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A motion that was admittedly made as a “protest motion” almost put the previously approved expansion of Sandquist Park in jeopardy of not being completed as intended. At issue was a consent agenda item to approve an inter-fund transfer of monies from the general fund to pay for the higher-th…

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The Cambridge water tower located next to the dog park and community garden was tipped over early Tuesday morning, Sept. 21 as part of demolition of the old structure. This tower was unneeded once the new, larger capacity tower was completed earlier this year on the west end of town near the…

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A Regional Broadband Conference is being hosted for the East Central Minnesota community on Oct. 6 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Braham Event Center in Braham Minnesota to address regional broadband challenges.

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Kids got the chance to build and then repeatedly launch their own pop-bottle rockets as part of an event held at the Cambridge Library, led by local teacher Taras Fedoryshyn. The library is hoping to offer more STEM based events in the future.

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Sod House Theater is excited to present Arla Mae’s Booyah Wagon, a new play, at 31 locations in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Greater Minnesota this fall, including at North Folk Winery in Harris, Minnesota on Tuesday, Sept. 28. 

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The Cambridge City Council is seeking three individuals to serve on the Parks, Trails and Recreation Commission. Two of these positions are for regular three-year terms. One is for a Youth Representative which is a one-year term. Incumbent Commissioners may also apply for reappointment as lo…

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Minnesota Housing announced over $55 million is available to provide affordable mortgages to first-time homebuyers through a collaboration with Minnesota cities and counties, including $818,141.88 for Chisago County. 

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The City of Braham is hosting the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee bonding tour at the Braham Event Center, 655 8th St. SW, on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 10 - 10:45 a.m. Local residents interested in improving drinking water and upgraded sewage treatment facilities with state grant assista…

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People with mobility issues wishing to frequent the Cambridge Public Library will soon have a couple more parking options that the Cambridge City Council hopes will make the new library more inviting for everyone. Following two months of research and discussions that encompassed three counci…

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BP Metals, LLC recently broke ground on a new facility in Isanti and will be moving its operation from Blaine to the new site. Present for the ceremony was (from left) Clyde Bloyer, Senior Vice President with First Bank & Trust; Blake Pendzimas, owner of BP Metals, LLC; Allen Goldsmith, …

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Following the completion of a new, larger water tower on the west end of town, the City of Cambridge decided to demolish the existing water tower located adjacent to the dog park and public gardens, citing the cost of repairing it would be greater than tearing it down. Additionally, the new,…

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Isanti City Council approved the preliminary levy and budget for the City of Isanti at its Sept. 7 meeting. The proposed preliminary property tax levy is approximately $3.3 million and reflects an increase in the preliminary taxable market value for 2022 of 10.83%, according to Finance Direc…

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Representatives from Chisago County and the City of North Branch cut a ceremonial ribbon commemorating the completion of the County Road 30 reconstruction project, which made improvements to the road from Highway 95 in North Branch to Stark Road in Harris.

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When Art and Edie Kounonen were named Isanti County’s Senior Citizens of the year for 2020 and 2021, all honors that came with that title were canceled due to COVID. This year they received many honors in Isanti County and were at the State Fair for the final one, where one man and woman wou…

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Attempts by a small, but vocal, group of Isanti County residents to make happiness controversial by equating a mental wellness initiative with religion failed Sept. 1 when the Isanti County Board of Commissioners approved the Orange Frog Initiative from the International Thought Leader Netwo…

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Budding artists of all ages came out to contribute to the painting of a large mural on the outside wall of the North Branch Water and Light building. Alison Price, who was commissioned to draw up the design, frequently invites the public to add their touch to the work of art. The mural, whic…

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The 24th Annual Lighted Snowflake Parade is set for Saturday, Nov. 20. After having to be canceled last year due to COVID, the popular, traditional kickoff to the Christmas season makes its return to Cambridge. The parade route will be the same as 2019, starting at the intersection of 2nd Av…

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Start with a foundation of experience, erect some sturdy walls of skill and passion, throw in a couple kids, sprinkle with dreams, and you’ve got – My Jungle Gym! 

