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There was an unusual air of optimism surrounding the field of Class AA girls pole vaulters during the state meet last Saturday. With the shocking development of two-time state champion and state record-holder Julia Fixsen, of Mounds View, failing to qualify for state the week before, the cha…

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North Branch’s Paige Bauer clears the bar at a new, personal-best height of height of 11 feet, 6 inches during the Minnesota State Class AA track and field meet held at Hamline University on Saturday, June 8. The sophomore’s efforts were rewarded with a seventh place finish in her first trip…

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Braham’s Hannah Cornelius (foreground) outraces the competition during the state Class A girls 400 finals held at Hamline University. The sophomore would finish third.

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Last year, the 2018 Bluejacket boys and girls track and field teams enjoyed unprecedented successes. The boys team won both the section “True Team” and “traditional” section championships. Both the boys and girls teams also achieved a school-record 10 state meet berths. To that, the 2019 Jac…

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Going up against a crowded, 16-team field mostly made up of schools much larger than theirs, the North Branch Vikings boys and girls track and field team knew they were going against some long odds. Despite that, the Vikings showed grit and determination in achieving several personal bests a…

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Ryan Roslin slides safely into second base during Braham’s section playoff game against Hinckley-Finlayson on May 29. The Bombers would lose that game, sending them to the elimination bracket. There, the Bombers would beat East Central before falling to Menahga to end their season.

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Minnesotans with an all-terrain vehicle registered for private or agricultural use won’t need to pay the additional registration fee ($53.50 for three years) to ride the state’s public ATV trails, Friday through Sunday, June 7-9. Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota ATV trails that week…

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I have been writing about the hard times that minnow trappers and bait shops are having collecting minnows for a number of years now.  This winter has been one of the harder ones for folks who trap their minnows from rearing ponds.  The harsh temperatures and the extreme snow fall have made …

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Kyle Lundberg, of Cambridge, was one race away from a sweep last weekend at Brainerd Int’l Raceway in the International Watercross Association’s Wet & Wild Weekend events. 

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The Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers for its loon monitoring program. As part of this effort, the DNR has launched a new online system that will help volunteers identify lakes available for monitoring.

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Docks and dock platforms provide access to Minnesota’s lakes and rivers and are regulated to help protect public safety as well as aquatic habitat. As summer approaches, the Department of Natural Resources encourages property owners and lake service provider businesses to review the regulati…

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Feeling that tug on the line, an angler sets the hook and reels in a small sunfish, then asks the perennial question: “Should I keep it?”

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When it comes to fishing, one could build a very strong case that lasting enjoyment arises from a blend of the old and the new. Success stories are told over and over to groups of family and friends, and the tales, while occasionally stretched to hard-to-imagine dimensions, seem to neither g…

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The Cambridge Men’s Tennis League begins on Monday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Cambridge-Isanti High School tennis courts. The league is open to all men of all ages and abilities. 

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This summer Allina Health’s Cambridge Medical Center is funding  and sponsoring Pickleball Drill N’ Play sessions on the city’s outdoor pickleball courts.  

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“Bears are roaming around now with the loss of snow and warmer weather,” said Eric Nelson, wildlife damage program supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources, “so interactions with people have started in many areas of Minnesota.”

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As we head into the early days of May, our thoughts turn to the fishing opener May 9-12. The ice has left our lakes much earlier than anticipated, meaning most of our deep, clear lakes of the north will be ice-free, as will the western and southern, shallower lakes. 

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North Branch Area High School head hockey coach Matt Cottingham was chosen as Section 5A head coach of the year by fellow section coaches. 

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The North Branch 8th Grade 14U Red JO volleyball team had an amazing season that will be hard to repeat, according to coaches Jon and Eric. They finished the season with 35 wins and two losses. They played seven tournaments; were champions of five and were third or better in the other two. P…

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I drove to Willow River recently. Up 107, over on 23 and up on 35 – the route I’ve traveled hundreds of times. This time, however, was my first in a couple weeks, and you know how appearances can change over time? Well, that not only applies to your old high school classmates! The outdoors u…

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After a most wonderful winter season, it’s a sad time as we have to put away our sleds for the summer. This past winter was no doubt the best conditions in 10 years for snowmobiling. Now it’s about servicing and putting away our sleds. Here are some tips.

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Whenever a baseball or softball player hears someone say “give them the heat,” it usually means to throw a fastball. But for the North Branch softball team, that expression has taken on a whole new meaning.

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During a signing ceremony held in the CIHS library on Thursday, March 28, a record eight Bluejackets signed letters of intent to compete athletically at various colleges. (From left) Ryley Nelson and Kellen Weibel will play football at St. Johns, London Williams will play basketball at St. C…

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On Saturday, March 9, North Branch Tae Kwon Do Academy (NBTA) sent 22 competitors from its competition team, under the name of Team Discipline, to the 2019 Minnesota Tae Kwon Do State Championship tournament. Team Discipline competitors competed in Sparring (an Olympic event) and Poomsae (pa…