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This is the third in a series of first-person accounts by a local woman dealing with her grandmother’s advancing Alzheimer’s. Other installments will appear periodically in the coming months.

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Two-term mayor of North Branch Kirsten Kennedy has filed her intent to seek the office currently held by Rick Nolan in the House of Representatives. Kennedy is seeking the DFL nomination in the primary which is taking place on Aug. 14. Early voting is underway at the time of this publication.

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Cambridge Public Library will offer a Skateboard Art Workshop for teens ages 13-18 for those who would like to customize a skateboard with their own design. The class will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, July 16, with artist Mark Rivard, who will share his inspirational story of becoming a …

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The Blue Star Moms Chapter 16 are a local chapter out of Pine City (Blue Star Mothers of America organization), which are the proud mothers of U.S. Armed Forces troops, active and inactive, veterans or deceased. They support all branches of the military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Natio…

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As part of the North Branch Area Library’s summer reading program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere,” the Chisago County 4-H Robotics team will present a workshop from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, in the library’s community room.

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The Hands All Around Quilters of Braham are seeking entries in their 28th Annual Show of Small Quilts held in conjunction with Braham’s Pie Day celebration on Friday, Aug. 3. 

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages America’s farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local county committee, which consists of three to 11 members and meet once a month or as needed. Members serve three-year terms.

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The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) has scheduled upcoming grant information sessions for individuals and organizations about its annual arts grant programs, as well as recent changes to the grant application process. 

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From July 19-22, people attending the Chisago County Fair will have the opportunity to learn more about anxiety awareness in children and teens through a Girl Scout Gold Award Project led by North Branch senior Kaitlyn Isaacson. 

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A Cambridge man escaped with only minor injuries after walking in on a burglary at his residence Friday, July 6, evening.

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It’s one of those times in life when the dirtier you get the better you’ll feel. Brave souls are invited to run, jump, crawl, climb and slog through miles of mud and craziness in the first annual Rough ‘N Tough Mudder Against Hunger on Saturday, July 21. 

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Libby (foreground) and Trixie react to their unsuccessful attempts to defuse a “bomb” during “Keep talking and nobody explodes” at the Cambridge Library on Wednesday, June 27. The computer game, which is a takeoff of an escape room, tasks participants to defuse a bomb through teamwork and co…

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The Cambridge city council looked into making one minor change to the North Fern Street reconstruction project, but due to the potential major implications of that change, the council decided to table the item until the Aug. 6 meeting in order to collect more data.

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My name is Jeff Johnson, and I am ecstatic to announce to the city of Isanti that I am running for your mayor! I ask for your support in this very challenging undertaking. As a citizen of Isanti, I know that a great city is measured by the qualities of lives of the people who live within. I …

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Yet another pest that doesn’t belong here. The emerald ash borer, known to those who deal with it daily as EAB, is threatening Minnesota’s ash trees. It’s not a matter of if Minnesota could lose many of its millions of ash trees, but when. 

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I am pleased to announce my candidacy for Cambridge City Council. I’m not new to local politics. I served you on the Council from 2002-2012 where I voted to:

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Large, catastrophic floods have been happening more and more frequently.  Is it climate change? While that may certainly play a role in producing larger volume rain events, it’s probably not the only reason. 

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North Branch Municipal Liquors, in partnership with the Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association and Anheuser-Busch, is participating in the Fifth Annual Municipal “Support OUR Troops” Supplies Drive running from July 1-31.

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The public is invited to the East-Central Scam Jam, a forum with fraud experts to learn the ways con artists try to trick seniors out of money through fraud, identity, cyber crime and more, on Friday, July 13, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Armed Forces Reserve & Community Center, 505 Spirit …

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Question: When golf carts are using a pedestrian crosswalk, are vehicles required to yield? This happens in some towns where the roadway separates a golf course.

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In order to maintain program eligibility and benefits through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), producers must timely file acreage reports by the July 15, 2018 deadline. Failure to file an acreage report by the crop acreage reporting deadline may result in ineligibility for future program benefits.

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The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a voluntary program that compensates landowners for installing practices on sensitive lands and improving water quality and habitat for wildlife on eligible private land. In exchange, landowners receive an annual rental payment and cost-share assistance. 

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The Leave ‘Em Laughing tent, the area chapter of the international Laurel and Hardy club Sons of the Desert, is presenting classic comedies at 7:15 p.m. Friday, July 6, inside “the Log Barn Cinema” at the Amador Heritage Center in Almelund, 10 miles east of North Branch. The program will fea…

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The possible reasons for former Chisago County Sheriff Richard Duncan’s retirement in April took a strange and disturbing turn last week as it was revealed that Duncan had been, and continues to be, investigated for allegedly attempting to blackmail a former female coworker.

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The over 30-year relationship between Cambridge-Isanti Schools and the Rum River Special Education Co-op will be coming to an end thanks to a unanimous vote by the C-I school board during their June 21 meeting.

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So often our society hears the concerns of the growing presence of social media and the disconnect it has on face-to-face connections. However, it can also be credited for bringing people together for a common cause. 

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Local community and business leaders joined senior leaders and staff of Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) in a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 21, of the expansion and “reconnection” of GracePointe Crossing senior living community, located at 1545 River Hills P…

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These days communication no longer revolves around a landline and two people with time to talk. Instead, continuous conversations are held between peers, friends, colleagues and others simply by text. Texting has become the way of life for not only youth but most of society. 

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To expedite the review of plumbing plans for commercial and industrial development in the city of Isanti, the council adopted an ordinance amendment at its June 19 meeting allowing the city’s building inspector MNSpect to review the plans.

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July 9 update on this story: Since the publication of this story in the June 28 edition of the Star, the truck inexplicably is no longer open for business. According to Carri Levitski, Cambridge Community Development Specialist, the truck's city license has been printed and can be picked up …

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The city has booked a variety of entertainment for this year’s  Summer Concert Series held in Cambridge City Park on Thursday evenings from July 5 through Aug. 23. The concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and run approximately 90 minutes. Concerts are free – just bring a lawn chair and enjoy. The par…

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Desiree’s Dance Studio of North Branch won the title of the 2018 Midwest Starz Grand National Champions at a national competition held June 17 at Kalahari Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., with their Production routine of “Bringing It Back.”  

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People say I do a great job of listening and providing thoughtful leadership. It is crucial to seek input from many voices, and do so respectfully. I love serving our citizens on city council and strive to provide a proud and thriving community by focusing on innovative and reliable ideas. B…