Polk County, WI

New Location For COVID Testing Site In Balsam Lake

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County Public Health’s free COVID testing site will be moving to a new location. Starting Monday, May 16th, free COVID testing will be located in the eastern portion of the Polk County Government Center parking lot. Previously, COVID testing was offered at the Polk County Highway Department.
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Polk County Sells Over 16,000 Trees On Arbor Day

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Environmental Services Division logged 190 orders for tree saplings this past Arbor Day, which totaled more than 16,500 total trees sold to area residents. Polk County’s Tree and Shrub Program has been offered for over 36 years and offers a variety of pines, hardwoods...
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Patty Schachtner Announces Campaign To Represent 28th Assembly District

Patty Schachtner, former Wisconsin State Senator is a lifelong resident of St Croix County, announced today that she is running for the 28th Assembly District. The newly-drawn District 28 represents Wisconsinites in Polk Co. along with parts of the Town and Village of Somerset and the City of New Richmond and Star Prairie Township.

Sheriff Waak Issues Press Release Regarding Recent Storm

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County Sheriff Brent Waak issued the following press release today, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, regarding the recent storm that swept through our area. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management staff is documenting the storm events that occurred on Monday, May 9th, 2022. Polk County had two storm events that caused extensive damage to properties in Polk County.

Storm in St. Croix Falls destroys trees, buildings

ST. CROIX FALLS Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Cleanup is also underway in Polk county. Trees are down, buildings are damaged, and crews were on the scene restoring power. The National Weather Service says the damage was caused by a microburst with winds of about 60 miles per hour. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says one person has non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the storms.

News From The Polk County Museum

POLK COUNTY -- 2022 Opening Day is Thursday, May 26th. The Museum is conducting local school tours throughout the month of May. Our terrific crew of volunteers has been hard at work all winter preparing new exhibits and updating existing displays. We want 2022 to be a GREAT YEAR for your County Museum!
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Woman wakes up to stranger’s dog sleeping in her bed

ATLANTA (WGCL) -- Imagine waking up in the morning and snuggling your dog only to open your eyes and realize that the dog you are laying next to isn’t yours. That’s exactly what happened to one Polk County woman whose story has since gone viral. Julie Thornton Johnson...

Communities In Polk Co. Clean Up After Double-Dose Of Storm Damage

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. (WCCO) — Many spent their day cleaning up after two storms came through St. Croix Falls Monday. Trees, barns and some businesses took big hits. Polk County was beaten up a bit when the storms ripped through. From the air, you could see a barn was flattened and siding and other materials were strewn across a field. A number of other trees were snapped and tossed asunder. “We’re a beautiful county, a tourist county, but we’ve suffered some damage in the last 24 hours,” Polk County Sheriff Brent Waak said. “The first storm came through about 10:30 in...