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Mascot should be KnightsPride, History, Community, these are the arguments that should have been made for retaining the DHS mascot, The Prune Pickers. Dallas was built on the prune economy, with hundreds of acres of prune orchards and several prune dryers, situated all around Dallas, employi…

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Patoine ‘uniquely qualified’ as assessorValerie Patoine, the current Polk County Assessor, has 17 years of working knowledge and experience in the Polk County Assessor’s Office.This combined with her ability to work well with other Polk County departments and city offices, other Oregon count…

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I read with interest about the article on the front page of the Feb. 19 IO captioned, “Alternative campus proposed to address behavior.” Could it be time and less costly to re-introduce the “Board of Education” into the classrooms? Just askin’.

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The recent report from the Oregon department of Education shows that, overall, Oregon high schools graduated about 600 more students than last year — 80 percent of students graduated in four years, a historic high for the state.

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Our Tweeter in chief has not had many things to crow about lately, but we’ll see some spurious claims coming soon. Our trade deal with China is undoubtedly perfect, (his latest overused word). He doesn’t seem to realize that he and his “good friend,” President Xi, are playing different games…

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I have recently seen three dead deer lying in ditches that apparently have been hit by cars. However, this is a relatively common occurrence here in the county. Too many deer and too many clueless speeders.

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On Wednesday evening, as we were returning from an event at Western Oregon University, we drove down Monmouth’s Main Street. It was a beautiful sight to behold. Downtown was so festive looking — and busy! Cars were filling every parking space and folks were out walking around. Businesses wer…