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Polk County sheriff will not seek a third term Deputy announces run for seat BY SUZANNE LINDGREN EDITOR@OSCEOLASUN.COM


Photographer Craig Blacklock lives in the St. Croix Watershed but is known for his photos of Lake Superior. He has a new book about the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers and will be at the Watershed Cafe the first two weekends in May to sign copies.

Photographer turns lens to St. Croix, Namekagon BY SUZANNE LINDGREN EDITOR@OSCEOLASUN.COM

The water that falls on Craig Blacklock’s house flows, eventually, to the St. Croix River. The Moose Lake, Minn., photographer is best known for his images of another water: Lake Superior. But a recent endeavor found him exploring and documenting, from source to mouth, the river for which his home watershed is named. The results have been published in “St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift,” the release of which coincides with the

50th anniversary of the two rivers’ designation as protected wild and scenic waterways. The book’s 277 photographs are punctuated by thoughts from the rivers’ devotees, including an essay by former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale. This week, Blacklock plans to hang a selection of the book’s photos at the Watershed Cafe in Osceola. They’ll be on display as he signs and sells the books the first two weekends in May. SEE PHOTOGRAPHER, PAGE 28

Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson announced last week that he would not seek a third term in the November election, saying he had submitted a notice of non-candidacy March 27. “It has truly been my honor to serve as the Polk County sheriff for the past almost eight years,” he wrote in a press release. Johnson’s term expires in January 2019. August will mark the start of his 29th year in law enforcement, nearly 20 of those in Polk County. “Law enforcement is a profession that I care deeply about and I do not leave it easily,” he wrote. “However, the time is right for me to retire at the end of my term and move on to other opportunities.” Johnson said he would consider serving Polk County in a different capacity, although he had not settled on what form that might take. “I love Polk County and can’t imagine being anywhere else,” he wrote. Johnson noted that he took pride in the accomplishments of the department under his leadership.

“I wish the best to whoever next has the honor of being elected sheriff of Polk County,” he wrote. “I am leaving them with a great staff and a strong foundation from which they can continue to build and move forward. “In closing,” he continued, “I would like to thank the citizens of Polk County for placing your trust in me for the time you have.” Deputy Brent Waak announces run Deputy Brent Waak, a 20-year veteran and current patrol sergeant with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, announced his candidacy for the sheriff’s seat on April 6. Waak has held a supervisory position for more than 13 of his 20 years of service. “In my 20 years working for the Sheriff’s Department, I have forged a reputation for being honest and ethical,” Waak said. “These are just some of the core values I intend to continue to build into the Polk County Sheriff’s Department once elected.” Waak said, if elected, he would focus on substance abuse and mental health. “Substance abuse and the lack of mental health services are two key issues that I plan to work towards creating soluSEE SHERIFF, PAGE 22

Man sentenced to 13 years for dealing meth in Polk County BY SUZANNE LINDGREN EDITOR@OSCEOLASUN.COM

A man who pleaded guilty to dealing methamphetamine in Polk County was sentenced last week to 13 years in prison, part of a statewide effort to clamp down on distribution


o the addictive of s stimulant. While many i Wisconsin in h have turned t their attention to r rampant opioid a addiction, in the northwestern part

of the state methamphetamine remains an underlying cause of theft, burglaries and other crime. Late last year, the Wisconsin Department of Justice acknowledged the region’s problem, launching an initiative to find and punish high-level

meth dealers. Attorney General Brad Schimel appointed a new assistant, Chad Verbeten, to help train law enforcement and prosecute cases via the Division of Criminal Investigation in Eau Claire. In the first Polk County case pursued by Assistant AG

Verbeten, a Frederic man, Cole Ronningen, was sentenced April 9 to 13 years initial confinement and another 13 years extended supervision. Ronningen pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to two felony counts SEE SENTENCE, PAGE 19

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APRIL 18, 2018

Gerlach retires from Foundation Sue Gerlach, the driving force of the Osceola Community Health F Foundation, i retiring. is U Under her l leadership s since its i inception 17 y years ago, t Founthe Gerlach d dation has been able to raise and donate nearly $15 million toward health-related needs of the people in the upper St. Croix Valley. The Foundation was formed to identify needs and provide funding into the area. To this day its work supports the Osceola Medical Center and health-related programs that benefit all age groups. “Sue’s success is clearly a result of her rapport with the people, agencies and other non-profits in the area,” according to Tom Geskermann, CEO of Osceola Medical Center. Karen Elkin, outgoing OCHF Board president, agreed, adding that “Sue’s success is because Delivering Your Community

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of her continued positive outlook. She always gets excited with new opportunities, and would never say ‘no’ to someone or ‘we can’t raise funds’ for any good need. It is her ‘Pollyanna’ attitude that has driven so many beneficial results.” Always modest, Gerlach brushes aside the compliments. “The success of the Foundation is not mine, alone. Our success came from a generous community who understood how important OMC is to our community, great volunteers and boards, and amazing staff members, everyone from doctors and nurses to the back office and guest services. I believe OMC’s patient-centered culture drove it all.” Gerlach came to OMC as a physical therapist and Rehab manager in 1994. She later managed business development and occupational health before becoming Foundation director. In the early days of the Foundation, “It was interesting to try to figure out how to raise money,” Gerlach said. When the Foundation Board approved donating $300,000 to help establish a YMCA in Osceola, “I was stunned. How were we going to raise that much money?” she

said. The Foundation did raise the money, and established a fitness center which has since become Wild River Fitness. Her successes also include raising funds to build the new OMC facility, Christian Community Homes of Osceola, and the Royal Credit Union Sport Court, and for student scholarships, emergency medical equipment and programs in the community. Since her early days, she’s seen an evolution in fundraising. There are fewer events and more individual gifts, endowment funds and planned giving, she said. “Getting to know and appreciate our patients and donors has been a highlight for me. I feel connected to our donors – they have become my friends and ‘partners’ of change. And the real life stories of our patients, and where OMC has made a difference, touch me and drive me.” Geskermann said that “it’s fitting that the foundation’s mission begins with ‘building healthy communities.’ To me that epitomizes Sue Gerlach.” An informal open house in her honor is April 26, 3-5 p.m., in the Acorn Grill at Osceola Medical Center.

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The Bernick Family Foundation awarded the Mill Pond Learning Foundation $25,000 for the Inspire…Building a Center of Discovery Campaign in Osceola. Pictured: Gary Beckmann , President, Village of Osceola; Jason Bernick, Director of Corporate Affairs, Bernick Family Foundation; and Mark Kravik, Campaign Chair, Inspire…Building a Center of Discovery Campaign.

Bernick Family Foundation donates $25,000 to support the Osceola Discovery Center The Mill Pond Learning Foundation and Inspire…Building a Center of Discovery campaign last week announced a $25,000 donation from the Bernick Family Foundation in support of the under-construction Discovery Center. “We appreciate the generous support of Bernick Family Foundation for their commitment and support to the communities where their operations of businesses are located,” said Mark Kravik, Discovery Center campaign chair. “From the MIT Fab Lab and new library to a business and teleconference center, the Discovery Center will be an invaluable component to our community’s vibrancy.”

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This year the Bernick Family Foundation, a component fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, received 89 applications requesting over $2,475,000 in funding for projects throughout their six territories in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Discovery Center project was selected by the foundation board to receive a grant award. “At Bernick, we believe in engaging people, connecting resources and building community,” said Jason Bernick, director of corporate affairs at Bernick’s. Osceola Village President Gary Beckmann thanked Bernick for the foundation’s generous contribution to the Village of Osceola, along with reiterating the village board’s unwavering commitment to the project. Construction on the Discovery Center continues to move forward with an anticipated opening date of October 2018. The Discovery Center ( discovery-center) will serve as the center point of the Osceola commu-

nity, with an expanded children’s area, teen and seniors spaces, a technology center, outdoor spaces, small and large meeting rooms, handicapped accessibility and expanded collections that will provide equitable access and resources to all citizens and visitors of Osceola. The Discovery Center will also be the new home to the Osceola Public Library, along with the community’s new fab lab. The center will offer access to high speed internet and advanced technology for those who can’t afford if and be an outlet for work training and education. Its spaces will be used for senior citizens to interact and will provide a safe place for teens to gather after school. The Mill Pond Leaning Foudation is a public-private partnership between the Village of Osceola, Osceola Public Library and the community of Osceola. The foundation promotes, raises funds for and offers project leadership in the development and construction of a new facility to replace the current library.

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The St. Croix Valley Youth Center has been chosen as the April recipient of the RiverBucks program at MidwestOne Bank. All donations for RiverBucks fare support a different Osceola youth organization each month.

Polk County Genealogy Society

RiverBucks program


League of Women Voters meet

Polk County Genealogy Society will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ravenholt Family Research Center at Luck History Museum, 301 Main Street, Luck. Membership not required to attend.

Teen Make & Take


A teen make and take is planned at the Osceola Public Library at 3:30 p.m.

Play Dough Club The Play Dough Club will meet at the Oscceola Public Library at 1 p.m.


League of Women Voters Upper St. Croix Valley will hold its annual meeting at Luck Senior Center at 12:30 p.m., followed by lunch and speaker, Honorable Melissa Mogen. Meeting and election of officers at 2:15 p.m. Women and men from Polk and lower Burnett counties are invited to attend this annual meeting. RSVP is requested from non-members: lwvuscv@ or (715) 463-2254.

Relay for Life kick off meeting

Last Wednesday Meal

Lego Club

Relay for Life of Polk & Burnett County will have a Relay Kick Off meeting at 6 p.m. at the St. Croix Falls Library. Learn what’s new, idea sharing, join a team.

Peace Lutheran 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.

The Lego Club will meet at the Osceola Public Library at 1 p.m. for an end of year party.


Play Dough Club

Osceola United Methodist Church women will be selling May baskets at Hiwatha Bank in Osceola. FFI or to order call Fern, (715) 294-3411.

Yogurt workshop A workshop on making yogurt will be at the Osceola Medical Center at 6 p.m. Register by April 17. There is a fee. FFI: (715) 294-5698.

Bee meeting The Polk-Burnett Bee Keepers Association willmeet at the Polk County Justice Center, Balsam Lake at 7 p.m.

APRIL 21 Earth Day The St. Croix River Association and National Park Service are looking for volunteers to help remove invasive species from 8 a.m. to noon. Lunch provided by the SCRA. Volunteers will help remove buckthorn and invasive honeysuckle at Lions Park in St. Croix Falls. People are encouraged to bring loppers, pruners, and gloves, though some equipment will be provided. Dress for the weather and getting dirty. Event is open to ages 10 and up; participants under the age of 16 must be supervised by an adult. To register, visit:

APRIL 22 Taylors Falls music series Amanda Oliver and the New Pedestrians will be performing at the Taylors Falls Community Center from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission charged. Everyone welcome. FFI: www.facebook. com/TFSundayMusic or call (651) 240-0125.

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The Play Dough Club will meet at the Oscceola Public Library at 1 p.m.

Book discussion A book discussion on poetry will be at the Oscceola Public Library at 6 p.m.

APRIL 26-28 Ladies Spring Fling Three days of fun in Osceola - special deals, get pampered, eat out, and shop at local businesses. Thursday Fashion Show at the ArtBarn. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets online at

APRIL 27 Bloodmobile The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Osceola Medical Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Teen Meet & Eat A Teen Meet & Eat is planned at the Osceola Public Library at 11 a.m.

School’s out at OPL School’s out at the Osceola Public Library beginning at 1 p.m.

APRIL 28 Doc Walk Join OMC’s Ann Olson, DPT, for a free walking program and health care discussion on how walking sticks can create a more total body workout and improve your balance. Bring walking or hiking sticks, ski poles if you have them. 9 a.m., Ridgeview Trails Chisago Loop (96 Cty Rd S). Leashed dogs welcome. Level: Easy to

APRIL 30 May basket candy sale

MAY 2 Osceola Senior Citizen’s Club The Osceola Senior Citizen’s Club wil meet at noon for potluck and program in the Millside Apartments Community Room, 403 2nd Ave., Osceola. Bring a dish to share. FFI: (715) 294-4566.

ONGOING 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 Osce-

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

Wednesday • Saint Croix Falls Rotary Club meets at the Riverbend Room of the Saint Croix Valley Medical Center, noon. FFI: Warren White 715-483-3010 or website at http://scfrotary. org/ • 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 800243-9482 ext. 4257 or visit witc. edu/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, 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.


WEDNESDAY • 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.

THURSDAY • Free Baby & Me classes from 5 to 6 p.m. at Osceola Medical Center. To register, (715) 684-4440. • 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.

