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Last summer, when Minnesota Governor Tim Walz allowed for restaurants to begin serving a limited number of customers outside, the Cambridge City Council quickly approved the partial closing of Second Ave SE in order for Sidelines and Chapala to be able to safely host customers. Additionally,…

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The public is invited to attend Isanti County Master Gardener 2021 Seminars and Tours. The seminars and tours are free and open to the public. For access to the online Zoom seminars and participation in the on-sight tours, call 763-689-8254. There will be a limited number of participants tha…

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For those who haven’t reserved their 2021 Cambridge Community Garden plot, there is still time. However, registrations are going fast – over 80% of the Garden is rented.  

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Part of the informational packet the Cambridge-Isanti School District rolled out during last year’s Operating Levy Referendum campaign was the fact that if the referendum isn’t passed by voters during the November election, the district would most likely be facing a third year of budget redu…

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Over the past month or so, residents of North Branch have received what many have believed to be a new bill from the city in their mailboxes. The reaction to this bill has been loud, with some claiming they are refusing to pay this “new” bill.

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The strong, gusty winds the area experienced on Monday and Tuesday, March 29-30 caused a few trees to fall over, including this pine tree located along 11th Avenue SW in Cambridge. The winds actually caused this tree to snap at the base of the thick trunk sometime Monday night. The city quic…

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The North Branch Area High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program has been accepted to compete at the 2021 National High School Drill Team Championships on May 1, in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Vikings competition team consists of Crystal Markel, Dayna Nelson, B…

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In the spring, when there are below freezing temperatures at night followed by above freezing temperatures during the day maple tree sap begins to flow. That is when maple syrup producers go to work to capture the sugar laden sap. They tap their trees and hang collection bags or buckets on t…

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As warm and dry weather continues to spread throughout the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has begun compiling a list of counties placed under burning restrictions.

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The Discover Downtown “Third Thursday” event for the month of March featured a slight variation of the old fashioned smores, featuring a roasted marshmallow between two chocolate layered cookies. As the weather gets warmer, future “Third Thursdays” will feature more activities on Main Street…

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Isanti County law enforcement officials who assist in investigating and arresting those involved with human trafficking throughout the state of Minnesota will now have the opportunity to be reimbursed for overtime and other expenses that occur if any of the individuals arrested are working w…

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A major reconstruction of Main Street in the City of Isanti will take place this summer between Whiskey Road and Fourth Avenue Northwest after the council approved moving forward with the project at its meeting March 16.

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The public is invited to participate in a free webinar via Zoom presented by the Isanti County Master Gardeners on Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m.

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North Branch Area Public Schools is preparing to dispose of special education student records for the graduation class of 2012. If anyone has any need of these records or questions about the disposal, please contact Mary Rock at 651-674-1013 by April 30, 2021.

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As coronavirus numbers decline and the world works to return to normal in many ways, North Branch Area Public Schools is doing its part to reinstate popular events its students lost last spring. 

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Over the years, the City of Cambridge has had the need to address a variety of complaints regarding unpleasant odors emanating from places such as J. Rettenmaier USA LP (formerly known as SunOpta), the city’s wastewater treatment plant, or even from someone that got a little over-aggressive …

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For the second time in as many vacancies on the five-member North Branch Water & Light Commission, the North Branch City Council has found itself bypassing their expanded appointment process in favor of expediency.

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North Branch Water & Light recently purchased three electric vehicle charging stations. Located at 38830 Forest Boulevard, in the parking lot next to Sunrise Prairie Trail, the stations are available for the general public to utilize 24 hours a day. The fee for the two “Level 2” stations…

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges people to be extremely cautious on and around the ice, as recent warm weather has deteriorated ice conditions across the state. Some lakes already have large areas of open water and there have been reports of vehicles breaking through.

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Harbor Freight Tools has announced that it will be opening a new store in Cambridge. The new store will be located at 205 Balsam Street N and is expected to open this spring. An official opening date will be announced closer to opening.

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In late November 2020 an article in Scientific American was brought to my attention that looked at the issue of competition between native bees and honey bees. It was the word “competition” that got me curious about what this article had to say.

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Ruby’s Pop-Up Pantry will be held on Saturday, March 20, at New Hope Community Church - Isanti Campus, 114 Dahlin Ave, Isanti, from 9-11 a.m. This will be a drive-up distribution only. 

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Realizing that customer service is an integral part of its commitment to professional excellence, CENTURY 21 Real Estate LLC has recognized Nate Campion, Carrie Gibbs and Olivia Voss with the 2020 CENTURY 21 Quality Service Producer award.

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Summer 2021 marks the 122nd anniversary of the railroad’s arrival to Isanti County. When the first steam-powered train rolled through the county on June 30, 1899, it was a monumental affair. The iron horse had finally made it to growing Isanti County. 

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The Isanti County Board revisited its decision Feb. 17 to send an ordinance amendment back to the planning and zoning commission for clarification after a request from Zoning Administrator Trina Bergloff at its meeting March 3.

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The City of Cambridge announces the launching of a new series of community podcast shows designed to engage residents, businesses and local organizations. The show, The Cambridge Chat, will offer information on current city updates, local news and upcoming community activities and events. Th…

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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held March 4 to celebrate the grand opening of Little North Boutique, featuring clothing, home decor and gifts, at 300 Credit Union Drive #4, in Isanti. The owner, Kasi Buzzell (holding scissors), carries many Minnesota-made products, some created by her. She wi…

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Now anyone can save water to reuse in gardens or flower beds and reuse table scraps and yard waste in your very own rain barrel and compost bin. 

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The North Branch Lions are proud to once again offer an all-you-can-eat breakfast, with funds raised being kept locally.

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Cambridge Surplus Food Distribution will be distributing food at the Isanti County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, March 16, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., or until food runs out. Participants are asked to not arrive before 1 p.m. and to not park on Highway 95 and wait. Registration will take place from peopl…

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I have been writing articles about critters and pests for a long time and since both categories seem to expand all the time, I thought I should find out what the difference is between the two.

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If the thought of moving is heavy, then learn how to lighten the load by attending Encore Assisted Living and Memory Care’s virtual “Moving Made Easy” presentation. Join Senior Moving and Sorting Specialist Jill Freeman of Gentle Transitions for downsizing and moving advice on Thursday, Marc…

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Raylyn and Elsie from local Girl Scout Troop 17679 donated 15 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the staff of Cambridge Primary School. Local Girl Scouts will be selling cookies at various locations for anyone who wants to buy some for themselves or to make their own donation through March 21.

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In-person criminal jury trials for all case types will resume in state district courts effective March 15, 2021, under a new statewide order issued by Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.

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The March 1 Cambridge City Council meeting featured the words “quarantine” and “injection,” and phrase “stopping the spread” repeatedly uttered by city staff, but for once, they weren’t talking about COVID. Instead, they were in reference to the city’s planned attempts to prevent the Emerald…

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The construction of the three, 75-foot tall broadband towers in North Branch was completed  late last week. According to the city, installation of the high-speed internet equipment at each of the towers has also begun, meaning it won’t be long before a high-speed internet access option will …

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Cambridge-Isanti High School Theatre is thrilled to be back on stage once again in the Performing Arts Center. And, for the first time since Jan., 2020, they have the opportunity to perform before a live theatre audience. They are also hoping to have the live stream option.

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Despite the overall economical impact of COVID-19, the City of North Branch continues to receive positive news regarding its finances.