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LAD shares latest specs for potential development at old hospital site BY LAURIE SABATA CONTRIBUTING WRITER


The Bad Habits Brass, shown here in 2016, will perform at the fifth annual Osceola Firefighters Ball.

Bad Habits ready to beat cabin fever Fifth annual Osceola Firefighters Ball set for Feb. 17 The Bad Habits Brass are ready to heat up Osceola. On Feb. 17, members of the Osceola Fire Department and the Osceola Lions Club are teaming up to host the fifth annual Osceola Firefighters Ball. This year’s annual dance/fundraiser at the CustomFire hangar will feature a new musical act: The Bad Habits Brass, a rock, funk, dance, soul and blues band with a full horn section. Sponsored by Polaris, Hiawatha National Bank and Cottor Farms, The Bad Habits will take the stage from 8 p.m. to midnight at 509 68th Avenue at L.O. Simenstad Airport, in Osceola. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Beer and wine will be

available for sale at the event. Osceola Fire Chief Don Stark is excited about the popular mix and flavor of music The Bad Habits Brass will be bringing to the Firefighters Ball this year. “We’re bringing in something new and different this year,” Stark said. “These guys don’t usually play in this area. They’re based out of River Falls. So it’ll be something special for Osceola to get to hear them.” Advanced admission tickets are available from Osceola Firefighters and Lions Club members, at PY’s Bar & Grill, or at the door. More than $1,000 in prizes have been donated by area businesses and will be raffled off to those present. The evening will also feature three cash drawings of $150, $100 and $75, selected from purchased admission tickets. Cash drawing

At the February 6 meeting of the Osceola Plan Commission, developer Bernie Desmarais presented a revised concept plan for redeveloping 301 River Street from a dilapidated property into a senior living housing complex and commercial space. The intent of Desmarais’ company, LAD Properties, is to work in conjunction with the village to “get rid of the blighted property that has been there for too many years,” and to “make the downtown vital.” The 4.3 acre site is situated on a prime location overlooking the St. Croix River and is one block west of Cascade Street in downtown Osceola. Due to its proximity to the SEE SITE, PAGE 28


At their meeting last Tuesday, the Osceola Plan Commission heard details of the most recent proposal to redevelop the property at 301 River Street. Developer Bernie Desmaris presented an architectural rendering of the proposed senior-living housing complex.

New initiative explores awareness for trauma in Polk County Mental Health Task Force measures trauma readiness in community The Mental Health Task Force of Polk County (MHTF) is working to support individuals and organizations using a trauma informed approach in providing care to individuals and families in Polk County, and help raise awareness for the impact that early childhood trauma has on the community through a new Trauma Informed Care (TIC) readiness program and by offering a series of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

community presentations. The goal of the TIC initiative is to evaluate the extent of TIC training and implementation that has occurred in Polk County, identify areas of need and opportunities for TIC implementation within schools and other organizations, and for the MHTF to serve as a community resource for TIC support. The project was made possible through funding from the United Way St. Croix Valley’s Community Impact Grant program. “Knowing that this is a great need, we were pleased to provide additional funding to the Mental Health Task Force because of their accomplished work, and

their plan to take their support to the next level,” said the United Way St. Croix Valley’s executive director, Ann Searles. “This will make a positive impact in Polk County by adding new resources to address mental health.” Trauma Informed Care is an approach to engage people that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Trauma affects the individual, families, and communities by disrupting healthy development, adversely affecting relationships, and contributing to mental health issues. Understanding the SEE HEALTH, PAGE 10


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A-1 Excavating will On order: new plow truck for Town of Osceola discusses do reconstruction for Board changes to nuisance Dresser road project ordinance BY SUZANNE LINDGREN EDITOR@OSCEOLASUN.COM


The Dresser Village Board awarded the bid last week for its Horsmann Avenue and Peterson Drive road reconstruction project. A-1 Excavating won the contract with a bid of $1,027,881, nearly $300,000 under initial projections. “I think we bid it at the right time when (contractors) were looking for work,� said project engineer Erik Evenson of MSA Professional Services. “We originally estimated about $1.3 million and it came in just over a million.� The award is unofficial until the Bloomer-based excavation company supplies proper bonding and insurance, and the village receives the fully-executed $500,000 community development block grant agreement from the federal Department of Administration. The village will continue to contract with MSA Professional Services during the construction phase of the project.

Highway 35 crosswalk The board decided to go forward with updating its crosswalk on Highway 35, independent of a separately planned project at the Department of Transportation. “The DOT has a project planned in 2020,� said SEE DRESSER, PAGE 10

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The Town of Osceola should have a new plow truck by next winter. That’s after the board gave approval to buy a 2019 Mack tandem-axle plow truck at a special meeting Jan. 10, on the condition that the truck company allow the town three months to try to sell its Peterbilt truck. The town’s public works supervisor, Paul Baker, said the tandem-axle truck would allow him to haul twice as much per trip — 22ton loads versus 11-ton — saving fuel, time and equipment wear, according to the Jan. 10 meeting minutes. He also believed it would “hold the road better� for superior plowing, and that repairs could be done locally. The truck was $115,558 and attachments were $88,781. The cost will be offset with the sale or trade-in of the current plow truck, the price of which will be determined by the market. Public Works Supervisor Baker reported last week that the truck has been ordered. It will be sent to Galesville, Wis., in June for attachments at Universal Truck

Equipment and should be delivered to Osceola in October. Baker noted that he’d “been plowing a lot� lately, including a 26-hour shift during the Jan. 22 snowstorm. “That was a lot for me,� he said. Cluttered yards The board reviewed Chair Doug Schmidt’s changes to the public nuisance ordinance. Schmidt has said he’s amending the code to make the language more objective, especially terms he believes are subjective, such as “attractiveness.� Of his changes, Schmidt said last week, “This allows us better definitions of everything.� The board tweaked the draft to improve clarity and consistency, but did not officially amend the ordinance. “I don’t want to amend it until we get a final (draft) and we’re all happy with it,� said Schmidt. Broadband infrastructure The Wisconsin Towns Association is signaling an early warning on a proposal that its executive director, Mike Koles, said, “would negatively impact [towns’] ability to manage the use of town rights-of-way or municipal equipment (utility poles, towers, intersection signal infrastructure, etc.) pertaining to

wireless technology.� According to Koles, recent federal efforts to expand broadband in rural areas are “rightly aimed� when applied to federal lands. However, an early draft of a proposal by senators John Thune (R—South Dakota) and Brian Schatz (D—Hawaii), would bar towns from limiting the installation of wireless technology in their rights-of-way under most conditions. Osceola Town Chair Schmidt said the proposal “would give the federal government authority to come in and put (broadband infrastructure) anywhere they want in our rights-of-way. The town couldn’t stop it unless it was a safety hazard, and we’d have to prove that it was a safety hazard. It would also give them authority to attach broadband equipment to any poles the town might have. “What it is, is a federal power grab,� Schmidt continued, “to come in and take authority away from the town and give it to the federal government.� The proposal does not appear to have been formally introduced to Congress. Urban Towns Committee Chair Schmidt reported that the Wisconsin Towns Association (WTA) would like Osceola to join its Urban

Towns Committee (UTC). The committee is for towns facing urban and recreational land use pressures, according to the WTA. It was formed in 1988 and currently has about 130 member governments. “A central part of the UTC’s mission is to tell the urban towns’ story in Madison,� writes the WTA, noting that the committee also works “to offer the Wisconsin Legislature and other state officials an agenda for positive change in intergovernmental relations.� Schmidt called the UTC a lobby group and said it would cost the town $.25 per taxpayer to join. “I don’t care if it’s a dollar,� he concluded. “We don’t need another lobbyist in Washington.�

Other business • The board agreed to share time and equipment to help build the Dresser-Osceola-Garfield (DOG) fire hall in Alden. • Next month, the board plans to discuss possible changes to the town code prompted by the cooperative boundary agreement between Osceola and Dresser. The next Town of Osceola Board meeting will be held Tues., March 6, at 7 p.m.

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running after covering the short .01K distance, organizers added the more traditional running race distances of 5K and 10K on a nearby recreational trail. “So we offer three unique distances,� Smith continued, “and with our uniqueness, we offer the chance to proclaim ‘World Champion’ at each age group, over these distances.� Furthermore, the organizers have enlisted the timing services of Wayzata Timing, to ensure that the races will be fair and accurately recorded. Winners will be enshrined on the “.01K Hall of Fame� on the event’s website, www. A schedule and a description of all the age groups can also be found there. “We are going to try to space out the racing so that someone ambitious enough could compete for ‘World Champion’ at all three distances,� Smith said. The event was conSEE FUNDRAISER, PAGE 6

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RiverBucks program River Valley Soccer Club has been chosen as the February recipient of the RiverBucks program at MidwestOne Bank. All donations for RiverBucks fare support a different Osceola youth organization each month.

FEBRUARY 15 Polk Burnett Beekeepers The Polk Burnett Beekeepers will meet at 7 p.m. at the Polk County Justice Center in Balsam Lake. The group will be ordering bees and talking bout spring work. Mark Adams will talk about his trip to Nicaragua.

FEBRUARY 16 Community coffee with Deb Rose Community Coffee with Village Trustee Deb Rose will be from 7 to 9 a.m. at Caribou Coffee inside Dick’s Fresh Market in Osceola. Please bring questions, concerns, etc. that you have about what is happening in the Village.


The Christian Women’s Connection will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Alliance Church of the Valley, St. Croix Falls. For reservations call Shirley, (715) 755-2656.



The geography of poverty

Nature’s Story Time in the Park

The St. Croix Valley Foundation and First State Bank and Trust present February’s Conversations of the Valley, “The Geography of Poverty — shared fate and local response,” with guest speaker Tracy Maki, executive director of Valley Outreach, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lowell Inn Event Center (102 N. Second St., Stillwater).

Nature’s Story Time at Interstate Park for preschoolers and their caregivers will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 am. Dress for the weather and meet at the Ice Age Center.

FEBRUARY 22 Bloodmobile The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at Bethesda Lutheran Church in rural Dresser from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. To make an appointment call 1-800-733-2767 or go to


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Franconia Sculpture Park hosts its annual winter iron pour. The event is free, noon to 5 p.m.; 29836 Saint Croix Trail, Franconia, Minn. (three miles west of Taylors Falls).

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Cushing Community Center from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. To make an appointment call 1-800-7332767 or go to

Nature’s Story Time in the Park Nature’s Story Time at Interstate Park for preschoolers and their caregivers will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 am. Dress for the weather and meet at the Ice Age Center.

FEBRUARY 24 Nature’s Story Time in the Park Nature’s Story Time at Interstate Park for preschoolers and their caregivers will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 am. Dress for the weather and meet at the Ice Age Center.

FEBRUARY 18 The Hampden Rounders First in the Sunday afternoon folk music series at the historic Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center (312 Government Street), the Hampden Rounders perform swing, bluegrass and folk. Family-friendly setting; 2 to 4 p.m. Admission at the door, children under 12 free. FFI: TFSundayMusic or call (651) 240-0125.

Doc Walk Join Osceola Medical Center’s Nicole Smith, MD, at 10 a.m. for a free walking program and discussion on the role of exercise in heart health and weight loss. Meet at the Tewksbury Trail in Osceola. Bring snowshoes if you have them. Get to know Dr. Smith outside of the clinic setting and ask her your health questions. Leashed dogs welcome. Easy to moderate level. 645 Ridge Road: south of Osceola on Hwy 35 to 55th Ave. Follow signs.

Sunday Breakfast American Legion Post #143 in St. Croix Falls will be serving Sunday breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Last Wednesday Meal Hope Free Church will be serving the Last Wednesday Meal at the Osceola United Methodist Church from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Everyone welcome.


MARCH 5 Beginning beekeeping class A beginning beekeeping class is being offered through Osceola Community Education. Learn all you need to know to start beekeeping. There is a fee. FFI: Danielle Pratt, (715) 294-4601.

MARCH 10 Guenthner to speak at library Grace Guenthner will be speaking at 1 p.m. at the Osceola Public Library about her semester abroad in Australia and her travel through Europe after graduation.


Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays Youth Center Open The St. Croix Valley Youth Center is open from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the basement of the old Alliance Church in St. Croix Falls. Monday • The Dresser & St. Croix Falls Area VFW Post #4186 meets the third Monday of every month at 2 p.m. at the Dresser VFW Hall. • The Valley Chess Masters Club meets on the second and fourth Monday, 4:30 to 6 p.m., St. Croix Falls Public Library. FFI: • Second and fourth Monday, Big Fun Playdates with the Imagination Playground, Osceola Public Library, 10:30 a.m. to noon. • Read & Review Book Group meets the last Monday of the month at Dresser Library, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. • The Voices of the Valley meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the ArtBarn in Osceola. This group is for adults with


special needs who enjoy singing. FFI: (715) 494-0385.



• St. Croix Valley MOPS Moms group meets the first and third Tuesday at New Life Christian Community in Dresser. Morning and evening meetings. FFI:

• Osceola TOPS meets at Trinity Lutheran Church. Weigh-in, 7-8:20 a.m., meeting, 8:30-9:30. FFI: 715-755-3123. • Lego Lab, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Dresser Library.

Wednesday • Book club for adults at Osceola Public Library the fourth Wednesday of the month. Books available at the library. FFI: Anne Miller, (715) 294-2310. • Adult basic education classes at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC). Enroll any time. FFI: Call 800-2439482 ext. 4257 or visit adult/basicedprogram.htm. • Open Mic Night at PY’s Bar & Grill in Osceola, every third Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bring your instrument and participate in an open jam or feature your own music. Call (715) 294-3314 for more details. • Friends of Osceola Library meets the second Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the library. FFI: 715294-2657.

Thursday • Tot-Time at Peace Lutheran Church, Dresser, first and third Thursdays at 10 a.m. For infants and preschool children and their parents/grandparents. An hour filled with craft, Bible story, snack and play time. Register at (715) 755-2515.

Saturday • Osceola Running Club meets at Mill Pond Park in downtown Osceola at 7 a.m. Saturdays. Anyone interested in running for fitness and fun is welcome. The “Lap around Osceola” is a “no drop” jog of about 3 miles. FFI: go to www., text or call Paul Smith at (715) 410-6047.

Sunday • Times in Which We Live meets the first and third Sunday of each month at the Dresser Library at 6:30 p.m. DVDs are shown about current events. FFI: 715-755-3473. or email Steve at: cen53926@ • An open song circle meets at the St. Croix Falls Public Library from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the second Sunday of the month. Everyone welcome.

THURSDAY • Free Baby & Me classes from 5 to 6 p.m. at Osceola Medical Center. To register, (715) 6844440. • Dual Recovery Anonymous, 7:15 p.m. at the St. Croix Falls Alano. FFI: (715) 755-3639. • AA meets at Trinity Lutheran Church, Osceola at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, Dresser. • Family Game Night at Dresser Library, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. • GriefShare, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the New Life Christian Community, Dresser. FFI: (715) 557-1431.


• AA meets at Trinity Lutheran Church, Osceola at 7 p.m. Topic meeting.

SATURDAY • Weight Watchers meets at Hope E. Free Church, Osceola. Weigh-in, 7:30 a.m. Meeting, 8:15 a.m. FFI: Kim, 715-417-0683.


• The Indianhead Barbershop Chorus meets at 7:30 p.m. in the government building in Balsam Lake. FFI: 715-483-9202. • Divorce Care Support Group, Grace Church of Osceola, 6:30 p.m. • AA meets at Trinity Lutheran Church in Osceola at 7 p.m. and Osceola United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. • Preschool storytime, St. Croix Falls Public Library, 10:30 a.m. • Little’s Storytime at Dresser Library, 10:30 a.m.

TUESDAY • AA for women at Trinity Lutheran Church in Osceola, 7 p.m. • Seniors on the Go, 12:30-4 p.m. at Osceola United Methodist Church. • Storytime, Osceola Public Library, 10:30 a.m. FFI: 715-2942310. • Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., St Croix Falls Alano Club. FFI; (715) 825-3416.