FRIDAY • 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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ola. This group is for adults with special needs who enjoy singing. FFI: (715) 494-0385.

QUESTION: Is it true that mothers can pass dental cavity bacteria on to their infants? ANSWER: Mothers, who typically have the most contact with babies, are identified as the transmitters of dental cavity bacteria. The practice of blowing babies’ food or taste testing may be the most common cause of bacteria transmission, researchers say. The study, done by Sweden, showed that by the time children were three years old, only 20%

of them, whose mothers had good dental habits, were infected with the bacteria. Of the group of mothers with high numbers of bacteria who did not practice good dental hygiene, over 60% of the children had harmful bacteria. There’s a message here for new mothers. Have you scheduled your dental check-up yet?

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Charitable Non-Profit Organizations are the glue of a community. They offer a helping hand to those in need and programs that enrich our lives. Through libraries, food shelves, health and hospice; nature trails, theatre and shelters for the homeless, non-profits make our lives better. On Tuesday, April 24, through the one day online fundraiser for our community, giveBIG St. Croix Valley, you will find, learn about and ms you believe in contribute to local 501(c)3 charitable programs in. With your help, these programs will continue to do good work. You will feel good about giving and know you are improving lives in your own community. GiveBIG St. Croix Valley is a 24-hour, once a year, online fundraiser. Visit the website to learn about all the non-profit organizations making a difference in our area. The website makes it easy to donate to your favorite causes. At the main page, select the big green button “Donate Here” to find the organizations participating this year. There you will find support for pet owners and homeless animals at Arnell Memorial Humane Society. Arnell Humane Society shelters hundreds of animals every year, providing safety, care and adoption for lost, abandoned and surrendered pets. During their temporary stay with Arnell, volunteers exercise and train our shelter dogs. Cat Cuddlers socialize and pamper the cats. The animals receive vaccinations, testing and necessary medical treatment to keep them healthy and thriving, including spay or neuter surgery. All animals at Arnell remain available for adoption until they find their forever homes. For some pets, that means a short stay, others need time to recover from illness or injury before they are ready for adoption. Arnell promotes responsible pet ownership through our SNAP Program offer-

ing financial assistance for spay and neuter services. Dog owners learn positive reinforcement training in Basic Obedience classes offered at the shelter. Join Arnell in the giveBIG event on April 24. Your donation will support the animals. Though it is a 24-hour fundraising event, you can make your gift online now and be included in the GiveBIG total. A giveBIG donation to Arnell may also be mailed to or dropped off at the shelter. Write giveBig in the memo line of your check, and we will be sure to include it in the total of giving. Our address: AMHS, 185 Griffin St. East, Amery, WI 54001. We are open Monday through Friday, 12 – 5 pm and Saturday, 12 – 4 pm. An Online $5,000 Matching Grant, offered by the Arnell Board of Directors and Nestle-Purina, will double your donation to Arnell Humane Society. Further incentives to give online are the Unique Donor bonus grants. The top three nonprofit organizations that receive the greatest number of unique donors during the giveBIG St. Croix Valley event will receive bonus grants. A unique donor refers to an individual person who makes a donation to a nonprofit on, to be counted only once per organization. Golden Ticket prizes of $100 will be given hourly during the 24 hours of online giving on April 24. giveBIG St. Croix Valley will randomly pick a donor who has contributed during that specific hour and add $100 to their donation. The more donors an organization has in any given hour, the greater the odds of winning the golden ticket prize. We hope you will visit to support Arnell Memorial Humane Society and all the wonderful programs offered by your nonprofit community during 24 hours of giving on April 24.

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Shaken, not stirred


an Fleming’s secret agent James Bond ordered his martinis “shaken, not stirred” and the catchphrase, like the character, instantly became cool in popular culture. Recent events at our house had me thinking about this phrase. No, I’m not a secret agent and I haven’t taken up preparing martinis. My wife and I did something more daring — we adopted two six month old kittens. Regular readers of this column know that we are cat and dog people. Within the past month the last of our cats that made the move to Wisconsin from Iowa going on six years ago had to be euthanized. One of the cats, Nekko (Japanese Publisher for “cat”), was a feral kitten found living at my parents’ home after Tom Stangl my father died. My mother had passed 18 months earlier, so my siblings and I were cleaning out the house and discovered a stray mother cat with kittens. We brought two home with us. It was on some level a way to continue a connection with my childhood. Nekko was 17 years old, a sweet boy who had a mass on his liver. His passing was unexpected, occurring a month after our blind cat Bell passed. In an unrelated but serendipitous decision, we had decided earlier in the week to adopt the kittens as companions for our three year old cat Macie. One of the benefits of owning companion animals is learning the value of unconditional love and becoming aware that life is finite. We have had cats that lived as long as 21 years, so making the decision to adopt involved taking a look at our own mortality. It’s a sobering exercise. The last thing any of us want to do is make life harder for our loved ones, so decisions about pet ownership are not to be taken lightly. We consider pets to be members of the family, so we don’t want their lives to be disrupted if we would pass away. But for someone who has always owned multiple animals it is a strange thing to realize that the kittens we play with are the final animal companions we will know. Our fates, which were always linked, seem to be a bit more final. My wife and I made a pact before the adoption that we would live at least another 21 years. In some ways, I suppose having these cats may extend our life spans. I sure hope so. Enough heaviness. The kittens, Felix and Willow, are litter mates that we adopted from the local humane society. They are sweet natured and are currently sequestered in a bedroom with food, water, a litter box and lots of toys. We jokingly refer to the room as the “nursery” now. In time, they will be introduced to Macie and our dogs George and Gracie. After some closely monitored interactions, hopefully we will have a peaceable kingdom. These things take some time. For now, it’s a great respite at the end of the day to go to the room and spend time with playful kittens. There are few things in life that have the same power to melt away stress. I highly recommend it. Life at our house will be “shaken, not stirred” for a while as everyone adapts to the new members of the family. It will be exciting and perhaps a bit frustrating, but that’s fine by me. 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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Snow, snow, go away


his weekend I watched snow swirl, seemingly endlessly, outside my window. I’m guessing you did the same. The late-season blizzard caught most of us by surprise, even those who’d known the forecast. Because who could believe this was coming? But here they are, our April showers. In the form of snow. The birds at the feeder, in colors and patterns we haven’t seen all winter, seemed a bit bewildered by the weather, and not the least bit pleased. I wasn’t either. Editor In December there might have been Suzanne Lindgren some excitement to accompany snow piling atop more snow. For days. By now the feeling has long since expired. Some dared to venture out over the weekend. I was not one of them. I heard reports of cars in the ditch and cancelled any semblance of plans. Turns out I wasn’t the only one. On Saturday, churches announced the cancellation of Sunday morning worship services (something I recall happening precisely never before). And on Sunday, schools and childcare centers announced that they would be closed on Monday. And still, for some reason, I was surprised to find that we were snowed in on Monday morning. My husband had managed to plow our driveway on Sunday. He event made it to the store for a few groceries. But

by Monday morning the driveway had drifted back over, a combination of new snow and a little extra blown there by the wind. Drifts were waist high in some places. Even with a plow it proved impossible to leave. The wily wind and snow served us another weekend treat. Sunday we woke to a cold house. The furnace wasn’t working. Matthew’s troubleshooting revealed that snowdrifts had covered the outdoor vent, shutting the whole system down. He dug us out and restarted the furnace. We spent the rest of Sunday warm and grateful, but woke up Monday to the same scenario. Any other Monday, I might have left and said we’d worry about it when we got home from work. But there would be no leaving. Was the whole world shut down? Not the newspaper office, where the staff worked diligently to get the paper out on time. Doing my part to meet deadline, I bundled up and wrote from under the covers, sending this very column via email as Matthew and Strummer worked to revive the heater. With the thermostat at 52 (and falling), my lips were blue and my fingers getting hard to use when the furnace fired up again. Thank goodness! For now, I’m just happy to be warm and wishing you the same. I welcome your response to this editorial column:

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Fight to the ďŹ nish! Wrestling match takes backstage to political drama throughout the crowd. Suddenly, the election count was a bit less important. Vera was like family to everyone in the Valley. Dibble went on, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mrs. Penrod said to tell everyone she would be fi ne, and she requested that Iris Long take her place counting the ballots.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;What?â&#x20AC;? exclaimed Elbert Lee Jones. Earl Goodman had thoughts of his own. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No way!â&#x20AC;? he shouted. A sharp glance from Chief Dibble in their direction quickly calmed things down. He then looked in the direction of Iris, who had been tallying the vote on her own reporterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pad. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mrs. Long, would you continue the vote count?â&#x20AC;? You wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think a hardened news reporter would get nervous, but Iris stammered, shocked by the turn of events. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess so.â&#x20AC;? Long took Veraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat in front of the crowd. Chief Dibble placed the ballot box in front of her, and she withdrew a slip of paper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bland!â&#x20AC;? she shouted with as much energy as she could muster. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No way!â&#x20AC;? shouted Walsh. Dibble had about as much as he could stand. He quickly made his way to Marvin, said a few words only Walsh could hear, then made his way back to the stage. Marvin quickly became unusually subdued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bland,â&#x20AC;? continued Iris. Then, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bland,â&#x20AC;? again.

After Raymond Cooper received the first seven votes of the ballot count, Iris Long wondered if she was the only voter who cast her ballot for Dick Bland. Halfway through the count, Vera Pinrod made the decision to call a 10-minute break. After 382 votes had been tallied, Raymond Cooper led with 205 votes, compared with 177 for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silver Tongueâ&#x20AC;? Dick Bland. Because it was a run-off election, write-in votes were not allowed. There was a definite buzz in the VFW section, as Cooper supporters anticipated an overwhelming win. Word also spread throughout the crowd that Dory Funk Jr. had defeated The Sheik at the Spring County Fair using his signature move, the spinning toe hold. Marvin Walsh, overcome with emotion, shouted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It looks like true Americans are carrying the night!â&#x20AC;? As the break approached the 15-minute mark, folks took their places as they sensed history taking place before their eyes. After five more minutes, Sheriff Dibble approached the microphone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Due to a medical issue, Mrs. Penrod will not be able to continue,â&#x20AC;? Dibble announced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diane Curtis is driving her to Spring County Hospital.â&#x20AC;? A murmur grew

You could feel the heat rising from the VFW section, but no one dared say a word with Dibble at full attention. As the count continued, the tallies on each side of the board became closer. At one point, Iris stopped to catch her breath. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when Beatrice Justice spoke just loud enough for most in the crowd to hear her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romans 2:11,â&#x20AC;? was all she said as if she, too, was out of breath. Perry Pratt, almost to himself, but again loud enough for most to hear, uttered â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tied.â&#x20AC;? Indeed they were. With 742 votes tallied, Bland had caught Cooper with 22 ballots left. The room became silent, waiting for Long to continue the count. As those final 22 votes were tallied, Chief Dibble no longer sought to quiet the crowd. With every ballot, there was a roar which grew louder with each slip Iris pulled from the box. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cooper!â&#x20AC;? Iris yelled. Then, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bland!â&#x20AC;? The count went back and forth, much like the match between Gorilla Monsoon and Jerry Lawler taking place at the fairgrounds. With one ballot re-

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maining, Cooper had 381 votes. Bland had 382. Would there be a second run-off? Could there really be a tie? As Dibble again attempted to quiet the crowd, word spread that Lawler and Monsoon fought to a draw in their match. Iris pulled the final ballot from the box. Dibble needed try no longer. You could have heard a pin drop in the room. Iris looked at the ballot for what seemed like minutes, but was only a few seconds. Putting her hand to her chest, she read the name on the paper, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bland.â&#x20AC;? It took a moment to sink in. Raymond Cooper had been defeated by two votes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fix!â&#x20AC;? screamed Walsh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iris Long has fixed this election!â&#x20AC;? Like most others, I stayed in the Town Hall for several minutes, realizing I had just witnessed history in the making. This was quite possibly the most exciting night in the history of the Valley . . . so far. Kevin Slimp makes his home in Knoxville, Tennessee these days. Learn more about the Good Folks at LennoxValley. com.

