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Osceola Intermediate School concert Fourth grade students sing “It’s the Hard Knock Life” at the Osceola Intermediate School’s spring concert. The May 10 concert, directed by Nicole Corbett, had a “Broadway Beat” theme.

Several changes within the Dresser-Osceola-Garfield Fire Association, colloquially known as DOG Fire, have prompted the organization to change its name to Allied Emergency Services. The choice was driven in part by the addition of Alden to the service area. That process, a progressive one, began about two years ago, according to the organization’s board president, Dan Burch. The name change is a “done deal,” Burch said. And plans are in the works for a new fire hall in Alden. The organization has purchased the land and is working to prepare the site as they look at financing options for the new building. Technically speaking, Allied Emergency Services is a fire district rather than an association. The shift mostly affects the organization’s bylaws, which the board recently reviewed and updated for the first time since 1964. The change will not impact service, according to Burch, but could help the organization acquire interSEE SERVICES, PAGE 17

Two years, and a world of difference St. Croix Falls woman graduates from drug court BY SUZANNE LINDGREN EDITOR@OSCEOLASUN.COM

A tiara perched atop her head, Abigail Jacoby beamed at the crowd gathered in a Polk County courtroom, May 4. In a few days, she would turn 22. But that day she was graduating from Polk County’s Treatment Court. Less than two years before, her life had been completely different. “I was in a really, really hopeless place,” she recalled in the days leading up to her graduation. “A majority of the time I was homeless. I was running away from all my problems and I had no hope for the future. I didn’t think I’d see my 21st birthday. “I had tried to get sober,” she continued, “but ended up relapsing.” After three stints in rehab in a year and a half, Jacoby was kicked out during her last attempt.


Soon after, she found herself in jail facing a felony charge of methamphetamine possession. “I was 21 looking at a lot of years in prison,” she said. When she turned herself in, she vowed to change. “I really wanted to turn my life around and be proud of myself,” she said. Cue Polk County’s drug treatment court, an outpatient program with rigid standards. Participants are expected to maintain total sobriety, submit to unscheduled SEE COURT, PAGE 11

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Rumor Has It Dresser police chief says he’ll keep awarded beer license ‘poor decisions’ in the past Liquor license to Watershed Cafe BY SUZANNE LINDGREN EDITOR@OSCEOLASUN.COM

A new business hoping to open as a full service bar took one step forward, one back last week. After the Osceola Village Board rejected Rumor Has It owner Dana Schone’s initial requests for beer and liquor licenses in April, they approved a beer license for the establishment under Timothy Bandoli, a former tavern owner, May 8. The board then awarded the village’s last available liquor license to the Watershed Cafe. The decision drew immediate criticism from Leslee Kanan, a village resident who worked at the business in its former iteration, Cascade Bar & Grill, and now at Rumor Has It. “What about the license formerly held by Fiesta Loca and now held by Nancy Beck?” she asked the board. “It’s still held by them,” answered Village President Gary Beckmann. Technically, the license holder is the Osceola Main Street Group, LLC, doing business as Secret Cellar. The group used the license for a special event last October but does not regularly operate a business from the building on Cascade Street and Second Avenue. “So we’re keeping a license for a building that has not been in business for some time?” Kanan SEE LIQUOR, PAGE 15

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for the purchase of the materials necessary for the warning upgrades as per the final order did not occur at the required time to facilitate completion of the upgrade by December 31, 2017.” The letter adds that the company would “take immediate steps to order the required materials upon confir-

mation from OCR for the requested extension.” However, a representative from the Office of the Commissioner of Railroads told the Sun the original deadline was Dec. 31, 2018. Thus, CN had not acutally missed the target date. CN spokesman Patrick Waldron told the Sun they were indeed planning to have the signals in by year’s end.

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In his first public statement regarding a recent allegation of drunken driving in February, D Dresser P Police Chief R Ryan Haass t told the v village board h taken he’d a action to e ensure nothH i similar Haass ing happens in the future. Although Haass was never formally charged with operating while intoxicated, an April report by a Twin Cities TV news outlet used surveillance footage to make a case that an off-duty Haass had been drinking heavily at an Osceola bar before he drove his vehicle into a nearby ditch, walked home, then refused a field sobriety test. Haass addressed the issue at the Dresser Village Board’s May 7 meeting. “Several months ago I was involved in an incident where I made some poor decisions,” he said. “It made me look at my life and how I was dealing with several personal issues and realized I was not dealing with them in a healthy manner. I’m seeking professional help and I’m glad to say that part of my life is in the past at this point. I’ll continue to seek help as I need it, to keep it in my


The Dresser Village Board, from left: trustees Karen Andrie and Jeff Gutzmer, attorney Tim Laux, Village President Bryan “Fatboy” Raddatz and Trustee Wayne Moberg.

past.” Haass noted that this was the only public statement he planned to make, but invited the board or residents to speak with him individually. Although the board did not respond to Haass’ statement, the chief’s explanation seems to have eased pressure to pursue potential disciplinary action. During the public comment period prior to Haass’ speech, a resident had requested that the board send the issue to the Citizen Police Review Committee. The board did not do so. Feral cats Tanya Borg of Farm, Feral and Stray requested that the village designate a small parcel of

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Other business • The board awarded a bid to J&S General Contracting for work to help bring the crosswalk at State Highway 35 and Main Street into compliance with state regulations. The estimated

project cost is $5,000. • The issuance, sale and delivery of $1,425,000 in general obligation bonds to fund the Horsmann-Peterson road improvement project were approved. Engineer Erik Evenson reported that road work will likely begin in late June. • Dixon was awarded a $3,520 bid to do a preliminary inspection leading up to repair work on the water tower. • Dresser is looking for someone to help tend gardens and landscaping approximately six hours a week. • The board approved street closures on Roosevelt Drive for a second annual block party, June 21 (rain date June 28).

Police chief: ‘Have a severe weather plan’ BY SUZANNE LINDGREN EDITOR@OSCEOLASUN.COM

As the Midwest enters severe weather season, Osceola Police Chief Ron Pedrys advised families to make plans before severe storms hit. “Storm season is upon us,” he said last week. “Make sure you have a severe weather plan for your family. It’s really important because people don’t tend to think about that until a disas-

ter hits and it’s too late.” The Osceola Police Department and public works crew plan to test the storm sirens the first Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. If inclement weather is forecast for the test time, it will be postponed. Storms can come with little warning and Wisconsin gets an average of 23 tornadoes annually, according to the state’s health department. The Department of

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property as a community cat shelter area, where volunteers could feed stray cats. Establishing such a site would allow Farm, Feral and Stray to trap the cats, have them neutered or spayed, vaccinated for rabies, and re-released. Borg said the goal is to limit the reproduction of stray cats. The board, with the strong support of at least one member and no one vocally opposed, passed the issue to the Public Welfare Committee.

Yard and Garden Sale Saturday, May 19, 2018

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

Funds will be divided between local food shelves and Cars for Christ.

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Health Services offers three planning tips. First, find a windowless room in your home where the family can take shelter. Second, identify two ways to exit the house and practice with your family. Third, create an emergency communication plan with important numbers such as medical and emergency contacts, and insurance information. After a storm, the DHS advises checking to make sure neighbors are OK. Tornado safety at home, work and away Wisconsin Emergency Management, a division of the state’s Department

of Military Affairs, offered the following tips for safety in a tornado. · In a home or building, move to a pre-designated shelter, such as a basement, and get under a sturdy table or the stairs. · If a basement is not available, move to a small interior room on the lowest floor and cover yourself with anything close at hand: towels, blankets, pillows. If possible, get under a sturdy table, desk or counter. Put as many walls as possible between you and the storm. Stay away from windows. · If caught outdoors, SEE PLAN, PAGE 15

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RiverBucks program

Osceola Fast Pitch Softball has been chosen as the May recipient of the RiverBucks program at MidwestOne Bank. All donations for RiverBucks fare support a different Osceola youth organization each month.

MAY 18 Osceola High School graduation Commencement exercises for seniors at Osceola High School will be at 8 p.m. in the high school gym.

MAY 19 Plant sale The Buds Garden Club annual plant sale wll be from 8 a.m. to noon at Royal Credit Union in Somerset.

Spring bird festival

at Chisago Lake Lutheran Church at 11:30 a.m. There is a fee. For reservations call (651) 808-8579.

MAY 22 Veterans Benefits Forum A Veterans Benefits Forum is planned at 6:30 p.m. at the Amery Classic Theatre, 118 Keller Ave. All Veteran Service Organizations are invited to attend. This forum is for veterans, their spouses, families, veterans’ widows and widowers.

MAY 23 A book discussion is planned at the Osceola Public Library at 6 p.m.

MAY 25 St. Croix Falls High School graduation Commencement exercises for seniors at St. Croix Falls High School will be at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.

MAY 20

Music in the park

Croix View Farm will be having an open house from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Details on Facebook or email

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

MAY 21 Christian Women’s Connection The River Valley Christian Women’s Connection will meet for tea-luncheon

Osceola Mainstreet Skate Park

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

JUNE 1 Movies Under the Stars Movies Under the Stars begins at dusk at Mill Pond Park in Osceola. The movie, “Wonder,” will be shown. QuinnElizabeth will be performing at Pill Pond Park from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Farmers Market The Farmers Market will be open in Osceola at Mill Pond Park from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

JUNE 1-2 Rhubarb Days Rhubarb Days is planned in Osceola. Outdoor movie, craft fair, food, Summer Reading program, duck race and more.


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

ONGOING Thursdays Youth Center Open The St. Croix Valley Youth Center is open from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the basement of the old Alliance Church in St. Croix Falls.


Book discussion

Celebrate the arrival of spring and head to Crex Meadows in Grantsburg for the annual Spring Bird Festival. The event will begin at 6:30 a.m. at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center.Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in an early morning bird tour, songbird banding, a presentation on falconry, bird activities for kids, and more. Some events require pre-registration. FFI: Lauren Finch, DNR Natural Resources Educator, at 715-463-2739 or visit

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Senior Citizens Club meets

• The Dresser & St. Croix Falls Area VFW Post #4186 meets the third Monday of every month at 2 p.m. at the Dresser VFW Hall. • The Valley Chess Masters Club meets on the second and fourth Monday, 4:30 to 6 p.m., St. Croix Falls Public Library. FFI: scflibrary@stcroixfallslibrary. org. • Second and fourth Monday, Big Fun Playdates with the Imagination Playground, Osceola Public Library, 10:30 a.m. to noon. • Read & Review Book Group meets the last Monday of the month at Dresser Library, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. • The Voices of the Valley meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the ArtBarn in Osceola. This group is for adults with special needs who enjoy singing. FFI: (715) 494-0385.

Tuesday • St. Croix Valley MOPS Moms group meets the first and third Tuesday at New Life Christian Community in Dresser. Morning and evening meetings. FFI: stcroixvalleymops@gmail. com. • Overeaters Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, St. Croix Falls. FFI: Stuart, (715) 825-3416.

Wednesday • Saint Croix Falls Rotary Club meets at the Riverbend Room of the Saint Croix Valley Medical Center, noon. FFI: Warren White 715-4833010 or website at http://

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

THURSDAY • Free Baby & Me classes from 5 to 6 p.m. at Osceola Medical Center. To register, (715) 684-4440. • Dual Recovery Anonymous, 7:15 p.m. at the St. Croix Falls Alano. FFI: (715) 755-3639. • AA meets at Trinity Lutheran Church, Osceola at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, Dresser. • Family Game Night at Dresser Library, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. • GriefShare, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the New Life Christian Community, Dresser. FFI: (715) 557-1431.



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

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

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

Sunday • Times in Which We Live meets the first and third Sunday of each month at the Dresser Library at 6:30 p.m. DVDs are shown about current events. FFI: 715755-3473. 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. Everyone welcome to join and sing. FFI: 715-501-4487. or

SATURDAY • Weight Watchers meets at Hope E. Free Church, Osceola. Weigh-in, 7:30 a.m. Meeting, 8:15 a.m. FFI: Kim, 715417-0683.


• The Indianhead Barbershop Chorus meets at 7:30 p.m. in the government building in Balsam Lake. FFI: 715-4839202. • Divorce Care Support Group, Grace Church of Osceola, 6:30 p.m. • AA meets at Trinity Lutheran Church in Osceola at 7 p.m. and Osceola United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. • Preschool storytime, St. Croix Falls Public Library, 10:30 a.m. • Little’s Storytime at Dresser Library, 10:30 a.m.

TUESDAY • AA for women at Trinity Lutheran Church in Osceola, 7 p.m. • Seniors on the Go, 12:30-4 p.m. at Osceola United Methodist Church. • Storytime, Osceola Public Library, 10:30 a.m. FFI: 715-294-2310. • Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., St Croix Falls Alano Club. FFI; (715) 8253416.


DENTAL DISEASE IS OPTIONAL Help build Osceola’s Skate Park! Donations can be sent to: Osceola Mainstreet Skate Park, c/o RCU, P.O. Box 578, Osceola, WI 54020. • Book club for adults at Osceola Public Library the fourth Wednesday of the month. Books available at the library. FFI: Anne Miller, (715) 294-2310. • Adult basic education classes at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC). Enroll any time. FFI: Call 800-243-9482 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. • Friends of Osceola Library meets the second Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the library. FFI: 715-294-2657.

QUESTION: Is dental disease inevitable? ANSWER: Tooth decay and gum disease are among the most widespread diseases on earth, yet both are rather unique. You’re not born with them and you don’t catch them – they’re optional. We know what causes them: germs in the form of plaque, an invisible film of bacteria that is constantly forming in the mouth, over the teeth, on the gums. It’s easy to remove with a

toothbrush and floss. Yet, so few people put the extra effort into home dental care. They could easily be averting the most preventable disease we know. Unfortunately, habits are easy to form, but hard to change, so dentists will always have more patients than they can handle.