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The city of North Branch is the winner of the 2021 City of Excellence Award in this year’s COVID-19 Response topical category for their work bringing high-speed internet service to the community. 

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New teachers to all of the schools within Isanti County were treated to a delicious lasagna lunch, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Cambridge and Isanti, and North 65 Chamber of Commerce, during the 23rd Annual New Teacher Luncheon held at the Cambridge Library. Besides the meal, each teacher …

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East Central Energy’s wholesale power provider, Great River Energy, is selling a coal power plant to Rainbow Energy. Advocates for the sale called it a “move toward a more sustainable future while balancing cost effectiveness” while others called the sale “an environmental and financial fiasco.”

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“Don’t let tall buildings block the view of your dreams…” is one of the many quaint sayings peddled by Warren, a struggling twenty-something in New York City. Warren is one of four characters in the musical “Ordinary Days” presented for three weeks by Play Inc. Arts at their gallery in the C…

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The Pine County Sheriff’s Office reports that an encounter between a deputy and a small woodland animal got a little nutty this week. 

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Mora Municipal Airport (KJMR) will be hosting its annual fly-in event beginning at 8:00 a.m. and running until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. This is an event for the entire family, with free gifts for youth and adults. Admission is free.

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East Central Minnesota Pride is pleased to announce that its 16th Pride celebration, to be held Saturday, Sept. 18, will have a full lineup of fun and entertainment.

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Roger Anderson of the Rotary Club of Cambridge and Isanti presents Isanti Intermediate School Principal and Cambridge City Council Member Mark Ziebarth with the Vocational Service Award, which is presented annually at the New Teachers Luncheon to a member of the Rotary who have made a signif…

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Children and their families are invited to Preschool Storytime on Wednesdays from 10:30-11 a.m., starting Sept. 8 at the North Branch Area Library. Have fun, sing songs, read books, and learn with the librarian, Miss Amelia. Afterward, there will be time for crafts, activities, or play.

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Cambridge area resident Neil Johnson recently received the Advocate for Choral Excellence (ACE) Award from the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota at an award banquet located at Saint John’s University in Collegeville MN.

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Editor’s note: This article is part two of a two-part series stemming from the Community Q&A session held at Common Ground United Methodist Church on Aug. 11. See last week’s edition of the Star for part one, featuring vaccination information from local medical professionals.

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Citing continued revenue shortfalls from the state and a lack of an operating referendum, the Cambridge-Isanti School Board is taking a second crack at getting voter approval for an operating referendum in order to increase per pupil funding for the district.

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Approximately 150 people took part in a “Stop the Mandates” rally in Cambridge on Saturday, Aug. 21. The participants, who were voicing their disapproval of governments and private employers mandating COVID vaccination as a condition of employment, gathered at Cambridge Medical Center along …

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A proclamation made by Isanti Mayor Jeff Johnson at the Aug. 17 Isanti City Council meeting sets International Overdose Awareness Day for Aug. 31, 2021, in the City of Isanti. 

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The City of North Branch, in collaboration with the North Branch Arts Group, obtained a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Group to fund a mural to be painted on the south side of the North Branch Water and Light Building at the corner of County Road 30 and Maple Street. 

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Minnco Credit Union has been honored with a 2021 Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award. The award, sponsored by the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), recognizes credit unions for the activities they coordinate that b…

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For the second time, the Isanti County Board of Commissioners went against the recommendations of the Isanti County planning commission when it denied a request from First State Tire, owned by Monte Niemi, to rezone a portion of its property industrial use from agricultural/residential use. …

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It can be so easy, when seeing the news, to imagine that hunger and violence are issues far from home. In reality, these problems are unfortunately universal and never far from your front door. At Family Pathways, a local nonprofit, we see this reality every day in the families who seek supp…

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The lone suspect in the death of Amanda Jo Vangrinsven, whose body was discovered on Tuesday, Aug. 10 after being reported missing for five days, has been formally charged with 2nd degree murder - with intent - not premeditated.

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The definition of a golf pro is in essence someone who is a leader of a golf course or country club. Based on that, what could be more appropriate than dedicating a leaderboard in the memory of what many considered to be the ultimate leader in the history of the Purple Hawk? During an emotio…