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Last January, the Cambridge council had only two possible candidates to choose from to fill the vacated council seat that was opened when Jim Godfrey was elected mayor. Ten months later, with the council having to again fill the same seat after the death of Marlys Palmer, the council finds i…

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For the second year in a row, Cambridge will have a large lit Christmas tree downtown. City public works staff “planted” this year’s tree, a balsam fir that was donated to the city, at the old Arlington building site on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Like last year, the tree will be lit at 5 p.m. on Satur…

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North Branch Adult Basic Education is seeking volunteers to work one-on-one with adult ESL (English as a Second Language) students who desire to improve their English skills. No teaching experience is necessary.  All of the training and materials are provided free of charge. 

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“Operation Community Connect” is a special event that offers lunch, health screenings, information and more to area residents. The event is hosted by First Baptist Church in Cambridge and follows the pattern set up by Lakes & Pines Community Action Council for local communities to offer …

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Cambridge-Isanti area schools still need eight literacy and math tutors, and the Braham Area School District still needs seven tutors  for the 2019-2020 school year according to Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps. The need is urgent and area residents are encouraged to apply no…

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The next Isanti County Sheriff’s Office Triad meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m. at Cambridge Lutheran Church, 621 Old Main Street N, Cambridge.

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Isanti County Safety & Rescue stopped by East Central Energy on Oct. 21 to display their new first responder truck for Operation Round Up (ORU) Trust Board members. The organization received a $2,000 ORU grant in July to support the purchase of the truck. The addition of the truck allows…

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The entry deadline is nearing for the 23rd Annual Lighted Snowflake Parade coming to Cambridge on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 5:30 p.m.  Consider getting involved with all of the fun by putting together a lighted entry.

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Join Minnesota author Dean Hovey for a discussion of the first two books in his new series, “Stolen Past” and “Washed Away,” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at East Central Regional Library-North Branch.

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Christopher Sodergren (with scissors) cuts the ribbon to signify the official opening of his tattoo parlor, located at 303 Credit Union Drive, Suite 5 in Isanti. Joining him  in the ceremony are (from left) Maddison Sodergren, Cesar Orjuela, Cody Neukom, co-owner Stacy Upton and Addison Reed…

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A fatal two-vehicle crash on Interstate 35 just north of North Branch lead to the closing of the freeway for several hours, along with a brief search for one of the drivers.

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The holiday season is quickly approaching! That means the Braham Elementary Parent Organization (BEPO) will hold its 3rd annual Holiday Vendor and Craft Fair with Cookie Lane on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Braham Elementary School.  

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Back by popular demand – the “Dolly and Me Christmas Tea” can be a memorable holiday outing for adults to bring kids, grandkids, their friends and kids’ favorite dolly or stuffed toy.

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The Isanti County Veterans Service Office does a lot to help area veterans, their dependents or survivors. Veterans Services Director Dan Meyer shares about the challenges facing veterans today and how the Veterans Service Office can help. 

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The Cambridge-Isanti school board took the next step in the selection process for finding a permanent superintendent by naming Peer Solutions to lead the search for Dr. Ray Queener’s replacement.

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The Oct. 22 North Branch city council meeting wound up being more like a series of movie trailers that overshadowed any sort of main feature. And like movie trailers, the council is hoping the residents of North Branch will be interested in what’s coming in the near future, if not getting ex…

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Question:  I’ve noticed that school buses all have the words “School Bus” written at the top of the windshield on the front of the vehicle. Similarly, when the bus is used for a different purpose other than school, the words are scraped off or it says “Charter Bus” or something to that effec…

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On the evening of Oct. 29 Viking Vittles of North Branch had 75-100 community members turn out to help pack 220 bags with food items that will be distributed to students on Friday, Nov. 1. There were two packing stations where volunteers also listened to a short presentation on what it takes…

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While a considerable amount of the demolition of the former Ace Tack building has been accomplished, work is significantly behind the original projected schedule. According to the city of Cambridge, they now hope to have all the debris cleared and the basement filled in “within the next two …

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Cambridge Lutheran Church will hold its 95th annual Scandinavian Festival on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 621 Old North Main Street, Cambridge.

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Local author LuAnn Nies will present her newest romantic suspense novel, “Entitled,” on Thursday, Nov. 7, at a book signing from 3-6 p.m. at Sidelines Sports Grill, 138 2nd Avenue SE, Cambridge. 

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Century 21 Moline Realty welcomes Addie Tourville to the Century 21 family working out of 202 Main Street S, Cambridge.

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Common Ground: A United Methodist Community will host a series of forums featuring speakers from different faith traditions at 11 a.m. at 404 Cypress Street N, Cambridge. For information call the church at 763-689-2071.

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These local churches and organizations are offering special events related to Veterans Day or as fundraisers for other projects. Here are a few events in the coming weeks:

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In November the Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer an 8-hour course and two 4-hour “refresher” courses to earn the 55+ Driver Discount. 

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Although no measurable snow has fallen in the area yet, all of the area cities have enacted their winter parking restrictions for city streets and public parking lots. Cities designated a consistent starting date for their winter parking restrictions in order to allow for car owners to get u…

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The Cambridge city council decided to fill the council vacancy created by the death of Marlys Palmer the exact same way they filled the vacancy with Palmer less than a year ago.

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The city of Isanti has a new sister city in Liberia after Isanti City Council adopted a resolution granting that status to Unification City at its meeting Oct. 15.

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As the Tesla song goes, “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.” During the Oct. 21 council meeting, the Cambridge city council approved changing their regulations for businesses covering their windows with some of those signs that might be “blocking out the scenery, breaking my mind.”

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A 20-year-old Isanti man was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-vehicle crash in Anoka County that occurred on Saturday, Oct. 19.

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The tax-forfeited land sale conducted Oct. 4 by Isanti County Auditor-Treasurer Chad Struss was very successful, according to Struss at the Oct. 16 Isanti County Board meeting. Of the 25 properties auctioned, 21 sold at the sale and two were later purchased over the counter at the auditor’s …

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Five area schools are participating in Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation’s Smiles@School program, which provides first-graders across Minnesota with tools to help them care for their teeth, including a toothbrush, fluoridated toothpaste, a water bottle, an educational booklet and other fu…

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The Northern Lights 4-H Club, located in North Branch, have elected their 2019/2020 club officers: (front row from left) Josh G. - vice president, Sara P. - president; (back row) Tempi M. - historian, Eliana - junior vice president, Jasmin S. - junior president. The Northern Lights Club meet…