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Alcohol- and drug-related driving offenses are often a hot topic around the holidays. Wrapping up the end of 2019 was like any other – holiday parties with friends and family, great food, and most likely, the consumption of alcoholic beverages. It is also the time when law enforcement remind…

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While the individual statistics varied, the amount of crime reported in the city of North Branch went down in 2019, according to North Branch Police Chief Dan Meyer. During the Jan 14 city council meeting, Meyer gave his annual police activity report to the council, with a discussion of cert…

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After a complete review by city staff of city code chapters regarding sanitary sewer and water utilities, which included a number of amendments added over many years, Isanti City Council approved amendments to the city’s sewer and water ordinances at its Jan. 7 meeting. It also approved a ne…

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The Isanti County Board of Commissioners held its annual meeting Jan. 7, electing Commissioner Greg Anderson board chair for 2020, and Susan Morris vice chair.

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When something unexpected happens to your baby, it feels like the world should come to a standstill. You want every person, every resource and every tool possible to care for your newborn. Thanks to a new partnership with Children’s Minnesota, one of the largest and most regarded pediatric h…

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The ongoing chronic wasting disease investigation of farms tied to the Douglas County detection first reported in December 2019 has led to a CWD-confirmed doe on a Pine County farm. The herd in Pine County was being investigated because it provided animals to the Douglas County herd in the p…

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The public is invited to join Anoka-Ramsey Community College faculty, staff and students for an evening of skiing or hiking along two miles of candlelit trails along the Rum River during the 18th Annual Candlelight Ski on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the Cambridge campus at 300 S…

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Our 2020 Spring Series of gardening classes begins soon. All classes are on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. at the North Branch Senior Center dining room located at the corner of 6th and Maple Street in North Branch. 

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The Kanabec County Art Association invites area artists (18 and older) to enter the Vasaloppet Art Show held in conjunction with the ski race on Feb. 7-9 in Mora. 

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Minnesota dentists are offering free dental care to children in need on Feb. 7 and 8. Appointments can be booked now. The Minnesota Dental Association (MDA) has over 1,200 dental professionals volunteering at nearly 100 clinics across the state for “Give Kids a Smile.”

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The percent of the population living below the poverty level has decreased among all of the PICKM counties (Pine, Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec and Mille Lacs) according to data from the United States Census Bureau.

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Question:  I have a question regarding the auxiliary headlights on a truck with a plow. Are they a requirement? I purchased a plow for my truck recently, and the lights that came with are not nearly as bright as the stock lights on my truck. My stock headlights actually work perfectly fine o…

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The North Branch Area Education Foundation invites area residents to support local restaurants and raise funds for the foundation during Restaurant Week, Jan. 13-16, when a portion of sales will be donated back to NBAEF. 

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Kids are encouraged to discover the world around them with science, technology, engineering, art and more at “Discover Club,” starting in January at the North Branch and Rush City branches of East Central Regional Library.

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Local libraries will offer Lego Club for kids in the coming months. For more information visit ecrlib.org or follow East Central Regional Library on Facebook. 

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Children are invited to the winter edition of Preschool and Lapsit Storytimes for early literacy fun and learning at East Central Regional Library-Rush City.

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The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour combines learning, lessons and laughter into an exciting educational adventure, and two local high school students will experience it as representatives of East Central Energy (ECE) on June 20-25, 2020.

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Adults in search of help with using their laptop computer or new device can sign up for a one-on-one tech help session at East Central Regional Library-Cambridge on most Wednesdays, Jan. 8 through March 18.

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Knights of Columbus Cambridge Council will hold its annual Free Throw Contest on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. at Cambridge-Isanti High School gymnasium.

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Once again the Isanti Stitch & Chat group donated handmade items to the Isanti County Christmas Project. This year they made crocheted and knitted baby afghans, as well as hats, mittens and scarves. 

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The Royal Neighbors will offer their 21st annual Scandinavian Winter Feast on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. at Braham Event Center, 655 8th Street SW, Braham, with a traditional Scandinavian meal, live entertainment and silent auction.

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Businesses can receive a 50% cash match on STEM intern wages – up to $2,500 with the SciTechsperience Internship Program.

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The year 2019 presented itself with some highs and some lows for the area throughout the year. From successes to tragedies to controversies, here are the top two stories from each month.

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The year 2019 presented itself with some highs and some lows for the area throughout the year. From successes on the playing field to tragedy on the streets, here are the top two stories from each month.

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After the New Year begins, Braham residents will employ a new sanitation service with ties to the local community. On Jan. 1, Quality Disposal Systems of Ogilvie will become the city’s official sanitation service.

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The Braham Police Department has never provided 24/7 patrol coverage to the city. Through the years, there was a gap of two to three hours between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. during the weekdays, and any crimes reported were covered by the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office. 

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The East Central MN Business Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club will host its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at East Central Energy, Braham. 

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A press release from Family Pathways received on Dec. 30 stated: “Family Pathways appreciates the strong, supportive relationships in the communities we serve. Our mission is to work alongside people to enhance lives through a continuum of essential services and – together with the community…

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Isanti County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Lisa Lovering received the Supervisor of the Year award at the 134th Minnesota Sheriff’s Association winter conference. She was presented the award in front of the Isanti County Board at its Dec. 18 meeting.