Hunt Hill cancels golf scramble
WASHBURN COUNTY - In the interest of community safety and in support of Wisconsin Governor Evers "Safer at Home" order, Hit for Hunt Hill golf scramble has been postponed until Friday, September 25, originally scheduled for Friday, May 29. The event will be adapted to account for safety and social distancing while still supporting a fun social event. This has always been an enjoyable day of golf, contests, prizes and auctions, as well as a very important fundraiser for Hunt Hill's programs.
 
During this time of "Safer at Home", Hunt Hill has canceled programs through May 31st. However, Program Director, Sage Dunham, has been presenting live FaceBook programs Monday thru Friday at 1 p.m. "Hunt Hill at Home" is a way for Hunt Hill to offer nature online. The programs have covered turtles, trees, tracks and many other nature topics. Videos can also be found at hunthill.org/uncategorized/hunt-hill-at-home/.
 
While some State parks have been closed, trails remain open to the public during daylight hours at no fee. An interactive trail, called the Discovery Trail is great for families. Hunt Hill wants to encourage people to watch the videos as well as enjoy nature.
 
Businesses who wish to sponsor the event and golfers are welcome to register online at HuntHill.org. Programs cost money to provide (even online programs) and trails and facilities require upkeep from usage. Sponsorships, donations and participation are a key part of supporting Hunt Hill's programs and operations. Questions can be directed to 715-635-6543 or [email protected]
Party for a Lifetime Cancer Fundraiser postponed to a later date
LEWIS - Due to COVID-19, our event has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2-8 p.m. at Sundown Saloon in Lewis. In these days of challenge with COVID-19 our organization decided to continue with our plan for this event but has opted to postpone until a later date. Proceeds go directly to individuals battling cancer as well as to national organizations to help find a cure. Because cancer continues to attack individuals and their families, we decided our fight needs to continue to help these individuals and letting them know “No One Fights Alone.” With last year’s funds raised over $14,000 was given to local individuals battling cancer and $12,000 was given to national organizations to help with research to find a cure. Mark your calendars and plan to attend. Together the dollars we raise will one day find the cure for a disease that has robbed too many before they could live their “Lifetime.” For more information, contact Sandy Lundquist, 715-566-0420 and/or [email protected]
City explains raccoon caused power outage
The City of Spooner reports that a raccoon caused the city power outage the night of Tuesday, April 7. The incident occurred at about 9:50 p.m. when a raccoon made contact with the secondary buss work on the city’s Beaverbrook Substation at W7205 W. Beaverbrook Avenue, causing the fuses to blow. There was a loud noise when the fuses blew and a flash of light, but there was no fire or explosion. The city transferred all of the electrical load to our north substation to restore power at approximately 10:30 p.m. The city’s electrical engineer visited the site on Wednesday, April 8, to confirm what needed to be done to put the substation back in service. After changing three fuses and three insulators, the city put the substation back on line at approximately 10 a.m. The city reports the north substation was constructed in 2012 to provide redundancy in the city system in a power outage event, allowing the city to restore power to customers.
Hunt Hill offers nature programming in a different format
Sage Dunham, program director at Hunt Hill, has been creating Facebook Live nature programs, airing 1 p.m. weekdays. - Photos provided
SARONA - While the office at Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary, Sarona, may be closed due to the Governor's "Stay at Home" directive, the staff has stepped up to provide nature programming in a brand new format.
Sage Dunham, program director, has been creating Facebook Live nature programs at 1 p.m. weekdays.
 
Topics such as turtles, spiders and owl pellets have been covered with sustainability and plant weeks coming in the future. There's a joke of the day, fun facts and sometimes a craft project. These programs can also be watched on Facebook after the broadcast as well as at HuntHill.org. If you have any questions or topic suggestions, contact Sage at [email protected]
 
Our Discovery Trail, labeled Barred Owl Trail on trail maps, is a great experience for families! Each month Hunt Hill staff members hide eight to 15 themed items along this 1/3 mile trail. Similar to an ‘I Spy’ game, families are encouraged to hike the trail to see how many of the items they can find! An interactive Discovery Trail map is located in the kiosk compartments. Be sure to stop in the Farmhouse Office or tag #HuntHill on social media to be entered into our monthly giveaway!
 
Hunt Hill recognizes how important it is to be in nature during times of stress. The sunlight, sounds, sights and scents in nature can relax and rejuvenate people. Hunt Hill has nearly 600 acres of varying habitats with over 13 miles along which to explore. Trails are open from sunrise to sunset. Some may still be snow or ice-covered, so wear appropriate footwear.
Locals celebrate Earth Day’s 50th with virtual story swap
Gary Noren, who hasn’t missed an Earth Day celebration since the event’s inception, picks up trash along the St. Croix River. - Photo provided
NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - Gary Noren of Chisago City, Minnesota, remembers the first Earth Day clearly. It was 1970 and he was graduating from Concordia College.
“It was life-changing,” he said of the nationwide celebration that gave voice to an emerging environmental consciousness. “It was an awareness of something I’ve felt since I was a kid, but never knew there was an international movement.”
 
He hasn’t missed an Earth Day since and has dedicated his life to environmental issues and organizations, including the St. Croix River Association and Friends of Wild River State Park.
“It’s one of the main reasons I exist,” he said of his commitment to caring for the planet.
April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a story with origins closer to home than some might know.
 
