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To prepare yourself with candidate information for the Nov. 6 election, I recommend the Vote411.org website maintained by the League of Women Voters.  This site has information about candidates for federal, state and regional seats. You simply enter your address and the candidates for whom y…

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It is unfortunate for all of us that we have such a serious divide in our nation.  Many Democrats, especially those in Congress, still have not accepted the fact that Donald Trump is our President.  The anger and antics displayed by them is a sad portrait of their values.  It seems Democrats…

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First I think it is important to know that St. Croix Regional Medical Center is our hospital. If you are a corporate member then you can vote for or against the board members. So we have the say whether or not we build a new hospital. 

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Political candidates are advised to ignore nasty letters to the editor, but I am not going to remain silent about Terry Guanella’s letter filled with untruths and innuendos about me. I am a Democrat who is running for State Assembly. I am also the mother of a child who attends school in Polk…

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How can words begin to let you know how grateful I am to you for making sure that my recent Letter to the Editor regarding an important Lyme Support Group meeting was printed in a very timely manner.

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What has happened to our Country? After watching the Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment hearings I have to conclude that many good people will not seek public office in the future. Who would want to put their lives, family and reputation on the line while opponents shake the family tree until all…

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I feel Kim Butler is too liberal for the Osceola area but don’t take my word for it please check out my references.

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I would like to thank the Osceola Town Board for resisting the push to allow motors on the Stower Seven Lakes Trail. The surveys are true, we need MORE non-motorized trails, not less. I keep hearing that we all need to “share” the trail. I have yet to meet any ATV users who actually use the …

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My family and I regularly use the Stower Seven Lakes Trail for hiking, skiing and winter fat biking and summer biking. Some have been pushing to open the trail for motorized use. While passing a hiker or biker on an ATV or skier or biker on a snowmobile may seem like a nonevent to the person…

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Some call it Projection; others label it Transference. In any case it is the tagging others for their own similar faults. Jenny Six recently wrote the Sun about the “…nationalist, authoritarian, hate machine currently in office.” 

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I’m watching the continuous onslaught of negative comments concerning candidates for the upcoming election paid for by the GOP. I’m astounded that they called one guy a tax-and-spend liberal. This from a party who has increased our national debt by a whopping $1.5 trillion dollars. 

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We have some pretty exciting news to share with all of you. Our area Lyme Support Group will be once again hosting Rebecca Keith, Family Nurse Practitioner for our final meeting of the year the fourth Thursday of this month, September 27!

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This year The Open Cupboard helped 57 school age children with school supplies. They all received a back pack if needed and every item on their grade list. Many also received new gym shoes which were available through a generous donation.

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To the residents of Osceola, Polk County and effected users of the Stower Sevens and Cattail trails, it has been brought to my attention that I made a mistake at the September Osceola town board meeting.  I stated that I had signed a letter of recommendation for a board member to the sub-com…

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In the August 29 edition of The Sun, the Republican candidate for the District 28 state Assembly seat notes that “Across the river, healthcare is affordable and plentiful while here in Burnett, Polk and St. Croix counties we are struggling,” and that “Funding our schools […] is extremely imp…

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Now that you are seeing the results of all your labor from your garden you may be questioning what to do with all those veggies and herbs. There are many options. Fresh veggies are a summer staple. Salads with fresh red tomatoes and bright green cucumbers are the great prize of summer garden…

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“Remember that when criticism is difficult to accept, there is probably some truth to it,” advised Marshall Goldsmith. The late Paul Harvey radioed a show called ‘The Rest of the Story’ to fill out what was missing in Mainline Media reporting. Back then, slanted information had the spineless…

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The status of the Gandy Dancer and Stower Seven Trail as non-motorized trails has become an increasingly contentious issue in our area. Recently, on Facebook, there was an informal survey as to whether these trails should remain silent or become motorized. Facebook allows comments in their s…

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My wife and I bought a house on Dwight Lake adjacent to the Stower/Seven Lakes Trail in May of 2015. At the time we were not really in the market for a lake place. A major factor in our decision to buy here was ready access to a non-motorized trail where we could safely hike and bike in beau…

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I love the city of St Croix Falls and it is difficult to watch it slowly diminish year after year. I sometimes go across the bridge to Taylors Falls, but during summer weekends, I think twice before I go. Why? Because of the traffic. Of course, not all of that traffic are folks visiting TF, …

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Did you know the Polk County Board is considering allowing ATVs and snowmobiles on the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail?  This regionally significant trail is currently non-motorized and enjoyed by hundreds of walkers, bikers, skiers and snowshoers. This trail is significant because Polk Count…

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U.S. exports (sells) more than $17.4 billion agricultural products than it imports with world. Soybean prices dropped because farmers overproduced. 2017 U.S. ran a $474 million surplus (selling more) in dairy trade with Canada. U.S. has trade surpluses with Canada, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, B…

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The Stower Seven Lakes State Trail is a place where people of all abilities can pursue healthful recreation in safety. I ride this trail often. In the last few weeks, I have seen a woman with her grandchildren, a couple of teens carrying fishing poles, a family geo-caching, an elderly couple…

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I was a librarian for the Osceola Public Library from 1989 to 2002. These are a few memories that I hope will not get lost.

