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by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer OSCEOLA – Last month’s announcement by Polaris Industries that it would be eliminating over 500 local jobs with the closure of their Osceola manufacturing and assembly facility over the next two years and building a new facility in Mexico has continued to be a very

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New Miss Grantsburg Kelsey Meyer gave the traditional wave as she took her first walk on the runway after being crowned Miss Grantsburg 2010 Saturday evening. Meyer is the daughter of Curt and Jill Meyer and will be a junior next year at Grantsburg High School. The new Miss Grantsburg, who was sponsored by the Grantsburg Animal Hospital and Johnson Lumber Company, also won the evening's Miss Congeniality award. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer

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A sneak preview of the St. Croix Tribe’s new casino, hotel and convention center in Danbury; more style, more attractions ... more jobs by Gary King Leader editor DANBURY - The excitement and pride in the air at the Hole In the Wall Casino in Danbury among staff and management is obvious. The final push in the countdown to the July 30 grand opening of the new St. Croix Casino - Danbury has everyone at a new level of awareness. New checklists replace the old on a daily basis. Make that hourly. “This place is going to be awesome,” says Joseph Hunt, the newly named

CEO of the five-story casino, hotel and convention center that stands to become the benchmark in style and comfort among casino complexes throughout the upper Midwest. Hunt said members of the tribal council - Chairman Lewis Taylor, Elmer “Jay” Emery, David “Maabin” Merrill, Jeanne Awonohopay and Bev Benjamin - have been working very closely with management and the transition team, attending

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Your wish is our command A former Miss Grantsburg, Gertrude Swenson Nelson Johnson Olson, made a return appearance at this year’s Miss Grantsburg pageant Friday evening to give contestants some queenly words of wisdom. She told the audience she had experienced wonderful times as Miss Grantsburg with only one disappointment during her reign: she never made front page of either of the local newspapers as younger queens have. Then, striking a pose, Gertrude gave a shout-out to the press in attendance and told them to snap one for this week’s front page. Your wish is our command, your highness! Gertrude was played by Miss Grantsburg 2009, Carissa Skifstad. Skifstad, who won the talent award last year for her hilarious portrayal of the senior queen who escapes from the local nursing home to attend the pageant, was asked to reprise her role for this year’s program. See more pageant photos in Currents. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer

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What are the odds? Kyle Hedlund of Frederic discovered three - that’s three - fourleaf clovers while on a fishing trip with his family recently. Odds are 10,000 to one for finding just one four-leaf clover, according to According to legend, each leaf of a four-leaf clover represents something - the first leaf is hope, the second is faith, the third is love and the fourth is luck. Legend has it that finding a four-leaf clover brings the finder luck, especially if found accidentally. Unfortunately for the Hedlunds, the clovers were found on their way home from fishing. - Photo by Mary Hedlund

Mack is back Nationally famous comedian and Webster High School graduate Mary Mack is returning to her home state of Wisconsin. Mack has been featured on the syndicated “Bob and Tom Radio Show,” and National Lampoon’s Comedy Network. She also won the 2005 California’s Funniest Female Contest. She has appeared in HBO’s Andy Kaufman Awards along with having her own show on national TV- “Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham,” and last but not least, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Comic Joe Roberts said, “Mary is the very best at what she does. Thats why she’s so busy. And I’m very happy she has agreed to appear at T-Dawgs in Grantsburg on June 25.” Roberts operates Comedy/Magic/Entertainment Booking Agency and has brought many national headliners to the area including comic legend Louie Anderson. Mack is not alone at her June 25 performance. She is bringing one of her Comedy Central friends, Tim Harmstom, with her. Contact T-Dawgs at 715-463-6888 for tickets and show time. submitted



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20 years of law enforcement experience POLK COUNTY - Pete Johnson, an investigator for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, announced his candidacy for Polk County sheriff this week. With 20 years of law enforcement experience to his credit, he said he’s pleased to begin his campaign to further serve the citizens of Polk County. Johnson began his law enforcement career 20 years ago working as a reserve officer for the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office. After three years with Burnett County, he moved to Tomah, where he served several roles, including as a patrol officer, a youth services officer, working with juveniles and the school systems, and finally as a patrol sergeant. In 1999, he returned to

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Pete Johnson western Wisconsin where he was born and raised. While working for Polk County he has served as a patrol officer and currently is assigned to a position in investigations with additional duties as an evidence/property officer within the department. Johnson was born in Frederic

and raised on his family farm outside of Grantsburg in Trade Lake Township. He graduated from Grantsburg High School in 1985 and enlisted to serve his country in the U.S. Army. After serving three years of active duty and two years in the Minnesota National Guard, he went on to pursue his education, receiving a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Mount Senario College. Johnson has been married to Donna (Ott) Johnson since 2004 and has three daughters in high school. He is a member of the Luck Fire Department and of the Landmark Masonic Lodge of Frederic. In his free time, he enjoys camping with his family, fishing, hunting and riding motorcycle. He and his family currently reside in the town of Laketown. - from the Pete Johnson for Sheriff campaign

Schinzing to run for Burnett Sheriff Grantsburg police chief says time is right by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Jeff Schinzing sat in his office at the Grantsburg Police Department facing a wall of awards and certificates he’s received for his years in law enforcement and community service. Schinzing had just announced his candidacy for Burnett County sheriff on the Republican ticket, and reading the long list of various offices, boards and committees Schinzing has served on over the past 10 years, his response to the question, “Why do you want to be sheriff?” made perfect sense. “I’ve been trained all my life in community service,” said Schinzing, whose father Dick Schinzing served as Grantsburg’s police chief in the 1960s until suffering a fatal heart attack while on duty. While in college, Schinzing worked as a reserve officer for Burnett County and a community service officer for the city of Fridley, Minn. In 1985, he received his law enforcement standards board certification, and after graduating with a degree in law enforcement from the University of Minnesota at Mankato in 1989, the Grantsburg native returned to Burnett County. Schinzing began his career in



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Jeff Schinzing law enforcement as a Burnett County deputy under then-sheriff Don Taylor. Schinzing said his interest in serving the community lead him to join the Grantsburg Fire Department in 1990 where he has remained as a volunteer fireman for the past 20 years. Over the next 10 years, Schinzing also became very involved in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, teaching students at Burnett County’s three area schools the life skills they needed to avoid involvement with drugs, gangs and violence. Schinzing was appointed undersheriff by then-sheriff Gene Boyd in 1995 and served in that position before becoming Grantsburg police chief in 1998, a position he continues to hold today. For the past eight years, Schinz-

ing has served on the Burnett County Board of Supervisors. He has also served on the Grantsburg Village Board as well as several other boards and committees including the Grantsburg Housing Authority, the Wisconsin State Supreme Court Policy and Planning Advisory Committee and the NorthernBridges, the long-term care organization board. Schinzing said his years of public service would serve him well if elected sheriff. “I believe my dedication to service, honesty and trust will help me provide a commonsense approach to law enforcement in this county.” Schinzing feels the timing is right for him personally to run for sheriff and for the public, too. “People need a choice. And it’s a good time for me to make this move. I’m especially encouraged by the support from people all over the county telling me they feel I would make a good sheriff.” As to what Schinzing would concentrate on as sheriff, he again refers back to his years of public service. “My years of public service for the county and as the Grantsburg police chief have given me an understanding of budgets. I understand the big department’s budgets and that services need to be maintained in a struggling economy while at the same time watching money

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• Briefly • OSCEOLA - ArtBarn Theatre will present the children’s musical, “Mr. Murdle’s Large Heart,” Fridays and Saturdays, June 18, 19, 25 and 26, at 7 p.m. Forty young people from the area will explore what happens when a storekeeper’s heart gets too big for his own good. For tickets, call 715-294-2787 or visit - submitted ••• LUCK - Night Owl is the next band to perform at the Music in the Park series at Luck. The band performs next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Triangle Park in the village. Food will be available. The music series continued on Tuesdays through Aug. 17. with submitted information ••• FREDERIC - The Frederic American Legion will conduct a flag retirement ceremony at the old Legion hall on Lake Avenue on Monday, June 14 - Flag Day at 7 p.m. The public is urged to deliver their old faded, tattered and torn flags to Doug Panek at the Inter-County Leader. He has new flags that may be purchased at that time. The public is invited to attend. - Submitted ••• DANBURY - A breast cancer garage sale will be held June 11 and 12 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Swiss Town Hall. Donations accepted. Call 715-656-3332 for information -submitted ••• FREDERIC - Family Days is set for June 17-20 and talent is being sought for the variety show to be held Friday, June 18, from 7 to 8 p.m. To register, call Rebecca Harlander at 715-3274836. - submitted

Schinzing/from page 2 closely. “You have to deal with what you have and make better use of working with other departments,” Schinzing said. “And I am all about approachability to the sheriff and the department. People should be able to have a dialogue with the sheriff,” said Schinzing. Schinzing said he is very concerned with victims rights. “We need to do a better job following up with victims of crimes. I have a great deal of sympathy for crime victims and want to make sure they’re not revictimized.” Faster response times and instituting cost-cutting measures in the department’s report recording process are also on Schinzing’s short list of management practices he plans to change if elected. Schinzing and his wife of 18 years, Jodi, have three children, Jesse, currently in the National Guard, Jillian, who will be a senior next year at Grantsburg High School, and Josie who is in junior high. Schinzing’s mother and sister reside in Grantsburg, and he has a brother in St. Paul, Minn.

Medical waste disposal addressed Depository for unwanted meds unveiled at justice center by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – It may seem like an odd location for a safe, or maybe a mailbox for the very short, but a closer look at the new gunmetal gray box in the lobby of the Polk County Justice Center in Balsam Lake reveals the real purpose: Disposal of unwanted medical wastes. Polk County Sheriff Tim Moore and county parks and property director Deb Peterson gave some of the background on the new feature, which highlights a growing concern about the careless disposal of medical wastes or unwanted, expired medications. “In the old days, people would just flush old medications down the toilet, which led to real health concerns for fish and the like,” Moore said. The depository replaces a recent program of using the Polk County Recycling Center in St. Croix Falls as a collection point during hazardous waste collections, or at various times during the year. That has proven to be quite popular, according to Pe-

Polk County Sheriff Tim Moore shows how residents can dispose of unwanted or expired medical wastes in a new secure box at the county Justice Center. - Photo by Greg Marsten terson, but due to grant reductions, those hazardous waste collections are becoming a rare event. “You’d be amazed, there were people coming in with entire boxes full of old meds,” she said.

The downside to that program is that it only lasts for a short while, and because of the concerns over the security of some of the prescription narcotics, it forced the county to place an onduty sheriff’s deputy at the recycling center. “That got pretty expensive,” Moore said. “This is a one-time cost.” Peterson said the medical disposal box cost about $400 total, plus installation. It is secured to the floor, in the lobby by the sheriff’s office and public jail entrance, so it has 24-hour video monitoring by county law enforcement dispatchers. “That was important,” Moore said. “We wanted it to be in a secure location, for obvious reasons.” The medication deposit “safe” only allows deposits and does not permit people to reach inside. It will be emptied regularly and only by authorized law enforcement officials. The deposits will then be secured in the PCSD evidence locker, so only a handful of people will ever have access. Moore said that other counties have tried similar deposit structures and had quite a bit of success. He cited a similar program in St. Croix County, where they routinely get over five pounds of

medications every day. “That’s a lot of pills!” he said. Peterson said the other county’s deposit boxes have ranged in complexity, with some being elaborate tubes buried in the ground and leading to secure locations, or other structures that were often quite expensive. The Polk County box was purchased online and is completely secure. Recent studies have connected hastily deposited medications with everything from water quality problems to issues with gender identification issues with fish and reptiles, including the development of both male and female reproductive organs in some species of aquatic life. The secure medication deposit box will have full, 24-hour access at the Justice Center entryway, and no identification or clearance is needed for users. The box is meant for pills or medications that are either expired or no longer needed, including when an individual passes away and family members clean out medicine cabinets. “That’s pretty common to have that happen,” Peterson said, adding that the box gives people a better way of disposing of those items in a way that won’t hurt the environment or taint groundwater.

County gains lake access to sell forestland Property looks at GAM control by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Polk County is looking at selling 160 acres of wooded land and is gaining a lake access. These were two of the items discussed at the property committee Monday, June 7. The ongoing debate over who has oversight of the Golden Age Manor building also came up as the committee discussed who is in charge of buying new windows for the nursing home. The property to be sold is 160 acres of tax-forfeit wooded land

at the western end of 255th Avenue in McKinley. The property had been owned by Albert Julian. County treasurer Amanda Nissen said the land does not fit into the county forest plan or serve any other county needs. While the property committee has long identified the property for sale, the issue now is the best way to sell the land. The issue is access. The 160 acres is landlocked except for the southeast corner of the property but that corner is a wetland that can’t be crossed. The value for the land might be dividing it into lots of 40 acres but that could not be done unless there was an access to the lots. The committee asked staff to get more informa-

PBEC elects board members

Marlyn Bottolfson, Robert Thorsbakken and Jeff Peterson (left to right) were re-elected to the board of the Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative, it was announced at the coop's annual meeting Tuesday, June 8. A full report on the member meeting will be in next week's Leader. - Photo by Gregg Westigard

tion on the county’s options before the property is put up for sale by auction. Gaining the access to North White Ash Lake is a much easier process. The access, on 180th Avenue just east of CTH E, is paved and has a boat ramp. It has long been used as a public access and has been maintained by the town of Apple River (even though the road curves there and that piece of land is in Georgetown). However, the land with the access is private property. The owners, Wayne Whitwam and Kelly Curtis, are donating the property, a piece 20 feet wide and 80 feet long, with 20 feet of lake frontage, to the county. The property committee accepted the offer. That leaves the Golden Age Manor issue. Polk County now considers all county buildings to be under the oversight of the buildings department for issues of repair and maintenance. For example, the building and not highway has been doing the repair projects at the highway shop. But that line of authority has not been made clear regarding the nursing home building. Who is taking care of the GAM windows project, Supervisor Neil Johnson asked buildings department head Debra Peterson. Peterson said she did not know who is in charge or which budget the window purchase is

coming from. “My hands are tied,” Peterson said. “I have no direction on this. I have never had control of the nursing home building.” Johnson said the county needs direction on who is overseeing GAM building issues. Larry Jepsen said all county building issues belong with the property committee. And Ken Sample said the county must resolve the issue. Peterson said she has turned the issue of buying the new windows over to the Finance Department. That issue is on the agenda of the finance committee for its meeting today, June 9.

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Correction An incorrect job description was included June 2 under the photo of Siren Village Administrator/Engineer Randy Surbaugh and DuWayne Wiberg at Surbaugh’s retirement celebration. Wiberg is the chairman of the town of Siren, not the town of Dewey. Our apologies.

Bitz enters race for 75th state Assembly District seat Pledges to continue fighting for the people of Northwest Wisconsin RICE LAKE — Matt Bitz has announced that he is seeking the 75th Assembly District seat currently held by retiring Rep. Mary Hubler, D-Rice Lake. Bitz stated that he seeks to continue the tradition of Hubler, who was a champion in making sure that state government in

Madison did not forget the people of Northwest Wisconsin. Re-examining economic development in rural areas will be a top priority for Bitz. “Property taxes are far too high; we can’t tax our way out of trouble in this economic climate. By providing incentives for businesses to invest

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in our cities and towns, and embracing green technologies to promote jobs, we can create new opportunities and put people back to work.” A graduate of Rice Lake High School who earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bitz understands the importance of an af-

fordable, high-quality education. “My mother was a public schoolteacher and administrator in Northwest Wisconsin for many years. I know firsthand the importance of nurturing students in our public schools. We need to continue to provide an education that is second to none.” Bitz will also push Madison to reform the school funding formula, which has adversely affected Northwest Wisconsin for years. After college, Bitz was a sales representative for Birchwood

Best. Gov. Jim Doyle nominated the century-old Birchwood institution as Wisconsin Business of the Year in 2004. Bitz returns home to Rice Lake after earning a master’s in public administration from NYU and gaining valuable experience working for the city council in New York. “I look forward to talking with my neighbors and friends about making Northwest Wisconsin an even better place to live, work and call home.” — from the Bitz campaign


Tribal Ministries director to visit area

BURNETT COUNTY - Christopher Boda, founder and director of Banjara Tribal Ministries, in Hyderabad, India, will be visiting the area June 11−16, to bring updates to the community on his work in India. Many churches and individuals in this area have followed the growth of his ministry over the years and have had a part in his work. Boda’s work in India began to grow when he met Diane Brask 10 years ago. They initially began a partnership to help

rescue desperate Banjara orphans out of their plight and to start a Bible school to raise up village pastors. The work in India has grown in miraculous proportions since those early years Today, Banjara Tribal Ministries is a large organization consisting of: an orphan ministry with 2,500 children on four campuses with K−12 education; a threeyear RN nursing school with 90 students; a junior college (one-year and two-year programs) with 120 students; 150 village

workers who have been sent out as missionaries, church planters and pastors to serve the Lord; and a Bible school to train and equip young men and women to grow in their faith and serve the Lord as he leads them. All of this has been possible because of prayer and belief in God’s faithfulness, a lot of hard work and the generosity of God’s people. Boda will be in the area giving updates on his work and sharing about a new opportunity to start a Christian TV channel

in India. You can hear him on Sunday, June 13, at Trade River Free at 9:30 a.m., and at Calvary Covenant at 7 p.m. Calvary will have a time of refreshments after the program and you will have an opportunity to speak with Boda personally. There will also be a time for questions and answers about his work. Everyone is encouraged to attend. A freewill offering for his work in India will be taken. - submitted

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ate great photos has amazed everyone. They have learned how to immerse themselves in the riverway’s natural beauty; how to feel and express its sublime spirit. They have learned how to open their senses and quiet their minds. They have learned how to harness their natural tendencies to take risks, operate outside of convention, and make decisions with their emotions, and are now using these traits to create great art instead of get into trouble. The opportunity for creative expression is giving them positive outlets for the first time in their lives. Consequently, the confidence they are regaining in themselves—and the confidence their communities are regaining in them—is life changing.”

The teenage boys experiencing the “In a New Light” project are participating in the Passage II 90-day residential treatment program. Upon graduating the program, Northwest Passage would like to be able to provide cameras for the boys through donations, as many of them do not have the financial means to purchase cameras for themselves. Photography has become a powerful source of healing and therapy for the boys, and the ultimate hope is that they may continue to channel this source of coping after they graduate the program. Providing the boys with their own cameras will also provide a way for them to spend their time away from negative influences. They are currently seeking digital cam-

eras, in good working order, preferably those accompanied by cords, chargers, user manuals, and software. If you are able and interested in making a donation, please contact Lisa Hobbie, communications coordinator at Northwest Passage, by calling 715-566-3796, or by e-mailing Those who are generous enough to donate a camera will receive a complimentary 8x10 print of a photo taken by a student participating in the “In a New Light” project. Northwest Passage offers numerous comprehensive residential treatment, day treatment and assessment programs. To learn more about Northwest Passage, please visit - from Northwest Passage

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BURNETT COUNTY - Northwest Passage, in partnership with the National Park Service, recently received an America’s Best Idea Grant from the National Park Foundation for their project, “In a New Light: Connecting At-Risk Teens to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway through Nature Photography.” “When the project began, these adolescent boys had rarely ever held cameras. Now, with the photography gear and instruction from ‘In a New Light,’ they are creating stunning photographs. The ease with which the boys have learned to cre-

Is speeding worth the risk of death, injury, money and time? SPOONER — The combination of pleasant weather, ample daylight and clear pavement can make driving conditions in June nearly perfect. But these ideal conditions also can give drivers a false sense of security and tempt them to ignore speed limits. All too often, giving into this temptation has disastrous consequences. A person is killed or injured in a speed-related crash in Wisconsin approximately every 46 minutes, according to the Wisconsin

Department of Transportation. “At higher speeds, you’re at greater risk of a crash. In addition, the violence of a crash becomes more severe as speeds increase,” says State Patrol Captain Jeff Frenette of the Wisconsin State Patrol Northwest Region. “Drivers traveling at high speeds for an extended period of time on the open road also tend to not slow down sufficiently when approaching an intersection, construction zone or traf-

fic congestion.” Speeding can be expensive as well as dangerous. Under Wisconsin law, the costs of speeding citations range from $175 all the way up to $893 along with three to six demerit points assessed on the driver’s record. A citation for driving 25 mph or more over the limit in a 55- or 65mph zone requires a 15-day driver’s license suspension. Despite the obvious dangers and ex-

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pense of speeding, it is by far the most common traffic conviction in Wisconsin. Last year, drivers amassed more than 200,000 speeding convictions statewide. Many people speed in a futile attempt to get where they’re going a little sooner. But as Frenette points out, “You’re actually going to be delayed significantly if you’re stopped by a law-enforcement officer or are involved in a crash because you were speeding.” — from WisDOT


Unity School to distribute free summer meals for kids USDA grant means even children from outside the district are eligible by Greg Marsten Leader staff reporter BALSAM LAKE – Unity School District Administrator Brandon Robinson announced Tuesday, June 8, at their regular board of education meeting, that their school was selected and approved as a Summer Food Service Program site, beginning next week. The selection means that children ages 18 and under, as well as some adults with disabilities, are eligible for breakfast or lunch at no cost, during the bulk of the summer on many days. “It’s basically a summerlong program,” Robinson said. “It’s not just for kids in summer school, but also for all 18 and under kids.” The SFSP meal plan has actually been around in various forms since 1968 when it was administered through a larger, pilot program of the United States Department of Agriculture. According to the USDA, the SFSP became a separate program in 1975, and by 1980, over 1.9 million children were participating. Participation rates have ebbed and flowed over the years, due to funding availability, but almost 2 million children participated at almost 31,000 sites in the summer of 2005. Congress appropriated $357.9 million for SFSP last year, the most to date, up from about $312.2 million in 2008. By comparison, the SFSP program cost $110.1 million in 1980; $163.3 million in 1990 and

$267.2 million in 2000. Robinson outlined the plan to the Unity School Board, stating that they were selected in part because the district met the USDA criteria of having at least 50 percent of their district’s students being eligible for free or reduced lunches in the regular school year. “Plus, there was no other schools around here that had applied,” he said. “They [USDA] try to do it in regions.” Under the plan, the school district will be reimbursed fully for the cost of the meals, either breakfast or lunch, and they must meet strict nutritional guidelines to qualify for reimbursement. ‘“Menus were actually part of the application process,” he said, noting that the meals will typically be “similar to what is normally offered during the regular school year.” The district is asking potential participants to call the school office at 715-8252101 - ext. 1530 to preregister, although it is not a requirement for participation, but mainly so the district can make estimates on the amounts of food to prepare. “We have to be real flexible on numbers,” Robinson admitted. “There’s a little bit of guesswork involved.” The menu is not static, and will change daily, but may have to have “backup plans” for excess participants on particular days. Robinson also said that adults may participate, as well, such as for those who give kids rides to the school, but that they must pay $3 each, which is typically what an adult meal costs during the regular school year. “But all kids are eligible for free meals,

not just kids from the [Unity] school district,” he clarified. “There are no geographic limits.” The SFSP program will be administered by Unity food service staff, and will be from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m for breakfast, with lunch from 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m. The SFSP program will run for most weeks of the summer, generally from Monday through Thursday, beginning next Monday, June 14, for summer school. Robinson said the meals program is being promoted through the Unity School District newsletter, school Web site and hopefully, through the media. Robinson said a letter was also sent home with kids before school ended. The school board seemed supportive of the SFSP effort, and officials will monitor participation rates and numbers throughout the summer. “I think it’s a pretty good thing, really,” Robinson said.

Other board business • Robinson briefly outlined the summer facility maintenance plans, which is getting under way this week on things like playground upgrades, pavement repair in the parking lots, baseball outfield fence repair, floor sealing in the bus garage, renovation of the district’s fire alarms, tuck pointing and sealing on some exterior brick work, as well as installation of new, higher efficiency lighting in the bus garage. The work schedule runs all the way through August and also includes some unspecified “warranty work” on playground equipment, and in both the high school and middle school gymnasi-

ums. One of the issues brought up also included swimming pool maintenance. “There is still a slight leak in the pool,” Robinson stated, adding that he is scheduling plans with Johnson Controls and staff to decide when to take the pool out of service for leak fixing and other scheduled maintenance work and upgrades. “We’re trying to make it so all the [pool] work can be done at one time,” he said, adding that it would be best to wait until after the busy summer of scheduled swimming lessons is completed. He said the leak is “not major” and that the present setup allows for water-level maintenance. • Several board members praised a new screaming eagle logo created by art teacher Craig Zipperer. The logo was included in the district administrator’s report, and is a two-color cartoon head of an eagle, facing to the left in the blue and magenta school colors. Several board members wondered if the district should seek copyright protections for either the district or for Zipperer, the logo creator. Robinson said Zipperer seemed unconcerned about the need to register the logo immediately, but said he would look into it further to ensure he is given credit and protection for the art. “I’m just glad you seem to like it!” Robinson said. • The next board of education meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 13, starting at 6 p.m.

Furniture back to county board Few items for action by Gregg Westigard Leader staff reporter BALSAM LAKE – The May meeting of the Polk County Board was over in less than 90 minutes. The June meeting may be over even more quickly. There are only three resolutions for action on the agenda. However, one of those items is a return to the unauthorized furniture purchase issue. That issue will be the last action of the evening. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the government center and is open to the public. The agenda is rearranged this month, placing all the informational reports at the

start of the meeting immediately after the public comment section. The public will hear reports from the board chair, the new administrator, the finance director and the chairs of the governing committees before the board takes up action on proposed resolutions. These reports on the business of the county formerly were given at the end of the meeting. The furniture resolution, titled “To Furnish County Training and Conference Centers,” would authorize accepting the December purchase by human services director Sherry Gjonnes of $39,268 of chairs, tables, and other items. That purchase, while paid in January, did not follow the county purchasing policy and is void, according to the legislative note attached to

the resolution. In March, the former board rejected a similar resolution to authorize the purchase by a vote of eight in favor and 14 against the purchase. Of those opposed to the purchase in March, 11 are still on the board. The resolution requires a two-thirds majority to be approved. The resolution to accept the purchase comes from the human services board. It states that the county would save money by reducing the expense for training and conferences, allowing employees to participate in many programs without the cost of travel, accommodations and time away from the county. The $39,268 expense would come from the human services budget but the furniture would be transferred to the buildings department.

The resolution also states that the furniture could be installed in three conference rooms “without further cost.” The resolution does not mention the possible cost of purchasing and installing the technical equipment, such as interactive cameras and speakers, required to implement videoconferencing. In January, the information technology department presented a report saying that this equipment could cost up to $140,000. The human services board addressed the personnel issues relating to the void purchase at its April 19 meeting. Information on that closed session has been requested but has not been released.

Dresser objecting to mandated water treatment Odor issues with F&A solved by Tammi Milberg Leader staff reporter DRESSER–The village board for Dresser met June 7. On the agenda was an item for discussion and motion regarding the mandatory disinfection of the water supply. Board President Rick Flandrena indicated he would be drafting a letter on behalf of the village to object the mandatory disinfection, also referred to as chlorination, of the village water supply. Flandrena stated that since the village’s water has been tested and shows that it is safe, there is no reason for the village to have the water chlorinated. A letter will be drafted and sent indicating the village’s opposition to the mandatory disinfection. In other business, the board heard from Mike Breault, F&A Dairy, about the odor issues from the holding ponds. According

to Breault, F&A Dairy has done the major work and small amounts of work need to be finished. The village reported the air has been free from odor and the consensus was that the problem is solved. The board approved hiring a second part-time officer to assist the police department. One part-time officer was hired earlier. The board heard from resident Jeff Klinkhammer, who indicated that his sewer backed up and he would like the village to look at the sewer main. Klinkhammer lives near Blaisdell and Warren streets. No action was taken as the matter was just brought to the board’s attention during public comments. The board was updated that Flandrena will open bids for the 2010 chip sealing Friday and that the board will look at awarding a bid at a future board meeting. Also, the board was updated about the

Youth Service Day and participation from St. Croix Falls students who painted the inside and outside of the ice rink shack and raked two yards. The participation went well and the village was glad the students gave time to work.

The board approved a revision to the sewer ordinance that basically updated the language in the ordinance. The board also approved setting the next regular meeting for July 12, at 6:30 p.m.

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Boyceville man charged with OWI, fifth offense POLK COUNTY – C. Robert Hoople, 51, Boyceville, was arrested and charged with OWI, fifth offense on Saturday, June 5. He was stopped after an officer checked the registration of the plates on the vehicle he was driving and it came back with no vehicle associated. He appeared intoxicated, was given sobriety tests and failed several of them. His Breathalyzer registered .085. An evidentiary blood draw was taken at the hospital, and he was taken to jail. He was also charged with operating after rev-

ocation of his license. Lindsey Denn, 34, St. Croix Falls, was arrested and charged with OWI, third offense, on June 1 after a police officer saw her pump gas at the Holiday Station in Frederic and drive off without paying. The officer followed her out of the station, stopped her and administered field sobriety tests. Denn’s PBT registered .16. She was also charged with theft and with nonregistration of her vehicle. — with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

In a special program sponsored by the Frederic Library, Police Chief RJ Severude will demonstrate how to fly remote-controlled helicopters in the Frederic Elementary School gymnasium 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. Severude learned about this popular hobby through information he found at the library, and he’s shown here discussing the different types of helicopters he owns with Marlene Nelson of the library staff. – Photo submitted


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hot and troubling issue around water coolers and meeting tables. Local officials, politicos, current and potential customers continue to reel over the action - as have current employees - many of whom are still in shock and trying to see what’s next, while others try to find out when their “actual end” will occur. The surprise closure announcement has also led to several “roundtable meetings,” between local, state and regional officials, as well as local business leaders. The first such meeting occurred on Thursday, May 27, in Osceola. That “think tank” session also included several regional planners and economic development specialists, and while few plans of attack were sculpted, and no action came forward, it was at least a chance for the “players” to get a handle on the situation. From worker to owner? Since the May 20 announcement, Polaris officials have suggested that they are seeking to have a so-called “outside vendor” possibly take over some of the operations at the Osceola facility, but under a completely different moniker. That may be closer than revealed, as several people have suggested that an announcement may come forth quite soon that two vendors have secured an agreement to continue part of the current operations, employing up to 150 people from the existing facility, but leasing the space or equipment from Polaris, possibly in the existing facility in Osceola, as subcontractors/suppliers. In a teleconference May 21, Chief Executive Officer Scott Wine confirmed that the firm is trying to “expand outsourcing of certain component manufacturing processes.” “From what I understand, that’s not uncommon when a large manufacturer shuts down,” Polk County Board Chair William F. Johnson IV said, adding that he was hopeful the company would do their best to lessen the blow on the workers and the community. However, logistics issues remain, as the facility would likely not be home to both Polaris and a subcontractor at the same time, which might make any transition tricky or complicated.

The future - or lack thereof Polaris confirmed recently that all current employees have had private meetings with management and human resources personnel, to discover their likely fate and possible “timeline” for their elimination or retention, as well as to review any severance package offerings. There are reports that many employees in several departments had little idea about their future until those meetings, as details have been decidedly vague on when some portions of the operation would cease altogether in Osceola, or be moved to either Spirit Lake, Iowa, or Roseau, Minn., where Polaris has existing manufacturing and assembly operations. Employees have been reluctant to reveal details on severance packages - and were told not to reveal those numbers, possibly due to equity issues between departments, individuals or salaries. But several people have come forward revealing that they have generally been offered $200 for every year of employment by Polaris. One employee, who feared retribution if named, only revealed the severance offer because of the amount. “It’s just embarrassing. They should totally be ashamed!” There is also growing speculation among some employees that many current jobs may be eliminated sooner than later, or at least before Jan. 2, 2011, to sever their eligibility for profit sharing. That could be a several thousand dollar difference for some employees, and amounts to much more than the severance offers. However, the profit sharing speculation may be just that, and could not be confirmed, but remains as a troubling possibility for many of the affected workers. The powerhouse of Mexican business There is also speculation among some employees that if the Mexican venture underperforms, has trouble meeting quality standards or fails outright, that it would not lead to a resumption of Osceola’s operations. Several people are confident that executives, including CEO Wine, would never reopen or redirect operations back

to Osceola, out of the picture it would paint on their competence and long-range plans. “If [the facility in] Mexico fails, they would probably build in the southwestern U.S.,” said one longtime employee, who requested not to be named. “They would likely go either to Texas, Arizona or New Mexico, which is where they were looking at a factory site before [deciding on the Monterrey region of Mexico].” Monterrey is the third-largest metropolitan area in Mexico, and touts itself as “The powerhouse of business and industry.” The city proper has around 1 million residents, with another 2 million in the surrounding metropolitan area. It is known for its extensive battery of almost three dozen industrial parks and claims to have the lowest unemployment rate in Mexico. Regardless of unemployment rates, the typical wages are approximately 10 to 20 percent the level of wages at the Osceola plant. In fact, it has been reported that Polaris intends to offer approximately $4.85/hour to workers at the new facility, which would be well more than the current Mexican average wage, allowing Polaris to bring forth the most qualified - and currently employed - workers of the Monterrey area, and assuring a long line of applications. Mexico does have several embedded employer costs, and minor IMSS costs, (similar to U.S. Social Security) and federal income tax laws, but with lesser amounts, due to the dramatically lower wage rates. However, they do not have worker’s or unemployment compensation or available health-care plans, let alone OSHA-style worker protection or safety concerns. Unions or other worker organizations are also nonexistent. In fact, the Monterrey region typically has the highest wages in all of Mexico, with a daily minimum wage rate of about 58 pesos - which works out to about $4.50/day. According to the International Monetary Fund, a typical Mexican worker earns just over $1,800 annually. There are many reasons Monterrey is called the “Powerhouse of business and industry,” but living wages are not among them.

Wages and executive compensation The report of the Mexican wage plans has also left a number of current employees reeling. Comments on social networking sites cut hard into company officials and board members, noting Polaris’ lucrative executive pay structures, incentives, numerous stock offerings and executive compensation history, which amounts to a combined expense of at least $11.151 million for 2008, the most recent year available. However, those numbers are unclear, as they may or may not include bonuses, stock options or incentive packages, such as signing bonuses, and board of director compensation. By law, a publicly traded company is only required to disclose the amount and type of compensation paid to its CEO, chief financial officer, and their three highest-compensated executive officers in a given year. Individual board member compensation is usually not available publicly, although estimates are common, and usually involve extensive stock options as incentives. One current employee pointed out a Minneapolis StarTribune article last year highlighting the cashed-in stock options of executives, including former Polaris CEO Tom Tiller. He cashed in stock last year totaling at least $9 million after his decade as chief executive. That article noted that Tiller had the second-highest stock payout of 27 Minnesota executives who sold large volumes of stock options that year. Tiller trailed only Daniel Starks of St. Jude Medical with a $29.8 million cash out. Tiller was quite popular with the company, and remained involved in board operations after his 2008 retirement, until taking a new position with a solar technology firm in Colorado. Tiller’s replacement, Scott Wine, reportedly took quite a bit less in compensation than Tiller. Wine’s compensation was reportedly just over $1.6 million total for 2008, although it is unclear how much of that was through various bonuses, stock options, incentives and the like, and whether that was on top of or including his $530,000 signing bonus he received to replace Tiller 18 months ago. His most re-

cent compensation level could not be confirmed.

Boycotts beyond Polaris The fallout from the Osceola closure, Mexican move and pay revelations has led to a number of calls to boycott the company, and has also begun to spread to other areas, including businesses associated with board members, such as Menards and others. John R. Menard Jr. has been a Polaris board member for over nine years, and is also the president and director of the Wisconsin-based home improvement giant that bears his name, Menards Inc., with several local stores. His involvement or support of the Osceola closure has led to a number of suggestions that the security of the Menard operation as a regional hub may also be paper thin. Other board members with positions in other companies or firms have also been mentioned as targets of boycotts, including Bushnell Industries, which makes various optical and outdoor products and has Polaris board member Robert L. Caulk as chairman. Also mentioned as a possible boycott target is the Dell Computer operation, where Polaris board member Annette Clayton serves as a vice president. Polaris board members have generally remained silent on the Osceola closure and Mexican announcement. The effect inside Polaris continues to operate at near-full capacity in many areas, in part due to a slowdown in recent years that led to a reduced inventory for dealers. The busy nature of the facility - on top of near-record earnings - has left some employees confused over the need to relocate the operations. Some have suggested that the company is “stockpiling” product for the shuffling of operations, utilizing experienced workers to their full extent before they are released, especially in some of the more intricate manufacturing processes such as atmospherically sensitive powder coating, laser work and specialized exhaust coatings - prior to the splitting up of those operations to other locales with less experienced workers. There is also a growing speculation that the announced 18-24 months phasing out of the Osceola operation may be misleading, as many remaining operations may be delegated to lower-paid temporary workers, in a mimic of the St. Paul Ford Ranger truck factory, which has been on life support for over two years, and remained open past closure dates several times, due to unexpected small truck demand. Ford executed extensive “buyouts” of almost all previous employees, but the plant continues to operate, staffed by a high percentage of temporary workers, making considerably less than the previous workers. The history of the closure plan There are conflicting statements on how long the Osceola closure has been planned. Wine stated on May 21 that it had been in discussion and researched for two years, which means it would have been on the table under former CEO Tiller. But according to several reports, the Osceola decision was only finalized in April, and that several human resources workers were the only staffers fully aware of the pending action for several weeks prior, and that they were the reason for the extra security detail reported in previous features. A harbinger of things to come? There are reports that workers at other Polaris facilities may also be wary of future plans, as Spirit Lake and Roseau workers may see the Osceola closure as a hint of management plans to come. Many are rightfully concerned that they may have a “target” on their backs next, especially since some of Polaris’ Osceola jobs will begin to phase out as early as this fall, with some of the Spirit Lake operation eventually moving to Mexico, and some portions of Osceola’s manufacturing headed for Spirit Lake by next year. The closure may also lead to a “glut” of experienced Polaris workers with specialized experience who may be willing to relocate for less money to either facility, thereby threatening current workers.

Bringing some together Many Osceola workers previously promoted “their company” proudly with large stickers on their vehicles, but many of those stickers are gone now. That product pride has turned to dismay and anger for many; some workers have led the charge for boycott calls, even. Yet the closure has also made many in the existing workforce even closer, and has led to some previous Polaris workers doing what they can to ease the transition. “As a former employee and someone with many friends that still work there, I was shocked by the news,” stated Ami Cran. “My hope is that in my new position at Management Recruiters in St. Croix Falls, our office could work hand in hand with human resources at Polaris to help them find new opportunities for the employees that will be displaced by this announcement.” Other former employees offered assistance ranging from resume building to organizing job leads, with a communitywide roundtable featuring local political officials, state and regional economic development professionals, community leaders and others at the Osceola High School auditorium on Thursday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. That meeting will include legislative leaders, officials from the governor’s office, Workforce Development, the Department of Commerce and others, in an effort to salvage as many jobs as possible, and encourage local investors in taking over a portion of the existing manufacturing process. “I have directed my administration to pursue all opportunities to salvage as many jobs as possible and to work with local officials and business leaders to bring renewed economic development to the community,” Gov. Jim Doyle stated last week in reference to the closing. Doyle has also directed the assembly of a socalled “rapid response team” to assist in worker displacement issues, and has had staff meet extensively with Polaris officials and others on potential prospects for the purchase of some operations. Doyle also said the state will “aggressively use the tools they have available” to enhance economic development in the region to offset the Polaris loss, including the utilization of “tax credits, loans and training resources.” The response in Washington The Polaris closure has also led to congressional attention from both sides of the aisle inside the DC Beltway. Outgoing 7th District Rep. David Obey noted a bill passed by the House last week “as a long overdue action to keep American jobs at home, rather than shipping them overseas.” Obey also cited the enhanced unemployment benefit extensions in light of similar closures, through no fault of the workers. He also said the mood in Washington was to continue to close “ loophole[s] that have allowed corporations to move overseas and bring their profits home, but keep the jobs offshore,” he said. “Government has no business asking the taxpayer to subsidize foreign jobs.” The business ethics question Many social networking sites lambasting the Polaris move continue to swell in popularity, many suggesting that Polaris’ move is a growing example of diminished business ethics, and also had some speculating that the company took advantage of the lack of an organized union. Others suggest that the true effect on the local economy goes far beyond just the 515 worker casualties; numerous subcontractors, local ancillary businesses, specialist parts and tool suppliers are expecting the loss to threaten their own livelihood. One Polaris employee - with 10 years under her belt - questioned the company’s approach to being “competitive,” and commented on a previous Leader article on the closure: “Let’s be competitive the right way,” she said. “Cheap labor isn’t the answer.” Dog eat dog/sometimes the reverse Some individuals have defended the closure, either as a result of tariff-free trade agreements, U.S. tax laws, higher labor costs and increased demand for

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Highway building in Polk’s future? Committees looking at options by Gregg Westigard Leader staff report BALSAM LAKE – The topic of what to do with the Polk County highway building is receiving attention. The building, constructed in the late ‘30s, has been the subject on study and debate since the 1990s. Options under discussion range from building a new facility to repairing the present building. Last month, the highway committee looked at a plan for constructing new buildings and remodeling the present building, all on the current site. Cedar Corp., the engineering firm for that study, said using the existing site for renovation and expansion could cost almost $8 million and would be a “less than ideal” solution. Two more studies are now ongoing The first study is being done by the highway and property committees, meeting jointly, with the charge of investigating land purchases. The 10 supervisors have met twice, on May 18 and June 3, each time in closed session. While their deliberations are still private, the committees did take an open session action at their meeting last Thursday, June 3. That action is to see if a new highway facility could be built on the countyowned land between the old jail and the CESA/library building. This is the former site of the health and human services

building that was contaminated and torn down. The property in question starts with the parking area north of a stand of pine trees, the spot where the blue recycling bins are located. The site extends north, down a hillside across a parking area, into the prairie and wooded area east of the Albert Skinner (Impact Seven) Villa. There are two metal storage sheds on the land. The committees approved spending up to $2,000 for an engineering study of the site. The second action is a joint project of buildings manager Debra Peterson and highway commissioner Steve Warndahl. They will come up with a five-year plan for maintaining the present highway building. A number of repairs have been made to the building in the past few years, but the most recent version of the Capital Improvement Plan, dated November 2009, lists over $3 million in future repairs through 2014. The Peterson/ Warndahl report would detail and prioritize those repairs and present estimates of the costs. Peterson told the property committee Monday, June 7, that they “might have sticker shock” when they see the results. Eventually, the county board will need to decide what to do, repair or replace, where to do it, when to do it and how to cover the costs. Issues relating to the highway building were identified in the county’s facilities study made in 1999. Some issues identified as high priority are still not resolved.


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Man in Osceola charged with lewd and lascivious behavior OSCEOLA – A man who is preparing to open a new business with a partner in Osceola for hypnotherapy and massage was arrested Friday night, June 4, after a 13-year-old girl reported seeing him standing naked in the window of his new office space, masturbating. Thomas Ledo, 64, Lake Elmo, Minn., was arrested at about 10:30 that night and charged with lewd and lascivious behavior. After speaking with the witness, the police officer questioned Ledo, who was still in the building, and who admitted being guilty of the charges. He said he had finished preparing the office walls for painting, had turned the lights out, and thought no one could see him. He did not admit to being naked. The office, at 102

Cascade St., has a number of large windows at the front of the building. The girl was one of many people on the street, as there was a movie being shown in the park that night. She was visibly shaking, upset and crying, and was afraid the man might come out of the building and “get her.” According to the complaint, Ledo’s criminal history includes disorderly conduct, OWI, indecent exposure and multiple prostitution charges. There was also a felony warrant issued for his arrest out of Ramsey County, Minn., for probation/felony prostitution charges. Ledo was taken to the Polk County Jail. — with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

The first play of the 2010 theater series is now in rehearsal at Festival Theatre, marking the company’s 21st consecutive year of producing professional theater in the Upper St. Croix River Valley. The season will open on June 17 with “To Fool the Eye,” an adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher of Jean Anouilh’s “Leocadia.” The play is directed by Mark Baer who was part of Festival Theatre’s artistic company from 2002 through 2005. “To Fool the Eye” is a romantic comedy with a strong commentary on living life rather than languishing over regret or lost love. Leading roles are played by Jaclyn Johnson of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Shane Jensen of Buffalo, Minn. Albert’s eccentric aunt, the duchess, is played by Ellen Kirk of Minneapolis. The play will run in rotating repertoire all summer long before it closes on Aug. 15. Thursday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday evening shows are at 7:30 p.m. Festival Theatre is located in downtown St. Croix Falls, at 210 North Washington St. To reach Festival Theatre by phone, call 715-483-3387 or 888-887-6002. Check the Web site at where tickets are available to order online. Shown above: The Gypsy Band in rehearsal: Francis Fossum, Kathryn Cesarz, Adam Petchel, Zach Drane and Kaija Pellinen. - Photo submitted

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Voters may need a scorecard to keep track of local races and candidates for the Sept. 14 primary and Nov. 2 general elections. The race for the 75th Assembly seat, for example, now has four GOP candidates and two from the Democratic party. That forces primary races in September for both parties. Other races are following suit. We hope to help voters clarify not only who is running for office, but each candidate’s positions on issues. There has been little discussion on issues at this stage - and despite the obvious tradition and tendency to vote straight party line for many voters - there’s always hope that issue stances, as well as elements more difficult for media to portray or vouch for - such as integrity - play an important role for voters as they choose. This election will likely see a wider use of social media such as Facebook - in campaigning. We hope candidates and voters use it to their advantage - to ask and answer questions hopefully without too many falsehoods or misguided attacks. The Internet is still the Wild West in regard to fact-checking while at the same time holding a huge potential for one-on-one Q & A with candidates. This newspaper offers some old-fashioned networking and long-standing guidelines regarding coverage of elections, including fact-checking. It’s far from a perfect system but we attempt to level the playing field for incumbents and challengers over the next few months, first by balancing exposure of candidates. The Leader does not endorse candidates. News releases will be published at the editor’s discretion but with a few key factors in mind. Are sources for the facts cited in the release, and does it present information that shouldn’t be published knowing there can be no rebuttal until the following week? Many political news releases will go on our Web site ( and other election news will come through our original reporting and/or our “election countdown” column, which is meant to keep voters updated of week-to-week developments in the campaign. No letters will be published during the campaign from political candidates (aside from the final issue prior to election day) and their immediate family, campaign managers or spokespersons, paid consultants, public relations firms or major contributors to specific candidates or ballot measures. Our issues of Sept. 1 and Oct. 20 will be the final chance to get a letter to the editor referring to the campaigns published. Candidates may use those issues to clarify or present a rebuttal to any information published prior to that time. And, the Leader profiles each candidate prior to election day. It’s good that a newspaper offers useful information rather than partisan propaganda and a healthy debate without namecalling. We need more encouragement for people to step up and serve - and for others to take part. Let the games begin.

