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Farmington citizen committee will review mine concerns BY SUZANNE LINDGREN EDITOR@OSCEOLASUN.COM

Farmington residents with an interest in the North 40 Resources mine were encouraged last week to apply for a seat on a citizens committee. The committee of five will review concerns and create recommendations governing potential expansion of the mine. The owners of North 40 Resources have not approached the town board with plans to expand, according to Town Chair Dennis Cottor. However, the group confirmed in June that they had discussed buying property with a neighboring landowner. The citizens committee will pass its recommendations to the Variance Committee (also known

The back-to-school season is upon us. For T ma many parents, this may conjure up images off weeks w spent frantically scouring Target forr a three-ring binder in the correct shade off m magenta, buying new shoes and clothes, wa a waiting in the LifeTouch line for what seems lik k hours just for your child to sneeze the like se ec second the camera flashes — until finally th he kids have boarded the morning bus and the yo ou free to momentarily relax in front of you’re th he TV with the dog. the T This hectic scenario isn’t a reality for all fa am families, however. While homeschooling certai tainly presents its unique challenges, many fee e it’s the best way to meet their and their feel ch hi children’s educational needs. “ “The idea of homeschooling was introdu uc to me very early and for whatever duced re ea reason, it just really struck as something th ha was very important to me,” said Rachel that M a Madrigal, a St. Croix Falls content creator an nd ghostwriter who homeschools her four and




Communities, National Guard rally together to recover from storms BY STAFF SGT. ALEXANDRIA HUGHES CONTRIBUTED

Residents of Northern Wisconsin affected by the severe weather that swept across the state July 19-20 have come together to support each other and express their gratitude for the National Guard as recovery efforts continue. Elements of the Wisconsin Army and Air National Guard mobilized to Polk, Barron, and Langlade counties in response to Executive Order 35 issued July 21, which declared a statewide state of emergency following the torrential rains and tornados the days prior. The order authorized Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general, to mobilize the National Guard to assist civil authorities as needed. Approximately 100 soldiers and airmen remain on state active duty in the

aftermath of the storms supporting damage assessment and debris removal operations in Polk and Barron counties. Chad Roberts, chief deputy of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office as well as incident commander and acting emergency manager, assessed the damage of the storms that swept through the county. “For Polk County the damage was severe — about 350 homes have been affected,” Roberts said. “From what people have told me, this is the worst they’ve seen in 30-40 years.” Due to the extensive nature of the damage — which consisted of thousands of downed trees, many of which fell across roadways — local officials requested additional state assistance to help clear public rights-of-way and ensure SEE STORMS, PAGE 13


Approximately 100 soldiers and airmen from the Wisconsin Army and Air National Guard assisted civil authorities last week with damage assessment and debris clearance in Polk, Barron, and Langlade Counties.

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Northbound I-35 ramps at Hwy 97 close August 14 Beginning Aug. 14, traffic will be shifting on northbound I-35 between the I-35W/I-35E split and Hwy 97 to the recently paved inside lanes, to start paving the outside lanes, weather permitting. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 14, the NB I-35 exit ramp to Hwy 97 and the Hwy 97 entrance ramp to NB I-35 will close through late September. Drivers should follow posted detours: NB I-35 to Hwy 97: NB I-35 to westbound Broadway Ave./Co. Rd. 2 to southbound I-35 to Hwy 97 Hwy 97 to NB I-35: Eastbound Hwy 97 to NB Lake St./Hwy 61 to WB Broadway Ave./Co. Rd. 2 to NB I-35 Movable barrier on I-35/I-35E beginning August 14 Once they begin paving the northbound outside lanes on I-35 and I-35E, they will be using movable barrier on I-35E and I-35 for alternating lane closures. The movable barrier will help reduce congestion by adding a lane when and where it’s needed most and keep traffic moving during peak travel hours. Here’s what you can anticipate with the movable barrier: I-35 between I-35E and Hwy 97: SB I-35 will be reduced to three lanes from 5-9 a.m. NB I-35 will be reduced to three lanes from 2-7 p.m. I-35E between I-35 and one mile south of the I-35E/I-35W split: SB I-35E will be reduced to two lanes of traffic from 5-9 a.m. NB I-35E will be reduced to two lanes of traffic on from 2-7 p.m. They will use the movable barrier until crews finish paving the northbound lanes in late September. More about this project To learn more, including all current traffic impacts, visit the project website at: metro/projects/i35northmetrosplit.


The Dresser Village Board August 5 approved a three percent water rate increase for the village, tentatively effective October 21, 2019. After the approval of this increase, Village Clerk Jodi Gilbert explained to the board that she will submit the Simplified Rate Case Application for approval, and then the village can move forward finalizing this increase before October. Raddatz clarified this increase by saying, “We are trying to look down the road before our hands are tied,” because the expectation is that water utility costs will continue to rise; so this gradual annual increase may cushion the taxpayers’ pockets going forward. Apple Pumpkin Festival The board approved a request by People Loving People LLC. owner, Gwen Anderson. Anderson asked for the closing of Main Street to First Street from the evening of Sept. 27 until the evening of Sept. 28 for PLP’s Fourth Annual Apple Pumpkin Festival, where local crafters and vendors, music, and other family friendly activities will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Further, Anderson asked for a caution sign,

signaling to drivers that the event is occurring on that day. Public Works The board approved a recommendation from the Public Works Committee to update the Snow Removal Policy, changing the maximum reimbursement on a mailbox from $30 to $100. A motion passed to disallow Claim #WM000481160008 for Barb Hanson at 355 East Avenue South, dated May 15, 2019. After reviewing an estimate from SealTech, the board approved spray patching on Polk and Warren streets for $4,000, to fill troublesome pot holes. The board approved a recommendation from the Public Works Committee for the purchase of a chain saw and hedge trimmer from Boyd’s Outdoor Power in an amount not to exceed $600. The Public Works Committee recommended replacing the broken Rockn’ Toy Police Car with the 2 Seat See-Saw #7 for $1,382 plus a shipping cost of $100, from Lee Recreation. Ongoing, the Public Works Committee approved an estimate from J&S Contracting in the amount of $6,100 to fix the Curb/Catch Basins on State Highway 35. According to Raddatz, “This is a process that

has been going on since May.” Under the recommendation of Bjorklund, the board approved the purchase of two 25-gallon Fat Albert-blue spruce at $244 each — one to be planted by each of the “Welcome to Dresser” signs and the purchase of one Fiesta Maple at $110 — to be planted in Soo Line Park for a total expense of $598. Raddatz joked, “Grace, you are amazing to stay so close under our $600 budget!” Meyer Tree Service LLC is permitted to drop only white oak by the road and trim dead and hanging branches over the road on red oak in Soo Line Park in the amount of $600. Finance After his six month review, the Finance/ Personnel Committee advised the board to grant Matt Koch a $1 per hour pay increase, which will be effective September 4, 2019. Starting Wednesday, August 14, the board has approved a change to village office hours. The office will be closed until noon, to allow Gilbert uninterrupted time for administrative work. The board accepted an Operator’s License – To Sell Fermented Malt Beverages and Intoxicating Liquors for Chyleen Costello and Jennifer Demulling.

Library And finally, new Library Director Leann French updated the board with the happenings of the first month in her role. French is in the administrative process of renaming the library and has worked to update the circulation area with a new desk for her station and furniture for the patrons’ reading area. She was excited to announce she only paid $300 for all of these additions. She enlightened, “We are trying our best to get the library very patron friendly and welcoming.” Upcoming Meetings Village Board Meeting, Monday, September 9, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Finance/Personnel Committee Meeting–2020 Budget, Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Osceola Ambulance Meeting, Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Open House Allied Emergency Service, Inc. at the New Fire Station, Saturday, September 21, 2019 1 to 4 p.m. Allied Emergency Service, Inc. Meeting, Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Allied Emergency Service, Inc. Meeting, Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.


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We would like to thank the nurses, CNAs and staϋ at Christian Community Home and Heartland Hospice for their love and support of our mom during her last days. Their tenderness and compassion were so heartfelt. Thank you to everyone at St. Joseph Catholic Church and Grandstrand Funeral Home for the beautiful funeral mass. And a big thank you to all of our family and friends who showed their support during this diόcult time. The Family of Betty Montgomery

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Polk County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Evie Moore today announced that producers who suffered livestock feed or grazing losses due to recent tornadoes could be eligible for assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP). “Adverse weather conditions affected many livestock operations,

which leaves producers with increased feed expenses,” said Moore. “ELAP provides emergency relief for losses due to feed shortages, disease, adverse weather or other conditions, which are not adequately addressed by other disaster programs.” ELAP covers physically damaged or destroyed livestock feed that was purchased or mechanically harvested forage or feedstuffs intended for use as feed for the producer’s eligible livestock. To be considered eligible, harvested forage must be

baled. Forage that is only cut, raked or windrowed is not eligible. Producers must submit a notice of loss to their local FSA office within 30 calendar days of when the loss is apparent. ELAP also covers up to 150 lost grazing days in instances when a producer has been forced to remove livestock from a grazing pasture due to adverse weather. For beekeepers, ELAP covers honeybee colony, honeybee hive losses (the physical structure), and honeybee feed losses in instances where the colony, hive, and/or feed has been destroyed by a natural disaster including flooding, high winds, wildfire and tornadoes.


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Producers with a qualifying loss should contact the Polk county FSA office to file a notice of loss within 30 calendar days of when the loss is apparent. Producers should also maintain records and receipts documenting that livestock were removed from the grazing pasture due to adverse weather, costs of transporting livestock feed to eligible livestock, receipts for equipment rental fees for hay lifts, and feed purchase receipts. For more information regarding ELAP, please contact the Polk County FSA Office at (715) 4853138 or visit recover.


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THROUGH OCTOBER Farmers Market in Osceola

The Osceola Farmers Market is open every Friday through October from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Mill Pond Park.


will be offered at the Osceola High School at 1 p.m. in the Large Group Instruction Room. This class is free and open for anyone to attend. or 715-294-4601 to register.

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Help us improve the health of Polk County. Join in to discuss tactics surrounding nutrition and physical activity at 6 p.m. at Osceola Medical Center. Space is limited. To register call 715-485-8517.

Backpack giveaway Open Arms will be having a backpack and school supplies giveaway at Alliance Church of the Valley in St. Croix Falls. 715-483-1100.



Champion Aircraft reunion

Improve our health

A Champion Aircraft reunion is planned at the Village Pizzeria in Dresser at noon. 715-294-2661.

Help us improve the health of Polk County. Join in to discuss tactics surrounding mental health at 11:30 a.m. at Amery Hospital and Clinic. Space is limited. To register call 715-485-8517.

AUGUST 17 Solar ribbon cutting

Community Homested will be having solar ribbon cutting from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Information, displays, and a chance to talk about the practicalities of home solar units in conjunction with Renew Wisconsin and Legacy Solar. Everyone welcome.

Pig Roast/Folk Dance

Community Homestead south of Osceola will be having their annual Pig Roast Folk Dance family fun day from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pork feast begins at 5 p.m. Music by Rush River Ramblers. Tickets availble online: and at the door.

Valley Brew Fest The fifth annual Valley Brew Fest will be at the back patio/beer garden lot at PY’s Saloon & Grill in Osceola from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 20+ brewers for tasting over 50 beers, bike raffle, contests, food trucks. Advance tickets available at PY’s or online at

AUGUST 18 Tippy Canoes grand opening The new owners of Tippy Canoes in Osceola will be having a grand opening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Movie night Osceola United Methodist Church will be having movie night outisde, 8:30 p.m. The movie is free and will start as soon as it’s dark enough. Free popcorn and soft drinks. Bring law chairs and blankets. Will move indoors if the weather is bad.

Bloodmobile The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Osceola Medical Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To make an appointment visit or call 1-800-733-2767. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

Last Wednesday Meal Last Wednesday Meal will be served by West Immanuel Lutheran Church at the Osceola United Methodist Church at 5:30 p.m. Free.

SEPTEMBER 6-8 Osceola Community Fair The Osceola Community Fair at Oakey Park features music, food, games, rides, parade and more.

SEPTEMBER 7 Wheels and Wings Wheels and Wings in Osceola will feature an air show, car and motorcycle show, radar run, and more. Craft bazaar

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SEPTEMBER 15 Art at The Acreage Explore the grounds and visit the Horst Gallery building in Osceola and ArtReach Mobile Art Gallery, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-register at: artatheacreage.

