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The Wisconsin Holstein Association has named Marie Haase a 2020 Wisconsin Holstein Association Scholarship recipient. Haase will be receiving the Doris Morris Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is in honor of Doris, who was a long-time Wisconsin Holstein member. Doris and her husband Ard…

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The Polk County Board of Supervisors held their regularly scheduled meeting May 19. Supervisors were in attendance but no public were allowed and the meeting was broadcast virtually via Webex. The board addressed COVID-19 updates, passed resolutions concerning the second amendment and crimin…

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The Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway has delayed their summer programing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The heritage railroad typically opens in early May. This year the tentative plan is to remain closed throughout the summer, open on Labor Day weekend and run through late October. Howev…

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College seniors miss graduation and enter uncertain job market

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A group of local residents and experts gave a presentation to the Osceola Village Board concerning the proposed expansion of the North 40 Resources mine at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting on May 13. 

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Polk County Public Health reported on May 19 that a Polk county resident had died due to COVID-19. This was the first coronavirus related death reported in the county since the pandemic arrived in Wisconsin in March and comes just as retail businesses and restaurants in the area are beginnin…

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Some things just go together. A needle and thread, peanut butter and jelly and hugs and kisses. The Wilberg Memorial Public Library of Osceola has made it possible to add walking and reading to that list through a new project located on the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail (SSLST).

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Businesses in downtown Osceola have chosen to remain closed after Polk County Sheriff Brent Waak and the Polk County Board of Supervisors spoke out against the statewide safer-at-home order. 

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An Osceola company has recently shifted its production line to start producing protective facemasks for government contracts, as well as private sales. 

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The Osceola Medical Center (OMC) and other area hospitals are ready to care for all patients, both with and without COVID-19 symptoms, and have put procedures in place to keep everyone safe. Matt Forge, the CEO of OMC, said he’s concerned people with non-COVID health issues are refraining fr…

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In an emergency meeting held via Zoom May 1, the Polk County Board passed a resolution concerning Safer-At-Home orders after lengthy discussion.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Health officials in Wisconsin said they have identified at least seven people who appear to have contracted the coronavirus from participating in the April 7 election, the first such cases following in-person voting that was held despite widespread concern about the publ…

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The annual Wheels and Wings airshow and classic car show is prepping as usual, despite the current COVID-19 pandemic. This year will be the show’s 40th anniversary and will feature cars and pilots from all across the country. 

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Unofficial results in Wisconsin’s April 7 primary election were finalized shortly after 10 p.m. April 13. The results were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and left the Osceola School District’s referendum questions in limbo for nearly a week.

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The annual giveBIG St. Croix Valley event is scheduled to take place on April 28. The one day, online fundraising event expanded into Hudson and River Falls last year and opened the event up to all St. Croix Valley non-profits this year, as long as the money raised is used in the St. Croix Valley. 

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday closed all K-12 schools for the remainder of the academic year and extended Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order for another month, keeping most nonessential businesses shuttered until after the Memorial Day holiday weekend to slow the spread of the…

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In a social media statement released by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, in a letter dated today, April 21, 2020; Sheriff Brent Waak shared his thoughts on the extended stay at home orders.

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Gas stations across the state are among businesses listed as essential and have remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic. No specific safety regulations are required of them and each station must decide how to minimize the spread of coronavirus. Cascade BP in Osceola has gone the extra mil…

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Gas prices across the nation have plummeted in the last month due to a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, as well as the lack of demand resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic that has left residents stuck at home and unable to travel. 

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Editor’s note: Marissa Chamberlin is a photography and journalism student at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh who is submitting articles while home from school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The Polk County Health Department announced today that Polk County has its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The individual was exposed in a work-related setting and developed symptoms shortly afterwards. The individual and family remain under self-quarantine as reques…

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May township resident William Emison and two other area residents who wish to remain anonymous are offering to match donations to area hospitals for the purchase of new ventilator machines.

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Bethesda Lutheran Church offers drive in service

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Wisconsin’s primary election took place as scheduled, despite a last minute attempt by Gov. Evers to delay voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state Supreme Court overruled Evers’ decision the evening before voting was set to take place. Wisconsin is the only state in the country with a…

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Village Pizzeria of Dresser hands out free bread-baking kits to families

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The Osceola School board met March 25 via teleconference to discuss how the district was faring with distance learning and what changes were coming as the statewide shutdown continues. Superintendent Mark Luebker said overall he’s pleased with the way everything is going.

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Spring in Wisconsin has the highest fire risk with the No. 1 cause of wildfires being debris burning. Wildfires pose a serious threat to public safety, property and our natural resources. People cause over 98% of all wildfires in Wisconsin.