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Jeeves is a six year old neutered male Manx mix with large green eyes. He has a long, black and white coat with a bobtail. Jeeves is an active and curious cat who likes to check everything out for himself to stay on top of current events. If he doesn’t actively engage in your activities, he will certainly be watching from the sidelines. Jeeves loves to play; doesn’t matter for format, feather, ball, string, shadows, laser or milk bottle cap. He will spice up your daily routine with his antics. Jeeves came to the shelter as a stray cat in late December 2017. He is grateful for being able to enjoy the warmth of the shelter during this bitter winter, but home is where he’d rather be. He is waiting for a chance to show you his unique character and charm. We are always thrilled to report adoptions of our pets. Some stay longer than others, requiring extra medical care or just not meeting that special someone quickly. Ms. Sylvia, a gorgeous longhair Mitted Tabby, was adopted last week after four and a half months at the Arnell shelter. Our adoptable pets remain available until they find their special someone. There is someone out there for each of them. We are ecstatic to report that our resident Pit bull Chips found his home after staying with us for five weeks. Chips had a love of play and hot dogs. He trained with a focus that allowed him to learn numer-

ous commands with lightening speed. A dog with such enthusiasm and drive isn’t for everyone, but Chips met a perfect companion who appreciated everything about him. There is someone for every one. With Chips, Rita, Colby and Harley adopted, remaining adoptable dogs are Chloe, Comet, Rosco, Ringo and Rhonda. Chloe is a four year old Boxer Mix with a Red Fawn coat, white socks and a docked tail. Chloe is fun loving and affectionate. She lived with children ages 9 and 11 and can be quite bouncy. She loves to give hugs. Chloe is a fun dog with tons of potential – and cute too. Comet is a young four month old, tri-color Shepherd Mix. He has a white snip up his nose, a black saddle, rust eyebrows and paws. His ears are floppy and threatening to stand up eventually. Comet is a blank slate, ready to learn everything you need him to know. He is a happy dog, outgoing and friendly. Comet will be a large dog when full grown, maybe 70 pounds. His feet are quite large; he is all legs and ears right now, but when he grows into them, he will be very handsome indeed. Rosco, Ringo and Rhonda are a sibling trio. They are Heinz 57 with short hair, black and white and brindle and white, lots of puppy energy and spunk. They are four months old but will top out at 35-40 pounds. We are guessing they are Heeler-Lab-Boxer-Border CollieTerrier mixes. They are learning to sit for treats and chase a ball. They have much to learn and add to your life style.

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Failure – the best teacher


nother Super Bowl is in the record books. It was a great game with the ending coming down to the final play. You couldn’t have asked for a better finish. The Twin Cities have received good reviews as hosts of the Super Bowl. The decision to embrace the winter and show visitors the many different ways to enjoy the cold proved to be very savvy. Having 10,000 volunteers to help visitors with directions and any other situation that may have occurred provided another opportunity for out of towners to experience the hospitality that we take granted. Publisher forThe Super Bowl is an event that is inflated so far out of perspective Tom Stangl that even the smallest blip during the game can take on a life of its own. Between the 24 hour news cycle and the internet, a miscue can destroy or make a career. The most valuable player (MVP) of the game was Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. Foles began his career with the Eagles. He was traded to the St. Louis Rams in 2015 and asked for a release at the end of the 2016 season after the Rams, who had moved to Los Angeles, drafted Jared Goff. Foles spent last season with the Kansas City Chiefs. He returned to the Eagles as a backup to Carson Wentz. After Wentz suffered a season ending injury, Foles took over the quarterback duties and after a shaky start led the Eagles to the Super Bowl. In remarks after the team won the Super Bowl, Foles provided an insightful reality check on success in the 21st century. “I think the big thing is don’t be afraid to fail,” Foles said. “In our society today, with Instagram and Twitter, it’s a highlight. It’s all the good things. When you look at it, you have a bad day, you think your life isn’t as good, you’re failing. Failure is a part of life. It’s a part of building character and growing. Without failure, who would you be? I wouldn’t be up here if I hadn’t fallen thousands of times, made mistakes. We all are human. We all have weaknesses. Just being able to share that and be transparent. “I know when people speak and share their weaknesses, I listen. Because I can (relate). I’m not perfect. I’m not Superman. We might be in the NFL and we might have just won the Super Bowl, but we all have daily struggles. That’s where my faith comes in. That’s where my family comes in. I think when you look at a struggle in your life, just know that it’s an opportunity for your character to grow.” Spot on for a guy who considered walking away from the NFL. Just over a week after the Super Bowl, the speculation about Foles’ future is rampant. In the quarterback starved league, many teams look at Foles’ success and imagine what they could do with him calling signals next year in their uniform. Foles begged off questions about his future after the win, saying that he preferred to be in the moment and that the future could wait, at least for a little while. I believe that if Foles doesn’t play another game he has earned a special place for simply having the courage to be a real human being, failures and all. Thanks for putting it all in perspective for the rest of us. As always, I welcome your comments. You can reach me by email at tstangl@theameryfreepress. com, telephone 715-268-8101 or write me at P.O. Box 424, Amery, WI, 54001. Thanks for reading; I’ll keep in touch. Feel free to do the same.

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f I’ve learned one thing about Osceola during my tenure at the Sun, it’s that people here love football. Men and women, young and old: whether the crowd is at Little Lambeau or the high school football field, they’re ready to cheer for the home team. The Super Bowl is over, but my thoughts of football are not. Next week, The Sun wil run the first in a three-part series on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The issue of sports-related brain injuries caused by relatively low-impact but repeated blows to the head probably isn’t news to most of you. The national media has been covEditor Suzanne Lindgren ering the issue, often as part of its football coverage. What will be different about this series is that it’s in your local paper. It’s about players at the University of Wisconsin. It’s about new research looking at the brains of teenage athletes who show early stages of CTE, and a nationwide study in which UW-Madison and the Medical College of Wisconsin are taking part. In other words, it’s closer to home. The report comes from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, and is reprinted with permission from the organization. Spoiler alert: The doctor who serves as a key source for author Luke Schaetzel’s report, Dr. Bennet Omalu, recommends not letting children under 18 play any

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Total bedlam! Count comes down to the wire Iris counted and recounted the votes during the five-minute recess. It was difficult to concentrate with a room full of Valley residents, all loudly sharing their thoughts concerning the ballot tally. Half the votes were counted, and Raymond held a considerable lead. With 53 percent of the vote so far, Cooper could win the mayor’s race outright if things continued to go his way. Cooper and his supporters had been worried Juliet Stoughton’s late entry into the race might hurt his chances of collecting more than 50 percent of the votes, a necessity to avoid a run-off with the obvious second choice, Dick Bland. There was concern Bland might fare better with another week to campaign. Thankfully, it looked like Cooper’s tactics had worked and enough voters were frantic about the Federal Reserve System to carry their champion to victory. Juliet had already surprised everyone by collecting 19 percent of the vote thus far. Though still far behind Bland, who was selected on 29 percent of the ballots, she had no reason to be ashamed. Apparently Cooper had angered enough of the electorate to throw 91 voters her way. As the last chorus of “One Day at a Time” blared from the boombox on stage, Vera Pinrod brought the room to a hush as she roared, “Stoughton!” A tally was placed under Juliet’s name on the board. A few Cooper supporters hissed, then giggled, to indicate their lack

of concern. Their candidate needed only 47 percent of the remaining votes. Outside, where hundreds of good folks gathered to listen to the proceedings over speakers in front of the town hall, a voice shouted, “Yes!” It was none other than Jessie, the waitress at the ‘Brau, who originally suggested Juliet should place her name on the ballot. “Cooper!” shouted Vera. Then, “Stoughton!” More cheers, mostly from females, erupted from outside. “Cooper!” Vera roared. “Stoughton,” she continued. “And another vote for Stoughton!” Twelve votes were tallied before Vera finally shouted, “Bland!” There was a murmur throughout the room. Iris looked at her count. Still far behind Mayor Bland, Juliet was showing momentum, and the room was filled with speculation. “Cooper! Stoughton! Stoughton! Bland! Stoughton! Cooper!” Vera shouted the votes purposely as the count reached the 90-minute mark. Iris continued tallying votes on her reporter’s pad, but she gave up trying to keep up with the count as Vera called out names almost faster than Iris could mark them on the page. Finally, like a runner sprinting to the fi nish line, Vera read the names on the fi nal stack of ballots. “Cooper!” she shouted. Next she yelled, “Bland!” creating a stir from the Baptist section of the

room, eerily silent since the midcount break. “Stoughton!” Vera drew a deep breath. “And the final vote is for Juliet Stoughton.” Farley Puckett was beside himself as he looked over to see his wife cheering along with other women gathered outside the town hall. Iris went over her notes as most of the crowd inside the hall attempted to tally the votes in their heads. Chief of Police Buford Dibble eyed the crowd carefully, looking for any signs of a potential riot while Vera and the two precinct coordinators scratched their chins as they peered at the tally board and looked over their notes several times. The crowd silenced as Vera approached the microphone. “The final vote is as follows,” Vera began. “Dick Bland: 229 votes.” The crowd took a collective breath. “Raymond Cooper: 466 votes.” A murmur turned into conversations before Chief Dibble quieted the audience. “Juliet Stoughton: 231 votes.” “Mickey Mouse, Ima Goose and Ronald Reagan had eight votes between them.” “Oh, my!” Iris whispered as she double-checked her figures. Beatrice Justice, overhearing Iris, turned to her and said, “Ecclesiastes 1:2.” Order your copy of the book, “The Good Folks of Lennox Valley” at

TO THE EDITOR Partisan bickering continues Disgraceful, this Shutdown. I›m too old to write and/or to comment on our country›s state of affairs but I have a son and daughters that have blessed me with some beautiful grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Let this be for their cause also. This past week I heard and watched the Democratic party’s supposed answer to our Nation’s women’s rights. This person spoke and exhibited her total lack of intelligence. She was joyful and quite exuberant regarding the women’s march, but mainly what she had to say was in regard to our National “Shutdown.” She as much as boasted “we did it”, we (she was including herself and the entire Democrat Party. We shutdown our government on the President’s anniversary in office. And marked it with a that shutdown. Remember, no other reason. Further expounding on her own personal stupidity, this “Nimwit Nancy” spoke.... “the big F-word” then quickly alluded to I mean “Failure.” Maybe the term would fit better now “Nasty Nancy.” Personally, I join with the many others and am so very proud of what our

President has accomplished for this Nation and virtually all it’s citizenry be they Right, Left or indifferent. This includes that family of mine and yours also. Honestly I believe we would be so much better off without the likes of nimwit Nancy Pelosi and/or this man now titled “Shutdown Schumer.” My oh my! They are still witch-hunting. Early today the mainstream media was announcing that there that there was a Russian “Elitist” in attendance at President Trump’s inauguration. The two women bringing this news seem to have no idea that there jobs are dependent on a Free Country. Anyone want to attend the next Village Board meeting? Better check your credentials. Sherman Pettis Osceola

Tax cuts and debt With good economic news and tax cuts you will need to save more for retirement. Wall Street Journal headline, “Soaring stock prices and improving job prospects send American off on a spending splurge, cutting into what they sock away for retirement and rainy days.” Don’t get excited about the one-time em-

ployee bonuses given by some companies to avoid criticism for receiving billions every year in tax cuts. Many states passed laws increasing minimum wage above Federal minimum wage going into effect 2018. But there is more reason to save. U.S. Government planned to borrow nearly $1 Trillion this year, 84% jump from fiscal year 2017. Highest amount of borrowing in 6 years, Trump and GOP’s first full year in charge of budget. First time borrowing jumped this much, as share of

GDP, in a non-recession time since Reagan’s borrowing because of military buildup, Cold War. Trump’s Treasury forecasts borrowing over $1 Trillion in 2019 and over $1.1 Trillion in 2020. Figures account for economic growth generated by tax cuts, growth of 0.8% over 10 years covers only 1/3 the increased debt cost. It includes social program reductions. This debt paid for by our grandchildren and beyond. Senator Paul said 2/8, Republicans are SEE LETTERS, PAGE 6

YEARS AGO 10 years ago Feb. 13, 2008 • The Osceola High School Chieftainettes competed at the Western Regional competition in Eau Cliare and placed second, qualifying for the state competition. Members included Briana Abrahamson, Emily Lowney, Mindy Lindell, Amanda Schuman, Danielle Turner, Jasmine Mederich, April Seiberlich, Ashley Johnson, Cera Nelson and Emmy Videen. • Students participating at the District One Career Development Conference from St. Croix Falls were Alyson Sullivan, Emily Scheuermann, Jake Yunker, Austin Whittenberger, Erinn Bloomer, Kate Wright, Chase Hamilton, Tommy Hanson, Carissa Libbenga, Kelsey Willow, Katie Standing and Erin O’Brien. • Osceola wrestlers Hans Johnson, Adam Parmeter and Jeremy Amundson advanced to the sectional. • Osceola boys basketball clawed their way back from a 15-point deficit against Durand only to lose in a heart breaker, 55-52. Brian Bartley scored 13 points. • St. Croix Falls wrestlers Justin Rikkola, Jake Bruns, Dan Larson and Joe Raygor advanced to the sectional. 20 years ago Feb. 18, 1998 • Second graders in Barbara Jorgensen’s class are collecting Pennies for Leukemia. Last year they raised $1500. • At the Osceola school board meeting the board approved an additional special education teacher for the high school. • Kristi Boucher, a junior at Osceola High School, was elected 1998-99 regional vice president for the Future Business Leaders of America organization. • Osceola wrestlers Brian Meyer and Terry Neumann advanced to the Division 2 sectional.

• Seven St. Croix Falls wrestlers advanced to the Division 3 sectional. They include Drew Sciacca, Aaron Marko, Aaron Hoag, Pat Miron, Pete Kelly, Tryn McCurdy and T.J. Peterson. • Osceola girls basketball used a 19-10 second quarter run to pull away from Baldwin-Woodville last week, 5340. Missy Kumlien scored 18 points. • Amery boys basketball bombed Osceola from the three-point line and beat the Chiefs, 62-48.

30 years ago Feb. 17, 1988 • In the early morning hours of Feb. 11 the thermometers in and around Osceola plunged to 32 degrees below zero and for over two hours electric clocks in the village were frozen at 5:15 a.m. when power went out. The extreme cold caused the main line feeder into Osceola to break. • Osceola students who received academic distinction honors from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire were Mike Flattum, Brad Momchilovich, Ann Rochel, Marcia Zehm, Leanne Johnson and Dave Newman. • Osceola advanced five wrestlers to the Class B Sectional in Amery. They included Tom Fehlen, Eric Nykanen, Orion Newark, Tony Rossi and Steve Hansen. • Osceola boys basketball opened the week in Somerset and erased an early five-point Spartan lead midway through the third period and went on to a 65-59 win. • Osceola girls basketball beat Somerset, 46-42, and later held Frederic to only 36 points but were unable to score and lost 36-24. • Barbara Jorgensen’s second grade class entertained the residents of the L.O. Simenstad Nursing Care Unit for Valentine’s Day.

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f you have not been to the Senior Center lately, stop by and enjoy our refurbished surroundings. This past year we have worked on our building and it’s looking good. The exterior walls have been repaired and a lovely new patio and railing along the side of the building have been added. Chairs have been recovered and a newer TV has been added. Anyone can rent the center for an event or meeting by calling Joyce at 715-4833466. The Center is managed by volunteers; coffee and often treats are usually available. Tuesdays, Thursand Sundays someone is there Columnist days most of the day. Wednesday afternoon mahjong is played and Friday Pat Willits morning some folks play bridge and

there’s always room for more players, even beginners. Mondays we are usually closed. Our monthly dinner, Sunday, Feb. 18 at 12:30 p.m. will celebrate Valentine’s Day. We are serving brunch with quiche, side dishes and desert for $8. Come for lunch and stay for cards. This is one of the ways we can meet Center expenses, so your support is appreciated. The food is always excellent and the company even better. Tuesday winners: 500—Shirley Sims and Ray Nelson. 9 bid--Ray Nelson. Hand and foot winner—Bill McGrorty. Thursday winners: 500—Betty Wilson, Ray Nelson, and Jerry Willits. 9 bid—Lloyd Knutson and Ray Nelson. The St. Croix Valley Senior Center is located downtown St. Croix Falls at 140 N. Washington. Phone: (715) 483-1901 .

