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Polk County and the Ice Age Trail featured at Outdoor Expo

The National Scenic ice age Trail that starts in Polk County’s Interstate Park, was featured at the 70th bi-annual Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo held Nov. 22-24 in Minneapolis, Minn. Polk County Tourism Council and Ice Age Trail Alliance members provided Expo visitors with information about the 1,100 mile hiking trail across Wisconsin that follows the southern edge of the glacier that covered a large portion of the state and then retreated, 10,000 years ago, leaving behind the geography of our state we enjoy today. They also distributed Polk County Visitor’s

Guidebooks, maps and area promotion information. Over 10,000 people attend the three day Expos, held in November and April each year. The Ice Age Trail has over 1.2 million visitors a year, who bring $113 million to the state and local economies. Destination marketing is important to Polk County, where visitors spent over $91.7 million in 2018. Polk County serves as the western terminus of the trail in Interstate Park and has many interesting segments, including the recentlycompleted trail segment SEE EXPO, PAGE 12

As wolves recover, calls in Wisconsin to end endangered species listing grow Conflicts with farmers and hunters continue as the state’s wolf population has risen from extinction in 1960 to more than 900 animals today BY RICH KREMER WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO

In November 2018, wolves killed Laurie Groskopf’s 11-year-old hunting dog in Oneida County. That was nine years after wolves killed another of her dogs. “These animals were trailing bear

at the time, and one was trailing bobcat,” Groskopf said. “They were attacked by wolves without any provocation and killed. And for us, it’s been really, really traumatic.” Wisconsinites subsidized Groskopf’s loss. She received $5,000 through an obscure Department of Natural Resources program that compensates animal owners for losses to wolves. But Groskopf said the payments — $2,500 for each dog — could not make up for the loss of pets she treated as family. Nearly 60 years after gray wolves were considered extinct in SEE WOLVES, PAGE 11


Nearly 60 years after gray wolves were considered extinct in Wisconsin, the population has rebounded dramatically, to more than 900 in the state. But the conservation success story has turned into a nuisance for hunters, farmers and others whose animals are increasingly encountering wolves — with deadly consequences.

Military moms send the holiday spirit to troops in Afghanistan BY MATT ANDERSON EDITOR@OSCEOLASUN.COM

Those serving in the United States Military are always on the minds of many, but when it comes to the holidays, they are especially missed by loved ones, and respected for their commitment away from home. The case is no different for Bravo Company 1-128 IN BN, a group of local soldiers recently deployed to Afghanistan until summer of 2020. In order to help those soldiers feel the holiday spirit away from home, Bravo Company moms, Debra Minnick and Jill Steel, organized an event dedicated to collecting and sending holiday care packages to the soldiers overseas for the holidays. “In September, we were told that our Family Readiness Coordinator resigned,” said Minnick. “Normally,

she would have been the one to get the holiday care packages going. I was concerned our soldiers wouldn’t have any, so I asked the exiting coordinator who to contact. She gave me VFW Post 10818 Commander Ron Ramos who told me that Karen Cline, the treasurer, might be overseeing it this year.” From there, Minnick found her team for the event including Auxiliary members Karen Cline, Jen Donaghue, Gayle House, and Jill Steel. Though they had a plan in place, and a group to organize the project, there was still plenty to do in order to collect, package and send the 98 packages to Bravo Company. “Jill and I were given the green light to run with the care packages idea this year,” said Minnick. “They said they usually do it every year, but never had a group this size before…Initially, we

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DECEMBER 4, 2019

SCVC Community Choir to perform for The Red Kettle efforts

Trails closed Polk County snowmobile trails are not open. For updates on what trails are open go to the Wisconsin DNR website:

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign is heading into the last couple of weeks of the annual fundraiser in Polk County. Fundraising Manager Angela Moulton says, “We still have plenty of open space for volunteer bell ringers. If a person can ring just 2 hours, it really can make a difference.� The funds raised from the Red Kettle Campaign stay local and are put to use helping with the many programs the Salvation Army represents in our area. Right now, The Salvation Army is helping people in need of rent or heating assistance, the kids backpack program for kids who need food assistance and

they also operate Serenity Home Shelters for the homeless in Polk County. Moulton says, “Signing up to help ring is really easy. Just go to or call 715-497-4438 to sign up over the phone�. The Red Kettle Campaign will go through December 31st and there are multiple places available throughout Polk County to sign up. During the Campaign, The Salvation Army holds many events to raise awareness and help raise additional funds to help meet their $80,000 goal for Polk County. The St. Croix Valley Christian Com-

munity Choir is performing a concert on behalf of The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign at Balsam Lutheran Church on Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The concert is a free will donation to the campaign and the event includes a fantastic performance entitled “The King is Here� followed by dessert. Balsam Lutheran Church is located at 1115 Mains Crossing in Amery. People wishing to make a financial donation toward the effort can donate directly to a kettle in Polk County or mail donations to: Polk County Salvation Army PO BOX 129 Clear Lake, WI 54005.

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More than half a million hunters purchased licenses to enjoy opening weekend of Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 168th gun deer season. Preliminary License Sales Data As of midnight Nov. 24, preliminary figures indicate that the number of deer hunters in Wisconsin is near par with last year. Sales for gun, bow, crossbow, sports and patron licenses reached 782,815 as of midnight Sunday. Of that total, 555,227 were for gun privileges only. This number includes gun, patron and sports licenses. Of the total licenses sold, 46.7% were sold online, and 53.3% were sold by DNR license agents, which includes private business across the state. Final license sales figures will be available in January, at which time DNR staff will perform a thorough analysis and interpretation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The DNRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Recruitment, Retention and

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Reactivation program continues to grow, bringing in new hunters and inspiring experienced hunters to stay in the game,â&#x20AC;? said Keith Warnke, DNR Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation coordinator. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the full support of our partners, DNR will be able to maintain our hunting and angling tradition.â&#x20AC;? Preliminary Registration Totals and Future Outlook In total, 90,286 deer were harvested by gun and registered statewide during the opening weekend of the gun deer hunt in 2019, compared to 123,090 in 2018. A total of 46,866 bucks were registered on opening weekend, compared to 67,636 in 2018. Hunter reports of deer activity varied around the state and within regions. Some reported excellent deer activity while others reported very little, including in areas where deer abundance is known to be high. Reports of rutting activity were far less common compared to last year, which was expected with the latest possible gun season opening date. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 2018, we held the earliest possible deer season followed by the latest possible season in 2019. This occurred between the 2012-13 and 2007-08 seasons as well, and we saw similar declines in



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wildlife management supervisor, 608-396-1062; and Southern Wisconsin - Bret Owsley, DNR wildlife management supervisor, 920-210-2451. Registration of Deer Required with GameReg As a reminder, hunters are required to register their deer by 5 p.m. the day after recovery. For more information, visit the DNR website here. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The registration process is critical to the management of Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deer herd, so hunters who forgot to register their deer are encouraged to complete this process, even if they do so beyond the 5 p.m. deadline,â&#x20AC;? said Wallenfang. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knowing life is busy; the best practice is to register your harvest immediately so that you do not forget. Some hunters are completing the registration while still in the field, which works great.â&#x20AC;? Opening Weekend Hunting Incidents As of the publication time of this news release, the DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement reports four firearm-involved hunting incidents during the opening weekend - Nov. 23-24 -- of the 2019 nineday gun deer season. Three of the four incidents occurred on Saturday, Nov. 23, in Oneida, Marathon and SEE HUNT, PAGE 9

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DECEMBER 5 A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play will be presented by Festival Theatre at the Frank Square Black Box Theatre in St. Croix Falls at 7:30 p.m. For tickets go to

DECEMBER 6 Fruitcake Sale The Osceola United Methodist Church will be selling fruitcakes at Hiawatha Bank (409 N Cascade St) starting at 9 a.m.

A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play will be presented by Festival Theatre at the Frank Square Black Box Theatre in St. Croix Falls at 7:30 p.m. For tickets go to

DECEMBER 7 Light Up Osceola LightUp Osceola will be celebrated at Mill Pond Park from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Santa, s’mores, wagon rides, food and more.

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KC pancake breakfast at St. Joseph Church, Osceola. Two servings, 9:30 a.m. and noon. Proceeds benefit youth group trip to Washington, D.C., for Walk for Life.

The Christian Women’s Connection will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Chisago Lake Lutheran Church, Center City, Minn. There is a fee. RSVP to 715-755-2656 by Dec 10.



The Osceola Middle School band concert will be at 7 p.m. in the Osceola High School Auditorium.

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile at the Osceola Medical Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For an appointment go to or call 1-800-733-2767.

DECEMBER 12 OMS choir concert The Osceola Middle School choir concert will be at 7 p.m. in the Osceola High School Auditorium.

A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play will be presented by Festival Theatre at the Frank Square Black Box Theatre in St. Croix Falls at 2 p.m. For tickets go to

DECEMBER 13 Christmas Cantata

A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play will be presented by Festival Theatre at the Frank Square Black Box Theatre in St. Croix Falls at 7:30 p.m. For tickets go to

The St. Croix Valley Christian Community Choir will be presenting the cantata, “The King is Here,” at 6:30 p.m. at the Osceola United Methodist Church. Free will donation.

Trollhaugen Ski Area Food, beer & fun, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DECEMBER 8 Immigrant issues discussed Veena Iyer, executive director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM), will speak at the St. Croix Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SCUUF), located in the Edling Building on the corner of Adams and Louisiana Streets in St. Croix Falls, 10 a.m.

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DECEMBER 15 Christmas concert An old fashioned community Christmas concert is planned at 3:30 p.m. at the Osceola Intermediate School featuring several local church and community choirs. Everyone invited.


DECEMBER 20 OIS holiday concert The Osceola Intermediate School holiday concerts are planned at the intermediate school at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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@ • Read & Review Book Group meets the last Monday at Dresser Library, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. • The St. Croix Valley Camera Club meets the third Monday, 7 p.m. at the Chisago County Government Center in Center City. All abilities are welcome. • The American Legion Post 221 meets the second Monday at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center in the Osceola Discovery Center. 715-294-3822. • KC Robert F. Kennedy Council 6567 meets the third Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Osceola, 7 p.m.

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PreK, and a parent. Contact Stephanie Lechman, 715-755-2515. • St. Croix Valley MOPS - Moms group meets the first and third Tuesday at New Life Christian Community in Dresser. FFI: stcroixvalleymops@

Wednesday • Book club for adults at Osceola Public Library the fourth Wednesday. Books available at the library. FFI: Anne Miller, 715-294-2310. • Get Lit Book Club, second Wednesday, 6 p.m. at PY’s in Osceola. Stop at the Osceola Public Library for a copy of each month’s book. • 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 715-2943314 for more details. • Osceola Senior Citizens Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at noon in the Senior Center at the Osceola Discovery Center.

Thursday • Polk County Democrats meet the second Thursday at the Village Pizzeria in Dresser at 5:30 p.m. • Osceola Writers Group meets the second Thursday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Osceola Senior Center.

Friday • River Valley Stitchers meet the fourth Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Senior Center, in the Discovery Center building. (They also meet Saturdays, see below). Quilters, sewers, knitters, and crocheters of all ages and skill levels are invited. Bring your own project to work on.

Saturday • Friends of the Osceola Library meet the second Saturday at the library at 10:30 a.m. 715-294-2657. • Friends of the Osceola Library Book Sale, first Saturday, at the Discovery Center in Osceola, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


WEDNESDAY • Osceola TOPS meets at Trinity Lutheran Church. Weigh-in, 7-8:20 a.m., meeting, 8:30-9:30. FFI: 715-755-3123. • Lego Lab, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Dresser Library. • Non-denominational men’s prayer breakfast, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Osceola Community Church, 651329-9535. • Tai Chi, 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Osceola Senior Center. • 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 • Adult basic education classes at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC). Call 800-243-9482 ext. 4257 or visit

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. 715-755-3639. • AA meets at Trinity Lutheran Church, Osceola at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, Dresser. • Family Game Night at Dresser Library, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. • Osceola Seniors 500 card group, 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Osceola Senior Center. • Adult GriefShare, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the New Life Christian Community, Dresser. New group. FFI: (715) 5571431. Youth Grief Share: 715-566-1945.

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

In honor of her adopted Black Lab Chubby, 10 year old Emilyn Thompson organized a supplies donation drive for the animals at Arnell Humane Society. She titled it “Grub for Chub” and set to work. Emilyn placed donation collection boxes at the Star Prairie Sports Bar and Vudu Street Food in New Richmond. Next, she advertised her donation drive Sheli on FFacebook b k with ith an AArnellll Sh l ter Wish List of items. The drive was to last three weeks, November 9, (Chubb’s Birthday) to November 26. In addition to marketing the drive, Emilyn put on an apron to bus tables at the Sports Bar for two nights. Her efforts were soundly rewarded. On Saturday, Emilyn delivered an SUV full of Wish List gifts to the shelter. She brought nearly every item on the list: Dog Biscuits, Canned Dog Food, Tidy Cat Litter, Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Dawn Dish Soap, Laundry Detergent, Lysol and a $50 donation. Way to go Emilyn! From start to finish, a truly successfully executed Donation Drive. Despite the weather and closed doors on the holiday, it was a busy week for adoptions. Two dogs, three cats and four kittens went home. Despite those adoptions, both the Dog and Cat Adoptable rooms remain full of wonderful pets. Three Barn Cats are waiting to rid your barn of rodents and offer a kindly leg rub when you visit. A super sweet Tortie named Carmel will be happy to make your ac-

SATURDAY • Weight Watchers meets at Hope E. Free Church, Osceola. Weighin, 7:30 a.m. Meeting, 8:15 a.m. Kim, 715-417-0683. • Osceola Running Club meets at Mill Pond Park in Osceola at 7 a.m. Saturdays. Go to, Paul Smith at 715-4106047.


