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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. 

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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.