The Father of Earth Day
Senator Gaylord Nelson, the Father of Earth Day, was born and raised in Clear Lake, within the St. Croix River watershed. As a boy, he fished, paddled and hiked the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers.
But it wasn’t until 1969, after seeing the effects of an oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, that Senator Nelson was inspired to organize a “national teach-in” on the environment.
 
Nelson would later be awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom for his efforts in bringing Earth Day to fruition. Presenting the medal in 1995, President William Clinton said, “As father of Earth Day, he is the grandfather of all that grew out of that event: The Environmental Protection Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act.”
 
Earth Day is now celebrated by more than a billion people around the globe.
 
50-year anniversary coincides with pandemic
To honor Earth Day’s half-century anniversary, North Woods and Waters of the St. Croix Heritage Area planned a year of celebrations around the St. Croix Watershed. “We’re not an environmental organization,” NWW Board Chair Marty Harding noted, “but we do promote the work St. Croix watershed conservation organizations are doing. The primary reason we’re promoting the 50th Anniversary is the historical context of Senator Gaylord Nelson and that he was born here. … This is the culture in which we’re raised, a culture of conservation.”
 
With continued concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and public health recommendations limiting public gatherings, Earth Day in-person events including a Nibi Water Walk and river-themed concerts are being rescheduled for fall. Visit NorthWoodsAndWaters.org/Earth or follow the organization’s Facebook page for updates.
 
One program that hasn’t required any change: swapping Earth Day stories online.
 
Tell your Earth Day story
“I’m not the only one who has an Earth Day story,” said Noren, “People are surprisingly eager to share their Earth Day stories.”
 
At Earth Day 2019 in Clear Lake, Noren brought a big sheet of paper and asked people to share memories of Earth Day.
 
A middle-school-age boy told Noren that his elementary school teacher had given him a tree to plant in honor of Earth Day. He liked doing it so much that he asked his father for more trees, which they planted together.
 
“Now I see them outside my window,” he told Noren, “they’re almost as big as I am and they make me happy every day.”
 
“People of all ages shared their stories with us,” Noren said. “Some were very heartwarming.”
Area residents are invited to share their Earth Day stories at NorthWoodsAndWaters.org/Earth. Stories will be posted on the North Woods and Waters website, and everyone who submits a story will be entered in a drawing to win nature-themed prizes for a variety of ages.
 
Of the online event, Noren said, “It’s a virtual way to celebrate before we can do it in person. This is a full year of celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.”
Vēmos and Icehouse to host virtual concert to bridge the gap for hospitality workers
Ticket proceeds will go towards those hardest hit by COVID-19
 
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Today, Vēmos announced they will host a live streamed benefit concert in partnership with Icehouse called Bridge the Gap to raise money for local artists and hospitality workers who have been forced out of work due to the COVID-19 shutdowns.
 
The concert will be live streamed on April 11, from 6-10 p.m. and will feature local Minnesota artists, including headliners Gabe Douglas of 4ontheFloor and Pavielle.
 
“In Minnesota, nearly 50,000 hospitality workers have been laid off in the last few weeks due to COVID-19,” said Whitney Larson, co-founder and president of Vēmos. “It’s devastating to our industry and we want to do what we can to help bridge the gap many in the industry are facing during this crisis.”
 
The livestream concert produced by Feedback will take place at Icehouse on April 11. The concert venue and artists will strictly follow CDC protocol on social distancing — artists will perform solo with full sanitation between sets, no patrons will be present and no two bands will be in the same space at the same time.
 
“We are honored to be a part of this wonderful mission to support, not only our own employees, but all those in the hospitality industry who are struggling during these tough times,” said Brian Liebeck, co-owner of Icehouse.
 
Tickets to access the livestream are available at vemos.io/bridgethegap and are priced at the Minneapolis minimum wage of $11, with the idea that one ticket pays for one hour of work for displaced industry workers. Ticket proceeds will be donated to The North Stands, a Sanneh Foundation fund providing financial relief to hospitality industry professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Vēmos has also partnered with The Silver Linings Fund created by Utipils Brewing to offer special ticket packages that include growlers from local breweries that are available for curbside pickup. Growler sales will be donated to The Silver Linings Fund.
 
