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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.

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North Branch Area Public Schools is excited to announce that Mikayla Johnson has been named head gymnastics coach for North Branch Area Public Schools. Johnson is a 2016 graduate of North Branch Area High School and a multi-sport athlete in high school; competing in both gymnastics and track…

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Isanti Redbird Wyatt Soderquist slides safely into third ahead of a tag by the Andover third baseman. Despite the Eastern Minny League still in the process of putting together an abbreviated schedule, the Redbirds are managing to play a few “exhibition” games with other teams willing and abl…

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On Thursday, May 28, Cambridge-Isanti High School conducted their second-ever virtual signing ceremony, this time featuring four female athletes who were signing to continue competing at the collegiate level. Myranda Brogger (first photo, with parents) has signed with the University of Minne…

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The St. Croix River landscape consists of a collection of pristine ecosystems, ranging from rolling barrens to lush wetland forests. While the St. Croix is a Wild and Scenic River and has some federal protection, it only applies to a small corridor adjacent to the Riverway. 

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They say “keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” Beginning with the 2020-2021 season, this is pretty much what the Cambridge-Isanti girls hockey program will be doing, although it is more out of necessity than animosity.

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North Branch Area Public Schools is pleased to announce Jacob Mars has accepted the position of head coach for the varsity hockey program at North Branch Area High School.

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Fishing opener is a Minnesota rite of springtime, and this Saturday’s kickoff of fishing for walleye, bass, trout in lakes, and northern pike will have anglers on the water to wet a line, reconnect with nature and benefit from time spent outdoors.

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During any other spring sports season, one of the biggest concerns for coaches and athletes is what the weather will be every single day. A late snow melt or snowstorm. Heavy rains. Even just really cold temperatures. All of them are their biggest fears for causing delays and chaotic schedul…

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The April 15 Cambridge-Isanti High School college signing ceremony was noteworthy for a number of “firsts.” Not only did the traditional ceremony feature the first Bluejacket boys basketball player to sign a National Letter of Intent to compete for a Division I school, but because of the sta…

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The Bluejacket boys basketball team might have finished their season on an extremely disappointing note with the state tournament being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there was plenty for the team to be proud of, including back-to-back section championships and a school-record nu…

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They say there is no such thing as a moral victory. The Bluejacket girls basketball team proved them wrong. While C-I went winless in two games at state, the team received a number of accolades for not backing down against long odds.

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Emotions were riding high during the Section 7AAAA championship game in Elk River on Thursday, March 12. Friendly but fierce rivals Cambridge-Isanti and Duluth East fought tooth-and-nail in front of a packed, raucous crowd for the section crown and what both teams hoped to be a trip to Targe…

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As we head into the month of March, open water fishing has just started. No more ice fishing, dragging portable shacks around and drilling holes ! Here are some options for Spring anglers wanting to get out well before the Minnesota inland opener.

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Each summer the world’s largest tackle show called ICAST is held to promote new products that will be available in stores the following year. The 2019 ICAST show was held in Orlando, Florida last July. This is a tackle show that is for manufacturers, buyers and media from around the world. T…

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The Rum River and its tributaries are the latest focus of an expanding effort to protect clean water and wildlife habitat by targeting environmentally sensitive tracts within the Mississippi River headwaters region - a source of Twin Cities and St. Cloud drinking water, and a critical migrat…

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Rum River wrestling had 46 kids qualify for The MN/USA state tournament in Rochester, with 12 of them walking away with medals. Lennox Gilbert (pictured on top of podium) took 1st, Everett Erickson took 2nd, Leo Edblad took 2nd, Brody Brown took 3rd, Shelby Howard took 3rd, Cruz Collison too…

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Back in 1999, a core group of six seniors, plus a talented underclassman starter, who had been playing together for almost their entire basketball lives made history by winning Cambridge-Isanti’s first-ever section championship and state tournament berth in girls basketball.

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The Cambridge-Isanti Bantam A team took third place in the District 10 tournament recently and earned a berth to the Regions tournament held in Alexandria on Feb. 28-March 1. 

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I know it is only early March and almost impossible to predict what kind of winter this is going to be long-term, but from my vantage point living in the woods, I can see that the snow is deep and the weather has been cold. Those are two factors that can really affect the health of our deer herd. 

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There are never a lack of issues facing the Minnesota Legislature regarding the outdoors, and this year should prove to be another interesting one with many topics up for discussion. Just because there is legislation proposed doesn’t mean that it will pass, but here are some areas that may o…