• Letters to the editor • Danbury’s sanitary district LaVonne Crowe, Sunshine Crowe and numerous other residents have attempted to get concerns addressed at the “informational” meetings held at Danbury Town Hall. Twice we attended and twice questions were not answered. (After the first meeting we attended we were told to e-mail the engineer for answers. The concerns were never answered and e-mails stopped on his part) This leads me to believe the committee does not have the answers for me. I am going to put some of my concerns in writing and maybe then I will get some answers. Residents of Danbury Sanitary District are given information in newsletters that is very ambiguous and needs clarification. We are told we “have to” install the public water and sewage but then a form is mailed entitled “Application for service.” By signing this document it informs us that we will be legally bound by rules and regulations (ordinances) established by the committee! So, my question is: “why do we need to apply for service if we are being forced to hook up according to information stressed at the meetings? It appears to me that if we do not sign the application form, we are not bound by any legal ramifications if we do not hook up to the public water and sewage. There is also a “Water and Sewer Lateral Easement Maintenance Agreement” which requires the property owner’s signature for compliance. Part B states “the owner has requested that the Grantee install water and sewer lateral lines … the owner has agreed to grant to the Grantee a permanent easement.” The easement maintenance agreement section entitled “Grant of Easement” specifically states that the Grantee (Danbury Sanitary District) will have “perpetual easement and right-of-way for the ownership, operation, maintenance, servicing, repair, and reconstruction of water and sewer lateral service lines and of other related fixtures, equipment, and appurtenances on owner’s property, etc” My question is: Why should we give legal rights to our property for the above-mentioned reasons when the next paragraph states that the owner will be responsible for maintenance and repair of lateral lines “as if such lines and related fixtures were fully owned by the Owner.” If we sign the maintenance agreement it states that we can be punished “by proceedings at law or in equity against any person or persons violating or attempting or threatening to violate any term or condition

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in this Maintenance Agreement…” and that the prevailing party can recover costs and reasonable attorney fees! In my opinion, the Danbury Sanitary District does not have any legal rights unless we sign them over to them. We do not have to “apply” for water and sewer usage if we do not want to. Also, deadlines for hookup were established and many expenses for plumbers and home repairs cannot meet that deadline. If we are “forced or have to” comply, we are not signing any forms allowing the committee to bring suit against us. They can do the hookup and maintenance if we “have to” use their facility, at their own expense. They will have elevated rates because we “have to pay back the loan.” That should not be the resident’s responsibility, especially if we are kept uninformed and ignored. LaVonne and Sunshine Crowe Danbury

Mindless sniping I see Mark Pettis is at it again and this time is joined by the county Republican Chairman Hartung. Somehow a well-deserved Obey retirement after more than 41 years in Congress must be converted into a groundless slam that he got out because he was scared of defeat! That makes about as much sense as their claim that Polaris is moving to Mexico because county authorities wouldn’t permit ATVs on the DresserAmery trail or because business taxes in Wisconsin imposed too big a burden compared to Minnesota, when Minnesota businesses argue they are uncompetitive with Wisconsin-located businesses. I’m sure there is one thing Obey was tired of and that was the mindless sniping that Pettis has engaged in, even if that goes with the territory. Finally Doyle, Huber and Obey all retired after decades and repeated approval by the voters whereas Pettis was put out to pasture involuntarily. Why don’t you get over it Mark? Eiler Ravnholt Luck

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Great exposure One of the more eloquent media pieces ever done on Festival Theatre can be found at the Web site of the National Endowment for the Arts. That’s a lot of exposure. The NEA site gets hundreds of thousands of views each week. NEA’s Josephine Reed narrates the story, going over a bit of history of the theater and conducting an interview with the theater’s executive director, Danette Olsen. With her candid comments and wealth of knowledge of the history of the theater and its key players, Olsen explains why community theater can survive and thrive in city the size of St. Croix Falls and the surrounding rural community. The story, accompanied by a slide show, is an informative and poignant piece that does well by a community which helped foster the establishment of the theatre 20 years ago - and played a role in keeping it alive over the years. It hasn’t been an easy task at times. Slowly, city fathers began to see the light in how integral Festival is, perhaps taking a cue from enthusiasm of local businesses, including restaurants and inns. Loyal local patrons and philanthropists stayed true. And Festival remains the heart of downtown St. Croix Falls and not only in a logistical sense. “Though I know we have a great story, it seems like a fairy tale to have the NEA choose to share that story,” Olsen noted in a press release this week. “ This is especially wonderful in this, our 20th anniversary season of producing plays in the St. Croix River Valley.” The NEA piece should invoke some local pride in all of us. You can find an easy link to the story on our Web site ( by going to the story on our front page, “Festival Theatre showcased...” and clicking on the link. Editorials by Gary King


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• Letters to the editor • Unfairness doctrine Word is out that there is a possibility that the Obama administration wants to bring back the Fairness Doctrine. (Center for Individual Freedom, Jeff Mazzella, president). If you are not familiar with this, it would be wise for you to educate yourself on it. We all know that our current representative in the White House would like to silence the voices of those Americans on the airwaves that are critical of his administration. He already holds the major networks in his hands, but radio stations throughout the country are expressing our rights of free speech, and Mr. President really does not come out looking all that good! The Fairness Doctrine would silence, or put an end to the fairness of our rights as American citizens to speak out, guaranteed us in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. The burden of retaining our speech rights is in our hands. If you care enough to hold on to these freedoms of expression, then do something! Call, write or email your representative and exercise your right to speak out! No matter which political party you belong to, freedom is for everyone, and preserving it is all of our responsibility. Remember our rights, the priviliges we have, they are worth preserving. Educate yourself, and speak out! Rita Luedtke Webb Lake

Another reason As a community there are certain truths we all share in common that we reflect on from time to time. They are things we just can’t seem to deny. Like, how our children all grow up much too fast, how our parents get older and leave us much too soon, how the economy goes down and taxes go up, and how some of us have plenty and some of us have very little. You know - those common themes that seem to thread themselves into conversations while we wait in line at the grocery store or run into friends or acquaintances around town. We nod our heads back and forth wondering sometimes if there is anything we can do that might change the tide. Right now what seems to be on everyone’s mind is scarcity. Jobs are scarce, money is scarce and our natural tendency is to pull in our resources, and spend less as we go from day to day, cautious and uncertain about the future and harboring an acute awareness of just how tenuous

life can be. I have been fortunate to help give a small effort among the huge efforts of many people to help organize a benefit this coming Saturday, June 12, for a member of our community, Jim Talmadge. Many of you know his story. More than that, many of you know of the heartfelt contributions he and his wife, Connie, have made over the years towards supporting the positive things that go on in our community from supporting booster clubs at school to giving countless hours toward Wannigan Days pageants and events, and many places in between. They have been unselfish in their efforts and quiet about their contributions. We now have an opportunity to honor Jim during a very difficult time by coming together and attending his benefit this coming Saturday at the Polk County Fairgrounds 4-H building from 3 to 10 p.m. As we have been soliciting contributions from business owners as well as friends and family to get ready for the benefit, I’ve been reminded of a centuriesold folk tale called “Stone Soup.” In essence, “Stone Soup” is a story of cooperation amidst scarcity. The people of a very poor village are taught through the wisdom of a young boy (in one version) that if they give what they can, everyone profits greatly. I agree that we cannot support every benefit and cause that comes our way, but perhaps we can think about how we can support those in our own community, by finding a way to give what we can when those opportunities arise. Perhaps all you can do is keep Jim Talmadge in your prayers. I know Connie and Jim would consider that a worthy contribution. Or perhaps you can attend this wonderful family event this coming Saturday, enjoy a great meal with friends and family, bid on an item or two from the hundreds of amazing things that will be offered up at the silent auction, listen to good music, let the kids get a temp. tattoo and play in the moonwalk and maybe hang around long enough to go back for seconds! If you are there on Saturday, I feel certain you will walk away having spent an enjoyable evening with the people who make our community a very special place to live in. And even though taxes will continue to rise and our children will continue to grow up much too fast, perhaps you will be better for how you have been able to participate, and you’ll have another good reason to count your blessings as you see how you and those around you have profited greatly. Hope to see you there. Sandi Hoag St. Croix Falls

• Election countdown 2010• Two more enter 75th race It is becoming a crowded race for the 75th Assembly District seat being vacated by Rep. Mary Hubler. Four Republicans are now vying for the position along with two Democrats. Two Barron County women - Judith Espeseth and Dari McDonald - entered the race as Republicans last week and join Roger Rivard of Rice Lake and Don Quinton of Spooner on the Sept. 14 GOP primary ballot. Two Democrats, Steve Perala and Matt Bitz, both of Rice Lake, will be on the Democrats primary ballot. The 75th District covers nearly all of Barron County, the southern third of Washburn County - including the cities of Spooner and Shell Lake - and three towns McKinley, Johnstown and Beaver. ••• Burnett County now has a race for sheriff with the announcement this week by Jeff Schinzing that he’ll be challenging incumbent Sheriff Dean Roland. Both men are Republican candidates and will face each other in the Sept. 14 primary for the right to be on the ballot in November. The Leader ran Roland’s formal announcement for re-election ••• The sole GOP candidate for the 7th Congressional District seat - Sean Duffy, announced last week he’ll be leaving his

job as Ashland County district attorney to focus full time on running for Congress. Duffy will be returning to the family-owned private law practice that he worked at prior to becoming a prosecutor. He submitted his formal resignation Friday, June 4, but will remain in the Ashland district attorney office during the next three weeks as the governor appoints a successor. ”Why wait three weeks?” asked Independent candidate for Congress, Dan Mielke. “ He (Duffy) should resign right now and return, to the taxpayers, the wages he has already taken since he began campaigning.” ••• Others running for Dave Obey’s position are Democrats Julie Lassa of Stevens Point and Joe Reasbeck of Iron River. Reasbeck announced this week he’ll challenge Lassa, creating a Democratic primary in September Reasbeck made an unsuccessful bid for a Texas seat in 2006 as a Republican in a write-in campaign for the congressional seat that had been held by Tom DeLay. He received 89 votes in that race. ••• According to the Wisconsin State Journal, about 140 activists will gather this weekend in Marshfield to decide the role of tea parties in Wisconsin’s political future. On the same day as the state Democratic convention in Middleton, organ-

Better ways to spend I have been following the story of the Polk County Board’s dilemma of the $40,000 unauthorized purchase of furniture. The purchase price is way out of line. There are much better ways of spending that kind of money. Think of how much $40,000 is worth - it could give 200 families in Polk County $200 in food. It could easily pay medical bills for families in need. It could be spent in local schools on education. It could go a long way on shelter costs for people in need. It could go a long way for transportation costs for people looking for work or continuing to work, and it could help in developing jobs for people who will eventually be laid off from Polaris. Has the person who made this purchase been reprimanded in any way? Does anyone else besides me feel that the person should be held accountable? The taxpayers of Polk County have a right to know how their money is being spent. The taxpayers should not have to pay for $40,000 of furniture, especially in these economic times. Linda Slayton St. Croix Falls

Stars on the Water

The often-seen bumper sticker, and a pop-culture phrase in contemporary jargon, that proclaims “stuff happens,” typically with a more explicit reference to fecal matter, is having a rerun as the anti-environment, right-wing mantra “drill baby, drill,” has devolved to “spill baby, spill.” Nevertheless, I remain uncomfortable with the underlying thesis of “stuff happens.” It suggests that we’re helpless victims, beset by events that are random. The phrase is a kind of generic excuse. I’m convinced we, as humans, whittingly or unwhittingly, sow the seeds of our own conundrums and failings personally, socially, culturally and environmentally. A case in point, the ongoing catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. As a commercial air-charter pilot in the 1960s and ‘70s, and again while in government service in the 1980s, I flew the Gulf Coast on a fairly regular basis. I married a Cajun-French lady and cruised a 38-foot trawler in the Gulf. I really learned the culture of the region, from Northwest Florida to Galveston, Texas and developed an understanding and affection for the history, culture and extraordinary natural qualities of the coast. The Gulf of Mexico is mistakenly referred to as an ocean. It is not. As anyone with an ounce of knowledge of Earth’s ge-

21 weeks izers will gather behind closed doors and out of sight of the public and the media to decide if this “loose coalition” of tea parties should endorse candidates. It is a decision that could give the nascent movement clout in shaping this year’s election. But it could also cost members their grassroots appeal — and their independence. ••• While many agree that some local positions - like sheriff and clerk of court should not be political positions, there’s an apparent feeling they shouldn’t be appointed positions, either. The several people who responded to this week’s Leader poll question (page 8) show most reject the idea of appointing sheriffs and clerks. ••• Nationwide, the discontent with government in general - meaning all incumbents - has added up to a record-breaking crowd of congressional challengers this year. More than 2,300 people are running for 471 House and Senate seats in the midterm election - the highest number of candidates in at least 35 years, according to data from The Associated Press by the Federal Election Commission, which began tracking candidates in 1975. - Gary King with wire reports and news releases

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ologic history, plate tectonics and the present physical characteristics would appreciate the Gulf is essentially a huge estuary, relatively shallow and somewhat unremarkable in seafloor landscape and topography as compared with the true oceans of the world. As a bay in any one of our fresh-water lakes, it cannot be readily flushed and cleansed of pollution. It has an extremely fragile ecosystem and depth-current dynamic. I speak from experience as well as easily available scientific exploratory data having dived and fished the waters many times. What makes the Gulf so absolutely special for North America is what has evolved where the Gulf waters meet the landmass – the extensive white sand beaches, the myriad of bayous, marshes, the Mississippi delta wilderness preserve, wetlands extending inland and the natural barrier islands that protect the ecosystem from the sea under the harshest weather conditions. It’s estimated that 75 percent of our migratory birds and waterfowl winter in this magnificent primal refuge every season, not to mention the area as a near-boundless source of seafood for wildlife and human consumption. That’s why what’s taking place in the Gulf should be a great concern to all of us here. Having lived and worked on the Gulf Coast, my outrage over the spill is virulently personal and bitter. The wholesale, unremitting contamination of the sea and the shoreline was inevitable. We cannot even begin to fathom the long-term ecological-economic impact. This senseless environmental catastrophe, predictable and manmade, “stuff” didn’t just happen. I had the experience of seeing the unabated encroachment by the petro-chemical industry – big oil and gas cartels, the chemical giants platforming are mostly well offshore. The hundreds of drilling platforms are mostly well offshore and out of sight of most populated areas. The huge refinery complexes are in relatively remote locations. Regardless, the citizens and politicians of N.W. Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas have been and are well aware of what’s going on out there. They’ve knowingly and willingly enjoyed a mutually profitable symbiosis with the industry for many years. How much sympathy should we have for their predicament on a human level now? Citizens of the Gulf Coast are reaping what they’ve sown and their hypocrisy is apparent. Flying along the coast on a cloudless, moonless night visual flight rules, say at 10,000 feet, even a well-trained pilot, ignoring aircraft instrumentation, could have difficulty distinguishing what is earth below and heaven above. In the blackness, there is no horizon. Instead, one is surrounded by an extraordinary array of pinpoint lights reaching in every direction, as far as the eye can see, what would be stars in the sky above merging with the lights from the oil rigs, the refineries and petro-chemical plants that dot the gulf and coastline panorama. Only then does one grasp the magnitude of the oil-fueled industrial development to which those of the Gulf Coast have sold their souls over time. As pilots flying the area at night, we talked about this experience. “Stars on the Water,” a song released in the 1960s by Crowell Rodney, a Louisiana singer, is said to have been inspired by these observations. The prognosis for the ongoing Gulf disaster cleanup is definitely not good. I can only talk from my own experience. Landing in Mobile, Ala.; Biloxi, Miss.; Grand Isle, La.; Lafayette, La.; and other oil-industry support locations, I had the opportunity to visit by helicopter and boat several of the offshore rigs. Never did I see one of these huge mechanical behemoths, some larger than two football fields, that was not dripping chemicals of one kind or another, lubricating grease and oil, hydraulic fluid, contaminated drain water and unknown suspicious substances environmentally safe and green compatible. Tell me, should the Gulf tragedy not be a glaring example of unintended environmental consequences as we view the impact of corporate/big business and selfish interest on our precious natural resources? Bradley E. Ayers Clam Falls-Somers Lake, Frederic



• Letters to the editor • Time to speak Did anyone notice how the highway commissioner was having the shop fixed until he got a new four-year contract then he started crying for a new campus again? The want of a few will hurt many. Call, e-mail or visit your representative; the taxpayers are worse off than when they voted no new campus. They just made the budget last year. Where are they going to get the money to pay for the campus? People don’t have it. We face more foreclosures, more layoffs and frozen or reduced incomes. I don’t think the board knows the shape of the finances in the world. The county can’t just run off a few more pages of $100 bills like the federal government is doing. Every dollar of interest is a dollar lost, and we can’t afford to lose anymore. The county is already taking a hit on the money they have invested just like everyone else. Instead of $450,000 for a new office how about a chairlift and a handicap bathroom? Instead of taking up the shop floor for new drains, can a large sand trap be put in and flush the pipes once in a while like we used to do? With the little sand and gravel washing off, compared to the equipment the county used to have, they should be able to keep the drains open. If more storage space is needed for equipment that is not used in the winter,

then use the salt-sand shed they had built with the short walls about 5 feet. And get the one with 16-foot walls, and they should be able to store more. I think we could also save a few thousand on the six fully loaded 4x4 Dodge pickups that are used to drive home and look at the roads in the winter. If it takes a 4x4 to look at the roads, they must need plowing. If pickups are needed to haul a few things, then full-size 2-wheeled drive pickups should work. Driving a small truck home that uses less gas will work better. It used to be the highway commissioner and road superintendent had cars. Maybe a small car could work as long as they are trying to save money. I guess as long as the taxpayer is buying, why not the best? It’s time to speak, people. Dennis McKinney Luck

Turkey doo I have a request for local town boards or the Polk County Board. How about creating an ordinance to require dispersal in the farm fields of the piles of turkey dung that dot our county? Require a farmer to follow “just-in-time” inventory control where the manure has to be spread within 10 days of delivery. These noxious piles are at the very least irritating to some, if not debilitating, to others with breathing difficulties who

might have various lung diseases. I suggest posting a “drop date” sign at the nearest point of entry to a farm field and then a daily fine if not spread on the field within 10 days. I realize the numerous big-government fans out there will cry foul, but this lingering fowl smell is not Polk County’s best marketing strategy, and personally I tire of it after a few weeks of rotting in the fields. Steve McCormack St. Croix Falls

Osceola plant closing The plant closing in Osceola is very unfortunate. Obviously, it is Polk County’s largest employer in years. Carmakers, the big three anyway, are based in Michigan where they have more sway or political influence. Polaris, of course, is based in Minnesota. Remember when Lee Iacocca was running Chrysler in the ‘80s? Chrysler was buying American Motors in ‘87. The people in Kenosha were celebrating. Iacocca for President signs were everywhere. Guess what? They closed the plant soon after. No more Iacocca for President signs. Kenosha did salvage something - building V-6 engines for Chrysler, although with fewer employees. The Kenosha plant recently closed, also. The GM plant in Janesville also closed. Then there’s the Ford plant in St. Paul, which will close fairly soon. Ironically, both the Janesville

and the St. Paul plants were known for good workmanship, which cuts down on warranty work and saves the company money. The point I am trying to make is - if the plant or company is based out of state, usually in the home state the jobs cut or eliminated are last to go. It isn’t unique to Wisconsin or Osceola. The largest private employer in southern California is Boeing, hardly a California-based company. Now based in Chicago, they employ 20,000 people there. So far, no layoffs or rumors of them. Sometimes states will do almost everything to lure jobs. In the mid-’90s, Alabama almost gave away land and low taxes or no taxes for several years to get Mercedes-Benz. Their governor was driving a Mercedes soon after. Also in the mid-’90s, South Carolina, to get a BMW plant, made some good incentives. A total of 30,000 people applied for 2,000 to 3,000 jobs. Hopefully, a new industry will come in and have some new jobs. There will be politics as usual. No Republican or Democrat wants it closed. Obviously, foreign or U.S. companies, state or out of state sometimes you have to take what you can get. Ed Wilson Cushing

• Area news at a glance • Doctor heals after collision ST. CROIX COUNTY - A River Falls physician was himself healing Friday, June 4, a day after he was struck by a truck and trailer rig while riding his bike in the town of Pleasant Valley, about five miles northeast of River Falls. Dr. Greg Goblirsch suffered a broken arm and a deep leg laceration after he was clipped by a vehicle trailering a boat on CTH W about 5 p.m., Thursday, June 3. The driver did not stop, so the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department is treating the accident as a hit and run, said Chief Deputy John Shilts. Goblirsch didn’t get a clear look at the striking vehicle but told Deputy Abby Krautkramer he believed it was a darkcolored sport utility vehicle trailering a dark-colored speed boat. Goblirsch, an avid cyclist and frequent competitor in amateur races around the region, said he’d just turned right from Oak Drive onto southbound CTH W when the trailer clipped his left side. The impact threw

him to the pavement with enough force to crack his helmet, as well as a bone his left elbow. Anyone with information or familiar with a vehicle and boat that may match the description is asked to call the sheriff’s department at 715-381-4320. -

Members may vote to leave ELCA BARRON COUNTY - Members of the Dallas Lutheran Church, upset about changes to how homosexual lifestyles are handled by the nation’s largest Lutheran denomination, plan to vote this fall on whether to officially leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Bob Friese, pastor at Dallas Lutheran Church and also at New Scandinavia Lutheran Church, said that a majority of Dallas’ core congregation has decided to formally object to the ELCA’s position on homosexuality. Sexual orientation used to be a factor that could disqualify someone from becoming a pastor in the ELCA. Under new rules the

ELCA approved last year, that is no longer the case. In reaction, approximately 40 members of Dallas Lutheran Church signed a document outlining their unwillingness to go along with the change, and this letter was then sent to the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin. - Barron County NewsShield

Ely man dies in freeway accident PINE COUNTY, Minn. - David J. Serson, 40, Ely, Minn., was killed on I-35 in Pine County on the afternoon of June 1, allegedly as the result of being struck by a semi truck driven by Edward T. Grap, 48, of Isle. According to a report from the Minnesota State Highway Patrol, the incident took place several miles south of Willow River on I-35, at mile marker 205. Serson was changing a tire of his vehicle on the right shoulder of the southbound lane of I-35 at about 3 p.m. on June 1. He was still out of his vehicle when he was reportedly struck by the tires of Grap’s 1996

Freightliner Semi. Grap received no apparent injuries in the accident. Pine County Sheriff’s Department deputies and State Patrol troopers responded to the scene. - Pine County Pioneer

Mediation LADYSMITH - The Flambeau School Board has filed for contract mediation with its teachers union. School district administrator Bill Pfalzgraf said negotiations had reached a standstill, prompting the mediation request. A contingent of teachers attended the school board’s regular monthly meeting last Thursday, June 3, requesting that talks continue. Both sides will continue to meet Pfalzgraf said. Both sides remain at odds over compensation and insurance language in the contract, according to Pfalzgraf. - Ladysmith News

Rep. Hraychuck to host four more listening sessions MADISON- State Rep. Ann Hraychuck, D-Balsam Lake, will be holding listening sessions on Monday, June 14, Wednesday, June 16 and Thursday, June 17, in Grantsburg, Siren, Frederic and Somerset to speak with constituents of the 28th Assembly District. “Staying in touch with my constituents throughout the year is one of my top pri-

orities as a state representative. I think it is important that I spend time holding listening sessions and talking with constituents about their ideas, questions and concerns,” Hraychuck said. Monday, June 14 5 – 6 p.m., Grantsburg Library, 416 South Pine St.

Wednesday, June 16 Noon – 1 p.m., Siren Village Hall, 24049 First Ave. 2 – 3 p.m., Frederic Library, 127 Oak St. West Thursday, June 17, 2010 5 – 6 p.m., Somerset Library, 208 Hud St. These listening sessions are some of many that she will be holding in the up-

coming weeks. Please feel free to contact Hraychuck’s office if she can be of further assistance on this or any legislative matter via phone at 888-529-0028 or e-mail at - submitted

leveled off and even fallen back below preannouncement levels. However, it is why the stock fall occurred, and it may have as much to do with general world economic malaise as it does with the Minnesota-based company’s investment blueprints.

she wanted to “find out all about Polaris and that poor little company that needed to flee to Mexico!” Van Susteren acknowledged that the company “has every right to move overseas to save money,” but later cited the company’s 89-percent increase in profitability over the past year, which “might have been 94 percent” if they were overseas with almost nil in labor costs. “But the thing is, that this shuts down an entire town,” she stated in her TV program “On the Record.” “The only way to get our economy going is for people to have jobs ... to have work. A company like this wiping out a town and moving to Mexico, and it’s already making 89-percent growth in its stock in a year is not contributing to our economy.”

Polaris/from page 6 product below the Mason-Dixon, with even more overseas, where they have seen a reported increase of over 40 percent in the past year. That was some of the justification for the Mexican move, according to Wine. But as a number of people have pointed out, it also shows how the company is placing their long-term viability and enhanced profitability above any and all American “loyalties.” Polaris’ stock price inched up slightly two weeks ago in the days after the announcement, but leapt up when several investment firms hailed the projected $30million annual savings. Several market commentators noted, however, that the savings will be accomplished primarily though cheap overseas labor and nearzero regulations, and not through any true

streamlining or innovations. Several others questioned whether quality would suffer, just when the company was being praised for their fit and finish and engineering. However, even the most conservative investment groups and columnists have warned that the move may be good for the bottom line, but bad for the country. “While this a terrible blow to these 500plus employees of Polaris Industries, we have to think like dog-eat-dog capitalists as stock investors and cheer heartily at anything that reduces costs,” stated a contributing writer for the noted investment site, seeking Other investors seem to have soured a bit on the company since the Osceola announcement, as Polaris’ stock has since

Greta goes “On the record” The Polaris closure has brought chastising from some unlikely sources, including conservative Fox News commentator Greta Van Susteren, who all but asked to be invited to Osceola to view the effect the company’s announcement has had on the village of 2,500 residents. “...If I get invited by Osceola, I’m going to come,” Van Susteren said, shortly after the closure announcement, adding that

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School hears proposal for retirement benefit funding by Tammi Milberg Leader staff reporter ST. CROIX FALLS – The school board for St. Croix Falls heard a presentation from Michael Blackburn, Blackburn Actuarial, Inc., Florida. Blackburn teleconferenced his presentation to the board. The basic points of his presentation dealt with postretirement health benefit funding. Currently, the district has a pay-as-you-go plan for funding the postretirement health benefits payable to retirees. The proposal that Blackburn presented was for the district to set up an account to pay ahead of time for current and future retiree benefits. The proposal is called Annual Required Contribution where the district would establish a Fund 73 and contribute

normal cost of benefits in the current year plus an amortization of unfunded actuarial accrued liability. The basic difference is that the district pays about $48,000 under the existing plan toward retirement health benefits, and with the new plan, the district contribution would be $281,000. While the board only reviewed the information, comments were made about possible loss of state funding by setting up a Fund 73. It was stated that the auditor would have to advise the board on that issue and that the board could set up a Fund 73 and contribute any amount they wanted to above the $48,000 to help with the future retirement health benefits over the pay-as-you-go amount. In other business, the board approved

submitting the application to the state for SAGE, which is an application process resubmitted every three years for funding the smaller-size classrooms that has changed from 15 students to one teacher to now 18 students to one teacher. The board approved the resignation of

Shanda Henk as the SOS advisor and Patti Parker as bus driver. The board set the next regular meeting for Tuesday, June 22, 5 p.m., and the budget hearing and annual meeting for 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively.

WITC students compete at BPA nationals

Frederic blood drive exceeds goal by Dorothea Jensen FREDERIC - The Frederic Community Blood Drive held May 27 and May 28 at St. Luke’s Church went well; with about 90 donors with appointments plus walkins, 101 units were received, which was over the goal. It was made possible through all the regular donors and first-timers. Their continuing support makes this special project a success. St. Luke’s Methodist Church donated the use of its dining room and kitchen. Burnett Dairy gave donations of cheese, Frederic Grocery and area churches and other organizations donate funds toward postage expense for the reminder cards. And there were the ladies who come to work, bake cookies, make meals for the working staff, set up and help clean up. All are appreciated. These donors have given the following: 16 gallons: Roger Miller; 12 gallons: Lisa Loughlin and Abbie Larson; 9 gallons: Duane Lindh; 8 gallons: Greg Heine: 7

gallons: Linda Richter and Kerry Cook; 6 gallons: Carole Wondra and Michael Broten: 5 gallons: Roxanne White; 4 gallons: Donald Clausen, Reed Stevens, Richard Lundeen, Marie McKinney and Roger Owens; 3 gallons: Cindy Eggers and Richard Bibeau; 2-gallon pins go to Gregory Lund, Kathie Hutchison and Konnie Didlo; eight donors have given 1 gallon: Jack Buecksler, Mark Gobler, Eunice Early, Harry Kirk, Kay Thorsbakken, Bob Thorsbakken and Gerald Tischer. Organizers appreciate the people who take time and make the effort in this busy world to come to each and every drive. The next blood drive at St. Luke’s will be coming Thursday, Sept. 16, 1 to 7 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 17, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Frederic Community Blood Drive is a joint effort of American Legion Auxiliary No. 249 and Frederic Lioness. For more information call Dorothea Jensen, 715-327-5642 or Phyllis Wilder, 715-327-8951 or Phyllis Meyer at 715-327-8972.

Eight WITC students traveled to California to compete at the national BPA Leadership Conference. Bottom row (L to R) are: Patricia Roettger, Sue Davis and Kathy Berends. Middle row: Tom Pedersen, WITC instructor; Stephanie Larsen and Adrian Potting. Top row: Kevin Salmon, WITC instructor; Selena Buerkle; Stephanie Formo and Angela Hughes. NEW RICHMOND – When it comes to competing at state and national competitions, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College students make it clear they are a force to reckon with. A group of eight students from WITC-New Richmond recently competed in the national 2010 Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Sue Davis, Hudson, placed second in insurance concepts, and three WITC students are among the top 10 in advanced accounting at the national level: Adrian Potting, Osceola; Angela Hughes, Osceola; and Davis. Other students attending the national competition include Kathy Berends, Glenwood City, Stephanie Larsen, Centuria, Patricia Roettger, Downing, Selena Buerkle, Woodville, and Stephanie

Formo, Somerset. The group competed in state competition in Madison earlier in the year and qualified for national competition in California. The students held fundraisers to raise the money needed for the trip, with many area businesses, students and community members supporting their efforts with donations. Through involvement in BPA, students build lasting relationships with community business circles and have opportunities for personal and professional growth, travel and new experiences. Members participate in leadership development, activities, workshops and conferences. The BPA advisors are WITC instructors Linda Richie, Tom Pedersen and Kevin Salmon. — submitted

New Richmond BPA members (L to R): Sue Davis, Angie Hughes and Adrian Potting worked at a brat/hot dog stand to raise money for their recent trip to the BPA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif. – Photos submitted

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Frederic Lioness Club news FREDERIC – The Lioness Club held their monthly meeting on Thursday, May 20, at the Sunrise Apartments Community Room, which is the apartment building that overlooks Coon Lake (what is left of it). Along with their usual business, these were some of the other topics of discussion. The American Cancer Walk/Run, which was held on May 8. The Citizen of the Year banquet, since Lioness Lavonne Boyer and her husband were honored at that event. Club members discussed and made final arrangements to help make the blood drive a success. Club members talked about attending the Affiliate District Meeting, which was held on Saturday, June 5, at Webster. Club members signed up to work at the

Frederic Food Shelf on June 10, from 2 until 6 p.m. The food shelf has moved to the basement of Pilgrim Lutheran Church; the church on the hill by the north water tower. The hours are the same - they are open every Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. Also on the agenda was the Lions Bike Classic, which will be held on June 12, and Roxi White gave an update on that. They discussed the upcoming Family Days celebration over Father’s Day weekend and helping the Lions in the food booth at the park. The club’s next meeting will be Thursday, June 17, at 7 p.m., at Sunrise Apartments. If you would like more information about the Frederic Lioness Club, please call President Carol Thompson at 715-327-4271. - submitted

Festival gift adds to winning package

Festival executive director Danette Olsen presents a Flex 6-Pass tickets for productions at Festival Theatre to SCRMC volunteer partner Miriam Lagus. Winners of this and other gifts will be chosen July 17 at the cake walk in St. Croix Falls following the Wannigan Days parade. The winning gifts include a Flex 6-Pass to Festival Theatre good for any of the plays and music events in 2010, two pairs of Minnesota Twins versus Kansas City Royals tickets behind home plate, section 115, row 6, at 7:10 p.m. on Sept. 8 and two pair of Minnesota Vikings versus Detroit Lions tickets for the lower deck, 25-yard line at noon on Sept. 29, courtesy of Festival Theatre and Crystal Farms respectively. Drawing tickets are available now at St. Croix Regional Medical Center Gift Shop and also at the upcoming salad luncheon sponsored by SCRMC volunteer partners and staff. The Salad Luncheon .... and more! is Friday, June 11, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the St. Croix Falls High School. - Photo submitted

Officers for the coming year (L to R): Phyllis Wilder, secretary; June Fossum, membership chairman; Maria Taylor, treasurer; Joan Funne, vice president; Nancy Morten, tail twister; Carol Thompson, past president and Roxi White, president. These officers will begin their responsibilities on July 1. – Photo submitted

Siren wins top Scholastic writing honors

Again this year, writing students from Siren Schools won several regional and national prizes in Scholastic’s Annual Writing Awards. These honors are amongst the most revered issued to writers under 18 in the nation. Regional and national winners are back, (L to R): high schooler Harley LaPointe with a silver national prize; middle schooler Michelle Potempa with a silver national prize; middle schooler Shelby O’Brien with an honorable mention; middle schooler Jessica Strabel with an honorable mention; and middle schooler Whitney Yambrick with an honorable mention. Front: middle schooler Lucas Stiemann with a gold national prize; high schooler Jacob Stiemann with an honorable mention; and middle schooler Austin Bruss with a silver. Middle schooler Brittany Coon, who won an honorable mention, is not pictured. - Photo submitted

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The CTH W HCE group volunteered at the annual Special Olympics Bocce’ Ball Tournament at the Milltown Community Center. The CTH W women have helped prepare and serve the meal for the past few years. – Photo submitted

Hit and run leads to OWI, other charges ST. CROIX FALLS – Brad Sellers, 42, New Richmond, was arrested at about 10 p.m. on June 1 and charged with OWI, second offense, operating after revocation and causing property damage, after being involved in a hit-and-run accident that night. The party reporting the hit and run said it was a white car, and that the car would be missing the right mirror. Shortly after receiving the report, the officer saw a white car missing its right mirror. He stopped the car and told Sellers that he was looking for someone who had been involved in a hit and run. Sellers said the

car was his girlfriend’s, and she had hit a tree with it. Sobriety tests were administered, including a PBT which registered at .18. Another police officer arrived with the broken-off mirror, which fit perfectly on the car. Sellers admitted being involved in the accident. He was taken to jail. In separate incidents, David Haylock, 43, St. Croix Falls, was charged with OWI, second offense, on June 6; and David Eason, 50, Amery, was charged with operating after revocation, fifth offense, on June 6. — with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.


On Tuesday, June 1, a check from the St. Croix Falls Wal-Mart was presented to the Indianhead Barbershop Chorus for its work with Youth in Harmony. Every year for the past four years, the area barbershop choruses do an all-day workshop for the area youth. More than 120 youth from over a dozen schools are given musical training and afterward present a free concert for the public. Wal-Mart has helped sponsor this event again this year. In the photo are Larry Fisk, chorus treasurer, with Steve Osero and Jon Buss from the Youth in Harmony committee in the Indianhead Barbershop Chorus. Save the date of Oct. 9 for the chorus annual Harvest of Harmony. Tickets will be available from any chorus member or call 715-483-9202. - submitted photo by John Roeber, article by Ken Mettler

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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.


Monthly the Polk County Library Federation director, Colleen Gifford Foxwell, visits the nursing homes of Polk County with samples of the wide programming offered through the Bi-Fokal kits available at the Polk County Library Federation. Each program focuses on a Remembering theme in life; Remembering Farm and Remembering Home are a few examples. Each nursing home is brought a wide selection of large-print books and AV materials for the residents to enjoy. – Photo submitted

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.

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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.


Landmark Masonic Lodge of Frederic held their annual scholarship recognition dinner June 2, recognizing their eight $500 scholarship award recipients. After a grill-out meal, Grand Lodge of Wisconsin member Arby Humphrey of Poplar gave a well-received presentation equating the students educational journey to that of the Masons, beginning with the entered apprentice, followed by the fellowcraft and finally after many years the master Mason. Certificate presentations were made by Lodge Secretary Neal W. Chapman. Scholarship winners shown (L to R) are Kassandra Ingram of Luck High School, John Schnieder of Grantsburg High School, Amanda Early of Roseville Area High School in Minnesota, Daniel Norgard of St. Croix Falls High School and Allison Leef of Webster High School. Not pictured are Jenna Jarrell of Siren High School, Joel Knauber of Frederic High School and Mackenzie Finnegam of Cretin Hall High School - Photo by Mary Norgard



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One son, one father, one day

SAVAGE, Minn. — When it comes to helping his father, Gary, in his battle with Parkinson’s disease, Kevin Burkart says, “The sky’s the limit.” He means it literally. On Wednesday, June 16, Burkart will do 200 skydives in one day to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s disease. This unique fundraiser, which will benefit the Parkinson Association of Minnesota and the National Parkinson Foundation, will take place at Skydive Twin Cities in Baldwin. This is not a new idea for Burkart who previously executed 100 skydives in one day on June 4, 2008, and raised $45,000 for Parkinson’s disease. “I see this as an opportunity to do something I love for someone I love,” says Burkart, 37, president of StepStoneGroup, a marketing, graphic design and promotions agency based in Savage, Minn. He has nearly 1,000 skydives in his skydiving career, and placed seventh at U.S. Nationals in 2006, competing with a four-way formation team called Fast Forward. The team won the Open Division of the Northern Plains Skydiving League that same year. His father, Gary Burkart, Shell Lake, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in July 1999. PD is the second-most-common progressive neurodegenerative dis-

day will begin at 2 a.m. and Burkart feels confident he’ll meet the 200 jumps goal between 8 and 9 p.m. that day. As for the jumps, Burkart says, “They’d better be perfect!” The objective of The 200 Perfect Jumps is to raise at least $60,000 in proceeds. The steering committee is trying to attract both individual and corporate sponsors to meet this goal. Individual donors can sponsor a jump in honor of or in memory of someone with Parkinson’s disease for as little as $100. Members of the public are invited to come to the drop zone at Skydive Twin Cities in Baldwin to watch the jumps and take a jump themselves. A portion of the proceeds from jumps that week at the drop Kevin Burkart plans to complete 200 skydives on June 16 to raise money and zone will go toward The 200 Perfect Jumps fundraiser. There will be food and awareness for Parkinson’s disease. — Photo submitted activities for kids. To learn more about ease, affecting more than 1 million Amer- fect Jumps in 2007, borrowing the idea sponsorship, donations or volunteer eficans. Primary signs of the disease in- from Jump for the Cause, a skydiving forts, visit clude tremors, muscle rigidity, slowness event that raises money for breast cancer The Northwest Wisconsin Parkinson’s of movement and poor balance. research. Disease Support Group meets the first Since his dad’s diagnosis, both Kevin For the event, Burkart will use two Thursday of each month in the lower and his father have been very involved planes, six skydiving rigs, six parachute level of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in in efforts to raise money and awareness packers and a host of logistical volun- Shell Lake at 1 p.m. For more informafor PD. Kevin has attended numerous teers that will assist with ground crew tion on this local group, please call 715conferences and served on the PAM duties. He will exit each plane ride at ap- 468-4337. — from The 200 Perfect Jumps board of directors for two years. He proximately 2,200 feet, doing a jump came up with the idea for The 100 Per- every five minutes for 17-19 hours. The

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Obey says second stimulus may be needed by Glen Moberg Wisconsin Public Radio WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Wisconsin Congressman who was the main author of the federal stimulus bill says more spending may be needed to avoid a double-dip recession. With the stock market dropping more than 1,000 points in the past month, unemployment hovering just under 10 percent, and the private sector creating only 41,000 new jobs in May, Republican critics of last year's federal stimulus bill are calling it a failure. Retiring Democratic Congressman Dave Obey takes issue with the charge. He says one piece of legislation cannot be expected to “solve the mess” that was created over the last three years, “with Wall Street going nuts, the banking sector going in the tank, and the housing market exploding.” Obey argues that despite the recent disturbing economic news, the stimulus

bill he helped write saved America from a second Great Depression. He says with America losing over 750,000 jobs a month, Congress had a choice. “Either do something, or do nothing. And it chose to do the same thing that FDR did in the ‘30s," says Obey. Obey adds without continuing federal stimulus spending, the country may repeat the experience of the New Deal in the ‘30s, when he argues that the government tried to rein in the deficit too soon. He says by 1937, unemployment had dropped from 25 percent to 15 percent. The White House thought the battle was over, so they stopped government investments, “and the country tipped into another recession." Obey says he is not optimistic that another stimulus bill will be passed in Washington this year, because Congress is more concerned about controlling the deficit.

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Railroad museum to celebrate 20th anniversary by Regan Kohler Washburn County Register SPOONER – The Railroad Memories Museum, Spooner, will celebrate its 20th anniversary Saturday, June 19, with a hobo feed and rides on the rubber train. Miniature train No. 795, run out of Wyoming, Minn., since 2000, is able to run on pavement due to its rubber wheels. It is small, but seats 26 people – grandparents, parents and children – and one wheelchair. The train made its appearance in Spooner last summer during the museum’s Heritage Celebration, and rides will be given downtown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The hobo feed cookout, with hobo stew cooked outside the museum in a large kettle, runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be biscuits, watermelon, desserts and beverages served. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., as it is every day of the week, and there will be many activities in honor of the anniversary, “to celebrate the actual railroad heritage of Spooner,” said director Betty Brown. Though there is a cost for the hobo

The rubber train returns to Spooner for the Railroad Memories Museum’s 20th-anniversary celebration and Hobo Feed June 19. – File photo stew, the train rides accept freewill donations. The museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, educational organization, run by volunteers and it’s self-supporting. The museum is located in the old 1902 Omaha/CNW Depot on the corner of Walnut and Front streets in downtown Spooner. For more information, call 715-635-2752, or visit the Web site,

Badger Wheels Car Show this Sunday in Spooner

SLACstock will be held June 17 in the Hollow by the Shell Lake Arts Center. — Photo submitted SHELL LAKE — Calling all teens! Looking for some good times? How about a free rock concert, featuring all of your favorite classic and current rock hits, and a campfire with s’mores? Come hang out at the Shell Lake Arts Center on Thursday, June 17, for a concert you don’t want to miss! The Rock Band Camp participants will be presenting a rock concert in the old football field,

known to many as the Hollow. The concert will start right at 6 p.m. After it is finished, join the group for s’mores and games, and meet the stars of the performance. This event is open to kids of all ages; those under 14, please bring a parent. This is an alcohol-free, family-friendly event. — from SLAC

SPOONER — The Badger Wheels Chapter of The Studebaker Drivers Club will host its 24th-annual Car Show, Swap Meet, Craft Show and Flea Market on Sunday, June 13, at the Washburn County Fairgrounds in Spooner. All makes and models of cars, military vehicles and farm tractors are welcome. A total of 68 trophies including best of show and people’s choice will be awarded at 2:30 p.m. The gates will open at 6:30 a.m. for vendors and 7 a.m. for show cars. From 7 to 11 a.m. a pancake breakfast will be served. Brats, hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages will be available between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. General admission is $3. A portion of the show proceeds will be donated to the Washburn County Food Pantry, Spooner High School graduating senior scholarship and the Washburn County graduating 4-H scholarship.

