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The city of North Branch has much to be proud of. That was the sentiment of mayor Jim Swenson as he gave a “state of the city” address during the North Branch Chamber of Commerce Luncheon held at the American Legion on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

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Hearing you have breast cancer before Christmas is not the kind of news you want to unwrap before the holidays. That is exactly what Tennille Lewis, of North Branch, had to come to terms with over Christmas of 2015. 

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Each year, a Correctional Officer of the Year is designated during the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association Jail Administrators Conference, and this year, Isanti County Correctional Officer Todd Rudquist received the award. 

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In a split vote at its meeting Oct. 1, the Isanti city council granted a special event permit for the grand opening of The CBD Joint – mayor Jeff Johnson and council members Paul Bergley and Dan Collison voted in favor of the permit, and council member Jimmy Gordon voted against the permit; …

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The Operation Christmas Child (OCC) drive for shoebox gifts is only five weeks away, and the East Central Minnesota team is busy planning events leading up to National Collection Week Nov. 18-25, 2019. 

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Hunger is increasing around the world, especially in Africa and Asia and places of war and conflict. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated in 2016 that nearly 11% of the world’s population were seriously undernourished. 

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For one day only on Saturday, Nov. 2, the public is invited to shop the Creative Community Boutique from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Isanti Primary School, 301 Heritage Boulevard NW, Isanti. 

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North Branch Liquors, in partnership with Miller/Coors and the Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association (MMBA), is participating in the 12th Annual MMBA Food Drive for the entire month of October. 

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Each year, East Central Energy (ECE) celebrates volunteerism and community service with the Touchstone Energy® Community Award. One winning organization receives a $1,000 cash prize, recognition at the annual meeting, and competes with winners from other electric cooperatives for statewide r…

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CenterPoint Energy is reminding customers about Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule, which protects residential customers experiencing difficulty paying their natural gas bill from having their natural gas service disconnected between Oct. 15, 2019, and April 15, 2020.

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North Branch mayor Jim Swenson (front, center) welcomes Tiki Tim’s, a new restaurant that will be opening in mid-November at 38873 14th Avenue N, North Branch. This unique eatery will feature foods from a popular food truck of the same name, along with a full bar, including craft beers. Owne…

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Tina came to Family Pathways after being in an abusive relationship for six years. It started as emotional abuse that quickly turned physical. She thought if she’d just be a better partner, then he wouldn’t treat her this way. Sadly, this was not the case. 

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Motorists traveling on Minnesota roads this fall should be aware of large farm equipment transporting crops to markets, grain elevators and processing plants, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. 

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Those traveling on eastbound Highway 95 in Cambridge will encounter a lane shift between Ashland Street and Adams Street beginning on Oct. 7, as crews demolish a structure on the southwest corner of Main Street for a future Highway 95 improvement project. 

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Sitting at the heart of Braham is the center of city operations, and sitting at the hub of operations is the newly hired city administrator, Angie Grafstrom. 

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I actually look forward to the seasonal needle drop on my white pines. This occurs in mid-to-late September and is helped along by strong winds and rain. It’s a naturally occurring event that happens when the older inner needles are cast off.  

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Mike and Ann Tessneer (third and fourth from left), owner/operators of North Folk Winery, celebrated the expansion of the winery with a ribbon cutting on Sept. 20, along with representatives of BJ Baas Builders, North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce, the city of North Branch and community me…

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A free seven-week course called “Stepping On” will be offered at Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Avenue, North Branch, on issues including falls and risk, strength and balance exercises, home hazards, safe footwear, vision and falls, safety in public places, community mobility, copin…

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Are you tired of just “surviving?” Schedules, deadlines and others’ needs can leave us longing for more of what Jesus promised to give. 

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The Pine City Blue Star Moms will hold their first-ever Dinner and Comedy Show Fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 5-9 p.m. at the Braham Event Center, 655 8th Street, with comedian John DeBoer. 

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Artwork in black and white is being sought from local artists for the 5th Annual Black & White Art Exhibit to be held in October and November at the Hallberg Center for the Arts, 5521 E. Viking Boulevard, Wyoming. 

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More than six million young people across the country today will celebrate National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H during the first full week of October. In Chisago County more than 325 4-H youth and 115 volunteers from the community are involved in 4-H.

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The annual Swedish Kroppkakor (potato and pork) Supper, including Swedish meatballs, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Spring Lake Lutheran Church, North Branch. 

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A free workshop called “The Happiness Effect” will be offered on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. at Walker Methodist Levande, 2011 6th Lane SE, Cambridge, on how seniors can learn how to enjoy the mood-boosting benefits of exercise. 

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The 3rd Annual East Central Regional Library (ECRL) Reads title, “Virgil Wander,” by Leif Enger, will be discussed during the regular adult book club meeting on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 6:30-8 p.m. at East Central Regional Library-Cambridge, 244 S. Birch Street in downtown Cambridge.

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The Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge Choir will perform a concert on Sunday, Oct 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Living Branch Lutheran Church, 6486 Elm Street, North Branch.

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A Parkinson’s Support Group will meet every third Thursday of the month starting Oct. 17 from 1-2:30 p.m. at Walker Methodist Levande, 2011 6th Lane SE, Cambridge. 

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Signup is ongoing for the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to assist farmers who continue to suffer from damages because of unjustified trade retaliation from foreign nations. Through 2019 MFP, USDA will provide up to $14.5 billion in di…

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The Minnesota 4-H State Shooting Sports & Wildlife Invitational was held in Alexandria on Sept. 6-8, with over 700 youth from 53 counties participating in the following events: BB gun, Standard Air Rifle 3 Position Air Rifle Air Pistol, .22 Rifle Muzzleloading, Trap Silhouette, Wildlife …

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The public is invited to welcome the new Braham city administrator, Angela Grafstrom, on Friday, Oct. 11, from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Braham City Hall council chambers, 201 Broadway Avenue S. 

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Following last September’s announcement of a joint clinical agreement between University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview Health Services, Oct. 1 marked the public launch of the new M Health Fairview brand.