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Evan Anderson, 3, experienced what it feels like to be a firefighter as he assisted a member of the Frederic Fire Department during the DNR’s mock wildfire training exercise last Saturday, Sept. 12, north of Grantsburg. The exercise involved a simulation of the burning of 6,000 acres, endangering more than 200 homes and cabins, and involved personnel and equipment from 24 fire departments, county and state law-enforcement agencies, ambulance services, amateur radio and DNR staff. This photo was taken in the front yard of Shane Lien on Gile Road. More photos and story in Currents section. - Photo by Shane Lien

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It doesn’t get more realistic than this, as a T6 does a low-level flyover of the compound at the Military Vehicle Preservation Show near Trego on Saturday, Sept. 12. The T6 was the last plane pilots trained on before climbing into a fighter. This trainer was used by all of the U.S. and Canadian military branches. It saw some limited use in the Korean War as a recon and forward-command plane. — Photo by Larry Samson

Man dies, girl airlifted following motorcycle accident POLK COUNTY - A 54-year-old Deer Park man lost his life and his 7-year-old passenger was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital when the motorcycle he was driving left the road and struck a rock Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12. James Hougdahl was driving a 1998 Harley-Davidson north on CTH S just before 4 p.m. when, for unknown reasons, the cycle veered off the road and struck a rock, causing Hougdahl to lose control. He died at the scene. His passenger, Abbey Himlie, 7, Osceola, was seriously injured. She was taken by ambulance to St. Croix Regional Medical Center and then airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. The girl was wearing a helmet but the driver was not, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff‘s Department. The accident occurred on CTH S, just south of 113th Avenue in the town of Osceola.

The accident which claimed the life of James Hougdahl was Polk County’s seventh traffic fatality and fourth motorcycle fatality of 2009. Photo from Polk Sheriff’s Dept. Visitation for Hougdahl is Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Williamson Funeral Home in Amery. A funeral service will be held at Amery Free Lutheran Church at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 17. - with information from Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

Autopsy results awaited LINCOLN TOWNSHIP - A 47-year-old Webster man died of a gunshot wound to the chest last Wednesday, Sept. 9. A preliminary determination by authorities indicated the death was self-inflicted. Autopsy results are expected to be sent to the sheriff’s department this week. Authorities and EMS personnel responded to the scene on Perida Road in the town of Lincoln around 7:30 p.m. The victim was transported to the Burnett County Airport where he was pronounced dead. - with information from Burnett County Sheriff’s Department

Services pending FRDERIC - Gary Measner, 66, of Georgia, formerly of Frederic, died Monday, Sept. 14. Memorial services are pending.

Husband of missing woman files for divorce POLK COUNTY - Fearing his missing wife could return home and take custody of their two children, Christopher Larson filed for divorce in Polk County Circuit Court last Thursday. Larson, 27, previously filed for divorce from Rose Marie Bly/Larson, 21, in June, but the petition was later withdrawn. Larson, through his attorney Ryan Benson, issued a statement saying he was still concerned for Bly’s safety but wanted to retain a court order “to protect the children,” in case she came back. Larson, according to Polk County Sheriff Tim Moore, is not a suspect in the disappearance of Bly, who went missing nearly three weeks ago, Aug. 21. Moore said Larson passed a lie detector test. Larson told authorities his wife left their home just before 7:30 p.m. that Friday evening, saying she was going to a Cushing bar, just a few miles from her Wolf Creek home, to meet a cousin to enjoy a night of karaoke. Larson reported his wife missing to authorities 24 hours after her departure from their home, having searched on his own first after discovering in the middle of the night she had not returned home. The car Bly was driving was discovered five days later, several miles away from her rural St. Croix Falls home, in a downtown municipal parking lot in Grantsburg. There were no keys and no

signs of foul play or damThey say some of their missage to the vehicle. ing person flyers have been Bly’s mother, Candus taken down. Harer, works in GrantsBly would never run out on burg and told authorities her children, Harer told the she had driven by the Leader. parking lot at 5 p.m., two Authorities and a private inhours prior to the vehicle vestigator are following phone being discovered, and did and computer records. Calls not see it. She believes the placed to Bly’s cell phone the helicopter search of the day after she disappeared - and area that day, as well as the since - have gone straight to mass distribution of missvoice mail. ing person posters she and Authorities have also been friends created and circutold Bly suffered head trauma Rose Bly lated, may have prompted days before her disappearance someone to move the vehicle to the park- after being thrown from a horse, and may ing lot. have been disoriented. She may also Surveillance cameras at two downtown have suffered from postpartum depreslocations did not pick up the arrival of sion. the vehicle but may have eliminated two “No matter why Rosie is missing - foul directions from which it could have en- play, brain injury or postpartum deprestered the parking lot. sion, she needs to be found,” reads a Authorities could not find anyone who statement from her mother. “Her babies knew of Bly’s plans the evening she dis- need her, her mother loves her.” appeared. She did not appear at the tavHave you seen Rose? ern. Anyone who has had contact with Rose Rumors and speculation Marie Bly since her disappearance is Bly’s mother feels that rumors and asked to call the Polk County sheriff’s ofspeculation, including theories that her fice at 715-485-8300. - Gary King, with indaughter might have left on her own, formation from Polk County Sheriff’s have hurt their efforts in keeping infor- Department, St. Paul Pioneer Press mation in the public eye.

Briefly FRANCONIA, Minn. - On Saturday, Sept. 26, Franconia Sculpture Park will be hosting a free daylong arts festival in celebration of their 2009 arts and artists. The 13th-annual Franconia Arts and Artist Celebration and Festival invites the surrounding communities to experience exceptional artwork in a serene rural environment and celebrate the artists’ new work. More than 70 sculptures are currently on exhibit throughout the beautifully landscaped park. The festival is free and open to the public during one of the most picturesque times of the year. More information is available at with submitted information ••• DAIRYLAND TOWNSHIP - VFW Post 10818 of New Richmond is bringing their welcome home ceremony to the Cozy Corner Inn on Sunday, Sept. 27. Eight veterans from various wars and armed service divisions will be welcomed home by a VFW Post that has made it their mission to welcome home veterans that may not have been recognized for their service to the country before now. A total of 700 to 1,000 people are expected to attend the ceremony that will be held outside the bar, weather permitting. Each veteran will receive a leather album from their respective branch of service filled with a certificate of service, documentation of the ceremony and a dedication coin. A photo from the ceremony will be sent to each veteran honored in the service a few days after the service. Spouses of the veterans will receive a red rose to honor them for their support prior to the service. Among the spectators will be the American Legion in Superior who are interested in taking the welcome home ceremony to the Superior area. A $7 all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will follow the ceremony. Proceeds of the dinner will go toward the welcome home program. - Sherill Summer

Sheriff’s department receives grant by Sherill Summer SIREN - Over the Memorial Day weekend period from May 18 through 31, the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department wrote 77 traffic tickets, two warnings and made six criminal arrests under the Click It or Ticket program. Because they participated in the program, they were eligible for a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to improve traffic safety in Burnett County. The sheriff’s department has learned that they have received the grant and will purchase a radar and two antennas with the grant money. The maximum award is $4,000 and the total of the equipment will be $4,450. A total of $450 will be used from the sheriff’s department budget to complete the purchase.


Polk budget still $3 million short Deadline looms for budget, $15 million capitalimprovement plan

refer the budget back to the personnel committee to re-evaluate the county’s programs and services. Finance committee Chairman Gary Bergstrom presented the board with two possible options for balancing the budget. Option one was to delay all capital-improvement projects, eliminate the budget for the county information center and the economic development corporation, begin phasing out home health care and the county library, and reduce

by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — Faced with a 2010 budget shortfall of more than $3 million, plus another $18.5 million in capital-improvement projects to fund, the Polk County Finance Committee Tuesday evening, sept. 15, appealed to the county board of supervisors for direction. With only a month left to remedy the situation and produce a balanced budget, the board voted 15 to eight to

See Budget, page 10 LEFT: Polk County Highway Commissioner Steve Warndahl discusses capital improvement needs, including road repairs and equipment. – Photo by Mary Stirrat

Webster votes to keep Danbury ambulance open by Sherill Summer WEBSTER - The Webster Village trustees took up the ambulance alternatives at a full board meeting held on Wednesday night, Sept. 9. The two choices that Webster and all other villages and townships remaining in the countywide ambulance coalition had were either to close the Danbury station and to keep the per-capita cost the same as last year, $32.73 per village resident, or to raise the per-capita cost $3.10 and to keep the Danbury station open. The Webster Village Board chose to keep the Danbury ambulance station open and raise the per-capita cost up $3.10. If a majority or other villages and townships vote to do the same, the ambulance charge will be $35.83 per resident. Village Trustee Norm Bickford voiced his opinion that he would want an ambulance from Danbury instead of

Grantsburg or A and H if he were having a heart attack. This sentiment was echoed by village resident Bill Janssen who asked to keep all ambulances in service since there are a lot of ambulance runs coming from the village. Library update Tim Maloney reported that the library board has learned that an environmental study has found petroleum contaminants in the Larsen building where the library board hopes to put a new library. This does not necessarily mean that the site can not be used, but more testing is needed to determine the extent of the contamination. The library board is applying for a grant from the Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund that would cover up to $200,000 of any cleanup costs after a $10,000 deductible. Cleanup cost would depend on the ex-

tent and nature of the contamination. If the contamination does not threaten groundwater or if there is no human contact with the contaminated soil and the contamination is stable, little remediating would be needed before converting the site into a library. The DNR will determine what is needed to contain the contamination. Other actions The board passed a revised ATV/snowmobile ordinance determining routes in the village. In the past month, the personnel committee evaluated village clerk / treasurer Patty Bjorklund. She was told she was doing a good job and a motion was approved to give her a 50-cent raise. A motion was approved to send municipal employee Dean Phernetton to a Rice Lake continuing education class on sewage back flow prevention.

Armed robbery at Taylors Falls TAYLORS FALLS - Blake C. Nelson, 19, Stacy, Minn., has been charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, two counts of assault in the second degree and transporting a pistol by an ineligible person for a Friday, Sept. 11, armed robbery of the Riverview Conoco station in Taylors Falls. According to the the Chisago County criminal complaint, Nelson allegedly entered the Riverview Conoco about 8:40 p.m. wearing an orange ski mask and carrying a 9 millimeter semiautomatic pistol. Allegedly Nelson demanded all the money, afterwhich he fled the store.

Law enforcement found a gun, mask and money near the Taylors Falls Community Center. After staking out the area, Nelson was arrested when he came to retrieve the items later. The Chisago County Sheriff’s Department, Osceola Police Department K-9 team, St. Croix Falls Police Department, Taylors Falls Fire Department, Minnesota State Patrol and the Polk County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the arrest. There are reports that Nelson was injured while fleeing authorities when he jumped from a eight-foot ledge and was treated at Fairview Lake Hospital

in Wyoming, Minn., before he was jailed. Bail reportedly has been set at $500,000, however, Nelson is still in the custody of the Chisago County Sheriff’s Department. His next court appearance is Monday, Sept. 28. This is the second aggravated robbery charge Nelson is facing. He is also facing charges for a Jan. 23, robbery of Rick’s Liquor store in Wyoming, Minn. He was out on a $150,000 bail in those charges. Trial for the earlier charges is scheduled for Oct. 5. - Sherill Summer with information from the Chisago County Sheriff’s Department and

Searching for Fred the Fish

An effort was made recently to recover the fish crib and Fred the Fish, the artwork created by members of Frederic Arts, Inc., which sat on top of the fish crib when it went through the ice on Coon Lake in Frederic back in April. Jack Route of the arts group wanted the fish back, if possible, for those who made it. Frederic Police Chief RJ Severude and Arlen Peterson, another member of the Frederic Police Dive Team, along with Terry Nooner of the St. Croix Scuba & Snorkeling of Hudson, searched the lake bottom for almost two hours on Sept. 5 with no luck. After talking with Frederic Street Superintendent Kenny Hackett, it was discovered that the crib was moved to deeper water last spring. On Monday, Sept. 14, Peterson went to find it again and repair the aerators in the lake. He found the crib but found it to be buried in the silt and on its side near the middle of the lake. Fred the Fish was not found to be intact with the fish crib at this time and is feared to be lost forever. Shown in the center photo are Nooner and Severude. In the photo at right, Hackett and Peterson during the repair of aerators. - Special photos



Proposed 2010 budget due by Oct. 9 Editor’s note: This story was written prior to the county board meeting. by Gregg Westigard BALSAM LAKE – Polk County must complete a proposed balanced 2010 budget by Oct. 9, in time to be published for the Oct. 20 county board meeting. Going in to the Sept. 15 board meeting, there was still a projected gap of about $2 million, combining decreases in revenue with increases in expenses. The personnel committee has reviewed expenses as the proposed staffing plan requests in a series of meetings in August. The committee’s firstround recommendations call for no reductions in present staff and no new levy-funded positions. (Some now-vacant positions will be left vacant.) Personnel is also proposing a decrease in health insurance premiums for a savings of $250,000 next year. Polk County has a self-insured health insurance program. The reserve for that plan has risen to the point that the personnel committee feels comfortable with the drawdown. The finance committee has also held a series of budget review meetings. While minutes for the meetings of Aug. 26, Aug. 27, Sept. 1 and Sept. 9 have not been released, the committee did present a list of round-one recommendations on Sept. 1. That list includes $1,026,300 in cuts. However, half of that reduction comes from a disagreement between finance and the human services department on the starting figure for the budget. Human services says it submitted a no-increase 2010 budget based on the figure approved by the county board last December and reconfirmed by the human services board. Finance has not agreed with that number and cut the human services request. The issue is not resolved. While neither personnel nor finance

Levy to increase 4 percent, annual meeting set for Oct. 26 by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — Taxpayers in the Unity School District will see an increase in their taxing mill rate this year, but the increase will be less than half of what they saw last year. The school board, at its Sept. 8 meeting, saw some of the final budget figures, which show a 4.1-percent increase in the total tax levy. Last year, the levy increased by 8.5 percent. The 2009-10 budget and tax levy will be approved at the Oct. 26 annual meeting of the school district, then adopted by the board at its Oct. 31 meeting. It is expected that a 2009-10 tax levy of $10,201,017 will be presented, compared with a levy of $9,799,184 last year. The increase, said district Administrator Brandon Robinson, isn’t as high as some districts are seeing. “It’s unfortunate it has to rise,” he added. The taxing mill rate is expected to be at 8.31, which means that the school



Polk budget still not balanced identified major possible eliminations in positions or programs, finance did come up with two options at its Sept. 9 meeting. Option one, which they said was unrealistic, is to eliminate all capital project funding for 2010 and shift those projects off until 2011. Finance committee Chair Gary Bergstrom said the county cannot continue to keep shifting these items off until the next year. He said the costs will increase and the needs will grow. That leaves option two, funding all the capital projects for the next few years with a combination of borrowing and bonding for a total of $24 million over several years. That would include bonding for $17 million to pay for the completion of the county’s six-year road plan and borrowing $7 million for other capital projects including vehicle replacements and building repairs. This proposal was to be brought to the county board on the 15th for approval. That approval would take a two-thirds favorable vote. (See the separate article covering the county board for the results of this proposal.)

Overview of county operations Most Polk County departments provide services to the public. Those services include caring for at-risk residents ranging from children to seniors, providing public safety, maintaining 330 miles of highways, protecting the lakes, and conducting health inspections of public facilities. The county is the arm of the state government for providing many of these services and the state pays part of the cost for the services. Four departments, property, information technology, finance, and personnel, provide the other departments with the resources needed to do their work. The department budgets fall into three large areas, staffing, operations, and capital needs. Staffing includes the wages and benefits of all county employees. This is the largest single part of the budgets. In addition to wages, the county pays 90 percent of the health insurance premium

and 100 percent of the retirement plan. Employees are in the first year of a threeyear contract that gives them an annual cost-of-living raise of just under 3 percent each year. Their actual raise for 2010 will be 2.64 percent. The benefits costs are a large portion of the total compensation package. The county’s 90-percent portion of the health insurance premium currently costs $13,630 for an employee with family coverage. The county pays all of the retirement. For most employees, that is 12.3 percent of their gross wage. That annual cost for an employee earning $15 per hour would be $3,838. For a salaried manager earning $80,000, retirement would $9,840. Personnel has suggested that management employees, the nonunion workers, not get a cost-of-living raise in 2010. That would save an estimated $70,000. The budgets under review do not include these nonrepresented salary increases. “That is a good way to set up disgruntled employees,” Human services director Sherry Gjonnes told the personnel committee Thursday, Sept. 10. [Gjonnes was just appointed to head the human services department on the 10th. She had been interim director.] “Management employees put their names on the line. These jobs are essential. The gap is narrowing between these jobs and those of the workers in the unions. These employees should not be the only ones to take a hit.” Operations includes things such as heating costs, vehicle fuel, supplies and contracted services. Departments have looked at how to reduce these expenses. For example, Property has an ongoing program with Johnson Controls to reduce energy use and utility costs in county buildings. The capital improvement program includes all expenses such as vehicle replacement, major building improvements, and highway repairs. That levy expense for 2010 is projected to be $1.9 million. That includes $960,000 for replacement of vehicles and heavy

equipment, $800,000 for the highway improvement plan (most of that cost for 2010 comes from other sources), and $126,000 for other items such as repairs at the highway building and parking lot improvements. The levy portion of the CIP, projected at $1.9 million for 2010, is expected to increase to $5 million in 2011. That increase includes such expenses as $741,000 for building repairs, an increase of $2 million for the highway department, and $325,000 for new financial software. The CIP projects a levy expense of $5 million or more each year through 2014.

At the request of the Luck and Frederic school districts, Unity will now be included in three-way discussions to determine if the districts can work more closely to take cooperative measures. “In some instances,” said Robinson, “services can be provided at the same or better quality, with a possible reduction in costs.” The three district administrators and three school board presidents will be meeting together to start discussions, he said. The goal, he added, is to ensure quality programs yet see some cost reductions.

Other business • Although there have been no cases of H1N1 at Unity, said Robinson, the school safety team and the Polk County Public Health Department have been developing a response plan that involves parents as well as school officials. No immunization information is currently available, he said. • In a settlement with Microsoft over software purchases in Wisconsin, Unity has been awarded $297,187 for technology hardware and software. The Department of Public Instruction has not yet settled upon rules for the program. • The board opted to seek further information regarding the elementary playground, where water is pooling in areas and will cause icing problems in the winter. One option is to resurface the playground, at the contractor’s expense, and remove a concrete bumper and swale that prevent proper drainage. • The board approved eighth-semester attendance waivers for four seniors who will be attending an institution of higher education during their last semester of high school.

Unity presents 2009-10 budget

taxes on property valued at $100,000 will be $831. The mill rate last year was 8.69. In developing the budget, the school board had to look at an overall shortfall of $338,000, plus a list of variables that could affect the budget for good or ill, including the official third Friday enrollment number and actual open enrollment figures. The revenue limit — the amount of income the state allows the school to generate — is being reduced by an estimated $88,000, and state aid is being reduced by $400,000, or 15 percent. On the other hand, the district is receiving an additional $131,000 in state aid given to high poverty districts, leaving a net loss in aid of 10 percent. The district is also receiving about $330,000 in stimulus funds, which are for one year only and are designated for Title I (reading and math remediation) and special education. Cooperative efforts Throughout the years, Robinson said, the district has had cooperative arrangements with other school districts, particularly in the areas of early childhood services and professional development.

Personnel Several resignations and hirings were approved by the board, including a list of extra duty contracts. Also approved was the resignation of second-shift custodian Mark Forster, junior varsity softball coach Mark Ferguson and head softball coach Craig Miles. Sam Rivers was hired as speech/ language clinician and Native American studies coordinator. Ron Erickson was hired as Saturday custodian, and Steve Mullin as second-shift custodian.

Options Since no programs have been targeted for elimination and no personnel have been identified for termination, few options have been presented. The county board will consider the idea of borrowing and bonding for current and future CIP expenses. The board will also vote again on a vehicle tax to raise new revenue. The only other options involve lowering personnel costs. This could include furloughs or unpaid days off. The elimination of raises for nonunion employees has been mentioned. The health insurance premium will probably be reduced. Other personnel cost reductions would involve reopening the union contracts. One option would be reducing or delaying the 2010 raises. The employees could pay a higher percentage of their health insurance premium. If employees paid 15 percent instead of 10 percent of the premium, the savings would be approximately $171,000, according to information provided by employee relations director Andrea Jerrick. If employees paid 1 percent of their retirement contribution, the approximate savings would be $150,000. After the county board meeting on Sept. 15, Polk County has about three weeks to solve a budget deficit that was first identified on April 16.

Prairie Fire Children's Theatre to perform at Luck School

LUCK - Since 1987, Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre has been bringing a theatrical experience to communities across the upper Midwest. Prairie Fire tours a variety of original musical adaptations of classic tales. This professional touring theater company, based in Barrett, Minn., sends two professional actors/directors to a community for a one-week residency throughout the year. Local children fill the roles, and PFCT provides everything needed to do the show. After a week of rehearsing, the cast will perform the play twice on the

weekend. Next week, auditions for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original musical production of “The Wizard of Oz” will be on Monday, Sept. 21, at 3:30 p.m. in the Luck School elementary gymnasium. This will be the fourth year Prairie Fire will share its enthusiasm for theater with the community. “The Wizard of Oz” is a beloved classic, with some of the most memorable music PFCT has produced. Based on L. Frank Baum’s classic American fairy tale, Prairie Fire’s version is set in contempo-

rary America at the beginning, and it is from there that the tornado takes Dorothy over the rainbow to Oz. Up to 76 local youth are needed to play the roles of Dorothy, Toto, the Munchkins, Glinda the Good Witch, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Guardian of the Gate, the Wizard, the Emerald City Traders, the Flying Monkeys, the Winkies, Aunt Em, Uncle Henry and the Yellow Brick Road. The two PFCT directors will conduct the auditions, direct the production, and play the roles of the Scarecrow and the Wicked

Witch of the West. Auditions are open to anyone in grades 1 – 12. The audition process lasts up to two hours and everyone is required to be in attendance the complete time. Rehearsals will be held from 3:30 – 7:45 p.m. throughout the remainder of the week, with performances scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. and a Saturday, Sept. 26 matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets for the performances are $5 for adults, and $3 for students and senior citizens. - submitted





News is good for start of Grantsburg school year by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG – All three of the district’s principals reported students and staff are off to a great start at the start of the school year. The principals reported their good news to Grantsburg School Board members at the board’s Sept. 14 meeting. “I talked to students before school started and was edified by their comments,” reported Grantsburg High School Principal Stan Marczak. “They really like it here. They want to be here. We really do have a good group of kids here.” Marczak also told the board Grantsburg High School students have many opportunities for learning. “There is nothing we can’t offer our students if they want it. And with our online opportunities, if we don’t have it here, we can get it through Insight School.” Elementary Principal Katie Coppenbarger described the Grantsburg Elementary School’s start to a new school year as being “fantastic.” Coppenbarger said new staff is in place, the Nelson School open house was well attended, and an open house at the elementary school is set for Sept. 17. The elementary school staff is in the second year of a Steve Dunn three-year writing program, and board member Russ Erickson asked Coppenbarger how new staff would “catch up” in the training. Coppenbarger said trained staff have been assisting new staff in learning Steve Dunn writing techniques. “The Steve Dunn initiative has been very effective in reaching our writing and reading goals,” said Coppenbarger, who explained new teachers have been going into veteran teachers classrooms to observe lessons being taught, then are going back and modeling them in their

formed on the school’s activities.

Grantsburg School Principals look over their notes before reporting their good news to the Grantsburg School Board at the board’s Monday, Sept. 14, meeting. L to R: Brad Jones, middle school principal; Stan Marczak, high school principal; and Katie Coppenbarger, elementary school principal. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer own classrooms. “I’ve observed the new teachers and they are using the techniques. It’s working well,” said Coppenbarger. Middle School Principal Brad Jones said they were off to a good start at the middle school with student council members making posters for the halls to welcome new students. Jones also reported teachers were doing more team teaching and working to make sure the needs of higher-achieving students were being met. Jones said last year’s National History Day really sparked the interest of higher-achieving students. Jones also told the board a new health club Burnett Medical Center is starting for middle school students is exciting. “Students will be able to experience

medical professions first hand,” said Jones. “We have really grown and we’re off to a good start,” Insight School Principal Billy Beesley told to the board. “Enrollment later this month could reach between 740 and 750 students.” Beesley passed out a list of Insight staff telling the board this year the virtual school has 39 teachers. “Last year we had 27 teachers and this year we have 14 new teachers,” said Beesley, adding this is the most staff the school has had and that most of the staff is from Wisconsin. Beelsey told the board one more student has met the requirements for graduation bringing the number of 2009 Insight graduates to 42. Insight staff has also begun producing a monthly newsletter to keep people in-

Other board business Allissa and Matt Koenen, advisors for the newly formed history club, addressed the board saying they were very excited by the response to the club with 29 high school students joining so far and more students expected to join when membership is offered to middle school students. The board voted to establish a new all-school-fund account for history day activities. Last year, under the Koenens leadership, a team from Grantsburg advanced to the national level in the history day competition. The board also approved a new school fund for Future Business Leaders of America. The board voted to approve the transportation contract for the 2009-2010 school year. The contract gives a 3-percent increase on the fleet, freezes cocurricular runs and puts a cap of $1,000 toward workers compensation insurance. The board approved a teaching contract for Nicole Diesterhalft who will be teaching fifth grade. The board approved a contract for Teresa Siddel-Sickau as a full-time social worker for the elementary school. The board approved Kathy Josephson as the after-school program director and special education secretary. A federal earmark grant received by the district will fund the after-school program. A request from the Durand School District to allow Durand students to enroll in Insight School was approved by the board. The board approved an agreement with the Frederic School District to provide special education services for a special education student.

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by Nancy Jappe SIREN – After considerable discussion at its June 10 meeting, the Siren Village Board passed a motion to take applications for the creation of an eligibility list for a full-time police officer. The motion stated that this action would streamline the hiring of a second full-time officer if the decision is made to go ahead and hire one after the 2010 budget has been set. Two board members, Jan Hunter and Tom Anderson, voted against the motion. Siren Police Chief Chris Sybers received a verbal resignation from Officer Bill Shafer, who has been on leave for the past while. Shafer has been filling a recruiting position for the National Guard in Spooner. He has indicated that, while

he will not be available for full-time duty, he is interested in working some part-time hours. The decision to be made after the budget is set will involve going with a full-time officer versus filling in those hours with part-timers, as has been done during Shafer’s absence. Sybers told the board that he has purchased new tasers with part of the $8,253 in grant money his department received from the state. He also purchased two stop sticks, one at 25 feet, the other at 15 feet. A total of $5,000 from that grant is to be used for an in-car camera. The one the chief would like to get is the ICOP, a digital camera with all-time recording that will cover an entire incident. During the meeting, the board ap-

proved a number of recommendations brought to them by their various committees. For the roads, streets and utilities committee, it was to delay putting penalties on third-quarter water and sewer bills for three months. For the plan commission, the board approved recommendations to: 1) Rezone a lot on the corner of Ellis Avenue and Hwy. 70 from R-1 residential to C-2 highway commercial. 2) Rezone one of Carl Erickson’s lots on Bradley Street from C-2 highway commercial to R-2 residential. 3) Approve the certified survey map that would combine part of the village dump property with Kosloski property. For the personnel and finance committee, the village board accepted recom-

mendations, besides that of taking applications for the full-time officer eligibility list, to borrow $55,000 at a rate of 4.45 percent from U.S. Bank for 10 years to finance the water-meter project, and to pay an increased per capita of $3.10 for ambulance coverage during 2010. The meeting dates and times for these committees are as follows: Buildings, Grounds and Parks – Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1 p.m. Personnel and Finance – Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 3 p.m. Public Safety – Thursday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m. Roads, Streets and Utilities, Friday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. The Plan Commission will be meeting Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m.

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This bear cub, captured on video by a wildlife cam owned by Clifford Amundson of rural Frederic, shows a cub exploring a bucket of water left out for deer and deciding to take a bath. - Special photos





Lime quarry story finally out Highway employees discovered labeling problem, county asks state for permission to reopen by Gregg Westigard BALSAM LAKE / ALDEN – After two weeks, the story of why Polk County closed its lime quarry in Alden is out. The closing was ordered on Thursday, Aug. 27, with a one-line announcement from county board Chair Bryan Beseler and lime committee Chair Larry Jepsen. The only information released until Sept. 9 was notices in the agendas for the lime quarry committee meeting on Sept. 9, and the county board meeting on Sept. 15. Both agendas called for closed sessions to discuss personnel issues and possible litigation. Much information came out at the long meeting of the lime committee on Sept. 9. More information included a copy of the county’s report to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture explaining the problem and asking for a resolution of issues and permission to reopen the quarry. That information was received on Friday from Malia Malone. In summary, the testing/labeling concern was discovered by the highway department as it answered a request to look at how the departments might be merged. County officials immediately closed the quarry when they found out that they were in violation of statutes by selling mislabeled lime. Moe Norby of the highway department has been appointed interim quarry manager. The three lime quarry employees have all been reassigned to other county jobs until the pit is reopened. The quarry will remain closed until the state replies to the county’s request. The following stories, posted on the Leader’s Web site, provide details as they emerged last week. Mislabeled lime Several new things emerged from a long meeting of the lime quarry committee Wednesday, Sept. 9. County Chair Bryan Beseler said that the county has been selling mislabeled lime for “at least

five years.” The county will be working with the Department of Agriculture to correct the issues and attempt to reopen the quarry. And the committee hired highway department employee Moe Norby as the interim director of the quarry. Beseler provided the first details on why the quarry was suddenly closed on Aug. 27. He said that the county had, for “at least five years,” been selling lime labeld with the grade “60-69” when it was in fact “50-59.” He said the problem came in not properly converting Minnesota test numbers to Wisconsin standards. The numbers tell buyers the quality of the lime they are buying. The committee authorized Malia Malone, assistant corporation counsel, to provide the state with all the documentation the county generated in researching this issue. She said that since the county discovered the error and self-reported the problem to the state, there is a hope that the county will be able to reopen the quarry soon. The committee also hired Norby as interim director. Norby is the technical support manager at the county highway department. Norby was reached by phone and accepted the position. Highway Commissioner Steve Warndahl only learned of the appointment by chance as he was leaving a late afternoon meeting of the finance committee. All these actions came during a lime quarry committee meeting that started at 11:30 a.m. and ended at 4 p.m. Some dozen farmers and lime suppliers spoke out at the start of the meeting which also included some heated discussions between members of the committee and Beseler. While new information on the lime quarry closing came out, there are still unanswered questions including who triggered the labeling issue now, who was responsible for the testing over the years, and what further legal issues remain. Some of these questions may have been answered for committee members during a two-hour closed session. County explains issue to state Polk County Highway Department employees, including Moe Norby, discovered the issue of lime testing and rating at the Polk County Lime Quarry. The highway department had been asked to

look at issues relating to the possible merger of the quarry with the highway department. Highway’s review of Lime’s testing results over the years revealed discrepancies. Once the problem, a possible violation of state licensing regulations, was discovered, the highway department advised county board Chair Bryan Beseler. That set in motion a county review that led to the county closing the quarry. This information became available Friday morning, Sept. 11. Malia Malone, Polk County assistant corporation counsel, provided the Leader with a copy of the report the county sent to the state Department of Agriculture Thursday, Sept. 10, explaining the situation with the quarry and asking permission to reopen the quarry. Malone also provided the details on how the issue was discovered. The county is telling the state that the county is self-reporting the problem, that the error was not deliberate, that the county closed the pit and stopped sales as soon as the problem was discovered, and that new management (Moe Norby) is in place at the quarry. The county is asking permission to reopen the pit as soon as possible to meet the local needs of farmers and truckers. The county is asking for an immediate test by the state and a rapid resolution of the problem. Time line on the issue The highway department started to become aware of a possible problem in late August. They advised Beseler on Wednesday, Aug. 26. Beseler immediately advised staff of the issue. On Thursday morning, Aug. 27, Beseler advised lime committee Chair Larry Jepsen and other county staff. A daylong meeting, including a call to the state, led to Beseler and Jepsen ordering the quarry closed on the afternoon of Aug. 27. While the closing occurred on Aug. 27, the only public notice was a short statement posted at the quarry and given to some persons at a meeting of the finance committee. Jepsen did not call a special meeting of the lime quarry committee and committee members were not told details of the issue until Wednesday, Sept. 9. Details on testing The state requires that lime be tested for quality and rated. A rating is given to

the customer and reported to the state during the annual licensing. Polk County once had testing done by both Wisconsin and Minnesota labs. Testing results attached to the report to the state show that for the years 1999, 2001, and 2002, the Minnesota results showed the lime to be rated in a range from 53.6 percent to 59.3 percent while the Wisconsin tests for the same years showed ratings ranging from 60.90 percent to 64.50 percent. The county says that the quarry stopped the Wisconsin testing after 2002. The Minnesota tests continued to come out in the high 50s but the county advertised and sold the lime as 60-69. The county says the staff believed the lime ratings referred to a different index. The county’s internal investigation concludes that this was an honest mistake and not intentional.

Lime quarry to reopen Thursday by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — The Polk County Lime Quarry, closed since Aug. 27 when county officials realized that it had been selling mislabeled lime, should be open again Thursday morning. Malia Malone, assistant corporation counsel for Polk County, made the announcement at the Sept. 15 meeting of the county board of supervisors. She said that the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection granted permission late in the afternoon to resume operations. The lime committee will meet today, Sept. 16, at 5:30 p.m. to set new prices. Once this is done, said Malone, and the lime is re-labeled, the quarry can reopen. For the past five years, lime that has been labeled and sold with the grade “60-69” has actually been “50-59.” Highway department employee Moe Norby, who was one of the employees who discovered the mislabeling, has been appointed interim director of the quarry.

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Frederic School Board president Scott Nelson (R) and clerk Rebecca Amundson. — Photos by Mary Stirrat

Frederic passes budget with increased levy, mill rate school year provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Frederic had $12,453 behind each student. Unity had $12,076, Siren had $13,254, St. Croix Falls had $12,028, Luck had $12,146, Grantsburg had $11,316, and Webster had $12,654. The statewide average was $11,825. In the following year, 2007-08, Frederic spent $12,510 per member. This was broken down to $9,511 for education, $391 for transportation, $1,977 for facilities cost, and $629 for food and community service. The facilities cost, noted Tischer, is the highest in the 39-school CESA No. 11 area, and is about $700 more than the average amount. “Unfortunately, there isn’t anything we can do about that,” he said. Busing concern Parent Tammy Zarn addressed the board regarding concerns about the district’s decision to cut out a bus route. One route was cut out this year, she noted, with four buses now running instead of five. Among her concerns were overcrowding on the buses and the amount of time spent on the bus. Recognizing that ideal standards cannot be met in a rural area, Zarn said that commonly cited standards state that oneway bus rides for elementary students should not exceed 30 minutes. Rides for middle school students should not exceed 45 minutes, and for high school the length should not exceed one hour. Her own 9-year-old, she said, rides for about 1 hour and 20 minutes in the morning and one hour and 45 minutes in the afternoon, amounting to 15 hours on the bus each week. Through her research, said Zarn, she found that the average commuting time for adult Americans is just over 22 minutes, with the commute on congested Los Angeles freeways at 26.5 minutes. Negative effects of overcrowding on the bus and extended bus rides, she said, include less time for sleep, family, and homework; exhaustion, and exposure to unsuitable language and conversations. Not wanting to leave the board with complaints but no helpful suggestions, Zarn said that she felt two possible solutions were to add the fifth bus route back in or to reverse the routes once a day. She reviewed the arguments against reversing the routes, which are primarily financial, and addressed each one with possible solutions. Zarn concluded her statements by saying that some of the money saved by cutting a whole route could possibly be reinvested into reversing the routes each day.

Parent Tammy Zarn, with husband Paul, spoke to the Frederic School Board about busing concerns.

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by Mary Stirrat FREDERIC —A handful of district residents and staff attended the annual meeting of the Frederic School District, approving the 2009-10 budget and tax levy, along with several routine resolutions. Although final figures are not yet available, a significant increase in the levy and mill rate are anticipated. Largely due to a loss of $476,026 in state funding, the district tax levy is expected to increase by 14.6 percent, to $3,506,288. This is an increase of $446,748 over last year. The general operating levy, included in the total levy amount, is set at $2,395,950, which is $514,351 more than last year. The taxing mill rate is proposed at 10.64, which means the school district will be levying taxes of $10.64 for every $1,000 of equalized property value. School taxes on property valued at $100,000 will be about $1,064. The mill rate last year was at 9.28. “Unfortunately,” said district superintendent Jerry Tischer, “our mill rate is going to go up.” In addition to the decrease in state aid, he said, declining enrollment and increasing property values play into the mill rate increase. The district’s fund balance, which is the reserve maintained for emergencies and for cash flow purposes, are to be between 17 and 20 percent of the annual expenditures, said Tischer, which means it should be between $600,000 and $1 million. Frederic’s balance at the beginning of the 2009-10 school year is $727,023. Expenditures are being kept under control, he said, with district employees spending “wisely and thriftily.” Actual expenses have been closely aligned with budgeted amounts. Tischer provided information comparing Frederic with other districts in CESA #11 and throughout the state. In a comparison of mill rates for the 2008-09 school year, within the 39 school districts in CESA No. 11, Frederic ranked 35th in general fund levy and 18th in total levy. Frederic’s general fund levy was at 5.30, with the highest district, Elmwood, at 12.36 and the lowest, Webster, at 4.47. The total levy mill rate at Frederic was 9.26, with Elmwood again the highest at 14.26 and Birchwood the lowest at 5.10. According to the figures provided for the 2008-09 school year, school property taxes on $100,000 worth of property ranged from $1,426 at Elmwood to $510 at Birchwood. Frederic was at $926. Other area schools are Shell Lake at $1,019 per $100,000 of property value, Amery at $1,007, Siren at $945, St. Croix Falls at $897, Grantsburg and Luck at $860, Unity at $831, and Webster at $516. In a comparison from the 2006-07


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Bruce Muehlhauser seems rather free with his characterizations of me, especially since, to my knowledge, I’ve never met him. Hanging me in a noose of hemp I ‘d get to smoke if I survived is a colorful, if rather demented response. How would you know if I’ve ever “inhaled” in my life, Bruce? I might be an anti-drug fanatic who just happens to choose a different thing than you to be fanatical about. Why do you think I draw my guidance from your god? Denigrating me for not believing in what you do, then including me by saying “we draw our guidance from,” seems rather contradictory, doesn’t it? Do you actually see everyone who doesn’t believe in your god as a Communist? Did I even mention that word? Why is my opinion “garbage” when yours supposedly isn’t? Perhaps you should ask yourself why an article on overpopulation raises such anger in you. I mean, after all Bruce, wouldn’t you be rapturously happy if, perhaps, a billion or two Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists just suddenly disappeared from the surface of your imaginary Christian world? You really should get down on your knees and pledge allegiance to this planet for suffering your existence, just like the rest of us. Kelly Green Frederic

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I attended the Swiss Township Board meeting Sept. 8, and remain troubled by the explosive and abusive actions that occurred. The issue presented regarded a recommendation to the Burnett County Board on a permit to build a new church in Danbury. Even before the issue was fully presented for discussion, three citizens were explosive, abusive and threatening in their actions and language toward the board members and to several of the citizens. In turn, each of the protestors angrily departed the meeting. Following their departure, the discussion was civil and even through the recommendation was to recommend approval of the permit, those individuals opposing the building were able to express their reasons and be heard. Those who left were not even heard. Members of the board explained their decision as an improvement and an added accessible resource for the community. As a member of another church in Danbury, I agree. Later, I drove past the area where the new building is proposed. I understand how the change will affect some residents. I also believe that if some of the property in the neighborhood were cleaned up, the entire area would be greatly improved. Regardless, I admire the members of the township board for their ability to function despite the totally inappropriate abuse, and I want to express my thanks for their service. Arnold R. Enslin Danbury

A re a n e w s a t a g l a n c e Wife enters insanity plea RICE LAKE - Rachel A. Thompson, 50, Barron, entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to a charge of first-degree reckless injury in Barron County Circuit Court last week. Thompson is accused of causing life-threatening injuries to her husband, Bruce, 52, when she stabbed him in the back with a knife at their residence Jan. 5. Bruce initially told investigators that his wife was doing dishes when she slipped and accidentally stabbed him in the back. He later recanted saying that the defendant stabbed him in the back when he went to grab a beer from the table. Maximum penalty for the felony conviction is 15 years in prison and 10 years on extended supervision. - Rice Lake Chronotype

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

Apostle Island quarter MADISON - Gov. Jim Doyle announced Thursday that the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will be honored in the new United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters program honoring national parks. The America’s Beautiful National Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 requires the U.S. Mint to issue quarters featuring national sites in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands. In 2018, Wisconsin’s Apostle Island National Lakeshore quarter will be minted. The coins obverse (heads) will feature the familiar “restored” 1932 portrait of George Washington, including subtle details and the beauty of the original model. The Apostle Islands earned national parks designation in 1970, when then-U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson convinced Congress that the islands natural beauty, recreational opportunities and cultural history were worthy of preservation. Coincidentally, it was that same year that Sen. Nelson founded Earth Day. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore includes more than 42,000 acres of land, including 22 islands and 27,000 acres of Lake Superior waters. – Superior Telegram

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SAWYER COUNTY – Gov. Jim Doyle announced this week that he is seeking applicants for appointment as coroner in Sawyer County. The appointment will fill the vacancy created by the death of Dr. John Ryan during a fishing trip in Canada. The new coroner will begin serving upon appointment and will complete a term ending Jan. 2, 2011. An applicant must reside in Sawyer County at the time the appointment becomes effective. Those interested in applying should send a resume and cover letter no later than Monday, Sept. 28. Applicants should outline in their cover letters what professional and academic experiences qualify them to be coroner and should describe their civic activities and community involvement in Sawyer County. - from the office of Gov. Doyle

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Letters t o t h e e d i t o r The real heroes, part II In reply to last week’s letter, “The Real Heroes”... You were pretty hard on the Frederic football team. I think you should know all the facts. I don’t know if you have noticed, but this is high school football. Our offense is also our defense, as is every other team’s in this conference. You make it sound like we change players on every other play. The same players stayed in until they were taken out before halftime. If you remember, the score at halftime was 69-0. After halftime, our second and third string played the rest of the game. Should they have been taken out sooner to let the opponent catch up? Do you think if the score was reversed your coach would have done anything differently? I think not. It wasn’t that long ago that Frederic could not win a game. It’s not much fun. But they kept pushing on. That’s life. That’s what makes us who we are. Children are a wonderful thing. I know as a parent, I love watching my kids play sports. This is my son’s last year of playing high school sports. He will never get to play them again. Is it fair that he should sit on the bench and watch because of the score of the game? No, it’s not. But it’s the sportsmanlike thing to do, and he knows that. I wish the scores would be closer. But I think our coach is doing a fantastic job. He is fair and straightforward. He works the kids hard and demands nothing less than 110 percent, and the kids respect him for that. It’s a tough job, and when it all comes together, it shows on the field and on the court. So please show the coach and team a little respect. They have earned it. Dwight Anderson Frederic

Respectful exchange It seems that this county is becoming more polarized than ever over political views and I, for one, am finding it very disturbing. I would love to engage in healthy debate over issues, but if I dare disagree with people who have a different political opinion than mine that does not happen. Instead I am called ignorant, stupid, disrespectful, racist, greedy, etc. Let me set the record straight for myself and other likeminded citizens. I don’t call you stupid or ignorant when I disagree with you, so please show me the same respect. I am not racist or disrespectful because I don’t agree with the president on his policies or his agenda. (When you call people names, however, you are being disrespectful). I could care less if the president was black, white, pink, purple or green. It is not him personally or the office that he holds that I don’t like. It is his policies and agendas that I disagree with. I am not greedy because I do not want to “redistribute my wealth.” I would like to choose which charities get my money instead of letting the government distribute it where they see fit. I am all for helping people who have lost their jobs or who are dealing with real medical issues that prevent them from working or people who have a shortterm need because they’ve fallen on hard times. Everyone needs help once in a while and I have no problem with that. Generational help I do have a problem with. I have tried to be politically correct and not say anything that I think may offend people who have different political views than me. And if I have slipped I am quick with an apology to repair any hurt feelings. But I am one member of the silent majority that cannot be silent anymore. I am getting very tired of sitting back and not responding when the people on the radical left (or the radical right) call people with different views ignorant, stupid, disrespectful, racist and greedy, etc. From now on I will respond to anyone who tries to cram their radical agenda down my throat. I will not stay silent when I hear someone resorting to name-calling because they cannot defend why they agree with the radical views of this administration. I

consider myself to be of at least average intelligence. I am not ignorant or stupid and I have something that is even more important than that, common sense. If only common sense could be taught in college instead of the radical ideologies that are. So let’s stop the name-calling and engage in a healthy, respectful exchange. And if you can’t explain why you agree with the radical policies coming out of the White House it might just be time to change your mind and your vote. Suzanne Burch Osceola

Censor our children? Last Tuesday President Obama addressed the schoolchildren to encourage them and to tell them to take more responsibility for their education. It was broadcast during the school day so all the children could watch. My children couldn’t watch because their school (Unity), decided they would not broadcast the president’s address, but they would tape it then censor it and see if they could use parts of it later. This was not to be used as a teaching tool as everyone knew, this was supposed to encourage the children directly by their president. What was the school afraid the president of the United States was going to say to our children, that it has to be edited first? Could it be as bad as the last eight years? I don’t think so. What are we to do when the school that is trusted to teach our children does not think that they (schoolchildren) are not able to listen to their elected officials unless it’s edited? My children missed out on this event because some people didn’t want them to be addressed directly by the president without being able to put their own spin on it themselves. I thought this was a free country and the strength of this country is the education of all of its citizens. How can we educate our children if we tell them they are not smart enough to listen and make decisions themselves? As usual, most of the naysayers and people who spread fear in everything the president does, were saying he was trying to use it to brainwash the children. But after the fact most say the president did a very good job. Isn’t it a shame our children could not find that out for themselves? We need to keep partisan politics out of our schools. What’s next, raiding the schools and burning books? It happened 70 years ago, and it could happen again if we fail to teach our children to think for themselves and not censor them. Jerry Larsen Centuria

A different dam view I have read the articles on the removal of the Country Dam. Yes, I guess it was infamous in its own way, or famous. I will also miss very much the roar and view of the water coming through the dam and the waterwheel turning. I shall and have missed the programs such as Jesse Ventura and Porter Wagoner on the outdoor stage behind my home. Miss too, the Friday nights having dinner and dancing to John and Dave and the other brother, later known as Trigger Happy, and also the “R” Country Girls. Visiting at times with Jim when in the place. I have missed this all and especially the white water and sound since the dam was taken over and all the water let out of the back about 10 years now. But it was Fred Ridler, who in 1906 built a steam-powered gristmill there, then in 1910 put in the dam and sold electricity prior to REA. He also built a bar, Ridler’s Mill and had the front looking like a Dutch Windmill, all in lights. People my age will remember that if you were 18 you could buy a beer. There was word about that if you were tall enough to get your money on the bar, you still got the beer. Of course, I would not know about that. Yes, Jim Woodley made it an entertainment center but it was Ridler’s Mill and dam long be-

fore. Since Jim last sold the place it has been totally neglected. The building’s ransacked, things taken, windows broken, even later the rough exterior siding was disappearing, the pizza building was collapsing and the building over the dam about shot. After the 2000 spring flood and thaw, which really razed the dam structure, the spillway was all cracked and shifted, the east bank wall was cracked and protruded out about 3-4 feet at the top and down. The bridge had also aged with wear and tear and needed repairs on the side rails as well as several floorboards were getting thin and needed to be replaced. I would walk down several times a week and pick up all kinds of garbage, even seeing human waste a couple of times. No trespassing signs on my side were torn down. For about 50 years the property on the north side of the dam and building running north approximately where the spillway was had been in our family. I worked with the county so they could own the land on both sides, as was required to remove the dam. Yes, it’s good it’s gone. The new dredged and rocked area will be more attractive. However, it looks like the old fishing hole is gone due to dredging. I was told way back then monies were put aside for removal and would have been done then except for the lawsuits. It was also known the snowmobile association was paying for the new bridge. Darrel Nelson Town of Apple River

Music in the Park I wanted to write to congratulate all those involved in the Music in the Park program in Siren this summer. It was, in my opinion, a great success. Through weekly concerts we had the chance to experience a wide variety of music. The planners arranged for gospel, folk, blues, rock and roll, country, barbershop, male quartet and Dixieland music. All the concerts were free and the setting created a relaxed atmosphere that allowed people to come and go as they were able, whether that was watching the entire evening or just stopping in to hear a song or two. Besides the music, these events allowed local nonprofits to sell snacks as a fundraiser to help them further their causes. This series was a great opportunity to expose ourselves and our children to all kinds of music, have a good time in a casual environment, make the most of our summer evenings and help support local organizations. What could be better? Although I am certain to miss people that should be acknowledged, I want to recognize the Rotary Club for building the band shell, the Siren School and its board for allowing the use of the school on nights the weather was threatening, the chamber of commerce for sponsoring the concert series, the businesses that sponsored the individual performers, the performers for sharing their time and talent with us, the individuals that handled the sound and

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light systems and the organizations that provided such delightful snacks each evening. I really enjoyed all of the shows I attended and felt pride in Siren when friends and relatives from larger towns said things like, “I wish we had something like that,” when talking to them about what we had been doing this summer. I think everyone involved should feel pride in their contributions and I wanted to say “well done” in the public forum. I look forward to next year. David Close Siren

Bible students respond to pastors It disturbs us that the Rev. Emmons, Schoen and Walter feel they are so selfrighteous and sin-free that they can persecute and judge others. They enter dangerous territory attempting to do Christ’s job. They fail to state that Christ never addressed homosexuality or sexist law. In fact, Christ states, “Do not judge or you will be judged.” (Matthew 7, Luke 6:37, etc.). No human is without sin. None of us should decide which sin is “worse” than another - again - dangerous territory. Only God knows our hearts. The church is to welcome sinners as we all sin. Yes, even you, Rev. Emmons, Schoen and Walter - sin! As Christians, we need to focus on his teaching of love, compassion, keeping the commandments, caring for the poor and refraining from judging others. “...whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16). Wm. Jensen A.S. Anderson Susan Matthews Bible students Minneapolis

Still a shame I try not to add justification to drivel with a response, but when someone is long on opinion and short on fact, then it is time for further education. Fact: The mandated dam removal was first guesstimated at $80,000-$100,000. Fact: State and federal grants available possibly totaled $100,000 (net zero local cost) Fact: The county funding resolution capped at $225,000 to include grant and inkind services. Fact: “Somehow” just the county portion of the funding grew to well over $300,000. Fact: Snowmobile bridge grant funding of a separate $125,000 is wildly disproportional to scope of the entire river sculpting, bridge prep project. Fact: Snowmobilers were offered two cost-free alternative crossings. Fact: The “opposition groups,” led by the Apple River Association, simply had asked for a one-year moratorium on the bridge or any kind of reconstruction projects in order to allow the site, the river, and nature, to return to normal. I could go on and on. “Anti snowmobile”? Hardly! Doug, you are without a doubt the most avid, hardestworking snowmobile enthusiast Polk County has. Don’t let prejudice blind your judgment. I detest all wasteful government projects, whether tax funded or grant funded. This one is simply a dam shame. Rick Scoglio (Avid snowmobiler since 1968!) Town of Apple River

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Protecting you and your family from the flu The fall season is upon us and although the weather remains warm, winter is just around the corner. While the winter months mean ice fishing, snowmobiling and skiing, they also bring us another flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site, approximately 36,000 people die of seasonal flu-related causes each year across the U.S. Flu season typically peaks from December until March. The flu is spread through the air from person to person when an infected individual coughs, sneezes or talks. Symptoms typically appear one to three days after exposure and include: fever, chills, headache, dry cough, and joint and muscle pain. Because of its delayed

onset, you may be exposed to the flu, yet be unaware. Therefore, it is important to protect your health and that of your family by taking measures to decrease your chances of exposure and infection. Several ways to Ann decrease your exHraychuck posure to the sea28th District sonal flu is to simple Assembly employ everyday precautions. Be alert for flu symptoms and avoid people who appear to exhibit these symptoms. Additionally, you should clean your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer. Be sure to cover your nose and mouth whenever you sneeze or cough.