Several makes and models of cars can be seen at the car show to be held at the fairgrounds in Spooner Sunday, June 13. The car in this photo is a Packard. — Photo by Cecil Scribner For more information, call 715-6353740. — with submitted information





Golfers find rainy conditions at state level

Round of firsts for three area golfers by Marty Seeger MADISON – Three area golfers converged on University Ridge Golf Course in Madison June 7-8, and faced less-thanideal conditions on day two of the tournament. “It was miserable conditions. It was raining; it was windy. It was the same for everybody, but it was just difficult,” said Unity coach Larry Stencil, who had sophomore Reed Sorenson down for his first-ever state appearance. Sorenson shot a two-day total of 169 and tied for 29th place among 52 competitors. He shot an 82 on the first day and an 87 on day two and was 25 over par. Sorenson had a near-perfect practice round on the Sunday before the tournament according to Stencil, but things seemed to get a bit tougher during tournament play. Stencil said the course was very difficult, with several “sucker pin” positions. “If he missed the green he was always on the side of the pin, so he always had a real delicate chip shot,” Stencil said. Even with the rain, Stencil said the greens were pretty fast, but he was proud of Sorenson’s effort, and looks forward to next season. “I thought Reed just gave it a really great effort,” Stencil said, adding, “It’s nice, him being a sophomore, that he now knows what it takes to get down there and how to react once he got down there.” Bollant places 22nd Siren sophomore Luke Bollant earned his first trip to University Ridge this week in Division 3, placing 22nd overall with a two-day total of 176. He shot an 86 on the first day and a 90 on the second day, while shooting 32 over par. Like every other golfer, Bollant played with some tough conditions with rain and wind, but coach Brian Webster says it was a great experience overall. “He’s a little frustrated, and wishes he could have played a little better, but he’s

Carson Giller of Luck looks to drive the ball down the fairway. – File photo by Marty Seeger

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From (L to R): Luck’s Carson Giller, Luke Bollant of Siren and Unity’s Reed Sorenson tee off on the driving range at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison for the state golf meet. The weather was great on practice day, but tournament conditions turned into rain and wind. – Photo submitted happy overall that he made it, and had fun,” Webster said. Giller lands 17th overall Luck senior Carson Giller ended his high school career with a trip to University Ridge Golf Course, finishing 17th overall with a score of 88 on the first day and 84 during miserable conditions on day two, for a total of 172. He shot a 28 over par, and had his best round on day two. He shot par five times on both the back and front nine. During round one, Giller had two birdies. Bollant named Academic All-State SIREN – The Wisconsin High School Golf Coaches Association announced recently that Luke Bollant of Siren High School is an Academic All-State honoree for the boys spring golf season. Students are nominated by WHSGCA member coaches, and all are selected for this honor if they meet the criteria of a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5, participated in at least 75 percent of their team’s varsity matches and

Unity’s Reed Sorenson had a great season for the Eagles. – File photo by Marty Seeger

are at least a sophomore in high school. Bollant is a student-athlete who serves as a great example to others, proving that academic and athletic successes are not mutually exclusive. The coaches association believes it is noteworthy that 189 male golfers from around the state have been honored this year for maintaining high academic standards in the classroom while competing in varsity golf. In fact, the average cumulative GPA of those 189 golfers is an exceptional 3.820. The WHSGCA was formed by high school golf coaches in 1986 to help build Wisconsin’s reputation for developing quality junior players by promoting golf in schools and communities. Besides honoring both boys and girls who succeed as student athletes, the association also selects an annual All-State team for boys and girls based on their playing ability. More information about the association can be found at – Marty Seeger with submitted information

Luke Bollant of Siren chips the ball out of the sand trap. – File photo by Greg Marsten

••• WEBSTER – On Tuesday, May 25, Louie DeRusha of Siren got an albatross at Fox Run Golf Course in Webster. An albatross is also called a double-eagle and is more rare than a hole-in-one. He scored a two on the Par 5 regulation hole No. 9, which plays at 440 yards. Three members of Louie DeRusha the Tuesday night men’s league witnessed his amazing feat. His first shot of 230 yards was hit with his driver. The second amazing shot that landed in the cup was hit 210 yards with a 4/5 wood. DeRusha has also recorded two hole-in-ones on Fox Run’s Par 3 course in past years, also with witnesses. At Fox Run, he is now considered to be the luckiest golfer they know. - submitted ••• FULLERTON, Calif., – Despite a slow start to the season, the University of Minnesota Gophers baseball team worked their way into the NCAA regional championship game at Goodwin Field in Fullerton, Calif., Monday, June 7. The team lost to Cal State Fullerton 9-5 and finished the season with a 32-30 record, while Cal State is 45-16. Among those on the A.J. Pettersen roster is sophomore leadoff hitter and shortstop A.J. Pettersen, who is the son of fomer Luck graduate Lisa Berg-Pettersen and Paul Pettersen. He is the grandson of Pastor John Berg and Nancy Berg of Luck. ••• SIREN – The 14th-annnual Siren Ballpark sixth-grade 12U baseball invitational is taking place this weekend, Friday through Sunday, June 11-13, at the Siren Ballpark. The AA teams include Grantsburg, Osceola Superior Buzz, St. Croix Falls, Siren/Webster and Blooming Valley. The AAA teams include Altoona, Barron, Dukes, Duluth Western, Graffix Shop and Superior. The first games begin on Friday, June 11, against Grantsburg and Osceola on the East Field, and the Superior Buzz versus St. Croix Falls on the West Field beginning at 2 p.m. – Marty Seeger ••• 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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Tiger boys tie for second at state Boys and girls break school records at state by Marty Seeger LA CROSSE – The Webster boys completed another successful season at the state track meet last weekend in La Crosse. It was a tense moment in the end, as coaches and teammates stood in the rain to see who would come out on top. “I knew we had a shot at second,” said coach Jeff Postler, who said athletes waited impatiently to see who would come out in second place. “The kids are looking back to me ‘did we do it, did we do it?’” Postler said, adding, “I didn’t know, I’m thinking we might have got third … it’s going to be close.” The announcer initially awarded Catholic Central as the third-place finisher, but quickly recanted, stating there had been a tie instead. Either way, the Tigers were more than thrilled with the finish. “That was probably the fastest races of the day, everybody was scooting down from the top of the bleachers down to the track,” Postler said with a laugh. It was the second time in the past three seasons the Tiger boys took the Division 2 state runner-up trophy, and a season that capped their fourth-consecutive conference title, and third consecutive sectional and regional championships. “It was quite a season,” Postler said, who after 33 years of coaching track, will

Mason Kriegel, a Webster pole vaulter, waits for his turn to compete at state.

Webster's Angel Christianson lines up prior to the 4x200-meter relay preliminary race at the state meet in La Crosse.

be stepping down as head coach, but will spend some time helping out next year with athletes and will continue teaching in Webster. Several athletes had personal best times, and some even broke school records, such as senior Brian Krause, who broke a school record previously set by Lance Schaaf in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.46, and took third place overall. Krause took third by just a fraction of a second, as he fought two other competitors at the finish line. “Brian leaned so much at the right time that he got a chest across a little bit earlier,” Postler said, adding that he tumbled forward on the track, but had he not done that, he may have had to settle for fifth place. The 4x800-meter relay team broke a school record with a time of 8:06.68, taking fifth overall. Postler said in the past nine out of 10 years, that time might have earned them a state title. The team consisted of Jack Taylor, Chaz Heinz, Devin Greene and Krause. “So to get fifth, this is unbelievable,” Postler said, also saying that they smashed the previous school record by about three seconds. Last year’s Webster team won the state championship in the 4x800 with a time of 8:09. Meanwhile, Taylor had a phenomenal day on the track with a second-place fin-

Junior Devin Greene played a big part in Webster's race to the finish line in the 4x800-meter relay, where the Tigers placed fifth overall. – Photo by John Reed

Bryan Krause of Webster set a new school record in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.46. He took third place overall in a fight to the finish line. – Photos by Becky Amundson unless otherwise noted

pleased with the outcome, and happy to go out on a high note. “It was quite a season,” Postler said.

ish in the 3200-meter run and a fourth place in the 800, which were big point getters for the Tigers late in the day. Both times, of 9:42.63 in the 3200, and 4:25.83 in the 1600, were personal bests for Taylor. The 4x400-meter relay team had a personal best time in the preliminaries with a 3:28.92, but took seventh in the finals. That team featured Dan Pope, Krause, Karl Weber and Heinz. Despite an injury the week before in sectionals, Mason Kriegel took eighth in the pole vault after hitting a mark of 12-6. Kriegel had to be rested for the week leading up to the meet, and Poslter admitted he may have been a little rusty, but earning that one point was crucial to moving the team into second. Senior Kyler Liljenberg gave Postler a pleasant surprise after he made the podium in the discus with a distance of 138-11, and a fifth-place finish. His personal best was a mark of 143, which he hit earlier in the year. Although Postler admits that it would have been even more impressive to have won a state title, he seemed more that

Girls 4x200 breaks record Despite not making it into the finals round, the Webster girls 4x200 team broke the school record in the preliminaries with a time of 1:52.92. It was actually the fourth time the girls had broken the school record this season, with freshman Angel Christianson, junior Alyssa Main, sophomore Melissa Gustavson and senior Kendra Spurgeon. Junior Mary Johnson placed 13th in the shot put with a throw of 34-01. “I’m proud of her, she worked hard all year and she earned her way there, and she got in a good throw,” Postler said. Shaina Pardun was the other Tiger girl to compete at Mary Johnson the state level. The junior had a tough day in the pole vault, as she was unable to make the height that would have placed her in the top 15.

Webster's Kendra Spurgeon looks to hand the baton over to teammate Alyssa Main during the 4x200-meter relay, in which the girls set a school record. – Photo by John Reed

Melissa Gustavson races down the track during the 4x200-meter relay.

Jack Taylor of Webster had a great couple of races in the 3200-meter and 800-meter run at the state track meet.








Division 2 athletes compete at state Unity’s Joe Swanson makes it to the podium by Marty Seeger LA CROSSE – Unity, St. Croix Falls and Grantsburg schools were each represented at state by at least one athlete, starting with Unity junior Joe Swanson, who finished in fifth place overall in the discus with a throw of 149-06. Loussaint Minett of Whitewater was the champion with a throw of 169-05. Sectional champion Ryan Larson, a St. Croix Falls senior, competed in the discus event as well, but finished with a throw of 134-03 and a 13th-place finish. St. Croix Falls also sent their 4x200meter relay team that included juniors

The St. Croix Falls 4x200 meter relay team, made up of Jace Marek, Auney Siefert, Garret Radinzel and Alex Bertram, placed 13th at the state competition. – Photos by John Reed unless otherwise stated

Unity’s Joe Swanson placed fifth in discus, giving him a place on the podium during the state meet.

Saint Ryan Larson placed 13th with a 134-03 throw. – Photo by Kelly Schmidt

Garret Radinzel and Auney Siefert, and sophomores Jace Marek and Alex Bertram. They finished 13th in the preliminaries with a time of 1:34.53, but didn’t make the finals. Grantsburg’s Kortney Morrin competed at the state meet last weekend in the high jump, hitting a mark of 5-00. The junior placed 12th overall. Six other competitors hit the same mark as Morrin, and she wasn’t far from the first-place finisher, Brittany Shaefer of Valders, who hit a mark of 5-02.

Grantsburg’s Kortney Morrin was the only girl from the Leader Land area to compete at the Division 2 track meet. She took 12th in high jump.

Frederic, Siren and Luck tracksters do very well at state Guevara, Steen and others look good on the podium by Greg Marsten LA CROSSE – The Division 3 state track meet in La Crosse was a mixed bag for local tracksters. While most would say the experience alone was worth the trip, others may have been somewhat disappointed by the results, and a few were quite elated with their performances. Frederic’s girls went as a team, as well as several individual events. Siren sent several individuals, and the Luck Cardinals sent three boys. Luck Cardinals While the Cardinals boys may have been one of the real surprises this season, due to their small team, they did exceptionally well at state. Landen Strilzuk had been sick since the regional meet weeks earlier, but managed to qualify for the La Crosse trip in the long jump at Colfax in the sectionals. Strilzuk would end up needing to set a personal record to win a medal at La Crosse, but finished with a strong 10th-place finish overall, leaping 20 feet, 4-3/4 inches for his best. A. J. Walsh-Brenizer went into the state meet in the pole vault after setting a personal and school record at Colfax with a 13-foot, 3-inch vault. He faced some stiff competition in La Crosse, but finished a strong fifth overall, with a 13-foot vault, enough to reach the podium and tie the three vaulters ahead of him, but well behind the vault of Bryan Klister of Lena/St. Thomas, who skied up to 15 feet, 3 inches,

Cardinal Landen Strilzuk took 10th place in the long jump. taking top honors. One of the local favorites at La Crosse was Luck junior Roger Steen, who was expected to shine in the shot put at Colfax, but missed qualifying for the state meet and qualified in the discus, instead. Steen threw well, making the podium in impressive fashion with a sixth-place finish overall. His best throw was 136 feet, 5 inches, just behind rival Kyler Liljenberg of Webster, who finished fifth.

Luck’s Roger Steen stood on the podium for his sixth-place earning in the discus. – Photos by Becky Amundson

Siren Dragons Siren head coach Wayne Koball called the trip to La Crosse “glorious,” after accompanying two discus throwers: juniors Seth Stoner and Ashley Guevara. “Both had amazing days,” Koball said, noting that Stoner finished 11th overall on his first trip to La Crosse, with a best throw of 129 feet, 4 inches. “He learned right away what it’s like to be amongst the best throwers in the state, and to have thousands of people watch-

A.J. Walsh-Brenizer placed fifth, receiving a medal, in the pole vault event during the state track meet.

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Saints power up over Prescott Home runs help St. Croix to regional championship St. Croix Falls 8, Prescott 5 by Marty Seeger ST. CROIX FALLS – The St. Croix Falls baseball team moved on to the next level with a win over Prescott last Thursday, June 3, and captured the regional championship in the process. It was a well-deserved victory for not only coach Paul Randolph, but for the senior crew who had been ousted in the first round of the playoffs since many of them began their careers as freshmen. They not only got over that opening-round curse in a first-round 5-2 win over Osceola; they ousted the No. 1 seeded Somerset Spartans 3-2 to face Prescott. “How gratifying can you get there?” Randolph said after the game. “These young kids played their hearts out here.” While things are supposed to get tougher as you advance to the upper lev-

The Saints baseball team poses with the regional championship trophy after an 8-5 win over Prescott. – Photos by Marty Seeger els of the playoffs, the Saints made it look easy against Prescott from the opening inning. In the bottom of the first inning, junior Nick Johnson singled and quickly stole second base, setting up Matt Vold for an RBI single with one out. Gus Koecher then

Speed has helped Saints senior Nick Johnson with several steals this season, and he had another one against Prescott in the bottom of the first inning. Johnson's stolen base helped him score on a Matt Vold single.

proved why he’s batting in the cleanup position, as he belted a two–run homer over the left-field wall to give the Saints an early 3-0 lead. “Our middle of our lineup did really well, exceptionally well, so I’m real pleased again with how they played,” Randolph said. Marcus Campbell took to the mound for the Saints but Prescott managed to get a run on two hits, as well as a run on a hit batter in the top of the second inning. It didn’t sway the Saints, however, as they worked through a third inning in four batters, and managed to overturn a call at first base to get the second out of the inning. During the play, Prescott hit a routine grounder to short, and despite Zach Christenson getting the tag down on the runner, the umpire called the runner safe. After a short conversation, the call was reversed for the second out, taking any momentum that Prescott might have had going in the inning. Then in the bottom of the third, Koecher answered the call again with he launched a solo home run, his second of the game, to the opposite field in right-center. But Koecher wasn’t the only one who got into

Gus Koecher wasn't the only one with homers on Thursday against Prescott. Blake Kloper rounds third base in front of the Prescott dugout after blasting a solo shot over the fence in center field. the action, as junior Blake Klopfer lauched a two-out blast well over 330 feet to center field, giving the Saints a 5-1 lead. Senior Austin Whittenberger also connected on an RBI single before the inning ended to make it a 6-1 game. The Saints started the top of the fourth inning off on the wrong foot with two walks to lead off the inning, and a fielder’s choice put a man on third with only one out. But Campbell, and the Saints defense stepped up when Campbell struck out the leadoff batter, and senior catcher Vold dropped the ball. Vold quickly threw to

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Luck boys roll over ‘Greens to sectional final Luck 15, Northwood 4 by Greg Marsten MINONG – Defying the seedings, and many people’s expectations, the Luck Cardinal boys rolled over and through the Northwood Evergreens on Wednesday, June 2, at Minong in the first round of the sectional playoffs, by a score of 15-4. The Cardinals never trailed in the contest, and scored runs in five of seven innings, securing a spot in the sectional semifinal game against Mellon on Wednesday, June 9, in Bruce.

The Luck Cardinals baseball team poses with the regional championship trophy after their 15-4 victory over Northwood on Wednesday, June 2. – Photos by Sue Tolan Northwood came into the playoffs seeded on top, while the Cards received a third-place seeding. Both squads earned a first-round bye. But Northwood came into the tournament as a possible favorite in Division 4, with a 13-7 overall record, and only the dominating Turtle Lake/Clayton squad kept them from Central Lakeland Conference bragging rights. The TL/C squad is the lone Division 3 team in the Central Lakeland. Luck has had an up and down season at times, and started very shaky. But they have improved dramatically in the past LEFT: Cardinal center fielder Ben Kufalk goes up tall for a fly ball during Luck’s regional game.

weeks of the season, showing remarkable ability to stay in any contest, and losing by very small margins, if they lost at all. They have solid pitching and very good defense to match their bats, which can be explosive at times. Those explosive bats showed up last week in Minong, as the Evergreens never stood a chance. Luck opened the contest with two runs, capitalizing on walks and clutch hitting, and giving starting pitcher Mitch Larson a little breathing room to start. Larson helped his own cause in the leadoff position, scoring four runs on 2-4 hitting with a pair of walks. The Cardinal bats added another pair of runs in the third inning, offsetting a lone

run for the ‘Greens in the first inning, and three more scores in the second, which would prove to be all they would muster off Larson and the boys. Luck just kept the heat on, offensively. They rattled Northwood ace Sam Radzac like no other lineup has all season. The Cardinals scored again in the fourth and four more runs in the fifth inning, aided by 4-4 plate prowess by Collin Svoboda, and 3-5 batting by Gary Ekholm. In total, the Cardinals tallied 17 hits, including six hits in the seventh inning alone, leading to seven runs to twist the noose a little tighter, and leading to the rather lopsided 15-4 final score. In fact, the Evergreens had not lost by that large a margin all season long. Larson was solid on the mound, as well, giving up six hits total, and only one of them for extra bases. The Cardinal bats are deadly at times, and this was one of those times. Other notable performances included Taylor Horsager’s 2-3 batting, with a pair of runs scored. Logan Hacker also had a good day at the plate, as well, with a 2-4 performance that included a deep double and two runs scored. If the Luck boys can continue to capitalize on forced errors and walks, as well as clutch hitting that seems to stretch almost every inning out - taking the heat and pressure off their hurlers - they have a very good chance of advancing even further in the playoffs. The Cards were scheduled to play on Tuesday in Bruce against the Mellen Granite Diggers in the sectional semifinal, but rain forced a delay, rescheduling the game until after press time on Wednesday.








Pirates victorious in no-error regional championship No batters walked by either pitcher Grantsburg 1, St. Croix Central 0 by Brenda Sommerfeld GRANTSBURG – Everyone knew nerves were strong in both teams as Grantsburg and St. Croix Central met on the Pirates field for a repeat regional championship game on Thursday, June 3. Once the game started, you could not tell. Both teams played perfectly with zero errors defensively and no walks by either pitcher. “They were a worthy opponent,” coach Don Bjelland commented. “I really didn’t expect them to be that good.” Any given day, either team would have taken the win. On Thursday, the Pirates got the only two hits in a single inning to score the only run, winning 1-0 over the Panthers.

The Grantsburg Pirates softball team poses with the regional championship trophy after their 1-0 win over St. Croix Central on Thursday, June 3. – Photos by Brenda Sommerfeld “We just won the state championship game right there,” Bjelland exclaimed. “They were the best team we’ve faced all year and the team I was mostly concerned about.” Last year, the same Grantsburg team, except Ingrid Ames at shortstop, faced the same St. Croix Central team in the same regional championship game. The Pirates scored seven runs, with five in one inning, while the Panthers managed only two in the sixth on two double-base hits. This year, the game was a different showing. Grantsburg got five hits for one run and St. Croix Central had three hits and zero runs. Pirate’s lead off batter Tiffany Meyer got her second hit during the sixth inning with a line drive to right field. Meyer was brought home on Annie Palmquist’s second hit. Palmquist nailed one to the fence between right and center. “During the game, I knew whoever got the big hit would win it,” Bjelland said. Grantsburg had five batters strike out. Grantsburg infielders joined catcher Lauren Romanowski and coach Don BjelThey left four stranded on base during the land near the dugout after Romanowski’s game-winning catch.

Pirate Tiffany Meyer gets on second during the sixth inning before scoreing a run on a hit by Annie Palmquist. game. Kylie Pewe got the other hit for the Pirates. Pewe hit a single in the fourth inning. While on second, Pewe had a baserunning mishap and twisted her ankle, being replaced by Sam Schweiger. Pirate pitcher Michelle Lund struck out six St. Croix Central batters. The three hits resulted in three runners stranded on base. Thirteen Panther outs were on popfly catches. The closest St. Croix Central had to scoring was pitcher Nikki Brooks’ double hit starting the seventh inning. There were three fly catches, one by second baseman Meyer, one by left fielder Gabby Witzany and a foul catch by catcher Lauren Romanowski.

Grantsburg rolls to regional championship Pitching, clutch hits and defense lead Pirates to title Grantsburg 12, Boyceville 7 by Marty Seeger FREDERIC – One great performance by the Pirates baseball team and one bad inning by the Bulldogs helped lead Grantsburg to a regional championship victory last Wednesday, June 2, in Boyceville. Grantsburg didn’t waste any time making a statement at the start of the game The Grantburg Pirates celebrate their 12-7 win over Boyceville Wednesday, June 2, and another regional championship.

The Pirates group together with the regional championship trophy they earned against Boyceville. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Russ Thoreen stayed hot at the plate for the Pirates, hitting 3 for 5 with three RBIs.

when Daniel Biorn drew a leadoff walk, and Dylan Marohn laid down a perfect bunt to not only move Biorn to second, but to reach first base. The hot-hitting Russ Thoreen then hit a short fly ball down the right-field line, making a tough play for the Boyceville defense that dropped in for a base hit. The hitting didn’t stop there, as Trevor Thompson hit into a fielder’s choice that helped score the first run of the game. Then with one out and runners in scoring position, the hard-hitting senior, Austin Eskola, belted a three-run homer over the left-field wall to give Grantsburg a 4-0

lead. Despite a single down the left-field line by sophomore Jim Nelson, the Pirates ended the successful inning on a fly-out. Despite Grantsburg’s fast start the Bulldogs came right back in the bottom of the first, when they tagged Eskola for two singles and a double in the first three at bats. An error and another single helped Boyceville to get right back into the game and the game was tied at four runs apiece going into the fourth inning, but the Pirates kept piling on the runs, scoring twice in the second inning with a leadoff single from Gavin Meyer and a walk by Biorn. Both runners then advanced to second

and third on a wild pitch, and with one out, Thoreen belted a two–run double to give the Pirates a 6-4 lead. After a solid pitching performance against Turtle Lake/Clayton the night before, Nelson retook the pitching mound for the Pirates in the next three innings, while being backed by consecutive 1-2-3 innings in the top of the second, third and fourth. The Pirates had at least one key defensive turnaround in the bottom of the second when Joe Engelhart turned a double play to get the first two outs of the inning. Following that inning, the Pirates continued to keep Bulldog left-handed pitcher, Jordan Pellet, on edge, and after Nelson drew a leadoff walk in the top of the third inning, Pellet was replaced by sophomore Ben Marusak. After a passed

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Frederic girls end season against Bruce Bruce 8, Frederic 4 by Greg Marsten FREDERIC – The 2010 Viking softball campaign didn’t end the way the girls from Frederic wanted. The Viking girls lost their regional final playoff game Thursday, June 3, at home against the Bruce Red Raiders, 8-4, but were in the game until the very end, and challenged the Raiders at every corner. Frederic scored first, as starting pitcher Cori Schmidt advanced on a single and later scored on a Chrissy Chenal single. The Vikings also scored another two runs in the third inning. Schmidt singled and eventually scored, as did Krysta Laqua. For a spell, it looked like the Viking machine was holding their ground; Schmidt kept the Bruce lineup guessing, and the Frederic girls were turning every hit into extra bases with smart baserunning. Then the wheels started to come off. Bruce rallied for six runs in the fourth inning, turning three hits and three Frederic errors into a nightmare. Suddenly, the Raiders were using that momentum at

Viking second baseman Vanessa Neumann fields a sharp Raider grounder and tosses to first for an out.

West Lakeland All-Conference Teams

Baseball Name School Year Matt Vold St. Croix Falls Senior Cory Gebhard St. Croix Falls Senior Nick Johnson St. Croix Falls Junior Gus Koecher St. Croix Falls Senior Luke Nelson Unity Junior Brady Flaherty Unity Junior Derek Jorgenson Unity Senior Russ Thoreen Grantsburg Junior Colin Svoboda Luck Senior Christian Hall Siren/Webster Senior Baseball Honorable Mention Drew Walker, Unity; Dylan Marohn, Grantsburg; Mitch Larson, Luck; Bryson Clemenson, Luck; Evan Oachs, Webster; Marcus Campbell, St. Croix Falls; Blake Klopfer, St. Croix Falls; Ethan Cook, Frederic. Softball Name School Year Michelle Lund Grantsburg Senior Lauren Romanowski Grantsburg Senior Annie Palmquist Grantsburg Senior Tiffany Meyer Grantsburg Junior Emily Cole Grantsburg Junior Heather Davison Grantsburg Senior Cody Crawford Grantsburg Senior Kylie Pewe Grantsburg Freshman Sarah Wald Grantsburg Senior Alicia Chelberg St. Croix Falls Junior Racheal Hansen St. Croix Falls Senior Megan Yunker St. Croix Falls Senior Avery Steen Luck Freshman Taryn Pilz Luck Senior Shauna Jorgenson Unity Freshman Brittany Thomfohrda Unity Sophomore Chrissy Chenal Frederic Senior Alex Lonetti Frederic Senior Corissa Schmidt Frederic Sophomore Vanessa Neumann Frederic Junior Softball Honorable Mention Natalie Sempf, St. Croix Falls; Marisa Hacker, Unity; Laura Krueger, Unity; Crystal Donahue, Unity; Siiri Larsen, Siren/Webster; Terri McKinney, Frederic; Krysta Laqua, Frederic.

Frederic scored a run on this Bruce error at third, where the ball went out of play, allowing Cori Schmidt to score. – Photos by Greg Marsten every turn, forcing the Vikings into unusual fielding and throwing errors. With that one inning, the tide had changed. Schmidt swapped places with Chenal for pitching duties, and it seemed to help for a spell. Bruce had two more hits in the fifth inning, combined with another Viking error, which they turned into their seventh run of the game. Frederic seemed stunned and couldn’t get the magic back. They hit the ball hard, but seemingly right at a Bruce player. And when they did get on base, they couldn’t turn the runners into runs. They did get a pair of hits in the sixth inning that they turned into a Chenal run, but that was all she wrote. Bruce came back and scored again in the top of the seventh, to twist the blade a bit, and Frederic’s bats just lost their twang, leaving the Raiders to celebrate and the stunned Viking girls to mark the moment. The Vikings managed to garner eight hits off Bruce starter Lydia Kopras, compared to five hits total for the Raiders off Schmidt and Chenal. But as usual, it’s not the number of hits so much as the timing and placement of those hits. Both squads were humbled by errors: Frederic had seven total, while Bruce booted four balls. Frederic also had some very good performances, including by Chenal, who made her high school swan song a memorable one with three hits, two RBIs and a run scored. She also had four strikeouts on the mound in just over three innings pitched. Cori Schmidt also had a good day at the plate and on the base paths, going 2-

Grantsburg/continued ball advanced Nelson to second base and a groundout took him to third, Meyer brought him home on an RBI single. In the next at bat, Biorn hit a liner that landed in the glove of the right fielder, but was dropped, allowing Biorn to safely reach first. Dylan Marohn then singled to load the bases, and Thoreen hit an infield single to score another run and keep the bases loaded. Nolan Hanson then hit a single to center, which ended up going underneath

St. Croix Falls/continued quickly threw to first to get the out, which drew the Prescott base runner off third and onto home, but Christenson made a rocket throw to home and Vold made a great tag on the runner to end the inning. In the fourth, the Saints stretched their lead 8-1 when senior Cory Gebhard walked and Vold singled. It was nearly automatic when Koecher came to the plate and smacked an RBI single to score Gebhard. Koecher went 4 for 4 at the plate and had three RBIs with the two home runs. Klopfer, who also had a great day at the

4 with two runs scored and a very good performance on the mound for over three innings. Also getting hits for the Vikes were Terri McKinney, who also added an RBI, and Laqua, who also scored a run. But the Raiders proved to be a team that capitalized on mistakes, and they’ve been one of the better squads for some time in the East Lakeland, finishing just behind Flambeau this season at 9-3, and 13-6 overall. They went on to play Hurley in the sectional playoffs Tuesday. Frederic finished with an 8-2 West Lakeland Conference record, and 14-4 overall. But they graduated some of the most talented players in the division in Chenal and catcher Alex Lonetti, yet have a solid underclass to assist in the coming seasons. They have quite a few juniors with good bats and several sophomores who continue to shine and improve steadily, including Schmidt, Maria Miller, Allie Lundblade and Lauren Domagala. While it is remains unclear what will happen with the talked about/possible spring sports combining between Luck and Frederic, it is clear that the Viking girls need little help to compete among the best in Division 4. That combining would also bump a combined Luck/Frederic softball squad up at least one division, just like it did for Webster/Siren, which might be a mixed blessing. In spite of their final 2010 game, the Vikings had a very good season, and should be a solid competitor for years to come.

Viking outfielder Camilla Collovati had a fun season out in left. Collovati is an exchange student from Italy and hadn't played much softball before. She heads back to Italy in a few days.

the legs of the center fielder all the way to the fence, giving the Pirates an 11-4 lead. Grantsburg extended their lead to 12-4 in the top of the fourth inning when Biorn hit an RBI double to the gap in left-center, but the Bulldogs bit back in the fifth, when two walks and an RBI double helped Boyceville close the gap. They scored another run on a wild pitch, and with two outs and the bases loaded, Nelson came out and coach Pete Johnson put Thompson on the mound, who got Colby Dotseth to ground out to second base, and got the Pirates out of a bases-loaded jam. With a 12-7 lead the Pirates defense

shined in the later innings, namely in the bottom of the sixth when Boyceville threatened with runners in scoring position, and a ground ball between first and second appeared to be going toward the outfield. But Engelhart had the golden glove as he made a diving stab, threw to first and got the final out of the inning. The Pirates got one more hit in the game on a single from Thompson, but they proved it wasn’t necessary on their way to the regional championship. With the win, the Pirates advanced to the sectional semifinal game against Hurley.

plate hit an RBI single in his next at bat and the Saints seemed poised to close this game out for good, but the Saints made it interesting, as Campbell gave up a single to start the sixth inning, and was replaced by Koecher after a walk put two men on with nobody out. The next batter for Prescott then got a run home on a bunt and errant throw to first. Prescott’s leadoff hitter then grounded out to short, but scored another run before the next batter hit a third run home on a single. The Saints closed out the inning with a 6-4-3 double play. “Actually we made it real interesting

there at the end but to our pitcher’s credit, he sucked it up and he did what he needed to,” Randolph said of Koecher, who struggled to close out the game, walking one and hitting three batters with two outs. It certainly doesn’t take anything away with how the Saints played overall, and it was clear they’re only looking forward to what’s ahead. Randolph was pleased they’ve been able to finally reach the next level, and see a much larger picture of where they’re capable of going. “Have we arrived yet? No. We’re going to another level here and it’s who’s next?” Randolph said.

Frederic center fielder Lauren Domagala makes a good catch of a hard-hit Bruce Red Raider liner.





Track/continued ing the meet,” Koball said. “He can hold his head high knowing he is in the upper echelon of throwers!” Ashley Guevara made a return trip to La Crosse, and made it count, finishing among the top throwers anySeth Stoner where, with a strong third-place finish out of 16 of the best in the state of Wisconsin. Her best throw was 120 feet, 1 inch, earning her solid bronze honors and quite the accolades from her coaches. “She was poised, confident and determined in the circle,” Koball said. “She knew what to expect, and made a great showing, finishing on the podium in third

Viking Tony Peterson was disqualified in the 110-meter hurdles at the state meet. – Photos by Becky Amundson place with a personal best!” Koball said they represented the school, community and district well, and called the La Crosse meet “the best way I can think of to end the season, and begin the summer break.”

Siren’s Ashley Guevara took third in discus at the state track meet in La Crosse. Guevara’s best throw was 12001.

Frederic Vikings Frederic sent several girls in relays and individual events, along with lone male Tony Peterson. Peterson competed in the 110-meter hurdles, and initially finished 10th in the preliminary heat. However, he was called up along with his coaches after the race, where he was informed of his disqualification. He had apparently knocked over a hurdle - which is not uncommon - but it fell into the lane of a runner behind him, thereby disqualifying him for the finals. “He was pretty shaken up, as you can



imagine,” said Viking assistant coach Eric Olson. The Viking girls had a large contingency, including two relay teams. The 4 x100-meter team, consisted of all juniors: Allison Anderson, Jade Johnson, Tanesha Carlson and Sage Karl. The girls finished eighth in the preliminaries, qualifying them for the final heat. They did very well in the finals, finishing fifth overall with a 51-03 time, just a fraction of a second behind the fourth-place team from Cuba City, but good enough for a podium finish. The Frederic 4x800 squad had less fortune, and finished 15th overall. That team consisted of freshman Katie Simpson, sophomore Leah Engebretson and juniors Sarah Knauber and Samantha Nelson. Nelson also competed in two other individual events, the 800-meter run and the 3200-meter run. She finished a strong 12th in the 800, less than two seconds from the podium, among one of the richest fields of talented runners in any event. Nelson did even better in the 3200-meter run, coming in eighth overall with a time of 11 minutes, 44.57 seconds. Nelson is poised to be recognized as one of the more talented, versatile athletes in the state, and is a true competitor in several disciplines. Viking junior Sage Karl also competed in two individual events, the 100- and the 200-meter dash, as well as in the 4x100 relay squad. Karl finished 13th in both sprint events, running a 13.20-second race in the 100-meter preliminaries and a 27.25second run in the 200-meters, failing to qualify for the finals. Karl also continues to shine and should be a huge threat next year, as well. Frederic junior Jade Johnson also made the trip to La Crosse in the long jump. Johnson finished with a best leap of 15 feet, 4-1/2 inches, earning her an 11th place overall. According to head coach Jeff Larcom, Johnson was hoping to break 17 feet in La Crosse, and had a 16-foot, 3-inch leap at Colfax to qualify. Larcom said before the meet that she has jumped over 16 LEFT: Nine girls and one guy went to state from the Frederic track teams. Pictured (L to R): Leah Engbretson, 4x800 relay; Jade Johnson, 4x100, long jump; Sam Nelson, 4x800 relay, 2 mile, 800 meter dash; Tanesha Carlson, 4x100 relay; Allison Anderson, 4x100 relay; Sarah Knauber, 4x800 relay; Sage Karl, 4x100 relay, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash; Calla Karl, alternate for relays and Katie Simpson, 4x800 relay. Front: Tony Peterson, 110 meter hurdles. – Photo submitted

feet, 8 inches recently, which would have put her solidly in competition for a top finish. Regardless of her performance at state, she is poised to have a wonderful season next year, and is one of several Frederic girls who may as well make reservations at a La Crosse hotel for next year.

The Frederic girls 4x100 meter relay team, Allison Anderson, Tanesha Carlson, Jade Johnson and Sage Karl, took fifth at state.

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Former UW-Superior golfer and Frederic High School Graduate Amy Lenz was part of a youth golf clinic at the Frederic Golf Course, which ran from Monday through Wednesday, June 7-9. Chuck Holicky, Ron Steen and Rick Giller helped to put the youth clinic together, as well as instruct youth on the finer points of golf.

A future golfer takes a crack at the golf ball at the driving range Monday at the Frederic Golf Course. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Former Unity golf coach Chuck Holicky explains the finer points of putting on the practice green.








Annual Carlyle Sherstad 5K held in Grantsburg The Carlyle Sherstad 2010 5K

Grantsburg High School, Grantsburg, WI June 5, 2010 Sponsored by: Burnett Medical Center Timing & Results by: Josh Gerber of Wayzata Results, Inc.

This year’s Carlyle Sherstad Run/Walk was a very special one for the Sherstad family. It was the first year the entire family was able to participate in the event either by running or walking. Back row (L to R): Tom Paustenbach, Minneapolis, Minn.; Jacqueline Bonneville, Menomonie; Salene and Tom Bonneville, Grantsburg; Darrin Witucki, Menomonie; Jon and Debi Marlton, Cambridge, Minn.; Darrin Sherstad, Madison; Todd Sherstad, Germantown, Md.; Darlene Sherstad, Grantsburg; Sid Sherstad, Siren; Ellie Greiber, Orono, Minn.; Sam Sherstad, Dallas Texas;Tami Sherstad Greiber, Orono, Minn.; and Karen Sherstad, Siren. Front row: Shelly Bonneville, St. Paul, Minn.; Cole and Carly Witucki, Menomonie; Wil Bothfeld and Kris Sherstad, Madison and Tori and Lili Marlton, Cambridge, Minn.

Lauren Howe of Siren was presented the trophy for the overall women’s winner of the Carlyle Sherstad 5K from Gordy Lewis, Burnett Medical Center CEO.

Matt Reiland of Durand, Wisconsin was the overall winner of the Carlyle Sherstad 5K Run for the second year in a row. Gordy Lewis, CEO of Burnett Medical Center, the race sponsor, presented Reiland with his trophy.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

LEFT: Race director Kelli Eklof presented Darlene Sherstad with a rose bouquet at the awards ceremony following the Carlyle Sherstad 5K Run/Walk. Sherstad’s husband founded the race and each year she and members of her family participate in the event.

Wearing green T-shirts, labeled with their upcoming roles, members of the Miller/Chadwick wedding party posed for a pre-wedding, prerace photo as they waited for the start of the Carlyle 5K Run/Walk last Saturday morning. The bride, Amy Miller, and groom, Matt Chadwick, decided it would be fun to have their wedding party make a trial run, so to speak, in the annual Big Gust Days event either by walking or running. The couple will make their real run to the altar on Saturday, June 12. Pictured back row (L to R): Kyle Newby, Leon Miller, Karen Miller and Matt Chadwick. Front row: Jan Chadwick, Jeff Miller, Rhonda Miller, Amy Miller, Jackie Maslow, Macy Miller and Becke Shultz.

Top 50 finishers For all of the results visit: CarlylSherstad/results.htm 1. Matt Reiland, 24, Durand, 18:56.9; 2. Darrin Sherstad, 25, Verona, 19:05.7; 3. Nick Ryan, 23, Grantsburg, 19:49.1; 4. Steven McKinley, 17, Grantsburg, 20:05.2; 5. Jacob Ohnstad, 14, Cushing; 20:07.5; 6. Dave Belisle, 51, Somerset, 20:37.5; 7. Lauren Howe, 20, Siren, 20:46.6; 8. Matthew Chadwick, 24, 21:01.3; 9. Angela Gaffney, 17, Grantsburg, 21:07.0; 10. Curt Weese, 49, Hudson, 21:13.6; 11. Chris Ryan, 25, Roseville, Minn., 21:25.8; 12. Brandon Ryan, 15, Grantsburg, 21:38.0; 13. Carrie Myers, 22, Grantsburg, 22:01.8; 14. Kent Thill, 26, Webster, 22:04.8; 15. Bryce Ryan, 15, Grantsburg, 22:09.4; 16. Jeff Hartl, 31, Hinckley, Minn., 22:14.5; 17. Corey Smestad, 38, Grantsburg, 22:23.3; 18. Kristina Sherstad, 23, Madison, 22:34.1; 19. Sydney Venner, 11, Sioux Falls, S.D., 22:58.1; 20. Joseph Ohnstad, 10, Cushing, 23:08.9; 21. Andy Johnson, 52, North Mankato, Minn., 23:12.1; 22. Travis Venner, 37, Sioux Falls, S.D., 23:19.5; 23. Kyle Newby, 24, Grantsburg, 23:25.1; 24. Carrie Rockensock, 29, Pine City, Minn., 23:28.3; 25. Steve McNally, 43, Grantsburg, 23:31.6; 26. Trygve Chinander, 23:34.6; 27. Roger Norenberg, 38, Grantsburg, 23:38.0; 28. Scott Strese, 30, Cushing, 23:53.7; 29. Jay Ticknor, 47, Grantsburg, 23:57.8; 30. Jordan Rumpel, 21, Arcadia, 24:05.4; 31. Nicholas Rombach, 29, Grantsburg, 24:08.2; 32. Morgan Richardson, 15, Pine City, Minn., 24:08.8; 33. Alyssa Ryan, 20, Grantsburg, 24:09.8; 34. Jeff Howe, 45, Siren, 24:15.1; 35. Rochelle Bonneville, 34, St Paul, Minn., 24:17.1; 36. Katie Kooiker, 22, Grantsburg, 24:24.6; 37. Jessica Snell, 26, Hinckley, Minn., 24:31.3; 38. Meghan Preissuy, 22, 24:36.3; 39. Dave Dahlberg, 52, Grantsburg, 24:43.3; 40. Will Bothfeld, 23, Madison, 24:45.0; 41. Tom Krueger, 59, Chisago City, Minn., 24:50.7; 42. Lisa McKinley, 37, Grantsburg, 24:57.8; 43. Tammy Greiber, 47, Orono, Minn., 25:04.1; 44. Dylan McKinley, 12, Grantsburg, 25:05.8; 45. Amy Suzan, 33, Hayward, 25:10.1; 46. Natalie Doornink, 30, Grantsburg, 25:16.4; 47. Violet Ohnstad, 12, Cushing, 25:17.9; 48. Dave Thoreson, 47, Grantsburg, 25:25.1; 49. Thomas Johnson, 47, Fridley, Minn., 25:26.3; 50. Amber Strese, 31, Cushing, 25:27.3.

LEFT: Burnett Medical Center CEO Gordy Lewis presented 7-year-old Carly Bonneville Witucki with her medal for finishing the children’s race. Witucki, the great-granddaughter of race founder Carlyle Sherstad, finished the children’s race and bears his nickname, Carly.

Luck resident completes Syttende Mai Walk

Susan Gregorash of Luck was a participant in the 24th-annual Syttende Mai Walk, a 17-mile walk from Madison to Stoughton on Saturday, May 15. The walk follows in the tradition of Europe’s popular “Volks Marches.” She completed the walk with a high school classmate, Lynn Wieser. – Photos submitted








City of Trails race held in St. Croix Falls ST. CROIX FALLS – The City of Trails Race event was held in conjunction with the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day last weekend on Saturday, June 5, in St. Croix Falls. The races are organized by the independent City of Trails Race Committee: Amy Klein, race director; Wanda Brown; Nanette Hagen-Hinck; Kari Hislop; Krista Johnson: Janet Luhman and Mary Tuchscherer. The races are sponsored by the Indianhead Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance and St. Croix Regional Medical Center with the help of many local supporters and volunteers. – submitted

City of Trails 5K Run/Walk

Rock ‘N River 10K Trail Run

Open Men: 1. Chris Sjolander, 39, Osceola, 42.59; 2. Rashaud Kelash, 16, Taylors Falls, Minn., 43.34; 3. Alex Anderson, 30, New Richmond, 43.47. Men under 18: 1. Rashaud Kelash, 16, Taylors Falls, Minn., 43:34. Men 18-29: 1. Joel Anderson, 18, Frederic, 44:51; 2. Caleb Von Vett, 25, Minneapolis, Minn., 59:35; 3. Gus Newman, 19, Frederic, 1:02:42. Men 30-39: 1. Chris Sjolander, 39, Osceola, 42:59; 2. Alex Anderson, 30, New Richmond, 43:47; 3. Joe Jensen, 30, Forest Lake, Minn., 51:33. Men 40-49: 1. Fausto Mosquestra, 44, Minnetonka, Minn., 44:29; 2. Dave Gerber, 46, Cameron, 45:36; 3. Ken Hertz, 49, Andover, Minn., 46:43. Men 50-59: 1. Neil Soltis, 56, Osceola, 52.49; 2. Fred Bird, 50, Menominee, 1:00:42.

ABOVE: Enthusiastic City of Trails 5K participants start off on a morning hike. ABOVE RIGHT: Lil’ Hikers go the distance in the Lil’ Hiker Hustle. Leading the pack are (L to R), Jordan Braund, 8, Cushing; Carson Waterworth, 8, St. Croix Falls; and Ava Rogers, 9, New Richmond. – Photos submitted

Kids Baby Mammoth 1K

Open Girls: 1. Anna Klein, 9, St. Croix Falls, 4:54; 2. Ava Rogers, 9, New Richmond, 5:11; 3. Willa Rogers, 6, New Richmond, 5:35. Open Boys: 1. Jared Lessman, 7, St. Croix Falls, 5:00; 2. Sam Wilson, 7, St. Croix Falls, 5:03.7; 3. Carson Waterworth, 8, St. Croix Falls, 5:42.

RIGHT: Boy Scout Troop 160, St. Croix Falls, entered the team challenge and won the Golden Boot Award in both the fastest team and largest team competitions.

RIGHT: Dan Sutton, Baraboo, finishes strong on the 5K final stretch. Sutton set a new course record with a time of 15:04.


West Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Overall St. Croix Falls Saints 10-0 19-4 Grantsburg Pirates 7-3 14-9 Unity Eagles 6-4 13-10 Luck Cardinals 4-6 9-11 Siren/Webster 3-7 4-12 Frederic Vikings 0-10 1-16 Scores Wednesday, June 2 Grantsburg 12, Boyceville 7 Luck 15, Northwood 4 Thursday, June 3 St. Croix Falls 8, Prescott 5 Upcoming Wednesday, June 9 11 a.m. Luck vs. Mellen at Bruce 1 p.m. St. Croix Falls vs. Altoona at Prescott 2 p.m. Grantsburg vs. Hurley at Osseo-Fairchild


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 Thursday, June 3 Grantsburg 1, St. Croix Central 0 Bruce 8, Frederic 4 Upcoming Wednesday, June 9 5 p.m. Chequamegon at Grantsburg

Overall 19-0 14-4 7-14 4-11 3-14 2-18

MEN’S SLOW-PITCH LEAGUE SOFTBALL Standings Team Overall Sundowners 5-0 Pour House 4-0 Century 21 4-0 Pheasant Inn 2-2 Grantsburg Sanitary 2-3 Chell Well 1-3 Fur, Fins & Feathers/Coyland Creek 1-3 God Squad 1-4 Da Crew 0-5

Scores Wednesday, June 2 Pheasant Inn 12, Grantsburg Sanitary 3 Sundowners 32, Da Crew 2 Pour House 22, Da Crew 7 Century 21 25, God Squad 11 Fur, Fins & Feathers/Coyland Creek 20, Chell Well 16


Standings Team Overall Siren Assembly 2-0 Webster Baptist 2-0 Calvary Covenant 1-0 Faith Lutheran 1-1 Falun Churches 1-1 Trade Lake Baptist 1-1 Trade River Free 1-1 West Sweden/Zion Lutheran 1-1 New Hope Lutheran 0-1 Frederic Free 0-2 Siren Covenant/Bethany 0-2 Scores Thursday, June 3 W.Sweden/Zion Lutheran 11, Siren Cov./Bethany 4 Trade Lake Baptist 6, New Hope Lutheran 4 Webster Baptist 14, Frederic Free 4 Friday, June 4 Trade River Free 15, Faith Lutheran 1 Siren Assembly 20, Falun Churches 2

Open Men: 1. Dan Sutton, 29, Baraboo, 15:04.03 (*New Course Record); 2. Raymond Mitchell, 45, Chisago City, Minn., 45, 19:02.6; 3. Donny Walstrom, 45, Chisago City, Minn., 45, 19:22.9. Men under 18: 1. Mark Wamphler, 13, St. Croix Falls, 20:16.4; 2. Levi Ward, 14, St. Croix Falls, 21.07.5; 3. Brendon Gearhart, St. Croix Falls, 21:08.0. Men 18-29: 1. Dan Sutton, 29, Baraboo, 15:04.03; 2. Sean Weinberg, 22, Dresser, 22:14.8; 3. Aaron Moore, 29, St. Croix Falls, 52:20.1. Men 30-39: 1. Jeff Hall, 38, Dresser, 20:23.4; 2. David Raisanen, 37, Stacy, Minn., 20: 24.6; 3. Dallas Wynne, 36, Dresser, 21.10.0. Men 40-49: 1. Raymond Mitchell, 45, Chisago City, Minn., 19:02.6; 2. Donny Walstrom, 45, Chisago City, Minn., 19.22.9; 3. Steve Edling, 48, Osceola, 19:41.1. Men 50-59: 1. John Olinger, 51, Lindstrom, Minn., 20:02.8; 2. Mark Hennessy, 50, Red Wing, Minn., 22:19.3; 3. Ted Germain, 50, Somerset, 24:00.2. Men 60 & Up: 1. Ralph Schwartz, 64, North Oaks, Minn., 23:20.3; 2. Alan Pearson, 62, Amery, 52:44.1. Open Women: 1. Tina Pike, Madison, 19:28.6; 2. Heather Larson, Somerset, 20:19; 3. Tammi Braund, Cushing, 21: 54. Women under 18: 1. Sophie Klein, 12, St. Croix Falls, 22:24; 2. Grace Klein, 10, St. Croix Falls, 29: 05; 3. Elizabeth Olinger, 14, Lindstrom, Minn., 30:32. Women 18-29: 1. Tina Pike, 27, Madison, 19:28; 2. Laura Greene, 28, Lindstrom, Minn., 22:34; 3. Anna Hennessy, 19, Red Wing, Minn., 23:08. Women 30-39: 1. Heather Larson, 37, Somerset, 20:19; 2. Tammi Braund, 31, Cushing, 22.54; 3. Rebecca Marshall, 30, Lindstrom, Minn., 23:10. Women 40-49: 1. Kristi Miles, 41, Clear Lake, 23:02.8; 2. Becky Olinger, 45, Lindstrom, Minn., 25:11; 3. Alicia Wimpee, 46, Palm Coast, Fla., 26:27. Women 50-59: 1. Robin Haberman, 53, Somerset, 30:45; 2. Deb Dibble, 50, Taylors Falls, Minn., 39:02; 3. Mary Weinberg, 53, Dresser, 41:25. Women 60 & up: 1. Mary Johnson, 67, Shafer, Minn. Golden Boot Award: Fastest Team: Troop 160, St. Croix Falls, (Team: Mark Wamphler, Levi Ward, Brendon Gearhart); Largest Team: Troop 160, St. Croix Falls (18 team members)

Unity traveling team takes second


Standings Team Overall Chris Pheasant Inn 1-0 Mauer Power 1-0 Coyland Creek 1-0 Digger Nick 1-1 Smith Family Eye Care 0-1 Chell Trucking/The Beehive 0-1 Clam Falls Tavern 0-1 Scores Monday, June 7 Digger Nick 29, Smith Family Eye Care 3 Coyland Creek 18, Chell Trucking/The Beehive 3 Chris Pheasant Inn 14, Digger Nick 3 Mauer Power 22, Clam Falls Tavern 2

The Unity fourth-grade traveling team took second place at the St. Croix Classic Baseball Tournament in Stillwater, Minn., June 4-6. They won four out of five games in an eight-team tournament. Pictured bottom row, (L to R): Laura Munson, Jack Foeller, Jack Volgren, Danny Lehner and Devin Shingleton. Top row: Daniel Hasselquist, Logan Hendrickson, Landon Hendrickson, Cody Ince, Hunter Pedersen, Trey Tisdale and Daniel Ebensperger. Not pictured – coaches Marty Ince and John Volgren. – Photo submitted




West Nile virus, Lyme disease season has arrived STATEWIDE – Spring has arrived and with it comes the possibility of West Nile virus and Lyme disease. West Nile virus is carried by mosquitoes. There is no specific treatment for WNV. Those most at risk include young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Eliminating mosquito breeding sites such as tin cans, tires and tree holes is the most effective and economical method of reducing disease-carrying adult mosquitoes. Also important is emptying water cans, flowerpots and bird baths regularly. To protect against disease-carrying mosquitoes, wear clothing that is lightcolored and protective, covering arms and legs, especially in the late afternoon. Use repellent products according to di-

Priorities lost Last Saturday morning, I had the boat out on a Polk County lake for a couple of hours, just prior to a system of rain that was set to move in from the west. My wife, Laura, Marty had given me orders for a meal of fresh fish Seeger to be eaten that evening, and it wasn’t difficult to say yes, The looking back on my Bottom track record for fishing this spring and early Line summer. It was just my third time out since the fishing opener back on May 1, and excuses

rections on the label. Products containing up to 30 percent DEET are considered safe in routine control of mosquitoes in adults and children over 2 months of age. For young children, spray clothing and avoid DEET-containing products on the skin as much as possible. Lyme disease, the most frequently reported tick-borne disease in the United States, is an infection, which can be transmitted through the bite of certain species of ticks. The disease often starts as a skin rash and can progress to more serious stages involving joint, nerve or heart tissues. Lyme disease is easier to treat when infections are detected early. Even in later stages the disease commonly responds to antibiotic medication. People of all ages can be infected and

there is no vaccine currently available to prevent Lyme disease, so early detection and treatment are important. Early symptoms of tick-borne disease may include fever, headache, fatigue and rash. Another typical early symptom of the Lyme disease rash is a slowly expanding red bull’s-eye rash at the site of the tick bite. These steps can be taken to reduce your risk of Lyme disease: • Avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter. • Dress properly if you must go into a tick habitat. Wear long pants, long sleeves and long socks. • Keep ticks off your skin. For adults, apply insect repellent with 20 percent or more DEET on skin and clothing when

you go outdoors. Higher concentrations of DEET applied to clothing can be very effective for adults and children. • Check your pets for ticks and use tick-control pet products • Perform tick checks. Check your body and your child’s body for ticks after being outdoors, even in your own yard. Summer in Polk County is a great time to be outdoors and even more so when we use the proper tools to stay healthy and avoid West Nile virus and Lyme disease. For more information on this and other healthy living topics, contact the Polk County Health Department at 715-4858500. – submitted

have been bent around the idea that I haven’t had the time to do any fishing at all. It’s quite possible that there’s a dash of laziness mixed in there too, but even still, three outings since May 1 is unacceptable … although I could throw a morning of successful trout fishing in there too, but that doesn’t count. A boat wasn’t involved and the lone trout outing seems like years ago already. Prior to the opener I’d got off to a great start, hitting the water twice and coming home with nice batches of bluegill and perch both times, but the opener came and went, and another month went by in a blink. We’ve even made it two weeks into the musky season already, and the closest I’ve come to throwing a lure at the mighty Esox came at the edge of the hayfield in our backyard with a handful of sinkers attached to a steel leader and an old spoon. Hey, you’ve got to test out

those new rods and reels somewhere, and the backyard isn’t a bad start, but the bottom line is, you’re still in your backyard when you should really be out on a lake somewhere. After those couple of short hours on the lake last Saturday, I managed to boat as many bluegills as I wanted to and could have limited out in about 40 minutes and simply headed for home. Fishing is like that this time of year, and it seemed like many of the bluegills were still spawning. It was nice to be choosy for once too, throwing back the muchlarger females and keeping the mediocre, nonpicture-worthy fish. After all, they were for eating anyway. No bragging rights needed with this outing. After tossing fish No. 14 into the cooler, it finally hit me. It was nearing my time to go home, and the thought of it seemed nearly depressing. I already had what we‘d need for a meal, and the

rain was still some distance away. So, I spent the better half of the next hour tossing back gills big and small and soon switched to bass gear – flipping Texas rigged worms into fallen logs and heavy weeds. I trolled for pike, went back to bluegills, and before I knew it, the morning slipped completely by. It was a nice ending to a successful day on the water, even if the bass fishing seemed awful and the pike bite was nonexistent. The old adage that a bad day of fishing is better than a great day at work holds true every time. So, if you’ve been like me lately, claiming you have no time, or just can’t swing those precious few hours, take a step back and realize how much better you’ll feel if you just drop everything and go. Take the wife and kids too, the fish are always biting.

DNR: Fish kill expected on area lakes SPOONER – Biologists say conditions are ripe for fish disease outbreaks on lakes in Polk, Barron, Washburn and Burnett counties over the next few weeks. The cause will be a bacteria called Columnaris, which is known to only infect fish species and is not a health risk to humans. “The bacteria is most prevalent in our lakes after water temperatures reach 65-

70 degrees from late May to late June,” says Larry Damman, DNR fishery biologist. Bluegill, crappies, yellow perch and bullheads, already stressed from seasonal spawning activities are most affected by the disease. Cold or fluctuating water temperatures during spawning can compound spawning stress and weaken their immune system. Then the

“Say cheese, fish!”

bacteria will erode the fishes’ skin, causing leakage of bodily fluids and a fairly rapid death. Although Columnaris can appear to produce large-scale fish losses in a matter of several days, it usually does not have a catastrophic impact on overall fish populations, according to fishery biologists. If anglers or landowners have addi-

Just messing around

These three fox kits didn’t seem to mind the presence of Willy Holmberg as he was driving west of town off of Hwy. 48 recently. There’s a den not far from the road, and he was able to simply roll down the window and snap a few quick photos. – Photos submitted Brothers Avery, 5, (at left) and Luke Flaherty, 8, of Balsam Lake caught their first fish last weekend while enjoying a day on the water with family. June 5-6 was the free fishing weekend where anyone could fish for free without a license. – Photos submitted

tional questions or see large numbers of other dead fish like carp, largemouth bass, musky and walleye, they should contact their local DNR fisheries biologist to investigate the problem. For Barron and Polk counties call Heath Benike at 715-637-6864, and for Washburn and Burnett counties, contact Larry Damman at 715-635-4089. – submitted


Polk County circuit court Falls, speeding, $175.30. Bradley J. Fagerland, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Blake S. Gaudette, Clear Lake, speeding, $175.30. William T. Hackel Jr., Amery, seat belt violation, $10.00. Kevin M. Hikel, Balsam Lake, speeding, $175.30. Deborah A. Hoyt, Centuria, operating while revoked, $200.50. Sandra D. Hynek, New Richmond, fail./yield right of way from stop sign, $175.30. Samantha J. Ince, Balsam Lake, speeding, $175.30. Wynne S. Koecher, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $175.30.

Alexis S. Kothlow, Balsam Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Cheryl A. Magnuson, Arden Hills, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Kendra L. Maurer, Siren, speeding, $175.30. Judith N. Minke, Milltown, operator fail./have passenger seat belted, $10.00. Amber J. Morfitt, Amery, possess open intoxicants in MV – driver, $263.50. Kevin C. Mossey, Frederic, speeding, $175.30. Charles A. Otto, Clayton, seat belt violation, $10.00. Lee W. Pilgrim, Amery, fail./properly maintain tires and rims; operate vehicle (excess

Siren police report

Burnett County sheriff's report

was cited for not using a seat belt at 7:22 p.m. on Hwy. 35/70 by Crooked Lake Park. Mark E. Brenizer, 30, Siren, was cited for not using a seat belt and driving a vehicle with an expired registration at 8:21 p.m. in the Auto Stop parking lot. Timothy A. Will, 41, Isanti, Minn., was cited for domestic disorderly conduct at a Siren residence at 11:39 p.m. June 6: Jon D. Songetay, 22, Danbury, was cited for operating while intoxicated, failing to wear a seat belt and operating after suspension on Hwy. 35 and Tower Road at 3 a.m. Songetay was taken to Burnett County Jail where he was also charged with felony-bond violation for absolute sobriety. Nathan T. Eng, 30, a passenger in a vehicle stopped at 6:21 p.m. on Hwy. 35/70 and Works Progress Street, was cited for not using a seat belt. The vehicle’s driver, David L. Erickson, 52, Webster, was also cited for not using a seat belt and for operating after revocation – OWI-related. June 7: During the morning, armed with a permit, staff from the U.S. Department of Agriculture caught a bear on Nyberg Road and moved it from the area where many children live.

Burnett County warrants June 2. Andrew S. Williams, 31, Duluth, Minn., warrant - failure to appear, June 2.

Burnett Co. marriage licenses

Frankie Serna Jr., Swiss, and Jamison M. Johnson, Swiss, June 2. Richard V. Peterkin, Grantsburg, and Heather A. Roberts,

Grantsburg, June 4. Walter J. Jensen, Chisago City, Minn., and Krista L. Nyren, Chisago City, Minn., June 4.

John A. Childs, 40, Webster, operate snowmobile while intoxicated, $641.50. Carey A. Boutin, 33, Danbury, OWI, $691.50, license revoked six months, alcohol assessment.



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Orval V. Simon, no date of birth given, Grantsburg, warrant failure to appear, June 2. Codey J. Stone, 22, Hayward, warrant - failure to appear,

Dr. Paul Hauge, vs. Trudy Smiley, Danbury, $606.55. Burnett Medical Center vs. Gloria Hills, Grantsburg, $2,731.75. Webster Ace hardware vs. Randy Sears, Webster, $966.61. HSBC Bank Nevada, vs. Allan G. Hill, Grantsburg, $1,529.33. Arrow Financial Services vs. Gina Timmer, Grantsburg, $2,550.69. Citibank vs. Cheryl Franklin, Siren, $946.22.

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110-day jail sentence, license revoked 30 months, alcohol assessment. Trevor D. Demarre, 25, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. David S. Corty, 30, Rush City, Minn., child restraint requirement violation, $150.10; speeding, $295.00. Thomas J. Foley, 49, Spooner, speedometer violations, $175.30. Tanner E. Goepfert, 16, Grantsburg, speeding, $203.50. Edward J. Cycenas, no date of birth given, install waste treatment system without permit, $389.50. Daniel J. Gray, 22, Osceola, inattentive driving, $187.90. Daniel R. Barnard, 30, Shell Lake, operate while suspended cause property damage, $1,397.50. Brian A. Busby, 26, St. Croix Falls, operate with PAC greater than .08, $100 restitution, license revoked six months, $400.00. Jason L. Pierce, 27, Siren, operate snowmobile while intoxicated, $641.50; illegal snowmobile operation on highway, $200.50. Travis L. Demarre, 24, Webster, operate snowmobile while intoxicated, $641.50. Michael R. Belland, 47, Danbury, operate snowmobile while intoxicated, $641.50.

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Other incidents June 1: Raelynn K. Hunter, Webster, reported items taken from the Oak Grove Cemetery in Webster. The incident is under investigation. June 4: Brenda L. Christenson, Webster, reported an urn taken from the Oak Grove Cemetery in Webster.

Mary K. Christensen, 95, Grantsburg Village, May 7.

Burnett County criminal court Joe Taylor, 33, Stone Lake, operate without carrying license, $217.10. Dorothy M. Hanvelt, 58, Grantsburg, illegal shining or deer, elk or bear, three-year DNR revocation/suspension, $2,125.00. Tabitha Y. Owens, 26, Grantsburg, disorderly conduct, $309.00. Cecil A. Ridley, 57, Webster, disorderly conduct, $330.00. Mitchell L. Butler, 29, Webster, disorderly conduct, $200.00. Daniel M. Yates, 47, Shell Lake, possession of controlled substance, one-year probation, sent. withheld, $100.00. Robert D. Olson, 45, Siren, operate without a valid license, $186.00; possession of THC, one-year probation, sent. withheld, license suspended one year, alcohol assessment, $88.00. Milo C. Merrill Jr., 26, Luck, OWI, $1,989.00, 80-day jail sentence, Huber release at the discretion of jail, license revoked 27 months, alcohol assessment. Kevin L. Jordan, 49, Minneapolis, Minn., OWI, $1,930.00, 80-day jail sentence, Huber release granted, license revoked 27 months, alcohol assessment. Robert D. Wetterling, 57, Stacy, Minn., OWI, $2,751.00,

Arrests and citations June 2: Edmund J. Brixen, 25, Siren, was arrested on a probation warrant. June 2: Martin Johnson III, 38, Hayward, was arrested on a Burnett County warrant. June 5: Nicole M. Nefs, 29, Siren, was cited for operating after suspension. June 6: Nathan T. Eng, 40, Webster was arrested on a Burnett County warrant.

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seat belt in a stop on Hwy. 35/70 and Bradley Street at 8:47 p.m. Amy L. Henck, 24, Luck, was cited for operating after suspension (fourth-plus offense) during a stop in the Dairy Queen parking lot at 9:09 p.m. June 4: James T. Moenck, 37, driving a Minnesota-licensed vehicle, was cited for not using a seat belt in a stop on Hwy. 70 west of First Avenue at 4:35 p.m. Sean A. Smallwood, 27, Siren, was cited for not using a seat belt in a stop on Hwy. 35/70 and Elizabeth Street at 4:37 p.m. Patricia K. Newman Winn, 64, Siren, was cited for not using a seat belt at 5:01 p.m. on Hwy. 35/70 and Works Progress Street. Tina M. Turnock, 22, Lewis was cited for not using a seat belt at 5:23 p.m. on Hwy. 35 and D’Jock Street. Fern Woods, Siren, was cited for operating after revocationOWI-related when she was stopped operating a red Moped on Main Street just east of Hwy. 35/70 at 8:01 p.m. June 5: John R. Bearhart, 27, Danbury, was cited for OWI and driving with a prohibited alcohol concentration of greater than .10 percent. Bearhart was stopped on Hwy. 35/70 and South Shore Drive at 2:34 a.m. Gary W. Kosloski, 53, Siren,

trol, $213.10; failure to notify police of accident, $263.50. Christopher J. Tangen, Schofield, speeding, $175.30. Jamal K. Tolbert, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $250.90; operate w/o valid license, $200.50. Patrick K. Tourville, Amery, operating while revoked, $200.50, twice. Crystal I. Wanderi, Clayton, speeding, $175.30. Jean M. Zimmer, Cumberland, speeding, $175.30.

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June 1: Jeffrey A. Roberts, 27, Webster, was cited for driving a vehicle with an expired registration during a traffic stop in the Clear Lake parking lot at 7:43 p.m. Vandalism at the Siren Ballpark was reported at 8:52 p.m. According to the person who filed the complaint, small trees were pulled out, bases on the field were removed, numbers and letters were taken from the sign board on Third and Rasmussen Street and broken. The complainant asked for more police patrol in that area. A yellow/brown Labrador-mix dog was picked up by the officer on duty in the Moose Mullligan parking lot at 11:07 p.m. A tag on the dog listed a cell phone number. The officer called the number, but no one answered. The dog was then taken to the humane society. June 2: Brandy L. Horstman, 31, Webster, was cited for failing to stop at the stop sign on Hwy. 35 and Tower Road at 5:47 p.m. Driver Mikala L. Moody, 20, Siren, and passenger Sasha L. Garbow, 20, Siren, were cited for not having seat belts on during a traffic stop on Hwy. 35/70 and Burnett Lane at 6:16 p.m. Michael J. Vasatka, 55, Siren, was cited for not using a

width) w/o permit, not guilty pleas. Maryellen Raths, Frederic, speeding, $175.30. John D. Rusnak, Milltown, passing in no-passing zone, $213.10. Gregory W. Sillman, Turtle Lake, operating while suspended, $200.50. Vernon H. Simon, Balsam Lake, speeding, $175.30. Jason M. Smith, Woodbury, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Alfred J. Staffenhagen, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. James A. Stenke, Luck, failure to keep vehicle under con-

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highway, $263.50. Kent G. Brockmann, New Richmond, speeding, $175.30. Austin D. Bunker, St. Croix Falls, inattentive driving, not guilty plea. Levi W. Busse, Amery, inattentive driving, $187.90. Heather L. Culver, Webster, passing in no-passing zone, $213.10. Sean M. Derrick, Hudson, speeding, $175.30. Timothy A. Dietmeier, Milltown, seat belt violation, $10.00. Codie W. Erickson, Amery, nonregistration of auto, etc., $175.30. Leon H. Erickson, St. Croix

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Raymond E. Amundson, Frederic, seat belt violation, $10.00. Madeline L. Anderson, Amery, speeding, $213.10. Paul J. Appel, St. Croix Falls, speeding, not guilty plea. Brent G. Berg, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Katie M. Bestland, Centuria, driving too fast for conditions, not guilty plea; seat belt violation, $10.00; operating MV by probationary licensee w/unauthorized person in vehicle, $200.50. Beth A. Boston, Frederic, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jacob M. Bracht, Amery, hit and run, property adjacent to

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.


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Polk Co. marriage license

(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

Notice is hereby given that the following applications have been received by the Town of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wis., for renewal of beer and/or liquor licenses for the ensuing year ending June 30, 2011. SKOGLUND OIL CO., INC., a corporation, dba Skoglund Super America, Stephen L. Skoglund, agent, for a Combination “Class A” beer and liquor license, NW 1/4 Section 35, 1960 U.S. Hwy. 8, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. CR CONVENIENCE, INC., a corporation, dba CR Convenience, Inc., Todd R. Rud, agent, for a Combination “Class A” beer and liquor license, SE 1/ 4 Section 26, 1961 U.S. Hwy. 8, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. KMM ENTERPRISES, INC., a corporation, dba Kassell Tap, Mary T. Cassellius, agent, for a Combination “Class B” beer and liquor license, SE 1/4 Section 26, 1953 U.S. Hwy. 8, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. KOPELLAH SPEEDWAY, INC., a corporation, dba Kopellah Speedway, Inc., Marguerite L. Lindblom, agent, for a “Class B” beer license, Section 15, 2014 160th Avenue, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. Notice is further given that the above license applications will be acted upon at the regular Town Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 6 p.m., at the Town Hall. Janet Krueger 514067 42L Town Clerk WNAXLP (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

MANAGER TRAINEE Great benefits and earning potential. Career opportunities available upon completion of training program. Bachelor’s degree in a business field required. Must be open to relocation. Addl. $2.50 per hour for weekend hours. Apply in person at:


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The School District of Siren, Siren, WI, will receive sealed bid proposals until 3 p.m. on June 18, 2010, in the district office located at 24022 Fourth Avenue North, Siren, WI 54872, for 20102011 school year for enriched bread/hamburger/ hot dog buns, whole wheat and whole grain bread and buns. Additional details may be obtained by calling Deborah Jaskolka, Food Service Manager, at 715349-7263. Address proposals to: Deborah Jaskolka, Food Service Manager, School District of Siren, 24022 Fourth Avenue, Siren, WI 54872. The Board of Education reserves the right to reject any bids and to waive any formalities in the bidding. 514113 42L

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(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

(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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(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

(May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, FSB Plaintiff, vs. IBRAHIM M. SALEH, et al Defendants Case Number: 09 CV 718 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on December 10, 2009, in the amount of $115,631.33, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: June 17, 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 Street, Balsam Lake, WI. DESCRIPTION: Part of Government Lot 3, Section 28, Township 33 North, Range 16 West, in the City of Amery, described as follows: Beginning at a point on the North line of Highland Avenue of C.O. Danielson’s Addition to the City of Amery, 565 feet East of the West end of said Avenue, which West end is designated on said North line by an iron monument; thence North to alley; thence East along said alley, 50 feet; thence South to said Highland Avenue; thence West along North line of Highland Avenue, 50 feet to the place of beginning. Said land being in the County of Polk and State of Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 149 Hyland Street, Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 201-00836-0000. Dated this 30th day of April 2010. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Chaz M. Rodriguez State Bar #1019525 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. (194242)

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Agenda will be posted at the Town Hall. Town of McKinley Deborah Grover, Clerk

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Must have excellent people skills and be detailoriented. Retail experience preferred, but not required. Flexible schedule and benefits available. Add’l. $2.50 per hour for weekend hours. Apply In Person At...

The Regular Monthly Board Meeting For The Town Of McKinley Will Be Held On Tuesday, June 15, 2010, At 7:30 p.m.

(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

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Barbara A. Anderson, town of Somerset, and Paul J. Anderson, town of Somerset, issued June 1, 2010. Ginger L. Ibarra, town of Sterling, and Aaron M. Ouellette, town of Sterling, issued June 1, 2010. Tara L. Carver, village of Osceola, and Wesley S. Conkle, village of Osceola, issued June 2, 2010. Kristina M. Vinzant, village of Clear Lake, and Samuel K. Monson, village of Clear Lake, issued June 2, 2010. Courtney J. Nelson, village of Clear Lake, and Matthew J. Nelson, village of Clear Lake, issued June 2, 2010. Destiny E. Gustafson, city of Amery, and Trent A. Gross, city of Amery, issued June 3, 2010. Emily A. Schoen, Minneapolis, Minn., and Finley L. Alverson, Minneapolis, Minn., issued June 3, 2020. Valerie A. Katelhut, village of Luck, and Joshua K. Alling, town of Milltown, issued June 3, 2010.

(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)

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(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.

Monthly Board Meeting Monday, June 14, at 7 p.m. Milltown Fire Hall Virgil Hansen, Clerk 513237 41-42L 31-32a,d

(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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Application for Retail Class B License to sell intoxicating liquors and malt beverages. To the town board, Town of West Sweden, Polk County, Wisconsin. The undersigned: Aspen Leaf Lynn Skoog, President 2370 State Rd. 35 Frederic, WI 54837 Hereby makes application for a Class B Intoxicating Liquor and Malt Beverages Liquor License to be used from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, at the place of business located one mile north of Frederic, WI on Hwy. 35, Sec. 22T 2N R17E. Dated June 9, 2010 Andrea Lundquist, Clerk 514052 42L WNAXLP

Notice Is Hereby Given That The Regular Monthly Town Board Meeting Will Be Held On Tuesday, June 15, At 6:30 p.m., At The Town Hall

Agenda: 1. Call meeting to order 2. Clerk and treas. reports 3. Any corrections on the printed agenda in the newspaper. 4. Public input 5. Old business Discuss purchase of town truck 6. Employee report 7. Correspondence 8. New business A. Liquor licensing B. Opening blacktop & chip sealing bids for 160th and 310th project 9. Bills/vouchers 10. Set next meeting date 11. Move to adjourn Andrea Lundquist, Clerk

(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

APPLICATION FOR LICENSE Application for Retail Class B License to sell intoxicating liquors and malt beverages. To the town board of the Town of West Sweden, Polk County, Wisconsin. The undersigned: Jacqulyn M. Highstrom Keith B. Highstrom 3415 Hwy. W Frederic, Wis. Hereby makes application for Class B Intoxicating Liquor and Malt Beverages Liquor License to be used from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011 at the place of business located: Pcl. SE 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec. 8-37-17. Dated June 9, 2010 Andrea Lundquist, Clerk 513808 42L WNAXLP (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)

Plan Commission Meeting Monday, June 14 at 6 p.m. At the Milltown Fire Hall Virgil Hansen, Clerk

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(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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(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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LeRoy H. Lysne, 84, Amery, died May 23, 2010. Byron R. Bird, 84, Amery, died May 24, 2010.

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John L. Nestor, 65, Centuria, died May 11, 2010. Janet M. Waddick, 73, Balsam Lake, died May 19, 2010. Merle G. Wulf, 81, Centuria, died May 21, 2010. Edward E. Cahill, 93, Amery, died May 23, 2010.

Notices/ Employment

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1. Call to Order 2. Disclosure of Legal Notice – County Clerk & Corp. Counsel 3. Roll Call 4. Prayer: Supervisor Harry Johansen 5. Pledge of Allegiance 6. Consideration of Corrections to the Noticed Agenda 7. Consideration of Corrections to the Published Minutes of the 5/18/2010, County Board Meeting 8. Public comments - 3 minutes per person - not to exceed 30 minutes total 9. Chairman’s Report 10. County Administrator’s Report 11. Finance Director’s Report 12. Committee/Board Reports a. Highway - Supvr. Caspersen b. Finance - Supvr. Bergstrom c. Personnel - Supvr. Arcand d. Property, Forestry and Recreation – Supvr. Jepsen e. Extension, Land and Water Resources, Lime Quarry - Supvr. D. Johansen f. Public Protection - Supvr. Luke g. Land Information - Supvr. O’Connell h. Human Services Board - Supvr. Stoneking i. Board of Health - Supvr. Schmidt j. Golden Age Manor Board - Supvr. Kienholz k. Organization Committee - Supvr. Brown 13. Appointments of Persons to Various Committees and Boards: Renewable Energy Committee - Linda Leef to replace Mike Voltz Board of Adjustment - Art Gillitzer & Curtis Schmidt 7/1/2010 to 6/30/2013 ITBEC Board - Wm. F. Johnson and Larry Jepsen ITBEC Advisory Committees Steve Healy , Economic Development 6-2010 to 62012 Sue Mathews, Tourism 6-2010 to 6-2012 ADRC – Kari Flom 6-2010 to 6-2013 Pat Schmidt 6-2010 to 6-2013 Diane Stoneking 6-2010 to 6-2013 Lynn Schauls 6-2010 to 6-2013 14. Presentation of Annual Reports Administration Land Information ADRC Land & Water Aging Library Child Support Lime Quarry Clerk of Court Golden Age Manor Corporation Counsel Parks, Bldgs. & Solid Waste County Clerk Public Health Employee Relations Register of Deeds Extension Sheriff’s Dept. Forestry Treasurer Highway Veterans Service IT 15. Proposed Ordinances, Resolutions and Actions of the Board: A. To Authorize a Legal Services Agreement between the Human Services Department and The Corporation Counsel for CY 2010 B. On the Adoption of the Revised County Plan for Library Service C. To Furnish County Training and Conference Centers 16. Supervisor Reports 17. Adjourn 514057 42L 32a,d

VILLAGE OF FREDERIC - APPLICATIONS FOR ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSE RENEWALS JULY 1, 2010 - JUNE 30, 2011 Notice is hereby given that the following have applied for alcohol beverage licenses: SSG CORPORATION, 512 Second St., Hudson, WI 54016 CLASS “A” Beer, at SSG HOLIDAY, 410 Wisconsin Ave. S. (AGENT: KATHY MEANS.) ELIASCO, INC., P.O. Box 626, Frederic, WI 54837 - CLASS “A” Beer, at FREDERIC STOP, 215 Wisconsin Ave. N. (AGENT: DAN JONES.) LEIBKE TRANSMISSION, INC., 2150 140th St. N., Milltown, WI 54858 - CLASS “A” Beer, CLASS “A” Liquor, at FREDERIC LIQUOR STORE, 209 Wisconsin Ave. N. (AGENT: JOHN H. BRICKMAN.) FREDERIC D&H, INC., 21952 Spirit Lake Access Rd., Frederic, WI 54873 - CLASS “A” Beer, CLASS “A” Liquor, at FREDERIC GROCERY, 120 Oak. St. W. (AGENT: DAVID JOHNSON.) LARSON-ANDERSON INC., P.O. Box 363, Frederic, WI 54837 - CLASS “B” Beer, at BEAN’S COUNTRY GRIDDLE, 101 Oat St. W. (AGENT: STEVE ANDERSON.) D&M KOEPP, INC., P.O. Box 582, Frederic, WI 54837 - CLASS “B” Beer; CLASS “B” Liquor, at SKOL BAR, 135 Oak St. W. (AGENT: PAULA DOMAGALA.) DALE & JEANNE’S INC., P.O. Box 545, Frederic, WI 54837 CLASS “B” Beer; CLASS “B” Liquor, at PIONEER BAR, 119 Oak St. W (AGENT: TRACI DESJARDINS.) FREDERIC GOLF COURSE, 905 Wisconsin Ave. S., Frederic, WI 54837 - CLASS “B” Beer; CLASS “B” Liquor, at FREDERIC GOLF COURSE, 905 Wisconsin Ave. S. (AGENT: JOAN SPENCER.) HACKER’S LANES INC., P.O. Box 45, Frederic, WI 54837 CLASS “B” Beer; CLASS “B” Liquor, at HACKER’S LANES, 413 Wisconsin Ave. S. (AGENT: SANDRA HACKER.) These applications will be considered for approval at the regular Village Board meeting to be held June 14, 2010. Kristi Swanson Village Treasurer/Deputy Clerk 514125 42L WNAXLP

(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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Follow the Leader.

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)

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

K-12 SPECIAL EDUCATION AIDE Description: This is a K-12 position with the School District of Shell Lake. Start Date: August 25, 2010 To apply: Interested applicants are to send the following: • Letter of application • Resume • Copy of current D.P.I. WI Special Education Aide license • Three Letters of Recommendation Must successfully complete a criminal background check, drug screen and medical exam. Candidate must have a 2-year associate degree or 48 college credits. If no college credits, candidate must pass proficiency tests in math and language arts. Application Deadline: June 25, 2010. Submit application materials to: Don Peterson, 7-12 Principal School District of Shell Lake 271 HIghway 63 Shell Lake, WI 54871 The Shell Lake School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability.

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The monthly board meeting for the Town of LaFollette will be held at the LaFollette Town Hall on Monday, June 14, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. Board of Review will meet and be adjourned until a later date. Agenda: Verification of posting; clerk’s minutes; treasurer’s report; resident issues; road items; cranberry marsh; ambulance service contract; White Pine Cemetery; liquor license approval; pay bills and look at correspondence. Linda Terrian, Clerk

(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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(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.

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The following have applied for Liquor Licenses: Balsam Lake Rod and Gun Club 1472 150th Street Pam Garvey, Agent Centuria, WI 54824 “Class B” Intoxicating Liquor Class “B” Beer Ronald Stager/Deer Lake Sports 1766 U.S. Hwy. 8 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 Class “B” Beer Glenna Family Farms, Inc. Rita Glenna, Agent 1333 120th Street Amery, WI 54001 “Class A” Intoxicating Liquor These licenses will be on the agenda for approval at the June 21 board meeting. 514217 Bryan Masters, 42L 32a Clerk WNAXLP


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The June meeting of the Village Board of Siren will be held Thursday, June 10, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Village Hall. Agenda posted. Ann Peterson 513804 Clerk-Treasurer 42L

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Frederic Village Board will meet, at the Village Hall, 107 Hope Road W., in the Village of Frederic, for the purpose of conducting general village business. This meeting will be held on Monday, June 14, 2010, at 7 p.m. Kristi Swanson, Village Clerk Frederic, Wis. 513802 42L


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Notices PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR BIDS Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Sealed bids will be received by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Management for salvage and removal of buildings and other property located in Burnett County at Clam River Fish and Wildlife Area (formerly the Beckwith property), 22041 County Highway H, at the junction of County Highways H and EE. The property for sale/salvage is as follows: 1 house (25x30 w/vinyl siding) 4 sheds (each roughly 8x10) Misc. include sinks, cabinets, light fixtures (in & out), toilet, faucets, patio blocks and two car doors. All buildings were inspected for asbestos. The kitchen flooring has 20% chrysotile and will be properly abated. Bids may be on one or more items. DNR has the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Bids that remove the most material will be considered first. Sealed bids may be sent to Nancy Christel, DNR, 810 W. Maple St., Spooner, WI 54801 by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Salvage/removal must be completed by August 15, 2010. Questions or to inspect the house, please call 715-635-4091.

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(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 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY The RiverBank A Minnesota Banking Corporation 26777 Fallbrook Avenue Wyoming, Minnesota 55092 Plaintiff, Vs. Studtwhite Companies LLC A Wisconsin Limited Liability Company 209 Jaden Drive Milltown, WI 54858, Milltown Village Market LLC a Wisconsin limited liability company 108 Central Avenue Milltown, WI 54859 Regional Business Fund, Inc. a Wisconsin corporation 800 Wisconsin Street, Mail Box 9 Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54703 Grafe Auction Co. a Minnesota corporation 1025 Industrial Drive Spring Valley, Minnesota 55975 John Doe, Mary Roe and XYZ corporation Defendants NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case Type: 30404 Case No.: 09CV538 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure filed in the above-entitled action on December 8, 2009, the Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real property at public auction as follows: TIME/DATE: June 30, 2010, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in certified funds, with the balance due and owing on the date of confirmation of the sale by the Court. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center 1005 W. Main Street Balsam Lake, WI 54810 LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Lots 4 and 5, Block F, First Addition to the Village of Milltown, and all of the unplatted lands lying between Lot 5, Block F and Lot 1, Block G of the First Addition to the Village of Milltown, being part of the SW1/4 of SW1/4, Section 8-3517, Polk County, Wisconsin. Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4, Block G, First Addition to the Village of Milltown, being part of the SW1/4 of SW1/4, Section 835-17, Polk County, Wisconsin. Also, nonexclusive road and pedestrian walkway easement over and across the following described property being in Polk County, Wisconsin, to-wit: An unplatted parcel of land between Blocks G and F in the First Addition to the Village of Milltown, described as follows: Beginning at the SW corner of Lot 6, Block F, running thence West to the SE corner of Lot 8, Block G to the SE corner of Lot 1, Block G, running thence East to the SW corner of Lot 5, Block F; thence South on the west line of Block F to the point of beginning except therefrom the alley crossing said premises which alley was conveyed to the Village of Milltown. And a parcel of land in the First Addition to the Village of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: That portion of the Bering Street right of way lying between the west right of way of Central Avenue and the east right of way of First Avenue West, north of Block “G” of the First Addition to the Village of Milltown (“Property”). (FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY: Plaintiff believes that the property is located in the Village of Milltown, Wisconsin.) Dated this 03 day of May, 2010 Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin By: Deputy Sheriff Steven B. Moe, Chief Deputy THIS INSTRUMENT WAS DRAFTED BY: ANASTASI & ASSOCIATES, P.A. 14985 60th Street North Stillwater, MN 55082 651-439-2951 511070 DCA/14386 WNAXLP

FREDERIC WATERWORKS Water System Information

If you would like to know more about the information contained in this report, please contact Ken Hackett at 715-327-8062. Health Information Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s safe drinking water hotline (800-426-4791). Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune systems disorders, some elderly and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Envrionmental Protection Agency’s safe drinking hotline (800-426-4791). Source(s) of Water Source ID Source Depth (ft.) Status 2 Groundwater 248 Active 3 Groundwater 217 Active 4 Groundwater 298 Active 5 Groundwater 310 Active To obtain a summary of the source water assessment, please contact Ken Hackett at 715-327-8062. swap web.p swap summary?i ro seq no=146402 Educational Information The sources of drinking water, both tap water and bottled water, including rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. Contaminants that may be present in source water include: 1. Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife. 2. Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally occuring or result from urban storm-water runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming. 3. Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm-water runoff and residential uses. 4. Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are byproducts of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban storm-water runoff and septic systems. 5. Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which shall provide the same protection for public health. Number of Contaminants Required to be Tested This table displays the number of contaminants that were required to be tested in the last five years. The CCR may contain up to five years worth of water quality results. If a water system tests annually, or more frequently, the results from the most recent year are shown on the CCR. If testing is done less frequently, the results shown on the CCR are from the past five years.

Contaminant Group Inorganic Contaminants Microbiological Contaminants Radioactive Contaminants Synthetic Organic Contaminants including Pesticides and Herbicides Volatile Organic Contaminants

# Of Contaminants 16 2 3 25 20




Level Found






BARIUM (ppm)





COPPER (ppm)

AL = 1.3






AL = 15




LEAD (ppb)

NICKEL (ppb)


NITRATE (NO3-N) (ppm)


SODIUM (ppm)


Contaminant (units) RADIUM (226+228)(pCi/1)


Sample Date (if prior to 2009)

Violation Typical Source of Contaminant












0 of 10 0.2600 10/15/2008 results were above the action level 0.1


10/15/2008 0 of 10 results were above the action level










Erosion of natural deposits; Runoff from orchards; Runoff from glass and electronics production wastes. Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits. Discharge from steel and pulp mills; Erosion of natural deposits.


Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching from wood preservatives. Erosion of natural deposits; Water additive which promotes strong teeth; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories.


Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits. Nickel occurs naturally in soils, groundwater and surface waters and is often used in electroplating, stainless steel and alloy products. Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits.


NO 6/25/2008






Level Found





Sample Date Violation Typical Source of Contaminant (if prior to 2009) NO

Erosion of natural deposits.

MONITORING AND REPORTING VIOLATIONS Compliance Period Ending Contaminant Group NITRATE NITRATE NITRATE NITRATE Term AL MCL MCLG MFL mrem/year NTU pCi/1 ppm ppb ppt ppq TCR TT

Sample Location Compliance Period Beginning 2 3 5 4

1/1/2009 1/1/2009 1/1/2009 1/1/2009

Monitoring and reporting violations occur when a water system fails to collect and/or report results for State required drinking water sampling. “Sample location” refers to the distribution system, or an entry point or well number from which a sample is required to be taken.

9/30/2009 9/30/2009 9/30/2009 9/30/2009

514030 42L WNAXLP DEFINITION OF TERMS Definition Action Level: The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow. Maximum Contaminant Level: The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology. Maximum Contaminant Level Goal: The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety. Million fibers per liter. Millirems per year (a measure of radiation absorbed by the body). Nephelometric Turbidity Units. Picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity). Parts per million, or milligrams per liter (mg/l). Parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (ug/l). Parts per trillion, or nanograms per liter. Parts per quadrillion, or picograms per liter. Total Coliform Rule. Treatment Technique: A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.



The Town of Bone Lake is seeking bids for hot mix blacktop for one mile, 20’ wide, 2-1/2” compacted, for 255th Avenue, from Cty. GG, east to Cty. I. This is a TRIP program bid and must meet prevailing wage laws. Bids are due by Thursday, June 10, 2010. Contact Chairman Wayne Shirley at 715-472-2974. Darrell Frandsen, Clerk 513541 41-42L WNAXLP TOWN OF GEORGETOWN LIQUOR LICENSE APPLICATIONS Notice is hereby given that the following have applied liquor licensing: Class “B” Beer and Liquor, Robert Sherrard, 2049 Sherrard Dr., Luck - Sherrard’s Resort Class “B” Beer and Liquor, Donald Graf, 1091 238th Ave., Luck - Wilkin’s Resort Class “B” Beer and Liquor, California Louie’s Inc., 1082 240th Ave., Luck - Calderwood Lodge Class “B” Beer and Liquor, Ellen Molamphy, 1879 W. Bone Lk. Dr., Balsam Lake - Blacksmith Shop Class “B” Beer and Liquor, Dennis Patrick, 927 190th, Balsam Lake - CD’s Eagle Lounge, Inc. Class “A” Beer and Liquor, Jeffrey Traynor, 2102 70th, Balsam Lake - Jonzy Market Kristine Lindgren, Clerk 514261 42L WNAXLP


The Town of West Sweden is seeking bids for chip sealing 310th Ave. west of Frederic to 160th St. to 300th Ave. about 1-3/4 miles. Bids are due by the next meeting, Tuesday, June 15, 2010. The board has the right to accept or eject any or all bids. Contact Chairman Dennis O’Donnell at 715-327-4954 or Kevin Taylor, 715-371-1002. Andrea Lundquist, Town Clerk 513538 41-42L WNAXLP


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 514103 42L 54810, 715-485-9176. AA/EEOC

SUBSTITUTE POSITION AVAILABLE The following long-term substitute position is available in the Shell Lake School District:

7-12 Physical Education Instructor 7-12 Health Instructor

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The following part-time position is available in the Shell Lake School District: Early Childhood Special Education Teacher position for up to 20 hours per week for the 2010-2011 school year. DPI license 809 Early Childhood Special Education license is required for this position. To apply: Interested applicants must send the following: • Letter of application • Resume • Copy of current WI EC Special Education 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: June 25, 2010. Submit application materials to: Mr. Michael Werner, Elementary Principal 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.

This is a long-term substitute position starting in August, 2010. This position will provide physical education and health instruction in grades 7-12. D.P.I. license, Physical Education 530 and Health 910 will be required. Applicants with additional certifications preferred. Coaching positions also available. Start Date: August 25, 2010 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: June 25, 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.


