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The American Library Association (ALA) and the St. Croix Falls Library (SCF) will celebrate Banned Books Week starting September 22. Is the purpose to promote freedom of expression, or is it to push another agenda? See https://bannedbooksweek.org.

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After many years of looking forward to reading articles about the sports our kids and grandkids have been involved in, we were so very pleased to see the Chieftainettes and cheerleaders featured in the Sept. 4 issue. They also work hard to achieve their fine performances for us fans and we s…

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We attended the Osceola Parade on Sunday, and WOW!  It was absolutely awesome this year...always good...but over-the-top this year. 

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I am writing to bring attention to all Wisconsin residents and ask for support of the compassionate bill, that would have allowed terminally ill patients to request life-ending medication.

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Well, the man who acts as if he were a President has put his foot in his mouth again. His useless response to one of America’s great agonies is to focus on mental health as a way to prevent mass shootings. This is a slap in the face of people who struggle with mental illness. And, it is a wa…

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President Trump had been pressuring Federal Reserve (Fed) to lower the benchmark interest rate for over 1 year. July they did by .25% and is considering another .25% in September. Now Trump is pressuring for a 1% decrease to 1.25%. Trump’s is considering cutting payroll taxes, which is fundi…

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I appreciated Kyle Weaver’s letter critiquing my earlier letter about the processes leading up the permitting approval and operation of the expanded mine.  It was well written.

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Dave Anderson wrote last week that “there is enough blame for nearly all of us” regarding the Farmington mine. I agree. However, he has parceled out the servings of blame in ways I wouldn’t have. For one, without doing the research, I would hazard a guess that the Farmington Town Board did, …

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The recent tragedies that have occurred are the byproduct of the hateful, fear mongering president we currently have. The shooter in El Paso even quoted myriad comments from Trump and Fox in his screed before he killed more than 20 people in cold blood, one mother while trying to protect her…

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Last week brought a ‘Times in Which We Live’ presentation by Jeff Kinley to the St. Croix Falls Library. Titled ‘The Death of America,’ he raised concerns about our country’s losing its spiritual moorings and its moral values. Sadly, this does not seem to bother people today.

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North 40 Resources, the company operating the former Rybak sand and gravel pit (now also a frac sand mine) and the Board of the Town of Farmington who issued the permit for the current operations are the “villains,” that is, if we’re out to name some.  However there is enough blame for nearl…

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Last Tuesday I contacted Congressman Sean Duffy’s office and asked his aide if the congressman issued a statement regarding Donald Trump’s early Sunday morning tweet regarding the four congresswomen, you know, the one where he said “they should go back to their country.”  The aide informed m…

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In the July 17 issue, Mr. Wellumson sought to discredit me, and the non-partisan League of Women voters, with wild and erroneous falsehoods.  I would like to correct a few of his many deceptions.

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From my last Letter, I tried to be not too critical of those storming the Town of Farmington board meeting regarding a quarry. Apparently I’ll have to be a little blunter on the subject for recent area arrival, Mr. Forecki. 

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Suzanne Lindgren, in her essay on “if you don’t love it, leave it” makes a good point in encouraging us to listen to each other. There is another way to look at this.

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Thank you for raising important questions about political polarization in your July 24 editorial. It’s easy to turn away from political conversations. Some conversations quickly escalate into an argument – even with family, friends, and neighbors, while other conversations are completely avo…

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We are writing in response to Doug Wellumson’s letter, “Decomposition,” of July 12 in which he assumes that people representing the League of Women Voters (LWV) were in attendance at Rep. Magnafici’s listening session in Grantsburg. 

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The writer of “Castle Storming 101” badly mischaracterizes the July board meeting in the Town of Farmington. Residents, yes residents, were listening outside the windows because the room was full, even standing room taken. There were over a hundred in the room, more outside the hall, and nea…

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In disturbing news, our new State Representative, Gae Magnafici, seems to be stepping right into the same role as her predecessor, Adam Jarchow, by continuing his efforts to thwart local control and decision-making in favor of consolidating power in Madison with one-size-fits-all solutions t…

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 C.S. Lewis told us, “In every institution there is something which sooner or later works against the very purpose for which it came into existence.” The League of Women Voters (LWV) was once a stellar organization describing political issues even-handedly. Today’s LWV so often claims that t…

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Do you recall the old monster movies when the village peasants gathered up their forks and rakes and torches to storm the castle, fearful of the unknown?

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We take our clean drinking water for granted, especially in rural areas. But for residents of Emerald Township in St. Croix County, many think twice before turning on their faucets.

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I attended one of Rep. Gae Magnafici’s recent listening sessions. It was a sobering and depressing experience.  

