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Huge numbers of white people have been out in the streets with black people in an unprecedented show of solidarity, but how long will white people really be engaged with the life or death issues facing black people, and will we do more than just march? 

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The Stower Seven Lakes State Trail is very valuable to me and anyone else who wants an easy place to recreate outside. I use it often. I drive to the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail to avoid walking/biking on the township roads where one must be on high alert for cars/ATVs driving too fast or…

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I agree with Mr. Wellumson and Mr.Randelin. It is easier to pretend that racism is a “them” problem instead of an “us” problem. It is easier to sit back, crack a cold one, and tune out the legitimate concerns of those around me. 

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Page 3 of the June 24 edition of the Sun included a record of the “Special Event Proceedings.”  This special event was a tour of the North 40 mine which is operating on the site of the former Rybak sand and gravel mine, just south of the Osceola Village limits.  

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I am responding to articles published in The Sun during the past few weeks, which I believe is filled with misinformation.  The individual from Osceola who pines about the lack of benefits black GI’s were denied after World War II.  I agree this is injustice, but this happened 75 years ago.  

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 My heart goes out to African-Americans across this country. It is not for the reasons Alana Cuellar expressed in her recent letter to The Sun. Yes, historically there had been a horrible ‘systemic inequity.’ That letter was titled, ‘Rage is a rational response to oppression.’ How can rage e…

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On Sunday, June 28, members of the St Croix Valley Christian Community Choir are going to be gathering at Millpond Park in Osceola at 6:30 p.m. to sing. 

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For the last 30+ years I have attended family gatherings with loved ones who are black.  

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Reading the news following the murder of George Floyd is heartbreaking. The devastating images of burning buildings lead many to ask, “Isn’t looting just making a bad situation worse?”

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The Wilberg Memorial Public Library is committed to the safety of our staff, patrons, and community as a whole.  For this reason, the library will remain closed to the public until at least June 15.  Library staff will use this time to carefully and collaboratively plan for a gradual and mod…

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Last December I found the house of my dreams, on Osceola’s Ridge Road. I’d come to know and love the Osceola and East Farmington area, especially the St. Croix River bluffs and the Standing Cedars Land Conservancy trails, since buying a small farm in Osceola Township in 1987. The proximity t…

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The Polk County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution (in what may have been an illegal meeting) to allow local officials to exercise their discretion regarding business openings against Governor Evers order. Their decision is based in part on the assertion that they believe individuals a…

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We hear about lung, breast, colon cancer and other cancers all the time. Donated - donate for breast cancer - they should have a cure for breast cancer by now, all these years. I believe we have a cure but our drug administration and government would lose much money if they put the cure out.

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The recent statements of local healthcare workers and law enforcement officials downplaying the coronavirus show a disrespect for the expert medical advice we should all be following.

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Since June 2004, kids of all ages have enjoyed fishing in the Neil McKenzie Memorial Youth Fishing Derby on Deer Lake, Polk County, WI. This year has been a most difficult time for each of us during these days of uncertainty. Common sense is being used to make the decision to ask you to be s…

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Politicians hate to let a good crisis go to waste and many are taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis.  Just last week Democrats again held up additional money for small business loans so they could add more pet-project funding as they did to the previous bill.  Funding which is totally …

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The arts play a critical role in our community by serving as both an educational tool as well as an instrument of escape from the grind of our daily lives.  The St. Croix ArtBarn is a dynamic institute that fosters the growth of the arts within the River Valley area. An incredible event, giv…

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The Wisconsin Supreme court delivered a body blow to Democracy last week when it refused to postpone the April 7th election. Despite the State’s stay-at-home order and the known risk of gathering due to covid-19, voters were expected to put themselves at risk (and in turn, their families and…

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The Open Cupboard has enough food to help anyone in need. Please do not feel there are others in greater need than you. There are still income guidelines to follow, but please call to see the qualifications.

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As intensive care units start to fill up, the prognosis is grim and it’s only going to get worse.  A few months from now when grandma breaks her hip, your father has a heart attack, or when your brother, the 25-year-old construction worker, gets in a car accident it’s going to be a real prob…

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Voting ‘yes’ to each referendum for the Osceola School District is the right decision, and the necessary decision.  Given decreased state revenues in the past several years and imposed spending caps, OSD has been operating with minimal monies.

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I started attending township meetings and county board meeting a few months ago because I finally have the time now I am retired. This is where I have seen both candidates for the county district 10 in action.  Amy Middleton respectfully expresses concern for property values, clean water and…

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I’m writing in support of Kysa Marten for Osceola School Board.  I have known Kysa since she was young and I know that she will make a wonderful school board member.  She grew up in the Osceola area and attended school in Osceola from kindergarten through graduation.  She has said that she i…

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 I am writing to offer my wholehearted support for Kysa Marten, write-in candidate for Osceola School Board.

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As of now COVID-19 is shutting down many businesses, schools and functions. Employees are having their hours cut or being laid off. No one knows low long this will last. Hopefully not long. This is and will continue to affect the financial health of our community as well as our state.