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Researchers commonly use the term the “Lassie effect” to describe the wide-ranging health benefits of walking a dog. The name refers to the television Collie that nobly saved Timmy’s life week after week on her popular show. But even though walking the dog can have lifesaving health benefits for owners and pets, research suggests a surprisingly large number of erwise exercise their dogs. dogs dog owners don’t walk or otherwise Studies have found that people who own and walk a dog are much more likely than other people to meet the standard recommendation of 150 minutes of exercise per week. Dog walkers also have lower risks for high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, arthritis and other common medical conditions. People who walk their dogs are believed to develop deeper emotional bonds with their dogs, than owners who don’t. But despite these benefits, as many as 40 percent of dog owners in the United States rarely, if ever, walk their dogs. A new study provides clues about why people do or do not walk their dogs. The study found that smaller dogs, older and overweight dogs were rarely exercised and are much less likely to be walked than larger animals. In fact, all dogs need daily exercise beyond the yard and living room. Perhaps shorter or slower walks, but daily exercise just the same. But even large, healthy dogs were unlikely to be walked if the owners did not believe that walking dogs was a healthy benefit for

themselves or the dog. Owners were less likely to walk their dog without the availability of a park nearby. Many people also did not walk their dogs if there was a child in the household who could be handed the task. Interestingly, one of the prime determinants of regular dog walks was affection. People who reported feeling close to their pet generally walked it more often than those who reported less of a bond. This would suggest that some pet owners see little upside to dog walking, health or otherwise, and are happy to skip or abdicate the task. The rewards of walking your dog are physical as well as emotional, even spiritual. Dogs are incredible walking partners. A dog on a walk explores, finding pleasure in moving, sniffing, prancing and sharing your company. Dogs provide us with a reason to do what we know is good for us. Get our butts off the couch, enjoy the peace of a sunset, take a break from technology, be amazed by nature. You might think you are doing it for the dog, but before long, you will be looking forward to time spent on the end of a leash, in the company of your happy dog. The shelter has dogs in need of walking partners, available for adoption. Jett and Cassidy are seven year old females. Jett is a Springer-Black Lab mix and Cassidy is an English Pointer-Plott Hound mix. Charlie (pictured above) is six months with puppy energy. He has a handsome red-sable coat with a white muzzle and snip; cute as a button Terrier-Collie mix. Wirehair Jack Russell Terrier Cody is ready and waiting for an adventure and Russo is an extra tall, red Airedale.

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MAY 16, 2018

No fuelin’


ay is flying by. The weather has finally returned to normal, the flowers and trees are blooming, graduation season is underway and gas prices have begun to creep up. Most of these things are welcome, with the exception of higher gasoline prices. I’m going to go on a rant here, so I apologize in advance. People who monitor these things report that the average national price for unleaded gasoline on May 10 was $2.84 a gallon. This price is 50 cents higher than last year. Forecasters believe gas prices will continue to rise before Publisher peaking in June at $2.97 a gallon. Gas is already over $3.00 a gallon Tom Stangl in some areas of the nation. We have grown accustomed to prices rising before Memorial Day, the traditional start of the summer driving season. There’s the old chestnut about a supply concern as refineries stop production to switch from winter to summer fuel formulations. This is always good for an additional 10 – 20 cents a gallon price increase. But here’s what I don’t understand: if refineries know that they will be down for a while each spring, why not over produce before the conversion? Stay with me here, you will see a theme. Analysts say that the reason crude oil prices are rising is because Saudi Arabia and Russia have successfully limited their production, drying up some of the oversupply in the global market. It should also be noted that domestic oil production is setting records. According to a story by CNBC, “U.S. crude oil production broke 10 million barrels a day in November for the first time since production peaked in 1970, at the start of a decades long decline. The U.S. is the world’s third largest oil producer, and its status is growing. Russia is the largest, with about 11 million barrels a day.” So, we are producing more oil here than in nearly half a century, and prices continue to rise? I wasn’t good at economics, but I believe the rule is the larger the supply, the lower the price and vice versa. Oh, then there’s the recent development of investors purchasing oil and gas futures for a higher return on their investment. Speculation in the markets in the past has driven up the cost of oil and gasoline with no supply and demand indicators of a need for a higher price. You and I pay more money at the pump – money that we would have spent on other items – and eventually, the economy suffers. Did I mention that the president’s announcement of pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal caused oil prices to rise, even though our friends in Saudi Arabia are ready to make up the difference of the oil that Iran provides? Yes, that’s a thing. In short, we will all pay more for gasoline for no real apparent reason. As always, we will simply have to pay more and take it. It will take a while before the people who run things – people who never pay for their own gasoline or pump it – realize that they need to do something. If the president fancies himself the friend of the common man, here’s an opportunity to use his position to shame oil companies into less gouging. Don’t hold your breath, you will turn very blue waiting for that to happen. 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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On surviving Mother’s Day, just barely


f you saw someone in a panic on Sunday, regretting their absolute lack of foresight, there’s a good chance it was I. I ventured into Abrahamson’s a little after 11 o’clock to buy a last minute Mother’s Day gift. And by last minute, I mean literally on the way to go see my mother, not-even-enoughtime-to-grab-one-ofthose-beautiful-basilplants-as-I-walked-by kind of last minute. Editor I was a woman on a Suzanne Lindgren mission. Of course, as I iti iin line to buy the plants I realized my was waiting presentation was sorely lacking. Pretty as the sprawling starts were, they should have been presented in proper pots. My belated ambitions grew as I realized even potting them wasn’t enough. For the gift to be worthy, said pot should be wrapped in twine or decorated with gold leaf. Or — if I were truly a thoughtful, grateful daughter — both. To my dismay, there was no time to get out of the quickly growing line for a pot, much less plant the flowers. Certainly, there was no time to decorate the pot that I wasn’t going to buy. My anxiety mounted as the chipper customers at the front of the line joked with the clerk, casually

taking an eternity to sign their debit card receipt. When I returned to the car I begged Matthew to drive home, where I had pots and twine aplenty. He must have sensed panic in my voice, because he turned south out of the nursery’s driveway, toward home, rather than north, toward my mother. “What are you doing?!?” I cried. “Going home!” he said. “No!” I countered miserably, using up what was probably the last of his Mother’s Day goodwill (I’m a mother, too, after all). “We’ll be late!” Sometime during the course of our brief conversation, my better judgment had kicked in. One doesn’t keep their mother waiting on Mother’s Day, even if one’s gift does not suffice. The plants and a card would simply have to do. My mother, of course, received the gift graciously. She’s a mom, after all, with decades of experience learning to love gifts for which the phrase, “It’s the thought that counts,” was invented. Still, I have a suspicion her favorite gifts were things I didn’t buy at the store: an afternoon with family, especially those grandkids. Strummer, by the way, got the thank you kiss.

My anxiety mounted as the chipper customers at the front of the line joked with the clerk, casually taking an eternity to sign their debit card receipt.

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MAY 16, 2018



A.J. Fryerson


“The Ultimate Complainer”


f you lived in Lennox Valley during my childhood, you were familiar with A.J. Fryerson. And if you knew A.J. Fryerson, you knew one thing above all: He complained about everything. I don’t mean just a few things. I mean everything. He complained because the Valley didn’t have a traffic light. Then, when the town installed its first Columnist light on Bearden’s Corner, he complained about that. Kevin Slimp He complained because he couldn’t get a beer at either of the town’s eating establishments. Then, when the town held a referendum and the Hoffbrau started serving beer, he complained about that. He complained because all the “preachers in town” were “older than dirt.” Then he complained when the Lutherans called Brother Jacob, and he complained even louder when he learned the young pastor preached in his bare feet. Simply put, A.J. lived to complain, and like most folks who complain all the time, hardly anyone noticed when A.J. got hot under the collar.

He was the most frequent caller on “Renderings with Raymond,” and after Raymond took a break from airing his show following his mayoral defeat, A.J. complained about that. Iris Long, editor of The Hometown News, had a love-hate relationship with A.J. On one hand, she would tell her friends A.J. was “dumber than dirt.” On the other hand, Fryerson could be counted on to provide at least one letter to the editor each week. Although no one gave much, if any, thought to A.J.’s rantings, they would pick up the paper to see what he was complaining about this week. Vera Pinrod liked to say, “A.J. Fryerson could start a fight in an empty house.” Once, after he spewed out a tirade on Raymond Cooper’s show, Lori Martindale told the crowd at Caroline’s Beauty Salon, “A.J. is two pickles short of a jar.” That brought a good laugh from everyone including Sylvia Snodderly, who was seldom known to crack a smile. Sometimes A.J. would go overboard. Instead of making people laugh at how ridiculous he could be, there were times he would make folks downright angry. Like the time he had his oil changed at Floyd Phibb’s Auto Service. Floyd

owned one of two auto repair shops in town and was loved by everyone. Well, everyone except A.J. In 1997, two weeks after having the oil changed in his 1991 Ford Taurus, A.J. began to notice loud squeaking in the back of his car. He ignored it for weeks until fi nally, while driving down the steepest hill in Lennox Valley, his brakes failed. He went off the road and ran directly into the front porch of the home of Marvin and Delores Walsh. That was the beginning of one of A.J.’s most memorable tirades. He was convinced, and spent months letting everyone know, Floyd had overfilled the oil in his Taurus, causing it to “spill over” and spread to the back of his car, “leaking like a sieve” all over his brakes. He threatened to sue Floyd, writing eight letters to the editor and making more than 40 calls to Raymond’s show to talk about his brakes. Eventually, every lawyer in Spring County refused to take A.J.’s case. Yes, A.J. Fryerson complained about everything. That ended, however, in late 1998, when A.J.’s complaining suddenly stopped. Read more about the good folks at

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rom May 7 to May 11, communities across the nation recognized our educators during Teacher Appreciation Week. Private businesses offered in-store discounts. Community members shared their thanks in person or on social media. As a person who believes in lifelong learning and a proud graduate of public schools, I also extend my gratitude. TeachState ers are creators, and Senator mentors, influencers. They Patty Schachtner shape the next generation with essential knowledge and skills. They practice and teach the Wisconsin values we all share: civic engagement, hard work, fairness, and resilience. These are the values I see all the time when I travel across

northwestern Wisconsin. In Polk County, I visited the Osceola Empty Bowls auction. Teachers guided our students in an impactful K-12 service project that focused on civic engagement, fairness, and community resilience. Students made ceramic bowls and artwork to display and sell to community members. The funds were donated to the local food shelf and Heifer International, an organization that trains global families in sustainable farming practices. In my hometown of Somerset, I recognized Justin Rivard for his hard work creating the JustinKase – a school-safety device. The device works as a fast-acting door jamb that can be used during school emergencies. Justin was inspired during his shop class to create the JustinKase. Teachers help shape our children’s future, and they know firsthand what it means to be resilient. In recent years, we have asked our teachers to do more with

less. In 2011, Governor Walker cut more funding per student than any other governor in the country, leaving local taxpayers to make up the difference. A total of $792 million in direct aid to K-12 schools was eliminated. For many schools, this meant program cuts, fewer supplies, and larger classrooms. During this time, teachers stepped up. According to a Communities in Schools survey, 91 percent of teachers have used their own money to purchase school supplies, 54 percent provided meals, and 49 percent helped students get clothing. Values are more than mottos, but guidance stemming from our unique heritage. The product of these values can be seen in Osceola’s Empty Bowls auction. It can be seen in all of our communities. Moving beyond Teacher Appreciation Week, let us continue to recognize our teachers and their unique SEE TEACHERS, PAGE 10

10 years ago May 14, 2008 • This year’s Osceola High School valedictorians are Jacob Elmquist, Kelly Larson and Eric Neumann. Salutatorians are Danielle Gorka and Megan Jones. • Osceola Elementary School recently celebrated Dairy Week, with a dairy bar that served samples of dairy products for the kids to taste. • During the month of March students at Osceola Intermediate School read to fight hunger. They read a total of 138,004 minutes and raised $6,593.82 for Heifer International. • Tyler Muckenhirn of Osceola has been named a WIAA Scholar Athlete. • Students confirmed at West Immanuel Church were Brandon Bierbrauer, Ashley Garske, Tanesia Bibeau, Rebekah Knutson, Rebecca Rutledge, Chris Rassier, Lila Newville, Megan Doll, Tyler Amirante, Meghan Marek, Hope Swanson and Jacob Perkins. • The Osceola High School softball team won three straight conference games vs. Prescott, 8-2; vs. Durand, 10-3 and vs. Baldwin/Woodville, 6-5. 20 years ago May 13, 1998 • New inducted members to the National Honor Society at the Osceola High School are Breanna Bader, Scott Bader, Erik Carlson, Erica Evenson, Ryan Everson, Alison Farnham, Erin Fritsche, Erin Handrahan, Amber Johnson, Noah Johnson, Patrick Johnson, Katie Kalata, Steven Kromrey, Mark Kumlien, Rhett Larson, Ryan Lear, Jill Lorenz, Alison Meyer, Molly Montgomery, Brett Neumann, Jessica Quigley, Nate

Scottum, Kasey Shoquist, Christina Steffen, Theresa Steffen, Ben Strobach and Josh Terry. • Residents and visitors celebrated the 25th anniversary of the L.O. Simenstad Nursing Care Unit Sunday at an open house. • Half day kindergarten was still going to be offered in Osceola during the next school year. • Osceola students Jordan Blomberg and Eric Pestorious attended the West Central Wisconsin Inventors Fair. Blomberg received second place for his “Cool Can” and Pestorious received third place for his “Dust Be Gone.”

30 years ago May 18, 1988 • Father James DaBruzzi celebrated the 35th anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood May 15 at St. Joseph’s Church. • Osceola Library Board member Ward Moberg announced at the May 10 village board meeting that the Osceola Historical Society has agreed to purchase the old public library building for $28,250. • Richard Raffesberger was named to the high honor list at Mankato State. • Kevin Tomfohrde was named valedictorian and Kim Falen and Amy Dressel were named co-salutatorians at Osceola High School. • Abe and Danelda Baillargeon were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary at St. Joseph’s on June 5. • Doris Hoyt and John Swager were winners of gift certificates in Northern Metal Specialty’s Quarterly Safety contest. • Peace Lutheran Church planned to dedicate its new education wing and bell tower on May 22.

