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In the wake of the defeat of the sales tax referendum to build a new library in Cambridge, the Library Task Force has decided to take a six-month hiatus. At the Jan. 3 city council meeting, City Administrator and Library Task Force member Lynda Woulfe updated the city council on the status of the task force and requested council approval for its intentions. “The Library Task Force was saddened by the referendum not passing,” Woulfe said. “So we met one more time to decide what recommendation we would like to make to the city council. They don’t want to dissolve the task force, but they do want to take a six-month hiatus and then come back and retool.” Woulfe indicated the preliminary plan for the task force is to try another referendum question again in the 2018 election “whether it be a sales tax or general obligation bond,” Woulfe said. Woulfe also stated the county is holding firm on its desire to not participate in the bonding of a new library, so it would again be up to the city to move forward on its own. “I don’t think we should just give up and dissolve the task force,” said Council Member Kersten Barfknecht-Conley. New council member Jim Godfrey agreed and made the motion to allow for the hiatus. The motion was approved unanimously.

Café Genevieve’s is set to make its soft opening Friday after being approved an application for a 3.2 percent malt liquor on-sale license by the city of Isanti at its Jan. 3 council meeting. Genevieve Saniti is the owner of the new café, which will be located in the suite formerly occupied by The Green Table in the Willowbridge Building at 4 Enterprise Avenue Northeast in Isanti.

IN OTHER COUNCIL BUSINESS • The council named the Isanti-Chisago County Star as its official newspaper for 2017 due to its lower bid price. The Star’s bid came SEE CAMBRIDGE, PAGE 8

FILLING OPEN POSITIONS ON COMMITTEES AND BOARDS The city of Isanti is having difficulties filling positions on some of its committees and boards, which has led to the recomposition of at least one of the entities. The council appointed Aaron Zdon to one of two open positions on the city’s parks and recreation board, and there is also an open position on its planning commission and its Economic Development Authority.


Care packages on their way Becky Schule (left) and Shelby Bergman help pack gift boxes for overseas military personnel on Jan. 4 at the North Branch American Legion Hall. Members of the nonprofit Citizens Supporting Our Armed Forces raise funds, collect supplies and pack and ship boxes throughout the year to servicemen and women. For information on how to donate or volunteer visit


North Branch council abolishes planning commission BY LORI ZABEL NEWS@COUNTYSTAR.COM

The standing-room-only crowd broke into applause at the adjournment of the Jan. 3 North Branch special city council meeting, which included the swearing in of new members Jim Swenson and Kelly Neider, plus incumbent mayor Kirsten Hagen-Kennedy. A few members of the audience said afterward they had come simply to support the new council members and to see how they would do. The atmosphere was in stark contrast to the Dec. 13 meeting where members of the audience showed open disgust with members of the council, shouting expletives and walking out after former council member Joyce Borchardt proposed a large reduction in the proposed tax levy that would like-

ly have caused staff layoffs and a retool of the proposed budget. After discussion, Borchardt eventually withdrew her motion. In order to head off any outbursts from the audience, Acting City Administrator Richard Hill announced at the beginning of the meeting that no public comments would be taken. He had researched the past three years’ worth of special meetings and no public comments were allowed at any during that time, he said. DISSOLUTION OF PLAN COMMISSION The council considered an ordinance amendment brought forward by Council Member Kathy Blomquist to abolish the planning commission and reorganize it under new guidelines that meet state statutes. “Over the past several years,


By the start of the Jan. 3 North Branch city council meeting It was standing room only as two new council members were sworn in.

the council and Planning Commission have been dealing with some very contentious issues,” a memo from Blomquist stated. “With the city hiring a new administrator and a change in the council, I feel it is time to look at how the

council wants to structure the Planning Commission.” Blomquist requested city staff to schedule a work session to discuss reorganizing the commission under new SEE NORTH BRANCH, PAGE 5

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The Viking Blue Line Club held a fundraiser to raise money for pancreatic cancer research during the North Branch vs. Chisago Lakes hockey game on Thursday, Jan. 5. (Above) raffle tickets for various prizes were sold during the game. A total of $2,000 was raised to go to and the Go Lee Foundation. (Right) The theme of the fundraiser, “Pack the Arena,” lived up to its name as nearly 2,000 tickets were sold for the game.


