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Employee handbook language at issue in village
Ambitious goals outlined for Balsam Lake
Necropsies completed, but not revealed
Couple evasive about their bloody battle
Vandal did not go peaceably to jail on Thanksgiving
Offset taxes: Purchase trail passes in county
Salvation Army hosting "Breakfast with Santa"
City Council approves 2014 licenses
Man shoplifts expensive video game
Lighting Festival successful despite hunting season
St. Croix Falls man arrested at gun point
From plowing snow to running through the desert
Gearing up for spring elections
Holiday happenings in Luck and Centuria
Career Day opens windows for Luck students
Help families get into homes by Christmas
Vintage snowmobiles at the Frederic Soo Line Depot
High School Sports
Saints cage the Unity Eagles
Bulldogs pen the Luck Cardinals
Lady Cardinal crush Cumberland
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Weighted grades at issue at Luck School
By Lynda Berg Olds
“Weighted grades,” sighed Luck School Board president Daryl Bazey at their recent meeting. “I’m glad to see it doesn’t affect the valedictorian.”
“Currently,” hedged High School Principal Brad Werner, who had been tasked with examining how weighting grades will be implemented come the Class of 2015. He provided the board members with a table, which showed the possible impact of a 5.0 weight grade system on the Class of 2014’s top six students. Two assumptions had to be made to make the calculations: That only currently certified AP (Advanced Placement) classes were weighted and the GPAs are calculated based on the assumption that each student would earn the same grade for second quarter as they did first quarter.
What the table shows is that for student #1, with a current GPA of 3.988, with the weighted grading system would have a GPA of 4.051 – and remain “student #1. However, student #2’s rank dropped to #3; and student #3 conversely became ranked student #2. Students #4, 5 and 6 remained the same rank, with their GPAs improving slightly.
See this week's Enterprise Press (Dec. 5) for the entire article.
Dresser Board raises employee wages
By Arianna Schultz
The Dresser Village Board met on Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. despite the first heavy snowfall this winter season.
The board had a lot to discuss at the meeting, but did so quickly so that those attending could get home safely. The board quickly motioned to approve the first agenda item, which was to approve the placement of all delinquent utility accounts and special charges on the 2013 tax roll.
The cost of the utility counts and special charges is approximately $13,868.
Beseler stated, “This means that if you don’t pay your water bill, we put it on your tax bill.”
The board motioned to approve and moved on to discussing the 2013 Dresser mill rate.
The board quickly approved the mill rate at .007269 per $1,000 and moved on to the next agenda item.
The board approved monthly vouchers in the amount of $223,629 and moved on to other business.
See the Standard Press (Dec. 5) for the entire article.
Polk County levy stable
By Lynda Berg Olds
Tuesday night’s meeting of the county board is arguably the single most important meeting county board supervisors attend. The supervisors’ primary function is to set policy and the way they do that is through setting priorities and, to some degree managing, or at least being watchdogs of, the budget.
Supervisor Rick Scoglio, whose turn it was to offer up a reflection, set the tone of the meeting with what he called “his Bible - the most important, most powerful words ever put on paper.”
See the (November 14) Ledger Press for the entire article.
Four felonies charges against ranch owner
By Lynda Berg Olds
Milltown Otter Creek Ranch owner Michael Feist has been charged with four felony counts of mistreatment of animals, where he “did intentionally treat an animal (Dreamer, Red, Demi and Daisy), in a cruel manner, resulting in the four horses’ death. Each of these counts, if convicted, carries a sentence of not more than $10,000, or three years, six months imprisonment, or both.
These charges, along with the following 30 charges, stem from an ongoing investigation of the ranch. Two things should be noted right off the bat. According to Captain Steve Smith of the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Feist has cooperated fully with the investigation – and the horses are being monitored closely. That is, they, along with the rest of Feist’s managerie, have adequate food and water at this time.
See the (November 27) Ledger Press for the entire article.
NOTICE OF SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION
(Sec. 120.06(6) (a) and (b)
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that an election to be held in the Unity School District on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the following offices are to be elected at large to succeed the present incumbents listed. The term of office for school board member is three terms at three years beginning on Monday, April 28, 2014.
Incumbent Debbie Ince-Peterson and one vacated seat.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that an elector desiring to be a candidate for a position on the School Board must file a Campaign Registration Statement and Declaration of Candidacy at the Unity School District Office located at 1908 15oth Street/Highway 46 North, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, 54810 during normal business hours, mailed to the address noted above, or filed personally with the School District Clerk, prior to 5 p.m., Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
If an incumbent fails to file a Declaration of Candidacy by January 7, 2014, all candidates for the office held by the incumbent other than the incumbent, may file a written declaration of candidacy no later than 72 hours after January 7, 2014.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that if a primary is necessary, the primary will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014.
Dated this 26th Day of November, 2013.
Kelly Bakke, Clerk
Unity School District
“Unity Ambulance” is no more
By Lynda Berg Olds
Director of Western Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services (WWEMS; better known in this region as Unity Ambulance) Dave Waltz attended Monday night’s meeting of the Balsam Lake Village Board to discuss a significant change in operations.
“I’d like to go over this change with you and how it affects the (ambulance) contract,” Waltz, who had just been to the board meeting two months ago, stated. He noted that with him were Lynette Erickson, Unity Base Manager; and Lee Huber, the Lakes Region Wisconsin Ambulance Operations Manager.
“Besides owning and operating Unity Ambulance, WWEMS is part of the consortium that operates St. Croix Valley EMS (SCVEMS), that works out of St. Croix Falls, south and west of where we currently are. Part of the WWEMS consortium is Lakes EMS, which is the ambulance operator that runs the ambulance service at St. Croix Valley Regional Medical Center. So those three entities make up St. Croix Valley EMS.
See the (December 5) Ledger Press for the entire article.