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n the finance section of newspapers and on TV we often hear about enormous businesses taking sweeping actions that impact large numbers of workers and communities. In fact, in our own state we have been hearing about the Wisconsin Foxconn project for over a year. These stories make headlines because of their vast scope and because they are easily understood by the casual observer. During my one year as the Executive Director of the Polk County Economic Development Corporation I have observed a remarkably different phenomenon: One small business can have a far-reaching impact on an entire community! This impact goes way beyond immediate jobs and paychecks. There are many business owners in our county that may only employ a handful of workers, but their impact goes well beyond earning money for themselves and Columnist their employees. Take, for examthe Morley Maple Syrup busiVince Netherland ple, ness in Luck. They only employ a Executive Director handful of people, but their impact on the area has had a multiplying effect. Earned wages at one business will be spent at other local businesses such as the coffee shop, furniture store, grocery store and other merchants. In addition, Mr. Morley, himself, has been a driving force for the Maple Farm Tour held each spring which brings hundreds of visitors to our county who purchase products from multiple maple syrup producers and other businesses. Morley also offers educational tours for schools and other groups that want to learn about maple syrup and running a business. This builds a sense of pride in the community that makes small-town living so rewarding. Another example is Dick’s Fresh Market in Osceola. As most small towns have struggled to keep essential merchants such as grocery stores, banks, hardware stores and others, some businesses like Dick’s has bucked the trend and committed to ‘staying home.’ As a result, residents in Osceola have another reason to frequent their downtown. These shoppers often stop into other stores, go to the dentist, have lunch, and much more. Dick’s Fresh Market (and the Caribou Coffee inside of it) employs almost 90 people. They, in turn, provide for their families or maybe they use part of their wages to further their education. Dick’s, like Morley’s, is also involved in community events and charities. These are only a couple examples. Every community in Polk County has their own success stories. Cafes, bars, auto repair shops, hair salons, land-

This week I want to talk to you about some basic garden planning know-how. Although these may seem too basic, it is always good to review at the beginning of each new season. Make sure that the soil where you intend to put your plants is appropriate for your selected plants. You can buy a simple soil test kit at most garden centers or can contact the Columnist you County Extension office and get a soil Julie Kuehl sample kit and for i l ffee h a nominal have your soil professionally tested. The soil your plants are in is vital to how they will grow. Remember to read the labels on your plants. Some plants can thrive in an area with slow drainage, while others will require their feet to stay dry. If you have soil with a

may need fertilizer. Veggie gardens may require fertilizer more than your perennial or flower garden. If you wish to remain organic you can use various manures or manure by-products. A dose now will help get a better yield this summer. I usually try to be as natural as possible, but I do like Miracle Grow but there are plenty of brands available. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer container regarding amount to use. Finally remember to group plants with similar growing needs together. If planted where it’s happy your garden will give you many enjoyable hours of beauty and pleasure and provide you with a bountiful supply of fresh produce. Watch for the upcoming Polk County Master Gardeners Plant Sale on Monday, June 4 from Noon until 6 p.m. at the Soo Line Pavilion in Amery. If you have a topic you want me to write about, let me know at gardenvarietycolumn@gmail. com. Until next time, keep playing in the dirt.

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lot of clay (slow draining) you may need to amend the soil with compost to obtain better drainage. The next biggie is to insure that you have the correct sunlight for your garden. Again, you need to read the plant labels. A plant requiring full sun will not thrive in a shady area. Likewise, shade-loving plants will never be happy and thrive in full sunlight. Another thing to consider is that you have proper space for your plants. Some plants do well close to their counterparts, while others need lots of room to spread. Read that label and make sure how much space is required between plants and how big your plant will get when mature. Make sure you can get proper water to your garden. It is cool and beautiful now, but come July and August you garden will need a steady supply of water. If water is close at hand, that means not having to lug those watering cans when the temperatures are hitting 85 degrees. Just like our lawns, our gardens


wanted it to be seen before running the gauntlet of editors and marketing departments. We also see at work a writer with an acute perception of the human condition. In Jeremy Loccard, for example, L’Amour writes: “Loccard did not reply. To protest would do no good. The man had his mind made up and what he had decided pleased him and left no room for further consideration of the subject. A neat pigeonhole was often a substitute for thought and a means of isolating ideas that might otherwise become disturbing.� L’Amour’s characters are not just heroic – they are also savvy. And it’s that savviness that helps them extricate themselves from seemingly impossible situations. L’Amour even delves into reincarnation in “Samsara� as Pied Bull says to the narrator, “You remembered,� he replied, “just as you remembered this place. You have been here before.� Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume I could indeed be frustrating if read for its sheer entertainment value – and it is highly entertaining. If one reads the book for its potential – for the stories and novels L’Amour could have completed but never did – then we begin to see how great of an artist he really was, and how great his potential was as well, despite his enormous success. Michael Tidemann writes from Estherville, Iowa. His author page is

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Jean Dzubay of Osceola died May 3, 2018, at Christian Community Homes of Osceola. She was 98. Jean was born in A Amery and grew up on tthe family farm and after h high school, went to work a as a dental assistant for D Dr. C.A. Nelson at Dental A Arts in Amery. In 1945, she married W William Dzubay at H Holy Trinity Orthodox C Church in Vance Creek T Township. They farmed ffor a time, then lived iin St. Croix Falls and A Amery before building a home in Osceola. Jean became a nursing assistant at Ladd Memorial Hospital and worked there for 25 years before retiring. During her retirement, she drove bus for the Polk County Adult Development Center. Jean loved to travel. She and Bill took trips out West, to the Yukon Territories and to Alaska. She loved spending time on the South Shore of Lake Superior in Bayfield and Cornucopia. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Philip and Pearl Titze, husband William, and brother Stewart. She is survived by her sons, Philip (Susan), Mark, David (Merry), daughters Mary, Tonya, Nadine, six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Jean’s family would like to express their profound gratitude to the staff at Christian Community Homes, St. Croix Hospice, and Royal Oaks for the care and compassion given to their mom. Funeral services were held May 9 at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Clayton. Internment at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church Cemetery. Arrangements made by Williamson-White Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Amery.


One of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is peace. I am confident the Holy Spirit would love to see us all be at peace with one another so that there is no more war or murder. However, that kind of peace only comes when people have peace inside. The war inside of us is because our old sinful nature doesn’t want to cooperate with the guidance of

the Holy Spirit. The sinful nature causes us to lust, become greedy, and generally love the world more than we love God. The Gospel answer to defeating that old nature is called crucifixion. That’s right, you have to kill that old guy! How does one kill the old nature? The battle ground is the mind. The Bible says to think of yourselves as dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. As you accept God’s gracious gift of salvation, His Holy Spirit moves in, cleans house and gives you power to overcome every obstacle. When you see that sin

no longer has a hold on you, that you can defeat the devil and all his temptations, you know you have crossed over into the land called Peace with God. You think differently when you are a Christian because you are different. It is possible you have no peace today because you have no peace with God. It is only through complete submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ that you will have what your soul longs for. Ask Him to forgive you today and give you a new start. Peace.

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

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

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

SUNDAY: W SUNDAY Worship hi 8 8:30 30 and d 10 10:15 15 a.m. ———————— OSCEOLA MEDICAL CENTER SPIRITUAL CARE 2600 65th Avenue, Osceola https: spiritual-care 715-294-2111 Chapel open daily for meditation. ———————— OSCEOLA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 306 River Street, Osceola P.O. Box 447 Pastor Carolyn Saunders 715-755-2275 SUNDAY: Worship 10 a.m. Coffee Fellowship, 11 a.m. ———————— PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA), 2355 Clark Rd., Dresser 715-755-2515• Pastor Melissa Carmack Pastor Dwaine Sutherland Find us on Facebook! SUNDAY: Summer Worship, 9:00 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 C i Falls, F ll Wi i St. Wisconsin 715-483-5378 Pastor Jonah Fetzer SUNDAY: Worship 10 a.m. ———————— ST. ANNE PARISH 139 Church Hill Road Somerset, WI 54025 715-247-3310 Rev. Andy Anderson SATURDAY: Mass 5 p.m. SUNDAY: Mass 8 and 10 a.m. ———————— ST. CROIX FALLS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Upper St. Croix Parish 300 North Adams Street St. Croix Falls 715-483-9494 Pastor Ran Yoo Pastor Kooko Kim Sunday services 10 a.m. ———————— ST. CROIX UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP 201 N. Adams, St. Croix Falls 715-483-1113 SUNDAY: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday 10 a.m. ———————— ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CATHOLIC CHURCH Franconia, MN 651-465-7345 Fr. John Drees SUNDAY: Mass 9:15 a.m. ———————— ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC Osceola Rev. Andy Anderson 715-294-2243 SATURDAY: Mass at 4 p.m. SUNDAY: Latin Mass, 8:30 a.m. Mass at 11a.m. ———————— ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC 490 Bench Street

T l F ll Minnesota Mi t Taylors Falls, 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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Students of the month at Osceola Intermediate School were Erica Flores Pastrana, third grade; Carter Marincel, fourth grade, and Peyton Everson, ďŹ fth grade.

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may continue to support us too. If you have something that you would like to see started at the center regularly, stop in and tell us about your ideas. Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 24 for our Picnic supper at 5:30 p.m. This supper is $10 and it includes main course of Hamburgers with all the trimmings, potato salad, beans, dessert and coffee or water. Pop is available for $1. Stay for cards starting at 6:30. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not too late to rent the center for your family event, shower, graduation party, or any type of event. Call Joyce and Daryl for information, 715-4833466. Winners for Tuesday 5/8: hand and foot winner: Bill McGrorty. 500: BrenNel Ward and Arnie Borchert. 9bid: Pat Willits For Thursday 5/10 500: BrenNel Ward, Rich Hustad, and Shirley Sims. 9bid: Ray Nelson. The Center is located downtown St. Croix Falls at 140 N. Washington Street phone: 715-483-1901.

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In a surprise ceremony at his school today, Michael Wilson, a school counselor at St. Croix Falls High School, was named Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2019 Special Services Teacher of the Year. State Superintendent Tony Evers made the announcement during an all-school assembly. As part of the Teacher of the Year honor, Wilson will receive $3,000 from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our teachers wear many hats, yet their dedication to children is constant,â&#x20AC;? said State Superintendent Tony Evers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the classroom to the conference room to the community, they focus on our kids and their education. It is an honor to recognize educators who do so much for Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students and

our public schools.â&#x20AC;? Herb Kohl, philanthropist, businessman, and co-sponsor of the Wisconsin Teacher of the Year program through his educational foundation, said he supports the program because â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to help teachers pursue their unrealized goals for their classroom, their school, or their professional development.â&#x20AC;? A self-described champion for mental health awareness and reducing stigma around the topic, Wilson pioneered a Bandana Project for students to show support for mental health issues. The initial 100 white bandanas were intended as a visible message that mental health is important and that the bearers will either ask for or offer help when needed. Displayed on jackets, backpacks,

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and computer bags, about two-thirds of the high school population sport the bandanas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Research shows that students typically go to someone their age for help in a time of need,â&#x20AC;? Wilson said. The bandanas, signs of support from one student to another, are a project of the Students Offering Support (SOS) group, which he leads. Wilson has streamlined some components of the BARR (Building Assets Reducing Risks) program to provide real-time, shared data that improved efficiency and effectiveness. With staff focused on the whole child and acting quickly to intervene, St. Croix Falls has reduced the percentage of ninthgrade students who fail a class from a high of 34.2 percent in 2014-15 to 11.25 percent for the 2016-17 school year. Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership brought mental health screening to first-year high school students to ensure their needs can be met on multiple levels. Additionally, he assisted area counselors in securing office space in the school so students can receive counSEE AWARD, PAGE 10

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Benjamin C. Chouinard, 47, of Turtle Lake, has been charged with e eight felonies a a misdeand m meanor after b being arreste April 30 ed b the Polk by C County Sheri iffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s departChouinard Ch i d ment. A search warrant served at Chouinardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residence turned up 10 pounds of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) related products and three firearms, including a machine gun with two suppressors/silencers. According to the criminal complaint, investigators conducting surveillance on a marijuana distribution operation in rural Turtle Lake observed a package known to contain marijuana delivered to Chouinardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residence. Chouinard was observed picking up the package and was found with the package when he was stopped by law enforcement. The package tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical in marijuana responsible for a euphoric high. The package weighed 4.43 pounds with packaging. The complaint states that during the search of Chouinardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residence, investigators found multiple drug paraphernalia items, five pounds of THC edibles, a Taurus pistol, a Howa .308 rifle, a Mack 10 machine gun with two suppressors/silencers and $3,340 in cash. A large bag of marijuana was found in a detached garage that had not been tested or weighed. The machine gun was checked and was deemed able to fire with open bolt, an indication the weapon is a machine gun. Investigators com-

mented in the criminal complaint that the gun had a selector for semi automatic and automatic firing. Chouinard was convicted of a felony in Florida in 1990 and is not allowed to own firearms. Chouinard has been charged with possession of a machine gun, two charges of possession of a firearm silencer, three charges of possession of a firearm by an outstate felon, two charges of possession with intent to deliver THC, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug trafficking place. If convicted on all counts, Chouinard could face up to 71 years and seven months in prison and fines of up to $165,500. Chouinard is free on a $15,000 cash bond and will have a preliminary hearing on June 11.


A traffic stop on April 25 has resulted in six charges against Barbara Dougard, 33, of Deer Park. According to the criminal complaint Dougard was a passenger in a v vehicle that w stopped was a 3rd Ave. at a State and H Hwy 46. A s search by a K unit from K-9 S Croix St. Dougard County gave probable cause that methamphetamines were in the vehicle. The complaint states that Dougard had a locked black box in her possession that contained 6.20 grams of methamphetamine, a wrapped bubble pipe and several empty gem bags. A small amount of suspected methamphetamine was found inside Dougardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s body when she was booked at the jail. An investigator with

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the Polk County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department says that comments made at the scene made it clear that Dougard had just picked up meth in Minnesota and that she was planning on selling some of it. The complaint states that the traffic stop was part of an ongoing investigation. Investigators with the Polk County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department have interviewed multiple people who stated that Dougard is dealing methamphetamine and has been doing so for some time. Dougard has been charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, second offense; possession of methamphetamine, three counts of felony bail jumping and possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted on all counts, Dougard could be imprisoned for 33 years and seven months and fined $65,500. Since Dougard has a prior conviction for possession of marijuana in Sawyer County, her jail time could be increased by up to four years. Dougard remains in custody at the Polk County Jail. An arraignment is scheduled for May 22.


