Fireworks started at the end of what was already a long and trying meeting at the St. Croix Falls City Council Monday night. The last item on the agenda brought forth a whole new “energy” for lack of a better word.
The last item on the agenda was an item regarding cellphone use by council members during meetings and the use of social media. It was placed on the agenda by Alderwoman Joy Zasadny.
“I asked that this be placed on our agenda this evening,” stated Zasadny. “I also gave our legal counsel a heads up that this would be coming.
“Two meetings ago there was a message through a cellphone, you were taking public comments and they had been closed. It said that I couldn't abstain unless there was a conflict of interest, which was wrong.
“I was at a Public Works meeting and there was someone making a presentation and three out of four people were on their cellphones,” observed Zasadny. “I was appalled by their behavior.
“I also know Kirk (Alderman Anderson) posts and is active on social media,” said Zasadny. “And I have gotten questions from some of those posts.”
The City's legal counsel Anders Hellquist was on hand to answer any questions that the council may have.
“There are generally some things you ask yourself,” began Hellquist. “First, what is the purpose of this policy, is it enforceable, are people held accountable and why.”
Hellquist went on to note that many cities are staying away from policies regarding the use of social media because it could infringe on first amendment rights.
“When you think about it we have been doing the same thing for centuries,” noted Hellquist. “After the meeting you may go down to the bar or tavern to discuss it. There might be letters to the editor, or mass e-mails...you don't want to get to the point where you are over regulating speech. It would be a messy policy to write and enforce.”
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Cardinals soar “above and beyond”
For the past four years, Luck's Cardinal Caravan has been recognizing students who have been chosen by staff members for their outstanding behavior and positive influence on their fellow students. Three times each year, students are selected who demonstrate responsible, respectful, and safe choices consistently, in and out of the classroom. Each of the students selected has “stood out” in a particular way and made an impact on fellow students and the nominating teachers.
Recently, four Luck students – Andrew Frendt, Kaylee Evenson, Abby Thoreson, and Maddy Becker – were honored by the Caravan and rewarded with balloons, school supplies, and gift certificates from local business sponsors.
Fourth-grader Andrew Frendt was nominated by elementary teacher Kathy Herwick. She said, "Andrew was instrumental in making sure all of the children had a costume at Halloween. He has gathered a costume collection named "Andrew's Attic." The Cardinal Caravan committee chose to present him with additional costumes and pieces for his collection.
Mrs. Nancy Gill nominated Kaylee Evenson for "her unselfishness and her willingness to go above and beyond to help a classmate or teacher." According to nominating teacher Renee Gavinski, Abby Thoreson "steps up when something needs to be done." She added, "Abby was a real asset in helping with this year's summer school."
"I nominated Maddy Becker because she always has a positive attitude and is willing to ask questions to better her understanding in class. She takes extra notes to help her comprehension, helps friends and classmates understand the material, and works not only towards my high expectations but also works to meet her intrinsic high standards that are instilled by a willingness to make mistakes and a commitment to learning," declared her nominating teacher Torrie Greer.
LFGS Wrestling the little team that could
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burg/ Siren co-op wrestling team has some 13 athletes that wrestle for the team.
LFGS participated in the Rush City Invite on Dec. 1 and managed to take third out of nine schools with only 10 guys wrestling.
What follows are the results of that meet along with the comments of Head Coach Chris Bartlett.
106 – Nolan Johnson, took 1st, went 3-0. Wrestled very well, has things to work on but it is early. Makes two in a row at this tournament.
113 – Taedon Nichols, took 1st, went 3-0. Wrestled aggressively and doesn't back away, keeps pressure on the opponent. He will have a good year.
120 - Logan Czech, took 4th, went 1-2. He was able to get his first win in the first tournament. He did well.
126 – Donald McLafferty DNP, went 0-2. Wrestled alright and has the right attitude.
138 – Hunter Sellent, took second, went 2-1. It was a good weight class. Some quality wrestlers at this weight. He wrestled the same kid last year. He was pinned in the first. This year he battled into the third.
145 – Landyn Johnson, took 3rd, went 3-1. Toughest weight class by far. Good wrestling all day.
152 – Roberto Domingues, took 5th, went 0-2. First time wrestling, he did alright.
160 – Merlin Hibbs, took 5th, went 2-2, Wasn't feeling the best, battled the entire day.
182 – Brad Lucas, took 2nd, went 2-1. First time making the finals. He was excited and did well.
195 – Dominic Caroon – took 1st, went 3-0. He is a strong kid and if we can get him to reserve it he will be tough to beat. He improved from second place last year.
“We only had 10 guys and were able to get third out of nine schools,” observed Bartlett. “Everyone won their last match, except one. The kids all wrestled hard and never stopped. We have stuff to work on, but it is early and there is plenty of time.”
Thieves tear up taverns
By Lynda Berg Olds
Early Sunday morning, shortly before dawn, two area businesses were hit by burglar(s). The first was Ben's Northern Bar on Main Street in Luck, probably in the neighborhood of about 6 a.m. The second was JJ's Club 35, not too long after.
Both businesses were broken into and havoc was wrought, especially at JJs. The perpetrator(s) were after money in the gaming machines, unaware said machines are emptied each night. Evidently frustrated by the lack of bounty, the machines were smashed, 10 of them between the two bars, accounting for several thousand dollars in damage.
A bigger venue, JJs sustained considerably more damage as the whole place was ransacked, including the bar, kitchen and office. Owner Jim Glasspoole said the owners of the gaming machines are really taking a hit.
Law enforcement is working on the case – and there may be other establishments who were also burglarized and vandalized.
“The smash-fest and destruction was malicious and absolutely ridiculous,” stated the primary investigator on the case. December 6, 2018