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Two-year-old Tanner Freer of Balsam Lake stopped to check and see how much was left of his ice-cream cone at Burnett Dairy last Friday. Tanner and his family were some of hundreds of visitors stopping in Alpha for the cooperative’s annual Dairy Day celebration. More photos in Currents. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer

Remembering our first residents A tour of the area’s early human sites by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES – Before the Europeans came into the area, before the Ojibwe moved west from the Atlantic shores, there were people settled in the region we call northwestern Wisconsin. The early residents had their communities

See First residents, page 31 The Cumberland Singers drum and sing during a ceremony at The Forts near Danbury. Photo by Priscilla Bauer

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This fawn, part albino, was discovered in the backyard garden of a Polk County resident recently. The resident submitted these photos, under the condition the exact location and names not be used. - Photo submitted

Those who happened to be in downtown Frederic last Thursday afternoon, June 10, found themselves watching a drama unfold as several officers, some armed with machine guns, surrounded a vacant building as part of a search for a suspect who fit the description of a man wanted for a crime committed in Minnesota. Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Tamara Larson sighted the man at a gas station and attempted to pick up his trail as he headed downtown. A bystander told authorities she saw a man enter the vacant furniture store on Main Street. Approximately two hours after the search began, authorities discovered the person initially sighted was a local man. Officers from the Minnesota Task Force, Frederic Police Department and Polk County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene. Shown in the photo above are Polk County Sheriff’s investigator Rick Gearhart and deputies Larson and Cory Krautkramer. - Photos by Gary King

RCU gets approval for purchase of banks

River Rats to peform

BALSAM LAKE – The Twin Cities River Rats will be coming to Wisconsin to perform their third-annual show on Balsam Lake. The show will be held in front of Paradise Landing Restaurant on Balsam Lake at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 26. The show is free and fun for all ages. Spectators are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair to sit on the lawn in front of Paradise Landing. The Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team is a 100-percent volunteer organization with over 100 members ranging from 6 years to over 60 years old. For more information, visit their Web site at - with submitted information

NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - Royal Credit Union of Eau Claire has received the necessary regulatory approval to purchase AnchorBank offices in Amery, Balsam Lake, Centuria, Menomonie, Milltown, New Richmond, Osceola, River Falls, St. Croix Falls, Somerset and Star Prairie. All of the offices being sold were acquired by AnchorBank in its 2008 acquisition of S&C Banco. Once the acquisition is complete, Royal Credit Union will have 26 branches and more than 140,000 members. The sale is expected to be finalized June 26 and 27 with new offices opening as RCU on

Monday, June 28. AnchorBank, based in Madison, has suffered losses from loans turned bad. RCU will assume about $177 million in deposits and receive a corresponding amount in loans, real estate and other assets. Details of the financial deal were not disclosed, however. The sale will shrink AnchorBank’s assets while improving its capital and ability to address asset quality and other obligations, according to its chief executive, Chris Bauer. - Gary King with information from and Rice Lake Chronotype

Beautiful biking The scenery and solitude were overwhelming, as were the steep hills during the annual Frederic Lions Club Bicycle Race last Saturday, June 12, in Frederic. The race consists of time trials with competitors attempting to turn in their best times for awards in their age group, along with personal satisfaction. Results from this year’s event will be published in next week’s Leader. - Photo by Gary King




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• Briefly • NORTHWEST WISCONSIN – More than 2 inches of rain fell in just over an hour on Tuesday afternoon - the second intense deluge in the past week. The much-needed rain is helping counteract drought conditions in the area, but frustrating farmers and area residents who feel they are missing out on precious outdoor time here in the land of brief summers. ••• VIOLA LAKE - The annual Viola Lake Fourth of July Boat Parade will take place at 4 p.m. at the public boat landing. Lake resident have been invited to decorate their boats and meet at the public landing. The parade will go around the lake twice. The public is invited. - with submitted information ••• BALSAM LAKE - Members of the Polk County Amateur Radio Association from Balsam Lake will join in the national deployment of “radio hams” June 26-27 to demonstrate their emergency capabilities. Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events. The annual event, called Field Day is the climax of the week-long Amateur Radio Week. The Polk County Amateur Radio Association will be demonstrating amateur radio at the old dump site south of Balsam Lake on Hwy. 46. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabiltieis and lear how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes. with submitted information ••• BURNETT COUNTY - A winter landscape of the Yellow Lake Narrows area graces this year’s Burnett County plat book. Photographer Laura Formanek braved the 20-below-zero weather to take the cover photo. It was so cold, Formanek was worried that the camera would not function properly, but the camera did work. Shown is Formanek near where she took the photo. As with past editions, the plat book provides detailed maps of each Burnett County township and village, and it gives information on lakes, ski trails, schooldistrict areas, election districts and more. The 4-H leaders association is the sponsor of the plat book, and the proceeds go to fund 4-H activities. This year the plat book is available in two formats, the traditional book and a nonprintable CD. The plat book and the nonprintable CD are available at the UW-Extension office in the government center. The plat book is available at the Sentinel office in Grantsburg, the Leader offices in Siren and Frederic, the Log Cabin Store in Danbury and the Burnett Dairy Cheese Store in Alpha. - submitted.

Laura Formanek holds up the new plat book featuring one of her photographs on the cover. - Photo by Sherill Summer

Man escaped from tribal police custody, caught with handcuffs still on two days later by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK – A 24-year-old Luck man on the run from St. Croix Tribal Police was apprehended by Polk County Sheriff’s deputies on Monday, June 7, in Luck, after a tip led them to a

private home, where he was discovered hiding behind a couch. Matthew L. Coon was being sought for a warrant issued for a felony escape on June 5 in Luck. Coon had apparently escaped from the custody of tribal police after being arrested at his residence. “He had been arrested two days earlier by tribal police,” Polk County Sheriff Tim Moore said. “He still had one of the handcuffs on one wrist!” Coon was apparently able to

escape from the officer while he was being handcuffed during the initial arrest. That was not about to happen again, Moore said. Coon faces several charges from the incident and has an extensive history of run-ins with the law, including a previous conviction for felony escape from law enforcement in 2007. He has a lengthy list of convictions for violations ranging from battery, numerous assault and theft violations, and numerous

Nomination period under way Up to 12 offices on the ballot by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BURNETT, POLK & WASHBURN COUNTIES – The election date for the fall election is Nov. 2, but candidates are now getting the signature on their nomination papers to get on the ballot. All nomination papers must be submitted by July 13. Area voters will get to decide who will hold at least 10 offices. Seats up for election include representatives in Washington and Madison, state government officials and some county officials. The federal seats include the U.S. Senate seat, a six-year term, now held by Russ Feingold, and the 7th Congressional District seat where Dave Obey is retiring. All area voters vote for these offices. The state legislative seats include Senate District 25, now held by Bob Jauch, and Assembly Districts 28, 73 and 75. State senate seats are for four years and the other area Senate seat, District 10 (Sheila Harsdorf), was filled in 2008. Assembly seats are for two-year terms. District 28, held by Ann Hraychuck, is most of Polk County and southern Burnett County. District 73, held by Nick Milroy, includes Burnett County north of Webster, northern Washburn and all of Douglas. District 75, where Mary Hubler is retiring, includes a small portion of Polk, southern Washburn and most of Barron counties. All state government executive offices are up for election, all for four-year terms. That includes the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and state treasurer. In addition, at least two county offices are up for election for fouryear terms. All voters will get to choose a sheriff and a clerk of court. In addition, Washburn County voters elect a coroner. That position has been replaced by an

appointed medical examiner in Polk and Burnett counties. The November election is a partisan race. All candidates run under a party label or as independents. If two or more persons file for the same office under the same party label, a primary election Sept. 14 will decide who gets the party spot on the November ballot.

parole and bond violations. The latest charges actually stemmed from a parole violation for a DUI and operating a vehicle after revocation arrest, going back to April 2008 in Cumberland. That case remains open and has the added misdemeanor bail jumping and felony escape from custody charges on top. Coon makes a preliminary appearance on the latest charges before Judge Molly GaleWyrick on Thursday, June 17.

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Who is in the race? Not all candidates are registered by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer NORTHWEST WISCONSIN There is some confusion on who is currently running for office. The state election board publishes ballot access checklists for all the candidates. That check list states that new candidates must submit a Campaign Registration Statement “as soon as intent to seek office is known” and continuing candidates, those now holding some elective office, should file an amended statement “before circulating nomination papers.” The period for circulating papers started June 1. However, a check of the election board’s candidates registered by office (found on the Web site of the Government Accountability Board) shows that many incumbents have not registered, even though they may be circulating nomination papers. The election board registered candidates list was updated at 4:53 p.m. on June 14. Several names of announced candidates are missing from that list, including Sen. Russ Feingold, Republican senate candidate Ron Johnson, Republican congressional candidate Sean Duffy, and two incumbent assembly members, Ann Hraychuck and Nick Milroy. Interestingly, of the Wisconsin delegation to Washington, Paul Ryan is the only incumbent of either party now registered for the fall election.

Tuesday morning, June 15, at 2:30 a.m. lightning hit one of the trees in the front yard of the Mikyla family near Atlas and “turned it into hamburger,” according to an e-mail from Jennie, who lives at the home with husband, David, and in-laws, Brad and Anne Mikayla. The bolt of lightning split the tree in two all the way to the ground. Bark was thrown 25 yards in all directions, and a large branch, likely the one that was hit by the lightning, broke off the tree and fell in the horse pasture. About four years ago lightning struck about 50 yards from this tree and killed one of the family’s horses. - Photos submitted

Nothing amiss in mud bog incident, says sheriff Sheriff Roland says he left scene at event to calm situation down by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer HERTEL - The Burnett County Sheriff’s Department and the St. Croix Tribal Police Department responded to a fight at the mud bog in Hertel on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 29. According to the police report, three individuals caused the disturbance, and all three had left the scene of the fight. A Burnett County deputy located the three individuals near the Watering Hole, and one of the individuals, 20-year-old Dustin Anderson, was citied for underage drinking; preliminary breath test indicating he had a blood alcohol level of .21 per-

cent. After he received his citation, he was released to a sober adult. Another of the individuals, Chester Hurt, 22, Shell Lake, attempted to talk with Sheriff Dean Roland while Anderson was being issued the citation. Roland asked that Hurt return to an area 20 feet away. Hurt did not do so. Roland describes what happened next in his incident report, “I reached out, placing my hands on his chest area and physically pushed him in the direction where he had been standing and told him to stay there. As I took my hands off him, Hurt came at me in a threatening manner, and so I reached for his arm to place him under arrest. He blocked my movement and pushed me away. I told Hurt he was under arrest for disorderly conduct,

and he began to resist, blocking my attempt to place him into custody. I attempted to strike him with a closed fist in the upper chest / left arm area in an attempt to stun him enough to gain compliance with a bar arm hold. This attempt was partially blocked.” Roland then states that two other officers on scene assisted with the arrest. Another incident report from a deputy at the scene also describes the arrest of Hurt, “I heard Sheriff Roland tell someone to stay back. I turned and looked and observed Sheriff Roland give Chester (Hurt) a shove backwards. I then went over to them. I was approximately two to three feet away when I observed a fist come from the right side of me, where Sheriff Roland was. I observed the fist strike (Hurt) in the face in the

area of his left eye where his glasses were and finished into his left shoulder / chest area.” After his arrest, Hurt was transported to the Burnett County Jail. A preliminary breath test indicated he had a blood-alcohol level of .19 percent. Roland’s report describes the scene after Hurt’s arrest, “(an) unnamed male, who had been very vocal throughout this investigation began to incite the crowd yelling that I had hit Hurt in the head for no reason and that he had the entire incident on video tape. I asked to see the tape at which time others began telling him to keep me away from the tape as I would destroy it. Not wanting to cause any further escalation or make an at-

See Mud bog, page 4


Memorial Day address gets standing ovation

Local pastor relates history, meaning of “Do Not Forget” day

LUCK -A speech given to commemorate Memorial Day, given by Pastor Mary Ann Bowman of the Bone Lake Lutheran Church, received a standing ovation from dozens of area residents who gathered at the Luck High School for the Memorial Day services May 31. Following is the text of Pastor Bowman’s speech: Welcome, everyone. We gather on this day to remember ... to remember those who have served our country and given their lives in the process. That’s why we are here. Memorial Day ... Remember Day ... Do Not Forget Day. Some of you here today know that Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day as people decorated the graves of fallen soldiers from the Civil War. The first Memorial Day was observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. After WWI the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who had died fighting in any war. As I was thinking about what Memorial Day means to me the words of the Gettysburg Address popped into my head. I remember in fifth grade despising my teacher as she had us memorize this speech from 1863 ... a speech she told us was important. To a fifth-grader that was a tough sell. So I dutifully went through the memorization process to get a good grade. I committed those words to memory ... and they came bubbling back up to the surface 40plus years later. “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” And so on ... My fifth-grade teacher was right. Of course she knew that ... and hoped that someday we would figure it out as well. The Gettysburg Address isn’t just arbitrary words on a page in the eyes of a fifth-grader ... they are words that carry the weight of who we are as a country ... delivered by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa. Lincoln was a great president ... and he had high hopes for our nation ... a nation that was born under the premise of liberty and justice for all ... a nation that had been torn apart by the Civil War ... a nation that needed to remember its birth ... not only for those gathered on that day in 1863 but for those of us gathered here today in 2010.

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tempt to arrest the unnamed male for inciting a riot, I chose to leave the area and calm the situation.” There are two final notes in the incident report. Roland explains that, “Hurt was not charged with resisting or assaulting an officer as he did not hit me and his level of intoxication was an impediment to his judgment.” He also indicated that witnesses informed him there was not videotaping of the incident. The Leader office received a copy of the incident report anonymously, and Roland was contacted to verify the authenticity of the report and for a statement. Roland indicated that the incident was “a nothing” as no one was hurt, and the arrest was successfully made. He also stated that the incident was investigated internally, but if the Department of Criminal Investigation wants to review the incident, Roland feels they will not find anything amiss, claiming his actions were well within the scope and authority of his office. Roland also hinted that the notification of the press of the incident was a campaign maneuver. The Leader contacted DCI to see if the incident was under review by the agency, but the agency has not responded to the inquiry.

One hundred fortyfive years after the Civil War we continue to fight for liberty and justice for all. As a nation we have sent thousands of men and women overseas to fight for the causes of democracy and freedom. Many of you returned ... and many did not. Pastor Bowman And that is why we are here ... to remember who we are as a nation ... and to remember those who died in battle that could never return home. Memorial Day ... Remember Day ... Do Not Forget Day. As we give tribute to our fallen soldiers this morning, I am going to take us from WWII up through the War in Iraq by giving you words and phrases that are specific to each war. I am doing this purposefully to trigger our memories ... so we do not forget. As a student I could never seem to get enough of the history and stories of WWII. My father and uncle served in the Pacific. A neighbor survived the Bataan March. I have heard stories of survival from POWs. My Norwegian professor at St. Olaf gave us another perspective of the war as he told endless stories of his work in the Norwegian Underground. I heard other horrific stories from my Jewish friends. 1939 to 1945. Hitler, Mussolini, Patton, Eisenhower, Churchill, D-Day, the Holocaust, death camps, Blitzkrieg, Pearl Harbor, atomic bomb, Hiroshima, Iwo Jima, U-Boats, Japanese internment camps, Nuremberg Trials, tickertape victory parades. Memorial Day. Remember Day. Do Not Forget Day. 1950—1953. The Forgotten War, McArthur, Red China, North Korea, Vietnam. I remember seeing coverage of the war on the nightly news as a child. I also remember the 1960s war protests, hippies and drugs, and the slogans flower power and peace child ... all which were part of the fabric of my life as an elementary student. And I remember the draft lottery ... my family carefully watching the numbers because my brother just had a birthday and was old enough to be drafted. My stepfather-in-law served in the Korean War. He grew up in a small, rural town in southern Minnesota. When he came home from the war, he stepped into a bar in his home town, and the local boys had the audacity to ask where he’d been. He turned around and wept. 1950-something to 1975. Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford; Ngo Dinh Diem, Ho Chi Minh, France, China, USSR, Viet Cong, My Lai Massacre, Kent State Massacre, napalm, Agent Orange, Operation

Veterans from the Luck American Legion Post 255 salute the flag (above). Below: Lindsay Mattson and Alyssa Foeller from the Luck Girl Scouts place poppies as the names of deceased veterans are read. - Photos by Gregg Westigard

Rolling Thunder, Hanoi Jane, Battle of Saigon, 17th Parallel, Operation Baby Lift, antiwar protests, sit-ins, and despised heroes. Memorial Day. Remember Day. Do Not Forget Day. The Gulf Wars. We dust off our world maps and become familiar with places in a foreign desert where the temperatures soar to 120 degrees. I remember watching live TV coverage of Scud missiles hitting their targets, oil fields on fire lighting up the night sky, and the use of infrared night goggles searching out the enemy. Iraqi president Saddam Hussein became a household name. 1991 to 1993. Operation Desert Storm, the Persian Gulf, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, oil production and debt repayment, George H.W. Bush, General Schwarzkopf, Colin Powell, Israel, British Tornado combat aircraft, chemical warfare, Gulf War Syndrome, and real-time heroes. Memorial Day. Remember Day. Do Not Forget Day. The second Gulf War, now known as the Iraq War. Osama bin Laden is the new enemy and the search is on for weapons of mass destruction that threaten world peace. 2003 to the present. Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Nouri al-Maliki, General Fallujah, Baghdad, the war on terror, Taliban, Afghanistan, Uranium 238, al Qaida, the Battle of Fallujah, tribal leaders and extremist Shiite and Sunni Muslims, caves and under-

ground tunnels, suicide bombers, IEDs ... endless days of sand and heat ... and televised welcome homes for our heroes. Memorial Day. Remember Day. Do Not Forget Day. We are not here today to discuss the cost of any war in dollars and lives. We are not here today to debate Just War Theory. We are here today to remember and to say a heartfelt thank-you ... thank you to all of you who have served our country ... and thank you to those who gave their lives ... to all who serve and have served our great nation, the United States of America, in dedication to liberty and justice for all. Even though it may be difficult and even painful, I encourage you to tell your war stories to your children and grandchildren. I ask you to do this ... not only so you can continue healing from your experiences, but to continue your legacy. If the stories aren’t told, they can’t be remembered or passed on to the next generation ... they will be forgotten. Memorial Day, Remember Day, Do Not Forget Day. I would like to close with Abraham Lincoln’s closing words from the Gettysburg Address: “That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Thank you all and may God’s peace be with you this day and always.

Beat the dog days of summer and donate blood ST. PAUL, MINN. – While the temperature outside is rising, according to the American Red Cross, the blood supply often drops, due to donors being on vacation or busy with summer activities. “Summer is a fun, but busy, season for a lot of people,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region. “No matter what your schedule is, set aside an hour to donate

blood through the Rod Cross and be a lifesaver to patients in need.” Holiday weekends, like the Fourth of July, can prove extra-challenging for blood collection, making this a great time to donate, while adding a little variety to your summer routine. To help ensure a stable blood supply through the season, make an appointment to donate blood. While all blood types are needed, type O

negative blood is especially needed at this time. If you have type O negative blood and are eligible, please make an appointment today to give. Upcoming locations to donate any type blood are the Clayton School on June 30 from 2 to 7 p.m. and St. Croix Electric in Hammond from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — submitted

Break-in at Jonzy’s Market and Edgetown Bar CENTURIA – Police were dispatched to the Edgetown Bar, formerly the Inn Between, outside Centuria, when the burglar alarm went off in the earlymorning hours of June 8. A window had been broken in and a bottle of alcohol was reported missing. Later that night, a juvenile runaway was found by another police officer, who

reported being with Asa Merrill, 18, Balsam Lake, that night. The juvenile said they had gone to the Spooner area, been arrested for underage drinking, and got out of jail about about 2 a.m. According to the story, they came back to the Centuria area, and he was with Merrill when he broke into both the Edgetown Tavern and Jonzy’s Market. He said he saw Mer-

rill break out a window to get into the building. The alarm went off and he grabbed two bottles of vodka. Merrill’s charges include two felony counts of burglary to a building or dwelling, two misdemeanor charges of criminal damage to property, and a misdemeanor charge of theft. — with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

Negligent use of weapon charged POLK COUNTY - Jerik Espersen, 19, Wilson, was charged with the negligent use of a weapon on June 10. That evening a report came in to the police that a white LeBaron convertible with four occupants was driving near CTH J heading north on Hwy. 63. Allegedly, the

driver of the vehicle had pointed a handgun out of the window at the other party as he passed the Lebaron. An officer located the Lebaron, stopped it and searched it. A black BB gun pistol that replicated a semiautomatic handgun was found under the seat. Marijuana

was also found, and Espersen was arrested and taken to jail. Charges included possession of THC. — with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.


Officials get an earful from displaced workers Commerce and workforce secretaries, legislators have town hall meeting on Polaris closure by Greg Marsten Leader staff reporter OSCEOLA – “Job loss and job creation is not a partisan issue,” stated Wisconsin Department of Commerce Secretary Aaron Olver at Thursday’s town hall meeting in Osceola. That discussion included many local politicos, municipal officials, agency heads and others, meant to address the recent announcement by Polaris Industries that it would be leaving town in the next 18-24 months, displacing over 500 workers. State Rep. Ann Hraychuck, D-Balsam Lake, was the town hall meeting organizer and one of the keynote speakers. Several hundred people - many of them affected Polaris workers - met in the Osceola High School gymnasium, addressing the future of the region, and possible job prospects for the people displaced by the recreational vehicle maker’s May 20 announcement that they would be leaving Wisconsin and heading to Mexico, utilizing labor that costs pennies on the dollar. The players State Sen. Sheila Harsdor, R-River Falls, joined a bevy of local officials, as well as Wisconsin Commerce Secretary Roberta Gassman and Olver, who both came in from Madison that evening for the event. Other officials fielding questions and occasionally angry comments were Osceola Administrator Neil Soltis and Osceola Village President Kathy Demulling. Joining them in the crowd were representatives from numerous regional economic development, employment, entrepreneurial, educational and business agencies. Many of the officials in attendance were part of a newly created task force called Vision 600, which included representatives from Momentum West, the Polk County Economic Development Corporation, Regional Business Fund, Inc., University of Wisconsin branches and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical Colleges, as well as Xcel Energy, U.S. Sen. Kohl and Feingold’s offices, local financial institutions, Polk County Board representatives and several other groups with ties or interests in the region. Suspiciously absent were Polaris Industries representatives, who were invited but chose not to attend, according to several officials. The wronged “Folks in this room haven’t done anything wrong,” Olver stated. “But we need to focus on what we can do to move forward.” The meeting was not all hugs and optimism. Several speakers attempted to make the Polaris closure a mandate for governmental shake-up, suggesting the cause of the Polaris closure was not the “sweatshop wages” in Mexico the company was choosing as employees, but the exorbitant tax and environmental burden of Wisconsin. Margo Johnson of Osceola suggested it was all about the state’s “toxic business environment,” and asked why government “isn’t shrinking” to meet the demands. Hraychuck and others said it was wrong to think the burden of society should all be paid “by the homeowner.” “Big business needs to Osceola Village Adminis- pay their fair trator Neil Soltis said one of share,” she the best assets Osceola has stated. “But to offer a new business is yes, we have their highly trained, 500-plus to make sure workers who will soon be we’re competiout of work. tive ... it’s a

global economy now.” However, some crowd members made it clear in their statements that the people who “did something wrong,” were sitting in Washington and Madison, and that the reason Polaris moved Wisconsin Commerce Secout of the retary Aaron Olver spoke to U.S. was inthe crowd about what the deed somestate can do to entice re- one’s fault. placement business to re- Tom Magplace Polaris in the Osceola nafici cited area. various opinions on Wisconsin’s tax and business climate, and said it was “the first time in history that more people were employed in government than in industry.” Olver disputed the comments and the data, and noted that Wisconsin was one of the “few exceptions” for states that have not raised business taxes over the past few years of the worldwide economic crises. “Depending on your manufacturing needs, Wisconsin taxes are half of Minnesota’s,” Olver said, citing a recent Ernst & Young survey that 40 states have raised taxes on business in recent years. “We’re now 30th in business taxes.” But several speakers disputed Olver’s comments, and continued to focus on the elected officials, never once addressing Polaris’ role in the elimination of their jobs. “These issues should have been addressed prior to Polaris leaving,” stated Bill Kurtz of St. Croix Falls. He joined several others in chastising state and federal tax policies, and seemed adamant to make the closure a political issue more than a recovery issue.

Any hints of the closure? Hraychuck talked of a discussion she had with Polaris upper-level management officials that was “quite revealing,” as she cited a conversation asking Polaris what could they (Wisconsin officials) have done differently, to keep them in the state. She asked if it was taxes, employment costs, environmental restrictions - something must have led to the decision, she said. “He told me that had nothing to do with it,” Hraychuck said. “In fact, Congressman [David] Obey and I were just in that plant a few months ago. Not one word was mentioned that they were leaving!” The venting and the solutions Very few Polaris employees spoke at the meeting, and those that did speak seemed to concentrate solely on the tax issues and less on how to approach the closure or what to do next. “I think it can be expected,” stated Workforce Resource Executive Director Richard Best after the meeting. “There’s always going to be some ‘venting.’” Best said he has been to several similar meetings over the years, and the reaction is to be expected, but he was also convinced that while there were plenty of people pointing fingers, there were many more working hard to address the problem and the solutions. “I drive through this town and I see everything needed to make this place attractive to a new business or dozens of new businesses,” Best said. “I mean it, this city has so much going for it. I think it’s easy to forget that, for people to know what they have and market it.” Similar models Lost in some of the discussion was a task force put together to address the job losses, and possibly turn it on its ear, called Vision 600. Osceola Village Administrator Neil Soltis is leading the group that is meant to focus on the region’s assets, strengths, training and availability for business growth. “What do we do to move forward?”

Several hundred people attended the town hall meeting at the Osceola High School gymnasium to address the pending Polaris plant closure. Soltis asked. “We have huge assets, including 500 plus employees from Polaris.” Soltis’ comments were some of the few that cited the obvious: That the Polaris employees soon to be displaced are indeed, a huge, untapped resource. “Really, it amazes me that more people don’t come here!” he said, noting that they are using the task force to create new job opportunities, in part through gathering the information about what is being lost. By assessing the resources, skills, talents, specialization, training, and assessing the talent pool, they are hoping to turn the closure on its ear, and make the region even more enticing for future industries. “This is not the first community that this has happened to,” Soltis said, pointing out the similar models of other communities, such as Eau Claire with a tire plant closure, and more specifically, Newton, Iowa, where a Maytag factory closed nearly a decade ago, moving to Mexico after decades of anchoring the town. “How did they restructure themselves?” Soltis asked. “How did they move forward?” Soltis noted that the Polaris affects more than just the Osceola facility, but potentially dozens of other local businesses that either supplied, quipped or enhanced the re c re a t i o n a l vehicle maker locally. “There are 14, maybe 15 Wisconsin Department of Development suppliers af- Workforce fected,” Soltis Secretary Roberta Gassman said, adding addressed training options that stores, for displaced Polaris emclinics and ployees. others would also feel the pinch in the coming years as the plant spools down. “The impact of the loss of these jobs is regional ... all of you are going through a tough time.”

Vision 600 Soltis outlined the Vision 600 task force, and pointed out some of the areas they are looking at: Economic development, workforce training, health and welfare, and community resources. But the main goal is offsetting the regional impact with replacement jobs or at least options. “Our goal is 600 new jobs in this community by 2012,” he said, which actually brought light applause. After the meeting, Best of Workforce Resources in Menomonie admitted that the prospects of bringing in another 600worker industry are unlikely, but his hope was that the Vision 600 goal was more likely to involve smaller, more concentrated numbers of business or industry. “That’s my hope, is that while we may not see [a business] with a need for a 600-

worker force, what is more likely are say, six 100-worker groups, or 60 10-worker groups, or so on. They are out there,” Best said. “It’s events and meetings like this where we can gather strength and information to get that process rolling.”

Moving forward Hraychuck and Harsdorf both spoke of the need to move forward, and how the Polaris closure is nonpartisan, and must be addressed that way. “It’s going to be felt very deeply,” Harsdorf said. “It’s all about jobs and turning this economy around. We have to make sure that we are competitive.” Hraychuck noted how Madison “seems to forget about people north of Hwy. 29,” and said she and others are doing all they can to make sure the state uses “all of our resources” to turn the economy and the region around. She cited the rapid response from the governor’s office, efforts to streamline the state’s training efforts, and most of all, to keep the dialogues open between all sides. “Fear of the unknown is absolutely paralyzing,” she said, noting her own family members affected by the layoffs. “We are working with you on this.” Political turns Several people noted that the town hall meeting turned decidedly “political” at times, with inflammatory comments and questions, meant to apparently either embarrass the officials in attendance or just focus on what Madison or Washington has done to harm business. That sentiment was one of the final notes of the evening as Osceola Village President Kathy Demulling took to the podium as the meeting wound down. “I want to apologize. This should not have turned out to be a political argument,” she said. Then she told the crowd that “we really do care,” referring to all of the people who spoke. She encouraged them to stay in touch with the Vision 600 people, as well as the agencies trying to lessen the impact. “Really, call us, swear at us, we don’t care!” She said. “We really just want to help you!”

Local entrepeneur/inventor Bill Kurtz (L) talked with WQOW-TV reporter Mary Rinzel prior to the Osceola town hall meeting meant to address the recent Polaris closure announcement.


Centuria board airs concerns

Agenda posting, tenant problems, insurance wording, Web site clarity addressed by Greg Marsten Leader staff reporter CENTURIA – The regular June meeting of the Centuria Village Board opened Monday with village clerk Judy Jepson reading a statement of complaint she had about a move to amend the agenda at the last minute by village President Wayne Bakke. Jepson said she was “filing an official complaint” about the procedure, which she said required unauthorized overtime in what amounted to a “violation of village ordinance.” In her statement, she said the action went against the village policy on when an item can be added to an agenda, and still meet openmeeting law-posting requirements after hours or on weekends. Jepson’s letter was only loosely addressed later, but was a harbinger of disagreements to come. Later in that same meeting, Trustee Steve Sylvester lambasted Bakke as well, for lack of follow-through and inaction on a recent presentation about possible vacant land for a future Habitat for Humanity housing project. Sylvester let loose a volley of expletives, to which Bakke calmly reminded him to settle down, and thanked Sylvester for the reminder. There was also disagreement on how to address a proposed resolution addressing the village’s health-insurance policies and employee contributions. Trustee Dave Markert tore into the ordinance wording, credited to Bakke, which seemed to suggest that village workers do not contribute to their health-insurance premiums, “regardless of their union or nonrepresented employee status,” and referred to “the financial shortfall facing the public sector and all levels of government, i.e., the tax-

payer, can no longer bear the total burden of this employee expense” related to health-care costs. “I am unfalteringly opposed to this [wording].” Markert said. “I’m past being angry about this. Several things in this resolution are false.” Markert said the statements were wrong, assumptive and opinionated. He said that employees do indeed pay a portion of their health insurance, and that if they don’t accept the plans - maybe through a spousal plan or for other reasons - it leads to lower rates and hence a reduced cost to the village and the taxpayers. “I wish, for once, we could get this straight,” Markert said. Trustee Gene Ludack concurred on a portion of Markert’s comments, noting that when he was on the board in the past, they went to great effort to reduce healthinsurance costs, and that the village employees and crew deserve credit for their work. “We’re trying to save money,” Ludack said. “But we’re not cheapskates!” The proposed health-insurance contribution ordinance was sent on to be reviewed by the appropriate committee, with Markert objecting.

Other business • The parks committee submitted a plan for a reservation system for facilitates, so people can better plan for special events or picnics, without concerns over “getting bumped.” It would also include a nominal fee for cleanup and maintenance, as well as address whether beer licenses or other special applications would be needed. The reservation plan was approved unanimously. • The board took no action on an issue about signage, and whether you can have a sign on someone else’s property. The existing village law allows for “adjacent properties” to allow such a practice, but it

is unclear if that means properties across the streets from each other, and whether that is considered “adjacent.” The issue is on hold, pending attorney review, according to Markert. • Several licenses and official village subcontractor issues were approved or reconsidered, including renewed approvals for the village attorney, assessor, auditor and building inspector. The issue of an official village engineering firm was left up in the air, and will be reviewed by the water and sewer department, with recommendations to come at a future meeting. • There was a lengthy discussion on the status of the village Web site, with several trustees noting the lack of updated information and apparent additional costs for changing even basic information. That site is maintained by a Balsam Lake firm, that has several other municipal sites to its credit. “I know there has been some concern about getting info updated,” stated Bakke. Several trustees asked about including additional village information or even village codes or ordinances on the site, or even being updated more frequently. “We have to pay her to do all of that,” village clerk Jepson said. “Really, with technology today, I think we can do a lot better,” Trustee Pete Englund said. “People expect things on demand.” The board approved an ad hoc committee to review the existing Web site, and to possibly make recommendations for changes or another vendor. They also approved a similar investigation to decide if village codes should be contracted on for electronic viewing. They seemed unclear on the costs, but Bakke said he would pursue the issue. Bakke said he brought that question up with a village contractor recently, and that they said there were security and copying concerns, as other municipalities try to save money and use village ordinances as

models or examples. - Police Chief Van Burch talked about proposed changes to the village standards for rental unit certification, meant to offset the “extra services required” for certain tenants, landlords and “elements.” Ordinance 11-02 would lead to an extensive procedure for rental properties, and would directly involve renters, landlords and “nuisance tenants.” Burch said the changes would allow the village “to work more closely with landlords” to do background checks on prospective tenants, and would also go the other way, allowing the police more control in passing along fines and the like when tenants are deemed “nuisances.” Burch outlined several criteria, including the number of violations allowed each year by a tenant, or how the ordinance would be enforced. It also included “additional enforcement criteria,” Burch said. “We’re going to have a little more accountability. The issue they [problem tenants] do tend to bounce around.” The proposal was approved, meaning it will go to a public hearing before being adopted by the full board. • The village was caught in a time issue with implementing the statewide smoking ban in bars and restaurants, as they must also approve the changes to be enforced locally, and the next full board meeting isn’t scheduled until after the statewide ban goes into effect. Chief Burch did not think it would be a big issue, since “the bars are dealing with it.” He did say there may be some smoking issues “still to be resolved,” such as what to do when smokers try to take drinks outside on the sidewalk or to areas outside the bar’s control. Regardless, the smoking ban was approved, and will also go to a public hearing on July 12, a week after the law goes into effect across Wisconsin.

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by Gregg Westigard Leader staff reporter BALSAM LAKE – The Polk County Board has left the furniture/conference room issue unresolved. A majority of the board voted to keep the furniture, an unauthorized purchase, but the vote fell short of the two-thirds needed for passage. The resolution was the main topic of debate at the monthly board meeting Tuesday, June 15. The defeated resolution declared that the December purchase of $39,268 worth of conference room furniture was void, that the county would accept the purchase anyway, that the expense would come from the 2010 human services budget and that the furniture would be transferred to the buildings department and installed. The vote on the resolution was 13 yes, 8 no. That was short of the two-thirds needed for passage of a resolution that would amend the 2010 budget. Voting for the resolution were Harry Johansen, Patricia Schmidt, Marvin Caspersen, Wendy Rattel, James Edgell, Ken Sample, Craig Moriak, Russ Arcand, Warren Nelson, Jay Luke, Diane Stoneking, Gerianne Christensen and William Johnson. Voting against the resolution were Herschel Brown, Brian Masters, Kristine KremerHartung, Larry Jepsen, Kim O’Connell, Gary Bergstrom, Neil Johnson and Larry Voelker. This leaves the county with voided but paid for furniture for a conference/training room that has been authorized in concept but without funding. There is no authorization to sell or return the furniture. The board, in March, authorized the investigation of what it would take to purchase and install the audio and video equipment needed for the conference rooms but that report has not been presented and no funds have been approved for that phase of the project. Thus, both the status of the furniture and the establishment of the conference/training room are at a standstill. The debate focused on the financial and personnel/policy issues regarding the furniture. The financial side centered on the fact that the furniture is in the county’s possession and paid for. The seller, Staples, says this was a special order and can not be returned without a significant loss. Stoneking, chair of the human services board, said that the HS board voted unanimously to bring the resolution to the

county board. She said the HS board was told that the furniture could be used now and that the county would save money now by using the furniture and setting up the training rooms. Stoneking said the HS board felt that keeping the furniture is the best option. Christensen said that the purchase will lower county expenses for training. She said passing the resolution is the wise thing to do. Schmidt said she has been begging for microphones for years. She said “Keep the furniture and use it.” Masters questioned why the resolution was even being brought up, saying that the furniture purchase had already been voted down twice by the board. The personnel side of the debate focused on the alleged policy violations made by the human services director, Sherry Gjonnes, when she ordered the furniture in December. “We expect our employees to take risks,” Caspersen said. “That is what happened in this case. A mistake has been made. We must back up our employee.” Kremer-Hartung said she thinks the board and the taxpayers were railroaded on this issue. She said the money could be better spent on more help for the child protection unit of human services. She added that many in the public are opposed to the purchase. “The furniture was purchased improperly,” Bergstrom said. “This was never budgeted and was not in the capital improvement plan. We turned down many requests last year. The person knew it could not be bought but purchased it anyway. Our recourse is to go after the employee who made the improper purchase. I don’t want to launder this purchase.” “A department head spent $40,000 and didn’t follow policy,” Brown said. “I don’t care if we paid for it. Our constituents want accountability. We should not smooth this over.” Sample said the purchase involved more than the action of the human services head. He said that the heads of information technology and buildings were involved in planning the purchase. He quoted the IT director, Todd Demers, as saying “This is a group effort to benefit the county.” The next step in the furniture issue may come at the human services board meeting on Tuesday, June 22. That board has supported the furniture purchase and the conference/training room concept. It was also been dealing with the personnel issues in closed session since April 19.

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Amery Regional Medical Center honors National Time Out Day on June 16. This day is part of a national initiative to increase awareness of patient safety in the operating room - taking time for every patient, every time, before the start of a surgical procedure. Time Out allows the entire surgical team to verify the correct person, procedure and site. The Time Out commitment reduces the risk of surgical errors before they happen. Because of the importance of upholding patient safety and error prevention, the OR department at ARMC implemented Time Out over five years ago as a part of their compliance and safety procedures. - Photo submitted

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Are we there, yet?

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It’s difficult to get a handle on Internet usage in rural America.

• Election countdown 2010• Area voters will get to decide who will be holding 10 different offices in wake of the Nov. 2 general election, according to an election update story by Leader staff reporter Gregg Westigard (See page 3). The story reminds potential candidates that they have until July 13 to get signatures on nomination papers. ••• The Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel reports that Gov. Jim Doyle and Congressman Dave Obey could dump $3.3 million from their campaign accounts into races to help fellow Democrats this fall. Both Doyle and Obey have been silent about what

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they’ll do although Obey signaled Saturday he would send the money to the Democratic Party committees. Some of Obey’s money may flow into races for the state Legislature, where Democrats are hoping to hold on to thin majorities in both houses. ••• Some political news releases and wire reports on local and state political races - not used in our print edition - are being posted on our Web site at The link can be found on the site’s front page - on the left-hand column - “Election 2010.” - Gary King, with wire reports and news releases

Our weekly Web poll this past week asked readers about their Internet usage, in part to gauge how many of you have Internet access. Of course, you need the Internet to respond to the poll. So much for forethought. Perhaps the information from the recent census will help clarify how many of us in Burnett and Polk counties use the Internet from home these days. Our own interaction with the public tells us there’s still a good number of people in our community who prefer to use the old typewriter and Wite-Out when typing up a news release. Some take pride in producing a 1,200-word, handwritten letter to the editor, complete with no spell-check program. You have to appreciate the nostalgia involved, but it raises some curiosity about who among us can make it this far into the 21st century without at least having given a Commodore 64 a trial run. It makes us feel a little guilty and lazy here at the newspaper for having to ask, “Do you think you could e-mail this to us?” Statistics say that maybe as many as 75 or 80 percent of us nationwide have Internet - but we’re guessing it’s about half of us here in northwestern Wisconsin. At a small diner in northern Burnett County, free Wifi draws a good number of patrons in for a cup of coffee and the chance to catch up on e-mailing and Facebook. That’s the kind of information that is more telling than the Web polls and filled out questionnaires. Our focus on local Internet usage comes as we try to maintain our balance in the paper and electronic worlds, as a local news provider. The Leader Web site gets hundreds of visitors each day without offering as much as our printed version. Our e-edition (an electronic facsimile of the print version) has about 200 subscribers - people who want to keep in touch with their hometown and not wanting to wait for the print version to arrive via regular mail. Many e-edition subscribers are locals who just like the convenience and expediency of getting the paper before the print versions make it out of our printing plant. As one of the most visited local Web sites, we’d like to offer more on our site - and the site of our sister paper, the Washburn County Register - and the site of our Advertisers - but one of the keys is in knowing our existing and potential audience. This week, Gov. Jim Doyle announced the state will spend some federal stimulus money to help expand high-speed telecommunications services to hundreds of schools and libraries in rural Wisconsin, including several in Burnett and Polk counties. Doyle said the money will ensure they can meet the need for additional bandwidth and ensure that citizens have equal Internet access “regardless of demographics, geography or economic status.” It’s a noble cause and will likely use up the $28.7 million proposed - $22.9 million of it from the federal stimulus package (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) - fairly quickly. Isn’t the private sector doing a good job in getting everyone wired up? After all, it’s being argued, nearly 65 percent of Americans have high-speed Internet now. But would schools and libraries have the ability to expand their services without a subsidy from the government? And some claim it’s an evil plot for the government to show the people who don’t need or want the Internet what they are missing - and gain more control over the Internet. It’s clear we’re not there yet but local newspapers - like us - are doing their best to exist and thrive in two worlds. We’ll continue to involve paper and ink for some time to come. And no, we won’t be turning away that handwritten press release in the near future. Give us your thoughts on the stimulus incentive and how you use the Internet - or don’t use it. You could phone us or write us a letter. But do you think you could e-mail instead?

Salvation Army is down, not out

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• Where to write • President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. 20500 Governor Jim Doyle P.O. Box 7863, Madison, WI 53707 Congressman David Obey (7th District) 2462 Rayburn Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515 or Federal Building, Wausau, WI 54401 (715) 842-5606 Rep. Nick Milroy (73rd District) Room 221 North, State Capitol P.O. Box 8952, Madison 53708 E-mail:


Rep. Ann Hraychuck (28th District) State Capitol, P.O. Box 8942 Madison, WI 53708 Phone: 608-267-2365 • Toll free: 888-529-0028 In-district: 715-485-3362 rep.hraychuck@ Rep. Mary Hubler (75th District) Room 7 North, State Capitol P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708 or 1966 21-7/8 St., Rice Lake 54868 (715) 234-7421• (608) 2662519 U.S. Senator Herb Kohl 330 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 (715) 832-8492

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) 2321390 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

Our Currents feature this week brings us to a reality check that we all need to take measure of our own lives - and perhaps consider how we help others. The Salvation Army in Burnett and Polk counties has simply run out of money to help in emergencies. But like a staggering prizefighter, they keep punching. They’ll be starting up their Red Kettle Campaigns - the campaigns usually conducted during the Christmas holiday - in July. The story makes us realize the severity of the job crisis and the need to watch over the most vulnerable of potential victims of a recession - children. The Salvation Army’s incredible Happy Kids Backback program is nearly heartbreaking in its mission to make sure kids have something to eat over the weekend. A recent savior for the Salvation Army program has been the Otto Bremer Foundation, which donated $70,000 to the program last year. The most benevolent organization in this region’s history, the Bremer Foundation has come to the rescue of various community organizations over the years and spreads its donations out over hundreds of communities. It can’t duplicate its donation this year to the Salvation Army, which is now relying more than ever on individual donations. And it’s not easy for most of us to find extra money to spare these days. Hats off to the Salvation Army for its mission and courage in coming forward to ask for help - in order to help others.

It’s about the fam - and having fun

Father’s Day and Frederic Family Days are a good combination - and even if the two didn’t fall on the same weekend, the community celebration still holds the lure for being one of the best in Northwest Wisconsin. For well over four decades now, the Family Days celebration has lived up to its name of offering some quality family time in a friendly small town that could be tagged a modern Mayberry, if you will. That’s meant in a postive, feelgood way. Frederic is a Rockwellian place with a lake (although somewhat shrunken this year), a beautiful park, a railroad depot and museum and one of the best - if not the best - parade of the short summer season of community celebrations. There are fireworks, a street dance, entertainment, good food and more this weekend, thanks to a legion of hardworking, loyal volunteers. The still-new Frederic Arts organization is getting more and more involved, offering an innovative art medley show at their new headquarters in the former Legion Hall across from Coon Lake Park - all weekend. (And if you return the following weekend, Frederic Arts is sponsoring a “jazzy, blues-jammin’ group” called GST, who will perform a free concert at the park). Here’s to the good times to be had this weekend in Frederic and the continuation of a great tradition.

