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The business shutdowns created by the COVID-19 pandemic has in part claimed its first local business; or at the very least accelerated its closure.

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Cambridge Primary and Intermediate Schools lunch lady Jackie Lapierre hands out bags of breakfast and lunch as part of the school’s free meals during the state-wide school closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lapierre said they handed out about 150 meals on Monday, March 23. The program was…

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An interview for the open City of Isanti Economic and Development Authority initiated an open discussion about differing philosophies involving the commercial growth of the city between council members.

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In light of the recent temporary library closings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, community members can now request an East Central Regional Library card from home. 

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In partnership with the Initiative Foundation, the Cambridge Area Community Foundation is activating an Emergency Relief and Recovery Fund to meet critical needs in our community as we face the sweeping and unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The Fairview Lakes Medical Center Volunteer Organization will award up to 30 $1,000 scholarships this spring to qualified candidates pursuing a career in the medical field. The application deadline has been extended to April 15, 2020.

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Carrie Gibbs, Broker/Owner of CENTURY 21 Moline Realty, Inc. announced that Agent, Nate Campion, sales affiliate with the independent office recently earned the CENTURY 21 CENTURION Producer Award following his 2019 sales success.

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For the first time, conservative members of state legislators from around the country were invited to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to accept their award for either conservative achievement or conservative excellence, depending on the score they received from the Americ…

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Minnesota will join neighbor Wisconsin and other states in combating the COVID-19 pandemic with a “stay at home” order, beginning on Friday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m.

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As expected, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced on Monday, March 23 that all Minnesota schools would most likely remain closed past the original date of Friday, March 27. Schools have been closed since March 18 to prepare for an extended "distance learning" situation where they would be c…

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cambridge City Council has enacted an emergency action plan to be utilized across all departments. This plan was unanimously approved by the council during their March 16 meeting.

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On April 23, 2019, Karma Grill, a restaurant that was operating in the same building as JJ’s Bowl in North Branch, officially closed for business. When they closed, this created a situation where JJ’s Bowl was now in violation of their city-issued liquor license. During the March 10, 2020 No…

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Question: What is the proper technique when there is a zipper lane?  For example, coming off of 35 onto London road, there are two lanes, but everyone merges over to the left lane immediately upon getting onto London Rd.  I learned to drive, and spent most of my driving years in Washington S…

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The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed now to donate to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.

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The Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA) recognized Mark Ziebarth,​ ​principal of Isanti Intermediate School, with the 2020 MESPA Division Leadership Achievement Award for MESPA’s Central Division. Principals are responsible for a school’s instructional, school culture…

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On Monday, March 16, North Branch Schools posted an update to their plans during the statewide school closing period, including how students can receive meals. According to the district’s website, beginning March 18, NBAPS will have “grab and go” bag meals available for all students under th…

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Allina Health continues to the monitor the rapidly evolving situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are actively supporting containment efforts and working to ensure the safety of our patients, our employees and the public.

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The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has come to Minnesota, and Isanti County Public Health is preparing its team and updating their emergency response plans to fit the current need.

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It seems like the entire world is talking about the ongoing Coronavirus situation, and the North Branch School District is no exception. During the March 5 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Deb Henton gave the board an update on how the district plans on handling the threat.

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After giving the owners what they considered ample time to come into compliance with their Conditional Use Permit, the Isanti County Board of Commissioners approved beginning the process for revoking the CUP for First State Tire. The decision was based on the recommendation of Isanti County …

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North Branch Area Public Schools’ (NBAPS) school board chair Kirby Ekstrom recently visited Washington DC and met with legislators to talk about funding IDEA, Teacher shortage initiatives, safe schools, school choice, broadband, and school trust lands. Pictured is the MSBA committee with Sen…

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Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge is excited to welcome children’s author, Aimée Bissonette on Saturday, March 21 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. She will be reading from and discussing her newest book, “Do Not Rake Your Garden in Your Party Dress,” which is  illustrated by Kelly Pousette.

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The Wild River chapter of the National Audubon Society will be hosting J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director of Fresh Energy, on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hallberg Center for the Arts, 5521 East Viking Blvd, Wyoming. Ms. Hamilton’s talk is entitled “Climate Action - The Most…

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Celebrate Women’s History Month as we step behind the celluloid curtain into a vanished world of ink pens, paintbrushes, pigments and tea. Meet the unsung female artists who brought Walt Disney’s animation – from the earliest black-and-white shorts, to feature-length color classics – to vibr…

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Young women who are juniors in high school through age 22 who live, work, or attend(ed) school in Isanti County are encouraged to participate in the Cambridge Ambassador Program’s Candidate Experience for 2020.

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The Minnesota State Demographic Center is celebrating “Text Our Snowbirds Day” on March 13. The public’s participation is encouraged to help raise awareness of census response guidelines for people who have multiple residences.

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Kids and teens in grades K-12 are encouraged to write an original poem based on the theme, “Family,” for the Friends of the North Branch Area Library’s 9th Annual Poetry Contest.

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Community members are encouraged to join East Central Regional Library-Cambridge for a discussion on how to evaluate online information and stay safe on the Internet on Monday, March 23, from 6:30-8 p.m. Learn what “phishing” scams are and how to protect yourself against them and pick up tip…

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The North Branch City Council found itself of divided minds on three agenda topics during the Feb. 25 meeting, with all three having to deal with the North Branch Water and Light Commission. All three agenda topics garnered at least one 3-2 vote on motions made.

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On May 20-21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh won the admiration and adulation of the world when he earned the Orteig Prize for making the first non-stop, solo flight across the Atlantic from New York to Paris.

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The next Teen Book Club meeting at East Central Regional Library-Cambridge will be held from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in the downstairs meeting room. Discussion will center around “Ice-Out,” a novel by Mary Casanova. 

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Kids can put their creativity to the test at Lego Club from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on three Mondays: March 16, April 20 and May 18 at East Central Regional Library-North Branch.