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Members of the Polk County Tourism Council and Information Center staff, spent time at the Wisconsin State Fair last week, promoting Polk County.

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Residents of Northern Wisconsin affected by the severe weather that swept across the state July 19-20 have come together to support each other and express their gratitude for the National Guard as recovery efforts continue. 

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Farmington residents with an interest in the North 40 Resources mine were encouraged last week to apply for a seat on a citizens committee. The committee of five will review concerns and create recommendations governing potential expansion of the mine. 

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Gov. Tony Evers has requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct a Preliminary Damage Assessment later this month for 19 Wisconsin counties and tribes hit hard by severe storms, flooding, straight line winds and tornadoes. This is the first step in potentially requesti…

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One day in 1965 I learned that By Blanchard, a teacher in Osceola, had a root beer stand for sale. I read the Richardson drive-in advertisements as a kid, and always wanted to own a root beer stand. I contacted Byron and learned that his son and daughter had outgrown their carhop aprons. His…

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In 1869, when the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish was first established in Farmington, the state of Wisconsin was only 21 years old, and the 15,715 square miles that now encompass the current Diocese of Superior held only 12 parishes, including St. Anne’s of Somerset. 

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Osceola Interiors owner David Smith marked items down last week in preparation for all but moving from his shop. 

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Joshua Langeback-Cross and Lanaya Wistrom were found yesterday, reported Langeback-Cross' mother, Sandra Cross.

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The Polk County Health Department has lifted the swimming advisory on Half Moon Beach in Milltown. Two consecutive samples have indicated bacteria levels are at safe swimming levels. Weekly monitoring will continue through Labor Day to ensure that the bacteria remain at a safe level for swimmers.

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Efficient spending and strong sales tax more than made up for unexpected costs to Polk County in 2018, County Administrator Nick Osborne reported last week.

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The St. Croix ArtBarn will not be the only company in the St. Croix Valley to perform Shakespeare under the stars this summer. On Saturday, July 27, Summit Players Theater is rolling into town to put on “Romeo and Juliet” at Interstate Park. The traveling troupe, which celebrates its fifth s…

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Osceola High School students presented a petition to Osceola Village Board members last week on behalf of area residents concerned about silica sand mining in Farmington.

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Discover Wisconsin, the state’s tourism TV show, will again shine the spotlight on Osceola and three other Main Street communities. “Just Off Main Street” features Osceola, Florence County, Whitewater, and Omro. It first aired in March and will air again July 20 at 10 a.m. on Fox Sports Wisc…

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Now in its 23rd year, Franconia Sculpture Park has perfected the ultimate summer music series. On July 27 at Franconia’s Earthen Amphitheatre see headliner Scottie Miller Band with opening band Barbaro. 

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Osceola police and other first responders were called to a plane crash last Sunday, July 14, at 1:18 p.m.

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In a July 1 estimate, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction anticipated that Osceola’s general school aids would increase about $44,000 (0.43%) for the 2019-20 year. 

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The Polk County Health Department has issued a swimming advisory on Half Moon Beach, Milltown, due to high levels of Fecal Coliform Bacteria. High levels have been confirmed in conclusive water tests done July 3 and July 10, 2019. The swimming advisory will remain in effect until two consecu…

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A hundred years ago, the medical field was on the brink of modernization. In the coming decade, maternal and child healthcare would dramatically improve, insulin would be invented for the treatment of diabetes, and nursing would become a learned profession. 

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Few pastimes seem more quintessentially American than baseball. The sport has been a source of livelihood in the United States for nearly two centuries, energizing the populace through times of war and peace. The Osceola Braves, originally established in 1943 and based at Oakey Park since th…

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A new decade is looming on the horizon, and Osceola’s Snap Fitness location has undergone a makeover just in time. Fresh off an update of the facility’s interior, including new flooring and more machines, the establishment took on yet another endeavor, doubling in size and incorporating Myzo…

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With $0 flowing into the sewer utility fund and a recommendation from the village’s auditor to keep ahead of infrastructure costs, the Dresser Village Board is working to establish incremental increases to the sewer and water utility rates.

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Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid,” starring Halle Bailey, is still more than a year away. If you cannot wait that long, catch ArtBarn’s adaptation of the classic “tail” on stage beginning July 11. Directed by Jennifer Dobbins, the play features a cast of 31, playing 57 char…

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“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

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The concept of creating a Fab Lab in Osceola, with tools and training opportunities geared toward the manufacturing sector, seemed to be a sound solution for meeting work force needs and retention. However, it has not generated the financial support needed for the project.  

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Dozens of residents crowded into Farmington’s town hall July 1 to voice and listen to concerns regarding the future of frac sand mining at the limestone quarry and gravel pit. A few even peered in from outside through the open window as many of the same themes explored at Osceola’s board mee…

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The Polk County Health Department announced last week it had achieved national reaccreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board. Polk County Health initially received accreditation in 2013, one of the first 13 in the nation. Accreditation is granted for five years and at that ti…

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Step into the Osceola Public Library, and visitors will likely notice that it has a new name. Lettering above the circulation desk now reads “Wilberg Memorial Library” in honor of a $508,000 gift from Charles and Gloria Wilberg.

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Dresser’s village library board is forming a committee to research renaming the library in honor of past trustee and library president Geraldine Anderson.