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Mammoths are still among us, according to Dr. Sharon Holte, director of education at the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Last Thursday at the Ice Age Visitor Center at Wisconsin’s Interstate Park, Holte invited Ice Age enthusiasts to learn more about work the Mammoth Site is doing to not only uncover ancient animals from 140,000 years ago, but to examine them and gain more insight into the Ice Age period. The Mammoth Site was established in 1974 after housing developers discovered mammoth bones during their digging. When paleontologists Jim Mead and Larry Agenbroad were called in to begin excavation, Holte said, “They knew they had discovered something spectacular.” After uncovering a

couple mammoths quickly, Mead and Agenbroad did not know that the count would be up to 60 mammoths in 2018. With the highest concentration of mammoths in the world, Holte explained that paleontologists wanted to know why the animal bones were gathered there. Developing the Mammoth Site as a nonprofit education and scientific research institution ensured the safety of the site in preserving and protecting it. In fact, the institute was built around the site, allowing excavation, research, tours and educational programming to occur inside. Holte noted one other benefit, “We left the skeletons and skulls where we found them, for everyone to enjoy.” As they excavated, a story about the mammoths slowly emerged. Over 140,000 years ago, the present Mammoth Site was SEE MAMOTHS, PAGE 10

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Dr. Sharon Holte holds the skull of an adult bear found among the mammoths at the Mammoth Site.

Readers of all ages will explore the world and their imaginations this summer as the Osceola Public Library offers “Discover New Worlds: Near & Far” during the Summer Learning Program. Activities may include art projects, crafts, science and engineering experiments. The 2019 Summer Learning Program is open to young people from preschool to young adult, with programs, prize drawings, storytimes, visits from the Bakken Museum, Carpenter Nature Center, Captain Jack Sparrow and much more. Families with pre-readers are invited to join the Family Reader portion of the program. Registration for “Discover New Worlds: Near & Far” begins on June 1, 10:30 a.m. during the Kickoff Party at the Library located inside the Discovery Center. For more information, call the library at 715-294-2310 or visit our website, All programs are free of charge and made possible by the generosity of First National Community Bank, Friends of the Osceola Library, and local businesses.

Wisconsin’s new hemp industry blooms Will marijuana be far behind? BY ELLIE COLBERT WISCONSIN CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

When Abbie Testaberg married her husband, Jody, in 2010, she told him to quit his job. He had been working for a medical marijuana co-operative in California when the couple met in Wisconsin. “I wanted him to forget what he was good at and passionate about and get a real job and we could move on with our lives,” Testaberg said. For awhile, the Testabergs and Abbie’s mother ran a cafe in River Falls, Wisconsin. The couple had two sons, both born with congenital disorders. Abbie Testaberg began researching alternative SEE HEMP, PAGE 11


Celebrating Millie Handrahan’s 88th birthday in 2009. Front, from left: Bea Hinz (deceased), Lori Baillargeon, Millie Handrahan (deceased), Ev Krenz. Back: Judy Carlson, Mickie Baillargeon, Marion Neumann, Georgine Mielke, Pam Mielke, Laurene Traynor. Current members not pictured: Helen Demulling, Margaret Handrahan, Sara Handrahan, Celine Krenz, Kathleen Larson, Renee Neumann, Diane Newman, and Joan Tonnar.

East Farmington’s Cootie Club spans generations BY JUDY CARLSON CONTRIBUTED


Jody and Abbie Testaberg are seen on their hemp farm, Kinni Hemp Co., along with their sons Aki, 8, and Ari, 6, in River Falls, Wis., on April 18, 2019.

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Since 1948, Evelyn (Hinz) Krenz has been a member of the Cootie Club. Originally a group of farm wives in the East Farmington community, members gathered to play pinochle and share a meal. When the game was done, various prizes were distributed. Then PUBLIC NOTICES 715-294-2314

the bountiful meal was served. An offshoot of Assumption Catholic Church Circle, members are partnered and host once each year. In earlier generations, some of the men came to eat before chores. Today, offspring of old-time members express fond memories of getting off the bus and coming into a lively

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house filled with women laughing, talking and having a grand time. Somewhere along the way, the game changed to Cootie, a silly progressive dice game. The group began calling itself the Cootie Club but the laughter and chatter didn’t change. Sometimes it’s really difficult SEE CLUB, PAGE 10

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INTERSTATE PARK Upcoming programs at Wisconsin Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls. Birding Hike, May 18, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Join ornithologist, Robin Maercklein, for a walk down the Silverbrook Trail. Discover the variety of birds that are passing through, returning, or are yearround residents of the park. Meet at the Silverbrook Trailhead in the Pines Group Camp. Buzz Bird, May 24, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visit the Ice Age Center to try a game of fun facts about backyard birds. Pet-A-Pelt, May 25, 10 a.m. to noon. Have you ever wanted to pet a fox or an otter? Now you can! Stop in at the front desk of the Ice Age Center to see and feel our many animal pelts. Wild Food and Folk Medicine, May 25, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Discover a delightful variety of foods and folk medicine that can be gathered from the wild, and in your own backyard. Though we won’t be harvesting wild foods from the park, we’ll talk about safe harvesting practices and how you can pick and prepare wild foods at home. Meet at the Ice Age Center. Pothole Trail Hike, May 26, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Meet at the Pothole Trail sign to take a hike along the bluffs with the park naturalist—and learn a little about the geology of this unique trail. Tracks! May 26, 1

p.m. to 3 p.m. A family friendly activity that allows visitors to compare track sizes and match tracks of Wisconsin animals. Meet at the Ice Age Center. Star in a Skit, May 27, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. All ages are welcome to join in acting out the story of a young tadpole. Hop on over to the Ice Age Center to begin your acting career. Wisconsin Symbols, May 27, noon to 2 p.m. Did you know Wisconsin has a state dog? We have a state muffin too. Learn many interesting tidbits about the symbols of WI. Meet at the Ice Age Center. Open House, June 1 and 2. Stop in for a variety of activities and crafts during the FREE Open House weekend (no park sticker required). Canoe Lessons, June 1, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wisconsin Interstate Park and the St. Croix River Association are joining forces to promote safety on the water. Meet at the Beach House on Lake O’ the Dalles to experience this FREE canoeing opportunity. Space is limited, so make sure to arrive early. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets will be provided. Nature Storytime, June 6, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Preschoolers and their caregivers join us for a nature story, activity, and snack. Meet at the Ice Age Center to start out the very first of our ongoing weekly summer nature program.

Exceptional performance for St. Croix Falls music student CONTRIBUTED WSMA

Seth Gudmunsen was among 526 Wisconsin students recognized for an exemplary performance at State Solo & Ensemble. The St. Croix Falls High School student performed an alto solo and tenor/bass solo. Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) last week announced the middle school and high school students and large ensembles identified by judges for “exemplary performances” in State Solo & Ensemble at one of 10 university locations

on April 27, May 3 or May 4. From over 11,000 vocal and instrumental solos and ensembles scheduled at the 2019 WSMA state festivals, 526 were selected as “exemplary” in the Exemplary Performance Recognition Project. State festival adjudicators identified the most exceptional performances at each of the state festival campuses through a two-step process: Step 1. Nomination Throughout the day, adjudicators nominated a limited number of performances that were truly exceptional – beyond what is typically expected.

Step 2. Final Selection At the end of the day, each adjudicator selected the most exceptional performances to receive the exemplary recognition from among those nominated. Selected students and schools receive a certificate from WSMA in recognition of outstanding performance at the state festival. For more information on WSMA State Solo & Ensemble and the Exemplary Performance Recognition Project, including all who were nominated and selected, go to


Osceola Intermediate School concert Fifth grade band students play “Eagle Summit March” at the May 10 OIS concert.

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Fifth grade actors Ava Schueller and Harper Burrs sing along during the musical “Harmony High.”

Bethesda Lutheran Church’s Annual

Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and heartfelt originals.

May 17, 2019 7pm • Doors Open 6:30pm • $20

Amery Classic Theatre • 118 Keller Ave S • Amery Advance tickets available at WPCA Mon-Fri, 7-11 or at *Brought to you by the Amery Arts Alliance*

Yard and Garden Sale Saturday, May 18, 2019

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Bedding Plants, Annuals, Perennials, Shrubs, and Vegetable Plants Bake Sale & Outdoor Crafts, Too! BETHESDA’S YOUTH CONCESSIONS – Free will offering – • Coffee & Sweet Rolls - 7 a.m. until gone • Breakfast Sandwiches - 7 - 12 p.m. Egg, cheese & ham on an English muffin

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Fifth graders sing the song “Think” in their concert “Harmony High” on Friday, May 10.

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MAY 17 OHS graduation Osceola High School will be having commencement exercises in the high school gym at 8 p.m.

having their annual Heritage Fest at the Scandia Community Center from 6 p.m .to 9 p.m. For tickets call (715) 579-8172 or (651) 433-3618.

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Clothing event

OMC Partners Rummage Sale

The Sharing Shop, a clothing store, located at Lakes Free Church, Lindstrom, is having its Spring Clothing Event from May 17, 9 a.m. to noon, and 5 to 7 p.m., and May 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. A small fee is charged.

The Partners of Osceola Medical Center will be holding their annual Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Riverside/Cascade rooms at OMC. Prices of all items, clothing, books, household goods, etc., are free will donations.

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Wildflower Walk

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Look for spring wildflowers on a walk at Standing Cedars. Meet at 1 p.m. at Engelwood Parking Lot, 215 280th St. Hike will be from 1-2:30 p.m.

St. Croix Falls will be having commencement exercises in the high school gym at 7 p.m.

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Last Wednesday Meal

Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1947 110th Ave., Dresser, will be having their annual yard and garden sale from 8 a.m. to noon.

MAY 29 Last Wednesday Meal will be served by Osceola Community Church at the Osceola United Methodist Church at 5:30 p.m. Free meal. Everyone is welcome.

Suicide Awareness Walk The annual Suicide Awareness Walk will be at Pine Park in Balsam Lake. The day includes a 5K walk and run, survivor memorials, mental health resources and a program featuring John Moe. Pre-walk events begin at 8:30 a.m. To register for the walk go to:

JUNE 6-7 Partners fundraiser The Partners of OMC will be hosting the Nutman Fundraiser, featuring nuts, snack mixes, chocolates and candy from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 7, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Riverside room at Osceola Medical Center.

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Inclusive playground community build

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

MAY 20 Polk County Genealogy The PCWGS will visit the Family Research Center in Barron. Meet at the northeast side of the Menard’s parking lot in St. Croix Falls at 8:45 a.m. and carpool together to the Center in Barron to meet with the assistants at 10 a.m.

All women and men aged 18 years and up are welcome to join in building Osceola’s Inclusive Playground at the Osceola Medical Center. No specific skill sets are required. Food and beverage provided. Learn more or sign up at https://

JUNE 8 Rhubarb Fest Osceola will be having their annual Rhubarb Fest at the Mill Pond Park.


MAY 21 Heritage Fest Sons of Norway will be

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Monday • The Dresser & St. Croix Falls Area VFW Post #4186

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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: scflibrary@ • Read & Review Book Group meets the last Monday of the month at Dresser Library, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. • The Voices of the Valley meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the ArtBarn in Osceola. This group is for adults with special needs who enjoy singing. FFI: (715) 494-0385. • The St. Croix Valley Camera Club meets the third Monday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Chisago County Government Center in Center City. Photographers of all interests and abilities are welcome. • The American Legion Post 221 meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center in the Osceola Discovery Center. FFI: (715) 294-3822.

Tuesday • Storytime every Tuesday at Osceola Public Library, 10:30 a.m. • St. Croix Valley MOPS Moms group meets the first and third Tuesday at New Life Christian Community in Dresser. Morning and evening meetings. FFI: stcroixvalleymops@gmail. com. • Tot-Time at Peace Lutheran Church, Dresser, first and third Tuesday at 10 a.m. For infants and preschool children and their parents/grandparents. Register at (715) 755-2515.

Wednesday • Saint Croix Falls Rotary Club meets in the Riverbend Room of the Saint Croix Valley Medical Center, noon. FFI: Warren White 715-4833010 or website at http:// • 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. • Get Lit Book Club, second Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m. at PY’s in

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Osceola. Stop at the Osceola Public Library for a copy of each month’s book. • Adult basic education classes at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC). Enroll any time. FFI: Call 800-243-9482 ext. 4257 or visit 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.

Thursday •Polk County Democrats meet the second Thursday of every month at the Village Pizzeria in Dresser at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday • Friends of the Osceola Library meet each second Saturday at the library at 10:30 a.m. 715-294-2657. • Osceola Running Club meets at Mill Pond Park in downtown Osceola at 7 a.m. Saturdays. Anyone interested in running for fitness and fun is welcome. The “Lap around Osceola” is a “no drop” jog of about 3 miles. FFI: go to www.runosceola. org, text or call Paul Smith at 715-410-6047. • River Valley Stitchers meet the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Senior Center, in the Discovery Center building. Quilters, sewers, knitters, and crocheters of all ages and skill levels are invited to attend. Bring your own project to work on.

Sunday • Times in Which We Live meets the first and third Sunday of each month at the St. Croix Falls Library at 6:30 p.m. DVDs are shown about current events. FFI: 715-755-3473. or email Steve at • An open song circle meets at the St. Croix Falls Public Library from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the second Sunday of the month. FFI: 715-501-4487. or liabeing@


WEDNESDAY • Osceola TOPS meets at Trinity Lutheran Church. Weigh-in, 7-8:20 a.m., meeting, 8:309:30. FFI: 715-755-3123. • Lego Lab, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Dresser Library. • Non-denominational men’s prayer breakfast, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Osceola Community Church, (651) 329-9535. • Tai Chi, 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Center in the Osceola Discovery Center.

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. New group begins on February 7. FFI: (715) 557-1431. • Osceola Seniors 500 card group, 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Senior Center in the Osceola Discovery Center.


• AA meets at Trinity Lutheran Church, Osceola at 7 p.m. Topic meeting. • Qigong, 9 a.m. at the Senior Center in the Osceola Discovery Center.

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. • Music and Movement storytime, St. Croix Falls Public Library, 10:15 a.m. • Little’s Storytime at Dresser Library, 10:30 a.m. • Osceola Seniors Duplicate Bridge, 2 to 6 p.m. at the Senior Center in the Osceola Discovery Center. FFI: Jeff, (715) 781-6080. • Qigong, 9 a.m. at the Senior Center in the Osceola Discovery Center.

TUESDAY • AA for women at Trinity Lutheran Church in Osceola, 7 p.m. • Seniors on the Go card group, 12:30-4 p.m in the Senior Center in the Osceola Discovery Center. • Storytime, Osceola Public Library, 10:30 a.m. FFI: 715-294-2310.