• Pleasant Lake 4-H Club meets the first Sunday of each month at 4 pm at the Dresser Community Hall. Teri Wallis at 715-566-0802.


• The Voices of the Valley meets 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 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 Osceola Senior Center.


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

quaintance and warm your lap. Kittens, Grey and White, Mitted Tortie, Black and White, Shorthair Tortie, White and Orange Tabby are all there. View them online at our website and then visit at the shelter. You will undoubtedly fall in love. Pretty Boy Sheltie, Buster and Wirehair Chihuahua, Lola, found fantastic homes last week. Ellie the Yellow Lab is ready and waiting to be your next best gal pal. She is four years old, Labrador friendly and anxious to please. Tate is a handsome Black and White Pit Bull Terrier Mix. He would love to go home with an experienced dog person looking for an enthusiastic and friendly sidekick. Monty is a dog of many colors. He is a Heeler Mix with a Dappled Red, Brindle, Black and White coat. You really have to see him to believe it. Monty is a sturdy, mid size pup, just eight months old. He has a big heart and wears it on his sleeve; gets along with other dogs and carries his gentle demeanor proudly. Monty would make a great family dog. Beckett loves to run and play. He is good with other dogs and respectful of cats. Beckett looks like a Doberman-Sight Hound Mix with a steel grey and cream coat, pointed muzzle and tilted ears. He will make a great buddy for your lonely dog at home. He is housetrained and easy to love. Luke is another gentle soul. He is a Lab- Australian Shepherd Mix, one year old, with a Blue Merle and White coat. Sparks, Natalie and Nikkie are blondes in each size. Large Sparks is a Blonde Collie Mix. Medium Natalie is a Strawberry Blonde Heeler Mix and small Nikkie is a Dark Blonde Dachshund Mix. The Blondes are each six months old and ready to learn. These cuties won’t last long. Take a drive to visit with them at the shelter.

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DECEMBER 4, 2019

Small shopping, large impact


o, are you done yet? Have you started? I’m talking about your Christmas shopping. With Thanksgiving arriving late this year and Christmas falling early in the week, the shopping season is shorter than last year, so if you haven’t begun shopping, I suggest you get a move on. This past week contained Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, some of the largest dollar volume shopping days of the season. They all have their impact, but Small Business Saturday has the largest impact on our community. It’s estimated that 99.3 percent all the businesses in the nation Publisher of are considered small businesses, comprising the vast majority of Tom Stangl firms in the nation. Being small has many benefits, but these firms are often ignored in the rush to give millions to national chains. I love a great deal as much as the next guy, but let’s be honest with each other — there are real and tangible benefits to shopping locally. In many cases, you will get better service. If you have a question when shopping at a box store, good luck finding anyone, let alone someone who can answer your question. Shopping online is even worse, unless you have extra time to search for reviews and comments. Even when you find comments and reviews, can you be sure they weren’t written by someone who is on the payroll, or worse yet, someone who has an ax to grind? The same is true when it comes to something going wrong. If you have questions or are having problems, good luck with the box stores. In many cases, you will be better off simply buying the product again. That’s a big savings, right? Sending something back is a real treat as well. Local merchants will do what they can to make your experience a positive one. They understand you have many options for places to spend your money. The smart merchants also understand the power of a satisfied customer. Someone who is happy will tell others. Folks who have a bad experience are much more likely to share their thoughts with anyone who will listen. I haven’t even touched on the ripple effect your dollars spent locally have on your community. It’s estimated that nearly two thirds of every dollar spent locally are spent again, amplifying the power of your dollars. A local store pays their employees, buys local goods and services and also spends money on taxes, lowering your tax burden and preserving your property values. Local merchants are also at the top of the list when it comes to helping the community. Fundraisers rely on direct and indirect donations from small businesses to help with everything from little league to fundraisers to pay medical bills. They are easy targets because they are here, day in and day out. I know Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, one of the richest men in America, is a good guy, but will he sponsor your child’s little league team? If you have that one figured out, let me know. It’s in your best interest to at least take a look at shopping locally each and every day, not just for purchases made in the next three weeks. The small additional amount you may pay is a small investment in your community, one that you can be proud of making. When was the last time you could say that about something you bought? 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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The Red Monster


vividly remember those nights in Rockton after a heavy snowfall. From as far back as I can remember, my dad would gear up, step out in to the dark and start his monstrous red snow blower. Well, it seemed monstrous to me anyway. I remember the smell of gasoline in the cold and snow. I think at the time, that smell gave me a Editor bit of a headache. I would gear up Matt Anderson myself and, rather than grab a shovel and help, I would just go play in the snow. Maybe every now and then I would grab this useless little kiddie shovel and try to be of some use, but nine times out of ten, it was playtime. I’m sure my dad did appreciate the few times I tried to help. I don’t think I have to tell you that winter decided to come in one fell swoop this year. My wife and I had to plan around storms to

travel back to Rockton for Thanksgiving, and even then, our drive back was torturous to say the least. By the time we got to Madison, there wasn’t a snowflake in sight other than the snow caked on cars traveling from up north. Because Rockton doesn’t see half of the winter wonderland that we do here, and because my “snowbird” parents make their way to Arizona during the winter, my dad decided that the red monstrosity would have more use in my Dresser home. We had been trying to figure out a time to get it back up here for months. Of course, Jack Frost decided to pay a visit before that time. During Thanksgiving weekend, my dad took the time to show me what I needed to know about the red monster. Being the father he is, he took it to a repair shop for a new electric starter instead of passing it off to me as “my problem” fix. We stood in the garage and went through all the little details, and as we did, I could almost imagine being back on those cold, snowy nights.

He started up that deafening machine and I could smell that gas that would have usually given me a headache. This time, however, that smell acted as a time machine. Despite the misty rain coming down, I could imagine my dad, geared up on a wintry school night, making each pass down our driveway in the light of the garage and streetlight. I could picture my ten-year-old self in snow pants and a puffy jacket, playing in the yard as he cleared the drive. Just for that moment, that big red monster was more than just a hand-medown; it was a piece of my Rockton childhood that I was bringing home with me. I came back to reality when we loaded up the red monster into the car. It didn’t exactly clear the back gate, so we had to remove the shoot and handle. Some of those nuts and bolts just snapped off in our hands to remind us that time had passed, but that didn’t matter. The red monster is a part of my memories with my dad. Now, as I use it here SEE ANDERSON, PAGE 6

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Latest Marquette Poll shows support for impeachment slipping in Wisconsin Pollsters and pundits alike are talking about impeachment and how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playing in battleground Wisconsin 2020. A recent Marquette University Law School Poll is stirring attention and comment in national circles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś(T)he latest survey from Marquette Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s law school of attitudes in Wisconsin highlights one of the challenges Democrats face as they move steadily toward impeaching President Trump,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; writes Dan Balz of The Washington Post. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What makes the Wisconsin poll important is that it is a snapshot of a state that, more than any other in the country, could decide the 2020 election.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Voter support for impeaching and removing President Trump slipped among Wisconsin voters in the latest Marquette poll. Meanwhile, the head-to-head matchups in the presidential race

shifted in the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favor compared to Marquetteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s October polling. Poll director Charles Franklin attributed the movement to Republicans rallying around Trump on both questions, while Democrats were less unified about their nominees when paired with the president. For example, GOP opposition to impeachment went up to 94% from 92% in October. For Democrats, 81% favor impeachment and removal, down from 88% in October. Franklin added the numbers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t show any differences in the enthusiasm or motivation by Democrats or Republicans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we do see this difference in polarization and devotion to President Trump,â&#x20AC;? Franklin said. Forty percent of registered voters in the most recent poll supported impeaching Trump and removing him from office, while 53% were opposed. Last month, that split was 44-51. Fifty-two percent of registered voters surveyed said they believe Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate his political

rivals, while 29% said they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, and 18% didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. Forty-one percent believe Trump withheld military aid to pressure Ukraineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president to investigate the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rivals, while 38% donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, and 21% donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. Also, 42% believe the president did something seriously wrong, while 9% said his actions were wrong, but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t serious. Meanwhile, 38% said he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything wrong and 11% werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure. The poll went into the field just as public testimony began before a House committee in the impeachment proceedings. The poll also found the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s numbers improving in headto-head matchups with potential Democratic rivals. This month, 47% backed the president when paired with Joe Biden, who was at 44%. Last month, that was 50-44 in Bidenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favor, and he was up 9 points in August. In October, 97% of Democrats favored Biden over Trump, but that

asleep immediately at anything that seems intended to be educational. We both dislike gambling. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t participate in raffles, shop on a whim, or willingly pile into vans with strangers. Our idea of a perfect day is spent doing a lot of reading, a little exercising, and eating too much. The best part is simply watching the vast ocean as it passes. Peter is due for a little pampering after spending a month in our historic little house in Frigiliana. Peter has had his fill of â&#x20AC;&#x153;historicâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;little,â&#x20AC;? particularly since he discovered the two so frequently go hand-in-hand. Peter spent a month getting his head banged on historically low ceilings and climbing up steep little antique stairs to get to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Peter is ready for a major dose of modern convenience after all that historic charm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look!â&#x20AC;? Peter says, on our first night here, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a bathroom on the same floor as our bed!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, dear,â&#x20AC;? I reply. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And doorways tall enough so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to stoop!â&#x20AC;? The boat is nothing if not easily accessible. It stands to reason, I guess, but folks who have nothing to do but cross the ocean by sea are not a young crowd. They settle into their rooms for two weeks and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to move their luggage for the duration. Some of them look as if they are staying for good.

They decorate the outside of their doors with magnetic falling leaves or Christmas decorations or their name accompanied by cheerful greetings. It reminds me a bit of a retirement homeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which, given the age of the clientele, is not far from the truth. At some pointâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in the middle of the Atlantic, more than 1200 miles from land in all directions, the ship will do a full 360-degree turn. They do this, the captain informed us, to check and adjust the accuracy of the shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compasses. This seems quaint to me in an era of computer navigation and GPS, but apparently it is still done, and I can see why it might be a good idea. I know there are times when a slow, 360-degree turnaround is the very thing I need to check my own internal compass. To do this slowly, deliberately, when the conditions are idealâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;this strikes me as an important bit of housekeeping for both transatlantic boats and lives. It might not be strictly necessary. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always nice to know with some degree of certainty that I am headed in the right direction. Till next time, Carrie


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y husband, Peter, and I are returning from Spain by boat. The whole idea started when Peter read a book about the sinking of the Lusitania. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That sounds like fun!â&#x20AC;? Peter told me, as he read. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Death at sea?â&#x20AC;? I asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, the part before that!â&#x20AC;? Peter clarified. Peter thought the idea of a cross-Atlantic ship sounded fun Columnist and romantic. He began investigatCarrie Classon ing transatlantic trips and once Peter starts investigating a thing, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as good as done. Peter discovered that a number of cruise lines reposition their boats from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean in the fall and back again in the spring. Some of these trips are quite reasonably priced. As the boat has to be moved anyway, the cruise line would rather the boat was filled with paying customers. Besides, they figure theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make it up during the long days at sea when passengers have nothing better to do than gamble and shop. In our case, they figured wrong. Peter and I are generally opposed to organized activities. Peter falls

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Haas, Abby Videen, Rebekah Kendrick, Brittany Hoverman, Gregg Kroening, Jennifer Degner, Chelsea Benitz and Melissa Tinney. â&#x20AC;˘ Virgil Abel of New Richmond recently brought his pet rooster named, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red,â&#x20AC;? to visit his grandchildrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classrooms in Osceola. â&#x20AC;˘ Jared McDonald won the national bench press competition in Chicago, Ill., and set a new national record of 292 pounds.

30 years ago Nov. 29, 1989 â&#x20AC;˘ St. Croix Falls city council members accepted a petition Monday night from 149 St. Croix Falls citizens who want to abolish the office of city manager. â&#x20AC;˘ An open house for the Russell B. McCall Special Care Unit at Ladd Memorial Hospital was planned Dec. 3 after the Love Light Tree ceremony. â&#x20AC;˘ Osceola High School students named to the Honors Choir were Tammy Gear, Kristin Wettig, Shannon McIntyre, Tes Duncanson, Chris Nelson, Joe Fehlen, Ted Neumann, Matt Duncanson and D.J. Gregory. â&#x20AC;˘ The Ross and Roxanne Morelock family of Alden Township lost their home and all their personal belongings in an early morning ďŹ re. â&#x20AC;˘ Debra Morgan and Kevin Berg announced their engagement. An April 21 wedding was planned. â&#x20AC;˘ The second grade class of the Osceola Elementary School presented a Thanksgiving program for the residents of the L.O. Simenstad Nursing Care Unity in Osceola on Nov. 21.

