too long ago. Erickson said the project and design process will go on as planned and assured the council, as partners, they will not force a design on the city, even though the Corps has final say on the selected design. “We’re in this together,” he said.


Candidates respond to Leader survey This is the first in a series of questions posed by the Leader to candidates running for local office, in the Nov. 4 general election. Do you support a levy cap? At what level? How should local governments, especially counties, villages, cities, get the funds to operate their programs? 10th Senate District race Sheila Harsdorf, Republican inc. Yes, we need to start with real limits on property taxes. I have supported a real property tax freeze, coupled with reforms in how we fund technical colleges to reduce homeowners property tax bills. Political blame-games that talk about shifting the tax burden and/or new tax swaps have failed; sustainable property tax relief comes only through limiting spending. The economy is struggling, and homeowners should come first. It should not be about what government needs, but what people can afford. A property tax limit to no higher than inflation is reasonable coupled with the opportunity for a public vote to exceed the limits if a community decides they need more money. The state must enact reforms to help local governments. First, state funding formulas need to be overhauled to encourage savings, instead of those that reward spending. Second, we need to pass the Mandate Relief Act so local governments can decide what services to provide. And third, I strongly support public employee health care reform, wherein local governments can save over $120 million. The special interests are blocking these reforms, and we need leadership that will stand up to them, as I will continue to do. Alison Page, Democratic challenger Based on the information I have at this point, I think it is time for levy caps to be removed. Although the caps may have served a purpose to slow property tax growth, constrained local governments have reached the point where any fat in the budgets has been removed, and they are now cutting into the bone - making decisions that are not in the long-term best interest of the people of this region. However, levy caps should be lifted only in conjunction with a review of Wisconsin’s overall tax strategy.

As part of a tax strategy review, we need to collectively determine three things: 1. What level of service do we need and want in our state/region? What are our priorities for the investment of tax dollars? 2. How can we provide services in the most efficient manner possible - removing waste wherever possible? 3. What combination of taxes (income, sales, property and fees) should we use to fund those services so that we are fair to property owners, wage earners, and business owners and do not compromise our ability to be competitive as a state when it comes to attracting and retaining good jobs? At what level? Local government should set the property tax levy. How should local governments, especially counties, villages, cities, get the funds to operate their programs? Local governments should get funds from a combination of sources - shared revenue and local property taxes as determined from the overall tax review described above.

28th Assembly District race Ann Hraychuck, Democratic inc. Yes, I support levy caps provided that the state pays its fair share for education, local services and transportation infrastructure. The past two state budgets have capped levy growth while providing two-thirds funding for schools and fully funding shared revenue. I am all for controlling government spending, but we have to make sure that we fund education, local services and transportation infrastructure. Kent Muschinske, Republican The economic climate we’re facing today demands that we ask the question, “What can we afford?” not; “What will government spend?” Increasing property taxes is the catalyst that will force many landowners out of their homes and out of this state. Especially vulnerable are those on fixed incomes, retirees and senior citizens, who have worked hard their entire lives to buy their piece of the American dream, only to see budget busting increases in property taxes exceeding their ability to pay. Property managers are forced to pass on these tax increases to renters who find it difficult to make ends meet as it is.

Free Money Smart classes coming to Polk POLK COUNTY – St. Croix Falls, Luck, and Amery will be host communities to Money Smart presentations in Polk County in October. These are free programs open to the public. St. Croix Falls will be host to three presentations. The first will be held at the St. Croix Falls High School on the evening of Monday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. and will be on college savings and funding options. The second will be held on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Alliance Church of the Valley and will be on breaking free of debt. The third presentation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 15, a 1 p.m. in the St. Croix Senior Center on dealing with interest rates. Bone Lake Lutheran Church near Luck will be hosting a presentation called Taking Charge of Your Money, Your Credit and Your Life. This is the only presentation requiring preregistration. The class will be held on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m. and will be taught by a representative from Family Means - a local nonprofit service in financial counseling. The presentation is free and registration can be made by calling 715-472-2535 no

later than Tuesday, Oct. 7. The Amery Area Senior Center will be hosting two presentations. The first will be on reverse mortgages and will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8. The second will be on retirement planning and will be held during the monthly luncheon Thursday, Oct. 9, at 12:30 p.m. For more information on any of these presentations, please see the Money Smart Web site at Or, you can contact the United Way of Polk County who helped set up all of these classes. They can be reached at 715-553-0707 or by e-mailing The Money Smart initiative was created by Wisconsin Gov. Doyle’s Council on Financial Literacy. The council’s goal is to increase financial literacy in every city, town and village throughout Wisconsin. The United Way of Polk County based in Centuria is leading the efforts in our local area to see that we have free Money Smart Financial Literacy programming available to residents of Polk County. - submitted

Our economy is sluggish at best. People are struggling to put groceries on the table, gas in the car and clothes on their children. What we need is a real property tax freeze, one that limits growth to new construction plus inflation (with voter override, of course). It is imperative that along with a limit on taxes comes strict control of spending at all levels of government. How do we address revenue shortfalls and funding gaps? Let’s modify shared revenue programs by creating incentives to communities that find ways to be more efficient and save money instead of rewarding those that spend more. Let’s work on getting rid of unfunded mandates that burden local governments with unwarranted expenses. Let’s promote economic development and job growth instead of rewriting the tax code and saddling local businesses with new fees and assessments. It is time to put hardworking, tax-paying citizens first and government second!

73rd Assembly District race Jeff Monaghan, Independent No, I do not support levy caps, but in a larger sense we must look at electing people to our state government who are versed in raising revenue instead of spending it. That would be true leadership in our time. My campaign is being financed by myself with no special interest money. I believe in politics with principle. Money is too often a determining factor in a politician’s public image, and I would rather be known for my substantive ideas than to whom I owe political favors. I am independent of any political party or idealogy. When looking at our state budget, I believe we need to do three things: cut spending, create a reserve fund for emergencies and then cut taxes. There will be a huge debate in the next Legislature over funding for our public schools and improving public safety. Our state constitution establishes those two responsibilities as penultimate, and I am committed to the social values and security they result in. My Web site: says more on the topic of building a growth economy. But I will add here that I favor moving our state government toward a flatrate income tax, and when our state government makes sound investments to raise revenue, I favor eliminating state income tax and joining Alaska and Nevada, I believe, as being financially independent from taxing their citizens. County governments expect revenue

sharing. My response is the same: we need to elect people who are versed in raising revenue through sound investments. I also suggest privatizing some county services – like road maintenance – and investigate local sources of volunteer labor to get the job done. I support the possibility that local revenues (like sales tax, property tax, or roadway tolls) could pay for local services. This would empower local – and possibly overlapping – jurisdictions to get the snowplowing and resurfacing projects done, for example. Funding our schools is another issue and will be a huge debate in the next Legislature. I believe any review of current tax policies and spending allocations must empower local governments to meet the needs of their people. State government must be made more efficient by being reduced and simplified – even to the point of considering a part-time, unicameral Legislature. We are at a crossroads in our development as a nation. We need to make successful choices on sound principles. We can meet these challenges with ethical, competent and inspired leadership. I believe I am the better, historically relevant choice for representing the 73rd District. We need a leader who has independent power not a follower who surrenders it to a political party idealogy, political action committee, or iconic ringleader. Nick Milroy, Democrat As an elected official on the Superior City Council, I know the challenges that state-imposed levy restrictions place on local municipalities. Budgetary controls forced from the state capitol can produce negative unintended consequences. Primary examples of these unintended consequences include the fact that many municipalities have been forced to increase fees, created new regressive fees and forgone preventive maintenance of infrastructure. Property taxpayers end up paying the price in the long run. Madison elites may think that they know better than we do on how to run our cities, towns and villages. They are wrong! I believe that when it comes to budgets, the greatest amount of accountability and the best decisions are made right here in Northern Wisconsin, at the local level, not hundreds of miles away by folks who have a hard time finding us on a map.

Mielke claims “political posturing” NORTHWEST WISCONSIN Candidate for 7th District Congress Dan Mielke, released the following statement last week about incumbent Congressman Dave Obey: “I find it outrageous that Dave Obey is offering his wisdom regarding the recent financial crisis, when, in fact, it is the foolish decisions of Dave Obey that put us in this mess in the first place. He voted for passage of the American Homeownership and Economic Opportunity Act HR 1776. It was Obey who felt an easing of the requirements to qualify for a loan was the answer to help folks acquire homes. It was Obey who meddled in commonsense financial decisions regarding eliminating the 20 percent down rule, and today we face this financial disaster. “It is doubly frightening that we are in a financial crisis just before the election. We have a Congress in place that

caused this crisis in the first place, and now this same group is trying to figure out a solution to their own mess. Can we really trust them? This is a Congress that we all know will do anything to get re-elected, irrespective of what is best for this nation. Do we really believe that this group can put aside their election concerns to make crucial decisions that are best for the nation even if it upsets the voters? The way to solve the problem is to let the voters fix it on Nov. 4 by removing them from office. “This is the same Dave Obey who last week tabled a bill, to protect one of his fellow congressmen, Charlie Rangel, who sits on an influential congressional tax committee who is facing several ethics charges, including fudging his tax returns. Obviously he has no problem with bailing out fellow congressmen.” - from the Mielke campaign

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School budget reviewed at annual meeting by Brenda Sommerfeld FREDERIC – The Frederic School Board held its annual meeting for the public on Monday, Sept. 22. The projected 2008-09 tax levy of $3,051,108 was adopted by the board. It is an increase of 0.008 percent from last year, proposing the mill rate at 9.574 from last year’s 9.504. Superintendent Gerald Tischer explained the estimated $7.8 million expense budget. It is a 5.75-percent increase from the $7.4 million estimated for the 2007-08 school year. There were several different items that increased to impact the budget. The increases were for instruction expenses and some support service

expenses, due to changes in staff wages and staff adding on health insurance, he said. Operational expenses increased with costs of the building and fuel prices. Maintenance has cost less then $20,000 the last few years, but is estimated to jump to $49,800 this school year. Tischer said a security system may be put in case other maintenance is needed. “If we don’t need it, we definitely won’t be spending it,” Tischer said. Transportation went up budgeting diesel at $6 per gallon. There are 53 students in the Frederic School District that are going to different schools as open enrollment, which

costs the school money. Money comes into the school from DPI, but it then has to be sent to the school the child actually attends. The expense is up to $403,676 from last year’s $231,904. Only five students have open enrolled into Frederic. Tischer explained that the budget for the 2008-09 year was made before they got the audit for 2007-08. He said it is made based on the 2007-08 budget not the actual spending. “Just like we didn’t spend last year’s budget, we’re not going to spend this year’s budget either,” Tischer said. The public approved routine resolutions in the business portion of the annual meeting, chaired by Gregg Westigard. Resolutions were made to

provide transportation of students, authorizing accident insurance coverage and authorizing the school board to operate a food service program. Motions were also moved to authorize sale of personal property of school district no longer needed, furnishing textbooks and providing salary for school board members and payment of other per diems and expenses. Resolutions for the budget and tax levy for 2008-09 were also approved. The final item discussed was whether or not the board could sell a 1.6-acre triangular piece of property for fair market value plus expenses. With no objections from the public, the board is left to decide.

County board hears request for yearly support Approves an agreement for governmental cooperation and youth representation on the board by Nancy Jappe SIREN – The Burnett County Board of Supervisors met Thursday, Sept. 25 in the county board room at the Government Center. The main items on their agenda, a request for funding from Burnett County Restorative Justice Response, permission to enter an intergovernmental agreement for an Aging and Disabilities Resource Center and a resolution paving the way for youth representation on the county board were presented by three women. The latter two items were approved; the first request involved an addition to the budget for which no action was taken at this time. Program Director Lisa Johnson and Administration Director Brandy Horstman represented Burnett County Restorative Justice Response, which was making its first request for county funding. Johnson gave a lengthy power-point presentation describing the services provided to the community through Restorative Justice Response. The presentation stressed that Restorative Justice is a community-based response to crime that addresses the impact of crime and how it affects everyone. RJR tries to fix the result of crime, thus strengthening the community. Restorative Justice is good parenting. It helps an offender be accountable and take responsibility for his or her actions. Ninety-seven percent of offenders do not repeat their offense after being part of the program. Burnett County Jail Administrator Captain Terry Nesvold agreed with the nonreoffense part of the program. According to Nesvold, of the 60-70 inmates involved with the community-

service component of RJR, only three or four have come back to the jail another time, and jail numbers are down. “These programs are the way to go,” said C o u n t y Lisa Johnson, pro- B o a r d gram director for C h a i r m a n Burnett County P h i l Restorative Justice L i n d e m a n . Response, described “How will the restorative justice we fund is a value to the community big quesbefore asking for first- tion.” time county support for Horstman half of their yearly told the budget of $71,000. board that the annual budget for RJR amounts to about $71,000. The request to the county is for half that amount, or $35,500. “We are all in agreement that proactive programs are the way to go,” Lindeman commented. He suggested that Johnson should make a presentation to the township chairs at the Oct. 23 Burnett County Towns Association meeting. Harry Patneaude suggested that writing a letter to the townships, asking for money, is the way to go in addition to making the presentation at the towns association meeting. Lindeman cautioned that a lot of the small townships in the county have their backs against the wall in regard to defraying costs. Laura Neve, social work supervisor for the Burnett County Department of Health and Human Services, asked for board approval of an intergovernmental cooperation agreement between Burnett

and Polk counties and the St. Croix Chippewa nation regarding establishment of an Aging and Disability Resource Center. The purpose of the agreement is to establish the organization that will provide aging and disability resource center services and programming to qualified residents of the member entities. The agreement covers the function of the ADRC board; fiscal policy and budget for its operation; fiscal agent, billing and payment procedures; withdrawal of membership, dissolution and dispute resolution. “There will be upfront money (quoted to be $579,000 in state and federal money) to get the program going. We must pass this at this meeting,” commented board member Eldon Freese. “It must be in two months before the end of the year.” The county board approved this resolution with no opposition expressed. UW-Wisconsin 4H/Youth Development Agent Mary Pardee presented the board with a resolution asking that youth be encouraged to express their voice in government proceedings via a youth/adult partnership in local governance. The board approved the resolution with an amendment that calls for an ex-officio student from each of the three Burnett County schools to be invited to attend county board meetings. The youth would fill out an application for this position, including three references, one from a parent, one from school staff and one from a member of the community. One of the board members pointed out that the board has the role of assigning a board mentor to each of the youth. The youth would be able to understand the local government process, understand the importance of the county’s budget, value proper etiquette in formal meetings, learn responsibility, utilize decision-making skills and estab-

Laura Neve from the Burnett County Department of Health and Human Services asked the county board for approval of an agreement with Polk County and the St. Croix Tribe to form an Aging and Disabilities Resource Center. – Photos by Nancy Jappe lish relationships. The board would get an improved opinion of youth via improved communication with them. “Having youth on the board gives voice to some of the population that we do not always hear from,” commented a Washburn County supervisor whose county has youth representation on the board. One other agenda item – approval of a resolution opposing the Forest-Wide Travel Management Project Plan in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest as proposed by the U.S. Forest Service – was passed with some opposition. “The project proposed by the National Forest Service would close 55 percent of the public roads within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, bringing a negative impact on all residents of Wisconsin,” wrote Erhard Huettl, a member of the Wisconsin Counties Association. The letter opposed the road closures, and urged Burnett County to take action regarding this issue.

Trinity Lutheran celebrates Harvest Festival Nina Wicklund (R) was busy putting out baked goods for the annual harvest festival at Trinity Lutheran Church in Falun last Saturday, Sept. 27, while Chuck Molitor (L) checked out a cabbage at the garden produce table. Trinity’s harvest festival is one of several harvest fests and bazaars being held this autumn at area churches. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer


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First...apologies to John Lennon... Imagine there’s no Wall Street I wonder if you can Nothing to panic or liquidate for And no debentures, too Poor substitution of words, but you get the picture. Men and women on the street are beginning to wonder if our economic system is all an illusion these days. Our credit crisis no doubt exists, but the arguments to continue supporting our current economic system - with Wall Street at the heart of it all - is being questioned by some in the middle class. And rightfully so. You have to wonder if the two leading presidential candidates actually read their e-mail or if aides handpick the messages that may or may not filter through to the candidates themselves. Here’s an e-mail they should take note of – one most of us may have received over the past few weeks concerning the proposed $85 billion bailout of AIG, or American International Group. The response to it, debunking its math and validity, is likely out there somewhere - but who cares? Just sit back and imagine... Instead of giving $85 billion to AIG, I'm in favor of giving it to America in a We Deserve It Dividend. To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200 million bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+. Our population is about 301 million +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200 million might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up. So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billion that equals $425,000. My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a We Deserve It Dividend. Of course, it would NOT be tax free. So let's assume a tax rate of 30 percent. Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500 in taxes. That sends $25.5 billion right back to Uncle Sam. But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500 in their pocket. A husband and wife has $595,000. What would you do with $297,500 to $595,000 in your family? Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved. Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads. Put away money for college - it'll be there. Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs. Buy a new car - create jobs. Invest in the market - capital drives growth. Pay for your parents medical insurance - health care improves. Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean - or else. Remember this is for every adult U.S. citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces. If we're going to redistribute wealth let's really do it...instead of trickling out a puny $1,000 ( "vote buy" ) economic incentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for president. If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U.S. citizen 18+! As for AIG - liquidate it. Sell off its parts. Let American General go back to being American General. Sell off the real estate. Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up. Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't. Sure it's a crazy idea that can "never work." But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party! How do you spell Economic Boom? I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 billion. We Deserve It Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington, D.C. And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 billion because $25.5 billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam. Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest. Kindest personal regards, Birk T. J . Birkenmeier, A creative guy and citizen of the Republic It would be interesting to see what would happen with this plan. Could we create our own regional banks, leaning more towards cooperative-run enterprises? Would it all collapse in six months? We all know the plot by now. Congress put on a good show, rejecting the first proposal for a $700 billion “rescue” package for Wall Street - another illusion that our government is thinking about us here on Main Street. Some kind of bone will be tossed to the masses and we’ll run and fetch it, many of us wagging our tails. Imagine all the people, living one debt-free day... Yeah, just imagine.

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I agree with last week’s article from the American Cancer Society that men should have regular checkups for cancer. They should also have checkups for heart and artery disease, depression, alcohol and tobacco abuse, etc. Men are learning they live better and longer if they take better care of themselves. And having a discussion with their doctor about prostate vancer is very important. PC is a bad disease and should be taken seriously. However, the ACS is wrong to tell all men, “… early detection through screening provides the best opportunity to ensure high survival.” The world’s best research shows that early detection of PC benefits about one out of six men, does little or no good for the other five, and that treatment side effects harm at least half, including sexual dysfunction and urinary incontinence. ACS has rightfully preached regular cancer checkups for years, but they are not up to date on PC; cancer is not a single disease, but many diseases, like siblings, each with its own personality and each requiring special handling. Colon cancer is the best example of the life-saving benefit of screening - everyone over 50 should have regular screening for colon cancer. It’s almost always deadly if not found early. It is generally not true for PC. At age 80 most men have PC. It grows slowly most of the time. Most men die from another cause before PC kills them. But most important is the fact 10-20 percent of PCs are deadly because they grow fast, and we cannot yet reliably predict which PCs will grow fast. Currently, on average, men who do regular PC screening will live about a year and a half longer; out of 1,000 men who do regular PC screening, about 150 will live longer and 850 will not. It’s very difficult for any one man to decide what’s right for him and anyone who says “you’re foolish if you don’t have a PSA” hasn’t thought enough about it. So what is a man to do other than help researchers find a good test for fast growing PC? Try to be rational? Flip a coin? A one in six chance of winning could be an easy decision, much better than a lottery. True enough if all you risk losing is a few dollars. To be rational, a man should think about how long he expects to live based on family longevity and his own risk factors. The longer he expects to live, the more years he risks losing to PC and the more he gains from PC screening. He should also think about treatment side effects and how he would feel should they happen to him. If he says, “I don’t want any extra years if I can’t have sex or hold my urine,” he should think twice before having the tests. The ideal man for PC screening is one who expects and wants to live well beyond 75 and who believes sex is overrated and wearing Depends is tolerable. For those who decide not to do PC screening, the good news is that palliative care for PC is quite effective. Modern drugs slow the growth of PC considerably. In my practice, I recommend men from 50 to 65 get annual PC tests (start at 45 for high-risk). I continue to recommend screening as long as it seems the man may have 10 quality years of life remaining. (It seems to take about 10 years for a small, slow PC to grow enough to kill.) But it’s only a mild recommendation because I know only 15 percent will benefit, and we cannot yet reliably pick them out. I explain the pros and cons and let the man decide for himself because I’m not smart enough to predict what’s right for any one man. The United States Preventive Services Task Force has recently recommended men over 75 years stop screening for PC, because most men that age have less than 10 years of quality life remaining. Read more at USpstf/uspsprca.htm.

The Polk County Home Care program is targeted for elimination as part of the 2009 county budgeting process. This is an extremely difficult decision for many county board supervisors who have to deal with severe budget shortfalls due to the Legislature-imposed levy caps. As the Polk County Health Department director, I feel it is important that county residents know something about the program before a decision is made to end all county-based home health services. The county home care program has been an integral part of the landscape of health care services available to all citizens of Polk County for the past 41 years. When Medicare enacted coverage for home health services in 1967, it was only natural that county health departments became the primary providers of this service due to their long-standing history of nurse home visiting programs. Polk County was the only provider of home care services in the area up to the mid1990s when other hospital or nonprofit agencies entered the market. With the aging of our population, the need for home care services has grown dramatically in the past few years, and even with the number of providers available in Polk County, there are still times when the existing home health resources do not meet the demand. A hallmark of the county program has historically been that all clients are accepted for service, regardless of their ability to pay or whether or not their insurance pays adequately for home health services. Unfortunately, this philosophy has resulted in an ongoing fiscal deficit for the program, which has only worsened in the past few years because of Medicare’s episodic and capitated reimbursement methods along with Medicaid’s extremely low provider payments for home health services. In addition, the county home care program provides medication setup services and personal care services that most other agencies do not provide because of poor Medicaid reimbursement. In the early days of the home care industry, Medicare payment was “fee for service” and the program made money for the county. The bottom line is that the current payment structure for home health services does not cover the cost of providing the services, especially when an agency provides the bulk of care to the county’s Medicaid population. The county program has an outstanding history of quality and innovative home health services to the residents of the county. We are the only home care provider that offers telemedicine to patients on service. We manage approximately 150 complex patients in their homes on any given day with an outstanding staff of nurses, aides and therapists. We have provided nursing and therapy care to many of your mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and children. In fact, we have served over 8,375 patients since our program began. It is well-researched that keeping people in their homes as long as possible with the support of communitybased services, is the most cost-effective strategy versus placement in long-termcare facilities such as nursing homes and assisted-living residences. Home health services do just that, as well as often preventing costly rehospitalization episodes. There is no easy answer to the county budget shortfall situation. The health department has proposed costs reductions to the board of health in the 2009 home care budget that surpass what the county finance committee projects to be savings to the levy in the first year of program elimination. I believe this is a temporary solution to the program budget deficit, but at least gives the program life for another year in order to problem solve how to best keep home health services in place for the vulnerable of our county.

Having followed the political career of Tom Delaney with interest and enthusiasm for 20 years, I was happy to see that he has filed for the office of mayor in the city of Taylors Falls. Tom’s experience in local government is wide and varied. He has served at the municipal level on the Center City Planning Commission and the City Council. At the county level, Tom served 10 years as a Chisago County Commissioner. He was elected by his peers in county government to serve as the president of the Association of Minnesota Counties, and he also served as a representative to the National Association of Counties. During his years as a county commissioner, Tom honored his campaign promise to his constituents by keeping a keen eye on the county’s budget. During his terms in office, the residents of Chisago County saw a leveling off, and in some cases, actual decreases in their tax bill. Tom has always been committed to fiscally responsible local government. Tom served as project manager for the construction of the Chisago County Government Center, and brought it in under budget and right on schedule. As a lifelong successful businessman, Tom brings common sense and practicality to whatever political office he holds. His motto has always been, “Tom gets the job done,” and indeed he does, whether managing a business or holding public office. His hardheaded business sense, his years of public service, and his widely varied government experience would serve the citizens of Taylors Falls very well, should they be wise enough to elect him their mayor.

Norman Jensen M.D. M.S. Professor Emeritus, University Wisconsin Madison and Siren


Sincerely, Gretchen Sampson RN MPH Director/health officer Polk County Health Department Balsam Lake

Kevin Buck Taylors Falls, Minn.

SCF Library The need for a new library in St. Croix Falls is evident to anyone who uses the library. There simply is not enough space to adequately house traditional library resources and modern technology. Educators regularly witness the disparity between students who have Internet access at home and those who do not. A new public library will go a long way in leveling the playing field for students. It will also provide parents who cannot afford Internet service at home with evening and weekend access to information about their children’s school progress and other valuable information about school events. In addition, it will make more opportunities available to people to learn how to use computers. One million dollars might seem like an overwhelming amount of money to raise for a small community. However, the prospect of replacing an inadequate library with an aesthetically pleasing building that will provide space for various needs, and equipment not available to many of our residents, has motivated numerous people to donate money and to participate in the many fundraisers for a new library. One fundraiser approaching soon is a house tour that will take place on Oct. 5. Over sixty volunteers are dedicated to making it a success. The house-tour committee believes that we will have some of the most interesting homes in the St. Croix Valley open for the public to tour. The cost is $25 and will get you into all the homes between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased before Oct. 5 at the SCF Library, Tangen Drug, Clayton Hardware, RiverBank, and Riverview Conoco in Taylors Falls. Tickets will be sold at the site of our new library from 10:45 a.m.- 3 p.m. on the day of the tour. At the home of Bob Nichols and Mary Lee-Nichols (House No. 6 on the tour), refreshments will be available for a freewill offering. Many people have contributed generously to our new library. Many others may have been waiting for an opportune time to do their part to support it. If you

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are one of those people, the St. Croix Valley House Tour could be right for you. This project can generate a significant amount of money for our new library while allowing participants a chance to visit some of our area’s most remarkable homes. Polk-Burnett Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has added an incentive to our tour. They agreed to donate up to $1,500 to the library fund, depending upon the amount of money we raise. Please help St. Croix Falls get a new public library by participating in the house tour on Oct. 5! Denise Sinclear-Todd Cherie Ollman House tour co-chairs St. Croix Falls

Hraychuck listens and delivers We are supporting Ann Hraychuck for Wisconsin State Assembly for many reasons. In the 18 months she has been in office, she has kept the needs of citizens from the 28th Assembly District in her mind, heart and votes in the legislature. Ann saw the need for an assistant district attorney (a need Polk County had been requesting for 10 years). She secured the position through the State budget. We now have an assistant district attorney. Ann cares about families, especially those who are struggling to make it from day to day. This was evidenced by her work to save SeniorCare, and work through the state budget to create BadgerCare Plus to expand affordable health care to more families. Ann has demonstrated her concern for education. She was able to get additional funding from the state budget for many of our local schools, which saved programs and lessened the burden on property taxpayers. Ann knows we need to take care of the environment; she extended the stewardship fund for the next 10 years. Ann believes in our communities and has gotten grants for both the Luck and St Croix Falls libraries totaling over $500,000. Ann listens to us about our needs, holding listening sessions throughout the district. In the past 18 months she has helped over 2,400 constituents with questions, concerns or casework. On Nov. 4, give Ann your vote so she can continue serving us in the 28th Assembly District. Jim and RuthAnn North Osceola

Giving spirit First of all, I want to extend gratitude to the 150-plus people who came to the Moose Lodge on Saturday, Sept. 27, for the Restorative Justice spaghetti dinner fundraiser. You typify the giving spirit that we feel honored to be part of here in these communities. Supporting our nonprofit organization shows that the work we are doing to serve victims, offenders and our community is well received. Now - more than ever - we need your help. Talk to the supervisor who represents you on the county board to encourage them to vote to put us in the county budget. David R. McGrane Vice chair Burnett County

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Bleak future The Democratic party which like to portray itself as the representative and protector of the poor and middle class has by a vast majority of votes just passed the biggest bailout this country has ever seen to reward the incompetence of the rich CEOs and investment firms. The Republican party also went along with this. While they say the taxpayer may make money on this deal who is going to buy back the mortages on properties which will be condemned by the time the market corrects itself. They also seem to have delayed the voting of this package to allow certain individuals to take advantage and even changed the wording to limit compensation to individuals rather than not allow compensation. Those who put money in 401 plans and feared losing, did so at their own risk it is like putting money in the wrong slot machine. State, county and city programs are also being used for individual purposes rather than what they had been intended for. A investigation into all of these programs should be looked into also as recent audits are finding fraud at all levels. Incompetence is being rewarded everywhere you look as people are asigned to positions by whom they know rather than what they know and voted in by those not understanding what they are voting for. We are teaching our children it is OK to fail when that is not the right way to go. Our only hope is a education system that will teach that honesty is the best policy. John Walkosz Grantsburg

Letters t o t h e e d i t o r Just a buzzword

Shamefully partisan

Turn on the bright lights

“Change.” In this presidential election year change has become nothing more than a trite political buzzword. The Democratic nominee for president, Barack Obama, has embraced it as his political mantra. Recently he has started whining that his opponents have stolen his message of change. Never mind the fact that he has never really defined what change he has in mind. Certainly it is not reflected in his choice of vice-presidential candidate. Joe Biden has been part of the Washington establishment for the past 30 years. Contrary to his pledge to fix Washington, Obama has demonstrated in maintaining the status quo. Rather than demonstrate the tenents of a social progressive and choose Hilary as his running mate he choose rather a member of the “Good Ole Boys Club.” That’s not really changing anything. Fortunately this year the voters of this country have an opportunity to implement “Change you can count on.” John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate is an important signal that he is sincere about reforming Washington. Palin’s proven record of reform in Alaska leaves no doubt of her ability. She challenged incumbent members of her own party and won. In less than two years Palin set Alaska on a path of true change. All Obama has accomplished as a firstterm senator is to make a few speeches. Unlike McCain he has never demonstrated a willingness to reach across the aisle to reform anything. Even his own advisors cannot point to any significant legislative achievement he has authored. Is that change we can count on?

What is up with the Somerset Teachers Union’s Meet the Pro-Education Candidates event held right before the Osceola-Somerset football game this past Friday, Sept. 19? Why did they not include two of the area’s strongest advocates for an efficient, effective, responsive and fiscally accountable education system? Those being: Kent Muschinske, candidate for the 28th Assembly District (himself a former high school agriculture teacher), and Sheila Harsdorf, state senator from the 10th Senate District. It seems to me that this exclusion of candidates and partisan electioneering effort promoted as taking place “on the lawn in front of the campus” would be a violation of state election law. Perhaps it was conducted on private property but its location on the edge of the school driveway gave many people the impression that it was a school-sanctioned activity. What makes this situation worse is that it appeared the event was authorized and paid for by the campaigns of Ann Hraychuck and Allison Page, as evidenced by the blatantly partisan yard signs literately lining the school drive! My children do not belong to the Somerset School District. If they did I would be ashamed and embarrassed of the teachers union. Have some tact and political professionalism, Hraychuck and Page. I only hope other school districts do not dare to do something so unethical and exclusive.

Amy Goodman’s column is reason enough to pick up the Leader each week. Her career of intelligent, courageous journalism around the world, her public speaking, teaching, radio broadcasting and her unparalleled integrity shine out in the dullness of overpaid, empty personalities that don’t deserve to share the same job title. Just one look at her reporting from, and arrest at, the RNC in that sad, neighboring land of Tim Pawlenty, Norm Coleman and the pepper-spraying, skullthumping St. Paul Police Department is enough to prove her excellence in her field. Many thanks to The Gathering for sponsoring her column. After paging through homespun columns, pages of obsession with religion and sports, sad pictures of our obese citizens, grammatical errors, malapropisms, misspellings and the redundant, literary flatulence of repeat offenders in the letters section who seem to believe they’re still county supervisors and can tell people what to think, Amy’s column lets me experience, once again, the joy of using my brain. The Gathering may wish to remain anonymous, but perhaps an intrepid reporter could be dispatched to do a story on them. They deserve a bit of the spotlight at least as much as people being profiled for merely getting married, rebuilding cars or growing old. Kelly Green Frederic

Alyssa D. Winkelman Osceola

Kevin Iverson Frederic

Boy, bus driver both blamed RICE LAKE - Jurors decided last week that the 10-year-old Rice Lake student who was killed and the bus driver who ran into the child were both at fault in the June 2, 2006, accident. The split blame means surviving family members of Austin Gagner won’t be receiving the damages that jurors said they would otherwise be entitled to in a wrongful death case. Prosecutors had argued that Rice Lake School bus driver Robert Wellsandt had been negligent when he ran over the fourth-grade student with his bus. According to the complaint, Austin Gagner, his older brother and another boy had been skateboarding toward Rice Lake Elementary School when they came to an intersection. Wellsandt and another bus driver, Richard Timblin, were also at the intersection. Prosecutors had said that Timblin had inappropriately stopped traffic with his bus in order to let Wellsandt’s bus and the boys proceed. Wellsandt’s bus then fatally struck the 10-year-old boy as he tried to cross the street. The defense maintained, however, that the victim was largely to blame in this case, rather than the bus drivers. The defense cited testimony from a witness who saw the 10-year-old jump out in front of Wellsandt’s bus. Defense counsel also noted that the monetary damages sought by the plaintiffs wouldn’t bring Austin Gagner back. Jurors deliberated about the verdict from approximately 8 a.m. Sept. 17 until late into the afternoon. Despite some dissention, the verdict that came back attributing 55 percent of the fatal accident’s negligence to Austin Gagner, while 45 percent of it was blamed on Wellsandt. The verdict also awarded members of Gagner’s family with a total of $900,000 in damages, but they will not receive the money due to the jury finding the boy’s culpability to be in the majority. - Barron News-Shield


Sex offender ordinance HUDSON - The Hudson City Council recently authorized a new effort to restrict where people who have committed serious sexual crimes can live within the city. A study committee including a circuit court judge, a Wisconsin Department of Corrections official, Police Chief Marty Jensen and members of the council’s public safety committee will give advice on a proposed ordinance. The council rejected a sexual offender ordinance proposed by Alderperson Randy Morrissette II a couple of years ago. A majority of council members at the time were concerned that the ordinance might entangle the city in an expensive lawsuit. Since then, the city received notice of a Level 3 sexual offender coming to Hudson. The offender decided not to locate here, however, after the public was informed of his move. Mayor Dean Knudson said an ordinance limiting where sexual offenders can live can be crafted to stand up in court. The key, he said, is not to overreach by drafting a law that bars offenders from residing virtually anywhere in the city. Knudson played a big role in drafting an ordinance some years ago that kept a strip club out of downtown Hudson. That ordinance is now a model for other communities in the state, he said. Alderperson Scot O’Malley, an opponent of the first proposed sexual offender ordinance, is still skeptical about the need for such an ordinance. “It’s a solution in search of a problem,” he said. - Hudson StarObserver Trial postponed RUSH CITY, Minn. - The trial of a former Mora High School math teacher accused of showing pornographic images to one of his female students has again been postponed – this time until Monday, Oct. 27, due to at least one of the state’s key forensic witnesses having


a scheduling conflict. Joseph Ferarro, a resident of Rush City, was accused back in January of engaging in multiple, sexually explicit conversations with one of his high school students and of on at least two occasions showing the same student pornographic images stored on his school-issued computer. The trial’s latest postponement is the third after originally being scheduled to begin in June. Ferraro was put on administrative leave immediately after the allegations were brought forward, and he later resigned his position with the school district. Three of the four images Ferraro was originally accused of showing the student have been thrown out by a judge during pretrial proceedings for not meeting Minnesota’s definition of pornography as defined by statute. Ferraro is not without his supporters. More than 30 witnesses have been subpoenaed to testify for the defense including both teachers and students at Mora High School. Ferraro, who also served as a coach for at least two athletic teams, was originally accused of allegedly showing numerous lewd photos to the underage female student while the rest of his class was out on daily five-minute breaks. Investigators say he also engaged in mutiple, sexually explicit conversations with the same student. Ferraro, when confronted by Kanabec County deputies, initially denied having pornography on his computer. Ferraro changed his demeanor, however, after being informed by investigators that the computer would be seized and analyzed by experts with Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. A search warrant was obtained by the Kanabec County Sheriff’s Office, and the computer, which belonged to the Mora School District, was sent to St. Paul for examination. The state’s case claims graphic files were subsequently found on the computer, and the school district imme-

diately took administrative action to separate students from further contact with Ferraro, pending the investigation. - Pine City Pioneer Plea agreement reached BARRON COUNTY - With a jury selected and only minutes to go before Anthony J. Nelson was to stand trial for killing his passenger in a drunk driving crash, attorneys reached a plea agreement. Nelson, 47, of Black River Falls, was accused of killing David A. Austrum, 45, of Clayton in a drunk driving crash in the town of Vance Creek Nov. 17, 2006. Nelson pled guilty to felony charges of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle – party to a crime and operating while intoxicated, fifth or greater offense, amended from charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and homicide by use of a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration. A sentencing hearing is scheduled in Barron County Circuit Court for Monday, Nov. 24. Nelson is in custody on a $25,000 cash bail. - Rice Lake Chronotype Man with gun at WITC-Rice Lake in custody RICE LAKE - Rice Lake Police Department officers were stationed at WITC-Rice Lake Friday for the possible return of a man who was harassing an instructor in the early morning and then was seen leaving the campus in a pickup truck with a handgun on the front seat. John R. Sisko, 27, of Hawkins, has since been taken into custody and placed in a medical facility for evaluation. He will be taken to the Barron County Jail upon his release, stated a police department spokesperson. - Rice Lake Chronotype


Court for a retrial or for a hearing to present new eviThe dence. requests were denied, by a 4-3 vote. In the same period, the U.S. Court Supreme was weighing whether death by lethal injection conAmy stituted cruel and Goodman unusual punishment (the court ultimately allowed its use). The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Monday whether it will take on Davis’ case. If it decides not to, he will very likely be executed. Among Davis’ defenders is former President Jimmy Carter. He said: “This case illustrates the deep flaws in the application of the death penalty in this country. Executing Troy Davis without a real examination of potentially exonerating evidence risks taking the life of an innocent man and would be a grave miscarriage of justice.” Georgia Congressman John Lewis also supports Davis. I spoke with Lewis at Invesco Field in Denver, just before Barack Obama’s acceptance speech. It was 45 years to the date after the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther

King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Lewis recalled that historic day: “We were in Washington, more than 250,000 of us, black and white, Protestant, Catholic, Jews, people of different background, rich and poor. ... In many parts of the South, people could not register to vote, simply because of the color of their skin. And we changed that.” Yet this week, in light of Davis’ plight, Lewis told me: “In spite of all of the progress that we’ve made as a nation and as a people, we still have so far to go. The scars and stains of racism are still deeply embedded in every corner, in every aspect of the American society.” He went on to say, when I pointed out that Sen. Obama himself supports the death penalty: “It is troublesome. You know ... someplace along the way, some of us must have the courage to say – and I’m moving closer and closer to this point – that in good conscience, I cannot and will not support people who support the death penalty. I think it’s barbaric, and it represents the Dark Ages. .... I don’t think as human beings, I don’t think as a nation, I don’t think as a state, we have the right to take the life of another person. That should be left for the Almighty to do.” The death penalty is a noxious and racist practice. According to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, of more than 3,300 people on death row in the U.S., over 41 percent are AfricanAmerican – more than three times their

representation in the general population. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, since 1973 there have been 130 people exonerated – people wrongly sentenced to death – in 26 different states, including five exonerated from death row in Georgia. Evidence even suggests that at least four innocent people have been executed in recent years. There is no physical evidence in the Davis case. After the stay was announced, Davis asked his mother to have people pray for the MacPhail family, and to keep working to dismantle this unjust system. He told her he wouldn’t be fighting this hard for his life if he were guilty. This is a case of reasonable doubt. Troy Davis deserves a new trial. *** Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,” a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 700 stations in North America. Her column’s appearance in the Leader is sponsored by the local group, The Gathering, an informal group of people of diverse ages, experience, and philosophies who meet every other week at a member’s home for silent meditation and lively discussions about peace, justice, spirituality, religion, politics, environment, global cultures and humanity. “We have a deep concern about how religious ideals affect society. Therefore, we are also interested in politics and in causes and programs, which will benefit our community,” says a spokesperson for the group.

investments that our propelled economy. Now we find lines of credit are on the brink of massive failure. While federal lawmakers in Washington are grappling with options, the repercussions of spending first and figuring out how to pay for it later should be a lesson to all government officials.

Government must be put on a diet to meet our economic reality. Taxpayers need relief, not new taxes to fund a government they already can not afford. Simply put, government should not be the only growth industry in our economy. Jobs and economic growth should be the top priority. Wisconsin is home to a hardworking, skilled workforce that will prosper through innovation and job creation. New job-killing taxes are a prescription for economic disaster. We need reforms to our state budgeting which stop fund transfers and reject new tax-borrow-spend schemes with the federal government. A case example that we saw last session was the proposed “sick” tax. The

proposal was to put a new tax on hospitals and then use that revenue as part of a scheme to get money from the federal government that would in turn be used to help balance the state budget. This proposal is an example of how government schemes get us into financial trouble. It is time to take a hard look at cutting state spending first before relying on new taxes or new moneymaking schemes with the federal government. As the state agencies are submitting budget requests for the next two-year budget, they need to cut spending first. Families are going through the same tough choices as they pay more for gas, food and home heating fuel. Government needs to follow.

burden and the system seemed rather fair. Unfortunately, in a relatively short period of time, quite a bit has changed. After two decades of cutting corporate taxes and creating Ann loophole after Hraychuck loophole, we now find ourselves in the position 28th District where homeownAssembly ers shoulder 70 percent of the tax burden. This imbalance is made worse when you factor in a failing school funding formula that continues to ask homeowners to progressively pay more. The time has come to start focusing on tax fairness. We have to realize that

homeowners can’t continue to keep paying more and more, especially under the current economic conditions. We need to continue to weed out wasteful spending at the state and local level, but we also need to make sure everyone is paying their fair share. Currently, corporations can get tax breaks for lobbyists, advertising, public relations, computer consultants and luxury boxes at Packer and Brewer games. They can also avoid all state taxes by opening up a post office box in Nevada and declaring that as their corporate headquarters. The situation has gotten so bad that a recent study showed that two-thirds of the corporations who do business in our state pay virtually nothing in state income taxes. This is a problem that needs to be addressed. That is why I support plans that require corporations to disclose exactly what taxes they are paying and which ones they aren’t. I also support a plan to exempt the first $60,000 of every home’s value from the property tax levy.

The vast majority of Wisconsin citizens work hard and play by the rules. They already pay more than they should have to in order to support their state and their communities. It’s time to give homeowners the tax breaks they deserve by making corporations follow the rules and pay their fair share. I want to hear what you think about tax fairness in Wisconsin. Sen. Bob Jauch, chair of the Senate Committee on Tax Fairness, and I will be hosting two public forums on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The first is scheduled to begin at noon in the county boardroom at the Polk County Government Center in Balsam Lake. The second forum will begin at 5 p.m. in Room 165 of the Burnett County Government Center in Siren. Please take the opportunity to attend one of these forums and air your views about tax fairness in Wisconsin. As always, if you are unable to attend either forum, you can contact my office by calling toll free 888-529-0028 or email

Troy Davis and the supreme decisions Troy Anthony Davis was scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday. Two hours before the state of Georgia was to execute him, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay until Monday. It had earlier agreed to hear Davis’ case on Monday, Sept. 29, but Georgia set his execution date six days before the hearing. Davis was charged with killing Mark MacPhail, an off-duty police officer, in Savannah, Ga., in 1989. Davis had gone to the aid of a homeless man who was being pistol-whipped in a parking lot. Seeing the gun, he said he fled. MacPhail, working security nearby, intervened next, and was killed. Davis, an African-American, claimed his innocence, but was found guilty and sentenced to death. Since his conviction, seven of the nine nonpolice witnesses have recanted their testimony, alleging police coercion and intimidation in obtaining their testimony. By coming forward and recanting, they face serious repercussions, possibly jail time. Some have identified a different man as the shooter. This man is one of Davis’ remaining accusers. In July 2007, Davis faced his first execution date. Just a day before he was to be executed, the Georgia Pardons Board granted a stay of execution for up to 90 days. Then, Davis’ attorneys argued before the Georgia Supreme

Credit and spending Consumer credit cards turned 50 this past week. It was an ironic anniversary, given that the leveraging of credit on Wall Street has put our nation on the brink of economic peril. While the federal government decides what action should be taken, my state Senate office in Madison has received telling calls and e-mails about the concerns of Wisconsin families, workers and homeowners about the proposed federal bailout of our financial institutions. The use of credit by governments, investors, and consumers has changed our culture. It enabled the expansion of government programs. It stimulated

Tax fairness – public forums to be held With the November election coming soon, we’re about to enter what a lot of people painfully refer to as “silly season.” The television ads are already out of control and soon we won’t be able to answer the phone or open our mailboxes without being bombarded. One subject we will be sure to hear quite a bit about over the next several weeks is taxes. Rest assured, everyone will say that taxes are too high, and everyone will tell you that the other side wants to raise them and they represent the only hope for relief. What you won’t hear much of is an honest discussion about why taxes are high, who is paying them and who isn’t living up to their fair share. Not that long ago, the division of property taxes and corporate taxes in Wisconsin was pretty much 50-50. Both sides shouldered their equal share of the

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Muschinske ready for debate Kent Muschinske, candidate for the Wisconsin State Assembly 28th District announced today he will participate in a live, legislative forum conducted by Wisconsin Public Radio on Monday, October 6. The hour-long forum will be held in the Eau Claire studio and will offer listeners a chance to call in with questions. It is part of a regional program called “The West Side”, which airs from 5 to 6 pm on 88.3 WHWC Menomonie/Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW River Falls.“This is an excellent opportunity for voters within the listening area to educate themselves on the qualifications and positions of the legislative candidates,” said Kent. “I look forward to introducing myself to the district and engaging in a lively debate about the issues important to citizens in the 28th. Assembly District.” - from the Muschinske campaign





Webkinz animals teach children computer/learning skills by Nancy Jappe SIREN – It took a while for Webkinz to catch on in Siren, but catch on these animals did in the two years Peggy Strabel, owner of Peggy’s Fashion Rack and Gifts, has been carrying Webkinz animals and now their clothing. Webkinz, the creation of the Ganz Company out of Canada, is an animalbased concept that works off of a Web site, A stuffed animal, e.g. a pig, a sheep, a goldfish, an elephant, a horse, a gorilla, or a snake, to name a few, is purchased. A computer program goes along with the animal. Using the computer program, the child who owns the animal can learn and do things, such as learning what the animal will eat. A chipmunk’s favorite food is peanut cake. If the child tries to feed the chipmunk something else, using the computer to do this, the chipmunk will say, “That is not my favorite food.” The child can play games with the animal on the computer, can learn how to earn money, how to shop, how to take care of a garden and grow things. The animal can be taken into the (computer) bathroom, set on the toilet (the child will hear it flush), have its teeth

The Webkinz Pet of the Month for September is the bullfrog. brushed, and take a bath using lots of bubblebath, all of which shows up on the computer screen. They can help the animal plant a garden, using a computerized shovel to dig out dried-up plants and put in fresh ones. “It’s a good thing for children. They learn responsibility,” Strabel said. To demonstrate the value of Webkinz, Strabel asked Barb Grotheim, a grandmother who lives on Spirit Lake, to come into the shop to demonstrate on

Barb Grotheim and her 8-year-old granddaughter, Iris Redlund, are shown at the computer at Peggy’s Fashion Rack and Gifts, Siren, Saturday, Sept. 20. Grotheim was there to demonstrate the learning that children age 5 and over can get through their purchase of a Webkinz pet and the computer program that comes with it. – Photos by Nancy Jappe Saturday, Sept. 20. With Grotheim came three of her five grandchildren, 8-yearold Iris Redlund and her twin brothers, 6-year-olds Amik and Tate, from Almelund, Minn. They vied with each other for use of Grandma’s computer. Grotheim’s husband loves to watch TV movies, an interest Grotheim doesn’t really share. Instead of watching, she has her computer set up nearby, and she dials into the Webkinz site for communication with her grandchildren. Each of them has a password for access. That password is sacred; they don’t share it with anyone but Grandma. Grotheim started using the Webkinz site during a six-week vacation away from the grandchildren, to keep in contact with them. She can send them precomposed messages (set up by the company) and keep up with what they have been doing with their animals. Children can start the Webkinz program, with help from their mothers, at the age of 5. Items of clothing can be purchased for each of the animals. Once a purchase is made, the item of clothing is added to the Web site, and the child can proceed to dress the animal in that new purchase, online. A new pet is added to the line each month. The pet for September is a bullfrog. Pets are also retired from time to time. According to Strabel, the fantail goldfish was retired the month it came out, but Strabel still has the animal in

Barb Grotheim and her grandchildren, (L to R) Amik, Tate and Iris Redlund, are shown here during their time in Siren on Saturday, Sept. 20, demonstrating how the Webkinz Web site works. Grotheim and her grandchildren keep in contact with each other through the activities of the animals the children own and play with, using the computer for directions on how to proceed.

stock. This is only one of many animals like that. “If you would like to know when new

shipments arrive, I can let you know that by e-mail,” Strabel said, adding that children need their parents permission for this to happen. The e-mail address is Strabel promises that this e-mail address will not be shared with anyone else. “I am a good Peggy’s customer who buys Webkinz stuff for my grandchildren,” Grotheim said. “The fun part is seeing what they decide to send me.” One gift package sent to her contained a tomato and a cabbage along with one other item in a gift box chosen by the child, sent through a transaction controlled by the grandchild at the other end of the computer screen. This is a concept that people have to see to believe, but the possibilities offered are truly amazing. (This comment was written by the reporter who saw Webkinz in action for the first time.) It was slow going the first year Strabel offered Webkinz animals and their program on her shelves. During the first summer, city children in this area on vacation or at their family’s cabins started buying them. “They knew what Webkinz were,” she said. “It took a while, but now kids are into them.”