ONGOING Monday • The Dresser & St. Croix Falls Area VFW Post #4186 meets the third Monday of every month at 2 p.m. at the Dresser VFW Hall. • The Valley Chess Masters Club meets on the second and fourth Monday, 4:30 to 6 p.m., St. Croix Falls Public Library. scflibrary@stcroixfallslibrary. org. • 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. 715-494-0385. • The St. Croix Valley Camera Club meets the third Monday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Chisago County Government Center in Center City. Photographers of all interests and abilities are welcome. • The American Legion Post 221 meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center in the Osceola Discovery Center. 715-294-3822.



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downtown in Mill Pond Park. Train rides at the Osceola Depot.

• Storytime every Tuesday at Osceola Public Library, 10:30 a.m. • St. Croix Valley MOPS Moms group meets the first and third Tuesday at New Life Christian Community in Dresser. Morning and evening meetings. FFI:

Wednesday • St. Croix Falls Rotary Club meets in the French Room at the Dalles House Restaurant, noon. Lunch, business meeting and speaker. Warren White, 715-483-3010 or website at • Book club for adults at Osceola Public Library the fourth Wednesday of the month.

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Books available at the library. FFI: Anne Miller, 715-294-2310. • Get Lit Book Club, second Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m. at PY’s in Osceola. Stop at the Osceola Public Library for a copy of each month’s book. • Adult basic education classes at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC). Enroll any time. Call 800-2439482 ext. 4257 or visit adult/basicedprogram.htm. • Open Mic Night at PY’s Bar & Grill in Osceola, every third Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bring your instrument and participate in an open jam or feature your own music. Call 715-294-3314 for more details. • Osceola Senior Citizens Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at noon for a potluck and program in the Senior Center at the Osceola Discovery Center.

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

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

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

Wesley and Sawyer are four month old nearly identical Orange Tabby and White brothers. Wesley has Orange Tabby markings over his back and head while Sawyer has softer, Buff Orange Tabby markings. They spend their days acting out scenes from their favorite movies, jumping, pouncing, chasing and hunting for catnip treasure. Brothers Wesley and Sawyer l ffor two months. h Th have been play-acting at the shelter They are more than ready to take the show to their new home. They will keep you entertained all day and help you choose the evening’s movie from the couch. Wesley and Sawyer would love to go home together, but a one-man show is completely within their range. Last week three adult cats, five kittens and one dog, found new homes from the Arnell shelter. Cats Willy and Jameson had both suffered injuries before coming to Arnell. Willy was recovering from a cat attack and Jameson was unable to put weight on a front leg. Tender care put them back in the game. Willy found a young man who fell in love with him immediately and Jameson was just what an older gentleman was looking for. Our happy playing fool pup Woody (featured last week) also went home. We were oh so happy to send him home with his very own, live in play partner. A new, young volunteer dog walker told her mom about this great dog at the shelter and mom agreed. It


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. • Non-denominational men’s prayer breakfast, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Osceola Community Church, 651-329-9535. • Tai Chi, 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Center in the Osceola Discovery Center.

THURSDAY • Free Baby & Me classes from 5 to 6 p.m. at Osceola Medical Center. To register, 715-684-4440. • Dual Recovery Anonymous, 7:15 p.m. at the St. Croix Falls Alano. 715-7553639. • 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. • Osceola Seniors 500 card group, 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Senior Center in the Osceola Discovery Center.


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

SATURDAY • Weight Watchers meets at Hope E. Free Church, Osceola. Weigh-in, 7:30 a.m. Meeting, 8:15 a.m. Kim, 715-4170683.


• The Indianhead Barbershop Chorus meets at 7:30 p.m. in the government building in Balsam Lake. 715-483-9202. • Divorce Care Support Group, Grace Church of Osceola, 6:30 p.m. • AA meets at Trinity Lutheran Church in Osceola at 7 p.m. and Osceola United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. • Music and Movement storytime, St. Croix Falls Public Library, 10:15 a.m. • Little’s Storytime at Dresser Library, 10:30 a.m. • Qigong, 9 a.m. at the Senior Center in the Osceola Discovery Center.


• AA for women at Trinity Lutheran Church in Osceola, 7 p.m. • Seniors on the Go card group, 12:30-4 p.m in the Senior Center in the Osceola Discovery Center. • Storytime, Osceola Public Library, 10:30 a.m. 715-294-2310. • Osceola Seniors Duplicate Bridge, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Senior Center in the Osceola Discovery Center. Jeff, 715-781-6080.

was a match meant to be. Aspen, Jack Russell Terrier-Sheltie Mix and Melody, Pomeranian-American Eskimo-Unknown Mix are both still waiting. They are medium sized dogs, ready to run and play. Aspen is one year old; Melody is six. Both are happy girls still learning the ropes. They will make fantastic walking partners, upbeat spirit lifting family pets. Stop by the shelter to meet them. A written description doesn’t do them justice. Newly adoptable dogs are: Garth, an older, fetching fool Black Lab, Toby, a German Shorthair Pointer-Black and Tan Coonhound Mix, Stella, a six year old Silky Terrier and Chip, a Chocolate and White Chihuahua. These dogs are at the shelter to meet you and available for adoption after their Certified Vet Checks on Thursday. Even with an incredible week of feline adoptions, great cats remain looking for new homes. Pickles is soft spoken and sweet. She is a ticked Brown Tabby with tiny mittens, two years old. Yeti is Orange Tabby and White with multiple-extra toes. She is well planted; she loves attention and gets along with everyone she meets – cat or human. Benny is Black and White. He is Mr. Laid Back. No drama from Benny. He has a huge Tom Cat head that his Stray Cat body is trying to catch up with. Beautiful Boy. Rizzo and Razz are nine week old kitten brothers, neutered and all Black. Potato is a cuddly sometimes, playful others, 10 week old Buff Tabby kitten. And young Audrey is four months old; a Brown Tabby with Amber highlights. She was found hiding in the engine of a car after the recent storms in Northern Polk County. They all need homes. Get a sneak peek at them on our website.

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AUGUST 14, 2019

‘Buyer’ beware?


he way we communicate with each other is constantly changing. With advances in technology, it seems as if our machines are somehow reading our minds and presenting advertisements for products or services that we have been thinking about. The machines aren’t reading our minds, software has been paying attention to what you look at. My late father Arved, (aka “The Chief”) worked on cars and often told me “machines are stupid, they only know what you tell them.” The Chief wouldn’t understand the internet, but he would get the plumbing. Publisher totally I recently saw “The Big Hack,” a documentary on Netflix. The twoTom Stangl hour film sought to explain how users of the internet and social media have been handing over personal information to firms who use the data to influence all sorts of behavior through manipulation. Specifically, the film targeted Cambridge Analytica (CA), a data firm used by political parties all over the planet to influence elections. You might recall the company (now closed and bankrupt) got into trouble for misusing data purchased from Facebook. The firm helped Brexit supporters and was seen as key in the election of President Trump. Another branch of the company worked with governments to defeat the Taliban. According to the documentary, CA collected thousands of “data points” on individuals, based largely on information volunteered by social media users. The film refers to psychological profiles created from personality “quizzes” that are popular on Facebook as a source of information. After these data points are collected, campaigns identify people who can be persuaded and create targeted ads that appear in the news feeds on Facebook. The filmmakers make the case that “the persuadables” were targeted to vote one way — or not to vote at all. A case can and should be made that people still have free will and individuals are ultimately responsible for their own actions (or lack thereof), but the film made it sound like enough people (70,000 voters in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio) were swayed to get the president elected. A subplot of the movie followed Professor David Carroll fighting to get his data back from Cambridge Analytica. Carroll wasn’t successful in his quest before CA went bankrupt. The film tackles some complex topics, but it is apparent that we are paying a high price for the use of free programs like Facebook and even the search giant Google. The currency that we are using is our privacy and identity, which have been high dollar commodities for some time, bought and sold with our implied consent. (At least I think that’s what the 24-page user agreement says, right?) Pundits have argued that these giant tech firms need to be regulated or dismantled. After watching the movie, I have to agree. If a person can’t get a copy of the data that was “given” to Facebook and Google, something is indeed wrong. The more we choose to have virtual interactions instead of meeting and talking with others in real life, the more susceptible we will be to manipulation. As we strive to become more enlightened, we become the stupid machines the Chief railed against, only knowing what we are told. We need to wake up to the price we are paying to be manipulated before it is too late. Alarmist? Maybe. No one ever said democracy would be easy. 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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Beaches, playgrounds and bird walks


re you soaking up what remains of summer? Every year, it seems, I find myself wondering in mid August how it’s all gone by so fast. My family’s theme for this summer, due primarily to serendipity with very little planning on my part, has been beaches. We’ve been to Lake of the Dalles beach at Interstate Park, Balsam Lake, Square Lake, Big Marine Park Reserve and Lake Alice at William O’Brien State Park. For the county and state parks, I’m that cheapskate who usually finds the idea of buying an annual park sticker a bit extravagant. We’ll stick to the day pass, thanks. Editor But what I discovered this year is Suzanne Lindgren that once you have one, you find time to visit for an hour here or there, making it well worth the investment. At $30 to $38 (depending on the park system and whether you’re a resident) they cost a family less than dinner out, and the more you use them the better the value. Strummer isn’t swimming yet, so it’s been nice to find some sandy, shallow spots where he can wade out and get a feel for the water. Extra points for parks with beaches and playgrounds, as is the case at Wisconsin’s Interstate Park and Big Marine Park Reserve. Our Lake Alice visit was just last weekend, when we went camping with my family at William O’Brien. Many thanks to my mom and stepdad (aka “Grammy and Grampy”) who reserved the sites, did the bulk of food planning and offered backup childcare. It’s not an activity I could have done without a lot of help.

And it prompted me to buy a Minnesota state park pass to add to my growing collection. In addition to swimming in the lake, we joined a naturalist on a bird walk Saturday morning. I got a kick out of watching Strummer search for birds with his binoculars. Up ‘til now he’s only used an imaginary pair on our “bear hunts,” so he was pretty excited to get his hands on the real deal. And although I’m still far from fluent in bird song, the session really opened my ears to the calls of the various species. We even fit in a trip to Big Marine Park Reserve (getting a little more mileage out of that county park pass) where Strummer and his cousins pretended to be pirates on the ship-like play structure. When it comes to park passes, I’m finding it’s the more the merrier. And if you’re thinking about getting one this late in the seaons, it helps to know that the passes are good for a full year, not just until the end of 2019. In any case, there are still a few weeks of summery weather ahead, and the cooler days of fall to look forward to after that. Enjoy!

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Possible Meltdown Last week brought a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Times in Which We Liveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; presentation by Jeff Kinley to the St. Croix Falls Library. Titled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Death of America,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; he raised concerns about our countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s losing its spiritual moorings and its moral values. Sadly, this does not seem to bother people today. Instead, we may be focusing on other pressing threats to our freedom. Publisher Tom Stangl recently cited an often-used saying: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.â&#x20AC;? He further asserted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We may not agree on issues, but we all understand the value of the right to be able to express what we believe.â&#x20AC;? Yes, but do we? This U.S. heritage may now be under siege. Consider firstly the national level, with these abuses of Constitutional rights to freedom of speech: Masked ANTIFA gangs clubbed those who disagree with them, even beating up journalists. Colleges effectively blacklist speakers (this did not even happen during the infamous McCarthy era). Social media screens opinions and

uses skewed algorithms to block politically incorrect postings. Politicians frequently slander ideas with the oily â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hate Speechâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mislabel. Name-calling overshadows any worthwhile ideasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; debates. Locally, does this sort of thing happen? Maybe in these more restrained ways: In two years of attending political listening sessions, I saw broad participation suppressed as partisans monopolized limited speaking time. The Polk-Burnett Indivisible campaigned to dominate, resist, and protest the results of an election. They flaunted their own right to freedom of speech, but not necessarily for others. So local listening sessions became, and remain, a waste of time. In addition, the Osceola Sun stands alone as a paper that usually publishes any counter-responses to Progressivesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; letters. Will our country crumble from a spiritual breakdown or from a loss of liberties? Albert Tyler theorized that it would take both. See http:// the-tytler-cycle-revisited/. Time will tell.