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hristmas is almost upon us, we have the snow, so we are in the mood for it now. Sounds like a little more is on the way this week, so we will have enough for a snowman or two. Taylors Falls’ big weekend is over and the town is lit up, as is St. Croix Falls. Both river towns look like the holidays. We should be able to enjoy our favorite town. This is the time to attend one of the many Christmas shows around as well as the church of your choice. The little church on the hill in Taylors Falls will have their usual Candle Light service at 7p.m. on December 23. This is something all ages will enjoy, and there will be treats downstairs after. There are many musical events at various in our area. Be sure to Columnist churches check them out; while giving support to these events you will have Pat Willits fun and be of good cheer! December 24, Christmas Eve, free evening meal is from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. Phil and Pam Stratmoen of St. Croix Falls along with many friends and family will be providing this meal that is for everyone that would like to come and partake. To plan for the amount of food they need to provide, they are asking for an RSVP to 715-501-8310 or 715-491-5779. If you are interested in donating to this event, please feel free to contact Phil and Pam at one of these numbers also. Rivertown celebration is on Saturday, Dec. 7 noon till 6 p.m. We are serving a light lunch and supper of wild rice soup or chili and treats. Bring the family downtown for all the festivities. Pets and kids are invited to have their photo taken with Santa from 1 to 3 p.m. Please use our side door for pets. You don’t want to miss this! We have food shelf boxes for your donations: bring your nonperishable food or personal care items to the center any Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday afternoons or when you come to the Rivertown Celebration, Saturday, Dec. 7. The center is available for private parties or events, call Joyce Nelson for information on renting: 715-483-3466.


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bet most of the people who will be reading this review are going to see Frozen II because one of their kids or grandkids wants to see it. That is not just wild speculation on my part. It’s based on the opening weekend box office numbers where Frozen II raked in almost one hundred and thirty million dollars. This was probably one of the only movies this year that had a packed house when I went. In fact, I had to wait an extra half hour because of the demand to see it. Luckily for us, the adults who are dragged to this movie, it is actually a solid movie. It is more of the same: the same characters, similar music, and annoying Olaf jokes…I found them to be more cringe worthy than adorable this time. Most of my complaints about the movie in general are the complaints I tend to have for most sequels. The biggest one being, what does Frozen II actually add to the previous story? The movie doesn’t really answer this question well. I think we would have been content with having only the first movie unless you are a Disney

executive who wants to make a lot of money. I should have just given Frozen II a “B” and been done with the review because, compared to a lot of the trash I have seen over this year, Frozen II’s story and characters are competent. However, what I was most disappointed about was how they handled the theme of change. Good and excellent stories and movies help us explore deeper themes in our own lives and Frozen II looks at how change affects us. When they first started touching on this theme early in the story I was intrigued with where they were going with it. Unfortunately, by the end of the film, I realized they were just paying this theme, which many of us struggle with today, only lip service. The reason that they were so shallow in their study of this important theme was not because it is a child’s movie but because they refused to have us look at all the characters we know and love through a different lens. This movie could have been a lot more powerful if Elsa or Anna had wrestled with their own character changes. Granted, there is some danger in doing this because audiences might not like this direction. However, I would argue that this would make the film more relevant and have more lasting power. Personally, I doubt anybody will

remember Frozen II in about a year because of this poor decision. Overall, I give this movie a B- (A Good Movie). It is hard for lightning to hit twice in the same place and this is how I feel about Frozen II. It is not as good as the original film, which is a common complaint for most sequels. The music is good but again nothing as wildly popular as the blockbuster hit from the first movie “Let it Go.” When I saw the movie, it was in a packed theater and the kids loved it, especially when Olaf was on the screen. I was disappointed that they didn’t do a deeper dive into the theme of change, which is what the film asks the audience to consider. Instead, it is a shallow viewpoint that neither pushes the audience, or the characters into interesting situations or fields of thought. Kids are going to love revisiting the characters, and the story line is okay for adults, but this was a big missed opportunity for this franchise to be something more than just a cash grab. Frozen II is rated PG-13 for action/peril and some thematic elements. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee shared directing credits. Jennifer Lee is the sole writer. This film stars the voice talents of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Josh Gad.

Winter Wild at The Acreage Discover the wild side of winter at The Acreage at Osceola as part of the Light Up Osceola festival. CONTRIBUTED

Chris Cold, Wisconsin DNR Wildlife guru, will be the featured speaker at “Winter Wild at the Acreage” on Dec. 7. Plan to enjoy afternoon learning about winter

wildlife in Wisconsin at The Acreage in Osceola, 945 Pioneer Drive. Cold’s talk will be fun and educational for the whole family. He will focus on winter ecology and wildlife that can be found right here, in our own backyard. And then stay for a variety of fun activities following the presentation.There will be arts and crafts, snowshoeing or hiking, and a visit to see the barn animals. You can warm up at the bonfire and enjoy hot beverages.

The Horst Rechelbacher Foundation and St. Croix River Association are co-hosting this event and invite you to the Acreage for this “Light Up Osceola Festival” afternoon activity. Schedule of Events: 12:45pm – Gates Open. Please note that there is a walk of roughly two blocks between the parking area and the program area. Please tell attendant if you need closer parking or assistance with transportation from your vehicle.

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Registration and inside activities 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Winter Wildlife program in The Gallery with Chris Cold 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. – Indoor and outdoor winter fun activities, bonfire, and hot beverages For more information and to register for this event, visit: https://www. stcroixriverassociation. org/event/winter-wild-atthe-acreage/ Registration is free but required, as space is limited.

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her first hunting license while sitting in a blind on her land in Price County with her son, Bill, during last year’s gun deer season. She and Bill set up their blind on Saturday, opening day of the 2019 nine-day gun season. Two hours into their day they saw a spike

buck. Florence took it down. Bill says she was excited and kept saying “I got a buck! I got a buck!” DNR officials say a preliminary records check indicates Florence is the oldest person to date to purchase a gun deer license and harvest a deer.

An Old Fashioned Community Christmas Concert Osceola Intermediate School December 15, 3:30 p.m.

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Sign up now for December trips Join the ADRC Van and Mini Bus this winter to get out of the house, enjoy the upcoming holiday season, run some errands or just enjoy an afternoon out. The ADRC Social Transportation Program provides wheelchair accessible transportation to social events, shopping and errands for individuals 60 years of age and older and adults of all ages living with a disability. New to the program? Here are some basic details: Most trips are only $1/person. Payment required at the time of service. Cash only. Trips are pre-scheduled by the ADRC of Northwest Wisconsin and published in our monthly newsletter, The Voice, and online at . Custom group trips (not on the schedule) are accepted on a case by case basis. We ask that you call right away with your request, invite friends and be flexible (if you can be) with dates. We can accommodate 3-5 individuals on the van and 8-10 on the

bus. December trips for Polk County residents Amery Shopping and Lunch Trip Dec. 6, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Walmart Shopping and Errands in New Richmond for residents of: Amery, Clear Lake and Clayton Dec. 9, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Walmart Shopping and Errands in St Croix Falls for residents of: Frederic, Luck, Milltown and Centuria Dec. 12, 10 a.m .- 3 p.m. Walmart Shopping and Errands in St Croix Falls for residents of: Dresser, Osceola and St Croix Falls Dec. 13, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Christmas Lights Tour at Irvin Park in Chippewa Falls Dec. 19, 4-7 p.m. Amery Dining Site Meal Dec. 23, 11-1 p.m. Osceola Library and Coffee/ Lunch at Dick’s Market Dec. 31, 10 a.m.- 2p.m. To reserve a seat for one of the above trips, get more information, or coordinate your own custom group trip contact the ADRC of Northwest Wisconsin at 877-4852372.

BIRTHS OSCEOLA MEDICAL CENTER Osceola, Wisconsin Nov. 19, 2019: A girl, Eva Lenore Waalen, weighing 7 pounds .9 ounce, to Kelly and Jason Waalen,

Osceola. Nov. 25, 2019: A boy, Evan Jeffrey Kaiser, weighing 6 pounds 1 1/2 ounces, to Jessica and Karl Kaiser, Forest Lake, Minn.

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It’s that time of year when the world’s devices can easily bait us away from the all-important simple scene in Bethlehem towards that frantic flight to get the best deals on gifts and gadgets. Have you found yourself succumbing to the pull of the world? The great irony is that sometimes even the good things that are added to our schedule are not helpful in really remembering the simple and infinitely profound birth of our King. There are Christmas parties to plan, secret-santa gifts to get, and family trips to organize. The very parties, gifts and pilgrimages that are meant to celebrate the coming of the King tend to overshadow the brightest light that ever came into the world. Consider a few of individual’s lives around 2019 years ago (give or take 3-4 years). According to Luke 2:8-18 there was a group of shepherds whose lives would be interrupted by the same season that interrupts us. It was night. As normal as the sunset they had witnessed a few hours earlier was, the night was far from usual. Instead their normal routine was interrupted by one of the scariest moments of their lives. The angel that appeared to them was a sight to behold. More than that, to have the glory of the Lord surround them is absolutely stunning! Luke writes, “an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and

the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear” (Luke 2:9). It was this same glory in which Moses was allowed to stand (hide) on several earth altering occasions (e.g. see Exodus 24:17-18). At that moment and at hearing the words of the Angel of the Lord, these shepherds could not constrain themselves to their normal routine. They up and went to meet this new child. We are not told what happened to their sheep. The point being, meeting the “Savior…Christ the Lord” was all that mattered to them. Consider that faithful man, Simeon, and that faithful woman, Anna, in Luke 12:25-38. Imagine if Simeon had found himself overrun by the hustle and bustle of life in Jerusalem. What if he had thought, “I’m too tired to go to the temple today…” He would have missed what Luke calls, “the consolation of Israel” – Simeon may have missed the coming of the One that his entire Bible had told him would come. In like manner, had Anna been bound up with the things of this world, she may have missed the opportunity to proclaim the “redemption of Jerusalem!” Not to mention the interruption Christ’s birth had on Mary and Joseph. Their lives would never be the same. Nor do we have time to consider the Wise Men from the east. This journey to meet “the king of the Jews” (Matt 2:2) would have taken them months (or even years). This was a

suspension of life to simply visit a baby who had been born. Moreover, the gifts that they had brought Him may have had a significant impact upon their livelihood. These were not white elephant gifts. They were gifts that would impress the wealthiest of kings. Their wisdom is illustrated in their abandonment of everyday life for the pursuit of a baby born in Bethlehem. It is not wrong that our everyday life has been interrupted by this time of year, however, the content of our interruption must be entirely wrapped up in Jesus Christ – the Consolation of Israel, the Redemption of Jerusalem, the Glory of the Lord and the King of Kings. He deserves all of our attention. As such, it behooves us to intentionally take some time each day to let your life be interrupted by Jesus Christ. Spend some time in His Word. Perhaps it is time for you to read through a book of the Bible. Pick Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. Notice how each of them grapple with the grand interruption of the coming of the Son of God. Let them shape the content of our conversations within our homes and without our homes. Given our desperate need for a savior, let us together, consider the advent of the coming of our great and awesome Savior. Indeed, Christ’s interruption should quickly become the tone of the rest of our lives. May He disrupt our lives until only He remains.

CHURCH LISTINGS ALLIANCE CHURCH OF THE VALLEY 1259 Hwy. 35 South, St. Croix Falls 715-483-1100 Lead Pastor Jeff Naegelen Co-Lead Pastor Chris Folkestad SUNDAY: Worship 10 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 722 Seminole Ave. Osceola 715-417-0752 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 Meeting at Zion Lutheran Church 28005 Old Towne Road Chisago Lakes, Minn.

651-260-5100 Fr. Bill Neumann, pastor SUNDAY: Worship 9:30 a.m. ———————— HOLY TRINITY ORTHODOX CHURCH 523 First Street, Clayton 715-948-2203 Father Christopher Wojcik SUNDAY: Liturgy 9:30 a.m. ———————— HOPE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 933 248th Street, one mile north of Osceola on Highway 35 Pastor Nate Roschen 715-294-2112 • SUNDAY: Worship 10 a.m. ———————— JOURNEY CHURCH 131 Broadway, Amery 715-268-2223 THURSDAY: Latino Bible Study 5 p.m. 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 SATURDAY: 6 p.m. SUNDAY: Worship 9 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 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

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 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 SUNDAY: Worship Services, 9:30 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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LaVonne Ellingson LaVonne Ellingson (Safe) died peacefully Nov. 23, 2019, in Stillwater, Minn., due to complications caused by Alzheimer’s disease. She was 83. LaVonne graduated from S Spring Valley High School iin 1954. She graduated from W Wisconsin State College – River Falls in 1958. She m married Ken Ellingson and ttook her first job as a teache er in Osceola. Teaching c children was a passion for L LaVonne and she worked in tthe Osceola school system u until her retirement in 1996. Her primary passion in llife was her children and g grandchildren. She was a sspecial mentor to each of tthem and supported them w with unconditional love. F Following retirement, she m moved to St. Paul to be close er to her post-employment p passions, volunteering for a variety of causes that she ttreasured. She is survived by her five c children: Mark (Kay), Brett ((Alison), Gregg (Robin), Heid di West, and Todd (Beth); a along with 13 grandchildren a and 3 great-grandchildren. A visitation will be Dec. 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bradshaw, 2800 Curve Crest Blvd, Stillwater. A funeral service will be Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian, 500 Cedar Street, St. Paul, with visitation one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to her family for disbursement to LaVonne’s favorite charities. The funeral will be a celebration of life and LaVonne requested her friends and family wear bright colors in her memory.

