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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.

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I am thankful for all the opportunities I had over the past week to meet staff, students and community members while out in the schools, at the Concert in the Park, and at our school board meeting. I appreciated the conversations with all of those who attended a “Walk and Talk” I hosted on W…

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My name is Sara Paul, Superintendent at North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) and one of North Branch’s newest residents! Everyone has made my family and I feel so welcome since we arrived and all of us thank you for making North Branch feel like home so quickly.

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Everything we do has to be done differently. Wearing a mask in public, keeping distance, avoiding crowds and no hugging.

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This week every year is not one of our dog Mollie’s favorite weeks of the year. She, like many dogs, does not like loud noises such as fireworks or thunder. Out of all the dogs my immediate family has had, a majority of them have had an aversion to one or the other, or both.

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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 how friends, family, faith and community organizations can reach out and support someone who may be caring for someone with Alzheimer’s…

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Usually by July, I’ve written at least one fishing column. However, thanks to the coronavirus and other outdoor issues that are far more important than my own fishing experiences, the first one is finally making its appearance. Prepare to catch!

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A couple weeks ago, I made another step into “adulthood.” You see, for the past 40-plus years, I’ve more or less been sleeping in the same bed. On top of that, this bed is one-half of a bunk bed set. Now, it was an actual twin-sized bed, so it’s not like I’ve been sleeping all crunched up in…

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Summers at North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) are a busy time for the staff that work year-round. There are always so many things to do to prepare for the next school year; cleaning and preparing our spaces, managing construction projects, coordinating transportation, creating schedule…

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Somewhat lost in the events of the day is the wrapping up of construction this summer. This is the school district’s last of three summers devoted to making the improvements the community approved in the spring of 2017. Here’s a summary of construction areas to be aware:

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Last Friday, I spent the entire day covering the Cambridge-Isanti High School graduation. I will admit when I first heard of this plan to spread it out for an entire day in order to give every senior a chance to walk across the stage in as close to a traditional manner as possible while stil…

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Editor’s note: Due to the restrictions placed on graduation ceremonies by the Minnesota Department of Education out of concern over the spread of COVID-19, the traditional class speeches had to be recorded and edited into videos of both Cambridge-Isanti and North Branch’s graduation ceremoni…

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Editor’s note: Due to the restrictions placed on graduation ceremonies by the Minnesota Department of Education out of concern over the spread of COVID-19, the traditional class speeches had to be recorded and edited into videos of both Cambridge-Isanti and North Branch’s graduation ceremoni…

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Editor’s note: Due to the restrictions placed on graduation ceremonies by the Minnesota Department of Education out of concern over the spread of COVID-19, the traditional class speeches had to be recorded and edited into videos of both Cambridge-Isanti and North Branch’s graduation ceremoni…

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As many of you know, I am leaving North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) at the end of June to assume the role of Executive Director of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators. Though I am proud to continue serving education and educators, leaving this wonderful place saddens me.

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Having worked at this job for four years now, I’ve become pretty adept at putting my thoughts into text in the form of this column. In fact, it’s somewhat become second nature, with few weeks going by where I’m at a loss of what to write about.

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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 MN Department of Health’s tips to reduce COVID-19 anxiety. As things progress with COVID-19 prevention efforts, you and your family and…

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“I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe, please help me!” These were the final words of George Floyd as his life was taken under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. This incident was the cause of domestic terrorism in 75 cities across the nation.

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Well, that pretty much does it. With the cancellations of the Isanti Rodeo, Braham Pie Day, both County Fairs and even the State Fair, almost all major local events have been wiped from the slate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And whatever events that haven’t been called off are hanging on by…

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Social media has taken on new importance as students, families, staff, and community members look for new ways to follow happenings at North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS). A look at our most recent quarter shows a significant increase in interactions at school district social media plat…

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Without a doubt, the coronavirus has altered life in numerous and dramatic ways. With more people working from home, many people not working at all, students at home instead of at school, and few places to go to be entertained, all of us are in a new and strange place. Regardless of your age…

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The City’s finance team has been very busy wrapping up our annual audit, starting the annual budget process and adding financial policies to ensure the City is financially resilient and nimble. We have also been in contact with multiple local and state agencies to keep in tune with how COVID…

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Just two months ago, it would have been hard to believe the 2020 election would have become somewhat of an afterthought. But not only has it been put on the back burner of peoples’ minds, for some it hasn’t even been taken out of the refrigerator yet.

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Among the events North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) had to cancel this spring was the Kindergarten Round Up at the end of March. Staff were looking so forward to giving families a sneak peek at the brand new facilities we are providing kindergartners starting in the fall of 2020.

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As educators, we’ve dedicated our life’s work to children and education, so I’ve always felt schools were important to not only educate our students, but to serve our community. The past months have challenged us to do just that.

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Over the years I would rag on different issues over and over like keeping the countertops clean at home. These days it’s how to stay clear of the virus and how to keep our newspapers running with this fear and businesses closed.

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In what some people are calling the final blow to the Class of 2020, last week the Minnesota Department of Education laid out some extremely strict guidelines for schools conducting graduation ceremonies. In short, the MDE is saying that no mass ceremonies may be held either in a gym, audito…

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In these times of uncertainty we are rightfully recognizing those who have risen to the occasion and are performing essential tasks that make it possible for the rest of us to isolate and protect ourselves and loved ones. We talk about teachers, custodians, support staff, and bus drivers goi…

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz made official what everyone was predicting in keeping all schools closed and in distance learning for the remainder of the school year. While I’m not going to debate whether this was the correct action to take, I will flat-out say I am concerned how this decision …

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Our school buildings belong to the community and under normal circumstances are used by a wide variety of interests beyond the school day. We are a place to gather; a place for community. While we aren’t allowed to host groups and events during the COVID-19 response, we are doing everything …

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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 tips on coping during this challenging time of sheltering in place, while keeping ourselves, and others, safe and well. The fear and an…

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At North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS), we know how challenging the COVID-19 response period has been for many families. Chisago County experienced 2,858 unemployment insurance (UI) claims in all of 2019. In 2020, UI claims stood at 4,693 as of April 14. At this early stage of 2020, UI …