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YEARS AGO 10 years ago April 15, 2008 â&#x20AC;˘ Osceola will soon embark on a new marketing campaign to promote the villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, culture and arts to tourists after they obtained a $36,000 grant from Preserve America. â&#x20AC;˘ After 28 years of service to the Village of Dresser, Richard Durand said goodbye and received a plaque from the board. â&#x20AC;˘ Hunter Shira of Osceola received the Eco-visionary Leadership and Service Scholarship from Northland College. â&#x20AC;˘ Osceola village president Gary Beckmann officially swore in Lt. Ron Pedrys last week as an Osceola Police Department officer. â&#x20AC;˘ Matt Flanders of Osceola earned the Eagle Scout Award. For his service project he planned and supervised the installation of benches and sign posts along a walking path at the Association Retreat Center, constructed a 15-foot cross and coordinated clean up and maintenance tasks at the center. â&#x20AC;˘ Osceola High School band students heading to state Solo/Ensemble were Mike Newman, Lucas Sletten, Erin Gallagher, Kari Gallagher, Kayla Claassen and Elise Strobach. 20 years ago April 15, 1998 â&#x20AC;˘ Tracey Luchsinger and Dan Clark announced their engagement. A July 11 wedding was planned. â&#x20AC;˘ Finishing touches were being completed this week on the new MarketPlace Foods grocery store in St. Croix Falls. It was scheduled to open on Thursday. â&#x20AC;˘ Dotty Zens of Dresser will be traveling to Romania in May and will be assisting a Chicago church that will perform a

clown ministry for one week. â&#x20AC;˘ There was no change in the make-up of local municipal government boards after last Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election. Osceola School Board: Timm Johnson, Cathy Olson. Osceola Village Board: Mark Campbell, John Simenstad and Dale Morrill. â&#x20AC;˘ Osceola voters approved a $1.5 million referendum for an eight classroom addition at the Osceola High School. Construction was planned to begin in the summer. â&#x20AC;˘ Osceola High School student Kristi Boucher advanced to state in the FFA speaking contest.

30 years ago April 13, 1988 â&#x20AC;˘ Shawn Schottler of Somerset has been initiated into Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society at the University of Minnesota. â&#x20AC;˘ Osceola High School prom royalty included Paul Smith, Dale Cochrane, Larry Peterson, Chris Viebrock, King Scott Carlson, Queen Karah Holle, Missy Potting, Roxanne Campeau, Jerri Wood and Dawn Cochrane. â&#x20AC;˘ Osceola Middle School students who won the Osceola Historical Society Women in History Month writing contest were Kourtney Nyberg, ďŹ rst place; Trent Demulling, second place; and Courtney Johnson, third place. â&#x20AC;˘ Barbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Osceola store opened for business March 31. The womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing store is one of three Barbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stores in Polk County. â&#x20AC;˘ Osceola Cub Scouts chariot racing teams 16 and 15 placed ďŹ rst and third in District races held in Webster. â&#x20AC;˘ The Community Health Fairs sponsored by TV11 and Health One will be in Osceola and St. Croix Falls on April 16.

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U.S. Senator Ronald H. Johnson 328 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20515 â&#x20AC;˘ (202) 224-5323

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin 717 Hart Senate Office Biulding Washington, D.C. 20510 â&#x20AC;˘ (202) 224-5653

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Resentment or reality? Liberal Rebecca Dallet beat conservative Michael Screnock in the recent State Supreme Court election. The liberal Mainline Media is almost giddy about these results. They hope such elections foretell a reversal for President Trump supporters this November. They might be right. Living in the afternoon shadows of the Twin Cities, Polk County missed the heavy eastern Wisconsin campaign spending by government unions and billionaire hedge fund manager, Tim Steyer. So, Polk preferred Mr. Screnock. Much of the uninformed electorate thinks like Colorado resident

Cheryl Moskal whose recent Sun letter criticizes the 2018 Trump tax cuts. She claims these benefit only the rich. Per the IRS, I am in the middle-income quintile (aka middle class) and received almost $100 per month from the tax cut. Of course the lower two quintiles received smaller tax decreases, because they pay no taxes. See statistics. Last year Mr. Anderson took issue with me over my stating there are no federal income taxes for the poor. He went through the tax tables and machinations on the Form 1040 for his assertion. He neglected to factor in Line 66, Earned Income Credit, where low-income earners get refunds even for

taxes that they did not pay. Almost 30 million Americans thereby join the ranks of non-tax payers. Ms. Moskal wants the rich to pay more taxes. The upper 10 percent of earners now pay over 70 percent of our U.S. taxes. Hmm, should they pay all our taxes? She also shoots at lowered corporation tax rates as benefitting the rich. https://www.justfacts. com/ shows how USAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previously world highest corporate tax rates shifted business locations to other countries. Along with uncontrolled immigration and Chinese commodities dumping, these suppressed wages for the middle class. She then claims Republican deficit spending has hurt the

national debt. Somehow, Ms. Moskal fails to mention that Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deficit spending from 2009 to 2016 was the highest in all of U.S. history. Lowered taxes might be enough economic lift to overcome deficit spending. The jury is out on that one. Here skeptical Ms. Moskal might be right. Doug Wellumson Osceola

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ST. CROIX VALLEY SENIOR CENTER Sunday, April 22, 2018 is our $8 turkey dinner to be followed by a brief meeting to elect our new treasurer. Dinner will be served buffet style at 12:30 p.m. At 1 p.m., Linda from Good Samaritan Home Care will give a demonstration on home health equipment. This is an educational seminar for community residents, sponsored by the Forest Lake and Pine City Medical Supply. Linda will demonstrate how to Columnist improve your life with the help of special equipment. You do not have Pat Willits to be a member of the Senior Center to attend.

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The Osceola Village Board last Tuesday chose architecture firm SEH to design the Osceola Fab Lab and Workforce Development Facility. The village received three proposals in response to its request for qualifications. SEH had the lowest fee proposal, $76,000. Ayres Associates proposed $77,000 and Firm Ground Architects and Engineers, $79,668. However, noted Village Administrator Joel West, qualification requests are evaluated before reviewing fees because the goal is to find the most qualified architect. An ad hoc committee had interviewed candidates on April 2 and 3, recommending SEH. The village board approved a contract with the firm on April 10. Architectural planning is expected to begin this month, said Adminis-


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Luke 24:50, “When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.” Forty days after he had risen from the dead, Jesus took his disciples about two miles outside of Jerusalem to the Mount of Olives near Bethany. Then he lifted his hands. When someone lifts a hand, it can be a terrifying thing. Many spouses and children live in terror of a lifted, battering hand in their home. School children at recess flee in fear as the class bully raises his hand to threaten and hurt. Nations watch helplessly as their dictator raises his hand in absolute control over them. Ugly things can happen when evil people raise their hands! When Jesus Christ raised his hands, we see a lot of ugliness … but none of it coming our way. Our Savior made sure all the ugliness came his way. What reminders were there of the rope burns because Jesus was bound and dragged through Jerusalem? What cut and sliver scars from his whippings and cross carrying? We know of the nail holes in our Savior’s hands and feet and

his pierced side (John 20:27). We know why they were there. What guilt and shame upon us as we look at the hands of the ascending Jesus. Imagine Simon Peter’s guilt! Near this spot of Christ’s ascension, Simon Peter had begun his sinful bragging and then shameful denial of his Lord. Or think of doubting Thomas. He had demanded to see and touch those scars! Imagine that doubter’s guilt. We can imagine, can’t we? It is because of our sins that Jesus Christ’s hands looked like they did. And terror shoehorns itself into our hearts along with guilt, demanding its space. The hands of Jesus show how seriously the heavenly Father deals with sin. The holy God’s command that we be perfectly holy is not just a suggestion (Leviticus 19:2; Matthew 5:48). God’s threat that the wages of sin is death was not just a scare tactic (Romans 6:23a). Nobody takes sin lightly as they stare at the raised hands of Jesus, for those hands bear damnation’s scars. But listen as well as look! Verse 50 says that Jesus “lifted his hands and blessed them.” Our risen Savior didn’t lift his disfigured hands to remind or rebuke,

but to bless. How that warms our souls! The suffering and death of Jesus hadn’t embittered him. The tremendous cost Christ had to pay for sin didn’t lessen or alter his love for us. The fact that Jesus was finally going back to glory didn’t distract him. Our ascending Savior lifted his hands to bless! But even more than Jesus Christ’s desire to bless sinners was his ability to bless sinners. No sin now separates us from our holy Triune God’s love. No shortcoming keeps us from his forgiveness. No good work needs yet to be done to escape hell’s fires. No lock still bars heaven’s door. No anger still spooks around in the heart of our holy Father in heaven. The blessing of God the Son can only be ours when every sin and barrier is gone. God our holy Father cannot be mocked or lie or compromise. And his Son lifted his hand to bless! No wonder the disciples were filled with joy at the sight of their ascending and blessing Lord! The sight of a blessing Savior will greet all his own when we finally see Jesus as he takes us to glory everlasting!


ST. CROIX REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin April 2, 2018: A boy, Brodin Devin Simon, weighing 8 pounds, to Melana Nelson, Frederic and Trevor Simon, Webster. April 3, 2018: A girl, Avalyn Rayne Leslie, weighing 7 pounds 3 ounces, to Kristina

Berry and Ryan Leslie, Amery. April 4, 2018: A girl, Hazel Ann Couture, weighing 8 pounds 3 ounces, to Taylor and Nathan Couture, Frederic. April 4, 2018: A girl, Kinsley J. Hutchings, weighing 9 pounds 13 ounces, to Kathrin Herrig and Korey Hutch-

ings, Center City, Minn. April 5, 2018: A boy, Jackson Robert Lumsden, weighing 7 pounds 10 ounces, to Amy and Jason Lumsden, Dresser. April 9, 2018: A girl, Eloween “Winnie” Day Johnson, weighing 7 pounds 9 ounces, to Angel and Michael Johnson, Dresser.

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Phyllis Jane Hoverman Phyllis Jane (Olson) Hoverman of Osceola died peacefully April 10, 2018, at the Christian Community Home in Osceola. She was 881. Phyllis was born Jan. 21, 11937, to Gordon and Isabel ((Hazel) Olson in St. Croix F Falls. Shortly after gradua ating from St. Croix Falls H High School in 1955, Phyllis m married Duane Hoverman. T They purchased a home on tthe St. Croix River north of O Osceola where they raised ffour children and lived ttogether for more than 60 y years. Along with being a wife and mother, Phyllis served her local community in roles including dressmaker, personal banker, and director of a Polk County Elderly Nutrition Program meal site. One of Phyllis’ loves was traveling with members of her family. She visited Israel, several countries in Europe, and the Caribbean. She and Duane made many memories traveling the U.S. by motor home during their retirement. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Alta, and brother, Carlos. She is survived by her husband; their four children, Cynthia Rodenwald of St. Cloud, Minn., Randy Hoverman of Osceola, Tom Hoverman of Minneapolis, Minn. and Wendy Gelle of Byron, Minn.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and a host of friends. Phyllis was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by her family and friends. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., April 21, at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Condolences may be expressed online 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. ————————

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. ———————— HOLY CROSS ORTHODOX

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

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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Barbara Lois Johnson of Amery died April 11, 2018, at the Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield. She was 79. Barbara was born A Aug. 28, 1938, in Amery tto Stanley and Edna ((Bance) Fox. She attende ed the Volga Elementary S School and graduated ffrom Amery High School iin 1956. During high sschool she worked at the Y YMCA. On March 16, 1956, she w was united in marriage tto Norman Johnson, and tthe family made their h home farming in Clear L Lake where they raised five children, as well as several foster children. Barbara loved farming, especially bailing hay and she also worked at Fabri-Tek and Chets. They sold the farm in 1980 and moved to Amery where she was still residing. On Nov. 19, 2015, Norman died at the age of 84. Barbara continued to live in Amery after Norman’s passing and just recently moved to Loyal, Wis., to live with her daughter. She enjoyed playing cards, watching baseball, feeding and watching birds, and gardening and canning. She was always helping people and enjoyed a good cup of coffee with friends and family. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norman; siblings, Clyde Fox, Virgil Fox, Norma Moe, Lyle Fox, Howard Fox and Artis Brown. She is survived by sons, Dan, Rod (Donna), Robert (Denise) and Jerry; daughter, Mary Ellen Johnson; seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and brothers, Merlin (Nan) Fox and George Fox; sisters, Betty (Charlie) Hansen and Maryann (Dan) Gathje as well as other loving relatives and friends. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. April 19 at the Amery Free Lutheran Church. A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on April 18 at the Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery. Burial will take place at the Fox Cemetery. Pallbearers are Kevin Marlett, Bill Peterson, Pete Myhrwold, Stan Fox, Matt Viebrock and J.R. Johnson. To sign an online guest book and view a video tribute visit Arrangements were made with the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery.

