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RICKREALL — Three worlds collide in delightfully humorous ways in Dallas-based Struts & Frets Theatre Company’s production of  Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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INDEPENDENCE – Michael Baker bought a winning Scratch-It ticket from Jimmyz Independence Gas & Mini Mart, which he redeemed on July 10.

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INDEPENDENCE/MONMOUTH — Fifth grade enrollment at Ash Creek Elementary and second grade at Monmouth Elementary are closed for the 2019-20 school year, according to a Central School District news release.

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INDEPENDENCE — Visitors to the Independence Heritage Museum can appreciate some local history before they even walk into the building.

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DALLAS — There are a lot of changes in store for Dallas’ summer showcase event, Krazy Dayz (formerly known as Summerfest), but the centerpiece remains Saturday’s parade.

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DALLAS — Lyle Thomas likes his eggs “burned and turned,” and at Washington Street Steakhouse & Pub, that’s how he gets them.

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DALLAS – Mid-Valley Ford in Dallas, formerly known as Joe Hayward Ford, will be closing its doors this month.

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MONMOUTH — About 80 people gathered at Main Street Park in Monmouth Friday night as part of Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps.

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DALLAS – The barbecues may have been hot, but the competition was agreeable at the inaugural Smoke of the Dragon BBQ n’ Brew last weekend in Dallas City Park.

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DALLAS — The city of Dallas narrowed down its list of city manager candidates to four, and you can meet them on Monday at the Dallas Civic Center.

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INDEPENDENCE — In a matter of hours, community members came together to provide formula, diapers and wipes for some of Polk County’s littlest residents on Friday.

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POLK COUNTY — Summer is the time for outdoor concerts, and music fans in Dallas, Independence and Monmouth won’t be disappointed with the lineups starting this week. Performances at all three venues are free and open to the public. Food, beer and wine vendors will be on site at each location.

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INDEPENDENCE — The city of Independence is trying a new method for people to weigh in on the Vision 2040 process — texting with trees, fountains and other objects.

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MONMOUTH — In its 19th year, the Mid-Summer Dinner and Auction is Western Oregon University’s Smith Fine Arts Series’ main fundraiser.

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POLK COUNTY — The Oregon State Fire Marshal encourages those celebrating the July Fourth to practice the four “Bs” of firework safety.

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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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MONMOUTH — The Apple Box Children’s Theater’s production of “Beowulf” maintains the integrity of the original piece, while making it accessible to both the young actors who play the part and audience members.

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FALLS CITY — The city of Falls City adopted its budget on June 10 with a recommendation from the city’s budget committee that it look for ways to increase employee salaries in the future.

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MONMOUTH — The Willamette Valley Concert Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday (today) at Monmouth City Park Amphitheater.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The Central School District Board of Directors on June 24 renewed Superintendent Jennifer Kubista’s contract through June of 2022.

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DALLAS — It’s official — Smoke of the Dragon BBQ n’ Brew barbecue competition taking place this weekend in Dallas City Park will be a qualifying event for the “barbecue super bowl.”

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DALLAS — The Dallas School Board authorized transferring $400,000 out of contingency and into the instruction and support services funds help to cover the 2018-19 school year close-out costs and maintenance needs.

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SALEM — The Oregon Legislature, delayed by a walkout by Senate Republicans, sprinted to finish its work, voting on the last bill just before 5 p.m. Sunday.

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SALEM — Twenty-seven senators gathered at 9 a.m. Saturday morning to lay to rest House Bill 2020, the 2019 Legislature’s disruptive attempt to tackle climate change.

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The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two letters and multiple voicemails that contain threats against Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas).

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Enough Oregon Republican senators will return to the Capitol for the chamber to do business Saturday.

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SALEM — Loggers and logging trucks made their way from the fairgrounds in Salem to the Capitol this morning to protest two bills – House Bills 2020 and 2007.

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INDEPENDENCE — Independence Vision 2040 is underway, and city staff wants input from as many community members as possible about where they see Independence in 20 years.

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MONMOUTH — From his classic Looney Tunes characters to his lesser-known fine art, animation director Chuck Jones’ work is on display in Monmouth.

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DALLAS — The Dallas School District’s Citizen’s Oversight Committee gave the DSD permission to use $500,000 in maintenance bond resources to rebuild the Dallas High School track.

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SALEM — The stalemate between Republicans and Democrats in the Oregon Senate continued Monday morning.

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INDEPENDENCE – Polk County Sheriff’s Office and State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of a barn fire that started Monday afternoon on Morrow Road outside of Independence.

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DALLAS – Dennis Sarver was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison after being convicted last week on manslaughter charges in the death of Earl “Buddy” Jambura.

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SALEM — For the second time this year, Senate Republicans have thrown the legislative session into disarray by refusing to come to work Thursday.

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DALLAS — When Nash Stanton was in his early years in high school, he wasn’t sure he would earn his way to graduation.

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POLK COUNTY — Polk County’s Family & Community Outreach department, in partnership with the Nyman Foundation, recently awarded seven mini-grants to local efforts.