As happens frequently, Ansel came to the Arnell shelter when a family member received an “allergic to cats” diagnosis. This beautiful Russian Blue Grey gentleman is an amazing cat. He is easy going, affectionate, lazy, playful and friendly to everyone – dogs, cats and children. In his previous home he played tag with a large household dog, shared the litter box successfully with two other cats and enjoyed lap time with young children. Ansel is a big boy at 15 pounds; he is declawed and neutered. He needs to remain on a Urinary Care kibble diet available at any pet store (as is recommended for all male cats). Our handsome Ansel is the perfect cat for nearly any household. The UW Wanderoos Meat Raffle was an astounding success, setting a new record, raising $1,200. It was a fun time as always. The bar was filled with happy faces, meeting up with friends and donating chances to win steak or bacon. Thank you to everyone who joined us and helped to set a new record in Arnell meat raffle history. Our annual Shelter Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, June 22. We are now officially accepting donations to sell at the sale. It’s easy to let things pile up when you no longer need or use them. Dust it off, box it up, give yourself some breathing room. It feels so good to

make a dent in a clutter purge for a good cause. Our sale takes everything but clothing and old TVs/Technology. Tax-deductible donations are gladly accepted during business hours: Mon – Fri, 12 – 5 pm and Sat, 12 – 4 pm. Arrangements can be made to deliver after hours, if needed. Call before you arrive with large items. Our storage space is limited and if possible, we would like those items to be donated close to the sale date. Call with questions: 715 268-7387. It was a busy week of adoptions: four kittens, three cats, Kurt (our featured Pointer mix from last week) and a puppy. Most notable was the adoption of Mitted Brown Tabby, Penny. She had been waiting for a home since February 16, three months. In the end, the perfect placement was found. A recently single Grandpa came to the shelter with his granddaughter. Grandpa was lonely and missed having cat companionship in the house. Penny was more than happy to comply. Happy tears were shed. Our adoptable cat room remains full of great, one of a kind felines. Take your pick of Active, Quiet, Gorgeous, Short Hair, Cuddly, Independent or Mouse Manager. There is a cat to fit your life style and home. They don’t take up much room and offer a lifetime of love. If a dog is your desire, check out our adoptable dogs. Rocky is a Springer Spaniel Mix, white and black. Kermit is an enthusiastic tail wagging American Bulldog. Sterling has a tan wiry coat, worn in a haphazard Terrier way. Max is a Senior Beagle who still enjoys a scent to follow and a treat at the end of the day. Ms. Luna is a three month old Basset-Beagle-Pit Mix. Visit all of our adoptable pets at our website: ARNELLHUMANE. ORG

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What’s really the score?


egular readers of this column know that I enjoy a good science fiction story. Always have. I enjoy the stories that give us an insight to how we are (or aren’t) dealing with social issues of today by doing something totally over the top as an illustration of what we need to see today. “Black Mirror,” a British science fiction television show is a sort of “Twilight Zone” for today. It airs on the streaming service Netflix. A while back, I saw an episode entitled “Nosedive” where a young woman, living in a society where a person is judged and rated from one to five stars for every interaction, is hoping to improve her Publisher life. The ratings affect a person’s socioeconomic standing. A bad rating can affect what you pay for Tom Stangl a service or determine if you even get served. In the episode, the main character, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, wants to rent a new luxury apartment. In order to increase her rating, she agrees to be a bridesmaid at a childhood friend’s wedding. Her obsession leads to several mishaps on her journey to the wedding that culminate in a rapid reduction in her ratings. I thought at the time it was a rather biting indictment on how superficial and shallow we have become as a society, and how social media is limiting the real engagements we have with others in life to the point that we seem to be incapable of being genuine with others in real life. I thought it was a clever cautionary tale. I was wrong. It turns out life is indeed stranger than fiction. A real version of the story is set to take place next year in China. Last week I saw a news report about a new social credit system being tested in China. Every citizen will be scored based on their behavior. Good actions, like volunteering, and bad, like littering, are tracked using algorithms, artificial intelligence and facial recognition — and there are real consequences for a high or low score. Citizens are scored from 350 to 950, much like a credit score. The reporter doing the story talked to two Chinese citizens who are fine with the state surveilling them as well as reporting on their neighbors to the state every week. A low score can keep a person from travelling and limit the options for children to attend a good school. The report says that China has a network of 200 million surveillance cameras to keep tabs on its 1.4 billion citizens. The system will be rolled out nationwide next year. When I saw this two minute television report, my blood ran cold. What kind of world are we living in where we give up our privacy to the state in hopes of getting a better deal on a television? It’s easy to dismiss this as a totalitarian state finding a way to control its growing population, but I can’t help but wonder how much of this is already going on in our nation. We use social media to share personal thoughts and all sorts of photos, tell businesses what soap we like and publicly give our political opinions. Would we do the same if we were living in China? Would we do the same if we had to live on our “likes?” It may not be a hypothetical question. 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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wo headlines last week, one story stacked atop the other in the St. Paul Pioneer Press: “After 121 years, newspaper publishes its final edition,” and “Pair of newspapers turn to GoFundMe to survive.” A coworker set the page on my desk. That first headline grabbed my attention because the Warroad Pioneer, a paper in Minnesota’s far northwest reaches, is just one year younger than the Osceola Sun. Closing day, the Pioneer had 1,100 subscribers. The Sun has 1,000 on a good day. And although I certainly felt empathetic, I couldn’t help but feel some concern. After more than a century in business, the Pioneer could not secure a sustainable path for its future. Nor could it find a buyer. The publisher took out a loan last year to keep the small business afloat Editor after years of financial struggle. It Suzanne Lindgren was the last newspaper in a city that once had three papers. That city was growing. But business did not turn around. The Pioneer and papers like it survived the Great Depression. They rode out the Great Recession. And they can’t make it now? The media landscape is changing, indeed. There might be an alternative to taking out loans and shuttering doors, as the second article explores. That alternative? Asking for donations, which is what two weekly papers in southeastern Minnesota are doing. You know what they say about desperate times. The weeklies, the Dodge County Independent and the Steele County Times, have a common owner.

Their publisher reported he’d cut eight positions in the last year and a half. Then they put the Times’ office up for sale so the paper could afford to keep printing. Suddenly, asking for donations seems like the least of the desperate measures. “Through the campaign the newspaper hopes to bring to the community’s attention that newspapers are only able to stay open through the advertising support of local businesses and through community members showing their support by subscribing to the paper or picking up copies at newsstands,” editor Alex Malm of the Dodge County Independent said. Like Warroad, Dodge County was once home to three papers. Why have the times gotten so desperate, you ask? Advertising revenue has declined. Circulation has dropped. The outlook is not good. I know I wrote about this last week and I promise I’m not trying to be ominous. The revival of this theme was prompted by the news (you can thank my coworker). If you’re wondering about the future of this paper, I don’t have any information you don’t. However, we see that papers do fold, even those that have been around for more than a century. Time does not make any business immune to market dynamics. The support of readers and advertisers (and readers supporting advertisers) does matter. To those who are vocal about their support, we see you. We notice and are very much appreciative. For you, I hope this little paper lasts 100 years and beyond. I welcome your response to this editorial column:

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TO THE EDITOR Dog in the manger Cheryl Moskal’s recent letter on Federal Tax Spending drowns us in statistics. I counted 37, but these old eyes might have missed some. She obviously probes her topics, then packaged in a very Liberal agenda. We have today many trendy social justice advocates who seek a caretaking government as a cureall. Explaining how Ms. Moskal misuses numbers could take all day. Selecting just a couple might keep your attention: She notes that the Federal Budget spends only 2.2% of its total on education, “less than other industrialized countries.” The vast majority of schools’ funds

come from state and local sources. The U.S. really spends more money per student on education than the rest of the world. See https://www. us-education-spendingtops-global-list-studyshows/. Whether or not this spending is enough is arguable, but implying that others do more than the USA misinforms. She also states that in 2018 corporate tax rates dropped 47%. Prior to then, many corporations looked after stockholders’ fiduciary responsibility by moving overseas. Until 2017, the U.S. had the world’s highest corporate tax rates. We now have competitive tax rates as seen in https://www2.

dam/Deloitte/global/ Documents/Tax/dttl-taxcorporate-tax-rates.pdf. The objective is American jobs. Ms. Moskal continues her envy by following 47% drop with cases of growing corporate CEO salaries and of shares of wealth by the very rich. Considerhttps://www. As Arthur Chapman noted, “Envy is like a fly that passes all the body’s sounder parts, and dwells upon the sores.” She mentions nothing about the huge ownership of corporation stocks and bonds by employee pension funds, nor is there reference to government employees park-

ing their investments in corporate earnings, wary of governments’ trillions of dollars of unfunded liabilities. See https:// The current Administration pursues -- fair import/export treaties, lowering taxes, halting illegal immigration’s cheapening of labor, and curbing over-control of enterprise. So the USA now has record low unemployment and record high economic growth. Middle class workers have received their highest wage increases in over a decade. Doug Wellumson Osceola



e will be having our annual meeting on May 30 at 5:45 p.m. If you haven’t already joined the center and would like to, come to the meeting and support the center. Membership is $12 for the whole year, May 30 through June 1, or if you would like to not have to bother to renew each year $100 will buy a life time membership. We are always looking for more board members and will welcome anyone who would like to fill a spot on the board and also volunteer to be an officer. We appreciate all volunteers. are open to any suggestions Columnist toWe help make the Senior Center at gathering place for all seniors. Be Pat Willits sure to come to the annual meeting and share your ideas. To have the center open every day means we have to have volunteers to open the doors and to be there for a few hours and close the doors, etc. If you would like to take a day once a week or every other week, you could make coffee and offer snacks and conversation, etc. Just let us know and we can help arrange for you to do that. The Center is open most Tuesday for most of the

day time, stop in. There is someone there to visit and they play a card game or two at 12:30 p.m. They would enjoy anyone stopping by to snack and coffee, visit or join the card game. Usually a puzzle being worked on too. May 19 the Northern Lights 4H Club from St. Croix Falls will be providing our meal. That’s the third Sunday in May, so mark your calendars. They will be serving pulled pork sandwiches and potatoes and desert. Beverages of choice are available. This is their chance to give to the community. Serving begins at 12:30 for $8 and 500 cards will follow at approx. 1:15. Our Sunday Pot Lucks are very well attended, maybe you might like to join us, it’s free if you bring something to share, or a donation of $5. Stay for cards if you can. Food is always good and enjoyed by all who come. Call Joyce for rental information: 715-483-3466. Winners for Tuesday 5/7 500 winners: Jan Johnson. Hand and foot winner: Bill McGrorty. Winners for Thursday 5/9 500: Shirley Sims, Betty Wilson, and Cathy Smith. 9Bid: Shirley Sims and Ray Nelson. The Center is closed on Mother’s Day 5/12/19. The center is located downtown St. Croix Falls, 715483-1901.

POLK COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS What’s all the buzz about? When it comes to bees, what’s all the buzz about? Since there are fewer bees around, that means I won’t get stung- right? Wrong. Fewer bees mean fewer pollinators. Fewer pollinators mean our food source could be in jeopardy. We often hear about the Eco Chain and how important it is to survival. The pollinators are small but a very vital part of that chain. So, what can you do? Simple. Keep their food source as pesticide free as Columnist possible. One question I received was from a gentleman who wanted to know how Julie Kuehl


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To improve, Congress needs to look inward


here are a lot of reasons why Congress finds itself hamstrung in Washington and discounted by the people it serves at home. But in the end, the demons Congress has to fight are its own. If it is to return to relevance, effectiveness, and higher standing in public opinion, the paths it must follow start on and wind through Capitol Hill. For starters, Congress has gotten into some terrible legislative habits. The worst is the omnibus bill, which is emblematic of the deeply rooted issues Congress faces. These bills are thousands of pages long and they bypass pretty much the entire legislative process. Good process is not about effiColumnist ciency. It’s about bolstering your Lee Hamilton chances of getting things right. And that means handing authority back to individual members and to the committees so that what comes out of Congress can benefit from the creativity and insights of a wide range of talented politicians. This step, however, requires another: Congress has to spend more time legislating. Its members work very hard, but not at legislating. Yet if the political and legislative process is a search for remedies to our nation’s problems, then it needs care and attention. Building expertise and finding consensus — even within one’s own party — takes patience, skill, perseverance…and a lot of time. And honestly, if members of Congress can’t make the time to re-energize the practice of negotiation and compromise, then what hope is there? The definition of being a responsible lawmaker is to deal with divisions and to move the country forward anyway. Otherwise, each side just sits in its corner and maneuvers to beat the other at the next election and we, as a nation, spin in circles. Finally, Congress needs to spend far more of its energy looking over the executive branch. The current hearings on the Mueller report highlight what’s been lacking: this kind of attention should be paid to every nook and cranny of government. The point of all this is that without a functional Congress, we don’t have a functional representative democracy. I don’t expect all these things I’ve mentioned to be resolved easily or quickly. But I want to see Congress again become an institution SEE HAMILTON, PAGE 8

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Learning from Scientists

Sanders tops Democratic field in Wisconsin donations


y husband, Peter, and I just spent a couple of days staying with our scientist friends. I’ve honestly never had scientist friends before, so there is a lot to learn. One of our scientist friends, Wolfgang, is responsible for filling the ice cube trays (which is my job at home) but seeing a scientist do it made me feel like a rank amateur. If there was competitive ice cube tray filling, Wolfgang would be in the elite ranking and I would not have made the preliminaries. “What is he doing?” I whispered to Mary, Wolfgang’s scientist wife. Columnist “He’s checking to see if the meniscus is even on all the cubes,” Carrie Classon she told me. I tried to look as if I understood. I failed. “You know, the curvature of the water caused by surface tension.” “Uh huh,” I answered, appreciatively. This was impressive for so many reasons. First of all, if I get some water in each of the trays without spilling too much on the counter, I call it a good day. Secondly, I got a thrill just knowing I had a friend who used the word “meniscus” in a sentence—even if she did feel the need to define it for me. The great thing about Wolfgang is that if you mentioned that, just perhaps, the ice cubes did not need perfectly matched menisci, (now I even know the plural of meniscus! I can literally feel my brain expanding!) Wolfgang would immediately agree. He does it because he is curious. What will happen when they freeze? Suddenly I wanted to know too. After the ice cube adventure, we went on a hike. Going on a hike with scientists means learning the proper names of flora and fauna, as opposed to what Peter and I do—which is just make stuff up. “There are a lot of toilet paper tube plants along the trail this year,” Peter will remark, and I know exactly what plant he’s talking about. “They’re not actually called that,” I inform him. “What are they called?” he asks. “I don’t know.” So, they remain “Toilet Paper Tube Plants” in the Carrie and Peter Lexicon, even though there is undoubtedly an interesting name for them that we are simply too lazy to look up. Wolfgang and Mary would never do this. They would want to know what the plant was really called and, on the way to discovering its name, they would learn something interesting about the Toilet Paper Tube Plant that we would never have suspected. I love how scientists make sense of a seemingly disordered world. But the world is full of ridiculous acts of randomness that defy logical explanation, and this is probably my favorite thing about scientists. Even better than observing the meniscus of an ice cube or looking up a proper name instead of just making one up, I love how scientists seem to appreciate the absurd more than anyone else. Because there is no scientific model to explain why a bird would decide to poop on Wolfgang’s head (not once but repeatedly!) when no one else was hit. And yet it happened. And that is hilarious—especially if you’re a scientist. I will never think like a scientist. I will never be as curious or as diligent or as patient. But it is SEE POSTSCRIPT, PAGE 8

Three years after beating Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin’s presidential primary, Bernie Sanders has topped the wide field of Democratic candidates in the burgeoning race for donations in the state. The new fundraising figures are the latest sign the Vermont senator continues to court some Badger State Democrats, following a recent Marquette University Law School poll that showed Sanders leading the party’s field as 32% rated him a “top choice” for president. The Democratic presidential primary is about a year away, and Wisconsin is seen as a key state in the November 2020 presidential sweepstakes. In all, Sanders logged $41,435 in campaign donations from Wisconsinites over the first three months of the year, according to FEC data, placing him first among a score of contenders. Those donations, coming from 121 individuals, came from across the state — Eau Claire, Madison, Milwaukee, Mosinee (where Trump rallied supporters in October) and more. used the latest campaign reports filed with the FEC to compare candidates’ fundraising prowess from Jan. 1 through March 31 in terms of total donations from state donors. In all, the field raised $115,736 from individual donors over the period. The results showed Sanders leading the pack, with U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris a distant second. The former California attorney general, who was rated as a “top choice” for president by 11% of respondents in the Marquette poll last month, raised $19,957 from individual Wisconsin donors. And rounding out the top five were: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts ($14,693); Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, In-

diana ($12,450); and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota ($11,037). Seventeen percent of respondents called Warren a “top choice” as a Democratic presidential candidate. Buttigieg was at 7%, while Klobuchar hit 8%. Of the top fundraising candidates, just two visited Wisconsin after officially launching their 2020 presidential campaigns this year: Sanders, whose blustery April 12 visit to Madison came after the first quarter fundraising period ended; and Klobuchar, whose visit to Eau Claire back in mid-February marked her first presidential campaign stop. No other Democratic presidential candidate raised more than $10,000 from Wisconsin donors over the period, according to their fundraising reports. Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden — the second-highest ranked Democratic candidate in the April poll — didn’t have a first-quarter fundraising report at the FEC site. He only officially got into the race last week. U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, of Massachusetts, also didn’t have fundraising figures posted over the first three months of the year. His bid for the presidency began April 22. Following is a breakdown of the other Democratic presidential candidates’ donations from Wisconsin: • Andrew Yang, who first filed as a presidential candidate in November 2017, logged $4,343 in donations from three Wisconsin individuals over the period. Yang is an entrepreneur and founder of Venture for America. The biggest donor to his campaign, who contributed nearly $3,100, is Wausau-based Ming Tao Jiang, the CEO of Marathon Ginseng. Yang’s other two contributors listed themselves as software testers or developers at Verona’s Epic Systems. • Beto O’Rourke listed $4,323 in Wisconsin donations during the

first quarter. The former Texas congressman and U.S. Senate candidate has visited Wisconsin twice this year — once in mid-February and once in March, days after he officially launched his presidential bid. His donations were spread out across 14 individuals, with Residential Property Management Director Jim Miller, of Wauwatosa, logging the largest contribution, at $715. None of the contributors listed donated on March 17, the day O’Rourke visited Madison and Milwaukee. • U.S. Sen. Cory Booker raised $2,345 from Wisconsinites in the first three months of the year. Booker, of New Jersey, made his first stop in Wisconsin as a presidential candidate April 23, weeks after the first-quarter fundraising period ended. Booker’s biggest total contribution came from Madison resident Patrick Hughes, who gave $600 over the period. Hughes, who listed himself as not employed, is one of nine Wisconsin donors to Booker’s campaign. • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a former U.S. representative, reported getting $2,100 from four Wisconsin donors over the period. Delafield resident Michael Jury, who listed himself as not employed, logged the highest total donations over the period at $1,100. • U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, of Hawaii, raised $1,480 from six people in the state, who listed their addresses as in the Milwaukee area as well as Wausau and Menomonie. • U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, listed $914 in donations from two Wisconsinites: Sidney Grossberg, a Milwaukee physician, and Chad Speight, a Monona alder and president of Chads Design Build. • Author Marianne Williamson received $410 from one Wisconsin SEE REPORT, PAGE 8

KUEHL: What’s the buzz with pollinators and why garden for them? FROM PAGE 5

the pollinators. Just like when we eat a meal, we need something to drink, so do pollinators. It can be a shallow plate or a bird bath with rocks they can land on. Keep the water fresh. The big question seems to be what plants will attract pollinators –anything in the daisy or mint family, salvias, marigolds, petunias, begonias, lobelia, alys-

sum, ageratum, celosia, Mexican heather, verbena, zinnias, purple coneflowers, nepeta, roses, Penstemon, impatiens (for a shadier area), lavenders, lilies, and irises. When you go to your local nursery, check the plant tags for good pollinators. A reminder: some of the big killers of pollinators are pesticides and habitat loss. We all need to do our part to prevent further loss of these beautiful and helpful crea-

tures. If you have a question or a topic for me to explore or explain, let me know at gardenvarietycolumn@ Remember the Polk County Master Garden’s Annual Plant Sale at Soo Line Park in Amery on June 3 starting at noon. Our meetings are the second Monday of the month (check Events in paper for speaker) at Justice Center in Balsam Lake. Until next time, keep playing in the dirt.




