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The former Oak Grove Supper Club building, located south of Webster on Hwy. 35, was gutted by fire Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 19. The once-popular eating estalishment and bar has not been in operation for several years, and the property is currently owned by Donald Meizo. The restaurant, located on the Clam River, dates back to the 1940s and has seen multiple owners over the years. Lightning was reported in the area at the time the fire occurred. Firefighters from Webster and Siren responded to the scene and brought flames under control. - Photo by Josh Johnson

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Falls 5 falls Showing of “Go Ganges!” ... “Oct. 2 at SCFalls ST. CROIX FALLS - Coming to Festival Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 2, is the latest adventure film by Taylors Falls, Minn., native J.J. Kelley and his traveling companion Josh Thomas. “Go Ganges!” marks the third documentary film created by the duo, and Festival Theatre patrons will remember the screening of their Emmy nominated “Paddle to Seattle” in 2010. Set in a stunning background of colorful landscapes, “Go Ganges!” captures the danger, joy and significance of India’s mighty Ganges River when the two explorers attempt to travel its length, 1,500 miles, by any means possible. Kelley will attend and host the screening at Festival Theatre, as he did in 2010. He will answer questions and share stories that raise the adventure to a whole new level for the listener. Locally, “Go Ganges!” was selected to be in the St. Cloud Film Festival in September and also in the upcoming Big Water Film Festival in Washburn, in November. See for complete story. Tickets are $10 and reservations are highly recommended by calling 715-4833387 or 888-887-6002, by e-mailing or online at - submitted

The long-vacant Falls 5 movie theater in downtown St. Croix Falls is being razed to make way for a proposed multifaceted addition to the historic Civic Auditorium, which stands beside it on Washington Street. The city purchased the Falls 5 property recently and has a bold proposal for a multiuse space to both enhance the auditorium and allow for private business on a portion of the cleared corner. - Photo by Jeff Peterson

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Native American culture showcased MADISON— Wisconsin’s rich Native American history, culture and arts are being showcased for a worldwide audience this fall on travel news journalist Peter Greenberg’s “Hidden Gems” online video series. The six-part series takes a closer look into the state’s 11 Native American tribes, tribal villages, museums and parks and the experiences they offer visitors. “We are incredibly excited that the world will get to experience Wisconsin’s Native American tourism through Peter Greenberg’s ‘Hidden Gems,’” said Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett. “The videos do a fantastic job showcasing our tribes and what they offer travelers. ‘Hidden Gems’ uncovers tucked away treasures in our state that most people have yet to experience.” The first two-minute episode of the series, “Hidden Gems: Wisconsin – Meet the Nations,” is now airing on Peter Greenberg Worldwide. A new two-minute segment will be posted each Friday at 11 a.m. CT for the following five weeks with the final full-length episode to complete the series airing in six weeks. The episodes will also run on the Huffington Post, AARP and other national Web sites as well as being posted on Peter Greenberg’s newsletter and social media pages. Travelers can also watch the videos on - from

A short lunchtime walk in Frederic presented this photo opportunity early this week, as some trees offered a brilliant show of colors as the fall season begins. - Photo by Katie Grey

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Reason to smile BIRCHWOOD - This dog looks to be smiling after a close call earlier this month that could have been much worse than it was. On the afternoon of Sept. 3, William G. Brewster, 43, Webster, stopped to fill up his gas tank at Ed’s Pit Stop in Birchwood. He went into the station to pay, leaving his dog inside the vehicle. The dog somehow released the emergency brake Brewster had set, and the car rolled across the gas station lot and struck a 1,000-gallon LP tank belonging to Ferrell Gas. The tank rolled over, and propane leaked out of the relief valve. The fire department responded to the scene, along with representatives from Ferrell Gas. It ended up there was no serious damage to the tank and no injuries, with minimal damage to the vehicle. - Photo courtesy Washburn County Sheriff’s Dept.




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Work-release inmate takes own life Left job and never returned by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer OSCEOLA – Polk County authorities continue to investigate a tragic incident that occurred on Friday, Sept. 21, in the Town of Farmington, when a man on Huber work release left his job for a short spell, and instead of returning to the job, went to his family home and hanged himself. While the man’s name is being withheld during the investigation, some information is being released on the man and the incident background. According to Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson, the man was a 40-year-old former Osceola resident who was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, after an incident that occurred in 2010. He was sentenced to three years in jail this past February, with a portion of his sentence withheld. However, probation agents found him in violation of his parole and had him jailed in mid-August. He had four months of so-called “banked time” to fulfill. The man was approved for Huber work release privileges in late August and began working at an Osceola fabrication shop on Sept. 17, working at the Osceola factory during overnight shifts, from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day, agreeing to return to the Polk County Jail for incarceration during those nonwork times. “He went to work, as scheduled, the night before, on Thursday, (Sept. 20) and worked all night at the factory,” Johnson said. “But ultimately, the workplace called us (PCSD) because he left to go to the bathroom and never returned. His car was also gone.” Police and sheriff’s deputies put out an attempt to locate notice that morning, but did not find either the man or his car until Friday afternoon, Sept. 21, when he was discovered in the family home, dead from an apparent selfinflicted hanging. “There was an escaped criminal complaint filed that morning,” Johnson said, noting that the PCSD does not normally release information on suicide attempts, but that because of the extenuating circumstances, some details have been made public. Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances behind the death, and Johnson confirmed that there will be an autopsy and toxicology screening, but said those results will not be available for at least a month. The man’s name may be released once the investigation is complete and next of kin are contacted. The Leader has reviewed the original charges against the man, which included felony second-degree reckless endangerment and four misdemeanor charges that ranged from mistreatment of animals to battery, disorderly conduct and intoxicated use of a firearm, on top of the aforementioned conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, the felony reckless endangerment charge was dismissed, but he pleaded guilty to the charge of


Parents charged with neglect; released on bond Complaint paints picture of drug use; parents allegedly knew their daughter showed “no fear of water” by Gary King

Leader editor BURNETT COUNTY A complaint filed by the Burnett County district attorney paints a picture of drug use and parents who didn’t seem alarmed that their 3-year-old daughter, Reena Mae Williams, had been found wandering a half mile from their village of Danbury home, barefoot and alone, with the exception of a friend’s dog. The girl, after being returned to her home on the afternoon of Aug. 14, ended up drowning in a canal near her home within hours. Jenna Danish, 33, and Thomas William Jr., 42, face charges of child neglect resulting in death. They could each receive up to 25 years in prison if found guilty. The couple turned themselves into authorities around noon on Sunday, Sept. 23, according to Sheriff Dean Roland. They were scheduled to appear at a bail hearing Monday afternoon. In a criminal complaint filed Friday, Sept. 21, authorities claim drugs, mostly synthetic marijuana, were found at the family’s home, located on Third Avenue South. The home is surrounded by water, bordered on one side by a steep-sided canal less than 25 yards from the house - with no fences or guardrails present. Williams was caretaker of a dam on the premises. One witness told authorities the residence presented a “particularly hazardous and dangerous place” to raise a 3-year-old child, especially since there was no fence to keep her away from the water. Reena was known to go near or even into the water. On or about April 19, 2012, according to the criminal complaint, she dove into the water behind the house to retrieve her fishing pole which she had accidentally dropped. Her father dove in to rescue her and subsequently remarked that Reena showed no fear of the water. One witness, who said she had known the couple for a few months, said the couple didn’t pay close attention to their child and were negligent parents - saying Reena was “dirty and neglected,” and that it was not uncommon for the child to wander off and go down to the lower dam. That witness also claimed Williams, the father, was a “daily user of marijuana and other mind-altering substances.” Wandering On the day of Reena’s disapbeing a felon in possession of a firearm. The misdemeanor charges were also dismissed in the plea agreement, but read in to affect his final sentencing. Furthermore, the Leader has discovered that the original charge that led to the more recent felony possession of a firearm charge dates back to 1991 in Minnesota, during an apparent Washington County conviction for first-degree attempted burglary. There was some confusion and speculation in the court records that the 1991 conviction might have been converted to a misdemeanor, and defense attorneys raised that question several times during recent court proceedings in Polk County. However, Minnesota court records of the time were unavailable to the press, due to the more than two decades of time that has passed since his conviction.

Jenna Danish and Thomas Williams Jr. were booked into the Burnett County Jail where they were held for approximately 24 hours before being released on a signature bond. - Photos from Burnett County Sheriff’s Dept. pearance and subsequent drowning, a woman in downtown Danbury saw Reena walking alone, a half mile from her home, at approximately 5 p.m. She approached the girl, who was with a dog the girl said belonged to “Billy Bob” (a friend of the family) and added that she was looking for her mother. Just previous to that, a man near the ball field near the village, approximately 1.5 miles from the Williams-Danish home, saw Reena wandering alone. He later told authorities he had also seen the girl at least two other times at that location in the previous month without any adult supervision. Father seemed incoherent The woman who found Reena downtown knew who “Billy Bob” was and that he often fished at a dam close to a home she guessed to be the home of the girl. She drove the girl and the dog to the home and called out loud, but no one was home. When she opened the door she was met by an unfriendly dog, she said. When she opened the door further and yelled into the house there was no answer. At 5:06 p.m. she used her cell phone to call “Billy Bob’s” phone, but there was no answer. Ultimately, she said, the girl’s father, Thomas Williams Jr., walked up from the dam. When the woman told the father she had found Reena all the way up on Third Avenue, he did not seem concerned and acted as if it was “no big deal,” in the woman’s words. The father, she said, seemed incoherent and seemed to, in fact, ignore what she was saying. Dog “soaking wet” After returning home, the woman said a neighbor informed her that a little girl was missing. She reassured the neighbor that she had already found the child, but the neighbor said “no, she’s

missing again.” The woman then went looking for Reena again and saw Reena’s mother standing in the road talking on a cell phone, obviously not looking for her daughter. When she arrived at the parents home, she said a dog named “Taz” (a dog belonging to a neighborhood resident) was soaking wet. Neither parent seemed upset and neither were looking for Reena, she said. Another witness, a man, said he and Reena’s father had been smoking synthetic marijuana minutes before Reena disappeared. At 8:15 p.m., on Aug. 14, a sheriff’s deputy arrived at the home to assist in a large-scale search effort which included area law enforcement and hundreds of volunteers from the community. After dark, the deputy led a search of the home and found drug paraphernalia, including smoking devices, real and synthetic marijuana including a vial labeled “Smokin’ Dragon 7x Ultra.” Authorities also noticed a sheet had been hung over the west-facing windows in the kitchen those facing the canal and canal bank - completely blocking the view of the canal from inside the house. Police also took another report from two people who were fishing on the bridge on Third Avenue, about a quarter mile from the Williams-Danish home, on May 21. Both said they saw Reena arrive at the bridge on her battery-operated four-wheeler around 6 p.m. and that she was there with them for 30 to 45 minutes before Danish came to retrieve her. Found in canal At approximately 4:48 p.m. the next day, Aug. 15, Reena was found drowned in the nearby canal in an area, the complaint states, “that would have been plainly visible from the west-facing kitchen windows of the house, had they not been obscured by sheets. In more searching of the premises, authorities found a dog,

“Coya,” on the couple’s property who had been severely neglected. The toenails on each foot were extremely long causing the foot to flatten and the toes to curl up. It was reportedly lethargic and covered in fleas with an extreme loss of hair to the back half of its body. There were open sores on the rear legs, underbelly and back.

Released on signature bond SIREN - The parents charged with neglect of a child resulting in death were released from jail Monday, Sept. 24, on a $25,000 signature bond. Jenna Danish and Thomas Williams Jr. appeared at a 2:30 p.m. bail hearing without legal representation before Judge Ken Kutz. Kutz waived a cash component of the signature bond as the couple had less than $20 to their name. The state had requested a $15,000 bond with a $1,000 cash provision. Kutz ordered the couple maintain absolute sobriety and remain living in Burnett County. They must notify the clerk of court if they move from the county. An initial appearance was set for Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m at the Burnett County Government Center. The Danbury couple had spent just over a day in custody after turning themselves in to authorities on Sunday at approximately noon. A warrant was issued Friday by the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department. Danish and Williams, if found guilty of the charge, could receive up to 25 years in prison each and/or a $10,000 fine each. They have reportedly hired attorney John Grindell to represent them.

Thomas Williams Jr. and Jenna Danish, parents of Reena Williams, appeared in court on Monday, Sept. 24. –Photo by Sherill Summer

Two-alarm fire near Luck School Vintage farmhouse is likely to be a total loss by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK – Firefighters from both the Luck and Milltown fire departments spent much of Monday afternoon, Sept. 24, battling a fire at a residential farmhouse at 1558 Chippewa Trail, just to the west of the Luck School District athletic complex and bus garage. The fire was called in to 911 at around 1:30 p.m. and the house was fully engulfed by the time firefighters were on-scene. There were no occupants in the home at the time of the fire, and firefighters had to contend with a gusty westerly wind all afternoon, which made it spread quickly once the blaze opened up the southwestern wall, which seemed to be the point of origin. Firefighters tried to keep the blaze contained, but the structure proved too unstable to enter, and required them to fight it from the outside lawn with high-pressure

Local firefighters battle a fire at a this farmhouse at 1558 Chippewa Trail on Monday, Sept. 24, near the Luck School District athletic complex and bus garage. – Photo by Greg Martsen hoses and from ladders placed near the dormers and attic. The home is part of a homestead farm owned by Lloyd and Virginia Nelson of Luck and was being leased by the Greener family at the time. Fire personnel on the scene believed the old farmhouse will likely be ruled a total

loss, although several personal items and property were salvaged before the blaze became too intense. A cause for the fire was still unknown at press time and is being investigated. There were no injuries associated with the fire.


Child protection worker asked for now

Human Services board requests budget change by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – An additional child protection investigator is needed now, and the position should be included in the 2013 budget. This was the conclusion of the Polk County Human Services Board after reviewing the proposed 2013 department budget. The proposed amendment to the budget was adopted at the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 25. The board also heard of plans for a redesign of staff, an additional management position and an updated computer system. The budget amendment came after the board learned that additional child protection staffing was not included in the 2013 budget. Instead, increased staffing would be achieved through a redesign of staffing positions in plans presented by human services director Gene Phillips and county Administrator Dana Frey. The board had approved a motion at its May 22 meeting directing the human services staff to develop a proposal for four full-time child protection service investigators, calling this a need, not a want. Phillips said the department’s redesign

plan is to meet staffing needs by shifting positions from support staff to professional field staff and broadening job descriptions, creating more flexibility and mobility in staffing assignments. He said this would be part of a reorganizing of the department to address growing needs and limited resources. Phillips did not put a time frame on the changes. “The (child protection) section needs help,” board member Tim Strobusch said. “I understand the budget. But the board emphasized the need. That was not responded to.” “I heard Tim’s concern and the response,” board member Russ Arcand said. “The problem is today. It could take months for the department to figure out. We need someone now. Why aren’t we doing it?” Phillips said he submitted a department budget within the budget limits presented by administration. Those guidelines called for no increases in funding for 2013. Phillips noted that human services is the place that must provide services when they are needed 24/7. “Dana won’t add staff, that’s not his job,” Arcand said. “Only we can add additional staff. We must try. It’s our only chance. We have to start. This is the place.”

The motion to amend the budget passed by a vote of five to one, with support from Arcand, Strobusch, Bill Alleva, John Gyllen and David Markert. George Stroebel was the negative vote. He said he felt that the department can find the resources and figure out the issue. Committee members Kris Kremer-Hartung, Brian Masters and Marvin Caspersen were absent.

Other business Frey mentioned three points in presenting a department budget overview at the start of the meeting. That included the staff redesign, replacing people with technology and adding a new managementlevel position for the department. Phillips explained each idea in more detail. The technology item involves upgrading the department’s existing four computer software systems, which do not interact with each other, with a new system that uses modern technology that allows staff to better share information and spend less time doing clerical duties. The new system would reduce duplication. In addition, the department would be able to bill for services faster, generating and recovering more funds. In summary, the department would need fewer support staff, allowing a

switch to more line people offering direct services. The new software would be paid for by an in-house loan of $240,000 from a county reserve fund set up for this purpose. Frey said the investment would pay for itself over five years, through better billing and less staffing. The new management position will be a third division manager overseeing behavioral health. The department cut down from five managers to two after a major change in operations over the past few years. Phillips said it is not possible for one person, even working eight days a week, to supervise all the service divisions. He said this will allow that person, Kay Confer, to concentrate on improving services within the protective services divisions working with children, juveniles and families. Pat Kirkwood is the other current department head, overseeing economic support and the human services finances. Phillips and Frey said the new computer technology, the increased management and the staff redesign would allow the department to redirect more staff and resources from support to direct professional field services. Frey said that with state aid and levy dollars frozen, the county has no choice but to make major operational changes. There will be no new

Webster Schools financially sound by Carl Heidel Leader staff writer WEBSTER – The Webster School District’s annual meeting Monday night, Sept. 24, was brief but to the point. In difficult economic times the district is financially sound. In a review of the 2011-2012 school year’s budget, Jim Erickson, district administrator, pointed out that the ratio of the final fund balance to the year’s expen-

ditures stood at 42 percent. “According to the (Wisconsin) DPI,” he said, “a fund balance of 20 percent is considered healthy. Our strong balance is a sign of good management.” Looking ahead to the coming year, Erickson noted that there has been a 7-percent decrease in the equalized property value within the district. If the school board were to leave the tax levy unadjusted to meet this decline, the schools

would experience a loss of revenue. Erickson recommended, and the board and the public attending approved, a very slight increase in the tax levy for the current school year. The tax levy for the 20122013 year will be a total of $6,064,706, an increase of $22,818 over last year’s levy, and the mill rate will increase from $5.64 to $5.96 per thousand. This would mean an increase of $32 in the tax bill of property evaluated at $100,000.

Erickson pointed out that even with the increase, the Webster district is well below the mill rate in the surrounding school districts. Last year, the mill rate in the Webster district was $5.64 compared to $10.46 in the Siren district and $9.92 in the Grantsburg district. He said he expects these comparisons to remain much the same in the coming year.

Recent hiring of K-6 principal raises questions at Siren by Jean Koelz Leader staff writer SIREN—The Monday, Sept. 24, Siren School Board meeting began with a concerned parent raising questions about the hiring of a second principal. In a prepared statement, local resident Peggy Moore said she was surprised by the action and felt that “the lack of communication and lack of community involvement leads to issues of trust.” Moore made it clear that her concerns were not to be taken as objections to the board’s decision or to the candidate hired, but she did want to give the board an opportunity to correct any possible misperceptions with respect to the process. Board members appeared blindsided by her statement. Administrator Scott Johnson said he wished he had known of her concerns so he could’ve been prepared with a response. Board President Jeff Howe added that Moore was “missing a lot of the story.” In a subsequent interview with the

Leader, Johnson filled in the blanks by providing some history. Due to budgetary constraints, the board had previously made a decision to hire one K-12 principal, Peggy Ryan, to replace the two principals on staff. It was a difficult decision, and the board knew Ryan’s job description was a tall order. There has been ongoing dialog between Johnson, Ryan and the board about how the one-principal system was working. Despite a lot of hard work, the consensus was that for the sake of the students, this was not an ideal situation. The discussions were tabled for the summer in the aftermath of the school fire, but Johnson kept tabs on strong candidates who had interviewed with the school in an effort to stay prepared for the eventuality of returning to a two-principal model. The unexpected resignations of two high school counselors right before the school year began forced the issue. In fact, according to Johnson, after the first counselor resigned, it was the remaining

counselor who made the recommendation that it may be better for students to add a second principal at this time. Johnson said it happened fast but that it had to. He said that job postings were made on the state’s department of instruction Web site, in the Siren School building and on the school’s Web site. Because Johnson had kept in touch with candidates, he was able to assemble a pool of people quickly, and the board called a special meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5, to extend an offer. Johnson concluded by saying, “I think it’s a really good thing - a great opportunity for the district.” The two principals agree. Principal Ryan told the board that she is now able to focus so much more and spend more time observing the 7-12 students. And K6 Principal Sarah Johnson, who demonstrated enthusiasm and a positive rapport with Ryan, told the board she is “really impressed with the staff and enjoying getting to know the students.” Both principals will be busy preparing the school to

adapt to new state regulations and reforms. In other business, Johnson provided an update on the recent court rulings regarding the constitutionality of new state laws that did away with components of collective bargaining. With different district courts rendering opposite judgments, the current status is unclear. “For now,” Johnson said, “we stay the course and wait it out.” In closed session, the board voted to approve the two-year transportation contract with Siren Bus Service; approve the 2012-13 extracurricular assignments and the compensation schedule for those assignments; and accept the resignation of part-time cook’s helper Tami Bildeau. The board also hired Jamie Lind as the new head cook and Ryan Karsten as the middle school assistant football coach. The annual meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 22, at Siren School, beginning with a 6:30 p.m. budget meeting.

Slight changes in Frederic School budget Levy, revenues, enrollment stable by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer FREDERIC – There is little change in the Frederic School District budget for the 2012-13 school year. Almost every major number was down compared to the previous year, but the decreases were slight. Only the fund balance, the school district’s reserve, was up as the district tries to return that balance to its previous level. The budget information was presented at the district annual meeting Monday, Sept. 24. Thirteen residents attended the meeting. “This is a very tight budget,” Administrator Josh Robinson said as he presented the budget figures. He said that the district continues to reduce the levy and the property tax mill rate. Robinson, who became district administrator in July, men-

tioned the continued decline in state aid.

The numbers Total revenues are $5,524,089, down $74,000 from last year. Total expenses are $5,471,800, down $335,360. Revenues exceed expenses by $52,289. That amount is being added to the fund balance, bringing that balance to $760,866. The fund balance will be 13.9 percent of expenses, short of the district policy goal of 17 percent but up from last year’s fund balance of 12.2 percent. The total levy is $3,077,991, down $26,375 (0.85 percent) from last year. The proposed mill rate is 10.3517, also down slightly from last year. Enrollment, using the third Friday count on Sept. 21, is 449 students, down only 10 from last year. The drop the previous year was 33. Frederic had 539 students as recently as the 2007-08 school year.

State aid provides 49.8 percent of the revenue, and property taxes bring in 42.4 percent of the funds. This reflects a gradual shift of funds from the state to local sources. Two years ago (the 2010-11 year) state funds were 52 percent of the revenue, with 40.7 percent from local sources. Expenses are divided equally between instructional staff and support costs. As enrollment decreases, the teaching costs have decreased while the operations cost have increased. This year, instruction and support expenses are both $2.7 million. In 2008-09, instruction was $3.0 million (53.1 percent) while support was $2.7 million (46.9 percent). Operational costs (utilities) and transportation costs have decreased over the five years, but two expenses have had large increases. The first is special education expense which has increased from $364,500 to $437,500 over the period. The other increase is the open enrollment cost, the cost Frederic must pay

other districts that attract Frederic students. That “tuition” expense was $312,288 in 2008 (5.4 percent of expenses) and $492,370 (9.0 percent) in the new budget. The actual open enrollment is less than that when the incoming open enrollment revenue is subtracted. That net cost last year for open enrollment was $357,850. This year the initial budget shows a projected revenue of $70,208 for a cost of $422,162. However, the new hybrid program may be helping the district attract and retain students, so the final budget cost might be less. Each open enrollment transfer costs or gains the district $6,445 this year. The school board can adjust the budget until late in the fall, and some of the numbers may change before the district adopts a final budget in time for the property tax bills to be prepared in December.


School levy up 4.4 percent at Luck New summer recreation program levy approved by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — Declining state and federal aid are the main culprits in causing an increase in the school property tax at Luck, according to information presented at the annual meeting of the school district Monday evening, Sept. 24. Although at least two key figures, perpupil state aid and property valuation, are not yet available, the 2012-13 tax levy approved at the meeting was $3,044,480. That figure is up 4.43 percent over last year’s levy of $2,915,394. The tax levy would be even higher had not the 2012-13 budget included the use of $290,548 from the general fund balance. The fund balance will decrease from just under $1.1 million to $809,000. Property owners in the district will see their taxing mill rate increase to $9.89 per $1,000 in property values. This is an increase of 66 cents per $1,000 in equalized property value, or a tax increase of $66 on property valued at $100,000. Of the total mill rate, $8.83 is for the general fund, 96 cents is for debt service, and about 10 cents is for the community service fund. State aid to the district is expected to decrease by $153,000, with an additional decline in federal aid of $69,000. The district’s financial commitment to the special education program increased by $75,000, totaling $424,088. This amounts to 59 percent of the funding for special education programming mandated by the state and federal government. Last year the school’s obligation was $349,850, or about 49 percent of the total special education budget. Property values in the district are expected to continue to decline. Estimates

Daryl Bazey, vice president of the Luck School Board of Education, chaired the Mondayt, Sept. 24, annual school district meeting. — Photos by Mary Stirrat show this year’s valuation in the district is at $308 million, compared with $316 million last year and $337 million the year before.

Summer recreation Increases in the general fund budget are limited by state regulations, but both the debt service and community service fund are outside those state-imposed caps. Current debt, budgeted at about $300,000 for both this year and next, will be paid off at the end of 2013-14. The tax levy for the community service fund, including community education programming, was approved at $30,000, which includes $7,500 in new revenue to start a summer recreation program. The program was approved by the Luck School Board of Education last month and by voters in attendance at the annual meeting.

Luck School District Administrator Rick Palmer, left, and high school principal/athletic director Mark Gobler discuss the school’s new summer recreation program. Currently, said athletic director Mark Gobler in explaining the rationale for the program, summer sports opportunities for elementary and middle students are handled by the school, village, and community members, with no central coordination. The increase in the community service fund will allow the hiring of a part-time coordinator/supervisor as well as minimal funds for coaches, equipment, transportation and groundskeeping. “We think we can accomplish what we want with $7,500,” said district Administrator Rick Palmer.

Referendum At the regular monthly meeting of the school board held just prior to the annual meeting, the board discussed promoting the upcoming referendum vote set for Nov. 6. The $1.2 million referendum includes roofing, plumbing, HVAC, electri-

cal and window projects. Bond counsel Robert W. Baird & Co. anticipates an interest rate of about 3 percent, with payments beginning in 2014. Only an interest payment of $48,000 would be paid that first year, at the same time that the school’s existing debt is paid off. Current mill rate on the debt is 95 cents per $1,000 in equalized property value, which will hold through until the current debt is paid off in 2014. If the referendum passes, the mill rate will be between 51 and 53 cents for each of the next nine years until the debt is repaid. This means that, if the referendum is approved, property taxpayers in the district will see their debt service mill rate reduced from 95 cents per $1,000 in equalized property to 53 cents per $1,000. Debt service tax on property valued at $100,000 will go from $95 to $53.

Grantsburg takes listen-and-learn approaching to ruling on collective bargaining by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – In light of the recent ruling by a Wisconsin circuit judge striking down Wisconsin’s new collective bargaining law, Grantsburg School Board members were understandably interested to know what effect the decision would have on district teachers contracts. Superintendent Burgin said the Sept. 14 decision by Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas has raised operational questions for school districts. “There’s a lot of speculation out there,” Burgin told members at the board’s Monday, Sept. 24, meeting. The ruling blocks the law as it pertains to school and municipal district workers, finding it to be an unconstitutional in-

fringement on their rights of free speech, freedom of association and equal protection. Wisconsin State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he would request enforcement of the ruling be delayed while legal appeals are in progress. “People are just sitting tight, listening and learning during the appeals process,” Burgin told the board. Burgin said the district’s teachers had approved a tentative settlement, but it had yet to be approved by the regional NUE Board. Burgin told board members no new negotiations are set at this time. The district’s NUE representative, Keith Lehne, said he had no comment as he was still assessing the total impact of the judge’s ruling but would be meeting with other NUE representatives on Wednesday,

30th-annual Fall Wildlife Festival open house GRANTSBURG – The 30th-annual Fall Wildlife Festival open house has been set for Saturday, Oct. 6, from 1 – 9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7, from 6-10 a.m. Saturday, enjoy an open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. complete with a mushroom display, live raptors and other animals, youth classroom activities, orienteering course, archery practice, and a dog and duck hunting demonstration. Chris Cold, DNR wildlife tech, will talk about “Extinction- Past, Present and Future” at 3:30 p.m. There will be five tours offered, all departing at 5 p.m. Choose from a general bus tour of Crex Meadows or Fish Lake with freewill donations, or select a more personalized tour with a guide. Topics include photography, bird-watching and listening, or cranes. These three topic specific tours have a size limit and fee. Please sign up in advance. The above tours and programs will start from Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center. There will be an evening stargazing program at Regal Overlook at 7:30 p.m.

Bunkhouses are available for overnight stay for early tours Sunday morning. Sunday, Oct. 7, help upgrade the mess hall with a fundraiser pancake breakfast from 6 – 10 a.m. Tours will begin at 7 a.m. Choice tours include: general bus tour of Crex, personalized photography tour or personalized bird-watching tour. Please sign up in advance for personalized tours. Crex Meadows staff will be at Grantoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 29. Stop by their booth to see what is new and try your hand at antler ring toss! For more information about these and other events at Crex Meadows, please call 715-463-2739, visit, or find us on Facebook. Friends of Crex support these and other programs. You can support these types of programs and be more involved by joining the Friends of Crex. – submitted

Sept. 26. “The legal experts and the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission do not have a clear path for us on what to do next, because there are too many possible scenarios,” said Burgin. “Management attorneys are advising local school officials to hold off on any new negotiations until it is clear if the ruling would be stayed until appeals play out. We plan to wait until there is a clear direction.”

In other board action: • The board approved the district’s annual meeting for Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. • District buildings maintenance supervisor Joe Tilton gave the board a summer maintenance report. Tilton told the board moving equipment into the high school for iForward, the district’s new online charter school, was the summer’s biggest project. Tilton said new carpet as well as air conditioning had also been installed in the iForward office space. • Other repairs and upgrades to district buildings included adding a new fence and landscaping at the middle school, repainting classrooms and the stage at the high school, and installation of extra steps and handrails to the high school gym bleachers. Board member Russ Erickson said he had heard good comments on the new handrails and steps. Erickson then told the board the aging football field bleachers would soon need to be replaced. Tilton said several boards had already been replaced, and he is aware the bleachers will need to replaced in the future. When asked how the new heating system was working at the elementary school, Tilton said they operated well when teachers remembered to keep items off the unit vents, which blocked air flow. • On a related note, Tilton said there are new fire department codes addressing

space used for storage. Tilton said since the Siren School fire inspectors have been cracking down on violations when making inspections. • Elementary school Principal Katie Coppenbarger gave the 2012 summer school report. “Attendance was on par with what we’ve had in the past,” said Coppenbarger, attributing fewer numbers of students to not as many students needing to meet requirements in English and keyboarding coursework. Coppenbarger said the free lunch and breakfast program went much smoother this year with 6,000 breakfasts and 5,546 lunches served. Coppenbarger said the hunter safety course was a big draw. “It’s a good thing for us to offer as the kids need it.” “And we made good use of the pool,” commented board President Dave Ahlquist. Burgin called keeping the community swimming pool open so the district could offer swimming lessons “the biggest win” for the summer school session. • Burgin said having an iForward summer school is being explored for the 2013 summer school program as parents are asking for it. • The board approved Amanda Huen as a 50-percent early childhood teacher at Nelson School. The one-year position was added due to this year’s high Little Pirate enrollment. Coppenbarger said she expects enrollment will be back to regular numbers next year. Board member Dave Dahlberg asked if the high Little Pirate enrollment this school year means staff will need to be increased for next year’s kindergarten classes. “I’m already thinking about that,” answered Coppenbarger, adding if numbers stayed the same the answer was yes. “But we have some options which may mean not adding staff.” • The board also approved Kelly Hallberg as head girls basketball coach.

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Fiscal woes loom for Burnett County by Carl Heidel Leader staff writer SIREN – As the reports came in at the meeting of the Burnett County supervisors last week Thursday, Sept. 20, they painted an uncertain and gloomy fiscal picture for the county’s future. A recent court ruling holds the potential for substantial payments to county employees in a few years, and a termination of services at Cumberland Health Care is likely to increase county health-care costs. Portions of Act 10 unconstitutional On Friday, Sept. 14, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas ruled on a case brought by Madison Teachers, Inc. against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The case challenged the legality of portions of the state’s controversial collective bargaining law for public workers known as Act 10, the law which incited statewide protests from public workers and that resulted in workers occupying the state Capitol buildings in Madison in March 2011. Burnett County Administrator Candace Fitzgerald told the supervisors that Colas’ ruling stated that the law violated workers constitutional rights to free speech, association and equal protection. In part, these sections of the law are unconstitu-

tional because of the way they make it more difficult to organize, and in part because of the way they cap wages only for union employees and not for nonunion employees. What this means for the county at the present time is that Act 10 as it applies to city, county or school employees is null and void. What it means for the county long term is uncertain. And it’s that uncertainty that is troubling to the supervisors. Fitzgerald told them that this ruling will be appealed, and that the matter will very likely go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court before it is finally settled. That process could take anywhere from three to five years. In the meantime, there are questions about the possibility that a repeal of the unconstitutional sections of the law could be retroactive in its effect. That could possibly make the county liable for payment of back wages and employee contributions to health and retirement plans. “That would break the county,” said Fitzgerald. Her counsel to the supervisors was to adopt a wait-and-see position and to take no action until all the legal issues and challenges have been settled.

Cumberland Health Care action Supervisor Chris Sybers, chairperson of

the county’s health and community services Committee, told board members that effective the end of 2012, Cumberland Health Care will no longer provide service to Burnett County residents on either an inpatient or outpatient basis. At the present time, CHC serves about 800 people from several area counties as well as from Burnett. Burnett County uses the CHC for mental health services. This includes emergency detentions of people who are deemed a threat to others or themselves, voluntary admissions of people who realize they are at risk and are seeking help, and people who receive treatment on an outpatient basis. In 2011, there were 38 emergency detentions in the county, 90 voluntary admissions and several hundred outpatients. According to Sybers, this termination of services is the result of several factors. As a private care operation, CHC is not receiving enough in reimbursements from the state for medical assistance patients, and this year it is operating $500,000 in the red. In addition, it has recently also lost an important staff member, its one psychiatrist. According to Katherine Peterson, director of health and human services for the county, the termination will affect the

county in two ways: health care for residents and costs for law enforcement. She said that outpatients and voluntary admissions will have to find other sources for treatment, and they will face greater expense traveling longer distances to treatment centers. Sybers said that expenses for law enforcement will increase as officers have to take the emergency detentions farther for treatment, perhaps as far as Eau Claire. This will also take officers off road patrols for longer periods of time, and that poses a threat for the quality of public safety services for Burnett residents. Faced with a severe increase in costs for mental health care, Burnett joined other counties affected by the CHC action at a meeting Tuesday, Sept. 28, to explore options for needed services.

In other business • Supervisors approved resolutions adopting the Residential Antidisplace and Relocation Plan, and supporting an initiative to institute a state Internet sales tax; • and approved a proclamation of October 2012 as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Voter ID protocol ready if needed by Chuck Quirmbach Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - Two lower courts have blocked Wisconsin’s voter ID law. Speaking Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Milwaukee, Common Council member Milele Coggs said the court victories are not enough. She urged residents to make sure they are reg-

istered to vote, and help others who are not. “We know that those who fought to do the voter ID or ‘voter suppression bill’ and those playing the political games with it don’t want us to vote! So, the victory is in us voting. So we have to remember on this National Voter Registration Day, if you are

not registered, get registered.” Currently voters do not need to present a photo ID at the polls. The state Supreme Court could possibly rule otherwise before the presidential election. If so, Wisconsin election officials are prepared. Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy says clerks have been

trained and advertisements are ready if necessary. “Obviously you don’t just flip a switch, but we do have all the resources ready to go. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel on that. A lot of work was done during recall to prepare for photo ID.” Election officials predict nearly 3 million voters will go to the polls Nov. 6.

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Most Wisconsin high school graduates not prepared for college Minority students lag significantly MADISON—Only 31 percent of Wisconsin’s 2012 high school graduates are prepared to succeed in four common courses taken by college freshmen, according to ACT, the Iowa testing firm. Minorities fared worse, with only 3 percent of African-Americans and 13 percent of Hispanics college-ready in the four courses. A new report by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, “College and Career Readiness Need Work,” reviews ACT’s evaluation of student performance in 2012. Celebrating its 80th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to public policy research and citizen education. ACT surveys high school and college educators nationwide to pinpoint needed knowledge and skills. The results were used to identify minimum ACT scores needed to ensure a 50-percent chance of a B or better or a 75-percent chance of a C or better in first-year college courses. Students taking the ACT are tested in English, math, reading and science. Overall, 75 percent of Wisconsin students reached the readiness threshold in English, 59 percent in reading linked to in-

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troductory college social science, 54 percent in math, and 38 percent in science. Compared to 2008, English and reading were both down two percentage points, while math and science percentages remained unchanged. Slightly more than a third of Wisconsin students met none or one of the benchmarks. African-Americans struggled to meet readiness thresholds in math and science, with only 9 percent in math versus 61 percent for whites, and 5 percent in science, versus 44 percent for whites. Hispanics tested better than African-Americans but still trailed whites, 30 percent met threshold in math and 17 percent in science. High school courses help explain some of the test score differences. The percentage of Wisconsin graduates with ACT’s recommended core of needed courses is 75 percent versus 76 percent nationally. White students, 78 percent, lead both blacks, 56 percent, and Hispanics, 68 percent, in this respect. The Focus newsletter “College and Career Readiness Need Work” is available at or by e-mailing; calling 608-241-9789; or writing WISTAX at 401 North Lawn Ave., Madison, WI 53704-5033. - from Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

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Tribes: We must be consulted about mines Glenn Grothman pressed Soltis on whether they would ever support a mine in that region, which is in the watershed of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. “Do you believe their attitude is, ‘We would be happy to have economic development in the area assuming we can have an environmentally safe mine’? Or is the tribe’s attitude going to be, ‘No matter what we do, no matter how many assurances we get from state and federal government, life is good today in 2012, and we just don’t want a mine and we will do what we can to fight it’?” Democratic Sen. Bob Jauch shot back that the Legislature’s job was not to guess how the tribes would respond, but to recognize their authority. “We need to recognize that this is the real world. That is a process that has to be undertaken. It’s impossible for anyone to make a judgment on a permit that hasn’t been submitted on a project that hasn’t been identified. And I hope that we can stay away from this question of what are the tribes for and against, something that hasn’t even been proposed yet.” GLIFWC’s Soltis said she could not speak for the Bad River on Grothman’s question, but said if the state wants to understand where the tribes stand on projects, it should have them at the table.

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by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON – An organization that represents Wisconsin’s Native American tribes told state lawmakers recently that those tribes are required to be consulted when the state considers a major mining project like the one proposed for Ashland and Iron counties. The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission works for several tribes to both enforce and preserve their federal treaty rights. GLIFWC’s Ann McCammon Soltis says those rights are very clear when it comes to the permitting and siting of mines. “When the state is considering the issuance of a permit that might be expected to affect wild rice or wild plants, they must consult with the tribe.” Soltis says consultation means more than just paying the tribes a visit. If tribes are not satisfied, they can object to a project and potentially block it at the federal level. Soltis’ testimony sparked a lengthy debate among legislators on a special committee studying mining. The panel was formed in light of the ongoing debate over whether to change state law to clear the way for a mine in Iron and Ashland counties. Given the power the tribes hold under federal treaties, West Bend Republican

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ne of the more confusing issues this past week, aside from the ref’s call in the Packer-Seahawks game of course, is sorting out the immediate impact of the recent court decision by a Dane County judge, striking down parts of the new Act 10, which governs collective bargaining. It’s Gov. Walker’s law and legacy, enacted last year, which took away much of the collective bargaining tools which public employees, including teachers, had utilized for years. Act 10 says unions can negotiate only pay increases, and any pay increases over the rate of inflation would need referendum approval by voters. Circuit Court Juan B. Colas struck down those provisions saying they were unconstitutional. His ruling may have opened the door for unions to extend existing contracts. Many who were appalled at Act 10 when it was implemented last year were elated at Colas’ decision. School and county boards throughout Wisconsin, including those in Burnett and Polk counties, are collectively curious (see stories published in this issue) as to what the new ruling means in relation to how they would proceed with contracts. Does it mean they must reopen negotiations with teachers unions and begin deducting union dues from their paychecks again? Most boards have chosen a “wait and see” strategy, in light of the challenges to Colas’ decision. Attorney General J.P. Van Hollen, a Republican, wasted no time in suspending Colas’ decision while appeals find their way to the Wisconsin State Supreme Court, which has been labeled politically conservative, and likely to overrule Colas’ ruling, upholding Act 10. But federal courts will have the final say on whether Act 10 is constitutional. Oral arguments in one of two pending federal lawsuits began Monday, Sept. 24, in the 7th District Court of Appeals in Chicago. Some have noted this issue could be fought in the courts for years. Meanwhile, Colas is about as popular as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in some circles, primarily the GOP world. “You are no more than a cheap political hack for the Marxist Democratic Party,” said one e-mail to the judge ... by someone using a false name. For those curious about the responses the judge has received, a full story can be found on our Web site at


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• Where to write • President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. 20500 Gov. Scott Walker Wisconsin State Capitol Madison, WI 53707 Congressman Sean Duffy (7th District) 1208 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 202-225-3365 U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl 330 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 715-832-8492

Rep. Erik Severson (28th District) Room 312 North State Capitol Madison, WI 53708 608-267-2365 • 888-529-0028 FAX: 608-282-3628 Rep. Roger RIvard (75th District) State Capitol Room 307 North P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 608-266-2519 • 888-534-0075 U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson 2 Russell Courtyard Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-5323

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e realize the presidential race may be consuming the most overall interest among voters this year but November’s election has some key local contested races - from county clerk (Burnett County) to challenges of incumbents in the 28th Assembly and 10th Senate seats. And there’s the selection of a replacement for retiring U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl. The Leader will launch a Web site page (linked to this coming week focusing on local races with information not only on the candidates but on forums, polling places, how to absentee vote and even where to find who your local legislators are - for the novices. According to polls, most people have made up their minds already on who they are voting for, many of them “straight ticket” voters - and others who have educated themselves enough to feel comfortable to make a choice well in advance of voting day, Nov. 6. In a related matter, the voter ID law is still in the courts since being declared unconstitutional back in March by Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess. The state is appealing that decision, but it’s unknown whether the issue will be ruled on by Nov. 6. Wisconsin, meanwhile, doesn’t have controversial issues on the ballot like some other states. Following is a rundown of issues that have been turned over to the voters: 1: Same-sex marriage (Washington, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota) State lawmakers in Washington and Maryland passed legislation this year to allow samesex marriage, but both laws are on hold until the public gets a chance to vote them up or down in November. In every state where same-sex marriage has been put to a popular vote before, it's been defeated. But supporters think this year may be different. A similar question is on the ballot in Maine. 2: Abolish the death penalty (California) Opponents of the death penalty say it's costing the state too much; through Proposition 34, they want to replace it with a maximum penalty of life without parole, and direct $100 million a year to other law enforcement priorities. Supporters of capital punishment say the real problem is the constant legal delays and appeals that make the death penalty so expensive to enforce. 3: Physician-assisted suicide (Massachusetts) Supporters of physician-assisted suicide are advocating for Question No. 2, the so-called "Death with Dignity Act." They say it would allow terminally ill patients — defined as those who've been told they have less than six months to live — to choose the time and manner of their death. Opponents fear the law would encourage suicide when other options are also available. 4: Undermine ObamaCare (Florida, Alabama, Missouri, Montana) A host of ballot initiatives would attempt to undermine various provisions of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, better known as ObamaCare. Ballot questions in Florida and Montana target the "individual mandate" — the part of the law that will require most Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty. Opponents say it's a moot point because the Supreme Court has already upheld most of the controversial health-care law. 5: Legalize marijuana (Colorado, Oregon, Washington) Activists in Colorado, Washington and Oregon have high hopes for ballot initiatives that would legalize and regulate marijuana. More than a dozen states have approved marijuana for medical uses. None has gone as far as legalizing and regulating the drug like alcohol, as these initiatives would do. But a recent poll shows a majority of likely voters in Colorado support legalizing marijuana if it is regulated like alcohol, which the state's Amendment 64 provides for. Referendums empower voters, and it could be argued they let legislators - some undecided or sensitive to public or political ramifications - off the hook. Perhaps more referendums in the future would expedite decision making by our representatives.

