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Polk County News 
Animal abuse trial begins
By Lynda Berg Olds
Polk County Judge Molly GaleWyrick has blocked out this entire week in her courtroom for the jury trial of Michael Feist, of the Town of Milltown. The Otter Creek Ranch owner faces 34 charges involving mistreatment of animals stemming from an investigation that dates back to May of 2013.
See this week's (March 5) County Ledger Press for the complete story.

Balsam Lake hires new officer
By Lynda Berg Olds
At Monday night’s regular meeting of the Balsam Lake Village Board, Police Chief Tom Thompson gave his report noting that calls for service were slightly down from last year.
“Last year was a high year though,” he explained. “We had 115 calls for service last year, versus 102 this year. We are running about 25 percent of calls from the (county’s) 911 Dispatch Center. It has been a very similar year compared to last year in terms of the types of calls we are having.”
See this week's (March 5) County Ledger Press for the complete story.
Balsam thinks heat; discusses Freedom Fest
By Lynda Berg Olds
Balsam Lake Chamber of Commerce Vice President Steve Williams reported to the village board the success of the Winter Fest and said they are already gearing up for Freedom Fest.
​See this week's (March 5) County Ledger Press for the complete story.