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Ice-cream eating contest?  Well, this is a new way to do it.  Blindfold someone and have that person reach around from behind to try to stuff ice cream into your mouth.  Debbie Faught (L) was successful enough feeding Dylan Geske (R) that the two of them won the contest at Webster High Schools homecoming festivities last week. More photos in Currents. - Photo by Aimee Rinnman
Ice-cream eating contest? Well, this is a new way to do it. Blindfold someone and have that person reach around from behind to try to stuff ice cream into your mouth. Debbie Faught (L) was successful enough feeding Dylan Geske (R) that the two of them won the contest at Webster High Schools homecoming festivities last week. More photos in Currents. - Photo by Aimee Rinnman

SCF Elementary School project

The St. Croix Falls Elementary School project was captured on film from the air in late September. The school is nearing full completion, and an open house is planned for the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 30, for the public. Photo courtesy of Woody Minar



Capeside doors to close sooner than expected

SIREN As of Monday afternoon, Oct. 8, only four residents were still at Capeside Cove Good Samaritan Center, Sirens nursing home that was scheduled to close its doors on or before Nov. 20. When the last of these residents leaves for a new placement, the facility will no longer be a nursing home, and the doors will be closed immediately, according to assistant administrator Charlie Huyink. Read full story

DA recommends seven years in prison
Daniel E. Owens
Daniel E. Owens

POLK COUNTY District Attorney Dan Steffen recommended last week that a 37-year-old rural Osceola man be put in prision for seven years, followed by 13 years of probation.

Daniel E. Owens pleaded no contest to the felonies of supplying methamphetamine to a minor and soliciting a child for prostitution. Owens is disabled and was in a wheelchair during his court appearance in Balsam Lake last Thursday.

The no contest plea by Owens was part of a plea deal he entered into in exchange for the state dropping four of the charges against him and not pursuing a possible seventh charge. Charges initially filed against Owens included child enticement prostitution, soliciting a child for prostitution, false imprisonment, child abuse intentionally cause harm, manufacture and deliver amphetamine, second-degree sexual assault of a child and manufacture and deliver THC. Read full story

Budget, borrowing, wheel tax on agenda

BALSAM LAKE With 25 items on its agenda in addition to the proposed 2008 budget and staffing plan, the October session of the Polk County has been moved to a daytime meeting.

Items on that agenda include several borrowing/bonding issues, a staffing plan that includes job cuts as well as additions, and a new wheel tax on vehicles based in Polk County. Read full story

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10.OCT.07 Day of budget appeals brings few changes
10.OCT.07 City levy up, mill rate down
10.OCT.07 Council discusses city and town agreement
10.OCT.07 Council approves match for ice rink
10.OCT.07 Minor admits to reckless homicide and injury charges
03.OCT.07 Gableman eyes State Supreme Court seat
03.OCT.07 Big guy
03.OCT.07 Water color
03.OCT.07 Siren hires interim principal
03.OCT.07 Bridge nearing completion
03.OCT.07 Woman faces charges of homicide by intoxicated use of vehicle
03.OCT.07 Landmark falls
03.OCT.07 Polk budget edging toward completion
03.OCT.07 Finance looks at four options to fund county
03.OCT.07 Siren man arrested after found sleeping in strangers kitchen
03.OCT.07 Expanding the definition of development for Little Trade Lake
03.OCT.07 All staffing may get annual review

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