Please be advised the School District of Siren intends to sponsor the Summer Food Service Program at the Siren School, 24022 Fourth Avenue North, Siren. The Summer Food Service Program receives funding from the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Free meals will be made available to eligible children 18 years of age and under, and persons over 18 years of age who are determined by a state educational agency or local public educational agency of a state to be mentally or physically disabled and who participate in a public or nonprofit private school program established for the mentally or physically disabled and who are under 21 years of age. The program will be in operation June 14 through July 2, 2010. Breakfast will be served from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and lunch will be served from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. In the operation of children nutrition programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write immediately to the Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302. 514110 42L

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MEETING NOTICE The Next Meeting Of The Meenon Town Board Is Scheduled For Monday, June 14, 2010, 7 p.m., At The Meenon Town Hall.

Agenda to include: Minutes of last meeting, Treasurer’s report, Chairman’s and Supervisor’s reports, road report, Building Permits, Boring Permit, Highway Ordinance, ATV Ordinance, approval of Liquor and Operators Licenses and Ambulance Contract. Respectfully submitted, Suzanna M. Eytcheson 514084 42L 32a Town Clerk


The Town of West Sweden is seeking bids for Hot Mix blacktop top for 20’ wide and 2-1/2” compacted to 2” from Birch Ave. and 155th St. from Third Ave. to State Hwy. 48. This is a L.R.I.P program and must meet prevailing wage laws. The town board has the right to accept or eject any or all bids. Bids are due by Tuesday, June 15, 2010, by 6:30 p.m., at the board meeting. Contact Chairman Dennis O’Donnell at 715-327-4954 or Kevin Taylor, 715-371-1002. Andrea Lundquist, Town Clerk 513537 41-42L WNAXLP


At the St. Croix Falls Comforts Of Home

Experienced Cook & RN Apply within Contact Janet,


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MORNING STOCK CREW 5 a.m. - 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Apply In Person At:


1285 208th Street St. Croix Falls, Wis. 513362 30-31a,d 41-42L

SECTION 00100 ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Grantsburg High School - Vertical Access to Mezzanine Grantsburg School District 480 East James Avenue Grantsburg, Wisconsin 54840 Project Address: Grantsburg High School 480 East James Avenue Grantsburg, Wisconsin 54840 DESCRIPTION OF WORK Sealed bids will be received by the Grantsburg School District for a single prime contract covering General Construction including Mechanical & Electrical work for interior renovation to provide vertical access to the High School mezzanine; bids are also to include the Vertical Wheelchair Lift. Proposals are to be in the form of a single lump sum price and submitted on the bid form provided. COMPLETION SCHEDULE It is anticipated construction can start in early July 2010. Substantial completion of the interior renovation is to be within 60 days from the notice to proceed; installation of the lift to be within 90 days from the notice to proceed. DOCUMENTS Bid documents may be obtained from the Architect upon payment of $25 for each set. Checks are to be written to the Grantsburg School District. Bidders returning complete bid documents in good condition within twenty-one (21) days of the bid award and Contractors awarded the Project will be refunded their deposit. No refunds will be made after 21 days. Electronic bid documents (PDF files) are available from the Architect if requested. Partial sets or individual drawings or specification sections of the bid documents will not be issued. BID SECURITY Each bidder must deposit with his/her bid, a bid security in the amount of 5% of their bid. The bid security is to be a bid bond; a cashier’s check is not acceptable as a bid security. PREBID CONFERENCE A Prebid Conference will be held at 10 a.m., on June 16, 2010, at the project site. The meeting will include discussion of the Bid Documents, scope of the work and bidding requirements. Each bidding contractor shall visit the site and familiarize themselves with conditions and extent of work prior to the prebid conference. All bidding contractors and subcontractors are encouraged to attend the Prebid Conference. TIME AND DATE OF BID Submit sealed bid no later than 2 p.m., June 23, 2010, to the Owner (Grantsburg School District Administrative Office) at 480 East James Avenue in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. Bids received will then be opened publicly and read aloud. Each bidder shall submit their bid on the approved Bid Form and include with their bid related information. Bids will not be accepted by fax or telephone. Bids received after the date and hour listed will be returned unopened. No bidder may withdraw his/her bid within sixty (60) days after date of bid opening. The Owner shall have the right to reject any or all Bids, to waive informalities or irregularities in a Bid received, and to accept the Bid which, in the Owner’s judgment, is in the Owner’s best interest. Date: May 27, 2010 Owner: Grantsburg School District 480 East James Avenue Grantsburg, Wisconsin 54840 Architect: Craig Selander, Architect, LLC 216 South Oak Street Grantsburg, Wisconsin 54840 (715) 463-3151 513536 41-42L WNAXLP


Martin Songetay is the general manager of the new St. Croix Casino Danbury and Millie Alexander is a member of the transition team, in charge of games management and casino floor procedures.

Aimee Juan of the St. Croix Tribe’s marketing department holds up samples of some of the new uniform designs being worked on for the grand opening, July 30. - Photos by Gary King

Chef Brandon Songetay is the food and beverage director for the new casino/hotel/convention center.

New casino/from page 1 briefings and providing guidance in the project. The new St. Croix Casino Danbury represents one of the largest financial investments - if not the largest - the St. Croix Tribe has made over the past 20 years. This latest venture will maintain its status as the largest employer in Burnett County and one of the largest employers in Barron and Polk counties, taking into consideration its St. Croix Casino and Hotel in Turtle Lake. The complex will offer more than 500 slot machines and 18 table games, a 72-

seat sit-down restaurant, a 150-seat, 24hour buffet, a banquet facility that can seat more than 190 and a configurable convention center that can accommodate several hundred. The attached hotel will offer 47 rooms and suites with an indoor pool. And the gaming area will offer a smoke-free area. New jobs at the Danbury casino, in the midst of a tough economy and doubledigit unemployment locally, makes the project even more impressive, especially in the eyes of local job-seekers. Although a specific number of jobs still has yet to be

determined, Hunt said St. Croix Tribal Enterprises will be employing “nearly twice as many”people than the number now employed at Hole In The Wall. That means roughly 200 new jobs, based on information from the Tribe’s Web site. Job fairs are planned for Monday, June 14 and Monday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lakeview Event Center just north of Siren. Current Hole In The Wall employees will apply for the new jobs like anyone else seeking a position. “The plan is to audition current employ-

ees - from general manager on down - for positions at the new property,” Hunt noted. All in the service Hunt’s job is made easier these days by new faces Morrie Anderson and Millie Alexander, the other two members of the transition team. “It’s quite a contrast,” Anderson says of the 19-year-old Hole In The Wall Casino

See New casino, back page

ICCPA presents scholarships to area graduates

Sabrina Lane Luck High School

Cathryn McConnell Frederic High School

Nicole Steiner Webster High School

Publisher of Register, Leader and Advertisers presents total of $6,000 to eight area graduates FREDERIC - This is the 12th year the Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association, publisher and printer of the Inter-County Leader and Washburn County Register newspapers and the Advertisers, has presented scholarships to graduates at schools in the area. This year the cooperative presented $6,000 in scholarships to eight area schools - Frederic, Grantsburg, Siren, Webster, Luck, Shell Lake, St. Croix Falls and Unity.

Breanna Barr Siren High School

Cortney Rasmussen SCF High School

Kelsey Lien Grantsburg H.S.

The cooperative has presented at least one scholarship to area graduates since 1989. In 1998 the cooperative began giving its $300 scholarship to a graduate at each of the seven public schools in Burnett and Polk counties and the cooperative’s board of directors voted that same year to raise the amount to $750, beginning with the 1999 scholarships. In 2005, Shell Lake became the eighth area public school to receive the cooperative’s yearly award. Recipients scholarships are chosen based on academic excellence, an interest in journalism or photography and on recommendation by scholarship committees. Receiving the Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association scholarships this year were: Breanna Barr of Siren, Nicole Steiner of Webster, Cathryn McConnell

Julie Simpson Shell Lake High

of Frederic, Julie Simpson of Shell Lake, Sabrina Lane of Luck, Luke Hilleshiem of Unity, Kelsey Lien of Grantsburg and Cortney Rasmussen of St. Croix Falls. Members of the cooperative's board of directors are Vivian Byl of Luck, chair, Charles Johnson of Trade Lake, Janet Oachs of Grantsburg, Carolyn Wedin of rural Frederic and Merlin Johnson of Grantsburg. The manager of the cooperative is Doug Panek. - Gary King

Benefit this Saturday for Ava Danielle Hutton LUCK – A benefit for Ava Hutton is set for this Saturday, June 12, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Luck Lions DBS Hall at 300 1st St. Ava is the daughter of Nina Allison (Freer) and Mike Hutton. Ava, who will be 1 year old in October, was born with mucolipidosis II, also called I-cell disease, a genetic disorder that usually results in death within five to eight years. She was taken to the University of Minnesota for an umbilical cord blood transplant, which is the only treatment known for I-cell disease. There, at age 3 months, she received 11 days of chemotherapy, a dose of radiation and then the blood transplant. She spent six weeks in the pediatric intensive care unit for respiratory failure. Now Ava is breathing on her own and making great strides. The transplant was a success, and there are no more diseased cells left to damage her organs. She will still need intensive therapies for many years. She also will need to stay home for at least the first year because of her compromised immune system. The benefit will include lunch, silent auction and raffle prizes, including a gas grill, and eight-hour fishing trip, a Savage .22 rifle with scope, a quarter of beef, hotel stays and many other prizes. For more information, contact Jenny Ulmaniec at 715-554-0155, or Allan

Luke Hilleshiem Unity High School

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The Hole In The Wall Casino complex is dwarfed by the new St. Croix Casino Danbury. Demolition of the Hole In The Wall buildings will begin Aug. 9, approximately a week after the grand opening of the new casino/hotel/convention center. - Photos by Gary King

New casino/from page 31 and Hotel, which literally stands in the shadow of the sleek and immense outline of the new casino facility. Anderson says it’s an exciting time not only for the new surroundings the complex offers but for what he has planned for filling staff positions. “We can train anyone to be a slot tech,” he says. “What we’re looking for is performers and entertainers. Someone who can greet you as you come in the door and make you feel so special that it will make you want to come back.” Extraordinary staff service, he says, not unlike the Disney employee model. “We offer world-class service,” noted Mary Kay Merrill, the St. Croix Casino director of marketing, in a statement that included the assurance that regulars at the Hole In The Wall over the past two decades will still feel comfortable in the new facility due to the continued personal service they’ve come to know. Alexander is lending her skills to the games management and casino floor procedure areas.

The view of the gaming floor of the new St. Croix Casino Danbury from a second-story balcony. Staff from the Hole In The Wall were working last Thursday, June 3, to prepare the floor for installation of slot machines. Below, a roomful of new slot machines, ready for installation.

The tour Statistics aside, the actual experience of walking through the new facility brings home the reality that photographs really wouldn’t be able to capture the scale and design. Adam Songetary, interim facility manager, who has been on-site as long as anyone with the project, leads the tour, pointing out progress made - from the massive heating and cooling system to smaller touches such as a small piece of artwork - a backlit facade comprised of two layers of grass reeds. Each of the dining areas is named in Ojibwe - the Waabgaani-noondin (East Winds) dining room, the Zhaawaninoondin (South Winds) Buffet and the Giiwedi-noondin (North Winds) Deli. The entertainment area is called the Ningaabii-noondin (West Winds) Lounge. “Carpet is here Wednesday,” Hunt announces while walking through the hotel rooms on the second floor. A total of 32 rooms will be furnished and ready for occupancy by grand opening with the remaining rooms and suites on the upper floors ready soon after that, he noted. The most luxurious of suites are back to back on the fifth floor and utilize the huge windows and loft space, complete with a large jacuzzi and impressive views. Countdown At seven weeks from grand opening, plenty of work has yet to be done. Hunt says he’s confident everything is on schedule, crediting main contractor Miron Construction, along with the St. Croix Tribal Construction team and a constant update of checklists, employee organizational charts, memos, briefings and meetings. “They are scrutinizing every invoice and every move being made on our behalf,” Hunt said. “Making sure we’re getting what we paid for.” An invitation-only reception and ceremony to dedicate the new facility will be held July 29, the day before the grand opening, when the general public gets to see what the fuss is all about. “Simply put,” Hunt said. “Our strategy is to capture a larger share of the gaming customer through extraordinary customer service and we've built the facility that can do that....”

Adam Songetay, interim facility manager for the new St. Croix Casino Danbury, is shown with the casino’s power plant in the lower level of the facility, which also houses massive heating units, walk-in coolers and a loading dock for receiving goods. Songetay has been on the construction site since the beginning of the project.

CEO Joseph Hunt looks over blueprints for the new casino during a tour of the facility last Thursday, June 3.

A computer light display will accentuate a large, circular bar surrounded by video poker machines.

A view from the loft of one of the luxury suites on the top floor of St. Croix Casino Danbury.

The swimming pool in the casino’s hotel.



Follow the Leader

An award-winning newspaper serving NW Wisconsin Dairy breakfast spotlights young folk following their dream


by Nancy Jappe Leader staff writer TOWN OF LAFOLLETTE – “It’s giving young kids the opportunity to follow their dream,” Laura Coyour said as she talked about her nephew, Seth Olson, and his friend Tyler Moore taking over the milk-

Tyler Moore (L) from Osceola and Seth Olson from Milltown are now milking 50 cows (47 Holsteins and 3 Guernseys) on the Coyour farm, the site of this year’s Siren Ag Association Dairy Breakfast. Preparing the farm to be the site of the annual Burnett County Dairy Breakfast are (L to R), front row: Jena, Laura and Abby Coyour. Back row: Tyler Moore, Seth Olson and Doug Coyour. The farm has been in Doug Coyour’s family since his grandfather, Don, purchased the farm in 1943. – Photos by Nancy Jappe ing operation on the family farm. Coyour and her husband, Doug, were the third generation of family on the farm since it was purchased in 1943 by Doug’s grandfather, Don. Olson and Moore now become the fourth generation to carry on the farming operation.

Those who come to this year’s dairy breakfast will see the milking operation going on in this barn on the Coyour farm. The milk produced here goes to AMPI in Jim Falls to be made into cheese.

The Coyours are still raising beef cattle, and producing corn, bean and alfalfa crops in addition to the milking the two young farmers have now taken over. They are raising five emus, which the public will have a chance to see during the dairy breakfast. And part of the farm acreage is used by their son, Mitchell, and his wife, Kelsie, in their outdoor business, Coyland Creek Twenty-three years ago the Burnett County Dairy Breakfast put on by the Siren Ag Association was held on the Coyour farm. Earlier this year the family was notified that it was their turn again, and preparation for the big event has been going on since then. It’s a big job getting everything in shape for the many people who will come out to spend the morning learning about a farming operation and particularly the milking done by Olson and Moore. Seth Olson comes from Milltown. He crop farms on a large farm between Milltown and Cushing, which takes time away from the milking come spring and fall. Moore, who is from Osceola, takes over when Olson is off the farm. “I know more about cows,” Moore said. The two met and became friends while they were each taking a two-year course through WITC in New Richmond. Olson

The Coyour farm in the town of LaFollette has been home to members of the Coyour family since 1943. Doug and Laura Coyour, the third generation of farmers there, now raise beef cattle and plant corn, bean and alfalfa crops. The fourth generation on the farm, nephew Seth Olson and his friend Tyler Moore, are doing all the milking, with the milk from 50 cows going into the making of cheese.

had previously gone to UW-Madison for one year, taking a course in dairying. His WITC training was in farm mechanics. Olson was milking cows in Cushing, but needed a better place and bigger barn to work out of. He had been coming to the Coyour farm summers to help out. He talked to Uncle Doug, and came to an arrangement to move onto the farm in May 2009. The day for the two young farmers starts at about 6:30-7 a.m., and the first job is milking cows. They currently have 50 cows, mostly Holsteins. Milking is done morning and night. The rest of the day is spent doing chores or working on crops. Farming has been Moore’s life since he was a young boy. “It’s all I know how to do,” he said. Eventually he and Olson hope to be milking 80 cows and to extend their crop operation. The milk they produce is sold to AMPI out of New Ulm, Minn., and delivered to their operation in Jim Falls where it is made into cheese. “It’s a good life,” Doug Coyour said when asked for his comment about farming. “It’s something both of us have always wanted to do,” added Seth Olson. Now is the time for Olson and his friend Tyler Moore to show the public, through the Dairy Breakfast at the Coyour farm Saturday, June 19, 6 a.m. to noon, how they have been given the opportunity to follow their dream.

According to Laura Coyour, this is a typical scene on a farm, the family getting together to talk about what comes next in their daily schedule of operation. This year talk is about cleaning up the farm in preparation for the June 19 dairy breakfast.

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Signs like this can be found throughout Burnett County as the Siren Ag Association prepares for the Saturday, June 19, annual dairy breakfast. Twenty-three years ago the breakfast was held on the Coyour farm in the southeastern part of the county. Nephew Seth Olson and his friend, Tyler Moore, who now milk cows on the farm, along with the Coyour family, are preparing the grounds for the big event to be held there again.


Girl Scout Bridging

Jessica and Cora Bauer, recipients of the Gold Award, the highest award given in Girl Scouting, were recognized during the Court of Awards for the Points North Service Unit Wednesday, June 2, at Siren School. The girls, members of Scout Troop 50190, put in 216 hours of volunteer service at a domestic abuse center as part of their Gold Award preparation. They also were recipients of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for Citizenship in Girl Scouting. – Photos by Nancy Jappe

Patricia Keating, manager of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys Girl Scout Council, told the audience at the Court of Awards in Siren that Cora and Jessica Bauer helped her with a number of events. “I feel they are the epitome of Girl Scouting,” Keating said. She also praised the girls mother/leader, Vickie Bauer, for furthering the girls interest in Girl Scouting.

Tish Bolger (L), chief operating officer for the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, was a guest at the Court of Awards held at Siren School Wednesday, June 2. Bolger is shown here with Joyce Stanchfield, Points North Service Unit membership specialist. Bolger commented that the local area has been good for Girl Scouting, with great community support. “What an impact that makes on the community and girls!” she commented.

Special treat

On the last day of school Thursday, June 3, the students at Siren Elementary School got a special treat – a chance to walk over to Moose Mulligans for a time of mini-golf and fun. Moose Mulligan’s owner/Siren teacher Becky Walsh, as a special reward for a good year, opened Moose Mulligans to the students and their teachers/chaperones as a fun way to end the 2009-2010 school year. – Photos by Nancy Jappe

Abbey's Playground dedication

Rep. Ann Hraychuck was a guest at the Girl Scout Court of Awards in Siren Wednesday, June 2. This was Hraychuck’s first invitation to a Girl Scout event. “Being a leader on any level requires a lot of sacrifice,” Hraychuck said, comparing it to being a public servant, which can be a demanding and thankless job. “I am so happy to be with all of you,” she went on. “You ended my day on a very positive note.” She challenged the Scouts to continue volunteering and being in Girl Scouting. “You will join a wave of very talented and accomplished women. The only one who can truly limit you is yourself.”

First 2010 Music in the Park concert

The first concert in the 2010 season for Music in the Park at the band shell in Crooked Lake Park, Siren, was held Thursday, June 3. Performing on stage was the musical group known as Intensive Care featuring (L to R) Joe Lindberg, Dennis Clay, Shane and Travis Hinze. The bandshell season features different groups of musicians every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. through Aug. 26. The concert for June 10 features the St. Croix Valley Orchestra. In case of inclement weather, the concerts are held in the Siren School auditorium, and there’s always free admission. – Photo by Nancy Jappe

Susan and Mark Lacek, founders of Faith’s Lodge, along with Katey and Scott Taylor, dedicated Abbey’s Playground on May 22. The playground will be for children suffering the loss of a sibling or who are seriously ill. Faith’s Lodge, located near Webster, is named in memory of one of the Lacek’s children, and provides a sanctuary for parents and families facing the serious illness or death of a child. Abbey’s Playground is named in honor of Abigail Taylor, daughter of Katey and Scott, who lost her life after being disemboweled in a kiddy pool on June 29, 2007. After a triple organ transplant and numerous surgeries, Abbey passed away on March 20, 2008. The playground was made possible by the Abbey’s Hope Foundation, created as a tribute to Abigail, with the mission to help keep children safe, increase organ donor awareness and support the kinds of programs and organizations that so generously supported Abbey and her family while she was recovering from her injuries and transplant. More information is available by visiting or - Photo submitted


Festival auditions June 26 ST. CROIX FALLS - Festival Theatre will hold auditions on June 26 for two plays: “All Shook Up” and “Happy & The River.” The morning will be devoted to youth ages 1218, while the afternoon is for adults. Audition registration is required in advance. “All Shook Up” will be directed by Bill Perron and is the first musical in Festival’s Youth & Family Theatre project, which began in 2008. Middle school and high school-aged youth who would like an experience in music theater are encouraged to audition and the process will include specific audition activities in acting, singing and movement. “All Shook Up” will rehearse in August and will perform Sept. 2-12. It uses the music of Elvis Presley to help tell the story of a small-town girl with big dreams who just happens to fall in love with a biker. “Happy & The River” is an original play that has been developed to celebrate the life and legacy of Sen. Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day and champion of protecting the rivers and waters in Wisconsin. The play will be directed by Steve O’Toole and requires a fairly large cast with a wide age range. “Happy & The River” will rehearse in August and early September and, at this time, is scheduled to perform in St. Croix Falls in mid-September followed by Wisconsin performances on tour in Ashland and Madison. Registration is required to audition and all the details can be received by sending an e-mail request to or by phone at 715-483-3387. Learn more about Festival Theatre at from Festival Theatre My sister was having a tough day and had stretched herself out on the couch to Joe Roberts do a bit of what she thought to be well-deserved complaining and self-pitying. She moaned to me, “Nobody loves me ... the whole world hates me!” Busily occupied playing a game, I hardly looked up at her and passed on this encouraging word: “That’s not true, sis. Some people don’t even know you.” ••• Dr. Clarke always stopped at his local bar after work for a hazelnut daiquiri, a special drink the bartender had created just for him. One day the barman ran out of hazelnut flavor so he substituted hickory nuts instead. Dr. Clarke took one sip of the drink and exclaimed, “This isn’t a hazelnut daiquiri, Bartender!” “No, I’m sorry,” replied the barkeeper, “it’s a hickory daiquiri, doc.” ••• A woman came home to find her retired husband waving a rolled-up newspaper around his head. Wife: “What are you doing, dear?” Husband: “Swatting flies - I got three males and two females.” Wife: “How do you know which gender they were?” Husband: “Easy - three were on the beer, and the other two were on the phone.” •••

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Effective communication is difficult enough when you speak the same language but add in a different culture and language and you John W. Ingalls set yourself up for an interesting experience. Even if you think you have communicated accurately and clearly and believe you understand the response, expectations may give you one image but reality gives you another. Getting out of your comfort zone may be the best thing you can do to really challenge your communication skills and you will have the time of your life doing it. My wife, Tammy, and I have enjoyed traveling internationally over the past few years. Our destinations have included Thailand, Italy, Greece, Turkey, New Zealand, various Caribbean islands, Bermuda, Mexico and of course our neighbor to the north, Canada. We have enjoyed multiple U.S. destinations as well. Ironically the greatest communication difficulties we encountered were in South Carolina. The drawl was so thick it was impenetrable despite multiple attempts at repeating your words slowly and carefully. The usual response my wife got was a puzzled look and the words “Ma’am???” I am told they speak English in South Carolina but it isn’t like the English they speak in the Caribbean, or the English they speak in Bermuda or New Zealand or even in Canada. Eh? In order to prepare yourself for international travel I would recommend learning to say a few basic phrases in whatever the native language may be at your destination. We now know how to say “where is the bathroom?” in multiple languages. What we didn’t learn is how to ask for the toilet paper before you go into the bathroom. Big mistake. It may be on the wall outside the room or perhaps a few sheets for sale at the door by the toilet guard. What passes for toilet paper

I never baked bread before I lived in Africa. There were only one or two bakeries in Lagos—a city of 17 million people—where you could buy a decent loaf of bread. Carrie Classon This seems incredible, but it’s true. West Africans have no tradition of bread baking, and the British who colonized Nigeria did them no favors in the food department. While former French colonies have fresh crusty baguettes, sold on the street out of lovely handwoven baskets, the former British colonies have utterly flavorless, rectangular white loaves wrapped in cellophane and sold out of the back of trucks. They look more like cinderblocks than anything a person would want to eat. (The British also left behind a fondness for weak instant coffee, warm beer, and sweet crackers they call biscuits with no nutritional value whatsoever.) Years later, much to everyone’s relief, the Lebanese came and brought proper coffee, olives, and cheese, but the bread situation never improved. I decided I had better learn to bake. My first efforts were not inspiring. I tried a number of recipes that yielded heavy, dry, crumbly bread. I began to fear there was more to this bread baking business than I thought. Eventually, I tried a recipe from my sister’s husband. It did not look promising. The dough was sloppy and felt gluey. It was not at all what I imagined bread dough should look like. But when I took that first loaf out of the oven, I realized there was no stopping me. That bread was good. My roommate was from Austria (a country that does know a thing or two about bread) so I was pleased when my bread met with her approval. When she brought back some bread from Vienna with walnuts in it, I copied that and it was a great

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success. I tried sesame seeds, pine nuts, cracked wheat, and white raisins. Before long I was baking bread on a daily basis. When I asked my new friends in Nigeria, “What do you want for your birthday?” they said, “Bread.” Soon I was bringing bread to birthdays, bread to dinner parties, bread to pool parties, bread to the beach. On Saturdays after yoga class, I baked sweet bread. I baked it in a dish and when it was removed, I served it upside down—glazed sweet bread with swirls of sugar and cardamom, raisins and walnuts wound inside. I sent samples to people who were not in the class, people who I thought might enjoy yoga. We had unlikely new members join yoga class. They came for the sweet bread served hot from the oven, our yoga mats beside us on the floor. I wrote to my friends and family in the United States and told them I was baking bread. Some of them didn’t believe me. I was not a person who baked bread. I didn’t care what they thought. It doesn’t matter if I had shown no inclination or skill in baking before. It doesn’t matter who I used to be. Now I bake bread. Every day the smell of freshbaked bread meets me as I walk down the stairs. Every day baking bread becomes less of a novelty and more of who I am. While much about my life and future is uncertain, I know that every night, before my day finally ends, I will mix the next day’s dough. Every night as I fall asleep I know that, regardless of what the day ahead holds for me, I will find time to bake the loaf of bread that waits. Till next time, —Carrie

Frederic Lions bike race turns 23 FREDERIC – The Frederic Lions Bike Classic will be held for the 23rd time on Saturday, June 12. Started in 1988 by the Frederic Lions Club, the race has held on to be the third-longest-running citizens bike race in Wisconsin. Over the years, proceeds from the race have been directed by the Lions Club to various charitable causes they support. This year’s race will be a 26-mile individual time trial and will bring racers from as far away as Dubuque, Iowa. The race will start at the Frederic High School campus at 10 a.m., with registration starting at 8 a.m. The race route is an out-and-back course, east on Clam Falls Drive and south on CTH I for 13 miles, turning around just north of Hwy. 48, and returning by the same route to Frederic. Top riders will complete the 26-mile course in under an hour, averaging well over 26 miles an hour on what is considered a tough time-trial route. 2009 winners, Lance Niles of Onalaska and Joan Carlson of Menomonie, are expected to return to defend their titles. Past winners with a local connection include: l988 – Wendy Weinzierl Griswold and Greg Nelson; 1993 Kevin Link and Jolene Selover-Baillargeon; 2000 - Terry Baillargeon. 2001 - Frank Lundeen. Also of note were: in another country may look more like newspaper here. In most other countries you don’t ask for a bathroom unless you are going to take a bath. In Turkey if you ask for a bathroom MD you will be directed to a public Turkish bath. That’s fine if you are expecting a public bath but not if you ate something that disagreed with your insides or you are doing the full bladder waltz. You need to learn the local term for a toilet. It may be water closet, el baño, the loo or even hong nam. It can get even more interesting if you get it mixed up with other words when you are trying to ask for something else. In Mexico you may have heard “don’t drink the water.” That is doubly true in Bangkok, Thailand. Everywhere we travelled we would buy bottled water. I learned to ask for two bottles of water by saying “Nam song” meaning two waters and also hold up two fingers. The local vendors would smile and sell me two bottles of water for probably two or three times the price that a local would pay. I would be pleased that I actually communicated with a local person and received what I had asked for. After nearly a week in Thailand I was proud that I was able to speak at least six words fluently. One day in a crowded market area I rushed up to a small shopkeeper and proudly said “Hong Nam!” and held up two fingers. Thinking I was asking for water, I was puzzled by the quizzical response from the vendor. She backed up and raised her eyebrows and said something I obviously couldn’t understand. I then realized I had said “toilet, No. 2.” Rather than try to correct myself I got lost in the crowd and bought my water somewhere else. I am sure she was puzzled because I don’t think they number their body functions as No. 1 or No. 2. Another interesting quirk of cross-cultural commu-

1994 - Kori Kelly Seehofer, who is currently a professional international bike racer, 2002 - Garrett Peltonen, who has raced as a domestic professional, and even though he never won the race, Bjorn Selander of Hudson, who has won two national cyclocross titles and is currently riding for Lance Armstrong’s Radio Shack international team in Europe. Arthur Martin, Frederic, is the only person to have raced in all 22 races so far and is expected to keep the streak going. The individual time-trial format features riders starting at 30-second intervals, with the goal of riding the course as fast as possible. Drafting and the team tactics of pack racing are not allowed, so time trials are referred to as the race of truth. Just lungs, legs and heart rates in the ozone. Time-trial-specific bicycles are designed for aerodynamics and may cost $5,000 or more. Aero wheels alone may cost $2,500 a pair and use over 200 pounds of air pressure. Race timing is being provided by Chimp Timing LLC – Andrea Potyondy-Smith and Randall James Ochmann, from Champlin, Minn. The Lions Classic is one of the 22 events of the WiSport Cycling Series, which offers age-group recognition in both road-race and time-trial divisions. For more information:, or 715-327-4892. – submitted nication is that someone may make a literal interpretation of whatever you say rather than figurative. When Tammy and I along with our two youngest children, Abby and Billie, traveled together to Bangkok, Thailand, a couple of years ago, we arranged to have someone meet us at the airport, but unfortunately the accuracy of our communication wasn’t clear. We arrived at a noisy, steamy and very foreign international airport at 12:15 in the morning. By 1:30 a.m. it was clear that our expected ride was not there. A very friendly person with a cell phone and relatively good English speaking skills made some phone calls on our behalf, contacted the family we were to meet and then called a taxi. She told the taxi driver to take us to a hotel for the night. When asked where we wanted to stay I looked at my family and knew the weariness we all felt. I asked for “a nice place” but was not sure what we would get. We drove for many miles on deserted streets, busy highways and back alleys, finally arriving at a quiet hotel that at least had a few English words at the check-in desk. The price, $26 for two rooms, seemed reasonable enough especially at 2:30 a.m. Believe it or not, we slept well, and in the morning I opened the window and stuck my head outside. There hanging next to our room window was a big sign that said “Nice Palace.” I got what I asked for. Out of all the countries and languages we have encountered the one language that speaks the loudest and is the best understood is “nice.” Politeness, kindness and patience delivered with a smile will always speak to the hearts of those trying to understand each other. This is as true in Bangkok, as it is on Main Street USA. I have found that a little humility and a lot of nice will get you most anywhere you want to go and it makes the voyage a lot more enjoyable. The next time you go somewhere brush up on the local language. If it includes a lot of “nice” I am sure you will do just fine.



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Ramblings Collected by Russ Hanson

Memorial Day at Wolf Creek had over 150 folks out to honor veterans this year. The Cushing American Legion leads the recognition each year. milk cans filled with fresh well water. We boys helped gather kindling sticks to start a fire under it. As the water came to a boil, several cans of coffee, opened with a key winding up a metal opening strip, were dumped into the boiler and kept hot for the next several hours. The coffee was dipped out and served in big old enameled metal pots. The adults all liked strong coffee. There were lots of Scandinavians and others including some folks part Indian, some French Canadians; some Yankees whose families came from Iowa, Illinois, New York, Maine, etc.; the old settlers of the Upper St. Croix River Valley. Many folks from Minnesota came too, complaining that they had to go all the way to St. Croix Falls or Grantsburg to cross when in the old days they could take the Sunrise or Rush City ferry or cross Nevers Dam. Walter tended the boiler and spun stories to the kids hanging around the fire; often stories of his days in the U.S. Cavalry. I remember him telling it something like this: “When I was hardly more than a kid, I went in the Army as a horse soldier. This was before the U.S. went into World War I. Pancho Villa, that Mexican bandit, was raiding U.S. ranchers and towns along the border and then hiding back across into Mexico. They sent General Black Jack Pershing down there with the cavalry to clean it up in the spring of 1916. I was one of them. Lot of desert, heat, scorpians and rattlers along the borders. Most of the folks spoke Spanish. We tried to figure out where Villa would strike next. He kept getting away. We finally went after him right into Mexico. Wasn’t supposed to cross the border, but we got tired of him getting away. Got to know Lieutenant George S. Patton down there—was a real hard guy already. Stayed at Big Houses for awhile—Casas Grande. “We had aero planes down there with trucks and horses all mixed up. We had ‘Chinee’ cooks. It was quite an adventure for me, just 18 years old. “ Walter would rattle off some Spanish words and phrases he had learned while in the area. “Como stas” means “howdy.” “Tango hambray” means “I want some grub.” The adults dismissed his stories as those of an old man with too much imagination. I believe he was there and it was exactly as he told it; Pancho Villa, Black Jack Pershing, George S. Patton and Walter Neufeldt; the roar of guns, cavalry charges, old cars and trucks, Chinese and all! Walter was the neighborhood handyman in his retirement. He was slim, tall (it seemed to us kids), wiry and quite agile for a man of his 70s. He painted Bert Brenizer’s house. When his ladder wasn’t tall enough, he set it on two 5-gallon paint

Lunch at the Wolf Creek Memorial Day program was prepared by Barb Davidsavor, Harriet Durushia, Marlene Jahn and Donna Blair. They always miss the program, busy working behind the scenes. – Photos by Russ Hanson


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pails to get the top of the second story siding. We watched him jiggle his ladder by bouncing it away from the house and out to the side, all precariously balanced on the paint pails. “You have to have experience and you know how much you can jiggle it around” he told us underneath. He did have a few falls, but nothing that caused serious problems. “Worst time was once when I was on a roof and had tied two ladders together to get to the top. I started to go down and the top ladder slid down and the bottom ladder out, making a right angle. There was no one to help, so after it stopped sliding and felt stable, I crawled straight out the top ladder, sticking straight out from the roof, then onto the bottom ladder I had roped together and got down fine. I will admit it had me a little nervous!” Walter worked for Leonard, Inez and their son Raymond Noyes each summer milking the cows when they went on their yearly car trip. We boys envied them with their 1949 Mercury backseat side windows plastered with travel decals for South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, etc.; so full you couldn’t see out the back windows when we rode with Leonard. When Dad and Mom and the Hanson kids finally began taking summer trips too, in the late '50s and '60s, Walter milked the cows while we were gone “Farmers judge a substitute hired milker by looking at the milk slips — how much milk the cows gave when they milk them and how much they gave when I am here taking over. Cows take a lot of getting used to — can’t do it in a single week, so they always go down in their milk production. To make up the difference, I feed the cows a little extra grain each day. That makes them easier to deal with and brings the milk level up so it looks as good as the farmer’s slips,” Walter told us after our vacation. Marvin and I followed his example when we started taking over farmers chores for a week or two during the summer, a job we did to make some money as high schoolers. Walter had a small home. The porch to the south and some of the walls were sided with vertical small birch logs. It looked quite rustic and attractive to us kids. “Should have used pine or something else; the birch rotted out in just a few years and I have to replace them already,“ Walter told us. In those days you made a point of visiting your neighbors at least a couple of times a year. Walter added color to the neighborhood as well as being someone who would help out or do a job for you. In the cemetery, on the lot next to him, is Roger Heaton, a more recent grave. Both are veterans, but there is only one flag holder. One is missing and I need to remember to ask the Legion out of Cushing about getting another one. Roger was related to Walter, but the ladies of our neighborhood were shy about

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telling us what the relationship was. Walter helped the older folks, Roy and Florence Rutsch, Bert and Hattie Brenizer, Eugene and Nettie Hanson, the Fors, Ericksons, Bergstroms, Orrs, Brenizers, Hansons, Westlunds and others along Evergreen and the River Road, stay in their homes longer by being available as the local handyman. ••• It feels like summer is here already. The monarch butterflies have been here already for several weeks and you can see egg cases on the milkweeds. Soon the caterpillars will be busy eating the leaves. The mosquitoes hatched out after the rain of two weeks ago and with the hot weather have moved into the woods surrounding the cabin. Two mother turkeys combined their flocks and walk past the cabin with nearly 30 little ones tightly bunched with a mother on each end. The owl has been watching them carefully, waiting a little longer until they are really bite sized. The fireflies are out; the fawns are still lying where their mommies left them; our local momma bear has three little cubs this year and the swans are still cygnetless. Cousin Sally from Seattle e-mailed and asked if we would like to house-sit for a week or so in mid-August. Sounded just the thing to Margo who hopes to have her father moved in a few more weeks. A leisurely drive out; a couple of weeks visiting in the West and another week drifting back fits what we like best about retirement. Taking the car with the best mileage and staying with cousins and tenting along the way to keep the costs low. Sally makes a list of things to do; faucet washers, toilet leaks, electrical problems, etc., for me to fix. It makes us welcome for the next time! If Margo can sell enough maple syrup by August, she can come along too. We filled out our Polk County Fair exhibits list with about 20 items each. Mine is fruit and syrup; Margo has vegetables, baked goods and a few antiques. We got started exhibiting just a few years ago when we were 4-H kids and got addicted to blue ribbons. Aunt Jemargo is still moving her dad, so Uncle Jemargo agreed to take over the next syrup sale at the Eureka Farmers Market, Friday 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. It is early for much garden stuff, but there are baked goods, plants, tomatoes (from our neighbor with the greenhouse), meat, roses and more. Stop in and encourage this local food effort. Mom’s strawberries started with ripe berries on June 1, surely an early season record. Her peas are blooming and setting pods already (those she planted at the end of March). The radishes, lettuce, dill and peas are flourishing, but the early planting of tomatoes, pumpkins and squash didn’t work out. The raspberries are set with berries only a week away; the apples set a thin crop due to the frosts while blooming — so should be big this year; the pumpkins and squash are just beginning to run vines. Everything looks good with all the recent rains, especially the weeds, ticks and mosquitoes. Stop by and listen to taps at Wolf Creek Memorial Day this year.

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largest number of folks I can remember attended the Memorial Day program at Wolf Creek last week. My count was about 150, but there were so many scattered here and there amongst the trees and bushes, there could have been more. Twenty-five of them attended especially to honor Vernon Jensen, the veteran singled out for special recognition this year. It was a beautiful day. The program was good as was the lunch at the Wolf Creek Church afterwards. The bugler ended the program with an exceptionally beautiful rendition of taps. Margo and I visited the Wolf Creek Cemetery several times during the past week. First to put flowers on my relatives graves, then to water them, again for the Memorial Day ceremony and last for cousin Shelby Hanson’s burial. Each visit we took some time to walk around the cemetery. I feel like I am walking around the neighborhood that I remember from the 1950s. The neighbors who came to our farm to thresh and fill silo all lie resting in the sand plots near where Wolf Creek joins the St. Croix River. The men and women who were the leaders of the old Wolf Creek Church and School we attended are here. The old-timers we got to know at the Sterling Old Settlers Picnic lie scattered throughout the cemetery. As I walk around, I see their faces again and remember the days when they were robust, active and in charge. Each person has a story. I walked by a grave near the pump that has the name Walter Neufeldt. Near it is his parents stone. I remember Walter well. He took time to visit with us when we were kids, s60 years younger than him. The stone says Walter Neufeldt 1894 – 1973 and (his wife) Anna 1889 – 1953. Walter lived on Evergreen Avenue about one mile west of the River Road, on the north side of the road just before the turn to the north. Walter told us “the road (Evergreen) used to go on the north side of our 40 acres, but then it was moved to the south edge where it is now. The house was jacked up and put on log skids and using horses, drug over here to be along the new road.” Walter was born and had spent some of his life in Chicago. I don’t know when he came to Sterling, but it appears his parents had been here for a while before him. He retired to their home. His wife died 20 years before him. He built a cement monument in his yard with all sorts of colored glass and items stuck in it as a memorial to her. He had a trail back in the woods that was his memory walk; you passed all sorts of items hanging from the trees, and along the ground to look at. You might walk by a garden rake stuck in the ground followed by a bee smoker hanging from a tree and a stone crock with some flowers all next to each other. Walter was the coffee maker at the Sterling Old SettlersPicnic for many years when it was at the old Boy Scout camp on Trade River, just north of the bridge where Evergreen crosses Trade. The picnic had started in the late 1930s; a get-together of the old folks who had settled the sand barrens after the Civil War and had mostly moved out to better farmland to the east by 1900. It still is going on today, the first Sunday after Father’s Day; a noon potluck picnic at the Cushing Community Center. Two huge stones supported the edges of the wash boiler. Dad brought 10-gallon

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What’s in a name: Sometimes it happens that writers happen to write

about the same subject the same week. There are thousands of subjects to address, but sometimes we get on the same wavelength. Last week, Dr. Ingalls wrote about names and I happened to do the same thing. A good name is worth a fortune. Remember when we were children we would repeat in singsong cadence “fool’s names and fool’s faces always appear in public places.” We’re talking about graffiti scrawled on buildings or fences. You may be poor, but if you have a good name, you are rich beyond measure. I have so many names floating around in my mind that sometimes I temporarily forget a name, too. But I’ve learned to come right out with it and say, “I’m sorry, but your name has slipped my mind,” and when I’m told what it is, I say, “Oh, of course. I should have known that right off the bat.” I’ve tried faking it and the other person always knows, so it’s best to be direct and come right out with it. After all, we are all human. A friend of mine told me that she made a terrible faux pas one time in a formal receiving line. The woman said, “Como esta?” and my friend replied, “How do you do, Mrs. Comstalk?” (Wrong!) In one of the cemeteries my son and I visited, reading names on stones, we read a woman’s stone and a man’s stone with the same last name and underneath each name of the obviously married couple was the word “auctioneer.” Birth dates were there, but no death dates. It’s all well and good to be prepared, but we were surprised. If you wanted to be remembered what words would identify you? Often enough we’ve seen the words “loving wife and mother.” Those words are tribute enough for most women. But a tiny little part of me wishes someone, somewhere, would remember me as a writer. Still, God knows I have written about him many times. And we are all put on this Earth to be something. I tried piano lessons, but I wasn’t meant to do that, although everyone said I had such long fingers that I have piano hands. Teaching didn’t do it for me either as I was told, “You are not here to entertain the pupils, but to teach them.” (I thought education was meant to be fun!) All I ever wanted to do was tell stories. It runs in the family. My cousin, Sid, was a natural storyteller.

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Signpost Bernice Abrahamzon At 6’3”, he worked in the woods most of his life, and many of those years in Alaska. When he told stories, he prowled about and made us visualize what he was describing. Sid died last month and I am devastated. He was the last blood relative I have left in the world, and that leaves me really bereft. It is hard being the last leaf of the family tree of our generation. That is what happens when you have a long life. I have found, too, that there is little or no reverence for age. Others think it’s time for you to climb up on a shelf and do nothing, including holding office, expressing opinions, sharing background knowledge, giving helpful info, etc. That is a surprise as I spent a great deal of my life with older people, and I really truly loved them. But this is a different throwaway world these days, and perhaps that includes the older generations, too.

Thank-you notes Have you written them yet? Sometimes I give real gifts, but mostly I write checks. If they are cashed, I know they were received. Yes, I expect thank-you notes. Writing thank-you notes is just common courtesy these days, but unfortunately common courtesy is uncommon now. What is so rare? As a day in June? True! We feast our eyes on green, green grass, green trees, blue sky, white, cumulus clouds lying in strata, all pleasing to the eye. No wonder poets wax poetic in the spring! Have a beautiful week. Until next week, Bernice

National Endowment for the Arts interviews Festival Theatre director ST. CROIX FALLS - When Josephine Reed from the National Endowment for the Arts visited St. Croix Falls in February to kick off the Big Read, little did she expect to find a professional theater in the town of about 2,000 people. So charmed was she with the place, the people and the story, that Reed returned to Washington, D.C., with a concept for sharing stories about how the Danette Olsen, execuregional theater movement has evolved across the country over tive director of Festival Theatre. - Photo submitthe last few decades. “I was both happy and sur- ted prised when Jo called me in March to request an interview,” said Danette Olsen, exec-

utive director at Festival Theatre. “Though I know we have a great story, it seems like a fairy tale to have the NEA choose to share that story. This is especially wonderful in this, our 20th-anniversary season of producing plays in the St. Croix River Valley.” Olsen’s interview touches on many key ingredients regarding the impact of making professional theater in a rural setting, such as the value of having high-quality performing arts experiences close to home, opportunities for arts education, the economic impact of the arts, and the way in which the arts strengthen community. Reed made arrangements for Olsen to be interviewed in the offices of Minnesota Public Radio, fielding questions from Reed back in Washington, D.C. The interview was then edited, produced and placed as a podcast Web feature on the NEA online magazine .html). - from Festival Theatre

VPCT potluck kickoff is Thursday

VOYAGER VILLAGE - If you’ve ever wanted to know about the Village Players Community Theatre now is your chance. The public is invited to the annual VPCT potluck kickoff at Voyager Village Community Center on Thursday, June 10, at 4:30 p.m. The VPCT starts off each season with a meet-and-greet event and welcomes new faces to come and enjoy some great food and entertainment. The director of this summer’s production, Olivia Main, will introduce the actors and Joan Gill will entertain at-

tendees with her storytelling. The potluck is always a fun time for members of the community to meet and find out what’s happening with the summer’s play. Potluck dishes to pass are welcomed but not required. If you’re unable to attend, check the Web site for information on this summer’s production at or e-mail with questions - submitted

American Red Cross class for new students BALSAM LAKE – The American Red Cross is offering the following classes: Adult/AED CPR – Monday, June 21 - 5:30-9:30 p.m., first aid – Tuesday, June 22 - 5:30-8:30 p.m., infant/child CPR – Thursday, June 24 - 5:30-9:30 p.m. These classes will be held at the Polk County Red Cross

office located in Balsam Lake. Preregistration is requested. To register call Terry Anderson at 715-485-3025 or register online at Classes may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment. - submitted

Art and craft fair set for June 19 AMERY – The 33rd-annual Amery Woman’s Club Art and Craft Fair will be held Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Park, Hwy. 46 in Amery, rain or shine. Over 100 exhibitors will be selling unique handmade

crafts and foods. Children will have the opportunity to do art activities. Proceeds are used to support community projects. Come and enjoy a day filled with something for all. Admission and parking are free. - submitted

Do you remember ? Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

50 Years Ago Virgil Highstrom was the owner of Siren Tire and Treading Shop.-The Siren Coin Laundromat was equipped with Maytag washers and was open seven days a week.-Specials at Route’s Super Market, Frederic, included 2 lbs. hamburger for 79¢, cube steaks at 59¢/lb., oranges at 49¢/dozen, carrots at 3 Cello bags for 25¢ and Miracle Whip at 49¢/qt.-1960 bond purchases was ahead of last year.-Burning permits were needed in Siren.-Siren High School commencement were set for May 20.-Some feed mills were closed starting June 4 on Saturday afternoons.-The film “Suddenly Last Summer” was playing at the Frederic Theatre starring Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift and Katherine Hepburn.-Walt Disney’s “Kidnapped” was playing at the Auditorium Theatre in SCF.-“Li’l Abner” was playing at the Webb Theatre, Webster.-Nater’s Service, Siren, advertised the Dodge Dart.-Mr. and Mrs. Emil Olson, Centuria, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary May 15.-Al Broan, Frederic, returned to photography due to many requests.-Specials at the Clover Farm Store, Frederic, included bananas at 10¢/lb., 50 lbs. flour at $3.09, sugar at 10 lbs. for 95¢ and Jell-O at 6 pkgs. for $1.-The annual Red Cross swimming school in Frederic was set for July 18 – 29.