The Bridge the Gap Benefit Concert would not be possible without the effort of local business leaders who pulled together as a team of volunteers to make the concert a reality, including Modern Foundation who is leading the digital marketing efforts, Schuler Publicity who is leading the publicity efforts and Middlebrook Design who created all the branding assets. The goal is to sell at least 10,000 tickets to raise a minimum of $110,000 to benefit displaced workers in the hospitality industry.
Xcel Energy semiannual test of  Trego dam failure warning sirens set
TREGO– On Monday, April 6, residents below Xcel Energy’s Trego Hydroelectric Project, about eight miles north of Spooner, will hear a distinctive siren and voice message. At approximately 11 a.m., Xcel Energy, in coordination with Washburn County Emergency Management, the National Park Service and local townships, will test the company’s dam failure warning sirens. The test will last approximately 90 seconds. During the test, people in the audible area of the two sirens will hear this: 1. “Attention! This is a test of the dam failure warning system. This is only a test. If this was an actual emergency you would receive instructions. This is only a test.” 2. Whoop tone for 30 seconds. 3. Post Test Message: “This has been a test of the dam failure warning system. This was only a test.” If there was a failure at Xcel Energy’s Trego hydro dam that caused water to rise rapidly, the sirens would be used to quickly and safely alert people who are downstream of the dam to move to higher ground. In the event of a dam failure, the sequence would be: 1. Whoop tone for 10 seconds. 2. “Attention!” an upstream dam has failed. Remain calm and seek higher ground immediately. Expect rapidly rising waters. Please evacuate to a safe area immediately!” (repeat three times with five-second delay between messages). 3. Whoop tone for 60 seconds 4. Repeat for 30 minute or until warning is cancelled. Because the Namekagon River is part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway managed by the National Park Service, Xcel Energy worked closely with the Park Service during the installation of the warning sirens and coordination of the testing schedule. All questions related to the dam failure warning siren should be directed to Xcel Energy’s 24-hour Customer Contact Center at 1-800-895-4999.
City to video conference meeting
ST. CROIX FALLS - Members of the St. Croix Falls city council will video conference a meeting Monday, March 23, at 7 p.m., to discuss issues related to the rehabilitation of the Auditorium Theatre downtown. The teleconference will be streamed to the city's Facebook page and website at cityofstcroixfalls.com. The council will consider a recommendation by the Community Development Authority to preclude utilization of TID funds in efforts to rehabilitate the Auditorium building. The council will also consider cancelling all city council meetings until after April 15. The Leader will have a story about the meeting in its next issue.
Balsam Lake Public Library will be closed
Balsam Lake Public Library will be closed as directed by the library board as of 4:00 March 18th. We do not currently plan to reopen until the school does or until further directed. Remember we have digital sources available always using the Overdrive or Libby app as well as on our catalog resource page. Please keep any materials until we reopen. Check facebook for the most current updates. Phone: 715-485-3215 email: l[email protected] “Like” us on Facebook & follow us on Instagram at bllibrary for the most up to date information.
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“WAVES” by Kaylynn, 15 “Each cold, wet ripple of water freezes into beautiful ice in winter. It’s slippery and slick, cold and hard. Then that all goes away and it becomes wet and fragile, soft and warm. Just like water, people try to be hard, beautiful and cold but every person I know breaks down into wet, fragile, soft, warm water. They let their emotions out no matter who is watching, no matter who is by them.” In a New Light is a therapeutic nature photography project at Northwest Passage. To see more of the kids’ photography, visit inanewlight.org.
March
Thursday, March 12

• Shell Lake Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center.
Friday - Sunday, March 13 - 15
• "The Last Gladiator,” will be performed at the Erika Quam Memorial Theater. The play features 23 Shell Lake High School students, directed by Laurie Bakkum. Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m. Visit shelllakeartscenter.org/erika-quam-memorial-theatre for tickets, seating is limited.
Friday, March 13
• Buckthorn Control Workshop, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., at the Wisconsin DNR Service Office in Spooner. Sponsored by the St. Croix-Red Cedar SWMA. For information, stcroixriverassociation.org/events/
Saturday, March 14
• A square dance will be held at the Stone Lake Lions Hall, 6:30-9 p.m.
Sunday, March 15
• Big meat raffle, at VFW Post 10568, Springbrook, 2 p.m.
Monday, March 16
• Northern Lights Camera Club, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St., Spooner.
• Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6 p.m., in the 3-12 school library.
Tuesday, March 17
• Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m., at the lodge.
Wednesday, March 18
• Shell Lake Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, 4 p.m., at the library. The public is welcome.
• Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted.
Thursday, March 19
• Washburn County Historical Society. Public and members are invited to the Historical Society meeting, 4 - 5 p.m., in the Hewitt Building, WCHS Museum Complex, Shell Lake. 715-468-2982 or [email protected]
• Vernal Equinox Hike, sponsored by Hunt Hill, will be held 7 - 8:30 p.m. For more information contact [email protected] or call 715-635-6543.
• Moms Club of Northwestern meeting, 9 a.m. at Lakeland Family Resource Center, Spooner.
• Relatives as Parents Group, River Street Family Restaurant, Spooner, 8 a.m. RAP focuses on providing services to adults who have taken the responsibility of parenting a relative child due to absence of parents. Call Lakeland Family Resources, 715-635-4669, if you plan to attend.
Saturday, March 21
• Our Neck of the Woods 500 Card Tourney, 1 p.m., at 402 Oak Street, Spooner. $5 to join. Free lunch and bake sale.
Monday, March 23
• Book and Butchers at the Shell Lake Public Library, 6 p.m. There will be a demonstration on how to butcher a half hog, and a discussion on locally sourced products and humanely raised meats. Mike Flanigan, owner of Mike’s Northwoods Locker in Clayton will present a program sure to interest everyone. This program is free to all ages. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration is requested, please call 715-468-2074 or stop in at the library to sign up by March 16.
Tuesday, March 24
• Veterans Support Group, Maple Ridge Nursing Home, Spooner, 9:30-11 a.m., with light refreshments served.
Wednesday, March 25
• Waste-Free Wednesday, 6 p.m., sponsored by Hunt Hill. For more information contact [email protected] or call 715-635-6543.
• Free community supper, 4-6 p.m., St. Alban Episcopal Church, 220 Elm St., Spooner.
Thursday, March 26
• Shell Lake American Legion and Honor Guard meeting, 6:30 p.m., at the Shell Lake Veterans Hall, 408 1st St.
Saturday, March 28
• Kids Club - Dr. Seuss Party, 11 a.m. - noon, at the Shell Lake Public Library. Recommended for ages 5-10, but all ages are welcome. Visit shelllakelibrary.org or call 715-468-2074 for info.
• Free community breakfast, 7-10 a.m., First United Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted.
April
Wednesday, April 1

