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FALLS CITY – The city of Falls City is in negotiations to purchase property on which to build its new wastewater treatment facility.

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DALLAS — Santa’s elves have a little help, thanks to about 20 DallasRetirement Village residents who decided making toys for children is their mission.DRV residents Jim Baltimore and LeRoy Rempel, two frequent users ofthe DRV’s Hobby Center wood shop, helped give the project its start inDece…

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DALLAS — The Dallas City Council approved requesting proposals for a study about the feasibility and cost of forming an independent fire district including the city and three other fire agencies.

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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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The secret identities of some of our local super heroes were revealed March 8 at the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce’s 54th annual community awards banquet.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The U.S. Census is a year away, but plans to educate and recruit local residents to complete it are underway.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The Monmouth-Independence Network is looking at ways, which may include a line of credit, to speed up the replacement of its older technology.

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POLK COUNTY — Jodi Whiting still loves the job she got by “happenstance” about 15 years ago.

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DALLAS — The Dallas City Council adopted the schedule and hiring criteria for its city manager search on March 4 following a public hearing.

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INDEPENDENCE — Not all calls Polk Fire District No. 1 responds to are emergencies. Though, to Barbara Tuohy, calling the department was the only answer she could think of a few weeks ago when she had a problem.

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DALLAS — Valerie Patoine, Polk County’s newly appointed assessor, has spent much of the last year preparing for her new role.

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DALLAS — The Murphy’s Grill sign was taken down Monday, as the now-closed restaurant is in the process of transforming into the new office of Dallas-based OpenRoad Transportation.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Indy Commons hosted an informational meeting on Thursday for the newly formed Youth MIC.

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POLK COUNTY — Last week, Matt Smucker, Polk County Warming Centers coordinator, posted a note on Facebook that the warming centers were in need of grab-and-go and shelf-stable foods.

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DALLAS — The Dallas City Council officially approved the residency of George and Dawn, a pair of mallard ducks, within the city limits.

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DALLAS — Dallas Fire & EMS awarded Ken Waller Officer of the Year and Zach Leigh Firefighter of the Year at its annual Sweethearts Awards Banquet at Pressed Coffee Roasters Café in Dallas on Feb. 9.

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SALEM — The Oregon House of Representatives took a moment of silence on Feb. 18 to honor the service of late Dallas resident Evelyn May Woods.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- What better way to celebrate superlative services than with a super hero-themed banquet.

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DALLAS — The Dallas City Council decided it would like to seek an interim city manager and extend its search for a permanent replacement for retiring City Manager Greg Ellis into the summer or early fall, rather than fill the seat by the end of June.

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INDEPENDENCE — Central High School’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” has been a long time in the making.Vocal music and drama director Jeff Witt has been waiting about 20 years to put on the show.

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DALLAS — The Dallas community put on its best to honor its best Friday night at the Majestic Event Center.

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DALLAS – Twenty-five years ago, Rachel Greco was between jobs and standing in an empty building.

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POLK COUNTY — A Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputy resigned in August during internal misconduct and dishonesty investigations.

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DALLAS — The Dallas Urban Renewal Agency Board approved providing $600,000 in urban renewal money to complete Dallas’ new senior center.

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INDEPENDENCE — Jennifer Ranstrom-Smith was sworn in as Independence City Councilor on Feb. 12.

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INDEPENDENCE — Planning for Sunset Meadows Park has already begun, but a new funding source is within reach.

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POLK COUNTY — Local officials are looking for other options after the Salem City Council voted on Feb. 11 to decline to continue working toward building a third bridge spanning the Willamette River in Salem.

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CRESCENT VALLEY — Participating in a one-day event because of winter weather, the Central High School girls and boys swim team and the Dallas High School boys swim team competed in the 5A Mid-Willamette Valley district swim meet, hosted by Crescent Valley.

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CORVALLIS — The Dallas and Central high school wrestling teams fought hard over the weekend for a place at state at the OSAA 5A Mid-Willamette Conference wrestling district tournament, hosted by Crescent Valley High School.

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DALLAS — The 62nd annual Dallas Community Awards is a night to recognize those who have faithfully volunteered on behalf of others or gone above and beyond in their career or business.

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MONMOUTH — Togetherness, team work and community partnerships were at the forefront of messages by Monmouth and Independence mayors at the State of the City event  at Independence Cinema on Feb. 8.

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RICKREALL — The Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center board of directors was contemplating retiring its past-its-prime stage when Samuel Noack called Fair Manager Tina Andersen.

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DALLAS — Dallas recently learned that Mint Valley Paper, a paper products manufacturing company, is making a serious move to come to town, but that may not be the only industrial interest the city’s seeing.

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DALLAS — The Dallas City Council approved the purchase of a new fire engine to replace two aging trucks at its meeting on Feb. 4.

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The Polk County Tax Office reminds taxpayers who pay their property taxes in trimester payments that the second installment is due by Feb. 15.