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Unity defies the Saints

Luck Cardinals eat Panthers alive

Local volleyball girls are killing it

Sports Talk by Dennis Anderson

Two injured in motorcycle crash, one grievously

Holding the line at Unity; tiny increase

Minimal change likely in Milltown

Flight Squad wows crowds, warms hearts

SCF School revamping surveillance 

Red Cross needs winter heroes to host blood drives, save lives

County Health runs programs to assist children

City Council takes no action on deed restriction

Business plan for Civic Auditorium presented

Council refuses to amend store’s alcohol license

City of St. Croix Falls considers becoming an Ice Age Trail town

Dynamic duo busted with meth

Wage increases based on performance, longevity

Centuria Third Annual Field of Screams: “Come if you dare”

Luck curb and gutters done

Norwegian Folk Art Tradition

World Dairy Expo explored by Luck FFA members in Madison

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Board approves move to Heart O' the North
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
The St. Croix Falls School Board unanimously approved of the move of the wrestling team to be included in the more competitive Heart O' the North Conference at their regular meeting last Tuesday.
The unsolicited invitation was brought to the board's attention last month when wrestling coach Dan Clark and Athletic Director Paul Randolph presented the letter to the board.
For years St. Croix Falls has managed to maintain a healthy and vibrant wrestling program while other schools have a problem fielding an entire team.
Part of this is due to the efforts of head wrestling coach Clark, a previous wrestler himself. At a previous meeting he expressed some frustration that his athletes weren't receiving the challenges and opportunities they might if they were in a more competitive conference. There have been numerous occasions when wrestlers have made weight, only to arrive at the match and have the other team not have a wrestler available in that weight class.
The new conference classification for (only) wrestling will begin in the 2019/2020 season.
In other business, the board discussed the possible future purchase of the athletic field from the city.
The city would like the school to also take the tennis courts off from their hands.
“This is not a road block,” observed Superintendent Mark Burandt. “Just a bump in the road and we will continue to move forward.”
Burandt also updated the board on the status of the concession stand. The roof will be completely replaced Oct. 8. It will take about one week to complete the work on the outside. Work on the inside will be completed throughout the winter season. A special effort has been made to use local contractors for all of the work.
The board was also updated on the work being done to establish a future day care program. Two churches have expressed interest and they may be able to provide the facility where children could be cared for.
Also of note, the board took some time to recognize groundskeeper Gary Giller.
“We try to recognize people, integral people, who often get overlooked,” said Burandt. “In all my years of education I have scarcely met someone as dedicated as Gary Giller.”
Wage increases based on performance, longevity
By Lynda Berg Olds
Monday night's meeting of the Centuria Village Board was very brief. During Department Reports, Trustee Stanley Swiontek asked Police Chief Eric Jorgenson if he was getting letters out to the public with regards to Fall Clean-up and Jorgenson replied that indeed he is. Beyond his written report, Chief Jorgenson didn't have much to add.
Village President Rod Peterson observed that Jorgenson had not spent much time in court in the month of September, to which he responded, “Write a good report, you don't have to go to court.”
Peterson said, “I'm happy with it (the police report) as long as the rest of you guys are...”
The trustees indicated they were well satisfied with Jorgenson's performance and President Peterson said to him, “Keep up the good work.”
Peterson asked if there were any other reports and Village Clerk/Treasurer Karen Edgell said that she had the library's budget in hand – with some big changes. She passed out copies to the trustees and urged them to look over the numbers and contact Library Director Leslie Peterson or Tanna Worrell with any questions prior to the budget meeting this Wednesday.
Trustee Gordon Moore then noted that the Finance Committee met with Midwestone Bank, and said, “I wasn't very impressed.”
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Volleyball girls are killing it
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
Some of the terms in volleyball have terms that are reminiscent of battle...killing, digging, spiking. In truth, it sounds pretty hardcore, for lack of a better word.
There have been some real standouts as teams gain and lose ground.
One interesting match coming up will be when the Luck Cardinals host the St. Croix Falls Saints on Thursday.
With 11-14 record the Cards will have their work cut out for them when they face the 16-8 Saints.
The Saints are coming off from a win against the Webster Tigers. Standing out was Saint Sidney Hoverman with 19 kills, three aces and two blocks. Olivia Miron had six kills and four blocks and Emily McCurdy had five kills. Riley Henk went for it with 18 digs.
Hoverman also led the Saints against the Frederic Vikings with 20 kills and two aces. Miron contributed five kills, three aces and six digs. Caitlin Carsley contributed 24 assists, one and one kill in that matchup.
The Luck Cardinals showed their color, which was pink, last Thursday as they held their Dig Pink fundraiser. In addition to an entertaining game against the Siren Dragons, fans were treated to a bake sale and silent auction.
It was a happy home team when they took all three matches.
“We played much better as a team,” observed Luck Head Coach Sonja Jensen. “The rhythm was there and were efficient on both offense and defense. We are looking forward to wrapping up the conference season.
“(Frederic) was a well played game for Luck,” continued Jensen. “The movement of the game was not as fast as we will see in upcoming matches so our girls will definitely need to pick up the pace and be ready to dig in. We had a great serving game with few misses and played our offense and defense well. We will host SCF on Thursday at home, which is also senior night. We will be in the regional playoffs on Tuesday Oct. 16 at home vs. Frederic,” concluded Jensen. 
Two injured in motorcycle crash, one grievously
By Lynda Berg Olds
It was technically Oct. 7 (10 minutes after midnight) when two motorcyclists collided, or, more accurately, when the second biker crashed into the biker in front of him. The incident occurred near Eagles Lounge, where purportedly the two were headed. This is the Fox Creek area and the accident happened on County Road G and 93rd Street.
The second motorcyclist, Beau Facchinni, 40, of Balsam Lake, was cited for Operating While Intoxicated, his first OWI, which is not a crime per se, noted Polk County Sheriff Pete Johnson, but rather a forfeiture.
The rider of the first motorcycle, Paul Hillebrandt, 53, of Turtle Lake, was transported to Amery Regional Medical Center (as was Facchinni), then airlifted by LifeLink to Regions Trauma Unit in St. Paul, Minn., due the severity of his injuries.
Sheriff Johnson said the accident report (which was not made available to the press yet) notes that both drivers appeared to be drinking, but due to the extent of Hillebrandt's injuries, law enforcement is waiting for the hospital record of his blood.
Johnson also indicated that more charges may be on the horizon for Facchinni; that the District Attorney may add the charge(s) of Failure to Keep Vehicle Under Control and/or Recklessly Causing Injury.
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