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Dreaming big Little Miss Forest Lake wins Little Miss Minnesota BY JOLENE CABLE CONTRIBUTED

Eight-year-old Forest Lake girl, Ali Cable, recently competed in the America’s Little Miss Regional Pageant in Bloomington where she shed tears of joy with a big win. Cable, the great-granddaughter of Leone Montgomery of Osceola, not only captured the crown but now has the opportunity to move on to


Change is necessary. Nothing of any value has ever come into our lives without change. When spring comes we look forward to the change. We look for signs of spring with anticipation and perhaps excitement. The nature turns from cold and brown to warm and green and we look forward to summer days ahead. Seasonal changes are relatively easy for us. We know the harsh winter weather will eventually give way to the warmth and new life of spring, although sometimes we wonder! Yet life changes aren’t as easy for us. One of the hardest things any of us can ever do is to leave the comfort of the familiar to move into the challenge of the unfamiliar. Take for example the story of Joshua in the Bible. He was Moses’ right hand man through most of Israel’s wanderings. One day God sends him this word in Joshua 1:2, “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them.” We have the advantage of looking back on this story to know

that Joshua became a great leader. His leadership guided the nation of Israel into the land God had promised them. But have you ever thought about the emotion he felt with God sent the word that Moses was dead and now he was to take the responsibility of leading the nation Israel? Moses was all Joshua had known his entire life. Moses was the constant source of guidance and encouragement. Moses was, in a sense, Joshua’s comfort zone, the one thing he had always been able to rely on. Now, Moses was gone and things would never, ever be the same. Moving from the familiar to the unfamiliar is never easy, but it is easier when we have a roadmap that tells us where to go and assures us that, although things will never be the same, the change will be better and the process make us stronger. The roadmap Joshua relied on as a young man with a seemingly insurmountable task was God. Joshua had watched Moses’ interactions with God. He had listened in on Moses’ conversations with God. Most importantly, perhaps, he had seen God use Moses mightily during 40 years of wilderness wanderings. Later in chapter one of Joshua, God comes to Joshua with a chal-

lenge and a promise that each of us can grab onto as we move forward in life. “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) Joshua was encouraged by God to be strong and courageous. Not because of Joshua’s own abilities. Not because God was going to show him through some vision exactly what would happen. Joshua’s strength and courage came on the promise that his God, the God he’d seen display amazing power, was going to be with him always. Joshua didn’t know what his future held, but he knew who would guide him through it. It’s interesting to note that Joshua had some setbacks in life. God doesn’t remove the setbacks, he uses them to strengthen us. Life brings many changes. We move from the familiarity of high school to whatever life brings beyond that; relationship changes; basic life changes of growing older; financial changes and the list goes on. Whatever change you are facing now, relying on God will help bring you through it. Be strong. Be courageous. Your faith in a loving God guarantees he will walk you through it. He knows exactly what tomorrow brings.

Visitor spending up 5% in Polk County Ali Cable Nationals in Orlando, Florida, in July. The competition consisted of Introduction and Personality, FashSEE LITTLE MISS, PAGE 10


The Wisconsin Department of Tourism announced last week that tourism’s impact on the state’s economy reached $21.6 billion in 2018. The findings are a part of

a study conducted by Tourism Economics highlighting continued growth across the state’s tourism industry. Last year, tourism supported over 199,000 jobs and visitor trips topped 112 million visits. The announcement came as Wisconsin’s tourism industry celebrated

National Travel and Tourism Week, May 5-11. Locally, travelers to Polk County spent $91.7 million in 2018. The close position of Polk County to the metro area of Minneapolis and SEE SPENDING, PAGE 8

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 & 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 Associate Pastor Scott Adkins 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, 10 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

M ti att Zion Zi Lutheran L th Ch h Meeting 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: Worship 9 and 10:45 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 Jack Starr 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 Pastor Dwaine Sutherland Find us on Facebook! SUNDAY: Worship, 8:30 a.m. 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 Rev. Kelli Clement 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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Helen Gladys Swanson entered eternal life on May 5, 2019, 10 years to the day of the passing of her h husband Gail Swanson. She w was 89. Together they worked sside by side on their Pioneer D Dairy Farm of New Richm mond. Born to Ewald and Pearl W Wurst on Dec. 1, 1929, Helen g graduated from Osceola H High School in 1947 and a attended the Minnesota S School of Business in 1948. S She worked at Mt. Olive Luttheran Church in St. Paul u until her marriage to Gail S Swanson in 1950. From a nine year old peeling potatoes for threshing crews to an amazing ability to cook and feed an army of family, friends and workers at the drop of the hat, no one ever left her table hungry or unimpressed. Like most farm women of her time a huge garden and canning were the order of the day and the aroma of fresh baked bread, homemade jam and tempting desserts made Grandma’s kitchen a fun place to visit. As a child Helen loved tramping through the woods and became an avid reader who often found trouble hiding out with a book instead of doing chores. As an adult her advice and guidance was priceless. She loved birds, from a graceful pair of nearby Trumpeter Swans that raised 58 offspring over the years to the tiniest of humming birds. Helen loved her Lord, her family and the farm. Gail and Helen were blessed with five children, David (Rita), Scott, Doug (Heidi), Craig and Trudi (Randy); grandchildren, Heather, Joel, and Heath (Helen) Swanson, Kurt (Shanna) Getschel, Michelle (Jason) Kiecker, and Chelsea (Jason) Getschel; great grandsons, Blake, Bryce, Cole, Frankie, Owen, and Matthew; step-grandson, Chris (Tracy) Moreno and step-great grandchildren, Morgan, Josh, and Abigail; sisters, Elaine Bryan and Vivian Swanson. Funeral Services were held May 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Osceola with Rev. David Rosenow, officiating. Interment was in the Oak Grove Cemetery East Farmington. Arrangements with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.

Hazel Ione Schaar of Osceola died May 8, 2019, at the Christian Community Home in Osceola. She was 95. Hazel was born June 23, 11923, to Albert and Minn nie (Roeben) Springer in O Osceola. She was employed at the F Farmington grocery store a and was also a cook for m many years at the Osceola H High School before retiring. Hazel enjoyed playing c cards, cooking and dancing w with Pete. She especially e enjoyed spending time with h her children and grandchild dren. Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Minnie Springer; husband, Pete Schaar; daughter, Julaine Nicklas; granddaughter, Jody Mullen and siblings, Carl, Jack, Vern, Ernest, Otto, Irene, Isabelle and Tillie. Hazel is survived by her daughter, Judy (Dick) Mullen; son-in-law, Ron Nicklas; granddaughter, Kelly (Matt) Melby; great-grandsons, Chayden and Max Melby and her nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held May 13, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church in East Farmington with Rev. William Brassow officiating. Interment was in the Oak Grove Cemetery, East Farmington. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.

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lovely to know people like them. It might even inspire me to a be a bit more curious myself. As a matter of fact, I’ve decided I’m going to look up the Toilet Paper Tube Plant and see what it’s really called… someday soon. Carrie Classon’s memoir, “Blue Yarn: A Memoir About Loss, Letting Go, & What Happens Next,” was just released. It is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other fine stores. Learn more at

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we can be confident is playing a constructive role in our democracy. And until it gets its house in order, I don’t see how that will happen. Lee Hamilton is a Senior Advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar at the IU Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice at the IU O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

donor over the period: Mary Vernon, of Madison, who listed herself as not employed. • And former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper raised $250 from one Wisconsin donor, FEC data shows. That is retired Mequon resident Alden Taylor. The other five Democratic presidential candidates — Julian Castro, who spoke April 13 at the state Democratic Party’s Founders Day Dinner, Eric Swalwell, Tim Ryan, John Del-

aney and Wayne Messam — didn’t list any Wisconsin donations to their campaigns over the first quarter of the year, according to the FEC. The Capitol Report is written by editorial staff at WisPolitics. com, a nonpartisan, Madison-based news service that specializes in coverage of government and politics, and is distributed for publication by members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. Copyright ©



Artists from Earth Arts Spring Art Tour, May 3-5. Back row: Dick Mindykowski (Native Art), Mary Sicora (My Little Bags), Earl Duckett (Ducknest Photography), Shawn Wilkerson (staff). Front row: Colleen Gifford Foxwell (director, Polk County Tourism) Mary Hannahan (Eco Fire Bars).

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St. Paul accounts for much of the visitor spending, as city folk get away to Polk County’s parks, trails and waterways. The Polk County Tourism and Promotional Council supports local tourism by offering a conference each fall that features local businesses, marketing experts and Regional Tourism Specialist Julie Fox. Recently, the Information Center has become part of the Spring Arts Tour featuring local artists during the three-day weekend art event. “Tourism plays a critical role in our community and continues to grow, and from an economic standpoint, the numbers reflect that we are pleased to see that the visitor spending increased 5.07% from the previous year,” said William Johnson, chairman of the Polk County Tourism and Promotional Council. “Last year’s numbers are very encouraging and we hope to capitalize on this momentum in the coming summer season.” Statewide, traveler spending generated $1.5 billion in state and local revenue and $1.2 billion in federal taxes, saving Wisconsin taxpayers $680 per household. Last year, tourism achieved a Return on Investment of 7 to 1: $7 in tax revenue per

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Law enforcement was dispatched in late February to an Amery home r regarding a 911 call r reporting a d death. Over t two months l later 55-yearo Jon Scott old S Staebler Staebler w taken was into custody in connection with the death. Staebler is sitting in Polk County Jail after a cash bond was set for $25,000 and has been charged with Intentionally Subjecting an Individual at Risk to Abuse-Cause Death. According to the criminal complaint, a deputy arrived at an Amery home February 20, after Staebler made a 911 call reporting that his 87-year-old mother had died at her residence. Allegedly Staebler reported his mother was cold to the touch and had died sometime in the night. The deputy met with Staebler who stated his mother was on the bathroom floor in the upper level of the home.

The deputy confirmed she did appear deceased. He observed she was wrapped in blankets and had pillows tucked under her head. The blankets appeared to be unwashed and streaked with what appeared to be feces. The deputy stated a small TV had been set up on the toilet. Staebler allegedly said his mother had suffered from a stroke about six weeks prior and he was unable to lift his mother off the ground, so he tried to make her comfortable in the bathroom where she had been since the time of the stroke. When asked why he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t call 911 at the time of her stroke or in the days following, Staebler said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know, I guess I thought I could nurse her back to strength myself, in retrospect, I probably shouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve called someone.â&#x20AC;? When asked the last time he saw his mother alive, Staebler said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometime last night.â&#x20AC;? He had tried to wake her that day and discovered she was deceased. During an interview Staebler said he typically checked on his moth-

Fake social media account leads to arrest BY APRIL ZIEMER EDITOR@THEAMERYFREEPRESS.COM

A former Amery resident currently residing in Centuria has been charged with felony bail jumping after he broke bond conditions by starting a fake social media account. March 27, 48-year-old Kenneth G. Meyer was charged in Eau Claire

County with three felonies, including child enticement, attempted second-degree sexual assault of child and using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime after allegedly initiating numerous sexual conversations with a girl he thought was 14 years old. The girl the man was communiSEE ARREST, PAGE 23

NOTICE BOARD OF REVIEW The town of Farmington will have Board of Review on Saturday, June 1, 2019 beginning at 7:00 p.m. and will immediately adjourn to a future date. Notice of the date will be published & posted prior to the Board of Review. Debbie Swanson, Clerk/Treasurer

TOWN OF OSCEOLA PLAN COMMISSION MEETING Tuesday, May 21, 2019 â&#x20AC;˘ 6:00 P.M. Town Hall, 516 East Ave. North, Dresser WI Meeting agenda items include the following matters for discussion and possible action by the Plan Commission in Open Session: â&#x20AC;˘ Review Comprehensive Plan This is a complimentary notice. A complete agenda is posted at the Town Hall, Dresser Post OfďŹ ce, First National Community Bank and on the Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at

er around 10 a.m. He said if she were still sleeping, he would continue to check on her throughout the morning to see if she was awake and ready to eat. He said she had been sleeping a lot lately, but was almost always awake by 1 p.m, which was the time he had found her the day he called 911 to report her deceased. Staebler said his mother was in an accident in October 2018. Since she was shook up from her accident, he said he had been at her house every day since. He said since then her health was limited but until the latest health episode, she was able to feed herself and could go to the bathroom on her own. He believed the latest episode to be a mini stroke that took place approximately six weeks ago. He said she felt weakness in her legs and lay down on the bathroom floor. He said he did his best to make her comfortable by bringing her pillows, blankets and a television. Staebler said he thought it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be


long and she would be up and going again. Staebler said since laying in the bathroom his mother would only eat a couple little meals a day. He said he would provide her containers so she could go to the bathroom. He said he would clean her up and change her clothes, but thought his mother just gave up over the last few weeks of her life. He said he was the only person who knew of his motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s condition and that she was stranded on the floor. He said during her time on the bathroom floor they never discussed getting her medical attention. He said he did ask a man he had grown up with if he was coming to Amery at any point, and if he was, if he could help get his mother off the floor. He said the man never came. When asked if his mother was getting any sores from lying on the floor 24/7, Staebler responded, â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I had to clean her up, I only cleaned the backside SEE ABUSE, PAGE 23

REQUEST FOR BIDS 2019 Road Improvements Town of Osceola, Polk County, WI NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town of Osceola is accepting bids for road improvement projects for the 2019 season as follows: Road Improvement Projects Pulverize and Pave Chip Seal/Fog Seal Crack Fill/Flex Patch/Route Spray Patch Wedge Centerline Striping

Quantity .90 miles 2.13 miles 4.52 miles Various Various 2.13 miles

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 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Bids will be opened on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. and will be awarded at date and time to be determined. Lorraine Rugroden, Clerk/Treasurer

Neichole Jean Dix, 26, Amery, was arrested May 2 for possession of THC and possession of drug paraphernalia. Michaela Jo Sillman, 25, Turtle Lake, was arrested May 2 for possession of THC and possession of drug paraphernalia. James Michael Goodwim, 25, Centuria, was arrested May 3 for misdemeanor domestic battery and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Nasheika Athena Albertus, 29, Frederic, was arrested May 3 for disorderly conduct with a domestic enhancer. Katie Marie Simpson, 23, Dresser, was arrested May 3 for bail jumping misdemeanor. Charles Conrad Potting Jr., 38, Shell Lake, was arrested May 3 for bail jumping. Jeremiah M. Freitag, 34, Frederic, was arrested May 3 for disorderly conduct. Kudzai Sydney Muringal, 23, Roseville, was arrested May 4 for felony fleeing, reckless driving and obstructing an officer. Harold John Eggert, 63, Barron, was arrested May 4 for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug para-

phernalia. Kenneth G. Meyer, 48, Centuria, was arrested May 1 for felony bail jumping. Shawn A. Hanson, 44, Rice Lake, was arrested May 1 for possession of THC. Joshua J. Handrahan, 32, Amery, was arrested April 29 for domestic battery, domestic disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony bail jumping (x2). Bradley Bart Quinn, 34, Osceola, was arrested April 29 for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation hold. Haillee D. Jewell, 20, Osceola, was arrested April 30 for strangulation, domestic abuse and battery bodily harm. Kenneth A. Bellinger-Bushard, 34, Osceola, was arrested May 5 for misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property. Duane Walter Mosay, 28, Luck, was arrested May 5 for possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor bail jumping, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear warrants. SEE REOCRDS, PAGE 23