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often question the many challenges that face Midwest gardeners, but I recently read an article on the challenges facing gardeners in Arizona. I thought clay and sandy soil would be an issue, but realized that rock may be more difficult. With clay and sand you can amend the soil to come up with the perfect soil for the particular plants you wish to grow. Some compost added to any soil can do wonders. With rock you don’t have good options. Our cold weather presents some real challenges. You need to be aware that you are using plants that are Columnist zoned for no higher than a Zone 3 or in some cases maybe a Zone 4, if in Julie Kuehl a protected area. Can you imagine

having to find plants that can survive in Zone 9 or higher? Always remember that the zone needed for a plant is very important. Check those labels. Keeping your plant labels for future reference is a good idea. We need to be sure that we have access to a water source – having a water faucet for hooking a hose to saves a lot of time lugging water cans. Can you imagine being where you not only need to be concerned with having access, but having enough water to keep your plants well watered? Whether in Arizona or in Wisconsin it is always important to assure adequate water is available for your plants needs. You always should choose plants that will work in your garden. You need to assure that they will receive the correct light. Some plants will thrive in shade but die in too much sunlight, while others will require at least 6 hours of sunlight to thrive. Here again you SEE GARDEN, PAGE 7

FUNDRAISER: ‘Race for Everyone’ features 32-foot race, lunch FROM PAGE 2

ceived as a fundraiser for Zena Lefler and her family. Lefler has been facing significant health challenges since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in November. Lefler, 20, of St. Croix Falls, has been unable to return to

her work at Smith Metal Products in Center City, Minn. Treatments are ongoing. Her story is told in detail on her page at In addition to World Championship running races, the day’s activities at JJ’s include a spaghetti luncheon (included with entry)

and raffle items. Businesses or individuals wishing to donate items to the raffle can contact organizers at or at 715410-6047. A link to pre-register for the event can be found at

LETTERS: Growing national debt, tax cuts and the economy FROM PAGE 5

hypocrites with increasing debt to pay for tax cuts. Why borrow so much now when Trump inherited a growing US and World economies, average incomes raising after inflation, GDP growth close to 3%, stock market steadily increasing last 7 years, unemployment was 4.8% from 7.8% (when Obama inherited the Great Recession and employment still declining), and prosperous Corporations, moving back

to US due to increased incomes and shipping costs overseas. Wall Street’s Goldman Sachs warned February 1, “U.S. debt is on track to hit unsustainable levels in near future. America’s debt is already at highest level since 1950 as a fraction of economy, debt-to-GDP. This GOP bill makes it higher.” Outgoing Federal Reserve Chair said US growing debt is “type of thing that should keep people awake at night.” According to almost every economist, White House has been wrong on all estimates. In 1950,

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February is the month where love is highlighted for a day. Valentine’s Day is a good day for us to tell those dear to us that we love them with a special card or gift. But love fills the Christian’s heart every day. To grasp that, just put yourself right into the love of 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Replacing the word, “love,” with “I,” that section of God’s Word reads this way, I am patient, I am kind. I do not envy, I do not boast, I am not proud. I am not rude, I am not self-seeking, I am not easily angered, I keep no record of wrongs. I do not delight in evil but rejoice with the truth. I always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere. I never fail. That’s a lot of work, isn’t it? To forgive instead of get even, protect instead of persecute and persevere instead of bail out will cost you greatly. You’ll have to swallow your pride. You’ll have to be selfless. Marriage is not as a 50/50 commitment with God’s love, but as a 100% commitment on your part.

Every relationship will call for our total work and total sacrifice. And yet, God’s love is our willing burden because of his Son’s love for us. The Bible is clear that sin means we sinners should be dying for hell (Romans 6:23). But our heavenly Father loved us too much to let that happen. So he sent his only Son. Jesus loved you by giving you himself. Every step our Savior took was a perfect one. Never did he slip into gossip, envy or greed. As Satan threw every temptation Christ’s way (Hebrews 4:15), the Savior tossed them back untouched. He was flawless. Holy Jesus was fit to march right into holy heaven. But he didn’t. Instead Christ took our sins and marched to the cross. Having credited his righteousness to our account, Jesus credited the world’s sins to his account (2 Corinthians 5:21). With nails in his hands and feet, Jesus hung still as from heaven came all the holy Father’s anger over sin. From heaven came hell. At the cross our Savior paid the price for every sin ever committed ... yours, mine, the world’s. That is the love that saves us!

That is the love that moves us to love one another. “No way,” others may say about a love that only thinks about, lives for and serves others. Yet, you look at your God and his choice to love you with such a love. That love of your Lord saves you and right now saves a place in heaven for you. That love of God also fills you with selfless love. As we strive every day to love everyone as God loves us, we find our strength and salvation in this: Jesus is patient, Jesus is kind. He does not envy, he does not boast, he is not proud. Jesus is not rude, he is not self-seeking, he is not easily angered, he keeps no record of wrongs. Jesus does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Your Savior always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. The Lord Jesus Christ never fails. Jesus chose to love us selflessly. He lived, died and rose for us and for our salvation. Right now he rules in love. Heaven is our waiting eternal home. Now Jesus calls us to love that same way. Happy Valentine’s Day!

BIRTHS AMERY HOSPITAL & CLINIC Amery, Wisconsin Jan. 9, 2018: A girl, Layla Grace Lee, weighing 8 pounds 14 ounces, to Ashlee and Mitchell Lee, Amery. Jan. 18, 2018: A boy, Dawson Paul Anderson, weighing 6 pounds 14 ounces, to Melissa and Michael Anderson, Barron. Jan. 19, 2018: A boy,

Ambrose Craig Miller, weighing 7 pounds 1 ounce, to Brittney and John Miller, Amery. Jan. 20, 2018: A girl, Piper Harley Mullen-Witt, weighing 8 pounds 4 ounces, to Alexandra Mullen and Wesley Witt, Amery. Jan. 20, 2018: A boy, Niko Reid Dohney, weighing 7 pounds 7 ounces, to Heather and Kyle

Dohney, Balsam Lake. Jan. 23, 2018: A boy, Niles Allen Brekke, weighing 7 pounds 6 ounces, to Amber Burns and Shane Brekke, Clear Lake. Jan. 29, 2018: A girl, Maci Louise Marko, weighing 6 pounds 10 ounces, to Tricia Brabant and Tyler Marko, Amery. Jan. 29, 2018: girl, Cameran Dora Lampher,

weighing 8 pounds 4 ounces, to Nikki and Jason Lampher, Amery. Jan. 31, 2018: A boy, Jameson Mark-Duane Meyer, weighing 7 pounds 12 ounces, to Sara Jo Meyer and Patrick Gehrman, Clayton. Feb. 3, 2018: A boy, Daxton Daniel O’Donovan, weighing 8 pounds 15 ounces, to Kasie and Colin O’Donovan, Cushing.

EUREKA BAPTIST CHURCH 2393 210th Ave., St. Croix Falls Pastor Seth Brickley 715-483-9464 SUNDAY: Worship Service 10 a.m. ———————— FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 661A West Street Taylors Falls, MN 55084 651-465-6792 Dr. Kevin Schumann, Pastor SUNDAY: Worship 10.15 a.m. ———————— FIRST EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 561 Chestnut St. Taylors Falls, Minn. SUNDAY: Worship 9 a.m. ———————— FIRST PRESBYTERIAN 719 Nevada St. St. Croix Falls Pastor Barbara Anne Keely 715-483-3550 (office) SUNDAY: Church Service 11 a.m. ———————— GRACE CHURCH – OSCEOLA Pastor Mark Barlow Amy Germain, Day Care 722 Seminole Ave. Osceola 715-417-0752 Day Care: 715-294-4222 SUNDAY: Worship Service, 9:00 a.m. ———————— GRACE BEREAN FELLOWSHIP 421 4th Street, Centuria Duane Gallentine, Pastor 715-755-2523 FRIDAY and SUNDAY KJV Bible Study/Fellowship ———————— GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH Nye Area/Wisconsin Synod 2098 70th Avenue Pastor Nile Merseth SUNDAY: Worship 9 a.m. ————————

CHRISTIAN CHURCH Meeting at Zion Lutheran Church 28005 Old Towne Road Chisago Lakes, Minn. 651-260-5100 Fr. Bill Neumann, pastor SUNDAY: Worship 9:30 a.m. ———————— HOLY TRINITY ORTHODOX CHURCH 523 First Street, Clayton 715-948-2203 Father Christopher Wojcik SUNDAY: Liturgy 9:30 a.m. ———————— HOPE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 933 248th Street, one mile north of Osceola on Highway 35 Pastor Kevin McLouth 715-294-2112 • SUNDAY: Worship 10 a.m. ———————— JOURNEY CHURCH 131 Broadway, Amery 715-268-2223 SUNDAY: Worship Service 9 a.m. ———————— NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY Non-denominational 201 State Hwy. 35, Dresser Pastor Tony Minell, 715-417-1982 Church office: 715-417-0945 SUNDAY: Worship Service 9:30 a.m. ———————— NEW WINE COMMUNITY CHURCH 309 5th Street, Centuria Pastor Scott Petznick (715) 338-8912 Worship 10 a.m. ———————— OSCEOLA COMMUNITY CHURCH 2492 Education Drive, Osceola Larry Mederich

SUNDAY: W SUNDAY Worship hi 8 8:30 30 and d 10 10:15 15 a.m. ———————— OSCEOLA MEDICAL CENTER SPIRITUAL CARE 2600 65th Avenue, Osceola https: spiritual-care 715-294-2111 Chapel open daily for meditation. ———————— OSCEOLA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 306 River Street, Osceola P.O. Box 447 Pastor Carolyn Saunders 715-755-2275 SUNDAY: Worship 10 a.m. Coffee Fellowship, 11 a.m. ———————— PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA), 2355 Clark Rd., Dresser 715-755-2515 Pastor Melissa Carmack SUNDAY: Worship Services, 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. ———————— PRAIRIEVIEW COVENANT CHURCH OF NEW RICHMOND 1396 210th Ave. 2 miles north of New Richmond on Hwy. 65 Pastor Rudy King 715-248-0600 SUNDAY: Worship 10 a.m. ———————— REDEEMER EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH Wisconsin Synod Corner of Adams & Louisiana St. Croix Falls Rev. Timothy Blauert 715-483-3401 SUNDAY: Worship 9:15 a.m. ———————— RIVER VALLEY CHRISTIAN CHURCH LIGHTHOUSE 1289 160th Street St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

MINNESOTA STATE MANKATO Mariah Gaglio and Emily Johnson from Osceola were named to the Honor List and Grace Ulrich from Dresser was named to the High Honor List for the fall semester. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – STOUT The following students received the

Chancellor’s Award for the fall semester. Dresser: Victoria Anderberg, Casey Mikl, Johnathan Petherbridge and Joshua Schaefer. Osceola: Jesse Bertram, Bailey Carlson, Kelly Ellwanger, Emily Rainer, Thomas Rosik. St. Croix Falls: Kierstyn Campbell, Matti Gerlach, Megan Kerkow and Brenna Sullivan.

GARDEN: Different climates, different gardening challenges FROM PAGE 6

must check labels on plants to assure they are happy in their new home. Sometimes we think we need hybrid plants to make our gardens beautiful, but it doesn’t hurt to check out native plants. They are grown to survive in our conditions and if you work with a nursery that grows native plants you might be surprised at the large variety of plants that are available for your garden. These plants will also require far less maintenance once they establish themselves in your garden. These are great plants if you don’t have a lot of time to devote to your garden or if you are gone a lot during the summer. These are just some of the garden challenges to keep in mind as you start to plan your summer garden. Until next time keep thinking spring. If you have any topic you would like information on contact me at

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CHURCH LISTINGS ALLIANCE CHURCH OF THE VALLEY 1259 Hwy. 35 South, St. Croix Falls 715-483-1100 Senior Pastor, Gary Russell Associate Pastor Jeff Naegelen Youth Pastor Chris Folkestad SUNDAY: Worship 8:30 and 11 a.m. ———————— ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH East Farmington Rev. Andy Anderson SUNDAY: Mass at 9 a.m. ———————— BETHANY LUTHERAN Star Prairie Pastor Dan Pennington (715) 248-3730 SUNDAY: Traditional Worship 8 a.m. Contemporary Worship 9:30 a.m. ———————— BETHESDA LUTHERAN LCMC 1947 110th Ave. Dresser Sand Lake 715-755-2562 Pastor Peter Rimmereid SUNDAY: Contemporary/Traditional worship, 9 a.m ———————— CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH 150 Fifth Street Marine on St. Croix, Minn. Pastor Joel Martin 651-433-3222 SUNDAY: Worship 8:15 & 9:45 a.m. ———————— EL SALEM/TWIN FALLS CHRISTIAN CENTER Six miles east of Dresser on Co. Rd. F, 1751 100th Ave. Pastor Darryl R. Olson 715-755-3113 SUNDAY: Morning worship 10:30 a.m. Evening service 6 p.m. ————————


715 483 5378 715-483-5378 Pastor Jonah Fetzer SUNDAY: Worship 10 a.m. ———————— ST. ANNE PARISH 139 Church Hill Road Somerset, WI 54025 715-247-3310 Rev. Andy Anderson SATURDAY: Mass 5 p.m. SUNDAY: Mass 8 and 10 a.m. ———————— ST. CROIX FALLS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Upper St. Croix Parish 300 North Adams Street St. Croix Falls 715-483-9494 Pastor Ran Yoo Pastor Kooko Kim Sunday services 10 a.m. ———————— ST. CROIX UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP 201 N. Adams, St. Croix Falls 715-483-1113 SUNDAY: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday 10 a.m. ———————— ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CATHOLIC CHURCH Franconia, MN 651-465-7345 Fr. John Drees SUNDAY: Mass 9:15 a.m. ———————— ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC Osceola Rev. Andy Anderson 715-294-2243 SATURDAY: Mass at 4 p.m. SUNDAY: Latin Mass, 8:30 a.m. Mass at 11a.m. ———————— ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC 490 Bench Street Taylors Falls, Minnesota

651 465 7345 651-465-7345 Fr. John Drees SATURDAY: 5:30 p.m. Vigil SUNDAY: Mass 7:30 and 11 a.m. ———————— SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH MISSOURI SYNOD 140 Madison Street St. Croix Falls Pastor Mark Schoen 715-483-1186 SUNDAY: Worship Services 9 a.m. ———————— TRINITY EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH (WELS) 300 Seminole Ave., (Ct H M) Osceola 715-294-2828 • Pastor David Rosenow (920-645-7526) SUNDAY: Worship 9 a.m. • Wed. 7 p.m. Bible Class, Sunday, 10:30 a.m. ———————— TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH OF GARFIELD 1578 85th Ave., Amery Pastor Lori Peper 715-268-9577 SUNDAY: Worship Service 9:30 a.m. ———————— WEST IMMANUEL LUTHERAN (ELCA), 447 180th St., Osceola Rev. Rexford D. Brandt SUNDAY: Worship Services, 8 and 10:30 a.m. ———————— WORD OF LIFE FELLOWSHIP Cliff Bjork, (651) 465-7373 366 Bench St., Taylors Falls, Minn. SUNDAY: Worship Service 10 a.m. ———————— ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH (Wisconsin Synod) East Farmington Pastor William Brassow (715) 294-3489 THURSDAY: Worship, 4:30 p.m. SUNDAY: Worship, 10:30 a.m.