• Regional Hospice Alzheimer’s Support Group, Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St., Spooner, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 2
• Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner, 4-6 p.m. All welcome. Donations accepted.
Tuesday, April 7
• Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m., at the lodge.
Thursday, April 9
• Shell Lake Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center.
Tuesday, April 14
• SLAC Board meeting, 6 p.m. Anyone can be a member. $24/$12, 55 and older or disabled.
• Veterans Support Group, Maple Ridge Nursing Home, Spooner, 9:30-11 a.m., with light refreshments served.
Wednesday, April 15
• Shell Lake Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, 4 p.m., at the library. The public is welcome.
• Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted.
Thursday, April 16
• Moms Club of Northwestern meeting, 9 a.m. at Lakeland Family Resource Center, Spooner.
• Relatives as Parents Group, River Street Family Restaurant, Spooner, 8 a.m. RAP focuses on providing services to adults who have taken the responsibility of parenting a relative child due to absence of parents. Call Lakeland Family Resources, 715-635-4669, if you plan to attend.
Monday, April 20
• Northern Lights Camera Club, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St., Spooner.
• Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6 p.m., in the 3-12 school library.
Tuesday, April 21
• Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m., at the lodge.
Thursday, April 23
• Shell Lake American Legion and Honor Guard meeting, 6:30 p.m., at the Shell Lake Veterans Hall, 408 1st St.
Saturday, April 25
• Free community breakfast, 7-10 a.m., First United Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted.
Tuesday, April 28
• Veterans Support Group, Maple Ridge Nursing Home, Spooner, 9:30-11 a.m., with light refreshments served.
Wednesday, April 29
• Free community supper, 4-6 p.m., St. Alban Episcopal Church, 220 Elm St., Spooner.
May
Tuesday, May 5

• Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m., at the lodge.
Wednesday, May 6
• Regional Hospice Alzheimer’s Support Group, Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St., Spooner, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 7
• Free community meal, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 409 Summit, Spooner, 4-6 p.m. All welcome. Donations accepted.
Tuesday, May 12
• SLAC Board meeting, 6 p.m. Anyone can be a member. $24/$12, 55 and older or disabled.
• Veterans Support Group, Maple Ridge Nursing Home, Spooner, 9:30-11 a.m., with light refreshments served.
Thursday, May 14
• Shell Lake Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Shell Lake Community Center.
Monday, May 18
• Northern Lights Camera Club, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1790 Scribner St., Spooner.
• Shell Lake PTA meeting, 6 p.m., in the 3-12 school library.
Tuesday, May 19
• Shell Lake/Spooner Masonic Lodge 221 meeting, 7 p.m., at the lodge.
Wednesday, May 20
• Shell Lake Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, 4 p.m., at the library. The public is welcome.
• Free community meal, 4-6 p.m., United Methodist Church, Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted.
Thursday, May 21
• Moms Club of Northwestern meeting, 9 a.m. at Lakeland Family Resource Center, Spooner.
• Relatives as Parents Group, River Street Family Restaurant, Spooner, 8 a.m. RAP focuses on providing services to adults who have taken the responsibility of parenting a relative child due to absence of parents. Call Lakeland Family Resources, 715-635-4669, if you plan to attend.
Tuesday, May 26
• Veterans Support Group, Maple Ridge Nursing Home, Spooner, 9:30-11 a.m., with light refreshments served.
Wednesday, May 27
• Free community supper, 4-6 p.m., St. Alban Episcopal Church, 220 Elm St., Spooner.
Thursday, May 28
• Shell Lake American Legion and Honor Guard meeting, 6:30 p.m., at the Shell Lake Veterans Hall, 408 1st St.
Saturday, May 30
• Free community breakfast, 7-10 a.m., First United Pentecostal Church, 337 Greenwood Ave., Spooner. All welcome. Donations accepted.
Leader| Calendar of Events
“TOUCH” by Anonymous, 17 “Poor, poor girl. To grow up with no father. To only see him when he argues with her mother. To be left like a lamb to slaughter. To only know the feeling of anger and sadness. She doesn’t know how to be happy. Her mother works the day away. Poor, poor broken girl. All alone with no one to play. Locked in a cage without a key. How can she possibly know what is right? All her family has ever known is alcohol and drugs. Is this the path set for her? Like a tree on a river, she doesn’t want to grow up like all the other saplings around her. She longs to touch the water. To feel the cold ripples against her branches. Everyone else wants to go up, up, up. To touch the sky and fly. But when she leans into the water, she sees herself already flying. Like a portrait painted against the waves, she flies among the trees. Touching the earth, the river and the sky. Poor, poor girl. Always dreaming of the river. Wake up, girl! Stop dreaming! Lean in and touch the water. For when you are down, you will always look up.” In a New Light is a therapeutic nature photography project at Northwest Passage. To see more of the kids’ photography, visit inanewlight.org.
MARCH
THURS.-SUN./12-15

