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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…

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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. 

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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. 

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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…

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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…

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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Last week, I was on my way to a photo shoot when I spotted something somewhat unusual for here in Cambridge. I hit the brakes on my car, climbed out and looked up to see if my eyes were deceiving me. Sure enough, there it was – a snowy owl perched comfortably on the top of a streetlight, jus…

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Over the weekend, the Minnesota Twins wound up postponing three straight games because of the rain, snow and cold. So far this season, they have had to postpone four of their first ten home games because of “inclement weather.” And after every single postponement, the inevitable cries of “th…

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Over the past two months, I’ve watched the snow in my backyard alternately expand and shrink over and over. It reminds of the photos of the polar ice caps I’ve seen for the past couple decades. It’s as though geologic time has been compressed into a few weeks as the glacier in my yard advanc…

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On Saturday, I saw the movie “Ready Player One,” the latest sci-fi movie from Steven Spielberg. While I won’t go into the elaborate plot of the movie, I do want to touch on the “premise inside a premise” of the movie. A main component of the movie is the use of “Easter eggs” in an elaborate …

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This issue of the Star was supposed to include our annual Spring Sports Preview, featuring all of the teams from C-I and North Branch that will hopefully be competing in the near future. I say hopefully because as everyone is well aware, winter is refusing to loosen its grip on the area.

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By now, I chalk it up as being inevitable – I go someplace that needs to know my name and after telling it to them, there’s the mandatory “And how do you spell that?” 

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On Saturday, March 24, 2018, students from around the country gathered in a march to bring continued awareness about school shootings. In the Twin Cities 18,000 people met at Harriet Island in St. Paul and walked peacefully to the steps of the State Capitol. Approximately one-and-a-half mile…

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As a child, April Fool’s Day almost eclipsed Christmas as my favorite day of the entire year. April 1 felt like I could lie legitimately for 24 hours without getting in trouble if I shouted, “April Fool’s!” when my lie was discovered.

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Strike up a conversation about press rights, and many individuals likely conjure a picture of editors and reporters demanding access to top-secret data from government officials. No doubt, that occurs more often than most people would like to believe.

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One comment I hear regularly from visitors to our school district is that we demonstrate a great deal of pride in our facilities. For the past 15 years, the person most responsible for maintaining and beautifying our facilities has been the Director of Buildings and Grounds Mike Johnson.

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Ok. For 100 points, which teams played in Super Bowl LII and who won? Hurry, it wasn’t long ago.

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Last fall, I wrote a column mentioning how I didn’t really mind blowing snow, going so far as to say I wouldn’t object to helping out clearing snow from places that aren’t my driveway. Well, I guess Mother Nature and/or Old Man Winter must have read that column and decided to test me to see …