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Rising waters rendered parts of 82nd and 83rd avenues un-drivable in the Town of Osceola last weekend. Standing near a blockade on 82nd Avenue on Monday morning, Town Chair Doug Schmidt reported that the basements of nearby homes were flooding, and said he expects the water to rise this week…

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How many steps do you take in a day—3,000, 5,000, 10,000? And if you are an active person trying to increase your number of steps, do you take for granted that you’ll have clean water to drink as you work up a thirst? This spring, some Osceola students will learn how the number of steps they…

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Traffic is still moving through but delays are likely as first responders report to the scene of a dump truck turned over. The truck appears to have tipped while turning from Highway 35 onto Highway 243 to cross the bridge to Minnesota. 

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If you happened to be driving through Amery March 2, an accumulation of people dressed in brightly colored helmets and snow gear at Soo Line Park may have caught your attention.

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A recent social media post by an area farmer has shed light on an issue that is affecting his farm and possibly others. Josh Roos farms near the Stower Seven Lakes Trail between 140th Street and 150th Street. He currently warned trail users that a wolf had been spotted on the trail headed in…

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Arvid Maki, dean of students in the Osceola School District, informed the Osceola School Board of his retirement at the school board’s March 6 meeting. In response, the board and administration thanked Maki for his many years of service and wished him well in his future endeavors. 

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Susan LoRusso, assistant professor at Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at University of Minnesota, will be the guest presenter on “Fake News and Media Literacy.” The educational forum will be held Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Unity School District’s Performing Ar…

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Two Osceola students plan to use World Water Day, March 22, as an occasion to share information with their peers about the global status of fresh, clean water.

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With 2,500 acres of hemp already planted in Wisconsin, the growing rise of hemp farming sparked a discussion at a February 28 Wisconsin Towns Association Meeting about the potential for hemp farming in Polk County. 

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Representative Gae Magnafici (R-Dresser) will be holding in-district listening sessions on Friday, March 29, to gather feedback from constituents on Wisconsin’s 2019-2021 biennial budget. Members of the public and the press are encouraged to attend the following listening sessions:

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Hosting its fifth annual NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley, ArtReach St. Croix is one of 75 organizations nationwide awarded a prestigious grant to host NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday ordered the state’s National Guard troops to withdraw from the border with Mexico, drawing the ire of a Republican congressman from Illinois who serves as a pilot in the Wisconsin detachment.

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It’s been more than 20 years since that Matt Hayton first felt the spark of an idea now taking shape as Cedar Bend Church. 

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After a closed session discussion Feb. 19, the Polk County Board rescinded master plans for the Stower Seven Lakes and Cattail state trails. 

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From Cascade Falls and the St. Croix River to Trollhaugen’s aerial courses, the Osceola area stars an upcoming episode of the weekly television program Discover Wisconsin. 

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Osceola’s Lucky Panda has new owners. Sue Zheng and Bing Yang moved from Georgia to purchase the Chinese food restaurant from Cindy Zheng (no relation to Sue) and Dao feng Wei. 

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The extraordinarily cold temperatures two weeks ago did not stop A.J. and Jessie Simon from attempting to take their daughter Hailey to the Olive Garden for her 11th birthday. Travel to the destination would prove to be an experience that Hailey, her younger brother Xander, and their parents…

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Broken wing arms, a broken sweeper and electrical issues on a village plow made clearing snow difficult for the Osceola public works crew last week. One breakdown occurred just 10 hours after repairs had been made, according to Todd Waters, the village’s streets and parks coordinator.

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In recent weeks, Osceola police officers twice came to the aid of residents in need of medical help.

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When it comes to the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail and the debate on its usage, nothing in the process has been simple. The latest element in the pursuit to keep the trail nonmotorized is a lawsuit filed Feb. 8 by Peter Henry against Polk County. 

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The Polk County Board accepted a $355,000 offer Tuesday, Feb. 19, from Kwik Trip and Osceola Auto Body to buy tax-forfeited land in the Village of Osceola.

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The American Red Cross reported its need for blood donations is high after 370 blood drives were cancelled last week. The organization estimated that nationwide some 11,500 donations were not collected due to extreme cold brought by the polar vortex.

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A Community Sewing Day is happening on Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, Dresser.  The community-wide event, sponsored by the church’s Outreach Ministry, is an expansion of the popular sewing event initiated last year by the ministry to help support the Little Dresses fo…

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There are groomed trails, there is white fluffy snow and there are sled enthusiasts chomping at the bit, but there will be no snowmobiling on the Stower Seven Lakes Trail (SSLT), at least for now.

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Students in the St. Croix Falls High School music department are holding an open showroom mattress sale fundraiser this weekend. Proceeds will benefit the department's trip to New York this spring.

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This year’s Winter Carnival PTA Fundraiser, meant to raise funds for teacher grants, was approved at last Wednesday’s Osceola School Board meeting.

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A previously mild winter turned into a deep freeze last week, with 30-below-zero temperatures for a two-day stretch. Schools closed throughout the region, as did businesses and government agencies across the state. 

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The Wisconsin Assembly overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that would force health insurers to cover pre-existing conditions if Republicans succeed in dismantling the Affordable Care Act, heading off potential criticism of GOP legislators on the 2020 campaign trail.

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Kwik Trip has expressed interest in buying two tax-delinquent lots in Osceola. The lots, which are adjacent, sit south of the village center on Ridge Road off State Highway 35. They total 78 acres.