A Sioux Falls, South Dakota man remains i the Polk in C County J after a Jail o vehicle one a accident on M 4 ended May w with several c charges, Leggett i including operating while intoxicated (OWI). Chad Leggett, 47, was found at the scene of a one car accident May

4 on 80th Street at 180th Ave. shortly after 7 p.m. An officer from the Polk County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department found Leggett in the passenger seat of the vehicle. According to the police report, the officer asked Leggett if he was the driver of the vehicle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What does it matter?â&#x20AC;? was Leggettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response. After smelling the odor of intoxicants, the officer asked Leggett to exit the vehicle. Leggett refused, telling the officer his name was Ryan. After confirming his identity by a booking photo from a prior arrest, Leggett was pulled out of the vehicle by police. Items found on Leggett led officers to believe he was under the influence of marijuana. After refusing to take field sobriety tests, Leggett was transported to St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Leggett refused to exit the vehicle and appeared to have passed out. Leggett locked all of his limbs while officers were attempting to remove him from the squad car. According to the police report, Leggett continued to act unconscious while being read his rights and during a blood draw. After the blood draw was completed, Leggett reportedly woke up telling officers â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want any blood draw stuff done, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t consent to it.â&#x20AC;? Leggett was held overnight at the hospital before being taken to the Polk County Jail, where he remains in custody. He has been charged with OWI 7, possession of marijuana and resisting an officer. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 22. Polk County Arrests Chad E. Leggett, 47, Sioux Falls, SD, was arrested on May 4 for OWI 7th, warrant, resisting an

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officer and marijuana possession. Cody D. Jantz, 30, Dresser, was arrested on May 1 for a probation hold, possession of meth and meth paraphernalia. Benjamin C. Chouinard, 47, Turtle Lake, was arrested on April 30 for possession with intent THC, possession of paraphernalia, felon in possession of firearm X3, and possession of a machine gun. Larry L. Larsin, 77, Harris, MN, was arrested on May 2 for operating without CDL. Brian C. Ebert, 46, Osceola, was arrested on May 2 for disorderly conduct, battery, and felony bail jumping. Larry A. Mueller, 60, Clear Lake, was arrested on May 3 for misdemeanor battery. Benjamin R. Bleyle, 19, Amery, was arrested on May 3 for a warrant and bail jumping. He was also arrested on May 3 for a

warrant for contempt of court. Shane R. Hall, 41, Osceola, was arrested on May 6 for domestic disorderly conduct. Morgan F. Wright, 17, Amery, was arrested on May 6 for misdemeanor domestic battery and disorderly conduct. Jason C. Olsen, 46, Centuria, was arrested on May 6 for domestic disorderly conduct and domestic battery simple. Joshua J. Skoug, 33, Osceola, was arrested on May 7 for bail jumping. Megan M. Lowe, 25, Luck, was arrested on May 4 for a warrant for failure to appear. Steven A. Mallory, 31, Cumberland, was arrested on May 4 for a probation hold. Robin R. Giller, 55, Centuria, was arrested on May 5 for disorderly conduct. Crystal R. Lindgren, 18, Balsam Lake, was arrested on May 5 for a warrant for failure to pay.

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The crime stories on this page are based on the probable cause reports from different law enforcement agencies. Probable cause reports (PCs) are simply a report stating the â&#x20AC;&#x153;probable causeâ&#x20AC;? that the arresting officer had at the time of arrest. It is used by the District Attorney, Defense Attorney, and Judges in the courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Initial Appearanceâ&#x20AC;? to assist them in determining, ďŹ rst, to conďŹ rm whether or not there was enough â&#x20AC;&#x153;probable causeâ&#x20AC;? for the arrest, second, if the charge stated by the officer is appropriate and supported by the information contained therein, and third to assist the judge in setting bond. The District Attorney also uses the probable cause report as a basis (but not exclusively) to complete the criminal complaint, which is the official charging document. A Probable Cause Report is NOT the same as a Criminal Complaint. While the PC shows why the person was arrested, they are not officially charged until the Criminal Complaint is ďŹ led. Those charges may differ from the charge(s) listed on the PC based upon what charges the District Attorney believes he can prove. Charges may be amended up or down during the charging process as information becomes available. As always, an arrested person is presumed to be innocent until convicted by a judge or jury. Not all arrested people are convicted of the crimes alleged.

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Library Friends will kick off summer St. Croix Falls singers program with Bookplate Fundraiser earn ‘exemplary’ rating

The Friends of Osceola Library will have a Bookplate Fundraiser at the kick-off of the Summer Learning Program. The goal of this fundraiser is to build the Library’s collection of books and materials for the new Discovery Center. Bookplates have been around for centuries. They are small labels placed inside the book cover to indicate its owner. In modern times these bookplates are often stickers. Also, bookplates are often placed in donated books to remember or honor someone. The Friends have created pre-

printed bookplates to sell at Rhubarb Days. There is a space on the bookplate to write a name. It can be the name of a family member who is an avid reader, a departed loved one who loved books, the name of a child you want to encourage to read, or your own. As the Discovery Center’s materials are shelved, bookplates will be placed in books. At Rhubarb Days look for the Friends table near the library where you can make a donation and have a bookplate that will be placed in a book for the Discovery Center collection. In addition, you

will see wandering “Book Minstrels” from whom you can buy your bookplate. “Please help us build an amazing collection of books and materials for the new Discovery Center,” said Friends spokeswoman Cheryl Beardslee. “We know people have missed the Friends Book Sales at Wheels and Wings and Rhubarb Days. The good news is that there is a Friends room in the Discovery Center where book sales will be held frequently!!” — Submitted by the Friends of the Osceola Public Library.

Live music will kick off farmers market, Music Under Stars

Is there any better way to enjoy the start of summer than to experience live music, a farmers market and an outdoor screening of “Wonder”? Well, all that is happening on Friday, June 1, in Mill Pond Park. Come for the farmers market from 2 to 6 p.m. to stock up on summer goodies say hello to the folks from local farms. Then, QuinnElizabeth will be

performing from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. QuinnElizabeth began as a solo project for Elizabeth Steans in the early 2000s in Eau Claire. It didn’t take long before her sisters, Jerissa and Jerrika, joined her on stage with percussion. They quickly became known for their infectious rhythm, powerful lead vocals, sister harmonies and fun stage banter.

The group has toured around the Midwest for several years, building a loyal following. In the process they’ve released two bluesy folk rock albums. After the music, cuddle up in Mill Pond Park with a blanket and your friends and family for Movies Under the Stars: “Wonder” will begin at dusk.

at Solo & Ensemble Addie McCurdy and Grace Klein of St. Croix Falls High School earned recognition for their outstanding vocal duet at the state Solo & Ensemble exhibition at UW-Eau Claire From over 11,000 vocal and instrumental solos and ensembles scheduled at the 2018 Wisconsin School Music Association state festivals, 460 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: nomination and final selection. Throughout the day, adjudicators had an

opportunity to nominate a limited number of performances that were truly exceptional – beyond what is typically expected. 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

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seling services confidentially, without leaving school. He stresses that students’ lives outside of school directly affect their performance. “Students in crisis or students who are dealing with serious situations need more than just a friendly ear. They need guidance, assistance, and a coach to help them through the tough times,” he said. In a letter of recommendation, Wilson is recognized as “a dedicated professional educator who forms meaningful bonds with his students as he helps them transition from adolescence to early adulthood.” Wilson created Career Day, which brings community members in to teach students about a variety of professions. With 40 percent of parents having

a high school diploma or less, Wilson recognizes that “first generation college students need extra support.” From increasing access to college campus visits to individual and parent meetings held throughout the year, Wilson makes sure students get the attention and information they need to think beyond high school and apply for college and financial aid. Outside of school, Wilson has coached or been assistant coach for 20 plus baseball teams, sometimes multiple age groups in the same year. He serves as the St. Croix Falls Baseball Association president, helping the community-based organization raise money and improve the youth baseball program in St. Croix Falls. In the summer of 2017, more than 200 youth played baseball from

tee-ball to eighth grade traveling teams. Explaining the reason for his efforts coaching baseball, basketball, or football or leading an association meeting, Wilson said, “Our school is the center of our community and students’ connection to school through involvement fosters positive results in the classroom.” Prior to working at St. Croix Falls High School, Wilson was a grade six to 12 counselor at Clear Lake Junior and Senior High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and at Master of Science in Education from UW-River Falls. — Story submitted by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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role in shaping our children’s future. Let us continue to be engaged, work hard, and practice fairness in our daily lives, just like our teachers do in theirs. State Senator Patty Schachtner represents Wisconsin’s tenth senate district. The district covers parts of Burnett, Dunn, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix counties.


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drug tests, attend weekly meetings with a judge and look for a job. In the process, they find stability as they set forth on a new path, and prove they can handle setbacks without relapsing. “It was hard in the beginning,” Jacoby said. “I was just used to doing what I wanted to do. … What really kept me going was my family. I know what it did to them. I was not a good person.” Jacoby also had support from the Butterfly House, a sober transition house for women. “That was a huge help,” she said. “I had no idea how to live like a normal person. I couldn’t hold a job. I was a mess.” Now, she calls herself a responsible adult with a home and job. “I have my own apartment,” she said. “It’s something I never thought would happen. I lived out of a van. And they helped me find a program that would fund my CNA [certified nursing assistant] license. I’m a registered CNA now. “I know how to handle situations better,” she continued. “Before, my immediate thought to any hiccup would be,

‘Forget it. It’s screwed up anyways, I’ll screw it up more.’ Now I have healthy coping skills. I know I can talk to someone or go for a walk.” At the May 4 graduation ceremony, after working an all-night shift, Jacoby offered gratitude to the treatment court team, staff at the Butterfly house and to her mother, who was in the audience. Denise Jacoby, Abigail’s mother, addressed complicated emotions in watching her daughter struggle to overcome addiction. “I very much appreciate this program,” she said. “The treatment court team really helped guide and encourage Abby, and helped her grow into this graduate. It’s certainly not a path, as a parent, you ever imagine you’d travel. I think everybody says, ‘Not my kid.’ “I never imagined I’d end up here,” she continued, “but I’m grateful for where we are today. … I’m so proud. Parents just love their kids.” Once hopeless, Jacoby now plans to pursue a registered nursing license. She has turned her life around, as she vowed to do, and earned every bit of hope she has for the future.

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Wasp watchers wanted Get ready to grab a net, study native wasps and hunt for non-native emerald ash borers. The emerald ash borer is an invasive insect that has infiltrated and destroyed millions of ash trees in more than 20 states. Join the St. Croix River Association and Friends of Scandia Parks & Trails for a free lesson in finding and identifying native wasps. Learn to determine whether the wasps are consuming and feeding emerald ash borers to their larvae. Through this educational event you will become an important part in overcoming this critical environmental issue in our area. Jennifer Schultz, Wasp Watchers program coordinator at the

University of Minnesota Extension, will teach participants about emerald ash borers and citizen scientists’ role in helping stop their spread. “As we mark the 50th anniversary of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, we want to make sure we are doing what we can to preserve the beautiful river and the trees which surround it,” said Deb Ryun, executive director of the St. Croix River Association. “Tracking emerald ash borer is an important step in stopping the further infestation of this harmful non-native species.” 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. From this Act, the St. Croix and

Gains made in treatment, vaccine research MADISON - Winter cave and mine surveys in 2018 show that whitenose syndrome continues to ravage Wisconsin's cave bats and the steep loss of these beneficial insect-eaters is likely to be seen this summer in nighttime skies, state endangered resources officials say. "We're still seeing new sites with infection and bigger declines in the numbers of bats we're surveying in winter," says J. Paul White, Wisconsin Bat Program lead with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Pepin County was added to the list of those with hibernacula infected with the disease. White and other Wisconsin conservation biologists did find some silver linings in their 2018 winter surveys, and federal and university research DNR is assisting with are showing promise and progress in developing WNS vaccines and treatments, White says.

"These efforts can potentially help our remaining bats and also bats in other states where the disease has not yet been detected," he says. Fewer bats in nighttime skies All 60 sites visited in winter 2018 were infected and at those sites, DNR conservation biologists found a 99 percent decrease from historic averages at the first documented infection site; a 92 percent drop at sites in their fourth year of infection, and an 85 percent drop at sites in their third year of infection. Twenty-five of the 28 counties with known bat hibernacula now have WNS or the fungus that causes it. Severe decreases in populations of hibernating bats are also showing up in the summer nighttime surveys volunteers conduct. For example, the average decline in summer roost populations across the state in 2017 was 80 percent. White, a conservation biologist with the DNR Natural Heritage Conservation Program, expects more places to notice a

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Mikayla Quigley, right of center in white helmet, is all smiles as her team greets her after her big homerun against Ellsworth. Osceola split a pair of MBC games last week.


Freshman Colton Wilmot and his young Chieftain teammates continue to improve week by week. Osceola placed third in an MBC event last week in Ellsworth.