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• Letters to the editor • Protect the unborn The United States of America was established with the words, “One Nation Under God.” My question is, “Where is God in our nation today?” Since 1973 and the outcome of Roe V. Wade, the devastating results has led to the killing of nearly 60 million of our unborn. These are human beings who cannot speak for themselves. Is this one of the reasons why our great country has been on the decline? In Proverbs 6:16 it says, “These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him.” One of these evil acts is “Hands that shed innocent blood,” (v. 17). What else would you call abortion? Over the years, the big questions have been, “When does life begin? Does it happen at conception?” The Bible is very clear when it takes place. It begins at conception! In Psalm 139:16 it states, “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in your book they were all written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” God said to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; and I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, before the Christ Child was born, and said, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a son, and shall call his name Jesus” (Luke 1:31). When did the Lord become God incarnate? It took place at conception. It did not happen at one, two or six months later in the womb. The unborn are innocent. They cannot speak for themselves. How do we speak for them? We do so by going to the polls and voting pro-life. Bruce Gustafson Cushing

Cowardly and illegal In the dark of Friday night, Sept. 21, someone decided to steal two of my Obama-Biden yard signs, one on my property and another placed a block away. This disgusting action angers me, but believe it or not I wasn’t surprised. I’m sure the idiot(s) who committed this wrongful act don’t feel the least bit guilty of a crime. The intruder(s) probably didn’t consider possible consequences for their illegal action. I did report this to the police department. Other Democratic yard signs were left intact. Perhaps stealing the Obama signs was the act of a racist. Or maybe the political far-right convinced the thief(s) that President Obama is evil and not a true American. Whatever the motivation for the sign theft, it was an illegal, cowardly act that I hope for which the thief(s) are punished. Enough said, Shirley Evrard Grantsburg

Democrats have lost their way Marilyn Kruger calls on “good moderate Republicans in western Wisconsin” to vote Democrat. She pines for the day when the Republican Party had leaders that were committed to the “common good.” S’mores anyone - maybe we should all sing a verse of what Obama thinks should be our national anthem - “I Want To Teach the World to Sing.” What possible reason can there be for supporting Democrats that, in spite of overwhelming majorities in Congress for the first two years of the Obamanation, had to resort to the “Cornhusker Kickback” and the “Louisiana Purchase” to secure Democrat votes for ObamaCare? ObamaCare initially was “only” going to cost $0.9 trillion, but now CBO estimates the cost at $2.7 trillion. Pelosi was right, Congress had no idea what was in ObamaCare when it was passed. They still don’t know. What possible reason can there be for supporting a Democrat

agenda that has caused the price of gas to more than double under Obama? What possible excuse is there for supporting a Democrat agenda that prohibits U.S. interests from drilling for oil in the Gulf while the import/export bank approves money for Brazil in partnership with George Soros’ interests to drill in the Gulf and Obama promises that the U.S. will be their best customer? Why would we support a Democrat agenda that has declared war on private enterprise? Why would we support a Democrat agenda that has put our resources under lock and key? No natural gas, no oil, no coal and no nuclear power is the Democrat agenda for turning America into a third-world nation. Why would we support a Democrat agenda that has increased by millions the number of Americans on food stamps and near double-digit unemployment? Why would we support a president whose Mideast policy is so irrational that our embassies are being burned, our ambassadors are being killed and our president is apologizing for having offended the terrorists? A few days ago, Obama admitted his utter failure by stating that he had learned that you couldn’t change Washington from the “inside.” That would put Barry Obama solidly in the Mitt Romney camp. No one is more Washington insider than this president. I would like Kruger to tell us what happened to the Democrat Party of Jefferson. What happened to the promise of those who risked their “lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor” to create a government of individual liberty - not a Marxist government of “shared prosperity.” What happened to the Jeffersonian ideal of limited federal government that left decisions affecting individuals to the states and the individuals? Seems to me it’s the Democrat Party that has lost its way. If you liked the last four years of utter failure and loss of liberty then, by all means, re-elect Obama and the Democrats—but include me out. Bob Blake Rural Frederic

Father seeks justice As I walked down the road one day, I must have been dreaming as I saw three people at play. I thought nothing of it, just kids and my neighbor, so I continued on my way. So things continued until one day my little girl came home sort of scared and dismayed. As the day turned to night, we could tell from how she acted something was not right. So then mommy asked, “What is wrong?” Young daughter said that she and the neighbor man were just playing tickle me, he grabbed both of her hands and pulled very hard. “I tried to pull back, but he was too strong. He made me put my hands on where he pees. Does this mean I can’t play with the kids over there anymore? He does it to the other girls, too! Now what do we do? Should we tell the police? Is this bad? I just want to play with the kids, but he made me do it again today.” This man should be punished! Not just slapped on the hand. Don’t you agree? No child should be put through this. Please, help me put a word in the right person’s ear, you can’t mess with kids - not around here. Ed Parmeter Centuria

Tired of complaints I have listened to people complaining about people abusing food stamps and medical assistance once too often. And this is what I want to ask people who complain: When was the last time you tried to make $8/hour, even $10/hour, for 40 hours a week ($320 or $400 before taxes) cover all this: food for a family, rent, electricity, heat, phone (I’m talking landline here, which is often way too expensive for people to afford now), gas for a car to and from work, clothes and shoes for growing children? These are just everyday expenses, not to mention a car breaking down, you or your child getting

sick, paying child care when you are working. Child-care costs alone require a decent enough salary to make more than it costs. Come on, people! Not everybody makes a good salary. There are more working poor people in this country than ever before. Thousands, if not millions, of college-educated people have lost jobs and ended up in jobs when their unemployment benefits ran out. There simply are not the jobs there once were, certainly not the decent paying jobs. And these are the people with once very marketable skills. If you have a good-paying factory job, you are always in danger of your company moving your job overseas. This doesn’t begin to address the service-industry jobs that pay the least. What are people to do? If you have children in school, are you going to move them all over the country in search of a job? What if you’ve been lucky enough to buy a home, can you sell it now, or do you owe more than it’s worth? Can you just walk away from your responsibilities without your credit rating bottoming out? How do you find another place to live then? How do you improve your skills? Are there many of you who can work a full-time job, take care of a family and go to school at the same time? How do you get credit enough to get school loans if you’ve defaulted on your mortgage or if you can’t pay the school loans you already have? If you are working a full-time job and your employer offers benefits, sometimes there is not enough money to live on when the insurance is deducted from your paycheck. You may qualify for medical assistance. But be careful not to earn a raise because you might make too much to qualify for medical assistance and still not have enough to pay for the insurance. You may not have enough money to pay for food through the end of the month, but you make just enough to disqualify you for food stamps. Our country is in the middle of the worst recession since the 1930s. The problems we have in the U.S. go far deeper than a few notable locals who abuse the system. Our government gives tax breaks to the very companies that send our jobs overseas. It bails out banks that continue to make obscene profits and demand fewer regulations and taxes. It continues to allow corporate interests to dictate the standards that protect our air, water and land. It refuses to tax the people who make the most because “they are the people who create the jobs,” even though the statistics do not bear out that assertion. And our elected leaders continue to accept contributions from those very powerful corporations (people?) who benefit most from these conditions. Where is the outrage against the “big guys” who are behind all this mess? It’s far easier to be indignant about what we see locally, than address the larger problems that feel far more out of control. And that’s the problem, isn’t it? We feel out of control of so much of our lives. In many places around this country and around the world, people have been gathering together to protest this deep inequity and injustice. They have protested in Madison, Detroit, New York City; in Syria, Egypt, France, England, Panama and many other places. Why not direct our anger and frustration toward those that have both caused the problems and have the current means to change it? We, the people, have to demand accountability and justice from our leaders. We need to demand laws that benefit the common good, not the good of an elite few. If enough of us do our small part, together we can affect the whole. We may not be able to change the whole world, but we are responsible for our small place in it. If you don’t like things as they are, pester your congressman/woman, your senator, your county commissioner or whoever is responsible for an area that needs improvement. Get out and do something yourself. Just please don’t ask me to sit quietly and listen to you complain about those already at the bottom of the heap. Bonnie Clasen Siren

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Taxpayers don’t just “foot the bills,” they vote as well This is a responsorial letter to the editor in regard to last week’s rush to judgment by Lowell Rivard of Webster, in regard to the sheriff’s settlement agreement within the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department. Even as young adults, we were taught to question authority, and that civil discourse and political debate should be part of our own lives, if indeed we truly care about the future of our own democracy. I think the issue being presented is evidence, at the most local level, of politics continuing to act in the best interest of the taxpayers and voting public. There is an obvious political undertow which does not wish for Sheriff Dean Roland to continue in his current position. The same holds true for Candace Fitzgerald. I can tell you that these two persons hold positions which are important and powerful, and that their duties and responsibilities are not only diverse … but that they’re difficult. I can also say that although I don’t know these two individuals on a very personal level, I do know them on a professional level. I feel that they are continuing to act and perform their duties on a level consistent with the expectations of the voting public. And although I certainly can appreciate Mr. Rivard’s willingness to publicly question the integrity of those designated to serve the public, I must politely disagree with his verdict of “guilty,” and allegations of “cover-ups.” As Roland has stated, the public will now never know all of the intricate details of the charges brought against him, and although being in a moral position where he would want the public to know, he is unable to speak about it. Issues like this also leave Fitzgerald in a position to remain “mum,” for obvious legal reasons and a settlement that took place between both parties. Therefore, although I do not make my own verdicts, I will continue to publicly applaud and support these two individuals for their continued steadfast dedication to our county. If you feel as though you want “change,” take it to the polls, in the case of the sheriff’s position, and let your county board members know that the administrator of the county should be someone who resides within the county, and not an independent appointee of the Northwest Regional Planning Commission. Those are the proper political means of promoting positive change, in this everdynamic democracy of ours. Steven M. Zelinski Webster

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• Letters to the editor • Tired of drivel and lies Now wait a minute ... The GM plant in Janesville was closed before Obama even got in office. It just amazes me that Republicans feel like they can say anything, and they seem to think everybody’s going to believe it. I can’t think of one reason why I would vote for any of the Republicans at this point. Republican priorities revolve around: • moaning and groaning about how little money they make, as Mr. Duffy did early in his career • defeating President Obama regardless of cost to the legislative process, thanks to our marvelous congressmen’s “major goal.” • promoting Gov. Walker, who seems determined to destroy the middle class while increasing incomes to those in the upper economic brackets Furthermore, when we try to have a dialogue to improve or understand this diatribe, our representative, Mr. Severson, rarely answers any e-mail not paralleling his own narrow point of view. The Republicans offer nothing in the way of positive programs for all the people, not just the upper class. I, as one of many, am sick to death of being lied to by political hacks who seem to think that if they say something no one will check the facts but just breeze along parroting misstatements, made-up drivel and plain wrong statements. David C. Stone Balsam Lake

A religious view on the marriage equality issue The Northern Pines Quaker Meeting which serves Burnett, Polk and Washburn counties in Wisconsin, and Pine and northern Chisago counties in Minnesota, is a part of Northern Yearly Meeting. We recently decided to publicize our position on the issue of marriage equality, since many local residents seem unaware of the Quaker position. The Wisconsin domestic partnership law enacted in June 2009 provides 43 rights and protections to samesex couples, while heterosexual couples have over 200 such rights and protections. Thus it goes only about one fourth of the way to create marriage equality. Even this partial step toward equality has been attacked by some. Equality is one of the core testimonies of Quakers, so we wish to encourage those who believe in marriage equality. Minnesota voters will soon be voting on a proposal that would amend their state constitution so as to exclude same-sex couples from the sanctity and benefits of

marriage. As a faith community the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) of Northern Yearly Meeting, covering Wisconsin, Minnesota, and part of bordering states, finds such a constitutional amendment contrary to our understanding of God’s Truth and our responsibility to do God’s work in the world. Quakers believe that there is that of God in all people. Our experience confirms that all people are equal before God and are equally loved by God. In witnessing the truth of God’s love to the wider community, we cannot support any action that gives freedoms, rights, privileges or power to one group while excluding another. This is unacceptable in any form, whether it is supporting slavery and segregation or denying voting, legal or civil rights to any group. It is unacceptable today for individuals to be denied rights and privileges that are provided by marriage merely because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Our experience has been that human value, talents, strengths and abilities are distributed without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. We Quakers are immeasurably enriched by the presence, leadership and love of all people in our communities. We joyfully recognize the diversity of sexual orientation within our religious community. We affirm the goodness of committed, loving relationships that endure, are unselfish, and that provide mutual support and tenderness. We have and will continue to affirm equal status in marriage for all people. We will follow the same careful process for all couples who wish to unite in marriage under our care. As members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) of Northern Yearly Meeting, we declare our opposition to the Minnesota, and any other, proposed constitutional amendment that will limit or remove human rights or would ban the legal recognition of same-sex marriages. Jon Shafer Northern Pines Quaker Meeting Webster/Danbury

Jobs cannot be a part of Kraemer court appeal Recently, a ruling was made by Judge Vlack of St. Croix County to uphold the Polk County Land Information Committee’s decision to deny Kraemer Mining and materials and landowners Thorman and Rochford a special exception permit to open a hard rock mine in the Town of Osceola. Note: Thorman recently purchased the Wm. Johnson property, he is now the major landowner. What Kraemer fails to cite in their press

statement to this newspaper is the fact that this judge or future judges can only rule on the issue: was proper procedure followed throughout the process for the Land Information Committee to reach this conclusion? The possibility of jobs cannot enter into any judge’s decision, which Kraemer attorneys are well aware of. What Kraemer was asking the court to do was to conduct an independent review of the committee’s decision, in violation of the standard Wisconsin courts have set forth for this type of review. This is all verifiable through the Polk County Corporation Counsel office. Also quoted in Vlack’s decision, “While there was competing expert evidence in this case, both sides had the opportunity to present their extensive evidence and be heard by the committee. The committee is in a much better position to determine the credibility of the witnesses. Kraemer goes to great lengths to attempt to show the court why the evidence presented by the opposition is not credible, but that is not the role of this court, and no such review needs to be made.” Vlack goes on to say, “This court is in no position to substitute its judgment for that of the committee in reviewing the evidence presented. Thus, there is substantial evidence to support the decision of the Polk County Land Information Committee and it shall therefore be upheld.” This order (from Vlack) constitutes a final order for purposes of appeal. This ruling seems to mean little to Kraemer spokesman Edmunds who had stated he has great respect for the court and judicial system. While we all are watching carefully how our tax dollars are being spent, let’s keep in mind the cost that has been and is being accrued with these needless appeals. We live in a neighborhood that does not welcome an industrial mine in our midst, and clearly that message has been sent to the mining company and these two landowners. Remember our vision statement – “Improve the quality of life for all who live, work and play in Polk County.” Also, “The Town of Osceola, a Great Place to Live and Work.” Pete and Kathy Shay Dresser

The untold story of education fi fin nance As I have been speaking with the constituents of the 28th District. I have heard several themes emerge. One of them is the importance of our public schools, as well as how schools are financed. It’s important to realize that in the 28th

District, the public schools are the hub of the community. Our children are educated and introduced to the real world there. Our community educates itself through community education programs and keeps fit using the facilities. Schools are the cultural centers of our communities with quality art and music programs. They are the place where we are thrilled and filled with pride as we watch our hometown teams compete. If you live in a rural town, you know the identity the school gives your community. Our local schools are funded in four ways: State support in the budget, property taxes, federal assistance and independent payments (fees and interest). The state decides how much funding a school district receives by a formula using local property values and then assigns a dollar amount of aid per student. The school district then has to make up the rest of its budget through property tax levies using what’s known as a mill rate. In 2000, the state made an education “promise” to fund our public schools at a rate of 67 percent. The rest would be made up at the local level. Since that time, even though costs have increased, the state has funded schools less and less. Last budget cycle, the state funded schools an average of 30 percent. I believe this is the untold story of the education decimation that has been going on for years in the 28th District. Keep in mind that costs have gone up an average of 24 percent in that time. That money had to be made up from somewhere. Most of it came from property taxes. This has caused a rift between property owners and school districts in Wisconsin, all the while leaving deficits that our schools problem-solve with increased class size, fees and staff layoffs. Another factor in our local education finance has been Milwaukee school choice and the voucher system. Rep. Severson voted to increase funding for this program by $300 million in the latest budget and make it first-draw funded, meaning this program gets all its money before our public schools get dollar one. In our district, there are no voucher schools and minimal private schools. Our tax dollars are being transferred to the south and used for a program that underfunds our local schools. As your representative, I will work to restructure our school finance formula, to control property taxes and make sure all of our local tax dollars go to our local schools. Our schools are a high priority for our district. Let’s make sure that we find better ways to make them solvent for the future. Adam Bever Balsam Lake

Increased research funding aimed at finding answers for Alzhemier’s STATEWIDE - It’s a common source of lighthearted humor, the so-called “senior moment” when a well-known name stays on the tip of the tongue, car keys hide in plain sight or the key ingredient of a traditional holiday dessert gets left unused on the kitchen countertop. But when these moments start to happen too frequently, it inevitably leads to the dreaded question: “Could it be Alzheimer’s?” Now estimated to affect 5.4 million Americans, Alzheimer’s is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that causes memory loss in its earliest stages. People with this degenerative condition eventually lose the ability to carry out the simple tasks of everyday living. While progress is being made to identify the causes of Alzheimer’s and develop drugs and treatments, the disease remains a much-feared disease that has no cure. Alzheimer’s was named for the German physician who first described it in 1906, Dr. Alois Alzheimer. His autopsy of brain tissue of a 51-year-old female patient who suffered memory loss, language problems and unpredictable behavior found abnormal clumps and tangled bundles of fibers. These abnormal structures have been identified as protein fragments and twisted fibers that are called beta-amyloid and tau. These abnormalities that build up in between brain nerve cells have been theorized to cause cell damage and death, which ultimately disrupts communication among the brain’s nerve cells.

“Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a term used for a group of brain diseases that cause the loss of intellectual and social skills that interfere with everyday life and self care,” says Dr. Noel Jarvis, medical director and psychiatrist at the Behavioral Health Center in Amery. “While the cause of Alzheimer’s is currently unknown, we believe it may involve a combination of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors. Current medications and treatment approaches can improve symptoms for a time and help patients preserve their independence. Researchers are fervently studying to determine how to prevent Alzheimer’s or slow its progression.” In September, Alzheimer nonprofits and associations around the world will participate in the first World Alzheimer’s Month, sponsored by the global organization Alzheimer’s Disease International. The goal of World Alzheimer’s Month is to reduce the stigma of having dementia and promote community programs that support patients and their caregivers. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in America. The disease is not a normal part of aging, but it occurs more frequently in older people. Ninety percent of the time, Alzheimer’s is diagnosed in people over 60 years old. However, there are cases when the disease is diagnosed at a young age, sometimes as early as 30 years old, which is referred to as early-onset Alzheimer’s. The bulging baby-boomer generation is

causing alarm as the number of people 65 and older is expected to grow from 40 million to 72.1 million by 2030. And people are living longer due to medical advances and personal fitness. Recognizing the challenge that Alzheimer’s researchers are up against, Congress unanimously passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act in December 2010. The act called for a national plan to accelerate research and improve care and service for Alzheimer’s victims and their families. Additional research funding will be used to search for causes and ways to prevent, delay or treat the daunting disease. “The societal impact of Alzheimer’s disease in America already is staggering,” says Dr. Colleen Erb, program director and psychologist at the Behavioral Health Center. “The disease costs $200 billion annually, with more than 15 million unpaid caregivers using their time and resources to support affected friends and loved ones. We need to make advances in Alzheimer’s prevention and care to avert a major strain on our health care systems, Medicare and Medicaid and other funders that provide monetary support for care.” The clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can be difficult as there are several different conditions including frontotemporal, Lewy bodies, mixed and vascular dementia. While the symptoms of these neurodegenerative processes vary, they present similar challenges for the people affected and those who care for them. If you’re con-

cerned that you may be developing Alzheimer’s, watch for these 10 early signs and symptoms as identified by the Alzheimer’s Association, and check with your doctor if they persist: • Memory loss that disrupts daily life. • Challenges in planning or solving problems. • Difficulty completing familiar tasks. • Confusion with time or place. • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. • New problems with words in speaking or writing. • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. • Decreased or poor judgment. • Withdrawal from work or social activities. • Changes in mood and personality. Keep in mind that these symptoms can be caused by other disease conditions or life influences that can get better with medical or mental health inventions. Getting an expert medical assessment can assure that your “senior moments” aren’t signaling a more serious condition. The Behavioral Health Center located in Amery specializes in evaluating and treating these conditions. To schedule an evaluation, call 715-268-0060. To learn more visit the Alzheimer’s Association Web site at or - from Amery Regional Medical Center and Quorum Health Resources


A new chapter begins Habitat home in Centuria dedicated by Molly Kline Special to the Leader CENTURIA - Sunday Sept. 23, marked the beginning of a new chapter in the life of Brian and Denise Van Vleet; they are now proud homeowners of a newly completed Habitat for Humanity home. Over the past year the Van Vleet family partnered with the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, Wild Rivers, in order to achieve their dream. By partnering with Wild Rivers, they were able to help build their new home alongside volunteers and with the help of donors. The Van Vleet home was also sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. It is the 24th build project for Wild Rivers, and is the fourth home competed with the sponsorship of Thrivent Financial. Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial shared a few words at the dedication ceremony about their or-

Kylie Van Vleet explored the Bible presented to her family during the dedication of their just-completed Habitat home in Centuria.

Betty Bertram and Jan Miller, of the Apple River Quilt Guild, presented quilts to the Van Vleet family at the home dedication service on Sunday, Sept. 23. - Photos by Jackie Thorwick ganizations as well as how they are always honored to help those in need. Eric Kube, the executive director at Wild Rivers Habitat, explained that nothing is given away to the families in the program; instead the family needs to work hard on the house and pays Habitat back through an interest-free mortgage. Kube stated that poverty is defined by our government, and many who are in poverty may not see themselves as poor. Instead, “[poverty] limits their ability to get ahead ... this home should help the Van Vleets feel rich.” Having a home of their own helps the Van Vleets build wealth and equity for the future, as well as allow them to provide a safe and affordable home to raise their children and help Brian through health issues. Matt Bobick, the local Thrivent chapter representative, said he is always surprised by the number of volunteers and donors that come together in order to make the dream of home ownership a reality for a local family. He stated that “Thrivent Financial has roots going back 100 years,” and that it was recently voted “one of the most ethical organizations in the financial community” because of the partnerships

Denise Van Vleet holds up the sweat equity certificate she and her family earned while helping to build their home. The family earned over 800 hours of sweat equity, when the required number was 500.

it does with nonprofit organizations like Habitat for Humanity. He presented the family with a cross that had a blessing of safety inscribed on it. The dedication service brings together all of the partnerships, including individuals from the community, volunteers and donors. It’s a final blessing of the house and a chance for the community to welcome the Van Vleet family home as well as have them demonstrate how much this home means to them and how grateful they are for everyone that helped make their dream of home ownership a reality. Tears of joy rolled down Denise’s face as it began to sink in that this was finally a reality. She explained that “To know that we will have a home of our own is a blessing.” She continued to say that “so many people have renewed her hope in humanity” through “the kindness expressed by friends and strangers.” Lastly she wanted to thank God “for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself. He has blessed our broken road and we are ready to pave it forward.” Brian added that they are unable to properly express their gratitude to the number of volunteers and donors who

made it all possible. The three children already understand some of the positive effects having a home of their own will have. One of the daughters asked, “Mommy, does this mean we don’t have to jiggle the handle anymore?” referring to the toilet in their old home. Dakota, the son, was proud to show his room to one of his friends, saying, “It isn’t blue, it is silver,” for he was able to pick out what color his new room was going to be. After receiving the sweat equity certificate, showing that they put in well above the number of hours required from Habitat for Humanity, the Van Vleet family was finally handed the keys to their new home. Bob Babel, construction manager for Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, said a few words about why he is so blessed to work with Wild Rivers Habitat and alongside volunteers. He said, “I am proud to work in a place where small things matter ... where perfection is never attained but always desired ... and a place where a house becomes a home, well before it is finished. A home means hope.” This was his fourth project with Wild Rivers and he knows Kube has many more projects for him in the future. He extended thanks to the volunteers and donors, saying that to him, they are super heroes. The local community helped welcome the Van Vleet family into their new home in multiple ways. The Apple River Quilt Guild presented the family with five quilts, one for each of the three children, one for Denise and Brian, and one for Brian’s father, Keith. Each quilt was made specifically with the family members in mind. Each quilt will help the family stay warm in the coming months as well as be a reminder that they are blessed by the community around them. In honor of Keith serving in the armed forces, the Amery chapter of the VFW extended their blessings and encouraged Keith to visit the local chapter and assured him that if he ever needed anything, all he had to do was ask. Celebrations rang through the house as the pastor led the group in a round of “Hip, hip, hooray!” as the dedication service came to a close, it also rang in the new chapter for the Van Vleet family.

OJ Aune, right, and Dave Porter, both veterans, welcomed Keith Van Vleet, also a veteran, to his new home and new neighborhood. “If you need anything, just call,” Porter said.

Senate candidates promise local jobs by Maureen McCollum Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate candidates touted the importance of job creation at the Wisconsin Counties Association’s annual conference Monday, Sept. 24, in La Crosse. Although vying for a seat at the federal level, Democrat Tammy Baldwin and Republican Tommy Thompson say they will create jobs in Wisconsin. Both candidates are former county board members. They told a roomful of current supervisors that, if elected to Washington, they will work with leaders at the county level. Congresswoman Baldwin stressed improving manufacturing across the state. “We must invest in made-inWisconsin economy. And when we do, we’ll create jobs and an economy built to last, where both the middle class and business benefit from the shared prosperity.”

Former Gov. Thompson highlighted his six years with La Crosse-based Logistics Health Incorporated, where he formerly served as president and chair. “I was the 125th employee, and when I left and we sold to United Healthcare, we had 950 employees. Over 700 individuals in La Crosse area hired by LHI.” Tara Johnson is the La Crosse County Board chair, and introduced Baldwin before her speech. She says the federal government needs to share responsibilities with local and state governments when it comes to creating jobs. “So if the federal government is setting a tone or passing laws that make it difficult for us at the local level, no matter what we try to do, it’s not going to happen.” Johnson says job creation is challenging, so all levels of government have to work collectively.

Tammy Baldwin and Tommy Thompson are seeking the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Herb Kohl. - Special photos


Changes in benefits, sick days, bring teachers to meeting by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — It’s not often that the audience at a meeting of the Luck School Board is larger than the number of board members, but that situation occurred Monday evening, Sept. 24, at the board’s regular monthly meeting. In fact, the audience was so large that the boardroom could not hold everyone, and the meeting was moved to the small gym that had been set up for the annual district meeting held later that night. Most in the group were teachers, and many attended the meeting in response to changes that had been made in the employee handbook, which now takes the place of a collectively bargained contract. Among the chief concerns are changes in insurance benefits for retirees, a reduction in the number of sick days, and the late notice of the changes to school staff. The school board had received two letters discussing these concerns, one from the Luck Teachers Union and one from six teachers who are nearing retirement. Teacher Joe Bartylla, president of the Luck Teachers Union, took the lead in the discussion, pointing out that for years, by state law, teacher wage and benefit increases have been limited. Under Act 10, teachers are required to pay into their own pensions and cover 12 percent of their insurance premium costs. Now, he indicated, the handbook further adversely affects the financial situation of teachers. “It’s hard to be excited about being a teacher and about teaching,” he said. While school administration says that the union had copies of the proposed

Luck School teacher Joe Bartylla, president of the Luck Teachers Union. handbook in July, before it was brought to the school board for a first reading, Bartylla and others said they had no knowledge of what it contained until school started. Had teaching staff known earlier what it contained, he said, some may have looked at other options. Bartylla and school board Vice Chairman Daryl Bazey entered into a short conversation on what might or might not be construed as illegal bargaining, with Bartylla noting that a recent judicial ruling in favor of unions over Gov. Scott Walker’s Act 10 may hold. “So,” he said, “if we can work together, regardless of what a judge says, we’re bet-

Members of the Luck School Board (L to R) are student representative Katelyn Dinnies, clerk LeRoy Buck, school Administrator Rick Palmer, Vice Chairman Daryl Bazey, director Jake Jensen and treasurer Amy Dueholm. Missing is board Chairman Robert Clifton. — Photos by Mary Stirrat ter off.” Bartylla was speaking specifically on the board’s decision to cut the number of sick days per year from 14 to 10, asking the board to consider a compromise of 12. “We looked at what this school can afford if we’re going to continue being a school district,” said Bazey, who chaired the meeting in the absence of board President Robert Clifton. The school can go for a referendum vote to override the tax levy cap in order to have more money to work with, he said, but taxpayers are already being asked to approve a referendum for maintenance projects. Surveying the surrounding school districts showed that 90 percent of them allow 10 sick days, he said, which works out to one per month throughout the school year. Besides, continued Bazey, the school district has an upcoming $470,000 health insurance obligation for six teachers who are approaching retirement. He was referring to the fact that the new handbook requires the school to continue to pay 88 percent of insurance premiums for up to five years if the teacher retires before being eligible for Medicare. Last year’s contract provided for up to six years coverage rather than five, with an additional two years that would require more employee contribution. Had some of the employees nearing retirement known of this change earlier, said Bartylla, they may have considered retirement. All the staff, he said, has an interest in seeing the school district succeed without breaking the bank. However, he said, if he had been thinking about retiring and didn’t know about the change until the first day of school, long after he needed to make a decision about actually retiring, he would be upset. “It would have been nice to have more time,” he said, “like April or May.” Board member Jake Jensen responded that the board didn’t know what things would look like back in April or May. Even now, added district Administrator Rick Palmer, the school does not know the amount of state aid it will receive for the 2012-13 school year. “There’s so much uncertainty with the whole process,” he said. Beth Petersen, one of six teachers reaching retirement, asked whether the board maybe knew of the changes by May or June. The handbook was dated July 1, she

noted, and by the time the staff got it “the door was shut” on other options because they had committed to another year at Luck. “A heads-up would have been very much appreciated,” she said. “I certainly would have gone out the door in June if I knew there was such a drastic cut in my retirement.” Petersen criticized Palmer’s involvement in developing the handbook, since she has been with the district for a much longer period of time. In addition, school administration is under a different contract that doesn’t expire until 2013. The state’s requirement that staff pay 12 percent of the cost of insurance premium and contribute to retirement is not yet in effect for administration. “He gets to write the handbook for me,” said Petersen, “but he’s not bound by it.” “When we got the hit and the administration didn’t,” added teacher Janet Holdt, “that hurt.” Bartylla suggested that the district operate under last year’s agreement for one more year, since staff did not know about the changes before making the commitment to stay at Luck. “That would appease most people in this room,” he said. The budget, responded Palmer, is already $223,000 short for the 2012-13 school year. He said later that rates for the Wisconsin Retirement System are increasing from 11.8 percent to 13.3 percent come Jan. 1, and the salary scale addendum to the handbook includes a $1,000 pay increase for each teacher. When Petersen said that the district will realize a savings when longtime teachers retire and are replaced by less-experienced personnel, or positions are left unfilled, Palmer acknowledged that not filling the position will save money. On the other hand, he said, if the position is filled with even an entry-level teacher, the district stands to gain only about $600. As an example, he said that one of the teachers currently nearing retirement makes $52,096 per year. The lowest salary for an entry-level teacher is $33,900, which is $18,196 less than the experienced teacher is making. However, the district will have to pay 88 percent of the retiring teacher’s insurance for another five years, costing more than $17,600. In addition, the district could very well also be paying insurance for the new hire.

“Where’s the savings in that?” he asked. Bartylla brought up another change in the handbook that affects himself and one other staff member. In the past, if any employee did not subscribe to the district’s insurance, he or she would receive $4,800 in lieu of insurance benefits. The new handbook does not allow the payment in lieu of insurance if the employee’s spouse is also a teacher in the Luck School District and is enrolled in the district’s insurance. The Luck School District has two married couples where both spouses work for the school. In each case, one spouse has enrolled in the family insurance plan and the other has received the payment in lieu of insurance benefits. It was difficult to suddenly have their annual income drop by that much, said Bartylla, without warning. “It’s financially getting harder and harder to be a teacher,” he said. “We’re trying to do the right thing,” said Jensen, adding that teachers and board members meet in the grocery store, in church and in the community. “I want to be comfortable when I meet you,” he said. “We don’t intentionally sit up here and do things trying to hurt you. We’re trying to balance a budget. We’re trying to keep Luck as a school.” Jensen acknowledged that better communication between the board and the staff is a good goal to pursue. However, he added, the current budget and contract scenario is new to all parties. “We didn’t see it coming when we were elected,” he said. “We didn’t see that it would affect our businesses. “This is a difficult time for you. But none of us (board members) want you to feel like we’re coming after you. We’re just trying to do the job we’re faced with.” In closed session at the end of the meeting, the board voted to address the teacher concerns with a letter. It also approved a 1-percent pay increase for the five support staff department heads, consisting of the business manager, bookkeeper, head of maintenance, food services director and transportation director.

Other business • Katelyn Dinnies, student representative to the school board, and two of the teachers present at the meeting expressed concern over the new lunch menu, saying that athletes are not getting enough to eat. Rick Palmer and elementary Principal Ann Goldbach explained that new state guidelines only allow the district to be reimbursed for foods within the guideline limitations on carbs. Students can purchase additional menu items. • The board accepted a letter of retirement from high school secretary Debbie Wickstrom. The retirement was approved with “well wishes and many thanks a job well done.” Wickstrom worked for the district for 21 years. • The board approved a $500 contribution to Polk County Family Preservation and Support, consistent with last year’s contribution. The agency works to strengthen families and to assist during challenges, and last year served 16 adults and 20 children in the Luck School District.

The crowd attending the Monday, Sept. 24, meeting of the Luck School Board of Education was too large for the school’s boardroom and was moved to the small gym.


Lake improvement project designed at Luck by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — This past July, when most students were enjoying their summer vacation, eight Luck teachers were in school. These teachers were taking a three-credit, weeklong class resulting in an upcoming project designed to protect Big Butternut Lake while giving students a greater connection to the environment. The Great Lakes Earth Partnership for Schools workshop they attended, how-

ever, included some good outdoor activities. The class spent time canoeing, planning gardens, identifying plants and visiting places where Earth Partnership projects have already been implemented. They visited the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, Philadelphia Farms, the Osceola boat landing, Marshland Center and Hudson Middle School. Five of the teachers involved spoke to the Luck School Board of Education at its regular monthly meeting Monday, Sept.

Sixth-grade teacher Carolyn Peterson uses a drawing of the playground at Luck to explain where water runoff issues will be addressed. — Photos by Mary Stirrat

Several Luck teachers took part in the Great Lakes Earth Partnership for Schools — St. Croix Institute weeklong class this past July, and from that class developed a school project to protect Big Butternut Lake from polluted runoff. Giving the school board an update at the board’s Monday, Sept. 24, meeting (L to R) are: Carolyn Peterson, Colleen Bielmeier, Joe Bartylla, Sue Wallin and Nancy Gill. Not pictured are Jeanine Schaar Jeremy Jensen and Jody Waterman. 24, outlining the class, the project and the benefit it will be for students and the school. Several potential projects were looked at, with an eye toward protecting Big Butternut Lake. The group decided to have an area of the playground as the main focus of the project, said sixth-grade teacher Carolyn Peterson. The area chosen is located between the tire swings and the regular swings. It was planted during an extensive 2001 lakeshore project, but the plants have died because snow is piled there each year. It is also an area where runoff from the roof and playground travels right to Big Butternut Lake, taking with it all the pollutants it picks up. A short culvert will be installed to direct the runoff through the area, said Peterson,

and tall grasses will be planted in that area all the way to the lake to thicken the buffer and take impurities from the runoff before it enters the lake. The art class will be asked to make pavers that will be placed in a path through the vegetation, encouraging students to walk through and view the plants. The school still has seeds from the Terry Van Himbergen Memorial Garden on the south side of the school yard, said Joe Bartylla. These will be incorporated into the plantings, and elementary teachers will be trained to take their students out for plant-identification experiences. An added bonus, said Nancy Gill, is that the vegetation will attract more songbirds and moths, so more wood ticks will be consumed.

SCF land sale tabled; condemnation moves ahead Former “cat house” property to go through eminent domain by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The St. Croix Falls Common Council delayed decisions on two land issues at their regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 24, deciding to review a proposal to sell a 5,000-square-foot portion of a parcel off Minnesota Street to neighbor Myrna Westen, until the council can tour the property. Westen owns all adjacent land, and is seeking to purchase the vacant property after it was separated from a portion of the parcel decades ago. At one time, that triangle was part of the property I purchased,” she said. The property has a triangular shape, and at one time was used as an easement of sorts for other property, and it does include a portion of city-vacated Minnesota Street. The council is planning a tour of the property in the coming week, prior to making a decision at their next regular council meeting. The council also decided to move forward with the long-discussed condemnation of the Weinhardt property at 209 River St., in part, to prepare for the pending wastewater treatment plant construction and eventual expansion. The property is noteworthy for being the infamous “cat house,” where authorities had to remove over 300 cats, dead and alive, from the site almost eight years ago, after an elderly woman and two other family members had collected and kept hundreds of cats. The property was condemned due to the stench and the infestation. After firefighters cleared the cat carcasses, the home has not been occupied, but the issue of the home has languished for some time, as questions of property lines, deeds, appraisals and more are finally being settled. “A gap in document of ownership now has been settled,” stated city Administrator Joel Peck. The home is among the oldest original structures along the river way, and is one of the first platted properties in the city, but the home is a detriment now and

St. Croix Falls library director Sarah Adams appeared before the board, addressing budgets, the future, programs and more. The St. Croix Falls royalty appeared at the city council meeting on Monday, Sept. 24, where they were presented with a plaque for the recent win the trio had at Star Prairie Ox Cart Days for best royalty. likely reduces the value of the property. The city has tried several times to purchase the priority for staging and expansion of the WWTP, but the estate of the owner has not agreed to the a sale, and the two parties could not agree on a purchase price, in part, due to wide differences in appraisals which ranged from $70,000 to $135,000. Peck said the estate refused an offer of $135,000 several years ago, but since the market collapse, they have changed their tune and agreed to accept the offer. However, the council chose not to renew the offer, and instead decided to move ahead with an eminent domain condemnation process, which has already begun. “We don’t need the property today,” stated council member Don Anderson. “If we’re going to need the property in 10 years, well ... I’m not in favor of kicking the can down the road, except now.” The council discussed the need to buy the land and take it off the city tax roll, which does bring in around $240 annually. Councilman Randy Korb agreed, and

the council moved to continue with the condemnation process instead of trying to make another offer to buy it outright. Under the state law, there is a series of steps that take place during such a condemnation order, and the process is very early on. Ultimately, it will include at least one or two more appraisals, as well as review by a board of three real estate agents, before being approved by a judge for the final price.

In other council action: • There was extensive discussion on the city library, as library director Sarah Adams reviewed everything from the impact of losing the Polk County Library to the effects of Act 150 reimbursements to changes in hours and programs, as well as surveys they will be encouraging patrons to use. Adams said the library is on track to meet budget for 2012. While she said the initial excitement of the new library may have worn off a bit, the enthusiasm remains strong and they continue to expand program offerings and weekend hours,

noting that the library is now open until 3 p.m. on Saturday, which is two hours longer than before. • Members of the St. Croix Falls royalty appeared to give the city a trophy they received Aug. 19 at Star Prairie Ox Cart Days, winning the prize for best royalty. The council thanked them for their commitment and agreed to let them make some temporary changes to the float for their winter parade schedule, adding lights and the like to the float for the darker nights. “We want to make it look more like the holidays,” stated parent Jon Cermin, who added that the ladies will appear in 31 cities or villages this year alone. • The council tabled action on an ordinance addressing so-called “cross contamination” on the city water supply. In a nutshell, the changes are mandated and come from the state and force the city to better control the possibility of an incident where private water or effluent may be allowed to enter the city water system if the pressure is lost, such as from a swimming pool, washtub or other device without a certain type of check valve. The administrator and city crew will review the wording and present the final ordinance at the next meeting.


DNR hosts dedication/open house of Northern Region HQ SPOONER — The dedication and grand opening of the Department of Natural Resources Northern Region headquarters, in Spooner, was held Wednesday, Sept. 19. The program included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and comments by DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. The new, cost-effective DNR facility features international green energy standards, including an under-the-floor air system, and native construction materials of wood and quarry stone. Three conference areas in the new building are available for public use. “This new customer and environmentally friendly building is an investment in our community and northern Wisconsin,” said DNR Northern Region Director John Gozdzialski, noting the DNR dates back nearly 100 years in Spooner. “It reflects DNR’s commitment to long-term service to our citizens and natural resources.” The new headquarters at 810 W. Maple St., Spooner, was built on the same grounds as the agency’s previous building. The older, 1964 facility was neither energy efficient nor energy code compli-

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Northern Region headquarters building, which was completed this spring, was dedicated in an open house held Wednesday, Sept. 19. The new building will replace the previous building that was built in 1964.

Spooner Mayor Gary Cuskey spoke in the grand-opening ceremony about the DNR being good neighbor. “This new building represents a 50-year commitment from the DNR to the area and to Spooner,” he stated.

ant, and couldn’t accommodate the staffing and technology needed for effective and efficient DNR northern operations. DNR staff will be consolidated from several rented spaces in the new building, saving agency operational costs. Gozdzialski said the building was constructed to meet or exceed the requirements for Gold Level certification, which is pending, of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating system. LEED is an international standard created to define green buildings by establishing a common measurement and promote integrated whole building design. Some of these energy innovations include a high-efficiency heating and cooling system using natural gas in an under-the-floor distribution system. The

building is built about 18 inches on risers from the concrete slab allowing room for the heating and cooling system, electronics and telecommunications. Most of the offices for the 73 staff will be open-air cubicles with some closed rooms for administrative staff. Three conference rooms, the largest seating 70, will be open to the public during and after hours. There has been a DNR presence in Spooner since 1913 when the fish hatchery was built. Through the years, the department has added programs and staff to meet the needs of regional citizens and visitors. Gozdzialski also commended and thanked the governor, Legislature and State Building Commission for their ongoing support. The $4.9 million cost to build the new

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp talked about protecting our natural resources for the children. She posed with Emma Byerly and Cordell Stone after giving a speech at the open house. The children were at the ceremony with their mother and baby sitter.

facility came from General Fund, Segregated Conservation Fund, and Segregated Environmental Fund. Building materials are mainly wood and quarry stone with a metal roof. An added attraction, when landscaping is completed, will be a rain garden or water runoff retention basins around the facility. The new 18,300 square-feet facility, designed by Berners Schober Associates Inc., Green Bay, and built by Jorgensen Construction, Coon Rapids, Minn., features the décor of the north in the lobby and customer service area, along with paneling harvested from a pine plantation behind the new building. — from WDNR

Participating in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new building were (L to R): Deb Benson, DNR employee; DNR Northern Region Director John Gozdzialski; Sen. Sheila Harsdorf; Rep. Nick Milroy; DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp; Rep. Roger Rivard; and Jessie Schalski, DNR employee.

The secured, open work area with cubicles replaces individual offices. The windows utilize passive solar heating and reduce the need for lights. — Photos by Larry Samson

Luck man faces domestic charges

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by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer MILLTOWN – An 18-year-old Luck man is facing several criminal charges after an incident that is alleged to have occurred on the afternoon of Sept. 18. According to the probable cause report filed with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Joseph Lobert, Luck, stands accused of battery and disorderly conduct after he allegedly assaulted his teen girlfriend at her Milltown home. Lobert reportedly got into a fight with the girl, and then kicked in her door, leaving it in shambles. It supposedly began when Lobert confronted her at a local park, and she walked home and locked the door, which Lobert is said to have kicked in, even with the victim ordering him to leave. The woman called 911, but Lobert broke in, grabbed her phone and hung up. Lobert is then alleged to have dragged the girl by her ankle into the other room and held her upside down from the air, then let her fall to the ground and told her to get back up. He then is alleged to have lifted her up

by the armpits, and when the emergency dispatch operator called back, Lobert answered and told the dispatcher it was just an accident that he had called. He then is alleged to have threatened her if she told anyone, and left. He then continued to call her from the library, and she told him to stop calling. The police responded to the incident and sought out Lobert, finding him in a car with his mother a short time later. Lobert insisted he was banging on the door and didn’t mean to kick it in. He also insisted that he has anger issues but is treating it with medication. He was also out on bond at the time, and the 911 dispatcher reportedly heard him threaten the victim, as well. Lobert appeared in court on Sept. 19 facing misdemeanor charges of battery and disorderly conduct. He was released on a $500 cash bond, with no-contact orders on the victim and others involved. His next court appearance is set for Nov. 9 before Judge Jeffrey Anderson.