Murder, Mayhem & Marshmallow Salad By Shelly Sellepack

Reporting suspected child abuse and neglect Understanding child abuse and neglect The “Say Something, Do Something for Kids” initiative is one way to show how everyone can be an ally to a child or a family in the community. Child abuse can occur anywhere and is not restricted to a particular group, race, income, or location. Wherever there are children, there is the potential for abuse. In order to do your part, it is important to understand and recognize the warning signs for child abuse and neglect. Reporting suspected child abuse and neglect Reporting suspected or known child abuse is a brave act that may prevent a child from being harmed or even save a child’s life. Any concerned individual who suspects or knows that a child is being threatened, abused or neglected needs to report that information to child protective services or law enforcement. A report of alleged child maltreatment may be made by anyone. Voluntary reports come from family, friends, neighbors and other caring community members. Mandated reporting is a Federal and statutory requirement for specific professionals and service providers, including but not limited to schools, medical staff, law enforcement, and social workers, who are legally bound to make a report when maltreatment or threatened harm to a child is suspected or confirmed. Reporters

do not have to prove or personally witness the maltreatment. The law is very clear – reports should also be made when abuse or neglect is suspected or where there is a threat that maltreatment may occur unless action is taken. (s. 48.981(3), Stats.) Child abuse is sometimes visible, such as physical abuse that results in bruising or broken bones. Neglect may be evident when a vulnerable child is left unsupervised or when a parent has mental health or substance abuse issues that render him or her incapable of basic parenting. Other types of abuse such as emotional and sexual abuse are not as easily detected. All types of child abuse leave deep, lasting scars. The earlier children receive help, the greater chance they have to heal. A report from a caring and concerned citizen or professional is often the first step in helping to protect a child and assist a family in need. When parents or other caregivers are unable or unwilling to protect their children, Wisconsin county and tribal agencies can step in and provide a full spectrum of services. First and foremost, child safety is assessed and managed. A team of caring and skilled professionals will work closely with the family to assess their strengths and needs. The family is connected to services and resources, with the team supporting them every step along the way.

If you are concerned about a child’s safety, please contact the local county child protective services (Polk County 715-485-8400) or law enforcement agency. Throughout the month of April, the Polk County Citizen Review Panel and C.A.R.I.N.G. (Child Advocacy Referral Interagency Network Group) will be promoting a countywide Blue Ribbon Campaign through various activities. You may notice blue ribbon yard signs and parenting information throughout the communities; hear information over the radio; see articles in the paper; and talk to your kids about what they heard at school. “Say Something, Do Something for Kids” is an initiative of the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin, a program of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services and Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. To learn more about child abuse prevention and for more ideas how to become involved; visit: Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin:, Department of Children and Families:, and Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board: STOP Child Abuse! Together, we can make sure it doesn’t hurt to be a child.

Osceola board discusses liquor license in closed session BY SUZANNE LINDGREN EDITOR@OSCEOLASUN.COM

Inside the former Spirit Moon Cascade Bar and Grill, a petite woman with a vision has been tearing out anything without historic or practical value, installing updated equipment and making repairs. She leveled the bar, painted and is remodeling the bathrooms. Dana Schone hopes to open a new business,

Rumor Has It, but her efforts may be for naught if the Osceola Village Board does not approve her liquor licenses. Last Tuesday, the board met in closed session to discuss whether to approve Class B beer and liquor licenses for Schone. After doing a somewhat extensive background check, Police Chief Ron Pedrys did not recommend granting the licenses. He explained his

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was sent to the printer. Prior to the closed session, two people spoke in Schone’s defense. Leslie Kannon, who worked at the Cascade and has been offered a job in the new establishment, said she was excited by the opportunity. “[Schone] talked to me about what she wants to do in this town and to donate for the youth groups such as the skate board park,” she said. Alluding to Schone’s SEE BAR, PAGE 9

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Star Prairie couple face felony drug charges BY TOM STANGL TSTANGL@THEAMERYFREEPRESS.COM

A Star P Prairie coup ple have been c charged with p possession of m methampheta amine and m marijuana Habisch H bi h with intent tto manufactture, distribu ute or delive er. Charges w were filed a after the h house they w were renting Grevich G i h iin rural Star Prairie was searched after a search warrant was executed on

April 5. Jeffrey M. Habisch, 38, and Sara N. Grevich, 36, were arrested after the search by investigators from the Polk County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department found 16.4 grams of meth and 215 grams of marijuana (weight included containers) during the search of the home the couple occupies with their two minor children. The police report states that multiple items of paraphernalia, packaging materials, scales, marijuana edibles and wax and methamphetamine were found in the search. Field sampling of the materials tested positive for meth and THC. The police notified child protective services after finding the meth, marijuana and some paraphernalia were in unsecured rooms and within reach of each child.

At their initial appearances April 6, both were charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver as parties to a crime, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver as party to a crime and possession of drug paraphernalia as party to a crime. The drug possession charges are both felonies, the paraphernalia charge is a misdemeanor. If convicted of all charges the defendants would each face up to 31 years behind bars and up to $110,000 in fines. Grevich was released on a $2,000 cash bond. Habisch posted a $2,500 cash bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 14 for Grevich. Habischâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initial appearance resumes on April 30. Polk County Arrests

Ashley N. Repka, 28, Luck, was arrested on April 3 for domestic disorderly conduct. Cory M. Lundeen, 31, Frederic, was arrested on April 2 for disorderly conduct and resisting an officer. Hank R. Shires, 30, Amery, was arrested on April 4 for domestic disorderly conduct and battery. Amanda L. Goepfert, 33, Grantsburg, was arrested on April 5 for domestic disorderly conduct and domestic battery. Jesse L. Stener, 32, Frederic, was arrested on April 5 for a warrant, possessing marijuana (THC), and possessing paraphernalia. Jason A. Tacheny, 24, Grantsburg, was arrested on April 5 for disorderly conduct, possession of meth and possession of


March was a busy month for the Osceola Police Department, Chief Ron Pedrys told village board members last week. Officers handled three intoxicated drivers, a business burglary in which the suspect was arrested on the scene, two fraud complaints, three reports of disorderly conduct and several drug-related incidents. The latter

included possession of marijuana with intent to sell, a search of the Cascade Bar that resulted in charges of possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine and paraphernalia. As of April 5, test results were pending for suspected heroin found at the scene. The OPD also investigated five motor vehicle crashes, responded to three calls for welfare checks and to five calls for assistance from other agencies such as EMS,

fire and neighboring police departments. Officers made 19 custodial arrests, five for felonies and 14 for misdemeanors. They issued 72 citations, 58 for traffic violations and 14 municipal citations. In total, officers logged 497 calls for service. In addition, Officer Gada attended a two-day narcotics training in Eau Claire. Officers Back and Morgel attended a nationwide, four-day long course on interview and

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past, she added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a woman, a lot of times you have to be a little firm. You have to stand up for yourself and fight for what you want. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see that as a detriment. I see that as something positive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś Each and every one of you need to go down there and see the blood, sweat and tears she has put in there,â&#x20AC;? she continued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need another bar. We need another place that serves good food.â&#x20AC;?

Building owner Tom Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shaughnessy, who inherited the building with his siblings about two and a half years ago, said he was unaware of previous alleged illegal activity at the Cascade Bar. The bar closed in early March after police reportedly found evidence of drug use and deals in the establishment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope Ms. Schone can have a chance down there to get the building cleaned up and hopefully have a good business here in town,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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28, Balsam Lake, was arrested on April 5 for a warrant. Naby M. Camara, 37, St. Paul, was arrested on April 5 for a warrant. Jamielee S. Willnitz, 25, Jefferson, was arrested on April 6 for FTA (fail to appear) warrant. Natasha M. Moffitt, 31, Osceola, was arrested on April 7 for a probation hold. Crystal L. Mooney, 36, Luck, was arrested on April 7 for a DOC (disorderly conduct) warrant. Eric W. Sorenson, 35, Minneapolis, MN, was arrested on April 8 for warrant X4.

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Bids packets will be available at the Town Hall. For speciďŹ c details of the above project, contact Paul Baker, Public Works, 715-755-3077 or the Town Hall at 715-755-3060. Bids to be considered must be sealed and received by the Town at the Town Hall located at 516 East Avenue North, Dresser, Wisconsin by 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Bids will be opened on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. and will be presented to the Town Board on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, for consideration. Meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. The Town of Osceola reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to waive irregularities and informalities and award the contracts in the best interests of the Town. Lorraine Rugroden, Clerk/Treasurer

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Bids packets will be available at the Town Hall. For speciďŹ c details of the above projects, contact Paul Baker, Public Works, 715-755-3077 or the Town Hall at 715-755-3060. Bids to be considered must be sealed and received by the Town at the Town Hall located at 516 East Avenue North, Dresser, Wisconsin until 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Bids will be opened on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. and will be awarded at date and time to be determined. Lorraine Rugroden, Clerk/Treasurer

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Village hints at interest in park for old hospital site BY SUZANNE LINDGREN EDITOR@OSCEOLASUN.COM

Osceola’s village board last week hinted at interest in turning part of the old hospital property into a park. A developer, LAD Properties, has proposed plans to construct multi-family housing at the site. In talks about the concept plan, LAD spokesman Bernie Desmarais had proposed exchanging the part of the property closest to the river with the village in a land trade, with

the idea that the village would use it as a park. In return, Desmairais had requested a former trailer court property near Mill Pond Park for commercial development. Although the village plan commission had not seemed friendly to the idea of a land trade, the village board passed a resolution April 11 indicating they might be interested in purchasing the land. The resolution enables the village to work with the Department of Natural Resources to apply for funding that fits

with the village’s park development plans. The DNR grants can be used develop existing parks or to acquire parkland, Administrator West noted in a memo to board members. “As you may recall, there have been recent discussions at the plan commission revolving around the development of the former Osceola Medical Center site and the potential for park land on a portion of the site,” West wrote. “This resolution will also allow the village to work with the Department of Natural Resources to review options and submit applications for funding that best fit the village’s


A concept plan for an expanded Mill Pond Park shows trails and parking south of Osceola Creek and a new parking lot behind the library.


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ing work on the new fire hall, which was constructed in the former Fullerton Lumber building on Highway 35. Fire Chief Don Stark raved about the new hall at the April 10 village board meeting. “I can honestly tell you, this new hall has been a plus,” he said, “for morale and, I think, for the community. We’re

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the talk of the county amongst the fire departments. They come in there now and say, ‘Wow, look at the station. Wow, look at the lighting you got.’” At the Discovery Center, brick veneer has been installed on the west side of the Discovery Center and crews are working to cover the northeast and east walls. Steel has been installed on the

second floor and deck. In the coming weeks, crews plan to work on parapet framing, roofing and roof drains, construction of the upper floor, and plumbing and electrical work. Other business • 2018 marks Osceola’s tenth consecutive year as a Tree City, as recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation.

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• The village held a public hearing for proposed amendments to the village code, which would reflect updated floodway and floodplain data. No action was taken. • The board discussed union negotiations and investment of public funds in closed session. No subsequent action was taken.

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Wednesday some of the OHS Math team attended the UW-Superior Math meet. The meet consists of a team test followed by three individual tests. The team took third out of 25. Samantha Bents individually finished second in Calculus, Analytic Algebra, and Statistics which earned her a contest shirt.

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and the DNR’s priorities, and could greatly aid in the redevelopment of the site.” The memo also indicated that the village continues to seek grants to expand Mill Pond Park with trails and parking south of Osceola Creek, and additional parking behind the library. Roads or parks? Board member Bob Schmidt expressed some concern with spending village funds on a matching grant for parks. “I have a hard time doing a lot of park work when we need street work done,” he said.

“That’s a very good point,” said Administrator West. “That’s why we evaluate that at the time [of the grant award]. Also, there is a potential for private donations toward this. That can match our 50 percent also.” “I’m all for the parking down there,” said Schmidt. “But then you look at the band shell and that kind of stuff. I wonder if some of that could be put off.” “There are some street projects that are coming up that are critical, and some sewer and water too,” said West. “We’ll want to fit that in appropriately.” The resolution and potential grant are not binding in terms of future spending.

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Last Tuesday, Osceola High School music students performed at the district solo and ensemble festival in Amery. At the festival, 28 OHS events earned a “state” rating, meaning they’re eligible to perform at state solo and ensemble in Eau Claire on May 5.

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Supporting nonprofits in the St Croix Valley. For 24 hours on April 24, 2018 you can make a BIG difference in our community. Through giveBIG St. Croix Valley you can provide resources for nonprofits and help our community to be a great place to live, work and play. Go to, find your favorite nonprofits and donate. You can be a hero to the nonprofits, to your neighbors, to our community.