Letters t o t h e e d i t o r To my three brothers Greetings to my three Missouri Synod Clergy brothers, who probably would not call me a brother. OK. I see where this is going. You’ll write and I’ll write, and you’ll respond and I’ll respond, and on and on it will go until people are absolutely sick of us, if they are not already. One more time, and then you can have the last word. Some people read the Bible as a rule book. They see it as primarily a book with rules on how to live, and if you get it all right you get to go to heaven. Since you are Lutherans, I presume this is not the way you see the Bible. You might want to clarify that for people, however, because from what you have written, they might presume otherwise. I see the Bible as lifting up Jesus as my Lord and Savior. He shows us the loving, merciful face of God himself. He has come to this earth to lay down his life for us, to reclaim us as his own, to forgive us our sins, to call us to be his disciples, to teach us how to love one another, and at last to bring us everlasting life with him. That is the gospel (good news). None of it is a reward for the good stuff we have

done. It is the result of God’s mercy and grace, given to a people who do not ultimately deserve it. Of course, this should make a difference in the lives that we live. We who have received Christ’s mercy are taught to likewise be merciful. We who have experienced God’s love are taught to likewise to reach out to one another in love. Jesus evens warns us that we should not stand in judgement of each other (Matthew 7:1 and Luke 6:37). Was stamping out homosexuality big on his earthly agenda? Hard to say. He doesn’t once mention it, at least, not loud enough for Matthew, Mark, Luke or John to hear it. That doesn’t necessarily mean that he approved of it. It does mean that this must not have been the main reason he came to this earth. It’s certainly not therefore going to be on my agenda as a pastor. I think maybe preaching the gospel will take priority. In Christ, Pastor David Almlie Rural Frederic Editor’s note: The author is pastor at Zion Lutheran Church of Trade Lake and Grace Lutheran of West Sweden

Frequently clean commonly-touched surfaces that can easily spread germs. Lastly, avoid exposing young children to large crowds if the flu is prevalent in your community. You can also take action against the flu this year by obtaining a flu shot. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends that people get their flu shot in October and November before the flu season begins. Flu shots are relatively inexpensive and are offered at a number of convenient locations throughout your county. Burnett County, for example, will hold a weekly seasonal flu vaccination clinic beginning at the end of September in their county Government Center. The days and times of the clinic will vary. Additionally, children under 18 may receive their flu shot for free, while shots for adults are only $25. To view the flu clinic schedule, visit the Burnett County Web site at

and click on the link for the Department of Health and Human Services. Similar clinics will also be offered in Polk County and are also only $25. For a list of dates, times and locations in Polk County, please visit the Polk County Flu Resources Center at For more information on the flu shot I encourage you to contact your primary care provider or your local Department of Health and Human Services. The Burnett County Department of Health and Human Service can be reached by phone at 715-349-7600 while the Polk County Health Department can be contacted by phone at 715-485-8500. As always, if you have any additional questions regarding this column or have other legislative concerns, please feel free to contact me toll-free at 888-5290028 or by e-mailing me at

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Roger Englund, Unity Lions Club member, shows Gail Peavey and Jenelle Larsen how to use a magnifying reading device that people with low vision can use to improve their quality of life. Englund says that being able to read, do crafts, and even enjoy pictures again is truly a reason to assist people in regaining their ability to see with a “reader.” The Unity Lions Club recently held its annual benefit for low vision. Readers have been put into local libraries and donations have been made for large print books as well. – Photo by Jeanne Alling

Budget/from page 3 the budgets of the museum and the fair to cover utilities only. Option two was to bond the $3 million to balance the budget and borrow $18.5 million for capital improvements. The capital improvements consist of $3.5 million for equipment and $15 million for road projects. Bergstrom tried long and hard to get supervisors to commit to balancing the budget, but neither plan was acceptable to a majority. A one-vote majority would have been sufficient to approve the first option, but bonding would require a two-thirds majority. “It’s big enough that the finance committee can’t come up with a balanced budget without some direction from the county board,” said Bergstrom, referring to the $3 million shortfall. “We need to figure out how we’re going to balance the budget. Are we going to do it through cuts? Are we going to do it through borrowing? “We’ll do what the board wants. The board has to make a decision.” Sheriff Tim Moore and highway commissioner Steve Warndahl each gave presentations on capital improvements needed in their departments. Moore discussed the rotating replacement of vehicles, budgeted at $149,750 for 2010. If that amount isn’t funded, he said, the amount needed in 2011 would be $362,000. Maintenance is about $46,000 per year. “Eliminating capital improvements

pushes cars to 2011, and we’ve already fallen behind,” Moore said. By far the biggest piece of the capitalimprovement budget belongs to the highway department. Warndahl reviewed the process used to prioritize roads for repairs, saying that projects are selected based on the condition of the road surface and the amount of use the road sees. The pavement surface evaluation and rating pavementmanagement system is used to evaluate the condition of all county roads. Road construction projects are 80 percent funded by grants, with 20 percent provided by the county. PASER evaluates road surfaces from a high of 10 to a low of one. Roads rated at six or seven are considered to be in good condition. The 331 miles of county road in Polk County averaged 6.5 on the PASER system at the end of 2008, Warndahl said, but 55 percent are rated six or under. In discussing the option to forego borrowing or bonding, making cuts in programs and staff instead, several supervisors said that this option would “decimate” the county. Maintenance and repairs would be delayed, causing greater deterioration and higher costs in the future. “The issue is that you’re just pushing the problem off another year and magnifying it,” said county finance Director Tonya Weinert. “We’re looking for some clear policy direction so we can know

what you’re willing to support and what you’re not willing to support.” A motion to have the finance committee prepare a budget that does not include any borrowing, bonding or new taxes failed to pass by a vote of 16 to 7. Opposed were supervisors Bob Dueholm, Kathy Kienholz, Marvin Caspersen, Keith Rediske, Brian Masters, Ken Sample, Craig Moriak, Russell Arcand, Michael Larsen, Jay Luke, Diane Stoneking, Larry Jepsen, Kim O’Connell, Bergstrom, Gerald Newville and Chairman Bryan Beseler. In favor were supervisors Joan Peterson, Dean Johansen, Patricia Schmidt, Herschel Brown, Jim Edgell, Neil Johnson and Larry Voelker. Beseler ruled out of order a motion to go with option one, saying it was too similar to the failed motion that prohibited borrowing, bonding or new taxes. Beseler also ruled out of order a resolution seeking a $10-per-vehicle wheel tax, saying it was essentially the same resolution as one defeated last month. Last month’s resolution requested a $20-pervehicle fee. At $10 per vehicle, the fee would raise an estimated $400,000 next year. Voting to refer the budget back to the personnel committee to re-evaluate programs and services were supervisors Peterson, Schmidt, Brown, Kienholz, Caspersen, Rediske, Edgell, Masters, Moriak, Luke, Jepsen, O’Connell, Bergstrom, Johnson and Newville. Op-

posed were Dueholm, Johansen, Sample, Arcand, Larsen, Stoneking, Voelker and Beseler. Other business • The board approved the establishment of the Polk County Child Death Review Team to reduce the number of child deaths in the county. The team will be applying for a $5,000 grant to get started. To date in 2009, Polk County has had nine child deaths, including two victims of suicide under the age of 18. • By voice vote, with several supervisors opposed, the board approved a resolution sponsored by the renewableenergy committee to reduce the county’s transportation fuel use by 2 percent. • The board voted to submit a grant application to the Department of Natural Resources for funding to fight Japanese knotweed, described as an “aggressive terrestrial and aquatic invasive species.” The grant requires a cash and in-kind commitment of $6,627 from the county. • By voice vote, with several supervisors opposed, the board approved a resolution to restore one full-time registered nurse at Golden Age Manor with two part-time registered nurses. The fulltime position was cut out in May. Funding for the two part-time positions will be recouped through Medicaid, Medicare and supplemental payment plans.





Taking the next step Group holds brainstorming session for future of Whispering Pines Camp

Pastor Alan George looked over a Whispering Pines Camp brochure listing what the camp and retreat center has to offer. George came from New Richmond, to take part in a brainstorming session on how to keep Whispering Pines open. “While the board of trustees of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church has been authorized to sell Whispering Pines Camp, our group of volunteers is looking at possible ways of securing the land and the facilities to ensure that it remain available to people in the area and serve as a retreat center and/or a missional outreach facility,” she said.

Pastor Carolyn Saunders stood by an easel and wrote down the ideas coming from the group of people concerned about the future of Whispering Pines Camp. The brainstorming session was on held Sept. 10 at Central United Methodist Church in Grantsburg. Recently, in an attempt to delay the vote to sell Whispering Pines Camp and Byron Center (which was also authorized to be sold), a motion was written and presented to the conference on behalf of both the facilities. The motion asked the conference to form a task force for the purpose of promoting and marketing Whispering Pines and Byron Center by making a concerted effort to invite churches (including United Methodist Churches from neighboring annual conferences and nonUnited Methodist Churches), church-related boards and agencies, and nonreligious organizations to use both of the camps. The motion also included language encouraging the task force to evaluate the current use of the properties and to propose additional, creative ways to use them, thereby improving the potential for increased campers. Also suggested was a rethinking by the task force of the programs currently offered and to suggest programs that may have a wider appeal. The task force would have then reported their findings and recommendations back to the 2010 Annual Conference session. The motion was defeated and a vote approved the sale of both camps. After the vote the group currently seeking ways to preserve Whispering Pines as a missional camp and retreat center was formed.

Burnett County sheriff’s report Accidents Sept. 5: Bryan R. Hartnell, 28, Joliet, Ill., was northbound on Long Lake Road in Webb Lake Township, driving an ATV in the middle of the roadway when southbound Steven F. Blanchette, 53, Danbury, met him on a curve. The ATV struck the southbound vehicle, causing the vehicle to flip and eject the driver. Hartnell was transported to the hospital with a severe injury. Blanchette did not report any injuries. No citations were issued. Sept. 5: Norma E. Celentano, 75, Bradenton, Fla., was northbound on Deer Lake Road in Webb Lake Township when a deer crossed the road, causing the driver to loose control and hit a grove of trees. The driver did report an injury, however, the injury did not require an ambulance. No citations were issued. Sept. 6: A motorcycle owned by William J. Crippes, Richmond, Minn, legally parked at Woodland Pub was damaged by an unknown driver. Footage from the surveillance camera might reveal what happened. Damage to the motorcycle was

minor. Sept. 7: Gary D. Pihlstrom, 54, Mendota Heights, Minn., was northbound on Hwy. 35 in Danbury driving a motorcycle when southbound Delores H. Meier, 66, Danbury attempted a lefthand turn into the path of Pihlstrom, hitting the motorcycle. Both drivers were transported to the hospital for their injuries. Reportedly Meier did not see the motorcycle. She was issued one citation for inattentive driving. Sept. 9: Mary H. Gresham, 63, Maumee, Ohio, was northbound on Mallard Lake Road when deer crossed the road. Reportedly she slowed for the first one, but mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brake when a second deer crossed the road. The vehicle crossed through the intersection of CTH A and Mallard Lake Road, into the the ditch and hit a tree. No injuries were reported. Sept. 10: Debra L. Hayes, 55, Siren, was northbound on Hwy. 35 in Meenon Township, attempting a leftt-hand turn onto Midtown Road when Mark R. Steffen, 23, Osceola, also northbound on Hwy. 35, behind the

Hayes vehicle hit her from behind, spinning her vehicle, until it was facing southbound. Hayes was transported to the hospital for a possible injury, her vehicle severely damaged. Reportedly, Steffen was looking out his right window and didn’t see the vehicle slowing. He received one citation. Sept. 11: Timothy J. Michel, 41, Grantsburg, driving a Johnson Lumber truck, was eastbound on Hwy. 70 in Daniels Township, stopped waiting to make a left-hand turn into Johnson Lumber when a vehicle behind Michel, driving by Pamela M. Ritger, 54, Grantsburg, struck the truck from behind. The sheriff’s report claimed that Ritger was distracted because she was rubbing her eyes. Her vehicle was severely damaged in the accident. Ritger was transported to the hospital for a possible injury. She received a citation for inattentive driving.

A change in thinking The Sept. 10 gathering included members from the Methodist church in Grantsburg and others who came from St. Croix Falls, Osceola, Frederic and Webster. They all came with the same committment; keep the land out of development and save the camp. “Emotions at the last meeting were extremely high,” said Pastor Cindy Glocke of the United Methodist Church in Webster. “A lot of people want to hang on to what the camp was in the past. We may have to change our thinking.”

Russ and Deb Hammer, LuAnne Martell and Kim Dauer were part of the gathering of people interested in keeping Whispering Pines Camp open as a missional camp and retreat center who met at Central United Methodist Church in Grantsburg on Sept. 10.

Car chase ends in Frederic with OWI arrest FREDERIC – Michael Tschida, 49, Baldwin, was arrested after a chase from Milltown to Frederic early on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 10. He was charged with felony fleeing, OWI, OAS, and failure to stop at a stop sign. A police officer observed Tschida‘s vehicle fail to stop at an intersection in Milltown, and then drive erratically. The officer reported Tschida did not stop when he put on his lights and siren, continuing to drive north on Hwy. 35. As the vehicles neared Frederic, the officer reported he was going 90 miles per hour to keep up with Tschida, who was speeding up. Then Tschida pulled over, got out of his car and ran for the woods. A female passenger was in the car. She refused to identify the driver and was taken into custody. A K-9 unit was called. The officer shouted warnings into the woods that an attack dog was going to be sent in and to come out. The dog was sent in, and Tschida was

brought into custody and arrested. He was bleeding from his head and face from an apparent dog bite. Tschida was apparently intoxicated but was unable to perform field sobri-

ety tests and was taken to the St. Croix Falls hospital. He was treated and taken to the Polk County Jail. — with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department


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by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG – Pastor Carolyn Saunders stood by an easel holding a large blank piece of paper. A marker in hand, she was ready to write down the ideas coming from the group of people concerned about the future of Whispering Pines Camp. Saunders, Pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Grantsburg and also Atlas United Methodist Church, described the meeting as a brainstorming session.

Ideas coming out of the session (if the camp could be purchased from the Wisconsin Conference of the Methodist Church) included selling land not needed, harvesting the timber and using some of the land for crops, advertising the camp as a multipurpose facility, using the camp as a place for troubled youth, and investigating forming a land cooperative for the camp ownership. During the group’s discussion the question was raised as to who needs the camp, to which Pastor Saunders remarked, “That is a valuable question to ask.” The group agreed they needed to form a task force, which could develop an action plan and a survey to see who would be interested in using the camp and contributing to keeping the camp open. “I see the initial decision as are we going to purchase the land,” said Russ Hammer. “We are looking at forming a cooperative of partners and investors,” said Pastor Alan George, who came from New Richmond to attend the meeting. The group decided on some actions they would be taking as the process moves forward. A mission statement will be developed for the group and research will be done as to whom to contact as potential investors, donors and users. The group will also look into having the property appraised. The next meeting of the group will be held at the Methodist church in Osceola on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m.





County rejects Luck’s annexation request by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — By a vote of 17 to 6, the Polk County Board of Supervisors at its Sept. 15 meeting defeated a resolution to allow the village of Luck to annex a strip of county-owned land on the west side of the village. The village was seeking the annexation in order to be able to annex a 109-acre parcel it is in the process of purchasing for possible development as a business park. The property is located in the town of Luck, across CTH N from Little Butternut Lake, and the proposed purchase has caused heated discussion among both village and town residents. Property and business owners in the Luck area spoke on the issue, mostly expressing opposition, during the publiccomment portion of the meeting. Concerns such as noise, pollution, affect on property values and cost were raised, along with the fact that the town board and planning commission were not in favor of the purchase. As the lone member of the audience

Doug Pedersen Sr. presented a petition of more than 300 signatures of people opposed to the annexation of property into the village of Luck. Pedersen owns property adjacent to the land that the village wishes to purchase.

A large group gathered at the Sept. 15 meeting of the Polk County Board of Supervisors. Topics that drew the public included the Luck annexation issue, the lime quarry and proposed borrowing. – Photos by Mary Stirrat speaking in favor of the proposal, Luck Village Trustee Gene Cooper outlined the ways in which the village and lake association has worked to protect and improve the quality of Big Butternut Lake, located within the village limits. “We are good stewards of our natural resources,” Cooper told the county board and the audience. Among the comments made by the public and by some of the supervisors was the fact that both the town and the village of Luck passed their comprehensive plans this past spring. Both had included the property in question, known as the Peterson property, as rural preservation area. The village spent $20,000 on developing its plan, said Supervisor Dean Johansen. “I’ve had more calls on this than you can shake a stick at,” said Supervisor Jim Edgell, adding that the item should be sent back to the village and town. “Let them put the gloves on and duke it out,” he said. “In my mind,” said Supervisor Gerald Newville, “by refusing the village the right to annex this (county land) we, for

all practical purposes, settle the argument.” Allowing the annexation, he said, gives the village the opportunity to move forward and decide what to do with the land. Johansen, who is also the chairman of the town of Luck and a member of the town planning commission, said that the state considers public participation to be a key element in developing a comprehensive plan. He said that the village and the town met in March to review the two plans, and there was no objection to the Peterson property’s designation as rural preservation. Shortly after the village approved its plan, he said, it put in an offer to purchase the property, initiating a change in the use of the property. Because of the village’s actions, said Johansen, the integrity and honesty of the process was in question. “If it can be disregarded,” he said of the plan, “if it has no validity, why go through the process?” “I feel this is one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make,” said Supervisor Patricia Schmidt, whose district includes

the village and much of the township. “The village board and planning commission did go into this with the right thought and right mind. They want to do the right thing for the village.” The village needs an industrial park, said Schmidt, but there is a great deal of wetland in that area that is not open to development. On the other hand, she said, she has listened to the residents of the area, and respects their love for the environment and their heritage. Cooperation between neighbors is one of the key focuses of the comprehensive planning process, said Schmidt, adding that she would like to see that cooperation happen between the village and town of Luck. For that reason, she said, she would not vote in favor of the annexation, believing that the two municipalities can come together to talk and find a more appropriate place for the industrial park. Supervisors voting in favor of allowing Luck to annex the strip of countyowned land were Bob Dueholm, Joan Peterson, Keith Rediske, Russell Arcand, Larry Jepsen and Newville. Opposed were Johansen, Schmidt, Herschel Brown, Kathy Kienholz, Marvin Caspersen, Edgell, Brian Masters, Ken Sample, Craig Moriak, Michael Larsen, Jay Luke, Diane Stoneking, Kim O’Connell, Gary Bergstrom, Neil Johnson, Larry Voelker and Chairman Bryan Beseler. Besides Cooper, other Luck officials in attendance at the meeting were village Administrator Kristina Handt, trustees Marsha Jensen and Steve Nielsen, and village attorney Bruce Anderson. Following the vote, Handt indicated that the village board will need a special meeting to extend deadlines associated with the land purchase, including an October deadline for the annexation of the county property. Either the village president or two trustees must request the meeting. In addition, village attorney Bruce Anderson indicated he would be pursuing the state for annexation of the Peterson property.

Village president questions agenda item

Training, seminars for administrator come under the gun

by Mary Stirrat LUCK — In January of this year an item titled “consent agenda” was added to the agendas for meetings of the Luck Village Board to allow the board to approve any number of routine items with one motion. The use of the consent agenda and the items allowed to be included were brought into question by village President Nancy Webster-Smith at the Wednesday, Sept. 9, meeting of the board. The consent agenda for the Sept. 9 meeting included minutes from the Aug. 12 and Aug. 31 meetings, and attendance of the village administrator at an Oct. 26 seminar in Wisconsin Dells. The seminar, titled “Utility and local government accounting and financial management,” is being held at Kalahari Resort Convention Center, and includes tracks on managing budget solutions, government accounting standards and investment strategies, among others. Because of the financial impact of attending the seminar, Webster-Smith asked that the item be removed from the consent agenda and discussed as an independent agenda item. She said later that, if money is involved, she feels the public should be allowed to weigh in.

Estimated cost for the seminar is $417, including transportation ($243), registration ($75) and lodging ($99). Information on use of the consent agenda, presented at the January meeting and reiterated for new board members in May, states that it is for items deemed by the staff to be routine and/or noncontroversial. Any trustee wishing to remove an item from the consent agenda can make a motion to do so and, “without question, that item would be voted on by the board in a separate motion.” The current board has utilized the consent agenda to approve meeting minutes, the lease for golf carts, payment for Winter Carnival jackets for Luck royalty and attendance by the village clerk at two different conferences. “I have not received any direction from the board since they approved the training for the clerk that would indicate I should be handling these requests any differently,” said village Administrator Kristina Handt after the meeting, “and so that’s why I placed the administrator’s attendance at a seminar on the consent agenda.” The item was removed from the consent agenda and voted upon separately. Trustees Gene Cooper, Peter Demydowich, Marsha Jensen and Steve Nielsen voted in favor of allowing Handt to attend the conference, with WebsterSmith and Trustee Jen Nelson opposed. Trustee Lori Pardun was absent from the meeting.

According to the 2009 budget, the board allocated approximately $55,000 for the village administrator’s salary. Also allocated was $4,330 for “other expenses,” including memberships in two professional organizations, cell phone costs, continuing education, training and mileage. To date, just under $2,700 has been spent. Handt pointed out that she has no village-owned vehicle to use, so about half of the $2,700 has been spent on mileage, in accordance with her contract. An anonymous letter signed “Concerned Luck Seniors,” which primarily addressed the proposed land purchase, also questioned the qualifications of the village administrator.


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“The board,” Handt said later, “was well aware of my educational background and work experience.” She added that many professionals require continuing education, and the code of ethics for the International City/County Management Association, of which she is a member, states that members should commit to at least 40 hours of professional development each year. Note: The reporter was not in attendance at this meeting, but obtained information afterward from village President Nancy Webster-Smith, village Administrator Kristina Handt, and village clerk Kathy Hanson.


The Class of 1964 is planning to get together to celebrate their 45-year reunion. The reunion committee has planned a fun evening of reminiscing and conversation. We would like to invite other classes to join us at Trollhaugen Sat., Sept. 26, for the 5 p.m. Social Hour and 6 p.m. Buffet Dinner. For information about joining the Class of 1964 for this special evening, please contact Bruce Madsen at 715-483-2706 or Marian Dombrock via e-mail We look forward to hearing from you! 496074 4Lp



Better plan needed for development, business owner says by Mary Stirrat LUCK — The Polk County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night considered a resolution that would allow Luck to annex a small parcel of county-owned land on the west side the village (see separate story). This annexation is necessary in order for the village to proceed with purchase and annexation of a 109acre parcel it is looking at for business and industrial development. The ability to annex the property is a contingency that must be met in order for the purchase to proceed. Recent meetings of the Luck Village Board have been filled with public comments on the proposed purchase and development. Those opposed to it have cited environmental and financial concerns, including increased taxes, a possible reduction in property values, and the impact on the water quality of Little Butternut Lake and on the residents around the lake. Little Butternut Lake is located directly across CTH N from the property. Those in favor have noted that Luck’s current industrial park is filled and no new economic development can occur in that property. The “multiplier effect” of business development, they say, will benefit the village by generating additional taxes and additional revenue for existing businesses. Some new perspective was provided to the board at the Sept. 9 meeting. What follows is a recap of later interviews with Luck village resident Danette Olsen and Brook Waalen, owner of Café Wren and former village trustee, who now lives outside the village limits. Waalen’s comments “The village of Luck has gotten themselves into something of a pickle, financially,” Waalen said. The “pickle” is not as bad as that in which some municipalities are finding themselves, and it is not necessarily due to any fault of the village. “They’re looking outside their borders to put an industrial park, or a business park, or a Fleet Farm, or whatever it’s going to be,” he said. The rub, he said, is that local residents have no way of knowing what the development will look like. “What I would like is for the village to come up with a concrete plan,” said Waalen. “If issues like lighting, noise, delivery times, hours of operations, appearance of buildings, green space and visual buffers are identified, this could be a win-win situation.” Past comments by village officials that, to save money on design, the details will not be worked out until the property is acquired, said Waalen, assume that general parameters cannot be set. “Show me your intentions,” he said.



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The drawing available for the property shows four to seven lots within 1,000 feet of Little Butternut Lake, Waalen said, which raises concerns with some members of the public that the village will not maintain environmental sensitivity. Green space is shown on the north side of the property, which would not provide any kind of a visual or sound buffer for the lake or lakeshore residents. Past practice, he said, as demonstrated by the light industry in the downtown area, has been to allow operation with doors open and lunch whistles blowing. “These people didn’t move out to the lake for that,” said Waalen. There are already village ordinances that are not enforced, he said, such as those requiring greenery fences around the light industrial facilities and specified signage on Main Street. “Luck doesn’t enforce its own rules,” according to Waalen. “The village can say they have all the best intentions to develop this in the best way, and they may, but their record doesn’t show they’re going to follow through on this.” In its handling of the matter, he said, the village put things in the wrong order. “They jumped over the fence and starting picking apples off an apple tree that wasn’t theirs,” said Waalen. The village has not shown itself to be a good neighbor by dialoguing with township residents, but instead has presented vague ideas without asking for input. Acknowledging that the comprehensive plan adopted by the board in May is a fluid and changing document, Waalen said it appears the village is ignoring its own plan as well as that of the town of Luck. He points to this as one sign of a lack of “neighborliness.” “That gives me very little faith that Luck has a vision about where it’s going,” he added. Overall, he said, the village has been in the habit of “cobbling” itself together. As an example, Waalen cited the Wilderness Hills development on the south side of the village by the golf course. Developers at that site are attempting to sell an urban-type subdivision, which doesn’t fit with the character of Luck. What is needed, he said, is for officials to take a step back and look at the whole picture, then make some decisions regarding the future of the village. “If they come up with something good,” said Waalen, who is no stranger to municipal planning, “I’ll help sell it on behalf of the village.” The idea of taking the Peterson property, as the 109-acre parcel under consideration is called, and utilizing it for light industrial has its advantages, he said, especially since light industrial tends to require little in the way of public services while contributing to the economy. However, said Waalen, this type of industry often does not provide sufficient wages for the head of a household. In addition, competition from southeast Asia could mean that there is less demand for that type of development, and

other communities in the area are also looking to fill their industrial and business parks. “I don’t understand how Luck is going to be able to offer a product at a price that is competitive,” he said. On the other hand, a private developer could purchase the property and do as they wish within town and county regulations. “Anytime you take farmland and pave it,” said Waalen, “it raises questions.” The Peterson property, he added, is good agriculture land. “I look at this as an opportunity to keep this in the public realm,” he said. “We can do what’s right. But the village doesn’t look like it wants to partner with anyone to make decisions. It’s not even partnering with itself. “But the opportunity to do what is right is there. I don’t have a dog in this fight. But I operate in the town of Luck, and the village of Luck is my neighbor. And the village, my neighbor, is, I think, doing something very stupid by not being a good neighbor. “If this doesn’t slow down,” Waalen predicted, “and we aren’t given the opportunity to see details, it’s going to continue to be the most polarizing issue in our area.”

ation of a “green” economic development corporation would be favorable, cooperating with Milltown and Frederic to look at the future regionally. “I think we should be thinking carefully about the future of our community, and about what it’s going to take to sustain our quality of life,” Olsen said. “Luck has always been a very progressive community. I think it has a great mailing address, and I think it can be very forward thinking.” Olsen believes that the planning commission has done “due diligence” in its work to pursue economic development. Regarding the purchase of the property, Olsen said that sometimes it must be done confidentially to prevent being “gouged.” She described planning commission members as good, hardworking people. “They see an opportunity. Instead of just body-slamming them on this issue, let’s create a process to continue this dialogue.” People are concerned about the unknown and are feeling they are not being heard, Olsen said, adding that it was “no-brainer” that they would be upset. She encouraged the board to hold some “stakeholder conversations,” giving people a chance to be involved and heard.

Olsen’s comments “Seeing all the signs going up,” said Olsen, “I was compelled (to speak to the board), because I was very concerned about the divisiveness. I thought it was important to be able to ask everyone present to breath and to recognize that there can be a lot of things that are true at once.” In this case, she said, it is true that economic development is needed, and at the same time it is true that special places need to be protected, while it is true that the two can be related. Olsen said that she urged the board to proceed with the purchase, believing that through rigorous thought on the part of the board, planning commission and community, it could help preserve the property. With a private purchase, she said, even within zoning limitations, “unpleasant things could happen.” There is no guarantee that a private purchase would lead to a desirable outcome. Seeing the signs and the divisiveness, Olsen said, led her to review the comprehensive plan approved by the board earlier this spring. The plan contained a commitment to joint planning with neighboring communities and listed priorities of forestry, agriculture and tourism. “I think there is a lot of great opportunity to talk about these things with this property,” she said. “I don’t want gross economic development out there,” Olsen said, adding that state, federal and Department of Natural Resources regulations would disallow certain activities. On the other hand, she said, consider-

Other business • Ernie Naumann, volunteer coordinator with Polk County Chapter of Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, appeared before the board to discuss the organization and its needs. The chapter is looking for a lot with water and sewer. • The Luck Snowmobile Club asked permission to add walls to the north and south sides of the shelter built by Eagle Scout Roger Steen by the Gandy Dancer Trail. Because the item was not on the agenda, the board could not take action and will discuss the request at its next meeting. • Hassan Mirah was appointed to the housing authority to replace Shahid Mirah. Gene Cooper and Nancy Webster-Smith were appointed to the façade/microloan committee. • Following the recommendation of the golf course committee, the board voted to purchase a John Deere tractor for $15,400 and a fairway mower at $32,900. A 10-year state trust fund loan will be used for the purchase, and total interest on the purchase will be $16,756. Trustee Steve Nielsen excused himself from the room for the discussion. • Luck Library presented its 2010 budget request, which is 5 percent less than last year. The library is asking the village for $57,995, compared with $61,164 last year. In other library news, the board voted to opt out of the county library tax, an option open to the village because it has its own municipal library. Note: The reporter was not in attendance at this meeting, but obtained information afterwards from Brook Waalen and Kathy Hanson.

Old pro shop up for sale by Mary Stirrat LUCK — Prompted by a request from the Luck Booster Club, the old, unused pro shop at the golf course is going up for bid and, if the booster club is the successful bidder, may soon have a new use as a concession stand and storage area for the club. Janet Holdt and other members of the booster club attended the Sept. 9 meeting of the Luck Village Board to ask if the old pro shop was available for purchase. The board agreed to put the building up for bid, with a bid opening set for the next regular board meeting on Oct. 14. According to Holdt, the booster club would like to have a new concession stand with two handicapped bathrooms. The rest of the 36- by 36-foot building would be used for storage of sports equipment and a booster club room. “The golf building would be a good solution if we can get it cheap enough,”

This 36- by 36-foot building at the Luck Golf Course, formerly the pro shop, is up for bid. The Luck Booster Club hopes to obtain it and move it to the athletic field for use as a concession stand and rest rooms. — Photo by Mary Stirrat

said Holdt. “We still have costs such as plumbing, cement, a holding tank, electricity and remodeling the building.” A new facility is needed, she said, for safety reasons and because the old concession stand doesn’t have enough room

or power to serve food similar to other schools. Accessible rest rooms close by would encourage senior citizens to enjoy the game without having to climb a hill to the current bathrooms. “We have raised money by selling Car-

dinal discount cards, concessions at events during the summer and the beanbag game at basketball games,” Holdt said. “We are currently selling raffle tickets for a scooter, donated by Terry Larsen. Other prizes are a lifetime pass to Cardinal games and a gift certificate from Bella Salon.” The building is currently used for golf course storage, and the golf course commission has recommended that it be sold. Golf course Superintendent Seth Peterson said that the building is in excellent condition, but with no running water its use is limited. Items currently stored there will be moved or sold, he said, and the space may be developed into a practice green. When built in 1997, according to the auditor, the building was valued at $52,678.


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by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS – Engineer Joe Samuel and Trudy Popenhagen, Xcel Energy, addressed the council with an update on the underground transmission line (Chisago Project) at the Sept. 14 council meeting. The following points were gone over and outlined by Xcel, who indicates they will be adhering to the original settlement agreement and

heading down the Blanding Woods route after the school board denied an easement for the line to be buried on school property last month. Xcel indicated they hope to complete the undergrounding work from the substation through Overlook yet this season, and are holding off until spring 2010 for Blanding Woods Road undergrounding work with a public hearing for Blanding Woods residents. One concern Blanding residents had was that Xcel would replace the torn-up portion of the road for the line burial with a patch. The points gone over in the following paragraphs indicate a fully re-

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did have an injured arm and said she’d broken the window out because the door handle was broken and she couldn’t get in the house. She admitted to driving on CTH H but couldn’t say where she had gone and acknowleged she was “so drunk.” Her wounds were treated by EMS. Her preliminary breath test read .29. Michael Blomgren, 39, Luck, was arrested and charged with OWI fourth offense on Sept. 12 at about 6:30 p.m. Someone called police reporting a driver that was southbound on CTH 87, was “all over the road,” and threw a beer can out of the window. Blomgren was stopped and given field sobriety tests. His preliminary breath test read .21, and he was taken to the hospital for a blood draw and then to the Polk County Jail. Other OWI first offense arrests were William Rivard, 64, Frederic, on Sept. 8; Robert Newell, 42, St. Croix Falls on Sept. 11; and Scott Walters, 27, Bloomington, Minn., on Sept. 12. — with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department


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Points gone over by Xcel members to the council: •Xcel agrees that construction within the Blanding Woods corridor shall not commence until spring of 2010 and a community forum shall be held months prior to share such plans with Blanding Woods residents; Xcel shall agree to full asphalt restoration of Blanding Woods Road as opposed to just an asphalt patch of their trench line. •Xcel agrees to provide a realistic construction time line for the River Street and Pine Street segments to be shared with city council. •Xcel agrees to hold a preconstruction meeting prior to proceeding on the River Street to Washington Street segment to include cable and television providers so they can bury their River Street overhead in Xcel trenches and that property owners (Grecco’s, etc) be given opportunity to bury overhead service lines to their property. •Xcel agrees to relocate barbed-wire fencing at the River Spirit /Gaylord Nelson Parkway trailhead so such fencing is not an intrusion; Xcel agrees to pay for city engineering services and to pay a $45,000 street permit fee. •Xcel agrees that all construction segments shall be secured with a restoration agreement to be approved by city council and that Xcel provide a performance bond and liability insurance of a sufficient amount to secure restoration. •Xcel agrees to provide city with a per-

Other business •The city authorized MSA to do a wetland delineation study and report for the Marina right of way. The city is in a pending lawsuit over the Marina right of way. Two property owners are not in agreement with the access to the river and the city is caught in the middle of the dispute. One of the property owners is taking the matter to court, while the city is gathering information to present to the court regarding the right of way. The fee for the study by MSA is $2,100. •Appointed Danette Olson to the city’s tourism committee. •Voted not to allow gun deer hunting in the Wert Nature Preserve this season. •Denied a request for a “freecycling” site, using a library shelf. Concerns of the shelf being loaded with junk were raised. A freecycling site is a place where persons can drop off their unwanted items and someone interested in those items can take them for free, rather than putting the items in the trash. •Authorized the Gandhi Dancer Bike Ride through the city in October.

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School board hears concerns about media staffing

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by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS – During public comments at the regular school board meeting Monday, Sept. 14, the school board heard, from staff, concerns about the media position at the district. Diane Finster, media specialist, said she was asked to address the board with respect to the media position, which was to be on the agenda, but will not be put on the agenda until the Oct. 13 meeting. Since the item was not on the agenda, board President Mona Schmidt said the board could hear the comments, but could not discuss the issue or make comments on the topic. With that, Finster handed out papers to the board providing them with information about tasks she performs at all the schools (Dresser, elementary, middle and high) and the tasks that Frohn performed when she

was with the district. The issue presented to the board by Finster and other staff was the need for two media specialists. At the end of the school year last year, Frohn moved from the district and her position was eliminated due to budget concerns. This leaves the district with one media specialist. Finster said she services 1,225 students and provides them with quality technology curriculum. She was not asking the board to hire another person, but her list of hours and instructional activities basically spoke to the fact that Finster was spread too thin. Staff asserted their concerns following Finster’s comments. “Without her, we don’t have a tech person,” said teacher Cherie Ollman. “My fifth-graders use her extensively.” Teacher Shauna Waltz said, “Most of our in-service was spent on technology

curriculum.” Waltz said the skills needed to get that going requires the assistance of Finster and another tech person. “It’s more work than we can handle.” Teacher Sam Malm addressed the board as well, stating, “We have one media person. When are we going to get back to two?” Teacher Dan Clark said he was present as a parent, not as a teacher, in support of Finster. “I took my kids [students] to the computer lab today and couldn’t even get the simplest program, Windows, to open. My class went back to the room because there was no tech support. As a teacher, there’s not much I can do to prevent that from happening. But, as a parent, it is something I don’t want to see happening to my kids. If the mission statement of the district says to provide a quality education, then we should do that.” The public comment concluded and

Schmidt invited all in attendance to the Oct. 13 meeting when the issue of the media specialist will be on the agenda.

Awards presented High school Principal Pete Nusbaum, on behalf of the school district, presented certificate awards to Steve Mikutowski, buildings and grounds supervisor, and custodial staff Brian Grove and Jim Haskins for their efforts above and beyond to help ready the high school for the start of the school year. Nusbaum said with the new music area and remodeling done to the existing area in the high school, there were a lot of jobs being completed to get things ready for the start of school. “There were others involved, but these three individuals put tremendous effort and time and went beyond the call of duty.”

TF approves preliminary 2010 budget

Pumphouse Park gets equipment

by Tammi Milberg TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – Despite tax cuts to municipalities in the Minnesota State Budget, Taylors Falls has still managed to keep the levy for their taxpayers down. The city’s property tax value dropped $100,000, as another hit to the city’s budgeting process. The proposed budget for 2010 is $624,590. The 2009 amended budget is $659, 522. This re-

sults in a 5.3-percent decrease in the levy. In other business, the Pumphouse playground equipment was authorized for purchase. Tana Havumaki, park and rec., stated that the equipment for the tot lot at the park was just under $7,000. She stated that the park is a benefit to the community. “The city is doing something for toddlers, not just for teens or adults.” The money is in the parks fund collected from developers to buy the equipment. Councilman John Tangen said he liked

the idea, and added that his only concern was that Cherry Hill Park does not get put on the back burner, because it’s been there eight years. “It’s not on the back burner whatsoever,” said Havumaki. “In fact we have trees coming this week that will be planted next week. We are multitasking.” The motion to approve the playground equipment not to exceed $7,500 from Xccent in Osceola was carried. Pumphouse Park is located at West Street and Maple Street.

Other business •Approved additional soil borings for the MnDOT property at the back of the property site to see if the property is developable without a large cost. Initial borings in the front of the property indicated costly development. •Approved public works and clerk/treasurer training requests. •Approved additional expenditures for the completion of bathrooms and doors at the Memorial Community Center.

SCF passes preliminary budget for 2009-2010

Levy, mill rate up, value down

by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS – The school district of St. Croix Falls held their annual meeting Monday, Sept. 14. The meeting is where the district voters learn about the predicted budget numbers and levy numbers for the coming school year. The budget for this year in set with an anticipation of a drop in equalized value

Weekend event in October by Tammi Milberg DRESSER – The village board for Dresser met Sept. 14. Due to the Labor Day holiday, they held their meeting a week later than usual. The board heard a presentation from Jo Ann Kuntz, Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway, and Minnesota Transportation Museum, about the Pumpkin Train Excursion. The event is scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 16, 17 and 18, and begins at the Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway. From there, passengers take a ride on the

of 4 percent. With equalized value down, the levy usually goes up along with the mill rate. Such is the case for the proposed budget, which the district adopted Monday night. The levy last year was $7,278,293. This year’s proposed levy is $7,642,341. The mill rate (dollars per $1,000 of assessed value) is $9.81, up from $8.97 last year. The district is being conservative with the figures because they assume the equalized value will go down because market values of homes are low. In the

past, the budget is set with no increase or decrease in value. Usually there is an increase in value when the final numbers come in October, which puts the district in a better financial position than they anticipate. However, that is not expected this year, so conservatively, the board estimated a 4-percent decrease in value. The other unknowns are the pupil count and state aid. Those numbers come in October. The district passes the estimated budget in September with the final numbers coming in and being ad-

Dresser site for Pumpkin Train train to the Dresser Depot. Once in Dresser, passengers can enjoy pump car rides, games, wagon rides, face painting, and the haunted depot. Food will be available on the festival grounds in Dresser. Persons attending are encouraged to wear a costume. Train departure times are: Friday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. There is more than one train, and passengers do not have to take the same train back to the station in Osceola (departure times courtesy of railway Web site: A free pumpkin will be available for all children 15 and under, and the event will be held rain or shine. Reservations

should be made by 8 a.m. the day before you wish to schedule a departure. Ticket prices are: adults $20, seniors $20 (62 and older), children $12 (ages 5-15), children 5 and under $5. For reservations call 715755-3570. Other business •In other business, the board heard from Habitat for Humanity. The presentation to the board indicated that there is a Polk County Chapter, and that they are looking for lots to build homes on and to get the word out. •The board adopted their comprehensive plan for the village through passing an ordinance. •Fall cleanup dates were approved for

justed and passed sometime in October. The bottom line is that the proposed levy and mill rate are up for the district. When the vote came to pass the proposed tax levy for 2009-2010, board member Pat Mitchel voted against. The motion carried with all district voters in attendance voting in favor and one opposed. Mitchel was not required to provide a reason for her opposition.

Sept. 21 to Oct. 8, with special Saturday dates Sept. 26 and Oct. 3. •Approved authorizing the village attorney Tim Laux to draft a contract for waste management for garbage pickup. •Approved $110 for the St. Croix Valley Tourism Alliance 2009 member dues. •Approved $43.75 to the St. Croix Valley Municipal Association for annual dues. •Approved $250 for the Dresser-Osceola-Garfield Halloween Party to be held on Halloween at the Dresser Community Hall. •Tabled the membership dues of $875 for the Polk County Economic Development Corporation.

Fibersmith Farm hosts open house National Alpaca Farm Days by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS – For the second year in a row, the Fibersmith Farm in St. Croix Falls is holding an open house the last weekend in September, participating in National Alpaca Farm Days. The Fibersmith Farm is owned and operated by Rodney and Brenda Smith, who raise alpacas. The farm is located at 1448 210th St., in St. Croix Falls (follow signs posted at the Menards intersection). The open house in is coordination with

Alpacas at the Fibersmith Farm in St. Croix Falls. The farm is hosting an open house Sept. 26 and 27. – Photo submitted

National Alpaca Farm Days in which participating farms hold open houses for the public to meet the alpacas. Many farms participating in the Alpaca Farm Days also sell alpacas, and offer raw fiber, yarn and alpaca products. The public is invited to see the farm and learn more about alpacas at the Fibersmith Farm open house Saturday, Sept. 26, and Sunday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on National Alpaca Farm Days, or to find more farms participating in the event, go to





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French fights for 206 yards and three TDs

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Webster 22, Unity 0 by Marty Seeger BALSAM LAKE – Opportunity knocked for both Webster and Unity in the teams’ first conference game of the season. Unity coach Dave Anderson was pleased with how his Eagles played for the first three quarters, as the team brought the ball inside the 20-yard line on at least three separate occasions but failed to score. “Mistakes were a major factor in our loss,” Anderson said. “Turnovers and penalties just killed us. We have to give credit to those Tigers; they were a very aggressive, hard-hitting team.” For the Tigers it was much the same in the first half, including a chance to score inside the five-yard line just before the end of the first half. “We had some opportunities in the first half to get to the end zone, but I didn’t do a great job with getting us there,” Tigers coach Jeromie Voeltz said. “The kids did a great job hanging in there and we were able to establish a long drive just before half, but unfortunately, we

Webster’s Tyler Macke celebrates after a key tackle for a loss of 17 yards against Unity.

Webster’s Chad French finds an opening in the Unity defensive line last Friday night. – Photos by Marty Seeger ran out of time.” It was a scoreless game heading into halftime, but momentum before the half carried in favor of Webster. The first key came on a defensive play when Webster’s Derek Eichman recovered a fumble on the Tigers 35-yard line. A face-mask penalty on the Eagles and a couple of key runs got the Tigers into striking distance of the end zone, and Chad French scored Webster’s first touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run. French moved the chains all night for the Tigers and ended the game with 206 yards on 33 carries. Teammate Dan Pope also had a great night with 154 yards on 24 carries. While the Eagles continued to press on late in the third quarter the Webster defense pressed harder, including their effort to stop Eagles running back Dustin McKinney. McKinney was held to just 52 yards on 15 carries. “Defensively, we played a pretty good football team. We were able to do a pretty good job of containing McKinney, which is no small feat. He is a really good back that can take it to the house at any given moment. We were able to take proper angles and kept him in check,” Voeltz said.

The Tigers came up with a huge stop late in the third when Tyler Macke chased down a scrambling McKinney in the backfield for a loss of 17 yards, putting the Eagles on their own 2-yard line. Pope also picked up an interception before the quarter ended. Webster scored two more times in the fourth quarter on 4-yard runs by French to help seal the victory. Both Pope and Jake Lubich had great games defensively, leading the Tigers with 11 tackles apiece with four assists. Unity’s Mike Johnson led the team in tackles with five, and Jared Peper and Alec Carlson each had four. “Our kids continued to play tough on both sides of the ball and created some big plays on defense which made our offense score on a much smaller field. Our guys up front played a really nice game, creating opportunities for our backs to run to. This was a great win for our football team against a really good Unity football team. We flew together as one unit tonight,” Voeltz said. The Tigers host undefeated Luck at their homecoming game this Friday beginning at 7 p.m., and the Eagles travel to Grantsburg.

Cards grind Grantsburg Battle unbeaten Webster this Friday Luck 33, Grantsburg 14 by Marty Seeger LUCK – Luck held on to a 26-0 halftime lead over the Pirates last Friday for their first conference win of the season, and remain unbeaten with a 3-0 record. All 26 Cardinal points came in the second quarter after a first quarter that featured an interception for each team and some key defensive stops by Luck. Cole Mortel intercepted a Pirates pass

midway through the first quarter and Luck managed to press on into Pirates territory after the turnover. Despite gaining momentum on the ground, the Pirates took the ball right back after a nice catch was made by Luck’s Landen Strilzuk. Grantsburg’s Derek Bertelsen managed to strip the ball from Strilzuk and the Pirates took over on their own 30-yard line.

