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Sexual assault charges filed against former jailer
By Lynda Berg Olds
On April 13, 2015 a Criminal Complaint was filed in Polk County against former Polk County Jailer Darryl L. Christensen, 48, of Amery. The Criminal Complaint alleges five counts of 2nd Degree sexual assault by a correctional staff member.
These charges involve five different women who were for the most part incarcerated in “max pod,” the maximum security area of the Polk County Jail - where there are no monitoring cameras. The sexual assaults reportedly...
See this week's (April 16) County Ledger Press for the complete story.

Board amenable to bus contract
By Reid A Gacke
The Unity School Board agreed to move forward on negotiations with Kobussen Busses Ltd. at their meeting on Tuesday night this week. The board called upon Kobussen to provide them with a draft contract, which they will then review to ensure that it fits in with Unity’s transportation needs. The deal with Kobussen would take transportation concerns out of Unity’s hands and into Kobussen’s, who would handle all of the school’s bussing needs. The idea is that schools are in the business of education and removing transportation demands from the mix allows them to better focus on teaching the students.
See this week's (April 16) County Ledger Press for the complete story.
Pine Park getting all perked up
By Lynda Berg Olds
An attempt to extend the Freedom Fest street dance scheduled for July 3 was shot down by the Balsam Lake Village Board on Monday night. The hope was to allow the band to play until 1:00 a.m., rather than be cut off at midnight, but this would involve amending the ordinance, which the majority of trustees were not in favor of.
The board had a lot on their plate at this meeting and methodically moved through the 29 agenda items.
​See this week's (April 16) County Ledger Press for the complete story.
...Stabbing
Kelly leaves behind a wife and five children under the age of nine. He was also a beloved wrestling coach and widely known in the St. Croix Falls community.
Kelly and his friend were fishing on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River Tuesday night and were arguing back and forth with three men on the Wisconsin side at about 6:30 p.m. Over the next few hours the argument escalated and Kelly and his friend came over to the Wisconsin side and confronted the trio. A brief physical confrontation occurred, and Kelly was fatally stabbed at 9:45 p.m., dying moments later. The three men fled in two separate vehicles.
Visitation is today (April 17) from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake.
 The funeral will be Saturday, April 18, at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help his wife, Christie, and their children Kellen, Payton, Miles, Auggie and Molly: http://www.gofundme.com/s7y8rg4





...Cash
security, metal detectors and all.
The only real action taken was a cash bond was set at $125,000 and a “speedy prelim” will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at 9:30 a.m.
The criminal complaint says Kelly’s friend told authorities that Kelly asked the defendant if he had just pulled a knife – and the defendant admitted to having one. While Kelly’s buddy watched the two other men who accompanied the defendant, Kelly said, “We’ve got to go, he stabbed me.” The buddy asked the defendant if he stabbed his friend and the complaint says that he admitted he did – before fleeing the scene.
Kelly’s friend smashed a window to get at a cell phone to call 911 and when he looked back, Kelly was on the ground. And he was able to see with the light of the cell phone a large amount of blood coming from his chest.
He performed CPR until emergency personnel arrived on scene.
Kelly didn’t make it.
Acre-Kendall faces up to 60 years in prison.
On Wednesday the court will determine if there is “probable cause” to bind Acre-Kendall over until trial. In the meantime, he remains in the custody of the Polk County Jail.