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My name is Sara Paul, Superintendent at North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) and one of North Branch’s newest residents! Everyone has made my family and I feel so welcome since we arrived and all of us thank you for making North Branch feel like home so quickly.

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Everything we do has to be done differently. Wearing a mask in public, keeping distance, avoiding crowds and no hugging.

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In an effort to raise awareness, educate our community and assist families who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease, this month’s article will highlight how friends, family, faith and community organizations can reach out and support someone who may be caring for someone with Alzheimer’s…

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Usually by July, I’ve written at least one fishing column. However, thanks to the coronavirus and other outdoor issues that are far more important than my own fishing experiences, the first one is finally making its appearance. Prepare to catch!

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A couple weeks ago, I made another step into “adulthood.” You see, for the past 40-plus years, I’ve more or less been sleeping in the same bed. On top of that, this bed is one-half of a bunk bed set. Now, it was an actual twin-sized bed, so it’s not like I’ve been sleeping all crunched up in…

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Summers at North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) are a busy time for the staff that work year-round. There are always so many things to do to prepare for the next school year; cleaning and preparing our spaces, managing construction projects, coordinating transportation, creating schedule…

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Somewhat lost in the events of the day is the wrapping up of construction this summer. This is the school district’s last of three summers devoted to making the improvements the community approved in the spring of 2017. Here’s a summary of construction areas to be aware:

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Last Friday, I spent the entire day covering the Cambridge-Isanti High School graduation. I will admit when I first heard of this plan to spread it out for an entire day in order to give every senior a chance to walk across the stage in as close to a traditional manner as possible while stil…

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Editor’s note: Due to the restrictions placed on graduation ceremonies by the Minnesota Department of Education out of concern over the spread of COVID-19, the traditional class speeches had to be recorded and edited into videos of both Cambridge-Isanti and North Branch’s graduation ceremoni…

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Editor’s note: Due to the restrictions placed on graduation ceremonies by the Minnesota Department of Education out of concern over the spread of COVID-19, the traditional class speeches had to be recorded and edited into videos of both Cambridge-Isanti and North Branch’s graduation ceremoni…

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Editor’s note: Due to the restrictions placed on graduation ceremonies by the Minnesota Department of Education out of concern over the spread of COVID-19, the traditional class speeches had to be recorded and edited into videos of both Cambridge-Isanti and North Branch’s graduation ceremoni…

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As many of you know, I am leaving North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) at the end of June to assume the role of Executive Director of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators. Though I am proud to continue serving education and educators, leaving this wonderful place saddens me.

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Having worked at this job for four years now, I’ve become pretty adept at putting my thoughts into text in the form of this column. In fact, it’s somewhat become second nature, with few weeks going by where I’m at a loss of what to write about.

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In an effort to raise awareness, educate our community and assist families who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease, this month’s article will highlight MN Department of Health’s tips to reduce COVID-19 anxiety. As things progress with COVID-19 prevention efforts, you and your family and…

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“I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe, please help me!” These were the final words of George Floyd as his life was taken under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. This incident was the cause of domestic terrorism in 75 cities across the nation.

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Well, that pretty much does it. With the cancellations of the Isanti Rodeo, Braham Pie Day, both County Fairs and even the State Fair, almost all major local events have been wiped from the slate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And whatever events that haven’t been called off are hanging on by…

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Social media has taken on new importance as students, families, staff, and community members look for new ways to follow happenings at North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS). A look at our most recent quarter shows a significant increase in interactions at school district social media plat…

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Without a doubt, the coronavirus has altered life in numerous and dramatic ways. With more people working from home, many people not working at all, students at home instead of at school, and few places to go to be entertained, all of us are in a new and strange place. Regardless of your age…

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The City’s finance team has been very busy wrapping up our annual audit, starting the annual budget process and adding financial policies to ensure the City is financially resilient and nimble. We have also been in contact with multiple local and state agencies to keep in tune with how COVID…

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Just two months ago, it would have been hard to believe the 2020 election would have become somewhat of an afterthought. But not only has it been put on the back burner of peoples’ minds, for some it hasn’t even been taken out of the refrigerator yet.

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As educators, we’ve dedicated our life’s work to children and education, so I’ve always felt schools were important to not only educate our students, but to serve our community. The past months have challenged us to do just that.

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Among the events North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) had to cancel this spring was the Kindergarten Round Up at the end of March. Staff were looking so forward to giving families a sneak peek at the brand new facilities we are providing kindergartners starting in the fall of 2020.

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Over the years I would rag on different issues over and over like keeping the countertops clean at home. These days it’s how to stay clear of the virus and how to keep our newspapers running with this fear and businesses closed.

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In what some people are calling the final blow to the Class of 2020, last week the Minnesota Department of Education laid out some extremely strict guidelines for schools conducting graduation ceremonies. In short, the MDE is saying that no mass ceremonies may be held either in a gym, audito…

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In these times of uncertainty we are rightfully recognizing those who have risen to the occasion and are performing essential tasks that make it possible for the rest of us to isolate and protect ourselves and loved ones. We talk about teachers, custodians, support staff, and bus drivers goi…

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz made official what everyone was predicting in keeping all schools closed and in distance learning for the remainder of the school year. While I’m not going to debate whether this was the correct action to take, I will flat-out say I am concerned how this decision …

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Our school buildings belong to the community and under normal circumstances are used by a wide variety of interests beyond the school day. We are a place to gather; a place for community. While we aren’t allowed to host groups and events during the COVID-19 response, we are doing everything …