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Adoray Home Health & Hospice PO Box 95 Baldwin, WI 54002

How we help our community: Adoray is your local not-for-profit home health & hospice agency serving patients in the rural and urban communities of Western Wisconsin.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin 82 Coulee Road Hudson, WI 54016

How we help our community: Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Amery Area Community Center

Amery Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7929

608 Harriman Ave S Amery, WI 54001

730 N. Wisconsin Ave. P. O. Box 151 Amery, WI 54001

How we help our community:

How we help our community:

Our Community Center is enjoyed by many members of the community. We have Coffee Club, Pool Tournaments, Bridge, Bingo and much more. We also serve our community by offering the center as a rental. The list goes on and on. We love our members and look forward to new members coming as well. Come and join the fun at the Amery Area Community Center.

Our purpose is to serve our veterans, the military and our communities and to advocate on behalf of all veterans. Our purpose shall be fraternal, patriotic, charitable, historical, and educational. We assist our veterans and their families physically and monetarily; we also assist widows and widowers of deceased veterans.

Arnell Memorial Humane Society 185 Griffin St. East Amery, WI 54001

How we help our community: Arnell Memorial Humane Society is here to provide shelter, comfort, care and adoption for stray, abandoned and surrendered pets. Our mission is to protect animals by providing shelter and education, encouraging pet adoptions, promoting responsible pet guardianship and expanding the human-animal bond.

Association Retreat Center 2372 30th Avenue Osceola, WI 54020

How we help our community: The ARC is a full-service facility providing lodging for groups of up to 600 persons for conferences, camps, retreats & events.

Community Homestead and working with people with special needs

Butterfly House/Moms and Dads against Meth, Inc. PO Box 172 336 N. Washington Street St. Croix Falls , WI 54024

How we help our community: We provide drug education, recovery support and safe sober residence for adult women in recovery from chemical dependency

Child Evangelism Fellowship of Wisconsin, Greater St. Croix Valley PO Box 358 560 5th Street Clear Lake, WI 54005

How we help our community: We reach children with the love and hope of the Lord Jesus through year-round club ministries

Christian Community Home of Osceola 1320 Wisconsin St. Hudson, WI 54016

How we help our community: We are a nonprofit, faith-based organization offering senior living communities dedicated to serve individuals that reflect the importance of each unique life.

Community Homestead 501 280th St. Osceola, WI 54020

How we help our community: We create residential, vocational, and whole life choices for people with disabilities so each one can be valued, contribute, and bloom.




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Community Referral Agency PO Box 365 Milltown, WI 54858

How we help our community: Community Referral Agency is a non-profit that provides safe, temporary shelter for survivors of Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault & their children. Our crisis advocates are available 24/7. CRA also provides group support programs & other services. In 2017, we provided 6029 bed hours to survivors & children. Serving Polk, Burnett & Barron counties.

Endeavors Adult Development Center, Inc

Five Loaves Food and Clothing Family Pathways

101 150th Street Balsam Lake, WI 54810

2000 US Hwy 8 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

How we help our community:

How we help our community:

Endeavors provides employment opportunities for adults with special needs.

Family Pathways works with communities to develop supportive, caring relationships to help people meet their basic needs. This is done by offering a safety net of essential services. Together with volunteers, donors and the community at large, we give our neighbors the hope and stability they need.

Family Resource Center St Croix Valley PO Box 2087 Baldwin, WI 54002

How we help our community: We strengthen children, families, and communities by offering education, resources, and support. Programs are in Pierce,Polk and St. Croix counties.

144 West Third Street P.O. Box 222 New Richmond, WI 54017

How we help our community: Our work is to support our New Richmond neighbors who need food and clothing.

Friends of the St. Croix Falls Library Friends of Osceola Area Ambulance Service Ltd PO Box 904 Osceola, WI 54020

How we help our community: We provide emergency medical services to the residents of the Village of Osceola and Dresser and surrounding townships. We strive to stay current with the latest medical advancements through ongoing education and emergency medical adjuncts.

Friends of Osceola Fire & Rescue PO Box 675 Osceola, WI 54020

How we help our community: We provide support for the Osceola Fire & Rescue Department. We help support people who will need to be at their best in our times of need 24/7/365.

Friends of Osceola Public Library, Inc. PO Box 565 Osceola, WI 54020

How we help our community: We provide resources, services, activities and learning programs that foster social and educational equality -- programs that encourage interaction across generations, that are free and available to everyone in our community.

Friends of Amery Area Public Library Foundation, Inc. 225 Scholl Court Amery, WI 54001

How we help our community: The Friends of the Amery Public Library Foundation actively supports the library’s mission of “enriching the community by connecting people with information, ideas and experiences.” The Foundation provides critical financial support for collections and programs.

PO Box 608, 230 S Washington St. St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

How we help our community: The Friends promote, support and advocate for the library. The Friends provide funding that enhances library services. Friends also plan and host fun, educational, and creative programming for all ages.

Hope House of St. Croix Valley Grace Place Shelter Gigi’s Playhouse Hudson PO Box 1608 Hudson, WI 54016

How we help our community: GiGi’s Playhouse is a place for families and people who have Down syndrome. They can participate in social activities(drama groups, Karaoke, etc.), receive Math and Literacy tutoring (one on one). All for Free.

505 W. 8th Street New Richmond, WI 54017

How we help our community: We house homeless families and individuals. Through education and encouragement, lives are improved and housing is found.

Lamar Community Center Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp 738 Hickory Point Lane Amery, WI 54001

How we help our community: Places of grace forming people of faith!

1488 200th Street P.O. Box 344 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

How we help our community: Lamar promotes community through history, education, events and the arts. Community education classes and events are offered at the historic Lamar School.

Kinship of Polk County

451 Everett Street N Stillwater, MN 55082

How we help our community: Our mission is to provide a nonjudgmental home with compassionate care that respects the dignity of people living with HIV/AIDS who can no longer live independently.

Luck Area Historical Society & Museum PO Box 197 • 301 Main St. Luck, WI 54853

How we help our community: We provide an historical, educational, recreational and inspirational public service center to increase the knowledge of our local area history, and to preserve our heritage for future generations through displays, the Internet, publications, programs and exhibits.

Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County PO Box 65 Milltown, WI 54858

How we help our community:

200 Polk County Plaza Suite 100 • PO Box 68 Balsam Lake, WI 54810

How we help our community:

We coordinate volunteers to help seniors and adults with disabilities with no-cost rides, visits and chores in rural Polk County, WI.

Kinship of Polk County works to improve the quality of a child’s life by establishing a relationship with a caring volunteer to promote stability, support, friendship and community. Kinship focuses on prevention, providing “at risk” youth a powerful protective layer.

Mental Health Task Force of Polk County

NAMI St. Croix Inc.

PO Box 432 St Croix Falls, WI 54024

How we help our community: We are committed to addressing community mental health needs cooperatively. We raise awareness for and provide services to children and families who are the most vulnerable in our community!

PO Box 154 River Falls, WI 54022

How we help our community: Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people whose lives are affected by mental illness. We are a non-profit, grass roots, self help effort organized at national, state, and local levels.


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New Richmond Fine Arts Council (NRFAC) PO Box 113 New Richmond, WI 54017

How we help our community: To INSPIRE students and adults alike by supporting group events and individual artistic pursuits. To ENRICH the community by providing funding for groups dedicated to sharing the arts. To IGNITE a passion for the arts within our community. With support, we can continue to make the arts more accessible in our community.

Osceola Community Health Foundation Northwoods Homeless Shelters, Inc. P.O. Box 411 Amery, WI 54001

How we help our community: Northwoods Homeless Shelters provides emergency shelter to homeless families and individuals in our county and the surrounding area, provides support and case management while our residents are addressing the issues that caused the homeless situation, and assists them in the process of identifying and moving into affordable, permanent housing .

2600 65th Ave P.O. Box 218 Osceola, WI 54020

How we help our community: ‘Connecting Lives’ through a public playground on OMC’s campus accessible for children and adults with and without disabilities. A playground that is INCLUSIVE FOR ALL.

Osceola Education Foundation PO Box 141 Osceola, WI 54020

How we help our community: OEF works to promote and enhance student achievement and educational excellence in the Osceola School District through independent funding for educational projects.

OsceolaMainStreetGrow Osceola PO Box 251 Osceola, WI 54020

How we help our community: We are a volunteer organization that makes Osceola a better community with flowers, artwork and seasonal displays. This year you can Sponsor a Planter or student metal artwork for downtown.

Our Neighbors’ Place 122 West Johnson Street PO Box 274 River Falls, WI 54022

How we help our community:

Osceola Lions Club PO Box 925 Osceola, WI 54020

Osceola Medical Center

How we help our community:

2600 65th Ave P.O. Box 218 Osceola, WI 54020

We support our community in its finest endeavors.

We connect our neighbors with support, shelter, and housing services through our 4 programs: Day Center, Clothing Closet, Backpack Program, and Transitional Housing Building.

How we help our community: Saving lives by caring for your family, friends, and neighbors.

Polk County Criminal Justice Collaborating Council 1005 W Main St STE 800 Balsam Lake, WI 54810

How we help our community: Polk Cty CJCC promotes public safety and the effective and efficient administration of the criminal justice system. We will provide, through community collaboration, offender accountability, rehabilitative programming and we will support the rights and needs of victims.

Renew Somerset Library Campaign 208 Hud Street Somerset, WI 54025

How we help our community: Our library promotes reading, learning, creativity and technology. Help us to serve our community’s need for more meeting space, services and accessibility.

Polk County Fair Society 164 70th Avenue 164 -70th Avenue Clayton, WI 54004

How we help our community: Our impact is promoting education for the youth in our community through the fair. We pride ourselves in providing the opportunity for our town and country to come together to celebrate our county. 4 days of great fun for everyone!!

Safe Haven Animal Shelter PO Box 14 St Croix Falls, WI 54020

How we help our community: We help stray, unwanted and surrendered cats find loving, forever homes.

Outreach Division of On-Line Gamers Anonymous PO Box 67 Osceola, WI 54020

People Loving People, Inc.

How we help our community:

PO Box 204 103 E. Main Street Dresser, WI 54009

Inform the community of the impact of gaming and technology on our children’s brains. Offer support to those affected by excessive gaming.

How we help our community: Our mission is to show our love for the community by meeting the basic needs of those going through economic hardship.

Polk County Historical Society P.O. Box 41 Balsam Lake, WI 54810

Polk County Special Olympics

How we help our community:

2787 100th St. Frederic, WI 54837

Preserving the past for future generations by collecting a unique and enduring collection of Polk County History shared with the public through programs, exhibits and research.

How we help our community:

Quarter Moon Acres 1347 55th Ave Amery, WI 54001

Special Olympics provides competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, where every single person is accepted, regardless of ability or disability. Your support will cover the costs of uniforms and competition fees/ expenses.

Using horses to turn “Disabilities into abilities”

Serenity Home

Somerset Community Food Pantry

How we help our community:

Safe Haven Foster Shoppe 2124 County Road I Somerset, WI 54025

200 Polk County Plaza Balsam Lake, WI 54810

How we help our community:

How we help our community:

Safe Haven Foster Shoppe is an organization that provides essentials to children in foster care in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.

We house the homeless, feed the hungry, serve the community and provide hope to those in need.

203 Church Hill Rd PO Box 297 Somerset, WI 54025

How we help our community: We provide food with respect and dignity, in times of need to those in the Somerset community.




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Somerset Community Foundation To enhance the quality of life in the Somerset Community Somerset Community Foundation P.O. Box 322 Somerset, WI 54025

How we help our community: Your gifts provide funding in the areas of education, human services, civic projects, youth and the environment - as well as fostering the culture of philanthropy.

SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary Somerset Youth Hockey Somerset Memorial Scholarship Fund PO Box 121 Somerset, WI 54025

How we help our community: The Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to helping Somerset High School graduates fund postsecondary education, awarding scholarships to over 700 SHS graduates since 1988.

P.O. Box 385 529 Main Street Somerset, WI 54025

How we help our community: We providing affordable and Try Hockey for Free programs in Somerset and Osceola. Every child deserves to try the love of hockey!

How we help our community: Saint Anne Catholic School, as part of the St. Anne Parish community, works to nurture growth in the Catholic faith, seek knowledge and wisdom, and to serve others.

St. Croix ArtBarn 1040 Oak Ridge Drive PO Box 37 Osceola, WI 54020

How we help our community: We are a intergenerational, creative group that value the ARTS and want to share them with the St. Croix River Valley. Arts enrich our society, they strengthen families, businesses, and our community!

St. Croix Falls Food Shelf United Methodist Church P.O. BOX 458 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

How we help our community: We distribute food to those who cannot afford groceries. Volunteers from the community serve some 350 persons, three times a week, 52 weeks per year.

How we help our community:

Our mission is to rescue and protect farm animals from cruelty. SoulSpace works to inspire change in the way society views farm animals and support people in their quest to live a more compassionate lifestyle.