Members of the North Branch boys hockey team donned purple jerseys during warm-ups before their game against Chisago Lakes for the Blue Line Club’s pancreatic cancer fundraiser.

Members of the North Branch High School Boys Basketball team took time from their holiday break to spend some time with residents of GraceWood Senior Living in North Branch. On two separate days, the boys played a game of balloon ball and card bingo.


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JAN 14 Ruby’s Pantry Food Distribution Ruby’s Pantry food distribution will be held 9-10:30 a.m. at New Hope Community Church-Isanti (formerly Elim Baptist Church), 114 Dahlin Ave, Isanti. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. For $20 donation receive grocery items. Open to anyone; no income requirements. Bring own boxes. For info call Joyce at (612) 760-4179 or Facebook at Ruby’s Pantry Isanti MN.


Pea soup and pancakes, anyone? Pancake flippers (from left) Brent Oslun, Arlen Soderstrom and Merlin Soderstrom work hard to keep up with the skinny Swedish pancake demand at the annual Pea Soup and Pancake event with the Dala Heritage Society set for noon on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Mora Methodist Church. The tradition follows in the footsteps of the current King of Sweden’s grandfather, who ate yellow pea soup and pancakes every Thursday with soldiers he visited on that day.

Knit, Crochet & Quilting Opportunity Knitters, crocheters and quilters are invited to a monthly meeting hosted by Faith Lutheran Church in Isanti to create blankets and prayer shawls for military, homebound or others in need from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Embroidery & Ink, 118 W Main St., Isanti. For info call Debbie Bray at (763) 444-8303 or church office at (763) 444-9201.

Pea Soup and Pancake Event The Dala Heritage Society will offer the Pea Soup & Pancake Event beginning at noon at Mora United Methodist Church, 500 S. Clark St., with pea soup, pancakes, a lesson teaching Swedish, and sale of nut packets. There is a cost.

JAN 15 Sexuality Forum The local chapter of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) encourages members and the public to attend a presentation/discussion at 11 a.m. on what the Bible does and does not say about sexuality at United Methodist Church/Common Ground, 404 Cypress, Cambridge. For info call (320) 272-0069, (763) 5520084 or visit

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JAN 17 Surplus Food Distribution Cambridge Surplus Food Distribution (CSFD) will distribute food at the Isanti County Fairgrounds from 2-5 p.m. or until food is gone. No one allowed in parking lot before 1 p.m. registration. Everyone must be re-registered (once a year), so bring picture ID AND a utility bill in your name with current address. Bring boxes for food. In case of inclement weather updates will be posted on Facebook, KBEK or call CSFD phone line (612) 402-6100.

JAN 18 Parkinson’s Support Group Parkinson’s Support Group will hold their monthly meeting from 10-11:30 a.m. at a new location: in the family room of Gables East, 548 1st Ave. W, Cambridge, for those with the disease, their families, friends and caregivers. Refreshments served. Call Dale at (763) 444-9352 for info.

Mindfulness Talk A free lecture will be offered by Sue Flannigan CNP, MPH on how to develop a more resilient and productive life and examine the science behind mindfulness practices that promotes health and emotional wellbeing, at 4 p.m. at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming Classroom B. No registration required.

The public is invited to Life Drawing with a live model from 9 a.m. to noon at Cambridge Center for the Arts, 140 Buchanan St. N. There is no instruction, snacks welcome. Fees pay the model. For info call (763) 552-0320 or visit

North Branch Area Athletic Association and North Branch Area Community Education will co-sponsor Youth Rec Night for 5th & 6th graders from 7-9:30 p.m. at the middle school with volleyball, basketball, dodgeball, music, dancing and karaoke with a DJ. Concessions available.

Take the opportunity to donate blood from 12-6 p.m. at the North Branch American Legion Post 85, 6439 Elm St. To learn more and make an appointment, visit www. and search zip code 55056 or call 1-800-733-2767. Walkins are always welcome, but donors with reservations will be served first.

