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First State Tire will be allowed to continue operating at its location in Isanti County after coming into full compliance with its condition use permit.

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With the resignation of Darryl Goebel from the North Branch Area School Board, an opening has been created that the board will fill during their June 11 meeting. During the May 14 school board meeting, the remaining members of the board approved the posting and process for filling Goebel’s seat.

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Since the state’s “Stay-at-home” order has been lifted and replaced with a less-restrictive “Stay safe” order that allows for businesses and offices to reopen under certain conditions, the Cambridge City Council approved modifying some of their previous decisions regarding city offices being…

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North Branch Mayor Jim Swenson (left) accepts a check for $20,000 from East Central Electric CEO Steve Shurts. The money is part of ECE’s efforts to help businesses who are financially struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The utilities company established a total of $100,000 in interest-…

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As we are in the midst of the unprecedented coronavirus epidemic, the big question being addressed in the Minnesota Judicial Branch: “Where do we go from here?” Never in modern history have all of Minnesota courts been on lockdown for months. The courts will face a massive backlog of cases a…

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A pair of narcotics search warrants on Tuesday, May 12, resulted in multiple arrests and the seizure of a “significant” amount of illegal drugs.

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A 49-year-old single Braham mother of a teenager was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 35 near Wyoming just before midnight on Friday, May 15.

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In a typical year, Minnesota’s ATV clubs hold over 75 ATV Safety Training Classes for riders age 10 to 15, certifying over 2,500 youth to be legal to ride ATVs. Unfortunately, this is not a typical year. All classes are postponed until further notice, as part of the Minnesota Department of N…

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Sue Spizman, Luke Nelson and Julie Sinner of the local Cambridge-Isanti Minnesota Education Union present Barb Kruschel of Family Pathways with a donation of approximately $500 worth of food and a check for $100 that were collected as part of a recent food drive.

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In these uncertain and challenging times, the Rotary Club of Cambridge and Isanti continues to help our communities through donations to local food, education, community recreation & wellness programs. For example, when club members learned of an increased demand for food and basic suppl…

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Anoka-Ramsey Community College will host drive up graduate recognition events at the Cambridge Campus on May 21 and Coon Rapids Campus on May 22. Anoka-Ramsey faculty and staff volunteers will help celebrate the graduates’ achievements with a package of commencement-day gifts and cheers from…

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Cambridge author, storyteller, and comedian Chad Filley was recent recipient of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant Program for Artists.  This grant allows him to continue working on his crafts despite losing numerous performance opportunities beginning in March and continuing on through t…

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There is a lot of misinformation being shared on social media and in other formats regarding the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. To help clear up some of the misinformation, and better understand why information regarding the new virus continues to change, the Isanti-Chisago County…

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Like many people these days, the Isanti City Council has been weighing the pros and cons of holding or canceling city-sponsored events.

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It’s that time of year when local farmers markets begin opening with their selections of fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits, honey, jams, artisan goods, plants, handcrafts and more. The question this year is: what kinds of changes will they see due to the COVID-19 outbreak? 

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The filing period for any elections that may require a primary election begins next Tuesday, May 19, and runs until 5 p.m. on June 2, with some significant changes to the filing process.

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North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) is pleased to announce it has received an Initiative Foundation grant to help pay for child care services of essential workers.

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Isanti County has announced that it has received a grant of $4,970 from the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation to support the County’s COVID-19 response. The grant will fund the purchase of critical items for Isanti County’s Emergency Operations Center, which is coordinating the efforts …

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Another plat in the North Branch Industrial Park is being filled as a ground breaking ceremony was held for IDEA Company, a 15,000 square foot part sourcing/warehousing business, which will be located at the corner of 402nd and Goodview. Pictured at the ceremony are City Administrator Renae …

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The Cambridge Surplus Food Distribution will take place at the Isanti County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, May 19 from 2 - 4:30 p.m., or until food runs out.

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Like a bull rider trying to reach eight seconds, the Isanti Firefighters Rodeo Association was holding tightly to the hope this year’s rodeo could be held despite the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, May 12, however, organizers were bucked off their proverbial bull as they made the decision to…

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After an endless list of events getting canceled or postponed to future dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, area residents finally have something to look forward to taking place as scheduled. During the May 4 Cambridge City Council meeting, the council opted to continue with the city’s annua…

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The Fisher family shows great teamwork, with each person performing a different task as they plant vegetables in their plot at the Cambridge Community Garden on Saturday, May 2, the first weekend it was open for the season. According to Isanti County Master Gardner John Nordin, all but six o…

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Amid the financial difficulties being experienced by area businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of North Branch has been trying to find additional ways to give people a helping hand. During the April 28 city council meeting, the council unanimously approved applying for funds fro…

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Cambridge-Isanti senior AnnaGrace Nelson has been named the recipient of the Minnesota Class AA girls “Triple A” (Academics, Arts and Athletics) award.

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Ruby’s Pop-Up Pantry will be held on Saturday, May 16 at New Hope Community Church - Isanti Campus at 114 Dahlin Ave, Isanti,  from 9-11 a.m. 

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Isanti County WIC wants families to know that we are here for them. Isanti County Public Health WIC is open for current participants and new participants, by calling 763-689-4212. WIC is now providing services by phone and video/telehealth. 

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In response to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s instructions to increase the amount of testing for COVID-19 to at least 5,000 per day statewide, new testing centers are being set up. On Wednesday, May 6, Cambridge Medical Center became one such testing location as a giant, white tent was erecte…

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The Cambridge City Council has awarded the bid for the 2020 street improvement project, although there is a small, unique glitch that might make the project trickier to fund.

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The timing of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s executive order opening up golf courses couldn’t have been any better as last weekend featured perfect weather for many to get out for a round or two. Because of the continued efforts to curb the COVID-19 virus, however, golfers like this foursome …

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The City of Isanti received a clean 2019 financial report and management letter from Steve McDonald, managing partner with Abdo, Eick, and Meyers.

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This snapping turtle was spotted emerging from an Isanti pond and attempting to cross the road before thinking the better of it and turning back around. As the weather gets warmer, wild animals are becoming more active, and according to some, braver without as many humans around due to stay-…

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North Branch Public Works Director Shawn Williams, Mayor Jim Swenson and Economic Development Authority Chair Lorraine Moeller pose for ceremonial groundbreaking of a new road that is going in that will intersect with Cherokee Ave as a backhoe is already moving dirt for the project. The new …

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Governor Tim Walz has announced the appointment of Catherine Trevino as a District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. She will be chambered in Chisago County.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has prompted social distancing protocal, this year the East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) will be hosting the 2020 IMAGE Art Show online at www.ECRAC.org.

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The deadline for making a donation to Family Pathways food shelves through the North Branch Lions Club matching donation campaign has been extended to May 8. 

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Kids in the Cambridge-Isanti Early Childhood Development Program were encouraged as part of their Distance Learning work to make a cutout of their hand and place it on giant hearts located at Cambridge Intermediate and Isanti Primary Schools. The project was in honor of last week being the a…