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FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Author to visit the Osceola Public Library Wisconsin author, Kenneth Farmer, will be visiting the Osceola Public O Library on February L 24 2 at 1 p.m. to speak about his s legal justice fiction l books and will have b books available b for f purchase and Farmer signing.According to his website bio, Farmer did not begin as a writer, but as a lawyer. His thirty-four year legal career was spent in Kentucky, where he was a public defender, and

Wisconsin, where he served as a prosecutor. Since his retirement from the legal field, Farmer, has transitioned from lawyer to author. His novels draw upon his experiences as a lawyer and he has had two novels published. Real Lawyers is about a recent law school graduate who finds a job as a public defender and thrown into the dark depths of the urban criminal justice system. His newest novel, Chez Betty, draws on his experiences living in France and his knowledge of the French legal

system.The Osceola Public Library has a copy of each of Farmer’s books which they will be giving away at the author event. Stop into the library to enter for a chance to win a copy of Real Lawyers and Chez Betty. For more information about Kenneth Farmer and his books, visit his website at http://www.kenfarmerwrites. com/ Questions about this author event can be directed to Anne at the Osceola Public Library (715-294-2310 or amiller@


Curtis Robert Kisler

Early on the morning of Feb. 6, 2018, a fine fisherman piloted his boat out past the rocky shore and iinto calm waters, as all who lloved him waved farewell ffrom the land, knowing he w was at peace. He was 72. Curtis Robert Kisler w was born May 22, 1945, in W Wright, Minn., to Vernon a and Ann Kisler. He attended C Cromwell High School. He jjoined the Navy and served a tour of duty in Vietnam ffrom 1965 to 1967. He was e employed at the Stillwater p prison for 27 years until his rretirement in 2000. Curtis would be the first to say his best catch was the love of his life, wife Nancy, whom he married in September of 1968 and together, they raised five children: Wendy (Maynard) Jensen, Doreen (Pat) Rivard, Susan Foxx, Robert (Heidi) Kisler, and Eric (Tricia) Kisler. His children brought him plenty of grandchildren (Brittania, Maynard, Lawrence, Sarah Ann, Sara Mae, Aaron, Holly, Jake, and Taylor) to tease and take fishing. He was also blessed with great-grandchildren (Ashlyn, Avery, Lily, Adrian, Jade, Scarlett, Eli, Ivan, Chace, Eastin, and Chloe). He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon; brother, Peter Kisler and great grandson Jeremiah Hanson. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; mother, Ann; his

Minutes of Osceola

Village Board Proceedings Pursuant to due call and notice posted December 1, 2017 the Village of Osceola Board met in special session on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Osceola School District Board Room. Present: Beckmann, Turner, Burch, Kumlien and Rose Absent: Bjork and one vacant position Also present: West and public Beckmann called the meeting to order and asked for approval of the agenda. Motion by Rose and seconded by Kumlien to approve the agenda. Vote: Y-5, N-0 MC Discussion on possibly filling the vacant Board position – West explained that at its meeting on November 14, 2017 the Village Board adopted the recommendation from the Administration and Finance Committee for the following process to fill the vacant Village Board position: 1. Approval of process by the Village Board November 14 • Accept applications for the open seat • Must meet qualifications of filing for election • Board will interview all candidates at a special meeting with this as the only item on the agenda 1. Notice of applications • Published in the Osceola Sun November 22 • Posted on Village Website On or before November 22 • Applications were available at Village office and on the Website 1. Applications were accepted until 4:00 p.m. December 1st 2. Special Village Board December 4, 2017 meeting to interview and appoint • Appointment would be for unexpired term to April 2019 • Interviews at 10 minutes each West stated that five applications were received from

sisters, Peggy (Gary) Ronkainen and Char (John) Vanous. Curtis will best be remembered for his sense of humor and joy in living. He was a talented storyteller, and kept his audience on the edge of their seats in suspense or falling out of them with laughter. He loved going to the lake to spend time with family and friends, watching the grandkids play sports, startling his sister Char with pots and pans, playing jokes, going to the casino, and eating Nancy’s great home cooked meals. He could sit for hours in quiet conversation with a friend or family member who needed to talk, the best of those talks often taking place in an ice shack or boat. That was Curtis’ generous nature: to be handy or to help stir us out of the doldrums, whichever was needed most. In those quiet times, he showed himself to be wise, thoughtful and kind. The Fisherman’s Prayer I pray that I may live to fish... Until my dying day. And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray: When in the Lord’s great landing net And peacefully asleep That in His mercy I be judged Big enough to keep. A memorial service was held Feb. 10 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Interment will be at a later date. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at the following individuals: Robert Schmidt, Dennis Tomfohrde, Jeromy Buberl, Wendy Rider, and Bruce Gilliland. West explained that the Board can go into closed session to interview the candidates if it chooses. Rose stated that she would like to see an open session when interviewing the candidates. Kumlien, as chair of the Administration and Finance Committee, explained the he felt the public would be best served by a defined process that was transparent to fill the seat. Kumlien also stated that he could support either an open or closed meeting to interview the candidates. Burch that he would like an open session and Turner mentioned that he could go either way. After some discussion, a motion was made by Kumlien and seconded by Beckmann to go into a closed session. Vote: Y-3, N- 2. MC with Rose and Burch voting no. Closed Session – Beckmann stated the board will go into closed session pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)c and f for the purpose of interviewing candidates for a vacant Village Board position. Motion by Kumlien and seconded by Beckmann, Roll Call Vote: Rose-No, Kumlien-Yes, Burch-No, Turner-Yes, and Beckmann-Yes. Yes – 3, No – 2. Motion carried. The Board was in closed session at 7:10 p.m. Return to Open Session – Motion by Rose and seconded by Burch to return to opens session. Yes – 5, No – 0. Motion carried. The Board was in open session at 8:21 p.m. Appointment to Fill Vacant Board Seat – Members of the Board expressed appreciation of all of the people who submitted applications for consideration to be appointed to the Board seat. All were excellent candidates and would serve the Village well. There was a motion by Kumlien and seconded Burch to appoint Robert (Bob) Schmidt t0 the vacant board seat. Yes – 5, No – 0. Motion carried. Adjourn - There being no further business there was a motion by Kumlien, seconded by Rose to adjourned. Yes – 5, No – 0. Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 8:27 p.m.

‘Victory Motorcycles 1998-2017’ chronicles rise and fall of brand

In 1997, global motorsports industry leader Polaris introduced Victory Motorcycles as its first on-road vehicle division. While Polaris was successful, its Victory brand was a true underdog that continually struggled uphill to take market share from the giant in the room, Harley-Davidson. “Victory Motorcycles 1998–2017” is a complete history of the underdog cruiser motorcycle brand that challenged Harley-Davidson’s dominance by producing superior cruiser motorcycles — bikes that were more innovative, reliable, and powerful, according to authors Michael Dapper and Lee Klancher — but ultimately could not compete with the Milwaukee brand’s status as a global cultural icon. The book features an insider’s view of how Victory developed its first model, the V92C, along with detailed descriptions and photos of every subsequent Victory model, from start to finish. According to Dapper, all Victory engines were assembled in the Osceola plant. The book is a sequel of sorts to the co-authors’ previous work, “The Victory Motorcycle.” In the mid-1990s, Dapper and Klancher were granted unprecedented access to Victory engineering and testing. Published in 1998, “The Victory Motorcycle” chronicled the birth of the brand and development of the first Victory model, the V92C. That highly collectible book is reproduced in full in “Victory Motorcycles 1998–2017,” along with complete coverage of every other Victory model, including the groundbreaking Vegas, the best-selling Cross Country, and the polarizing Victory Vision. The new book includes previously unpublished photos, styling renderings of senior industrial designer Mike Song, production numbers not previously revealed, behind-the-scenes stories, a complete list of paint colors for every model, and a recap of the brand’s business success and eventual demise. Dapper and Klancher were involved with Victory from the day the first prototype debuted in June 1997 to the wintry morning in January 2017 when parent company Polaris announced it was “winding down” the Victory business. This new book covers the brand long billed as “The New American Motorcycle” from its original pre-production models to the final Victory built in January 2017. The book will launch in April from Octane Press.

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winners need not be present to win. “We certainly appreciate all kinds of support from area business owners,” Stark said. Proceeds from the ball will benefit the non-profit Friends of Osceola Fire & Rescue organization, which assists the life safety and firefighting equipment needs of the fire department. “This event, essentially, is about putting the tools that could save someone’s life into the hands of the men and women who know best how to use those tools,” Stark said. For more information on the event or to make a contribution, contact Osceola Firefighter Joey Cutts at (920) 248-9279.

Peace Lutheran Church, ELCA Pastor Melissa Carmack 2355 Clark Rd. Dresser, WI 715-755-2515

Lenten Services: Wednesday, Feb. 14 5:45 p.m. Soup Supper 6:45 p.m. Ash Wednesday service with imposition of ashes

Wednedsays, Feb. 21, 28, March 7, 14 & 21 “ReÀecting Inward, Serving Outward” Each week we will hear faith stories from Peace and community members who are serving Jesus in speci¿c ways. 11:30 a.m. Lent service Noon Soup Lunch 5:45 p.m. Soup Supper, 6:45 Lent service

Join us for supper, fellowship & worship.

Respectfully submitted Joel West, Village Administrator WNAXLP

All are welcome!

FEBRUARY 14, 2018




A Jan. 28 search warrant served at a home on C y Rd. Y near Nye in Cty. P Polk Co. unc covered both m methampheta amine and h heroin use, a led to the and a arrest and Scheet s subsequent charging of a least five at i individuals. The operat tion involved s several o cers from offi t St. Croix the V Valley Drug Wichelmann Wi h l T Task Force a Polk and C County Sheri iff’s Departm ment. Officers e entered the a address to find John R. Maruna S Scheet, 36 of Dresser, a Shanea and C WichelC. m mann, 28 of T Turtle Lake s sitting on a c couch. Witnesse at the es Hawley residence i indicated t that Scheet a Wicheland m mann had b both used m methampheta amine and h heroin at the Nord r residence earlier that day. Baggies of substances were found in Scheet’s pockets which later tested positive for both methamphetamine and heroin, according to police reports. Upon arrest, a gem packet of a substance that later tested positive for heroin was also recovered from Wichelmann’s undergarments, according to police reports. 27-year-old Heather M. Maruna of Dresser was found in a bedroom with an alleged loaded meth pipe. A second pipe was found near the bathroom, where officers found Maruna’s boyfriend, 22-year-old Christopher M. Hawley. In police reports, officers noted

that Hawley was thought to be actively destroying evidence. In Maruna’s purse officers found a syringe and a digital scale with alleged methamphetamine residue. According to police reports, Maruna told officers that Hawley put the scale in her purse, and that it was his. All four individuals were arrested and charged—Hawley and Maruna with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia (party to a crime), Wichelmann with possession of narcotics (2nd offense), and Scheet with posssion of meth (repeater) and narcotics (2nd offense). Another individual reported at the scene was the passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over near the residence a short time later. Zachary R. Nord, 23 of St. Croix Falls, was questioned as being on probation and having unconfirmed warrants. According to the criminal complaint filed Jan. 29, officers found a pipe in Nord’s front pocket during that traffic stop. He was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and bail jumping (both repeat offenses).


Local law enforcement were called February 6 w when a man a the St. at C Croix Falls M McDonald’s d drive thru h passed had o by the out t time employJohnson e brought ees him his food. Employees reported that the man in a black Dodge pickup, identified as Benjamin A. Johnson, 27, formerly of Woodbury and now St. Croix Falls, was difficult to understand and was speaking unintelligibly when he arrived in the drive through. Employees said that he was told to pull forward into the waiting area, and by the time employees brought him his food he was passed out at the wheel.

TOWN OF OSCEOLA PLAN COMMISSION MEETING Thursday, February 22, 2018 • 7:00 P.M. Town Hall, 516 East Ave. North, Dresser WI Meeting agenda items include the following matters for discussion and possible action by the Plan Commission in Open Session: • Consideration on Warren Peterson/Andrea Gentling District Change from Residential Agricultural 5 (RA-5) to Residential (R-1) Parcel # 042-003730000 Located at Sec 8/T33N/R18W, Town of Osceola • Review Comprehensive Plan This is a complimentary notice. A complete agenda is posted at the Town Hall, Dresser Post Office, First National Community Bank and on the Town’s website at

Authorities had trouble waking Johnson when they arrived. Johnson admitted to consuming two drinks, according to the complaint. Officers reported that Johnson had difficulty supporting himself or following directions as he exited the vehicle. Johnson has three prior alcohol-related convictions. He was arrested and subsequently charged with Operating While Intoxicated, fourth offense, as well as operating without a valid license.

Balsam Lake man wanted on child sex assault charges BY JESSICA DE LA CRUZ EDITOR@THEAMERYFREEPRESS.COM

Polk County authori ities are s seeking the w whereabouts o a former of B Balsam Lake m wanted man i separate in c charges of Kratochvil child abuse and child sexual assault. 63-year-old Michael A. Kratochvil was initially charged with strangulation and physical abuse of a child in March of 2017. The charges stem from a ten-year-old girl who in October of 2016 reported to adults that “she almost died last night.” The girl reported Kratochvil allegedly strangled her during an incident that took place in her family’s Balsam Lake home, leaving marks on

her neck. In the complaint, witnesses in the home verified the account but blamed Kratochvil’s response on the girl’s poor behavior, and his having had “a few too many” during the incident. The witnesses also state that Kratochvil was no longer allowed in the home following the incident. An arrest warrant was issued for Kratochvil in March of 2017, but he was not apprehended. In a subsequent charge filed against Kratochvil late last month, the same victim and her sibling alleged that Kratochvil had engaged in sexually inappropriate contact with them as recently as Nov. 2017. In the complaint, the juvenile victims describe sexually inappropriate behavior and direct sexual contact with Kratochvil dating back several years, at various locations. The complaints states that one of the victims reported telling her mother about the abuse, but that she did nothing about it. The complaint also details that Kratochvil had been allowed to move into the home in October 2017 after he was evicted from his own residence. He has been charged with two felony counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child under 13. A second and subsequent warrant has been issued for his arrest. Authorities believe Kratochvil may be in the Lindstrom or Forest Lake, Minn. area. If you have information on his whereabouts you are asked to contact local law enforcement. Polk county Circuit Court Appearance date: Feb. 6, 2018 Andrew K. Ahlstrom,

Minutes of Osceola

Village Board Proceedings Pursuant to due call and notice posted November 27, 2017 the Village of Osceola Board met in special session on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Osceola School District Board Room. Present: Beckmann, Turner, Burch, Bjork and Rose Absent: Kumlien and one vacant position Also present: West, Zegarski and public Beckmann called the meeting to order and asked for approval of the agenda. Motion by Burch and seconded by Rose to approve the agenda. Vote: Y-5, N-0 MC Resolution 17-09 – Resolution Authorizing Refinance of General Obligation Promissory Note - Motion by Rose and seconded by Burch to approve Resolution 17-09 General Obligation Promissory Note Support by Water Revenue. Vote: Y-5, N-0 MC Review Village Operating and Debt Levy – The board reviewed the proposed operating budget of $537,468 and the debt levy of $500,700. This is an increase from the previous year but due to the Village’s increasing tax base the tax rate will decline slightly from $5.55 to $5.54 per $1,000 of value. Discussion followed. No action taken. Draft Capital Improvements Plan - The board reviewed the capital improvements plan for 2018 thru 2021. The plan is fully funded through 2021. Discussion followed. No action taken. There being no further information to discuss Beckmann adjourned the meeting at 6:13pm. Respectfully submitted; Kari Zegarski, Clerk/Treasurer WNAXLP

23, Champlin, MN, speeding in 55 mph zone (11-15 mph), $175.30. Nathaniel A. Anderson, 23, Centuria, operating while suspended, $200.50; display unauthorized vehicle registration plate, $238.30. Joshua A. Barry, 23, Frederic, failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Timmothy Blanchette, 32, Frederic, operate without valid license (1st violation), $200.50. Zachary M. Bonjean, 18, Lakeville, MN, speeding in 55 mph zone (16-19 mph), $200.50. Hillary L. Bowers, 39, Centuria, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Joshua N. Brunner, 21, Howards Grove, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10. William J. Calvin, 34, Forest Lake, MN, operator fail to have passenger seat-belted, $10. Jeffrey E. Claude, 62, St. Paul, MN, speeding on semi-urban highway (1-10 mph), $ 175.30.

