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I’m writing regarding the decision by Polk County to eliminate their funding of “Kinship of Polk County,” starting in 2022.  

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 On Aug 12, 2021, the 2020 Census Data needed for drawing voting districts was released. This kicks off the redistricting efforts in WI that will establish voting district boundaries for the next ten years. In the past, district map drawing has been done in secrecy by politicians intent on a…

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I am so disappointed in the area school districts that are choosing not to enforce a mask mandate for grades K – 12 in our Polk County School systems. According to the CDC, the Delta Variant is spreading quickly and now accounts for 93% of all COVID cases in the United States. The CDC is rec…

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“The pleasure of criticizing takes away from us the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things,” observed Jean de La Bruyère.

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When we consider the proposed Pig Factory that is causing much concern among people who enjoy living in Polk County, the situation comes down to greed and money. We have been privileged to have had the time to plan our future, even as the Twin Cities metro area has been growing in our direct…

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Joe Biden is very misleading when he said “if we pass the other two things I’m trying to get done, we will in fact reduce inflation, reduce inflation, reduce inflation, because we’re going to be providing good opportunities and jobs for people, who in fact are going to be reinvesting that mo…

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About 15 years ago Ron Jasperson took up paper and pencil and started to write about the Osceola High School Cross Country teams for the Osceola Sun.  Ron’s daughter was involved with running and no one was covering the sport.  In the spring of the same school year, the coaches asked if Ron …

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The GROW Osceola volunteers and the Osceola Chamber and MainStreet would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many Osceola area people who donated generously to the GoFundMe flower campaign. 

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Mark Twain quipped, “All generalizations are false, including this one.” Teachers of Logic classes qualify it by noting all ‘sweeping generalizations’ are suspect. Columnist Lee Hamilton generalized, “We’re stronger as a country when more people vote.” From what follows in his article, I thi…

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During the Minneapolis riots last year, there were two deaths contributed to the rioting and more than $500 million in property damage including a $30 million affordable housing project which was destroyed.

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 WOW. What an amazing 1st time Farm Crawl event we had on Mother’s Day out on the River Road! If you were able to come, I hope you enjoyed it as much as the businesses that participated did. While planning an event is always difficult, it’s even more so when you add on the P word we’ve been …

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I’m afraid the Democrats have started down an evil path. The democrats eliminated under God from Pledge of Allegiance at their convention. Joe Biden said “We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women created…by the…co…you know…you know the thing,” Joe Biden failed to mention Go…

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I read Bernie Demairs’ Letter to the Editor in the May 4 edition of the Osceola Sun regarding Jed Clampett. 

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Guest columnist, UNESCO Director Audrey Auzoulay, had some great things to say about free expression – until she called for control of ‘hate speech’ and ‘misinformation.’

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We are working to make our Osceola Community Fair an even greater experience. We want to continue to keep our 97 year tradition alive and thriving now and for future generations.

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Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County loves our donors any time of the year, but we love them twice as much right now. Our nonprofit has a $20,000 challenge match for contributions made to Interfaith Caregivers during giveBIG St. Croix Valley. That means that your contribution will be doubled!!

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Last week, The Sun featured an article on the decade long effort to make Polk County and surrounding areas a National Heritage Area (NHA). The push is coming from many well-funded non-profits based in Minnesota that wish to protect the St. Croix River...forever. While this is a worthwhile go…

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 Murky waters mean more cover for Deep State activity. That is what the recent column “Restoring America’s Leadership” does. Please look up any columnist Lee Hamilton’s biography to show his D.C. Elitist credentials. Having spent 35 years in Congress as a Democrat, and then using the rest of…

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In two weeks, the Town of Osceola will vote for the first time, four Town Board Supervisors and one Town Board Chairman. 

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I want to go on record as endorsing Pete Wolf for Osceola Town Supervisor. Pete has the experience from his business career to help bring a structure and a long-term strategy to the board. Pete has overseen large manufacturing operations for over 17 years. I have worked with Pete on several …

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As a member of the League of Women Voters of the Upper St. Croix Valley, I encourage citizens to participate in the Spring Election on April 6.  Jill Underly and Deborah Kerr, both nonpartisan, will be running for the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Issues include Co…

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I’m writing to encourage you to vote no on the “Fair Map” referendum and leave redistricting in the hands of elected officials. I’m sure you are now thinking how can you be against a” Fair Map” and I’m not. My problem is how do you judge a fair map is like beauty in the eye of the beholder. …

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My attention was recently directed to the subject of gerrymandering. Amused because the word sounds a bit like salamander, and the districts that its shape resembles sounds like the amphibian its name  resembles. However, I came to see it as a serious situation that hampers the fairness of o…

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Like so many others, I’m lying low during this pandemic/polar vortex collaboration. While cooped up Thursday the 11th, I thought I’d listen to the County Executive Committee meeting that morning. While listening, there were a few items that struck me as needing clarification. I thought, sinc…

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There are times where we need to step out of our political persuasions and stand on common sense. This is one of those times. Our government now sanctions jeopardizing the safety of our daughters and granddaughters for the sake of a very small minority of Americans. I speak of President Bide…

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The Wisconsin legislature is currently considering a bill that would give local governments the option to stop publishing a summary of their actions in your newspaper. Senate Bill 55 would allow local municipalities to post meeting minutes on their websites instead. 

