*Locals earn FFA American Degrees*'Distinguished Educator' selected*Perrydale student elected to board*Dallas FFA selling Christmas trees*Walk through a school with Brazeau

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Let's Talk Turkey

See Community Notebook for Thanksgiving Day dining options.

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All aboard for the holidays

Little known hobby store along 99W specializes in model trains

Inside Tom Pryor’s Machines is a world of miniature trains to be discovered.


Name spelling correction

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Polk County population increases by .9 percent

The population of Dallas is up, Monmouth’s is down, and Falls City and Independence’s are exactly or nearly the same as last year.

Equestrian center dreams scrapped

‘Wallace Bridge’ site now for sale

J.W. Millegan’s equestrian dreams have reached an end.

Independence now honoring local ‘crime stoppers’

To recognize citizens in the community who go above and beyond the call of duty in helping keep Independence safe — and in helping the police department make an arrest — Police Chief Bob Mason created a Crime Stopper Award.

Pageant seeking actors

Annual Christmas play set Dec. 11-13

Would you like to be part of a Christmas tradition that started in 1938?

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Polk Board of Commissioners race headed to recount

The race widened, but not by much, and certainly not enough to declare a winner without a recount.

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City ponders plan for fire station site

Warren St. building currently vacant

What is the best thing to do with the old fire station?

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Cooking tasty barbecue makes chef's heart beat

“I cook,” he said. “It’s what makes my heart beat. I’ve tried (other careers) trying to find what makes my heart beat, when all the time it was cooking.”

Dallas PD adds two to its ranks

Two familiar faces are now in training to become Dallas police officers.

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Falls City examines role of city manager position

Now the Falls City City Council is considering just what responsibilities that position should have.

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City will pick up cost of SDCs for senior center

The council unanimously approved paying the SDCs.

Teachers in Dallas receive DEF grants

The Dallas Education Foundation has awarded its fall 2014 teacher grants, totaling $6,000 for 20 grants.