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  • Bill Stickels III
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Bluejacket boys track and field head coach Kent Viesselman has been a strong, long-time advocate for a team mentality for the sport despite the outward appearance of it being an individual sport. That philosophy has paid off in a big way this season for the Jackets, as they captured the Sect…

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After a very competitive fall co-ed bowling season, six ladies from three area high schools created a team to bowl in the Minnesota Girls High School League.

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North Branch Golf Course held its Early Bird 2-person Scramble on May 5. Top finishers after 18 holes were: Championship Flight: 30-31-61 Joe Fairbanks and Jared Houle; 31-32-63 Jesse Voight and Dustin Hejny (tie breaker); 33-30-63 Trinity Dimich and Nathan Fuhol. First Flight: 34-31-65 Gord…

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New regulations for catching and keeping northern pike will be the most significant change anglers will see when they open up the 2018 Minnesota Fishing Regulations Booklet being distributed throughout the state.

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The Braham Snappers baseball team started their season off with a bang on Saturday, with a 16-0 win over the Ramsey Renegades. Braham pitcher Mike Strelow shut down the Ramsey lineup, tossing 5 scoreless innings only allowing 1 hit, while striking out 11. Jake Johnson tossed a scoreless inni…

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Mann Field, at 883 261st Avenue NE, Isanti, has been awarded a 2018 Twins Field for Kids matching grant of $5,000 sponsored by the MN Twins Community Fund Board of Directors and the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club. The grant will be used to complete the Allstar field, which is the third field …

  • Ray Gildow
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If you’re like me, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the logging industry, but really, it is an industry that deserves our attention. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, we have 17.4 million acres of forest land counting state land and private land…

  • Bill Stickels III
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AnnaGrace Nelson took first place in the 100 hurdles during the Norm Ayen Invite on Tuesday, April 24. The Jacket boys took first place and the girls took second, losing by only .5 points, in the first outdoor meet of the season.

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Players from all levels of North Branch softball, from the varsity team to the 12U team, have been raising money for the Randy Shaver Cancer Research Fund as part of the teams' "Strike Out Cancer" fundraiser. So far, the Vikings have raised over $1,000 and hope to add to that during their ga…

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Second baseman Cassidy Johnsoy attempts to complete a double play by first tagging a Buffalo baserunner and then throwing to first. Unfortunately, the umpire ruled that Johnsoy missed the tag, so the Jackets only collected one out on the play. Buffalo would go on to hand C-I a 15-3 loss in t…

  • Steve Carney
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Seems like winter is not going away any time soon as we continue to suffer through cold temperatures and rounds of snow. This has been the winter from hell, but we need to have a positive outlook as we head into April. Because of the extended winter, anglers will need to make some adjustment…

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Members of the North Branch boys tennis team try to clear the snow from the tennis courts for the second time this spring on Monday, April 16. So far, the winter weather has forced the postponement of all but one of their matches and prevented the team from holding any outdoor practices. Eve…

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Residents of the Cambridge area can attend an open house to give their feedback on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ draft deer plan that sets a new statewide harvest target, increases citizen participation in deer management and outlines ways to keep the whitetail population an…

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A relatively young yet experienced team of Bluejacket girls track athletes started the season with a strong showing against conference rivals Monticello and Big Lake, along with a couple non-conference opponents at the Monticello Tootsie Pop Invitational on March 29. 

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Bluejacket Robotics Team 5464 members (from left) Ethan Hill, Tommy Cummins, Darren Fletcher and Kenzie Orttel make some adjustments to their robot during the LaCrosse competition on Saturday, April 7. Although the team fell short of their goal of qualifying for Worlds for a second year in a…

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today announced plans for the 2018 walleye fishing season on Lake Mille Lacs that seek to maximize fishing opportunities for anglers while protecting the health and sustainability of Mille Lacs’ improving walleye population. 

  • Loren W. Brabec
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The 2017-18 Braham Bombers boys’ season has come to an end. The Hinckley/Finlayson Jaguars, the #1 seed in the South Subsection of Section 5A, defeated the Bombers on Saturday, March 10, in the subsection semifinals by a score of 79-63. It was the third time this season that the Jaguars (24-…

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C-I’s Henry Abraham puts up a wild shot during the Jackets’ section playoff game against Duluth East on Wednesday, March 7. The Jackets easily topped the Greyhounds 72-50. However, C-I would have their section championship hopes dashed in the section semifinals as they lost to Blaine 62-37.

  • Bill Stickels III
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Editor's update: The Jackets easily topped Duluth East 72-50 on Wednesday, March 7 and will now face Blaine at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 in Chisago Lakes.

  • Loren W. Brabec
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The Braham Bombers girls’ basketball team, seeded #3 in the South Subsection of Section 5A, saw its season end at the hands of the #2-seeded East Central Eagles on Saturday, March 4. 

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North Branch’s Keely Ertl skies her pike tsukahara vault during the state individual gymnastics meet on Saturday, Feb. 24. The senior finished her high school career with a 10th place in the Class A all-around competition.

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The Braham girls basketball team finished their regular season with an overall record of 14-11 and an 9-5 Great River Conference mark. According to the Minnesota Scores’ QRF calculation (the official seeding mechanism for the upcoming Section 5A tournament), Braham was given the #3-seed in t…

  • John Olson
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North Branch’s Cody Croal emerges with the puck from a scramble behind the net during the Vikings’ Section 5A semifinal game against Pine City. The Vikings edged out the Dragons 4-3 on a game-winning goal with just 36 seconds left in the third period. The win advances North Branch to their f…