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For the better part of 2020, the North Branch City Council has been wrestling with having to revoke the license or permit for two long-standing businesses in the city, which would greatly hinder their ability to effectively stay open. During the July 28 council meeting, the council again del…

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The Cambridge Fire Department/Emergency Management will soon have a new weapon in fighting difficult emergency situations where access might be limited.

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The Wolcyn family of Cambridge has been named Isanti County’s “2020 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota. 

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Members of the Braham Fire Department battle a fire that caused extensive damage at a residence located on 2nd Street SW in Braham on Tuesday, Aug. 4. As of press time, the exact cause of the fire was still under investigation.

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Isanti County Court Administration received a new main line phone number effective Tuesday, August 4. The new number to reach Court Administration during business hours, Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. will be: 763-290-7020.

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Families who need a little help with back-to-school clothing and supplies are invited to the third annual “Back to School Giveaway” offered by North Isanti Baptist Church and Salvation Army on Aug. 12-13 from 12-7 p.m. both days. All items will be given away free of charge. 

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Jilly Arnoldy was relaxing in bed watching an episode of “Perry Mason” just after 1 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, when she heard the wind suddenly pick up outside. She switched to another channel to find a news report that her Stanchfield Township home on 389th Avenue just west of Highway 65 wa…

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When it was announced during a special North Branch City Council meeting on July 6 that Patrick Doran had resigned from his position as city attorney, it was done so without the inclusion of the letter of resignation in the meeting packet, leaving the reasons for this change to speculation. …

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Art and Edie Kaunonen have been selected as Isanti County’s Outstanding Senior Citizens, an award given out each year in conjunction with the Isanti County Fair. Their nominations came with glowing recommendations from people who have known them for many years.

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Isanti street dance attendees will have a new beverage option at the last two street dances of the year after Isanti City Council approved a temporary on-sale liquor license for Thunder Brothers Brewery in a 3-2 vote.

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The Braham Parks Department is evaluating upgrades to several of Braham area parks. The plan to upgrade the green spaces in the town is strategic and an investment that will affect the business communities and residents. 

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States instituted business closures, social distancing and other policy measures to combat the spread of disease. University of Minnesota School of Public Health researchers began studying how these measures further impact our environment, inc…

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What are your favorite things about Isanti and Chisago County? Where can you get the best burger? Who is the best local artist? Is your favorite park Kid’s Kingdom or the Library Park? Or ... is it something else entirely?

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Community members are welcome to an in-person Book Club at the new Cambridge Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20. The library will be having a socially distant meeting at the Library Outdoor Patio; please park in the Dellwood Street side parking lot for best access.

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Though this summer may feel different than summers past, one thing remains constant: The need for blood donations to help save lives. The  Red Cross is urging healthy individuals to give blood to restock the shelves for patients battling disease and facing the unexpected.

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This year, Relay For Life events across Minnesota are uniting together in the fight to end cancer by hosting a virtual Relay on Saturday, August 1, between 6 - 8 p.m.

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The popularity of raising chickens as pets and/or a natural food source has increased to an all-time high. Because of this increased interest, several residents are taking yet another stab at getting the City of Cambridge to change its ordinance to allow for the keeping of chickens on proper…

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Tricia of “Tricia and the Toonies” leads kids in a round of “The Hokey Pokey” at the conclusion of her performance at City Center Mall on Tuesday, July 21. The puppet show was the last of the “Positivity in the Park” series put on by the City of Cambridge. Unfortunately, the weather forced t…

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For any seats in the upcoming November elections that didn’t require a possible primary, the filing period will begin on Tuesday, July 28 and run until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

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As political campaigns get underway for November elections, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds campaigners that state law prohibits placement of private signs on highway right-of-way in Minnesota.

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As a 18-year resident of the Cambridge-Isanti community I take great pride in serving the people that live here. I have owned and operated B’s Homecare Inc. for 13 years and during that time have heard many of our community members make statements that they are never heard or if you don’t kn…

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East Central Regional Library is excited to welcome Minnesota author Sue Leaf who will talk about her newest book, “Minnesota’s Geologist: The Life of Newton Horace Winchell,” on the Zoom online platform Monday, July 27 from 6:30-8 p.m.

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If everything goes according to plan, kids in Isanti and the surrounding area will have a place to burn off their energy, especially when the weather isn’t conducive for outdoor play.

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Befitting of a former collegiate diver, new North Branch Area Public Schools Superintendent Sara Paul has plunged right into the deep end of her new position. Even before her first official day on July 1, Paul has been actively participating in planning meetings for the three different scena…

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When the COVID-19 pandemic caused a steep rise in the need for food access in the community, Family Pathways reached out to supporters for help. Donors and community members responded with overwhelming generosity. The outpouring of donations, both of food and funds, allowed Family Pathways F…

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Viking Vittles is a backpack food program that supports Phoenix Academy and North Branch Area Public Schools students who experience hunger. During the school year, students receive a backpack of food on Fridays to help prevent hunger over the weekend. We are a volunteer-based organization l…

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Do you have an active interest in gardening? Do you have a desire to share your gardening interest with others? Are you willing to learn more about gardening and other horticultural topics? Are you able to communicate with people? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have the q…

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During a ceremony most likely never seen in this area before, members of the Spirit River Community Church were able to observe and participate in a traditional Tibetan home blessing ceremony that doubled as a celebration of the Dalai Lama’s 85th birthday on Monday, July 6.

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When the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic started becoming clear, projections of financial gloom and doom permeated from City Halls across the state, if not the country. The City of Cambridge was no exception for this dire forecast, with the city council taking steps based on recommendations f…

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In what very well may be the most unusual election season in history, the Isanti County Auditor-Treasurer’s office has been busy trying to overcome numerous potential issues with both the Aug. 11 primary and Nov. 3 general election caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Face coverings will be mandatory for anyone in a court facility, including judges and staff, beginning July 13, 2020, according to an order issued today by Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea. The order requires that people wear their own face coverings when they will be do…

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Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College are prepared for a safe return to fall semester – starting Aug. 24 – and ready to provide students access to hundreds of high-quality, college courses and programs. In addition, tuition at both schools is frozen for fall semester to …

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Recently the local non-profit organization, Kids for Saving Earth (KSE), was notified that they were successful in their pollinator habitat and education grant proposal seeking $25,000. The grant proposal was co-written by the North Branch Monarch Strategy Team and KSE. The funds will be use…