NOTICE OF MEETING TO ADJOURN BOARD OF REVIEW TO A LATER DATE The Board of Review of the Town of Osceola will meet on the 4th day of June, 2019 at 6:45 P.M. at the Osceola Town Hall, 516 East Avenue North, Dresser, Wisconsin, for the purpose of calling the Board of Review into session during the 45 day period beginning on the 4th Monday of April, pursuant to Sec. 70.47 (1). of Wis. Statutes. Due to the fact that the assessment roll will not be completed at this time, it is anticipated that the Board of Review will be adjourned until Monday, the 22nd day of July, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Notice is hereby given this 10th day of May, 2019 by Lorraine Rugroden Clerk/Treasurer

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hearing on contempt, and B. This order for hearing on contempt on the judgment debtor(s) by personal service, unless otherwise authorized by law. 3. If the judgment creditor(s) does not appear at this hearing, the Motion may be dismissed. 4. The judgment debtor(s) may avoid appearing at this hearing only by, prior to the hearing date, either A. Paying the judgment in full, including costs and accrued interest, or B. Delivering an accurate and complete Financial Disclosure Statemnt to the judgment creditor(s). $ ÂżQGLQJ RI FRQWHPSW IRU QRQappearnace or failure to comply with the courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s order may result in any or all of the following penalties: â&#x20AC;˘ Imprisonment for up to 6 months. â&#x20AC;˘ Forfeiture of not more than $2000 per day. â&#x20AC;˘ Any other order necessary to ensure your compliance. 42-55Sc WNAXLP




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Teen defendant in shooting case sentenced BY APRIL ZIEMER EDITOR@THEAMERYFREEPRESS. COM

A teen that shot a woman while she was out hunting last fall has been sentenced. As reported in the Amery Free Press in October 2018, charges were filed against 17-year-old Nicholas Sempf-Nyren, Deer Park, who was facing two felonies and three misdemeanors after the Sept. 30 shooting of the 33-year-old Clear Lake woman. Sempf-Nyren originally denied having anything to do with the incident. He told investigators that he “was scared that the accident would ruin everything that he had going for him,” and explained that he liked playing sports and hunting and, “didn’t want one thing to ruin his life.” He was charged with

Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Injury By Negligent Use Of A Dangerous Weapon, Duty To Aid Victim Or Report Crime, Obstructing An Officer and Illegal Shining Of Deer Or BearsAs Party To A Crime. Sempf-Nyren faced up to 15 years in prison and up to $52,000 in fines. May 6 he was sentenced to three years of probation, but that sentence was stayed. Instead, he’ll serve 100 hours of community service for each year of probation. He will also lose his hunting privileges for five years. He’s also ordered to retake a hunter safety course. If Sempf-Nyren follows through with the conditions of his sentence and has no new convictions, he could be eligible to have the case expunged from his record.

CLUB: Gathering brings bonds FROM PAGE 1

to get through the 10-round game due to heavy laughter and conversation. There are no rules and regulations, only enjoying each other’s company. Ev Krenz’s sister-in-law, Bea Hinz, joined in 1945, and like Ev, had also been a member for 71 years at the time of her death in 2016. Emily Hinz, Ev’s mother-in-law and Bea’s mother, belonged before they did. Now Bea’s daughter, Joan Tonnar, is a third generation member. The club goes way back to Lena (George) Viebrock’s era. And Lena’s three daughters would follow: Lola Murphy, Rose Mielke, and Mildred Handrahan. Rose’s daughter-in-law, Georgine, has been part of the group for 47 years. Her daughter-in-law, Pam Mielke, has been a member since 2009 and incredibly is a fourth generation participant of the ongoing neighborhood club. Rose’s daughter, Elaine Norlander, was indeed also a member. Mildred’s daughter-in-law, Sara Handrahan, has been part of the group for 41 years and Margaret, Mildred’s daughter, joined upon moving back to East Farmington when she retired, which makes both Sara and Margaret third generation members. Gertrude (Paul) Mielke was also a member when her daughter, Kathleen Larson, joined in 1988 to help her mother in her later years. Kathleen remains in the club today. Mickie and Lori Baillargeon are second and third generation members, respectively, as both Mickie’s mother, Emma Jahnke, and mother-inlaw, Danelda Baillargeon, were also long-time members. Emma’s sister, Ann Klink, and her sister-in-law Tilla Potting, had also been participants. The remainder of the 16 current members are first generation who have been welcomed into the club. They include Laurene Traynor, Celine Mussell, Renee Neumann, Marion Neumann, Diane Newman, Helen Demulling, and Judy Carlson. Although possibly not a complete list, deceased members include Angie Leisch, Charlotte Demulling and ‘Aunt’ Billie, Edna Bochman, Ethel Brandt, Geri Jahnke, Kathryn Boucher (Lola Murphy’s daughter), Nettie Viebrock, Peggy Hinz, Josie Krenz, and Margaret Brandt…who reportedly always served her delicious hamburger, rice and celery hot dish in a big blue roaster. However, it wasn’t only Margaret who served a yummy meal. For generations, hostesses have put forth their favorite delectable and scrumptious family recipes. As a transplant to East Farmington upon marriage, this Cootie member cannot imagine living in a finer community than East Farmington (and don’t tell anybody, but she’s not even Catholic).

MAMMOTHS: Mammoth expert visits Wisconsin Interstate Park FROM PAGE 1

a sink hole, measuring 67 feet deep and a quarter mile wide. During this time, the sinkhole filled with warm spring water. On cold days, many mammoths would enter the sinkhole to enjoy the water and when they tried to get out, the bottom and walls of the hole were too slippery for them to climb out. Over thousands of years, sediment filled the hole and hardened in to rock. In the ‘80s, Mead and Agenbroad wanted to know how old the site was. At the time, the most effective method was carbon dating, which estimated the site was 26,000 years old. However, a newer method of dating — optically stimulated luminescence or OSL — is more showed that the site is 140,000 to 190,000 years old. Using OSL, scientists can see how long a sample from the center of a rock has been exposed to the dark. According to Holte, the method has “proved to be really accurate.” But why were all of the mammoths young males? The best way to answer this question and other questions surrounding the climate and its effects during this time was to excavate neighboring caves for smaller ani-

mals. Why? “Small animals can tell us what is going on with the environment,” Holte said. In 2015, the team began excavating the Persistence Cave in the Wind Cave National Park. During the dig, excavators found bones from rattle snakes, frogs, foxes, prairie dogs, bats, weasels, birds, bob cats, black bear, marmots, several species of rodents, horse, bison, camel, rabbits and pica. Many of these animals are not native to South Dakota anymore, illustrating Holte’s point that “each animal can tell a story about the past.” Those connections are still being researched. The team has expanded its research into the Greater Plains, digging up bison. Holte explained that bison are a keystone species and essential in understanding the Ice Period because there is a direct correlation between bison size and climate. For instance, Holte has determined that larger bison lived in colder climates while smaller bison existed in warmer ones. During her visit last week, Holte took the time to excavate bison in Becker, Minnesota, on the Snake River, which has now been deemed


Dr. Sharon Holte holds up the mandible of an adult mammoth, describing how to tell the age they died by examining their teeth.

the Snake River Fossil Site. Many students from nearby schools took field trips to help with Holte’s excavation and found a plethora of bones, one of which was a bison femur that Holte showed during her presentation. Ongoing projects for Holte and her team include creating new exhibits highlighting animals and climate change, making the Mammoth Site more accessible for disabled individuals by installing

elevators, widening the current staircase to the excavation site, continuing to 3Dprint and scan bones, and continuing children’s’ tours. Along with the site’s motto, “We Dig Big,” they also research big and will continue their work because learning what took place before the existence of man is pivotal in our understanding of life and the environment today.

LITTLE MISS: Girl with family in Osceola wins Little Miss Minnesota FROM PAGE 7

ion Modeling and Formal Wear. Cable is a second grade student at Scandia Elementary. She loves learning new things and time with her classmates and friends. She enjoys riding horse (western pleasure), track and field, ATV riding, hiking and dance. She’s had a busy year already, coming out of competing for the first time in dance,

and taking home two golds with her tap and jazz group. Cable believes that being a princess involves being kind to others, helping family and friends and volunteering in the community and also for a cause. She is compassionate about caring for the planet, saving the bees and coming up for a cure for ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Her hero and uncle is currently battling

this disease. She hopes to raise awareness in hope of a treatment or a cure. Ali’s Motto “A” is for “Always” - Always show kindness to others. “L” is for “Love” - Show love to those around you. “I” is for “Imagine” - Imagine you can be anything!

100 Women Who Care surpasses member goal Northwest Passage is awarded $10,100 BY JULIE HALL 100 WOMEN WHO CARE POLK/BURNETT

The philanthropic group 100 Women Who Care - Polk/Burnett held its fourth quarterly meeting on Tuesday, May 7, at Northwoods Crossing Event Center in Siren. It was a milestone meeting, as the group welcomed their 100th member just days before. An additional 13 women joined the group the night of the meeting, increasing their membership to 113. Bremer Bank donated a cake to honor the group’s milestone achievement, which was enjoyed


Several “100 Women Who Care” members present a check to Northwest Passage. during the presentations. The evening started with an update from Connections Store & More/Burnett County Food Shelf/Indianhead Community Action Agency, Inc. (ICAA), the last group to receive 100 Women Who Care – Polk/Burnett’s quarterly donation. Josie Penber-

thy spoke on behalf of the group and shared they were in the midst of making upgrades and renovations to better serve their clientele, and have been able to purchase more fresh, healthy food to share with those in need. Three non-profit organizations presented to the group at the meeting,

and Northwest Passage was ultimately chosen to receive the donation. Northwest Passage is dedicated to restoring hope through innovative mental health services for children and families. Ben Thwaits spoke on behalf of Northwest SEE 100 WOMEN, PAGE 16

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HEMP: Business, production growing in Wisconsin; some wonder whether medical marijuana is next FROM PAGE 1

treatments in addition to Western medicine. This exploration led Testaberg back to her husband’s previous job — cannabis. “Thinking about alternative healing and wellness options for my kids opened me to the realities of medical cannabis, which my husband already knew,” Testaberg said. “On the journey, so far, my biggest interest is better understanding the plant and the endocannabinoid system to consider how my children may benefit.” Now, Testaberg has devoted her career to cannabis, and to the production of one form of the plant — hemp — which recently was legalized in Wisconsin. Testaberg is an authorized hemp grower and processor in Wisconsin, which launched an industrial hemp pilot program in 2018 and now has more than 2,100 applications for licenses in 2019. Hemp is a member of the cannabis sativa plant family — the same family as marijuana. The plant looks essentially the same but has been bred to contain less than 0.3% of THC, the chemical that causes the “high” in marijuana. In comparison, marijuana seized by federal officials averages about 12% THC. Some hemp license holders are growing the plant now in anticipation of legalization of marijuana in Wisconsin, which is gaining support from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and a growing numbers of lawmakers. But GOP leaders who run the Legislature plan to strip decriminalization and medical marijuana legalization from Evers’ budget.

Wisconsin a historical leader in hemp In the early 1940s, Wisconsin led the country in the production of hemp. At one point during World War II, the state had 42 hemp mills. Wisconsin’s climate and diverse farming industry make it an ideal environment for growing hemp, according to Irwin Goldman, professor and chairman of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Horticulture. “We obviously have a big dairy industry, but we also grow a lot of fruits and vegetables, we have forages to feed the dairy animals, we have lumber for paper,” Goldman said. In 1970, industrial hemp got swept into the federal Controlled Substances Act along with marijuana and became a Schedule I drug. This effectively placed a ban on growing the crop in the United States for nearly 50 years. Farmers in Wisconsin started planting hemp again in May 2018, after Act 100 authorized a pilot program overseen by the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Production (DATCP). That legislation, passed on a unanimous vote, was made possible by the 2014 Federal Farm Bill, which ended the decades-long ban on hemp. Modern day hemp has numerous uses, including fiber products, building materials such as drywall, paper, biofuel, food such as cereal and bread, cosmetics — even jeans. The top use for hemp in the United States is for cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-intoxicating substance used for a variety of medical conditions.

Hemp helps Wisconsin farmers State Sen. Patrick Testin, R-Stevens Point, who was the lead sponsor of Act 100, sees hemp as a way to support Wisconsin farmers. In 2017, there were $820 million dollars in hemp product sales in the United States. The Hemp Business Journal estimates this will grow to $1.9 billion by 2022. “This is an opportunity for us to reintroduce a crop that we once led the nation in, to help our farmers raise up their margins but more importantly, the research and innovation is going to open the door here in the state of Wisconsin,” Testin said. “I am thoroughly

convinced … that within the next five to 10 years, Wisconsin is going to be the national leader in industrial hemp again.” The Testabergs were among the first 135 growers to plant seeds last year in Wisconsin. In 2018, a total of 1,850 field acres and 22 greenhouse acres were planted statewide, according to Jennifer Heaton-Amrhein, a policy analyst at DATCP. Applications to grow and process hemp have grown dramatically for the program’s second year — over 2,100 people have applied for the licenses this year. Evers has recommended adding five full-time positions and an additional $300,000 to support the program in his 2019-21 budget. The program is supported in part by fees, including a one-time $150 license fee, $350 annual registration and $250 annual sampling cost. Before harvest, DATCP tests the plant for its THC content; anything above 0.3% is considered marijuana, and the state orders it to be destroyed. Additionally, participants must pass a background check. Anyone with a felony drug conviction is banned from the program. State, federal laws clash Wisconsin officials are striving to update state regulations to conform to the 2018 Federal Farm Bill. “The only constants in the industrial hemp program are change and ambiguity,” Heaton-Amrhein said. “There are a lot of gray areas, and the reason is that there is this merging of federal laws and state law, and they’re not necessarily consistent.” Many of these inconsistencies are addressed in Senate Bill 188, known as “Hemp 2.0” or the Growing Opportunities Act, a bipartisan bill that Testin introduced on April 30. The bill would redefine marijuana to exclude hemp and remove THC found in hemp from the controlled substances list, among other provisions. These legal ambiguities had real consequences for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. After the 2014 Farm Bill allowed states to implement industrial hemp research pilot projects, the tribe voted to create its own in 2015. Marcus Grignon and other Menominee tribal farmers planted industrial hemp on about 3 acres of the reservation in northeastern Wisconsin. On Oct. 23, 2015, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raided the farm and destroyed the 33,000 plants. The tribe sued the federal government, arguing its program was legal under the 2014 federal legislation. But a judge disagreed, saying the law only applied to state-run hemp programs. Grignon has since enrolled in Wisconsin’s industrial hemp program. “Hemp is growing again in tribes, it’s growing again in Wisconsin, and it’s growing again across the nation,” he said. CBD is biggest hemp product CBD accounts for 23% of the hempbased product sales in the United States in 2017, the Hemp Business Journal said. Growing hemp for grain or fiber and growing for CBD are different processes, said James Jean, the business developer at Legacy Hemp, a company that works with farmers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota. CBD plants require more hands-on labor and are often grown indoors. They also can be much more expensive. Seeds can cost between $1 and $5 each, while grain and fiber seeds can run $4 a pound. Farmers stand to make a high income from producing CBD — but it can be risky, in part because infrastructure for processing and selling hemp is still developing in Wisconsin, Jean said. “We believe that market bubble is going to pop, because everybody is jumping into the game right now,” Jean said. “If you don’t have a buyer and contract


Hemp tincture, also known as hemp oil, is seen at Wellflower, a shop that sells CBD products and hemp flower in Madison, Wis., on March 28, 2019.