Dave Stone of Balsam Lake took a turn at the pottery wheel at Baker’s Orchard near Centuria on Sunday morning, Sept. 23. - Photo submitted


A trip to the St. Croix

LUCK — Luck third-graders took a trip to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Monday, Sept. 17, learning about the river and the wildlife that lives in and around it. These are the stories written by three of the students. ••• On Sept. 17, 2012, I went to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The first thing we did was a program about wolves. The first thing we did was a project and the project was a wolf paw print. It was very fun. Then my friend Gavyn Ellefson and Ross Anderson, we held a wolf fur. Then we played this game called predator-prey. The way it worked is there were wolves and they wore red vests and they had to try to get the musk oxen, but they had to get past the musk oxen adults first. It was a very fun field trip. — by Brayden Eider

Third-grade students from Luck learned about the web of life on their trip to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Monday, Sept. 17. ••• On Sept. 17, 2012, we went on a field trip to the St. Croix River. We learned water safety rules, and we picked partners and went mucking in the river and caught lots of bugs. We also played a web of life game with a ball of string. After that we caught the bugs and put them in a bucket of water and looked at them, and after that we let them go back Ranger Caroline Stedman helps Luck third-graders draw critters up from the St. Croix in the river. I even caught a fish, too, River for identification. – Photos submitted and lots of bugs. Next we went to

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the visitors center and we did a scavenger hunt too. — by Ella Tretsven ••• In the scavenger hunt we looked for a wood duck, luna moth and a bluegill. Most of us found it. I think? The visitors center is a wood building. It is really nice inside. You should go there. You just can’t miss it! We also had a Junior Ranger ceremony. We got a badge and a certificate. — by Macy Johnson


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A real wolf pelt was examined by Luck third-graders last week as part of a field trip to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

Wyatt Jensen gets his Junior Ranger certificate and badge from Ranger Caroline Stedman at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

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Webster survives in wild win over SCF Eagles remain hot while Pirates slam Dragons Tuesday

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Webster 3, St. Croix Falls 2 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer WEBSTER – The Tigers volleyball team handed the Saints their second-straight conference loss at home on Tuesday, Sept. 25, during a wild five-game set that sided with Webster by scores of 25-20, 30-28, 2225, 24-26 and 15-8. “We had lots of trouble with coverage last night and it really hurt us,” said Saints coach Stacie Hoff. “We had 33 digging errors on the evening. We also had 24 hitting errors and 20 blocking errors. It is hard to win a match with that many errors.” On the positive side Hoff’s Saints totaled 47 kills with a dozen more blocks. “We also showed some signs of mental toughness as we were down 10-19 in the third game and came back to win 2522. We did not give up or fold in as we did the past few matches. I was proud of them for that,” Hoff said. The Tigers won the first two sets before the Saints came storming back to take the next two and send it to the fifth set, where the Tigers won handily, 15-8. Alex Holmstrom and Raelyn Tretsven each had a pile of kills on the night with 15 and 12, respectively. Kenna Gall also had seven kills, and Christina Weis had 27 assists as well as three serving aces along with Tretsven. Marissa Elliot led Webster with 14 digs and Jill Holmstrom had six, Tretsven had five and Ashley Dietmeier

Sydney Stellrecht tips the ball over for the Tigers. – Photo by Josh Johnson

Unity’s Emily Gross sends the ball over the net against the Vikings on Tuesday, Sept. 25. – Photo by Becky Amundson tallied four digs. Sydney Geisness led the Saints with 27 kills, seven blocks, 14 digs and three aces. Kierstyn Campbell had 10 kills, 13 digs and two aces. Natalie Sempf had five kills, 10 digs. Mariah Rohm had five kills, two solo blocks and five digs. Jesse Rademacher had a solo blocks, assisted block and a dig. Matti Gerlach had seven digs, two aces, and Emma Wondra had 33 assists, 13 digs and a pair of solo blocks. Unity 3, Frederic 0 FREDERIC – The Eagles volleyball team rallied over Frederic for another conference victory on Tuesday, Sept. 25, by scores of 25-18, 25-9 and 25-8. Frederic’s Paige Burton had two aces, and teammates Lara Harlander and Kendra Mossey each had a dig. Harlander had one kill, and Burton and Carly Gustafson each had one tip kill. Gustafson had three blocks and Harlander, Mossey and Lexi Domagala each had one block. “We started out a little slow but finished the night strong. We continue to serve well and are working well as a team – which is fantastic!” said Unity coach Jennifer DeLozier.

Wendy Roberts sneaks one over the net while Kylie Pewe, RuthAnn Pedersen, Arrika Davison and Sam Schwieger wait for a return from Siren’s Elizabeth Stanford and Mackenzie Smith. – Photo by Scott Hoffman

Grantsburg 3, Siren 0 GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg volleyball team came into Tuesday’s game ready to take care of business and came out with a dominating performance drop-

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••• PLATTEVILLE – Ryan Struck, a 2002 Siren graduate, son of Cary and Joel Struck, has been following his dreams of competing as a college athlete. Struck enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after the 9/11 attacks, and after serving eight years in the military, including two tours in Iraq, Struck set out for something more, including the pursuit of a college degree. Struck is currently attending UW-Platteville, where in 2010, he tried out for the football team, even though he had reservations about his age. He ended up making the JV/Scout team and was awarded MVP that year. But Struck’s true love was hockey, which he had been playing since the age of 7. In 2011, Struck played 14 of 18 games for the Pioneers hockey team. At 28, Struck is nicknamed Grandpa on the team but is an assistant captain of the hockey team for the 2012-13 season, and plays a significant leadership role for the team. The Pioneers hockey season begins this weekend, Sept. 28-29. – Marty Seeger with submitted information ••• WINONA, Minn. – Former Siren athlete Luke Bollant has been spending his fall as a college freshman with the Winona State Warriors men’s golf team. The Warriors are coming off a recent sixth-place tie at the Husky Classic held in St. Cloud, Minn. Bollant was part of a five-person team that finished with a final round score of 296. Bollant was right in the mix with teammates, shooting a first-round score of 81, and 76 on the second round. He tied for 57th overall among 92 golfers. The team will not be competing again until the NSIC fall championship set for Oct. 8-9. – with information from ••• LEADER LAND – The Grantsburg at Frederic homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 28, is being broadcast on 104.9 FM, beginning at 7 p.m. The New Richmond at Amery football game can be heard on 1260 AM beginning at 7 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 28. The Vikings at Lions NFL football game is on 104.9 FM on Sunday, Sept. 30, beginning at noon. The Saints at Packers game on Sunday, Sept. 30, begins at 3:25 p.m., on 105.7 FM. The Badgers at Nebraska college football game is on Saturday, Sept. 29, beginning at 7 p.m., on 1260 AM. ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete playing collegiate sports in 2012 who hasn’t been mentioned, send us an email or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger

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Pirates tame Tigers 27-7 Big homecoming win keeps Grantsburg in the hunt Grantsburg 27, Webster 7 by Scott Hoffman Leader sports writer GRANTSBURG – The Webster Tigers came into Grantsburg with high hopes of a win Friday, Sept. 21. But the Pirates squashed any chance of that with a big 20point second quarter that actually had a page out of the Webster playbook. Coming out of a prekickoff huddle, Lucas

Bryce Ryan makes a great catch for a first down. – Photo by Josh Johnson

Alex Spafford scores on a QB keeper from a yard out. – Photo by Josh Johnson

Willis booted a perfect onside kick that the Pirates recovered and never looked back. Webster kept driving for those next points but penalties and mistakes seemed to doom them drive after drive. Pirate head coach Adam Hale sounded pleased with the win. “I thought we came out much sharper on offense tonight and our offensive line did a better job in the run game. They opened up some nice holes and Bryce Ryan had a terrific night carrying the ball and really opened it up in the second quarter. Coach Watt and coach Moritz did a terrific job getting the offensive line ready to play. Webster did a nice job of controlling the tempo and sustaining long drives but I was proud of how our defense tightened up and didn’t allow them more than their first score. Coach Dickinsen made some nice adjustments and we came up with some big redzone stops,” said Hale.

Pirate Jake Wald hurtles through the homecoming banner. – Photo by Scott Hoffman Defensive leaders for Grantsburg were burg will have to shore up that area with Evan Ryan with 12 tackles and Adam the run-happy Frederic Vikings up next. Parker with 11 tackles and a sack. Web- Dillon Reeder led the Tigers on defense ster’s offense was led by Aaron Dietmeier, with 11 tackles followed by Dietmeier who had 163 yards on 22 attempts, aver- with 9.5. Webster will host Unity for aging a hefty 7.4 yards per carry. Grants- homecoming Friday, Sept. 28.

Luck powers past Winter Cardinals host Siren for homecoming game this Friday Luck 69, Winter 8 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer WINTER – It was another blowout victory for the Luck Cardinals as they made football look easy against Winter on Friday, Sept. 21, at Winter. The Cardinals scored 61 points in the first half before sending in the junior varsity squad, who scored once in the fourth quarter. Luck quarterback Trent Strapon led the Cardinals by completing four of five passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. Evan Armour caught one of those passes for a 65-yard touchdown and Karsten Petersen caught two passes for 34 yards. Pe-

The Luck Cardinals defeated Winter 69-8, with 61 points in the first half, during their game on Friday, Sept. 21. The Cardinals will be preparing this week to meet Siren for homecoming. – File photo by Marty Seeger

tersen also had two interceptions including one for a touchdown. Strapon caught an interception for a touchdown as well. Brodie Kunze rushed for 63 yards on five carries with two touchdowns and Strapon ran for 37 yards on two carries with two touchdowns. Jan Rozumalski kicked four field goals in the game out of eight tries and was blocked once. The Cardinals defense didn’t allow the Warriors much of a shot at the end zone as Armour led with six tackles and three assists, including 3.5 sacks for a total loss of 16 yards. He also had an interception for a return of 15 yards. Sophomore Trevor Dexter had three sacks for a loss of five yards and Strapon recorded one sack while Kyle Hunter assisted in one sack. Senior Eric Blaser also had five tackles and six assisted tackles. The Cardinals will be no doubt fire up for their homecoming game against Siren this Friday, Sept. 28, beginning at 7 p.m.

Comets surge ahead in win over Saints Saints face Shell Lake Friday Cameron 64, St. Croix Falls 0 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer CAMERON – It was another tough night for the Saints football team Friday,

Sept. 21, as they traveled to Cameron, who still remains undefeated on the season. Comets quarterback Zach St. Aubin completed five of six passes for 170 yards and threw three touchdowns as they went up 36-0 and never looked back. Joe Koenecke caught four of those passes for 159 yards and caught all three touchdown passes. The Comets also used several weapons on the ground with five players

totaling more than 20 yards’ rushing each and amassing 258 yards altogether on 40 carries. St. Aubin also rushed for three of the Comets nine total touchdowns. The Saints totaled just 30 yards of rushing with Hunter Fickbohm Hunter Fickbohm

carrying the ball five times for 20 yards. Still looking for their first win of the season, the Saints will be hosting Shell Lake this Friday, Sept. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. The Lakers are also winless this season.








Defense does it again for Vikings

Frederic and Unity clash for first time in 20 years Frederic 21, Unity 3 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The Eagles homecoming game was spoiled by the visiting Vikings during a blustery fall Saturday afternoon, Sept. 22. It was the first time the two football teams have met in 20 years, when both played in the Upper St. Croix Valley Conference. Frederic moved to 3-1 on the season and is a game closer to clinching a playoff spot at the midpoint of the season. With the exception of giving up 26 points in a disappointing loss to Cameron two weeks ago, the Vikings have been able to hold four other teams to a total of three points, which came against Unity on Saturday. “We weren’t real pleased with the way we played in the first quarter, but to see our kids come back and perform like they did in that third quarter, second half, that was pretty good,” said coach Ken Belanger. Neither team could move the ball in the first quarter but the Eagles came out firing at the start of the second quarter, with two key runs from Kyle Sorensen with an 18-yarder and another 14-yard pickup from Aaron Koshatka into Vikings territory to the 10-yard line. But that’s where the offense would stay, as the Vikings made a big defensive statement to allow the field goal, and the Eagles took a 3-0 lead. Frederic coughed the ball up at midfield in their next possession with just under eight minutes remaining in the first half, but the Vikings stopped the Eagles offense once again and forced the punt. The Vikings would hold possession of the ball for the remaining five minutes of the half and move the chains effectively with help from Peter Chenal, who had 109 yards rushing on 23 carries. Quarterback Jaryd Braden also connected with Ian Lexen on a 24-yard pass play across midfield and into Eagle territory. Irric Erickson also helped move the chains along with Adam Chenal, who had an 18-yard carry to the 12-yard line. With 2:42 to go and the Vikings facing fourth down, Eric Chenal lined up for a 29-yard field goal try that sailed right, and by halftime the Eagles still led 3-0. It was another slow start for the Vikings, who trailed 6-0 at the half against Webster a week earlier, leaving Belanger to wonder what’s going on. “We don’t know. I talked to the kids yesterday and told em, ‘come on, you gotta help me here!’ I just don’t know what it is. Why we can’t get off to a better start,” Belanger said. But the Vikings have been coming out stronger in the second half and did just that starting in the third quarter. The Vikings kicked off to start the second half and the defense forced the Eagles

The Frederic Vikings pile the defense on Unity quarterback Zac Johnson during Unity’s homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 22. – Photos by Marty Seeger to punt, giving good field position to the Vikings just inside the 50-yard line in Eagles territory. On the first play, Braden took it 24 yards to the Unity 22-yard line, and six plays later, Braden took it 5 yards for the score to put the Vikings up 6-3 for their first lead of the game with 8:30 to go in the third quarter. The Eagles next possession didn’t last much longer than their first possession of the second half and a 9-yard punt helped the Vikings start out on the Eagles 28-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Peter Chenal took it 28 yards for the score and suddenly the Vikings were in control 14-3. It wasn’t the second-half start Eagles coach Dave Anderson was looking for. “We had one rough quarter of football that cost us the game. Frederic was able to capitalize on our poor field position and turnovers in the third quarter, otherwise we played a very solid game,” said Anderson. The Vikings would get one more touchdown from a 2-yard run by Peter Chenal with seconds remaining in the third quarter to go up 21-3, and efforts in any sort of comeback fell short for the Eagles in the fourth quarter. The Eagles completed one 30-yard pass from Zach Johnson to Zac Baxter, but Peter Chenal intercepted a different pass on the very next play to stop the momentum. Unity caught a break moments later when they recovered a Vikings fumble with 8:30 remaining in the game, only to lose the ball again on another fumble with 7:11 to go. The Eagles were able to force Frederic to punt in their next possession and con-

nected on a 40-yard pass to Oliver Raboin, and another 27-yard completion to Sorensen to help get the Eagles to just five yards from the end zone. But a goal-line stand by the Vikings eventually ended any hopes of a comeback for Unity. It was another big win for the Vikings, who have yet another new test when they host Grantsburg for their homecoming game this Friday, Sept. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. “I think we’re playing pretty good defense but Grantsburg might be a new challenge because they whip the ball around more than most people, so that’ll be a little different challenge for us,” Belanger said. “But hope-

fully we get off to a better start Friday night and play well.” Along with Peter Chenal’s 109 yard’s rushing, Erickson rushed for 59 yards on five carries, Braden had 44 yards on 12 carries, and completed two of eight passes for 44 yards. Chris Schorn had the Vikings other catch for a 20-yard gain. For the Eagles, Sorensen had 40 yards on 18 carries and Johnson had 45 yards on 15 carries and completed seven of 11 passes for 96 yards and one interception. Koshatka had 34 yards on 17 carries. The Eagles travel to Webster this Friday, Sept. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. It is also Webster’s homecoming this week.

Frederic sophomore Irric Erickson finds room to run against the Eagles.

Siren football falls at Northwood Northwood/Solon Springs 67, Siren 30 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer MINONG – The Siren football team dropped their second straight game of the season during a conference game against Northwood/Solon Springs on Friday, Sept. 21. Northwood got out to a commanding 19-0 lead after the first quarter before both teams went into a scoring bonanza before the half. Siren put up 22 points in the second quarter but Northwood/Solon Springs responded with 28 of their own to take a 4722 halftime lead. “We have to as a team, figure out defensively what to do. We were down three starters due to injuries, but the backups are more than capable,” said Siren coach Bill Hoefler.

Offensively the Dragons are putting up some pretty impressive numbers, rushing for more than 300 yards on Friday. Reuben Mixsooke carried the ball 17 times for 101 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Jared Emery had 79 yards on 16 carries as well as two rushing touchdowns. He also connected on an 8-yard touchdown pass to Tristen Alden. Alden also carried the ball 11 times for 30 yards. John D’Jock rushed for 39 yards as well, but it’s the defense that is still hoping to find some answers.

LEFT: Siren’s Reuben Mixsooke carried the ball 17 times for 101 yards and one touchdown against Northwood/Solon Springs on Friday, Sept. 21. The Dragons will continue to work on their defensive before meeting up against the Cardinals on Friday, Sept. 28. – File photo by Marty Seeger

“As a team we rushed for over 300 yards, but we can’t trade touchdown for touchdown as we are a ground and pound team and not a big play type team. So when we get behind early, it is tough to catch up,” Hoefler said. “Northwood played a great game offensively with the triple option and we just couldn’t figure out how to stop (it).” Hoefler is still confident however, that he has the talent to step it up defensively, and they’ll get a chance to do just that against Luck in their next game. Luck has been putting up big numbers this season but has also shut down nearly every opponent to one touchdown or less. It’s also the Cardinals homecoming game this Friday, Sept. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. Siren will be looking to repeat from a game played last year at Luck, where the Dragons pulled out a triple-overtime victory.








Eagles come together in win over St. Croix Falls Pirate girls even up conference Unity 3, St. Croix Falls 0 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – After getting swept in three games to the Saints during their first conference game of the season the Unity volleyball team returned the favor on Thursday, Sept. 20, sweeping the Saints at home, 3-0, by scores of 25-22, 26-24 and 25-14. “I kind of thought it would be a battle for every game,” said Unity coach Jennifer DeLozier, whose team was behind 14-7 during the first game. The Eagles chipped their way back, however, thanks in part to only one serving error on the night. “My big thing is serving. You can’t afford to give good teams free points, so I stress that a lot,” DeLozier said. The second set was similar to the first of the night as St. Croix Falls controlled much of the game and held as much as a four-point lead late in the game at 19-15. But the Eagles climbed their way back into the game again, scoring six unanswered points to regain a 21-19 lead, and eventual win, in a close battle. The Eagles have been coming together lately and, as long as the team can remain as consistent as they played against the Saints, they could be a dangerous team as the season progresses. “We’re getting there. If we can just do it consistently. That’s the problem where one game you do really well and then the next game it drops off. It’s just being con-

The Unity Eagles cheering section helped give the volleyball team a boost during the Eagles win over St. Croix Falls on Thursday, Sept. 20. – Photo by Marty Seeger sistent all the time and having the confidence to just go up there and hit the ball and go after everything,” DeLozier said. Shauna Jorgensen led the Eagles with 11 kills while Sarah Bader had six and Emily Gross and Paige Lunsmann each had five. The team had 14 serving aces with Maddie Ramich leading that category with five. Jorgenson and Lunsmann each had three. Olivia Nelson led the Eagles with 12 digs and Carly Ince had five, while Ramich had three. Emily Gross had four blocks and Ramich also had two blocks, and led the team in assists with 20. Ince had five assists. Siren 3, Frederic 0 SIREN – The Siren volleyball team earned a sweep of the Frederic Vikings on Thursday, Sept. 20, by scores of 25-8, 2523 and 25-13. Siren libero Whitney

RuthAnn Pedersen of Grantsburg works against a solid Luck volleyball team on Thursday, Sept. 20. The Pirates swept Luck 3-0. – Photo by Greg Marsten

Paige Lunsmann kills the ball against the Saints. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Raven Emery gets a good hit on the ball against Frederic. – Photo by Mackenzie Erickson

Luck volleyball takes down D1 Superior

The Luck Cardinals volleyball team had a successful tournament weekend last Saturday, Sept. 22, in Superior during the Northwestern Invitational. The Cardinals defeated Drummond 25-9, 25-10; Washburn 25-18, 25-23; Northwestern 25-23, 25-9; and Superior in a best-of-threegame set, 23-25, 25-10 and 17-15. The Luck volleyball team is also planning their Dig Pink, 2012 campaign on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Luck High School. They’ll be selling T-shirts, wristbands and baked goods to help raise money for the Side-Out Foundation, an organization helping to create breast cancer awareness, education and patient services. People are encouraged to wear pink to show their support. – Photo submitted

Krogstad-Yambrick was consistent in the serving department as she totaled six aces on the evening. During the first set the Dragons trailed 3-4, but Krogstad-Yambrick served up 12 points in a row to put Siren up 16-3. “We came in, we were confident and knew we were going to be able to put the ball down and we did. I thought that our front row did a good job of placing the ball and making it difficult for them. And Back row they were passing the ball pretty well and they did it. They did a good job” said Siren coach Caryn Stanford. The Vikings nearly won the second set, but the Dragons forged ahead for the win. During the third game, Raven Emery had a strong streak in serves by extending Siren’s lead of four to 13 for the easy win. Liz Brown had six kills for the Dragons followed by Kyaisha Kettula with five, and Brittany Coulter, Lizzie Stanford, Mackenzie Smith and Emery each with three. Kettula led the team in assists with 12. Frederic’s Lara Harlander led the team with six digs, and in kills with two. McKenna Rognrud also had two kills, while Carly Gustafson had three tip kills and four blocks. Paige Burton had three blocks. Harlander had two aces and Kendra Mossey had one.

Grantsburg 3, Luck 0 LUCK – The Grantsburg Pirate girls volleyball squad evened up the West Lakeland Conference on Thursday, Sept. 20, at Luck, exacting a bit of revenge for the season-opening thumping they received by returning the favor with a three-set sweep, 25-19, 25-18 and 25-20. Luck had been undefeated in conference play until the loss, and the Pirates had just the one loss, that being the loss to the Cards in the season opener, two weeks ago. The first set was back and forth, and while the Cards played with the Pirates, Grantsburg’s defense was clearly in better sync, and refused to let any balls drop to the Luck floor. The Cards also had several unforced er-

rors and serve faults, while the Pirates had none and kept the Cardinals running by using the whole court on serves, pulling to a win, 25-19. Grantsburg led the whole way in the second set, and Luck had a hard time with returns once again, which Grantsburg capitalized on all night. The set ended with a 25-18 final. The final set started with Luck on top, until the eighth point, when Grantsburg came back and used their early momentum to dominate and roll to the win, 2520. “I was very proud of the sportsmanship, poise, intensity, hustle, effort, power, smarts, confidence, and class displayed by the Grantsburg Pirates. THAT’S the team I know and love. Oh, I adore them all regardless of how they play, but this is the way it can be done and it was very inspiring to watch them work together,” said Pirates coach Deb Allaman-Johnson. The Pirates had 10 aces and served 92percent on the night with Wendy Roberts leading with three aces. Both RuthAnn Pedersen and Grace Corbin were perfect from the line. Kylie Pewe led with 16 assists, while Roberts had seven and Ellie Corbin added four. Macy Hanson had 13 digs, Jen Schwieger had 12 and Jen Schwieger had 11, while Pewe had seven. “We blocked better this time around. RuthAnn had a solo block and two block assists. Sam had two solo blocks and a block assist. Wendy, Macy, and Kylie got in on a lot of the action, too. “The contest was the last time the two will meet this season, since the two teams are in different divisions, with the Pirates in Division 3 and Luck in Division 4, due to a smaller school size,” said AllamanJohnson. The conference title is on the line for both squads, and they might possibly be tied, if both teams can stay undefeated in conference play from here on. If Luck can stay on track in the West Lakeland play, it would mark the first time in decades Grantsburg might be challenged and be forced to share a conference title. – Greg Marsten








Pirates, Lady Saints dominate at Unity by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Unity High School hosted five teams for a cross-country meet on Thursday, Sept. 20, including Grantsburg, Shell Lake, Frederic, Webster and St. Croix Falls. Both the Grantsburg boys and St. Croix Falls girls came out on top. For the Saints girls, it was Sophie Klein who led the way with a time of 16:33. Autumn Erickson, Jordan Johnson and Madalyn Bollig finished in the top 10 with times of 17:52, 18:48 and 18:58, respectively. Allie Holmdahl had a time of 19:37, Joleen Gravelle finished with a time of 20:20 and Cassi Leach had a time of 21:51. This is the Saints girls fourth first-place finish of the season and the team continues to improve, according to coach Jennifer Clemins, even despite being down one runner. “Despite missing her usual solid second-place finish for the Lady Saints, the entire girls team all stepped it up a notch and dominated the field of 35 runners, Clemins said. “I was very proud of my girls. They really wanted to go out and win this one. Seeing them achieve a goal they set for themselves is always rewarding as a coach. They have their minds set on winning our home invite next week, and I’m positive they will succeed.” The Saints have a home invite this Thursday, Sept. 27, with the girls high school race starting at 4:45 p.m., and boy’s high school race at 5:15 p.m. The Saints boys were led by Henry Klein who took second place overall with a time of 7:20. Klein had a tough break by taking a wrong turn around one of the many flag markers on the course, but Clemins caught the mistake and forced Klein to turn around. Clemins said runners are disqualified if a coach or official catches the mistake and the athlete does-

The Saints girls cross-country team took their fourth first-place finish of the season at Unity on Thursday, Sept. 20. – Photo submitted The Grantsburg girls have also been best of the year. Emilie Pope had a standout performcoming around as the season winds down, including Kate Rod, who took third ance for the Tiger girls with a time of overall with a time of 17:47. The girls took 20:41. Pope has been running with a bit of pain in her foot but gutted it out for a solid second overall. “Kate Rod’s race on Thursday was phe- finish. “Although she can be a little negative, nomenal. She was determined to run a good race and it started right as the gun OK a lot at times, she blocked out the wet went off. She took the lead and was one of socks and sore foot and ran a nice race,” the front-runners the whole race,” Ward said. Emma Kelby led the Tigers with second Huskamp said. Taylor Byers took eighth overall with a place overall and a time of 16:43 and Kally time of 18:56, followed by Raelyn Schiller has been battling injury but still Pochman, 19:17, Whitney Oachs, 20:50, finished fourth overall with a time of 17:48. Elizabeth Freymiller also ran a perand Jaden Cook, 21:31. “Taylor Byers and Raelyn ran together sonal best time of 26:04. most of the race but Taylor has a little more experience running, came in about Unity/Luck boys take second 20 seconds faster than Raelyn. Both of Pirate boys take first Led by Colten Sorensen, the Unity/ The Grantsburg boys cross-country them had great races. Whitney Oachs has Luck boys took second overall. Sorensen team took first ahead of Unity/Luck, also been bringing her times down and I had a time of 18:08 and was eighth overall. Webster, St. Croix Falls and Shell Lake. am proud of her efforts. I anticipate her Amon O’Connor was 10th with a time of Jacob Ohnstad came in first place overall to be in the teens soon,” Huskamp said. 18:15, followed by Austin Baker, 18:27, Eli and two others, Richard Schneider and ErVosBenowski, 18:46, Jes Pedersen, 18:49, Webster takes third land Olson, were in the top 10 with times Matt Peterson, 18:52, and Roen Aronson, The Webster boys and girls teams fin- 20:24. of 17:33 and 17:53, respectively. Schneider was third overall and Olson was fifth. ished third overall at Unity on Thursday, The Unity/Luck girls were led by Emily Others finishing were Sean Handy with a Sept. 20. For the boys, three athletes im- Bethke with a time of 19:31 and 12th overtime of 18:51 and Taylor Olson with 19:12, proved on their times from the previous all. followed by Jeremiah Stevens with a time meet in Osceola including Billy Cooper, who finished with a time of 17:34. Nathan of 19:23. Frederic cross-country results Pirates coach Paul Huskamp was Gatten had a time of 22:31 and Sean MarFrederic’s lone boy runner, Devo Buckpleased with the results and the fact that tinez had a time of 24:01. walter, finished with a time of 24:36, while “It was fun to watch the battle for place- the girls top runner was Nicole Nelson his team is running as a pack like they have been fortunate enough to do in past ment between Grantsburg and Webster’s who finished seventh overall with a time top three,” said Webster coach Roy Ward, of 18:03. Tylyn O’Brien followed with a years. “We are running well together as a who picked Martinez as the boys athlete time of 23:21, Rachael Poirier, 23:21, and pack, just need to bring those times down of the meet, who he feels ran his personal Abigail Brightbill, 24:39. a little more,” Huskamp said, adding that Handy had one of his fastest career times last Thursday. “Who knows what kind of time he will end up with at the end of the season,” said Huskamp. n’t correct it. “Thankfully, I was in the exact area where he missed this flag and was able to yell out to him to come back and run around the correct flag,” Clemins said. “This cost Henry considerable ground having to come back and run around the correct flag, but doing so did not disqualify him. He still was able to surge back to the front of the entire crowd for that second-place finish, which is very impressive.” Along with Klein, Brendon Gearhart earned medalist honors with ninth place and a time of 18:14. The team was without one of their fourth runners in Rob Foss, who was out with illness.

Frederic’s Devo Buckwalter is the lone boy on teh Vikings roster this year. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Grantsburg and St. Croix Falls continue to battle for first this season.

Webster’s Elizabeth Freymiller paces along the track at Unity.

The Saints girls continue to run solid this season.

Grantsburg’s boys cross-country team are continuing their pack mentality this year.

Frederic’s Rachael Poirier and Tylyn O’Brien try to keep the Viking girls team on track.

Webster’s Cortland Summer pushes forward just ahead of Grantsburg’s Gus Johnson.

Pirate Kate Rod finished strong at Unity on Thursday, Sept. 20.








Pirate boys cross country takes second at Flambeau by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FLAMBEAU – The Grantsburg, Webster and Frederic/Luck cross-country teams got a taste of what the conference meet will look like after competing in Flambeau Tuesday, Sept. 25. The Pirate boys were the strongest finishers, taking second behind Chequamegon. Seven teams competed and Jacob Ohnstad came in first place overall with a time of 16:39. Richard Schneider was second overall with a time of 17:02. Erland Olson had a time of 17:39 and took seventh, followed by Sean Handy, 18:31, Taylor Olson, 18:32, Austin Handy, 18:32 and Jeremiah Stevens, 18:36.

Jacob Ohnstad

Sean Martinez

Webster’s boys took third overall. Billy Cooper was fifth overall and Matt Smith took 10th with times of 17:27 and 17:55, respectively. Andrew Schrooten had a time of 18:20, Dan Formanek finished with 20:18, Cortland Summer, 20:32, Nathan Gatten, 21:47, and Sean Martinez, 23:19. The Webster girls took fourth overall with Emma Kelby in fourth overall with a time of 16:56. Kally Schiller was seventh with a time of 17:30, Emilie Pope, 19:30, Pichamon Loha, 21:16, Elizabeth Freymiller, 25:45, and Tessa Schiller, 26:33. Frederic girls finished with Nicole Nelson in 21st place and a time of 18:00, Tylyn O’Brien, 22:20, and Abigail Brightbill, 23:31.

Unity/Luck tennis falls in regular season finale Baldwin-Woodville 7, Unity 0 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer CHETEK – The Unity/Luck tennis team closed out its regular season schedule on Thursday, Sept. 20, against BaldwinWoodville, who has been a powerhouse all season long in the Middle Border Con-

Tuesday volleyball/continued ping the Dragons 25-10 25-6 and 25-9 Kylie Pewe had a record16 aces and led the way with 14 assists on 35 attempts. It was a rough night for Siren, who was coming off a successful win over Frederic less than a week earlier. “We didn’t show up to play. Apparently we couldn’t play volleyball tonight, but give it Grantsburg. They played hard and

ference. The Eagles finish the regular season at 2-5 in the conference and 6-10 overall. “Everyone played their hardest and best tennis, yet unfortunately BaldwinWoodville was able to place the ball better than us today,” said coach Beth Fogarty. At No. 1 singles Anna Ebensperger

drew a tough opponent in Haylie Noha, who is undefeated on the season. Ebensperger lost but Fogarty said it a beautiful match. Sierra Thomfohrda took the loss at No. 2 singles, and Kelsy Johnson and Cass Hanson were defeated at the No. 3, and No. 4 singles matches. At No. 1 doubles Tess Anderson and Leslie Peterson each lost their match and

No. 2 doubles Emily Ferguson and Esther O’Connor were defeated in two sets. No. 3 doubles players Beth Johnson and Destinie Kobs lost in two sets as well. Despite the tough loss Fogarty is still pleased with the progress of her team leading up to the playoffs. “I’m extremely proud of our team’s growth this year,” she said.

they played well when we gave them easy shots to put down,” Stanford said. Allaman-Johnson meanwhile, has been seeing her Pirates come together over the past couple of weeks. “Siren is a much better team than the scores reflect. They have some very good athletes. Their offense is tough and their blocking is good. They simply weren’t able to get into a rhythm tonight as our serving was tilting toward the “blistering” category. Serving was the name of the

game,” said Deb Allaman-Johnson. The Pirates had just three errors on the night and Wendy Roberts, Jen Schwieger, Somer Rikkola, Sam Schwieger, Grace Corbin and Macy Hanson had zero errors from the service line. On defense Allaman-Johnson was pleased with the performance of Arrika Davison as well as Jen Schwieger, who led with 13 digs. RuthAnn Pedersen led in the blocking department. Sam Schwieger led the Pirates with 12

kills, Pedersen had nine and Stacey had eight kills and no errors in only two sets of playing time. “Everyone on this varsity team always contributes to the success because they practice hard and push each other. Tonight, everyone had the opportunity to contribute on the court, and I was very pleased with their effort,” said AllamanJohnson on her blog, which can be found on the Grantsburg schools Web site at


Monday Afternoon Retired Standings: Vultures 6-2, Bears 6-2, Badgers 6-2, Swans 4-4, Eagles 4-4, Night Hawks 4-4, Hummingbirds 2-6. Men’s games (Handicap): Alvin Tyler 226, Tom Johnson 219, Dick Coen 213. Men’s series (Handicap): Tom Johnson 606, Dick Coen 591, Gene Pouti 578. Women’s games (Handicap): Barbara Austad 250, Sandy Bannie 211, Jackie Giller 205. Womens’s series (Handicap): Barbara Austad 650, Mary Young 577, Betty Anderson 555. Team games (Handicap): Badgers 799, Night Hawks 748, Bears 740. Team series (Handicap): Badgers 2195, Night Hawks 2154, Vultures and Hummingbirds 2104. Tuesday Classic Standings: Great Northern Outdoors 23, Pioneer Bar 23, Bottle Shop 19, Yellow Lake Lodge 18.5, House of Wood 18, Northern Home & Improvement 15.5. Individual games: Chris Thompson 245, Gene Ackland 230, Ed Bitler 227. Individual series: Chris Thompson 639, Ed Bitler 623, Gene Ackland 599. Team games: Bottle Shop 623, Great Northern Outdoors 588, Bottle Shop 570. Team series: Yellow Lake Lodge 1726, Great Northern Outdoors 1658, Bottle Shop 1590. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Gene Ackland 6x = 230. Splits converted: 4-5: Gene Ackland. Wednesday Night Early Standings: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 9, Lewis Silo 8, Lakes Services Unlimited 7, Skol Bar 6, Cummings Lumber 6, Larsen Auto Center 5, Stotz & Co. 4, Pioneer Bar 3. Individual games: Don Swanson (CL) 230, Curtis Renfroe (SB) 228, Lydell Larson (CL) 225. Individual series: Curtis Renfroe (SB) 660, Don Swanson (CL) 620, Kelsey Bazey (DQM) 584. Team games: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 958, Lewis Silo 910, Stotz & Co. 867. Team series: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 2568, Cummings Lumber 2563, Lewis Silo 2540. Thursday Early Standings: Red Iron Studios 26, Fab Four 23, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 22, American Family Siren 21, Hell Raisers 21, Wikstrom Construction 16, Kinetico 16, Grindell Law Offices 11. Individual games: Ed Bitler (RIS) 276, Mark Bohn (FF) 244, Dave Hall (HR) 220. Individual series: Ed Bitler (RIS) 673,

Nick Skow (DQM) 575, Don McKinney (FF) 561. Team games: Fab Four 601, Red Iron Studios 600, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 543. Team series: Red Iron Studios 1593, Fab Four 1574, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 1516. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Ed Bitler 6x = 276, 6x = 218; Nick Skow 5x = 219; Mark Bohn 5x = 244. Games 50 pins or more above average: Ed Bitler 276 (+99); Derek Ayd 190 (+59); Mark Bohn 244 (+87); Dave Hall 220 (+60). Series 100 or more above average: Ed Bitler 673 (+142). Splits converted: 3-10: Gilbert Meyer. 36-7-10: Dan Carlson. Friday Night Ladies Standing: Pin Heads 18.5, Frederic Design 16, SKM 11.5, Junque Art 10, Leader 7. Individual games: Gail Linke 202, Margie Traun 192, Judy Mravik 181. Individual series: Gail Linke 542, Margie Traun 513, Karen Carlson 506. Team games: Pin Heads 604, Junque Art 583, SKM 571. Team series: Pin Heads 1721, SKM 1686, Junque Art 1673. Games 50 or more above average: Margie Traun and Austin Otis. Splits converted: 5-10, Edla Meyer and Pat Bresina.

McKenzie Lanes

Monday Night Ladies Standings: Metal Products 26, Milltown Appliance 23, McKenzie Lanes 23, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 19, Edina Divas 19, Alyeska Contracting 17, Bye 9, Frederic Truck & Tractor 0. Individual games: Jane Smith 240, Shirley Wilson 201, Kelley Hill 195. Individual series: Jane Smith 584, Toni Sloper 544, Shirley Wilson 519. Team games (Handicap): Metal Products 836. Team series (Handicap): Metal Products 2398. Monday Night Madness Standings: Alleycats 10, Mishaps 9, Eagle Lounge 9, Bon Ton 4. Individual games: Barbara Benson 170, Debbie Swanson 169, Judy Maier 167. Individual series: Barbara Benson 476, Debbie Swanson 435, Lois Murphy 406. Team games (Handicap): Bon Ton 611, Alleycats 597. Team series (Handicap): Alleycats 1758, Bon Ton 1755. Tuesday Women’s Standings: Kindred Spirits 40, Kassel Tap 37, Tomlinson Insurance 33, Custom Out-

fitter 27, Country Gals 23, Hauge Dental 20, Gutter Dusters 14, LC’s Gals 10. Individual games: Mary Sue Morris 195, Linda Goulet 195, Jane Smith 188. Individual series: Mary Sue Morris 540, Jane Smith 523, Lonnie Stowell & Lois Swenson 499. Team games (Handicap): Tomlinson Insurance 827, Kindred Spirits 817, Custom Outfitter 809. Team series (Handicap): Tomlinson Insurance 2435, Kindred Spirits 2388, Custom Outfitter 2355. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: McKenzie Lanes 50, Centurview Park 50, Dream Lawn 42.5, Hack’s Pub 39, The Dugout 38.5, Nel-Lo-Hill Farm 36.5, The Cobbler Shop 35, Steve’s Appliance 28.5. Individual games: Ken Willams 269, Jim Harder 258, Gene Braund 251. Individual series: Rick Fox 696, Ryan Wiemer 680, Darren McKenzie 678. Team games (Handicap): McKenzie Lanes 1243. Team series (Handicap): McKenzie Lanes 3580. Wednesday Early League Standings: Cutting Edge 8, Balsam Branch Transport 8, Dalles Houe 6, Gerhman Auto Body 6, Suzie Q’s 2, Bye 2, Holiday StationStore 0, Amrhien Painting 0. Men’s games: Jim Harder 229, Mark Anderson 223, Jeff Lehmann 214. Men’s series: Mark Anderson 630, Merlin Fox 550, Jeff Lehmann & John Gehrman 538. Women’s games: Brenda Lehmann 191, Justine Melin 190, Jeanne Kizer 169. Women’s series: Jeanne Kizer 500, Janice Fox 490, Brenda Lehmann 464. Team games (Handicap): Dalles House 665. Team series (Handicap): Dalles House 1851.

Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Dalles Electricians 18, McKenzie Lanes 16, Harvest Moon 14, Davy’s Construction 14, Tiger Express 12, Hanjo Farms 10, Reed’s Marina 8, Edina Realty 4. Individual games: Mike Elwood 279, Rick Antonson 269, Gene Swenson & Gene Braund 242. Individual series: Gordy Johnson 673, Gene Braund 669, Rick Antonson 664. Team games (Handicap): Harvest Moon 1140, Dalles Electricians 1005. Team series (Handicap): Harvest Moon 2971, Dalles Electricians 2879. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Hauge Dental 39, Central Bank 36, Bont Chriopractic 32, KJ’s 31.5, Cutting Edge Pro 27, Hack’s Pub 27, Eagle Valley Bank 27, Truhlsen Chiropractic 20.5. Individual games: Lonnie Stowell 225, Carrie Schultz 198, Darla Bang 194. Individual series: Lonnie Stowell 589, Carrie Schultz 545, Jackie Patterson 517. Team games (Handicap): Hauge Dental 813. Team series (Handicap): Bont Chiropractic 2286. Saturday Night Mixed Standings: B&K Cousins 10.5, T-Dawgs 9, The In-Laws 9, The Bald & The Beautiful 9, Roller Coasters 8, Cutting Edge Pro Shop 8, Eureka Bombers 8, D.I.F.F. 6.5. Men’s games: Darren McKenzie 214, Roger Fisk 212, Gene Braund 210. Men’s series: Darren McKenzie 609, Roger Fisk 576, Gene Braund 556. Women’s games: Jan Kruse 210, Toni Sloper 171, Linda Katzmark 169. Women’s series: Toni Sloper 496, Jan Kruse 471, Kathy Braund 454. Team games (Handicap): B&K Cousins 942, T-Dawgs 929, Cutting Edge Pro Shop 922. Team series (Handicap): T-Dawgs 2624, The In-Laws 2620, Roller Coasters 2614.

Black & Orange

Early Birds Standings: Yellow River Saloon 7-1, Gandy Dancer Saloon 6-2, Black & Orange 2-6, The Tap 1-7. Individual games: Lorene Breingan (GD) 162, Donna Crain (B&O) 158, Rita Tesch (YRS) 154. Individual series: Donna Crain (B&O) 457, Lynn Toivola (T) 431, Rita Tesch (YRS) 429. Team games: Yellow River Saloon 881, The Tap 823, Gandy Dancer Saloon 806. Team series: Yellow River Saloon 2603, The Tap 2403, Gandy Dancer Saloon 2315.

TNT Standings: Larry’s LP 9-3, Cashco 7-5, Flower Power 7-5, Homestead Cafe 1-11. Individual games: Jennifer Kern (L) 188, Sue Eytcheson (FP) 181, Connie Lundeen (L) 178. Individual series: Jennifer Kern (L) 531, Becky Reynolds (L) 481, Sue Eytcheson (FP) 467. Team games: Cashco 926, Larry’s LP 893, Flower Power 859. Team series: Cashco 2599, Larry’s LP 2565, Flower Power 2480. Splits converted: 6-7: Becky Reynolds. Monday Night Men’s Standings: Player Motorsports 5-3, Ed’s Logging 4-4, Larry’s LP 4-4, Black & Orange 3-5. Individual games: Dean Eytcheson (EL) 200, Bryan Mintz (B&O) 191, Art Bliven (L) 179. Individual series: Dean Eytcheson (EL) 521, Bryan Mintz (B&O) 517, Art Bliven (L) 499. Team games: Ed’s Logging 964, Larry’s LP 930, Player Motorsports 909. Team series: Ed’s Logging 2702, Larry’s LP 2701, Player Motorsports 2683. Games 50 or more above average: Bryan Mintz 191 (+64). Series 100 or more above average: Bryan Mintz 517 (+136). Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Black & Orange 7-1, Cashco 6-2, Lions 4-4, Pheasant Inn 4-4, Zia Louisa’s 3-5, Vacant 0-8. Individual games: Tony Wilson (B&O) 215, Art Bliven (L) 209, Gene Ackland (ZL) 204. Individual series: Tony Wilson (B&O) 561, Art Bliven (L) 545, Boots (B&O) 530. Team games: Lions 917, Zia Louisa’s 909, Black & Orange 907. Team series: Black & Orange 2675, Cashco 2625, Lions 2608. Splits converted: 6-7: Jack Witzany. Early Risers Standings: Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 8-4, 10th Hole 6-6, Black & Orange 57, Gandy Dancer 5-7. Individual games: Carol Phelps (B&O) 187, Pam Dildine (10th) 180, Donna Crain (GD) 156. Individual series: Pam Dildine (10th) 487, Carol Phelps (B&O) 424, Lylah Nelson (B&O) 403. Team games: Black & Orange 720, 10th Hole 677, Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 664. Team series: 10th Hole 1949, Black & Orange 1944, Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 1941. Games 50 or more above average: Carol Phelps 187 (+61).




Close call There was little doubt that the second time around, Grantsburg volleyball coach Deb Allaman-Johnson would rally her troops and avenge her squad’s stunning loss to an up start Luck Cardinals in the opening round of conference THE SPORTS volleyball action. Is it possible that Pete Johnson (baseball) and Deb Allaman-Johnson (volleyball) will go down in history as Leader Land’s most successful husband/wife varsity coaching tandem of all time?

