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Four years ago, Greg Biskey bought the building at 117 Main Street in Isanti to display his collection of Chrysler cars and memorabilia. After a lot of hard work and improvements to the building by Biskey and his fiancé Denise Gilbertson, he opened The Old Chrysler Garage on July 6.

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Isanti City Council approved the 2019 preliminary budget and levy at its Sept. 4 meeting. The proposed preliminary property tax levy is approximately $2.73 million. Finance director Mike Betker noted the preliminary taxable market value in the city increased by 10.86 percent over last year. …

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The Minnesota Department of Education has released district-wide MCA III results for the 2017-2018 school year. Scores on the MCA III reading test are measured in grades three through eight and again in grade 10. Scores on the MCA III math test are measured in grades three through eight and …

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The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced that the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office recently charged Curtiss Allan Wright, of Isanti, with eight tax-related felonies and eight tax-related gross misdemeanors.

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The City of North Branch welcomes the newest industrial business – Flashing By Design – to its manufacturing family. Flashing By Design, a Minnesota-born business, will be constructing a nearly 19,000 square foot facility in the city south of Andersen Windows and east of Northern Lights Stee…

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The Minnesota Design Team will be in North Branch from Oct. 4-7 conducting its study of the city with input from citizens to generate ideas for improvement of the downtown area and other city projects.  

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Running a successful independent bookstore requires an extraordinary level of creativity, commitment and innovation. The effects of this dedicated work often extend well beyond the walls of any one bookstore and lift up an entire community.

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On Aug. 11 several students from the East Central dojang of Pine Tree Taekwondo, 30162 Xylite St. NE, Isanti, took promotion tests. Payton Bartlet (with certificate) was promoted to 2nd Dan Black. Colored belts testing for Amadeus McElrath (left) and Michelle Bearl (right) had to wait for th…

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Friends of the Rum River will host their 12th annual “Fun in the Rain or Sun” Rum River clean-up on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. along a stretch of river last cleaned by the group in 2011 – an 8.5-mile stretch in Anoka County. 

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Providing healthy food to hungry people has gotten a bit easier for North Branch-based Ruby’s Heart since its recent purchase of a refrigerated semi-trailer. A $2,500 grant from the East Central Energy (ECE) Operation Round Up (ORU) Trust helped the organization acquire the used, 53-foot tra…

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I am Jim Swenson. In November 2016, you elected me to be your city councilor. Since taking office, our city’s bond rating has improved to an A+. We applied for and received two grants totaling $13 million to improve local housing, and we achieved Green Step City status for our commitment to …

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Question: I have a question about carrying a driver’s license while operating a vehicle. It was passed on to me that in Minnesota one must have the driver’s license in the front seat area or glove compartment. Having it in a purse or backpack in the backseat or trunk is not allowed. Is this …

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During a special council meeting on Monday, Aug. 27, the Cambridge city council approved the preliminary levy for 2019, along with holding a general discussion regarding the city’s financial future.

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One of the offshoots of the Cambridge-Isanti School Board’s recent decisions regarding changes to the district’s paraprofessionals and special ed programs was a complaint that the general public wasn’t allowed time to address the entire board during their meetings.

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Isanti City Council commended Economic Development Director Sean Sullivan at the Aug. 21 council meeting for his service to the community. Sullivan has resigned his position with the city and will be returning to the city of Ramsey after eight-and-a-half years with Isanti.

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 Women invited to coffee and conversation 

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The public is invited to the 10th annual Fall Festival and Downhill Derby at Braham’s Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 1050 Southview Avenue. The event drew over 600 people last year.

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Dr. Travis Wille (center, with scissors) cuts the ribbon officially opening his new offices located at 1820 2nd Ave SE at the east end of Cambridge. Wille is surrounded by family, friends and employees. Holding the ribbon is Cambridge Economic Developer Stan Gustafson (left) and North 65 Cha…

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St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wyoming will host a special screening of the award-winning and locally filmed and produced movie, “Miles Between Us,” on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m., to be followed by a Q & A session with the screenwriter and producers, Scott and Diane Peterson. The church is …

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The East Central Grad Band is ready to start its 30th year, and the public is invited to dust off that instrument and join the band, which consists of post-high school adults from a 50-mile radius of Cambridge.

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“I guarantee people will have the time of their life. I guarantee people won’t think about their problems for awhile, and I guarantee everyone will leave the show feeling better than they did when they came in.” 

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While growing up in a family with a rich military background, it was no surprise that Chief Petty Officer Jarren Bennett was inspired to join the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps after watching members of the local battalion march in a local parade. That was five years ago, and CPO Bennet…

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It is now official, the residents of North Branch will have the opportunity to vote on whether or not the city will ask the state to approve the imposing of a one-half percent local sales tax to help fund street improvements and the improvements of Williams Park.

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Citing the need to reduce the burden on businesses wanting to move into downtown Cambridge, the Cambridge city council approved an ordinance amendment regarding how to deal with minimum parking space requirements for businesses located within the downtown district.

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Isanti County Safety Camp was started 14 years ago by three people with the goal of equipping youth with basic safety skills. Since then, simple efforts such as equipping children with bike helmets has blossomed into a county-wide, collaborative initiative to provide a two-day, comprehensive…

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The City of North Branch is in the process of updating its comprehensive plan. Public comments and ideas are a vital part of the planning process. Public input was solicited through community cafés, online and in-person surveys and public meetings. 

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The field of candidates running for North Branch mayor and city council got a bit smaller even before the list of candidates became official.

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There may be more than one reason why you would want to redo your rhubarb patch. Perhaps the old patch has lost its battle with weeds, or production has been greatly reduced for the last few years.  Whatever the reason, the process of patch renovation is best done in the spring whether you a…

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Construction crews started the demolition of the former Grandview Christian Home, located at the corner of Highway 95 and Fern Street. The building, which most recently was part of the GracePointe Crossing campus, was becoming outdated and had recently been vacated when the new GracePointe C…

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The Isanti County Parks Department would like to thank all who participated in the fourth annual Medallion Hunt. Clues were updated daily on the parks website and Facebook page, leading eager medallion hunters closer to their destination.  

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The Isanti County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that Chief Deputy Lisa Lovering has received her official certification from the Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management office after completing its course in Minnesota Basic Emergency Management.