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The North Branch American Legion and Chamber of Commerce are bringing back the area’s staple of summer, Midsummer Days, for its 95th anniversary. The festivities will run from June 16-20 with events taking place in Central Park, the American Legion Post #85 and under the Legion Tent.

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Uses for Bluebird Park in the City of Isanti will be expanding with the addition of a performance center, which was approved by Isanti City Council in a split vote at its June 1 meeting. Council members Jimmy Gordon and Paul Bergley opposed the project; Mayor Jeff Johnson and council members…

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A tragic weekend on area roads was bookended by a pair of fatal crashes, with one occurring just south of Isanti and the other just north of North Branch.

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Editor’s note: This month’s “Repeating History” features letters written during the Civil War that may contain language with ethnic and racial prejudices that were once common but are no longer acceptable in today’s society. They are being presented unedited as they were translated in their …

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The Minnesota Department of Public Health has announced that Minnesotans getting their first shot over next month will be able to choose their own reward from wide range of options—including state parks passes, fishing licenses, and State Fair tickets

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One of the victims in a series of fatal shootings over the weekend in downtown Minneapolis has been identified as a 17-year-old Cambridge-Isanti High School student.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) cautions residents and visitors in northern Minnesota to be aware of elevated fire conditions through the weekend. An unintentional spark from a campfire or other outdoor activity in the hot, gusty and abnormally dry conditions could ignite…

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The Cambridge Area Pickleball Association is offering a free lesson, and Skills and Drills as the outdoor seasons starts. 

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Thanks to Airgas for donating 25 pairs or jackets, gloves, and aprons for North Branch Area High School’s welding area; a total of about $2,500 in support! With Airgas’s and Lincoln Electric’s help, the high school has completely remodeled our welding area including new gas systems, new weld…

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Common Ground Concerts is excited to announce the launching of their summer concert series with Peter Mayer in concert on June 10 at 7:00 pm. The concert will be held at the outdoor venue at North Folk Winery.

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While some youth programs are opening back up, parents are still weary to send their kids to in-person activities. Enter: virtual Minnesota Business Venture (MBV). Walmart Cambridge has signed on to sponsor local high school students to attend BestPrep’s virtual summer camp this July. The sp…

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Area artists of all skill levels are invited to submit their works – for free – to the East Central Regional Arts Council’s IMAGE Art Show on or before June 15.

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Thousands of farmers and family members are injured and hundreds more die in farming accidents every year in the United States. Agriculture is considered one of the most hazardous industries.

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The Chisago County Relay for Life will be conducting a virtual auction as part of their fundraising efforts to raise money for the fight against cancer.

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The Minnesota Judicial Branch announced the next steps in a deliberate, gradual return to more in-person court proceedings and modifications to its COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

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For the third time since the North Branch Water & Light Commission was expanded to five members almost a year ago, the North Branch City Council has been faced with a vacancy on the commission, with this time it being to replace Commission Chair Terry Smith.

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After getting delayed from last November due to COVID, plus additional work being completed, the Braham VFW is set to hold an official dedication ceremony for their Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located in Freedom Park.

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Friends of the Isanti Area Library (FIAL) is planning an exciting event that will take place each Wednesday this summer at the Isanti Outreach Library, located in Isanti City Hall. Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., from June 9 through August 25, FIAL is hosting “Treats and Treasures.” 

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On June 14, 2021, at 11a.m. the Cambridge American Legion and the Isanti VFW will be hosting a Flag Retirement Ceremony and luncheon at  the Cambridge American Legion, 220 Main Street South, Cambridge.

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The American Pickers are excited to return to Minnesota. They plan to film episodes of The History Channel hit television series throughout the area in July, 2021.