Free Family Movie The movie “Hook” will be shown free of charge at 7 p.m. at Isanti Community Center, 208-1/2 1st Ave. NW, Isanti. Doors and concessions open at 6:30 p.m. For info call (763) 444-5512 or email

JAN 24 Video & Audio Tools for Your Business Sarah Hawkins, East Central Regional Library Resource Librarian, presents “Video & Audio Tools for Your Business” from 8-9 a.m. at North Branch Area Library, 6355 379th St. Learn tips for using technology to generate community buyin. RSVP to by Jan. 19.

The annual Scholardazzle fundraiser will offer 6 p.m. social hour and 7 p.m. dinner at Spirit River Community Center, 1321 Heritage Blvd., Isanti, with music, live and silent auctions, games and activities to raise money for community college scholarships. For tickets call Lea Jacquemart at (763) 433-1877 or email Lea.Jacquemart@

JAN 28 Long Lake Ice Fishing Contest & Craft Show

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The Long Lake Improvement Association’s annual Ice Fishing Contest and Craft Show will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Captain’s on Long Lake, 27821 Bay Shore Dr. NW, Isanti, with 9 a.m. registration. Prizes, kids’ contest, raffles and games offered. Craft show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Captain’s Quarters. For info visit or longlakeisanti.

Join fellow artists from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to work on your own art with your own supplies at Cambridge Center for the Arts, 140 Buchanan St. N. No instruction, no charge, no registration necessary. Snacks are welcome. Call (763) 5520320 for more info.

The annual Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the east gym at Braham Area High School for boys and girls ages 9-14. For information call Allan Larson at (320) 224-3929.

buyer’s workshop called “Home Stretch” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the USDA RD office, 110 Buchanan St. N, Cambridge, with info on budgeting, mortgage products, shopping for a home and closing. There is a cost. To register call (320) 258-0681 or email Lea at lengnell@

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Cambridge Center for the Arts will host a writers group from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in a relaxed and informal setting. All levels welcome. Bring your latest work and your own refreshments to 140 Buchanan St. N (City Center Mall). Call (763) 552-0320 or email for more info.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College will offer its 15th annual Candlelight Ski from 5:30-8:30 p.m. along two miles of candlelit trails in Spirit River Nature Area. Refreshments; performance by Ken Krona and Rick Stener in G201/202 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Door prize drawings at 7:30 p.m. Ski rental from Outdoor Edge (763-552-3343). For info call (763) 433-1100 or visit

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The local chapter of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) encourages members and the public to attend a presentation at 11 a.m. by Barbara Satin called “Being Trans and a Person of Faith – a Match Made in Heaven” at United Methodist Church/Common Ground, 404 Cypress, Cambridge. For info call (320) 272-0069, (763) 5520084 or visit

FEB 7 Arts Salon

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FEB 10 Winterfest Chili Cookoff

North Branch Chamber will host its annual Chili Cook-Off from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 6439 Elm St. The public is invited to vote for People’s Choice award. There is a cost. For information or to register as a contestant call (651) 674-4077. Contest registration must be received by Jan. 20.

FEB 11 Youth Poetry Contest Results

The public is invited to hear winners read their poems aloud from the Sixth Annual Poetry Contest held at 11 a.m. at North Branch Area Library, 6355 379th St., for students in K-12th grade. Refreshments will served. Call (651) 674-8443 for information.