John Ryan


Parallels and contrasts for local NFL fans Leader Land fans of the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers shared much in common during week three of NFL action. For Viking fans, it was a homecoming of sorts for the great Randy Moss who scored the majority of his 154 career touchdowns (second all time to Jerry Rice) while wearing Minnesota purple and gold while leading the Vikes to a handful of division crowns and two NFC championship games. Sunday, of




course, Moss was wearing the colors of the San Francisco 49ers. While zealous Viking fans were certainly hoping the Vikes would prevail in Sunday’s contest, they still have a fondness and special place in their hearts for Moss and were hoping Randy might rack up big numbers, albeit in a 49ers losing cause. But, alas, the future hall-of-famer had a lackluster performance, and the Vikings won by a comfortable 24-13 margin. The next night, out in Seattle on the big stage that is known as Monday Night Football, many Packer fans were similarly conflicted as they watched Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson lead his team to an exciting last-second 14-12 win with a 29-yard TD pass as time expired. Wilson, of course, earned a place in Cheesehead hearts when he led the University of Wisconsin gridders to a Big Ten title and Rose Bowl appearance last year. So needless to say, many Pack fans were hoping Wilson would do well in a losing cause. But in the end, Packers fans ignored Wilson’s stellar performance and instead were hanging their heads Tuesday morning after their squad’s gut-wrenching, last-second loss. Twelve hours after Wilson’s heroics, Vikings and Packers fans found themselves on rare common ground after seeing their favorite teams victimized by replacement officials during week three of NFL action. At the Metrodome on Sunday, it


seemed that the replacement zebras were on a mission to find a way to award the victory to the visiting 49ers as they made a series of inexplicable calls and decisions late in the game. Yet somehow, the Vikings were able to prevail despite the arguably scandalous performance by the men in stripes. Monday night, the Packers weren’t so lucky. Television replays seemed to indicate that the officials botched the call on the aforementioned last-second Seahawks’ victory, which many Cheeseheads claim should have instead been ruled an interception. Today, we are seeing victimized Viking and Packers fans joining hands in brotherhood, with both sides agreeing that the replacement officials must go. The difference is that Vikings fans saw their team play four quarters of solid football on Sunday, while Green Bay played only two the following evening. Had the Packers played four good quarters on Monday night, not even the inept replacement officials could’ve stolen the game from them. Ex rivals join hands on successful bear hunt Back in the early 1990s, Lewis native Brock Brunberg was en route to stardom as a 1,000-point scorer for the Frederic High School basketball team while also establishing a stellar baseball career at FHS. About the same time, Brenin Stevens was emerging from the oak sa-

vannahs of the sparsely settled Pleasant Prairie region southwest of Grantsburg on his way to a successful stint as a varsity golfer and hard-nosed football player for the GHS Pirates. Back in those days, Frederic and Grantsburg were bitter sports rivals in the now-defunct Upper St. Croix Valley Conference, although the paths of Brock and Brenin did not knowingly cross during their prep careers. Nearly two weeks ago, and 20 years after their high school sports careers ended, Stevens and Brunberg coincidentally shed the yoke of old interscholastic animosity and joined forces among an eclectic group of experienced houndsmen and novices in pursuit of the cunning and elusive black bear. When the exciting Friday morning chase culminated deep in the dark and dank reaches of the nearly impenetrable Kohler-Peet swamp, veteran hunter and fisherman Stevens had scored on the first bear of his otherwise-long and successful hunting career. In the end, former rivals Brunberg and Stevens were part of the tireless hunting team, which took three hours to drag the 318-pound beast (field dressed) from the swampy quagmire of the dismal swamp. Stevens later referred to his successful bear hunt as one of the most intense interludes he has experienced in his life. John Ryan may be reached at

All-tournament team honors LEFT: Several area volleyball players were named to the all-tournament team during an invite held at Osceola High School on Saturday, Sept. 15. Luck took first place and Clayton was second. Pictured front row (L to R): Abby Bird, Boyceville; Alexis Boissy, Osceola; Sam Fall, Clayton; and Marissa Lee, Clayton. Back row: McKinzie Burke, Osceola; Kysa Franseen, Boyceville; Bella Nelson, Luck; Sydney Geisness, St. Croix Falls; Shauna Jorgenson, Unity; and Sarah Bader, Unity. – Photo submitted

LEADER SPORTS SCOREBOARD VOLLEYBALL Team Grantsburg Pirates Luck Cardinals Unity Eagles St. Croix Falls Saints Webster Tigers Siren Dragons Frederic Vikings

READ LEADER SPORTS! READ LEADER SPORTS! The man they call “the poet laureate of prognostication” finally traded his stagnant 5-2 performances for a more-robust 6-1 mark last week. The B-plus performance raised his seasonal mark to 26-9, or 74 percent. His only miss was the Frederic-Unity game. This week’s games:



Unity 20, Webster 19 – Both have problems scoring, that is very much true. It’s a one-point win for the boys wearing “U.”

St. Croix Falls 14, Shell Lake 12 – How far the mighty have fallen this year. In this game, the winner is by no means clear. Clayton 40, Clear Lake 14 – The Bears prevail in an easy decision. And they don’t even have a player named Leschisin. Cameron 42, Flambeau 14 – An easy win for Cameron. Luck 55, Siren 12 – “Luck will win,” he said with a grin. New Richmond 24, Amery 7 – No reason the Tigers shouldn’t win by more. But the Warriors will hold them to 24. Frederic 25, Grantsburg 17 – SCF, Unity and Webster have gone down. And so will the Pirates when they visit Frederic town. The Swami answers all e-mails and can be reached at



Conf. 7-1 6-1 5-3 4-3 3-4 2-6 0-8

Overall 7-1 15-4 8-7 8-11 4-4 2-6 0-8

Scores Thursday, September 20 Grantsburg 3, Luck 0 Siren 3, Frederic 0 Unity 3, St. Croix Falls 0 Saturday, September 22 Luck 2, Drummond 0 Luck 2, Washburn 0 Luck 2, Superior 1 Monday, September 24 St. Croix Falls 2, North Crawford 0 Tuesday, September 25 St. Croix Falls 2, Onalaska 0 Unity 3, Frederic 0 Grantsburg 3, Siren 0 Webster 3, St. Croix Falls 2 Upcoming Thursday, September 27 7:30 p.m. Siren at Luck Frederic at St. Croix Falls Webster at Unity Saturday, September 29 9 a.m. Amery Tournament (Siren, Webster, St. Croix Falls, Frederic) Grantsburg at New Richmond Tournament Tuesday, October 2 7:30 p.m. Frederic at Luck Grantsburg at St. Croix Falls Siren at Webster Thursday, October 4 7:30 p.m. Webster at Frederic Unity at Grantsburg St. Croix Falls at Luck


Team Unity/Luck


Overall 4-9

Scores Thursday, September 20 Baldwin-Woodville 7, Unity/Luck 0 Upcoming Monday, October 1 9:30 a.m. Unity/Luck at Osceola Subsectional Wednesday, October 3 10 a.m. Unity/Luck at Aquinas Sectional

Upcoming Thursday, September 27 St. Croix Falls Invitational 4 p.m. (Frederic, Grantsburg, Unity/Luck, Webster) Tuesday, October 2 4 p.m. Amery Meet (Frederic, Grantsburg, Webster, St. Croix Falls Unity/Luck)


Upcoming Thursday, September 27 9 a.m. Regional meet at Osceola (Luck/Unity, St. Croix Falls) Tuesday, October 2 9 a.m. Sectional meet at Hayward


Lakeland - North Standings Team Conf. Cameron Comets 4-0 Grantsburg Pirates 3-1 Frederic Vikings 3-1 Flambeau Falcons 3-1 Unity Eagles 2-2 Webster Tigers 1-3 Shell Lake Lakers 0-4 St. Croix Falls Saints 0-4 Lakeland - 8-Man Standings Team Conf. Prairie Farm Panthers 4-0 Luck Cardinals 4-0 Bruce Red Raiders 2-2 Northwood/Solon Springs 2-2 New Auburn Trojans 2-2 Siren Dragons 1-2 Winter Warriors 0-4 Birchwood Bobcats 0-3 Scores Friday, September 21 Luck 69, Winter 8 Cameron 64, St. Croix Falls 0 Grantsburg 27, Webster 7 Northwood 67, Siren 30 Bruce 74, Birchwood 30 Prairie Farm 56, New Auburn 28 Flambeau 53, Shell Lake 21 Saturday, September 22 Frederic 21, Unity 3 Upcoming Friday, September 28 7 p.m. Grantsburg at Frederic Siren at Luck Shell Lake at St. Croix Falls Unity at Webster Winter at New Auburn

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




Anglers battle weather, big sturgeon on Yellow Lake

King buck denied

60-1/8 inches. Doug Peterson and Todd Bottolfson were in the same boat, and the anglers split the cash prize of $1,000. “You’ve got to pull rods, you’ve got to pull anchors, because those dang fish will wrap around an anchor and snap you off. They’re so smart,” said Rick Melby, who by Marty Seeger helps organize the event each year. BotLeader staff writer tolfson has actually won second place for WEBSTER – A likely state record sturthe past two years, but this was the first geon is still swimming safely somewhere year second and third place were also in Yellow Lake near Webster after about 30 awarded cash prizes. Bottolfson and other anglers convened for a sturgeon tournaanglers were forced to fish in some pretty ment held there on Saturday, Sept. 22. The crazy weather, which forced some anglers fourth-annual event has become a yearly to stay home. tradition for many anglers, and this year “They fought it in the roughest weather was no different. Yet earlier this month, a I’ve ever seen. Whitecaps were coming potential record was hooked and released over our boats. It was cool,” Melby added. The infamous G3, the shorter tine near the center of this photo of the Johnny King buck, back into Yellow Lake that measured 88 One boat with a couple who just started was ruled by the Boone and Crockett Club panel as an abnormal point recently in Missoula, inches and may have weighed 200 pounds dating, hauled in 10 different sturgeon, Mont. – file photo by Marty Seeger or more. The fish was accidentally with the woman catching three fish over snagged and wouldn’t have qualified for a the buck would still measure 217-5/8 50 inches. All fish are required to be rerecord anyway, but just knowing the fish inches. If it had been scored as a typical, leased during the tournament even is still out there generated quite a bit of exas so many had hoped, the deer would though anyone with a sturgeon tag can citement among many anglers. Jon Procai, have shattered the world record as well as keep one if it measures over 60 inches. of Danbury, reeled in the Wisconsin state the current Wisconsin all-time typical JorMelby is just excited that everyone had a record hook-and-line lake sturgeon on Yeldan buck shot by James Jordan in Burnett great time, and he can’t wait until next low Lake in Burnett County in 1979. The County in 1914. The Jordan buck scores year’s tournament. He plans to head out by Marty Seeger fish measured 79 inches with an official 206-1/8. again this weekend to do more sturgeon Leader staff writer weight of 170 pounds. The ruling appears to be final, and fishing. The hook-and-line season ends, MISSOULA, Mont. – The controversial Anglers boated 33 sturgeon Saturday, Cousins told the Leader in an article Sunday, Sept. 30. 12-point buck shot by Johnny King in and the winning fish was caught by “It went really good. Every fish we took Grant County in 2006 was ruled by a panel printed two weeks ago that “whatever deBrodie Larson of Star Prairie. It was Larcision the panel comes up with, I will reoff swam away beautiful,” Melby said. of Boone and Crockett scorers at the club’s son’s first-ever sturgeon, which measured spect and call it final.” The controversy headquarters in Missoula, Mont., last will likely live on for quite some time. weekend, but it won’t be considered the Cousins was one of three official B&C new world record as many, including scorers fired for speaking out against the Craig Cousins of Luck, had hoped it might initial ruling of the King buck and the way be. it had been mishandled by B&C. Cousins The B&C panel measured the buck at produced a video and sent it to B&C ex180 inches, a far cry from the current plaining, with their own scoring manual, world record typical white-tailed buck how the buck should be scored. The video shot by Milo Hanson that measures 213was instrumental in getting the B&C to 5/8 inches. B&C issued a statement saygive the rack a panel score. ing that the controversial G3 tine on the Deer and Deer Hunting Magazine, who right main beam, “arises from the inside first broke the story, is standing its ground edge of the top of the main beam, and also and continues to question whether the arises partially from the base of an adjoinKing buck was treated fairly, while Field ing point, thus establishing it as an abnor& Stream seems to be taking the other side mal point.” and questions whether it should have They went on to say that at least two of been panel scored in the first place. the tines needed to be classified as abnorCousins’ video, in its entirety, can be mal points, thus, adding several deducA 60-inch sturgeon was the winning fish at a recent tournament held on Yellow Lake near tions to the score. If scored as a nontypical, viewed on Webster. – Photo submitted

No records caught, but several anglers end day on a smile

B&C panel rules tine on right antler to be abnormal

Sturgeon on the St. Croix Catch highlights success of DNR’s management of area sturgeon fishery by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – After five years of trying for a legal-sized sturgeon, David Gericke finally landed a legal one on Sunday, Sept. 16. He was fishing between the St. Croix Falls bridge and the dam on the St. Croix River during the evening, and around 5:30 p.m., landed the fish, which took him about 45 minutes to reel in. “I’ve been looking for this fish for many years and finally caught one,” said Gericke, who has landed several sturgeon over the past five years measuring 18 to 59 inches, but it wasn’t until last weekend that he was able to get a legal fish, which measured 61.05 inches and weighed 35.50 pounds. In order to better protect the

species, and to keep sturgeon numbers strong, the DNR enacted a 60-inch size limit in 2007, and it appears to be working. Gericke said this is the first legal sturgeon to be registered in Polk County in at least 10 years, and that National Park Service rangers were on the river at the time he caught it and said it was the first legal sturgeon they had seen in 17 years. “I think we should contribute the size of the sturgeon to the continued land and water management from the Wisconsin/Minnesota DNR and the National Park Service,” Gericke said. “It is my hope fish like this will be continued to be caught in the future and promote both tourism and land water management in Polk County.” While Gericke said he probably won’t keep another sturgeon in the future, he did say he has already had his first taste after grilling a couple of the sturgeon steaks on the grill last Sunday, Sept. 23. He said it’s a firm fish, sort of like eating something from the ocean, such as shark. “Somebody that hadn’t eaten one before

would probably think they’re eating some type of land animal. It’s that firm,” he said. The hook-and-line sturgeon season is open from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30 on select waters throughout the state, including Yellow Lake, Little Yellow Lake, Danbury Flowage and the Yellow River from Yellow Lake downstream to the Danbury dam in Burnett County. Those who want to keep a sturgeon must purchase a hook-and-line sturgeonfishing tag at a cost of $20 for residents and $50 for nonresidents. A tag is not required to fish sturgeon by hook and line between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30, but anyone wanting to keep one is required to have a tag before they go.

A 60-inch sturgeon caught by David Gericke on the St. Croix River highlights successful management by Wisconsin and Minnesota DNR agencies, as well as efforts by the National Park Service. The fish is the first to be registered in many years from the St. Croix River. – Photo submitted


Polk County shepherds at state fair

POLK COUNTY – Polk County youth exhibitors in the sheep program at the Wisconsin State Fair, Aug. 6-9, did an outstanding job of representing the county. Polk County had more pens for lambs than any other county in Wisconsin. Their educational display included pictures of the exhibitors, information on various breeds of sheep, and the Baa Booth, an educational area where people could ask questions about sheep - and they did - anything from, “Why do sheep wear the jackets?” (to keep them clean), to “What is the difference between a sheep and a goat?” The display was coordinated by Emily Petzel and Haley Yunker this year. Polk County ranked first in Educational Display in the state. The individual sheep exhibitors made their mark on the statewide competition as well. Emily Petzel, Centuria, daughter of Mark and Debbie Petzel, was the only shepherd from Polk County in open class. Petzel’s open show honors included reserve junior champion Shropshire, Chairman’s Award for Educational Exhibits, and Shepherds Award for herdsmanship. During the junior show her honors included grand champion and reserve champion Shropshire bred and owned ewes, and champion Shropshire ram. Showmanship ranking for Petzel in the 18-year-old division was third. She ranked in the top 10 in the Premier Exhibitor program. Haley Yunker, St. Croix Falls, daughter of Jay and Tara Yunker, won reserve grand champion fall Southdown ram, reserve grand champion bred and owned Southdown ram, grand champion any other breed-Lincoln ewe, reserve grand champion AOB-Lincoln ewe, grand champion bred and owned and reserve champion bred and owned AOB-Lincoln ewes. Yunker ranked ninth in showmanship in the 17-year-old division. She ranked in the top 10 in the Premier Exhibitor program. Yunker also received a $500 scholarship at the Governor’s Red White and Blue Livestock Auction at the state fair. Mitchell Johnston, Milltown, son of Brian and Denise Johnston, won reserve grand champion bred and owned Suffolk ram, which was his big highlight. He placed 10th in skillathon, fifth in quiz, 19th in industry interview in the Premier Exhibitor program. “This has been my best year yet for breeding classes. Next

Polk County sheep exhibitors at the Wisconsin State Fair included, front row: Alex Wirth, Heather Wirth, RaeAnna Johnston, Kaitlyn Filkins, Nicole Dittbrenner and Jena Alling. Back: Jenelle Larsen, Emily Petzel, Haley Yunker, Mitchell Johnston, Reese Johnston and Randy Bertelsen.

year is my last year to exhibit, so I hope to continue with the breeding program I’ve started.” Reese Johnston, Milltown, son of Brian and Denise Johnston, won reserve grand champion Shropshire ram, grand champion bred and owned Shropshire ram and first-place yearling Shropshire ram. In the Premier Exhibitor program, he placed seventh in the quiz and skillathon and 12th in the industry interview. “I have chosen to specialize in raising Shropshires, I am glad things went as well as they did this year.” Randy Bertelsen, Cumberland, son of Brian and Sandy Bertelsen. This is Bertelsen’s last year exhibiting at the county and state fair as he graduates out of the 4H/FFA programs. Not only did he exhibit his lambs in the market and performance classes at the state fair, he also exhibited the grand champion market lamb at the Polk County Fair this year. He said his most memorable moment was “winning grand champion market lamb, champion rate of gain, and reserve total performance all with one lamb at the Polk County Fair.” Jenelle Larsen, Centuria, daughter of Evelyn Larsen, is in her last year exhibiting at the Polk County and state fairs as she graduates out of the 4-H/FFA programs. She placed fourth and fifth in her

The Baa Booth was an educational display where Polk County sheep exhibitors took turns manning the booth answering questions from spectators at the Wisconsin State Fair. Emily Petzel, Randy Bertelsen and Haley Yunker were among the exhibitors. Petzel and Yunker were instrumental in getting the Baa Booth organized. Bertelsen is displaying the plaque for Polk County’s top educational display for the junior sheep show in 2012 at the state fair.

Polk-Burnett Retired Educators to meet SIREN – The Polk-Burnett Retired Educators cordially invite all retired educators and spouses, administrators and support staff to the October general meeting which will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, at Siren’s Bethany Lutheran Church. Plan on arriving at 11:30 a.m. with lunch starting at noon, a short program and business meet-

ing to follow. Reservations need to be made in advance. Singer Terri Stoner will provide the entertainment. Call your contact person if you are planning to attend. Emma Kolander, 715-653-2385, and Kay Stoner, 715-635-2388, are in charge of arrangements. - submitted

live performance classes with her lambs at state fair. “Sitting at the Baa Booth answering questions about sheep was very interesting. I like educating people about agriculture. I have learned a lot in the past five years showing sheep. I really appreciate the friendships I have gained over the years with our fellow shepherds,” she commented. Larsen placed 10th in the industry interview. Jena Alling, Centuria, daughter of Al and Jeanne Alling, is in her seventh year in the sheep program and fifth year showing performance lambs at the Wisconsin State Fair. “I really appreciate how the sheep exhibitor’s families work together to make everyone feel a part of the program. A special thank-you to Ed and Pam Dittbrenner for being always there to help and Brian and Denise Johnston for the little extras they are willing to do for people.” Nicole Dittbrenner, Cumberland, daughter of Ed and Pam Dittbrenner, exhibited breeding stock and market/performance lambs. She also participated in the Premier Exhibitor program. In the judging component she placed 10th overall, ninth in the quiz, and 21st in the industry interview. “Every year I learn more and have learned to talk to people more about the sheep industry. I have so much fun and love meeting people now.”

Heather Wirth, Dallas, daughter of Greg and Peggy Wirth, exhibited a market/performance lamb. This is Wirth’s second year at the state fair. “It is interesting to talk to people who do not know about sheep, I feel I can make a difference in educating them about the sheep industry,” she commented. Alex Wirth, Dallas, son of Greg and Peggy Wirth, exhibited a market/performance lamb. This is Alex’s second year at the state fair. He says that he has fun showing sheep and that he learns from watching others show their sheep. RaeAnna Johnston, Milltown, daughter of Brian and Denise Johnston. This is RaeAnna’s first year as an exhibitor at the Wisconsin State Fair. “Watching my brothers show in the past has made me anticipate showing for myself. I was really excited and pleased with the placing I received,” she said. RaeAnna placed ninth in 12-year-old showmanship. RaeAnna was ninth in the quiz, and 20th in the Premier Exhibitior industry interview. Kaitlynn Filkins, Amery, daughter of Tracy and Loren Dusek. This is Kaitlyn’s first year as an exhibitor at the Wisconsin State Fair. Kaitlynn placed third in the industry interview and ninth in the quiz for the Premier Exhibitor program. “I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. It paid out more in experience than in awards and I appreciate that.”

In the Wisconsin State Fair Champion Drive to the Colliseum, the breed champions were Emily Petzel, Haley Yunker, Mitchell Johnston and Reese Johnston. – Photos submitted

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, Sept. 29 POLK COUNTY - Polk County Sheriff’s officials will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Sat., Sept, 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Polk County Justice Center parking lot in Balsam Lake. The initiative is part of a national effort to keep unused prescription drugs out of the hands of criminals, children and people who should not be

taking the medications. The effort is led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is taking place in all 50 states and U.S. Territories. Liquid medications must be in the their original containers, inhalers and needles or sharps cannot be accepted. Questions or details can be answered at 800-882-9539. - with submitted information


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Eugene S. Kositz, Balsam Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, not guilty plea. Renae J. Kuhl, Amery, jet ski operate w/o flotation device, $162.70. Joseph P. Kukla, Eden Prairie, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Jared B. Lee, Fargo, N.D., fish without license, $192.70. Andrew S. Lindahl, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $225.70. Wayne F. Lindemans, Rice Lake, automobile following too closely, $200.50. William Lloyd, Maplewood, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Ashely L. Lukes, Baldwin, improper registration of vehicle, $175.30. John Lundbarg, DNR, $187.90.

Sanford W. Lundgren, Centuria, unsafe land deviation, not guilty. Veronica Magallanes, Osceola, speeding, $175.30; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Josaphine G. McGran, Osceola, operate after rev./susp. of registration, $175.30. Peter J. Meyer, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Andrew M. Miller, Woodbury, Minn., fish without license, $192.70. Dennis J. Miller Jr., Ridgeland, hit and run, unattended vehicle, $263.50. Nicholas A. Monanari, Mahtomedi, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Scott R. Morri, Lino Lake, Minn., speeding, $225.70.




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Erik M. Halverson, Clayton, speeding, not guilty plea. Chad C. Harwell, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Chad K. Hill, Clayton, speeding, $225.70. Leslie K. Hoebelheinrich, Sioux Falls, S.D., seat belt violation, $10.00. Leon A. Hutton, Frederic, operating w/o valid license, $200.50. Richard G. Jaeckle, Richardson, Texas, speeding, $175.30. Paul M. Jenderny, Hillsdale, unauthorized timber theft, $389.50; harvest raw forest products w/o notifica., $200.50. Kristine M. Johnson, Milltown, speeding, not guilty plea. Thomas A. Kerestes, Elk Mound, speeding, $225.70. David L. Kinney, Oak Park, Ill., fish without license, $192.70. Bambi L. Koch, Milltown, seat belt violation, $10.00. Brandon L. Koch, Clayton, speeding, $175.30. Kimberly D. Kolden, Rosemount, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Brian L. Kolve, Dresser, speeding, $175.30. Larry L. Kolve, St. Croix Falls, fail/stop at stop sign, $175.30. Kevin P. Komorek, Waterford, Pa., fish without license, $192.70. Kaurene M. Kost, Hugo, Minn., speeding, $175.30.

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Mary E. Chernyaev, St. Croix Falls, underage drinking, $175.30. Michael A. Chernyave, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $263.50. Daniel R. Clark, Dresser, speeding, $200.50. Jean K. Cuturia, Amery, operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Michael E. D’Agostino, Balsam Lake, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Richard W. Dahlgran, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Alexander B. Daniel, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $175.30. Carolyn A. Dornisch, Minnetonka, Minn., riding on boat decks/gunwales, $175.30. Knowl T. Douglas, Frederic, operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Gabriel Edelman, Leawood, Kan., speeding, $175.30. Peter A. Elkin, New Richmond, speeding, $175.30. Jesse T. Esparaza, St. Paul, Minn., disorderly conduct, $263.50. Dwight M. Evenson, Anery, in. permitee operate cycle w/o headgear, $175.30; speeding, $175.30; operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. James M. Fall, Hudson, operating boat-towing skier after dark, $175.30. Joseph D. Fleming, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Amy D. Freund, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Timothy E. Gaetke, St. Paul, Minn., operating boat towing skier after dark, $175.30. Adam P. Gallentine, Dresser, operate motor veh. w/o adequate muffler, $175.30. Michael W. Gardner, Sioux Falls, S.D., speeding, $175.30. Robert G. Gelep, Marine on St. Croix, Minn., operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Francis S. Gill, Orono, Minn., permit operation of a motorboat of personal watercraft by underage person, $162.70. Linda S. Glenn, Luck, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Rachel M. Graham, St. Croix Falls, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00.

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Jace A. Marek, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Shane W. Marko, Amery, speeding, $175.30. David M. Maruska, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Drew V. Matson, Centuria, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Maxwell G. McCormick, Edina, Minn., ATV-operate on private prop. w/o consent, $263.50. Paul C. McCormick, Edina, Minn., give permission/operate ATV w/o registration, $200.50, three times. Myron J. Morrison, Linstrom, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Cecilia M. Nelson, Clear Lake, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Frederick E. Niebergall II, Clear Lake, speeding, $200.50. Duane M. Olson, Superior, seat belt violation, twice; speeding, not guilty pleas. Andrew C. Roberts, Luck, inattentive driving, $187.90. John T. Roberts, Clear Lake, speeding, $175.30. John W. Schmid, Centuria, fail/yield right/way from stop sign, $175.30; operate w/o valid license, $200.50; operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Jamie R. Schmidt, Osceola, driving too fast for conditions, $213.10; failure to operator to notify police of accident, $263.50. Philip C. Stanley, Highland Park, Ill., operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Chris J. Swanson, Stillwater, Minn., operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Alexander P. Tunison, Osceola, driving too fast for conditions, $213.10. Cody L. Turnquist, Centuria, speeding, $175.30. Jacob A. Varone, Clayton, OU, $200.50. Oliver S. Waldron, Clayton, speeding, $225.70. Teresa M. Warnke, Siren, failure to notify police of accident, $263.50; nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Lynn H. Welk, Santa Monica, Calif., speeding, $175.30. Austin R. Winger, Turtle Lake, OU, $200.50. Mandy J. Albee, Amery, speeding, $200.50. Brenda S. Allen, Milltown, speeding, not guilty plea. Aliza J. Alverson, Luck, speeding, $200.50. Daniel L. Bantz, Luck, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10. Randy S. Beard, Princeton, Minn., speeding, $250.50. Jason R. Becker, Fountain City, fish without license, $192.50. Gurdesh S. Bedi, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Jennifer B. Beldon, Roseville, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Kevin L. Bergstrom, Elk River, Minn., fish without license, $192.70. Alexander D. Beyer, Hudson, cliff jumping, $150.10. Tyler J. Bibeau, Centuria, possess drug paraphernalia, $169.00. Misco Binayshii, Luck, speeding, $200.50. Robert D. Binkowski, Plum City, speeding, $175.30. Byron C. Boler, St. Paul, Minn., operate motorboat in circular course, $175.30. Jonathan D. Bratberg, Maple Grove, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Elisabeth E. Braun, Roseville, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Robert J. Brickweg, Burnsville, Minn., operating boat towing skier after dark, $175.30. Noah E. Brittan, Balsam Lake, operating while revoked, $200.50; nonregistration of auto, $175.30. John M. Buhr, Clear Lake, speeding, $175.30. Cheryl J. Campeau, Turtle Lake, speeding, $225.70. Charity A. Casey, New Richmond, speeding, $225.70. Benjamin R. Casselberry, Amery, display unauth. veh. registration plate, $238.30. Nicole A. Charles, North Branch, Minn., speeding, $200.50.


Judd C. Alton, Amery, inattentive driving, $187.90; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Benjamin C. AndersonBerrier, Clayton, speeding, $175.30. Cara H. Baker, Minneapolis, Minn., fail/yield right/way from stop sign, not guilty plea. James D. Bankston, Hudson, speeding, $175.30. Kody A. Baribeau, New Richmond, speeding, $358.00; operating motor vehicle by probationary license w/unauthorized person in vehicle, $200.50. Allison L. Benike, Rochester, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Brianna M. Brihn, Amery, speeding, $225.70. Laura L. Chouinard, Wyoming, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Anita L. Cohen, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Monte C. Cole, Turtle Lake, operate w/o valid license, $200.50. Wendy L. Craven, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $225.70. Beverly A. Cree, Amery, operating left of centerline, $213.10. Brittany R. Dennis, Hayward, operate w/o valid license, $210.10. Emilie A. Ellenz, Chanhassen, Minn., seat belt violation, $10.00. Jacob T. Engebretson, Amery, speeding, not guilty plea. Cassondra J. Flaherty, Clear Lake, speeding, $175.30. Ryan A. Flodin, New Richmond, speeding, $200.50. Trea R. Freer, Hudson, speeding, $175.30. Joshua M. Gebo, Luck, operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50; possess open intoxicants in MV, $263.50; operate w/o valid license, $200.50; failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Suzanne M. Glenna, Lindstrom, Minn., operate motorcycle w/o valid license, $200.50. John P. Gordon, Luck, failure of operator to notify police of accident, $263.50; nonregistration of auto, $175.30; fail/yield while making left turn, $175.30; improper registration of other vehicle, $263.50; operate without valid license and cause injury to another person, $6,477.50. Thomas B. Gubrud, New Richmond, operating boat-towing skier w/o operator, $175.30. Brandon W. Gutzmer, Luck, nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Jason N. Hall, Nassau, Minn., speeding, $250.90 Mekayla M. Hansen, Osceola, fail/yield while making left turn, not guilty plea. Amber M. Hodges, Cushing, speeding, $175.30. Samantha K. Hojan, Merrill, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Lori E. Holton, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Joyce L. Icardo, White Bear Lake, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Margaret R. Jocelyn, St. Michael, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Brent J. Johnvin, Clayton, OU, $200.00. Christie B. Kelly, Centuria, OU, not guilty plea. Deborah J. Klink, Milltown, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Jennifer L. Krueger, Stillwater, Minn., operating left of centerline, $213.10. Christopher J. Krumrie, Balsam Lake, equip. motor vehicle with illegal muffler, not guilty plea. James N. Kyle, Luck, passing at intersection, $200.50. Mark K. Lawlis, Lino Lake, Minn., operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Jonathan M. Lenfestey, Chetek, operating while suspended, $200.50. Justin Lopez, Osceola, operating motor vehicle by permitee w/o parent, not guilty plea; failure to keep vehicle under control, not guilty plea. Nancy A. Lundeen, Grantsburg, fail/yield right/way from stop sign, $175.30. Thomas M. Magnafici, St. Croix Falls, fail/stop at stop sign, $175.30.

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


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(Aug. 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Royal Credit Union, a federal credit union, 200 Riverfront Terrace Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54703, Plaintiff, vs. Jeanne K. Pauls a/k/a Jeanne Pauls 626 220th Street Osceola, Wisconsin 54020, John Doe, Mary Roe, and XYZ corporation, Defendants. Case Type: 30404 Case No.: 12CV75 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of that certain Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Order for Judgment, and Judgment entered and filed in the above-entitled action on April 19, 2012, the Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real property at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: October 25, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in certified funds, with the balance due and owing on the date of confirmation of the sale by the Court. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Lot Nine (9) of Certified Survey Map No. 3489 recorded in Volume 16 of Certified Survey Maps on page 2 as Document No. 619512 said Certified Survey Map No. 3489 being part of Lots 6, 7, 8 and 9, PLAT OF RAMMER ACRES, located in the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (SE 1/4 of the SE 1/4) and the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (NE 1/4 of the SE 1/4), Section Thirtytwo (32), Township Thirty-three (33) North of Range Eighteen (18) West; Town of Osceola in Polk County, Wisconsin; Together with an undivided 1/9 interest in Outlot of said Plat of Rammer Acres. Together with an easement to construct a water retention pond upon the South 2 acres of Lot 5 of Certified Survey Map No. 3129 recorded in Volume 14 of Certified Survey Maps page 151 as Document No. 600435, located in SE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 32-33-18. (FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY: Plaintiff believes that the property address is 626 220th Street, Osceola, Wisconsin 54020) Dated: August 20, 2012. Peter Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin THIS INSTRUMENT WAS DRAFTED BY: ANASTASI & ASSOCIATES, P.A. 14985 60th Street North Stillwater, MN 55082 (651) 439-2951 Garth G. Gavenda/#16016 568437 WNAXLP

Notices/Employment opportunities Polk County marriage licenses Allison M. Ereth, Chaska, Minn., and Porter R. Million, Chaska, Minn., issued Sept. 16, 2012.

(Sept. 12, 19, 26) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bank of America, N.A., successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. fka Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Plaintiff vs. LISA D. WENELL, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 12 CV 176 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 13, 2012, in the amount of $125,291.16, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: October 9, 2012, 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: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: A parcel of land located in the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 33, Township 34 North, Range 17 West, described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of said forty-acre tract; thence South on West boundary line thereof, 375 feet to a point; thence East on a course parallel with North boundary line of said forty, 550 feet to a point; thence North on a course parallel with the West boundary line of said forty, 375 feet to North boundary line of said forty; thence West on the North boundary line of said forty, 550 feet to point of beginning, Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1294 160th Street, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. TAX KEY NO.: 006-00991-0000 Dated this 7th day of September, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Dustin A. McMahon Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086857 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 569490 262-790-5719 WNAXLP 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. 2131503

Christina L. Lund, Milltown, and Jason D. McKenzie, Milltown, issued Sept. 17, 2012. Tiffany J. Larson, Milltown, and Mario J. Battisti, Town of West Sweden, issued Sept. 18, 2012. Stacey A. Block, Alden, and Justin L. Dodge, Alden, issued Sept. 19, 2012. (Aug. 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BRANCH 2 BREMER BANK N.A. 8555 Eagle Point Blvd. P.O. Box 1000 Lake Elmo, MN 55042, Plaintiff, vs. Melanie S. Baumgartner 2498 20th Street Cumberland, WI 54829, and Stephen L. Anderson 1430 Elm Street Cumberland, WI 54829, and Discover Bank 6500 New Albany Road East New Albany, OH 43054 Defendants. Case No. 11 CV 568 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Foreclosure of Mortgage Code: 30404 By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on March 19, 2012, I will sell at public auction at the Polk County Justice Center in the Village of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, in said County, on October 30, 2012, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map 16-54, Map No. 3541, a part of Government Lot 1 of Section 35, Township 36 North, Range 15 West (in the Township of McKinley), Polk County, Wisconsin. The above property is located at 2498 20th St., Cumberland, WI 54829. TERMS: 1. 10% cash or certified check down payment at time of sale, balance upon confirmation by Court. 2. Sale is subject to all unpaid real estate taxes and special assessments. 3. Purchaser shall pay any Wisconsin real estate transfer fee. 4. 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 property. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 20th day of August, 2012. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin SCHOFIELD, HIGLEY & MAYER, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff Bay View Offices, Suite #100 700 Wolske Bay Road Menomonie, WI 54751 568295 715-235-3939 WNAXLP

Ellen M. Mueller, Milltown, and Jeffrey A. Vollrath, Milltown, issued Sept. 19, 2012. Rachel P. Stack, St. Croix Falls, and Brian M. Baillargeon, Osceola, issued Sept. 19, 2012. Melissa A. Thielen, Lino Lakes, Minn., and Michael W. Rynders, Lino Lakes, Minn., issued Sept. 19, 2012.

Eugene T. McPheeters, Siren, and Heather M. Kreager, Siren, issued Aug. 24, 2012. Eric D. Helmin, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Scarlett R. Larson, Brooklyn, N.Y., issued Aug. 24, 2012. Ernie E. Swanson Jr., Siren, and Michelle S. Cole, Siren, issued Aug. 31, 2012. Ethan M. Deal, Dallas, Texas, and Caitlyn L. Klawitter, Trade Lake, issued Sept. 6, 2012. Daniel J. Murgaw III, Town of Swiss, and Kathleen M. Sigsworth, Clayton, issued Sept. 7, 2012. Roger J. Stenzel, Oakdale, Minn., and Tiffany M. Dibona, Oakdale, Minn., issued Sept. 10, 2012. Justin M. Lentz, Hastings, Minn., and Tonya M. Smith, Hastings, Minn., issued Sept. 14, 2012. Shaun M. Lindus, Town of Daniels, and Angela J. DeMarre, Town of Daniels, issued Sept. 14, 2012. (Sept. 12, 19, 26) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF FREDERICK FRANCIS SCHULTZ Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration)


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Aaron M. Stromberg, Town of Meenon, and Caitlin J. Ide, Roseville, Minn., issued Sept. 14, 2012. Bruce E. Erichsen, Town of Meenon, and Jamie L. Summer, Town of Meenon, issued Sept. 14, 2012.

Troy M. Hanson, San Antonio, Texas, and Celina R. Pena, San Antonio, Texas, issued Sept. 21, 2012.

NOTICE OF HEARING Village of Luck The Luck Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 2012, at the Luck Municipal Building at which time a request for variance will be heard as follows: Eric Dueholm requests a variance to Section 620-78(F) of the “Zoning Code, Village of Luck, Wisconsin.” This variance is requested so that the applicant may construct a pool using a locking cover instead of the 6’ fence requirement. The property affected is 806 150th Street. Seth Petersen Director of Public Works 569992 5-6L WNAXLP


The Town of Apple River is accepting bids to pulverize 120th Ave., between 70th and 80th Streets. For specific details, contact either Dave Waterman at 715-268-6471 or Rick Scoglio at 715-268-8108. Sealed bids are to be submitted by October 5, 2012, 5 p.m. to the Town Clerk at 612 U.S. Highway 8, Amery, WI 54001. Bids will be opened at the regular monthly meeting to be 569708 46-47d 5-6L WNAXLP held October 8, 2012.

Case No. 12 PR 43 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth April 2, 1925, and date of death August 10, 2012, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 343 McKenney Street, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is December 10, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Office of the Register of Probate, Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar September 5, 2012 Steven J. Swanson Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787 569488 #1003029 WNAXLP

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Amy M. Curran, Lakeville, Minn., and James C. Chevalier, Lakeville, Minn., issued Sept. 20, 2012. Cassie L. Antczak, Grand Prairie, Texas, and Walker A. Lea IV, Grand Prairie, Texas, issued Sept. 21, 2012.

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Katherine E. Lincicum, Town of Jordan, and Andrew D. Christenson, Town of Garfield, issued Sept. 20, 2012. Emily A. Cerny, Mankota, Minn., and Scott D. Schoper, Mankota, Minn., issued Sept. 20, 2012. Jenny L. Frustaglio, Town of Apple River, and Troy J. Hanson, Town of Apple River, issued Sept. 20, 2012.


Notice is hereby given that on Monday, October 15, 2012, at 7 p.m at the Town of LaFollette Town Hall, at 24814 Malone Road, Webster, Wisconsin, a PUBLIC HEARING on the PROPOSED BUDGET and approval of the TAX LEVY of the Town of LaFollette, Burnett County, will be held. The proposed budget in detail is posted at the Town Hall.


The monthly board meeting of the Town of LaFollette will be held at the LaFollette Town Hall immediately following the Budget Hearing and Levy Approval meeting. 570492 6L 48a WNAXLP Linda Terrian, Clerk

OFFICIAL NOTICE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS BURNETT COUNTY WILDLIFE DAMAGE ABATEMENT AND CLAIMS PROGRAM NOTICE is hereby given by the Burnett County Wildlife Damage and Abatement Claims Progam (WDACP) Burnett County, Wisconsin, that it will receive sealed bids for the purpose of supplying materials and installing a permanent woven-wire deer fence located in Burnett County. All bids will be received for the project until 4 p.m. local time on Monday, October 8, 2012, at the Burnett County Land & Water Conservation Department, 7410 County Road K, Siren, WI 54872. Bids will be publicly opened and read at the Burnett County Land and Water Conservation Office (address listed above) in Room 21, on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at 10 a.m. Bids must be date stamped by the soliciting purchasing agent on or before the date that the bid is due. Bids date stamped in another office will be rejected. Estimate of Material Quantities and Installation Specifications can be obtained by contacting Cindy Blonk, WDACP Specialist at (715) 349-2186 or at the above-listed address. This contract shall be subject to the laws of the State of Wisconsin and in accordance with Wisconsin State Statutes s.29.598. In connection with the performance of work under this contract, the contractor agrees not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, handicap, sex, physical condition, developmental disability as defined in s.51.01(5), Stats., sexual orientation as defined in s.111.32(13m), Wis. Stats., or national origin. The WDACP managing agencies reserve the right to reject any or all bids/proposals, to waive any technicality in any bid/proposal submitted and to accept any part of a bid/proposal as deemed to be in the 570426 6-7LWNAXLP best interest of the Burnett County WDACP. Stay connected to your community.


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On Tuesday, September 18, 2012, the Polk County Board of Supervisors granted the following district change: WIS LAR FARMS: Agricultural to Commercial. Property affected is: 1870 180th St, part of the SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4, Sec 31/T35N/ 570362 6L R17W, Town of Milltown (.04 acre).


(Aug. 22, 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Emmert and Sons, Plaintiff, -andDonald L. Michaelson, Laura S. Michaelson, Capital One Bank USA, State of Wisconsin, United States of America, Internal Revenue Service, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, and Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Defendants. Case No. 11-CV-433 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 24, 2012 in the amount of $131,101.78, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: September 27, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the Polk County Clerk of Courts at the time of sale in cash, cashier’s check, or certified funds from the bank (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted). You must have 10% of whatever you are prepared to bid with you. The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the Polk County Clerk of Courts in cash, cashier’s check, or certified funds within 10 days of the Confirmation of Sale. Failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to the plaintiff. 2. The property is sold ‘as is’ and subject to all liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay all applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. Buyer to pay the cost of title evidence. PLACE: The front lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION/PARCEL #:Part of the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter, Section 8, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Village of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of Block “D,” First

Addition to the Village of Milltown; thence North 00˚14’ East 8.0 feet on the West line of said Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter; thence South 89˚44’ East 301.00 feet; thence North 00˚14’ East 146.00 feet; thence South 89˚44’ East 168 feet to the point of beginning; thence South 00˚14’ West 270 feet to the North right of way of Bering Street; then South 89˚44’ East 170 feet on said right of way; thence North 31˚50’ West 318.73 feet to the point of beginning, Except that portion described in Volume 372, page 237, Document No. 361558. And part of the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter, Section 8, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Village of Milltown, Polk County Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the South Quarter corner of said Section 8; thence North 00˚05’56” West, along the North-South Quarter line, 318.91 feet; thence North 89˚55’12” West, 624.50 feet to the point of beginning, said point being 2-inch iron pipe at the intersection of the North line of Bering Street and Northwest line of Stokely Road; thence North 89˚55’12” West along the South line of said Lot 1, 49.42 feet; thence North 32˚09’18” West along the West line of said Lot 1, 319.17 feet; thence South 89˚55’12” East 78.00 feet; thence South 27˚36’28” East 304.89 feet to the point of beginning, being part of Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 1983, recorded in volume 9, page 131. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 109 Bering Street East, Milltown, Wisconsin 54848. DATE: August 21, 2012. Peter Johnson Polk County Sheriff The Law Office of M. E. Ludt, LLC Attorneys for the Petitioner 717 Myrtle Street West Stillwater, Minnesota 55082 (651) 430-9700 The Law Office of M. E. Ludt, LLC, is attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a discharge in a chapter 7 bankruptcy case, this communication should not be construed as an attempt to hold you personally liable for the debt. 567965 WNAXLP

Industrial Tool & Plastics Inc. is accepting applications for a


Applicant must have plastic injection mold setup and cycling experience. Wages will be based on experience. ITP offers a competitive wage and benefits such as group health, dental, life insurance, 401(k) and vacation pay.