Lisa Erickson and Kim Gearin deserve special appreciation for their recent letter showing ways to use respect and active listening for searching out why some think differently than others. This is vital. Doug Wellumson Osceola

Return our country to kindness The recent tragedies that have occurred are the byproduct of the hateful, fear mongering president we currently have. The shooter in El Paso even quoted myriad comments from Trump and Fox in his screed before he killed more than 20 people in cold blood, one mother while trying to protect her 2-yearold child. Since Trump took office white nationalism terrorism is on the rise and the numbers are real. They cannot be normalized, rationalized, certainly not on the new blame game of videos, full moon, SEE LETTERS, PAGE 6


Dusty surprises

The surprises just kept coming. When I moved in with Peter a few years back, I brought my clothes, a few books, and some artwork. I rented out my house, gave away my furniture, and everything else was consigned to â&#x20AC;&#x153;things Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll deal with later,â&#x20AC;? a pile which â&#x20AC;&#x201D; mysteriously â&#x20AC;&#x201D; did not shrink with time. These stacked plastic boxes were still in my barn, still waiting for me, long after Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d forgotten what was in them or cared. But I am going to put the property up for sale and it was time for a reckoning with the barn. It took two dumpsters, four days, and two hardworking guys from the appropriately named, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Git-er-Gone Junk & Clutter Columnist Removal,â&#x20AC;? to see it to the end. And, yes, I did think, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why not just Carrie Classon dump it all, sight unseen?â&#x20AC;? But then, what to do with all the surprises found in the boxes of photos and letters and trinkets? Obviously, most of them would be thrown away, recycled, or given to the thrift store. But what about that piece of blown glass from Norway, the postcard from Grandpa when he served overseas, the bright red wool jacket handsewn by my aunt that was still stylish. Anyone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done this knows â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that easy. So, I piled a few boxes in my car (â&#x20AC;&#x153;kicking the can down the roadâ&#x20AC;? Peter called it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;saving my sanity,â&#x20AC;? is how I described it) to sort through after everything else was out of the barn. Yesterday I sorted through a box entirely filled with letters. I discovered that I had saved every postcard and letter I had received since childhood. No, I did not read every one. It turns out that descriptions of what happened in school or how someone spent their vaca-

tion makes for extraordinarily dull reading 40 years later. But I sampled a few letters in each of the neatly stacked piles that filled the huge storage box before I put them in recycling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh my gosh,â&#x20AC;? I kept saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had forgotten about that entirely.â&#x20AC;? I forgot my younger sister wrote to me with such regularity when I went away to college. I forgot friends Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d spent a summer with and never saw again. I forgot the letters sent by a friend after our little high school group went off to college and he was left alone, still living at home. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m living in the Twilight Zone, he wrote, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have Rod Serling to comfort me. To the obvious response, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Meet new people,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I can only remind you of the great difficulty I have in doing just that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, I have a solution, the letter went on, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to marry a princess of some European country that they forgot to tell us about in 11th grade. Maybe it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fight in either of the world wars, or is really small. Anyway, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to find this country, marry this princess and show all you women a thing or two. So there! My heart hurt, reading this 40-year-old letter. I wondered if I wrote back. I hoped he was doing well. Then I realized, (unlike 40 years ago) this was relatively easy to determine. I logged onto Facebook. And there he was, looking remarkably the same â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but with a smiling dark-haired wife and two grown daughters and what appeared to be a very happy life. As the last pile of letters went into the bin, I stood still for a moment and smiled â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with dusty hands and a full heart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need Rod Serling after all,â&#x20AC;? I thought. Till next time, Carrie Carrie Classonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memoir, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Yarn,â&#x20AC;? was released earlier this year. Learn more at or

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Late summer to dos This is the time of year to order any spring-flowering bulbs (or stop at your local nursery and pick some up) and for dividing spring-flowering perennials, hostas, irises and daylilies. Many perennials need to be divided every three or so years to keep them healthy and happy. Now is a good time to divide and replant perennials that have bloomed. The rule of thumb is that you should allow 6-8 weeks after dividing and replanting for perennials to establish before the first frost. Make sure you are keeping your flowers deadheaded. This keeps the garden looking fresh and promotes more blooms in many plants. You should also make sure you continue weeding your flower and veggies gardens. This is a perfect time to throw Columnist some seeds out in the garden for fall lettuce, spinach or radishes. Julie Kuehl Why not get a second round of these for fall? This is the best time to tidy up summer-flowering strawberries. Cut off any old leaves and unwanted runners. Control the weeds in your strawberry patch. If your onions and shallots have tops that are dying down it is time to use your garden fork to lift them and put them in an area to dry thoroughly before storing. After they have dried you should remove any dirt or dry leaves from the onions. This has been a challenging year for gardens. We suffered severe cold conditions during the winter months, a cold spring start, hot and humid conditions for extended periods and lots of rain and winds. But gardeners like pioneers before us are a hardy bunch and we will keep playing the dirt and growing beautiful flowers and veggies. Until next time, keep your hands in the dirt and a smile on your face. Any questions or comments contact me at Julie Kuehl is a Polk County Master Gardener.



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whatever. Our president is at the helm of these atrocities with his words. His violent rhetoric (“you can only shoot them in the panhandle, they’re invaders, they’re dirty….”) has spawned a white nationalistic army coming out from under the rocks to unleash terror empowered by Trump’s words or lack of sympathy for people who are not white. His complete and total silence about white nationalistic terrorism is the proof that Trump is a white nationalist. (“Good people on both sides.”. at a neo Nazi march!) That said, now its up to us to return our country to sane, humane, truly empathetic kindness for which we have been known around the world. The way to do this is to show the Republican sycophants the door. Their silence in the face of the most current horrors demonstrates their pathetic boot licking in the pursuit of campaign donations and committee assignments which will haunt them as they realize they traded their soul for gold. Elect a representative that embraces the American dream, that shows kindness instead of fomenting fear, that truly follows the golden rule. (Hint Ron Johnson, very quiet indeed, is not one of these, neither is Sean Duffy). Overthrow the gerrymandered state that Wisconsin has become and

stand courageously against these minions. To stand aside is to be equally complicit in this disaster we’re watching in slow motion. Jenny Six Osceola

Trump, Republicans not racist I’m sick of the outright lies about President Trump and Republicans as racist! President Trump and Republicans are not racists, yes our president can be a little in artful as he fights back against those who call him a racist, treasonous, criminal, child abuser, supporter of terrorist and to many other vile comments. Lately it has been very popular for news media and politicians to take President Trump’s Charlottesville comments out of content. Here is the actual quote: “Excuse me, they didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group – excuse me, excuse me, I saw the same pictures you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.” After another question at that

press conference, Trump became even more explicit: “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.” Clearly when they say President Trump call white nationalist fine people that is a lie! Please remember who has lied to you! Let’s examine a little history. The first anti-Nebraska local meeting where “Republican” was suggested as a name for a new anti-slavery party was held in a Ripon, Wisconsin schoolhouse on March 20, 1854. Senate Republicans pushed hard for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against a filibuster by Senate Democrats. Republicans want a free market where everyone is free. Democrats seem to want socialism where all are slaves. Republican want equal opportunity for all to be wealthy and Democrats want all equal in poverty with equal income. When I’m critical of your ideas it is not because of your skin color it is because I don’t like your idea and I’m treating you as the equal you are! Stop calling us racist because racists are evil! I’m not evil! Reasonable minds can differ when it comes to politics!

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he seniors at the center are praying that our weather issues are over for the season. My goodness we certainly have had enough of the wild and windy stuff for this year! Hope folks have mostly recovered by now. We went to the Pipe Dream Center Saturday evening; they really had wind damage in that area! Saturday was also a big night at the Dancing Dragonfly Winery, with local musician Alice Peacock helping with the fundraiser for River’s Rally 2020. We have lots of things going on in and around St. Croix Falls these last days of summer. Friday, August 16, Jazz & Tropical Night with Xibaba Brazilian Jazz will be at the over The final music event at the Columnist look. overlook will be August 30. Great music this summer as usual. Be sure to Pat Willits take in the lovely view of our beautiful St. Croix River while you listen to some very talented people performing. Our membership drive this summer has brought some new folks to play cards and enjoy our third

Thursday night a month supper, as well as the pot luck dinners on Sunday at 12:30. Thursday, August 22, supper will feature assorted Mexican dishes. This is our August project with lots of variety, professionally prepared by retired professional chef and her retired great assistants. We start serving at 5:30 p.m. and the price is $8. You won’t be disappointed. We look forward to seeing you all again. We start playing cards as soon as supper is over and order has been restored, about 6:30 p.m. we play 500 cards. Come for dinner and stay for cards if you like. If you would like to rent the center for your own event; call Joyce and Daryl Nelson at 483-3466. The center is located downtown St. Croix Falls. Don’t let the mess next door bother you; come right on by to the center. It’s just a minor detour. Winners for Tuesday, August 6, Hand and Foot: Dorothy Flatum. 500 winners: Pat Willits Thursday, August 8, 500: Bob Norlander, Shirley Sims, and Cathy Smith Sunday, August 11, 500: BrenNel Ward, Bruce Medchill and Nel Medchill. 9 Bid: BrenNel Ward.

WISCONSIN STATE SENATE 10TH DISTRICT Clean water a deliberate policy choice


n past years, the safety of our drinking water has come to the forefront of Wisconsin’s political landscape. Extensive studies have shown not only the scale, but the drastic health consequences contaminated water has on our communities. Contaminants like nitrates and bacteria have been linked to blue baby syndrome, thyroid disease, and some State cancers, harming rural commuSenator our nities. Meanwhile, Patty Schachtner lead continues to poison children statewide. In Kewaunee County, 60 percent of sampled wells were contaminated with fecal microbes, leading one of the researchers to proclaim that the water resembled a “fecal

soup.” A 2019 study found that 42 percent of sampled wells in southwest Wisconsin contained contaminants that exceeded federal health standards. We didn’t get here overnight. Budget cuts, along with a deregulatory culture and political interference across multiple agencies, have significantly impacted the way Wisconsin protects its water. To understand the current state of our water, we must look at the deliberate policy choices made in the past. A chronological analysis details a systematic dismantling of the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR). In 2011, environmental inspections of large farms fell by 46 percent while permit violation notices hit a 12-year low. Meanwhile, DNR experienced the highest vacancy rate in 14 years. Just three years later, a judge declared a “massive regulatory failure” was behind extensive groundwater contamination in Kewaunee County. The judge also

indicated that the agency failed to use existing law to address the situation. Despite concerns from impacted communities, environmental organizations, and the EPA, the previous administration continued to reduce the enforcement capabilities of key agencies. Over the course of three budgets passed by former governor Scott Walker and legislative Republicans, DNR saw their budget slashed by $59 million and close to 200 positions eliminated. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) under former attorney general Brad Schimel saw fines paid by Wisconsin polluters fall to 30-year lows in 2015. The former attorney general also wrote an opinion claiming the DNR went too far in protecting water in 2016. During the same time period, he demoted the long-standing director of DOJ’s environmental protection unit and shrunk the unit to its smallest size in 25 years. SEE SCHACHTNER, PAGE 12

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BIRTHS OSCEOLA MEDICAL CENTER Osceola, Wisconsin Aug. 2, 2019: A boy, Laith Leroy Lundeen, weighing 9 pounds, to Shabana and Seneca Lundeen, Frederic. AMERY HOSPITAL AND CLINIC Amery, Wisconsin July 2, 2019: A boy, Marcus Anthony Nelson, weighing 7 pounds 6 ounces, to Alix Boltik and Jared Nelson, Turtle Lake. July 10, 2019: A girl, Karen Irene Dixon, weighing 7 pounds 12 ounces, to Nicole Dixon, Clear Lake. July 17, 2019: A boy, Ryker Owen Falz, weighing 8 pounds 5 ounces, to Felicia Falz and James Myer, Clayton.

July 18, 2019: A girl, Zyana Hazel Elaine Newman, weighing 7 pounds 3 ounces, to Ayssa Newman, Amery. July 18, 2019: A boy, Kolton James Goodmanson, weighing 6 pounds 7 ounces, to Ashlie and Bryce Goodmanson, Clayton. July 18, 2019: A girl, Addie LeighAnn Rush, weighing 6 pounds 7 ounces, to Heather and Jordan Rush, Clayton. July 19, 2019: a girl, Rory Schanon Humpal, weighing 7 pounds 15 ounces, to Ariel and Matt Humpal, Amery. July 29, 2019: A boy, Landon Nicholas Issac Jerome Spencer, weighing 7 pounds 3 ounces, to Michelle Strenke and Nicholas Spencer, Turtle Lake.

