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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…

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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…