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The 2022 election campaign season kicks into high gear next week as the early filing period for offices that might require a primary election begins on Tuesday, May 17, and runs until 5 p.m. on May 31. Of special note: No public offices will be open on Monday, May 30 for the Memorial Day hol…

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Afoutayi, a Haitian dance troupe, performed as part of a demonstration of the country’s traditions of percussion music, dance, and storytelling held at the Cambridge Public Library on Saturday, May 7. The educational performance was funded from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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A spectacular bolt of lightning illuminates the morning sky over eastern Cambridge Monday morning, May 9. The area was hit with its first severe weather outbreak as multiple severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in the morning and even a tornado warning was issued in the afternoon. Fortun…

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Consumers of fresh fruits and vegetables — along with the occasional loaf of fresh-baked bread — have several area farmers markets to choose from to satisfy their appetites.

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Following a new contract with On-line Retrievers, Isanti city residents who wish to pick up their escaped pet will need to travel up to Ogilvie and pay the appropriate fees to reclaim their pets. But what happens if nobody comes to claim an animal picked up in Isanti?

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Petty Officer 2nd Class John Challander of the Polaris Battalion Sea Cadets displays a tray of Rice Krispie Treats for the desert auction  at the annual Beyond the Yellow Ribbon fundraiser, held on May 7 at the Cambridge Armed Forces Reserve Center. The event, which is one of two major fundr…

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The Minnesota State Patrol is fully equipped with body-worn cameras as of May 5, 2022. The state-wide rollout of the Body Camera Project began Dec. 1, 2021, and was completed on-time and within the projected budget.

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Students at North Branch Area High School held a coronation on Monday, May 9 to kick off Spring Meltdown, but this was a little different than the typical coronation. Students chose to honor two long-serving staff members to start the week, Bill Lucker and Bonnie Huberty. Both received a hug…

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The North 65 Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with CareerForce and Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services for an in-person hiring event.

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During the annual free bike distribution put on by Allina Health, volunteers had about 150 bikes available to any kid during the event. Kids also received a free helmet to use while riding. Each fall, Cambridge Medical Center and Allina Health partner with Free Bikes 4 Kidz to collect bikes …

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In October 2020, the Veterans Memorial Park, located at 207 Birch Street S. in Cambridge, held its first community dedication of three granite, engraved veteran memorial walls.  

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North Branch Area High School Viking Cadet Paul Boelk recently earned Minnesota’s Top Cadet Honors by winning the Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet Leadership Award. Boelk beat out nearly 300 cadets statewide to receive this prestigious recognition. This award factored in the “Total Person” criter…

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Each year, dozens of volunteers from around the area contribute to or volunteer for Operation Christmas Child by sending in donations or taking part in the annual Shoebox Packing event. However, few ever get to meet or hear from someone who has benefitted from the generosity of the program.

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Isanti Master Gardeners to hold plant sale 

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North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelby Rollins (with scissors) is joined by representatives from chamber businesses for a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the newly remodeled chamber offices.

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The North Branch City Council will be one person short for up to two months as Amanda Darwin has turned in her letter of resignation, effective immediately.

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Sometimes it is true that “change is inevitable.” The Isanti County Board of Commissioners has rescinded its decision to go with the status quo for commission district boundaries. Instead, it has gone with the other option that garnered the most approval.

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The next-to-last step in the process for the city of Cambridge’s biannual street improvement project has been finalized with the awarding of the contract.

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Students in the Cambridge-Isanti School District will have ample opportunity to get a little extra learning in over the summer, thanks to the district’s receiving of a large grant through the Minnesota Department of Education.

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During a rehearsal of “The Wizard of Oz” last week, as Dorothy and her friends danced and sang to “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” North Branch Area Middle School student Zach Petrik couldn’t wait to get on stage.

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North Branch Area High School Viking Cadet Gabriell Hanson earned an outstanding 10th place medal at the National Joint Service High School Junior ROTC Drill Team Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida on April 15.  Hanson earned her medal during the Unarmed Knockout Drill Competition where…

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Kelly Spratt, president of Buffalo Hospital and Cambridge Medical Center, has been named vice president of operations at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. He fills the position formerly held by David Joos who has been named the new president of Abbott Northwestern. Spratt began his new role Mond…

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The public is invited to a concert by the Garms Family on Sunday, May 15, at 6 p.m. at North Isanti Baptist Church, 2248 313th Avenue NE, Cambridge. 

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Let’s Go Fishing to hold fundraiser 

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Cambridge-Isanti High School advances to the State Economics Challenge competition after 82 teams of students excelled in a series of tests in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and international economics and current events. The four students representing the school, along with their coaches, …

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After going over the “herculean” task of trying to come up with an ideal map for redistricting the Isanti County Commissioner districts, the commissioners opted to go with the theory that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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Actress Ingrid Bergman, she of “Casablanca” fame, once said, “Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!” Sometimes, though, that view can be hindered by an array of obstacles, from experiencing changes in health to receiving adequat…

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In the matter of Lent Township possibly merging with the city of Stacy, the township and the city of North Branch still aren’t on the same page, but thanks to a little clarification from one of the township’s supervisors, the two government entities are now at least reading the same book.

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Cambridge-Isanti High School is excited to announce Matt Braaten as the interim athletics and activities director for Cambridge-Isanti Schools, effective July 1, 2022. Braaten is a longtime teacher, coach and community member, heavily involved in Cambridge-Isanti youth programs through high …

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North Branch Area Public Schools is pleased to announce that Clint Link has accepted the position of principal at North Branch Area High School starting on July 1, 2022. 

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Since its inception in 2007, Isanti County’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organization has had as its mission to “support Isanti County’s military service members, veterans, and their families by coordinating services and resources available to them.” But providing that help often comes at a pri…