Peggy Ann Olson Peggy Ann Olson (Hanger) died peacefully at home Nov. 26, 2019, surrounded by loving family. She was 60. She was born Aug. 27, 11959, in Hamilton, Ohio. Peggy lived in South C Carolina working as a deli m manager until moving to W Wisconsin in 2004. Peggy w worked as a caregiver for tthe elderly for many years a and in the deli at Walmart. Peggy married her best ffriend, Edwin Olson, on J July 17, 2012. Peggy enjoyed b being on a bike, open road a ahead, wind in her hair; tthis is a place you could always find a smile on her face. She treasured spending time with friends she considered family and children she chose to hold close to her heart and protected them with fierce loyalty. She had a fondness for animals and most recently adored her dog, Scooter, and cats, Mama Cat and Loki. She enjoyed watching birds, listening to music and the television could always be found on in the background. She loved the color purple, adored sunflowers and lilacs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Olson, and best friends, Deb Przybcian and Rita Zimmer. Peggy will be lovingly remembered by her stepdaughter, Allison Grimsby; many she held very close to her heart, Arianna Larson, Brooke Mitzel, Tommy Mitzel, Jordan Mitzel, Dustin Mitzel, Trinity Olson, Lizzie Zimmer, Anna Green and Sarah Benbouia. Special friends she considered family, Tracey Zmuda, Carl Olson, Kim Shultz, Nancy Olson, Sara Larson, Leslee Kanan and extended family and many more. Per Peggy’s request, we will plan a celebration of life, date to be determined. Cremation services were provided by Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

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Salvation Army Introduces “Kettle Pay” Red Kettles now equipped with Apple Pay and Google Pay You won’t need to have cash this year to donate to the Salvation Army; all you need is a phone. This Christmas season, every red kettle in Minnesota and North Dakota will be equipped with Apple Pay and Google Pay, allowing donors to simply “bump” or scan their phones to make a digital donation. The funds will be distributed to local Salvation Army units based on the donor’s billing ZIP code, and an email receipt will be sent directly to the donor’s phone. The Salvation Army will use all elec-

tronic kettle donations to provide food, clothing, shelter, family mentoring, disaster relief, and other critical services for people in need. “We are excited about the new giving opportunities that Apple Pay and Google Pay will provide for The Salvation Army and our iconic red kettles,” said Lt. Col. Lonneal Richardson, leader of The Salvation Army Northern Division. “This technology allows The Salvation Army and our supporters to adapt to an increasingly cashless society.” Now in its 129th year, The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign runs through Christmas Eve at varying locations in the

Twin Cities. The iconic kettles are responsible for bringing in more than $3 million of the Army’s $12 million Christmas goal in the Twin Cities this year. Donations are accepted at any of the traditional red kettles found on street corners and in front of stores, online at SalvationArmyNorth. org, or on your phone by texting KETTLE to 91999. Thousands of hardworking families are battling poverty in Minnesota and North Dakota. You can help them win by donating monthly or becoming a bell ringer. Join The Salvation Army this Christmas season and #FightForGood.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING - VILLAGE OF OSCEOLA Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 5:45pm, at Village Hall/Discovery Center, Osceola, WI, a PUBLIC HEARING on the PROPOSED 2020 BUDGET of the Village of Osceola will be held. The proposed budget in detail is available for inspection at Village Hall (m-f 8am – 4pm). The following is a summary of the proposed 2020 budget: 2017 Actual

GENERAL FUND REVENUES Taxes Property Taxes $ Property Taxes-Debt Service Other Taxes Intergovernmental Revenues Licenses and Permits Fines, Forfeits, and Penalties Charges for Public Service Intergovt. Charges for Services Interest Miscellaneous Transfers from other funds Total Revenue $

2018 Actual

525,812 $ 433,556 13,975 514,474 67,700 23,278 279,544 116,648 573 74,560 141,926 2,192,046 $

2019 Budget

2019 Amended

2019 Projected

2020 Proposed Budget

538,494 $ 500,700 166,448 560,191 109,641 26,397 279,917 119,753 74,783 5,000 2,381,323 $

539,188 $ 19,000 551,935 78,450 23,000 282,671 126,599 1,000 76,394 140,000 1,838,237 $

539,188 $ 550,070 155,500 550,717 68,350 24,750 278,771 126,599 600 82,794 5,000 2,382,339 $

546,320 $ 550,070 155,130 553,872 69,101 24,500 277,576 126,599 86,639 2,389,807 $

553,718 934,725 150,000 541,099 79,548 24,500 293,804 141,232 511,639 115,000 3,345,265

EXPENDITURES General Government Public Safety Public Works Health & Human Services Culture, Recreation, and Education Conservation & Development Transfer to Debt service Transfer to Library Transfer to other funds


241,468 986,732 244,938 92,905 23,797 433,556 129,200 37,786


321,461 $ 1,079,629 235,103 95,153 21,168 500,700 129,200 33,000

342,144 $ 1,097,986 354,231 2 94,746 22,610 139,000 48,000

236,210 1,064,347 253,969 94,746 22,610 139,000 48,000


342,144 1,097,986 354,231 75,760 15,215 550,070 139,000 140,000


217,567 1,115,000 332,278 98,806 16,250 934,725 139,000 488,000

Total Expenditures $ Revenue Over/(Under) Expenditures $

2,190,383 1,663

$ $

2,415,414 $ (34,091) $

2,098,720 $ (260,483) $

1,858,882 523,457

$ $

2,714,407 $ (324,600) $

3,341,626 3,639

2017 Actual

2018 Actual

2018 Budget

2019 Amended

2019 Projected

2020 Proposed Budget

$ Revenues $ Expenses Revenue Over/(Under)Expenditures $

2,192,046 2,190,383 1,663

$ $ $

2,381,323 $ 2,415,414 $ (34,091) $

1,838,237 $ 2,098,720 $ (260,483) $

2,382,339 1,858,882 523,457

$ $ $

2,389,807 $ 2,714,407 $ (324,600) $

3,345,265 3,341,626 3,639

$ Revenue w/o Debt Service $ Expense w/o Debt Service Revenue Over/(Under)Expenditures $

1,758,490 1,756,827 1,663

$ $ $

1,880,623 $ 1,914,714 $ (34,091) $

1,838,237 $ 2,098,720 $ (260,483) $

1,832,269 $ 1,858,882 $ (26,613) $

1,839,737 $ 2,164,337 $ (118,701) $

2,410,540 2,406,901 3,639

2019 Receipts

FUND Special Revenue Debt Service General Capital/Sidewalk Tax Increment District #1 Tax Increment District #2 Water Utility Sewer Utility


IMPACT FEE BALANCES Parks Public Buildings Sewer Water

266,671 550,070 575,012 349,313 427,175 802,941 1,014,906

Receipts $



277,988 $ 550,070 810,844 302,678 427,073 745,971 893,722

7,920 10,710 20,700 7,560


187,296,700 31,452,800 155,843,900

10,710 -

2018 $ $ $

197,982,500 31,892,400 166,090,100

Balance 1/1/2019

(11,317) $ (235,832) 46,635 102 56,970 121,184 Surplus (Deficit)

2019 Expenditures


Total Equalized Value $ Tax Increment Districts #1 & #2 $ Equalized value (TIF out) $

Surplus (Deficit)

ϮϬϭϵ Expenditures


7,920 20,700 7,560

2019 $ 218,082,400 $ 39,523,300 $ 178,559,100

2019 Projected

44,544 $ 3,412 (1,883,597) 291,532 4,542,987 4,450,861 Balance 1/1/2019


33,227 3,412 (2,119,429) 46,635 291,634 4,599,957 4,572,045 2019 Projected

11,440 $ 34,500 12,600

19,360 55,200 20,160

Tax Levy and Rate per $1,000 of Equalized Value Levy 2018 Pay 2019 2019 Pay 2020 General Fund $ 546,320 $ 553,718 Debt Capital Total Levy Tax Rate Per $1,000 of Equalized Value

550,070 $


934,725 $


$5.54 Mill Rate Change

$6.83 23.2461%

The indebtedness of the Village at December 31, 2018 will total $9,899,125. This does not include RDA debt of $139,185. Benjamin K Krumenauer, Village Administrator Village of Osceola a municipality wholly within Polk County, Wisconsin

Endorsed November 26, 2019

NOTICE OF SPECIAL VILLAGE MEETING OF THE ELECTORS VILLAGE OF OSCEOLA Notice is further given that on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, immediately following completion of the Public Hearing on the proposed 2020 budget which begins at 5:45pm, the Village Board will hold a regularly scheduled Board meeting to address regular business items as well as the following: 1. To approve the increase of the Village levy for 2019 by 23.246 percent over the 2018 levy as permitted in Wisconsin State Statue 66.0602. 2. To approve the 2019 Village levy to be collected in 2020 as permitted in Wisconsin State Statutes. 3. To approve the endorsed 2020 Village of Osceola General Budget.

DECEMBER 4, 2019



POLK COUNTY ARRESTS Douglas G. Johnson, 55, Luck, was arrested Nov. 14 for OWI (1st). Nicholas R. Carlson, 38, Osceola, was arrested Nov. 12 for operating after revocation. Tommie Lee Hannah, 34, Frederic, was arrested Nov. 12 for operating after revocation (3rd) and failure to install ignition interlock device. Scott Anthony Black, 55, Black River Falls, was arrested Nov. 17 for a probation hold.


Christopher Graham Bowe, 39, Frederic, was arrested Nov. 15 for a probation hold. John R. Olson, 56, Webster, was arrested Nov. 15 for failure to appear. Nicholas Ronald Carlson, 38, Osceola, was arrested Nov. 15 for a probation hold. Victoria Grace Brown, 18, Webster, was arrested Nov. 12 for a failure to appear warrant. Lamont Johnson, 37, Amery, was arrested

Nov. 14 for an out of state warrant. Carl Wayne Enck, 58, Amery, was arrested Nov. 15 for domestic disorderly conduct and misdemeanor domestic battery. Brandon Lee Merrill, 38, Rice Lake, was arrested Nov. 14 for a Sawyer County warrant, felony in possession of firearm, felony bail jumping and misdemeanor bail jumping. John Franklin Merrill,

35, Luck, was arrested Nov. 14 for disorderly conduct. Sundance Johnson, 36, Luck, was arrested Nov. 13 for obstruction, warrant, fleeing and eluding and operating without license. Michael Jerome Huettl, 66, Webster, was arrested Nov. 11 for a Washburn County warrant and felony bail jumping.

Alex James Aasmundrud and Stacey Steluta Wherley of Osceola are to be married December 12, 2019. Joseph Howard Burns of Luck and Abby Faith Marek of Georgetown are to be married December 7, 2019.

HUNT: Totals so far this year FROM PAGE 2

SCF Lions donates to the community Nov. 20 St. Croix Falls basketball coach Chad Hall, coach Jensen and member of the boys basketball team helped the St Croix Falls Lions members setup the annual St. Croix Falls Lions Christmas tree lot at MarketPlace Foods. The team was fulfilling their community service hours for basketball team by helping the Lions as well as the Lions were engaging our youth. One of our service goals is to get our youth interested and involved in helping others. Our Christmas Tree fundraiser also provides funds for scholarships, the food shelves, eyeglasses and hearing aids for those in need. We send campers with vision, hearing and cognitive disabilities free of charge to the Lion Camp at Rosholt, Wisconsin, as well as other community projects. 2016-2019 the St. Croix Falls Lions have raised and donated $16,800 to the local community as well as many hours of service to various projects including the food shelves. Again, this year the SCF Lions donated the trees that will be dec-

orated during the SCF Rivertown Celebration Dec. 7, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. If a St Croix Falls Lions member is not present, please pay for your tree at the MarketPlace Service Counter. Since 1917, Lions around the world have served their communities with dedication and contributed to the development and well-being of millions of people around the world. Since 1952 the St. Croix Falls Lions have done this in the surrounding area. The Lions Club International 2nd Century of Service Challenge Campaign cover: Diabetes

We serve to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and improve quality of life for those diagnosed. Sharing the Vision Plan vision health projects and work with the visually impaired. During the months of October and November St Croix Falls Lions members did over 400 vision screening for local elementary and preschools and are available to do screenings at any time.