Spooner
• School musical "Newsies” at the high school. Thurs.-Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.
THURSDAY/12
Amery
• Family Game Night at Village Pizzeria, sponsored by the library, 5-7 p.m., 715-268-9340.
• Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m., mvfw.org/wi/post7929.
• Polk County Democrats meet at the Amery Community Center, 6 p.m.
Baldwin
• St. Croix Valley Beekeepers meeting at Peace Lutheran Church, 7 p.m., stcroixbeekeepers.org.
Frederic
• Robotics club at the library, teens, 7 p.m., 715-327-4979, fredericlibrary.org.
• Garden Prep for Success, Master Gardener Kathryn Schiedermayer at the library, 5 p.m., fredericlibrary.org, 715-327-4979.
• The Cat’s Pajamas a capella group at the high school, 7 p.m., vocalmeow.com. Tickets: school offices, Tin Shed, etc.
Grantsburg
• Bread-making class at the Smoland Inn, 5-8 p.m. Register: 715-463-4701, school district website.
Luck
• Homestead Credit income tax form workshop - help to fill out the form, call for appt. and info, 715-472-2770.
Milltown
• Domestic violence family group, 5-6 p.m., 800-261-7233.
• Domestic violence support group, 6-7 p.m., 800-261-7233.
Siren
• Ruby’s Second Hand ice-cream giveaway, semi-load of bulk ice cream - FREE, 1-5 p.m. Questions - call Sue, 715-349-7253.
Webster
• School referendum community meeting at Larsen Family Library, 1 p.m.
FRIDAY/13
Falun
• Free bread distribution, every Friday until further notice at Trinity Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.
Frederic
• Deadline to sign up for student trip to Eau Claire Children’s Museum on Fri., Mar. 27, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 715-327-4868. Facebook: Frederic Community Education.
• Head injury support group meets at the library, 2 p.m., 715-327-4474.
Grantsburg
• Mom & Son Sports-Create Night at the middle school, 6:30-8 p.m., ages 4-14 and mom/mother figure. Register: 715-463-4701, school district website.
Siren
• Free soup at the VFW hall, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., sponsored by Trinity Lutheran, Falun, and VFW Post 1256.
• Powwow at the school, 1 p.m., 715-349-7392.
Saturday/14
Amery
• Ruby’s Pantry at Congregational Church. Doors open 8:30 a.m. Dist. 9 a.m. $20 donation, 715-268-7390.
Danbury
• Irish dinner at Forts Folle Avoine, 5:30-9 p.m. RSVP by March 9, 715-866-8890, theforts.org.
• Brian Fennimore speaking at the town hall, 10 a.m.-
3 p.m., 612-508-5978.
Frederic
• Gateway Bass Show at the 300 Club - buy, sell, swap; no firearms, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-566-2613.
Lewis
• VFW Post 10232 meeting at the hall, 11 a.m., 715-653-2220.
Milltown
• 500 card party at the VFW hall, 2 p.m., 715-825-3597.
Siren
• Shamwalk/run at the school, 8 a.m. registration. Kids fun run 9:30 a.m., 5K/10K 10 a.m. bcaapc.org/shamwalk, 715-349-2155.
• St. Patrick’s Day celebration/parade, 2 p.m.
Webster
• Used book sale at the library, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., lots of gardening & landscaping books, 715-866-7697.
• Humane society open house at Peggy Schilling Animal Adoption Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., hsburnettcty.org, 715-349-2368.
• Potluck and Horse Race game at the senior center, 11:30 a.m.
SUNDAY/15
Milltown
• Corned beef and cabbage dinner at the VFW hall, noon-2 p.m.
St. Croix Falls
• Bluebird Nest Box Workshop at Interstate Park, 1:30-3 p.m., at visitor center, 715-483-3747.
• Irish dinner at the senior center, 12:30 p.m., 715-483-1901.
• Breakfast at the American Legion Post 143, 8-11 a.m.
• "Times In Which We Live.” Rules for Remnant Survival: How to survive these last days, by Jan Markel, video, in the library meeting room, 6:30-8 p.m., 515-708-2120, [email protected]
MONDAY/16
Amery
• Suicide survivors support group meeting at the community center, 6:30 p.m., 715-268-9275, amerych.com.
• Apple River Quilt Guild meets at First Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.
Frederic
• Plant-based nutritional cooking class at the high school, 6-8:30 p.m. Sign up at 715-327-4868. Facebook: Frederic Community Education.
Grantsburg
• Diabetes support group at the medical center, topic: Mediterranean diet, 5 p.m.
Luck
• Solar Electricity 101 class at the school, 6-8 p.m. Register by Mar. 9, 715-472-3136. Facebook: Luck Community Education.
TUESDAY/17
Amery
• Diabetes support group meeting at the medical center, 1 p.m., 715-268-0590.
Clam Falls
• Coffee hour at Clam Falls Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.
Comstock
• Sight & Sound concert with Manfred Schonauer at Pipe Dream Center, 7 p.m., manfredsmusic.com.
Dresser
• Caregivers support group meeting at Peace Lutheran Church, 2 p.m., 715-755-2515.
Luck
• Free medical clinic at Ruby’s Well Care, 4-7 p.m., 715-472-7770 for appointment, myfreeclinic.org.
• Ruby’s Pantry at Home & Away Ministries. Open
11:30 a.m., distribution noon-1 p.m. $20 donation, 715-472-7770.
Osceola
• Military family support group meeting at the community center, 6-7:30 p.m., 715-557-0557.
Webster
• Mental health peer support group led by NAMI facilitators at the library, 10-11 a.m., 715-866-7697.