See Luck, next page Luck’s Collin Svoboda outruns Grantsburg’s Brent Myers in Friday’s game. – Photo by Marty Seeger

••• VANCOUVER, Canada – The U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team nabbed first place recently at the Hockey Canada Cup. Along with Siren native, and veteran defenseman Molly Engstrom, the U.S. won 4 of 5 games against the top four teams in the world, which include Finland, Sweden and Canada. U.S.A. defeated Canada 2-1 in the championship on Sept. 6. ••• LEADER LAND – The Clear Lake at St. Croix Falls Football game can be heard on 104.9 FM on Friday, Sept. 18, beginning at 7 p.m. The Ellsworth at Amery football game is being broadcast on 1260 AM at 7 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 18. ••• RICE LAKE – A rules meeting is scheduled for the 2010 Rice Lake Ice Racing season at the Bungalow Bar in Rice Lake. The meeting will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, and all parties interested are invited. Topics include rules, fees and the possibility of adding a new class. Individuals or groups wishing to help with the upcoming season are encouraged to attend. Parties that are unable to attend the meeting and have an item to be discussed can contact Troy at 715-2966768. ••• MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Brewers games being broadcast on WXCE 1260 AM can be heard on the following dates and times. The Brewers at Cubs game begins at 1:15 p.m., on Sept. 17. The Astros at Brewers games on Sept. 19, and 20 begin at 6 p.m., and 1 p.m., respectively. The Cubs at Brewers series on Sept. 21-23 begin at 7 p.m., all three nights. ••• MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., – Minnesota Twins games broadcast on WLMX 104.9 FM can be heard on the following dates and times. The Detroit at Twins game on Sept. 19, begins at 3 p.m. The Twins at White Sox games on Sept. 21-23, begin at 7 p.m., each night. ••• GREEN BAY – The Bengals at Packers game can be heard on WXCX 105.7 FM on Sunday, Sept. 20, begining at noon. ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4:30 p.m. on Mondays to go in Extra Points. – Marty Seeger and Brenda Sommerfeld ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete who will be playing collegiate sports in 2009 and hasn’t been mentioned, send us an e-mail or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger and Brenda Sommerfeld

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Vikings slice through Evergreens Frederic scores within seconds Frederic 38, Northwood/Solon Springs 22 by Brenda Sommerfeld FREDERIC – The Vikings now have a record of 2-1 after a 38-22 win over the Northwood/Solon Springs Evergreens Friday, Sept. 11. Within 20 seconds of starting kickoff, Frederic’s Tony Peterson threw an 81yard pass to William Primm in order to score six in the first quarter. By halftime, the Vikings were up over Northwood/Solon Springs 26-6. Starting out the third quarter, Frederic scored on a 4-yard run by Peterson. The Evergreens retaliated with a 75-yard kick return directly following Peterson’s touchdown and several minutes later, Northwood/Solon Springs threw a 70yard pass to score a second time in the third. Frederic held the Evergreens out of their end zone throughout the fourth, while Peterson scored one last time.

Frederic’s Ian Anderson stretches for more yardage in last Friday night’s game against Northwood/Solon Springs. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

Peterson totaled 99 yards in 20 carries with three touchdowns. His fourth touchdown was on a 20-yard fumble return in the second quarter. Peterson also completed one pass for 81 yards, returned two kickoffs for 31 yards, had one punt return for 50 yards and dominated on defense with 10 solo tackles and eight assists. Ian Anderson led the team in rushing yards with 188 in 14 carries, scoring a touchdown with seconds left in the second quarter. Anderson also topped the roster on defense with eight solo tackles, two assist tackles, one sack and two tackles for losses. Adam Chenal went eight yards rushing, completed one interception, punted 126 yards in three attempts and returned one kickoff for 16 yards. Chenal had three solo tackles and seven assists. Ben Ackerley completed two passes for 28 yards. He had one kickoff return for 23 yards and one punt return for 20 yards. Ackerley played defense also, making three solo tackles and four assists. Frederic will face Winter in Winter Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. for their next game.

Dragons slain by Lakers Siren coach stays positive Turtle Lake 55, Siren 8 by Brenda Sommerfeld SIREN – The young Siren Dragons team had a tough night against the Turtle Lake Lakers Friday, Sept. 11, with a 55-8 loss. “Again, I commend our kids for hanging in there and never giving up against a very good team,” coach Jason Bins said. “We started the game moving the ball well, but Turtle Lake made some adjustments that really slowed our offense down.” Quarterback Christian Hall had seven carries for 26 yards and the team’s one and only touchdown. Passing, Hall went

8 for 24, totaling 64 yards and one twopoint conversion. Isaac Wegner had six carries for 11 yards and Jeremy Wikstrom had eight carries for 14 yards. Andrew Brown caught four of Hall’s completed passes for 36 yards, Murdock Smith two catches for 15 yards and Tadd Oachs one catch for 11 yards. Defensively, Wegner had 10 tackles for the team, three sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Brown also had 10 tackles during the game and he forced one fumble. William Haines had three tackles and forced three fumbles. “Our defense had a hard time stopping their big running backs,” Bins commented. “It will be nice next week to see a team in Washburn that has a roster that looks similar to ours.” Siren will play Washburn in Washburn Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m.

Siren’s Isaac Weger falls back on a defense attempt against Turtle Lake. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

Saints stopped cold by Elk Mound Clear Lake comes to St. Croix Falls this Friday Elk Mound 35, St. Croix Falls 0 by Marty Seeger ST. CROIX FALLS – It was tough from the start as the Saints suffered their second loss of the season to Elk Mound last

Luck/from previous page The Cardinals managed to stop the Pirates from capitalizing on the turnover, and with help from a solid run from Collin Svoboda, the Cards took it across midfield before the end of the first quarter. Then, just seconds into the second quarter, Strilzuk scored on a 14-yard run to help give the Cards a 7-0 lead. “I thought we played well for three quarters,” said Pirates coach Keith Lehne, but added, “We fell apart in the second quarter with turnovers and a couple key mental mistakes.” The Pirates were forced to punt in their first possession of the second quarter

Friday night at home. The Mounders struck twice in the first quarter as quarterback Garrick Day connected with Jake Puzio for a 13 and a 33-yard touchdown pass to make it a 14-0 game. After Derek Susa rushed to the end zone on a 9-yard run, Day connected again with Puzio on a nine-yard pass and the Mounders took a 28-0 lead at halftime. “Elk Mound came to play and controlled the line of scrimmage from the

start of the game,” said Saints coach Rod Sempf. The Saints had a pair of big returns called back on penalties, but other than that it was a quiet night for both the offense and defense. St. Croix Falls was held to a total of 92 yards rushing on 29 attempts for an average of 3.2 yards per carry. The team’s longest was a 20-yard run. In the passing department the Saints completed four passes on nine attempts for 24 yards with one interception.

With this game behind them, the Saints are hoping for a turnaround when they host their first conference game of the season against Clear Lake. The Warriors are off to a great start, but all three wins have come against teams with two or more losses, which include Clayton, Prairie Farm and Cameron. “We’re really looking forward to getting into conference play,” Sempf said.

and Luck quickly scored after a key run from Strilzuk, which eventually led to a 13-yard touchdown run from quarterback Carson Giller. The Cardinals recovered a fumble only a minute after Giller’s touchdown run and scored again on a 4yard run from Strilzuk to give the Cardinals a 20-0 lead. Pirates defensive tackle Matt Wood created a turnover late in the second quarter when he intercepted a Giller pass, but Grantsburg couldn’t capitalize on the turnover and were forced to punt. A few plays later Giller connected with Strilzuk, who made a diving circus catch good for 36 yards, which ultimately set the Cardinals up for another score before the end of the first half. The 4-yard

touchdown by Collin Svoboda gave the Cards a 26-0 halftime lead. “We played 2-1/2 good quarters, but I have to give credit to a young Grantsburg team who came to play after halftime,” said Luck coach Don Kendzior. “After going up 26 – 0 the first half, we played on our heals on defense instead of attacking like the two previous games. Our boys had a bad taste in their mouths after the game because they knew they could’ve played better and are expected to perform better.” The Pirates struck first in the second half when Bertelsen scored on a 1-yard run. Taylor Horsager scored a touchdown for the Cardinals in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard run, and Nolan

Hanson scored the Pirates second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard pass from Myers. “The offensive line showed improvement as we were able to run the ball with some consistency,” Lehne said. “Defensively we made some nice plays including a forced fumble and an interception but we still allowed too many big plays.” The Cardinals running game was on again as they averaged 7 yards per carry with 289 yards on 36 carries. Luck will face another unbeaten team with Webster this Friday, Sept. 18, during the Tigers homecoming game, while Grantsburg hosts Unity.








Luck scraps out a win over Shell Lake Unity wins a thriller in Clear Lake Luck 3, Shell Lake 2 by Marty Seeger LUCK – The Cardinals had a comeback victory over Shell Lake on Tuesday evening. After losing the first two games by scores of 19-25 and 11-25, Luck won the next three games by scores of 25-18, 25-12 and 15-13. Morgan Denny led the team with 11 kills and four blocks, while Maia Lehmann had six kills and Ashley Dexter had five. Alecia Ouellette led the team with four blocks. Hannah Karl led the team with six aces, and Denny and Aleah Lemieux each had four aces. Lemieux also had six digs on the night, as well as teammate Jaimee Buck. Unity 3, Clear Lake 2 CLEAR LAKE – The Eagles pulled out a nice match win at Clear Lake on Tuesday night in five games by scores of 2514, 16-25, 20-25, 25-21 and 18-16. According to Unity coach Chris Lesneski, neither team wanted to take charge and the Eagles struggled with errors. It was a back-and-forth battle, and at times the Eagles kept the Warriors at bay with

Luck’s Morgan Denny nails a shot to send the ball back to into Shell Lake territory Tuesday, Sept. 15. – Photo by Larry Samson good serves and passing. “We had times when we played really well and I give the girls credit for coming back a couple of times and sticking to our plan and eventually coming out on top,” Lesneski said. Crystal Donahue led the team with 15 kills and Cadi Harper had eight, while Sam Ince had seven. Bryana Petersin had 28 set assists. Marisa Hacker led the defense with 25 digs, and Donahue had 14. Harper had 5.5 blocks and three solo blocks, and Brittany Petznick had two solo blocks. “Our stats are really telling the story with where we are at, when we can reduce our errors and put pressure on the opposition we do well but we have times when we lose our focus and, basically, give points away,” Lesneski said.

Frederic 3, Webster 1 WEBSTER – Neither Frederic or Webster was about to give up on the first game of their match Tuesday, Sept. 15. The Tigers were finally overtaken in a 3230 loss, and even though they won the second game 25-21, the Vikings came out on top with two more victories 25-16 and 25-21. Frederic had several girls with big hits at the net for kills. Chrissy Chenal was the top hitter with nine kills, Krysta Laqua had seven, Camilla Collovati five and Cori Schmidt, Maria Miller and Alli Anderson each with two. Schmidt and Laqua had the team’s two solo blocks and Laqua and Chenal each had an assisted block. Alex Lonetti set up 13 points, while Paola Endara got nine set just right to score. Laqua had a nice night from the serving line with six aces and only one error on 25 serves. Vanessa Neumann completed 12 of her 16 serves with two aces and Isabelle Lexen made 15 serves over with two unanswered by Webster. Chenal and Lexen each had 11 digs and Laqua and Neumann each made six. For the Tigers Mary Johnson powered 12 kills over the net, Ally Daniels seven and Siiri Larsen four. Johnson made two blocks and Daniels one. Larsen assisted in 17 points. Daniels and Amber Davis each sent over five serves that Frederic didn’t return. Johnson had two digs while many others managed one. – Brenda Sommerfeld St. Croix Falls 3, Siren 0 SIREN – The Saints took a conference win over the Siren Dragons, winning the first three games in the match. St. Croix Falls won 25-16, 25-23 and 25-17 Tuesday, Sept. 15. Siren’s Carley Emery had five kills and Meghan Baasch and Abigail Mitchell each made three. Sarah Howe had nine assists in the game. Ashley Guevara blocked five kill attempts by the Saints and Deanna Phernetton blocked three. – Brenda Sommerfeld

Unity’s Hayla Bader gets down to receive the ball during a previous game this year. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Siren’s Deanna Phernetton hits the ball over St. Croix Falls players during Tuesday’s game. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

Tiger Amber Davis goes for the kill over Frederic’s Maria Miller and Camilla Collovati Tuesday, Sept. 15. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld








Unity/Luck tennis wins final home match Team moves to 3-2 in the conference by Marty Seeger BALSAM LAKE – Despite having four matches left in the season, the Eagles tennis team played their final home match of the year, but made it a memorable one at that with a 4-3 win over Mondovi on Tuesday afternoon. Unity’s No. 2 doubles team, Maddie Anderson and Anna Ebensperger, defeated Mondovi’s Shelby Danzinger and Tessa Schimidtknuht in a close game 6-4, 7-6 and 7-2 in the tiebreaker. “Maddie took charge at the net, while being a relentless hustler,” said Unity coach Beth Trudeau. “Anna stayed consistent with her serving and had great placement of shots to finish points.” Julie Franzel had a nice match for the Eagles against Mara Nedland with a 6-2, 6-0 win. “She has tremendous mental control of her game, while hustling to every shot,” said Trudeau. Others notching wins on the evening were No. 1 singles player, Lexi Kothlow, who defeated Katie Brunkow, 6-3, 4-6, 75. Unity’s Alex Davison defeated Jane Cole 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 2 singles spot as well. Unity’s Joy Albrecht was defeated 6-2, 6-1 in her match as the No. 4 singles, and the No. 1 doubles team, Jessica Tuesday, Sept. 15 Mondovi at Unity

Unity/Luck 4, Mondovi 3 No. 1 Singles: Lexie Kothlow (U) d. Katie Brunkow (M) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5; No. 2 Singles: Alex Davison (U) d. Jane Cole (M) 6-2, 6-2; No. 3 Singles: Julie Franzel (U) d. Mara Nedland (M) 6-2, 6-0; No. 4 Singles: Kate Engen (M) d. Joy Albrecht (U) 6-2, 6-1; No. 1 Doubles: Tera Becker and Jocelyn Caturia (M) d. Jessi Kutina and Katherine Ebensperger (U) 6-3, 5-7, 7-5; No. 2 Doubles: Maddie Anderson and Anna Ebensperger (U) d. Shelby Danzinger and Tessa Schimidtknuht (M) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2 tie break); No. 3 Doubles: Martha Moyer and Lacy Klock (M) d. Mary Maiden Mueller and Emily Petzel (U) 6-0, 6-3.

Alex Davison takes a swing while playing her Mondovi opponent on Unity/Luck’s home court Tuesday, Sept. 15. – Photo by Marty Seeger Kutina and Katherine Ebensperger, were defeated 6-3, 5-7 and 7-5. The No. 3 doubles team for Unity, which includes Mary Maiden Mueller and Emily Petzel, was also defeated, 6-0, 6-3. The Eagles travel to Ellsworth for their next match this Thursday, Sept. 17, beginning at 4 p.m. Unity/Luck 4, Bloomer 3 BLOOMER – The Unity/Luck tennis team won four of the seven matches against Bloomer Thursday, Sept. 10. Two singles players and two doubles teams defeated their opponents.

According to coach Beth Trudeau, the No. 2 doubles team Maddie Anderson and Anna Ebensperger played their best match yet as a new doubles team this year, defeating Bloomer in two sets, 6-2 and 6-1. “Both girls are tremendous threats at the net, while Maddie finished off points with angled ground strokes to the corners,” Trudeau said. “I was very impressed with their partnership today and look forward to their next battle against Mondovi.” Mary Maiden Mueller and Emily Petzel put up a fight as the No. 3 doubles

team. The first game ended in Bloomer’s favor 7-6 with a 7-5 tie break, but Maiden Mueller and Petzel took the next two games 6-4 and a pro set of 10-8. “They never let their guard down in a tough fight against Bloomer,” Trudeau commented. “Emily was a hustling machine on the court, chasing down everything she could, while Mary stepped up her aggressiveness at the net to overtake Bloomer in a third-set pro set to win.” No. 1 doubles Jessi Kutina and Katherine Ebensperger weren’t as fortunate in their three-set match. Kutina and Ebensperger won the first set 6-3, fell 6-3 in the second and had a pro-set loss, 119, in the final set. The two singles players to win their matches were No. 1 singles player Lexie Kothlow and No. 3 singles Julie Franzel. Kothlow defeated her Bloomer opponent Sasha Zwiefelhofer 6-1 in each of the two sets. “Lexie Kothlow has been a stable force at No. 1 singles this year,” Trudeau explained. “Her cross-court ground-stroke techniques were unbelievable today, as well as her attack at the net to put away points.” Franzel defeated Jamie Ludwigson 6-1 and 7-5 in her two sets. No. 2 singles player Alex Davison was brought down by her Bloomer competition, 6-2 and 6-1, and No. 4 singles Joy Albrecht lost 6-3 and 6-1. – Brenda Sommerfeld Thursday, Sept. 10 Unity/Luck at Bloomer

Unity/Luck 4, Bloomer 3 No. 1 Singles: Lexie Kothlow (U) d. Sasha Zwiefelhofer (B) 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 Singles: Kayla Daken (B) d. Alex Davison (U) 6-2, 6-1; No. 3 Singles: Julie Franzel (U) d. Jamie Ludwigson (B) 6-1, 7-5; No. 4 Singles: Alyssa Harms (B) d. Joy Albrecht (U) 6-3, 6-1; No. 1 Doubles: Taylor Skaw and Keri Steinmetz (B) d. Jessi Kutina and Katherine Ebensperger (U) 3-6, 6-3, 11-9 (pro set); No. 2 Doubles: Maddie Anderson and Anna Ebensperger (U) d. Alyssa Aubert and Sam Goettl (B) 6-2, 6-1; No. 3 Doubles: Mary Maiden Mueller and Emily Petzel (U) d. Colleen Hall and Courtney Kuhn (B) 6-7 (5-7 tie break), 6-4, 10-8 (pro set).

Saints slip a bit, but remain on top Luck/Unity moves up a spot in the conference by Marty Seeger PRESCOTT – Golfers traveled to Bristol Ridge Golf Course in Prescott last Thursday afternoon and once again the Saints came out on top. Marissa Campeau tied for first with Osceola freshman Casey Danielson with scores of 39. Tess Hedrick and Brittany Buss also made the top 10 individual scores with a seventh-place 50 and ninth-place 52 respectively. The Saints scored a total of 192, far ahead of second-place Osceola who scored a 202. New Richmond and Baldwin-Woodville scored 203 and 205 respectfully, and Amery came in with a 219. Ellsworth scored a 220 and Luck came in ahead of three other teams with a 230. According to Luck coach Ron Steen it was a great day for golf, and Avery Steen, Lindsey Stapel and Emily Stelling remarked that it was quite possible to shave off seven or eight shots. “Bristol Ridge is a tough course to play; trees, big greens and many places to get into trouble. The girls had a great time playing golf and seeing their playing partners. They all have a good attitude and want to improve,” coach Steen said.

Monday at Somerset SOMERSET – Both St. Croix Falls and Luck traveled to Somerset on Monday, Sept. 14, but things didn’t go as well for either team as it did the previous Thursday in Prescott. “We didn’t play as well as I thought we would, but we moved [up from] the bottom place,” said Luck/Unity coach Ron Steen. “Jena Alling is improving every match and just needs to build that confidence that she can play golf on any course.” Avery Steen led the team with a 101 and Lindsey Stapel and Emily Stelling shot a 114. “All four girls are having so much fun playing golf and competing with the other girls from other schools. The whole conference have such fun girls to play with and it so rewarding to watch these fine young girl athletes compete and socialize after the match,” coach Steen said. St. Croix Falls slipped into a fifth-place finish overall, but remained at the top of the Middle Border Conference with 62 points. Baldwin-Woodville trailed with a 59, and Osceola and New Richmond tied with 57 points. Luck/Unity moved up one spot ahead of Prescott with 12 total points. The Saints were again led in Somerset by Marissa Campeau, who shot an 87. Cortney Rasmussen shot a 102, Brittney Buss shot 108 and Tess Hedrick shot 113. “Our girls golfed OK, but the other schools just played better than usual,” said coach Terry Benoy.

Saint Marissa Campeau led her team in Prescott with a 39 and in Somerset with an 87. – File photo by Marty Seeger








Pirate boys lead at Cameron terrain,” Karl commented. “They all (boys and girls) ran strong and gave it their all. It was a very satisfying meet.” Joel Anderson took third place for the Viking boys team, who had three compete. “Joel held a strong second for a majority of the race and slipped to third only in the sprint for the finish,” Karl commented. Jesse Chouinard finished 42nd and Gus Neumann 48th.

Frederic girls win another by Brenda Sommerfeld CAMERON – Three local teams, Grantsburg, St. Croix Falls and Frederic, competed at the Cameron cross-country invitational Thursday, Sept. 10. The Pirate boys took first place for the second meet this season, while the Frederic girls received another first, leaving them undefeated so far this year. “Grantsburg boys seem to do best when Webster isn’t around,” Grantsburg coach Paul Huskamp stated. “Our effort today was a total team effort. Everyone from Steven McKinley to Brad Taylor did a great job. This is the kind of effort I was anticipating we would have at each meet.” Grantsburg’s Steven McKinley finished second in the boys race with a time of 19:08.6. Zach Arnold took seventh, Daniel Biorn eighth, John Schneider 11th and Nick Lindgren 21st for the Pirate’s top five. Freshmen Sean Handy, Jake Radtke, Seth Ilgen and Bradly Taylor finished 27th, 36th, 39th and 44th respectively. “I have been pleased with my freshmen runners. They will continue to be a vital part of our team as they improve,” Huskamp said. As for the Grantsburg girls, the team finished fourth with Michelle Lund coming in fifth, Angela Gaffney ninth, Aimee Van Tatenhove 21st, Rosie LaMere 30th, Jessica Banks 33rd, Kaelah Maslow 36th and Jordan Christopherson 46th. “I feel encouraged by my girls’ efforts today as compared to Tuesday,” Huskamp said. “Michelle ran a much better race and seemed to be more competitive. Angela also ran better, as her ankle is beginning to improve. I see improvement for the rest of the girls and that is what I asked for, and they came through.” Frederic girls still first CAMERON – On the top of the girls race was Frederic once again. The junior girls continue showing off their running skills by taking first as a team.

Grantsburg’s Rosie LaMere, Gilman-Cornell’s Kiley Haller and Frederic’s Jade Johnson come in for the finish. LaMere finished 57th, followed by Haller’s 59th-place and Johnson at 60th in the small school division of the Rice Lake Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 15. – Photo by Sherill Summer Sam Nelson once again took a firstplace finish with a time of 16:43.1, several seconds ahead of second-place finisher and teammate Calla Karl who finished at 17:21.8. “The gap between her and the secondand third-place finishers is ever increasing,” coach Ian Karl said. “Calla had one of her better races. She did really well.”

Behind Nelson and Karl, Sarah Knauber followed with a seventh place, Sage Karl at 15th, Tanesha Carlson at 18th and Jade Johnson 22nd. “It was a challenging course. There’s a lot of single track and difficult terrain on the course, but I felt we were well prepared for that because we’ve been training particularly off roads and on varied

Lady Saints tie for second CAMERON – At Cameron the St. Croix Falls girls runners finished in second place, tied with Spooner, while the boys took fourth. “Utterly blown away,” coach Jennifer Clemins stated. “That is all I can say about tonight’s performances. I could not have asked for anything better from my athletes.” Clemins explained that despite the heat and only having one day recovery from the Tuesday meet in Webster, her team kicked it up a notch and finished strong. Bailey Bergmann followed two Frederic girls over the finish line for third place, followed by Savannah Stone 10th, Allie Holmdahl 14th, Autumn Erickson 17th and Kim Culver 28th to tie with Spooner for second place. For the tiebreaker their sixth runner, Ashley Bollig finished 31st, falling behind Spooner so giving the Saints a third-place finish. Carley Martin was the other St. Croix Falls runner, finishing 53rd. “Can’t complain,” Clemins said. “All the ladies tonight should be very happy with their performances.” The Saints boys took fourth with Alex Frey fourth, Nathan Gravesen 10th, Rashaud Kelash 20th, Joe Thayer 24th, Chris Eisen 30th, Christian Wolfe 33rd and Sam Nichols 50th. “Alex Frey ran third for most of the race, only to be passed at the finish, leaving him with a fourth-place finish and medal,” Clemins said. “Nathan Gravesen also medaled tonight, coming in 10th.”

Cameron Cross-Country Invitational - Thursday, Sept. 10 Place

Boys Teams

1 2 3 4 5

Grantsburg Cameron Boyceville St. Croix Falls Ladysmith

Boys Overall Individuals

Place Finisher 2 3 4 7 8

Steven McKinley Joel Anderson Alex Frey Zach Arnold Daniel Biorn


19:08.6 19:11.1 19:12.4 19:27.8 19:51.1


Grantsburg Frederic St. Croix Falls Grantsburg Grantsburg

10 11 20 21 24 27 30 33 36 39 42 44 48 50

Nathan Gravesen John Schneider Rashaud Kelash Nick Lindgren Joe Thayer Sean Handy Chris Eisen Christian Wolfe Jake Radtke Seth Ilgen Jesse Chouinard Bradly Taylor Gus Neumann Sam Nichols

20:17.7 20:19.2 21:21.3 21:25.6 21:56.3 22:12.4 22:38.6 22:55.2 23:10.0 23:36.1 24:24.9 25:00.1 26:18.4 30:01.4

St. Croix Falls Grantsburg St. Croix Falls Grantsburg St. Croix Falls Grantsburg St. Croix Falls St. Croix Falls Grantsburg Grantsburg Frederic Grantsburg Frederic St. Croix Falls


Girls Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6

Frederic Spooner St. Croix Falls Grantsburg Cameron Ladysmith

Girls Overall Individuals

Place Finisher 1 2 3 5

Samantha Nelson Calla Karl Bailey Bergmann Michelle Lund


16:43.1 17:21.8 17:42.5 17:52.8


Frederic Frederic St. Croix Falls Grantsburg

7 9 10 14 15 17 18 21 22 28 30 31 33 36 46 53

Sarah Knauber 17:54.3 Angela Gaffney 18:21.6 Savannah Stone 18:38.9 Allie Holmdahl 19:18.9 Sage Karl 19:19.6 Autumn Erickson 19:55.8 Tanesha Carlson 20:04.6 Aimee Van Tatenhove 20:22.8 Jade Johnson 20:32.6 Kim Culver 21:00.9 Rosie LaMere 21:04.6 Ashley Bollig 21:06.0 Jessica Banks 21:11.3 Kaelah Maslow 21:58.8 Jordan Christopherson24:14.4 Carley Martin 25:38.4

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Kally Schiller 17:48.3 Savannah Stone 17:53.0 Bailey Bergmann 17:53.3 Sage Karl 18:33.6 Allie Holmdahl 19:20.9 Tanesha Carlson 19:26.7 Autumn Erickson 19:59.3 Rosie LaMere 20:04.0 Jade Johnson 20:20.8 Jessica Banks 20:46.4 Ashley Bollig 21:08.7 Megan Volgen 21:21.6 Ashley Robinson 21:45.8 Kaelah Maslow 21:56.7 Annie Kelby 22:17.4 Jessica Derrick 23:04.1 Olivia Kopecky 23:08.7 Brittney Bublitz 23:40.7 Jordan Christopherson23:55.5 Danielle Dyson 24:27.1 Tina Lennartson 25:31.5 Kim Culver 26:10.1 Alison Lennartson 26:31.5 Anna Luepke 27:22.5

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Rice Lake Cross-Country Invitational (Small School Results) - Tuesday, Sept. 15 Place

Boys Teams

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St. Croix Central Webster Glenwood City Grantsburg McDonell Central Cameron Boyceville Colfax Bruce St. Croix Falls Durand Flambeau Gilman-Cornell Ladysmith Cumberland Unity/Luck Winter

Boys Overall Individuals

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Jack Taylor Bryan Krause Devin Greene


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Steven McKinley Joel Anderson Alex Frey Zack Arnold Daniel Biorn Chaz Heinz Nate Gravesen Tim Sundstrom Brad Krause Jim Erickson Brendan Kutz Colton Sorenson Nick Lindgren Rashaud Kelash Joe Thayer John Schneider Chris Eisen Mickey Muller Sean Handy Jesse Chouinard Christian Wolfe Matt Schultz Alec Larson Mitchell Johnston Gus Neumann Tyler Bublitz Sam Nichols

18:32.9 18:35.0 18:40.8 19:11.7 19:36.4 19:40.9 19:47.9 19:49.9 20:16.6 20:17.8 20:43.5 20:50.0 20:59.0 21:05.1 21:16.3 21:32.6 21:35.7 22:11.2 22:32.8 22:38.8 22:43.8 23:00.1 23:47.9 24:03.7 24:15.2 24:20.3 28:47.0

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Girls Teams

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Colfax Flambeau Frederic St. Croix Central McDonell Central Bruce Webster St. Croix Falls Cameron Grantsburg Glenwood City Unity/Luck

Girls Overall Individuals

Place Finisher 2 8 11 13 14 15 18

Samantha Nelson Calla Karl Angela Gaffney Michelle Lund Emma Kelby Sarah Knauber Sarah Walsh


15:46.5 16:55.9 17:05.9 17:09.0 17:26.0 17:26.7 17:38.0


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Dragons’ wings prove stronger than Cardinals’ Pirates sail by Lakers; Webster, Unity Fall Thursday Siren 3, Luck 0 by Brenda Sommerfeld SIREN – The Siren Dragons had more power in their wings than the Luck Cardinals with a 3-0 win Thursday, Sept. 10. Siren came out soaring above the cardinals in three sets, 25-16, 25-22 and 25-19. Carley Emery was the biggest Siren threat at the net with seven kills, followed by Deanna Phernetton and Ashley Guevara’s three apiece. Morgan Denny sent the most kills through Dragon skies with five total kills, followed by Ashley Dexter with four and Aleah Lemieux with three. The Cardinals blocked better than Siren, totaling seven as a team, with the Dragons only having two. Dexter blocked four, Denny two and Lemieux one. Siren’s Phernetton and Guevara each had one. Dragon Sarah Howe set up 14 points and Luck’s Hannah Karl put up 11 that scored for the Cardinals. Siren had five girls manage to get digs to keep the ball from hitting the floor. Meghan Baasch and Natasha Kosloski each had three. Danielle Keller and Guevara had two digs and Emery had one. Luck’s Lemieux had the Cardinals solo dig, making digging a weakness for Luck in the game. Both teams acquired several aces. Siren totaled 13 and Luck 11. Guevara knocked in five for her team and Emery three. Alecia Ouellette and Lemieux each had three unanswered serves for Luck. Grantsburg 3, Shell Lake 0 SHELL LAKE – It was a quick night for the Grantsburg Pirates with a 3-0 win over the Shell Lake Lakers Thursday, Sept. 10. The Lakers quickly fell to the Pirates with three losses, 25-8, 25-9 and 2513. Sixteen ace serves and 31 total kills made up 47 of Grantsburg’s 75 points against Shell Lake. Annie Palmquist had 11 kills, Kortney Morrin nine, Lauren Romanowski six and Lauren Finch three. Morrin’s jumping serve resulted in eight aces, followed by Larissa Wilhelm’s two and several other Pirates each got one. Romanowski had four solo blocks of kills by Shell Lake. Emily Cole set up 13 of the Pirates points. Along with being powerhouses at the net, Morrin and Palmquist each got down for eight digs, Cole with four and Libero Sarah Wald with three.

Siren’s Carley Emery (L) attempts to tip the ball across the net over the heads of Cardinal netters Alecia Ouellette, No. 10, and Ashley Dexter. – Photos by Brenda Sommerfeld

Ally Daniels of Webster gets a solid hit on the ball in a game at home against Clear Lake. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld Spurgeon, Ally Daniels, Mary Johnson and Amber Davis each contributed two. Johnson had the only block for Webster against Clear Lake and she had five ace serves. Siiri Larsen totaled 10 assists for the team. Spurgeon and Johnson each saved three with digs. Clayton 3, Unity 0 BALSAM LAKE – The Eagles were scrappy last Thursday at home against Clayton, but the defending state runners-up from 2008 proved too much to handle. The Eagles fell in all three games by scores of 25-11, 25-15 and 25-14. Crystal Donahue led the Eagles with six kills and also had seven digs. Marisa Hacker had five kills, and eight digs. It was a tough night for the Eagles who had 16 errors in the first game, 18 in the second and 10 in game three. "When you have that many errors in a match it makes it very hard to be successful, after we start getting those errors down we will be in good shape but it is going to take some time," said Unity coach Chris Lesneski. "We have flashes of excellent play but we need more consistency in our play."

Grantsburg’s Carly Larson tips the ball over the net against Shell Lake last Thursday. – Photo by Larry Samson Clear Lake 3, Webster 0 WEBSTER – The Tigers put up a fight against Clear Lake but fell to the Warriors in three games, 25-21, 25-18 and 2514. Nikki Steiner had four kills, Kendra

Twins plaque presentation Saturday FREDERIC/MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins will present recipients of the Twins for Fields grants a plaque prior to the Twins versus Detroit game this Saturday afternoon, Sept. 19. Frederic School Board President Scott Nelson and his daughter, Nicole, and school board member Becky Amundson and her daughter, Emily, along with teammate Kinzie Matz, will

be attending the game and ceremony presentation on behalf of the Frederic Schools and Frederic Parks. The Twins awarded Frederic with a $5,000 grant to complete the ballfield dugouts, infield and safety rail on the outfield fencing. The project is near completion and the field will be utilized starting in the spring of 2010. with submitted information

River Valley Hockey ready for registration

Unity’s Bryana Petersin puts a kill on the ball at home against Clayton last Thursday. – Photo by Marty Seeger

ST. CROIX FALLS – The River Valley Hockey Association will hold an evening of registration and information on Sept. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the St. Croix Falls High School Media Center. Both boys and girls, ages 4 through high school age are welcomed to sign up for Atoms, Mites, Peewee, Bantam or Midget (U18, WAHA affiliated) team levels. Coaches and association organizers will be on hand to provide information on fees, practice schedules, equipment and philosophy of play. River Valley Hockey is a nonprofit, volunteer-operated organiza-

tion dedicated to serving youth and families of the river ralley communities with lifetime winter opportunities. Based in St. Croix Falls, the classic outdoor arena includes a regulation hockey rink with lights for nighttime play and a pleasure rink that is open to the public. Learn to Skate programs and Adult League is offered by RVHA throughout the winter skating season. For more information, contact Aaron Kuenkel, 715-483-5881 or visit – submitted








Grantsburg champions of Ashland tourney 25-9 and 25-13 and Chetek was victourious 25-9, 25-8 and 25-21. Ashley Guevara led her team in kills with 21, followed by Deanna Phernetton with 14 in the three matches she played. Daphne Hubbell had five kills and Amber Hall four. Danielle Keller had six digs and Hubbell four. Sarah Howe had 34 assists throughout the four matches. Guevara made four blocks during the day.

Siren and Luck play in tourneys Grantsburg 2, Northland Pines 0 Hayward 2, Grantsburg 0 Grantsburg 2, Hurley 0 Grantsburg 2, Washburn 0 Grantsburg 2, Hayward 1 by Brenda Sommerfeld ASHLAND – Grantsburg received a championship title during the Ashland tournament Saturday, Sept. 12. The tournament was best of three sets with five teams, Grantsburg, Northland Pines, Hayward, Hurley and Washburn competing. The Pirates defeated Northland Pines in two sets, 25-8 and 25-6, for their first match. As a surprise to many, Hayward beat Grantsburg in the second match in two sets, 25-23 and 25-18. Hurley fell victim, 25-7 and 25-8 and Washburn also lost in two, 25-18 and 25-16. The championship game gave Grantsburg the chance to face Hayward in retaliation. It took three games, but the Pirates defeated the team. The first set was in Grantsburg’s favor 25-17, Hayward barely pulled out the second 26-24 and the Pirates finished it 15-11, taking the tournament championship. During the 11 games, Kortney Morrin totaled 55 kills and 55 receives. Annie Palmquist played only seven games. She had 40 kills and 22 receives. Lauren Romanowski scored 17 kills. Kallie Thoreson made 11 kills and Carly Larson 10 kills. Emily Cole made 11 serving aces and Tiffany Meyer scored with nine. Meyer had 26 receives, Sarah Wald 23 and Lauren Finch 10.

Grantsburg’s Annie Palmquist goes up for a kill as teammates watch during an earlier game this season. – Photo by Larry Samson New Auburn 3, Siren 0 Siren 2, Cornell 1 Colfax 3, Siren 0 Chetek 3, Siren 0 CHETEK – The Siren Dragons played in the Chetek tournament Saturday, Sept. 12. Without three starters, Meghan

Baasch, Carley Emery and Natasha Kosloski, the Dragons won one match and lost three others. New Auburn got the first win over Siren 25-13, 26-24 and 25-17. Cornell was the Dragons only defeat of the day, 2520, 12-25 and 25-13. Colfax won 25-16,

Luck 2, Braham 1 Luck 2, Hinckley-Finlason 0 Zimmerman 2, Luck 1 Pine City 2, Luck 0 PINE CITY, Minn., – The Cardinals volleyball team played four matches at a tournament in Pine City, Minn., last Saturday, and took fourth place out of eight teams. Luck won two of their matches against Hinckley/Finlayson, and against Braham in two games apiece. Against Hinckley/Finlayson they won 25-23 and 25-17, and against Braham the Cards won two of three games, 25-23, 15-25 and 15-10. Morgan Denny had nine kills in their game against Braham and led the team with four against Hinckley/Finlayson. The Cardinals two losses came against Zimmerman, Minn., and Pine City. They fell to Pine City by scores of 16-25 and 1125. Denny and Maia Lehmann each had two kills. Against Zimmerman the Cards took it to three games by winning the first 25-23, but fell in the next two games 16-25, 11-15. Aleah Lemieux, Denny, Ashley Dexter and Hannah Karl each had three kills, while Alecia Ouellette led with four kills. – Marty Seeger

Local team to face off with Harlem Ambassadors in Frederic FREDERIC - The internationally acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors professional basketball team will be in Frederic for a game at the Frederic High School gym on Tuesday, Sep. 22, at 7 p.m. Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity is partnering with the Ambassadors as a fun and exciting way to raise funds to build another home for a local family in need. Habitat has formed a team, called the Wisconsin Wild Things, of some of the best local basketball players, along with local celebrities, to play the Ambassadors. Playing a pro team will be very challenging, but the Wild Things are planning to get their licks in. Ryan Lind, Frederic High School basketball coach, is on the team, and has been playing with some of the team members. “We’re very competitive,” said Lind. “We plan to play a good game.” The team includes Polk County Sheriff Tim Moore, Polk County District Attorney Dan Steffen, Frederic Chief of Police RJ Severude, Siren Chief of Police Chris Sybers, Leader sports columnist Marty Seeger, Pastor Andy Bollant, Pastor Cindy Glocke, Ryan Lind, Jimmy Flanigan, Caitlin Flanigan, Jake Ryan, Trevor Brewer, DJ Henderson, Mark Elliot, Mitch Williams, Joel Anderson, Jared Wollan and Frederic firefighters Brady Robertson, Jason Frenette and Lydell Larson. A game against the Ambassadors is by turn competitive and comedy. The Ambassadors involve the audience in the fun, especially the children, inviting them to participate. They also promote the values of staying in school and staying off drugs. They will be speaking on these topics at the Siren School the afternoon of Sept. 22. Advance tickets for the game at Frederic are $5 for kids, students and seniors, and $8 for adults. At-the-door prices will be $7 and $10. Children 4 and under ad-

T h e Harlem Ambassadors basketball team has played all over the world, and will play a team of local players in Frederic on Tu e s d a y, Sept. 22. – Photos submitted mitted free. Tickets are available for sale at Bremer Bank and U.S. Bank in both Siren and Frederic, and at Community One bank in Siren. This event is made possible by donations of the following businesses: Avion Accounting; Best Western Northwoods Lodge; Bremer Bank; Community Bank of Siren; Daeffler’s Meats; DT & E Trucking; Eric David Kube Ltd.; Grantsburg Animal Hospital;; Johnson Heating and Refrigeration; Kris’ Pheasant Inn; Larsen Auto Center; The Lodge at Crooked Lake; Mallard Lake Resort; Northwest Wisconsin United Methodist Churches; Novitzke, Gust, Sempf, Whitley & Bergmanis; Siren National Golf; Siren Telephone Company; St. Croix Regional Medical Center; U.S. Bank; and Wisconsin Energy Foundation. Harlem Ambassadors history The Harlem Ambassadors team was conceived in the spring of 1998 by Dale Moss. Moss combined an extensive ca-

reer in professional sports management and marketing with an entrepreneurial desire to create the Harlem Ambassadors concept. Already operating a sports marketing firm in Fort Collins, Colo., Moss began seeking a central figure to direct the basketball operations of the Harlem Ambassadors. When Moss met with S. “Ladè Majic” Prophète regarding this role, they found they shared a common vision for a show basketball team. Ladè Majic signed with the Harlem Ambassadors in April 1998. The first Ambassadors training camp began that fall. The first season saw the Ambassadors play about 30 games. In August 2000, the Ambassadors kicked off their third campaign with a European tour that included performances for the deployed troops in Bosnia, Kosovo and Sarejevo. December 2000 brought the first Asian Tour. The team also performed for KBS-TV in a nationally televised event from Pusan, Korea. The triumphant season concluded with a Pacific Island Tour before packed gym-

A Harlem Ambassadors player goes up for a basket. nasiums in Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, Guam, Saipan, Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia. The 2001-2002 season included nearly 120 games. The team continued to serve the U.S. military, both domestically and overseas. In the 2002-2003 season, the Harlem Ambassadors began operating two teams. On the 2005-2006 tour, the team performed several events at no charge to raise money for the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and even had the opportunity to perform for evacuees at a relocation center in Salt Lake City. - submitted








St. Croix Casino Turtle Cup raises $5,000 for ADA TURTLE LAKE – The St. Croix Casino & Hotel’s annual Turtle Cup charitable golf outing is a long straight drive down the fairway in the fight against diabetes. This year’s Turtle Cup, the 15th annual, was held at the Cumberland Golf Club on Friday, Sept. 11. Twenty-one teams enjoyed a perfect day of golf. When all of the pars, birdies and bogeys were tallied, Saratoga Liquor Company and WJMC Radio emerged as the top two finishers. As winners, they received trophies and cash prizes. But the Turtle Cup’s real winners were diabetes patients: the 15th annual Turtle Cup had raised $5,000 for the American Diabetes Association. During the post-Turtle Cup dinner, held at the St. Croix Casino, casino director of marketing, Aimee Juan, thanked Turtle Cup participants for coming out for the event. She explained that diabetes strikes Native Americans at twice the national average: 16.5 percent of Native Americans 20 years of age or older have diabetes. Statistics are one thing. The human, personal toll of diabetes is quite another. Diabetes hits close to home for many St. Croix Tribal families, Juan added. “My family is one of those families. My younger brother was diagnosed with diabetes at age 11. He’s 26 now and is doing well, thanks to the treatment he’s receiving,” she

million Americans have diabetes and that nearly a quarter of Americans age 60 and older have the disease. “Your help is invaluable to the ADA’s efforts of providing diabetes treatment and research. Thank you for your generous donation and your ongoing support,” Klimek added. The Turtle Cup is an invitation-only event: St. Croix Casino & Hotel vendors are invited to golf, sponsor a hole, donate prizes for the golf outing’s fundraising raffle or underwrite costs for the dinner. Over its 15-year history, the Turtle Cup has raised $75,000 for the ADA. - submitted

Susan Klimek of the ADA (left) accepts the $5,000 Turtle Cup donation from St. Croix Casino director of marketing, Aimee Juan. – Photo submitted said. “The annual Turtle Cup is one of the ways we can all join together to fight this deadly disease. I thank all of you and my brother thanks you too.” Juan presented the $5,000 Turtle Cup donation to Susan Klimek of the American Diabetes Association’s Minnesota affiliate. “Diabetes is at epidemic proportions,” Klimek said. “The latest statistics show that 23.6

Punt, Pass and Kick regional competition to be held in Siren

Thank You

To Larry and Dori Garske and Mark Daly from Anytime Fitness for their very special support. To Jeff Postler for his expert training. To Ernie Hill for pushing me to become stronger. To my special friends Mike and Judy who spent their vacation in San Francisco with me & for their continued support. AND A GREAT BIG THANK-YOU TO FAMILY!

Love Always, Marlys

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SIREN — The NFL Punt, Pass and Kick regional competition will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, 12:30 p.m., at the Siren Ballpark. Registration is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Competition divisions are boys and girls 8-9, born in 2001 and 2000; 10-11, born in 1999 and 1998; 12-13, born in 1997 and 1996 and 14-15, born in 1995 and 1994. RIGHT: Webster area Knights of Columbus held their annual Punt, Pass and Kick competition on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Webster football field. Girls and boys, ages 8 to 12 were eligible to participate. Fourteen Webster students participated. Pictured are the first-place winners who will go on to the Diocesan level at Turtle Lake on Saturday, Oct. 10. Pictured are back row: Knight Aaron Strang. Second row (L to R): Jack Washburn, Andrew Chamberlin, Terry Curtis and Roger Rankin. First row: Brittany Johnson, Jenna Curtis and Alex Strang. – Photo submitted

A R E A At Hacker’s Lanes

Men’s Tuesday Classic Standings: Bottle Shop 8, Olsen & Son 8, Hacker’s Lanes 6.5, Great Northern Outdoors 6.5, Yellow Lake Lodge 5, Pioneer Bar 5. Individual games: Ken Tonsager (HL) 244, Ron Skow (GNO) 234, Roger Tollander (YLL) 227. Individual series: Ron Skow (GNO) 640, Josh Henry (PB) 590, Tom Coen (GNO) 583. Team games: Hacker’s Lanes 639, Yellow Lake Lodge 605, Olsen & Son 602. Team series: Hacker’s Lanes 1691, Great Northern Outdoors 1683, Bottle Shop 1656. Wednesday Night Early Men’s Standings: Cummings Lumber 4, 4 Seasons Wood Products 3, Lewis Silo 2, A-1 Machine 2, Skol Bar 2, Pioneer Bar 2, Larsen Auto Center 1, Bye 0. Individual games: Brett Daeffler (4S) 233, Milt Daeffler (LA) 227, Brett Daeffler (4S) 226. Individual series: Brett Daeffler (4S) 635, Milt Daeffler’s (LA) 567, Jon Everson (LS) 566. Team games: Lewis Silo 932, 4 Seasons Wood Products 893, Lewis Silo 875. Team series: 4 Seasons Wood Products 2582, Lewis Silo 2553, A-1 Machine 2502. Thursday Early Men’s Standings: Fab Four 8, Full timers 8, Grindell Law Office 7, Hell Raisers 7, Wikstrom Construction 6, Daefflers Quality Meats 6, Frontier Trails 5, K-Wood 5. Individual games: Simon Nelson (GLO) 263, Lydell Larson (FT) 257, Don McKinney (FF) 249. Individual series: Lydell Larson (FT) 626, Edward Bitler (KW) 625, Mark Bohn (FF) 625.

Sectional competition will be Saturday, Oct. 17, at Phelan Park, 9th St. and 21st Avenue, Menomonie. For more information see the ballpark’s Web site at, contact Mike Murphy, 715-4915798 or — submitted

B O W L I N G Team games: Grindell Law Offices 696, Daefflers Quality Meats 686, Fab Four 654. Team series: Fab Four 1864, Full Timers 1859, K-Wood 1850. Splits converted: 5-10: Dave Hall. 3-10: Tim Pederson (2X). Thursday Late Mixed Standings: Hansen Farms Inc. 3, Fisk Trucking 3, Rural American Bank 3, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 2, Stotz & Company 1, Johnson Upholstery 1, North Wind Arts 1. Women’s games: Karen Carlson 205, Rita Bohn 201, Kelsey Bazey 191. Women’s series: Kelsey Bazey 535, Karen Carlson 512, Rita Bohn 503. Men’s series: Aaron M. Arjes 225, Jon A. Anderson 221, Oliver S. Baillargeon 216. Men’s games: Oliver S. Baillargeon 628, Dale A. Frandsen 568, Jon A. Anderson 567. Team games: Rural American Bank 949, Fisk Trucking 859, Stotz & Company 844. Team series: Rural American Bank 2475, Stotz & Company 2451, Fisk Trucking 2436. Friday Night Ladies Standings: The Pin Heads 5, Eggs 4.5, Frederic Design & Promotion 4, Junque Art 4, The Leader 3, Pioneer Bar 3, Meyers Plus 2.5, Hole in the Wall 2. Individual games: Karen Carlson 211, Marge Traun 175, Tammy Lindberg 170. Individual series: Karen Carlson 537, Kathy Sandberg 449, Marge Traun 445. Team games: Junque Art 591, Pioneer Bar 577, Frederic Design & Promotion 564. Team series: Junque Art 1638, Pioneer Bar 1613, Meyers Plus 1562.