PUBLICATION SUMMONS THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To each defendant named above: <RXDUHKHUHE\QRWLÂżHGWKDWWKH SODLQWLIIQDPHGDERYHKDVÂżOHG a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within forty (40) days after November 20, 2019, you must respond with a written answer as that term is used in chapter 802 of the Wisconsin statutes, to the complaint. The court may reject or disregard an Answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the Court, whose address is

1420 State Hwy. 25 North, BarURQ:,DQGWRWKHRIÂżFHVRI+HXHU/DZ2IÂżFHV6& plaintiffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorneys, whose address is 9312 W. National Ave., West Allis, Wisconsin, 53227. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer withing forty (40) days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated this 14th day of November, 2019. Attorney for Plaintiffs +HXHU/DZ2IÂżFHV6& Jonathan Ficke (State Bar no. 1088931) 9312 W. National Ave. West Allis, WI 53227 Phone: 414-224-3500 16-18Sc WNAXLP

Fond du Lac counties. In Oneida and Marathon counties, the two separate incidents involved hunters who discharged their firearms, striking their left feet. The Oneida County incident involved a 38-year-old man whose discharge struck his left foot and a 29-yearold woman in Marathon County whose discharge struck her left foot. In Fond du Lac County, a hunter shot toward a running deer and struck a 19-year-old woman in the left hand. The fourth weekend incident occurred in Washburn County on Sunday, Nov. 24, when a 31-year-old man was struck by a single bullet. The shooter has been identified. The investigation continues, and no additional details are being released at this time. Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10-year average is approximately three hunting incidents for the opening weekend of the nine-day gun deer hunt. The trending decline

in incidents over time is the direct result of hunter safety education given by thousands of Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volunteer instructors across the state and hunters knowing and following TABK. As part of this push for safe hunting, wardens remind all hunters to use the four firearm safety rules as a cornerstone for safe and successful outings: T - Treat every firearm as if it is loaded; A - Always point the muzzle in a safe direction; B - Be certain of your target, what is in front of it and what is beyond it; K - Keep your finger outside your trigger guard until you are ready to shoot. To learn more about safe hunting in Wisconsin, visit the DNR website. DNR VIOLATION HOTLINE: Anyone with information regarding natural resource violations may confidentially report by calling or texting: VIOLATION HOTLINE: 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367.



PUBLIC NOTICES STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT BARRON COUNTY Case number: 19CV300 Hon. J.M. Bitney Case Code: 30301 West Bend Mutual Insurance Company 1900 S.18th Ave. West Bend, WI 53095 Plaintiff, vs. Nicholas C. Savage 306 South Avenue Osceola,WI 54020 Defendant


SCF Lions president Dave Ross presented a $500 check to Sharon Asp of the St. Croix Falls Food Shelf and Christina WakeďŹ eld of the Family Pathways Food Shelf.

Michael James West and Christina Marie Jaastad of Amery are to be married December 6, 2019. Ryan Tadd Wood and Haley Maurine Anderson of Milltown are to be married December 21, 2019.

The following ordinance is hereby open for public review. The Village of Osceola hereby announces that a Village Ordinance change was approved on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. This notice serves as the formal announcement of a 30-day public review period of the ordinance. Review period will end December 27, 2019. For more information contact Village staff at (715) 294-3498 or visit Village Hall at 310 Chieftain Street Osceola, WI 54020

CHARTER ORDINANCES OSCEOLA CODE ORDINANCE # 19-02 AN ORDINANCE TO ADOPT THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF THE VILLAGE OF OSCEOLA, WISCONSIN. The Osceola Village Board of the Village of Osceola do ordain as follows: Section I. Pursuant to section 59.69(2) and (3) of the Wisconsin Statutes, the Village of Osceola, is authorized to prepare and adopt a comprehensive plan as deďŹ ned in section 66.1001(1)(a) and 66.1001(2) of the Wisconsin Statutes, Section II. The Village Board of the Village of Osceola, Wisconsin, has adopted written procedures designed to foster public participation in every stage of the preparation of a comprehensive plan as required by section 66.1001(4)(a) of the Wisconsin Statutes. Section III. The Village has held at least one public meeting on this ordinance, in compliance with the requirements of section 66.1001(4)(d) of the Wisconsin Statutes. Section IV. The Plan Commission of the Village of Osceola, by a majority vote of the entire commission recorded in its ofďŹ cial minutes, has adopted Planning Commission Resolution #19-01 recommending to Village Board the adoption of the document entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Village of Osceola Comprehensive Planâ&#x20AC;? containing all of the elements speciďŹ ed in section 66.1001(2) of the Wisconsin Statutes. Section V. The Village Board of the Village of Osceola, Wisconsin, does, by enactment of this ordinance, formally adopt the document entitled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Village of Osceola Comprehensive Plan â&#x20AC;&#x153; pursuant to section 66.1001(4)(c) of the Wisconsin Statutes. Section VI. This ordinance shall take effect upon passage by a majority vote of the members-elect of the Village Board and published as required by law. Adopted the 12th day of November, 2019.

The following ordinance is hereby open for public review. The Village of Osceola hereby announces that a Village Ordinance change was approved on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. This notice serves as the formal announcement of a 30-day public review period of the ordinance. Review period will end December 27, 2019. For more information contact Village staff at (715) 294-3498 or visit Village Hall at 310 Chieftain Street Osceola, WI 54020

CHARTER ORDINANCES OSCEOLA CODE ORDINANCE # 19-01 To Amend the Code of the Village of Osceola Chapter A221 Charter Ordinance and Chapter 40: OfďŹ cers and Employees The Village Board of the Village of Osceola do ordain as follows: SECTION I: PURPOSE. The Village of Osceola ďŹ nds that it is in the public interest to repeal portions of Charter Ordinance #59 in order to allow for the Village President and Village Trustees the option to appoint a Village Clerk or a Village Treasurer or a combined position of Village Clerk-Treasurer. Therefore, Code of the Village of Osceola is adjusted as such. SECTION II: CHARTER ORDINANCE AMENDED. Osceola Charter Ordinance #59 is hereby adjusted to state: SECTION 2. The ofďŹ ces of Clerk and Treasurer are hereby combined ofďŹ ces of Clerk-Treasurer and/or Clerk and/or Treasurer and hereafter instead of being elected as provided in section 61.19 of the statutes, the ofďŹ ce of Clerk-Treasurer and/or Clerk and/or Treasurer shall be appointed by the Village President with the approval of the majority of the members of the Village Board. SECTION 3. The said Clerk-Treasurer and/or Clerk and/or Treasurer positions shall hold ofďŹ ce for an indeďŹ nite term, subject to removal by law. SECTION III: ORDINANCE AMENDED. Existing section 40-2 B(1) is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following: §40-2. Appointed OfďŹ cials B. Village President. (1) If appointed, the Village Clerk-Treasurer shall be appointed by the Village President with the approval of the majority of the Village Board. The Village Clerk-Treasurer shall have such powers and perform such duties as prescribed by state law and directed by the Village Board. See §61.25, Wis. Stats. and §61.26, Wis. Stats. (2) If appointed, the Village Clerk shall have such powers and perform such duties as prescribed by state law and directed by the Village Board. See § 61.25, Wis. Stats. (3) If appointed, the Village Treasurer shall have such powers and perform such duties as prescribed by state law and directed by the Village Board. See § 61.26, Wis. Stats. SECTION IV: EFFECTIVE DATE. This ordinance shall be in force after its introduction and publication as provided by statute. Adopted the 8th day of October, 2019.



DECEMBER 4, 2019

Girls open season with non-conference win BY RON JASPERSON SPORTS WRITER

The Osceola Chieftain girls basketball team is not deep in experience with just four letter winners returning from last season’s team. Osceola also has a new coaching staff with Mike Haase now the head coach and Brock Luehman and Amy Fossum are assistants although Haase was on board last season as an assistant. It may take a while for roles to be determined and how each player is able to mesh with their teammates. Osceola understandably got off to a slow start in their season opening non-conference game against the Cameron Comets. The Chieftains fell behind in the first half of play by as many as seven points at 12-5 but then smoothed out the rough edges. Osceola knotted the score at 16 before taking their first lead since early in the game when a Mallory Johnson field goal put the Chiefs on top 18-16. The Chieftains went into intermission nursing a 21-20 advantage. Osceola really got things rolling in the second half and outscored the Comets 33-25 after the break to come away with a 54-45 decision. Cameron opened the second half by scoring six of the game’s nine points to SEE OHS GBB, PAGE 17



Mallory Johnson’s 13 points helped the Chieftains get off to a good start in the 2019-2020 season. Osceola defeated Cameron in a non-conference matchup.

he Funnel, Deer Mountain, Bear Claw, Wolf Valley, The Lake and now The Foothills are names we have given the places where we deer hunt. It’s usually the first guy who harvests a deer at that spot who gives the place its name or the person who found it. Naming a place makes it a subject for conversation so everyone knows the place by its name. This little phenomenon is not just something we do, but it seems to be common among most deer camps. This year Deer Mountain lived up to its name again when I dropped a nice doe from my blind, “The ForWild River tress”. I wasn’t surprised the guys wanted to hunt around Deer MounTrails tain this year. We get along great and Jim Bennett Deer Mountain has been consistent.

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My son Josh and I have been harvesting more deer on the Mountain than any of the other guys in any other places the last 10 years. It’s all Location, Location, Location and certainly not skill. I created a ground blind there, a “Lincoln Log” design ten years ago and add logs and branches every year. It fits in the deer woods perfectly by looking like a blow down plus it’s there all the time so deer are used to it. All the other guys use climbing stands. It’s up on a slightly elevated knob in a major deer travel corridor but no major trail stands out. Instead, lots of smaller trails on the ridge, near a valley below and down in a large bowl shaped open area make it a good spot. Josh Bennett from Hudson, who hunts the other side of the mountain top and taken the most bucks, named my ground blind “The Fortress” SEE BENNETT, PAGE 15

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When and where: Nov. 21 at St. Croix Central Outcome: St. Croix Falls 59, St. Croix Central 31 Summary: St. Croix Falls is off to the races once again in girls basketball. The Saints opened their season with a 59-31 non-conference win over the St. Croix Central Panthers. SCF surged to a 37-12 halftime lead and added another three points to their margin of victory after the break Highlights: Olivia Miron led a balanced St. Croix Falls offense with 13 points followed by Kaylee Miron and Azalea Edwards with 10 points each. Lucia Neuman added eight to the Saint’s point collection. When and where: Nov. 25 at Chetek Outcome: St. Croix Falls 64, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 25 Summary: St. Croix Falls made it two straight non-conference wins to open the season with a 64-25 decision over the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Bulldogs. Once again the Saints surges to a huge halftime lead at 35-12 before cruising in with a 39 point win. Highlights: SCF had an impressive four players in double figures led by Olivia Miron with 15. Neuman, Emily McCurdy and Brianna McCurdy each added 10 points to the Saint’s cause with Kaylee Miron chipping in with eight. What this Means: St. Croix Falls is a favorite to win the West Lakeland conference and gave every indication they intend to do just that with their quick 2-0 start. Comments: “We are passing well in our transition game,” St. Croix Falls coach Angie Maternowsky said. “We are going to focus on our defense all season. Our half-court offense is a work in progress. For the start of the season I am pleased to see where we are at as a team.” Upcoming: The Frederic Vikings will travel to St. Croix Falls on Dec. 6 to open West Lakeland conference play for both teams.


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Dec. 2 vs. New Richmond. Dec 5 at Hayward. Dec. 12 at St. Croix Central. Dec. 17 at Somerset. Dec. 19 at Grantsburg. Dec. 27 at Rice Lake. Jan. 3 vs. Prescott. Jan. 6 at Cameron. Jan. 14 vs. Amery. Jan. 21 at Baldwin-Woodville. Jan. 24 vs. Ellsworth. Jan. 31 at New Richmond. Feb. 3 vs. St. Croix Falls. Feb. 4 vs. Somerset. Feb. 7 at Prescott. Feb. 10 at Barron. Feb. 13 vs. St. Croix Central. Feb. 18 at Amery. Feb. 20 vs. Baldwin-Woodville. Feb. 27. at Ellsworth. Feb. 28 vs. Unity.

SCF BOYS BASKETBALL Dec. 5 vs. Somerset. Dec. 6 vs. Frederic. Dec. 10 at Unity. Dec. 13 vs. Grantsburg. Dec. 17 at Webster. Jan. 3 vs. Prescott. Jan. 6 at Cameron. Jan. 14 vs. Amery. Jan. 21 at Baldwin-Woodville. Jan. 24 vs. Ellsworth. Jan. 31 at New Richmond. Feb. 3 vs. St. Croix Falls. Feb. 4 vs. Somerset. Feb. 7 at Prescott. Feb. 10 at Barron. Feb. 13 vs. St. Croix Central. Feb. 18 at Amery. Feb. 20 vs. Baldwin-Woodville. Feb. 27. at Ellsworth. Feb. 28 vs. Unity.


