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​Saints Track takes first place at Lakeland meet

Cardinal baseball defeats the Dragons

A retrospective of winter local High School sports

Judge gives justice update

A “feel good” resolution Tuesday night

Changes being made to Board of Adjustmenthave

Smack talk leads to smack down in Amery

Horsing around at school

St. Croix Falls School earns Spirit of Excellence Award

Compassion fatigue national speaker

Afternoon fight was no delight for Osceola man

Concerned father calls for welfare check, leads to arrest

Phosphorus issue discussed at Luck Village Board meeting

Luck museum and village dealing with shared history

Luck students shine at state

Luck accounting class explores the business world

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Migratory bird hunting seasons for 2019 approved

Tips to help homeowners avoid potential conflicts with black bears

2019 spring turkey season opened this Wednesday

Wisconsin celebrates trees and forests next week

Video scene from the Luck Holiday Experience
Luck High School Choir performs
School receives Spirit of Excellence Award 
St. Croix Falls High School earned the WASC Region I Spirit of Excellence Award for the 2018-19 school year. 
The Spirit of Excellence program honors Wisconsin schools that achieve excellence in leadership development/academic achievement, sportsmanship and service to school and community. 
Leading this committee was Student Council Adviser, Suzanne Imhoff, and co-Adviser Sam Roach. She put together a group compiled of high school students that created a portfolio exhibiting all the wonderful things about St. Croix Falls High School in these areas. 
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Judge give justice update
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
At the Polk County Board meeting on Tuesday night Judge Jeff Anderson went before the board to speak to a couple of different issues.
The first was to thank the board for increasing the court commissioner to a ¾ time position last September.
When that occurred, Anderson had 627 pending cases in his court that took a median of 127 days to resolve.
As of March 3, that number dropped to 440 cases with a median of 96 days for resolution. In Judge Dan Tolan's court, there is an average of 517 cases with a median time of 112 days. “A lot of cases can be sent before the commissioner,” noted Anderson. “Traffic, uncontested divorces and restraining orders. So thank you for trusting our request.”
Another item that Anderson touched on was the case stats juvenile and ChIPs (child in need of protection) cases. The numbers given only reflect those going through the justice system, not all of the cases handled by the Human Services Department, numbers that would no doubt be substantially higher.
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A retrospective of winter sports
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
At last week's St. Croix Falls School Board meeting, Athletic Director Paul Randolph gave a rundown of some of the highlights from the 2018-2019 winter sports season.
In boys basketball, there were 23 participants. Their conference record was 6-6 and 12-12 overall. The boy Saints ranked fourth in the conference. They won the first round regional game against Ladysmith, then lost a close game at Webster. Players Kullan Parks, Declan Greenquist and Trevor LaMirande made all-conference.
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Phosphorus issue discussed at Village Board
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
At the Luck Village Board meeting last Wednesday the board received their annual phosphorus compliance report and there was not a lot of good news to be had.
Nutrient pollution is the process where too many nutrients, mainly nitrogen and phosphorus, are added to bodies of water and can act like fertilizer, causing excessive growth of algae. 
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Northwest Passage "In A New Light" 
Compassionate Hallway at the Polk County Courthouse.
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