Apply at:

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The Polk County Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, WI. The Board will call the public hearing to order at 8:30 a.m., recess at 8:45 a.m. to view the sites and will reconvene at 1 p.m. at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, WI. At that time, the applicant will inform the Board of their request. (The applicant must appear at 1 p.m. when the Board reconvenes at the Government Center.) JEAN/JIM BROST requests a variance to Article 11E4 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to construct a garage less than 35’ from the center of a private road. Property affected is: 1308 Deer Lake Park, Lot 13, Deer Lake Park, Sec. 25/T34N/R18W, Town of St. Croix Falls, Deer Lake (class 1). THOMAS REILLY requests a Special Exception to Article 8D3 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to create a campground (family use) as defined in the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance. Property affected is: 3438 103rd St., Lot 2, CSM Vol. 18/Pg. 122, Sec. 8/T37N/R16W, Town of Clam Falls, Knapp Flowage (class 3). DUSTIN BOOTH requests a Special Exception to Article 8D4 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to establish a business that is customarily found in a recreational area. Property affected is: 785 30th Ave., Lot 2, CSM Vol. 10/Pg. 193, Sec. 23/T32N/R16W, Town of Black Brook. MARK ZOIA, HEIDI WEAVER, JEFF & JILL RONNEBERG request a variance to Article 11C, Table 1 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to replace a deck 67’ from the ordinary high-water mark. Property affected is: 985 Lone Pine Ct., Lot 15, Klattsville, Sec. 14/T33N/R17W, Town of Garfield, Lake Wapogasset (class 1). 570245 6-7L 48a,d WNAXLP


The budget hearing of the Frederic School District was called to order by the President, Mr. Nelson, at 6:30 p.m., Monday, September 26, 2011, in the 6-12 School Commons. Board members present: Mrs. Amundson, Mr. Engen, Mrs. Matz and Mr. Nelson. Mr. Engen arrived at 6:40 p.m. Administration present: Mr. Robinson, Mrs. Steen and Mr. Tischer. Mrs. Amundson read the official notice for the 2011 budget hearing and annual meeting. Motion R. Amundson/T. Holicky that the budget hearing and the annual meeting were properly noticed. Motion carried. Mr. Tischer presented the 2011-2012 budget. Motion R. Amundson/S. Matz to adjourn the budget hearing. Motion carried. The annual meeting of the Frederic School District was called to order by the President, Mr. Nelson, at 6:35 p.m. Mr. Nelson announced that the election of a chairperson would now take place. Motion R. Amundson/J. Tischer to nominate Gregg Westigard as chairperson for the annual meeting. Motion R. Amundson/J. Tischer to close the nominations. Motion carried. Mr. Nelson declared that Gregg Westigard would chair the annual meeting. Motion R. Amundson/T. Engen to approve Gregg Westigard as chair for this annual meeting. Motion carried. Mrs. Amundson presented the 2010 Annual Meeting minutes. Motion J. Tischer/S. Nelson to waive the reading and approve the minutes for the 2010 annual meeting as presented. Motion carried. Mr. Engen presented the treasurer’s report. Motion R. Amundson/J. Tischer to waive reading and accept the treasurer’s report as presented. Motion carried. Mr. Engen presented a letter from Stotz & Company, S. C., Certified Public Accountants, relative to the audit of the books and related financial affairs of the school district for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. Motion J. Tischer/S. Matz to accept the letter as presented. Motion carried. The chairman presented resolution 11. (A), providing for transportation of students. Motion J. Tischer/S. Nelson to adopt resolution 11. (A), as presented. Motion carried. The chairman presented resolution 11. (B), authorizing accident insurance coverage. Motion J. Tischer/R. Amundson to adopt resolution 11. (B), as presented. Motion carried. The chairman presented resolution 11. (C), authorizing the school board to operate a food service program. Motion P. Wilder/S. Nelson to adopt resolution 11. (C), as presented. Motion carried. The chairman presented resolution 11. (D), authorizing sale of personal property of the school district no longer needed. Motion S. Matz/R. Amundson to adopt resolution 11. (D), as presented. The chairman presented resolution 11. (E), as to textbooks. Motion S. Nelson/S. Matz to adopt resolution 11. (E), as presented. Motion carried. The chairman presented resolution 11. (F), providing salary for school board members and the payment of certain other per diems and expenses. Motion J. Tischer/P. Wilder to raise salary from $1,400.00 to $1,500.00 per board member, to resolution 11. (F). Motion carried. The chairman presented resolution 11. (G), supporting the 2011-12 budget in the amount of $6,057,752. Motion T. Engen/S. Matz to adopt resolution 11. (G), as presented. Motion carried. The chairman presented resolution 11. (H), providing for a tax levy in an amount of $3,107,433 for the tax year 2010. Motion R. Amundson/S. Matz to adopt resolution 11. (H), as presented. Motion carried. Motion T. Engen/S. Matz authorizing the Board of Education to set the date for the 2012 annual meeting. Motion carried. Motion C. Holicky/S. Matz to adjourn. Motion carried. Time: 6:41 p.m. Rebecca Amundson, Clerk 570477 6L WNAXLP

Unity School District

BUS DRIVERS WANTED Position: Unity School District is accepting applications for bus drivers. This position is for a regular route driver (morning and afternoon route). Requirements: Commercial driver’s license (CDL) with school bus endorsement required. Materials to obtain permit and assistance to obtain license are available. Qualified applicants will be given first consideration. How to Apply: Qualified, interested persons should apply by sending a letter of interest, district application (available at, and letters of recommendation to: Brandon W. Robinson, District Administrator Unity School District 1908 150th Street, Hwy. 46 North Balsam Lake, WI 54810-7267 Deadline: October 5, 2012 E.O.E. Unity School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, 570339 6-7L 48-49a,d emotional or learning disability. (Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, FSB Plaintiff vs. LARRY R. SODERBERG, et al. Defendant(s) Case No.: 11 CV 780 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on March 23, 2012, in the amount of $220,873.28, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: October 18, 2012, 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: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 2129, recorded in Volume 10 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 52, as Document No. 550431, located in the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 22, Town 33 North, Range 16 West, in the Town of Lincoln, Polk County, Wisconsin. PARCEL 2: Easement for ingress and egress set forth in Private Driveway Agreement as contained in Deed recorded in Volume 706 of Records, Page 465 as Document No. 553397. ALSO DESCRIBED AS: Lot 3 of the Certified Survey Map No. 2129, recorded in Volume 10 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 52, Document No. 550431, located in the NW1/4 of the NW1/4, Section 22-33-16. Together with the Private Driveway Agreement and conveyance recorded in Volume 706 of Records, Page 466, as part of Document No. 553397. Town of Lincoln, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 870 88th Avenue, Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 032-00617-0300. Dated this 30th day of August, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 569721 WNAXLP 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. 2113400

(Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY U.S. Bank National Association Plaintiff vs. CASSIE J. SCHROCK F/K/A CASSIE J. MOLINE, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 11 CV 628 AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on January 24, 2012, in the amount of $213,196.83, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: October 25, 2012, 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: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Parcel 1: Lot 18 of Certified Survey Map No. 3576 recorded in Volume 16 of Certified Survey Maps, page 89 as Document No. 625668 located in part of the Southwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4, Section 28, Township 35 North, Range 18 West, Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wisconsin. Parcel 2: The 66-footwide private ingress-egress easement as indicated on: Certified Survey Map No. 3482 recorded in Volume 15, page 249 as Document No. 619359, Certified Survey Map No. 3513 recorded in Volume 16, page 26 as Document No. 621054, Certified Survey Map No. 3505 recorded in Volume 16, page 18 as Document No. 620136, Certified Survey Map No. 3575 recorded in Volume 16, page 88 as Document No. 625667, Certified Survey Map No. 3574 recorded in Volume 16, page 87 as Document No. 625666, Certified Survey Map No. 3576 recorded in Volume 16, page 89 as Document No. 625668. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2137 192nd Avenue, Centuria, WI 54824. TAX KEY NO.: 020-00709-1800. Dated this 12th day of September, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 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. 2146120 570152 WNAXLP


Home and Away Ministries is seeking a volunteer coordinator for its new “Free Indeed” Clinic, a nonprofit professional center in Luck, WI.

Interested parties, please e-mail lyn.sahr@homeandaway

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The coordinator will help set up the clinic and locate volunteer physicians, dentists, lawyers, counselors and chiropractors.


Commissioners Meeting Georgetown Hall, September 29, 2012 9 a.m. AGENDA: Call meeting to order Reading of minutes Treasurer’s report Review of Lake Management Plan Committee reports Old business New business 570120 6L Adjournment

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Notices/Employment opportunities (Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Central Bank, a Minnesota banking corporation 304 Cascade Street Osceola, Wisconsin 54020, Plaintiff, vs. Brenda G. Johnson, through her heirs, 806 Horse Lake Lane Dresser, Wisconsin 54009, Mona L. Smith 806 Horse Lake Lane Dresser, Wisconsin 54009, John Doe, Mary Roe, and XYZ corporation, Defendants. Case Type: 30404 Case No. 12CV181 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of that certain Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Order for Judgment, and Judgment entered and filed in the above-entitled action on July 27, 2012, the Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real property at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: November 1, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in certified funds, with the balance due and owing on the date of confirmation of the sale by the Court. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 LEGAL DESCRIPTION: The following two parcels of land in Government Lot Two (2), Section Twenty-three (23), Township Thirty-three (33) North, Range Eighteen (18) West; Parcel One: Commencing at a point on the East line of said Government Lot 2, 798 feet North of the South quarter corner of said Section 23, thence West parallel to the North line of said Government Lot 2 a distance of 835 feet, to a point which is point of beginning of the parcel described herein, thence North 261 feet parallel with the East line of said Government Lot 2, thence West parallel with the North line of said Government Lot 2 to the East edge of the right of way of the town road which runs across said Government Lot 2 parallel to the East shore of Horse Lake, thence South

along said town road right of way a distance of approximately 261 feet to the South line of the first parcel described in deed recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds of Polk County in Volume 433 of Records, page 867, Document No. 403725, thence East along the South line of the first parcel described in deed recorded in the office of the Polk County Register of Deeds in Volume 433 of Records, page 867, Document No. 403725, to the point of beginning. Parcel Two: Commencing at a point on the East line of said Government Lot 2, 798 feet North of the South quarter corner of said Section 23, thence West parallel with the North line of said Government Lot 2 to an iron pipe stake on the meander line on the shore of Horse Lake, which is the point of beginning of the parcel herein described, thence Northerly along the meander line of Horse Lake a distance of 100 feet, thence East parallel with the North line of said Government Lot 2 to the West edge of the right of way of the town road, which runs across said Government Lot 2 parallel to the East shore of Horse Lake, thence South along said Town Road right of way a distance of approximately 100 feet, thence West parallel with the North line of said Government Lot 2 and along the South line of the first parcel described in deed recorded in the office of the Polk County Register of Deeds in Volume 433 of Records, page 867, Document No. 403725, to the point of beginning; EXCEPT parcels described in Volume 445 Records, page 135, Document No. 411413; Town of Osceola, Polk County Wisconsin (collectively, “Property”). (FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY: Plaintiff believes that the property address is 806 Horse Lake Lane, Osceola, Wisconsin) Dated: August 20, 2012. Peter Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin THIS INSTRUMENT WAS DRAFTED BY: ANASTASI & ASSOCIATES, P.A. 14985 60th Street North Stillwater, MN 55082 (651) 439-2951 Garth G. Gavenda/#16049 569309 WNAXLP


Applications for the 2012-2013 Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program heating season will be taken at Polk County Human Services Department, 100 Polk County Plaza, Suite 50, Balsam Lake, Wis., on following dates and times: DATE Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Wednesday, November 7, 2012

TIME 9 a.m. - Noon & 1 - 3:30 p.m. 9 a.m. - Noon & 1 - 3:30 p.m. 9 a.m. - Noon & 1 - 3:30 p.m.

When applying you must provide the following items: * Social Security cards for all household members if you have not applied for energy assistance or other public assistance in the last three (3) years. * Heat and electric costs for the previous 12 months. * Name of heat and electric companies and your account numbers. * Proof of gross income received in the three (3) calendar months prior to the month of application. * Picture ID for new applicants. INCOME GUIDELINES FOR THE 2012-2013 WHEAP HEATING SEASON HOUSEHOLD SIZE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

3-MONTH COMBINED HOUSEHOLD INCOME $6,071.00 $7,939.00 $9,806.00 $11,674.00 $13,542.00 $15,410.00 $15,760.00 $16,111.00

*Income from seasonal workers, farmers or the self-employed is verified from a 12-month period. If you are unable to come in on one of these dates, please call 715-485-8480 and leave your name, phone number and address and an application will be mailed to you. If you are a new applicant, you are required to apply in person. If you need directions to our office or need to schedule a phone interview, call 715-485-8480. 569340 4-6L

Burnett and Polk County deaths Burnett County Mabel I. Conner, 78, Town of Oakland, died Aug. 25, 2012. Marjorie A. Swedberg, 73, Town of Meenon, died Sept. 14, 2012. Gladys E. Bjerke, 92, Grantsburg, died Aug. 30, 2012.

Reena M. Williams, 3, Town of Swiss, died Aug. 15, 2012. Polk County Ervin N. Gores, 90, Amery, died Sept. 27, 2012. Franklin S. Bodenner, 87, Town of Lincoln, died Sept. 11, 2012.


Accepting bids for hot mix for approximately 4/10 mile (20 feet wide x 2 inches thick) on Section 24, west part of Town of Blaine, Burnett County, State of Wisconsin, from west intersection of Little McGraw Lake Road to east intersection of Little McGraw Lake Road on St. Croix Trail. Bids must be in by NOVEMBER 13, 2012. Bids will be opened at 7 p.m. at monthly town board meeting. For information or mailing of bids: Dan Dyson 3240 Big McGraw Road Danbury, WI 54830 715-244-3722 Right to refuse any or all bids. Attention of bidders is particularly called to the requirements as to conditions of employment to be observed and minimum wage rates to be paid under contract, Section 3, Segregated Facility, Section 109 and E.O. 11246. State prevailing wage rates are applicable to this project. Engineer certification is required prior to final payment. Portion of project will be paid by local road improvement plan 570256 6L WNAXLP (LRIP).


Regular Meeting, Monday, August 20, 2012 President Mr. Nelson called the regular meeting of the Frederic Board of Education to order at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 20, 2012, in the 6-12 School Library. Board members present: Mrs. Amundson, Mr. Engen, Mr. Holicky, Mrs. Matz and Mr. Nelson. Administration present: Mr. Fitzgerald, Mr. Robinson and Mrs. Steen. Motion Amundson/Holicky to approve the agenda and that the meeting was properly noticed. Motion carried 5-0. Reports of Officers: Motion Matz/Holicky to approve the 7-23-12 regular meeting minutes with clarification on budget summary; and the 7-30-12 special meeting minutes. Motion carried 5-0. Mr. Nelson provided a summary of the closed session of the 723-12 regular meeting. Motion Matz/Engen to approve the above closed session minutes. Motion carried 5-0. Invoices for July 2012 presented as follows: Regular invoices (10868-10952 & 38710-38714). . . . . . .$348,940.92 Payroll account............................................................$176,755.79 Mr. Engen presented the receipts for July 2012 totaling $136,531.68. Motion Amundson/Matz to authorize and confirm the money payments of the invoices presented. Motion carried 5-0. Mr. Robinson reviewed the 2011-2012 budget. Mr. Holicky reported on the WASB Green Bay Conference he attended on August 8, 2012. Audience in attendance: Gregg Westigard, Patti Burns and Ethan Bergstrom. Reports of the Administration: A. Mr. Robinson presented the district report. B. Mr. Fitzgerald presented the 6-12 school report. C. Mrs. Steen presented the elementary school report. D. Mr. Peterson submitted the buildings and grounds report. E. Mrs. Shafer submitted the food service report. New Business: A. Personnel 1. Resignation/Retirements: None presented. 2. Contracts: Motion Amundson/Engen to approve the contracts for Dawn Harlander, 4th-Grade Teacher; Christiane Taylor, Cognitive Disabled Teacher; Carrie Peterson, K-12 Art Teacher; Jackie Zimski, K-5 Guidance .5 FTE; Greg Heine, .5 FTE Choir and Senior Class Advisor; Jackie Peterson, Varsity Volleyball Head Coach; Rita Bohn, JV Volleyball Coach; Ethan Bergstrom, Student Council Advisor and summer school teacher; and Bo Denkmann, Middle School Football Volunteer. B. Snowplow bid: Motion Engen/Matz to accept the bid from Leonard Knauber for the 2012-2013 snowplowing season. Motion carried 5-0. C. Bid for fuel: Motion Matz/Amundson to accept the bid from Frederic Fuel with clarification on actual costs. Motion carried 5-0. D. Resolution to establish a public depository: Motion Holicky/ Matz to approve Bremer Bank as the public depository. Motion carried 5-0. E. Resolution to establish short-term borrowing: Tabled at this time. F. Student Handbooks: Motion Amundson/Engen to approve the Elementary and 6-12 handbooks. Motion carried 5-0. G. Hybrid Learning Program: Mr. Robinson provided an update on the program. H. Technology Use Policy: Tabled at this time. I. Policy Review: Discussion on possibility of WASB reviewing all policies. J. Band Trip: Patti Burns, Band Director, presented information on the band trip for the 2012-2013 school year. Motion Amundson/Engen to approve a trip to Florida with the administration to determine the dates. Motion carried 5-0. Mr. Nelson announced to the members of the Board that they should consider adjourning to closed session for personnel and negotiations. Mr. Nelson informed the Board the closed session would be proper and is authorized by s 19.85 (l) & (c) (f) (i) of the WI Statutes. Motion Amundson/Engen to adjourn to closed session. Vote by roll call was unanimous to convene in closed session and the motion carried 5-0. Time 9:40 p.m. The regular meeting convened at 10:15 p.m. Motion Holicky/Amundson to adjourn. Motion carried 5-0. Time 10:15 p.m. Rebecca Amundson, Clerk 570476 6L

Mary Ann M. Parent, 78, Osceola, died Sept. 11, 2012. Ruth M. Ellis, 89, Amery, died Sept. 12, 2012. Neil L. Lonergan, 94, Amery, died Sept. 13, 2012.

(Aug. 22, 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY EVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. STEVEN J. SCHNEIDER and JANE DOE unknown spouse of Steven J. Schneider and JOHN R. SCHNEIDER and BARBARA J. SCHNEIDER husband and wife Defendants. Case No. 11-CV-245 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000.00 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 19, 2011, in the amount of $76,221.67, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: October 9, 2012, 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 Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: A parcel of land located in the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SE 1/4 NE 1/4), and the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (NE 1/4 of SE 1/4), Section 12, Township 34 North, Range 16 West, Town of Apple River, described as follows: Commencing at a 2” iron pipe monument located approximately 33 feet West of and 44 feet North of the East quarter corner of Section 12; thence South 86˚ 39’ 34” West, 218.71 feet; thence South 86˚ 42’ 28” West, 37.33 feet; thence South 78˚ 53’ 46” West, 180.70 feet; thence South 86˚ 08’ 06” West, 288.14 feet to a 1” iron pipe monument and the point of beginning; thence South 05˚ 37’ 18” West 125.96 feet to a 1” iron pipe monument; thence South 82˚ 33’ 37” West, 188.00 feet to a 1” iron pipe monument; thence North 04˚ 25’ 30” West, 252.78 feet to a 1” iron pipe monument; thence South 76˚ 43’ 33” East, 99.40 feet to a 1” iron pipe monument; thence South 56˚ 48’ 19” East, 145.21 feet to the point of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1649 60th Street, Town of Apple River. TAX KEY NO.: 004-00400-0000. Dated: August 21, 2012. Peter M. Johnson 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. 567989 WNAXLP


PART-TIME POSITIONS AVAILABLE Part-Time Outside Yard Part-Time Front End

Must have excellent people skills and be detail oriented. Retail experience preferred but not required. Flexible schedule and benefits available. Add’l. $2.50 per hour for weekend hours.

Apply In Person At:

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following application has been received by the undersigned Village Clerk for Liquor License for the ensuing year ending June 30, 2013. Merlin Nelson for combination Class “B” Beer License and Class “B” Intoxicating Liquor License at his place of business known as LUCK-E-PHIL dba LUCK-ETAVERN & SUPPER CLUB located at 211 Main Street, Luck, WI. Notice is further given that the Village Board, Village of Luck, will meet in session on October 10, 2012, to act on the above application. Kevin Kress 570456 6L Village Clerk WNAXLP

(Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, fsb, Plaintiff, vs. Lori L. Taylor and Unknown Spouse of Lori L. Taylor, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No: 12CV58 Case Code: 30404 Judge: Molly E. GaleWyrick PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure entered June 22, 2012, in the amount of $160,570.19, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the described property at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: October 30, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. PLACE: Foyer Area of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West, Main St., Suite 900, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. 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. DESCRIPTION: Lot 8, Plat of Sunset View, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1655 164th St., Centuria, WI 54824. Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff ECKBERG, LAMMERS, BRIGGS, WOLFF & VIERLING, PLLP Nicholas J. Vivian (#1047165) Joseph A. Larson (#1087685) Attorney for Plaintiff 430 Second Street Hudson, WI 54016 715-386-3733 Eckberg Lammers is attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. If you are currently in bankruptcy or have been discharged in bankruptcy, this is not an attempt to collect the debt from you personally. 570318 WNAXLP


The Town of Trade Lake is accepting bids for gravel crushing. These bids need to be received by the Clerk no later than October 11, 2012, 6 p.m. The bids will be opened at the October 11, 2012, monthly town board meeting. If you have questions, please contact: Dwight Anderson, Town Rd. Mtc. - 715-488-2694. Clerk’s Address: Town of Trade Lake 13361 State Rd. 48 Grantsburg, WI 54840 570003 5-6L 47-48a-e WNAXLP Deborah L. Christian, Clerk

POLK COUNTY POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS C.N.A. - Golden Age Manor Various Part-Time & Casual Shifts for days, nights & weekends Deadline to apply: Oct. 2, 2012

$13.12/hr. + shift differential of .40 for pms and .50 for nocs

YOU MUST COMPLETE A POLK CO. EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For application, complete position requirements and details, please visit our Web site at, Employment Opportunities, or in person at 100 Polk Co. Plaza, #229, Balsam Lake, or Golden Age Manor, 220 Scholl Ct., Amery, or by calling 715-485-9176. Please, no faxed applications. AA/EEOC 570509 6L

TOWN OF ST. CROIX FALLS Polk County, Wisconsin BOARD OF APPEALS NOTICE OF HEARING September 27, 2012 The Town of St. Croix Falls Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, 2012, at the Town Hall at 1305 200th Street & U.S. Hwy. 8, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. At that time the applicant will inform the Board of Appeals of their request. (THE APPLICANT MUST APPEAR AT 7:00 P.M. WHEN THE BOARD OF APPEALS CONVENES AT THE TOWN HALL.) Written evidence, testimony or comments, if any, must be delivered in person or by mail to the Town Hall. John Bergene, requests a VARIANCE to the Town’s Zoning Ordinance - Chapter IV, Highway Setbacks. The applicant wishes to build a garage less than 50 feet from the road right of way. Property location is Section 33, T34N, R18W; Parcel Number 044-01152-0000. Property address is 2146 Poplar Lane, Dresser, WI 54009. James Alt, Zoning Administrator 569991 5-6L WNAXLP

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR Home and Away Ministries is seeking a volunteer coordinator for a crisis pregnancy center in Luck, WI.

Interested parties, please e-mail goodnews@

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Home and Away Ministries seeks experienced Admin. Asst. with like values and knowledge of Excel, Outlook, Word and PowerPoint in Luck, WI. Pay depending on experience. Drug testing and background check prior to employment. Job description available upon request.

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(Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Gordon Meland and Vida Meland, husband and wife, 25383 Iris Avenue, Forest Lake, MN 55025, Plaintiffs, vs. Mark P. Forster, c/o Peter Forster, 1549 120th Street, Centuria, WI 54824, and Cumberland Memorial Hospital, 1110 7th Avenue Cumberland, WI 54829, and Bobbye Svitak, 1930 220th Street Centuria, WI 54824, and State of Wisconsin Department Of Workforce Development, 201 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53703, Defendants. NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Code No. 30404 Case No. 12-CV-353 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure and sale entered in the above-entitled action on the 9th day of August, 2012, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction on the front steps of the Polk County Courthouse in Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on the 16th day of October, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. the real estate directed by said judgment to be sold, and therein described as follows: Part of the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter, Section 8, Township 35 North of Range 17 West, Village of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Beginning at a point 314 feet North on the Section line of the corners of Sections 7, 8, 17 and 18, in Township 35 North, Range 17 West, and 143 feet East of said Section line, this being the point of beginning; thence East to the Southwest corner of Lot 13, Block 3, Baker’s Addition to the Village of Milltown; thence North on the West line of said Lot 13, 107.5 feet to the Northwest corner of said Lot 13; thence West to a point North of the point of beginning; thence South on a course parallel with the West line of said Lot 13 to the point of beginning. Dated this 30th day of August, 2012. /s/Polk County Sheriff George W. Benson Attorney for Plaintiffs Benson Law Office LLC Wis. State Bar No. 1012978 P.O. Box 370, Siren, WI 54872 715-349-5215 568883 WNAXLP



(Sept. 12, 19, 26) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF CLARENCE LEROY JOHNSON a/k/a CLARENCE L. JOHNSON Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 12 PR 41 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth August 31, 1922, and date of death August 4, 2012, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 2090 120th Ave., Dresser, WI 54009. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is December 10, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wis., Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar August 30, 2012 Tamara M. Skoglund Bakke Norman, S.C. 990 Main St., Suite 200, Box 54 Baldwin, WI 54002 715-684-4545 569306 WNAXLP Bar No. 1041074

(Sept. 12, 19, 26) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR CREDIT SUISSE FIRST BOSTON MORTGAGE SECURITES CORP., CSAB MORTGAGE-BACKED TRUST 2006-4, CSAB MORTGAGEBACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-4 Plaintiff vs. RICHARD M. LEROUX; TERI NORD; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., ACTING SOLELY AS NOMINEE FOR FIRST STATE MORTGAGE CORPORATION; Defendants NOTICE OF ADJOURNED SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 11 CV 475 Case Code No. 30404 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 3, 2012, in the amount of $222,575.46, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: August 30, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. ADJOURNED TIME: October 11, 2012, 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. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax from the proceeds of the sale upon confirmation of the court. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Part of the Northeast OneQuarter (1/4) of the Southeast One-Quarter (1/4) of Section Twenty-Three (23), in Township Thirty-Three (33), North, Range Eighteen (18) West, in the Town of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the Northeast corner of the Northeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4; thence South 400 feet along the section line to the point of beginning; thence West 408 feet parallel to the North 40 line; thence South 216 feet parallel with the East section line; thence East 408 feet parallel with the North 40 line; thence North 216 feet on the East section line to the point of beginning. Excepting therefrom the lands conveyed on Warranty Deed recorded on November 18, 2009, as Document No. 766039. TAX KEY NO.: 042-00517-0000. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 839 190th St., Dresser, Wisconsin 54009. Adam C. Lueck State Bar No. 1081386 Attorney for Plaintiff 230 W. Monroe St. Chicago, IL 60606 Phone: 312-541-9710 Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 569308 WNAXLP


Accepting bids for hot mix or warm mix for approximately 1-3/10 miles (20 feet wide x 2 inches thick) on Section 19, east part of Town of Blaine, Burnett County, State of Wisconsin, from east intersection of Little McGraw Lake Road to Perkins Trail on St. Croix Trail. Bids must be in by NOVEMBER 13, 2012. Bids will be opened at 7 p.m. at monthly town board meeting. For information or mailing of bids: Dan Dyson 3240 Big McGraw Road Danbury, WI 54830 715-244-3722 Right to refuse any or all bids. Attention of bidders is particularly called to the requirements as to conditions of employment to be observed and minimum wage rates to be paid under contract, Section 3, Segregated Facility, Section 109 and E.O. 11246. State prevailing wage rates are applicable to this project. 570257 6L WNAXLP

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Our best product is our people.

BERMO, Inc., a premier manufacturer of metal components in Circle Pines, MN, is ISO 9001:2001 certified and dedicated to providing a safe workplace and educational opportunities to enable our team members to grow professionally and personally. Move your career forward with us! We have an immediate opening for a skilled Welder. Must be able to safely and efficiently perform moderate to difficult duties in welding taking into account proper lifting/bending techniques. Welder must be proactive in utilizing provided equipment to optimize ergonomics and minimize excessive twisting, bending and possible strains. The Class B Welder must possess all of the skill sets required of a Class C Welder. Must have successfully completed an approved 2-year welding course. Essential Duties and Responsibilities • Must be able to perform mig and tig welding as required on a variety of metals. • Must be able to produce structurally sound welds requiring high pressure and load requirements as well as appearance welds. • Perform work to drawing specifications and weld symbols. • Requires ability to set up and perform welds of moderate to complex levels. • Regulates heat and may select electrodes. • May be required to oversee automatic weld operations while performing other duties. • Must be able to use standard measuring instruments. We offer excellent pay and a modern, smoke-free facility. For consideration, please submit a resume to Nancy Hartman (MUST BE ATTACHED AS A WORD FILE) :

Bermo, Inc.

4501 Ball Rd. NE Circle Pines, MN 55014 Phone: (763) 786-7676 Equal Opportunity Employer

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Notice is hereby given that the people listed below (last known address) are inactive stockholders of the Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association, 303 North Wisconsin Ave., P.O. Box 490, Frederic, WI 54837. Individuals listed have not redeemed their shares for the $5 cash value. If you are one of these people listed or a family member, please contact our office. Failure to claim by December 31, 2012, stocks will be forfeited, and the funds will be dedicated to an educational or charitable purpose. Bernice Abrahamzon 3346 115th St. Frederic, WI 54837

Arleth Erickson 22363 County Rd. Y Grantsburg, WI 54840

Anemarie James 612 S. 2nd St. Luck, WI 54853

Ed Magnuson 551 Riviera Dr. New Brighton, MN 55112

Mrs. Gene Schloman 304 8th Ave. S. Osceola, WI 54020

Gilbert Ahlgren 304 8th Ave. E. Osceola, WI 54020

Clairette Faber 220 N. Walnut St. Chaska, MN 55318

Diane Java 13221 Carlberg Rd. Grantsburg, WI 54840

Florence Magnuson 210 Park Ave. Luck, WI 54853

Virginia or Leroy Schultz 104 3rd Ave. S. Frederic, WI 54837

Allan Anderson 638 Sundance St. Amery, WI 54001

Cliff Fehrman 1816 Beede Rd. Maplewood, MN 55109

William Java 13221 Carlberg Rd. Grantsburg, WI 54840

David McKinley 114 W. Olson Dr. Grantsburg, WI 54840

Pat Solomonson 23170 Dunham Lake Rd. Siren, WI 54872

Charlotte Anderson 592 Tower Dr. Delano, MN 55328

Rupert Fisk St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

Harry or Darlene Jensen 341 E. McKenny St. St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

Donald Moody 623 335th Ave. Frederic, WI 54837

Mrs. Carl Sorenson Luck, WI 54853

Lauritz or Grace Jensen 415 8th St. Ct. Luck, WI 54853

Jackie Moody 628 335th Ave. Frederic, WI 54837

Ervin Johansen P.O. Box 7 Luck, WI 54853

Raymond Mortensen 24885 Walberg Rd. Webster, WI 54893

Carl Johnson 1419 N. 56th St. Superior, WI 54880

Mary Morton P.O. Box 105 Spooner, WI 54801

Ebba Johnson 2977 243rd St. Cushing, WI 54006

Mrs. Earl Nelson 20244 Cemetery Rd. Luck, WI 54853

Edith Johnson 309 Woodlawn Ave. N. Frederic, WI 54837

Elmer Nelson Luck, WI 54853

Mary Stachowski 748 220th St. Osceola, WI 54020

Arthur Nykreim 400 E. Park Ave. Luck, WI 54853

Darwin or Irene Steffen 28976 Meadow Green Trailway Danbury, WI 54830

Mrs. Esther Nykreim 719 E. Maryland St. St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

Harvey Stower 515 S. Keller Ave. Amery, WI 54001

Beth Olsen 830 N. Shore Dr. St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Vernice Sund P.O. Box 102 Milltown, WI 54848

Edith Anderson 205 United Way Frederic, WI 54837 Leroy Anderson P.O. Box 467 Amery, WI 54001 Robert J. Anderson 1206 150th Ave. Balsam Lake, WI 54810 Robert Bartlett P.O. Box 397 Frederic, WI 54837 Gladys Benson 202 Birch St. E. Frederic, WI 54837 John Blanding 1681 Little Butternut Lake Luck, WI 54853 Dianne Blanding 1681 Little Butternut Lake Luck, WI 54853 John Bonneprise 1769 Paulson Lake Dr. Osceola, WI 54020

Gail Flom P.O. Box 545 Dresser, WI 54009 Lillian Fredericksen 4025 45th Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55406 Carles or Rosella Fristed 7705 Wood Lane Webster, WI 54893 Violet Gabrielson 12937 County Rd. Z Grantsburg, WI 54840 Sandra George 177 Hernando Dr. Cherokee Village, AZ 82529 Louella Giller 1231 300th Ave. Frederic, WI 54837 Johanna Gravier 22220 Spirit Lk. Rd. Frederic, WI 54837 Jerome Grussing 1001 Sunrise Rd. St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

Edna Johnson 2988 State Rd. 87 Grantsburg, WI 54840 Elmer Johnson 3rd St. Gulf Dr. Clear Lake, WI 54005 Faith Johnson 22095 County Rd. Y Grantsburg, WI 54840

Mrs. Leonard Sorenson 2550 95th St. Luck, WI 54853 Ione Spafford 6050 State Rd. 70 Webster, WI 54893 Russell Spafford 8265 County Rd. D Webster, WI 54893 Theodore or Henrietta Spears 3895 County Rd. A Webster, WI 54893

Craig Hansen 5220 W. 102nd St. Bloomington, MN 55437

Martin Johnson Address Unknown

Charolotte Olson 205 United Way Frederic, WI 54837

Steven or Linda Sventek 22976 Wood Lake Rd. Grantsburg, WI 54840

Doris Hansen 513 S. First St. Luck, WI 54853

Raymond Johnson 1523 105th Ave. Amery, WI 54001

Lucille Olson 136 W. St. George Ave. Grantsburg, WI 54840

Chad Swanson 22369 County Rd. M Frederic, WI 54837

Laurits Hansen 104 S. Blanding Woods Rd. St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

William or Gudrun Johnson P.O. Box 405 Frederic, WI 54837

Margaret Orgeman 1312 Wisconsin St. Hudson, WI 54016

Florence or Bruce Swanson 4004 London Rd. Duluth, MN 55804

Mrs. Laurits Hansen 104 S. Blanding Woods Rd. St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

Willard Johnson 201 W. Broadway Grantsburg, WI 54840

Elinore Paulson 865 Tanglewood Dr. Shoreview, MN 55126

Scott Thalin 28861 Sweger Rd. Danbury, WI 54830

Alice Hanson 205 United Way Frederic, WI 54837

Janet Kelton P.O. Box 218 Frederic, WI 54837

Clarence Pedersen 750 Louisiana St. St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

Roy or Alice Tibbetts Address Unknown

Doris Hanson 12133 State Rd. 48 Grantsburg, WI 54840

Mrs. Violet Kennedy 300 Michigan Ave. Centuria, WI 54824

Ethel Peterson 4125 Ruby St. Schiller Park, IL 60176

Peggy or Ronald Hedberg 899 Lois Lane Circle Pines, MN 55014

Thomas Kinning 39101 Hemingway Ave. North Branch, MN 55056

John Peterson 570 24th Ave. Cumberland, WI 54829

Elmer Hedlund 416 1st Ave. Luck, WI 54853

Louise Koch 23491 State Rd. 35 Siren, WI 54872

Ludwig Petersen 7530 Ash St. W. Webster, WI 54893

Idamarie Henson 9518 Halberns Blvd. Santee, CA 92071

Lynn Krahler Route 2 Webster, WI 54893

Shirley Peterson 7940 Yates Ave. N. Minneapolis, Mn 55443

Mrs. Evelyn Hilsuk 7024 Jenner Circle S. Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Roy Laatsch 1648 County Rd. W Frederic, WI 54837

Verone Peterson 5330 Beacon Hill Rd. Minnetonka, MN 55345

Elve Hoffman 2469 295th Ave. Cushing, WI 54006

Robbin Larson 1335 7th Ave. E. Kalispell, MT 59901

Fred or Shirley Piela P.O. Box 631 Siren, WI 54872

William Hoffman 2469 295th Ave. Cushing, WI 54006

Winifred Leifgren 2244 Ferris Lane Roseville, MN 55113

Karen Quick 31423 Nelson Rd. Danbury, WI 54830

Wm. Demulling Osceola, WI 54020

Gordon Holmgren 1310 N. 20th St. Superior, WI 54880

Mildred Lindberg 343 E. McKenny St. St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

Gladys Reno 5808 Merold Dr. Edina, MN 55436

Ruth Doran 24146 4th Ave. Siren, WI 54872

Helen Hostvet 2490 60th St. Luck, WI 54853

Violet Luke 11097 Crosstown Rd. Grantsburg, WI 54840

Wayne Reynolds 5920 Gold Hill Rd. Placerville, CA 95667

Kelly Doriott 30705 Nystrom Ln. Lindstrom, MN 55045

Rose Hughes 612 S. 2nd St. Luck, WI 54853

Neal Lundeen 20775 County Line Rd. Frederic, WI 54837

John Robinson 740 Louisiana St. St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

Betty Edwards 7175 Austin Lake Rd. Webster, WI 54893

Gloria Roohr-Hyzer 2396 250th Ave. Cushing, WI 54006

Sinon or Henrietta Lynch 1673 190th Ave. Centuria, WI 54824

Don or Michelle Roodell 1590 County Rd. W Frederic, WI 54837

Charlotte Ekhaml 3400 W. 66 St. #300 Edina, MN 55435

Martha Iverson 201 W. Broadway Ave. Grantsburg, WI 54840

Lester Madsen 734 Mulligan Dr. Osceola, WI 54020

Lee Salzman 302 Spring Ct. Amery, WI 54001

William Bosak 3018 100th St. Frederic, WI 54837 Leonard Brandt 4506 Perry Ave. N. Robbinsdale, MN 55422 Mary Brockoff 639 Dickey St. S. Amery, WI 54001 Charles Bruss 6930 Pike Bend Rd. Webster, WI 54893 H W Buchkosky 6335 Governors Dr. New Port Richey, FL 34655 Cindy Carlson P.O. Box 315 Frederic, WI 54837 Vera or Ralph Carlson 1325 Eldridge Ave. South St. Paul, MN 55075 Mary Casey 7639 Prospect Ave. Danbury, WI 54830 Alwin or Imogene Christopherson 510 W. Wisconsin Ave. Grantsburg, WI 54840 Ruth Ann Cockerham 571 E. Palfrey St. San Antonio, TX 78223 Ruth Cornwall 6060 Judio Rd. Kettle, KY 47252 Betty Cullen 6639 Midtown Rd. Siren, WI 54872

James or Eva Tobias 15045 Chokecherry Dr. Navis, MN 56467 Sylvia Towle 4123 County Rd. T Danbury, WI 54830 John Townsend 2403 Ave. C Bradenton Beach, FL 33510 Brook Waalen P.O. Box 624 Luck, WI 54853 Harvey Wicklund 257 St. George Ave. Grantsburg, WI 54840 Roy Wicklund 22520 Cty. Rd. W Grantsburg, WI 54840 Joe Wieser 12702 North Rd. Grantsburg, WI 54840 John Will Route 2 Osceola, WI 54020 Arnold Wirth 1507 57th Ave. Bradenton, FL 33507 Clarence Zahn 4300 Robbins Landing Robbinsdale, MN 55422

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American Legion honors Dean Daniels by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer FREDERIC — Dean Daniels, longtime commander of Frederic American Legion Post 249, was honored last week at a ceremony held at Frederic School Tuesday evening, Sept. 18. Friends, family and fellow Legion members from around the region and state took part in recognizing Daniels for his 28 years with the post. Daniels’ position as commander will now be shared by Jerry Tischer and Jeff Butler. Butler was the master of ceremonies at Tuesday’s ceremony, beginning with a moment of silence for all military personnel and to recognize the recent anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy. In his years of service, Butler pointed out, Daniels took a lead role in the Veterans Day programs, Memorial Day programs, parades, funerals and other community functions. “Dean, you’ve done a lot,” said Butler. “That’s the kind of commander he’s been — one who had his boots on the ground.” Butler went around the room, giving each of the 30-plus people in attendance a chance to share something about how Daniels impacted their life or the community. The comments often included the role Daniels’ wife, Bev, played. “They’ve always been two of my favorite people,” said past state auxiliary

Retiring post Commander Dean Daniels, Frederic American Legion Post 249. Members of Dean Daniels’ family joined him for a recognition ceremony honoring his 28 years with Frederic American Legion Post 249. From left are daughters Andrea Daniels and Tanya Mortel, grandson Randy Mortel, wife Bev, Daniels, granddaughter Jerrica Jones, and granddaughter Jasmine Holmquist. Not shown are son David Daniels, daughter Lisa Daniels and granddaughter Rachel Mortel. President Gayle Jansen, echoing the sentiment of many of the guests.

Retiring Frederic American Legion Post 249 Commander Dean Daniels, right, accepts a smile, well wishes and a plaque of appreciation from Jim Chapin, past state commander. — Photos by Mary Stirrat unless otherwise indicated

Past state Commanders Jim Chapin and Bob Thomas were among those who thanked Daniels for his years of service. “I want to thank you for over 30 years of friendship,” added Chapin. Polk County Veterans Service Officer Rick Gates, calling Daniels his go-to person in the Frederic area, told the group that he always received excellent cooperation from Daniels. He said that he appreciated Daniels’ ability to foster a sense of camaraderie and a spirit of working together for a good purpose. Bob Buhr, current district commander, discussed Daniels’ leadership of the Oratorical Contest, and thanked Daniels for his friendship, leadership, and mentoring as Buhr followed him as county commander. Both Dr. Doug Harlander and Doug Panek commented on the pancake breakfasts they helped Daniels with. “You have to thank Dean for doing a lot of pancakes,” joked Harlander. “Dean was very superior at making pancakes,” added 30-year member Panek. Community member and fellow teacher Pat Denn told the group that she appreciated Daniels’ patriotism, which she shares. “We recognize different kinds of heroes,” she said to Daniels, “and you are

Andrea Daniels, left, and Tanya Mortel enjoy the memories shared at the ceremony recognizing their dad, Dean Daniels, for his 28 years with Frederic American Legion Post 249. one of them.” The final person to speak was Daniels’ daughter, Tanya Mortel. “Dad has always been a human history book,” she said. Turning to her dad she said, “You taught us to respect the colors and you taught us the reason behind them. You made an impression on all of us, so thank you for that.”

Like snow More than 30 people turned out to honor Dean Daniels for his 28 years with Frederic American Legion Post 249, including local and state Legion officials. Going counterclockwise from bottom right are: Dr. Doug Harlander, Phil Knuf, Darwin Niles, Duane Martin, 12th District Commander Bob Buhr, Polk County Veterans Service Officer Rick Gates, Ken Nelson and Warren Melin (not pictured). — Photo submitted

Bob Buhr, left, present 12th District commander, presents retiring Frederic Post 249 Commander Dean Daniels with a plaque of appreciation for his 28 years with the American Legion. — Photo submitted

It looks like snow, but it was hail that dumped into several areas in Polk and Burnett County on Wednesday, Sept. 19. – Photo by Marty Seeger


Prairie Fire's "Jack and the Beanstalk" performed at Luck School LUCK — In the span of just one week, 60 Luck School District students teamed up with two professional actors/directors to audition, practice and present Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original musical version of the classic tale “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Interested students in first through 12th grades, both home-school and public, came to the auditions on Monday, Sept. 17, to fill the roles of Jack, his fellow villagers, the carnival performers, the people of Orchestrania, the inhabitants of Featherville and the trolls. On Tuesday through Friday, the cast learned their lines, songs and dances for two performances on Friday evening, Sept. 21, and Saturday afternoon, Sept. 22, to a combined audience of over 265. The local cast was led by Prairie Fire professionals Chris Rosser and Elizabeth Dunn. Rosser played the roles of the giant and the ringmaster while Dunn played the roles of storyteller and Lucia, the giant’s wife. The student cast included: Villagers Jack - Eli Marek Jessie - Alaura Lemieux Milky - Katie Mattson Mother - Krystal Zuniga Old Jeb - Jaeven Duke Enoch Slumlord - Riley Runnels Prissy - Elizabeth Johnson Percy - Samuel King Sally - Grace Marek Gabby - Courtney Johnson Toby - Annaleise Wright-Greener Orchestranians Princess Harp - Gabbie Groh King Harmony - Rob Bergstrom Queen Melody - McKenna Delany Horn of Plenty - Heather Morales Bass - Ben Smith Treble - Robin Brown Major Minor - Makayla McCoy

Sixty students took part in last week’s Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s presentation of “Jack and the Beanstalk.” After spending the week in practice, the group put on performances Friday evening, Sept. 21, and Saturday afternoon, Sept. 22. – Photos submitted Orchestranians - Logan Hill, Megan Chivers, Britta Dueholm, Coltin Anderson, Cameron Johnson and Chyanna Hochstetler Birds Goose - Erin Frank Toucan - Rhiannon Zwieg Turkey - Maddie Emerson Peacock - Julianna Thompson Owl - Amelia King Birds - Dominic Caroon, Raven CarlsonBrown, Rose King, Hunter Johnson, Sydney Smith, Kylie Broten, Taylor Talmadge and Gabrielle Engstrand

The giant, PFCT actor / director Chris Rosser, who lives in the fourth level above the others at the top of the Ribbon in the Sky, tells his minions, the trolls, that he is hungry and that they need to go out hunting for his food immediately. Carnies Bobo - Sierra Zuniga Coco - Jasmine Morales Carnies - Abby Marek, Tasha Adams, Becky Gaspord, Nolan Roode, Theressa Morales, Alex Kaphingst, Wyatt Jensen and Audrie Amos

As the carnival arrives in the village, many of the performers present a commercial for the villagers to convince them to come and attend their show. The leader of the carnival, and head conman, PFCT actor / director Chris Rosser, convinces Jack, Eli Marek, to trade the family’s most precious possession, their deceased father’s watch, for a bag of magic beans while Jack’s sister Jessie, Alaura Lemieux, listens in disbelief.