• Talking Circle at Sand Lake Elder Nutrition Site, 7 p.m., Mark Stoner, 715-416-2667; or Buck Zehner, 715-416-2927.
WEDNESDAY/18
Balsam Lake
• Friends of the Library meeting at the library, 5:30 p.m., 715-485-3215.
Danbury
• Blood drive at the Swiss Town Hall, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., redcrossblood.org, 800-733-2767.
Luck
• Let’s Get Crafty class at the school, 3:45-5:15 p.m., 715-472-3136. Facebook: Luck Community Education.
• Hymn sing at Luck Lutheran Church. Meal 5 p.m., program 6:30 p.m.
THURS.-SAT./19-21
Spooner
• School musical "Newsies” at the high school, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY/19
Amery
• Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m., mvfw.org/wi/post7929.
• Memory Cafe gathers at the community center, 1-2:30 p.m., 715-720-7611.
Balsam Lake
• Polk-Burnett Beekeepers Association meeting at the justice center, 7 p.m., 715-554-1020.
Centuria
• League of Women Voters Senate candidate meet and greet at Polk-Burnett; Tom Tiffany and Tricia Zunker,
6-8 p.m.
Grantsburg
• Afternoon Tea book club at the library, 1 p.m., 715-463-2244.
• Homebuyer Basics class at the high school, 6:30-8 p.m. Register: 715-463-4701, school district website.
• Free blood pressure checks at Courtyard Square, 10 a.m.-noon.
Luck
• American Legion & Auxiliary Unit 255 meeting at the village hall, 7 p.m.
Milltown
• Domestic violence family group, 5-6 p.m., 800-261-7233.
• Domestic violence support group, 6-7 p.m., 800-261-7233.
Siren
• Burnett County Democrats meeting at Round-A-Bout Bar & Grill, 5:30 p.m.
• Public presentation on school referendum request, at the school, 6 p.m.
Webster
• Yellow Lake food distribution at Caring Hearts Thrift Shop, formerly Connections, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-866-8151.
FRI. & SAT./20 & 21
Webster
• Outstanding Art Student Show at Northwest Passage Gallery. Fri. 5-8 p.m., Sat. 10-3 p.m. Recognition ceremony Fri. 6 p.m.
FRI.-SUN./20-22
St. Croix Falls
• "Charlotte’s Web” at Franklin Square. Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 2 p.m., festivaltheatre.org, 715-483-3387.
FRIDAY/20
Falun
• Free bread distribution, every Friday until further notice at Trinity Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.
Milltown
• Fish fry at the VFW hall, 4:30-7 p.m. or until gone, 715-825-3597.
Siren
• Registration day for pre-K and kindergarten at the school. Call for appointment, 715-349-2278, ext. 101.
SATURDAY/21
Frederic
• Taco-n-Talent Night, fundraiser for Crosswalk Community Church teens missions trip to Mexico, at Oak Forest Center, 5-7 p.m., [email protected] or 507-458-9638.
Grantsburg
• Author Sue Segelstrom book signing, "Grantsburg: Pages of the Past,” at the library, 10 a.m.-noon, 715-463-2244.
Sarona
• Diamond willow walking stick workshop at Hunt Hill, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., hunthill.org, 715-635-6543.
Webb Lake
• St. Patrick’s Day event, 1-11 p.m. Parade, 1 p.m. Facebook, 715-259-3522.
MONDAY/23
Balsam Lake
• Practice with Indianhead Chorus for gospel show on May 3; at the government center, 7 p.m.
Luck
• Polk County Genealogy Society meeting at the museum, 1 p.m., 715-472-2030.
• Natural Alternative Food Co-op annual membership meeting at the Lions hall. 5:30 p.m. supper, 6:30 p.m. program, 7 p.m. business meeting.
Siren
• Skywarn spotter training at the government center, 6 p.m.
TUESDAY/24
Balsam Lake
• Documentary "Right to Harm” and discussion at Unity School Performing Arts Center, 6:30 p.m., 715-472-8721.
Centuria
• Free e-vehicle seminar at Polk-Burnett Electric, 5:30 p.m. Call to register, 800-421-0283, ext. 595.
Comstock
• Sight & Sound concert with Manfred Schonauer at Pipe Dream Center, 7 p.m., manfredsmusic.com.
Grantsburg
• Ansgarius Cemetery Assoc. annual meeting at Sullivan’s, 217 E. Harrison, 7 p.m.
Luck
• Free medical clinic at Ruby’s Well Care, 4-7 p.m., 715-472-7770 for appointment, myfreeclinic.org.
Siren
• Burnett County Republican Party meeting at the government center, 7 p.m., 715-349-2859.
• Grow Locally, Sell Locally presentation at the government center, 9-11:30 a.m.
St. Croix Falls
• Open Arms hosted by Alliance Church of the Valley, meal and fellowship, 5-6:30 p.m., 715-483-1100.
Webster
• Talking Circle at Sand Lake Elder Nutrition Site, 7 p.m., Mark Stoner, 715-416-2667; or Buck Zehner, 715-416-2927.
• Artists’ Critique Circle at the library, 5-6 p.m., 715-566-2224.
THURS.-SUN./26-29
St. Croix Falls
• "Charlotte’s Web” at Franklin Square. Thurs. & Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 2 p.m., festivaltheatre.org, 715-483-3387.
THURSDAY/26
Amery
• Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m., mvfw.org/wi/post7929.
• Lyme disease education and support at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 7 p.m., 715-268-2856, 715-268-2035.
Grantsburg
• Caregiver support group at the library, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 877-488-2372.
• Family reading night at the library, 6:30 p.m., make forts, read by flashlight, 715-463-2244.
“Through Jimmy’s Eyes” exhibit coming to Balsam Lake

