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Fireworks a go in Balsam Lake

Unity developing reopening plans

Trio busted for meth in Milltown

Local business linked to THC sales

Music On The Overlook is on

Street dance gets the green light

Revoked driver caught with drug scale and pipe

A new alternative posed for Luck school

A referendum review

Back to school under a new normal

Aggressive dog the least of one man’s worries

Speeding leads to arrest for drugs


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Video scene from the May 25, 2020 Memorial Day program at the Balsam Lake Cemetery
A new alternative posed for Luck school
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
On Monday the Village of Luck Planning Commission held a meeting at which members of the Luck School Board to discuss plans for the future.
Up for discussion was the some 30 acres that is currently owned by the school south of Butternut Avenue and west of the school campus. The property in question is located in TIF District #4. The district is looking at ways to address some ongoing issues it's facing.
The main issue of concern is the traffic on Seventh Street during school hours as well as during sporting events. The police chief as well as many others have expressed concerns as commuters find their way to 150th Street (also known as the Luck cut across) or to the golf course.
The district is open to many ideas as momentum builds as they try and get things done and how it could benefit both the village and the school district.
Village Board President Dave Rasmussen cited the recent housing study that was participated in by many municipalities throughout Polk County.
Rasmussen noted that there was a lot of demand for housing throughout the area and that more housing needed to be found for young families and older retirees that may be looking to downsize.
“There is not a lot of available land in the village,” observed Rasmussen.
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Fireworks a go at Balsam Lake
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
This Fourth of July weekend is going to be like none other. The coronavirus pandemic has essentially canceled Summer 2020, in so far that a majority of town and villages throughout the area have chosen to cancel their seasonal festivals.
One of the last villages to declare their cancellation of events was Balsam Lake. If things were “normal” this weekend would have been the Freedom Festival. People from all around would have descended on Balsam Lake to partake in the annual celebration. Some people would have enjoyed the book sale, or the craft fair, others the hot rods or car show. And who can forget the fireworks? They are a big draw for kids and adults alike.
While many were upset by the fact that the Freedom Festival was canceled, they were even more up in arms about the fireworks when the village announced that they would not be hosting/putting on a fireworks display.
Even up until last week people were fighting for the event to take place. There had been some discussion about the Balsam Lake Homeowner's Association taking over, and that is where it was left hanging last week at presstime.
Then ones hopes were raised and then dashed when an announcement was posted on Facebook stating that the Homeowners Association would host the fireworks, and within a short period of time they dialed it back, stating that they were trying to make things happen, but desire wasn't enough and they had to meet with their insurance company and legal counsel to make sure that they could host it.
The good news came yesterday evening when the Homeowner's Association posted that the fireworks were indeed on. The statement from the Homeowner's Association reads as follows:
“The Balsam Lake Homeowners Association is excited to announce that the fireworks display for 2020 will be held on Friday, July 3 at dusk – expected to be around 10 p.m.
“For the first time, the fireworks will be managed by a professional pyrotechnics firm. They will be launching all the fireworks from barges that will be anchored near First Island, just outside of Town Bay. This will allow for everyone on land and water to have a great view and offer more space for social distancing. If you are attending on water, please keep 600 feet (two football fields) between your water craft and the barges.
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43rd Annual Milk Tournament
The 43rd Annual Milk Tournament was played at Mellgren Ball Park in Milltown last Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The games began on Friday afternoon with the senior boys and junior divisions. The games were played all afternoon and into a portion of the night to determine who would be playing for the championship in the following two days. When all was said and done, two teams were left playing for the championship in the senior boys division – Park Tool and Kemis Carpet. Eventually, the Park Tool team was victorious and won first place for their division. Kemis Carpet took second place.
The senior co-ed division began with four teams vying for the championship milk trophy. The two teams in the championship game on Saturday were Edina Realty and Hacks's Pub/Milltown Drive-In. Edina Realty ended up on top, winning their Milk Tournament division late Saturday night.
The junior division began with seven teams, one of which, Rice Lake, received a bye for the odd number of entry teams. Those seven teams battled over three days to reach the championship game where only two remained – Rice Lake and the Grizzly's. In the end, Rice Lake edged out the Grizzly's in a hard-fought championship game.
The peewee division began with four teams in playing for the rights to be the peewee division champion this year. Of those four, the two that played in the championship were Indianhead Glass and the Saints. By the time the final out had been made, Indianhead Glass was on top and became victorious in the peewee division.
As for the Milk Drinking Trophy, The 46 Store took home those honors. They consumed 245 cups. In total, there were 1,030 cups of milk consumed for the weekend amounting to approximately 80 gallons.

Local tobacco business linked to THC sales
Two individuals, Zachary Briese, 22, and Damion Scherer, 20, both of St. Croix Falls, were arrested in connection with THC (marijuana) sales at the St. Croix Falls Tobacco and Vape shop on Highway 8.
According to the criminal complaint filed with the Circuit Court in Polk County, the incident dates back to the last week of February and the first week of March when an investigator had a conversation with a confidential informant (CI) regarding the St. Croix Falls Tobacco and Vape Shop and the activities related to the sale of THC cartridges.
The investigator stated that the CI said they had spoken in the past to a person believed to be the owner of the business about purchasing THC cartridges. 
In another incident, the CI stated that they had inquired with an employee at the store about buying THC cartridges. After inquiring about the cartridges, the store employee communicated with someone on the phone, and a short time later, an adult male responded to the business and sold the CI a THC cartridge for $35. The person the CI was referring to was later identified to be Laith Ali Mohammad Alseid, who works at the St. Croix Tobacco and Vape Shop.
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