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Questions asked following man's death

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the death of Chris Clothier, 24, Monday night, the subject of a request from family members for police assistance after a mental issue that quickly escalated into a medical emergency.

Monmouth Police make arrest in sex abuse case

Monmouth Police arrested a 50-year-old transient Sunday on sex abuse charges after an incident reported recently in the 300 block of Whitesell Street West.

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THE LISTENER

Dallas resident Ken Braun has a gift of lending his ears to victims, first responders and others

Ken Braun learned early the importance of listening.

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Area firefighters burn to learn

Experience provides best possible training for local volunteers

All the commotion on Orchard Drive in Dallas Saturday wasn’t what it appeared.

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Toy guns become safety issue

Police dealing with increase in replicas of some firearms

More and more law officers are encountering people armed with replica guns.

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Independence fee debate continuing

More citizens attended the Jan. 13 Independence City Council meeting with water complaints, ranging from rates to base fees to stormwater fees.

Community outreach event slated

The fourth Polk Community Connect, an outreach event assisting those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, will take place in Dallas on Jan. 28.

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Building renovation work downtown taking shape

Cooper Block in Independence bustling with activity

The Cooper Block is coming alive, with restored storefronts on both Main and C streets, and framing for offices and apartments complete upstairs.

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City, co-op water dispute heats up

The Falls City City Council has increased the rates it will charge Luckiamute Domestic Water Cooperative in hopes of spurring further negotiations on a contract to sell water to the utility.

PUBLIC AGENDA

Listings of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

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Collision closes Hwy. 99W

A Chevy Blazer overturned on Highway 99W at Powell Street in Monmouth on Saturday when its driver, Moira Bronson, ran the stop sign at Powell.

POLICE REPORT

*Dallas*Independence*Monmouth

NEWS IN BRIEF

*Task force named to find street funds*Still time to submit 2015 fair theme*Tourism kickoff event set Tuesday*Oak, prairie habitat project funded*Sheriff seeking reserve deputies*Thurman elected to power council*Log truck loses load on Hwy. 223

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PAINTING HIS DREAM

Dallas native rediscovers his passion for art via his own studio and gallery

He didn’t know it at the time, but Dallas artist Tom Kunke had an early clue at what he would be doing in his second career.

LIBRARY CALENDAR

*Dallas*Independence*Monmouth*Wagner Community Library - Falls City

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