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The Bluejacket football team runs plays using garbage cans as blocking dummies during the first days of practice for the 2019 season. The Jackets will be looking to defend their Section 7AAAAA championship when they hit the field starting on Thursday, Aug. 29, at Duluth East.

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Elite gymnast and Isanti resident Grace McCallum just took another small step towards her ultimate goal of competing in the Olympics. But given the circumstances, that small step seemed more like a giant leap forward.

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The North Branch Vikings 13UA youth baseball team has been selected for a Youth 1st Team award for their outstanding sportsmanship during the 2019 MYAS Gopher State Tournament of Champions baseball tournaments. The Vikings are District 2 champions.

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Walking in the beautiful Snake River in pursuit of fighting, thrashing fish is one of my favorite activities. Last year though, due to unsafe high water, I made just one such venture. As with most outdoor activities, fishing requires patience, and I had used up most of mine.

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As we head into midsummer, there are lots of clues that gamefish can give you if you know what you are looking for. Walleyes especially have a multitude of food sources during the summer months and monitoring your livewell will tell you what they have been feeding on and will clue you in on …

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Hunters can start planning ahead for significant changes to deer season regulations, including a youth deer season that’s expanded statewide, expanded deer feeding and attractant bans, and other updates related to managing chronic wasting disease.

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Purple Hawk Country Club was host to the 55th annual Women’s Five Star Tournament on Monday, July 15. Participating teams included Cambridge, Milaca, Mora and Princeton.  

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After enduring a long, cold spring, Mother Nature has finally turned up the temperature warming our rivers and lakes.  Rising water temperatures also means increased growth in aquatic vegetation and the beginning of a pan fish feeding binge.  For anglers looking to catch panfish, the search …

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The Cambridge-Isanti 18U softball team took home first place in the 16-team Bemidji Blaze Tournament held June 22-23. Team members include (back row, from left) coach Scott Nelson, Faith Nelson, Laynie Wood, Annie Johnson, Alyvia Arndt, Gretchen Lundin, Olivia Graham, coach Jeff Pynes, (fron…

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding motorists that turtles are crossing roads to nest this time of year. Motorists are asked to watch for them and, whenever possible, allow them to cross the road safely.

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Perhaps no one relishes a fishing trip more than my daughter Brenda. Unfortunately, her job doesn’t allow much freedom to pursue the lunkers of which she frequently dreams. Sound familiar? 

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I have long been an advocate for getting more girls and women involved in fishing. The vast majority of folks running boats on our lakes and rivers are still guys. But that is slowly starting to change thanks in part to some unique clubs for women and the introduction and growth of high scho…

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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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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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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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“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.