Last month, I made a joke about perfecting cloning so that I could be in two places at the same time. Well, either I was unknowingly predicting the future and there is a clone of me who has been created and gone rogue, or I have just had one of my credit card numbers stolen.
Good journalists have the ability to get close to the stories they cover, but to not get too close, especially when it comes to covering tragic events. That philosophy obviously got thrown out the window last Thursday as the latest mass shooting incident happened right in the newsroom of the…
I am so pleased today to announce that North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) has reached an agreement with its bus drivers, and that the vast majority of the current drivers will continue to serve routes they have in the past!
“Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy...Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God…” Deuteronomy 5:12-14
Last week, via social media, the rest of the country and even some other parts of the world got to experience a little bit of what it’s like to be a Minnesotan thanks to the antics of a certain raccoon.
Families are always looking for things to help keep the kids busy over the summer. Why not let North Branch Area Community Education (NBACE) help? NBACE has a number of fun and interesting things for kids of all ages.
As I’ve mentioned before, I can sometimes be a bit anal, even borderline OCD. This is especially true when it comes to planning out my daily schedule, particularly on days when I have multiple events to cover.
In early May I went before the school board to talk about how to address a potential space shortage at the North Branch Area Education Center. Though we have enough room to make the improvements approved in the May 23, 2017, referendum, the site will be very tight and leave absolutely no roo…
In May 2018, representatives from the city of Cambridge’s independent auditing firm, Redpath & Co., gave the city a clean audit opinion on its financial statements for the year ended Dec. 31, 2017. For the last 16 years, the city has received a clean audit report from an independent audi…
Rick Nolan has been an outstanding Representative and will be sorely missed. He has served the 8th District with distinction, having been recognized as one of most effective lawmakers.
As can be expected, the First Amendment’s freedom of speech is huge for a newspaper and anyone working for one. We proudly proclaim our freedom of speech and the freedom of the press on almost a daily basis. But we also know that this freedom comes with limitations and the need to be used re…
The construction trailer arrived at 409 Main Street East, in Isanti, the evening of May 22, 2018. A 60-room Best Western Plus with a pool will be built in the city of Isanti with construction expected to commence in June 2018 and to be completed in February/March of 2019.
SKÖL! and congratulations to the Class of 2018! 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…
The City of Cambridge is required to manage stormwater runoff before it enters our area lakes and streams. While we do have an extensive storm water system in place with pipes, ditches, and holding ponds that filter stormwater before it goes into a lake or the Rum River, you can still do you…
As many of you are aware, North Branch Area Public Schools made changes to the end-of-the-year schedule in order to create a larger window to complete summer construction. Among the changes is the graduation ceremony, which was moved to Sunday, June 3, at 2 p.m. in the west gym.
Last November, I asked all of the high school winter sports head coaches when their official team photo will be taken so that we can get one for our sports preview at the same time.
I readily admit that I am not very sentimental, and definitely am not a romantic. I’m also not one to get star-struck over celebrities and their personal lives. But even if I was just a little more of these things, I just can’t understand what all the hoopla over the royal wedding was all about.
Last Friday the school district held its annual Community Service Day (CSD), and I am so proud of students and staff! CSD began almost a decade ago and has become a tradition many rely upon to prepare our communities for summer.
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.
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.
Recently Activities Director Matt Lattimore and Community Relations Coordinator Pat Tepoorten submitted an application to “Our Courts. Our Future.” to have the North Branch Central Park basketball court refurbished.
Public engagement is an important function of Cambridge-Isanti Schools. Providing the public with the facts and allowing the public to form opinions based on the facts is key. In fact, I expect the district will not obtain 100 percent support for its decisions or directions on any matter. Di…
Letters to the editor during an election year are a great way to help inform voters about candidates. At the same time, they can also be very detrimental to the election process. Because of that, I want to take some time to fully explain our guidelines for submitting letters to the editor.
Recently North Branch Area High School won two awards – a silver “Star of Innovation” award from the Minnesota Association of Secondary Principals (MASSP) for its BARR (Building Assets Reducing Risk) program.
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.