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Last spring, North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) used Thoughtexchange to seek your opinions regarding activities offerings. We heard from staff, parents/guardians, and the community, and the feedback we received was very positive. You can view the results by looking for the press releas…

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Last weekend, my mom was cleaning out a storage room when she came across a box full of stuff from my childhood. This stuff ranged from old report cards to newspaper clippings to a few photos and even some certificates of accomplishment.

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North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) has used its strategic plan as guidance for the future since “Mapping Our Future” was originally created in 2008 with much input from the community. The school district used a five-year model for both the original in 2008 and the follow-up, “Building …

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It is no use trying to deny all the signs that summer is coming to a close and fall is knocking at the door. Garden produce is ripening, grain fields are being harvested, the leaves on trees are showing a hint of yellow and the “back to school” fliers are filling the mailboxes.

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The Cambridge City Council should be commended for, back in January, changing their collective minds and approving a municipal primary election beginning this year. Thanks to hindsight and a little foreshadowing, it became obvious that a primary is needed for the election of city council mem…

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In my office, I have a poem from Lou Holtz posted on my bulletin board. It is entitled “I saw a group of men in my hometown” and it goes like this – “I saw a group of men in my hometown. I saw a group of men tearing a building down. With a heave and a ho and a mighty yell they swung the beam…

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Back when I was in college, I had a friend and coworker go through an ordeal somewhat similar to that of the kids at Minnehaha Falls a couple weeks ago. He was sitting in the offices of the student newspaper one night, when campus law enforcement received a call that someone had crawled in a…

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This upcoming week for me is going to be bookended by a pair of my favorite bands in concert here in Minnesota. On Sunday, Nickelback will be playing at Treasure Island, followed by Def Leppard on Friday at Target Field.

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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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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…