We provide a place for musicians from rural Wisconsin and Minnesota to play music in a fully orchestrated, professionally directed orchestra. Members range from teenagers to senior citizens, from intermediate level to advanced.

710 So. Washington St. SCF, WI 54024

How we help our community: The SCF Music Boosters provide both physical and financial support to our School District’s Music department and our Music students.

Standing Cedars Community Land Conservancy Inc.

PO Box 2 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

PO Box 655 St Croix Falls, WI 54024

PO Box 249 Osceola, WI 54020

How we help our community:

How we help our community: The mission of the St. Croix River Association is to protect, restore and celebrate the St. Croix River and its watershed.

801 Wagner Drive Roberts, WI 54023

How we help our community: We protect the environment and provide walking trails to the public.

How we help our community:

We enrich lives and enhance education in an effort to ensure the success of our students by providing student health, participation, and engagement as well as provide supplemental support and materials for our teachers.

Our impact is providing an affordable, decent place to live for all. We do this through community collaboration and all manner of donations to build hope for all, which is our ultimate mission.


United Way St. Croix Valley 201 2nd Street South, Suite 300, Hudson, WI 54016

How we help our community: We fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Western Wisconsin. Special initiatives focus on hunger, mental health and early childhood education.

Wild River Fitness P.O. Box 218 2630 65th Ave Osceola, WI 54020

How we help our community: We enrich the lives of children, families, and seniors by providing fitness for every ‘body’.

Supporting nonprofits in the St.Croix Valley.

St. Croix Festival Theatre PO Box 801 125 North Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

How we help our community: St. Croix Festival provides topquality theatre productions, music events, and arts education experiences for all ages.

STAR Education Foundation

St. Croix River Association St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity

PO Box 555 Amery, WI 54001

How we help our community:

St. Croix Falls Music Boosters

St. Anne Catholic School 140 Church Hill Road Somerset, WI54025

1976 County Road CC New Richmond, WI 54017

St. Croix Valley Orchestra

Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity

The Open Cupboard PO Box 541 Osceola, WI 54020

How we help our community: We provide 7 to 10 days of food and 5 meals of meat to residents who are in need of food. We also provide backpacks of food, milk coupons, and veggie coupoons to 40 students every week.

St. Croix Valley Youth Center

2201 US Hwy 8 St. Croix Falls 54024

P.O. Box 560 Osceola, WI 54020

How we help our community:

How we help our community:

Everyone deserves a decent place to call home and a better future. Wild Rivers Habitat, with the help of volunteers and donors, unlocks a family’s future through decent, affordable housing.

We are safe environment that promotes positive values and opportunities for teens in need in the St. Croix Valley.

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Polk County seeks volunteer subcommittee members for development of trail plans At the March 20 meeting of the Polk County Board of Supervisors, Resolution 28-18 was adopted to authorize a comprehensive planning process for the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail and Cattail Trail (Polk County Segment) Plan. This resolution sets in motion a process to develop these trail plans. The process chosen by the Environmental Services Committee (ESC) to obtain recommendations on the development of these plans is to form a Trail Planning Subcommittee. A project website has been developed and can be found at www. This webpage will, at a minimum, contain the following: meeting agendas, meeting minutes, draft plans, and opportunities for public input. Trail Information The Stower Seven Lakes Trail is an abandoned railroad bed running from 90th Avenue in the Town of Osceola to the City of Amery. The WDNR purchased the land and reached an agreement with Polk County for the county to operate the trail and determine its use. The Cattail Trail is a railway corridor which extends from the western trailhead in the City of Amery to the Village of Turtle Lake for the Polk County segment. The railway corridor continues into Barron County. Trail Planning Subcommittee Membership: The Trail Planning Subcommittee shall consist of 7 total members: one member from the ESC who will chair the subcommittee, one member from the Friends of the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail group; the remaining five members will be selected from the applications received, in accordance with Wisconsin Administrative Rule NR 44.04(7). Role of Subcommittee The role of the Trail Planning Subcommittee will be to identify issues related to management and use; submit suggestions to the county regarding future management and use of these properties; identify and evaluate proposed property goals and objectives; evaluate management

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and use alternatives; develop an online survey for public input with the assistance of staff; hold one public hearing on the trail plans; and hold one open house on the recommendations of the trail plans. Terms of Subcommittee The Trail Planning Subcommittee will meet for a maximum of 6 meetings, including the open house and public hearing. The subcommittee will begin meeting by June 8, 2018. The subcommittee has a sunset date of September 15, 2018. Membership on the subcommittee is a volunteer position. No compensation for membership on the subcommittee shall be given. Roberts Rules of Order shall be the structure for subcommittee meetings. *Terms of the subcommittee can be changed at any time by the Environmental Services Committee, with proper notice.


State Special Olympics

The Polk County Cougars played three games in Oshkosh and won the State Championship in their division and received gold medals. Team members (above) included Dawn Hughes, Amery; Coach Dianne Miller; Jarvis Warwas, Frederic; Brianna Paulson, Clear Lake; Makinzie Miller, Osceola; Kayson Johnson, Clayton; Kelly McDaniel. Osceola; Oscar Rausch, Osceola and Joe Stauner, Deer Park. The Polk County Skills players recently competed in Neenh. Devin Orton, St. Croix Falls, received third place. Alex Hansen, Osceola, received a participation ribbon. Orton

How to Apply for Subcommittee Interested parties can find the application for the Trail Planning Subcommittee and directions for submitting the application at: www. Applications are open now through Friday, May 11, 2018. Selection of subcommittee members will be conducted by the ESC at their May 23 meeting. For further information, contact Deb Peterson – Director of Buildings, Solid Waste, Parks and Forestry Department at (715)485-9294 or email polk.recreation@



Tracking steps at school

In February, four Osceola Middle School students created a physical activity challenge thanks to a grant funded by Power Up, an organization that works with hospitals, schools and communities to make them healthier. Anna Willeman, Mari Swanson, Julia Daniels, and Kathryn Marek used the $500 grant to give every student in the intermediate school a pedometer. The students at OIS were asked to use their pedometers to track their steps while at school. Some students were awarded a bag if they had the most steps in their class for a day. There was also a “golden shoe” trophy for the class that had the most steps for the day. The four-day challenge spanned the length of OIS’s Wellness Week. Power Up has a countdown to health: 5 fruits and vegetables, 4 colors or more, 3 meals a day, 2 hours or less of screen time, 1 hour of physical activity, and 0 sugary drinks. This challenge supported the 1 hour of physical activity part of the countdown. Since Wellness Week, 89 percent of students said their exercise has improved, and 81 percent said they would want to do this challenge again.The grant award winners thanked PowerUp for the opportunity and thanked the staff of OIS for working with them to make the challenge happen.

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Osceola soccer team loses last minute decision to Eau Claire Regis BY RON JASPERSON SPORTS WRITER

Finally, the Osceola Chieftains got a chance to get back on the soccer field despite another week when the grips of winter refused to let go. Osceola hosted Eau Claire Regis on the only somewhat decent weather day of the week. Despite a narrow 2-1 loss for the Chieftains, it was good to be outside competing against another team for a change. The win ups Eau Claire’s record to 2-0 for the season while Osceola drops to 1-1. “Last year we lost to them 5-1 so we knew it would be a tough game,” Osceola coach Nathan Anderson said. Osceola came out ready to compete against Regis and in the early stages seemed to have the upper hand. Eau Claire did get a couple of good looks against the Chieftain defense but at halftime it was still 0-0. “We came out really strong for the first fifteen minutes,” Anderson said. “We gave them no time on the ball and created quite a few chances because of it. Eventually Regis started to get a footSEE SOCCER, PAGE 19


Graham Hunt returns a shot during his No. 1 doubles match against Baldwin-Woodville. Osceola got their tennis season started with 5-2 loses to both Superior and Baldwin-Woodville.

Tennis team drops a pair of early season contests BY RON JASPERSON SPORTS WRITER


Chieftain Mikayla Peper fights for control of the ball against Eau Claire Regis in last Thursday’s game. Eau Claire scored with two minutes to play to come away with a 2-1 win in Osceola.

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was driving down a freeway the other day when I noticed a bird flying down the road about 100 yards in front of me. It was 25 feet above the ground and taking curves as if it were a car on the road. As I closed the gap I recognized it as an American crow. As I pulled up alongside the bird it didn’t vary from its flight pattern nor did it pay me any mind. It was just cruising over the shoulder scanning the area as if looking for food/ garbage that often gets tossed from cars by people who don’t care about littering. Crows are not many people’s favorWild River ite birds but they are amazing birds. I never gave them much thought Trails until I saw a documentary years ago that showed how intelligent they Jim Bennett are. Some people say crows relate more to human behavior than any other creature on earth. The documentary showed a crow retrieving food from a busy crosswalk. The

street was so busy that the crow could pick up food was when traffic stopped. An enclosed bus stop had a button to push to open a glass door to enter. Once inside, another button would stop traffic when pushed allowing people to cross the street or get on the bus. The amazing part was watching the crows push the buttons to gain entrance to the bus stop and then to hit the traffic stop button to pick up their lunch. What made it more amazing was to watch the birds work together to complete the tasks. One would push the open door button while another crow went in and pushed the traffic stop button but only when there was food on the street. The crows would then walk onto the street alongside pedestrians to pick a few French fries or burger buns. Even more impressive was the fact that it had been going on for years, meaning that the crows were teaching their young how to do it. There are 45 different species of crows in the world. The difference between a crow and a raven is that raSEE BENNETT, PAGE 21

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The Osceola tennis team dropped a pair of tennis matches last week in a triangular held on the Chieftains’ home court. Osceola dropped both matches, first to the Superior Spartans and then to the Baldwin-Woodville Blackhawks by identical 5-2 scores. Forget the losses. It was still a very good season opener for Osceola. First and foremost they were outside competing against other schools. For a while it looked like Mother Nature would not allow any spring sports to be played but the tennis team, after shoveling the courts, thought differently. Besides the tough times with the weather and the 5-2 losses the Chieftains had SEE TENNIS, PAGE 19

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BASEBALL April 19: Osceola at Ellsworth. St. Croix Falls at Turtle Lake. April 20: River Falls at Osceola. April 21: St. Croix Falls at BaldwinWoodville. April 24: Baldwin-Woodville at Osceola. Luck/Frederic at St. Croix Falls. April 26: St. Croix Falls at Siren. April 27: Osceola at Prescott. St. Croix Falls at Spooner. April 30: Grantsburg at St. Croix Falls. May 1: Osceola at New Richmond. May 3: St. Croix Central at Osceola. Webster at St. Croix Falls. May 4: Osceola at Chisago Lakes. May 7: Unity at St. Croix Falls. May 8: Osceola at Somerset. St. Croix Falls at Shell Lake. May 10: Turtle Lake/Clayton at St. Croix Falls. May 11: Amery at Osceola. May 14: St. Croix Falls at Amery.

Osceola St. St Croix May 15: Ellsworth at Osceola. Falls at Luck. May 17: Osceola at Baldwin-Woodville. Siren at St. Croix Falls. May 18: St. Croix Falls at Somerset. May 22: Prescott at Osceola. Hayward at St. Croix Falls. May 24: Regional May 29: Regional May 30: Regional June 5: Sectional June 12: State at Grand Chute.


April 19: St. Croix Falls at Webster. April 24: Osceola at Amery. St. Croix Falls at Unity. April 25: Osceola at Whitetail. April 26: St. Croix Falls at Frederic. April 27: Osceola at Bloomer. April 30: Osceola at Ellsworth. May 1: St. Croix Falls at Krooked Kreek. May 3: St. Croix Falls at Clear Lake. May 4: Osceola at Hayward. May 5: Osceola at Hayward. May 7: Osceola at Pheasant Hills. St. Croix Falls at Grantsburg. May 11: Osceola at Clifton Highland. May 14: Osceola at New Richmond. St. Croix Falls at Frederic. May 16: Osceola at MBC tournament in New Richmond. May 17: St. Croix Falls at conference at Turtleback. May 22: Regional at Turtleback.

SOCCER April 19: Amery at Osceola. April 24: Osceola at BaldwinWoodville. April 27: Osceola at Rice Lake. May 1: Osceola at Barron. May 3: Osceola at Hayward. May 8: New Richmond at Osceola. May 10: Somerset at Osceola. May 17: Baldwin-Woodville at Osceola. May 22: Spooner at Osceola. May 24: Hayward at Osceola.

