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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

One of the many joys of living and working in MI Town includes getting to know the neighbors who own and work in our local businesses. There's a special satisfaction when goods and services are delivered as promised, and everybody involved is a winner.

Recently, a good friend stopped at the Texaco service station in Independence for gas. She was on her way to work and hurriedly handed over what she thought was a $10 bill, then drove away.

At the end of the work day, she checked her wallet for the $100 she had set aside for groceries - and discovered it was missing. In its place was the $10 she thought she'd given the attendant hours earlier.

She hurried to the gas station and was greeted by an employee who was greatly relieved to see her again - and handed her an envelope containing $90!

I promised my friend she would remain anonymous, but I thought her story should be shared. Our days are often filled with information about all the bad things that are going on in the world, but we shouldn't forget that every day good people are working hard and doing good things here in our community.


It's not too early to talk about one of my favorite summer happenings. The Polk County Fair is celebrating its 88th birthday Aug. 9-12 at the fairgrounds in Rickreall. Be sure to check out the fair's web site and discover how you can get involved as a volunteer or exhibitor or just enjoy the fun.

If you've never attended the county fair, this is a great year to catch all the enthusiasm and enjoyment offered to people of every age. See you there!


The streets and sidewalks of MI Town are busier than ever with children happily riding bikes and pulling wagons full of toys or little brothers or sisters as they enjoy the summer. Many of these children aren't wearing bike helmets (but should be), adding more potential for injury to the inevitable skinned knees and elbows.

We need to be extra watchful for little ones every day, and into the evenings as well. Where kids are running and playing, there are also cats and the occasional family dog that has escaped the backyard.

When we're in a hurry, it's tempting to push the 20 mph speed limit in MI Town, and all of us - whether we admit to it or not - have done it.

Please, let's remind ourselves that the safety of our youngest residents is far more important than anything else we have to do in the course of a day.


Last week I mentioned volunteering for the Citizens Review Board. To do so, contact Darcy Davidson, volunteer resource coordinator, at 503-731-8585 or

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