• Sarah Newton Morrison
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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. 

  • Bill Stickels III
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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.

  • Bill Stickels III
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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. 

  • Bill Stickels III
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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…

  • Bill Stickels III
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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…

  • Loren W. Brabec
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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…

  • Bill Stickels III
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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 …

  • Bill Stickels III
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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.

  • Bill Stickels III
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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?” 

  • Dee Ann Sibley
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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…

  • Mark Radeke
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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.

  • Jim Pumarlo
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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.

  • Dr. Deb Henton
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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.

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

  • Bill Stickels III
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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 …

  • Dr. Deb Henton
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On Wednesday, Feb. 7, over 160 sophomores at North Branch Area High School participated in the Youth Frontiers Respect Retreat. The Respect Retreat is something the high school does annually in an effort to create a better learning environment for all students. High school principal Coleman …

  • Bill Stickels III
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I have repeatedly stated that one of my goals for the Star is to provide as equal coverage as possible of the various cities in our circulation area, especially in terms of the schools and specifically the high school varsity teams. The way I look at it, each school is one big team, and I fu…

  • Dr. Ray Queener
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Community is a pivotal aspect of our sense of belonging. For students at Cambridge-Isanti Schools community provides meaningful relationships that afford real support for real needs. I know growing up in Grantsburg, Wis., the community support was vital to the success of our schools, program…

  • Dr. Deb Henton
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School board appreciation week is the week of February 19, and we honored our school board at its regular meeting last Thursday evening. Your school board consists of Kirby Ekstrom, Tim MacMillan, Cathie Pascavage, Darryl Goebel, Mindy Michaud, and Sarah Grovender.

  • Loren W. Brabec
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I was going to go ice fishing as soon as I began the retirement chapter of my life, but it took six weeks for it to happen. Stuff got in the way, and although my time on the ice was limited to just an hour and a half on Friday, Jan. 26, it was long enough to test my rusty and neglected auger…

  • Kay Weber
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Winter can get a bit long without some breaks for a few fun family activities. When the weather permits, traditional recreation is still popular:  sliding (in many forms), skating, skiing and building snow forts. The more family participating, the better the memory and experience for the chi…

  • Bill Stickels III
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As many people have already heard, unless you’ve been in hibernation the last week, Justin Timberlake included a special tribute to Prince during his Super Bowl performance last Sunday. What you probably also know is that the reviews of his performance were very mixed.

  • Bill Stickels III
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On Sunday, Jan. 28, I was flipping through Facebook when I saw one lone post about the anniversary of a very tragic event. Seeing this post made me both sad and a little upset. It wasn’t the actual event that brought out these feelings, but rather the fact that it was going virtually unnotic…

  • By Bill Stickels III
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As a fan of the sport of gymnastics, I’ve watched with interest the allegations against former U.S. National Team and Michigan State doctor Larry Nasser. Nasser is accused of sexual abuse against over 100 gymnasts while he was on staff. Included in the accusers are Olympic and World Champion…