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Editorials by Gary King





• Letters to the editor • Farmers first So far this year, the farmers of Polk County have had a good year. The rain is helping as well as the warm weather. The crops look very healthy, but there is a slight delay in the hay making. Everything is going good for most farmers this year after years of less than adequate rainfall. Now there is another menace challenging farmers. It is people like Steve McCormack that do not like smelling animal manure and want to put more restrictions on farming. Polk County has been farmed for many years. They cleared the land and made a living for their families for decades. Yes, the farmers have changed their practices from the 1880s to the present time, but one thing that has never changed is the fact they have always used manure to fertilize their crops. Yes, manure does smell. Every farmer that uses manure knows the sooner they till it under the more value they get out of it. Farmers have a lot of chores to do in their workweek, which, may we remind you, is seven days long. Farmers have delays and setbacks such as weather delays and costly machinery breakdowns. Farmers try their best to get their work done but sometimes things just do not go their way. It seems as years pass by we see more and more homes built in the farm country of Polk County. What you have to remember is that the farms were here first. If you want to live in the country you have to accept the smells and noise of your farmer neighbors; if not, stay in town or the city. Farmers are important to Polk County and the whole United States. Until you can say that you do not have to go to the grocery store and are completely self-reliant you are in debt to the American farmer. And if you are self-reliant, you are good enough to be a farmer. Please leave the farmers alone to do their job. All the farmers we know that are left are very passionate about what they do and are stewards of their land. Farming wasn’t intended to smell good, just taste good. Scott and Kay Jacobson Cushing

Ashamed? The county board seems to be just like Washington, do their work behind closed doors. Are they ashamed of what they are doing to the taxpayers? The taxpayers should know what the board is doing with their money. Putting two people that want a new campus on the five-year plan for maintaining the highway building seems almost like having the fox guard the henhouse. Dennis McKinney Luck

The missing cross A cross erected on a remote Mojave Desert site after WWI to honor our war dead has been stolen. This, after the Supreme Court allowed it to remain standing. This 7-ft.-high metal cross was cut down by vandals who cut the bolts that were holding the cross to the rocks. This memorial has been vandalized many times in the past 75 years. The theft has been condemned by the various veteran groups that support the cross. The civil libertarians and the ACLU see the cross as a violation of the constitutional separation of church and state. As this cross was on government property, stealing it is a federal offense, punishable by a jail sentence and/or a fine to the person or persons that stole this cross. I, for one, hope that these vandals are caught and given the punishment they deserve. This cross is to remind us of those that gave their lives for this country. God bless America. Jack Rued Amery

Closing down Wisconsin ... again On Thursday evening, I attended the Polaris meeting at the Osceola High School to hear strategies for the unfortunate employees of Polaris. I wasn’t surprised to find that the simpleminded solution from the DWD secretary, Rep. Ann Hraychuck, Gov. Doyle, Rep. Obey, and the other cast of clowns in Madison, and Washington, was to promise free retraining for all. The same solution for the employees of Harley-Davidson, and the other 4,000 people from large companies pulling out of Wisconsin. Will this extend to everybody else that has lost a job, or just those belonging to groups? Is there going to be equal protection for all? Who will pay for all this free training at trade schools and colleges? Taxpayers? Brilliant! All these lost jobs mean less revenue to the government, and they plan to spend more to send everybody to schools that are already subsidized with tax dollars. And once all these people are trained, where are the jobs? All the employers have left the state. Let’s not forget that all these folks are going to have to collect workman’s comp or welfare while attending school. Not to worry, it’s probably in the Constitution that the government should provide education, jobs and health care. Oh, now that I thought about it, that was in Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. It sure is comforting to have such smart legislators acting on our behalf. They just think of everything. For these economically illiterate, ignorant and inept politicians, how about cutting corporate taxes, payroll taxes, income taxes, regulations and mandates so that this would be a business-friendly state? How about promoting the building of a refinery, and maybe a coal or natural gas fired power plant or two? How about a new bridge over the St. Croix to Stillwater? Think of all the jobs. Tell the environmentalist nut jobs to pack their bags and get out if it’s going to cause their pea brains to hemorrhage. Stop trying to take the easy way out all the time. Steve Cooper Frederic

For Stub The American Legion, Frederic, went of the their way to extend courtesy to me at Edwin “Stub” Ruhn’s funeral and interment at the Frederic cemetery as I was a stranger to most of them. I wore my WWII uniform that day for Stub, and I was included with them in the honor guard. Stub was in the 88th Infantry Division and so was I. We were both inducted at the same time. He landed in the infantry and I in the artillery – the “B” 338th supported Stub’s regiment. At Fiumetto, Italy, an enemy shell hit our gun position and I was seriously wounded. One man was killed and two walked wounded. Stub was an ammunitions carrier with a Jeep and trailer to the front. Incidentally, Stub told me that he had worn out three Jeeps. Our guns, 105mm Howitzers, were set up by the highway near this town and Stub always wanted to stop by, but never had time. This time he did stop, but was an hour too late. The guys told him I wasn’t going to make it – I was that messed up. The cannoneers later gave support to forward thrusts made in the vicinities of Belvedere, Sassoleone and Mt. Grande. Not the least of the 338th’s achievement was the recent decimation of the 1st German Paratroop Division, which made three determined attacks in the sector covered by the 338th. The artillery battalion fired nearly 4,500 shells at these picked troops, broke up all three attacks and inflicted heavy casualties. The Germans called us the “Blue Devils” because of the blue cloverleaf patch on our shoulders. (Some of this information was taken from a Press Release from the Associated Press that was sent to the Minneapolis Tribune and my mother cut it out.) Wills Thomson New Richmond Former Blue Devil “B” 338th FA Battalion 88th Division

Must have forgot I must reply to Bob Blake’s rant about Polaris and Ann Hraychuck. Bob Blake was a Wisconsin state milk inspector. The man received wages from the state of Wisconsin. That means he was living off taxpayers money. Blake came with his clipboard full of rules. The farmers and store owners were forced to follow his stupid rules. I wonder how many farmers he drove out of business? He must have forgot! Polaris is not leaving Wisconsin because they are not making a profit. They still pay out profit sharing. They are leaving because of greed. Cheap slave wages in Mexico. There will be no safety standards or benefits for the employees. Some people say wages as low as 56 cents an hour? Mr. Blake, can you live on 56 cents an hour? We need tariffs to level the wage floor. So, Mr. Blake, do you get a pension from the state of Wisconsin? Do you get Social Security and Medicare? You poor socialist. Royce Anderson Clayton

Polaris I have been following the closing of the Polaris plant in the local papers. I have seen letters to the editor blaming local, county and state government officials. Some folks think that not having the Osceola-to-Amery trail be available for ATVs is the reason Polaris has decided to move the plant to Mexico. The actual reason is a basic money decision by Polaris management. The reported total payroll of the Osceola plant is $15 million. I understand the average wage in the Osceola plant is $15/hr. while the wages for an employee in Mexico will be $5/hr. or less. As you can see, this is a total of $10 million per year Polaris will save. These $10 million will end up in increased profits for Polaris every year after leaving Osceola. I do not know of any way to get Polaris to stay in Osceola, short of the village, county and state government giving $10 million tax dollars every year to encourage Polaris to stay. All the foregoing being said, the real casualties of the Polaris decision are the employees who have given years of service to help build Polaris into the profitable company it is today. The road to new employment for the unemployed Polaris workers will be long and hard. I want to recognize Commerce Secretary Olver, Development Secretary Gassman and Rep. Ann Hraychuck, village President Demulling, and others for having the town hall meeting on Thursday night. All of us need to support the Polaris employees and do all we can to help them find new employment. Jim North Osceola

Signpost I always look forward to reading Behind the Signpost. Your story about four cemeteries caused me to reread the Lake Geneva one. I have walked the beautiful hilltop place many times. I began teaching at Lake Geneva High School in l955, but I never saw the cemetery during our two-year stay. We were married in June of ’55 in Mexico City, and I began teaching in September. It was a bad way to start a marriage as I had to stay up until midnight most nights preparing lessons in physics and biology. I had been away from those subjects for several years. We did have a three-month honeymoon in Mexico while I was writing my thesis for my Master of Arts in anthropology that summer. It was so good I had to go back a couple of years later and finish it. Sofia’s conservative family never allowed us to be alone during our two years of courtship; we always had a chaperone outside the home. When I proposed marriage, her dad, who was a graduate of the

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University of Mexico Medical School, told me I had to have a job before I could marry his daughter. Reality hit me in the face, and I activated my file at River Falls College where I had a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and minors in math and German (1950). The superintendent at Lake Geneva evidently like my resume, and he sent me a contract which I signed immediately. That’s how I became a teacher and a married man. Sofie didn’t speak much English, so losing her loving family, giving up a job she liked as personal secretary to the manager of Columbia Records of Mexico and losing me most of the week was depressing. Some years later, she told me she cried herself to sleep every night until our first son was born the following spring. It helped immensely that another newlywed couple befriended us. Hollis was a teacher and his wife was homesick, too. Alyce helped Sofia with English and was a real friend. We all got along great and have been close friends ever since. Those friends stayed in Lake Geneva until Hollis retired. They lived near the cemetery so it was a short walk to it. We always looked forward to the walk around that beautiful place on our visits. The last walk was the year of the cicadas. Although cicadas hatch every year of their 17-year cycle, they are overabundant in some years. We had never seen so many cicadas as we did in that cemetery, and the cacophony was so loud I couldn’t communicate with my poor hearing. The next day we motored down to the Morton Arboretum to visit an Army friend who was their horticulturist. The cicadas were even more numerous there. I can’t resist commenting on your Jenny Wren nostalgia. I have eight wren houses concentrated in the wooded area of our three-acre lawn. The male fills every box with sticks before the female goes shopping. After she selects one she will build a small grass nest on the top of the sticks usually near the back. After the honeymoon the male has nothing better to do but destroy the eggs of swallows and bluebirds and fill their boxes with sticks. I no longer enjoy that cackling sound you love because I know a male wren is proclaiming mayhem. I monitor about 80 bluebird boxes every week of nesting season and report the results to the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin. Since I am 82 years old, I identify with a lot of stuff you write. Keep up the good work! Rodg Meyer St. Croix Falls

Yellow bikes I love the yellow bike project in St. Croix Falls. Cheers to Brad Foss for planning and implementing the idea. Ann Tucker St. Croix Falls

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• Letters to the editor • Open letter to DNR Dear Secretary Frank: My name is Neal W. Chapman. I am active in Polk County as one of a few Woodland Advocates working across the state. One of my roles, as I see it, is to help others see possibilities for their land. I am an active member of NW Chapter WWOA, Wisconsin Family Forests, American Tree Farm System, and Minnesota Forestry Association In addition, I have participated in training and demonstrations with the following programs: Master Woodland Steward, Wisconsin Woodland Leadership Institute, Wisconsin Coverts (wildlife) Program, The Leopold Foundation, the Woodland Advisor Program and Forestry Extension in Minnesota, and numerous other educational opportunities. Recently I again had the opportunity to visit the nursery in Hayward; during that visit we attendees learned that they must destroy significant numbers of unsold seedlings this year. Is this due to disease or mismanagement of the seedlings? No. It is done so as not to “compete” with private nurseries. I was shocked to hear of this. Studies have shown that the number of privately held woodlands with smaller-inacreage parcels is growing. This means an increased need for small-quantity orders of seedlings. Private nurseries require purchases to be in significantly larger quantities to be anywhere near cost competitive. The alternative is to pay a premium for the smaller lots. This has a significant impact to the smaller property owner. It is my understanding new landowner contacts are a top priority for the DNR forestry. They attempt to make that all-important first contact, assist the landowner in creating a plan and encouraging them to action with the plan. Reasonably priced seedlings can be a major part of this program. Closing down state-run nurseries due to buckling under lobby pressure is

contrary to the goals. Why would we remove one of the most cost-effective and encouraging ways to promote tree planting and replacement? Also, please keep in mind the impact to the larger Wisconsin industry when eliminating the state-run nurseries. The forestry products industry has a significant fiscal impact to the state. The industry needs a continuing supply of wood. In fact, we have the Managed Forest Law incentive program to help guarantee a steady supply of wood products to the mills. This steady supply depends on replanting what is cut, especially conifers. Keep in mind that many landowners aren’t equipped to plant large quantities of seedlings in any one year. This is where the state-run nurseries are critical for the landowner plans. If the state-run nurseries are closed, I ask, “Where will the replanting come from? When? And at what cost?” The days of the big timber companies owning and managing is over. For every year landowners don’t plant, production is lost. Think about what else is lost, the positive carbon storage gain, the managed wildlife habitats etc. I am challenging the decision makers and those who are willing to help me to think outside the immediate $ box! State nurseries need to be able to sell in smaller lots, say 500, as is the case in neighboring Minnesota. Again, policy is what needs to be looked seriously at, not closing a valuable resource. In recent years, grant assistance/cost share programs have been cut and tree purchases have decreased. Now, the farm bill offers hope. A major challenge will be to educate the public on steps needed to access those resources. For every action there is a reaction. Think about the short as well as long-term effect of nursery closure. The economy is down and will recover; we should be lowering the price to promote more sales. If this impacts the for-profit nurseries, I say, “Good!” We are a capitalist country and free competition is appropriate.

The private nurseries have been planning on nursery closure for a long time. They have successfully, apparently, put pressure on the Legislature to get rid of the state nursery competition. I suspect all the state nurseries may eventually be closed. Sales are down. The short-term impact means seedlings will still be available from the other two state-run nurseries. What is the downside? Do they have the resources for the additional volume? There needs to have been enough lead time in order to grow the necessary inventory. Also, given the differences in climate and soils, will the start the seedlings are given be appropriate for them to survive the variations? Will they be hardy enough? We are all taught to buy local. Since 1944 the Hayward nursery has been an important economic contributor to its local community, operating with a very small, efficient and dedicated staff, especially when measured against the volume produced. It is an extremely valuable local resource, knowledgeable about local conditions and readily available to provide assistance to individuals ( including local foresters). Let’s make the right decision and keep it operating. Managers need to be allowed to manage. Current government policy dictates that they lose money. Before we seriously consider closing Hayward, let’s take a long hard look at policy and see if we cannot find a more appropriate solution for the benefit of our state as a whole. The above remarks are my personal statement, and do not necessarily reflect those of any organization to which I belong. Neal W. Chapman Lewis

RE: Time to speak Did anyone notice that the tone of this letter is always the same? Back in the good old days. Maybe he is right, we should go back to when the highway department had 90-plus employees, instead of the 30 or so they have now. So, let’s hire 60 more people like the good old days. Maybe they can rebuild our roads back to when they were narrow and out of that old oil-andgravel mix. He mentioned we could have a large sand trap like we used to drain the shop. As I remember the current shop used to drain straight into Balsam Lake in the old days, let’s go back to that. The DNR would love that. If it seems smarter to have the highway people drive cars in the winter to save money, why not bikes? Come on! We need to look toward the future. Our roads will be getting wider with more traffic and whether we like it or not, the buildings get to a stage where they are too far gone to repair. If not, we would all still be driving Model T’s and still keep the original house and barn that was first built on our property. The county now maintains the same highways with 66 percent less people than the good old days. The county needs a plan for the long term on how and when to replace its facilities. We can look at the good old days, but things are always changing, and with new regulations and legalities, things cost more to do. Whether it’s building a new road for future traffic or building a new building to current codes. We need to have our focus on the future of Polk County so we don’t leave our children with old, unsafe county facilities. We need a good plan so we know where we are going in the future. Time to speak … at least know what you are speaking about. Come on! Pam Henderson Amery

• Area news at a glance • Local company may help in Gulf RICE LAKE - Rice Lake company American Excelsior says the EPA has approved one of its products to absorb oil, and is looking to use it in the Gulf of Mexico. The EPA has designated the Curlex product as a sorbent material earlier this month, which means it’s been approved for the cleanup by the EPA. Kelsey says they plan to submit the product in white paper form within the next few weeks. American Excelsior hopes to convince British Petroleum that their wood fibers are an essential tool for the cleanup of the oil spill spewing into the Gulf. Company technical services director Kurt Kelsey and several others put together demonstrations that are getting attention from federal officials like U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold. American Excelsior Wood Products director Mike Singer says they’ve tried to contact BP many times. He says the company has a lot of different products that can help in many different ways, but the company is trying to get BP’s attention right now. In a letter sent June 8 to BP, Feingold urges the company to tap domestic companies like American Excelsior in this crisis. American Excelsior has created wood-fiber and foam products since 1888. The company opened its Rice Lake wood fiber plant in 1906.- Laura Podgornik, Wisconsin Public Radio Debate school layoffs BARRON - At an informational meeting Monday evening, June 14, Barron Area School District officials announced that plans to lay off custodians and contract with an outside firm for maintenance duties might now be on hold. Superintendent Monti Hallberg said that the district received a letter June 1 from the union representing support staff. The letter indicated a willingness to restart negotiations;

made whether or not to proceed with the garage. “We should have our own area to bring people into the police department,” Cumberland Police Officer Rick Henck said. “We shouldn’t be bringing them through the front door during business hours.” - Cumberland Advocate

previously, support staff had asked to hold off their negotiations until the teachers union had reached a settlement with the district first. The renewed talks with support staff led to a tentative agreement. Although not yet finalized, part of the proposed agreement involves banning layoffs for the purpose of contracting out services. “It looks like the layoffs very well may not happen,” Hallberg said. The agreement is also said to include provisions that would save the district an estimated $100,000-$120,000, which would make a significant dent in the upcoming budget’s projected deficit. Making this agreement official would require coming to a settlement with the teachers union (negotiations for the 2009-2011 school years remain unresolved) and having the tentative agreement ratified by both Northwest United Educators and the school board. - Barron News-Shield

Census worker allegedly attacked RICE LAKE - A Rice Lake man is free on a $1,000 signature bond after being charged in Barron County Circuit Court with misdemeanor battery for allegedly kicking a census worker in the stomach. Danny A. Traicoff, 46, is accused of attacking Dale Stoik, 66, at Traicoff’s mother’s residence at 2271 28th St. May 15 just after Stoik had gotten the census information he needed. Police responded to the scene and took Traicoff, who was allegedly hiding in a bedroom in the residence, into custody May 16. - Rice Lake Chronotype

Alternate building proposal CUMBERLAND - Discussion surrounding a proposed floor plan for a new city hall/police department/municipal court continued at the June meeting of the Cumberland City Council. The council heard comments from a police officer, the department’s Wisconsin Professional Police Association representative, and the police chief on a couple of issues with the design of the police department. The men were concerned with the layout of the building, the possible safety issues it could create for the officers and the public, and space issues. In the latest revision of the plan, the police department saw the most changes, with the elimination of one officer workstation, loss of some evidence storage and general storage space, and a change to the garage to an “add alternate,” meaning that if the bids came in at a desirable figure, a decision could be

Development planned SUPERIOR - Officials with the city of Superior and a development group signed an agreement Tuesday to develop three acres of Barker’s Island. The city’s redevelopment authority and city council in May voted to sell the property to and approve a development agreement with the Barker’s Island Development Corp., the company that originally developed housing on the island. Today there are 27 homes on 10 acres of the island. Those homes, built on 10 acres of land that originally cost $300,000 when it was sold in 1989, are worth about $10 million and make a significant contribution to Superior’s tax base, said Jack Culley, president of the development corporation. The corporation will pay $225,000 for the last three acres of developable land on the manmade island, under the terms of the agreement. The corporation will establish

the utilities and prepare building sites, Culley told the authority in May. The development agreement calls for the construction of single and multifamily homes on the site formerly used for cradle storage by the marina, and undeveloped areas on Marina Drive. Nine building sites will be prepared, three on the waterfront. Culley said the type of homes – single family or duplexes – will be driven by market demand. The project’s first phase is scheduled for completion Dec. 31, 2012, and is estimated to cost about $3 million, and will begin when the first site is sold, Culley said. - Superior Telegram

Former sheriff captured KANABEC COUNTY, Minn. - After more than a week on the run, former Kanabec County Sheriff Von Thompson was taken into custody on May 30 after an alert citizen spotted him inside a northern Minnesota restaurant. Kanabec County Sheriff Steve Schulz said Tuesday morning that Thompson was positively identified on the afternoon of May 30 by Moorehead police and arrested without incident. Authorities were alerted to Thompson’s whereabouts by a vacationing Mora resident who spotted the onetime lawman eating at a Bennigan’s. An arrest warrant was issued for Thompson on May 21 after local prosecutors filed a six-count felony theft complaint alleging Thompson burglarized a Kanabec County man’s garage while he was vacationing in Florida. The most recent criminal charges come on the heels of a jury convicting Thompson earlier this spring of swindling an elderly Mora man out of more than $170,000. Sentencing in that case has been scheduled for later this summer. - Pine County Pioneer

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Luck trustees punt on massage fees New Trustee John Wilcox sworn in to fill board vacancy by Greg Marsten Leader staff reporter LUCK – Village of Luck Administrator Kristina Handt said she has been put in a difficult position of late, noting that there are codes and ordinances on the village law books that are not being enforced or that some people were not even aware they existed. “I’ve been put in a very difficult spot,” Handt said. “We’re going to have it [ordinances] on the books, but not enforce them.” One of those areas involves the licensing of massage operations and operators. Bella Salon in Luck has been open for over eight years and has offered massage services for much of that time. However, the licensing requirements have not been brought to anyone’s attention until late last year, according to Handt. Those fees would amount to $200 annually, with an annual $20 fee for each masseuse. Handt recommended lowering the business fee to $100, while increasing the individual masseuse fee up to $75. Those fees include annual fire inspections and police background checks, and also require annual physicals, due to the “skin-on-skin” contact. The ordinance was last modified in 1987. However, Bella co-owner Kyle Johansen asked that the fees be waived, since they have already obtained state licensing credentials. He questioned the need to have a village massage business license - and hence, extra fees - as well as questioned why the issue had never come up before. “I’ve been told a lot of it [the ordinance] was to discourage strip bars in town,” Johansen said. There was a general disagreement among trustees as to the need for another license, with Bella already having a state license. There was also a concern that because the village was in the middle of a codification review, they may be addressing an issue that will also need to be addressed in the future once the code review is complete. Handt noted that the license fees are meant to cover associated regulatory costs, of which the state does little more than certify the process - in effect allowing them to advertise as certified masseurs. “I want to be fair to everyone,” she said, adding that the village requires license fees for a bevy of different types of busi-

Luck village clerk Kathy Hanson administered the oath of office to newly appointed Trustee John Wilcox on Wednesday, June 9. Wilcox fills a board vacancy created with Jen Nelson’s resignation in April. – Photo by Greg Marsten ness. There was also some disagreement on the requirement for masseurs to have annual physicals, and even Handt noted the references to communicable diseases like tuberculosis. “But that concerns me,” stated Trustee Peter Demydowich. “It’s for protection, skin-to-skin contact. There should be medical involvement ... I don’t know why you wouldn’t want that.” In the end, the issue was tabled for further review, but it did leave Bella’s current massage status unclear, although Handt assured trustees that they can delay the license requirement until the next meeting, so trustees can have a chance to better review the state’s requirements, similar policies in villages and cities and also talk with constituents.

Other board business • The board unanimously approved the appointment of John Wilcox to fill a vacancy created with Jen Nelson’s recent resignation. Wilcox was sworn in and began his term immediately which runs until April 2011. He was also appointed to the police commission. • Several liquor and fee licenses for a number of businesses were approved. However, the board did not approve a pending liquor license update for the Northern Bar on Main Street. The village must wait apparently wait until the tavern renews their state seller’s permit with the Department of Revenue, which has

apparently lapsed. The tavern’s current village license expires on June 30, 2010. It was unclear why the Northern has not renewed their seller’s permit. • A recent annexation issue involving the former village dump site moved forward. The territory is adjacent to current village property, on the village’s north side, but is currently located within the town of Luck. The 39- to 45-acre parcel is located to the west of 150th Street/North Lake Street, north of 260th Avenue. The annexation must then be filed with the Secretary of State and Polk County clerk. There were no objections. • The board approved a move to pay off the bulk of the remaining library construction loan note with proceeds form the sale of the former library. The former library building was sold to Ben and Eileen Gutzmer for $20,000, which was far below what the village was hoping to recoup. That sale was closed earlier this month. “I talked with some members of the library board, and they weren’t exactly enthused [about the sale price],” village President Steve Nielsen said, noting that the structure was originally appraised at over $52,000 in 2008. Handt said the market had changed, and there were very few bites on the building, even at a greatly reduced price. She said the new library was constructed using a Community Development Block Grant and future donations. The donations were pledged over a five-year period, and the library was constructed

using a $128,144 construction loan - of which, all but $18,643 is paid off, plus an additional $5,979 in village payments from last year. During the construction of the new library, the village had pledged to use the proceeds from the old library as their contribution. “They’re going to be a bit short with the sale of the [old] library,” Nielsen said. The board voted to cover the remaining portion of the construction note. • The board approved the hiring of Dudley Cran as a part-time village maintenance crew employee. Cran has quite a bit of small-engine experience, according to Nielsen, and will start this week. • Nielsen outlined recent discussion with the plan commission on the pending United Pioneer Home building project, how they plan to issue bonds to fund the construction, but that there is some debate about which type of bonding mechanism to use. He said the issue will be more clear at the next board meeting in July. • Handt said the village is currently reviewing their engineering firm contracts, and will have a meeting with five prospective firms Monday, June 21, at 6 p.m. Those five firms will be reduced to three finalists by staff members, with the final decision to go before the board for review and a decision in July. • Luck Community Club resident Elaine Ogilvie gave an update on Lucky Days plans and changes, including a review of food and beer vending changes. The community club will no longer be selling food, leaving that to various vendors, which reportedly includes up to seven different businesses. The club will still be in charge of beer sales. She said there will be dunk tanks for celebrities, and they will also have special drama offerings at Triangle Park, including a special gazebo presentation of “Pinocchio.” Ogilvie also said the Luck FFA will have a tractor show at Flying Pie Pizza’s lot. She also outlined the creation of a new information desk for Lucky Days, so all the events and offerings can be promoted in one place. There is also an ongoing community club calendar project with a local photo for every month, relating to either village events or the change in seasons. Ogilvie said they are seeking photos and plan to print about 100 calendars to start, for sale at Luck events. The calendar will also highlight local events and special happenings, such as Lucky Days, the Winter Carnival and more.

Frey outlines Polk budget process Finance looks at furniture, GAM windows by Gregg Westigard Leader staff reporter BALSAM LAKE – Dana Frey had his initiation into two of the ongoing Polk County issues during the finance committee meeting Wednesday, June 9. The questions of what to do with the conference room furniture and who oversees Golden Age Manor building improvements were both up for discussion. Frey, the new county administrator, also outlined the process for preparing the 2011 budget. Three of the five finance committee members, Brian Masters, Neil Johnson and William Johnson, were present for the meeting. Gary Bergstrom and Kathryn Kienholz were on vacation but Kienholz was connected to the meeting by telephone. Frey said that the county is getting a late start on preparing the 2011 budget which must go to the county board in October, four months from now. To get things moving, he said the supervisors need to set board priorities. Frey said the department heads need that information as they prepare their budgets. He would like to see the staffing and operating requests combined, with the capital improvement requests included. Frey wants all this information by early August. “This committee (finance) will serve as a referee as we hear from the departments,” Frey said. “I have no agenda. The more information and direction I get, the better. The budget process will be very compressed but we can make the dead-

line. State law requires that I submit a full budget. We can get that done by early September.” While the 2011 budget process is the big future task, the committee spent much of its time on the two immediate issues, furniture and windows.

Furniture The county board will again vote on whether to accept the voided purchase of $39,267 of conference room furniture when it meets Tuesday, June 15. Much of the committee discussion was about enforcing county policy and the actions of human services director Sherry Gjonnes, the one who placed the furniture order, allegedly in violation of three sections of the county purchasing policy. “I don’t want to renege on county policy,” Neil Johnson said. “How do we keep this from happening again? What has happened to the person who violated the policies? There have been no consequences. I won’t support the way we got to this point.” “We must follow policy,” Masters said. “This can’t keep happening. We must stop it here.” Malia Malone, assistant corporation counsel, said the issues connected with the purchase are in the hands of the human relations board. She added “I don’t know what they are doing.” Malone said the county could take a loss by rejecting the furniture or accept it with the possibility that at some point the conference center might exist. Masters pointed out that a March county board resolution supporting the conference room concept included no

funding amount. Malone pointed out that the resolution (10-10) says that the board may authorize expenditures after evaluation and discussion. Frey asked if the conference room was in the CIP. When told it was not, he said this is a pitch for a capital plan, where needs can be balanced and total costs considered. The finance committee voted to forward the furniture resolution to the county board without a recommendation.

GAM windows While most of the operation and maintenance of most county building comes under the direction of the buildings department, the status of the county’s two enterprises, Golden Age Manor and the lime quarry, has not been clear. The issue has come back to the table again regarding who should be involved in the process of ordering new windows for the county nursing home, the GAM board or buildings. The county board passed a resolution in April authorizing the GAM board to proceed with the acquisition of new windows to replace the 51-year-old original windows. The request for bids was approved by the GAM board and that board expected to open the bids in late June. Finance director Maggie Wickre told the committee she had requested new information from the project architect and the bid request had not gone out. She added it would go out from the finance office. GAM Administrator Gary Taxdahl told the committee that the request should have gone out a week previous and the delay would put the window installation

behind. He is concerned that a delay might prevent the window installation from being completed during the summer, when weather conditions are good. The discussion then moved in two directions, who should oversee the project and how the project should be paid for. Neil Johnson said that all buildings issues should go through the property (building) department. He said that property has the expertise to do projects and improvements correctly. Johnson cited projects at the fair, not under the oversight of property, that needed to be reworked, as an example. Masters said that projects need a point person and that should be buildings director Debra Peterson. Taxdahl said Peterson had never been involved in GAM projects. He said that many GAM projects, including a new kitchen and construction of the Alzheimer’s unit, had been completed internally. Taxdahl also said that the funding for the windows should come from borrowing. He said that Medicaid funds will repay about 70 percent of the project cost, including interest on the borrowed dollars. The discussion then moved to whether GAM projects should be included in the county’s capital improvement plan. [The latest CIP, dated October 2009, does not include a request for windows and includes no items for 2011 and beyond.] Frey entered the discussion, saying he wants to look at the issues. The next step in the GAM windows project, which everyone present said should not be delayed, will take place at the GAM board meeting June 22.


New degree in casino operations management conferred on three students They join two other students, graduating with degrees in Native American studies Ojibwe Language emphasis, from the LCOOCC St. Croix Outreach Site by Kate Lechnir Special to the Leader HAYWARD - The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College Casino Operations Management degree program was launched in 2007. The two-year program is designed to address the needs of tribal gaming enterprises to recruit and retain tribal members in management positions while working toward the two-year college degree program in casino management. The first to pilot the program was the St. Croix Casinos. Successful implementation was achieved through close cooperation and consultation with the St. Croix Education Department, the casino general managers and human resource directors. The result is a casino management program that rivals the few two-year college degree programs that exist nationwide. Following this model of success, the casino operations management program is now offered at the LCOOCC main campus in Hayward, and at the Bad River Outreach Site. This year, the college is proud to announce the first three graduates of the program: Andrea Candler, Karen Washington and Conrad St. John. Candler, dining room manager for the St. Croix Casino and a Lac Courte Oreilles enrolled tribal member, was one of the first students to enter the casino management program. She is one of the first to graduate. “I’m kind of sad that it’s over, but I’m also very happy because of what I’ve accomplished,” recounted Candler. “I’m the first in my family to graduate from a tribal college.” For Candler, as for many students who work full time and have families, life is an everyday challenge. “Being a full-time mom and working 10 hours a week … and having homework to do ... was really, really hard. I wasn’t willing to give up any of these things, so I had to figure it out and make it work,” she said. “My daughter, Yolanda, is 12, and my son, Tony, is 9. They would say to me, ‘Hey mom, we’re doing homework; you’re supposed to be doing it too!’ They are really happy that I’m graduating. I’m showing them that it is challenging to have a lot of things going on, and you can still accomplish everything you want and need to do.” Candler said the course content was everything that they needed to know. “It was tailor made to our casino’s applications.” Candler explained, “When we were discussing the casino operations, it was as if we were looking at our own departments. The instructor, Dale Hegstrom, designed the courses that way.” “I feel ready to become a casino manager,” reflected St. John. “I feel that LCO

LCO graduates shown are (L to R), top row: Crystle Pewaush and Conrad St. John. Bottom row: Karen Washington, Katie Lechnir and Andrea Candler. - Photo submitted College gave me these tools.” St. John is a member of the St. Croix tribe who has been working with various departments of St. Croix tribal enterprises. St. John continued, “The casino operations management program was very personal. It was a totally hands-on learning experience which I needed. It wasn’t just going into a big classroom and listening to a professor talk. Your opinions and your questions mattered.” “I was intrigued by our Introduction to Tribal Cultures class,” reflected St. John. “LCO college values what Indians stand for, and this class taught me useful knowledge about our ceremonies, lifestyles and how to find balance with old traditions and modern-day living. Kate and Dale made this an enjoyable and meaningful time. I learned a lot. My mom gave me the values to further my education. And the St. Croix Tribe provided the college here on the St. Croix reservation and supported the education program of its tribal members and descendents.” With 13 years of tribal casino experience, Washington, also a member of the St. Croix tribe, responded, “I knew that I was going to benefit from the LCO College casino operations management classes because the classes pertained to tribal casinos … incorporating tribal gaming compacts, tribal laws, policies and procedures.” Washington continued, “Dale Hegstrom, the director of the casino operations management program, used our casino as his own laboratory for teaching, observing and documenting our casino operations. It has given me a lot more knowledge in addition to what I had learned working for the casinos for 13 years.” Washington explained, “The classes taught us how to manage in all areas of the casino. I learned about some

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of the departments within the casino that, even after all of this time, I had not worked in. I’m coming away now with the knowledge that I can manage all areas of a casino or of any hospitality and tourism business. “I’ve never had an opportunity like this before. You can achieve your goals as long as you put your mind to it. I did it. I worked full time, went to school full time, and I raised my daughter on my own. It shows how strong Native women can be, as long as they have their traditions and their beliefs to hold on to.” She said her daughter, Shawnee, is her inspiration. “She is my world, and of course I want her to see what she can accomplish with dedication and discipline,” noted Washington, who also credited her mom and dad for being “my greatest motivators and supporters.” “It is indeed an honor to confer these first three casino operations management degrees,” stated Dr. Danielle Hornett, president of LCOOCC. “As a tribal community college, it is our mission to address the pressing educational needs of the communities that we serve. By educating Native American students in all aspects of casino operations management, we, as a college, are helping tribal enterprises secure optimum management strategies through the hiring of their own well educated tribal members. Congratulations Andrea, Karen and Conrad! ”

Graduates of Native American Studies Passing the rigors of a strong associate degree program in Native American studies - Ojibwe Language Emphasis from the LCOOCC St. Croix Outreach site subscribes to the mission of the college to reflect Ojibwe culture and tribal self-determination. Some of the areas into which a degree in Native American Studies might lead include Ojibwe language instruction, employment through Native American organizations: federal, state, and tribal organizations and many other avenues. Ralph and Delores Pewaush have

headed up the Native American studies department for six years. During that time, they have instilled their knowledge of the Ojibwe culture and language to hundreds of students. “It is very important that you learn your culture and your language,” said Ralph Pewaush. “The LCO College gives students that opportunity. We are really proud of the students who graduate from here. We are honored to be their teachers.” Crystle Pewaush, Waabaajiizik Ma’iigankwe, a member of the Caddo tribe, described her impressions entering the doors of a tribal college. “ I thought that I was too old to start college full time. I was in my mid-30s. I was relieved that there were people here of all different ages. There were kids just out of high school, students my age and there were even quite a few elders,” noted Pewaush. “I could tell right away that this was going to be different from any other college experience … and it was. My first semester was awesome. The classes were smaller. I got a lot of time with my teachers. It was so relaxed, but still with the high education level I was looking for.” Pewaush continued, “I was very challenged intellectually without being overwhelmed by large class sizes and impersonal professors and administrators.” Why major in Native American studies? Pewaush explained, “I majored in Native American studies—Ojibwe Language emphasis because I had made a commitment to steep myself in culture and language instead of business and finance. What better place to learn traditional values than at a tribal college.” Pewaush added, “Now, with this degree in hand, I can go to the next educational step so that I can teach. I feel confident and well-prepared for entering a four-year degree program.” Pewaush added, “My experience at LCO College surpassed all of my expectations in such a positive way and I’m thankful for that experience. As if I wasn’t blessed enough with that, I found the love of my life and we are blessed with our son. So, I would encourage anyone that it’s never too late … you’re never too old to learn something new.”

Writer’s notes As the site coordinator for the St. Croix Outreach Site for the past eight years, it has been my privilege to watch nearly 60 students walk across that stage at graduation. This year, I joined them. I, too, received an Associate of Arts degree in Native American studies—Ojibwe Language emphasis. I hadn’t been in college for over 30 years. The wealth of knowledge I have gained of the history, culture and language of the Native Americans is due to the highest standards of teachings from Ralph and Delores Pewaush, Dixie Dorman, Phyllis Lowe and Brooke Mosay Ammann, the Native American Studies instructors at the LCOOCC St. Croix Outreach site. Each year, I have interviewed every graduate from the St. Croix Outreach site. As instructor Dorman has said, “Each student that graduates from a tribal college is history.” To be able to record their thoughts about graduation has been an inspiration to the members of the St. Croix, Lac Courte Oreilles, and many other tribal communities and to the educational community worldwide. Their accomplishment today has already made an imprint seven generations in the future.

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Village Players Community Theatre kicks off summer season Webster graduate Olivia Main to direct “The Grandest Canyon”

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by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff reporter WEBSTER - Members of the Village Players Community Theatre group held a

Webster graduate Olivia Main, a theater major at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, will direct this year’s Village Players summer production, “The Grandest Canyon,” by Burton Bumgarner. “This is going to be a fascinating year,” said Village Players Community Theatre cofounder Judy Balderson, during the theater company’s June 10 kickoff potluck at the Voyager Village Community Center. kickoff potluck to celebrate their 12th season and to introduce their summer production, “The Grandest Canyon,” by Burton Bumgarner. Webster graduate Olivia Main, a theater major at the University of WisconsinRiver Falls, will direct the production. Main is excited about directing this summer’s production and the talented performers cast in the play. “I am looking forward to directing and appreciate the

opportunity,” said Main, who describes “The Grandest Canyon” as a “touching comedy about learning to broaden one’s horizons.” “This is going to be a fascinating year,” said VPCT co-founder Judy Balderson. “Everyone’s contributions are important, big and small. It’s the teamwork.” The VPCT group is always seeking to broaden community support and involvement in their productions. “Everyone is welcome,” said Balderson, expressing the sentiments of all members. VPCT member Joan Gill entertained the group with stories of the Isle of Mann. The island, located in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland, was influenced by Gaelic culture and is rich in folklore.

Village Players Community Theatre board member Joan Gill entertained the group with stories of the Isle of Mann, a land rich in folklore. Gill’s tall tales of island giants reflected the Gaelic culture’s influence on the island. The Village Players Community Theatre, formed in 1999 to provide theater for the northwestern Wisconsin community, is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization with its own board of directors. The theater’s goal is to provide a source of entertainment and opportunity for all participants, including acting, stage production, directing and for the viewing audience. The VPCT looks to promote community spirit and to have a positive effect on the quality of life in northern Wisconsin. Volunteers are still needed to assist with the 2010 production. The VPCT needs everyone’s support to maintain a successful community theater. For ticket information or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, e-mail the VPCT at:

Ten-year-old Emma Drury of Dresser was the grand-prize winner of a new bike, compliments of Osceola Medical Center’s Emergency Department, at the Community Bike Rodeo last week. Nearly 70 children, along with their families, attended the rodeo, which featured stations representing rules of the road, helmet checks, bike safety checks and an obstacle course. OMC’s Emergency Department Manager Kelly Johnson, RN, presented the bike on behalf of the event’s other sponsors: Osceola Community Education, Osceola Police Department, Osceola EMS and Treadmill Sports. – Photo submitted

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by Gregg Westigard Leader staff reporter BALSAM LAKE – “In hiring, we are not competitive, we are setting the pace,” said James Edgell. “What can we do when we have no money?” Warren Nelson asked. “Unions bought their benefits right by foregoing wage increases,” Russ Arcand said. The topic of employee compensation was the main topic of the Polk County Personnel Committee meeting Thursday, June 10. Current union contracts, management pay, benefits cost sharing, setting comparable wages and state bargaining rules all entered the discussion. Involved in the discussion were committee members Arcand, Patricia Schmidt, Ken Sample, Warren Nelson and Edgell. And while most of the meeting dealt with those issues, county Administrator Dana Frey did define his role in the evaluation of department heads. “My duty is department head performance,” Frey said. “I will move quickly on this. I have had much correspondence over the past weeks on this. Evaluation is a very important issue. I have started developing an evaluation system.” He added that the process should be ready within a month. In the past, governing committees evaluated the department heads.

NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS Date of Notice: June 9, 2010 Name of Responsible Entity (RE): St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin 24663 Angeline Ave. Webster, WI 54801 Telephone Number of RE Preparer Agency: 715-349-2195 These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the St. Croix Tribe.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS Rural Housing and Economic Development Grant (RHED) RH-08-WI-I-0061 On or about June 9, 2010, the St. Croix Tribe will submit a request to the Office of Native American Programs for the release of Rural Housing and Economic Development Grant Funds ($100,000.00) under the Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act of 1996, as amended, to undertake a project known as the Round Lake Apartment Building, for the purpose of reconstructing the facility. The construction area will cover the same footprint as the previous building. The funding source is the Rural Housing and Economic Development Grant (RHED).


The St. Croix Environmental Services Office has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the St. Environmental Office, 3796 State Road 70, Webster, WI 54893, and may be examined or copied weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Any individual, group or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to the Environmental Director, St. Croix Tribe. All comments received by June 25, 2010, will be considered by the St. Croix Tribe prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.


The St. Croix Tribe certifies to HUD’s Office of Native American Programs that, Lewis Taylor, Tribal Chairman of the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD’s Office of Native American Programs approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the St. Croix Tribe to use grant funds.


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Most of the county employees are covered by union contracts. The discussion here included the Wisconsin laws on collective bargaining. An issue is that in disputes, county wages and benefits are compared to those of other counties, not to the private sector. The county is in the second year of a three-year contract. The county will pay union employees a wage increase of just under 3 percent in 2011. It also pays 90 percent of the health premium and 100 percent of the retirement benefit (about 11 percent of the gross wage.) It was that retirement pay that led to Nelson’s comment. “Can we negotiate that 100 percent?” Nelson asked. “What if we have no money?” “The unions gave up wage increases in the past to get the retirement benefits,” Arcand explained. “Then they got the 100 percent and returned to asking for wages. The unions have it [the 100 percent.] We would now need to buy it back.” The base salaries of nonunion management employees

are established by market studies and that topic was also discussed. The last study was completed in 2007 and a new study is due. An issue is what Polk County wages should be compared to, other counties only or the private sector as well. And if the comparison is to other counties, should those counties include Twin Cities metro area counties as well as neighboring Wisconsin counties? Frey entered the discussion, saying that a study would be worthwhile but the county needs to “decide what we want to be” and what market Polk County is competing in for employees. He told the story of two metro counties, both southwest of Minneapolis. “Scott County got sick and tired of being a training ground,” Frey said. “They decided to pay the wages to keep employees. Carver County said ‘we can’t afford it.’” The committee will look in more detail on the type of market study it wants to do. And it will look at hosting a labor negotiations forum where counties can gather to look at Wisconsin laws covering wage and benefit issues and whether legislative changes should be sought.

Green Acres license renewal tabled for second year by Brenda Sommerfeld Leader staff reporter FREDERIC – During a routine village board meeting in Frederic, Monday, June 14, the trustees chose to table the license renewal for the Green Acres Mobile Home Park. The delay in renewal approval, which also happened in 2009, is due to late payments. Clerk Kristi Swanson told the board members that payment was sent in quickly after the license was held back last year. “Tell them in the future, we expect payments in a timely matter,” Trustee Kerry Brendel stated. “They should be reminded that we may rescind in the middle of the contract,” William Johnson IV commented. After receiving the overdue payments, the board is expected to approve the license renewal during an upcoming meeting. All other license renewals for alcohol Class A beer/liquor and Class B beer/liquor, cigarette and the Swanson Trailer Park were accepted without hesitation. Permits and licenses were also approved for the fireworks display and temporary Class B beer licenses for the Family Days celebration from Friday, June 18, to Sunday, June 20. Parking in alleys concern Eleanore Carlson came to the board as a concerned citizen wondering what could be done to prevent cars from

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being parked in alleyways. She spoke of how it blocks traffic and how it would be impossible for emergency vehicles to get to some residents while the areas are blocked. Police Chief RJ Severude responded to Carlson’s concern by asking the board to add the discussion of putting an ordinance in place for banning parking in alleys during a future meeting. “Alley access is limited,” he said. With no current ordinance, the board agreed to include the discussion on an agenda of a meeting to come.

CMAR resolution adopted A compliance maintenance annual report is required to be completed by the village for the DNR every year. This year’s report was adopted in resolution 061410 during the June meeting. Grades of A were given for every category, excluding effluent quality of BOD and groundwater, which received D’s. The report stated that the BOD samples spiked during winter months of 2009 and January and May of this year to cause the average to be above the limit. Lagoon covers are still being discussed to help reduce the levels during the winter months. Monitoring wells 803 and 804 caused the problems with the groundwater. They are located near old seepage cells, and 804 has high ammonia levels. Both will be closely monitored, while wells 805, 806 and 807 have not been used since July 2007 due to their high nitrate and nitrite levels. Vacating street postponed Approval to vacate Fourth Avenue, in the Warren Peterson subdivision, was on the agenda but was postponed until the July meeting. Brendel commented he was unsure why the board would be abandoning the street at this time. He did not feel it was the recent recommendation of the public works committee. Without village Administrator Dave Wondra being present at the meeting to give more information on the request, all trustees agreed it be held until the July agenda.


