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Recently, I saw a Twitter feed asking people to make the most “un-Minnesotan” statement. The answers were some of the typical not liking hot dish, calling pop “soda” or “coke,” among others.

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As I was sitting and contemplating writing my next outdoor article with Max, my black lab, and constant outdoor walking partner, it occurred to me that the world is just getting overwhelmed with so much negative news that something needs to be written about all the great things we have to be…

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As thousands of students across Minnesota get ready to start the 2019-2020 school year, AAA reminds motorists to be aware of increased child pedestrian activity and traffic congestion in and around neighborhoods and school zones.

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The Minnesota Department of Commerce is echoing a warning by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General regarding a fraud scheme involving genetic testing.

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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 discuss the importance of holding a family meeting. 

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There is no doubt that this area is, and has been, growing for some time now. Besides the obvious increases in population, there is the increase in “big” business (and the converse decrease in “small” business). With that, there has also been a change in the mindset among many of the residents.

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Now is the time of year parents and guardians start preparing students for the upcoming school year. North Branch Area Public Schools provides updated school supply lists for the upcoming school year on the “Parent/Student Resource” page at its website (isd138.org). Look for a link to this p…

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Perhaps this article is a bit out of the “sports/outdoors” realm, but an event of exactly 50 years ago was as “outdoors” as any can get! Its importance cannot be overstated. 

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You know you have done it. It’s summertime – and there are a half dozen reasons to miss church Sunday. Family vacations, visiting grandma, going to the lake or just needing an extra morning to catch up on yard work. 

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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 focus on “sundowning,” a common behavioral change in a person living with Alzheimer’s disease. 

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In early June, the North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) school board conducted a random sample survey to collect stakeholders’ thoughts on an operating levy to help bridge the gap between woefully inadequate state funding and the reality of providing high-quality educational opportunitie…

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I will admit that soccer isn’t one of my top sports to watch, especially international competition. But my interest will be increased for such events like the Olympics, or as what is currently going on – the Women’s World Cup.

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In 2015 North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) was approached by local veterans with a mission in mind: Secure land in North Branch for the purpose of providing the community with a veterans memorial of its own. So many of our residents have served our nation by responding to the ultimate …

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Kids can be amazing. They develop new cell phone apps, set athletic records, volunteer with the elderly and perform lots of good deeds.  Unfortunately, much of the time it seems these are someone else’s children.

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As I’m sure a majority of people know, there has been a huge increase in the number of community pages on social media meant to provide “information” specific to a certain area. These pages, which some have sarcastically dubbed as “nosy neighbor” sites tend to be relatively harmless, especia…

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As I walked off the Bunker Hills golf course with Cambridge-Isanti activities director Mark Solberg last Tuesday, I out-loud made the same proclamation I usually only say to myself: “Well, that puts a wrap on another high school sports year.”

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On June 30 North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) will bid farewell to current Director of Finance and Human Resources Dr. Jon Ellerbush. This is largely the result of budget adjustments for next year, which caused NBAPS to restructure administrative roles in an effort to absorb as much of…

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Last week, one of my cousins and uncles stopped by for a quick visit as they headed up north to the family cabin. While originally living in Omaha, Nebraska, they have now spent a considerable number of years living in Arkansas. For this trip, they also had a friend of theirs, who admitted h…

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People comment on the good qualities of our family, and I tell them that it is because of my wife, our kids’ mother. I feel that our children would have been better raised by wild coyotes if it were not for their mother. Our five children are grown and raising their own families now. I am ve…

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On Sunday, KSTP-TV ran what they called an “investigative report” regarding the recent firing of Isanti police chief Gene Hill in which they explained what the accusations against Hill were that led to his termination. With the release of this story, I’m sure some are wondering why a Twin Ci…

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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 discuss exploring Memory Care options. 

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On Thursday, June 6, the North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) school board hosted one of my favorite annual events – the Staff Appreciation Breakfast. It’s a great way to finish off the school year, see friends one last time for those who have the summer off, and recognize employees for …

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We here in East Central Minnesota have been pretty lucky when it comes to weather on Memorial Day. While the rest of the weekend maybe hasn’t been perfect, Memorial Day itself has historically been relatively good. Sure, the weather might not have been ideal (just think back to last year’s s…

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SKÖL! and congratulations to the Class of 2019! You have arrived at the great crossroads of life. Until now, you and your peers have been on a very similar journey; but now your paths will be as divergent as the limbs of a tree. There are some universal truths that will help ensure your succ…

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This past weekend, I experienced the loss of a trusted friend – my Canon 70D camera. I was just beginning to shoot a Cambridge-Isanti boys tennis match when my camera gave an “error 20” message. After doing the usual “techie” troubleshooting of the camera (namely, turn it off, turn it on, ta…

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A theme we at North Branch Area Public Schools hear often from our community, staff and families is a desire for the school district to do everything it can to make best use of the opportunities our communities provide. We are working hard at those relationships, including expanding our part…