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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 …

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A trial date was set July 26 in the case against Dan Steffen, the former Burnett County Assistant District Attorney. 

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Counties affected: Grant, Lafayette, Iowa, Crawford, Richland, Vernon, La Crosse, Monroe, Jackson, Trempealeau, Buffalo, Pepin, Eau Claire, Clark, Pierce, St Croix, Dunn, Chippewa, Taylor, Price, Rusk, Barron, Polk, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer, Iron, Ashland, Bayfield, & Douglas

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Those with concerns over concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs held a rally in front of the Polk County Government Center before the July meeting of the Board of Supervisors. Jeff Peterson of the Town of Georgetown said the rally was held by those who are “Fearful.”

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural resources is keeping an eye on the eastern United States, where reports of dead and dying songbirds are on the rise. 

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Life is like a Ferris wheel. With every circle the view changes. People have viewed many different scenes since the last time the big wheel went for a spin at the Polk County Fairgrounds. There is something that feels so all-American about a county fair and those who have missed that feeling…

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The Osceola village board met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 13. Topics discussed included several proposed downtown business expansions, damage to the Oakey Park shelter and the burglary of a downtown shop. 

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On a recent Saturday, many area residents paused their weekend routines. They temporarily turned off their lawnmowers and turned up the volume of sports stations, they marched around their campsites looking for just enough phone signal, they rushed from parades to the nearest television and …

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Bill Strusinski in Vietnam with A Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. 

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The aftermath of the 2001 Siren tornado

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Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota continue to experience the nationwide trend of unusually warm temperatures and low rainfall. As the drought becomes more prominent, the attention in this area turns to agriculture. 

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The Glastron GT-150 shines almost 50 years after ‘Live and Let Die’ 

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The Minnesota Transportation Museum is pleased to announce the reopening of the historic Minnehaha (Princess) Depot at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. The depot has been closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Princess will reopen on the afternoon of Sunday, July 4th.

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The Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway will be decked out in patriotic colors and the Unexpected Company Chorale will lead passengers in a patriotic sing along on Saturday July 3rd at 12:30 pm. There are still train ride tickets available for some trips over the holiday weekend at www.tr…