Fall Gathering Aug. 17 The Apple River Conference of Women of the ELCA will host their annual Fall Gathering on Aug. 17 at the North Valley Lutheran Church in Centuria with the theme of “Moving Forward as Bold Women.” The guest speakers will be Burnett County Sheriff Tracy Finch and Burnett County Detective Julie Mead. Sheriff Finch, a 30 year veteran of law enforcement, has been chosen as Officer of the Year by her peers, Narcotics Officer of the

Year and has served on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Homicide Investigators Association. Detective Mead is a 19 year veteran of the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department and for the past 14 years has worked in the Detective Bureau primarily investigating property crimes and assisting in major cases. The morning begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and coffee and ends with lunch at noon. To register call 715-645-0025. Everyone is welcome.

Master Gardener training offered in Baldwin specialists in a broad range of plant science topics. Topics to be covered, among others, include basic botany, soils and composting, plant diseases and insects, woody trees and shrubs, annuals and perennials, lawn care, vegetables, fruits, wildlife, native plants, weeds, organic growing and houseplants. Participants receive 36 hours of training, and in exchange must provide


Master Gardener Volunteer training will be offered by University of Wisconsin Extension beginning Sept. 11 at the St. Croix County Agricultural Service and Education Center in Baldwin. Master Gardeners are members of the local community who are trained by University of Wisconsin Extension

24 hours of community volunteer service related to plant science and/ or gardening. Types of volunteer service include things such as producing educational displays at fairs and other events, teaching adults and youth about horticulture, working with demonstration and community gardens, hunger prevention efforts, and community beautification projects. Classes will be held

on eight Wednesday evenings and two Saturday mornings on the following dates: Sept. 11, 18 and 25, Oct. 2, 9, 23 and 30, and Nov. 13; and on Saturdays Oct. 19 and Nov. 9. There is a fee. Preregistration is required. For more information and an enrollment form, contact the Pierce County UW-Extension office at (715) 273-6781 or

Replacement FoodShare Benefits available until Aug. 19 CONTRIBUTED DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

The Department of Health Services (DHS) announced last week that replacement FoodShare benefits are available for an extended period of time for most of western, northern, and central Wisconsin. DHS requested and received approval from the federal Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to extend the time in which persons affected by the severe weather and power outages can report loss of benefits. Members in the following counties have until August 19, 2019, to request replacement FoodShare benefits: Bay Lake Consortium counties: Brown, Door, Marinette, Oconto, and Shawano. Central Consortium counties: Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, and Portage. East Central Consortium counties: Calumet, Green

Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marquette, Outagamie, Waupaca, Waushara, and Winnebago. Great Rivers Consortium counties: Barron, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix, and Washburn. Northern Consortium counties: Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas, and Wood. Western Consortium counties: Buffalo, Clark, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Trempealeau, and Vernon. Members of the following tribes have until August 19, 2019, to request replacement FoodShare benefits: Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin. Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. Oneida Nation.

FoodShare members throughout the state of Wisconsin who lost food purchased with their FoodShare benefits as a result of recent severe weather can contact their local agency to request replacement benefits. Replacement benefits are issued for the amount of food lost, up to the amount of benefits already issued for the month. Members in counties and tribes not listed above have the usual 10 days from the date they lost their food to request replacement FoodShare benefits. FoodShare members should fill out the Request for Replacement FoodShare Benefits form (F00330) and submit it to their local income maintenance agency by fax, mail, or in-person. Members will need to describe on the form how they lost their food. Members should contact their local agency if they have more questions about replacement FoodShare benefits.

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

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

M ti att Zion Zi Lutheran L th Ch h Meeting Church 28005 Old Towne Road Chisago Lakes, Minn. 651-260-5100 Fr. Bill Neumann, pastor SUNDAY: Worship 9:30 a.m. ———————— HOLY TRINITY ORTHODOX CHURCH 523 First Street, Clayton 715-948-2203 Father Christopher Wojcik SUNDAY: Liturgy 9:30 a.m. ———————— HOPE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 933 248th Street, one mile north of Osceola on Highway 35 Pastor Nate Roschen 715-294-2112 • SUNDAY: Worship 10 a.m. ———————— JOURNEY CHURCH 131 Broadway, Amery 715-268-2223 SUNDAY: Worship Service 9 a.m. ———————— NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY Non-denominational 201 State Hwy. 35, Dresser Pastor Tony Minell, 715-417-1982 Church office: 715-417-0945 SUNDAY: Worship Service 9:30 a.m. ———————— NEW WINE COMMUNITY CHURCH 309 5th Street, Centuria Pastor Scott Petznick (715) 338-8912 Worship 10 a.m. ———————— OSCEOLA COMMUNITY CHURCH 2492 Education Drive, Osceola Larry Mederich SUNDAY: Worship 9 and 10:45 a.m.

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

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

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

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children, who are between the ages of five and 12. “The plan is to homeschool through high school.” Madrigal directs the Classical Conversations homeschool community in Dresser, which she started last year. Classical Conversations is a Christian-based classical curriculum that is used nationally and is gaining traction internationally. “The classical model has not been used in the public schools for many, many decades,” she said. “It’s actually how many of the greatest thinkers of the last several centuries have been educated. What the classical model does, is it utilizes the strengths of each phase of development, to make education its most effective.” Much of classical education centers around the “trivium” of grammar, logic and rhetoric, each comprising a different stage of a child’s educational development. The grammar phase, which most of Madrigal’s children are currently in, focuses primarily on memorization and recitation, as young children such as five-year-old Caleb and eight-year-old Aria are apt to rapidly take in and retain information like multiplication tables or poetry. “We make use of that, because they’re automatically geared to soak things up at this age,” Madrigal said. “We put a lot of emphasis on memorization and memory work, to fill them up with a lot of good stuff.” The kids also learn Latin, and read books set in the classical era, such as “The Bronze Bow” and “Detectives in Togas.” Madrigal selects literature to study related to a school year’s theme, last year’s being Ancient History and this coming year’s focusing on the medieval and Renaissance periods of Europe. As they move into their teens, students will delve deeper into Greek epics like the Odyssey and Iliad, as well as Shakespeare’s plays. Julia Mederich of Osceola is interested in educating her sons through

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Classical Conversations eventually, but right now they are one and three, and she is preparing to begin homeschooling the elder boy, Jett, this fall as he begins the pre-K years. “These short childhood years are meant for playing and spending time outdoors in nature,” Mederich said. “We go outside every single day for at least an hour — rain, shine, snow, whatever it be… a big part of that is, if I want him to care about the earth, we need to start being outside and exploring nature together.” This hands-on philosophy is a major catalyst behind Mederich’s decision to homeschool. “Having a school within four walls and learning about nature isn’t as beneficial, I think, as going outside physically every day and being able to take our time going down trails, looking at different things,” she said. “We don’t have 20 to 30 kids that we’re trying to keep together… He can just be on his own, be exploring, asking questions and we’re talking about it one-on-one.” Mederich says she never imagined before her children were born that she would homeschool them, but as a stay-athome parent, the idea began to appeal to her. She stayed with and observed a homeschooling family of five children for a week, did research on the topic at the library, and sought out community and curriculum on platforms like Instagram. “We’re not trying to copy what they’re doing in school, we’re just tailoring [Jett’s] education to what he is interested in… if you’re reading out loud to your child, and getting him outside, for preschool that’s really all there is to it,” Mederich said. “As he gets older, I wouldn’t be surprised to see even more homeschoolers pop up. It’s becoming more and more popular.” For the Rinkenberger-Nienaber family in Scandia, the choice to home-educate was made at a similar stage. It began when Ann Rinkenberger, whose daughters Sophia and Olivia

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Nienaber are now going to be a college freshman and a high school junior, respectively, was having fun complementing Sophia’s preschool education with additional instruction at home. “She had ‘graduated’ from preschool, and they said she had covered really everything she needed to know, and some of the information in kindergarten,” Rinkenberger said. “I was enjoying homeschooling at the time… and thought that would be a good track to continue on.” Over the years, the girls have used a hodgepodge of curricula, including Waldorf, Rod and Staff and Sunlight publications, and attended courses through Home Educators Resource Association (HERO), a co-op in Forest Lake. “I’m grateful that they’re home, because I can choose where they’re involved, and [they have] been around a good group of kids growing up,” Rinkenberger said. Rinkenberger added that she “without a doubt” wishes that she could’ve been homeschooled as a child, but it was not legalized in Minnesota until the 1980s. “At the time I was growing up, that was not even an option,” she said. Although homeschooling has been legal nationwide since 1993, laws regarding its regulation vary from state to state. In Minnesota, parents must file a letter of intent to homeschool with the superintendent, submit their child to annual standardized achieve-

ment tests administered by a third party and keep detailed records of their child’s academic progress in all required areas. For subjects that are taught by someone other than the parent, that instructor must meet one of a list of qualifications, such as possession of a bachelor’s degree or successful completion of a teaching competency exam, if they are not a certified teacher. Wisconsin, on the other hand, does not require annual standardized tests of homeschoolers, nor does the state demand to see progress reports or coursework. Per year, 875 hours of documented instruction are mandated and parents must file a form stating they agree to comply with that law, but the state does not require proof of that documentation be submitted, so Madrigal is largely accountable to higher levels of Classical Conversations management. “I opted not to [administer standardized tests], particularly because my autistic [12-year-old] doesn’t take tests well,” Madrigal said. “I might have my other kids do it just to see, but I guess I also feel like I really have a good handle on where they’re at. Doing a standardized test would be for my benefit, and at this point, I don’t feel it’s necessary.” Nationally, homeschooling regulations have been the subject of recent scrutiny. Because of lax rules in many states, critics feel that homeschooling

could be easily manipulated as a cover for abuse. This debate has landed in the hot seat recently with the case of the Turpin family, in which 13 siblings were supposedly homeschooled but were in fact being malnourished and abused by their parents even as several of them were well into adulthood. In California, all father David Turpin had to do was file his home as a private school and list himself as principal in order to appease the state, with no testing or record-keeping requirements. The facade ended in January 2018, when a 17-year-old alerted authorities to the siblings’ plight. Earlier this year the parents were convicted of 14 felony counts involving abuse and sentenced to a minimum of 25 years. A month after the Turpins’ discovery, debut author Tara Westover released her memoir “Educated,” about her isolated upbringing in a fundamentalist Mormon family with a piecemeal homeschool education. She was forced to take charge of her own instruction if she wanted to move on to the post-secondary level, and did not learn what the Holocaust was until college. Her harrowing tale was received with great critical and commercial success, and waitlists remain for library copies even more than a year post-release. While homeschoolers typically score better than their public-schooled peers on standardized and college-entrance tests, and have a 16% higher rate of college graduation, off-the-grid homeschoolers like Westover may not have access to such opportunities at all. To prevent such cases, a group of homeschool alumni advocating for the interests of homeschool children, The Coalition for Responsible Home Education, has suggested common-sense laws that respect freedom of choice in education but have standards that ensure the wellbeing and educational success of children. According to the coalition, many parents choose homeschooling for legitimate reasons including “the desire to provide rigorous or innovative academic instruction, holistic religious instruction, or instruction individualized to a student’s special needs; concerns about the environment in public or private schools; and a need for family flexibility.” For those who wonder whether parents are qualified to teach advanced-level subjects such as high school math and science, co-ops like Classical Conversations and HERO provide a community that can pitch in to combine skills

and responsibilities. “[Students] get a lot of help and support from people in the [Classical Conversations] community that we’re a part of as they advance in those levels,” Madrigal said. “In the high school years, they do biology labs and chemistry labs. The people who direct those programs at the middle school and high school levels are trained in those programs, so… in the areas that I’m weak, other people are strong, and in the areas where they’re weak, I am strong. That’s the beauty of community.” At HERO, Sophia Nienaber took a social entrepreneurship class in 11th grade and from it established her own charitable organization, Give Life Give Hope. Through it, she has coordinated several blood drives with the American Red Cross. Olivia, meanwhile, coordinated Washington County’s Barn Quilt Trail when she was just 12 years old, designing several quilts and soliciting funds for the project by herself. Barn quilt trails, featuring colorful quilt patterns painted on the sides of barns, can be found nationwide. Classical Conversations and HERO also offer opportunities for homeschoolers to obtain college credit while in high school. Sophia took several PSEO courses through the co-op, in partnership with Crown College and the University of Northwestern, and has earned roughly a year’s worth of credits to be transferred to Bethel this fall. In Classical Conversations, the final three years’ worth of coursework can potentially be worth college credit, through the Classical Conversations Plus service. “Classical Conversations has contracted with public universities on the East Coast who have recognized their programs as AP-level or college-level,” Madrigal said. “The final three years can basically be the first 50-some credits for college.” The parents sought to combat misconceptions the public may have about homeschooling, such as that homeschoolers are socially isolated. 4H, hockey, dance and beekeeping are just some of the extracurricular activities the children have participated in. “People think that if you’re not in a group of 30 kids your own age, you’re not socializing, but nowhere else in your life are you going to be surrounded by 20 to 30 people your own age,” Mederich said. “You start homeschooling your children the day they’re born… If you’ve potty-trained your child, that’s homeschooling.”

