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February 22-26 was school board appreciation week and certificates of appreciation were provided each school board member at the February 11 school board meeting. Given the amount of time school board members give of themselves in service to the children of the school district, and the dedic…

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Cambridge Act on Alzheimer’s seeks to raise awareness, educate our community, and reduce the stigma that surrounds Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. It is important to understand and be knowledgeable about the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Being aware, and knowledgeabl…

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Joining the school district this year has given me numerous opportunities to gain appreciation for some of the strong traditions in place.  For over ten years, Community Service Day has been an annual event in which students of all ages have the opportunity to service our community. It insti…

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Last week, I picked up a new pair of glasses, which was long overdue. I think I have shared with readers before that while I rely heavily on my eyes, I’m not exactly fanatical about them. So it’s been something like five years since my last checkup and prescription change.

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Viking pride is alive and well. As each student and staff member strives to be the best they can be, it inspires others to do the same. It is so important to take time to pause and celebrate excellence!

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One can be greatly amused by watching the animals in the backyard. My backyard in Braham is hardly the African Serengeti or the Amazon jungle where predator-prey factors rule. Instead, there is a much different “food chain” at my place, and the happenings here are much more entertaining than…

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The last couple weeks, we have been running updated numbers of people in Isanti and Chisago Counties who have received at least one dose of one of the COVID-19 vaccinations. And I must say, in researching those numbers, I become extremely frustrated.

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AS I LOOK back over the years, friendships have meant a lot to me. I have learned from people, I gain encouragement, and when a level of trust is reached I can share my sorrows and victories. 

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Young lawyers representing parties in lawsuits have a long learning curve. As a young lawyer you are amazed that clients actually hire you for your expertise, listen to your advice, and follow your recommendations. What may take longer to learn is one’s responsibility to the legal profession…

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I’ve always been at least lightly interested in history. During grade school here in Cambridge, the history classes were always very intriguing to me. I remember taking some interesting field trips during school to places like a recreation of an old fur trading post and the Hinckley Fire Mus…

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“Dear COVID-19, For generations, through devastation, heartache, destruction and evil, humanity has proven its resilience and power. Our history shows that we are masters of the comeback. Our DNA is woven from grit, ingenuity, creativity and love. We are lemonade makers – hope manufacturers …

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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 give families and friends some tips to help recognize when it may be time to explore the decision of moving the person with Alzheimer’s or other …

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Everyone involved with education this year is aware how much our processes have had to change to adjust to this temporary reality. There is very little that can be done “the way it used to be,” at least for the time being. However, it is important that our priorities remain! 

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JANUARY 6 WAS a terrible day when domestic violence broke in our nation’s capital. There were five deaths, property damage, security breaches, and our democracy was threatened.

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IRS and the U.S. Department of the Treasury is mailing out 8 million Economic Impact Payments (EIP) in the form of prepaid debit cards. Most Americans already received their EIP either by direct deposit to their bank account or in the form of a mailed check. However, the debit cards are bein…

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Last Thursday, the winter sports season finally got going, with several COVID-related adjustments and rules. Without a doubt, the most talked about rule was the mandatory wearing of face masks in all sports, excluding gymnastics, wrestling, and swimming and diving. Many parents, including th…

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Now I know there will be serious national issues with us awhile yet, but I’m thinking optimistically about 2021. Because of that, I’ll share a new idea with you in just a couple minutes.

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In early December, North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) presented a problem to the community; Staff absences related to COVID-19 were taxing the school district’s ability to provide adequate staffing at our sites. In response to this issue, NBAPS created the “Viking Support Stars” initia…

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Like many people, I have gone through the process of “cutting the cord” and going with streaming services for my television viewing. I did this last spring not necessarily because I was displeased with my cable company. In fact, I find this company to be extremely good, with excellent custom…

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The scene is classic in American westerns: the alleged criminal awaits trial in the local jail when a mob of angry citizens, often with torches aflame, storms the jail to impose their chosen form of justice, that is, the criminal at the end of a rope. The mob acts as prosecutor, jury and exe…

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Well respected, honored and appreciated for his civil rights activism, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. rightfully earned his place as one of the most influential figures in American and world history. Through his religious teachings and social activism, Dr. King played a key role in the American…

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Well, here we are at what sadly could easily be an annual rehashed column bemoaning the ending of the Minnesota Vikings’ season. As any fans of the purple are fully aware, this team just can’t find the formula that will bring even a Super Bowl appearance to the “Bold North.”