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A new activity aimed at keeping children actively learning and growing during the summer months is taking place in city parks throughout Isanti County – Mama Merry Books. 

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Given the short period of time available for the Cambridge-Isanti School District to find a replacement for outgoing superintendent Dr. Ray Queener, the school board has opted to go with a two-step process.

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Isanti County Board of Commissioners heard the annual update from Isanti County Veterans Services Office Director Dan Meyer at its June 5 board meeting. The fiscal year for the veterans services is July 1 through June 30.

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The Minneapolis Aquatennial Ambassador Organization (AAO) is excited to announce that Elise Toussaint will represent the community of North Branch in the AAO Candidate Program from July 23 through July 28.

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The sport of purebred dogs, once the purview of the wealthy and privileged, has become the all-American family sport, with competition between amateur, professionals, youngsters, men and women. 

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Question: Moped rentals are being considered in my city. Can you talk about the laws and rules that cover moped operations and if insurance is required on them? What is the difference between a moped and motor scooter?

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Recent talks I’ve had about insects on crops reminded me of a Jan. 23 article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune by contributing writer and photographer Jim Williams. 

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Thanks to prolonged rain and flooding, many fields will go unplanted this year. Farmers in this situation should weigh not only their program and insurance options (prevented planting), but also think about how best to protect the soil and nutrients in their fields to be used the next planti…

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Minnesota multi-genre author Nicole Helget will focus on her novel, “The End of the Wild,” during a special visit at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at North Branch Area Library, 6355 379th Street. All ages are welcome. No registration is necessary.

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Vennelag 1-546 of Sons of Norway will celebrate Sankt Hans Dag (St. John’s Day), also called Midsommernatt (Midsummer’s Eve), on Tuesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lindstrom Community Center, 13292 Sylvan Avenue, Lindstrom. The public is always welcome.

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Total Auto Care owner Matt Faschingbauer, along with his wife, Tracey (with scissors), employees, members of the North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce and North Branch city officials cut the ribbon commemorating the grand opening of the shop, located at 5995 Main Street in North Branch.

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The Cambridge Public Library will host a rocket event for kids and an escape room challenge for teens this month at 244 S. Birch Street and can be reached at 763-689-7390. Keep informed of all library events by visiting ecrlib.org and following “East Central Regional Library” on Facebook.

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The Northern Lights Writers invite local writers to a free workshop titled “Great Beginnings – The importance of the first 100 pages of your novel” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 15, at Giese Memorial Library, 26855 Forest Blvd., Wyoming, on how to make the first 100 pages of a novel…

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After being handed a new “credit card” via the state legislature’s approval of Cambridge’s .5% sales tax increase, the Cambridge city council went about “shopping” for the projects that will be funded by the money collected through the sales tax increase.

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Tim Franklin’s group of northern Minnesota print and digital news publications are now part of neighboring Northstar Media, Inc., a company owned by Gene and Carter Johnson. Northstar Media is the parent company of the Isanti-Chisago County Star. 

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Isanti city attorney Clark Joslin took the opportunity at Tuesday night’s city council meeting to address the council and public regarding a KSTP Channel 5 investigative report into the firing of Isanti police chief Gene Hill.

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Dozens of children and parents got movin’ and groovin’ to the sounds of The Teddy Bear Band, out of Minneapolis, on Wednesday evening, May 29, outside the Early Childhood and Family Education building in North Branch. The concert, filled with participation songs, was sponsored by the ECFE program. 

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I came across an old article with a different slant on raising rhubarb. I think it came from a couple who wrote for a magazine called The Good Earth. The authors were a couple who had a truck farm and they planted their rhubarb plants with a full southern exposure, applying generous amounts …

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Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge will welcome award-winning author Anika Fajardo to share her memoir, “Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family” on Saturday, June 8, at 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the store.

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The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a voluntary program that compensates eligible landowners for installing practices on sensitive lands and to improve water quality and habitat for wildlife on eligible private land.

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Families can enroll in North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) from any device, any time of day or night, by going to: www.isd138.org/enrolltoday. Follow the prompts at the enrollment center to go through the process. 

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North Branch Area Library will offer a number of events for families over the summer at 6355 379th Street, North Branch. For information on these and other library activities, call 651-674-8443, visit ecrlib.org or follow the library on Facebook.

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A large group of spectators turned out to watch the pig races as part of Braham Appreciation Day on Saturday, June 1. Besides the races, there was a parade, a petting zoo, a free dinner, plus many other activities all day long.

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Royal Neighbors, Grasston Chapter 5146, presented 12 six-packs of flowers, 11 six-packs and one pot of vegetables, and 100 onion sets to Black Dog Hill Women’s Shelter. Staff members commented on how much they appreciated getting the plants. The women and children will help with the planting…

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Maytag Laundry Co., of Rush City, held a ribbon-cutting and open house at its new location at 737 Main Street S, Cambridge, on June 1, its ninth laundromat. On hand were (from left) Melissa Bettendorf with North 65 Chamber; Casey Wright and Blake Cook, managers with Maytag Laundry; Rennaye a…

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Isanti County Historical Society says it’s that time of year again  –  for the annual pioneer school sessions at historic Spencer Brook School, located between Bradford and Princeton.

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All ages are welcome to learn about Ojibwe culture and loon biology through storytelling by puppetry at the Summer Outreach Program at local library outreach locations in Braham and Isanti, including the Braham Event Center and Isanti Community Center on June 17. Braham time is 10 a.m.; Isan…

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In His Steps Ballet & Performing Arts Company will debut a new, original ballet titled “Luminous Splendor: The Inner Beauty” to be performed June 21-22 at 6 p.m. at Ogilvie High School, 333 School Drive, Ogilvie. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

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The annual Father’s Day Fly-In & Pancake Breakfast will be held Sunday, June 16, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cambridge Airport, with vintage airplanes – WWII B-25 bomber, T-6 Stearman, Vietnam Cessn 01 and 02, Mohawk cockpit flight simulator and more. EAA Chapter 237 Young Eagles youth …