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POLK COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT Appearance Date: August 6, 2019 Shayna Alayna Allen, 19, Clear Lake, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10. James Peter Belisle, 18, Somerset, OWI (1st), $937.50; operating with prohibited alcohol content >=0.15 (1st), $937.50. Elijah Benjamin Jr., 29, Danbury, vehicle passenger failure to wear seat belt, $10. Brittany Amanda Christensen-Riegel, 28, Dresser, OU, $100. Eric Ray Crosby, 39, Amery, operating motorcyle without valid license, $200.50. Peter Lee Doll, 35, Frederic, speeding in 55 mph zone (1-10 mph), $175.30. Zachary Steven Doyle, 27, Minneapolis, MN, OWI (1st), $175.30; possess open intoxicants in motor vehicle-driver, $263.50; prohibited alcohol content >=0.15 (1st), $937.50. Lawrence Andrew Eng, 39, Amery, hit and run - unattended vehicle, $263.50. Jerik Jeffrey Espersen, 28, Frederic, OWI (1st), $937.50; operating with prohibited alcohol content >=0.08, <0.15 (1st), $937.50; operating while suspended, $200.50. Peter Neil Forster, 63, Balsam Lake, non-registration of auto <10,000 lbs, $175.30. Maxwell J. George, 18, inattentive driving, $187.90. Donna Louise Groothousen, 52, Frederic, OU, $100. Katelyn Emma Haase, 18, Somerset, speeding in 55 mph zone (11-15 mph), $175.30. Lee Michael James Harry, 31, Centuria, operating motor vehi-

cle without insurance, $200.50. Kolten E. Heimbach, 16, Osceola, speeding in 55 mph zone (1-10 mph), $175.30. Kimberly Joy Hoffman, 39, Amery, speeding in 55 mph zone (1-10 mph), $175.30. Nicholas James Irwin, 19, Osceola, speeding in 55 mph zone (1-10 mph), $175.30. Laura Jean Jensen, 61, Osceola, failure to yield right of way from stop sign, $175.30. Abby Ruth Johnson, 18, Osceola, OWI (1st) $937.50; operating with prohibited alcohol content <0.15, $811.50. Alex Cole Johnson, 20, Centuria, inattentive driving; $187.50. Tiffany Elizabeth Johnson, 31, Clayton, duty/ report accident (report requirement), $200.50. Dylan Michael Jones, 21, Woodville, OWI (1st), $937.50; operating with prohibited alcohol content >=.08, <.15 (1st), $937.50; operating while suspended, $200.50. Michelle Leah Jorgensen, 24, Dresser, operating while revoked (forfeiture 1st), $200.50. Michael Marcus Kralewski, 28, St. Croix Falls, speeding in 55 mph zone (1-10 mph), $175.30. Daniel Jerome Linehan, 37, Milltown, exceeding speed zones (1-10 mph), $175.30. Joseph Paul Lobert, 25, Milltown, failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Thomas R. Lucas, 34, St. Croix Falls, operate without valid license (1st), $200.50. Glen Charles Mapes, 56, Columbia Heights, MN, failure to yield while making left turn, $175.30.

POLK COUNTY MARRIAGE LICENSES Joseph Daniel Breckenridge and Lauren Michelle Anderson of Minneapolis, MN are to be married August 17, 2019. Louis John Colletti and Nichole Marie Schmid of Luck are to be married August 10, 2019. Steven Scott Coozennoy and Tami Jo Buus or Lent are to be married August 17, 2019. Nicholas Aaron Fox and Nicole Mary Prell of North Branch, MN are to be married August 24, 2019.

Eric William Mattson and Jennifer Marie Bailey of Dresser are to be married August 24, 2019. Garrett Jon Radinzel of Balsam Lake and Lindsey Grace Voss of Milltown are to be married August 24, 2019. Eugene Thomas Roatch and Christine Michelle Kuettel of Luck are to be married August 10, 2019. Matthew Warren Swanson and Shia Catherine Widiker of Amery are to be married September 1, 2019.

TOWN OF OSCEOLA PLAN COMMISSION MEETING Tuesday, August 20, 2019 6:00 P.M. Town Hall, 516 East Ave. North, Dresser WI Meeting agenda items include the following matters for discussion and possible action by the Plan Commission in Open Session: â&#x20AC;˘ Guenther Lot Division, Located in Government Lot 1 of Sec 3/T33N/R18W, Town of Osceola â&#x20AC;˘ Schweim Reduced Road Setback, Located in Lot 3 of Sec 27/T33N/R18W, Town of Osceola â&#x20AC;˘ Update Comprehensive Plan This is a complimentary notice. A complete agenda is posted at the Town Hall, Dresser Post OfďŹ ce, First National Community Bank and on the Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at

POLK COUNTY ARRESTS Robert John McCarty, 38, Osceola, transferee failure to apply new vehicle title, $175.30. Raymond Edward Merrill Jr., 22, New Richmond, operating without a valid license (1st), $200.50. April Ann Mootz, 23, Rogers, MN, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10. Peggy Ann Olson, 59, Osceola, OU, $100.00. James G. Plutshack, 66, Somerset, operating left of center line, $213.10. Kyle Everett Rinde, 27, Eagan, MN, operating left of center line, $213.10. Bradley James Schweitzer, 23, St. Croix Falls, exceeding speed zones (1-10 mph), $175.30. Michael James Stene, 34, Burnsville, MN, speeding in 55 mph zone (1-10 mph), $175.30. Pattie Jean Sullivan Wilson, 61, Siren, inattentive driving, $187.90. Joseph Ronald Thoen, 40, Centuria, OWI (1st), $937.50; possess open intoxicants in motor vehicle-driver, $263.50. Daniel Peter Tracy, 51, New Richmond, failure to stop at stop sign, $175.30. Lori Faye Van Doome, 55, Hertel, OWI (1st), $937.50; unlawful U turn-failure to exercise due care, $175.30. Katie Lynn Virkus, 30, Litchfield, MN, operate without valid license (1st), $200.50. Raymond Alex Warwas, 21, Luck, operate motorcycle without valid license, $200.50. Jesse Bodi Zelinski, 31, Clayton, OWI (1st), $937.50; operating with prohibited alcohol content >=.08, <0.15 (1st), $937.50.

Brenda Lea McClay, 41, Frederic, was arrested August 3 for a Burnett County warrant. Benjamin Joseph Bursch, 34, Blaine, MN, was arrested July 31 for a warrant. Michael John Trumble, 25, Amery, was arrested July 30 for a probation hold. Brett W. Frank Sr., 55, Frederic, was arrested August 3 for misdemeanor bail jumping. Cheyenne Tokeem Nolan, 35, Little Falls, MN, was arrested August 3 for possession of drug paraphernalia. Steven Lamont Perry, 48, Prairie Farm, was arrested August 2 for felony bail jumping and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brook A. Willia, 26, Prairie Farm, was arrested August 2 for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia,

probation warrant/hold and a Burnett County failure to appear warrant. William Joseph Rainey, 38, Turtle Lake, was arrested July 31 for battery and resisting an officer. Terri Ann Schaubschlager, 46, Centuria, was arrested July 30 for felony bail jumping and resisting an officer. Zachary Allen Grandy, 18, Grantsburg, was arrested July 29 for physical abuse of a child, felony bail jumping and a probation hold. Benjamin Herbert Heimbach, 41, Osceola, was arrested July 28 for disorderly conduct. Derek Lee Paulson, 34, Frederic, was arrested July 29 for obstructing an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, warrants (x2) and a probation warrant. Robert Joseph Biedler,

32, Luck, was arrested July 29 for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation hold. Garrett Coakley Wendelboe, 24, Hayward, was arrested August 4 for OWI (1st) and operating with prohibited alcohol conduct. Michelle Marie Schmidt, 49, Osceola, was arrested August 4 for OWI (1st) and prohibited alcohol content (1st). Jeremy S. Littlepipe, 24, Luck, was arrested August 3 for OWI (1st). Donald Calvin Lee, 29, Taylors Falls, was arrested August 2 for OWI (2nd) with passengers under 16. Bradley Glen Sloper, 33, Milltown, was arrested July 30 for OWI (1st), possession of marijuana, armed while intoxicated and carrying a concealed weapon.


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that Polk County will sell the following Real Properties by Public Auction to be held online at, Auction #19671. The Public Auction will begin on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 10:01am CDT and ends on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, starting at 10:00 am CDT. All bids must be submitted through the auction site. No other bids will be accepted.


(Bidders are not responsible for paying unpaid taxes) Preview property listing with appraised values at: Estate For Sale(under quick links) is a public on-line bidding auction. The properties will be sold â&#x20AC;&#x153;As Isâ&#x20AC;? to the highest bidder. Polk County makes no representation or guarantee with respect to the use or condition of the properties.

The public sale will be conducted by those terms of sale articulated on the online auction service. In the event the highest bidder fails to close the transaction within the days specified in the terms of sale, the County, pursuant to Section 75.69(1), may accept as the final bid the bid that is most advantageous to the County. Dated August 7, 2019. Polk County Buildings For Questions email or call 715-485-9294

PUBLIC NOTICES STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY PUBLICATION SUMONS AND NOTICE (SMALL CLAIMS) CASE NO. 2019SC000451 Plaintiff: Ronald Raedke co/Applegate, Inc. P.O. Box 32 New Richmond, WI 54027 vs. Defendant: Joseph Reisewitz 218 N. Jefferson Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 PUBLICATION SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF FILING TO THE PERSON NAMED AABOVE AS DEFENDANT You are being sued by the person named above as Plaintiff. A copy of the claim has been sent to you at your address as stated in the caption above. The lawsuit will be heard in the following small claims court: Polk County Courthouse, Room 3, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, on the following date and time: August 22, 2019, 8:30 a.m. Telephone number of clerk of court: 715485-9299. If you do not attend the hearing, the court may enter a judgment against you in favor of the person suing you. A copy of the claim has been tt t dd

stated in the caption above. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate (property) you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. You may have the option to Answer without appearing in FRXUWRQWKHFRXUWGDWHE\ÂżOLQJ a written Answer with the clerk of court before the court date. You must send a copy of your Answer to the Plaintiff named above at their address. You may contact the clerk of court at the telephone number above to determine if there are other methods to answer a Small Claims complaint in that county. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call 715-4859299 prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. Jessica Buberl J. Buberl Law 202 Cascade Street P.O. Box 207 Osceola, WI 54020 715-294-4150 Bar # 1105424 02Sc WNAXLP





AUGUST 14, 2019

Nelson retires after memorable run with Rodgers, Packers BY KEITH JENKINS AP SPORTS WRITER

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Jordy Nelson’s NFL career ended in the same place where it began: Lambeau Field. Nelson signed a oneday contract with the Packers on Tuesday and announced his retirement after 11 seasons, 10 of which he spent in Green Bay. “I’ll be remembered as a Packer,” the 34-year-old wide receiver said. “Obviously I enjoyed my year last year in Oakland. But this is where I started and it’s great to come back and end it that way.” Nelson was known for his speed, size and chemistry with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was the starter for Nelson’s

entire tenure in Green Bay. Rodgers’ face lit up as he spoke about his former teammate, who shook hands with both Packers and Texans players following the teams’ joint practice. “Just the little things, the unspoken connection, the back-shoulder throws, the ability to throw it out to a spot and know he’s going to be there,” Rodgers said. “We just always had that little ability to click on the field. Excited about him in four years. I said, `I hope I’m on the short list of guys to introduce you for the Packer Hall of Fame.”‘ The pair won a Super Bowl after the 2010 season, and Nelson was a big part of the 31-25 victory over the Pitts-

burgh Steelers, catching nine passes for 140 yards and a touchdown that he called his most cherished memory. “To be able to be there and have that opportunity to score a touchdown there,” Nelson said. “To have that football. My son (Royal) turned 1 that week. ... I still remember being down on the field with him and my wife.” Nelson ranks third in Packers history in receptions (550), fifth in receiving yards (7,848), second in touchdown catches (69) and third in 100-yard receiving games (25). He is the only player in franchise history to record three seasons with 13-plus touchdown receptions. Nelson and Sterling Sharpe are the only Packers players

to have three straight seasons with 85 catches or more. “When him and Aaron really started getting on the whole back-shoulder thing, it was just kind of an unstoppable thing,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said. “They kind of would toy with opponents.” The Packers drafted Nelson in the second round in 2008 out of Kansas State. He emerged as Rodgers’ favorite target in the 2011 season following that Super Bowl triumph, with 15 touchdown catches on a team that went 15-1. “For me, keeping it simple is what did it,” he said. “There wasn’t much extra stuff.” Nelson missed the 2015 season with a torn ACL.