McKenzie Lanes

Tuesday Women’s Day Standings: Custom Outfitter 23.5, B & H Builders 21, Hauge Dental 20.5, Gutter Dusters 18.5, Country Gals 16, Kassel Tap 15, Tomlinson Insurance 13.5, Bye 8. Individual games: Jan Kruse 199, Toni Sloper 184, Lila Larson & Kathy Braund 178. Individual series: Kathy Braund 497, Toni Sloper 488, Jan Kruse 485. Team games: (Handicap scores) B & H Builders 835, Hauge Dental 816, Country Gals 816. Team series: (Handicap scores) B & H Builders 2365, Hauge Dental 2357, Custom Outfitter 2270. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: Hack’s Pub 15, Steve’s Appliance 13.5, The Dugout 13, Glass Bar 12.5, Dream Lawn 7.5, McKenzie Lanes 7, Greatland Trans. 6.5, Nel-Lo-Hill Farm 5. Individual games: Sam Leggitt 250, Jim McKenzie 231, Jeff Lehmann 220. Individual series: Donny Potting Jr. 613, Sam Leggitt 606, Jim McKenzie 595. Team games: (Handicap scores) Hack’s Pub 1071.

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R E S U L T S Team series: (Handicap scores) Steve’s Appliance 3106. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: McKenzie Lanes 8, Tiger Express 6, Hanjo Farms 6, Edina Realty 6, Davy’s Construction 2, Harvest Moon 2, Dalles Electrical 2, Reed’s Marina 0. Individual games: Jim McKenzie 242, Bob Carey 232, Todd Hansen 228. Individual series: Daryn Sylvester 618, Jim McKenzie 602, Jason Loney 593. Team games: (Handicap scores) Davy’s Construction 995, McKenzie Lanes 990. Team series: (Handicap scores) McKenzie Lanes 2720, Tiger Express 2696. Thursday Night Ladies (Week 2) Standings: Hack’s Pub 28, Eagle Valley Bank 25, RiverBank 24, Truhlsen Chiropractic 22, Hauge Dental 21, KJ’s 16, Cutting Edge 12, Bont Chiropractic 8. Individual games: Denise Donaghue 248, Jen Whelan 232, Shannon Cox 210. Individual series: Denise Donaghue 608, Jen Whelan 558, Penny Kammerud 547. Team games: Hauge Dental 896, Eagle Valley Bank 808, Hack’s Pub 807. Team series: Hauge Dental 2457, Eagle Valley Bank 2304, Bont Chiropractic 2263. Thursday Night Ladies (Week 3) Standings: Hack’s Pub 40, Hauge Dental 33, Eagle Valley Bank 32.5, RiverBank 32, Truhlsen Chiropractic 30, KJ’s 28.5, Cutting Edge 26, Bont Chiropractic 14. Individual games: Jackie Patterson 199, Colleen Pearson 190, Debbie Korsan 189. Individual series: Debbie Korsan 523, Shannon Cox 505, Denise Donaghue 499. Team games: Hauge Dental 809, RiverBank 733, Hack’s Pub 732. Team series: Hauge Dental 2288, River-

Bank 2121, Hack’s Pub 2116.

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TNT Standings: Cashco 3-1, Flower Power 31, Larry’s LP 1-3, Hole in the Wall 1-3. Individual games: Sue Eytcheson (FP) 194, Jennifer Kern (L) 183, Amanda Peterson (HITW) 173. Individual series: Jennifer Kern (L) 504, Sue Eytcheson (FP) 485, Amanda Peterson (HITW) 474. Team games: Flower Power 858, Hole in the Wall 835, Larry’s LP 830. Team series: Cashco 2440, Larry’s LP 2429, Flower Power 2416. Early Risers Standings: A+ Sanitation 3-1, Hole in the Wall 3-1, 10th Hole 1-3, Gandy Dancer 13. Individual games: Carol Phelps (A+) 172, Millie Hansen (HITW) 161, Cris Damman (10th) 156. Individual series: Carol Phelps (A+) 403, Gayle Naegeli (HITW) 399, Cheryl Parkins (10th) 395. Team games: A+ Sanitation 694, Hole in the Wall 670, 10th Hole 668. Team series: A+ Sanitation, Hole in the Wall, 10th Hole. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Pour House 3-1, Lip’s 2-2, Check Services 2-2, Webster Motel 1-3. Individual games: Jackie Churchill (L) 184, Angie Olson (CS) 175, Amanda Grabow (WM) 164. Individual series: Jackie Churchill (L) 458, Angie Olson (CS) 444, Barb Rivard (PH) 396. Team games: Check Services 683, Lip’s 670, Pour House 666. Team series: Lip’s 1901, Check Services 1883, Pour House 1883.




Marquee Matchup in Webster It will be a battle of unbeatens for Large Lakeland Conference supremacy Friday night at Webster as the defendingchamp Tigers take on the resurgent Luck Cardinals. The action will take place not only on the field, where both teams bring stifling defenses and offenses with gamebreaking playmakers, but also on the sidelines where the cunning and wily veteran Luck coach Don Kendzior (who returned to his Cardinal post in 2009 after a sabbatical of several years) matches wits with relative youngster Jeromie Voeltz, who mans the Tiger helm. And some are calling Webster’s quadruple-threat Dan Pope the best Leader Land football player since Luck’s Cash Langeness cavorted on the gridiron a decade or so ago. It should be a dandy. Plenty of tickets are still available. Down at St. Croix Falls, what appears on paper to be a mismatch could turn out to be a crossroads game for the Saints. Electric quarterback Matt O’Connell and his 3-0 Clear Lake Warriors know that a win at SCF sets up another extremely important clash the following week (versus Webster) while a Saints loss will all but squelch the pre-

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season title hopes held by many SCF fans. Wow! What a night it will be. And did you know that the head coach for Washburn – which will be the Saturday opponent of the Siren Dragons – is none other than Jesse Jensen, the gentle giant who briefly coached at Webster a few years back? A refreshing comedic thread enters the radio booth A history of the entertainment industry is not complete without recounting the great comedy teams of the past such as Bob and Ray, Martin and Lewis, Rowan and Martin, Laurel and Hardy, and the Lone Ranger and Tonto. Those who have been listening to football games on Mix 105 radio (104.9 on your FM dial) have been gushing over how the broadcasting team of “Briefcase” Kurt Mayer and “Downtown” Dennis Anderson has meshed as a bona fide duo. Not only does color man Anderson have a thorough familiarity with the technicalities of the game and the personalities on the field, but he also provides a steady barrage of one-liners and punch lines that have been deftly and discreetly set up by the old pro Mayer, who serves as the play-by-play guy and – as they say in the comedy field – Anderson’s straight man. Hopefully you can make it to a game Friday, but if you cannot, try to find these guys on your radio dial. It is performance art at its finest. “He’s like a young Hereford calf in the spring pasture.” Those were the words of a football fan


West Lakeland Standings Conf. Overall Team Grantsburg Pirates 2-0 8-1 St. Croix Falls Saints 2-0 2-4 Frederic Vikings 1-0 3-1 Clayton Bears 1-1 4-1 1-1 3-7 Siren Dragons Turtle Lake Lakers 1-1 2-3 1-1 1-1 Clear Lake Warriors Luck Cardinals 1-2 6-6 Shell Lake Lakers 1-2 5-7 Unity Eagles 1-2 3-4 Webster Tigers 0-2 2-4 Scores Thursday, September 10 Grantsburg 3, Shell Lake 0 (25-8, 25-9, 25-13) Siren 3, Luck 0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-19) Turtle Lake at St. Croix Falls (no stats available) Clayton 3, Unity 0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-14) Clear Lake 3, Webster 0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-14) Saturday, September 12 Grantsburg 2, Northland Pines 0 (25-8, 25-6) Hayward 2, Grantsburg 0 (25-23, 25-18) Grantsburg 2, Hurley 0 (25-7, 25-8) Grantsburg 2, Washburn 0 (25-18, 25-16) Grantsburg 2, Hayward 1 (25-17, 24-26, 15-11) New Auburn 3, Siren 0 (25-13, 26-24, 25-17) Siren 2, Cornell 1 (25-20, 12-25, 25-13) Colfax 3, Siren 0 (25-16, 25-9, 25-13) Chetek 3, Siren 0 (25-9, 25-8, 25-21) Luck 2, Braham 1 (25-23, 15-25, 15-10) Luck 2, Hinckley-Finlason 0 (25-23, 25-17) Zimmerman 2, Luck 1 (23-25, 25-16, 15-11) Pine City 2, Luck 0 (25-16, 25-11) Tuesday, September 15 Frederic 3, Webster 1 (32-30, 21-25, 25-16, 25-21) Luck 3, Shell Lake 2 (19-25, 11-25, 25-18, 25-12, 15-13) St. Croix Falls 3, Siren 0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-17) Unity 3, Clear Lake 2 (25-14, 16-25, 20-25, 25-21, 18-16) Upcoming Thursday, September 17 7:30 p.m. Unity at Frederic Webster at Grantsburg Shell Lake at St. Croix Falls Clayton at Siren Saturday, September 19 9 a.m. Unity at Osceola St. Croix Falls at Osceola 10 a.m. Frederic at Grantsburg Webster at Grantsburg Monday, September 21 7 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Glenwood City Tuesday, September 22 7:30 p.m. Frederic at Turtle Lake Unity at Grantsburg Luck at Webster Siren at Clear Lake


Upcoming Monday, September 21 4 p.m. Luck/Unity at Osceola St. Croix Falls at Osceola


Upcoming Thursday, September 17 4:30 p.m. Unity/Luck at Shell Lake Saturday, September 19 Grantsburg at Osceola 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 22 4:30 p.m. Frederic at Barron


Small Lakeland Standings Team Conf. 3-0 Flambeau Falcons Shell Lake Lakers 2-0 Turtle Lake Lakers 2-1 Frederic Vikings 2-1 Northwood/Solon Evergreens 1-1 Birchwood/Weyerhaeuser Cats 1-2 Bruce Red Raiders 1-2 Siren Dragons 0-3 Winter Warriors 0-2 Large Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Clear Lake Warriors 1-0 Webster Tigers 1-0 Luck Cardinals 1-0 St. Croix Falls Saints 0-0 Unity Eagles 0-1 Cameron Comets 0-1 Grantsburg Pirates 0-1 Scores Friday, September 11 Frederic 38, Northwood/Solon Springs 22 Luck 33, Grantsburg 14 Elk Mound 35, St. Croix Falls 0 Turtle Lake 55, Siren 8 Webster 22, Unity 0 Upcoming Friday, September 18 7 p.m. Unity at Grantsburg Luck at Webster Clear Lake at St. Croix Falls Saturday, September 19 1 p.m. Frederic at Winter Siren at Washburn


Scores Thursday, September 10 Unity/Luck 4, Bloomer 3 Tuesday, September 15 Unity/Luck 4, Mondovi 3 Upcoming Thursday, September 17 4 p.m. Unity/Luck at Ellsworth Tuesday, September 22 4 p.m. Unity/Luck at New Richmond

Overall 3-0 3-0 2-1 2-1 1-2 1-2 1-2 0-3 0-2 Overall 3-0 3-0 3-0 1-2 1-2 1-2 0-3



who stood on the sidelines at Frederic last Friday and marveled at the fact that longtime official Jim Beistle of the Unity area was still wearing the stripes and plying his trade as he has for over 50 years. A nearby fan chipped in with a comment that Beistle already seemed like a grizzled veteran when he was the starter at the conference track meet back in 1974. And here Beistle is today, still moving up and down the field with the precision and authority for which he was already known 35 years ago. Not many officials can say they have reffed games in which three generations of family members have participated. Old Number 4 also wearing his age well Did you notice that Brett Favre set two new NFL records last Sunday in the Vikings 34-20 win over Cleveland? His touchdown pass to Percy Harvin set a new mark for touchdown passes, while Minnesota’s victory extended Favre’s record for winningest quarterback of all time. They say Favre has already covered his $12 million Viking salary with increased ticket sales and merchandise sales. Quite a few purple number 4 jerseys have been showing up locally in taverns, churches, bowling alleys, sporting goods stores and other places frequented by Leader Land consumers. Don’t panic. Deer tags still available Much to the chagrin of those of us who smugly reminded our friends that we had, in fact, purchased our areas 10, 15 or 16 antlerless tags as soon as they became availabe last month, plenty of

tags still remain. A quick check of the Wisconsin DNR Web site this morning has confirmed that your procrastination was in vain, and if you saunter into a sales outlet or sporting goods store (like Wild Bill’s of Webster) any time in the next few weeks, you’ll probably obtain your tag. Mycological finds surprisingly lucrative Readers are well aware that Leader sports editor Marty Seeger and this columnist have branded “mushroom hunting” as an official sporting activity. Hence, this is the place to report that a finding of several pounds of the coveted Laetiporus Sulphureus was procured from 10 feet up the side of a half-dead red oak somewhere in northern Polk County Monday evening. A generous venison chop platter was quickly prepared and the rest frozen for future use. A portion was even given to wellknown local sportsman, youth advocate and volunteer, and videographer Jeff Butler, though he has yet to provide a rating of said sampling. Let’s hope that’s not a bad sign. Since I’ve already eaten much of it, I’m almost positive Butler was not provided with a poisonous specimen, although sometimes it takes a while for the sudden effects to culminate in John Ryan may be reached at




NAME: Chad French SCHOOL: Webster YEAR: Senior COMMENTS: The Webster Tigers got a great running game going against Unity in their conference win over Unity on Friday, Sept. 11. Among those on the force was Chad French, who piled on all of Chad French the team’s three touchdowns to go with 206 yards rushing. – Marty Seeger


NAME: Crystal Donahue SCHOOL: Unity YEAR: Senior COMMENTS: Unity’s Crystal Donahue has been a consistent threat to opponents on the Eagles volleyball team so far this season. In the team’s game at Clear Lake on Tuesday, Sept. 15, Donahue totaled 15 kills and 14 Crystal Donahue digs in a thriller that the team won 3-2. – Marty Seeger

READ LEADER SPORTS Another 6-1 performance brings The Prediction King’s record to 192, which is a 90percent success rate. Since this is easily the best p ro g n o s t i c a t i o n record in the entire state, the Swami says he decided to be a bit cocky for week four’s action. “I completed this week’s predictions while lying down with one hand tied behind my back,” he claimed, then added, “I see nothing but easy picks this week.”



This week’s predictions: Frederic 49, Winter 6 – Everybody plays for the Vikes and the clock runs nonstop the entire second half.

Webster 20, Luck 6 – The Tigers magic continues in this battle of unbeatens. Unity 30, Grantsburg 22 – The Eagles offense bounces back after last week’s shutout while the Pirates losing streak is getting serious. Baldwin-Woodville 32, Osceola 14 – Some similarities to last week’s game, with the Chieftains keeping it close for awhile. Flambeau 27, Shell Lake 14 – The Falcons yield their first points of the year, but it looks like the Small Lakeland will have a new champ in 2009. Clear Lake 30, St. Croix Falls 20 – Entering the season the Saints thought they had a shot at another title challenge, but it’s not looking good. Washburn 33, Siren 16 – The Castle Guards made the playoffs last year but, like Siren, suffer from low numbers. This is a Saturday afternoon homecoming game for WHS. The Swami answers all e-mails and can be reached at




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No matter how routine a hunt can be, there’s always something new to experior learn. ence Something new to me a few years back was hearing a deer chompMarty ing loudly on acorns. I had spoken to several Seeger friends who had stories about it, but never had actually experiThe enced it for myself. Bottom When I did, I found that it’s not only loud Line but comical, and considering how hard an acorn can be, it’s a wonder that any deer can keep a strong set of teeth. If you haven’t heard it, you can get the general idea by using your own teeth to crack the acorn. You may also need a dentist appointment afterward. Last year, I learned that the fisher can be lured in quite easily with your mouth. Passing time in the bow stand can get a little long and boring at times, and I was fortunate to have the opportunity to watch a fisher hunting for a meal. Having a camera along, and wanting a

closer look, I puckered my lips together and sucked air, making a high-pitched squeaky- sounding noise that mimicked a dying rabbit, or squirrel, or something like that. Not only did I learn the fisher was easy to call, but that it was also something I probably won’t try again. According to, the fisher “is one of the few animals that will kill a porcupine,” and the Web site goes on to list several other animals it will eat, as long as the fisher can “overwhelm” it. Interestingly, they forgot to add human to the list of the fisher’s preferred prey. By the time the vicious carnivore got to the base of my tree stand at full charge I was already freaking out. With one arm shaking an arrow at the animal and the other clinging to the tree stand, I let out a resounding holler that could be heard by nearly every rutting buck in the county. I’m not exactly sure, but I believe the fisher leaped 20 feet to the forest floor and didn’t stop running until it hit the next state. While I calmed myself down I casually looked around to make sure no one was looking. It was a good thing, then, that no one was looking last Sunday morning when I ventured out for my first hunting experience of the season. Anticipation for the hunt was a bit low due to limited sleep, as well as the muggy tempera-

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Brothers bag two on opener

Andrew Byerly (L), of Frederic, and brother Randy Ritchey of Rice Lake took these nice bucks on opening day of the 2009 archery season Saturday, Sept. 12. Byerly’s buck is a perfect 8-pointer, while Ritchey’s is a 7-pointer. Both bucks were taken less than a half mile apart near Indian Creek. – Photo submitted

tures. But on the flip side, the acorns were dropping like hailstones and a stand my father-in-law and I hung a couple of months back was right in the thick of it all. It was an area I’d hunted before, but to avoid the extra bulk of carrying in a climber every time to hunt, I decided that something more permanent might be a little easier and quieter. Sunday morning was extra damp, and the morning dew hung heavy on the foliage on the way to my stand. The steep ridge on the way there that morning felt tiny compared to the mountains I experienced on a recent elk hunt in Colorado, but it felt good to finally reach the stand and make my ascent to the top, which was about 20 feet. The stand was a great spot, complete with trimmed shooting lanes, and easyto-scale climbing sticks. The platform of the stand was stable and it even had extra tie-downs for safety. The stand itself however, wasn’t the easiest to get into, but I’d already sat in it two months before, and felt comfortable and confident I could do it again. While everything was going smoothly on my way to the top, I soon found out that swinging my body into the stand was a bit more difficult than remembered. Perhaps it was the added clothing or the slight slip of a grip that caused me to lose my composure. Not having

my safety harness on at the time probably added to that fear. I calmly retreated to the base of the stand to readjust some straps and adjust my own personal safety harness and gave it another shot. This time it felt worse, simply because I couldn’t find a safe place to attach my safety harness while I made that crucial move onto the platform of my stand. I gave up trying Sunday morning, feeling defeated, embarrassed and a little confused. “How am I going to explain this one?” I thought to myself. As the morning light started poking through the trees, acorns continued to shower down from above, and thoughts of big bucks chomping acorns and what could have been entered my mind. It felt as though I’d just missed the buck of a lifetime. While I’m still struggling to perfect the challenge of harvesting that trophy whitetail year after year, it seems I’m also learning to perfect the art of staying safe while I hunt. Obviously, too much attention was given on shooting lanes and stand placement rather than stand safety. Fortunately, nothing serious actually happened and I’ll be ready to hunt another day, and fix the problems I encountered. Hopefully, you pay more attention to these things than I do.

First-time musky Emma Tretsven, 11, of St. Croix Falls, was fishing with her dad, Shannon Tretsven, and a neighbor on the Apple River Flowage in Amery when she caught her first-ever musky Saturday, Sept. 5. – Photo submitted

Huge bear harvested near Barnes

Cole Martinsen, 12, of Somerset, took this black bear with a rifle on Saturday, Sept. 12, near Barnes. It was shot from the ground while walking with dogs and weighed 580 pounds live weight and 505 pounds field dressed. Martinsen is the son of Mike and Ingrid Martinsen of Somerset, and grandson of Jim and Marilyn Martinsen of Luck. Pictured back row (L to R): Tom Green, Al Lunde, Cody Hatten, Dave Lunde and Braden Moening. Front row: Ryan Stephanson, Luke Hetfeld, Mike Martinsen, Cole Martinsen and Carl Hetfeld. – Photo submitted


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by Gary King FREDERIC - Frederic Village Administrator Dave Wondra told trustees Monday evening at their regular monthly meeting that, despite the current economy, Frederic has been fortunate in terms of business development. Ground will be broken soon for a new retail store on Wisconsin Avenue (Hwy. 35) across from St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, a manufacturing company is in the process of moving into the former Pepsi bottling (Northern Image) plant on the south end of the village and an auto parts store will be relocating to a new building to be constructed next to the site of the lot recently cleared with the razing of the former Frederic Farmer’s Co-op feed mill building. Trustees dealt with planning issues regarding two of those projects at their meeting, further clearing the way for movement on the projects.

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The American Legion building on Lake Street. - Photo by Gary King The site where the feed mill used to be will be marketed for another retail store, he noted. Frederic Arts, Inc., a group consisting of local artists and volunteers, has proposed partnering with the village of Frederic to develop a strip of land along the Gandy Dancer Trail which would include their offices, a band shell, sculpture garden, playground and picnic area. They requested the American Legion building, now owned by the village, be moved to the site. - Special photo Trustees also discussed their ongoing support for the proposed development by Frederic Arts, Inc., to turn a strip of land owned by the village, along the Gandy Dancer Trail on the south side of


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Oak Street, into an arts center/rest stop/sculpture park. Frederic Arts is a volunteer community arts group developed within the last few years to “cultivate artistic opportunities for people of all ages and to enhance and preserve the cultural fabric of our community.” Retail store Frederic Dollar General plans to break ground early next month on the southwest corner of the lot which was once part of the Pioneer Square housing development and prior to that the site of the former grade school building. Occupancy is planned for early February. Administrator Wondra, village President Phil Knuf and Trustees Jamie Worthington, Wm. Johnson IV, Maria Ammend, Kerry Brendel and Brad Harlander have been working on the language of an agreement in recent weeks to assist the development of the store, which is located in one of the village’s tax increment districts. Dollar General requested in June that the village consider entering into an agreement to provide $100,000 toward the project. Trustees Monday approved a finetuned agreement that calls for the village donating 75 percent of the property taxes paid by the business back to the business over the next 10 years, or until the $100,000 amount is reached. The money is earmarked for development of the 9,100-square-foot retail store, including site work, excavation, asphalt and parking, fencing and private utilities. The $100,000 amounts to 15 percent of the anticipated increase in property value to be created by the project - from a current assessed value of $35,535 to a projected $710,000. Wondra said the project likely wouldn’t be possible without the incentive, and it will potentially generate tax dollars for years to come for the village. “Some municipalities hand over a check, but we felt we wanted a pay-asyou-go arrangement,” he said. Carquest Carquest will relocate from its current location on Wisconsin Avenue to a new store it plans to construct on Main Street (Oak Street), just west of the Skol Bar and adjacent to the former feed mill site. Frederic’s planning commission presented and recommended the site plan at Monday’s meeting. A 4,000-square-foot building will be built with five parking places in the rear of the building. Customers will utilize the public parking lot in front of the building. Wondra said the planning commission is also recommending Traffic Avenue, the street that runs north and south between the Skol Bar and public parking lot, be moved further away from the Skol Bar and widened. There is a safety factor involved, he noted.

Legion building for arts project Local Legion Commander Dean Daniels was at the meeting to request the village accept a donation of the Legion building on a village-owned lot on Lake Avenue to the village. Years ago, the village donated the property to the Legion. Trustees accepted that proposal and is considering giving the building to the Frederic Arts group, which has requested the building be moved to a strip of village-owned land along the west side of the Gandy Dancer Trail for use as an arts center. “We would like to partner with the village to explore the incorporation of a rest stop facility, art center and sculpture park, band shell, picnic shelter and public use area that would make Frederic a destination for trail riders, area residents and a wider tourist population,” reads a proposal from Frederic Arts, Inc. “The Legion building would provide a wonderful start for us, and we like the idea of reusing a building with history in our town,” the proposal further states. Additional space would need to be added to the building. The proposal was signed by the group’s board of directors which includes Mark and Nancy Buley, Chris Byerly, Ann Fawver, Kelly Green, Win Herberg, Megan Pierce and Jack Route. More information on the group is available at Division 8 Division 8, a company based in Minnesota that manufactures facades for fast food restaurants, including McDonald’s, is in the process of moving into the building located between Ray’s Firestone and Hacker’s Lanes on Hwy. 35 at the south end of the village, formerly occupied by Bernick’s Pepsi and then Northern Image. The Frederic plant will potentially create 30 jobs, with 12 to 15 being developed in the first year. Interior building work is still being done on the building. Other business Trustees at their meeting Monday also: • Approved a request for use of Coon Lake for the 2010 watercross event, June 12 and 13. • Approved a resolution to pursue a grant for the quality and biological monitoring of Coon Lake. Jeremy Williams from Polk County Land and Water has discussed with the board the development of a management plan for Coon Lake. The plan would include information from an aquatic plant survey, storm water drainage and watershed, chemical analysis of lake water, shoreland vegetation and more. • Wondra reported that the process of developing the village budget for 20092019 is under way with the budget going to public hearing by early November. Frederic will lose 2 percent of its state aid, Wondra noted, saying that’s not a large loss, but that it raises more concern over the 2011-12, especially given the economic climate.


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What about flu shots? Two separate vaccinations will be available this year. One will be for seasonal flu and the other will be for the H1N1 virus. Seasonal flu shots are now available for everyone at most health care provider agencies. The shot for H1N1 will be available sometime mid- to late October. The priority groups to receive the H1N1 vaccine will be determined at the time clinics are established. For more information, you may contact your health care provider or call Burnett County Department of Health and Human Services at 715-349-7600. You may also go to www. for updates or submitted

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BURNETT COUNTY – As the uncertainty of the influenza season approaches, the health department would like to take this opportunity to give you some information in regard to the seasonal flu and the H1NI flu. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is by getting a seasonal flu vaccination each year. Every year in the United States, on average, 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications and about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes. Seasonal flu primarily infects people over the age of 65. The elderly are at highest risk for complications from the seasonal flu. (Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009b) This flu season there is a new and very different virus called H1N1. This may cause a lot more people to get sick than during a regular flu season. The H1N1 virus is infecting the younger population. The median age with confirmed infections in the United States was 12 years old, and the highest infection incidence was among persons aged 5-24. Children/young people are at highest risk for contracting H1N1. (Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009a).


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Polk County circuit court Ashley A. Anderson, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Hayla M. Bader, Milltown, speeding, $175.30. Jeremy J. Baker, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Lisa A. Barland-Johnson, Milltown, speeding, not guilty plea. Adam J. Berglund, Amery, speeding, $200.50. Christopher W. Bergstrom, Barron, speeding, $175.30. Roger D. Bibeau, Centuria, seat belt violation, $10.00. Joseph A. Cavaco, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Audie L. Christianson, Turtle Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Chad A. Crosby, Rice Lake, operating while revoked, not guilty plea; seat belt violation, $10.00. Andrea G. Daniels, St. Croix Falls, trespass, $200.00. Arlen J. DeGidio, Amery, operating while revoked, $249.00; keep open intoxicants in MV, $249.00; failure to notify police of

accident, $249.00. Matthew P. Despiegelaere, Milltown, operating while under influence, 6-mos. revocation AODA, $675.50. Jason K. Dewolf, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Khadija Dullin, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Christopher W. Dyke, Hudson, speeding, $175.30. David G. Eason, Amery, seat belt violation, $10.00. Erica L. Eggert, White Bear Lake, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Ashley M. Fjorden, Frederic, unsafe lane deviation, $175.30. Jaime A. Flores, Cumberland, operate w/o valid license, not guilty plea. Kevin Flores, Amery, operating while under influence, 6-mos. revocation AODA, $675.50. Trevor A. Giller, Frederic, speeding, $175.30. Daniel T. Hartnett, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $200.00. Christina M. Hochstetler, Milltown, speeding, $175.30.

William D. Johnson, Dresser, failure to stop at stop sign, $175.30. Deborah J. Jorgenson, Hudson, speeding, $175.30. Jack R. Kemptner, Somerset, seat belt violation, $10.00. Luletta G. Klos, Edina, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Kraig A. Knutson, Clayton, operating while under influence, operating with PAC .10 or more, not guilty pleas. Jeffrey C. LeMay, South St. Paul, Minn., operating while under influence, operating with PAC .10 or more, not guilty pleas. Daniel I. Livingston, Centuria, operating while suspended, $200.00. Sean P. Lundgren, Amery, operating while under influence, operating with PAC .10 or more, not guilty pleas. Lew A. Lunsman, Centuria, nonregistration of auto, etc., $175.30.

Kenneth L. Marks, Radisson, speeding, $175.30. Ryan S. Martin, Milltown, operating while under influence, unreasonable and imprudent speed, not guilty pleas. Adrian R. Mattson, Luck, operating while under influence, $817.00; seat belt violation, $10.00. Eric J. Melahn, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Stacie K. Moriak, Ridgeland, speeding, $175.30. Woodie D. Morley, Dresser, trespass, not guilty plea. Edward J. Moryn, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $175.30. Doris M. Newman, Balsam Lake, fail./stop at stop sign, $175.30. Jeramy L. Norlander, St. Croix Falls, seat belt violation, $10.00. Pamela A. Orina, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $213.50. Jacob M. Ostrowski, St. Croix Falls, speeding. $180.60. Pamela E. Pearce, Deer

Park, operating while under influence, operating with PAC .10 or more, not guilty pleas. Jovita J. Perez, St. Croix Falls, operating while under influence, 6-mos. revocation, AODA, $675.50. Matt F. Phillips, Grantsburg, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jon Paul N. Proulx, Scandia, Minn., parking/standing where prohibited, $149.50. Brad S. Raboin, Lindstrom, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Dallas R. Radune, Hudson, seat belt violation, $10.00. Odrey E. Rasmussen, St. Croix Falls, fail./stop at stop sign, $175.30. Jessica M. Robinson, Centuria, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jesse J. Scheel, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Mark D. Scribner, Deer Park, seat belt violation, $24.50. Joel S. Skelton, Eden Prairie, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Theodore A. Skramsted, Osceola, operating while under

influence, 8-mos. revocation, AODA, $803.00. Tari A. Stage, Centuria, tobacco sale to minor, $186.00. Elizabeth D. Stanley, Centuria, seat belt violation, $10.00. Samantha M. Stoeklen, Lindstrom, Minn., operating while under influence, 6-mos. revocation AODA, $675.50. Jonathan D. Swenson, New Richmond, speeding, $175.30. Cortney M. Tretsven, St. Croix Falls, drink open intoxicants in MV, $200.50. William R. VanEtten, Tomah, speeding, not guilty plea. Courtney B. Wiebusch, Clear Lake, reckless driving-endanger safety, fail./stop at stop sign, not guilty pleas. Ethan J. Wies, North Branch, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Anna J. Williamson, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $225.20.

Robbi R. Tribbey, Superior; Robin or Ronald Hill, River

Falls; and Kenneth R. Olmstead, Woodbury, Minn.

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Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (165968)

Steven J. Swanson/ No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

(Aug. 12, 19, 26, Sept. 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY DEUTSCHE BANK TRUST COMPANY AMERICAS, as Trustee for Morgan Stanley, MSAC 2007-HE1 c/o Saxon Mortgage Services, Inc. Plaintiff, vs. ANTHONY R. STACE and JANE DOE, unknown spouse of Anthony R. Stace and JOHN and/or JANE DOE, unknown tenants, Defendants Case No. 08-CV-834 Code No. 40404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000.00 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on January 14, 2009, in the amount of $155,603.64, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: September 23, 2009, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin DESCRIPTION: Lot One (1) of Certified Survey Map No. 4530 recorded in Volume 20 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 82 as Document No. 683169, being part of Government No. One (1), Section Sixteen (16), Township Thirty-five (35) North, Range Nineteen (19) West, Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2760 Nevers Dam Road, Town of Eureka. TAX KEY NO.: 20-1172-0100. Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS & ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 414-727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

(Aug. 26, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY HSBC BANK USA, AS NOMINEE OF MERS, Plaintiff, vs. BRUCE A. COCKRELL, SARAH V. COCKRELL, Defendants. CITIFINANCIAL, INC., Added Defendant Case No. 09 CV 54 FORECLOSURE OF MORTGAGE 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure in the amount of $219,292.31, entered by the court on April 21, 2009, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real estate. Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 1658, recorded in Volume 8 of Certified Survey Maps on page 6 as Document No. 514007, located in the NW1/4 of the SE1/4 of Section 21, Township 33 North, Range 16 West, Town of Lincoln, Polk County, Wisconsin. Tax Key No. 032-597-0000 Street Address: 846 N. Wisconsin Ave., Amery, WI 54001 Place of Sale: Foyer of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, WI Date & Time of Sale: October 22, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. Terms of Sale: 1. Property is sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances, including but not limited to unpaid and accrued real estate taxes, special assessments, and other governmental charges, plus interest and penalties, if any. 2. A bid deposit of not less than ten percent (10%) of the bid amount shall be due in the form of cash, cashier’s check, or certified funds at the time of sale. 3. Successful bidder to pay the entire unpaid balance of bid within ten (10) days following confirmation of the sale by the court plus buyer to pay for buyer’s title insurance, document recording fees and Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. 4. Failure to make timely payment following confirmation of sale will result in forfeiture of bid deposit. Timothy G. Moore, Polk County Sheriff Law Offices of James E. Huismann, S.C. N14 W23777 Stone Ridge Dr. Suite 120 Waukesha, Wisconsin 53188 (262) 523-6400

(Aug. 26, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, fsb f/k/a S&C Bank, Plaintiff, vs. James T. Dalton and Unknown Spouse of James T. Dalton, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No: 09 CV 202 Case Code: 30404 Judge: Robert H. Rasmussen PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on the 27th day of June, 2009, in the amount of $78,112.63, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: October 15, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to the Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified check. Balance due within 10 days of court approval. Purchaser is responsible for payment of all transfer taxes and recording fees. Sale is AS IS in all respects and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 1005 West Main St., Suite 900, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. DESCRIPTION: That part of Block 1 of Basil’s First Addition to the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Beginning at the Northwest corner of said Block 1, running thence East on the North line of said Block 1, 75 feet; running thence South parallel to the West line of said Block 1, 116 feet; running thence West parallel to the North line of said Block 1, 75 feet; running thence North on the West line of said Block 1 to the point of beginning. Said Block being a part of Government Lot 1, Section 10, Township 34 North, Range 17 West. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 100 Basil Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. Timothy G. Moore Polk County Sheriff’s Office ECKBERG, LAMMERS, BRIGGS, WOLFF & VIERLING, P.L.L.P. Nicholas J. Vivian #1047165 Attorney for Plaintiff 1809 Northwestern Avenue Stillwater, MN 55082 (651) 439-2878 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose.

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


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Deborah A. Blommer State Bar # 1000749 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719

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CITIMORTGAGE, INC. SUCCESSOR BY REASON OF MERGER WITH CITIFINANCIAL MORTGAGE COMPANY, INC. Plaintiff, vs. BRIAN BOTTOLFSON, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 07 CV 259 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 15, 2009, in the amount of $167,198.29, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: October 7, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified Check. Balance to be paid upon confirmation. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 5685, recorded on October 3, 2008, in Volume 25, Page 162, as Document No. 750062, located in the Southeast 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 29, Town 32 North, Range 17 West, in the Town of Alden, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1675 West Church Road, Star Prairie, WI 54026 TAX KEY NO.: 002-00758-0000. Dated this 14th day of August, 2009. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County

(Aug. 12, 19, 26, Sept. 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Karen E. Minutello, as Assignee of M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank, Successor by merger with Century Bank Plaintiff vs. David J. DeHaven and Jane Doe, alias, his wife, if any, and Arden P. Williams and John Doe, alias, her husband, if any, Defendants Case No. 04 CV 75 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wis., on: Thurs., Sept. 24, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 20 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: East half of the Southwest Quarter (E1/2 SW1/4), Section 22-32-17, Town of Alden, Polk County, except 1 square acre in NW corner of NE SW, Section 22; the North line thereof is the South line of CTH C and West line thereof is the West line of said NW1/4 SW1/4, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 002-00574-0000, 00200578-0000, 002-00579-0000 Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 22nd day of July, 2009. Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County Wisconsin

day, Sept. 5, to: Claire R. Lohmann, St. Louis Park, Minn.;

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Siren; Priscilla or Earl Grefsrud, Minneapolis, Minn.; Wilbur W. Sperling, Danbury; Robert S. Moucha, Cadott; Constance M. Graf, Shell Lake; Rose Marie Beilke, Siren; Duane or Janice Myers, Danbury; Robert L. Wanek, Spooner; Rodney E. Sandmon, Forest Lake, Minn.; John R. Berg, Luck; Michael J. Moser, St. Paul, Minn.; Laurel J. Heckman, Siren; Mustonen Family Trust, Siren; and Sharon J. Brown, Spooner. Parking tickets carrying a fine of $25 were issued in the Crooked Lake Park area Satur-

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At 9 p.m., Bryce R. Larson, 18, Stillwater, Minn., was cited for turning into the wrong lane to go south on Hwy. 35 from Hwy. 70. Sept. 7: At 2:05 p.m., Anthony C. Rizzo, 42, Coon Rapids, Minn., was cited for failing to stop at the stop sign on First Avenue and Lake Street. At 3:50 p.m., Curtis J. Mann, 49, Stanchfield, Minn., was cited for speeding on Hwy. 70 and Ellis Avenue. Parking tickets carrying a fine of $25 were issued in the Crooked Lake Park area Friday, Sept. 4, to: Gary W. Evenson,

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Sept. 3: In an arrest that began at 10:41 p.m. by a lot on First Avenue, Casey L. Wylie, 33, Eau Claire, was charged with disorderly conduct, possession of positively tested THC and of drug paraphernalia. Sept. 4: At 1 p.m., a juvenile at the ALC was cited for underage drinking. Sept. 5: At 7 p.m., Beatrice A. Christy, 76, Burnsville, Minn., was cited for speeding on Hwy. 70 and Hanson Avenue. Sept. 6: A blue and silver NEXT bike was found by the skate park at 4:03 a.m.

Burnett County criminal court

(Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP Plaintiff, vs. RUTH M. SCHADEWALD, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 06 CV 57 AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 24, 2009, in the amount of $179,104.22, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: October 7, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified Check. Balance to be paid upon confirmation. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 4217, recorded in Volume 18 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 247, as Document No. 666504, located in the Northeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 7, Township 35 North, Range 18 West, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 22852285A 230th Street, Cushing, WI 54006 TAX KEY NO.: 020-00177-0300 Dated this 27th day of August, 2009. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Deborah A. Blommer State Bar # 1000749 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (167902)

Burnett County civil court Capital One Bank vs. Megan B. Hashbarger, Spooner, $1,024.60. Midland Funding LLC vs. Jere Krear, Webster, $1,455.48. The RiverBank vs. Bonnie Finava, Grantsburg, $259.98.

Resurgence Financial LLC vs. Robert Martini, Grantsburg, $1,587.70. Resurgence Financial LLC vs. Kevin W. Christenson, Grantsburg, $2,937.28.

(Sept. 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. COLIN D. MUELLER, and CAROLYN M. MEYER f/k/a CAROLYN M. MUELLER, and VILLAGE OF LUCK, and STATE OF WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BUREAU OF CHILD SUPPORT, and DAVID R. MUELLER and KATHRYN A. MUELLER, Defendants. Case No. 09 CV 222 AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on June 19, 2009, in the amount of $89,745.62, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wis., on: Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: A parcel of land in the SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4, Section 28-36-17, described as follows: Beginning at a point 255.4 feet East and 105 feet North of the Quarter Post of Sections 28 and 33-26-17, thence East 153 feet, thence North 73 feet, thence West 153 feet, thence South 72 feet to the point of beginning, Village of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 146-00552-0000. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 25th day of August, 2009. Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

(Aug. 12, 19, 26, Sept. 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY SCHANON MORTGAGE, INC. 228 N. Keller Ave. Amery, WI 54001 Plaintiff, vs. JOHN T. ARONSON DEON M. ARONSON, his wife 1072 E. Neibel Lane Balsam Lake, WI 54810 Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No. 08 CV 74 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered in the above action on March 23, 2009, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction in the foyer area of the Polk County Justice Center, in the Village of Balsam Lake, State of Wis., on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., the following-described premises: Parcel 1: Lot Two (2) of Certified Survey Map No. 1709 recorded in Volume 8 of Certified Survey Maps, page 57 as Document No. 519702, located in the Northeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter (NE1/4 of NW1/4), Section Five (5), Township Thirty-four (34) North, Range Sixteen (16) West, Town of Apple River, Polk County, Wisconsin. Subject to a, John T. and Deon M. Aronson, a prior Mortgage (Parcel 1) to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting as nominee for Full Spectrum Lending, Inc. in the original amount of $108,800.00, dated August 2, 2004, and recorded in office of Polk County Register of Deeds on September 1, 2004, in Volume 958 of Records on page 815 as Document No. 685910. TERMS: Cash; subject to the above first mortgage, all unpaid property taxes, special assessments, penalties and interest. Buyer to pay transfer fee and costs of sheriff’s sale. DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by certified check. BALANCE DUE: Within ten (10) days of confirmation of sale. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1072 Neibel Lane, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, on August 12, 2009. Timothy Moore Polk County Sheriff Kenneth Wm. Jost Jost Law Office P.O. Box 54, Chetek, WI 54728

10-day jail sentence, license revoked 12 months, alcohol assessment. Russell W. Thoreen, 40, Grantsburg, operating with a PAC greater than .08, $250.00. Ryan D. Lemon, 18, Grantsburg, theft of movable property, one-year probation, $60 restitution, ordered to attend school, may apply for expunction, $94.00. Jared B. Yerke, 19, Grantsburg, hit and run involving injury, one-year probation, sentence withheld, $5,000.00 restitution, may apply for expuction, alcohol assessment, $588.00. Russell A. Manning, 41, Frederic, issue worthless check, $249.00. Shane M. Gilpin, 30, Amery, issue worthless check, $309.00. Mary B. Christensen, 45, Siren, issue worthless check, $309.00.

Polk County marriage licenses Alissa M. Tuynman, town of Georgetown, and Jonathan L. Lechleitner, Stanley, Sept. 9, 2009. Sarah D. Fleener, town of St. Louis Park, Minn., and Christopher R. Auna, St. Louis Park, Minn., Sept. 10, 2009. Jennifer L. Przbylski, town of Alden, and Rory W. Troff, Alden, Sept. 11, 2009. (Aug. 26, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, fsb f/k/a S&C Bank, Plaintiff, vs. James T. Dalton and Unknown Spouse of James T. Dalton, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No: 09 CV 199 Case Code: 30404 Judge: Robert H. Rasmussen PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on the 27th day of June, 2009, in the amount of $26,924.63, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: October 15, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to the Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified check. Balance due within 10 days of court approval. Purchaser is responsible for payment of all transfer taxes and recording fees. Sale is AS IS in all respects and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main St., Suite 900, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. DESCRIPTION: Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 4681, Volume 21, Page 8, Document No. 691120 being part of Lot 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 3036, Volume 14, Page 58, Document No. 597197, being located in the Northeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 32, Township 35 North, Range 16 West, in the Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: Lot 3 CSM 4681, Georgetown, Wis. Timothy G. Moore Polk County Sheriff ECKBERG, LAMMERS, BRIGGS, WOLFF & VIERLING, P.L.L.P. Nicholas J. Vivian #1047165 Attorney for Plaintiff 1809 Northwestern Avenue Stillwater, MN 55082 (651) 439-2878 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose.

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(Sept. 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF LEON PETELER aka LEON H. PETELER Notice to Interested Persons and Time Limit for Filing Claims (Informal Administration) Case No. 09 PR 59 An application has been filed for informal administration of the estate of the decedent, whose date of birth was May 29, 1930, and date of death was July 26, 2009. The decedent died domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: P.O. Box 284, Dresser, WI 54009. Please take notice that: 1. The application will be heard at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 1034, before Jenell L. Anderson, Probate Registrar, on October 13, 2009, at 9 a.m. or when scheduled thereafter. You need not appear unless you object. The application may be granted if no objection is made. 2. Creditors’ claims must be filed with the probate registrar on or before Dec. 21, 2009. 3. Publication of this notice shall constitute notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. If you need help in this matter because of a disability, please call: 715-485-9238 Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar September 8, 2009 David P. Cusick Attorney at Law 44 South Fourth Street Barron, WI 54812 715-537-9272

Rodney A, Lawrence, 35, Shell Lake, disorderly conduct, one-year probation, sentence withheld, no abusive contact with victim, alcohol assessment. Charleston K. Baker, 19, Siren, theft of movable property, one-year probation, sentence withheld, $307.00 restitution, may apply for expunction, $108.70. Stephanie C. Nelson, 30, Frederic, intended contribution to the delinquency of child, oneyear probation, $88.00. Angela L. Mersch, 29, White Bear Lake, Minn., operate without valid license, $186.00. Sean T. Schaaf, 36, Danbury, keep open intoxicant in motor vehicle, $249.00; mandatory seat belt violation, $10.00. Ryan M. Kanke, 24, Siren, OWI, $904.00, 10-day jail sentence, Huber release granted, license revoked 12 months, alcohol assessment. Wesley J. Bearheart, 45, Webster, operating after revocation, $500.00. Eric T. Nielsen, 23, White Bear Lake, Minn., OWI, $904.00,


(Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY INDYMAC FEDERAL BANK, FSB, Plaintiff, vs LYLE HETRICK, et al Defendants Case No. 09 CV 19 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 17, 2009, in the amount of $201,861.80, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: October 28, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified check. Balance to be paid upon confirmation. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: The North 20 rods of the South 40 rods of the West 16 rods of the Southwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 23, Township 36 North, Range 17 West, Town of Luck, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2660 140th Street, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 036-00532-0000. Dated this 3rd day of September, 2009. /s/ Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, WI Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Ave. Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that pur495462 WNAXLP pose. (168686)


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(Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BRANCH 2 ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff, Vs. NANCY C. LEMAY RONALD L. SCHORN VILLAGE OF MILLTOWN JOHN DOE #1 JOHN DOE #2 Defendants Case No.: 09CV392 Case Code: 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE By virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above-entitled action on July 28, 2009, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction in the foyer of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, on the 29th day of October, 2009, at 10 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the Judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: Lot 7, Block 2, Dairyland Addition to the Village of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 308 Dairyland Avenue, Milltown, Wisconsin. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check within ten days after confirmation of sale. Dated this 28th day of August, 2009. /s/ Timothy Moore Polk County Sheriff Donald R. Marjala, Lawyer WELD, RILEY, PRENN & RICCI, S.C. P.O. Box 1030 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1030 (715) 839-7786 Attorneys for Plaintiff Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtained will be used for that purpose.

(Aug. 26, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff, vs. KERRY L LYSDAHL, et al Defendants. Case Number: 09 CV 29 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 9, 2009, in the amount of $109,736.42, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: October 14, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified check. Balance to be paid upon confirmation. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 4134, recorded June 26, 2003, in Volume 18 of Certified Survey Maps, on Page 164, as Document No. 660373, in the Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2284 190th St., Centuria, WI 54824. TAX KEY NO.: 02-00279-0120. Dated this 20th day of August. 2009. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C. is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (166551)

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(Sept. 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. GERALD R. WONDRA JR., and ROYAL CREDIT UNION, Defendants Case No. 08 CV 422 AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on November 25, 2008, I will sell at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on: Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 10 o’clock a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: The East 67 feet of Lot 3, Block B, Peterson’s Addition to the City of Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 201-00503-0000. STREET ADDRESS: 218 South Street, Amery, Wisconsin. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by cash or certified check. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 25th day of August, 2009. Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

Arlu L. Ames, 53, Grantsburg, theft of movable property, one-year probation, sentence withheld,$907.78 restitution, must follow all recommendations made by her medical providers, $177.78. Linda D. Splettstoeszar, 45, Delane, Minn., speeding, $123.00. Thomas L. Threlkeld, 56, Wayzata, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Jeffrey J. Olson, 19, Webster, possession of THC, 75-day jail sentence, $88.00. Nancy McConkey, no date of birth given, Danbury, issue worthless check, $309.00. Steven P. Gulich, 22, Roberts, disorderly conduct, $309.00. Minnie A. Cunningham, 64, Grantsburg, OWI, $904.00, 10day jail sentence, Huber release granted if employed, license revoked 12 months, alcohol assessment. Lawrance E. Behr, 42, Siren, OWI, $904.00, 10-day jail sentence, license revoked 12 months, alcohol assessment.