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I was born and raised in Osceola and return several times a year to visit. In early June I was in town and made my way to the cemetery to see the graves of my parents and grandparents. 

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Last week, Rep. Magnafici proclaimed, “This education plan continues the growth in education investment that Wisconsin has committed to over the last decade.”

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I recently attended two different township meetings, Sterling and Laketown, where the issue of giant hog factories coming into Polk County was discussed. The proponents pushed the idea that they should be judged by the creation of good jobs.  

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In January, 2019, the Board of the Town of Farmington approved a conditional use permit for the new owners of the Rybak Mine. The mine is in Farmington but is surrounded on 3 sides by the Village of Osceola. The mine owners have plans to expand to an additional 200 acres.  

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My name is Carly Herrick. I am a junior at St. Croix Falls High School. On Friday, June 14, I am co-hosting a Pride event at the St. Croix Falls Public Library as the culmination of a capstone project in one of my classes. 

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When someone says Medicare Expansion you should hear tax increase. Let me explain why the Federal Government has stood Federalism on its head. Now the Federal sees itself as master of the states not servant to the states. Federal Government is trying to bribe the state of Wisconsin to accept…

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Since the article in the Sun regarding the postal carriers not being able to do the food drive, many in the community have stepped up with their donations. Three families decided to conduct their own food drive in their own communities. Moms and their children put out flyers one week stating…

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Cheryl Moskal’s recent letter on Federal Tax Spending drowns us in statistics. I counted 37, but these old eyes might have missed some. She obviously probes her topics, then packaged in a very Liberal agenda. We have today many trendy social justice advocates who seek a caretaking government…

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Now that its time for budget cuts in the Osceola School District, everyone is going to lose something. While there are two sides to every cut, it is safe to say that students here at the high school don’t want to see their sports get cut, specifically boys and girls tennis, boys and girls go…

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No one was more surprised by the announcement of the closing of the former F&A Cheese plant than myself. Here is a 50-year-old plant, with 50 employees, paying over $35,000 in factory property taxes to the Village of Dresser and now stopping all business May 31. Business consolidation an…

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The St. Croix River Association (SCRA) has serious concerns about the proposal to build a 7,500-sow farrowing Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in the Town of Trade Lake, WI. The Fish Lake Wildlife complex is less than one mile from this proposed CAFO. Canute Creek Flowage is only…

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Health care received 29.6 cents of each dollar. Of that 11.4 cents went to Medicare, 12.9 cents to Medicaid. Medicare is also 42% funded by payroll trust fund. One-third (1/3) of Americans receive Medicare and Medicaid, mostly elderly. Medicaid is more cost effective than private insurance. …

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The Friends of Stower Seven Lakes State Trail Inc. (FS7LST) is a 501(c)3 organization of over 500 interested persons who have worked with, participated in events or donated to the mission of the FS7LST. The FS7LST have developed a system and have the equipment to maintain a Trail surface tha…

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School Superintendent Luebker asked others and me to go to the State Budget Hearing in River Falls to pitch for school funding.

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One of the disappointing things I hear from people is when they say, “We have a community choir?  I didn’t know that!”    Not only do we have a community choir, but the choir has been performing for 19 years.    

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Granted, I am still relatively new to Osceola as a six year resident in the Township and building owner in the Village. I have also demonstrated an inability to contribute to improving our community’s economic prospects as a property developer. (See The SUN’s coverage of LAD Properties’ fail…

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Writing this letter only days before the April 2 Osceola School Referendum assures it will not appear before the vote next Tuesday. This is good because my aim is not to sway voters or sow discord, but to urge citizens to scrutinize and reject commentary that distorts or ignores facts, and/o…

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In college I took a Public Policy/Admiration class as part of my studies.  The department head made the following statement that has always stuck with me. May I paraphrase: “for all the public taxing authorities (federal, state, county, city, special districts) the local school board has the…

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I have attended two meetings hosted by Mark Luebker. I will share some information presented. Osceola enrollment is down 165 students in the past seven years. For each student enrolled, Osceola receives approximately $9,400 from the state. Simple math - that’s $1,551,000 not sent to Osceola …

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With local elections coming up, I wanted to share an experience I had recently while trying to address some ongoing issues regarding the Discovery Center and the new library in the months after the opening. Without going into a lot of unnecessary details, it had largely to do with building a…

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I was willing to reconsider the referendum request, if the annual increases were not 80 percent over three years. And, I was hoping to see the school board agree to adjust wages based on hard to find teachers and teacher performance, not union demands. None of this has happened and worse, th…

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Trade Deficits are excess of buying from other countries than US sells. Debt is unpaid borrowed funds, carried by federal government. Candidate Trump promised to reduce both trade deficits and debt. But trade deficits have increased to $891.2 Billion, largest in the nation’s 243 year history…