Christopher M. Close, 46, Ellsworth, vehicle operator fail to wear seat belt, $10. Christopher M. Dahlstrom, 40, Frederic, failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Amy J. Eliason, 44, Luck, operating while suspended, $200.50. Amery G. Ellingsworth, 41, Amery, non-registration of vehicle – auto <10,000 lbs., $175.30. Ryan J. R. Esparza, 36, Somerset, vehicle operator fail to wear seat belt, $10. David J. Groszewski, 25, Luck, driving too fast for conditions, $213.10. Sara M. Hillyer, 23, Onamia, MN, driving too fast for conditions, $213.10. Viktor E. Johansen, 22, Frederic, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10. Charles T. Keith, 57, Siren, improper stop at stop sign – no clear line, $183.30. Dawson K. Kobernick, SEE RECORDS, PAGE 22

About the crime stories

The crime stories on this page are based on the probable cause reports from different law enforcement agencies. Probable cause reports (PCs) are simply a report stating the “probable cause” that the arresting officer had at the time of arrest. It is used by the District Attorney, Defense Attorney, and Judges in the court’s “Initial Appearance” to assist them in determining, first, to confirm whether or not there was enough “probable cause” for the arrest, second, if the charge stated by the officer is appropriate and supported by the information contained therein, and third to assist the judge in setting bond. The District Attorney also uses the probable cause report as a basis (but not exclusively) to complete the criminal complaint, which is the official charging document. A Probable Cause Report is NOT the same as a Criminal Complaint. While the PC shows why the person was arrested, they are not officially charged until the Criminal Complaint is filed. Those charges may differ from the charge(s) listed on the PC based upon what charges the District Attorney believes he can prove. Charges may be amended up or down during the charging process as information becomes available. As always, an arrested person is presumed to be innocent until convicted by a judge or jury. Not all arrested people are convicted of the crimes alleged.

LOCATION AND HOURS OF POLLING PLACES At the Spring Primary to be held Tuesday, February 20, 2018 the following polling locations will be used for the municipalities at the times indicated: TOWN OF FARMINGTON – Farmington Town Hall, 2647 – 30th Ave. Osceola • 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. TOWN OF OSCEOLA – Osceola Town Hall, 516 East Ave. N. Dresser • 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. VILLAGE OF OSCEOLA – Osceola High School Auditorium lobby 1111 Oak Ridge Drive, Osceola 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you have any questions concerning your polling place, contact your municipality at: TOWN OF FARMINGTON Debbie Swanson, Clerk/Treasurer 304 State Road 35 – Osceola, WI 54020 715-294-2370 After 4:30 p.m. TOWN OF OSCEOLA Lorraine Rugroden, Clerk/Treasurer 516 East Ave. N. - P.O. Box 216 – Dresser, WI 54009 715-755-3060 8:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m. Mon. - Fri. VILLAGE OF OSCEOLA Kari Zegarski – Clerk/Treasurer 500 Chieftain St. – P.O. Box 217 – Osceola, WI 54020 715-294-3498 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. Notice of Meeting of the Local and Municipal Board of Canvassers At the close of voting on Election Day, pursuant to the provisions of Wis. Stat. 19.84, the Election Inspectors will convene as a joint meeting of the Local Board of Canvassers and the Municipal Board of Canvassers for the purpose of conducting the local and municipal canvasses pursuant to Wis. Stat. 7.51 and 7.53(1). This meeting will be open to the public pursuant to Wis. Stat. 19.81-89.

All polling places are accessible to elderly and disabled voters.



FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Five arrested, two victims recovered in St. Croix County human trafficking sting HUDSON, Wis. –Attorney General Brad Schimel announced last week that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Human Trafficking Bureau agents, with the aid of local law enforcement, arrested five individuals in a sting to arrest sex traffickers, “johns,” and child abusers in St. Croix County, and recovered two human trafficking victims. “The only reason human trafficking exists is because there is a demand for buying sex. Those creating the demand – the johns who buy victims, and the traffickers who are exploiting them – are not safe to exploit and coerce people in our state because law enforcement and human services are better prepared than ever to take on this insidious crime,” said Attorney General Schimel. “When I was sworn in as attorney general, I put johns on notice. We are coming for you, and for some – we already got you. These arrests will not be the last.” In operations focused in St. Croix County, DCI agents and local law enforcement arrested five individuals in operations that targeted those seeking children for sexual purposes and “johns,” individuals who were seeking to purchase commercial sex. Some of those arrested were knowingly seeking 14- and 15-year old children for sexual purposes. “It’s imperative that we continue to make child sex crimes and human trafficking one of the main priorities in our region,” said St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson. “We will continue our work on these cases to ensure that the most vulnerable in our communities are assisted, and the offenders are arrested. I’m pleased that the collaborative effort between DCI and our local law enforcement partners made this investigation a success, and we thank Attorney General

Schimel and his office for their assistance.” Those arrested were charged with offenses, including: attempted second degree sexual assault of a child, child enticement, requesting a nude image from a child, using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, and soliciting a prostitute. “The level of intra agency cooperation, demonstrating the local and state partnerships on these matters cannot be overemphasized,” said St. Croix County District Attorney Mike Nieskes. “Attorney General Schimel’s efforts in stopping human trafficking and sexual exploitation date back more than 20 years, long before his election as the attorney general. I would express my appreciation for his dedication of DOJ’s resources to these problems.” The following organizations aided in the success of these operations in Wisconsin: Hudson Police Department New Richmond Police Department River Falls Police Department St. Croix County District Attorney’s Office St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence All suspects are innocent until proven guilty. In a statewide assessment, Wisconsin law enforcement in nearly every county in the state reported that human trafficking occurs in their community. Recognizing this growing problem, in September 2017 Attorney General Schimel established the Human Trafficking Bureau within the Division of Criminal Investigation. The bureau provides a coordinated statewide strategy to identify, target, and prosecute traffickers in order to combat human trafficking and provide needed assistance to survivors.

From September 2017 to January 1, 2018, the DOJ Human Trafficking Bureau has: Conducted 23 child and adult sex trafficking investigations; Arrested 15 child and adult sex traffickers; Arrested six “johns;” Recovered 20 adult sex trafficking victims; and Recovered four child sex trafficking victims. The attorney general’s Crime Victims Council also is working with industries that have a workforce well-positioned to see, recognize, and report human trafficking, such as the hospitality and trucking industries. In 2018, the attorney general’s council will: Develop industry-specific tools and conduct training with shopping mall security teams, to prevent traffickers from recruiting vulnerable youth in the mall setting; Engage members of multiple sectors of the transportation industry, in partnership with the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association and Truckers Against Trafficking, to train the workforce to recognize and report human trafficking; and Continue to work with the Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association and other partners to train hospitality staff to identify the signs of human trafficking and report leads to law enforcement. DOJ encourages rural, urban, suburban and tribal public agency executives and business owners, to download and display anti-human trafficking posters. The posters can be downloaded at no cost online. For more information about human trafficking in Wisconsin, and how you can help individuals who have been trafficked, go to

Beseler. “… They’re happy we put plans in place, but their project will not impact our project. Being that we put the funds in the budget this year, I think we should go ahead and do it.” The crosswalk will stay in the same place but will have a wheelchair accessible landing on each side of the road. The updates will bring the crosswalk into compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and Wisconsin DOT regulations. In addition, the signs and flashing lights at the crosswalk will likely be removed, according to Beseler. “In previous corre-

spondence between the state and me, due to visibility not being an issue at that intersection they do not need the signs and lights,” he said. On behalf of the village, Beseler will review the project permit and submit it to the DOT. Other Business • The board approved the purchase of new tires for the village’s public works truck. • The public works team will tend to and mow the village parks this summer with the village’s riding lawn mower. Previously, a contracted employee has done that work. The board approved the purchase of a small push mower, to be sourced

locally and not to exceed $400. • The village will work with Lane Tank for repairs to its 200,000 gallon elevated water storage tank. The board authorized MSA Professional Services to draft bid specifications. The cost is estimated to be about $135,000. The village will discuss financing with Ehlers, a public finance municipal advisor. • The board approved a payment of $4,950 to the Osceola Ambulance, based on a per capita assessment. • J&S will repair a crumbling floor drain at the municipal garage for an estimated cost of $1,440. • Andrie Electric will fix the well house


impact of trauma is an important first step in becoming a compassionate and supportive community. Individual trauma can be measured through Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), negative occurrences in childhood, including abuse, neglect, or household dysfunction, which impact a child’s ability to learn in school, interpret and function socially with the world around them, and increases the risks for problems with poor health, addiction, and the ability to function in society as an adult. The MHTF is offering free ACEs presentations to schools, community groups, government and nonprofit agencies to help spread awareness of the impact ACEs have on mental health in the community and the value of trauma-informed services. Although mental health providers, clinicians, school staff, Polk County employees and individuals in a variety of public service roles have received TIC training, with some organizations having adopted TIC-focused policies, there is no entity that works to educate, coordinate and advance the goal of becoming a trauma informed community. The MHTF hopes to fill that role in Polk County. The funding received from the United Way St. Croix Valley has provided the MHTF with the opportunity to hire a new Program Coordinator, Lisa Murphy, to help advance the goals of the project. As a part of this new position, she has received TIC focused training, formed a TIC advisory committee, and has met with TIC practitioners inside and outside of Polk County. The MHTF has started a new trauma-focused newsletter, Trauma Talk, which is distributed to individuals who have received TIC training or are interested in the project. They are also creating a new resource page on their website, Recently, the MHTF, Unity School District, Polk County Community Services and NorthLakes Community Clinics co-hosted a screening of a documentary film about ACEs, “Resilience,” at Unity High School on January 23. The public event drew more than 100 people, and featured a mental health and social services resource fair, plus a panel discussion of community leaders discussing issues and ideas related to the film. The MHTF will also coordinate a series of meetings with mental health therapists, school counselors, Polk County Community Services staff and other social service professionals who have participated in TIC trainings, to look for input and ideas on how the nonprofit can support their efforts to implement TIC in their work and community. For more information on the MHTF’s TIC readiness project, please contact Lisa Murphy, Program Coordinator, at


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HEALTH: Task force works to help community recognize trauma

transfer switch, which turns on the village’s generator in the event of a power outage. The expense will be paid from the water utility. • The board reviewed a DNR sanitary survey report of the public water supply done in January. The Sun has requested a copy of the board packet containing the report, but had not received it at press time. • The board approved a $895 contribution to the Polk County Economic Development Corporation. The next Dresser Village Board meeting is scheduled for March 5, 6:30 p.m.

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Falls Chamber of Commerce celebrates


Ice fishing team competes

The Osceola Ice Fishing Team competed at the Long Lake Tournament on Saturday. The tournament was organized by the Unity FFA. The anglers had a good day on the ice and caught a lot of panfish. Fishing for Osceola were: Adam Mallin, Kolten Heimbach, Abby Tolzman, Kaden Pingel, Lance Wallis, Colton Wilmot, Ethan Stephensen, Austin Almlie, Casey Fogelberg, Haakon Carlson, Preston McManamy, Nick Stroshane, Josh Demulling, Mason Wood, and Ethan Luthenen. Osceola will compete in the state championship in Minocqua on Feb. 16 and 17.


Sewing day at Peace Lutheran

Dozens of volunteering hands took part in the Community Sewing Day at Peace Lutheran in Dresser on Feb. 3. Volunteers came from throughout the area, bringing with them sewing machines, ironing boards and other sewing tools – along with a generous spirit of sharing for a global cause. Their many hands did indeed make work light and fun, turning the day into a feel-good and productive event. More than 100 Little Dresses for Africa were entirely or partially completed that day, with unfinished dresses taken home to be finished. A Thrivent grant provided materials and lunch for the sewing crew. The Little Dresses will be blessed at Peace on Mother’s Day and will then be sent to brighten the lives of little girls throughout the world.


Battle of the Books

This year’s Middle School Battle of the Books started in December with ten teams of up to four students in grades 5-8. They were required, as a team, to read and discuss 20 books selected by students and librarians around Wisconsin. These teams tested their knowledge of titles, authors, and events in each book in two preliminary rounds at the end of January. On February 2, the two winning teams from those rounds, the fifth grade Super Quads and the eighth grade Pizza Dippers, were in the final school competition. The Pizza Dippers won by only one point! It was the closest middle school battle in five years. The Pizza Dippers will go on to compete against middle schools across Wisconsin via computer during the week of February 19.

The Falls Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards ceremony, the Falls Celebration, on January 18, 2018. Nearly 100 people came out to celebrate the people and businesses that make our communities great. Awards were presented in seven categories. New this year was the Educator of the Year Award, presented to one teacher from the Taylors Falls Elementary School and one teacher from the St. Croix Falls School District. The event was held at Vincent Venue in St. Croix Falls, and included a catered dinner, dessert, cash bar, awards program, and a door prize give-away valued at more than $300. The following awards were presented: New Business of the Year – Vincent Venue & Business, a new business that uses sound business practices and demonstrates success and profitability while overcoming key business challenges. Business Renovation of the Year – Roger’s Old Fashioned Barbers has constructed or remodeled its facilities or upgraded services in a significant way, having a positive effect on the local businesses or the community. Business of the Year – Dalles House Restaurant and Lounge demonstrates all-round excellence in business, with commercial success, growth and community involvement. Business Person of the Year – Sonya Fry, co-owner of Dalles House Restaurant and Dalles House Café, is a business leader who has shown exemplary leadership in her business field and is successful in her chosen profession. Falls Spirit Award – Woody McBride, Genius of Fun Event Productions, advocates the promotion of business growth by demonstrating ethical leadership and is actively interested in the improvement of the business community. Educator of the Year Award — Denise Sinclear Todd, St. Croix Falls School District and Sue Anderson, Taylors Falls Elementary School are educators whose excellence inspires students, peers, and the community. Ambassador of the Year Award – Pam Stratmoen, of SF Insurance Group, for outstanding leadership and service in the Falls Chamber of Commerce.

Luck woman sentenced for making forged security Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Sarah McKenzie, 41, Luck, Wis., was sentenced Friday, Feb.9, by U.S. District Judge William Conley to one year and one day in federal prison for making a forged security. Her prison sentence will be followed by two years of supervised release. McKenzie pleaded guilty to this charge on October 30, 2017. McKenzie worked at Core Products International in Osceola, Wis., as Accounts Manager and Human Resources Director. In August 2016, employees in Core Product’s accounting department examined company bank statements and discovered company checks bearing duplicate check numbers that were either written to McKenzie or written to “Cash.” The employees also noticed that the checks written to McKenzie were signed in CEO Royce Keehr’s name but the signature did not appear to be genuine. The subsequent criminal investigation, along with an internal company audit, revealed that between 2006 and August 2016, McKenzie generated

approximately 305 company checks written to herself or to “Cash” and then forged Keehr’s name on the checks. The total amount of these checks was $291,436.26. In addition, between 2011 and August 2016, McKenzie generated 98 company checks to “Cash” which she signed, endorsed, and negotiated at a bank. There was no documentation in the company’s books and records to support the creation of the checks. The total amount of these checks was $105,205.00. Bank records show that McKenzie spent the majority of the stolen money at casinos or on psychic hotlines. In sentencing McKenzie, Judge Conley noted that her criminal conduct was “outrageous” and was troubled by how long the embezzlement continued. The charges against McKenzie were a result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and Osceola Police Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Wegner. — Submitted by the U.S. Department of Justice



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Wrestlers get squeezed out of second straight Regional title BY RON JASPERSON SPORTS WRITER

Last season the Osceola Chieftain wrestlers turned the corner with a nice breakout season. Included in their list of accomplishments was the Regional championship. Last Saturday Osceola traveled back to the same site as last year’s Regional title, St. Croix Central high school, to see if they could win a second straight Regional crown. It came down to the last match of the 76 matches that were contested to finally decide a team champion. The 2018 Regional crown will be worn by the Somerset Spartans who compiled 206 team points, one more than the defending Regional champion Osceola Chieftains. Amery placed third as a team with 153 points, four more than fourth place finisher Chetek/Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm. By falling by just one point at Regionals Osceola will not qualify as a team at Sectionals this week but will have seven wrestlers competing as individuals this Saturday

in Amery. “It was tough to lose the Regional by one point, the thinnest of margins,” Osceola coach Nate Demulling said. “It was nice to get seven guys through to the Sectional tournament. The goal is now to get those guys through to the State tournament.” Aaron Schmidt became the 145 pound champion with pins over Braeden Bloom of St. Croix Central in 3:27 and over Somerset’s Zach Maitrejean in 5:42 in the championship match. Logan Johnson won the 160 pound division for Osceola with a 10-6 decision over Mason Goulet of Amery and a 15-3 major decision over Nicholas Bushinger of Somerset. “Logan Johnson and Aaron Schmidt both had outstanding days and wrestled well on their respective ways to individual championships,” Demulling said. “The win felt good,” Johnson said. “It was another milestone to have reached SEE WRESTLING, PAGE 18


Aaron Schmidt puts the finishing touches on his Regional individual wrestling title at 145 pounds. Osceola placed second as a team, losing to Somerset by a single point, but qualified seven wrestlers for the Sectional tournament to be held in Amery this Saturday.