Hemp has a diversity of uses including fabric, CBD oil and food. In 2017, CBD oil and personal care showed the highest sales nationally.

on paper going into it, it’s going to be a scramble at the end of the season to get the yield and the cash flow that people are expecting.” Another risk in growing hemp for CBD is the possibility that the crop will be above 0.3% THC. This happened to 21 of 295 samples in Wisconsin last year, including one of Testaberg’s. She had to destroy a small amount of her crop that tested “hot.” Almost all CBD varieties will go above 0.3% at some point of the season, Heaton-Amrhein said. This depends partly on the genes of the seed, and DATCP has banned the use of one variety. Farmers are responsible for testing the crop regularly and harvesting at the right time to ensure their crop is under 0.3%, she said. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is researching how THC levels vary in hemp to determine how farmers can avoid having to destroy crops. ‘It’s Hemp, It’s Fine’ On a Sunday morning in April, nearly 500 people attended It’s Hemp, It’s Fine, billed as Madison’s first-ever hemp/CBD expo. Attendees could test CBD in products from chocolate to cocktails. Besides the samples, a local CBD retailer sold a bottle of pills for $60 and $380 for up to 2 ounces of tincture. Jeff Oler and his daughter, Elizabeth Pierson, are newly enrolled in Wisconsin’s hemp program. Both use CBD and plan on growing CBD-rich hemp on 1 acre of land near Richland Center. Oler waited to join the program until the second year — he wanted to see what happened during the first year before investing. But they have faced difficulty in finding and connecting with other growers, processors and buyers because the state keeps the names of hemp license holders confidential. The legality of CBD depends on how

it is marketed. If companies are just bottling it up and selling it, that is legal. But if they are marketing it as a cure to any sort of aliment, it is not legal. Still, it is hard to enforce, and Heaton-Amrhein says it is “the wild, wild West out there” when it comes to CBD. Products claiming to be CBD have turned out to have no CBD or above the 0.3% THC concentration limit, Testin said. The new bill would prohibit the mislabeling of hemp products. Testin said some participants in the hemp program are learning to grow the plant because of its similarity to marijuana. The Republican senator said he is “not there yet” on legalization of recreational marijuana, but is exploring options for the legalization of medical marijuana. “But,” he added, “there are a number of my colleagues in the Senate who are not supportive of any form of either medical or recreational, so it is going to take some time.” This story was produced as part of an investigative reporting class in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication under the direction of Dee J. Hall, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism’s managing editor. The Center’s collaborations with journalism students are funded in part by the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment at UW-Madison. The nonprofit Center ( collaborates with Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television, other news media and the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication. All works created, published, posted or disseminated by the Center do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of UW-Madison or any of its affiliates.



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Osceola continued to climb the Middle Border conference ladder with a pair of wins last week. The Chieftains defeated the Amery Warriors 10-3 and followed that with a 6-3 decision over the Ellsworth Panthers. The wins move Osceola into a second place tie with St. Croix Central in the MBC standings with 6-4 records. New Richmond has secured at least a tie for conference title with a 10-0 mark. Osceola never trailed Amery as they opened the scoring with a run in the first and a pair in the second to take a 3-0 lead. After the Warriors closed the gap to 3-2 the Chieftains tacked on a run in the fourth, five in the fifth and capped their scoring with a solo tally in the seventh. “Matt Schultz was dominant on the mound for us,” Osceola coach Kyle Collins said. “He gives our team a lot of confidence when he pitches. I thought our guys did a


Osceola teammates welcome Josh Schultz at home plate after his seventh inning homerun. The Chieftains have moved up to second place in the MBC standings.

nice job playing as a team. We continued to put pressure on Amery by scoring in five out of the seven innings. It felt like every inning we threatened. That puts a lot of strain on a defense and a pitcher.” Schultz, Logan Clark and Nick Carlson led the 14 hit Osceola offense with three hits each. Logan Maxon had a pair of Chieftain safeties. Schultz was the winning pitcher going 6 2/3 innings.

Osceola showed their pitching depth at Ellsworth as Maxon went the first five innings, giving up just two hits and two runs to pick up the win. Carlson pitched the final two innings to get the save. Clark, Matt Schultz and Josh Schultz each collected a pair of hits to lead the Chieftains. “I was so happy to see Logan SEE BASEBALL, PAGE 15


Second baseman Mikayla Quigley squeezes a popup during the Osceola game with New Richmond. After a tough week in MBC last week the Chieftains are looking to rebound.

Softball team looking for momentum for playoffs BY RON JASPERSON SPORTS WRITER

The Osceola Chieftain softball team had three home games last week. Osceola was hoping for a big week to close out the Middle Border conference schedule and prepare for the upcoming WIAA Regionals. They did not get what they had hoped for. The Chieftains dropped their first game of the week to a powerful Ellsworth Panthers squad.

The New Richmond Tigers were the next team to visit Osceola and they too knocked off the Chieftains. The Somerset Spartans completed the painful week for Osceola as they also came away with a win. “We have been playing hard but coming up a little short,” Osceola coach James Gillespie said, “either with a tough inning or struggling to produce offenSEE SOFTBALL, PAGE 16

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Osceola turns attention to the big meets BY RON JASPERSON SPORTS WRITER

The auditions have been completed. The Osceola Chieftains wrapped up their ‘pre-season’ track and field meets by hosting a quadrangular meet last week. Now the focus turns to the Middle Border conference meet. The Osceola boys placed first in the final tune-up with the girls earning the runner-up spot. The meet completed the busiest part of the Chieftain schedule, giving girls head coach Theresa Ellefson and boys head coach Rick Stewart one more chance to peruse the depth of the Chieftain schedule before they have to make tough decisions on who will compete in the biggest meets of the year. “We competed four times in 11 days against quality teams so we used Tuesday’s home quad as an opportunity to rest (some athletes) and do last minute prep for the conference meet,” Ellefson said. “I was really pleased with our last regular season meet of the year,” Stewart added. “We had beautiful weather and are very grateful to the staff, students, parents, and community members who helped make this meet possible. We could not have hosted this meet without them.” The Osceola girls came up with wins in four of the 18 events led by freshman Mallory Johnson who placed first in the high jump with a leap of


Osceola’s Shaylee Feske and St. Croix Falls’ Jordan Braund push hard at the finish of the100m dash. The Chieftains embark on their most important meets of the year in the next few weeks.

5’ 0” and first in the 100m hurdles. Katie Haase had a great race in the 300m hurdles to place first and Caroline Gearin won the pole vault event. “Katie Haase had great night achieving season personal records in the triple jump and disc and a career personal record in the 300 hurdles,” Ellefson said as she talked about some Chieftain highlights. “Both Sydney Regan and Brooklyn Wegner threw career personal records in the throwing events. Caroline Gearin had a season personal record in the pole vault clearing 10’ 6”. The Osceola boys placed first in seven events led by freshman Quinn McDonald who won the 3200m and was a part of the first place 3200m relay team. McDonald was joined in the relay by Blake SlatSEE TRACK, PAGE 15


Freshman Jacob Regan is part of the depth of the Chieftain boys track and field team. Osceola won a quadrangular meet last week on their home turf and now look forward to the conference meet.

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Soccer splits a pair of MBC games BY RON JASPERSON SPORTS WRITER

Last week was good for the Osceola Chieftain soccer team. For a while it looked like it was going to be a great week Osceola started the week with a thrilling win over the Barron Bears and then went to Somerset to play the Spartans. The Chieftains held a 1-0 advantage against Somerset at intermission but the Spartans rallied in the second half to secure the win. Osceola has continued to improve throughout the season and had posted a nice 2-0 win over Spooner the previous week. The Chieftains had played Barron tough at Osceola on April 2 so they were confident when they traveled to Barron to take on the Bears. “The last time we played Barron we lost 3-1 so this time we were hoping to show improvement,” Osceola coach Nathan Anderson said. “The first half we had several breakaways that we could have scored with two chances falling to Evelyn Juneski that we couldn’t quite finish. We hoped that in the second half we would keep it up.” Neither team was able to dent the goal in the first half and in fact as the game wore on it appeared that a 0-0 tie was a reality. Osceola was again getting chances but could not capitalize.

“We had many opportunities again but couldn’t put them away,” Anderson said. “In the last ten minutes, Barron scored but we didn’t give up.” As the game clock ticked toward the game’s conclusion the Osceola offense desperately looked for the equalizer. They finally got it but even did a little better. “Becky Ringlien put Jenna Armstrong through and Jenna put it past the keeper,” Anderson said. “Then, with two minutes left, Jenna was fouled in the box and converted the penalty kick. The team showed great perseverance after going down 1-0 to come back and win it with less than six minutes left.” The game at Somerset took on a defensive tone in the first half. Both teams seemed a little cautious as they not only were challenged by the opposition but also a tough swirling wind that played tricks on any airborne ball. Osceola gained control at midfield and with an effective rush on the Spartan goal Armstrong converted the game’s first tally. The Chieftains held on to their 1-0 lead throughout the remainder of the half. Somerset put on an effective offense after the break and converted on their chances. The Spartans SEE SOCCER, PAGE 15


Osceola keeper Lauren Kremer gets her leg into a goal kick during first half action in Somerset. Osceola split a pair of MBC games last week.

It’s down to the wire for MBC golfers BY RON JASPERSON SPORTS WRITER

There is only one big meet left in the Middle Border conference this season. On Wednesday, May 15, the eight MBC schools will meet at Krooked Kreek Golf Course in Osceola to determine which team will claim the 2019 hardware. The New Richmond Tigers currently are in the driver’s seat leading the standings with 58 team points. A hard charging St. Croix Central

squad is next with 53 points, and the Chieftains in a dark horse position with 49 points. Osceola will have a little edge going into the final conference meet playing on their home course. Last week Osceola met the other MBC teams for two events. The teams played the front nine at Pheasant Hills for team points and then turned around and played the back nine for team points the same day. The front nine was an indication of how tightly bunched these

teams are. St. Croix Central placed first on the front nine, one shot better than Baldwin-Woodville, two shots better than New Richmond and four shots ahead of Osceola. If each Chieftain golfer could have cut just a single shot from their score it would have vaulted Osceola into a first place tie for the event, but that’s sports. Jacob Hall continued his stellar SEE GOLF, PAGE 16

Opening day fishing report


missed the Wisconsin Fishing Season opener watching my son play in a baseball tournament in St. Cloud the same day. But local fishing guide Ben Elfelt ( was out looking for walleyes and crappies with his buddy Tom Tauzell and found fish but it wasn’t easy. If you asked just about anyone who went out on the opener you’d hear the same description that summed it up for most who didn’t catch fish…. “It was SLOW!” Elfelt and Tauzell started out on a bigger lake in western Wisconsin minutes from my house but after Wild River 5pounding the water for a while and Trails getting blanked they packed up and moved to different popular lake. They Jim Bennett caught a few fish including a 24”

walleye and a 38” long pike that was very skinny but still made for a great picture if you held it right. Elfelt knew he had to make another move to have a successful day so he decided to head to another lake. According to Elfelt, “The water temperature on the bigger lakes was around 50 degrees so I decided to find a smaller, shallower body of water that would be a bit warmer with more active fish. Then we searched out small patches of green weeds and they held a few active fish using “side scanning” sonar but we couldn’t see them on the sonar. Then we tossed 1/8 ounce UV colored jigs tipped with fathead minnows from a distance and got into fish. The key was to work the baits super slow from a distance.” “We had to stay well away from the weed patches because the weeds were in about 4 feet of water and the SEE BENNETT, PAGE 19

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SCOREBOARD BASEBALL May 16: OHS at Prescott. SCF vs. Grantsburg. May 17: SCF vs. Prescott. May 20: OHS vs. St. Croix Central. May 21: SCF at Hayward. Osceola Chieftain Baseball Spooner at Osceola (unofficial) May 6, 2019 Spooner Batting AB R H RBI Nauertz 4 1 1 0 Buchman 3 0 1 1 Ch Melton 3 0 0 0 S Melton 4 0 1 1 Brimblecom 2 0 1 0 Kissack 4 0 1 0 Ca Melton 3 1 2 1 Lambert 3 0 0 0 Kubnick 2 1 1 1 Hotchkiss 0 1 0 0 Totals 28 4 8 4 Osceola Batting AB R H RBI M Schultz 2 1 1 0 Schmidt 3 1 2 0 Clark 3 0 0 0 Carlson 2 0 0 0 J Schultz 3 1 1 2 Maxon 3 0 0 0 Rutledge 3 0 0 0 Mork 2 0 1 0 Lalim 3 0 0 0 Totals 24 3 4 2 Osceola Pitching IP H R ER BB SO Rutledge 4 4 2 2 1 4 Maxon (L) 1 3 1 1 1 1 Carlson 1 1 1 1 1 3 Lalim 1 0 0 0 1 0 Spooner Pitching IP H R ER BB SO Brmblcom(L) 7 4 3 2 3 3 Score by Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 F SHS 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 4 OHS 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 Osceola Chieftain Baseball Osceola at Amery (unofficial) May 7, 2019 Osceola Batting AB R H RBI M Schultz 5 3 3 3 Schmidt 4 1 0 0 Clark 5 2 3 2 Carlson 3 0 3 1 J Schultz 4 1 1 1 Rutledge 3 0 0 0 Maxon 3 1 2 1 Mork 3 1 1 0 Lalim 2 1 1 0 Bjerke 2 0 0 0 Totals 34 10 14 8 Amery Batting AB R H RBI Forest 4 0 1 1 Smith 4 0 0 1 Martin 3 0 0 0 Stern 2 0 0 0 Pake 3 0 0 0 Sillman 3 0 1 0 Kempf 2 2 1 0 Hopke 2 0 0 0 Hiltner 1 0 0 0 Gouker 2 1 0 0 Jonns 1 0 0 0 Totals 27 3 3 2 Amery Pitching IP H R ER BB SO Hopke (L) 3 2 3 2 6 7 Martin 1.2 8 6 3 1 0 Forest 2.1 3 1 1 3 1 Osceola Pitching IP H R ER BB SO MSchultz(W) 6.2 3 3 1 2 5 Lalim .1 0 0 0 0 0 Score by Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 F OHS 1 0 2 1 5 0 1 10 AHS 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 Osceola Chieftain Baseball Osceola at Ellsworth (unofficial) May 10, 2019 Osceola Batting AB R H RBI M Schultz 4 1 2 0 Schmidt 3 1 1 0 Clark 4 1 2 1 Carlson 3 1 1 1 J Schultz 3 1 2 1 Maxon 3 0 1 2 Rutledge 4 0 0 0 Mork 2 0 0 0 Wallis 1 0 0 0 Lalim 2 1 0 0 Totals 29 6 9 5 Ellsworth Batting AB R H RBI Woodland 3 0 0 0 Cain 2 0 0 0 Merhkens 1 1 1 0 Mallon 2 1 1 0 Kemmerer 2 1 1 2 Lange 3 0 1 1 Mitchel 3 0 0 0 Matzek 3 0 0 0 Stuhl 1 0 0 0 Voecker 2 0 0 0 Totals 22 3 4 3 Ellsworth Pitching IP H R ER BB SO Broadway (L) 4 7 4 2 2 3 Cain 2.2 2 2 2 2 4 Merhkens .1 0 0 0 0 0 Osceola Pitching IP H R ER BB SO Maxon (W) 5 2 2 2 2 4 Carlson 2 2 1 1 1 3 Score by Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 F OHS 0 1 0 0 3 0 2 6 EHS 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 MBC Baseball Standings May 10, 2019 Team Conf. Overall 1) New Richmond 10-0 12-6

2) St. Croix Central 6-4 2) Osceola 6-4 4) Prescott 6-5 4) Baldwin-Woodville 6-5 6) Somerset 4-6 7) Amery 2-7 8) Ellsworth 1-10

10-7 7-6 12-6 8-6 11-8 4-7 1-11

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May 16: MBC at Krooked Kreek. SCF Conference at Turtleback. May 21: Regional at Bristol Ridge. May 28: Sectional at Hayward. June 3: State at Madison. Osceola Chieftain Golf Results May 10, 2019 Pheasant Hills Golf Course Hammond, WI (front nine) Team Results 1) St. Croix Central 164 2) Baldwin-Woodville 165 2) New Richmond 166 4) Osceola 168 5) Amery 174 6) Prescott 190 7) Somerset 195 8) Ellsworth 228 Osceola Individuals Jacob Hall 38 Drew Willeman 41 Nick Kremer 44 Colton Wilmot 45 Ryan Leidle 45 Medalist, Max Davis, New Richmond, 37. Osceola Chieftain Golf Results May 10, 2019 Pheasant Hills Golf Course Hammond, WI (back nine) Team Results 1) St. Croix Central 160 2) Amery 167 2) New Richmond 167 4) Osceola 172 5) Baldwin-Woodville 177 6) Somerset 187 7) Prescott 199 8) Ellsworth 219 Osceola Individuals Jacob Hall 37 Ryan Leidle 44 Nick Kremer 45 Drew Willeman 46 Co-Medalists, Jacob Hall, Osceola, Mason Bohatta, St. Croix Central, Blake Peterson, New Richmond, 37. St. Croix Falls Saints Golf Results May 7, 2019 Hosted by Unity - (9-holes – front nine) Team Results 1) Frederic/Luck 165 2) Grantsburg 184 3) Clear Lake 191 4) Unity 194 5) St. Croix Falls 204 6) Webster 218 St. Croix Falls Individuals Mitchel Steele 45 Kullan Parks 50 Tyler Moryn 52 Hunter Stelton 57 Medalist, Ethan Alexander, Frederic/ Luck, 36. St. Croix Falls Saints Golf Results May 7, 2019 Hosted by Unity - (9-holes – back nine) Team Results 1) Grantsburg 169 2) Frederic/Luck 171 3) Unity 187 4) St. Croix Falls 202 5) Clear Lake 211 6) Webster 214 St. Croix Falls Individuals Kullan Parks 44 Mitchel Steele 48 Tyler Moryn 52 Hunter Stelton 58 Medalist, Jared Lee, Grantsburg, 36. Middle Border Conference Golf Standings May 10, 2019 1) New Richmond 58 2) St. Croix Central 53 3) Osceola 49 4) Amery 42 5) Baldwin-Woodville 40 6) Prescott 22 7) Somerset 17 8) Ellsworth 9

SOCCER May 16: OHS vs. Baldwin-Woodville. May 21: OHS vs. New Richmond. May 23: OHS at Spooner.

