Polk County News

3 Area School Boards Meet Today

Three area school boards will meet later today, Monday,December tenth.  At 6pm the Turtle Lake School Board meets in the IMC, where it will hold a closed session for the evaluation of the Superintendent; then, in open session, consider hiring a community education director, the 2019-2020 calendar, a part-time social-media position, and a Fab lab…

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2 Juveniles In Custody For Arson Fire At Almena P.O.

Two juveniles are in custody after a fire at a post office in Almena turned out to be arson.  On Saturday night, the Almena Fire Department was dispatched to the Almena Post Office.  When law enforcement arrived, heavy dark smoke was coming out of the roof of the building.  Firefighters ventilated the attic area and…

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Explosion From Making Explosives Sent Polk Co. Man To Hospital

On Tuesday, December fourth, at 8:15pm the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a male who received an injury to his hand.  It was reported that the male involved in this incident had “blown his hand off” while possibly making explosives.  Upon arrival to the rural Sterling Township residence, deputies found the male…

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County Trail Use Update

Tina Riley, the Polk County Parks, Forestry, Buiuldings and Solid Waster Office Manage, has announced information about the county trails.  Starting this Saturday, December 1st, the Polk County segment of the Gandy Dancer Trail will be open to frozen ground ATV-UTV use. All users are asked to stay off any side trails and respect other…

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Organizational Meeting of Criminal Justice Council Is Today

The organiational meeting of the Polk County Justice Collaboration Council will be held this afternoon, November 29th, at 2pm in the Community Room at the Justice Center in Balsam Lake.  Officers will be elected, by-laws adopted,committees formed, and other business will he handled. The Criminal Justice Collaborating Council was re-established by the County Board earlier…

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Clayton School Board Meets Today

The Clayton School Board will meet today, Monday, November 19th, at 6pm in the Media Center.  The agenda includes a co-curricular resignation and a co-curricular contract, a staff retirement and staff compensation for the current school year.

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Polk Co. Taxy Levy Rate To Drop Slightly

The Polk County budget hearing was held Tuesday.  In the proposed 2019 county budget,  the property tax levy increases by 1.7-percent but an increase in equalized property value of five percent reduces the levy rate by seventeen cents to a proposed $5.05 per $1,000 in property value in 2019.  Polk County has a modest debt…

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Polk Co. Board of Adjustment Meets Today

The Polk County Board of Adjustment will meet today, Tuesday, November 13th, at 8:30am in the West Conference Room at the Government Center in Balsam Lake.  At 8:45am the Board of Adjustment will recess for four on-site visits to properties whose owners have requested a variance to zoning ordinances.  The Board will reconvene at the…

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Polk Co. Board Has Full Agenda Tonight

The Polk County Board will meet today, Tuesday, November 13th, at 6pm in the County Board Room at the Government Center in Balsam Lake.  Malia Malone is scheduled to be appointed as Interim Corporation Counsel; David Vollendorf is scheduled to be appointed as Interim Information Technology Director; and appointments to the Library Planning Committee are…

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Clear Lake School Board Meets Today

The Clear Lake School Board will meet today, Monday, November 12th, at 6:30pm in the Junior-Senior HIgh School Library.  Its agenda includes approvals of a wellness policy, teacher and support staff contracts, a staff resignation, and a closed session to confer with legal counsel regarding litigation in which the School Board is, or is likely…

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