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Each year the Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association gives awards to municipal liquor stores in a number of categories, and the Isanti Liquor Store received this year’s customer service award. It was presented at the May 15 city council meeting. 

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With an aging community comes the need for more affordable housing for older adults. And while several options for “senior housing” have been built recently, there is still a shortage of options out there. However, plans are in the works to help at least partially rectify the problem in the …

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Area kids are encouraged to unleash their wild side as the zoo is coming to an East Central Regional Library Outreach stop nearby.

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Children are encouraged to join Miss Kari for early literacy fun and learning at preschool and lapsit storytime programs this summer at the Rush City Public Library, 240 W. 4th St. Activities may include stories, finger plays, sign language, music and movement, scarves, egg shakers, bean bag…

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A NAMI Connection peer support group for adults recovering from mental illness meets weekly in Cambridge. The free group is sponsored by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Trained facilitators who are also in recovery lead NAMI Connection groups. 

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Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon in 2016 challenged the people of Minnesota to return the state back to number one in voter turnout. and residents did it. They now have the opportunity to take their participation to the next level – become an election judge at a polling place on Elec…

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They have entertained audiences on The Tonight Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Ellen Show and venues all over the globe. Now this husband and wife comedy juggling duo is coming to local libraries.

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A donation of $4,000 was made by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) to Anoka-Ramsey Community College to benefit veteran students who attend the school. Posing with the donation are (from left) Development Director Lindsey Schiller; Marine Corps Veteran and Disabled American Veterans (DAV)…

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The blandness of winter next year will be broken up, at least temporarily, thanks to a new artistic collaboration between the city of Isanti and the six schools located in the city. 

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This is the second in a series of first-person accounts by a local woman dealing with her grandmother’s advancing Alzheimer’s. Other installments will appear periodically in the coming months. 

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The city of North Branch currently has 33 miles of roads within city limits that are still gravel roads. Of those, 15 miles are roads that are considered “high traffic,” averaging 300-500 vehicles per day. Thanks to an agreement between the city and Lent Township, that number will be slightl…

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There are plots still available to rent in the Cambridge Community Garden at 1700 East Rum River Drive South. Up to three plots can be rented by an individual. Six new raised beds have also been constructed for this season, and three of them are still available. 

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Minnesota author Susan Bartlett Foote will appear on Saturday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at Scout & Morgan Books, 114 Buchanan Street N, Cambridge, to talk about her latest book “The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota’s Mental Health Institutions, 1946-1954.”

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The Prime Time Singers, directed by Arne Everson, and EC3HO, directed by Shirley Geib, will present their annual spring concert on Sunday, May 20, at 4 p.m. at Cambridge Lutheran Church, 621 Old Main Street N.  

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has funding available through its Direct Home Loan Program for very low- and low-income individuals and families seeking to purchase or repair a home in a rural area of 20,000 people or less.

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Kids ages 3-11 and their families are encouraged to learn about the benefits of gardening through a hands-on experience presented by the North Branch Area Library in partnership with the Chisago County Master Gardeners and North Branch Area Early Childhood Family Education.

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North Branch Area Middle School seventh-grader Theresa Beck is this year’s perfect attendance program winner, earning herself and her family free tickets to the June 2 Minnesota Twins game against the Cleveland Indians. As part of the prize, Beck will have the opportunity to meet members of …

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U.S. Water’s Cambridge facility was recognized recently for excellence in workplace safety and health during the 2017 Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon in Minneapolis. 

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Officials from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days announced that Nicholas Izzo, of Isanti, has been selected to serve as president of the St. Cloud Stake of the Church. Izzo, who had been serving as bishop of the Princeton Ward of the Church, will oversee leadership of 10 central Minn…

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I don’t have a bucket list. And if I did, I doubt “Go to jail” would be on it. But when I heard the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office was offering a night in their new jail to help train staff, I was curious. I wanted to take a chance on what seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Hopef…

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One of the main goals of the Cambridge Discover Downtown Committee was to find ways for making the downtown area more aesthetically pleasing for visitors. With that in mind, the Cambridge city council has approved two colorful projects.

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Isanti Mayor George Wimmer updated the council at its May 1 meeting about communications with the Cambridge-Isanti School District regarding the school resource officer in Isanti schools.

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After the rigors of putting on a full-scale fall musical and competing in One Act, the North Branch Theatre Department uses the spring play as an opportunity to put on a more laid-back, light-hearted production. This year, that production is in the form of “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward. 

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Following the mid-term retirement of Chisago County Sheriff Rick Duncan, effective May 4, the Chisago County Board of Commissioners appointed Brandon Thyen as sheriff at its May 2 meeting. Thyen has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 20 years, the last two as chief deputy. 

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High School Robotics Team 3038 from North Branch and Chisago Lakes High Schools had a successful trip to the World Championship in Detroit April 25-28. The World Championship was host to over 400 teams from over 36 countries including Russia, Japan, Poland and China. Minnesota alone had 30 teams.  

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Joe’s Broasted Chicken employess (front row, from left)Maxine Peterson, Brittany Louden, Kimberly Whalen and owner Joe Demo cut the ribbon for the grand opening of their new eatery, located at 30 Main St. W. (inside Isanti Retail Meats) in downtown Isanti. Joining them were members of North …

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As part of its efforts to save and preserve the Grandy Union Church north of Cambridge on Highway 65, the Isanti County Historical Society will host an Ice Cream Social, Picnic and Auction on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will give the community an opportunity to tour th…

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Saturday, May 12, marks the 26th anniversary of America’s largest-single day of giving – the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, Valpak, United Way, AFL-CIO, United Food…

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The public is invited to meet author PJ Tracy of the Monkeewrench series at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at Cambridge Public Library, 244 Birch Street S, Cambridge.   

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Braham Area Girl Scouts will host their 4th annual 5k Color Run/Walk on Saturday, May 19, at Braham Area High School. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the run/walk beginning at 9 a.m. Participants will pass through a number of color stations where they’ll be doused with colored cornstarch…

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The American Legion Auxiliary and Rush City Post 93 announce this year’s junior boy and girl from Rush City High School to attend American Legion Girls State and Boys State – Madelynn Hilton and Ian Chinn. 

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Ten years ago, at North Isanti Baptist Church, The Garms Family first stepped on stage and sang three songs. Now, with thousands of miles and seven CD projects behind them, the national touring group from Braham returns to North Isanti Baptist in Cambridge for a 10th anniversary concert on S…

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The public is invited to join Family Pathways on Wednesday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m. at Bloom Lake Barn, 17147 Bloom Lake Rd, Shafer, for its annual Barn Bash fundraiser.

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The Cambridge-Isanti High School Family, Career, Community Leaders of America state competition was held April 19-21. This Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by student members, and it’s the only career and technical in…

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The Sons of Norway - Vennelag 546 are busy getting ready for their 21st Annual Heritage Festival from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at the Scandia Community Center, 14727 209th Street N, Scandia.