Polk County News

Dresser Police Review Committee To Hold Hearing On Chief Incident

The Dresser Police Review Committee will hear arguments Wednesday, June 27, at 4:30pm at the Dresser Village Hall. The hearing is in regard to the conduct of the village police chief earlier this year. The case addresses a Twin Cities television news story that alleged Chief Ryan Haass attempted to drive home after drinking several…

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100 Changed Students To Graduate

One hundred cadets from 38 counties, including one cadet from Polk County, will graduate from the Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy in a noon ceremony on Saturday, June 16th at the Necedah High School. The Challenge Academy re-shapes the lives of at-risk 16-to-18-year-olds by using a structured, military-style environment and state-certified teachers and counselors to…

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Four County Government Agencies Meet Today

Four meetings of Polk County government groups are being held today. The Board of Adjustment meets at 8:30am today in the West Conference Room of the Government Center in Balsam Lake. After brief matters, the Board of Adjustment will recess to conduct four on-site visits to properties, the owners of which are seeking a variance…

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Silo House Destroyed By Fire

A fire broke out Sunday morning, June tenth, at 244 192nd Street in the Town of Alden in Polk County. The property, owned by David and Barb Grevich, was distinctive: it was a home fashioned out of a steel silo. According to New Richmond Fire Chief Jim VanderWyst, his department received the call at about…

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Weight Limits Reduced On 13 Polk Co. Bridges & 184 Statewide

Nearly 200 bridges in Wisconsin have had their weight limits reduced in order to comply with a federal mandate meant to protect spans from shorter and heavier agricultural equipment. In 2013 the Federal Highway Administration issued a directive to states that required them to take specialized “short-haul” vehicles, which include milk hauling trucks, certain types…

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Polk Co. Emergency Alert System To Be Tested Friday

Polk County has recently contracted with “CodeRED” to allow everyone throughout the county the opportunity to receive free emergency alert notifications that require immediate action or awareness. These notifications could include, but are not limited to, emergency evacuations, missing children alerts, emergency road closures, extreme weather alerts, etc. All current land-line telephones will automatically receive…

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Motorcycle Crash Into Deer Sent Operator To Hospital

The Polk County Sheriff’s office has released information on a motorcycle crash that took place on Monday, May 14th at 9:30am. The crash occurred on County Highway E, west of 95th Street in the town of Clam Falls. A person discovered a motorcycle lying in the road on top of the operator. Investigation of the…

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Polk Co. Board of Supervisors Meets Today

The Polk County Board of Supervisors will hold a regular meeting today, Tuesday, May 15th, at 5:30pm in the County Board Room at the Government Center in Balsam Lake. Shortly after beginning the meeting, the County Board will recess for a tour of the highway facility; and then reconvene at the Government Center. Amendments to…

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Clear Lake School Board Meets Today

The Clear Lake School Board will meet today, Monday, May fourteenth, at 6:30pm in the Junior-Senior High School Library. Its agenda includes reorganization of the Board, approval of teacher and support staff contracts for the 2018-2019 school year, a head custodian, and a closed session to deal with financial, medical, social, personal, or disciplinary matters…

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