This display shows some of the Webkinz animals that are available for purchase at Peggy’s Fashion Rack and Gifts, Siren. Owner Peggy Strabel has been selling the animals for the past two years, and said that they have really caught on with buyers.

Six-year-old Amik Redlund from Almelund, Minn., shows how to enter a newly purchased animal on the Web site. The site was developed by the Ganz Company of Canada, and is designed to teach a wide variety of skills to children.


Girl Scouts Corn on the Curb

Delaney Johnson, member of the Unity Girl Scout Service Unit, served sweet corn at their Corn on the Curb event in Balsam Lake, Labor Day weekend.

Penny Schultz, Unity Girl Scout leader and new coservice unit coordinator, helped the girls cook their corn at their Corn on the Curb event in A Balsam Lake. truckload of corn is donated, which the girls husk, cook and serve at the stand behind Angler’s in Balsam Lake. The Girl Scouts even had a stand at the Balsam Lake Fire Department’s Demolition Derby.

Geno D’Agostino, a major supporter of the Unity Girl Scouts Corn on the Curb event, was on hand when the girls had their annual drawing for cash prizes. – Photos by Jeanne Alling

Over-90 birthday party held at UPH

These three sisters took part in the “over 90” party at United Pioneer Home Friday, Sept. 26. Shown (L to R) are: Luella Giller, Gertrude Klas and Helen Giller. Both Gertrude and Helen are over 90.

Dennis Lunzer came to the party to celebrate the birthday of his mother, Helen Lunzer.

United Pioneer Home in Luck held a birthday celebration last Friday, Sept. 26, for residents who are over 90 years old. Twenty-four of the 62 residents at the nursing home fit into the over-90 category. Family and friends joined the celebration. Photos submitted

United Pioneer Home Auxiliary members Helen Dickerson, (L), and Bernice Mattson, joined in the fun. The Auxiliary recently purchased a set of patio furniture and is raising funds for more. An 8-year-old gave the first $1 donation to the cause.


CRA receives nearly $40,000 from state MILLTOWN – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced the award of $39,890 in Victims of Crime Act funding to the Community Referral Agency program. With this funding, Community Referral Agency, Inc. Welcome Home Center, a shelter and advocacy program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, will provide shelter, advocacy, 24-hour crisis line, counseling, information and referral, support groups for adults and children, as well

as emergency transportation for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children in Polk and Burnett counties and the St. Croix Ojibwa Tribe. Community Referral Agency is one of 83 programs that Van Hollen has chosen for more than $7.4 million in funding to help crime victims this year. The attorney general said this money reflects his desire to improve the quality of life for innocent crime victims of all ages who live in communities across Wisconsin. Trauma counseling, crises intervention

and other advocacy services are essential to restoring victims to a sense of wellness. “Innocent victims of crime can find important support in these programs run by our community partners and government agencies,” said Van Hollen. “I am pleased that these awards will assist in providing much-needed services to innocent children and adults throughout Wisconsin.” Enacted in 1984, VOCA is administered by the US Department of Justice

Office for Victims of Crime. An annual state grant is awarded to the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Office of Crime Victim Services which awards subgrants to local government and nonprofit agencies that directly serve victims of crime. Money used by VOCA comes from revenue that is generated by various federal criminal fines, forfeitures, assessments and penalties. No taxpayer monies are used. - from the office of Attorney General Van Hollen

Obey reluctantly supports financial rescue package

Says measure aims at stabilizing market and keeping taxpayers from having to foot the bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Seventh District Congressman Dave Obey, said recently that “like most Americans, I’m mad as hell that the reckless deregulatory binge of the last decade has led us to the point we find ourselves in today, but I reluctantly supported the financial rescue package that’s before Congress because it contains provisions that offer more protections to the taxpayers than the president’s original proposal, and the alternative of doing nothing will put the economic security of virtually every American family and business at unnec-

essary risk. “There is no doubt that the most popular vote on this issue is to vote no – because people are angry and the president has done a very poor job of explaining to the country why some of these actions are necessary. But I couldn’t responsibly allow the president’s past mistakes and his lack of credibility today to stand in the way of my obligation to make the best of a bad situation that could be made even worse by our failure to do anything,” Obey said. “If financial institutions wind up being unable, or unwilling, to provide credit to other financial institutions and to businesses and individual families as well, employers could be in a position of not being able to meet payroll, businesses would not be able to obtain inventories by the use of credit, worldwide confidence in the dollar would evaporate

Candidates to attend public forum on health issues POLK COUNTY - The Polk County Health Department will sponsor a candidates forum on health-care issues Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Unity High School Auditorium, Balsam Lake. Candidates who have agreed to participate include incumbent Ann Hraychuck, Democrat, and challenger Kent Muschinske, Republican, in the

28th Assembly District race and incumbent Sheila Harsdorf, Republican, and challenger Alison Page, Democrat, of the 10th District Senate race. The Healthy Communities Forum will run on an audience-question format moderated by a nonpartisan member of the U.W. Extension office. - with submitted information

Meth summit Thursday at Balsam Lake BALSAM LAKE – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will join western Wisconsin elected officials, community leaders, and public safety officials from throughout a seven-county region where the fight against meth crime has been and remains important to public safety, families and law enforcement officials. The Balsam Lake Meth Summit will be held Thursday, Oct. 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Polk County Justice Center in Balsam Lake. “I would like to extend a thank-you to our co-hosts for putting together this opportunity to talk about successes, challenges and cooperation on our state’s fight against meth,” said Van Hollen. “Western Wisconsin has been ground zero for meth crime and the work by community leaders to take on this challenge has been exemplary.”

The event is co-hosted by Eric Johnson, St. Croix County district attorney, Tim Moore, Polk County sheriff and chair of the St. Croix Valley Drug Task Force, and state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf. Area state Rep. Ann Hraychuck, John Murtha and Kitty Rhoades will also be attending. “Elected officials from all backgrounds have come together to take the fight to meth crime,” said Van Hollen. “Coupled with local efforts, we have made much headway. The meth summit will be an opportunity to speak to these successes and collaborate about how we can best continue to work together on important education and enforcement measures that have been undertaken by state, county and community leaders.” - from the office of Attorney General Van Hollen

CUSHING - Retired educators, administrators and support staff are cordially invited to attend the Thursday, Oct. 9, Polk-Burnett Retired Educators’ Association meeting to be held at the First Lutheran Church in Cushing. The featured speaker will be Michelle Fontanille, a Good Samaritan

nurse who accompanied a Twin Cities doctor to India. Her story and accompanying pictures will follow the noon meal. Reservations are required by Monday, Oct. 6. Beulah Nelson, 648-5550, and Dorothy Mattson, 648-5395, are in charge of the arrangements. - submitted

Retired educators to meet

and millions of people could lose their jobs and see a substantial erosion of their investments and their savings,” Obey added. In contrast to the president’s original three-page plan, the 106-page bill Congress voted on Monday, Sept. 29, attempts to protect taxpayers by: • providing aggressive oversight and re-regulation of the finance industry to put an umpire back on the field to keep the big boys honest; • making sure that taxpayers share in any profits resulting from the governments help; • putting limits, for the first time in history, on outrageous executive compensation plans; • creating the possibility of helping homeowners who face foreclosure and the loss of their homes; • and, most importantly, requiring the president to submit a plan to make Wall Street and the banking industry pay fees – after the crises is over – sufficient to cover government’s long-term losses in order to keep the costs focused on the financial industry instead of American taxpayers. “For years, I have fought against the government policies that have system-

atically destroyed the ability of government to protect the interest of average people in the economy by keeping large financial corporations from playing Russian roulette, not just with their own money but with the future of every American family,” Obey said. “To begin the long-term repair of policies that have led us to this point, we need to elect a president who will be on the side of average working people for a change, rather than continuing short-sighted policies which put the interests of the economic elite before the interests of average working people.” Obey concluded by noting that he is “deeply angered that at the same time that the president is asking for this package for Wall Street he won’t support my bill to help people on Main Street who are suffering because of this crisis - more help to keep kids on state health care rolls, an extension of unemployment benefits to help address the fact that over 600,000 Americans have lost their jobs this year, and greater investments in the country’s infrastructure construction in order to create a good number of well paying privatesector jobs.” – from the office of Congressman Obey

Bank soundness and a good night’s sleep Local bank president answers the question, “Is my bank safe?” by Glenn J. Meier Market manager, Bremer Banks Frederic, Siren, Danbury POLK/BURNETT Counties – News from Wall Street dominates today’s headlines. These headlines and ongoing turmoil in the financial system are creating additional uncertainty in the financial markets and raising concerns for consumers. Banks continue to be the safest place to keep funds. However, following a few prominent bank failures, some consumers are beginning to wonder, “Is my bank safe?” If you want to kick the tires of your own bank, here are some questions to ask your banker. The answer just may help you sleep better at night. • Is your bank profitable? • Are you well capitalized? • Do you have adequate reserves to cover anticipated losses? • Do you have any exposure to large, troubled investment institutions like Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae or Lehman Brothers? • Do you have heavy loan concentrations in residential or commercial mortgages? • Do you have a high number of loans that you have purchased from other financial institutions? In the face of ongoing publicity, it’s important to remember that the safest

place for your money is in the bank. It’s earning interest, it’s FDIC-insured and it’s accessible. It may also be helpful to understand the difference between investment banks, which are dominating today’s headlines, and commercial banks and thrifts. Investment banks like Lehman facilitate the sale of stocks and bonds. These Wall Street firms operate as advisers and agents for companies that want to raise capital, often by issuing more stock or other securities. Commercial banks and thrifts gather deposits through checking and savings accounts from consumers and businesses. These deposits are insured by the FDIC for up to $100,000 per depositor, per insured bank and up to $250,000 for retirement accounts. Banks lend these deposits to consumers and companies for auto, home and business loans. The banking industry overall remains solid and strong, notwithstanding current economic challenges. The industry is well-regulated and even profitable. The Upper Midwest is especially fortunate to have a robust and strong banking industry – the direct result of limited exposure to the “boom-bust” geographic areas that have been the source of many of the banking industry’s most pressing problems. Keep your money in the bank and rest easier at night.


Photography exhibit extended by public demand

This photo of a blue heron, taken by Barb Ray of Birchwood, is one of the many pieces on display during the Northern Lights Camera Club Photo Exhibit at Black Iris Gallery & Custom Framing in Spooner. – Photo submitted SPOONER – “This show is amazingly good,” says JoAnn Martin, owner of Black Iris Gallery & Custom Framing in Spooner. “The members of the local camera club have a lot to be proud of.” The show is the Northern Lights Camera Club’s first public exhibit. “What you’ll notice as you come down the ramp [below Kegler’s Pub & Pin],” continues Martin, “is that all of the photographers are local, and all of their work is stunning. I couldn’t be happier with this show,” says Martin, smiling and pausing to point out her favorite photograph. “Look at this blue heron!” she says, obviously taken with it. “I’ve asked Barb Ray, who took this picture, to print a larger size for me. I’m buying it from her so I can frame it and hang it at home — I can’t take my eyes off it.” Images in the first-annual photo exhibit include macro shots of native wildflowers; wide-angle views of owls, green herons, bears and swans; closeups of chickadees, orioles and bluebirds; landscapes of Crex Meadows in Burnett County; postcard-perfect images of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Split Rock Lighthouse on Lake Superior; the Lift Bridge in Duluth, Minn.; Shell Lake’s cancer walk luminarias at dusk; Monterey Bay, Calif.; the famous St. Croix River; a WWII bomber; twilight on the Birkie Trail; and still lifes that make you pause and wonder, remember and yearn. Most images are in color, but professional photographer Bill Voight of Hayward works strictly in black and white, and strictly on film. “I have my own darkroom and hand develop my own silver gelatin prints,” says Voight. “This way I always control my finished product.” You’ll be drawn to Voight’s images, which show his eye for detail and his heart for humanity. Most recently, Voight’s work hung at Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, Calif., in a show titled “USS Nimitz: Tiger

Cruise.” Voight’s one-man show chronicled his time as an artist and a writer onboard the aircraft carrier of the same name. Another professional photographer in the camera club, David Herrick of Spooner, has three images in the local photo exhibit. Herrick is also exhibiting his current body of work at the state’s Department of Administration Building in Madison. Titled “Wisconsin’s Skies, Trees and Earth,” this show is juried and runs now through Monday, Oct. 20. Herrick’s work is said to “capture Wisconsin’s beauty through its landscapes, flora, fauna and historical structures.” For more, go: by.htm Hosted by the Black Iris Gallery & Custom Framing, the photo show has received such good reviews that it will hang at least until mid-October. All works are available for sale by the artists. “This is the first group show I know of in the area,” says club member Anna Merritt of Misty Pines Photography in Gordon. “We hope to do a show like this every year — it’s been a great motivator for us to get out there, take good pictures and get them in frames.” “The local photographers have done an excellent job of capturing the beauty of Northwest Wisconsin,” adds Martin. “If you haven’t seen the photo show yet, now is the time.” In addition to framed pieces, club members also have matted prints, unmatted prints and greeting cards for sale. The Black Iris Gallery & Custom Framing is located on Hwy. 63 in Spooner, at 410 North River Street. There is free parking on Oak Street. Fall hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, please visit or call 715-635-4548. — from Northern Lights Camera Club

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Polk County circuit court Pamela L. Ahrens, Mahtomedi, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Arne C. Anderson, Cass Lake, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Sandra A. Anderson, Lindstrom, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Zachary J. Anderson, Apple Valley, Minn., operate w/o valid license, $186.00; nonregistration of auto, etc., $160.80. Mitchell T. Babcock, Frederic, public urination, $173.40. Eric W. Bader, Amery, seat belt violation, $10.00. Nancy K. Bader, Amery, speeding, $160.80. Michele L. Baker, Crystal, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Matthew C. Barney, Clear Lake, speeding, not guilty plea. Donald E. Bengston, Lake Elmo, Minn., speeding, $211.20. David J. Benke, Woodbury, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Daniel J. Benson, Clear Lake, speeding, $186.00. Joseph Bradsteen, Clayton, issue worthless check, $232.00. Jennifer H. Brau, Woodbury, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Wandra J. Breitbach, Somerset, speeding, $160.80. Victoria J. Brenna, no town given, speeding, $160.80. Marg L. Campbell, Hillsdale, speeding, $186.00. Marijah E. Caudy, Clayton, speeding, $160.80. Jason M. Chovan, Clear Lake, speeding, $160.80. Jonathan J. Clark, Farmington, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Joseph P. Cook, Star Prairie, speeding, $160.80. Donald J. Cooper, Chippewa Falls, speeding, $160.80. Richard M. Cooper, Lakeland, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Michael G. Costello, Luck, speeding, $160.80. Gloria E. Cullins, Duncan, S.C., speeding, $160.80.

Marcus H. Cutter, Luck, speeding, $160.80. Nolan J. Dabruzzi, Cumberland, speeding, $160.80. Leon W. Dahlgren, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Natalia L. Delmonte, Rice Lake, speeding, $186.00. Lyman J. Dreler, Clear Lake, speeding, $160.80. Mary J. Dueholm, Cumberland, speeding, $160.80. Richard D. Eaton, St. Cloud, Fla., speeding, $160.80; seat belt violation, $10.00. Leslie T. Eggebraaten, Brooklyn Park, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Jeffrey L. Eiden, Barron, speeding, $160.80; seat belt violation, $10.00. Nancy D. Fargo, Eden Prairie, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Amanda G. Faulhaber, Barron, speeding, $160.80. Jerome D. Feldt, New Richmond, speeding, $211.20. Marcy L. Flaskamp, Elko, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Blake S. Gaudette, Clear Lake, type 1 motorcycle permittee operate cycle with unqualified passenger, $186.00. Justin C. Gilbertson, Elk Mound, jet ski violate slow, nowake reqmt., $173.40. John T. Gitzen, Somerset, speeding, $186.00. Kevin L. Goins, Clayton, speeding, $186.00. Alexander J. Greenwold, Balsam Lake, speeding, not guilty plea. Jon A. Hall, Woodbury, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Erik M. Halverson, Clayton, speeding, $160.80. Michael J. Halverson, Clayton, speeding, $160.80. Brandon C. Hansen, Dresser, cracked/damaged vehicle windshield, $160.80. Daniel G. Hanson, Clayton, speeding, speeding, $160.80.

Benjamin P. Hart, Turtle Lake, speeding, $160.80. Brett D. Hawkinson, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Jamie L. Hawley, Spring Lake Park, Minn., operate personal watercraft w/o valid safety certificate, persons born after 1/1/1989, $148.20. George W. Hay, Burnsville, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Eric S. Higgins, Centuria, speeding, $186.00. Bradley H. Hill, Amery, speeding, not guilty plea. Terry J. Hilmanowske, River Falls, speeding, $160.80. Jeffrey R. Holmes, Luck, speeding, $160.80. Kimberley A. Holter, Grantsburg, speeding, not guilty plea. Joseph D. Hutton, Centuria, seat belt violation, $10.00. Alisha K. Iverson, Turtle Lake, speeding, $160.80. Shakib H. Jakir, Edina, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Jamie M. Jarchow, Clear Lake, speeding, $160.80. Michael T. Jasperson, Deer Park, speeding, $160.80. David L. Jenkins, Lino Lakes, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Susanne J. Johnson, Almena, speeding, not guilty plea. Scott T. Kadlec, Woodbury, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Shawn P. Kelley, Glenwood City, Issuance of worthless checks, $257.50; issuance of worthless checks, $277.50. Charles J. Ketchum, Hudson, speeding, $160.80. Michael S. Knez, Cornell, speeding, $186.00. Carolyn L. Krampe, Maplewood, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Chad A. Kranebell, Rochester, Minn., jet ski violate slow, no-wake reqmt., $173.40. Kurt S. Kroening, Edina, Minn., speeding, $186.00.

Chrystal R. Kronstedt, Balsam Lake, theft by issue of worthless check, No. 1101, $245.99. Tonia L. Kurschinski, Clayton, speeding, $160.80. Daishia L. Lang, Amery, speeding, $160.80. D. Howard Lang, Dresser, seat belt violation, $10.00. Mark W. Lapham, Bloomington, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Karen E. Leis, Balsam Lake, operating while revoked, not guilty plea. Tony D. Linehan, River Falls, speeding, $236.40. Kittrie L. Lombardo, Clear Lake, disorderly conduct w/motor vehicle, $156.20. Brandy A. Lucrezia-Clark, Turtle Lake, speeding, $160.80. Thomas L. Lund, Champlin, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Scott M. Lunsmann, Milltown, cracked/damaged vehicle windshield, $160.80. Jacquelyn B. Maher, Shell Lake, speeding, $160.80. Russell A. Manning, Luck, failure to obtain rabies vaccination, $248.00; failure to license dog, $248.00. Ann M. Markham, Inver Grove Heights, Minn, speeding, $186.00. Charlene T. Marzen, Hastings, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Kelly I. McCann, Hudson, speeding, $186.00. Justin M. McIafferty, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $186.00. James S. McMahon, Menomonie, speeding, $160.80. Corey M. Mitthun, Amery, theft by issue of worthless check, No. 2171, $238.12. Timothy J. Moran, Edina, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Terry L. Murphy, Somerset, speeding, not guilty plea. Andrew J. Nesbitt, Eden Prairie, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Brandon S. Nickell, Clear

Polk County sheriff’s report Accidents Sept. 12, 5:15 p.m., Bone Lake Twp., CTH I, .1 mile north of 280th Avenue, JEAN A. UTGARD, 36, Frederic, was northbound on CTH I. While negotiating a curve, the driver of the vehicle swerved to miss a deer, losing control, entering the east ditch, at which time the vehicle rolled, coming to rest on its tires, facing west. Driver received a minor injury (no seat belt worn), transported by EMS. She received a citation for unreasonable speed. Sept. 13, 12:01 p.m., Georgetown Twp., 90th Street, 10 feet north of CTH G/190th Avenue; #1—BENNETT O. BYSTROM, 65, Luck; #2LINDA K. BINFIT, 65, Luck; Unit 1 was backing southbound on 90th Street, trying to back onto

CTH G. Unit 2 was making a left turn off of CTH G onto 90th Street. As unit 2 began to make the turn, unit 1 backed into the driver’s side of unit 2. Both vehicles had been moved prior to the deputy’s arrival. Sept. 17, 4:52 p.m., St. Croix Falls Twp., Hwy. 87 at 160th Avenue; #1—MEGAN R. MILLER, 21, St. Croix Falls; #2—JAMES A. TALMADGE, 53, St. Croix Falls; Unit 2 was stopped and waiting to turn left onto 160th Avenue. Unit 1 stated she waived at the witness then looked back forward and realized that unit 2 was stopped. Driver of unit 1 stated she saw unit 2’s left turn signal was illuminated. Unit 1 attempted to stop but slid into a trailer that unit 2 was transporting. Unit 1 driver received a minor injury

Burnett Co. marriage licenses David B. Carlson, Trade Lake, and Carolyn A. Maher, Trade Lake, Sept. 25.

Polk Co. marriage licenses Angela L. Neumann, Cambridge, Minn., and Michael J. Pratt, Cambridge, Minn., Sept. 23. Justine S. Owens, Garfield, and Jeffrey A. Rounsville, Garfield, Sept. 23. Katherine J. Leisch, Osceola, and Mark A. Ellefson, Dresser, Sept. 25. Kimberly S. Schroeder, Maplewood, Minn., and Carl A. Olson, Maplewood, Minn., Sept. 26.

Polk County deaths Anita M. Evenson, 88, died Sept. 2, 2008, Amery Frank Tarman, 96, died Sept. 6, 2008, Amery Genevieve E. Carlin, 65, died Sept. 9, 2008, Amery Kenneth E. Ellingson, 72, died Sept. 14, 2008, Dresser Dorla D. Gorne, 75, died Sept. 18, 2008, Balsam Lake

Burnett Co. civil court Mike R. Borelli vs. Michael Andresen, Siren, $906.00.

RAB Performance Recoveries LLC vs. Brian Smith, Webster, $2,710.84.

(wearing seat belt/no EMS). Sept. 21, 3:30 p.m., Osceola Twp., 60th Avenue, .8 mile east of 240th Street, JENNIFER L. JOHNSON, 21, Osceola, was traveling west on 60th Avenue when the vehicle entered the right shoulder of the roadway. It appeared the driver over-corrected, crossing the roadway, entering the left ditch, hitting an embankment before coming to a

stop in the driveway of 2320 60th Avenue. The driver left the scene and parked at 2283 60th Avenue, driving with only two tires. A rear passenger tire and mechanical parts were left at the scene. The front passenger tire was deflated. Driver received a citation for failure to notify police of an accident.

Siren Police report Sept. 22: Michael B. Christensen, 29, Siren, was cited for failing to stop at the stop sign on Main Street and Ellis Avenue at 7:24 p.m. Kelly Jo Petersen, 36, Luck, was cited for speeding on Hwy. 70 at Ellis Avenue at 7:39 p.m. Robert Burton Lilienfeld, 27, Minneapolis, Minn., was cited for operating without a valid driver’s license at the junction of Hwys. 35 and 70 at 9:57 p.m. Sept. 23: The theft of a cell phone left at Subway the day before was reported by Connie Keith, Siren, at 12:31 p.m. The phone is a dark blue Motorola Rizer 23. Sept. 24: Nancy Susan Hupp-Mattson, 53, Blaine, Minn., was cited for speeding on Hwy. 35/70 and Elizabeth Avenue at 6:37 p.m. Elaine Ruth Arnold, 56, Minnetonka, Minn., was cited for speeding on Hwy. 70 by the fire hall at 8:21 p.m.

Sept. 25: Roy R. Polinski, 48, Rhinelander, was cited for speeding on Hwy. 35/70 and Elizabeth Avenue at 7:58 p.m. Sept. 27: Arthur Ernest Pouttu, 69, Ramsey, Minn., was cited for speeding on Hwy. 70 and Railroad Street at 5:48 p.m. Theodore J. Bauer, 55, Hudson, was cited for speeding on Hwy. 70 and Railroad Street at 6:08 p.m. Michelle J. Wylie, 28, Frederic, was cited for speeding on Hwy. 70 and Railroad Street at 6:28 p.m. Sept. 29: At 4 p.m., the Siren officer on duty went to the David Hatch residence to get a bike Hatch’s daughter had found in the woods by the skate park. The bike was red and white with black pegs. However, when Hatch’s daughter went back to the skate park to get her bike, which she had left there, her bike had been damaged, on the seat, handlebars, front tire and the brakes had been pulled out.

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Lake, license restriction violation, class D or M vehicle, $186.00. Nichole A. Nord, Osceola, speeding, $160.80. Leslie J. Nyholm, Centuria, speeding, not guilty plea. Marty M. Ogeay, Luck, operate w/o valid license, $186.00; operate w/o valid license, $186.00. Kelly A. Olien, New Richmond, speeding, $160.80. James D. Olson, Clear Lake, improper registration of auto, etc., $186.00; operate w/o valid license, $186.00. Matthew C. Olson, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Richard G. Orthmeyer, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Krista M. Ostendorf, Maplewood, Minn., speeding, $236.40. Bridgette M. Parentheau, Amery, seat belt violation, $10.00. Joel D. Paulson, Rice Lake, speeding, $160.80. Mark P. Pautsch, Woodbury, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Jeremy A. Pederson, St. Croix Falls, operating while suspended, $186.00. Lauren J. Peterson, Luck, operating while under influence, operating with PAC .10 or more; nonregistration of auto, etc, not guilty pleas. Perry R. Plumart, Silver Spring, Mo., speeding, $160.80. Pearl J. Post, Barron, speeding, $160.80. Amanda N. Reed, Barronett, speeding, not guilty plea. Angela M. Ritchie, Cumberland, speeding, $160.80. Amanda J. Rowe, Balsam Lake, speeding, not guilty plea. Shawn L. Rowley, Luck, nonregistration of auto, etc., $160.80. Roxann P. Sawyer, Turtle Lake, speeding, $160.80. Joshua S. Scanlon, Clayton, disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle, $156.20; operate motorcycle w/o valid license, $186.00. John R. Scheet, Dresser, seat belt violation, $10.00. Benjamin J. Schommer, Milltown, operating while under influence, operating with PAC

.10 or more, speeding, not guilty pleas. Logan D. Schultz, Chetek, speeding, $211.20. Andy J. Sempt, Minneapolis, Minn., operating while suspended, speeding, not guilty pleas. Joshua Severson, Clayton, speeding, $160.80. Linda J. Svoboda, Luck, speeding, $160.80. Heath L. Swanson, New Richmond, speeding, $160.80. Ann M. Timm, Rice Lake, speeding, $160.80. Kristy P. Tritten, Somerset, speeding, $160.80. Brian J. Udell, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Karin M. Ulik, Maple Grove, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Momcilo Vujanic, Milwaukee, speeding, not guilty plea. Eli J. Walker, Milltown, cracked/damaged vehicle windshield, $160.80. Bret D. Wang, Baldwin, speeding, $160.80. Elisa M. Waters, Osceola, speeding, $160.80. Michael D. Watkins, Buffalo, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Jay A. Wells, Hugo, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Susan F. Wendlandt, Clayton, speeding, $160.80. Kyle A. Werdin, Eau Claire, seat belt violation, $10.00. Dustin L. Wheeler, Frederic, littering (cigarette butt), $173.40. Brandon J. Whittaker, St. Croix Falls, seat belt violation, $10.00. Tina Wilson, Eau Claire, theft by issue of worthless check, $342.78; theft by issue of worthless check, $380.05. Bart J. Winkler, Lakeville, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Kacey N. Zemki, Clayton, nonregistration of auto, etc., $160.80. Kacey N. Zemke, Menomonie, speeding, $160.80. Robert P. Magnuson, Hudson, speeding, $160.80. Brandon C. Paulson, Clear Lake, doc. w/a motor vehicle, $156.20. Andrew E. Wuorenma, Downing, speeding, $211.20.




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Eagles running game grinds Grantsburg Unity gets first win of the season

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Unity 28, Grantsburg 26 by Marty Seeger BALSAM LAKE – It was a battle between two teams hungry for their first win of the season, but the Eagles prevailed, to give a large homecoming crowd the win over rival Grantsburg and to end their win drought. “Our team deserves this win, they continue to work hard and get better with each game,” said coach Dave Anderson. The Eagles were led by junior Dustin McKinney, who played well on both sides of the ball. He ran for 221 yards on 28 carries, ran for 80 yards on four punt returns and was one of the leading tacklers with three tackles and six assists. “Dustin McKinney had an outstanding day,” Anderson said. The Eagles and Pirates traded possession throughout the first quarter, and despite some solid carries for both teams, and an interception by Grantsburg’s Thane Larson, neither team could punch it through the end zone. After backing Grantsburg deep into their own territory and forcing a fourth down and 31 situation, the Eagles were rewarded with key field position at the start of the second quarter. The Pirates held strong and brought the Eagles to fourth and 30, but on the next play, Luke Nelson connected with Jason Vlasnik on a 35-yard touchdown pass to give the Eagles an early 7-0 lead. Then, with four minutes to go in the half, the Eagles scored again with the help of two pass-interference calls. McKinney scored on a 1-yard run to make it 14-0 game. Grantsburg responded nicely however, as Trent Bonneville scored on a 4-yard run. After the Pirates defense forced Unity to punt, a high snap gave the Pirates excellent field position with a minute to go in the half. Tony Folk caught a 10-yard pass from Bonneville with 25 seconds to go in the half.

Jason Vlasnik intercepted this pass intended for Tony Larson late in the fourth quarter, which helped seal the victory for Unity.

Quarterback Luke Nelson scrambles to avoid Pirate linemen. Nelson completed six of 14 passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

Grantsburg's Tony Folk hauls in one of his six passes over Unity's Dustin McKinney. Folk had 154 yards recieving, and McKinney rushed for 221yards on 28 carries. - Photos by Marty Seeger That momentum carried into the third quarter for the Pirates as Folk helped the Pirates move the ball with some key catches. Folk ended the game with six receptions for a total of 154 yards. But Unity’s defense was exceptional in the third quarter, as they forced two goal line stands while moving the ball away from the end zone despite taking over so close to the goal line “Our defense played very tough, with two big goal-line stands, and our offense was able to move the ball very well on the ground,” said Anderson. Despite being stopped twice, Grantsburg capitalized on a fumble recovered by Thane Larson, and the Pirates took an 18-14 lead at the end of the third quarter on a Tony Larson 4yard touchdown catch. Unity sophomore Vlasnik helped the Eagles take control in the fourth quarter as he caught an 11-yard pass from Nelson with 10:31 to go. With Unity clinging to a 21-18 lead with 1:53 to go in the game, the Pirates

prepared a comeback from their own 11yard line. But Vlasnik came up huge defensively, intercepting a Grantsburg pass and taking it in 11 yards for the score, giving the Eagles a 28-18 lead. Grantsburg tried one more attempt to salvage the game when Folk caught a 19-yard touchdown pass with 52 seconds remaining, but the onside kick to follow was quickly gobbled up by the Eagles, and the game soon ended. Defensively, Luke Hilleshiem led the Eagles with four solo tackles and four assists. Jared Peper, Seth McKenzie, Vlasnik and McKinney each had three solo tackles. Eric Goulet had seven assists and two solo tackles. Bonneville led the Pirates with 10 tackles and eight assists. Folk and Tyler Myers had seven solo tackles and Nick Simmons had two tackles and eight assists.

••• BEMIDJI, Minn., - Former Frederic athlete Jake Schmidt is a defensive back on the Bemidji State football team this season. Schmidt is listed as a freshman on the roster, but graced the roster last year as well. In the team's most recent win over Northern State (31-20) Schmidt Jake Schmidt picked up a fumble to help set the team up for a score not long afterwards. It was the first turnover in the game. Schmidt is majoring in political science and prelaw. - Marty Seeger ••• DULUTH, Minn., Former Pirate athlete Jamie Lund and Bemidji State University wrapped up the fall college fast-pitch season with a 5-2 win over St. Scholastica on Sept. 27. Lund pitched a complete game striking out six batters with one walk, while giving up two earned runs. Lund batted 2 for 2 with a walk and a run scored. Lund will compete this spring for pitching appearances with Allison Willard (Sr., Hutchinson, Minn.,) and Courtney Anderson (Fr., Virginia, Minn.,). Next up for Lund and BSU is the St. Cloud State dome tournament Feb. 28, and the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla., March 8-14, 2009. ••• LEADER LAND – Unity at Luck football on Friday, Oct. 3 can be heard at 7 p.m. on 104.9 FM. Osceola at Amery will be broadcast on 1260 AM on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. St. Croix Central at Grantsburg is being broadcast on Friday, Oct. 3 beginning at 7 p.m. on 105.7 FM. ••• DETROIT, Mich. – The Atlanta at Green Bay Packers game can be heard on Oct. 4 beginning at noon on 105.7 FM. ••• MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Vikings at New Orleans game can be heard on 104.9 FM at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28. ••• MILWAUKEE – The Brewers vs. Phillies playoff games will be broadcast on 1260 AM. The Oct. 1, 2 and 4 games can be heard at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. respectively. Other games are to be determined. ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4 p.m. on Tuesdays to go in Extra Points! – Marty Seeger and Brenda Sommerfeld ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete who will be playing collegiate sports in 2008 and hasn’t been mentioned, send us an e-mail and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger and Brenda Sommerfeld

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Tigers take three of four over Unity standings with a win over Clear Lake on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Amanda Larson was on fire as she led the Saints with 18 kills with a serving ace and one solo block. Sarah Petznick had six kills and Carissa Libbenga had five kills. The Saints won the first two games 25-19, 25-15, but lost the third game 25-23. The Saints won the fourth game of the night 25-22. Gabby Nuckles had 25 assists, and Petznick led the team in blocks with five. The Saints moved to an 8-4 overall record. - Marty Seeger

Frederic defeats Luck; Pirates contain Clayton; Saints move to 5-1 Webster 3, Unity 1 by Brenda Sommerfeld WEBSTER – The Eagles gave the Tigers a run for their money, but Webster won their match on Tuesday in four games, 25-23, 19-25, 25-20 and 2514. The teams stayed neck in neck throughout the first game Webster’s Loreto Stange tipped the final point over the net and onto the floor of Unity, winning it 25-23. The second game stayed close until the Eagles started dominating in the last few points. Brittney Peters and Becca Milligan each had a couple kills to help Unity beat the Tigers, 25-19. At one point in the third game, Webster was up 22-15, when the Eagles scored five in a row to close the gap, 2220. The Tigers were able to score the last five to win 25-20. Webster had the fourth game from start to finish with Kendra Spurgeon, Michelle Gibbs and Kara Gall attacking at the net. They won it, 25-14. Gibbs totaled 10 kills, Spurgeon and Stange each had six and Gall and Alyssa Main had four. Becca Schrooten totaled 19 assists and Siiri Larsen had 11. Unity had a hard time with Stange’s

Frederic 3, Luck 0 FREDERIC – The Frederic volleyball team gave parents something to cheer about on parent’s night with a 3-0 win over Luck (25-17, 25-13 and 25-16). Megan Anderson was on at the net and led Frederic with four kills, and with four solo blocks. She also led the team in digs with 12. Chrissy Chenal had 10 digs for the Vikings, and Becca Anderson led with four of the teams 11 serving aces Cori Schmidt and Chenal each had three serving aces. They also each had three kills. Ana Miller had the most assists on the team with seven. For Luck it was Aleah Lemieux who led with eight of the teams 20 kills on the night. Brittney Danielson had four kills and Alecia Ouellette and Morgan Denny had three. Frederic will host Solon Springs this Thursday, Oct. 2 and Luck hosts Clear Lake.- Marty Seeger Unity's Brittney Peters tries to spike the ball past Webster's Nikki Steiner (L) and Kara Gall on Tuesday, Oct. 1. - Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld and Ally Rydel’s serves as Stange served seven unanswered and Rydel had six. Stange got under seven digs and Spurgeon and Rydel each had four. Unity’s Cadi Harper left the game with an ankle injury, but in her one game added five kills and two solo blocks for the Eagles. Sam Ince was their top attacker with 12 kills, followed by Milligan with seven. Senior Sam Hill had her best game yet with 18 assists and Crystal Donahue had five serving aces.

Frederic celebrates one of the five blocks of the night against Luck. - Photo by Marty Seeger

Turtle Lake 3, Siren 1 TURTLE LAKE – The Dragons won one game out of four during the match against the Turtle Lake Lakers on Tuesday night. The Lakers won the first two 25-18 and 25-18, Siren took the third game, 27-25, but eventually lost the fourth, 25-10. Janey Emery was at the net for the Dragons. She had a total of 11 kills and four solo blocks. Carley Emery followed Janey in kills with seven and also had 13 assists and five ace serves. Megan Baasch totaled eight digs, Jessica Tills had five and Danielle Keller had four.

Emily Cole at the net for the Pirates. - File photo by Marty Seeger

Grantsburg 3, Clayton 0 CLAYTON – The Pirates notched a key conference win in just three games (25-22, 25-11 and 25-14) over Clayton on Tuesday, Sept. 30 to become the only remaining team with a perfect record. Kortney Morrin blasted her way through the game with a team-leading 18 kills, and 14 digs with Annie Palmquist picking up eight and Ingrid Ames contributing five kills. As a team Grantsburg totaled 35 kills. Emily Cole had four serving aces, and Morrin had three. The Pirates will be hosting the 5-1 Saints in their next test, which will be held this Thursday, Oct. 2. - Marty Seeger Krystal Stage (No. 13) and Morgan Denny team up to bump the ball against Frederic on Tuesday night. Rachel Virkus waits at the far left. - Photo by Marty Seeger

Saints move to 5-1 CLEAR LAKE – The Saints volleyball team moved to 5-1 in the conference

Alex Confer serves the ball for the Saints. - File photo by Brenda Sommerfeld














Vikings melt Winter’s ice during homecoming No starters play second half Frederic 48, Winter 0 by Brenda Sommerfeld FREDERIC – The Frederic Vikings had a very successful homecoming week and football game as they shut out the Winter Warriors, 48-0, on Friday, Sept. 26. “Generally, as a team, we just dominated the game from start to finish is what it boils down to,” Frederic coach Ken Belanger said. The Vikings had control of both sides of the ball. Offensively, they had a total of 379 yards in 38 plays and defensively,

they held Winter to 117 total offensive yards in 49 plays. The Warriors averaged less than 3 yards per play, while Frederic averaged almost 10. Of the 379 yards, 307 were rushing yards. Tyler Calabria rushed for 97 yards in eight carries and scored one of the team’s seven touchdowns on a 10yard run. Quarterback David Harlander rushed 83 yards in five attempts and scored one TD on a 35-yard run in the first quarter. Harlander also completed half of his eight pass attempts for a total of 72 yards to receivers Andrew Kurkowski, Ben Ackerley and Zach Anderson. Kurkowski received two of the passes for 37 yards and one TD. Ackerley had one catch for 28 yards and Anderson

Trae Gehl is eventually taken down by a Winter Warrior during the Vikings Homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 26. – Photos by Brenda Sommerfeld

Frederic’s Ben Ackerley catches a 36-yard pass from David Harlander but the play is taken back on a Viking penalty.

had 7 yards with one receive. Tony Peterson totaled 52 yards in six carries with two resulting in touchdowns in the first half of the game. Adrianna Otte only missed one of the seven extra points. In the second half, Belanger did not play any of the starters. These players held Winter out of the end zone and managed to score two more touchdowns. “It’s good to see the second group come through and do some things like that,” Belanger commented. Claire Erickson and Ackerley each scored one of the two touchdowns.

Erickson totaled 35 yards in three rushing attempts and Ackerley had 27 rushing yards in three. Waylon Buck completed 10 yards for the team in two carries. Defensively, Erickson and Kurkowski had five solo tackles and two assisted, Trae Gehl also had five solo but assisted in six. Peterson totaled three solo and two assists and Bradley Thomas had two solo and one assist. Ian Anderson, Calabria and Zach Anderson each totaled two solo and assisted in two. Harlander, Dayton Rivera and Candace Buck made two solo tackles each.

Siren loses victory key to Tri-County High commented. Not getting as many yards as they had hoped for, the team still had some big plays, making it a close game in the first half. Nasman was the Dragons leading rusher, with 55 yards in five attempts. Hubbell carried for 36 yards and Hall rushed 33 yards. Moose was the receiver of choice with three catches totaling 31 yards. Brown received two for 21 yards and Johnson had 11 yards. “We’ve got a lot of players that have played every game, played hard and continue to work hard,” Webster said.

Dragons played best half of season by Brenda Sommerfeld SIREN – The Dragons mascot stole back the victory key from the penguin who took it during the Siren Homecoming halftime show. The TriCounty High Penguins snuck the key back as they found their way to victory over the Dragons, 48-19, on Saturday, Sept. 27. In the first half, Siren played well, as Brennen Moose ran in the first touchdown off an interception, 1-1/2 minutes into the game. Moose had three interceptions throughout the game. Tyler Finch’s extra-point kick was good, giving the Dragons a 7-0 lead. “We played the best half of the year,” Siren coach Brian Webster said. “It was no coincidence that we had all of our players back.” Tri-County High scored on a 23-yard pass in the first, but missed their extra point, leaving Siren in the lead, 7-6. The second-quarter scoring started with the Dragons quarterback keeping the ball for a 15-yard touchdown run. The possession leading to the touchdown came from a Penguin fumble that Moose recovered. This was one of the four turnovers the Siren defense managed during the first half. “After our second score, TC heads were down; we just weren’t able to keep them down,” Webster said. The Penguins answered back with a touchdown after recovering a Siren fumble. They scored with a 56-yard pass and, running in the 2-point conversion

Siren’s Damian Hubbell dodges Tri-County Penguins during the Dragons Homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 27. – Photos by Brenda Sommerfeld Tri-County took the lead of 14-13 going into halftime. “The defense played real well except on a couple of those pass plays,” Webster said. “Coach Imhoff did an excellent job of getting everything going. However, we are inexperienced in putting a team away.” Tri-County High dominated in the second half with five touchdowns. Passes put in three of the five TDs. Siren managed another quarterback keeper touchdown in the fourth quarter. Hall rushed 11 yards for the six and the 2-point was no good, ending the game,

48-19. Despite the score, coach Webster said there were many positives in the game. Defensively, many of the players were making stops. Collin Tewalt totaled 12 solo tackles and two assists. Andrew Brown had five solo and Vince Nasman completed four solo tackles and made two assists. Seth Stoner had three major tackles and Will Haines, Christian Hall, Damian Hubbell and Matt Piper each contributed with two solo tackles. “Offensively, we didn’t execute like we were capable of, otherwise it could have been a different game,” Webster

Vince Nasman looks for an open spot as he takes off downfield.














Tigers contain Cards; remain undefeated

Dan Pope seals victory with 30-yard field goal Webster 24, Luck 21 by Marty Seeger LUCK – The Tigers continued their winning ways with a win over Luck last Friday in a game that went right down to the final seconds. With about eight seconds left on the clock, junior Dan Pope notched the game-winning field goal, leaving Luck just 2.6 seconds to make a comeback, but Webster’s defense held strong in the end. “I was very confident in Dan’s ability to make the field goal,” said coach Jeromie Voeltz. “He has been very accurate all year, and has a tremendous leg. My concern was trying to get the kids focused back on the game because we still had Dan Pope time left.” Pope led the team with 153 yards rushing on 27 carries, and Zach Quigley piled on 108 yards on 23 carries. It was an overall ground assault for the Tigers, who took an 8-0 lead in the first quarter on a 14-yard T.D. run by Pope. The Tigers controlled possession of the ball for the first six minutes of the first quarter before Luck held possession for the final half of the first quarter. “Offensively, it was nice to get down and score right away on the first drive, but Luck did a great job of making us earn each yard,” Voeltz said. “Our line did a great job blocking this week and opened some holes for Dan Pope, Zach

Cole Mortel hauled in a key pass for Luck during the first half.