BALSAM LAKE – Art lovers are invited to come see the world through Jimmy’s eyes.
Jimmy Reagan is a young, internationally recognized artist who speaks through his art. And he has much to say.
Born July 6, 1993, in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jimmy was independent, capable and healthy as a baby. Then, at 2-1/2 years old, he was diagnosed with regressive onset complex autism, which means that Jimmy’s communication skills slowly declined and his ability to communicate diminished. “He could no longer say my name,” explained his mother, Peg, and he “slipped into a world by himself.”
Jimmy struggled physically as well. By 14 years old, due to chronic health issues, he could no longer attend school. He was often sick and unable to communicate his pain. It would be years before he was diagnosed with mast-cell disease, a painful and chronic autoimmune condition triggered by food and environmental factors. Through surgery and diet, the family managed Jimmy’s condition, yet he continues to require 24-hour care.
 
As the middle of five children, Jimmy’s early caregivers were his siblings and family members. They served as teachers, therapists, behaviorists, researchers and friends. Through their guidance, Jimmy became an enthusiastic reader. One day, when he was 16 years old, a therapist asked him to draw a page from a magazine. “So, he’s drawing page 32; then he’s drawing page 36; then he’s going through National Geographic, and he’s starting to draw all these pages,” said Peg.
 
It was a breakthrough.
Since 2009, Jimmy has used his art as his voice. His artwork has been exhibited in the United States and Europe. The young and talented artist brings his perspective of the world to life in his artwork.
Jimmy’s favorite subjects are portraits, both people and animals. His paintings often depict a clear, sometimes striking direct gaze. Eye contact is an interesting and reoccurring theme in his artwork. His expressive and inventive art is innocent and sophisticated, bright and intense. Electric colors are prominent in his paintings, as are short lines he defines as “tick marks.” His charming and unique designs grace products and clothing.
 
Jimmy remains verbal but nonconversational and struggles with health issues. Yet his style is constantly changing. “He’s come a long way from being a kid that would only lay on the couch to somebody who is able to go places, complete tasks, and create this really interesting work,” Peg said. “Our goal is to keep introducing new things to him and see what he does with it.”
 
An exhibit of Jimmy’s artwork is on display at Balsam Arts from May 2 through July 31. Stop in to see the world “Through Jimmy’s Eyes.”
Guitarist to perform at Festival Theatre
Hiroya Tsukamoto, a New York-based guitarist and storyteller originally from Kyoto, Japan, will be performing at Festival Theatre on Friday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m.
Hiroya Tsukamoto, a New York-based guitarist and storyteller originally from Kyoto, Japan, will be performing at Festival Theatre on Friday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tsukamoto, who was awarded second place at the International Finger Style Guitar Championship in 2018, plays eclectic acoustic, described by one reviewer as “transcendental guitar poetry.” He blends folk music and unique sonic soundscapes to transport his audiences to another place and time with songs inspired, he said, “by culture, travel and the beautiful people I have been fortunate to meet.” The Leader interviewed Tsukamoto this week and will publish a story on him in next week’s issue. Adult tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Ticket link: festivaltheatre.org/2020-concerts-and-events.html.
 
Sample his music:
Poet to read collection at SCUUF service
Local poet Laurie Allmann will read from “An Hour from Now,” a collection of poems published by Nodin Press, at 10 a.m., Sunday, March 15, at the Sunday service of the St. Croix Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in St. Croix Falls. The public is welcome to attend. Steeped in field biology and the environmental sciences, Allmann’s poems are inspired by experiences in St. Croix Valley’s natural areas through the seasons. Chel Anderson, co-author of “North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota’s Superior Coast,” says Allmann’s insights “pierce the culture-weary soul, sketching the complexity of what it means to belong to this place, any place, on Earth.” Allmann is the recipient of a Minnesota Book Award for “Far From Tame: Reflections from the Heart of a Continent,” University of Minnesota Press. She has been a regularly featured commentator for Minnesota Public Radio and was on the writing team for the series “Minnesota: A History of the Land,” a co-production of Bell Museum Productions and Twin Cities Public Television. Allmann has been a wilderness canoe guide, naturalist and instructor for The Loft Literary Center and a conservation activist involved in many state and local issues. She lives in the St. Croix Valley, where she works as a freelance environmental writer and founding co-editor of Agate Magazine. Formed in 2012, SCUUF is a liberal faith community that welcomes everyone. Unitarian Universalists, or “UUs,” are people of all ages, of many backgrounds and of many beliefs. Located in the Edling Building on the corner of Adams and Louisiana streets, its fellowship gathers at 10 a.m. the first three Sundays of the month. For information visit scuuf.org. - Photo provided
Back to the ’50s Sock Hop set
Freeway Jam will play ’60 classics for the sock hop at the 300 Club in Frederic on Friday, March 6.
FREDERIC - A Back to the ‘50s Sock Hop is set to happen in Frederic on Friday, March 6, starting at 5 p.m. Join in the fun at the 300 Club Event Center for a night of music, food, dancing, and an opportunity to help raise funds for the Frederic Library. This event is open to all communities and all ages – young, old and in between.
 
