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The past two years have been a very unique experience for all of us, especially in terms of communication and social interaction.  Every attempt at any size of social gathering requires forethought on what’s safe and what isn’t. It seems caution has become a factor in everyone’s daily life. …

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With a deadly open-water season nearly in the rearview mirror, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that lakes and ponds throughout the state have started to freeze – and that where ice hasn’t formed, the water is dangerously cold. It’s up to all people to choose to…

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages local and tribal governments to apply for grants to help manage and reduce the impacts of emerald ash borer on their community forests. The DNR will be accepting grant applications from Monday, Nov. 29 through Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is looking for input on how Minnesotans currently access the electronic license system, and what they want in the future as systems are modernized.

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Northern Tier’s Samantha Olson tries to jam in a rebound past the Superior goalie during the Stars’ game versus the Spartans. The visiting Spartans topped the Stars 5-3. Olson would score Northern Tier’s last goal. Natalie Cheney and Abby Spitzer scored the other two goals.

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Cambridge-Isanti High School Activities Director Mark Solberg has been nominated for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s Athletic Director of the Year Award. 

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When Bluejacket senior Mikayla Aumer put pen to paper to sign her National Letter of Intent, the University of North Dakota wasn’t just adding a talented basketball player; they gained her entire family.

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During a National Letter of Intent ceremony held on Wednesday, Nov. 10, four North Branch seniors signed to compete collegiately. Putting pen to paper were Maddie Helin — softball at Division II Minnesota State University, Mankato; Cora Hudella — track and cross country at Division III Unive…

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Northern Tier’s Kathryn Busse tries to wedge her way between the boards and Northern Lakes’ Jasmyn German during the Stars’ season-opening game at the Isanti Ice Arena. Northern Tier, which is comprised of players from Cambridge-Isanti, St. Francis and North Branch, lost to the Lightning 2-0…

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites Minnesotans interested in serving on the department’s Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee to apply by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15.

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For many years my main interest has been the Heritage Raspberry which is an everbearing variety. I prune them about 3 inches from the ground because I only want a fall crop. In the years when there is a mid-September killing frost, my yield takes a real hit, but this year when the killing fr…

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For more than three-quarters of the Section 7AAAA championship football game, the North Branch Vikings were successfully employing a bend-but-don’t-break defensive formula. Despite a tricky offensive scheme from Grand Rapids, which included multiple formations and option plays sprinkled in, …

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New money is available to Minnesota livestock producers to help prevent wolf attacks. A total of $60,000 will be awarded by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture through the Wolf-Livestock Conflict Prevention Grants. Applications are due Jan. 24, 2022.

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Minnesota has enjoyed two firearms deer seasons and nearly three years without a hunting-related firearms death — that’s the longest stretch since the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been tracking these tragedies. And when the firearms deer season opens Saturday, Nov. 6, every …

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North Branch Area Public Schools is pleased to announce the selection of Kindra Helin as its new activities director. She replaces Andrea Schmidt, who recently accepted a position at Roseville Area High School. More than 20 candidates applied for the position in a process that included three…

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The North Branch Viking football team continued its undefeated season with a 34-13 victory over Cloquet in the Section 7AAAA semifinals held on Saturday, Oct. 30, at North Branch. With that win, the Vikings advance to the school’s second section championship game in recent history, with the …

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 From the coach: We’ve nominated Ashton LaBelle for the effort and positive attitude he displays at practice and games!  We ask our Seniors to step up and be positive leaders and Ashton has led by example all year, which has certainly benefited our team.  Ashton continues to answer the call …

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The last of the regular season contests of the 2021 fall sports season wrapped up last week, and with them came the once again typical wait for seedings to be announced for the section tournaments in those last two sports - football and volleyball. And for the most part, the seedings shook o…

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Nearly half a million firearms deer hunters are preparing for the firearms deer season that opens Saturday, Nov. 6, and offers opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends and family, find adventure outdoors and put venison in the freezer.

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From the coach: Paige is a leader on and off our court and has been for several years. She leads by her communication, work ethic, dedication, commitment, teamwork and passion for the game. She continues to prove that she is an asset to the team while on and off the court! We look forward to…

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 From the coach: Makenzie has been the heart and soul of our team for the past 4 years. She has grown as a leader and brings so much emotion to our team that will be missed once she graduates. She has such a tremendous work ethic and is always willing to help her team mates on varsity and al…

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The young, but talented North Branch Viking girls soccer team had fought hard throughout the season to achieve their best results since their state tournament runs in 2016 and 2017. Despite their best efforts, however, the team fell just one game short of making the school’s third-ever state…

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Minnesota’s waterways were unusually deadly this year, with 17 people losing their lives in boating-related drownings and crashes—the highest number since 2005. And with weeks of open water left this year, there’s a chance that total could climb higher.

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 From the coach: Braden Jones, W.R. and DB. He is a tremendous leader and competitor. He is currently tied for 4th in 5A for receptions and yards. He plays offense, defense, and special teams. He has done all this less than a year after suffering a serious leg injury.

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From the coach: These four senior doubles players have been a real driving force behind the team this year.  Most times they come off the court happy to have been able to played another match, no matter the outcome.  Their attitudes of constant improvement have been infectious, and they help…

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One of the things that makes team tennis so unique is it doesn’t matter if a player is playing in the top position or the last position, each players’ individual results is worth one team point. What this means is even if a team has the best player in the state playing at first singles, if t…

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From the coach:  Kendyl is an amazing asset to the team.  Beyond her athletic abilities (which are great) she brings a leadership style that is both direct and calming at the same time.  She uses her past experiences to help out the younger members of the team and her work ethic is infectiou…

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From the coach: This is Ruby’s first year out for CC. She is like the energizer bunny. She always is willing to run with Varsity. It will be a pleasure to coach Ruby for the next 5 years. She is a very coachable kid. 

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From the coach:  Through Cal’s hard work and perseverance, he has risen up through the ranks and recently scored as our number one runner.  Cal leads a relatively young group of talented runners and has become even more focused and driven in the most recent season.  With each race Cal become…

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From the coach: This is Jordan’s first year out for CC and the kid enjoys running. He has natural form and a set of very healthy lungs. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him. He has a bright future. On top of all  that, Jordan loves Spam! 

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From the coach: Jenna is a five-year varsity soccer player for the Bluejackets, earning major playing time and making an immediate impact as an eighth grader.  Since then she has made the most of her incredible drive to learn and grow as a player, becoming a starter as a freshmen and now Sen…

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From the coach:  Lilly has been an on field leader for a couple of years. This year she has taken on the role of leading both on and off of the field as a Leadership Council member & Senior. Lilly plays various positions throughout the mid-field and in the last week has compiled 4 goals …

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Seniors nominated for North Branch Homecoming are:  (front row, from left) Andrew Thauwald, Garrett Korkowski, Ashton Labelle, Tanner Bollman, Brandt Bombard, (back row) Kendra Geary, Grace Christopherson, Sophia Helinsky, Paige Peaslee, Paris Kopp. North Branch’s Homecoming Week will run fr…

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The North Branch Area Public Schools Activities Department is seeking nominations for the Viking Hall of Fame, Class of 2022. Individuals can be nominated in one of three categories: Athlete/Participant, Coach, and Honorary. The Hall of Fame, Class of 2022 will be announced at a high school …

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From the coach: I selected Freshman Colin Rouse because he shows up for every practice and game ready to give his all. He’s one of the younger players on the team, but his maturity and execution of the game is second to none. Colin’s excellent touch and creativity has generated three goals f…

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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.