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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…

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Well, the year 2020 is already three weeks old, and by now you are likely plunging full bore into those New Years’ resolutions. Perhaps some of your new behaviors have already become habits! Then again, maybe not. According to Strava, a social network for athletes, January 10 is the date whe…

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Ice fishing on local lakes is one of Minnesota’s favorite winter pastimes. It can be a beautiful scene out on a frozen, snowy lake. It can also be a dirty mess. It’s not difficult to find piles of garbage left next to an abandoned fishing hole.  

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From the coach:  Cody Croal one of the best players on the ice at all times. This last week he had two goals and four assists, which led to two big victories. Cody attracts a lot of attention when he is on the ice and still finds ways to come up big and make plays. When he is on the ice, he …

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From the coach: Jacob Ziebarth was able to find the back of the net twice in the 4-3 overtime win to secure a third-place finish in the Herb Brooks Winter Classic (Open Division). Jacob is the ultimate team player: He can play forward and defenseman when needed; he distributes the puck to hi…

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There have many articles recently about the effects of our changing climate on animal and bird species in Minnesota. 

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Snow and ice are part of Minnesota winters; lakes are part of Minnesota summers. It’s becoming increasingly clear that these Minnesota staples are intricately linked – the future of one is dependent upon the way we deal with the other.  

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As we progress into the mid part of winter, the snow that has plagued the Midwest has now made ice fishing a huge challenge. The trick is getting to where you want to go and getting there safely.

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From the coach:  I nominated Emily Jones because she brings such a positive energy to the gym each and every day. She is a great leader, both in her words and her actions.  She’s a really hard worker and is great at helping her teammates when they’re in need of a smile.

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From the coach:  I nominate Bekah Fish because she possesses qualities that make her an exceptional role model for the athletes on our gymnastics team. This is Bekah’s first year as a co-captain on our team, and the title has accentuated her character and leadership skills. Bekah genuinely c…

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Can too much snow really be a bad thing for those who embrace all the wonderful opportunities there are for Minnesotans to do during the winter months? Absolutely yes!

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Conservation officers from the Department of Natural Resources are reminding all snowmobile riders to make safety their priority as the number of fatal crashes around the state has trended upward the past few years.

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From the coach:  I nominated Jackie because she is such an important piece in our success. Jackie is our court leader offensively. Her drive and determination are second to none. Jackie is an outstanding person outside of basketball and is a great student at CIHS.

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From the coach:  I nominated Kate because she does so much for our basketball program on and off the court. Not only is she an excellent basketball player, she is an even better person.  She works hard, is extremely coachable, and believes in our team and what we can accomplish this season. …