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I’m sure a few of our readers are doing a double-take when they read through this edition of the Star. Let me ease your confusion. Yes, this is the Sept. 17 edition of the Isanti-Chisago County Star, and yes, that is the 2020 general election guide inside these pages.

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It gives me such great joy to announce, after several months of planning and periods of great uncertainty, that school resumed for all students at North Branch Area Public Schools on Friday, Sept. 11!

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Last Sunday, Sept. 6, USA Today ran a special section commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the official ending of World War II on Sept. 2, 1945. On the front page of this special section was an iconic photo taken in Times Square of a sailer kissing a woman in celebration of the end of the w…

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This week North Branch Area Public Schools officially started the 2020-21 school year! We are so proud to offer in-school hybrid services as well as a Distance Learning Academy option for families. In this way we provide families safety and flexibility based on their comfort level with the p…

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STATE AND LOCAL governments are beginning to look at ways to help and protect local business. They are finding ways to provide information to the consumer via the local newspaper and websites, which in turn helps the newspaper survive with advertising. We have seen some larger companies buy …

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The 2020-21 school year is here and we are prepared to Return to Learn! Governor Walz, the Minnesota Department of Education, and the Minnesota Department of Health have provided guidance and expectations to school districts for a safe return to school. It is a daunting task to meet these ex…

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School is starting back up and many students are facing the reality of distance learning. This means hours spent doing classwork and homework while staring at a computer screen. For many students, this may lead to eyestrain and tired eyes. However, there is growing evidence that time spent i…

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I have a friend who on social media announced how excited he was to watch TV this week. Despite the fact he is pretty much as big of a sports fan as myself, he wasn’t talking about the NHL or NBA playoffs, or baseball. During the recent sports drought, his focus turned squarely onto politics…

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A year ago this week I joined the Bluejacket family, and have learned over the past year what a special community we have in Cambridge-Isanti. I am grateful for the strong community support of our schools. This is a community that values education and has high expectations for responsibility…

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With so much happening around the start of the 2020-21 school year, so many different plans taking shape in school districts across the state, and multiple points of guidance from the state, it’s no wonder that people have questions! 

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Municipal liquor stores exist to promote moderation and control in the sale and use of alcohol, working to keep it out of the hands of minors, while simultaneously generating income for the communities they serve. Profits are returned to taxpayers through levy reductions.

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As I write this on Monday afternoon, it is the first day of practice for the new fall sports season. As much as I like the summer months and appreciate a little lighter work schedule, this day usually for me is ripe with excitement over thoughts of getting back to one of my first loves - tak…

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Recently, I’ve seen a few articles written by people who describe the importance or the significance of still owning the glove they used while playing baseball as long ago as their high school years. In some cases, the sheer discovery of actually still owning this ancient, but valued, piece …

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As noted in past columns, our school district theme for the year is “Better Together.” And, although this is always true, it has rarely been more true than right now. The challenges we face as a community, and district, become more manageable when we are working together toward the same comm…

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Last week I was talking with Star reporter Jennifer Kotila when she mentioned how the Isanti City Council meeting was on Wednesday instead of Tuesday since Tuesday was originally supposed to be National Night Out. Hearing that completely blew my mind because the annual event had completely s…

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The pandemic we are in is taking its toll on people, on business, on health care and some of our freedoms. Anxiety and stress are on the increase. These are uncertain times in the economy. Will jobs be there? Will schools be open with traditional classroom teachers? When will a vaccine be av…

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For most of my adult life, I’ve never been a griller. While I love the taste of good meat that’s been cooked outdoors, I’ve never really acquired the knack for barbequing. That is, until last summer.

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I am fortunate to live in this wonderful community and have opportunities to build relationships with members of both the school, and broader, community. 

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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 creating an emergency kit, in the event an emergency situation arises for yourself, and/or the person you are caring for. The Alzheimer…

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One of the popular posts on many of those community social media pages is someone asking for recommendations for a certain something, followed by many responses with their personal preferences of who is the best for whatever it is the original post was looking for. The requests run the gambi…

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With all of the uncertainty and implications from Covd-19, this has been a very unprecedented year. The advent of shelter in place, working from home and social distancing has resulted in a noticeable increase in the use of City’s parks, trails and outdoor open spaces. This has allowed resid…

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Since starting on July 1, I have had the opportunity to meet so many with a strong sense of Viking Pride and look forward to meeting many more! Back to school planning is continuing at a quick pace and, like all school districts, we eagerly await guidelines from the state. We are working on …

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The summer of 2020 has been a hot one so far. Every year, the police department gets several calls from the public when they see a dog in a car in a parking lot. This is completely understandable. The heat is just as dangerous for our pets as it is for humans. They too can suffer heat exhaus…

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Last week, I used the phrase “cautiously pessimistic” regarding the City of Cambridge’s financial outlook. Well, this week, I think the phrase is again appropriate, but this time in terms of my attitude towards the starting or restarting of sports.

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I was at my desk in the Press office on Friday, July 3, when most of the staff had the day off. A knock at the door caught my attention so I answered it to discover it was Cal Rolstad. He came by with a subscription payment for the Quad Community Press which covers Lino Lakes, where he lives.