Chieftain golfers begin MBC play BY RON JASPERSON SPORTS WRITER

The young Osceola golf team is doing what the Chieftain coaches hoped they would do. They have settled in to varsity play and now their scores are coming down. Osceola and the rest of the Middle Border conference teams will wrap up conference play this week with their final MBC match of the season at New Richmond. Last week Osceola had another very busy schedule as they hit the links for four conference events, the first being held in Ellsworth. The Chieftains showed that they can compete with the top dogs in the conference on a given day as they placed third as a team behind New Richmond and Amery. Osceola had a team score of 188 and was led by freshman Jacob Hall with a 43. Sophomores Ryan Leidle and Nick Kremer were next with a 46 and 47 respectively. Freshman Colton Wilmot completed the varsity scoring for the Chieftains with a 52. “Ellsworth’s match was our best thus far trailing Amery only by five strokes,” Osceola coach Lisa Richert said. “Jacob (Hall) scored a 43 with many other good scores. The boys were happy and so was the coach.” Osceola left Ellsworth and headed to Prescott for the second half of a golfing double-header held on SEE GOLF, PAGE 18

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The Osceola Chieftain softball team played a couple of pretty good Middle Border conference teams last week. To heighten the challenge Osceola had up to four starting players unable to play due to injuries with a couple of more playing despite not being at 100 percent. Osceola started their week with a one run decision over the St. Croix Central Panthers before falling to the Ellsworth Panthers. The first matchup of the week was the St. Croix Central Panthers coming to Osceola in what was supposed to be a double-header of two five inning games. When the first game went to extra innings the second game could not be competed due to darkness. Deuces

were wild for both teams in the opener as SCC scored a pair of runs in both the first and second innings with single tallies in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings for a total of seven runs. Osceola countered with deuces in the first, fourth and fifth innings to trail 7-6 going into the bottom of the sixth. Could the Chieftains rally to tie the game again or perhaps put up their fourth deuce of the night to walk away a winner? Rebecca Morrison started the Osceola rally with a single. Maddy Wilmot followed by reaching base on an error. After a pop out to the shortstop for the first out, Hayley Palmsteen delivered the tying run with a base hit to left-center field with Wilmot moving up to second. A walk to Elli Dodge loaded the bases before freshman Arial Branum delivered the game winning

hit to left field. “I was very proud of how the girls hung in there and played hard through all the momentum shifts of the games,” Osceola coach James Gillespie said. “I thought they showed tremendous toughness as a number of girls are battling through some injuries. A number of girls came up big with clutch hits at crucial points in the game and Holly Grengs hung in there for a solid night (of pitching).” Morrison, Grengs and Palmsteen each had two hits to lead the Osceola offense. Grengs drove in three runs and Palmsteen and Jerri Dannenmueller plated two each. Osceola ended their week against a very strong Ellsworth squad. The Chieftains played the SEE SOFTBALL, PAGE 18

Chieftains drop a pair of tennis matches to tough MBC foes BY RON JASPERSON SPORTS WRITER

It was not exactly how Osceola Chieftain coach Beth Friedrichsen hoped to send her team into the Middle Border conference tournament. Osceola lost their final two dual meets in preparation for the MBC tournament this week. Osceola lost to Eau Claire Regis in a match played in Osceola and then fell to a powerful New Richmond Tiger squad on the Tigers’ home courts. “It was not the strongest finish that we would have liked but Regis and New Richmond are the strongest competitors that we have and the boys did play much better against New Richmond than they did against Regis,” Friedrichsen said. “The scores do show it a little but what you don’t see are the numerous times that they went to deuce and had close games against New Richmond.” Osceola lost to Regis by a score of 7-0. All seven


Nick Stroshane has been a fixture at No. 1 singles all season for Osceola. The Chieftains delve into MBC tournament play this week.

matches were done in two sets. No.1 singles player Nick Stroshane had the closest match of any of the Chieftains as he lost his first set 6-4 and then lost the second 7-6. Osceola was unable to capture more than two games in any of the other six matches. Although Osceola lost

by the same 7-0 score to New Richmond, several of the matches were closer. Stroshane lost a close second set at No. 1 singles and Nolan Claassen lost two close sets at the No. 2 singles spot. Bryce Johnson was also close at No. 3 singles but just couldn’t quite get over the hump. “Nolan and Bryce

really played well and were able to construct some great points, they just were not able to seal the deal,” Friedrichsen said. “What I am happy about was how much they improved over the week. Nick really played well all week and he had SEE TENNIS, PAGE 18

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Chieftain baseball sweeps a pair of double-headers BY RON JASPERSON SPORTS WRITER

The Osceola Chieftain baseball team had a good week last week. No, Osceola actually had a great week. Osceola swept a pair of double-headers first against the Somerset Spartans and then against the Amery Warriors. Osceola outscored their opponents by a combined score of 23-5. The highlight of the four games was the first game of the week. Osceola came away with a decisive 10-0 win over Somerset with Chieftain Brett Carlson firing a no-hitter. The Chieftains broke out to a 4-0 lead after one inning and added three runs in the second, two in the third and one in the fourth to come away with the shutout. “We had a game plan going into the game of getting ready to hit the first pitch,” Osceola coach Kyle Collins said. “We knew that (Somerset pitcher) Beasley threw a lot of strikes and that if we got down in the count he was pretty hard to hit. Our hitters did a great job of executing the game plan to a ‘T’.” Osceola leadoff hitter Matt Schultz led the hit parade with three safeties with Logan Clark, Jack Michel and Brady Berg each adding a pair to the 11-hit Chieftain attack. Carlson was masterful on the mound pitch-


Brett Carlson and his Osceola teammates had a great week of baseball last week. The Chieftains went 4-0 for the week with Carlson pitching a no-hitter in the first game. Later in the week he added a pair of homeruns against Amery.

ing the no-hitter while striking out nine Spartans over the five-inning game. “Brett Carlson threw a no-hitter,” Collins said. “He looked very dominate, throwing all of his pitches for strikes. A no-hitter is quite the feat, something that he will remember forever.” After Carlson’s no-hitter in game one it was Howard Miller’s turn to take the mound. Miller

gave up just one hit in Osceola’s 5-0 win. Luke Lundgren led the Osceola offense with a pair of hits. Osceola came home and hosted the Amery Warriors in a twin bill last Friday. Game one was tight until the end with Osceola eking out a 2-1 win. It was a pitching duel to say the least with Amery holding a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning. Carlson

then evened the score with his first homerun of the season. “We had only one hit going into the sixth when Brett Carlson tied the game with a homer to center,” Collins said. “Brett chose a great time to hit his first homerun of the season; this was a huge moment in the game.” With the score deadSEE BASEBALL, PAGE 17

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one for the little guys to reel in. You start out the day practicing in the yard with the kids casting bobbers at targets on the lawn. Make sure their poles have good line. I advise taking off the original line if it coils at all to avoid tangles when you’re fishing because that fishing line could have been on those rod and reel combos for a few years before anyone bought them. Bring an extra rod and reel combo in case one breaks down. You’ll thank me for that idea. Don’t be too cheap when you buy the rods and reel combinations but don’t break the bank either. Spend the $39.99 to $49.99 and get them a good push button rod and reel combos in a medium light outfit so the small fish feel big and big fish feel like MONSTERS! Be sure the kids have little tackle boxes with plasSEE BENNETT, PAGE 19

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SCOREBOARD BASEBALL B ASEBALL May 17: Osceola at Baldwin-Woodville. Siren at St. Croix Falls. May 18: St. Croix Falls at Somerset. May 22: Prescott at Osceola. Hayward at St. Croix Falls. May 24: Regional May 29: Regional May 30: Regional June 5: Sectional June 12: State at Grand Chute. Osceola Chieftain Baseball Osceola at Somerset (unofficial) May 8, 2018 Osceola Batting AB R H RBI Schultz 4 2 3 3 Clark 3 2 2 1 Carlson 3 0 0 0 Michel 3 2 2 2 Miller 2 1 0 1 Berg 3 1 2 1 Lundgren 3 1 1 0 Johnson 3 0 0 0 Ingram 3 1 1 0 Totals 27 10 11 8 Somerset Batting AB R H RBI Piletich 3 0 0 0 Beasley 2 0 0 0 A Beasley 1 0 0 0 Vetterkind 2 0 0 0 Kelly 2 0 0 0 Berry 2 0 0 0 Stopa 2 0 0 0 Folkert 2 0 0 0 Lepper 2 0 0 0 Totals 18 0 0 0 Somerset Pitching IP H R ER BB SO Beasley (L) 2.2 9 9 7 1 6 Vetterkind 2.1 2 1 1 0 4 Osceola Pitching IP H R ER BB SO Carlson (W)5 0 0 0 0 9 Score by Inning 1 2 3 4 5 F OHS 4 3 2 1 0 10 SHS 0 0 0 0 0 0 Osceola Chieftain Baseball Osceola at Somerset (unofficial) May 8, 2018 Osceola Batting AB R H RBI Schultz 2 1 1 0 Rutledge 2 0 1 2 Carlson 2 0 1 0 Grant 1 0 0 0 Michel 3 0 0 0 Miller 2 0 0 0 Koprek 2 0 0 0 Clark 1 1 0 0 Lundgren 2 0 2 1 Ingram 2 1 2 0 Berg 0 2 0 0 Totals 19 5 7 3 Somerset Batting AB R H RBI Piletich 2 0 0 0 Beasley 2 0 0 0 A Beasley 1 0 0 0 Vetterkind 2 0 1 0 Neurarth 2 0 0 0 Kelly 1 0 0 0 Stopa 2 0 0 0 McGurran 1 0 0 0 Totals 13 0 1 0 Somerset Pitching IP H R ER BB SO Neurarth (L) 2 4 4 4 2 3 Folkert 2 3 1 1 0 1 Osceola Pitching IP H R ER BB SO Miller (W) 4 1 0 0 4 2 Score by Inning 1 2 3 4 F OHS 0 4 0 1 5 SHS 0 0 0 0 0 Osceola Chieftain Baseball Amery a Osceola (unofficial) May 11, 2018 Amery Batting AB R H RBI Forrest 4 0 2 0 VanBlaricom 3 0 0 0 Martin 2 0 0 0 Fornengo 3 0 0 0 Kemf 3 0 0 0 Sillman 2 0 0 0 C Smith 2 0 0 0 Kuhn 1 0 0 0 Engebretson 2 1 0 0 M Smith 2 0 0 0 Totals 24 1 2 0 Osceola Batting AB R H RBI Schultz 3 0 1 0 Clark 3 0 0 0 Carlson 3 1 1 1 Michel 2 0 1 0 Berg 3 0 0 0 Miller 3 0 1 0 Lundgren 3 0 1 1 Johnson 2 0 0 0 Ingram 2 0 0 0 Rutledge 0 1 0 0 Totals 24 2 5 2 Osceola Pitching IP H R ER BB SO Carlson 6.2 21 0 35 Berg (W) .1 0 0 0 0 0 Amery Pitching IP H R ER BB SO Forrest (L) 6 5 22 1 5 Score by Inning 1 23 4 5 6 7 F AHS 0 0 10 0 0 0 1 OHS 0 0 0 0 0 11 2 Osceola Chieftain Baseball Osceola at Amery (unofficial) May 11, 2018 Amery Batting AB R H RBI Schultz 3 1 1 0 Clark 3 1 0 0 Carlson 3 1 2 2

Michel 3 1 1 0 Miller 3 2 1 0 Berg 3 0 2 2 Lundgren 3 0 1 0 Koprek 2 0 1 0 Rutledge 2 0 1 0 Totals 25 6 10 4 Osceola Batting AB R H RBI VanBlaricom 3 1 1 0 Stern 3 1 2 1 Martin 3 1 0 0 Kuhn 3 0 1 0 Clausen 2 0 0 1 Brown 2 0 0 1 Sillman 3 0 0 0 M Smith 2 1 1 0 Hiltner 2 0 1 0 Totals 23 4 6 3 Amery Pitching IP H R ER BB SO Fornengo (L) 3 6 4 3 0 2 Clausen 2 4 2 1 0 0 Osceola Pitching IP H R ER BB SO Rutledge 2.1 3 2 2 1 1 Berg (W) 2.2 3 2 0 1 3 Score by Inning 1 2 3 4 5 F OHS 1 1 2 0 2 6 AHS 0 0 2 0 2 4 St. Croix Falls Saints Baseball Unity at St. Croix Falls (unofficial) May 7, 2018 Unity Batting AB R H RBI Jack 3 1 0 0 Flaherty 3 1 0 0 Pederson 4 1 2 0 Ince 2 1 1 1 Teschendorf 3 0 0 1 Hendrickson 2 0 0 1 Paulsen 2 0 0 0 Thaemert 2 0 0 0 Hermansen 2 0 0 0 Totals 23 4 3 3 St. Croix Falls Batting AB R H RBI Skallet 3 0 0 0 Langer 3 1 1 0 Mysicka 3 0 2 1 Kahl 3 1 1 0 Wiehl 3 1 1 0 VanBuskirk 3 0 1 2 Greenquist 3 1 1 1 Gorres 3 0 0 0 Leahy 2 0 1 0 Riley 0 1 0 0 Totals 26 5 8 4 St. Croix Falls Pitching IP H R ER BB SO Lessman 1 1 4 33 1 Leahy (W) 5 2 0 0 27 Wilson 1 0 0 0 0 0 Unity Pitching IP H R ER BB SO Paulsen (L) 4 7 5 30 3 Pederson 2 1 0 0 0 3 Score by Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7F UHS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 SFHS 0 2 1 20 0 X 5 St. Croix Falls Saints Baseball St. Croix Falls at Shell Lake (unofficial) May 8, 2018 St. Croix Falls Batting AB R H RBI Skallet 3 2 1 0 VanBuskirk 0 2 0 0 Langer 4 2 0 0 Mysicka 3 2 3 2 Kahl 1 0 0 0 Bents 4 0 2 2 Wiehl 5 1 1 0 Wilson 2 0 1 2 Thaemert 2 1 2 0 Parks 4 0 0 0 Leahy 2 1 1 1 Greenquist 1 0 0 0 Gorres 4 0 0 0 Totals 35 11 11 7 Shell Lake Batting AB R H RBI Bontekoe 4 0 2 3 Aronson 4 0 1 0 Kraetke 3 0 0 0 Heckle 4 1 2 0 Johnson 4 0 2 0 Beecroft 3 1 1 1 Taylor 3 1 1 0 McNulty 3 1 0 0 Denotter 3 0 0 0 Totals 31 4 9 4 Shell Lake Pitching IP H R ER BB SO Johnson (L) 2 1 1 0 2 2 Kraetke 4 9 9 4 2 4 Bontekoe 1 1 1 1 1 2 St. Croix Falls Pitching IP H R ER BB SO Wilson (W) 2 1 0 0 2 5 Thaemert 3 6 3 3 0 4 Langer 2 2 1 0 0 2 Score by Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 F SCFHS 1 0 4 1 4 0 1 11 SLHS 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 4 St. Croix Falls Saints Baseball Turtle Lake/Clayton at St. Croix Falls (unofficial) May 10, 2018 Turtle Lake/Clayton Batting AB R H RBI Schnieder 3 1 2 0 Nitchet 1 0 0 0 C Heffner 3 0 0 0 J Kahl 3 1 1 0 Waite 4 0 0 1 C Kahl 2 0 0 0 Torgerson 4 0 1 1 M Heffner 4 0 1 0 Dotseth 3 0 1 0 Totals 27 2 6 2




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Jeremy Winkelman, Michael Koehler, Matt Germain and Jack Feldt compete in the 100m at the Hudson tune-up meet. Osceola now gears up for the most important meets of the season.

