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Local golfers named academic all-state

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“Centralized reception” coming to Polk County Government Building

Trio racks up a dozen drug charges, plus child neglect

Request to serve outdoors meets with resistance

School may soon have a service dog

Man shows cop video of his own abusive behavior

School district recognized for their support of mental health

Big Butternut boaters urged to dock and dine

Meet Milltown’s 2019 Grand Marshals

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Request to serve outdoors meets with resistance
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
At the St. Croix Falls Plan Commission meeting on Monday night, Brian Helm, one of the owners of Trap Rock Brewing was present to discuss his business's request to serve beverages on-site, outdoors to their guests, when weather permitted.
“There is a 20' x 20' concrete area that is already there that we would use,” noted Helm.
The property is located at 520 Blanding Woods Road in the industrial park, and while by all accounts the brewery has proven to be a good neighbor thus far, there is a lot of resistance to the idea of providing for an outdoor patio on which they would serve their brew.
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More money for roads? Maybe
By Lynda Berg Olds
During “Supervisor Reports from Outside Meetings” at the county board meeting Tuesday night, Supervisor John Bonneprise reported that he had attended a presentation by State Secretary of Transportation Craig Thompson, as part of the WCHA (Wisconsin Counties Highway Association) Convention in Green Bay.
“It was last Tuesday (June 11) at 10 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. they brought in a bulletin saying that the Senate had just passed a one-time emergency fund – to fund the counties $1 million and fund the townships $1,000 per mile.”
Bonneprise asked if any other supervisors had an update regarding this transportation funding. Supervisor Jay Luke said he had somewhat of an update, but observed, “It is very confusing – as we expected it would be.”
Supervisor Brian Masters concurred.
“They came up with some kind of a scale on funding,” continued Luke. “The scale was done in conjunction with your assessed value. That would eliminate Lorain Township because they've got so much state and federal land that their assessed value didn't meet the qualifications that they had for the amount of money they were putting into the roads. But that's been sent back so it is still up in the air.
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Local golfers named academic all-state
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
"The Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin (GCAW)" is pleased to announce that Nick Frokjer, Hunter Robinson, and Alex Robinson of Unity High School and Mitchel Steele of St. Croix Falls are all 2019 Academic-All State honorees. 
Students are submitted by GCAW coaches if they meet the following criteria: 1) A cumulative GPA of at least 3.25, 2) participation in at least 75 percent of their team's varsity matches, and 3) are a sophomore, junior or senior and is a student-athlete who has served as a great example to others, proving that athletic and academic success are not mutually exclusive.
The GCAW is proud to announce that 401 students from 125 different high schools have been honored this year. In fact, the average GPA of these students is an exceptional 3.747.
The GCAW was formed by high school golf coaches in 1986 to help build and enhance Wisconsin's reputation for developing quality junior players by promoting golf in our schools and communities.

Big Butternut boaters urged to dock and dine
By Lynda Berg Olds
“We're working on bumper stickers and bike racks, among other things,” reported Luck Tourism Director Sherrie Johnson at Wednesday's regular meeting of the Luck Village Board. She said the bike racks will likely be placed in front of the public buildings. She passed around an example of one bumper sticker – and everybody got a laugh...but the press was not allowed to do a spoiler alert and ruin the surprise. The bumper stickers will be on sale at the Community Club tent during Lucky Days, the third weekend in July. Johnson also noted the the next (quarterly) Tourism Commission meeting will be on July 1.
The next report came from Luck Municipal Golf Course Superintendent Kevin Clunis. Village President Dave Rasmussen was being kind and allowed these reports at the beginning of the meeting so Johnson and Clunis did not have to sit through the whole meeting if they chose not to.
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