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Could our great Republic become a full socialist country?  Many believe it would be easy to go from a Capitalistic Country to Socialism and are campaigning on the idea.  Socialism has been tried over and over again in country after country and it has always failed.  Some here will say we are…

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The Osceola Royalty program has been a staple in this community for over 70 years. Community members who have served as a part of Osceola Royalty make up our neighbors, business owners, colleagues and friends and women who wore their crown decades ago still look back on that time with fond m…

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We are all dealing with the difficulty of making decisions in light of the ever-changing and sometimes confusing advice about what to do in the face of COVID-19.  The library has and will continue to make these difficult decisions through careful research and the utmost concern for our commu…

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Success in the business of public education is most often evaluated from three (3) important statistics: 

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 The first of a history education series took place at 10 a.m. March 5 in the Osceola Discovery Center. The Sun’s calendar of events had the time incorrectly listed as 6:30 p.m. Therefore, attendance was meager.

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My name is Kysa Marten and I am running as a write-in candidate for the Osceola School Board during this upcoming election on April 7. 

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The SCF Girls Basketball team met up with the Barron Golden Bears Saturday evening in SCF for the regional final.

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speech, a Wisconsin relative texted “Wasn’t Trump great?” Memories are short, fact checking is important. Just a few points, Fact check rest of speech, Factcheck.org. All information is before the Coronavirus. Economy: Best growth in recent history was mid-2000’s (GW Bush) at over 3%, and we…

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As a homeowner and taxpayer for over 25½ years whose property abuts the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail (SSLST), my strong desire is to keep the trail as non-motorized.  I strongly oppose allowing ATV’s/UTV’s, snowmobiles, or other motorized vehicles on the trail.  Allow me to make some impor…

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Regarding the upcoming referendum for the Osceola School District, your readers should know that the state implemented major funding cuts in 2012, pushing more of the funding responsibility down to local property taxpayers, and freezing a school district’s funding when a referendum fails.

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Yes, I could stand to lose a few pounds. However I don’t want the government to force me on to the Venezuelan weight loss program where Socialism has resulted in food shortages that led to the average Venezuelan losing 25 pounds!

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I know that the governance of a county is a complex and difficult thing. To protect and enhance the lives of the people who live here. Financial responsibilities, environmental responsibilities, many issues and decisions to make. 

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As a fan of the band Steely Dan, I often belted out the lyrics, “And, I’m never going back . . . to my old school.” However, after attending last night’s Community Information Session on the upcoming 2020 School Referendum at OHS, I felt a need to go back to school as a write-in candidate fo…

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In a recent letter to the editor a writer expressed an opinion about Christian values. The writer talked about how God asks us to love one another. He went on to question whether non-traditional concepts of sexuality and gender are Christian. In certain areas of the Bible, it does talk about…

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The entire impeachment process against President Trump was tainted from the very start. Having been in law enforcement for 30 years, I was surprised to learn during the impeachment proceedings, that according to Democrats, hearsay testimony is (now) more important that direct evidence.  

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According to Ben Franklin, change is inevitable. Nothing is certain but death and taxes. As a businessperson, I would also add there is no such thing as FREE money. However, my experience is limited to the private sector. 

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Well here we go again! This not playing the National Anthem before girls basketball games is really getting old! Jan. 24, St. Croix Falls at Grantsburg {double header}.

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Donald Trump’s defense has centered around several issues.  1. He didn’t do anything wrong.  2.  Impeachment is trying to cancel out the will of the people.  3. The opposition to this president began at the moment of his election so people are out to get him.   4.  Those who favor impeachmen…

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I am writing to say how proud I am to live in the Osceola school district. I attended the Gender Identity program presented at the Osceola High School on January 15. The student led inclusion group did a good job organizing and leading the program. Dr. Todd Savage from the University of WI, …

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Thank you to Osceola High School students, Osceola Medical Center and the Osceola Police Department for sponsoring the Transgender Educational Event at Osceola High School in January. Hopefully with more awareness and acceptance we can reduce the number of children who commit suicide, become…

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How can anyone swear, before God and man, to be an impartial juror in the impeachment trial of Trump, but not want to hear from John Bolton, Mark Mulvaney and at least 80 others who have first hand-knowledge of related to the phone calls Between Trump and Ukrainian President Bloldymr Zelensk…

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Professor Todd Savage recently gave a nice presentation on Transgenderism at Osceola High School.  More should have been there. There were several takeaways worth examining. Firstly, society is changing its attitudes and laws about LGBT. Another is the transition from fact-based science to m…

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I would like to thank the Osceola Area Chamber & MainStreet for initiating the lighting for downtown Osceola.  During the holidays I drove through several small towns and Osceola was by far the most beautiful and inviting. The buildings and the trees sparkled in the night and definitely …

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Washington, D.C. doesn’t need another politician. Our representatives need to have one thing in mind: service. In the race to replace Sean Duffy in Wisconsin’s Seventh Congressional District, there is only one candidate who puts country before their career interests. That man is Jason Church.