Chieftain track and field team turns attention to tournaments BY RON JASPERSON SPORTS WRITER

It sees like the spring sports season has just barely begun but several teams are already turning their attention to the tournaments. The Osceola Chieftain track and field team competed in a pair of meets last week in an effort to get focused on the important meets coming up. Ready or not the tournament season is upon us. Osceola opened their week in Hudson and the next day went to Rice Lake with the hopes of giving most of the team some meet experience. The Chieftains were unable to field a full squad at either place due to school conflicts. With meets on back-to-back days most of the athletes got in at least some work against other schools. The highlight of the week was the narrow team win by the Osceola girls at Rice Lake. The Chieftains scored 97 team points to claim the top spot which was a scant 1.5 point ahead of runner-up

Chippewa Falls. The St. Croix Falls Saints were just three points behind Osceola. Osceola claimed a pair of first place finishes in the 12-team meet with Caroline Gearin winning the 400m and Katie Haase the discus. “(At Rice Lake) was a great night that came down to the pole vault to determine the team champions,” Osceola head girls coach Amanda Meyer said. “I’m so proud of each athlete because every point was important and they each did what they could to earn those points. Our throwers especially brought their ‘A’ game as they took first (Katie Haase), third (Megan Merricks), and seventh (Marie Haase) in the discus and then second (Teagan Harrison) and third (Megan Merricks) in the shot put. While we also had many successes on the track our throwers have continued to stay ahead of other competitors while also individually improving each meet.” Much of the girls team success will depend on how some of their

freshmen standouts can hold up under tournament pressure. One of the freshmen who Osceola will be leaning on will be Lauren Ellefson who has been impressive in the middle distances and relays. Ellefson will concentrate on the job in front of her as she has all season. “I try not to think about the pressure and instead focus on the race ahead of me,” Ellefson said. “I love to run and it helps to know that I have so many years ahead to improve.” Meyer is also tinkering with moving some of her athletes around to try to maximize the point totals for the big meets. “This week I added Anna Swanson to the 4x200 mix along with her usual 800 and 4x400,” Meyer said. “Her strength, stamina, and speed are clearly coming together and are a result of the hard work she puts in throughout the offseason and the focus she has during each


Freshman Lauren Ellefson has been impressive for Osceola this season in the middle distances and relays. After a tough spring weather-wise Ellefson and her Chieftain teammates are now focused on the most important meets of the season.


Soccer team loses a pair of games to Somerset BY RON JASPERSON SPORTS WRITER

The tough spring weather has resulted in some scheduling quirks that just can’t be resolved. The Osceola Chieftain soccer team played a pair of games last week on back-to-back nights against Somerset with the first game being played in Osceola. “When playing Somerset, we thought that if we could get a goal we could win,” Osceola coach Nathan Anderson said. “They came to Osceola with a little better record than ours but we thought that we could give them a good game and possibly win it.” The two teams battled on even terms in the first half as neither squad

could dent the opposition’s net. Osceola had some great scoring opportunities but just could not finish the play. With the score 0-0 at halftime both teams knew that one break could mean the difference between a win or a loss. “In the second half we started well,” Anderson said. “We pressured them hard and thought that we would get a goal in just a matter of time. Unfortunately, we were caught out of position after a turnover and they scored. We tried our hardest from there but couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net.” After being unable to score in Osceola, Anderson changed his lineup for the next night’s game in Somerset. As a result


Jenna Armstrong battles for control of the ball in a home game against Somerset. Osceola lost back-to-back games to the Spartans and will try to re-group this week.

the Chieftains were able to generate some offense. “We switched up our game plan for this game since we could not seem to score in the last game,” Anderson said. “We put Reagan Ekstrom up front to try to get us some goals. “The decision paid off immediately with Reagan scoring in the first five minutes,” Anderson continued. “Somerset immediately scored afterward, but Reagan scored again.” Osceola had earned a 2-1 advantage after 18:51 of the game but Somerset was awarded a free kick at the 20:50 mark and was able to tie the game. The Spartans scored three more times just before halftime to take a 5-2 lead with the last goal coming on another

penalty kick. After intermission the game settled in to a more traditional soccer battle with Somerset scoring the only goal of the second half to make the final 6-2. Despite the two losses Osceola is determined to continue pushing forward and is anxious to add a few more wins to their total. “As a team we need to have a positive attitude and hustle going into each game,” Osceola junior Mattea Johnson said. “Also, these next couple games are against teams we’ve already played, so finding little places to improve our game will help a lot. I think all of these things will help us find success in our next couple games.”

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Lions help backpack program

Boyd Dosch, Dresser Lions Club representative presented 50 bags for its Backpack Program to Char Bottolfson, a volunteer at The Open Cupboard in Osceola. At the Lions Club District Convention, 700 bags were packed for distribution throughout Polk and Burnett counties.

Rider wins regional title Zoe Rider, Osceola, has been selected to represent the Midwest region in the national America’s Little Miss competition. America’s Little Miss is a pageant that encourages young ladies to showcase their personalities. Rider competed in Bloomington, Minn., in April. In July, she will join other delegates from across America in Orlando, Florida, at the national competition.

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PLAN: Severe weather season FROM PAGE 2

seek shelter in a sturdy building. If you cannot quickly walk to shelter, get into a vehicle, buckle your seatbelt and drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. Now you have two options as a last resort: Stay in the vehicle with the seatbelt on and place your head below the windows. Or if you can safely get noticeably lower than the roadway, exit the vehicle and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands. Do not seek shelter under an overpass. · Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes. You should leave a mobile home and go to the designated storm shelter or the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building. · Make sure you have multiple ways to receive weather information. A NOAA Weather Radio, access to local TV, and smart phone apps can keep you informed when severe weather threatens. Thunder and lightning? Play it safe. All thunderstorms produce lightning and, therefore, are dangerous, advises Wisconsin Emergency Management. Nationwide, lightning kills nearly 50 people a year. In Wisconsin, lightning has killed eight people and injured at least 30 since 2005. WEM cautioned sports coaches to take care, as lightning often strikes outside the area of heavy rain and can strike as far as 10 miles from any rainfall. Thunder should be considered a sign of danger, and a location safe from lightning should be designated before youth sports games or other outdoor events. “Substantial buildings provide the best protection,” WEM reports. “Avoid sheds, open shelters, dugouts, bleachers and grandstands. If a sturdy building is not nearby, a hard-topped metal vehicle with windows closed will offer good protection.” If boating or swimming, get to land and find shelter.


1,000 books before Kindergarten

Claire Tetreault and Scarlett Tembruell celebrated reading 1,000 books before kindergarten at the Osceola Public Library.

LIQUOR: Osceola board awards beer license to Rumor Has It FROM PAGE 2

asked. “Basically they’re holding it hostage from a business willing to work seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 2 at night. Why can’t [the Main Street Group] get a special event permit for the whiskey tasting events? “You have somebody in this community who wants to come in and make a difference,” she continued. “Also, nothing against the Watershed, but how many hours a day are they open? We serve breakfast. We serve lunch. We serve dinner. The revenue that’s going to come out of this business is huge. … “How many businesses has [the cafe’s] building been? How many businesses has Rumor Has It been? It has been a bar for over 100 years, and bars serve alcohol. … This is a ready, willing and able body who wants to contribute to this community.” The building’s owner, Tom O’shaughnessy, asked the board to explain their reason for choosing the cafe over the bar. “I’m going to go with proven business,” said Trustee Deb Rose. “You’re getting beer. Prove us wrong.” There is some possibility for recourse. Because the Main Street Group hasn’t used their license for more than 90 days, it is technically abandoned and potentially eligible for revocation. However, revocation or suspension of an abandoned license

is not automatic, according to Village Administrator Joel West. The process must be initiated by a sworn, written complaint

‘This building has been a bar for over 100 years, and bars serve alcohol.’ Leslee Kanan Rumor Has It employee filed with the village clerk. The process also requires a public hearing. Other business • Recently elected board trustees Jeromy Buberl and Bruce Gilliland were sworn in to office. • Resident Brooke Kulzer asked the village board what might be done to slow traffic on County Highway M as drivers approach town. • The village’s annual consumer confidence report for municipal water has been released. The tests detected trace amounts of various contaminants in the village’s water, but none reached the threshold considered unsafe by federal standards. • With the help of a $500 grant from Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up, the Osceola Public Library will buy a sublimation printer to print on bags, mugs and t-shirts. The library’s first project will be helping the Friends of the Osceola

Public Library make aprons for Rhubarb Days. • The Arbor Day tree planting is set for May 17, 4:30 p.m. at Oakey Park, near the intersection of Summit and Seventh Avenue. Several trees in the area were lost to oak wilt, and will be replaced by conifers. The next regular meeting of the Osceola Village Board will be held June 12 at 6 p.m. in the school district boardroom.


April in Osceola 9 arrests by Osceola police — two felonies, seven misdemeanors 53 citations — 42 traffic, 11 municipal 472 calls for service logged by officers 4 grass fire calls for Osceola Fire and Rescue (two were mutual aid in Dresser) 1 power pole fire on County Highway M in the early morning hours 1 structure fire (mutual aid in Dresser) 18 events at the Osceola Public Library, with 141 attendees 6,011 items checked out from OPL, nearly 1,000 more than last April. 21,000 pounds of asphalt emulsion shoveled by the public works crew for spring roadwork. 5,233,000 gallons of municipal water pumped 8,359,000 gallons sewer influent

Motorcycle crash in Clam Falls On May 14 at 9:30 a.m., the Polk Co Sheriffs Office received a report of a motorcycle crash on County Road E, west of 95th St. in the town of Clam Falls. A witness had discovered a motorcycle laying in the road on top of the operator. Law Enforcement and Emergency Medical Services where dispatched to the scene. North

Memorial Air Ambulance was in the area and responded to the location. Investigation of the crash site shows the motorcycle was westbound on County Road E when it struck a deer. The operator was wearing a helmet but the injuries appear critical in nature. The operator was transported by Air Ambulance to North Memorial

Hospital in Minneapolis MN. Condition is unknown at this time. Frederic Fire/First Responders, Northland Ambulance service, North Memorial Air Ambulance, Town of Clam Falls, and the Wisconsin State Patrol Assisted the Polk Co Sheriff’s Office with this incident.



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Saints Junior Anja Erickson placed third in the Pole Vault with a height of 8-6.00.


Sophomore Mitchell Steele, one of the top two golfers at Clear Lake.

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Senior Josh Skallet catches a pop fly to center field during the Saints win over the Unity Eagles with a final score of 5-4.

Saints baseball sweeps three conference tilts

When and Where: May 7 at St. Croix Falls Outcome: St. Croix Falls 5, Unity 4 Highlights: Unity put St. Croix Falls in an early hole scoring four runs in their first at bat but the Saints rallied for a 5-4 win. Calan Leahy pitched five strong innings for the win and Alex Mysicka banged out a pair of hits for the Saints. When and Where: May 8 at Shell Lake Outcome: St. Croix Falls 11, Shell Lake 4 Highlights: St. Croix collected 11 hits on their way to an 11-4 win over Shell Lake. Mysicka led the team with three hits with Luke Thaemert and Bents each adding two. When and Where: May 10 at St. Croix Falls Outcome – St. Croix Falls 7, Turtle Lake/ Clayton 2 Highlights: St. Croix broke to a 6-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back in their 7-2 win. Leahy was the winning pitcher with Jameson Kahl leading the offense with two hits. Coach’s Comments: “This season has been one of ups and downs but our record in conference so far is hanging in there,” St. Croix coach Mark Gjovig said. “We’ve experienced many injuries and so lineups have been ever changing and we have suffered at the plate but manage to win games despite those issues.”


Saints Sophomore Logan Ross placed first in the 110M Hurdles with a time of 16.15 and second in the 300M hurdles with a time of 44.18 at Glenwood City on May 10.

Where: Barron Outcome: The St. Croix Falls Saints finished in eighth place as a team and were led by Chance Belisle who placed eighth individually. Where: Rice Lake Outcome: The Saints had their struggles at a very competitive Rice Lake tournament as they finished in 16th place as a team.

Saints track and field teams impressive at Rice Lake When and Where: May 8 at Rice Lake Outcome: St. Croix girls finished second and the boys placed fourth among 12 teams at the Rice Lake invitational. The girls team was just three points from capturing the team title. Highlights: It was a very competitive meet in which we attempted to put together strong relay teams. I was very pleased with their efforts in the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400, where we were at or very close to best times on the season. Additionally, our long jump ladies all jumped PRs on the season so it was a fun night to be a jumper. When and Where: May 10 at Glenwood City Outcome: Both the SCF boys and girls teams placed second at the seven-team Glenwood City invitational. Prescott won the girls team title with Amery placing first for the boys. Highlights: Our triple jumpers all had season bests. We are hoping to be tuned up and ready for conference competition on Tuesday, the 15. What’s next: The Saints competed at the conference meet in Frederic on May 16.

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St. Croix softball team drops a pair of contests When and Where: May 8 at Shell Lake Outcome: Shell Lake 14, St. Croix Falls 8 Comments: “We lost to Turtle Lake/Clayton 16-6 in 8 innings,” St. Croix coach Clayton Hanson said. “We played hard and had some timely hits, but errors hurt us in the 8th. Annalise Parks pitched a great game and Olivia Miron hit her first homerun.” Upcoming: St. Croix played at Frederic/Luck on May 15 and will host Siren/Webster on May 17.

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BASEBALL: Hard work pays, Chiefs sweep two double-headers FROM PAGE 13

locked 1-1 going into the bottom of the seventh Miller started the inning with a huge double. Lundgren then plated the winning run with a single up the middle. Luke (Lundgren) has been swinging the bat very well all season,â&#x20AC;? Collins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just had this feeling that Luke would come up big for us if given the chance.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our pitching and defense was great the whole game,â&#x20AC;? Lundgren noted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carlson hit a big home run that fired us up in the sixth. I came up to bat after a huge double from Miller, with the mentality of hitting him in or moving him to third. It was really just a great team win.â&#x20AC;? Osceola capped off their big week with a 6-4 win over Amery. Carlson hit his second homerun of the day to lead the Osceola offense. Berg and Carlson each had a pair of hits. Matt Rutledge was the starting pitcher for Osceola with Berg finishing the game on the hill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the second game (of the double-header) our hitters came ready to go,â&#x20AC;? Collins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bretty Carlson hit his second homerun of the day. He has been working really hard on his swing all year. I was really happy to see his hard work pay off.â&#x20AC;?