40 Years Ago The Siren area queen pageant set for July 18 would have a patriotic theme.-In respect to the Karl Benson family drownings, the Frederic business places were closed Wednesday, July 8, from 1 – 3 p.m., according to a village board notice.-Cummings Lumber Co. planned to be closed the week of July 13.-Specials at Les’s Store, S. Siren, included bacon at 59¢/lb., white bread at 3 loaves for $1 and fryers at 39¢/lb.-Red Arrow Sports, SCF, had a big sports canoe sale at $199 each.-Specials at the Frederic Co-op Supermarket were White Rose potatoes at 10 lbs. for 68¢, chuck steak at 69¢/lb., celery at 23¢/stalk and Valencia oranges, 2 dozen for 79¢.-Bernice Asper took a week of vacation and Bernice Abrahamzon filled in for her.-Advotek 18 offered a welding seminar-An 1802 – 1804 trading post site was discovered on the Yellow River.-Descendants of Magnus Johnson held a 1970 reunion at the Siren Park.-Candidates for the Miss Siren Area pageant for July 18 were Linda Goodman, Jan Larsen, Joyce Jackson, Cathy Stoklasa, Marion Owens, Judith Anderson, Rose Marie Thorsbakken and Shelly Dunn.-Bethany Lutheran Church would observe centennial July 19.

20 Years Ago A shelter for battered women got a go-ahead in Milltown.-Richard Coen was filing for register of deeds.-More funding was being sought for public funding.-A speaker on youth issues was coming to the Frederic school.-Bids were being accepted on repairing Laketown Hall roof.-A grace period was offered for defaulted student loans.-Frederic FHA members qualify for national competition.-Radio station WCSW, Shell Lake, presented a delayed broadcast of the Frederic Citizen of the Year and Frederic Volunteer of the Year. It also recognized the two founders of the village of Frederic.-Frederic Elementary students starred in “Night of a Thousand Stars.”-Progress was reported in physician recruitment.-Fire warden, Glen Johnson, retired.-Obituaries included Odin Hagen, Beatrice Rodeghler, Arthur Nielsen, Elma Nash, Robert Williamson Sr., Earl Dean (Mac) McConnel and Ruth Daeffler.-A credit card protection scam was unveiled.-A photo retouching course was offered through WITC.-Help was wanted at Rainbow Park, on Hwy. 70 toward Spooner.-A baker’s assistant was needed at the Frederic Bakery.-Muskie spearing was a major issue in Polk County.-Senior Dale Lindh was named Frederic’s outstanding student.

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653-4281 Best wishes to LeRoy Jones who fell last Tuesday in his home and broke his hip. He was taken to the hospital in Grantsburg where he was transferred to Duluth, Minn. He underwent surgery for his injury. Good friends took Arlene Jones up to Duluth, Minn., several times to see LeRoy. Here’s hoping he will be taken to Grantsburg where it will be more convenient to visit him. Nancy Jappe, certified lay speaker from the Siren United Methodist Church, spoke on Sunday at both the Lewis and Siren churches. Pastor Tom and wife, Jane, will be returning home early this week from attending an official conference in Ohio. Assisting Nancy with the service at Lewis were Alice Ford, Robin Peterson and pianist Starr Warndahl.


It was also Communion Sunday on June 6, with retired Pastor Hutchinson in charge, assisted by Communion stewards, JoAnn Gibbs and Marie Nelson. Coffee and a variety of cookies were served after the Lewis service by Robin Peterson. People were happy to linger and visit. The life of Maxine Fluegel was celebrated on Saturday, June 5, at the home she shared with Walter Fluegel, Grantsburg. Many friends and relatives responded. Members of the Northwest Regional Writers were also welcome, but some could not find the right house. Maxine’s obituary recently ran in the Leader with the announcement of her special service. She was a very creative person. The Northwest Regional Writers will meet on Fri-


We finally got a little of the much-needed rain the area so desperately needed; we still are many inches below normal for this time of year however. Little Doctors Lake, just west of Siren on Hwy. 70, is really in bad shape again this year. There are two pair of swans there this year but will there be enough water in the lake for them to raise any young? Maybe they will have to move to a different lake for nesting. It will be a loss indeed for all of us who enjoy watching their cygnets grow over the summer. Last Friday, old Goliath slipped through bear country, must have had other things on his mind as he didn’t bother to hang around. He sure is a big boy. Dennis the Menace, however, has been in several times making a real mess out of things as usual. The birdbath has been tipped several times and he seems to take great joy in pushing over the pipe we hang the bird feeder on. I know it’s him as his telltale footprints are left in the wet ground around the birdbath. Oh well, the birds enjoy having fresh water each day I’m betting. As you know, June is dairy month. The Burnett Dairy cheese store is holding their annual Dairy Day on Friday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be an old-time tractor display, and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. So stop in and enjoy a free ice-cream cone, cheese samples and a glass of milk. This event is put on by the Burnett Dairy and Burnett 4-H clubs.

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Sympathy to the families of Paul J. Beec, May 25, Walter C. Nelson, May 28, Neidra Peterson, May 29, and Elizabeth Melsheimer, May 30. Last Wednesday, a group of the United Methodist Church ladies went to Forts Folle Avoine for their June meeting and a lunch out. A good time was had by all. The United Methodist men’s group will be holding a garage sale on June 18 and 19 at the church garage on Bradley Street. Stop in and browse all the great items. There just might be something you can’t live without. The Mattson, Knutson, Cairn, Larson family reunion will be held on Saturday, June 19, at the Crooked Lake Part in the main building at noon. Bring a dish to pass, all other items are furnished. This is open to all relatives and friends so come and enjoy the day visiting. Mark your calendars for June 19, this is the date set for this years Ag Association Dairy Breakfast. It will be held this year at the Doug and Laura Coyour farm in the Coomer area. There will be ample signs to show the directions to the farm. The traditional wild rice pancakes and regular spread will be served. Have you thought about taking a trip this year but just don’t like the idea of driving? There’s a bus trip going to Texas in October and the bus still has about 10 empty seats. This is an eight night trip. For more info call Shirley at 715-349-2514.

Siren Senior Center It started out nice last Saturday, but by the time that we had our book sale ready to go, of course it started to rain. In spite of the weather we managed to put $5 in the treasury and every little bit helps. A lot of people crossed our threshold this week, with 50 joining us for the Dining at Five Dinner and 36 coming out to play 500. Plus, of course, all of the others who joined us for Dime Bingo and Spades. The Dining at Five Dinner went very well in spite of the fact that CeCe wasn’t there to entertain us. Fern Baker was the winner of the monthly door prize, which this month was a rhubarb/strawberry pie. As usual, the great crew of Laurie Gray, Carol Berglind, Nona and Ralph Severson, Lou Jappe, Corrine Root and Gerry Vogel made sure that everything ran smoothly and was delicious. What a pleasant surprise on Wednesday afternoon when the center had nine full tables of players for 500. This was the largest group that we have ever had and hopefully they will keep on coming. The senior monthly meeting will be held next week on Tuesday, June 15, and we will be celebrating Jeff Hanson, Bea Talmadge, Lou Jappe, Anke Olesen and CeCe Andrewson’s birthdays with our monthly birthday cake. Our foot lady, Sally Bachman, will be at the center on Monday, June 14, so if you have to have your feet taken care of, make an appointment by calling 715-349-7810 or stop in and put your name on the sheet.

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We would like to extend our sympathy to Don and Abby Brand on the loss of their son, Mark. He passed away on June 1, and the funeral was held in Prescott on Monday, June 7. Winners at 500 this week were Dean Elken, Barb Munger, Dorothy Brown, Doris Schauers and Marie Van Guilder. Friday Spade winners were Barb Munger, Arvid Pearson, Anke Olesen, Flo Antiel and Dale Sicard. Our box is still out for all of our furry friends at the humane society and we have been slack the past weeks on contributing to their fare. They really need all of the help that they can get, so think of them while you are shopping and pick up a little something for them. Besides dog and cat food they need paper towels, laundry detergent, bleach and everything else that makes a shelter run smoothly. Weather permitting we will try our hand at selling some more books this Saturday during the farmers market from 1 to 3 p.m., so stop in. We also have a nice selection of greeting cards and our craft room is open for browsing. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our activities include Dime Bingo on Tuesday, Cribbage Wednesday morning, 500 Wednesday afternoon and Spades on Friday. Remember: No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

Dewey - LaFollette Sue and Lowell Ackerman from Oakdale, Minn., were guests at the home of Sue’s parents, Kay and Jack Krentz, Saturday through Monday (May 29 – 31). On that Sunday, Marian Brincken and her daughter and son-in-law, June and Chuck Willis, from Fairview Heights, Ill., came to visit at the Krentz home. They all enjoyed a family picnic together. Roger and Sue Mroszak went to Brainerd, Minn., Monday and stayed with Chuck and Marie Jorgenson. Several other couples were there also. The women attended a fashion show Tuesday while the men played some cards. They all had a good time visiting. Sue and Roger came home Thursday. Clam River Tuesday club met June 2 at the home of Kris Fjelstad. The next meeting will be July 7 with Sandy Redding as hostess at her home. Meeting begins at 2 p.m. Lida and Don Nordquist were guests Thursday

evening at the home of Richard and Joleen Funk. They helped Richard celebrate his birthday. John and Diana Mangelsen visited Nina and Lawrence Hines Friday morning. John and Ella Hills and Hank and Karen Mangelsen were Friday evening visitors of Bob and Pam Bentz. Don and Lida Nordquist called on Roy and Dee Nordquist Friday evening. Congratulations to Jake Gerlach who is a graduate of Rice Lake High School. A number of people attended his open house Saturday at the home of Tom and Melissa Gerlach. Barry and Josh Hines were overnight guests of Donna and Gerry Hines Saturday. Karen and Hank Mangelsen visited Jake, Holly, Hannah and Grace Mangelsen Sunday evening.

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day, June 11, at 1 p.m., at Espresso Cabin, Grantsburg. The assignment is to write something appropriate about Maxine, who took the photograph on the cover of the club’s latest book, “Come Read With Me.” A jam session was in coming events for June 5, but was in error as no bluegrass concerts will be held until this fall. There will be special music in conjunction with the Tent Revival and Charles E. Lewis Days the second weekend in August. New soil was added to the church lawn in Lewis and seeded, in hopes of establishing a good lawn under the white pine trees. The rain was a good help. A gentle reminder. Remember that dogs are not supposed to be running loose in Lewis. Please take good care of your pets. Potato bugs are out in full force. Does dusting help or is it best to hand pick them off and destroy the masses? The neighborhood fox has changed his menu and is eating neighbors’ chickens this week. Pastore roses are in bloom. What sweeter fra-

grance is there? Purple iris graced the altar of the Lewis church on Sunday, courtesy of LaVonne Leep. A common name for such beautiful bearded iridacae is “poor man’s orchids.” Sunday evening programs started June 6, at Skonewood with a very good turnout. The suggestion was made to keep your lawn chairs handy in your car trunks as future programs may be held outside, weather permitting. Sheila Staples and Rick Abrahamzon attended the graduation open house for Bryce Quiring in Windom, Minn. Bryce is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Brad McAbee. Sheila attended a birthday party for Darrell Imhoff a week ago. Sunday, Sheila and Rick attended a graduation ceremony for the 4K students at Siren School. Nolan Imhoff and Nicholas Webster were two of the graduates. Sheila and Rick attended a graduation open house for Timothy Patton on Sunday in Plymouth, Minn., at the home of Timothy’s aunt Lynn Anderson. Lynn and Timothy’s mother, Pattie, are Sheila’s cousins.


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Well, Duxbury Fire Chief Mike McCullen and his crew of hardy workers pulled off another very successful pancake breakfast. Over 350 people came to eat and enjoy conversations with their friends. Eight tables indoors and four picnic tables outside were nearly always filled. Waitpersons were assigned to certain tables this year and extra help in the kitchen made the endeavor run smoothly. Mike also cooked one of his fish fries on the day before for all those who came to clean the Duxbury Town Hall. The news that former longtime resident Ed Witt passed away saddened many people out here in the little townships of Arna and New Dosey. Ed, in his 70s, grew up in Markville on the place homesteaded by his grandfather years ago. He had lived in the Duluth, Minn., area for many years. He died of bone cancer. Our sympathy to his survivors. All of the many and varied crops, from berries to kale to apples to corn, are in the ground over at Bumbleberry Farm. A good growing season now will provide a wonderful opportunity for us to shop locally for organic fruits and vegetables this year. Patty Koehler spent a few days in Green Bay last week participating in her family’s annual workday for mom. Mary and Frank Schaaf, after shopping in Duluth, stopped at Burger King for a little snack on the way home. The computer game, Farmville, is still occupying a substantial amount of Deloris Shirmer’s time these days. She is (via the game) involved in setting up a

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huge co-op and has 17 neighbors participating. Both of her granddaughters and several other friends and relatives have joined her co-op. When asked how much time she spends on this game each day, she answered, “Well, I’m not reading as many books as I used to.” Gene Wickham and Al Wolf both took part in the 10th-annual Memorial weekend 4-wheeler excursion organized by Dave and Julie Fornengo each year. About 35 people were part of the event. They bring hot dogs, etc., and have a little picnic along the way. Gene has friends and relatives who come up just for this event. Children are also included. Being on vacation all of last week, John Fornengo got some work done around his home and yard and found time to get some fishing in. His favorite spot is Loon Creek Dam. Peg and Clint Coveau went to Cameron for the high school graduation party for Brent Gill, grandson of Sharon and Ron Proffit. The event was done a little differently from our parties in that it was actually a breakfast brunch. Dave, Elizabeth and I spent a day in Superior and Duluth last week doing shopping and errands. One of our favorite stops was Barnes & Noble where Elizabeth got the first of those Steig Larsson mysteries that everyone is reading. I have read the first two and can’t wait for number three. Dave, of course, picked up more books on climate change. Get some summer reading in, wherever you are.


Fran Krause spent a few days in Sturgeon Bay with her daughter Karen and Jerry Hintz and family and attended the graduation party for grandson Karl. The Mark Krause family also came for the party and brought Fran home. John and Reeny Neinstadt’s daughter and children from Cadott visited over the weekend and attended the graduation party for Kelsey Olson on Sunday.

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Tim and Vikki O’Brien visited freinds and relatives in the area last week and took Jack and LaVonne O’Brien to dinner at McKenzie Landing. Saturday evening Mike and Tylyn O’Brien visited Tim and Vikki at their home in St. Paul. Anita, Kathleen and Sharon O’Brien spent a few days at their cabin.

Webster Senior Center The Wii was installed on Wednesday, June 9, and we will get a crash course on how to use it. Plan to come in and have some fun with it. We still need some volunteers for two or three hours a week to oversee the games. We also would like to hear from anyone who has favorite games they would like to have. There were 16 who enjoyed playing Dime Bingo on Wednesday and the treats were furnished by Fran McBroom and Gladys Beers. There were new faces in the group and even a visitor from Alabama. Welcome to the newcomers. Thursday evening saw a great group for pool and cards. Seven men played pool and there were nine card players at two tables. The new card game has really caught on. It is lots of fun and laughter and always room for more. We still have raffle tickets available for the drawing that will be held on Sept. 25, at our first fall potluck. The prizes are: hand-tied quilt, hand-crocheted afghan, small gas grill and full-size air mattress and pump. The next monthly senior meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 16, at 4:30 p.m. Please plan to attend and bring a friend. Remember it is your center and we need your input to have the activities that

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everyone is interested in. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 22, as that will be “Open House” at the center. There will be coffee, cake and bars as well as members on hand to answer any questions and/or take suggestions. Be sure to sign up for the door prizes. There will also be a Wii demonstration. Come in and bring two or three or more friends. Don’t forget to stop in and check out the lunch menu. Come in and enjoy all the center has to offer.

Births Born at Osceola Medical Center:

A boy, Brayden James Blue, born June 5, 2010, to Sara Otto and Michael Blue, Somerset. Brayden weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz. ••• A boy, Conner Jackson Dubay, born June 7, 2010, to Trisha Perron and Mike Dubay, Chisago City, Minn. Conner weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. •••


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Hi, everybody! Blacky here from Humane Society of Burnett County. After a rainy weekend, the sun is back out and I don’t have a cloud of mosquitos buzzing around my head. My mom puts some special doggy repellent gel on my head, and my brother’s, but it smells pretty, so I try and rub as much of it off on the grass as I can. My brother curls his lips up and gives her the “yuck” face. We don’t like it and, besides, we have a new screen house to sit in. It keeps raindrops off of me, bugs away from me, and it is a shady place to sleep when the sun gets too hot. Now that I know where to enter and exit without bumping my face off the screen, I use it a lot. Mosquitos aren’t just a nuisance, you know; they can be deadly to a dog, too. That’s how a dog gets heartworm! Luckily, there is preventative medicine to protect me, and my brother and I get it every month. You can buy it in pill form, or yummy chewables, or liquid. My brother and I used to get the chewable kind, but Mom said we just swallow them whole anyway, so she switched us to the liquid stuff she squirts down our throats. It sure doesEarlier this year Arnell Humane Society and the new Polk County Restorative Justice community service program joined together to create a shelter dog training program called Homeward Bound. The Polk County Restorative Justice program is a community-based response to crime that invites nonviolent offenders to address the impact of their crime, find ways to repair the harm and strengthen the community. Mental-health therapist and Arnell volunteer dog trainer Claire Scriba created the Homeward Bound program that teaches community service workers to train shelter dogs in basic obedience skills. Dogs are more adoptable when they know how to sit and lie down, take treats gently and wait at doors. Training and supervised play time helps the dogs handle the stress of their shelter stay and learn skills that will help them find new forever homes. In this way, Homeward Bound workers help the community care for homeless animals by training them to be more adoptable pets. Any activity can be a mirror for how we do in life. Training a dog is a great mirror. Homeward Bound community-service workers gain insight into the animals and themselves as they work with the dogs. They learn to interpret dog behavior and communi-


YAPpenings Blacky n’t taste like beef. My brother just got his dose, and by the expression on his face, you’d think he just bit into an unripe cranberry! He’s funny. I don’t like it either, but I hold still because I know I’ll get a treat of some kind to wash it down afterwards. Well, that and Mom usually takes me by surprise: Boom, done! Thank goodness. I have a few new furry pals to tell you about this week. The first two came in together, accompanied by a whole lot of ticks. They are strays who were picked up in the vicinity of Perida and Welch roads. Ace is a beagle/bassett mix, and Bailey is a beagle/terrier mix. They are both about 10 months old.

Hank is next, and he is a black and white Border collie who was found on CTH F, near Nelson Landing. He didn’t have a lot of ticks on him, and he seems to have been recently groomed even. Hank is about 4 years old and a very nice boy. A stray cat also came to the shelter last week. Noel is black and white, declawed, and about 5 years old. She was found in Meenon Park, just south of Webster. Noel has a microchip, but her owners changed their phone number and didn’t tell the chip company. You have to remember to do that if you move or change your contact number! June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, in case you didn’t know, and the shelter has some really nice cats that want to go home. Besides Noel, there’s Chris and Midnight, and also Raven. Raven is the fire cat I’ve mentioned before. His hair has all grown back now, only it has come in white around his eyes. He looks like a feline version of me! Only he isn’t very big - even for a cat. He sure likes to be petted though, and he likes playing with the other cats. Raven’s come a long way since he first came

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Arnell Humane Society cation as part of the positive-reinforcement training the dogs receive. Workers have found that the needs they identify in shelter dogs reflect their own life priorities and this has led to some interesting discussions and realizations. Focusing on strengths and learning from each others’ experiences, Homeward Bound workers learn skills that will help them to make positive changes in their own lives as well as in future work opportunities. The change in our shelter dogs is noticeable. The addition of basic training to daily exercise from our faithful dog walkers has given the Arnell shelter dogs the physical and emotional outlets they need. Adopters are impressed with manners our adoptable dogs offer with little prompting. The jumping, pulling 6-month-old Lab learns to sit and wait. Of course the new adopter must continue the learning once they go home, but the dogs at Arnell are off to a good start with the help of the Homeward Bound

program. Success stories include Buddy, a surrendered black Lab mix and Trooper, an abandoned blue heeler mix. Buddy was an on-the-ball Lab with some manners under his belt. As a surrendered pet, he was accustomed to a home and daily stimulating human interaction. He was frustrated with life in a shelter kennel. Homeward Bound helped Buddy keep his wits about him and sharpened his strong desire to please his human. His brilliance found him a home in New Richmond with a single

to the shelter, all scared and crispy and hiding in a paper bag. I’m glad no one asked him, “Paper or plastic?” or he might be a phantom cat right now! Kidding aside, my feline friends are a good bunch, and it would make me a happy dog if they all found a permanent, loving home. What doesn’t make me happy is that an invader has come into my new outside abode, and it isn’t a bug. A snake is sitting on top of my shelter notes! My BlackyBerry! He better not be getting any big ideas of taking over my column, or there’s going to be some trouble. I shouldn’t worry; what does a snake have to talk about except maybe a fear of lawn mowers? In any case, if my column has a lot of extra S’s in it next week, and references to toads and mice as snacks, it’s not me. Don’t read it! HSBC is saving lives, one at a time., 715-866-4096. Find us on Facebook, too.

gentleman looking for a well-behaved companion. Trooper, on the other hand, came to the shelter full of ticks, rib cage showing, and with little knowledge of what it meant to be a faithful companion. He adored humans but wasn’t sure how he was supposed to behave. The Homeward Bound workers were able to instill a sense of calm and understanding in Trooper that allowed him to put the best foot forward. Trooper’s adopters were impressed with his easygoing nature and willingness to please. Happy endings for all concerned. Our sweet walker coonhound mix Annie finally delivered 11 adorable, healthy pups on Sunday, May 30. Annie is doing great and is a fantastic mother. There are six white and black puppies and five black with white forehead stripes and paws. All of them have brown ear flaps and facial markings; cute as can be. Annie’s pups will continue to grow in our new isolation kennel until they can go to foster homes. We will keep you updated on their progress. Puppy Tales can be followed on the Arnell Web site under Happy Shelter Tales. We expect them to ready for adoption the beginning of August. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, Amery, 715-2687387 (PETS) or online:

Academic news RIPON – The following area students graduated from Ripon College during its 144th commencement Sarah M. Anderson of Amery, graduated summa cum laude in biology with minors in French and chemistry. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bradley A. Anderson of Amery.– submitted ••• ST.PAUL, Minn. – The following students were named to the spring 2010 dean’s list at Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn. The dean’s list includes full-time students with a grade-point average during


the semester of 3.65 (out of 4.0) or higher. Alyssa A. Borgstrom, daughter of Robert and Beverly Borgstrom of Amery. Borgstrom is pursuing a degree in communication arts/literature education. David D. Danielson, son of David and Kathy Danielson of St. Croix Falls. Danielson is pursuing a degree in English. Kimberly A. Jansen, of Amery. Jansen is pursuing a degree in communication arts/literature education. Melissa M. Moore, daughter of Brad and Jayne Moore of Grantsburg. Moore is pursuing a degree in kinesiology. Todd M. Wright, son of Todd and Bondelyn Wright of Taylors Falls, Minn. Wright is pursuing a degree in ministry. Founded in 1902, Northwestern College is a private Christian liberal arts college in St. Paul, Minn., offering more than 50 bachelor’s degree majors, two master’s degrees and several associate degree and certificate programs. Over 3,000 students representing 38 states and 30 countries are enrolled in Northwestern’s traditional undergraduate and graduate and continuing education programs in North and

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Amundson/Polzine Mandi and Mike Amundson of Grantsburg, announce the engagement of their daughter, Nell Amundson to Jared Polzine, son of Jeanette and Bob Polzine of Henning, Minn. Amundson is a graduate of St. Scholastica and is currently employed by Grantsburg Elementary School as a third-grade teacher. Polzine is a graduate of Bemidji State University and is employed by Pine City Elementary School as a sixth-grade teacher, as well as, Pine City’s head football coach. A July 3 wedding is planned. - submitted

This week was spruce-up time at the senior center. Ron and Elaine Edlund planted the outside planters. A group of students from St. Croix Falls High School came and did a lot of cleaning and polishing. Our gratitude to all of you. Tuesday morning, a group had exercises. Then Skip-Bo was played. In the afternoon, 500 cards and Dominos were played. Dominos winners were Janice Mevissen, Ione White and Deloris Benson. 500 card winners were Ardis Brown, Don Benson, Pete Schlosser, Joan Arnold and Phil Mevissen. The nine-bid winners were Phil and Shirley. On Wednesday, our birthday party of the month was held. After cake and ice cream, hand and foot and Dominos were played. Thursday morning, exercise was held. In the evening, 500 cards were played. The winners were Roger Greenley, Grace Howitz, Sue Lundgren and Phil Mevissen. Ray Nelson was the nine-bid winner. Friday afternoon, Bingo was played. Greetings to Carol VanBuskirk who is hospitalized with knee surgery.

South America. Northwestern College exists to provide Christ-centered higher education equipping students to grow intellectually and spiritually, to serve effectively in their professions, and to give God-honoring leadership in the home, church, community, and world. Visit – submitted ••• SUPERIOR – The University of Wisconsin-Superior has announced local students to the dean’s list for academic achievement during the spring 2010 semester. To be named to the dean’s list students must have completed 15 semester credits and achieved at least a 3.50 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale). UW-Superior is Wisconsin’s leading public liberal arts college, preparing students for lifelong learning and offering solid career preparation. A member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, UW-Superior offers more than 30 undergraduate academic programs as well as graduate, continuing education and distance learning programs. Students on the dean's list are: Grantsburg Robbyn Bowman; Luck Salisa Buntham; Osceola Andrew Bach and Kristen Jasperson; St. Croix Falls Tashina Martinson; Siren Joshua Bentley; and Webster Mitchell Olson. - submitted ••• MENOMONIE – The following are students from the area who graduated from UW-Stout in May 2010. Amery Pauline Ceulemans, Bachelor of Arts, psychology; Tarisa Helin, Bachelor of Science, human development and family studies; Frederic Phillip Lundborg, Bachelor of Science, manufacturing engineering; Luck Ashley Hall, Bachelor of Science, family and consumer science education; Jacob Stonesifer, Bachelor of Science, business administration; Osceola Stephanie Abrahamson, Bachelor of Science, human development and family studies; Daniel Hustad, Bachelor of Science, construction; Dale Pennel, Bachelor of Science, engineering technology; Dayne Quist, Bachelor of Science, business administration; Mallory Swenson, Bachelor of Science, food systems and technology;

St. Croix Falls Anita Bont, Master of Science, marriage and family therapy; Webster Ryan Harder, Bachelor of Science, hotel restaurant and tourism. - submitted ••• MADISON – The University of Wisconsin-Madison has recognized students named to the dean’s list for the spring semester of the 2009-2010 academic year. Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean at the close of each semester. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester. Each university school or college sets its own GPA requirements for students to be eligible to receive the honor. Listed are the local students who have received this honor: Amery Marie A. Clark, School of Nursing, dean’s honor list; Rachel K. Elbing, School of Medicine and Public Health, dean’s list; Megan C. Meagher, College of Letters and Science, dean’s list; Craig A. Olson, College of Engineering, dean’s honor list; Frederic River G. Karl, College of Engineering, dean’s honor list; Grantsburg Nicole M. Davis, College of Letters and Science, dean’s list; Whitney C. Johnson, College of Engineering, dean’s honor list; Luck Abigail R. Armour, School of Education, dean’s list; Virginia M. Armour, College of Letters and Science, dean’s list; Osceola Lindsay M. Danielson, College of Letters and Science, dean’s list; Peter L. Fillipi, College of Engineering, dean’s honor list; Trevor D. Hunt, College of Engineering, dean’s honor list; Adam M. Johnson, College of Letters and Science, dean’s list; Kelli Kruschke, School of Human Ecology, dean’s honor list; Elizabeth C. Peterson, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, dean’s list; Stephan J. Terry, College of Letters and Science, dean’s list; Shannon D. Tomfohrde, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, dean’s list; Cory E. Western, College of Engineering, dean’s honor list; St. Croix Falls Daniel R. Roach, College of Letters and Science, dean’s list. – submitted •••


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Burnett Community Library

Memorial Day book sale

Our book sale was a great success. Gratitude is extended to all the people who donated books to the cause and to the boys from Northwest Passage who helped tote all those books up and down the stairs. We will be having another book sale during Gandy Dancer Days in August.

Sunrise Begins” is an inspirational book written by Douglas Wood and beautifully illustrated by Wendy Popp, a Minnesota resident. Douglas works on the premise that around the world, every day, the sun rises within each of us. The preschool story time is held Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11 a.m., at the Burnett Community Library. – Annette Starkite

Preschool story time

Summer reading program

Martin Waddell must have had a Wisconsin summer in mind when he wrote “The Pig in the Pond.” Working on the assumption that pigs don’t swim unless it’s very, very hot, the pig, his friends and the farmer too, jump into the pond for a rollicking good time! Story time continued with “Wee Little Lamb,” by Lauren Thompson, a New York Times best-selling author. Thompson has written the charming Little Quack series of books for preschoolers. “Where the

The Burnett Community Library in Webster invites the elementary school children of Burnett County to join in this year’s summer reading program – Make a Splash at Your Library. The program will last for eight weeks, beginning on June 16 and ending with a splash on Aug. 4. We will meet from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. each session. There will be fun and informative visits from the DNR and a Crex Wetland program presentation and

Interstate Park Naturalist programs at Wisconsin Interstate Park Saturday, June 12

Finding those Fascinating Ferns, 1 p.m., at the amphitheater located behind the beach parking area. Ferns are ancient plants that reproduce without seeds. Join naturalist Barb Walker for a walk on the Ravine Trail to learn how ferns grow and to view a variety of beautiful ferns found at Interstate Park. Ancient Abandoned Riverbeds, 4 p.m., at the Meadow Valley Trail sign near the beach parking lot. Meet the naturalist for a beautiful hike up the valley and learn some ancient geology that makes the area look like it does today. Family Fun: All About Owls, 7 p.m., at the Ice Age Center. Meet naturalist Barb Walker and Aztec, a live owl - then bring home a make-and-take Owl-OnA-Stick. Everyone is welcome. Fun for the entire family.

Sunday, June 13

Summer Outdoor Family Adventure Series (SOFAS) Hike Along the Ridge, 5 – 6 p.m., on the Ridgeview Trail, Osceola. Join a National Park Serv-

ice ranger to hike a 1-mile loop and hear about the changing Northwoods landscape while walking through a geologically unique area overlooking the river valley. Meet at the Chisago Loop Trailhead on CTH S. For more information call 715-483-2274.

Tuesday, June 15

Recipe for a Pothole, 10 a.m., at the Pothole Trail sign. Meet naturalist Barb Walker for a guided hike around the Pothole Trail to learn the makings of Interstate Park’s natural wonders.

Thursday, June 17

Nature story time, 10 a.m. Join naturalist 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.

Frederic Senior Center Spades was played on Thursday, May 31, after our Memorial Day potluck with the following winners: Shirley Sandquist in first place, Marlyce Borchert in second place, Lorna Erickson in third place and Delorice Potter in forth place. Pokeno was played on Wednesday and Friday. Thursday night 500 was played at 6:30 p.m., with the following winners: Larry A., Luella, Norma N. and Marlyce B. Our monthly meeting was held on Friday. Saturday was our mini buffet with cards in the af-

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-inlaw. LueAnn was born with a speech impediment 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. 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

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ternoon along with ice cream and birthday cake. Lola Heinschberger is at the Frederic Care Center. We miss her at the center. Get-well wishes to Robert Larsen who is hospitalized at Cumberland Hospital. The Frederic Police Department will have a French toast breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m., June 19. Funds to be raised for their children’s program. We will have no buffet that day.

Irregular Columnist Brooke Biedinger 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 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

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Friends of the Library

• “61 Hours” by Lee Child • “McKettrick’s of Texas: Garrett” by Linda Lael Miller

New adult nonfiction books

The Friends will be co-hosting another author’s luncheon with the Lionesses on July 31, at the community center. Cris Peterson will be the featured speaker. Her latest book, “Birchbark Brigade: a Fur Trade History,” which she will be signing and selling, is written for sixth- through ninth-graders.

• “Fishing on Ice” by Noel Vick • “The Great Minnesota Fish Book” by Tom Dickson • “Where Men Win Glory” by Jon Krakauer • “The Clinton Tape” by Taylor Branch

Fibromyalgia meeting

New DVDs

This newly formed support group will be meeting every month on the second Wednesday from 5 – 7 p.m. This meeting is open to the public and anyone that is interested is encouraged to attend.

Adult book club

The selection for June 22 is “The Red Convertible,” by Louise Erdrich. This group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month on the lower level of the library. Everyone is welcome at these book discussions. Please contact the library for your copy of “The Red Convertible.”

New adult fiction books

• “Storm Prey” by John Sandford • “Supreme Justice” by Phillip Margolin

• “Invictus” • “Law Abiding Citizen” • “A Walk to Remember” • “Dune” • “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” • “Brothers” • “Dear John”

Hours and information:

Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, contact the library at 715-866-7697, Web site: Online catalog:

Grantsburg Public Library Summer reading program

Ahoy readers. Grantsburg Public Library launches the summer reading program on Wednesday June 16, at 1:30 p.m. Make a Splash – READ! is the theme this summer at Grantsburg Public Library. Children will explore the world of water and water fun through stories, visitors, crafts and other activities about oceans, rivers, lakes (even ice rinks) and the creatures that live there. The 2010 Summer Reading Program is open to all young people with programs, prizes, preschool creative zone, teen reading club, and more. Pizza coupons will once again be exchanged for daily reading. For more information, call the library at 715-463-2244. Preschool creativity zone is held Thursday afternoons from 1-4 p.m.; open-house style. We provide the activities and materials, you supply the kids and supervision. Come see the fun things we have for

you. Newborn to first grade please. Teen zone! Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., grades six and up are invited for a fun time of books, activities and silliness. We will recommend books within genres, do related activities and simply have a good time. Sign up at the front desk or call 715-463-2244. New book list is out for June. Check out the Web site for the complete list at Grantsburg Public Library will now be closed Saturdays through the summer. We will reopen for Saturdays again this fall.

Library hours

The library is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday noon to 6 p.m., Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Engagement Thompson/Brown Dennis and Myrna (Linden) Thompson, Atlanta, Ind., proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara Kathleen Thompson, Indianapolis, Ind., to Brian Kent Brown also of Indianapolis. Sara earned a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio in 2006. She teaches first grade at Bethesda Christian School, Brownsburg, Ind. Brian is the son of Harold and Lorene Brown, Muncie, Ind. He graduated from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., with a bachelor's degree in computer graphics and is the art director at TF Publishing in Indianapolis. The wedding is June 19 at Harbour Shores Church, Cicero, Ind. Sara's grandparents, Leonard and Signe Linden, were married on this same date in 1937. - submitted

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The audacity of absurdity A former tour guide at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park liked to greet visitors in a surprising fashion: “I died in 1810,” he would calmly inform them. Absurd, right? Grabs your attention, though—as the fellow in question intended that odd statement to do. After all, he was an actor interpreting the life of a voyageur from the year 1803, when the modest log huts now reconstructed as Forts Folle Avoine were the capital of a trading region reached by canoe from Lake Superior via the Brule-St. Croix waterway. His point in boldly stating the not-so-obvious was merely to set the tone for visiting another time (in this case the pre-1810 world of Forts Folle Avoine). Time travel? Yet another absurdity that somehow adds to the fun of interpreting the fur trade world of 200 years ago for modern visitors, whose arrival in fourwheeled canoes (you call them cars) and use of TV (flickering altars?) would be equally absurd to the people of those times. While often in evidence when the site is open, this absurdity/reality factor will be multiplied on the weekend of June 2527. That’s when “Yellow River Echoes” is set to occur at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park. Echoes, you ask? Yodeling? Voice training, perhaps? What’s being “echoed” will be, precisely – and absurdly – the voices of those people from 1802-05. Sounds a tad scary, put that way; but what “Echoes” really represents is a

I don’t know about you, but when I find something exciting I love to share it. I just got the facts on how many wheelchair ramps we have built. Fortynine, can you believe it, 49! Our “super” carpenter is working on numbers 50 and 51. I find that really exciting. Ok, it is not like finding the pot at the end of the rainbow or winning the lottery, but it makes me feel almost as good. Actually I have no idea how winning the lottery would feel, but heck, that is too much money for anyone to have anyway. Have you ever imagined what you would do with a million dollars, or maybe even 100 million? How many zeros is that any way? I have actually thought about it. Give this much to that charity, assure my grandchildren and great-grandchildren and on and on, a good education. Build a huge house and have the servants to clean it, no, I would hate that. Maybe just replace the furniture I have given away from my house. Oh yes, and new carpeting. A

Folle Avoine Chronicles

Leo Lisovskis, master fur trade silversmith from Osceola, will be displaying his wares as part of the “Yellow River Echoes” event at Forts Folle Avoine on June 25-27.

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sort of “folk theater.” Via crafts, camp displays, planned and spontaneous skits, music, games, and role-playing, the 100 or so people who form the “Echoes” group will offer a full weekend’s worth of historic time travel. And while moderns envision dashing voyageurs and the romance of their now-vanished forest life, this group makes plain the drudgery of those times as well. In other words, realism is their forte. “Yellow River Echoes” is the brainchild of Duluth resident John Powers. A veteran of several years of fur trade reenacting, Powers wanted to create “Echoes” as a truly unique experience for interpreters and visitors alike. Compiling a list of demonstrator/actors with specific and proven expertise exclusive to the 1802-05 time frame of the original Forts Folle Avoine, the event has succeeded in creating a vivid, historically accurate setting amidst a fun environment in which



Barb Blodgett brand-new car. Something practical like a Lexus or Infinity. Do they even make those cars anymore? Maybe they have already been recalled. I don’t keep up with that stuff. Speaking of cars, the white van I drive, with Interfaith Caregivers on it, is ours. Someone said we (Interfaith) must be doing very well that we (Interfaith) can afford to buy us (Interfaith) a van. Nope, not even close. Interfaith did buy the sign, but we, the Blodgett family, bought the van. There, I did it again. Two completely different subjects in one paragraph. At least I didn’t change the subject in the middle of a sentence. I am improving. My daughter and I took a day to travel to the Dells and we stayed at the

one “learns history without realizing you’re learning anything,” as Powers explains. As a gnome, I’m always fascinated with this notion of presenting the past as somehow the present. Pretty absurd, right? Then again, my own existence is equally absurd to your way of thinking, beginning with the fact I’m 323 years old. The best way to test my hypothesis that “absurdity can be fun”—and, ahem, educational—is by attending the “Yellow River Echoes” event June 25-27. Check this space in two weeks for an in-depth look at how one “Echoes” participant prepares for his role-playing that weekend. Meanwhile, Al Johnson will be firing up his outdoor clay bread oven this weekend—Saturday/Sunday, June 12-13. While site visitors can view the day’s progress (it takes a lot of steps to produce

the entire loaves) at any time, those wishing for a more in-depth experience are welcome to assist. Bring your dedication, though—the entire procedure starts early in the day; but who knows, perhaps Monsieur Johnson will let you leave with a delicious “souvenir” bread loaf as a reward. Anyone wishing this full experience, however, is advised to call the site at 715-866-8890 as Johnson begins firing before the site’s regular open hours. Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park is open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily Wednesday thru Sunday, with “living history” tours available from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day. The park is located on CTH U, three miles west of the Hwy. 35/CTH U intersection in Burnett County‘s Yellow Lakes area.

Kalahari. Almost all of my children and grandchildren were there; what a treat to see them. We got a deal on a condo for the night and I was the typical tourist. How anything like that exists in Wisconsin I can’t imagine. I walked around most of the time with my mouth open in awe or a smile on my face as I saw the water parks and the baby tigers and the restaurants where the bartenders do the thing when they throw the bottles around and the drink ends up in a glass and they don’t spill a drop. I am a typical small-town girl. I have been places and visited people who have everything in the world, but am more excited about a rose than most people would be going to Italy. Although, Italy is somewhere I would like to go some day. Watching the bridge go up in Duluth, Minn., always amazes me. Heavens, watching the fancy dancers at the powwow is wonderful. I love the jingle dresses. I may be way off base on the names of these dresses, but I still like the way they sound, and seeing

the “little ones” dance gives me the biggest thrill. It doesn’t take a lot to entertain me. I don’t get excited watching my father-in-law on the lawn mower, but seeing our Japanese lilac tree bloom is breathtaking. You must stop by and see it. In about 10 days it will be in full bloom and the fragrance is beautiful. Most of you know where we live so come see the tree. Pictures are allowed as long as they are not of me. I am always behind the camera and that works best for me. Maybe I should have asked Denny before I invited everyone to our house, but he won’t care, that tree is to be shared and is too special not to see. So come one, come all. I’ll bake cookies! Thanks for taking the time to read my column. Anyone with ideas or questions are welcome to tell or ask. You know I can be reached almost any time at 715-866-4970. Until next time, listen to the birds and enjoy the flowers, they are never here long enough.


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The northwest counties of Wisconsin are making it easy for residents to dispose of unwanted or unusable household chemicals. Shading on the schedule below indicates a Saturday collection where medications will be accepted for free, and electronics will be accepted for a fee. Absolutely no pharmaceuticals or TVs will be collected at weekday events. Please see table below for items accepted. Please call Jen with questions at 715-635-2197, event schedule is as follows: DATE Tues., June 15






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Preregistration is required for businesses and reasonable charges will be assessed. For information on prices and to register, contact Bill Welter at 715-635-2197. Preregistration is also requested from farmers that wish to dispose of hazardous farm chemicals; the service to farmers to dispose of chemicals is free of charge. Businesses with agricultural-related hazardous waste may also bring in items at a 50% reduction in disposal cost, but must preregister. 514119 42r,L 32a,b Materials may be brought to these collections only during designated open hours. Below are items that will have a disposal charge: • 40¢ per 4 ft. > tube, circular bulb, or CFL • 60¢ per 4 ft. < tube • $2.20 per H.I.D. lightbulb • 50¢ per small oil filter • $1.00 per large oil filter • $16 each plastic or wood TVs • $30 each projection TV • $5 each VCR, DVD player, stereo, record player, printer, desktop copier, etc. • $13 each monitor • $5 each CPU • $20 each floor copier (stand alone)

Hazardous waste will be accepted at the above locations and only at designated times. These items include: oil-based paints, solvents, pesticides, hazardous cleaners, rechargeable, ni-cad, metal halide and button batteries, corrosives, flammables, mercury, old gas and cell phones. Items not accepted at this event: asbestos, ammunition and explosives, radioactive wastes and latex paint (nonhazardous, must be dried out and disposed of with regular garbage). For information on disposal methods for items such as waste oil, automotive batteries, appliances and tires, please call Jen for locations in Burnett and Washburn Counties at 715-635-2197, or e-mail her at


Festival’s Featured Artist Mark Baer ST. CROIX FALLS – With only a week until opening, Festival Theatre is abuzz with busy actors, designers and various other personnel swooping about to prepare for the first of the Theatre Series shows. One such company member happens to be an old friend to St. Croix Falls and Festival Theatre. After recently completing his Master of Fine Arts in directing at Illinois State University, Mark Baer rejoins the Festival family as the director of “To Fool the Eye.” Arriving shortly after finishing his thesis production of Steven Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” Baer’s critical eye for deep connections between actors brings a great sincerity to a script that, at first read, could seem little more than a fantastical romp in a foreign land. His education, training, attention to detail and past acting experiences enable him get his cast to engage in the real moments created onstage, a fitting goal given the story of “To Fool The Eye.”

