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New VSO may come to Polk County

County budget committee approves money for local veterans support officer

DALLAS — For decades, veterans in Polk County who needed help with their benefits claim had to go into Salem, where the closest Veterans Affairs office is located.

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Facilities bond would help repair failing buildings

DALLAS — Fair Manager Tina Andersen often jokes that parts of the buildings out at the Polk County Fairgrounds are “held together with paint.” She’s kidding — mostly.

Dallas art studio opens exhibit Friday

Tom Kunke Art Studio and Gallery in Dallas is opening a new exhibit Friday featuring award-winning artist Nancy Eng.

Volunteer Opportunities

These Polk County groups would welcome individuals who have time or expertise to volunteer. Organizations that would like to be added to this list should call 503-623-2373 or email IOnews@polkio.com.

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Two Polk volunteers honored

Jiricek, Walton recognized for years of Extension service

OSUEA Cooperator Awards were presented to John Jiricek and John Walton, both of Polk County.

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Dallas singer releases album

Hoffman’s ‘Fault Lines’ has ‘something for everyone’

James Hoffman, a former Dallas resident and graduate of DHS, has turned life’s “interruptions” — good and bad — into a second indie-folk album.

Changes at the Y

Dues shift to reflect household income

The Monmouth-Independence YMCA began the year with changes to its membership program.

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CASA BURRITO

New restaurant offers fresh Mexican cuisine, authentic taco stand

Miguel Garcia always dreamt of owning his own restaurant.

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Dallas’ new website to go live on Friday

If you visit the city of Dallas’ website on Friday, you will be greeted with a different looking site.

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Ellis plants seeds for Dallas economy

If you see Greg Ellis pounding the pavement around Dallas, he’s on a mission to improve the local economy.

Church names vicar

Rev. Fred W. Heard has been appointed new vicar and his first Sunday at the church will Jan. 17.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Dallas has named its new vicar.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Relief printmaking at Ash Creek class*Free tech courses at United Methodist*Pedee club member to speak at potluck*Pentacle presents 'Mary Poppins'*PCLA host Jan. 16 annual meeting*Painting part at Arena Sports Bar*Old-time squares at Guthrie Park*State of the Cities slated for Jan. 13*Dallas Library shows 'Minions'*Indy library to host ancestry workshop*Yoga studio hosts community event

Salem Health announces grant recipients

The eight organizations share Salem Health’s commitment to improve the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

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Business spawned from lack of choice

‘Anything you think about that can be drawn in a computer can be printed’

What started out as a way to find a more suitable urn for Nicholas Indra’s 8-year-old son Daniel has turned into a full-time 3-D printing business.

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County fair begins search for new theme

The fair is looking for another gem for the 2016 fair, scheduled for Aug. 11-13.

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