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Hundreds turn out for fallen officer 
By Arianna Schultz
Deputy Michael J. Seversen passed away from complications from injuries sustained in the line of on April 14 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his family and a few close friends. 
Seversen’s celebration of life was on April 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Croix Falls High School. 
The bleachers were lined with friends, family, law enforcement, fire and EMT personnel during the ceremony. There was law enforcement from multiple counties present, and formed a line to salute Seversen. 
There were nine different speakers who talked about Seversen’s accomplishments, as well as his inspiring outlook on life. The St. Croix Falls Chamber singers even sang a few songs during the ceremony. 
Seversen was born on May 18, 1963 in St. Croix Falls and graduated from the St. Croix Falls High School in 1981, and then graduated from Grace Bible College in 1983.
Seversen worked as a Park Ranger, an Officer at the Luck Police Department, the St. Croix Falls Police Department and at the Polk County.
​See this weeks (April 24) Standard Press for the entire story.
Fewer supervisors do not mean less money
By Lynda Berg Olds
It is taking a significant amount of time for the Polk County Board of Supervisors to figure out how to organize themselves with their reduced 15-member board. When the referendum was passed – a couple of years ago, it was pretty clear that residents thought that fewer supervisors would mean less money paid out. So far, that is most definitely not true, in fact it is quite the contrary.
At last Tuesday’s meeting of the Polk County Board, Supervisor Jim Edgell spoke to the subject matter.
First I got one agenda, then two days later I got another, then I got another. I don’t know what when on between the second and the fourth of April. I don’t understand the rationale. Number one, (we had a meeting) last Wednesday, right in the middle of lent. In this country, even back in high school, they made sure we were done with football practice by 5:00 p.m. and here is a meeting scheduled in the middle of lent on a Wednesday. That to me is so wrong. I’m not trying to be pious.”
Edgell made the strong point that county board meetings are historically held on Tuesdays.
“Now we are throwing a monkey wrench into things by having a Monday night meeting on April 28. Two years ago, when we had our organizational meeting, we started at 9:00 a.m. and at 4:25 p.m. we were done – with everything. We took two breaks and had over an hour for lunch – and still got everything done.
See this week's Ledger Press (April 24) for the entire story.
Commission discusses landscape and facade plans
By Arianna Schultz 
The St. Croix Falls Plan Commission met on April 21 to discuss only two agenda items. The first new business that the commission discussed at extensive length was the presentation of landscape and façade plans for a Snap Fitness facility on the Northwest Corner of McKenney Street and Highway 35. 
During the last Plan Commission meeting there was discussion about the Scenic Resource Overlay. The size of the project is within the code, but the commission said that the Scenic Overlay Code lists that the building façade shall be of wood, stone or natural resources. The proposed building was made out of steel. 
The plan was brought to the Plan Commission again, and this time with some improvements. 
The new siding was roughly 60 percent natural surface. The front of the building is about 70 percent natural products and the copper enamel-steel roof will be all-natural. It was suggested that there will be three feet of wanes coat around the bottom, with cedar and stone; all incorporated with steel.  
There were many suggestions during the hour-long discussion about the Snap Fitness plans. Among them included more windows, shifting the building, elevations, and input about the outside of the building. 
See this week's Standard Press (April 24) for the entire story.