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Oregon elegance

Harvest indicators point to return to traditional pinots for 2016

Following two hot growing seasons, local winemakers are seeing more of what made Oregon pinot noirs famous coming out for the vineyards.

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Taylor’s Building going back in time with ‘complete renovation’

Layer by layer, Bodie Bemrose is stripping off the new and restoring the old at the Taylor’s building at the corner of Monmouth and Main streets.

Blue Garden project paused temporarily

The remodel and reopening of the Blue Garden on Main Street in downtown Dallas is on hold — for the moment.

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Minet plans to expand

Company in talks with city of Jefferson for services

Monmouth-Independence Networks may start providing services to the city of Jefferson, said Don Patten, general manager of Minet.

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Bar-B-Que melts in your mouth

Stepping into BG’s Bar-B-Que can be dangerous to your stomach, causing cravings for smoked goodness served with homemade sides from cheesy taters to coleslaw.

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Defense rests

Longtime Dallas attorney Lillegard retires after 40 years

Friends have been telling Chris Lillegard that retirement will grow on him. The longtime Dallas attorney isn’t buying it yet.

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Fee Mail ready to be town’s ‘assistant’

Store offers shipping, copies, faxes, party supplies and personal mailboxes

Need shipping? Tablecloths for a family party? Decorations for that wedding or baby shower?

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New owners fuse old with new

The Brew Coffee and Tap House undergoes complete restoration

Stepping into the new Brew Coffee and Tap House on the corners of C and Main streets in Independence, it bears no semblance to the old café it once was.

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Learn to play a tune

Northwest Music Studio offers music lessons for all

Lee Wanner began taking music lessons in a small music store.

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Monmouth Fitness under new ownership

The Monmouth Fitness Club will be getting some new paint and techy equipment, but it will still be the same, comfortable haven for those seeking fitness. Tony Jeffries, longtime manager, will take ownership on Friday.


News in brief, June 15

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Tom Kunke Art Studio & Gallery showing paintings for the last time June 25

Tom Kunke wants to refocus on his creative side.

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Couple brings giving back to the forefront

There’s a saying common among CrossFit members: Come for the fitness, stay for the community.

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FCR on the way to top

Independence call center employs 240 and still hiring

FCR, a call center in Independence, has hired 240 people in about nine months and is on its way to one of the top employers in the county.

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Optimistic about economy

Local officials see Polk County’s job market, labor force growing

In Chelsea Metcalfe’s opinion, Dallas has a “good problem.” Metcalfe, the executive director of the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce, said she’s been trying to help a local family fulfill their business dream, but has run into a roadblock.