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Pirates amazing journey meets difficult end

Arcadia triumphs in 11-inning sectional thriller

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Arcadia 3, Grantsburg 2 by Marty Seeger HAMMOND – After winning their fifth straight regional crown and their 47th-straight victory over St. Croix Central last week in a 1-0 gem, the Pirates amazing season came to what seemed like a screeching halt on Monday in Hammond. The defending state champion Pirates were poised to defend their title again in 2010, but came up short in a heartbreaking loss to Arcadia in 11 innings. “Some say, ‘how can you be upset about that,’” Pirates coach Don Bjelland said on the season overall. “But you know, it was crushing, and I’ve never seen kids take it that hard … because their goal was that high.” From the start of the game runs were difficult to come by, especially for Arcadia, facing the always-dominant Michelle Lund, who had a no-hitter going after three innings. The innings didn’t come without great Pirates defense however, as Arcadia was connecting with the ball, but right into the waiting gloves of the Pirates. It was three up, and three down in the first three frames, which may not have been the case had it not been for the golden glove of Pirate center fielder Cody Crawford, who ran down a long ball to center, and made a beautiful over-the-shoulder catch, stopping after a slight collision with the fence. It ended the inning and preserved the no-hitter for Lund. “One of best catches I’ve ever seen by an outfielder in all my years of coaching,” Bjelland said. Arcadia finally got a hit on a single in the top of the fourth, but managed to capitalize on a leadoff double and a twoout single in the fifth by Lexi Bergum to give them their first lead of the game. Grantsburg didn’t waste much time echoing that run, however, as they came right back in the bottom of the fifth, following the lead of Lauren Romanowski who hit a one-out double down the line in left field, and later scored on a single by Crawford. A quick sixth inning eventually led to an exciting seventh, as Grantsburg managed to keep the score tied and give themselves a shot at the state tournament. Romanowski and Crawford both singled with just one out and Sarah Wald came up to the plate, jacking a long fly ball to center that appeared to go over the head of the left-fielder. Unfortunately, the Pirates base runner on second thought it went over the head of the Arcadia left fielder who made a backhanded grab. She threw to second for the double play, which sent the game into extra innings. “We made some baserunning mistakes that cost us, but we also played awfully well in other areas,” Bjelland said. Both teams got things done in short order in the eighth and ninth innings, before Arcadia got things going in the top of the 10th on three consecutive singles to make it a 2-1 game. That didn’t faze

Grantsburg catcher Lauren Romanowski celebrates after the home plate umpire called Arcadia’s Treca Suchla out. However, the call was disputed by the third-base umpire, and it turned into the winning run for Arcadia. – Photos by Scott Hoffman the Pirates, as they came right back in the Despite the Pirates 11 hits, some of bottom of the inning with a Romanowski their best hitters went 0 for 4. The Pirates single. Sam Schweiger came in for her as were led by Meyer, who went 3 for 5 a pinch runner and quickly stole second with an RBI and Romanowski who went base. With two outs, and a runner at sec- 3 for 4 with an RBI. Crawford went 2 for ond, Tiffany Meyer smacked a single to 4, and Heather Davison and Kyle Pewe center to score Schweiger and keep the each connected with a hit. Lund battled game alive into the 11th inning. through all 11 innings, allowing nine “There were some clutch hits that I’m hits, no walks and 12 strikeouts. going to remember forever. Cody CrawThe Pirates loss is going to sting for a ford and Tiffany Meyer; they really came while, but Bjelland hopes they can take through on those clutch hits that we re- some life lessons away from the way it ally needed,” said Bjelland. all ended. Things got interesting in the 11th, “It is what it is, and I think in some when Arcadia’s Treca Suchla hit a lead- cases a loss like this is going to benefit off single and advanced to second on a them more in life, and some of the things passed ball. After advancing to third on they’ll have to deal with in life,” Bjelland a fly ball, Nikki Flury stepped up to bat said. for Arcadia and hit a fly ball to Crawford The Pirates had six starting seniors in center, who made a textbook throw to that were a huge part of their success this home, and Romanowski tagged Suchla season, but there’s more to come next out according to the home plate umpire. year, and you can bet that the Pirates will Arcadia coach Dave Bjorge quickly be ready with another crop of talent. asked for an appeal, and after a short dis“We’re not stepping back from anycussion the call was overruled, and Ar- thing. We have plenty of talent that we cadia was ruled safe. can move in,” Bjelland said. “That’s the big talk of the area, is that call. Unfortunately it shouldn’t be that way, it was just a great game, but that kind of takes away from it,” Bjelland said. With a 3-2 lead, the Pirates had one more shot at a tie or a win in the bottom of the 11th inning, and despite a two-out single by Heather Davison, and courtesy runner Schweiger getting into scoring position on a steal, the Pirates season ended on a pop fly to second. “It just wasn’t a vintage Grantsburg game,” Bjelland said, adding he wasn’t sure what the Arcadia pitching had to throw them off. “It’s always a mystery when you try to Pirate outfielders Cody Crawford analyze it, and of course, it was a presand Heather Davison celebrate after sure game, but our girls usually respond Crawford’s amazing catch in center. well to pressure,” Bjelland said.

••• ST. CROIX FALLS – There’s still time to sign up for the second-annual St. Croix Falls Volleyball camp on June 25-27. Both Anders and Meredith Nelson will be will be returning to share their knowledge of every aspect of the game. Meredith was an AllAmerican volleyball player for the Minnesota Gophers and her brother Anders is currently playing for the Division 1 Ball State Cardinals. Also added to the staff are Christine Tan, a former Minnesota Gopher who was the Big Ten defensive player of the year, former Gopher, Katie Vatterodt, and Billy Ebel, a former Ball State volleyball player who earned First Team All-MIVA. The camp is being held at St. Croix Falls High School, and open to anyone, from any school. Grades 58 will recieve nine hours of instruction for $60. Grades 9-12 will receive 15 hours of instruction for $120. For more information or a registration form call 715-483-2507 ext. 1406, or contact the Nelson’s directly at Registration deadline is June 18. – Marty Seeger with submitted information ••• SIREN – The 14th-annual Siren Ballpark sixth-grade 12U invitational was held June 11-13. Winnners in AAA baseball included Duluth Western, (first); Dukes, (second); Barron (third); Superior, (fourth); Graffix Shoppe, (fifth) and Altoona (sixth). AA baseball games were cancelled due to rain. ••• LEADER LAND – The Luck at Amery High School Legion baseball game on Thursday, June 17, can be heard on 1260 AM beginning at 5:30 p.m. ••• MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Brewers baseball can be heard on 1260 AM on the following dates and times. The Brewers at Rockies games on June 18, 19, and 20 begin at 8 p.m., 7 p.m., and 2 p.m., respectively. The Twins at Brewers games on June 22 and 23 begin at 7 p.m. both nights. ••• MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Twins baseball can be heard on 104.9 FM on the following dates and times. The Rockies at Twins game on June 17 begins at noon. The Twins at Phillies games on June 18, 19 and 20 begin at 6 p.m., 3 p.m., and 12:30 p.m., respectively. The Twins at Brewers games on June 22 and 23 begin at 7 p.m. both nights. ••• 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 ••• 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 2010 and hasn’t been mentioned, send us an e-mail or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger

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Pirate seniors have zero career losses on home field Sectional semifinal marks last home game Grantsburg 10, Chequamegon 0 by Brenda Sommerfeld GRANTSBURG – The sectional semifinal against the Chequamegon Screaming Eagles on Wednesday, June 9, marked Grantsburg’s six seniors final game on the Pirate field. The 10-0 win was one for the softball program’s and the seniors history books. The seniors careers are flawless on the Grantsburg field, losing zero games in all four years they have been part of the team. The six have only two losses, one at the state tournament in 2007 to Sevastopol and one in 2008 to Park Falls, former Chequamegon team, in the sectional finals. “They have quite the accomplishments,” coach Don Bjelland said. “It’s a great thing for them.” As starters this year, all six have contributed tons to this season’s success. Against Chequamegon, Michelle Lund

Kylie Pewe gets to first on a bunt hit.

The Grantsburg seniors line up for a picture after their last home field game on Wednesday, June 9. – Photo submitted RIGHT: Michelle Lund catches a pop to end the game against the Chequamegon Screaming Eagles. – Photos by Brenda Sommerfeld pitched another great game. Lund had four strikeouts, gave up one hit and walked one batter. At bat, she went 2 for 3, with one single and one double, bringing in one run to score two. She also ended the game with a pop-fly catch and helped with one putout at first. “With a pitcher like Michelle, you’re probably not going to give up a bunch of runs,” Bjelland commented. Annie Palmquist, at first base, had four putouts, and at bat her one hit was a homer over the center-field fence, bringing in two runs. “It was quite a bomb,” Bjelland said. “There was no doubt it was gonna go.” Heather Davison hit a single in the fourth inning. She scored a run in the first after getting on base by a Chequamegon fielding error.

The team meets Annie Palmquist at home plate after her home-run hit.

The Pirates meet with their coach before the start of the game.

Lauren Romanowski hit a single in the first inning. She went 1 for 3. Cody Crawford scored one run. She went 1 for 3 at the plate with a single base hit. Sarah Wald had two back-to-back putouts from third to first in the fourth inning. She got the first Screaming Eagle batter out with a fly catch. She had zero hits, being walked once and hit by a pitch once. She scored two runs for the Pirates. The other starters are juniors Tiffany Meyer and Emily Cole, sophomore Gabby Witzany and freshman Kylie Pewe. Meyer hit a triple; had three fly catches and one

putout throw to first. Cole hit a single, Witzany batted once with a fly that was caught by the pitcher, and Pewe went 2 for 3 and got on base all three, the third time by fielder’s choice. Pewe hit one double and one single and scored two runs. Witzany, Nicole McKenzie, Sam Schweiger, Jessica Hoffman and MacKenzie Ryan each took a turn at bat in the fifth inning. McKenzie hit a single, Schweiger got on base on a fielder’s choice, Hoffman hit a single to center, and Ryan hit a fly that was caught by the Chequamegon second baseman.

Frederic hosts youth basketball camp The Frederic boys and girls basketball coaches hosted a successful camp at the Frederic High School on June 7-9. Pictured back row: (L to R) girls head coach Troy Wink, boys head coach Ryan Lind, assistant girls coach Sharon Schmidt and helpers Will Primm and Johanna Schmidt. Middle row: Ann Chenal, Mason Gustafson, Emily Amundson, Taylor Alseth, Chase Rowe, Aage Rovney, Austin Ennis, Chris Kuechenmeister and Caleb Schott. Back row: Kyle Olson, Brittany Donald, Nicole Nelson, Tanner Van Meter, Leo Chenal, Hannah Schott, Ben Phernetton and Brant Rowe. Front row: Austin Rowe, Mark Siebenthal and Trent Kuechenmeister. – Photo by Becky Amundson








Saints season ends in sectionals Memorable playoff run for St. Croix Falls seniors Altoona 10, St. Croix Falls 6 by Marty Seeger PRESCOTT – It was a tough ending for the Saints baseball team last week as they dropped a 10-6 season finale against Altoona in the sectional semifinals held in Prescott. But it was a great start for the traveling Saints, who took advantage of some early control issues by Altoona pitcher Tyler Stanton and jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Saints junior Nick Johnson had a bunt single in the opening at bat for the Saints, and two walks helped load the bases with nobody out. Gus Koecher then drove in a pair of runs with an RBI single, and Mar-

cus Campbell loaded the bases back up with another Saints walk. Blake Klopfer then drove in the third run of the inning on a fielder’s choice, and the bases went loaded again by a walk from Ben Anderson. Josh Larcom then drove in the fourth run of the inning on an RBI single. Matt Vold was the starting pitcher for the Saints and he pitched two scoreless innings, allowing three hits with three strikeouts. Altoona managed to get two runs, however, in the bottom of the third inning off two hits. The Saints went scoreless in the second, third and fourth innings and Altoona scored another run in the bottom of the fourth off an RBI single by Shane McKee. Koecher then helped the Saints jump out to a 5-3 lead when he belted a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning, but the Saints lead evaporated in the second half of the inning, as Altoona erupted with seven runs on seven hits.

Saints senior Gus Koecher had an outstanding finish to his high school career. He went 8 for 8 in the Saints final two games of the season, and homered three times. He also made the All-District WBCA District 1 team as a catcher.

Austin Whittenberger connects on a pitch earlier this season. Whittenberger is a graduating senior for the Saints. – File photos by Marty Seeger

Unity fifth- and sixthgraders take first

The Unity fifth/sixth-grade traveling baseball team took first place at a tournament held in Osceola recently. Pictured back row (L to R): Cole Garvey, Eric Peterson, Logan Bader, George Bibeau, Lucas Loehr and Wyatt Stenberg. Middle row: Jesse Vlasnik, Philip Sorenson, Dylan Stenberg and Austin Donahue. Front row: Nathan Heimstead and Brett Nelson. – Photo submitted

“Unfortunately, we didn’t handle the ball well and they made it hurt with some well-placed hits,” said Saints coach Paul Randolph. Vold went four innings allowing 11 hits. He had four walks and four strikeouts and gave up six earned runs. Anderson also pitched with no walks, but gave up two runs on two hits. Koecher closed out the final two innings, allowing two runs on three hits with one being earned. The Saints managed to pick up one more run in the top of the sixth inning off an RBI single by Larcom, but couldn’t get a rally going in the seventh despite a oneout single by Koecher, who went 4 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs. Johnson and Austin Whittenberger both had a hit, and Larcom was 2 for 3. “The game didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to, but overall, what a fantastic season,” Randoph said. The conference and regional champion Saints ended the season 19-5 overall and undefeated in the conference. “We appreciate the commitment our players demonstrated over the season,” Randolph said, adding, “We will miss our seniors … what a great group.” Those seniors include Vold, Koecher, Larcom, Anderson, Whittenberger, Cory Gebhard and Chris Kolve.

Marcus Campbell fires a throw to first as Nick Johnson looks on. Both juniors will be back on the Saints roster again next season.

Osceola U14 soccer places first

The Osceola U14 soccer team took first place at the Amery Soccer Festival recently. Pictured back row (L to R): Coach Deb Murphy, JP Hooverman, Tristan Studder, Taran Grunow, Katrina Bridges, Annie Skiba, Tyler Maxon, Donavan Coon, Reeve Sullivan and Thomas Rowsk. Front row: Kaila Stone, Alexis Boissy, Tia Anderson, Drew Lindh, Michael Murphy and Kayli Hendricks. – Photo submitted








Pirates end successful season at sectionals Grantsburg gets things going early, but can’t stop Hurley Hurley 14, Grantsburg 4 by Marty Seeger OSSEO – A memorable playoff run came to a quick end for the Grantsburg baseball team last Wednesday, June 9, against the Hurley Midgets. The Pirates came out ahead in the opening two innings of the ball game, much like they had done in the previous two games that got them to sectionals. But this time the Pirates took advantage of some early walks from Hurley, which helped load the bases in the top of the first with just one out.

Jim Nelson was the starting pitcher for the Pirates against Hurley last week. The junior was a solid pitcher for Grantsburg all season long. – File photos by Marty Seeger unless otherwise noted

Sophomore Nolan Hanson launches a throw from third against Boyceville in the regional final game. Hanson was part of a young but successful Pirates team this year.

Austin Eskola was one of just a handful of seniors for the Pirates, and had a memorable season. – File photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

Trevor Thompson helped get the first run of the game when he hit a sacrifice fly to center to help score Daniel Biorn, who tagged-up from third. Dylan Marohn scored the second run of the inning on a wild pitch and the Pirates took an early 20 lead. Hurley scored one run off of Jim Nelson in the bottom of the first with the help of a triple, but Grantsburg came right back

in the top of the second to take a 4-1 lead. Again, Hurley had trouble finding the strike zone, as Nelson and Joe Engelhart drew leadoff walks. Biorn then loaded the bases on a walk with one out and the Pirates used the free bases to score two more runs. But the 4-1 lead didn’t last long, as the Midgets came back in the second half of the inning to score four runs and retake a 5-4 lead. It was a tough inning for the Pirates, who had two errors defensively while the Midgets had a pair of singles. Despite getting four runs in the opening two innings the Pirates struggled to produce hits. Their first came in the top of the fourth inning with the help of a single by Biorn. Their second hit of the game came in the fifth when Thompson singled. Hurley managed to strike out 13 Pirate batters on their way to a win and a sectional final

berth, where they eventually came up short to Elk Mound by a score of 5-3. The Pirates had a great season however, earning a regional championship and they have a lot to look forward to next season. Five seniors will be lost to graduation including Austin Eskola, Chris Olson, Dylan Marohn, Jamie Robb and Trent Mack. Several of the team’s starters that helped them to their regional championship will be back in full force next year. Junior Russ Thoreen had a standout season for the Pirates, earning a first-team allconference spot, as well as a spot on the WBCA All-District team for an honorable mention, as a designated hitter/utility player. Marohn also earned an honorable mention. The Pirates finished 14-10 overall and 73 in the West Lakeland.

Luck boys fall short in Bruce Mellen 10, Luck 4 by Greg Marsten BRUCE – The 2010 Luck Cardinal campaign ended on Wednesday, June 8, in Bruce at the Sectional semifinal game. After a string of solid victories in the postseason, the Cardinal train came to an abrupt halt with a 10-4 loss to the Mellen Granite Diggers. “They have nothing to hang their heads about,” Luck head coach Wayne Dickinson said. “They were blessed to be in the sectionals the last three years.”

The Luck lineup can be explosive at times, and eight of the nine Cardinal starters were able to get hits off the Digger starter. Luck used patience at the plate and solid baserunning to bring runs home. They scored a run in the first and also in the second innings, but still had the Diggers on edge. Mellen proved to be a worthy opponent, and Dickinson started senior pitcher Collin Svoboda on the mound. He held the Diggers to two runs in the first four innings, and the Luck defense seemed in tune to help him when the Mellen bats

Luck junior Connery Johnson eyes up the ball into his glove in a close play against Mellen during the sectional semifinal game. – Photo by Jenna Clemenson

Mitchell Larson of Luck waits for the ball as a Mellen baserunner slides home safely. – Photo by Sue Tolan

awoke. But then came the fifth inning. “We were up 3-2 in the fifth, and had the one inning that we had been avoiding recently,” Dickinson stated. The Diggers lived up to their name, picking on Svoboda and other Cardinal pitching for six runs in that one inning. They batted through the order, and forced Dickinson to go to the bullpen with Mitch Larson. The Diggers were able to muster another pair of runs off him in the same inning, sealing a solid, 8-2 lead.

Luck attempted a reversal of that score, and scored another run in their half of the fifth inning, and added another tally in the sixth. But it proved too little, too late, and the Diggers won, 10-4, allowing them to move on to the sectional final later that day in Bruce. “The boys had worked hard and were hoping to get another game with McDonell Central in the sectional finals,” Dickinson said.

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Torch run makes its way through SCF and Osceola The Special Olympics Torch Run made its way through St. Croix Falls and Osceola recently. A large group of Polk County athletes brought the torch from St. Croix Falls on Wednesday, June 9, to Osceola while being escorted by law enforcement and other personnel on bikes. They met with Osceola kids, who ran the entire route through town while being escorted by Osceola and St. Croix Falls police cars. The torch continued from town to town until ultimately reaching Stevens Point, where 15 Polk County Special Olympics athletes observed the opening ceremonies and competed in swimming events and track and field. – Photos submitted

Warwas brothers compete at Special Olympics

Polk County Special Olympic athletes in Eau Claire

Polk County Special Olympic athletes competed in Eau Claire. The athletes next stop is state track and field. Pictured front row (L to R): Crystal Fougner, Amery, 100m, second place, 200m, fourth place, shot put, first place and 4x100, first place; Nik Schrantz, Osceola, 400m, first place, 800m, first place and 4x100, first place; Brian Johnson, Comstock, 100m, first place, turbo jav, third place and 4x100, first place; Jason Niedermire, Osceola, 100m, first place, 200m, second place and 4x100, second place; Jackson Bean, Osceola, 100m, fourth place and softball, fifth place; Becky Anderson, St. Croix Falls, 100m walk, second place and turbo jav, fifth place; Dawn Hughes, Amery, 100m, third place and softball, third place; coach Carol Fougner; Leon Helgeson, Clear Lake, 100m walk, first place. Back row: Coach Scott Miller; Ben Olson, Frederic, 100m, second place, turbo jav, second place and 4x100, first place; Makinzie Miller, Osceola, 100m, first place and turbo jav, second place; Jarvis Warwas, Frederic, 100m, second place, turbo jav, sixth place and 4x100, second place; Brianna Paulson, Clear Lake, 100m, third place and softball, third place; Jordan Warwas, Frederic, 100m, first place, turbo jav, fifth place and 4x100, second place. - Photo submitted

Luck baseball/continued Notable Luck numbers included a two-hit game from Larson, Taylor Horsager and Brodie Kunze. Luck managed 11 hits total, with only hard-hitting pitcher/outfielder Logan Hacker coming up emptyhanded. Luck graduated five players this month: Bryson Clemenson, Larson, Gary Ekholm, Horsager and Svo-

boda. Dickinson noted that their careers and seasons were noteworthy. “The five graduating seniors were an excellent group,” Dickinson said. “Mitch, Bryson, Collin, Taylor and Gary were all very dedicated to the game and the team, and I think they have left their mark with the younger players on the team.” Mellen ended up losing to McDonell Central later that day, 12-3.

The Polk County Special Olympics track and field team competed in the state competition June 10-12 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus. The Warwas brothers, Jordan and Jarvis, competed against each other in the 100-meter race with Jordan coming in first for a gold medal, and Jarvis coming in third for a bronze. Several other members of the team also brought home medals. – Photo submitted



Collin Svoboda pitched his final Cardinal game against the Granite Diggers last week in the sectional semifinals. – Photo by Jenna Clemenson

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River Bandits fall to rival Braves in Sunday thriller Braves 5, Bandits 4 by Garth Olson ST. CROIX FALLS – After a dramatic, back-and-fourth thriller, the final battle came down to the Bandits most experienced player versus a rookie, of sorts. In the bottom of the ninth, with the bases loaded and two outs, St. Croix River Bandits player/coach Brian Jacobson, 42, grounded out to the Braves pitcher, Jared Dettman, 17. “Dettman’s a tough pitcher,” Jacobson, who has over 30 years of combined coaching and playing experience, said after the game. “It was a good baseball game,” he added wryly. Actually, it was a great game, between two familiar rivals. The Bandits, with pitcher Trevor Todd, ended the Braves playoff hopes last season. This time, Todd took the tough-luck loss, pitching the entire game, as the Braves won 5-4 in front of a large Sunday crowd in St. Croix Falls. St. Croix built a 3-0 lead in the fifth after singles by Steve Siqueiros and Matt Vold. The momentum shifted toward Osceola in the sixth, after Jason Ellingson launched a three-run bomb to left, capping a fourrun inning. It was Ellingson’s fourth homer over his last three games against the River Bandits. “Trevor Todd always pitches a good game against us,” Braves General Manager Roland Grant said afterward. “He hung one curveball and Ellingson delivered. Former Brave, Siqueiros (with his three hits) always kills us.” The Braves broke the 4-4 deadlock in the eighth, after singles by Pete Droher and Steve Papke. Braves starter Ross Benitz also sparkled, scattering seven hits and striking out nine

Bandits pitcher Trevor Todd covers home and tags out Osceola’s Dave Measner trying to score during the fourth inning. in eight innings with some 140 pitches. Reliever Dettman walked the bases loaded, with one out in the ninth, before retiring Siqueiros (pop fly) and Jacobson on two pitches, for the save. “It was a phenomenal day for Ross; he had it in his head that he wasn’t going to lose today,” Braves skipper Mike Tetzlaff said. “Ellingson had a huge hit that made up for some of our mistakes in the field.” St. Croix (2-3 conference) will face the Braves (4-0 conference) again on July 7 in Osceola.

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West Lakeland Standings Team Conf. St. Croix Falls Saints 10-0 Grantsburg Pirates 7-3 Unity Eagles 6-4 Luck Cardinals 4-6 Siren/Webster 3-7 Frederic Vikings 0-10 Scores Wednesday, June 9 Altoona 10, St. Croix Falls 6 Hurley 12, Grantsburg 4 Mellen 10, Luck 4

Overall 19-5 14-10 13-10 9-12 4-12 1-16


West Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Grantsburg Pirates 10-0 Frederic Vikings 8-2 St. Croix Falls Saints 4-6 Unity Eagles 4-6 Luck Cardinals 3-7 Webster/Siren Hurricanes 1-9 Scores Wednesday, June 9 Grantsburg 10, Chequamegon 0 (5 innings) Monday, June 14 Arcadia 3, Grantsburg 2 (11 innings)

Overall 20-1 14-4 7-14 4-11 3-14 2-18

FALUN CHURCH LEAGUE SOFTBALL Standings Team Siren Assembly Webster Baptist Calvary Covenant Falun Churches Trade River Free Faith Lutheran Trade Lake Baptist West Sweden/Zion Lutheran Siren Covenant/Bethany New Hope Lutheran Frederic Free

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

Scores Thursday, June 10 Falun Churches 11, Frederic Free 1 Siren Covenant/Bethany 11, Trade Lake Baptist 6 Calvary Convenant 20, New Hope Lutheran 11 Friday, June 11 Webster Baptist 13, W.Sweden/Zion Lutheran 8 Siren Assembly 13, Faith Lutheran 4


St. Croix River Bandits Steve Siqueiros leads off second in front of Braves shortstop Dave Measner. Siqueiros led the Bandits offensively with three hits against the rival Braves. – Photo by Garth Olson

Eight-year-old sinks hole-in-one Grantsburg 8year-old Luke Anderson shot a hole-in-one on Sunday, May 23, on the Grantsburg Golf Course while golfing with his brother. He used a 7-iron to make the shot on the ninth hole. Nick and Shana Josephson were waiting to tee off at the first hole when they witnessed the shot. – Photo submitted

Golf tourney raises money for Osceola fitness center

Standings Team Overall Pour House 5-0 Sundowners 5-1 Century 21 4-1 Pheasant Inn 3-2 Fur, Fins & Feathers/Coyland Creek 2-3 Grantsburg Sanitary 2-4 Chell Well 2-4 God Squad 2-4 Da Crew 0-6 Scores Wednesday, June 9 Pheasant Inn 12, Grantsburg Sanitary 5 Fur, Fins & Feathers 18, Chell Well 7 Pour House 30, Da Crew 4 Chell Well 24, Sundowners 10 God Squad 19, Century 21 11

WOMEN’S SLOW-PITCH LEAGUE SOFTBALL Standings Team Coyland Creek Chris Pheasant Inn Mauer Power Chell Trucking/The Beehive Indian Creek Digger Nick Smith Family Eye Care Scores

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

Monday, June 14 Chell Trucking/The Beehive 15, Mauer Const. 3 Coyland Creek 13, Smith Family Eye Care 10 Indian Creek 26, Digger Nick 2 Coyland Creek 24, Chris Pheasant Inn 0

The annual Wild River Fitness Golf Tournament at Krooked Kreek Golf Course recently raised more than $20,000 for the nonprofit fitness center in Osceola. The team from Water Works Irrigation Systems, which was also a Double Eagle sponsor for the event, came away as winners in the Yellow Ball portion of the tournament. Team members were Ted Bauer, Lance Bauer, Tom Magnafici and Trevor Bauer. – Photo submitted




Northwest Passage incorporates pheasant project A transforming experience for youth by Marty Seeger WEBSTER – For years, the Northwest Passage I facility near Webster has been helping troubled adolescents with life’s struggles. Part of their mission statement says, “our primary focus has been to restore dignity, emotional wholeness and a renewed sense of self-worth into the lives of young people.” Over the past couple of months, 23 boys in the Passage I program have been involved with raising pheasants as part of their treatment at the Northwest Passage facility. “The length of their stay in our pro-

Pheasant chicks wander around in a flyway coop built by Northwest Passage residents, and will remain there until they’re released into the wild in October. – Photos submitted

Northwest Passage residents have gained a lot by caring for these pheasants, which didn’t take long to hatch.

gram is based on their needs and individual treatment progress,” said NWP communications coordinator Lisa Hobbie. The project began as an idea of Webster science teacher Greg Widiker. His friend, and NWP teacher, Seth Pearson, thought it would be a great project for his residents at NWP. Widiker has been having a similar project going on in Webster this spring as well. “(Seth) thought it would be a fabulous hands-on experience for the Passage res-

idents to participate in,” Hobbie said. The pheasant eggs arrived on April 28, and students at the NWP facility got to work right away. They had an incubator available at the Passage, and the residents spent a lot of time marking the eggs, keeping the right temperatures needed in the incubator and turning the eggs when needed. It wasn’t long after – on May 23 to be exact – that the pheasant chicks began to hatch. “The biggest part of it is just watching these kids with these tiny little eggs, and

how excited they were when these little babies hatched and then just taking a lot of pride in taking care of them and nurturing them and feeding them … every step of the way,” Hobbie said. The experience so far has been very transforming, and exciting for the kids, as well as for the employees and teachers at NWP. “It’s huge for these residents because it gives them responsibility, it gives them ownership to this project,” Hobbie said. Upon hatching, residents collected ants, (the pheasant chicks primary food source) and they grew quickly, nearly tripling in size. This led to their next project. The kids built a flyway coop outside the NWP facility, which was also part of the shop/technology portion of their therapy. The pheasants will be held in the flyway coop for the entire summer and eventually released into the wild at some point in October. Hobbie says Pearson is working with the Department of Natural Resources on where and when to release the birds, but that’s just part of the story, as young lives, like the pheasant chicks, could be changed forever. “That’s the biggest part of the story, for young boys who have made bad decisions in their lives. The therapeutic benefits of them taking on the responsibility of caring for these tiny little lives from the time that they’re eggs, and then hatching into chicks and now being able to move them into the coop outside, it’s pretty cool,” Hobbie said. More information on Northwest Passage can be found at

Annual survey indicates slight drop in ruffed grouse population Three of the four regions show decrease

MADISON – Wisconsin’s ruffed grouse population appears to have deviated from its four-year rise, according to data that state wildlife managers collected during the 2010 spring drumming counts. “Statewide, the ruffed grouse population decreased about 5 percent between 2009 and 2010,” said Sharon Fandel, acting upland wildlife ecologist with the DNR. “The southwest showed the greatest decrease in drumming activity over the

last year with a 21-percent decrease,” Fandel said. “The central and northern regions showed a slight decrease of 4 percent and 6 percent, respectively, whereas the southeast region experienced a large increase of 60 percent more drums than in 2009. The southeast region contains the least amount of grouse cover in the state and minor increases in grouse drumming numbers can have a large influence on the drumming index.” For reasons not well understood, grouse populations cycle up and down over an 8- to 10-year period. The previous high was in 1999, and it would appear that Wisconsin has reached the peak of the current grouse cycle. Biologists

Paddle with a ranger on the summer solstice ST. CROIX FALLS – Celebrate the summer solstice with a paddle on the St. Croix River. On Sunday, June 20, from 5 to 8 p.m., the public can join a National Park Service ranger in paddling from the Wisconsin or Minnesota Interstate State Park to Osceola Landing. Meet the ranger at the Wisconsin Interstate St. Croix River landing at 5 p.m. or the main river landing at Minnesota Interstate State Park at 5:15 p.m., then embark on a 6–1/2–mile paddle to observe the river at twilight on the brink of summer and learn about the special nature of this protected area.

Participants must provide their own canoe/ kayak and other gear, including a personal floatation device. Shuttle service is not provided as part of this program. Canoe and kayak rentals and shuttle services are available through area outfitters licensed by the National Park Service. This program will be cancelled in event of inclement weather. There is no charge for the program, but an annual vehicle sticker or daily pass is required to enter the state parks. For additional information, call 715483-2274. – submitted

note that while the 5-percent statewide decrease from last year’s drumming survey results supports the idea that the ruffed grouse population may be on the downswing, the change is not statistically significant and may be due to random chance or smaller sample sizes representing a given area. Ruffed grouse are one of Wisconsin’s most popular upland game birds. Their characteristic “drumming” noise is readily recognized and is produced by males during the spring breeding season. The male grouse will stand on drumming logs and rapidly beat their wings with the intention of attracting female grouse. Ruffed grouse drumming surveys are divided into four regions around the state. Each spring since 1964, wildlife biologists, wardens, foresters, members of the Ruffed Grouse Society and other volunteers have driven survey routes, stopping to listen at predetermined locations for the unmistakable sound of drumming ruffed grouse. These drumming counts and observational data on breeding success are used to estimate grouse

population changes. “Ruffed grouse drumming surveys are helpful in tracking statewide population changes over the long term,” says Krista McGinley, assistant upland wildlife ecologist. “However, they are not good predictors of local harvest or hunting opportunities. The most successful hunters are usually those who spend the most time in the field and cover the most ground.” There are two ruffed grouse management zones in the state. The hunting dates for Zone A are Sept. 18, 2010, through Jan. 31, 2011. The dates for Zone B are Oct. 16, through Dec. 8, 2010. Daily bag limits are five birds per day in Zone A and two birds per day in Zone B. Possession limits are twice the daily bag limit. Additional information can be found on the ruffed grouse page of the DNR Web site. For more information contact Krista McGinley, assistant upland wildlife ecologist, 608-264-8963 or Fandel at 608-2618458. – from

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County Administrator lays out plans

Praises county employees by Gregg Westigard Leader staff reporter BALSAM LAKE – New xounty Administrator Dana Frey gave his first report to the county board at the monthly meeting Tuesday, June 15. He used the occasion to announce his plans for the coming months and to praise the staff. “I am very impressed with the quality

of the staff,” Frey said, reporting on his first week on the job. “You have attracted and retained good people.” Frey said he has three priorities, the budget, his immediate responsibilities and urgent issues. The budget is off to a late start, he said, but the goal is a draft 2011 budget by early September, ready to be debated. He said the county board should set its priorities for the budget and the department heads must work on their requests. Frey said it

will be tight this year but can be done on time. Second, Frey said he is reviewing his responsibilities under the statutes. He said that part of that responsibility is performance evaluations of department heads. Frey said he plans to have guidelines in place in July. He says he plans to have monthly meetings of all department heads as well as monthly individual meetings with the heads. Lastly, he said there are a number of

pending issues he is working on. That includes defining the roll of the administrator, saying that statutes leave a range of areas for interpretation of that roll. Frey said he has an open door policy and said he values input. “I want you to get the best you can get from me and I want to deliver the best I can deliver to you,” Frey said.

“Donut Hole” checks in mail to thousands of area seniors Health reform law to provide $250 checks to nearly 10,000 7th District seniors over next several months WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thanks to the new health reform law, Medicare has begun mailing out one-time, tax-free $250 checks to tens of thousands of seniors who fall in the donut hole coverage gap in 2010. Seventh District Congressman Dave Obey, D-WI, called the checks the first of many provisions in health reform that will improve Medicare for seniors.

“I have heard from hundreds of people from all over the 7th District about the need to fill the donut hole, and we were finally able to do it in the health reform bill,” Obey said. “This check is the first step, a down payment, on reducing prescription drug costs for seniors and eventually closing the donut hole altogether.” The Wausau Democrat said that beginning in January 2011, seniors in the donut hole can expect to receive a 50-percent discount on brand-name drugs, and by 2020, the donut hole will be completely closed. The donut hole coverage gap is the period in the prescription drug benefit (once their prescription drug costs exceed $2,830) in which the beneficiary pays 100

Jail administrator honored

Burnett County Sheriff’s Department Jail Administrator Terry Nesvold received his award for Small Jail Administrator of the Year in Portland, Ore., last month. The award was presented by the American Jail Association, a nationwide organization. The award he won is shown in the background. Burnett County Sheriff Dean Roland nominated Nesvold late last year. - Photo submitted

percent of the cost of their drugs until they hit the catastrophic coverage threshold. “You don’t need to go anywhere; you don’t need to call anyone. Once your drug costs for the year hit $2,830, a onetime check will be automatically mailed to you,” Obey said. Last year, almost 75,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Wisconsin fell in the donut hole and received no extra help to defray the cost of their prescription drugs. Approximately 10,000 of those seniors are in the 7th Congressional District. Obey pointed out that Congressional Republicans created the donut hole in 2003 in an unpaid-for bill that added $395 billion to the deficit. “The donut hole was

outrageous and ridiculous then, and it’s outrageous and ridiculous now. Rather than stepping up to fix their mistake, some Congressional Republicans are fighting to repeal health reform and all of the fixes to Medicare and benefits to seniors that go with it.” Obey said that under the new health reform law, seniors will also benefit from free preventive care services under Medicare beginning in 2011, improved access to doctors, and expanded home and community-based services to keep seniors in their home, instead of nursing homes. - from the office of Congressman Obey

Athletic screenings offered OSCEOLA – Osceola Medical Center is again sponsoring athletic screenings for Wisconsin and Minnesota students interested in sports and cheerleading for the 2010-2011 school year. The 18th-annual Athletic Screening Day is July 28, from 4 to 8 p.m., in the rehabilitation services department at Osceola Medical Center, just south of town. The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association and Minnesota State High School League require athletic screenings or physical exams for students to participate in sanctioned athletic activities, every two years for Wisconsin students and every three years for Minnesota. Eligible students are those entering grades seven through 12. The Athletic Screening Day at OMC includes flexibility testing, athletic screening, heart rate recovery and vision screening. A representative from Osceola

Schools will also be on hand to talk about athletic activities, especially fall sports. Sports physicals are available from your regular health care provider at any time prior to the start of each sport’s season. However, this screening day has been set aside to conveniently pull together health care providers, physical therapists and school representatives for screenings and informational opportunities for student athletes and their parents. As in the past, OMC will donate the $15 screening fee to the athletic programs at Osceola Schools. Registration for the screening days is required. Space is limited for this day and is expected to fill quickly. For registration information, contact OMC Rehabilitation Services directly at 715-294-3500. Information is also available at the Osceola Middle School and High School. - submitted

Nurse Preceptor class at OMC

Indianhead Chorus wins first in competition BALSAM LAKE – The Indianhead Chorus recently competed in the 10,000 Lakes Division Chorus Contest in Nicollet, Minn. The chorus won first place in the Plateau A Division competition and another award for being the most improved chorus overall. They will advance to district competition in Fargo, N.D., in October. There were over 350 singers in competition at Nicollet, and several hundred more in the audience. For those interested in the annual Harvest of Harmony, this year’s show will be on Oct. 9, at Unity High School. Guest quartets this year will be Expedition, their district champion quartet this year, and the very funny and well-loved quartet called The Four-Man Fishin’ Tackle Choir. The chorus meets every MonShown are Mark Nelson, chorus president (left) and day night at 7:30 p.m. in the Steve Swenson, chorus director holding awards the lower level of the Polk County chorus won. — Photo by John Roeber government building on the northeast corner of CTH I and Hwy. 46. All men interested in singing are welcome to come to any meeting and enjoy this great hobby. For more information, call 715-483-9202. — submitted by Ken Mettler, director of marketing and public relations

Osceola Medical Center nurse Rachel Zimmer, RN, left, and fellow first-year nurses from around the area recently completed a yearlong series of workshops through the Wisconsin Nurse Residency Program. The program is geared to address the unique needs hospital nurses face during their first year in the profession. The monthly workshops, which provide information through discussions, case studies and best practices, are held at member hospitals. OMC hosted the last workshop of the series and featured presentations by OMC’s Erica Kamish, RN, med/surg and OB manager, and Sue Irle, RN, patient care services director. – Photo submitted

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Dog park proposed for old village dump by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer WEBSTER - Cheryl Ingalls had a proposal for the Webster Village trustees on Wednesday, June 9; make the old Webster Municipal Dump north of the village into a dog park. For those not familiar with dog parks, it is an area where dogs can exercise and play off a leash under the supervision of the dog owners. Ingalls stressed that it is not just dogs that enjoy dog parks, they rank high as amenities that increase the livability of a community for the owners as well. The 14.4-acre property that Ingalls proposes to turn into a dog park has not been used as a dump since the mid-1980s, but there are still numerous restrictions on what former dumps can be used for. A dog park, however, is an accepted use for a former dump according to the DNR. The village board supported the idea,

but more information is needed before the board can take any action. Ingalls was asked to come back to the board once she had a better idea of the layout of the dog park and cost of the needed fencing. Usually dog parks have double-gated entrance so that an unleashed dog can not leave the dog park easily. Other amenities usually present at dog parks are a parking lot, benches, garbage, poo bags and water. Ingalls reported that there is not a committee working to create the dog park, but if interested residents would be willing to volunteer time or resources to the project, they are invited to call 715-866-7890.

Library update Dave Rasmusen of MSA professional services gave an update of the library project to the library board. Despite securing another $30,000 grant, there may still be a $300,000 gap between projected costs

and money available for the project, although low construction bids could close that gap. It appears, however, that the USDA rural development program is willing to contribute $300,000 towards the project, thus filling the gap. The USDA money will likely be a combination of grant money and a 20-year loan at 4.8-percent interest with no penalty for early prepayment. Rasmusen explained that the loan could be used as a bridge loan as there is some funds that have been pledged, but the pledged money is not expected to be paid to the library yet. Although the funds are nearly in place for the project, there are places in the library that can still be named by large donors. There will also be a donor wall recognizing those who donated to the project. Another reason to continue donating to the project is that Nexen Manufacturing is matching a portion of all donations.

The bids for the project are expected to be let next month, and the bid opening is expected to be in August. The board learned that the contamination at the site did not reach the groundwater. Although there is expected to be more testing to make sure the contamination amounts are stable, all cleanup of the site should be complete by the end of September and have no impact on the construction phase of the project.

In other business Bruce Gibbs will mow for the village again this year. The fair board is almost finished with this year’s projects before the fair begins next month. The fair will run from Thursday, July 8, through Saturday, July 10, this year. Spectrum will provide the carnival again this year. Apple Street north of Hwy. 35 will be closed this year for safety reasons.

Siren agrees to new ambulance contract by Nancy Jappe Leader staff reporter SIREN – Although the increase in annual rate caused Siren Village Board members to draw in their breaths during their June 10 board meeting, the board voted to accept the new contract negotiated with North Ambulance Service. “We could sit here all day long. We don’t have much choice,” Dave Alden commented. The Burnett County Board turned over the responsibility for negotiating a new three-year ambulance contract to members of the county’s Towns Association. As part of his responsibility as chair of the town of Meenon, Siren Police Chief Chris Sybers heads this organization. “This plan (the plan considered by the Siren board at the June 10 meeting) was not going to be brought up (originally),” Sybers said. Two other choices were on the table – one would have left the contract price as it had been but would have meant the closing of the voluntarily manned Danbury ambulance station. The second option would have provided a sprint car at a cost of $2 more per capita. The reason for doing anything with the contract was because of the cost of keeping the Danbury station open. However,

if that station closed, it would mean only three ambulances would be available to service the entire county, from stations in Webster, A&H and Grantsburg. “When all three ambulances are on runs, you pray nothing happens until all of the ambulances get through (with their runs),” Sybers said. “Somewhere along the line somebody is going to say this is not enough.” The board talked about the new per capita yearly amount the board would have to pay, which amounts to a total of $8,000, or $43 per person. “That is pretty cheap,” Rudy Mothes said. Alden summed it up by saying, “$8,000 would guarantee an ambulance unless all four were out. For improved service, that is a pretty small price to pay.” The contract with North Ambulance will run from Jan. 1, 2011, to Dec. 31, 2013, a three-year time period. Items approved by the board at this meeting included: 1) Adoption of a preliminary resolution for special assessments on sidewalks, curb and driveways. 2) Approval of sale of a village-owned lot to Square 1 Foods at a price of $20,000 for expansion of their business. 3) Recommendation to increase pay rate for a part-

Dennis Christner, the new part-time officer on the Siren Police force, was introduced to the village board at its meeting Thursday, June 10. Christner, who works for both the Siren and Grantsburg departments, has been in law enforcement since 1992. He lives in St. Croix Falls. – Photo by Nancy Jappe time public works employee. 4) Recommendation to use Fahrner Asphalt Sealers

to rout and seal cracks in Clear Lake Park. 5) Denial of a zoning change for Louis D’Jock from R-1 Residential to C-1 General Commercial on his property on Fourth Avenue. 6) Approval of 2009 Compliance Maintenance Annual Report for the wastewater treatment plant. 7) Approval of beer, wine, liquor and cigarette licenses for a number of establishments and people. 8) Approval for removal of one of four mobile homes, which is in unsalvageable condition, by putting it in a dumpster at a cost of no more than $350 and whatever is necessary should there be excess weight. 9) Approval for purchase of a security camera for the skate park. The board also approved waiving the open-container ordinance for the July 3 street dance between Hwy. 35/70 and First Avenue from 7 p.m. to bar closing at 2:30 a.m., and approving a temporary Class B license for the Burnett Youth Hockey Association for the July 3 street dance. Board meetings for the month include: Buildings, Grounds and Parks – Thursday, June 17, 9 a.m. Personnel and Finance – Thursday, June 24, 9 a.m. Public Safety – Tuesday, June 29, 10 a.m. Roads, Streets and Utilities to be set later.

Hraychuck holds listening session in Grantsburg by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Rep. Ann Hraychuck held a listening session for her constituents on June 14 at the Grantsburg Library. Hraychuck heard comments on a number of concerns voiced by those in attendence. Maurice Christenson of Cushing told Hraychuck he feels the state has squandered funds and budget cuts need to be made. Hraychuck responded by telling Christenson 1,100 people have been laid off, and there’s been a 6-percent across-theboard cut. “In all, $3.2 billion in spending cuts have been made,” said Hraychuck, “constituting the deepest cuts in Wisconsin history and in the Midwest.” “Over the last 14 years, state spending increased 17 percent, but in the past 18 months since the Democrats took control, there has been a 2.6-percent decrease,” added Hraychuck. “But we have a long way to go,” added Hraychuck, “and economic conditions are the worst in Wisconsin history.” Hraychuck listened as Dean Gabrielson voiced his concerns about the future of Wisconsin’s agricultural industry. “Agriculture has taken a big hit,” said Gabrielson, who stated he believes globalization is the problem. Gabrielson’s then turned his comments to the recent closing of the Polaris plant in Osceola. “Polaris is a disaster,” said Gabrielson. “We are working to bring other companies who might want to buy the building and keep some jobs in Osceola,” said

Maurice Christenson of Cushing attended Rep. Hraychuck’s listening session at the Grantsburg Library on June 14 about his concerns the state is overspending. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer Hraychuck, noting the business climate is slowly improving in Wisconsin. When asked by Christenson if Wisconsin was getting a fair share of federal dollars, Hraychuck answered no, citing this was a key reason she became one of the lead authors of the Critical Access bill, which will bring federal money back into the state. Hraychuck said the bill ensures 59 communities served by Critical Access Hospitals can leverage additional resources and federal funding to help the hospitals avoid payment reductions and cuts to jobs and services. Burnett County Sheriff Dean Roland had one message for Hraychuck: “We need jobs.”

