• Sarah Newton Morrison
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OFFENSE! Turn on the TV, go online, look at our nation, our American church, our workplaces, our families. We seem to be passionately in love with our offenses. In fact, it seems we have loved them so much that we’ve become committed more to nurturing them rather than to working through them. 

  • Bill Stickels III
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Ever since our cohorts, the Isanti County News, announced that they would be switching to delivering only to people who request to get a copy of their paper, we have received numerous questions from people asking if we would be following suit.

  • Bill Stickels III
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The “official” start of the 2018 elections is still a couple weeks away, with filing for running for election set to begin May 22 and run through June 5. All indications are that this is going to be an almost unprecedentedly crazy election year. 

  • Bill Stickels III
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Last week, I was on my way to a photo shoot when I spotted something somewhat unusual for here in Cambridge. I hit the brakes on my car, climbed out and looked up to see if my eyes were deceiving me. Sure enough, there it was – a snowy owl perched comfortably on the top of a streetlight, jus…

  • Bill Stickels III
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Over the weekend, the Minnesota Twins wound up postponing three straight games because of the rain, snow and cold. So far this season, they have had to postpone four of their first ten home games because of “inclement weather.” And after every single postponement, the inevitable cries of “th…

  • Loren W. Brabec
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Over the past two months, I’ve watched the snow in my backyard alternately expand and shrink over and over. It reminds of the photos of the polar ice caps I’ve seen for the past couple decades. It’s as though geologic time has been compressed into a few weeks as the glacier in my yard advanc…

  • Bill Stickels III
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On Saturday, I saw the movie “Ready Player One,” the latest sci-fi movie from Steven Spielberg. While I won’t go into the elaborate plot of the movie, I do want to touch on the “premise inside a premise” of the movie. A main component of the movie is the use of “Easter eggs” in an elaborate …

  • Bill Stickels III
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This issue of the Star was supposed to include our annual Spring Sports Preview, featuring all of the teams from C-I and North Branch that will hopefully be competing in the near future. I say hopefully because as everyone is well aware, winter is refusing to loosen its grip on the area.

  • Bill Stickels III
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By now, I chalk it up as being inevitable – I go someplace that needs to know my name and after telling it to them, there’s the mandatory “And how do you spell that?” 

  • Dee Ann Sibley
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On Saturday, March 24, 2018, students from around the country gathered in a march to bring continued awareness about school shootings. In the Twin Cities 18,000 people met at Harriet Island in St. Paul and walked peacefully to the steps of the State Capitol. Approximately one-and-a-half mile…

  • Mark Radeke
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As a child, April Fool’s Day almost eclipsed Christmas as my favorite day of the entire year. April 1 felt like I could lie legitimately for 24 hours without getting in trouble if I shouted, “April Fool’s!” when my lie was discovered.

  • Jim Pumarlo
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Strike up a conversation about press rights, and many individuals likely conjure a picture of editors and reporters demanding access to top-secret data from government officials. No doubt, that occurs more often than most people would like to believe.