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Results from the Memory Days Milk Run

Alum not a long term “cure-all”

Clam Falls fights to save the dam

Administrator warns of impending recession

Teenager robbed at gunpoint in Amery

Meet the candidates for Miss St. Croix Falls

Outdoor seating for brewery company request discussed

Osceola to be featured on Discover Wisconsin

St. Croix Falls selects 2019 grand marshals

Overnight event to be held at Lions Park in October

Luck trustees/staff “should be proud of themselves”

Tourism director ramps up village visibility

Cabin owner holds intruder at gunpoint

“You can’t just give away the public’s right-of-way”

River’s Rally presents singer/songwriter Alice Peacock

Letters to the Editor

Fear of Medicare for all and the green new deal

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Video scene from the Luck Holiday Experience
Luck High School Choir performs
Osceola to be featured on Discover Wisconsin
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
Discover Wisconsin is a well known show among the residents of Polk County and fans of Polk County and most all of Wisconsin for that matter.
The program can be viewed on FSN north and is also available for streaming on Chromecast, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Roku TV, Smart TV and at
 There were four communities highlighted as the 2019 Choice Destinations, Whitewater, Omro, Florence County, and Osceola. These communities are highlighted in their Just Off Main Street segment.
Co-host Mariah Haberman kicks off the show in the Village of Osceola. Haberman takes in the natural beauty of the area and explores the waterways by kayak. She then goes to Trollhaugen to try out their outdoor recreation area that includes a zip line and a 120 element aerial challenge course.
Her tour of the area includes a visit to Cascade Falls and a scenic ride on the St. Croix Valley Railway.
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Alum not a long term “cure-all”
By Lynda Berg Olds
There has been much ado about treating impaired lakes with alum to improve water clarity, particularly in the advent of blue green algae blooms, which can be toxic to people and pets. Indeed the County Ledger Press has written extensively on the subject, both on these pages and in last summer's “Laker #3.” The alum project on Long Lake was observed and documented. Did they see measurable improvement in water clarity. They did. Will it last? No. They will do another alum treatment next summer – just as the Balsam Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District (BLPRD) is planning to do several applications on East Balsam over a number of years.
East Balsam is listed as an Impaired Water by the Wisconsin DNR, unlike the other basins on Balsam Lake. The BLPRD states, “Experience has shown this basin becomes very green and sometimes slimy with algae in mid-July, August and September. This condition makes the water undesirable and potentially unsafe for water activities. The BLPRD Board of Commissioners is dedicated to improving the lake wherever possible – in this case with the alum treatment.
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Results from the Memory Days Milk Run
Winners of the 5K Milk Run in Centuria each received a half gallon of milk. Winners included, not in order, were: under 19 - Aex Chartrand, Grant Johnson, Aiden Johnson; 20 year old - Rachel Christensen, 30 year olds - Rebecca Hampton, Desiree Nelson, Jennifer Hanson; 40 year olds - Brad Chartrand, Deb Dunsmoor; 50 year olds - Rick Wester, Sonja Bierman, Jolene Wester; 60+ - Daryl Jones, Jean Christensen, and Katie Jones.
Luck trustees/staff “should be proud of themselves”
By Lynda Berg Olds
MSA's Teresa Anderson was present once again at the July 10 regular meeting of the Luck Village Board. She traded in her chef's hat after serving up brats and beverages outside prior to the meeting – a token of her appreciation to the trustees, business owners and residents of the village for their help, cooperation and patience throughout the course of three major projects.
“We've been through three pretty major projects these last few years and we know that it has been hard work for the village staff and the village board. There have been lots of tough decisions and we want to say, 'Congratulations!' to you for your hard work and thank you to the board and staff. You should be proud of yourselves. It is a pretty big accomplishment to get a Waste Water Treatment Plant upgrade, Main Street Improvement Project and a new dam within the space of a few years.
“So nice job guys! Thanks for working with MSA! We have a poster for you with photos of different construction going on – and we also have, knowing that the Main Street project was going to be a big deal, before and after photos for you.”
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