St. Croix Falls Police Chief Erin Murphy was on hand to present his report to the St. Croix Falls City Council at their meeting on Monday night.
Murphy noted that the current members of the police department have been good about taking on extra shifts to assure that there is 24-hour coverage.
“Have you considered reducing patrols and what kind of impact that would have on the budget?” inquired Alderwoman Joy Zasadny.
“We are a 24-hour agency and that’s the way it is,” observed Murphy. “We have the call volume to support it and we owe it to the taxpayers to have coverage all hours of the day.”
Zasadny noted that in the past the department hadn’t been 24 hours. Murphy pointed out that it had been a 23 and a half hour department.
Chief Murphy requested that the cap be lifted on the accrual of vacation time through the end of the year. Since officers with the department have been covering extra shifts, many of them have reached the limit of accrued vacation.
Murphy noted that the fiscal impact of doing so should be minimal in the department’s budget.
As the department has dealt with being short staffed, officers haven’t always been able to take the vacation days they requested. The chief pointed out that this presents a “morale issue.”
The City received approximately 20 applications for its police officer positions. “Lower numbers of people are going into law enforcement,” observed Murphy.
The Cash For Cancer, (Trash to Treasure) sale has been raising money and supporting those in local communities who are battling cancer. The sale also supports research at the American Cancer Society via “Party for A Lifetime,” with Sandy Lundquist for many years.
These efforts have gone on for “probably 14 to 15 years - no one remembers for sure,” stated Linda Glenn, one of the organizers, along with Marilyn Berg, Hilda Trudeau, Sarah Funk and (of course) Sandy Lundquist.
This year’s Cash for Cancer sale is this Friday and Saturday. On May 18 the hours are 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on May 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The location of the sale is at Ruby’s Retreat (the former United Pioneer Home and Home and Away Ministries building on Park Avenue un Luck).
There will also be beverages available – and a Bake Sale, featured baked good prepared by Luck’s Rowdy Red Hat Mamas.
Glenn stated, “Each one of you - if you are reading this – you are an important part of the success of this sale…yes, you.” She said there are two ways to help: Donate all that great stuff that’s no longer needed or wanted (drop off at Ruby’s Retreat on May 16 between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – or May 17, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; ;or, finally, May 18 (Friday) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
The second way that folks can help is to come and shop on Friday and Saturday - and be generous in donations when checking out.
“Tell everyone you know to head over to the sale too,” urged Glenn, who said to direct any questions to her cell at 715-491-3468.
Golfers finish regular season meets
By Paul Rignell
Boys golf teams from Luck, Unity, St. Croix Falls and other schools in the Lakeland West Conference held two last regular conference meets early this week before a conference tournament May 17.
To make up for a missed meet of nine holes from earlier on the schedule, due to persistent snow, the teams played twice as much or 18 holes May 14.
Ethan Alexander of the Luck/Frederic team led all golfers by shooting a 37 on the front nine, where his teammate Logan Lillehaug shot a 38. Taylor Zenzen totaled 40 on those holes for Luck/Frederic, followed by Beau Brenizer at 41 and Nick Aguado with a 43.
Lillehaug shot a 37 on the back nine, followed by Alexander and Zenzen each at 39. Aguado totaled 41, and Brenizer shot a 45.
Hunter Robinson of the Unity Eagles shot a 38 on the front nine May 14. His teammates Aaron Nyberg shot a 41 and Daniel Sorenson totaled 44 on those holes. Other Unity golfers included Nick Frokjer at 56 and Alex Robinson with a 57.
Nyberg shot a 36 on the back nine, followed by Hunter Robinson at 38. Sorenson shot a 41, followed by Frokjer at 44 and Alex Robinson shot a 59.
For St. Croix Falls on Monday, Chance Belisle led the Saints with a 45 on the front nine followed by Mitchell Steele at 53. Belisle totaled 42 on the next nine, where Steele shot a 48. Noah Horn at 53 and Madisen Jensen at 56 also lowered their scores on the back nine, where Tyler Moryn shot a 54 for the Saints.
Cycle versus deer leaves operator in critical condition
By Lynda Berg Olds
On Monday morning at 9:30 a.m., the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a motorcycle crash on County Road E, west of 95th Street, in the town of Clam Falls. A witness had discovered a motorcycle lying in the road… on top of the operator.
Law enforcement and Emergency Medical Service personnel were dispatched to the scene and North Memorial Air Ambulance was in the area and responded to the location, landing on County Road E.
Polk County Sheriff Pete Johnson informed the County Ledger Press that the investigation of the crash site shows the motorcycle was westbound on County Road E when it struck a deer. He said the operator was wearing a helmet - but noted the injuries “appeared critical” in nature.
The operator, Peter Heckman, 55, of Cumberland, was transported by Air Ambulance to North Memorial Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. Further information as to Heckman’s condition was unknown on Monday, but Sheriff Johnson was informed that as of Tuesday morning, Heckman was still in critical condition.
Frederic Fire/First Responders, Northland Ambulance service, North Memorial Air Ambulance, Town of Clam Falls, and the Wisconsin State Patrol Assisted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office with this incident.
Of note, Heckman was on a 2011 Suzuki Dr650 motorcycle.
No further information was available at press time.