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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

With a brand-spanking new year just around the corner, it’s time to think about making resolutions.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

At our house, some cards still need to be addressed, but somehow it will all come together just in time for happy family gatherings and good times to share with friends.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

As we open the calendars to the brand new month of December, we anticipate so many good things this month will bring.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

I’d like to take a few moments to express my appreciation for those who won’t be relaxing with family and friends on Thursday, but will be working hard to make sure everything goes as well as possible for the rest of us.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We’re barely into the month of November and around our house, we frequently comment that the days are going by much too quickly.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

What fun it was to open the I-O last Wednesday morning and see all the great pictures of happy kids enjoying fall sports and learning so many good things about teamwork and activity.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

In probably the most exciting football game we’ve seen in the 15 years at McArthur Stadium, our WOU Wolves won over previously unbeaten North Alabama 24-22 on Saturday.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor dutcher

May God be good to those who have died far too young, and may angels wrap their wings around those whose lives will never be the same. Ever again.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Summertime — and the living is busy these days in MI Town, as families begin to make preparations for their sons and daughters for another year of school.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Good things keep happening in MI Town.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The doors open at our very own Polk County Fair Thursday morning at 10 a.m.

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Main Street Park was transformed into a village marketplace of booths and festive shops.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Summertime in MI Town means awakening to spectacular sunrises and fresh air, with the promise of a busy day ahead.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Summer programs are in full swing at both the Independence and Monmouth libraries.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

MI Town was alive with the sounds of cheers and laughter and the happy voices of the members of the Class of 2015 from Panther Stadium last Friday evening, as the newly-minted graduates were presented with their high school diplomas.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

A brand spanking-new month brings us closer to summertime in MI Town.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

With Memorial Day weekend just past, we all celebrated the beginning of summertime’s arrival to MI Town and throughout our wonderful Willamette Valley.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The calendar tells us that we’re knee-deep in springtime — and in MI Town that means that kids of all ages are in the midst of participating in wonderful outdoor sports.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We’re right in the middle of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8), which gives me an opportunity to thank all those dedicated and overworked folks.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The springtime days seem to be flying by so quickly, and this Friday we will welcome the merry month of May.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

I’m always wishing for the lion to arrive and be long gone by the end of the month, so we can welcome April with the scampering, happy lambs.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Those extra minutes of brightness at the beginning and end of the day help us to realize that springtime will be here almost before we know it.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We celebrated the end of 2014 watching two Central High graduates — and outstanding football players — in postseason college bowl games.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

With the New Year beginning Thursday, it’s time to think about making resolutions.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We’re just about a week away from our holiday celebrations.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Despite all there is to do, let’s take time to relax with friends and enjoy time with family without turning it into a major production.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It’s already December!

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Busy week at the Monmouth Senior Center.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It’s definitely November in MI Town.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

If you’ve been too busy to vote, it’s a good idea to find that ballot and vote as soon as possible, because ballots will be counted on Tuesday.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Halloween and Thanksgiving décor are everywhere, which means that Christmas advertising is only a moment away.

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

MI Town is busy with all the activities of the autumn season.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It’s almost here — and if you’ve been waiting all summer long — the Independence Hops & Heritage Festival is this weekend.

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These recent days and nights have been filled with freezing fog and an occasional burst of sunshine to brighten our surroundings.

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