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Great Willamette Raft Race attracts veterans, newcomers alike

INDEPENDENCE — At 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, James Robinson and Nathan Litke were hard at work.

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Hitting the road

Sisters find strength, inspiration through Bike MS

MONMOUTH — As a child, Shannon Snair made it a point to protect her younger sister Nora from all she could.

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Obstacle course nears completion

INDEPENDENCE — A 1.5-mile obstacle course stretching from the Independence Dog Park around the soccer fields is nearing completion.

Registration for golf tourney open

DALLAS — Registration is open for the Dallas Quarterback Club’s 22nd annual golf tournament on Aug. 20.

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Annual event hopes to raise $800,000 for MS research

POLK COUNTY — The first year Augi Garred joined Bike MS, an annual event that is part of a national movement and raises money for Multiple Sclerosis research, he was more concerned about how he’d look riding than how his actual journey would go.

County wants to become cycling haven

POLK COUNTY — Bike MS has made its home at Western Oregon University for multiple years.

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LongBoard Larry finds a home

INDEPENDENCE — If not for a decision long ago by his older brother, Larry Peterson’s life would look a lot different than it does now.

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Polk Pedalers hit Montana

The Polk County bicycle club, named the Polk Pedalers, is an adventurous group.

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Dirtbags put aside rivalries for now

POLK COUNTY — Athletes often cite chemistry as a key to success. On a team where players have little to no experience playing with each other, developing chemistry can be difficult.

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Going out in a blaze of glory

The moment had finally arrived. All the training (well … at least a couple days of training) was about to come to fruition at the Monmouth-Independence Fourth of July tennis tournament on Saturday.

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‘Special’ moments

Special Olympics trains, empowers its athletes to succeed

POLK COUNTY — If there’s one thing Shirley Wimer didn’t like it was sports.

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Mini race offers big time fun

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The Monmouth-Independence Mini-Marathon has been a staple on the Fourth of July for more than four decades.

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Getting the swing of it

It was my big moment.

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Registration due by noon on June 29

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Patty Youngren has been a part of an annual tradition for more than three decades — the Monmouth-Independence Fourth of July tennis tournament. “I moved here in 1985. I played against Mary Christensen in my first competition,” Youngren said. “She and Phil Schroeder, who ran the tournament at the time, crushed my partner and I. Mary has become a lifelong friend.”

Channeling my inner Roger Federer ... sort of

As I stepped onto the tennis court, staring down my arch enemy, I paused and took a deep breath before I hit my first serve.


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