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Isanti County said goodbye to retiring K-9 Kojak, while welcoming new K-9 Maverick at Wednesday’s Isanti County Board meeting. 

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For the last month or so, the final design for the new North Branch city logo was as close-kept a secret as the plot to the new “Star Wars” movie. Not even Mayor Jim Swenson knew what the finished product looked like until he pulled the curtain down during a revealing ceremony at North Branc…

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Veterans who find themselves facing criminal charges as a result of behaviors instigated by combat- or service-related trauma will soon have an opportunity to access specialized services. The Pine, Isanti, Chisago, and Kanabec (PICK) counties Veteran’s Treatment Court is a trauma-informed pr…

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The case of a Braham mother who was accused of murdering her two-month-old son has come to a conclusion, with the mother being found guilty of second degree murder, without intent.

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According to an Aug. 28, 2019, article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune entitled “Almanac: Brace for A Polar Coaster,” by Farmer’s Almanac editor Peter Geiger, the 2019-20 winter will see harsh cold periods with lots of snow and a late spring.

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Royal Neighbors, Grasston Chapter 5146, packed and delivered 20 “Baskets of Hope” to Black Dog Women’s Refuge. Baskets were filled with a variety of personal items including a bath towel and wash cloth, toothbrush and toothpaste, hair care products, lip balm, socks, nail care products, other…

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Isanti County Community Health Board recently received a grant for $50,098 for awareness-raising community events and training for healthcare providers and caregivers.

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On Nov. 19, the East Central Regional Arts Council Board of Directors allocated grants in Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to an artist, arts organization, schools, nonprofit institutions and a public agency for the creation and production of arts activities that will benefit community membe…

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In 2015, the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed was chosen as one of four watersheds in the state to receive funding through the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment’s Targeted Watershed Restoration program.  

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Braham Area Girl Scouts are again offering to contact Santa and have a personalized letter sent from him to your loved one, young or old, for a donation of $3.50 that benefits the Scout’s “Season of Giving Toy Drive.” 

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In His Steps Ballet & Performing Arts Company invites the public to its upcoming performance of “Through the Eyes of a Child” at 6 p.m.on Friday, Dec. 13, at Access Church, 4359 392nd Street, North Branch. Doors open to the public at 5:30 p.m.  

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This holiday season, the U.S. Postal Service looks forward to delivering a great deal of holiday cheer, along with more than 15 billion mail pieces. The United States Postal Inspection Service, the federal law enforcement arm of the Postal Service, is working to keep your important shipments…

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 Ruby’s Pop-Up Pantry food distribution will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, from 9-10:30 a.m. at New Hope Church-Isanti, 114 Dahlin Ave, Isanti. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. 

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Families can meet Santa at the annual “Breakfast with Santa” from 8:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Avenue, North Branch. 

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Two members of Isanti County 4-H were awarded heifers at the 2019 Minnesota Beef Expo held Oct. 17-20 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The event was the largest all-breed beef show in Minnesota and included youth contests, cattle sales, a trade show, educational seminars and a 950-head ju…

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The construction of the new Cambridge-Isanti School District’s building has been going on for several months now, but nobody knew what to call the location that will house Riverside Academy, Moving Forward and the district’s Level IV special education classes. That changed during the Nov. 21…

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The public is invited to join the East Central Grad Band on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Cambridge-Isanti High School’s Hardy Performing Arts Center for a seasonal, wintry mix of holiday favorites celebrating the close of the year. 

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The North Branch Beautification Association will hold a Christmas Lighting Festival on Saturday, Dec. 7, with most events from 3:30-8 p.m. in Central Park along Highway 95.  

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Learn how to transform broken china and pottery into colorful, unique mosaic ball ornaments during a special workshop Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at East Central Regional Library-North Branch, 6355 379th Street.  

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The North Chisago Historical Society will host two Christmas events in December. The Society operates the Rush City Historical Museum at 350 S. Eliot Avenue, Rush City, and meets regularly with special speakers and events. 

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NorthBrook Church will host the Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge (MnTC) Choir in a performance open to the community on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. The church meets in the North Branch High School auditorium at 38175 Grand Avenue.

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The Chisago County 4-H robotics team 8962 TimeCrafters took part in a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) qualifier tournament on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Eagan High School. The event hosted 27 of the 204 Minnesota robotics teams (third largest robotics league in America). 

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A donation of $5,000 was presented recently to Dave Maurer (left), Director of Community Education for Early Childhood Partners of Isanti County, from Eric Wiltrout, Community Bank President with First Bank & Trust, Cambridge. 

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The Cambridge City Council looked to a familiar face to fill out the remaining year of the vacant council seat created by the death of Marlys Palmer. During the Nov. 18 council meeting, the council appointed Joe Morin to fill that seat.

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A common mantra in sports is taking things one game at a time. The North Branch School District has adopted a similar mantra when it comes to assessing the district’s long-range plans. 

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Alixandra Petrik belts out “Funny Honey” from the musical “Chicago” during the North Branch Theatre Department’s first-ever “It’s a Musical!” fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 15. The event featured current and former students singing their favorite show tunes. 

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Local entrepreneur Brittany Best may appear to be just an ordinary working mom, but she is re-thinking retail in the North Metro. Brittany works in the insurance industry by day and runs her children to sports games and activities by night. 

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Thinking spring already? You can get a head start on spring by ordering trees and shrubs from the Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District. Our 2020 Tree and Shrub Order Form is available on our website or at our office in North Branch. 

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Starting with the 2020 school year in Minnesota, all students not reading at grade level by the end of kindergarten through second grade must be screened for dyslexia. Students in third grade and above who demonstrate a reading difficulty must also be screened for dyslexia unless the reading…

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With the end of the calendar year fast approaching, each government agency has scheduled their mandatory “Truth in Taxation” meetings for the public to hear what their final levies will be and to ask questions.