Boys basketball team looking for consistency BY RON JASPERSON SPORTS WRITER


Alyssa Pauley splits a pair of New Richmond defenders on her way to the hoop in Osceola’s 39-36 win over the Tigers. Osceola defeated New Richmond for their fourth straight MBC win.

Osceola girls run MBC win streak to four BY RON JASPERSON SPORTS WRITER

One step forward and a half a step back. The Osceola Chieftain girls basketball team continued their late season surge when they defeated the New Richmond Tigers in their first Middle Border conference game last week. The 39-36 win was the fourth straight MBC win for the Lady Chieftains. Osceola ended their week on a down note when they traveled to Amery to take on a very talented Warrior squad. The Chieftain winning streak came to an end as the Warriors prevailed 56-35. With the split of the two conference games last week Osceola now carries a 6-7 MBC record (10-9 overall) into the final week of the regular schedule. St. Croix Central clinched the top spot in the conference with a 13-0 mark,

Amery holds down the second spot at 10-3. The Chieftains currently reside in a fourth place tie with Somerset. The game against New Richmond was simply an old fashioned barn-burner. The lead changed hands a dozen times and was tied four times, the last at 35 points each with three minutes, 15 seconds to play. New Richmond’s biggest lead was five points which they held at 9-4, 24-19 and 28-23. Osceola’s greatest margin was three points which they didn’t get until a basket by Mia Campeau with 36 seconds left gave them the winning margin at 39-36. New Richmond’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer to tie the score was blocked as Osceola ran up their fourth straight MBC win. “With the win over New Richmond, SEE OHS GBB, PAGE 26

The Osceola Chieftain boys basketball team has proven that on a good day they can play with anyone in the area. Unfortunately they have also shown that on a bad day they could struggle to beat any team. Osceola showed a little bit of this inconsistency last week when they played well, but lost to a powerful Bloomer Blackhawk team, and then didn’t play as well but defeated the Amery Warriors. “Even though we did not get the ‘W’ (win) against Bloomer, I think this game gave us some confidence moving forward,” Osceola coach Jacob Meyer said. “Bloomer is 16-0 and ranked fifth in the state in our division. For most of the game it was a four or six point game. I thought our guys did a great job of taking care of the basketball and getting good shots and that showed in our shooting percentage.” Bloomer was pushed hard by Osceola and could manage a lead of only a half-dozen by intermission at 30-24. For the Chieftains it was Haakon Carlson and Kyle Braml leading the offense in the first half with 10 points each. Payton Dachel helped the Blackhawks maintain the upper hand in the first half with 13 points including 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. In the second half Osceola was outscored 35-30


Chieftain senior Preston McManamy finds room for a shot against the Amery Warriors in Osceola’s 45-38 MBC win.

to stretch the winning margin to 11 points for Bloomer. “I thought Colter White had one of his best games of the year,” Meyer said “He came off the bench and was 4-of-5 shooting and had some key rebounds in the game. We were a couple [baskets] from getting a win against a really good team.” Carlson added another 10 points after the break to run his total to 20 and Braml ended the game

with 12. Colter White had a strong second half scoring seven of his nine points. “A good team like Bloomer is able to capitalize on every mistake their opponent makes and find a way to win,” White said. “I thought we played pretty well and did a decent job handling their leading scorer [Dachel] but he was able to adjust and put up 11 assists to lead them to the SEE OHS BBB, PAGE 23

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Senior Annalise Parks pushes down the court after a steal in the 69-24 win over the Frederic Vikings to clinch the 20172018 Conference Championship title.

St. Croix girls clinch west Lakeland title; stretch winning streak to 16 When and Where: Feb. 6 at Webster Outcome: St. Croix Falls 77, Webster 15 Highlights: It was no contest. St. Croix Falls raced to a 44-10 halftime lead and added 28 more points to their winning margin in the second half to defeat the Webster Tigers 77-15. St. Croix had 10 players contribute points to their total led by freshman Olivia Miron who netted 19. Addie McCurdy added 17 to the Saints’ point bucket with Emily McCurdy totaling 11 and Annalise Parks eight. When and Where: Feb. 9 at St. Croix Falls Outcome: St. Croix Falls 70, Frederic 24 Highlights: St. Croix Falls ran their season winning streak to 16 games with another easy West Lakeland conference win, this time over Frederic 70-24. The Saints led 44-17 at intermission and outscored the Vikings 26-7 in the second half. Ten different Saints contributed points led by Addie McCurdy with 18. Miron netted 13 points for St. Croix and Parks added a dozen. What this means: St. Croix clinched the West Lakeland title outright by winning their two conference games last week. The Saints are now 11-0 in conference play (18-1 overall) with one game to play before tournaments. Unity will finish in second place with a 10-2 conference mark (14-7 overall).


St. Croix Falls senior Noah Horn won the 182 weight class at the regional in Shell Lake. St. Croix had a total of eight champions, along with 13 out of 14 wrestlers moving to sectionals. SHARON WAMPFLER | THE SUN

St. Croix wrestlers win Regional tournament BY COACH DAN CLARK

When and Where: Regional tournament Feb. 10 at Shell Lake Outcome: St. Croix Falls won the Regional wrestling tournament that was held in Shell Lake. The Saints accumulated 306 team points to outdistance the field. Cumberland placed second with 220 points. “We were able to win the Regional on Saturday. I thought we wrestled well.” Highlights: “We advanced 13 wrestlers to Sectionals next Saturday in Osceola. We had eight champs (Luke Thaemert, Austin McCurdy, Clay Carney, Luke Clark, Noah Horn, Brandon Bastin, Caleb Gearhart and Tanner Gaffey) and five wrestlers finished second.” Looking Forward: “We will wrestle in team Sectionals (February 13) in Cadott. Our focus will be on team as we will have to have our best performance of the year to advance to team state. We start with Durand and then if we win we will get the winner of Clear Lake and Ladysmith. We must take it one match at a time and everyone needs to do their job. I am looking forward to seeing what happens. This group has worked extremely hard to put themselves in this position. Individually, all 13 wrestlers need to go to Sectionals with the expectation to advance to State. I am looking forward to a good day on Saturday.”

Wisconsin’s mystery fish


oasters have always been a mystery and fish of legend on Wisconsin’s North Shore of Lake Superior. Old grainy photos from the turn of the century up to the 50s and 60s show Coasters, massive brook trout that have all the traits of their trout stream cousins except without the stream brook trout’s dazzling coloration. From the 1850s to the 1870s, large brook trout, then called “Rock Trout” were sought along coastlines along Bayfield Peninsula. Those Rock Trout were caught among fallen rocks along sandstone cliffs that Wild River were depicted in newspaper drawings in 1879. Today, gaudy brookies Trails are highly sought after by a select Jim Bennett group of anglers who are happy to catch 10-inch brook trout with a 16” fish being a trophy, while Rock Trout of the past commonly reached average sizes of 3

pounds. Those Rock Trout, called Coasters today, also lacked the gaudy colors of their stream cousins but grew larger. Those early anglers of Rock Trout fished live bait from rowboats casting into the rocky shallows during June and July. Later in August anglers sought the fish in deeper water at the mouths of feeder streams. Rock Trout then swam upstream to spawn in September and October. But soon after the hay day had begun it all ended in the 1880s and Wisconsin Rock Trout/Coasters became the fish of legend. Declines were thought to have been caused by over harvesting, commercial fishing and damage to the watershed. Much of the damage was attributed to the lumber industry that destroyed critical stream habitat. Driving logs downstream, run off from forest cutovers, farmland run off and railroad construction quickly destroyed vital spawning habitat along Wisconsin’s North Shore for brook trout and Coasters. SEE BENNETT, PAGE 24

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Sophomore Clay VanBuskirk gets a shot off despite the Frederic Vikings’ efforts to stop him. Saints won 64-23.

St. Croix splits a pair of West Lakeland contests BY COACH CHAD HALL

When and where: Feb. 6 at Webster Outcome: Webster 64, St. Croix Falls 43 Highlights: St. Croix held a powerful Webster Tiger team to a halftime deadlock before losing by a final score of 64-43. Jameson Kahl led the St. Croix scoring with 11 points. Kullan Parks led the saints with six rebounds and Declan Greenquist had team highs in assists and steals with three each. Comments: “Tight game until the game was at 41-39. Then Webster took over with their defense and offense.” When and where: Feb. 9 at St. Croix Falls Outcome: St. Croix Falls 64, Frederic 23 Highlights: The Saints got back on the winning track with a convincing 64-23 win over the visiting Frederic Vikings. St. Croix dominated play from the start sprinting to a 31-12 halftime lead and outscored the Vikings 33-11 after the break. The Saints had three players in double figures led by led by junior Tyler Cooper with 18. Parks contributed a dozen points and Trevor LaMirande added 10. Kahl led the team with five rebounds and seven assists while LaMirande had a team high five steals. Comments: “The guys played some very good defense and really ratcheted up the defensive pressure. We also were very consistent with our offense and saw a lot of open shots.” What This Means: St. Croix currently resides in fifth place in the West Lakeland conference standings with a 4-6 record. Grantsburg leads the pack at 9-1 followed by Webster at 8-2 and Unity with a 7-4 mark.

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Feb. 16: Osceola at Ellsworth; Grantsburg at St. Croix Falls. Feb. 19: New Richmond at Osceola. Feb. 22: St. Croix Falls at Luck. Chieftain Boys Basketball Amery at Osceola (unofficial) February 8, 2018 Amery Individuals 2’s 3’s FTM FTA F TP Coy 0 0 0 0 4 0 Fornengo 1 0 2 4 3 4 McBrayer 2 0 0 1 2 4 Spafford 0 2 0 0 2 6 Bosley 0 0 2 2 1 2 McLeod 2 0 0 1 3 4 Peterson 2 0 2 3 2 6 Swenson 5 0 2 2 1 12

Totals 12 2 8 13 18 38 Osceola Individuals 2’s 3’s FTM FTA F TP Ingram 1 0 3 5 2 5 Carlson 4 0 5 10 0 13 Michel 1 0 0 0 3 2 Boissy 1 0 1 6 4 3 Maxon 2 1 0 0 2 7 White 0 0 0 0 2 0 McManamy 0 1 0 0 0 3 E Braml 1 0 4 6 4 6 K Braml 3 0 0 0 1 6 Totals 13 2 13 25 18 45 Score by Halves 1 2 F AHS 19 19 38 OHS 27 18 45 St. Croix Falls Boys Basketball Frederic at St. Croix Falls (unofficial) February 9, 2018 Frederic Individuals 2’s 3’s FTM FTA F TP Kchnmster 0 1 0 0 2 3 Steele 0 0 0 0 1 0 Tinman 0 0 0 2 1 0 Lillehaug 0 3 0 0 0 9 Nick 1 0 0 0 1 2 Schott 1 1 0 0 3 5 Rowe 2 0 0 0 1 4 Totals 4 5 0 2 9 23 St. Croix Falls Individuals 2’s 3’s FTM FTA F TP Kahl 1 0 4 4 2 6 LaMirande 0 3 1 2 1 10 Greenquist 3 1 0 0 2 9 Kazmierski 0 0 0 0 1 0 VanBuskirk 2 0 1 2 1 5 Hoggatt 1 0 2 2 0 4 Mysicka 0 0 0 0 1 0 Parks 3 2 0 0 0 12 Cooper 8 0 2 4 0 18




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CHAMPIONS St. Croix Falls Girls Basketball

Good luck in the playoffs!

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CHAMPIONS St. Croix Falls High School Wrestling

Good luck at the Sectional!

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St. Croix Falls will join Heart O’ North football conference BY MARA MARTINSON CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Free throw contest

The Osceola Knights of Columbus held their annual Free Throw Contest on Jan. 28. Winners will advance to the District level on Feb. 17 at the Siren High School. Participants included Quinn McDonald, August Dressel, Riley Annis, Jack Ryan, Willem Hoefier, Jana Carter and James Carter. Winners were Jana Carter, Quinn McDonald, James Carter and Jack Ryan.

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but there is still work to be done. Coach said that we should be performing at our best towards the end of the season and I feel that statement to be true for me and I’m hoping to carry that over into the Sectional tournament and leave with no regrets.”

Also qualifying to wrestle at Sectionals for Osceola were Andrew Willeman (106), Thomas Oswald (113), Andrew Olson (120), Nick Carlson (182) and Gabe Lowney (220). All five of these Chieftains made it to the championship match before being defeated but each moved on based on their second place finishes.

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Village Board Proceedings Pursuant to due call and notice posted December 8, 2017 the Village of Osceola Board met in regular session on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Osceola School District Board Room. Present: Beckmann, Burch, Rose, Bjork, Schmidt and Kumlien Absent: Turner Also present: West, Zegarski, Henningsgard press and public. Beckmann called the meeting to order at 6:00pm and asked for approval of the revised agenda. Motion by Kumlien and seconded by Rose to approve the revised agenda. Vote: Y-6, N-0 MC Motion by Rose and seconded by Burch to approve the minutes of the November 14, 2017 regular meeting and November 28, 2017 special meeting. Vote: Y-6, N-0 MC The Village Board welcomed new village board member Robert Schmidt who will complete the term of resigned board member Carol Otto. 2018 Budget Hearing – West stated the notice of public hearing was posted in The Osceola Sun. West reviewed the 2018 Budget and compared levy numbers from 2016 and 2017. Beckmann asked for any questions from the Board or public. Discussion followed. Beckmann asked for any questions on the proposed 2018 Budget. Seeing no further questions Beckmann closed the Public Hearing @ 6:16pm. Public Input and Ideas – None Resolution 17-10 Fair Housing – Motion by Kumlien and seconded by Rose to approve Resolution 17-10 Fair Housing. Vote: Y-6, N-0 MC Resolution 17-11 Authorizing 2018 Levy – Motion by Beck-

Two seniors wrestled for the last time for Osceola. Jack Feldt and Andrew Montpetit both placed third in Regionals and missed moving on by one place. “It was tough to see our two seniors who wrestled not make it through,” Demulling said. “Andrew Montpetit and Jack Feldt both have wrestled a lot of

varsity over the past four years. They are a big part of the success we had as a dual team this season and have helped to build a solid foundation for next year through their leadership. I can’t say enough good things about those young men.”

mann and seconded by Burch to approve Resolution 17-11 To Appropriate Funds for the Fiscal Year Beginning January 1, 2018 and To Authorize the Levy of a Sufficient Tax Upon the Taxable Property Within the Village of Osceola. Vote: Y-6, N-0 MC Stormwater Management Plan – Motion by Kumlien and seconded by Rose to approve the Stormwater Management Plan presented. Vote: Y-6, N-0 MC Ordinance 17-03 Illicit Discharge – Motion by Rose and seconded Burch to approve Ordinance 17-03 Illicit Discharge. Vote: Y-6, N-0 MC Ordinance 17-04 - Post Construction Stormwater – Motion by Kumlien and seconded by Burch to approve Ordinance 17-04 Post Construction Stormwater. Vote: Y-6, N-0 MC Ordinance 17-05 – Erosion Control – Motion by Burch and seconded by Rose to approve Ordinance 17-05 Erosion Control. Vote: Y-6, N-0 MC Market and Johnson – Pay Request #3 for Osceola Fire Station Remodel - $142,642 – The Motion by Kumlien and seconded by Rose to approve Pay Request #3 for $142,642.00 to Market and Johnson for the Osceola Fire Station Remodel. Vote: Y-6, N-0 MC Market and Johnson – Pay Request #2 for Village Hall/ Discovery Center - $261,197 – The Board reviewed the pay request. Motion by Burch and seconded by Rose to approve Pay Request #2 for Village Hall/Discovery Center for $261,197.00. Vote: Y6, N-0 MC Albrightson Excavating Pay Request #4 – 4th Ave and Kent Street - $859.32 – Motion by Kumlien and seconded by Burch to approve the Pay Request #4 from Albrightson Excavating for $859.32 for 4th Ave and Kent Street. Vote: Y-6, N-0 MC Appointment of Election Officials 1/1/2018 through 12/31/2019 – Motion by Beckmann and seconded by Kumlien to approve Chief Election Inspector – Deb Rose; Election Inspectors – Linda Cox, Robert Bullard, Fern Brunclik, Margaret McCurdy, JoAnn Kuntz, Nancy Bullard, Priscilla Cutler, Diane Schmidt, Carol Allrich, Frances Kerber, Cheryl Hustad, William Bliar (Alternate Chief), Darlene Blair (Alternate Chief) for the period of 1/1/2018 to 12/31/2019. Vote: Y-6, N-0 MC Update Library/Village Hall/Discovery Center – West reviewed his memo and updated the board on the Library/

