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From the coach: Paige is one of the most dedicated athletes to come out of North Branch. She also was a three sport athlete, excelled in soccer,  gymnastics and track and field. Her dedication in the classroom also was prevalent as she will take her track and field talents and studies to the…

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From the coach: Aiyana Knight- Aiyana is an outstanding athlete. I am so impressed with her drive and work ethic.  She is such a fun athlete to watch compete and I am confident she will break a record or two this season.

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Eleven Bluejacket student-athletes put pen to paper to sign their intent to continue competing in athletics at college during a ceremony held in the CIHS Media Center Tuesday, June 1. Signing letters of intent were (from left) Luke Olson (football, Central Lakes Community College), Chase Car…

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The North Branch Viking and Cambridge-Isanti girls golf teams each finished off their seasons in style, with each team sending a member to their respective state golf meets.

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North Branch Area High School is hosting a four-day baseball camp starting June 28. North Branch Viking head coach, Steve Christensen, will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy.

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After a hiatus due to the pandemic, summer basketball is back.  The Jacket Hoop Boosters and the Bluejacket Boys Basketball program offers many summer programs for players of all ages. Listed below are the opportunities:

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The 14u Cambridge Isanti Competitive Baseball team came in 2nd place at the Hudson Baseball Blast tournament, held May 15-16. They went into the championship game undefeated before they fell to a team from Somerset. Pictured are (front row, from left) Tags Henderson,  Micah Gustafson, Emmitt…

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In both of the games between Cambridge-Isanti and Big Lake, the winners have been decided in dramatic, walk-off fashion. Two weeks ago, the Hornets won in a pitchers’ duel by the score of 1-0, with the lone run coming in the bottom of the eighth. Last Tuesday, May 25, it was the Jackets’ tur…

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Special congratulations to senior adapted bowler Hunter Carpenter. The Minnesota Adapted Athletics Association has selected Carpenter as this year’s recipient of the Russ Bakko Most Outstanding Bowler Award. 

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From the coach: I nominated Jasmyn for Athlete of the week not only for her fantastic athletic ability but more importantly her overall character. Jasmyn has shown great leadership by setting an example for all of the girls golf team. She is humble, considerate, and takes her sport seriously…

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From the coach: I would like to nominate Hailey Bistodeau for athlete of the week for North Branch Girls Golf. Hailey finished tying for first overall at the recent conference meet in Princeton amongst the 8 overall conference teams. She also helped the team finish 4th overall in the meet. H…

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A few decades ago when I first started vegetable gardening at my home in Chisago County, I’d see some of my tomato plants cut right off at the soil level leaving the entire top totally cut off from the base of the plant and the roots.  I had no idea what was going on. After a couple of years…

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From the coach: Harry is a captain on our track team that brings an incredible amount of positive energy every single day. He is the type of student athlete that can instantly change anyone’s day just by being around him. He is a great leader for our team and enjoys helping/teaching our youn…

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Before installing or investing in a new dock or dock platform, lakeshore owners should check to ensure it will meet state requirements. Lake service provider businesses should also review the regulations, to ensure the equipment they sell or install is in compliance.

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 From the coach: I would like to nominate my 2nd baseman Ava Sittlow. She has a .481 batting average, 3 triples 7 RBIs, 3 walks and a slugging percentage of .704. This past week her bat was hot as even her outs were line drives to the outfield. She has been taking great at bats at the plate …

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 From the coach:  Annie has been a key player since her freshmen year.  Annie has continued to work hard at becoming a better player.  She has grown as an overall player and continues to be a force on the mound.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers who might want to keep northern pike when the season opens on May 15 to familiarize themselves with the regulations and be prepared to measure the fish.

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The Isanti Redbirds and the East Bethel Bandits will play a very special game on Friday, May 14. It will be the third annual Buddy Poppy Day game at Redbird field in Isanti. This game will honor veterans from Isanti and Anoka Counties who gave their lives in the following wars:  Korea, Vietn…

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The Midwest Warriors 12U AAA Girls Hockey team brought home the championship trophy from the Mountain Dew Blast Tournament held at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Pictured with the trophy are (front row, from left) Isabel Skarohlid, Iriss Sanftner, Mikenna Uphoff, Lilliana Hanes and Ba…

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After having to cancel their entire season in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, the East Central Minnesota chapter of “Let’s go Fishing” has announced their return for the 2021 season.

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Interested in reducing your home’s energy bill? Spring is a wonderful time to look around your yard and start thinking about ways to use “solar friendly” shade trees to help cool your home in the summer and still invite the sun inside during the winter months. There are several factors to co…

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After losing an entire year of competition, spring sports teams have been dreaming of a return to a relatively normal season. Be careful what you wish for. After going through a very warm stretch that did at least melt all of the snow in plenty of time, spring sports have already experienced…

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Thanks to a drastic turn for the worse with the weather and an extremely short break between the conclusion of the winter sports season and the beginning of the spring sports season, it can be said spring sports teams didn’t exactly burst out of the starting gates in their triumphant return …

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North Branch 8th-grader Evan Pommier placed first at the Northland Youth Wrestling Association (NYWA) MN State Youth Tournament in the 100 pound division. Pommier, who competed for the Viking varsity wrestling team over the winter, navigated a 32-person bracket during the tournament, which t…

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Fishing seasons open for walleye, bass, trout in lakes, and northern pike on Saturday, May 15, with this year’s date taking the prize for the latest possible opener under Minnesota statute.

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Many lakes and rivers throughout Minnesota are now ice-free, and those where ice remains likely will be open in the near future. People are understandably eager to hit the water, but it remains dangerously cold. That means it’s vital for people to exercise extreme caution whenever they’re on…

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Coming into the Section 7AAAA girls basketball finals, everyone in the gym knew what Forest Lake’s defensive game plan would be for stopping the Bluejacket offensive attack: focus on containing standout junior Mikayla Aumer. Even the limited Ranger student section focused much of their atten…

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The streak is over. After 11 straight seasons of finding ways to keep a firm hold of the Section 7AA championship trophy, the Cambridge-Isanti gymnastics team couldn’t quite pull off an upset to extend the streak to a dozen. Forest Lake, who was also the last team to top the Jackets back in …

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To the casual observer of high school wrestling, when gazing at the numerous names from both Cambridge-Isanti and North Branch who appeared on the list of “state competitors,” it would appear like the two schools had historically good results in the individual section tournaments. Upon close…

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 From the coach: Mikayla is the hardest working athlete that I have ever coached.  Her commitment to succeed is unmatched and her drive is paying dividends for her and our team. Mikayla is our leader and takes great pride in shouldering that responsibility. 

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From the coach: I nominated Kate Carlson because she deserves any and all recognition for what she has done for our basketball program this season and throughout her career. Despite not having the senior year any of us could have imagined or wished for, she has continued to demonstrate a pos…

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The 2021 winter sports regular season, which has been short in duration but at times felt like it was going on forever, that featured participants glad to be competing but at times been insanely frustrating, and which has featured plenty of memorable moments, both good and bad, has finally c…