He returned in 2016 and had 97 catches for 1,257 yards and a league-best 14 touchdowns, earning Comeback Player of the Year honors. But he struggled in 2017, when Rodgers was limited to seven games because of injury, and the Packers released him in the offseason. Nelson spent last season with the Raiders. He had 63 receptions for 739 yards and three touchdowns for a team that finished 4-12. “There was no regret there at all,” Nelson said. “Obviously the season wasn’t what we wanted, but you can’t ever determine that. That decision is what we made, and we definitely enjoyed it. We even debated staying an extra year there just for

fun, but that place is way too expensive.” Nelson said there were teams interested in his services this season. He even visited with the Seahawks. But he said he didn’t want to move his family around the country to extend his career, and he said getting his body ready for games was becoming more difficult. Instead, he’ll return to his home state of Kansas with his wife, Emily, and their three children. He plans to build a new house and has been helping his brother on the family farm. “We enjoyed it to the fullest,” Nelson said. “Made a lot of friendships, a lot of memories. My family’s enjoyed it. It’s been good.”

Texans’ J.J. Watt fulfills dream in Green Bay — sort of BY KEITH JENKINS AP SPORTS WRITER

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — J.J. Watt remembers standing outside the Packers’ practice field as a kid, watching Brett Favre through the holes of the chain-link fence. He dreamed of one day being on the other side. That dream became a reality — sort of — on Monday, as the Packers welcomed Watt and the

Texans to Green Bay for the first of two joint practices before the teams met in their preseason opener Thursday night. “I’m very grateful for the reception and the way that they treat me here,” said Watt, a Wisconsin native. “The amount of love and support that they’ve shown me ... it’s pretty cool. I literally dreamt about this as a kid.” Watt’s dream, however,

did not include a broken bicycle seat and a groin injury. Since the late 1950s, Packers players have ridden children’s bikes to practice during training camp while kids run alongside holding the players’ helmets. It’s a spectacle Watt witnessed as a kid and finally participated in on Monday. “It was pretty awesome until I broke the bike,” he said.

Watt, a graduate of Pewaukee High School, about 130 miles south of Green Bay, hopped on the bike of 5-year-old Biraj Sadhu. “He had a (Aaron) Rodgers jersey on, which is fine,” Watt said. “I respect it. I support loyalty.” After a few pedal churns through the Lambeau Field parking lot, the seat snapped. “The bike that I was

Catchin’ big fish


he big rod doubled over, the drag screamed as the 10 year old’s arms strained against the power of fins and muscle. Without warning the big fish erupted from the water heading into the sky twisting and turning until reentry, vanishing into the deep. I could see Brady’s eyes enlarge when he saw the big fish he had on. He fought to keep the rod tip up against a fish that wanted to get as far away from us as possible. “Keep the rod tip up, keep reeling, you can’t let the line go slack, you’re doing great,” came the encouraging words from Ben Elfelt, a good friend and fishing guide who asked us to come with him as he scouted a lake for future clients. Brady finalWild River ly turned the fish, heading it back towards the boat. As it got closer it Trails came to the surface. Ben was quick Jim Bennett to recognize the fish. “It’s a Muskie!”

Brady’s eye grew even bigger! I could almost hear his heart pounding as I grabbed the big net as the fish made a run at the boat where it went air born again right in Brady’s face. Excitement to the max was written all over his mug. Ben calmly gave directions that Brady followed to a tee and again turned the fish towards the boat. All I had to do was scoop it up. I’m not sure who hollered the louder “YES,” Brady or Ben, when the fish was in the net. After a few quick pics Brady released the fish by its tail, letting go after a helpful handshake, pumping in O2 so it could swim away in good shape. We were trolling big lipped Rapalas that dove to around 13’ on two level wind reels set up on trolling rods and another rod set up with lead core line. Ben was looking for walleye but Brady’s first Muskie was a lot more exciting for Brady. When the next rod popped Brady was happy to have his name called SEE BENNETT, PAGE 15

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using was not equipped for a 290-pound man, and the seat broke off,” he said. “I’ve purchased a new bike for the boy. I apologize for that.” Watt received another bike — a much larger one — from teammate DeAndre Hopkins and rode the rest of the way to the practice field. The Texans and Packers started on separate fields and then converged for a few 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 drills and faced off in a full-team scrimmage. Watt left practice early after experiencing tightness in his groin. Head coach Bill O’Brien said Watt probably won’t practice Tuesday. Watt doubts he’ll play Thursday either. “I doubt that they’ll let me out there,” he said. “But regardless, it’s going to be cool to go out

in Lambeau Field and step on the grass and see the fans and just to live that moment. Like I’ve said all along, it was a dream of mine as a kid, so it’s going to be pretty cool whether I’m playing or not.” About an hour and 20 minutes into practice, Houston cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr. drilled Green Bay rookie tight end Jace Sternberger on a pass over the middle, causing Sternberger’s helmet to pop off. Johnson then followed with a taunt and little dance, prompting several players to jaw at each other. “I can’t speak for them. ... I just know what I saw out there, and that particular play, that’s not what we want to be about,” Packers coach SEE WATT, PAGE 19

INTERSTATE PARK PROGRAMS Match Your Catch, August 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fishing poles and fake fish will be provided for this fun family activity at the Ice Age Center. Nature Storytime, August 15, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Preschoolers and their caregivers join us for a nature story, activity, and snack. Every Thursday, we meet at the Ice Age Center for this weekly summer nature program. Canoe Lessons, August 16, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Learn paddle strokes and helpful tips for canoeing. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets provided. Meet near the Beach House at the Lake O’ the Dalles.

Bee Craft, August 17, 10 a.m. to Noon, Stop by the Ice Age Center to learn about pollinators and create your own bee-on-a-stick! Bee Aware!, August 17, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. On this World Honey Bee Day, stop in at the Ice Age Center to learn more about why bees are so important. A homemade “bee home” will also be available for viewing. Scavenger Hunt, August 18, Noon to 4 p.m. Stop at the Ice Age Center to grab your scavenger hunt list— find them all and you can pick something out from the prize basket at the front desk.

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Teens, young adults hospitalized with lung disease linked to vaping DHS urges Wisconsinites to avoid e-cigarettes CONTRIBUTED WI DHS


William Johnson, Ruby (mascot of the Wisconsin Cranberry Growers Association), Roxanne White and Colleen Foxwell are pictured at the Wisconsin Department of Tourism State Fair booth.

Polk County promoted at Wisconsin State Fair CONTRIBUTED POLK COUNTY TOURISM COUNCIL

Members of the Polk County Tourism Council and Information Center staff, spent time at the Wisconsin State Fair last week, promoting Polk County. Tourism Council members, William Johnson and Roxanne White, Frederic, Polk County Information Center Director, Colleen Foxwell,

Allan Foxwell, Amery, and Elijah Stuart, were partners in the Wisconsin Department of Tourism booth with Regional Tourism Specialist, David Spiegelberg. As a partner with the WI Department of Tourism, the time was spent handing out Polk County Guidebooks, and answering questions about all of the great things to do in Polk County. This is the third year Polk Coun-

ty has been represented at the Wisconsin State Fair. Polk County set a record in visitor spending in 2018 at $91.7 million, up 5.06% from 2017. The Polk County Tourism Council, operating the Polk County Information Center, works yeararound to make sure our visitors know all of the opportunities to enjoy while visiting Polk County.

School Daze in the ArtReach St. Croix Galleries Nostalgia in painting, drawing and mixed media

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS CONCORDIA UNIVERITY WISCONSIN Joleen Gravelle from St. Croix Falls has been named to the spring semester Honors List.


A certain nostalgia for childhood and youth will fill the ArtReach gallery during School Daze. The exhibition features mixed media “shrines” to school days past by Sue Cranston, portraits celebrating the innocence of youth by Jennifer Davenport, and contemplative artist books by Wendy Fernstrum. Sue Cranston (River Falls, WI) explores her childhood with her artistic practice. Using acrylic paint, mixed media, digital art and deconstructed school furniture, Cranston plays with her interest in uniforms, textiles and objects of her youth. Her shadowboxes and paintings seek to depict symbolic evidence of vulnerability, earnestness, wholesomeness, honesty, ambition and civic duty. Jennifer Davenport (Stillwater, Minn.) uses her skill in drawing and illustration to depict young girls in moments of concentration, exploration and discovery. These charcoal drawings were inspired by her daughter and other children she met during a year working as an assistant teacher. She seeks to explore themes of introspection,

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has received 11 cases of teenagers and young adults hospitalized with severe lung disease that has been linked to recent vaping. Seven other cases are under further investigation. Patients experienced shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, cough, and weight loss. The severity of the disease has varied among patients, with some needing assistance to breathe. While patients have improved with treatment, it is not known if there will be long-term health effects. People should contact their doctor or local or tribal public health offices with any concerns about these symptoms. “We are currently interviewing patients, all of whom reported recent vaping. Our disease investigators continue to gather information about

the names and types of vape products that were used in hopes of determining a common link,” said Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “We strongly urge people to avoid vaping products and e-cigarettes. Anyone — especially young people who have recently vaped — experiencing unexplained breathing problems should see a doctor.” Counties with confirmed cases include Door, Racine, Walworth, Dodge, Waukesha, and Winnebago. This is an ongoing investigation and DHS is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local health care providers and is coordinating with other states to make them aware of the situation so they are prepared if they have reports of similar cases. People can learn more about e-cigarettes and vaping products — including what they look like and how to talk to kids about them — at For the latest updates on this investigation, visit outbreaks.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – MADISON The following students graduated in

May. Osceola: Asher Elmquist, master of science-mechanical engineering; Hannah Hazzard, master of accountancy; Zachary Lauridsen, geography. St. Croix Falls: Mitchel Berg, bachelor of science-industrial engineering.

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The exhibition features mixed media “shrines” to school days past by Sue Cranston.

personal growth and social justice with her art practice. Wendy Fernstrum (Minneapolis, Minn.) is a book and paper artist, formerly residing in Marine on St. Croix. Her drawings and handmade artist books are concerned with interstitial spaces, and subverting the illusion of duality. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally, and can be found in many prestigious collections such as that of

the Walker Art Center. Celebrate the opening of School Daze on Sept. 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. The show will be on view through Oct. 5. The galleries at ArtReach St. Croix are free and open to the public Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturdays, 12-4p.m. ArtReach St. Croix is a nonprofit regional arts organization committed to the mission of connecting communities to the arts throughout the St.

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SCHACHTNER: Clean water is a policy choice FROM PAGE 6

Clean water is essential to healthy communities, our economy, and our Wisconsin way of life. Governor Tony Evers understands this, and that’s why he has declared 2019 the Year of Clean Drinking Water and August as National Water Quality Month. It’s also why he invested additional resources to address water pollution, contaminated wells, and lead pipe replacement. Clean water is a health issue. It is an economic issue. It is a moral issue. It’s time we connect the dots and ensure that future generations can enjoy safe, clean water.

State Senator Patty Schachtner represents Wisconsin’s tenth senate district. The district covers parts of Burnett, Dunn, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix counties.


Referendum Panel Discussion presenters, front row: Jordon Sinz, Wisconsin Heights SD; Timm Johnson, retired school board president, Osceola; Jane Maki, retired curriculum director and educator, Osceola; Bob Wright, coordinator, SCVFPE. Back row: Tara LeRoy and her daughter and Sue Fischer, Palmyra-Eagle Area SD; Cyndie Rasmussen and Michelle Orcutt, River Valley Area SD.