At a St. Croix Falls School District Board of Education meeting in January, the board approved the change of the football conference affiliation for the 20192020 season and beyond to the Heart O’ North conference. While the Lakeland conference contains 21 schools including Birchwood, Bruce, Cameron, Clayton, Clear Lake, Cornell, Flambeau, Frederic, Grantsburg, Lake Holcombe, Luck, New Auburn, Northwood, Prairie Farm, Saint Croix Falls, Shell Lake, Siren, Turtle Lake, Unity, Webster, and Winter schools, the conference has proven unreliable because of so many game cancellations and unpredictability of the districts. In the Heart O’ North conference, the St. Croix Falls football teams will be playing against Barron, Bloomer, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser, Cumberland, Hayward, Ladysmith, Northwestern, and Spooner schools. Other business The board approved the purchase of up to $20,000 for a van. The board recently purchased an $80,000 skidsteer with the intention of using the remaining fund balance to buy a short yellow bus. However, the price is not in the range of $20,000 and thus must be purchased with next year’s funds. The board accepted the bid for new cabinetry for the Dresser school at $11,000 under budget. D & K will begin installation this June. Finally, the board accepted the bid for the MS/HS Learning Media Center. The board plans to work with Demco, a library services company in Madison, Wis.. Burandt was pleased with Demco’s quote at $7,000 under budget and their work by exclaiming, “We need a good, positive modern library.” Upcoming meetings The next committee meeting will be held on Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. The next board meeting will be held on Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Village Hall/Discovery Center. No action taken. Licenses & Permits / Beverage Server Operator Licenses - New – Reviewed. Motion by Rose and seconded by Burch to approve an Operator License to Gabrielle Dorau – Minit Mart. Vote: Y-6, N-0 MC Temporary Class “B” and “Class B” Retailers License – Reviewed. Motion by Burch and seconded by Rose to approve a Temporary Class “B” and “Class B” Retailers License to Osceola Area Lions Club – Osceola Firefighters Ball, February 17, 2018. Vote: Y-6, N-0 MC Special Event Permit – Reviewed. Motion by Burch and seconded by Rose to approve a special event permit to Friends of the Osceola Fire & Rescue/OFD for Osceola Firefighters Ball February 17, 2018. Vote: Y-6, N-0 MC Ordinance 17-06 – Amending Village Code Chapter 1751A to Increase Room Tax from 3% to 5% - Motion by Rose and seconded by Burch to approve Ordinance 17-06 Amending Village Code Chapter 175 effective 1/1/2018. Vote: Y-6, N-0 MC Board and Commission Appointments – None Staff Reports - Reviewed Building Permits – Since the last board meeting three permits were issued which brings the total to 65 permits issued in 2017 with a value of $6,135,643 compared to 79 permits issued in 2016 with a value of $11,794,093. Chamber of Commerce/MainStreet – The board reviewed Ross’s memo. Board, Committee, Commission and Agency Reports – The following minutes were reviewed: Airport Commission – November 20, 2017; Library Board – October 25, 2017 Vouchers Payable - Motion by Kumlien and seconded by Rose to approve voucher check #54183 thru #54343. Vote: Y-6, N-0 MC Discussion of and action on any other appropriate items – Motion by Kumlien and seconded by Burch to accept the resignation letter from Village Board Member Rodney Turner. Vote: Y-6, N-0 MC There being no further information to discuss Beckmann adjourned the meeting at 6:49pm Respectfully submitted; Kari Zegarski, Village Clerk WNAXLP

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Impulsive decisions with regard to family pets can be disastrous. Prospective pet parents who do not take the time to decide if pets fit their lifestyles before taking one home may end up regretting their decisions and/or returning the animal, which can be hard on pets and families alike. Many prospective pet parents may recognize the commitments that large pets like dogs require. But some may mistakenly believe that small pets, such as guinea pigs, are much easier to care for than cats or dogs. That false impression may compel them to adopt guinea pigs without fully exploring just what it takes to raise these small, personable pets. Time commitment Just because guinea pigs don’t need daily walks around the neighborhood does not mean they don’t require a substantial commitment of time on the part of their owners. According to the Humane Society of the United States, daily interaction with and attention from their owners is essential for their well-being. Anyone considering adopting a guinea pig should know that they require regular grooming, including daily grooming for long-haired breeds. Guinea pigs’ cages also must be meticulously maintained. The HSUS recommends thorough weekly

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St. Croix Falls will host wrestling sectional in Osceola Feb. 17 BY SUZANNE LINDGREN EDITOR@OSCEOLASUN.COM


Members of the Junior Holstein Dairy Quiz Bowl team include Katherine Elwood, Grace Haase, Ella Williamson and Courtney Glenna.

St. Croix Falls will host this year’s Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) sectional wrestling meet. The meet will be held at the Osceola High School, which has more room for mats and a crowd. Osceo-

la will not wrestle there, but will compete in a different sectional event in Amery. St. Croix Falls hasn’t hosted a wrestling sectional since 2001. “Putting this together has been a real nice collaboration between St. Croix Falls and Osceola,” said meet manager

Steve Bont. The meet, which includes 112 wrestlers from 26 schools, is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and goes all day, according to Bont. The top three from each weight class will advance to competition in Madison the following week.


Members of the Senior Holstein Dairy Quiz Bowl team include Kristi Getschel, Hailey Clausen, Mikayla Peper and Marie Haase.

Polk County competes at state Junior Holstein Convention Eight Amery and Osceola dairy quiz bowl enthusiasts teamed up to compete at the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention in Stevens Point in January. There were numerous close rounds, with the Polk County team — Katherine Elwood, Grace Haase, Ella Williamson, and Courtney Glenna — coming in third out 40 teams in the junior division. In the senior division, the Polk County team was the champion of 19 competing teams. Kristi Getschel, Hailey Clausen, Mikayla Peper and Marie Haase will be representing Wisconsin at the National Junior Holstein Convention in June in Traverse City, Mich.

These young ladies practice as a team about five hours per week. They study nutrition, calf care, reproduction, Holstein show facts, feeds and feeding, animal health, and milk marketing information to prepare for the contest. This was the first year of competition for each team member. The team can earn bonus questions when three different team members answer a question correctly. Polk County had great teamwork throughout the rounds and in the end, it was a bonus question that earned them top honors. Polk County has won the state competition three times previously.


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Notice of Spring Primary and Sample Ballots February 20, 2018

OFFICE OF THE POLK COUNTY CLERK TO THE VOTERS OF POLK COUNTY: Notice is hereby given of a spring primary election to be held in Polk County on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at which the officers named below shall be nominated. The names of the candidates for each office, whose nominations have been certified to or filed in this office, are given under the title of the office, each in its proper column, together with the questions submitted to a vote, for a referendum, if any, in the sample ballot below. INFORMATION TO VOTERS Upon entering the polling place, a voter shall state his or her name and address, show an acceptable form of photo identification and sign the poll book before being permitted to vote. If a voter is not registered to vote, a voter may register to vote at the polling place serving his or her residence, if the voter presents proof of residence in a form specified by law. Where ballots are distributed to voters, the initials of two inspectors must appear on the ballot. Upon being permitted to vote, the voter shall retire alone to a voting booth and cast his or her ballot except that a voter who is a parent or guardian may be accompanied by the voter’s minor child or minor ward. An

election official may inform the voter of the proper manner for casting a vote, but the official may not in any manner advise or indicate a particular voting choice. Where Paper Ballots are Used The voter shall make a cross (X) in the square next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice for each office for which he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the voter shall write in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided for a write-in vote. Where Optical Scan Voting is Used The voter shall fill in the oval or connect the arrow next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice for each office for which he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the voter shall write in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided for a write-in vote, and fill in the oval or connect the arrow next to the write-in line. Where Touch Screen Voting is Used,

vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the voter shall type in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided for a write-in vote. On referendum questions, the voter shall touch the screen at “yes” if in favor of the question, or the voter shall touch the screen at “no” if opposed to the question. The vote should not be cast in any other manner. Not more than five minutes’ time shall be allowed inside a voting booth. Sample ballots or other materials to assist the voter in casting his or her vote may be taken into the booth and copied. The sample ballot shall not be shown to anyone so as to reveal how the

ballot is marked. If the voter spoils a paper or optical scan ballot, he or she shall return it to an election official who shall issue another ballot in its place, but not more than three ballots shall be issued to any one voter. If the ballot has not been initialed by two inspectors or is defective in any other way, the voter shall return it to the election official, who shall issue a proper ballot in its place. The voter may spoil a touch screen ballot at the voting station before the ballot is cast. After Marking the Ballot After an official paper ballot is marked, it shall be folded so the inside marks do not show, but so

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Notice to Voters: If you are voting on Election Day, your ballot must be initialed by two election inspectors. If you are voting absentee, your ballot must be initialed by the municipal clerk or deputy clerk. Your ballot may not be counted without initials. (See back of ballot for initials.) Instructions to Voters If you make a mistake on your ballot or have a question, ask an election inspector for help. (Absentee Voters: Contact your municipal clerk.) To vote for a name on the ballot, make an “X” or other mark in the square next to the name, like this: x To vote for a name that is not on the ballot, write the name on the line marked “write-in.”



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making left turn, $175.30. Wanda J. Petersen, 50, Roberts, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10. Samual L. Pewaush, 21, Frederic, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Jason E. Potter, 38, Blaine, MN, vehicle operator fail to wear seat belt, $10. Janis A. Rodgers, 71, Amery, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10. Joshua S. Hrbek Rust, 30, Turtle Lake, operating motor vehicle without

proof of insurance, $10. Tristan C. Stokes, 20, Sheldon, exceeding speed zones (1-10 mph), $175.30. Kimberly M. Taber, 29, Luck, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10. Scott C. Thell, 53, Somerset, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10. Fredrick D. Tourville, 55, Amery, operating while suspended, $200.50; failure of operator to notify police of accident, $389.50; failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10; operating a mo-

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Ole & Lena return to St. Croix Festival Theatre for two shows, Ole & Lena Win a Cruise, playing Feb. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Ole & Lena’s Family Reunion, playing Feb. 17 and 18 at 2 p.m. For those who don’t know, Ole and Lena are a popular Scandinavian couple, the epitome of all things Scandinavian (think lefse and lutefisk) and now, all things Midwestern. Mike and Julie Bateson having been bringing them to life for over 10 years. For these new shows, Ole and Lena continue their comedic look at Midwestern marriage, while also reflecting on themes such as growing old together and what keeps a couple in love despite bumps in the road. The show will perform at the Franklin Square Black Box. Tickets are $26 for adults and $13.50 for students (ages 5-25) and can be purchased at, emailing or by calling the box office at 715483-3387.



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Logan Maxon with seven and the Braml brothers, Kyle and Erik, with six points each. “One of our goals moving forward is to play consistently good and not let what the other team is doing dictate how we are playing,” Meyer said. “Even during the ugly parts of the game against Amery we were able to handle that adversity and get the ‘W’. That is what good teams are able to do.” The win over Amery puts the Chieftains in fifth place in the Middle Border conference race with a 5-6 record (10-8 overall). Prescott, 11-0 in MBC play, and Ellsworth 9-1 are in a battle for the top spot in the MBC.

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BENNETT: Wisconsin’s fish of North Shore legend, the Coaster FROM PAGE 13

Recent research seems show that Coasters were not a separate species of brook trout but rather stream brook trout that drop out of small streams to live in bigger bodies of water such as Lake Superior. The latest genetic research done in the “World Famous” Nipigon Bay Region of Canada supports that theory. Between 1982 and 1996 a massive Coaster brook trout stock-

ing plan stocked a half million Lake Nipigon strain brook trout in Wisconsin’s historic waters but the plan failed. About that time, Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources began stream management, habitat improvements, beaver control projects and protective land acquisition on the Brule River, Fish Creek, Sioux River, Pikes Creek along with the Cranberry and Flag Rivers to assist Coaster popula-

tions. In addition the DNR enacted experimental “no kill” brook trout regulations on Graveyard Creek, Whittlesey Creek and the Bark River to help bring back the mystery “Rock Trout” of the past.

Jim Bennett is an outdoorsman who lives and worked in the St. Croix River Valley and can be reached at jamesbennett24@


ARIES – Mar 21/Apr 20 It can be difficult to focus with so many things running through your mind, Aries. Give it your best shot, especially at work where it counts the most. TAURUS – Apr 21/May 21 Focus on fun experiences that will pop up this week, Taurus. They will brighten your mood and make you more inclined to interact with the people you love. GEMINI – May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, someone you haven’t seen in a while makes an appearance in your life. You don’t know if you should be excited or just a tad cautious about what to expect. CANCER – Jun 22/Jul 22 Someone at work or home cannot get an accurate read on how you are feeling, Cancer. This

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may lead to some communication issues. Be as open as possible to avoid confusion. LEO – Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, you are called on to be a leader this week, so make sure you do your homework on pertinent issues. This way you can make decisions with confidence. VIRGO – Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, even when you think you know best, you may want to let others voice their opinions. You never know the value of another’s perspective until you hear it. LIBRA – Sept 23/Oct 23 Surround yourself with your closest friends and family members, Libra. These are support pillars you can lean on in tough times and the people to laugh alongside when things are good. SCORPIO – Oct 24/Nov 22

The next few days provide opportunities to relax and have fun, Scorpio. With no pressing matters on the calendar, you can relinquish some responsibilities. SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, getting your point across may seem like your primary goal, but you can let things simmer for a little bit. Others have things that they want to share as well. CAPRICORN – Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, romantic notions are popping into your head lately, and they may only be spurred on by the Valentine’s Day magic. A relationship gets to the next level. AQUARIUS – Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, you can be the voice of reason if family life has gotten a bit chaotic. You may be called on to sort things out and

put a plan in place. PISCES – Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, whether you are attached or not, feelings of love are blooming inside of you. Romance may pervade your daily interactions. FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS FEBRUARY 11 Jennifer Aniston, Actress (49) FEBRUARY 12 Tara Strong, Actress (45) FEBRUARY 13 Robbie Williams, Singer (44) FEBRUARY 14 Danai Gurira, Actress (40) FEBRUARY 15 Alex Borstein, Actress (45) FEBRUARY 16 Elizabeth Olsen, Actress (29) FEBRUARY 17 Billie Jo Armstrong, Singer (46)

Onion soup sets the mood for Valentine’s Day


ove is a curious thing. Sometimes you can’t explain it—it’s just love. We love many people without any reason—or we have a hard time defining into a single idea, character trait or quality why we love someone. Maybe we love someone for so many reasons we can’t describe how much because if we did, we’d feel as if we’ve committed an injustice by doing so. In addition to explaining why you love someone, try finding a special food or meal that represents that love is almost impossible. If I tried to show my husband how much I love him by what I cooked or baked for him on Valentine’s Day, which is also his birthday—no pressure there—I’d fail. I thought the best thing to do is to ask him what he wanted. He surprised me. When it comes to special holidays or birthdays, typically people will choose specialty foods not Wild Chow eaten often, such as special cuts of meat, vegetables prepared in a Lisa Erickson fancy way, and a delectable dessert. But my husband is not your typical kind of guy. My husband’s idea of a perfect day usually involves something sporty, something easy to cook but warm and filling, and an unpretentious dessert, all of which I am extremely grateful for. For him, it’s more about spending time together doing something enjoyable, rather than what we eat. Most people wouldn’t ask for soup for their Valentine’s Day dinner, but when you think about it, soup is lovely. French onion is our favorite and it can be made ahead of time. It allows us to do other great things, such as spending the day cross county skiing together or going for an evening hike, or even playing a board game next to a warm fire. Make this Valentine’s Day memorable by not spending the entire day or evening in the kitchen cooking. French Onion Soup

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5 large yellow onions, thinly sliced 3 Tbsp. oil 2 Tbsp. butter 1 tsp. sugar 1 tsp. salt 2 cloves garlic, minced 8 cups beef stock, 1/2 cup dry vermouth 2 bay leaves 1 tsp. dried thyme 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 2 Tbsp. brandy (optional) 8 slices French baguette 1 1/2 cups grated Swiss Gruyere cheese In a large stockpot, heat 3 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add the onions and toss to coat. Lower heat and cook the onions, stirring often, until they have softened, about 15 to 20 minutes. Increase heat and add 2 tablespoons butter; cook, stirring often, until the onions start to brown, about 5-10 minutes. Sprinkle onions with sugar and 1 teaspoon salt and continue to cook until the onions are golden brown. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the vermouth and scrape up any browned bits. Add beef stock, bay leaves, and thyme. Bring to a simmer; cover the pot and lower heat to a low simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper to taste. Remove bay leaves. Add brandy. Serve or cool and refrigerate. When ready to serve soup, line a rimmed baking sheet pan with parchment paper and preheat oven to 450 degrees. Butter both sides of the baguette slices with butter and toast in oven until lightly browned 5 to 7 minutes. Turn the toasts over and sprinkle with grated Gruyere cheese and bake until the cheese is lightly browned. Spoon soup into bowls and transfer one cheesy toast onto the top of each bowl and serve immediately.