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SENTENCE: Get-tough message to dealers FROM PAGE 1

of amphetamine possession with intent to sell. He also pleaded guilty to keeping a firearm as a convicted felon and “bail jumping,” or violating the conditions of a previous bond agreement. The 27 year old had pleaded guilty to methamphetamine possession in 2016 and was on probation in connection with that case. Polk County District Attorney Jeff Kemp called the prison sen-

tence a “get-tough message” to methamphetamine dealers. “Addiction is a terrible thing and I think every family in the county knows somebody who has had issues with methamphetamine,” Kemp said. “You do everything you can to help people with addiction, but if they’re dealing they can’t be allowed to stay in the county.” According to Kemp, Ronningen and two associates had about 30 grams of meth, a drug

often sold by fractions of a gram. Mark Biller, Ronningen’s public defender in the case, has requested that a lawyer in the Public Defender Appellate Division review the court file for legal mistakes, which could lead to an appeal. “Whether Mr. Ronningen is representative of [the DA’s] characterization is open to argument,” Biller said. The case is one of about six Kemp has referred to Verbeten, the district

attorney estimated. “We’re trying to send a message that the dealers need to take their business elsewhere,” Kemp said. “We hear a lot about the opioid crisis in the news but in our area we’ve had summits about meth. And Attorney General Brad Schimel has recognized that we’re still dealing with meth by appointing a special prosecutor. … We’re trying to make progress. It’s an uphill battle.”

TENNIS: Osceola tennis team would prefer outside practices FROM PAGE 18

some good things happen to their team. “The calendar says that spring is here and that spring sports have started but it is no secret that it has taken a great deal of mental strength to stay positive this spring,” Osceola coach Beth Friedrichsen said. “All the sports have been working together for gym space and time and all we really want is to be outside. So (last Thursday) was really the first day that the boys tennis team was able to break out of their chrysalis that is the gym and start to spread their wings and really feel what it is to play tennis outside.” Losing by a 5-2 score to either Baldwin-Woodville or Superior is no disgrace. Both opponents have shown to have quality tennis programs. Osceola had individual matches against both teams that were very close and could have gone either way to make the team score even tighter. Against Superior the Chieftains got a win at No. 4 singles by senior

Andrew Montpetit who is competing in tennis for the first time in his athletic career. After losing the first set Montpetit came back to win the second set 6-4 and then the tie-breaker 12-10. “Andrew Montpetit made his tennis debut at No. 4 singles with a win and after some basic changes to his game, like the doubles alleys are out (of bounds), he did even better,” Friedrichsen chuckled. “It was really a blast to see a kid new to the game have success and enjoy what he was doing.” The other Osceola win against Superior was at No. 2 doubles where Hahns Huebsch and Jedidiah Durand won in straight sets. Huebsch and Durand carried the momentum over from the Superior match to pick up a win against Baldwin-Woodville as well. The team of Huebsch and Durand subdued their BW counterparts after splitting the first two sets but winning the tie-breaker 10-5. “It was really nice to finally be able to play

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hold and we had to defend. They had two players causing us a lot of problems and we got caught up a couple of times. Reagan (Ekstrom) made two big saves to keep the score level at zero at halftime.” The second half started with a bang for Osceola but not the kind that they wanted. Chieftain keeper Ekstrom made a charge after a ball just as an Eau Claire player got there. The two players collided as the ball rolled harmlessly just outside of the Osceola net. Ekstrom took a severe bang to the head on the play and could not continue. The score remained at zeros until the 50 minute mark when Osceola’s Emily Fox converted after the Chieftains started the play with a penalty kick from just outside of the Eau Claire box. The loose ball came to Fox through a scramble in

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that could have gone either way and with one more day outside to actually play tennis the Chiefs could have had more success for sure,” Friedrichsen said. “That being said I am really proud of all of them and how well they did play for it being their first flight. Overall I am really pleased with the day and I know that they will continue to improve. However, if I hear about anyone doing any more snow dances, I will have to have a word or two with that person. Enough is enough.”

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SCOREBOARD: Osceola/St. Croix Falls sporting events May 31: Sectional. June 7: State at Goodman Diamond.

FROM 18 Falls at Turtle Lake. April 20: Amery at Osceola. April 21: Tournament at St. Croix Falls. April 24: New Richmond at Osceola. Frederic/Luck at St. Croix Falls. April 26: Somerset at Osceola High School. St. Croix Falls at Siren. April 27: Osceola at Baldwin-Woodville. Barron at St. Croix Falls. April 30: Grantsburg at Osceola. May 1: Osceola at Amery. May 3: Osceola at Prescott. St. Croix Falls at Cameron. May 7: Unity at St. Croix Falls. May 8: St. Croix Central at Osceola. St. Croix Falls at Shell Lake. May 10: Osceola at Ellsworth. Turtle Lake/Clayton at St. Croix Falls. May 11: Osceola at New Richmond. May 15: Osceola at Somerset. St. Croix Falls at Frederic. May 17: Baldwin-Woodville at Osceola. Siren/Webster at St. Croix Falls. May 22: Regional. May 25: Regional. May 29: Sectional.

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TENNIS April 21: Osceola at Baldwin-Woodville. April 23: Osceola at River Falls. April 24: Osceola at Baldwin-Woodville. April 26: Altoona at Osceola. May 1: Osceola at Ellsworth. May 3: Amery at Osceola. May 8: Eau Claire Regis at Osceola. May 10: Osceola at New Richmond. May 15: Osceola at Baldwin-Woodville. Osceola Chieftain Tennis Results Baldwin-Woodville at Osceola April 12, 2017 Baldwin-Woodville (BW) 5, Osceola (O) 2 Singles No. 1) Zach Nilssen, BW, def . Nick Stroshane, O, 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 No. 2) Sam Brock, BW, def . Nolan Claassen, O, 3-6, 6-4, 10-6 No. 3) Bryce Johnson, O, def . Jon Peterson, BW, 4-6, 6-0, 10-3 No. 4) Jose Lugue, BW, def . Jackson Dvorak, O, 8-0

Doubles No. 1) Brandon Dierich/Nick Wlodyga, BW, def. Graham Hunt/Ollie Dressel, O, 6-0, 6-0 No. 2) Hahns Huebsch/Jedidiah Durand, O, def. Jack Kaiser/Alec Gerrits, BW, 6-0, 4-6, 10-5 No. 3) Ben Peterson/Andrew Koehnen, B, def. Liam Gallagher/Jake Jensen, O, 6-1, 6-2 Osceola Chieftain Tennis Results Superior at Osceola April 12, 2017 Superior (S) 5, Osceola (O) 2 Singles No. 1) Minjune Jang, S, def . Nick Stroshane, O, 7-6 (1), 6-4 No. 2) Luke Wessberg, S, def . Nolan Claassen, O, 3-6, 6-1, 10-7 No. 3) Caden Welch, S, def . Bryce Johnson, O, 7-6 (3), 6-3 No. 4) Andrew Montpetit, O, def . Archer Siers, S, 2-6, 6-4, 12-10 Doubles No. 1) Quin Dahl/Justin Hase, S, def. Ollie Dressel/Graham Hunt, O, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8)

No. 2) Hahns Huebsch/Jedidiah Durand, O, def. Nathan Peterson/Trevor Beebe, S, 6-2, 6-1 No. 3) Lars Olson/Caden Olson, S, def. Jake Jensen/Liam Gallagher, O, 6-4, 6-1

TRACK April 19: St. Croix Falls at Frederic. April 20: Osceola at River Falls. April 24: St. Croix Falls at ChetekWeyerhaeuser. April 26: St. Croix Falls Invitational. April 30: St. Croix Falls at Unity. May 1: Osceola and St. Croix Falls at Amery. May 3: St. Croix Falls at Webster. May 4: Osceola at New Richmond. May 8: Osceola at Rice Lake. St. Croix Falls at Rice Lake. May 10: St. Croix Falls at Glenwood City. May 15: Tournament at Osceola. St. Croix Falls at conference meet in Frederic. May 21: Regional at Amery. May 24: Sectional at Colby. June 1: State in La Crosse.

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tions,” he said. “While these are complex problems which require a community effort to solve, I believe practical solutions are realistic.” Waak graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree. After college he pursued a career in law enforcement and married his wife, Shari. The couple has three children. Waak said he feels “blessed to live and work in Polk County Wisconsin.” In the coming months, Waak plans to meet as many Polk County residents as possible. He said he believes “open lines of communication will be very important for the new sheriff, as well as transparency and accessibility once in office.” “Together we can build a safer community, stronger relationships, and renewed confidence in the sheriff’s department,” he said.



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Gandy Dancer clean up set for Earth Day

Magnafici kicks off campaign Thursday, April 5, Gae Magnafici, the Republican candidate for the State 28th Assembly District, k kicked off her c campaign to a standing r room only c crowd. Guests joini ing Magnafici a her event at Magnafi M ficii i included current State Representative Adam Jarchow and former State Representative Erik Severson, who have both publicly endorsed her candidacy. Magnafici also introduced Sgt. Brent Waak, the Republican candidate

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for Polk County Sheriff, and Joanne Ritten, the interim Polk County Clerk of Courts. In addition, Magnafici had an opportunity to meet more than 70 guests who came out to hear her speak and help her raise campaign funds. Magnafici is originally from the Amery area. She grew up on a small farm near Deronda, graduated from Amery High School and received a degree in applied science from Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Ill. She later became a registered nurse working in the healthcare field until retiring in 2017. She currently lives outside


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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 24th year of the Gandy Dancer State Trail, there will be an opportunity to kick off the summer hiking and biking season by helping with some maintenance. Seasonal trash seems to collect nearest to the villages along the trail, so this will be a good chance to spend a little time helping our area look good for the summer trail season, as well as celebrating Clear Lake, Wisconsin’s own Gaylord Nelson, who started Earth Day 50 years ago and left as his legacy the importance of preserving our environment. Trash bags will be provided at the various meet-up spots, and the idea will be to go a mile or so each side of the villages. 2018 State Trail Passes, required for

bike riders 16 and older, will be available at a couple of the locations. Polk County meet-up locations, 1 to 3 p.m. St. Croix Falls—Polk County Information Center Centuria—GD Rest Stop Building Milltown—Julia’s Java Luck—Café Wren Frederic—Soo Line Depot Lewis—Sundown Saloon Parking Lot Burnett County meet-up locations, 1 to 3 p.m. Cog and Sprocket Bike Shop—Main Street Rain (snow) day will be Saturday, April 28, same locations.

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The Amery Free Press is seeking a writer to tell compelling stories about our community. The editor is the primary generator of news for our print and online editions. If you can see beyond the obvious, spot the little things that make our community special and share them with our readers, we may have the ideal job for you.

Sunway, Inc., dba Stratis Industries, is a modern, innovative company based in Centuria, Wisconsin. Our environment is energetic and creative and the perfect fit for someone interested in contributing to a growing, successful company.

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Hiring: Direct Care Staff Linnea Residential Home, located in Chisago City & Taylors Falls is seeking positive & creative individuals to work with unique DD individuals; variety of shifts available ~ afternoon/evenings, weekends; overnights & on call status There is a $2 wage differential for weekend hours CNA experience preferred. Wage begins at $12 an hour & increases with related work experience & education. Linnea has 3 homes, all shifts are available. To schedule an interview contact Scott or Carla at 651-257-2211 or email:

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We are seeking a responsible Quality Inspector to check the quality of all incoming and outgoing products as well as in-process production procedures. This person must be able to read prints and instructions to comprehend the quality expectations for our products. Requirements: Experience required. A detailed- oriented person with knowledge of quality control standards and testing methodologies. Are you looking for a challenge and the opportunity to learn a variety of skills in a great work environment? If you are this motivated person than send your resume or apply in person Office hours 8 am-4 pm Sunway Inc. Dba Stratis Industries Attn: Human Resources 321 East 1st Street Centuria, WI 54824

PHS, provider of residential services to adults with intellectual disabilities is currently hiring for full and part-time direct support professionals to work in our group homes in North Branch. DAYS AND SHIFTS VARY Responsibilities: • Medication administration • Supervision of individuals • Implementation of outcomes • Documentation in a variety of logs • Teaching independent living skills • Transporting to community activities • Cooking • Some housekeeping • Communication with team members Wage: $12.00 /hour Experience: group home direct support: 1 year Education: High school or equivalent License or certification: Driver's License Please call 651-674-2009 Ask for Malisa or Rob

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Seasonal Employment at Star Prairie Trout Farm

Are you looking to grow with a company that is reputable? Lindus Construction, Inc. has been around for over 38+ years and is currently seeking highly motivated individuals with carpentry skills to fill several positions within our organization due to continued growth. We offer a wide variety of benefits along with a company vehicle and gas for each crew.