Nov. 26 vs. Cameron. Dec. 6 at St. Croix Central. Dec. 9 at River Falls. Dec. 10 at New Richmond. Dec. 13 vs. Somerset. Dec. 17 vs. Altoona. Dec. 19 vs. Baldwin-Woodville. Dec. 28 at Glenwood City. Jan. 2 vs. Northwestern. Jan. 7 at St. Croix Falls. Jan. 16 vs. Amery. Jan. 21 vs. Ellsworth. Jan. 23 vs. Prescott. Jan. 27 vs. Unity. Jan. 28 vs. St. Croix Central. Jan. 31 at Somerset. Feb. 4 at Clayton. Feb. 6 at Baldwin-Woodville. Feb. 11 at Ellsworth. Feb. 14 vs. New Richmond. Feb. 18 at Prescott. Feb. 20 at Amery. Chieftain Girls Basketball Cameron at Osceola (unofficial) November 26, 2019 Cameron Individuals 2’s 3’s FTM FTA F TP Sevals 4 1 2 2 1 13 Breed 0 0 2 4 3 2 Wall 6 2 1 3 1 19 Dellinger 1 0 0 0 5 2 Romsos 0 0 0 2 2 0 Severt 2 1 0 0 3 7 Krahenbhl 1 0 0 0 2 2 Kuffel 0 0 0 0 1 0 Totals 14 4 5 11 18 45 Osceola Individuals 2’s 3’s FTM FTA F TP Bradway 1 0 3 6 5 5 Gillespie 3 0 2 2 1 8 E Fox 2 2 0 2 3 10 H Fox 4 0 1 2 4 9 Johnson 6 0 1 7 2 13 Branum 3 0 3 6 1 9 Totals 19 2 10 25 16 54 Score by Halves 1 2 Final CHS 20 25 45 OHS 21 33 54

SCF GIRLS BASKETBALL Dec. 3 vs. Baldwin-Woodville. Dec. 6 vs. Frederic. Dec. 10 at Unity. Dec. 13 vs. Grantsburg. Dec. 17 at Webster. Jan. 3 at Barron. Jan. 7 vs. Osceola. Jan. 14 vs. Siren. Jan. 17 at Luck. Jan. 21 vs. Unity. Jan. 24 at Grantsburg. Jan. 30 vs. Ellsworth. Jan. 31 vs. Webster. Feb. 4 at Amery. Feb. 7 at Siren. Feb. 10 at Prescott. Feb. 11 vs. Luck. Feb. 14 at Frederic. Feb. 18 vs. Somerset. Saints Girls Basketball St. Croix Falls at St. Croix Central (unofficial) November 21, 2019



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WOLVES: Wolf populations have increased from 1980 to 2019 after being considered ‘extinct’ in 1960 FROM PAGE 1

Wisconsin, the population has rebounded dramatically, to more than 900 in the state. That is thanks to decades of protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, which makes it illegal to hunt or harm listed species. But the conservation success story has turned into a nuisance for hunters, farmers and others whose animals are increasingly encountering wolves — with deadly consequences. That is why some are calling for the federal government to delist wolves and resume legal hunting. “I would say to people who are against controlling the wolf numbers, ‘What gives you the right to decide that my life is going to change substantially because you think wolves belong in my neighborhood?’ ” Groskopf said. The wolf encounters are running up a tab on taxpayers. Over 34 years, the DNR has paid $2.5 million and counting in damage payments to hunters and livestock owners. Meanwhile, the compensation program appears to be falling short in one of its goals: making hunters and farmers more tolerant of wolves to reduce illegal killings of the protected animal. The DNR has documented at least 260 illegal gray wolf killings since 1985, including 10 between April of 2018 and April of this year. People convicted of killing a federally protected wolf can face up to six months in jail and/or a $25,000 fine, according to the DNR. Penalties can include the loss of a hunting license. Those wanting to legally hunt the animal could get their wish. President Donald Trump’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this year proposed lifting endangered species protections for wolves, calling their rebound “one of the greatest comebacks for an animal in U.S. conservation history.” But Trump faces opposition from some conservation and animal rights groups that argue

wolf populations have not recovered enough to survive hunting. And even if he succeeds in lifting protections, Wisconsin will continue to pay those who lose animals to wolves. That is because a 1999-2001 budget amendment enshrined the payments in perpetuity — regardless of wolves’ protected status. Even some of that program’s beneficiaries question its usefulness. “I’d rather see that money going toward management and control rather than buying a dead animal because we’re paying for it with our taxes,” said Jack Johnson, who raises beef cattle on a third-generation farm outside the city of Medford. Johnson said the state paid him about $400 in 2014 for a wolf-ravaged calf that would have otherwise fetched between $700 and $900 on the market. The debate is only the latest in the ever-changing — and sometimes confusing — history of wolf management in Wisconsin and beyond. And it comes as Wisconsinites are divided on wolf issues. Mike Wiggins, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission board member and chairman of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, said his community sees the wolf as a brother whose fate is intertwined with the community’s. “And it’s been pretty remarkable to see their return,” he said. “I’ve probably had four or five occasions to see wolves in the wild, and it’s just an amazing, thrilling kind of occurrence that lights up the land, lights up everything with electricity. It really is a wilderness kind of experience, and it’s a gift.” A 2014 DNR survey found that residents held attitudes toward wolves that were more favorable than unfavorable — by a small margin within wolf range, and by a larger margin outside the wolf range in northern and central Wisconsin. The survey also found that a majority supported a regulated hunting and

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trapping season. Wolves declared extinct Gray wolves have roamed Wisconsin since the glaciers melted about 10,000 years ago — coexisting with Native American tribes that highly respected the hunting animal, according to the DNR. As many as 3,000 to 5,000 wolves were here when the state’s European settlers arrived in the early 1800s, but that would not last. Wisconsin offered a bounty on wolves from 1865 to 1957, spurring widespread hunting that decimated populations. By 1960, wolves were considered extinct in Wisconsin; similar trends played out in other parts of the country. In 1974, the Fish and Wildlife Service added gray wolves to the list of federally protected species under the Endangered Species Act. By 1980, the DNR counted a fragile population of just 25 wolves in northern Wisconsin, as a few packs moved in from across the Minnesota border. The animals’ listing status has since changed repeatedly, often in response to legal challenges. And the federal government allowed

Wisconsinites to hunt wolves earlier this decade. On Jan. 27, 2012, the Fish and Wildlife Service removed the gray wolf from the list of endangered species in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin and parts of adjoining states. That also allowed the killing of wolves attacking livestock. The same day, Wisconsin lawmakers introduced a bill to create a wolf hunting season. While wolf hunting advocates supported the bill, retired DNR wolf researcher Adrian Wydeven called the bill “egregious” because it mandated a season structure and methods for hunting wolves, including allowing the use of dogs to track them. He said traditionally the Legislature gave authority to DNR to create those types of rules through a lengthy, public rulemaking process. “I think it was kind of like legislative overreaction that we finally get a chance to control this wolf population,” Wydeven said. “We’re going to do it as intensely as possible while we can do it.” The hunt drew opposition from animal rights

groups and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, which represents tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Wiggins, of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, said he wanted to sue, but ultimately, the commission chose not to litigate. Wisconsin held wolf hunting seasons in 2012, 2013 and 2014, until the federal government re-listed wolves in the western Great Lakes area as endangered following a federal court ruling. In those years, hunters killed 528 wolves, according to the DNR. Another 176 were killed through the renewed authority to use lethal force in response to attacks on livestock and other domestic animals. If Trump succeeds in removing wolves from the protected list, hunting would again be allowed in Wisconsin, Scott Walter, a DNR large carnivore specialist, said in an email. But it would not happen right away. The agency would need to draw up state rules such as creating quotas and a permit application process, he said. Damage payments begin In 1983, the state established an income-tax checkoff that allows residents to donate to support federally protected species. It earmarked 3%, or up to $100,000 a year, to pay for damage caused by wolves and other animals under federal protection. Wisconsin doled out its first wolf damage payment in 1985. A Douglas County farmer received $200 for killed sheep.

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Two years later, the state paid $2,500 for a hunting dog named Ranger, the first payment for “personal property” under the program. Retired DNR section chief Randy Jurewicz said the idea of paying for hunting dogs was hotly contested within the agency. “Paying for livestock made a lot of sense to almost everybody,” Jurewicz said. “These are animals that are being raised, being sold, it’s the Wisconsin way of life, and that made sense.” Compensation for dogs killed by wolves was controversial, he said, in part because some believed hunters were knowingly putting their dogs in harms’ way. “What kind of ruled was the fact that we had so few wolves in the state that, really, just a little bit of real serious negative feelings toward them would have eliminated them,” he said. “People just would not have tolerated them.” DNR wildlife biologist Brad Koele now administers the wolf damage payments. After struggling with determining the market value for each dog, he said the agency set a limit of $2,500, which Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association president Carl Schoettel described as “fair and appropriate,” adding, “It is devastating for a pet owner to have their companion viciously eaten by wolves.” To date, payments have averaged $2,324. The DNR paid a total of $806,451 for hunting dogs

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Evers signs bill making Wisconsin hemp program permanent WILLIAM JOHNSON

Steve Brandt (left), member of the Indianhead Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, in the booth at the Outdoor Expo providing visitor information promoting Polk County and the National Scenic Ice Age Trail that goes across the State of Wisconsin.


Polk County Tourism Council members, Roxanne White and William Johnson, handing out Polk County Guidebooks and promoting Polk County at the 2019 Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Expo.

EXPO: Interesting glacier remnants at Straight Lake Park FROM PAGE 1

ment through Wisconsin’s newest State Park, Straight Lake, east of Luck. The Ice Age Trail was started in 1958, and is a cooperative effort between the National Parks Service, landowners, local govern-

ments, and volunteer members of reginal chapters. The Ice Age Trail Alliance, and the local Indianhead chapter, have hosted several Mobil Skills trail building events over the past three years to complete trail segments through Straight Lake State Park, and north of St.

Croix Falls. Many interesting remnants of the glacier’s advance and retreat are easily seen in Straight Lake Park, east of Luck and Frederic. For more information on the ice age Trail and other area trail opportunities

Wisconsin sees uptick in fatal police shootings WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is ending the year with more fatal police shootings than last year. Data collected by the Wisconsin Professional Police Association shows police shot and killed 16 people this year. There were 13 fatal police shootings in 2018. Wisconsin Public Radio report-

ed Monday that 11 of those killed this year were white, three were black and two were Hispanic. U.S. census data shows the state is nearly 87% white, 6% black and 7% Latino. Of the 28 fatal and nonfatal police shootings so far this year, 26 involved an armed suspect. Wisconsin is one of 34 states

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Village Board Proceedings Pursuant to due call and notice posted October 3, 2019 the Village of Osceola Board met in regular session on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Village Hall/ Discovery Center – Large Meeting Room (205). Present: Buberl, Schmidt, Burch, Rose, Gilliland and Anderson Absent: Murphy (excused) Also present: Krumenauer, Pedrys, Cutts, Elfstrom, Waters, press and public 1. Buberl called the meeting to order at 6:00pm. 2. Buberl requested an amendment to the agenda by placing item 7 above item 6. Motion by Rose and seconded by Burch to approve the agenda as adjusted. (Vote: Yes – 6, No – 0. Motion carried) 3. Motion by Anderson and seconded by Gilliland to approve the minutes from the September 10, 2019 Village Board meeting. (Vote: Yes – 6, No – 0. Motion carried) 4. Service recognition for retiring Police Office Dan Kelley – A brief presentation was made by Police Chief Pedrys recognizing Officer Kelley for his years of service. A recognition award was given in appreciation of his tenure in the Village of Osceola. 5. Public Input and Ideas – Barb Wetzel, 112 Belmont St both a resident and a representative of the League of Women Voters stated on the record her desire to see the Discovery Center renamed to state library. Additionally, she stated her concern with the lack of wayfinding signage and directional signs pointing to the building from adjacent roadways. 7. Update on 2019 Municipal Borrow Measure (Justin Fischer, Baird) – Justin Fischer, representing Baird Financial, gave an overview of the recently completed municipal refinancing. The borrow measure was very favorable for the community and will result in long-term savings. At present, Mr. Fischer recommended the Village continue to invest in its fund reserve balance as well as continue to monitor utility rates. (No action taken) 6. Other Business a) St Croix National Scenic Riverway Presentation (Julie

that do not require officers to train in de-escalation, which many departments do not prioritize. John Roman, an economist who studies police shootings, says de-escalation training leads to fewer shots by officers.

