On Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m., the Chisago County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of Milltown Road and Highway 8 in Taylors Falls for the report of a male party that had fallen off a rock cliff in Interstate Park and was unresponsive. The caller did not know their location.
Deputies responded to the area based off the 911 call general coordinates and began searching. While emergency operators stayed on the line with the caller, deputies used their squad sirens to communicate and ultimately narrow down the specific location of where the caller and victim were based off sound.
Deputies were able to navigate the extreme terrain and locate the victim at the base off an approximately 30 foot cliff. Deputies were then able to direct other emergency responders to the location, which was only reachable on foot.
Emergency personnel began rendering aid to the male on scene and he was ultimately lowered to safety and transported to the nearest emergency department. From there he was flown by North Air Care to a Level I trauma center for further care.
The man was identified as Luke Zajac, 19.
The Chisago County Sheriff's Office was assisted on scene by the Taylors Falls Fire Department, St. Croix Falls Fire Department, Lakes Region EMS, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
CAFO stakeholder's meeting spills into county board
By Lynda Berg Olds
Prior to the Polk County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday night was a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Stakeholders meeting upstairs at the Government Center in Balsam Lake. The coordinators of this event were staff of the Polk County Division of Environmental Services, Department of Land Information.
Three stakeholder groups were identified and were separated into independent session, with each group allowed one hour to share their input and concerns regarding new CAFO regulations. The information received will be presented (today) Wednesday to the Environmental Services Committee.
The three groups were identified as Agricultural Producers, Local Officials/Moratorium Committee Members and Concerned Citizens.
The official start time of the county board meeting is 6 p.m., but it was changed until 7 p.m. to accommodate this event. Supervisors filed in a few minutes late and First Vice Chair Jay Luke, who presided over the meeting in Chair Dean Johansen's absence, robustly rang the bell and pounded the gavel as the troops rolled in, calling the meeting to order.
A tiny civics lesson
After the routine business, which includes, among other items, the Roll Call (four of 15 absent), the Pledge of Allegiance and Time of Reflection (none offered), a motion was called for to approve the Consent Agenda. This involved approval/corrections to the minutes from Dec. 17, 2019, approval of a resolution amending the Polk County Smoke-Free Air Ordinance (to include prohibition of vaping or use of any electronic devices), confirmation of Emergency Fire Wardens for the county (Jean Smith, Mike Stoddard, and Ron and Patty Fredericks).
The St. Croix Falls Saints hosted the Unity Eagles for some doubleheader action on Tuesday following the Dollars for Scholars annual chili cook off.
The first to take the floor was the boys and it was a battle right up until the end of the game. Things were neck and neck at the half with a score 29-28, SCF.
The Eagles dropped the hammer down in the second half when Jaxon Flaherty and Dan Sorenson pounded out point after point.
The second half of the game the Saints seemed to keep pace, at first. But as the clock ticked down and Eagles managed to keep increasing their lead to the point that Saints fans knew there was no way to overcome the scoring gap.
Final score: 57-49, Unity.
Eagle team leaders in scoring for the night were Flaherty with 16, Jake Bloom with 13, and Sorenson with 14 points.
The Saints played hard, but eventually were pushed out by a very tough Eagles team.
“We played another great game on the defensive end of the floor and created a lot of turnovers,” observed Unity head coach Shaun Fisher. “We are proud of the guys for playing hard and maintaining their composure down the stretch, which allowed us to pull away and win the game.”
Top scorers for the Saints were Declan Greenquist with 18 points, Kullan Parks with 10 points and Trevor LaMirande with nine points.
Saints girls vs. Eagles
While the Saints boys may have had to leave the court defeated, the same cannot be said for the Saints girls, who are truly a force to be reckoned with. That being said the Unity Eagle girls are nothing to sneeze at either as they have a lot of talent on their bench. Experienced players with the athletic prowess to back up their plays. The Saints however are proving to be a league of their own as they continue slip victory after victory under their collective belt.
The first half of the game saw the Eagles within spitting distance of the Saints. By halftime the score stood at 26-20.
However, someone lit a fire under the Saints girls and they doubled their scoring efforts and racked up an impressive 41 points while holding their guests to an additional 18 points. Final score: 67-38, SCF.
Top scorers for the Saints were Emily McCurdy and Azalea Edwards each with 14 points, followed by Olivia Miron with 10 points.
Raegan Sorenson led the Eagles with 10 points for the night.
January 23, 2020
Luck Winter Carnival welcomes new Grand Marshal
By Lynda Berg Olds
“It was a surprise,” stated Jacob “Jake” Jensen, when asked by Ledger Newspapers what it was like to find out he had been named the Luck Winter Carnival Grand Marshal. The Ledger/Enterprise Press sat down Monday morning with Jake, a pillar of Luck's Main Street business community, at (where else?) Jensen Furniture, circa 1956.
Jake relayed that Sherrie Johnson, Luck's Tourism Director and Winter Carnival Committee member, gave him the news. “It's an honor to be selected to represent our community in this way. I appreciate the thoughtfulness of that group.”
A lengthy conversation ensued with a lot of ground covered about Jake's life – his education, family, business, hobbies and his service to the Luck community.
One thing is certain, Jake's roots run very deep in the area. Jake was born in Neenah, Wisconsin and his folks moved back to Luck when dad Mark decided to join his dad at Jensen Furniture.
“We have actually been in business in Luck within pretty close proximity to this corner (Main Street and Highway 48) for 116 years. My great grandfather wasn't in furniture, he was a blacksmith by trade when he originally came to Luck and continued in farm equipment. Then my grandfather, Levi, bought the furniture business in 1956.”