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(Aug. 26, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT BARRON COUNTY NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case Type: 30404 Case No.: 08-CV-553 Highland Bank a Minnesota banking corporation, 8140 26th Avenue South, Suite 160 Bloomington, MN 55425, Plaintiff, vs. Scott Nagel West 15430 Old Highway 194 Sheldon, WI 54786, Melanie Nagel West 15430 Old Highway 194 Sheldon, WI 54786, Cemstone Ready-Mix, Inc. 1190 County Road G New Richmond, WI 54017, United States of America 211 West Wisconsin Avenue Mail Stop 5303 Milwaukee, WI 53203, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Granite Mortgage & Construction Finance, Inc. 2711 Centerville Road Suite 400 Wilmington, DE 19808,

The Plan Commission of the Town of Laketown, Polk County, Wisconsin, will be conducting a public hearing to discuss the Town of Laketown Comprehensive Plan 2009 - 2029. The Public Hearing will be held on Monday, September 21, starting at 7 p.m. at the Cushing Community Center. Comments on the plan will be heard and discussed and any necessary updates will be made to the Comprehensive Plan prior to adoption. Patsy Gustafson 496092 4L Town Clerk

The monthly board meeting will be held Tuesday, September 22, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cushing Community Center. Agenda: Clerk’s report; treasurer’s report; open forum; road report; comprehensive plan report & possible acceptance; pay bills & adjourn. Patsy Gustafson 496091 4L Town Clerk

(Aug. 26, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, fsb f/k/a S&C Bank, Plaintiff, vs. Steven G. Danielowski and Unknown Spouse of Steven G. Danielowski, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No: 09 CV 257 Case Code: 30404 Judge: Molly E. GaleWyrick

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PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on the 23rd day of June, 2009, in the amount of $117,748.94, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: October 15, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to the Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified check. Balance due within 10 days of court approval. Purchaser is responsible for payment of all transfer taxes and recording fees. Sale is AS IS in all respects and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main St., Suite 900, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810. DESCRIPTION: Parcel 1: Lot Two (2), Plat of Townline Lake Estates “A County Plat” located in Government Lot one (1), Government Lot two (2) and in the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4), Section twenty-four (24), Township thirty-four (34) North, Range sixteen (16) West, Town of Apple River, Polk County, Wisconsin. Parcel 2: Lot eleven (11) and 1/5 interest in Outlot three (3) plat of Townline Lake Estates “A County Plat” located in Government Lot one (1), Government Lot two (2) and in the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SW 1/4 of NE 1/4), Section twenty-four (24), Township thirty-four (34) North, Range sixteen (16) West, Town of Apple River, Polk County, Wisconsin. Parcel 3: Together with an easement for ingress and egress for the benefit of Parcels 1 and 2 and others described as Outlot one (1) and Outlot two (2) of the Plat of Townline Lake Estates (also shown as the future town road 145th Avenue). PROPERTY ADDRESS: N/A. Vacant Land. Timothy G. Moore Polk County Sheriff ECKBERG, LAMMERS, BRIGGS, WOLFF & VIERLING, P.L.L.P. Nicholas J. Vivian #1047165 Attorney for Plaintiff 1809 Northwestern Avenue Stillwater, MN 55082 (651) 439-2878 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are

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

Dorothy M. Nagel a/k/a Dorothy N. Nagel N8908 Birch Drive Gilman, WI 54433, Wisconsin Bureau of Child Support c/o Office of General Counsel 2135 Rimrock Road P.O. Box 8907 Mail Stop 6-173 Madison, WI 53708, American Title and Abstract Company of Eau Claire, Inc., 1903 Keith Street, Suite 1 Eau Claire, WI 54701, John Doe, Mary Roe, and XYZ Corporation, Defendants. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on July 21, 2009, the Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real property at public auction as follows: TIME/DATE: October 7, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in certified funds, with the balance due and owing on the date of confirmation of the sale by the Court. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center 1005 W. Main Street Balsam Lake, WI 54810 LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Lot 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 5295 recorded in Volume 23 of Records, Page 202 as Doc. No. 724189, being located in part of the Southeast Quarter (1/4) of the Southwest Quarter (1/4), Section 24, Township 32 North, Range 17 West, Town of Alden, Polk County, Wisconsin (“Property”). (FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY: Plaintiff believes that the property address is: 1255 20th Avenue, Amery, Wis.) Dated this 19 day of August, 2009. /s/ Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin This Instrument Was Drafted By: ANASTASI & ASSOCIATES, P.A. 14985 60th Street North Stillwater, MN 55082 651-439-2951 TCS/13885 494467 WNAXLP

(Aug. 26, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CITIMORTGAGE, INC. Plaintiff, vs. ROGER GORDON, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 08 CV 874 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 6, 2009, in the amount of $173,502.66, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: October 14, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified Check. Balance to be paid upon confirmation. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: The North 180 feet of the East 325 feet of the Southeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4; and that part of the Northeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 described as follows: Beginning at the Southeast corner of the Northeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4; thence North along the East boundary line of said Northeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 220 feet, or less, to the Southeast corner of that parcel described in Volume 353 of Records, Page 325, as Document No. 353191; thence West parallel to the South boundary line of said Northeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4, 325 feet; thence South parallel to said East boundary line 220 feet, more or less to the South boundary line of said Northeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4; thence East on said South boundary line 325 feet to the point of beginning; all located in Section 23, Town 32 North, Range 16 West, in the Town of Black Brook, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 223 75th St., Clear Lake, WI 54005 TAX KEY NO.: 010-00590-0000 Dated this 24th day of August, 2009. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (167109)

(Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY EVERBANK Plaintiff, vs. JAMES P. POWERS and JANE DOE unknown spouse of James P. Powers and JANE DOE and/or JOHN DOE unknown tenants Defendants. Case No. 09-CV-97 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 17, 2009, in the amount of $168,189.28, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: October 20, 2009, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: The East 511.5 Feet of the SE 1/4 NW 1/4, Sec. 9 - Township 33 North, Range 15 West lying South of the vacated railroad right of way now known as Cat Tail Trail. ALSO LEGALLY DESCRIBED AS: Lot 1, CSM #4983, Volume 22, Page 90, SE 1/4 NW 1/4 Section 9 Township 35 North Range 15 West. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1055 35th Street, Town of Clayton. TAX KEY NO.: 016-0020-0200. Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

(Sept. 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF CLARICE L. LINDAHL Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 09 PR 58 An application has been filed for informal administration of the estate of the decedent, whose date of birth was May 16, 1927, and date of death was May 3, 2009. The decedent died domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: P.O. Box 48, Frederic, WI 54837. All interested parties have waived notice. Creditors’ claims must be filed with the probate registrar on or before Decmber 11, 2009. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registration August 31, 2009 David L. Grindell Personal Representative/ Attorney Grindell Law Office, S.C. P.O. Box 585 Frederic, WI 54837 715-327-5561

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(Sept. 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Alvin J. Schommer Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 09 PR 55 An application has been filed for informal administration of the estate of the decedent, whose date of birth was June 14, 1914, and date of death was June 12, 2009. The decedent died domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: 105 E. Oak Street, Frederic, Wisconsin 54837. All interested persons have waived notice. Creditors’ claims must be filed with the probate registrar on or before December 15, 2009. Jenell Anderson Probate Registrar September 3, 2009 David L. Grindell Personal Representative/ Attorney GRINDELL LAW OFFICES, S.C. P.O. Box 585 Frederic, WI 54837 495652 WNAXLP 715-327-5561

(Sept. 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY In the matter of the name change of: Austin Dominick Bunker by: Austin Dominick Bunker Notice and Order for Name Change Hearing Case No. 09 CV 540 By: Lois Hoff NOTICE IS GIVEN THAT: A petition has been filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From Austin Dominick Bunker To: Austin Dominick Wahl IT IS ORDERED: This petition will be heard in the Circuit Court of Polk County, State of Wisconsin, Robert H. Rasmussen, Polk Co. Justice Center, 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, WI 54810, October 16, 2009, 2:45 p.m. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED: Notice of this hearing shall be given by publication as a Class 3 notice for three (3) weeks in a row prior to the date of the haring in the newspaper published in Inter-County Leader, Frederic, Polk County. Dated: 8/12/09 BY THE COURT: R.H. Rasmussen Circuit Court Judge August 12, 2009

(Aug. 26, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, as Trustee for Morgan Stanley ABS Capital I Inc. Trust 2007-HE5 by: Saxon Mortgage Services, its attorneyin-fact, Plaintiff, vs. GERALD C. VOLGREN and DEBORAH A. VOLGREN, husband and wife, and JANE DOE and/or JOHN DOE, unknown tenants, and ANCHORBANK, FSB, and BAYFIELD FINANCIAL LLC, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and STATE OF WISCONSIN, Defendants Case No. 09-CV-336 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 15, 2009, in the amount of $169,273.68, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: October 7, 2009, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: The North 460 Feet of the West 800 Feet except the West 379 Feet thereof of the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter, Section 27, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1440 200th Ave., Town of Milltown. TAX KEY NO.: 040-00860-0000. Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

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appear, Sept. 8. Sean T. Schaaf, 36, Danbury, warrant - failure to appear, Sept. 8. Waylon J. Snyder, 20, Hinckley, Minn., 20, arrest warrant complaint, Sept. 10.


Barbara M. McConaughey, no date of birth given, Houlton, warrant - failure to appear, Sept. 9. Angela L. Mersch, 29, White Bear Lake, Minn., warrant - failure to appear, Sept. 8. Jean M. Ritchie, 49, Pine City, Minn., warrant - failure to

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Marion M. Baca, 23, Danbury, warrant - failure to appear, Sept. 9. Vaughn J. Chute, no date of birth given, Frederic, warrant failure to appear, Sept. 8. Bonnie Matrious, 41, Hinckley, Minn., warrant - failure to appear, Sept. 8.

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Siren Girls C-Squad Volleyball Coach for 2009-2010

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


An Open House will be held on October 28, 2009, from 5:30 to 6 p.m. at the Eureka Town Hall to introduce and discuss the draft Town of Eureka Comprehensive Plan. A short presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m.


As per Chapter 66.1001(4)(d) of the Wisconsin Statutes, a public hearing will be held on October 28, 2009, at 6 p.m. at the Eureka Town Hall. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to receive comments regarding the Ordinance to Adopt the Town of Eureka Comprehensive Plan. The Plan includes ten elements, analyzes past trends, current demographics, and sets goals and strategies for the future of the Town. No later than three weeks prior to the meeting, copies of the plan can be checked out by calling Michelle Tonnar, Town Clerk, at 715-646-2985 or can be viewed at the Centuria, Luck, Milltown and St. Croix Falls public libraries. The document will also be available on the Town of Eureka Web site: If you need additional information, please contact Michelle Tonnar, Town Clerk, at 715-646-2985 or Eric Anderson, WCWRPC, at 715-8362918. For those unable to attend the public hearing, written comments should be sent to Michelle Tonnar, Town Clerk, 2077 190th Ave., Centuria, WI 54824 and must be received no later than October 26, 2009. 496077 4L 46a,d WNAXLP




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

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

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Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (168952)


All interested persons are invited to comment on any potential effects that may be caused to historic properties, if any such properties are or may be located at or near the site, from a proposed 300-foot, self-support telecommunications tower with associated equipment to be constructed south of 8070 CTH FF in Webster, Burnett County, Wisconsin. Comments may be submitted to the following contact as follows: Bruce D. Kiesling, Edge Consulting Engineers, Inc., 624 Water Street, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578. Phone: 608-644-1449. E-mail: This notice provided in accordance with the regulations of the FCC, 47 C.F.R. Part 1, 495918 4-5Lp WNAXLP Appendices B and C.

VILLAGE OF WEBSTER ORDINANCE 248-8 REVISED 9-9-2009 248-8 Snowmobile/ATV routes and trails designated. (Amended 9-9-2009) A. Routes designated. Except as provided in ss350.02 and 350.045, Wis. Stats., or for events authorized in accordance with s350.04, Wis. Stats., no person shall operate a snowmobile or ATV upon any public right of way, in any public park or on any other public municipal property in the village except upon snowmobile or ATV routes and trails designated by the Village Board. The following routes are designated all-terrain vehicle routes in the village: West Alder Street, Sturgeon Avenue North, Sturgeon Avenue South, Muskey Avenue South, East Fir Street, West Fir Street, East Poplar Street, West Poplar Street, Sears Street and alleys. The following routes are designated snowmobile routes: All village streets and alleys except the following: (a) Main Street East and West. (b) County Road X. (c) County Road FF. (d) State Highway 35 B. Declaring trails closed. The Chief of Police shall have the power to declare the stated snowmobile routes and trails either open or closed. C. Markers to be obeyed. No person shall fail to obey any route or trail sign, marker or limit erected in accordance with this section. Passed this 9th day of Sept., 2009, by the Village of Webster. Thomas Stusek Village President, Village of Webster ATTEST: Patrice Bjorklund 495916 4-5L WNAXLP Clerk, Village of Webster

(Sept. 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY U.S. Bank National Association N.D. Plaintiff, vs. Mark L. Hansen and Unknown Spouse, Defendants. Case Classification: 304040 SUMMONS (For Publication) Case No. 09 CV 318 Hon. Robert H. Rasmussen THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, to Defendant Unknown Spouse of Mark L. Hansen: You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. This is a real estate foreclosure action. Therefore, within 40 days after September 16, 2009, (60 days as to the United State of America), you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Clerk of Court, Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, and to Ralph Moore, Plaintiff’s attorney whose address is 332 Minnesota Street, Suite W1650, St. Paul, MN 55101. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the complaint within 40 days (60 days as to the United States of America), the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage recorded with the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin, on April 6, 2004, in Vol. 950 of Records, Page 781 as Document No. 677665. Date: September 11, 2009. STEIN & MOORE, P.A. By: /s/Ralph L. Moore I.D. #1046351 Attorneys for Plaintiff 332 Minnesota St. Suite W-1650 St. Paul, MN 55101 651-224-9683

(Sept. 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. MARY J. HINZ, and BRYAN R. HARRISON, and RONALD DILLMAN and JILL DILLMAN, Defendants. SUMMONS (By Publication) Case No. 09 CV 595 Case Classification No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage TO: Mary J. Hinz 2577 230th Ave. St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 Bryan R. Harrison 2577 230th Ave. St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within forty (40) days after September 2, 2009, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the court whose address is: Clerk of Circuit Court, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Suite 300, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 and to plaintiff’s attorney whose address is: Steven J. Swanson, 105 Washington Street South, P.O. Box 609, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within forty (40) days after September 2, 2009, the Court may grant Judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A Judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A Judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated the 25th day of August, 2009. Steven J. Swanson Bar No. 1003029 Attorney for Plaintiff 105 Washington Street South P.O. Box 609 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

NOTICE OF ANNUAL DISTRICT MEETING AND BUDGET HEARING SCHOOL DISTRICT OF WEBSTER • (Section 120.08)1)) (Section 65.90(4)) Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of the School District of Webster that the Annual Meeting of said district for the transaction of business, and the budget hearing, will be held in the Cafetorium of the Webster 5-12 School on the 28th day of September, 2009, at 7 p.m. Dated this 14th day of September, 2009. Sheldon Olesen 496015 4-5L WNAXLP District Clerk


To obtain a job description and application, go to our Web site at or call Michelle Tonnar, Clerk, 715-646-2985 or Gene Krull, Chairman, 715-483-9488. Application deadline is Oct. 6, 2009. 496079 4L


Notice is hereby given that the Balsam Lake Town meeting will be held on September 21, at 8 p.m., at the town hall. The agenda includes: Public comment, minutes, approval of bills, updates on town road projects, Wayne Swenson, Polk County Land Surveying on Schuh property, Dean Schaffer, Dairyland Power Cooperative, Information from the Village of Balsam Lake and the Polk County Treasurer. Brian R. Masters, Clerk 496145 4L 46d

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(Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14)

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


(Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff, vs. SAREE L. REINDAHL, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 09 CV 56 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 28, 2009, in the amount of $79,378.79, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 4, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified check. Balance to be paid upon confirmation. PLACE: Front entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Part of Government Lot 3, Section 31 Township 34 North, Range 15 West described as follows: Commencing at a point on the West line of said Section 31 Township 34 North, Range 15 West, 641.25 feet South of Northwest corner of said Section 31 Township 34 North, Range 15 West, thence South 69 feet, thence East 175 feet, thence North 69 feet, thence West 175 feet to the place of the place of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1286 60th Street, Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 008-00818-0000. Dated this 11th day of September, 2009. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained with be used for that purpose. (169616)

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(Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff, vs. LISA K. WOODS, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 09 CV 185 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 22, 2009, in the amount of $150,000.47, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 4, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Front entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 5244, filed in Volume 23, Page 151, as Document No. 720911, located in the Southwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 23, Township 37 North, Range 17 West, in the Town of West Sweden, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 3252 140th St., Frederic, WI 54837. TAX KEY NO.: 048-00542-0000. Dated this 11th day of September, 2009. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained with be used for that purpose. (169644)



Public notice is hereby given to all persons in the Village of Siren, Wisconsin, that a public hearing will be held by the Plan Commission on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 10 a.m., at the Village Hall, 24049 First Avenue, Village of Siren, Wisconsin, relative to the following rezoning application: Rezone Lots 5 & 6, Block 10, of the original plat of Siren, (PIDs 07-181-2-38-16-08-5 15-659-133000 and 07-181-238-16-08-5 15-659-134000) at 7665 Bradley Street from R-1 Residential with a conditional use permit for operation of a bed and breakfast to C-1 Commercial. All persons interested are invited to attend said hearing and be heard. Information on the proposal is available at the Village Office at 24049 First Avenue. Randy Surbaugh, Administrator/Engineer 495463 3-4L WNAXLP


Notice is hereby given to qualified electors of the Luck School District, that the annual meeting of said district for the transaction of business will be held at the Luck schools in the elementary gym, on the 28th day of September, 2009, at 8 p.m. LeRoy Buck, Clerk

LUCK SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNUAL MEETING September 28, 2009, 8 p.m. Small Gym

AGENDA: 1. Call meeting to order - Board President - Robert Clifton. 2. Nomination and election of chairman for annual meeting Robert Clifton. 3. Reading of the minutes of the last annual meeting - Clerk LeRoy Buck. 4. Summary of the Auditor’s report - Amy Dueholm. 5. Presentation of the budget and levy recommendation (tentative) for 2009 - 10 - Rick Palmer, District Administrator. 6. Resolution to authorize salaries and the payment of actual and necessary expenses of School Board members in performance of their duties. 7. Resolution to authorize the School Board to make temporary loans to meet current obligations. 8. Resolution to provide school lunches to children at the rate fixed by the Board. 9. Resolution to authorize the board to secure legal counsel when deemed necessary. 10. Resolution to authorize the Board to continue a pupil transportation program. 11. Resolution to authorize sale of fixed assets. 12. Resolution to set Annual Meeting for September 27, 2010. 13. Community Education report - Amy Aguado. 14. Other business allowed by Wisconsin Statutes. 15. Adjourn. 495931 4-5L

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Plan Commission of the Town of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin, will be conducting a public hearing to discuss the Town of Luck Comprehensive Plan 2009-2029. The Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 27, starting at 7 p.m. at the Luck Town Hall. Comments on the plan will be heard and discussed and any necessary updates will be made to the Comprehensive Plan prior to adoption. Comprehensive Plan Summary: The Town of Luck has been working on the development of the state-mandated comprehensive plan for two years now. The comprehensive plan covers 9 statutory elements: Issues and Opportunities, Housing, Transportation, Utilities and Community Facilities, Agricultural, Natural and Cultural Resources, Economic Development, Intergovernmental Cooperation, Land Use and Implementation. Each issue was discussed by the plan commission and the attending citizens at a meeting open to the public. The residents of the Town of Luck were also given a survey to fill out and send back on issues related to the development of the Comprehensive Plan. The survey results as well as the meeting input were used to formulate goals for the Town in each of the 9 elements. The end result is a proposed plan that addresses the required elements by the State of Wisconsin and the views and opinions of the residents of the Town of Luck. The majority opinion according to the above sources is for the Town of Luck to remain rural for the foreseeable future. Copies of the Draft version of the Comprehensive Plan, comment forms for the plan, and a copy of the Plan Commission resolution recommending the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan are available for public review at the Luck Public Library, the Frederic Public Library, from the Town Clerk, Lloyd Nelson 715-472-2037, and from the Plan Commission members: Gregg Westigard 715-472-8302, Dean Johansen 715-472-8732, Karen Swanberg 715-327-8150, Paul Hansen 715-472-8380 and Shawn McGinnity 715-472-2580. A digital copy of the Town of Luck’s Comprehensive is also available on Polk County’s Web site at the following address: h t t p : / / w w w. c o . p o l k . w i . u s / l a n d i n f o / p d f s / P l a n n i n g / CompPlanTLuck.pdg. Comment forms will also be available at the following Web site: CommentFormTLuck.pdf. Additional copies or more information may be requested by contacting Tim Anderson - Polk County Planner at 715-4859225 or All written comments will be reviewed at the public hearing. There will be public comments time held at the public hearing as well. Please submit all written comments to Tim Anderson by October 2 to the contact information below or via the online comment form: Tim Anderson 100 Polk County Plaza, Suite 130 Balsam Lake, WI 54810 715-485-9225 - Phone 495998 4L WNAXLP 715-485-9246 - Fax


Town of Apple River, Polk County, is accepting bids to: do Paver Patches (tack and Pave with E-1 State Certified Hot Mix to average compact thickness of 1-1/2 inches) on sections of 70th St., 173rd Ave, 180th Ave., and 102nd St. (circle); to Pulverize-Base-Pave (pulverize existing Roadway, furnish, haul, 2” CABC Fine Grade, Water & Compact Pave with E-1 State Certified Hot Mix to an average compacted thickness of 2 inches) a section of 102nd St. (circle); and to Fine Grade, Water and Compact a section of 155th Ave.; and to Fine Grade, Water, Compact and Pave with E-1 State Cert. Hot Mix, to an average compacted thickness of 2 inches a section of 155th Ave. Bidders are to contact Rick Scoglio at 268-8108 for review and road section specifications. Bidders must supply proof of insurance. Bids will be opened at the Oct. 19 regular Board Meeting. The Town Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Tom Sykes, Clerk 495990 4-5L WNAXLP

ORDINANCE NUMBER 09-02 STATE OF WISCONSIN Town of Lincoln, Burnett County, Wis. SECTION 1 - TITLE AND PURPOSE The title of this ordinance is the Town of Lincoln All-Terrain Vehicle Route Ordinance. The purpose of this ordinance is to establish all-terrain vehicle routes in the town and to regulate the operation of all-terrain vehicles in the town. SECTION II - AUTHORITY The Town Board of the Town of Lincoln, Burnett County, Wisconsin, has the specific authority to adopt this All-Terrain Vehicle Route Ordinance under section 23.33 (8) (b) and (11), Wis. Stats. SECTION III - ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE The Town Board of the Town of Lincoln, Burnett County, Wisconsin, by this ordinance, adopted on proper notice with a quorum and roll call vote by a majority of the town board present and voting, provides the authority for the town to designate all-terrain vehicle routes in the town and to regulate the use of those routes and all-terrain vehicles in the town. SECTION IV - OPERATION OF ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES Pursuant to section 23.33 (4) (d) 4, Wis. Stats., no person may operate an all-terrain vehicle on the roadway portion of any highway in the town except on roadways that are designated as all-terrain vehicle routes by this ordinance. Operation of all-terrain vehicles on a roadway in the town that is an all-terrain vehicle route is authorized only for the extreme right side of the pavement except that left turns may be made from any part of the roadway that is safe given prevailing conditions. SECTION V - DESIGNATION OF ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE ROUTES The following routes are designated all-terrain vehicle routes in the town: Only blacktopped roads listed: Lee, Olson, Ice House Bridge, Black Brook, Smith, Clark, Moline, Lhotka, Lincoln, Klarquist, Hilda’s Corner, Fairgrounds, Helsene, Perida and South River Road. Including: Welch, Olinger and North Fork Dike Road. SECTION VI - CONDITIONS APPLICABLE TO ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE ROUTES Pursuant to section 23.33 (8) (d), Wis. Stats, the following restrictions are placed on the use of the town all-terrain vehicle routes designated by this resolution: A. Routes shall be marked with uniform all-terrain vehicle route signs in accordance with section NR 64.12 (7), Wisconsin Administrative Code. No person may do any of the following in regard to signs marking town all-terrain vehicle routes: 1. Intentionally remove, damage, deface, move or obstruct any uniform all-terrain vehicle route or train sign or standard or intentionally interfere with the effective operation of any uniform all-terrain vehicle route or trail sign or standards if the sign or standard is legally placed by the state, any municipality or any authorized individual. 2. Possess any uniform all-terrain vehicle route or trail sign or standard of the type established by the department for the warning, instruction or information of the public, unless he or she obtained the uniform all-terrain vehicle route or trail sign or standard in a lawful manner. Possession of a uniform all-terrain vehicle route or trail sign or standard creates a rebuttal presumption of illegal possession. B. Operation shall be subject to all provisions of section 23.33 Wis. Stats., which was adopted as a part of this ordinance by reference, pursuant to section 23.33 (11), Wis. Stats. C. A copy of this ordinance shall be sent by the town clerk to the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department. D. All all-terrain vehicles shall travel in single file on the edge of the paved surface, with the direction of traffic. Operation on the unpaved shoulder of the road will not be allowed. All all-terrain vehicles shall obey all traffic laws of the road with the exception of speed. The speed limit for all-terrain vehicles shall be 20 miles per hour. The age limit of operators of all-terrain vehicles must be concurrent to Wisconsin State Statutes. SECTION VII - ENFORCEMENT This ordinance may be enforced by any law enforcement officer authorized to enforce the laws of the State of Wisconsin. The Town of Lincoln shall not be held liable for any damage, either real estate or personal, due to allowing all-terrain vehicles to use designated town roads. SECTION VIII - PENALTIES The penalties under section 23.33 (13) (a), Wis. Stats., are adopted by reference. SECTION IX - SEVERABILITY If any provision of this ordinance or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of this ordinance that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to its end, the provisions of this ordinance are severable. SECTION X - EFFECTIVE DATE This ordinance is effective on publication or posting. The town clerk shall properly publish this ordinance as required under section 60.80, Wis. Stats. 495914 4-5L WNAXLP Adopted this 8th day of September 2009.

Burnett Co. marriage license Timothy G. Evenson, Daniels, and Christina S. Zaborowski, Wood River, Sept. 11.

Jamie S. Frass, New Hope, Minn., and Nicole K. Fontanille, New Hope, Minn., Sept. 11.

Burnett Co. deaths William P. Foley III, 50, Jackson Township, Aug. 25.


Monday, September 21, 2009, 6:30 p.m. Frederic 7 - 12 School, Room 107

1. Call to order 2. Opening ceremonies A. Approve agenda B. Welcoming remarks C. Audience to visitors and delegations 3. Reports of officers A. Minutes from previous meetings B. Invoices and receipts C. 2009 - 2010 budget D. Board member reports/Governance E. Annual meeting review 4. Reports of the administration A. Superintendent B. High School Principal C. Elementary Principal D. Buildings and Grounds E. Food Service 5. Unfinished business A. 2009 - 2010 Budget B. SAGE Waiver 6. New Business A. Personnel B. Contracts 1. E4E Plan - Perkins 2. Student 66.30 with Grantsburg 3. Polk County Nursing Contract C. Pool site plan discussion D. Board member replacement 7. Adjourn (Sept. 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY In re the marriage of: Christopher Michael Larson 2372 River Road St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 Petitioner, and Rose Marie Bly 2372 River Road St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 Respondent Case No. Divorce: #40101 SUMMONS THE STATE OF WISCONSIN TO THE PERSON NAMED ABOVE AS RESPONDENT: You are hereby notified that the petitioner named above has filed a petition against you, which is attached, stating the nature and legal basis of the legal action. Within 20 days of receiving this summons, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in Chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the Petition. The Court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow he requirement of the statute. The answer must be sent or delivered to: Clerk of Circuit Court Polk County 1005 West Main Street Suite 300 P.O. Box 549 Balsam Lake, WI 54010 and to: Attorney Adam C. Benson, the Petitioner’s attorney, whose mailing address is: Benson Law Office LLC P.O. Box 370 Siren, WI 54872 You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within 20 days, the Court may grant judgment against you for the award of money and other legal action requested in the Petition, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Petition. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment of seizure of property. You are further hereby notified of the availability of information

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set forth in §767.081 Wis. Stats., from the Family Court Commissioner which provides as follows: §767.081 Wis. Stats., Information from the Family Court Commissioner (1) Upon the filing of an action affecting the family, the Family Court Commissioner shall inform the parties of any services, including referral services, offered by the Family Court Commissioner and by the director of family court counseling services under §767.11. (2) Upon request of a party to an action affecting family, including a revision of judgment or order under §767.32 pr §767.325: (a) The Family Court Commissioner shall, with or without charge, provide the party with written information on the following, as appropriate to the action commenced: 1. The procedure for obtaining a judgment or order in the action. 2. The major issues usually addressed in such an action. 3. Community resources and family court counseling services averrable to assist the parties. 4. The procedure for setting, modifying and enforcing child support awards or modifying and enforcing legal custody or physical placement judgments or orders. (b) The Family Court Commissioner shall provide a party, for inspection or purchase, with a copy of the statutory provisions in this chapter generally pertinent to the action. Dated this 8th day of September, 2009. Adam C. Benson State Bar Number 01328955 Attorney for Petitioner 24161 Highway 35 North P.O. Box 370 Siren, WI 54872 Phone: 715-349-5215 Facsimile: 715-349-7511

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Notices/Employment Opportunities POLK COUNTY POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

(Section 65.90 (4))

Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of the School District of Luck that the budget hearing will be held at the Luck schools in the elementary gym on the 28th day of September, 2009, at 8 p.m. Detailed copies of the budget are available for inspection in the District’s administration office. LeRoy Buck, Clerk


BALANCE SHEET (End of Year) Assets Liabilities Fund Balance REVENUES & OTHER FINANCING Operating Transfers - In (100) Local Sources (200) Intermediate Sources (3, 4, 500) State Sources (600) Federal Sources (700) All Other Sources (800, 900) TOTAL REV. & OTHER FIN. SOURCES EXPENDITURES & OTHER FIN. USES Instruction (Function 100000) Support Services (Function 200000) Nonprogram Transactions TOTAL EXP. & OTHER FIN. USES



Assets Liabilities Fund Balance REVENUES & OTHER FINANCING SOURCES Operating Transfers - In (100) Intermediate & State (300 - 600) Federal Sources (700) TOTAL REVENUES & FINANCING SOURCES EXPENDITURES & OTHER FINANCING USES Instruction Support Nonprogram TOTAL EXPENDITURES & FINANCING USES


ACTUAL 2006 - 07 1,797,486 954,898 842,589

ACTUAL 2007 - 08 1,846,340 937,826 908,515

ACTUAL 2008 - 09 1,803,569 968,183 835,386

BUDGET 2009 - 10 1,647,348 995,000 652,348

0 2,160,260 303,979 3,121,936 141,329 185,436 5,912,940

0 2,507,094 338,854 2,854,518 143,904 145,036 5,989,406

0 2,633,002 331,210 2,555,355 458,907 2,736 5,981,210

0 2,865,175 301,805 2,556,697 214,078 0 5,937,755

3,352,583 2,027,197 522,273 5,902,053

3,290,716 2,067,536 565,228 5,923,480

3,501,324 1,941,265 611,749 6,054,338

3,343,075 2,077,935 699,783 6,120,793

38,175 0 38,175 0 0

33,914 0 33,914 0 4,261

33,343 0 33,343 2,329 2,900

25,565 0 25,565 1,700 9,478

77,800 77,800 0

67,737 65,737 0

79,658 79,658 0

81,500 81,500 0

324,421 227,132 126,079 677,632

350,756 203,569 116,006 670,331

358,779 214,127 120,006 692,912

356,420 208,684 247,939 813,043

429,065 129,681 118,886 677,632

436,310 133,860 100,161 670,331

448,811 148,365 95,736 692,912

492,224 212,084 108,735 813,043

YOU MUST COMPLETE A POLK CO. EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For application, complete position requirements and details, please visit our Web site at, Employment Opportunities, or in person at 100 Polk Co. Plaza, #229, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, 715-4859175, or Golden Age Manor, 220 Scholl Ct., Amery, WI 54001, 715-268-7107. Please, no faxed applications. AA/EEOC **PLEASE SUBMIT APPLICATIONS FOR GAM POSITIONS DIRECTLY TO GAM** 496040 4L

Agenda: Clerk’s minutes, Treasurer Financial Report, Update on 2008 book audit, Update on handicap accessibility of Community Center, Citizen Concerns, Road Maintenance, Set October agenda, Pay bills. 495932 4L 46a Julie Peterson, Clerk

The Monthly Board Meeting Will Be Held Mon., Sept. 21, 2009, At The Cushing Community Center At 7 p.m.


*The Polk County Health Department will hold influenza vaccine clinics on the dates and times below. Locations are as noted: Friday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to noon, Polk County Health Dept., Balsam Lake Wednesday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to noon, Community Center, Milltown Monday, Sept. 28, 9 to 11 a.m., VFW, Clear Lake Tuesday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to noon, Senior Center, Frederic Thursday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to noon, Village Hall, Osceola Monday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to noon, Peace Lutheran Church, Dresser Monday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to noon, Senior Center, Amery Wednesday, Oct. 14, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Senior Center, Luck Monday, Oct. 19, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Polk County Health Dept., Balsam Lake Wednesday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m. to noon, Polk County Health Dept., Balsam Lake Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Unity School (Craft Fair), Balsam Lake Additional seasonal influenza clinics may be added. Check our Web site at or call the Polk County Health Department at 715-485-8500. Novel H1N1 vaccination clinics will be developed and advertised as vaccine becomes available. *All clinic dates depend on the availability of influenza vaccine. In the event vaccine has not arrived, cancellation announcement will be made via local radio stations.


COST: Flu Vaccine - $25/dose. Pneumococcal Vaccine - $45/dose. Pneumococcal vaccine will be available at all influenza vaccine clinics. Medicare covers the cost of both the influenza and pneumococcal vaccine.

ACTUAL ACTUAL 2006 - 07 2007 - 08 2,099,807 2,440,811 491,105 510,411 16,000 16,000 2,606,912 2,967,222 Estimated equalized value = $369,090,958


General Fund Debt Service Fund Building Fund Community Service Fund TOTAL Actual Equalized Values

$360,190,191 - 2008 $356,708,842 - 2007 $337,121,257 - 2006 $303,919,055 - 2005 $284,370,934 - 2004



6.229 1.456 0.000 0.047 7.732

ACTUAL 2008 - 09 2,573,971 510,412 16,000 3,100,383

BUDGET 2009 - 10 2,812,575 512,200 16,000 3,340,775

7.146 1.417 0.000 0.044 8.607

7.620 1.388 0.000 0.043 9.051 Estimate

6.843 1.431 0.000 0.045 8.319

$256,979,673 - 2003 $230,184,557 - 2002 $198,340,044 - 2001 $171,828,326 - 2000

233,024 0 233,024 497,482 503,421

$142,561,025 - 1999 $110,144,808 - 1998 $97,305,143 - 1997 $90,552,190 - 1996

241,469 0 241,469 510,569 502,124

239,136 0 239,136 510,466 512,799





Assets Liabilities Fund Balance REVENUES & OTHER FINANCING SOURCES Operating Transfers - In Intermediate & Federal Sources TOTAL REVENUES EXPENDITURES & OTHER FINANCING USES


Assets Liabilities Fund Balance Revenue Expenditures

240,436 0 240,436 512,200 510,900

59,983 0 59,983 6,580 7,600

59,707 0 59,707 6,774 7,050

56,451 0 56,451 5,444 8,700

53,048 0 53,048 5,597 9,000

907 0 907 2,831 71,862

0 0 0 36 943

0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

735 735 0

472 472 0

2,318 659 1,659

2,359 700 1,659

11,671 217,254 228,924 228,925

16,340 232,043 248,383 248,383

0 245,037 245,037 243,378

0 249,106 249,106 249,106

19,980 242 19,738 23,890 27,705

14,765 2,992 11,773 29,186 37,151

8,594 145 8,450 31,876 35,199

6,207 0 6,207 34,300 36,543


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AUDIT AUDIT BUDGET 2007 - 08 2008 - 09 2009 - 10 Gross Total Expenditures 7,395,963 7,553,122 7,748,862 Less: Interfund Transfers 367,097 358,779 356,420 Net Total Expenditures 7,028,866 7,194,343 7,392,442 Increase - Net Total All Funds -55,740 165,477 **198,099 **$175,054 of the 2009-10 increase are expenditures of Federal funds received through the stimulus package for Title I and Special Ed Flow Through FUND General Fund Debt Service Fund Community Service Fund TOTAL SCHOOL LEVY

AUDIT 2006 - 07 7,420,698 336,092 7,084,606

**Golden Age Manor** In-House Pool - All Shifts RNs $31/hr. & LPNs $29/hr.


Applications for the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program for the 2009-2010 heating season will be taken at the Polk County Department of Human Services at 100 Polk Co. Plaza, Suite 50, Balsam Lake, Wis., from September 30, 2009, to April 14, 2010, on following dates and times:

DATES September 30, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, December 2 & 16, 2009 January 6 & 20, 2010 Times: 8:30 - 11:45 a.m. & 1 - 4 p.m. DATES February 3 & 17, March 3 & 17, April 7, 2010 Times: 8:30 a.m. - Noon It is not necessary to call first. Just bring the required verification listed below with you on one of the dates listed above. When applying you must provide the following items: * Social Security cards for all household members if you have not applied for energy assistance or other public assistance in the last (3) years. * Heat and electric costs for the previous 12 months. * Name of heat and electric companies and your account numbers. * Proof of gross income received in the three (3) calendar months prior to the month of application. INCOME GUIDELINES FOR THE 2009-2010 WHEAP HEATING SEASON Size of Family 1 Month 3 Months Annual Income 1 $1,953 $5,859 $23,435 2 $2,554 $7,661 $30,645 3 $3,155 $9,464 $37,856 4 $3,756 $11,267 $45,067 5 $4,356 $13,069 $52,277 6 $4,957 $14,872 $59,488 7 $5,070 $15,210 $60,840 8 $5,183 $15,548 $62,192

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Grantsburg hosts wildfire simulation exercise

24 area fire departments, law enforcement and other agencies take part

by Marty Seeger GRANTSBURG – Anyone driving through Grantsburg last Saturday, Sept. 12, probably couldn’t help but notice the flashing lights from the many fire trucks and various other emergency vehicles traveling in and out of town. As part of a mock forest fire training exercise, 24 local fire departments, DNR staff, law enforcement, amateur radio and ambulance services used much of the afternoon to battle a simulated forest fire. “This type of mock exercise has lots of training value not only for DNR, but for the other agencies,” said Mike Luedeke, DNR forestry team leader. Luedeke is responsible for managing the forestry and fire program for the northern part of Wisconsin, which encompasses 18 counties. Part of the exercise included working with the various agencies in training to evacuate residents in the event of a large crown fire, which is one of the most dangerous types of wildfire. Luedeke explained that a crown fire, with the right wind, low humidity and the right fuel type, could jump from treetop to treetop.

This evacuation notice is used by law enforcement in the event of a serious wildfire. “It’s pretty realistic. These forest fires and crown fires can move at two to three miles per hour,” Luedeke explained, as observers and media rode along with him on Larson Road through the simulated origin of the fire just west of Grantsburg. Although no fire, smoke or sirens were involved in the simulation, the exercise was as close as you can get to a real fire. In this particular scenario, 6,000 acres were “burning” and endangering over 200 homes and cabins.

Grantsburg Village Police Chief Jeff Schinzing and a member of the Milltown Fire Department were busy refilling fire trucks with water near Memory Lake in Grantsburg last Saturday.

Burnett County Sheriff Dean Roland, bottom left, Burnett County Chief Deputy Scott Burns, middle and Jim Tolbert were busy at the law-enforcement branch inside the incident command post. – Photos by Marty Seeger Each year the DNR organizes a mock fire like this one in at least one location in the state, which is organized by one of nine dispatch groups. Cumberland is one of those dispatch groups, and the last time a mock fire was held in the area was near Minong in 2004. According to Luedeke, Grantsburg’s DNR forest ranger, Ross Larson, and several others were instrumental in helping to organize the mock fire. Driving along Larson Road, onlookers could see several different area fire departments including Luck, Grantsburg, Webster and several others, who worked together with communications and also sprayed water to make the simulation even more realistic. Grantsburg firefighter Todd Snyder was one of about 100 volunteers attending the exercise on Saturday, and he explained to observers what his goal was as part of the simulation. “Our assignment at this address was that two vehicles were on fire and two structures are threatened,” Snyder said, as fellow firefighter, Bob Barnard, shot water into the nearby woods. Water was not sprayed onto buildings so as not to damage any private property. Snyder was part of several “strike teams” that followed just behind the head of the crown fire, and were responsible for trying to get down driveways where structures were located. “If the house is fully involved, they’ll have to make a decision. ‘Is it worthwhile to spend our time and our water trying to save this structure, or is it better for us to move down and save one where there is just a little bit of fire,’” Luedeke said. Snyder also explained some of the clues fire departments use to indicate

what to do upon arriving at a house or structure. When his team arrived, an orange flag with writing indicated that the vehicles were on fire and structures were threatened. He also explained various ribbons that are placed on the fire numbers near the driveway. In this case, a yellow ribbon indicated that the structure had already been checked. In some cases a home or structure could be checked several times, and have several ribbons on the fire number to ensure that nothing has rekindled or that the fire department before them hadn’t missed anything. Other tools tested during the exercise included using evacuation notices, which are used by law enforcement, or radios used in the communication process. Since the structure used for the exercise is a statewide, and in some cases a national process, it makes it easier to get nearly any fire department or agency to help out if needed. “A fire department from Chippewa Falls could come up here, and they may not be familiar with the landscape, but they’re familiar with the tactics that we use,” Luedeke said. At the front lines of the simulated fire, Webster’s Ed Schmechel, a forestry technician and equipment operator, explained the workings of a tractor plow. The machinery is used to slice a six-footwide break in the soil to try and break up the fire, and is used mostly for groundtype fires. There are about 80 other tractor plows of various configurations statewide, and several were used in California and Texas wildfires last spring. The plows have been around since the 1930s and have a national reputation as an excellent ground-fighting resource. The one used by Schmechel is also

This type of tractor plow is not only used locally, but nationally as well. It is one of about 80 across the state of Wisconsin.

One of the strike team groups gather together on Larson Road west of Grantsburg to discuss strategies and practice radio frequencies in the event of a real wildfire.

equipped with several safety features including a sprinkler system and water curtains in the event that the wildfire gets out of control. “The important part is you shouldn’t be in a position where you have to use it, but if you do, you’ve got a way out,” Schmechel said. After observing the workings of fighting fires in the field, it was back to the designated incident command post located at the Grantsburg DNR facilities on Hwy. 70. Several volunteers, law-enforcement agencies and other groups formed together there to help coordinate the intricate tasks going on out in the field so firefighters could get the job done. “This is where all the coordinating and all the administrative work goes on, and we use the incident command system as the framework to organize it,” said Luedeke. The command center is recognized nationally for not only fires but other disasters such as tornados or floods. Some of the units within the command post included the situation unit, who keeps track of the fire using the geographic information system. There’s also a law-enforcement branch to handle the evacuation, investigation of how the fire started, traffic control and security. Wardens, National Park Service and State Patrol were among others involved. There’s also a DNR post to organize equipment and other duties, as well as a structural group to coordinate firefighters in the field and several others. Despite the complexities of the many structural groups, and people involved, everything seemed to go smoothly. In order to ensure that, a conference was scheduled to keep all of the groups on board, and ensure that things were operating smoothly. “That’s why we do the training and radio communications, so they understand how to fit into a large forest fire event,” Luedeke said.


Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Annual Harvest Festival Josie Richards and her cousin, Zoe Hoeg, were two giggling girls as they came down the castle slide at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Harvest Festival Sunday afternoon. There was plenty of fun for kids of all ages at the annual church celebration held on Sept. 13.

Marie Ohnstad gave her son, Joseph, some advice on popping balloons for prizes at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Annual HarFestival in vest Grantsburg last Sunday.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Gary and Pat Fender had everyone’s attention as they sang a duet of the Vince Gill song, “Look at Us” at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Grantsburg last Sunday. The Fenders have been providing entertainment at the church harvest festival for many years, much to the enjoyment of those attending the annual event.

Andrew Lewis gave a grin as he readied a fork to his chicken leg at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Harvest Festival dinner last Sunday.

Father Dennis Mullen enjoyed playing the host of a new game at this year’s harvest festival at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church held last Sunday in Grantsburg. Father Mullen gave contestants chances to bid or not bid on envelopes, which might or might not contain cash.

Janet Kotz and Kim Hinrichs partnered up in the parking lot for a polka at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Harvest Fest last Sunday in Grantsburg.

Rurick Mattson from Trade Lake went right to the bake sale at the Immaculate Conception C a t h o l i c Church Harvest Festival held last Sunday in Grantsburg. The annual event also had a garden produce sale, but Mattson passed by the veggies. “I have produce at home,” Mattson said, “but I don’t have homemade baked goods.”

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N ot ed ar ea a rt ist s l en d t al en t f o r he al t h f ou nd at i on Fundraiser is Sept. 24 at Trollhaugen ST. CROIX FALLS - Meg Luhrs and Leif Bjornson, St. Croix Falls residents and noted artists, recently donated an original watercolor painting of apples with pie plate and a matching handthrown plate which will be auctioned at the upcoming St. Croix Valley Health Care Foundation Gala fundraising dinner. The event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 24, at Trollhaugen in Dresser. Luhrs’ work is a unique charcoal sketch with watercolor, thus combining drawing with painting, and also pulling Leif’s pottery into her piece. Luhrs also created a companion painting of pears in a bowl, which is also available for purchase. Meg Luhrs will tell you that she’s always been an artist, but she just never considered it as an occupational pursuit. “Initially, my major at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) was English/secondary education,” she explained, “but in my second year, I decided to take an elective class in watercolor painting. I needed credits and thought it would be a fun, low-pressure class. I still planned to teach, with art being a nice sideline.” When she met Leif, who was already making a living as an artist, her plans began to waver. “For the first time and with his encouragement, I thought that perhaps art could be a viable career,” she explained. The rest is history. Luhrs changed her major to art, focused on watercolor and printmaking, and has been a successful painter for 24 years. After nearly three decades, it’s clear that Luhrs is still passionate about her work. ”My only frustration, as I think any artist would say, is that I don’t have as much time as I’d like to dedicate to the actual production of the artwork.” When you were 13 or so, what special toy or item did you beg your parents for? A new bike? A dog or cat? For St. Croix Falls potter and glassblower, Leif Bjornson, it was, of all things, a potter’s wheel. Three years later, Bjornson’s next request was a kiln. “I guess my parents could see that pottery for me was a passion, not

Meg Luhrs and Leif Bjornson, St. Croix Falls residents and noted artists, with an original watercolor painting and hand-thrown plate which will be auctioned at the upcoming St. Croix Valley Health Care Foundation Gala fundraising dinner. - Special photo just a passing fancy,” Bjornson remembered with a laugh. After 32 years as a professional potter, it clearly wasn’t. After high school, Bjornson moved to Sweden for two years to attend two highly regarded art schools where he refined his pottery technique and had the opportunity to learn glass-blowing, the latter at Orrefors, still recognized for making some of the world’s finest crystal. “Those two years were an incredible and fun opportunity as the next step in my artistic education,” he noted. Eventually, Bjornson met Luhrs, and the two joined forces, married and bought a storefront on Main Street in St. Croix Falls, where they both live and work today. The main floor of the building is the showroom and Leif’s work area, which is open to the public.

Both Luhrs and Bjornson love their work and the community in which they live. “We have seen so many positive changes and much growth since we moved here 24 years ago, especially here in our downtown district,” they said. “We’re just so grateful to be part of this wonderful and growing community.” “We are very excited to be able to offer such lovely works of art to our gala participants,” said Sandra Williams, St. Croix Regional Medical Center director of development. “Someone will go home after the gala with true treasures! In addition, this is an opportunity to support patient care at St. Croix Regional Medical Center.” The fundraising gala, with a Stary, Stary Night theme, will honor the 2008 health-care advocate and include a silent and live auction with such items as


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the Bjornson and Luhrs’ art, Vikings and Wild tickets, jewelry, 32” flatscreen TV, crystal and more. Attendees may also purchase a key to win a trip to San Antonio or a $1,000 travel voucher. Contact Sandy Williams at 715-483-0247 or Janet Luhman at 715483-0587 to purchase a corporate table, make a reservation or for more information. The St. Croix Valley Health Care Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to conduct charitable, educational, scientific and fundraising activities to promote quality health care in the St. Croix Valley. Its activities focus on health care, community service, scholarships and education. - submitted


Adoption allows retired military working dogs to avoid euthanasia by Nancy Jappe SIREN – Debbie Kandoll and Benny, her retired military working dog, flew in from Alamogordo, N.M., to Siren to talk at the fundraiser sponsored by the Cookie Brigade at Northwoods Crossing Event Center Saturday, Sept. 12. In October 2007, Benny was scheduled for euthanasia. He was suffering from degenerative joint disease that ended his career as a full-fledged member of the military working dog contingent. One week before the euthanasia was to take place, Benny was adopted by Kandoll and her husband, Mike, and thus began his second career as a therapy dog. During his military service, Benny was used as a narcotic detection and patrol dog. At the age of 10, he was awarded the American Canine of Excellence Award. He is currently 12 years old. Adoption of military working dogs by private individuals and law-enforcement officials has been an ongoing process since Nov. 2000. At that time, Pressident Bill Clinton signed a law that allowed dogs to be adopted rather than euthanised when they could no longer serve in a military capacity. Even though the law has provided a way for adoption, there is a lot of bureaucracy and red tape that a dog has to go through before adoption is completed. After one month of retirement, if the dog has a medical problem, it can be euthanised. Benny was adopted just one week before the euthanasia order would have gone into effect. “Benny is one living example of almost

The fundraiser in Siren Sept. 13 was a way for Cookie Brigade founder Susan Hager (shown above) to express her appreciation to her crew of 16 bakers who bake cookies every month to send to military personnel. About half of the bakers were on hand to receive a gift basket from Hager which contained a red Cookie Brigade shirt, a baking pan, a gasoline gift card, a flour coupon and an engraved ice-cream scoop donated by Cookie Brigade sponsors. – Photos by Nancy Jappe falling through the cracks (adoption rather than euthanasia),” Kandoll said. “How many Bennys have fallen through the cracks since the adoption program began in 2000? Our organization is not waiting for policy to change. We are going through the media and doing whatever it takes to make a difference in

Lisa Johnson, from the Burnett County Restorative Justice Response, is shown here with one of the Cookie Brigade displays. “Restorative Justice serves as one of the clientele for the Cookie Brigade by providing community service. Inmates made a lot of the cookies and packaged them,” Johnson commented. For a donation of $5, which is used to cover the shipping cost for sending cookies to military personnel all over the world, a donor was given a bag of the cookies of their choice. Chocolate walnut is the signature bar for Cookie Brigade founder Susan Hager from Frederic.

