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Two trucks belonging to Southwest Polk Rural Fire Protection District were pulled from Falls City Fire’s station Tuesday morning, changing the city's firefighters' ability to respond to rural areas around Falls City.

FALLS CITY — Falls City’s boys basketball team opened its season with a pair of victories. The Mountaineers defeated McKenzie 57-25 on Thursday and Southwest Christian 54-28 on Friday.

*Motor home fire results in death*Polk Extension to hold sewing classes*Boondocks to hold weekly workshop*Dallas approves change on 4-acre parcel*Corps of Engineers to host workshop*Nonprofit Share Tank hits Salem Friday*WVH volunteer services fundraiser on tap

Dale Albert Wood, 78, of Foster, died Sept. 20 in Albany following a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

BEAVERTON -- Missing two key players is tough for any team to overcome, let alone a short-on-depth Perrydale girls basketball squad.

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Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

The past 12 months proved to be a busy and newsworthy period in Polk County. Here’s a month-by-month summary of some of the other news stories that made headlines during 2009 in the Itemizer-Observer: