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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 …

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Editor's note: some of the information in this article has been updated from our physical edition to account for scheduling changes brought on by Minnesota Governor's Tim Walz's mandate to shut down all youth sports.

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Take a quick moment to think about the last competitive game you played, the last outdoor activity in which you engaged, or the last time you did either with a youngster. Got it? Keep it in mind.

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From the coach:  We Coaches chose Paige Peaslee as our athlete of the week for several reasons. Paige is not only diligent at practice and brings high energy, she is a leader when it comes to working hard and always looking to improve. Her smile can light up a room, while her intensity pushe…

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The Bluejacket football team was extremely demoralized at the conclusion of their regular season home finale against the Andover Huskies on Friday, Nov. 6. It wasn’t because of losing the game by a predictable margin of 43-6 that was the cause of the sombre mood. Instead, it was due to the l…

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The definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” While the results did turn out to be different, the simple fact that due to rescheduling of volleyball matches due to COVID cancellations and postponements, the Bluejackets playing the P…

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From the coach: Adam works extremely hard and always gives his best effort. He leads the team in tackles with 27 solo tackles and 14 assists. Against Chisago Lakes he had the game winning tackle on a two point conversion to preserve the 35-34 victory. 

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For some unknown reason, the artificial turf at Chisago Lakes stadium has been the epicenter of some classic football games, in particular when it comes to Cambridge-Isanti taking on the Wildcats. On Saturday, Oct. 31, the two teams took part in what turned out to be yet another barn-burner,…

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From the coach: I picked Brooke because she is one of the most upbeat athletes you could ever meet. She always shows up to practice with a giant smile.  Brooke always keeps everyone around her motivated, as she pushes herself to lead the swim seats. She is always encouraging everyone to keep…

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After starting their seasons with losses, the North Branch Vikings and Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets have seen their seasons become polar opposites, not only on the scoreboard, but in the scheduling as well. Meanwhile, the Braham Bombers’ season has been a combination of both of the Jackets’ …

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Although it was still very early in the season - with North Branch touting a 2-0 record and Cambridge-Isanti winning their lone match of the young season, both the Vikings and Bluejackets had their early-season successes stymied by the Monticello Magic on sequential nights last week.

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 From the coach:  Justin is also a first time Cross Country runner. Justin always gives 100% at practice and at meets. He always wants to run with the A group and never cuts corners in practice. His hard work has given him a spot on the Varsity roster. Justin is putting in this hard work bec…

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From the coach: I have nominated both Jaxon Jones and Owen Jarvela for athlete of the week. The two of them have been going back and forth as our #1 runner these past four weeks.

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Thursday morning, Oct. 1, the eyes of Minnesota High School sports was once again focused intently on the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Board of Directors as they were about to determine the short-term fate of another season. Thousands of student-athletes, coaches and parents he…

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From the coach: I am nominating Cierra not only because of the stellar season she has put together that we all see now, but for all the work she put in that no one saw. Her work ethic, confidence, and perseverance are key components to success to anything in life but especially cross-country…

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From the coach:  This is Derrian’s first year out. As an 8th grader, Derrian is our consistent 3rd runner for the Varsity girls team. She works hard at practice and is a pleasure to work with. She is also a multi sport athlete at North Branch... Cross Country, Volleyball, Gymnastics, and Track. 

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 From the coach: I chose senior Joey Williams for my nomination.  Joey comes to every practice ready for any drill, always looking for something new to learn, and consistently asking for tips and things to work on to improve.  Joey has also overcome a fairly significant back injury that cost…

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From the coach:  I chose sophomore Nick Bovitz for my nomination.  He is my most versatile player and works his hardest in every scenario.  His work rate is unmatched and his ability to play against players much bigger than him is unbelievable.  Nick is a wonderful player to have on your sid…

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It is time to bring your houseplants that spent the summer outside back inside. If you do not get your plants in before it frosts you can cover them with old sheets or blankets. Make sure your plants are well watered before covering them. This will increase the humidity around the plants kee…

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Minnesota’s seasons can change quickly. It often seems that just when you get settled into a summer routine, summer ends. That was doubly true this year.

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From the coach:  Laura has been an outstanding SR leader this year! She is a great competitor and consistently gives 100% for her teammates. We recently made a positional change with her and she has proven to be the player we were looking for at center back. She’s physical, plays a really go…

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From the coach: Cierra has given many years of dedicated and determined service to Lady Bluejacket Soccer. She has worked through difficult circumstances and adjusted to multiple roles throughout her career taking on each new challenge with a can do constructive attitude. The leadership Cier…

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From the coach:  I nominate Ava Lowman for girls’ tennis. She has started this season 3-0 against some tough opponents. She is someone who fights for every point. She is a bulldog on the court always giving 100% effort. Ava is also a great teammate. She is a positive and encouraging voice fo…

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From the coach:  Chloe is a senior leader on the team and has been with the varsity squad since 9th grade.  She has played both singles and doubles, and has grown into each position.  She works incredibly hard and has shown such improvement over the years, and is now our number one singles p…

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The City of Isanti will be abuzz with BMX racers this weekend for three different races – the annual Race for Life, the Gold Cup qualifier, and the Rum River BMX state qualifier will take place Aug. 28, 29, and 30 at Rum River BMX.

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After a 163-day hiatus, a Bluejacket varsity team finally saw official game action in the form of the C-I girls tennis team hosting Princeton on Tuesday, March 25. The Jackets’ return was a successful one as they defeated the Tigers 4-3. Pictured here is Chloe Hajek during her first singles match.

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Due to capacity restrictions mandated by the state in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, local high school sports will be played in front of little-to-no spectators this fall season.

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The Isanti Redbirds and the Mora Blue Devils will represent the Eastern Minny League and Region 1C at the Minnesota Baseball Association’s state amateur baseball tournament.

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For fans of high school sports, the news coming from Tuesday’s Minnesota State High School League Board of Director’s meeting was mixed as the MSHSL voted to allow boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross country, girls tennis, and girls swimming and diving to be competed as scheduled thi…

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Shawn Motl of the Rum River Bandits slides into second base while trying to break up a double play by North Branch Nighthawk’s Nick Solberg during the first game of a double-header between the two teams. Rum River would sweep North Branch, winning 11-4 and 10-1.

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I’ve been gardening now for 45 years. I’m not counting the years I spent growing up on the farm. I was more of a hired hand then. I’m talking about my gardens, the ones I’ve planted on my property each year since the summer of 1975. I’ve learned a lot over the years and each year I learn mor…

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North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) is pleased to announce the hire of Andrea Schmidt for the position of Activities Director. Schmidt will replace Matt Lattimore, who accepted the role of North Branch Area Middle School Assistant Principal for the 2020-21 school year.