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Trolls Troll leader - Coltrane Zwieg Trolls - Ruth Dikkers, Zoe Allen, Carson Engstrand, Elliana Johansen, Milena Johansen, Layne Duke, Sara Sellent, McKenzie Wright, Christian Greener, Justin

Adams and Corinna Torres

Lights and sound Kim Demydowich Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre has been sponsored by Luck Community Education for the past seven years. Ticket sales, participation fees and DVD copies of the show all help cover the $2,000 Prairie Fire residency fee. To order a DVD, please contact Amy Aguado, Luck Comm. Ed. director, at 715-472-2152 Ext. 103 or e-mail — submitted

Shortly before Jack and Jessie climb up the beanstalk to them, the peacock, Julianna Thompson, and the other birds who reside in the third level known as Featherville, discuss their lack of food and lack of money to buy food because the giant had stolen the goose that laid the golden eggs.


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Now a quarter century old, Anathoth Community Farm gets souped up

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by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer TOWN OF GEORGETOWN – Few places exalt the concept of sustainability better than the 57-acre Anathoth Community Farm near Round Lake. In fact, it was sustainable even before the term was really used. For a quarter century now, the little farm "community" between Cumberland and Luck has set an example of the future by combining the principles of nonviolence with sacramental agriculture. "It's about the Earth being sacred," cofounder Mike Miles explained. "God kind of expects us to be stewards." Yes, spirituality is a major part of the concept, and in spite of what people may have thought over the years, the Anathoth concept is very spiritual and, as it turns out, is based on hospitality. In fact, Miles’ wife and community cofounder Barb Kass was assembling a list of all the people who've resided more than temporarily over the quarter century of the farm, and it easily surpassed two dozen, and kept growing. "But the sad part is keeping track of everyone who has been a part of this and passed away," she added. "That list is pretty long, also."

ing with a lawyer, whom they had they met in jail during a protest. "He decided to go with a more modern home," Miles joked.

The appeal

Breaking ground

Miles and Kass have been married for 34 years, and while they met in college in Iowa, they shared the same nonviolent principles and had been working toward that end through the Catholic worker concept, but they moved to take it in a different way, and sent out an appeal for funds to start a farm based on similar principles. "But we didn't want to borrow money to do it," Kass said. "And we couldn't really." They sent out 200 letters for donations, straight from an address book of people who had supported them in the past. To their surprise, the letter yielded more than they had ever hoped. "In six weeks, we had $20,000!" Kass exclaimed with a nod and her trademark smile. "It was amazing." From there, to make a long story really short, they used the money to purchase several parcels of land from a 135-acre farm owned by neighbors Jeff Peterson and Nancy Stewart, in the fall of 1986. They created the Plowshares Land Trust for the intended community. That trust still exists, and includes both Miles and Kass, as well fellow peace activists Bonnie Urfer and John LaForge, who also live on the farm. Through eventual additional purchases, they were able to expand that purchase to the 57 current acres, with some of that original, $20,000 actually being used for a road in, as well as a unique, in-kind donation of a long-disassembled, 1892 hand-carved square log home. Miles explained with a chuckle that the home donation came from a unique meet-

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Mike Miles and Barb Kass of Anathoth Community Farm look over a bountiful harvest of squash and pumpkins inside a greenhouse, much of which will end up on local tables or restaurants. - Photo by Greg Marsten

One of the primary features of the farm is that handsome 1892 home, which arrived on a flatbed semitrailer, meticulously

disassembled. Kass said one of the neighbors saw the trailer and asked if it was their firewood for the winter. "No, that's our house!" she told the stunned neighbor. The log home had originally been crafted in Oulou in Bayfield County and was part of a historic homestead. In fact,

the barn, outhouse and granary from that Oulou property now reside at the Old World Museum. While the logs had all been marked for reassembly, the elements claimed those markings, meaning they had to assemble it by fitting it all together. "It was so well made that we just had to do some measurements and guess," Miles said. "It went right together!" They broke ground on June 4, 1987, and only a few logs were too rotten to reuse, and with the help of a man from El Salvador staying with them at the time, the farm began to blossom from the land. They had a unique vision all along and planned all along to have the home be the best of many worlds with a modern foundation and using the best green technology of the day, meaning passive solar, wood heat, gray-water recycling and more. "There was no question about it," Kass said. "The tech we had back then is what everyone is talking about now." From the first shovelful of earth, the Anathoth concept followed that path, faithful to the sustainable philosophy. "Nobody used that word back then," Kass said.

The apex

Anathoth is a Biblical reference cited throughout the Old Testament, it is a traditional city of refuge or safety, and was the name given to the home of Jeremiah. While the farm is a refuge for numerous modern peace activists, it also maintains a working philosophy that has morphed into much more. It has sprouted much more than just the 1892 home; they have created a variety of sustainable structures, six in total, from a cutting-edge straw-bale-based "meditation center" that uses a refrigerator that is part indoors, part outdoors to use ambient winter temps, to an art studio, office, library and several outbuildings, mainly from reclaimed or recycled materials, created long before Craigslist. Everything on the property is a work in progress and is constantly being tweaked, improved or enhanced, from mobile livestock pens to a unique greenhouse that can be moved on rails for the changing seasons. They also have a solar shower, expansive composting and generally make as little impact on the planet as possible. But it is more than just a farm, it is a system, a beginning, end and middleman of many different functions: Growing food, collecting seeds, harvesting or preparing that food, collecting the seeds and doing it again. Yes, much of the cycle of life can be found to be in a microcosm at Anathoth. Miles and Kass are rightfully proud of their stained clothing and reputation for innovation. They are also proud of simply surviving at times.

Labor Day 1987

The couple moved into the 1892 home on Labor Day 1987. Kass is honest about the early struggles. The couple tells of that first

Volunteers have assisted with creation of the farm for the past quarter century. - Special photo

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winter, with a child in diapers, no water and one outlet for electricity in the whole house, down in the basement, which Miles called the "construction outlet." The home was assembled but not complete, they had to enter through a trap door in the kitchen, and an attempt at a sandpoint well proved futile, meaning they had to haul water, had very little money, a tired Subaru wagon and life was a true homestead struggle. Kass even called the day the well attempt failed "Black Friday," as she knew they would be going all winter without water. "It was a struggle. But we got a family pass to the Unity Pool," Kass recalled. "We'd clean up on Sundays, go to the Laundromat to wash diapers." The duo was barely staying above water, and they kept the faith that things would eventually pick up and improve. Their past Catholic Relief work paid off, as a convent of nuns near Ladysmith decided to help one of their own, raising enough money for a well. "They didn't want our family to go without water!" Kass said with the grin again, sunlight catching the moistness in her eyes. Once again, it all worked out in the end.

The hospitality

Over that quarter century since that Labor Day, Kass, Miles and crew have become notorious for hosting events, gatherings, protests and educational training. In fact, that hospitality has also become an ancillary part of the Anathoth concept, as wayward travelers and friends have often been housed at the farm. They have hosted hundreds of college students who take alternative spring breaks, while their classmates hit the MTVMexico crowd. Many students from all over the U.S. and the world will come to the farm, working, learning and enjoying the farm, often to bring the lessons to their own lives, homes, towns or schools. The educational concept has become a staple of the farm, with annual maple syrup tours becoming an exciting field trip for Luck School District students. The tours are a way to introduce children to the sustainability concepts, agriculture and innovations that are commonplace at Anathoth. It is second nature to find students on the property, working at everything from cutting wood to digging, gardening, weeding, building or just plain learning how they do it. "There's always been someone just passing through," Miles said. But they don't try to indoctrinate, or pass on their own beliefs, noting instead that they want to teach them how to think, not what to think. Kass leaves kids with this note after their annual maple syrup tour, written by Marianne Williamson, and reportedly part of Nelson Mandela’s inauguration: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. “We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t

1,500 miles to your table," Miles said. "We're trying to concentrate on food sources within a 50-mile radius." The farm on Round Lake Road has spawned hundreds of notable events, fixtures, innovations and unique ideas. Their philosophy and activism has meant occasional jail stays, lots of international travel and the expounding of many controversial ideas, that seemed to become less controversial as realty bloomed. But Kass and Miles are notably understanding and love to hear ideas of all flavors, even from people who disagree vehemently with the concept. "Justice is important, but dinner is essential!" Kass joked.

Souped up

Volunteers from the Land Stewardship Project planted trees at the farm over two decades ago, which have now grown into dramatic and large maples, birch, oak and conifers, eventually concealing all of the buildings on the property. - Special photos, unless otherwise noted feel insecure around you. “We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

The reality

In spite of the long-held rumors of wild hippie activities, nobody at Anathoth farms naked. First off, it's sunburn central, and even paradise has bugs. But because of their focus on activities that some people might try to quell, Miles ran for Congress, twice, outlining many of his international concerns and antiwar philosophies. Kass said they know the spotlight is always on, and they go to great lengths to "walk the walk," and live lives they are proud of and can continue for decades to come. "Change the world as it is presented to you," Kass said, when asked about the next 25 years. "We're crowding 60! Us playing small doesn't serve the world." Anathoth is more than just a farm, it is really a way of life, a way of existence, even. And while it's easy to concentrate on the exotic engineering, subtle use of the cycle of life and extensive innovation, it has not been all perfect, as Miles admits that some of the plans didn't work. They admit that using the composting toilet as a garbage disposal meant hundreds of flies, and the solution of using plants from a nearby creek sort of worked,

This is what the 1892 home looked like disassembled when it arrived on the property.

but the whole house smelled like a swamp!" They also admit to having been through the ringer with the "potty police," and it took a long series of persuading demonstrations to officials of all levels to approve how they deal with human waste. "It didn't really fit into their paperwork!" Miles joked again, saying it took several months of review, but eventually was approved with flying colors.

The future

In its 25th winter now, the Anathoth experiment continues to be one of the most innovative, self-sustaining and remarkable places anywhere, not just locally. They have visitors from all over the world, and with their extensive network of international issues and involvement from nuclear proliferation to the Middle East and global warming concerns, their track record is strong. Through the efforts of their friends, and especially from LaForge and Urfer, their long-fought battles in northern Wisconsin to eliminate the Project Extremely Low Frequency complex to communicate with nuclear submarines paid off with its fairly recent closure. But the palette of conflicts didn't get much smaller. With nuclear proliferation, the Fukushima Japanese tsunami meltdown and extensive issues that grow from the Middle East, North Africa and stewing world conflicts, the future specters are unclear, and give even more credence to the farm and its causes of sustainable and local food as being a key to survival, period. "Face it, the average food item travels

Mike Miles and Barb Kass look over the woodland pigs, one of the newer additions to the sustainable farm. - Photo by Greg Marsten

The 1892 historic farmhouse at Anathoth had been disassembled and moved from Bayfield County in northern Wisconsin, but the elements claimed the essential log markings, requiring its builders to guess on reassembly.

To help celebrate that quarter century of making waves and often being the wave, Anathoth is the hosting location for the annual Soupstock IV event. With food, games, music, even a church service, the event this Sunday, Sept. 30, is a celebration of the causes they have championed. But it is also a chance for new visitors to get a tour of the farm, see how it works, why it works and why it matters. It also means enjoying fall’s bounties, local farming, talents and fun for kids, adults and everyone in between. The food from the farm has found its way to thousands of local tables, school menus and restaurants, and their ideas have gone even further. They've raised families, taught, expanded, grown, turned a little gray and grown into the community to become a cherished and celebrated experiment that really works. The farm also breeds courage, and for many people becomes the closet thing to a refuge as anything they've known. Miles likes to use the words of the late Clarence Jordan, who went on to found Habitat for Humanity and became a noted New Testament scholar. "Faith is turning dreams into deeds and betting your life on unseen realities," he quoted from memory. Yes, the couple is not afraid to admit they've had help and been extremely lucky, but they both hope to keep it up for another 25 years, or someone else will, as part of that original trust. They have grown so comfortable with each other, they tend to finish each other's sentences and admit to "erring on the side of loving too much." "We'll sit down with everyone," Kass said. "We all have something in common. Whether it's grandkids, their future or tomatoes or whatever ... Kindness breeds kindness. It's that simple." Eventually, the logs all seem to fit together. Soupstock IV is this Sunday, Sept. 30, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Anathoth Farm which is located at 740 Round Lake Road, south of Hwy. 48, east of Luck. Go to for more background. All are welcome.

While the home may have been a century old at the time it was brought to the farm, the foundation and basement were cutting edge, eventually housing passive solar, a greenThis photo was taken dring disassembly of house, gray-water reclamation, superefficient the home in Bayfield County. wood heat and other innovative and sustainable features.


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dog trotted into a butcher’s shop. The butcher saw $10 and a note in the dog’s mouth. The note said, “10 Joe Roberts lamb chops, please.” Amazed, the butcher took the money, put a bag of chops in the dog’s mouth and quickly closed the shop. He followed the dog and watched him wait for a green light, look both ways and trot across the road to a bus stop. The dog checked the timetable and sat on the bench. When a bus arrived, he boarded the bus. The butcher followed, dumbstruck. After awhile, the dog stood on his back paws to push the stop button, then the butcher followed him off. The dog ran up to a house and dropped his bag on the stoop. He went back down the path, took a big run and threw himself -Whap!- against the door. He did this again and again. No answer. So he beat his head against a window, jumped off and waited at the front door. A big guy opened it and yelled at the dog. The butcher screamed at the guy, “What in the world are you doing? This dog’s a genius!” The owner responded, “Genius? I don’t think so. It’s the second time this week he’s forgotten his key!”


Last call at the Frederic Depot/ Museum, Sunday, Oct. 7 FREDERIC—The last day of the 2012 season at the Frederic Soo Line Depot and Frederic Area Museum will be Sunday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Books by local authors are available including Walt Wedin, Vernon Peterson, Carol Peterson, Larry Lee Phillipson, James “Buz” Swerkstrom, Ed Emerson, Sam Jones and Stanley Selin. Frederic’s 75th-anniversary book, as well as the centennial edition of the “History of Frederic,” are in stock, and these books make excellent gifts and are available as premiums for making modest contributions to the museum. The Frederic Depot is the only remaining Soo Line second-class depot on the former rail line that ran from Dresser Junction to Superior until 1988. The depot, built in 1901, has been refurbished and serves as a rest stop during the summer months on the Gandy Dancer State Recreation Trail. Members of the Frederic Area Historical Society volunteer to keep the museum open to visitors and are dedicated to preserving the history of the Frederic community. Admission is free, but donations are accepted and appreciated to help offset the costs of operation. If you have not visited the depot/museum this year, or have never seen it, the coffee will be on Sunday, Oct. 7, for the final day of the 2012 season. The depot/museum will open for the 2013 summer season starting Memorial Day weekend in May 2013. Do you know who the former Frederic resident featured in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” was? See pictures of downtown Frederic before the fire that destroyed the buildings on the north side of Main Street. Did you know Casey Jones’ last public appearance was at the Frederic Depot? Find out all there is to know about the Frederic area at the 1901 Soo Line Depot/Museum. – Frederic Area Historical Society


Daniel finally came to see

Letters from

me. I say finally because it seemed like it had been a very long time. He stepped outside of my landlord Hector’s house and Carrie Classon into the backyard saying, “I wonder if Milo will remember me,” only to be plowed over by a yelping, dancing, delighted dog. “He’s back! That guy! That guy is back!” Milo was singing and dancing and hurling himself against Daniel. It was quite a welcome (and a hard act to follow). Daniel saw the university and met a few of my classmates. He spent most of his time investigating new jobs and new possibilities. He told me it was hard, sometimes, to imagine starting anew so late in life. He said he was doing it because he wanted to make meaning of the time he had left. He wanted to leave a mark and I understood what he meant. On Sunday, we went to see the petroglyphs. Sunday was a hot day and we went at the hottest time of the day. The kind lady in the visitors center was listening to Christmas music (which should perhaps have tipped us off) and she warned us there would be no shade. We headed out anyway, with Milo, to see these carvings made nearly a thousand years ago. It was very quiet, among the black lava rocks. Only a few low bushes managed to grow in the white sand that lay between the deeply pocked boulders. A trail wound between the large rocks that had been tossed by volcanoes onto the desert. Scratched into the black surface, the figures were not at first noticeable. But once I noticed one, I saw another and another and soon the landscape was thickly populated, crowded with messages from hundreds of years ago. Under a bright, unbroken afternoon sky, the petroglyphs stood in sharp relief, inscribed in red and white on


the black lava rock: parts of stories, pieces of lives, incomplete records of animals and events, a moment preserved on lava. Fragments of belief and slivers of revelation were left behind. The imprint of a hand, the evidence of a thought, the remains of a desire were etched into the hard, black rock We found a tiny bit of shade on the west side of a large rock once the sun was not directly overhead. Milo pressed himself against the rock trying to capture the cool of the stone and the sliver of shade. We ate smokey cheddar cheese and an apple that Daniel had brought from his apple tree at home. Milo ate scraps of cheese and learned to drink water from a cup. (Milo is an adaptable dog, especially if there is smokey cheese involved.) All around us crowded the petroglyphs. Some of the messages seemed urgent: pleas for help or attention or understanding. Some seemed more contemplative; like the presence of a friend they filled the great open space and made it less lonely. I could understand, especially under the late afternoon sun, both the urgency and the loneliness. I could see why it might be very important to leave a mark etched into the black stone that would not wash away. We sat eating apples in this great, open space and I felt both the need to be understood and the desire not to be alone. Nothing Daniel or I do will last as long as the petroglyphs, or be understood as well, and yet the impulse to do something remains. “Let me find meaning.” “Let me belong.” “Let me be remembered.” Till next time, – Carrie

Chad Lewis at Balsam Lake Public Library Friday, Oct. 5

Haunted locations in your own backyard

BALSAM LAKE – A presentation by author Chad Lewis on Friday, Oct. 5, will take the audience on a ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places in Wisconsin. It covers the entire state of Wisconsin, from wandering ghosts in the north woods to the haunted bed and breakfast in Milwaukee. From phantom creatures prowling the woods to graveyard apparitions located in your own backyard, no place in Wisconsin is without its own haunting story. Complete with photos, case histories, eyewitness accounts, ghost lore, and directions, this unique presentation encourages you to visit these places for your own ghost story.

Find out where you can: See possessed statues come to life; Pick up a phantom hitchhiker; Get chased by hellhounds;

Enjoy a play in a haunted theater; or Visit the cursed mausoleum.

Speaker bio Lewis is a paranormal researcher and author for Unexplained Research L.L.C. Lewis holds a Master of Science degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He has trekked across the world in search of the paranormal. From tracking vampires in Transylvania and chasing the “chupacabras” in Puerto Rico, to searching for the elusive monster in Loch Ness, and pursuing ghosts in Ireland’s castles, he brings over 16 years of research experience to his presentations. Lewis has been featured on the Discovery Channel’s “A Haunting,” ABC’s “World’s Scariest Places,” and hundreds of radio interviews, TV appearances and newspaper articles. he is the author of the Hidden Headlines series and also the co-author of the Road Guide to Haunted Locations book series. Lewis has presented at hundreds of libraries, universities, schools and private functions for crowds of seven to 700. - submitted

Milltown Public Library to host a candidate meet and greet MILLTOWN – The Milltown Public Library invites community members to a candidate meet and greet on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. With choices for the president, United States Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, state Senate District 10 and state Assembly District 28, voters in the village of Milltown will have a very full

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Cold turkey

ballot for the Nov. 6 elections. As an aid to voters, the library will host an event where constituents and candidates can not only meet each other, but also share their thoughts. All candidates have been invited to attend the event. The library now extends this invitation to the community.

ceived payment for my efforts and my writing career was born. My wife, Tammy, was my greatEditor’s note: John is on vacation est fan and she gave me a gift of this week - this is a column from our Webster’s Thesaurus and written archives, Sept. 1, 2010, “turkey lefton the inside cover is “For my John W. Ingalls, MD overs” if you will. husband on his 19th birthday, I Love You, Tammy.” While my Many have asked about my mowriting desires didn’t die, they did take a 30-year hiativation for writing and in truth there are many reatus. sons. It isn’t the money because I couldn’t possibly Writing is not a means to pay the rent but rather it is spend all of the money I get by writing. In fact I coulda way for me to escape from the stressors of my day. n’t give it all away either as I receive nothing of any Living the life of the small-town doctor isn’t always material value from my efforts. In fact what I gain by writing is priceless in comparison. I write for the same exciting, in fact sometimes it can be a bit boring. If I looked back over my schedule after the end of a long reasons gardeners garden, hikers hike, readers read day it may look something like this, Patient No. 1, and coaches coach. It gives us enjoyment, a sense of sick, wanted pills; Patient No. 2 sick, didn’t want pills; identity and a sense of purpose to do something for Patient No. 3 not sick but wanted pills; Patient No. 4 the common good. Somewhere in middle age there debrought note from wife so he wouldn’t forget how sick velops in most of us a passion to do something from he was; Patient No. 5 brought long list and wife; Pawhich we receive nothing of material value and yet tient No. 6 couldn’t remember why he was here … the value we receive from the process far exceeds any and so on. This is the diary of most of my days, howprice tag we may hang on the process. It is the basis ever, sometimes my days are punctuated with embedbehind being a volunteer. I like to believe I am volunded foreign objects, gaping wounds and crooked teering my time and effort to make one small moment limbs. I hesitate to say I enjoy those events; however it in your life a little bit better. I had dreams of being a writer long before I ever put does make my day more interesting. Writing lets me forget about the pain of today and allows me to dayon a latex glove and picked up a stethoscope. During dream about my childhood and all of the goofy ideas my stint in the U.S. Army in the 1970s I saved up my and troubles I have encountered over the years. Putmoney and bought a blue manual typewriter at Kting these memories down on paper in a way that is Mart with which to begin my career as a writer. readable and sharing it with you is a great escape for Through sheer effort and determination I was able to me. get two separate articles published, one in a national Part of me wants to tell stories and tell them well magazine, Fur, Fish and Game, and another in a rebut I always doubt myself, and my ability to tell a gional magazine, Wisconsin Sportsman. I actually re-

Stop by the library on Oct. 4, and put names to the faces; enjoy the refreshments provided by the Friends of the library; and make a confident and informed vote on Nov. 6. - submitted

good tale. It may be difficult for you to believe but everything I have written so far is nothing more than snippets of my life (with a few embellished points). Someday I want to write a novel. I realize this may be an idea or dream shared by many and it may never come to fruition but it is a reasonable goal. I view it as an extension of my current writing style and much like playing a musical instrument. If I can say that my current column is analogous to playing "Chopsticks" on the piano then perhaps writing a novel is comparable to playing Chopin or Beethoven. I may be able to play "Chopsticks" very well but there is something that pulls me onward to try new ideas and to develop new skills. It is also like making appetizers all of the time and never preparing an entire meal. It is satisfying but sometimes you just want to sink your teeth into something meaty and substantial and have a good chew. Finally I am amazed and richly blessed by the pleasure many of you have experienced from what I have written. Some of you have told me that while struggling with chemotherapy, broken relationships, physical illness and just the tedium of daily living you have found the ability to laugh at me and at yourself through my writing. Whether it is a story about burnt beans, killer beets or learning how to communicate with your husband or wife, you can relate to it and see part of yourself in the story. I try to weave some basic message or theme into each column, seasoned with a liberal dose of humor. If you see some value in these clips let the editor know and pass them on; if not, then when you are done at least you have something in which to wrap dead fish.


Football frenzy Football season is here again. The first few Sundays have been filled with endless hours of football games, curled up in my Green Bay Packer blanket, with a few naps during the boring games. There is something about football, and the newly changed leaves, that can leave a person romantic about fall. Recently, having joined my first fantasy football league, I have become even more interested in football. Luckily, I have enough guy friends who would gladly sit around and tell me everything they know about football, including football plays. So far I have learned the hook and ladder, Statue of Liberty and the flea-flicker. Now I have the opportunity to take my love for football further. Homecoming at my college is coming up soon and my roommate, who is in love with homecoming, convinced me to join

Wait! A couple of weeks ago, my youngest daughter noticed that one of the pumpkins in our patch had broken free of the vine. It looked ripe, so we baked the seeds and cooked, bagged and froze the pumpkin for later. Now I live with a girl who finds life bleak and meaningless without pumpkin pie. She loves to bake, so at every turn she implores me. When I say, “no” she quickly changes her tactic. “How long - that’s all I’m asking - ” she pleads, “until we can make pumpkin pie?” I won’t be pinned down. I’ve learned it plays into her strategy. One thing at a time, I tell her. Now is harvest time. Now is blanching and freezing and canning time. For everything there is a season: gather stones, plant, reap, turn turn turn and all that. You know? We still have tomatoes and peppers and carrots and squash and more pumpkins to put up for winter. Unconvinced, she continues her quest to wear me down. This weekend, seeking relief, I told her the marshmallow story. I mean, if the kid is unable to grasp the metaphors in the Book of Ecclesiastes or appreciate the catchy melody of a Byrds hit, maybe, I rea-

The Beaver Club – a unique evening’s adventure “Time travelers who journey to the

2012 rendition of the Beaver Club on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park may need to recheck their bearings when they arrive for the festivities. The hall will be decorated to resemble a Montreal tavern of 1808, only they will really be in the great room of the historical park’s visitors center. The Beaver Club banquet includes several dinner courses, music, historical characters, and other assorted mayhem. While the original Beaver Club started at 4 p.m. and could go ‘til dawn, this peek into history will run from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oh well. Travel back 200 years and a couple thousand miles in three hours while feasting? Sounds like quite the night will be in store as diners from 2012 mix with the elite fur trade aristocrats of 1808. The party highlights the activities typical of the legendary banquets held by Montreal’s Beaver Club, founded in 1785 by retired or off-duty fur traders wintering in the capital city of North America’s fur trade empire. They would gather fortnightly during the winter to recall and boast of their wilderness exploits. Indeed, their unique careers involved incredible travels across the continent; much of it in birch-bark canoes, no less. Most had canoed, portaged and trekked over more territory than Lewis and Clark ever dreamed of exploring. They were a breed unto themselves and celebrated in grand style when back in “civilized” Montreal. Founded in 1785, the group was only open to elite fur traders, those known in old French as the “bourgeois” (although many were Scottish, English or American). They had invested their time, pres-


chocolates Abby Ingalls powder-puff football. “Hey, Abby,” she says, nonchalantly, as I walk in the door. “Hey, what’s up?” Instead of beating around the bush she goes for the direct route, “Hey you’re joining powder puff this year, OK? It’s our last year.” She left me with no choice. The only problem is my roommate is a 6-foot tall, sturdy basketball player named Scotti, and I’m a 5foot-3 softy who works out twice a week. Football is also a great way to bring people together. There is no other time during the week where we have more people in our living room around the

We teach, we learn

soned, it was time to give science a try. In the late ‘60s, Walter Mischel, a Chris Wondra Stanford professor of psychology, conducted a series of experiments involving preschool children and marshmallows. Each of Mischel’s experiments began by inviting a nursery school child into a “game room.” Actually, little larger than closet with just a chair, table and plate with a marshmallow, the room must have sooner resembled a torture chamber than a game room—at least to the 4year-olds in the study, because once seated at the table, Mischel would inform the child that she had a choice: after he left the room she could eat the one marshmallow in front of her or wait 15 minutes (an eternity for a 4-year-old) and get two marshmallows.

TV. I am a die-hard Packer fan going to a Minnesota school, so most of the time I am the only one decked in green and gold while the rest sit at least a foot away in fear of defiling their Viking jerseys. But in the end, there is nothing like a little bit of rivalry. On the other hand, football is a great way to tear people apart. In my family there are two Vikings fans, while the rest bleed green and gold. There are only two times my family shakes the house with their yelling: family game nights and Packer games. In fact, I might have to call my mom after the Seattle Seahawk game to make sure she didn’t have a heart attack. My dad keeps a blood pressure cuff by his bedside to make sure he’s not going into hypertension. Another debate within our family is the push for the grandchildren to be Packer fans. My brother-in-law, unfortunately a Vikings fan, keeps his mouth

shut about my mom “brainwashing” his children into being Packer fans, but I know what he really thinks. Maybe that’s why he sits in the basement to watch games while the rest of my family watches the game upstairs. The oldest, now 5, is quite trained in thinking “purple and yellow are Vikings colors, and those colors are gross.” The younger one, not as far along in the brainwashing, claims she loves both the Packers and the Vikings. And the youngest can’t speak yet, but I swear she smiles every time Aaron Rodgers throws for a touchdown. All in all, for football fans, fall may be arguably the best season of the year. There are players and stats to keep track of, game after game to watch, fantasy rosters to polish, and it brings people together into one common space. So grab your favorite jersey, or T-shirt, or lucky Green Bay Packer socks and gather around – it’s football time!

A quick Internet search turns up a number of videos of just this type of experiment and, as you can imagine, they’re hilarious. Some kids reach for the marshmallow even before the door closes. Some stare at it for a time, trying to resist. Others pick it up and smell it, or lick it, or pick at it before finally succumbing to the temptation. Others do everything they can to distract themselves - covering their eyes or singing the ABCs. Mischel repeated this experiment 653 times. Most of the children held out for an average of less than three minutes. About 30 percent however, successfully delayed gratification until he returned. It was an interesting study of how (and how many) children were able to resist temptation. But perhaps the most fascinating data was not collected until over a decade later. In 1981, Mischel began sending out surveys to each of the kids in the original study. The results were striking. The longer a child was able to delay gratification, the more likely she was to have also avoided behavioral problems both in and out of school. The “delayers” as they came to be called, also had higher SAT scores. They handled stress better

and had an easier time paying attention and maintaining friendships. On average, children who waited 15minutes for the second marshmallow had SAT scores 210 points higher than the kids who only lasted 30 seconds. It’s tough, because we live in an increasingly get-it-now culture. Yet we know good things still come to those who can wait. Save up and use cash, or put it on the card? Study for that test, or play another video game? Enter the job market, or get that degree? For everything there is a season, I tried to explain to my daughter. Do you want one pie now? Or can you wait, get as many pumpkins and squash in the freezer as we can before they rot, and have 10 pies later? A thoughtful grin spread across her face. She may not be quite ready to give up, but at least I know she’s thinking. There is a time for every purpose. As for learning to delay gratification, now is as good a time as any.

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tige and money to build the Montrealbased fur trade empire and the Beaver Club was their way of celebrating their unique way of life. It began with 19 members that first year, and in its span ‘til 1827 never numbered more than 55 regulars and 10 honorary fellows at any one time. Their canoe paddler voyageurs, while admired, were not considered of the same rank, per the social customs of the time. Each member nominated could only be admitted via unanimous vote and had to have wintered in the hinterlands at least one season, preferably more. Like other social clubs, distinctive customs and certain rituals were expected, among them five traditional toasts and other customs peculiar to a group of one-time wilderness travelers. The gatherings were thus noted for their intriguing blend of formality alongside riotous gaiety—a way for the “gentility” to let their hair down, so to speak, but to still maintain their aristocratic airs, a far cry from the totally rough-hewn frontiersmen wrongly portrayed in many history books, movies and TV shows. The Forts Folle Avoine version will serve as a window into those celebrations. Elegant food courses, based on typical helpings of fur, fish, and fowl dishes consumed in the interior, but “improved” on by Montreal’s gourmet

Fiddler Cyprien Courteau will be among the featured entertainers at this year’s Beaver Club gala banquet scheduled for 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park. Reservations and more information are available by calling 715-866-8890. – Photo submitted chefs. Appetizers (scones, anyone?) will be out during the seating time, 6:30-7 p.m.. Then four servings of more substantial fare will be delivered every half hour, each course escorted into the hall by the evening’s bagpiper. Add dessert, and appropriate libations—and before one realizes, the piper will play a finale and visitors will be allowed to stagger back to the future.

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Hosting the evening, set in the year 1808, will be actors portraying Charles Jean Baptiste Chaboillez and Alexander Henry, both veteran fur traders who were instrumental in starting the club. A fresh inductee into the group—Alexander Mckay—will receive the gold Beaver Club medallion awarded to new members. Some nonmembers will also entertain, including Cyprien Courteau performing fiddle tunes, leading some songs and reciting a poetic salute to the voyageurs. Young Hunter Cameron will share some voyageur tales, and of course Aengus MacOtterwater will ring the rafters with bagpipe tunes. Other assorted planned and unplanned moments will vary the pace and set a lively tone to the evening frolics. The Beaver Club celebration is a combination of feast, frolic and history. But wasn’t history supposed to be boring? OK, forget I said that. This magical trip back to 1808 can only handle so many time travelers, however, so reservations are needed and can be obtained by calling 715-8668890. Meanwhile, the much more rustic side of the fur trade—life in the trading areas—is available via tours of Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park’s re-creation of two 1802-05 era trading houses and an adjacent Ojibwe Indian village. These only have one weekend left, however, as that element of the Forts’ educational ventures ends Saturday/Sunday, Sept. 29-30. A fur trade museum and gift shop remain open even after the tour season ends, and a historical research library is open every Wednesday throughout the year. Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park is located on CTH U, three miles west of the Hwy. 35/CTH U intersection in Burnett County’s Yellow Lakes area. Signed, Woodswhimsy


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Local authors coming to the Frederic depot FREDERIC—Local authors Stanley Selin, Sam Jones, and Russ Hanson, all with strong ties to the area, will be at Frederic’s 1901 Soo Line Depot/Museum, Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stanley Selin, author of “Second Book of Stories of the Trade River Valley,” grew up on a dairy farm near the village of Trade Lake, graduated from Frederic High School, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethel College in history in 1955. He lived in Fridley, Minn., working for Honeywell and Control Data until retiring in 1989. He has been collecting pictures and researching the history of the Town of Trade Lake using Robert Anderson’s history of families of Trade Lake, publications and personal accounts. Sam Jones, who grew up in Lewis, saw Calvin Coolidge during the presidential visit to Seven Pines, now has published a memoir surrounding his serious combat injuries in World War II and eventual successful career through the Vietnam conflict, titled, “To Hell and Almost Back—Life of a Seriously Wounded WWII Vet-

eran.” Local author Russ Hanson will also be making a return appearance to the depot, selling, signing his books and talking local history. Hanson, a longtime resident and self-described historian of the Upper St. Croix Valley, needs little introduction. Published previously as a weekly newspaper column, the River Road Rambler is well known for covering local history. Having made the transition to the Internet, he can currently be found at Claiming to have sold as many as 300 copies of one of his previously published books, Hanson will be trying to get another of his books over that lofty mark. The Frederic Area Historical Society is hosting this special event to coincide with the final weekend of the Soo Line Depot/Museum for the 2012 season. The museum will open on Memorial Day weekend next spring, for the 2013 season. – submitted

“Playing with Fire” in rehearsal at Festival Theatre ST. CROIX FALLS - Festival Theatre takes a dramatic turn in the 2012 Theatre Series with its upcoming production of “Playing with Fire (After Frankenstein),” written by Barbara Field. After a summer of humor, music and great imagination found in “Man of La Mancha,” plus enduring love in “Voice of the Prairie,” the directors are now bringing the continuing story of Victor Frankenstein and his creature to the stage, a response to Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.” The production opens to the public on Thursday, Sept. 27. As the play begins, an exhausted and dying VicDirector of “Playing With tor Frankenstein has finally Fire” Joan Brooks confers tracked down his creature in the far reaches of the with stage manager Peter North Pole. Determined to Weber. The show starts this right the wrong he has Thursday, Sept. 27. – Photo committed by, at last, de- submitted stroying the malignant evil he believes he has created, Frankenstein discovers that the creature has been endowed with something he did not expect to find – a touch of humanity. Through a deep, agonizing dialogue, with flashbacks of significant and horrible events in their history, the creator and the creation delve into the unanswerable question, “Why did you make me?” Their relationship at times mirrors that of parent and child, scientist and experiment, rejection and love, and even good and evil, as Dr. Frankenstein sees his murderous creature longing for relief from the pain of loneliness. Directing for the first time at Festival Theatre is Joan Brooks of Madison. Brooks is well known in the theater arts community as a sought-after director with years of

experience in the Madison area. She has been the artistic advisor of Madison Theatre Guild, and artistic director of Madison Repertory Theatre dating back to the 1980s. Her work has taken her across the country and her directing credits are many, but some recent ones include “The Yeoman of the Guard” with the Madison Savoyards, “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Proof” and “The Glass Menagerie” with the Madison Theatre Guild, and the 2012 production of “Up” at the Bartell Theatre. Executive Director Danette Olsen is thrilled to have Brooks on the production team for the fall show, describing her as someone whom Olsen has wanted to bring here since joining the staff in 2006. “Joan is the most intuitive and humanistic director I have ever met and that says a lot when you consider the number of superb directors I have worked with in my career!” Olsen went on to say, “Even the casual conversations about ‘Playing with Fire’ have kept me extremely eager to see this show on its feet. I only have a little longer to wait and I’m so very pleased that Joan is at the helm of this production.” Breathing life into the story are two veteran actors new to Festival Theatre. Playing Dr. Victor Frankenstein is Stuart Brooks, and Gabriel Murphy is the creature. The physical sets also play a role in bringing a story to life. Costuming, carpentry and interior design create the space that visually supports the story, and lighting and sound enhance each element. Sharing their talents as designers are David Markson in scenic design and painting, Fizz Kizer in carpentry, Kim Murphy in costumes, and Todd Reemtsma in lighting. Peter Weber and Eric Thorstad are handling stage management and properties design. “Playing with Fire” opens on Thursday, Sept. 27, for a five-week run, ending Oct. 28. Note: this show is recommended for young adults and older. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 715-483-3387 or 888887-6002, by e-mailing, or online at Festival Theatre is located in downtown St. Croix Falls at 210 North Washington St. - submitted

Both Saturday and Sunday large and miniature quilts will be on sale with proceeds going to the CRA, a shelter for victims of violence and to people in need in the Polk and Burnett countries area. Miniature quilts are sold through silent auction bidding while the larger quilts are available for direct purchase. Multiple demonstrations will be provided throughout the show on piecing techniques, use of rulers and machine quilting. Bev Proulx, an experience quilt appraiser, will be available again to provide quilt appraisals. Also featured is the Bed Turning, a showing and discussion of antique and contemporary quilts with unusual histories. Multiple quilt shop vendors are also available, so plan to spend a few hours shopping at the vendors, looking at quilts, learning some quilt history and some new techniques. submitted

The Indianhead barbershop chorus, officially the Indianhead chapter of S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A., would present their fourth-annual Harvest of Harmony at the Frederic High School on Oct. 20. The guest quartets from Minneapolis, Minn., were called Hut-Four and the Atomic Bums.-A new Cyclone feed grinder was installed at the Frederic Farmers Exchange. Manager Les Annett said the new grinder would be cleaner and more efficient, easier to operate, and that it was larger, extending 25 feet above the building’s roof.-A countywide polio immunization program was being organized for Polk County.-The safe at Paquette’s tavern in Grantsburg was broken into and $1,500 was stolen.George (Mick) Sears graduated from Wisconsin State College-Superior with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He was a 1954 Webster graduate and had served in the Army prior to entering college.-Trinity Lutheran Church in Falun set up a student loan fund for young people of the parish to further their education beyond high school.-A 16-week machine operator training program was being offered at Grantsburg High School, supervised by the Rice Lake Vocational and Adult Education school.-The Gospelaires from North Central Bible College would be singing at Siren Assembly of God Church.-In high school football action, Frederic beat Webster 34-14, Shell Lake defeated Siren 26-6, and Unity beat Grantsburg 24-7. Two other games were closer, Amery came in 13-6 over Osceola, and Luck beat St. Croix Falls, 6-0. Frank Svoboda of Frederic and Doug Dube of Unity were standouts for the weekend.

40 years ago Mr. and Mrs. Si Levka sold their Chibbit Resort on Godfrey Lake to Ted Nelson Jr. and Roger Richison of Siren. The Levkas planned to build and operate a shop selling rock specimens and novelties.-Army Privates Jeffrey Rasmussen and Philip Madsen completed their basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. They were both 1972 graduates of Luck High School.-Winners of the Polk County Health Council poster contest were first place, Susan Hansen, who had attended Amery schools and recently transferred to Luck; second place, Debbie Hicks, Frederic; and third place, Leann Warner, Osceola.-Maynard and Alice Anderson were celebrating 20 years of business in Frederic. They were owners of the IGA grocery store, which had been the Clover Farm Store when they began business there.-Frederic homecoming royalty were King Scott Wondra and Queen Dana Anderson.-An Advotech nursing assistant program was being offered at Siren.-A new business would be opening in Siren, Dale and Linda’s Antique and Secondhand Store, proprietors Dale and Linda Brenizer.-Siren homecoming royalty were King Kirk Marlow and Queen Roxan Lidel.-The Frederic Vikings won their homecoming game, 24-6, over the St. Croix Falls Saints, and Siren beat Prairie Farm 19-0 in their homecoming matchup.

Three hundred people turned out to search for 2year-old Melissa Burton and found her sleeping against a log in the woods about 500 yards north of the Burtons’ house in the Town of Sterling at about 3 a.m., 9-1/2 hours after it was discovered she had wandered off. She was unharmed.-The homecoming king and queen at Luck High School were Steven Anderson and Carol Tucker.-Luck alumni and siblings Lori (Ellefson) Bade and Randi Ellefson both performed in the Spokane, Wash., Uptown Opera’s production of “The Barber of Seville,” Randi conducting and Lori singing the part of Rosina.-There were obituaries for Vitus Chell, Eunice Dickinson, Stanley D. Nutt, Edna B. Olson, Denise Sikorski Eldridge, Patricia Oberlin and Carol Madsen.-Frederic students who won jackets and T-shirts in a drawing held by Parents Involved in Education were Jonas Rediske, Katelin Elrod, Andrew Malecha, Katie Rose, Erica Moats and Jamie Charles.Frederic homecoming royalty candidates were Brent Moore, Nate McGuire, Troy Hackett, Aaron Young, Bryce Gibson, Karla Brunberg, Kelly Vilstrup, Heidi Carlson, Jessica Wondra and Tanya Tschumperlin.

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Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild celebrates their 25th anniversary at their 25th-annual quilt show, “Stars of the North,” to be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, at the Webster High School located at 7564 W. Alder St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. – Photo submitted

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Quilt show, competition and sale set WEBSTER – Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild celebrates their 25th anniversary at their 25th-annual quilt show, “Stars of the North,” to be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, at the Webster High School located at 7564 W. Alder St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission fee is $4 for adults and children 12 and under are free. From simple beginnings with 17 members in 1987, the guild has grown to nearly 100 members today. They meet monthly at the Siren Senior Center where they enjoy a program, show and tell, and share tips on their craft. Their annual quilt show provides them with the opportunity to display their craft with over 200 quilts on exhibit. Saturday, viewers choose the quilts they deem worthy of recognition. The viewer’s choice awards are on display on Sunday. Also on Sunday at 4 p.m. is the raffle drawing for a queen-size quilt, wall hanging and table runner.

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Fall is here, and it’s my favorite time of the year. Hey I’m poet and didn’t know it – get it? Apparently this time of year brings out my silliness but how boring life would be if we weren’t silly at times. I think I could enjoy the fall weather year-round, but I guess that’s not going to happen. With the cooler weather we get to go out in the car again and when Mom picks up her keys it becomes chaos from excitement of who can get into the backseat first. Usually it’s Maya because she’s smaller she sneaks by Eli and I. Just picture us going down the road, Eli hanging out one window and Maya and I out the other – just love those smells as we go down the road. Of course we’re very particular on what side of the car we sit – Eli always sits behind the driver and I like sitting behind the passenger seat. It really throws us for a loop when we’re on the wrong side of the car! Mom just shakes her head. So what’s happening at the shelter; well let me see. On Friday all our strays moved up to the adoption floor and are now ready to find a new person or family to love and take care of them. Puppies Bonnie and Clyde got so many applications of people wanting to adopt them that we took them off our Web site. Way more applications than puppies! Beautiful Aubrey is being adopted by one of our volunteers, she is such a gentle soul and I know will make a great member of Charlie her new family.