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The Wisconsin Public Education Network held its fifth annual Summer Summit in La Crosse August 5. This year’s theme was “What’s Best For Kids?”. Keynote speakers included Governor

Minutes of Osceola

School Board Proceedings The Regular Meeting of the Board of Education for the School District of Osceola was held in the Boardroom on July 10, 2019. The meeting was called to order by President Craig Brunclik at 6:00 P.M. with roll call taken: Pete Kammerud – yes; Craig Brunclik –yes, Brian Meyer – yes; Rosanne Anderson-yes; and Brooke Kulzer -yes. In addition, Superintendent Mark Luebker, Business Manager Lynette Edwards, Director of Instruction Becky Styles, Director of Building & Grounds Bob Schmidt, Director of Pupil Services Leah Voelker along with Building Principals Adam Spiegel, Amanda Meyer, Julie Bender, Lindsay Thomas and Assistant Principal Scott Newton attended the meeting. Persons who requested an audience with the Board: Ron Cormican expressed his concerns about recent changes in the employee handbook. Dan Wolter, Osceola resident, expressed his concerns about his property taxes. A Brooke Kulzer/Rosanne Anderson motion was made to approve the consent agenda without any items removed for further discussion. Motion Carried. Adopt the agenda Approve minutes of the Regular Meeting held on June 26, 2019 Approve first reading of policies number: 0142.4, 2260, 2260.01. 2260.02, 2340, 5111, 5112, 5113, 5830, 5460, 6152 and 8210 Hires, Resignations, and Recognitions. Resignation(s): Andy Dyer, K-5 Art Teacher Recognition(s): Zachary Laurisden, OIS Certified Aide Hire(s): Brandon Ryan K-5 Phy Ed., Mike Haase, Head Girls Basketball, Johnathan Archibald, Head Boys Soccer Coach, Jordan Hansen, Assistant Football Coach A Pete Kammerud/Brooke Kulzer motion was made to approve the payment of bills from General Fund with ACH 201819230-201819231 and computerized checks numbered 176002 through 176148 and HRA 1200-1201 for a total of $2,888,353.53. Motion Carried. Committee Report presented by Mark Luebker. Currently the Board is considering a fall workshop with Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB). Reviewed district policies for first reading that were approved in the consent agenda. Neola sends out a policy update every 6 months for school districts to review. Other discussions were on options of selling school forest & farm, OHS classroom fees with the recommendation of not adding any for the 2019-20 school year. Lynette Edwards discussed employee meal reimburse-

Tony Evers and Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor. The St. Croix Valley Friends of Public Education coordinated and participated in a panel discussion entitled “Referenda: What Works and What Doesn’t?” Advocates from Osceola and three other school districts, including one facing dissolution,

ments and IRS requirements. Bob Schmidt reviewed our Energy Bench Marking and the District is doing really well. Lastly, discussion on the K-5 Art position, this position has been posted and interviews will take place in July. A motion Brooke Kulzer/Brian Meyer was made to approve to increase the hourly rate for labor fees for facility rentals to from $35 to $45 starting the 2019-2020 school year. Information was presented by Bob Schmidt. Motion Carried. A Pete Kammerud/Rosanne Anderson motion was made to approve Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for 20192020 School Year presented by Becky Styles. Motion Carried. A Rosanne Anderson/Pete Kammerud motion was made to approve 2018-2019 DPI Transportation Report presented by Mark Luebker. We have seen a decrease in ridership but will see an increase in 2019-20 due to PreK transportation. Motion Carried. A Brooke Kulzer/Brian Meyer motion was made to approve McKinstry Measurement & Verification Report presented by Mark Luebker. Motion Carried. The Board reviewed K-5 Staffing during committee session. The K-5 Art Teacher position has been posted and more positions will be posted in July. Administrative report: Ms. Thomas: Very busy hiring at OES. Positions open are K-5 Art, Phy. Ed Aide, PreK Aide, two .5 PreK Teachers, an Intervention Aide, two SPED Aides and a one year Kindergarten Teacher. We recently had interviews for our first grade positon today and had great applicants. Our new custodial team is rocking their summer work, a big thanks to Bruce, Scott and David for their hard work. Summer school was amazing and the kids were very happy with all the fun new class offerings. Kudos to the staff for their additional work. Ms. Bender: OIS new Sensory Hallway is close to being complete and is called the OIS Movement Maze. Thank you Katrina Winkelman and Randy for your help with this. Our custodian team has been working hard not only cleaning but moving rooms around. We will have a sensory room next year where students can go to take a break, regroup, and successfully rejoin academics. Thank you Leah for your guidance and support with this new resource. Summer school was a success, thank you to all summer school staff for your June commitment. Ms. Meyer: Thank you to summer office staff, Bonnie McMartin, Julie Connors, and Bev Beckman for all their hard work and extra hours. We are excited to have hired our OMS PE teacher. Summer School ended well and the expo was a nice way for students to showcase the work they did throughout June. Thank you to our summer school staff who kept kids engaged, moving, learning and having fun. Mr. Spiegel: We are busy getting ready for the upcoming school year. A huge shout out to our maintenance staff for all their hard work. The school is looking awesome. We recently moved a few rooms for our freshman academy, almost all the freshman teachers are by each other. Our band just got from Chicago after an awesome 4th of July parade. A huge thanks to the families that helped chaperone. They have 4

presented their experiences and perspectives, with the goal of learning from each other and the audience on how to be more effective in future referendum efforts. The full program can be found here:

performances remaining (River Falls (7/12), New Richmond (7/17), St Croix Falls (7/20) and The Mpls Aquatennial (7/24). We interviewed for our Alternative Diploma teacher today and hope to have that positon filled next week. We are excited to be able to offer GED#2. Thanks to Becky for helping to create this opportunity for our students. Mr. Newton: Summer camps/league for volleyball, basketball and baseball are coming to an end. We currently have 60-80 OHS students-athletes have been participating in the July portion of the summer strength and speed program. I have spent the last few days working with the school counselors and Mr. Spiegel as we plan for the 2019-20 school year. Ms. Voelker-We are busy finishing up some state indicators that we report from last year. Working hard to roll out special education data into a new special education student management system out of CESA 6. Trainings will be planned for our special education teachers on the new system as well as some compliance trainings. Special thank you to Rochelle for all her help finishing up and helping me get things transferred from St. Croix Falls as well as all her support this year. She will be greatly missed by our department. Ms. Edwards: The District Office is working hard wrapping up 2018-19 school year and preparing for our audit this month. State budget is now finalized and will have more information soon. Ms. Styles: Currently investigating GED #2 through DPI as another safety net for our high school students for them to gain their GED. Gearing up for our mentor training. At this time we have 16 new teachers who need mentors and 14 second year teachers who have mentors. Looking into Safe Schools for employee trainings and tracking of these trainings. August teacher in-service planning is underway. New teacher day is August 15, all teachers report back August 20 and August 26th is our welcome back breakfast. The next scheduled Committee Meeting is Wednesday August 7, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. in the Boardroom. The next scheduled regular Board Meeting is Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Boardroom. A Brooke Kulzer/Brian Meyer motion was adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to WI Statute 19.85(1) c and (f) to consider the employment and compensation of any employee and for preliminary consideration of a specific matter which, if discussed in public, could have an adverse impact on the reputation of those involved. a. Individual Contracts Roll call taken: Pete Kammerud – yes; Craig Brunclik -yes; and Brooke Kulzer -yes; Brian Meyer - absent; Rosanne Anderson- yes. In addition, Superintendent Mark Luebker attended the meeting. Motion carried. A Pete Kammerud/Brian Meyer motion was made to adjourn Executive Session. Motion Carried. Craig Brunclik announced no official action was taken. A Brian Meyer/Rosanne Anderson motion was made to adjourn. Motion carried Adjourn Pete Kammerud, Clerk WNAXLP

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STORMS: National Guard helps with storm recovery efforts in Polk County and surrounding communities FROM PAGE 1

emergency vehicles could operate freely. Enter the Wisconsin National Guard, which mobilized approximately 100 troops to assess the damage, develop a scope of work, and clear the way to the point that public safety operations had unhindered movement. Those soldiers and airmen have spent the past two weeks using chainsaws to cut through the debris, haul some of it away, and chip the rest in place. Roberts spoke about the crucial role the National Guard plays in the aftermath of destructive weather serving as a supplement to overwhelmed county services until contractors are coordinated, and providing reassurance to a community when they need it most. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a peace of mind that citizens get when either uniformed troops or police officers arrive,â&#x20AC;? Roberts explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the troops, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting something done right away. These things take awhile to spin up. The general rule is 72 hours on your own, so with the Guard being able to come in within a couple days â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that shows a much quicker response and delivers a blanket of security to citizens.â&#x20AC;? Roberts also commented on the support heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s witnessed between the Wisconsin Guard and his community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s times like this where communities come together,â&#x20AC;? Rogers continued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very positive effect that comes from it. And it also helps people understand why we have the Guard in the first place. Instead of just seeing the troops get on and off the planes to Afghanistan, they see the other purpose, the dual purpose, of the National Guard.â&#x20AC;? Sgt. 1st Class Chris McDonald, a platoon sergeant with Company A, 173rd Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB), currently leads a team of 173rd BEB combat engineers and heavy equipment operators with additional support provided by the 132nd Brigade Support Battalion, 724th Engineer Battalion, and 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry, and the Wisconsin Air National Guardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 115th Fighter Wing and 128th Air Refueling Wing all working together as part of the emergency task force in Polk and Barron counties. McDonald detailed the course and the necessity of recovery operations as the teams push through their assigned areas of work in response to official requests for assistance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can see, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tight on the roadways now,â&#x20AC;? McDonald said, point-

ing to piles of tangled branches stacked on the shoulders of the roads surrounding Half Moon Lake in Milltown, Wisconsin Aug. 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we first arrived, the debris

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;For Polk county the damage was severe â&#x20AC;&#x201C; about 350 homes have been affected.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chad Roberts Chief Deputy, Polk County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office was in the streets. Some roads were down to one lane. Now that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve moved it to the ditches, we need to free up the shoulders. We want to ensure freedom of maneuver. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about creating safe pathways for emergency responders and civilians.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, local community members have been grateful to have the National Guardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistance. American Legion member and Korean War Veteran Al Jorgenson and his wife, Ann, are residents of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. Their neighborhood surrounding White Ash Lake felt the direct effects of the storms. Ann described the severity of the impassible roads â&#x20AC;&#x201D; civil authorities making welfare checks notified the Jorgensons that in an emergency, the couple could only be reached by helicopter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our home is okay, but if we looked out the window it was like an artillery barrage,â&#x20AC;? Ann said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get out of our driveway.â&#x20AC;? The Jorgensons expressed their thanks to the soldiers and airmen participating in the response by helping prepare and serve a dinner hosted Aug. 2 at American Legion Post 98 in Cumberland. Ann Jorgenson, resourceful from her days cooking chicken noodle soup over the grill during what she described as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;hungry â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;30sâ&#x20AC;? as a girl, was still glad to see the soldiers, airmen, and her community members rally to provide assistance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The National Guard has been all over in the area,â&#x20AC;? Ann said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re grateful for anything. In emergencies, you never know where your help will come from.â&#x20AC;? In addition to the National Guard, she was grateful to other members of the community who have rallied together to lend a hand as well. According to Ann, a Christian youth group of 18 teens volunteered to clear debris, and a man named Mike called and told the Jorgensons that he was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;veteran who wanted to help a veter-

an.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;He came over with a big truck and a forklift and worked for hours,â&#x20AC;? Ann said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen him before.â&#x20AC;? Her sense of appreciation for the acts of kindness shown by her community was buoyed by the presence of soldiers and airmen clearing roadways and ditches to provide safe pathways for civilians and emergency responders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mentally, to know that help is on the way, that the National Guard is out there, it brings a feeling of safety and security,â&#x20AC;? Ann continued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just knowing they are out there and are physically moving what they can.â&#x20AC;? Melissa Wosmek, a part-time resident of Balsam Lake with a cabin near Loon Lake, volunteered with the Salvation Army and handed out popsicles to service members working along the road with her daughter in tow, Aug. 3. Pausing for a break, Wosmek expressed the seriousness of the threat the debris posed for her community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This whole experience has been devastating,â&#x20AC;? she said, gesturing to the open roadway lined with piles of debris and the spiked trunks of felled trees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would run this three-mile loop. It was mostly shade. Now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full sun. Not everyone is able-bodied up here. When we saw [the National Guard] come inâ&#x20AC;Śit just felt like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not out here alone in the woods.â&#x20AC;? Rita McKee, a newer resident of Balsam Lake, felt the full support of the community she joined just a few short years ago. She and others on her street suffered substantial property damage wrought by the severe weather. McKee recounted her amazement at the destructive power of the storms and the feeling of relief brought on by the kindness of her neighbors and the presence of the Wisconsin National Guard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;First of all, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s humbling to see how devastating wind can be â&#x20AC;&#x201D; how vulnerable we are as human beings,â&#x20AC;? McKee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These were big, old, strong trees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; birch, pine, spruce, oak â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and they were snapped in half. It was humbling and I was awe struck.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a widow, my community rallied to help me,â&#x20AC;? McKee continued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My church, everyone, they were wonderful. And to hear the Guard was coming and then to see them out there chipping, it was amazing. It felt like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not alone anymore. It was beautiful.â&#x20AC;? Sgt. David Mendez, a horizontal construction engineer with 2nd Platoon, Company B, 173rd BEB, and team leader for clearing and hauling

debris along a section of road around Loon Lake, brought the Guardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s training, a communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s need, and the power of a good cause full circle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we first arrived, people couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to their homes,â&#x20AC;? Mendez said, pausing to direct the driver of a front end loader to the next pile of debris prepped for haul and removal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were clearing pathways for power line crews to get in and restore power. Now, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re removing the debris we were able to clear from the road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are constantly training and now we can emphasize how important those skills are,â&#x20AC;? he continued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is not training. There is no room to mess up. There are roads, power lines, and other obstacles that are difficult to replicate

in training. Now they can see and understand why our training is so important. These people need our help.â&#x20AC;? Mendez noted that the soldiers and airmen serving on state active duty have sacrificed time away from school, work, families, or other commitments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Soldiers put their lives on hold,â&#x20AC;? Mendez explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They sacrifice a lot to come here, and seeing that their efforts are supporting a good cause means something.â&#x20AC;? The impact of the assistance provided by Mendez, his soldiers, and the rest of the soldiers and airmen with the Wisconsin National Guard has been felt by communities across Northern Wisconsin. McKee held up her cellphone to show a video