Roland told of the 32 pending home foreclosures on his board. “No one is working,” said Roland. “We have to educate people on mortgages and get legislation to stop the banks that are hoodwinking people. But it’s going slowly, at a turtle’s pace,” commented Hraychuck. “It’s a very sad situation,”Hraychuck continued. “I have family in foreclosure. I get it.” “The entire region is hurting, not just Burnett County,” noted Roland. “Tourism is our No. 1 business, and people coming here looking to relieve their own frustrations are creating issues.” “We have to look at this as a regional problem and across state borders,” said

Hraychuck in agreedminr with Roland’s assessment. “We have to market this area, and we are working to create a climate for business through infrastructure incentives and tax credits.” Roland said domestic calls are going up, putting more demands on his department. “We have to get people jobs,” Roland reiterated. Roland thanked Hraychuck for her help in getting the mutual aid bill passed and asked her for any assistance she could give with funding options for Burnett County’s communication system. “This is going to be a burden on taxpayers,” Roland told Hraychuck. Hraychuck said she hasn’t given up on the proposed sunset sales tax for funding the cost of the radio towers, which Hraychuck said the Senate wouldn’t go for. Hraychuck also addressed the issue of how schools are funded. “The current system is archaic,” said Hraychuck. “We need to completely redo the system.” Hraychuck said she has worked with the rural caucus to bring school superintendents and others involved in school systems together asking what is and isn’t working. She said some help for rural schools has come through increased sparsity aid and flexibility in the SAGE program. Other issues addressed at the session included the trail use conflicts between motorized vehicle and nonmotorized users, the potential of alternative energy sources, and the need to keep our best and brightest young people here in Wisconsin.


The following poems and prose pieces (A Place Apart) were written as an assignment for the Northwest Regional Writers. The Northwest Regional Writers was founded 44 years ago by Ruth Bunker Christiansen and Bernice Abrahamzon with eight other members. The group, grown to an active membership of 22, meets the second Friday of each month at 1 p.m., alternating between the Sunrise Apartments in Frederic and the Espresso Cabin in Grantsburg. The group exists to foster excellence in writing through writing exercises and assignments, conferences, workshops and contests, to enjoy fellowship with other writers, and to welcome aspiring writers. Phone Denis Simonsen at 715-349-2291 or Mary Jacobsen at 715-349-2761 for more information. A Place Apart by Don S. Miller Cherryvale Park had proudly manicured green lawns. People would gather, time to time, friends, family, out in the sun or even inclement weather. On occasion, there was even singing of spirituals, blues or folk music. There was marble and granite statuary and multicolored flowers in a variety of kinds. It was a place of solitude, broken only by the wisping wind or song of birds. It was surrounded by a wrought-iron fence, there only to keep out vandals who sought to deface the park’s contents. Outside it from time to time a parade would appear, led by a black, extendedlength station wagon. It would park outside the entrance gates that held aloft the sign— CHERRYVALE PARK OF ETERNAL REST—sole cemetery in Atherton, Wisconsin, Hickerson County. A Place Apart by Mary Jacobsen In my dreams I see again a place I came upon long ago in a small town in Wisconsin. Ivy covered red brick and yellow stone houses dwell among tall pines, oaks and spruces. Wide lawns slope gently toward a silver, rippling river. I lie on my back in the fragrant grass and watch the clouds, mounds of whipped cream, drift lazily across the summer sky. In my dream-mind the flowers in that place - peonies, lilacs, chrysanthemums, tulips - all bloom at the same time and forever. Years later I returned to that town but I couldn’t find my special place. Had I invented it? No matter. For the image is now just a dream, and no one can live in a dream. Not all the time. In that dream-place babies do not cry and children are never naughty. No one worries, for there is nothing to fear. Not one person complains or angers a neighbor. No one gets sick and no one ever dies. After long, golden hours infused with the scent of roses, a ruby sun draws away the day, and glittering stars sing in the velvet night sky. Unlike dream-life, real life isn’t always peaceful or calm. In real life we worry, become frustrated and impatient. We suffer, wage wars, get sick, die, and mourn. But we also laugh, love, comfort, and support each other. We see goodness and kindness all around us, and we try to follow the golden rule. We enjoy music, art, nature and delight in being alive in this, oh so real, world. Sometimes, though, with the need to escape reality, I retreat to my special Place Apart. A Place Apart by Bernice Abrahamzon When we want to get away from it all, to seek solitude and a place apart, most of us have such a special spot. Sometimes it’s a place to hide from the rest of the family. When I was a schoolgirl on a farm, it was the haymow over the cows’ stanchions below. I’d climb up the short ladder attached to the wall and pick a place near the open door overlooking the parking lot and my home beyond. If anyone called my name, I felt compelled to answer, “Here,” although I savored time alone with a book. That’s how I read Nancy Drew’s adventures solving mysteries or the life store of Amelia Earhart or one of the fat Oz books. Sometimes my parents assumed I was taking a walk through the gardens or down to the slough to pick wildflowers or over to the lake to wade in the clear waters and look for pretty rocks. As a grown-up with children of my own, I sometimes packed a picnic lunch and took my three little boys with me. We’d head for the woods and the tallest spot on our farm, a traprock hill overlooking our farm and several neighboring farms. The basalt outcropping was sun warmed with only a little patch of lichen here and there. We’d eat our sandwiches and drink Kool-Aid, preferably red, and talk. Sometimes we’d find wild raspberries like red thimbles. When picked, they left little bare knobs on the bush. On, how sweet they


NWRW immediately. Now fully awake, a new and almost as pleasant sensation replaces the dreamy joy of half-slumber. I can smell it all the way from the bedroom. My first cup of hot, freshly brewed coffee awaits.

Around the front table: Bernice Abrahamzon, Arlu Ames, Boyd Sutton, Mary Jacobsen, Dee Johnson, Arleth Erickson, Don Miller, and Denis Simonsen. At the back table are Doris Hanson, Pat Solomonson and Bob MacLean. - Photo submitted were! In our early days on the farm, I sometimes went alone to do some heavy thinking. No, not heavy drinking, but deep thoughts about life, plans, problems, decisions, daydreaming, my mind drifting from subject to subject. But then something happened to spoil my place apart. I became aware of animals in our woods. Not squirrels or rabbits but bigger animals. Even with my dogs with me, I lost my courage. Coyotes and foxes and bears. Oh, my! So my woods are no longer a sanctuary, as I’ve lost my bravado. Our neighbors have cut most of their timber and their animals have migrated into our lush green paradise. A Place Apart by Bob MacKean My special place is actually a piece of property surrounding our home on three sides. Eighty acres of pine trees that had once been destined to brighten a home at Christmas. When the tree farm operation began forty years ago, the Boy Scout troops would receive a share of the profits when the crop sold. Not every tree was harvested each year and, as more seedlings were planted, the older trees became too large to sell. The resulting forest now has two miles of walking trails winding through overgrown Christmas trees, fifteen to forty years old, and teeming with wildlife. For the last six years, I’ve taken my two golden retrievers on a walk through these woods daily, rain or shine, summer or winter. They wouldn’t have it any other way. We start walking along the Trade River. The dogs check the river for cranes, ducks, fish, and beaver. As we leave the river, we walk past our neighbor’s abandoned trailer house where, for many years, he would grow and ship Monarch butterflies. Not far from the trailer is a two-acre field where he grew milkweed to attract the butterflies. The woods deepen and the dogs roam back and forth across the trail, chasing every new smell and anything that moves. The deer quickly disappear into the thick growth and the squirrels look down and laugh. I break the serenity as we walk, whistling a song or talking to them about whatever is on my mind. They have tick protection, but nothing for burrs which seem to be attracted to their long hair. The sound of cars on 170th Street means we’re nearing the end of the walk. The calming effect this half-hour walk has on the three of us is evident as we all look forward to a refreshing nap upon returning home. My special place will be waiting for me tomorrow and my two furry friends will let me know when it’s time to walk. A Place Apart by Arlu Ames My place apart is five and a half feet above the earth. It’s moveable and muscular. On sunny days the heat rises from a silky coat to leave a tangy, musky scent in the air. I can feel the horse’s movement up my spine to the base of my neck. Not a jarring or unpleasant sensation, just the careful placement of each hoof sending liquid pulses through my frame. I’m connected to the horse—muscle to muscle, nerve to nerve, emotion to emotion. When I ride, I am, for a short time, removed from the stressors of life. Perhaps, it’s because horseback riding is such an overwhelmingly sensory experience. There are the sounds of creaking leather and muffled thud of hoof steps. My vision takes on a different perspective as I am lifted above the ground. My balance is challenged and enhanced by the gentle rocking motion beneath me. And let’s not forget the occasional contest of wills that takes all my focus to problem solve. Why do I feel better after time spent on the back of a horse? The factual explanation is that, during riding, the movement of the horse causes the right and left sides of the brain to communicate with each other. “Feel

good” chemicals called endorphins are released producing a natural high as powerful as prescription narcotics. There is a reduction in stress while blood pressure and pulse rate are lowered. This translates into an awareness of wholeness and contentment. A feeling of well-being and serenity overtakes me when I ride. Circumstances seem to lose their magnitude and become more manageable. Only my perspective changes, but what a difference that makes. For a short time life is not as overwhelming, my teenagers all get along, and my husband is better looking! Separated from time and problems, horseback riding is a serious vacation from reality. Just for an hour, just for a while, a place apart. 4 A.M. by Arleth Erickson In the stillness In my quiet place Let the silence roll in As it reaches its goal To fill the empty place In my soul With God’s presence Solitude in a Place Apart By Stan Miller Have you ever been blue And the teardrops start Wishing for solitude, In a place apart Prying, piercing, dark eyes Send questions like a dart, Veiling the solitude There’s no place apart! But alone is not great And the tears restart. Cursing this solitude In this place apart The mind seeks its answers As tho’ts prick the heart. There is no solitude And no place apart But a voice in the depths Of a broken heart Whispers in solitude From a place apart. I won’t leave or forsake I’ll never depart Enter my solitude It’s a place apart. A Warm and Comfy Refuge by Boyd Sutton There’s a place I like to go whenever possible. It’s a warm and comfy refuge from the rigors of daily life. Getting there isn’t too hard because it’s not far from where I start. Staying there is all too easy. It’s getting away that’s difficult. For once there, I just don’t want to leave. But I always do. That place is in a corner of my mind, where my consciousness belongs entirely to me. I go there when my inner sense of time, and not the clock or knowledge of some obligation, begins to bring me lazily from the depths of slumber to just below the surface that is full wakefulness. I try to remain there for a while, slightly out of touch with reality, thinking warm, fuzzy thoughts about good things—past, future, real, imagined. It’s best on a winter morning when the warmth of my electric blanket keeps me in a comfy cocoon, the sounds of cold wind howling outside intruding just enough on my dreamy awareness to bring a smile to my face—a smile that says, “I’m here, all nice and warm; you can howl and whistle all you want, but you can’t make me shiver.” Inevitably, however, I am drawn to the awareness that I must get up. I have dogs to feed, newspapers to read, things to do. Slowly, I break the surface. I’m no longer asleep, but not yet awake. I throw back the electric blanket and the cold air fixes that

Excerpted from A Place Apart by Walt Fluegel ... Many people find pleasure, or comfort, or refuge, or renewal in specific places, a place apart from the daily routine of living or working. We can think of going fishing to let the river wash away the troubles of the day even though the freezer is full of fish. Or painting mountain or seaside scenes again and again after a season of city business. Maybe going on retreat to hear speakers extol a different way of thinking. Or even going to Disneyland or Branson. Anyone of the many places apart from daily chores seem the natural thing to do for scores of people I know it happens in thousands of different ways. But Walt, what about you? It is not a place, but what happened that seems most important to me. It was discovering newness for me, discovery of a world I had not seen before, discovery of my own potential, discovery of my limits, discovery of how others see the world they live in, and most of all, discovery of the natural world, of living things .... When I was finally on my own as a biologist and exploring the natural world, one discovery tops all discoveries because it was the first of many as a biologist, yet it is not unique to me. It is universal. It is very human. Let me explain. ... I had seen something others saw many times. In fact they did everything they could to control the observation or prevent it from happening. It interfered with a mind-set that everything should be as it always was with other microorganisms. But I reasoned that nature provided the bacterium I was investigating, this certain property of adhesion or clumping or growing on the container walls rather than growing dispersed as “all the other bacteria” known. In short, I took advantage of its adhesive properties and I managed to do research on answering questions others were asking about this particular group of bacteria. I tried to understand nature, not to bend it to preconceived thought. I gave public talks on my work and published several research papers on the topic. Review articles still cite my work. It was not my first-time discovery of something new in the biology world that is my place apart. But the feeling of accomplishment when discoveries happen again and again, not only to me but to others. I am no longer in the position of doing biological research, but I read from time to time of other biologists and other researchers in the many fields of discovery whether it be in astronomy, anthropology, paleontology, or other disciplines. I can “feel” their joy of discovery, the answering of questions they have asked of nature. Reading how they break down the barriers of orthodox thinking, I seem to “relive” the same path they took because I know the feeling each researcher must have for being the first one to have made that one discovery. It is a very good feeling. ... The pleasure of discovery is a place apart ... A Place Apart by Carolyn Marquardt I am sitting in my place apart—a place of peace and contentment where loneliness never happens, but aloneness does. I look out the windows to watch birds perch on the feeders and the breeze waft through the trees. The honeysuckle bushes are budding, the grass newly green. My heart is filled with peace as I write. Soon the weather will turn warmer and I will enjoy opening the windows to the soft, summer wind. Once my place sheltered a family of four as they built their home a few feet away. I imagine their joy to move in and have a kitchen instead of a cook stove, a bed instead of a sleeping bag on the floor. I imagine they shared the same awe as my husband and I do as they looked out the floor-to-ceiling, living-room windows through the trees to the lake shimmering in the afternoon sun seventy-five feet below. The house they built became home to us and their temporary shelter became my sanctuary—a place to meet with God, a solitary place that I don’t often share. But when I do my peace does not depart. It is enhanced with the sharing. When winter comes, I quit my place apart for the season. The room wasn’t designed for the depths of January cold. But with the spring we acquaint ourselves anew—my place apart and me.


Taylors Falls wraps up loose ends with Xcel Energy Summer recreation program approved by Tammi Milberg Leader staff reporter TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – The council met in closed session at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the property purchase and notice of intent for annexation. At 6:45 p.m., the council returned to open session. A summary of closed session was given during open session stating that the council discussed options to purchase contract, and notice of intent with Xcel Energy. In open session on the agenda was the item: reconsider approval of option to purchase contract. Purchase price is the same. The property would be $1,000 down and a lump sum of $176,783 due on or before the fifth year. The property contains approximately 19.10 acres. Another action by the council is the city

of Taylors Falls initiating the annexation of 40 acres in size, bordered by 60 percent city land, and is north of the wastewater treatment facility. The annexation ties the property into existing city property and gives a clean line, according to Mayor Michael Buchite. The motion was approved to pass a resolution indicating the notice of intent to annex the property currently in the township of Shafer, into the city of Taylors Falls. The city then discussed an easement with Xcel Energy across the wastewater treatment facility (access road). An independent appraisal valued the property at $750 due to its size. The council approved an easement document for a 75’ by 100’ property for electrical transmission line for the price of $750. The council also discussed a nonrelocation agreement with Xcel Energy for the CTH 20 to the dam that the lines are buried, and the city wants the lines to stay

SCF council looks at audit Controlled-burn training approved by Tammi Milberg Leader staff reporter ST. CROIX FALLS – The council for St. Croix Falls approved a controlled burn at the city-owned Buhley property for the fire department. The controlled burn of the house on the property will provide a training opportunity for the fire department, while saving costs for the demolition and removal of the home located on River Street for the wastewater treatment facility upgrade. Mike Dorsey of the fire department indicated the home would be a very useful training exercise activity. The council requested a silt fence be in place to remove any issue of erosion. Dorsey stated that would not be a problem. In other business related to the River Street properties, the council considered authorizing a request for proposals to move or salvage the Haugen House on the city-owned property on River Street. Another related matter was the consideration for acceptance of the compliance maintenance report of the wastewater treatment facility. The acceptance of the CMR for 2009 is a requirement of the Department of Natural Resources for the wastewater treatment facility to indicate the plant is in compliance and also acknowledges that the city is in the plan-

ning stages for a new wastewater treatment facility. The council heard the 2009 audit report from auditor Steve Shidler. The report was not submitted or presented for approval, or for the council to take any action. It was presented for informational purposes and discussion only. TIF money was used to make improvements to the city library in the amount of $411,000 in 2009. The general fund on Dec. 31, 2009, has just under $1 million remaining in revenue. The annual debt service payment is $913,000, according to Shidler. The library was able to raise $701,000 in building donation funds and received a grant from the Department of Commerce for $340,000. Other funds noted included the impact fee fund which has made $8,000, and the revolving loan fund that has been closed. The city’s long-term outstanding debt is $7,605,618. The council watched a training video from the League of Municipalities, insurance carrier for the city, to educate them on liability for public officials. The video provided example of error-and-omissions types of claims that insurance companies receive from municipalities when faced with defending a public liability case in court. The video was presented to show how city officials can avoid getting into liability claims and litigations, which also reduces the insurance coverage costs to the city as well.

buried. If sewer and water needs to be extended, Xcel will pay the cost difference between directional boring and open trenching if city utilities are installed in that area. The city in passing the nonrelocation agreement with Xcel Energy relinquished the right to request a removal of the underground line upon receipt of $15,500 from Xcel Energy to the city. The nonrelocation agreement states the city will not order the relocation of the power lines as constructed within the right of ways of Hyw. 95, CTH 20, or CTH 16.

Summer recreation program The park and rec committee requested a summer recreation program for students finishing grades one through five. The program runs June 22, 24, 29 and July 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the community center. A nominal fee of $1 per child will be collected at each session. Qualified volunteer staff including AmeriCorps and school

personnel will lead the activities in arts and crafts, and games. Snacks are provided. The council approved the program with a motion. Preregistration is appreciated, but not required. To register call 651465-7500, or e-mail

Art and Cultural Heritage Grant A mural would be painted with the grant for up to $15,000 with no matching funds required. The local artist identified by the Economic Develoment Commission for the mural is Terry Hildebrand. Hildebrand would paint a mural for the retaining wall of the Memorial Community Center, or old depot, of a locomotive. If the grant is awarded, the monies would be available for the spring/summer of 2011. The council approved the submission of the grant for the mural project.

Annual salad luncheon held

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ABOVE: Member of the hospital auxiliary Rosemarie Braatz is pictured at the annual salad luncheon at St. Croix Falls High School. The auxiliary puts on the salad luncheon annually as a fundraiser for new equipment for the St. Croix Regional Medical Center.

LEFT: These musicians provided music for those eating and socializing at the salad luncheon. – Photos by Tammi Milberg


Polk County circuit court Charlotte F. Anderson, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Dejahn L. Bell, Roberts, possess marijuana on state land, $263.50. Richard M. Bell, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. Zackory K. Blume, St. Croix Falls, seat belt violation, $10.00. Kevin R. Bouchard, Lincoln, Maine, interstate record of duty status, $263.50. Judy W. Bouton, Robbinsdale, Minn., fail./slow vehiclepassing stop emerg. veh. not guilty plea. Graham D. Cafisch, Oshkosh, illegally jump/dive into St. Croix River, $150.10. Leon A. Chapman, Frederic, operating while suspended, $200.50. M. Christine Clark, Cushing, speeding, $175.30. Rosanne H. Crea, Dresser, speeding, $175.30. Jeremy L. Cross, New Richmond, speeding, $175.30.

Timothy M. Draeger, Centuria, damaged/distorted vehicle bumpers, $175.30. Patrick L. Dunny, Poplar, interstate record of duty status, $263.50. Eric A. Falstad, Shell Lake, fail./stop at stop sign, $175.30. Bridget M. Fenton, Luck, speeding, $175.30. Raphael J. Ferreira De Aguiar, St. Paul, Minn., possess marijuana on state land, $263.50. John H. Fischer, Clayton, operating while revoked, not guilty plea. Theodore I. Flettre, Almena, speeding, $175.30. Roxanne M. Ford, St. Louis Park, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Frank C. Fore, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Anna G. Gilbert, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Bonnie K. Glassel, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00.

Steven R. Gramberg, New Richmond, operate motor veh. w/o adequate muffler, not guilty plea. Michael K. Grambow, Luck, set fire w/o extinguishing fire, $175.30. Samuel T. Greeley, Clear Lake, speeding, $175.30. Vignir I. Hovelsrud, Park Rapids, Minn., possess marijuana on state land, $263.50. Jennifer K. Johnson, Amery, speeding, $213.10. Joseph M. Johnson, Cornell, operate w/o valid license, $200.50. Joseph W. Kandravi, St. Croix Falls, fail./slow vehiclepassing stop emerg. veh, $263.50. Jeffrey E. Karch, Osceola, obstruction navigable water, not guilty plea. DeAnne E. Lange, Grantsburg, nonregistarion of auto., etc., $175.30. Lance G. Langenfeld, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30.

William M. Larson, Centuria, failure to notify police of accident, $263.50; failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. James E. Lynch, Frederic, seat belt violation, $10.00. Nathaniel A. Martin, West Springfield, Mass., fish without license, $206.70. Pamela L. Martin, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Adam J. McMurray, Dresser, speeding, not guilty plea. Richard J. Mueller, Milltown, nonregistration of vehicle, not guilty plea. Tara J. Nelson, Cushing, drink open intoxicants in MV, $263.50. Elayne B. Neuman, Scandia, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Michael L. Newby, Amery, operate lg. veh. after rev./susp. of regis., $175.30. Brandon M. Norling-Plash, Hopkins, Minn., possess marijuana on state land, $263.50. Randy S. Olson, St. Croix Falls, place, use, hunt wild ani-

mals with bait, $343.50. Joseph W. Pico, Eden Prairie, Minn., possess/dischanrge fireworks in state park, $200.50. Nicholas R. Platson, White Bear Lake, Minn., speeding, $175.30; operating while revoked, $250.00. Tami J. Preble, Cushing, speeding, $175.30. Nathan C. Reeve, Amery, pumping holding tank onto ground, $753.00. Michael F. Route, Frederic, seat belt violation, $10.00. Evangeline M. Schadow, Luck, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jordan J. Schramski, Clayton, operate w/o valid license, $200.50. John H. Schulte, Naples, Fla., unsafe passing on right, $232.00. George E. Sellers, Dresser, speeding, $175.30. Daniel M. Shilson, Osceola, operating while suspended, $200.50.

Sean M. Smith, Centuria, speeding, $225.70. Cory J. Snowbank, Cumberland, no valid driver’s license, $200.50. Adam C. Spencer, Bloomington, Minn., illegally jump/dive into St. Croix River, $150.10. Aaron M. Stroot, Webster, failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10; operate w/o valid license, $200.50. Todd D. Strusz, Pine Lake, Minn., placement of major recreational equipment/vehicles, not guilty plea. Long Thao, St. Paul, Minn., start fire in unauthorized area, $175.30. Chantell N. Thompson, Centuria, fish without license, $202.70. Dwight W. Thompson, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Ty J. Traynor, New Richmond, speeding, $175.30.

Jeffrey J. Olson, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00; operating while suspended, $200.50. John A. Otis, Shell Lake, speeding, $175.30. Jacob A. Pardun, Webster, operate after rev./susp. of registration, $175.30. Dianne M. Park, Shell Lake, speeding, $175.30. John E. Paulson, Siren, operating while revoked, not guilty plea. Daniel J. Pawlenty, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Frank J. Peach, Siren, operating while under influence; operating with PAC .02 or more; operating while revoked; operate motorcycle w/o valid license, not guilty pleas. Stephen W. Puetz, Frederic, speeding, $177.00. Megjia P. Ramos, Cdad De Buenos Aires, Argentina, speeding, $175.30. Linda M. Redlin, Hinckley, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Victoria J. Reichstadt, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Marlene R. Richardson, Danbury, speeding, $175.30.

Jamie C. Rousselow, Turtle Lake, fraud on innkeeper, etc., nonpayment, $937.47. Kevin A. Schmidt, Frederic, seat belt violation, $10.00. Samantha M. Spafford, Grantsburg, speeding, $225.70. James O. Stanislaw, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Chelsey Staples, Webster, speeding, $225.70; operating while suspended, $200.50. Kellie A. Steward, Siren, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jeffrey J. Stickney, North St. Paul, Minn., burning w/o a permit-intensive area, not guilty plea. Merideth A. Sutton, Ellsworth, speeding, $175.30. Beverly J. Swanson, New Brighton, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Richard C. Tornowske, Webster, set fire w/o extinguishing fire, $175.30. Fern M. Woods, Siren, operating while revoked, not guilty plea. Peter Woollen, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Cheyenne N. Yaekel, Duluth, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Mitchell D. Zentic, Webster, operate w/o valid license, not guilty plea.

Burnett County circuit court Parrish A. Aharam, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Nathan K. Anderson, Grantsburg, ATV-careless operating; ATV-operation on highways, not guilty pleas. Linda L. Appelholm, Milltown, speeding, $175.30. Andrea M. Arcand, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. John R. Armstrong, Siren, seat belt violation, $10.00. Ryan G. Ballard, Danbury, speeding, $200.50; operating motor vehicle by probationary licensee w/unauthorized person in vehicle, $200.50. Gary L. Benjamin, Minneapolis, Minn., operate w/o valid license, $200.50; speeding, $175.30. Thomas A. Benoy, Frederic, speeding, $175.30. Jessica R. Bildeau, Crandon, operating while suspended, $200.50. Ashley L. Bjornstad, Siren, disorderly conduct, not guilty plea. William J. Boettner, Grantsburg, operating while under influence; failure to keep vehicle under control, not guilty pleas.

John T. Bruzek, Grantsburg, fail./stop for unloading school bus, not guilty plea. Donald D. Bryan, Barron, speeding, $175.30. Michelle L. Buskirk, Danbury, adult contribute/underage/alcohol, $452.50. Cheryl L. Carson, Siren, unsafe lane deviation, $175.30. Megan E. Chapman, Webster, unreasonable and imprudent speed, $213.10. Jose M. Chavarria Jr., Webster, underage drinking-possess17-20, not guilty plea. Kelsie E. Costello, Trego, speeding, $175.30. Antonio H. De La Huerta, Danbury, speeding, $200.50. David R. Edling, Grantsburg, seat belt violation, $10.00. William A. Fish, Webster, operating while under influence; operating with PAC .08 or more; operating while revoked, not guilty pleas. Patrick J. Flannigan, Shoreview, Minn., operating while under influence, not guilty plea. Kyle K. From, Shakopee, speeding, $200.50. James A. Goetz, Wheaton, Ill., speeding, $200.50.

Patrick J. Hamack, Luck, operating with PAC .10 or more, $691.50, DOT license revoked 6 months, alcohol assessment. Anthony S. Hanson, Siren, speeding, $175.30. Heidi L. Harrington, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Scott A. Hauck, Rice Lake, speeding, $200.50. Sherman O. Hess, Webster, operate motor vehicle by permittee w/o instructor, $200.50; nonregistration of auto, etc. $175.30. Douglas F. Hoaglund, Mounds View, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Brandon S. Hopkins, Webster, nonregistration of vehicle > 10,000 lbs., $263.50. Jacob H. Joachim, Grantsburg, speeding, not guilty plea. Susanne J. Johnson, Almena, seat belt violation, $10.00. Frances M. Jones, Pennsburg, Pa., speeding, not guilt plea. Travis C. Jones, Grantsburg, entering unauthorized or closed area, $175.30. Nichole R. Jorgensen, Danbury, speeding, $175.30. Dezmond P. Juan, Cumberland, speeding, $200.50.

Polk Co. marriage licenses Amanda D. Mewes, town of Balsam Lake, and Clint G. Strom, town of Balsam Lake, issued June 7, 2010. Sarah J. Patraw, village of Clear Lake, and Troy R. Monson, village of Clear Lake, issued June 8, 2010. Cassidy E. Hexum, Shafer, Minn., and Richard R. Vadner Jr., Shafer, Minn., issued June 8,

2010. Amber L. Beauvais, village of Clear Lake, and Charles T. Harris, village of Clear Lake, issued June 10, 2010. Katelin M. Zevenbergen, town of Osceola, and Thomas D. Hennessey, city of Maple Grove, Minn., issued June 10, 2010.

Burnett County criminal court Thomas V. Meadows, 24, Frederic, sell alcohol to underage person, $137.50. Sarah C. Schowalter, 21, Webster, sell alcohol to underage person, $137.50. Thomas R. Mcalpine, 69, Grantsburg, OWI, $817.50, license revoked eight months, alcohol assessment. Jennifer L. Bearheart, 40, Webster, OWI, $817.50, license revoked eight months, alcohol assessment. Darrick D. Suckow, 24, Webster, operate without valid license, $186.00. Greg G. Johnson, 24, Webster, disorderly conduct, $100.00, no contact with victim, complete anger management assessment. Bronson J. Fischer, 29, Grantsburg, knowingly violate a domestic abuse related order, alcohol assessment, complete anger management assessment, $100.00. Ross E. Kegel, 29, Siren, possession of methamphetamine, thee-year probation, license suspended six months, alcohol assessment, maintain absolute sobriety, $113.00.

Burnett County sheriff's report Accidents June 5: Mark Banas, 50, Rhinelander, reported hitting a deer while southbound on Hwy. 35 in Siren Township. No injuries were reported. June 6: Jonathan Java reported a truck taken from his property without permission. The truck was found in the ditch at the intersection on CTH D and N. Williams Road in Wood River Township with moderate damage from hitting trees in the ditch. The driver had fled the scene of the accident. June 6: Eric W. Benson, 30, Chippewa Falls, reported hitting a deer while southbound on Hwy. 87 in Anderson Township. No injuries were reported.

June 8: Robert L. Finch, Siren, 18, was southbound on Hwy. 35 in Siren Township, driving in a downpour. The driver was passing a car in front of him when he lost control when his vehicle hydroplaned. The vehicle entered the ditch and overturned. No injuries were reported. One citation was issued for driving too fast for conditions June 10: CTH Z was under construction when eastbound Philip N. Seurer, 45, Lakeville, Minn., was unable to avoid colliding with a grader driven by Jerry R. Sexton, 47, Shell Lake. Reportedly, Sexton was backing up the grader on a curve. Seurer did not see the grader until shortly before the collision and

Burnett County civil court Capital One Bank vs. Christopher Baker, Grantsburg, $1,248.13. Capital One Bank vs. Steven W. Coen, Shell Lake, $2,684.62. Diagnostic Radiology Association vs. Kelly Lowell, Webster, $841.05.

Diagnostic Radiology Association vs. William Puchner, Webster, $732.50. Diagnostic Radiology Association vs. Jamie Robb, Grantsburg, $1,364.50.

Burnett Co. marriage licenses Jeremy S. Scheider, Siren, and Maria A. Lewis, Siren, June 8. Anthony M. Menson, Meenon, and Leighann D. Flatten, Oakland, June 10.

Robert E. Hanson, Trade Lake, and Katherine A. Worrell, Trade Lake, June 10.

Burnett County deaths Lucille I. Hacker, 90. Ft. Myers, Fla., May 22. Walter F. Christian, 89,

Grantsburg, Village, May 29. Jane K. Henrikson, 59, Oakland, June 7.

was not able to stop his vehicle in the loose gravel. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued. June 12: Mark A. Childers, 46, East Bethel, Minn., was southbound on Johnson Lake Road in Oakland Township, attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Bushy Road. Reportedly, Childers was traveling too fast to make the turn and lost control of the vehicle. The driver and a 54year-old male from Ham Lake, Minn., were injured in the accident. Alcohol was a factor in the accident and two citations were issued. June 13: Heather J. Schonhardt, 28, Hudson, reported hit-

ting a deer while eastbound on Hwy. 70 in Daniels Township. No injuries were reported. Arrests and citations June 9: Gene A. Ellingsen, 64, Balsam Lake, was arrested on a St. Croix County warrant. Other incidents June 7: Arne R. Ardell, Webster, reported a urn taken from a grave site. The incident is under investigation. June 8: Sara E. Anderson, Grantsburg, reported her mailbox damaged. The incident is under investigation. June 8: Daniel A. Doskey, Grantsburg, reported his mailbox damaged. The incident is under investigation.

Burnett County warrants Alton C. Barber, 19, Hayward, arrest warrant - complaint, June 9. William Buechner, 31, Webster, warrant - failure to appear, June 8. Benjamin E. Krause, 34, Carbondale, Colo., arrest warrant - complaint, June 10.

Christina M. Rod, 22, Bethel, Minn., arrest warrant - complaint, June 7. Chelsea M. Thompson, 17, Siren, warrant - failure to appear, June 9. Jonathan W. Wilber, 21, Hayward, warrant - failure to appear, June 9.

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Jack O Giller Logging, Luck, overweight truck, $225.00. Desiree G. Brewer, 34, Turtle Lake, nonregistration, $160.80. Ned D. Ammons, 44, Cottage Grove, Minn., speedometer violations, $173.50. Trent D. Sutherland, 17, Grantsburg, speeding, $175.30. Jeffrey W. Hein, 45, Maple Grove, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Robert P. Poutre, 50, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, $137.50. Nicole M. Heroff, 16, Oakdale, Minn., speeding, $235.50. Joseph E. Wayne, 42, Danbury, speeding, $173.50. Charles E. Bille, 62, Russian Mission, Alaska., speeding, $173.50. Laurie J. Peifer, 46, Arden Hills, Minn., $173.50. Ryan J. Tollander, 34, Siren, two-counts disorderly conduct, $661.00; Derek P. Reed, 30, Kansas City, Mo., disorderly conduct, $330.50; trespass to dwelling, $330.50. David G. Freerks, 46, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., operating with PAC greater than .08, license revoked six months, $250.00.

Mark D. Knoepke, Grantsburg, nonregistration of auto, etc., $175.30. Thomas A. Koelz, Apple Valley, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Joel G. Krentz, Hertel, operating while under influence; operating with PAC .08 or more, not guilty pleas. Ricky A. Lemonds, Danbury, speeding, $200.50. James R. Lener, Grantsburg, seat belt violation, $10.00. Michael K. Lizakowski, New Brighton, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. David C. Lunsman, Danbury, speeding, $175.30. Claudette L. Matrious, Webster, adult contribute underage alcholol, $452.50. Matthew C. Matrious, Danbury, operating while revoked, not guilty plea. Beth D. McDaniel, Champlin, Minn., operate w/o valid license, $200.50. Diana L. Naylor, Danbury, operating while suspended, not guilty plea. Stacy R. Nelson, Siren, speeding, $200.50. Kevin L. O’Gara, Webster, speeding, $175.30. Daniel P. Okane, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $200.50.

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(May 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff, vs. REBECCA S. BROOME F/K/A REBECCA S. KISCH, et al Defendants. Case Number: 10 CV 7 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 14, 2010, in the amount of $172,205.21, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: July 15, 2010, 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: Foyer area of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, WI. DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 and Outlot of Certified Survey Map No. 3134 recorded in Volume 14 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 156, as Document No. 600897, located in the Northwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 22, Twp. 32 North, Range 17 West, Town of Alden, Polk County, Wisconsin. EXCEPT that part deeded to Polk County Highway Department in Warranty Deed dated October 1, 2003, Recorded October 1, 2003, in Volume 941 of Records, Page 222, as Document No. 667853. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1492 25th Ave., Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 002-00576-0100. Dated this 17th day of May, 2010. /s/ Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Shannon K. Cummings State Bar #1033710 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. 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. (195508)

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1-BR apartments for elderly and disabled persons. Qualified near elderly (50 & older) applications will also be accepted at this time. Income-based rent, accessible showers and utilities included. Reasonable security deposit, pet deposit, satellite and garage rental fees. For information or an application, please call:

Frederic Housing Authority - 715-327-8490 Luck Housing Authority - 715-472-2032


T h u r s . & F r i . , J u n e 17 & 18 , 8 a.m.-3 p.m. S a t . , J u n e 19 , 8 a.m.-Noon

Kids & adults clothes, various sizes; household items; furniture; etc. Basically everything but a kitchen sink! 304 Birch St. E. Frederic, WI 514629 43Lp


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

Frederic Evangelical Free Church 505 Old County Rd. W

Saturday, June 19 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. All proceeds will benefit our youth for camp scholarships.

Surplus Landscaping Shrubs Most as low as



Sale Dates June 19 & 20 • June 26 & 27

100s of Spiraeas, Honeysuckles, Forsythias, Potentillas and Arborvitae. These young and beautiful shrubs are grown right here at Willowbean Nursery. They are 18- - 36-month old robust shrubs.

Come and See

Willowbean Nursery 1893 180th Ave., Centuria, WI 54824


North on Hwy. 35 past Centuria, go 1 mile, then take a left on Cty. Rd. I, go 1/4 mile, but go straight ahead to stop sign, not round the big curve. Take a right at stop sign, then a left into drive.


(May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. CHRISTOPHER J. EVENSON and CANDACE H. EVENSON, Defendant. Case No. 09 CV 836 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on December 4, 2009, in the amount of $122,064.95, I will sell at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Poilk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin on: Thursday, June 24, 2010, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: Lot One (1), Plat of Wildt Addition, located in Lot Three (3), Block A, Park Addition to the Village of Balsam Lake, being part of Government Lot Five (5) and Six (6), Section Two (2), Township Thirty-four (34) North, Range Seventeen (17) West, Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 106-00667-0100 Street Address: 131 James Court, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 TERMS OF SALE: Cash DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by cash or certified check. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 4th day of May, 2010. Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson Bar No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787


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Fri., June 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., June 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY OCWEN LOAN SERVICING, LLC, AS SERVICER FOR RWPO IV, LLC Plaintiff, vs. CAROL F. MAREK, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 09 CV 827 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on March 26, 2010, in the amount of $73,666.18, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: July 1, 2010, 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: Foyer area of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI. DESCRIPTION: The South 150 feet of Lot 9, Block 3, Original Plat of the Village of Frederic, Polk County, Wisconsin. (Parcel No. 126-29) PROPERTY ADDRESS: 106 West Elm Street, Frederic, WI 54837. TAX KEY NO.: 126-0029-0000. Dated this 10th day of May, 2010. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Chaz M. Rodriguez State Bar #1063071 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. 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. (194878)


Tower Road St. Croix Falls

downtown Centuria


GARAGE SALE 24166 Alden St.

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Olson Apartments

Available July 1. Available now! On-site laundry. Some pets OK. Water, sewer and garbage included. Background check. First month’s rent & damage deposit. 513714

Washer/dryer; clothes; toys; lots of furniture; motorcycle; ski boots; van; rubber stamps and supplies; and lots more.

Lots of baby clothes Newborn - 5T; men’s & women’s clothes and more.

Quiet building and neighborhood. No pets. References & security deposit required.


All Indoor - Rain Or Shine

Siren, Wis.

2-BR Apartment

One-BR apartment, One-BR apartment,


Taylors Falls 71/Vista Road


Real Estate

Thurs., June 17, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri., June 18, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Plus deposit and utilities.

Edwin E. Ruhn, 85, Frederic, died May 28, 2010. Elizabeth Melsheimer, 91, Frederic, died May 30, 2010. Evelyn G. Thibault, 86, Centuria, died May 31, 2010. Grace E. Edler, 72, Osceola, died June 1, 2010. LaVern E. Larson, 95, Eureka Township, died June 2, 2010.

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Willie L. Olson, 92, Amery, died May 25, 2010. Luria A. Steckroth, 84, Frederic, died May 27, 2010. Vahl J. Brannan, 72, Balsam Lake, died May 28, 2010. Shelby J. Hanson, 58, Sterling Township, died May 28, 2010. Walter C. Nelson, 86, Siren, died May 28, 2010.

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Garage Sales/ Real Estate/ Notices

Polk County deaths

Park after hours 1 Restraining order 1 Suspicious activity 1 Suspicious persons 2 Theft/larceny (UCR) 2 Traffic complaint 1 Traffic enforcement 5 Trespass 1 Vandalism 1 Vehicle violation 5 Warning traffic 21 Welfare check 1 Total 83 – submitted

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The Frederic Police Department handled 83 incidents during the month of May. Incident Amount Accident 1 Assist county 3 Assist motorist 1 Burglary (UCR) 1 Case follow-up 2 Chapter 51.15 2 Citation 12 Damage to property 3 Disturbance 1 EMS 1 Harassment 1 Informational 2 Juvenile 4 Lost child 1 Loud noise 1 Medical 3 Neighbor dispute 1 Open door 1

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HUGE GARAGE SALE Friday, June 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dining room table w/6 chairs; sofa table; coffee & end tables; Eddie Bauer double stroller; car seat; 8-pc. patio set; prints; CDs; shallow well pump; ex. large dog kennel; heated water dish; microwave; oak medicine cabinet with mirrors & lights; misc. household; infant girls, jrs., misses & men’s clothes, boys to young men’s clothes.

310 Park Ave., Frederic

1 block from elementary school • 715-327-8975 Doreen, Maryanne, Casey, Ginny and Denise


FRI. & SAT., JUNE 18 & 19, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Village of Frederic

Park on the north side of the Red Shed.

Desks; chairs; cabinets; books; lockers; room dividers; clothes; wall clocks; screens; elementary choir sheet music, sold in packets with multiple copies; Christmas trees; pool slide; maps; sewing machine tables; basketball rims; bookshelves; wooden teacher desks; milk cooler; aquarium; bricks; timbers; wooden youth chairs; van bench seats; school lunch trays; globes; centennial videos; basketball rebounder and much, much more.


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Call Wade, 715-410-5304



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Let the Internet take you to your Leader. The entire paper online. • E-edition • Go to TOWN OF STERLING MONTHLY TOWN BOARD MEETING


The Monthly Board Meeting Will Be Held Monday, June 21, 2010, At The Cushing Community Center, At 8 p.m.

