Cost per student Mercer $25,097,
Wis. $13,505, Nation $11,762
ACT comp. score Mercer 17.0,
Wis. 19.6, Lakeland UHS 20.0,
Hurley 18.7; perfect score 36.0
Mercer DPI Report Card score
lowest of all 421 Wis. districts

Thursday, June 6, 2019

A Very Sad Time for Mercer
When our forefathers drafted the First Amendment to our Constitution they may have had in mind that someday, somewhere a small group of disrupters would want to try to squelch freedom of speech and of the press.  But that seems to be what is happening in Mercer. 
What has been sacred to Americans, and for what many have fought and died for, is now under attack by an anonymous group and other individuals parading under the such pseudonyms as the Committee for Position Action (CPA) and Micah Magma.  They have gone so far as to dupe people into unknowingly signing away, in a petition, their First Amendment Rights under the mistaken belief that it would remedy a serious community wide problem.
The problem dividing the community is not the public print and broadcast sources, the social media or individuals who are reporting the news about the mismanagement of the school.  The root cause of the problem is a Mercer School administration and its followers (the CPA and Micah Magma) which are trying to prevent disclosure about the failure to provide our youth with a needed education and the administration’s mismanagement and misspending.
Of course, Mercer School Administrator Erik Torkelson and his minions would want to eliminate the chance for anyone to criticize his failed administration.  In an earlier statement to the news media Torkelson even asked that those critical of his administration should be “silenced”.   But, can you imagine a society where no one would be able to criticize what is clearly a major problem?  Of course, it has happened before in such places as Nazi Germany and the Communist Soviet Union.
A recent attempt to undermine our Constitution was the result of a letter by an unsuspecting Mercer person, probably written by someone in the CPA gang, asking Town Chairman John Sendra to have the Iron County District Attorney do away with our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and the press by eliminating this blogsite.  Ironically, the author of the letter wrote,"I am aware of the first amendment rights,” but went on anyway to say, in effect, that they should not apply in Mercer’s case. 
Instead of laughing off the matter, Sendra took the letter to the DA who probably felt that the whole idea was absurd.  Sendra committed another faux pas by inappropriately bringing up the subject at a Town Board meeting, a venue where it had no reason to be discussed. 
What is it about the school’s administration that is so wrong that the Torkelson followers want to silence all chances for criticism and reporting?  They say that such criticism is dividing the community.  But it is they who are dividing the community by continually trying to prevent open dialogue and reporting of the facts.

The objective of any despotic regime is to eliminate the chance for criticism.  This is what our forefathers saw as an imminent danger to our Republic when they felt it was important enough to make freedom speech and the press as the NUMBER ONE amendment to our Constitution -- not number four, five of six.


  1. Sendra again poked his nose where it doesn’t belong. This time he violated his oath of office to defend our Constitution and instead sided with a group trying to undermine it. We need to be reminded of what Sendra did if tries to run for re-election.

    1. The other Town Board supervisors were all over Sendra for his actions. The Town Board minutes said nothing about it.

  2. Why don’t you just say it. CPA is Deanna Pierpont and Micah Magna is Bill Brundage, two people Mercer would be better off without.

  3. I truly do not understand something. The state of Wisconsin has 422 school districts, right? Or is it schools? Doesn't matter. Whatever it is, Mercer School ranks last, right? Isn't this the number 1 issue?

    Why is it that the parents of these students don't do anything? Don't they care that their children aren't getting a proper education? Why doesn't one or two of them run for the School Board? Are the parents in the Mercer school district the worst parents in the state? Could a student(s) sue their parents for not insuring they had a reasonable education?

    As I said, I don't understand. Could someone explain this to me? Maybe a real parent.


    1. Their frame of reference is limited. So all they know is what Torkelson spouts off about Mercer School. It's the gold standard, nothing is ever wrong, everyone is on the honor roll, etc.

      It could also be that they place little value on an education. Again, it is their frame of reference.

      It's a shame because if they took their car in for repairs, they would certainly question the bill.

  4. Why even bother with this anymore. Most of the people don't seem to care and probably don't deserve your help.

  5. There must be something in the water in that town!! Nobody cares about how they are being taken to the cleaners!! I've never seen anything like it!!

  6. What happened to the “Heil CPA and Micah Magma” comment? I thought it was very appropriate considering that they are trying to undermine two of our basic freedoms.

  7. I am not even sure how the Mercer school district could become ranked at the bottom (422 out of 422) considering the schools in Milwaukee, etc. With that said, being ranked below 211 (average of all) is considered a failure for Torkelson and all that are involved running the district in my opinion. Just a decade or so ago Mercer School was graduating some of the smartest kids in the state.
    The parents in Mercer allowed the hiring of an inexperienced administrator at a unbelievable salary. As the school has run amuck with issues and continued to have many supervision problems, the administrator continued to receive raises and bonus. Regardless of what one thinks about Torkelson, he has been a very poor manager regarding nearly every aspect of the school system. I also have little sympathy for the tax payers and parents because they have watched this and allowed it all to happen. It is all shamefull