SOFTBALL Ellsworth at Osceola (unofficial) May 6, 2019 Ellsworth Batting AB R H RBI O’Neil 4 2 2 3 Giese 4 2 2 1 Kummer 4 2 1 1 Earney 3 1 1 1 Nugent 4 1 1 1 Carlson 3 1 0 0 Johnson 3 0 0 0 Bartels 2 0 0 0 Swanson 2 1 0 1 Totals 29 10 7 8 Osceola Batting AB R H RBI Palmsteen 1 0 0 0 Danenmller 3 0 0 0 Getschel 2 0 0 0 Miller 2 0 0 0



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Tennis to play in conference tournament BY RON JASPERSON SPORTS WRITER

The Osceola Chieftain tennis team played their last dual meet of the season last week against the Ellsworth Panthers. Although Ellsworth took home a close 4-3 decision Osceola showed improvement. Next up for the Chieftains is the conference tournament on May 14 in New Richmond and then it is on to Regional play in Baldwin on May 20. “It was an exciting end to the conference matches last night in Ellsworth,” Osceola coach Beth Friedrichsen said. “Both No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles were able to get a win for the season, which was such a great feeling.” Nolan Claassen lost the first set at No.1 singles but came back to win the second and third sets to earn a team point.

“Nolan really found some confidence and motivation to finish his points and just to play better,” Friedrichsen said. “It was really fun to watch him play the second two sets. He is a smart tennis player and it was great to see him end the regular season on a high mark.” Hahns Huebsch and Jedidiah Durand picked up a straight set win at No. 1 doubles for Osceola. Both sets ended in 6-3 scores. “I think Hahns and I have shown real improvement throughout the season, winning our last two matches before the MBC (tournament),” Durand said. “I think we can agree that we both want to go out there, play the best we can, and leave it all out on the court.” “Hahns and Jed played really well,” Friedrichsen added. “It was good to see the old team back at it. It will be a


Nolan Claassen notched a big win for Osceola at No. 1 singles last week against Ellsworth. The Chieftains will play in the conference tournament at New Richmond this week before beginning Regional tournament play May 20 in Baldwin.

tricky seeding meeting (this week).” Zeke Lowney and Colin Krentz, newcomers to high school tennis this season, won a thrilling

three-set match at No. 2 doubles. The Osceola team won the first set in a tie-breaker, lost the SEE TENNIS, PAGE 16


An early three run homer hit by sophomore Sam Wilson set the stage for the 6-1 win over the Frederic/Luck baseball team on May 9.

Saints baseball team notches a pair of Lakeland wins When and Where: May 6 at Turtle Lake/Clayton Outcome: St. Croix Falls 3, Turtle Lake/Clayton 2 Summary: The St. Croix Falls baseball team got solid pitching and just enough hitting to claim a 3-2 decision over Turtle Lake/ Clayton. When and Where: May 9 at Frederic/Luck Summary: The Saints earned their second Lakeland conference win of the week with a 6-1 win over Frederic/Luck. St. Croix Falls pitching held Frederic/Luck to just two hits in the impressive win. The Saints scored three first inning runs, added a pair in the third and one in the fourth to pull away to a convincing win. What this Means: St, Croix Falls upped their Lakeland conference record to 6-3 and trails only Webster who is still undefeated at 9-0. Upcoming: Grantsburg will play at St. Croix Falls on May 16 in a Lakeland conference game. On May 17 Prescott visits the Saints in a non-conference tilt. SCF travels to Hayward for another non-conference game on May 21.


Senior Elsie Flom throws a pitch in the Saints softball game in Turtle Lake on May 6.

SCF softball completes regular season play, prepares for Regionals

When and Where: May 6 at Turtle Lake/Clayton Outcome: Turtle Lake/Clayton 12, St. Croix Falls 2 Highlights: Turtle Lake/Clayton scored four runs in the first inning and four more in the fourth on their way to a 12-2 win over St. Croix Falls. The Saint managed just four hits against tough pitching. When and Where: May 9 at St. Croix Falls Outcome: St. Croix Falls 8. Luck/Frederic 2 Highlights: The Saints banged out nine hits including four by freshman Alise Wiehl and three by senior Bridgett Bergmann. Wiehl also pitch a complete game allowing just three hits. Both runs that she gave up were unearned. Comments: “We played solid defense and put the bat on the ball,” Saints coach Clayton Hanson said. “Alise Wiehl has been pitching great. Josey Kahl was hitting really solid that night and played great at shortstop.” When and Where: May 10 at Hayward Outcome: Hayward 11, St. Croix Falls 0 Highlights: The Hurricanes jumped on the Saints with 11 runs in the first three innings to defeat St. Croix in a non-conference game. Wiehl led the Saints offense with a pair of hits. Comments: “We came out flat and spotted them five runs in the first inning,” Hanson said. “A few errors hurt us early and we had a hard time battling back. Hayward is a good hitting team and they put the ball in holes in our defense. Alise Wiehl pitched another good game and had two hits.” What this Means: Grantsburg leads the Lakeland conference standings with the Saints in fifth place with a 4-7 record. Upcoming: St. Croix Falls will begin WIAA Regional tournament play on May 16.


With a throw of 151’ 09” Saints junior Sebastian Austad won the boys discus at the meet in Osceola on May 7.

Saints again impressive in tune-up for conference meet When and Where: May 7 at Osceola Outcome: St. Croix Falls was impressive in their final tuneup before the big meets of the season beginning with the conference meet at Frederic on May 14. The Lady Saints placed first and the boys second in a quadrangular meet in Osceola. Boys Highlights: “We had our last meet on Tuesday night in preparation for our tournament push,” head boys coach Kris Wallace said. “Logan Ross again had a strong night winning both hurdle events and finished second as a part of our boys 4x200m relay team that included Logan Ross, Andrew Opel, Anthony Will, and Spencer Steek. They lowered their PR (personal record) by nearly four seconds. Other standouts included Sebastian Austad winning the discus and Isiah Hoggatt finishing second in the triple jump with a new PR of 40’ 7”. Strong performances were had on both the track and in the field and we are looking forward to a few more hard practices before conference and Regionals.” Girls Highlights: “We had some solid performances on a nice evening in Osceola,” head girls coach Steph Belisle said. “Among them was Jenna Driscoll breaking her own school record with a jump of 34’ in the triple jump. Jenna broke her own record from last season earlier this year by an inch and surpassed that mark again with this jump. Jordan Braund also had a strong meet, winning the 100, long jump and the 4x100 relay. Additionally, a highlight of the meet was watching our throw crew run a nice 4x100 and almost breaking a minute. That’s a relay comprised of some pretty athletic throwers, including Zaley Edwards, Kylie Broten, Isabelle Coen and Sidney Hoverman.” Upcoming: After competing in the conference meet in Frederic on May 14 the Saints will be heading to Osceola for the Regional meet on May 20.

Record breaker School: St. Croix Falls Athlete: Jenna Driscoll Event: Triple Jump Old Record: 33’-7.5” Old Record Date: May 21, 2018 (Regional Meet at Amery) New Record: 34’-0” New Record Date: May 7, 2019 (Quadrangular at Osceola)

SCF hit the links for two Lakeland events When and Where: May 7 hosted by Unity (front nine) Outcome: St. Croix Falls competed with the other five Lakeland conference teams in two 9-hole events hosted by Unity. On the front nine Frederic/Luck was the winning team with a 19 stroke advantage over second place Grantsburg. The Saints finished in fifth place. Highlights: Mitchel Steele led the St. Croix golfers with a 45 followed by Kullan Parks with a 50 and Tyler Moryn with a 52. When and Where: May 7 hosted by Unity (back nine) Outcome: Grantsburg eked out a narrow two stroke win over Frederic/Luck. St. Croix Falls moved up to fourth place as a team on the back nine. Highlights: Parks shot a 44 to lead SCF followed by Steele with a 48. Upcoming: St. Croix Falls will travel to Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake on May 16 for the Lakeland conference meet. On May 21 the Saints will play in the Regional meet at Bristol Ridge in Somerset.

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BASEBALL: Osceola climbing the conference ladder FROM PAGE 12

Maxon pitch as well as he did,” Collins said. “He deserved to have something go well for him. I’ve kind of come to the realization that we are not a fast starting team but eventually we find our groove within a ballgame. I thought offensively through the first few innings we played like individuals on a team and not until we played as a team did we find success. Josh Schultz is really locked in at the plate right now. It’s fun to watch guys with that kind of confidence. You’re assuming every pitch they are going to hit the ball hard.” Josh Schultz did hit the ball hard in a non-conference 4-3

loss to the Spooner Rails. It seemed like Osceola could never quite get over the hump in this one. Spooner led 2-0 with the Chieftains coming back to tie it two each. The Rails added solo runs in the fifth and sixth to take a 4-2 lead. Osceola rallied for a run in the last inning on a booming Schultz homerun to cut the deficit to 4-3. The Chieftains got the tying run on base but left him stranded. “I have been seeing the ball coming out of the pitcher’s hand very well and I’ve been able to put good swings on the ball,” Josh Schultz explained about his recent hitting surge. “The homerun against Spooner was an awesome feeling. The feeling when the ball hit the bat and as I saw it fly over

the fence was simply amazing. I hope my teammates and I can repeat that feeling in our final games of the year and into playoffs.” Osceola collected just four hits off Spooner hurler Dillan Brimblecom. Besides the Schultz homerun, Aaron Schmidt had a pair of bunt singles and Josh Mork added a seventh inning single. “We had a really hard time adjusting to Spooner’s starting pitcher,” Collins said. “He varied speeds well and kept our hitters out in front all game. We just couldn’t get anything going on offense. I give Spooner credit, they seemed to hit every mistake we threw and came through with multiple 2-out RBIs.”

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Minutes of Osceola

School Board Proceedings

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Education for the School District of Osceola was held in the Boardroom on April 24, 2019. The meeting was called to order by President Craig Brunclik at 6:30 P.M. with roll call taken: Pete Kammerud – yes; Craig Brunclik –yes, Brian Meyer – yes; Rosanne Anderson- yes; and Brooke Kulzer -yes. In addition, Superintendent Mark Luebker, Business Manager Lynette Edwards, Director of Instruction Becky Styles, Dean of Students Arvid Maki, Director of Pupil Services Leah Voelker along with Building Principals Adam Spiegel, Amanda Meyer, Julie Bender and Lindsay Thomas attended the meeting. A Pete Kammerud/Brooke Kulzer motion was made to approve the consent agenda with a request to pull out Destination Imagination Fundraiser and recognition of Annie Bauer. Motion Carried. Adopt the agenda Approve minutes of the Regular Meeting held April 3, 2019 Approve minutes of the Special Meeting held on April 9, 2019 Approve minutes of the Special Meeting held on April 16, 2019 Approve Destination Imagination Fundraiser Hires, Resignations, and Retirements Resignation(s): Andrea Neumann, OMS Admin Asst., Chris Willett, Asst. Tennis Coach, Bonnie Cook, OHS Asst. Cook, Corissa Erdman, OMS Asst. Cook, Jennifer Demulling, OES Regular Aide, Jessica Cribbs, OIS Teacher, Charles Corbett, OHS/OMS Music Teacher, Renee Salewski Special Ed Teacher, Shanin Henningsgard, OES/ OIS Music Teacher, Angela McVitty, OIS Teacher, Christie Libansky, OIS Special Ed Teacher Recognition(s): Recognition(s): Lynn Johnson, OHS Asst. Cook, Annie Bauer, 2019-20 contract to 50% Hire(s): Cheryl Kloehn, Accounts Payable Motion Carried. A Rosanne Anderson/Brian Meyer motion was made to approve Destination Imagination Fundraiser. The Osceola DI team, Boogie Knights, who recently won the State competition, presented their request to fundraise for the Destination Imagination Global Finals that will take place in Kansas City May 22-25th. Their goal is to raise $5500.


piled five second half goals and kept the Chieftains off the board in the second half to claim a 5-1 decision. Osceola now hopes to enjoy a little home cooking when they host Baldwin-Woodville on May 16 and New Richmond comes visiting on May 21.

TRACK: Focus on high stakes meets FROM PAGE 12

er, Riley Koosman and Brock Studer. Other Chieftain first place finishers included Justin Vorndran in the 800m, Matt Koprek in the high jump, Luke Haase in the pole vault, Parker Roemhild in the long jump and Robert Conde in the shot put. It was not just those who placed first who had impressive performances. Several athletes helped the winning Chieftain team with second through fifth place finishes to score points “We had a lot of outstanding performances,” Stewart began. “Luke Haase cleared 12’ in the pole vault for the first time. Matthew Koprek had a big night with a great night of jumping in the high jump and an awesome 300 hurdles race. Quinn McDonald had an amazing 3200m run as well. Parker Roemhild broke the 20’ barrier in long jump. Titus Raddatz had a 30’ PR (personal record) in the discus. Justin Vorndran and David Olson had some great 800s. Michael Charlier had a huge PR in the discus and works as hard as anybody day in and day out.” Koprek, a senior, is out for high school track and field for the first time this year. He is one of several Chieftains contributing to team who weren’t counted on at the beginning of the year. “This has been my first year in track since middle school so I started out the

Brooke abstained from voting. Motion Carried. A Rosanne Anderson/Brooke Kulzer motion was made to approve OIS Interventionist, Annie Bauer’s request to reduce her contract to 50% for the 2019-2020 school year. Motion carried. A Pete Kammerud/Rosanne Anderson motion was made to approve retirements. Edward Branum served 21 years at the Osceola School District as a custodian, most recently at OMS. The School Board thanked Ed for his time. Motion Carried. A Brooke Kulzer/Rosanne Anderson motion was made to approve the payment of bills from General Fund with hand payables checks numbered 94539 through 94551 and computerized checks numbered 175232 through 175378 and HRA 1188-1190 noting check number 175358 will be voided and reissued for a total of $787,061.35. Motion Carried. Mark Luebker reported on the Committee meeting; Director of Building & Grounds, Bob Schmidt discussed items from the Maintenance Walk Thru that was held on April 16 with an estimated budget of $190,000. Discussion on the April 11 inclement snow day; two options were reviewed. At the Celebrate Osceola event on May 9th Cathy Oscarson, 2nd Grade teacher at OES will be presented the Educator of the Year award. More discussion on District Planning and review of potential reduction items. Election of School Board Officials was completed with nomination as followed. Craig Brunclik as President by Pete Kammerud with a second from Rosanne Anderson. Brooke Kulzer as Vice President by Rosanne Anderson with a second from Brian Meyer with a Pete Kammerud/Rosanne Anderson motion to close nominations for Vice President. Pete Kammerud as Clerk by Brooke Kulzer with a second from Brian Meyer with a Rosanne Anderson/Brooke Kulzer motion to close nominations for Clerk. Rosanne Anderson as Treasurer by Pete Kammerud with a second from Brooke Kulzer with a Pete Kammerud/Brain Meyer motion to close nominations for Treasurer. All were in favor. The new Board titles/roles are as follows: Craig Brunclik, President; Brooke Kulzer, Vice President; Pete Kammerud, Clerk; Rosanne Anderson, Treasurer; Brian Meyer, Director. 2019-20 Teacher Compensation was tabled until May 8, 2019. 2019-20 Support Staff Compensation was tabled until May 8, 2019. A Rosanne Anderson/Brooke Kulzer motion was made to approve inclement weather make up plan. April 11 snow day will not need to be made up by students, as they have met their hours of instruction requirements. This day will be forgiven for teachers and support staff. Motion Carried. A Rosanne Anderson/Brian Meyer motion was made to

year a little rusty,” Koprek said. “I ran and jumped in events that I was familiar with, which were the 110m, and 300m hurdles and high jump. Many of my close friends were also in those events so every day at practice we would all encourage each other to do our best to improve and during meets when we ran in events together it was a little competition inside it. With my friends there being able to push me to do better helped me to improve a lot. The coaches have also been a lot of help to me. They saw the potential in me to improve a lot. They helped me with my form and technique to be able to perform well and push my personal records each meet.” Now Ellefson and Stewart along with their assistant coaches have perhaps the toughest challenge of the season. Since the entries at the coming meets are limited they must come up with what they think will be the best combination of events to maximize their scoring. “The girls are focused and dedicated to defend the conference title,” Ellefson noted. “The upcoming meets have been the focus of our preparation all year. Our numbers are small but our determination is strong.” “We have a deep team that has had great performances all year and we are looking forward to seeing what these boys can do during the post-season,” Stewart said.

