Emily Mentzer

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To build a scarecrow

Independence library’s annual workshop filled with family fun

Families gathered in the Independence Public Library Monday night, bringing to life a scarecrow from a T-frame, newspaper and miscellaneous items.

Preserving history

Heritage auto, ag show celebrates industry

The annual Heritage Auto and Ag Show returns to downtown Monmouth on Saturday, followed by an old-fashioned tractor pull on Sunday.

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The quilt that took more than 100 years

How long does it take to finish a quilt? For the Cheesman family descendants, the answer is four generations.

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Polk, Dallas assist at wildfires

Polk Fire Capt. Mike Kissell and members of Dallas Fire & EMS, Southwestern Polk Rural Fire Protection District, Sheridan Fire and McMinnville Fire worked all night battling the blaze at the Eagle Creek Fire on Monday, Sept. 4.

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A taste of Greece

It doesn’t matter how you pronounce it, Pete Kalogeras at Greece Lightning is happy to serve it up.

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Wildfang eager for year

Ashley Wildfang has always known she wanted to be a teacher.

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Kubista begins year as superintendent

Students bustled through the halls of Ash Creek Elementary School on Tuesday morning with a certain excitement — it was the first day of the new school year.

New logo, website for Independence

The city of Independence has a new logo, featuring the Cooper Block tower before it was repainted.

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Weekend brings no major incidents for first responders

While the weekend was packed with live concerts, street performers, food trucks, beer and wine gardens, culminating in the big event — the Great American Eclipse — for law enforcement, it was mostly business as usual.

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Young photographer shines at Polk fair

Dasheill “Dash” McNett, 7, enjoys taking photos with his Canon Rebel — and, if the number of ribbons on his Polk County Fair submissions suggests anything, he has an eye for photography.

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