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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…

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From the coach: I nominated Dakota for athlete of the week for many reasons! She has proved her work ethic in practice, and has brought that with her to our meets. She has been consistently improving her scores, and is always looking for more. Dakota is a great athlete to work with, and will…

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From the coach: Laci is a very driven athlete and is always pushing herself to be the best gymnast she can be. She is highly motivated to improve, and she loves to help her teammates improve as well. She has won bars in every meet so far this season and is consistently one of our top scorers…

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Surrounded both in-person and virtually by family, friends, and coaches, three more Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket football seniors signed letters of intent to continue playing the sport in college. Each of the ceremonies had to be performed separately over the last three weeks due to COVID res…

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From the coach: Easton is a great playmaker.  He has the ability to raise his teammates level of play on and off the ice.  He also prides himself as being the hardest worker!  He has been a great leader, and his explosiveness on the ice makes him fun to watch.  Easton is the epitome of a gre…

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From the coach:  Jordan is a tremendous team mate and Captain. While electing captains, players on the team noted his “positivity” and ability to “lift guys up.” As a senior defensemen, Jordan is a force on the ice, able to maintain control of the puck when pressured, make the tough passes, …

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Several years ago I planted some replacement apple trees and failed to put tree guards on the them. We had enough snow to cover the bottom part of the trees. Come spring and when the snow melted, I discovered that all the new trees had been girdled. And though they formed buds, they all died…

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Although federal Endangered Species Act protections for wolves ended on Jan. 4, Minnesota laws have and will continue to protect wolves and ensure the responsible stewardship of this important wildlife species.

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How many boaters and anglers are actually using our local lakes? The DNR Hinckley Area Fisheries Office set out to find out the answer to that question this past summer, in order to make plans for the future. 

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In Cambridge-Isanti’s long and illustrious football history, the Jackets have produced a number of high-caliber college recruits, with a select number of them playing for Division I programs. Within their most recent history, however, none of those players were at skilled positions such as q…

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It is an oddity in sports when you see a team celebrating after receiving a second place trophy following a head-to-head competition. Under normal conditions, being named “runner-up” means they just lost the game to the champions. But as has been said way too many times recently, the 2020 hi…

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The mood in the North Branch High School gym on Tuesday, Nov. 17 was very emotional. Not only were the Vikings bidding farewell to their seniors with a tear-filled pregame ceremony, but speculation was that this very well might be the last game of the season, period, as Minnesota Governor Ti…

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is updating its camping and lodging reservation policies to improve access, fairness and equity for visitors and to reduce the frequency of no-shows at state parks and recreation areas. The new policies will take effect on Dec. 1.

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From the coach: Our coaching staff nominated #6 Brooklyn Dickey as athlete of the week. She is our Sophomore Right Side who is also our backup setter. The day before our home game against Princeton we found out our Senior setter Hailey Christenson would be unavailable for an extended period …