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FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Towns Association seeks scholarship applicants

The Wisconsin Towns Association, Rural Mutual Insurance Company and Scott Construction, Inc. will be awarding seven scholarships of $1,000 to high school seniors graduating in 2018 from public or private high school in Wisconsin who plan to enroll in a Wisconsin public or private college or university in 2018. The winners are determined by independent judging of an essay contest. The essay should address the topic: “Why is town road investment important to economic development in Wisconsin?” Students do not need to be residents of towns. Essays must be postmarked by May 31, 2018. Applications must be mailed (no online option). For more information email

OHS GBB: Girls MBC win streak to four FROM PAGE 12

the girls have moved the team into the top half of the conference which was one of the goals that our seniors identified at the beginning of the season,” Osceola coach Matt Haase said. “With no player in double digits in the scoring column, it was important that everyone contributed. Trailing by one toward the end of the game, the girls stayed aggressive on defense without putting New Richmond on the free throw line and earned steals that led to open layups. This put us in the lead for good.” Alyssa Pauley led the Osceola scoring with nine points. Emily Fox and Katie Haase each hauled down 10 rebounds to lead the Chieftains while Pauley and Haase led in assists with three each. Osceola’s winning streak came to an end at Amery as the Warriors broke away to a 28-14 lead at halftime on their way to a 56-35 decision. Amery was led by 5’ 10” post player Madelyn Granica who scored a game high 26 points on 10 deuces and hitting six of seven free throws. Melanie Doll came off the Osceola bench to lead the Chieftain scoring with 11 points. Mattea Johnson was next in line for Osceola with 10. Doll also led the Chieftains in rebounds with six. Fox had a team high three assists. “Going into Amery we talked about this being an opportunity game,” Matt Haase said. “With some early foul trouble we turned to sophomore Melanie Doll who stepped in and played a very good game. The biggest aspects that we couldn’t overcome were the strength of Amery’s rebounding and their passing to get the ball into the post.”

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SCOREBOARD: Boys and girls basketball, wrestling FROM PAGE 13

Totals 18 6 10 14 8 64 Score by Halves 1 2 F FHS 12 11 23 SCFHS 31 33 64 Chieftain Boys Basketball Osceola at Bloomer (unofficial) February 5, 2018 Osceola Individuals 2’s 3’s FTMFTA F TP Ingram 2 0 2 2 0 6 Carlson 4 4 0 0 2 20 Michel 0 0 0 0 2 0 Boissy 0 1 0 0 1 3 Maxon 0 0 0 0 2 0 White 3 1 0 0 2 9 McManamy 0 0 0 0 1 0 E Braml 2 0 0 1 2 4 K Braml 6 0 0 0 4 12 Totals 17 6 2 3 16 54 Bloomer Individuals 2’s 3’s FTMFTA F TP Miller 1 1 1 2 1 6 Price 0 0 0 0 2 0 Bleskacek 1 3 2 2 2 13 Ruf 0 0 0 1 1 0 Sarauer 11 0 5 6 0 27 Stolt 1 0 0 0 0 2 Dachel 5 0 6 8 0 16 Totals 19 4 14 19 6 65 Score by Halves 1 2 F OHS 24 30 54 BHS 30 35 65 St. Croix Falls Boys Basketball Saints at Webster (unofficial) February 6, 2018 St. Croix Falls Individuals 2’s 3’s FTM FTA F TP Kahl 4 0 3 6 4 11 Lamirande 0 1 0 0 2 3 Greenquist 1 1 2 3 4 7 VanBuskirk 1 0 1 3 2 3 Hoggatt 2 0 0 1 2 4 Mysicka 2 0 0 0 0 4 Parks 3 1 0 0 2 9 Cooper 1 0 0 0 3 2 Totals 14 3 6 13 19 43 Webster Individuals 2’s 3’s FTM FTA F TP Stenberg 3 0 3 3 1 9 Pardun 1 0 0 0 3 2 T Gustafson 5 2 6 8 3 22 Washburn 4 3 4 5 3 21 Peterson 2 0 1 2 1 5 H Gustafson 1 0 3 4 3 5 Totals 16 5 17 22 14 64 Score by Halves 1 2 F SCFHS 21 22 43 WHS 21 43 64

MBC Boys Basketball Standings February 10, 2018 Team Conf Overall 1) Prescott 11-0 17-2 2) Ellsworth 9-1 15-3 3) St. Croix Central 6-5 12-7 3) New Richmond 6-5 7-12 5) Osceola 5-6 10-8 6) Somerset 2-8 5-13 7) Baldwin-Woodville 2-9 6-13 7) Amery 2-9 4-15 Scores February 5 Bloomer 65, Osceola 54 Clear Lake 78, Amery 51 Ellsworth 64, Durand 60 St. Croix Central 57, Barron 41 February 6 River Falls 93, Baldwin-Woodville 39 Spooner 64, Amery 51 February 8 Osceola 45, Amery 38 Baldwin-Woodville 42, New Richmond 40 Prescott 91, St. Croix Central 64 Ellsworth 79, Somerset 62 February 9 Durand 58, St. Croix Central 55 (non-conference) West Lakeland Boys Basketball Standings February 10, 2018 Team Conf Overall 1) Grantsburg 9-1 17-2 2) Webster 8-2 17-2 3) Unity 7-4 11-8

4) Luck 5-5 10-8 5) St. Croix Falls 4-6 4-16 6) Siren 3-8 8-12 7) Frederic 0-10 2-17 Scores February 5 Frederic 52, Clayton 33 (non-conference) February 6 Webster 64, St. Croix Falls 43 Grantsburg 74, Siren 55 Unity 60, Frederic 29 Cumberland 74, Luck 66 (non-conference) February 8 Luck 64, Siren 62 Grantsburg 63, Clayton 32 (non-conference) Clear Lake 49, Unity 42 (non-conference) February 9 St. Croix Falls 64, Frederic 23 Webster 50, Unity 45

GIRLS BASKETBALL Feb. 15: Osceola at Prescott. Feb. 16: Grantsburg at St. Croix Falls. Chieftain Girls Basketball New Richmond at Osceola (unofficial) February 6, 2018 New Richmond Individuals 2’s 3’s FTM FTA F TP DeYoung 2 0 1 4 2 5 Christensen 0 1 0 0 2 3 Bauer 0 1 3 3 2 6 Utecht 0 0 0 0 3 0 Greenquist 2 0 0 0 0 4 Johnson 0 0 0 0 1 0 Kling 2 0 0 0 1 4 Feurer 7 0 0 0 3 14 Totals 13 2 4 7 14 36 Osceola Individuals 2’s 3’s FTM FTA F TP Swanson 1 0 4 4 2 6 Campeau 3 0 0 1 1 6 Johnson 3 0 1 4 3 7 Fox 0 1 0 0 1 3 Pauley 1 1 4 6 3 9 Haase 3 0 2 3 2 8 Totals 11 2 11 18 12 39 Score by Halves 1 2 F NRHS 16 20 36 OHS 15 24 39 Chieftain Girls Basketball Osceola at Amery (unofficial) February 9, 2018 Osceola Individuals 2’s 3’s FTM FTA F TP Campeau 1 1 0 0 1 5 Johnson 4 0 2 4 4 10 Fox 0 1 0 0 0 3 Pauley 0 0 0 0 3 0 Doll 4 0 3 4 1 11 Haase 3 0 0 0 3 6 Totals 12 2 5 8 12 35 Amery Individuals 2’s 3’s FTM FTA F TP VanSomeren 4 0 0 0 1 8 Monson 0 0 0 0 1 0 Brotzel 1 0 0 0 0 2 Edwards 1 1 0 0 2 5 Egebretson 0 0 1 2 1 1 Granica 10 0 6 7 1 26 Koehler 1 0 0 0 1 2 E Schmitt 0 0 0 0 2 0 Fouks 0 0 0 0 2 0 A Schmitt 4 0 4 5 0 12 Totals 21 1 11 14 11 56 Score by Halves 1 2 F OHS 14 21 35 AHS 28 28 56 St. Croix Falls Girls Basketball Frederic at St. Croix Falls (unofficial) February 9, 2018 Frederic Individuals 2’s 3’s FTM FTA F TP Thamert 3 0 0 1 3 6 Alexander 1 0 0 0 0 2 Lahti 1 0 0 0 1 2 Schmidt 3 0 2 2 4 8 Domagala 1 0 1 5 3 3 Mllr-Robrtsn 0 1 0 0 2 3 Johnson 0 0 0 0 2 0 Root 0 0 0 0 2 0 Totals 9 1 3 8 17 24 St. Croix Falls Individuals 2’s 3’s FTMFTA F TP Hansen 0 0 0 2 0 0 A McCurdy 7 0 4 5 1 18 Bergmann 0 0 0 0 1 0

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Parks 2 2 2 2 3 12 Neuman 0 2 2 4 1 8 E McCurdy 4 0 0 0 3 8 Christenson 2 0 1 2 0 5 Miron 4 0 5 7 1 13 Hoverman 1 0 0 0 2 2 Edwards 1 0 1 2 1 3 Kahl 0 0 1 2 0 1 Totals 21 4 16 26 13 70 Score by Halves 1 2 F FHS 17 7 24 SCFHS 44 26 70 St. Croix Falls Girls Basketball Saints at Webster (unofficial) February 6, 2018 St. Croix Falls Individuals 2’s 3’s FTM FTA F TP Hansen 1 0 0 0 0 2 A McCurdy 7 0 3 4 1 17 Bergmann 1 0 0 0 2 2 Parks 4 0 0 0 2 8 Neuman 2 0 2 2 0 6 E McCurdy 4 1 0 0 1 11 Miron 9 0 1 1 0 19 Hoverman 1 0 1 1 2 3 Edwards 0 0 3 4 0 3 Kahl 3 0 0 1 0 6 Totals 32 1 10 13 8 77 Webster Individuals 2’s 3’s FTM FTA F TP Gomulak 0 0 0 2 1 0 McDowell 3 0 0 0 2 6 Mosher 1 0 0 0 2 2 Moritz 0 0 0 0 2 0 Winkler 1 0 0 0 3 2 Raschke 0 0 0 0 5 0 Mulroy 2 0 0 0 0 4 Parker 0 0 1 2 0 1 Totals 7 0 1 4 15 15 Score by Halves 1 2 F SCFHS 44 33 77 WHS 10 5 15 MBC Girls Basketball Standings February 10, 2018 Team Conf Overall 1) St. Croix Central 13-0 18-2 2) Amery 10-3 15-5 3) Prescott 9-4 11-9 4) Osceola 6-7 10-9 4) Somerset 6-7 10-11 6) Baldwin-Woodville 5-8 9-11 7) New Richmond 2-11 3-17 8) Ellsworth 1-12 4-14 Scores February 6 Osceola 39, New Richmond 36 Amery 59, Somerset 50 St. Croix Central 55, Baldwin-Woodville 38 Prescott 72, Ellsworth 61 February 8 Prescott 59, New Richmond 55 February 9 Amery 56, Osceola 35 Somerset 57, Baldwin-Woodville 47 West Lakeland Girls Basketball Standings February 10, 2018 Team Conf Overall 1) St. Croix Falls 11-0 18-1 2) Unity 10-2 14-7 3) Grantsburg 6-5 8-12 4) Frederic 5-6 11-10 5) Siren 4-7 8-13 6) Luck 2-9 6-14 7) Webster 1-10 6-14 Scores February 6 St. Croix Falls 77, Webster 15 Grantsburg 56, Siren 42 Unity 64, Frederic 41 Luck 40, Cumberland 20 (non-conference) February 8 Siren 36, Luck 29 Clear Lake 59, Unity 55 (non-conference) Clayton 71, Grantsburg 37 (non-conference) February 9 St. Croix Falls 70, Frederic 24 February 10 Northwestern 71, Grantsburg 40 (non-conference)

WRESTLING Feb. 17: Sectional at Osceola.

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Proprietors of T-Buckets take reins at Woodhill BY SUZANNE LINDGREN EDITOR@OSCEOLASUN.COM

Shawn and Traci Libersky, owners of T-Buckets Hometown Bar in Somerset, purchased Woodhill Bar and Grill last December. The couple has stepped slowly into the service industry since moving to Osceola in 1999. When their five children were young, Traci ran a home daycare, according to Shawn, who works at F&M Plastics in Osceola. “As the kids got older she started bartending at PY’s,” he said. After gaining experience there and later at Papa B’s Lounge in Somerset, Papa B’s went up for sale. “We found out it was for sale and we bought it,” said Shawn of the November 2012 purchase. After running the business for

about five years they were interested in buying another bar. Woodhill wasn’t for sale but Shawn gave it a shot anyway, contacting owner Tim Woller to see if he might be interested in selling. It worked. The Liberskys closed on the establishment Dec. 20. “We ended up buying the bar closest to our house,” Shawn said. “We’re excited because it’s one we’ve always been a customer at, ever since Gene and Kathy [Fichter] owned it.” He reported that they’ll probably tweak the menu but don’t plan on changing the name. “We’re going to do prime rib every other Friday. We’ll have some new exciting foods,” he said. “Outside we’ll have volleyball and car shows in the summer. … Our goal is to keep it a bar, just like it is.”

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river, the developers are faced with a number of restrictions that must be met before the project can proceed including height limitations, zoning restrictions, and parking requirements. In addition, residents along River Street have concerns about the scope of the project and the impact of increased traffic and parking necessary for the 50 unit living complex which may be known as the “North Bluff.” The approximately $10 million project would consist of a three story design with reduced fourth story premium space, 50 living units of approximately 1,000 square feet each, 94 parking spaces (63 covered and 31 surface), a 3,300 commercial retail space, a commons area and a rooftop deck overlooking Cascade Falls and the St. Croix River. The newest proposal also includes a 1.2-acre space that Desmarais stated would be a park/green space open to the public. The primary entry and exit would be on 2nd Avenue, thereby reducing traffic on River Street. The original proposal consisted of 65 living units and the subsequent parking spots required by village ordinance. The building would be within the 45 ft. height restriction set by the State of Wisconsin and would also need to comply with village zoning restrictions and impervious surface and storm water run-off requirements. “All of this would need to be worked in terms of engineering and measuring and making sure it’s feasible,” Desmarais stated. “Major excavating could be extremely costly,” Desmarais continued. “We’ll certainly find out before we sign any contracts.” The residents in atten-

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The “blighted” property at the old OMC location on River Street could be replaced by a three-story complex designed for senior living and a commercial space.

dance at the meeting appeared to be satisfied with the proposal, some expressing concern over excavating and the strength of the existing retaining wall behind the hospital building. Barring any engineering difficulties, residents appeared to be in favor of the project. A member of the nearby

Methodist Church commented on the project, mentioning not only the old hospital building, but the garbage and dumpsters in clear view in the alley south of the church and east of the old property. “It’s urgent to us to get that building gone,” she stated. “Our church is in

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