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Leave covering some news to the professionals I was talking with Isanti County Sheriff Chris Caulk the other week, trying to get some additional information about an accident that occurred in our area recently when he pointed out a big area of concern for him. He told me that while he was personally handling traffic control on this particular accident, it really struck him how many people he saw grabbing their cell phones to take photos or videos of the scene. Now, this certainly wasn’t any major revelation that he or I was completely unaware of. The news is littered with thousands of viewer-posted videos and still photos. In fact, most news organizations, including this one, encourage their readers/viewers to submit story ideas, videos and photos for possible publication. The Isanti-Chisago County Star just recently started a Worth a new feature called “You are the Star,” Thousand asking for just this very thing. It was because of this that Sheriff Words Caulk’s comments really struck a nerve with me. His logic about disBill couraging this activity is 100 percent sound. As he said to me, “If they are Stickels III busy taking photos or videos, they can’t possibly be concentrating on their driving, therefore putting themselves, law enforcement and medical personnel in danger.” You hear about secondary accidents that were caused by the “gawker slowdown” all the time. Adding trying to take photos and the subsequent posting of those images to social media just magnifies the problem. Sheriff Caulk even told me there are times they will detour all traffic just to try and eliminate the gawker potential. Now, that’s not to say that passing along information about certain things via social media is completely bad. It is actually a great tool that is utilized by local law enforcement, this newspaper and other agencies to get information out to the public that can’t wait for the next edition of the newspaper to come out. Sheriff Caulk himself will readily post on social media to let people know about an accident or something else that might affect people in terms of road closures or traffic delays, etc. And there’s nothing wrong with posting written (not photos or videos) information about something you just observed, as long as it is done when it is safe and legal for you to be doing it. (Remember, it is against the law to be doing any sort of “texting” while operating a running vehicle, even if it is stopped.) Therefore, I do feel the need to clarify our request. As a general rule, the Isanti-Chisago County Star will not publish reader-submitted photos of certain “breaking news” such as accident scenes. If there is a story of that nature that we feel needs photographic coverage, we will send out someone who is trained on the proper protocols (which there are many) involved with covering such news events. Or we will obtain permission from local agencies to use photos they collect at the scene. Simply put, we would much rather run an article devoid of photos than have to live with the thought of putting even one person in extra danger for the sake of getting “the shot.” Bill Stickels III is editor of the Isanti-Chisago County Star.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Voters seem to ignore Republicans’ actions To the editor, The voters made their decision in the November elections. The president-elect is now recanting on many of his promises – worse, his promise of draining the swamp. That swamp is now being filled with greedy, aggressive millionaires and billionaires. Here in Minnesota at the State Capitol the Republicans are planning cuts to the elderly, poor and handicap programs, while supporting tax breaks that will only benefit the wealthy and big corporations. The Republicans in the State Senate are moving into the new State Senate office building they campaigned so strongly against! If the voters would have looked around at how things were going and had started asking questions, they would have realized the Republicans were the obstructionists and did very little for the people. Examples are MNSURE and the State bonding bill – they did nothing to solve any problems in these bills. Remember the unemployment benefit extension a couple years ago when unemployed miners were running out of benefits. The Republicans waited four months to move on it while many minters had no income coming in. It was only at the regular session the extension was approved, after they gave Governor Dayton an ultimatum: give big corporations a tax break on their unemployment insurance or no unemployment benefits.

Even with scandals in District 32 and 32B that our State Senator and House members were involved, majorities still voted Republican! It’s funny, yet sad, that we forget the past and ignore the current actions of this political party. There’s a special election in Minnesota House District 32B Tuesday, Feb. 14. You can vote for Laurie Warner who will work hard for working men and women in this area. I ask you to support her. Pat Rich Chisago City

Power of community collaboration cherished To the editor, This holiday season, Family Pathways’ generous supporters stopped by Shopko (North Branch) to pick up gifts from the Giving Tree. The tree was filled with older adults and teens’ holiday wishes. These age groups are most often forgotten during the holiday season. Some of the requests included items like candy, socks, blankets, and games. Many of these items are essential during the cold winter and provide comfort and joy. Through the power of community collaboration and Shopko’s amazing support of Family Pathways, almost every older adult and teen on the Giving Tree received holiday gifts. The community came together to brighten these individuals’ lives and gave hope during the holidays. These types of moments are forever

cherished and leave a lasting impact. Family Pathways Aging Services is committed to helping communities age well, helping older adults wanting to stay in their homes, and serving isolated and vulnerable members of our communities. Specialists with knowledge and experience in the field of aging offer confidential consultation on resources, providing comprehensive assessment and support services to older adults and their families. Family Pathways Youth Services are a strong source of support, helping each participant to develop the skills and abilities necessary to lead economically independent and healthy lives as adults. Positive youth development strategies include providing youth access to experiences that build leadership, boost self-awareness and engage youth in community activities. Caitlin Netzer Communications Coordinator Family Pathways, North Branch


The Family Pathways Giving Tree at the start of the season.

