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The building that will house Osceola’s library, police station, village office and other community spaces is nearly finished. 

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On Aug. 14 the primary election will be the first step of unveiling who will take the seat as Clerk of Courts. Republican Joanne Ritten and Democrat Jackie Patterson are seeking election.

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Polk County voters in the Republican primary Aug. 14 will more than likely elect the next sheriff. Current Sheriff Pete Johnson is not seeking reelection and no Democratic candidate has come forward, so the odds of Tony Grimm or Brent Waak becoming sheriff are fairly high.

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A large crowd gathered Tuesday, July 31 at the Unity High School Preforming Arts Center in Balsam Lake. Attendees were not there to listen to music or view theatrics, instead they attended to voice concerns over the Stower Seven Lakes/Cattail Trail.

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Author Lois Joy Hofmann announced the release of the third book in her nautical trilogy, “In Search of Adventure and Moments of Bliss,” in San Diego last November. Now she plans to introduce the book series in Wisconsin and Minnesota, where she grew up and spends her summers.

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Polk County Health Department reports two dead crows have tested positive for West Nile Virus.  These are the first birds that tested positive for West Nile Virus in Polk County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1.

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A crew from Discover Wisconsin visited Osceola, Dresser and St. Croix Falls last week to film an episode of the weekly half-hour television program. 

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Roxann Nelson was hired in 1982 to teach sixth grade and coach the high school girls varsity basketball team. Little did she know that almost four decades later, she would have left a strong impact on the Osceola School District. 

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Some might call it bad luck, the series of events that left an Osceola man at home with no headlights while his wife was in labor at the hospital. 

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Harassment laws have always existed, but times have changed and so has the way that these crimes are carried out. People are now able to hide behind a screen and threaten or intimidate others. 

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Students and staff in the Osceola School District will be more secure in school buildings after the installment of $98,491 in locks and other security features.

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“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”  Osceola resident Steven Kicker has good reason to appreciate this Special Olympics oath. Fresh from the USA Special Olympic Games in Seattle, Wash. after helping to bring back a silver medal for Wisconsin in basketball, Kick…

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Summer is short but so very sweet in the St. Croix Valley, with an abundance of summer events, festivals and recreation. The St. Croix Valley Interpretive Association partners have scheduled many outdoor activities in August, and invite river valley residents to join them in savoring the las…

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After months of listening to homeowners’ pleas, the Polk County Board has placed a moratorium on proposed address changes associated with the county’s uniform addressing system. Additionally, the board set a public hearing on the issue for August 7.

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Wisconsin voters will choose from among party candidates Aug. 14. 

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Polk County Board members last week authorized an expansion of 4-H program services administered through the University of Wisconsin—Extension office.

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At the west end of the farmers market are lettuces, radish and spring greens whose freshness is matched by the smile of farmer Caroline Aoyama. Aoyama and her partner, Ryan Stubby, are in their second year interning at Foxtail Farm.

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Results are in for a survey of taxpayers in the Osceola school district conducted in May. The survey asked residents to weigh in on the district’s operational funding, facility maintenance and the future of the elementary school building.

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It’s been a life long dream of Bobby Penders to run his own repair and service shop. 

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Osceola’s Senior Citizens Club elected Mark Peacock as president to succeed long-time president Carol Allrich. Under Allrich’s leadership the seniors group was awarded the initial grant that launched the village’s new civic center. The seniors will have a dedicated space in the new center. 

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It seems pretty much everything is “up” at the Osceola Public Library these days as it keeps bucking trends.  This time it’s by significantly increasing circulation year after year.

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The Osceola Village Board last Tuesday awarded the village’s sole available liquor license to Christian Orosz, a restaurateur with plans to open a Southern cuisine eatery, Mangos, at the corner of Cascade Street and Second Avenue.

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“I surprise myself a little bit” 17 year old Natalie Albrecht says as she weighs out another bag of fresh, hydroponic, tomatoes. Today, she is managing the Endeavors Adult Development Center Tomato stand, for the first time by herself, at the Osceola Farmer’s market. This is part of her summ…

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People Loving People’s third annual Apple Pumpkin Festival may be the biggest yet. The Dresser Village Board approved extended hours for street closure this fall so organizers have more time to set up.

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At least four bears have been seen roving through Dresser in recent weeks, according to Police Chief Ryan Haass.

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Dresser’s Citizens Police Review Committee has ruled that Chief Ryan Haass must continue work with his support group while keeping the Dresser Village Board of Trustees up to date on progress or significant changes.

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Dresser’s former village president has been sentenced to six months in jail on a felony charge of recklessly caused child abuse. Bryan Beseler, who resigned from office concurrent with his acceptance of an April plea deal, will also pay restitution and perform 120 hours of community service.…

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Hula Popper. Jitterbug. Zara Spook. Creek Chub. Floating Rapala. Devil’s Horse. Buzzbait. Weedless Frog. Floating Rat. If you fish top water lures for largemouth bass with bait casting or spinning gear you know these lures. History and personal choice makes these baits the best lures to use …

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Before Dawn Western joined the Osceola School District, students with special needs were taught outside the district. 

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The Osceola Board of Education has approved the resignation of Jake Dodge, OIS Principal, and the retirement of Peggy Rydeen, OHS Administrative Assistant.

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As Osceola Elementary says goodbye to its principal of 23 years, Peggy Weber, a new bright face will take her place this fall. Lindsay Thomas brings with her a lot of ideas and passion for OES students. 

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Little owls for sale! Tiny octopus needing some love! Amy Davis is starting a new business, Sewn Lovely, at the Osceola Farmers Market. She is pulling upon a lifetime experience of sewing and a background in website design, to offer crocheted, knitted, and sewn items as well as alterations a…

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Little did Peggy Weber know when accepting her position at the Osceola Elementary School that she would be waving goodbye 23 years later with a successful career and cherished memories under her belt. Weber exclaims that these years have “flown by in a blink,” and is delighted with her time …

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It was 1990 when Sue Everson bought a building on Cascade Street and transformed it into a salon. 

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Redevelopment plans for Osceola’s old hospital seem to have reached an impasse, even as public anxiety mounts over the safety of youth sneaking into the abandoned building. 

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Dresser’s former village president has been sentenced to six months in jail on a felony conviction of recklessly caused child abuse. Bryan Beseler, who resigned from office concurrent with his acceptance of an April plea deal, will also pay restitution and perform 120 hours of community serv…

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The bulk of construction is finished on the county highway department’s new garage, reported Highway Department Commissioner Emil “Moe” Norby. And work continues at a quick clip.