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Emily Mentzer

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Everyone wins with food drive

In a sort of sibling rivalry for the best of reasons, Monmouth and Independence police departments are in a heated — albeit friendly — competition to see who can gather the most donations to the Ella Curran Food Bank.

November 15, 2017 2:53 p.m. read more..


WOU to perform ‘Radium Girls’

“Radium Girls” takes the audience on a historic journey ripe with facts, sprinkled with humor and warmth, recounting the story about women who worked for the U.S. Radium Corporation.

November 8, 2017 1:45 p.m. read more..
  

Welcome to your nightmare

Warning: Organizers of “Welcome to the Movies,” a haunted house at 877 Main St., Dallas, ask all who enter to sign a waiver.

October 25, 2017 noon read more..


Friends to host bi-annual sale

What started in 2016 as a way to let volunteers spend Summerfest with their families has turned into a financial benefit for the Friends of the Dallas Public Library.

October 11, 2017 noon read more..
 

Off to the (zucchini) races

Students at Mid-Valley Christian Academy filled the gymnasium on Friday afternoon to see whose zucchini creations would travel the fastest and farthest down a ramp.

October 4, 2017 12:36 p.m. read more..
   

To build a scarecrow

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

September 20, 2017 noon read more..
 

Preserving history

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

September 20, 2017 noon read more..


A taste of Greece

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

September 13, 2017 noon read more..


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.

September 13, 2017 noon read more..
    

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.

August 16, 2017 12:35 p.m. read more..
     

Eclipse: Why all the fuss?

The moon will cast its shadow over Polk County the morning of Aug. 21 during the Great American Eclipse. But what’s the big deal?

August 2, 2017 noon read more..
 

National Night Out

Tuesday is National Night Out, an annual campaign promoting relationships between communities and their police and fire agencies, and several neighborhoods and groups are hosting events around the county.

July 26, 2017 noon read more..
 

RARE helps IDA thrive

Since Americorps RARE volunteer Imani Hall started work as the manager for the Independence Downtown Association, seven new businesses have opened up.

July 12, 2017 noon read more..


Four fires strike in two days

Two of four fires in two days from July Fourth through Thursday were sparked by cars driving on fields, said April Welsh, spokeswoman for Dallas Fire & EMS.

July 12, 2017 noon read more..


Hydrogen-making attempt goes wrong

POLK COUNTY — A man suffered minor injuries outside of the Dallas city limits after an accident while trying to make hydrogen, Sheriff Mark Garton said.

July 5, 2017 12:10 p.m. read more..


Reach for the sky

MONMOUTH — In the hills just outside of Monmouth, Jon and Susan Brewster built their home with one thing in mind: astronomy.

July 5, 2017 11:30 a.m. read more..
   

Boom Town Brewing

The old warehouse building on South Main Street in Independence called out to Yul Provancha years ago.

June 14, 2017 12:56 p.m. read more..
     

‘This Girl’ takes audience on journey

Western Oregon University’s theater department’s production of, “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing,” is a fantastical fable that depicts three sisters and their journeys through life.

May 31, 2017 noon read more..
 

Explore Polk County, where we call home

In August, tens of thousands will discover how great Polk County is as they descend on the area for one of the best viewing places of the Great American Eclipse, a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 at 10:17 a.m.

May 24, 2017 noon read more..
 

Discover MI Town on Saturday

A few changes are in store for the third annual Discover MI Town Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m., sponsored by the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce.

May 17, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..
 

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