Happy Tails Await Arnell Humane Society of Polk County Bolo is a 2-year-old neutered male German shorthair pointer. He is a large boy on long legs with a soft and gentle demeanor. When Bolo came to the shelter as a stray, he was ribs-showing thin. It took a week or two to add some weight to him and treat his internal parasites. Bolo quickly became a shelter favorite because of his quiet, unassuming nature, his obvious love of attention and his big brown eyes. Sadly, a blood test found that Bolo was positive for heartworm. Heartworm is a serious and potentially fatal condition if left untreated. It is caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats and other species of mammals, including wolves, foxes and ferrets. Heartworm disease is spread by mosquitoes infected with microfilariae. The larvae deposited in the dog by the infected mosquito migrate to the arteries of the lung. There the larvae grow to adult worms, clogging the arteries to the lung and heart of the infected animal. Luckily all but the most advanced cases of heartworm disease can be successfully treated in dogs,

715-349-2964 Step outside early in the mornings these days and you will know Old Jack Frost is lurking in the background. It won’t be long and he will slip in and cover everything in a layer of frost. Can Old Man Winter be far behind? Let’s hope not, as this old gal isn’t ready for cold and snow. I told you it wouldn’t be long and old Jack Frost would show up, show up he did this past week. Many of the area gardens are now history. We took a ride to Grantsburg last week, and I was surprised to see many of the maples along Hwy. 70 are sporting beautiful colored leaves, a surprise, as they predicted not very much color this year. Old Mr. or Mrs. Piggy, the fat little groundhog we have seen off and on over the summer, has been



YAPpenings Sadie Guess what – someone finally adopted our black kitty Ellie, they didn’t care that she was black but just that she was a great and loving kitty deserving of a nice home to call her own. I’ll let Charlie introduce himself: “So they call me Charlie and I am one handsome dude! I’m an energetic year-old Lab/springer spaniel mix that loves life. I love to play and need room to run; I also love people’s attention and besides, how could anyone resist my good looks? I’m ready to be adopted to some lucky person or family so please pick me!” Actually Charlie is a real looker, but a little too young for me – it would be like robbing the cradle. Gentle Katy has raised four adorable kittens and now it is her turn to be cared for. Katy is a 1-1/2year-old Siamese/Bengal mix with beautiful blue eyes. She is a loving and friendly young girl that is ready for her furever home and she would be a grateful addition to the right family. Why don’t you stop by and visit her? Can hardly wait, it’s just a couple more days until our annual Walk for the Animals and it’s not too late to register or sponsor the walk. You can even register at the walk and while you’re there, buy raffle tickets on the beautiful handmade quilt! Check our Web site for all the details and help us make it a bigger and better event than last year!

and in our dear Bolo’s case, treatment has already begun. After detection of his condition, Bolo went into foster care, where he received two initial treatments for heartworm. Now, he has returned to the shelter, looking healthier and happier, waiting for just the right home to finish out his treatment and give this wonderful dog a second c h a n c e . Arnell Humane Society will provide the Bolo adopter for Bolo with additional treatments and a second heartworm blood test after his treatment is complete to ensure that he is completely healthy and sound. Bolo is a special dog and he will require a special home. Do you have your pledges? The Arnell Shelter Walk for Animals is this weekend, Saturday, Sept. 29. Join this annual fundraiser for our shelter at

Katy Thanks Pam for all your hard work in organizing the walk again this year. Another event to mark your calendar for is our October wine tasting and dinner on Saturday, Oct. 6, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Clover Meadow Winery. Come out and enjoy music, food and organic wine while supporting my friends at the shelter. It always a fun and relaxing time in a beautiful setting. The wines are pretty tasty too. Thank you to each of you that dropped by with donations of much needed bleach, supplies and monetary donations, we really appreciate each and every one of you. Sending you a big “High Paw.” “No animal I know of can consistently be more of a friend and companion than a dog.” … Stanley Leinwoll Have a great week everyone. Licks and tail wags! The Humane Society of Burnett County is saving lives, one at a time;, 715-8664096, license No. 267335-DS. We’re on Facebook too, why don’t you like us there.

Stower Seven Lakes Trail in Amery and show your support for the animals. Walkers collecting pledges of over $25 will receive a T-shirt and dog bandana. Walk with or without your dog. It is a fun event filled with canine enthusiasm and dog lovers. Registration begins at 10 am with intermittent starts on the trail. Walk as far or as little as you like. Enjoy the Pet-Owner Look Alike contest or “Mug with your Mutt” for Tom Lindfors, professional photographer. We are looking forward to seeing you there. Our adoptable dog kennel is full to overflowing. In addition to Mr. Bolo, there are a few small dogs looking for homes. Mel is a tiny black and white Chihuahua, Fe Fe and Miller, longhaired dachshunds, Chino, a red min pin mix; and Sadie, a beagle-Chihuahua mix. Mid-size range are: Fred, a malamute-husky; Lil, a boxer-black Lab mix, Kissu, an American Eskimo-Shiba Inu mix and Ella, a senior springer-Border collie mix. Large: Sparky, a black Lab mix; Annie, a chocolate Lab mix; and Gretchen, a walker hound mix. We have a wide assortment of dogs to choose from, no two are alike, someone for everyone. Stop by to visit or pick up a Walk for Animals pledge sheet. Visit the dogs and cats just waiting to make your acquaintance. Arnell Memorial Humane Society is at 185 Griffin St. East in Amery, phone 715-268-7387, or online at

Bev Beckmark spoke at the September Lioness meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18. She talked about the planting of fall bulbs, covering perennials, pruning shrubs and trees, how to reintroduce houseplants indoors after being outside this summer, fertilizing your lawn and the elimination of weeds in your lawn. Gratitude is extended to her for a great bunch of information. Siren is hosting an artisan and crafter show on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Siren Crooked Lake Park. Siren has many other things going on during Harvestfest. There’s car, motorcycle and snowmobile shows, carriage rides and kids games. Don’t forget to hit the farmers market at the senior center, it won’t last much longer.

Siren Senior Center We had our monthly meeting and celebrated September birthdays. I have some dates you will want to remember. Wii bowling will be starting on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 9:30 a.m. Our next evening meal will be on Thursday, Oct. 4 . The cook has informed me that she will be serving a turkey dinner, salad bar and pumpkin bars for dessert. The foot person will be coming on Monday, Oct. 8. Call 715-349-7810 to make reservations. On Saturday, Sept. 30, we will be having our Harvestfest starting at 9 a.m. We will be having a bake

sale and also selling books and puzzles. If anyone would like to donate baked goods for our sale, we would appreciate any donations. We will be having a potluck on 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10. We will be playing 500 afterward. We would love to have anyone who wants to stay and play cards with us. Our next monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 9:30 a.m. We will be electing officers for the coming year. In order to be eligible to vote, you must have attended six meetings. If you have someone you want to nominate, you have until Sunday, Sept. 30, to get the names to the nominating

Lloyd Swanson, of Luck, and Debbie Swanson and Mark Rogers, of St. Croix Falls, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Jo Swanson, to Joshua Michael Nelson, son of Ron and Suzi Nelson of Fairchild. The bride-to-be is a recent graduate of Brown College in Mendota Heights, Minn., with a Bachelor of Science in digital photography, and 2000 graduate of Luck High School. The groom-to-be is a 2004 graduate of Ellsworth High School. The couple will be married on Sept. 29 in Luck and will reside in Prescott. – Photo submitted

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Fall is officially here, and we had some frost so we should get some nice weather. The winners for Spades were Liz Ruhn, Hazel Hoffman, Margaret Ulick and Carmen Marek. The winners for 500 were Marlyce Borchert, Lorraine Hansen, Del Hansen and Dave Peterson. The 9Bid winner was Nona Severson. Remember that we play Spades at 1 p.m. Monday, 500 at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Pokeno at 1 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and Dime Bingo from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy our nice fall weather. Hope to see you at the center.

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Siren news sneaking into the birdyard this past week. So far, I haven’t been able to find out just where it has taken up residence here in Bear Country. Hubby has been busy with his live trap, but so far no luck. Guess he or she is smarter than the hunter. There will be a bake sale on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Siren Senior Center from 9 a.m. to noon. Lots of goodies on display, so come on in and check it out. While you’re there take a look at the books on sale. The Trinity Lutheran Church in Falun will host a Harvestfest on Friday, Sept. 28, with a chili feast and homemade bread. A white elephant and baked goods sale plus much more, so don’t miss it. Ranelle Sears of the Austin Lake Greenhouse


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committee. The committee consists of Carol Berglind, Gerry Vogel and Ralph Severson. The people who have been nominated so far are Barb Geske and Don Brand for president, Gerry Vogel and Dave Meier for vice president, Marge Traun for secretary and Judy Johnson for treasurer. Card winners for 500 were Virginia Wasserman, Inez Pearson, Gerry Vogel, Mary Sicard and Arnie Borchert. Spade winners were Virginia Martin, Tony Rutter, Susie Hughes, Steve Wenthe and Clara Palomaki. Have a good week and see you at the center.

Tuesday was a full day starting with our exercise followed by our potluck lunch. We held our monthly meeting with discussion of our fundraiser on Oct. 5 and 6. Then we played games. The winners in Hand and Foot were Bill McGrorty, Rita Boyle and Dottie Adams. The winners in Dominos were Ione White, Delores Benson and Don Anderson. Thursday started out with exercise. In the afternoon Cribbage was played. In the evening, 500 cards were played with the winners Elroy, Cathy and Sharon. Friday morning Bridge was played. We will open at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, with a garage and bake sale. There will be food served with a lunch. The garage sale will continue on Saturday along with food sales. Stop in and visit us. We have tables for you to sit by when you enjoy your food.

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Births Born at Burnett Medical Center:

A boy, Levi Wallace Mead, born Sept. 19, 2012, to Paul and Ashley Mead, Pine City, Minn. Levi weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. Siblings include John and Matthew. Grandparents are Mike and Mary Tubbs of Sandstone, Minn., and John and Dawn Mead of Beroun, Minn. Great-grandparents are Dennis and Loie Long of Rock Creek, Minn., and Martha Mead of Pine City, Minn. •••

Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center:

A boy, William Sebastian Joseph Burns, born Sept. 3, 2012, to William and Bernadette Burns, Luck. William weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz. ••• A boy, Dominic Michael Weber, born Sept. 4, 2012, to Charles and Dana Weber, Dresser. Dominic weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz. ••• A girl, Joni Fawn Bruzek, born Sept. 6, 2012, to Jessica and John Bruzek III, Siren. Joni weighed 8 lbs. ••• A boy, Jaice Amile Shrout, born Sept. 6, 2012, to Sasha Bryant and Justin Shrout. Jaice weighed 6 lbs., 12 oz. ••• A girl, Vivian Ruth Schuh, born Sept. 6, 2012, to Justin and Carrie Schuh, Turtle Lake. Vivian weighed 8 lbs., 9 oz. ••• A boy, Mason Michael Benitez, born Sept. 7, 2012, to Luis Benitez and Ashlyn Ferron, Amery. Mason weighed 8 lbs., 13 oz.

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••• A girl, Alyssa Dianne Chapman, born Sept. 7, 2012, to Amber and Justin Chapman, St. Croix Falls. Alyssa weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz. ••• A girl, Aubrey Shae Renslow, born Sept. 8, 2012, to Cassandra and Kevin Renslow, Taylors Falls, Minn. Aubrey weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. ••• A girl, Eleanor Ann Mattson, born Sept. 9, 2012, to Krista and Dillon Mattson, Frederic. Eleanor weighed 7 lbs., 5 oz. ••• A boy, Joseph Pitt Winkler, born Sept. 11, 2012, to Monica and Adam Winkler, Balsam Lake. Joseph weighed 9 lbs., 11 oz. ••• A girl, Liliauna Marie Krueger, born Sept. 13, 2012, to Tiffany Christensen and Jeffrey Krueger, Balsam Lake. Liliauna weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz. ••• A boy, Braylin Scott Chitty, born Sept. 13, 2012, to Cheris and Matthew Chitty, Osceola. Braylin weighed 4 lbs., 13 oz. ••• A girl, Lillie Alyce Lindo, born Sept. 16, 2012, to Jeff and Amber Lindo, Center City, Minn. Lillie weighed 9 lb., 8 oz. ••• A girl, Reghan Lynn Broten, born Sept. 18, 2012, to Kari and Adam Broten, Luck. Reghan weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz. •••

Children who attended Grantsburg Library story hour on Tuesday, Sept. 11, celebrated the fall season by creating apple tree art. – Photo submitted by Cilla Graves Freedom to read

Celebrate your freedom to read what you choose by checking out a book from the display of banned and challenged books at the library. Banned Book Week is Sept. 30 – Oct. 6.

Preschool story hour

The story hour is Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. This is a drop-in program for preschool-age children and accompanying adults. This fun and interactive weekly event combines activities such as readaloud stories and craft activities.

After-school reading program

Dewey -LaFollette Karen and Hank Mangelsen were lunch guests of Marie and Wayne Romsos at the Romsos Farm Monday. Visiting there later were Margaret Madison and former Timberland resident Linda (Brekke) Opheim and her husband, Tom, from Ada, Minn. David Lester and Sarah Martin stayed with Maynard and Ronda Mangelsen during the week. On Friday, Maynard’s aunt, Ellen Johnson from Darlington, came to spend the weekend. Friday evening visitors there were Jean, Terry, Brea and Bryce Williamson. Folks visiting on Saturday were Duane Otis; Ken and Tyann Otis and son, Jake; BriAnna and Patrick Coughlin and children; June, Lloyd and Becky Anderson; Chris Mangelsen and children, Ethan and Dylan Longhenry and Dylan’s girlfriend, Allie. Brenda and Jessie Sweet visited Donna and Gerry Hines Thursday afternoon. Weekend visitors of Nina and Lawrence Hines were Colin, Chad, Jenny, Aubrey and Ashley Harrison. Hank and Karen Mangelsen called on Marlene Bruce, Brad and Garrett Swearingen Saturday afternoon. Brian Hines, Barry and Josh Hines, and Sue and

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Mark Hines and several of their friends visited Gerry and Donna Hines during the weekend. Weekend guests of Sue and Roger Mroszak were their daughter and her family, Lisa, Dan and Carli Pederson and Amanda and Greg Robson. Amanda’s birthday was celebrated. Visiting Karen and Hank Mangelsen over the weekend were Larry, Heidi, Celie and Baxter Mangelsen from River Falls, and their friends Chad, Kari and Maddy Carter from Fairbault, Minn. They all went out to eat at Tracks on Saturday to celebrate Hank’s birthday. Jake Mangelsen joined them there, too. Lakeview United Methodist Church hosted a fall fun fest Sunday. A large number of people enjoyed the food, hayrides, carriage rides, pumpkin painting, face painting and a cake walk. Donna and Gerry Hines and Hank and Karen Mangelsen were supper guests of Lida Nordquist Sunday. Hank’s birthday was celebrated. Clam River Tuesday Club will meet Oct. 3 at 12:30 p.m. at the home of Beth Crosby. She will provided the lunch.


Burnett County Department of Health and Human Services will begin taking applications for energy assistance beginning October 1, 2012. Applications will be taken through May 15, 2013. All new applicants will be required to provide a picture ID. Applicants must provide Social Security Cards for all household members and proof of income for the previous three months. If you are self-employed you will need to provide your taxes. Interest and dividends need to be verified with your most recent 1099. Pensions can be verified by payment stubs and Social Security benefits can be verified by the notice from Social Security or a 1099. Persons who did not apply last year will need to provide a heating bill or receipt and/or an electric bill showing their provider name and account number.

The after-school reading program is Tuesdays and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The program is for any child that wants to be a better reader. Children meet once a week and work one-on-one with library volunteers. To participate, children must have a referral from their teacher.

New books in October

• “Bone Bed” by Patricia Cornwell • “Dork Diaries 5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All” by Rachel Russell • “Finale” by Becca Fitzpatrick • “Full Disclosure” by Dee Henderson • “Giving Quilt” by Jennifer Chiaverini

Library hours and information

Monday noon – 6 p.m.; Tuesday noon – 6 p.m.; Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday noon – 6 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – noon. The contact information for the library is 715-463-2244; Web site is, and now you can follow the library on Facebook.


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Sympathy to the family of Marge Swedberg whose funeral was last Wednesday. Fran and Kathryn Krause attended a bridal shower for Beth Baer on Saturday at the old Dairyland school. Kathryn will be one of the attendants in the wedding.

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Mike and Tylyn O’Brien were dinner guests of Jack and LaVonne O’Brien on Sunday to celebrate Tylyn’s birthday and passing of her driver’s test. Jack and LaVonne were in St. Croix Falls on Monday.

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LIBRARY NEWS Centuria Public Library Computer tech support

Beginning in October, the Centuria Public Library will be holding sessions for members of the Centuria service area to come in with individual computer questions. If you have any questions about computer operations, computer programs, or things you need to know if you are going to purchase a computer, a computer technology person will be available at the library to answer your questions. Computer support will be available on the following dates: Wednesday, Oct. 3, and Wednesday, Oct. 17, 3:30 – 5 p.m., in the multipurpose room at the Centuria Public Library Wednesday, Nov. 14 and Wednesday, Nov. 28, 3:30 – 5 p.m., in the multipurpose room at the Centuria Public Library The Centuria Public Library has purchased many

new items throughout the year for adults, young adults, and children. With cold weather approaching, now is the time to come into the library and see what we have for your reading pleasure. All the books by popularly read authors are available at the library. A series of new hunting books for children have just been added with interesting pictures and information about hunting. Come in and check out the series of books we have on monsters and zombies for the Halloween season. Great cookbooks with new recipes for fall and winter have been added.


Monday, noon – 5 p.m.; Tuesday, noon – 7 p.m.; Wednesday, noon – 5 p.m.; Thursday, noon – 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – noon. Contact information: 715-646-2630, or

Milltown Public Library Computer basics

Open lab for beginners is available on Mondays at 1 and 2 p.m. Sign up for an hour-long session at the circulation desk or call 715-825-2313.

Morning story time

Morning story time is held every Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. Join the group for a half hour of stories, singing and fun. Designed for toddlers and preschool-aged youth.

Create and Connect

This program is an all-ages art and social night. A great night for the while family to choose stories together, to exercise creative energies and to maybe even hear a story or two.

Upcoming events Candidate Meet ad Greet

Candidate meet and greet will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the library. The Milltown Public Library has invited every candidate on the November ballot for those residents in and around Milltown. See which candidates turn out to meet you – their constituents! Event is sponsored by the Friends of the Milltown Public Library.

Autism and libraries: we’re connected

Thomas the Train Movie Night is coming on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m. This program is designed as part of the sensory events for young children at the local libraries in partnership with St. Croix Falls Public Library. Stop in and pick up a calendar of other events that will be held at other area libraries.

Join the Friends of the Milltown Library

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m. Anyone can be a member and can help in many ways.

Haunted places and hair-raising tales with storyteller Tracy Chipman

Join us on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m., for this all-ages program. Deep, dark, shadowy woods, scary old houses and overgrown, ghost-filled cemeteries ... there is something delightfully frightful about settling down and listening to spooky, haunted tales – letting the imagination lead the way.

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Lorna Landvik will be speaking and introducing her newest book “Mayor Of The Universe” at the Luck Library Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. Landvik, who once worked as a stand–up comic in San Francisco, is the author of eight novels. She wanted to serve margaritas during her performance, but we had to explain that she would be at a library. If you’ve never read a Lorna Landvik novel, now is the time to pick one up. Peter Fletcher, classical guitarist, will once again be performing at the Luck Library Sunday evening, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m. This is truly a performance you do not want to miss! This Carnegie Hall performer will leave you speechless. Ventriloquist Nate Plummer will be at the Luck Library on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. Lamoine MacLaughlin, local author, poet and vibrant promoter of the arts, will be reading from his latest book “Secrets From The Wings,” Monday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. This wonderfully creative book of sonnets reflects what Shakespearean characters, waiting in the wings, might say, if Shakespeare had given them the chance. Well-done poetry is magical to the ears and MacLaughlin is an artist. Local mystery author Christine Seaton will be reading from her newest book in the Dairyland Murders series Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. The third book, “Cop Incognito,” will debut in September. Seaton feels this book is a bit more serious and takes Bernice and Agent Wyatt to some unforgettable places. For more on Seaton, visit her at To learn more about her sense of humor and writing style, read the article titled “Back Story and Agent Wyatt’s Underwear.” This is quite clever and funny stuff.

SIREN - The Siren Chamber of Commerce announced three new members this week - Herb’s Tee to Green Golf, Ingalls Clinic/St. Croix Regional Medical Center and Maurer Power.

Herb’s Tee to Green Golf Herb’s Tee to Green Golf has been in business for 22 years. Owner Herb Howe truly knows the game of golf, having won the National Pub Links Golf Tournament in Detroit in 1957. He has golfed with celebrities like Sam Sneed in the PGA tournament Keller Open (now the Minnesota Open) and in the Resorter with Tom Lehman’s father. Herb’s Tee to Green Golf is the largest Olimar golf dealer in Wisconsin. Howe offers all you’d ever need for that golf outing you’ve been planning - clubs, bags, shoes and all accessories; he can also special order products. Located at 7706 Anderson Street in Siren, Herb’s is now open Monday and Wednesday afternoon, as well as Friday and Saturday all day. After Nov. 1, he can be reached by phone by calling 715-349-5566. Ingall’s Clinic/St. Croix Regional Medical Center Over the years, Dr. John Ingalls has built his practice at the Ingalls Clinic, located on Main Street in Webster. He has grown his staff which now includes a nurse practitioner and doctors in specialty medicine. In addition to family medicine, Ingalls Clinic provides X-ray, laboratory testing

and urgent care facilities, a large physical therapy department, women’s health, sports physicals and more. Most of the sports medicine in the area is done by the clinic. In January 2011, Ingalls Clinic joined with St. Croix Regional Medical Center. The SCRMC group has five clinics located throughout the area plus their critical access hospital in St. Croix Falls. To contact the Ingalls Clinic, call 715-8664271, and for more information regarding SCRMC please visit their Web site,

Maurer Power Bruce Maurer began Maurer Power Inc. in 1979 with one employee - himself. During the 33 years since, he has expanded his electrical business and added five employees. Maurer Power does wiring of all types - residential, commercial and industrial. Maurer can bid off of detailed drawings or design; build and engineer from basic floor plans submitted. He works with both general contractors and individuals. Once the walls and roof are complete, Maurer walks the site room by room to customize the project to your needs. Maurer Power has trenchers, a bucket truck and three fully equipped vans running at all times. In addition, he has 10 10x26 storage units available for rent. To reach them, call 715349-2832 or e-mail maurerpower - with information from Siren Chamber of Commerce

No school? Old school!

Friday, Oct. 19, from 1-4 p.m., all of the old-fashioned board games (no batteries!) will be available at the Milltown Public Library. We even provide a light snack. Battle a librarian, if you dare!

Did you know?

Besides the myriad of books in all genres and reading levels, the library also has oodles of movies, books on audio, and even e-books and e-audiobooks. Check out our upcoming programming and wares anytime at or stop in to browse the collections. You can also find the Milltown Public Library on Facebook and Twitter.

Hours and information

Phone: 715-825-2313, open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m-7 p.m, Friday 10 a.m-5 p.m, and Saturday 10 a.m-2 p.m. E-mail Fresh coffee and fast Wi-Fi are served every day.

Luck Public Library The Luck Public Library has an exciting fall programming lineup this year. Be sure to clip this column and hang it on the fridge where it is in full view. You don’t want to miss any of these events. Watch the paper for more information about each program or call the library for more details. Family story hour at the library - games, songs social activities and playtime fun for all. Come right after ABC pre-school gets out. Every Tuesday.

Siren Chamber of Commerce welcomes new members

Siren chamber treasurer Karen Howe (left) and chamber Vice President Dan Edaburn (right) welcome business owner Herb Howe of Herb’s Tee to Green as a new member of the Siren Chamber of Commerce. - Photos submitted

Local author Jessie Chandler will be at the library on Monday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.


Mark Moran, antique appraiser extraordinaire, will be making an appearance at Luck Library again this fall. Saturday, Nov. 10, from 3–5 p.m., Mark will evaluate all your interesting family items. Last year we had so many requests for private home appraisals, we didn’t have enough business cards. If you are interested in that sort of thing, please contact the library so he can set something up while he is in town. Moran has been a guest appraiser on the "Antique Roadshow." His knowledge is expansive and his events are very popular. Watch the papers for more information on this coming program. Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m., Janet Martin, one-half of the dynamic duo – The Lutheran Ladies, will be visiting Luck to tell about hot dishes, hot flashes and hot pads. The co-author of “Growing Up Lutheran” and the inspiration of the popular play, “The Church Basement Ladies,” Martin will be entertaining us at the United Pioneer Home with stories of Scandinavian Midwest life, conduct and, of course, food. Her stories will jog your memory and your funny bone. Library story hour begins Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This loosely structured, multiage story hour will focus on games, social skills, activities and books. A perfect time for parents and caregivers to get their kids together for playtime and stories at the library. No registration is required.

Book club

The book club is reading “The Language of Flowers,” by Vanessa Diffenbach for the month of October. The group will be Monday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Goodreads rates “The Language of Flowers” as a solid four-star rating out of 4,280 reviews.


Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Sunday, tutorial only from noon – 4 p.m., library is closed to checkouts and browsers.

Siren Chamber Vice President Dan Edaburn (left) and chamber director Chris Moeller (right) welcome Dr. John Ingalls, of Ingalls Clinic, and Sandra Williams, St. Croix Regional Medical Center’s director of marketing and education, to the Siren Chamber of Commerce.

Siren Chamber Vice President Dan Edaburn welcomes new member Bruce Maurer, of Maurer Power.


I have just had the most wonderful weekend. I attended my granddaughter’s wedding. Nick and Madelyne were married and their perfect 20month-old daughter was the flower girl. What a beautiful wedding. Nothing big, just immediate close families of both kids and an event I will never forget. People can spend thousands of dollars on weddings and they cannot be any more perfect than the one we attended this weekend. I wish I could publish the pictures. They are so perfect and so much happiness shows in each one. Interfaith has seemed to have turned a corner. Our requests are so different from ever before. I hate it when we can’t solve a problem or help someone. There are times when I just can’t find an answer. I can’t figure out if that makes me mad or sad. Maybe a little of both. We can’t give money to people, but sometimes I can suggest where they may find what they need to pay bills. We are really lucky to have joined with Yellow Lake Lutheran to distribute food boxes and we have been fortunate to



Barb Blodgett have been awarded grants and given financial help from local groups. All of that, and it is not enough. Christmas for Kids is coming and we have to bank every cent we can to see that the kids have a great Christmas. This is when I get into my panic mode and think it won’t happen the way we want it to. Contributions have to start coming in now! That is not a hint, that is a statement. We need your help. This may seem strange and a little backward, but we don’t make Christmas for Kids happen with a budget. We make it happen with what we are given. That is it in a nutshell. You help, we work and the program is a success. Can you even imagine what that will mean to the kids of Burnett County? A lot, really, a lot. We were going over our schedule for the next few months. Whew! How is

everything going to fall into place? Come to think of it, it doesn’t fall, it is put into place. We have to make it work. We have to make Interfaith Caregivers do what we are supposed to do. With you, we can help more and more people. With you, we can solve more and more problems and, with you, we can make Christmas all it can be for the kids of our county. We are giving wood to people who need it to heat their homes and, finally, we are getting people to tell us about other people who need the wood. Before, we had to depend on people asking and now, with the economy the way it is, we actually have calls referring us to families who need wood for winter. It has been an unusual past few months. Maybe having been away from my duties because of my back surgery gave me a new perspective. We have to help now, not later. Speaking of now, not later, I have procrastinated as long as I can and I can procrastinate no more. I will finally have my knee replaced. I doubt this surgery will take me from my duties. I can still sit at the computer and still answer the phone. I can’t shop

for kids during Christmas as much as I would like, but for the most part, I will be right here, telling you about what is happening in my life and the world and, most of all, Interfaith. I have heard horror stories about knee replacements and good stories of success. So far the success outweighs the horror. We shall see. I am very optimistic and in enough pain that I want it over. My next column will be just before my surgery. I will not dwell on it again. As a matter of fact, I will not dwell at all, I am too scared. Just kidding, very little scares me when it comes to my health. What scares me is about other people’s health. As I said before, I can’t stand it when I can’t fix something or someone’s pain. And in closing, I just want to say goodbye to a good friend. Goodbye, Marge. I will miss your smile and your grace. Until next time. God bless, Barb

Polk-Burnett hosts member appreciation open house for Co-op Month CENTURIA – Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative will host an open house Friday, Oct. 5, to show appreciation for its members and recognize National Co-op Month. Polk-Burnett members are invited to visit the co-op office in Centuria, 1001 Hwy. 35, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a free pulled pork sandwich lunch served by the board of directors. All members in attendance will have a chance to win an iPad, plus, 10 $50 electric bill credits will be awarded. “All 20,000 who receive electricity from Polk-Burnett are member-owners of the cooperative,” said Ed Gullickson, co-op board president. “We appreciate your membership and welcome you to an open house in your honor.” Co-op members are invited to use the employee parking entrance at the back of the building. Open house festivities will take place in the garage, where members can view energy displays, sign up for new Prepay Your Way billing and learn about rebates from Focus on Energy and the co-op’s EnergySense program. “This year’s open house is extra special because 2012 is the International Year of Cooperatives,” said Gullickson.

“Cooperatives, like Polk-Burnett, are unique because they are not-for-profit, democratically guided by an elected board of directors and locally owned. Members of a cooperative pool their assets to meet the needs of their community. Polk-Burnett was built in the 1930s and ‘40s with lines, poles and the notion we all prosper by helping each other. Today, the cooperative spirit thrives.” “We hope you’ll join us Friday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., to celebrate the cooperative difference, our proud cooperative heritage and the opportunities of cooperative membership,” added Gullickson. Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperatives has served the people of northwestern Wisconsin for more than 70 years, delivering reliable electricity and energy solutions to 20,000 members, and maintaining more than 3,000 miles of power line. – from Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative

Last year's member appreciation open house was a success. – Photo submitted

Deadline approaching for MILC program sign-up

MADISON — Wisconsin Farm Service Agency state Executive Director Brad Pfaff reminds producers that the deadline to sign up for the Milk Income Loss Contract program is Sunday, Sept. 30. The MILC program financially compensates dairy producers when domestic milk prices fall below a specified level. MILC payments are made monthly when the milk price falls below the established price per hundredweight.

Verifiable production evidence that confirms the dairy operation’s eligible production and commercial milk marketings must be provided to county offices before any payment will be issued to the dairy operation. To obtain MILC benefits for all previous months for which a MILC payment rate was in effect, producers must provide the dairy operation’s final production evidence and any supporting documentation, if not already submitted, for eli-

St. Croix Regional Medical Center to host second-annual free Mom and Baby Expo ST. CROIX FALLS - The SCRMC Birthing Center (The Birth Place) is hosting its second-annual Mom and Baby Expo. Yes, you’ll find everything “baby” all under one roof! Grab a friend and explore this free expo. The expo will include information and products such as infant massage, maternal and child health information, fitness for mom, ages and stages info, pampering for mom, “make your own baby food” demonstrations, cloth diaper sales, trendy baby gear, breastfeeding products, baby weight checks, pregnancy and infant photography on-site and local baby crafters. Learn how to calm your fussy baby, increase your breast-milk supply, and get information on increasing your child’s vitamin D.

From 9 a.m. to noon, there will be free infant CPR basics and car seat checks, advance registration required. There will also be local activities for families with children and much much more including many door prizes. It will all take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in SCRMC’s Riverbend Conference Center. Vaccine clinic: Adacel (T-Dap) pertussis vaccine is free, flu (influenza) vaccine is $25. For more information on this event, contact Sarah Shaw at 715-483-0431 or - from SCRMC

Girl Scouts Centennial Day of Service creates lasting impact in Frederic FREDERIC – On Saturday, Oct. 13, Girl Scouts in Frederic will celebrate their final Girl Scout Centennial event by working together to improve the local watershed. Taking place in all 49 counties of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valley Councils, the Centennial Day of Service: 2012 Take Action Project is designed to remove 20,000 pounds of phosphorus, prevent 10 million pounds of algae growth and save $6 million in cleanup costs through a one-day effort. Thirty-three girls in Frederic will spend the day raking leaves and grass from storm drain surfaces and public areas, distributing door hangers in neighborhoods to

raise awareness, and marking storm drains with an “only rain down the storm drain” message. Every year, thousands of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa waterways are polluted with runoff and other contaminants. In partnership with the Freshwater Society and with support from 3M, River Valley’s Centennial Day of Service honors the Girl Scouts’ long-standing tradition of service and gives back to communities that have embraced Girl Scout troops for decades. In Frederic, girls will gather at Coon Lake’s east side at 9 a.m., and start raking leaves, ending at 11 a.m. – submitted

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Chorale begins rehearsals for Christmas concert GRANTSBURG - The Grantsburg Chorale is starting rehearsals for the annual Christmas concert. This group is open to any singer who is high school age or older. The Christmas concert will be on Sunday, Dec. 9. Rehearsals will be Sunday evenings in the high school music room. The first rehearsal will start at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. Contact Linda Benge at the high school if you have questions, or would like to be part of this ensemble, but are not able to make the first rehearsal. - submitted

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Serving up community spirit by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Spaghetti might have been on the menu but what was really being served up at the Grantsburg Dollars for Scholars Supper on Friday, Sept. 21, were big helpings of community spirit. Hundreds of school supporters turned out for the annual homecoming fundraiser to raise money for student scholarships. Dollars for Scholars President Cris Peterson said the group raised $5,400 at the homecoming dinner, the group's best year since starting the fundraiser. Peterson said over 370 people attended this year's dinner. The group auctioned off 45 baskets donated by over 40 local businesses. (Some businesses gave more than one basket.) "Grantsburg Dollars for Scholars has a great, enthusiastic, hardworking board of directors that make this event possible. We all work together and it is so inspiring to see the whole community come together to support our high school seniors with $1,000 scholarships," commented Peterson. "The community spirit here in Grantsburg is incredible," added Peterson. "The DFS board thanks all the businesses and individuals for supporting this event."

The Grantsburg Class of 1952 held their 60th class reunion at the annual homecoming supper. Classmates pictured, back row (L to R): Bruce Erickson, LaVerne Scheider, Rodney Hanson and Bob Anderson. Front row: Evone (Jensen) Finch, Sonja (Christian) Java, Betty (Lockhert) Hanson, Leona (Kee) Wacks, Bonnie (Glaze) Thomas and Donis (Nelson) Benson.

Grantsburg 1952 Homecoming King and Queen Rodney and Betty Hanson posed for a photo during their 60th class reunion held at the Grantsburg High School Homecoming Supper Friday evening, Sept. 21. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

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National Gymnastics Day was Saturday, Sept. 22

Xcel Gymnastics is a nonprofit gymnastics club in Grantsburg and offers recreational and competitive gymnastics classes to girls 3-18 years of age. This past Saturday, Sept. 22, was National Gymnastics Day and the theme worldwide was Turn the World Upside Down. In an attempt to break the world record to get many people upside down at the same time – at 1 p.m. – Xcel Gymnastics participated right here in Grantsburg. They had about 45 girls upside down in a handstand or bridge. The girls had a lot of fun. Afterward, they played games and had contests. There are about 85 girls enrolled in the program, coming all the way from North Branch, Sandstone, Pine City and Rush City in Minnesota, Webster, Siren, Shell Lake, Frederic and Grantsburg. - Photo submitted




Grantsburg freshman Hunter Jensen showed his best moves during the homecoming lip sync contest while performing the latest Wisconsin Badger’s spirit song “Teach Me How to Bucky.”

Grantsburg juniors Austin Thoreen, Damon Roberts and Josh Riewestahl were part of the "YMCA" crew performing in the school’s lip sync contest last Friday, Sept. 21, as part of the week’s homecoming activities. Grantsburg Middle School student Savanna Trittlewitz showed her Pirate pride wearing a colorful purple do in the school’s homecoming parade.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Andrew Coy, Adam Johnson and Avery Buggert had fun riding on the sophomore class float in the Grantsburg homecoming parade on Sept. 21.

The Grantsburg homecoming queen and king, Sam Schwieger and Lucas Willis, waved to the crowd as they rode in the homecoming parade Friday afternoon.

Grantsburg staff member Mike Moritz made a jump shot during the faculty and student volleyball game, part of the homecoming activities held last week at Grantsburg High School.

Grantsburg sophomore girls held on tight during the school’s tug-of-war contest between classes held during last week’s homecoming activities. Bradley Taylor eyed his prize while portraying Grantsburg football coach Adam Hale in the senior class homecoming skit.

Grantsburg junior Haley Larsen pondered the power of the Doritos in a skit purporting the impressive effect the popular snack has on people.



Siren The Siren homecoming events took place during the week of Sept. 9-14. The freshman tug-of-war team gave a good effort but lost. Photos by Mackenzie Erickson unless otherwise noted

Queen Kyaisha Kettula and King Josh Lemieux posed for a photo during the bonfire held Sunday, Sept. 9. ≈

LEFT: Senior Shay Johnson competed in the "cloud cake" eating competition.

Queen Kyaisha and Vincent Barr playing twisted twister … twister played with condiments such as jelly, mustard, ketchup and relish. - Photo submitted

The Siren High School marching band delighted the audience during Siren's homecoming game against Prairie Farm on Friday, Sept. 14. – Photo by Marty Seeger

The flag team not only presented school colors during halftime in Siren on Friday, Sept. 14, but presented the colors of our nation during the singing of the national anthem prior to the game. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Siren's halftime homecoming festivities featured vibrant colors courtesy of the flag team. – Photo by Marty Seeger




Color Day on Monday, Sept. 17, found Unity High School students in an array of colors for homecoming. The seniors won in their pink.

Photos by Jeanne Alling

Peel the banana is a favorite homecoming event at Unity. The freshmen were under pressure for the competition this year.

The Unity halls were decked out for homecoming last week with their theme, Fly Like an Eagle, Sink Like a Viking, as they prepared for the football game Saturday, Sept. 22, versus the Frederic Vikings. The seniors won the wall decorating that featured a boat in the lobby with a sad Viking onboard. Among those helping decorate were Shay Nelson, Sarah Bader and Heather Heathman.

Queen Sarah Bader and King Kyle Sorensen posed for a photo during the evening, Saturday, Sept. 22.

Duct Tape Dress-up Day for Unity’s homecoming was a new event with many varieties of attire. Jena Alling, Ashley Ouellette, Joe Larsen, Nick Wakefield and Zachery Tourville surround Keith Arnett as they strut their stuff.

Looking pretty in pink for homecoming dress-up days at Unity were: Brittany Kruse, Marissa Paulzine, Molly Jepsen, Alisha Aronson and Morgan Hoehne.


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The Frederic homecoming is this week, with a homecoming football game against Grantsburg beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28. The homecoming royalty candidates are pictured, back row (L to R): Matt Tietz, Blain Clemons, Brad Peterson, Ian Lexen, Ryan Strenke, David Crandell and Chris Schorn. Front row: Natashia Bailey, McKenna Rognrud, Natalie Phernetton, Paige Burton and Kourtni Douglas. Not pictured are Larissa Houtari and Garrett Wendelboe. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Luck’s 2012 homecoming royalty are front row (L to R): Sophomore attendants Jeremiah Johnson and Emily Warren; junior attendants, Camille Marsten and Andrei Todd; and freshman attendants Steven Holdt and Maddie Joy. Middle row: Senior queen candidates Kylie Rich, Leah LeMay, Katelyn Dinnies, Ashley Dexter and Taylor Joy. Back row: Senior king candidates Jordan Bazey, Alex Richey, Jan Rozumalski, Evan Armour and Joe Christensen.- Photo by Lori Nelson

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AMERY – The Wisconsin FFA Sectional Leadership Workshop is designed to prepare local Future Farmers of America chapter officers and members both in high school and middle school for leadership roles in their school district for the upcoming year. It also informs each chapter of the new programs available to all FFA members and allows the officers to exchange ideas with other FFA chapters in their area. The 2012-2013 State FFA Officer Team planned and conducted this conference to encourage the participants to develop their leadership potential, to challenge them to set personal and chapter goals for the year and to motivate the students to

take advantage of the many opportunities available to them through the FFA. The 2012 theme was Mission (I’M)possible, and members left ready to promote FFA, agricultural education and agriculture in their schools and communities. FFA advisors also participated in a workshop that helped inform them about FFA opportunities for the school year. “This workshop is a great way to prepare FFA members for their role as an active member in their local chapter as well as those that serve as chapter officers,” says Cheryl Zimmerman, Wisconsin FFA executive director. “These sessions get students excited about leadership and all the opportunities that they can participate

Frederic FFA members (L to R): Michael Runnels, Lindsey Moyland, Susan Maslowski, and Jack Neumann attended the FFA Sectional Leadership Workshop in Amery with FFA Advisor Earl Lee. – Photos by Jeanne Alling

Unity FFA Co-President Jena Alling (left) and Unity FFA senior Savannah Sande (right) recently met Kayla Hack, state FFA president from East Troy, at the Sectional Leadership Workshop in Amery. Alling and Sande talked to Hack about the Unity CommUNITY Garden project funded by thenational FFA Food For All grant that the Unity FFA received. They talked about getting involved in a statewide hunger initiative that will be this year’s FFA statewide service project.

in through the FFA organization. It helps them discover their potential in their local FFA chapters and how they can put their leadership into action.” This year, a national FFA team from Minnesota conducted a workshop to get FFA members motivated for the coming year and challenge them to get involved in the many opportunities FFA has to offer. There are 10 sectional leadership workshops held throughout Wisconsin. Over 2,000 FFA members and advisors from 250 FFA chapters will participate in these workshops. The workshops are sponsored by AgStar Financial Services, ACA

and the Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association through the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. The Wisconsin Association of FFA is comprised of over 250 local chapters with over 18,000 members. FFA activities and award programs complement instruction in agriculture education by giving students practical experience in the application of agricultural skills and knowledge gained in classes. FFA’s mission is to develop its members potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. submitted

Polk County HCE donates tie blankets

The Polk County HCE County Road W group made tie blankets and donated them to Early Head Start in Balsam Lake, the Salvation Army’s Faith House in Siren and Frederic Ambulance. Representatives for each group received the blankets. – Photo submitted

A loft of royalty The outgoing 2011 Centuria royalty had their Queen’s Tea at the Brickhouse Getaway, north of Centuria on Hwy. 35, during the annual Memory Days celebration early this past summer. Nineteen royalty teams were a part of the festivities, including participating in the Memory Days parade. Shown looking out upon their many friends they had made over their year as royalty, outgoing royalty included, front (L to R): Anna Luepke and Taylor Erickson. Back row: Jena Alling, Renae McKenzie and Savannah Sande. - Photo by Jeanne Alling


VFW members honored

Frederic Elementary continues standard of excellence MADISON – Last week, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction announced that Frederic Elementary School will be receiving the Wisconsin School of Recognition Award. This is the sixth consecutive year in which Frederic Elementary has received this award “I commend that work done by the entire staff at Frederic Elementary as well as the Frederic School district as a whole,” said Rep. Erik Severson. “To achieve this standard of excellence year after year speaks not only to the character of the staff, but the students and the community as a whole.”