Social time and a buffet supper with a ‘50s feel – hot dogs, chili, or create your own “chili dog” – will be from 5-7 p.m.
During the social/supper hours, they’ll have kid-friendly activities, limbo and the bunny hop. Basic swing dance lessons will be provided by Laura and Ryan Wolf. After learning some of the basic steps, you will see them in action, demonstrating all the moves and showing what you can do with some practice! Kids attending in 1950s-themed outfits will be entered into a drawing to win local-business gift cards.
 
Live music will begin at 7 p.m. with Todd Eckart and Freeway Jam. Eckart sings and plays guitar, paying tribute to ‘50s legends like Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley. Freeway Jam will be easing into the early ‘60s with songs from the Beach Boys, the Beatles and other greats of the era.
 
Proceeds to will be given to the Frederic Library to help fund their summer learning program, which is a family and community outreach program that offers author visits, Lego Man, book clubs and more.
 
There will be no set entrance fee for the event. A freewill donation can be given at the door. There will be 50/50 cash drawing and raffle opportunities also.
Grab your poodle skirt, white T-shirt, jeans and saddle shoes, and join the fun. For more information, contact the Frederic Library, 715-327-4979, or Sandy Lundquist, 715-566-0420.
“Kaptain Karl” to perform Feb. 28 at Frederic Art Center
“Kaptain Karl” Wicklund will perform at the next Raising the Roof concert at the Frederic Art Center on Friday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. - Photo by Lloyd Wilson
FREDERIC – “Kaptain Karl” Wicklund will perform at the next Raising the Roof concert at the Frederic Art Center on Friday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. Freewill donations will be accepted for the art center’s building fund.
 
Wicklund has been surprising and delighting audiences for more than 30 years. Armed with unusual humor and a rich baritone voice, “Kaptain Karl” draws inspiration from his love of rural Wisconsin, his appreciation of the absurd, and a passion for stories and storytelling.
 
His influences range from Dvorak and Vaughn Williams to Johnny Cash and Paul Simon, from Tin Pan Alley to They Might Be Giants. His music has singular roots in both Americana and intelligentsia. A prolific writer and accomplished multi-instrumentalist, he has released four albums of his own music and collaborated on numerous others.
 
In live performance, he often appears solo and has been in front of audiences from New York to Montana to Denver. He has spent more than 20 years as half of the eclectic acoustic duo Great Uncle Helmer, playing in a variety of venues in western Wisconsin and the Twin Cities. In 2006, he founded Shotgun Johnson & the Mississippi Seven, a folk-rock band with two accordions and a flute. He also sings with and directs the Indianhead Barbershop Chorus.
 
His favorite audience complaint: “I hated it – I never knew what he was going to play next.”
His favorite audience compliment: “I loved it – I never knew what he was going to play next.”
Kaptain Karl has a new CD, his fourth, which he will have available at the concert. All sales will go to Frederic Arts.
 
All money donated goes into the Frederic Art Center Capital Building Fund.
Frederic Arts is a registered nonprofit organization. Please consider becoming a participant as an artist or supporter/member. For more information: Facebook.com/fredericartscenter or fredericarts.org.
Enjoy Johnny Cash musical tribute with community ed trip

LUCK - Luck Community Education has coordinated a handful of day trips so people in the region can enjoy theater and musicals with ease. The first trip is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, to the Ives Theater in Bloomington Minnesota’s Masonic Heritage Center. “Man in Black” celebrates Johnny Cash as he traditionally began his concerts, with the simple introduction, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash,” followed by his signature song, “Folsom Prison Blues.”
 
Get ready for Brian Pekol and his trio of chugging-backing musicians to do the same! Cash’s sound embraced country music, rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk and gospel, so expect this concert to be jam-packed with hits! You’ll hear classic Cash songs including “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire” and “Get Rhythm,” and even witness a visit from a surprise guest who sings as Johnny’s wife, June Carter Cash. Participants will be comfortable on a 56-passenger motor coach bus and enjoy lunch at Old Country Buffet prior to the show. The cost of $51 includes the theater ticket and transportation, with pickups in Luck, Centuria, St. Croix Falls and Osceola.
 
Contact Amy Aguado at Luck Community Education to claim a seat at 715-472-3136 or [email protected]
 
Another promising trip is a musical comedy at the Ives Theater, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” featuring songs by Neil Sedaka. Luck CEd has seats reserved for the 1 p.m. matinee on Thursday, May 7.
 
There’s already been great response for two trips to Chanhassen Dinner Theater for “The Music Man.”The first trip on April 8 is full, but there’s room to sign up for the Wednesday, June 10, matinee performance.
Find more information about these trips on the Luck School District website, lucksd.k12.wi.us/community, or contact Aguado at Luck Community Education.
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