Members of the Lund-Brown American Legion Post No. 132, Siren, (L to R) Bob Lee, Lyle Johnson, Chris Sower and Jack Hedlund, presented and retired the colors at the Cookie Brigade fundraiser.

Debbie Kandoll and her adopted the lives of military working dogs.” There are 2,000 military working dogs military working dog, Benny B163 (recurrently deployed in Afghanistan and tired), flew in from Alamogordo, N.M., Iraq, and another 2,000 used in other to speak at the Cookie Brigade fundraiser at the Northwoods Crosscountries of the world. Kandoll’s aim is to spread the word ing Event Center, Siren, Saturday, that there are many incredible dogs out Sept. 12. Kandoll is willing to go anythere that need homes. She is hoping a where to make presentations that edripple effect will spread throughout the ucate people about adopting military United States, with retired military dogs working dogs who would otherwise being placed through adoptions rather face euthanasia. than euthanised. “I will not quit until it happens,” she promised. Kandoll hopes someday to write a book about her experiences in placing military working dogs into adoption. The title is already set – “Military Working Dogs for Adoption: I Had No Idea.” The title comes from the repeated comment of people she talks to, people who are astonished to learn that retired military dogs are being euthanised Their first comment is usually, “I had no idea.” For more information on this type of dog adoption, e-mail the Kandolls at info@military The phone number in Alamogordo is 575-4153137, and their Web site can be accessed at Rick Malecha (L) and Ethan Bergstrom, known as Enw w w . m i l i t a r y terprise Express, provided their disc-jockey services w o r k i n g d o g a d o p - during the Cookie Brigade fundraiser in Siren this past weekend.

These are just three of the many items donated for the silent auction set up during the Cookie Brigade fundraiser in Siren. The big focus of the event was the celebration of the nation’s veterans, those who are currently serving or have served in the past, as well as military war dogs.

Big Top Chautauqua coming to Siren SIREN - Big Top Chautauqua will perform at the Siren High School auditorium in October, sponsored by Communities United in Education, the Webster-Siren community ed program. The group will present “Song of the Seasons,” with each season introduced by a unique version of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” Added to the Vivaldi will be the original songs of Warren Nelson, including the classic “Autumn Fancy,” with a big-screen visual that will illustrate the beauty of Wisconsin over all the seasons. “This show is a feast for the eyes and ears - tell your friends!” notes a review of the production. The show will be held Monday night, Oct. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. The lobby will open an hour prior to performance. Ticket prices are $20 general admission or $18 for senior citizens (62 and older) and for 18 and under. Students from Siren, Webster and Grantsburg will be offered an opportunity to see the show that afternoon for free. Tickets will be available soon at Siren-area banks and other businesses. More information is available by contacting Phillip Rumallo at 715-349-7070. - with submitted information

Reagan Day Dinner a "resounding success" TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. - The third-annual Reagan Day Dinner was a resounding success. The event hosted by the Chisago County GOP welcomed 300 - 400 Conservative, Republican and Independent guests to share in the festivities. Among the guests were several candidates for governor, the 8th District Congressional Office, state House and Senate as well as local nonpartisan seats that are set to expire in 2010. Rep. Michelle Bachman was the featured speaker. She motivated the crowd and shared her insight on matters of interest before the Congress. She also addressed the health-care reform bills pending before the House and the Senate and then answered questions from the audience on those bills and other matters of concern to the guests. The evening wound down with the winning bidders collecting their items from the silent auction while others lingered to socialize, meet new friends and learn the views of the candidates for the upcoming November 2010 election. For more information on future happenings in the area go to: - submitted

So it is Friday The 13th! by Walt Fluegel When I was a kid a hundred years ago I heard that Friday the 13th was Donald Duck’s birthday. Every Friday the 13th! I did not give much thought to it then, and I still don’t. It is just something to say on that day. Donald always seemed to get into trouble and being born on the 13th seemed to be the cause of his lifetime of bad luck. Like millions of kids since, I went along with this knowledge and stored it away as a chuckle knowing that Disney invented this character. And, of course he made millions doing so. The Disney company invented other characters as well to fill out a menagerie of animal actors. Each filled a role in the foibles of human life. Storytellers through out history have done this because it is safer to use animals to convey stories. But enough of that, I never thought one’s birth date dictated the rest of

Northwest Regional Writers The Northwest Regional Writers meet at 1 p.m. the second Friday of the month either in Frederic or Grantsburg. Call Mary Jacobson at 715-349-2761 for more information about the organization.


I am generally a cheerful person.

I would remember that I was returning to Wisconsin, after nearly four years abroad, My friends would scoff at this statewith no job in the worst economy in 70 years. ment. I am not a cheerful person, they I was returning to live in Wisconsin with no would say. I am a person with a certified husband after spending more than half my Pollyanna complex. I am a person with life happily married. I was returning with no rose-tinted contact lenses permanently in clear idea of what the future would hold, or place. I won’t tell you the empty glass is what would happen next. Often this was exhalf full, I will swear it is full to the brim hilarating. Usually I could remember how and…Quick! Grab a towel! I don’t just much I had to be thankful for. Most of the look on the sunny side, I live there. I own time I would be filled with anticipation for real estate on the sunny side. I organize whatever might be lying in wait around the the sunny side community block parties. next bend, the next chapter in the adventure But sometimes … that had become my life. But sometimes, esI am on a cruise in Alaska celebrating pecially right before going to sleep, somemy parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. I times for a moment or two, I was overcome share a cabin with Isabelle, my 6-year-old Letters from with sadness. niece. Like nearly all 6-year-olds, Isabelle Tonight was a night like that. I was already is wise beyond her years. Isabelle is also in bed and Isabelle was in the nearby twin strong-willed and opinionated. When she bed. It was night but the room was still light, learned we would be sharing a cabin on this vacation, her first question was, “Will we have a disco so far north, so near the longest day of the year. Isball?” Of course we did. (Imagine, before the Inter- abelle was quiet, but I knew she was still awake. “I am sad, Isabelle,” I said. net, a person might not know where to purchase a There is a short silence. I think maybe she is asleep travel-sized, rotating, disco ball.) Still, even with Isabelle, even with the mirrored after all. “My mommy and daddy say that when I am ball, the 2 o’clock cookies served promptly in the crabby it’s because I’m hungry or tired. But it’s not Club Lounge, the spectacular scenery, the rare oppor- true,” she suddenly tells me. “I’m crabby because I tunity to spend quality time with my family, (I con- don’t get my way.” “So what’s the answer, Isabelle?” I ask. And, withfess, I really do enjoy the company of my family), out missing a beat, she tells me: even in the midst of a rare sunny day on the inland “Deal with what you get. passage, with whales spouting off the side of our Like what you have. ship and seabirds trailing behind, even then, I somePlay with what you have. times find myself feeling a little sad. Don’t ask for things … and be polite.” I remember, every so often, that when this longfew moments later, I could hear she had fallen A awaited trip was planned, I never imagined that I would be a single woman traveling with a disco ball. asleep. I lay in the soft summer twilight and felt my I had a husband beside me, not so very long ago. I glass overflow again. would have been another couple on this arc of twoTill next time, by-two passengers. – Carrie

Carrie Classon


Unity picnic, homecoming, set for Sept. 26 BALSAM LAKE — The annual Unity Community Picnic and homecoming will be held Saturday, Sept. 26. The daylong event begins at 9 a.m. with the Punt, Pass and Kick contest and at 9:30 a.m. with a wellness walk. A free community picnic lunch and the first-annual chili cook-off will begin at 11 a.m., with old-fashioned

kids games from noon to 1 p.m. The chili cook-off winner will be announced at 1 p.m. Unity’s homecoming game, against Luck, will begin at 2 p.m., with the homecoming dance at 8 p.m. The pool will be open for free swimming from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Mary Stirrat

Writer’s Corner one’s life experiences. But I know, I know, there are a whole slew of people who believe in such things. It must be awfully stressing on those folks who do believe. However, Friday the 13th does occur frequently, but to what extent I did not know until I went online to find out. I first googled “Friday 13th luck.” Ye gads! Did I get an eyeful! There must have been thousands of references with all sorts of permutations about Friday luck and Friday the 13th and dinners with 13 guests on Friday, 13 itself being lucky or unlucky, gambling and Friday bets, getting sick and friday, traveling on Friday the 13th, business deals on Friday, etc. etc. and a thousand more etc.’s. This whole business goes back to ancient times, perhaps before the written word. That was too much. Not for reading some of the articles, but what the articles told me about the weirdness of human nature. But my curiosity got the better of me. I did not know my brain could cram in this stuff, but it found a way. My luck! I thought about calendars and that calendars are a human invention. Why

we, all over the world, picked seven days instead of 10 days for a week, I don’t know. Ten is easier to comprehend because we have 10 fingers. Then again, no matter how many days there are in a week some folks will find one of those days to have suspicious meaning. While I was in the exploration mode I quit the general search because I did not find an easy reference to Donald Duck. I simply changed the search to “Donald Duck Luck.” Now I got better results. I felt lucky! (Easy, Walt.) I finally came to the Wikipedia reference to Donald Duck and thought this might be interesting. They are generally a good reference source, sort of a self-correcting encyclopedia in which numerous people contribute and make corrections, and make other citations to back up their notes. It is sort of a bush not a tree of knowledge idea. Well anyway back to Donald Duck. My first impression in scanning the Wikipedia article was to say to myself, “These guys are serious! They are making this into a scholarly effort.” Every detail as to who, what, where and when Donald Duck appeared in cartoons, movies, comics, comic books, and with whom is mentioned. It is interesting material for an historian of cartooning and cartoonists. I found “sinister” plots or competition or adventures with Mickey Mouse, many other animal and

duck characters, duck relatives, real live people, you name it; the Disney machine was very active. I doubt it was luck on their part to have found or created Donald Duck. It was good business sense. They had a slow start, however, concerning DD’s luck. DD’s first appearance in a cartoon was June 9, 1934. It wasn’t until 1944 when it was announced that Donald’s birthday was “Friday 13.” Now I will not bother you with the detailed trivia of the cartoons involved, but why not go along with Friday the 13th being a bad luck time. Get a chuckle out of it. It doesn’t bother me, and if it doesn’t bother you we both can take it in stride. But if you are the type of person who is bothered, you probably would not travel today on Friday to be at this meeting where stories of Friday the 13th are being told. NOTE. Walt had this article read for him on Friday the 13th because he had a conflict of appointments that day. So he says!

PoCo Penners The PoCo Penners meet the second Friday of the month at 2 p.m. in the Conference room, next to the restroom, in the Justice Center in Balsam Lake. Contact Brenda Mayer at 715485-3571 or Iris Holm 715-294-3174 for more information. - submitted

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Early-day sawmills by Stanley Selin Local sawmills produced lumber, which provided material to build farms and villages during the pioneer days. When the immigrants arrived here, there was an abundance of standing timber that needed to be cleared so that the land could be used to plant crops. At the same time, many new buildings were in demand, so there was a constant need for logs to be sawed into lumber. Structures built of wood could be completed quickly, since the lumber was close at hand. This increased the need for sawmills, and accounts for the fact so many existed at this time. Once the initial investment in a mill had been made, the cost of the lumber produced was relatively inexpensive. At this time, the immigrant labor required to clear the land and work in the sawmills was plentiful. However, sawmills were always dangerous places to work. There were moving belts, large whirring saws, piles of heavy logs which needed to be moved, and the sawyer’s carriage platform which was propelled back and forth by power-assisted cables. Moving parts were exposed, with little or no safety precautions. Broken legs were common, some workers lost hands or fingers and some men even lost their lives. Per Adolph Peterson, for example, lost his life in May of 1896 when he was accidently hit in the head by a piece of wood while operating the sawmill on his farm. One of the more significant sawmills in the early history of the area was the Jacobson Mill on Wood River between Big and Little Wood lakes. In 1980, it was listed on the National Register of Historical Places in Washington, D. C.

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Ramblings Charlie Stevens sawmill on Per Adolph Peterson’s farm. Four million board feet were sawed here in four years. Stevens is in the buggy on the left. (L to R): Albert Anderson, Herbert Birch, Ed Bratley, Albert Peterson, Lilliendahl, Albin Lindquist, Adolph Lindquist, Joel Bratley, Charles Peterson and Gilbert Swanberg. Photo taken about 1908. – Photos from the Selin collection This site was a hub of activity in the 1870s and 1880s for producing lumber, shingles, and for planning and cabinetwork. It was founded by one of the first homesteaders in this area, John P. Jacobson, a miller and sawyer by trade. He emigrated here from Sweden with his son, Carl P. Jacobson, shortly after the Civil War. In 1872, they built a stoneand-earthen dam on Wood River, and a sawmill. Lumber produced here was used for the building of the first Trade Lake Baptist Church in 1878. The Jacobson family home was built on a knoll overlooking the river and dam, and it became a sort of free hotel for new immigrants from Sweden who stayed there during the time they were locating and settling into new homesteads. There was a blacksmith shop and store nearby, and for a while, a post office. John P. Jacobson met a tragic death in his sawmill in 1884. Somehow, when

View of Holm Brothers sawmill south of Trade Lake. Some of the lumber sawed here was shipped out West to build homes when many people from Trade Lake were moving to Bole, Montana.

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working alone, Jacobson, 75, had fallen through an opening in the floor above, directly into the whirring blades of the circular saws and was killed instantly. His son Carl carried on, expanding operations, and shipped carloads of lumber to Minnesota. By this time, the mill had become a major service center and principal employer in the Wood Lake area. In 1888, Wood Lake residents petitioned to have the new Burnett County Courthouse built there, but the petition

The C. E. Peterson sawmill and grist mill in Trade River. Photo taken in 1902.

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was rejected. In addition, the mill and the Jacobson home often served as a place for community and religious meetings. The mill remained in existence until a fire destroyed it in July of 1922. In addition to the Jacobson Mill, some of the other sawmills which existed in the surrounding area before 1910 are listed as follows: • Charlie Stevens sawmill, on the Per Adolph Peterson farm west of Spirit Lake. • Carl Lindblad & Sons sawmill, southeast of Round Lake. • Holm Brothers sawmill, south of Big Trade Lake. • Ole Mattson sawmill, on the southern border of Trade Lake Township, near Atlas. • C. E. Peterson sawmill in village of Trade River. • Chas. Trolander sawmill, near the Finland farm north of Bass Lake.

Carl Lindblad and sons Fabian and Melkar are sawing logs near Rice Lake in the southeast corner of Trade Lake Township about 1900.

View of the Jacobson Mill, with the house on the hill to the left.

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Thinking out loud No, I’m not in my second childhood because I’m reading E.B. White’s book, “Stuart Little.” One of my sons picked up a copy and I started to read it. What a wonderful imagination! It’s loaded with drawings by Garth Williams and I’ve encountered his artwork before, Abrahamzon too. Possibly in the Oz books. Years ago I read “Charlotte’s Web.” Who would think a mouse and spiders would be such a hit? In writers classes we were told that mothers and aunts buy children’s books, and they do not like creepy-crawly things. E.B. White’s books put the lie to such advice about writing and are obviously the exception to the rule. I’m not sure about Wormy and Squirmy either, even if they are world travelers. (Sorry, Wayne A. of West Sweden). I want to be a well-rounded person, not in a plump sense but mentally. E. B. White’s books were once very popular and perhaps still are today. Although I see a plethora of children’s books about bodily functions, plus anger, hurt feelings, jealousy, etc. I grew up on Nancy Drew mysteries, the Oz books, the classics, and the cartoons on Brenda Starr, Star Reporter. Also, “The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew,” “The Five Little Peppers Midway,” and “The Five Little Peppers Grown Up.” “Little Women,” of course, and “Little Men,” and Elsie Dinsmore. I remember being so aggravated by Elsie when she refused to play the piano because it was Sunday and she was punished for her stubborn attitude. Today when I’m digging out news from 40 years ago, I come across many feature articles I wrote for vacation time at the Leader. We all took the same two weeks off in July. It was an easy way to handle employee vacations plus management but it meant writing a great deal to fill the pages for vacation issues. I recognize the ones I wrote although they have no bylines on them. I have to control myself so I don’t take a pen and write in my name for all posterity. So much for ego! In my early days here at the Leader, I worked in the bindery, pasting pictures on calendars, running the stitcher to put them all together after collating pages. I proofread long strips of copy done on old-time linotype machines. Oh, the clackety-clack of those big old fascinating machines under the magic fingers of Isabel Langkos or Ray Linden. I am glad I was there to experience that. Although, when I was in high school downstate I wrote news for The Oconomowoc Enterprise as I was editor of our school newspaper, The Cooney Crier. Our town was often nicknamed Cooney or Five O’s, Wisconsin. (I suppose Oconto is three O’s.) It doesn’t seem possible that I’ve been writing for 41 years here at the Leader. I’ve seen several generations come and go.


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When you haveta write, that’s what you halfta do! The above sentence does not sound like me. I have noticed, however, words being adapted, perhaps slurred, sneaking into our speech, written and oral. It’s the word “gonna” as used by TV reporters and on talk shows. As far as using good English, we often fall short, yet it’s our native language. The other day the phone rang and a telemarketer said, “If you want to speak Spanish, press one,” etc. Someday I may press one, but my Spanish is book Spanish, not the familiar, and I do better seeing it on a page than hearing it. The other day a reader phoned me to share a saying she grew up hearing. It was “whatever blows your skirt up.” Like “whatever turns you on.” That’s it! Back in the day when schoolgirls wore dresses, we all knew the meaning of “It’s snowing down south.” Recognize it? It meant, “Your petticoat is showing.” If you can’t relate to petticoat, it’s the same as “slip.” A good friend advises me that I wouldn’t like today’s sayings. That bad, eh? Reunion One by one, the cars drove down the hill, headlights piercing the black wall of night, and silence settled down on stones and grass. “What was all that about?” Robert asked John. “I don’t know but they did a lot of talking.” “Praying, too,” said a woman’s soft voice. “We aren’t alone anymore,” said Robert. “I think it’s Teddy.” “Teddy?” said John. “Did they shoot him, too?” “No, no, no,” a raspy voice said. “It’s me, and no one shot me. I had a brain tumor and it took over a year to die. I’m having trouble catching my breath and it’s hard to talk.” “My throat was like that too, when all those shots rang out in Dallas. It will get better,” said John. “Caroline was here today,” said the woman. “She comes quite often, but when I ask about John John, she just shakes her head and says nothing.” Teddy shook his head but said nothing, too. “How are things in the world?” asked Robert. Teddy told him “Terrible, just terrible. We’re at war in Iraq, trying to keep the peace. Our troops are being killed in Afghanistan by bombs and explosions. It’s all the fault of the Taliban.” “Don’t we ever learn?” asked the woman. “Evidently not,” said Robert and the three Kennedy brothers and Jackie Kennedy Onassis fell silent as the moon rose above the trees at Arlington National Cemetery on that warm August night in 2009. Until next week, Bernice

ST. CROIX FALLS - Juizy Blazz Shake-up, Polk County’s own “hot rock’n’ horn” band, headlines the Autumn Fest free concert in St. Croix Falls Saturday, Sept. 26. Autumn Fest, a buy-local, stay-sustainable, greencommunity initiative, is a showcase festival for events around the St. Croix Valley that weekend. The free concert, starting at 9 a.m., accompanies green and sustainable vendors, local-foods, and arts and crafts, with the main attractions and concert stage located on the St. Croix Falls scenic overlook in the downtown area.

Juizy Blazz Shake-up capstones the fun and family fest that Satutrday, the 26th. The daylong free concerts begin in the morning at 9 a.m. with “The Children’s Variety Theater,” a sing-along and play-along music show for kids, with Sandy Bishop performing and leading. The concert continues with the drummers from Polk County’s Tribal Spirits Drum Circle; a noon show by area band Relative Minor; and the uplifting tunes of Dave and Janel; all preceding the Juizy Blazz Shakeup headline dance concert around 3 p.m. For more info on the concerts or the St. Croix Falls Autumn Fest, visit . - submitted

Luck Area Historical Society to meet Sept. 24 Manufacturing, use, trade and discovery of stone tools explored LUCK — Two guests will be at the September meeting of the Luck Area Historical Society to share their knowledge of stone tools. Dave Skrupy, who has long practiced the process used by the stone-age people to make arrowheads and blades for hunting, warfare or utilitarian use, will demonstrate the art of knapping flint. Dan Beal, a collector of all things in the rock and mineral world, will show several of the ancient tools

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50 Years Ago A bull bazaar was set for Sept. 26, at the Barron Pavilion.–August traffic toll was highest for the year.–Obituaries included Erick Hallin, Russell Burnstad and Gotfred Eckberg.–Nash’s Coffee was 59¢ with coupon at Kaufman’s, Webster.–Mrs. Walter Erickson wrote news from Round Lake.–A dance was held at Indian Creek Hall on Sept. 19, sponsored by the Indian Creek baseball team.–The Rutabaga Festival in Cumberland was set for Sept. 18-20.–A thresher show was set for Sept. 26 – 27 at Dresser.–The movie “Blue Denim” was playing at the Frederic Theatre. The film “Watusi” was playing at the Grand Theatre, Grantsburg.–The Minneapolis Lakers would play in Frederic Sept. 28.–Rainfall for 1959 was way over the normal average.–Sen. William Proxmire was touring Wisconsin.–Marius Nielsen sold his interest in the Luck garage to Clifford Wyatt of Bethel, Minn.–Daylight saving time would come to an end Sunday, Sept. 27.–Brown’s Machine and Repair Show was open for business at junction 35 and 70, with home phone at rural Webster.–No Hunting and No Trespassing signs were 10¢ each at the Leader office or six for 50¢.

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Two local school boards discussed sharing facilities (Osceola and SCF).–There were four candidates for homecoming queen at Webster including Maria Gomlulah, Debbie White, Joanne Weis and Pat Dahlberg.–Siren Dragons grabbed their first victory in three years in football.–Burnett Homemakers sponsored a tour of Indian industries beginning with a tour of Searles cranberry marsh, onto Bashaw Reservation and Sand Lake Reservation, and those who had sack lunches ate them at the Spooner fish hatchery. Onto Namekagon Leather Inc. and then Carlson’s Wild Rice Industries.–A developer chose Burnett County for a multimillion-dollar recreational area.–A wedding dance was set for Oct. 4 for Mr. and Mrs. Ron Johnson (Juli Amundson) at Indian Creek Hall.–Specials at Les’ Store, South Siren, were corduroy jumpsuits for men or women, full deerskin-lined jackets, moccasins, wolf parkas, etc.–Readers were urged to buy their winter supply of stoker furnace briquets now from Frederic Farmers Co-op Exchange.–The Frederic phone company merged with N.A. Communications.–Warehouse space was added by Ed-Mar Furniture, Frederic.–A new liquor store was being constructed on Hwy. 35 at the junction of Hwy. 48 in Luck.–A housing project of Luck was developed for the elderly.

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he and his wife have collected. He will discuss where they were found and tell of their use in the everyday life of these ancient people. Those attending will have the opportunity to not only view some of the many artifacts, but also will handle and examine the tools while discussing their possible uses. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Luck Museum on Main Street and 3rd Avenue. Meetings end at 8:30 p.m. with time to chat if you care to stay later. Call Dan at 715-472-8809 with any questions. – submitted by the Luck Area Historical Society

Dave Boock of Spooner became the new administrator at Capeside Cove, Siren. He succeeded Collin Eid who had served in that position for two years. Another new employee at Capeside Cove was Paulette Kuehn of Cumberland as director of nurses.–The former courthouse in Grantsburg was burned as a firefighter exercise.–The Siren Dairy Bar was a growing business for Ron and Linda Radke.–The youth ministery workers returned Mission Outreach to Mexico.–Lou Coen was the focus of an Eye-to-Eye column written by Sandy Benson.–Obituaries included Loren Christensen, Cecil Schallenberger, Zatha Fisk Holbrook, Beatrice Wendelschafer and Harry French.–SCF City Council tabled the decision on a potential fifth well.–The dog damage fund in Burnett County was nearing depletion.–New owners at Clam Lake Tackle Shop were Jack and Darlene Bunting.–It was written “Shell Lake Hospital to Close. Is Frederic Hospital next in line?”–Obituaries included George Krentz, Katherine Staples, William (Bill) Marek, Bradley Garrich Snorek, Irene Cloud (100 years old) and Leonard Olsen.–Laketown Lutheran Church members were preparing to celebrate 110 years.–Frederic Farmers Cooperative had a 70-year history.–Terms were outlined for sale of Frederic nursing home.


Interfaith Caregivers and AmeriCorps join forces BALSAM LAKE - On Sept. 11, Interfaith Caregivers participated in the National Day of Remembrance and Community Service. Seven volunteers helped residents of the Balsam Lake Estates with outdoor chores. New AmeriCorps member Sheila Junso made connections with elderly people needing help and linked them with Interfaith Caregivers volunteers to scrape paint on a deck, mow a lawn, trim shrubs, wash windows, and fix a bird feeder. Interfaith Caregivers is hosting its first-ever AmeriCorps member this year. AmeriCorps National Service Organization is similar to the Peace Corps, but members work inside the United States. The new AmeriCorps position started Sept. 1 and will help strengthen Interfaith Caregivers by improving their serv-

ices to the elderly and adults with disabilities in Polk County. Junso is a longtime Polk County resident who lives near St. Croix Falls. She will be wearing two diverse hats at Interfaith Caregivers, as community outreach and office manager. So she will be making lots of contacts with churches, organizations, businesses, schools, and other groups to recruit more volunteers and spread word about their program to serve more people. Junso says, “I find contact with the elderly and contributing to the community rewarding.” The Milwaukee YMCA is the sponsor for the AmeriCorps position in conjunction with the Wisconsin Service Corps. Funding comes from federal money and as well as from the Interfaith Caregivers

A bear knocked down this bird feeder last spring. AmeriCorps member Sheila Junso talked with Dorothy Jorgenson in Balsam Lake about an Interfaith Caregivers volunteer putting the bird feeder back up as part of the Sept. 11 Day of Service. - Special photo budget. This one-year position will provide Junso’s help for 35 hours a week and pays less than minimum wage. Program Director Karen Krupa says, “We are so excited to have Sheila. Her year of service means a lot to our clients, our program and our country.” - submitted

TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER St. Croix Valley Senior Center by Carol Van Buskirk

Tuesday, Sept. 8, had 40 people in to play 500 cards and Dominos. Dominos winners were George Meixner, Ione White and Janice Mevissen. 500-card winners were Pete Schlosser, Ray Nelson, Marion Davison, Alice Dorrall and Elaine Edlund. Phil Mevissen, Pete Schlosser and Audrey McNurlin were the nine-bid winners. Skip-Bo winners for this week on Tuesday and Thursday included Leone Montgomery, Resser Adams, Marian Edler and Carol Van Buskirk. Wednesday afternoon there were 22 people in at the center to celebrate September birthdays. Gratitude is extended to Rita for baking the cakes and Janice for leading us all in the new version of “Happy Birthday.” Following this we broke into smaller groups and played different games for the rest of the afternoon. Thursday evening had 24 people in for 500 cards. Top winners for the evening were

Roger Greenly, Wilma Bird, Ray Nelson and Kim Rosen. Nine-bid winners for the evening were Pat Willits and Phil Mevissen. Regular influenza vaccine will be given at Peace Lutheran Church on Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon. This coming Thursday, Sept. 17, will be our regular monthly meeting, which will follow a potluck lunch. Congratulations from all of us at the senior center to Joyce and Darryl Nelson who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 12. This weeks activities will include exercise, Skip-Bo, cards and Dominos on Tuesday afternoon. Thursday will have exercise, SkipBo, blood-pressure checks, potluck lunch, monthly meeting and 500 cards. Friday morning will host Bridge and the afternoon will have George Meixner calling for Bingo. 500 cards will be played at Cedar Lake on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.


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Mary Dunn, Donna and Nina Hines, Lida Nordquist, Karen Mangelsen, Nettie Otis and Ruth Rydberg were guests of Marlene Swearingen Tuesday afternoon. They enjoyed a time of visiting and playing cards. John and Diana Mangelsen visited Lawrence and Nina Hines Wednesday. Sue and Roger Mroszak went to the home of Dick and Phyllis Ehlers in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday. Several other couples came there too and they all had a good time playing cards and visiting. Beth Crosby and Dixie Andrea called on Roger and Sue Mroszak Friday. Nina and Lawrence Hines went to Eagan, Minn., Friday. They attended the wedding of granddaughter Emily Hagen and Josh Hennagir. Hank and Karen Mangelsen were supper guests of Barb and Art Hephner. Reggie Meisner visited Sue and Roger Mroszak Friday afternoon and stayed

Burnett Community Library The Burnett Community Library is important to my community because “I use books that the school doesn’t have …” Thursday morning the Friends of the Library met to discuss their plans for several upcoming projects. They are planning to reissue their Wild Rice Cookbook; in April 2010 they plan to have an author’s luncheon; they received around $300 during the Gandy Dancer book sale; received loads of books from the Voyager Village book sale last weekend; and don’t forget the spaghetti dinner and silent auction at the Moose Lodge on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 5 until 7 p.m. The theme is A Taste of Italy. Advance tickets are $6, available at the library or from Friends of the Library or building fund committee members. Tickets will be $7 at the door. There is no charge for children age 10 and under. Children’s preschool story hour will begin for the fall and winter on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 10:30 a.m. We are looking forward to familiar and also new faces. Everyone is welcome – there is no need to register, just come

as you are. September is library card sign-up month. With your card, you can access the library’s computers and Internet as well as check out books, magazines, movies and audio-books. If you would like a book, etc. that is not in our local collection, we can request it from a library that does have it – in the Merlin or WISCAT systems. The Interlibrary Loan van delivers books to our library on Mondays and Wednesdays. We have a new selection of books to help patrons in their job searches and information from the Wisconsin Job Center available also. The computers are available for writing resumes and applying for jobs.

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“The Magician’s Elephant,” by Kate DiCamillo “Boo to You,” by Lois Ehlert “The Big Storm,” by Nancy Tafuri “And Then Comes Halloween,” by Tom

Brenner “The Wizard of Oz,” by L. Frank Baum “Pilot Pups,” by Michelle Meadows “Little Mouse Gets Ready,” by Jeff Smith “Birthday for Bear,” by Bonnie Becker “Sea of the Dead,” by Julia Durango “Catching Fire,” by Suzanne Collins


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“A Cousin’s Prayer,” by Wanda E. Brunstetter “American Folk Tales, Myths, Legends,” edited by Leslie Conron


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Frederic Senior Center We had a busy, long weekend with our Saturday birthday potluck and Labor Day potluck and fish fry. We really enjoyed the fish that was done by Ray Kurkowski and son and Brad Domagala. Our card game, regularly scheduled for Monday, was played and a group played pokeno. Liz Ruhn furnished us with some toe-tapping tunes on the piano before dinner. We served a large lunch after the card games and we had a good time of fellowship together. Our morning coffee time sets us off for a good day. The pool players keep their table busy mornings. The results of the Labor Day Spades had the following winners: Norma Nelson in first place, Stub Ruhn in second place, Arnie Borchert in third place and Netha Polson in fourth place. MaryAnn’s Travels stops to pick up players when she is scheduled for the Hole in the Wall Casino. Our center is a popular place to meet the bus. Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon,

the Polk County Health Department will be giving flu shots at the center. We seniors are warned that it’s important for our age group to be protected from getting the flu. There will be another vaccine available in October for the swine flu so keep posted as this is important to protect yourself and others from this severe, life-threatening flu. Wednesday the pokeno group met and other cards were enjoyed. Coffee time was enjoyed by all. Thursday 500 cards was played with the following winners: Nina Vold in first place, Rick Hustad in second place, Bill Ihrig in third place and Shirley Sandquist in fourth place. Friday pokeno group always enjoys themselves. Other cards were played and we enjoyed a lunch together. Saturday we enjoyed dinner together. Cards and either pokeno or Bingo was played. Dinner and coffee time was enjoyed. We were happy to see Robert Larsen able to come to our center after being ill. Rosemary Goodrie, who was a member of our center before going into the care center, passed away and her services were on

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Thursday at Swedberg Funeral Home. Several of our member attended the service. Remember the pancake breakfast at the center on Saturday, Sept. 19. There will be no buffet luncheon that day. Cards will be played after 1 p.m. and pokeno or Bingo. Afternoon coffee-time refreshments will be enjoyed. When you dig another out of their troubles, you find a place to bury your own.

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overnight with them. Don and Lida Nordquist were breakfast guests of Donna and Gerry Hines Saturday morning. Colin and Chris Harrison were weekend guests of Lawrence and Nina Hines. A large number of people came to the home of Kris and Bob Fjelstad Saturday afternoon. They surprised Kris for her 60th birthday. The party was hosted by husband, Bob; and siblings of Kris. Karen, Hank, Larry, Celie and Baxter Mangelsen were supper guests at the home of Jake, Holly, Hannah and Grace Mangelsen Saturday. April, Dave, Patty and Mandy Close were there also. Lida and Don Nordquist went to the home of Joleen and Richard Funk Sunday for dinner and an afternoon visit. Wayne and Marie Romsos visited Hank and Karen Mangelsen Sunday evening.

News from the Service LAWTON, Okla. – Army Pvt. Ryan Hemingway has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. During the nine weeks of training, Hemingway studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat and field maneuvers and tactics. Hemingway is the son of Dave and Lois Hemingway of Balsam Lake. He is a 2008 graduate of Wisconsin Challenge Academy, Fort McCoy. - submitted ••• SAN ANTIONIO, Texas – Army Reserve Pvt. Jeremy S. Morgan has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises. He is the son of Barb Maxwell of Lakeville, Minn., and Randolph Morgan of Grantsburg. Morgan is a 2009 graduate of South St. Paul Community Learning Center, Minn. submitted

Orange Webster came in first in the cross-country meet on Tuesday. Wednesday Fran Krause went to her Ellsworth class reunion which was held at the West Wind in River Falls. Nancy Krause attended a surprise birthday party Saturday for her dad in Spooner. Kent Krause spent the weekend in Sturgeon Bay with his sister Karen and Jerry Hintz. Friday evening he went to nephew Carl’s high school football game and Sunday

evening he attended the Green Bay game. Sympathy to the family of Curt Olson who passed away suddenly last week. Tim O’Brien spent Sunday with Jack and LaVonne O’Brien. Dollars for Scholars spaghetti dinner is Friday evening before the Webster football game. Orange cemetery meeting is Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. at the center. Everyone is welcome.


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Lewis Sympathy is extended to the family of Jim Karl, whose funeral services were held Friday at the Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Siren Chapel. Steve Ward officiated. Jim was the son of Bernie Karl and the late Earl Karl. Relatives and friends took the opportunity to linger, even at the Lewis Cemetery, to visit with each other. Sympathy is also extended from the members of the Lewis community to the family of Marty J. Niles II, whose services were held Saturday at the Frederic High School. Get-well wishes to Marie Nelson who was scheduled for surgery this week, Tuesday. Members of the extended family of Jessica Nelson Ford gathered together on Saturday in support of a Walk for Lupus. Sheila Staples and Rick Abrahamzon attended a bird swap at Forest Lake, Minn., on Saturday. Several members of the Lewis UMW plan to attend a fall gathering at the United Methodist Church in Superior on Saturday. Sylvia Schaetzel volunteered to drive. Members of the NW Regional Writers met last Friday in the Community Room of Sunrise Apts., Friday. Several are planning to attend the fall WRWA Conference at Eau Claire Holiday Inn this month. The October meeting will be held the second Friday in October at Espresso Cabin, Grantsburg, at 1 p.m. The assignment is “Where were you when you got the news?” or share your feelings or attitudes. October will also bring a writers conference at the Spooner Ag station on Saturday, Oct. 17. We will carpool that day.

Coffee and goodies were served after Sunday’s church service by JoAnne Carlson and Dave Gorrenson. Everyone enjoyed visiting. People have been sharing what they have a surplus of including apples, tomatoes, cucumbers and summer squash, etc. Produce has also been shared at low-rent housing units as those who garden share their surplus with those without gardens. Members of the Clam Falls Lutheran Church are gearing up for their annual fall supper (turkey) this Saturday inside and outside (weather permitting). See ad in the Indianhead Advertiser. The Lewis turkey supper is the last Saturday in September. Watch for the ad. Members of the Frederic Scrabble Club received vases of flowers from one of their Scrabble players, Joan Jendro. Very pretty arrangements. Colorful, too, some showcasing dinner plate dahlias. Generous gifts and a nice surprise. Vernon Peterson is having a sale this Saturday and Sunday, at his farm. Included are prize rocks, memorabilia, etc. See listing in current Indianhead Advertiser. He had several rock sales last year and two auctions this season at Erickson Auction House of bygone days memorabilia. That is what happens when you have spent a lifetime collecting logging tools, meat grinders, milk cans (one of wood) seats from farm machinery, etc. The fun of collecting is the gathering together, but the time of dispersal arrives all too soon.

Siren Senior Center I am happy to announce that beginning Sept. 23, we would like to welcome all cribbage players to come and enjoy this activity every Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. We know there are a lot of seniors out there that enjoy this game, so now is your chance to come and play. I am sure there will be some helping hands if you think that you have lost your skills, so show up and you will be welcomed. We would like to express gratitude to the Siren Lioness’ for the next-to-new merchandise that they donated this week to our craft room/store. Quite a few items were grabbed up before we barely had time to price them, and I know the rest won’t be around very long. The card display and library shelves were in need of some sturdy material to balance the card storage drawers. As a temporary thing we had our coffee stored in the bottom drawer so it wouldn’t tip the whole works over when someone opened the drawer, and I am happy to say that Hopkins Sand and Gravel came to our rescue. I dropped in on them this week to purchase some bricks, as we needed the coffee, and they gladly donated some small concrete blocks that did the trick – plus they also make great bookends. We have so many angels out there that take such good care of all our needs. We appreciate and love you all. Another donator this week was Harry Welsh who brought in a box of puzzles, quilt batting and material. I was neglectful last week while showing our appreciation to Lou Jappe and Don Oltman who have been helping mow Hi, everybody! Blacky here from Humane Society of Burnett County. You know, I am a lucky dog. I live in the country, and every day that I go for a walk it seems like there’s always something interesting to see or hear or sniff. Today, after I got hollered at for rubbing my face on some goo in the road, a flock of big birds flew over my head, and I could hear the air whooshing as they flapped their wings. At first I thought a car was coming, so I went and sat down alongside the road like I’m supposed to. Then I looked up and saw that it was a flock of cranes! They’re kind of noisy, but YAPpenings not as much as the tree rats have been lately. My brother and I are running our legs off chasing them through the woods, but they just run up into trees, chattering and scolding us. The other day, my brother came out of the woods after chasing one, and he had a passenger! I though it was just some twigs, but my mom said it was a bug called a walking stick. It was perched right on top of my brother’s head, and my mom picked it off and showed it to me. I thought I’d seen just about everything before, but a living stick? Does that mean I have to check my sticks to see if they have legs, now, before I go flinging them around the yard? And are there any giant walking sticks, or are they all little? I find this very disturbing. I had another scare, too, but that turned out to be a false alarm. For a minute there, this morning, I thought we’d have to take my mom in for an evaluation. We were out for our walk when, all of a sudden, she started doing the hokey-pokey right in the middle of the road – without any music even! My brother and I stood there staring at her until she noticed us watching and said to us, “Oh, relax! I’m just trying to shake a rock out of my sandal!” Whew! I’m supposed to be the goofy one in my family, not her. I’ve got a long list of new friends to tell you about this week, so I best get down to business. A lot can happen in a week’s time, and that sure is true at the shelter! One cat came in, and nine dogs, since I wrote to you last. Fritz the cat is a domestic longhair, about 2, who was found in Grantsburg. He is a tan and white, and he looks as though he got into a tussle of some sort because he came in with some injuries. I think he’ll be OK. Five puppies joined us as well. Four are littermates, and they are Lab/retriever mixes. To me, they look like little bear cubs, and, boy, are they cute! They were found in Union Township and they are

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the lawn in Ralph Severson’s absence to mention that Jeff Larson also contributes his time for this shore. Sorry Jeff, please consider yourself appreciated also. The monthly birthday remembrance was held Tuesday, Sept. 15. Happy birthday to Abby Brand and Ann Agerbeck. Dining at Five will be served on Thursday, Oct. 1. The signup sheet is out so stop in and sign up or call 715-349-2845 for a reservation. The card recycling crew has a need for large envelopes for their cards. Jane Wilcox brought in a box of unfinished wedding cards for the gals and Marge Nielsen has finished them with new fronts and verses. You have to see them to believe what a great job she did. Our 500 winners on Wednesday were: Carl Link, Sue Newberger, Butch Connor, Arvid Pearson and Walt Nelson. Spade winners on Friday were Gerry Vogel, Marie Van Gilder, Virginia Martin, Shirley Doriott and Clara Palomaki. Marie Van Gilder and Inez Pearson provided the players with their sugar kick for the afternoon. Sympathy is extended to the Karl family on the loss of their son. Good news is that Ralph Severson is home and on the mend and Don Brand is walking around the center without his cane or walker. For any information on the center please call 715-349-7810 and to make reservations for the noon dinner call 715-3492845. about 2 months old. Two are brown, two are black and there are three girls and one boy: Bruiser, Sasha, Minni and Ebony. The other puppy that came in was also a stray. His name is Oscar and he is a baby bassett hound. He was picked up in Oakland Township. I’ve meet a few bassett friends while I’ve been attached to the shelter, but I’ve never seen a baby until I met Oscar. He’s adorable! He’s little, but his ears are already a mile long, and his tail wags nonstop. (Next, there’s Buddy. He’s a rat terrier, so I bet he likes to chase tree rats, too. Elvis is in the building – he’s an English foxhound/shepherd mix, and he’s about 5-1/2 years old. Kylie was picked up in Grantsburg, and I’m not sure what breed she is. She’s tan and has kind of wiry, stick-up hair and longer sprongs of hair on her nose and chin. She’s very pretty! She’s not quite a year old, and she’s a bit timid, but she loves to be petted and is very affectionate. The last guy to come in was found hanging around the grocery store in Danbury, so my witty friends at the shelter here decided to call him Wayne. Wayne is a German shepherd and chow mix, and he is extra-large! I though I heard something go “pop” when our kennel manager picked him up to weigh him. I think it was his back; Wayne tipped the scales at 102 pounds! He’s big and friendly, and pretty laid-back. I’ve been checking the days off the calendar until our Animal Walk, and there’s not many left! If you’ve been in the dark, then I will enlighten you. The fundraiser walk is going to be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 1 p.m., during Siren’s Harvestfest celebration. You can walk yourself, or you can sponsor someone you know who is walking. The walk is about a mile long, and registration is $15. You can sponsor someone for any amount. You still have time to register online, or you can sign up the day of the walk as long as you do so by noon. You can walk solo, or you can walk with your pet if he’s well-behaved and up-to-date on vaccinations. You can even walk with a walking stick (or do the hokey-pokey!) if you really want to. Just please come out and support my friends at the shelter. I’ve just got a couple of items to ask for before I go. We could use some dry dog food already, and we are in need of some hard, Kong-type toys. The few we have left have been expertly mangled by some of my furry friends, and I hate to see my newcomer pals wind up with ratty old, chewed-up toys. That’s no fun. I hope you’re having fun and enjoying a summerlike September. Take care, everybody, and I’ll see you here next week! HSBC is saving lives, one at a time., 715-866-4096.

Kuhl/Danielson Lisa Kuhl and Ricky Danielson, both of Grantsburg, are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage on Oct. 10, 2009, at Coyland Creek in Siren. Lisa is the daughter of Larry and Patty Kuhl of Amery and Ricky is the son of Rick and Sharon Danielson of Grantsburg. The bride-to-be is a graduate of UW-Superior and is currently employed at the Siren School District. The groom-to-be is a WITC-Rice Lake graduate and is currently employed at the Farmers Independent Telephone Company in Grantsburg. – Photo submitted

Academic news Samuel Halverson, son of Wesley K. Halverson and Barbara A. Grill, was named to the dean’s list at Brown College, Twin Cities, Minn. He is pursuing a degree in game design and development.

Birth announcement Born at Burnett Medical Center:

A girl, Farrah Deering, born Sept. 10, 2009, to Melissa Warner and Jamie Deering, Siren. Farrah weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. and was 19 inches long. Siblings are Kaitlin Warner and Jewel Gavin. •••


Siren Bev Beckmark

Another week has gone by with beautiful fall weather, but with no rain. Our area is in desperate need of rain. Each time I head into Siren I look at what used to be the beautiful Little Doctors Lake west of Siren on Hwy. 70 and I could almost cry. The blue heron can now be seen walking almost in the middle of the lake looking for food. As I told you before, and many of you old timers in Siren can remember, I’m sure in the spring the water was right up to the road. The way it looks today, Little Doctors Lake is on its way to becoming a thing of the past and with it we will lose our returning swan pair. Friday’s Scandinavian smorgasbord at the Siren Methodist Church served a steady stream of people, 235 to be exact. They all enjoyed the authentic Scandinavian food. The ladies did a great job again this year. Watch your papers as the area’s harvest dinners are in full swing. Mark your calendars, as you wouldn’t want to miss your favorites. The food is always good and lots of it. There are a lot of great cooks in the area you know. Ladies, remember this is the time of no hot kitchens and no dirty dishes to do afterwards. Sympathy to the family of Juanita Bentley Olson who passed away Sept. 2. Correction information: Last week’s Leader had the address wrong for Harry Rudisell. Please send cards to Harry Rudisell at 28124 CTH FF, Webster, Wis. 54893. The Siren Lioness has a good supply of yarn in at the Siren U.S. Bank. So stop in and pick up some if you’re making hats, mittens, scarves or some slippers for the bank’s/Lioness’ mitten tree going up later this fall. Winter is not far away so let’s get busy and fill the tree up again this year. Art and Bev Beckmark spent Friday evening visiting at the home of Art’s aunt, Violet Beckmark. There will be a benefit for little Karli Bartlett on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Coon Lake Park. A pig roast starts at 2 p.m., with a silent auction, paddle games and games for kids. For more info call Andy at 715-349-8226. There is also a benefit for Fred Kurtz on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Grantsburg Fairgrounds from 5 p.m. to whenever or if you just wish to contribute send your contribution to the Burnett County HCE Odds and Ends Benefit fund for Fred Kurtz at the U.S. Bank.



Labor Day weekend is over and the autumn season had begun out here in the little hamlets of Arna and New Dosey townships. The monthly training session for the Duxbury Volunteer Fire Department was held at the Markville station last week. Cloverton and Markville firefighters Gary Ament, Dave Baker, Paul Fornengo, Dave Drake, Don Mishler and Darren Heidbreder were joined by Patrice Winfield and Paul Raymond from Wilma Township. Chief Mike McCullen had an injury which put him temporarily out of commission and he did not attend. The training centered on working on the Markville fire

pumper. Cheryl and Gene Wickham hosted daughter Diane, her husband Brent, and children Brittany, 12, and Bailey, 3, at their home over Labor Day. The main activity was four-wheeling, but they did take time for the fish fry at Cozy Corner Inn on Friday. Darlene Merimonti was delighted to have the help of her son, Frank Schulte, Oakdale, Minn., and her stepson Jim, Lakeland, Minn., over the holiday weekend to help her take care of a lot of yard work and housecleaning. They cut trees, painted the decks, cleaned her pole barn and cut all of the grass.

