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 From the coach: Jace has been a wonderful player to have on and off the field. He continually works hard and listens to every word given to him and has earned athlete of the week.  Couldn’t ask for a more coachable player and what he lacks in size/height he makes up for in tenacity and work ethic!

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 From the coach: As a new coach working with the team, I have been impressed by the great work ethic of these girls both in practice and during matches! Their hard work is paying off, as they’ve won their last four matches at first doubles!

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The Purple Hawk Junior Golf Foundation was created in late 2020. PHJGF is a Non-Profit Organization that is in place to allow youth from the local communities to play golf. They provide clubs, instruction, and the opportunity to play golf at Purple Hawk Country Club in Cambridge.

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Mary Beth Breckenridge, a nationally published home and garden writer, wrote an article in the Akron Beacon Journal about the good and “not so good” characteristics of earthworms. Her article was later published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 2017. This article on Earthworms blames them fo…

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Both the Class of 2020 and 2021 inductees of the Bluejacket Hall of Fame were honored during a dinner held on Sunday, Aug. 22 at Cambridge Lutheran Church. The Class of 2020 wasn’t able to have a ceremony last year due to COVID. 

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The North Branch Viking girls tennis team is going to be a work in progress throughout most of the 2021 season, with very little varsity experience and the ones that have played on the varsity level learning new roles. And based on a frenetic first two weeks of the season, the team needed to…

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When Japanese Beetles started appearing in Minnesota in 1968, I felt lucky and relieved that we hadn’t seen any at all this far north.  And it went that way for several years - until it didn’t. And, I thought we might just escape the surge when they were first noticed in large numbers in the…

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages to the public to weigh in on proposed special fishing regulations that would allow anglers to keep fewer sunfish from 50 lakes. The proposed regulations are part of the ongoing Quality Sunfish Initiative.

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Property owners—both on lakeshore and those further inland—can reduce algae blooms on local lakes with native plants and wise lawn management. 

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North Branch Area Public Schools is proud to announce that Todd Dufault has been hired as varsity head coach for the boys basketball program. 

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Players from the Cambridge-Isanti 11U traveling baseball team cooled off under the mister at Mann Field on Tuesday evening, June 8, following their 4-3 win over Zimmerman. Due to a weekend tournament, this was the team’s seventh game in just four days - all with temperatures in the 90s.

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During the course of many teams’ seasons, there is bound to be peaks and valleys. The 2021 North Branch softball team is no different. What was different, however, is how the team utilized one of those valleys to in fact gain momentum to reach the peak of their season thus far - claiming the…

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From the coach: Paige is one of the most dedicated athletes to come out of North Branch. She also was a three sport athlete, excelled in soccer,  gymnastics and track and field. Her dedication in the classroom also was prevalent as she will take her track and field talents and studies to the…

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From the coach: Aiyana Knight- Aiyana is an outstanding athlete. I am so impressed with her drive and work ethic.  She is such a fun athlete to watch compete and I am confident she will break a record or two this season.

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Eleven Bluejacket student-athletes put pen to paper to sign their intent to continue competing in athletics at college during a ceremony held in the CIHS Media Center Tuesday, June 1. Signing letters of intent were (from left) Luke Olson (football, Central Lakes Community College), Chase Car…

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The North Branch Viking and Cambridge-Isanti girls golf teams each finished off their seasons in style, with each team sending a member to their respective state golf meets.

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North Branch Area High School is hosting a four-day baseball camp starting June 28. North Branch Viking head coach, Steve Christensen, will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy.

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After a hiatus due to the pandemic, summer basketball is back.  The Jacket Hoop Boosters and the Bluejacket Boys Basketball program offers many summer programs for players of all ages. Listed below are the opportunities:

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The 14u Cambridge Isanti Competitive Baseball team came in 2nd place at the Hudson Baseball Blast tournament, held May 15-16. They went into the championship game undefeated before they fell to a team from Somerset. Pictured are (front row, from left) Tags Henderson,  Micah Gustafson, Emmitt…

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In both of the games between Cambridge-Isanti and Big Lake, the winners have been decided in dramatic, walk-off fashion. Two weeks ago, the Hornets won in a pitchers’ duel by the score of 1-0, with the lone run coming in the bottom of the eighth. Last Tuesday, May 25, it was the Jackets’ tur…

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Special congratulations to senior adapted bowler Hunter Carpenter. The Minnesota Adapted Athletics Association has selected Carpenter as this year’s recipient of the Russ Bakko Most Outstanding Bowler Award. 

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From the coach: I nominated Jasmyn for Athlete of the week not only for her fantastic athletic ability but more importantly her overall character. Jasmyn has shown great leadership by setting an example for all of the girls golf team. She is humble, considerate, and takes her sport seriously…

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From the coach: I would like to nominate Hailey Bistodeau for athlete of the week for North Branch Girls Golf. Hailey finished tying for first overall at the recent conference meet in Princeton amongst the 8 overall conference teams. She also helped the team finish 4th overall in the meet. H…

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A few decades ago when I first started vegetable gardening at my home in Chisago County, I’d see some of my tomato plants cut right off at the soil level leaving the entire top totally cut off from the base of the plant and the roots.  I had no idea what was going on. After a couple of years…

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From the coach: Harry is a captain on our track team that brings an incredible amount of positive energy every single day. He is the type of student athlete that can instantly change anyone’s day just by being around him. He is a great leader for our team and enjoys helping/teaching our youn…

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Before installing or investing in a new dock or dock platform, lakeshore owners should check to ensure it will meet state requirements. Lake service provider businesses should also review the regulations, to ensure the equipment they sell or install is in compliance.

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 From the coach: I would like to nominate my 2nd baseman Ava Sittlow. She has a .481 batting average, 3 triples 7 RBIs, 3 walks and a slugging percentage of .704. This past week her bat was hot as even her outs were line drives to the outfield. She has been taking great at bats at the plate …

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 From the coach:  Annie has been a key player since her freshmen year.  Annie has continued to work hard at becoming a better player.  She has grown as an overall player and continues to be a force on the mound.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers who might want to keep northern pike when the season opens on May 15 to familiarize themselves with the regulations and be prepared to measure the fish.

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The Isanti Redbirds and the East Bethel Bandits will play a very special game on Friday, May 14. It will be the third annual Buddy Poppy Day game at Redbird field in Isanti. This game will honor veterans from Isanti and Anoka Counties who gave their lives in the following wars:  Korea, Vietn…

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The Midwest Warriors 12U AAA Girls Hockey team brought home the championship trophy from the Mountain Dew Blast Tournament held at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Pictured with the trophy are (front row, from left) Isabel Skarohlid, Iriss Sanftner, Mikenna Uphoff, Lilliana Hanes and Ba…

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After having to cancel their entire season in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, the East Central Minnesota chapter of “Let’s go Fishing” has announced their return for the 2021 season.