eliminate 5th Grade Band and not replace OIS music position after the resignation of Jessica Cribbs. Motion Carried. A Brooke Kulzer/Pete Kammerud motion was made to not replace OES Custodian position. Discussion on the concern of this reduction and compliments to our current custodians who do phenomenal job. Motion carried. A Brooke Kulzer/Pete Kammerud a motion was made to rehire the K-5 Music Teacher. Discussion and a vote was taken to rehire K-5 Music vs. replacing this position with a K-5 Science Teacher. Brooke Kulzer-yes, Brian Meyer-yes, Rosanne Anderson-no, Pete Kammerud-yes, Craig Brunclik-no. Vote 3-2 to rehire K-5 Music Teacher. Motion Carried. 2019-2020 Budget Reductions were discussed. A Rosanne/Brooke Kulzer motion was made to approve Spring 2019 Maintenance Projects that were listed as Priority 1& 2. Two items were tabled to May 8th; repairing bump in OIS parking lot and OHS pole vault pit installation. Motion Carried. A Brooke Kulzer/Brain Meyer motion was made to approve Summer School Staffing and program offerings. Motion Carried. A Rosanne Anderson/Pete Kammerud motion was made to approve donation from SF Insurance for the Bag of Books program. The Board would like to thank SF Insurance for this donation. Motion Carried. Thank you from the School Board for Administrative Professionals Days. The next scheduled Committee Meeting is Wednesday May 8, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. in the Boardroom. The next scheduled regular Board Meeting is Wednesday, May 8 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Boardroom. A Pete Kammerud/Brooke Kulzer motion was adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to WI Statute 19.85(1) (c) and (f) to consider the employment and compensation of any employee and for preliminary consideration of a specific matter which, if discussed in public, could have an adverse impact on the reputation of those involved. a. Personnel Considerations Roll call taken: Pete Kammerud – yes; Craig Brunclik -yes; and Brooke Kulzer -yes; Timm Johnson - yes; Rosanne Anderson- yes. In addition, Superintendent Mark Luebker and OHS Principal Adam Spiegel attend the meeting. Motion carried. A Brooke Kulzer/ Rosanne Anderson motion was made to adjourn Executive Session. Motion Carried. Craig Brunclik announced no official action taken. A Pete Kammerud/Brian Meyer motion was made to adjourn. Motion carried Adjourn. Pete Kammerud, Clerk WNAXLP


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Rep. Sean Duffy, wife expecting 9th child HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) — Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin has announced that he and his wife are expecting their ninth child. In a post late Monday on his official House website, Duffy wrote: “God isn’t done with our family yet! Baby number nine coming to

the crew this fall!” He wrote that he and his wife aren’t crazy, just full of hope for America’s future. Duffy is a Republican who has represented the 7th District in northwestern and central Wisconsin since 2011. It’s the largest district in the state and covers all,

or part of, 20 counties. He has been one of President Donald Trump’s biggest backers in the state. Duffy and his wife, Rachel Campos-Duffy, were both reality TV personalities and met through the MTV show “The Real World.”

100 WOMEN: Polk-Burnett chapter surpasses goal of 100 women FROM PAGE 10

Passage and explained that they are planning to create an innovative multi-use community center in Webster to provide a place for the community to make connections and discover new passions. The idea is based around a model that has been successful with the youth in their residential treatment programs and they want to offer those same opportunities to the community at large. 100 Women Who Care - Polk/ Burnett are proud to have contributed to their worthy need. 100 Women Who Care

- Polk/Burnett meets quarterly, on the second Wednesday evening of February, May, August and November. At each meeting, three local non-profit groups are allowed to give a brief presentation to educate members about their cause. At the end of the presentations, each member votes anonymously for the group they feel is most deserving to receive their quarterly donation. Three different non-profits will be chosen at random from all applicants to present each quarter. All groups who apply must operate in Polk and/or Burnett,

Wisconsin counties and have 501(c)(3) status. Once a non-profit group is selected to receive a donation, they will be removed from the eligible pool for two calendar years. If a non-profit group is chosen to present, but is not chosen to receive the donation, they will be added back to the drawing at the next quarterly meeting. 100 Women Who Care - Polk/Burnett is accepting new members and non-profit group applications. If you are interested in joining the group or submitting an application, please send an inquiry to 100wwc. You can also “Like” the group on Facebook at “100 Women Who Care - Polk/ Burnett” or visit www.100wwc-pb.weebly. com for information on upcoming meetings and donations made. 100 Women Who Care – Polk/Burnett will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, August 14, at Northwoods Crossing Event Center in Siren. The members extended thanks to Jake and Holly Mangelsen for generously donating the use of the event center for their quarterly meetings.

USDA accepting applications to help cover costs of organic certification CONTRIBUTED USDA

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019. “Producers can visit their local FSA county offices to apply for up to 75 percent of the cost of organic certification,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “This also gives organic producers an opportunity to learn about other valuable USDA reSEE APPLICATIONS, PAGE 17

TENNIS: Hope to pull off big wins in conference tourney this week FROM PAGE 14

second 6-0, but regained momentum in time to win the finale 6-4. “Zeke and Colin are new to tennis this year and they have learned that it is a steep curve and a hard sport to learn all the ins and outs,” Friedrichsen said. “Now they have the taste of victory and are starting to really understand the sport better and the nuances of how to play it. They are going to be a tough doubles team next year.” Travis Jennings and Jackson Dvorak lost in three sets at No.

3 doubles, winning the middle set. Jennings and Dvorak have had several matches go either to a third set or a tie-breaker this season. “Travis and Jackson, in their true style brought it to a third set and were just not able to get a strong start in the third set to have the advantage at the beginning,” Friedrichsen said. “Three sets is a great deal of tennis and you need to come out guns a blazing in that third set to ensure the win.” Brayden Thomas competed for Osceola in the No. 2 singles spot

and lost to Ellsworth’s Liam Moore in straight sets. “Brayden really tried many different things to get the win and nothing really clicked for him,” Friedrichsen said. “It was too bad because the score really doesn’t reflect how hard he worked and what he tried.” Although Osceola fell to Ellsworth 4-3 once again they showed improvement from the previous week. The Chieftains are hopeful of pulling off some big wins in the conference tournament this week in New Richmond.

SOFTBALL: Team looking for momentum as playoffs approach FROM PAGE 12

sively. We are hoping to turn things around here soon.” With the three losses Osceola drops to a 3-9 record in MBC play with two conference games left early this week. Ellsworth leads the MBC with a 13-0 record and is 17-1 overall. The Chieftains begin Regional play on May 16. Ellsworth demonstrated to Osceola how they have run up such an impressive record with a 10-0 whitewash of the Chieftains. Junior pitcher Avery O’Neil dominated the Osceola hitters by striking out 13. O’Neil walked a pair of Chieftains in her complete game win. Osceola played well against Ellsworth for most of the game trailing just 2-0 after four innings but the Panthers put up seven runs in the fifth to salt the game away. It was more of the same against New Richmond. Once again it was an even contest for the most part. The Tigers scored twice in the first inning but Osceola matched their score with a deuce in the second. New Richmond took a 3-2 lead in

the top of the fourth but the Chieftains matched it in the bottom of the inning. With the score 3-3 going into the seventh the Tigers came up with a huge seven run inning to take control. Ashlyn Getschel, Skylar Samples and Alexis See led the Chieftain offense with two hits each. Osceola finished their disappointing week with a 9-6 loss to Somerset. Again one big inning led to the Chieftain downfall as the Spartans scored five times in the third inning. After six innings Somerset led just 7-6 but added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh before holding Osceola scoreless in the bottom of the inning to hold on for the win. Courtney Miller had a nice offensive game for Osceola going 3-for-4, scoring once and driving in a run. Jam Dannenmueller was also explosive at the plate going 2-for5 with an RBI and a run scored. One of Dannenmueller’s hits was a booming homerun. “When I hit my homerun against Somerset I had a 2-2 count,” Dannenmueller recalled. “Just

before the pitcher had pitched the ball I had started to second guess my capability of batting because of my nerves. Once I knew it had gone over the fence my confidence slowly started coming back. I’m super happy that I got to share my first homerun of the season with my teammates especially the four seniors because it’s the first time I have ever hit a homerun being on a team with them.” Osceola needs to put their week behind them and avoid giving up the big inning as they enter tournament play. They have shown that they can compete well against quality teams. They just have to do it for a full seven innings. “I think our entire team is ready to play in the tournament,” Dannenmueller said. “We all have the capability to be amazing softball players and if we all strive for that potential at the same time we can do great things together. I think we need to focus less on the mistakes we are making and more on the good things we do because we only have a split second to have any emotion for our mistakes.”


Nick Kremer chips on to the green at Pheasant Hills in MBC play. Osceola wraps up conference action on May 15 at Krooked Kreek in Osceola.

GOLF: Chiefs down to the wire FROM PAGE 13

play for Osceola by carding a 38 on the front side of Pheasant Hills. Drew Willeman shot a 41 for the Chieftains, Nick Kremer a 44 and Colton Wilmot and Ryan Leidle both shot 45s. On the back nine St. Croix Central again claimed the top spot followed by Amery, New Richmond and Osceola rounding out the top four. Hall was co-medalist shooting a 37, followed by Leidle (44), Kremer (45) and Willeman (46). Osceola is beginning to be recognized as one of the best teams in the state. In a recent poll the Chieftains were tied for 16th place among all Division 2 golf teams in the state. Edgewood of the Sacred Hearts was the top

rated team in the same poll. Other area teams that received votes include Rice Lake (5th), Northwestern (7th) and Hayward (tied for 16th). Although Osceola is a dark horse to sneak to the top spot of the MBC race it is not entirely out of the question. The Chieftains started the season well and seem to be peaking at the right time of the season. “I’m very excited for the conference tournament as it is at our home course where we practice every day,” Hall said. “Our team is definitely capable of winning the conference tournament especially with the home course advantage. If we all play our very best in the postseason, we’re not too far off from being a State caliber team.”

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Great Northern Ranch Car could be the railway’s next addition BY SUZANNE LINDGREN AND ISABELLA WARNER EDITOR@OSCEOLASUN.COM

Future visitors to the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway may have the opportunity to ride in a western-motif dining car. Currently in Columbus, Ohio, the car’s owners have offered to donate the 1950s railcar to the Minnesota Transportation Museum, reported Brandon Gatz, a director on the museum’s board. However, the museum will need some $45,000 to haul the train car by highway to Minnesota. Gatz is heading up the fundraising effort. “Our short term goal is to have the car as a static display while we work to acquire the correction power generation system and air conditioning for the car,” Gatz explained. “Long term, we plan to have the car in full operational service on our Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway.” The antique ranch-style car was built for the Great Northern Railroad’s iconic “Empire Builder” line, which still runs from Minnesota to Washington State. Only six of the western-style ranch cars were built, and just five remain today. The walls of the cars are covered in weathered wood boards. Fluorescent lights are hidden in rustic oak beams suspended across the ceiling. Panels

between each dining area are decorated with a western mural. The ceiling, instead of curving at the sides like other train cars, is shaped like a ranch house roof and painted a sunny yellow. Each of the six ranch cars has a number and name. The 1244, or White Pines Lake, is the only car that has been accurately restored and returned to almost new condition, according to Gatz. Andrew Tighe, director of the Minnesota Transportation Museum, elaborated on the point. “It’s one of the most unique cars in the U.S.,” said Tighe. “The Depot Event Center restored it, and it’s our hope that someday we’ll be able to run it.” The interior of the car is decorated with rustic timbers, brown and white leather seats, and murals of ranch scenes, adding up to a classic western atmosphere. The car also holds rare railroad artifacts. “The car looks like it rolled out of the shop in 1947,” said Tighe. “They took such good care of it. It has a complete wood floor. The tables are oak with their own unique emblems on them. The counter seats are all done in cowhide and the interior looks like the inside of a saloon. It has a working kitchen, too.” The 1244 currently sits at Ohio’s Depot Event Center, a venue established by Barry Fromm. Fromm’s son,

Five hundred racers open season in St. Croix Falls CONTRIBUTED POLK COUNTY TOURISM COUNCIL

The Minnesota Mountain Bike Racing Series found perfect conditions to open the 2019 season in St, Croix Falls. Five hundred bike racers took part in a day of family fun on bikes, Sunday, May 5. The dance card for the day included classes from Elite racers to kids, and even a marathon event lasting over four hours. The event, sponsored by the St. Croix Falls based Woolly Bike Club and other

local businesses, uses the extensive mountain bike trail system, and a short portion of the Gandy Dancer State Trail, located near Polk County’s “City of Trails,” St. Croix Falls. Complete race result will be available at For more information on the Woolly Bike Club and the mountain bike trails near the City of Trails: woollybikeclub. com For Polk County visitor information: 800-222-POLK or polkcountytourism. com


The interior of the GN 1244 ranch car, photographed by Minnesota Transportation Museum board member Chris Sears. All of the artwork is original to the car. The car also houses countless rare historic artifacts as the late Barry Fromm was a railroad collector.

Jordan, took over the family business after his father died suddenly last fall. The donation was offered to MTM in late spring.

To help bring the GN 1244 rail car to Minnesota and eventually the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway, visit gofundme. com/GN1244.

APPLICATIONS: Help for organic certification FROM PAGE 16

sources, like farm loans and conservation assistance, that can help them succeed. Organic producers can take advantage of a variety of USDA programs from help with field buffers to routine operating expenses to storage and handling equipment.” OCCSP received continued support through the 2018 Farm Bill. It provides cost-share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products for the costs of obtaining or maintaining organic certification under the USDA’s National Organic Program. Eligible producers include any certified producers or handlers who have paid organic certification fees to a USDA-accredited certifying agent.

Eligible expenses for cost-share reimbursement include application fees, inspection costs, fees related to equivalency agreement and arrangement requirements, travel expenses for inspectors, user fees, sales assessments and postage. Certified producers and handlers are eligible to receive reimbursement for up to 75 percent of certification costs each year, up to a maximum of $750 per certification scope, including crops, livestock, wild crops, handling and state organic program fees. Opportunities for State Agencies Today’s announcement also includes the opportunity for state agencies to apply for grant agreements to

administer the OCCSP program in fiscal 2019. State agencies that establish agreements for fiscal year 2019 may be able to extend their agreements and receive additional funds to administer the program in future years. FSA will accept applications from state agencies for fiscal year 2019 funding for cost-share assistance through May 29, 2019. More Information To learn more about organic certification cost share, please visit the OCCSP webpage, view the notice of funds availability on the Federal Register, or contact your FSA county office. To learn more about USDA support for organic agriculture, visit

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Elizabeth Yray (2212) and Hannah Eide (2204) lead out the start of the Women’s Comp class. They finished 1st and 2nd in the 15-18 age category.

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One Square Foot An Auction to Benefit ArtReach St. Croix CONTRIBUTED ARTREACH ST. CROIX

ArtReach St. Croix has announced a second round of One Square Foot, a juried exhibition and auction of artwork on a twelve-inch scale. Jewelry, woodwork, ceramics, paintings and more will be displayed in a silent auction during a night of music and celebration to benefit the arts in the St. Croix Valley. The show is curated by a panel of local experts: Nick Markell, Stillwater-based artist specializing in iconography and liturgical artwork, Anastasia Shartin, Visual Arts Director at the Phipps Center for the Arts, and Amber White, sculpture artist and program director at Franconia Sculpture Park. “This is our second year using the One Square Foot concept,” says Heather Rutledge, Executive Director at ArtReach St. Croix. “The artists have loved exploring their processes within these parameters. Their creativity always amazes me!” One Square Foot will take place on June 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Banquet Hall in Stillwater. The night will feature a wine pull, an appetizer and dessert buffet, cash bar, and lively music from Marine on St. Croix’s Kyle Tennis and the Riverside Quartet. A beautiful assortment of locally-made ceramic vases and unique floral arrangements donated by River Valley Potters and Arcola Flower Farm will make strik-

ing centerpieces. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase these special items as well. Tickets are available online at or by calling ArtReach at (651)4391465. Proceeds from the One Square Foot auction support the arts in the St. Croix Valley through ArtReach St. Croix. This includes the literary program NEA Big Read, the fall arts event series Take Me to the River, local event calendar service, and more. This year’s community sponsors of the One Square Foot Auction are Water Street Inn, EFS Advisors, Stillwater Medical Group, Foley Kalseim & Company, Gary Kelsey Nonprofit Consulting, First State Bank and Trust, MidWestOne Bank and RBC Wealth Management. ArtReach St. Croix is a nonprofit regional arts organization committed to connecting communities to the arts throughout the St. Croix Valley from St. Croix Falls to Prescott in Wisconsin and from Hastings to Taylors Falls in Minnesota. ArtReach supports the work of artists and arts organization through arts leadership and arts marketing fostering and celebrating the visual, literary and performing arts in the St. Croix Valley. The work of ArtReach St. Croix is made possible through generous donations from individuals and businesses. ArtReach is a member supported organization. Visit www. to learn more.