To Begin 2010-2011 School Year

Agenda: Clerk’s Minutes, Treasurer Financial Report, Update On Leases, Update On Handicap Access Ramp, Update & Possible Decisions Regarding Delinquent PP Taxes, Citizen Concerns, Approve Annual Liquor, Cigarette & Operator Licenses, Board To Approve Proposed Town Timber Sales & Make Decisions Regarding Town Forest Planting, Road Maintenance, Set July Agenda, Pay Bills. Julie Peterson, Clerk 514619 43L 33a

Qualifications Necessary: Teacher of cross categorical, at Unity Middle School (grades 5-6). Prefer applicants licensed in cross-categorical, learning disabilities or emotional behavioral disabilities. The ideal candidate should be a team player and focused ultimately on helping every child achieve growth and success within the school setting. Candidate must be able to create a positive learning environment and develop strong, respectful relationships with students, parents, staff members and administrators. Thorough knowledge of special education laws, the IEP process, best instructional practices, differentiation, technology integration and assessment is important. Qualified, interested persons should apply by sending a District application (available from Web site:, letter of application, resume, credentials/transcripts, copy of certification or evidence of license eligibility and letters of recommendation to: BRANDON W. ROBINSON, DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR UNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Balsam Lake, WI 54810 Deadline for application: Thursday, July 1, 2010, by noon. EOE



(June 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY FIRST RESOLUTION INVESTMENT CORPORATION ASSIGNEE OF 4190 LOUGHEED HWY. STE. 401 VANCOUVER BC, V56 6A8 Plaintiff, vs. MICHELLE S. LOWE 2170 60TH ST. LUCK, WI 54853 Defendant(s). Case Number: 10CV260 AMENDED SUMMONS Money Judgment: 30301 Our File: 756366 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, To each person named above as Defendant: You are hereby noticed that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is also served upon you, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after June 3, 2010, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court whose address is 1005 W. Main Street, Suite 300, Balsam Lake, WI 54810-4410 and to Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik, LLC, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is shown below. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer to the complaint or provide a written demand for said complaint within the 40-day period, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: May 6, 2010. /s/Ryan M. Peterson RAUSCH, STURM, ISRAEL, ENERSON & HORNIK LLC Attorneys in the Practice of Debt Collection 250 N. Sunnyslope Rd. Suite 300 Brookfield, WI 53005 Toll-Free: 888-302-4011

(May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P., AS SERVICER FOR BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CERTIFICATE HOLDERS, CWALT, INC., ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2007-18CB MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-18CB Plaintiff vs. RONALD JAMES SANOSKI JR., et al. Defendants. Case Number: 08 CV 687 AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 5, 2009, in the amount of $253,098.32, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: July 7, 2010, 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 Foyer area of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: The South Half of the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter (S1/2 of NW1/4 of NW1/4), Section 24, Township 33 North, Range 18 West, Town of Garfield, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 882 190th St., Dresser, WI 54009. TAX KEY NO.: 024-00853-0100. Dated this 13th day of May, 2010. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County

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(June 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT DUNN COUNTY WESTCONSIN CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, vs. ELIZABETH A. PEER, JOHN DOE PEER Unknown spouse of Elizabeth A. Peer, JAMES & JENNIFER MOONEN, Defendants. Case No. 10CV237 Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage AMENDED SUMMONS To: Elizabeth A. Peer 2350A 210th Avenue St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 John Doe Peer Unknown spouse of Elizabeth A. Peer 2350A 210th Avenue St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 You are hereby notified that Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within forty (40) days after June 16, 2010, 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, Dunn County Judicial Center, 615 Stokke Parkway, Menomonie, WI 54751, Wisconsin 54016, and to Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci, S.C., Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 3624 Oakwood Hills Parkway, P.O. Box 1030, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54702-1030. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the Complaint within forty (40) days, the Court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated this 9th day of June, 2010. WELD, RILEY, PRENN & RICCI, S.C. By: Christine A. Gimber State Bar ID #01020223 Attorneys for Plaintiff P.O. Box 1030 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1030 715-839-7786 This is an attempt to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

Notice is hereby given that the Balsam Lake Town Meeting will be held on June 21, at 8 p.m., at the town hall. The agenda includes: Public comment, minutes, approval of bills, updates on town road projects, liquor license for Kent’s, Carl Hatfield Polk Survey on Dumke property, Pete Erickson fence issue, Garfield Township ATV trail, liquor license renewals and other misc. updates. 514829 43L Brian R. Masters, Clerk

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(June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff, vs. THOMAS T. SCHWARTZ, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 09 CV 690 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on January 28, 2010, in the amount of $16,533.95, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: August 3, 2010, 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: Foyer area of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, WI. DESCRIPTION: A parcel of land located in the E1/2 of the SE 1/4, Section 16, Township 32 North, Range 15 West, Town Of Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the SE Section Corner Of Section 15, then North on and along the Section Line and a Town Road 1,225 Feet to the point of beginning of land herein described; thence continuing on said Section Line 300 Feet; thence West at Right Angles 300 Feet; thence South at Right Angles 300 Feet; thence East at Right Angles 300 Feet to the point of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 325 30th Street, Clear Lake, WI 54005. TAX KEY NO.: 018-00340-0000. Dated this 8th day of June, 2010 /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Scott D. Nabke State bar #1037979 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5712 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. 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. (196502) 514426 WNAXLP

(May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. Plaintiff Vs. BARBARA HEYN, et al Defendants Case No. 09 CV 0751 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on January 5, 2010, in the amount of $70,849.61, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: June 30, 2010, 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, encumbrances and payment of applicable transfer taxes. PLACE: In the Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lot 9, Block 12, Original Plat of the Village of Frederic, Polk County, Wisconsin. ADDRESS: 207 Polk Avenue South, Frederic, WI 54837. TAX KEY NO: 12600106000. Dated this 17th day of May 2010. Tim Moore Polk County Sheriff Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford State Bar #1034906 6508 South 27th Street Suite #6 Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-761-1700

Notices/ Employment Opportunities

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(June 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY 112 E. Washington St., DTB 8 Suwanee, Georgia 30024-2529 Plaintiff, vs. KARROL R. THOMAS 2211 B 60th Street Osceola, Wisconsin 54020 Defendant(s) Case No. 10-CV-323 Daubert Law Firm File: 10-01848-0 SUMMONS THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To each person named above as a Defendant: You are hereby notified that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within 40 days after June 2, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the Complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the Court, whose address is Clerk of Court, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, and to plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is One Corporate Drive, Suite 400, P.O. Box 1519, Wausau, Wisconsin 54402-1519. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the Complaint within 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own not or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: May 24, 2010. DAUBERT LAW FIRM LLC Attorneys for the Plaintiff Melissa A. Spindler State Bar No.: 1060672 One Corporate Drive, Suite 400 P.O. Box 1519 Wausau, WI 54402-1519 715-845-1805

(May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY U.S. Bank National Association ND, Plaintiff, vs. Randy A. Holecek and Nancy A. Holecek, Defendants. Case Code: 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No. 09 CV 1023 Hon. Robert H. Rasmussen PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on the 26th day of March 2010, the Sheriff of Polk County will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: July 1, 2010, 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. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. DESCRIPTION: The North Half of the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter including Certified Survey Map No. 2974, filed in Volume 13, Page 228, as Document No. 594472, Section 19, Township 33 North, Range 15 West, Town of Clayton, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 867 50th Street, Amery, 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 512198 WNAXLP

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(May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. ESTATE OF MICHAEL R. LANGIN, Defendant. Case No. 10 CV 127 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on April 28, 2010, in the amount of $74,584.08, I will sell at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Thursday, July 1, 2010, at 10 o’clock a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 1436, Recorded in Volume 7 of Certified Survey Maps, page 13, as Document No. 485560 in the office of the Register of Deeds, being located in the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4, Section 25-33-18, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 024-00883-0000. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 788 190th St., Dresser, WI 54009. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by cash or certified check. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 5th day of May, 2010. 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

Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. 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 this purpose. (195385)


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At the St. Croix Falls Comforts Of Home

Experienced Cook & RN Apply within Contact Janet,



Social Worker - Juvenile Justice $22.77/hr. Full Time - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Deadline to apply: June 30, 2010 YOU MUST COMPLETE A POLK CO. EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For applications, complete job description and qualifications; please visit our Web site at, Employment Opportunities, or in person at 100 Polk Co. Plaza, #229, Balsam Lake, WI 514662 43L 54810, 715-485-9176. AA/EEOC

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(June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff, vs. SHANYN R. MILLARD, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 09 CV 988 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 21, 2010, in the amount of $130,999.79, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: August 3, 2010, 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: Foyer area of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI. DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 500 recorded in Volume 2 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 229 as Document No. 384891 being located in the Northeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4, Section 15, Township 32 North, Range 18 West, Town of Alden, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 349 202nd Street, Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO.: 002-01369-0000. Dated this 8th day of June, 2010. /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 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. 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. (196294)

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(June 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff vs. MICHAEL J. BRANDT, Defendant. SUMMONS (By Publication) Case No. 10 CV 377 Case Classification No. 30301 Money Judgment TO: Michael J. Brandt 519 340th Avenue Frederic, WI 54837 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 June 9, 2010, 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 June 9, 2010, 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 3rd day of June, 2010. 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

(June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Plaintiff, vs. CLAYTON R. HENSCHKE, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 08 CV 769 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 18, 2009, in the amount of $433,985.50. the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: July 21, 2010, 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: Foyer area of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, WI. DESCRIPTION: Parcel 1: Lot 6 of Certified Survey Map No. 1813 recorded on February 28, 1995, in Volume 8, Page 161, as Document No. 527587, being part of Government Lot 4, Section 7, Town 35 North, Range 16 West, in the Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin. Parcel 2: An Easement for the benefit of Parcel 1 for ingress and egress over that part of Government Lot 4, Section 7, Township 35 North, Range 16 West, in the Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as Outlot 1 of Certified Survey Map recorded February 28, 1995, in Volume 8 of Certified Survey Maps, page 162, as Document No. 527588. Parcel 3: A 66 foot wide private roadway easement for the benefit of Parcel 1 for ingress and egress as shown on the subject Certified Survey Maps over Government Lot 4, Section 7, Township 35 North, Range 16 West and Government Lot 1, Section 18, Township 35 North, Range 16 West, in the Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2222 117th St., Milltown, WI 54858. TAX KEY NO.: 026-00246-0060. Dated this 20th day of May, 2010. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Chaz M. Rodriguez State Bar # 1063071 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. (195995)

(May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AMERIPRISE BANK, F.S.B., c/o Everhome Mortgage Company Plaintiff, vs. KAREN M. STUART and JOHN DOE, unknown spouse of Karen M. Stuart; and LAUX CUTLER, S.C.; and OSCEOLA COTTAGES CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., Defendants. Case No. 09-CV-782 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 January 6, 2010, in the amount of $42,123.80, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: July 7, 2010, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: All that certain real property situated in the County of Polk, State of Wisconsin, described as follows: Unit 108 Osceola Cottages Condominium, a Condominium declared and existing under and by virtue of the Condominium Ownership Act of the State of Wisconsin, according to the Declaration of the Condominium recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds on September 27, 2000, in Volume 828 of Records on Page 666 as Document No. 603218, as amended by the First Amendment to the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Easements and Restrictions for Osceola Cottages Condominium recorded on December 20, 2001, in Volume 899 of Records on Page 156 as Document No. 6251318, together with an undivided interest in and to the Common Areas and Facilities of the Condominiums, Village of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. Subject to restrictions, reservations, easements, covenants, oil, gas or mineral rights of record, if any. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 108 Cottage Drive, Village of Osceola. TAX KEY NO.: 165-00601-0108. 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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Agenda: Clerk’s report; treasurer’s report; open forum; liquor license renewal; open/ accept sealed road bids; discuss/accept alternative claims procedure ordinance; pay bills; review correspondence; and 514640 43L adjourn. Patsy Gustafson, Town Clerk

Application for Retail Class B License to sell intoxicating liquors and fermented malt beverages. To the Town Board, Town of Sterling, Polk County, Wisconsin, the undersigned: Donald M. Potting Gregory A. Potting The Dugout Bar and Grill 2491 240th Street Cushing, WI 54006 Polk County, Wisconsin Hereby applies for a Retail Class B License to sell intoxicating liquor and fermented malt beverages from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011. Dated June 7, 2010 Julie Peterson, Clerk Town of Sterling


Application for Retail ‘Class A’ Liquor License to sell Liquor. To the Town Board, Town of Laketown, Polk County, Wis. The undersigned: Atlas General Store William J. Rivard 2132 295th Ave. Luck, WI 54853 Hereby applies for a ‘Class A’ Liquor License to sell Liquor from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011. Dated June 14, 2010 Patsy Gustafson, Clerk Town of Laketown

Kyle Swanson 715-483-3186 or Jose Trejo 715-483-3247

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Application for Retail Class B License to sell intoxicating liquors and fermented malt beverages. To the Town Board, Town of Sterling, Polk County, Wis., the undersigned: Suzanne M. Cannefax Suzy Q’s Snowshoe Tavern LLC 2493A 240th Street Cushing, WI 54006 Polk County, Wisconsin Hereby makes application for a Retail Class B intoxicating liquors and fermented malt beverages license to be used from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011. Dated June 7, 2010 Julie Peterson, Clerk 514424 43L Town of Sterling WNAXLP

The Monthly Board Meeting Will Be Held Tuesday, June 22, 2010, At 7:30 p.m., At The Cushing Community Center

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(May 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY EQUITY BANK, Plaintiff, vs. GREGORY S. SCHMIDT, KAY L. SCHMIDT a/k/a KAY S. SCHMIDT, BRADLEY C. KREHBIEL, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF BRADLEY C. KREHBIEL, and PRIME SECURITY BANK, Defendants. NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 09 CV 554 Case Code: 30404 (Foreclosure) By virtue of and pursuant to the Judgment entered in the above-entitled action on January 7, 2010, I will sell at public auction in the lobby of the main entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, on July 14, 2010, at 10:00 a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to wit: That part of the NE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Section 20, Township 33 North, Range 18 West, described as follows: Commencing at the Northeast corner of said Section 20; thence on an assumed bearing along the North line of said Section 20, South 88˚38’40” West a distance of 450.65 feet to the point of beginning of the parcel to be described; thence South a distance of 1,015.40 feet to the center line of a Town Road (90th Avenue); thence, the following course being along said center line, North 86˚21’01” West a distance of 98.58 feet; thence North 82˚06’48” West a distance of 91.02 feet; thence North 75˚11’09” West a distance of 48.75 feet; thence North 66˚36’16” West a distance of 72.55 feet; thence North 62˚07’22” West a distance of 67.35 feet; thence North 59˚17’39” West a distance of 67.71 feet; thence, leaving the center line, North 879.36 feet to the North line of said Section; thence along last said North line, North 88˚38’40” East a distance of 420.12 feet to the point of beginning; Township of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. Subject to the Town Road along the South line of the above described parcel. TAX PARCEL NUMBER: 04200408-0000. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2213 90th Avenue, Osceola, WI 54020. TERMS OF SALE: 1. This is a cash sale. A certified check or bank draft in the amount of 10 percent of the amount bid must accompany the bid, with the balance due upon confirmation of sale by the Court. 2. The sale is subject to all unpaid real estate taxes and special assessments. 3. Purchaser shall pay any Wisconsin real estate transfer fee. 4. The property is being sold on an “as is” basis without warranties or representations of any kind. 5. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining possession of the property. Dated this 14th day of May, 2010. Timothy G. Moore Polk County Sheriff Christopher M. Seelen Attorney for Plaintiff Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C. 402 Graham Avenue P.O. Box 187 Eau Claire, WI 54702-0187 Telephone: (715) 834-3425 Facsimile: (715) 834-9240 This is an attempt to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

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(May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, a Minnesota banking corporation, Plaintiff, vs. CYNTHIA M. REITMEIER, DAVID R. REITMEIER, AND JOHNNIE B. DALTON SALOON & TEX-MEX EATERY, INC., Defendants. Case No.: 09-CV-22 Burnett County Case No. 2010TJ000007 Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered in the Circuit Court of Polk County on December 7, 2009, in the amount of $41,412.70 against Johnnie B. Dalton Saloon & Tex-Mex Eatery, Inc., in the amount of $238,199.79 against Cynthia M. Reitmeier and David R. Reitmeier, Jointly and severally, and in the amount of $8,417.87 against Johnnie B. Dalton Saloon & Tex-Mex Eatery, Inc., Cynthia M. Reitmeier and David R. Reitmeier, jointly and severally the Sheriff will sell the described Burnett County premises at public auction as follows: TIME: July 13, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: Pursuant to said judgment, 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the sheriff at the sale in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds, payable to the clerk of courts (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted). The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the clerk of courts in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds no later than ten days after the court’s confirmation of the sale or else the 10% down payment is forfeited to the plaintiff. The properties are sold ‘as is’ and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: In the Front Lobby of the Burnett County Government Center, 7410 County Road K, Siren, Burnett County. DESCRIPTION: Lot Ten (10) of Pickerel Point, according to the plat thereof on file in the office of the Register of Deeds for Burnett County, Wisconsin, the said plat being located in Government Lot Four (4) of Section Twenty-one (21) and Government Lot One (1) of Section Twenty-eight (28), all in Township Thirty-seven (37) North, of Range Eighteen (18) West, Town of Trade Lake, Burnett County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 12183 Pickerel Point, Town of Trade Lake, Wis. Dean Roland Burnett County Sheriff MURNANE BRANDT Attorneys for Plaintiff 30 E. 7th Street Suite 3200 St. Paul, MN 55101-4919 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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Notices/ Employment Opportunities


PT Behavior Skills Worker

Experienced, dedicated, mature individual to serve as 2nd team member for home-based therapeutic services. Willing to work evenings. Bachelor’s degree in behavioral science + 1,000 hours supervised experience with SED youth. Send cover letter and resume to:

PEACE TREE COUNSELING Attn: Amanda Mikl 204 3rd Avene, P.O. Box 817 Osceola, WI 54020

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Indianhead Community Action Agency, Inc., Is Seeking An Individual To Fill The


This is a 20-hour-per-week position at $8 per hour. Duties include: Office assistant, MUST be skilled in Microsoft Office. Applications will be accepted until Monday, June 21, 2010. To apply, send resume to: Indianhead Community Action Agency, Inc. P.O. Box 40 Ladysmith, WI 54848 Attn: Personnel Director Fax: 715-532-7808 Tdd: 715-532-6333 e-mail: Apply online at: We are an equal opportunity employer operating under an approved Affirmative Action plan. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage women, minorities and 514575 43L persons with disabilities to apply.


The following full-time position is available in the Shell Lake School District:

9 - 12 English Instructor

This position will provide English instruction in grades 9 12 in the Shell Lake High School. D.P.I. license, 21 Grades 6 - 12 300 English will be required. Applicants with multiple certifications and D.P.I. licenses are preferred. To apply: Applicants must send the following: • Letter of application • Resume • Current D.P.I. license(s) • Three Letters of Recommendation • Copy of official transcripts Successful applicant must pass a criminal background check, drug screen and required medical exam. Application deadline: July 2, 2010 Submit application materials to: Mr. Donald Peterson School District of Shell Lake 271 Hwy. 63 S. Shell Lake, WI 54871 The Shell Lake School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability.

(June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT BURNETT COUNTY The RiverBank, 304 Cascade Street P.O. Box 188 Osceola, Wisconsin 54020, Plaintiff, vs. PTL, LLC 16205 280th Street Center City, Minnesota 55012, and Jerrold I. and Margaret A. Carlson 16205 280th Street Center City, Minnesota 55012 Defendants. Case No.: 09-CV-228 Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered in the Circuit Court of Burnett County on January 12, 2010, in the total amount of $882,095.59 against PTL, LLC, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: July 27, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: Pursuant to said judgment, 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the sheriff at the sale in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds, payable to the clerk of courts (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted). The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the clerk of courts in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds no later than ten day after the court’s confirmation of the sale or else the 10% down payment is forfeited to the plaintiff. The properties are sold “as is” and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: In the Front Lobby of the Burnett County Government Center, 7410 County Road K, Siren, Burnett County. DESCRIPTION: Government Lot 1 of Section 13, Township 40 North, of Range 16 West, and that part of Government Lot 4 of Section 12, Township 40 North, of Range 16 West, lying Southerly and Easterly of the following described reference line: Commencing at the Southwest corner of Section 12-40-16, thence North 87 48; 57” East 2,582.94 feet to the South Quarter Section Corner of Section 12 with a Harrison Cast-iron Monument in position for this corner which is the point of beginning of the reference line, thence 17 16’ 56” East 287.03 feet to a 1 inch x 24 inch iron pipe monument, thence North 86 56’ 10” East 391.92 feet to a 1 inch x

30 inch iron pipe monument, thence continuing North 86 56’ 10” East approximately 43 feet to the water’s edge of Crooked Lake which is the termination point of said reference line; excepting therefrom Lot 1, Certified Survey Map No. 4191, recorded in Volume 22, Page 167 and 168 as Document NO. 389654, in the office of the Register of Deeds for Burnett County, Wisconsin. Said land being situated in Burnett County, Wisconsin. Part of Tax key #020-4312-02 800, Part of Tax Key #0204313-01 100 PROPERTY ADDRESS: No property address listed. DESCRIPTION: The W1/2 NE 1/4, and Government Lots 10 and 2, Section 19, Township 40 North, of Range 15 West, Burnett County, Wisconsin. Tax Key #012-4219-01 200, #012-4219-01 300, #0124219-02 100, #012-4219-02 900 PROPERTY ADDRESS: No property address listed, Town of Jackson. DESCRIPTION: Government Lot 2, Section 13, Township 40 North, of Range 16 West, Burnett County, Wisconsin. Tax Key #020-4313-01 200 PROPERTY ADDRESS: No property address listed, Town of Oakland. DESCRIPTION: Government Lot 3, Section 13, Township 40 North, of Range 16 West, Burnett County, Wisconsin. Tax Key #020-4313-01 300, #020-4313-01 400. PROPERTY ADDRESS: No property address listed, Town of Oakland. DESCRIPTION: Government Lot 11, Section 18, Township 40 North, of Range 15 West, Burnett County, Wisconsin. Tax Key #012-4218-01 800 PROPERTY ADDRESS: No property address listed, Town of Jackson. DESCRIPTION: Government Lot 1, Section 7, Township 40 North, Range 15 West, Burnett County, Wisconsin. Tax Key #020-4207-09-400 PROPERTY ADDRESS: No property address listed, Town of Jackson. Dean Roland Burnett County Sheriff MURNANE BRANDT Attorneys for Plaintiff 30 E. 7th Street, Suite 3200 St. Paul, MN 55101-4919 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. 514277 WNAXLP

(May 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY HSBC MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC. Plaintiff, vs. JASON C. MORK and SHANNON D. MORK, husband and wife, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., Defendants. Case No. 09-CV-697 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 January 11, 2010, in the amount of $212,507.37, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: July 13, 2010, 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: A certain tract or parcel of land in Polk County, in the State of Wisconsin, described as follows: Lot Ten (10), Plat of Hilltop Acres, located in the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter, (SW 1/4 of SW 1/4), Section Thirteen (13), Township Thirty-three (33) North of Range Nineteen (19) West; Osceola Township, in Polk County, Wisconsin. Subject to easements, restrictions and right of way of record, if any. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2489 91st Ave., Town of Osceola. TAX KEY NO.: 042-01312-0100. 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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Notices/Employment Opportunities

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(June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT BRANCH 2 POLK COUNTY PROGROWTH BANK, Plaintiff, vs. S PINES, LLC, ROBERT J. ROLOFF, DAVID D. GRAF, TROUT HAVEN DEVELOPMENT, LLC, Defendants Case No. 09 CV 906 Code No. 30404 (Foreclosure) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment entered in the aboveentitled action on January 28, 2010, I will sell at public auction in the lobby of the main entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, on August 4, 2010, at 10 a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to wit: Unit 13 Plat of Trout Haven Condominiums, Section 1737-16, Town of Clam Falls, Polk County Wisconsin. Parcel ID No. 014-003701300. Street Address: Lot 13, Trout Haven Condominiums, Clam Falls, WI. TERMS OF SALE: 1. This is a cash sale. A certified check or bank draft in the amount of 10 percent of the amount bid must accompany the bid, with the balance due upon confirmation of sale by the Court. 2. Sale is subject to all unpaid real estate taxes and special assessments. 3. Purchaser shall pay any Wisconsin real estate transfer fee. 4. The property is being sold on an “as is” basis without warranties or representations of any kind. 5. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining possession of the property. Dated this 25th day of May, 2010. Timothy G. Moore Polk County Sheriff John D. Leary Attorney for Plaintiff Ruder Ware, LLSC 402 Graham Avenue P.O. Box 187 Eau Claire, WI 54702-0187 Telephone: (715) 834-3425 Facsimile: (715) 834-9240 You are notified that we are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

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(May 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT BURNETT COUNTY AnchorBank, fsb, Plaintiff, vs. Gerald G. Trepczyk and Kim A. Trepczyk, as husband and wife, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No.: 09 CV 17 Case Code: 30404 Judge: Kenneth L. Kutz PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on the 17th day of March, 2010, in the amount of $115,753.88, the Burnett County Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: July 27, 2010, 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: Main Lobby, Burnett County Government Center, 7410 County Road K, Siren, WI 54872 DESCRIPTION: Lot 5, Danielson Addition to the Village of Webster, according to the Plat thereof on file in the office of the Register of Deeds for Burnett County, Wisconsin. Said Plat being situated in the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4, Section 9, Township 39 North, Range 16 West, Burnett County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 7390 Poplar St., Webster, WI 54893, Dean Roland Burnett 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.

(June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, fsb f/k/a S&C Bank, Plaintiff, vs. Troy E. Thiele and Unknown Spouse of Troy E. Thiele, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No: 09 CV 664 Case Code: 30404 Judge: Molly E. GaleWyrick PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on the January 5, 2010, in the amount of $72,115.27, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: July 28, 2010, 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: Foyer Area of Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. DESCRIPTION: Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 2911, recorded in Volume 13 of Certified Survey Maps, page 165, Document No. 590725 in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin, located in the NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 and in the SW 1/4 of NE 1/4, Section 33, Township 34 North, Range 16 West, which replaces Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 2893, recorded in Volume 13 of Certified Survey Maps, page 147, as Document No. 589500, in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin. Together with an easement for ingress to and egress from Lot 3 of CSM No. 2911 to 125th Avenue over Lot 4 of CSM No. 2911, all as more fully shown on CSM No. 2911. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 934 Mains Crossing Ave., Amery, WI 54001. 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. 513967 WNAXLP


The Polk County Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing at noon on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. The Board will call the public hearing to order at 8:30 a.m., recess at 8:45 a.m. to view site(s) and will reconvene at noon at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. At that time each applicant will inform the Board of their request. (THE APPLICANT MUST APPEAR AT NOON WHEN THE BOARD RECONVENES AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER.) PATRICIA SHAWN O’LEARY requests a variance from Article 11C, Table 1 and 11F2(b)(1)+(2) of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to add a screen porch onto the side of existing dwelling which will be closer than 75’ from the ordinary high-water mark and exceed the 1,100-sq.-ft. footprint. Property affected is: 1743 Tanglewood Trail, Lot 23, Tanglewood First Addition, V538/58, Sec. 7/T34N/R17W, Town of Balsam Lake, Long Lake (class 1). ANDREA MONCHILOVICH/PICKERIGN requests a Special Exception from Article 8D1(a) of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to operate a Tourist Rooming House. Property affected is: 2506 Grenquist Lake Ln., Pt. of Gov’t. Lot 5, Desc. V222/436, Sec. 26/T36N/R15W, Town of McKinley, Grenquist Lake (class 3). THOMAS GEISTFELD requests a variance to Article 11C, Table 1 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to build a patio closer than 75’ from the ordinary high-water mark. Property affected is: Unit 24, New Lagoon Campground Plat, Sec. 29/T34N/ R17W, Town of Balsam Lake, Deer Lake (class 1). 514627 43-44L 33a,d

First residents/from page1 close to the lakes and woods where they found their needed food and resources. Those earliest residents moved away, but they left significant traces of their time here. Last Sunday, as a kickoff to the NATOW 2010 conference, the St. Croix Chippewa hosted a tour highlighting significant sites left by those early residents and by the Ojibwe who moved into the area several centuries ago in a great migration. (The names Ojibwe and Chippewa are both used by the St. Croix Tribe.) The daylong tour was a travel in time, from mounds built over 1,500 years ago to the newest tribal gaming center. Along the way, the tour guests received an introduction to the Ojibwe culture and history. The tour included visits to many of the mounds left standing, not leveled over the years or looted by grave robbers. The mounds were the burial sites of the early residents, probably the ancestors of the Dakota people who lived here as recently as the early 1800s. The largest group of burial mounds are on the shore of Rice Lake in a city park. These were probably built over many years, as far back as 500 B.E. There once were more than 49 mounds on the site, but time and “development” have taken their toll and only 12 mounds remain. The Dakota people are long gone from the area, pushed into Minnesota by the Ojibwe, but their mounds remain. The tour visited other mounds in the

area, including a large mound on the western shore of Clam Lake, the last remaining mound of 26 that stood before the shore was cleared for a summer hotel and cabins. There are mounds throughout the area including a newly discovered group of effigy mounds, ones built in the shape of animals. The Ojibwe regard this site as a highly sacred area and a doorway to the spirit world. Wanda McFaggen, director of the St. Croix Tribal Historic Preservation Department, said that the preservation of all the burial sites is important to all native people. She said that all the sites are protected, even if they are not Ojibwe sites. “We are all Indian people,” she said. McFaggen said many human remains were removed from graves and mounds and now stored in boxes in the basement of the state historical society and other museums. There is a movement to repatriate these human remains, burying them properly. She added that there are strict state penalties for disturbing any burial site or mound. While the tour focused on the mound sites, the group visited several of the St. Croix Tribe communities at Hertel, Danbury and Round Lake. The tribe is soon to open a new gaming venture and hotel/conference center at Danbury. The St. Croix Chippewa Tribe has 1,200 enrolled members, half of whom live on reservation land.


This mound, the largest in Burnett County, is near the shore of Clam Lake. - Photo by Gregg Westigard

Ojibwe dancers and drummers performed at Forts Folle Avoine as part of the tour. The center photo shows an example of an early native home at Forts Folle Avoine. At right, the sign at Indian Mounds Park near Rice Lake. - Photos by Gregg Westigard

Conference addresses Native American tourism by Brian Bull Wisconsin Public Radio TURTLE LAKE - State and tribal tourism officials are on the St. Croix Indian reservation this week to talk about boosting visitation to Native American sites in Wisconsin. The emphasis for tribes is on keeping positive despite the economy and to work together. For the last two years, the hospitality and recreation industries have suffered from the recession. That’s been felt everywhere, including “Indian Country.” Aimee Juan, coordinator of the annual Native American Tourism of Wisconsin conference, says visitor traffic is a big concern for tribes. She says about 90-percent of their income is from tourism, “of which a majority is Indian gaming.” But Juan says rather than focus on how tourism has lagged for Wisconsin’s 11 tribes, they’ll emphasize how partnering with other tribes and the state government can help save costs and resources. That’ll include promot-

ing ventures like the Hwy. 41 project. Gwen Carr is the project’s outreach coordinator and a keynote speaker at the conference. She says the Lake Butte des Morts Bridge design is a great example of how state and tribal officials have worked together using designs and motifs based on Indian culture and practices including wild rice. The project also features 11 “pods” which have signage explaining each tribe’s specific relationship to Lake Butte des Morts or about their history. Carr adds 70 native-owned businesses are now involved in the project, and she hopes tribes consider similar efforts as they try to draw visitors to their communities. Organizers of the native tourism conference are themselves working to boost traffic. They’d hoped to get 200 participants signed up this week; at last count they were about 70 shy of that goal. The Native American Tourism of Wisconsin conference was scheduled to run through June 16 at Turtle Lake. Connect to your community


This fawn crouched down to hide after escaping a near collision with a vehicle with its mother recently. Lance Brenizer took this photo. “The baby deer laid down right next to our vehicle to ‘hide’ from us,” noted Sara Brenizer. - Photo submitted

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Don’t miss Frederic Family Days this weekend FREDERIC – The 46th-annual Frederic Family Days celebration is set for Friday, June 18, through Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20. Don’t miss the fun, which includes everything from a paintball shooting booth to an art opening at the new Frederic Arts Center. There will be a fishing contest and a kids fishing contest as well as softball and volleyball tournaments. An eighth-annual “Amazing Race,” will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Coon Lake Park Pavilion. Strawberry shortcake will be served at the depot/museum. There also will be bird painting at the Frederic Arts Center, a horseshoe tournament, and a kiddie parade, all on Saturday. There’s a pork roast fundraiser at the fire hall sponsored by the fire department ($6 for adults, kids 12 and under, $4). Kids games, pony rides, and the library bake and book sale will be available. The Miss Frederic competition is set for 7 p.m. Saturday followed by the street dance on Main Street from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with music by Freeway Jam. On Sunday, the fishing and softball tournaments will continue. A BBQ chicken dinner fundraiser for the chamber of commerce will be served from 11 a.m. until gone in the park; there will be music by Intensive Care from 11:30 to 3:30 p.m. The Queen’s Tea will be held at noon, as well as a petting zoo. Root-beer floats will be on sale at the arts center, and a parade will

Candidates for Miss Frederic will take part in a pageant this Saturday, June 19, at 7 p.m. at the Birch Street School. Shown (L to R), back row: Krysta Laqua and Kayla Nelson. Front row: Frankie Knuf and Vanessa Neumann. Photo submitted

Intensive Care will play Sunday at the park from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m during the barbecue chicken dinner fundraiser. — Photos submitted

begin at 1:30 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, see the June 14 Indianhead Advertiser. – submitted

Freeway Jam will provide live music at the coronation street dance on Main Street Saturday night starting at 9 p.m.

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Christmas in July Lacking emergency assistance funds, Polk and Burnett counties break out Red Kettle Campaign by Marty Seeger Leader staff reporter BALSAM LAKE – The Salvation Army in Polk and Burnett counties is breaking out something normally seen during the month of December. The popular Red Kettle Campaigns are going to be used throughout the month of July to combat a need for funds, mostly due to the increased demand from less fortunate families in the community. Currently the Salvation Army and Serenity Home shelter in Balsam Lake have the funds needed to pay for operating Duana Bremer their facilities, yet funding for emergency assistance has been exhausted according to social services director Duana Bremer. “For emergency assistance we are totally out, so if people come to us and ask for money now, we have to say we’re out,” Bremer said. Last year the Otto Bremer Foundation awarded a $70,000 grant to Polk County for emergency assistance, and with money raised during the Red Kettle Campaign it added up to a total of $140,000. This year, without the Otto Bremer grant, and with a high demand for assistance, the funds quickly diminished. “Because of the job loss in our commu-

The Salvation Army in Polk and Burnett counties is searching for volunteers for their Red Kettle Campaign in July. Other fundraising items include the teddy bears shown in this photo, which can be found at various banks throughout the counties. – Photo by Marty Seeger nity, we’re seeing more and more people come to us that have never had to ask for our assistance before,” Bremer said. Just one example of the need is the Serenity Home shelter in Balsam Lake, which opened just two years ago. Since then demand for their services has gone up 300 percent, and so far they’ve been able to help 130 people in need from Polk County, but have also had to turn away 124 people because there isn’t enough space.

“We want to keep people in their houses. I’d rather help them make a rent payment because they’re unemployed than have them move in here. We try to keep it as nice as we can, but let’s face it, it’s still a shelter,” Bremer said. Then there’s the Happy Kids Backpack program, where emergency funds and Red Kettle Campaign money has also been used. Students that are part of the free or reduced lunch program at their school apply for the program. On Fri-

days, children in need receive a backpack filled with food for the weekend. They then bring the backpacks back to school the following Monday to be refilled. The program has helped 64 kids in need at Unity Schools alone, and roughly 70 kids in the Amery School District, and another 70 in the Head Start program have benefited. “Their parents might be working, the parents might be making bad choices, but if one kid feels somebody cares about them, that could change their life. That could make a big impact with how they move into the future,” Bremer said. The fiscal year for the Salvation Army begins in October, and new funds will be released at that time, but for now they’re out completely, which is why they’re breaking out the bells and kettles in July. Those who volunteered last December are encouraged to shed their winter coats and get out the tank tops, shorts and sunscreen for a great cause. They’ll be ringing on the weekends only, and locations where bell ringers are needed include Luck, Osceola, Amery, St. Croix Falls, Turtle Lake, Clear Lake and Four Wind s in Siren. Bremer points out that all money raised stays in Polk and Burnett Counties, and says those being helped aren’t transplanted from somewhere else. She says that both the Polk and Burnett communities have always offered help whenever needed. “I think they’re a community that wants to do stuff, they want to help, they’re very generous with their helping, but sometimes they don’t know what to do, so this is a real good thing that people can do to help out our community,” Bremer said. Donations may also be sent to Serenity Home at 200 Polk County Plaza in Balsam Lake, WI 54810. To volunteer as a bell ringer in July contact Bremer, or ask for Shirley at 715-485-1221.

Salvation Army: A history of giving

NATIONWIDE – Americans are encouraged to donate to or volunteer with The Salvation Army, representing the original intent of President Dwight D. Eisenhower when he declared the first National Salvation Army Week in 1954. The Salvation Army hopes to draw attention to underserved communities during a time when the army is seeing many families and individuals struggling to make ends meet due to the challenging economic climate. “The Salvation Army and the work we do to help people in need are 365 days a year,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “Across the country, local Salvation Army Corps have seen increased need from people in the communities, and are

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spreading the word about the importance of Americans giving back to support their neighbors. Whether it’s through volunteering at a Salvation Army food bank or donating clothing to a Salvation Army thrift store, the public’s support is needed more than ever.” Since beginning its work in the United States in 1880, The Salvation Army has grown into one of the largest social service providers in the country, providing direct support to 30 million Americans each year through a variety of programs. Over time, Eisenhower recognized the growing involvement of the army in the U.S. and overseas during WWI and WWII stating, “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of brotherhood. In time of war, the men

and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of all.” Though the dates have changed since the United States Congress declared and Eisenhower proclaimed the first National Salvation Army Week on Nov. 18, 1954, the work of The Salvation Army has not changed. More information about National Salvation Army Week and The Salvation Army’s service programs in more than 5,000 areas nationwide is available online at

About The Salvation Army The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in his name without discrimination for 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to - from


Family Days art exhibition opens Friday

ABC Express Preschool graduation

ABC Express Preschool held their graduation at Luck Lutheran Church with songs and fingerplays for parents, relatives and friends. Following the program, during which the graduates received certificates along with hugs from teachers Paula Hischer and Marigen Kastelle, cake and punch were served.

Over 100 6”-by-6” wooden frames were constructed and distributed to interested area artists and residents with instructions to fill the frame with art in any medium. - Photo submitted FREDERIC - Frederic Arts will open its "Art Medley" exhibition on Friday, June 18, during the Family Days weekend. The gala reception, complete with refreshments, will run from 5 to 8 p.m. at the new Frederic Art Center at 310 South Lake St. across from Coon Lake Park. This is the former one-room schoolhouse/Legion hall, newly painted and beginning its third life. Viewing hours for Saturday and Sunday are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. After Family Days the exhibition can be seen at the library and other locations. Over 100 6”-by-6” wooden frames were constructed and distributed to interested area artists and residents with instructions to fill the frame with art in any medium. Board member Mark Buley has created a unique display stand that will hold all the pieces. This is also a fundraising event for Frederic Arts, with a bit of a twist.

Art patrons wishing to support Frederic Arts and receive a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of artwork can purchase a chance at any piece for $20. Obviously, everyone can’t simply choose the piece they like best, there being only one of each, so here’s how the process works. The art pieces have been assigned hidden numbers between one and 100. Patrons will sign their names next to a number on a sheet of paper with one signature per number. Each purchaser will receive a work of art, they just won’t know which one. The "Art Medley" will be on display throughout the village until Saturday, Aug. 21, when pieces can be picked up during the chicken dinner/craft fair. For more information on this and other upcoming events, and for information on how you can become a member of Frederic Arts, go to the Web site at - submitted

The ABC Express Preschool of the Luck Lutheran Church celebrated their last day of preschool with a picnic at the Milltown Park and an ice-cream treat at the Milltown Drive Inn. If you are interested in enrolling your 3- to 5-year-old child in the ABC Express Preschool program, beginning Sept. 7, please call Paula Hischer, director at 715-472-8207. – Photos submitted

Insight School graduation

Insight School of Wisconsin held its graduation ceremony at the Monona Terrace and Convention Center in Madison on June 5. The keynote speaker for this year’s ceremony was state Sen. Luther Olsen. Also attending were Grantsburg School Superintendent Joni Burgin and Grantsburg School Board Chairman David Ahlquist. Pictured in front of the state capital are 38 of the 68 graduating seniors and Insight faculty and staff. - Photo submitted

Summer yoga classes in Frederic

FREDERIC - Frederic Community Education is hosting a summer yoga class in Frederic beginning Tuesday, June 22. All inexperienced yogis as well those familiar with yoga are welcome to attend. Classes begin at 6 p.m., go to 7 p.m., and the series will last six weeks. The benefits of yoga are profound. Simple postures that benefit balance, strength and mobility combined with deep diaphragmatic breathing can improve circulation of oxygen and blood which in turn benefits internal organs, muscles and increases bone strength. There are poses that can combat memory loss, increase endurance, prevent insomnia, relieve headaches and back pain and improve energy level. There is no experience necessary and all fitness levels, or lack thereof, are welcome. There is a special call out to those high school athletes looking to improve their core strength and endurance before the fall sports season. Also, senior citizens are more than welcome to attend. Adjustments will be made if a wide variety of fitness levels and experience are interested. Additional or separate class schedules are totally feasible to accommodate interests and needs. The summer class will be held at the Frederic Arts Building (formerly the Frederic Legion Hall) on Lake Avenue across from Coon Lake Park in Frederic. Weather and bugs permitting, yoga may be held outside. Preregistration is not necessary, but an RSVP would be appreciated by calling 715-969-9125. The Community Education prices have changed: $30.50 for the six-week series with senior citizens paying half price at $15.25. Wear comfy clothes, bring a yoga mat if you have one; also bring a blanket and a bottle of water. Classes will be taught by certified yoga instructor Sandy King. King has 30 years of yoga experience with several years’ experience as a hatha yoga teacher. - submitted

An avid duck hunter was in the market for a new bird dog. His search Joe Roberts ended when he found a dog that could actually walk on water to retrieve a duck. Shocked by his find, he was sure none of his friends would ever believe him. He decided to try to break the news to a friend of his, a pessimist by nature, and invited him to hunt with him and his new dog. As they waited by the shore, a flock of ducks flew by. They fired, and a duck fell. The dog responded and jumped into the water. The dog, however, did not sink but instead walked across the water to retrieve the bird, never getting more than his paws wet. The friend saw everything but did not say a single word. On the drive home, the hunter asked his friend, “Did you notice anything unusual about my new dog?” “I sure did,” responded his friend. “He can’t swim.” ••• A young man from the city went to visit his farmer uncle. For the first few days, the uncle showed him the usual things - chickens, cows, crops, etc. After three days, however, it was obvious that the nephew was getting bored, and the uncle was running out of things to amuse him with. Finally, the uncle had an idea. “There’s no one around for miles, why don’t you grab a gun, take the dogs, and go shooting?” This seemed to cheer the nephew up, and off he went, dogs in tow. That afternoon, the nephew returned. “How did you enjoy that?” asked the uncle. “It was great!” exclaimed the nephew. “Got any more dogs?” ••• A doctor told Mrs. Stone to give her husband one pill a day and one drink of whiskey to improve his stamina. A month later, when Mrs. Stone came in for another visit, the doctor asked, “How are we doing with the pill and the whiskey?” Mrs. Stone answered, “Well, he’s a little behind with the pills, but he’s about six months ahead with the whiskey.”

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Talking Turkey with Dad This may seem off the wall, but

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when you chew the fat with your kids are you out to lunch? You want to get the inside scoop but John W. Ingalls they treat you like you are out in left field? When they say “hot” they really mean “cool” but when you say “groovy” it used to mean “far out” but to them it really means you are over the hill. If you really want to have a heart-to-heart talk with them then you should give it to them straight from the horse’s mouth, no beating around the bush. If you really want to talk turkey with your kids you need to be able to think outside the box otherwise all bets are off. Considering teen language and adult language is not the same as comparing apples to apples. In fact it’s as different as night and day. Having the key to understanding a teen means you must talk the talk and walk the walk otherwise you will find yourself behind the eight ball. Rule number one when dealing with teens is to remain as cool as a cucumber at all times. They know how to push all the right buttons and if you let them get under your skin you could get hot under the collar


My friend Lanni thinks I have a peaceful and carefree life, living alone and writing, with no office to annoy me or co-workers to deal with. She was complaining about interoffice politics and Carrie Classon how her co-worker in Paris was trying to undermine her efforts. I understood completely, as my officemate was doing the very same thing. I accidentally left my computer on, and my cat Lucy was hard at work all night. I awoke to find that she had authored a badly spelled PowerPoint presentation. (Spelling is not Lucy’s forte.) She had also opened a new Excel spreadsheet, disabled the wireless Internet, and created some sort of keystroke shortcut that, when I attempted to open a single document, resulted in my opening every document in the entire file. It was while I was trying to rectify the last problem that Lanni complained about her Parisian co-worker, and I was probably not as sympathetic as I might have been. Milo then started to complain about wanting to be let outside. I was annoyed with him as well. He had run off again on Friday afternoon. I walked around the neighborhood, a leash in one hand and my phone in the other, until I got a call from a fellow who informed me he was sitting at the bar having a drink with my dog. Milo had apparently discovered happy hour at the local tavern and met a lot of new friends who had graciously supplied him with a bowl of water. Milo and his new friends were all enjoying cold beverages when I arrived and he was, as always, surprised and delighted to see me. For much of my time, Lucy and Milo are my only companions. But for the last couple of days, my seven-year-old niece, Isabelle, has been staying with

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me while her teacher parents finish the school year. Isabelle has finished first grade, and her grandparents are up north, so my sister and her husband entrusted me—the single aunt with no children, living alone in the farmhouse—to watch over

Isabelle. “They’re going to let you do that?” my friend Mary asked with surprise. I agreed it was brave. Isabelle arrived just before her bedtime. But the weather was so nice, and there was a gorgeous pink sunset, so we snuck off to the woods and walked through the tall ferns and watched the vivid pink sky through the trees, careful not to trip over rocks in the darkness. In the next couple of days we picked up a load of manure for my garden while Isabelle learned how to sit on the back of a horse and talk in horse language. She rode in the bucket of a tractor and we took more hikes in the woods. We went to a luncheon and a cookie party, learned how to drum on my African drum, and grilled portabella mushrooms. We read aloud to each other and had a picnic by the river. When her parents came to pick her up she cried. I was sad too because the distractions of a bar-hopping dog or a computer-programming cat do not equal the pleasure of sharing my house with another person, particularly someone as lovely as Isabelle. As Isabelle and her family pulled out of the driveway, I noticed how quiet the house seemed. Sometimes living and working alone is peaceful, and sometimes it is just … quiet. Then Lucy jumped into my lap and purred and Milo barked at monsters in the woods. I made sure my computer was off and went up to bed. Till next time, —Carrie

Polk Historical Society to visit Interstate Park

BALSAM LAKE – Polk County Historical Society will visit the 100-plus-year-old Interstate Park at St. Croix Falls on Tuesday, June 22, 7 p.m., at the Interpretive Center. Julie Fox will present a program on the Civilian Conservation Corps. Fox has been one of the heartbeats of the Interstate Park for over 25 years, presenting many programs and spearheading, with others, many projects. She will present how the CCC in developing many areas of the park. The year is 1933, the USA is in the grip of the Great Depression, families are destitute, no work, no money, no food. Franklin D. Roosevelt announces his “New Deal” program, so what was this saving grace for the American public? It turned out to be a great boon for thousands of the poor, oppressed people. So, the Civilian Conservation Corps was born. Headquarters and

living arrangements for CCC enrollees consisted of neat rows of military barracks that usually housed 200 men plus staff. Wisconsin did not acquire any state parks during the years of the CCC but many existing parks had facilities built and upgraded, including Polk County’s (first state park in Wisconsin) Interstate Park. The Interstate Park camp was established in 1935. The CCC camps continued work at all Wisconsin state parks until 1942. So when you visit any of the Wisconsin state parks you will almost surely see a pathway with large rocks in it, a shelter to have a picnic under or a building of some sort that was built by these “New Deal” workers. No state park stickers required for this event, gate will be open. Call 715-485-9269 for more information. - submitted

Third-annual Namekagon River Memory Day TREGO — Have you or your family enjoyed the Namekagon River? Do you have stories to tell? Or are you interested in learning more about the river’s history? Come to the Namekagon River Memory Day hosted by the National Park Service on Thursday, July 1, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Namekagon River Visitor Center in Trego. The public is invited to share stories that can be recorded, bring in photographs that can be scanned and share knowledge of how places got their names. In addition, the following speakers will be featured at this year’s event. Rich Elliker will reminisce about his years piloting the Namekagon Queen, a paddleboat, around Lake Hayward. Pete Wagar, who has worked as a collectible and antique dealer in the Hayward area for over 30 years, will share his mother’s stories and photos of life on the Namekagon in the 1920s. He will also bring a display of 1920s household items. Fred Meyer, son of and fly off the handle. By remaining calm you can turn the tables and pull a few strings of your own. Rule number two is to speak softly and carry a big stick. It MD doesn’t mean that you are judge, jury and executioner but it does mean that you need to know how to lay down the law. From past disagreements you may have an axe to grind, but remember the real goal is to bury the hatchet. If you have something to say and it isn’t politically correct you may need to bite your tongue. If you have already said something in anger it is better to bite the bullet and apologize. Eating humble pie may be a bitter pill to swallow but hopefully in the end you will come out smelling like a rose. Rule number three is to jog their memory. Whether you believe they are a chip off the old block or not, you need to accept some of their behavior as being genetic, after all a nut doesn’t fall far from the tree. If you are pleased as punch with your children regardless if they are as sharp as a tack or just plain Jane, you should never try to keep up with the Joneses. Undue pressure on your kids to perform may upset the applecart but that doesn’t mean you should rest on your laurels. You reap what you sow and if you want them

Lillian M. Meyer, author of “Namekagon Memories,” will recall his memories of growing up on Lake Namekagon. Jean Schaeppi, a National Park Service historian, will discuss logging on the Namekagon River. With permission, the stories and photos that the public shares will be used by the National Park Service to better tell the history of the river through programs, exhibits, brochures and the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway’s Web site. Stories can help today’s visitors understand what a special place the Namekagon was and still is. Researchers can use the photos and stories to assist managers in making decisions. The Namekagon River Visitor Center is located in Trego on Hwy. 63, one mile east of Hwy. 53. Call 715635-8346, ext. 429 for questions about the Namekagon River Memory Day. For additional information on the riverway, please visit — from NPS to be a class act always take the moral high ground and don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. Rule number four is listen to them, for out the mouths of babes can come wisdom. If you haven’t developed a habit of listening to your children don’t wait until the eleventh hour. Don’t be afraid to let them bend your ear. Rule number five is live with the end in sight. Even if you are healthy as a horse now and have been living high on the hog, some day you will kick the bucket and bite the dust. Before you are ready to give up the ghost and meet your Maker, remember that unresolved conflict in your family can be a fate worse than death. Offer them an olive branch and you will never get the short end of the stick. Do I communicate well with my children? More than once I have put my foot in my mouth but reconciliation comes because blood is thicker than water. I have learned to get rid of the chip on my shoulder and just button my lip. Talking to kids - easy? Nope, it’s hard as nails and sometimes you just feel like an idiom. This article is dedicated to my four children - the nurse, the dentist, the teacher and the entertainer, each of whom has tickled my ribs, bent my ear and has given me the most honorable title ever, Dad. In them I am pleased as punch.


