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Government Center likely to get overhaul

Lawsuit against Governor Evers filed in Polk County

Mandated annual seclusion and restraint report

Update from officer involved shooting

Public works makes garbage permit recommendation

Students back in school for unofficial first day

Music On The Overlook final concert Monday night

Man falls 30 feet onto rocks in Taylors Falls

Grand theft auto near Osceola

Village, school advance housing subdivision plan

School is all dressed up and ready to go

Future of village-owned Luck Campground looking brighter

“Abusive, disorderly and violent conduct”

Meth in pants adds to charges

Letter to the Editor:

Grandmother horrified by treatment of her granddaughter

“Please leave the campaign signs alone!”


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Village, school advance development plan
By Lynda Berg Olds
Monday night's regular monthly meeting of the Luck School Board actually began with a joint meeting between the board and the Village of Luck Plan Commission. Village President Dave Rasmussen, also of MSA, presented the Fourth Street Extension Concept Plan. This project is in the preliminary stages and requires the village and school work together. In essence, the school owns the only land feasible where a residential subdivision could be.
“We've put together a concept plan and preliminary cost estimate and we are hoping that you have about $2.5 million sitting around that we could do this with. The concept looks at providing 21 or 22 residential lots. The softball field and the soccer field are not impacted by this (see photo).”
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Government Center likely to get overhaul
By Lynda Berg Olds
Wold Architects and Engineers presented their Space Needs and Facility Analysis of the Government Center in Balsam Lake to the Polk County Board of Supervisors last week, after being contracted for that extensive, inclusive chore some six months ago by the board. Wold is a full-service design firm focused on “sustainable architecture and engineering for education, government, healthcare, and senior living facilities,” according to their website.
Getting down to the brass tacks of their exisiting facility maintenance recommendations, many very strong suggestions were made by the firm. Among them are the following major projects, the first 10 of which have not been dealt with for 46 years, since 1974 when the Government Center was built
Roof replacement, at a cost of $250,000; ADA Toilet Room Upgrades, $450,000; ADA Stair and Elevator Upgrades, for $30,000; Chilled Water System Replacement, $180,000; Boiler Plant Replacement, a biggie at $1.2 million; Ventilation System Replacement, even bigger at $1.7 million; Domestic Water Distribution Upgrades, $60,000; Power Distribution Eduipment Replacement, $205,000; Interior Lighting and Controls Upgrade, pretty steep at $400,000; and Data Cabling Replacement, for $128,000.
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Public Works makes garbage permit recommendation
By Reagan Hoverman
At the Monday night Dresser Public Works Committee meeting, the members discussed garbage collection services within the city regarding a new permit system for haulers working within Dresser.
The current village ordinance does not allow for an exclusive refuse contract with a sanitation service. The village has been under an exclusive contract with Waste Management for the last several years, which was allowed essentially because it was grandfathered-in.
Now, the village is making a change to non-exclusive contracts so that residents within Dresser are allowed to choose the sanitation service that they would like.
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WIAA announces Award of Excellence recipients
By Reagan Hoverman
On Tuesday the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association announced the 46 schools that met the criteria were named as the Award of Excellence schools for the 2019-20 academic year.
The WIAA created the award to promote and recognize the efforts and achievements of schools in a variety of categories. Some of those include sportsmanship, ethics, integrity, leadership and character.
This last school year, mainly because of the global coronavirus pandemic, was unlike any year that schools have seen before, or at least in the last century. Schools and athletic administrators experienced a challenging year considering school closures and the cancellation of many high school activities in the spring due to the spread throughout the United States of COVID-19.
Of the 46 schools, four of them are receiving the award for the fourth time. Seven of this year's award winners are being presented with the award for the third time and eight schools have earned the award for the second time.
The awards will be officially delivered at the fall area meetings which will be hosted virtually due to the public health situation. The winning schools will also be recognized on the WIAA website, in the bulletin and at the 2021 annual meeting.
Although no local schools won the award, the criteria to receive the honor have been posted online so that local schools can start working toward being recognized as one of the top athletic schools throughout Wisconsin.
The criteria applied to the Award of Excellence are as follows:
The athletic director maintains and updates all information in the WIAA School Directory annually.
The athletic director does due diligence in striving to achieve staff compliance with all WIAA coaching requirements such as rules videos, exams, officials' rankings, etc. as well as conducting regular occurring meetings with a captain's club or team leadership council where student-athletes will discuss sportsmanship, ethics and integrity.
In addition to that, three or more athletic teams from each school must have done something to give back to their school or community as volunteers. Many schools will have players participate in community food drives and programs, do yardwork for elderly people in the community or even do school improvement projects. In doing so, student-athletes get a chance to help their community or school district and also get themselves one step close to being eligible for the WIAA Award of Excellence.
Some other qualifications will immediately disqualify any school from consideration for the award. The school in consideration must have had no coach ejections at any level for that year and must have had no coach or player assault of an official at any level.
The aforementioned award that is being given to 46 Wisconsin schools has changed in recent years. The WIAA has continued to add to the qualifications for the award in previous years. Just last year there were two provisions added regarding the athletic director position.
Despite a potentially dramatically altered sports schedule, school districts both locally and around the state will continue to compete for the honor of being named one of the WIAA Award of Excellence recipients in the coming years.
August 27, 2020
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Adieu, farewell and goodbye
After over 125 years of continuous publishing, this is the final edition of the Ledger Newspapers (Polk County Ledger Press, St. Croix Falls Standard Press and Luck Enterprise Press). The continuing erosion of subscription and advertising revenue leads us to this sad decision.
Major factors for this decision are electronic social media news stories on Twitter, Facebook and others that are being accepted as fact without any attempt at verification. Many of these news stories have no author, compared to professional journalists, who have verification for all news stories published.
COVID-19 has curtailed most community town events. Area schools have been forced to alter or cancel their sports and other activities. These activities are the mainstay for a community newspaper.
We would like to recognize the thousands of loyal subscribers, advertisers and friends that helped our efforts through the many years of publishing the newspapers.
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