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They say there is no such thing as a moral victory. The Bluejacket girls basketball team proved them wrong. While C-I went winless in two games at state, the team received a number of accolades for not backing down against long odds.

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Emotions were riding high during the Section 7AAAA championship game in Elk River on Thursday, March 12. Friendly but fierce rivals Cambridge-Isanti and Duluth East fought tooth-and-nail in front of a packed, raucous crowd for the section crown and what both teams hoped to be a trip to Targe…

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As we head into the month of March, open water fishing has just started. No more ice fishing, dragging portable shacks around and drilling holes ! Here are some options for Spring anglers wanting to get out well before the Minnesota inland opener.

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Each summer the world’s largest tackle show called ICAST is held to promote new products that will be available in stores the following year. The 2019 ICAST show was held in Orlando, Florida last July. This is a tackle show that is for manufacturers, buyers and media from around the world. T…

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The Rum River and its tributaries are the latest focus of an expanding effort to protect clean water and wildlife habitat by targeting environmentally sensitive tracts within the Mississippi River headwaters region - a source of Twin Cities and St. Cloud drinking water, and a critical migrat…

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Rum River wrestling had 46 kids qualify for The MN/USA state tournament in Rochester, with 12 of them walking away with medals. Lennox Gilbert (pictured on top of podium) took 1st, Everett Erickson took 2nd, Leo Edblad took 2nd, Brody Brown took 3rd, Shelby Howard took 3rd, Cruz Collison too…

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Back in 1999, a core group of six seniors, plus a talented underclassman starter, who had been playing together for almost their entire basketball lives made history by winning Cambridge-Isanti’s first-ever section championship and state tournament berth in girls basketball.

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The Cambridge-Isanti Bantam A team took third place in the District 10 tournament recently and earned a berth to the Regions tournament held in Alexandria on Feb. 28-March 1. 

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I know it is only early March and almost impossible to predict what kind of winter this is going to be long-term, but from my vantage point living in the woods, I can see that the snow is deep and the weather has been cold. Those are two factors that can really affect the health of our deer herd. 

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There are never a lack of issues facing the Minnesota Legislature regarding the outdoors, and this year should prove to be another interesting one with many topics up for discussion. Just because there is legislation proposed doesn’t mean that it will pass, but here are some areas that may o…

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With just under 30 seconds remaining in the first half of Cambridge-Isanti’s Section 7AAAA girls basketball semifinal game, Bluejacket head coach Jody Ledahl called out to his team to make “one shot” – a tactic employed by almost every team as time runs out in the first half of a close game.

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In the virtually never-ending debate on the best way to seed teams for section tournament play – strictly computer-based rankings or by a vote among section coaches – the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket boys basketball team has provided some pretty compelling evidence in favor of the latter.

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From the coach:  Drew VanEerden had an incredible rivalry week, facing Chisago Lakes and Cambridge-Isanti. Between the two games he averaged 21.5ppg and was 10-16 from beyond the arc. Drew brings an edge to our team, and when he is going well, the rest of the players feed off of him. Off of …

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In order for the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket gymnastics team to earn their 11th-straight section championship and state meet berth, the team relied on winning the battle for earning every tenth of a point they could. At the following week’s state meet, however, the Jackets found themselves o…

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From the coach:  Connor has been instrumental to our success this year. His improvement from last year to this year has been phenomenal, due to his time spent in the gym, but also his dedication to the weight room in the offseason and during the season. In our victory over Princeton, Connor …

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Going into the Section 7AA gymnastics meet, the scenario was the same as it’s been almost every year for the last 20 years. To knock Cambridge-Isanti off the top of the podium, a team would have to put together the best meet of their season, and they would have to hope C-I made a major mistake.

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In professional sports, there really is no “off-season.” When one sport reaches the end of its annual run, others are still in progress or waiting to take center stage. For team owners, all the time is busy time, and there is rarely a moment for fans to sit back and ponder just how much the …

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Man, fishing has been tough lately. My deep-water patterns of early winter have basically dried up, and as we head into mid -winter, things have definitely changed. Gone are the deep-water fish that have been feeding on insects and larvae coming from the deep water basins. 

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From the coach:  Amme is having a standout senior season and impacts the game in so many ways on the court. In two Bluejacket wins last week, Amme scored 35 points, pulled down 19 rebounds, had four steals, four blocks, and three assists. In addition to being a standout player, Amme is also …

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From the coach:  I nominated Megan because she is an outstanding student-athlete who excels on the basketball court and in the classroom. Megan chose to stick with basketball despite most of her classmates quitting a few years ago. Her decision to continue playing showed a tremendous amount …

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From the coach:  Laci is a very determined athlete and is constantly striving to not only learn new skills, but to also perfect her form and technique with them. She earned career-high all-around scores in three out of four meets recently. She has a bubbly and positive personality that alway…

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From the coach:  I nominated Paige Bauer for athlete of the week because she leads by example. As a team captain and fifth-year veteran on the team, Paige really knows her teammates’ strengths and challenges them to try new things in an effort to build up our team’s scoring potential and pus…

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It was just one of those weeks for North Branch sports teams, as the school’s five teams went a collective 1-8 on the week.

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Okay, I know this sounds crazy to all you anglers who love fishing on the ice or sitting in your ice-fishing hut, but there is another group of anglers in Minnesota who prefer fly fishing through the winter months. These anglers find open creeks and fish the entire winter for trout. 

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The winners of the Cambridge Knights of Columbus free throw contest held Jan. 26 at Cambridge-Isanti High School include (front row from left) Emma Steier, Olivia Schaefer, Viktor Bloch and Darren Draxten; (back row) Tavaehanna Thomas, John Troolin, Teagan Miller and Gavin Oblinger. The winn…

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From the coach:  Senior Captain Jimmy Brown is currently ranked 8th in the state  at 152 lbs.  He’s courageously battling back from a knee injury and is back in the action this week.

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The winter sports season came to a screeching halt last weekend, as the winter storm that was predicted to blanket the area with over a half-foot of snow, plus near whiteout conditions, forced the early postponements or cancellations of all games and practices for both Friday and Saturday, J…

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From the coach:  Micah, a four-year varsity player on our boys basketball team, is the consummate team player. Although our team is blessed with many hard workers, Micah is one of our leaders of our defense and the offensive style of play. He is also an excellent student and is a great role …

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From the coach:  Our Athlete of the Week nomination is senior Carter Whitman. On the court, Carter has averaged 11 points, five rebounds and three assists in our three games in January. Off the court Carter is the perfect example of what I want our program to become. He spends two hours ever…