Galonska) – An update presentation was given by the National Park Service regarding Osceola Landing. The intent is to improve safety, usability, access and amenities. Ms. Galonska also provided a brief update on the HWY 243 project generally slated for 2025. (No action taken) b) Approval of certified survey map for Kwik Trip Inc. (Parcel no. 165-00612-0000) – Krumenauer outlined the various aspects of the proposed CSM including the long-term intent of the developer and the need for future approvals as the development review process continues. He stated that the focus of this development is land-use related and any zoning review will be presented at a future meeting. Motion by Schmidt and seconded by Anderson to approve the requested certified survey map. (Vote: Yes – 6, No – 0. Motion carried) c) Resolution #19-10 designation of authorized representative for EDA award no. 06-01-06086 – Krumenauer outlined the intent of this resolution. With the departure of the Village Clerk, Mr. Krumenauer will need to be designated as the authorized representative for EDA. Motion by Gilliland and seconded by Anderson to approve Resolution #19-10. (Vote: Yes – 6, No – 0. Motion carried) d) Resolution #19-11 Village of Osceola Support of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Community Development Investment Grant – Krumenauer presented the proposed resolution of support for the proposed investment grant. He went on to state that no fiscal impact will be tied to the Village. This resolution is in partnership with the already approved developer agreement. Motion by Burch and seconded by Rose to approve Resolution #19-11. (Vote: Yes – 6, No – 0. Motion carried) e) Ordinance #19-01 To Amend the Code of the Village of Osceola Chapter A221 Charter Ordinance and Chapter 40: Officers and Employees (no action) – Krumenauer presented the intent of the ordinance change paperwork. At present, the Village President only has the authority to recommend a Village Clerk/Treasurer position. As such, the Board can only approve that position. Administrator is requesting an ordinance change allowing him to recommend a Clerk and Treasurer if the combined position is no longer viable. This was a discussion item only. (No action taken) f. Listing of 102 Chieftain Street and 405 4th Avenue properties – A discussion was held regarding the listing of two Village owned properties. Both properties have structures on them and do not appear to be in the Village’s current development plan. Rose expressed her concerns about selling 405 4th Avenue. She is concerned that the Village will end up having to purchase the property again in the future. Motion was made by Burch and seconded by Schmidt to direct staff to list the properties with real estate agents.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday signed into law a bipartisan bill that makes Wisconsin’s hemp-growing program permanent as it continues to surge in popularity in just its second year. Hailed by supporters as Wisconsin’s “comeback crop,” hemp is seeing renewed popularity in large part because of the growth in the market for CBD, a legal, therapeutic compound extracted from the cannabis plant that marketers say can treat a range of ailments without getting users high. It’s widely marketed in oils, lotions and foods. Hemp is also used to make a variety of products, including rope, fabrics, lotions and granola bars. “I was proud to sign this collaborative, bipartisan bill into law today to ensure the continued success of our hemp program and the many

new opportunities hemp provides to Wisconsin farmers,” Evers said in a statement. He signed the bill in his office surrounded by lawmakers, hemp growers, processers, retailers and consumers of products made with hemp. Wisconsin began a hemp pilot program in 2018, using about 250 licenses to grow the crop that is a form of cannabis. This year, 1,247 hemp growers and 556 hemp processors were licensed and registered with the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. While still a small, niche industry compared to other cash crops, proponents of hemp say its strong growth potential holds promise for farmers looking to diversify. One of the bill’s co-sponsors, Republican Rep. Tony Kurtz, is a hemp farmer. “This is still an emerging industry,” Kurtz said in a statement. “Still, I SEE HEMP, PAGE 20

Rose stated that she is not in support of the sale of 405 4th Avenue and as such will be voting no. (Vote: Yes – 5, No – 1 (Rose). Motion carried) g) Applications for Licenses and Permits i. Class “B” Beer & Class “C” Wine License Uptown Gifts, LLC (111 N. Cascade Street) Motion was made by Rose and seconded by Burch to approve the Class “B” & Class “C” licenses for Uptown Gifts, LLC. (Vote: Yes – 6, No – 0. Motion carried) 8. Minutes & Reports a) Staff Reports i. Administration – Krumenauer updated the Board on administrative activities. ii. Police – Pedrys reviewed his memo to the Board and answered questions. iii. Public Works – Waters reviewed his and Caruso’s memo to the Board. iv. Library – Krumenauer updated the Board regarding the Wilberg Memorial Public Library. v. Fire Department – Cutts reviewed the Department’s memo. vi. Building Permits – No update b) Chamber of Commerce/Mainstreet – Germaine Ross reviewed the Chamber & Mainstreet Directors report and answered questions. c) Board, Committee, Commission and Agency Reports – The Board reviewed the following minutes: Plan Commission – September 3, 2019; Administration and Finance Committee – September 20, 2019; Airport Commission – August 19, 2019. 9. Vouchers Payable – The Board reviewed the vouchers payable. Motion by Gilliland and seconded by Rose to approve vouchers. (Vote: Yes – 6, No – 0. Motion Carried) 10. Discussion and action on any other appropriate items. Schmidt – None Burch – Commented about Jared Road and whether or not the Village could take part in fixing potholes Murphy - Excused Buberl – Stated his intent to move “Minutes and Reports” towards the beginning of the agenda so Village staff can leave if appropriate. Rose – None Gilliland – None Anderson – Stated his desire to see the Village’s Comprehensive Plan placed on the next agenda. 11. There being no further action Buberl adjourned the meeting at 7:20pm Respectfully submitted: Benjamin Krumenauer, Village Administrator WNAXLP

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ILCM director to speak in St. Croix Falls Veena Iyer, executive director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM), will speak at the Dec. 8 Sunday service of the St. Croix Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SCUUF), located in the Edling Building on the corner of Adams and Louisiana Streets in St. Croix Falls,. Iyer will discuss current immigration issues and steps that local communities can take to support immigrants and refugees. The public is invited to attend. The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) is a nonprofit organization that provides

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School Board Proceedings The Workshop Meeting of the Board of Education for the School District of Osceola was held in the Boardroom on November 13, 2019. The meeting was called to order by President Craig Brunclik at 4:00 P.M. with roll call taken: Pete Kammerud – yes; Craig Brunclik –yes, Brian Meyer – yes; Rosanne Anderson-yes; and Brooke Kulzer -yes. Also in attendance was Superintendent Mark Luebker, Business Manager Lynette Edwards and Director of Building & Grounds Bob Schmidt. No person(s) requested an audience with the Board. A Brooke Kulzer/Brian Meyer motion was made to approve the Early College Credit Program applications.

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School Board Proceedings The Regular Meeting of the Board of Education for the School District of Osceola was held in the Boardroom on October 30, 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. Superintendent Mark Luebker, Director of Instruction Dr. Rebecca Styles along with building principal Adam Spiegel attended the meeting. Business Manager Lynette Edwards called into the meeting. A Rosanne Anderson/Pete Kammerud 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 October 9, 2019 Fundraiser Request OHS – Band Hires, Resignations, and Recognitions. Resignation(s):

respect the universal human rights of immigrants. For the past 20 years, ILCM has assisted tens of thousands of immigrants to secure legal status and citizenship in the United States. Organizational services help break down barriers and make meaningful improvements to immigrant families’ lives, allowing them a safe and sustainable future in Minnesota. Iyer graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in history and a J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School. She began her career as an Equal Justice

Works Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, where she represented clients, created and managed a legal clinic for low-income immigrant students and conducted English and Spanish presentations for community members and service providers. In Minnesota, she has served as president of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association and remains a member of its Advisory Board and Judicial Committee, as well as holding board positions at Minnesota Women Lawyers and Portico HealthNet.

Motion Carried. A Rosanne Anderson/Pete Kammerud motion was made to approve the Start College Now applications. Motion Carried. The School Board Planning Workshop persisted the remainder of the meeting. Items discussed were: Capital Improvements, Operational Referendum, Safe Routes to School Grant, Wisconsin State Education Convention, Fund Balance, Short-Term Borrowing, Salary Schedules, sale of School Farm and Forest, school mascot, and school related activities and events on non-school days including inclement weather days. The next scheduled Committee Meeting is Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. in the Boardroom The next regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Boardroom A Brooke Kulzer/Brian Meyer motion was made to adjourn. Motion carried Adjourn Pete Kammerud, Clerk WNAXLP

Recognition(s): Amy Power Kelly, OES Certified Aide, Rachel Anderson, OHS Asst Cook Hire(s): Shanda Henk, OMS Phy Ed Motion Carried. A Brian Meyer/Pete Kammerud motion was made to approve the payment of bills from General Fund with ACH201900051-2019066, hand payable 94569, computerized checks numbered 176835-177005 & 178506-178551 for a total of $1,556,986.04. Motion Carried. A Brian Meyer/Brooke Kulzer motion was made to approve 2019-2020 Budget for Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and to set the Tax Levy at $8,864,614 with a Mill Rate at 9.20 for 2019-2020. Roll Call Vote: Rosanne Anderson-No, Pete Kammerud-No, Brooke Kulzer-Yes, Brian Meyer-Yes, Craig Brunclik-Yes. Motion Carried. A Brooke Kulzer/ Brian Meyer motion was made to certify Tax Levy for 2019-2020. Roll Call Vote: Rosanne Anderson-No, Pete Kammerud-No, Brooke Kulzer-Yes, Brian Meyer-Yes, Craig Brunclik-Yes. Motion Carried. A Rosanne Anderson/Pete Kammerud motion was made to approve New Course request for AP Literature and Composition at OHS. Motion Carried. Review of other education option for students was presented by Mark Luebker. Summary of the past 10 years of open enrollment, including the number of students who open enroll into virtual schools. Also reviewed homeschool families, private school and our PreK retention. Overall all areas have stayed consistent over the years.

group this size before… Initially, we put out an email to all the points of contact for the unit – 98 families – but we only got four responses for interest to help.” The lack of response didn’t deter Minnick and Steel, however. Together they took the initiative to press on to get the packages to the troops for the holiday. “We decided we wanted to go forward and make this happen for them,” Minnick said. “We wrote several donation letters over the next two months, personally visited businesses and collected items from our communities where these guys grew up, work, and still live…Then, I created a Facebook event to recruit packing volunteers and on November 16 we had our assembly event at Paperjack Elementary School [New Richmond.]” That event would be the moment where Minnick and Steel would see if their hard work would pay off. Fortunately, they were pleasantly surprised at the outpouring of community volunteers who showed up for the event. “We were blown away by the support from our communities,” said Minnick. “We had 27 volunteers respond to a Facebook invite, but we actually had 72 volunteers show up in person that day with many more

donations in hand! It was a huge success and was bigger than we ever thought it would be.” Overall, the event received donations from more than 60 donors including VFW Post 10818 and its Auxiliary, Family Fresh Foods, First National Community Bank, students, staff and parents at Paperjack Elementary School, Ideal Credit Union, and many more to exceed their package goal for Bravo Company. Though Steel and Minnick spearheaded the event, they especially thanked the donors and Auxiliary women House, Cline and Donaghue. “Without their wisdom, experience and help, these two Bravo Company moms who had the big idea to make this happen would still be in that school gym today packing boxes!” said Minnick. Because of the dedication of these Bravo Company moms, the VFW and community volunteers, those troops will be a part of the celebration during their deployment. For Minnick and Steel, that means knowing their sons, Jason Stanton and Michael Steel, along with their fellow soldiers, will feel remembered during the holidays. “Everyone thought it was just a ‘feel good’ day,” said Minnick. “It’s so heartwarming to see the support for our soldiers and see something positive happen.”

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<> The Committee Meeting and Regular Board Meeting has been cancelled for November 6, 2019 The School Board will be meeting for a Workshop on Wednesday November 13, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. in the Boardroom. The next scheduled Committee Meeting is Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. in the Boardroom The next regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Boardroom A Brooke Kulzer/Rosanne Anderson motion was made to adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to WI Statute 19.85(1) (f) to consider the employment, promotion, compensation, or performance-evaluation data of any employee and for preliminary consideration of a specific matter which, if discussed in public, could have an adverse impact on the reputation of those involved. Roll call taken: Pete Kammerud – yes; Craig Brunclik -yes; and Brooke Kulzer -yes; Brian Meyer - yes; Rosanne Anderson- yes. In addition, Superintendent Mark Luebker attended the meeting. A Rosanne Anderson/Pete Kammerud motion was made to adjourn Executive Session. Motion Carried. Craig Brunclik announced no official action was taken. A Brooke Kulzer/Brian Meyer motion was made to adjourn. Motion carried Adjourn Pete Kammerud, Clerk WNAXLP

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BENNETT: A lot of does and only a few bucks so far this season FROM PAGE 10

because it reminds him of a castle on a hill. One new spot, The Foothills (of Deer Mountain) came into being this year when Chris LeMay from New Richmond dropped a nice doe and later Joel Tupy of New Prague, did the same thing in almost the same spot. Joel and Chris saw more deer there this year by far than anyone else. Now Joel Tupy who harvested a nice doe on the backside of Deer Mountain has a new place to name. DaveTupy, also from New

Prague, was hunting south of Deer Mountain but had no real luck. His best spot, the Funnel was forever lost when a tornado flattened those woods for miles around. Although he took a nice buck hunting “The Lake” last year, he decided to move to Deer Mountain this year. We ended up with 4 doe for 5 hunters but although the doe were easy to find the bucks were not. I’m finding that other hunters I’ve been talking to are saying the same thing. Lots of doe but few bucks. Early harvest reports from the Wisconsin

Department of Natural Resources indicate the same thing. The DNR feels that the latest possible season this year, November 23 to December 1, compared to the earliest possible season last year November 17-25, is the reason. Simply put, last year the rut was in full swing and this year it was pretty much done up north with the later season. Makes sense to me. Jim Bennett is an outdoorsman who lives and worked in the St. Croix River Valley and can be reached at jamesbennett24@gmail. com


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GIRLS HOCKEY Nov. 27 at Baldwin. Nov. 29 at Baldwin. Nov. 30 at Baldwin. Dec. 5 vs. Hudson. Dec. 6 at Medford. Dec. 10 vs. Hayward. Dec. 13 at Chippewa Falls. Dec. 17 vs Eau Claire North. Dec. 19 at Blaine. Dec. 30 at Blaine. Dec. 31 at Blaine.