Zach Quigley found room to run against the Luck defense Friday night. Photos by Marty Seeger Quigley and Jake Mosher.” The Cardinals held possession of the ball until 9:32 remained on the clock in the second quarter, when quarterback Carson Giller stretched an arm into the end zone on fourth-and-goal quarterback keeper. Webster answered back after Pope returned the following kickoff 55 yards to the Luck 37-yard line. Quigley and Pope took over from there and eventually set up quarterback Chad French for a 1-yard touchdown run to give Webster a 14-7 lead. Luck moved the ball on its next possession when Alec Mortel caught a 30plus yard catch on a second down and 28 play for the first down. Webster quickly forced the Cards to punt a few plays later, but Nick Morgan gave Luck another shot at the end zone before half-

time after catching a fumble in midair. The Cardinals got it to the 20-yard line before a Webster interception, ended the first half. In the third quarter Luck tied it up when Morgan took it 87-yards for the score on the first play from scrimmage. The Tigers slowed things down on their next possession with a long drive before Pope scored on a 1-yard run to make it a 21-14 game, but the Cardinals again broke free on a 57-yard run from Giller, just two minutes after Webster took the lead. “We got the momentum early in the game, but Luck took it right back in the third quarter with a couple of big runs,” Voeltz said. “This week we will focus a little more on minimizing those big plays, and try to create some

turnovers.” Both teams came up with key defensive stops in the fourth quarter, but Webster controlled the final 6:52 in the game. On one play, Quigley picked up a first down on a fourth and five with under three minutes to go, eventually setting up the 30-yard field goal to win the game. Webster took the rivalry trophy called the “Tater Digger,” back to Webster, which is a gold painted shovel that Luck held possession of all last season according to Voeltz. The rivalry trophy was started last year between the original St. Croix Valley Conference, which includes Grantsburg, Unity, St. Croix Falls and Webster. “This has been an amazing ride so far, and we are enjoying each and every minute,” Voeltz said. “We have accomplished a lot of things so far this year, and that is a testament to what hard work, dedication, goal setting, and teamwork can get you. I am very proud and pleased with the way our kids are playing this year.”

Saints hand Warriors first loss St. Croix Falls remains undefeated St. Croix Falls 28, Clear Lake 24 by Marty Seeger ST. CROIX FALLS – There’s a lot to be excited about as far as the St. Croix Falls football team is concerned. That’s because the team took a big win over Clear Lake last Friday, which put them at the top of the Large Lakeland Conference alongside Webster, who is also undefeated with the win over Luck on the same night. “Its nice being 5-0, but you always worry about the next game,” said coach Rod Sempf, who added that the team works hard at being 1-0 on the following Saturday mornings, and tries hard not to look too far ahead. This Friday the team will travel to Cameron (1-4) , whose only win of the season came over Luck. Cameron lost to Clear Lake during the fourth week of the season, 42-6. The Saints set the tempo in the early goings when quarterback Matt Vold scored on a 1-yard run. It was their first drive of the game, and defensively, they held Clear Lake on their first drive. Clear Lake managed to score twice in the second quarter, but the Saints scored as well, on a long pass from Vold to Cory Gebhard. The Saints held a 14-12 lead at the half. “They’re a good football team, so it really was a back-and-forth game,” Sempf said. Clear Lake came back in the third quarter to take a brief lead, but a

Saints running back Chase Bushweiler (32) gets a lead block from Joe Raygor (56) in Clear Lake last Friday. - Photos by John Reed Gebhard interception gave the Saints the ball back, and Chase Bushweiler ran it 50-yards for the touchdown. Despite regaining the lead, Sempf said turnovers played a key role. The Saints turned the ball over three times in the second half. “It kept Clear Lake in the game and gave them momentum back in the third quarter and that was huge in a close game like that,” Sempf said. Sempf said he was happy with how his offense played, but hopes the team can become more consistent. Each week there have been at least three different running backs who have stepped up to be the team leaders in rushing. This week it was Zach Foeller who piled on

120 yards in just six carries. Gebhard had one carry for 52 yards, Josh Yunker had 43 yards on nine carries and Chase Bushweiler had 71 yards on 22 carries. With starting running back Nick Johnson out with a knee injury the past two weeks, the Saints proved they are still a running threat, even against a solid team like Clear Lake. Johnson’s current play status is week-to-week according to Sempf, meaning he could be back in the lineup as soon as their next game against Cameron. But defense is where the Saints have really stepped up this season, and they proved it against an offensive powerhouse like Clear Lake. “Our guys play hard every Friday

Zach Foeller spots an opening in the Clear Lake defensive line. Foeller had 120 yards on six carries. night on defense. Those guys are going to play as hard as they can, and the effort on defense is always going to be there,” said Sempf, who added that defensive back Ryan Larson had his best game of the season by putting pressure on the Warriors quarterback. Larson led the team with six tackles five assists and two tackles for loss. Foeller had four tackles, eight assists and one sack. The Saints defense was also able to stop each one of Clear Lake’s extrapoint attempts., which might have been a deciding factor in the game. Clear Lake did hold the lead again early in the fourth quarter, but the Saints scored their final touchdown of the game midway through the fourth quarter. The defense did the rest.














Unofficially, Unity/Luck takes second at conference bles team played in the cold on Monday, beating their opponents. No. 2 singles Lexie Kothlow defeated Ellsworth’s Brooke Stoetzel after three sets. She won the first 6-2, lost the second 6-2 and finished winning the third 6-2. No. 3 singles Christine Franzel easily stepped over her opponent, 6-0 and 6-2. No. 4 singles Alex Davison lost her first set 6-4, but won the next two 6-2 and 6-2. Both the No. 2 doubles team of Katherine Ebensperger and Jessi Kutina and the No. 3 doubles team of Maddie Anderson and Katie Petzel played a long second set. Ebensperger and Kutina won their first set 6-1, and the second went past the necessary six to win by two with a final of 7-5. Anderson and Petzel took their first with a 6-4 score and also went to seven in the second to win 7-6.

Three championships brought home by Brenda Sommerfeld NEW RICHMOND – Unity/Luck competed at the conference tournament in New Richmond on Tuesday, Sept. 30. There are two matches still to be played, leaving the final results unknown. As of now the Unity/Luck team took second behind New Richmond. “There were eight teams there and it was a long, cold day, very cold,” coach Sarah Schmidt said. The eight conference teams to compete were Unity/Luck, New Richmond, Durand, Osceola, Mondovi, Baldwin/ Woodville, Amery and Ellsworth. Out of Unity/Luck’s four single players and three doubles teams, three took home conference championships. No. 1 singles Stephanie Kothlow won her three games. During quarterfinals she played Amery’s Ashley Novak, winning in two sets, 6-0 and 6-1. Osceola’s Kayla Claassen was her semifinal opponent, who she beat in three sets, 6-3, 1-6 and 7-5. The championship game was between Kothlow and Alyssa Luther of New Richmond. Kothlow had beat Luther last week and it was no difTuesday, Sept. 30 Conference Tournament at New Richmond (8 teams: New Richmond, Durand, Osceola, Unity/Luck, Mondovi, Baldwin/Woodville, Amery, Ellsworth) No. 1 Singles: Quarterfinals: Stephanie Kothlow (U) d. Ashley Novak (A) 6-0, 6-1; Semifinals: Stephanie Kothlow (U) d. Kayla Claassen (O) 6-3, 1-6, 7-5; Championship: Stephanie Kothlow (U) d. Alyssa Luther (NR) 6-1, 6-1. No. 2 Singles: Quarterfinals: Lexie Kothlow (U) d. Sarah Schieffer (A) 6-1, 6-1; Semifinals: Lexie Kothlow (U) d. Dena Ferguson (O) 6-3, 7-6; Championship: Lauren Kvam (NR) d. Lexie Kothlow (U) 5-7, 0-6. No. 3 Singles: Quarterfinals: Christine Franzel (U) d. Hayley Kallstrom (D) 6-1, 6-1; Semifinals: Christine Franzel (U) d. Molly Tomfohrde (O) 6-1, 6-1; Championship: Christine Franzel (U) d. Shelly Stocky (NR) 6-2, 6-4. No. 4 Singles: Quarterfinals: Alex Davison (U) d. Sam Anderson (A) 6-1, 6-1; Semifinals: Laura Bowitz (O) d. Alex Davison 6-4, 6-3; For third place: Alex Davison (U) d. Claire Hines (E) 6-1, 6-2. No. 1 Doubles: Quarterfinals: Elizabeth EbenpergerAlesa Paulsen (U) d. Amy Ausen-Emilee Van Blaricom (A) 3-6, 6-2, 10-6; Semifinals: Elizabeth Ebensperger-Alesa Paulsen (U) d. Sam Clare-Caitlyn Reardon (O) 6-2, 7-6; Championship: Elizabeth Ebenperger-Alesa Paulsen (U) d. Courtney KvamAshley Peterson (NR) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. No. 2 Doubles: Quarterfinals: Jessica KutinaKatherine Ebensperger (U) d. Daniella LorenzAshley Lind (E) 5-7, 6-2, 12-10; Semifinals: Luanne Stui-Sami Kleiner (NR) d. Jessica Kutina-Katherine Ebensperger (U) 6-0, 6-1; Third place: Alyssa Thermos-Stephanie Johnson (D) d. Jessica KutinaKatherine Ebensperger (U) 6-0, 6-3. No. 3 Doubles: Quarterfinals: Maddie AndersonKatie Petzel (U) d. Laura Neuman-Nicole Newman (O) 6-3, 6-2; Semifinals: Meghan Ansing-Kyrie Dorschner (D) d. Maddie Anderson-Katie Petzel (U) 7-5, 7-5; For third place: Danielle Mundt-Abbey Gadbois (BW) d. Maddie Anderson-Katie Petzel (U) 6-2, 6-2.

Thursday, Sept. 25 New Richmond 5 Unity/Luck 2 Singles: No. 1 Stephanie Kothlow (U) d. Alyssa Luther 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Lauren Kvam (NR) d. Lexie Kothlow 6-1, 6-4; No. 3 Christine Franzel (U) d. Shelly Stockey 6-3, 6-1; No. 4 Meghan Frank (NR) d. Alex Davison 6-0, 6-0.

Maddie Anderson and her No. 3 doubles partner Katie Petzel took fourth place at conference on Tuesday, Sept. 30. – File photo by Marty Seeger ferent on Tuesday as she won in two sets, 6-1 and 6-1. No. 3 singles Christine Franzel was another conference champion for the Unity/Luck team. She won her three games. Durand player Hayley Kallstrom was her quarterfinals opponent. Franzel won against her and her semifinals opponent in two sets, 6-1 and 6-1. Shelly Stocky of New Richmond was a little more of a challenge, but Franzel prevailed, 6-2 and 6-4. The No. 1 doubles team Elizabeth Ebensperger and Alesa Paulsen also took home a championship title. They lost their first set in the quarterfinals to their Amery opponents, 6-3, but won the next two, 6-2 and 10-6. Osceola was next for the Ebensperger Paulsen pair in the semifinals. The Unity/Luck partners won that one, 6-2 and 7-6, and finished with New Richmond’s Courtney Kvam and Ashley Peterson team, winning in three sets, 6-3, 4-6 and 6-2. No. 2 singles Lexie Kothlow lost in the championship round, receiving second place. No. 4 singles Alex Davison lost in the semifinals, putting her in the round for third place, where she won. Both No. 2 doubles Jessica Kutina and Katherine Ebensperger and No. 3 doubles partners Maddie Anderson and Katie Petzel lost their semifinals round and lost the third

place round, taking fourth. The Unity/Luck team will travel to Durand on Thursday for a rain make up date and then to Osceola for subsctionals on Monday, Oct. 6.

Monday, Sept. 29 Unity/Luck 7 Ellsworth 0 Singles: No. 1 Stephanie Kothlow (U) d. Nikki Marson 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Lexie Kothlow (U) d. Brooke Stoetzel 6-2, 2-6, 6-2; No. 3 Christine Franzel (U) d. Sabine roudolf 6-0, 6-2; No. 4 Alex Davison (U) d. Claire Hines 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Doubles: No. 1 Elizabeth Ebensperger-Alesa Paulsen (U) d. Chelsey Weiss-Kassi Howe 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Jessi Kutina-Katherine Ebensperger (U) d. Daniela LorenzAshley Lind 6-1, 7-5; No. 3 Maddie Anderson-Katie Petzel (U) d. Alex Bartlett-Sam Engens 6-4, 7-6.

Shut out Ellsworth BALSAM LAKE – After being rained out on Tuesday, Sept. 23, Ellsworth traveled to the Unity school again on Monday, Sept. 29, only to be shut out, 70, by the Unity/Luck tennis team. No. 1 singles Stephanie Kothlow and No. 1 doubles Alesa Paulsen and Elizabeth Ebensperger both played before the match was called on Tuesday, shutting out their opponents in two sets, 6-0 and 6-0. Every other singles player and dou-

Doubles: No. 1 Courtney Kvam-Ashley Peterson (NR) d. Elizabeth Ebensperger-Alesa Paulsen 6-4, 6-4; No. 2 Luanne Stai-Sami Kleiner (NR) d. Jessi KutinaKatherine Ebensperger 6-2, 6-2; No. 3 Chelsea Anderson-Jenny Hudalla (NR) d. Maddie AndersonKatie Petzel 6-0, 6-1.

First conference loss BALSAM LAKE – The Unity/Luck tennis team had their first conference loss, 5-2, on their home court against New Richmond on Thursday, Sept. 25. The only two players to win their games were No. 1 singles player Stephanie Kothlow, who remains undefeated overall, and No. 3 singles player Christine Franzel, who is undefeated in conference. Kothlow shut out her opponent, 6-0, in each of her two sets. Franzel defeated her New Richmond opponent in two sets, 6-3 and 6-1. No. 2 singles player Lexie Kothlow took her first conference loss, losing in two sets 6-1 and 6-4. No. 4 singles Alex Davison was shut out by the New Richmond player, 6-0 and 6-0. All three doubles teams took a disappointing loss. No. 1 team Elizabeth Ebensperger and Alesa Paulsen lost both sets, 6-4. The No. 2 team Jessi Kutina and Katherine Ebensperger lost their two, 6-2 and No. 3 team Maddie Anderson and Katie Petzel lost their two sets, 6-0 and 6-1.

FGC holds successful golf outing October is breast cancer awareness month FREDERIC – The Frederic Golf Course did its part over the past summer to create awareness for breast cancer. On Thursday, July 24, 28 women dressed in pink to golf for the secondannual Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament at the Frederic Golf Course. Rally for the Cure is a partner with Susan G. Komen for the Cure and both work together to bring awareness in the fight to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Rally brings breast cancer awareness to women golfers, and its events provide the platform for special fundraising opportunities for Komen for the Cure. More than 3,300 rally events are held each year.

Ciara Delozier and Cori Schmidt sold lemonade and golf balls on the day of the tournament at the Frederic Golf Course. They donated their proceeds of $36.75 to the Rally for the Cure Tournament. - Photo submitted

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women ages 40-59. It is estimated that in 2008, approximately 460 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Another 58,490 women will be diagnosed with a very early form of the disease. In addition, more than 40,000 women will die from breast cancer in the same time period. Those figures underscore the importance of early detection, which can only happen when women are aware of what they must do, on a regular basis, to detect the disease in it’s earliest stages. According to Joan Spencer, Frederic Golf Course manager, the Frederic Golf Course raised $975 for this event last year. This year they raised a total of $1,045. “Our hope in sponsoring these events is to surpass each years’ donations and bring forth the important information

needed so that we can be a part of eliminating this disease,” Spencer said. “We always plan a fun day for all of the participants, ending with dinner and drawings for prizes. Our hope is that the tournament grows so large we will have to close the course for that day to accommodate everyone.” Next year’s event will be scheduled for July 23. Anyone with questions, donations or who would like to participate, can call the Frederic Golf Course at 715-327-8250. For more information regarding breast cancer you can visit the Susan G. Komen Web site at For more information on Rally for the Cure visit them at - submitted with information from the Susan G. Komen Rally Handbook














Webster boys continue to lead the pack

Grantsburg girls take third of seven by Brenda Sommerfeld BALSAM LAKE – Webster boys crosscountry team won the Unity Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 25. “The top five every race, they’ve been getting a little closer together,” Webster coach Roy Ward said. “That’s nice to see. There’s only 48 seconds between the first and fifth runner. It’s a pretty tight group.” Jack Taylor won the meet with a time of 17:22.3, Bryan Krause, Quentin Johnson, Nick Krinkie and Joey Erickson followed in the next four positions. Taylor is the only one with a set position for the Tigers. He has been at No. 1 for the team at every single race. Other than Taylor, the other top seven positions have varied for the Webster team. J.T. Elmgren had his first top seven finish coming in sixth for the Tiger team at a time of 19:11.5. “He keeps improving, and he’s got a great attitude,” Ward said. “He’s been doing well all season, but making it into that varsity spot was huge.” Jim Erickson finished at 45th, making good time for him. Trevor Fontaine finished in 61st improving his time by a minute, even while battling injuries. Adam Rinman also improved his time by at least a minute, finishing 34th. “It blows me away that these top varsity kids are doing as well as they are,” Ward said. “They’ve really stepped it up and basically are having as good of a season as they did last year.” Webster girls The Webster girls cross-country team took fourth at the Unity Invite. Kayce Rachner and Shaina Pardun have been trading off the No. 1 spot for the Tiger team over the last few races.

After finishing practice, the Eagles football team cheered on the runners at the Unity Cross-Country Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 25. – Photos by Marty Seeger Pardun took the position at Unity coming in 26th, with a time of 19:09.5. Rachner ended the race injured, but still came in second for her team and 32nd overall. Annie Kelby ran her first race of the season after battling an ankle injury. She came in 61st. “It was nice to get her back out there,” coach Roy Ward said. “I though she did real well.” Kelby and Rachner were the girls who had put on the most miles over the summer, according to Ward, and they both have been battling injuries. Rachel Salas ended the race in third for her team and 35th overall. Neither Pare Seephung nor Danielle Dyson did much running until joining the cross-country team. Foreign exchange student Seephung has now shaved two minutes off of her time. Freshman Dyson joined the team only a few meets ago, but is also improving her times. St. Croix Falls teams Both the Saints boys and girls teams took fifth place at Unity.

Bailey Bergmann was once again the solo medal winner for St. Croix Falls, finishing eighth out of 90 runners. “Bailey is getting stronger and stronger with every meet,” coach Jennifer Clemins said. “Her confidence continues to grow and her will to make another appearance at the state meet is pushing her along every step of the way.” Only five girls competed for the Saints, having three out with injuries. Kelsey Willow finished 41st, Meghan Smith 43rd, Ashley Bollig 59th and Carley Martin 87th. “We are hoping to have all healthy enough to compete by conference,” Clemins commented. Nate Gravesen and Alex Frey continue leading the Saints. Gravesen finished 20th and Frey 21st. Tim Lusk finished 32nd, Rashaud Kelsah 41st and Kyle Christensen 59th to make up the Saints top five. “We’ve got a couple more weeks before conference, and I’m hoping these boys continue to work on running closer as a pack,” Clemins said. “If we can

do that, we have a good chance at surpassing Grantsburg as a team at conference.” Frederic girls The Vikings competed with four girls, with Tara Anderson out on injury. “I’m looking to have Tara up and ready for conference and sectionals,” coach Nathaniel Wilson said. Out of the four that competed, three finished in top five positions. Samantha Nelson won another meet, followed by Sarah Knauber in third. Calla Karl finished fifth and Sage Karl came in 31st. “Sage and Calla have been making great strides in moving up the rankings and pulled off great places at the meet,” Wilson mentioned. “They both blew by a number of runners at the end of the race.” “I am really proud of these girls, they have come such a long way and are only getting stronger,” Wilson said of his team.

Cumberland Cross-Country Invitational - Monday, Sept. 29 Place

Boys Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Boys Overall Individuals Place Finisher

Viking runner Samantha Nelson lead the pack of girls coming in first place during the Unity Invitational. Nelson came in third at the Cumberland Invitational on Monday, Sept. 29.

1 2 4 7 8 13 15 24 26 35 45 46


Jack Taylor Quentin Johnson Joey Erickson Nick Krinkie Bryan Krause Chaz Heinz Devin Greene John Schneider Nick Lundgren Daneil Biorn Connar Goetz Devon Hogel


Hayward Grantsburg Spooner Barron Cumberland Bloomer

Girls Overall Individuals Place Finisher Team

16:40 17:27 17:41 17:56 17:57 18:17 18:49 20:14 20:27 21:19 22:19 22:21

Girls Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6

Webster Hayward Chetek Bloomer Cumberland Ladysmith Grantsburg Spooner

Webster Webster Webster Webster Webster Webster Webster Grantsburg Grantsburg Grantsburg Grantsburg Grantsburg

3 4 8 9 11 13 14 18 24 26 29 33 45 49


Samantha Nelson 15:52 Michelle Lund 16:30 Calla Karl 16:52 Angela Gaffney 16:54 Shaina Pardun 17:29 Aimee Van Tatenhove 17:37 Jessica Banks 17:44 Sage Karl 18:01 Rachel Salas 18:28 Leah Ticknor 18:31 Cherissa Vallendorf 19:01 Rose Koepecky 19:22 Olivia Koepecky 20:18 Tara Anderson 20:47


Frederic Grantsburg Frederic Grantsburg Webster Grantsburg Grantsburg Frederic Webster Grantsburg Grantsburg Webster Webster Frederic

Unity Cross-Country Invitational - Thursday, Sept. 25 Place

Boys Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Webster Rice Lake New Richmond Grantsburg St. Croix Falls Somerset Unity/Luck Cumberland

Boys Overall Individuals Place Finisher 1 2 3 4 5 10 11 12 13 14 20 21

Jack Taylor Bryan Krause Quentin Johnson Nick Krinkie Joey Erickson Steven McKinley J.T. Elmgren Devin Greene Matt Emerson Chaz Heinz Nathan Gravesen Alex Frey


17:22.3 17:57.0 18:01.2 18:03.8 18:10.4 18:51.4 19:11.5 19:13.2 19:21.0 19:24.7 19:58.8 19:59.1


Webster Webster Webster Webster Webster Grantsburg Webster Webster Grantsburg Webster St. Croix Falls St. Croix Falls

24 26 28 30 32 34 35 40 41 43 45 46 47 49 52 55 57 59 60 61 65 66 68 69 70 71

Tim Sundstrom Mickey Muller Dennis McKinney Brad Krause Tim Lusk Adam Rinnman Nick Lindgren Steven Krueger Rashaud Kelash Paul Mueller Jim Erickson Connar Goetz Taylor Heinz Daniel Biorn John Schneider Steven Bracht Alec Larson Kyle Christensen Ben Anderson Trevor Fontaine Devon Mogul Christian Wolfe Cody Isaacson Tyler Bublitz Connor Nelson Chris Eisen

20:04.4 20:19.3 20:24.2 20:30.8 20:45.1 20:56.8 21:01.5 21:11.6 21:13.0 21:17.4 21:25.2 21:26.5 21:34.1 21:35.2 21:42.3 21:57.7 22:01.8 22:12.3 22:16.4 22:18.3 22:56.5 23:00.6 23:09.3 23:09.7 23:14.9 23:15.2

Webster Unity/Luck Unity/Luck Webster St. Croix Falls Webster Grantsburg Unity/Luck St. Croix Falls Unity/Luck Webster Grantsburg Webster Grantsburg Grantsburg Somerset Unity/Luck St. Croix Falls St. Croix Falls Webster Grantsburg St. Croix Falls Webster Unity/Luck St. Croix Falls St. Croix Falls

77 83 87 88 90 91 92

Brendan Kutz Alex Anderson Matt Hays Mitchell Johnston Brady Peterson Matthew Rude Sam Nichols


24:03.1 24:55.7 26:10.7 26:55.0 29:28.9 29:59.7 30:05.4

Girls Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Rice Lake New Richmond Grantsburg Webster St. Croix Falls Somerset Cumberland

Girls Overall Individuals Place Finisher 1 3 5 6 8

Grantsburg St. Croix Falls Unity/Luck Unity/Luck Unity/Luck St. Croix Falls St. Croix Falls

Samantha Nelson Sarah Knauber Calla Karl Michelle Lund Bailey Bergmann


16:50.1 17:15.4 17:28.7 17:31.7 17:36.7


Frederic Frederic Frederic Grantsburg St. Croix Falls

11 16 21 26 31 32 35 37 41 43 47 49 59 61 71 74 83 84 85 86 87 88 89

Angela Gaffney 18:21.7 Aimee Van Tatenhove 18:28.7 Jessica Banks 18:41.8 Shaina Pardun 19:09.5 Sage Karl 19:21.0 Kayce Rachner 19:22.2 Rachel Salas 19:35.3 Leah Ticknor 20:05.7 Kelsey Willow 20:11.5 Meghan Smith 20:27.0 Rose Kopecky 20:40.4 Cherissa Vollendorf 20:54.8 Ashley Bollig 21:37.9 Annie Kelby 21:46.2 Jessica Raboin 22:33.8 Olivia Kopecky 22:52.0 Alison Lennartson 24:45.8 Jessica Golz 25:05.3 Shadiyah Knutson 25:11.9 Brittany Bublitz 25:33.7 Carley Martin 25:39.9 Pare Seephung 26:40.4 Danielle Dyson 26:47.2

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














Pirates crank out another win over Clear Lake Unity, Frederic, Luck and Webster fall Thursday by Marty Seeger GRANTSBURG – The Pirates completely dominated the Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 25, with three easy game wins (25-12, 25-10 and 25-7). Kortney Morrin led the team with 12 kills, Annie Palmquist totaled eight, and Ingrid Ames and Lauren Romanowski each had six kills. Emily Cole had four serving aces, and Romanowski and Ames each had four. Morrin and Sarah Wald each had nine kills, and Larissa Wilhelm had 14 assists with Cole helping out with 11 assists. As a team the Pirates totaled 97 percent in serving. “Our players are hitting their stride, things are beginning to come together,” said coach Bill Morrin. Defense has been an emphasis during practice, and it is beginning to show during games.” Morrin also added that team chemistry has been one of the many factors to the teams success this season. Weyerhaeuser 3, Unity 1 BALSAM LAKE – The Eagles couldn’t get things moving in their 3-1 loss to the Wildcats last Thursday, Sept. 25. With at least one power hitter in the Weyerhaeuser corner of the court, the Wildcats took the first two games of the match (25-23 and 25-17). Although Unity bounced back to take the third

Siren senior Jessica Tills bumps the ball in an earlier game this sesaon. Siren defeated Webster last Thursday in three games.

The Saints have been on a tear lately, and took a big 3-0 win over the Vikings last Thursday night, Sept. 25. Frederic's Maria Miller (No. 2) and Krysta Laqua go up for the block against the Saints senior, Amanda Larson. - Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld unless otherwise noted game 25-20, it wasn’t enough to pull through, and they fell in the final game 25-9. Brittney Peters had 10 kills on the night and Cadi Harper totaled eight, with Sam Ince getting seven kills. Amanda Kuske led the team in digs with 10 digs. Clayton 3, Luck 0 CLAYTON – The Cardinals volleyball team lost in three games to Clayton in volleyball action last Thursday, Sept. 25, (25-10, 25-6 and 25-4). Grantsburg's Annie Palmquist smokes the ball across the net in an earlier game this season. - Photo by Marty Seeger

St. Croix Falls 3, Frederic 0 ST. CROIX FALLS – The Saints took their match against Frederic in three games last Thursday, 25-12, 25-15 and

25-16. St. Croix Falls now stands with a 4-1 record in the conference. Saints Sarah Petznick totaled eight kills, Alicia Chelberg had seven, and Amanda Larson and Carissa Libbenga each had five kills. Gabby Nuckles assisted with 17 of these attack kills. Petznick had seven solo blocks, Heather Gilbert had four, Libbenga had three and Nuckles two. Alex Confer totaled 46 digs, Abby Culver had 13 and Jamie Rohm got under 12. Nuckles, Rohm and Culver each had two serving aces. On Frederic’s side of the ball, Chrissy Chenal had five kills, Megan Anderson had three and Krysta Laqua two. Ana Miller assisted in seven and Becca Anderson had four assists.

Alex Lonetti completed 17 digs, Megan Anderson had 10 and Jade Johnson got under six. Anderson also had five solo blocks and one assisted with Isabelle Lexen. Laqua had two solo blocks and Chenal had one. - Brenda Sommerfeld Siren 3, Webster 0 SIREN – The Dragons were victorious in their second conference match when they won over Webster in three games, 25-21, 25-22 and 25-21, on Thursday night. Janey Emery totaled 11 kills and Ashley Guevara had seven. Both Emery and Guevara had five blocks, and Guevara also had four aces. Carley Emery assisted with 10 points and Deanna Phernetton had four assists. Emery had the most digs with five, Katy Kelley had three digs, and Jessica Tills got two. - Brenda Sommerfeld

Kalmoe recognized at Autumn Fest

Megan Kalmoe and a member of the St. Croix Rowing Club launch one of the clubs double sculls for a run in the St. Croix River. Kalmoe’s uniform is the one she wore while competing in the Olympics in Beijing, China, this past summer. - Photos submitted

Megan Kalmoe (third from left) posed with members of the St. Croix Rowing Club from Hudson. Kalmoe and members of the club spent a couple of hours on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 27, rowing from Lions Park north on the St. Croix River. It has been said that this is a great part of the river for rowing.

Megan Kalmoe (R) was recognized during the 170th birthday celebration in St. Croix Falls on Saturday, Sept. 27. The president of the St. Croix Rowing Club presented Kalmoe with an honorary membership in the St. Croix Rowing Club of Hudson.














Saints finish second at conference tourney

Regional tournament to begin at Luck this week by Marty Seeger HAMMOND – The Saints girls golf team will look to make a strong finish at the regional tournament that takes place this week at the Luck Golf Course beginning Wednesday, Oct. 1. On Thursday, Sept. 25, the Saints ended the conference season in second place behind Baldwin-Woodville. The team scored 352, and BaldwinWoodville scored 340 in the 18-hole event held at the Pheasant Hills Golf Course in Hammond. The Saints top golfers included Jenny Benoy and Marissa Campeau, with Campeau shooting a 78 and Benoy shooting a 79. Campeau took second place overall at the tournament and Benoy, third. For the season it was Benoy (102 points) who finished in second-place overall in the conference, and Lindsey Danielson of Osceola who took first place honors. this season. Campeau (91

St. Croix Falls took second place in the conference behind BaldwinWoodville. – Photo submitted points) grabbed the third-best spot in the conference, and all three made firstteam all-conference honors. Tess Hedrick finished with a 93, putting her in 14th-place overall, and she received honorable mention all conference. The team’s scoring at Pheasant Hills was rounded out by junior Courtney Rasmussen’s 102 and Brittany

Luck Middle School volleyball meet Badgers

Nineteen girls from the Luck Middle School volleyball team had the opportunity to travel to the sports pavilion on the U of M campus on Saturday, Sept. 27. They watched the Wisconsin Badger volleyball team play the Minnesota Gophers. After watching the game, the girls were able to get signatures from and talk with the Badger team. – Photo submitted

Buss’ 108. The four top teams at the regional tournament in Luck will be golfing in the sectional tournament held at the Krooked Kreek Golf Course in Osceola on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Luck/Unity drops 100 strokes HAMMOND – The Luck/Unity golf team posted a team total of 506 points at the conference tournament held at the Pheasant Hills Golf Course. Luck/Unity finished ninth overall in front of the tenth-place Prescott team, who finished with a score of 535. Since the beginning of the season the Cardinals have improved at least 100 strokes, and will be taking those improvements into the regional tournament at Luck. “The girls did a great job,” said coach Ron Steen. At Pheasant Hills, Emily Stelling broke 60 for the first time all season. She shot a 57 on the back nine and rounded out the day with a total of 120. Lindsey Stapel led the team with a 109, Emily Stelling Johanna Alling shot a 116 and Jenelle Larson scored 161. “The girls had a great attitude for the day and throughout the year,” Steen said.

Punt, pass and kick

John Paul II Knights of Columbus Council 8985 in Webster held their annual punt, pass and kick competition on Saturday, Sept. 20. Winners are pictured (L to R): Alex Strang, Katrina Matrious-Staples, Jenna Curtis (firstplace finisher at state in 2007), Shawn Stevens and Andrew Chamberlin. These winners will compete at the Diocesan competition held in Turtle Lake. – Photo submitted

Special Olympics bocce ball silver medalists EAU CLAIRE – The Special Olympics state outdoor competition was held in Eau Claire on Saturday, Aug. 2. Bocce ball, golf, tennis, T-ball and softball were the events participants took part in.

Polk County started out with four teams and 19 athletes in the outdoor competition. Two of those four teams made it to the state tournament. The Purple Martians and the PC Cruisers both competed in bocce ball.

The PC Cruisers team brought home a silver medal from the Special Olympics state outdoor tournament held in Eau Claire on Saturday, Aug. 2. PC Cruisers bocce ball team members are pictured front row (L to R): Becky Anderson and Heather Erickson. Back row: Julie Otto, Brianna Paulson and Jim Blodgett. – Photos submitted

Each of the two teams took home a silver medal. The Purple Martians team members were Angie White, Milltown, Amy Pickard, Amery, Ben Olson, Frederic and Josh Frenning, St. Croix Falls.

The PC Cruisers consisted of Julie Otto, Milltown, Brianna Paulson, Clear Lake, Jim Blodgett, Milltown, Becky Anderson, Luck and Heather Erickson, Clear Lake. – Brenda Sommerfeld with submitted information

The Purple Martians were one of the two teams from Polk County to make it to the state competition in the bocce ball event. Both the Purple Martians and the PC Crusiers brought home silver medals. The Purple Martians team are pictured (L to R): Angie White, Amy Pickard, Ben Olson and Josh Frenning.














Pirates on top of tournament once again

Take home third tournament championship by Brenda Sommerfeld DULUTH – The Grantsburg Pirates traveled to Duluth on Saturday, Sept. 27, to return with their third tournament-championship trophy. The first two tournaments were won on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Ashland and their home tourney on Saturday, Sept. 13. The Lady Pirates won each match in two games. Cloquet was the first team to be put down by Grantsburg, 25-20 and 25-18. Superior was their next victim, losing 25-13 and 25-15. The match against Proctor was quick with the Pirates winning 25-11 and 25-5. The playoff for first and second place

A R E A Hacker’s Lanes

Sunday Afternoon Mixed Standings: Chippewa Checks 21, Mark’s Girls 21, Sandbaggers 16, Spare-Us 15, The Gutter Busters 12, Hot Shots 10, Hole in the Wall 10, Gold Rush 7. Women’s games: Dorothy Barfknecht (Hot Shots) 201, Julie Chalupsky (HITW) 196, Cheryl Matrious (Chippewa Checks) 195. Women’s series: Dorothy Barfknecht (Hot Shots) 539, Gail Linke (Mark’s Girls) 475, Cheryl Matrious (Chippewa Checks) 475. Men’s games: Larry Matrious (Chippewa Checks) 234, Gary Barfknecht (Gutter Busters) 201, Jim Loomis (Spare-Us) 189. Men’s series: Larry Matrious (Chippewa Checks) 583, Gary Barfknecht (Gutter Busters) 565, Jim Loomis (Spare-Us) 535. Team games: Sandbaggers 841, The Gutter Busters 839, Hot Shots 817. Team series: Sandbaggers 2473, The Gutter Busters 2402, Chippewa Checks 2338. Games 50 or more above average: Larry Matrious (+72); Bea Moyer (+64); Dorothy Barfknecht (+56). Series 100 or more above average: Dorothy Barfknecht (+104). Splits converted: 5-10: Marcy Benjamin. 5-7: Scott Morrison. Sunday Night I No Tap Mixed Standings: No Names 7, Chuck’s Team 6, Packer Backers 5, Knaubers 5, Happy Campers 4, Late Comers 3, Long Shots 2, Jeff’s Team 0. Women’s games: Jan Kruse (JT) 239, Debbie Swanson (PB) 216, Sheila Hansen (JT) 208. Women’s series: Jan Kruse (JT) 606, Debbie Swanson (PB) 583, Sheila Hansen (JT) 562. Men’s games: Chris Rowell (NN) 274, Chuck Kruse (CT) 266 & 265. Men’s series: Churck Kruse (CT) 755, Chris Rowell (NN) 705, Gene Hansen (JT) 617. Team games: Chuck’s Team 803, Long Shots & Chuck’s Team 731, No Names 727. Team series: Chuck’s Team 2227, Jeff’s Team 2096, Packer Backers 2083. Monday Afternoon Seniors Standings: Cardinals 9, Zebras 7, Badgers 7, Swans 6, Bears 6, Nite Hawks 5, Eagles 5, Bye 0. Women’s games: Ruth Sorenson 174, Lila Larson 169, Bety Schandorff 165. Women’s series: Betty Anderson 454, Barb Austad 450, Lila Larson 442. Men’s games: Roger Messer 202, Dick Coen 194, Buster Heinrich 193. Men’s series: Roger Messer 542, Buster Heinrich 506, Jim Morten 499. Team games: Swans 670, Bears 621, Nite Hawks 614. Team series: Bears 1791, Nite Hawks 1761, Swans 1756. Monday Night Ladies Standings: Miller’s Chicks 24, Thrivent Financial 21, Hacker’s Lanes 16, House of Wood 15, AnchorBank 13, Mane Attractions 9, The Bottle Shop 7, Bye 7. Individual games: Rhonda Bazey (HW) 211, Rachelle Petersen (BS) 188, Heidi Skow (MC) 185. Individual series: Rhonda Bazey (HW) 550, Rachelle Petersen (BS) 492, Susie Houston (MA) 488. Team games: House of Wood 623, Hacker’s Lanes 601, Mane Attractions

was between Grantsburg and Ashland. Ashland took second, being quickly defeated by the Pirates 25-9 and 25-12. Kortney Morrin continues to be one of Grantsburg’s weapons with 38 kills, two solo blocks, one block assist, 23 digs and four serving aces. Along with Morrin, Lauren Romanowski, Annie Palmquist and Ingrid Ames also are powerful at the net. Romanowski is the main blocker, getting up there for 12 solo attack blocks and two assisted blocks. She also showed that she can attack with 15 kills and can serve with seven aces. Palmquist had 20 kills, six serving aces, 14 digs and two solo blocks. Ames got 13 kills over, had five serving aces, 11 digs and three solo blocks throughout the day. Larissa Wilhelm set the Pirate attackers up with 44 assists and also had two

L E F T: T h e Grantsburg Pirates varsity volleyball team took first place when they attended the Duluth Marshal Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 27. It was their third tournament championship this season. – Photo by Tracey Finch kills, four serving aces and nine digs. Emily Cole assisted with 20 kills, got 20 digs, five serving aces and had two solo

B O W L I N G 564. Team series: Hacker’s Lanes 1775, House of Wood 1694, Miller’s Chicks 1653. Tuesday Youth (2 Games) Standings: The Two Pinheads 5.5, Glamorous Bowlers 4, Pin Heads 2.5, The Eliminators 0. Girls games: Jori Braden 68, Harli Kelton 63. Girls series: Jori Braden 135, Harli Kelton 117. Boys games: David Lindberg 120, Austin Bruss 109 & 107. Boys series: Austin Bruss 216, David Lindberg 208, Zach Schmidt 178. Team games: The Two Pinheads 227 & 197, Pin Heads 177. Team series: The Two Pinheads 424, Pin Heads 338, The Eliminators 284. Tuesday Classic Standings: Great Northern Outdoors 34.5, Bottle Shop 34, Hacker’s Lanes 32, Yellow Lake Lodge 29.5, Olsen & Son 29.5, SCVH 28.5, Reliables 11, Pioneer Bar 9. Individual games: Gene Adkland 259, Lydell Larson 244, Ron Skow 237. Individual series: Ron Skow 679, Gene Ackland 662, Maynard Stevens 628. Team games: Yellow Lake Lodge 647, Bottle Shop 632, Olsen & Son 618. Team series: Bottle Shop 1768, Great Northern Outdoors 1760, Yellow Lake Lodge 1759. Wednesday Nite Early Men’s Standings: A-1 Machine 9, Pioneer Bar 9, Larsen Auto Center 9, Four Seasons Wood Prod. 7, Skol Bar 7, Lewis Silo 7, Cummings Lumber 5, Parker 3. Individual games: Gene Ackland (4S) 246, Charvey Spencer (PB) 236, Bryce Daeffler (LA) 234. Individual series: Gene Ackland (4S) 682, Don Hughes (4S) 636, Wayne Olson (LS) 631. Team games: 4 Seasons Wood Prod. 986 & 958, Lewis Silo 944. Team series: 4 Seasons Wood Prod. 2860, Pioneer Bar 2703, Lewis Silo 2686. Thursday Early 3-Man Standings: Wikstrom Construction 39, Full Timers 34, Fab Four 31, Grindell Law Offices 25, Frontier Trails 23.5, Hell Raisers 23.5, K-Wood 23, Bye 8. Individual games: Blake Douglas (GLO) 278, Ed Bitler (KW) 243, Blake Douglas (GLO) 235. Individual series: Blake Douglas (GLO) 716, Ed Bitler (KW) 681, Brian McBroom (FT) 623. Team games: Grindell Law Offices 624, K-Wood 604, Grindell Law Offices 597. Team series: Grindell Law Offices 1800, K-Wood 1689, Fab Four 1602. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Ed Bitler (x5); Blake Douglas (6x, +); John Chamberlin (5x). Splits converted: 2-7: Blake Douglas. 56-7: Brandon Ayd. 5-10: Joel Struck. Thursday Late Standings: Stotz & Company 11, Bazey Racing 9, Fisk Trucking 8, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 8, Hansen Farms Inc. 8, Johnson Upholstery 4. Women’s games: Rita Bohn 194, Rhonda Bazey 160, Rita Frandsen 150. Women’s series: Rita Bohn 538, Rhonda Bazey 429, Rita Frandsen 403. Men’s games: Dale Frandsen 267, Larry Stotz 221, Kenny Hackett 216. Men’s series: Dale Frandsen 700, Ole Baillargeon 606, Gene Wynn Jr. 581. Team games: Stotz & Company 926, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 880, Fisk Trucking

& Hansen Farms Inc. 867. Team series: Stotz & Company 2605, Hansen Farms Inc. 2541, Fisk Trucking 1054. Friday Night Ladies Standings: Frederic Design & Promotion 25.5, Pioneer Bar 15, Skol Bar 14.5, Hole in the Wall 13.5, Meyers Plus 12.5, Junque Art 11, The Dozers 10, The Leader 10. Individual games: Gail Linke 205, Dorothy Barfknecht 201, Tammy Lindberg 201. Individual series: Gail Linke 521, Karen Carlson 491, Missy Hernandez 491. Team games: Meyer’s Plus 650, The Leader 631, Junque Art 609. Team series: Meyer’s Plus 1744, The Leader 1721, Junque Art 1692. Games 50 or more above average: Tammy Lindberg; Dorothy Barfknecht. Splits converted: 2-4-10: Gail Linke. 67-10: Jen Carlson. 6-7: Sarah Shaffer. 510: Val Lindahl. Saturday Youth (3 Games) Standings: Army of Two INC 9, The Odd Balls 8.5, ? 8, N & L’s 7.5, Pin People 4, La La La 4.5, Earth Energy 2.5, Bye 1. Girls games: Julia Owens 90, 87 & 80. Girls series: Julia Owens 257. Boys games: Logan Hacker 208 & 199, Kyle Hunter 180. Boys series: Logan Hacker 547, Kyle Hunter 482, Charlie Lindberg 390. Team games: La La La 341 & 332, N & L’s 298. Team series: La La La 946, ? 806, N & L’s 792.

McKenzie Lanes

Monday Night Madness Standings: State Farm Ins. 6, Scottay’s Trucking 6, Pepie’s Gals 6, McKenzie Lanes 4, Alleycats 4, Peper Tire & Align. 2, Ole’s Country Market 2, Bye 0. Individual games: Melanie Erickson 198, Lois Murphy 191, Cathy Albrecht 188. Individual series: Barbara Benson 506, Melanie Erickson 476, Heather Donahue 460. Team games: (Handicap scores) State Farm Ins. 607, Alleycats 597, Scottay’s Trucking 579. Team series: (Handicap scores) State Farm Ins. 1668, Scottay’s Trucking 1664, McKenzie Lanes 1661. Tuesday Women’s Day Standings: Custom Outfitter 43, Country Gals 42, Kassel Tap 40, Gutter Dusters 37.5, B & H Builders 37, Tomlinson Insurance 34, Hauge Dental 33.5, Bye 5. Individual games: Denise F. Donaghue 218, Jane Smith 200, Loius Swenson 194. Individual series: Denise F. Donaghue 569, Lois Swenson 548, Jane Smith 505. Team games: (Handicap scores) B & H

blocks. Libero Sarah Wald got 22 digs for the team while on the court.

R E S U L T S Builders 824, Hauge Dental 822, Country Gals 812. Team series: (Handicap scores) B & H Builders 2405, Gutter Dusters 2401, Hauge Dental 2314. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: Greatland Trans. 50, Dream Lawn 45.5, Hack’s Pub 45, Steve’s Appliance 43, McKenzie Lanes 39, NelLo-Hill Farm 37.5, The Dugout 32, Glass Bar 28. Individual games: Darren McKenzie 297, Gene Braund 248, Steve Clark & Stan Olson 237. Individual series: Darren McKenzie 812, Ryan Hopkins 654, Gene Braund 652. Team games: (Handicap scores) Steve’s Appliance 1200, Hack’s Pub 1180, Dream Lawm 1163. Team series: (Handicap scores) Steve’s Appliance 3494, Dream Lawn 3479, Hack’s Pub 3346. Wednesday Early Mixed Standings: Holiday Station Stores 12, Henrick’s Motor 12, Top Spot 10, Lite House 10, Cutting Edge 8, 3 Musketeers 6, Suzie Q’s 6, Hack’s Pub 0. Women’s games: Janice Fox 214, Patty Walker 207, Kathy Braund 205. Women’s series: Janice Fox 564, Patty Walker 535, Kathy Braund 499. Men’s games: Mike Welling 236, Merlin Fox 235, Bob Berg 234. Men’s series: Merlin Fox 685, Bob Berg 650, Gene Braund 614. Team games: (Handicap scores) Top Spot 731, Hack’s Pub 711, Cutting Edge 704. Team series: (Handicap scores) Top Spot 2110, Holiday Station Stores 1965, Cutting Edge 1944. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Tiger Express 24, Harvest Moon 24, Reed’s Marina 24, McKenzie Lanes 20, Edina Realty 20, Dalles Electricians 18, Davy’s Construction 16, Hanjo Farms 14. Individual games: Darren McKenzie 276, Sam Leggitt 265, Daryn Sylvester 257. Individual series: Darren McKenzie 759, Dick Wallis 737, Dan Flaherty 727. Team games: (Handicap scores) Reed’s Marina 1080, Dalles Electricians 1064. Team series: (Handicap scores) Dalles Electricians 3055, Harvest Moon 3019. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Hack’s Pub 48.5, RiverBank 47, Eagle Valley Bank 44.5, Hauge Dental 39, K.C. Electrical 37.5, Deer Lake Block 36, Balsam Lake Hardware 34, Century 21 33.5. Individual games: Dawn Larson 198, Colleen Pearson 194, Denise Donaghue 187. Individual series: Denise Donaghue 508, Colleen Pearson 489, Dawn Larson 482. Team games: (Handicap scores) Hauge Dental 989, Eagle Valley Bank 957, Deer Lake Block 957. Team series: (Handicap scores) Hauge Dental 2799, Deer Lake Block 2785, Balsam Lake Hardware & Century 21 2736.