Foreward by Stanley Selin My aunt, Mildred Selin (1911-1998), graduated from Grantsburg High School in 1929. In the following year, she completed the teachers training course offered by the high school. She taught first through eighth grades at Ekdall School from 1930 to 1935, and taught grades 1-8 at Grettum School from 19351937. From 1937-1943, she taught at the Roosevelt Consolidated School in southeastern Burnett County, and then taught grades 5-8 at the Freya School for parts of 1943 and 1944. In February of 1944, she left teaching to become a caseworker for the Burnett County Department of Public Welfare in Webster. In 1947, along with her caseworker duties, she began working in the challenging field of child welfare. She served as a juvenile probation officer for seven years. Mildred continued to work in the county welfare department until her retirement in March of 1976. At the Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Public Welfare Association, held in May of 1975 at Madison. Mildred was given an Outstanding Performance Award for exceptional service in the field of social welfare. She was chosen for this award by the Northland Social Services Association of northwestern Wisconsin. The following stories were written by Mildred Selin. Learning by Experience A great deal has been said about learning by experience and I wish to jot down a few things I learned in that way. After teaching elementary grades for 13-1/2 years, I was offered and accepted a job as social worker at the Burnett County Department of Public Welfare. I was elated, and being in the prime of life, I also felt fearless and enthusiastic about the opportunity. Not one iota of social work training did I have, not even an orientation of sorts before I went to work on that memorable day of Jan. 31, 1944. After properly introducing me to the staff, my boss, and as I learned later, also my supervisor, C. A. Babcock, presented me with at least a half dozen big black manuals to peruse and study. At the end of one week, I still knew little or nothing about the various welfare programs and procedures that I was expected to handle. What I really didn’t know was the “hows” of being a social worker. It was a pretty dark and shady area. I knew nothing of how to approach clients and their problems, what to expect, and how to handle the unexpected; these and a thousand other “ins and outs” dealing with troubled people regarding their personal problems. Mr Babcock (we called him Mr. B) was most patient and kind, but his own heavy workload as director of the department left him very little time to assist anyone. Approximately 95 percent of my assigned cases were of people unknown to me. That made me feel good because they would have no preconceived ideas about me. When these strangers and their new social worker met for the first time, we were both a little apprehensive. We were both busy reading one another in order to form an opinion or two. I found myself selling myself as a friendly, caring and understanding, but firm person. I soon realized there was a great need in their makeup to preserve their selfworth and self-esteem.

The majority were plain, ordinary folk who lived simple lives. Who was I to come into their homes with a condescending attitude? Who was I if I tried to impress them with my best wardrobe, my jewelry and a Miss-Know-It-All attitude? I was there to help and Mildred Selin – 1976. – Photo to serve, and unless I accepted submitted them as they were and left them a bit more hopeful and happy than when I came, I would fail at my job. To win their confidence, I learned to listen attentively, practice patience, and be concerned. I must admit there were many times that I wanted to break into their story with an idea of my own, but I had to teach my ego to hold its breath. Social work, as in many areas of life, has a real need to develop the art of listening. Periods of awkward silence sometimes occur. Let them. We all need time to think and to assimilate what we hear. Just be quiet and gentle, I learned, and listen to the tone of voice. It tells a great deal that would otherwise be unsaid. Listen to what is said, but more importantly, to how it’s said. Be observant of the speaker, his manner of speech, his behavior while speaking, and his extent of nervousness. Watch his eye movement and facial expressions. Above all, do not register any shock or surprise to his story, but rather, register understanding, concern and caring. After all, the greatest therapy for the client is to be heard and to feel “talked out.” I learned to never ever make any promises to my clients unless I was 100 percent sure I could fulfill them. I learned to work for mutual trust. Good faith was so essential. I asked myself, will my client dread my next visit, or will they be pleased to see me again? An Indian Funeral When we arrived at the Sand Lake Indian Village near Cumberland, a sewing machine, buffet, and other furniture was being carried out of the Indian chief’s house. Young Indian lads were busy carrying tables into the house. Ladies and children coming from all the Indian huts were carrying dishes of food, which they took into the chief’s house. Chairs and boards were carried into the house, also. When the undertaker came, they unloaded the box and casket on the ground. The casket was placed on the wheeled cart, while the box was carried to the open grave and dropped in. The casket was rolled into the house, where it was opened. Just a narrow space was left between the open casket and the wall of the room so that one could barely walk between to look at the body. Then they asked the white folks and relatives to view the body. After that was done, the medicine man began talking in the Chippewa language. He talked for a short time after which 12 husky young men and a group of

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The Gold Crown The first time I went to my girlfriend’s house I was standing in the front room waiting for her when a little girl with shimmering blond hair peeked around the corner. I said “Hi” and from the other room, I heard her say “uff da!” The little girl was LueAnn and she became my sister-in-law. LueAnn was born with a speech impedi-

Irregular Columnist Brooke Biedinger ment that prevented her from speaking clearly. When our son Frank was a small child he and LueAnn would play and talk together for hours during our visits to Grandma Elsa and Grandpa Ole in Sioux Falls. Frank could always understand what LueAnn said when the rest of us could not LueAnn read her Bible every day and she believed you receive a gold crown, when you go to heaven.

older men sat down to the well-laden feast table in the center of the room. They all ate, picked up their dirty dishes, and brought them to the kitchen. More young men brought clean dishes and sat down and ate. Thus, the ceremony continued, with ladies and children eating last. When everyone had eaten, the table was almost empty, and before one could scarcely see what was being done, the tables were cleared and carried outside. During the time that people were eating their baked beans, Indian bread, wild rice, fruit and meats, one of the aunts of a person named Gladys was busy doing something to the body in the casket. Investigating, we found that she had painted a bright-red round spot on each of the dead person’s cheeks, and scattered tobacco on her hands. In addition to this, she had put a couple of pink ribbon bows in her hair. Just before the feast, a young Indian passed around a large platter of loose tobacco topped with cigarettes. Some took a pinch of tobacco and others took cigarettes to smoke. The young Indian then placed the remaining tobacco and cigarettes on the platter on top of the casket. During all of the remaining ceremony, the mourners and others would walk up to the casket and help themselves to tobacco or a cigarette at any time. After the tables were taken out, they pushed the open casket to the center of the floor. Those who could find room sat along the walls, while others stood in the kitchen or outside at the open windows. At this time, the medicine man gave a very lengthy speech while everyone sat quietly and respectfully, except to go and get an occasional pinch of tobacco or a cigarette. After a very long speech, the crowd got up and walked around the casket to view the body. Again, the relatives were asked to go first. After this was completed, the medicine man again spoke at long lengths while he stood at the foot of the casket. All of a sudden, the chief jumped up, ran out of the house and up the hill to a neighbor’s home, a quarter of a mile away. While he was gone, the people visited happily. He returned with a rattle made out of a tin can at the end of a stick. This he handed to the medicine man, walked over to the casket and, very unceremoniously, slammed the casket cover shut, much like one would shut the trunk door of a car. The medicine man then began to shake the rattle and do some more speaking, followed by a highpitched Indian chant. The spray of flowers, which was on the casket, was given to one of the white visitors to hold while they made arrangements to have the casket taken out the window. Six of the husky young Indian lads came into the room and placed themselves three on each side of the casket. The chief then went to the window and pushed open the bottom pane. Outside the window, there were six more young men ready to take the casket as it was pushed out the window. They ran into trouble, however, as the casket was too large for the window space. The chief ran to the kitchen and picked up a broom. He measured the casket with the broom handle and then compared it to to the height of the window. They found it necessary to remove the entire bottom window and take the frame off the top windowpane. Then he measured the width of the casket and compared it to the width of the window. It was necessary to remove part of the window frame in order to get the casket out. The six young men then carried the casket to the window and pushed it through the window to the six young men waiting outside. They did this because they believed that the evil spirits will not follow the body if it is taken out through a window. The casket was then carried to the open grave about 50 feet from the house. Over the grave were three poplar-wood poles on which they set the casket. Another old Indian made a very short speech after which 12 young men lowered the casket into the rough box, using straps, which they borrowed from the undertaker. (All this time the undertaker sat in his car, being very unnecessary, and was only waiting to

She had an imaginary friend named Murt or maybe it was Mert or Myrt. Her real friend is Joni Olson who lived next door. LueAnn was eight years older than Joni but they were best of friends. Joni taught LueAnn how to jump rope. They would play school, swing in the backyard and con their parents into trips to the Dairy Queen.. Recently Joni’s 10 kids bought her plane tickets from Bozeman, Mont., to Minneapolis to visit LueAnn. Joni told me she couldn’t understand what LueAnn would say very well but that didn’t matter. After 45 years, they were still best of friends and Down syndrome was never an impediment. Recently LueAnn has been under hospice care because she has multiple health issues including


Ramblings Collected by Russ Hanson get back his straps.) The casket hit the bottom of the box with a thud. As soon as the casket was lowered, all the women and children and older men sat down on the grass. One old man whittled a stick to be set on the grave. Another Indian whittled a large fish out of a piece of wood which was fastened to a stick. The 12 young men started filling the grave with rocky soil. The cover of the rough box had not closed straight, so a young Indian boy jumped down in the grave and fixed it. They continued filling the grave with rocky soil, which made a lot of noise. One of the Indian women said it took 12 young men to dig the grave and carry the casket, that is why they had the feast first. The soil was very hard and rocky and it had taken them almost two days to dig the grave. After the grave was filled, they placed the wreath of flowers on it, and the little stick with the carved fish. An Indian lady explained that the Scotties belonged to the fish family, and that is why the fish emblem was placed on the girl’s grave. Neighboring graves had little houses built over them, but Gladys’ father’s grave had black tar paper over it, held down by a ring of rocks at the edge of the grave. The Indians in this village were very friendly and courteous to the visitors. When we arrived, they came to the car and introduced themselves and expressed their appreciation for our coming. As we left, they came again to express their appreciation, especially for bringing Gladys’ two little sisters to the funeral. The entire ceremony took about five hours. When Hazel Fell in the River Trade River ran through our farm, and it was fun to play by it. On a Sunday afternoon, about the year 1920, my cousin Hazel came to play with me while her parents, Uncle Andrew and Aunt Nellie Swanberg, along with their two other daughters, Ruby and Inez, went somewhere else. Aunt Nellie’s parting advice to Hazel was “Don’t play by the river.” My parents, Andrew and Alma Selin, usually took a nap on Sunday afternoons, and this Sunday was no exception. So Hazel and I were left to our own designs. At the south end of the river, where it entered our farm, there was a small island. Because of a rocky bottom, Hazel and I decided we would jump over the water to the island. Hazel took the lead, and jumped, but landed in the river, stiffly starched ruffled white dress, two stiffly starched slips, a big six-inch satin ribbon belt and bow, white socks, black patent leather one-strap shoes, wide white hair ribbons and all! There she stood, shaking like a leaf, so I helped her out and we headed for my house, wondering all the while what Aunt Nellie would do. Quite unceremoniously, we awakened my mother. She smiled, shook her head, and found some clothing of mine for Hazel to wear. We watched fearfully, thinking about what Aunt Nellie would do, while Mom carefully washed out the soiled clothing and ribbons and re-starched them. The articles were soon dry in the summer breeze as they hung on the clothes line. Mom ironed everything, gave Hazel a quick bath, dressed her again, and she looked good as new when Uncle Andrew came to get her. Poor Hazel was still apprehensive, and asked Alma if she was going to tell Mama? “No”, Mom replied, “you can tell her if you think you should, but I won’t say anything.” Hazel never told and neither did anyone else, until Nellie was bedridden many years later. Then Hazel told her about the incident. Aunt Nellie laughed and wept at the same time, and said, “Good old Alma, that’s just like her.”

heart failure. Judy has been staying with her during this time. She called me one afternoon with the sad news that LueAnn had apparently slipped into a coma. She was unresponsive and her pulse was barely detectable. I called the family and prepared to go to the Cities. About two hours later Judy called to tell me LueAnn was awake and having an animated conversation with those that had arrived. I called my sister in Rapid City the next day, to see if she could shed any light on the episode. She said, “It could have been a TIA or probably they didn’t have her crown finished.” Today LueAnn received her gold crown in heaven; how incredibly appropriate – it’s Sunday. My e-mail address is


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Northwest Regional Writers Our local writers club draws its members from

Polk and Burnett counties, and some members are also affiliated with our state organization, the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association familiarly known as WRWA. Our local club is 41 years old and began in a unique way. I was browsing in the Frederic Library, and came across a little book titled “The Golden Trillium” by Ruth Bunker Christianson. It is a book of haiku, poetry comprised of three lines, related to the trillium with three petals. I looked up Ruth’s phone number and said I wanted to do an article about her. She lived in a farmhouse near Countryside. She invited me out to her home, and we set a date. During the course of our visit, she said, “I wish I could start a writers club around here.” I said, “Well, why don’t we?” We told Ed Knieff about it and he made arrangements for us to meet in the basement of Farmers State Bank. An article in this newspaper announced our first meeting and drew a number of people interested in writing or learning to write. Edith Anderson, longtime West Sweden news correspondent, knew local history; others had been busy with family stories. Ed Knieff wrote long narrative poems. I had stories to tell about living on a farm in Lewis. We met in a variety of places, in the Fireside Room at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Frederic, picnics at Coon Lake Park, meetings in the basement of the Frederic Hospital, and in private homes. Our first writers’ conference was held at Birch Street School with many speakers. Ruth’s sister, Jean Bunker Schmidt, lived in Siren, and she and Ruth had both won the coveted WRWA jade rings. When the professors downstate heard about our new club, one man asked, “Do you mean to say there’s any talent way up north?” That made us laugh, but we were also indignant at that insulting question. That was a real challenge. Ruth and I collated our first book of mimeographed pages. It was called “Potpourri” and each book was an improvement over the previous one. They were set and bound in loose-leaf fashion at the bindery here at the Inter-County Leader. I think we learned by osmosis, soaking up ideas from each other. Through the years we grew, but we also lost some good friends. We are proud to be still going! (Not as long as the proverbial Good Cheer Club or the Frederic Woman’s Club but amazing anyway.) Why do people join a writers club? To hone their skills, to learn, to find markets where they can send

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Signpost Bernice Abrahamzon their works. Sociability is important, too, being able to share a specific interest with others with the same interests. Conferences make it possible to meet and greet local authors and hear speeches on “So you want to be a writer.” Our monthly assignments are a challenge and the results are often published. But that is not the whole of it. We are happy with the books we have published, for the club and also individually, but that is not the whole of it. Neither are conferences, local ones and at a distance. Some members enjoy encouraging young people in their writing, and go into the schools to give ideas to students. They also conduct contests. But that isn’t all there is to it either. Some enjoy making arrangements to read their poems and stories in local libraries. But that is not the whole of it either. Others like to help each other in regular critique meetings but that is a separate organization, not an offshoot. Participants in that group find it helpful. A writers club has many aspects, all of them equally important. Some of our members enroll in night courses, too. Years ago I enrolled in a class in assertiveness because I had a tendency to let people walk all over me. I don’t think I passed, as I still let people do that. However, I do remember this valuable advice, “Ask for what you want. People are not mind readers.” It’s good advice for any church, social or semiprofessional club or group. If you’d like to see something else offered, inquire, ask, get it out in the open, and let’s remember to be open to new ideas. Until next week, Bernice

Wisconsin's fi firrst cooperative creamery to be featured LUCK – Most of us have driven by the historical marker on Hwy. 35 just west of Luck and, perhaps, wondered just what led the farmers of West Denmark to establish the first of Wisconsin’s many cooperative creameries in March of 1885. The Luck Historical Society is pleased to have Eiler Ravnholt, who grew up in Luck, to tell about his grandparents, Anders and Inger Johanne (Hannah) Thestrup Ravnholt, who operated the new creamery. Hannah was the first butter maker while Anders collected cream and helped his wife as needed. Ravnholt will tell about the formation and demise of the

creamery. The program will demonstrate churning butter and conclude by making ice cream the old way. Samples for everyone. The business part of the meeting will include action on minor changes in the society bylaws. These include the addition of a dissolution clause required for their application for 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, at the Luck Historical Museum on Main Street and Third Avenue. Call 715-472-4378 if you have questions. - submitted

Dinner at the Fort

DANBURY — The Burnett County Historical Society invites you to join them for an elegant evening at the Fort on Friday, July 9. This is an annual event complete with a wine tasting, live music and five-course dinner. The proceeds from the dinner help support the many works and programs of the historical society and Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park. This year’s dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’ouevres, wine tasting and live music on the deck. The dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. Prepaid reservations are required by June 26. In 2010, the Burnett County Historical Society is sponsoring a full schedule of events and educational program-

ming, including the Great Folle Avoine Fur Trade Rendezvous on July 23-25, ice-cream social on Aug. 8, garden tea on Aug. 26, Beaver Club Dinner on Oct. 9, and Christmas at the Fort on Dec. 3-6, as well as several wild rice pancake breakfasts. Funds raised help support the society’s mission to “provide educational opportunities to the public by researching, preserving and teaching the history of Burnett County.” For more information and details, please call 715-8668890 or visit Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park is located at 8500 CTH U, Danbury. — from Forts Folle Avoine

Sterling Bank announces addition of two new loan offi ficcers CHETEK – Sterling Bank is pleased to announce the addition of loan officers Aaron Holten and Alex Swanson to its staff. Holten is a lifelong resident of Barron County and a graduate of Barron High School. He will work out of the Sterling Bank branch in Barron. Holten majored in applied math and computer science with a concentraAaron Holten tion in business management at UWStout and has been actively involved with the Barron County chapter of the 4-H program for several years. Swanson grew up in Madison and is a graduate of UWEau Claire. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance. He has worked in the budget office at UW-Whitewater and served as an advisor of the financial literacy improvement program, where he taught and offered recommen-

dations for local residents regarding management of their finances. Swanson will work out of the Sterling Bank branch in Chetek. Holten and Swanson will primarily be responsible for helping customers with consumer and commercial loans. Sterling Bank, the longest tenured financial institution in Barron County, has served the people of Northwest Alex Swanson Wisconsin since 1885. The bank is proudly celebrating its 125th anniversary during 2010. With branch locations in Barron, Chetek, Luck and Rice Lake, Sterling Bank is a full-service community bank that focuses on providing high-quality service to its customers and supporting initiatives and organizations that benefit local communities. - submitted

Do you remember? Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

50 Years Ago Memorial Day brought first long weekend of 1960 summer.-Ben DesJardins would head Frederic Legion Post.-Brian Freeberg will attend Boys State at Ripon.-Farmers could have their tractors tested for power and gas consumption.-King’s TV and Radio, Frederic, was closed for two weeks in late May and early June.-A St. Paul couple was nearly asphyxiated while at their “shack” in wooded area.Dan Dykstra was the speaker at River Falls College on May 28.- Work continued on construction of new school at Unity.-The 1960 census gave state population gain of 228,000.-Specials at the Frederic Co-op Super Market included skinless wieners at 39¢ lb., thick-sliced bacon at 2 lbs. for 99¢, Longhorn cheese at 45¢ lb., oranges at two dozen for 89¢, and blueberry pie mix at 3 cans for $1.-A free Memorial Day dance was given May 27, at the Ponderosa Guest Ranch. (Where was that? It doesn’t say).-A free dance was held at Schultz’s Lily Lake Inn, Webster, May 28, with music by Jack Eddy Trio.-Specials at Route’s Super Market included lemons at 12 for 39¢, pork chops at 35¢ lb., lard at 4 lbs. for 59¢, and Jell-O at 6 pkgs. for 49¢.

40 Years Ago Contestants in the Siren Area Pageant July 18 came from area towns.-Mrs. Myrtle Bergess retired from Arrow Building Center at Danbury.-Specials at Anderson’s Store, Siren, included bacon at $1.19 for 2 lbs., minute steaks at 99¢ lb., fresh carrots at 10¢ lb., marshmallows at 19¢ lb., and ketchup at 25¢ bottle.-Grantsburg had a new Texaco bulk dealer, Gene Gronlund.-Lester Larson retired after 40 years in the oil business.-Specials at Route’s, Frederic, included beef liver at 49¢ lbs., bacon at 59¢ lb., cake mix at 3 for $1, and lettuce at 19¢ head.-St. Dominic congregation set the annual summer festival for Sunday, July 26.-Webster Fair and Wild River Boys were set for the last weekend in July.-The Luck school budget showed 10 percent increase, same mill rate.-Seven were drafted from Polk County in June including Drew Abrahamzon, Scott Cook, Dale Andresan, Bruce Hochstetler, John Dumire, Michael Giller and Lee Erickson.-An evangelistic tent crusade was set for July 19 – 26 sponsored by Burnett County Youth for Christ committee on south shore of Mudhen Lake.

20 Years Ago Burnett General Hospital, Grantsburg, offered free blood pressure readings.-Local teachers agreed to 5-percent wage increases.-Local spearfishermen sought restraining order.-Land use committee suggested wider lake lots.-A health fair was held May 10 at Siren.-The deadline was nearing for funding for helping the New Richmond marching band trip to the Soviet Union.-Dale Denotter was in mobile home repair.-Bob Werner wrote a weekly column, From the desk of the Grantsburg principal.-Pine beetles were a plantation enemy.-Shredded paper was sold in bales or bagged at the Leader plant for livestock bedding.-Polk County OK’d its part of interstate trail.-The Frederic School Board planned its third referendum.-The sheriff’s department planned to crack down on teenage parties.-Polk County committee tried to handle leaky manure pits.-A retirement party was held for Milo Olson. He had served as agriculture agent most of his working years, most recently in Polk County.-Farm prices moved upward.-Polk County public health provided vaccinations for measles.-Four Eagle Scouts were sponsored at Luck.-A puppet show was coming to SCF.

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653-4281 Happy birthday to Scott Hill who celebrated his 50th on Saturday at Sundown on Hwy. 35. Had the weather been nicer, it would have been out at the lake. Kimberly’s high school graduation was celebrated with open house at the Lewis church on Saturday. Had the weather been nicer, that would have been held at the home of her parents, Chong and Jim Jones. The NW Regional Writers met last Friday at Espresso Cabin, Grantsburg. Walter Fluegel was there and heard many nice tributes on the cover of the most recent club book. The photograph on the cover was taken by the late Maxine Fluegel, and will always remain a pleasant memory of a very nice lady and member of the writers group. Present were Denis Simonsen, Mary Jacobsen, Walter Fluegel, Boyd Sutton, Bob MacKean, Bernice Abrahamzon, Don Miller and Buddy, Russ Hanson and Stan Miller. The July writer’s club meeting is combined with Poco Penners for a picnic and sharing of stories/poetry. It is usually held in Osceola and we carpool but it maybe changed this year. Watch for


further details. Any questions call Bernice. Nancy Jappe left Sunday for the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. It is being held at Eau Claire and not so far downstate this year, Nancy is representing the Siren UM Church. Lewis does not have a delegate this year as LaVonne Boyer and husband, John, are involved in Frederic Family Days events, being in the parade as Citizens of the Year, working for Lions and Lioness, etc. Be sure and save this week’s Indianhead Advertiser as front page is all about Frederic Family Days schedule/events. Pastor Tom was welcomed back to UM churches at Lewis and Siren on Sunday after he and Jane enjoyed a mini-vacation. Assisting him at Lewis church were Sylvia Schaetzel, Robin Peterson and pianist, Starr Warndahl. Ice cream and cookies were served with coffee after services on Sunday by Carol and Jeff Talbot. No one was in a hurry so people lingered. It was also Carol’s birthday. Good news: LeRoy Jones was transferred from Duluth, Minn., back to the hospital in Grantsburg.


Old Mother Nature has finally seen fit to bring us that so desperately needed rain, but shut it off already, we have enough. There is water standing in fields all over the area. Seems this year’s weather goes from feast to famine. Little Doctors Lake somehow doesn’t seem to be improving even with all the rain. Maybe evolution is stepping in and it is destined to be a grassy area instead of the once-beautiful little lake. Guess what? Over here in bear country a tree rat has a new trick. Remember last year I told you my husband had the tree rats baffled by fixing it so they couldn’t get into the bird feeders? Well, guess what, one of those little buggers finally figured a way around it and when I looked on Wednesday last week there he sat just as proud as you please, facing the house so I could see him eating the sunflower seeds. Seems my husband lost again to one crafty tree rat for now. Glory Train will be playing on Thursday, June 17, at the Crooked Lake band shell from 7 to 9 p.m. Refreshments will be served by the Siren Covenant Church. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and come and enjoy. This event is sponsored by Adventures, AgStar Home Mortgage, Bremer Bank, Daniels Plumbing and Heating, Making Memories and More, Siren Lions Club and Starwire Technologies. If the weather is bad the concert will be held at the Siren School auditorium. For more info call 715-349-8399. Sympathy to the family of Bruce McPheeters who passed away May 22.

Bev Beckmark

If you are a Knutson, Larson, Mattson or Cairns, don’t forget this Saturday, June 19, is the family gettogether at Crooked Lake Park in Siren. Reunion starts at noon, bring a dish to pass and enjoy the afternoon. This weekend is the annual Burnett County Ag Dairy Breakfast being held this year at the Doug and Laura Coyour farm in the Coomer area. Just follow the many signs and you should have no problems. Come and enjoy the traditional wild rice pancakes plus all the other goodies. Art and Bev Beckmark spent last weekend in International Falls, Minn., attending Bev’s family reunion. She and five sisters were separated as small children and in the past 10 years have reunited. Betty Miechkota, Peggy Frykman, both of International Falls, Janice Butler and husband, Al, of Duluth, Minn., and Bev Beckmark and husband, Art, of Siren, enjoyed a weekend of catching up on family news. Sister MaryLou Olson of St. Cloud, Minn., was unable to attend because of illness. While the sisters visited, husbands Al Butler and Art Beckmark enjoyed Saturday walleye fishing on Rainy Lake with Betty’s son-in-law Jeff Hamilton. Saturday night, Jeff’s wife, Brenda, and her son, Joey Christie, enjoyed a steak dinner at the Miechkota home, with Al doing the grilling. Later, the sisters had planned a surprise belated 50th-anniversary party and they all finished the evening off with a great cake baked and decorated by Brenda Hamilton. They all returned to their homes after a great weekend.

Bernice Abrahamzon

Get-well wishes to him. Friends and relatives have helped his wife, Arlene, get to visit him. Now that it has learned how to rain, it can stop anytime. We are anxious to see the sun again. Many, many places in Frederic serving food during Family Days. No one should be going hungry. Read the schedules.



Because the majority of people who live out here in the little townships of Arna and New Dosey are senior citizens, it is always gratifying when something special happens to one of our younger ones. Clinton Elliott graduated from East Central High School on June 5. He has applied to the AmeriCorps program at the school for next year and plans to eventually work as a landscaper. Good luck in all that you do, Clint. Grandfather Mel Elliott not only attended Clint’s graduation, but the week prior to that, he went to the Unity High School in Milltown for the graduation of grandson Matt Picton. Peg and Clint Coveau went to Webster for the grad party for their niece Kelsey Olson. Kelsey graduated from Chetek High School. The funeral service for Ed Witt at the Community Church in Fond Du Lac was attended by Patty Koehler and Bob Brewster, Peg and Clint Coveau, and Mary and Frank Schaaf. Elaine and Don Kelch and Bill and Glenda Kelch of Forest Lake, Minn., also attended. In addition to having regular physical therapy sessions at the St. Mary’s Clinic in Superior every week, Sandi Drake has been busy. She attended the surprise birthday party for Ruth Schmidt held at the Markville Zion Lutheran Church recently and served lunch at the meeting of the Church Dorcas Circle meeting. She baked a cake and, along with husband Dave, took Clara Lilly to the Hay Creek Outpost to celebrate her birthday which is also in June. Shirley and Jerry Blokzyl thoroughly enjoyed the

The weather didn’t cooperate with us this week and we weren’t able to have our Saturday book sale. Hopefully next week the farmers market and senior center will be more successful; if so we will be on hand for books, greeting cards and browsing in the craft store from 1 to 3 p.m. The July Dining at Five dinner will be served on July 1. CeCe will be serving her famous roast beef, mashed potatoes/gravy, salad bar and cherry pie for dessert. The sign-up sheet is out, you may either Bernie stop in the center or call 715-349-2845 to make a Boelter reservation. Gratitude is extended to Grace Miller for the Western paperbacks and cards to be recycled that ple of hours a week, so we can set up some regular she had delivered to the center this past week. hours and competitions. The diners on Thursday had the opportunity to Please plan to attend the open house at the cencelebrate the birthdays for CeCe Andrewson and ter on June 22, from noon to 3 p.m. There will be Maynard d’Jong. Also happy birthday to Harold cake, bars and coffee as well as information on what the center has to offer. There will also be a Wii demonstration, so everyone will know what it is. Be sure to sign up for the door prizes. Come on in and bring a friend. If anyone has ideas about card games or anything else you would like to be involved in at the center, A quieter week but a lot of people were out and please call and let us know. Don’t forget to stop by about. and check out the lunch menus. It is a real treat to go Tuesday morning, a group met for exercises and out for lunch once or twice a week, so why not come played Skip-Bo after. In the afternoon, 500 cards and and enjoy lunch with some of your friends and neigh- Dominos were played. Winners in 500 were Marian bors. Edler, Pete Schlosser, Donna Lindh, Phil Mevissen Remember, “Life isn’t measured by the breaths and Dick Westermann. Nine-Bid winners were Bern you take, but by the things that take your breath Nel Ward and Don Benson. Winners in Dominos away,” like joining in on the fun at the center. Hope to were Delores Benson, Ione Meixner and Rita Boyle. see you there. The flea market was held on Wednesday. It’s a

two-day outing in Duluth, Minn., recently for the wedding of her daughter Tracy on June 5. They agreed that it was good to get out and around socially. Sharon Nolan Panek breezed up to see Marlene Mishler on her birthday recently, bringing both a birthday cake and summer-glo tamarisk flowering bush. The Mishler dog, Tina, is doing well after her laser spay surgery in Askov last week. Don Mishler is being treated with antibiotics for ehlichiosis, a tick disease more severe than Lyme. Darlene Merimonti and Evelyn Johnson have returned from the ECE sponsored tour of sites in Bismarck, N.D. The bus trip itself was very fine with food being served, movies watched and games played. The main events included a tour of an electric plant, a tour of a coal mine and a tour of General Custer’s home. Darlene is very appreciative of stepson Jim for coming up and mowing and weed whipping all of her huge lawn. On the home front, I turned 71 on June 5 so Dave took me to Pedersen’s Rock Garden up by Pattison Park, bought an azalea for me and treated me to lunch at their cute little café . That evening, Dave, Elizabeth and I joined my brother, Charlie Wolden, Frederic, for dinner at the Hay Creek Outpost. I attended the graduation for my great-nephew in Menomonie on June 6. Mitch Love is one of those little red-headed boys I used to bring to Cloverton events. Take joy in the youngster, wherever you are.

Barb Munger

Hokanson and Anke Olesen who were celebrating last week. Winners at 500 this week were Marie Van Guilder, Sylvia Peterson, Marge Nyberg, Inez Pearson and Don Antiel. Friday Spade winners were Barb Munger, Sue Newberger, Gerry Vogel, Inez Pearson and Mary Sicard. Treats for the cardplayers were furnished by Anke Olesen, Inez Pearson, Marie Van Guilder and Marge Nyberg. The annual senior picnic will be held on July 14, so make a note of that on your calendar. Our center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the nutrition dinner served at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Please call 715-349-2845 or 715-349-7810 to make reservations or for any information on the center.

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Dewey - LaFollette Mary Dunn, Lida Nordquist, Nina Hines, Marlene Swearingen, Ruth Rydberg and Karen and Diana Mangelsen were guests of Donna Hines Tuesday afternoon. They enjoyed a time of visiting and playing cards. Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Les and Maxine Lindquist Wednesday afternoon. Lawrence and Nina Hines went to the Twin Cities Wednesday and had lunch with their daughters, Nancy Hagen and Sue Harrison. They celebrated Lawrence’s 75th birthday. Patty and Mandy Close were guests at the home of their grandparents, Karen and Hank Mangelsen, Wednesday and Thursday.

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Siren Senior Center

Webster Senior Center The center was buzzing with activity this week. There were 21 Dime Bingo players on Wednesday, who enjoyed the goodies furnished by Nancy O’Brien and Edna Schroeder. The jewelry-making class on Thursday was a resounding success. Several ladies enjoyed making their own jewelry and others chose to buy some that was already made and/or order other pieces. We will schedule another class in the fall. Thirty-one diners enjoyed Nikki’s pork chops and dressing for the evening meal on Thursday. There were no cardplayers on Thursday evening, but several guys played pool. Card playing will resume this week. An early reminder: The annual senior picnic will be held on July 14 at Crooked Lake Park. More information will follow at a later date. The Wii has been installed and is a hoot. Please plan to take advantage of it, whether it be bowling, horseshoes, shuffleboard, Wii Fit or many other activities. We are still looking for volunteers for a cou-

Yes, there are yellow ribbons strung around part of the church lawn, but it is not a crime scene, except members disturbed the soil to plant grass seed and try to get a decent lawn under the white pine trees. LaVonne Smith brought peonies for the church altar on Sunday. How do you pronounce peonies? We pronounce it in a different way downstate.

Dee and Roy Nordquist were supper guests of Lida and Don Nordquist Thursday. Later Nina and Lawrence Hines came and visited too. They helped Dee celebrate her birthday. Sue and Roger Mroszak went to Cottage Grove, Minn., Saturday and visited their daughter and her family, Lisa and Dan Pederson and children, Carli, Blake and Amanda, and Amanda’s financ , Greg. Tim and Trudy DeLawyer called on Dick and Sandy Benzer Saturday afternoon. Later, Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Trudy and Tim. Brian, Jane and Justin Hines spent the weekend at their cabin on Pokegama Lake.

Marian Edler

Thursday morning, exercise was held with SkipBo played after. Thursday evening, 500 cards were played. The winners were Izzy Magnuson, Roger Greenley, Charlie Mevissen and Elroy Petzel. The 9Bid was won by Don Benson and Sue Lundgren. Every Friday, at 10 a.m., Bridge is played. On Monday, the seniors met at the senior center and carpooled to Darryl and Joyce Nelson’s and enjoyed a garden party. Congratulations to Russ and Dottie Adams who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Frederic Senior Center Spades was played on Monday, June 7, with the following winners: Deloris Potter in first place, Hazel Hoffman in second place and Willis Williams in third place. The pool players enjoyed their morning games. Pokeno was played Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m. Saturday was our mini buffet with afternoon cards. Clareese Marek bakes a cake for dessert each Saturday. Thursday night 500 cards was well-attended with the following winners: Nina Vold in first place, Tim Abrahamzon in second place, Shirley Sandquist in

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third place and Flo Antiel in fourth place. This weekend is Frederic Family Days. The police department will have a pancake breakfast at the center on Sunday, 7 to 11 a.m. A change from previously announced column. Come and enjoy your breakfast and help a worthy cause. Due to the many activities, we will not have a mini buffet Saturday, only light refreshments. There will be strawberry shortcake at the depot, and the fire department has their pork roast dinner from 2 to 8 p.m. We always enjoy going to fundraisers. Enjoy Family Days weekend.


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Hi, everybody! Blacky here from Humane Society of Burnett County. Today marks that one dark day in my summertime fun that I always hope will not arrive: the return of the deerflies. How can they be not there one day and swarming around my head the next? I didn’t notice them when we first went outside this morning, but then I saw my mom waving her arms around like a crazy person - and then they found me too. I suppose I ought to endure the fly-repellent treatment (not the human kind), but someone needs to tell those pesky little devils that my ears are not a sit-down lunch! I’ve got more new friends than you can twirl a stick at this week, so I will refrain from telling you about my usual antics and get down to business. Hounds abound, with the arrival of four new hound mixes. There were two hound puppies, Ellie Mae and Jethro, who, fortunately, were reunited with their owner. That was a relief - to them and their mom. Next, Andy is a 3-year-old, brown and brindle hound mix who was picked up in Anderson Township. He was wandering around for weeks on his own. He’s very friendly and a nice dog. Then Horatio is a 3-year-old, declawed flame-point Siamese mix. He has a lovely cream-colored coat with burnt orange markings and soft blue eyes. Horatio is a gentle cat. He would do well in a quiet home. Horatio loves attention from his humans and rewards attention with a loud purr. Horatio loves a good book with a nap to follow. He enjoys peaceful afternoons at the window and an occasional catnip mouse to spice things up. Every day at the shelter is a whirlwind of activity. We start the day with a plan and are often interrupted by the unexpected. This past week, we were surprised by a one-day-old fawn. She needed careful attention until her foster caretakers arrived. We all took turns holding her in a secure blanket wrap and getting our picture taken with the celebrity. We have had eagles, bear cubs, baby birds and bunnies, but never a fawn. We don’t have the capability of caring for these wild animals at our shelter, but on occasion we act as the temporary holding facility for the DNR or Wildlife Rescue Squad. Our 11 hound-mix puppies are now 2 weeks old. They are adding ounces daily and opened their eyes over the weekend. Pictures of the pups and Mama can be found on our Web site under Happy


YAPpenings Blacky there’s Sport. Sport is a redbone hound, about 4 or 5, who was found in Anderson Township as well. He was picked up on Hwy. 87, just before CTH O. Sport likes people a lot, and he also has been taught to mind his manners, mostly. Next on my list is Spot. (Sport, Spot, what the....?) I’m not sure what Spot’s ancestry is, honestly. He looks like he could be part Samoyed, and maybe some collie. He has longish white hair, stand-up, black-tipped ears, some random black spots on his coat, and a pink nose with black on the end of it that makes it appear as if he dipped it into an ink well. Spot is estimated to be around 2-1/2 years old, and he was picked up in the Trade Lake area of Hwy. 48. The last of the adult arrivals is Georgia. Georgia is a


Arnell Humane Society Shelter Tales and now on Facebook. The pups are starting to make sounds beyond their grunting repertoire. They are still hard to differentiate when they are in a sleeping pile, which is all the time unless they are eating, piled up next to Mom. We have given them temporary names to help distinguish them; Half Moon, Narrow Stripe, Long Sleeve, Bowling Ball, Heart, Black Back, White Back, Short Sleeves, Shoulder, U Spot and Dot. Who doesn’t smile when they see a puppy? We are enjoying the heck out of this entertaining litter and will be sad to see them go. Follow their progress online and share the fun. The shelter continues to find homes for our adoptable dogs at a fast clip. Simon, Silas, Frankie, Wilson and Mimi all went home last week. Not all of the dogs brought to our shelter are available for adoption. Thankfully, many are reclaimed. They

must be held for seven days in order to give the owner a chance to find them, safe and sound at our shelter. This week available dogs are: Misty, an 8-monthold German shorthair pointer, Quinn the shih tzupoodle mix and Sandy, a 10-week-old

shepherd-rottie mix puppy. Cats and kittens still fill the Adoptable Cat Room. Aspen, Oliver, Bandit and Jinx are mature, loving cats, each with individual personalities and characteristics. Aspen is a chocolate and butterscotch calico tabby. She is a real beauty. Oliver is a man on a mission, to be your best bud in a big way. He is a handsome black cat with a white locket under his chin. Oliver enjoys playing with the kittens, but would rather play with you. On a solid gray tabby frame, Bandit is the picture of a cat on a calendar. He is downright regal, dare I say, awesome. Jinx is a character fitting of a classic calico. She is into everything and rubbing against everyone. If there is a game of Dust Ball Badminton going on, Jinx is involved. Also available are numerous kittens, mittedblack, Russian Blue gray, orange tabby and multiple white and orange tabby siblings. Come visit our shelter during extended summer hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. We look forward to meeting you. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 185 Griffin St. E., Amery, 715-268-7387 or online at

Births Donald and Norma West welcome their granddaughter, Vivian Norma Kowalski. Vivian was born April 2, 2010, at 12:25 p.m., and weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces. She lives in La Crosse, with her big sister, Elizabeth Mabel, and her parents, Michael and Andrea Kowalski. - submitted •••

Born at Burnett Medical Center:

A girl, Brooklyn Eliason D’Jock, born June 8, 2010, to Nate and Angela D‘Jock, Siren. Brooklyn weighed 6 lbs., 14 oz., and was 20 inches long. She has three brothers, Wyatt, Lucas and Joseph. Grandparents are Dave and Sharon D’Jock, Siren, and Dave and Louise Pouliot, Milltown. Great-grandparents are Nellie Rodriquez, Grass Valley, Calif., Pat and Louise D’Jock, Siren, Curt and Elaine Eliason, Siren, Don and Rita Pouliot, Loretto, MInn. Great-great-grandmother is Mary Rodriquez, Grass Valley, Calif. •••

Sheldon and Sally Johnson of Clear Lake, and Gerald and Rosemary Okimi of Hagarsville, Ontario, Canada, announce the engagement of their children, Shelli Johnson and Justin Okimi. Shelli is a 2003 graduate of Wisconsin Academy, Columbus. She graduated from Union College, Lincoln, Neb., in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in business. Shelli participated in a residency program in human resources with Adventist Health Systems in Orlando, Fla., while completing her Master of Business Administration at Webster University. She now resides in Atlanta, Ga., where she works for EmoryAdventist Hospital as human resources director. Justin graduated in 2001 from Kingsway College in Oshawa Ontario, Canada. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and math in 2005 from Union College, Lincoln, Neb. He completed his Master of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is now working for Adventist Health Systems, Orlando, Fla., as a corporate trainer and consultant. He is also residing in Atlanta, Ga. They are planning a Sept. 5, 2010, wedding in Clear Lake. - submitted

you read my words. So, if you are considering a shelter pup, I wouldn’t recommend sitting on the fence (or digging under it) or you will be sorry. If you have your own magic box at home, or at work, you can take a peek at all my friends online. Just bark in, errr, I mean type in our Web address ( and click on Available Pets, and there you will see all of my friends. Better yet, you can visit them in person or take one or two for a walk. Walks are wonderful, and I’m glad I’ve gotten mine in for the day, already, because now it’s raining again. I don’t mind rain, really, and I especially like getting toweled off when I get home - that feels good. My brother agrees. He likes it so much it makes his teeth chatter. That is what you call goosebumps for the ears. Take care, everyone, and I’ll see you here next week! HSBC is saving lives, one at a time,, 715-866-4096. Find us on Facebook, too.