Frederic Elementary will be recognized for their achievements at a ceremony in the state Capitol rotunda at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Additionally, the school will receive a commemorative plaque, an award logo to be used on school materials and $1,000 to be used for school-related purposes. “I am extremely proud to congratulate Frederic Elementary on being a leader in fostering an environment of educational achievement and for their extraordinary accomplishments,” said Severson. - from the office of Rep. Severson

Support local Scouting with popcorn purchase

Jim Wallace received a certificate for 66 years of continuous membership in the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter at a VFW membership picnic held Sept. 11 at Crooked Lake Park in Siren. Peggy Moore, Commander of the Burnett County VFW Post 1256, made the presentation. In photo below, Connie Daeffler accepts a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the Main Street Cafe for their support of the VFW. - Photo submitted

LUCK – The Luck Boy Scout Troop is kicking off their annual fundraiser event with Trail’s End popcorn. Over 70 percent of the sale goes to local Scouting. The Luck Scouts use their proceeds to help pay for their week of summer camping at the Tomahawk Scout Reservation on Long Lake in Birchwood. There is a variety of popcorn selections including the prepopped selection. Chocolate lovers can purchase college col-

lector tins, which feature either Wisconsin or Minnesota logos. Unpopped popcorn is another option as there are 18-pack boxes. Prices range from $10 to $60. You can show appreciation with popcorn, too, as a military donation. Give at the $50 gold level or $25 silver level, and popcorn treats will be sent to military men and women, their families and veterans organizations. –submitted

Front row (L to R): Derek Hendrickson, Denny Brule, Matthew Anderson, Nick Aguado and Jake Aguado. Back row: Jordan Hendrickson, Parker Steen, Derek Hutton and Jared Hunter. – Photo submitted







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Grantsburg Class of 1957 The Grantsburg High School Class of 1957 met Saturday, Sept. 15, at Crex Convention Center for their 55th class reunion. Shown front row (L to R) are: Darrell Johnson, Paul Anderson, Kae (Dahlberg) Christensen, Neil Erickson, Janet (Linden) Oachs, Betty (Shaffer) Wells, Roger Stauter and Carole Paulson. Back row: John (Butch) Fallstrom, Arnie Birnstengel, Jane (Olson) Lindahl, Susan (Johnson) Heinicke, Beverley (HornerFinch) Trebatowski, Jack Wies, Evelyn (Linden) Kukk, Margie (Williamson) Bystrom, Bev (Hunter) Swenson and Chuck Becvar. – Photo submitted

Grantsburg Class of 1949 The Grantsburg High School Class of 1949 met at TDawgs Grill in Grantsburg in August. Twelve classmates attended plus eight spouses or friends. Pictured in the front row (L to R): Delight (Johnson) Nordstrom, Dorothy Mae (Johnson) Moan, Hartley Hedberg and Elaine (Nelson) Swenson. Back row (L to R): Katie (Johnson) Hedlund, Marilyn (Upton) Heinrichs, Margaret (Dahl) Houdek, Jeanne (Lundberg) Patterson, Betty (Lindberg) Anderson, Cora (Larson) Sandberg, Marilyn (Peterson) Gronlund and Carol (Halverson) Lysdahl. The class of 1949 will continue to meet yearly on the last Wednesday of August at noon at T-Dawg’s Grill. Classes of 1948 and 1950 are welcome to join them. Come and renew acquaintances. – Photo submitted

Frederic Class of 1954

Front row (L to R): Curtis Fleming, Patricia (LaBrant) Hop, Doris (Chapman) Woodbridge, Barbara (Taylor) Kurtz, Patricia (West) Bergman and Martha (Berglind) Nwaobia. Middle row: Selma (Peterson) Christiansen, Marlette (Olson) Jenson, Annette (Borup) Hanson, Maxine (Mott) Nolby, Muriel (Vangsgard) Anderson, Marlene (Hill) Leiffring, Joanne (Johnson) McClay, Lavonne (Mork) Boyer, Evelyn (Kunze) Gundlach, Marlys (Fulkerson) Spencer and Harry Baker. Back row: Richard Erickson, Roger Miller, Gene Shefland, Lena (Rundblade) Lavalle, Arne Peterson, Shirley Larsen Kongshang, Harlan Funk, Paul Amundson and Bruce Tromberg. The reunion was held in August 2012. – Photo submitted

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On Saturday, Sept. 22, local area Knights of Columbus held their annual punt, pass and kick contest at the Webster football field. Twenty-five students ages 8-12 participated. Pictured, front row, are the first-place winners who will go on to the diocesan level in Siren on Saturday, Oct. 6. (L to R): Trevor Gustafon, Mason Gustafson, Owen Washburn, Auston Sigfrids, Skyler Parent and Summer Winkler. Knights members, back row (L to R): Don Cosmono, Mike Washburn, Bob Stage, Aaron Strang, Mike Strub and Dan Zimmer. – Photo submitted


CHURCH NEWS Local Catholic churches welcome a new pastor gram, which the parishes have been using for the last few years to encourage developing a faith life for those in preschool through high school. With the coming of fall and winter, the parishes have seriously settled down to the programs of faith formation and enrichment for which they are known. The young people’s weekly religion classes began Wednesday, Sept. 19, for pre-K, elementary and high school (confirmation) students. In addition, at St. Dominic, each Wednesday there is a potluck meal served for the students and parents, and a Mass presided over by Father Tom. The youth choir also rehearses on Wednesday evening. Scripture study groups are immersed in study and discussion of living out the message of the gospel in relationships with our friends and family. Currently these groups are studying and discussing the Book of James. The parishes are also opening a new series of inquiry sessions for those who have expressed some interest in the Catholic Church. These inquiry sessions are for anyone who has ever wondered about the

Catholic Church. Interested individuals are paired with members of the parish community to study and discuss: • the Scriptures in light of Catholic teaching; • what Catholics believe; • the prayer life of Catholics (how Catholics communicate with God); • the liturgy of the Catholic Church (how the community worships); and • the mission of Catholics (how Catholics live out what they believe). Also this year, the Catholic Church worldwide is celebrating what is known as the Year of Faith. The program begins on Oct. 11, and ends Nov. 24, 2013. It will serve as a renewing function of all Catholic parishes. Many of the programs available for faith development in the parishes throughout the world will be provided at the parishes in Frederic and Grantsburg. For information about any of the parish programs, please contact St. Dominic Catholic Church parish office at 715-3278119. - submitted

Bethany Lutheran confi firrmation On Sunday, Sept. 23, nine young people celebrated the affirmation of their baptism at Bethany Lutheran Church with their church family and friends. That Sunday was also the day that the congregations at Bethany Lutheran in Siren and Pilgrim Lutheran in Frederic welcomed Pastor Paul Peterson and his family. Pastor Peterson will be installed on Sunday, Sept. 30. Pictured are Pastor Peterson and the confirmands, front row (L to R): Cassidy Marie Formanek, Aaron Jon Ruud, Alexi James Gloodt, Laurel Louise Kanneberg and Madeline Rose Doty. Back row: Emily Kathleen Steimann, Elizabeth Louise Stanford, Pastor Paul Peterson, Caitlynn AnnaMarie Daniels and Michelle Marie Dalsveen. – Photo submitted

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FREDERIC – It has been a busy summer for the parish cluster of St. Dominic in Frederic and Immaculate Conception in Grantsburg. Father Dennis Mullen, who had been pastor of the parishes for the last seven years, retired in June. There were retirement parties and general well-wishing in the community for him. The first week in July, Father Tom Thompson was welcomed as the newly appointed pastor for the parishes. Father Tom was greeted with welcoming parties at both parishes and has settled into his pastoral functions in the community. He had previously been the pastor for the parish cluster of Osceola and Farmington. Many of his new parishioners are familiar with Father Tom, since his previous parishes are within the same diocese and deanery as the Frederic and Grantsburg parishes. Father Tom graduated from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn. After gradu-

ation, he attended the U.S. Naval Officer Candidate School. He was commissioned as a U.S. Naval officer in 1981. When he answered his call to become a priest, he left the Navy and entered Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corner. He earned a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Arts in moral theology. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1992. Parishioners hope that people of all faiths in Frederic and Grantsburg will join them in welcoming him to our communities. With the transition in pastors, and related festivities, the parishes began a summer of parties, dinners and parish festivals. There were welcoming dinners and brunches, five annual neighborhood masses at residences in the parishes, and the annual parish festivals at both St. Dominic and Immaculate Conception. The festival at St. Dominic was a little more noteworthy this year, since it was the 50thannual festival held at the parish (grilled chicken dinner and all). In addition, a large number of enthusiastic young parishioners participated in the “Totus Tuus,” or Totally Yours, pro-

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Alwin Svere Christopherson, 92, Grantsburg, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at Burnett Medical Continuing Care Center. Alwin Christopherson, the son of Martin and Annie (Larsen) Christopherson, was born on March 31, 1920, in Grantsburg. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Grantsburg High School in 1938. Alwin was united in marriage to Imogene Johnson on Oct. 4, 1947. This year would have been their 65th wedding anniversary. Together they raised three daughters, Jane, Gail and Mary. They lived on the family farm for five years before moving to town in 1953. Alwin served three years in the Army during WWII with the 103rd Recon Troop and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1945. Alwin owned and operated Quality Dairy Service in Grantsburg for many years. After selling the milk delivery business in 1978, Alwin worked another 20 years in maintenance for Burnett Medical Center. Alwin was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church, serving wherever needed. He was on the village board for 25 years and served as public works director. He was a member of the American Legion for 60 years, serving a term as commander. Alwin loved volunteering, especially selling tickets at Grantsburg High School football games. He enjoyed a special trip with his siblings to visit relatives in Norway. In his later years, his favorite pastimes were playing 313 with his card group, ice fishing and spending time with family and friends. He loved when the family would come and always tried to get them to stay one more day. He is survived by his wife, Imogene; children, Jane (William) Steinke of New Ulm, Minn., Gail (Daniel) Schulner of Eau Claire and Mary (Eugene) Arnold, of Pine City, Minn.; grandchildren, Mark Steinke, Sara Cervenka, Gina Toutant, Kristi Schulner and Jeremy Arnold; five great-grandchildren; sister, Hildur (Maurice) Crownhart; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, MarMilltown, WI tin and Annie; sisters, Ina $ 5x10................ 25.00 Swanstrom and Helen Bon$ neville; and brother, Grant 10x10.............. 35.00 Christopherson. $ 10x16.............. 40.00 Memorials are preferred $ 10x20.............. 45.00 to Faith Lutheran Church $ or CCC at Burnett Medical 10x24.............. 50.00 Center. $ 10x40.............. 90.00 Funeral services were on Call Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Faith Lutheran Church in Grants1-800-919-1195 burg. or 715-825-2335 The Edling Funeral We accept Home, Grantsburg, was enused oil trusted with arrangements. 564725 36a,dtfc 47Ltfc


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Victoria Margarete (Burnstad) Kleven, 93, died peacefully at home in Grove, Okla., on Sept. 8, 2012, with family at her side. She was born Nov. 7, 1918, in Cushing, to Charles and Ella Burnstad. Her family moved to the Trap Rock area, where she attended school and graduated from Milltown High School. Victoria married Storker Kleven on June 15, 1940, at The Little Brown Church in Iowa. They resided in Minneapolis, Minn., where their two children were born. She worked at the Dayton’s store for 30 years. After she and Storker retired, they built a home in Frederic, where they lived until Storker passed away in 1989. She then moved back to Minneapolis, Minn., to be near her family. She has spent the last four years living in Grove, Okla. Victoria is survived by one daughter, Bonnie Phillips, and her husband, Dennis Drake, of Grove, Okla.; one son, Dennis Kleven, of Minneapolis, Minn.; one sister, Marion (Gordon) Fox, of St. Croix Falls; two grandsons, Pat Phillips, of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Tim Kleven, of Cambridge, Minn.; one granddaughter, Kerri Kleven of New York City, N.Y.; great-grandchildren, Samantha and Kyle Kleven, and their mother, Michelle, of Cambridge, Minn., and Heather (Michael) Roettger, of Phenix City, Ala. Victoria was preceded in death by her loving husband, Storker; parents, Charles and Ella Burnstad; grandson, Nick Phillips; daughter-in-law, Cathy Kleven; brothers and sisters-in-law, Russell and Frances Burnstad, Donald and Mabel Burnstad, and Floyd and Pat Burnstad; sisters and brothers-in-law, Doris and Larry Weline, and Florence and Bud Lunde; nieces, Janice (Burnstad) Pekarski and Sandra (Weline) Fontenoit. Graveside committal services will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m., at the Cushing. Cemetery with a memorial service to follow at First Lutheran Church fellowship room in Cushing.

Jimmy J. Ebensperger, 68, a resident of Siren, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at the Indianhead Medical Center in Shell Lake. Jimmy was born on July 29, 1944, in Durand, the son of Glen and Isabelle Ebensperger. Jimmy and Karen (Carlsten) were married on Oct. 3, 1992, in Maiden Rock. Jimmy was a man who loved mathematics, as a result he loved building things. He was a man who spent a lot of time outdoors, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and going on the pontoon. He enjoyed watching TV and playing cards, and of course, winning. Most of all Jimmy enjoyed being with his family and friends. Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents; twin brother, Jerry; and sister, Jackie; his nephew, Jason Warling; and niece, Brittany Nelson. He is survived and will be sadly missed by his wife, Karen; children, Nick Ebensperger, Aaron Ebensperger and Tara Frostad; two grandchildren, Christopher and Heather Ebensperger; five step-grandchildren, Steve, Adam, Ryan, Justin and Cory; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 21, at the Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home with Pastor Gil White officiating. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Barbara “Bobbie” Lengyel Barbara “Bobbie” Lengyel, 68, Spooner, died Sept. 23, 2012. A time of gathering will be held Friday, Sept. 28, from 4-6 p.m., at the Taylor Family Funeral Home, Spooner. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Online condolences can be made at The Taylor Family Funeral Home, Spooner, was entrusted with arrangements.

Doris (Bowman) Selander Doris (Bowman) Selander, 97, passed away Aug. 30, 1912, at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center in Fitchburg after suffering a stroke on Aug. 26. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at Grace Baptist Church in Grantsburg. A luncheon at Grace will follow the service to honor Doris and her cousin, Lavon Nelson. (Lavon’s memorial service will be held the same day at 10:30 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Branstad). For Doris’ complete obituary, see the Sept. 5 issue of the Inter-County Leader or visit The Cress Funeral Home, Madison, was entrusted with arrangements.

LAURITSEN CHIROPRACTIC OFFICE Family Practice MOST INSURANCE ACCEPTED Mon., Wed., Fri. & Sat. (715) 635-6969 214 Spruce St. Spooner, WI Turtle Lake Office (Hwy. 8 & 63N) Tuesday and Thursday (715) 986-4600



They were married in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on October 8, 1952. They moved to Siren in 1964 where they raised their children, Chris, Tim and Tom. Together they owned and operated Burnett County Flying Service and were active in the community and church. They will mark this special milestone by celebrating with their immediate family; however, friends and neighbors are invited to wish them well by sending a card to 24028 Daniel Johnson Road, Siren, WI 54872. 570461 6Lp

Terry Linehan Terry Linehan, 72, formerly of Danbury, died of cancer, Sept. 12, 2012, in Frenchtown, Mont. He was born July 6, 1940, in Danbury, the son of Con and Erma Linehan. He attended school in Danbury grades one - eight, went to high school in Webster and had two years of liberal arts classes at UW-Superior. Terry served a short stint in the Army before being given a medical release. He moved to Montana in 1984 and was involved in logging and building log structures. Later, he built a log home for himself in the Petty Creek area, which is 12 miles west of Frenchtown in the hills off of I-90. He was very happy there hunting elk and riding his horses. About 2002 Terry’s health began to fail, and he went to live at Kountry Kare. Here Terry was able to help with the training of horses even though he no longer rode, had a workshop where he made and sold log furniture and owned a dog named Brandy. He was able to indulge in his hobbies of fishing, reading, and collecting and polishing rocks. Terry was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Miles; and daughter, Julie. He is survived by son, Cary Tregoning; grandsons, Zach, Frank and Shawn Tregoning; and great-grandson, Brodin, all of Elk River, Minn., and nephew, Michael Saenz (Laura) of Marble Falls, Texas. Terry was cremated and his ashes will be spread on the land where he built his log home at Petty Creek. There was no funeral service.

Joyce L. McKinney Joyce L. McKinney, 87, Frederic, passed away Monday, Sept. 24, at the United Pioneer Home in Luck. Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. visitation and 11 a.m. funeral service at the Rowe Funeral Home, Frederic. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Online condolences may be left at Please continue to check this Web site for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-327-4475. The Rowe Funeral Home, Frederic, was entrusted with arrangements.

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Thank you to friends, family, neighbors & coworkers for the condolences, prayers, cards & food following the death of our Mother, Eleanor Kreutzian. Thank you to Pastor Carl for the service, soloists Kelly Steen & Sonny Bistram for the beautiful songs; organist Erin Spohne & the ladies of the church for the lunch. A special thank-you to all the nurses who took such good care of Mom at the home.

Jim Kreutzian Kay & Lawrence Fossus & family JoAnne & Bill Anderson & family Kathi & Don Libby & family Carole Althoff & family 570466 6Lp

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Greener grass Since I live in the country, my lawn is full of dandelions, some quack grass and even thistles. Some of the grassy areas are greener than others, especially this summer with the drought. Others are flat-out anemic in color. Most of the time, I’m quite content with my country lawn. But at times when I’ve driven by other people’s lawns, I wished mine were as lush and uniform as theirs. I’ve seen lawns that could compete easily with those pictured in popular lawn and garden magazines. They’re

that perfect and beautiful, as are many other things we see. My friend’s little girl once told her mother she wanted something their neighbor had. “Theirs is beautifuller than ours,” she said. “Let's get one like theirs.” It’s easy to become discontent with our own lawns or belongings. That’s probably the reason some of us try to “keep up with the Joneses.” We want something bigger, better, beautifuller. There’s nothing wrong in wanting a “beautifuller lawn”—as long as our motive does not come from envious discontent. Actually, I’ll be moving to another place soon—not out of discontent or envy. This time, in fact, it will be because I want a smaller house and yard. Something easier to keep up. Perhaps as we grow older, we realize the futility of living with something bigger, better, and yes, even beautifuller. I know I do.

Age difference has woman questioning future with boyfriend Q: I have just entered into a relationship with a man whom I really love and care for. I have one small but nagging concern about our relationship – I’m 22 years old and he’s almost 40. Is this a problem? Will it be a problem in the future? Jim: There’s nothing inherently wrong with such an arrangement, but there are certainly some things you should consider before going too deep into the relationship. The first has to do with the basic difference in your life experiences. You’re barely beyond college age; he’s approaching midlife and has already spent considerable time in the adult world pursuing a career and having romantic relationships. Under normal circumstances, he will have achieved a greater degree of maturity than you have at this stage in your life. Now, I’m not accusing you of being immature. And it’s quite possible that he’s young at heart. But you should honestly consider whether the difference in your levels of life experience will impact your relationship before forging ahead.

Jim Daly

Focus on the Family

Juli Slattery

In addition, some young women are attracted to older men because they’re really looking for a father figure. The men recognize this and end up manipulating or controlling their younger girlfriends. Take a personal inventory and consider whether you view your boyfriend as a peer and partner, or if you’re seeking an unmet father-need in your life. If it’s the latter, you should put a halt to the relationship in fairness to you both. I know plenty of happily married couples who have significant age differences between them. But you do need to take these things into account before moving forward. ••• Q: When I got engaged last week, I got a hostile reaction from my parents, especially my mom. She believes we’re “too young,” even though we’re both in our mid-20s! I’m wondering if this is because of the “empty nest” syndrome – my mom and I have always been close, and I’m the last of her children to leave

Feelings of discontent can stem from the need to be accepted, especially if we have been deprived or rejected in the past. The key to contentment is to change our source of dependency from the things around us to Christ, the only one who can fulfill all our needs. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us not to store up for ourselves treasures on Earth, which are eventually destroyed or stolen. Rather, we are to “store up … treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:2021) Lord, teach us how to be content. Give us the desire to depend on you alone, rather than on the things around us. Help us to seek after and rely on the treasures you have in store for us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

the home. We’ve always been a tightknit family and this crisis really concerns me. What should I do? Juli: Even though, in your mind, parents should greet an engagement with a lot of enthusiasm, it’s fairly normal for them to have some anxiety, and even hostility. You’ve already touched on the idea that it will be difficult for your mom to let you go. Your marriage means a huge transition, not only in your relationship with her, but in her own life. Give her time to adjust to the idea of losing you. Having said that, your parents may also have legitimate concerns about your engagement. Often they can see something that you can’t. For example, they may observe that your fiance is controlling or rude. If they’re hitting on something that could be true, validate the concern. You could say, “I can see what you’re saying. That’s why we are going through premarital counseling.” This mature attitude will assure your parents that you’re going into marriage with your eyes wide open and that you’re aware of possible red flags. If your parents continue to harp on the same concerns, remind them that you’ve already talked about that and considered their advice. Also, be careful not to put your fiance in the middle of the drama with your parents. Emotions are probably running

Swedish Club meets AMERY – Dr. Carolyn Wedin, retired UW-Whitewater professor, will speak at the Tuesday, Oct. 2, meeting of the Swedish Klubb at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on Deronda Street in Amery. The time is 7 p.m. and princess cake will be served. Wedin is the translator of an account of pioneer life at Trade Lake, an area bordering on northern Polk County. Further information available at 715-269-5307 or - submitted

high on all sides. Don’t make decisions or statements that could do lasting damage to the long-term relationships. Your parents will likely come around to supporting your engagement and marriage. In the meantime, reaffirm your love for them, acknowledging that this is a tough time for them. ••• Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the "Focus on the Family" radio program, and a husband and father of two. Dr. Juli Slattery is a licensed psychologist, cohost of "Focus on the Family," author of several books, and a wife and mother of three. Submit your questions to: Copyright 2012 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St. Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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


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SWEDBERG-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME Webster, Wis. Phone 715-866-7131

Government Inspected Slaughtering and Processing, Sausage making • Ham & Bacon Cured & 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


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

WILD RIVER FLAGS Jerry & Pat Willits 2815 285th Ave. Sterling Township St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-488-2729


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



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




Meeting in homes. Elder: Cliff Bjork, 715-755-3048 Sun. Fellowship - 10 a.m.; Wed. 7 p.m. LUTHERAN



113 W. Main St.. W., Phone 715-825-2453 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship (begins May 27)


Pastor Emory Johnson, 715-463-5700 685 W. State Road 70, Grantsburg Sun. Wor. Serv. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


Pastor Maggie Isaacson, 715-825-3559 3 mi. W. of Milltown on “G” Sunday Worship - 9:15 a.m.; Wednesday Worship 6:30 p.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


1115 Mains Crossing, 1/2 Mile South Hwy. 8 On 110th St.; Sun. Worship 9 a.m.; Sun. School 10:15 a.m.

Pastor Gerald Heinecke Church Phone 715-866-7191 Sun. Schl. - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Wor. - 10:30 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays facebook/OurRedeemerWebster




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.

2355 Clark Road, Dresser, WI, 715-755-2515 Pastor Wayne Deloach, Intern Andrea Fluegel Sun. Wor. 8:30 & 10:45 a.m.


Pastor Paul Peterson 507 Wisconsin Ave. N., 715-327-8012 Sun. Worship - 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 2nd Sundays

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. Worship - 8:30 a.m,; Sun. School 9:45 a.m.


Pastor Peter Rimmereid, 715-755-2562 1947 110th Ave., Dresser Sun. Contemporary Service 8:30 a.m.; Education Hr. 9:40 a.m.; Traditional Service 10:45 a.m.;


Pastor Mary Ann Bowman, 5 mi. E. of Luck on Hwy. 48, 1/2 mi. S. on I; Office - 715-472-2535 Pastor - 715-472-8153, 9 a.m. Adult Bible Study; 10:30 a.m. Worship; 11:30 a.m. Fellowship 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 715-327-4461 Worship 9 a.m.; Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Communion 1st Sun.

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.


561 Chestnut St., Taylors Falls, MN 651-465-5265 Traditional Worship - 8:30 a.m.; Contemporary Worship - 11 a.m.



(Wisconsin Synod) Pastor Gene DeVries 200 N. Adams St., St. Croix Falls Sunday Worship - 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School - 8:30 a.m.


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


1614 CTH B, North Luck, Pastor Rob Lubben Sunday Worship - 9 a.m. Contact Leslie Valentine, 715-646-2390; E-mail:

SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN (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


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 Sun. Wor. 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.; Summer, 9 a.m.


Pastors Mike & Linda Rozumalski 1 mi. west of Luck on N, 2478 170th St., Luck Sunday Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m. Fellowship 11 a.m.


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

Rev. Rexford D. Brandt 447 180th St., Osceola, 715-294-2936 Sept. 16, 2012 - June 2, 2013 Sun. Wor. 8 & 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m.; Communion first & third Sunday of the month




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


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


877 190th Ave., CTH G, Balsam Lake, WI (Fox Creek) Pastor Neal Weltzen; GT Office - 715-857-5580, Parsonage - 715-822-3001, TR Office - 715-822-3001 Wor. Serv. 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:30 a.m.; Holy Communion - 1st & 3rd Sun. of each month

5 miles E. of Frederic on W, 2 miles south on I; Church: 715-472-8660 Pastor Mike Fisk, 715-417-0692 Sunday Schl. 9:30 a.m.; Wor. 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st Sunday



Phone 715-327-4340, 715-416-3086, 715-327-8384 Pastor Theresa Riewestahl 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 - 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st, 3rd & 5th Sun.


CTH H, 1/2 mi. N. of CTH A & H on H Church Off. 715-635-7791 Pastor Bill Schroeder Sun. Worship 10 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.


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


Pastor Ralph Thompson - 715-472-8424; 510 Foster Ave. E.; Office 715-472-2605; (Sept.-May) Sun. Wor. 8 & 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.

Pastor Martin Weigand - 715-294-3489 Sunday Wor. 8 & 10 a.m.; Thursday Wor. 7 p.m. Communion - 1st & Last Sunday


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


Pastor Theresa Riewestahl 715-327-8384, 715-416-3086 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) Sunday School - Child.- 9 a.m.; Sunday School - Adults - 8:45 a.m.; Communion 1st Sunday




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


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


Rev. Gil White, Sr. Pastor Rev. Thomas Cook, Assoc. Pastor; 715-866-8646 Sunday Worship - 9 a.m.


Rev. Gil White, Sr. Pastor, Rev. Thomas Cook, Assoc. Pastor; 715-866-8646 Sunday Worship - 10:30 a.m.

HOLY TRINITY UNITED METHODIST 1606 165th Ave., CTH I, Centuria Pastor Freddie Kirk, 715-485-3363 Sunday Worship - 8:30 a.m.


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

LEWIS MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST Rev. Gil White, Sr. Pastor Rev. Thomas Cook, Assoc. Pastor Worship 8:45 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10 a.m.


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

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


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

ST. LUKE UNITED - FREDERIC 100 Linden Street, Frederic Pastor “Freddie” Kirk, 715-327-4436 Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.


Rev. Gil White, Sr. Pastor Rev. Thomas Cook, Assoc. Pastor Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Wor. - 10:15 a.m. (Nursery available)


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 Sagle, 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 Dan Pearson Sunday School 8:45 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m. CATHOLIC



Rev. William Brenna, 715-247-3310 255 St. Hwy. 35, East Farmington Mass Sunday 8:30 a.m.


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


Danbury - 7586 St. Rd. 77, 715-866-7321 Pastor - Father Michael J. Tupa Mass - Sat. 4 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. (Sept.-May). Reconciliation as per bulletin & by appt.


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

SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY Pastor Father Michael J. Tupa CTHs A & H - 715-866-7321 Crescent Lake Voyager Village area. Mass Sun. 8 a.m., Thurs. 9:30 a.m. Reconciliation as per bulletin and by appt.


Rev. Thomas E. Thompson, 715-327-8119 Mass: Sat. 4:30 p.m.; Sun. 10:30 a.m. Call the office for daily & holy day Mass times


Rev. Thomas E. Thompson, 715-327-8119 Mass: Sat. 6:30 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m.


Rev. Andy Anderson, 715-247-3310 139 Church Hill Rd., Somerset Mass Sat. 5 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.; Tues., Wed., Thurs. & Fri. 9 a.m.



Pastor Father Frank Wampach, 651-465-7345 25293 Redwing Ave., Shafer, MN Sunday 9 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.



Pastor Father Michael J. Tupa, 715-866-7321 Cedar & Muskey Ave. - Webster Mass Sun 10 a.m., Wed. 5:30 p.m. (Sept-May), Fri. 9 a.m. (Summer)

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.



1050 North Keller Ave., Amery, 715-268-7717 Father John Drummy, Pastor Sat. Mass 4 p.m., Sun. Mass 10:30 a.m. Mass Wed. & Thurs. 9 a.m.


Rev. William Brenna 255 E. 10th Ave., Osceola, 715-294-2243 Masses: Sat. 4 p.m.; Sun. 10:30 a.m. ASSEMBLY


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

Pastor Merrill Olson, Interim Pastor 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




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

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



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




Pastor Bruce Tanner, 942 U.S. Hwy. 8, Amery, 715-268-2176 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, Frederic Sunday School - 9 a.m.; Morning Worship - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided for all services


Pastor Dave Williams 933 248th St., Osceola Morn. Wor. 10 a.m.; Sun. School Sept.-May 8:45 a.m. Children’s Church & Nursery provided


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


EAST BALSAM BAPTIST - BALSAM LK. 1816 108th St., CTH I Pastor Gabe Brennan, 715-857-5411 Wor. Service - 9 a.m.; Sun. School-10:30 a.m.


2393 210th Ave., St. Croix Falls Pastor Willis Christenson, 715-483-9464 Sun. School - 10 a.m.; Wor. 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;; E-mail: Reg. office hours: Tues.-Thurs. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pastor Charlie Butt, Lead Pastor; Nick Buda, Associate Pastor Sun. Serv.: 9 a.m.; All ages Sun. Schl. 10:30 11:30 a.m.; Nursery available


715-689-2125 or 715-689-2156 Brian Krause, Lead Pastor Steve Ward, Assoc. Pastor of Visitation Tim Lindau, Youth Director Sun. School (all ages) 9:30 a.m.; Church Serv. 10:45 a.m.; Nursery provided


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


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.


Church Phone 715-866-4111 Pastor Tim Quinn Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Worship - 10:45 a.m (Nursery provided)

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

722 Seminole Ave., Osceola Pastor Dr. Kent Haralson; 715-294-4222 or 715-755-3454; Sun.: Praise & Worship Serv. 9 am., Adult Bible Study 10:45 a.m., Children’s Sun. School 10:45 a.m.


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

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




1751 100th Ave., Dresser Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Morning Wor. 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 Sat. Vespers - 5 p.m.; Sun. Liturgy - 9:30 a.m.

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



510 S. Vincent, St. Croix Falls Pastor Tom Reaume, 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 Serv. 9 a.m.; Services: Sun. 10 a.m.; Sunday School during church service.




2390 CTH A, 1/8 mi. east of A&H intersection Pastor Tryg Wistad, 715-635-9222 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.

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


Meets at Dresser Elem. School, Dresser Pastor Tony Minell, 715-417-1982 Sunday Wor. 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 9:45 a.m.


309 5th Street, , 715-338-2751 Pastor Scott Petznick Sunday Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m.

NORTHERN PINES QUAKER MEETING 715-866-5016 or 715-733-0480 for time of meeting.

ST. CROIX UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sunday, 10 a.m. in the St. Croix Falls Library community room.




1289 160th St. (Hwy. 65), St. Croix Falls, 715-483-5378 Senior Pastors Paul and Sonja Hanson Sunday Adult Bible Class 9 a.m. 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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Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Gavin Fredericks has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. He is the son of Megan Grindell and Jacob Fredericks. Gavin is a good student and especially likes math. He enjoys soccer, swimming and bow hunting with his dad.

Trent Kuechenmeister has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Nick and Mande Kuechenmeister. He is involved in football, basketball and baseball. He enjoys raising two rabbits, sports and hunting. He plans to attend UW-Madison, earning a degree in agriculture. His greatest influences in his life are his friends and family. Trent is helpful and generous.

David Crandell has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Mark and Anita Baker and Wayne Crandell. He works part time at Subway and the Rose Garden. He enjoys hunting and fishing. He plans to join the military. His greatest influences in his life are his brothers Jake and Brent. David is honest, a good role model and never complains.

Carley Gross has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in second grade and the daughter of Jared and Kelly Gross. Carley is responsible. She follows the rules and works hard. She is always kind and respectful to others. Carley’s favorite subject is art becuase you experience stuff to see what it looks like. Carley loves horses and enjoys drawing animals.


Johanna Mlenek has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in fourth grade and the daughter of Rick and Cathy Sistad. She has a positive attitude, always works hard and does her best in all her schoolwork. She cheerfully enters the classroom each day, is helpful to her classmates and shows respect to everyone. She enjoys dance and loves horses.

Connor Myers has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Mike and Lucy Myers. Connor is a terrific leader as president of student council and captain of the football team. He is involved in basketball, track and field, football, NHS, student council, Immaculate Conception Youth Group treasurer, Karner blue butterfly research. He plans to attend a four-year college and major in chemical engineering.


Michael Delany has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Tamara and Jim Delany. He pays attention in class, is very cooperative and is striving to achieve. He is a pleasant young man. He volunteers at Ruby’s Pantry when he can. He is involved in basketball, track and football. He enjoys building things in his spare time. His greatest influence in his life is Aaron Rodgers.

Masha Todd has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Jan Everson. She is a hardworking, intelligent student who is a pleasure to have in class. She is involved in FCCLA, volleyball and softball. She enjoys reading, playing volleyball and softball. She plans to attend college to become a veterinarian. The person she admires most in her life is her mother.

Adam Briggs has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in second grade and lives at home with his mom and dad and his little brother Isaac. At home, he loves to play games on the computer. At school, he really likes to go to the library. When Adam grows up he wants to work with his dad telling truck drivers where to make pickups and deliveries.

Beau Blesi has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Brian and Susan Blesi. His siblings are Ori and Sam. He has cats for pets. He enjoys reading. His favorite subject is science because they get to dissect frogs.

Zarek Kubesh has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. He is a junior and the son of Christopher Kubesh and Vicki Skarda and has a younger sister Abigail and a younger brother Luke. Zarek enjoys sports, skiing and snowboarding. He is in SOS, basketball, baseball and SPARKS tutoring.



Ethan Eidah has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. He is a very good student. He is very kind and gets along with everybody. He is always willing to help out. Ethan’s favorite classes in school are math and physical education. He also plays soccer, football and basketball.

Cassidy Lee has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Curt and Julie Lee. Cassidy is an extremely helpful person. Cassidy has already volunteered many hours before school even started to help teachers put up display cases and bulletin boards. She is involved in basketball, piano, volleyball, fast pitch, choir, band, swing choir and student council.

Nathan Potempa has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of Tony and Mary Potempa. Nate is a wonderful student to have in class, he is pleasant, kind and courteous to others. He is always willing to lend a hand to help out his teachers and fellow classmates. Nate’s favorite subject in school is science. When not in school you will find Nate hunting, fishing and riding snowmobile.

Raven Emery has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daughter of Duane and Genny Emery. She is a hardworking, conscientious, good-humored and subtly confident student. She excels at math and Spanish II. Raven likes to read and play volleyball, basketball and run track. She also plans to attend college and is undecided at this time on the course of study.

Dane Tollander has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. He is the son of Ross Tollander and Janelle Olson. Dane works hard and always tries his best. He takes pride in his work. He is a good friend to his peers. He is a joy to have in class and brings a lot to the classroom and learning.

Julia Gavin has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Nicole Blanchette. She is a very motivated student and is interested in learning and doing her best in all areas. She is polite and respectful toward her classmates. She enjoys volleyball and is a member of the jr. high volleyball team. Julia is a pleasure to have in class. She is involved in band, volleyball and basketball.

Matt Smith has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Gary Smith and Pam Smith. Matt is quiet, kind, respectful and hardworking. He always strives to do his best wiith a positive attitude. The fact that he ran over 500 miles this summer proves this. Matt is a great leader in band and does everything asked of him without hesitation. He is involved in jazz band, SIGN, student council, cross country, hockey and track.


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Emma Mullin has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in third grade and the daughter of Meleda and Steve Mullin. Emma is an amazing student. She challenges herself to do great work. Emma loves learning and has top-notch behavior.

Hallie Allen has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Tammy Allen and Bryan Allen. She was chosen because she is a conscientious student with a positive attitude. She works very hard and is very pleasant. She comes to class with a smile on her face every day and treats her classmates with kindness.

Brandon McKenzie has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Sarah McKenzie. After high school, he plans to go to school to play basketball. His favorite subject is science. He emceed the homecoming week assemblies and did an amazing job. Teachers say that he truly adds to class discussions. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and listening to music.


Coming events SEPTEMBER

Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities • Swedish Klubb meets at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 7 p.m., 715-269-5307,




• Author Lorna Landvik to speak at the library, 7 p.m.

• Siren Harvestfest. Thurs.: Taste of Siren, 5-8 p.m. at Lakeview Event Center. Fri.: Open 3-person golf scramble, noon at Siren National Golf. Sat.: Festivities, 715-3498399/800-788-3164,

St. Croix Falls

• “Go Ganges” documentary film screening at Festival Theatre, 715-483-3387,


St. Croix Falls

• County flu shots at the high school, 6-8 p.m., 715-3497600, Ext. 1226.

• “Playing with Fire” at Festival Theatre. Thurs. 2 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., 715-483-3387,





• Early-stage Alzheimer’s support group at the senior center, 10 a.m., 715-268-6605. • Family Fusion Fun Night at the high school, 6-7:15 p.m.

• Lyme disease education and support at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 7 p.m., 715-268-2856, 715-268-2035.



• Adult grief support group meeting at Holy Trinity Church, 6:30 p.m., 715-483-3363.

• Blood pressure screening at Bremer Bank, 9 a.m.




• “Playing with Fire” at Festival Theatre. Thurs. & Sun. 2 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 p.m.,, 715-4833387.

• St. Croix Valley Health Care Foundation fundraising dinner, auction, etc., 6 p.m., 715-483-0587.

St. Croix Falls

• Apple Fest at Frederic Nursing & Rehab, 2-4 p.m.


• Parkinson’s support group meets at Burnett Medical Center Conference Room, 2 p.m.


• Program at Luck Lutheran on arranging personal and legal “Final Affairs.” 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 715-485-8600, to register. • Meeting of the historical society featuring Dr. John Mark Nielsen, at the museum, 7 p.m.

The sun illuminated a fallen leaf as the first day of autumn, Sept. 22, arrived. - Photo submitted


• Acoustic jam at Frederic Arts Building, 9:30 a.m.-noon.


• Grantoberfest, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,



• Full Moon Family Hike on the Ice Age Trail. Parking lot on 280th Ave., 6:30 p.m., 715-472-2248.


• Fall bazaar at Milltown Lutheran Church, bake sale, lunch, quilts, lefse and pies, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

• Flu shots at the health department, 9 a.m.-noon, 715485-8500.

• Humane society 5K or one-mile dog walk event at Veterans Park, 1 p.m., 715-866-4096, • Bake sale at the senior center, 9 a.m. until sold out. • Drop-off day for Lions & Lioness yard sale donations at their building, 9 a.m.-noon, 715-349-2400.

• Ruby’s Pantry at 24534 Hwy. 35/70. Distribution 1011:30 a.m., $15 donation.

Balsam Lake Falun

• Harvest fest and chili supper at Trinity Lutheran Church, 4-7 p.m.


• Swiss steak dinner at St. Luke Methodist Church, 4:307 p.m.


• Ruby’s Pantry at Congregational Church. Doors open 8:30 a.m. Dist. 9 a.m., $15 donation, 715-268-7390. • Humane society dog walk fundraiser starting at Soo Line Park, 715-268-7387. Regist. 10 a.m.

Balsam Lake

• Balsam Lake Public Library open house, 10 a.m.2 p.m.; author Jan Adams at 1 p.m.

Milltown Siren

• Suz Thomson to speak on climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro at the government center, 6 p.m.


• QPR, for suicide prevention, training at community ed, 6:30 p.m.

• Final drive-in worship service at Laketown Lutheran Church, 10:30 a.m. Potluck follows. • Soupstock IV Harvest Festival at Anathoth Community Farm, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 715-790-9177. • Polka worship service, 10:30 a.m.; pig roast, noon2:30 p.m.; carnival until 3:30 p.m. at Bone Lake Lutheran, 715-472-2535.

St. Croix Falls

• Woolly Mountain Bike Race starting at the high school,

Trade Lake

• Swedish Mission Church fall music service, 1:30 p.m.



• Compassionate Friends, Tri-County Chapter, grief support in death of a child, at First Lutheran, 7 p.m., 715263-2739.

• Habitat ground breaking at 26567 White Pine Ave. N., 10 a.m., 715-483-2700.

SUNDAY/30 Grantsburg

• Rehearsals begin for Grantsburg Chorale Christmas Concert on Dec. 9, 7 p.m. at the high school.

MONDAY/1 Clear Lake

ST. CROIX FALLS - Ground broke on Hwy. 8 in St. Croix Falls earlier this month for a brand-new retail store. Polar Pete’s Seafood and Meats, a new venture by the Ward family, owners of the local Ward’s Balsam Lake Resort and CWS Security Watch, will specialize in selling a wide variety of meats and seafood at prices that will rival big box stores. Among the hundreds of items in stock regularly will be favorites such as boneless, skinless chicken, hamburger patties, baby back ribs, flatiron steaks, sashimi-grade yellowfin tuna and scallops, as well as wings and appetizer items. They will also feature specialty items from time to time such as wild game and alligator.

Shown at the ground breaking for Polar Pete’s Seafood and Meats in St. Croix Falls are (L to R): Andy Schad, Matt Page, Kyle Ward, Dawn Ward, Holly Helms, Gary Verhasselt-Verhasselt Construction, Peter Ward and Michelle Ward. - Photo submitted

“Because of our relationships in the industry, we are able to buy direct from the producers and sell to consumers without adding in middleman costs, and then pass these savings on to our customers,” said Peter Ward, owner of Polar Pete’s Seafood and Meats. The meat and seafood products are selected from these producers for quality and freshness, and are sold flash frozen to customers for full flavor and convenience. “There are plenty of recognizable brand names in our freezers,” said Ward, “Hillshire Farm, Tyson, Jennie-O, Morey’s, etc. “We are thrilled to have found a way to offer the chance to purchase these excellent meat products at great prices to our community,” said Ward. The future plans for Polar Pete’s Seafood and Meats not only include being



• Candidate meet and greet at the library, 6-8:30 p.m., 715-825-2313.


• Northwoods Flyers Experimental Aircraft Association Club meets at the government center, Rm. 165, 7 p.m. • Community choir Christmas concert rehearsals begin at Bethany Lutheran, 7-8:30 p.m.

FRI. & SAT./5 & 6 St. Croix Falls

• Autumn Fest: Bake/garage sale at the senior center.

Turtle Lake

• Fall gun show at the fire hall. Fri. 4-8 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.3 p.m., 715-986-4516.

FRIDAY/5 Balsam Lake

• Indianhead Gem & Mineral Society meeting at the senior center, 7 p.m.

• Author Chad Lewis to speak at the library, 7 p.m., 715485-3215. • Annual harvest supper at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church, 4-7 p.m., 715-485-3363.


SAT. & SUN./6 & 7

• Cardiac support group at the medical center, 1 p.m., 715-268-0291.

• Fall Wildlife Festival open house at Crex. Sat. 1-9 p.m., Sun. 6-10 a.m., 715-463-2739.



New retail store breaks ground in St. Croix Falls

Free product samples to be showcased, barbecue and health fair, Oct. 13

Balsam Lake


St. Croix Falls

• LWML Fall Rally at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. • Mom & Baby Expo at the medical center, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 800-828-3627.


a regular stop for meat and seafood purchases, but also as a destination spot for those in or traveling through the area. The retail store will also feature fresh frozen custard, made on-site, and offer a kidfriendly courtyard-style area to enjoy eating the treat. People will also be able to purchase other local favorites. The store is scheduled to open early 2013. Those curious about the products should visit Wild About Wellness, a free and health fair event on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Wild River Fitness/Osceola Medical Center campus in Osceola from 2 to 5 p.m. Free product samples of selected meats will be showcased at this event. Be sure to follow the progress on the Polar Pete’s Seafood and Meats Facebook page or check out the Web site at - submitted



AA &/or AlAnon, Polk & Burnett counties, 715-931-8262 for time/location. Amery, 715-268-8431. Divorce care support group at Apple River Community Church, 715-268-8360, 715-268-2176.

Every Monday

Indianhead Barbershop Chorus meets at the Balsam Lake old courthouse, 7:30 p.m., 715-483-9202. Baby and Me class - Amery Medical Center, 1-2 p.m. Grief Share support group at Centennial Hall, Amery, 715-268-2176 or 715-268-8360. Moms In Touch International, First Baptist, Amery, 2 - 3 p.m., 715-268-5408, Partners of Veterans women’s support group, Counseling Associates, Siren, 1-2:30 p.m., 715-349-8575. Play group for children and caretakers at the Burnett County Family Resource Center, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Every Tuesday

Bingo - Burnett County Moose Lodge, Siren, 6 p.m. Survivors of domestic violence & sexual assault support group, Polk Co., 800-261-7233, 6-7:30 p.m. Anger management group at Amery Regional Medical Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 715-268-4094. Master Gardener Training at Polk County Government Center, 6-9 p.m. Also some Saturdays, 715-485-7600.

Every Wednesday

Women of Hope, cancer support group, at SCRMC, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., 715-483-0431. Free playtime with your toddler at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church,10-11:30 a.m., 715-557-0630.

Every Thursday

Breastfeeding support group at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center, 2-3:30 p.m., 715-483-0431. Play group for children and caretakers at the Burnett County Family Resource Center, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Every Saturday

AA meets at the West Denmark Lutheran Church, rural Luck, 9 - 10 a.m.

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