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There’s an old adage that says that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. These days, making that positive first impression is as important for employers as prospective employees, since the region currently has more available jobs than unemployed people. 

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Five-year-old Rosie Nelson and six-year-old Stella Nelson have fun with the homemade slime during the Cambridge Library’s “Let’s Make Slime!” held on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Although the consistency of their slime wasn’t exactly as planned, their mother said “they had fun anyway.” The activity was…

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New hours at Isanti Outreach Library

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Family Pathways Aging Services has received a Dementia grant from the Minnesota Board on Aging in the amount of $43,666 to increase community and individual awareness of dementia while connecting caregivers and families of persons living with a dementia to education and resources, including …

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The City of North Branch, in cooperation with the North Branch Beautification Association’s Veterans Memorial Committee is organizing a roundtable discussion to address the committee’s request to place a veterans memorial in Central Park.

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New Hope Community Church in Isanti will have a new home after Isanti City Council approved a conditional use permit for a 40-acre parcel of land south of O’Reilly Auto Parts and adjacent to Minnesota Highway 65.

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 Catholic Charities Senior Dining is participating in a several public food distributions of frozen meals for seniors during the month of January. 

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The KCAA Vasaloppet Art Show is back live and in-person for 2022! We are inviting you to join us for this dynamic art show which is held in conjunction with the ski race, Feb. 11-13. The show will also be held virtually on the Kanabec County Art Association website: kanabeccountyartassociati…

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 By now, our outdoor gardens are under a blanket of snow, so we turn our attention to our indoor gardens and caring for such plants as holiday cacti, cyclamen, poinsettia, orchids, succulents, cacti, foliage plants, etc. 

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Both the City of Cambridge and the Cambridge-Isanti School District started out the new year needing to wade into the clear-as-mud waters that are the federal vaccination policies for government employees and employers with more than 100 employees.

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 The North Chisago Historical Society had its annual fundraising Christmas Tea on Dec. 19, 2021, at the Rush City Community Center. It was the largest tea the group had ever had, attended by 83 people. Five Rush City High School National Honor Society students helped serve the meal. Jon Ekst…

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January is radon action month. The Minnesota Department of Health and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urge everyone to test their homes for radon, the invisible radioactive gas found at dangerous levels in over 40% of Minnesota homes.

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As a result of the long waiting lines caused by an increase in the demand for testing for Covid, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has announced the opening of three new state-run testing locations, including one in North Branch.

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Community forum  set at Common Ground

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The backlog of supply ships trying to dock in the U.S., along with the shortage of truck drivers that created supply shortages at retailers has resulted in an unusual situation for one Cambridge business, prompting them to request an interim use permit from the city.

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Recently, North Branch Area High School Air Force JROTC Cadets, in cooperation with the North Branch American Legion Post 85, performed a flag retirement ceremony where several American flags were properly retired. The flag retirement ceremony is a time-honored tradition.  

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North Branch FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics has four teams this year.  Teams began working on their robots the second week of September and had their first competitions either at the end of November or mid-December. Final competitions are scheduled in January. 

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The East Central Regional Arts Council, one of 11 regional arts councils that serves the Minnesota counties of Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine, provides arts funding to artists, art organizations, nonprofits, and local units of government located in these counties of region 7E.…

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The arts movement in North Branch is alive and well and and the group wants you to be a part of it. The North Branch Arts Group goals are to encourage, promote and facilitate art activities of all kinds.

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Curling aficionados — and those with just a curiosity for the sport — will be able to participate in two upcoming events at the Cambridge Curling Club, 3101 MN-95 #95.

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Isanti County 4-H invitest interested youth to a 4-H Information Night Thursday, Jan. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cambridge Middle School cafeteria, 31374 Xylite Street NE. 

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The Cambridge-Isanti boys hockey team donated a number of Teddy Bears and other stuffed animals to Cambridge Medical Center. The stuffed toys were collected as part of a “Teddy Bear toss” during the team’s season-opening game.

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 A 57-year-old Harris woman was killed Wednesday, Dec. 22, in a  two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Acacia Trail and Stark Road in Fish Lake Township, Chisago County. The scene of the crash is approximately 5.5 miles northeast of Cambridge.

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 The North Branch Area High School Knowledge Bowl team kicked off the 2021-2022 season with a holiday meet on Tuesday, Dec. 14. This marked the return to the first in-person competition since March 2020, when COVID forced the 2020 season to go virtual. The North Branch squad, which has ballo…

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All schools have students who are deserving of recognition, whether it be for an amazing career in sports, outstanding grades or for an exemplary performance in a one-act play. But those students who have managed to excel in academics, athletics and the arts, are be eligible for the Minnesot…

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A fire department is like a family—one that rallies together to save local lives and protect property. Over the years, East Central Energy has built great relationships with many local fire departments. Some ECE employees understand this first-hand because they serve as volunteer firefighter…

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For many people, one of the great joys of life is sitting in a darkened movie theater, reveling in the animated magic of the latest Pixar feature, crying through a romantic comedy, or engaging in a collective scream with their fellow horror-film-loving neighbors while trying to avoid spillin…

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U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), co-chair of the Senate Broadband Caucus, and Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) announced that the USDA has begun accepting applications for loans and grants to help people in rural areas access high-speed internet. This funding was awarded through the USDA’s ReConn…

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Snow and cold weather can make driving conditions more difficult, and the first few snowfalls of the year often catch motorists unprepared.