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People comment on the good qualities of our family, and I tell them that it is because of my wife, our kids’ mother. I feel that our children would have been better raised by wild coyotes if it were not for their mother. Our five children are grown and raising their own families now. I am ve…

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On Sunday, KSTP-TV ran what they called an “investigative report” regarding the recent firing of Isanti police chief Gene Hill in which they explained what the accusations against Hill were that led to his termination. With the release of this story, I’m sure some are wondering why a Twin Ci…

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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 discuss exploring Memory Care options. 

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On Thursday, June 6, the North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) school board hosted one of my favorite annual events – the Staff Appreciation Breakfast. It’s a great way to finish off the school year, see friends one last time for those who have the summer off, and recognize employees for …

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We here in East Central Minnesota have been pretty lucky when it comes to weather on Memorial Day. While the rest of the weekend maybe hasn’t been perfect, Memorial Day itself has historically been relatively good. Sure, the weather might not have been ideal (just think back to last year’s s…

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SKÖL! and congratulations to the Class of 2019! 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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This past weekend, I experienced the loss of a trusted friend – my Canon 70D camera. I was just beginning to shoot a Cambridge-Isanti boys tennis match when my camera gave an “error 20” message. After doing the usual “techie” troubleshooting of the camera (namely, turn it off, turn it on, ta…

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A theme we at North Branch Area Public Schools hear often from our community, staff and families is a desire for the school district to do everything it can to make best use of the opportunities our communities provide. We are working hard at those relationships, including expanding our part…

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North Branch Area Public Schools is pleased to announce that, starting in the fall of the 2019-20 school year, the Area Learning Center (ALC) will move from the high school to the Brooker building, where it will share space with the Chisago County Schools’ Life Work Center (LWC). This decisi…

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I’ve said this many times in this column, but I really am an “unabashed sports fan” (it even says so on my Facebook page). This past week, though, several social media posts have made me completely embarrassed by other people who also claim to be “sports fans.”

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Even though we’re well into the Church Season of Lent, many don’t know what “Lent” is all about. Lent is a season that helps us prepare for the joy of Easter. Lent is a time for refection, penitence and renewal of faith. 

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As you read this I know we are under threat of a winter storm, but, believe it or not, summer – and the end of the school year – is just around the corner. North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) will quickly transition from school to construction this spring as we begin year two of the imp…

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Well, another April 1 has come and gone, and I can happily say that I wasn’t the victim of any sort of prank. Now normally, an accomplishment like that would be trumpeted much louder and probably accompanied by blasting “Nobody’s Fool” (either Cinderella or Kenny Loggins’ versions would suff…

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In an effort to raise awareness, reduce the stigma of Alzheimer’s disease, educate our community and assist families who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease, this month’s article highlights the importance of acceptance. 

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month was first designated in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan as part of the ongoing effort to increase public awareness of the need to ensure all children’s safety and welfare. The Chisago County Citizen Review Panel, in cooperation with county and state Heal…

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For the second time in almost exactly one year, I am compelled to alleviate some confusion regarding changes to the local newspaper industry that are being initiated by Adams Publishing Group, who are the national owners of our counterparts, the Isanti County News and the Post Review.

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The news this week that the North Branch Shopko, along with every other store in the Wisconsin-based chain, will be closing by late spring is disappointing, but not exactly surprising news. A good number of people saw the writing on the wall when they sold off their pharmacy department and s…

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I promised myself I wouldn’t do a column about the winter weather this year. After all, I wrote multiple ones last year, and I think people were starting to grow a little tired of them. Besides that, what else can be said about this historic winter that hasn’t already been said time and time again?

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At Common Ground, the church that my wife Amelia and I pastor, our vision is “Everyone Counts.” That isn’t a controversial position, most churches affirm that all are welcome to participate and be a part of their congregations. And Common Ground has felt that this vision is in alignment with…

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Growing up, I wasn’t what you would call athletic. Sure, I played several sports, most specifically hockey for 11 years, but it never got to the point of playing at the high school level. I ended my playing career after one year of junior varsity when it was obvious playing time for me would…

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For the better part of this winter, I have had an uninvited guest in my apartment. He is actually very quiet. He will usually disappear as soon as he spots me enter a room. In fact, I’ve only caught brief glimpses of him darting away.

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There is an episode of “The Big Bang Theory” titled “The Werewolf Transformation” in which Sheldon Cooper drives everyone crazy after his routine haircut gets delayed due to his regular barber being hospitalized. Sheldon proceeds to drive everyone crazy with his fixation on his hair growing …

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The snowy weather the last couple of weeks has triggered a number of questions concerning the city of Cambridge’s rules concerning the removal of snow that has just fallen on your sidewalk or driveway. Here are a few of the questions that are most frequently asked. 

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Representatives of the North Branch Area Education Foundation (NBAEF) visited our schools on Thursday, Feb. 14, and handed out over $15,000 in grants to staff! These grants, which have been handed out annually to staff based on an application process, will be used for STEM (science, technolo…

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Some of the longtime residents of this area may recall the city of Isanti’s not-so-glorious history. Some time ago, the city was essentially in chaos. It had a city council that did not like each other so that nothing productive was getting done, a crumbling infrastructure, city departments …

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The Sunrise River School Carnival is coming up on Friday, March 1. This wonderful annual event is fun for the whole family and raises money that goes directly to creating and improving opportunities for students attending Sunrise.