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Buoyed by the successes of the 2021 referendum vote, a generous donation from a former teacher’s estate, and the ongoing success of scholarship fundraising, a group of supporters of local Pre-K - 12 public education has set out to create an ongoing means for funding educational opportunities…

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Alice Cooklock, age 4, makes the leap from one piece to another during a game of Jumbo Candyland at the Cambridge Library on Friday, Nov. 25. The event, which features a makeshift version of the popular board game, is being offered at various East Central Regional Library branches, including…

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On Dec.10 the Isanti VFW and VFW Auxiliary Post 2735 will host a Christmas Party from 1 to 3 p.m.  Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to attend this event with photos being taken by Sherry Longley Photography of Isanti.

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St. Nicholas will make his return to the Braham Event Center next week for its annual Santa Day.

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The holidays are a magical time in Minnesota. From holiday light displays to festive events, themed tours, seasonal shows, tax-free shopping and more, visitors will find numerous ways to get in the holiday spirit. Here are some suggestions to make the most of the season with spirted events a…

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East Central MN PFLAG will be having their next monthly meeting Sunday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m., at Common Ground, United Methodist Church, 404 Cypress Street N., Cambridge, MN 55008.

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Hey teens, let’s chat about books over some yummy pizza at the Cambridge Public Library! We will be discussing “All These Bodies” by Kendare Blake, a New York Times bestselling author and graduate of Cambridge-Isanti High School.

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In just a few weeks, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will convene in Montreal to adopt new targets for biodiversity conservation, restoration and management. Along with the global commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climat…

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Many families are coming together for the holidays after two years of celebrations dampened by the pandemic. This comes as flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases rise nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Current North Branch mayor Jim Swenson is once again officially the commissioner-elect for the Chisago County District 1 Commissioner seat after a requested recount yielded nearly the exact same results as the original general election-day count.

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For fans of luminescent holiday offerings, the city of Isanti has something new for you this year. Dubbing it their “Mini Bentleyville,” city officials are excited to unveil their own holiday-themed interactive lighting display; “Illuminate Isanti,” which opens on Saturday, Dec. 10, and runs…

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For years, Isanti County arborists have been on high alert. Despite all efforts, the number one invasive species on their “most wanted list” has been making a steady progression across the state. And while it hadn’t been officially found in our area, the question wasn’t if it would invade, b…

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According to statistics from the National Literacy Trust, children who possess books read 22% above their expected grade level. Conversely, students who do not have books are at 3% below grade level. Finally, 56.2% of book-owning children report that they enjoy reading.

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Cambridge-Isanti School Board member Tim Hitchings has been named to the 2023 All-State School Board, which is the Minnesota School Boards Association’s (MSBA) most prestigious award. The award will be given at MSBA’s annual Leadership Conference Jan. 12 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

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It’s that time of year when counties, cities and school boards hold their truth in taxations meetings.  These meetings are designed to keep the public informed of proposed levies, and taxes based on the levies. 

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Cyber Monday is a lucrative day for retailers. According to Adobe Analytics, consumers spent an average of $11 million per minute between 11 p.m. EST and midnight EST on Cyber Monday in 2019.

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The Isanti County Historical Society Heritage Center is hosting a special tea on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 2 — 4 p.m. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite doll or stuffed animal for a fun afternoon of crafts, stories and refreshments.

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The holiday season is right around the corner, and families and friends across the state will soon be gathering around the dinner table to share a special meal together.

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Holiday hosts toil for hours to create lavish meals everyone will enjoy. It’s not uncommon for Thanksgiving tables to be covered with more food than guests can conceivably (and comfortably) consume. Leftovers are the norm, but without a plan for what to do with leftovers, food can spoil or e…

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Side dishes are just as important to a holiday meal as the main course. It’s perfectly acceptable to offer a few new and unique dishes on your holiday table, but guests likely will be expecting some tried-and-true classics as well.

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Not to be outdone by Cambridge’s grand reveal of a Pizza Ranch coming to town, residents of North Branch can eagerly anticipate two new restaurants; coffee chain Starbucks Coffee Company and burrito favorite Chipotle Mexican Grill.

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Cambridge kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, Nov. 19, with the 25th Cambridge Lighted Snowflake Parade. This year there will be 65 glowing floats to light up Cambridge’s downtown and celebrate the season.

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Additional affordable housing options will soon be coming to Cambridge, however, due to current inflation and rising construction costs, some of the typical amenities found in current complexes needed to be prioritized. In the end, individual washers and dryers, walk-in closets, plus a few o…

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The Garms Family will present their annual “Christmas Concert of Comfort & Joy” on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. at North Isanti Baptist Church, 2248 313th Ave. NE, Cambridge. 

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Bring your family and friends to Jumbo Game Day! We will be playing a giant game of the family favorite classic board game, Candyland, at ECRL branch library in Cambridge. Mark your calendars: 

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The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give now and help fight the potential impact of seasonal illnesses and a potentially severe flu season on the blood supply.

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Numerous kids braved the wintery weather for an opportunity to take a short pony ride before going inside for other activities during the annual Cambridge Baptist Church Fall Fest held on Saturday, Nov. 12. Besides the pony rides, there were multiple bounce houses, a juggler/magician, face p…

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After a decade of unsubstantiated rumors, social media punchlines, and even at least one hoax sign, fantasy is about to become reality — a Pizza Ranch restaurant is officially opening in Cambridge.

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When Isanti County was considering partners to join their “Happiness Advantage/Orange Frog” Initiative, one of their first thoughts was the Cambridge Medical Center. After all, who else embodied the need for improved mental health than the people on the front lines of the entire COVID pandem…

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Question: When I come across a cattle crossing sign in the road, does that mean I yield to the farmer crossing his cattle similar to a pedestrian crossing sign?

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Tros Hans Larsson (later going by Hans Larson) immigrated to the Stanchfield area in 1863 at age 37 from the small Orsa Parish village of Hansjo in the province of Dalarna, Sweden with his wife Brita and their five children. The youngest child, Peter having been born on the passenger ship ju…

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Join the East Central Regional Library in welcoming Matt Goldman, the featured author of the 5th Annual ECRL Reads, during a special virtual visit from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 on the Zoom platform. 

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Below are the most up-to-date local results from Tuesday's general election. A * indicates the candidate(s) who have been elected. Note: election results are not official until approved by the canvasing boards.

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Although it has been the focus of major national attention during the last couple of elections, the process of ensuring accurate vote totals has been an ongoing pre-election ritual for decades — especially since the introduction of electronic voting machines. This process, which every precin…