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For more information and to apply on-line for the positions available, duties/requirements assigned to each position and to view our extensive benefit package; go to and view our Career section at the bottom of the page. You can also email resumes to employment@lindusco. com or fill out an application at 879 Hwy 63, Baldwin, WI. NO PHONE CALLS Lindus Construction is an equal opportunity employer.

Core Products International, Inc. in Osceola, Wisconsin, is a leader in the manufacture of health care, orthopedic, comfort care and massage products. Our product line includes back cushions, cervical pillows, ankle braces and back supports.

We currently have a position open for a Maintenance Mechanic. Responsibilities include performing sewing machine repairs and fiber blower repairs as well as general plant maintenance within accepted safety practices. Performing preventative maintenance as scheduled. Performing mechanical and electrical troubleshooting and repair, hydraulic and pneumatic troubleshooting and repair. Welding and metal fabrication, installation of new equipment. Performing changeovers on manufacturing lines as needed. Communicate repeated problems on the production lines in a professional manner. Utilizes fundamental shop tools to make necessary repairs (drill press, minor welding, band saw, belt sander, etc.). Troubleshoot general electric issues. Follows accepted safety practices. Performs general housekeeping. Pay range $13 to $18 per hour will vary depending on qualifications and experience Qualifications: 2 - 5 years’ production and maintenance experience, industrial maintenance, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, 3 phase AC & DC repair and troubleshooting preferred but not required. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Must be able to work weekends and overtime if required. Must be able to travel to our other facility in Chetek, Wisconsin. Must have good communication skills, detail oriented, enthusiastic attitude, organizational skills, self-motivation and a willingness to learn along with being a team player. We offer a great working environment, incentive program, paid tuition reimbursement, life, health & dental insurance, 401(k), vacation/holiday pay and more. We take pride in our employees and our customers.


STARTING PAY MINIMUM $20.00 HOURLY FOR DAY SHIFT FULL TIME SKILLED PRODUCTION POSITIONS CustomFIRE is a leading manufacturer of second stage Fire Truck Bodies located in Osceola, Wisconsin. For more information, visit General Summary: Openings for Full Time/Day Shift Positions on our Production Crew. We are seeking quality conscientious individuals who are versatile in working with metal. Prior Industrial, Agricultural, or Truck Equipment Experience Required. Requirements: Background in one or more of the following other mechanical skill areas: metal fabrication, welding, assembly, 12-volt vehicular wiring, plumbing, or heavy truck body work including painting. • High School diploma or GED preferred • Excellent Attendance is a Must • Work References Required • Pre-employment drug and alcohol screen required.

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Hard working, energetic, willing to clean ¿sh, sell to the public, mow lawns, maintain ponds, etc. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. For more information, call and leave message for Nate at 715-248-3633, or email

Christian Community Homes and Services, Inc. Serving Hudson and Osceola

Full Time Housekeeping Variety of days throughout the week, every other weekend & holidays. Housekeeping experience preferred, but not necessary; willing to train the right person.

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90 years perennial: St. Croix nursery celebrates milestone anniversary

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cause of the support of the community,” Dan said. “We always try to give them what they want, or need. The community has supported us and we’ve done well by that.” Over the years, that relationship has worked both ways. Abrahamson’s plants have been included in many community initiatives, such as local church gardens and FFA projects. An open house will be held Saturday, April 21 to celebrate Abrahamson’s 90-year milestone. All are invited to come to the

Scandia location 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for lunch, cake, beverages, door prizes, sales and more. To learn more about Abrahamson Nurseries, visit www. or call 651-433-2431 (Scandia), 651-4392140 (Stillwater) or 715-483-3040 (St. Croix Falls).

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Sometimes people come into Abrahamson Nursery to reconnect with the rich scent of the earth, said Joie Nielson. In the long Minnesota winters, it’s something that she and the other employees of Abrahamson appreciate deeply. It all started in 1928, when the Abrahamson family established a farm store along St. Croix Trail N. in Scandia. Dan Sandager began working there as a teenager in 1960s. His father was an agriculture teacher in the Forest Lake school district, and he found his way to the Abrahamson farm through the FFA program. He worked there during high school and then college, when he began attending the University of Minnesota to study agriculture. Sandager remembered that produce was a large part of the early business, and said that the Abrahamson family even did some on-the-road sales. “I was just a worker guy,” Sandager said. “The first job I ever had was potting roses in the greenhouse.” He also remembers doing a lot of fieldwork in his early days at Abrahamson. “They were more growers than they were retailers,” he said. “Although they sold what they grew, it was a much smaller business, very labor intensive.” In 1972, the Abrahamsons felt they could no longer run the family business. Sandager and his wife Sue bought the nursery, and expanded it into the business it is today. The nursery’s 90-year legacy continues to grow. Today, landscape design is the business’s primary specialty, supplemented by the garden center and greenhouse facets. A Stillwater location was added on Tower Drive, and a St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, greenhouse added in 2010. The Scandia location also added a new addition within the last year, converted from Linder’s greenhouse in St. Paul that went out of business in 2013. While Sandager primarily spends his time designing landscapes, Nielson said he and any member of the family can be found pitching in wherever help is needed around the nursery. Dan’s son Greg Sandager is now the majority owner of the business, and his wife Andrea and 5-year-old son Howie are also regulars around the place. “The business has thrived be-


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In the past few months, area residents have reportedly expressed concerns with the water quality in downtown Osceola, saying that it has become somewhat murky with a yellowish tint. Joel West, village administrator of Osceola, offers relief stressing that, “The Village is diligent in safeguarding our water supply and water infrastructure and responds to all questions and concerns regarding the water supply.” There are no issues with the water main, according to West, nor is the weather to blame for changes in water quality. Routine maintenance of the village’s water distribution system may disrupt sediment and temporarily impact the water’s appearance. Other scenarios requiring large quantities of water, such as firefighting, can also. However, according to West, there have been no recent actions within the village of Osceola that would require so much water. As it turns out, issues are more likely to be caused by existing issues with a building’s pipes—and the older the plumbing, the more likely it is that these issues can occur. In these circumstances, a plumbing inspection may reveal causes effecting water. The village’s water utility consumer confidence reports corroborate West’s asser-

tions. The last five reports, based on data collected from 2012 through 2016, show trace amounts of contaminants such as arsenic, barium and nitrate, but none high enough to violate federal standards set by the Environmental Pollution Agency. Osceola has two wells that bring water up from more than 400 feet underground. Chlorine is added to the water to kill bacteria. The water in Osceola is not only potable, meaning drinkable and up to all federal and state standards, but it is also treated for aesthetic imperfections. Treated imperfections include iron and manganese that affect both the color and taste of water. In addition, West noted, the village’s hydrants are flushed annually to ensure all the pipes are in working order and that water is being properly circulated. Village residents are advised to check the village website to confirm when flushing of mains will begin; also, signs will be posted in the neighborhoods. West urges anyone with concerns about their water to contact the village directly. “Complaints will be followed up quickly and resolutions will be found,” he says. To reach the village, visit http://www.vil.osceola. and submit a comment form. Alternatively, the village staff can be reached at (715) 294-3498.

OMC earns certification

WHAT’S IN THE WATER? What’s in the water? Surprised by the color of the water coming out of your tap? The reasons for changes can vary but many water systems encounter similar issues. Here are five common cases, from the Environmental Working Group ( Organic Material Dirt and other natural sediments settle at the bottom of water lines. If water starts flowing faster through the pipe — perhaps a water main broke or water was used to fight a fire — the flow can stir up sediment, tinting the water yellow or brown. Pipe Material When cast iron or lead pipes corrode, small pieces flake into the water. Iron and manganese can tint water orange to brown. Lead may make the water darker with tiny particles. Broken-down rubber plumbing materials may look like black particles. As with organic material, speeding the water’s flow can dislodge more materials. Air Air in the water can appear cloudy or white. ‘Upstream’ Pollution Rainwater can wash chemicals such as fertil-

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izers, pesticides or motor oil into the surface water or groundwater that feeds the tap. New Water Source A change in the source of a municipality’s water is one of the most common causes of changes in water quality, and can affect the appearance, taste, odor and quality of the water. What to do Discoloration doesn’t necessarily mean the water is dangerous. In many cases the culprit is harmless. Still, it’s good to investigate changes. If your water is milky or opaque, let it sit in a glass. If the cloudiness disappears, it was caused by air and is not a health concern. If your water is discolored, run cold water from the tap to see if it clears. Check with neighbors to see if they have similar problems. Then visit your municipality’s website or call the city office to check for recent announcements. Utilities may issue notifications about upcoming work to a main line or potential changes to the water supply. They may even advise using boiled or bottled water.

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Osceola Medical Center recently earned Medicare certification as a Rural Health Clinic. It joins the ranks of only 74 other RHCs in the state. The Rural Health Clinic program is intended to increase access to primary care services for Medicaid and Medicare patients in rural communities through the increased use of midlevel practitioners such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Its services can range from the acute to primary health needs, including urgent problems. Certification occurs after meeting all the necessary requirements of the Rural Health Clinic Services Act and successfully completing a rigorous inspection by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services. Unannounced inspections by the State also are required that evaluate, in part, the organizational structure, staffing and services provided. This certification “further demonstrates our dedication to providing high-quality, cost-effective health care services to our communities,” said OMC’s Rene Milner, chief medical officer.

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APRIL 18, 2018

PHOTOGRAPHER: Uses new technology to feature natural world

An unexpected subject The book owes its existence, in some part, to chance. After Blacklock was badly burned in 2014, his hands, which had needed skin grafts, became very sensitive to cold. He had been in the midst of compiling material for a book on Lake Superior, but the lakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s notoriously cold water made further progress unlikely. It was a friend in Osceola, Mark Kozlak, who suggested that the St. Croix might warrant Blacklockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was intrigued by the idea,â&#x20AC;? recalled Blacklock. He had canoed the river once before and had visited Interstate Park. But could he find enough of interest to fill a book? There was only one way to find out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My family and I did an exploratory canoe trip,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The water was very low at the time, so we were hitting rocks and did a lot of climbing out and hauling the canoe.â&#x20AC;? In spite of the low water, he was amazed at the sights and experiences the river had to offer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whitewater, variation in tree types and geology,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was certainly enough subject matter to make a river book.â&#x20AC;? To find out whether the project was tenable, he met with representatives of the St. Croix River Association. They told him that 2018 would be the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long to figure out that a book could be one of the ways to celebrate,â&#x20AC;? he recalled. Once it seemed the book was a go, Blacklock paddled every mile of the St. Croix and Namekagon.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gave me a good idea of what the river had to offer and where I wanted to go back and spend more time,â&#x20AC;? he said. Some places â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whitewater rapids on the Namekagon and upper St. Croix, the mature evergreens of Cedar Bend, potholes and basalt cliffs at Interstate Park and the riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sandstone cliffs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; drew Blacklock back again and again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think I paddled the entirety of the St. Croix and Namekagon twice,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and went back to some places three or four times. â&#x20AC;Ś It was interesting to me to discover how wild a feeling you can have being so close to the city.â&#x20AC;? He added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very different subject from Lake Superior, which is quite austere. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of wildlife.â&#x20AC;? Blacklock used a variety of techniques to capture the river and its attendant wildlife in compelling ways. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the flowers I used stacked focus,â&#x20AC;? he said. The digital processing technique combines multiple images with different focal distances. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It allows you to see things like you remember them, but until this technique came along we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the technology.â&#x20AC;? The bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aerial shots were captured by drone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unlike an airplane or helicopter, you can be two feet above the water or twenty,â&#x20AC;? he said of the technology. And advances in digital photography helped capture high-speed phenomena, such as birds in motion, with crisp focus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost a new medium,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very fun for me. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m 63 years old and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a kid in a candy store. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opened up things I could envision but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the tech-

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Great blue herons at Cedar Bend rookery, as pictured in Craig Blacklockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift.â&#x20AC;?

nology until now.â&#x20AC;? To Blacklock, the book is simultaneously a tribute and a reminder that the work of protection is not done. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are always people trying to chip away or take things out of protection, with variances or special use permits and so on,â&#x20AC;? he explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And even if the rivers stay completely protected, there are new threats: climate change, runoff from the whole watershed, farms and lawns, all tied to a growing population. Unless we can stabilize and reverse population growth, protections are moot. You have to look locally at what we can do but also become a global citizen.â&#x20AC;? In honor of the riversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; future, a significant portion of proceeds from book sales will go to the St. Croix River Association. Blacklock has scheduled several personal appearances at which people may see the book and exchange river stories with the photographer. All three editions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; collectorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, signature and museum imprints â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were hand bound in the United States. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The books are already signed but if someone

wants them personalized Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy to do that,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also fun for me to share stories and hear from people on the river.â&#x20AC;?

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