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ISANTI: Police to oversee burn permit process FROM PAGE I

Due to lack of citizens at large applying for open seats on the city’s planning commission, the council passed an amendment to the ordinance regarding its composition. Previously consisting of six members, two of which were city council members and the rest citizens at large, the planning commission will now be composed of five city council members and two citizens at large. With the amendment, the council is still seeking one citizen at large to sit on the planning commission. COUNCIL DESIGNATES OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER The council appointed the Isanti County News as the city’s official newspaper, despite it being more costly to print the city’s official business in that newspaper. The city received bids from both the Isanti County News and the Isanti-Chisago County Star. The bid from the News came in at $4.77 per column inch, and that of the Star came in at $2.25 per column inch. Despite the much lower bid, Mayor George Wimmer recommended approving the bid from Isanti County News due to its broader circulation within the city. In their bids, the News gave an estimated distribution within the city of 3,906 and the Star gave an estimate of 1,710. OPEN BURNING PERMITS WITHIN THE CITY The council repealed and replaced its ordinance relating to the issuance of open burning permits within city limits, rather than allowing the Isanti Fire District, the Department of Natural Resources or authorized fire wardens to issue the permits. The change is recommended by the Development and Operations Board in order to provide city officials and staff more control over the burn situations, ensure that citizens know about proposed burns well in advance, and to ensure the burns do not happen during special events within the

city. The Isanti Police Department will assist citizens in filling out applications for an open burn, receive the filing fee and provide an accurate description of the burn, with the city council approving, denying or approving with special conditions all applications for a burn permit. Those receiving a permit will have to contact the Isanti police chief one day prior to the burn for final approval to ensure there are no burning bans in place and that conditions are proper for the burn. RAINGARDEN INCENTIVE PROGRAM MATERIALS After approving a raingarden incentive program last fall, the city has been working to create materials necessary to implement the program. The program will award 50 percent reimbursements (up to $500) for the installation of raingardens, and the raingardens will be installed and inspected by city staff before reimbursements are granted. An agreement between the city and the resident installing a raingarden will be signed by participants, which includes maintenance of the raingarden for a minimum of five years. Program materials include a promotional and educational brochure, a program application, a program agreement, a raingarden construction guide and a reimbursement form. BIKE SHOP COMING TO RUM RIVER BMX The city approved an amendment to its lease agreement with Rum River BMX to allow Full Tilt to sublease a portion of its space for a bike shop. The bike shop will pay $800 per month, as well as provide promotional materials for Rum River BMX’s rider retention program. Promotional materials include parts at 10 percent above cost with no charge for labor to repair and maintain loaner bikes.

NORTH BRANCH : Council will hold hearing on size of lots surrounding city FROM PAGE I

guidelines that would “provide a professional approach for the future planning process of the city” with a goal to complete the reorganization within 120 days. During discussion, Canada asked how the new planning agency would be structured. “We will be working in our next couple work sessions on deciding what it’s going to look like,” said Hagen-Kennedy. “My goal is to have it a lot shorter than the 120 days.” She said the public would still go to Community Development Director Carla Vita with planning or zoning requests, and they would be brought directly to the city council for approval, as they would ordinarily have been with the planning commission’s recommendation. “We’re going to continue working as usual,” Vita said, “not delaying any projects we’re working on – that wouldn’t be fair to our developers and businesses.” Vita noted that, according to state statute, all projects brought before her must be processed within 60 days. Acting City Administrator Hill clarified the ordinance being considered abolishes the planning commission until a new structure is put in place. “At this point,” he said, “it is being repealed. Whatever council decides – whatever kind of group the council decides – will have to be put back in (to the city code).” The ordinance amendment to repeal the planning commission passed 4-1, with Canada voting nay. After the meeting, Canada said he voted against the measure because no evidence was brought forth to justify getting rid of the entire commission.

