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Perhaps this article is a bit out of the “sports/outdoors” realm, but an event of exactly 50 years ago was as “outdoors” as any can get! Its importance cannot be overstated. 

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You know you have done it. It’s summertime – and there are a half dozen reasons to miss church Sunday. Family vacations, visiting grandma, going to the lake or just needing an extra morning to catch up on yard work. 

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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 focus on “sundowning,” a common behavioral change in a person living with Alzheimer’s disease. 

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In early June, the North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) school board conducted a random sample survey to collect stakeholders’ thoughts on an operating levy to help bridge the gap between woefully inadequate state funding and the reality of providing high-quality educational opportunitie…

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I will admit that soccer isn’t one of my top sports to watch, especially international competition. But my interest will be increased for such events like the Olympics, or as what is currently going on – the Women’s World Cup.

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In 2015 North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) was approached by local veterans with a mission in mind: Secure land in North Branch for the purpose of providing the community with a veterans memorial of its own. So many of our residents have served our nation by responding to the ultimate …

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Kids can be amazing. They develop new cell phone apps, set athletic records, volunteer with the elderly and perform lots of good deeds.  Unfortunately, much of the time it seems these are someone else’s children.

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As I’m sure a majority of people know, there has been a huge increase in the number of community pages on social media meant to provide “information” specific to a certain area. These pages, which some have sarcastically dubbed as “nosy neighbor” sites tend to be relatively harmless, especia…

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As I walked off the Bunker Hills golf course with Cambridge-Isanti activities director Mark Solberg last Tuesday, I out-loud made the same proclamation I usually only say to myself: “Well, that puts a wrap on another high school sports year.”

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On June 30 North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) will bid farewell to current Director of Finance and Human Resources Dr. Jon Ellerbush. This is largely the result of budget adjustments for next year, which caused NBAPS to restructure administrative roles in an effort to absorb as much of…

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Last week, one of my cousins and uncles stopped by for a quick visit as they headed up north to the family cabin. While originally living in Omaha, Nebraska, they have now spent a considerable number of years living in Arkansas. For this trip, they also had a friend of theirs, who admitted h…

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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?