Although Baer’s career has been a long and successful one, like many young people, he went to college planning a different major than what he walked out with four years later. He enrolled Mark Baer at The University of Findlay (Ohio) as an international business major and while he excelled in his business classes, at the end of the day he always wanted to be on stage. Given that he had chosen a small college, Baer was able to double major in contrasting fields. By graduation it was clear to him that he

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directing to back it up. Baer is proud to be back after five years away from St. Croix Festival Theatre. In reference to his thoughts on coming back to Festival, Baer said, “I feel such a strong connection to this community and the wonderful people who have supported it over the years. Seeing so many familiar faces and being part of the amazing progress that the theater is making is a real pleasure.” While speaking about memorable moments on Festival’s stage, he cited a 2004 production of “There Shall Be No Night” that he was privileged to direct. He commented, “we had assembled a talented and tight-knit bunch of actors that season, and we all loved that wonderful play so much. What we didn’t realize before opening was how brilliantly the audiences would react to this musty WWII story. I remember tears and standing ovations. It was the right play at the right time.” He is certain that “To Fool the Eye” will hold another similarly special place in his heart. Welcome back Mark!

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The Luck Senior Center helped Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity recently by preparing a mailing for them. From left, JoAnne Christiansen, Sylvia Jensen, Edna Lawson and Silpa Ogren stuff the last of the envelopes with the letter WRHFH is mailing out this week. These busy hands saved many hours of work for Habitat workers, cutting down on office costs, which saves the funds to go toward building homes for families who need them. The Luck Senior Center invites others to stop in for a meal or just a cup of coffee and a cookie. - Photo submitted

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The Grantsburg Music Festival Society Music in the Park series at Memory Lake Park in Grantsburg will begin on Saturday, June 12, with music by The Great Adventure Gospel Band. The Great Adventure Family Ministries is an outreach of the Garms family, consisting of David and Kris Garms and seven of their eight children. “We strive to encourage people to live the word through presenting gospel music with our voices, instruments and message. Great Adventure Gospel Band, our family singing group, loves to bring gospel music to people!” says the Garms family of their mission presented through music. The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Grantsburg Youth Group will be serving sloppy joes, coleslaw, chips, bars and beverages beginning at 4:30 p.m. The music by The Great Adventure Gospel Band begins at 5 p.m. The Music in the Park series is made possible solely through the generous contributions from the public and grants from local businesses. Donations will be accepted at the event by passing the hat. Come and enjoy music by the lake and don’t forget to bring your blankets or lawn chairs. - Photo submitted

Five carriages brought 11 people to dine at the Timberidge Roadhouse on Saturday night, June 5. All are members of the North Woods Harness Club, including Dan and Carol Makosky and Dave and Pam Dunn, of Hertel; Mark and Julie Dahlberg, of Solon Springs; Jim, Nancy and Tracy Block of Minong, and Larry and Liz Petersen of Frederic. Three carriages were pulled by single horses, one carriage had a pair of horses, and the Dahlbergs drove a tandem (two horses with one in front of the other). A total of seven horses stood tied to the trees enjoying the cool air following a much-needed spring rain, as drivers and passengers feasted inside. Club members voted to do this drive again and soon. The drive, a nine-mile round-trip through back roads from the Dunns in Hertel, was organized by Carol Makosky. - Photo submitted

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New beekeeping group meets in Burnett County by Wayne M. Anderson Special to the Leader SIREN – There’s a new buzz sounding in Burnett County. The Northland Beekeepers Club held its first meeting last Thursday, June 3, for beginning and veteran beekeepers. “We are a loosely organized group of beekeepers,” said Dave Paulson, of Webster and the club’s organizer. “There are no dues or fees for membership. The only requirement is a desire or passion to keep honeybees and to help fellow beekeepers through information, support and personal experience.” He noted that, “beekeeping is a combination of science and art and is a highly individual hobby.” The hobby of beekeeping is growing in Burnett and Polk counties. More and more people are using bees for personal garden pollination, localized honey for allergies and the fascination and enjoyment of learning about the honeybee. The first of June is the approximate time beekeepers put on their honey supers, which are the boxes on top of the

Beekeepers (L to R) “Buzz” Byrne, Mark Fox, Dave Paulson, Jonathan Maslow and John Carlson examine some honey supers, which will be used this season in the collection of localized, natural honey. - Photo by Wayne Anderson

main bee hive with frames of comb in them. The months of June, July and August are called the “honey flow” time. During these three summer months, the bees are busy collecting nectar and pollen from plants and taking these ingredients back to their colony, where they will make and store honey in the main hive and in the honey supers. The amount of honey the bees can make depends on how much nectar the flowers and trees produce in the season. And this is dependent on how much rain occurs. Beekeepers, like other farmers, are quite aware of the interdependency of nature. This and other interesting topics will be considered by the Northland Beekeepers. The bee meetings are scheduled for the first Thursday of every month, starting at 7 p.m. in the Burnett County Government Center. Refreshments are served after the meeting. The topic for discussion in July is: Summer Management and Swarming. For more information call: 715-8668816 or 715-327-5525.

Troop 160 celebrates 100 years Along with 11,500 other Boy Scouts, Troop 160 of St. Croix Falls celebrated 100 years of scouting at Star Camp, a centennial event held at Stearns Scout Camp near Annandale, Minn., May 21-23. Since 1910, more than 111 million people have participated in the organization’s traditional programs. Currently, Boy Scouts is the largest youth organization in the United States with 2.8 million youth members and 1.1 million adult leaders in the programs of Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting and Venturing. - Photo submitted

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Kelsey Meyer is crowned Miss Grantsburg

Kelsey Meyer expressed her excitement after Miss Grantsburg 2009 Carissa Skifstad presented her with the Miss Grantsburg 2010 sash.

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Allison Peterson waved as she took her first walk down the runway as the newly crowned Little Miss Grantsburg 2010 during the Miss Grantsburg pageant held at the Grantsburg High School auditorium Friday evening, June 4.

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The full 2010 Miss Grantsburg Court posed for a royal photo after the Miss Grantsburg pageant Friday evening at the Grantsburg High School auditorium. The newly crowned court from L to R are: Little Miss Grantsburg Second Princess Lauren Hermann, Second Miss Grantsburg Princess Elizabeth Gaffney, Miss Grantsburg 2010 Kelsey Meyer, Little Miss Grantsburg 2010 Allison Peterson, Little Miss Grantsburg First Princess Amy Harmon and Miss Grantsburg First Princess Lea Chute.

Miss Grantsburg contestant Elizabeth Gaffney serenaded the 2009 Little Miss Grantsburg court about dreaming of being a princess with the song “Ever After” from the Disney movie “Enchanted.”

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Contestant Sabbeth Wilson (L) performed a personalized dance routine and contestant Lea Chute (R) sang “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus during the talent portion of the Miss Grantsburg pageant held Friday evening in the Grantsburg High School auditorium.

Little Miss Grantsburg contestant McKenzie Spafford waved to the audience after receiving the Miss Photogenic award at the Miss Grantsburg pageant Friday evening.

Kelsey Meyer gets a big hug from her mom, Jill Meyer, after just being crowned Miss Grantsburg 2010 at the Miss Grantsburg pageant Friday evening.

Miss Grantsburg contestants Breanna Fickbohm, Lea Chute, Sabbeth Wilson, Kelsey Meyer and Elizabeth Gaffney performed “I Got A Feeling” for the opening number at last Friday evening’s Miss Grantsburg pageant.

LEFT: Contestant Breanna Fickbolm showed her devotion to her laptop, Bob, during a theatrical performance she presented during the talent portion of the Miss Grantsburg pageant held last weekend during Big Gust Days.


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The new 2010 Miss Grantsburg Royalty, Second Princess Elizabeth Gaffney, Miss Grantsburg 2010 Kelsey Meyer, and First Princess Lea Chute, got ready to pile on the pancakes for Grantsburg Mayor Roger Panek and his wife, Jan, at the Grantsburg Fire Hall Saturday. Photos by Priscilla Bauer

The pancake breakfast, a fundraiser for the Grantsburg Fire Department, is a popular annual Big Gust Days event attended by young and old like 3-year-old Ava White posing with her own plate of pancakes.

Motorcycles lined Grantsburg’s Main Street for the secondannual Big Gust Days Motorcycle Show with trophies awarded in six classes: Vintage, Cruiser, Custom, Sport, Touring and Trike. A people’s choice award for overall best cycle was also awarded during the show. Danette Daniels, lead vocalist for the group DriveLine, belted out tunes with the band at the Big Gust Days street dance Saturday evening.

Brothers Raymond and Rudy Gatzke of Chippewa Falls teamed up to look for candy and coins at the Big Gust Days sawdust pile last Saturday morning.

Thor Johnson was the finder of this year’s Big Gust Medallion. Johnson and his family were all involved in the search for the medallion with Thor coming up lucky, finding it at the eighth-hole tee box and repair box at the Grantsburg Golf Course. – Photo courtesy of Burnett County Sentinel

Mark Seeger and his sister, Jillian, enjoyed free ice cream, compliments of Grantsburg Family Foods, during the Big Gust Days activities in downtown Grantsburg Saturday.

LEFT: Evan Ryan and Jake Langevin were the official apple catchers, grabbing apples as they floated down the Wood River Saturday morning. ABOVE: The lucky Big Gust Days Apple Race winners posed with the new Miss Grantsburg and her princesses after the race. Back row (L to R): First Princess Lea Chute, Deb Oswald, fifth place, Miss Grantsburg 2010 Kelsey Meyer, Rod Dahl, first place, April Fiedler, third place, Elizabeth Gaffney, second princess. Front row: Brody Johnson, fourth place and Aletta Bergman, second place.


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Merlin Johnson checked out the wild hood ornament on one of the classic cars lining the street in Grantsburg last Saturday. Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Hundreds of cars arrived for the annual Big Gust Days car show, which Fiedler Ford has sponsored for the past 23 years.

Talking tractors, Marlin Swanson, Amery, Norman Anderson, Cumberland and George Pederson, Cumberland, came to see the antique tractors on display during the Big Gust Days celebration held in Grantsburg last Saturday, June 5.

Model A’s, Model T’s and Stanley Steamers drew lots of attention from visitors stopping at Fiedler Ford Saturday. The antique vehicles were some of the over 100 classic cars on display at the 23rd-annual Big Gust Days car show sponsored by Fiedler Ford.

Eddie Melquist stood next to the antique buggy he once purchased for $5. The buggy was part of the “Are We There Yet?” exhibit at the Grantsburg Historical Society Museum. The exhibit, a display of the modes of transportation used in Grantsburg and Burnett County through the years, opened last Saturday during the Big Gust Days celebration.


Father Mullen takes study sabbatical

Comments on his ministry

by Gregg Westigard Leader staff reporter FREDERIC – Father Dennis Mullen is leaving on a 4-1/2-month sabbatical. The pastor of St. Dominic Catholic Church, Frederic, and Immaculate Conception, Grantsburg, said he will spend his summer in central Pennsylvania doing independent study to obtain professional certification in two areas of pastoral care, spiritual gerontology and maturing adult faith formation. The study will aid him in his ministry with maturing and senior adults. He says this is his first sabbatical in his 40 years as a priest. The time away will also help him prepare for his future retirement. In Pennsylvania he will be staying with a close friend who will be acting as his mentor during his studies. Mullen met with the Leader last Thursday. He talked about the changes he has seen during his ministry. He said the biggest change overall and for priests in general has been the exposure of the pedophile scandals. He said

Father Dennis Mullen the church has to have a purification, acknowledging its weaknesses as an institution and as individuals. He said this must

go on as the church deals with the victims and the perpetrators. Mullen added that the church is setting new policies for dealing with children. But what the church is going through is part of a larger social movement, he said, where there are many issues of child abuse. He said that the things children have to go through, bullying, harassment, domestic abuse, violence, are scary. Mullen said society has a long way to go in dealing with these problems and the church is a part of that change. There is a high level of mistrust that must be dealt with. There is an upside, he continued. The lay people have done very well through all of this. He said that most of the people have hung in and not abandoned the church. There is a decreasing membership in the congregation, Mullen said, but that has come because of young people leaving the area to find employment. He said that of all the graduates from the congregations from 2005 to the present, only half a dozen young people are still here. Mullen said that there is a big gap in the community

leadership group, that many people in their 40s and 50s are gone. Lay people are playing a larger role in all levels of the church, including leadership of parishes, Mullen said. He said that he has praise for the people of this area, who he says are really good people, down to earth and humble.

Background Mullen was born and raised on a family farm in the Rice Lake area. Since his ordination in 1970, his ministry has been in northern Wisconsin and the Diocese of Superior. Over the years he has been appointed priest for a number of parishes in the area. From 1976 to 1984, he served the diocese as vocational director and permanent diaconate director. Mullen came to Frederic and Grantsburg in 2004. He is also the diocesan chaplain for the 45 councils of the Knights of Columbus. While Mullen is on sabbatical, JoAnn Hasse will serve as the parish director. Father Patrick Ryan, Eureka, will conduct the services. Mullen will return from sabbatical in October, refreshed and with new knowledge to continue his ministry.

Friends of the Luck Library receives $10,000

LUCK – The recently formed Friends of the Luck Library was awarded $10,000 from the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation last week. The grant funds are earmarked for community library outreach programs that will utilize the library to its best advantage. Several of these programs include, the Summer Reading Program, Super Science Night (a monthly after-school hands-on science program) and Vibrant Aging (a program

designed to help older men and women stay strong and active). According to “Wisconsin Libraries 2008-2009: A Biennial Report,” from the Council on Library and Network Development, local libraries are more heavily used than ever. This is especially true for the Polk County libraries as their usage has been steadily climbing since 2004. The Friends of the Luck Library received their official 501(c)3 nonprofit sta-

tus in March of this year and the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation grant is their first successful request. Library director and Friends of the Luck Library member Jill Glover stated, “We are very happy to be awarded this grant. The current trend in librarianship is to deliver library services with a community building focus. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides a new set of policy initiatives from which to de-

velop service models with a community focus. We are interested in incorporating some of these new services in our library community. We are pleased to give back to the community through outreach programs as this community has always been amazingly supportive of our library.” submitted

Experiencing the one-room schoolhouse LEFT: Their lunch pails and baskets in hand, Grantsburg Elementary secondgraders Autumn Tendrup, Brooke Quimby and Grace Covey get ready for an oldfashioned picnic last week at the oneroom Reed School. The historic school is located on the Grantsburg School grounds and this spring several classes from the elementary school spent a day learning what it was like to attend a oneroom schoolhouse.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

RIGHT: Jacob Phillips was in charge of ringing the school bell when his class spent a day at the Reed School last week.

Brooke Quimby and Grace Covey tried their hand at writing with a feather pen during their class visit to the oneroom Reed School last week.

Mrs. Marczak’s second-grade class posed in front of the Reed School after spending the day attending classes in the one-room schoolhouse.



2010 scholarships

LUCK – The following awards and scholarships were handed out at the Luck High School during awards night. West Denmark Church Scholarship, $100, Jason Nelson, Aleah Lemieux Bone Lake Foundation, $250, Samantha Fenning, Derek Buck Business Education Scholarship, $300, Peter Langeness, Taryn Pilz Business Education Scholarship, $150, Collin Svoboda Luck Snowmobile Club, $300, Bailee Swenson, Alecia Ouellette St. Croix Regional Medical Volunteer Partners, $400, Kassandra Ingram School-to-Work Business Scholarship, $500, Sarah Goneau, Bailee Swenson, Jordan Lundmark, Mitchell Larson, Samantha Fenning, Alecia Ouellette VFW, $500, Derek Buck VFW Auxiliary, $500, Samantha Fenning American Legion, $500, Jordan Lundmark American Legion Auxiliary, $500, Bailee Swenson Rural American Bank – Luck Scholarship, $500, Rachel Virkus, Katie Gutzmer Andy and Donna Dolny Opportunity Scholarship, $500, Jason Nelson Wisconsin Masonic Foundation Scholarship, $500, Kassi Ingram Bryce Hacker Memorial Scholarship, $500, Diana Kufalk, Mitchell Larson Rod Kennedy Memorial Writing Award, $500, Peter Langeness Amery Regional Medical Clinic Scholarship, $500, Brianna Rooney Luck Lions Club Scholarship, $500, Peter Langeness, Samantha Fenning, Mary Maiden Mueller Luck FFA Alumni Scholarship, $250, Lakeysha Schallenberger, Aaron Norlund Inter-County Leader Scholarship, $750, Sabrina Lane Terry Van Himbergen Memorial Scholarship, $700, Aleah Lemieux Minneapolis Business College $1,000, Aaron Norlund Luck Teachers Memorial Scholarships $1,000, Carson Giller, Peter Langeness

Major scholarship winners: front row: Taryn Pilz, Aaron Norlund, Mitchell Larson, Derek Buck, Collin Svoboda and Jason Nelson. Middle row: Sarah Goneau, Lakesha Schallenberger, Kassi Ingram, Katie Gutzmer, Rachel Virkus, Samantha Fenning and Aleah Lemieux. Back row: Carson Giller, Peter Langeness, Mary Maiden Mueller, Brianna Rooney, Bailee Swenson, Diana Kufalk, Jordan Lundmark, Taylor Horsager and Alecia Ouellette. Missing: Sabrina Lane. Thelma Aaby Memorial Scholarship, $1,050, Mary Maiden Mueller Sterling Bank Scholarship, $1,000, Carson Giller, Taylor Horsager, Taryn Pilz St. Croix Regional Medical Scholarship, $1,000, Kassandra Ingram, Diana Kufalk Harvey and Hazel Dueholm Scholarship, $1,000, Peter Langeness Howard Jorgenson Scholarship, $1,100, Rachel Virkus National Merit Scholar Award (scholarship $ matched by Luther College), Mary Maiden Mueller Academic Excellence Scholarship Award (scholarship $ matched by Luther College), Mary Maiden Mueller Luck Community Graduate Fund, $125: Christopher Aldrich, Brett Alsaker, Derek Buck, Bryson Clemenson, Winston Cluett, Garrison Ekholm, Nicholas Emerson, Dana Ericksen, Samantha Fenning, Danielle Gehrke, Carson Giller, Sarah Goneau, Amanda Groehler, Katie Gutzmer, Jordan Hall, Jacob Hamack, Taylor Horsager, Kassandra Ingram, Ryan Johnson, Diana Kufalk, Sabrina Lane, Peter Langeness, Mitchell Larson, Aleah Lemieux, Elie Lewis, Jordan Lundmark, Mary Maiden Mueller, Jason Nelson, Keenan Nemeth, Aaron Norlund, Tiffany Oft, Alecia Ouellette, Emily Phillips, Taryn Pilz, Brianna Rooney, Lakeysha Schallenberger,

Michael Skow, Alexander Smith, Aaron Sorenson, Collin Svoboda, Bailee Swenson, Eryn Taber, Laura Taylor and Rachel Virkus.

Other scholarships/awards recognition

Scholastic Awards, Peter Langeness, Aleah Lemieux Academic Letter Awards, Derek Buck, Katie Gutzmer, Alex Smith, Samantha Fenning, Taylor Horsager, Peter Langeness, Mary Maiden Mueller Perfect Attendance, Kassandra Ingram Quiz Bowl Awards, Peter Langeness, Mary Maiden Mueller Business Awards, Bryson Clemenson, Carson Giller, Peter Langeness, Taryn Pilz, Alex Smith, Collin Svoboda Keyboarding Hall of Fame, Mitchell Larson, Bryson Clemenson, Brianna Rooney, Collin Svoboda, Mary Maiden Mueller, Jason Nelson Cloverleaf Awards, Carson Giller, Sarah Goneau, Amanda Groehler, Diana Kufalk, Peter Langeness, Aleah Lemieux, Jason Nelson, Tiffany Oft, Taryn Pilz, Brianna Rooney, Alex Smith, Collin Svoboda, Bailee Swenson, Laura Taylor, Rachel Virkus Drama Club Awards, Chris Aldrich, Brett Alsaker, Derek Buck, Bryson Clemenson, Winston Cluett, Gary Ekholm, Nick Emerson, Carson Giller, Amanda Groehler, Katie Gutzmer, Jordan Hall, Jake Hamack,

Principal and athletic director Mark Gobler poses with Luck’s WIAA Scholar/Athlete and Athlete of the Year award winners, Taryn Pilz and Carson Giller, during Luck’s Senior Awards Night. – Photos submitted Taylor Horsager, Sabrina Lane, Peter Langeness, Elie Lewis, Mary Maiden Mueller, Jason Nelson, Aaron Norlund, Alecia Ouellette, Brianna Rooney, Mike Skow, Alex Smith, Eryn Taber Rod Kennedy Memorial Drama Award, Alex Smith Forensics Award, Peter Langeness for earning first place at the New Richmond Invitational Forensics Tournament in the category of solo acting. Lakeland Conference Academic Awards, Peter Langeness, Mitchell Larson, Taylor Horsager, Rachel Virkus, Kassi Ingram, Mary Maiden Mueller Senior Athlete recognition, Chris Aldrich, Derek Buck, Bryson Clemenson, Gary Ekholm, Samantha Fenning, Carson Giller, Katie Gutzmer, Taylor Horsager, Diana Kufalk, Mitchell Larson, Aleah Lemieux, Mary Maiden Mueller, Jason Nelson, Alecia Ouellette, Taryn Pilz, Brianna Rooney, Lakeysha Schallenberger, Alex Smith, Collin Svoboda, Bailee Swenson U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete, Derek Buck and Bailee Swenson WIAA Scholar/Athlete Awards, Taryn Pilz (local) and Carson Giller (local and state) Luck Athletes of the Year Awards, Taryn Pilz, Carson Giller. - submitted

2010 scholarships


2010 scholarships


Mackenzie Swenson, Jamie Fischbach SIREN – The following awards and S Club/Bernick’s Pepsi, Deanna Pherscholarships were handed out at the Siren netton High School during awards night. Inter-County Cooperative Publishing AsMoms for Kids, Sarah Howe, Jamie sociation, Breanna Barr Fischbach Wisconsin Elks Association, Sarah Burnett County Women of the Moose, Howe Deanna Phernetton Phipps Center for the Arts, Mackenzie Burnett Dairy Co-op, Sarah Howe Swenson Maurer Power, Jessica Bauer Glen Sherman Memorial Scholarship, Derek Jaskolka College-awarded Scholarships Indianhead Credit Union, Kendra Chancellor’s Scholarship Program – Jones UW-Madison, Breanna Barr Front row (L to R): Natasha Kosloski, Meghan Baasch, Staci Kopecky, Mackenzie Swenson, Jamie Fischbach, Loyal Order of the Moose, Christian Hall TripliKate Scholarship; Valedictorian Landmark Masonic Lodge No. 244 F. Traci Williamson and Jenna Jarrell. Back row: Christian Hall, Deanna Phernetton, Sarah Howe, Eric Keith, Derek Scholarship; Venture Scholarship; NSF Jaskolka, Kendra Jones and Jessica Bauer. – Photo submitted and A.M., Jenna Jarrell STEM Scholarship; St. Catherine UniverSiren Education Association, Staci sity, Sarah Howe Bremer Bank, Breanna Barr, Mackenzie Swenson Howe Kopecky President’s Scholarship; Director’s Scholarship – Ralph Trumble Scholarship, Natasha Kosloski Lund Brown American Legion Post 132, Sarah Jane Wisse Wellness Scholarship, Sarah Howe Globe University, Kendra Jones. - submitted St. John's Church, Sarah Howe Howe St. Croix Regional Medical Center, Meghan St. Croix Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, Siren Lioness, Kendra Jones, Traci Williamson, Baasch Natasha Kosloski Chelsea Hunter Siren Lions Club, Eric Keith, Breanna Barr Sam‘s Motor Express, Derek Jaskolka, Eric Keith, Siren Chamber of Commerce, Sarah Howe Lake Country Riders Snowmobile Club, Sarah

WEBSTER – The following awards and scholarships were handed out at the Webster High School during awards night. NROTC Scholarship, Benjamin Shives U.S. Army Reserve Scholar/Athlete Awards, Nolan Kriegel, Nicole Steiner A & H/Scott Lions, Rachel Larson Band Secretary, Allison Leef American Legion Auxiliary, Nick Doriott, Ashley Robinson, Rachel Larson American Legion Post 96, Dan Erickson Polk-Burnett Community Service Award, Rachel Larson Bremer Bank, Judd Mosher Burnett Dairy, Nick Doriott, Bryan Krause, Rachel Larson DARE, Sarah Walsh Danbury Area Chamber, Ryan Brickle Dollars for Scholars, Nolan Kriegel, Webster scholarship recipients after the awards presentation. – Photo by Sherill Summer Nick Doriott, Ashley Robinson, Nicole Steiner, Kendra Spurgeon, Allison Leef, Ingalls Family Health Careers, Ellie Isaacson Danbury Fire and Rescue, Brittany Ballard, Sarah Bethany Nutt, Bryan Krause, Andrea Yezek, Rachel Walsh, Ashley Robinson, Bryan Krause, Ryan Inter-County Co-op Publishing, Nicole Steiner Larson Brickle Jim Baker Memorial, Nicole Steiner Tollander Memorial, Phillip Preston, Ellie Isaacson Log Cabin Store and Eatery, Ryan Brickle Diamond Collision, Phillip Preston, Seth Pardun St. John’s/Our Lady’s CCW, Ellie Isaacson Federated Co-op, Samuel Hope St. Croix Regional Medical Center, Chaz Heinz Danbury Lions Club, Phillip Preston, Andrea Grateful Graduate, Chaz Heinz Larry Java Memorial Music, Andrea Yezek Yezek, Ryan Brickle, Sean Snorek Indianhead Credit Union, Nick Doriott Myrtle Ketel Memorial, Bethany Nutt, Allison Leef

Matt Erickson Memorial, Seth Pardun, John Elmgren, Christina Becker Burnett County Lodge 1194, Andrea Yezek Nexen Group, Inc., Ryan Brickle, Phillip Preston Roberto Pearson Memorial, Phillip Preston Saunders Family Foundation, Nick Koelz Bill and Jeannie Sperling, Allison Leef Webster Education Association, Nolan Kriegel, Nick Doriott Webster Lions Club, Sarah Walsh, Ashley Robinson, Nicole Steiner, Bryan Krause, Alyssa Payson Webster Lioness Club, Sarah Walsh, Kendra Spurgeon, Bryan Krause Alyce Foote Memorial, Rachel Larson Whitetails Unlimited, Kevin Packard Wonderland Snow Trails, Seth Pardun, Benjamin Shives Webster/Siren Rotary Club, Nick Doriott Voyager Village, Benjamin Shives, Derek King, Karl Weber Women of the Moose, Danielle Stanton. - submitted


2010 scholarships

ST. CROIX FALLS – The following awards and scholarships were handed out at the St. Croix Falls High School during awards night. Dollars for Scholars, $250 and Viterbo University Dean’s Scholarship, $8,500 - Jessica Adam Bob Sawyer Memorial, $500 - Mitchell Alden S-Club, $40 and Bob Williams Memorial, $500 Ben Anderson Dollars for Scholars, $250 - Alexander Bethell Dollars for Scholars, $250 - Kayla Bixler Former Amery Farmers Union Cooperative, $250; S-Club, $300; Business/Marketing, $150 - Tryn Bryant SCRMC Volunteer Partners, $500; Marie Chelmo Forensics Scholarship; Odyssey Scholarship, University of Chicago, $5,225; SCRMC & RVMC Physicians Group, $1,000 - Katherine Burns-Penn SCF Lioness, $250 - Nicholas Campbell Dollars for Scholars, $250; St. Croix Women's’ Golf League Scholarship, $250; S-Club, $360 and SCRMC Volunteer Partners, $300 - Marissa Campeau S-Club, $40 - Joe Carpenter ABC Chili, $500 - Crysta Chock Falls Orthodontists, $500; S-Club, $40 and St. Croix Valley Men’s Golf League, $250 - Kyle Christensen WITC Foundation LBC Scholarship, $500; ARMC Health Professional Scholarship, $1,000; Foremost Farms U.S.A., $2,000 and Dollars for Scholars, $250 - Abby Culver Former Amery Farmers Union Cooperative, $250 - Kim Culver Bud and Larry Jensen Memorial, $250 - Jordan Fehlen MarketPlace Foods, $1,000 - Kristina Flandrena SCRVM Volunteer Partners, $500; Hazelden, $600; Osceola Medical Center Partners, $500; SClub, $120; The College of St. Scholastica - The Benedictine Scholarship, $54, 000 ($13,500/yr.) and Boys Booster Basketball, $300 - Cory Gebhard Herb Kohl Foundation Initative Scholarship, $1,000 - Samantha Grange American Legion Auxiliary, $250 and Agnes Carlson Peterson Memorial, $600 - Alicha Greenlee Dresser Lions Club, $500 - Racheal Hansen Encore – FACE, $125 - Tyler Harrison Dollars for Scholars, $250 - Cassandra Hoyt Dollars for Scholars, $250 and The RiverBank, $250 - Justin Jerrick S-Club, $40 and Dollars for Scholars, $250 - Gus Koecher Miss St. Croix Falls, $500 - Ashley Kolve Donald Yunker Memorial, $500; American Legion Americanism Award, $400 and NUE – Teachers, $500 - Nicholas Krenz Terry Hansford Memorial, $500; WITC – Ashland Staff Scholarship, $500 and Roland Krueger Memorial, $400 - Dustin Krueger Lloyd Westlund Memorial, $250 - Mackenzy Kuhlmann S-Club, $40 - Josh Larcom

St. Croix Falls

St. Croix Falls scholarship and awards recipients received their awards May 5. Pictured are the recipients in the high school gym. – Photo by Tammi Milberg SCRMC Volunteer Partners, $500; SCRMC Scholarship, $1,000; S-Club, $40; Drake University – Presidential Scholar, $48,000 ($12,000/yr.) and Bishop Fixture & Millwork, Inc., $500 - Ryan Larson Dollars for Scholar, $250 - Marie Lawrence Encore – Business, $50 - Melissa Loomis SCF/TF Rotary Club, $500 and NUE – Teachers, $500 - Paul Manoppo Former Amery Farmers Union Cooperative, $250 - Daniel Mewes S-Club, $80 and The RiverBank, $500 - John Mikl St. Croix Falls Fire Department, $250; S-Club, $40 and Encore – Business, $50 - Kyle Miller St. Croix Falls Lions Club, $1,200 ($300/yr.) Josiah Mortenson American Legion Citizenship Award, $400; SClub, $80 and Fred Yarolimek Memorial, $500 Gabrielle Nuckles Agnes Carlson Peterson Memorial, $600 - Dillon Peterson Encore – Art, $50 and Zack Foeller Memorial, $500 - Michelle Peterson Blaine Hunter Memorial-Almelund Lions Club, $500 - Cassondra Petherbridge St. Croix Women’s Golf League Scholarship, $250; S-Club, $40 and Inter-County Cooperative Publishing, $750 - Cortney Rasmussen S-Club, $100; Jeanette Ramstrom Memorial, $500; University of Wyoming Athletic Scholarship, $3,800; Rocky Mountain Academic Scholarship, $3,000 and Wisconsin Weigh-In Wrestling Club,

$500 - Joseph Raygor Terry Hansford Memorial, $500 - Cory Raymond S-Club, $80 and ABC Chili, $500, Zachary Rintoul Girls Booster Basketball, $500; Lewajohn, $250; SCRMC Scholarship, $1,000; Sterling HCE Memorial, $300 and Trollhaugen Ski and Convention Center, $250 - Jamie Rohm SCF Lioness, $250 and Northwestern College Founders Scholarship, $2,500 - Brittany Rudolph Dresser Trap Rock Quarry, $500 and The RiverBank, $250 - Emily Scheuermann Janell Fellrath Memorial, $300 - Sarah Schuler SCRMC Volunteer Partners, $300 and Trollhaugen Ski and Convention Center, $250 Angela Sommer Coca-Cola Bottlers Foundation, $350; Encore – Music, $125; John D. Nelson, $500 and River Valley Hockey Association, $250 - Christopher Stack Former Amery Farmers Union Cooperative, $250 - Jessica Sveback Coca-Cola Bottlers Foundation, $350 - Matthew Vold Dollars for Scholars, $250 - Emily Ward Dollars for Scholars, $250 - Rhett Werner U.S. Bank, Cushing Branch, $500; S-Club, $80 and DECA, $150 - Austin Whittenberger Polk-Burnett Electric Community Service, $500; St. Catherine University Venture Scholarship, $5,000; St. Catherine University Alexandria Scholarship, $9,500; S-Club, $520 and ERA Muske Community Support, $500 - Kelsey Willow

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Business/Marketing, $225 - Meg Wilmar University of North Dakota Community Leader Scholarship, $4,000 and Dresser Trap Rock Quarry, $500 - Christian Wolfe Dollars for Scholars, $250; St. Croix Valley Men’s Golf League, $250 - Blake Yunker Arlene Gullickson Memorial, $300; MarketPlace Foods, $1,000; SCRMC Volunteer Partners, $500 and St. Croix Valley Health Care Foundation, $400 Megan Yunker Dollars for Scholars Alumni, $300 - Amy Busby Dollars for Scholars Alumni, $300 - Leif Chinander Dollars for Scholars Alumni, $300 Adam Offerdahl Dollars for Scholars Alumni, $300 Tashina Martinson Dollars for Scholars Alumni, $300 - Zachary Johnston Dollars for Scholars Alumni, $300 - Samantha Wheeler Dollars for Scholars Alumni, $300 - Ashley Kes Dollars for Scholars Alumni, $300 -Trygve Chinander Dollars for Scholars Alumni, $300 - Jennifer Benoy Dollars for Scholars Alumni, $300 - Meghan Smith Franz Wilke – Tech Ed - Nathan Casler Franz Wilke – FACE and Franz Wilke - FFA Chrysta Chock. - submitted


Frederic FFA Alumni Association ScholFREDERIC – The following awards and arship, $250, Thomas Gravelle, Terri scholarships were handed out at the FredMcKinney, Kendra Wells, Danielle Petereric High School during awards night. son NUE-Frederic Teacher’s Association, Marilyn and Phil Knuf Educational $750, Kendra Wells Scholarships, $500, William Primm, Traci Community Education Association of Lundeen Frederic, $400, Marissa Nelson Burnett County Sentinel, $500, Mariah John and Rose Shull Scholarship, Gravelle $1,000, Cody Hallanger WITC Rice Lake Opportunity ScholarDan Gabrielson Memorial Scholarship, ship, $500, Kelly Daeffler $500, Haley Kurkowski Indianhead Credit Union of Grantsburg, Wisconsin Masonic Founda$200, Dana LaBoda tion/Landmark Lodge, $500, Joel Knauber Marty Niles Memorial Scholarship, Charles E. Lewis Scholarship, $500, $500, Christine Chenal, Brad Thomas Ethan Cook Bernice Asper Memorial Scholarship, Inter-County Cooperative Publishing $1,000, Greg Puetz Scholarship, $750, Cathryn McConnell SNOWS (Snowmobilers of West SweDonna Struck Lefurgy Weinzierl Memoden), $300, Mariah Gravelle rial Scholarship, $1,500, Christine Chenal, Polk-Burnett Cooperative Service Kendra Wells Scholarship, $500, Cathryn McConnell Donna and Roman L. Weinzierl ScholHarlan Shull Memorial Scholarship, arship, $1,500, Kendra Wells $1,000, Ethan Cook Wadia (Bill) Moses Scholarship, $800, SCRMC Volunteer Partners, $400, Alex Danielle Peterson Karl D. Ludvigson Education Scholar- Pictured are the Frederic High School scholarship and awards recipients, who received their awards May 23. – Lonetti John Hickey Memorial Scholarship ship, $1,000, Terri McKinney Photo submitted ($100 to each graduating senior who was Janell Fellrath Memorial Scholarship, part of John’s last class), Ian Anderson, $300, Abby Lindahl Spencer Scholarship, $1,000, AmberJean BoyleLonetti Joel Anderson, Michael Elrod, Amanda Gunter, KimFrederic Citizens Scholarship Foundation, $1,000, Timothy R. Carlson Memorial Scholarship, $350, Carlson berly Jones, Haley Kurkowski, Alexsandra Lonetti, Terri McKinney Carl and Hilda Ahlgren Educational Scholarship, Amanda Runnels Terri McKinney, Danielle Peterson, Justin Pyke, Brad Marcelle (Sally) Surbaugh Scholarship, $300, Rowe Funeral Home Scholarship, $500, Sadie $1,000, Joel Anderson Thomas, Travis Love Cathryn McConnell Henry Lawrence Ahlgren Scholarship, $1,000, Kettula UW-Barron County Foundation Scholarship, CJ Franseen Merit Scholar Award, $1,000, Burnett County Moose Lodge, $200, Amanda William Primm $500, Terri McKinney Amanda Runnels Ray and Evelyn Moats Scholarship, $300, Gunter WITC Foundation, $500, Amanda Runnels River Valley Physicians Scholarship, $1,000, Alex Jane Wisse Memorial Scholarship, $1,000, Alex Thomas Gravelle St. Croix Valley Heath Care Foundation, $400, Lonetti Bremer Bank Scholarship, $1,000, Joel Anderson Lonetti Kendra Wells. - submitted Frederic Lioness Scholarship, $500, Joel Knauber Jean Lang Memorial Scholarship, $200, Danielle Wisconsin Professional Police Association, U.S. Bank Scholarship, $500, Dana LaBoda Peterson $1,000, Amanda Runnels Amery Regional Medical Center, $500, Alex


2010 scholarships

GRANTSBURG – The following awards and scholarships were handed out at the Grantsburg High School during awards night, May 17. Allied Waste Services, $500, Leah Ticknor, Kelsey Lien American Legion Auxiliary Edna McCann, $500, Lindsey Fallstrom American Legion Brask-Fossum-Janke Post 185, $500, Carinna Coy, Lindsey Fallstrom Bernick’s Pepsi-Cola, $400, Josh Phillips, Ethan Prazak Brenda Fallstrom Memorial, $500, Austin Eskola Burnett Dairy Co-op I, $1,500, Anne Palmquist, Christopher Olson Burnett Dairy Co-op II, $1,250, Cody Tromberg Burnett Dairy Co-op III, $500, Cerenity Louis Burnett Medical Center, $500, Casey Crawford, Heather Davison Burnett Medical Hospital Auxiliary, $250, David Gaffney Carlyle Sherstad Memorial, $400, John Schneider, Michelle Lund Caspers Memorial Scholarship, $500, Sarah Wald, Carinna Coy Claire Erickson Memorial, Farmers Ind. Phone Co., $1,000, Leah Ticknor, Kelsey Lien, Christopher Olson Community Bank Business Scholarship, $500, Kallie Thoreson DARE, $200, Carinna Coy DFS Foundation, $500, Lauren Romanowski Academic Excellence, $500, John Schneider Principal Leadership Award, $500, Carinna Coy, Annie Palmquist Dick Peper Memorial, $200, Dusty Ryan Edling Funeral Home Scholarship, $500, Michelle Lund FACE of the Future, $500, Larissa Wilhelm George Carpenter Memorial Scholarship, $250, Lauren Romanowski, Emma Walker Grantsburg Fire Association, $225, Christopher Olson Grantsburg Rod & Gun, $500, Cody Tromberg, Matthais Hintz Grantsburg Women Working Together, $500, Aimee VanTatenhove Human Service Scholarship, $500, Emma Walker Impact Your World, $300 + $100 charity donation, Cody Crawford


Grantsburg seniors posed for a group photo after receiving their scholarships and awards at a special ceremony held in the high school auditorium on May 17. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer Indianhead Credit Union, $200, Kallie Thoreson Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association, $750, Kelsey Lien Joan L. Anderson McDonnell Memorial Scholarship, $500, Kallie Thoreson, Dusty Ryan LaVonne Seeman Nursing Scholarship, $500, Anne Palmquist, Lindsey Fallstrom Lions Schinzing Memorial, $500, Steven Labatt Lions Scholarship, $500, Kallie Thoreson, Carinna Coy Loyle Erickson Memorial, $100, Dusty Ryan Lynn Ryan Memorial Scholarship, $250, Emma Walker Mabel Thor Scholarship, $1,000, Leah Ticknor Mary Ann Erickson Memorial, $1,000, Anne Palmquist, Emma Walker Masons Scholarship, $500, John Schneider McNally Industries, $500, Christopher Olson, Kallie Thoreson, Kelsey Lien Norine Scholarship, $500, Michelle Lund, Bailey Volgren Northern Manufacturing, $300, Jenna Brust NUE Grantsburg Unit College, $300, Michelle

Lund NUE Grantsburg Unit Education, $300, Sarah Wald NUE Grantsburg Unit Technical, $300, Matthias Hintz Outstanding Biology Student, $500, Cody Crawford, Casey Crawford, Aimee VanTatenhove Red Cross Student Bloodmobile Coordinator, $250, Carinna Coy Rotary: In honor of Merlin Johnson, $500, Kallie Thoreson Squirrels Unlimited Brad Oman Memorial, $500, Jordan Heinecke Squirrels Unlimited Loraine Rainy Paquette Memorial, $500, Austin Eskola St. Croix Regional Medical Center, $1,000, Lindsey Fallstrom U.S. Bank, $500, Larissa Wilhelm, Kallie Thoreson Walter & Marion Jensen Memorial, $1,000, Leah Ticknor, Sarah Wald, Kelsey Lien Whitetails Unlimited, $250, Cody Tromberg, Matthew Wood. - submitted

2010 scholarships

UNITY – The following awards and scholarships were handed out at the Unity High School during awards night. Adam Peterson Memorial Scholarship, $250, Alec Carlson Adolph Timm American Legion Post No. 346/Auxiliary Scholarship, $200, Maddie Anderson American Red Cross, varies, Alicia Milander, Jessica Larson Amery Farmers Union Co-op, $1,000, Kalvin Zygowicz Amery Luck Regional Medical Center, $500, Thia Wahlen Balsam Lake Ellis Hagler American Legion and Auxiliary Unit No. 278, $300, Katie Peper Balsam Lake Rehab and Protection District Scholarship BLPRD, $500, Alicia Milander Bishop Fixture & Millwork, $500, Steven Gustafson Balsam Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, $250, Laura Krueger, Derek Jorgenson Balsam Lake Rod & Gun Club, $500, Derek Jorgenson, Katie Petzel Burnett Dairy Co-op Scholarship, $1,750, Katie Peper Burnett Dairy Co-op Scholarship, $1,000, Katie Petzel Calvin Anderson, $500, Jayke Monahan Centuria Women’s Club, $250, Brittany Petznick Class of ’65, $500, Alec Carlson Glenn Chaffee Memorial Scholarship, $300, Katie Petzel Inter-County Publishing Association, $750, Luke Hilleshiem John Peper Memorial Scholarship, $500, Brooke Gillespie Kolstad Family Funeral Home Scholarship, $500, Alec Carlson Lakeland Communication WSTF, $1,000, Derek Jorgenson Margie Bangle, $1,000, Joy Albrecht Mark Palmberg, $1,000, Brittany Petznick Milltown Community Club, $500, Alec Carlson Milltown Fire Department, $500, Alec Carlson, Sam Ince American Legion George Melby Post No. 254 Milltown, $500, Alec Carlson, Derek Jorgenson, Kaylynn Olson, Kalvin Zygowicz

Grantsburg senior Aimee VanTatenhove was presented with the $500 Outstanding Biology Student Scholarship from Principal Stan Marczak at the school’s scholarship and awards ceremony held on May 17.


Unity scholarship winners are shown front row (L to R): Alicia Milander, Jessica Larson, Tim Hallin, Madeline Anderson, Brittany Petzel and Alec Carlson.Second row: Amanda Brunotte, Kaylynn Olson, Luke Hilleshiem, Cadi Harper, Cynthia Wahlen and Laura Krueger. Third row: Tyler Bublitz, Derek Jorgenson, Kalvin Zygowicz, Steve Gustafson, Clinton Holin and Logan Hilleshiem. Back row: Brooke Gillespie, Katie Peper, Monique Slate, Sam Ince, Katie Petzel and Joy Albrecht. – Photo submitted National Mutual Benefit, $1,000, Katie Peper National Honor Society, $100, Tim Hallin Norma Thompson, $500, Tom Coen, Lindsey Turner Dr. Paul A. Hauge, $500, Samantha Ince Polk Burnett, $750, Derek Jorgenson Randy Walker Memorial Scholarship, $500, Samantha Ince Richard O. Klatt Scholarship, $500, Brittany Petznick River Valley Physicians, $1,000, Monique Slate SCRMC Health Care Scholarship, $1,000, Cadi Harper, Sam Ince Unity Student Council Spirit Scholarship, $400,

Brooke Gillespie Terry Schmidt Memorial Scholarship, $2,500, Brooke Gillespie Unity Education Scholarship Foundation, $750, Katie Petzel, Laura Krueger, Tyler Bublitz, Derek Jorgenson, Maddie Anderson, Alec Carlson, Clinton Holin Unity Education Association $400, Katie Petzel, Maddie Anderson, Logan Hilleshiem Unity Leos Club, $500, Kaylynn Olson Unity Lions Club, $500, Monique Slate Valedictorian – Academic Excellence, $9,000, Laura Krueger VFW United Post No. 6856 Milltown, $500, Logan

Hilleshiem, Kaylynn Olson VanGundy Memorial Scholarship, $1,000, Amanda Koethe W.I.N.G.S. Scholarship, $250, Dustin McKinney, Brittany Petznick, Sam Ince.

