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Several weeks ago, the Beans of Osceola in a Letter to the Editor suggested Tom Magnafici and I had some relationship concerning our former quarry project. This is a complete falsehood and fabrication. Mr. Magnafici and I had no relation during the process. In fact, he and I only met years l…

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Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 — I was eager to get this week’s copy of The SUN to see the 2020 Election Results. 

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Republicans want to conquer Covid-19 with the development a vaccine by the end of 2020 as well as new improved treatments. We want to cut prescription drug prices, lower healthcare insurance premiums, end surprise billing, and cover all pre-existing conditions. Make all critical medicines an…

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As we continue our work to protect and care for the citizens of our communities during COVID-19, we pledge our support to the elected and appointed officials of our region in their use of proven public health strategies to fight this pandemic.

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Incumbents State Assembly Member Gae Magnifici and US House Representative Tom Tiffany missed a huge opportunity to explain their COVID-19 response and actions to help ebb the rising tide of Covid-19.

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I am a senior at the Osceola High School and I recently read the letter from Thomas Wulf, “Black Lives, All Lives Matter.” 

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I am writing a letter to the editor because of my deep concern about the risks of the pandemic.  As a retired nurse practitioner, I have read many articles in the past in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM.org), a well-respected medical journal that focuses on medicine, not politics. …

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On October 13 during a Florida rally, Donald Trump was quoted “I feel powerful”.  It made me wonder what sort of powerful.  Was he empowered to stop separating Central American children from their parents?  Was he empowered to do everything possible to reunite those children who have been he…

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The coming election is about lots of different issues for different people.

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On Oct. 6, the Osceola Town Council once again failed to uphold their duty to protect the “public health, safety, and welfare” of their constituents, which Councilman Wallis has publicly stated is the primary role of the council. By rezoning a property to allow for an event center to be open…

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More than 7,500 black men are killed in the United States each year, mostly by other black men, compared to the approximately 200 killed by police.  

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I’m been reading comments from Amy Middleton, Polk County Board Supervisor, and have to ask, just who does she represent? Most of her recent rhetoric is anti-Polk County Chairman and anti-committee member Tom Magnafici. I am a former Polk County Supervisor and can tell you that your vote on …

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 A recent Sun letter recommends closing the ICE Detention Centers due to an allegation that aliens are forcibly sterilized there. Thankfully, the Department of Homeland Security is investigating this charge. In this current China Virus pandemic, the USA can wait to replace these Obama-ordere…

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Many folks who write to this paper refer to their pro-life beliefs. However, I do not see any mention in pro-life discussion of the racist and ableist legacy of forced sterilization in this country. Black, Latina and Native women, as well as women with disabilities, were the targets of force…

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 I’m writing to endorse our Congressman Tom Tiffany for his hard work in congress to return control of the gray wolf to Wisconsin and all of his efforts to restore law and order as well as the economy. 

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There’s a simple thing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can do to ease the burden facing Wisconsin farmers and biofuel producers: uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard, as required by law. Unfortunately, the agency’s actions have repeatedly hurt biofuels, which drains income from rural…

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Polk County Board chair Chris Nelson has been exercising questionable leadership almost since the day he assumed that position. However, Nelson’s willingness to lead the county into trouble was especially evident at the September 15 board meeting. 

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There was an interesting contrast in the two Sun letters last week. The first took issue with the President as doing too-little-too-late about the current Chinese virus pandemic. She totally ignored Joe Biden’s criticism of the President for his early stopping travel to China. She failed to …

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I’ve been thinking about the pandemic that has swept our country. Looking at the leaders of the Democrat party today, which are much different than the Democrat Party leaders of the past. Today the leadership of the Democrat party are distancing themselves from the Christian values on which …

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 For once, I agree with something Joe Biden said the other day when he said the November election is a “battle for the soul of the nation.”

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Are you better off now than you were four years ago? 

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I wanted to thank Jason Schulte from The Sun for the well-written article regarding the Osceola School District and the American Flag. There was a lot of mis-information going around Facebook; that is why I asked the school district what the policy was regarding students and the American Fla…

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I want to bring to your attention the meaning of former President Barack Obama, who called the filibuster a “Jim Crow relic.” If the Democrats gain control of the Presidency and the Senate they will eliminate the filibuster.  