Bear is a 3-yearold, neutered male Chesapeake Bay retriever. He stands 24 inches at the shoulder and 120 weighs pounds. Bear is a big boy. He was surrendered to the shelter for lack of attention. Bear loves people and routinely visited the neighbors for company. He is good with kids, but because of his size, is too much for small children. Bear has an exuberant zest for life and wants to work. He is smart and willing to learn. He is a huge teddy bear looking for a home that will appreciate his big heart. Arnell Humane Society has been receiving an increasing number of pets from owners who are losing their homes for one reason or another over the past two years. Recently, we have been taking in more and more pets from secondary-temporary homes. These are pets who were placed with a friend or relative temporarily until the original owner is able to resume caregiving. In many cases, these temporary homes are not “the perfect” placement for a pet and when it doesn’t work out or lasts longer than the agreed-upon amount of time, loving pets are once again looking for a place to stay. Finding a new home for your pet is difficult and heart wrenching. You love this animal but are no longer able to care for them and for their well-being; you are brave enough to find someone else to care for them. There are questions you need to ask yourself and the potential new caregiver before making the transition. The answers will help you assess whether or not your pet will be safe and happy in his new home. Why do your potential caregivers want to add your pet to their household? The answer may surprise you. Do they currently have other pets? Owning other pets shows that they know ahead of time what they are getting themselves into, but how many do they own? Will your pet be just another mouth to feed and receive special attention for only a week or two? Too many pets in one household is a recipe for disaster no matter how big the human heart. Unless they are Cesar Millan, their pack should remain small enough to receive the love and care they deserve. Will their current pets get along with your pet? Are their pets spayed or neutered and if you haven’t already done so, will they spay or neuter your pet? How about the living arrangements? Do they own their home or rent? The answer may help you determine if your large-breed dog will be happy in a small apartment. “My apartment doesn’t allow pets,” is the second most common reason stated when surrendering a pet to a shelter. The answer to this question is very important to your pet’s wellbeing. Bouncing from home to home to shelter to home is no life for a pet who loves unconditionally. Will the pet be a member of the family or a gift for someone else? Does being a member of the family mean the pet will live indoors or out? What shelter will be given for an outdoor pet? Is the new caregiver willing to work with the behaviors your pet has? If your pet

isn’t housedo trained, they know how to accomplish this in a safe and humane way? If your pet requires long walks to release his enin a ergy positive way, will they provide them? Are there young children in the potential new home? Will your pet be compatible with them? Children love animals but rarely are they able to read pet signals or restrain themselves from showering a “scared-to-death” pet with in-your-face attention. Some pets are just too much for or unsafe around small children. Steering clear of a home with small children doesn’t mean it is not a good home with caring people; it means your pet would be better suited for success in a home without them. An important question to ask yourself before placing your pet in another household is whether or not your pet is a safe pet; does he have a history of biting; does he guard food or toys; does he soil the carpeting? An unsafe pet should never be placed without offering full disclosure of his or her problems. An experienced pet owner may be able to work with a given behavior flaw if they are informed but finding that special caregiver is the key to finding a safe place for your pet. Unsafe or aggressive pets are difficult to place at best and owners unable to deal with a problem pet should ask themselves, if they can’t do it, should they expect someone else to? Your pet may be unsafe in a home that is unable to deal with a behavior quirk. If carpet soiling is a problem, will the new caregiver be able to train your pet with a safe and humane method? Unwanted behaviors may put your pet at risk for abandonment or abuse. Adopters at Arnell are asked these questions and more when applying for an available pet at the shelter. We offer advice on known behavior issues and insights into the pet we have come to know while at the shelter. Our job is to find the home that will enable each pet we adopt out to enjoy a life in a forever home. Waiting this week at Arnell: Gaston is a black Lab with substance; a sweetheart with enthusiasm. Mara is a tan, medium-sized terrier mix with buttondown ears and a calm demeanor. Mara is the perfect size for any household and good with kids. Brody is a 10-week-old retriever mix male puppy with brindle legs. Also available are Sara: an extrasmart Border collie cix, Greta: a golden collie mix, Franny: a happy steel-grey pug-Lab mix, Buck: a yellow Labgolden retriever mix and Mocha: a wire-haired Jack Russell mix. These dogs and a roomful of great cats are awaiting your arrival to strut their stuff. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 185 Griffin St. E, Amery, 715-268-7387 or online:

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When Mike Lilly’s family headed to the state fair on Labor Day, he headed up to Markville to spend a quiet day with his mom, Clara. Bear sightings have been common out here these past few weeks. Fran and Dave Baker followed a yearling down Rutabaga Road one day. Jan and Ed Proffit have a huge one eating one of their big hay bales every so often and Beverly Carlin saw one down by the Tamarack River where it runs through her land. Jan and Ed’s niece Stephanie, and her husband Brad Aker, stopped in for a visit after they had done some bear baiting the other day. Some of you may have noticed the photo of the big hawk in Deloris Schirmer’s birdbath in the Askov American a while back. A reader e-mailed the paper identifying the bird as a goshawk. Don Schirmer has been up here for the past two weeks and his girlfriend, Marge, from Baldwin, came up for the big weekend. After a day of shopping in Duluth, Minn.,

Plug this in Some of you will remember my column Vacation 2010 where I described our imaginary Goretech Lightening electric vehicle. Well shaazam! GM has brought it to life as the Chevrolet Volt. After going bankrupt and sucking up billions of government (our) dollars, they have come up with another plan to bankrupt the company again. All of this is supposed to reduce our carbon footprint and our dependence on oil imports. There is a market for this vehicle. The rich and gullible will most likely line up to buy a Volt to show us they are helping save Mother Earth. These cars are going to sell for variously $40,000. Since most of us don’t have money to burn, we factor in “cost of operation” which includes price of vehicle, maintenance, fuel, insurance and tires. The lithium ion battery pack for the Volt will last three years - max, before it has to be replaced for $3,000-$5,000 (guess). In those three years if you drove 36,000 miles you would have spent another $1,800 for electricity at $2 (guess) per charge. Going the same distance at 20 miles per gallon ($2.60 per gallon) would cost you $4,680.

and touring Canal Park, Sandi and Dave Drake stopped for lunch at Julie’s Café in Superior on Labor Day Friday. Marlene and Don Mishler attended a big Labor Day Sunday picnic at the weekend place of son Jason and his wife, Sally. Several relatives and friends of the Mishlers were there. Fran and Dave Baker enjoyed the event also. On the home front, Dave’s daughter, Sara, spent three days at our home the first week of the month. Sara lives in Los Angeles, Calif., where she works as a server and is trying to break into the acting field. She has gotten a few minor acting jobs, but no big break yet. She and Dave spent a day canoeing the St. Croix River and another in Danbury visiting former relatives. Sara’s mother, Cary Kinsler, was married to Robert Holmes several years ago, so Sara enjoyed visiting with the Holmes family. Dave, Sara and I topped the day off with dinner at the Hillside Inn. All in all, it was wonderful to spend time with Sara. Connect with your family, wherever you are.

I could buy a Silverado for $20,000, get 20 mpg and I wouldn’t have to stop every 40 miles to plug it in. For about the same price you could buy a Volkswagen Jetta TDi (diesel) that gets 50 mpg c o m b i n e d city/highway and meets California Tier II, Bin 5 emissions standards. It appears that the green weenies that conceived the electric cars have forgotten that 50 percent of our electric generation in this country is coal produced; so where is the carbon reduction? I think Government Motors should wait to introduce the Volt until after we have all of our nuclear power plants built. In the meantime, I will be opening my Plug and Pay stations. With the five-hour recharge time I should be able to sell lots of other stuff - like aspirin and Tylenol. My e-mail address is

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Meyer/Nelson Thompson/Everson Samantha L. Thompson and Hans E. Everson, both of Frederic, would like to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding on Sept. 19, 2009, at the Cedar Creek Community Church in Eau Claire. Samantha is the daughter of Robert and Catherine Thompson, Frederic, and Hans is the son of Carol and Joe Everson, Frederic. The bride-to-be is currently employed at the United Pioneer Home in Luck. The groom-to-be is employed at Fahrner Asphalt Sealers. – Photo submitted

Rachel Meyer of Frederic and Jared Nelson of Grantsburg are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding on Oct. 10, 2009, at Faith Lutheran in Grantsburg. Rachel is the daughter of John and Cynthia Meyer of Frederic, and Jared is the son of Andy and Cheryl Nelson of Grantsburg. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Minneapolis Business College and received an associate degree in graphic design. The groom-to-be is a graduate of WITC-New Richmond with a degree in small engine repair. After the ceremony a reception will be held for the couple at the Grantsburg Community Center. - Photo submitted


Schoolchildren, Scouts and a fall gala Hitching a ride with my favorite otter last night gave me time to reflect on what this Folle Avoine place is all about. While indeed it does serve tourists (attendance rose dramatically this summer from recent years), its primary function remains, and always will be, educational. The “education” word conjures up images of schoolchildren, and indeed, many will find their way to the Folle Avoine site this fall on field trips, where they will discover that the dry rot of history can be made fun, entertaining, and yes, educational. Via a visit with the site’s historic “characters,” they gain a new perspective on our historical roots, in a manner unlike what is possible from classroom study or by reading. Indeed, field trips seem to take the chore out of learning. No need to take this old gnome’s word for it, many kids write letters to the site after their visits, with comments such as: “Dear the Fort, That was awesome. The best parts were the gun, then the flint and the basket...the Indian village was so cool, showing what life was like then...I think going to the fort was the best

field trip I have ever had in my life.” Shucks, alFolle most makes me wish they’d have Avoine tours for Chronicles gnomes, but we’re only up Woodswhimsy nights. Speaking of the gnome field trips, more than 350 elementary and junior high students from schools in St. Croix Falls, Turtle Lake, St. Paul and Shell Lake will participate in an annual educational extravaganza known as “dagwaagin” (Ojibwe word for autumn/fall) on Friday, Oct. 2. Visiting 17 stations, the students will encounter people who will explain the intricacies of a variety of crafts (candle making, soap making, hide preparation, flute making, bread making, etc.) and of course tours of the fur-trading posts and Indian village. On Saturday, Oct. 3, much of the same program will be available for several Scouting

groups, with additional historic games and archery sessions scheduled as well. Hmmm, good thing us gnomes are not up during the day; we could become targets. Meanwhile, Saturday, Oct. 10, is the site’s gala dinner/celebration, called the Beaver Club. The chefs – all specially recruited for this event – have been formulating plans for some while now, and I get hungrier each time I catch their drift. Tickets, by the way, are still available by calling the Fort office at 866-8890; leave a message if no one is there, and your call will be returned pronto. This Saturday, by the way, marks the annual meeting of the Burnett County Historical Society, who serve as stewards of the historical park property, scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park Visitors Center. A lunch and beverages will be available. Tours of the historic site are conducted from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The park is located on CTH U, three miles east of Hwy. 35 northeast of Webster in Burnett County’s Yellow Lakes area. Signed, Woodswhimsy

Festival’s Featured Artist ST. CROIX FALLS – Folks familiar with Festival Theatre, especially over the last five seasons, will surely recognize this week’s featured artist. Joe Wiener has turned in one strong performance after another since his first show at Festival, “A Christmas Carol” in 2005 when he played Jacob Marley. In fact, audience members even have their Joe Wiener favorite! For some it’s his performance as John Honeyman in the 2006 production of “A Walk in the Woods.” Others were astounded at his larger-than-life portrayal of David O. Selznick in Festival’s 2007 production of “Moonlight and Magnolias.” His most touching character had to be Matt Friedman in “Talley’s Folly,” also in 2007. But, who can forget the two highly comic roles in 2008: Mortimer in “Arsenic & Old Lace” and the Old Man (Ralphie’s dad) in “A Christmas Story.” When asked about his training as a theater artist, Wiener was eager to share that his approach is one where “rather than trying to make a scene/play something that it isn’t, [he] always, first and foremost, tries to find the honesty of the scene.” This could very well

be the reason why audience members find Wiener’s work so memorable. Growing up in St. Paul, Minn., Wiener got involved with theater at age 13 and chose to study theater and drama at the UW-Madison, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. There, he was an acting specialist and in addition to his college shows he performed regularly at the Broom Street Joe Wiener Theatre, even playing Leonard Nimoy in “I Am Star Trek.” Imitations are one of Wiener’s special skills and he lists William Shatner, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, and Jabba the Hutt as some of the celebrities he mimics. An absolute baseball nut, Wiener is well-known to thousands of St. Paul Saints fans. He’s worked with

the Saints for many years as an Ushertainer, but during the 2008 season Wiener took over the reins as the “Voice of the Saints,” providing play-by-play commentary and between-innings banter as the PA announcer. Always busy,Wiener has also performed in three films, does voiceover work commercially, and has starred in six television commercials over the last few years; some of the most highly recognizable spots were for the Parade of Homes and Treasure Island. Wiener lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Jhen, and their 3-1/2-year-old son, Evan. When he works at Festival Theatre, home-away-from-home is at Blackberry Hills Fiber-Farm with Jerry and Loretta Pedersen, who have pretty much adopted this fine young actor. Wiener is switching hats a bit during the 2009 season and will make his Festival Theatre directing debut with “Deathtrap.” He’s been hard at work for nearly two months, working with the design team and preparing for the actors to arrive on Sept. 17. “Deathtrap” opens on Oct. 1 and runs for four weekends through Oct. 25. - submitted

Two concerts headline Festival Theatre's Autumn Fest events ST. CROIX FALLS – Festival Theatre’s very best accompanists in the country, music series makes a big splash on AuJohnson explores the great American songtumn Fest weekend with Alice Peacock in book with special focus on the works of Ira concert Saturday, Sept. 26, and Prudence Gershwin and Hoagy Carmichael. Johnson with Dan Chouinard on Sunday, Chouinard’s following grows stronger Sept. 27, with their new Golden Age of every time he’s in St. Croix Falls. A stellar Radio program developed in conjunction storyteller and phenomenal arranger, with the Minnesota History Center’s Chouinard performs with the kind of grace Greatest Generation project. In addition and ease most often found among friends to the concerts, an annual costume sale, in the living room. His musicianship is alhands-on arts activities, beverages and ways strong. gourmet carmel apples are available at the The Peacock concert is at 7:30 p.m. on theater all day Saturday in downtown St. Saturday, Sept. 26, and tickets are $26 in adCroix Falls. vance or $31 at the door. Johnson and Prudence Johnson Dan Chouinard Alice Peacock Peacock has made quite a name for herChouinard’s concert takes place at 2 p.m. self working out of the Chicago market. on Sunday, Sept. 27, and tickets are $23 in However, her upcoming concert actually brings her Chouinard very well. They both have strong ties to and advance for adults and $16 for youth. home. The St. Croix Valley can proudly claim Peacock have lived in the St. Croix Valley, and for their upcomTo learn all about the 2009 season at Festival Theatre, as one of its own, as she grew up in White Bear Lake, ing matinee concert on Sept. 27, they will use their tal- you can request a season brochure by phone, in person Minn., where she spent time swimming in the lake and ents to pay tribute to the greatest generation and the or by e-mail. Season tickets are sold as Flex Passes, manning a paper route. When her parents moved to golden age of radio. which offer significant savings when purchasing mul“We are so pleased to have an autumn afternoon tiple seats. Flex Passes and all tickets are available to Luck during Peacock’s junior year in high school, Polk County became home and she graduated from Unity concert that features these wonderful musicians,” said purchase online at as well as High School. Understandably, the Peacock fan base on Olsen. “Prudence and Dan have a phenomenal follow- by phone during box-office hours. Festival Theatre is ing and with their Prairie Home Companion schedule located in downtown St. Croix Falls, at 210 North both sides of the St. Croix River is quite strong. and other commitments it was tricky to get them sched- Washington St. To reach Festival Theatre by phone, call “Peacock’s concert is starting to look like a sellout,” uled. We have great seats available for the concert at 715-483-3387/888-887-6002 or by e-mail to boxofsaid Festival Director Danette Olsen, “so those hoping this time.” to see this show should not wait for tickets at the door.” - submitted Johnson in known internationally as a vocalist with As a prolific singer/songwriter often compared to Carole King and Carly Simon, Peacock credits her liter- great range in style and genre. When collaborating ary side to the young life of an avid reader. “We didn’t with Chouinard, who is certainly ranked as one of the have a TV,” she informs, “because my mother was convinced it would turn our brains to Jell-O, so I devoured A variety of insurance for the variety in your life. books. I practically lived at the library. I never really Auto. Home. Business. Health. Life. Farm/Ranch. We traveled when I was a kid, but I could travel in books. offer it all under one roof.® Call me today for Books allowed me to dream. I think that’s partly why coverage that fits all your needs. I became a writer.” *Some products not available in every state. As Peacock grew older, she found in music an emotional refuge: “I would lay on the bed in my room lisRichard P. Tims, Agency tening to the radio or my older sister’s records. The 24996 State Road 35 Beatles, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Carole King, Carly Siren, WI 54872 American Family Mutual Insurance Company and its Subsidiaries Simon, Tom Waits – I would listen to their music and American Family Insurance Company 715-349-2239 Bus. Home Office – Madison, WI 53783 cry because somehow, they knew exactly what I was feeling. They made me feel like I was not alone.” 495130 44-47ap 3-6Lp ©2008 002136 – Rev. 11/08 495793 4L Festival Theatre audiences know Johnson and


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cult nature places in the way in a wild country. An allstar cast: Betty Blythe, Lon Chaney, Melbourne McDowell, Lewis Stone and Spottiswood Aitken were among a few in the movie. Brow Studio gutted by fire. Located in the Beckman building, the fire was confined to the north half of the building, occupied by Al Brown. L. Dolan, who lives over the place of business, lost all the clothing, bedding, etc., ruined by smoke. Downstairs in the south part of the building, the loss was light. Otto Amundson, who was burned out at a fire a month ago, had established in this part of the building, but was fortunate enough to escape with only his machinery getting slightly wet. The damage to the building will be between $600 and $800. Mr. Dolen’s loss on household goods will be around $200. Al Brown lost everything, and will be set back for close to $3,000. All were insured. The Frederic Gun Club elected new positions: Burt Peake, president; John Fossum, vice president; C.H. Hubbard, treasurer; A. Brown, field captain; V.R. Stensrud, secetary. An essay contest conducted by the First National Bank, 85 sent their essays to the contest editor. Misses Vida Smith, Jeanne Taylor and Francis Diamond, Prof. Rudie as judges. Warning to all citizens of Frederic: It has become necessary that some form of action by taken relative to the enforcement of the law against moonshine. At a meeting last night the village council unanimously voted to do all in its power to see that its sale and use of it be stopped entirely. Anyone found under its influence, with it in his possession, and especially those

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The local hospital and clinic of Doctors Arveson, Diamond and Crawford, has passed its fifth year of existence, and it is interesting to note what an important factor it has become in the community. Through its medium, hundreds of people have journeyed to Frederic yearly from the surrounding towns, villages and communities. Improvised hospitals, installed in old frame buildings which have been discarded as homes or hotels, are not rare in the smaller communities, but Frederic has the fortune of calling its own a hospital of the finest construction, erected with the purpose for which it was to be used in mind. In the year 1916, the idea of the local hospital and clinic was proposed, and in this year it was completed. Besides Arveson and Diamond are Miss Leora Sawyer, who superintends the hospital, and Theodore Wiprud, administrator of the affairs of the clinic. Frederic Barber Shop takes on new force, installs accounting system. Tracy Page as bookkeeper; Fred Burgses as secretary and treasurer. N.E. Stephenson opens beauty parlor in northeast wind. Ralph Richardson as coal heaver. Hair and whiskers of all denominations for sale. Louis Branson, sales manager. The founder of Frederic, William J. Starr, passes on at the age of 60 years old. The Rex Theatre changes hands, purchased by the American Legion Post. In acquiring the property, the Legion members will provide a long-felt want, and that is a club room, in which they may hold their meetings and carry on their business. The partition under the balcony has been moved out and this will give them a fair-sized room for their social gatherings. Axel Carlson, owner of The Tin Shop, opened his business, in the former Sundberg Garage, across the alley from the Hotel Turner barn. (This would be the State Farm Insurance offfice where Corey Arnold is located now). At the Legion Hall, formerly Red Theatre, featuring “Nomads of the North,” it’s a story about the struggle of a man and woman to attain matrimonial happiness against the villainy of human plotters devoid of the spirit of fair play who surmount the diffi-

who bring it in and sell it, will be punished to the full extent of the law. We trust that this action will receive your hearty cooperation. Winners in the essay contest were: first prize, Albert Biederman; second prize, Mamie Dinger; third prize, Edith Soderberg; $1 prizes to Gladys Rudberg, Violet Peterson, Lillian Zahn, Marcia Annett and Ralph Campbell. The Swanberg and Bille Barber Shop was destroyed by fire. Local hospital to enlarge, a contract for the errection of an addition to the Frederic Hospital building was let to Anderson & Fossum Brothers. People have come to the realization that expert medical attention is not confined to the large cities and great medical centers. It is a pertinent fact in this connection, and now generally recognized, that a general practitioner affiliated with the community hospital meets all demands made upon him with average success. This is an ability of a high order. Doctors Aveson and Diamond feel that they are now justified in giving Frederic a larger hospital. Narrow escape in runaway on the street as the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ahlgren escaped injury or possible death. Mr. Alhgren was going home and was driving one horse hitched to a light wagon. With him in the wagon was his daughter. While in front of the Larson Blacksmith Shop he was overtaken by a runaway team hitched to a lumber wagon. The team came up directly behind him and as they neared his wagon they spread far enough for each horse to go on either side of the light wagon. The pole of the heavy wagon went over the top of the light wagon and evidentially struck the little girl on the head. She caught hold of the pole and held on until it was taken off the wagon. The team was going at a good clip, and when they hit the other wagon, the front wheels of the heavy wagon were only a foot or so from the rear wheels of the light wagon. The horse of Mr. Alhgren was not inclined to run, thus slowing up the team. The single horse, being in the lead, turned into the Struck feed barnyard and stopped. Men were there almost as soon as the horses stopped and helped the little girl out. She surprised all by being only slightly hurt. The horses were then removed from the tangled mess and aside from bruises were not hurt. The light wagon was somewhat damaged and had to be repaired before being used. Mr. Alhgren was knocked down by the horses and the heavy wagon passed over him. The team belonged to Mr. Hewitt. – From Betty Fenton, director of public relations, Frederic Area Historical Society.

2009 Burnett County Health Department Seasonal Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination Schedule Location Date Time Government Center, Room 165 Wednesday, September 23 7 a.m-Noon Government Center, Room 165 Monday, September 28 3-7 p.m. Swiss Town Hall, Danbury Thursday, October 1 1:30-3 p.m. A&H Senior Center Monday, October 5 9:30-11:30 a.m. Siren School - Health Office Tuesday, October 6 3-7 p.m. Grantsburg School - High School Tuesday, October 13 3-6 p.m. Webster High School - Choir Room Thursday, October 15 3-6 p.m. Cost: Flu $25; Pneumonia $45 (All children eligible for free vaccine) All children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian. We are able to accept and bill traditional Medicare Part B, Medicare Advantage Plan Programs (such as Humana, Anthem and SmartValue), Medical Assistance and Medical Assistance HMO. Please bring all insurance cards with you! For further information, please log on to our Web site at or call Burnett County Health & Human Services Flu-Line at (715) 349-7600 Option 5 496118 4-5L 46-47a


"Reflections from a River" program at Interstate Park ST. CROIX FALLS – Join the Friends of Interstate Park for their annual Autumn Potluck and Program fundraiser on Tuesday evening, Sept. 22. The event will be held in the new addition to the Ice Age Interpretive Center at Wisconsin Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls. Featured again this year is a silent auction of naturerelated and handmade items from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information about the silent auction, or if you are interested in donating items for this fundraising event, please contact Pat Killingsworth at 715-271-5037 or Julie at 715-483-3747. Proceeds from the silent auction will be used to furnish the new classroom addition, and to build a new shelter building for the education pro-

gram. The potluck dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a dish to share and utensils; beverages are provided. A special program will follow the silent auction and potluck dinner. At 7:30 p.m., in the auditorium of the Ice Age Center, National Park Ranger John Weinberg will present “Reflections from a River.” As people have used the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers over time, the nature of these waters changed to meet the needs of changing cultures. Hear the story of these rivers, learn of the fragile balance of this unique environment, and glimpse into the future of this special place. Don’t miss this opportunity to benefit the Friends of

Flu shots available starting Sept. 17 ST. CROIX FALLS – It’s flu season again, and St. Croix Regional Medical Center is ready for you. For your convenience, flu vaccinations are available every day during clinic hours by appointment. Remember: Vaccines are the best “tools” we have to prevent influenza. Who should get a flu shot: The Centers for Disease Control recommends that anyone who wants to reduce their chance of getting or spreading influenza should be vaccinated each year. They especially urge the following groups of people be vaccinated: • All children aged 6-60 months • Pregnant women • Adults aged 50 years and older • Persons of any age with underlying chronic medical conditions

• Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities • Health-care workers involved in direct patient care; and out-of-home caregivers • Household contacts of children less than 6 months old. For more information on the influenza vaccine, call your family health care provider, visit the SCRMC Web site at, or see the Polk County flu information Web site at Please remember to wear a sleeveless top or something with a loose sleeve that can be pushed up to the shoulder. Cost: $25 (if paid on day of service and not billed to insurance). Call to schedule your appointment 24/7: 800-8283627 or 715-483-3221. - submitted

Interstate Park, and to learn more about our National Scenic Riverway. Everyone is welcome. Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls, on Hwy. 35 just a half-mile south of Hwy. 8. For more information about the evening call Julie at 715-483-3747. For more information regarding the silent auction call Pat at 715271-5037. - submitted

OMC opens flu clinic OSCEOLA – OMC has announced its annual seasonal flu and pneumonia vaccination clinic. Another clinic, dealing with the H1N1 virus, will occur later. Seven days have been set aside for influenza vaccination: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2-7 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sept. 26, 8 a.m.-noon; Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2-7 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Also available during this clinic will be pneumonia vaccinations for those wishing protection from this lung infection. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, according to Pam Carlson, RN, OMC’s infection preventionist. This year’s season will be especially tricky when dealing with both the seasonal flu and H1N1 virus, she says. The Centers for Disease Control is recommending people get vaccinated for the seasonal flu now, and return for H1N1 vaccinations when they become available. “The H1N1 virus is a major concern, and the Centers for Disease Control and many other agencies are working hard to be able to prepare us for this upcoming flu season.” - submitted

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"Grantoberfest" fall festival plans revealed GRANTSBURG - The Grantsburg Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that their first-annual fall festival, called Grantoberfest, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 11:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Grantsburg Fairgrounds. And the best news is that it’s free to attend! “This event was created as a way to bring our community together and show everyone what we have to offer,” said Nicki Peterson, chair of the Grantoberfest planning committee. “We have a variety of activities planned for all ages and interests.” One part of the event will be the Taste of Grantsburg where attendees may sample and purchase food and drinks. The beer garden will quench your thirst while other vendors serve pop and water as well.

Local businesses, school groups and organizations were encouraged to organize an activity for the event. Many plans are still in the making, but there is already a lot going on. Kids can participate in hayrides, a petting zoo, face painting, and pumpkin and cookie decorating. A clown will roam the fairgrounds from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. making balloon animals while a juggler will perform from noon – 2 p.m. Live music will entertain people all day long. It’ll start off with the Grantsburg High School Band from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. After that, from 1 – 2:30 p.m., Now & Then will take the stage, with City Vibe to follow from 3 until 6 p.m. To cap off a fun-filled day, Bo Billy will play from 6 – 8 p.m. Many contests and games will take place throughout the day as well. Get a

team of six together for a co-ed kickball tournament. Youth division starts at 11 a.m. while the adult division will begin at 2 p.m. with cash prizes and trophies for best team name and best uniform. Registration forms may be found on the Web site: Bring your weiner dog for a race at 1 p.m. Be sure to wear your stretchy pants for the hot-dog eating contest to take place at 4 p.m. with only a $1 entry fee. Do you have a delicious chili recipe? Participate in the chili cook-off at noon. Only a $5 entry fee. Just bring your chili by 11:45 a.m. in a slow cooker to have it judged by the Grantsburg Fire Department. Perhaps dressing up scarecrows is your thing. Contact them for more details on the categories and where to drop them off. Judging will be Friday, Oct. 2, with the scarecrows and ribbons dis-

played at Grantoberfest on Oct. 3. Take a spin on the Wheel of Fitness and win prizes. Then head over to the mini-putt to make a hole in one. Several local businesses will have booths set up around the grounds. The Grantsburg Fairgrounds is located on Hwy. 87, just south of Hwy. 70 in Grantsburg. All activities will be outside unless there is inclement weather, in which case they will move most activities indoors. For more information, please contact Nicki at 715-828-2381 or You may also visit the Web site, - Submitted

Siren High School Class of 1969

Class members from the Siren Class of 1969 celebrated their 40th class reunion on Sept. 5, at the Pour House. Seated (L to R): Charlotte Hillman, Fern Woods, Lonnie Virchow and Susie Fosmo Helene. Middle row, standing: Penny Radke Doskey, Diane Beedy Johnson, Linda Baker Hill, Judy Goodman Keppen, Robert Facklam. Back row, standing: Lee Helene, Vernie O’Mara Keller, Barb Lind Ott, Debbie Benzer Schlapper, Cindy Peterson Johnson, Carol Adamietz Graveson, Tom Carlson, Will Olson, Doug Ellis, Mark Nelson, Veda Hakseth Gade. - Photo submitted


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Jenna and her family would like to thank Balsam Lutheran Church, Thrivent Financial, extended family and friends for your support at her benefit Sat., Aug. 15. We are also pleased to announce an organization (who would like to remain anonymous), has graciously offered to match up to $5,000 starting August 10 through the end of 2009. Our next benefit for Jenna is Sat., Sept. 26, 4 p.m. - ? at Trollhaugen Ski & Convention Center, with dinner (freewill offering), DJ and Raffle-Auction. If you would like to financially support Jenna in her dream for sight, your contribution can be mailed to: Jenna Frenette, Sight for Jenna, WestConsin Credit Union, P.O. Box 269, 121 E. Meridian St., New Richmond, WI 54017. Thank you again for your support!

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Benefifitt at Coon Lake Park for young leukemia patient FREDERIC - Chris and Beth Bartlett are parents of three wonderful children: 7-year-old Kaitlin, 3-year-old Karli and 2-year-old Brett. On June 11, the Bartlett family was thrown into a world that was unfamiliar to them. Karli was taken to the Burnett County Medical Center in Grantsburg because she was running a temperature and was thought to have a bladder infection. They took some of Karli’s blood to run tests. The test results came back and the Bartletts were advised that Karli had a low white-blood-cell count and a low platelet count. The doctor was worried and advised the family to take Karli to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. Little Karli had to have a bone marrow test and a spinal tap before the doctors could properly diagnose her. The testing revealed that Karli had acute lymphocytic leukemia. Karli and her family now make weekly trips to Children’s to get her chemotherapy. Her first six months of treatment are the most intensive. She will have 2-1/2 more years of treatment after that, which will be less intensive, making a total of three years of treatment in all. It will be five years after that before she can be considered “cancer free.” Karli will be 11 at that time. There are numerous side effects of the chemotherapy and there are other medications that Karli has to take as well. She gets tired very easily, she had to see a physical therapist to help with her muscles, and she will most likely lose her hair. Right now, her chemotherapy is doing what it should be doing and is getting rid of her leukemia. Karli is well aware of this, because she knows that her medication is getting rid of the “icky

Girls will be girls. Three-year-old Karli Bartlett is fighting acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) and is receiving intensive chemotherapy treatment at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. Despite the treatments, Karli is reportedly in good spirits and continues to have a spunky attitude that has been a shining light through the storm. – Photo submitted

bugs” that are attacking her body. The Bartlett family continues to stay strong through all of the chaos. Karli is still her adorable little self. Her spunky attitude has been a shining light through the storm. The Bartletts do as many family things as possible. Sometimes you might see Karli out with a mask on. She wears that because her immune system is low from the chemotherapy, so she’s protecting herself from us. If you’d like to keep up with Karli’s progress, Beth maintains a Caring Bridge Web site for her. You can find Karli’s page at There is an account set up at Bremer Bank where donations can be sent, if you’d like to help with medical expenses. Donations can be sent to the “Karli Bartlett Family Fund,” Bremer Bank, P.O. Box 648, Frederic, WI 54837. There are buckets of wristbands at different businesses in the local communities. They are $2 apiece, with proceeds going to help with Karli’s medical expenses. There will also be a pig roast benefit for Karli at Coon Lake Park in Frederic, on Saturday, Sept. 19. There will be a softball tournament, silent auction, paddle games, softball tournament, kids games, entertainment and the pig roast. The softball tournament starts at 8 a.m., and interested teams can contact Andy at 715-349-8226 for details. Everything else will start at 2 p.m., and anyone wanting to make donations can contact Michelle at 715327-5600. Please keep Karli and her family in your thoughts and prayers. - submitted

Webster Homecoming court The Webster 2009 Homecoming Court is front row (L to R): Sarah Walsh, Bethany Nutt, Nikki Steiner, Rachel Larson and Toni Zappa. Back row: Chad French, Jim Erickson, Dan Pope, Kyler Liljenberg and Sam Hope. The homecoming dance will be held Friday, Sept. 18, from 9 p.m. to midnight with coronation at 11 p.m. – Photo by Kendra Avery

Syren Area Garden Club assesses tour results and makes plans SIREN – The Syren Area Garden Club held their August meeting at the Lilac Community Garden in Siren to continue the work of watering and maintaining the garden. The garden was established in 2004 and club members have been busy with the design and installation of plantings, fencing, a birdbath, sundial, benches and picnic table. The entire garden project is intended for use by the public. Visitors are welcomed and encouraged to stop by for a moment of respite in the beauty it provides. After the work session, members met to discuss the outcome of the 2009 Garden Tour. Eleven area gardeners generously opened their gardens for a public tour as a fundraiser to benefit the Lilac Community Garden project. The tour was an overwhelming success, drawing visitors from the local community and others in the area visiting from other states. Members decided that the proceeds from this tour will go toward meeting the two top priorities for this summer: A sign identifying

One of the gardens that was generously opened to the public during the 2009 Garden Tour. – Photo submitted

the garden and an arbor to beautify the entrance to the garden. With luck and hard work, both will be built and installed before the end of fall. The Syren Area Garden Club extends gratitude to the 11 hardworking gardeners who allowed visitors to view their hard work and success in gardening in the northwestern Wisconsin climate. It was an excellent opportunity to learn what types of plants thrive in this area and to see unique design solutions in small and large garden environments. Everyone looks forward to the 2010 tour. The active club welcomes new members. Each meeting has organizational, education or project emphasis. They welcome gardeners of all skill levels and encourage interest in all phases of home gardening, good horticultural practices, landscape design, civic beauty and conservation of natural resources. For meeting dates and locations contact: Carla 715349-8386 or Joan 715-653-4242. – submitted

Girl Scout Encampment More than 35 girls and eight adults attended the Luck Girl Scout Encampment at Camp Lakamaga near Scandia, Minn. Girls in grades two to nine went canoeing and kayaking, tried their hand at archery, learned team-building skills on the adventure course, rode bikes and slept in “yurts” - a portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. On Friday night all the girls enjoyed Girl Scout Gumbo cooked over the fire and Snicker salad – a Girl Scout tradition. This is the ninth year that the Luck Service Unit has held its annual encampment and the girls and adult volunteers had a great time. For more information on how your daughter can get involved or how you can volunteer contact Chelsey Foeller at 800-313-0718. - Photo submitted


Model T’s on tour FREDERIC - Members of the T-Totallers Auto Club held their third-annual Brass Era Car Tour this past weekend in Burnett and Polk counties, which included a trip down the Gandy Dancer Trail from Siren to St. Croix Falls on Saturday. The tour stopped briefly at the Frederic Depot and Museum, allowing car owners to take a break, tour the museum, and answer questions from onlookers. Model T owners from around the area took part in the two-day tour, which also included a stop in Spooner on Sunday.

Jay and Debbie Pearsall were among members of the T-Totalers Club, vintage auto colllectors, who stopped at the Frederic Museum and Depot on Saturday morning on the first leg of an 80-plus-mile trip, which included a stretch of the Gandy Dancer Recreational Trail from Siren to St. Croix Falls. The Pearsalls own a 1931 Model A and a 1927 Model T pickup (shown above), which they partially restored after purchasing it in 2004. They were greeted by two dozen onlookers. Jay said he’s shown his auto at various auto shows in the area - but enjoys driving his vehicles more.

Photos by Gary King

Steve Boyd of Siren drove his 1914 Model T Ford from ocean to ocean earlier this summer (June 14July 12) as part of the 100-year commemoration and recreation of the 1909 Endurance Run. A Model T won the original 4,000-mile race from New York City to Seattle. Boyd was one of 54 Model T drivers that followed the original route and one of 49 to finish the course. Only in a few instances, in which the old roads have disappeared (Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon and Washington) did the racers run on interstate highways. Boyd said his car did well, and with the exception of a broken spring and two flat tires, had little trouble finishing the event. One modern addition on Boyd’s 1914 Model T, noted as it stopped in Frederic on Saturday (photo at right) , was a GPS device, something many drivers today consider a necessity.


Sunday afternoon at the Crex ... Photos by Carl Heidel


Unity FFA Alumni Donkey Baseball

Travis Nelson, member of Friends of FFA, tags April Johnson, member of Truhlsen’s Team 2, out, during the donkey baseball game.

Jessica Larson, Unity FFA senior, took a swing at the ball during the recent donkey baseball game, proving that with a little willpower anyone can hit anything.

Friends of the FFA were the winners in their game, scoring the most home runs during the recent donkey baseball game sponsored by the Unity FFA Alumni at Cushing.

Josh Alling, member of Friends of 10ers team, was riding a little high on the saddle during the recent donkey baseball game.

Truhlsen’s Team 2 had a great game during the recent Unity FFA Alumni Donkey Baseball game. – Photos by Jeanne Alling

How about an airplane ride?

How about an airplane ride? One of the items being offered in the Burnett Community Library fundraiser silent auction this Saturday is a flight in this plane. Plane owner and pilot, Darryl Mork, is on the far left, and next to him is Kay Cummings, another pilot. The others, all library supporters, are (L to R) Lois Hanson, Lucy Basler, Laura Rachford and Bonnie Niemi. Among the other auction items are autographed books, rounds of golf, collectors sets and a canoe/kayak trip. The fundraiser also includes a dinner with an Italian menu. The event will be held from 5 -7 p.m., Sept. 19, at the Moose Lodge in Siren. - Photo by Carl Heidel

How much hair can you spare?

Rosalyn Lundquist, Lilly Johnson and Alayna Johnson decided to donate their spare hair to honor their friend and cousin, Karli Bartlett. Karli, who is 3, is battling acute lymphocytic leukemia. The Bella Salon did the honors of cutting the girls hair this past July. If you have no hair to spare and would like to help Karli, there will be a benefit in Karli’s honor at Coon Lake Park in Frederic on Saturday, Sept. 19. There will be a softball tournament starting at 8 a.m. and a pig roast, silent auction, paddle games, kids games and entertainment starting at 2 p.m. - Photos submitted


Auditions for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at Festival Theatre ST. CROIX FALLS – Festival Theatre will hold auditions on Sept. 23 and 25 for community adult and youth roles in the holiday show “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” which runs Nov. 28 through Dec. 27. The play will be directed by Scott Dixon, a former acting company member at Festival and currently a resident company member at Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn. “The roles are for the Herdman kids, their schoolmates, and adults who make up members of the congregation and fire department. Youth roles range in age from 5 to 18,” said Danette Olsen of Festival Theatre. “We anticipate casting at least six boys and six girls, but it is likely that we will also double-cast all principal roles and three to five extras who will help establish group scenes. Double-casting helps our young actors accommodate a very busy rehearsal and

performance calendar. Five adults are needed in the production as well.” Preregistration is required to audition and all the specific audition details can be received by sending an email request to If e-mail is not an option, those interested can call or visit the box office during regular hours on Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. 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 Theatre box office at 715-483-3387. - submitted

Thank you to all who made the Indian Creek Mud Bog/Mark Pettis Jr. benefit a success. Thank you to all who visited, volunteered & participated in any way, it was greatly appreciated. We would also like to thank you for all the love & support that was received during Jr.’s hospital stay.

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Women working together to hold kickoff dinner GRANTSBURG - The Grantsburg Women Working Together will kick off their new year with a dinner at Crex Education Center at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21. Jim Hoefler will present a Crex histor-


ical program. The mission of GWWT is “To make a difference in our community by serving together.” For reservations or more information call Janet Oachs at 715488-2527. All area women are invited to attend. – submitted

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

$80 entry fee includes 2 days of golf and dinner 2-day 36-hole individual stroke play w/cart Dinner & awards ceremony following golf on Sunday at Kris’ Pheasant Inn $3,000 added money to prize pool 5 flights include 3 men’s, seniors and women’s

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2009 Badger Boys and Girls

Reporting on their week at Badger Boys State and Badger Girls State where government and politics are put in practice, Amery American Legion Adjutant Walt Boerum and Vice Commander Doug Gunderson recognize Josh Beebe, Kelly O’Brien, and Kim Zmuda. All juniors, they were grateful for the opportunity to experience association with other students from across Wisconsin. All want to return as counselors next year. LEFT - David Appel is recognized. – Photos submitted

Class of Frederic 1954 The Frederic class of 1954 gathered at Madden’s Steakhouse in Siren on Aug. 20, 2009. Shown are: Back row (L to R): Bruce Tromberg, Curtis Fleming, Carol Young Howard, Gene Shefland, Paul Amundson, Marlette Olson Jensen, Marlys Fulkerson Spencer and Marlene Hill Leiffring. Middle row: Harlan Funk, Alan Sjoberg, Lena Rundblade LaValle, LaVonne Mork Boyer, Muriel Vangsgard Anderson, Annette Borup Hanson and Maxine Mottnolby. Front row: Selma Peterson Christiansen, Mary Anne Hunnicutt Fransden, Joanne Johnson McClay, Barbara Taylor Kurtz, Doris Ann Chapman Woodbridge, Patricia West Bergman, Martha Berglind Nwaobia and Patricia LaBranthop. – Photo submitted


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

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Shell Lake and Siren Clinic is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Rick Seabul to its medical staff. A native of Oshkosh, Dr. Seabul rereceived his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1997. He interned at St. Mary’s and St. Luke’s Medical Center in Racine. Dr .Seabul served patients at the Lower Brule PHS IHS Clinic in South Dakota for 6 years then returned to Medford, Wisconsin, where he provided directpatient care as well as emergency-room coverage in area hospitals. Dr. Seabul enjoys the variety of patients that family practice includes, but has a special interest in treating pediatric and diabetic patients. When not caring for patients, he enjoys swimming, rollerblading, ice skating and collecting antiques. Dr. Seabul joins Shell Lake physicians Allan Haesemeyer and Jeffrey Dunham, as well as physician assistants Jamie Lea Bell and Michael Breitenfeld, and nurse practitioner Eydie Farrow. 494083 1-6r,L

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CHURCH NEWS Rwandan update at First Baptist Church TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. - Gary and Barbara Bennett will be sharing about their life and work in Rwanda at the 10:15 a.m. service this Sunday, Sept. 20, at the First Baptist Church in Taylors Falls. Gary has lived and worked in Rwanda for over 25 years, was evacuated during the 1994 genocide, and returned shortly after it. The Bennetts are on home assignment after a three-year term in Rwanda. The public is invited to come and hear about their work. First Baptist Church is located at 661 West Street in Taylors Falls (directly across from the elementary school). Everyone welcome. - submitted

News from Bone Lake Lutheran Church LUCK – Rally Sunday was Sept. 13 at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, rural Luck. The whole congregation gathered for games, worship and potluck to kick off the new fall worship schedule. All are welcome at Bone Lake. Sunday school for ages pre-K – adult starts at 9 a.m., coffee time is at 10 a.m., followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion is served on the first and third Sundays of each month. The church is located at 1101 255th Ave., Luck (five miles east of Luck on Hwy. 48 and south on I one-half mile.) For further information please call 715-472-2535. - submitted

Taylors Falls Christian Women to meet at St. Croix Falls

Clam Falls Lutheran Church

HARVEST SUPPER Saturday, Sept. 19, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Freewill Offering

TURKEY DINNER WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS Outside Buffet Line Takeouts Service Family-Style Downstairs

Pastor Mary Ann Bowman, Bone Lake Lutheran, challenges the confirmation youth and some unsuspecting adults to play “Are You Smarter Than a Confirmation Student?” during her children’s sermon on Rally Sunday.

SWISS STEAK DINNER Friday, September 25 4:30 - 7 p.m.

St. Luke’s Methodist Church Frederic, Wisconsin

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Kids of all ages try their skills at relay games during Rally Sunday at Bone Lake Lutheran. – Photos submitted

RUBY’S PANTRY FOOD DISTRIBUTION Thursday, September 24 5 p.m. 24534 State Rd. 35/70 North of Siren

Anyone who gets hungry qualifies. Register 30 minutes before distribution. $15 Cash Donation Bring your own baskets, boxes or carts.

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LUNCH Italian dunkers, marinara sauce, winter mix OR tuna salad.



LUNCH Chicken patty, smile fries OR buffalo chicken salad.

LUNCH Cheeseburger, fries OR chicken taco salad.

LUNCH Chicken a la king, biscuit, green beans OR ham salad.

BREAKFAST Omelet/sausage. LUNCH BBQ pork sandwich, potato salad OR Oriental salad.


LUNCH Sloppy joe, oven smiles, baked beans, mixed fruit, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Hot ham & cheese wrap, buttered noodles, fresh veggies, dip, sliced pears, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Nachos, baked rice, corn, vanilla or chocolate pudding, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Spaghetti, meat sauce, mozzarella cheese, garlic toast, green beans, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Chicken burger, bun, potato wedges, peas, applesauce, apples, oranges, bread basket.


BREAKFAST Cereal/waffles. LUNCH Meatballs and gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hot dog, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/muffin. LUNCH Corn dog, corn bread, baked beans, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hamburger, 7-12.

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

BREAKFAST Cereal/long john. LUNCH Baked-potato bar, ham/cheese/sour cream, broccoli with cheese, fruit sauce. Alt.: Chicken nuggets, ALL.

BREAKFAST Cereal/cinnamon roll. LUNCH Taco salad, tortilla chips, green beans, fresh fruit. Alt.: Chicken patty, 7-12.


BREAKFAST Assorted cereal, toast served with peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH Tacos (hard or soft shell), shredded lettuce, refried beans, Mexican rice, warm cinnamon apple slices. Alt.: Fajita/bacon wrap.

BREAKFAST French-toast sticks, juice and milk. LUNCH Chicken patty, oven potatoes, coleslaw, green beans, tropical fruit. Alt.: French dip.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal, toast served with peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH Tater-tot hotdish, Tostitos, shredded lettuce, peaches. Alt.: Diced ham/ cheese wrap.

BREAKFAST Cinnamon tastry, juice and milk. LUNCH Fish, macaroni & cheese, veggies, peas, applesauce. Alt.: Stromboli.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal, toast served with peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH Pizza dippers, rice, corn, carrots, celery, pineapple tidbits. Alt.: Cook’s choice.

BREAKFAST Apple-cinnamon bakes. LUNCH California burger/bun, potato salad, green beans, applesauce. Alt.: Chicken patty/bun.

BREAKFAST Cheese omelet, potatoes, 1 slice of toast. LUNCH Taco salad, lettuce & fixings, peas, pineapple, cinnamon rolls.

BREAKFAST Pancakes and sausage. LUNCH Pizza dippers, marinara sauce, lettuce salad, steamed corn, fruit-juice bar. Alt.: Ham croissant.

BREAKFAST Blueberry muffin, yogurt cup. LUNCH Chicken stir fry, steamed rice, carrots, pears. Alt.: Hamburger.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Cheese Mini corndogs dogs,w/toppings, tater tots, baked chips, applesauce beans, cinnamon peaches. Alt.: Chickenbaked Alfrebeans. Alt.: Veggie beef barley, turdo over noodles. key sandwich.

BREAKFAST French toast. LUNCH Spaghetti hotdish, garlic toast and green beans.

BREAKFAST Omelet and sausage. LUNCH Chicken patty and broccoli/cauliflower/cheese.

BREAKFAST Bagels, cream cheese. LUNCH Breaded pork chops, potatoes, gravy and mixed vegetables.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Sub sandwich, cottage cheese and chips.

LUNCH Hamburger hotdish, garden salad, pineapple.

LUNCH Hot ham and cheese, bun, Monacoblend green beans OR chicken barley soup with veggies, PBJ, applesauce, peaches.

LUNCH Fish burger with cheese, bun, sliced potatoes OR meat loaf, mashed potatoes, corn, fruit cocktail, pears.

LUNCH Taco salad, lettuce, tomatoes, chips, mixed fruit, pineapple.

Hot pocket.

Each building will have their own breakfast menu.






Combo bar.

Long johns.


LUNCH Pizza, corn and tuna salad.

EARLY RELEASE LUNCH Cheeseburger, bun, fresh veggies, fresh fruit.

