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The total official enrollment for the Osceola School District for the 2021-2022 school year is 1,475, unchanged from the 2020-2021 official count.

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After a year without a homecoming, Osceola celebrated the return of this long-standing tradition.  Each school joined in the festivities with themed dress-up days and fun activities throughout the week.  After COVID-19 shut down homecoming last year, the significance of being able to return …

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Recently the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary August 2021 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 34 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. Polk County’s August rate was estimated at 3.6%, which is barely down from J…

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“Action began this week on the 30-unit low-cost housing for the elderly project in Osceola. The $465,000 project will be a one-story building of 30 units.” This is the opening paragraph from a 1970 story in the Osceola Sun about what has become known as the 3rd Avenue Apartments.

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A lawsuit filed by Tom Magnafici against the Town of Osceola has been settled.

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“Kinship will be funded one way or another, so there are no worries about that losing funding,” said Polk County Board Chair Chris Nelson before a presentation from the Kinship Program coordinators about the importance of the program in the county. Nelson said, “Our County Board is completel…

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For quite some time, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) remarks have taken up a large portion of the Public Comment portion during the monthly meetings of the Polk County Board of Supervisors. This month, the Board Chair’s report spurred further debate.

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A 1.7% increase in the population of Polk County since 2010 (44,205 to 44,977) is enough to prompt the redistricting of the County. County Clerk Lisa Ross said they were trying to keep districts as close as possible to what they were currently.

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Earlier this month the Biden administration announced COVID-19 vaccination mandates for millions of Americans. 

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Highway 95 between Highway 97 in Scandia and Panola Drive/County Road 86 in Franconia Township will have a full road closure beginning at 5:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 4. The closure is necessary to finish drainage repair work beneath the highway.  Motorists will be detoured around the closure usi…

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The Osceola Village board has officially designated the newly completed veterans memorial just east of downtown Osceola as the St. Croix River Valley Veterans Park. 

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Most mushroom hunters would sell their grandmother to a tribe of malnourished cannibals rather than reveal their best hunting locations. 

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As summer activities begin to wind down, residents of northwestern Wisconsin begin to turn their attention to fall campfires, apple orchards, pumpkin patches and some of the best fall color displays in the nation. 

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The Farmington Town Hall Meeting took place on Wednesday, September 2nd, and was called to order at 7:02 p.m.  The usual things were covered such as building permits and liquor licenses, but the focus was on zoning rules, the local mine inspection, and the plans to update the Rec Park.

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Former Amery fire chief and Polk County jailer Darryl Christensen wants his sentence modified.

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Kalley Smith’s mom Amy has endured 16 rounds of chemotherapy and 28 rounds of radiation since being diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2019. After watching her mom fight through treatment and rehabilitation, Kalley decided she needed to help other cancer patients. When she was a junio…

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Citizens concerned about how concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) could affect Polk County have been voicing their concerns to the Polk County Board of Supervisors. Some have urged the county to adopt a resolution similar to Bayfield County. In a 13-1 vote, supervisors did just that.

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The 97th Annual Osceola Community Fair will be kicking off its annual events on Friday, September 10th. For three days, the fairgrounds will be home to fun for everyone with traditional exhibits, live music, rides, food court and beer garden, truck and tractor pulls, Miss and Little Miss cor…

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Veteran continues fight for American spirit to prevail over tragedy

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A $150,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Justice will fund a new full-body scanner for the Polk County Jail, which will detect any contraband or weapons on an individual entering the jail. 

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Osceola Village Administrator Benjamin Krumenauer presented his recommendations for the village’s share of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money, which will total just over $267,000, at the village board’s most recent meeting. 

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The Dresser Village Board gathered for their monthly meeting Monday, August 2.  The highlights included discussion about an ambulance service contract for 2022-2025, how to use the remaining Dresser Area Community Fund Grant, using express employment for help finding a clerk or deputy treasu…

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A small plane crashed in a soybean field not far from the Osceola Airport on Monday evening, August 9 at around 6 p.m. The Polk County Sheriffs Department responded to a call about the crash. The pilot, whose name is being withheld, was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. for …