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beautiful German shepherd, about 2, who was picked up in Grantsburg. She already has folks interested in her, if she’s not reunited with her people, so I know she won’t be at the shelter for long. Now it’s time for me to introduce you to the juveniles. There are four new kittens with us, and they are domestic medium-hair babies ranging from black and white to gray. Their names are Brody, Cole, Debby and Erin. If you are thinking about adopting a cat, let me remind you that June is Adopt a Shelter Cat month, and in honor of this event, the shelter is cutting the adoption fee in half on all cats and kittens. That equates to $25 for male cats, and $35 on females. I’m saving my favorites for last: the puppies. There are five little mini Blackys at the shelter this week, but they are all girls. They are black retriever-mix pups whose mom, I believe, was struck by a car. How sad. They are 8 weeks old, as cute as can be, and their names are Pansy, Rose, Iris, Sweet Pea and Violet. Talk about flower power! Puppies go fast around here, and these pups will be available for adoption by the time

Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center:

A girl, Fehlen Faith Larson, born May 18, 2010, to Sara Jo Houston and Trahvell Larson, Park Falls. Fehlen weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. ••• A boy, Talon Adam Imme, born May 21, 2010, to Adam and Nicole Imme, Coon Rapids, Minn. Talon weighed 8 lbs., 1 oz. ••• A boy, Jaxon Xavier Kelley, born May 23, to Justine Nelson and Jason Kelley, Osceola. Jaxon weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz. ••• A boy, Luke Alan Metz, born May 26, 2010, to Marianne and Dennis Metz, Shafer, Minn. Luke weighed 6 lbs., 1 oz. ••• A girl, Breanna Rae Deering, born May 29, 2010, to Brittany Deering, Grantsburg. Breanna weighed 8 lbs., 2 oz. •••

A girl, Sophie Mae Bruggeman, born May 30, 2010, to Becky Minnichsoffer and Ryan Bruggeman, Scandia, Minn. Sophie weighed 6 lbs., 5 oz. ••• A boy, Edric Carl Fischer, born May 31, 2010, to Eric and Erika Fischer, Grantsburg. Edric weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz. ••• A boy, Taedon Vincent Popham, born June 1, 2010, to Leeann Nasman and Dewey Popham, Grantsburg. Taedon weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz. ••• A boy, Tate Terry Johnson, born June 1, 2010, to April and Daniel Johnson, Luck. Tate weighed 9 lbs., 6 oz. ••• A girl, Baylee Marie Yeske, born June 2, 2010, to Laci and Josh Yeske, Turtle Lake. Baylee weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz. ••• A boy, Oskar Hjalmar Tretsven, born June 2, 2010, to Ty and Jennifer Tretsven, Luck. Oskar weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz. ••• A boy, Luke Allen Taylor, born June 3, 2010, to Justin and Sherry Taylor, Star Prairie. Luke weighed 7 lbs., 7 oz. ••• A girl, Heaven Rose Stewart, born June 5, 2010, to Elizabeth Shelley and Philex Stewart, Isanti, Minn. Heaven weighed 6 lbs., 8 oz. ••• A girl, Jocelyn Elise Sylvester, born June 6, 2010, to Daryn and Shannon Sylvester, Milltown. Jocelyn weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz. ••• A boy, Evan Brandon Taylor, born June 7, 2010, to Ryan and Michelle Taylor, Frederic. Evan weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz. •••

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Born at Osceola Medical Center:

A girl, Hazel Mae Wicklund, born May 1, 2010, to Karl and Amanda Wicklund, Amery. Hazel weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz. ••• A boy, Charles William Kron, born June 10, 2010, to Dustin and Amy Kron, Dresser. Charles weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz. •••

News from the Service SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Air Force Airman Anthony T. Dagestad graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Julie Gray of St. Croix Falls. Dagestad is a 2008 graduate of St. Croix Falls High School. - submitted


Naturalist programs at Wisconsin Interstate Park Friday, June 18 Molten Lava and Melted Ice, 3 p.m., at the Pothole Trail sign. Join naturalist Barb Walker for a relaxing hike around the Pothole Trail and learn about the Gee Whiz Geology of Interstate Park. Saturday, June 19 Paul Bunyan, Log Jams and River Rats, 4 p.m., at the Summit Rock Trail sign. Join naturalist Julie Fox for a hike up to the summit and hear colorful stories of lumberjacks and white pine. Wisconsin’s Logging Days, 7:30 p.m., at the Ice Age Center. Join Naturalist Julie Fox for a lively and informative program about some of the colorful people of our past who shaped this area’s future. Sunday, June 20 Summer Outdoor Family Adventure Series. Just Take a Hike! at Straight Lake State Park, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Discover the wildflowers, wildlife and unique features of Straight Lake State Park on a leisurely

Fran Krause

walk this Father’s Day. For more information or directions call 715-483-3747. Wednesday, June 23 Watchable Wildlife Around Lake O’ the Dalles, 2 p.m., on the lake side of the beach house. Join naturalist Barb Walker for a one-mile hike around Lake O’ the Dalles. Discover what makes the lake unique and watch for signs of wildlife that live there. Thursday, June 24 Nature story time, 10 a.m. Join naturalists Julie Fox and Barb Walker for a story and activity chosen especially for children pre-K through kindergarten and their parents. Check at the park office upon arrival for the program location within the park. Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls, on Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. For more information call Julie or Barb at 715-483-3747. Programs are free of charge, but a Wisconsin state park sticker is required to enter the park. Annual passes for 2010 are $25 for Wisconsin residents or $35 for nonresidents. Daily passes are $7 for residents or $10 for nonresidents. - submitted


Belated congratulations to the Webster track team who finished second place for division two at the state track meet at La Crosse last weekend. Bryan Krause received third in the 800-meter run, breaking a Webster school record, and their 4x800 relay team also broke a school record. We are proud of the whole team. Julie, Mark and Brad Freeborn spent Saturday with Marvel Merriam. On Sunday LaVonne and Mike O’Brien attended the going away party for Corey Miner at Grey and Mary Wade’s home. Corey will be leaving for Afghanistan soon.

LaVonne O'Brien

The Johnson children from Cadott visited Natalie Flagstad and children and their grandparents John and Reeny Neinstadt last week. John and Reeny took Brittany home on Friday and then drove Blake to Ripon for Badger Boys State this week. The Neinstadts returned home Saturday night. The Orange 4-H club gave away cheese samples and milk at Burnett Dairy Friday afternoon. Fran Krause attended the Sarah Circle at Jean Flanigan’s home Wednesday afternoon as well as the Polk Burnett Retired Educators meeting and luncheon at Bethany Lutheran Church on Thursday.

ST. CROIX FALLS – This week at Festival Theatre, “To Fool The Eye” will open to excited audiences on June 17. It stars a delightfully talented cast of young actors including Shane Jensen, a recent graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College. Jensen plays Prince Albert, the melancholic victim of despair whose lost love pains him so brutally that for two years he has lived in complete gloom. In addition to finishing up his Bachelor of Arts in theater this year, Jensen had a very busy final semester in college. In January he spent a month in London studying arts and performance. While he was there, he saw nearly 20 productions and visited numerous museums. During his senior year, Jensen had the opportunity to stretch himself as an actor. He held some meaty roles over the past nine months, including Todd in Caryl Churchill’s “Far Away,” Madman in “The Arabian Nights” by Mary Zimmerman, and regularly scratched his funny bone with LineUs Improv, the improv comedy troupe of Gustavus Adolphus College. Some of his favorite roles from the past include Rick Steadman in “The Nerd” and The Pupil in an abstract version of Ionesco’s “The Lesson,” where he ended each show covered in 5 gallons of fake blood. Jensen, who grew up on a horse farm in the small town of Corocoran, Minn., has always shown theatrical promise. When he was young, Jensen would entertain his family with impersonations. Most memorably, at the ripe age of 6, he replicated every move of “The Terminator” from the second film, complete with costume. Given his dramatics at age 6, it is no shock that at 22, he continues to thrive in creative endeavors. Most of his hobbies utilize his naturally artistic na-

ture as well. He enjoys film and music, and although acting is his current calling, he could see himself directing or working in film or television. Shane Jensen This summer at Festival Theatre, Jensen looks forward to hearing audience feedback for “To Fool the Eye,” particularly their reactions to Mark Baer’s work as director. Jensen is confident that audiences will delight in the entire company’s work, but especially Baer’s ability to inspire, nurture and mold the performance of each cast member and each character’s arch. Last summer during a run of “Funny Money” at the Northern Lights Playhouse, Jensen got an ache in his side that turned out to be appendicitis. This summer, Festival looks forward to a happy, healthy run of “To Fool the Eye,” starring Jensen, appendix free. “To Fool the Eye” opens Thursday, June 17, at 2 p.m. There is also an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. preceded by a garden party to celebrate the opening of Festival Theatre’s 20th anniversary season. - submitted

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LIBRARY NEWS Frederic Public Library Welcome to Family Days, everyone! Plan to visit the library’s annual Family Days bake/book sale, which will be held Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale is sponsored by the Friends, and profits will help us purchase new children’s books. Your donations of books, movies, music and homemade goodies for the bake sale are welcome anytime up to the day of the sale. There is something for everyone at the library this weekend, and we look forward to seeing you. Be sure to register for summer reading Registration for the Make a Splash – Read! summer program is open to all kids from preschool to tweens and teens. We have all kinds of activities planned and you can pick up program brochures as well as weekly reminders at the library. New this year – kids who complete the first two weeks of the program will receive cool library T-shirts! Stop in to register soon and start reading. Remote-controlled helicopters program Police Chief RJ Severude enjoys flying remote-controlled airplanes and will demonstrate how to fly remote-controlled helicopters in the Frederic Elementary School gym Tuesday, June 22, at 1 p.m. The program is free and open to children, families and anyone else who would like to learn more about this fascinating hobby. In addition, two lucky kids will go home with their own new helicopters, which have been donated through the efforts of Severude. Mark your calendars for this special program, which will last about 45 minutes.

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Story time does not take a vacation during the summer Preschoolers and early elementary children are invited, with their caregivers, to story time at the library on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for an hour of books, activities and fun. If you are interested in reading to the children this summer, we welcome you. Please talk to a librarian to choose a date, and we will supply the materials. Treat yourself to a summer book group The Thursday morning book group will meet June 17, at 10 a.m., to discuss “The Mermaid Chair,” by Sue Monk Kidd, a novel that explores the tale of Jessie Sullivan, a middle-aged woman whose stifled dreams and desires take form during a stay on Egret Island, where she is caring for her troubled mother. The evening book group will meet June 17, at 6:30 p.m., to talk about the novel “A Gate at the Stairs,” by Lorrie Moore, a portrait of a Midwest college town seen through the eyes of Tassie Keltjin, a student from the country whose mind has been lit up by learning but who spends most of her time as a nanny for a couple who have adopted a toddler. Lorrie Moore is a UW-Madison English professor. Copies of the books are available at the library, and new members are always welcome. Hours and information Frederic Public Library, 127 Oak St. West. 715-327-4979, e-mail Regular open hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Balsam Lake Public Library Program “Frogs,” by Randy Korb, a hands-on presentation. We have requested Korb back this year as it was such a hit with all ages last year. Join us Saturday, June 19, at 10:30 a.m. Summer reading program Summer reading program has started, please come in and pick up a brochure with all the great programs scheduled for the summer. Please, also come in and pick up a reading log for a chance to win prizes. Story time Every Wednesday at 11 a.m., stories, crafts and snacks. All ages are welcome to join our lively group. New books for June “Whiplash” by Catherine Coulter, ”Sizzling Sixteen” by Janet Evanovich, “Private” by James Patterson, “Lion” by Nelson Demille, “Family Ties” by Danielle Steel, “Burning Wire” by Jeffrey Deaver.

a.m. Shotgun start at 8 a.m. Each preregistered participant will receive a T-shirt. Registration cost is $15 for those who preregister to run, $20 for late registration. The family stroll will check in at 7 a.m. and start at 8:15 a.m. Preregistration cost is $10, latecomers $15. Each preregistered family will receive a book bag. There will be a community breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. with a freewill offering. Brad Canham, Amery alumni and member of the Burman Family is training for an Ironman competition in Lousiville, Ky. He is raising money for a Janus Charity Challenge to aid in library debt reduction. Friends of the Library book group meets on Monday, June 21, at 2:30 p.m. to discuss “Eve,” by Elissa Elliott. Pick up a copy at the circulation desk and join us for book talk. Otaku Club meets every Tuesday for high school students and older who love manga and anime. They meet at 5 p.m. Friends of the Library Board meet on July 21, at 4:30 p.m. They will draw a name for the quilt raffle at that time. The quilt raffle tickets will be available at the Amery Art Fair on June 19, in North Park. Library hours: Monday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

by Elaine Meyer Make a Splash – Read! the summer reading program, began last week. As I write this column, we have signed up 197 children and young adults to read over the summer. You may read in several categories: the Read-To-Me; Regular Reader where kids count books that they read, good for the early readers; the 50-Page Club for kids who are reading chapter books and the 100-Page Club for kids who are reading books over 100 pages long and want to count pages. Read-to-Me kids who listen to 100 books get their picture in the paper at the end of the summer. Regular Readers who read 100 books, kids in the 50-Page Club who read 1,500 pages, and 100-Page Club readers who read 2,500 pages over the summer get their picture in the paper at the end of the summer. Kids get buttons, state park passes and stickers to put up when they read and make earlier goals in summer reading. Summer reading special programs coming up are Underwater World from the Mall of America on June 23, at 10:30 a.m., The Bassmeister (note change of day) Tuesday June 29, at 10:30 a.m. The programs are all free but come early because we have big crowds. Coming up on July 24 is the Amery Book Boogie, a 5K fun run and a 2-mile family walk with breakfast. Registration is at the Amery Area Public Library at 7

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At Coon Lake Park. Sponsored by Frederic Lions Club. For information call 715-2053626. 6-10 p.m. - Moonwalk • Inflatables 6 -9:30 p.m. - Frederic Family Days Variety Show Featuring local talent. Sound provided by Entertainment Express. To register call 715-327-4836.

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Saturday, June 19 1-3 p.m. - Bird Painting Family Activity at the new Frederic Arts Center (former American Legion Building).

All Weekend: Frederic Paintball Shooting Booth Shooting Contest. Three age groups: 5-9, 10-16 and 17-Adult. Cost is 1 round $3, 2 rounds $5 or 5 rounds $10.

1 p.m. - Singles And Doubles Horseshoe Tournament $5/person charge. 100% payback. Games - 21 points. For information contact Randy Neuman 1-800-582-5293 ext. 2519 days 1-612-963-5885 evenings.

7 a.m. - Great Northern Outdoors Fishing Contest For information call 715-327-4417.

8 a.m. - All Day - Team Slow-Pitch Double-Elimination Softball Tournament Continues in the Park. 8:30 a.m. - Registration For Frederic Booster Club 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament At Coon Lake Park. Games begin at 9:30 a.m. 3 Classes: Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8, Grades 9-12 (Grade 2010-2011 school year). Price $11/person. Maximum of 4 players per team. For information call Jeanette Boissy at 715-755-3503 or TIm Anderson at 715-296-8135. 9 a.m. - Co-Ed Volleyball Tourney (brought to you by HSVB Team) Min. 3 girls. Six people total. Entry fee $40. Sponsors to be announced. Maximum 14 teams. Call Jeanette Boissy 715-755-3503 or Tim Anderson 715-296-8135 to register or for info. 9:30-11 a.m. - Boy Scout Troop 128 Kids Fishing Contest - Ages 3-14. Registration 9-10 a.m. at park. Entry fee $2. Prizes for all contestants. Rods & reels for winners of various fish categories for different age groups. Door prizes. Fishing from shore. Sponsored by the Frederic Area Chamber of Commerce. For information call 715-653-4225. 10 a.m. - Friends Of The Library - Bake & Book Sale At the Frederic Public Library, 127 Oak St. W. 327-4979. Book Sale - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bake Sale - 10 a.m. - till gone.

1:30 p.m. - Kiddie Parade No Theme - Just come dressed up for fun. Line up 1 p.m. at Bremer Bank parking lot. Judging at 1:15 p.m. Parade proceeds to and ends at Coon Lake Park. For information call 715-327-4294. Sponsored by Frederic Chamber & Frederic Village. 12:30-4:30 p.m. - Moonwalk • Inflatables • Sawdust Pile (for coins) At Coon Lake Park. Ages 10 and under. Sponsored by Bremer Bank. 2-8 p.m. - Pork Roast Fundraiser At Fire Hall. By Frederic Fire Department. Adults $6, Children 12 & Under $4. 3-5 p.m. - Frontier Trails Pony Rides At East Coon Lake. Call 715-327-8572. 7 p.m. - Miss Frederic Competition At the Birch Street Elementary School. Four contestants vying for the title of Miss Frederic. Adults - $5, children/students - $3. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. - Coronation Street Dance - Freeway Jam On Main Street. Admission: $3 Button in advance or $4 at door. 10 & under free. No children under 12 unless accompanied by an adult. No skateboards or rollerblades. No carry-ins.

10 a.m. - 8th-Annual Frederic’s “Amazing Race” Meet at Coon Lake Park Pavilion at 10 a.m. for rules. Must purchase Family Days button to participate. For information call 715-327-8049. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Delicious Strawberry Shortcake At the depot/museum, Sponsored by Frederic Area Historical Society. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Art Display At the new Frederic Arts Center (former American Legion Building).

Sunday, June 20 All Weekend: Frederic Paintball Shooting Booth Shooting Contest. Three age groups: 5-9, 10-16 and 17-Adult. Cost is 1 round $3, 2 rounds $5 or 5 rounds $10. 7 a.m. - Great Northern Outdoors Fishing Contest For information call 715-327-4417.

9 a.m. - Softball Tournament Continues - In the Park. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Art Display At the new Frederic Arts Center (former American Legion Building). 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. - Intensive Care 11 a.m.-’till gone. - In the Park. Chicken Barbecue Dinner Fundraiser by Frederic Area Chamber of Commerce. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Moonwalk

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Amery Regional Medical Center is recognized among the nation’s most elite in health-care marketing SLYVA, N.C. – Honored for excellence in advertising in the 2010 Aster Awards, Amery Regional Medical Center had three golds and one silver in this year’s competition. ARMC was named a national winner for the following projects: • Gold award was issued for internal newsletter, ARMchair • Gold award was issued for external newsletter, Health Happenings • Gold award was issued for publication, Physician Directory • Silver award was issued for brochure, 21st-Annual Golf Classic Fundraiser The Aster Awards, one of the largest national competitions of its kind, is hosted by Marketing Healthcare Today Magazine

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gional Medical Center participate in the 2010 Aster Awards competition. They placed in the top 5 percent of the nation. The quality of this year’s entries went well beyond the judges’ expectations,” said Melinda R. Lucas, Aster Awards program coordinator. All winners are posted on the Aster Awards Web site (, as well as published in Marketing Healthcare Today, a national health-care marketing magazine. Winners were also announced in the 27th-annual Healthcare Advertising Awards sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report. Over 4,000 entries were received in this year’s competition, making

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Three more legislative listening sessions with Rep. Hraychuck MADISON – Rep. Ann Hraychuck, DBalsam Lake, is announcing three more legislative listening sessions in the 28th Assembly District. She will be in Dresser on Wednesday, June 23, in Milltown on Thursday, June 24, and in Luck on Friday, June 25. “These listening sessions are always a great way to stay in touch with my con-

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Grantsburg students and seniors paired for intergenerational service-learning project by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff reporter GRANTSBURG - Laughter could be heard coming from the elementary school gym where a party was just getting started and, at first glance, for what seemed to be some unlikely friends. As Grantsburg third-grade and multiage class students sat playing games and enjoying refreshments with their much older guests it became apparent the two groups shared genuine friendship. The party was the culmination of a year of friendship building between students and a senior buddy; either a grandparent, family friend, Continuing Care Center resident or community member. The school’s AmeriCorp Volunteers, Sara Christopherson and Dawn DeRocker, worked with classroom teachers creating and coordinating the service-learning project called Down Through the Years, which paired students with the older adults. The students and their buddies began their friendships by writing letters back and forth, writing each other up to eight or more times throughout the winter. Buddies were then interviewed by the students to collect information about their

lives and throughout the spring students worked on writing their senior friend’s biography. George Eng said he enjoyed being involved in the project especially since it meant spending more time with his buddy, granddaughter Olivia Brock. Eng said he was very impressed by his granddaughter’s promptness in replying to his letters and also learned she had an inquisitive nature. “She asked many questions and wrote many letters (14 to be exact). “I told her a lot about what it was like growing up in a different era. During the Depression we had very little compared to today,” said Eng of their correspondence and conversations. The two also noted the differences between Eng’s one-room, grades 1-8 school with a single teacher and Olivia’s onegrade homeroom and multiroom classes and teachers. “The classrooms were very different in my day. Today’s classrooms have lots of electronics. We didn't even have a radio,” recalled Eng. “And as for subjects, all we had were reading, writing, arithmetic and history.” Olivia said she learned some interesting things about her grandfather, too. “I learned Grandpa's nickname was Junie, he was homecoming king and that he wanted to be a professional baseball player. He didn't have a lot of toys growing up but he was still happy.” Olivia said she and her grandfather also talked about values. “Grandpa told me honesty is always the best policy.” On June 4 the students invited their buddies to a party and presented them

It was a special day for Grantsburg third grader Gracie Gerber when her grandmother, Mary Gerber, great-grandmother, Carolyn Harvey and 3-month old cousin Jocelyn Duerkop came for the Down Through the Years party on June 4. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer the biographies they’d written and illustrated about their older friends lives. “The students worked very hard on the project and learned a lot about what life was like from different generations,’ said third-grade teacher Anna Hendrix. “It was a great learning experience for all and we look forward to repeating this great experience with future classes and community volunteers.’’ Mrs. Hendrix's class, Ms. Paulson's class, Ms. Amundson's class and Mrs. Melin’s class were involved in this year’s Down Through the Years project. Hendrix said this fall the teachers will be looking for other community members

interested in volunteering their time and invite anyone interested in participating in this fun intergenerational learning experience to sign up for next year’s Down Through the Years project. To volunteer or for more information contact Hendrix at the Grantsburg Elementary School at 715-463-2340.

LEFT: Olivia Brock presented her grandfather, George Eng with the biography she wrote and illustrated about his life. Students wrote letters back and forth and interviewed their buddies for biographies then gifted the finished books to their friends at a year-end buddy party. RIGHT: Grantsburg third-grade students learned what life was like years ago when they took part in a service-learning project this school year called Down Through the Years. The project paired the students with a senior buddy; either a grandparent, family friend, Continuing Care Center resident or community member. Juana Olson and her buddy, Janice Teigen, played Bingo at the year-end party held for the students and their friends.

Pioneer School at Balsam Lake Pioneer schooling will be offered again at the Polk County Historical Society’s vintage rural schoolhouse, located in downtown Balsam Lake. Know as the Lanesdale School, this one-room schoolhouse was built in the 1880s near Cushing, where it served as many as 82 students in a single year. In 1965, the school was purchased by the Polk County Historical Society and moved to Balsam Lake. The school is not only used for pioneer schooling, but also serves as a display for many educational items from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Patricia MacDonald has many things planned for the students in the three-day sessions of reading, writing and arithmetic. The children learn songs and games as part of finding out about rural school in the 1880s. MacDonald will request that the children dress and carry lunches in containers of that era. It is an experience they will never forget, and will give them a unique perspective on past education. The three-day Pioneer School session runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 17, 18 and 19 or Aug. 24, 25 and 26. Please call the Polk County Historical Museum for more information or to register, 715-485-9269. – Photos submitted


Burnett Dairy Day 2010

Members of area 4-H groups served cheese samples to Burnett Dairy visitors during the cooperative’s annual dairy month celebration on June 11. Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Katie Brunberg’s taste of summer showed on her face. The 1-year-old was one of hundreds of children stopping with their families for free ice cream at the annual Dairy Day celebration at Burnett Dairy last Friday.

Alex Havel of Pine City, Minn., looked lovingly at the baby goat she held in the Glover petting zoo at Burnett Dairy’s Dairy Day celebration on June 11.

Zach and Levi Miller and Micah and Norman Jensen showed off their free ice-cream cones outside the Burnett Dairy Cheese Store last Friday. The two sets of brothers and hundreds of other Dairy Day visitors enjoyed the summer treat during the Alpha cooperative’s annual celebration.

Two smiling kids, Tyler Peterson and this baby goat posed in the petting zoo at Burnett Dairy Day last Friday.

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These girls fed, cuddled and petted baby animals at the Glover Family petting zoo last Friday during Dairy Day at Burnett Dairy in Alpha. Georgia Jeffries just wanted to feed the baby geese while Leah Kaefer kept a kitten cuddled, and Hope McKinley was pleased to be petting a baby goose.


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The Hennessey Vineyard is located at the Smoland Prairie Homestead in Alpha. The new wine-tasting room and retail store is located just next to the farm’s bread store, which features homemade breads made at the farm’s bakery. The HenUnique and colorful wine bottle labels have been preserved and nessey also raise beef on their farm, which can be purchased in their store. And the 1800s log house on the homestead has used to decorate the bar of the Hennessey Vineyard’s wine-tasting been converted into a quaint bed and breakfast, which can be rented for special occasions or longer stays. room.

The inside of the Hennessey Vineyard wine-tasting room is decorated in the style of a European winery. The vineyard, located on the Smoland Prairie Homestead in Alpha, has a retail wine store and wine-tasting room. The Hennessey will be holding wine-tastings Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. through the summer. Each weekend new wines will be featured and paired with the homemade breads baked in the homestead’s own bakery.

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FREDERIC – The Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of Frederic completed its 22nd year of promoting and supporting scholarships for graduates of the Frederic High School this past spring. The Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of Frederic was organized in 1988 by a group of citizens with a concern for the further educational needs of Frederic graduates and awarded the first scholarships to the graduating class of 1989. CSFF is affiliated with the national Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of America, founded in 1958 and headquartered presently in St. Peter, Minn. The goal of the parent organization and the goal of the local organization is to promote access to higher education by promoting student aid from the private sector and aiding in the development of a network of local foundations across the country. It took a few years to establish the local CSFF organization and to obtain sufficient funds to carry out the mission of the local organization. The organization was primarily a fundraising organization with working funds of approximately $10,000 when it began in 1988-89. Today, 20 plus years later, the function is primarily money management. The organization began with a 15-member board in 1988 and presently operates with a 10-person board. Marlys Spencer and Phil Schneider have been serving on the board since the beginning in 1988-89. Other members serving on the board during the past year include Robert Pyke, Kaye Heine, Lynn Lindh, Dianna Edling, Doug Panek and Ray Draxler. Schneider has been the board president since 1990 and along with Spencer, is responsible for

Shown are some committee members, front row (L to R): Lynn Lindh, Phil Schneider and Marlys Spencer. Back row: Christina Lehmann, Ray Draxler, Chris Byerly and Dianna Edling. – Photo submitted much of the organization and paperwork associated with the organization. The two newest members of the committee are Christina Lehmann, Frederic School counselor, and Chris Byerly. Over 30 scholarships, totaling in excess of $32,000, were awarded this past May 23, at graduation and many of these were under the umbrella of the Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of Frederic. The CSFF’s organization scholarship of $1,000 was awarded to Terri McKinney. New scholarships awarded this year for the first time included the Jane Wisse scholarship, two scholarships in memory of Marty Niles, the Harlan Shull Memorial Scholarship

and the Spencer Scholarship. The Jane Wisse scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, was in memory of Jane Wisse who was a longtime teacher at Frederic and gymnastics coach who took many teams and individuals to the state tournament. The Marty Niles scholarships, each in the amount of $500, were awarded in memory of Niles, who passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. Niles was a dedicated Frederic High School athlete and gave much time and energy to helping younger athletes in the Frederic athletic system. The Harlan Shull Memorial Scholarship was given this year in memory of Shull who passed away this past year. Shull,

and his wife established the John and Rose Shull Memorial Scholarship in the late ‘90s and he was a regular visitor in recent years to the graduation ceremony in Frederic as a representative for this scholarship. The Spencer scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, was given this year in memory of Marlys Spencer’s parents, Robert and Margaret Fulkerson, who had lifelong careers in the newspaper industry. The total amount awarded under the CSSF umbrella since 1988 now exceeds $300 thousand and has reached out to many Frederic High School graduates. In addition to its primary purpose of promoting local scholarships, the organization has helped to recognize local scholarship donors and benefactors with a program at the Frederic High School graduation each year. It was the dream of the organization’s founders to broaden the availability of financial assistance for local graduates and further the support of young people of the community. The tremendous growth of the organization would indicate a very strong local commitment to education by past graduates, local businesses and organizations, and residents of the area. Together these individuals and institutions are helping this dream to be realized. Anyone interested in learning more about the Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of Frederic can do so by writing to P.O. Box 284, Frederic, WI 54837. Interested individuals may also contact the Frederic High School, 715-327-4223, for additional information, or communicate with individual board officers and members. - submitted

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20 10 Conservation Poster Contest winners BALSAM LAKE – The Polk County Land and Water Resources Department held its 2010 Conservation Poster Contest on May 20. They had a good response with 75 total entries from the schools in Polk County. The theme this year was Conservation Habits=Healthy Habitats. All of the posters were excellent and had good conservation themes, which made it very difficult to select a few winners. The first-place winners in each division received $15; second place $10 and third place received $5. All students with a poster received a participation certificate. The winning posters will be kept on display during the summer at the government center building in Balsam Lake. The first-place posters will be sent to the re-

gional contest in October.

Primary Division First place: Anna Ganje, Amery School. Elementary Division First place: Margaret Butler, Unity School; Second place: Keegan Bakke, Unity School; Third place: Natalie Albrecht, Unity School; Honorable Mention: Hunter Robinson, Unity School.

Shown are winners in the elementary division (L to R): Margaret Butler, Keegan Bakke, Natalie Albrecht and Hunter Robinson.

Middle Division First place: Devyn Ellefson, Luck School;

Shown are winners in the middle division (L to R): Shown is Anna Ganje, the winner in Devyn Ellefson, Emma Pedersen and Sofia Diesterthe primary division. haft. Second place: Emma Pedersen, Luck School; Third place: Sofia Diesterhaft, Clayton School.

Shown are participants who received honorable mention (L to R): Anna Christensen, Christopher Feit, Jordan Jones, Steven Holdt and Nicole Dittbrenner. – Photos submitted

Kids invited to Together with Friends day camp TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – All kids are invited to participate in Together with Friends during its 14th-annual summer day camp program. The day camp meets Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9 a.m. to noon, June 17 through July 27. Together with Friends is a cooperative effort of First Baptist, First Evangelical Lutheran and United Methodist churches in Taylors Falls, Minn. It meets at each of the sponsoring churches on a rotating schedule throughout the summer. The schedule is: Baptist church: June 17, 22, 24 and July 27 Lutheran church: June 29, July 1, 20 and 22 Methodist church: July 6, 8, 13 and 15

All kids who have finished firstthrough fifth-grade are welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration forms are available at any of the sponsoring churches and at each day camp session. Kids can attend any or all of the sessions. Mornings at Together with Friends include active games (wear tennis shoes), crafts, singing, Bible stories, snacks, meeting friends and having fun! For more information call Pastor Kevin at 651-465-6792. Funds for Together with Friends are supplemented by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Chisago County Chapter. submitted

Hokenson presented check for 50/50 raffl fle e

Jordan Jones, Luck School; Steven Holdt, Luck School; Christopher Feit, Luck School. - submitted

Honorable Mention Anna Christensen, Luck School; Nicole Dittbrenner, Luck School;

North Memorial Ambulance delivers award-winning personal safety resources BURNETT COUNTY — Good information provided in a relevant and age appropriate manner usually leads to positive learning outcomes for young people. That’s why the North Memorial Ambulance is once again using an award-winning interactive educational resource to teach children all about safety in and outside of the home. This year, all fifth-grade students in Grantsburg, Siren and Webster Schools took part in the community-supported educational initiative that is designed to prevent injuries and help kids make safe, smart decisions. North Memorial Ambulance has presented each student with a copy of the family-friendly resource “Personal Safety: Smart choices for LIFE,” which includes a comprehensive 136-page handbook that features information and tips for kids on staying safe in the home, at school, in traffic, on the street, at play, and among strangers. It also contains lessons and fun exercises that reinforce the rules of selfprotection. The book is accompanied by

an award-winning educational DVD that features interactive games and quizzes, and acts as a portal to a Web site where kids can enter contests and win great prizes. “Personal Safety” is produced by Community Safety Net, a values-driven educational company that specializes in educational safety materials aimed at kids and their families. To date, Community Safety Net’s library of materials have helped protect more than 3 million children in communities across the United States and Canada. As in the past, these valuable resources have been made available to local children thanks to the generous support of community business partners in safety. Their ongoing support is recognized in the materials being distributed to the kids. “It is wonderful to share this personal safety information each year with all of the fifth-graders in our county,” states Erin Liljenberg, instructor for North Memorial Ambulance Service. “It’s great to be a part of it.” - from North Memorial

Swedish musicians to perform

Commissaire Intendant Don Anderson presents Tom Hokenson of Scandia, Minn., with a check for winning the 50/50 raffle held by the Polk-Burnett Voiture Locale 236 of the 40 & 8. (L to R): Chef de Train Robert “Curly” Danielson, Lucy Anderson, Nancy Hokenson, Tom Hokenson and Commissaire Intendant Don Anderson. On May 25, Danielson and Anderson traveled to Scandia to present a check to Tom and Nancy Hokenson. The proceeds of the 50/50 raffle go to fund the Polk-Burnett Voiture Locale 236’s Nurse Training Scholarship Program. Any students who are interested in the scholarship should talk to their guidance counselor. – submitted by Robert Danielson

SCFHS program features Lamar ST. CROIX FALLS - The historic Lamar area will be the focus of the program on Thursday, June 24, when the St. Croix Falls Historical Society meets at the city hall at 7 p.m. Dick Larson, a native of the area, will present his memories of that poignant pioneer outpost of the surround-

ing communities. Another Lamar historian, Kathy Moline, will add her recollections of those early days. - submitted

TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. - Two famous Swedish singers, known worldwide for their tremendous talent on the guitar and for their wonderful musical voices, will be performing in the area soon. Maria Blom and Christine Hellqvist are returning to the area after being at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado. They will perform two concerts: one at Romayne’s in Taylors Falls on June 23 and one at Dinnerbel in Lindstrom, Minn., on June 24. Both performances start at 7 p.m. When the singers were in the area three years ago, they struck up a friendship with Tom Delaney, a local personality. He shared many stories with them which included happenings around the St. Croix River Valley. The musicians composed a song about him and Romayne’s, Taylors Falls, the Devil’s Chair and the St. Croix River Valley. More information can be found at — submitted Maria Blom will perform with Christine Hellqvist (not pictured) on June 23 and 24 in Taylors Falls and in Lindstrom, Minn. — Photo submitted


Siren honor roll A honor roll Grade 7

Grade 8

Haylee Doriott, Emily Howe, Harriet Koball, Tyler Molamphy and Mercedes Moody.

\Grade 11 Carley Emery, Nathaniel Larson, Tadd Oachs, Elizabeth Otto, Jacob Stiemann and Stephanie Taylor.

Grade 8

Grade 12

Grade 9

MacKenzie Brown, John D’Jock, Carly Good, Amber Moore, Lucas Stiemann and Whitney Yambrick.

Jamie Fischbach, Nicholas Hanson, Sarah Howe, Jenna Jarrell, Dillon Lysdahl, Haily Mulroy and Mackenzie Swenson.

Grade 9

B honor roll Grade 7

Raven Emery, Matthew Larson, Joshua Lemieux, Cassandra Mercer and Jacob Swenson.

Grade 10

Luke Bollant, Rachel Gloodt, Kaylene Johnson, Christina Luna and Isaac Wegner.

Vincent Barr, Corey Bauer, Jared Emery, Courtney Fischer, Michelle Potempa, Mackenzie Smith, Jessica Strabel, Jade Taylor and Vladimir Zirngibl. Elizabeth Brown, Brittany Coulter, Mackenzie Erickson, Samuel Vasatka, Mathew Wampfler and Hunter Wikstrom.

Grade 10

Casey Brown, John Dalsveen, Zoe Emery, Shyanne Ford, Bryce Highstrom, Breylin Johnson, Travis Krenzke, Denna Kurtz-Moody, Nathan Martin, Kristy Nyman, Alexis Piepho, Jacob Reh, Syndi Schultz and Sophie Vasatka

Heather Bearheart, Andrew Brown, Amber Hall, Katie Kelly-Schaefer, Tricia Kopecky, Qi Xin Annie Li, Maria Livingston, Jessica Lysdahl, Ian Martin, Abigail Mitchell, Adam Neurer, Evan Oachs, Taylor Renberg and Alan Strabel.

Grade 11

Ashley Guevara, Brittani Hopkins, Danielle Keller, Catrina Luna, Jessica Morris, Kelsi Pluff, Coty Reh, Kristen Sexton, Seth Stoner, David Tomberlin, Michael Wampfler and Jeremy Wikstrom.

Grade 12

Jeffrey Alden, Meghan Baasch, Breanna Barr, Alexandrea Bertch, Gabriella Botta, Ilya Golubev, Brittany Horwath, Alaina Java, Staci Kopecky, Natasha Kosloski, Vada Moody, Tyrone Moose, Clifford Old Chief, Deanna Phernetton, Jacob Weaver, Samantha Will and Traci Williamson.

Webster honor roll A honor roll Fifth grade

Sunny Cone, David Greiff, Sadie Koelz, Synclare Stubbe, Jenna Curtis, Jameson Matrious, Sophie Phernetton, Victoria Tyndall, Allison Mulroy, Emma Rachner, Logan Grey, Emily Sabatka, Andrew Ruiz, Savannah Varner, Andrew Pavlicek and Carolina Calixto Rosas.

Sixth grade

Daniel Okes, Alec Ralph, Annika Hendrickson, Tate Fohrenkamm, Samantha Culver, Cassidy Formanek, Nicole Hursh, Nicole Moretter, Grant Preston, Terry Curtis Jr. and Paul Sargent.

Seventh grade

Mallory Daniels, Ashley Davis, Marissa Elmblad, Zachary Koelz, Madison Main, Ellora Schaaf, Andrew Schrooten, Ciarra Lechman, William Cooper, Sean Martinez, Alexandria Spears, Nathanael Gatten, Carrie Rosenthal, Diana Jennings, Alec Gustafson, Ryan Curtis, Raelyn Tretsven and Christina Weis.

Eighth grade

Jess Petersen, Sarah Thielke, Kristine Watral, Amysue Greiff, Mikayla Hatfield, Marissa Elliott, Tam-

era Quatmann, Jack Ralph, Aleah Heinz, Paige Young, Ashley Dietmeier, Devon Rondou, Sydney Stellrecht, Megan Hophan, Ashley Starks, Erik Larson, Evon Maxwell, Cullan Hopkins, Lance Preston, Janie Waltzing, Alexandria Holmstrom, Logan Rutledge, Cabrina Hopkins, Steven Stoll and Harley Berthiaume.


Amber Davis, Darren Deal, Brianna Phernetton, Jacob Hunter, Chelsey McIntyre, Kaleiah Schiller, Matthew Smith, Nikkita Emberson, Danielle Formanek, Molly Brown and Angel Christianson.


Mary Arnold, Olivia Kopecky, Chelsea Larson, Matthew Hophan, Miranda Burger, Brittany Maxwell, Shauna Rein, Melissa Gustavson, MacKenzie Koelz, Leslea Wiggins, Austin Bork and Katlyn Payson.


Devin Greene, Mason Kriegel, Shaina Pardun, Laura Melzer, Breeanna Watral, Jan (Onwara) Likitworawan, Callan Brown, Bryana Andren, Siiri Larsen, Jenna Anderson, Annie Kelby, Kayce Rachner, Elise Windbiel, Samantha Kopecky, Michelle Gibbs, Greg McIntyre, Alyssa Main and Connor Pierce.


Nolan Kriegel, Nicole Steiner, Allison Leef, Nick Doriott, Chaz Heinz, Nicholas Koelz, Ellie Isaacson, Rachel Larson, Andrea Yezek, Bethany Nutt, Violet Wilkie, Amanda Kleidon, Ashley Robinson-Madsen, Christina Becker, Amanda Kelash, Andrea Bondanese, Daniel Erickson, Danielle Stanton, Bryan Krause, Joseph Cook, Benjamin Shives and Trevor Fontaine.

B honor roll Fifth grade

Joseph Arnold, Joseph Moen, Tailor Larson, Alex Strang, Bradley Brown, Courtney Lunsman, Destiny Inkman and Paige Bird.

Sixth grade

Kaela Lundeen, Emma Olsen, Tyler Grey, Max Norman, Kayaire Guernsey, Elizabeth Freymiller, Kyle Matrious, Toni Petersen, Darrick Nelson, Kaitlyn Moser and Connor Raschke.

Seventh grade

Brett Richison, Dade McCarthy, Alexis Frazee, Kimberly Thielman, Daniel Formanek, Chelsea Nelson, Samantha Emberson, Brandon Johnson, Kenna Gall, Jessie Yezek, Megan Tyson, Steven Mc-

Cain and Madeline Snow.

Eighth grade

Julio Calixto Rosas, Michael Johnson, Alex Spafford, Shianne Jennings, Mark Paulzine, Aaron Dietmeier, Cassandra Kilgore and Alexander Hopkins.


Alyxandria Hatfield, Gabriella Schiller, Victoria Pope, Brenna Nutt, Samantha Perius and Charles Mahlen.


Benjamin Leef, Audrey Mulliner, Sarah Nyberg, Tanya Johnson, Alyce Deblase, Matthew Elmgren, Taylor Heinz, Tatyana Pope, Joshua Baer, Bradley Krause, David Kislenger, Garrett Eichman, Danielle Dyson and Kimberly Reed.


Austin Ellott, Rachel Salas, Nicholas Smith, Kayla Duclon, Paige Lamson and Allison Rydel.


Phillip Preston, Kevin Packard, Kendra Spurgeon, Maegan Fornengo and Brittany Ballard.

St. Croix Falls Community Education School may be out for the summer - but there is so much to do at school. So many great offerings this summer with St. Croix Falls Community Education and friends. Anyone can take advantage of these offerings, so if you have grandchildren up for the summer or you know of people in neighboring districts that would like to be involved, or you forgot to send in the camp form, no worries, take care of it today. Detailed information, registration forms, and directions are available on the Web site at /index.asp. Summer Latchkey The Place To Be! A latchkey program is being made available for all pre-K (going to attend 4K next year) – fifth-grade students this summer. This will be held each day of summer school, June 7 from 6:30 a.m. -6 p.m. (students must bring sack lunch), June 8 to July 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. and from noon until 6 p.m. (hot lunch, using your lunch account is available) Then July 2 to Aug. 20, from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (students should bring sack lunch, or lunchables available at cost).

Latchkey will be held at the middle/high school media center. Herb Walks: Tuesday, July 27, from 6-8 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 24 from 6-8 p.m. Kids Nature Classes: The first Wednesday of July and Aug., noon – 2 p.m., ages 8 and up. Summer Gymnastics Camp: June 14-17, ages 4-6; 4-5 p.m., $30, St. Criox Falls High School; June 14-17, ages 7+, 5-6:30 p.m., $40, St. Croix Falls High School; June 21-24, advanced 4-6:30 p.m., $50, St. Croix Falls High School. Tractor Safety: June 21-24, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 12 years and older. 2010 Creativity Camp: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30p.m., Monday – Friday, various locations, ages 5-12; Screech, June 21-25; Buzz, June 28-July 2; Croak, July 12 – 16; Screech, July 19-23; Buzz, July 26-30; Croak, Aug. 18-20. No Frills Girls HS Basketball Camp: June 24, July 8, 15, 22, 27, 3-5 p.m. Meredith and Andy Nelson Volleyball Camp: June 25-27, grades five through 12. SCF Girls Basketball Camp: June 28-July 1,

12:30 - 4:30 p.m., grades kindergarten through eight. July/August Gymnastics Camp: July 5-Aug. 12, various days and times, ages 3 through high school. SCF Boys Basketball Camp: July 19-22, various times, grades kindergarten through 12. SCF Wrestling Camp: July 19-22, various times, grades kindergarten through 12. Driver’s Education Summer Session: Parent/student orientation night, July 1, at 6 p.m.; July 12-Aug. 5, Monday-Thursday, 3–5 p.m. or 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., St. Croix Falls High School. Only two misses will be allowed and must be made up at another session. Last Chance Summer Volleyball Camp: July 26-29, various times, grades three through 12. Dance Offerings and Jump Rope Hip-Hop Camp: Aug. 2-5. Learn the basics and routine hiphop dance. This will be so much fun and keep you very active. 4-4:45 p.m., age 5 through grade one; 4:45-5:30 p.m., grades two through six; 5:30-6:15 p.m., grades seven through 12; 6:15-7 p.m., family. $20 fee made payable to St. Croix Falls Community Education.

Music Theater/Jazz Camp: Aug. 2-5. This camp will introduce you to music theater and jazz dance, something that everyone will enjoy. 4-4:45 p.m., grades five through eight; 4:45-5:30 p.m., ages 5 through grade one; 5:30-6:15 p.m., grades two through four. $20 fee made payable to St. Croix Falls Community Education. Jump In (jump rope) Camp: Aug 2-5. Who knew jump roping could be so much fun. This is definitely for anyone. 6:15-7 p.m., grades one through five. $20 fee made payable to St. Croix Falls Community Education. Middle School Football Camp: Grades 6, 7, 8 (2010-2011), St. Croix Falls High School, Wednesday, Aug. 4, Friday, Aug. 6, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m., flag game, 11 a.m., awards, a picnic to follow. Please call the numbers on the Web site that are appropriate for the activity you are interested. Check back to the Web site often for additions. Have a great summer and join in all the fun.