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The St. Croix ArtBarn is a hidden gem that is about to truly shine with the upcoming production of “Steel Magnolias.” A story that has touched thousands of lives since 1987, we invite those of all identities to come see our production that celebrates women. Since theatre has traditionally be…

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I have been thinking about the idea of “fake news.”  This is a term used by our fake president when he hears or reads something he doesn’t agree with.  He uses this term because he does not appear to have the ability or intelligence to reply with a reasoned argument.

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George Orwell wrote, “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” This letter contrasts what the Polk County Fair booths featured by the Democrat Party and the Republican Party. The Republicans’ largest signs listed the accomplishments of our current Wisconsin governor …

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The Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway has been a part of thousands of families’ lives across the St. Croix Valley and the Twin Cities Metro. The fully-restored vintage trains have brought families from all over the world to the small town of Osceola, Wisconsin to not just view history, …

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In 2003, I was contacted by Ms. Debbie Peterson director of Polk County Parks and Trails.  Ms. Peterson asked for my assistance in securing an abandoned railroad bed from Amery to Dresser for recreational purposes.  This railroad bed tied into the Cattail Trail near Amery, a very popular mul…

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It is no secret that I love this town and I am proud to call it my home, raise my children here and run a business in this beautiful community. I am however ashamed to say that I do not take advantage of all of the great attractions that we have to offer...until NOW. Twice now I have experie…

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In response to the recently published Osceola School District Survey results:

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I was quite surprised at the July 2018 Polk Co Public Safety / Highway Committee meeting on July 3. According to the agenda there was going to be a discussion about meth issues in Polk Co. I attended the county meeting and was able to give a three minute public comment about my concerns of m…

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I have known and worked with Brent Waak for almost 30 years in my capacities as Polk County District Attorney and then defense attorney. His commitment to the people of Polk County and the Law Enforcement Community has never wavered. His calm leadership, both in daily operations and in times…

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Most of us probably end up being so tired and turned off that we look forward to the election simply so that the ads, the name calling, labeling and outright lies will be over for a while. We may even withdraw to the extent that we let some pretty decent, proven leaders (although some being …

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So, Governor Walker is giving a tax rebate to families with dependent children of $100 per child. He is doing this because there is a $400 million surplus in the state budget. The reason there is a surplus in the state budget is because Walker’s regime has cut services in a variety of areas …

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I am against getting rid of the docks because there is no charge to use them or the landing and it is useful just the way it is. The thing that bothers me is the parking. Seems to me that it is the real problem. How can someone put in paid parking in an area where it infringes on the right o…

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“Even if the hopes you started out with are dashed, hope has to be maintained,” entreated Seamus Heaney. Those that have watched a loved one slowly slip away from an incurable condition can connect to that.

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I am very proud to have been given the opportunity to direct “The Boys Next Door” at the ArtBarn this summer.  It’s a play about life in a group home.  The story centers around 4 men with varying levels of cognitive disabilities.   This is a play....so some situations are extreme, the charac…

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Recently, Congress passed a banking modernization bill aimed at reforming some of the harmful effects of the Dodd-Frank regulations that were put in place nearly a decade ago.  Although well intentioned, Dodd-Frank has been devastating to Main Street businesses in middle-America. President T…

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 The School District of Osceola has a survey for parents and community members. This much-appreciated effort has a hitch by including this statement: ‘In recent years, the Board has increased class sizes to an average of 20-24 students….’ The School District’s own Fact Sheet shows student en…

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Early in the morning on May 21 in the Town of Eureka, my son and his wife awoke to blood curdling noises from their duck pen; a dog had dug its way in. 

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 Thank you, Editor Lindgren, for your recent commentary on Straight News, and introducing us to Vanessa Otero’s Media Bias Chart. Having taught Critical Thinking in college and using current events as seen through popular news sources, I previously bookmarked over 40 news websites ranging fr…

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For the past few years the carriers at the post office have donated their time collecting food for The Open Cupboard, Osceola food shelf. This food drive has been extremely successful bringing in over 2,500 pounds of food each year, which helped throughout the summer months when donations are down.

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On April 29, I had the opportunity to watch an “investigative” report on the Minneapolis Channel 9 news that purported to describe a travesty of justice so profound that it took the reporter, Tom Lyden, more than two months to finish and air the piece. I’m sure it took so long to air this sh…