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Celebrations carry on in cold

Let it snow: Christmas comes to Polk County

Independence Public Library was the place to be Saturday afternoon for Santa’s arrival from the North Pole by train, provided by Portland and Western Railroad. Santa and his helpers in Independence nearly got the count exactly right: 993 children arrived for a visit and present. Organizers had planned for 1,000 kids. Volunteers had hot drinks on hand. Some children arrived at noon to be first in line.

Photo by Emily Mentzer

Independence Public Library was the place to be Saturday afternoon for Santa’s arrival from the North Pole by train, provided by Portland and Western Railroad. Santa and his helpers in Independence nearly got the count exactly right: 993 children arrived for a visit and present. Organizers had planned for 1,000 kids. Volunteers had hot drinks on hand. Some children arrived at noon to be first in line.

December 10, 2013

Although some holiday events were delayed a bit, the snow and below freezing temperatures could not damper Polk County’s holiday spirit.

Dallas’ Winterfest was cancelled because of the snow on Friday, but Santa made sure to get the tree on the courthouse square lit.

Monmouth’s tree lighting of the Sequoia on Western Oregon University’s campus was moved from Friday night to Sunday, but still had a good turnout.

Independence Public Library was the place to be Saturday afternoon for Santa’s arrival from the North Pole by train, provided by Portland and Western Railroad.

Santa and his helpers in Independence nearly got the count exactly right: 993 children arrived for a visit and present. Organizers had planned for 1,000 kids.

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