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Shortly after returning home from school one day in spring 2010, Luscely Flores, who was 13 at the time, and her mother heard a knock on the door. Peering through the window, Flores’ mother saw a man holding a laptop. He wore business casual attire and a lanyard around his neck. 

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Local potters are about to get fired up about a new venture located between Amery and Star Prairie. Mark and Barbara Lusardi approached the Polk County Environmental Committee Jan. 22 to obtain a permit for Potters Without Kilns (PWK). 

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Pennies may not seem very useful, but when they help kids fight cancer, their value becomes golden. This year’s 25th anniversary of Pennies for Patients kicked off January 31 at the Osceola Elementary school with a performance by the Osceola High School band, and fun presentations to show ki…

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All snowmobile trails South of Highway 8 are now open. There are conditional closures that can be seen on the Polk County Parks & Trails website and the Snowmobile Trail Tracker.

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The unveiling of Toole Design’s Draft Plan review regarding the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail (SSLST) was slated to take place at the Environmental Committee meeting Jan. 22. Toole Design has rescheduled for Feb. 12, but their review was made available for viewing on Polk County’s website.

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In October 2019, the Polk County Board, like Burnett before them, enacted a moratorium on hog Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) to study the matter further. Polk County’s six-month moratorium was half that of Burnett’s 12-month, which had passed in August.

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The Village of Dresser met with Village of Osceola administrator, Ben Krumenauer, to discuss the recent revelation of under billed wastewater treatment in Dresser at their regularly scheduled meeting in January. In previous meetings, the board discussed a bill of roughly $60,000 dollars in t…

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The Village of Osceola has thrown their hat into the ring regarding recent mining expansion issues in the Town of Farmington.  At the January 14 board meeting, the village indicated that they would be directly contacting the board of Farmington to become involved in the conversations regardi…

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A call made from the office of Dresser’s Valley Motel regarding a disorderly subject has landed Michael, Huettl, 66, with repeat charges of  possession of Methamphetamine, possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, criminal trespassing to dwelling, criminal dama…

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The Town of Farmington Board received a recommendation to continue their current moratorium on any mining expansion during a meeting with their attorney Friday, January 10. The continued pause will give the board time to further consider any impacts to the community, consult expert opinion, …

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President Donald Trump signed a provision Dec. 20 saying anyone under the age of 21 can no longer legally buy any tobacco products in the United States. The change means people between the ages of 18 and 20 who could once legally purchase cigars, cigarettes, e-cigarettes and vaping cartridge…

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“Sam transitioned around 11 or 12 right before seventh grade,” says author and LGBTQ advocate, Leslie Lagerstrom speaking about her child, Sam, who was “assigned female at birth” before transitioning to become male around the age of 12. “That whole time, I wanted to hear from another parent …

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The quaint Dresser Library was filled with visitors Jan. 4 for a renaming of the library in Geraldine E. Anderson’s memory. Anderson’s commitment to the library lasted decades before her passing in January 2019. In keeping her legacy alive, the Dresser Village Library Board recognized her de…

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The recovery of the bald eagle has been one of the greatest conservation success stories in American history, but these majestic raptors aren’t quite out of the woods for good. Recent declines in eagle populations have some scientists asking where the biggest threats to these birds lie, and …

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The snowmobile trails in Polk County are now open.  There are a few small closures due to poor trail conditions.  Trail data can be viewed on:https://polkcowi.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=c4b3346088b141e5a88a9701451b1fad

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People tend to look forward to the holidays. A grand time of celebration with loved ones, an opportunity for family togetherness and a time for recreating long standing family traditions. What if even while you stood within the walls of a loving home, you never really felt “home” for the hol…

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The Polk County Board of Supervisors kept the “status quo” when fixing their compensation for the next four years at the Dec. 17 meeting. The board discussed two options, ultimately deciding that the first, with a minor change in language, would be implemented by a 10 to 4 vote in the April …

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All snowmobile and frozen-ground ATV trails in Polk County are closed due to deteriorating conditions. 

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“At least two of the kids that sat on my knee then, I have their grandkids doing it now,” said Rick Anderson, dressing as “Santa’s helper” for nearly five decades. “I was 16 walking in the store looking for Christmas presents when I saw a one-size-fits-all Santa outfit, and it all started fr…

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Osceola Elementary Schoolers braved the cold and snow Dec. 12 to sing Christmas carols to visitors and shop owners in downtown Osceola. A few lucky storefronts were treated to the special performance. 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines binge drinking as five-plus drinks per occasion for men and four-plus drinks per occasion for women. 

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There are probably quite a few people who will have a story to tell about “the one that got away” after the 2019 gun deer season. Another deer season has come and gone and overall it looks like both license sales and registration totals are down. 

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The Town Board of Osceola has struggled to find a solution to their need for a steady clerk and treasurer. After an ordinance was passed to separate the clerk and treasurer positions at the December 3 board of supervisors meeting, the board will now be looking to fill two positions that have…

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Seventeen teams from Washington to Massachusetts competed in the 40th annual North American 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest, held at the famous North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, November 9. Wisconsin’s Polk County four-person dairy quiz bowl team …

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Alderperson Kirk Anderson filed campaign papers at the St. Croix Falls City Hall on Wednesday, December 4, to declare his candidacy for mayor. Anderson said, “The citizens of St. Croix Falls want a mayor who will work for the best outcomes for the entire city; someone with a vision and strat…

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The Village of Dresser recently discussed the issue of underpaid bills for sewer water treated by the Village of Osceola at their regular monthly meeting in November. Due to misreading at the treatment plant from 2014 to 2016, an estimated $60,000 of underpaid bills went unprocessed. Before …

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Those serving in the United States Military are always on the minds of many, but when it comes to the holidays, they are especially missed by loved ones, and respected for their commitment away from home. The case is no different for Bravo Company 1-128 IN BN, a group of local soldiers recen…

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday signed into law a bipartisan bill that makes Wisconsin’s hemp-growing program permanent as it continues to surge in popularity in just its second year.

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Newly appointed Criminal Justice Coordinator, Kristin Boland, joined the Polk County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on November 12 to relay all the work she has been doing for the county since beginning her role in May, focusing specifically on Criminal Justice Collaborating Council’s programs.

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The Village of Dresser discussed issues with the quarterly sewer flow that involves a billing complication with the Village of Osceola at their Nov. 4 meeting. For several years, the Village of Dresser was being under billed due to miscalculated wastewater flow into Osceola’s treatment facility.

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In a joint venture, The Village of Osceola, the Osceola Chamber and Main Street organization are calling for residents and businesses to help support a new look for downtown Osceola called “Luminate Downtown.” Our winters can be long and dark and the project will transform downtown into a ma…