Few adults use flash drive-shaped e-cigs, but youth do CONTRIBUTED POLK COUNTY HEALTH

An article from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that flash driveshaped e-cigarettes, like JUUL, are rarely used by adults. According to the CDC study, only about one in 13 adults have ever used flash drive-shaped e-cigarettes. These are the most popular devices among youth at a rate that is three times higher than adults. The flash drive looking e-cigarettes are the youth vaping device of choice. “This is not a surprise to note the high use of flash drive looking e-cigarettes or JUUL among youth. It is a sleek device that can be easily hidden and charges right in a USB port on a computer. A third of our high school students report using these,” stated Mary Boe, coordinator Western Wisconsin Working for Tobacco Free Living. Steps are being taken locally to address youth SEE E-CIGS, PAGE 23

Partners collaborate to improve survival of fish that anglers release CONTRIBUTED WI DNR

Anglers who choose to release their hooked fish now have additional resources at their disposal to increase the fish’s chances of survival thanks to a collaborative effort between state agencies and partners. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Board, the governing body for the DNR, partnered with natural resources agencies and environmental groups over the past six months to form a Responsible Catch and Release Team and develop the education and outreach tools. Partnering agencies and groups included the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Walleyes for Tomorrow, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, Muskies Inc., BASS Nation, and Trout Unlimited. The tools to help anglers responsibly release their catch are available by searching the DNR website, dnr., for keywords “responsible release.” “The impacts of catch and release mortality have been well documented,” said Gary Zimmer, Natural Resources Board member and chair


Using wet hands or gloves and keeping fish in the water as much as possible are among the tips for Responsible Release.

of the Responsible Catch and Release team. “Catch and release mortality is often estimated at 5-20% for inland waters and as high as 40-76% for species such as lake trout in the Great Lakes when water temperatures are above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.” Anglers release their catch for a variety of reasons; it may not meet minimum length limits or anglers might voluntarily release it to allow an opportunity for someone else to catch it.

“Not every angler chooses to release their catch, and it is perfectly OK for them to keep their fish as long as it is consistent with length and bag limits,” said Ryan Hoffmann of BASS Nation. “However, if anglers choose to release their catch, there are proven methods to increase its chances of survival and live to create a new memory for another angler.” The Responsible Catch and Release page of the DNR website webpage contains a sharable

responsible catch and release presentation, a tacklebox wild card, and stories of fish caught, released, and caught again. It also includes comprehensive responsible release best management practices for a variety of fish species and different fishing seasons. The team will continue to highlight responsible release techniques and will be adding information and outreach materials to the webpage over the course of the fishing season.

Keep wildlife wild: Admire fawns from afar CONTRIBUTED WI DNR

As the weather warms and people spend more time outdoors, state wildlife officials remind everyone that many young wild animals are born this time of year, including white-tailed deer fawns. Newborn fawns hide quietly for long periods of time while their mothers feed nearby. A quiet fawn found alone is not abandoned. To ensure their safety and to keep wildlife wild, the public should enjoy viewing fawns from afar. According to Department of Natural Resources wildlife health conservation specialist Amanda Kamps, co-chair of the Keep Wildlife Wild team, people often come across a fawn laying down alone in their yard or even next to a building and mistakenly think the fawn has been abandoned. In fact, a fawn that is lying down quietly has not been abandoned; the mother doe is nearby. “The best chance of survival for a young fawn is to be quiet and still, concealing itself in its surrounding environment,” said Kamps. “Very young fawns are not able to keep up with

their mom, so instead she will leave her fawn concealed in a place where she feels it is safe.” The natural protective behavior of a mother doe is different than that of human mothers. Hiding quietly is a fawn’s best protection from predators, especially in the first few days of life. Because young fawns have very little scent, predators cannot see, hear or smell them so long as they stay still and quiet. It is typical for a mother doe to leave her young fawns unattended except for brief nursing visits a few times a day. Occasionally, she will move her fawn to a new hiding place. What do I do if I find a fawn? “The best thing to do if you find a fawn is to not touch it and leave it alone,” said Kamps. “It is understandable that people want to help and are concerned about a fawn found alone. However, the best help that you can provide the fawn is to leave it where you found it and try to reduce human and domestic animal activity in the surrounding area. Reducing activity in the area will allow the mother doe to return to her fawn and


A quiet fawn found alone is not abandoned.

provide it the care that it needs.” If someone has questions about a fawn, or if thinks one is injured or orphaned, they should contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator near you. Rehabilitators can help you assess the situation and determine what is best for the fawn. A directory of licensed wildlife rehabilitators that accept fawns can be

found on our website. Visit and search «rehab.” Not all wildlife rehabilitators have the ability to care for fawns, so be sure to talk with a wildlife rehabilitator that does. Never touch a fawn without first speaking with a wildlife professional. More information on fawns and keeping wildSEE FAWNS PAGE 23

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fish were very spooky. If you got in too close the fish would spook. We found a few walleyes and crappies in every little green weed patch we found, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weeds that are just starting to grow in that shallow water.â&#x20AC;? Elfelt noticed that after the sun was out that shallow water warmed up fast. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We found 51 degree water early in the day and 57 degree later after the sun was out. Once we found shallow gravel and sandy flats with weeds we found fish there because there was no other cover. Once the water

hits 60 degrees the fish will be on the move and there will be more weeds, but things will be different on different lakes. This time of year I like to fish midday after the water warms a bit. I like a little wind too; it helps keep the fish from spooking.â&#x20AC;? Oh, and we won the baseball tournament with my son knocking in the winning run. Just sayinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;!!


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he sap run was really late this year. I saw buckets hanging on trees only a few weeks ago in April. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finally here so I can make one of my favorite bread recipes. This bread recipe has been a staple for our family for over 20 years. I used to make it with honey, but thought that was too sweet. The maple syrup adds just the right amount of flavor and sweetness without over powering the bread. The kids loved it growing up because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soft and slightly chewy. It makes a perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The crust or the lack thereof is what makes this the ultimate go-to sandwich loaf. The crust is thin and softens up as the bread cools. If you like an even softer crust, slip the bread into a plastic bag while itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still cooling. Make sure the bread is only warmâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not hot. Wild Chow Maple Oat Bread 2 1/2 cups bread flour Lisa Erickson 2/3 cup old fashioned oats 1 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup maple syrup 2 Tbsp butter, room temperature 1 1/8 cups warm water (105ÂşF-110ÂşF degrees) 2 tsp active dry yeast (1 packet) In a large bowl, mix together flour, oats, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine warm water, syrup, and yeast. Set aside until frothy and foamy; about 5 minutes. Add the butter. Make a well in the flour mixture. Add the liquid mixture. Stir with a large spoon until the dough comes together. Transfer to a clean working surface. Scrape the dough together to form into a cohesive ball. Knead the dough by pressing it out with the heel of your palm. Flatten and turn slightly and fold it over on itself. Knead it until the doughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surface is smooth and elastic, but tacky; about 5 -7minutes. Add more flour if dough is too sticky. Place dough in a clean bowl (non-stick if you have one). Do not use oil. The oil will break the gluten strands on the next rise and will make the bread heavy. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a non-stick bowl, sprinkle flour on your work surface or on a large baking pan and place the dough in the center and sprinkle more flour on top. Cover lightly with plastic wrap. Let rise until double in size, about 1-1 1/2 hours. I keep the dough warm around 80ÂşF-90ÂşF for the best rise. I preheat my oven for a few minutes and then turn it off, and let the dough rise in the warm oven. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also tried it in the microwave after I boiled 2 cups of water for 3 minutes. In the microwave, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cover the dough as there is plenty of moisture from the boiled water. Lightly press dough down to deflate. Shape into a loaf and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and let raise again for 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 375ÂşF. Bake bread for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and baked throughout. Lisa Erickson is a food columnist who loves adventure and food. You can find more recipes at www. or email her at wildchowrecipes@

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TRACK May 20: Regional at Amery. Osceola Chieftain and St. Croix Falls Saints Track and Field Results Osceola Quadrangular May 7, 2019 Points awarded for top five place finishes First place finishers – and Osceola (OHS) and St. Croix Falls (SCF) place winners Team Standings – Girls 1) Saint Croix Falls 94 2) Osceola 70 3) Somerset 59.50 4) Cameron 42.50 Girls Individual Events 100m dash – 1, Jordan Braund, SCF, 12.88. 2, Shaylee Feske, OHS, 13.09. 5, Riley Henk, SCF, 13.80 200m dash – 1, Keely Pitcher, Somerset, 28.28. 4, Ella Waterworth, SCF, 29.84. 5, Lauren Hoverman, SCF, 33.80. 400m dash – 1, Tori Gerber, Cameron, 1:06.40. 2, Lucia Neuman, SCF, 1:09.65. 3, Tia Foster, OHS, 1:09.75. 4, Grace Bergstrom, SCF, 1:11.98. 800m run – 1, Anna Klein, SCF, 2:37.17. 3, Mallory Johnson, SCF, 2:49.13. 4, Tia Foster, OHS, 2:52.02. 5, Sierra Braund, SCF, 2:55.74. 1600m run – 1, Anna Klein, SCF, 5:49.41. 2, Chloe Backlund, OHS< 6:03.15. 3, Sierra Braund, SCF, 6:24.34. 3200m run – 1, Aurora Felonk, Cameron, 13:04.31. 3, Abby Jensen, SCF, 15:48.90. 100m hurdles – 1, Mallory Johnson, OHS, 49.26. 3, Lauren Borst, SCF, 54.21. 5, Greta Erickson, SCF, 59.54. 300m hurdles – 1, Katie Haase, OHS, 49.26. 3, Lauren Borst, SCF, 54.21. 5, Greta Erickson, SCF, 59.54. 400m relay – 1, SCF, (Riley Henk, Jenna Driscoll, Emily McCurdy, Jordan Braund), 53.89. 3, OHS, (Addi Bradway, Sydney Bents, Arieana Hayton, Brooke Ellefson), 1:00.01. 800m relay – 1, SCF, (Riley Henk, Ella Waterworth, Jordan Braund, Jenna Driscoll), 1:54.03. 4, OHS, (Brooke Ellefson, Arieana Hayton, Addi Bradway), 2:02.81. 1600m relay – 1, SCF, (Anna Klein, Lucia Neuman, Jenna Driscoll, Emily McCurdy), 4:31.21. 2, OHS, (Kaili Bradway, Mallory Johnson, Tia Foster, Chloe Backlund), 4:53.25.


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ARREST: Fake social media account leads to charge FROM PAGE 9

cating with was actually an undercover law enforcement officer. According to a Probable Cause report, Meyer was in violation of his bond terms when he allegedly recently established a fake social media profile. Under the rules of his release, he was not to have a contact with anyone under age 18 and was not to

use the internet, except for work functions. He was initially freed on a $5,000 bond with those provisions. Special agents at the Department of Criminal Investigation received a tip that Meyer had established a social media account, using the name “Andy Johnson,” and that he had been using a private chat function with unnamed individuals on a computer in his mobile

home, using a hotspot on his cellphone. Meyer was taken into custody in Centuria on Wednesday, May 1, and charged with felony bail jumping, appearing before a judge on Thursday, May 2, where he set an additional $250 cash bond with renewed mention of the previous restrictions. His preliminary hearing is set for May 21.

FAWNS: They’re not abandoned and they’re likely OK FROM PAGE18

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State wildlife officials thank the public for their assistance in keeping wildlife wild. And remember, a young fawn’s best chance for survival is with its mother.

ABUSE: Amery man charged for alleged abuse of elder FROM PAGE 9

of her and would give her a washcloth so she could wash her front. It had been forever since she had bathed.” When asked if anyone had ever called the house to check on his mother over the past two months, he said a few had. He said he had called one of the people back because they had made reference in a phone message that they intended to call the Sheriff’s Office for a welfare check. When he returned the call he told the concerned party his mother had a mini stroke and was sleeping a lot. An investigator spoke with neighbors who said in October 2018 Staebler’s mother told them during a phone call that her son had lost his job and was staying with her. Over the holiday season the neighbor attempted to bring cookies to the

home and thought that both mother and son had moved back to his place in the Twin Cities, as there had been no lights or activity at the home. There were never vehicle tracks in the snow-covered driveway when the same neighbors plowed. The neighbor called and spoke with Staebler Feb. 11 and he informed her they were still at the house in Amery but he indicated his mother was getting weaker from her mini stroke, didn’t want company and was shutting down. A close friend of Staebler’s mother told investigators she called Staebler in early December 2018 as she was concerned that she had not seen his mother in a while. He told her his mother had a mini stroke and he was caring for her. Allegedly another concerned friend who had not seen his mother in a while was told by Staebler

during an early February phone conversation that his mother could not always hear the ringer when people tried to call because of the distance of the chair she sat in in comparison to the phone. Other people interviewed said they never saw lights on when they would drive by. A final autopsy summary includes the following information: The scene and autopsy findings constitute elder neglect. Due to cognitive and physical impairment, the deceased was dependent on her son to provide care. Over a period of weeks, he failed to provide adequate care or to seek someone else to provide adequate care. Due to this failure, she became septic and died. The manner of death is homicide. A July 2019 jury trial has been set for Staebler.

Simone Francia Hart, 26, Cumberland, was arrested May 5 for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing an officer and a Department of Corrections probation warrant. Cheyeanne Elaina Gumke, 26, Amery, was arrested May 2 for OWI (1st). Jeremiah James Johnson,

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21, Luck, was arrested May 4 for OWI (1st) and prohibited alcohol content (1st). Savannah Jane Sande, 24, Centuria, was arrested May 3 for a probation hold. James W. Lindner, 53, Amery, was arrested May 3 for a warrant. Caroline Kay Christenson, 36, homeless, was arrested May 4 for a failure to appear warrant. Bradley Joseph Steindl, 23,

packaging, get tips for talking to their kids, and connect with local prevention efforts. “This issue can only be addressed with all of us working together. The campaings like ‘Tobacco is Changing’ area great start, but it will take a community-wide effort to address the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use,” said Boe. Adults ready to quit can call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT NOW (7848669) for free help, or tobacco users enrolled in Medicaid can talk to their doctor about free support offered through Medicaid’s cessation benefit. The CDC study can be found at http://


e-cigarette use in our communities. Presentations to school staff, students and whole communities are taking place. These presentations include information on the vaping epidemic that is facing our youth and potential policy solutions to help curb this. In addition, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently relaunched the statewide “Tobacco is Changing” campaign, which focuses on educating parents on the new flavored tobacco products tempting kids, including flash drive-shaped e-cigarettes like JUUL. At, parents can learn about the products, explore issues like flavoring and



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Centuria, was arrested May 4 for a probation hold. Joshua Shaine Defoe, 34, Inver Grove Heights, MN, was arrested May 1 for a municipal warrant and a MN probation hold. Roger Dale Shepherd, 56, Centuria, was arrested May 2 for failure to appear. Chelsey Marie Struemke, 30, Baldwin, was arrested April 30 for a Department of Corrections warrant.


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MAY 15, 2019

4th man convicted in homicide SUBMITTED

Seen around town

Trudy Lorenz spotted two new residents at the park by the Osceola High School.

FRIDAY, MAY 24 12 pm - 3 pm

Crex Convention Center Grantsburg, WI Community Living Options will be conducting onsite interviews for Direct Support Professional, Homes in Pine City, Stanchfield, Brook Park, North Branch, Forest Lake, Ham Lake, East Bethel, Wyoming, Linwwod White Bear, Woodbury, Stillwater

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Another man has been convicted in connection with a Lac du Flambeau tribal member’s death. The state Justice Department announced Evan Oungst of Woodruff pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree reckless homicide, aiding a felon and delivery of gabapentin. Prosecutors say Oungst and four others drove Wayne Valliere Jr. to a secluded spot in Mercer on Dec. 21, 2017. They beat Valliere and shot him because they thought he was a police informant. Joseph Lussier and Richard Allen were convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in August. Both were sentenced to life. James Lussier pleaded guilty that same month to reduced counts of felony murder and aiding a felon and was sentenced to 23 years. Curtis Wolfe is set to stand trial next week on charges including homicide and hiding a corpse.

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Polk-Burnett awards $57,500 in community service scholarships Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative awarded $57,500 to the sons and daughters of co-op members in the Class of 2019 through its Community Service Scholarship program. Forty-six scholarship recipients will each receive $1,250 to continue their education after high school.

Polk-Burnett’s Community Service Scholarship recipients for 2019 at Osceola High School are: Ariel Moris Katelyn Haase Logan Clark

Ashton Anderson Gus Peterson Christina Nygren

Since 1987, Polk-Burnett has awarded more than $711,000 to high school seniors. Scholarship recipients demonstrate community service and their parents are members of the co-op. Polk-Burnett’s scholarship program does not affect electric rates; it is funded with unclaimed capital credits that otherwise would be forfeited to the state. For more information, visit Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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