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During this current school year, there are some students who spend two hours on a school bus both going to school each morning and going home each afternoon, for a total of four hours a day. This fact was Cambridge-Isanti Schools Superintendent Dr. Nate Rudolph’s “exhibit A” in his presentat…

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You know summer is coming when the beautiful flower baskets of Sumo Petunia, donated by the North Branch Beautification Committee, are hung along Highway 95 in North Branch. Pictured is Kyle Goshey from North Branch Public Works department hanging one of the baskets near Central Park. Simila…

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Every year the City of Cambridge offers free concerts in the Park where the community is invited to attend, bring along a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a variety of different forms of entertainment from comedy to rock music to polka music and everything in between. Food trucks are also ava…

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The Wildcat Sanctuary reports that it has accepted several big cats including tigers, lions and hybrid big cats seized last week by the U.S. Department of Justice from Jeff and Lauren Lowe, the owners of Tiger King Park, made famous by the 2020 Netflix documentary “Tiger King.”

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For the second time in the last couple months, the Isanti County Board of Commissioners has found itself conducting a public hearing that featured so much discussion the commissioners felt compelled to table taking any action in order to mull things over. In this particular case, owners of c…

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COVID-19 has been a challenge for everyone, for Polaris Battalion and TS Trident US Naval Sea Cadets it has been no different. For a year, the cadets met virtually on Zoom trying to stay connected. The program lost almost half of the youth because staying connected was hard.

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Ruby’s Pantry was recently the recipient of a $2,000 donation as being the nonprofit winner of City & County Credit Union’s “Making the Greater Good Even Greater” contest, which is a voting contest via the Credit Union’s Facebook page. Ruby’s Pantry received the most votes among 40 nomin…

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The Old Highway 61 Coalition invites the public to travel Old Highway 61 this summer and play a little “Park Bingo” event to be eligible to win some cool prizes.  

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North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) is proud to announce that 7th grade history teacher Pam Newbauer has been chosen by her peers as NBAPS’ Teacher of the Year for the 2020-21 school year. 

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Conservation Officer Angela Londgren recently presented Firearms Safety Instructor awards at the Isanti County Sportsman’s Club meeting. These instructors have volunteered many years to educating the youth in our community, and have been positive mentors in getting our youth outdoors. MN DNR…

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Thanks to the lifting of COVID regulations, North Branch’s annual Summer Concert Series is primed to return in full force, featuring a few familiar acts, a couple new ones, plus the return of the pre-concert book reading and portable splash pad.

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Despite the fact the City of Cambridge is still collecting the local option sales tax, with part of that money earmarked for additions to Sandquist Park, the city-owned park might very well reap the benefits sooner rather than later.

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Just over three years after their first-ever section championship and state tournament appearance, the North Branch boys hockey program finds itself needing a little help, in the form of co-oping with St. Francis in order to field both a varsity and junior varsity squad. The official announc…

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On Friday, May 14, members of the Minnesota State Patrol, Isanti County Sheriff’s Office, and Cambridge and Isanti Police Departments took time to pay tribute to local law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as part of National Law Enforcement Memorial Week. There are four office…

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On May 1, 2021, cadets from the North Branch Area High School Air Force JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corp) competed at the National High School Drill Team Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida. Cadets competed in two events, Dual Exhibition Drill and Color Guard.  Competing in …

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About five years ago I received what at that time was an unusual call from a gardener who wanted to know how to get sandhill cranes out of her garden. The cranes were eating her tomatoes!  I was being very honest with her when I said the only place I’d seen sandhill cranes were in books or a…

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A longtime member of the Minnesota Air National Guard, on his way to one of his last drill weekends before retirement, was killed in a head-on crash on Interstate 35 after another vehicle reportedly crossed the median near Hinckley and hit his vehicle head-on. 

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Hannah and Randy Robinson (holding the scissors) is surrounded by representatives of the City of Cambridge and North 65 Chamber of Commerce, along with family, friends, and employees of their new store, The Calico Moose Artisan Shoppe. Located at 119 Main Street North, the store features art…

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The Harris Fire Department joined a growing list of Minnesota fire departments becoming “MnFIRE Aware” of their occupational health risks on May 12. The in-depth emotional wellness training, taught by firefighters and other health experts, helped Harris firefighters de-stigmatize talking abo…