Black & Orange

Early Birds Standings: Black & Orange 8-4, Gandy Dancer Saloon 7-5, 10th Hole 5-7, Log Cabin Store 4-8. Individual games: Carol Gullickson (GD) 169, Star Christensen (GD) 167, Marcy Viebrock (B&O) 158.

Individual series: Carol Gullickson (GD) 442, Kay Casey (10th) 438, Star Christensen (GD) 419. Team games: Black & Orange 828, Gandy Dancer Saloon 827, Log Cabin Store 806. Team series: Gandy Dancer Saloon 2477, Black & Orange 2366, Log Cabin Store 2352. Monday Night Men’s Standings: Glass & Mirror 8-0, Bruce’s Auto 7-1, Larry’s LP 5-3, Black & Orange 4-4, Pope’s Construction 0-8, Vacant 0-8. Individual games: Breck Eytcheson (G&M) 208, Arnie Pope (PC) 202, Dean Eytcheson (BA) 193. Individual series: Arnie Pope (PC) 566, Dean Eytcheson (BA) 554, Larry Johnson (L) 523. Team games: Glass & Mirror Works 955, Black & Orange 950, Bruce’s Auto 907. Team series: Glass & Mirror Works 2792, Bruce’s Auto 2606, Pope’s Construction 2597. Games 50 or more above average: Breck Eytcheson 208 (+78). TNT Ladies Standings: Cashco 11-5, Larry’s LP 8-8, Flower Power 8-8, Wild Bill’s 5-11. Individual games: Sue Eytcheson (FP) 176, Cheryl Hansen (C) & Jayne Schwartz (C) 175, Mary Ellen Smith (C) 172. Individual series: Sue Eytcheson (FP) 479, Cheryl Hansen (C) 458, Mary Ellen Smith (C) 448. Team games: Cashco 841, Flower Power 829, Larry’s LP 820. Team series: Cashco 2458, Flower Power 2401, Larry’s LP 2353. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Lions 6-2, T & P Tree Service 6-2, Cashco 5-3, 10th Hole 3-5, Northview Drive Inn 2-6, Black & Orange 2-6. Individual games: Larry Johnson (L) 212, Monte Rinnman (C) 194, Scott Smith (T&P) & Mike Young (ND) 181. Individual series: Larry Johnson (L) 584, Scott Smith (T&P) 486, Mark Holmstrom (B&O) 471. Team games: Lions 952, T & P Tree Service 874, Cashco 864. Team series: Lions 2675, Cashco 2528, 10th Hole 2527. Early Risers Standings: A+ Sanitation 12-4, 10th Hole 9-7, Hole in the Wall 8-8, Gandy 3-13. Individual games: Angel Paulzine (HITW) 186, Kay Casey (HITW) 172, Cheryl Parkins (10th) 169. Individual series: Angel Paulzine (HITW) 481, Cheryl Parkins (10th) 452, Cris Damman (10th) 438. Team games: 10th Hole 716, Hole in the Wall 691, A+ Sanitation & Gandy Dancer 658. Team series: 10th Hole 1985, Hole in the Wall 1951, A+ Sanitation 1866. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Lip’s 11-1, Check Services 75, Ben Ott Construction 4-8, Pour House 2-10. Individual games: Jackie Churchill (L) 165, Vicki Sjoholm (CS) & Angie Olson (CS) 159, Nikki Cadotte (CS) 156. Individual series: Jackie Churchill (L) 469, Nikki Cadotte (CS) 441, Angie Olson (CS) 409. Team games: Lip’s 720, Check Services 670, Pour House 630. Team series: Lip’s 2103, Check Services 1956, Pour House 1864. Splits converted: 6-7-10: Sherry Cadotte.





The Rich get Richer When talk turns to archery deer hunting prowess, several names instantly pop into the minds of local sportsmen. Bob “Crank” Carlson, Roger Larsen, the Karl boys, Adam Memmer, Mark Gustafson, Mack Bob Duncan, Wilson, Warden Jesse Ashton, Tony Peterson and the Leader’s own Marty Seeger, are but a few of those who have become legendary locally for their knack in downing massive bucks with what is commonly referred to as “the stick and string.” But when it comes to deer hunting, arguably none of those names carry the instant recognition which is associated with that of archer extraordinaire Galen D. “Coot” Skow. Last Wednesday, not long after the Leader went to press, Skow–a 1960s Luck Cardinal track and football star–dropped a nice 10-pointer and so will add another rack to his expansive trophy room (see photo and cutline elsewhere on these pages).

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Skow said he made a picture-perfect lung shot, but the deer left no blood trail which, unfortunately, delayed the recovery sufficiently for coyotes to beat him to the kill and thereby consume or destroy virtually all of the venison. The buck probably died quickly, but was recovered approximately 20 hours after it was arrowed. Yet, Skow chose to tag the animal. “Most bow hunters don’t realize that legally they need to tag a deer they had wounded and lost, whether it takes two days or two weeks to find it,” Skow cautioned. It’s the guys who spend the most time on the lake or in the woods who are the ones to land the lunker fish or arrow the monster bucks. And Skow certainly bears witness to that reality. Highest Quarterback Rating Broadway Brett Favre, the most talented reject and cast-off in NFL history, is leading the NFL with a 110.8 quarterback rating and 12 touchdown passes in four games for the New York Jets. Clearly, he’s made the Jets a better team, but he’s playing in a division that appears to be much tougher than the NFC North. So it’ll be a difficult task for Brett to single-handedly revive the perennial doormat Jets and boost them into the playoffs. But we’re all pulling for him. Go, Brett, go! (dun-dun-dundu-du-dun-dun-dun) Go Brett, go!




Certificate of Participation? Sure, it’s been 26 long years, and it’s certainly understandable that a major league baseball team should be proud any time they win 90 games in a season. So it’s easy to see why the Milwaukee Brewers and their fans were so excited when their team finished 5-1 while the New York Mets put the finishing touches on another monumental choke job which elevated the Brew Crew into the National League wild card slot. But there’s something strange (“surreal” is the term they like to use nowadays) about seeing a team that finished 7-1/2 games out of first place in its division getting an opportunity to wildly spray champagne around the locker room. Of course, some old dinosaurs (like yours truly) barely tolerated the move to two divisions when it occurred back in 1969, so when major league baseball went to an NFL-style three division and wild card format back in 1995, it nearly put some of us over the edge. God forbid that MLB should ever go to a 16team format. No doubt our Brewers would’ve been nowhere close to the wild card had they not “rented” CC Sabathia for the second half of the season. It would be unprecedented for a half-season player (and a pitcher, no less) but that big fella




might deserve to be the NL’s MVP. This week’s trivia exercise continues with an archery theme. 1) General George Armstrong Custer reportedly wore this name-brand of shirt. a) Campus b) Field & Stream c) Arrow d) L.L. Bean 2) This cable/satellite TV channel carries nonstop hunting coverage, dominated by archery hunting. a) TRC-The Redneck Channel b) The Pursuit Channel c) The Camo Channel d) The Kill Channel 3) This father and son combo makes up the leadership of the “Team Fitzgerald” hunting conglomerate which produces videos, gear and barbecue sauce. a) Mutt & Jeff b) Vaughn & Perry c) Lance & Larry d) Dan & Guy 4) You can do this both to a door and to an arrow. a) drive and hive b) knock and nock c) shoot and shut d) beat and eat 5) He was the founder of Bear Archery and the first bow of many a local archer bore the “Bear” brand name. a) Running Bear b) Edward Bear c) Brandon “Bear” DeNucci d) Fred Bear Correct answers: 1) c 2) b 3) d 4) b and c 5) d John Ryan may be reached at

Grantsburg to recognize undefeated conference champions GRANTSBURG – On Friday, Oct. 3, the 2008 Pirate football team would like to recognize the players and coaches from the 1958 and 1978 Pirate football teams. Both teams were undefeated conference champions.

If you were a member of either team you are invited to attend the homecoming game and parade. The parade will begin at 2:50 p.m. at Memory Lake Park. Members of both teams are invited to


Large Lakeland Conference


Team St. Croix Falls Webster Clear Lake Luck Cameron Unity Grantsburg

Conf. 2-0 2-0 2-1 1-2 1-1 1-2 0-3

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

Team Shell Lake Turtle Lake Flambeau Northwood/Solon Springs Frederic Bruce Weyerhaeuser/Birchwood Winter Siren

Conf. 4-0 4-1 3-1 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-4 0-4 0-4

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

Small Lakeland Conference


Friday, Sept. 26 Frederic 48, Winter 0 St. Croix Falls 28, Clear Lake 24 Webster 24, Luck 21 Saturday, Sept. 27 Unity 28, Grantsburg 26 Tri-County High 48, Siren 19


Friday, Oct. 3 7 p.m. Frederic at Bruce St. Croix Central at Grantsburg St. Croix Falls at Cameron Unity at Luck Webster at Clear Lake Shell Lake at Siren


Wednesday & Thursday, Oct. 1 & 2 TBA Regionals at Luck Tuesday, Oct. 7 9 a.m. Sectionals at Osceola (Krooked Kreek)



Monday, Oct. 6 10 a.m. SubSectionals at Osceola Wednesday, Oct. 8 9 a.m. Sectionals at Durand


Tuesday, Oct. 7 4:15 p.m. Frederic at Amery St. Croix Falls at Amery Unity/Luck at Amery Grantsburg at Amery Webster at Amery

West Lakeland Conference

Team Grantsburg Clayton Frederic St. Croix Falls Clear Lake Webster Shell Lake Unity Turtle Lake Siren Luck


Conf. 7-0 6-1 5-3 5-2 4-2 3-4 2-4 2-4 2-2 2-6 0-7

Overall 9-0 7-1 6-4 5-2 3-2 6-4 2-4 4-6 2-2 2-8 0-10

Thursday, Sept. 25 St. Croix Falls 3, Frederic 0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-16) Weyerhaeuser 3, Unity 1 (25-23, 25-17, 20-25, 25-9) Clayton 3, Luck 0 (25-10, 25-6, 25-4) Siren 3, Webster 0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-20) Grantsburg 3, Clear Lake 0 (25-12, 25-10, 25-7) Saturday, Sept. 27 Grantsburg 2, Cloquet 0 (25-20, 25-18) Grantsburg 2, Superior 0 (25-13, 25-15) Grantsburg 2, Proctor 0 (25-11, 25-5) Grantsburg 2, Ashland 0 (25-9, 25-12) Tuesday, Sept. 30 Frederic 3, Luck 0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-16) St. Croix Falls 3, Clear Lake 1 (25-19, 25-15, 23-25, 25-22) Webster 3, Unity 1 (25-23, 19-25, 25-20, 25-14) Grantsburg 3, Clayton 0 (25-22, 25-11, 25-14) Turtle Lake 3, Siren 1 (25-18, 25-18, 27-25, 25-10)


Thursday, Oct. 2 7:30 p.m. Solon Springs at Frederic St. Croix Falls at Grantsburg Shell Lake at Unity Clear Lake at Luck Turtle Lake at Webster Siren at Northwood Saturday, Oct. 4 TBA St. Croix Falls at Heritage Tourney 9 a.m. Unity at Amery Webster at Amery Monday, Oct. 6 7:30 p.m. Birchwood at Siren Tuesday, Oct. 7 7:30 p.m. Frederic at Grantsburg Luck at St. Croix Falls Unity at Turtle Lake Shell Lake at Siren

ride on a float during the parade. The homecoming game begins at 7 p.m. Members of both teams will be recog-


nized at halftime. If you plan to attend or have questions please contact Keith Lehne at 715-689-3154. – submitted



NAME: Dustin McKinney SCHOOL: Unity YEAR: Junior COMMENTS: Unity running back Dustin McKinney had a lot to do with the Eagles victory over Grantsburg during their homecoming game last Saturday. McKinney rushed for 221 yards on 28 carries with one touch- Dustin McKinney down. McKinney was one of the leading tacklers on defense as well with three tackles and one assist. – Marty Seeger

NAME: Kortney Morrin SCHOOL: Grantsburg YEAR: Sophomore COMMENTS: Grantsburg sophomore Kortney Morrin lead her team in both kills and digs during what probably was their biggest conference match of the season. They played their fellow undefeated team, Clayton on Kortney Morrin Tuesday. Morrin totaled 18 kills and 14 digs in the three game win. She also completed three serving aces. – Brenda Sommerfeld

It was redemption time for the Prediction King last weekend as a stellar 7-1 record caused his overall mark to jump to 23-12, or 66 percent. “I feel like I’m finally hitting my stride,” he said while using a burning, rolledup newspaper to singe pin-feathers THE SWAMI from a pile of wood ducks he had shot earlier that morning. “This week looks like another easy week, maybe even 8-0. I want that 70-percent success rate so bad I can taste it,” he added. Next week, he’ll let his readers take over the column.

ahead to the season finale against Webster.

The Swami


This week’s predictions: Frederic 34, Bruce 22 – The Red Raiders won’t be a pushover, but have had a Jekyl and Hyde season, sort of like the Vikes. St. Croix Falls 40, Cameron 6 – Take a breather, Saints. This will be an easy one. And feel free to start looking

St. Croix Central 26, Grantsburg 14 – The Panthers haven’t been setting the world on fire, but they’ll have enough punch to win this one. Shell Lake 55, Siren 6 – In hammering Flambeau the Lakers proved that they are far and away the class of the conference. Luck 27, Unity 19 – The Cards are still flying high after last Friday’s encouraging performance against Webster. Clear Lake 28, Webster 20 – Feisty Warrior coach Jason Sargent’s fur must’ve been flying after the loss to SCF and his team desperately wants to stay relevant in the conference-title picture. Amery 27, Osceola 15 – After absorbing a couple of pummelings early, the Warriors appear to have righted the ship. Washburn 26, Ewen-Trout Creek, Mich. 14 – The Guards can smell the play-offs and now can gear up for next week’s homecoming tussle with Hurley.




Farm Bureau disappointed with court’s wolf decision MADISON – Wisconsin’s largest farm organization is extremely disappointed with a federal court’s decision to overturn the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to remove gray wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan from the endangered species list. “The Wisconsin Farm Bureau is extremely disappointed with the decision by the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.,” said Jeff Lyon, Farm Bureau’s director of governmental relations. “We are concerned that we won’t have the ability to kill wolves that are depredating livestock.” A survey taken this year showed there were 2,921 wolves in Minnesota, and at least 537 in Wisconsin and 520 in Michigan. “The wolf population is thriving in

Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. Wisconsin’s population alone is more than 200 wolves above the goals established in the state’s management plan,” Lyon noted. A lawsuit challenged the Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2007 decision to remove wolves from the list of endangered species in the three states. The Humane Society of the United States and other animal rights groups claimed the government had acted illegally by designating the wolves in the Upper Midwest as a “distinct population segment” that could be removed from the endangered list without regard to the species’ numbers nationwide. “Wolves in the three states should be dealt with as a distinct population segment and not lumped in with popula-

tions out West,” Lyon said. U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said it was unclear whether the 1973 Endangered Species Act permits such a move. He ordered the agency to provide a better explanation of its interpretation and to respond to concerns that its policy could undermine the goal of protecting the wolf. Meanwhile the wolf was returned to the federal endangered list. Some state officials have said they probably would seek federal permits allowing nonlethal methods to deal with wolves who continually harass livestock; this move is supported by the Farm Bureau. The court’s ruling nullifies newly established state policies allowing people here to kill wolves attacking livestock or pets. It also bars the states from

permitting hunting or trapping of wolves, although none had done so yet. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will reportedly revoke permits it had issued to seven farmers to shoot wolves who attack livestock. The Farm Bureau supports the DNR’s management plan, is intended to keep the wolf population between 300 and 500 animals. However, the lawsuit has prevented the DNR from effectively managing the wolf population. “As the law stands today, livestock producers who are subject to increased depredation problems will have no legal means to control problem wolves,” Lyon said. - from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau

Potential for deer crashes will be high in coming weeks STATEWIDE — Deer will be abundant and their movement unpredictable along Wisconsin roadways in coming weeks, so drivers will need to be

Coot Skow of Frederic arrowed this nice 10-point on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 24. Skow made a perfect shot, but unfortunately, coyotes got to much of the animal before he could retrieve it the following morning. Very little of the meat could be salvaged. The buck was taken near Luck. Photo submitted

extraordinarily cautious and vigilant to prevent crashes, Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials warn. During their mating season in October and November, deer will be more active, especially at dusk and dawn when they move to and from

Karen and Dick Skagg's of Princeton, Ill., took these pike and a nice bass on their annual fishing trip to Polk County. The fish were caught on Big Butternut Lake near Luck. - Photo submitted

their bedding and feeding areas. As a result, more deer will be darting onto highways in coming weeks. Deer are the third most commonly struck object in Wisconsin traffic crashes — behind collisions with another vehicle or a fixed object. Law enforcement agencies reported a total of nearly 18,000 deer versus vehicle crashes last year. “To avoid deer crashes, drivers must slow down when they see deer in the area. If you see one deer, there are probably more nearby that could dash in front of your vehicle,” says Dennis Hughes, manager of safety programs for WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety. “If you can’t avoid a deer, it’s safer to hit the brakes and hit the deer than to swerve suddenly and try to miss it. If you swerve, you risk losing control of your vehicle and rolling over or hitting another car or a tree.” Hughes emphasizes that motorcyclists must be especially careful because collisions with deer can be fatal. Motorcycles were involved in 10 of the 14 fatal deer-vehicle crashes in Wisconsin in 2007. The WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety offers the following advice for avoiding collisions with deer: • Be vigilant, drive cautiously and slow down in early-morning and evening hours—the most active time for deer.

• Always wear your safety belt — there are fewer and less severe injuries in vehicle-deer crashes when safety belts are worn. • Pay attention to deer crossing signs. • If you see a deer by the side of the road, slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away. • When you see one deer, look for another one — deer seldom run alone. • If you see a deer looming in your headlights, don’t expect the deer to move away—headlights can confuse a deer and cause the animal to freeze. • Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path. • Do not swerve — it can confuse the deer as to where to run — and cause you to lose control and hit a tree or another car. • The one exception to the don’t swerve advice applies to motorcyclists. On a motorcycle, you should slow down, brake firmly and then swerve if necessary to avoid hitting the deer. If you must swerve, always try to stay within your lane to avoid hitting other objects. • If you hit a deer, get your vehicle off the road if possible, and then call a law enforcement agency. Walking on a highway is dangerous, so stay in your vehicle if you can. • Don’t not try to move the animal if it is still alive. The injured deer could hurt you. — from WISDOT

Unusual for a fox

Some of you might remember the Aug. 13 Leader column on a fox pup that had been frequenting the bird feeder in reporter Marty Seeger's backyard. The pup has since taken up a napping routine on the deck (about 20 steps from the ground) during daylight hours, before going out to feed at night. Perhaps it'll be gone come fall, but its an interesting sight for now. It has not been getting a free meal either. It is believed to be a female, and so far likes to curl up in a ball on the cushioned chairs until the sun becomes too hot. She moves into the shaded areas under the table when it gets too warm. Wildlife technician Paul Peterson says that there are tame fox in urban settings and areas like National Parks, but the ones he's dealt with have had something wrong with them. That is not the case with this fox. Peterson says its probably just a young pup that doesn't know any better, but even that he says, is still odd. - Photos by Marty Seeger


Burnett County circuit court Carmel R. Absey, Rush City, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Michael A. Ackland, Hutchinson, Minn., possession of drug paraphernalia, $185.00. Alicia C. Adsit, No. St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $160.80. John W. Allen, Alexandria, Va., unreasonable and imprudent speed, $198.60. Bryan K. Ambelang, Grantsburg, improper registration of auto, $186.00. Christopher A. Amundsen, St. Anthony, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Keith L. Andersen, Webster, operating while under influence, operating with PAC .10 or more, not guilty pleas. Stanley A. Andersen, Little Falls, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Denise M. Anderson, Vadnais Heights, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Kimberley J. Anderson, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $160.80. Michael T. Anderson, Edgerton, construct building without permit, not guilty plea. Jeff J. Aronson, Grantsburg, fail to obey traffic sign, $185.00. Anthony L. Awonohopay, Cumberland, OAR, not guilty plea. Tyrone S. Awonohopay, Cumberland, OAR, not guilty plea. Lee E. Bajuniemi, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $160.00. Charleston K. Baker, Webster, operate without valid license, not guilty plea. Gerald F. Bastyr, Jordan, Minn., construct building without permit, $248.00. Kimberly A. Bauer, Eau Claire, speeding, $160.80. Thomas E. Bean, Dresser, speeding, $186.00. Jennifer L. Bearheart, Webster, speeding, $160.80. Janet D. Beck, Spooner, OAR, not guilty plea. Charles F. Becvar, Grantsburg, speeding, $236.40. Leah L. Benjamin, Webster, operating while suspended, $186.00. Sherry Benjamin, Webster, nonregistration of vehicle, violation of child safety restraint requirements, five counts, not guilty pleas. Raymond J. Benton, Hayward, speeding, $186.00. Robert J. Berg, Rice Lake, speeding, $160.80. Louis A. Biondo, Wyoming, Minn., fish without license, $192.20. Jacob S. Bleskan, South Range, speeding, operating while suspended, not guilty pleas. Theodore J. Boksa, Waupaca, speeding, $168.80. Michael L. Borgstrom, Brooklyn Center, Minn., failure to keep vehicle under control, $198.60, unsafe lane deviation, $160.80. David D. Bradway, Mayer, Minn., passing in no-passing zone, not guilty plea. Judith A. Brandt, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Patricia L. Bremer, Chanhassen, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Ryan M. Brickle, Danbury, fail/stop at stop sign, $160.80. Ronald S. Browning, Austin, Minn., speeding, $160.00. Corey J. Brunclik, Siren, operating while under influence, not guilty plea. BVF Inc., Cambridge, Minn., operate vehicle (excess width) without permit, $186.00. Andrew N. Carlson, Frederic, operating while under influence, not guilty plea. Jeremy L. Carlson, Frederic, operating while under influence, operating with PAC. .08 or more, operating left of center line, not guilty pleas. Robert R. Carlson, Danbury, speeding, not guilty plea. Eugene R. Carpenter, Mahnomen, Minn., violation of child safety restraint requirements, $160.80. Onbasi Cem, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Anthony H. Chapman, Danbury, seat belt violation, $10.00; nonregistration of auto, $160.80. Mark R. Chapman, Blaine, Minn., operating boat towing

skier without observer, $160.80. David G. Choate, Minnetonka, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Marty J. Clendening, Danbury, operate ATV without valid registration, $186.00. Teresa M. Coen-Tonda, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., speeding, $160.80. David L. Cole, Siren, cracked/damaged vehicle windshield, not guilty plea. Rick D. Coltrain, Baldwin, illegal transportation aquatic/animals, $154.50. James P. Copeland, Webster, operating while under influence, operating with PAC .02 or more, not guilty pleas. Richard L. Couch, Osceola, operate ATV away from summer ATV trail, $186.00. Janine J. Cowle, Webster, violation of child safety restraint requirements, two counts; drink open intoxicants in motor vehicle; violation of child safety restraint requirements, operating while under the influence; operating w/PAC .10, not guilty pleas. Jason D. Cross, Apple Valley, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Stephanie L. Dandrea, Temecula, Calif., speeding, $160.80. Bartley R. Davidson, Laguna Niguel, Calif., speeding, $160.80. Mark E. Davis, Carlsbad, Calif., speeding, not guilty plea. Renae A. Davis, South St. Paul, Minn., operating while under influence, operating with PAC .08 or more, possess open intoxicants in motor vehicle, violation of child safety restraint requirements, not guilty pleas. Whitney J. Davis, Hayward, underage drinking – possess, $249.00, attend alcohol class. Maria L. Dearbin, Webster, violation of child safety restraint requirements, $160.80. Jordan M. Decorah, Webster, nonregistration of auto, not guilty plea. Aaron N. Dehl, Webster, operating while suspended, seat belt violation, operating commercial motor vehicle without a license, not guilty pleas. John S. Demoski, Circle Pines, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Andrew J. Donager, Forest Lake, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Bernice R. Dougherty, Lilydale, Minn., operator violate yellow traffic signal, $160.00. Kit A. Drake, Grantsburg, sale/operate vehicle without directional lights, not guilty plea. Darren L. Dunsmoor, Centuria, speeding, $161.00. Ronald L. Durham, Davenport, Iowa, ATV – operation on roadway, $186.00. Roberta A. Dyer, Grantsburg, seat belt violation, $10.00; fail/yield while making left turn, $160.80. Gary W. Easland, Webster, operating without valid license, not guilty plea. Ryan K. Eichhorst, Shell Lake, speeding, $160.80. Robert R. Eischens, Burnsville, Minn., passing on hill or curve, $312.00. Vicki B. EngelSteffan, Lakeville, Minn., speeding, $160.00. Taylor J. Faulkner, Spooner, speeding, $160.80. Nicholas P. Feist, Forest Lake, Minn., fish without license, $192.20. Robert W. Feurig, Danbury, speeding, $160.80. Douglas J. Fontaine, Webster, cracked/damaged vehicle windshield, $160.80. Joanne M. Forster, San Clemente, Calif., speeding, $186.00. Mitchell T. Fowler, Luck, seat belt violation, $10.00. Robert J. Frederick, Boyd, seat belt violation, $10.00. Patricia A. Frier, Chaska, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Shean N. Frisbee, Grantsburg, operating while under influence, $490.00, sevenmonth license suspension and order for assessment. Thomas P. Garske, St. Croix Falls, cracked/damaged vehicle windshield, not guilty plea. Kathleen A. Gatto, Burnsville, Minn., passing in nopassing zone, $198.60. Scott W. Gerike, Chaska,

Minn., fail to follow indicated turn, not guilty plea. Bradley J. Gerster, St. Paul, Minn., ATV – operation on highways, $186.00. Dylan A. Geske, Siren, seat belt violation, $10.00. Michele A. Gitzen, Somerset, speeding, $160.80. Jerome F. Gonsior, Burnsville, Minn., ATV – operation adjacent to roadway, $186.00. Thomas J. Gravelle, Siren, operating boat towing skier w/o observer, $160.80. William J. Griswold, Danbury, speeding, $186.00. Christopher D. Gruber, Roseville, Minn., operate ATV away from summer ATV trail, $186.00. David B. Guertin, Wyoming, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Cori B. Gustafson, Grantsburg, operate w/o valid license, not guilty plea. Jeffrey S. Harbek, Comstock, cracked/damaged vehicle windshield, not guilty plea. Leroy A. Harmon, Grantsburg, drink open intoxicants in motor vehicle, $186.00. Katherine A. Harris, Austin, Texas, speeding, $160.80. Matthew W. Harris, Philadelphia, Pa., speeding, $160.80. Kari J. Hauser, Edina, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Jim Heilman, Spooner, delinquent dog license, $138.00 – two counts. Nancy M. Herman, McGregor, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Robert C. Herzog, Ulen, Minn., passing on hill or curve, $312.00. Debra L. Hitchcock, Webster, speeding, not guilty plea. Sandra J. Hoag, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $160.80. David R. Hoffman, Shoreview, Minn., speeding, $186.00. William J. Holland, Ramsey, Minn., operate ATV away from summer ATV trail, $186.00. Dana M. Honson, Champlin, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Jason L. Horner, Owatonna, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Matthew D. Houghton, White Bear Lake, Minn., outside consumption, $185.00. Dustin J. Hovde, Ellsworth, fail/stop at stop sign, not guilty plea. Douglas R. Howard, Tulsa, Okla., speeding, $160.80. Grant A. Hulter, Fergus Falls, Minn., nonregistration of auto., $160.80. Kristi L. Hutton, Frederic, speeding, $186.00. Steven M. Iverson, Hugo, Minn., operate ATV away from summer ATV trail, $186.00. Catherine A. Jacobs, Brainerd, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Melissa M. Jenny, Hudson, speeding, $160.80. Diann L. Jensen, Danbury, nonregistration of auto., $160.80. Marriette C. Jewell, Webster, speeding, $160.80. David G. Johnson, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Elaine L. Johnson, Lowell, Mich., speeding, $211.20. Dann J. Jung, Glastonbury, Cont., speeding, $186.00. Joseph S. Kack, Eagan, Minn., operate/park reg. vehicle in unauthorized area, not guilty plea. Anthony W. Karis, Osceola, operate ATV away from summer ATV trail, $186.00. Tammarah A. Karis, Osceola, operate unregistered ATV, not guilty plea. Frederick W. Kelling, Braham, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Margaret E. Kellogg, Pine City, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Heather R. Kelly, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Gary R. Kern, Danbury, inattentive driving, $173.40. Jeffrey W. Kertson, Excelsior, Minn., speeding, $160.80. James J. Kinney, Solon Springs, speeding, $160.00. Harold Kravick, Spooner, delinquent dog license, $138.00. James L. Kujala, Shell Lake,

operate while under influence, operating with PAC .10 or more, not guilty pleas. Sean M. Kutz, Grantsburg, underage drinking, operating left of center line, not guilty pleas. Ronald W. Labo, Danbury, cracked/damaged vehicle windshield, $160.80. Lorraine L. Lampert, Elk River, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Thomas L. Lange, Chippewa Falls, speeding, not guilty plea. Troy A. Lanning, Siren, speeding, not guilty plea. John A. Lawson, Spooner, vehicle equipment violations, group 3, $168.80. Ginnell R. Lemon, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Ryan D. Lemon, Grantsburg, curfew, $185.00. Robert H. Lewis, Minnetonka, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Michael L. Liljenberg, Webster, ATV – operation adjacent to roadway, $186.00. Nickolas P. Lisdahl, Webster, speeding, $160.80; seat belt violation, $10.00. Jon D. Locke, Roseville, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Maximillian J. Loff, Golden Valley, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Elizabeth M. Loger, Rice Lake, operating left of center line, $196.60. Dylan E. Longhenry, Grantsburg, underage drinking – possess, $249.00 and order for assessment. Jeffrey A. Lopshire, Davenport, Iowa, ATV – operation on roadway, $186.00. William R. Lovness, Roseville, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Travis W. Lowe, Luck, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jacob W. Lubich, Webster, operating motor vehicle by probationary licensee w/unauthorized person in vehicle, $186.00. Ronald M. Mara, Davenport, Iowa, ATV – operation on roadway, $186.00. Steven A. Marlow, Siren, nonregistration of auto, not guilty plea. Albert F. Marsnik, Danbury, speeding, $160.80. Paul L. Martin, Hayward, speeding, $186.00. Leonard C. Matoush Jr., Rochester, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Matthew P. Matyska, Rice Lake, speeding, $160.80. Neal L. Meier, River Falls, drink open intoxicants in motor vehicle, $186.00. Barbara Melhus, Burnsville, Minn., boater fail to display ID number, $154.50. Nicole M. Mercer, Elk River, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Gloria M. Merrill, Danbury, operating w/o carrying license, $249.00. Delaney J. Metcalf, White Bear Lake, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Mark J. Mitchell, Hudson, speeding, $160.80. Cosmin R. Moisiuc, Buckeye, Ariz., operating commercial motor vehicle without a license, speeding, not guilty pleas. Ronald W. Morris, Houlton, speeding, $160.00. David M. Moss, Crystal, Minn., speeding, $186.00. David J. Mrdutt, Danbury, operate ATV away from summer ATV trail, $186.00. John A. Myler, Washington, D.C., speeding, $186.00. Bradley E. Nadeau, Savage, Minn., fail/stop at stop sign, $160.00. Alex L. Nelson, Grantsburg, operating while under influence, operating with PAC .10 or more, speeding, not guilty pleas. Michael J. Nelson, Lino Lakes, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Northwestern Wisconsin Electric Company, Grantsburg, vehicle equipment violations, group 2, $194.00. Andreas A. Olson, Webster, ATV – operate without headgear, $135.60. Courtney G. Oustigoff, Cumberland, operating while revoked, not guilty plea. Alan R. Pagel, Forest Lake, Minn., operating while under

influence, $740.00, seven-month license suspension and order for assessment. Marchell M. Pardun, Danbury, speeding, $160.80. Adam M. Parritz, Mendota Heights, Minn., speeding, $236.40, 15-day license suspension. Douglas A. Peters, Grantsburg, nonregistration of auto, $160.80. Serene M. Eidem Petersen, Maplewood, Minn., speeding, $186.00, operate without valid license, $186.00. Brandon T. Pierce, Dairyland, speeding, $160.80. Michael J. Plucker, Maplewood, Minn., operate ATV away from summer ATV trail, $186.00. Raphael P. Ptacek, Prescott, operating while under influence, operating with PAC .08 or more, operating left of center line, drink open intoxicants in motor vehicle, not guilty pleas. Chad A. Quigley, St. Paul, Minn., fail/stop at stop sign, $160.80. Tammy R. Raak, Rosemount, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Travis D. Randolph, Prescott, drink open intoxicants in motor vehicle, $186.00. Herbert E. Rector, Houghton Lake, Mich., speeding, $160.80. Ken B. Reierson, Siren, operate recreation vehicle in unauthorized area, $160.80. Mario S. Ricci, Webster, speeding, $186.00. Travis E. Rikkola, Grantsburg, horn does not function, vehicle rim – loose/missing, nut, log or B, use dealer plate/vehicle not dealer-owned, not guilty pleas. Ronald L. Ritchey, Webster, operating while suspended, $186.00; seat belt violation, $10.00. Robert R. Roatch, Spooner, nonregistration of auto., not guilty plea. Richard C. Rognrud, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $160.80. Jeremy J. Romenesko, Appleton, speeding, $186.00. Roy M. Nelson, Cushing, vehicle equipment violations – group 1, $231.80. David A. Rutter, Batavia, Ill., speeding, $186.00. Jake M. Ryan, Grantsburg, nonregistration of auto, $160.80. Glenda R. Scanlon, Hertel, passing into oncoming traffic, not guilty plea. Rebecca D. Schaar, Frederic, speeding, $160.80. Karen L. Schelander, Elk River, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Wilber H. Schilling III, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Dennis A. Schmit, Blaine, Minn., inattentive driving, $173.40. Rhonda S. Schmitt, Grantsburg, speeding, $160.80. James M. Schommer, Frederic, fail to complete and maintain shoreland vegetative buffer, not guilty plea. Lynnette D. Belk Schuetz, Eagan, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Stuart R. Sergeant, Glenview, Ill., speeding, $160.80. Denise M. Shannon, Falcon Heights, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Ben J. SimonWilken, Eagan, Minn., fail/stop at stop sign, $160.80. Siren Tree Service, Siren, nonregistration of vehicle, $257.00; operate vehicle (excess width) without permit, $194.00; operate overlength vehicle without permit, $194.00. Sara M. Skadsberg, Clearwater, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Gary A. Smith, Webb Lake, permit operation of a motorboat or personal watercraft by underage person, $148.20. Billy J. Snyder, Webster, operate without valid license, $186.00. Kristin A. Sobaski, Cottage Grove, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Shawn M. Songetay, Siren, cracked/damaged vehicle windshield, $160.80. Ardis J. Sperling, North Branch, Minn., speeding, $160.80.

Chadwick M. Spillman, Somerset, ATV – operation on roadway, $186.00. Julie B. Stanton, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Erica J. Stark, Webster, speeding, $160.80. Mary K. Steinmetz, Ham Lake, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Barbara E. Stewart, Shell Lake, issue worthless check, $238.36. Penny J. St. Germain, Siren, disorderly conduct, $185.00. Renee J. Stine, St. Michael, Minn., operating while under influence, $677.00, six-month license suspension and order for assessment. Karen L. Stokes, Woodbury, Minn., speeding, $186.00. David L. Streyle, Rochester, Minn., speeding, $186.00. John E. Strunk, Farmington, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Darrick D. Suckow, Spooner, operating while revoked, speeding, not guilty pleas. Brian A. Sulheim, Chaska, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Angela C. Sullivan, Cushing, operating while suspended, $186.00. Calliegh A. Sullivan, Maple Grove, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Broderick T. Swain, Webster, trespass to land, $249.00. Rodney L. Swanson, West Fargo, N.D., speeding, $211.20. Matthew P. Swintek, Hopkins, Minn., speeding, $186.00. T and P Tree Service, Webster, vehicle equipment violations – group 3, $168.80. Carmen L. Taylor, Webster, nonregistration of vehicle, $160.80; display unauthorized vehicle registration plate, $223.80; operating while suspended, $186.00; parking/standing in loading zone, $125.00. Shawn G. Thaemert, Centuria, operating boat without valid cert. number, $186.00. Thomas E. Mcardell, Mora, Minn., vehicle equipment violations – group 1, $231.80. Travis M. Thompson, Trego, speeding, $160.80. Roth G. Trulson, Hudson, speeding, $160.80. Mark D. Unnasch, Grantsburg, seat belt violation, $10.00. Kathleen F. VadnaisPeckman, Balsam Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Thomas V. Valento, Vadnais Heights, Minn., ATV – intoxicated operation, not guilty plea. Jason W. Valley, St. Paul, Minn., ATV – operation on highways, $186.00. Rita S. Vanek, Rice Lake, fail to stop/improper stop at stop sign, $160.80. Jerilyn J. Volden-Gallagher, Minnetonka, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Carin A. Voors, Muskego, speeding, $160.80. Ryan P. Walters, Shell Lake, speeding, not guilty plea. Jonathan R. Wandersee, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Melissa J. Warner, Siren, fail/stop at stop sign, $160.80. Adam R. Weisenburger, Plymouth, Minn., speeding, $211.20. Stanley H. Weiser, Fort Ripley, Minn., ATV – operation on roadway, $186.00. Christopher C. Will, Hudson, fish without license, $188.20. Nicholas B. Williams, Milwaukee, underage drinking, possess, $249.00. Ari J. Witkin, Edina, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Samuel D. Wyer, Deephaven, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Kurt J. Wylie, Frederic, fail/carry boat floatation devices, $148.20. John E. Zibell, Danbury, operate ATV away from summer ATV trail, $186.00. Robert M. Zilla, Danbury, operating while under influence, operating with PAC .08 or more, not guilty pleas. Monica L. Zopp, Hayward, cracked/damaged vehicle windshield, $160.80.


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Burnett County criminal court Jeffrey S. Paar, 38, Centerville, Minn., speedometer violations, $160.80. William P. Harvey, 28, Lake Nebagamon, speedometer violations, $221.20.

James E. Lindell, 65, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Jeffrey W. Schmitz, 63, Eden Prairie, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Richard L. Cook, 47, Frederic, speeding, $160.80. Rodney S. Eddins, 54, Spooner, speeding, $160.80.

Jenna S. Fickbohm, 21, Grantsburg, speeding, $160.80. Cheryl M. Mulcare, 45, Forest Lake, Minn., speeding, $160.80. John L. Villella, 33, Spooner, speeding, $113.00. Michael J. Strom, 38, Grantsburg, failure to notify police of accident, $249.00. Bradley R. Rogers, 24, Luck, open intoxicants in motor vehicle, $113.00. Lori A. Thom, 44, Minneapolis, Minn., fraud in obtaining a license, $604.00.

Jennifer M. Barnaby, 23, Superior, issue worthless check, $309.00. Christopher L. Martin, 29, Black River Falls, resisting or obstructing an officer, $375.00. Dustin R. Janes, 23, West Salem, theft of movable property, $796.95. Michael D. Hegge, 45, Webster, OWI, $1,900.00, threeyear probation, license revoked three years, 310-day jail sentence, Huber release for employment purposes, no abusive contact with T. R., no alco-

hol, restricted from alcohol-related businesses, attend domestic abuse counseling and / or anger management counseling and alcohol assessment. Max Moran, 21, Minneapolis, Minn., child abuse – intentionally cause harm, three-year prison sentence followed by three years’ extended supervision, not eligible for challenge incarceration program, not eligible for earned release, register as sex offender, $113.00. David Conrow, 40, Siren, operate vehicle without registra-

tion lamps, $135.00. Donna Mangelsen, no DOB given, Webster, fail to obtain dog license, $113.00. Nathan A. Belland, 26, Grantsburg, nonregistration of auto, $160.80. Howard V. O’Connell, 51, Vadnais Heights, Minn., stopping or standing in prohibited area, $135.00. John C. Robichaud, 47, Arden Hills, Minn., passing in no-passing zone, $198.60.

Burnett County sheriff’s report Accidents Sept. 16: Todd H. Lockwood, 41, Danbury, was northbound on CTH H when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a 500-gallon L.P. gas tank. He fled the scene of the accident, but reported the accident to police later. There were no injuries reported. Lockwood was issued three citations for

failure to notify police of an accident, hit and run and failure to keep vehicle under control. Sept. 26: Bonita M. Marsh, 48, Siren, reported hitting a deer while on Herman Johnson Road in the township of Siren. There were no injuries reported. Arrests Aug. 29: Michael J. Houman, 26, Danbury, was arrested for stealing two guns. The guns were returned to the owner prior to the arrest. Sept. 25: Mark A. Helin, 37, Danbury, was arrested on a warrant. Sept. 27: William A. Walker, 18, Grantsburg, was arrested for

underage drinking, possession of THC and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sept. 27: Breann L. Winters, 17, Hoomer, S.D., was arrested on a warrant. Sept. 27: Teana M. Merrill, 27, Hertel, was arrested on a probation warrant. Sept. 28: Sheelah R. Weaver, 23, Spooner, was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct. Jason C. Weaver, 35, Spooner, was cited for domestic battery and disorderly conduct. Other incidents Sept. 22. Bradley G. Corrier, Grantsburg, reported a rifle,

three gold necklaces, two diamond rings and other rings stolen. The incident is under investigation. Sept. 22: Richard L. Van Blaricom, Amery, reported a game camera, range finder and GPS taken from a cabin. The incident is under investigation. Sept. 24: Terry L. Margenau, Spooner, reported the passenger side window of his vehicle broken as it was parked at the St. Croix River landing in the town on Grantsburg. A pair of sunglasses and cell phone were reported missing. The incident is under investigation. Sept. 24: Tom Swenson, Webster, from Swenson Surveying, reported an antique survey marker stolen and the septic inspection pipe run over by a vehicle. The incident is under investigation. Sept. 27: Gary A. Bjornberg, Lino Lakes, Minn., reported a pontoon trailer missing. The incident is under investigation. Sept. 27: Ernie E. Simon, 40, Grantsburg, was reported dead from possibly self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. An autopsy is pending.


Burnett County warrants Toni A. Allen-Jackson, 55, Webster, failure to pay fines, Sept. 23. Delbert G. Benjamin, 23, Anoka, Minn., failure to pay

fines, Sept. 23. Kathleen V. Funmaker, 18, Black River Falls, warrant – failure to appear, Sept. 24. LeRoy Gunsman, 30,

Chisago City, Minn., warrant – failure to appear, Sept. 24. Craig A. Stevens, 35, Webster, warrant – failure to appear, Sept. 24.



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SCF Fall Festival

Wilson Haflinger’s Carriage Company provided free horse carriage rides from the Overlook Deck to the National Park Service Headquarters, along the St. Croix River, Saturday, as part of the fall festival. More information on the service is at

Rebecca Wamphler concentrates on a weaving project in front of the Festival Theatre, Saturday, Sept. 27, during the St. Croix Falls Fall Festival. The celebration offered a wide range of activities and displays for visitors, both downtown, at the Overlook Deck and at at the National Park Service Visitor Center.

Photos by Gary King

ABOVE: Norm Toensig and Rosemarie Braatz of the St. Croix Falls Historical Society and Olympic rower Megan Kalmoe were part of the fall festival program, held at the Overlook Deck. Toensig and Braatz (author of the Leader column Tales and Trails, recalled the people and places of the city’s past and Kalmoe was honored by the city for her achievement in reaching the Olympic Games. LEFT: Russ Hanson, local historian and author of the Leader column “River Road Ramblings, talked about early history of the St. Croix Valley. Arianne Peterson of the VISTA program, assisted Hanson in his presentation.

Visitors to the Fall Festival got a closeup look at Julianne Stage’s River Spirit statue. An unveiling of a plaque for the statue took place, Saturday. See page 2.

Kids had plenty of activities to choose from at Saturday’s Fall Festival at St. Croix Falls. Above, a stuffed bear was tossed into the air, and - AT RIGHT - a young man tosses a bean bag at his target.


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Little Miss Siren and her court, minus one, were on hand to ride the Siren Area Chamber of Commerce float in the homecoming parade through town Friday, Sept. 26.

