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Marijuana businesses step up

Organic Investments submits site design review to city of Independence

Organic Investments submitted a site design review to the City of Independence for 16,840-square feet of greenhouses for growing cannabis, and a 8,740 square-foot building for processing of cannabis and office use.

Sojourn donates shampoo

While the American Red Cross sends more help to Louisiana — including deployments from Polk County — Sojourn International is doing what it can to aid the flood victims: donating shampoo.

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Wellness center exceeds targets

When Central Health and Wellness Center opened its doors last year, the goals were to provide medical, behavior health and dental services to Central School District students and the communities.

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Public works replaces aging bridge

City council approved $100,000 supplemental budget transfer

The city was hoping it would hold out for another year, but the old bridge on Monmouth Cutoff Road near Car Doctor in Dallas had other plans.

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Back to School

Local organizations, churches try to make ‘back to school’ a little easier for students

Sorry kids — it’s time. Your days of carefree summer fun are nearly over as Labor Day approaches.

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Building your emergency kit in 24 weeks

American Red Cross' guide to building a 14-day home emergency kit.


News in Brief for Aug. 17

Fire season is still in effect

The 2016 fire season has burned far fewer acres than at the same point in previous years — but officials warn caution must remain.

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Herding birds

Youths talk turkey in Small Barn at Polk County Fair

You’ve heard of herding cats. But what about turkeys?

Falls City to show ‘pride’ at picnic

Polk County’s LGBT pride festival is back for a second year in Falls City this weekend, adding a second day to the schedule.

BLM plan draws more litigation

As promised, the 17 members of the Association of O & C Counties, including Polk County, filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management upon adopting its new Western Oregon management plan.

Monmouth Cutoff is closed

Monmouth Cutoff Highway from Uglow Street east to the west side of Holman Road will remain closed until Friday.

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Polk County Fair is packed with animal exhibits

Market turkeys is a big division at the 2016 fair

You’ve heard of herding cats. But what about turkeys?

Dallas Courthouse cleared after suspicous package reports

DALLAS -- The Dallas Courthouse is now open after the Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to reports of a suspicious package.

Assistance available to those struggling with mortgages

The state of Oregon has launched a foreclosure prevention program, “Home Rescue,” providing assistance to homeowners struggling with mortgage payments.