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ST. CROIX FALLS - Monday, Sept. 21, the Taylors Falls Christian Women will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Croix Falls Senior Center for lunch. Music will be by Lisa Weaver. The special feature will be “Skin and Color Makeover,” by Dena Worman. The speaker will be Lou Garner speaking on “A New Me.” The cost will be $8 inclusive and reservations are necessary and can be had by calling Dory at 651-583-2627 or Velda at 715-857-5573. - submitted


CHURCH NEWS Intellectual stimulation has good effect on kids’ brains Q: What causes a child to be a “slow learner” - one who just doesn’t learn like other children in the classroom? DR. DOBSON: There are many hereditary, environmental, and physical factors which contribute to one’s intellect, and it is difficult to isolate the particular influences. For many children who have difficulty in school, we will never know precisely why their ability to learn is limited. Let me tell you what is now known about intellectual development that may explain some — but not all – cases of learning deficits. Accumulating evidence seems to indicate that some children who are slow learners and even those who have borderline retardation may not have received proper intellectual stimulation in their very early years. There appears to be a critical period during the first three to four years when the potential for intellectual growth must be seized. There are structural changes in the brain that must be activated during this brief window. If the opportunity is missed, the child may never reach his capacity. Children who grow up in deprived circumstances are more likely to be slow learners. They may not have heard adult language regularly. They have not been provided with interesting books and puzzles to occupy their sensory apparatus. They have not been taken to the zoo, the airport or other exciting places. They have not received daily training and guidance from adults. This lack of stimulation may inhibit the brain from developing properly. The effect of early stimulation on living brains has

been studied in several fascinating animal experiments. In one study, researchers divided littermate rats into two identical groups. The first was given maximum stimulation during the first few months of life. These rats were kept in well-lit cages, surrounded by interesting paddle wheels and other toys. They were handled regularly and allowed to explore outside their cages. They were subjected to learning experiences and then rewarded for remembering. The second group lived the opposite kind of existence. These rats crouched in dimly lit, drab, uninteresting cages. They were not handled or stimulated in any way and were not permitted outside their cages. Both groups were fed identical food. At 105 days of age, all the rats were sacrificed to permit examination of their neurological apparatus. The researchers were surprised to find that the high-stimulation rats had brains that differed in several important ways: (1) the cortex (the thinking part of the brain) was thicker and wider; (2) the blood supply was much more abundant; (3) the neurochemicals necessary for learning were more sophisticated. The researchers concluded that the stimulation experienced during the first group’s early lives had resulted in more advanced and complex brains. It is always risky to apply conclusions from animal research directly to humans, but the same kinds of changes probably occur in the brains of highly stimu-

Dr. James

Dobson Focus on the Family

AWANA began Sept 16 at Webster Baptist

lated children. If parents want their children to be capable, they should begin by talking to them at length while they are still babies. Interesting mobiles and winking-blinking toys should be arranged around the crib. From then on through the toddler years, learning activities should be programmed regularly. Of course, parents must understand the difference between stimulation and pressure. Providing books for a 3-year-old is stimulating. Ridiculing and threatening him because he can’t read them is pressuring. Imposing unreachable expectations can have a damaging effect on children. If early stimulation is as important as it now appears, then the lack thereof may be a leading cause of learning impairment among schoolchildren. It is imperative that parents take the time to invest their resources in their children. The necessity for providing rich, edifying experiences for young children has never been so obvious as it is today. ••• Dr. Dobson is founder and chairman emeritus of the nonprofit organization Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80995 ( Questions and answers are excerpted from “Complete Marriage and Family Home Reference Guide” and “Bringing Up Boys,” both published by Tyndale House. COPYRIGHT 2009 JAMES DOBSON INC., DISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo. 64106; 816-581-7500.

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Church to host Swiss steak dinner

In Memory of My Husband,

Vernon Haaf

WEBSTER - Boys and girls age 3 (as of Sept. 1) to grade six are invited to Awana which began Wednesday, Sept. 16, at First Baptist Church of Webster. This fun-filled program with spirited games, handbook, songs, and inspirational stories meets from 6:30 - 8 p.m. each Wednesday evening. Interested parents may call 715-866-4111 for more information. - submitted

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FREDERIC - St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Frederic will hold its annual Swiss steak dinner on Friday, Sept. 25, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The menu includes swiss steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, squash, beans, cole slaw, tomatoes, rolls, pie and beverage. Cost is $8.50 for adults and $5 for children. with submitted information

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

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CHURCH NEWS Jars of clay

A small hive of bees built a nest high in a cedar tree in my front yard, but some critter knocked it down one night. Chunks of the nest lay on the ground the next morning, with only a few displaced survivors hovering around for awhile. There isn’t much to a bee’s nest— some honey combs inside a lightweight, fragile shell. But to the bee colony, their nest is a treasure because it holds their only source of energy—honey. Perspectives We could compare our physical bodies to that of the beehive. We’re held together with a fragile frame with our sweetness hidden inside. Sometimes our sweetness oozes out in the form of smiles and acts of kindness. Other times it’s well hidden by the negative emotions we carry. Those of us who are followers of Christ carry even more sweetness inside—the very presence of Christ, himself. That’s where our real value lies. When we accept him into our lives, he takes residence in our fragile shell of a body. But if we are to be of any value in his kingdom, we first must spiritually die to self. “We are the clay, and you our potter; and … we are the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8) We are mere jars of clay, meant to be broken so our sweetness can be spilled out to others like the honey in its comb. Paul says “we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7). He continues by explaining that as Christians, humble and ready to be molded by our potter, we can expect to be afflicted and persecuted and put to the test for our faith. But we need to focus on Jesus rather than on our circumstances. “We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18) Christianity is not for wimps, my pastor said recently. Paul proves that point in his epistles. He and millions of other believers were—and are—ready to face death for the sake of their savior who is the greatest treasure of all. We are merely his jars of clay, hopefully ready to be molded into his image. Lord, though our physical house is as fragile as a beehive, we thank you for offering us eternal life—the greatest treasure of all—through the sacrificial death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus. (Mrs. Bair may be reached at

Sally Bair Eternal

Unworthy We deserve nothing; he gives us everything. The reason Jesus came into this world was to make possible, through the sacrifice of himself, what he depicted in dramatic fashion in the parable of the prodigal son. This poignant and beloved story reveals God’s desire for lost souls to return to him, and the gracious welcome he gives to all who humble themselves, turn from their sin and submit to his will through faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of mankind. In this simple but moving tale of restoration, Jesus captures the profoundly important truth that is at the very heart of the gospel: we are saved by grace. Having run away and sinfully squandered his portion of his father’s inheritance; the wayward son in desperation determines to return home. But he realizes he has no grounds to reclaim his place as a privileged son in his father’s house. He resolves to make this plea: “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants” (Luke 15:18). Gone is all sense of entitlement. All he can do is beg forgiveness and hope for mercy. What a contrast to his departure. The son left home proud and self-absorbed; he returns broken and humbled. He left with everything and returns with nothing. Like the now-penitent son, we must come to God with a recognition of our own unworthiness. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). But realizing we have sinned is not enough: we must understand that our sin brings the wrath of a Holy God upon us, and that we are undone and undeserving of anything but condemnation. Though obedience to God is absolutely essential to salvation (Heb. 5:9; Mat. 7:21), our good works cannot atone for our sin. To escape his wrath and enjoy fellowship with him, we need his grace: “By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph. 2:8-9). That grace is extended in the offering of God’s Son for our sins, who left heaven and became a man that he “by the grace of God might taste of death for everyone” (Heb. 2:9). It is received through obedient faith (…we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith … Romans 1:5; You see then that a man is

justified by works, and not by faith only. James 2:24)—a faith that compels us to “arise and go” to the Father in his appointed way (…what shall we do? Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; Acts 2:37-38). The extent to which God’s grace blesses those who come to him is seen in the gracious welcome given the prodigal son by his father. He “had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him” (15:20). The father arPreacher’s rayed him in fine apparel and provided a feast. As we noted previously in this series, not only does our Heavenly Father receive us when we return to him, but he rejoices in bestowing upon us all the privileges of sonship. Here the parable departs from typical human experience. We might find relief in the return of a defiant child, and even rejoice in receiving him home again. But who would honor a once rebellious son or daughter as this father did—with the ring, the robe, the fatted calf and the feast with friends? Though we have disgraced and despised him, when we come to God he freely bestows upon us through Christ—unworthy as we are—an abundant life now and the promise of a glorious heavenly inheritance. Such grace staggers the mind. “Father, I have sinned before you...I am no longer worthy.” We deserve nothing; he gives us everything. Amazing grace, indeed. (Written by Tyler Young) If readers have questions you would like answered in this weekly column or simply wish to know more about the church of Christ, we would like to invite you to call 715-866-7157, visit our Web site ( 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. We also meet Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Office hours are Tuesdays through Fridays 9 a.m. - noon.

Garret Derouin




With Warm Thanks

The family of Juanita Bentley Olson would like to thank all of you who helper her and us at the time of her passing. Our most heartfelt thank-you goes to the Nursing and Support Staff of Burnett Medical Center - Continuing Care where she made her home for the past 8 years. Through all her ups and downs over those years, you have her care and kindness and made her life as good as it could be. Many of you treated her as your friend, mom or grandma, and she knew she was loved. Thank you to Jan, Kathy & Shannon of Regional Hospice for making her final days comfortable for her. To Pastor Steve Ward goes our deepest thanks for the wonderful and personal “Celebration of Life” you gave Mom and her family. It meant more to us than you’ll ever know and God will be proud! Thank you to our family and friends for the expressions of comfort extended to us in floral gifts, food to our home and gifts of service. Special thanks to Faith Johnson and Marlys Murphy for serving lunch, Fran McBroom, Pat Taylor and Pastor Steve Ward for gifts of music, and pallbearers Dale Bentley, Dwaine Bentley, Merle Root, Dennis Hebert, Larry Whitesides and Frank Baker. To Pat and Stacy Taylor of Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home goes our “thank-you” for service that was so professional and compassionate. To all of you who were with us for Mom’s service of there in prayer, we want you to know it meant so much to each of us.

With love and gratitude, JUANITA’S “KIDS” Connie (Larry) Whitesides Sheryl (Dennis) Hebert Curt Clay Ginger (Frank) Baker And Families

2nd OPEN HOUSE If you missed the first one, please join us on:

Sat., September 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cremations Done Locally Stop in and see the new facility Visit our Web site for preplanning and additional information. Full selection of urns on display.

Cremation Specialists:

Bruce Rowe, Ray Rowe and Bruce Everts For Assistance or Information Call: 715-825-5550 Or 715-566-1556

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CHURCH NEWS Danbury United Methodist Church celebrates 90th anniversary

The worshipers paused for a group photo after the service. – Photos submitted

OBITUARIES Lois Petersen

there is sand; however, this little church stands today, as a testimony that it was truly built on the rock of the Scriptures and faith. “Its people are here, and it will be here for a long time to come,” Glocke concluded. Following the service, everyone in attendance stood on the building’s front steps for a picture and moved to the church fellowship rooms for dinner and reminiscing. - submitted

The joint choir of Danbury and Webster-Grace UMC.

Lois Petersen, 63, Luck, died peacefully at home Sept. 5, 2009, with her family by her side. Lois was born Dec. 1, 1945, to Wesley and Mabel Jackson of rural Luck. She attended Oak Hill Elementary School and was baptized and confirmed at Laketown Lutheran Church, where she remained a lifetime member. Lois graduated from Luck High School in 1963. She began her working career at Production Credit Association of Luck where she was employed for 25 years. Lois went on to work for local businesses including Luck Telephone, New York Life, Jensen Furniture and Maxwell Heating. She later received her insurance certification and spent a number of years as office administrator for Luck Mutual Insurance. Lois married her high school sweetheart, David Petersen, on Aug. 20, 1965. They owned and operated the Gambles Store in Luck for many years. Lois and Dave always made their home in the Luck area. The majority of their married years were spent on 60 acres of land in Laketown, where they cleared land and built their home. Together they enjoyed maintaining the property.


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To this marriage of 44 years were born children, Kari and Shaun. In her service to the Lord, Lois dedicated much of her time and shared her gifts with the Laketown Lutheran Church. She served in a number of capacities including WELCA leadership roles, church organist for 45 years, mentoring and leading by example. Lois is survived by her husband, Dave; daughter, Kari (Ben) of Stillwater, Minn., and their children, Soren and Skylar; son, Shaun (Lisa) and their children Jaden, Xander and Payton of Cushing; sisters, Joanna Lizbeth of Marion, Iowa and Joyce (Roger) Spofford of Luck; brother-in-law, Darryl Wikstrom; and sisters-in-law, Anne Jackson, Betty Johnson, Janice Bystrom and Karen Petersen. Lois is further survived by numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives and many lifelong friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Loueen Wikstrom; brother, Myron Jackson; and nephew, Brian Jackson. The St. Croix Valley Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

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Our Mom was a woman of 29 lives, Each year she’d falter, yet each time she’d thrive. She always lived her life out loud, We called her “unique,” She stood out in a crowd! Life was never easy for Mom, but she lived and she laughed, She really was the “Bomb!” Even when life to her was not fair, She’d shrug, lift an eyebrow, say “whatever!” And yes, sometimes swear! Lord, here comes the woman with 29 lives. Throw open the gates, Our Mom has arrived!

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DANBURY – More than 100 worshipers from Danbury and surrounding communities gathered for a 90th anniversary service of Danbury United Methodist Church on Sunday, Sept. 13, in Danbury. For the occasion, Grace United Methodist Church of Webster and Danbury UMC held the joint worship service and the anthem was sung by a choir of members from both churches. Special guests included two former pastors, the Rev. Richard Alger and Andrea Smithback; the congregation’s oldest member, Beatrice Olson; and Ed Zillmer, who has been a member at Danbury for more than 70 years. Childhood member Stanley Atkinson, Minneapolis, joined other former members and friends for the celebration. In her sermon for the day, Little Church in the Woods, Pastor Cindy Glocke described a small church in Danbury, from its inception as an interdenominational missionary post prior to 1919, across 90 years of some difficult times. In the beginning, a railroad car was sent to Danbury weekly for the purpose of holding worship service and Sunday school. As the community of Danbury itself developed, the group met for church in a number of public buildings. The church cornerstone was laid in 1916 on land donated by the Soo Line Railroad. Building was started, and suspended during World War I. Organized as a Methodist Episcopal Church in 1919, the congregation dedicated its newly completed building that year. In 1968 the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist churches joined to become the United Methodist Church. At the time of this merger, Danbury UMC and Grace UMC were officially joined as “one charge,” served by one minister. The two churches enjoy a close connection of shared ministry and fellowship. Using text from Matthew 7, Glocke emphasized that it is not always possible to build on rock—in Burnett County,

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Betty A. Rand

Cynthia Jean (Haley) Larson

Arlyce Jewell

Betty A. Rand, 74, a resident of Webster, died Sept. 4, 2009, at Spooner Health System. Betty was born Feb. 9, 1935, in White Earth, Minn., to Frank and Pearl Bellcour. Betty had a degree in education and taught in the last one-room schoolhouse in Minnesota. She also worked for Upper Midwest American Indian Center in Minneapolis for a number of years and for the St. Croix Tribal Education Department for several years. She traveled a lot during those years doing seminars to educate and learn more about the Native American heritage. Betty was known to have itchy feet. She loved to travel and lived in a number of states over the years. She enjoyed casino hopping and working on her memoirs. She was known for her sloppy joes and was always able to make her grandchildren smile. She was truly loved by everyone who knew her. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Melvin; son, Thomas; sisters, Margaret and Dorothy; and brother, Allan. She is survived by and will be sadly missed by her son, Kevin; daughter, Sharon; grandchildren, Cory, Christina, Jessica and Nichole; great-grandchildren, Devin, Ariah, Mersadie, Nathan, Caleb and Rowan; her brothers, Frank and Richard; along with other relatives and many friends. Memorial services were held Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home with Father Michael Tupa officiating. Interment will be held at a later date at the White Earth Cemetery in White Earth, Minn. Honorary pallbearers were Cory Rand, Russell Allen, Frank Bellcour, Kevin Rand, Richard Bellcour, Christina Allen, Jessica Jones and Nichole Jones. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Homes, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Cynthia Jean (Haley) Larson, 62, died peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at her home in Clayton. She was born on Nov. 6, 1946, in Rice Lake, to Elvin and Rosella Haley. She was married to Bruce Springsteen and resided in South Carolina, where two sons were born. On Aug. 4, 2001, she married Gaynor Larson. Cindy resided in Clayton with her husband, Gaynor. She enjoyed many hobbies including crafting, beadwork, fishing and listening to Elvis Presley. Many people may have fond memories of Cindy at Haley’s Comet. Cindy was employed at GSDI in Amery for many years. She was a member of the Almena VFW Post 8512 Auxillary. Cindy is survived by her husband, Gaynor, of Clayton; her sons, Jeffrey and Wayne of California; stepchildren, Tammy (Tracy) Zmuda, Kenny (Stacy) Larson, Heather (Billy) Thayer and Jamie (Steph) Larson. She is also survived by her mother, Rosella Haley Johnson; stepdad, Herbert Johnson; brothers, Gary Haley and Mark (Dottie) Haley; sisters, Sandra Haley, Debra Lauritsen and Pamela Haley; and grandma Agnes Groehler. She also leaves behind many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Elvin Haley; grandfather, Herman Groehler; and brother, Elvin Haley Jr.; stepdaughter, Tracy Larson; and grandson, Kaden Zmuda. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 12, at Parkview United Methodist Church in Turtle Lake, with the Rev. Irving Case presiding. Music was provided by organist Eunice Swenson and soloists Travis and Scott Haley. A private family interment will be held at a later date. The Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery was entrusted with arrangements.

Arlyce Jewell, 76, died Sept. 12, 2009. She was born Arlyce Elaine Vold on March 15, 1933, near Range, to Grant and Frances Vold, the oldest of five children. She graduated from Balsam Lake High School and got a job at the Luck Bank, where she would work for nearly 13 years. After high school, Arlyce lived with Merle and Marge Hansen, who had studied the Bible with her. She was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1952. Arlyce met William Jewell when she was 23 years old. They were married Oct. 5, 1957, in Luck. Their first child, Brian, was born two years later, followed by daughters Lori and Kimberly. Arlyce and Bill took in her younger sister after her father died to help care for her. She was known for helping and caring for many older ones in the community, and as her own mother grew elderly she lovingly cared for her as well. Her grandchildren remember her fondly for all the games she would play with them when they were young. Throughout her adult life Arlyce joyfully volunteered her time to help others learn about the Bible. Arlyce loved to fish and could often be found on the lake, summer or winter. She shared her favorite pasttime with her nieces, nephews and grandchildren, as well as many friends. As a result, she was also known for hosting large fish fries. Arlyce is survived by children, Brian Jewell, Lori (Mark) Erickson and Kim (Dan) Johnson; her grandchildren, Phillip, Dustin, Brittany, Holly, Heidi, Jacob, Abigail and India; her great-grandchildren: Emmery and Ella; her sisters, Caroline Hemmel and Linda Sells; a large extended family, including many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews; and the Hansen family. Arlyce was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Kingdom Hall in Milltown with Rick Ness officiating. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes and Crematory of Webster was entrusted with arrangements.

Rosemary H. Goodrie Rosemary H. Goodrie, 91, Frederic died Sept. 8, 2009, at St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Rosemary was born July 14, 1918, in Webster to Chlorn and Mary Wood. Rosemary married Sylvester on July 6, 1955. They resided in Minneapolis, Minn., until retiring in 1975 when they moved to Frederic. Rosemary loved living in the country and loved cats. Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents; husband Sylvester on Aug. 21, 1983; and her two brothers, Lyle and Glen Wood. Rosemary is survived by her stepsons, Jim, Gerald and Dennis Goodrie; sister-in-law, Verna Wood; niece, Nancy Boucher; nephew, Dale Wood; along with other relatives and friends. Graveside services were held Thursday, Sept. 10, at Oak Grove Cemetery with Father Michael Tupa officiating. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes and Crematory of Webster was entrusted with arrangements. Rosemary H. Goodrie, 91, Frederic died Sept. 8, 2009,

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Juanita E. (Bentley) Olson Juanita E. (Bentley) Olson, 79, a resident of Grantsburg, died Sept. 2, 2009, at Burnett Medical Center Continuing Care Center. Juanita was born on Oct. 25, 1929, in Sand Springs, Okla., to Benjamin and Mae Bentley. Juanita married her first husband on Nov. 17, 1947, in Pine City, Minn. They resided in the Spooner area when first married, moving to South Dakota in 1953. In 1968, Juanita married Richard Olson. In 1972, they retired to Pensacola, Fla., until moving to Frederic in 1989. They resided in Green Acres until 2001, when she moved into Burnett Medical Center Continuing Care Center. Juanita loved Christmas, playing Bingo, doing crossword puzzles and crocheting. She was baptized at the age of 73 by Pastor Steve Ward. Juanita was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard; brother, Russell; and son-in-law, John Gaylord. Juanita is survived by her children, Ginger (Frank) Baker of Grantsburg, Connie (Larry) Whitesides of Columbia, Mo., Sherryl (Dennis) Hebert of Mobile, Ala. and Curt Clay of Webster; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Audrey Dopp of Superior; brothers, Dale (Lorraine) Bentley of Circle Pines, Minn. and Dwaine (Marie) Bentley of Webster; along with other relatives and friends. Memorial services were held on Saturday, Sept. 5, at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes, Siren Chapel, with Pastor Steve Ward officiating. Music was provided by Pat Taylor and Fran McBroom. Interment followed at Mud Hen Lake/Lakeview Cemetery in Daniels Township. Honorary pallbearers were Dwaine Bentley, Dale Bentley, Merle Root, Frank Baker, Dennis Hebert and Larry Whitesides. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes and Crematory of Webster was entrusted with arrangements.

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Darrell James (Jim) Karl Darrell James (Jim) Karl, 65, a resident of Shell Lake and formerly of Lewis died Sept. 8, 2009, at Indianhead Medical Center. Jim was born on June 21, 1944, in Frederic to Earl and Marlys (Bernie) Karl. He grew up in Frederic, graduating from Frederic High School. Jim graduated from the UW-River Falls. He worked for Cargill, McKenzie Hague & Gillis and T. Iverson where he was a designing superintendent of grain elevators for over 30 years. He retired but continued to stay active. He helped his dad build the E.C. Hideout in Lewis. He later was owner/operator of Lewis Live, which he ran for nine years. Jim was an active member of the Masonic Lodge. He was past member of the Frederic Lodge and present member of the Shell Lake Lodge where he was a worship master for two years. He was a gun collector, a known “story teller,” and was also known as the “Pool God” for his love of the game. He enjoyed reading, dancing and watching the Packers, the Brewers, and the Badgers. Jim was preceded in death by his father, Earl; and brother, Jay. Jim is survived by his mother, Bernie of Siren; wife, Connie Graf of Shell Lake; children, Angie Gibbs of Eau Claire, Aarol Karl of Luck, Andrew Karl of Iliamna, Alaska, Ashley Karl of Madison, Laura Graf of Grantsburg, Larry Graf of Alamogordo, N.M.; grandchildren, Kayla, Hannah, Drew, Emma, Logan, Chance, McKenna and Alexus; brother, Bud (Shelley) Karl of Cushing; two nieces; other relatives and a number of friends. Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 11, at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Siren Chapel, with Pastor Steve Ward officiating. Interment followed at the Lewis Cemetery in Clam Falls. Casket bearers were Joel Kurkowski, John Hesson, Bill Erickson, Bob Pearson, David Brandt, and Wayne Wisenkamp. Honorary casket bearers were Keith Faye, Mike Janke, Ray Kurkowski, Floyd Eichman, Joe Taylor, Dave Anderson, Richard Kettula, Chad Lessard, Stoney Marek, Bill Schinkle, Wayne Schultz and Kenny Johnson. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes and Crematory of Webster was entrusted with arrangements.

Gladys M. Powell Gladys M. Powell, 87, Queensbury, N.Y., formerly of Grantsburg, died Sept. 4, 2009, in New York. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. at Edling Funeral Home Grantsburg. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow the service at Riverside Cemetery in Grantsburg. Full obituary will be in a future edition. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.



Mary C. FitzSimmons

Alton E. Berg

Marty Jay Niles II

Mary C. FitzSimmons, 93, Wabasha, Minn., formerly of Marengo, Ill., died Sept. 1, 2009, surrounded by her loved ones at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. Mary was born on Aug. 26, 1916, in Reily Township, Ill., to Frank and Fannie Birkeneder. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Lawrence FitzSimmons. Mary is survived by her family, Larry Birkeneder, Jay Birkeneder, Jayson Birkeneder, Michelle (Jeffrey) Wallentine, Summer Birkeneder, Beck Birkeneder, Robert (Amanda) Birkeneder, Drew Sosa, Jordee Sosa, Jasper Birkeneder, Rose Wallentine, Triston Birkeneder and Trenton Birkender. Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 5, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Father Michael Tupa as celebrant. Music was provided by Kim Simon. Interment followed at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Webster. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Alton E. Berg, 91, of New Brighton, Minn., died Sept. 13, 2009. He is survived by wife, Edith (nee Soeffner), children, Brian (Sandra) and the Rev. Terry (Karen); grandchildren, Anna (Bill) Peterson, Eric (special friend Betty), the Rev. John (the Rev. Sarah), the Rev. David (Robyn) and Stephen; five great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Sue (David) Harer, Gary (Melody) Johnson and Nancy (David) Walters; seven step-grandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; brothers, Roland (Phyllis) and Leland (Ruth); and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, special friends and associates. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mamie (nee Moberg); former wife, Verna (nee Pearson); brother, Winton; and sisters-in-law, Florence and Agnes. After his service in the Army in WWII, Al began his career as a staff accountant for Tusler, Eng and Company in 1945 and retired as partner in the firm of Berg, Johnson and Bachynski in 1981 to become accountant and CFO for Plastic Products Co.; in Lindstrom. He remained active in the company until his death. He was a faithful disciple of Christ and an active member of Christ the King Lutheran Church. He served the church in many capacities, but his passion was finance and stewardship where he led by example. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Grandstrand Funeral Home and Friday, Sept. 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Brighton, Minn. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Al donated his famil’s homestead in Taylors Falls to the Good Samaritan Society to be used in developing an assisted living facility for the Taylors Falls and St. Croix Falls communities. Memorials suggested to the ministry of the Good Samaritan Society of St. Croix Valley or Christ the King Lutheran Church.

Clara Jen Burke, 89, a resident of the Deerfield Gables Care Center in New Richmond and formerly of rural Amery, died on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, at the Deerfield Gables Care Center in New Richmond. Jen was born on Sept. 15, 1919, in Gales Township, Redwood County, Minn., to Nels P. and Amelia (Webber) Jensen. She was married to Vernon L. Burke in 1942 in St. Paul, Minn. They made their home in rural Amery, where they owned and operated their dairy farm. Jen worked for many years as a registered nurse at the Amery Hospital and also provided private health care. She was very proud to say that she was a nurse by night and a farmer by day. She was also a very talented wood carver, she enjoyed visiting with family and friends and her Catholic background was a very important part of her life. Jen leaves to celebrate her memory, 13 nieces and nephews and other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Vernon L. Burke on Jan. 20, 2008, sisters, Elsie Tabor and Lucille Pahoski; and brothers, Roy and Ralph Jensen. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Sept. 11, at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake. Father John Drummy officiated. Audrey Ruck and Pam Garvey provided the music. Jen was laid to rest alongside her husband Vernon at the Shiloh Cemetery in Apple River Township following the Mass. Casketbearers were Lyle Burke, David Burke, Charles Cran and Timothy Tabor. Honorary casket bearers were Donald Olso, Merle Bergren, Arlyn Burke, Loren Burke, Richard Johnson and Dan Johnson. To express online condolences for the family please visit Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Marty Jay Niles II, Frederic, died quietly in the comfort of Grandma’s house on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009. He was 23 years old. Marty was born Oct. 22, 1985, in Frederic, to Marty and Kathy Niles. Two days later, he was taken by helicopter to St. Paul Ramsey Hospital (now Regions.) The following month and a half was spent between home and St. Paul Ramsey. Early December of 1985, Marty had exploratory surgery to find and fix an intestinal problem. At the age of 9 months, Marty again was rushed by ambulance to St. Paul Ramsey and diagnosed with a deadly meningococcal meningitis. After three to four weeks in the hospital, Marty came home. He started walking, and was “busy” and healthy ever since. Marty competed at everything with everyone. His biggest competition was his sister and his uncles. Being younger or smaller didn’t matter. He figured if they could do it, so could he! Due to this competitiveness, as he grew, physical things became easier for him. He practiced throwing and kicking any kind of ball and of course running daily and began to excel at them all. He attended Frederic schools, graduating from Frederic High School. His favorite class? Phy ed! School for him was to socialize and play ball. When he wasn’t practicing or playing ball, or helping coach, his favorite pastimes were shooting bow, hunting and fishing. After high school, Marty attended Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minn. He played football and baseball there while taking his general classes. His second year at VCC Marty worked at the bookstore and was hired to become a resident advisor. He would help first-year students, did security on rotating weekends, organized fun activities for the students and …. played baseball. The fall of 2006, Marty transferred to UW-Superior. He decided his major should be physical education. After his first year at UWS his summer was spent playing softball on the men’s league in Siren, working at North States Industries on third shift and was assistant coach for the Frederic Jr. High baseball team. In the fall, he practiced his pitching, hit the weight room and tried out for the UWS baseball team. He called home when he found out he had made the team. On April 13, 2008, Marty was airlifted to Regions Hospital. He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in an even rarer location. He competed with every medical problem that was thrown at him. Marty is survived by his parents, Marty (Kathy) Niles; sister, Jessica (fiancé, Robert Gongoll); grandparents, Richard (Bonnie) Alger, Nancy Alger, Darwin (Marilyn) Niles and Sharon Niles; aunts and uncles, Roberta (Kyle) Miller, Paul (Sheila) Alger, Bryan (Karen) Niles, Jeff (Becky) Niles, Dan (Suzie) Niles, Russ (Sonja) Niles, Tim Niles, Harmony (Bryce) Wittmayer and Nate (Kate) Panek; cousins, Hannah and Ben Miller, Nikki and Jason Rhodes, Suzanne Alger, Matthew Niles, Cory and Tori Niles, Mira Niles, Parker and Brooklyn Wittmayer and Zachary, Ethan and McKenna Panek. Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Frederic High School with Pastor Rich Hutchison and Richard Alger officiating. Interment followed at Maple Grove Cemetery, Frederic. Casketbearers were Jordan Hackett, Josh Chaplin, Johanna Schmidt, Alicia Johnson, Adam Memmer and Troy Schmidt. Honorary casket bearers were his uncles, Bryan, Jeff, Dan, Russ, Tim, Paul and Nater; friends, Jake Schmidt, Bill McKusick, Tasha Larson and Amy Funk; the Vermilion Ironmen baseball team; UW-Superior Yellow Jackets baseball team; Sundown softball team and the Siren Steelers baseball team. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes, Siren Chapel, was entrusted with arrangements.

Gary D. Holden

John R. Chamberlain

Gary D. Holden, 65, Milltown Township, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls. Gary was born Feb. 7, 1944, to Bertha and Chancy Holden in Cass Lake, Minn. He is survived by his wife, Mary; five children, David Holden, Heather (Mark) Collison, Raphael (Shannon) Holden, Stephen Holden and Bruce (Kara) Holden; 18 grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Jennifer (Mike) Selinsky, Lori Holden, Renee Stevens, Cindy Anderson, Fred Holden, Wes (Lori) Holden; nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, on Saturday, Sept. 19, at noon; visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown was entrusted with arrangements.

John R. Chamberlain, 79, a resident of Webster, died Sept. 6, 2009, at Burnett Medical Center Continuing Care Center. Private services were held. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes and Crematory of Webster was entrusted with arrangements.

Curtis R. Olson Curtis R. Olson, 46, Webster, died Sept. 9, 2009, at his home. Curtis was born on March 20, 1963, to Steven and Linda Olson. Curtis married Denise on June 15, 1996, in Sand Lake Township. He had been employed at the Webster Co-op and was known for his attention to detail when detailing cars on the side. He loved fishing and music. Curtis was preceded in death by his grandparents; his mother-in-law, Alvera Ennis and father-in-law, Paul Ennis. Curtis is survived by his parents, Steve and Linda Olson; wife, Denise; sons, Logan Olson and Kelsey Olson; stepsons, Ricky (Shelly) Chenal, Brian (Jessica) Chenal and Chris Chenal; brothers, Steve (Toni) Olson and Jerry (Jill) Olson; grandchildren, Taylor, Lilly, Madison, Noah and Piper; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Memorial services were held Monday, Sept. 14, at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home with Father Michael Tupa as celebrant. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Allen Leroy Pierce Allen Leroy Pierce, 77, of Sand Lake Township, rural Webster, died, Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at his home. He was born Dec. 2, 1931, in Sand Lake Township, to Laurence and Violet (Kuhnly) Pierce. Allen worked as a carpenter and had a great knack for making furniture as well full knowledge of construction. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1954, serving on the USS Coral Sea. He received The Good Conduct Medal and The National Defense Medal. In the past, Allen enjoyed going out fishing and loved to travel, but his main enjoyment was spending time in the woods and with nature, working outside. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of rural Webster; children, Richard (Lisa) of Russiaville, Ind., Sheila (Wally) Sjolander of Phoenix, Ariz., Larry, Michael and Laurie; two grandchildren, Karina Baymiller and Tanner Pierce; two sisters, Dorothy Taylor of Webster and Mary (Robert) Reese of Webster; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Stuart Pierce. A military interment ceremony was held Wednesday, Sept. 16, at The Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner. The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.

Earl Preston Sigler Earl Preston Sigler, 86, Webster, died Sept. 1, 2009, at Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg. He was born Dec. 4, 1922, in White Pigeon, Mich., to D. Dallas and Montez M. (Evans) Sigler. He is survived by daughters, Sandra O’Hare of Hayward and Dora Lee of Hibbing, Minn.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Lanny Sigler; brothers, Dallas Jr. and Forest Sigler; and sisters, Erma Yoder, Mildred Bowman, Helena Stutzman and Gladys Post. Memorial service pending.

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Alvin E. Lindstrom Alvin E. Lindstrom, 83, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at the Good Samaritan Center in St. Croix Falls. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eric and Lempi and sister, Joyce Rivers. He is survived by his wife, Jo; son, Mick; daughter, Randy; and grandchildren, Chris and Caitlin. Al donated his body to the Mayo Clinic. Services will be held at a later time. The St. Croix Valley Funeral Home and Polk County Cremation Society of St. Croix Falls was entrusted with arrangements.


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



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




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




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


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


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


Hwy. 35, 1/2 blk. N. Main St. Pastor John Clasen; Pastoral Serv. 349-5280 Sunday Worship - 9:15 a.m.


Pastor Mark Richardson, 715-755-2562 1947 110th Ave., Dresser Sunday Contemp. Serv. 8:15 a.m.; Heart Song (Gospel) Serv. 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Trad. Serv. 10:45 a.m.;

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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



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


113 W. Main St.. W., Phone 715-825-2453 Pastor Danny G. Wheeler 9 a.m. Prayer & Praise; 9:30 a.m. Sun. Schl.; 10:40 a.m. Worship Serv..


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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



LEWIS MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST Tom Cook, Pastor Worship 8:45 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10 a.m. Pastor Annie Tricker Sun. Wor. 11 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m. Potluck dinner 1st Sunday

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

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


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


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

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


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


Pastors Mike & Linda Rozumalski 1 mi. west of Luck on N, 2478 170th St., Luck Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Fellowship 9:45 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m.


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


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


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


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

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






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


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


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

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





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

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

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



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


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



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

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

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

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



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

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

CTH H, 1/2 mi. N. of CTH A & H on H Church Off. 715-635-7791 Roger Pittman, Pastor Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Worship Serv. 8 &10 a.m.; Sat. 7 p.m.; Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays



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





Pastor Scott Sagel, 715-689-2541 Sun. Schl. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Wor. 10:30 p.m.; Elevator provided, welcome


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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



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


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


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




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


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


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


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



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



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


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


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



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






Pastor Bruce Tanner, 715-268-2176 942 U.S. Hwy. 8, Amery Sun. Schl. 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible study 7 p.m. Pastor Greg Lund, 715-327-8767 700 Churchwood Lane; 505 Old CTH W Sun. Schl. - 9 a.m.; Morn. Worship - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided for all services BAPTIST


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


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


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


131 Broadway St., 715-268-2223; Pastor Charlie Butt, Lead Pastor Sunday Worship: 9 - 10:15 a.m. & 10:30 11:45 a.m.; Childrens church ages 3-4 Sun. Schl. for Pre-K to 5th; Sun. Schl. for Jr./Sr. high meet in teen center Nursery available


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


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


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


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


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

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



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


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



CENTERPOINT CHURCH “Come as you are”

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

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


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

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

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




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

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Brett Erickson has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in first grade and the son of Lonnie and Jeanene Erickson. Brett likes tractors, four-wheelers, his dog and spending time with his family. At school he likes reading and playing in phy ed. When he grows up, he would like to be a farmer. Brett always has a smile on his face, likes to help others and is a great classroom citizen.

Hannah Daeffler has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Brian and Conny Daeffler. Hannah is a good, conscientious student who is polite, respectful and positive. Hannah is involved in basketball, volleyball and the Frederic dance line. She enjoys singing, dancing, hanging out with friends, sports and talking. She plans on attending college for music or medical in the future.

Adam Chenal as been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. He is a freshman and the son of Brenda and Dave Chenal. Adam is a strong academic student with excellent work ethic. He is very polite, extremely respectful and considerate. Adam is involved in football, basketball and track. He enjoys skiing, swimming, exploring, listening to music and hanging out with friends. Adam would like to become a lawyer.

Samantha Griffith has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Sue and Todd Griffith. Samantha is a great team player, she listens well to others and encourages them to do their best. She enjoys all her classes, but especially language arts and social studies.



Nathan Bifulk has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in third grade and the son of Matt and Kate Bifulk. Nate likes football, reading and riding on dirt bikes. He likes to play fair and his favorite food is pizza. Nate is looking forward to learning how to write in cursive. He is an enthusiastic learner.

Matthew LaMirande has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. He is in fifth grade and the son of Gary and Cindy LaMirande. Matthew is a good student who is very conscientious. He enjoys math and is involved in soccer and basketball. Matthew’s hobbies are table tennis, Pokeman games and playing Wii. He has one brother, Trevor.

Taylor Horsager as been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Dan and Susan Tolan. Taylor is an excellent leader both in and outside of the classroom. He always seems ready to learn and enjoys learning new concepts and ideas. Taylor is involved in drama, forensics, football, baseball and works at Paradise Landing. He enjoys fishing, swimming, surfing, hunting, drawing, weight lifting and playing guitar. He will attend SDSU for international business.

Abbie Otlo has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade. Abbie has a cheerful disposition, positive attitude and great work ethic. She’s a stellar student and works well with others. Abbie is involved in band, volleyball, softball, dance and is a search and rescue volunteer who helps train dogs. She enjoys playing with all her animals, sports and taking pictures. The greatest influence in her life is her sister, Shannon.

John D’Jock has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of David and Sharon D’Jock. John has a great positive attitude. One of his goals for this year is to make the A honor roll. His favorite color is blue and his favorite subjects are math and science. John's future plans include going to college and getting a job.

Kendra Jones has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. She is the daughter of Christine Hagert and Clinton Jones. Kendra is a good student with a good sense of humor. She cares about people and is responsible. Kendra is involved in track and basketball and works part time outside of school. She enjoys spending time with family and surfing. She plans on attending college for business or accounting.

Rachel Sperry has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in fourth grade. Rachel is new to the district, coming from St. Francis. She always has a smile on her face and has adjusted very well to her new class. Rachel is a wonderful addition to the school.


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Jessica Larcom has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. She is junior. Jessica is involved in volleyball, softball and SOS. She enjoys anything active, such as biking, hiking, shooting, hoops and running. Jessica’s hobbies are being outside, chilling, eating malts at Wayne’s and card games.



Michael Staples has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade, returning to Siren after being in another district since second grade. Michael’s off to a great start, fitting in very well to the routine and getting reacquainted with friends. He is a very attentive, respectful and responsible student.

Steve Labatt has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. He is the son of Mary Labatt. Steve has shown an uncommon dedication to the pursuit of his goal to become an accountant. He is involved in WSFLG, hockey and soccer. Steve works at MarketPlace Foods and volunteers at Trout Lake Bible Camp. He enjoys roller-blading, biking, hunting, fishing and hanging out with friends. Steve plans on majoring in criminal justice and accounting.

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Brynn Thier as been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in first grade and the daughter of Jonathan and Nicollette McLendon. Brynn is a very strong student in all academic areas. She is a very hard worker and always has a great attitude. She is a very caring friend and a wonderful helper.

Matt Picton as been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Julie Vanasse. Matt is active in SkillsUSA and FFA. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and drawing. Matt hopes to become a wildlife biologist. He feels that he gets along with people well and his teachers say that he studies hard to do well in class.



THURS.-SAT./17-19 Amery

• Amery Fall Festival, www.amerywisconsin .org.

St. Croix Falls

• “The Wind in the Willows” at Festival Theatre. 7:30 p.m., 715-483-3387,

Coming events

St. Croix Falls

• Cedar Lake 500 cards 7 p.m. at the senior center, 715-483-1901.

Trade Lake

• Lake Improvement meeting at the town hall, 9 a.m.

Turtle Lake

• Soupstock III Festival of local food, art & music at Little Footprint Farm, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.


• Benefit for the children of Amber (Thompson) Glienke. Most of it takes place at the Black & Orange, noon, 715-566-2721, 715-866-8650.

THURSDAY/17 Frederic


• Lioness meeting, 715-327-4271. • Blood drive at St. Luke’s Methodist Church, 16:45 p.m., 715-327-5642. • 500 cards at the senior center, 6:30 p.m.


• Big George & Royce perform at the Baptist Church, 2 p.m.



• American Legion & Auxiliary No. 255 monthly meeting at the village hall, 7 p.m.

• Information session on taking care of choices and planning ahead for illness at Spooner Wesleyan Church, 2 p.m., 715-3492982.


• American Legion Post 132 will meet at the village office building, 7 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

St. Croix Falls

• Breakfast at American Legion Post 143, 8 a.m.-noon.

• Exercise 10-11 a.m.; Skip-Bo 11 a.m., blood pressures 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., general meeting (potluck) 12:30 p.m. and 500 Cards 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the senior center, 715483-1901.

MONDAY/21 Balsam Lake

• Polk County Master Gardeners meet at the Justice Center, 6:45 p.m., 715-268-6130.



Balsam Lake

• Adolph Timm American Legion Post 346 & Auxiliary meet at the Legion Hall, 7 p.m.

• Influenza vaccine at Polk County Health Dept., 9 a.m.-noon, 715-485-8500.



• Blood drive at St. Luke’s Methodist Church, 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m., 715-327-5642. • Pokeno at the senior center, 1 p.m.


• United VFW fish fry at the hall, 4:30 p.m.-?.

St. Croix Falls

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


• Annual Orange Cemetery meeting at Orange School, 10 a.m.

SAT. & SUN./19 & 20 Siren

• Legends of the North 2009 Tournament at Siren National, 866-747-3645.

St. Croix Falls

• Harvest Festival at Chateau St. Croix Winery, 715-483-2556,


• Burnett Dairy Relay for Life garage sale at the town hall, 8 a.m.-?.


• Polk County Democratic annual picnic at North Park, noon-2:30 p.m.

Balsam Lake

• Rifle range youth .22 shoot at the gun club, ages 12-17. Sign-up 10:30 a.m., shoot noon, 715-857-5873, 715-554-0878.

• Spades at the senior center, 1 p.m.

Temperatures in the 80s with no rain have kept summer, and summer activities, alive this September. This man tries his luck fishing along the shore of Coon Lake in Frederic. – Photo by Gary King

Clam Falls

• Clam Falls Lutheran Church harvest dinner, 3-7 p.m.


• Burnett County Historical Society Annual Meeting of the membership at Forts Folle Avoine, 5 p.m.


• Ruby’s Pantry at the school bus garage. Doors open 7:30 a.m. Distribution starts 8 a.m., 715-327-4143. • Knitting Extravaganza at the elementary school, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-653-2619. • Benefit for Karli Bartlett at Coon Lake Park. • No buffet luncheon. Police dept. pancake breakfast at the senior center, 7 a.m.-noon. Cards and games at 1 p.m.


• Farmers market arts & crafts show at the sand/salt building, 715-825-6610.


• 60th-anniversary celebration at Luther Point Bible Camp, 8 a.m.-?, 715-689-2347. • Turkey shoot at Grantsburg Rod & Gun Club, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., www.grantsburggunclub. com.

• Benefit for Fred Kurtz at the fairgrounds, 5 p.m.-? • Fire association hosted 4-person scramble at the golf course, 9:30 a.m., 715-463-2300.


• Webster/Siren Area Christian Women’s Club After 5 Dinner meeting at Luther Point Bible Camp, 6:30 p.m., 715-566-0081. • Grantsburg Women Working Together dinner meeting at Crex, 6 p.m., 715-488-2527.



• DBS meeting at the Lions (DBS) Hall, noon. Potluck dinner, meeting & fellowship. • Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre auditions for “The Wizard of Oz” at the school, 3:30 p.m., 715-472-2152 ext. 103.


• Burnett County Family Resource Center play group at Siren Park, 10 a.m., 715-3492922.

• FFA Alumni tractor pull at industrial park, noon, 715-554-2233, 715-557-0973. • BBQ cook-off, chili cook-off and log-sawing contest at Hog Wild, 715-472-4884. • Duathlon clinic at Oakey Park, • Community Homestead’s Open Day, 3 miles south of Osceola on 35, west on 55th Ave., south on 280th, 2-6 p.m., 715-294-3038,


St. Croix Falls

• Taylors Falls Christian Women meet at the senior center, 11:30 a.m., 651-583-2627, 715857-5573.



• Spaghetti dinner and silent auction at Moose Lodge for Burnett Community Library, 57 p.m. • Punt, Pass and Kick regional competition at the ballpark. Registration 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m., 715-491-5798. • Lake Country Riders Snowmobile Club season kickoff meeting at 23882 Hwy. 35, 2 p.m.

Balsam Lake

• Polk County Historical Society will meet at the Justice Center, 7 p.m.


• Habitat for Humanity Harlem Ambassadors basketball fundraiser at the high school, 7 p.m., 715-349-7477.


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

"The Wind in the Willows" earns high praise ST. CROIX FALLS - Opening weekend was a time of accolades for the 23 youth and one professional actor who make up the cast of “The Wind in the Willows” at Festival Theatre. Directed by Bill Perron with production management by Shawn Boyd, this Youth & Family Theatre production is the fourth show in two years that offers youth a preprofessional experience in theater artsmaking. “The entire process is designed to provide an exceptional learning environment for highly interested youth,” said Danette Olsen, Festival’s director. “These young actors are supported within a professional theater model of rehearsals, technical theater, and performance efforts. We make some logical adaptations for their age, but otherwise they are held to the same production standards we hold the professional actors who perform here.” Opening weekend audiences raved about the production, specifically citing the acting energy, a great story, and superb command of British dialect. Director Bill Perron has done an exceptional job with the youth, who range in age from 10 to 16. Perron was asked about his experience and the role theater plays in the lives of children. “Any community will constantly struggle with the question, ‘What can we do for our young people?’ We want them to have more opportunities than we had growing up. We want them to know the thrill of playing sports, the ecstasy of mastering a musical instrument, the fun of social activ-

Cast of “The Wind in the Willows,” Front row (L to R): Beckett Grice, Jeremiah Peer, Lindsey Gearin, Samantha White, Jack Collins, Olivia Peer and Kally Hinz; Middle row: Hannah Hazzard, Kassi Swiontek, Henry Klein, Sarah Rude, Jasper Herman, Regan Grimm, Dio Aluni, Elizabeth Hutchens and Emma Wondra; Back row: Logan Roush, Brita Gallagher, Noah Neault, Josh Busick, Hunter Teasley, Denise McKenzie, Will Kjeer and Kristi Friese. - Special photo ities. All of which we are convinced will have a positive impact on their ability to function as adults. And any number of studies show we are right – a well-rounded child makes for a more successful adult.” Perron said involving a child in theater exposes that child to the physical activity of creating a character on stage, the discipline to utilize an instrument (voice and body) and the social interaction required to

produce a successful performance. But perhaps the most significant thing a young person can learn from participation in the theater, he said, is to step into somebody else’s shoes. When a child takes on a role in a play, the child must create a new world for that character, a world that is different from his or her own. “As actors, we try to think the way the character would think. And by doing so,

we realize a valuable lesson – not everyone is the same, Perron noted. “We learn empathy, we learn to appreciate other people for what they are.” Set in the English countryside, “The Wind in the Willows” script has taken one of Kenneth Grahame’s story lines (Toad’s obsession with motorcars) and offers up a rousing tale of friendship. “What a great opportunity for family audiences to introduce young children to live theater,” said Amy Klein, arts education director at Festival Theatre. “We choose plays that will provide excellent entertainment for audience members as well as a sound learning experience for young actors. This show is really fun because Toad is such a character! His passion for motorcars is over the top.” With funding support from Polk-Burnett Operation Round-Up, The RiverBank, East Central Energy Trust, Wal-Mart and private donations, Festival’s Youth & Family Theatre program offers theater arts training within the process of producing a play. Public performances of “The Wind in the Willows” conclude Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 17-19. Tickets are $13.50 for adults and $8.50 for youth. Festival Theatre is located in downtown St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin at 210 North Washington Street. To reach Festival Theatre by phone, call 715-483-3387 or 888-887-6002. Check the Web site at where tickets are available to order online. - submitted

Leader|sept 16|2009  
Leader|sept 16|2009