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A fall leaf displays a wide range of red as autumn provides us with its annual show. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer

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Red Maple Rendezvous gives Grantsburg eighth-graders an unforgettable trip back into the past by Priscilla Bauer TRADE LAKE – It was a beautiful early autumn day when eighth-graders from Grantsburg Middle School stepped back into the past. Kathy and Tom Bowers welcomed the students to their Red Maple Rendezvous. Dressed in traditional rendezvous attire, the Bowers’ broad smiles showed how happy they were. The couple was happy to be hosting students for the sixth year of a fun-filled and educational day in their woods. And it was evident the Bowers were also content with their surroundings, to be re-enacting for a while the life of those who lived in the prior to the 1840s. And the Bowers were happy to be showing others their shared love of the long-ago lifestyle. The Bowers are not alone in their love for rendezvous. Each year, all across the United States and Canada, rendezvous are held for those who want to experience another time in history. The Bowers, who have attended many of these events, decided a few years ago they wanted to host their own rendezvous. “I guess we wanted to take our turn hosting a rendezvous,” said Kathy Bowers as she looked out across their camp. “And we wanted to share the good we found with others,” Tom Bowers added. “Of all the people we know in our lives, some [of the] greatest people we know share this hobby.” In planning what they wanted for Red Maple Rendezvous, the Bowers drew from their experiences at other rendezvous they had attended. “We knew what we liked and didn’t like from other rendezvous we had

bit scary, was getting to shoot a real flintlock rifle. There were also games of the times, which gave students a chance to hone their skills while competing to see who could throw a cast-iron frying pan the farthest or whose aim was the best in the tomahawk throw. Each student also enjoyed making beaded jewelry under the direction of Grantsburg art teacher Christine LePage, who dressed in traditional attire for the students’ rendezvous visit. Tom Bowers smiled as he spoke warmly of all the reenactors attending at the Red Maple Rendezvous and involved with the student field trip. “They’re all people we’ve met along the trail and attend by invitation

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Kathy and Tom Bowers and their four-legged friends greeted Grantsburg eighth-graders to their Red Maple Rendezvous in mid-September. This is the sixth year the Bowers have hosted the students to their Trade Lake rendezvous to “live the history.” – Photos by Priscilla Bauer visited. We incorporated the best of them into our site,” Bowers explained. “My wife is the one responsible for the great site we have.” When the Bowers decided to host their rendezvous they did it with the idea of showing others an important piece of history, history often forgotten by our modern world. “We are not the future of this,” Bowers reflected. Bowers went on to say he feels an interest in learning and understanding history seems to be missing from young people. “We thought it would be a great outing for students. We want kids to live the history,” said Bowers. Students visiting the camp learned what life was like back in the days of Lewis and Clark through demonstrations by the re-enactors, and they got to have some great fun, too. Especially exciting for the students, and sometimes a

Patsy Forsland, Minneapolis, showed Grantsburg eighth-grade students how to make traditional fry bread over an open fire. Students were eager to taste the sugar-and-cinnamon sprinkled treat, which, after trying, they pronounced “yummy.” Forsland and her husband, Jerry, were re-enactors at the Red Maple Rendezvous held at Tom and Kathy Bowers’ residence in Trade Lake.

Master gun engraver Bruce LePage shows Grantsburg Middle School students a flintlock rifle he made. The eighth-graders had an opportunity to shoot flintlocks during their field trip to the Red Maple Rendezvous in Trade Lake in mid-September.

Jake Radke takes aim with a tomahawk while volunteer Eric Melin looks toward the target. Radke and his classmates competed in a tomahawk throw and other games popular in rendezvous days during a field trip to Tom and Kathy Bowers’ Red Maple Rendezvous in Trade Lake.

Seth Ilgen laughs as he attempts to hurl a castiron frying pan as far as he can. Ilgen and other Grantsburg eighth-graders competed in the fryingpan toss during their class trip to the Red Maple Rendezvous in Trade Lake. Tom and Kathy Bowers, who hosted the event, invited the students to come and experience life in the days prior to 1840.


Rendezvous/from page 1 only. We wanted to invite people who we knew would make a difference,” said Bowers. Each year the number of rendezvous re-enactors varies from between 10 to 20. “They come to enjoy their love of the hobby and all volunteer their time with the students,” said Bowers. Mike Emery, a 3M physicist who also owns the Northern Rifleman Gun Company, builds flintlock rifles in his spare time. He came to show students how to shoot the guns men used fighting for America’s Independence back in 1776. And there was Bruce LePage, who lives just north of Grantsburg. He told students about the guns he has made and engraved. LePage, one of the world’s most famous gun engravers, has taught in England and has some items he has engraved displayed in the Smithsonian. And a class trip just wouldn’t be complete without treats. Students watched as Jerry and Patsy Forsland, from Minneapolis, were busy at their camp giving a lesson on making fry bread over an open fire. A sampling the Forelands’ fare sprinkled with a little cinnamon and sugar was a real treat for the students who had never tasted it before, with all agreeing it was “yummy.” Randy Hansen from Brookings, S.D., was there, too. Hansen, who is a school bus driver, waved and said hello to students as they passed by his tent. He said he has come to the Red Maple Rendezvous for the past three years for his love of nature and the enjoyment of re-enacting a time long past, but worth remembering. Two of the camp’s most colorful characters were Lew Olson, who goes by the name “Thumper” and Don Burgess better known as “No Friends.” The pair explained that they were the rendezvous

Donning a coonskin cap, Nicole Johnson gets ready to taste fry bread. Johnson and her classmates liked watching the fry-bread-making demonstration but enjoyed eating it more. The students had a hands-on history lesson during their daylong class trip to Kathy and Tom Bowers‘ Red Maple Rendezvous in Trade Lake. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Lew “Thumper” Olson and Don “No Friends” Burgess hold their handmade flintlock rifles proudly while taking a break from their dog-soldier duties during the Red Maple Rendezvous in Trade Lake. All rendezvous have dog soldiers, who are not only responsible for camp security but also have the responsibility of keeping the rendezvous as authentic as possible. “We have to make sure modern, yet necessary conveniences are out of sight. We don’t want any coolers or computers showing and no one should be walking around wearing ten- cial dinner held for all the volunteer renis shoes,” Thumper said, with a twinkle in his eye. enactors. The store just wanted to do it to thank the volunteers for what the camp dog soldiers. Every rendezvous has havior, but also making sure everyone is does for the children.” said Bowers. them. They act not only as camp police, keeping the camp as authentic as possiThe Bowers have been pleased by how watching out for any stealing or bad be- ble. That means seeing to it those coolers receptive the school is to bringing the and laptops are hidden out of sight, or students to their rendezvous. Tom Bowshaking a finger at someone caught ers said the staff has been great to emwearing tennis shoes. brace the rendezvous. “This year they These are the men and women who ex- are even sending DVDs of the student pect nothing in return for the time they field trip to all those attending. The staff give to making the Red Maple Ren- have said this is the primo field trip of dezvous such a fine experience for all the year. Teachers even ask for authentic who attend. “They do it for the love of it. clothing to wear for the trip.” We don’t supply them with anything,” The most enjoyable part about hosting said Kathy Bowers. “They bring it all the rendezvous, the Bowers say, is never with them, from black powder to the about what they are doing but rather beads for jewelry making, they donate it what they are doing for someone else. “It all.” is so cool to see the students smile as The Bowers want to acknowledge they they taste fry bread or shoot a flintlock could not hold a rendezvous and host rifle for the very first time. A lot of them the student trip all on their own. Family even asked if they could come back and and community support help make the stay at the camp,” said the Bowers. event possible. Tom Bowers said Kathy’s “At the end of the day, when the kids family, the Melins of Trade Lake, have come running up and are thanking us been instrumental in making the ren- and hugging us, that’s when it’s all dezvous and kids’ day possible each worth it.” year. “And Grantsburg Family Foods has generously donated food items for a spe-

Randy Hansen traveled from Brookings, S.D., to be part of the Bowers’ annual Red Maple Rendezvous held in the Trade Lake area in mid-September.

Grantsburg art teacher Christine LePage showed eighth-graders how to fashion beaded jewelry during the students’ daylong learning experience at the Red Maple Rendezvous.


We are doing a pet series. Send in your favorite pet stories for publication. We hope to receive enough good stories to publish through October.

Dingo, Life Saving Dog by Carolyn Lumsden One cold fall, our 20-acre pond that supplied water for our young heifers and bull, froze over early in the season. When my husband, Gary, found the cattle wandering looking for a drink, he decided to break the ice. Thinking it couldn’t be very thick, he walked onto the ice and jumped, hoping to break it. It wouldn’t break so he walked a bit further out and jumped again. The young stock and the huge bull waited to get their drink. This time the ice cracked and broke, pitching him forward under the ice and the deeper icy water. Our blue heeler dog, Dingo, was his constant companion. When Gary disappeared under the ice, Dingo

PoCo Penners The PoCo Penners meet the second Friday of the month at 2 p.m. at the county boardroom in the government center in Balsam Lake. Contact Brenda Mayer at 715-485-3571 or Iris Holm 715294-3174 for more information. - submitted

Writer’s Corner began to bark. Unable to break the ice above him, Gary heard the dog barking, turned toward the sound and found the hole in the ice. The heifers and the ill-tempered bull were waiting to drink but the dog prevented them from entering the area. With the barking and snarling, the heifers ran back to the barn but the bull held his position. When Gary emerged from the water, he wondered what the bull would do. He’d had problems with him before. Soaked with the icy water, he wondered what to do. Dingo continued to bark and snarl and the bull didn’t want to deal with the dog. He turned and walked a short distance away. With his tall barn boots filled with water and the heavy, wet clothes, Gary had to crawl to the electric fence about 50 feet away where he would be safe from the bull. Because of Dingo’s defense, the bull finally turned and ran after the heifers. Emptying his boots, Gary walked back to the house. By the time he reached the house, his clothes were

frozen. He had several cuts on his face and head and the blood had frozen. I helped him inside, peeled off the frozen clothes and put him in a warm shower. I called the clinic and told them what had happed and I was bringing him in. Then I called our friend, Paul, to help us. He came over and helped dress Gary and drove us to the clinic. After stitches were made to several long gashes from the sharp ice and dealing with hypothermia, Gary was extremely weak for several days, but recovered. If it hadn’t been for our blue heeler, Dingo, Gary wouldn’t have found the open hole in the ice. When he emerged from the icy water perhaps he’d have been attacked by that feisty bull. Either way, I don’t believe he’d have been alive today if his trusted companion had not been there to help and protect him.

Northwest Regional Writers The Northwest Regional Writers meet at 1 p.m. the second Friday of the month either in Frederic or Grantsburg. Each month we have a topic to write about and read to the group. The following writing was read at the last meeting. Call Mary Jacobson at 715-349-2761 for more information about the organization.

Submissions should be typed, double-spaced on one side only of 8 -1/2 x 11 white paper, leaving a minimum of 1-inch margins all around. Handwritten submissions will not be accepted. Submissions should be no more than 800 words. Submissions may be delivered to The Leader’s offices in Frederic or Siren, mailed to Box 490, Frederic, WI 54837 or e-mailed to We prefer e-mailed copy. If hand-delivered or mailed, please write "Writers’ Corner" somewhere on the front of the envelope. If e-mailed, please use "Writers’ Corner" as the subject and include the submission as body text of the e-mail. No attachments, please. Your submission to Writers’ Corner grants The Leader one-time rights to publish the item in the weekly newspaper. The author retains the copyright and all future publication rights. The Leader may edit submissions for grammar and punctuation, clarity and length. If you have any questions about this new feature, please contact us at or call 715-327-4236. - Editor

World Habitat Day is Oct. 6 STATEWIDE – The United Nations has designated the first Monday in October as World Habitat Day in order to encourage all people to reflect on the world’s housing crisis. There are now more than 100 million people who are homeless, and 1 billion people currently live in slums without access to adequate shelter, clean water or sanitation. More than 1.6 billion people suffer some form of shelter deprivation. As a direct result, each year up to 10 million people die from preventable diseases. Adequate, secure housing is a basic, important need that is not being met in a staggering number of cases. This is not just a problem in distant places or big cities, it is all around us. Mark Olsen, executive director of the Burnett County Housing Authority, says they currently have a waiting list of 34 applicants for elderly housing and 27 for family housing, and there are, on average, two requests per week for emergency housing from people that have nowhere to go immediately. Additionally, in our area: • Northwoods Shelters, a homeless shelter serving Polk County and northwestern Wisconsin, turned away 50 homeless households in 2007 due to lack

of available space. • It is estimated that about 1,000 persons have been homeless in the last five years in Barron, Dunn Pepin, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties. This problem can be overwhelming to contemplate, but it is being addressed by community of concerned people, worldwide and locally. Perhaps you would like to be part of the growing solution to the housing crisis. The Habitat for Humanity solution is simple in concept, if not always easy to practice: Get a group of volunteers together to build homes for those in need using donated or discounted materials whenever possible. With volunteer labor, including that of the family who will own the home, build a home for someone in need. The family ends up with a simple, good home and a very affordable mortgage. Habitat for Humanity has built over 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries since 1976, providing shelter for over 1 million people. Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, in Siren, is a place where you can join in this good work. A home is being built now for a family in Siren. Also, a new chapter of WRHFH has just been formed to work in Polk County. Would you like

Get in on the ground flflooor of Habitat for Humanity’s new Polk County Chapter POLK COUNTY - A new chapter of Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity has formed in Polk County. The board of directors has been created and includes Eric Kube, Judy Weiss, Marilyn Schmalz, Carolyn Stone, Neal Baker and Marilynn Nehring. A fundraising/development leader is still being sought. Volunteers are needed to help build homes for those in need in Polk County, and to help with organizing. Community groups, church organizations, youth groups and interested individuals can all help in some way, to be part of giving a hand-up to needy families in the area. to pick up a hammer and be involved in an actual build? Would you consider serving on a committee or as a board member? Are you a teacher who could assign an essay or art project about housing deprivation? These are challenging economic times and fundraising is a necessary and significant part of WRHFH’s work. Would you like to make a dona-

Anyone interested in helping with this important work is encouraged to attend the monthly meeting, held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 217 Deronda Street, Amery. Monetary donations are welcome, as are construction-related tools. A truck will be needed that can be secured to store and transport tools for the build. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Carolyn Stone at 715485-3928 or e-mail dstone; or Eric Kube at 715268-4843 or e-mail ekube@ - submitted tion or volunteer to help in fundraising activities? Please contact us at 715-349-7477 or email Donations of any size are gratefully received at WRHFH, P.O. Box 263, Siren, WI 54872. submitted

Barlass honored at World Dairy Woman of Year MADISON – Marion Barlass, daughter of Harold Owens, founder of the Owens Farm Inc., Frederic, was honored Wednesday, Oct. 1, as the 2008 World Dairy Expo Dairy Woman of the Year. The honor came during the World Dairy Expo Dinner with the Stars, held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The award was sponsored by Furst-McNess, Monsanto Dairy Business and Select Sires, Inc. Barlass and her husband, Bill, own the Barlass Jersey Farm in Janesville. The Barlass herd has been ranked in the top 10 nationally in production. Barlass grew up on the Owens’ jersey farm as one of the eight children of Harold and Agnes Owens. She was selected as the National Jersey Jug Queen in 1971. In 1972, she was second runnerup for the title of Alice in Dairyland. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree

Marion Barlass, one of eight children of Harold and Agnes Owens from Owens Farm Inc., Frederic, has been named the 2008 Dairy Woman of the Year. She was honored at a dinner during the World Dairy Expo Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Madison. – Photo submitted in home economics and home extension, and worked as the Dane County home economist before marrying Barlass.

In 1978, Marion and Bill Barlass purchased the Barlass family farm. Today they milk 360 cows in a swing-16 DairyMaster milking parlor that was installed in 2007. Barlass is an active participant in the farm’s operation, and handles its financial records. Tour groups from around the world have been invited to visit the farm and observe its operation. Barlass was the first woman president of the Wisconsin Jersey Breeders Association. She served for 15 years as editor of the Wisconsin Jersey Booster, and was given its Distinguished Service Award in 1989. She is in her second term as director of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, and was a past secretary. She represented the Producer Security and rBST committees for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection and the Biosecurity Task Force for the American Jersey Cattle Associa-

tion. She served as chair of the National Jersey Jug Futurity and Junior Activities committees. In 1984, Marion and Bill Barlass were named as recipients of the Outstanding Young Jersey Breeder Award from the American Jersey Cattle Association. All three of their children, Brian, Kristin and Brett, are active in the dairy industry. Brian is a partner in the family farm. Kristin is Wisconsin and Northern California field-service coordinator for AJCA. The youngest son, Brett, graduated from school in 2007 after spending two years in the Cornell (University) Dairy Fellows Program. He is now manager of Yosemite Jersey Dairy in Hilmar, Calif., a dairy with 2,200 milking registered jerseys. – Nancy Jappe with information from Jersey Journal and Dairy Today magazines.


Trade Lake bear stories from long ago

Collected by

River Road

The following stories are taken from a new translation of "Historiska Skildringar" (Historical Accounts) written by L. J. Ahlstrom and published in 1924. Here Ahlstrom is recalling some of his experiences as a youth when he first came to Wisconsin. This new translation by Inger Berggren and Carolyn Wedin is forthcoming in book form in the near future.


A modern black bear.

Karl August (Big) Carlson of Trade Lake holding a dog. "The bear was the biggest of the animals, and behaved as if he owned the place. The bear we met here was the usual black bear, somewhat brown at the snout sometimes. Its size is wellknown and it will not do to trust the description of little boys because the smaller the boys, the bigger the bear they saw. One of the small boys of Lars Larson on the slope told me that he had seen a bear in an oak and according to his description, the bear must have had longer back legs than any branch on the big tree. The first time I heard a trustworthy bear story was at Magnus Nelson's. Some Norwegian shooters and Nelson were talking about how they had shot bears and Nelson was of course the most clever hunter, because he had been sitting in the door opening of his cabin with the gun, and waited until a bear came and climbed up an oak to eat acorns, and then he shot him. One of the Norwegians claimed that Nelson's bullet had not killed the bear, but had only entered one paw, and the bear fell down and killed itself. I was wondering when I would see a bear. The first I saw was a dead bear, in the autumn of 1868. Jacob Larson came home one evening with a small deer, but he had left a bear that he had shot at daybreak in the pine woods about a quarter of a mile from home. The next morning he got John Hagen and a couple of other neighbors to help him carry the big animal home. The four men carried the bear on a couple of poles, and their burden was so heavy that they had to rest a couple of times before they got home with it. There was a feast of bear steak, but as soon as I tried tasting the delicacy, I saw the gaping jaws and the horribly long claws, and then I was more than full. The following winter, Larson had wounded a wolf whose tracks he was following through the thin pine woods towards the sand barrens. At the edge of a meadow there was a big fallen pine and at the top among the branches a big pile of moss and dry leaves had been assembled. The hunter let the wolf be, stepped behind the tree roots, and whistled. Soon the moss and leaves started to move and as soon as a little bear head peeked out it was met by a rifle bullet. Before he had prepared the second shot the big bear was out of the den, but somewhat newly awakened or slow, so when it rose on its back legs, it was also

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met by a killing bullet. And when the third came out and sniffed, he fell on his dead sleeping companions. The big bear was a she-bear, with her two half-grown cubs. When the bears the following day were to be brought home, it was difficult to keep the oxen in check. "In a former chapter, I gave a hint of an event that is connected to a real bear story. I was left alone at our hut in the woods on 5 June 1869. When I had come back from the creek and was about to go into the hut there was a black animal in the bushes of which I just got a little glimpse, but I was not certain it was a bear. At sundown, a shot rang out towards Pine Lake . The following day I heard the following story from John and Christin Ring: Karl Davidson was trimming a tree he had felled and assembling a brush pile. Mrs. Davidson was milking a cow. Then came a bear loping from the west and into the little clearing, arose and rested his front paws on a pole and looked around. The cow stood still and Mrs. Davidson milked. Davidson stepped into the homestead cabin and took the gun from the wall. The bear was still in the same position and when the shot rang out he lay there. We came to the conclusion that it was the same bear of which I had seen a glimpse a while earlier at our hut. John and Christin came with me and we followed the Indian path a bit over our land, then turned off the path and first came to Åkerlinds where we could walk over the creek on a foot-bridge. They stayed with me overnight. We felt safer when we were three, and we knew that at least there was one bear fewer in the woods than the day before. It was just that Saturday night that August Magnuson went astray when he was coming from Knut Anderson's school house and was found resting in peace near Cassell's Lake, a bit north of our cabin. "There were a good many tame animals that were lost to the bear. Knut Anderson had an extremely beautiful heifer, almost two years old, which a bear clawed to death only a gunshot away from their home to the southwest. I helped John Galbraith set out a bear trap where remnants of the prey lay, but we did not get the beast. Swine were, however, the most exposed to this predatory animal. We had a sturdy pig when we moved up to Tore Åsen's and just outside in the woods there were a lot of acorns which he guzzled and ate during the days. But since the bear liked both acorns and pork, he helped himself to both. It was a big loss for us, but that's the way our American pork disappeared. One of the settlers east of Round Lake , whose name I have forgotten, had a nice sow and some piglets. The bear was so impertinent that he went into the pig sty, bit the sow to death, and dragged her a ways out into the bushes, where they found her in the morning. While the family ate breakfast, the bear came back and tore off another piece and disappeared into the woods. After the man had improved protection for the small pigs, he sent for help to organize a search for the bear. I don't remem-

ber how many we were, but I recall that John Ring and a couple of the Åkerlind boys were there. Not far away lay a big tamarack swamp where we were quite sure the Teddy had her den and probably her cubs. We stayed in the outskirts, since no one dared go into the swamp among the bushes. Such clever bear hunters we were not. We were completely sure that the bear both saw and heard us, but we saw no bear. The man built a better pen for his little pigs and the bear did not get at another of them. We hardly understand now how big a loss it was for the poor settler who would have to eat both his first and second potato harvest without pork. The place was near what we used to call Hane's mountain and I think it was in Polk County that we did the bear search. "One of P. Ekdahl's neighbors could not find his cows and so he sent messages to neighbors and friends to help. One of them who took part in the search stood under a tree and listened and as he stood there, two small bears fell down from the tree beside him. They ran away. On the third day the cattle came home unharmed. "I don't remember with certainty more than one time that a bear tried to attack a man. K. Carlson, Big Carlson, as we used to call him, because he was big and strong, was chased by a bear when he was out in the woods looking for his cows. He heard a yelp from his dog and then heard a noise in the small trees and he barely had the time to climb a little tree before the bear rushed forward and after him up the tree. Then the dog was at the heels of the bear and when he rose on his hind legs, the dog bit into him. The bear let go in order to fight off the dog. During this time, Carlson climbed up in the tree as high as he could go. His faithful dog continued hassling the bear, and the latter could not lift his hind paws before the dog bit him in one hind leg and never let go until the bear came down and started chasing him. The beast tired before the dog did and set off into the woods. I used to say to Carlson when we worked in the woods that he was strong as a bear, but I'm sure he would not have survived this one he had not had his faithful dog with him. "A group of children went together out to the burned-over area to pick raspberries. Among them was my youngest brother, Nils Erick. There were plenty of berries, and they did not want to go home until evening. Not far from them, a bear climbed up on a windfall, looked around and also began eating berries. The children moved away as carefully as they could and tried to get away. It was somewhat cloudy, and as it got darker they were not sure where they were. In their fear they had lost their way. It began to rain so they crept together under a tree where they stayed all night. In the morning they managed to come out on the road near the Nylanders, thoroughly soaked and without berries; because they were hungry and had eaten everything they had picked.

They neither saw nor heard the bear during the night. "Olof Hake and N. J. Nylander were often together when the former led songs and the latter a preached among the settlers, but they worked together also in other things and always got along. One day Hake was at Nylanders helping him with some work. It was in the middle of the summer of 1870. But after they had eaten supper and it was getting dark, Hake felt a bit unsafe about walking home in the thick woods near Pine Lake. Along a wooded slope near the lake, on the north side, there was almost a path trampled by forest animals when we first came there, and Hake did not want to go alone over this dark place so stayed put at Nylanders overnight. Pastor Nylander and his wife lay in their bed on one side of the cabin and Hake on a bench at the other side. Here they lay and conversed before they slept. At the entrance they had built a little summer kitchen where they had the kitchen stove and a couple of shelves. But they did not have a door on the cook shanty, only a drape. They heard the cow come in and nose around in the kitchen and Nylander had to get up and chase her out. She was already out before he opened the door. As soon as they were resting again the cow came back and Nylander had to get up again and chase her out. While they lay wondering how to set up a barrier for the opening, so the cow would not be able to come in again, Nylander said: is it possible that it is a bear? The two men discussed what to do if it were a bear and if it came again. Hake got up and lit the lantern and Nylander took down the gun and put it against the wall beside the bed and so they lay completely quiet. Mrs. Nylander claimed that she heard some animal licking the butter crock on the shelf. The shooters stood up and when they opened the door the bear loped out. When Hake drew aside the drape, and swung the lamp, the bear turned towards it, went up on its hind legs and at the same time a shot rang out. Teddy fell over a pile of brush and he screamed. Then it was quiet. The men went back in and shut the door. They were not dressed in hunter clothes, but crept back to bed again. They did not want to go out in the dark, because they didn't know if the bear they had shot was the only one. In the morning the housewife had no butter, because the bear had licked it up. There where they heard him fall he lay dead. "Such bear stories could be told by the score from this time, but I will just tell of one more to show how strangely God protects those who can't protect themselves. One of the Wood River settlers had put his cabin in order, and set out to the south to look for some paid work, leaving his wife and their two small girls to take care of themselves in the little homestead cabin. One day the girls came in and were so happy, because they had been playing with a big black dog which could not bark, but only sniffed. The mother could not understand who had a dog in the neighborhood, and the girls said that he was outside the cabin. They said that he was so soft to pet. When she opened the door there stood a fully-grown black bear. In such circumstances wives and mothers learn to understand that it was the Almighty who brought them over the great ocean and into the wild land and also protected them and their loved ones. But it is certain that the women cried quite a lot during the first two or three years in the wilderness." – Photos from Selin collection.


Do you remember ?

Gleanings of Whispering Pines History

Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

50 Years Ago

by Fred Brancel “…On Jan. 13, 1953, the Conference (West Wisconsin) Camp Site committee met at LaCrosse and recommended the purchase of Whispering Abrahamzon Pines … The proposal to the churches of the Northern District, asking them to underwrite the purchase … produced abundant proof of the keen interest … As of May 20, 1953, the churches have underwritten the purchase by cash and pledges … of $24,000 … with 20 charges still to report …” (from Whispering Pines proposed Northern Camp leaflet) “In September 1953, Whispering Pines was purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gwin for … $30,000 … A 40 x 40 winterized lodge (now the director’s residence), a family house and three cabins … All furnishings and eight good strip boats … included …” “… Pennies for Pines slogan adopted. Goal: 100,000 pennies. October: Picture taken of 69,000 pennies in a pile. “1954 – First camping season. Over 600 men, women and children use the camp. July 25, 1954 – Camp … consecrated by Bishop Northcott. Over 1,000 persons attend. “Winter logging produces over 30,000 feet of lumber to use or sell. 1956, June 24 – Dedication of dining hall, Chippewa Falls, Women’s Society and MYF cabins …” (from Whispering Pines 25th Anniversary brochure) “The staff cabin, constructed largely by volunteers from the New Richmond UM Church, was dedicated by Bishop DeWitt on May 28, 1978 at the 25th Anniversary Celebration. The Pennies for Pontoon slogan of that event provided Whispering Pines with its first pontoon boat. “More recent building projects are Fernwood cabin converted to nature center in 1987 and the Adult Retreat Center completed in 1988. The retreat center was made possible by a generous bequeset from Mamie (Mrs. Harold) Hanson, Grantsburg, the salvaging of trees for lumber and sale from the ’83 windstrom, and countless volunteers doing the construction. The total cost of the retreat center was about equal the original Whispering Pines’ purchase price. The multi-purpose machine/work shed was relocated in ’91, the dining hall moved to the lodge in 1996 and the new office building built in 1998. “During Whispering Pines 50 years, there have been at least 10 resident caretakers. In the first 25 years, the caretaker (manager) was responsible primarily for property maintenance. For the past 25 years, the director-manager has also been responsible for program. Until 15 years ago, program leadership was provided by volunteers. In the past 15 years, there has been a major change to employed program staff. “Up to this point in these ‘gleanings’ the names of the multitude of ‘saints’ contributing to Whispering Pines have been intentionally omitted, so that some of the most important not be overlooked. However, a member of the 1953 committee says, “… Without Rev. Archie Henry, the D.S. in ’53, there would be no Whispering Pines …” And I feel compelled to mention two lifelong neighbors because of their unique contributions. Bob Hinrichs, deceased in July, and his brother hauled the rocks from their farm, when teenagers, for the original Whispering Pines Lodge. Bob also provided the rocks for the new lodge (now the dining hall) and, more recently, the rocks for the adult retreat center. Thank you, Bob! “The list of this past summer’s camp programs show an impressive diversity: Faith, Missions, Choir, Drama, Collecting (nature), Canoe/Snorkel, Water


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Slide, Sports, Golf, Bike, Fishing, High Climbing, Mom & Me, and Special Needs. But most impressive, perhaps, is the number of Horse Camps. Since its beginning 20 years ago under the devoted, talented leadership of Birchwood Beach neighbor, Wendy Peterson Larson, Horse Camps have attracted youngsters from across the state and grown in popularity, becoming the core of Whispering Pines program. Thank you, Wendy. “Financial records show Whispering Pines disbursements: 1954 - $19,799. 2002 - $118,800. “This history summary would be incomplete without include the tragic death of Linda Fuda, wife of director-manager Fred Fuda, from a propane gas explosion Sept. 25, 1995. “I am grateful for my privileged time, ’77 – ’88, at Whispering Pines and the opportunity to put together these gleanings from numerous persons and sources, they are presented with an awareness of need for additions and/or corrections.” Bernice’s personal note Thank you, Fred, for the above information. I appreciate your sending it, and your permission to reprint it, so readers can learn some of the history of Whispering Pines U.M. Camp. The part about the pennies is delightful. It goes to show what pennies can do when put together. I am concerned about the camp’s future. Even though some readers may think I am sticking my nose where it doesn’t belong, I am doing it because: 1. I am a United Methodist Church member and in that light, it is my camp, too. 2. My father was a caretaker of two private estates and a farm downstate. 3. I am well aware of what a caretaker has to do when the summer season is over and residents return to their winter homes. Frozen pipes are no fun nor shattered toilet facilities. 4. I’ve been told by officials at Sun Prairie that the Brancel Center needs a new roof, and the main lodge will need attention in one or two years. Good roofs are essential and not a small item. 5. Members of the camp committee tell me it is not a matter of money. 6. The truth is basic. There is a shortage of campers. That is something we can all understand. Is it a sign of the times or can it be fixed? The present economy is no help for the situation. Why is there a shortage? a. The cost of going to camp? b. Lack of interest on part of children? c. Lack of encouragement on part of parents? d. Too many other distractions? e. Lack of promotion? I believe our U.M. churches should be involved. Canvass members for suggestions, creative ideas, volunteers. If nothing is done, it will be a real “Paradise Lost” right here on earth. Are we able to establish scholarships to help financially? How about an advertising campaign? Where are all these city kids who would love a learning vacation on a real lake in a camp located in a real woods? Where are the benefactors who would like to sponsor a kid going to camp. I will get off my soap box. Perhaps Whispering Pines should be promoting a sanctuary for troubled adults. Perhaps that would be a new direction, a health facility to regain peace of mind, body and soul. Until next week, Bernice Having no program or plan for the summer of 2009 seems fruitless. How will that help?

Harvest Fest Food Drive at Trollhaugen DRESSER – On Sunday, Oct. 5, Trollhaugen will be hosting a Harvest Fest Food Drive. With the support from our community members, they will be donating bushels of food items to the local food shelves. Their goal is to gather 4,000 pounds (two tons) of food items to distribute between the Open Cupboard in Osceola and the St. Croix Falls Food Shelf. In return for community members generosity, each person donating two or more food items will receive a lift ticket to be used throughout the winter season at Trollhaugen, for a day of skiing or snowboarding. Trollhaugen is anticipating a huge turnout for this event, and they are hoping it will be a bountiful suc-

cess. Help them fill the cupboards of those in need! - submitted

NARFE to meet OSCEOLA – The National Active and Retired Federal Employees will hold a dinner meeting at noon on Thursday, Oct. 9, at The Ridge Restaurant (formerly Adventures) in Osceola. Reservations may be made by calling 715-294-3185 by noon on Monday, Oct. 6. submitted

Bruce D’Jock, Siren, a high school freshman, broke his ankle while playing football in the Minong-Siren afternoon game.-A free wedding anniversary dance was given Oct. 3, by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Coyour at Joe’s Crossroads, Siren.-A wedding dance was given by Mary Lou and Hank Lynch at Dick and Fran’s, Fox Creek, on Oct. 4.-A free dance was given at the Indian Creek Hall on Oct. 4, given by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Clark.-The film “Damn Yankees” was playing at the Auditorium Theatre, St. Croix Falls.-Typing paper was 99¢ a ream.James Stewart and Kim Novak were starring in the film “Vertigo” at the D’Lux Theatre, Luck.-Clyde Kammer advertised quality coal to keep your home warm this winter in the Frederic area.-Fire destroyed the Warren Hansen barn in Bone Lake Township.-Headlines read, “Friends throughout state will honor Dr. R.G. Arveson next month.” Veterinarian Dr. Edw. Raun of Luck died very suddenly.-Dr. J.W. Crawford, former Frederic dentist, died in Milwaukee.-The jury awarded Clarence Alden of West Sweden $50,000 in a Polk County court.-An adult sewing class was being organized in Frederic.-Frederic fans were in Milwaukee for a World Series game.

40 Years Ago Specials at the Clover Farm Store, Frederic, included Flintstone ribs at 59¢ lb., bacon at 59¢ for 12-oz. pkg., carrots at 29¢ for 3 lbs. and bleach at 39¢ gal.-On Thursday, Sept. 19, at Frederic Community Motors, the new Chrysler Valiant and new Plymouth Belvedere were shown.-The new 1969 Chevrolet and Oldsmobile were shown on Sept. 26, at the Frederic Auto Co. Pie and coffee were served 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.-Obituaries included Burley Dehmer and Fred Nelson.-A 25th wedding anniversary dance was held at the Indian Creek Hall on Sept. 21, given by Mr. and Mrs. Christ Mangelson.-The grand opening was held of the Discount Record Center at the Luck Gamble Store.-Ben Louis had an auction Sept. 20, at his place near the Lewis schoolhouse.-Mrs. Martin Hansen had a Sept. 21 auction near the Frederic High School athletic field.-Grace Lutheran Church had a harvest supper Oct. 3, in West Sweden, serving a ham supper.St. Luke’s United Methodist Church had an Oct. 4 rummage sale.-A new Laundromat would soon operate in Frederic in a building leased by Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Simonson.

20 Years Ago More special education staff was needed at Grantsburg School.-Siren will get a new restaurant named Mary’s (named after owner’s wife) to seat 60 diners.-Anita Lynn Noreen was the new 1988 Miss Siren.-The topic discussed at the August meeting of the Burnett County Historical Society focused on wolves.-The Business of the Week showcased the Main Store in Webb Lake.-The Dairy Bar in Siren advertised broasted chicken wings at $2.95, all you can eat, served with coleslaw and fries. No senior citizen’s discount on this special.-The drought created a shorter duck hunting season.-Bear harvest permits were increased.-Cushing firemen helped deliver the baby of David and Cathy Deppa of Cushing. The baby boy was admired by his four sisters, Addie, Erin, Emilie and Megan and parents.-Tom Crane of Frederic juggled his way down Main Avenue, during the Charles E. Lewis Day parade. Little Miss Lewis was Anber Kettula and Little Mr. Lewis was Joshua Adolfson.-The new Whispering Pines Brancel Adult Retreat Center was dedicated. The camp director was Julie Pemble.-Obituaries included Kathleen Jewell, Arlie Clausen, J.A. Heggestad, Roy Hoffman, Jerica Gasper and Lolita Doyle.


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Hi, everybody! Blacky here from Humane Society of Burnett County. I was lying outside this morning half snoozing and half watching the clouds roll by and thinking about the things I wanted to tell you about this week. My thoughts were interrupted, however, by my nemesis, The Chipmunk, who was taunting me from the rooftop: “Blacky, Blacky, you’re just a big, dumb dog and you’ll never catch me! Phhhhhht!” Hmmph, I guess his mama never read him “The Gingerbread Man.” I’m going to get that little pipsqueak if it’s the last thing I do! Anyway, that got me off my hind YAPpenings end and onto my computer, so now I will tell you all the shelter news. I heard that a lot of you folks came to the car show at Yourchuck’s last Saturday and made a point to stop and say hello to some of my shelter pals. There were even a couple of adoption applications filled out. That’s wonderful! My tail really gets going when I hear one of my friends might be getting a new home - it’s exciting! We have two new guests that came to join us over the weekend, as well. Shorty is a 4-year-old basset hound that was picked up in Siren, and Lucky is a baby black and tan coon hound that was found in Webster. Lucky is cute as a button and has feet like the end of a barbell! Holy moly, Lucky has some stompers! I met a dog the other day who was with her master, only she didn’t have a collar or any tags on. I asked her why not, and she replied that her dad figured she’d never run away or get lost so he didn’t feel it was necessary. I told her that wasn’t a good idea, and told her about all the lost pets that wind up at our shelter, and others. She promised she would either get a microchip, or at least some ID tags. I was relieved. The shelter has ID tags available for a donation, and they’re really cool! They come in three kinds: stainless steel with enamel (nine colors to choose from, with neat designs), flat stainess steel and brass, and flat plastic. They are very well-made tags and are guaranteed to withstand the rigors of life on the end of a dog’s (or cat’s) collar. Plus, you can have your tags shipped right to your door! I think I’m going to get three - one for me and each of my



brothers. Another way you can get something you want and help the shelter is this: one of our big-hearted volunteers, Becky, is selling apples to help raise funds for the animals. She has McIntoshes and Courtlands and is asking $15 for a bushel. That’s a good deal. You can call her with your order and she will bring them to the shelter where you can pick them up. You can get in touch with Becky at 715-648-5592 with questions or to place an order. You still have time to order a Racine kringle, or two, too. I heard there’s no calories in them if you eat them for a good cause. Is that true? I don’t know, but you can contact the shelter folks to get on the list if you’d like to purchase a couple. They are only $8 each and come in a variety of flavors. I also heard from Tulip the other day. In case you forgot, she is the little pup who had to have hip surgery a little while back. She is settling in to her new home and is very happy, and grateful. She wanted me to tell everybody that helped pay for her surgery that she will never forget their kindness for giving her a chance to live normally and pain free, and she wants to kiss you all! Me, I’m not into kisses so much, but I’m grateful as well to all the folks out there that look out for us dogs and cats either by donations, volunteering or just spending some quality time. It means a lot even just to be petted or walked or shown some affection. (Those sentiments do not apply to chipmunks, however.) Before I go, I want to tell you to check your dog or cat over if he or she spends any time outside. Wood ticks are back, and I had a biggie stuck on my shoulder the other day. It was gross, and it gave me the heebie-jeebies so bad that it made me drool! Thankfully, my mom’s fingernails have grown back enough that she was able to pull it off of me. They’re creepy, so you might want to make sure you have us protected with some topical stuff or a good-quality tick collar yet, even though fall is in the air. That’s about all I have for you this week. I have some outdoor business with a buck-toothed, tree-dwelling rat, and so I will see you here next week. Take care, everyone! HSBC is saving lives, one at a time. 866-4096.

Siren Senior Center Saturday, Sept. 27 we had our first fundraiser for quite a while. At our last meeting we decided that we would participate in Siren’s Harvestfest and serve a variety of soups to eat on-site, or to go. Well – unfortunately we were lax with our advertising so we had to go on word of mouth, so to speak. We were a little disappointed in the turnout that came to taste our good soups and we really thought we were going to have a surplus of baked goods left over. But as usual, someone up above was looking after us and when the farmers market showed up with their produce someone suggested that we move our goodies out to the parking lot. Eureka! What a success. We managed to sell everything except a few items. All in all, we netted over $300. Abby Brand went the extra mile and baked a lovely cake that was raffled off and added an extra $28 to our take. Kathy Brown was the proud winner and hopefully by now she has come to pick up her prize. Sorry to say but it was the same small group of seniors who donated soup, baked goods and took time out from their “busy” schedules to come and pitch in for the day. So be it, as Harris Johnson always said, there are those who are willing to do and there are those who are willing to let you do it. How true. As usual we had an active week at the center with 16 dime Bingo players, 29- 500 players and 21 Spade players. Beside our usual people who donated for our bake sale we want to thank Opal Johnson for the homemade jelly and baked goods that she brought. Opal isn’t really a newcomer to the center, as she has joined the dime Bingo players practically from the beginning, but we were happy to see her at our last meeting and hope she will be one of our regular “willing to doer’s.” Also I want to thank my Lilac Grove neighbors, Marge and Mel Neilson, originally from Danbury, who have started to join us occasionally for the nutrition dinners and also for donating some lovely dolls and dresses for the craft store. Marge also came forth with goodies for our bake sale. Dining at Five will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9, the second Thursday of the month. The nutrition managers will all be at a meeting on the Thursday, Oct. 2, thus no meal at the center that day. Cecilia is planning on serving a baked ham dinner, with a super salad bar and lemon meringue pie for dessert. Call the center at 349-2845 to make reservations. The feet ladies will be at the center on Monday, Oct. 20, so if you want to get “clipped” call and make your reservation. Our monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 21, beginning promptly at 9:30 a.m. and, as this is our

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birthday day, we will be serving our usual monthly birthday cake. October is supposed to be the month that we re-elect our new officers for the coming year, but it was unanimously decided last month that our officers are doing such a good job, and as they are from the bunch of doers, they graciously accepted the positions for another year. Don Brand, president, Ed Smythe, vice president, Corrine Root, secretary and Judy Johnson, treasurer, will be manning the fort again this coming 2009 year. Thanks guys. Winners at 500 this past week were: Arvid Pearson, Shirley Doriott and Anke Olesen. Spade winners were Lorna Erickson, Marie Van Guilder, Virginia Martin, Dorothy Cronquist and Clara Palomaki. Remember that all of our activities begin at 1 p.m. No charge for dime Bingo, just bring your stash of 18 dimes for each game you want to play and $2 to join us for our card games. Phone numbers for the center are: Nutrition site 349-2845 and the center’s number is 349-7810. Stay healthy and mobile.

Luck Senior Citizens Center Our monthly potluck/birthday get-together last Saturday, not Friday as I had stated in the paper, turned out rather well. September birthdays were celebrated: mine, Sept. 1, and Carol Weitz, Sept. 27. Kathy Mueller made a chocolate, chocolate cake. Kathy’s son, Collin was at the party celebrating his birthday on the first also. Edna Lawson and I read a few senior jokes, which gave us all a good laugh. Example: Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened. We were the entertainment. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2-4:30 p.m., is the open house 90th birthday party for Inez Hultner at the center. Everyone welcome. Trudy the foot lady will be at the center on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please call the center on Wednesday or Friday at 715-472-8285 to make reservations. Movies at the center will be the second Friday of the month. Come in for lunch at noon and stay for the movie at 1 p.m., with free popcorn. I won’t be writing the news for next week, as I will be having a procedure done on my head at Abbott Northwestern Hospital next Monday, Oct. 6. The doctor said he was going to super glue me back together. I hope to be back home Oct. 7 or 8. I will keep you informed. ‘Till next time, keep smiling.

Birth announcements Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center:

A boy, Elias James Hikel, born Sept. 16, 2008, to Kaija Jo and Kevin Matthew Hikel, Balsam Lake. Elias weighed 10 lbs. ••• A girl, Josephine Mae Hochradel, born Sept. 20, 2008, to Shane and Jennifer Hochradel, Balsam Lake. Josephine weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz. ••• A girl, Addison Sophia Williams, born Sept. 23, 2008, to Josh Williams and Ashley Zornes, Lindstrom, Minn. Addison weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz. ••• A boy, Kaden Gabriel Allen, born Sept. 19, 2008, to Laura and Doug Allen, Lewis. Kaden weighed 8 lbs., 3.5 oz. ••• A boy, Dominic D.N.R. Edwards, born Sept. 18, 2008, to Daniel and Katelin Edwards, Frederic. Dominic weighed 8 lbs., 10 oz. •••

Born at Regions Hospital

Twin boys, Riley Michael and Jackson Brian, were born Aug. 22, 2008, to Mark and Kelly DeMoe of Osceola. Riley weighed 6 lbs., 13 oz., and Jackson weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz. They were welcomed home by big sisters, Emily and Morgan. Grandparents are Michael DeMoe of Frederic, Cindy Vilstrup and Greg Miller of Frederic and Tom and Lori Vilstrup of Luck. Great-grandparents are Shirley DeMoe of Eau Claire and Mickey Vilstrup of Luck. •••

Born at Indianhead Medical Center

A girl, Raegan Lois, was born Sept. 17, 2008, to Kate and Jim Beecroft of Cumberland. •••

Born at Burnett Medical Center

A girl, Josie Alaina, was born Sept. 22, 2008, to Jason and Lori Doskocil, Grantsburg. Josie weighed 7 lbs., 12 oz. and was 20-1/2 inches long. Josie was welcomed home by siblings, Jake and Jessie. Grandparents are Bill Java and Barb Swanson of Grantsburg and the late Diana Java, Chris and Craig Barnes of Springbrook and Bill and Sheila Doskocil of Hayward. Great-grandparent is Delores Doskocil of Hayward. ••• A girl, Madalyn Lucille Morse, born Sept. 25, 2008, to Rick and Sonya Morse, Siren. Madalyn weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz. and was 19 inches long. Madalyn’s siblings include Kory, Andrew, Dylan and Emma. Grandparents are Robert and Tracy Catlin of Siren, Darwin Keim of St. Paul, Minn., and Richard and Caroline Morse of Siren. ••• A boy, Payton Jackson Sando, born Sept. 24, 2008, to Andea Ignasiak and Justin Sando, Grantsburg. Payton weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz. and was 20-1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Jack and Denise Sando of Grantsburg, Shelley and Aaron Staeven of Grantsburg and Michael and LuAnn Ignasiak of Cedar Springs, Mich. •••


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER 653-4281 This is the big weekend with our harvest supper on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 4 – 7 p.m., at the Lewis church. Marinated beef, etc., plus homemade breads and pies. Welcome. LaVerne Leep spent a few days last week at the home of her daughter, Diane, and husband, Ron Ackland, at Hutchinson, Minn., where they built a new house. Other relatives are also in that area. House guests last week of LaVonne Smith included Helen Sjodahl, Susan Erickson and Marge Duncon. They are from Lake Mil Lacs and Minneapolis. Fall flowers and fall garden products are adding a touch of fall to churches and halls. Remember the “bringing in of sheaves?” That happens, too, when it comes to decorating. Bernice Abrahamzon had an essay “Exploding Fruit Harvest Makes Memorable Wine,” in The Country Today, Eau Claire, two weeks ago. The Frederic Scrabble Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. every Monday in the Community Room, Sunrise Apts., Frederic. The earlier time is due to earlier darkness during the coming of winter. An earlier time is also set for playing 500 on Thursdays at the Frederic Senior Center at 6 p.m. from now on. This is convenient for some players but impossible for others (i.e. farmers). An early alert: The Northwest Regional Writers will meet Friday, Oct. 10, in the Community Room, Big Gust Apts., Grantsburg, at 1 p.m. Assignment: Write on something “Water, Water. “Isn’t that something they’re saying these days in Texas “and not a drop to drink” because it’s polluted. Keep your eyes open and enjoy the colors as fall puts on its big show, a blaze of glory. Tis the season for dazzling colors, coons in the cornfield, sometimes bears, owls in the night and deer raiding our gardens. Belated Happy Birthday to Kara Boyer Alden, my godchild, this past Saturday. Wishing her all the best. Remember the Frederic Food Shelf when shopping. More families are turning up on Thursdays between 2 – 6 p.m. in the rear of the long-ago downtown Frederic Hospital. Access through alley behind Curves building. Donations are needed and welcome. Churches and other organizations have been notified of current needs, especially cold cereals, canned goods, Hamburger Helper prod-


Becker/Williams James and Penny Christenson of Centuria are happy to announce their son, Luke Becker, has chosen to continue his growth of love through marriage to Crystal Williams of Hastings, Minn. Crystal is a 1999 graduate of North St. Paul High School. She is the daughter of Robbin Williams of Minneapolis, Minn. Luke is a 1998 graduate of Unity High School in Balsam Lake. He is the grandson of Carman Swanson and the late Doris Swanson. The couple will wed Nov. 8, in Spring Lake Park Reserve near Hastings, Minn. – Photo submitted

Lewis ucts, etc. Lewis Church volunteers worked every Thursday in Sept. and now it is someone else’s turn in October. LaVerne Leep spent part of the weekend at the home of Carol and Lee Mangelson, as their daughter, Jenny and husband, Kryst and children, Ethan and Emmy, spent the weekend at Mangelsens. Other family members also visited, including Kryst’s parents, Lisa and Tom Mangelsen, etc. Have you visited any of our local apple orchards this fall. See ads in yellow shoppers. Lots of activities going on. It’s all about apples and lots more. Sheila Staples and Rick Abrahamzon spent Saturday in the Grandview area, where Rick enjoyed the late trout season with “catch and release” as his choice. Some of the old-time paths of trout fishermen are disappearing and being overgrown as old-time anglers are dis-

Bernice Abrahamzon appearing, too. Where are all the fly fishermen and others? It’s a sad commentary on fishing as a sport. The younger generation, boys and girls, need some encouragement to explore the banks of area trout streams. It can be an exciting challenge. Nice to have visitors in church on Sunday. Good, too, to see Debbie Lenz Eaten of Hayward who grew up in our Lewis church. Remember the Monday, Oct. 6, meeting of the Gem and Mineral Society at the Luck Senior Center. Gather at 7 p.m.; meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Speaker: Dr. Richard Huset on the “Gems and Rocks of Australia.” He has taken a number of trips there and spent a great deal of time there. Usual potluck lunch.

