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Parents often encourage their children to follow their dreams. Telling them if they work hard enough they can achieve anything – the sky’s the limit. For one former Cambridge resident, the sky was where she looked to follow her dream. 

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After years of research, months of informational meetings and a somewhat controversial decision for some, the Cambridge-Isanti School District has officially broken ground for construction of a new building.

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For a while, it appeared like the prospect of Cambridge building a public splash pad had gone as dry as a small creek during the drought season. Despite a still-higher price tag than expected, however, the Cambridge city council has decided to keep at least a trickle of hope for still building one.

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Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Dalbo and Siloa Evangelical Lutheran Church of Maple Ridge Township announce the calling of Pastor Mary Fiel to serve at both parishes. 

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On Aug. 17 Isanti Fire District firefighters (from left) Geoff Olson, Steve Nelson, Corey Schaefer and Brett Wittman participated in the “Stomp Out Suicide” 5K in Goodview Park, Wyoming, invited by the Wyoming Fire Department, to raise money and awareness for people who are dealing with a me…

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A fungus-like organism known to kill oak trees on the West Coast has made its way to the Midwest, and officials are warning Minnesotans to be on the lookout for symptoms of the disease.

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The Chisago Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) purchased a no-till drill to assist landowners in trying out no-till without needing to purchase new equipment and for planting native species. 

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Discounted tickets are now on sale for the North Branch Area Education Foundation’s annual fundraiser, the Perfect 10 Gala, to be held Saturday, Oct. 12, at Spirit River Community Center in Isanti. 

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Local women are invited to attend the third annual Women’s Empowerment Luncheon titled “Making Fearless Choices,” hosted by Family Pathways on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Maranatha Assembly of God, 24799 Forest Blvd., Forest Lake.

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Family Pathways has organized their first-ever Commit to Kids Giving Day planned for Tuesday, Sept. 17, to ignite generosity and grow awareness about the state of youth in the region. 

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Viking Vittles is a food backpack program led by Trinity Lutheran Church of North Branch. It provides a bag of food every Friday to any student in Sunrise River School, Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) or Phoenix Academy who signs up to participate.  

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The city of North Branch has sent out an internet survey to those who own property or live in North Branch. The survey was sent out via U.S. mail only, and is not available online.  

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The Ostrom Family Band will be in concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8, at North Isanti Baptist Church, 2248 313th Avenue NE, Cambridge. 

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The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer the four-hour “refresher” 55+ Driver Discount Course on two dates in September:

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A check for $530 was presented recently to Minnco Foundation president Jon Swanson (right) by Minnco Credit Union employees (from left) Sheila Spanier, Becky Larson, Staci Norby and Kris Kral. The donation was raised by employees through “Dress Down Days” in which employees made donations to…

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Anoka-Ramsey Community College announces Steve Crittenden has been named the interim vice president of academic and student affairs. 

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After delays that caused the rumor mill to churn out expectations that they wouldn’t even come to fruition, both of North Branch’s Kwik Trip locations celebrated their official groundbreaking during a ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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Cambridge-Isanti Schools has announced the selection of Dr. Nathan Rudolph as interim superintendent replacing outgoing superintendent Dr. Ray Queener, who announced his resignation in May.

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With less than one month before school starts up again, North Branch charter school Phoenix Academy is still struggling to find a solution for transporting their students to and from school.

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Isanti residents who have post offices boxes will be saved daily trips to North Branch to receive their mail while the Isanti Post Office, at 25 West Main Street, is closed temporarily due to treatment for asbestos. 

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A lengthy list of tax-forfeited properties was approved for sale by auction by the Isanti County Board at its Aug. 7 meeting. The land will be up for auction Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.

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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is encouraging Minnesota healthcare providers to be on alert for novel cases of severe lung disease potentially related to vaping and e-cigarette use among teens and young adults.

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Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge will welcome local author, Maren Cooper, to share her debut novel, “A Better Next” on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the store.

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By now, most internet users have encountered an online scam, but recently some online shopping scams are popping up in social media ads, particularly on Facebook.

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I think most people believe that the climate is changing around the world. The argument is what’s causing it. 

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Question:  I have a 2018 Jeep Wrangler which has a windshield that has the ability to fold down from the factory. I am just wondering if the windshield is properly folded down and strapped as per the factory design if this is then legal to drive on highway, county or state roads in Minnesota. 

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What happens when your medical insurance is suddenly challenged? When the plan you have come to rely on has changed or is taken away entirely. Isanti County area senior citizens were faced with this situation in the fall of 2018 when 66 of the 87 counties in Minnesota ceased to continue with…

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The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer the four-hour “refresher” 55+ Driver Discount Course on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at SAC’s Senior Center, 140 N. Buchanan St., Suite 176, Cambridge (Course #43794).

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The public is invited to a “Violin/Fiddle Concert for Kids” hosted by local musician Pierre Jacques Pleau at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Central Park, North Branch.

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Mary Wagner found the medallion in the fifth annual Isanti County Parks Medallion Hunt, sponsored by the Isanti County Parks Department. Clues were updated daily starting Aug. 3 on the park’s website, leading eager medallion hunters closer to their destination. The first two clues led to Spr…

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The Professional Disc Golf Association will hold its second annual Springvale Showdown #2 Disc Golf Tournament at Springvale County Park on Aug. 24-25. Contenders will play two rounds of 18 holes. 

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The 14th Annual North Country Hillbillys Car & Truck Show will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Braham Covenant Church, 508 Broadway Ave. N, Braham.

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Four generations of the Fisk family attended the Almelund Threshing Show during its run Aug. 9-11 – it’s a family tradition. Great-grandpa Duane Fisk (with cane), of North Branch, was joined by great-grandchildren (from left) Allie, Eric and Emma (held), grandpa Tom Fisk and the children’s d…

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Jim Fridstrom, on behalf of the Isanti County Sportsmen’s Club, presented a check for $10,000 to Tad Hitchings, of the Isanti Fire District, on Aug. 5 at the sportsmen’s club. According to Fire Chief Al Jankovich, the donation, pending fire board approval, may be used to purchase search and …

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Celebrate Isanti is a full day of free events planned for Saturday, Aug. 17, throughout the city of Isanti to celebrate the residents, businesses and organizations that call the city home.