Other awards/recognition

Adolph Timm American Legion Post Citizenship Award, certificate, Brooke Gillespie, Tyler Bublitz Badger Girls State Representatives, Emily Stelling, Josie Kalenda, Luke Nelson, Jake Bengtson NUE Outstanding Student, Maddie Anderson. submitted

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Frederic Family Days button design winners

One of Frederic High School art teacher Greg Heine’s button designs was picked for this year’s Frederic Family Days. Frederic high school junior Waranyoo (Ben) Saengthaweep drew the other design that was picked for Greg Heine’s winning button design shows a relaxing this year’s buttons. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld beach scene. – Photo submitted

Blue Star Banner

Waranyoo Saengthaweep’s design showed a family to go along with the Family Days name. – Photo submitted

New chorale being formed

American Legion Post 396 Commander Arlen Peterson from Indian Creek presented a Blue Star Banner to Jim and Marsha Olson of Siren to hang in a window to honor their family member who is serving in the military. Their son Tech. Sgt. Trent A. Olson, a 1994 Siren graduate, is stationed in Great Falls, Mont. He has been with the Air Force for 16 years and is currently working with the military police. Anyone who has a family member on active duty in the armed forces may call Peterson at 715-497-2222 or Bob Carlson at 715-566-1078. The banner is provided free of charge. – Photos submitted

GRANTSBURG - In March 2008, singers from the Grantsburg area traveled to New York City to sing in Carnegie Hall. This Grantsburg Chorale will again be rehearsing this summer. Linda Benge, who directed the Chorale before, would like to present a concert of show tunes, and lighter numbers this summer, and explore possibilities for future performances. This would include the possibility of travel similar to the last experience. The Chorale is open to anyone who is going to be in high school or older. There is no audition. At the first rehearsal they will solidify a performance date and look at long-term goals and plans. Anyone who is interested should attend the first rehearsal, which will be in the high school music room on Sunday, June 13, at 7 p.m. If singers are not able to attend this rehearsal, but would like to be involved, please contact Linda Benge or leave a message at 715-463-5165 ext. 202. - submitted

CHURCH NEWS St. Peter's Lutheran Church celebrates graduations St. Peter’s Lutheran, CTH B north of Luck, celebrated graduation on two Sundays. Interim Pastor Norm Belland was congratulated on May 23 for earning his Master of Theology degree. On May 30, Brianna Rooney was honored for graduating from Luck High School with a quilt, which had been made by the ladies of the church. - Photo submitted Barbara Petersen presents Pastor Norm Belland with a framed photo of the St. Peter’s Church which was taken by Janice Skow during the 2009 Christmas Eve snow and ice storm.

Barbara Petersen presents Luck graduate Brianna Rooney with her graduation quilt, which was made by the ladies of St. Peter’s Church. – Photos submitted


Sat., June 12, 2010 Food & Family Fun Silent Auction Raffles

Activities & Games 4-6 p.m. Oldies Music by Andy & His Guitar - 4-6 p.m. Live Band - Trees On The Moon - 6 p.m.-?? Activities For Young & Old

Please join us for an evening of music performed by Soprano

Vintage Car Show Cake Walk Bake Sale


877 190th Ave./Cty. Rd. G Balsam Lake, WI Vintage Car Show, Contact Tom Levi At 715-472-4400

Contacts: Georgia Palas 715-822-8938 & Charlotte Peper 715-554-3621 ***All Proceeds To The GLC Building Fund***

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Dana Carlson Saturday, June 12, 2010, at 7 p.m. Bethany Lutheran Church 24096 1st Avenue Siren, WI 54872

Light refreshments served after performance Freewill offering

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Friday, June 18, 2010, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. St. Luke’s Methodist Church Frederic, Wis. Sloppy joes, hot dogs, beans, homemade pie and more. 514243 42L 32a



Perspectives Sally Bair

Today is an Open Book We read words on paper and we read the reactions of people around us. When we witness a child’s tantrum, we read anger, frustration, and self-centeredness. When we see someone cry, we read grief, disappointment, or perhaps fear. Conversely, others can read our actions or reactions to what’s happening around us. We show worry if we’re waiting for a bad report from the doctor, but we show our happiness after hearing a good report. We might scream and yell after a bad day of kids whining, a dinner gone wrong, and news of our spouse’s layoff. Conflict and resolution are at the heart of every story—in the books we read and in our daily lives. A children’s book might tell how little Johnny deals with the arrival of his baby sister and loses the total attention of his parents. In real life a conflict can be as minimal as dropping a stitch while knitting, or as dramatic as hitting a deer while driving on an icy road, learning that you have cancer, or facing a rebellious child who’s been caught doing drugs. It’s the resolution of a conflict that determines how a book—or life in the day of a person—ends. Will it end on a note of hope? Or will it prolong the feelings of anger, despair, or fear? In real life we ourselves determine how we will act or react to our conflicts. When we draw God into the equation, resolutions can become not only easier, but satisfying and growthinspiring. Yes, even in the midst of the deer-hitting event or when hearing the news about cancer, when we look to God for his direction and believe he will bring good out of our situation, we will receive peace and joy. People throughout the world have testified to that fact. Romans 8:28 says it best. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose.” When children of God maintain a close and loving relationship with him through prayer, Bible reading, and obedience, he will work out the best answer to even the most dire circumstance. He will give us patience when our child throws a tantrum. He will remove fear when we face adversity or danger. He will give us peace when we learn about our child’s rebellion. Lord, write the resolutions of our life story on our hearts so others will see that you are able to take us above our imperfect, damaging reactions in the midst of conflict. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at

Christian Women’s Club to meet GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg Christian Women’s Club will be meeting on Tuesday, June 22, at 9 a.m. at the Grantsburg Senior Center. Lisa Ferneliaus from New Hope, Minn., will be the speaker. Her talk will be “Things are not always what they seem.” The feature will be Lorraine Lunzer. Her topic will be thread and fiber art. All women are invited. - submitted

Vacation Bible school at St. Joseph Catholic Church set TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – A summer vacation Bible school will be happening at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 490 Bench St. Taylors Falls, Minn., July 12 through 16, 9 a.m. - noon, featuring the The Cat-Chat Program. For kids 4 years old through those entering the sixth grade. Call the parish office at 651-465-7345 for more information or to register. - submitted

St. Luke's Family Days Cafe FREDERIC – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Frederic will once again be serving lunch during Family Days weekend. Hours are 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 18. Menu includes sloppy joes, grilled hot dogs and pie. Everyone welcome. – submitted

Baptism at St. Peter's Lutheran

Spencer Wayne Jensen was baptized at St. Peter’s Lutheran, north Luck on CTH B, Sunday, June 6. Shown are Pastor Norm Belland (holding baby Spencer). (L to R): Kevin and Christina Jensen (parents); Felicia Lyons and Jeffrey Lanhart, sponsors, (with their backs to the congregation); and brother, Denny Jensen. - Photo submitted

Confi firrmation Sunday at St. Luke's Congratulations to the St. Luke’s Confirmation Class of 2010. Front row (L to R): Joshua Underwood, Hunter Dodds, Jordan Buggert and Ben Kurkowski. Back row: Avery Buggert, Hayden Swanson, Lexi Domagala and Jaryd Braden. Top: Pastor “Freddie” Kirk. – Photo submitted

News from the Pews of Pilgrim Lutheran Church FREDERIC – A special worship service was conducted on Sunday, May 23, honoring those members of Pilgrim that graduated from Frederic High School on that day. Pictured (L to R): Marissa Nelson, daughter of Rich and Jessica Nelson; Gus Neumann, son of RaeLynn Johnson and Wally Neumann; Cody Hallanger, son of Bill and Robin Hallanger; William Primm, son of Bill and Stephanie Siebenthal; and Joel Anderson, son of Bryan and Nancy Anderson. Also honored but not present were Zach A special worship service was conducted on Sunday, May 23, honoring those Petersen, son of Larry and Liz Petersen and Abby Lindahl, daughter of Scott members of Pilgrim that graduated from Frederic High School. Pictured (L to R): and JoAnn Holmberg. Each graduate re- Marissa Nelson, Gus Neumann, Cody Hallanger, William Primm and Joel Anderson. ceived a quilt to take with them on their – Photo submitted special journey of life and the quilts were made by Jan Berg, Marilyn Blake, ued discussion on the topic. Betty Fenton and the women of the church. It was the The next book club choice is “The Last Lecture,” by first Sunday of Pentecost which tradition says is a high Randy Pausch. Copies of the book are on reserve at the Jewish holiday that is celebrated 50 days after Jesus rose Frederic Public Library so any and all who would like to from the dead. The choir sang a powerful song entitled join the club are more than welcome to join their lively “We are the Church” with words by Nancy Price and group for discussion. The club will meet on Wednesday, Don Besig and music by Don Besig. Pastor Catherine re- June 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the lower fireside room of the cited the entire Lord’s Prayer in German. church to discuss the book. On Wednesday, May 26, young and old alike gathered Pilgrim invites everyone to join them for Sunday in the park at Coon Lake and had a potluck picnic com- morning worship services and the time has changed to 9 plete with food, fellowship and games for those that a.m. for the summer months. Beginning in September wanted to participate in them. worship will resume to 10 a.m. and Sunday School at 9 The women of the church held a mini retreat on a.m. For more information about the church, call the Wednesday, June 2, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Members from church office at 715-327-8012 or go to their Web site sister churches were also invited and the topic of discus- - submitted sion was Women Listening to the Holy Spirit. There was a break from 5 to 6 p.m., for a salad supper with contin-

Minnesota Teen Challenge Choir coming to East Balsam Baptist Church

BALSAM LAKE – East Balsam Baptist Church will host a free performance by the Minnesota Teen Challenge Choir on Sunday morning, June 13, at 9 a.m. The choir’s contemporary gospel and praise songs will be accompanied by inspiring student stories of their deliverance from addiction by the power and forgiveness of God. Additionally, the students will be available following the service to answer questions about their personal experiences and how their lives have been changed through Minnesota Teen Challenge. “We will have the opportunity to hear from those who were at the worst point in their lives, exhausted, discouraged and addicted to drugs and alcohol,” said Pastor David Sollitt of East Balsam Baptist Church. “We’ll also hear how they broke free from the chains of addiction, and our hearts will be warmed with stories of redemption.”

A barbecue lunch will follow the inspirational program. The event is free and open to the public, and everybody is invited to attend.

About Minnesota Teen Challenge Minnesota Teen Challenge is a faith-based residential chemical dependency program for teens and adults with chronic alcohol, drug and other life-controlling problems. Visit for more information. East Balsam Baptist Church is located five miles east of Balsam Lake on CTH I. The Sunday morning worship service begins at 9 a.m. Sunday school starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information on East Balsam Baptist Church, call the church office at 715-857-5411 or visit - submitted


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MADISON — Gov. Jim Doyle has proclaimed June 10 as Heat Awareness Day in Wisconsin. The campaign is to remind people of the dangers associated with extreme heat and to encourage citizens to take protective safety measures. In 1995, two major killer heat waves affected most of Wisconsin, resulting in 154 heat-related deaths and over 300 heat-related illnesses. Summer heat waves have been the biggest weather-related killers in Wisconsin for the past 50 years, far exceeding tornadoes and severe storms. To encourage citizens to be prepared for severe heat, Wisconsin Emergency Management and the National Weather Service offer these tips to keep safe in hot weather: 1. Never leave children, disabled persons or pets in a parked car – even briefly. Temperatures in a car can become life threatening within minutes. 2. Keep your living space cool. Cover windows to keep the sun from shining in. If you don’t have an air conditioner, open windows to let air circulate. When it’s hotter than 95 degrees, use fans to blow hot air out of the window rather than to blow hot air on to your body. Basements or ground floors are often cooler than upper floors. 3. Slow down and limit physical activity. Plan outings or exertion for the early morning or after dark, when temperatures are cooler. 4. Drink plenty of water and eat lightly. Don’t wait for thirst, but instead drink plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid alcohol or caffeine and stay away from hot, heavy meals. 5. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Add a hat or umbrella to keep your head cool and don’t forget sunscreen! 6. Don’t stop taking medication unless your doctor says you should. Take extra care to stay cool, and ask your doctor or pharmacist for any special heat advice. 7. Infants should drink breast milk or formula to get the right balance of water, salts and energy. You may supplement your infant’s fluids with an additional 4 to 8 ounces of water per day, but don’t dilute formula beyond what the instructions say unless instructed by your doctor. Easy ways to beat the heat include a cool (but not cold) bath or shower, which actually works faster than an air conditioner. Applying cold wet rags to the neck, head and limbs also cools down the body quickly. People at higher risk of a heat-related illness include: Older adults, infants and young children; people with chronic heart or lung problems; people with disabilities; overweight persons; those who work outdoors or in hot settings; users of some medications, especially those taken for mental disorders, movement disorders, allergies, depression, and heart or circulatory problems; people who are isolated that don’t know when or how to cool off – or when to call for help. — from Wisconsin Emergency Management

MEMORIAL SERVICE Saturday, June 12 2 p.m. Webster Community Center For Ruth Andren

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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.

Gordon S. House, 77, Milltown, wintered in Brownsville, Texas, formerly of Cottage Grove, Minn., died peacefully Wednesday, June 2, 2010, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Maude House; and brother, Warren. He is survived by his wife, Audrey; children, Gordy, Deb (Bryce Thornberg), Tim (Connie) and Larry (Brenda). He is also survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brothers, Don (Verna) and Roger (Sharon). A complete obituary will be published at a later date. Continue to check the Web sites at or for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with arrangements.

Grace E. Edler Grace E. Edler, 72, Osceola, died Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at the St. Croix Good Samaritan Society nursing home. Grace was born Jan. 8, 1938, at Barnes, to Albert and Agnes Denver. In 1955, she married Russell Edler at the courthouse in Balsam Lake. Grace was a homemaker all of her life. She enjoyed handwork, baking bread and rolls and reading. Grace was preceded in death by her parents; ex-husband, Russell; brother, Ted; and sister, Ethel. She is survived by her children, Brenda Edler of Osceola, Bryan Edler of St. Paul, Minn., Ronald (Leticia) Edler of Milltown, Wanda Olson (Grace’s devoted caregiver for the past 12 years) of Osceola, Chastity Lunsman of Turtle Lake; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Abb (Pat) Denver of Milltown, Dennis Denver, Ruth Swisher of St. Croix Falls, Lorraine Eley of Frederic and Martha Athey of Lewis. Memorial services were held Friday, June 4, at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola with the Rev. Charles Arndt officiating. The Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, was entrusted with arrangements.

Neidra (Nita) I. Peterson Neidra (Nita) I. Peterson, 68, Daniels Township, died May 29, 2010, at her home. Nita was born Dec. 29, 1941, in Audubon, Minn., to Leif and Myrtle Erickson. Nita worked as a waitress at the Pheasant Inn in Siren for over 10 years. Nita liked to do quilting and to read. She enjoyed art and took time to do some drawing and painting. Nita was preceded in death by her parents; her son, David; and brothers, Ducan and Darrell. Nita is survived by her children, Kelly (Ed) Fisher, Kevin Day and Barbara Gluheisen; her grandchildren, Christopher and Stacy; great-grandchildren, Adrianne and Wyatt; sisters, Elaine Holcombe and Karen (Jerry) Juve; brothers, Kermit Erickson and Leif Erickson; along with other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Thursday, June 3, at the First Baptist Church of Falun with Pastor Kevin Miller officiating. Music was provided by Mark Potvin and Karen Miller. Casket bearers were Mike Holcombe, Wayne Holcombe, Ed Fisher, Christopher Lowe, Bobby Olson and Jeremy Christensen. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.


The family of Neidra (Nita) Peterson would like to thank all of you who cared for her in her last days. 1st, the doctors and nurses at OMC. 2nd, the nurses & volunteers from Regional Hospice, Spooner. 3rd, Pastor Kevin and the ladies who helped serve from the Falun Baptist Church. And last but not least, Pat Taylor and his staff from Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes. You know who you are and God Bless you!!

Kelly & Ed Fisher & Barbara Gluheisen

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The family of Merlyn Offerdahl extends heartfelt thanks and gratitude for all the loving cards, memorials, flowers, food and support given to our family during the loss of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. A special thanks to Pastor Diane Norslad and lunch ladies at Faith Lutheran Church and also to Karen Eitland and Dorene Hendrickson for special music. Also, thanks 514263 42Lp to Kolstad Family Funeral Home.


The family of Thomas E. Remley wishes to thank the Bone Lake community and especially the Glenn family for their kind support and loving care of our brother and uncle. Thanks go to Pastor Mary Ann Bowman and the Glenn family for the meaningful memorial service. Special thanks to Samantha Wilkinson for the lovely DVD she put together in memory of Tom’s life.    We appreciate everyone that attended, the cards, memorials and lunch provided by the Ladies Aid.  We are thankful for the compassion and thoughtfulness of the Bone Lake Lutheran Church and the Ice Age Trail Alliance for the placement of benches along the trail as a tribute to Tom.  514047 42Lp

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POLK COUNTY - The Polk County Health Department invites parents of children with autism spectrum disorder to attend an organizational meeting to discuss the formation of an ASD parent support group. The group holds its first meeting on Wednesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. in conference room C of the Polk County Government Center in Balsam Lake. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss what form an ASD support group might take in Polk County. Children with ASD have difficulties with social interaction and communication. In addition, many children with ASD experience secondary symptoms, such as problems with digestion, sleep or attention. The ASD category includes diagnoses of autism, Asperger’s syndrome and PDD-NOS (atypical autism). Current estimates suggest that six children in 1,000 will be diagnosed with ASD. For more information on the newly forming Polk County ASD Support Group, please contact Polk County’s speech therapist Erik Belgum at 715-485-8584. - from Polk County Health Dept.

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David G. Gall David G. Gall, 69, Luck, died Saturday, June 5, 2010. The family will be planning private services. A full obituary will appear at a later time. As information is updated it can be found on the following Web sites: and or call Bruce Rowe at 715472-2444. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with arrangements.

Vahl Jerome Brannan

OBITUARIES LaVern Eugene Larson

Arthur Gross Jr.

LaVern E. Larson, 95, St. Croix Falls, died June 2, 2010, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center, with his daughter Ginny and good friend and caregiver Sheila LeTourneau at his side. LaVern was St. Croix Falls School District’s first bus driver at the age of 16. They built a big covering over the back of a truck, installed benches and LaVern got a special permit to drive. He was also the University of Minnesota’s featherweight Golden Gloves boxing champion. He was an active member of First Lutheran of Cushing, sang in the choir for over 50 years, sang in the Indianhead Barbershop Chorus and numerous quartets. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Doris Jean; son, Don; son-in-law, Bob. He is survived by his daughters, Barb (Dave) Damgaard and Ginny Ziegler; grandchildren, Marri, Erin, Robb, Scott, Melissa and Dan; great-grandchildren, Miranda, Nikki, Kaia, Zach, Jake, Gavin and Aubree; many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, June 5, at First Lutheran Church, Cushing. Pastor Dorothy Sandahl officiated. Special music provided by Shawn Gudmunson and Caroll Medchill. Interment was at Cushing Cemetery. The St. Croix Valley Funeral Home and Polk County Cremation Society, St. Croix Falls, was entrusted with arrangements.

Arthur Gross Jr., 81, Osceola, died June 7, 2010, at the Osceola Medical Center. Art was born March 23, 1929, in Osceola Township, the son of Arthur and Minnie Gross. On Sept. 30, 1951, he was married to Marlene Olson of Nye. Later, he married Bernetta Engels on Nov. 2, 1984, celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary this past year. Art farmed a number of years with his father on CTH X. He worked 10 years for the Wisconsin Conservation Department located at the Osceola Trout Hatchery. When Walter Gatenbein helped him mount his first bird, he was hooked on taxidermy, which grew from a hobby to his full-time job located at Flying Mallard’s Studio, outside of Osceola. His specialty was birds, fish and game of all sizes and shapes, plus he opened his home for school-age students to view and learn. His next hobby was trains. In his basement he depicted scenes including the Trap Rock Quarry, Trollhaugen Ski Area and Swiss villages, vehicles of all sorts, and to boot, they were all lit up. “Grandpa Choo-Choo” was highlighted on the cover of the Osceola Sun. For a number of years, he took to wood carving animals and horse-drawn wagons, with everything being done to perfection, even the harnesses. Prior to this he painted outdoor scenes. Art’s coffee friends were the highlight of his retirement days at the Mainstreeter, downtown Osceola. Even after his stroke in December, when he could no longer speak, he enjoyed the outings listening to everyone there. He was preceded in death by his parents; and Marlene; infant daughter, Pam; stepchildren, Tony and Peggy Engels; and stepfather, Walter Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Bernetta Gross; sons, Scott (Mary Lou) Gross of Superior and Steve (fiancée Karla Stoeckman) Gross of Center City, Minn.; stepchildren, Billy Engels of Las Vegas, Nev., Kay (Craig) Engels-Payne of Albuquerque, N.M., Annie (Greg) Harder of St. Paul, Minn., Teresa (Chuck) Wirth of Hurley, S.D., Connie (fiancé Bruce Bierwirth) Engels of Osceola, and Arnold (Darcy) Engels of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren, Callie, Tyler, Kateryna, Andrew, Alexander, Adia, Chase, Jaime, Chas, Ben and Ted; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Lyric; sisters, Ruth Wise of Amery and Sally (Merlin) Johnson of Osceola; plus nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 10, at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Osceola Friday, June 11, at 11 a.m. Private interment will be at the Pleasant Prairie Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Osceola Public Library or Osceola Medical Center. Condolences may be left at The Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, was entrusted with arrangements.

Vahl Jerome Brannan, 72, Balsam Lake, lost his battle with cancer on Friday, May 28, 2010, in his home comforted by his wife, daughter and grandchildren. Vahl was born June 6, 1937, in Almena. He moved to Maple Grove, Minn., where he raised his family for many years. He retired as foreman from States Electric in Golden Valley, Minn., after 46 years. Following retirement, he moved to Balsam Lake where he enjoyed being close to his daughter and grandchildren. Vahl is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sons, Chris and Martin; daughter, Kimmy; grandchildren, Drew and Amber; brother, Larry; and family and friends. A private celebration of life will be held at a nearby family member’s home in Wisconsin on Saturday, June 19. Continue to check the Web sites at or Kent Richard Spitzer, 57, Boulder City, Nev., died Jan. for updated information or 10, 2010. call Bruce Rowe at 715-327-4475. Kent was born May 6, 1952, in St. Paul, Minn., to Clare Rowe Funeral Home of Luck and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been en- and June (Koch) Spitzer. Kent grew up in Osceola. Kent attended UW-River Falls, served in the U.S. Army, then trusted with funeral arrangements. received his Bachelor of Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. With his love for flying, Kent continued to train and fly single and multiengine Learjets, BAC1, B-737, DC-9, MarRichard W. Adams, Osceola, died peacefully at home tin 404, Mu-3 helicopter, B 757 and 767. Kent was also a flight instructor. Prior to his death, Kent worked for Vion May 14, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Karin Adams; daughters, sion Airlines flying government officials in and out of Kristen Adams (Jeremiah) and Kelsey Adams (Andy); Iraq and Afghanistan. Kent always had a passion for photographing nature, grandchildren, Emma Drury, Owen Drury and Kyle Cavhunting, fishing, driving fast cars and traveling on his allin; as well as extended family and friends. Harley. Private services will be held. Kent belonged to the Boulder City Legions Club. The Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, was enKent leaves to celebrate his memory his sister, Robyn trusted with arrangements. (Randy) Jansen of Dresser; niece, Alicia (Nathan) Brenna of Keene, N.D.; nephew, Derek (Denise) Olson of Balsam Lake; niece, Heather Spitzer-Booth of Sarasota, Fla.; many great-nieces and nephews, and many friends and family. Kent was preceded in death by his parents, Clare and Roger Duane Anderson, 70, Marshfield, formerly of June Spitzer; brothers, Craig and Jeff Spitzer; niece, Kari Balsam Lake, died Friday, June 4, 2010, at the Marshfield Spitzer; and two great-nieces. Care Center, under the care of Ministry Home Care HosCome celebrate his life at Spitzer Deer Camp, 4651 Big pice, with his family by his side. Hill Rd., Danbury, on Saturday, June 12, at 2 p.m. Please Roger was born Nov. 15, 1939, in Polk County, the son bring your stories and a lawn chair and let’s reminisce of Andrew and Ruby (Nelson) Anderson. On March 28, about a great life lived. 1969, Roger married Patricia (Kelly) Wall at the West Immanuel Lutheran Church in Polk County. They lived in the Balsam Lake area until 2004 when they moved to Marshfield. Roger graduated from Frederic High School in 1958 Evelyn A. Grandstaff Thibault, resident of Centuria, and began working for Martin T. Peterson Road Con- died Monday, May 31, 2010, at her residence. She was 86. struction as a “cat-skinner” and was a member of OperEvelyn is survived by her son, Thomas Grandstaff and ating Engineers Local 139. He soon joined the Wisconsin his fiancée Anna Conn; grandchildren, Joshua, Heather National Guard and was a weekend warrior in Spooner. and Melissa Grandstaff; and sister, Norma Turner. Roger wore many hats: he enjoyed building roads, was Private family services will be held at a later date. Balsam Lake’s director of public works, a Balsam Lake As information is updated it can be found on the folvolunteer fireman, did excavating for B & S Construction lowing Web sites: and Elmwood, and retired as foreman of the Polk County or call Bruce Rowe at 715Lime Quarry. He helped to restore his 1929 Monarch 50 472-2444. crawler tractor and was so proud to drive and exhibit it Rowe Funeral Home of Luck and the Northwest Wisat many antique engine shows. Roger and Pat attended consin Cremation Center in Milltown have been enFaith Lutheran Church in Balsam Lake and Bone Lake trusted with arrangements. Lutheran in Luck. The Bone Lake food booth at the Polk County Fair was such a joy to work at every July. Roger is survived by his wife, Patricia Anderson of Marshfield; son, Andy Anderson of New Holstein; Jean Noren, 84, St. Anthony, died June 3, 2010, at home daughter, Dana Anderson of Marshfield; grandchildren, surrounded by her family. Austin and Emily Anderson; siblings, Lois (Charlie) She is survived by husband, Carl; son, David (Patricia); Djock, Norma (Ken) Zittleman, Sandra (Dennis) McKee daughters, Geri Armstrong and and Douglas (Cheryl) Anderson; brother-in-law, Bevan Carl (Skip Wyland); grandchildren, Branstad; sister-in-law, Joan Anderson; many nieces and Laura, Ross and Julie Noren, Libby nephews, and many other family and friends. and Caroline Armstrong, Gabe and Roger was preceded in death by his parents; and sib- Isaac Wyland; siblings, Bernice lings, Marion Lundquist, Donald Anderson, Arvid An- Jensen, Charles (Joan) Ziegler and derson and Audrey Branstad. Ardis Beamish; many nephews and Memorials are preferred to the National Parkinson’s nieces. Foundation, Marshfield Clinic Parkinson’s Research or Memorials are preferred to Trinthe Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. ity UMC, Gideons or donor’s Funeral services will be held Friday, June 18, 11 a.m., at choice. the Bone Lake Lutheran Church, Luck. A time of visitaFuneral service will be held tion will be held one hour prior to the service at the Thursday, June 10, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour church. Online condolences may be made at prior, at Trinity United Methodist Church in lis, Minn. Interment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in The Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home, Marshfield, was St. Croix Falls. entrusted with arrangements. The Washburn-McReavy Northeast Chapel, Minneapolis, Minn., was entrusted with arrangements.

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Richard W. Adams

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Bruce McPheeters Bruce E. McPheeters, 60, 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.

Elizabeth (Betty) Melsheimer Elizabeth (Betty) Melsheimer, 91, Frederic, formerly of Siren, died May 30, 2010, at Frederic Nursing & Rehab. Betty was born Nov. 18, 1918, in Massachusetts to Edward and Anna Dunn. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Max; six brothers; three sisters; a granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren. Betty is survived by her children, James Hotchkiss, Bettie Ann Berg, Paul Hotchkiss, Ben Hotchkiss, Doris Hotchkiss, Rick McGilliway and Roxanne James; 35 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; six great-greatgrandchildren; brothers, Johnnie and Bob; other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, June 5, at the Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes, Webster, with Pastor Carl Heidel officiating. Music was provided by Kim Simon. Casket bearers were Harley Hotchkiss, Andy McGilliway, Jim Berg, Butch Berg, David Berg, Jack Hussman and Jakob Berg. Online condolences can be made at The Swedbeg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.


CHURCH NEWS Rewards can be a useful way to influence children QUESTION: Previously you addressed the use of rewards in influencing kids. Isn’t a mother manipulating the child by using rewards and punishment to get him to do what she wants? DR. DOBSON: No more than a factory supervisor manipulates his employees by docking their pay if they arrive late. No more than a policeman manipulates a speeding driver by giving him a traffic ticket. No more than an insurance company manipulates that same driver by increasing his premium. No more than the IRS manipulates a taxpayer who files his return one day late by charging a penalty for his tardiness. The word manipulation implies a sinister or selfish motive of the one in charge. I don’t agree. ••• QUESTION: When would you not recommend the use of rewards? DR. DOBSON: Rewards should never be used as a payoff to a child for not disobeying. That becomes a bribe – a substitute for authority. For example, Mom is having trouble controlling her 3-year-old in a supermarket. “Come here, Pamela,” she says, but the youngster screams, “No!” and runs the other way. Then in

Focus on the Family Dr. James Dobson exasperation Mom offers Pam a sucker if she’ll come quickly. Rather than rewarding obedience, Mom has actually reinforced the child’s defiance. Another misuse of rewards is to pay a child for doing the routine jobs that are his responsibility as a member of the family. Taking out the trash and making his bed might be included in those regular duties. But when he is asked to spend half his Saturday cleaning the garage or weeding the garden, it seems very appropriate to make it worth his time. ••• QUESTION: I worry about putting undue emphasis on materialism with my kids. Do rewards have to be in the form of money or toys? DR. DOBSON: Certainly not. A word of praise is a great enticement to some children. An interesting snack can also get their attention, although that has its downside. When my daughter was 3 years of age, I began to teach her some prereading

skills, including how to recognize the letters of the alphabet. By planning the training sessions to occur after dinner each evening, bits of chocolate candy provided the chief source of motivation. (I was less concerned about the effects of excess sugar consumption in those days than I am now.) Late one afternoon I was sitting on the floor drilling her on several new letters when a tremendous crash shook the neighborhood. The whole family rushed outside to see what had happened. A teenager had overturned his car on our quiet residential street. He was not badly hurt, but his automobile was a mess. We sprayed the smoldering car with water and called the police. It was not until the excitement passed that we realized our daughter had not followed us out of the house. I returned to the den where I found her elbow-deep in the large bag of candy I had left behind. She must have put a half-pound of chocolate in her mouth, and most of the remainder was distributed around her chin, nose and forehead. When she saw me coming, she managed to jam another handful into her chipmunk cheeks. From this experience, I learned one of the limitations of using material, or at least edible, rewards. Anything the child wants can be used as a reinforcer, from praise to pizza to


••• QUESTION: I really believe in giving children the freedom to do wrong as long as there isn’t any danger involved. For example, I let my kids curse and use swear words and don’t see any harm in it. Do you agree? DR. DOBSON: No. I would hope that parents wouldn’t use that kind of language and certainly don’t believe they should permit their kids to do so. It is disrespectful, crude and unnecessary to talk like that. ••• 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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Peace Lutheran 2010 confi firrmation class On May 2, 29 young people confirmed their faith at Peace Lutheran Church, Dresser. Shown front row (L to R): Pastor Wayne Deloach, Maddie Smith, Brooke Fennern, Taylor Turner, Audre Breault, Kara Herr, Thomas Rosik, Danielle Bliese, Hannah Kautz, Lindsey Wondra and Intern Lori Peper. Middle row: Morgan Heichel, Hanna Mierow, Katie Brinker, McKenzie Burke, Danny Cronick, Mac Stener, Brianna Brunclik, Bailey Carlson, Cole Arvidson and Austin Blomberg. Back row: Matti Gerlach, Trevor Pauley, Garrett Kerkow, Joe Rademacher, Thor Riemer, Karlee Howard, Mark Johnson-Trice, Trevor Carlson, Jessica Rademacher and Matt Salami. – Photo submitted

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


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


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

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


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Complete Lumber & Building Supplies


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



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


Sand, Gravel, Ready-Mix, Concrete, Black Dirt, Dozer Work, Landscaping & Septic Tanks Installed Hwy. 35 North Webster, Wis. Phone 715-866-4157 M.P.R.S. #03059

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





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

• Complete Line of Building Supplies & Lumber • Cabot’s Stains Grantsburg, Wis. 715-488-2471 or 715-327-8766

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

Webster, Wis. Phone 715-866-7131

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Wrecker - Flatbed Air Conditioning & Computerized Car Service - Cold Weather Starts

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

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

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



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 Sunday Worship 9 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m.

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


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


5561 Chestnut St., Taylors Falls, MN 651-465-5265 Traditional 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 Worship Service 10:30 a.m.


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


Emory Johnson, Interim Pastor at Siren High School Auditorium 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 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School (ages 4 thru 12th grade), Fellowship, Adult Bible Class at 9:15 a.m.


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


Rev. Rexford D. Brandt 447 180th St., Osceola, 715-294-2936 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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Eye health exams, glaucoma checks, foreign body removal, full line of street wear, safety and sport wear, contact lenses

Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home Webster, Wisconsin

“Distinctive Funeral Service”

Robert L. Nelson New York Life Insurance Company Box 313 Luck, Wis. 54853 Phone




Call 715-866-7261

Carnival Rides & Games • Beer Garden • Live Bands Horse Pull • Demo Derby Truck & Tractor Pull • Bingo • Animals Horse Showdeo • & More


The Webster U10 girls soccer team and families would like to thank the Cims brothers and the Moonglow Cafe for a fabulous pizza, pasta and bowling party after our game last week. It was all very much appreciated. 513957 42Lp

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Burnett Co. Law Enforcement Citizen’s Auxiliary extends a BIG THANKS to the following generous local businesses for supporting the recent Family Fishing Contest in Siren. Adventures Restaurant, Siren; Espresso Cabin, Grantsburg; T-Dawgs, Grantsburg; Burnett Dairy, Alpha; Grantsburg Golf Course; Backwoods Beer and Bait, Falun; Fourwinds Market, Siren; Dairy Queen, Siren; Moose Mulligan’s, Siren; Chattering Squirrel, Siren; Crex Techs, Grantsburg; Spring Garden Restaurant, Siren; Bremmer Bank, Siren; Peggy’s Fashions, Siren; Holiday Station, Siren; Holiday Station, Grantsburg; Auto Stop, Siren; Siren Police Department; Main Street Cafe, Siren; American Legion, Grantsburg; Great Northern Outdoors; Big Mike’s; Grantsburg Foodtown; Yourchuck Hardware, Siren; Frederic Designs. 513939 31ap 42Lp

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Prekindergarten graduation held at Siren

Nicholas Webster had a big hug for his prekindergarten teacher, Jan Hoene, during the June 1 graduation ceremony at Siren School. This prekindergarten graduate at Siren School sat on “The graduates are ready to move on,” Mrs. the auditorium floor as she played the tambourine during Hoene commented. the class graduation ceremony. Music was provided by the prekindergarten graduates at Siren School during their graduation program Tuesday, June 1. Following the program, during which the graduates received certificates along with hugs from teacher Jan Hoene and aide Barbara Holcomb, food was served in the school concourse.

Banding together, as they waited to go through graduation at Siren School Tuesday, June 1, were prekindergarten students (L to R) Derek Thiex, Nicholas Webster, Nolan Imhoff, Annie Schultz and Ariel Nash.

Nicholas Webster and Lilly Johnson are shown here waiting for the ceremony that marked their graduation from the prekindergarten program at Siren Elementary School. The program, held Tuesday, June 1, in the school auditorium, attracted a crowd of applauding family and friends. – Photos submitted

Webster Class of 20 22

Webster Elementary kindergarten graduation was held on June 2. The students opened the program with the Pledge of Allegiance. Then Mrs. Anderson presented them with their diplomas. Mr. Muus led the kindergarteners in singing “Kindergarten Smile,” “Ode to a Marshmallow,” “Watch Me as I Graduate,” and “The End of the Year Song.” They will be the graduating class of 2022. – Photo submitted

BCLRA to host speaker

Dr. Anna (Ingalls) Kenny receives DDA degree from U of M MINNEAPOLIS - Dr. Anna (Ingalls) Kenney received her doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Minnesota on May 14. She is a 2001 graduate of Webster High School and received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Bethel University, St. Paul. She was also recognized with awards for excellence in pediatric dentistry, national recognition by the American Dental Student Association for her extra time and effort in education and promotion of dental health, and recognition for volunteering her time and skills at the Union Gospel Mission, serving those who

were unable to access dental care. Kenney recently attended an awards ceremony in Milwaukee and received an award through the WI Dental Association for her commitment and leadership to dentistry in Wisconsin. Dr. Kenney is married to Timothy Kenney of St. Paul. She is the daughter of Dr. John and Tammy Ingalls of Webster. She previously received a national health scholarship for the last three years of her dental education and as repayment of such, she has accepted a position with Fox Cities Community Health Center in the Appleton area. - submitted

Dr. Anna (Ingalls) Kenney is shown with her father, Dr. John Ingalls of Webster, at her recent graduation from the University of Minnesota with a doctor of dental surgery degree. - Photo submitted

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SIREN – Wood is good for lakes. The benefits of wood along lakeshores will be the subject of the featured speaker at the Burnett County Lakes and Rivers Association, Saturday, June 26. The public is welcome at the meeting which will be held in the county building at 9 a.m. The BCLRA business meeting will follow the presentation. Carol LaBreck, a Bony Lake homeowner who has been active in the creation of woody habitat on her lake, will explain the benefits of fish sticks. These wood complexes provide critical cover fish and other animals need. Research has shown the fish on the lakes with wood in near shore areas grow faster than those in more developed lakes. She will also describe how property owners on her Bayfield County lake increased the density of wood from 36 pieces per mile to 179 pieces per mile. LaBreck is active in the Wisconsin Association of Lakes as a board member and speaker at WAL’s annual conference. BCLRA was founded in 1991 and now has over 40 member lake associations. The group has been active in promoting the Shoreline Incentives Program and the Clean Water Clean Boats program. It also assists local lake associations with the development of grant applications and execution of projects such as the monitoring program on public landings on seven county lakes. Public education is a major activity for BCLRA, which is now distributing new courtesy codes to all lakeshore owners in the county. – submitted


Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities

Coming events Photo by Gary King




Milk break


• Luck Lions Golf Event at the golf course, 715-472-2939.



• Head Injury Support Group at Siren Covenant Church, 1-2:30 p.m., 715-349-8985.


• Car show, swap, craft & flea market at the fairgrounds, 7 a.m.-?, 715-456-8450.


• Comedian Heywood Banks to perform at Festival Theatre, 2 p.m., 715-483-3387, 888-887-6002.

• NARFE Chapter 1581 meets at Cricket’s, noon, 715268-8618.


• Trinity Lutheran Church building fund auction, 5:30 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• Rep. Hraychuck town hall meeting at the high school, 6:30-8 p.m., 888-529-0028.




• Polk-Burnett Retired Educators Association meets at Bethany Lutheran Church, 11:30 a.m. registration, 715653-2238. • St. Croix Valley Orchestra Concert at Crooked Lake Park orchestra shell, 7-9 p.m., 715-349-8399,

• Kids Gardening for Wildlife at Crex 1-4 p.m., 715-4632739


• Kris’ Pheasant Inn’s annual golf tournament at Siren National, 1 p.m. shotgun start, 715-349-5755.


Voyager Village

• Village Players Community Theatre potluck kickoff at Voyager Village Community Center, 4:30 p.m., www.


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



• Wings Golf Event at the golf course, 715-472-2939.


• Youth slow-pitch milk tournament at Melgren Field, 715-825-2494.



• East Balsam Baptist Church Woman’s Ministry Bible Study, 9 a.m., 715-857-6237.

Balsam Lake


• Dairy Day at Burnett Dairy, with samples, tractor display and petting zoo, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Balsam Lake

• Balsam Lutheran Church’s bake sale at Balsam Lake Farmers Market, 3-5:30 p.m.


• Dale’s Twin Pines truck pull, 7 p.m., 715-822-2554.


• NW Regional Writers meet at Espresso Cabin.

Clear Lake

It was feeding time for this doe and fawn on a field just south of Grantsburg this past weekend. While mamma paused from her munching on a new crop of beans, her baby took a milk break. – Photo by Priscilla Bauer

Balsam Lake

• Return To The ‘50s at Georgetown Lutheran Church. Activities & games; oldies music; live band, 715-822-8938, 715-554-3621.



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

St. Croix Falls

• Folk musician Bill Staines to perform at Festival Theatre, 8 p.m., 715-483-3387, 888-887-6002. • St. Croix Valley Orchestra Concert at Overlook Park, 6:30 p.m., • 44th-Annual SCRMC Volunteer Partners & Staff salad luncheon and more, at the high school, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


• Isle City Celebration of Arts & Crafts at Tourist Park, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


• Methodist church rummage & bake sale, 9 a.m.2 p.m.


• Installation of new officers at Masonic Lodge, 1 p.m., 715-553-1189. • Lions Classic bike race, registration starts 8 a.m. at the high school, 715-327-4892,


• Music in the park by The Great Adventure Gospel Band in Memory Lake Park, 5-7 p.m.


• Firemen’s NTPA Pull at Shadyside Park, 6 p.m.



• St. Croix Valley Orchestra Concert at Garfield Park shelter on Lake Wapo, 2:30 p.m., • Balsam Lutheran Church presents North Star Minstrels concert, 7 p.m., 715-268-9291.

• Benefit for Ava Hutton at the Lions DBS Hall, 2-6 p.m. • Bake & craft sale at United Pioneer Home, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. • Rummage sale at Luck Lutheran Church, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.


• Milltown Lutheran Church annual auction at the Milltown park, 11 a.m.

• Cruisin’ for St. Jude at Edgetown. Registration 8 a.m., leaves 10 a.m., 715-825-3303.


• Siren Lion/Lioness yard sale donation drop-off day at their building, 9 a.m.-noon, 715-349-2400. • Soprano Dana Carlson performs at Bethany Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.


• Free shotgun clinic at Summit Lake Game Farm, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 715-635-4112.

• Sjoland Lodge 5-635, Sons of Norway meet at the pavilion at 6:30 p.m., annual picnic.


• Nature’s Little Explorers at Crex, 10-11:30 a.m., 715463-2739,


• Ruby’s Pantry at the bus garage. Doors open 11:30 a.m., distribution noon-1 p.m. • Music in the Park - Night Owls, 6:30 p.m.


• Lioness Club meeting at the senior center, 6:30 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• Green: The New Color of Investment Opportunity at Lamar Community Center, 7-8:30 p.m., 715-553-2116.

St. Croix Falls



• Autism support group meeting at the government center, 7 p.m., 715-485-8584.

• Minnesota Teen Challenge Choir at East Balsam Baptist, lunch after, 9 a.m., 715-857-5411.


• Rep. Hraychuck listening session at the library, 2-3 p.m., 888-529-0028. • Potluck supper at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 5:15 p.m. Every Wednesday.


• Rep. Hraychuck listening session at the village hall, noon-1 p.m., 888-529-0028.

• Jim Talmadge benefit at the fairgrounds 4-H building, 310 p.m., 715-648-3118.

Balsam Lake

• Doug & Mike musical program at Skonewood Christian Retreat Center, 7 p.m. • First rehearsal for Grantsburg Chorale at the high school music room, 7 p.m., 715-463-5165 ext. 202.

Balsam Lake Frederic


Four to compete for Miss Frederic FREDERIC – This year’s theme for the Miss Frederic pageant is the ‘50s. There are four enthusiastic contestants vying for the title this year. They will perform “Rock This Town” for their opening number. The show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 19.

Contestants: Krysta Laqua is the daughter of Mike and Lori Laqua. She is sponsored by Avalon and Ackerley Drywall. She is 17 years old, has blond hair and blue eyes. She is involved in volleyball, hockey, softball, Forensics, AODA, yearbook, kinship, prom committee and is president of the junior class. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the honor roll and has lettered in academics, volleyball, softball and hockey. She was named to the 2010 softball allconference honorable mention team. She enjoys biking, camping, swimming, tub-

ing, fishing, movies, shopping and being on the lake. She plans to go into the medical field. She will be performing a jazz dance as her talent presentation.

ing to music. She plans to become a marine biologist. She will be performing a humorous monologue as her talent presentation.

Kayla Nelson is the daughter of Troy Nelson and Michelle Taft. She is sponsored by the Inter-County Leader and Scott’s Concrete and Construction. She is 17 years old, has brown hair and dark-brown eyes. She is involved in volleyball, track, prom committee, AODA and is the boys basketball manager and a library aid. She has lettered academically and in track. She is a member of the honor roll and has been selected student of the week and student of the month. She volunteers for Ruby’s Pantry and for volleyball and basketball tournaments. She enjoys sports, spending time with friends, reading, movies, dancing, fishing, swimming, biking and listen-

Frankie Knuf is the daughter of Angela Hagert and Scott Knuf. She is sponsored by Frederic Grocery and Great Lakes Cheese. She is 16 years old, has brown hair and blue eyes. She is involved in softball, kinship, AODA, yearbook, and is the volleyball manager. She has been selected as student of the week and student of the month. She enjoys singing, writing, spending time with friends and meeting new people. She plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree in advertising. She will be performing a vocal solo that she composed as her talent presentation.

Vanessa Neumann is the daughter of Wally Neumann and RaeLynn Neumann. She is sponsored by Anderson Construction and The Beehive. She is 17 years old, has brown hair and green eyes. Vanessa is involved in voll e y b a l l , basketball, softball, yearbook, AODA, prom committee and is class treasurer. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the honor roll, has been named softball rookie of the year, and received 2008 softball conference honorable mention, 2009 softball all-conference, and 2010 softball all-conference honors. She has lettered academically and in volleyball, softball and basketball. She has volunteered with Ruby’s Pantry, the Frederic community halloween party, Polk County Special Olympics and has hosted foreign exchange students. She will be performing a humorous presentation from the movie “Miss Congeniality” as her talent presentation. – submitted

June 9  

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