St. Croix Valley Senior Center Last week’s Tuesday Dominos winners were Donna Schlosser in first place, Deloris Benson in second place and Martha Lindstrom in third place. The 500 cards winners were Rosemary Blesen in first place, Irene Campbell in second place, Leone Montgomery in third place, Lonnie Jones in fourth place and Audry McNurlin in fifth place. Thursday night 500 card winners were Bonnie Hauger in first place, LeRoy Booth in second place, Cliff Qualle in third place and Leone Montgomery in fourth place. The senior center participated in the St. Croix Autumn Fest last Saturday. We had a bake sale and our famous pork chops on a stick. Although it was threatening rain all day, we did have a nice fall day. Gratitude is extended to all the seniors who worked and who brought bake sale treats. A health seminar was held with Robin Herr from the St. Croix Regional Medical Center speaking about diabetes.

It was a very informative meeting. Social Bingo will be held on Friday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m. You receive two Bingo cards good for 12 games for only $2. All monies taken in must be paid out the same day. It is a fun game. Hope to see more of you there. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m., an exercise session is held. Skipbo is played after the exercise session. On Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m., we bowl using the Wii game. On Thursday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m., we will be making greeting cards for the Good Samaritan Nursing Home. Everyone is welcome at all of these events. All of the activities are open to the community, regardless of age. Stop by the senior center for a monthly calendar of events or a cup of coffee and a treat. Come and join the fellowship and fun. The senior center is available for private rentals for a very reasonable fee and community events. Call 715-483-3466 for more information.

Cloverton-Markville When the East Pine County Wanderers met at the end of September, Mary Fossan, associate director of the Arrowhead Transit Company, was the guest speaker. Mary presented a schedule of the bus route for Duxbury, Markville and Cloverton going in to Sandstone and Pine City on Tuesdays. This bus will be up and running in January of 2009. Mary and Frank Schaaf brought the birthday cake and door prize. The two pens were won by Fran Levings and she really appreciated the prize because she writes letters almost every day. September birthday people for the group were Mert and Gordy Peschong and Ruth Ament. Speaking of Mary and Frank, after having their vehicle serviced in Mora recently, they had a nice visit with former Markville resident Blanche Howard at the Villa Care Center. Last Friday had then up in Duluth for an eye appointment for Frank. Other than that, they are harvesting the last of the garden and getting equipment ready for winter. Mary said the juncos arrived at their home last week letting them know that snow is not far away. Ruth and Gary Ament, joined by Annette and Don Carlson, took a 13-day camping trip on the Circle Lake Superior tour. They began at a campground in the Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and concluded their adventure at the Gooseberry Falls campsite on the north shore of Lake Superior. Ruth said her favorite campground was Neys Provincial Park in Ontario. The four of them took a four-hour hike amidst beautiful scenery and said they felt like kids again. Patty Koehler and Bob Brewster took a field day tour of an organic farm in Wrenshall recently. This is a community-supported agriculture project and the entire operation is Earth-friendly. They learned a lot. Maria Starowoitow’s brother, John, died recently in Minneapolis. John died of pneumonia at age 60 just few weeks after his wife had passed away. Our sympathy to Maria and her family. The Zion Lutheran Church in both Markville and Cloverdale is looking for a new pastor. Dave Drake is on the call committee for this job and has been busy working on finding someone to fill this position. Tim Drake has been coming up to mom and dad’s to bear hunt this fall, but has had no luck so far. Jan and Ed Proffit are at the making-silage time of their farm chores. Because they have not had a killer frost yet, the corn is actually green still. Cheryl and Gene Wickham went to Iowa for the funeral of her aunt, Jan. This aunt was 88 years old. While they were down in the southern part of the state, they stopped to help Gene’s brother move to Aitkin where he will now live in a senior apartment building and be closer to relatives. Clara Lilly was hospitalized at the end of September for a short while. Pam Ellwein picked her up to bring her

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home, then took her shopping at Wayne’s Foods in Webster, then to the pharmacy, and to the Hole in the Wall Cafe for a chicken dinner. When Pam had gotten Clara home, she made a batch of Rice Krispies bars for Clara to take to the senior potluck meeting the next day. Pam, her husband Pete, and son Tom went in to Sandstone to the home of daughter Jessie to celebrate Tom’s birthday recently. Then back to Sandstone for a party for three-year-old grandson Austin on Tuesday. To celebrate Vicki’s 43rd birthday, she and husband, Todd Elliott, spent the night at the Grand Casino. The Elliott family was excited about son Clint taking his driving test. We’ll see how that turned out. My husband, Dave Baker, and I, joined by Marlene and Don Mishler, Sharon Nolan Panek and her husband, Doug, (from Frederic) and by Helen and Phil Nolan (from Webster), went to the Midwest Country Theatre in Sandstone on Sept. 20, to enjoy a tribute to singer Johnny Cash. We all enjoyed both the show and dinner afterwards at the Banning Supper Club. Can those tomatoes, wherever you are.

Frederic Senior Center by Ardyce Knauber

Monday Spades was played on Sept. 22, at 1:30 p.m. Winners were first-place Lola Hinschberger, secondplace Shirley Sandquist and third-place Vi Luke. Tuesday Whist was played. Wednesday Pokeno was enjoyed by the happy group playing and enjoying refreshments and visiting. Thursday 500 cards was played with the following winners: first place was David Peterson, second place was Hazel Hoffman, third place was William Ihrig and fourth place was Nina Vold. Please note starting Oct. 21 500 cards will start at 6 p.m. Friday Pokeno was enjoyed and time together was enjoyed. Saturday food and fellowship with a fish buffet. Clareese Marek brought in zucchini chocolate cake was a plus to taste. Games enjoyed and refreshments for lunch time. Sunday, Sept. 28, Ardyce Knauber’s 80th birthday was celebrated at the center. A large crowd of relatives and friends attended, and she will cherish the memories. The monthly meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. The meal site is closed on Thursday, Oct. 2, and soup and sandwiches will be served at the center at 11:45 a.m. Come join us.



866-4334 Sandy Woletz spent Friday and Saturday of last week caring for her daughter, Colleen, who had back surgery. On Tuesday, a number of people from our area – Mary and Jim Bies, Barb Parsons, Jim and Helen Gatten, Delores Farr, Opal Johnson, Margel Ruck and I attended “Super Adults” at Clover Community Church. We heard Dave Kappauf sing two wonderful older hymns, and then Charles Mans of Hinckley, Minn., gave a very interesting special feature on “The Fascination of Raising Orchids.” He also had a variety of beautiful orchids on display. After a short devotion by Pastor Dan Fritch, we all enjoyed a baked chicken dinner. After returning home, Margel and I went on an enjoyable shopping trip to Rice Lake and then surprisingly, were hungry enough to eat an evening meal at the new China Buffet Restaurant there. Their new building is terrific and I highly recommend it. Thoroughly stuffed, we drove home in a rainstorm, growing heavier the closer we got to Webster. Three tables of diners enjoyed the beef stew with baking powder biscuits on Wednesday and then 12 ladies played

dime Bingo in the afternoon and enjoyed the refreshments furnished by Faye Russ. It was nice to have Ann Agerbeck back dining and playing cards, as she has been very busy getting settled in her new house she recently purchased in the village of Webster. In the evening, Theresa Gloege and Gladys Beers joined Margel and me for supper where we were camping, in a very lovely spot close to all the amenities of home. We also played golf cards for several hours and had lots of fun and much laughter. On Thursday evening, Pat O’Brien, Harold Peterson, Earl Boelter, Ken Hayes, Chuck Lehman, Carl Link and Dave Wardean enjoyed playing pool. Dave was back into the fold after spending a few days fishing with Durwood Scholz near Webster, S.D. We also had a large group of ladies playing cards: Bernie Boelter, Carol Berglind, Sharon Link, Gladys Beers, Jane Wardean, Donna Lehman, Margel Ruck, Nancy O’Brien and I, and everyone enjoyed the large assortment of goodies brought by the ladies. Charles and Elaine Scott had coffee and

Amery Senior Center The Amery Senior Center will be hosting Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. They will have all kinds of German foods – including many kinds of Brats from Louie’s Meats, knockwurst, pork sandwiches from Deer’s Locker, several different kinds of beer, big pretzels, yummy desserts and more. The center is proud to have Mr. Morgan playing from noon – 4 p.m., with a break from the music to watch the Lake Country Cloggers perform from 4 – 5 p.m., and Jim


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Sympathy is extended to the family of Beryl Green, who died Sept. 23. He was 96. Maynard and Ronda Mangelsen, Don and Lida Nordquist, Gerry and Donna Hines, Marlene and Bruce Swearingen, April, Patty and Mandy Close and Holly, Hannnah and Grace Mangelsen were Monday evening visitors of Hank and Karen Mangelsen. Hank’s birthday was celebrated. Dean and Loraine Kendall were Monday and Tuesday visitors of Lawrence and Nina Hines. Karen and Hank Mangelsen visited Les and Maxine Lindquist Tuesday afternoon. Donna and Gerry Hines went to the Twin Cities Friday and returned Saturday. They attended soccer games of grandchildren,


Armstrong resuming music from 5 – 9 p.m. The Lions Club is bringing their leader dog. They’ll have a big tent set up and hope you’ll stop by. Food will be served from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and there will be snacks and goodies from 6-9 p.m. The groups hope to see you there. For more information contact Susan Shachtman, assistant director at 715-2686605 or e-mail You may also see their Web page at

As you all know, I have been talking about my little runt of a black bear, Pee Wee throughout the summer. I’m sure she is a 2-year old that mom chased out this spring as she gets ready for next spring’s cubs. She has taken to coming in under the cover of darkness, so I haven’t seen her for a while, just her tracks. Well, last Saturday morning about 5:30, there she was eating acorns in my backyard. This spring she was a sorry looking little bear, so thin and scraggly looking. Not so now, she has turned into a rather clubby little porker, still small, but over the summer she has found ample food. She now sports a shiny coat, at least it seems to shine under the light of the yard light. It will be interesting to see if she has a cub next spring being she is still so small. Autumn Splendors 20th-annual Quilt Show is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Siren School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. So you gals who do quilting come see the demonstrations and get a few good ides. Tickets are just $3 with kids under 12 free. They also have a


wall where they are installing air vents under the eaves to allow ventilation to get into the cement blocks to remove the dampness. The dampness in the wall has made the new paint start to flake off again and it needed correcting. Deb will be having her annual Halloween costume party during lunchtime on Friday, Oct. 31, with prizes for costumes and lots of goodies. We hope you plan on signing up to eat and wear a costume to add to the festivities. Our get-well wishes and prayers continue to go to Marlene Kufalk, Mary Heier who is home coping with pain caused by a bout with shingles, and Antone and Jeremy Gronski. Our sympathy and prayers also go out to the family of Beryl Green in his recent passing. A small boy’s ambition could be to grow up and be a farmer so he can get paid for not growing spinach. The Bible tells us “This should be your ambition: to live a quiet life, minding your own business and doing your own work, just as we told you before.” – Thessalonians 4:11. Talking with Mark Twain, the humorist, a man stated that his greatest wish and ambition was to visit Mount Sinai and there see the place where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. Mark Twain responded by saying, “Why don’t you just stay home and keep the Ten Commandments?” See you at the center!


Arnell Humane Society Happy Tails

Karen Mangelsen

Bryce Sweet and Olivia Hines. Hank and Karen Mangelsen called on Sue and Roger Mroszak Friday evening. Colin and Chad Harrison were weekend guess of Nina and Lawrence Hines. Roger and Sue Mroszak went to Hugo, Minn., Sunday. They had dinner at the home of Sue’s brother, Joel Ebert. Other family members were there also. Judy Albee was among a number of folks from Faith Lutheran Church of Spooner who went on a hayride Sunday. They started at Bill Taubman’s home, went to Smith’s Apple Orchard and ended up at Bill’s cabin where they had a weiner roast. Karen and Hank Mangelsen were dinner guests of Marie and Wayne Romsos at the Romsos Farm Sunday. Several other family members were there too.


treats at the center on Friday morning after having returned from vacationing in Door County where they had a wonderful, relaxing time. I returned home from camping on Friday afternoon, but not before Margel and I enjoyed a fantastic trail ride over hill and dale, through the woods and up and down the road on her Polaris Ranger ATV. Even her little dog, Katie, loved the ride, with her little ears flopping and hair flying in the breeze. Of course, I felt some aches and pains on Saturday but it was worth it. The weather all week was perfect for fall. Opal Johnson of Siren, Margel Ruck and granddaughter McKenna Smith had a great time on Saturday morning at the Indian Creek Apple Orchard where they picked their own apples and then ate some yummy homemade apple pie. I couldn’t go, but I am looking forward to buying some apple pies from the ladies of Siren Covenant Church when they have them ready to sell. Our special thanks go to Jane Wardean for donating a bag of aluminum cans; Wes and Norma Mauerer - a big bag of tomatoes; the unknown donor who left a bag of turnips at the center; Bruce and Judy Behrens for donating candy bars to be used at our Halloween party; and Gladys Packer and Lily Gleason for their volunteer help in the kitchen. Our thanks also go to Dave Wardean and Pat O’Brien for the three hours they spent on our outside west

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quilt raffle and silent auction. Sympathy to the family of Vernon Haaf, who passed away Sept. 19. The Burnett County Restorative Justice Community Service Spaghetti Dinner had a great crowd, a steady flow of people most of the evening. Glad to see so many out for such a good cause. Congratulations to elementary student, Autumn Tinman; middle schooler Cassandra Mercer, and high schooler Myia Schroeder for being chosen Siren Students of the Week. Hope all you knitters and crocheters out there have been busy making those hats and mittens for the Siren Lionesses Mitten Tree soon to go up at the Siren U.S. Bank. Best wishes and a speedy recovery for Tyler Johnson, a senior in Siren High School, who broke his ankle in three places while playing football last Saturday at their homecoming game in Siren. Art and Bev Beckmark spent Sunday afternoon visiting with Peggy Strabel on Waldora Road.

Can you believe the dog on the right was inside that mess of mats? – Photo submitted When Vincent came to the Arnell Shelter he was one big mat from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail. He took baby steps because the mats in his groin area were so tight, each time he took a step the mats pulled his skin. In other areas, his skin had been pulled raw. Mats even covered his eyes. It was amazing he could see anything. After shaving off four pounds of matted coat, a beautiful, happy chocolate standard poodle-mix appeared. Vincent is now available for adoption. He was transformed with the loss of his matted confines into the most comical, fun loving, playful, happy dog in the kennel. He has enthusiasm for everyone and everything. It was an incredible change to watch take place, but now he is looking for a home. Responsible pet care goes beyond providing food and water. A pet gives you a lifetime of unconditional love, loyalty and friendship. In return, they count on you to provide safe shelter, regular veterinary care, exercise, companionship, food, water and grooming. Each of these needs entail care that is individual to the pet but each is important for every pet. Responsible dog ownership means that your dog has a collar that fits and is completed with ID tags. It means that local laws for licensing and vaccinating your dog are followed. These practices will greatly increase your dog’s chance of returning home if lost and adheres to state and county statutes. The funds collected from dog licenses purchased in Polk County are


used to support the Arnell Humane Society. So in essence, Arnell is partially funded by the responsible dog owners in Polk County. The annual license fee of $3 for a spayed or neutered dog and $8 for an unaltered dog, allow Arnell to provide shelter and care for unwanted and stray pets; unwanted and neglected pets like Vincent. In the past week, 14 dogs and 21 cats came to our shelter. Those unclaimed and looking for new homes include a female Lhasa apso name Princess, a dachshund named Dweezil, Scruffy the schnoodle, the border-collie-shepherd-mix brothers Mason, Moe and Monty, Darla the frisbee queen and Vincent the chocolate poodle. Cats and kittens are too numerous to list. A full litter of 8-week-old kittens are available in various colors, two short-hair black female sweetheart kittens and a few kittens that have grown up at the shelter, Splenda, Brittany and Jasper. Adult cats have a hard time competing with the youthful kittens for available adoptive homes. To help them succeed, we are temporarily lowering their adoption fee to help them find their way home. Many of them have already been spayed or neutered and declawed. Adoptions will make room for the record number of pets coming into the shelter. If you are someone you know, are looking to adopt, please remember your local shelter animals. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, Amery 715 268-7387 (PETS) or visit us online:


The day started out just right. Plans were made and nothing was happening to change them. It was warm and humid, but we were in an air-conditioned van, heading toward Rice Lake Hospital. I was taking one of the older men we care for to see his doctor. Simple enough. We got there and wandered around the new hospital. Beautiful, just beautiful. We checked in at the desk and found we were early, very early. His appointment was next month at 11 a.m., not this month at 10 a.m. Oh well, it was a nice ride. We decided to have a snack. We stopped at Perkins and enjoyed coffee and one of their amazing muffins. Then we got the idea to go to Wal-Mart. OK, Wal-Mart is one of my favorite stores (I am easy to please, just give me lots of aisles and lots of stuff and courteous, helpful employees and I am happy). I had to look for some ideas for Christmas for Kids, and he needed a few groceries. He got on one of those electrical or batterypowered carts and we headed toward the grocery section. We picked out the things he wanted and I bought a few (lots) of things we needed. Well, maybe we didn’t really need these things, but I can’t do without Sam’s flavored water and why leave a box of Famous Amos cookies on the shelf? Then there are those wonderful, easy to fix, frozen, de-

Drill here The House just passed a cobbled-together bill to allow more drilling for oil in Wisconsin. The bill will take profits from the Bakken reserves and all other producing areas to finance micro-algae and livestock-methane-capture research. Included in the bill is a mandate for addressing local energy needs until the algae and methane system comes online. Local community conservation groups will be conducting seminars on the following topics: 1. How to recycle grass clippings to make dirt, mattress stuffing, house insulation, biofuels and salads. 2. Proper inflation of bicycle tires. 3. Making tea from tree bark. 4. Building a treadmill generator. 5. Roadkill recipes. 6. Riding your bike wearing bunny boots. 7. Riding your bike in snow. 8. Reading in the dark. 9. Tree bark recipes. 10. Starting fires with two sticks. 11. Boarding up windows to save energy.

licious, egg rolls, and, I could go on and on. We got to the produce. He got a couple of apples, oranges and carrots. I moved around the aisle to get baby red potatoes and … he was gone! He must have gone the Blodgett checkout. toI ran down the endless line of men and ladies helping people check out. He was nowhere to be seen. I ran back into the grocery section and scanned the aisles ... nowhere. I ran, not walked, the entire store three times, I was frantic, and just when I thought I had to have him paged and think, oh wait, he can’t hear the page very well, I finally found him calmly motoring along the lightbulb aisle. He just wanted to see what they had in those new lightbulbs. You know, the “twisty ones.” He was amazed at the selection and I was out of breath and no longer afraid I had actually lost my friend and glad I didn’t have to file a missing persons report. What was suppose to be a four-hour trip at the most turned into a eight-hour




12. Making sweaters from pet hair. 13. How to use your socks as a hat or mittens. 14. Walking in bunny boots. 15. Making methane from beans, for lamps. 16. Bunny boot etiquette in church. 17. Making beer from algae. You may think this is silly but so is a bill that doesn’t allow oil and natural gas exploration where the fuels are; such as within 50 miles of the coast or in ANWR. Taking profits and incentives away from proven energy sources to promote alternatives without a distribution system is a bad idea. You can’t plug an electric car into a tree. How can the majority of the House not understand that the security of the U.S. is in jeopardy unless we promote fossil fuels and nuclear energy for the immediate future?

Brooke Biedinger Irregular


Kinship of Burnett County benefits from fundraiser

Kinship of Burnett County Director Deb Haley (L) received a check Thursday morning, Sept. 25, for money raised during a spaghetti fundraiser at the Burnett County Moose Lodge Saturday, Sept. 13. Presenting the check on behalf of the Burnett County Women of the Moose Chapter #1819, sponsors of the event, were Donna Mangelsen (center), WOTM community-service chair, and WOTM member Doris Bruner. – Photo by Nancy Jappe

trip. I came home exhausted and he said he had such an exciting day we should do it again, soon. I never did get to look at what toys were popular this year. Now that I am on the subject, Christmas for Kids is fast approaching and I am going into panic mode. My dear friends ... I am begging here … please think seriously of donating to Christmas for Kids. We need so much help, and I know we can’t do it alone. We are going to be picky this year. Mothers, grandmothers, fathers and aunts and uncles can’t all apply for the same children. Those in the family will have to get together and decide who will help the child fill out the wish list and only one member of the family can enter that application. The lists will have to be in on time. Dates will be posted all over the place. There may be exceptions, but they will be few and far between, and checked and rechecked. We have to do this because there were some children getting many gifts and some getting few and others getting none. We want to be fair and we want happy kids. That is what Christmas for Kids is all about. I want everyone to understand what the purpose of Helping Hands Christmas for Kids is. Again, without donations we will be in serious trouble. We can’t buy toys and clothes for what

will probably be nearly 700 kids, with what we have in the bank right now. We need your help! Thanks for understanding and sending your donations. It may seem like I am always asking for something, but this is the big deal! This is for the children. I will repeat this now and then. Probably more now than then, because it is so important. You know someone who has been given toys and/or clothes by this program and you know someone who will be in need this year. Heavens, with the price of heating fuel and food and gas and everything else, there will be so many who won’t even be able to think of Christmas. Remind people to apply. Call if you have questions, 715-866-4970. Oh, heck. I have another story I wanted to tell, but it will have to wait. I think I have overstayed my welcome and used more than my allowance of space. Until next time, God bless. Barbara Blodgett Director of Interfaith Caregivers of Burnett County


POLK COUNTY LIBRARY NEWS Luck Public Library The Luck Public Library/Museum will be holding its annual harvest dinner and auction fundraiser at the Luck Fire Hall Saturday, Oct. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. The auction will begin at 7 p.m. Bricks will be for sale from 4 p.m. till the end of the night. Join us for a dinner of roast pork on a bun, wild rice casserole, squash, coleslaw and dessert. Stay for a fun night of community and friendship. Call the library for more information or if you have unique or antique items to donate to the auction: 715-472-2770. World class classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will be performing at the Luck Public Library Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. This brilliant musician has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York as well as other elegant venues. His warm sound and suave tone allows his audi-

ence to simply listen to the gentle genius of Satie’s melodies and the fluidity of Jean-Baptiste Besard. Come for a beautiful evening of brilliant music. Local author Christopher Swanson has written a book of poetry entitled “Celebrity sins.” Read the text and put the clues together to discover the celebrity behind the described Sins. Swanson will be signing and selling books at the Luck Public Library Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. Come and meet this up-and-coming author. Hours Monday 1-5 p.m., Tuesday 1-8 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 1-8 p.m., Friday 1-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-noon.

Clear Lake Public Library Celebrate the third-annual National Herb Day! On Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 -11 a.m., members of the Polk County Master Gardeners will present a program on herbs: (What is an herb? Which herbs can I grow here? How do I preserve my herbs?). They will also talk about putting your garden to sleep for the winter. A $5 donation or a donation to the local food shelf is requested. Funds collected will go towards the cost of materials and future master gardener outreach efforts. There will be door prizes and refreshments. On Saturday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m., Chad Lewis, author of “Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations,” will be visiting us. Chad will take you on a ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places in Wisconsin. He covers the entire state, from the wandering highway ghosts of

the North Woods to haunted B & Bs in Milwaukee; from phantom creatures prowling the forests to graveyard apparitions in your own backyard. Come have some ghostly fun! Story times Story times are Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. and Thursday mornings at 10 and 11 a.m. Regular library hours Monday: Noon - 7 p.m.; Tuesday: noon - 6 p.m.; Wednesday: 3 - 9 p.m.; Thursday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Friday: noon 5 p.m.; and Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. We can be reached by phone at 715263-2802 or by e-mail at

Milltown Public Library Author visits “Pumpkin Town” author Katie Mcky will visit the library and give a rousing live rendition of her fabulous children’s book on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. Start your 2008 Pumpkin Fest in hilarious style! Oct. 11 is also be the grand opening of the library’s new coffee service. Stop by to sample the tasty organic, fair trade Wren Blend coffee that will be available hot and fresh every day at the Milltown Public Library. Chad Lewis, author of the book “The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations” will visit the library on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. Bring your trick-or-treat leftovers to munch while learning about the supernatural occurrences in our state. Teen read week Join the goth librarian for a party with celebrating “Books with a Bite! on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 7-9 p.m. We’ll have a huge book display of novels featuring vampires, werewolves, or other bitey things, old black-and-white horror movies on the big screen, cookie decorating, blindfold taste-tests, Pac-man on all the computers, butcher-paper art murals and cool freebies for every attendee. We’ll also have Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution for guests to play and create party music. Book club The next gathering of the Milltown

Book Club will be Wednesday, Nov. 5. This group is open to anyone and everyone – we talk about good books and bad books, share recommendations and discuss favorite authors. No assignments and no stodgy questions! The theme for the next discussion is America. Refreshments will be served. Gamers club Play with the new Wii until 7 p.m. on Thursdays. This is only open to high school and middle school teenagers who have a library card with under $10 in fines. We are wireless Bring your laptops to the Milltown Public Library and enjoy our free, fast wireless Internet access. No library card necessary. Story hour Milltown Public Library offers story time every Tuesday at 10 a.m. yearround. Story times are free and are designed for children under 6 and their caregivers. Each story time lasts 30 to 45 minutes and includes time to browse and check out books. Hours Library hours are Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed Sunday.

Dresser Public Library

Frederic Public Library What works harder to protect your freedom to read than public libraries? What do the Bible, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” have in common? They have all been challenged or banned at one time or another for religious, social, or political reasons. The library is celebrating Banned Books Week Sept. 27 – Oct. 4. Stop in to browse the display, which include titles as diverse as “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee and “How to Eat Fried Worms,” by Thomas Rockwell. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas wrote, “Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.” October story time theme is autumn Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to story time on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m., for an hour of books and activities. There will be stories and rhymes and singing and dancing and puppets and fingerplays for everyone to enjoy! Book groups will meet Oct. 16 The Thursday morning book group will meet Thursday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m. to talk about “Snow Falling on Cedars,” by David Guterson, a multilayered courtroom drama set in the aftermath of the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. The evening book group will meet Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. to discuss “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” by Tracy KidKirkus Reviews called this der. biography “a skilled and graceful exploration of the soul of an astonishing human being.” Copies of the books are available at the library, and new members are always welcome. Cold and flu season is around the corner The library is beginning to post information on flu shot clinics, and that reminds us that cold and flu season is

nearly here. How many times did your mother tell you to wash your hands? Well, it’s good advice, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Washing your hands frequently will drastically cut down on germs and keep you healthier. Here’s how to do it: 1 – Wet your hands and lather the soap all over, rubbing vigorously (friction removes the germs from your hands) for at least 15 seconds; 2 – Rinse your hands thoroughly; 3 – The whole process should take at least 20 seconds. Try singing “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” or “Happy Birthday,” or the ABC song to get your allotted time. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry; the gel doesn’t need water to work and the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands. Washing hands thoroughly doesn’t take a lot of time, but it makes a big difference to your health. Looking for information? Space is provided on the library bulletin boards, located inside the entrance doors, for announcements and notices for civic, educational, or cultural purposes and in the literature display racks for distribution of free materials which may be of interest to library patrons. If you would like to advertise a community event, please talk to a librarian about placing your announcement on the bulletin board for all to see. Free wireless access Free wireless Internet access is available for patrons who bring in their laptops installed with wireless cards - no more waiting to use the public access computers. Hours and information Frederic Public Library, 127 Oak Street West. 715-327-4979, e-mail Regular hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

St. Croix Falls Public Library Mark your calendars! Sunday, Oct. 5: St. Croix River Valley House Tour at the SCF Public Library 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tour six of the most interesting homes in the area. Tickets available at the library in advance and on Oct. 5. Saturday, Nov. 1: Haunted Forest: Trail Of Ghouls at the Interstate Park, 5 – 9 p.m. Come scare yourself silly with this frightful fundraising event for the St. Croix Falls Public Library and the Friends of Interstate Park. Junior frights will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. The ghouls will be unleashed from 6:30-9 p.m., a truly frightening experience, only for adults and older children. Proceed with caution! Admission $5/adults and $3/children 9 and under. Interestate Park will have an open house on the day of the event, so no park admission necessary to attend.

Centuria Public Library

One in a hundred – Win a bag full of Aveda products donated by Menagerie Salon of St. Croix Falls! Buy a ticket for a dollar. Only 100 tickets will be sold. Chances of winning are great. We hope to sell out each month, raising $100 for the new library! Thank you to Menagerie for their generous donation. Technology Free wireless is available at the library. Story hour Listen to stories, create great art and have fun with other kids and parents every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. Hours, contact The library is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. every day, except Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Closed on Sunday. 715-483-1777. Check out the library Web site and explore the links – go to



Amery Public Library These are exciting times for the Amery Public Library with our move to the new facility in sight. We are packing up some things ahead of the move and we apologize if parts of our collection will be unavailable until after we have moved. We hope you will bear with us during this transitional time. We will be moving right after Wednesday, Oct. 15, and we are looking for volunteers to help load books onto carts at the old library and unpack carts at the new library. If you are willing to volunteer, please sign up at the circulation desk. We are taking volunteers over the age of 12. In the meantime, we are finishing our events for the Big Read. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. Our Big Read celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Amery Public Library and the move to a new facility. Join the Amery Public Library for the Big Read Bus Tour to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s sites in St. Paul, Minn., on Saturday, Oct. 4. The tour is lead by Fitzgerald scholar David Page. The bus will leave the Amery Public Library parking lot at 9 a.m. The cost of the bus is $20. Lunch will be served at the University Club. The cost of the lunch is $20, payable on the

bus before leaving. Please sign up at the library and pay your deposit so we know how many to expect. For more information call the library at 715-268-9340. The Friends of the Library Book Group will meet on Monday, Oct. 13, a week early because of the library move, at 7 p.m. to discuss “Dairy Queen,” by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. This charming book set on a Wisconsin farm has been delighting readers. Elaine Meyer will be leading a book group on “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald at the Amery Senior Center on Monday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. Everyone who has read the book is welcome to join this discussion. There will be another book group at Evergreeen Village at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, also discussing “The Great Gatsby.” The Otaku Club meets on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. for teens and older who like manga and anime. The Amery Public Library Board meets on Monday, Oct. 6, at 6:15 p.m. at the library.

Library hours Monday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday noon–5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.–noon and 1–7 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

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

Special book discussion Discussion of “Ophelia Speaks,” by Sara Shandler, will be Monday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. In the book, adolescent girls write about their search for self. Join in the discussion of acclaimed collection, “Ophelia Speaks.” This discussion will be lead by Brooke Whitley, a Polk County Social Worker in the juvenile unit, and Corby Stark, a therapist for Polk County’s Wraparound Services. Both women are eager to share their experiences and insights into girls self-esteem and the coming of age process. This special book discussion may be a good one to share with your daughter, niece or granddaughter.

Polk County Library Federation Banned Books Week 2008 The following has been taken from the American Library Association press information on Banned Books. More than a book a day faces expulsion from free and open public access in the public schools and public libraries every year. There have been more than 8,700 attempts since the American Library Association began compiling information on book challenges in 1990. “Throughout history, there always have been a few people who don’t want information to be freely available. And this is still true,” ALA President Leslie Burger is quoted. “The reason more books aren’t banned is because community residents – with librarians, teachers and journalists – stand up and speak out for their freedom to read. Banned Books Weeks reminds us that we must remain vigilant.” First observed in 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. The 10 frequently challenged books of 2007 1. “And Tango Makes Three” 2. “The Chocolate War” 3. “Olives’ Ocean” 4. “The Golden Compass” 5. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” 6. “The Color Purple” 7. “TTYL”

8. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” 9. “ It’s Perfectly Normal” 10. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” Check with your local Polk County Library to see their display of banned books. Brown bag library lectures at Polk County Library Federation Banned book discussion to be held Tuesday, Sept. 30, noon to 1 p.m. at the Polk County Library. “Throughout history, tyrants, totalitarian states, church institutions and democratic governments alike have banned books that challenged their assumptions or questioned their authority. Even today, attempts by school boards, local governments and religious fanatics continue to restrict our freedom to read. “100 Banned Books” - Join us as we will discuss the history of banned books, and discuss one of the top-10 banned books of 2007. The director is Colleen Gifford, assistant director/youth services is Molly Kessler and the library clerk is Stephanie Fansler. Please call the Polk County Library Federation for more information, 715-485-8680. The Polk County Library Federation is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Centuria Public Library In conjunction with all of the festivities at the Amery Public Library, the Centuria Public Library Book Group is reading "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Copies of the book are available through the Centuria Public Library. The book group is going to meet on Monday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. with Carolyn Wedin as our discussion leader. Anyone interested in joining the group for what will be a lively discussion with lots of thoughts and ideas, please feel free to come. Coffee and along with delectible treats will be served. Many new library materials available The library is a very vibrant and active place in the Centuria community.

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The children’s section of the library has many new storybooks to share with children of all ages. Books for reading enjoyment along with books for practicing literacy skills. It receives new books for young adults and adults on a regular basis along with new DVDs and books on CD. Stop in the Centuria Public Library and browse our collection. There is something new around every corner. Regular library hours Monday: Noon - 5 p.m.; Tuesday: noon - 7 p.m.; Wednesday: noon - 5 p.m.; Thursday: noon - 7 p.m.; Friday: closed; and Saturday: 10 a.m. - noon.

New books Adults: “Smoke Screen,” by Sandra Brown; “Hold Tight,” by Harlan Coben; “Certain Girls,” by Jennifer Weiner; “More Than Words, Vol. 4,” by Linda Lael Miller, et al; “Damage Control,” by J.A. Jance and new novels in the “Love Inspired” series. Young adults: “The Dangerous Days of Daniel X,” by James Patterson; “Breaking Dawn,” by Stephanie Meyer and three novels by Lurlene McDaniel. Junior fiction: “Mystery at Kill Devil Hills,” “Mystery in New York City,” “Mystery of the Missing Dinosaurs,” “Mystery of Blackbeard the Pirate” and more Carole Marsh mysteries; “Hairy

Tarantulas” and “Crafty Garden Spiders” are new junior nonfiction. Easy readers and picture books: “Detective Camp,” “Mystery at the Treasury,” and “Mystery at the Washington Monument,” by Ron Roy. Coming up Story time for lap-sitters and preschoolers is held on Thursdays at 10:30-11:30 a.m. Crochet class for beginners is held each Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. New members of all ages are welcome! Book club will meet Thursday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. to discuss “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Copies of the book or audiobook are available at the library. New members are welcome. Contact the library at 715-755-2944, which is our telephone and fax number or e-mail us at

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Fourth- and fifth-grade book discussion “Love That Dog,” by Sharon Chreech will be the book discussion held on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1:30 p.m. Young patrons are welcome to join in the discussion of this great book with library director, Nathan Deprey. Youth Internet use Cyberbullying, MySpace and other online challenges will be discussed on Monday, Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m. It will be presented by Dr. Justin W. Patchin. This presentation will cover a basic review of

cyberbullying, including issues parents and educators need to know about how youth use and misuse technology to cause harm to their peers. Family story time Family story time is Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Preschoolers through second-graders and an accompanying adult are invited to join in the half hour of themed fun, stories and songs. Pull up a carpet square and join in the merriment! October themes include Fairy Tales, Bullying: That’s Not Nice, Phyming Read-Alouds, Boo! Halloween Tales to Treasure and a bilingual story time. Preschool story time Preschool story time is Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Join the rest of the preschoolers and caregivers every Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. for a half hour of stories and songs! Hours, contact Our hours are Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our phone number is 715-294-2310, and our Web address is

Balsam Lake Public Library Hobby group Learn to knit or crochet the basic stitches and how to read and follow patterns, or refresh your skills. Bring a pair of No. 8 needles and a ball of yarn. We also have extra yarn and needles at the library. We will meet Monday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m., at the library. All ages are welcome. Local history Interested in local history? Check out our Polk County Oral History DVD. The DVD was made by Peggy Tarman and Greg Paulsen, both on staff at Unity School. The first person on the DVD is Tylor Burtt, who recently passed away and was a vital part of our library for many years. Benefit for libraries Join us for Geno’s spaghetti supper, Saturday, Oct. 18, 4-7 p.m., at Milltown Community Center. There will be a silent auction featuring Wild tickets, Viking tickets, Halloween quilted wall hanging, new books and more. Tickets available at Unity area public libraries and Unity Lions Club members and at the door. Proceeds will be used to purchase CCTVs/Magnified Readers for people with macular degeneration and will be given to public libraries in Balsam Lake, Centuria and Milltown.

Story time Please join us for story time at 11 a.m. every Wednesday here at the library. All ages are welcome to join us for stories, crafts, music and snacks. New books for October Here is a list of a few new fiction and nonfiction books. “Brass Verdict” by Michael Connelly, “Testimony” by Anita Shreve, “Rough Weather” by Robert Parker, “Murder Inside the Beltway” by Margaret Truman and “Grace” by Richard Evans. Nonfiction: “Greener Christmas” by Goldsmith and “Against Medical Advice” by James Patterson. Book club October’s selection is “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is the selection for the Big Read program through Amery Public Library. “The Great Gatsby” is a tragic love story, a mystery and a social commentary on American life. The book club meets Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. Hours Balsam Lake Library, (under the water tower) at 404 Main Street, Balsam Lake. Hours are Monday 10 a.m. -8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. E-mail: Web site:


Area Compost Sites Available It’s that time of year again, time for yard clean. This is just a reminder to all of you that the area compost sites are available for your use. There is no charge to dispose of yard waste at these sites, and area residents are encouraged to take finished compost or chipped brush (if available) for use in there own gardens and landscaping projects free of charge! Leaves, grass, and brush 6 inches in diameter or less is accepted at the sites — with the exception of Long Lake and A & H Recycling Sites. Absolutely no construction or demolition waste will be accepted. No trash is accepted at these sites, and make sure to empty bags. Do not leave bags at compost sites. Yard waste in plastic bags poses a problem for compost sites. Not only does shredded plastic bag waste remain in the finished compost, but also large quantities of plastic waste create windblown litter problems on and off the property. Wisconsin law prohibits disposal of yard waste in landfills. When using the compost sites please try to pile your material and do not string it out. Piling not only helps utilize available space, but also helps to cook the compost faster.

Compost site locations are as follows: Siren – Private site for Siren village residents only. West of Siren, south of Hwy. 70 on Nyberg Road. (One-fourth mile south), Wednesday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Spooner – Private site for Spooner city residents only. Residents should call city hall at 6358769 for information and key to site. In addition, the city provides collection of brush to residents on the last Friday of the month during the summer months. There is a charge and a call to city hall is required to be placed on a pickup schedule. Grantsburg – Old dump site on West Benson, north of town. Always open. A & H – At the recycling drop-off site on Long Lake Road towards Voyager Village, Wednesday and Saturday 9 a.m. -1 p.m.; Sunday (summer only) 3 to 6 p.m. This site collects yard waste only, no brush.

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Minong – Minong Transfer Station, one mile south of Village on Hwy. 53. Winter hours: Oct. 1-April 30, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Long Lake – One-half mile east of Long Lake Dam on CTH D, Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. This site accepts leaves, grass clippings, and brush less than 2 inches in diameter. If you have any questions regarding composting or recycling, or if you see someone dumping unacceptable items please feel free to call Jen at 635-2197, or email at


Mays and Merckens in rehearsal for “Arsenic and Old Lace” ST. CROIX FALLS – The old Vaudeville house in downtown St. Croix Falls is experiencing the double treat of two gifted professional actors playing the eccentric Brewster sisters in “Arsenic and Old Lace” which went into rehearsal this week. The wealth of talent gets greater still, with Tom Johnson at the helm as director and a cast of ringers in this much loved 1940s comedy made famous by Cary Grant in a film adaptation, and literally tens of thousands of professional and amateur productions over the last 65 years. “This is the kind of show that is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages and backgrounds,” says Danette Olsen, Festival’s executive director. “What’s more, this is the kind of cast and production team that makes all theater artists green with envy! I have no doubt that Tom will draw every ounce of humor and physical comedy out of both the script and these exceptional actors.” Audience members who have followed Festival Theatre since its inception are very familiar with the talents of Marilyn Mays, who performed in nearly 40 plays from 1993 through 1999. Recently, Mays has been directing at Festival (“A Walk in the Woods” 2006, “Talley’s Folly” 2007 and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” 2008) as well as performing in staged readings such as “Love Letters” 2007 and “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” in 2006. Mays is a master of comic timing and a consummate perfectionist in search of the spot-on perfect nuances in every second on stage. Aunt Martha Brewster could very well be the most eccentric character Mays has ever played. While Mays is a favorite familiar face over the course of many years at Festival Theatre, Meg Merckens has quickly become a new favorite. As the 79-year-old

A Victorian mansion (circa 1940 Brooklyn, N. Y.) is under construction at Festival Theatre. Here, cast members have the opportunity to test drive the set while in rehearsal: Rob Gardner, Joe Wiener, Meg Merckens and Marilyn Mays. - Photo submitted widow, Annie Nations, in last season’s “Foxfire,” Merckens astounded audiences with a performance rivaling the late, great Jessica Tandy in the same role.