Academic news RIPON – The following area Ripon College students have been named to the dean’s list at Ripon College for the spring 2010 semester recognizing academic excellence: Sarah M. Anderson of Amery. Anderson is a recent graduate who majored in biology with minors in French and chemistry. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bradley A. Anderson of Amery. Danial C. Hanson of Clear Lake. Hanson is a recent graduate who majored in computer science. He is the son of Mr. Glenn H. Hanson of Clear Lake. To qualify for the dean’s List at Ripon College, students must achieve a 3.40 grade-point average or higher on a 4.00 scale and complete at least 12 credits of regular letter-graded work. - submitted ••• ST. PETER, Minn. – The following local individuals were among the 593 students to graduate with Bachelor of Arts degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College during the school’s annual commencement exercises on Sunday, May 30: Osceola Ky Battern, public accounting; Jessica Weber, communication studies;

St. Croix Falls Michael Douglass-White, biology; Abbe Paulhe, magna cum laude, psychology honors. submitted ••• ST. PETER, Minn. – Gustavus Adolphus College Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid Mark Anderson and the college’s entire admission staff is pleased to announce the incoming class for the 2010-11 academic year. The following local student is among the 592 fulltime, first-year students who have accepted an offer of admission to begin their collegiate studies this fall, making the estimated enrollment at the college nearly 2,500 students. Many of the incoming students are recipients of one of the following merit-based scholarships: Dean’s spcholarship ranging from $4,000 to $14,000 annually, recognizing students who show academic achievement, service and/or leadership in their high schools, churches and communities. Grantsburg Ethan Prazak, dean’s scholarship. Gustavus is a residential, liberal arts college that grants undergraduate degrees in 75 majors in 24 ac-

ademic departments. The college, overlooking St. Peter and the Minnesota River Valley, was founded by Swedish Lutheran immigrants and named for Swedish King Gustav II Adolf. Gustavus is the oldest Lutheran college in Minnesota. Fully accredited and well known for its strong writing, science, music, athletic and service-learning programs, Gustavus hosts a local chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is internationally recognized for its annual Nobel Conference. submitted ••• SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana College’s dean’s list for the 2010 spring semester cites the academic achievements of 509 students. Full-time students with grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher are eligible for the dean’s list. The following area students were named to the dean’s list for the 2010 spring semester. Luck Brennan Olson St. Croix Falls Jennifer Benoy Inspired by Lutheran scholarly tradition and the liberal arts, Augustana provides an education of enduring worth that challenges the intellect, fosters in-

tegrity and integrates faith with learning and service in a diverse world. - submitted ••• COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – St. John’s Prep School is pleased to announce sophomore Shabana Mishler, daughter of Shea Mishler and Chris Wojtowicz of Frederic, has achieved the principal’s honor roll for spring semester 2010. Students attaining the principal’s honor roll have a grade-point average of 3.0 to 3.499. Kathy Kockler, St. John’s Prep principal, congratulates and commends Mishler for her continued academic success and demonstrated leadership. submitted ••• ST. BONIFACIUS, Minn. – The following student has been named to the spring 2010 dean’s list. These are students who have a cumulative semester GPA of 3.50 or greater: St. Croix Falls Mark Matson Crown College offers over 40 majors in traditional, adult-degree completion and graduate programs in on-campus and online programs at - submitted

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CHURCH NEWS New Hope Lutheran Church - an independent Lutheran congregation GRANTSBURG - New Hope Lutheran Church, an independent Lutheran congregation, will hold its first service in the new Grantsburg location on Sunday, June 20. “This is yet another milestone in the formation of this new church,” noted Terry Swenson, who is part of the steering committee that helped direct the formation of the church. The group has leased two-thirds of a new building on Hwy. 70 owned by Mark Harmon, located to the east of the motel. The facility has been remodeled to accommodate up to 180 persons. Sunday services will be held at 9:30 a.m. each week.

The group that formed New Hope Lutheran Church includes people from Grantsburg, Siren, Frederic, and other area communities. Since Nov. 2, 2009, the new church congregation has been meeting at the Siren High School auditorium on Sunday mornings and holding youth activities on Wednesday afternoons at the Grantsburg Elementary School. Leading the congregation is Pastor Emory Johnson of Spooner who came out of retirement to serve the new congregation. Pastor Johnson will continue to guide New Hope Lutheran at the Grantsburg location.

If the new congregation continues to grow the plan is to construct a new church building within a few short years. The church developed out of area citizens who were looking for a new direction within the Lutheran denomination. Several meetings were held last fall in Grantsburg to discuss the formation of a new church. It was soon decided to hold a Sunday church service and the Siren school location was chosen. Various volunteer pastors led the services until Pastor Johnson chose to accept the call as the full-time pastor for the new congregation. A constitution committee has proposed

a constitution and bylaws to guide the new congregation. A ratification meeting will be held on Sunday, June 27, at the church. Persons interested in being a charter member should attend that meeting, or attend a service prior to that to sign the charter membership sheet. In order to meet in the Harmon building the group secured the necessary conditional use permit from the village of Grantsburg. - from New Hope Lutheran Church

African church equivocates on homosexuality

by Wayne M. Anderson Special to the Leader TANZANIA - The largest protestant church in Africa grabbed the world’s attention when it publically denounced homosexuality and said people who support gay rights were not welcome and neither was their money. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania has posted a notice on its Web site titled: Church rejects homosexuality. “Those in same-sex marriages, and those who support the legitimacy of such marriage, shall not be invited to work in the ELCT,” a press release states. “We further reject their influence in any form, as well as their money and their support.” In addition the fastest-growing church in Africa, with 5.3 million members, said it “supports all those around the world who oppose churches that have taken the decision to legalize same-sex marriage.” This stern admonition was seen as a reaction and a prelude to split from its main financial partner, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which now supports gay rights. Last summer at their national convention in Minneapolis, the ELCA narrowly voted to ordain practicing gay and lesbian ministers who are in a “committed relationship.” The unexpected decision on Aug. 21 threw traditional Lutherans into a state of shock and started an exodus from the largest American Lutheran body, with 4.6 million members. “I fully applaud their decision [ELCT] to follow what God’s word says,” said Lois Carlson, of Grantsburg, who was born to medical missionaries in Tanzania. Carlson is the wife of a retired Lutheran pastor and has left the ELCA over the controversial issue, joining New Hope Lutheran Church in Grantsburg. “Their stand is certainly based on Scripture.” The head of the ELCT expressed support of this exodus in his last Easter sermon. He said gay-rights advocates had gone astray from the Bible, and it was up to Africa to get them back on the straight and narrow. “It’s time Africa preached to the rest of

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Presiding Bishop Alex Malasusa. - Photo courtesy The Citizen” newspaper in Tanzania the world, and remind them of God’s word,” Presiding Bishop Alex Malasusa is quoted saying in The Citizen newspaper in Tanzania. But the bishop warned this scriptural mission will have a cost. “We should be independent so that they don’t use their money and wealth to threaten us … we should leave them with their money and stick to the word of God,” he said. But Malasusa is now walking back his unequivocal stance since his trip to America last month, where he openly visited ELCA synods and then met with church officials in Chicago behind closed doors. Church officials characterized the meetings as “confidential” and declined to shed any light on them. “We believe that concerns are best worked out through church-to-church relationships rather than through public statements,” ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson is quoted by the ELCA News Service. After returning to Tanzania, Malasusa did shed some light suggesting a compromise on his stance on homosexuality.

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“I hope there will be time to discuss it and see what we can do,” he said. And added, “We have been with ELCA for a long time, so we hope there will be room for discussion.” That discussion will happen at the Lutheran World Federation meeting in Stuttgart, Germany, in July. For now, he no longer says Africa will lead the fight against those who “do all they can to destroy one Biblical passage after another in order to legalize homosexuality.” He now says, “It’s not our duty to do that.” Adding, “We are not forcing anybody to follow us.” After the May 28 exclusive interview, the bishop and his secretary general further declined to answer any subsequent phone calls or e-mails. His last statement was, “I think you can contact Bishop Mark Hanson and he will tell you what we have discussed.” An interview was requested with the head of the ELCA. “As for your request, I wish I had better news,” said John Brooks, director of ELCA News Service. “Bishop Hanson declined to be interviewed.” The Tanzanian bishop is adjusting his past statements and now claims his Easter sermon was reported out of context. However, the newspaper reporter stands by his story. “It’s true,” said Mkinga Mkinga, in an e-mail. “That was his statement, and it was a news headline in Tanzania!” The journalist also offered an explanation for Malasusa’s now softer stance: money and politics. “The problem I can see here is, that the matter has involved financial assistance from countries that supports homosexuality,” he said. The ELCA is a major contributor to the ELCT. For the fiscal year of 2009 the ELCA gave $1,073,966 to their African global partner. “This figure does not include any direct support … from ELCA synods, congregations, individuals, or other Lutheran organizations,” Brooks said in an e-mail. The ELCT greatly depends on the finan-

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cial contributions, missionaries, doctors and other personnel from the ELCA. This sizeable support admittedly can be an influence. “Yes. And that is always the struggle when we work with developing countries,” said theRev. Thomas Skrenes, bishop of the Northern Great Lakes Synod and a long-time friend of Malasusa. Skrenes, who voted against ordaining practicing homosexuals at the convention because “the case had not been made biblically or theologically,” said Tanzanians have the “right to come to their own conclusions … and we respect that. They won’t see money as a manipulator. We can’t do that. That would be wrong.” But Skrenes said the practice of ordaining homosexual ministers is not a deal breaker for the two parties. “No, we are hopeful … even confident that we can work together with our brothers and sisters in Tanzania and other places who hold a different position.” But not all Lutheran pastors see it that way. “I can’t see how anything but the money could be influencing their position,” said the Rev. Jaynan Clark, president of Word Alone Ministries, an organization assisting congregations to leave the ELCA. “There’s no basis in the word [Scripture] for compromising or changing or softening one’s position.” As a former ELCA missionary to Tanzania, she warns against taking “any blood money and not to compromise their position.” Of the 70 million Lutherans worldwide, many traditionalists expressed optimism when Malasusa posted his clarion call to return to “God’s word.” Some said it was like when founder Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door. But for whatever reason, Malasusa’s once Luther-like unequivocal statements are now on the way to a table of compromise, where it all began, in Germany. (Wayne Anderson is a freelance journalist based in Wisconsin. His Web site is:

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CHURCH NEWS Perspectives Sally Bair

Our Ship's Captain In our northern lake country, life can be compared to a boat ride, which requires a rudder to steer us in the right direction. We also need a map, a compass, and an instruction manual. A first mate helps, too, in making decisions and carrying them to fulfillment. Our boat ride needs a goal, a destination – even if only to enjoy the fresh air and scenery. Our destination might require certain stops along the way. And we must decide whom and what to take with us. When comparing our physical journey of life to a boat ride, we are wise to follow an instruction manual for eating healthfully and exercising. We may need a first mate, such as a health provider, to help us fulfill our goals. We may need to stop along the way, weighing in and measuring our body’s stats to assess our progress. We may need to throw overboard bad habits and useless cargo such as wrong attitudes. Similar comparisons can be made for our emotional and mental health. Our spiritual life-journey is best taken with God, rather than ourselves, as captain. His leadership is always best. He teaches us how to steer our life ship and how to make it through the rough waters of loss, abuse and addictions. He guides us away from the rocks and shoals of sudden, unforeseen problems such as job loss and disease. God’s guidance as our captain is not heavy-handed. He allows us to decide how often to stop along the way for spiritual refreshment spent with him in prayer and Bible meditation. Such times help us determine our course in doing his work for the kKingdom. We also have a say in what and how much cargo to carry with us. With his guidance, we do well to toss overboard dangerous baggage like anger, fear, regrets and guilt. Another choice we have is deciding whom to take with us on our journey. Do we want to sail with those who disdain God’s Word or are critical, jealous or evil? All of our choices become successful when we trust God, follow the instructions in his Word, ask him for help, and heed the mind and heart promptings of the Holy Spirit. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5) Trusting means surrendering to God’s capability of guiding our life-ship. Lord, help us surrender our hold on life’s wheel, trusting that you will guide us with your perfect love. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at The family of “Stub” Edwin Ruhn

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Edwin “Stub” Ruhn, 85, Frederic, died May 28, 2010. He was born Sept. 23, 1924, in Frederic. Stub served in Italy during World War II with the Army 88th Infantry Division. After arriving home from the war, he began his career by opening his own Stub’s Texaco service station in Frederic. Following 27 years at the service station, Stub became the service manager for Frederic Auto and remained there for 25 years. Stub was a member of the Model T Club, and he looked forward to making maple syrup at Dick Hoovers. He also liked fishing, especially in Canada, smelt fishing, bowling, gardening, always sharing with others. Stub enjoyed many hobbies, but his favorite was hunting. He turned his love of hunting into quality time spent with children and grandchildren. As he grew older and his ability to hunt diminished, he turned his attention to spending time with his grandchildren, especially his great-grandchildren. Stub was a member of the American Legion for 52 years. On Memorial Day, he always made sure the guns were cleaned, loaded and ready to go to the cemeteries. Who can forget how Stub was in charge of the pancakes at the Legion and at home? If anyone was around in the morning for breakfast, whether it be at home or at the Legion, the first thing that appeared was Stub at the griddle. Stub was a longtime member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and was on the SPRC board. He was preceded in death by his sons, Russell and Larry; parents, Fred and Grace Ruhn; sisters, Virginia, Dorothy and Maxine; and brother, Bud. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughters, Mona Lundquist and Connie Quam; grandchildren, Deanna Plant, Nick Johnson, Marcie Alba, Janelle Ruhn, Kelli Marlow, Eugene Ruhn and Michelle Chevalier; and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, June 4, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Frederic with Pastor Freddie Kirk officiating. Music was provided by organist Patti Burns and soloist Grant Norman. Pallbearers were Michael Tighe, Bruce Potter, Ken Java, Steve Young, Bill White and Terry Tuma. Burial followed the service with full military honors at Maple Grove Cemetery in Frederic. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic was entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Ronald William Schulz, 77, died peacefully on June 14, 2010, in his Mequon home. He was born and raised in Clinton and graduated from Clinton High School. He attended and graduated from UW-Whitewater with a business education teaching degree. He went on to receive a master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State College-Greeley. He served two years in the Korean War from 1954 to 1956, where he taught English in Japan and made many lifelong friends. He raised his children in Mequon and taught business education at MATC-Milwaukee over 25 years. He spent summers near Frederic enjoying visitors, fishing and boating. He was active in Christian church Bible studies throughout his life and supportive of many charitable organizations. He was an avid reader and loved talking with his friends especially his group of retired teachers. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Marilyn, who died Jan. 4, 2010. He is survived by children, Jean (Scot) Wilfong, David (Rita) Schulz and Mark (Theresa) Schulz; one sister, Elaine Schollmeyer; and brothers, Neal and Clair Schulz; grandchildren, Emily, Lindsay, Connor, Alison, Laura, Rachel, and Timothy; along with many relatives and friends. Visitation will be Friday, June 18, at First Alliance Church in Germantown, from 5-7 p.m. with a service to follow at 7 p.m. Chapel service will be Monday, June 21, noon to follow with a private interment at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spooner. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Germantown First Alliance Church (Pilgrim Road) or The Wilderness Fellowship, Frederic, 54837. Betty Ann Murrey, 80, Taylors Falls, Minn., died June The Schmidt and Barelt Funeral and Cremation Serivce, 9, 2010. Mequon, was entrusted with arrangements. She was born Feb. 14, 1930, in Illinois. She enjoyed a wonderful life with her husband, Harry, and their children in Barronett. Her favorite things include worshiping God, anything Irish, spending time with her large family, and playing Bingo, and poker. She was an avid knitter and created beautiful blankets and sweaters. She was also an active member of her church community. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Francis Edward Timothy Reiley O’Rourke (Florence Agnes) McCallen; husband Harry Lincoln Murrey; son Harry Angus Murrey; siblings Jean Powers, Robert McCallen and Louis Joseph McCallen; and her twin grandchildren, Ashley Christine and Andrea Leigh. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Ellen Tarmichael; children Timothy Murrey, Michael (Nancy) Murrey, Joseph Murrey, Robert Powers, Kathleen (Steve) Laqua, Mary (Ken) Zagzebski, Diane Murrey, Barbara (Bill) Madison and Christine Murrey; 27 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was held June 14 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Taylors Falls, Minn. Interment was at the Lakeside Cemetery in Barronett. Online condolences may be left at The Grandstrand Funeral Home, Lindstrom, Minn., was entrusted with arrangements.

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Virgil Stanley White Virgil Stanley White, 64, Baldwin, died on June 9, 2010, at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Virgil was born in the Gillman Township in Pierce County to LeRoy and Ruby (Rice) White on June 19, 1945. When he was old enough, Virgil served in the Marine Corps with the Third Battalion of the 26th Marine Regiment, Fifth Marine Division. He proudly served from 1965 to 1969, which included four tours to Vietnam. He was dedicated to the Corps and lived by the credo, “You’ve never lived ‘til you’ve almost died. For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know.” He is survived by his son, Christopher Michael White; grandson, Christopher Michael White Jr.; brothers and sisters and nephews and nieces. Services will be held at a later date at the Faith and Family Church in Baldwin with a burial with full military honors taking place at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner. Memorials are preferred. Service times will be posted on when available. The O’Connell Family Funeral Home and Countryside Crematory, Baldwin, was entrusted with arrangements.

Walter F. Christian Walter Frank Christian, 89, Trade Lake, died peacefully at home May 29, 2010. Walter was born Nov. 28, 1920, in Milbank, S.D., to George and Bertha (Schwandt) Christian. With his parents, sisters Rose and Margaret, and brothers, Ray and Otto, they moved to Wisconsin in 1923, settling in the Trade Lake area. A sister, Ellen and a brother, Russell, were added to the family. When Walter was 6 years of age, his mother died. George kept the family together with the help of Rose who was only 14 years old. Each of the girls had their turn at keeping house for the family. Walter attended Trade Lake School No. 3, located on the southwest corner of Trade Lake. The family moved and Walter spent the last four years at Grettum, graduating from eighth grade in 1935. He worked for area farmers, drove truck for brother Otto, tended gas station and drove gas truck for Harry Anderson. When McNally Brothers opened their machine shop, he was employed as a machinist from 1941-1945 when World War II ended and McNally’s closed. Walter purchased the Luverne Larson milk route and delivered raw milk to area patrons and introduced pasteurized milk when it became available from a Frederic source. He also worked for Herb Shoholm’s mill in Grantsburg and at Anderson Oil Company. After McNally’s reopened their machine shop, Walter worked for them until his retirement in 1984. Walter was an active member of First Baptist Church after accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He continued to serve in various capacities in the merged First and Wood River Baptist churches, which became Grace Baptist Church of Grantsburg. He was also interested in community projects and served on the Grantsburg Housing Board, Riverside Cemetery Association, and the Grantsburg Area Historical Society board. Walter married Joyce Swenson Jan. 14, 1945, in Madison. To this union five children were born: Diana, Janice, Jon, David and Joseph. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; daughters, Diana (Peter) Olson and Janice (Richard) Olson; sons, Jon (Susan), David (Carolyn), and Joe (Martha); grandchildren: Ty (Sandi), Alan (Jennifer), Dawn (Shun-Luoi), Carey, Abi, Adam (Mary), Stephanie, Eric and Eddie; great-grandchildren: Maddie, Ellie, Samantha, Isaac and Elijah; sisters-in-law: Sonja Java, Helen Ann Jungbluth, Sandra Bertsch and Violet Swenson; brother-in-law, LeRoy Fisk; nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Bertha; siblings, Rose and Axel Johnson; Ray and Myra Christian; Otto and Bernice Christian; Margaret and Willard Bonneville; Ellen Fisk and Russell Christian; nephews and niece, Lloyd Christian, Dale Christian, Dennis Christian, George Johnson, Julianne Johnson and Duane Fisk; and grandson, Kyle Christian (May 26, 2010). A celebration of Walter’s life was June 4, at Grace Baptist Church in Grantsburg with interment at Riverside Cemetery. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.

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Jane Kathryn (Nutter) Henrikson, 59, Danbury, (formerly East Bethel, Minn.), died Monday, June 7, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Richard of Danbury; two children, Lance (Michale) of Dalbo, Minn., and Tara Henrikson (Pat Jeffrey) of East Bethel, Minn.; five grandchildren, Spencer, Sydney, Riley, Quinn and Vincent; siblings, Sandy Jensen, Butch Nutter, Karen Frauly, Chuck Nutter, Amy Nutter and Jason Nutter; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and many friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Loraine Jellison; and father, Elton Nutter. Memorials are preferred to a cancer foundation of the donor’s choice. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Danbury. Dahl Funeral Home, Spooner, was entrusted with arrangements.

Shelby Jean Hanson Shelby Jean Hanson, 58, Sterling Township, lost her battle with cancer on Friday, May 28, 2010, in her home surrounded by her family. Shelby was born July 10, 1951, the daughter of Otis and Lillian Peters. She attended LaFollette School through sixth grade and began working at Stokley’s Canning Co. in Frederic between her junior and senior year and graduated at Unity High in 1969. After graduating, she began working as a dental assistant at Dental Arts in Amery. She then met Keith Brenizer and they were married in June 1973. To that union three children were born: Mark, Becky and Derek. They divorced in 1980 and she went back to work at Dental Arts part time. She then met Norman Hanson in 1983. The following year they were married. To this union one child was born, Sabrina. Shelby and Norm were busy raising their family, and then in 2000 she started Sand Country Party. She ran that business until the spring of 2010. She enjoyed many church activities including singing in church. One of her unique talents was dressing up and being a clown (Jellybean). She also enjoyed spending time with her grandkids. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ted and Glenn; nephew, Gary Jepsen; niece, Susan Schilling; and brother-in-law, Fred Jepsen. She is survived by her husband, Norman; children, Mark Brenizer (Jennifer Viebrock), Rebecca (Marc) Needham, Derek (Kristen) Brenizer and Sabrina Hanson; three grandchildren, Justin and Austin Needham and Ella Brenizer; two sisters, Eleanor Jepsen and Mary (Bill) Schilling; brother, Raymond (Helga) Peters; sisters-inlaw, Marilyn Peters and Pat Peters; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at Trade Lake Baptist Church, rural Frederic, Wednesday, June 2, with the Rev. Andy McDaniel and the Rev. Ken Mettler officiating. Music was provided by Larry Fisk and Barb Mettler; soloist was the Rev. Andy McDaniel. Pallbearers were Ted Peters, Neil Jepsen, Steve Yeager, Gordon Peters, Brad Schilling and Roy Jepsen. As information is updated it can be found on the Web site: or call Bruce Rowe at 715-4722444. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck has been entrusted with arrangements.

Bruce E. McPheeters Bruce E. McPheeters, 70, Siren, died May 22, 2010. He was born Jan. 10, 1940, in Minnetonka, Minn. He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Bessie; and sister, Betty Zuech. Bruce is survived by his wife, Joyce; daughter, Tammy (Chris) Kendrick of Arlington, Texas; sons, Eugene (Heather) of Siren, Daniel of Minneapolis and Jesse (Kathleen) of Apple Valley, Minn.; nine grandchildren; brother, Roy; sister, Marlette (Ralph) Zuech and many nieces and nephews. Bruce enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Private family graveside services were held. The Twin Cities Cremation of St. Paul, Minn., was entrusted with arrangements.

LeRoy Carl Anderson LeRoy Carl Anderson, 60, San Antonio, Texas, died June 8, 2010. He was born Aug. 31, 1950, in Siren, to Adolph and Edith (Moline) Anderson. He attended West Sweden country school and graduated from Frederic High School. In 1973, he graduated from UW-River Falls with a bachelor’s degree in farm management. LeRoy farmed with his parents, and on Jan. 29, 1977, married Raylene Dodge in Bloomer. LeRoy continued farming until 1986. After that he worked for a variety of agricultural-related businesses. In 2001, LeRoy attended Chippewa Valley Technical College to become a truck driver. This career greatly fulfilled his love to travel and his photography hobby. LeRoy was involved in 4-H and FFA as a youth and also as an alumnus. He also served on several church boards. LeRoy was diagnosed with neuroendocrine carcinoma in April 2009. When conventional cancer treatments didn’t work, he moved to San Antonio, Texas, to participate in a cancer research program, which helped prolong his quality of life. LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Bruce. He is survived by his children, Matthew (Mary) of Wahpeton, N.D., Philip (Kristy) of Clear Lake, Jacob of Amery, Rebekah (Josh) Bradfield of San Antonio, Texas, and Abigail of Amery; grandchildren include Breckin, Mallory, Christopher, Jonathan and Lydia Bradfield. Also survived by his close acquaintance, Raylene Anderson; and numerous relatives and friends.

Faith J. Johnson Faith Jewell Johnson (Olson), a resident of Trade Lake, died suddenly May 30, 2010, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minn. Faith was born Dec. 8, 1941, one day after Pearl Harbor, in Grantsburg, to June and Leslie Olson. The oldest of four children, she grew up in Mitchell, S.D., and Frederic where she graduated from high school in 1960. After high school, she worked at Twin City Federal in downtown Minneapolis, Minn., for several years. Faith married the love of her life, Charlie, Dec. 28, 1963, at Zion Lutheran Church, Trade Lake. To this union three children were born. Before settling on the Ryss/Johnson family farm in Trade Lake Township, Faith and Charlie lived in Quantico, Va.; Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Camp Pendleton, Calif., while Charlie served in the Marines. The eldest son, Scott, was born at Camp Pendleton and Faith always remembered the out-of-pocket expenses for Scott’s birth were $5.95. While Charlie was in Vietnam, Faith and Scott lived in a mobile home court in Frederic. David was born while Charlie was overseas, and Faith remembered David cost almost $20. Eventually the family grew by one — daughter Heidi — who grew into her mom’s best friend. Faith worked as a farmwife and insurance agent with their agency later in life. Although physically fragile from a serious medical condition 13 years ago, Faith found strength in her Savior and appreciated each and every day her Lord gave her. She was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Trade Lake, where she sang in the church choir for many years and served on several committees. Faith loved her flowers and spending time with her family and taking care of the grandkids. Faith also had the courage for a ride with her husband on the motorcycle once in a while. Her many talents including playing the piano and making beautiful stained-glass lamps. Like her mother, June, Faith liked parlor games. She was also an excellent cook and successfully pulled off the Christmas traditions of lutefisk and many varieties of cookies after her mother died. In her later years, she acquired a love for cats and invited two of them to share her home. She liked attending country music concerts at the casino when the music wasn’t too loud. Faith was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan to the chagrin of her kids. She was also an avid Democrat to the chagrin of some family members from her side of the family. Faith is survived by her husband of over 46 years, Charlie; her children, Scott (Sandy) Johnson, David (Colleen) Johnson, and Heidi (Tim) Jones; grandchildren, Casey, Dusty, Kyle, Andy and Hannah; brothers, Jon (Sue) Olson and Phil Olson; sister, Jolene (Curtis) Anderson; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a lot of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, June and Leslie. A memorial service was held June 11, at Zion Lutheran Church in Trade Lake. The Edling Funeral Home of Grantsburg was entrusted with the arrangements.


CHURCH NEWS A good father will guide his daughter on the right path QUESTION: Is there a way I as a father can influence my daughter’s attitude toward boys? If she chooses to marry, she will need to understand men and know how to relate to them. Is that something I should be thinking about? DR. DOBSON: You bet it is. Long before a girl finds her first real boyfriend or falls in love, her attitude toward men has been shaped quietly by her father. Why? Because the father-daughter relationship sets the stage for all future romantic involvements. If a young woman’s father rejects her, she’ll spend her life trying to find a man who can meet the needs he never fulfilled in her heart. If he’s warm and nurturing, she’ll look for a lover to equal him. If he thinks she’s beautiful and feminine, she’ll be inclined to see herself that way. But, if he rejects her as unattractive and uninteresting, she’s likely to carry self-image problems into her adult years. It’s also true that a woman’s relationship with her husband is significantly influenced by the way she perceived her

Focus on the Family Dr. James Dobson father’s authority. If he was overbearing or capricious during her earlier years, she may precipitate power struggles with her husband throughout married life. But, if Dad blended love and discipline in a way that conveyed strength, she may be more comfortable with a give-and-take marriage characterized by mutual respect. So much of what goes into marriage starts with the bride’s father. That’s why it behooves those of us with daughters to give our best effort to raising them properly. You are right to be thinking about that vital relationship. ••• QUESTION: As a father, what should I be trying to accomplish with my son in these teen years? DR. DOBSON: Someone has said, “Link a boy to the right man and he seldom goes wrong.” I believe that is true. If a dad and his son can develop hobbies

After 5 dinner meeting set SIREN/WEBSTER - The Webster/Siren Area Christian Women’s Club After 5 invites all women to attend a dinner meeting on Monday, June 21, 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be held in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church located on Hwy. 35, in Webster. With the theme “A Mooving Experience,” there will be a special feature by Carol Drohman, representing Burnett Dairy Cheese Store in Alpha. Drohman is from Grantsburg. Music will be provided by John and Karen Bohlen, Webster. Their speaker will be Lisa Fernelius of New Hope, Minn., with a

talk titled “Things are not Always what they Seem.” Fernelius is a mom with five children who volunteers as a domestic violence advocate. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking, running and spending quality time with her family. Tickets will be sold at the door for $9, but reservations are needed. Please call Jane at 715-566-0081. Invite a friend. Please, no Monday cancellations. After 5 is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. - submitted

together or other common interests, the rebellious years can pass in relative tranquility. What they experience may be remembered for a lifetime. I recall a song, written by Dan Fogelberg, which told about a man who shared his love of music with his elderly father. It is called “Leader of the Band,” and its message touches something deep within me. The son talks of a father who “earned his love through discipline, a thundering, velvet hand.” The father’s “song is in my soul.” The son himself has become a “living legacy to the leader of the band.” Can’t you see this man going to visit his aged father today, with a lifetime of love passing between them? That must have been what God had in mind when he gave dads to boys. Let me address your question directly: What common ground are you cultivating with your impressionable son? Some fathers build or repair cars with them; some construct small models or make things in a wood shop. My dad and I hunted and fished together. There is no way to describe what those days meant to me as we entered the woods in the early hours of the morning. How could I get angry at this man who took time to

be with me? We had wonderful talks while coming home from a day of laughter and fun in the country. I tried to maintain that kind of contact with my son. Opportunities to communicate openly and build the father-son relationship have to be created. It’s a goal that’s worth whatever it takes to achieve. ••• 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 UCLICK, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo. 64106; 816-581-7500

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



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


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


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

D & L FINANCIAL SERVICES 10022 Elbow Lake Road Siren, Wis. 54872 715-689-2539

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

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



Senior Pastor Bob Morton 1259 Hwy. 35 S., St. Croix Falls Sunday Worship: 9 & 11 a.m.




Meeting in homes. Elders: Cliff Bjork, Jon Zens, 715-483-1357 and 715-755-3048 Sun. Fellowship - 10 a.m.; Wed. 7 p.m. LUTHERAN



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. Interim Pastor Andrew Hinwood Pastoral Serv. 715-349-5280 Sun. School 8:15 a.m.; Sun. Worship - 9:30 a.m.


Pastor Mark Richardson, 715-755-2562 Pastor Mike Winick 1947 110th Ave., Dresser Contemporary Serv. 8:30 a.m.; Adult Ed & Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Traditional Service 10:30 a.m.


Pastor Mary Ann Bowman, 5 mi. E. of Luck on Hwy. 48, 1/2 mi. S. on I; 715-472-8153, Office/Kit. - 715-472-2535 Exploring Prayer 8:15 a.m.; Adult Bible Study 8:30 a.m.; Wor. 9:30 a.m.; Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


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


Pastor Gary Rokenbrodt - 715-653-2630 Communion 1st Sun.; Wor. 9 a.m.; Sun. 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 Worship 8:30 a.m.; Sunday School & Youth 9:45 a.m.; Adult Learning 10 a.m.; Contemp. Wor. 11 a.m.


Pastor Dorothy Sandahl, 715-648-5323 or 715-648-5324 Sun. Wor. 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.


ELCA - 501 Hwy. 35, 715-646-2357, Mel Rau, Pastor Sun. Wor. & Holy Communion - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:40 a.m.


Rt. 1, Balsam Lake, WI (Fox Creek) Pastor Neal Weltzen; GT Office - 715-857-5580, Parsonage - 715-822-3001, TR Office - 715-822-3001 Wors. Serv. 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m.; Holy Communion - 1st Sun. of each month


Phone 715-327-4340, 715-327-8384, 715-327-8090 Interim Pastor Julie Brenden Worship 9:15 a.m.; Sun. School 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st & 2nd Sundays


(Missouri Synod) Pastor Jody R. Walter, 715-327-8608 Sun. Schl. - 8:45 a.m.; Service - 10:45 a.m. Communion - 1st & 3rd Sun.


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


Pastor Dorothy Sandahl Sun. Wor. 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:30 a.m.


510 Foster Ave. E. Office 715-472-2605; Home 715-472-8424 Sun. Wor. Serv. 10:30 a.m.; Mon. Wor. Serv. 6:30 p.m.


113 W. Main St.. W., Phone 715-825-2453 Pastor Danny G. Wheeler 9:15 a.m. Worship


Pastor Emory Johnson 685 W. State Road 70, Grantsburg Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m.





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


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


Pastor Carolyn Saunders, 715-463-2624 Worship - 9 a.m.; Sunday School - 10:30 a.m.

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




Pastor Maggie Isaacson, 715-825-3559 3 mi. W. of Milltown on “G” Sunday Worship - 9:15 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays

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


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

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. Jody Walter, Interim, Phone 715-327-8608; Church Phone 715-866-7191 Sunday Worship - 9:15 a.m.; Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays





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.


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


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


350 Michigan Ave., Centuria Sun. Worship - 10:45 a.m.; Sun. School - 10 a.m.

ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN - LUCK 1614 CTH, North Luck Office Ph.715-472-2605; Dial-A-Devotion 715-472-2345 Sunday Worship - 9 a.m.


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


10 mi. W. of Cumberland on Hwy. 48 (McKinley) - Pastor Neal Weltzin GT Office 715-857-5580, Parsonage 715-822-3001, TR Office - 715-822-3001 Wor. Serv. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:15 a.m. Holy Communion - 1st Sunday

TRINITY LUTHERAN LCMS, DANBURY Rev. Jody Walter, Interim Home 715-327-8608; Church 715-866-7191 Sunday Worship Service - 7:45 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


Hwy. 70 East, 715-689-2271, Pastor: Carl Heidel Worship 9 a.m.; Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Communion -Every Sunday


300 Seminole Ave. (CTH M) Mark Kock, Pastor, 715-294-2828 Sunday Worship at 9 a.m.; Fellowship Bible Class at 10:15 a.m.


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


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


1/2 mi. W. of Hwy. 35 on U, 715-866-8281, Pastors 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

GRACE UNITED - WEBSTER 1606 165th Ave., CTH I, Centuria Paul Foulke, Pastor, 715-485-3363 Sunday Worship - 9 a.m.

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


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


LEWIS MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST Tom Cook, Pastor Worship 8:45 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10 a.m.

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



Pastor Annie Tricker Sun. Worship 11 a.m.; Sun. School 11 a.m. Potluck dinner 1st Sunday



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

SIREN ASSEMBLY OF GOD 306 River Street, Osceola, 715-755-2275 Pastor Mark Gilbert Adult Class - 8:30 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Worship - 10 a.m.; Holy Communion 1st Sunday

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.



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



Pastor Arveda “Freddie” Kirk, 715-327-4436 Early Wor. 8:30 a.m.; Sunday Wor. 10 a.m. Souper service Wed. 5:15 p.m.

Pastor Dale VanDeusen, 715-488-2296 or 715-488-2653 20296 Hwy. 87, Grantsburg Morning Worship - 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School - 10:45 a.m.; Nursery provided for all services




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


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


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

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



Pastor Scott Sagel, 715-689-2541 Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Worship 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.





EAST BALSAM BAPTIST - BALSAM LK. Pastor David Sollitt 715-857-5411 or 715-268-2651 Worship Service - 9 a.m.; Sunday School-10:15 a.m.


2393 210th Ave., St. Croix Falls Pastor Willis Christenson, 715-483-9464 Sunday School - 10 a.m.; Worship Service - 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; Nick Buda, Assoc. Pastor of Family Ministries 1st Sunday Service: 9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.; Nursury available; Sun. School for Pre-K to 5th; Sun. School for Jr./Sr. high meet in teen center 2nd Sunday Service: 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.; Nursery available; Children’s church ages 3-4


Pastor Kevin Miller Associate Pastor Roger Inouye Sunday School - (all ages) - 9:30 a.m. Church Serv. - 10:45 a.m.


Danbury - 7586 St. Rd. 77, 715-866-7321 Pastor - Father Michael J. Tupa Mass - Wed. 5 p.m. (Summer), Fri. 9 a.m. (Sept.-May). Reconciliation as per bulletin & by appt.

Pastor Marlon Mielke, 715-825-3186 Sunday School 9:45 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m., 7 p.m.



Pastor Martin Weigand - 715-294-3489 Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Adult Bible Class 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m.

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.

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





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


Interim Pastor Julie Brenden 715-327-8384, 715-327-8090 Fellowship - 10:30 a.m., Sun. Schl. 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

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


Pastor: 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


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.

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

GRACE CHURCH OF OSCEOLA “The Cure for the Common Church”


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.; Nursery provided.;




Minister Garret Derouin, 715-866-7157 Musky & Birch St., Avail. in office 9 a.m. - noon, Tues.-Fri.; Sun. Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. WESLEYAN



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




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


231 Bluff Drive, 715-247-2435 Services are Sundays at 10:30 a.m.




1751 100th Ave., Dresser Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Evening Services Sun. 6 p.m.; Wed. 7 p.m. Call Pastor Darryl Olson at 715-755-3133 for information and directions




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

HOLY CROSS ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN Meeting at Zion Lutheran Church, 28005 Old Towne Rd., Chisago Lakes, MN Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m. 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 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.


Interim Pastor Craig Jorgenson Sunday Worship 10 a.m.; Children’s Church: K to 6th Grade


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

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

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



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. School 10:45 a.m.




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

1289 160th St. (Hwy. 65), St. Croix Falls, 715-483-5378 Pastors Dan and Claudia Denissen Sunday Adult Bible Class 9 a.m. (No child care available) Worship and Children’s Sunday Schl. 10 a.m. “Faith on Purpose” (Love God, Love People...period) CTH F, Dresser, 715-483-2911 Pastor’s res./office Sunday Worship 10 a.m.

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Grantsburg third graders present “Character Matters”

Mrs. Hendrix’ third-graders presented “Character Matters,” a play with a twist on some familiar fairy tales. The fairy tale characters, traditionally at odds with one another, appeared before a conflict-resolution panel and learned how to get along by accepting each other’s differences. “But I’m a princess,” shouted pouting princess Rachel Tooze, who thought princesses just shouldn’t be kept waiting. Fellow princess Brittany Erickson agreed, demanding the conflictresolution panel hear their issues with a certain frog who kept bothering them with his requests for a kiss.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Ashley Bistram portrayed the rather inconsiderate Goldilocks, who needed to learn respecting others’ things is the beary best thing to do.

Susan Roberts played a very fashionable Jonathan Michaels played the bothersome wolf that got right into the little pig’s mamma bear that states her family’s case (Bryce Roufs) face before learning friends aren’t made by huffing and puffing at against Goldilocks, the three little bears them. very own home intruder.

Jack, played by Evan Cordell, and the Giant, played by Jordan Gaffney, did a song and dance about their new friendship after they learned they could get along if they just accepted each other’s differences.

Bookateerz group tours Red Iron Studio and Winterboo Pottery

The Frederic Library Bookateerz group recently toured Mike Route's Red Iron Studio and Winterboo Pottery studio, home of artist Win Herberg. The girls were excited to visit artists in the Frederic community, and they were able to view demonstrations of working with clay and iron. – Photos submitted


Coming events

Photo by Gary King

Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities






Balsam Lake

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

Eau Claire

Clear Lake

• Button show at the Plaza Hotel & Suites, Thurs. 6-9 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Polk County Sportsmen’s Club will meet at Chalet Park, 6:30 p.m., 715-268-8267.



St. Croix Falls

• Danish Brotherhood Society will meet at Oakwood Inn, 5 p.m.

• “To Fool the Eye” opens at Festival Theatre. Thurs. & Sun., 2 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., 715-483-3387,


• Webster/Siren Area Christian Women’s After 5 meeting at First Baptist Church, 6:30 p.m., 715-566-0081.

THURSDAY/17 Frederic



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

• Lioness Club meeting at Sunrise Apts., 7 p.m., 715327-4271.

Balsam Lake

• American Legion & Auxiliary 255 meeting at Luck Village Hall, 7 p.m.

Clam Falls

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



• Glory Train at Crooked Lake Park orchestra shell, 7-9 p.m., 715-349-8399,

• Remote-controlled helicopter demonstration at the elementary school gym, 1 p.m.



• Rep. Hraychuck listening session at the library, 5-6 p.m., 888-529-0028.

St. Croix Falls

• Diabetes support group meeting/class at SCRMC atrium lobby, 6-8 p.m., 715-483-0571/0248. • Blood pressures & general meeting, potluck at 12:30 p.m. at the senior center, 715-483-1901.

FRI. & SAT./18 & 19 Balsam Lake

• Communitywide garage sales.


• “Mr. Murdle’s Large Heart,” at Artbarn Theatre, 7 p.m., 715-294-2787,


• United Methodist Church men’s group garage sale at the church, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-689-2163.

FRI.-SUN./18-20 Frederic

• Family Days. Variety show & fireworks, Fri.; Miss Frederic competition, Sat.; parade Sun.

FRIDAY/18 Amery

• 18th-Annual Rural Arts Conference for Northwestern Wisconsin at the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 715-268-6811.

Balsam Lake

• Balsam Lake Holy Trinity United Methodist Church bake sale at the Balsam Lake Farmers Market in the parking lot of Balsam Lake Market and Deli, starting at 3 p.m.


• St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Family Days Cafe, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. • Exhibition opening, “Art Medley” at Frederic Art Center, 5-8 p.m.


• Fish fry at Burnett Moose Lodge, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 715349-5923.

These daisies just grow wild and spread their beauty as they go. – Photo by Carl Heidel

St. Croix Falls

• Boss Grant’s Johnny Cash Revue at the Overlook Deck, 6:30 p.m.,

SAT. & SUN./19 & 20 St. Croix Falls

• Spring art fair & festival at Chateau St. Croix Winery, 715-483-2556,

SAT.-SUN./19-27 Milltown

• Fishermen’s Party. Lumberjack shows, Sat. (19th); Indianhead Choir, Wed.; snowmobile, tractor & craft shows Sat. (26th); parade Sun.,



• Hike the Straight River Tunnel-Channel, 1 p.m., 715472-2248. Meet at Straight Lake Park entrance.

SUN.-SAT./20 -26 Grantsburg

• Northwoods Mission at the fairgrounds, 8:30 a.m.2:30 p.m., 715-327-4436.

SUNDAY/20 Cushing


Balsam Lake

• Police department pancake breakfast at the senior center, 7-11 a.m. • “Art Medley” exhibition and sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Root beer floats 1-3 p.m., at Frederic Art Center.


• Fire department’s water fight. Registration noon, starts 1 p.m., 715-825-2494.

• “Frogs” with Randy Korb, Hands-on presentation at Balsam Lake Public Library, 10:30 a.m. • Burnett County Dairy Breakfast at the Coyour farm on Coyour Road, 6 a.m.-noon.


• 100-bird shoot breast cancer fundraiser at the gun club, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-557-0634.


• Garage & bake sale at Frederic Evangelical Free Church, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. • Pork feed at the fire department, 2-8 p.m.

Danbury's royalty was chosen on Tuesday, June 1, at Wild Waters Restaurant. The Danbury royalty is sponsored by the Danbury Area Chamber of Commerce each year. Girls and boys between the ages of 5-17 years old can participate as candidates for the title of little miss, princess, queen or ambassador. They are chosen by drawing and have a code of conduct to follow during their reign. Shown are (L to R): Princess Kaitlyn Moser, Ambassador J. Benson, Queen Olivia Kopecky and Princess Angel Bearhart. – Photo submitted


• Wildflower expedition at Crex, 9-11 a.m.

• Blessings Trio at Skonewood Christian Retreat Center, 7 p.m.

• “Meet Bret Harte” at the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m., 715-268-6811. • Women’s Club art and craft fair at North Park, 10 a.m.4 p.m.

Danbury royalty chosen

• “Art Medley” exhibition and sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. “Paint and Parade a Bird,” 1-3 p.m., at Frederic Art Center.



St. Croix Falls

• Join a National Park Service ranger to paddle from Interstate Park to Osceola Landing, 5 p.m., 715-4832274. • Father’s Day breakfast at the St. Croix Falls American Legion Post 143, 8 a.m.-noon

• Nature’s Little Explorers at Crex, 10-11:30 a.m., 715463-2739, • Christian Women’s Club to meet at the senior center, 9 a.m.


• Music in the Park - Rex Cactus, 6:30 p.m.


• Burnett County Republican Party will meet in Room 162 in the Government Center, 7 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• Open Arms invites you for food & fellowship at Alliance Church of the Valley, 5-6:30 p.m., 715-483-1100. • Historical society meeting at Interstate Park, presentation on CCC, 7 p.m., 715-485-9269.


• Open house at the senior center, noon-3 p.m.

WEDNESDAY/23 Dresser

• Rep. Hraychuck’s listening session at the community hall, 5-6 p.m., 888-529-0028.

THURSDAY/24 Balsam Lake

• Infant/child CPR class at the Red Cross office, 5:309:30 p.m., 715-485-3025.


• Rep. Hraychuck’s listening session at the library, noon1 p.m., 888-529-0028.


• Ruby’s Pantry at 24534 Hwy. 35/70. Doors open 4:30 p.m., distribution 5-6:30 p.m. • The Klawitter Family and The O.K. Wingnutz at Crooked Lake Park orchestra shell, 7-9 p.m., 715-3498399,

St. Croix Falls

• Historical society to meet at city hall, topic, Lamar, 7 p.m.

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