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Regarding Doug Wellumson’s claims in his Aug. 19 letter to The Sun, I doubt it is illegal or prohibited in Canada for Christian churches to proclaim Christ Jesus as the only way to eternal life; he likely left out information regarding an inflammatory speech that someone gave in public and w…

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Dan Johnson’s “A love letter to local journalism” (The Sun August 19) was a refreshing dose of optimism and appreciation of the potential of our better selves.  It was also a heartening insight into the roles journalists can play in these difficult times.  Yes, Dan, we need journalists now m…

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As Chairs of the Polk County Democratic and Republican Parties, we join together to condemn the wave of political sign destruction and theft this election season.  Candidates from both parties, up and down the ballot, have had their signs destroyed and this is not only wrong, it’s against th…

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I noticed last week’s letter regarding Hate Has No Home Here, which was prompted by the curiosity of the yard signs found throughout our Osceola community (and throughout the USA).  Here is some information from the hatehasnohome.org website, that will hopefully clarify the purpose:

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Mr. Utne, who recently retreated back to Minnesota, from a short stint in the Town of Osceola, made some sand mine comments in the past that are at best misstatements. Perhaps just ignorant fabrication. Or conceivably, well-versed lies about mines. 

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 Having a ‘Hate Has No Home Here’ (HHNHH) sign might seem like a nice idea. However, is there something behind all this?  Why is there an HHNHH sign in our Osceola Public Library across from our voting place?

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Below are some of the comments I made at the Public Hearing in East Farmington on August 4.  I was nervous reading them so I thought maybe by reaching out to The Sun they may be better understood.

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Unseen issues and why I cannot ever wear a mask. For those family and friends that may not understand, or do not try to understand. 

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I practiced my liberty of free speech by placing a political sign in my own front yard.  It was stolen after about four days.  I wondered what the best approach should be.  Some options included:  keeping silent, telling my like-minded friends, putting out another sign with a booby trap, pra…

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The character of Polk County could change drastically if our Board of Supervisors makes the wrong decision on regulating hog CAFOs. (CAFO stands for “concentrated animal feeding operation.” Think factory farms dotting the countryside, each with tens of thousands of animals confined in small …

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I believe our Polk County Board of Supervisors used poor judgment when they voted to seat Dan Ruck as supervisor of District 6.  That followed the more egregious choice of Chairman Chris Nelson to put Ruck’s name forward. (My objection has nothing to do with Mr. Ruck.)

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I know you all have been working hard to find the best solutions in an impossible situation this year for our kids and their educational needs.  The communications we parents have been receiving have been timely and informative.  The recent proposal for the coming school year was detailed, e…

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Here comes another $2 trillion government plan to help with the ongoing, never-ending, coronavirus pandemic. It’s already kicked in $3 trillion. Does anyone want to end the pandemic? Without a host, the virus will die in a week. Here’s what we do: Shut the country down for a month. Close eve…

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As I watch coverage of the murder of George Perry Floyd Jr by Derek Michael Chauvin a man with 18 complaints on his official record. what is really being done to stop this from happening in the future? Why wasn’t officer Chauvin trained or removed from the force so this would not have happen…

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On June 28, the St. Croix Valley Christian Community Choir gave us a concert in Mill Pond Park. They sang ‘songs of hope, peace, and perseverance.’ That is what our society currently needs, and that is what this singing group delivered.

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How many hours of the day, days of the week, and months of the year are Osceola’s tax-paying residents entitled to the quiet enjoyment of their homes and property? Osceola limits construction projects within the village to “normal daylight hours,” i.e., 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., which is stand…

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Late last month, campaign signs were removed from my yard without my permission. 

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I am replying to Haley Blayne’s letter which appeared in the July 1 Sun. She apparently likes to take statements out of context.  

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I recently learned Mud Ducks are Minnesotans who moved to Wisconsin and did not return. So, as an Osceola Mud Duck of seven years I have a message for all future muddy waterfowl. 

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This letter is to continue the conversation about race and racism. What I’ve come to understand is that systemic racism is about the lived experience of Black and Brown Americans. We can only really understand this experience if we learn about it from the people themselves. I’ve been blessed…

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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.