However, it was Mercken’s stamina, skill, and comic genius playing five roles in “Dates with a Nut” that elevated her to actor-as-superhero status for anyone lucky enough to see the play. “When you have a pair of leading ladies who are this precise – this capable of physical comedy and vocal acumen – in the roles of Abby and Martha Brewster, well let’s just say it’s difficult to stay ahead of them,” said Johnson. Festival’s professional rehearsal process is quite short when compared to community theater and school productions. The full acting company arrived on Sept. 28, and had all their lines memorized. In just 10 days they will be ready for a preview audience with “Arsenic and Old Lace” opening to the general public on Thursday, Oct. 9. Joining Mays and Merckens on stage will be Joe Wiener, Rob Gardner, Rod Kleiss, Jaclyn Johnson, Josh Busick, Ed Moersfelder, Bill Perron and Nick Piszczek. Tickets for “Arsenic and Old Lace” are $25 for adults and $12.50 for youth. Subscribers get a deep discount through the purchase of Flex Pass packages which are bundled with either six seats or 10 seats. Packages range in price from $105 to $185. To receive a 2008 Season Brochure, stop in at Festival Theatre or request one by phone or e-mail. Festival Theatre is located in downtown St. Croix Falls, at 210 North Washington Street. For more information, to order tickets or join the Festival Theatre mailing list, call 715-483-3387 or 888You may also send an e-mail to 887-6002. or use the theatre’s Web site for tickets or additional information. - submitted

Vitale is newest medical student preceptor He joins a select group of volunteer physicians across the state MADISON – Dr. Blaise Vitale, who is based at the Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg, has been named a preceptor for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He joins a select group of volunteer preceptors working in 30 communities throughout Wisconsin. They provide SMPH fourthyear medical students invaluable, supervised clinical experiences as they increase their proficiency at patient care. Vitale, who moved to the growing Northwest Wisconsin community in 1991 after joining the National Health Service Corps, is committed to improving health

Burnett Community Library Book club On Tuesday, Oct. 28, the book being discussed will be “The Glass Castle,” by Jeanette Walls. On Tuesday, Nov. 25, the book being discussed will be “Life Class,” by Pat Barker. There will not be a book discussion in the month of December; however, the book being discussed for Jan. 27, will be “Call of the Wild,” by Jack London. Everyone is welcome at book club talks. You do not have to complete the book, just be interested in discussing it. The members meet at the Webster Library in the lower level at 10 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month. New arrivals “Brisingr,” by Christopher Paolini “Being Elizabeth,” by Barbara Bradford “Smoke Screen,” by Sandra Brown “It Only Takes a Moment,” by Mary Jane Clark “Time Paradox,” by Eoin Colfer “Damage Control,” by Judith Jance “Breaking Dawn,” by Stephenie Meyer “Fast Track,” by Fern Michaels “Dangerous Days of Daniel X,” by James Patterson “Plain Truth,” by Jodi Picoult “My Sister’s Keeper,” by Jodi Picoult “Star Wars: Clone Wars” 10-volume set “The Story of Minnesota Wild” Library hours Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed Sunday.

care access and quality in the entire county. Students will shadow him in his busy practice at the 17-bed hospital, which recently added a new emergency department and a combined family practice and specialty clinic. “Our staff and patients are very supportive and welcoming of students,” he says. “A motivated student is likely to have a wonderful learning experience here.” Dr. Charles Bardeen, the school’s first dean, created the historic Preceptor Program in 1926 so that students could acquire the clinical experiences they needed to apply the science they learned in their classes on campus. Bardeen’s vision of students working and learning under the tutelage of doctors in small towns across the Badger state soon came to pass. The innovative program allowed the young two-year medical school to expand to a four-year program, and subsequently served as a model for many other schools

to follow over the years. Leaders at the SMPH consider the program an integral part of the MD curriculum; and students consistently report that the required preceptorships are among their most valuable medical school experiences. “During the preceptorship, students develop a greater understanding of the value of community resources in patient care,” says Dr. Jacob Prunuske, who heads the program. “They gain insights into the relationships between clinical care, public health and the health of the community.” The school is deeply indebted to the physicians who open their doors to the students, Prunuske adds. “The strength of our program is directly related to the excellence of our preceptors, who volunteer their time and energy to help our students grow and develop into excellent physicians,” he says. - submitted


Lundbergs honored with District Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year award FREDERIC - Herb and Corrine Lundberg, owners of the Trade River Headwaters Woodland near Frederic, were recently chosen as the Polk County Tree Farmers of the year for 2008, and the 2008 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year for District 3 of the American Tree Farm System. The competition at the district level included submittals from several other counties. At the district level, nominees are scored in several categories including; vegetation types on the property, forestry work accomplished, length of ownership, ambassador and outreach efforts and multiple-use activities. Both Corrine and Herb are graduates of the UWStevens Point, Master Woodland Steward program. This program teaches the basics of forest ecology, forest management techniques, managing for wildlife habitat, business decisions and land planning tools. They have applied this knowledge to their own property in

Magnet display at Depot needs updating

FREDERIC – The Frederic High School Magnet display at the Frederic Depot/Museum is being updated. There are some yearbooks missing that the museum would like to have to fill in for a full display. If you have any of these books, would you be willing to donate them to the museum? Drop them off at Affordable Quality Appliances in downtown Frederic or call Carol at 327-4271. Missing years are 1918, 1919, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1933, 1967, 1970 and 2003. – submitted

many ways, including aspen regeneration cuts, pine thinnings, invasive plant control, trail development, tree planting, prairie restoration, holding field days for the public and much more. Acquisition of the Trade River Headwaters Woodland began in 1973 with 80 acres and continued until the last parcel was added in 1994, making the total property acreage a little over 260 acres. The last parcel includes two small forks of the Trade River. The property is very diverse, but is dominated by northern hardwood tree species such as red maple, sugar maple, white ash, basswood, red oak and white oak. Other types include marsh, native grasses, upland and lowland brush and a small pine planting. A biotic inventory lists over 200 species of plants on the property. The property is underlain by basalt bedrock (trap rock). This basalt ridge extends from Dresser to Clam Falls. Much of the property tends to be wet because this impervious layer is close to the surface. There are a number of perched water table ephemeral wetlands that support a diverse mix of plants and animals. Management activities are guided by a forest-management plan developed for enrollment in Wisconsin’s Managed Forest Law program. This program encour-

ages proper forest management, balanced with wildlife habitat enhancement and aesthetic considerations. The National Ice Age Trail bisects the property with the permission of the Lundebergs. This trail extends from Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls to Potawatomi State Park near Lake Michigan. Only foot traffic is allowed on this trail and it is open to the public for hiking only. A conservation easement was established by the Lundbergs with the West Wisconsin Land Trust in 2002. This easement protects and restricts the use of the land in numerous ways. Most importantly, it prevents subdivision and development of the property forever, thus the land will always protect the watershed and be home to numerous plants and animals. Herb and Corrine’s interest and commitment to managing their property have earned them these awards and the right to be proud of the work they have done to improve their woodland. The American Tree Farm System is about landowners like them who are committed to protecting watersheds and wildlife habitat, conserving soil, and at the same time, producing wood for our needs. They are congratulated for their dedication to forest stewardship. - from the DNR

Kalmoe will speak at SCFHS meeting ST. CROIX FALLS - Megan Kalmoe, member of the United States 2008 Olympic Rowing Team, will be the guest of honor at the meeting of the St. Croix Falls Historical Society on Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., at the Na-

tional Park Service Headquarters. A slide-illustrated program of the Kalmoe family’s Olympic odyssey to Beijing will be presented by Mary and Dean Kalmoe. - with submitted information


When the author of the book “Beyond the Open Well” came to the Baker Building last week, several people who had read the review of the book in the InterCounty Leader came to visit with her … to thank her for revealing the misery children experience at the hand of abusive and neglectful parents. Some had their own terrible stories to tell. The author, Jean Hebert, of Chippewa Falls, says she had gone to school with the girls, but never realized what torments they had. One of the abused “children,” now in her 60s, came along with Hebert, and was happy to learn that the foster mother who had taken them in was still in her home, and happy to hear from them. That mother was Evelyn Lund, with whom they had a brief reunion at the Lund home after the book signing event. The children had been taken away from neglectful parents at Turtle Lake, and when placed in the Lund home,

they said, it was the first happy time of their lives. Lund says she often wondered what had become of the girls, who were 7 and 11 years of age. “They were an Rosemarie awful sight when Vezina they arrived,” Lund recalls. “Their hair was in knots, and after giving them supper, I put them into the bathtub. It Sponsored by seems they had never had a bath the St. Croix Falls Historical before. When it was time for bed, Society Don and I went to our bedroom after showing the girls their room. We heard


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State law stipulates when headlights must be turned on SPOONER — With the hours of daylight beginning to dwindle this time of year, drivers must turn on their headlights more frequently to see and be seen by other motorists. According to state law, you must use headlights while driving during the period beginning 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise and at any other time you cannot see a vehicle or person on the roadway at a distance of 500 feet. “To increase headlight effectiveness, you should use high beams whenever there are no oncoming vehicles because high beams let you see twice as far,” said Captain Douglas Notbohm of the Wisconsin State Patrol Northwest Region. “But you must dim your high beams whenever you approach an oncoming vehicle within 500 feet, which is about one-tenth of a mile. High beams also should be dimmed when you are 500 feet or less behind another vehicle or

when traffic is heavy. Low beams should be used when driving in fog, snow or heavy rain because the light from high beams will reflect off the precipitation and cause glare. Don’t drive with only your parking lights on. Parking lights are for parking only.” A citation for failing to use headlights when required or failing to dim high beams within 500 feet of another vehicle will cost drivers $148.20 plus three demerit points on their record. “Besides helping you see the road and other vehicles, headlights also make your vehicle more visible to other drivers,” Notbohm said. “This is especially true on rainy, snowy or foggy days. A sensible rule to follow is that if you turn on your windshield wipers also turn on your headlights.” For more information, contact the State Patrol Spooner Post at 635-2141. — from Wisconsin State Patrol

them in the hall, and when we checked, they asked “How do you go to bed?” They had never slept in a bed, just threw their coats on the floor to sleep on. As for the fire? … Lund doesn’t recall that there was a fire during the time the girls lived with her, which was for just about a year. But there was nearly a fire in their rural school, which was averted by the barking of a dog. Lund says the girls might have gotten the sequence wrong, a fire might have occurred during the time they were in their adoptive home. ••• In identifying the Rooney schoolchildren in the photo last week, the name of Harvey Lumsden should be Henry Lumsden, according to Carolyn and Gary Lumsden of Dresser. The photo was donated to the St. Croix Falls Historical Society by Grace Weesner, and all the students’ names were writ-

ten on the back of the photo mounting. Henry and Harvey were twins. ••• The next meeting of the St. Croix Falls Historical Society, on Thursday, Oct. 16, will feature Mary Martin and Dean Kalmoe with an illustrated description of their Olympic odyssey, the trip to Beijing, China, where their daughter, Megan, was a member of a prize-winning rowing team. Of the Kalmoe’s four children, Mollie, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, is also a rower, with the Minnesota Gophers; son Ryan received a bachelor’s degree this spring from the U of M-Morris, and is a commissioned officer on active duty in the U.S. Navy; and William is a junior at the UW-La Crosse. The meeting starts at 7 p.m., at the National Park Service office on the river.


Farm Bureau women to host fall rally, Oct. 23 NEW RICHMOND – Farm Bureau women in Northwest Wisconsin will hold a Fall Rally on Thursday, Oct. 23, at Suzanna’s Restaurant (118 Homestead Drive, south of town off of Hwy. 65) in New Richmond.

Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. Sue Kurtz, RN, will discuss healthy lifestyles at 10:15 a.m. Attendees can order lunch off the menu at Suzanna’s Restaurant. A tour of the Lakeside Foods canning company will take place at 1:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Jenny Mueller at 715-749-3583. Farm Bureau’s District 9 consists of the counties of Pierce, St. Croix, Dunn, Chippewa, Polk, Barron, Rusk, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer, Douglas, Ashland

and Iron. For more information about the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, call 800261-FARM, or see submitted

Knights of Columbus Council receives award

Shown (L to R): State Deputy Roland Ransom II, John Beaulieu, Diocese Chaplain the Rev. Dennis Mullen. – Photo submitted FREDERIC – Knights of Columbus Council in Frederic has received the distinction of the Columbian award. The Columbian award recognizes overall excellence in areas of membership and being active in church, community, family and youth programs. This award was presented to John Beaulieu the Grand Knight of the Council, by State Deputy Roland Ran-

som II. With more than 1.7 million members, the Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. In 2007, the Knights of Columbus at all levels of the organization raised and distributed $144 million to charity and rendered 68 million hours of volunteer service. – submitted

Indianhead Chorus 50-year anniversary concert sold out

The Indianhead Chorus 50-year anniversary Harvest of Harmony to be held Saturday, Oct. 11, is sold out. Guest quartets are FRED - a past international champion group from Georgia, and VOCE, a past district champion quartet from Illinois. The chorus is under the direction of Steve Swenson and the assistant director is Karl Wicklund. This year the chorus has chosen Interfaith Caregivers of Polk and Burnett counties and high school music scholarships as its chosen benefactors of their shows. The theme of the show this year is: Third Party, or, What to do With All That Hot Air. The songs the chorus will be performing come from their 50 years of barbershop harmony. An afterglow will follow the evening show at Milltown Community Center. - submitted

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Car show held at Yourchuck’s True Value Hardware and Video Joe and JoAnn Yourchuck, owners of Yourchuck’s True Value Hardware, let members of the Lund-Brown American Legion Post #132, Siren, sell bratwurst, hot dogs and pop during the car show Saturday, Sept. 27. Legion members Chuck Hahr (L) and Lyle Johnson manned the effort to raise money for the trip to Washington D.C. to be taken by 11 local World War II veterans/family members in November. The Yourchucks also donated the proceeds from the car show, wine and food tasting to the Washington, D.C. trip. Steve Boyd, Siren, is shown with his new 1910 Brush, one of three Brush vehicles that were up for sale recently. Boyd considers this a representative of the first motorized buggy, made by a man named Brush in Detroit, Mich., between 1906 and 1910. “I’ve never seen anything like it before,” commented one of the car show attendees. A lot of people stopped with questions about the vehicle.

Photos by Nancy Jappe

Grantsburg Homecoming Court This 1934 Ford owned by David Hessler, Rice Lake, was one of the more than 70 cars registered at the car in the show Yourchuck’s True Value Hardware and Video parking lot in Siren Saturday, Sept. 27. “The nice thing about car shows is that there are a lot of spectaCandidates for Grantsburg Homecoming king and queen are seniors, back tors, a lot of peorow (L to R): Steve Hanson, Mitchell Evenson, Jake Ryan, Ingrid Ames, Kaitlin ple,” commented Unbehaun and Erika Syverson. Front row: Taylor Finch, Kathleen Preissing and Yourchuck’s owner Devin Trantanella. Not pictured: Connar Goetz. Joe Yourchuck.

Larry Koch, member of the Minnesota Street Rod Association, pointed out this 1934 Chevrolet pickup, whose top had been taken off and put back on. “This is a hot-rod show with a lot of customized cars,” Koch said.

During the wine tasting at Yourchuck’s True Value Hardware and Video this past Saturday, a bucket was put out to receive donations toward the trip World War II veterans and their spouse/family member will be taking in November. A total of $643 was raised that day.

Grantsburg Homecoming attendants are selected from each class. This year’s class attendants are juniors Cara Downard and Chris Olsen, sophomores Tiffany Meyer and Andy Falk, and freshmen Hannah Rod and Bert Luedtke. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Luck Homecoming Court

Luck High School’s Homecoming Court – front (L to R): freshmen attendants Caitlin Ledin and Ben Kufalk; sophomore attendants A. J. Walsh-Brenizer and Ashlyn Petersen; junior class attendants Arnold Gorr and Kassi Ingram; (Middle) senior queen candidates Krystal Stage, Hannah Melin, Aushleana Branville, Jenny Roettger and Ashley Overby; (Back) senior king candidates Ben Gutzmer, Adam Anderson, Ross Petersen and Jeff Gackle. Missing: John Larkin. – Photo submitted


Unity Homecoming 2008

Unity’s “nerdy staff” were actively participating in homecoming week festivities including dress-up days. Staff pictured include: Shaun Fisher, Mark The freshmen through senior classes created signs that were displayed during the homecoming game Ferguson and Adam Bever. During the human fooson Saturday, Sept. 27, against Grantsburg. ball event on Monday, Principal Jason Cress kicked the winning goal as the staff played the juniors.

Seniors were in pink, for color day at Unity for homecoming week. Seniors dressed in pink for breast cancer awareness. Pictured are: Alesa Paulsen, Stephanie Lobert, Andrea Paulzine, Johanna Alling, Rachael Janusch and Kayli Paulsen. Seniors won Monday’s dress-up day with 65 percent participating. Note that the staff had 85 percent dressing in red.

The Unity High School band played throughout the day under the direction of conductor Adam Bever. They also played during the halftime festivities.

The Unity High School dance team performed during halftime on Saturday.

Christian Brown, senior, participated in Unity’s homecoming Guitar Hero competion.

Photos by Jeanne Alling and Marty Seeger

Eric Goulet was the first through the hoop as the Unity Eagles football team kicked off the 2008 homecoming game against Grantsburg.

Eric Goulet and Stephanie Kothlow were crowned homecoming king and queen during the 2008 Unity High School Homecoming.


Frederic Homecoming 2008

Pairs from each class of the Frederic High School played the straw game. The first person had to push a ball across the floor to their partner using only a straw. The partner then had to return the ball the same way. The junior class won this game during the pep fest on Friday, Sept. 26. – Photos by Brenda Sommerfeld

The 2007 Homecoming King and Queen, (back row) Ashley Heine and Kanan Hackett, crowned the 2008 King and Queen, Manuel Silva and Sarah Lexen, during the coronation ceremony at the dance on Friday night.

During the pep fest, several guys vied for the title of Mr. Frederic. Each participant took part in a talent competition. Peter Draxler posed as a girl while four of the other guys competing sang “Baby Come Back,” by Player, to him.

Candace Buck competed for the senior class in the fear factor event. Buck won by eating an odd combination of food, including liver and beets, the fastest.

Each participant in the Mr. Frederic competition was asked, “Why do you want to be Mr. Frederic?”

The girl with the odd-color rose was revealed as the homecoming queen during the pep fest. Sarah Lexen (second from left) received a white rose, among the other red roses. Lexen became the 2008 Homecoming Queen.

Manuel Silva was crowned the 2008 Homecoming King while still wearing his dress from the Mr. Frederic competition.

Seniors were able to “get” their younger siblings during the sibling rivalry game. Each senior smeared Cheez Whiz on their sibling’s face and then threw cheese balls to see who could get

Bryan Meyer, dressed as a girl, sang “Take My Breath Away” to Mr. Pickering during the Mr. Frederic competition.


Siren Homecoming 2008 The Siren High School band, led by Bryn Anderson, was the lead unit in the homecoming parade Friday afternoon, Sept. 26. The parade started and ended at the school, after winding its way through town and back to the school along Main Street.

Photos by Nancy Jappe

Hopefuls for the title of Siren Homecoming King and Queen rode the parade on the top of Siren fire truck No. 2.

Members of the Siren High School Class of 2013 made their own sign to carry in this year’s homecoming parade.

Fake penguins were pulled along the ground as Siren students symbolically put their homecoming threats of “draggin’ penguins” into action.

Joe Eichens (L) and Mike Hunter waved as they passed by during the Siren Homecoming Parade.

Talk about “Melting” the opponent, the Tri-County Penguins from the Stevens Point area, was the theme for this Siren Homecoming Parade float.

2008 Homecoming King and Queen are AJ Rickford and Jessica Tills. – Photo submitted

Photos by Nancy Jappe except where noted

This photo shows one of the floats put together by Siren students for their homecoming parade through Siren Friday, Sept. 26.

Siren Homecoming Court is shown (L to R): Amber Guevara, Katy Kelley, Jessica Tills, Janey Emery, 2007 Queen Alysha Alden, Daisy Dorn, 2007 King Thad Baasch, Adam Ruud, Charlie Brown, Damian Hubbell, Aaron Engstrand and AJ Rickford.– Photo submitted


Festival Theatre presents... Robert Gardner ST. CROIX FALLS – Robert Gardner has such a distinguished look that it really doesn’t surprise anyone that he’s been cast in several Shakespearean plays. Listen to his voice and it’s obvious why he has been working in radio and voice-over. However, it is when you spend a few minutes in conversation with Gardner that you witness the depth of knowledge about dramatic literature that makes apparent his lifelong love affair with theater. Though born in Biloxi, Miss., Gardner grew up in Hyattsville, Md. – a suburb of Washington, D.C. It was there that he got hooked on theater while performing in junior high and high school productions. He cites the role of Curly in “Oklahoma” as the experience when the theater bug really bit, especially when he tripped over the fences on opening night! After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and theater at Oberlin College, Gardner went on to earn a doctorate. in dramatic art at the University of California, Berkeley. As a student of theater, Gardner has studied with some legendary artists, such as Morris Carnovsky, and he has immersed himself in learning technique and pedagogy on the world stage – twice studying with Andrew Tsubaki to experience Kyogen theater (traditional Japanese) and later traveling to the Moscow Art Theatre, home of Stanislavsky and Chekov, where he worked with principal instructor Slava Dolgochov. Theater has also played an important role in Gardner’s personal life when he met the woman who would become his wife. Judy auditioned for and was cast by Gardner as the lead in Tennesee Williams’ “Summer and Smoke.” Now the two of them are remodeling their historic home in St. Peter, Minn. Gardner just retired in 2007 from his professorship of 36 years at Gustavus Adolphus College and has now turned a great deal of his time and attention to acting. With directing credits for over 70 productions at the community, college, and professional levels, a command of many dialects, and skilled in the art of

Robert Gardner fencing, he brings a phenomenal amount of talent and expertise to the stage. Two of his favorite roles were playing King Lear in the Minnesota Shakespeare Project and his debut performance at Festival Theatre last season as Hector Nations in “Foxfire.” “Rob is the definitive theater artist,” said Danette Olsen, Festival Theatre’s executive director. “He researches and prepares for his characters as you would expect from a college professor, yet what is most rewarding to watch is the absolute grace and generosity he brings to the production process. He is a teacher and he loves learning, so those things shine through as he works to discover deeper layers of his characters and, by doing so, helps draw that out of the actors around him. Whether it’s a complicated role like “Foxfire’s” Hector or the villainous Jonathan in “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Rob simply leaves no stone unturned in understanding his character.” For the Festival Theatre production of “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Gardner will adopt the appearance of Bela Lugosi, as he takes on the task of being the longlost sinister nephew, Jonathan Brewster, returning to his childhood home just in time to discover that his elderly aunts have developed a most unusual hobby. “Arsenic and Old Lace” opens on Thursday, Oct. 9, and runs for four weekends (including every Thursday and Sunday at 2 p.m.) through Nov. 2. submitted

OMC delivers first baby on opening day

It was a week of firsts at the new Osceola Medical Center, including the first baby to be delivered at the new facility. Only a few hours after the new facility opened their doors, Kate Erickson of Dresser delivered a baby boy. Welcoming Mitchel Erickson were Kate and husband, Rich, Autumn (13), McKinley (5) and Mallory (2). For delivering the first baby in the new medical center, the Ericksons were given a basket of goodies donated by OMC staff. – Photo submitted

Area kids enjoy teamwork at Farmers Union Day Camp F a r m e r s Union Day Camp participants this fall included: Front (L to R): Jenelle Larsen, Johanna Alling and Reina Cox. Back row: Camp director Cathy Statz, Joe Larsen, Madison Strange and Kenwood camp – counsellor. Photos submitted

BALSAM LAKE – Rural and nonrural youth from around Polk County participated in a Farmers Union Day Camp at Unity School in Balsam Lake. According to Cathy Statz, WFU education director and camp director, “Farmers Union Day Camps bring together kids to have fun while learning about cooperation, leadership, rural heritage and the importance of family farm agriculture.” Activities include hands-on teamwork activities, and workshops on cooperation and issues relating to life in rural communities. Lunch was provided by the Polk-Burnett Farmers Union. This year’s day camp was coordinated locally by Christine Wilson and Phyliss Brenizer. National Farmers Union representative Katy Ziegler and Wisconsin Farmers Union state President Sue Beitlich were also on hand for a forum discussion on the new 2008 Farm Bill. Area farmers, educators and Farm Service Agency representatives were at the forum to ask questions of the new farm bill too. For those interested in an overnight camp experience, the Wisconsin Farmers Union camp program at Kamp Kenwood near Chippewa Falls offers camp sessions for ages 8-18 during June, July and August. Family members are welcome to join kids for the two-day intergenerational family camp in June. “Farmers Union Day Camp activities Youth learned about cooperatives from around the world at the recent Polk County Farmers Union Day Camp. Youth participant Johanna Alling talked to day camp director Cathy Statz about countries that practice cooperative business.

are a sneak preview of what it is like at an overnight camp. Kids learn some of the songs and games and get a taste of the fun,” said camp director Cathy Statz. In addition to all the recreational activities at overnight camps, campers create their own camp co-op store, elect a board of directors, buy shares and receive patronage dividends at the end of each camp. A number of local cooperatives and/or county farmers union organizations around the state partially or fully sponsor camp fees. Each camp also features special programs and theme nights. “Campers love the evening programs at camp,” Statz says, “because they get to be really creative and come up with skits, songs and paintings to fit the themes. We also play a lot of active games, dance, and have campfire programs. There really is something for everyone to enjoy!” Other recreational activities include swimming, hiking, volleyball and crafts. Campers reside in cabins with camp counselors, and an EMT and certified lifeguard are part of the staff. For more information on the camp sessions at Wisconsin Farmers Union Kamp Kenwood, or to be placed on the mailing list for next years camps, contact Cathy at Wisconsin Farmers Union at 800-2725531 or 715-723-5561 or e-mail - submitted


Shriners hold information meeting in Siren by Milt Helmer SIREN – It was a perfect fall day in the Northwoods when members of the Wild Rivers, St. Croix Valley and Indianhead Shrine Clubs met for a special informational meeting on Saturday, Sept. 19. The meeting was by invitation of Larry Riemenschneider, Oriental guide for the Zor Temple. The goal was to provide information about the mission of the Shrine in America to Blue Lodge members who were considering joining the Shrine, but had questions. The setting was the spacious grounds of the Moose Lodge in Siren. Riemenschneider opened by introducing Noble Steve Willett, Chief Rabban of the Zor Shrine, who paraphrased a speech by Noble Lee Sherman Dryfus, former governor of Wisconsin. Dryfus gave a talk recently where he commented on the role of Shrine and Freemasons in the forming of America. Willett said Shriners give of their most precious gift of time. They have a good time, but they never forget why they exist, to help others, especially children with birth defects. He went on to say, doing something for others is the sure way to secure happiness. And, Willett said, we serve God’s children. Willett said, “this is why Shriners Hospitals for Children is the world’s single greatest philanthropy.” The Shrine gives over $2 million a day to bring free medical care to children up the age of 18. Also on the program was Henry “Hank” Paulson, of

After dinner at the Moose Lodge in Siren, the members of the Zor Divan assembled for a photo. Front row, (L to R): Steve Peterson, high priest and profit, Henry Paulson, of the board of governors of the Shrine Hospital for Children in the Twin Cities, Tom Nelson, Zor potentate, Larry Hanson, marshal, and Bill Gant, chaplain. Back row (L to R): Steven Willett, chief Rabban, Chuck Hagen, second ceremonial master, Joe Thompson, assistant Rabban and Larry Riemenschneider, Oriental guide. the board of governors of the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in the Twin Cities. With the aid of specially prepared CDs, Paulson was able to express the true

The members of the Wild Rivers Shrine Club who were present for the joint meeting are pictured, (L to R): Gibb Srasburg, Dick Faye, Morris Peterson, Zor Potentate Tom Nelson, club President Tom Fedje, Jerry Mansergh, Larry Riemenschneider, Jim Norby, Ro Endressen, Dale Bresel and Hartley “ Whitey” Hedberg. – Photos by Noble Milt Helmer.

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mission of the Shrine with stories of people who have been helped by the Shriners Hospitals. One such story was about a couple from the Twin City area who adopted a 3-year-old girl from Russia. She was born with highly deformed feet and legs. The adopting couple could not afford the massive costs to correct the condition, so they were referred to the Shriners Hospital in the Twin Cities. After several surgeries and new prosthetics, the girl not only can walk and run normally, but is active in sports. The girl even asked if she could try out for basketball and the doctor said, sure, how tall do you want to be? The assembled audience, to a person, was visibly moved by the presentation. Afterward, Paulson addressed the Freemasons in the audience by asking “Are you ready to change your life?” The day concluded with a steak dinner provided by the Divan and prepared by the members of the Wild River Shrine Club. - submitted

Knitting class to be held in Frederic FREDERIC - A Knitting for all Levels class is being offered at Frederic High School beginning Monday night, Oct. 6. This four-week class will be held from 6-8 p.m. Learn to knit, refresh your skills, or bring a project to complete. All knitting stitches are variations of two simple stitches – knit and purl. Beginners will learn the basic stitches and how to read and follow patterns. This relaxing hobby will bring years of enjoyment while creating useful items for you and your family. Beginners should bring a pair of No. 10 knitting needles and a ball of Sugar ‘N Cream four-ply cotton yarn to class. The beginner instruction book is $5. The class fee is $23.41/$4 for seniors. Class instructor is Konnie Didlo. Contact Frederic Community Education at 715-327-4868 to register. - submitted


Auditions for youth roles for “A Christmas Story” set ST. CROIX FALLS - Festival Theatre will hold auditions on Saturday, Oct. 11, for youth roles in the holiday show “A Christmas Story.” “The roles are for the young Ralphie Parker, his brother, friends, and classmates who range in age from 6 to 11,” said Danette Olsen of Festival Theatre. “We anticipated casting at least five boys and two girls, but it is likely that we will also cast three to five extras who will help establish playground and classroom scenes. We may be double-casting a few roles to help our young actors accommodate a very busy rehearsal and performance calendar.” Registration is required to audition and all the details can be received by sending an e-mail request to On Wednesday, Oct. 8, a required orientation will take place at 4:30 p.m. to explain the rehearsal and performance schedule, to help young actors know what to expect during the audition process and to answer family questions about participation. For actors auditioning for the first time at Festival Theatre a 30-minute audition workshop will be held immediately following the orientation. St. Croix Festival Theatre is located in downtown St. Croix Falls, at 210 North Washington Street. For more information or to register for auditions, call the Festival Festival Theatre’s 2003 production of Jean ShepTheatre Box Office at 715-483-3387.- submitted erd’s “A Christmas Story.” - Photo submitted

Nutrition Education program receives Award MADISON – The Cooperative Extension Wisconsin tion educators made Nutrition Education Program recently received the more than 317,000 2008 Regent Academic Staff Excellence Award. The contacts with diprogram was selected based on demonstrated excelverse, food stamp-ellence, initiative and creativity, and outstanding individuals igible achievement. and families. “The Regent Award is the highest recognition be“The Wisconsin stowed on members of the UW System academic staff. Nutrition Education These winners all embody the hard work, dedication Program and our acand ‘out of the box’ thinking of our talented UW Sysademic colleagues tem academic staff,” said committee chair Regent who teach in the Eileen Connolly-Keesler. “The board is pleased to community make a honor a group that helps to strengthen and invigorate difference in the lives not only our UW institutions, but the communities of families from which they serve.” Academic staff members and proevery racial and ethgrams from each of the 15 UW System institutions nic group in Wisconwere nominated for this year’s awards. sin,” said Associate WNEP provides knowledge and skills that enhance Dean/Associate Dithe quality of life for limited-resource families, youth Shirley Crowe is the WNEP rector of Cooperative and adults in 64 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. In Polk nutriton educator from the Extension Yvonne County, the nutrition program works with young fam- Polk County UW-Extension Of- Roulhac Horton. ilies enrolled in the Women, Infant, and Children feed- fice. – Photo submitted “Through this proing program to help them plan nutritious meals for gram, limited retheir growing families, says Mary Lestrud, coordinasource families and tor of the program. Shirley Crowe, nutrition educator, individuals receive is known throughout the county for her compassionate hope and education to help themselves in their time of and knowledgeable work to educate families who need in urban, suburban and rural Wisconsin.” often struggle to make ends meet. She also works with The program is made possible through partnerships children in the Unity, Frederic, and Clayton school dis- with federal, state and county governments, as well as tricts. Lestrud says, “UW Extension’s collaboration with more than 750 local agencies. Cooperative Extenwith other agencies and programs is essential to close sion is a division of the University of Wisconsin-Extenthe hunger gap in our county and to educate the next sion, and offers research-based educational programs generation about healthy eating.” in each of Wisconsin’s counties. More information WNEP educational programming strives to help about the WNEP program and Cooperative Extension clientele change attitudes and behaviors to improve is available online at - subnutritional well-being. In 2006-2007, the Wisconsin Nu- mitted trition Education Program’s community-based nutri-

Mystery equipment Dick Macho, Siren, is wondering if any of the Leader readers can identify this piece of farm equipment he has on the south side of his yard. It dates back to the early 1900s. A number of people have asked Macho what it is. He knows, but he won’t tell. If you know what it was used for, please let the Leader know by e-mailing – Photo by Nancy Jappe


Great Pumpkin Contest at Wood River Garden Store Sitting on their weighty pumpkins, the winners of Wood River Garden Great Store’s Pumpkin Contest show off their trophies. (L to R): First-place winner, with a 313-lb. pumpkin, Maria Oachs; fourthplace winner, Drew McNally with an 84.5-lb. pumpkin; third-place winner with a 134-lb. pumpkin, Susan Roberts; fifth-place winner, Levi Anderson with an 81-lb. pumpkin; and second-place winner, with a 144-lb. pumpkin, Danielle Hughes.

Sisters Madison and Maria Oachs, with friend Jordyn McKenzie, proved gardening can be a lot of fun as they got ready to have Maria’s pumpkin weighed for the Great Pumpkin Contest at Wood River Garden Store last Saturday, Sept. 27. Oachs’ pumpkin placed first in the contest with her entry weighing 313 pounds.

Steve McNally and Eric Roberts help Wood River Garden Store owner Dean Faulhaber get a very heavy pumpkin on the scale last Saturday for the store’s annual Great Pumpkin Contest weigh-in. The contest, which encourages children’s interest in gardening, is always a real family effort, with moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas all helping youngsters grow their big pumpkins.

Three-and-a-half-yearold Danielle Hughes posed next to her prize pumpkin at Wood River Garden Store Saturday, Sept. 27. Last year Hughes placed fourth in the store’s Great Pumpkin Contest. This year she took second-place honors with her 144pound pumpkin that almost wasn’t. Danielle’s mother said half of the plant’s vine cracked and for a while the family didn’t know if there would even be a pumpkin to enter. The garden store, located just east of Grantsburg on Hwy. 70, sponsors the annual pumpkin-growing contest. Children who sign up for the contest in the spring receive a pumpkin plant to grow. Then in the fall, during the store’s harvest celebration, pumpkins are weighed and the children who grew the largest ones receive trophies for their

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P um pkin s agai n flyin g h ig h ne ar A lph a Lee Roberts adds a cannon alongside his pumpkin shooting catapult by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG – Lee Roberts wanted to try something different this year at his pumpkin patch. Last year, kids coming to pick out pumpkins at their pumpkin stand along Hwy. 70 east of Grantsburg were wowed by the giant catapult Roberts built. Seeing pumpkins hurled high in the air had carloads of kids and adults stopping at the at the Roberts home all through October last year. Roberts wanted to build on that excitement this season by adding a new way of getting pumpkins airborne, so Roberts decided he’d build a cannon. The fact he really didn’t know much about how to build a cannon wasn’t about to stop Roberts, who said he just began by gathering information on cannons. Roberts’s grandson, Kyle, while at Gettysburg during his eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., took pictures of cannons for his grandpa. “Kyle brought me back a book on Civil War artillery, and I was able to copy some of the design and dimensions from information I found in it,” said Roberts. “My neighbor was also able to get me some information about how cannons worked and that was very helpful.” Roberts said he made his cannon over a period of about five months, often improvising by using various materials. “The barrel is 6-inch PVC pipe on the inside wrapped in old hay rope and there’s 8-inch PVC pipe on the outside. I tried painting it with regular black paint, but

The Roberts pumpkin stand is a real family affair with Lee Roberts’ grandkids, Dawson, Mesa and Carson Roberts, all lending a hand to unload pumpkins they helped picked early Saturday morning.

Kyle and Wendy Roberts helped their grandpa, Lee, build an authentic-looking and working cannon. Roberts’ cannon was built for shooting pumpkins at targets in his nearby field. Kyle Roberts bought a book on Civil War artillery while visiting Gettysburg on a class trip to Washington, D.C., this spring, which his grandpa Lee Roberts said helped in getting ideas for his cannon’s design. ended using Rhino Liner truck paint because it holds up much better,” Roberts explained. Green-treated wood was used to make the wheels. Roberts cut and turned the spokes then glued and bolted the rims, which are held together with an outside metal band. “I didn’t know much about making wheels, but I sure learned. I’m happy

Andrew Roberts, youngest grandson of Lee and Janet Roberts, stands next to Lee Roberts’ first invention, a large pumpkin-hurling catapult. His newest method of getting pumpkins airborne, a handmade cannon stands near by. Now people stopping to buy Roberts’ pumpkins can watch both devices send pumpkins flying.

Lee Roberts checks to see if a pumpkin is the right size for shooting out of his handmade cannon. Roberts sells pumpkins at his home on Hwy. 70 east of Grantsburg. Last year he build a pumpkin-launching catapult as a treat for the kids coming to his pumpkin patch. This year he said he wanted to try something a little different, so he built a cannon.

with how they came out, Roberts said with pride in his accomplishment. The result of Roberts efforts is a very real-looking cannon standing next to his catapult. It’s a 12-foot-long barrel sitting high on 6-foot-high wheels stands ready, just waiting to be shot. Just how did Roberts make his cannon, not only an authentic looking, but also one that really worked? Well, that can get a little technical, but Roberts explained it works on the same principle as pumping up a tire. Roberts explained in order for a cannon to work you need to have the same

Lee Roberts gets help from grandson, Kyle, and other family and friends loading his cannon for firing at his home on Hwy. 70 east of Grantsburg last Saturday, Sept. 27. Roberts will be shooting off the cannon for people stopping to buy his pumpkins all through the month of October or until his pumpkins are gone. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer volume in the air tank used as the total volume of the barrel. “We use 45 pounds of pressure per square inch. There’s an air tank at the back of the barrel, and a handle you push, which is the valve allowing air to go into the barrel. That’s what pushes the pumpkin out.” And while occasionally someone will stop to ask Roberts the nuts and bolts of how the cannon works, most of the kids and adults stopping in Roberts’ yard just come to seeing pumpkin after pumpkin being fired out of the cannon’s barrel. As a group of children wait with anticipation and excitement for the cannon’s next fire, it’s apparent Roberts has done it again. He’s made stopping to buy pumpkins once again a thrilling experience for young and old.

Hunter, Brock and Levi Anderson cover their ears, as they get ready for Lee Roberts to fire his handmade cannon. The boys soon found out the cannon, which sends pumpkins flying high in the air, actually doesn’t make a noise when fired.

Lee Roberts’ granddaughter, Susan Roberts, laughs as she crawls out of the corn shock tent her grandpa built for his grandchildren and other kids stopping for pumpkins to enjoy.


Rust receives 2008 Health Care Advocate of the Year award DRESSER - The St. Croix Valley Health Care Foundation was pleased to present Mike Rust, health benefits specialist with ABC for Health, its 2008 Health Care Advocate award at the foundation’s annual fundraising dinner and Gala held at the Trollhaugen Conference Center on Thursday, Sept. 25. The award, a well-kept secret, is presented each year by the foundation to recognize the efforts of an individual who promotes the ideals of health care as well as contributes countless hours to further the mission of health care in the local community. In 1988, Rust was placed in the Polk County Health Department by the Center for Public Representation as a health benefits specialist. Along with benefits counseling, he helped coordinate a regional Healthcheck equivalent program called Kids Care for non-Medicaid children. This program was recognized nationally for delivering comprehensive health screening and referrals to doctors, dentists and vision-care specialists. Rust, it was noted, is a person who truly understands what it means to collaborate and form partnerships to better serve constituents. His passion for assuring access to health care is evident in all of his professional work and recognized statewide as second to none. He has partnered with the health department and other community agencies on a variety of projects including the Polk County Family Preservation project; the HealthWatch Coalition; Polk’s 2004 community health needs assessment process; and the PolkaDot and WIPHL projects—just to name a few. “Mike’s advocacy skills are tenacious,”

Mike Rust, ABC for Health, thanks the St. Croix Valley Health Care Foundation and Sandy Williams of SCRMC for honoring him as the 2008 Health Care Advocate of the Year. – Photo submitted it was noted at the dinner. “Any family lucky enough to have him on their side will be assured of securing any and all health-care benefits they are entitled to.” Ten years ago, Rust, a health-care consumer advocate working with a Madison-based public-interest law firm, the Center for Public Representation (now ABC for Health), approached St. Croix Regional Medical Center with the idea of starting a patient advocacy program that would help patients and families access the financial coverage for which they were eligible. SCRMC staff then took that initial model and made it their own, calling it a patient advocate program. As a result of that and similar efforts, a coalition of health-care providers formed in Polk County—the HealthWatch Coali-

M i x ed S a mp l e r Q u i l t G u i l d ’ s a n n u al q u i l t s h ow SIREN – Has the fall harvest been more work than you care to remember? Relax for a few hours by attending the Mixed Sampler Quilt Show on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12. The show is being held at the Siren School, 24022 Fourth Avenue North, Siren from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission is $3 for adults and children 12 and under are free. This year, the theme for the show is Autumn Splendor. Come and celebrate with them as they mark their 20th consecutive quilt show. Over 100 quilts will be on display. View the hourly “bed turning” of antique and contemporary quilts. One of the many things to do at the show, aside from marveling at all of the extraordinary quilts, will be putting in your bid on one of many quilts and quilt-related items offered in the silent quilt auction. Some of the proceeds from the auction will go to the CRA Shelter in Milltown. Also planned is the drawing for the guild’s raffle quilt in a pieced maple leaf pattern, quilted wall hanging and table runner. Tickets will be available at the show or can be purchased in advance from guild members. You need not be present to win when the drawing is held on Sunday at 3 p.m. One of the special exhibits this year will feature quilted bags made by members of the Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild. There also will be an exhibit of quilts

made by area youth, as well as the Guild Challenge display. Demonstrations of hand quilting by Jean Judd, twilling by Jeannette Mitchell, Celtic appliqué by Joyce Quist, crocheted rugs by Sharon Loftgren, binding techniques by Jan Eggness and quilt rulers by the Cotton Club quilt shop will be in the demonstration area both days of the show. Area quilt shops will set up shop in the vendors area. They include Busy Bobbin, Rice Lake; Fabric Fashions and More, Rush City; Cotton Club, Chippewa Falls; Sew Country, Clear Lake; Primrose Gradations, Duluth; and Calico Barn from Georgia. They will have plenty of quilting fabrics, books, patterns, tools and supplies, with the newest items on the quilting market. Bev Proulx will again be offering quilt appraisals to those who want to know a bit about their quilts, or values for insurance purposes. Feel free to bring in quilts for an appraisal; they do not have to be entered in the show. Viewers of the show are asked to vote for their favorite quilts in three different categories. This year the voting will all be done on Saturday so that on Sunday everyone can see which quilts were judged to be the Viewers Choice. So plan on spending a few hours shopping at the vendors, looking at quilts, learning some quilt history and some new techniques for quilting and other crafts. - submitted

F a s h i o n s a n d D é c o r F e s t i v a l l u n ch e o n s e t SIREN – The Burnett County Home and Community Education is sponsoring a Fashions and Décor Festival and luncheon with a trunk show by Peggy’s Fashion Rack and Gifts, Siren, on Saturday, Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m. at the Bethany Lutheran Church, Siren. Tickets may be purchased at Peggy’s Fashion Rack, or from any Burnett County HCE member.

Price of the luncheon is $8. Proceeds will go toward the HCE scholarship fund for high school seniors. For more information or to reserve tickets for the luncheon, call the Burnett County UW-Extension office at 349-2151 or Peggy’s Fashion Rack at 349-5000. Seating is limited. - submitted

tion, of which SCRMC continues to be a part. Gretchen Sampson, director of Polk County Public Health, said, “Mike has used his tremendous advocacy talents for many years to help people connect with resources they deserve. He is a truly a treasure to have in our community, and no one is more deserving of this award!” With over 240 people in attendance, the annual Foundation Gala Dinner raises thousands of dollars to benefit patients at St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Terry Reznicek, a local musician and piano instructor, provided music for the evening, and LeeAnn Vande Kamp of Vande Kamp Auctioneering of Almelund, volunteered her services for the live auction. “It is always an exciting

event full of wonderful auction items, good food and lots of fun,” said Sandy Williams, SCRMC director of marketing and education and liason to the foundation. Once again, the key raffle culminated the evening’s excitement. John Tremble, Hudson, won a four-night trip to New York City and tickets to a Broadway show, and Wanda Brown of St. Croix Falls, won a $1,000 travel voucher. Founder of the St. Paul Eye Clinic and a long-time health-care advocate, Dr. Rene Pelltier and his wife, Barbara, were the event’s honorary couple. The foundation gratefully acknowledges everyone whose contributions helped make this a very successful fundraiser, especially many businesses and individuals. “I also want to specifically acknowledge the generosity of our major sponsors, River Valley Medical Group, St. Paul Eye Clinic, St. Croix Valley Anesthesia, and Voyageur Radiology,” said Williams. Also recognized were the table sponsors, which included Bank Mutual, Drs. William and Marsha Beyer, Cardinal Health, the Charles Mayo Family, the city of St. Croix Falls, Larry and Eleanore Collins/Lenny and Sue Libis, Eagle Valley Bank, Financial Strategies Group/Tim Hagen, Dr. Tom and Nannette Hinck, Johnson Motors, Northern Electricians Inc., Regions Hospital/HealthPartners, Robert and Marjorie Wright Trust, The RiverBank Insurance Center, The RiverBank, St. Croix Falls, Trollhaugen and U.S. Bank. - with submitted information

O v e r t h e g oa l f or f a l l b l o o d d r i ve FREDERIC – The community blood donors made the day for the American Legion Auxiliary #249. The group hoped to exceed the goal of 95 for both days, and with 101 appointments, without counting walk-ins, they were hopeful. Perhaps it was the beautiful fall weather. Whatever it was, they are proud of everyone for taking time to make appointments to help them with this very important community service. Each year, the need seems to increase, and this special item simply can not be produced in any other way. They now have many donors who give two units at one time, and the group is grateful for everyone who helps with this gift of life. They would like to express gratitude to the St. Luke’s Methodist Church for allowing them to use their spacious dining hall, the village crew who help set up and take down, all the volunteers who do the calling, help with mailing out cards, including the U.S. Bank and Bremer Bank for donations for postage, all the folks who baked

cookies. Gratitude is also extended to all the churches and other organizations in the community who helped with funds for groceries, hot meals, cheese, crackers, chips and soda. The Red Cross brought cans of juice to keep everyone healthy. They are proud to list some of the folks who have old friends and new neighbors who come together to work and donate blood. At this blood drive, they honored Andy DeLosier with a 10-gallon pin, Lois Johansen for eight-gallons, Dale F. Nelson for two gallons, Kris Surbaugh and Don Langel for one gallon. Ruth Olsen was a first-time donor. The group collected 120 units of blood. If there are any additions, corrections or questions about the number of your donations, please call Dorothea Jensen, she will be happy to help you with this. The next blood drive will be at the Frederic High School and then the spring drive at St. Luke’s on May 28 and 29, 2009. – submitted by American Legion Auxiliary #249, LaVerna Petersen, president and Dorothea M. Jensen, blood drive chairman

O c t ob e r i s fi r e p r e v e nti o n m o nt h CENTURIA – Nearly one-third of all residential fires are related to the misuse of electricity. Polk-Burnett and SafeElectricity ask families to be aware of the dangers and to take the following steps to prevent electrical fires: • Inspect electrical cords, plugs and outlets to ensure safe working conditions; replace when damaged or worn. • Don’t place cords under rugs, furniture, baseboards or curtains. • Use only three-slot outlets for threeprong plugs. Never remove the grounding pin. • Be sure all electrical equipment has the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) label. • Don’t use light bulbs with wattages that are too high for the fixtures. • Allow air space around heat-producing appliances, such as TVs, radios,

stereos, computers and lamps to prevent overheating. • Replace appliances and tools that overheat, smoke or spark. • Always avoid overloading outlets. If outlets or switch plates feel warm, shut off the circuit and have it checked by an electrician. • Avoid extension cords on a permanent basis and never plug more than two appliances into an outlet at once. • Many electrical fires start in the walls and overloaded electrical systems can be a dangerous prelude to fire. Dimming lights and frequently blowing fuses are signals of overloaded circuits. If you notice these warning signals, call a qualified electrician. • Change smoke alarm batteries twice a year. – from Polk-Burnett


Burnett County Land and Water Conservation Day by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG – Fifth-graders from Webster, Siren and Grantsburg schools attended conservation day at the Crex Wildlife Education and Visitor Center in Grantsburg on Thursday, Sept. 25. Learning sessions on water quality, Wisconsin wildlife, soils and soil education, fish management, forest-fire safety, trees and Burnett County geology were presented to the students by area conservation specialists. Students then took a quiz on the information they had been given with awards presented to students with the highest scores. The Burnett County Land and Water Conservation Department and the Burnett County Natural Resources Committee sponsored the annual event.

Jim Ulmaniec, DNR forestry technician from Grantsburg, showed the students equipment used for fire control during his presentation on forest-fire safety at the Burnett County Conservation Day. – Photos submitted

Tom Fredrickson, Natural Resources conservation service district conservationist teaches a session on soils and soil erosion to area fifthgrade students during conservation day at the Crex Wildlife Education and Visitor Center. Rock and mineral experts Vernon Peterson and John Park, share their rocks and knowledge about the geology of Burnett County to Webster, Siren and Grantsburg school fifth-graders during conservation day. The students daylong learning experience was held on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Crex Wildlife Education Visitor Center in Grantsburg.

