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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
​Spring sports may actually start next week

Saints face Elite competition at Stout track and field meet

Coaches speak on delayed start to spring sports season


Slow start for golf season

New TIF District getting legs in the Village of Luck

Last meeting for Luck Trustees - warm and fuzzy

Luck artists sweep State Visual Arts Competition

Luck FCCLA members learn to lead – and compete

River’s Rally 5K and Fun Day May 5

Streaming for the Saints

School board to consider Environmental Club

City Council gives the OK for local parks project

Two in custody for forged bills

Balsam Lake organizational meeting turns contentious

Toddler dies in snowy driveway accident

Board of Supervisors gain consensus on pay

Mayor, alderperson take seats in St. Croix Falls

Very few organizational changes for Luck

Wisconsin native started International Earth Day

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OUTDOORS
New maple syrup season for church youth

Focus on safety for spring turkey season

Proposed removal of Kirtland’s warbler from endangered list

Hundreds of walleye waters will offer great fishing this year

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"Cardinal camaraderie"
Sports streaming for the Saints?
By Paul Rignell
Bob Rombach, owner and founder of streaming website WeAreGrantsburg.com, spoke with the St. Croix Falls School Board on April 10 and told them that he would like to establish a similar page to focus on the Saints community.
For examples of what Rombach has done with his Grantsburg-themed website, recent posts on that page have included coverage of local sports along with college athletic news featuring former Grantsburg students.
Rombach has also established websites of WeAreLuck.net and WeAreSiren.net.
“My goal is to shed positive light on small towns, especially their schools,” Rombach told the St. Croix Falls board last week.
Some St. Croix Falls students have already been featured through Rombach’s video streaming business, as he broadcast the Saints wrestling team sectionals from Cadott on Feb. 13.
The streaming coverage has not been limited to athletics, as Rombach noted they have also streamed village board meetings while their Grantsburg page received its greatest amount of web clicks when streaming the rescue of a vehicle from Wood Lake.
To pay for the business operations, Rombach has sold advertising by the month or by the year.
St. Croix Falls School Board member Brent McCurdy asked Rombach about the ability to cover sporting events as they happen in two or more communities at once.
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Slow start for golf season
By Lynda Berg Olds
Returning Luck Clubhouse Manager Gwen Anderson gave the first report at the Luck Golf Commission on Monday night. She said that as of April 16, there were a total of 1,251 members. Of those, 547 are new memberships, 633 are renewals from the first round and 71 are upgrades.
“There are a few that called over the weekend when we were closed so there will be a few more trickling in this week.”
Commission member Bruce Anderson clarified that the memberships to which Anderson referred are all the three-year discounted memberships. He commented that there aren’t too many “regular” members left and course Superintendent Kevin Clunis observed that Anderson et al would have got more bang for his golfing buck if the course had opened a month ago.
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Spring sports may actually start next week
By Paul Rignell
Spring weather may finally be coming to stay this week, as local high temperatures were expected to reach 50 degrees today (April 19) and climb up to 66 by next Monday.
Contingent on the right conditions, the spring sports season could actually begin next week. At press time, the Unity Eagle varsity baseball and softball teams were scheduled to host Turtle Lake/Clayton teams for games at 5:00 p.m. April 23. Unity track teams have a scheduled meet 4:30 p.m. April 24 at Chetek-Weyerhaeuser.
The Luck and Frederic co-op baseball and softball teams are scheduled to play games at St. Croix Falls at 5:00 p.m. April 24, while their track teams are scheduled for a meet at 4:00 p.m. that day in Osceola.
Golf seasons
The spring schedules may be affected the most for boys golf teams from St. Croix Falls, Unity, Luck and Frederic.
Certainly all meets were canceled through this week. There are meets scheduled for the area teams next week on the Luck and Frederic courses, but it remains to be seen whether they will take place.
The calendar shows other scheduled meets in Osceola, Clear Lake, Grantsburg and Frederic again before the conference title tournament in less than a month May 17 at Rice Lake. Regional meets are scheduled for May 22, followed by sectional meets May 29.
“We have had no season whatsoever,” St. Croix Falls coach Shawn Gudmunsen said last week about the spring delay. “Our normal practice area before the courses open has become a lake! You can only hit into a net in a classroom so many times.
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Board of Supervisors gain consensus on pay
By Lynda Berg Olds
The Honorable Judge Daniel Tolan administered the Oath of Office for the Polk County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday morning. It was a ceremonial occasion, which Judge Tolan treated with seriousness and solemnity. 
“I must tell you that I am honored and humbled to be here today to administer your Oath of Office. First of all, on behalf of myself and the citizens of Polk County, I want to thank you for your service.
“There is no greater calling that that of public service. I ask that you keep that steadfast in mind as you represent the citizens of Polk County. You are to do what is in the best interest of the citizens of Polk County as you make difficult decisions to improve the county and the services that we offer to our citizens. I trust that you will listen to the voices of the majority, but also hear the voices of the minority before you make your decisions. Remember it is you that has to make the tough decisions from this day forward; it is your calling and your duty for which you are pledging your oath today…”
Each of the 15 supervisors swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution in the State of Wisconsin – to “faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of said office to the best of their abilities.”
This organizational meeting began at 9:00 a.m., with the election of county board officers. Dean Johansen retained his seat as Chairman; Jay Luke was elected First Vice Chair and John Bonneprise was elected Second Vice Chair.
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