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I have always been a Jon Gruden fan. As a coach, he was fiery and represented good old, hard-nosed football. Add to that a fun nickname (“Chucky” based on when he scowled it looked just like the main character in the “Child’s Play” horror movies), and it was hard not to like him. I was even …

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Health and wellness of students and staff continues to be our priority at North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS). We value flexibility and choice for families to decide what is best for each child: distance learning or 5-day, in-school option. Our Safe Learning plan provides predictability…

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Recently North Branch Water & Light made the decision to wind down the utility and transferred all water management to the City of North Branch Public Works Department. My number one goal has been and continues to be to increase efficiencies of the water department with my ultimate goal …

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In our society alcohol is a very acceptable beverage of choice at family gathering, social events, or pretty much anytime. Many people who drink alcoholic beverages don’t think of themselves as someone who uses drugs. I have often heard it said “I would never do drugs” as they are drinking a…

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One highlight from last year was experiencing Viking service in action at last spring’s Community Service Day. People really appreciated the opportunity to have some students and staff stop by to help with chores and general spring clean up. The positive, uplifting presence of staff and stud…

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In an effort to raise awareness, educate our community and assist families who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease, this month’s article will highlight a resource at your fingertips, the East Central Regional Library, our local library! 

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I am not sure what I expected our country to look like in 2021, but I certainly did not expect it to be so fractured and so bogged down in hate. My oldest son was a year old on September 11, 2001. The wave of patriotism following that day gave me hope for the America that my kids would inherit.

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It is the responsibility of reporters or journalists to make sure factual information is reported about what is happening in the world around them when reporting the news of the day. It is not their responsibility to report everyone’s opinion, or to help spread disinformation or misinformati…

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It’s only two weeks into the NFL season and already Vikings fans know where this season is heading. For all intents and purposes, the Purple should be 2-0 on the season, sitting atop the NFC North. And if it wasn’t for two plays (one in each game), that’s exactly where we would be.

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We are back in school and great things are happening in North Branch Area Public Schools! Our facilities look great, staff are building relationships with students, and everyone is working hard to create the conditions to amplify each student’s gifts and talents. As each student transitions …

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Fall is just around the corner and it brings the annual tradition of leaf pick up. Leaves may be organic, but if they are allowed to blow into the street, leaves make the road slippery leading to accidents, clog stormwater drains, and introduce fertilizer and other unwanted stuff in the Sunr…

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North Branch Area Public Schools has taken a major leap forward to expand career pathway options for high school students this year! Working alongside our community college and industry partners, we have transformed the student experience to align with workforce needs. 

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The Aug. 19 Cambridge-Isanti School Board meeting may have been one of the most unusual, and quite frankly scary, meetings I’ve attended. Upon arrival, we reporters were met with the largest number of people crowded into that room since the district’s controversial decision to drop out of th…

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Now that high school football and volleyball teams are in their playoff runs, pro and college football are well underway, major league baseball is soon to begin post-season, and pro hockey and basketball have begun or will soon begin pre-season games, I am reminded that fall is here. Certain…

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During the past 18 months Minnesota judges have, until recently, presided over few in-person hearings in the courtroom, other than jury trials.  Some of the seriousness of the proceedings is lost when hearings are conducted remotely over Zoom.  Parties appear while smoking, eating, wearing a…

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While I consider myself as having a good long-term memory, there are few days in my life that I can recall as vividly as the one 20 years ago Saturday. On that day, our entire world changed as the nation was shaken to the ground, both literally and figuratively.

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VERY FEW FAMILY businesses go longer than three generations. I have been reminded over the years by successful people of a quote, “Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations.” What it comes down to is the first generation works hard, the next generation has it a little easier, and by …

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Well, football season is once again upon us! As a die-hard Vikings fan, I’ve been anxiously awaiting this time of the year with a measure of optimism. I’ve already changed my ringtone to “Skol Vikings,” and switched over to donning my Vikings-themed masks wherever they are required (it’s sad…

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To raise awareness, educate our community, reduce the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s disease and assist families with resources who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease or other related forms of dementia; this month’s article will highlight the opening of the Cambridge Memory Café!