Conservation Day 2008 award winners announced

Siren School Conservation Awareness Award winners were Emily Stiemann and Elizabeth Stanford.

Webster School Conservation Awareness Award winners were Nicole Moretter and Nicole Hursch.

Grantsburg School Conservation Awareness Award winners were Delia Labatt and Katie Hutton.

Overall Conservation Awareness Award winners were Siren student Emily Stiemann and Grantsburg student Katie Hutton. – Photos submitted

Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk® Ro ta r y d i s t r i ct g o v er n o r t o v i s i t raises awareness and funds S i r e n / W e b s t e r R o t a r y cl u b on Oc t . 2 The 2008-09 District Governor of Rotary International District 5960, Inc. Roy Sjoberg will visit the Siren-Webster Rotary Club on Thursday, Oct. 2. The Siren-Webster Rotary Club meets at noon on Thursdays at Pour House in Siren. The community is invited to attend the meeting and learn about the important work of Rotary International District 5960 and the Siren-Webster Rotary Club. Sjoberg will speak on the subjects of the local and international spirit of Rotary and the challenges facing Rotary. Sjoberg is an attorney from Hudson. - submitted

AMERY – Almost 40 Polk County residents were on the move to end Alzheimer’s disease at the annual Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Walk® on Saturday, Sept. 20, raising more than $9,000. Individual award winners for Memory Walk 2008 are as follows: Individuals raising the most money included: first place – Kathleen Glunz, second place – Mary Kuether and third place – Jennifer Sawson. Team award winners for Memory Walk 2008 are as follows: Team with most walkers: first place – Good Samaritan, second place – Stairs Family/Willow Ridge and third place – Way Out Walkers/River Bend Team raising most dollars: first place – Way Out Walkers, second place - Stairs

Family/Willow Ridge, third place – Good Samaritan, fourth place – River Bend and fifth place – Willow Ridge. Team raising most dollars per walker: first place - Way Out Walkers, second place - Stairs Family/Willow Ridge, third place - River Bend, fourth place – Good Samaritan and fifth place Willow Ridge. The Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk® is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research programs. Held annually in hundreds of communities across the country, this event calls volunteers of all ages to become champions in the fight against Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Walk is nationally presented by Genworth Financial. submitted


Frederic Community Education Focus on Photography. WITC #65196/ #60-203600. Thursdays, Oct. 16 – 30, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Facilitated by Jerry Tischer and Gary King. Fee: $20.80. “The Natural Step” Study Circle. Tuesdays, Oct. 7 – Nov. 25, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Facilitator: Ann Fawver Fee: $15 to purchase book and study guide. Knitting for all Levels. WITC #65091/ #42-815-408. Mondays, Oct. 6 – 27, 6 – 8 p.m. Instructor: Konnie Didlo. Fee: $23.41/$4 Sr. Tribal Gypsy Dance. WITC: #60-807-630. Mondays, Oct. 6 – 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Instructor: Jenn Ramautar. Fee: $26.40. Responsible Beverage Service. WITC #63870/ #47-311-400. Monday, Oct. 13, 6 – 10 p.m. Fee: $20. Thread Painting-Finishing Your Embroidery. WITC #65093/ #42-815-408. Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Instructor: Julie Crabtree. Fee: $13.71/$4 Sr. Thread Painting – Machine Embroidery. A Winter Scene. WITC #65094/ #42-815-408. Thursdays, Oct. 16 – 30, 6-0 p.m. Instructor: Julie Crabtree. Fee: $28.26/$4 Sr.

Baby-sitting Clinic. WITC #65157/ #47-307-495. Tuesdays, Oct. 14 – Nov. 4, 3:15 – 4:45 p.m. Instructor: Barb Kass. Fee: $18.56. Knitted Christmas Stocking. WITC #65092/ #42815-408. Tuesdays, Oct. 14 – 28, 6 – 8 p.m. Instructor: Barb Kass. Fee: $18.56. Computers: Beginner. WITC #65004/ #42-103-470. Thursdays, Oct. 16 – Nov. 13, 5 – 7 p.m. (No class on Nov. 6.) Instructor: Melinda Sorensen. Fee: $23.41/$4 Sr. Drama in Northwest Wisconsin. WITC #65085/ #42-808-401. Mondays, Oct. 20 – Nov. 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Instructor: Carolyn Wedin. Fee: $10. Write Right Now! WITC #65084/ #42-801-402. Tuesdays, Oct. 21 – Nov. 25, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Instructor: Carolyn Wedin. Fee: $33.12/$4 Sr. Grant Writing. Tuesdays, Oct. 21 and 28, 6 – 8 p.m. Instructor: Judy Rommel. Fee: $21. Woodworking – Making a Picture Frame. WITC #65182/ #42-815-408. Tuesdays, Oct. 21 & 28, 6 – 8 p.m. Instructor: Darrel Mathieu. Fee: $13.71/ Sr. $4.

Spiritual Balance: Connecting body, mind, spirit through yoga. Saturday, Nov. 1, 9:30 – noon and 1 – 3:30 p.m. Instructor: Julie Karsky. Fee: $18.56/Sr. $4. GED Classes at Frederic High School, every Monday – Wednesday, 4 – 7 p.m. Instructor: Kessea Karl. Fee: Free. Driver’s Education – Safe Start Driving School. Monday through Thursday evenings, Nov. 10 – Dec. 10, at the Frederic High School. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 6 – 8 p.m. and Wednesday 5 – 7 p.m. Fee: $75. Walking at the Birch Street Elementary School. Monday-Friday, 7-8 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. No fee. For more information on any class or to register for Frederic Community Education classes call Ann Fawver 715-327-4868 or e-mail

Luck Community Education Fall Harvest–time Soups. Monday, Oct. 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Fee: $9.60 plud $4 for supplies. Paper Clutter Solutions. Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Course fee $10 plus $14 manual and materials fee. Class size minimum: 15. Professional organizer, Susi McCune. Writing: Write Right Now! Thursdays, Oct. 16 – Nov. 20, 4 – 6 p.m. Contact Community Ed. for more info on the upcom-

ing classes listed below: Painted Pumpkins. Tuesday, Oct. 14. Gardening: Fall Bulbs and Planning for Spring. Thursday, Oct. 16. Dancing with the Stars. Tuesday, Oct. 21 and 28. Grant Writing. Tuesday, Oct. 21 and 28. Stained Glass: Snowflakes. Monday, Oct. 27. Responsible Beverage Service. Monday, Oct. 27. Child Care: Shaken Baby Syndrome. Tuesday, Oct.

28. How to register for Luck Community Education classes: Contact Amy Aguado at 715-472-2152 ext. 103, or e-mail You may also call and register for WITC courses at 800-243-9482 ext. 4221 or log onto Many more classes are listed on the Luck School Web site:

Academic news MENOMONIE –Scholarships valued at more than $585,000 were awarded to 374 University of WisconsinStout students this year through the Stout University Foundation Inc. The following students received the awards during a scholarship reception held on campus Sept. 11. Many of the scholarship donors also were in attendance to personally present the awards to the recipients. UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s polytechnic university, is a special mission university in the UW System. The university has a long-standing reputation of serving business, industry, education and the helping professions through its specialized educational programs. Enrollment this year is approximately 8,776.

Baldwin Joseph Swearingen, senior, engineering technology, Association for Facilities Engineering-Twin City Chapter 13 Scholarshi, Ralph A. Stevens Industrial technology Endowed Scholarship. Dresser Jerry Judkins, freshman, engineering technology, Thatcher F. Davis Scholarship, Xcel Energy Scholarship, Multicultural Student Scholarship. Frederic Alexandria Delosier, freshman, psychology, eScholar Scholarship; Phillip Lundborg, senior, manu-

facturing engineering, Arland M. and Eleanor M. Larson Endowed Manufacturing Wngineering Scholarship. Grantsburg Megan Branstad, freshman, apparel design and development, Charles and Carolyn Blain Mowbray Endowed Scholarship. Luck Ashley Hall, junior, family and consumer sciences education, Harold and Helen Lee Endowed Scholarship; Bryce Holm, sophomore, manufacturing engineering, Fryklund Campaign Scholarship. - submitted










BREAKFAST Uncrustable, cereal, juice, milk. LUNCH Fish squares, au gratin potatoes, green beans OR turkey salad.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza, cereal, juice, milk. LUNCH Grilled cheese, tomato soup, raw veggies, fresh fruit OR Oriental chicken salad.

BREAKFAST Tastries, cereal, juice, milk. LUNCH Italian dunkers with sauce, winter mix OR chicken strip salad.

BREAKFAST Breakfast bites, cereal, juice, milk. LUNCH Taco max snack, toppings, corn OR ham salad.

BREAKFAST Hot Pocket, cereal, juice, milk. LUNCH Turkey stacker, cheese, tritaters, raw veggies OR buffalo chicken salad.


LUNCH Hamburger with fixings, vegetable beef soup, mini carrots, mixed fruit.

LUNCH Corn dog nuggets, scalloped potatoes, steamed broccoli, mandarin oranges.

LUNCH Ham & cheese wrap, baked rice, sliced carrots, sliced pears.

LUNCH Chicken nuggets, oven fries, golden corn, applesauce.



BREAKFAST Cereal/bagel. LUNCH Sausage or cheese pizza, juice, winter mix, fruit sauce. Alt.: Chicken nuggets, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/donut. LUNCH Hot dogs, hash browns, baked beans, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hamburger, 7-12.


BREAKFAST Assorted cereal, toast served with peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH Chicken nuggets, noodles, steamed broccoli, fresh veggies, diced pears. Alt.: Baked potato, ham, cheese, broccoli.

BREAKFAST French toast sticks, juice and milk. LUNCH Hamburger on a bun, tater tots, baby carrots, baked beans, peach slices. Alt.: Cook’s choice.


BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Chicken nuggets, french fries, corn, spicy apple slices. Alt.: Turkey chicken noodle.

BREAKFAST French toast sticks. LUNCH Pepperoni pizza, lettuce salad, carrots, Jell-O w/fruit. Alt.: Ham & cheese, split pea soup.


BREAKFAST Oatmeal and toast. LUNCH Barbecues and hash browns.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Chicken a la king, biscuit or potato & peas.

LUNCH Cheese omelet, sausage, hash browns, muffin, mandarin oranges, banana.

LUNCH Brat, bun, sauerkraut, baked beans OR hamburger gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, peaches, fruit mix.


Each building will have their own breakfast menu.







PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE Tues., Oct. 7, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 8, 8 a.m.-Noon





BREAKFAST Omelet, 1 slice of toast. LUNCH Cheeseburger, spicy fries, green beans, peaches. Alt.: Tuna sandwich, Wisconsin cheese soup.

BREAKFAST 2 pancakes, 2 sausage. LUNCH Ham & cheese, french fries, baked beans, applesauce. Alt.: Grilled cheese, tomato soup.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH NO SCHOOL Cheese dogs w/toppings, baked chips, cinnamon applesauce baked beans. Alt.: Veggie beef barley, turkey sandwich.



Long johns.


LUNCH Pizza, corn and tuna salad.

LUNCH Chicken fajita, salad, salsa OR beef stroganoff, noodles, peas, pineapple, fruit mix.

LUNCH LUNCH Chicken nuggets, scalloped potatoes, Cheeseburger, bun, fresh veggies, green beans, applesauce, peaches. fresh fruit. EARLY RELEASE


Peter Fletcher: award-winning classical guitarist performing at the Luck Public Library LUCK – Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will be performing at the Luck Public Library Saturday Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. Steven Rings of The American Record Guide, wrote that Peter Fletcher, “has a strong technique, a consistent tone and a strong interpretive imagination.” Peter Burwasser of Fanfare Magazine, proclaimed, “Fletcher plays it all with a gracious virtuosity that makes for a very pleasing hour plus of unaffected musical poetry.” Fletcher began guitar study at age 7 under classical guitar instructor John Sutherland. In December 1983, he made his formal debut at the age of 15 under the auspices of Brasstown Concert Association in North Carolina. Wrote the critic of The Cherokee Scout, “He has technical facility but what one remembers about his playing is the nuances, the poetical phrasing, dynamic and tonal changes, his harmonics and his cadences.” Fletcher furthered his studies in master classes with Jose Tomas, David Leisner, David Russell, Oscar Ghiglia and Pepe Romero. This award-winning classical guitarist can play like few others. Whether he is playing music from the renaissance or from the 21st century, those who attended his performance at the Aiken County Public Library in Aiken, S.C., will never forget his amazing ability. Fletcher likes to take his time with his music and explain his pieces. Before performing, he discusses the context of the music: who wrote it, and what time period it was written in. Most importantly he performs the music with commitment, passion and grace. In demand as a performer in cultural venues throughout the country, Fletcher has been invited to

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series at the Chicago Cultural Center. He made his New York debut at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in February 2007. He returned in April 2008 and is scheduled to perform there again in March 2009. Fletcher’s three recordings, “The Art of Classical Guitar,” “A Peter Fletcher Recital” and “Frederico Mompou: Guitar Works,” have received critical acclaim. “Peter Fletcher plays Erik Satie,” was released in September 2005. Steven Rings from the American Record Guide wrote, “ The works all sit very nicely on the guitar, and Fletcher’s performances are taut and incisive, counteracting the common tendency to play Satie’s music like sleepy New Age.” Saturday evening’s performance will include music from Jean-Baptiste Besard, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Johan Sebastian Bach, Edvard Greig, Erik Satie, Nikita Koshkin and others. Luck Library has Peter Fletcher’s latest CD, “Peter Fletcher Music of Four Centuries,” to check out to preview. This is a free performance and open to the public. Get ready for an elegant evening of dazzling and passionate music. - submitted Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will be performing at the Luck Public Library Saturday Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. – Photo submitted give recitals at Cincinnati Memorial Hall; St. Phillip Cathedral in Atlanta, Furman University in Greenville, S.C.; The Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover, Del.; The Long Beach Classical Guitar Society in Long Beach, Calif. and many others. In 2003 he performed on the

Roberts fifirrst speaker in free lecture series DULUTH, Minn. - Paul Roberts, noted journalist and author of the “The End of Food,” will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Mitchell Auditorium on The College of St. Scholastica campus. The public is welcome to the speech and a reception that follows. There is no charge for either event. Roberts’ talk, “Thinking Globally About Food,” is the first in the College’s Alworth Center for Peace and Justice Lecture Series for 2008-09. The series, entitled “The Future of Food,” examines how current and future food issues will affect our planet. Issues include hunger and obesity, safety, politics, production and distribution, science and technology and economics. “The goal of the lecture series is to host speakers with varying viewpoints in order to prompt meaningful reflection and discourse on the topic,” says Tom Morgan, director of the Alworth Center for Peace and Justice, and associate professor in the Department of Languages and International Studies. Roberts writes on the complex interplay of economics, technology and the natural world. He has written for The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and The (UK) Guardian as well as other general interest publications. He appears regularly on national and international television and radio news shows. He was a finalist for the National Magazine Award (1999) and for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award in 2005 for his previous book “The End of Oil.” Community discussions, called Talkback on Food, will follow each of the four lectures in the series. The first is at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 13, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 835 West College Street, Duluth. It will be led by Robin Washington, news director at the Duluth News Tribune. The series is funded in part by the Lee and Rose Warner Foundation, the A.H. Zeppa Family Foundation, the Global Awareness Fund of the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation, Whole Foods Co-op of Duluth and the Reader Weekly. The Roberts lecture has also received special support from the DeWitt and Caroline Van Evera Foundation and from Mary C. Van Evera in memory of William P. Van Evera, former trustee of the college. The Alworth Center for the Study of Peace and Justice seeks to bridge social and political barriers to bring together people of all ages and philosophies to work toward the common goals of peace and justice. For more information contact Tom Morgan at 218723-6442 or, or see Additional lectures in the series: All lectures will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Auditorium on campus. All are free and open to the public. Wednesday, Oct. 29 “Food Politics” with Marion Nestle. Marion Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University. She also holds appointments as professor of sociology in

NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences and as visiting professor of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Agriculture at Cornell University. Her research focuses on the politics of food with an emphasis on the role of food marketing as a determinant of dietary choice. She is the author of “Food Politics and Safe Food” Paul Roberts and is co-editor of “Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Food and Nutrition.” Her latest book is “What to Eat.” A follow-up discussion will be at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 219 North 6th Ave., East. It will be led by Becky Lourey, former Minnesota state senator. Wednesday, Jan. 21 “Conventional Farming and Environmental Protection” with Amy Kaleita. Amy Kaleita, who has a Ph.D. in agricultural engineering, teaches courses in soil and water conservation management and engineering at Iowa State University in Ames. She has received several awards for excellence in teaching both at Iowa State and the University of Illinois where she earned her doctorate in 2003. She has published articles in both the academic and popular press and is an environmental studies fellow at the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco. She is particularly interested in the role of globalization in engineering and technology education. A follow-up discussion will be at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26, at Peace Church, 1111 North 11th St. It will be led by John Fisher-Merritt of the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association. Wednesday, March 4 “Why the Farm Bill Matters to All of Us” with Daniel Imhoff. Daniel Imhoff is the president and co-founder of Watershed Media, a nonprofit publishing house based in Healdsburg, Calif. He also is the president and co-founder of the Wild Farm Alliance, a national organization that works to promote agriculture systems that support and accommodate wild nature. He is the author of numerous articles, essays and books including “Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to a Food and Farm Bill;” “Paper or Plastic: Searching for Solutions to an Overpackaged World;” “Farming with the Wild: Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches;” and “Building with Vision: Optimizing and Finding Alternatives to Wood.” A follow-up discussion will be at 7 p.m., Monday, March 9, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2430 West 3rd Street. It will be led by Bob Hoffman, assistant professor of economics at The College of St. Scholastica. submitted


CHURCH NEWS Shining like the Star of the North

My childhood habit of looking for the North Star hasn’t left me. I’d stand outside in our country yard and search for the Big Dipper. I’d track its stars from the outer rim to the end of the Little Dipper handle—known as Polaris, the Star of the North or the North Star. Sometimes the Big Dipper would be upside down, a sign indicating rain, I was told. Other times it looked just like a pan sitting on a kitchen counter. Perspectives Such a position meant the weather would be dry. Cassiopeia, five bright stars that form a W shape in summer and an M shape in winter, is seen in the same vicinity of the night sky. These three parts of the constellation Ursa Major, the great bear, are easily visible. Nothing stands between them as they revolve in a large, arching circle around the stationary Polaris, which is visible all year long and central in the night sky of the Northern Hemisphere. For hundreds of years, the Star of the North has guided ships at sea. How reassuring it is to see something so bright, so fixed that we can depend on its unchanging character to guide us to safety. We can compare the bright North Star to Jesus. “I am the light of the world,” he said in John 8:12. “He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” Not only is Jesus the light of the world, he also calls his followers the same. “You are the light of the world … let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16) He is the light and we are his reflectors. Just as the constellation Ursa Major revolves around the North Star, so our lives should revolve around the perfect light of Jesus. Our Christian conduct should reflect his moral character and holiness. As we behold his glory by abiding in him, we reflect it. We must be sure nothing comes between us and his light. We’re all walking billboards, someone said once. By our words and actions, we show the world our love, our morality and our desire to serve. Lord, help us keep our eyes fixed on you even as the constellation stars fix themselves around the North Star, so others may be guided by you. Mrs. Bair may be reached at

Sally Bair Eternal

Calvary Church of Nazarene program open to public ST. CROIX FALLS - The Calvary Church of the Nazarene, in conjunction with the national Church of the Nazarene, will be hosting a special program this Sunday, Oct. 5, in honor of the church’s 100th’s anniversary. Members of the public are welcome to attend. A video showing the founding of the church and its roots will be shown at 10:45 a.m., followed by a potluck meal. Anyone curious about the church is welcome. The church is located at 510 South Vincent Street in St. Croix Falls, at the intersection of Hwys. 8 and 35. with submitted information

A "key" to happiness?

Through the years I have come across a number of articles and books that share with the reader “the key” to happiness. Most of these articles provide some helpful suggestions, but none, so far as I now recall, provide the single, solitary key to happiness. Happiness derives from the practical application of a multitude of Biblical principles to one’s own life. The Psalmist writer presents at least three keys Preacher’s to happiness in one verse: “Blessed is the man that (1) walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, (2) nor standeth in the way of the sinners, (3) nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” (Psalms 1:1). Our Lord presented no less than nine keys to happiness in the Sermon on the Mount (see Matthew 5:3-12). It is quite unfortunate that so many never come to possess genuine happiness. ‘Ab-el-Raham’, a Moorish ruler, is reported to have said, “I have reigned above 50 years in victory and peace, beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected by my allies. Riches and honor, power and pleasure have waited on my call. In this situation I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot; they amount to 14!” Someone reported seeing a bumper sticker that read, “If my life was a TV show I’d change the channel.” I fear that these two examples express the sentiments of a large number of our population. Five plus decades of material affluence have produced nothing but frustration, disappointment and disillusionment. Friend, you will not find

Garret Derouin The Pen

News from the Pews at Pilgrim Lutheran FREDERIC - There is a group of dedicated women that meet on the last Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to about noon to sew and put together quilts for Lutheran World Relief. These quilts bring comfort, warmth and love to people in many countries around the world. Pictured (L to R): Betty Schmietendorf, Julie Martin, Clarice Lindahl and Dorthea Jensen are among some of the women that worked on quilts last Wednesday. The group would like to make more quilts and they would like your help. As a helper, you can show up at the church basement on the last Wednesday of the month with your sewing fingers and if you have extra material that is always a welcome feature too. There are never enough quilts made to meet the needs of the people so won’t you please consider joining the group? The group will meet again on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 9:30 a.m. and you can call Jan Berg for more information. On Friday, Oct. 10, the church will be having a Youth Group lock-in for seventh- to 12th-grade students. The event starts at 9:30 p.m. after the football game and ends Saturday morning at 8. Students and their friends

Baptism at Bethany Lutheran Church On Sunday, Sept. 28, Joshua David Formanek was baptized at Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren by Pastor John Clasen. Joshua’s parents are Dennis and Laura Formanek of Siren. Sponsors were his uncle and aunt, Tim and Debbie Maloney. Joshua’s big brother, Daniel, and big sister, Sarah, were also involved in the service. – Photo submitted

happiness in pleasure, possessions or pride. It comes from deep within, out of a heart that has learned to be content with life’s circumstances. Expensive clothes, a nicely furnished house, and a large bank account just don’t seem to satisfy that deep inner longing. Life’s unexpected tragedies leave us asking, “Where did happiness go?” It is time we learned that happiness is not just a feeling; it is a state of mind. Poor people can be happy. Sick people can be happy. Surely all of us are familiar with someone who, though enduring great trials and suffering, is still happy. They have recognized that true happiness comes from being at peace with oneself and from being content with one’s situation. Dr. William C. Menninger, one of the world’s most highly respected psychiatrists, wrote: “The big person is rare - the world is filled with many ‘small potatoes’ who do not grow up in their capacity to give - give of themselves, of their substance, of their energy and their time. Good causes with constructive opportunities exist in every community. There is still validity in the old admonition, ‘If you would save your life, lose it.’ That is basic to mental good health, and following it is an indication of emotional maturity.” God put it this way: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:10). Likely there are some now reading this article who have sought, but failed to find, genuine happiness. Perhaps it is time you took a closer look at how you are going about finding that happiness. (T.W.) If readers have questions or simply wish to know more about the Church of Christ, we would like to invite them to call 715-866-7157 or stop by the church building at 7425 W. Birch St. in Webster. Sunday Bible class begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship begins at 10:30 a.m. We also meet Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Office hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. noon.

had such a good time at the last lock-in held on March 29 of this year that they requested to have another one. The youth are to sign up and they can bring one friend. The cost is $5 per person. Each student is to bring a pillow, sleeping bag and some kind of food to share. Call the church for more information or to make a reservation. On Saturday morning, Oct. 25, from 8 until 11 a.m., the church will again be having a give-away day for anyone in need of toddlers and children’s coats, jackets, mittens, scarves, ski pants and boots. You can help this worthwhile project by donating items that are new, or used in good condition. They can be dropped off at the church during the week in the morning or at Affordable Quality Appliances in downtown Frederic. For more information call Sylvia Hansen at 327-8235 or LuAnn Ackerly at 327-4737. Winter will be upon us soon and all children need to be dressed warmly. Pilgrim invites everyone to join them for Sunday morning worship services at 9 a.m. Sunday school starts at 10 a.m. and all children from pre-K through sixth grade are welcome to come. For more information, call the church office at 327-8012 or go to their Web site at - submitted


Merrilynn Magle Merrilynn J. Magle, 69, of Algoma, died Monday morning, Sept. 29, 2008, at Algoma Long Term Care. She was born Feb. 15, 1939, the daughter of the late Arthur and Mary Leone (Fry) Thron. She graduated from Osceola High School. On June 13, 1994 she married James A. Magle at Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church. She worked at Prange Way and Hardees in Sturgeon Bay. She and James enjoyed retirement in Arizona. While in Arizona she worked as a crossing guard for 10 years. She had dairy farmed for many years. She enjoyed quilting, sewing and crocheting. Merrilynn also enjoyed making cookies and decorating cakes. Survivors include her husband, James of Algoma; four children, Brenda Ludden of Waterloo, Iowa, Dale Knutson of Dresser, Kathy Knutson, Karen (Robert) Rehor of Algoma; two stepsons, David (Margaret) Magle of Sturgeon Bay, Donald (Gail) Magle of Luxemburg; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Gail Thron of Osceola, Linda (Dennis) Sutherland of Star Prairie. Preceding her in death were her parents, infant daughter, Susan Marie, and her sister, Sandra. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Huehns Funeral Home with the Rev. David Luhrs officiating. Visitation will be held at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 2. Graveside services will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Farmington, on Thursday afternoon with the Rev. Amy Hessel officiating. The Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola was entrusted with arrangements.

Beryl W. Green Beryl W. Green, 96, of Hertel, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008, at Spooner Health System in Spooner. Beryl was born on Feb. 10, 1912, to Florence (Getter) and Carson Green in Ferryville. He came from a family of 12 children. Beryl was a lifelong resident of Burnett County. He was a farmer most of his life, but also worked in the foundries in St. Paul, Minn. He enjoyed raising pigs and eating them (the fatter the better). Beryl also enjoyed fishing, bullheads being his favorite catch, playing cards and pool and going to dances. He was preceded in death by his parents; second wife, Leora; infant twin son; son, Wayne; and granddaughter, Roxanne. He is survived by his children, George Green, Marylou (George) Sheldon; children’s mother, Irene; brother, Wilbur Green; sister, Ella Newville; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home in Webster with Pastor Steve Ward officiating. Music was provided by Fran McBroom and Lauren Taylor. Interment followed at Lakeview (Hertel) Cemetery, LaFollette Township. Casket bearers were Darrell Sheldon, Greg Sheldon, Mike Green, Kenny Green, Kevin Green and Kelly Green. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.


Nancy “Nan” Jane Weeks

Karin A. Handt, 57, of Webster, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, in Wyoming, Minn. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster. A full obituary will be published in a upcoming edition of this paper. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Nancy “Nan” Jane Weeks, 66, died peacefully on Sept. 22, 2008, at the home of her daughter in Amery, where she was being cared for. She was born on Aug. 8, 1942, to Warren and Marie (Wiess) Walton, in St. Paul, Minn. She grew up and attended school in St. Paul. On Nov. 3, 1962, she was united in married to Vernon Paulzine, and to this union six children were born. The family lived in the St. Paul area and in Evansville, Minn., until moving to St. Croix Falls in 1981. In 1982, Nan took a job as a hostess at Wayne’s Café where she continued to work for the next 22 years. On Feb. 14, 1991, Nan married Erwin “Erv” Weeks in Vermillion, S.D. They made their home on Long Lake in Centuria, and in March of 2007 Nan and Erv moved to Balsam Lake where they have been currently residing. Nan loved the outdoors, especially fishing and traveling. She was a great cook and also canned many vegetables from her garden. Nan was also active with the Ladies Auxiliary Post #346 in Centuria. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marie and Warren; and one brother, Richard. She is survived by her husband, Erwin “Erv” Weeks; children, Jon (Angel), Therese (David) Doroff, Matthew, Mark (Robin), Daniel (Lisa) and Karen (Paul) Whitaker; and their father, Vernon Paulzine; stepchildren, Jeff (Kathy) Weeks, Charlie (Kathy) Weeks and Linda (Chuck) Johnson; 31 grandchildren; five greatgrandchildren; siblings, Ronne, Bobbi, George, Dennis, Jerry and Marie. Nan is also survived by her special friends, Terry Anderson and Gerry Eaton; as well as many other loving relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake on Friday, Sept. 26, where The Very Reverend John Drummy and Deacon Bud Heiser officiated the service. Music for the service was provided by Brenda Mayer, Angie Nelson and Julie Johnson. Interment was at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery in Spooner. The Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Amery was entrusted with arrangements.

Linda Lou Harris Linda Lou Harris, 60, died Sept. 23, 2008, at the United Pioneer Home in Luck. She is survived by her children, Shanon (Denise) Nelson, Nicole Nelson (Travis) Webb and Rozanne Nelson (Michael) Danielson; grandchildren, Taylor Webb, Cole Webb, Billie Webb, Antonia Danielson and Claire Nelson; father, Leonard Jones; brothers and sisters, Phil, Arlen, Allan, Lonnie, Ann, Lynn, Linda and LuAnn and her special friend, Marcus Nelson. Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 26, at the Wolf Creek Methodist Church with interment at the Wolf Creek Cemetery. The Edling Funeral Home, St. Croix Falls, was entrusted with arrangements.

Norma Lee Trittelwitz Norma Lee Trittelwitz, 74, Grantsburg, died at her home on Sept. 24, 2008. Norma is survived by her husband, Charles; her children, Scott, Penny, Nancy, Terry and Clay; grandchildren, Justin, Jeremy, Kyle, Kelsey, Luke, Savanna and Tyler; brother, Al; and sister, Beverly. A memorial service was held on Sunday, Sept. 28, at Bethany Lutheran Church with Pastor Jay Ticknor officiating. Music was provided by Linda Dahl and her daughter, Erin Spahn. The Edling Funeral Home, St. Croix Falls, was entrusted with arrangements.


CHURCH NEWS Holding a child back a grade can be helpful Q: Is retention in the same grade ever advisable for a child who is not a late bloomer? How about the slow learner? DR. DOBSON: There are some students who can profit from a second year at the same grade level and many who will not. The best guideline is this: Retain only the child for whom something will be different next year. A youngster who is sick for seven months in an academic year might profit from another run-through when he or she is healthy. And as I’ve indicated, a late-developing child should be held back in kindergarten (or the first grade at the latest) to place him or her with youngsters of comparable development. For the slow learner, however – the child who has below-average ability – a second journey through the same grade will not help. If he was failing the fourth grade in June, he will continue to fail the fourth grade in September. The findings from research on this issue are crystal clear. It is not often realized that the curricular content of each grade level is very similar to the year before and the year after. There is considerable redundancy in the concepts taught; the students in each grade are taken a little farther in their studies, but much of the time is spent in review. The arithmetical methods of addition and subtraction, for example, are taught in the primary years, but considerable work is done on these tasks in the sixth grade, too. Thus, the most unjustifiable reason for retention is

to give the slow learner another year of exposure to easier concepts. He will not do better the second time around! Nor is there much magic in summer school. Some parents hope that a six-week program in July and August will accomplish what was impossible in the 10 months between September and June. They are often disappointed. ••• Q: I have observed that elementary and junior high school students – even high schoolers – tend to admire the more strict teachers. Common sense would tell us that they would like those who were easier on them. Why do you think they are drawn to the disciplinarians? DR. DOBSON: You are right; teachers who maintain order and demand the most from their students are often the most respected members of the faculty, provided they aren’t mean and grouchy. One who can control a class without being unpleasant is almost always esteemed by her students. That is true because there is safety in order. When a class is out of control, particularly at the elementary school level, the children are afraid of each other. If the teacher can’t make the class behave, how can she prevent a bully from doing his thing? How can she keep the students from laughing at one of its less able members? Children can be vicious to each other, so they feel

Dr. James

Dobson Focus on the Family

good about having a teacher who is strong but kind. Second, children love justice. When someone has violated a rule, they want immediate retribution. They admire the teacher who can enforce an equitable legal system, and they find great comfort in reasonable social expectations. By contrast, the teacher who does not control her class inevitably allows crime to pay, violating something basic in the value system of children. Third, children admire strict teachers because chaos is nerve-wracking. Screaming and hitting and wiggling are fun for about 10 minutes; then the confusion begins to get tiresome and irritating. I have smiled in amusement many times as secondand third-grade children astutely evaluated the relative disciplinary skills of their teachers. They know how a class should be conducted. I only wish all of their teachers were equally aware of this important attribute. Dr. Dobson is founder and chairman of the board of the nonprofit organization Focus on the Family, P.O. Box 444, Colorado Springs, CO. 80903; or Questions and answers are excerpted from “The Complete Marriage and Family Home Reference Guide“ and “Bringing Up Boys,” both published by Tyndale House. COPYRIGHT 2007 JAMES DOBSON INC., DISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE, 4520 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 64111; 816-932-6600.

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Bone Lake Lutheran Church is having a clothing giveaway BONE LAKE – Bone Lake Lutheran Church is having The Gift of Warm Clothes clothing giveaway on Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Winter jackets, snowpants, boots, hats, mittens, plus other miscellaneous clothing items will be available, from infant through adult sizes. All items are free and everyone is welcome to attend.

If you have winter jackets and other warm items you would like to donate to this community event, you can drop off your clean and gently used items at the church on Sunday, Oct. 5, from noon until 3 p.m., and Monday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Bone Lake Lutheran Church is located at 1101 255th Ave., five miles east of Luck on Hwy. 48, and then south

one-half mile on CTH I. If you have any questions, please call the church office at 715-472-2535. - submitted






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Students of the Week FREDERIC

Congratulations students on a job well done!

Seth Haaf has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in kindergarten and the son of Patricia Haaf. Seth is a wonderful student. He takes pride in doing his best, and it shows in his work. He is always respectful to everyone and has many friends. Seth loves sports, and is currently becoming a great soccer player. Seth is a terrific kid.


Austin Wedin has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in first grade and the son of Vance and Becky Wedin. Austin is a fabulous role model for the other students, and is excited about learning. He likes math, art with Mrs. LePage and gym with Mr. Hedrix. Austin likes the Packers, and enjoys watching football with his dad. He also enjoys family night with his cousin, Dane.

Kylie Rich has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Wally and Connie Rich. Kylie is a good leader, always ready to work in class and willing to help out. She is the accompanist for choir. Kylie is involved in dance, church activities, piano and volleyball. She enjoys listening to music, reading, riding on the 6-wheeler and writing poems.

Roger Steen has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of Kelly and Ron Steen. Roger brings a positive attitude with him to class every day. He is hardworking, inquisitive and contributes a lot to class. Roger works well with his classmates, enjoys working on projects and always shows respect. He is involved in the CIA program, football, basketball and golf. Roger enjoys hunting, fishing, tubing and spending time at the cabin.

Heather Hankel has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in second grade and the daughter of Todd and Mary Hankel. Heather is a very pleasant girl, and always has a smile. Recess is her favorite part of school. She enjoys reading and playing with their two golden retrievers. Heather has a collection of shells from her trip to Florida where she also swam with the dolphins and a manatee.

Shay Johnson has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of Paula and Jim Johnson. Shay is involved in football, basketball, hockey and baseball. He would like to give track a try this spring. Shay strives for academic excellence, keeping up with his studies despite a busy schedule. He enjoys being outdoors, especially hunting.

Nathan Hansen has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Wade and Louisa Hansen. Nathan has a brother and sister. He has a ferret and a cat for pets. Nathan is involved in football, soccer and track. Life science is his favorite subject, because he loves nature and enjoys outdoor activities. Nathan’s favorite pastimes are swimming and hunting.

Rebecca Wampfler has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore. Rebecca is in concert choir, band, Clowns, basketball and softball. She’s a great student that is always willing to lend a helping hand.



Aaron Zirngibl has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and off to a great start in the new school year. Aaron is working very hard and doing a great job on his assignments. He is also being very responsible about following school rules and being cooperative and respectful to his teachers.

Isaac Peterson has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. He is a freshman and the son of Scott and Debra Peterson. Isaac is eager to learn, answers questions and shows care and interest in physical science. He is kind, hardworking, goes above and beyond to get his work done well, and always has a smile. Isaac is involved in band and youth group. He enjoys 4-wheeling and tinkering with stuff. He wants to become an engineer.



Levi Jensen has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in first grade and the son of Jake and Sonja Jensen. Levi has one sister and one brother. The best thing about school for Levi is recess. He also likes gym, library and art class. Levi likes to play with his dad, and do things with Cub Scouts.

Jessee Lerud has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. She is the daughter of Guy and Lara Lerud. Jessee’s favorite class is science. Her favorite activity is gymnastics. Jessee is a hard worker, who always has a ready smile and a great attitude.

Joe Pigman has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. Joe has consistently been a highly creative student in art class. His projects are well thought out and skillfully done. It’s always interesting to see his ideas about an assignment. Joe works hard in class and is a good influence for his classmates.

Hailey Hunter has been chosen Webster Elementary School's student of the week. She is the daughter of Greg and Raelynn Hunter. In school Hailey loves learning cursive. She is always helpful in the classroom. At home, she likes to play video games and when she grows up she wants to be a teacher.

Alyssea Benjamin has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Clifford Benjamin. Alyssea is a very pleasant student who works hard to do her best in all of her classes. She is polite, considerate of her classmates and shows respect for her teachers and school. Alyssea enjoys volleyball, swimming and learning about her Native American culture.

Connor Pierce has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of Brenda and Thomas Pierce. Connor is a hardworking, dedicated student who goes above and beyond on every assignment. He is a class leader and has a way with motivating others. Connor enjoys fishing, bird hunting, snowmobiling and anything outdoors.


Sydney Volgren has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in fourth grade and the daughter of Jerry and Debbie Volgren. Sydney is a very outgoing, energetic young lady. She makes friends easily, works hard and is always willing to help out in class.

Danielle Mares has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Tim and Diane Mares. Danielle has a great work ethic and shows kindness to everyone. She cares about school and is a sweetheart of a girl. Her maturity level shines, and she is very creative.

Kathryn Zahler has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the son of Becky and Jim Zahler. Kathryn is always willing to lend a hand. She is involved in band and soccer. Kathryn enjoys reading and video games. Her future plans include college where she plans to study to become a computer technician.



• Legion & Auxiliary 278 will meet at the hall at 7 p.m.


• 500 cards at the senior center, 6 p.m., note time change.

Coming events


• Special book discussion, “Ophelia Speaks,” at the public library, 6 p.m., 715-2942310.

St. Croix Falls

• Free college-financing presentation at the high school, 7 p.m., 715-553-0707,



• Community Referral Agency candlelight vigil at Crooked Lake Park, 6-7:30 p.m., 715852-4414.


TUES. & WED./7 & 8

St. Croix Falls

• Bone Lake Lutheran Church is having The Gift of Warm Clothes clothing giveaway, Tues. 9 a.m-7 p.m., Wed. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the church, 715-472-2535.

Stillwater, Minn.


• Historical society meeting at Luck Library & Museum, 7 p.m. • Rotary district governor speaks at SirenWebster Rotary Club Meeting at Pour House, noon.


• Exercise, 10-11 a.m.; Skipbo, 11 a.m.-noon; 500 cards, 6:30 p.m., at the senior center.


• St. Croix River Association membership/ dinner & meeting. Board Jubilee II ship, at 525 S. Main Street, 5 p.m.

• The Swedish Club will hold its month meeting at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 7 p.m. Linnea Phillipson, curator at the Polk County Historical Museum will be the speaker,, 715-269-5307.

FRI. & SAT./3 & 4 Grantsburg

Balsam Lake

• Rummage and thrift sale at I.C. Catholic Church. Fri. 2-6 p.m., Sat. 8 -11 a.m.

• Public forum on tax fairness with Rep. Hraychuck and Sen. Jauch at the government center, noon, 888-529-0028.

FRIDAY/3 Balsam Lake

Clam Falls

• Holy Trinity United Methodist Church annual Harvest Supper, 4-7 p.m., with takeouts available at 715-485-3363.

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


• Red Hatters With Attitude meeting and luncheon at the Frederic Acorn Bakery, 10:30 a.m. 715-327-5733 or


• Senior Center monthly meeting at the senior center, 1:30 p.m. Pokeno will be played at 12:30 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• Bridge, 10 a.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m., at the senior center.

A couple of industrious bees team up to polllinate a late-blooming sunflower. - Photo by Carl Heidel


SAT. & SUN./4 & 5

• Lions 8th-Annual Classic Car Show at Coon Lake Park, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-327-8076.

• Dump weekend, Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sun. 9-11 a.m., at the town shop.

• American Legion’s turkey shoot, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 715-653-2671.

Balsam Lake Danbury

• Dagwaagin Gabeshi, Folle Avoine’s fall encampment, an informal gathering of friends, traders and rendezuous campers.

SAT. - SUN./4 - 12 Balsam Lake

• Annual deer hunt for hunters with disabilities, 715-485-3362.


• Bus trip to tour F. Scott Fitzgerald sites in St. Paul, Minn., led by David Page. Sign up at the library, 715-268-9340. • 2nd-Annual Oktoberfest at Centennial Hall, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Indian Creek Lewis

• Harvest dinner at the Methodist church, 4-7 p.m.


• Community Harvest Dinner and Auction benefitting Luck Library and Museum at the fire hall. Dinner 4-7 p.m., auction 7 p.m., 715472-2770, 715-472-2161. • 2nd-annual chili cook-off & crafts at the Hardwood Store. Fundraiser for Operation Christmas & The Leukemia Foundation, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 715-472-4909. • Fall expo and craft fair, pumpkin giveaway, food, at Hog Wild, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-4724884.



• West Immanuel Lutheran Church fall bazaar, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-294-2936.


• Jazz group, Sidewalk Cafe, to perform at Festival Theatre, 7:30 p.m., 715-483-3387,

• Creation seminar at the high school, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. • Laketown Lutheran Church annual bazaar, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Between Cushing and Atlas on 220th St. • Adriana Studios art opening of Women Who Work With Their Hands art show, 5-8 p.m., 715-648-5452.


• Ruby’s Pantry, at town hall, 715-656-3675. • Cozy Corner Trails Snowmobile/ATV Club will hold a regular meeting in the lower level of the Hillside Inn, 9:30 a.m.


• Potluck & birthdays celebrated at the senior center, noon. Coffee, birthday cake & ice cream at 3 p.m.


• Take Off Pounds Sensibly #WI261 meets at the senior center, 5:30 p.m., 715-472-2341.

St. Croix Falls

Taylors Falls, Minn.

• St. Joe’s & St. Francis Chili Fest at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.. Garage Sale 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Webb Lake

• Turf & Tundra ATV Club Booya at Oak Ridge Inn, noon-3 p.m.

SUN. & MON./5 & 6 Luck

• Drop-off days at Bone Lake Lutheran Church Gift of Warm Clothes event, Sun. noon-3 p.m., Mon. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., 715-472-2535.

SUNDAY/5 Amery

• Swedish fall dinner, craft and bake sale at Balsam Lutheran Church, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


• Dresser & St. Croix Falls VFW Post #4186 & The Ladies Auxiliary All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast, at the VFW Hall, 8 a.m.-noon. • Harvest Fest Food Drive at Trollhaugen.


• Crex Meadows Wildlife Area open house, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Jim 715-463-2896.


• Harvest fest and family fun day at West Denmark Lutheran Church. Potluck at noon. Activities 1:30-4 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• St. Croix River Valley House Tour to benefit the library, start at the new public library, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 715-483-1777. • Calvary Church of the Nazarene special program and potluck, 10:45 a.m.

MONDAY/6 Frederic

• Spades played at the senior center, 1:30 p.m. • Support group for people with bipolar disorder and depression at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 7:30 p.m. Call 715-327-4436 for more info.


• Meeting of the Indianhead Gem & Mineral Society at Senior Center, gather 7 p.m., meeting starts 7:30 p.m. Presentation by Richard Huset.


• Community Referral Agency candlelight vigil at Bering Park, 6-7:30 p.m., 715-852-4414.

• Public forum on tax fairness with Rep. Hraychuck and Sen. Jauch at the government center, 5 p.m., 888-529-0028. • Burnett County Republican Party will meet at 7 p.m. in Room 162 at the Government Center.

St. Croix Falls

• Exercise, 10-11 a.m.; Skipbo, 11 a.m.-noon; 500 cards & Dominos, 12:30 p.m., at the senior center. • Free debt-free living presentation at Alliance Church of the Valley, 6 p.m., 715-553-0707,


• Free reverse mortgage/retirement funding presentation at the senior center, 10:30 a.m., 715-553-0707,


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


• Biomass Crops Field Day at the Ag Research Station, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-537-6250.

St. Croix Falls

• Wii bowling game, 10 a.m., at the senior center.

THURS.-SUN./9-12 St. Croix Falls

• “Arsenic and Old Lace” at Festival Theatre. Thurs. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. 715-483-3387,


• Free retirement planning presentation at the senior center, 12:30 p.m., 715-553-0707,

Gospel great Robert Robinson coming to Festival Theatre ST. CROIX FALLS - Robert Robinson will perform as part of the 2008 Music Series at Festival Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Known as the “Pavarotti of gospel music,” Robinson is a Minnesota native who began singing with his family at the age of 6. Over the last 10 years, he has sung with nationally celebrated pianist Lorie Line and her Pop Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with such greats as Aretha Franklin, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Prince, the Steele Singers, and the Sounds of Blackness. Robinson was honored in 2004 with a Minnesota Music Award for Best Gospel Singer.

“Robert Robinson is a hot ticket,” said Pam Koch, patron service manager at Festival Theatre. “In fact, our house is about half full already and there are some church choirs coordinating group outings to this event – it’s likely that we will have another soldout concert.” Reserved seating for the Robinson concert is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Festival Theatre Flex Passes may be used for this concert, in fact purchasing a 2008 Flex Pass still makes sense as there are four concerts and two plays remaining in the 2008 Music and Theatre Series. In addition, Grecco’s on the St. Croix is putting to-

gether a post-concert special promotion to celebrate the arrival of culinary artist and restaurant owner, Justin Grecco, to St. Croix Falls. Additional concerts completing the 2008 Music Series include Claudia Schmidt performing on Saturday, Nov. 8, and two holiday concerts in December: Ann Reed with Dan Chouinard on Dec. 6 and Monroe Crossing, two events to choose from on Dec. 20. Tickets are available online at or by phone at 715-4833387. Box office hours are Tuesdays through Fridays starting at 10 a.m. and Saturdays starting at noon. - submitted Robert Robinson


Leader|oct 1|2008