TRACK: Chieftains turn attention to tournaments FROM PAGE 14

practice. We are excited to see her make even more progress as we finish these last few weeks.â&#x20AC;? The boys team was much more fragmented during last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tune-ups but head boys coach Rick Stewart was satisfied with what he saw. Senior Ryan Rogers was one of the standout performers at Rice Lake. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ryan Rogers had another fantastic night with a great mile and a PR (personal record) in the 800,â&#x20AC;? Stewart said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was also very impressed with Kolten Heimbachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3200 run. It was his first one of the year and he ran a strong race. Blake Slater had a 13 second PR in his mile and is running strong right now.â&#x20AC;? Osceola opened their week at the new impressive athletic complex in Hudson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was a good tune

up at the beautiful new facility in Hudson for us,â&#x20AC;? Stewart said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a lot of PRs. Continuing to improve and set some great times is Gus Peterson. Gavin Peterson also had some big PRs in the 100 and 200. Gabe Baier had a great night setting new PRs in all three of his races. His hurdles are really improving and we are looking forward to seeing his times continue to drop. James Korzenowski also set new PRs in all three of his races and has been doing a great job of working to improve. Cody Schwartz also had a great night, setting a big PR in the pole vault and as well in the 100.â&#x20AC;? Now the focus for all of the track and field teams in the state is the tournaments starting with the Regionals, with the ultimate goal being the State meet in LaCrosse.

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est-free financing. The district is in the process of applying for tax-exempt status as a 501c3 organization. The organization recently purchased a used rescue truck, paying $82,000 with budgeted funds. Buying the 2007 GMC truck used cut the cost by more than half, Burch reported. He noted that DOG Fireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser had been successful in spite of the weather. Those who braved the April snowstorm to get to the Dresser fire hall gave generously. A Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day pancake breakfast is held annually at the Garfield fire hall. At press, the results of that fundraiser were not known.

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School Board Proceedings A Rosanne Anderson/Pete Kammerud motion was made to adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to WI Statute 19.85 (1) (c) and (f) to consider the employment, promotion, compensation or performance-evaluation data of any employee and for consideration of a specific matter which, if discussed in public, could have an adverse impact on the reputation of those involved. Roll call was taken: Rosanne Anderson – yes; Pete Kammerud – yes; Craig Brunclik – yes; Timm Johnson – yes; and Brooke Kulzer – yes. Motion carried. A Brooke Kulzer/Craig Brunclik motion was made to reconvene into open session. Motion carried. Timm Johnson announced no action was taken in Executive Session. The Regular Meeting of the Board of Education for the School District of Osceola was held in the District Office Boardroom on April 18, 2018. The meeting was called to order by President Timm Johnson at 6:30 P.M. with roll call taken: Pete Kammerud – yes; Timm Johnson-yes; Brooke Kulzer -yes; Craig Brunclik - yes; and Rosanne Anderson- yes. In addition, Superintendent Mark Luebker and Business Manager Jenifer Frank attended the meeting. Bob Wright requested an audience with the Board. He handed out packets for the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding and announced upcoming dates for the next statewide public hearings. Bob encouraged anyone

SOFTBALL: Osceola splits pair of Middle Border Conference games FROM PAGE 12

Panthers toe-to-toe for a good part of the game. Ellsworth scored twice in the opening inning and held their 2-0 lead into the bottom of the third when Makayla Quigley turned around a fastball from Ellsworth pitcher Avery O’Neil and deposited it over the centerfield fence. It was a huge hit for Quigley as O’Neil is one of the top pitchers in the region, if not the state. “This season, I’ve been in kind of a batting slump so it was really rewarding to me to hit my home run,” Quigley said. “After I hit, I think it

also got the team more hyped and we played with more excitement and we were more engaged in the game which made the score an incredibly smaller difference from the first time we played them. I think it was what I needed to get my confidence back up and to be ready for playoffs.” Ellsworth was able to pull away from the Chieftains with two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings and a single tally in the seventh to win 7-1. “I was really pleased with how the girls played together as a team,” Gillespie said. “Due to some inju-

ries, we have asked some girls to switch positions and for some girls to step up into starting positions. I felt that the girls did a great job handling these transitions. Ashlyn Getschel and Sarah Butterfield had some big plays in the outfield. Rebecca Morrison did an excellent job stepping in behind the plate. I felt Holly Grengs pitched an excellent game against a very solid Ellsworth team. They have quality hitters 1-9 and Holly did a fantastic job keeping their hitters off balance and taking care of some of them on her own.”

TENNIS: Chiefs drop pair of matches to tough conference foes FROM PAGE 12

some tough competition. All three of them are really fun to watch because they know what they are doing and are able to play tennis. They just need more experience playing

more and more tennis.” Ollie Dressel and Graham Hunt lost at the No. 1 doubles spot for Osceola. Jedidiah Durand and Hahns Huebsch fell at the No. 2 doubles spots as did Liam Gallagher and Jake

Jensen at No. 3. Despite the losses Friedrichsen believes in her team and will not count them out as they approach the MBC tournament. “The doubles teams also really know what to do

and have some brilliant moments,” Friedrichsen said. “They simply just need to play more tennis. We are looking forward to the tournament time to see who we will play and how it will all play out.”

GOLF: OHS team begins Middle Border Conference competition FROM PAGE 12

the same day. The Chieftains had to make some lineup adjustments due to some previous school commitments and things did not go as well at Prescott. Osceola ended up in eighth place as a team and was led by Hall’s 53. “I wish the clubs would have stayed working but packing up and heading over to Prescott took a bit out of us because we went from third place to eighth place in a hurry,” Richert said. “Our shots just were not going where we wanted them to go and trees seemed to get the best of us. We tried our best to think of the game as a process and not so much as a shot for points

game and we will continue the process and play one hole at a time.” Osceola finished their week with another double-header, this time at Pheasant Hills. The first nine holes were hosted by Baldwin-Woodville and the final nine by St. Croix Central. The Chieftains placed sixth in the first half of the double-header and tied for fifth in the nightcap. Hall (46), Leidle and Wilmot (48s) and Kremer (50) were the scorers for the Osceola varsity for the first nine holes. Kremer shot a 40 for the second nine holes to lead the Chieftains followed by Hall (43), Wilmot (45) and Luke Ekstrom (50). Now we will watch to see how fast this young Osceola team has grown up as they play in the con-

who is able to help out and testify. More information can be found on the committees website: A Pete Kammerud/Brooke Kulzer motion was made to approve the complete consent agenda without any items removed for discussion. Adopt the agenda Approve minutes of the Regular Meeting held April 4, 2018 Hires, Resignations, and Retirements ● Resignation(s): Jonathan Oberg, OES Special Education ● Retirement(s): ● Recognition(s): ● Hire(s): Melanie Ellison, OES Cross Categorical Special Education Teacher; Rebecca Baures, OMS Cross Categorical Special Education Teacher; Jessica Cribbs, OIS Music teacher; Matthew Milner, Assistant Bus mechanic Motion carried. A Craig Brunclik/Rosanne Anderson motion was made to approve the payment of bills from from General Fund with hand payable checks numbered 94227 through 94248 and computerized checks numbered 1136 through 1137 and 172571 through 172653 for a total of $866,321.70. Motion carried. A Craig Brunclik/Pete Kammerud motion was made to approve the Official School Board Election Result. Brooke Kulzer received 699 votes, Rosanne Anderson received 604 votes and Write-In Brian Meyer received 290 votes. Motion carried. Brooke Kulzer took the Official Oath, having been elected to the office of The Osceola Board of Education. She will serve a three year term beginning April 23, 2018. Rosanne Anderson took the Official Oath, having been elected to the office of The Osceola Board of Education. She will serve a two year term beginning April 23, 2018. A Brooke Kulzer/Pete Kammerud motion was made to

ference finale and then prepare for Regional play. “We are a young team and continue to get better as a team each week,” Kremer said. “I hope we can finish in the top three this week in conference as we have been working hard and getting better each tournament. Me, personally, I hope my golf game comes together with the shortened season. It seems like one area of my game has been off in most tournaments. I have been working hard with coaches to bring it together for the end of the season. I really want to see the team do well at both conference and Regionals. Most importantly is that we have fun.”

approve 2018 Summer School Staffing. Motion carried. A Rosanne Anderson/ Brooke Kulzer motion was made to approve SEAL and Bag of Books. Motion carried. A Brooke Kulzer/Craig Brunclik motion was made to approve the School Perceptions Survey with an amendment to the last page. Motion carried. 2 full snowdays 2, 2 hour delay, 1 1 hour early. Move April 27 inservice to student contact day. Forgive one day, make up one day. 8 hours of logged time. Formal approval on April 30, 2018. A Maintenance Walk Thru is scheduled for Monday, May 23, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. The next scheduled Board Committee Meeting is Monday April 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in the Boardroom. The next regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 30, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Boardroom. A Rosanne Anderson/ Brooke Kulzer motion was made to adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to WI Statute 19.85(1) (c) and (f) to consider the compensation and performance-evaluation data 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. Roll call was taken: Rosanne Anderson – yes; Pete Kammerud – yes; Craig Brunclik – yes; Timm Johnson – yes; and Brooke Kulzer - yes. Motion carried. A Brooke Kulzer/Pete Kammerud motion was made to reconvene into open session. Motion carried. Timm Johnson announced that he as Board President was instructed to send a document to District Administrator Mr. Mark Luebker regarding personnel issues addressed in Executive Session. A Rosanne Anderson/Craig Brunclik motion was made to adjourn. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned. Pete Kammerud, Clerk WNAXLP

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BENNETT: Two kids, fishing poles and a lot of water FROM PAGE 13

tics, sinkers, jigs, tape measure with scale, bobbers and a stringer. I like paddle tail minnows from an inch to three inches and various sized lightweight jigs. Start out by rigging a small paddle tail minnow (Power Bait) with a bobber set a

foot or two above the lure. The kids can then cast all day with the bobber attached that will keep them out of weeds and snags. Right now the fish are close to shore and easily caught. After a while you can take off the bobbers and let the kids get into more fish. That is exactly what we did and the pictures speak

for themselves, so take your camera along to capture the day!

Rhubarb makes overly sweet recipe perfect

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



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ith all the snow during this unusually long winter, I expected my rhubarb to be ready in June, but was pleasantly surprised to see large, tender stalks growing last week. Rhubarb has been a favorite spring treat of mine for years. It doesn’t matter what it’s in --pies, jams or something else--I love the flavor. It adds a tang and sourness that no other food can impart. Its texture makes experimenting fun for home cooks. It can be prepared raw and added to compotes or salsas. It will impart a sour bite with a chalky dryness that reminds me of older chardonnay wine. Cooked rhubarb will lose the chalkiness, but the sour flavor will shine through. Wild Chow still Many people think rhubarb is too sour and will pair it with other Lisa Erickson fruits like strawberries. Strawberries aren’t much sweeter, but have a less acidic profile that tricks our tongues into thinking strawberries are sweeter. I like to add rhubarb to baked goods that are too sweet, in my opinion, such as blond brownies. The rhubarb helps cut the sweetness and makes this extra sweet treat perfect! If you don’t have access to homegrown rhubarb, you can find it at the grocery store or farmers markets in early spring. Rhubarb is sometimes sold with part of the leaf still attached to the stalk. However, the leaves are not safe to eat. They can make you sick, so trim off and discard the leaf end of the stalk. If you can’t find fresh rhubarb, strawberries work well, too. You can also use frozen fruit, like blueberries. Each year, before the end of the rhubarb harvest, I freeze some so I can make these bars all year long. I add the pieces to the batter when they are still frozen, so they don’t release liquid into the batter. If you do use frozen berries or rhubarb instead of fresh, bake the bars 5 minutes longer. Rhubarb Blondies 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 large egg 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb (cut into 1/4-inch pieces) or strawberries Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8-inch baking pan and set aside. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar and melted butter until blended well; add the egg and vanilla extract. Add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing just until the batter is combined. Fold 1 cup rhubarb into the batter and spread into pan. Sprinkle the batter with the remaining 1/2 cup. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until golden brown on the edges. Cool completely before cutting. 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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SCOREBOARD: From page 13 — Baseball stats continued; upcoming soccer, softball, tennis, track St. Croix Falls Batting AB R H RBI Greenquist 2 1 0 0 Thaemert 1 0 0 0 Langer 3 1 0 0 Mysicka 3 1 0 1 Kahl 3 2 2 1 Leahy 1 1 0 0 Wilson 1 0 0 1 Wiehl 2 1 1 1 VanBuskirk 3 0 1 1 Parks 2 0 0 1 Gorres 3 0 0 0 Totals 24 7 4 6 St. Croix Falls Pitching IP H R ER Leahy (W) 4 4 1 1 Wilson 3 2 1 1 Turtle Lake/Clayton Pitching IP H R ER C Kahl (L) 0 1 6 4 Nitchet 5 3 1 1 Waite 1 0 0 0 Score by Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 C/TLHS 1 0 0 0 0 0 SCFHS 6 0 0 0 1 0

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New Richmond. May 17: St. Croix Falls at conference at Turtleback. May 22: Regional at Turtleback. Osceola Chieftain Golf Results May 7, 2018 At Ellsworth (9-holes) Team Results 1) New Richmond 175 2) Amery 183 3) Osceola 188 4) St. Croix Central 191 5) Ellsworth 193 6) Baldwin-Woodville 195 7) Somerset 202 8) Prescott 213 Osceola Individuals Jacob Hall 43 Ryan Leidle 46 Nick Kremer 47 Colton Wilmot 52 Medalist, Zach Nugent, Ellsworth, 40. Osceola Chieftain Golf Results May 7, 2018 At Prescott (9-holes) Team Results 1) St. Croix Central 175 2) Amery 182 3) New Richmond 185 4) Ellsworth 192


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mond, and Parker Griffin, Amery, 40. Osceola Chieftain Golf Results May 11, 2018 At St. Croix Central - Pheasant Hills (9-holes) Team Results 1) New Richmond 164 2) Baldwin-Woodville 166 3) S. Croix Central 170 4) Amery 172 5) Osceola 178 5) Ellsworth 178 7) Somerset 195 8) Prescott 208 Osceola Individuals Nick Kremer 40 Jacob Hall 43 Colton Wilmot 45 Luke Ekstrom 50 Medalist, Mason Bohatta, St. Croix Central, 36.

SOCCER May 17: Baldwin-Woodville at Osceola. May 22: Spooner at Osceola. May 24: Hayward at Osceola.

SOFTBALL May 17: Baldwin-Woodville at Osceola. Siren/Webster at St. Croix Falls.

May 22: Regional. May 25: Regional. May 29: Sectional. May 31: Sectional. June 7: State at Goodman Diamond.

