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Festival celebrates Indy heritage

Come celebrate a time not-so-long ago, a time when Independence was Hop Capital of the World.

Two galleries offer a medley of experiences in artwork

Polk County’s art galleries seem small, but are mighty. The Dan Cannon Gallery of Art at Western Oregon University attracts artists from around the world, as well as displaying the work of future famous artists: students.

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MaMere’s celebrates Northwest, WOU connection

MaMere’s Guest House has gone through a subtle shift since Emily McNulty and her family have taken over the bed and breakfast last year.

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BACKYARD BARBECUE

A plethora of smoked meat choices await

Ray Walter has been cooking almost his whole life. His latest food adventure, IndePit at Mecanico, is furthering that journey.

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Farmers Markets

Polk County has four to choose from all summer long

You can tell it’s springtime when the Independence farmers markets kick off their seasons in April. The markets run each Saturday April through October and November.

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Beertopia

Oregon has become one of the top destinations for beer lovers — and Polk County is at the center of this utopia for suds seekers, with good reason.

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Local trivia night tests knowledge, funny bone

Who coined the phrase, “Happiness is a warm puppy”?

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Welcome to Western Oregon University

In rural Polk County, Western Oregon University serves as a bustling academic and cultural center.

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Welcome to Grand Ronde

Spirit Mountain Casino may be the unincorporated community of Grand Ronde’s — and the state’s — most popular tourist destination, but there’s plenty more to Grand Ronde than meets the eye.

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Welcome to Monmouth

Driving down Highway 99W, one may not realize the gem they pass through when they get to Monmouth. Turn onto Main Street and discover a historic downtown filled with shops and restaurants selling local goods and handmade fare.

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Welcome to Independence

The city of Independence has a positive energy that permeates every nook and cranny of the town, from the historic downtown buildings to the thriving small businesses on Main Street, the parks, trails and schools.

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Welcome to Falls City

David and Cheryl Radke see vast potential in the city of Falls City, so much so that they decided to open a bed and breakfast in the town with a population of less than 1,000 people.

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Welcome to Dallas

Pull off Highway 22 at the Dallas exit. Drive through the picturesque farmland into town — and stay a while in Dallas.

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Let it fly at Dallas City Park

If you hear a cry of “Fore!” in Dallas City Park, don’t be surprised. Don’t look for a golf ball hurtling toward you either — what you should be watching for is a flying disc.

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