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When frisky kitties shred new sofas, the cats probably did not do it out of spite or even aggression. Cats do not claw at things because they are inherently bad pets. Rather, the urge to scratch is buried within their DNA. According to the pet adoption and animal welfare resource the Animal Care Centers of New York City, scratching is a normal part of cat behavior. Scratching is a good form of exercise for cats, enabling cats to stretch out their limbs and paws. Scratching also serves the purpose of removing the outer nail sheaths so they can be shed and the nails can be naturally maintained. VetStreet. com says that cats also scratch to leave visual and olfactory markers to other animals. Glands that are located between the pads of the paws leave odors behind wherever the cat has scratched. Other cats know to investigate or avoid the area,

thanks to the scent and visual hint. Unfortunately for cat owners, scratching can be problematic when the healthy behavior is not focused on objects that should be scratched. When furniture, walls, bedding, or more are targeted by cats, the damage can be irreparable. Presenting alternatives that are fun can focus cats’ attention on scratching elsewhere. Experiment with storebought or homemade scratching posts. The back of a carpet square, some corrugated cardboard or a rope-covered post may suffice, offers The Humane Society of the United States. Scratching where it is not desired can also be dissuaded by placing an appropriate scratching post next to the off-limits item. Use food treats as rewards when the cat scratches responsibly. Place double-sided tape or aluminum foil on items that shouldn’t be

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Brush up on oral hygiene for pets It is not just what a pet puts inside their mouth that can make a difference in comfort and health, but the way pet owners take care of pets’ teeth, gums and more. Oral hygiene, this oft-overlooked component of pet care, can mean the difference between a happy, healthy pet and one that may be suffering in silence. The American Veterinary Dental College says brushing an animal’s teeth is the single most effective means to maintain oral health between professional vet examinations. Bacteria that forms naturally in an animal’s mouth will contribute to the formation of plaque which, left untreated, can lead to periodontal disease. By brushing away the precursors to plaque, pet owners can achieve optimal dental health for their pets.

The American Veterinary Medical Association suggests pet lovers work with a veterinary dentist to evaluate the health of teeth, the jaws and the roots below the gum line. The AVMA says that periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats, and by the time the animal reaches three years of age, it may have some early evidence of periodontal disease, which can only worsen if preventative measures are not taken. Pet dental problems are similar to those that occur in people. While dental caries (cavities) are less likely, abscesses, infections, broken teeth, and palate defects can occur. Signs of potential oral problems include bad breath, abnormal chewing, disinterest

in eating, swelling in the gums, tenderness when the mouth is touched, or bleeding. Pets may become irritable if their mouths are bothering them, so if behavior changes are observed, dogs or cats should be seen by a veterinarian to find out if a dental issue is at the root of the problem. Some pet owners are reticent to handle oral healthcare for their companion animals but dogs and cats can grow accustomed to teeth being brushed or wiped with patience, says AVDC. Oral rinses and special chews also can reduce plaque formation. Dental health is an important component of responsible pet ownership. Home oral hygiene and professional cleanings and examinations can help pets remain healthy.

Bringing a new puppy home can be an exciting time that’s full of challenges. Change also is part of welcoming a new puppy into the family. Puppies rely on their owners to meet all of their needs, and it can take weeks for a pup to acclimate to a new home and adapt to a routine. New puppy parents may be surprised to learn their puppy — particularly one rescued from a shelter — has parasitic worms. This is a common occurrence. According to a report published in the journal Animals, the prevalence of gastrointestinal parasites in shelter dogs is typically higher than in owned dogs. This is due to the combination of daily admissions of dogs from diverse backgrounds and the difficulty of preventing environmental contamination with infectious parasitic developmental stages. Shelters provide favorable conditions for the establishment and spread of GI parasitic infections. Worms are transmitted in various ways, and many result from pups walking through the infected waste of other dogs. Some dogs ingest contaminated feces or develop infections after being in an environment where there is a buildup of waste and poor sanitation. The American Kennel Club says worms also can be passed from an infected mother to her unborn puppies in-utero or through nursing. By and large, worms are not something that should be terribly concerning. With the right treatment and preventative care, most parasitic worms, like roundworms, hookworms, heartworms, and whipworms, can

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again. After a good fight we netted a 24 inch pike that foul hooked itself so it felt much larger but still exceeded the 21â&#x20AC;? pike that Brady pulled through the ice two winters ago. When the next fish hit Ben grabbed the rod and set the hook before handing it to Brady. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is another nice fish,â&#x20AC;? added Ben as it made a nice run before it went down deep playing dirty but making Ben think he had found a walleye. Once

it when came into view Ben shouted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big pike!â&#x20AC;? Brady was all smiles working the pike with Benâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s same encouraging directions. I grabbed the net and scooped up the fish up like Orlando Arcia, shortstop for the Milwaukee Brewers, would do to a one hopper. After that it was photo time and another released fish. Although Ben never did find any walleye on this quick scouting trip we did find some big fish and some crappie before we had to head in.

Ben had to get his one year old daughter Eleanor to the doctor where she got four shots. Ben said she was not a happy baby afterwards. All I know is that Brady was a happy angler and is still watching the videos and looking at photos of the two biggest fish he has ever caught as well as his first Muskie! Jim Bennett is an outdoorsman who lives and worked in the St. Croix River Valley and can be reached at


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The U.S. Small Business Administration announced last week that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Wisconsin as a result of winterkill, rain, freezing rain, cold and snow from Jan. 1 through May 31, 2019. The loans are available in the following counties: Adams, Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Brown, Buffalo, Burnett,

Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Florence, Forest, Iron, Jackson, Juneau, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Saint Croix, Sawyer, Shawano, Taylor, Trempealeau, Vilas, Washburn, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood in Wisconsin. “When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to eligible entities, affected by the same disaster,” said Kem Fleming, director of

SBA’s Field Operations Center East. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers and ranchers. The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations of all sizes and 3.74 percent for small businesses, with terms up to

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Seven hospitals in the St. Croix Valley are the recipients of a grant that will help provide safe transport for patients with an immediate need for mental health care. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that one in five adults experiences mental health illness in a given year. Their research shows shortages in hospital beds and services as well as the ancillary services to support mental health care. “We are proud to support this grant, which fills an urgent need for our community. Local hospitals have been experiencing a rise in the number of people voluntarily seeking admission to a mental health facility. Legally, they

must be provided safe transportation to a facility – sometimes located hours away - for care,” said United Way St. Croix Valley Executive Director Ann Searles. “With this grant, we are helping to fill a critical gap felt by hospitals, as we work together to address the mental health care crisis facing our communities.” The combined $28,000 grant, given to Osceola Medical Center, St. Croix Regional Medical Center, Hudson Hospital, Amery Hospital, River Falls Area Hospital, Western Wisconsin Health and Westfields Hospital, is one of the 41 Community Impact Grants recently announced by United Way St. Croix Valley. Searles stated, “These grants are made possible thanks to the generous donors to our annual campaign. Without the


Kim Wellumson (Osceola Medical Center), Andrea Olson (St. Croix Regional Medical Center), Lisa Semlak (Hudson Hospital), Ann Searles (UWSCV), Riley Williams (Amery Hospital), Kari Merriam (River Falls Area Hospital), Maysa Coty (Western Wisconsin Health). Not pictured: Representative from Westfields Hospital.

philanthropic support from corporate partners, small businesses and generous individuals, we would not be able to tackle these important issues in our community.”

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FARMINGTON: Questions, debate continue over industrial sand mining near Village of Osceola border address, that’s the permit they’re operating under.”


as the Board of Adjustment), which will in turn make recommendations to the town board. Those interested in joining the group were encouraged to submit contact information and reasons for their interest to Clerk-Treasurer Deb Swanson: clerktreas@ “We will take these concerns,” said Chair Cottor, holding a packet from a group of area residents, “give them to the committee, and the committee will go through and make recommendations to the Variance Committee.” However, Swanson made clear that the citizen group would not influence North 40’s current operations. “That would only take effect if they want to expand their mine,” she said. “It doesn’t have anything to do with the current permit they have. The current permit is in place. It was done on good faith. So unless they do something drastic that we would have to

Reclamation and water Conversation at the meeting primarily focused on site reclamation and risks to water. Reclamation does not mean returning the site to its original state. In the current plan, the slope would rise three feet per horizontal foot, and the site must be left with permanent vegetation in a non-eroding state. The question of whether sand mining can cause heavy metals to contaminate groundwater would benefit from more study. Heavy metals in the wash ponds come from the site and are eventually mixed with additional soil and returned to the site, according to Jim Devlin, a stormwater specialist with the DNR. Water samples from sand mine wash ponds have shown aluminum, lead and manganese concentrations many times higher than what is considered safe to drink, according to a report from Wisconsin Public Radio.

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However, a DNR study into whether such pond water is making its way to groundwater stalled for lack of funding. There is some evidence that most of the metals do not travel far. In a 2018 case of a sludge spill near Whitehall, Wisconsin, where a 10-million-gallon pond was drained to rescue a worker, tests conducted hours after the spill found lead levels 10 times that allowed in drinking water, and relatively high levels of arsenic and mercury, according to an AP report. However, the metals did not appear to travel very far. Levels dropped significantly 50 yards down the Trempealeau River. The DNR did not observe any fish kills. “The dissolved portion of those metals seems to be pretty low,” Devlin told those gathered at the Farmington hall. Devlin and Town Chair Cottor encouraged residents to test their wells annually, each saying they already did so for reasons unrelated to mining. “It’s a concern,” said

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Devlin. “Would I be sampling my well? Yeah, I would.” Needless worry or real risk? Those gathered at the August 5 meeting were mixed as to support and opposition to the mine. “It seems like you’re worried about something

that’s been going on for 30 years,” said David Rixmann of Farmington. But later, after some conversation about the possibility of pollution in the St. Croix River, Farmington resident David Aichinger said, “I don’t want to wait for there to be a problem to do

something about it. Once the chemicals are in the aquifer, once they’re in the river, there’s not much you can do to go down underground and get that out. It’s in there and everyone’s wells are affected, and that’s our legacy.”

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to take the video game system out of his room, according to testimony at the teen’s trial and 911 calls the day of the killing. Kevon Watkins put his sister in a chokehold and didn’t let go for more than 10 minutes until police arrived, according to testimony reported by The Macon Telegraph . Kevon Watkins’ lawyer asked for a bench trial, and Bibb County Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin said she found him guilty of murder instead of voluntary manslaughter because

his 13-year-old brother tried to get him to stop choking their sister. “In those 10 minutes, she had to have stopped moving. Perhaps that wasn’t noticed by the defendant because he was still angry,” Colvin said. Kevon Watkins cried along with his family sitting on courtroom benches after the sentence was announced. He was given a chance to speak before being led out of the courtroom, but the only thing that could be understood through his tears was “I’m sorry.” “I think everyone

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