TENNIS Osceola Chieftain Tennis Results Eau Claire Regis at Osceola May 8, 2018 Eau Claire Regis (R) 7, Osceola (O) 0 Singles No. 1) Nati Raehl, (R), def. Nick Stroshane, (O), 6-4, 7-6 (3) No. 2) Gavin Bowe, (R), def. Nolan Claassen, (O), 6-2, 6-1 No. 3) Griffin Johnson, (R), def. Bryce Johnson, (O), 6-1, 6-0 No. 4) Keaton Comero, (R), def. Brayden Thomas, (O), 6-0, 6-0 Doubles No. 1) Austin Erickson/Tucker Comero, (R), def. Ollie Dressel/Graham Hunt, (O), 6-0, 6-0 No. 2) Brent Martin/Andrew Millington, (R), def. Hahns Huebsch/Jedidiah Durand, (O), 6-1, 6-1 No. 3) Bennett Seelen/Mitchell Merkel, (R), def. Liam Gallagher/Jake Jensen, (O), 6-1, 6-1



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5) Baldwin-Woodville 193 6) Prescott 218 7) Somerset 224 8) Osceola 230 Osceola Individuals Jacob Hall 53 Colton Wilmot 57 Ellis Williams 60 Luke Ekstrom 60 Medalist, Blake Peterson, New Richmond, 41. Osceola Chieftain Golf Results May 11, 2018 At Baldwin-Woodville - Pheasant Hills (9-holes) Team Results 1) New Richmond 167 2) Baldwin-Woodville 171 3) S. Croix Central 173 4) Amery 178 5) Ellsworth 180 6) Osceola 192 7) Somerset 198 8) Prescott 204 Osceola Individuals Jacob Hall 46 Ryan Leidle 48 Colton Wilmot 48 Nick Kremer 50 Co-Medalists, Blake Peterson, New Rich-

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A referral based networking group in the upper St. Croix Valley providing networking for professionals in a wide variety of industries.

TRACK May 21: Regional at Amery. May 24: Sectional at Colby. June 1: State in La Crosse.

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Osceola Chieftain Tennis Results Osceola at New Richmond May 10, 2018 New Richmond (N) 7, Osceola (O) 0 Singles No. 1) Trent Ziebol, (N), def. Nick Stroshane, (O), 6-1, 7-5 No. 2) Joe Smallidge, (N), def. Nolan Claassen, (O), 7-5, 6-4 No. 3) Mason Elling, (N), def. Bryce Johnson, (O), 6-4, 6-3 No. 4) Logan Denucci, (N), def. Brayden Thomas, (O), 6-0, 6-0 Doubles No. 1) Tyler Blattner/Herbie Struss, (N), def. Ollie Dressel/Graham Hunt, (O), 6-0, 6-2 No. 2) Tucker Hennlich/Matt Kukacka, (N), def. Jedidiah Durand/Hahns Huebsch, (O), 6-2, 6-3 No. 3) Quentin Hayes/Brandon Dennis, (N), def. Liam Gallagher/Jake Jensen, (O), 6-1, 6-2

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502 Real Estate For Sale by Owner LAKEHOME Fanny Lake 75' shoreline Cambridge, MN 3br, 2ba rambler 2400sf attached garage $295,000 Offer Pending 612-308-7902

20 Notices Siren Mini Storage, 24028 Railroad St. Siren, WI 54872 hereby notifies the following lessee of storage unit #18, Kimberly Wells 16829 Toronto Ave SE Apt.111 Prior Lake, MN 55372 is in default of their lease on 8/7/2017. The items contained within this unit will be removed and disposed of within the legal guidelines.


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NOTICE Due to the failure of the following tenants to pay rent on their self-storage units, the contents will be sold at a private sale on May 18, 2018. Storage unit #114 - household furniture, household items and misc. items, rented by Allison Stoklasa. Storage unit #115 - household furniture, household items and misc. items, rented by Roosevelt Allen Jr. Storage unit #104 - household furniture, household items and misc. items, rented by Kelly Bazille. Storage unit #133- household furniture, household items and misc. items, rented by Clay Gallagher.


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1st or 2nd Shift • $18 - $25 per hour

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1023 Frontage Rd., Osceola Hunting, ¿shing, guns, ammo, household goods, knick knacks, and much more.

Full Time Maintenance position with benefits Responsible handyman will need basic electrical, plumbing knowledge to maintain apts. In Amery/Almena areas. Must be able for emergencies. Background check required.


Class B CDL Driver

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Ferrellgas, a nationwide leader in the propane industry, is looking for a full time Class B Driver in Osceola, WI Apply online at:

Editor The Amery Free Press is seeking a writer to tell compelling stories about our community. The editor is the primary generator of news for our print and online editions. If you can see beyond the obvious, spot the little things that make our community special and share them with our readers, we may have the ideal job for you. Interested candidates should demonstrate strong writing and editing skills, enthusiasm for the news and an eye for detail and design. Familiarity with AP style, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop and photography are preferred for this position, which includes some night and weekend work. Benefits package includes paid time off! health, vision, dental, disability insurance and 401k. Send resume and clips to Tom Stangl Amery Free Press P.O. Box 424 Amery, WI 54001

REQUIREMENTS: •Must be able to lift up to 75 lbs. •High School Diploma or equivalent •At least 1 year driving experience •Class A or B CDL license with air brake, hazmat, and tanker endorsements •Clean driving record

We are Growing! The Estates at Greeley and The Estates at Linden (part of the Monarch Healthcare Management Team) are thrilled to offer full time and part time positions for RN’s, LPN’s, TMA’s and CNA’s - even the hard to find FIRST SHIFT! Come join one of our fun teams!

NEW NURSING GRADUATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY! New CNA or TMA? No problem, we will mentor you for success in your new position. Not a CNA “yet” but would love to become one? We offer classes at no charge to you! As an employee we offer a uniform allowance, competitive wages, scholarship assistances, flexible scheduling, and a great benefits package (including 401k, generous PTO, Health, Dental, Life Insurance and much more).

Visit our website at for career opportunities and to submit an application! EOE/AA

MEGA SALE Moving, Remodeling & Downsizing May 17 & 18, 9 am - 6 pm May 19, 9 am - 2 pm 1773 43rd Avenue, Osceola Andersen’s by West Immanuel Church 2 Farmall Club International tractors - 1952 & 1947 w/misc. attachments, Smokercraft 14 ft. boat w/35 hp Yamaha motor, like new bunk beds, couch, stove, washer & dryer, microwave, dinette set, portable dishwasher, antique items, tons of craft supplies, shelving, clothes, & tons of household items. Great prices. Everything must go.



Position: The Groundskeeper will have primary responsibility for maintaining the outdoor school campus including all athletic fields, entrances to the building, playground, and nature trail. The Groundskeeper will also be responsible for snow removal duties and making sure all sidewalks are salted/sanded properly. Position may also include some facility maintenance as directed by the Facilities Director. Qualifications: Applicant must be self motivated with excellent planning and time management skills along with a strong attention to detail. Must have experience operating machinery including mowing, trimming, snow removal, tractor and skid steer operation with several attachments. Requirements: Proven experience in groundskeeping of a large campus. Knowledge in turf and landscape management preferred. Must have the Pesticide/Herbicide applicators license or the willingness and ability to obtain within the first year of employment. How to Apply: Please send a district application, letter of interest, current resume, and two letters of recommendation to: Unity School District Attn: Amanda Warner 1908 150th Street/Hwy 46 North Balsam Lake, WI 54810-7267 Application Deadline: May 29, 2018 Unity School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability.

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BATS: How you can help counter WNS FROM PAGE 11

refining the method this summer. • A treatment using ultra-violet light is showing promise in killing the fungus causing white-nose syndrome in bats. DNR bat biologists have continued to work with scientists at the U.S. Forest Service in Madison and Bucknell University in Pennsylvania on the study. How Wisconsin residents can help surviving cave bats People who want to help cave bats surviving white-nose syndrome are encouraged to build and install a bat house following instructions on the DNR website, to participate in summer bat counts, to donate to the Endangered Resources Fund and to volunteer at the Wisconsin Bat Festival Aug. 25 in Ashland. Bat houses provide a warm, protected place for mother bats to care for their young, and they can provide helpful stop over sites in the spring as bats are emerging from their winter hibernation sites and moving toward their summer roosts, and in the fall, as bats move from their summer roosts to their hibernation sites. Find a list of needed supplies, research-based instructions on construction and placement of bat homes, and videos, on and search "bat house." People are encouraged to participate in the Great Wisconsin Bat Count on June 1-3. Volunteers identify bat roosts and sit outside the roost entrance in the evening to count the bats as they emerge just after sunset, and for the next 40 minutes or so. To learn more and enter your counts, search "Wisconsin Bat Program" online. People wanting to donate to DNR's Wisconsin Bat Program to help continue winter surveys and banding of bats, summer habitat research, and research into WNS prevention and treatment can donate online to the Endangered Resources Fund. All donations are matched dollar-for-dollar and are tax deductible. Go to dnr. and search "NHC" and click on "donate." Select "bats" from the special funds drop down menu. Finally, help raise awareness of bats and their importance by volunteering at the 2018 Wisconsin Bat Festival (exit DNR), set for Aug. 25 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center (exit DNR) in Ashland. Contact Jennifer Redell at Jennifer.Redell@Wisconsin. gov for more information about volunteering.

Early Deadline

Due the Memorial Day holiday the deadline for the May 30 edition of The Sun will be at noon on May 23. 715-294-2314

FOR SALE 305 - 50 - 22 Low Profile Tires & Rims for Chevy truck $1000/best offer Headlights, tail lights, running lights for Chevy S-10 $100 715-755-2846

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THE SSUN THE UN Serving Polk County’s St. Croix Valley since 1897



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

Full Time & Part Time Line Cooks

Osceola Campus Variety of shifts through the week, every other weekend and holidays. Cooking experience preferred but not necessary - willing to train. If interested please contact: Trudy Thiel 715-386-1108 Application available online at Lifestyle Choices for Seniors... “Your Life,Your Style”

Preco is a premier provider of solutions for material processing that is completely unique with the combination of systems and services offered. We are a leading designer and manufacturer of precision automated processing systems for high speed and high accuracy cutting,perforating, welding, and other specialized industrial processing applications. Located in Somerset and Hudson,Wisconsin, Preco is looking for talented, career oriented technical help to fuel our continued growth.

Production Associates – 2nd, 3rd & Weekend Shifts, Somerset WI

Operate custom and standard CNC equipment for processing a wide variety of materials. Accountable for meeting cost, quality and delivery objectives. Strong mathematical, oral, computer and written skills a must. High school education/ GED required. Work environment is clean, friendly and air conditioned.

Electrical Technician – 1st Shift, Somerset WI

Responsible for assembly, wiring, integration, and testing of various electrical devices, and complete systems according to schematics, blueprints, written or verbal specifications. Requirements: Technical school graduate in related field or equivalent training; experience building panels is a must along with ability to work from schematics, blueprints, sketches and verbal instructions required.

Preco has other opportunities, please go to our website for all open positions: Your efforts will be rewarded with a competitive salary and benefits package as well as ongoing opportunities for growth. For consideration, email your resume to or mail your resume to: Preco Inc., Attn: HR, 500 Laser Drive, Somerset, WI 54025. Fax 715-247- 5650. EOE.

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Looking for a Summer Job to supplement your income from July through September??? LAKESIDE FOODS in New Richmond, WI is looking for:

Field Scout and Field Harvest Operator positions We are open to scheduling options if applicable Must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid drivers license Contact info: Human Resources office: 715-716-4979 Email: Lakeside Foods main office: 715-243-7367 Address: 660 North 2nd Street New Richmond, WI 54017 M/F/D/V Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

SETUP/PARTS & SERVICE TECHNICIAN Small Engine Sales and Servicing Dealer in Scandia, MN is seeking applications for Part-time and Full-time help with wage depending on experience.

PLEASE STOP IN FOR APPLICATION OR QUESTIONS. 21240 Olinda Trail N • Scandia, MN 55073 Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am - 6pm; Fri 9am-5pm & Sat 8am-Noon or Contact Rick 651-433-4668 •

“Choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” - Confucious

CAREER FAIR OPEN HOUSE PARMLY ON THE LAKE, 28210 Old Towne Rd Chisago City, MN 55013

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 10 AM-3 PM TUESDAY, MAY 22, 9 AM-7 PM • Great wages & awesome benefits! • Best co-workers ever! • FT, PT, evening or weekend only positions available! Monarch Healthcare is seeking: •LPNs and RNs with new wage scale - all shifts •Free CNA classes on-site •PCA and CNA openings in Assisted Living and Care Center - all shifts •Full-time evening LPN Assisted Living •Full-time Cook •Full-time TCU Nurse Manager •Part-time Culinary Aides •Part-time Therapeutic Recreation Some positions require no prior experience ... just a caring heart! You can make a difference every day in the life of senior citizens!

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28210 Old Towne Rd. • Chisago City, MN 55013 • 651-257-0575



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Southbound I-35 off-peak lane closures expected through August Motorists will encounter periodic lane closures on southbound Interstate 35 near Highway 8 in Forest Lake through August as crews prepare

for future construction of the new loop ramp from westbound Highway 8 to southbound I-35. The lane restrictions will occur during off-

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BECOME A CERTIFIED NURSE AIDE TODAY! Free Training next class July 9, 2018 Free Testing for those who successfully complete the nurse aid training program Receive a $500 bonus paid for by a participating nursing home after six months of employment Limited Spots Available • Must Register by June 15 Call Stephanie 715-483-9815

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peak hours. Southbound I-35 may be reduced to two lanes between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Any additional lane closures needed will occur overnight between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Motorists are advised to check 511 for daily real-time traffic updates by visiting or calling 5-1-1. Traffic delays and backups are expected throughout the course of the twoyear project. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time to reach their destinations. The work is part of the I-35 North Metro Split project, which includes resurfacing the existing pavement from the I-35W/ I-35E split to Highway 8; replacing the Highway 97 bridge with a diverging diamond interchange; replacing the northbound I-35W bridge over I-35E and the westbound Highway 8 bridge over I-35. The project will provide a better ride quality, as well as improve safety and traffic flow at the Highway 97 interchange. Additional information is available at www.mndot. gov/metro/projects/i35northmetrosplit.

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