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 I keep learning about recent and distant history as I go. There is really no way to get the whole sweep of human history in a few classes in high school. It’s not enough. 

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What is a bus driver?  Webster’s Dictionary describes a bus driver as a person whose job is to drive a bus, but there is so much more to being a bus driver than being able to drive a big yellow vehicle. 

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A huge thank you to the organizers, many volunteers, and workers of the COVID-19 vaccination drive thru clinic in Balsam Lake. We were very impressed with our experience, the ease of applying online, and the actual event itself. The smooth organization, professionalism, and safety practices …

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 John Bailey of Cushing vented his indignation to the Sun because Assemblywoman Magnafici dared to add her signature on Republican letter to then Vice President Pence questioning the legitimacy of the very close November presidential election in swing-state Wisconsin. His logic is strange --…

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I’m writing in response to a Jan. 27 letter from Sally Lowe. Ms. Lowe, I really appreciate your letter, as potential widespread election fraud should demand our attention. Thankfully, fraud was thoroughly looked into by the Trump campaign.

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I received my first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at the Polk County Health Department in Balsam Lake on Thurs., Jan. 28.  From the time I received notice of the availability for the shot, via Interfaith Caregivers, until I got the shot in the comfort of my vehicle, everything went smoothly.

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I believe the word “Cancer” is so scary because it is, in all its many forms, caused by US!   In one way or another we have only us to blame!

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Regarding last week’s letter to the editor from John Bailey…why must there be so much “disgust” and “indescribable anger”?

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We would like to thank members of the Polk County Board of Supervisors for listening to their constituents (Polk County Voters Concerned about Gerrymandering) and passing two resolutions in support of nonpartisan redistricting (fair maps) at their January, 2021 meeting.

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Last week, I learned that our State Representative Gae Magnafici put her signature on a Jan. 5 letter to Vice President Pence that questions the legitimacy of the Wisconsin November election.  Her signature and support of this attack on Wisconsin’s election system is outrageous.

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I have been a homeowner and taxpayer in the same location for over 26 years. My property abuts the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail (SSLST). I have enjoyed the peace and quiet that comes with a quiet-sports trail. But the county, and chairman Chris Nelson in particular, have been relentless in…

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Wisconsin Governor Evers’ recent Task Force on Climate Change Report (https://climatechange.wi.gov/Pages/Home.aspx) includes a recommendation to “avoid all new fossil fuel infrastructure” including fracked gas power plants. In spite of this, Wisconsin’s Dairyland Power Cooperative is still m…

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As with everyone else, in the current COVID environment, we at The Open Cupboard have gone through many required changes to continue providing food to those in need. Through all these changes, you, the community has made a huge difference with your donations and we cannot express enough appr…

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 Dale Carnegie advised, “Pay less attention to what men say. Just watch what they do.” That is uncommon in today’s murky fog of political correctness. In a recent Sun letter, David Anderson rates a leader’s worth by comments made instead of accomplishments. The left-leaning mainline media no…

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Rural votes don’t count.  “The closer you get to the tallest buildings the more one-sided they vote.” was once said and there is a lot of truth to it.  Looking at most states including Wisconsin you will see cities control the elections.  Thankfully our founding fathers saw this and institut…

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Thanks to The Sun for covering Polk County board meetings, especially when it comes to spot rezoning for out-of-state owner Michael Gray to open a party barn in a Town of Osceola residential neighborhood. The conditional use permit is before the Town of Osceola Jan. 12. It will be heard at t…

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About three year ago our County Administrator proposed a four person central government, that totally eliminated the Ag Committee and shifted the Lime Quarry operation to the Highway Dept. The County Administrator is now trying to complete the sale of the Lime Quarry operation and property.

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One of my favorite quotes is from Woody Allen:  “80% of success is showing up.” In my 30 years of supervisory experience in a variety of occupations, the few people who did not succeed did not show up and had to be fired after at least a few discussions and warnings. This meant they didn’t t…

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I truly appreciated The Sun / Amery Free Press coverage of the Polk County Board of Supervisors Meeting held on Dec. 15.