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Editor’s Note: Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com).

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INDEPENDENCE — The Independence City Council unanimously approved on Nov. 12 the annexation and rezoning of a 70.8-acre parcel of land in the southwest area of Independence.

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DALLAS — Mint Valley Paper, the company proposing to build a $300 million paper production plant near Godsey and Monmouth Cutoff roads in Dallas, is now in the process of securing financing.

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DALLAS — Last December, the Dallas chapter of the Old Guard Riders and numerous volunteers partnered with Wreaths Across America to place Christmas wreaths on the graves of veterans in Dallas Cemetery.

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INDEPENDENCE — Classic musical numbers — and some new favorites — will take center stage at the fourth-annual Arts Integrated Ministries variety show this weekend.

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DALLAS –Quinlyn Harden, the Independence resident who was convicted last month of 30 sex abuse charges involving children, will serve 54 years in prison.

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FALLS CITY — Voters in Falls City renewed a property tax levy supporting school programs by a wide margin in Tuesday’s special election.

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Editor’s Note: Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com).

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DALLAS — The city of Dallas will hold an open house on Tuesday to present the result of its recently completed housing needs analysis.

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INDEPENDENCE — A few residents of the Independence Airpark gathered on the afternoon of Nov. 7 to raise the flags in front of the Starduster Café.

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INDEPENDENCE — Independence city councilors approved on Oct. 29 a loan of a up to $650,000 for the purchase of a building to house the Independence Heritage Museum.

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MONMOUTH — The expansion of the Monmouth-Independence Network has affected the company’s bottom line, said Monmouth City councilor Chris Lopez in his Nov. 5 report to council.

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INDEPENDENCE — it’s been about nine years since the last franchise agreement between the city of Independence and Brandt’s Sanitary Service was agreed upon.

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Police logs are entries from the daily reports from Dallas Police Department and Polk County Sheriff’s office. Not all calls are included. The status of incidents reported may change after investigation.

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DALLAS – The Dallas School District is now in its fourth year as a “target” district for its English language learner program, a designation that allows the state to offer financial assistance to the district.

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MONMOUTH — The Polk County Warming Centers started a few days early last week at Monmouth Christian Church.

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DALLAS – The Dallas School District hasn’t purchased curriculum for any subject at any grade level for 10 years. For some subjects, the last time the district brought in new curriculum was 20 years ago.

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INDEPENDENCE — Dave Upton isn’t a train hobbyist. He doesn’t have one at home. But his face lights up when he talks about the display he’s been working on for the last couple of months.

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DALLAS – Geologist and geology instructor Sheila Alfsen found all the evidence she needed to believe that the Pacific Northwest will experience a major earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone at a conference in Denver.

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POLK COUNTY — Darin Edward Shaw, 50, was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison on charges related to the 2018 death of 31-year-old Joseph Sieg.

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Editor’s Note: Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com).

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Trick-or-treaters took over the streets of downtown Dallas and Monmouth on Halloween. 

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POLK COUNTY — Dyllan Michael David Coons, 20, of Dallas, was sentenced on Tuesday to 34 months in prison for charges related to a Sept. 7, 2018 fatal crash.

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DALLAS — Convicted of 30 counts of sex abuse and rape, Independence resident Quinlyn Harden will be sentenced on Nov. 18.

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DALLAS — The Dallas High School Theatre is taking audiences on a journey of discovery — with all the misfires and pitfalls along the way — in its production of “Pippin” opening on Thursday.

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SALEM — Dallas resident Don Thompson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about two and a half years ago. He said the worst thing people who receive that news can do is do nothing.

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POLK COUNTY — Jason Ryan Trower, 35, of Salem, was arraigned in Polk County Circuit on Friday on charges related to an Oct. 24 car theft and chase.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians share some responsibility when it comes to road safety, especially in areas of high traffic, such as near schools.

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DALLAS — Dyllan Michael David Coons, 20, of Dallas, pleaded guilty on Oct. 10 to two of five charges stemming from a fatal crash Sept. 7, 2018, in Monmouth.

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DALLAS — The Dallas Area Visitors Center and the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce are relocating temporarily to new offices before the end of the year as they look for new permanent locations for their respective organizations.