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OHS GBB: Osceola girls win season opener against Cameron ing room. Cameron fought back behind effective 3-point shooting to cut the Osceola lead to 48-40. Osceola then put the game away with a pair of free throws by Kaili Bradway with 3:48 to play followed by a Hattie Fox deuce with 2:57 left on the clock. Osceola had great balance in their scoring with Johnson dropping in 13 points to lead the Chieftains. Emily Fox was also in double figures with 10 followed by Branum and Hattie Fox with nine points each. Gillespie chipped


retake the lead at 26-24. Then the Chieftains went on an 18 point run to take their largest lead of the game at 42-26. The most encouraging part of the 18 straight points scored by Osceola was that five different players contributed to the scoring barrage. Johnson hit seven points during the surge with Ellie Gillespie and Emily Fox each adding four. Arial Branum added a bucket and Hattie Fox a free throw to the run that gave the Chieftains some breath-

in with eight points. Both teams struggled from the free throw line with Osceola converting 10 of 25 attempts (40%) and Cameron making five of 11 (45%). “It was great to start the season off with a win as a team,” Johnson said. “We are focused on playing as a team to be successful this year and we executed that against Cameron. My first varsity start was a great experience and I cannot wait to continue learning and growing with this team.”

REPORT: Biden first among 30% for the Democratic nomination legislative leaders say House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry in D.C. doesn’t help Democrats in Wisconsin. “Impeachment is bad for Democrats,” said Scott Jensen, the former GOP Assembly speaker who helps promote school choice around the country. Jensen noted that anytime things focus on President Trump, “he seems to do well.” As to the hearings, Jensen said: “They’re not going to move any people.” Chuck Chvala, the former Democratic Senate majority leader, said Trump “will win in the Senate.” “It will not go well,” said Chvala, suggesting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will stop just short of voting on impeachment. “I think she will figure that out and pull out.” The two are featured in a weekly web show called “The Insiders.” They appeared at a Nov. 19 WisPolitics. com luncheon at Spectrum offices in Milwaukee. Chvala and Jensen also agreed the suburbs are a weak spot for Republicans next year. Jensen, however, said he thought the impeachment drive could further unite Republicans, while Chvala was emphatic that Trump’s tweet against the former ambassador


was down to 88% this month. Against others: Trump was backed by 48% against Bernie Sanders, who was supported by 45%. Last month, it was 48-46 for Sanders after it was 48-44 for Sanders in August. Trump was backed by 48% when paired with Elizabeth Warren, who was backed by 43%. In October, it was 47-46 for Warren and in August it was 45-45. Trump was backed by 47% against Pete Buttigieg, who was at 39%. Last month, it was 45-43 for Trump. In the race for the Democratic nomination, Biden was the first choice among 30% of those who intend to vote in the party primary. That was largely unchanged from 31% in October. Sanders was next at 17%, unchanged from the month before; Warren was at 15% after being at 24% in October, and Buttigieg was at 13% after being back by 7% in October. Ten percent weren’t sure. The poll of 801 registered voters was in the field Nov. 13-17 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. In the Democratic primary question, the margin of error was plus or minus 6.4 percentage points. Meanwhile, two former top

to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, would lead moderate Republican women to vote against Trump or not vote. They also both suggested Trump could lose the state and Republicans could hold the Legislature. “In terms of competitive races, we could easily — not easily — but we could very well have a situation where Trump were to lose the presidency in Wisconsin and yet have a positive impact on Republicans statewide,” Chvala said. “That’s not absolute — there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge.” “[W]e saw that in some of the other states,” Jensen added. “You mentioned Kentucky where the news headline [was] that the Republican governor was defeated by 5,000 votes. Underneath that, for the first time in the history of the state, every other office statewide [went] to a Republican and the Republicans’ margins in both chambers are strong.” The Capitol Report is written by editorial staff at, a nonpartisan, Madison-based news service that specializes in coverage of government and politics, and is distributed for publication by members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.



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WOLVES: New rules for increased wolf population FROM PAGE 11

as of Oct. 3. To limit dangerous interactions between wolves and dogs, the DNR offers an interactive map showing areas where dogs have recently been killed. But Groskopf said wolves are everywhere she hunts and trains her dogs. Groskopf operates a website, Wisconsin Wolf Facts, to raise awareness of the problems she said wolves have created for farmers and hunters. “Eventually, there’s so many of them that you’re going to run into them,” she said. The goal of the payments was, in part, to build tolerance among farmers and hunters for the increased wolf population. But illegal killings continued. A 2018 study by DNR research scientist Jennifer Stenglein found 9.4% of all radio-collared wolves were illegally killed between 1979 and 2013. Adrian Treves, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and founder of the Carnivore Coexistence Lab, thinks the DNR has undercounted the number of illegally killed wolves. In 2017, he co-authored a study that found up to 37 percent of wolves the DNR reported as being killed by vehicles had metal fragments consistent with gunshot wounds. Wydeven disagreed with that finding. Although wolves rarely attack humans, an ancient fear of the predators persists among some people. Treves said lifting federal protections and allowing lethal control would send a “policy signal” to would-be poachers that they could kill wolves without consequence. Wolves rebound; new rules written In anticipation of a federal push to remove wolves from the Endangered Species List, the DNR released a wolf management plan in 1999 that set rules for trapping, relocating and killing wolves that attacked livestock and pets once the state assumed management authority. If wolves were to be delisted, it also meant farmers, pet owners and hunters would stop getting payments for animals killed by the formerly protected predators. But that budget amendment, introduced by former state Sen. Kevin Shibilski, D-Stevens Point, ensured the reimbursements would continue. “I don’t remember how or even whether I authored and introduced an amendment,” Shibilski said. “But I certainly remember the debate, the ongoing conversation about how we live with wolves on the landscape.” Shibilski, a former bear hunting guide, said the wolf

damage payments are about safeguarding wolves. “If you don’t behave responsibly and reimburse people for actual losses, you risk enabling bad actors out there, vigilante wildlife managers who are trying to kill predators wantonly and end up raising all kinds of havoc in our wolves, and that’s been happening,” he said. Shibilski pointed to an incident this spring in which a wolf, three dogs, coyotes and other wild animals were killed by poisoned meat scattered throughout Florence, Marinette and Bayfield counties. Authorities investigated the poisonings, but no charges have been filed. Livestock losses continue Of the $2.5 million in damage payments, Wisconsin has paid more than $1.3 million for cattle, calves and missing calves — sums that have increased as wolves rebounded. Farms that see the most wolf-livestock conflict tend to be located near large blocks of public land like the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, according to Dave Ruid, a supervisor with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services program, which investigates such livestock killings. But the majority of DNR’s livestock payments did not require physical proof that wolves killed the animal. Under DNR rules, farmers who have had livestock killed by wolves can also get paid for any additional missing calves beyond the expected annual 2.3% mortality rate. Michigan also pays for missing calves on farms with confirmed wolf attacks, but Minnesota does not. In 2011, the DNR issued a record 257 missing calf payments, with 103 of those going to members of the Fornengo family, who raise beef cattle in Burnett County. The family, which declined comment, filed missing calf claims with the DNR under Fornengo Cattle Co. and T&T Ranch between 2009 and 2019. The DNR later enacted a rule that limited livestock producers to no more than five missing calf claims for every confirmed kill — but it was only in effect for two years. As of October, the DNR paid nearly $720,000 for missing calves throughout the program’s existence, with $239,865 going to the Fornengo-owned cattle operations between 2011 and 2019. Ruid said the owners agreed to allow the USDA to install a 6.5-mile electric wire at the farm at government expense. He said wolves are constantly testing the fence, and the farm has had confirmed livestock killings since its

installation. Farmer: Too many wolves Johnson, the Medford farmer, has not lost an animal to wolves since 2014. The Fish and Wildlife Service put up flags — brightly colored and hung along a roped-off perimeter — on his land to scare them off. Still, Johnson believes farmers should be allowed to kill animals causing problems on farms. When wolves are around, the cattle are scared and do not want to eat — even their breeding cycles are affected. That is why he wants the federal government to lift protections for wolves. He would like to see no more than 350 wolves roam the state. Wydeven, the former DNR wolf researcher, said 350 refers to the DNR’s 1999 wolf management plan, which was based on the premise that the population would only reach 500 animals in Wisconsin. Currently, it is nearly double that. “So, 350 was logical and reasonable as a potential goal back in the early 2000s, but now considering we know the carrying capacity is quite a bit higher, that doesn’t really make sense anymore,” Wydeven said. “And it wouldn’t make sense to try to drastically reduce the wolf population down to that level.” A research paper co-authored by Erik Olson, Northland College assistant professor of natural resources, suggests the changing status has led to inconsistent management, declining public support for wolves — and possibly more illegal killings. Walter, the DNR large carnivore specialist, agrees. “The continued tennis match back and forth that revolves around wolf management is increasing frustrations by constituents, by those farmers and others that are being impacted by wolves and by legislators who are listening to those constituents,” Walter said. After two decades of consistent and rapid population growth, the state’s wolf population has leveled off — even without hunting, Walter added. “And I think it’s becoming clear that wolves have essentially occupied all the suitable range where they can go about their daily lives unfettered by the heavy hand of humans.” The nonprofit Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism ( collaborates with Wisconsin Public Radio, PBS Wisconsin, other news media and the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication. All works created, published, posted or disseminated by the Center do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of UW-Madison or any of its affiliates.

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LIONS: Childhood cancer campaign Relieving the Hunger Organize food drives and projects to feed the hungry. As we enter the holiday season, we donated $500 each to the St. Croix Falls Food Shelf and the Family Pathways Food Shelf and we will do this again in the spring. In addition to the monetary donation Lions member also donate their time at local food shelves. Protecting our Environment Implement projects that improve and protect the environment. Part of the funds raised will go towards upgrading the restrooms at Lions Park to flush restrooms. The estimated cost of this project is $125,00. We continue to plant replacement trees and improving the Pollinator Garden and other improvements to the St. Croix Falls Lions Park to protect our valuable asset, the St. Croix River. Childhood Cancer-our latest cam-

paign We serve to help those affected by childhood cancer survive and thrive. For more information or how to join the St. Croix Falls Lions, visit us on Facebook www., Email, or contact Lion Ron Edlund SCF Membership Chair 715-483-2804.

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Evers signs wetlands Records lawsuit cost taxpayers $26,500 in legal bills credits bill MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has signed a bill that requires developers to purchase wetland mitigation credits within the watershed they’re impacting. The Department of Natural Resources requires creation or preservation of other wetlands as a condition of an individual permit allowing dredging or filling wetlands. Builders can satisfy those conditions by purchasing credits from a mitigation bank located anywhere in Wisconsin. Banks are a stash of credits generated by other developers who created or preserved wetlands. The Republican-authored bill requires builders buy credits from banks in impacted watersheds. The DNR could allow purchases from other watersheds to better serve conservation goals, however. Evers signed the bill privately Monday.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Republicans’ refusal to hand over records in an electronic format has cost taxpayers $26,500 in legal bills. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that 81-year-old Sheila Plotkin of Madison asked legislators last year for correspondence regarding lame-duck laws limit-

traveling to the office they suggested for the review. She sued in April. Republicans settled, agreeing to release electronic copies and pay her attorneys $5,000. Taxpayers covered that expense as well as $21,500 for the Republicans’ private attorneys after they chose not to use lawyers from the state Justice Department.

Evers signs bill legalizing kids’ lemonade stands MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has signed a bill into law that allows children to legally run lemonade stands. Evers signed the bill Monday.

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ing Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ powers. Most complied with her request for electronic copies but 14 Assembly Republicans, including Speaker Robin Vos, asked her to pay $1,200 for about 8,000 pages. They offered to let her review the records for free but Plotkin said health reasons prevented her from

It allows anyone under age 18 to run lemonade stands on private property without a permit and without fear of running afoul of the law, which has happened in some

states. The bill would limit sales to $2,000 of lemonade a year, however. That translates to 8,000 cups at 25 cents each. Children would be barred from

selling any potentially hazardous food, such as raw meat and egg salad. The bill passed with bipartisan support.

HEMP: State law allows .03% THC in bloodstream FROM PAGE 12

believe that Wisconsin can be a leader in hemp production.” The bill Evers signed brings Wisconsin’s program into line with requirements under the 2018 farm bill, making mostly technical changes. It does change state law to allow for a THC concentration of up to .03% in the bloodstream, to account for people who may be taking legal

products containing CBD with trace amounts of THC. Hemp is bred to contain less than 0.3% of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis that gets people high. Marijuana seized by federal officials averages about 12% THC. Any hemp crop that is above the 0.3% threshold for THC must be destroyed. Wisconsin joins six other states with similar laws allowing for people

to legally have trace amounts of THC in their blood. While the hemp program has bipartisan support, Evers and Democrats have not been successful in their push to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize small amounts of pot. A bill to fully legalize recreational marijuana has also gone nowhere.

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