“I did not hear any evidence to substantiate the members that were on the planning commission to advocate abolishing the entire crew,” he said. He also said he didn’t agree with the assertion that the relationship between the commission and council was strained. “I do not know of any matters that were contentious in nature,” Canada said. OTHER COUNCIL BUSINESS • The council voted to call for a public hearing on an ordinance amendment to eliminate one-acre lots within the 20-year growth area surrounding the city. Blomquist explained the original ordinance allowed for minimum 10-acre lots to be created, but a compromise was made a few years ago to allow 2.5-acre lots, and then it was changed to one-acre lots. She is requesting a return to allowing minimum 2.5-acre lots and eliminating oneacre lots. A public hearing was set for Jan. 24. • In a measure related to the dissolution of the planning commission, the council voted to suspend the comprehensive plan update process until the commission and planning department duties have been reorganized. • The council voted to end its relationship with Rupp, Anderson, Squires & Waldspurger, P.A. as the city’s legal council. It voted to appoint Vince Stevens, of Miller & Stevens, P.A., as interim city attorney. • The Isanti-Chisago County Star was named the official newspaper for legals to be published by the city of North Branch. • The council voted to eliminate the Market GAP Committee to reduce the workload of city staff due to attendance at its meetings. The EDA will take over duties of the committee.

Isanti County Board applauds auditor-treasurer BY BILL STICKELS III EDITOR@COUNTYSTAR.COM

County auditor-treasurer Chad Struss was pleased to announce at the first Isanti County Board of Commissioners meeting of 2017 that his office once again, for the eighth year in a row, received the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement. The board applauded Struss for his excellent work, noting that before his arrival, the county never received such awards. It was also noted that Isanti County was the smallest county in the state to receive the award. The board also went through some light housekeeping during its Jan. 3 meeting, including the mandated designations and committee assignments. With the new year, the board opted to rotate the board leaders and elected Terry Turnquist as the new chair and Dave Oslund as the new vice chair. Next, the board opted to name the Isanti County News as their official newspaper, despite the News having a higher bid than the Isanti-Chisago County


Isanti County auditor-treasurer Chad Struss shows the Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate of Achievement his office was awarded recently for the eighth year in a row.

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Isanti County Commission on Aging officers (from left) Eileen Stitz, Lewis Leasure, Jeannie Winselman and Mary Sarault recently accepted an award from East Central Energy on behalf of SACs Enrichment Center in Cambridge. BILL STICKELS III | COUNTY STAR

Snow brightens the night at outdoor rink ribbon cutting Mayor Marlys Palmer cut the ribbon on the two outdoor refrigerated ice rinks in Heritage Greens in Cambridge on Jan. 9. In attendance were city council members, city staff and members and players with the Cambridge-isanti Hockey Association. The rinks have officially been open to the public since Dec. 23 and have already gotten heavy usage.



New Hope Community Church-Isanti ready to serve Church staff, members of North 65 Chamber and visitors gathered Jan. 10 to cut the ribbon at New Hope Community Church-Isanti. The former Elim Baptist Church, 114 Dahlin St., Isanti, recently merged with New Hope Community Church of Cambridge and is holding two services on Sundays with programming for all ages. Renovations to the building were supervised by contractor Rod Holter (with scissors right) and logistics and financial planning were overseen by Brian Larson (with scissors left), on staff at New Hope. For more information visit

Franconia Sculpture Park grant will support artist residencies SUBMITTED FRANCONIA SCULPTURE PARK

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $20,000 to Franconia Sculpture Park, southwest of Taylors Falls, to support the Artist Residency and Exhibition Program. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest

standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Franconia Sculpture Park’s co-founder and Artistic Director/ CEO John Hock commented on the impact of NEA funding, “Franconia Sculpture Park provides a supportive environment serving artists who challenge themselves to create ambitious projects and exhibit new artwork that inspires over 120,000 annual visitors.” Through this Arts Works Grant,

several artists will be awarded fully funded residencies supporting the creation of large-scale, three-dimensional artwork to be exhibited for at least 12 months at Franconia Sculpture Park. The Artist Residency and Exhibition Program will also benefit over 120,000 annual visitors to the sculpture exhibition of over 120 works created by artists-in-residence, as well as over 13,000 adults and youth who participate in hands-on educational arts learning programs. For more information visit arts. gov/news.

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Recognizing the outreach and innovation behind a growing success story, East Central Energy (ECE) recently named the SACs Enrichment Center in Cambridge its 2016 Touchstone Energy® Community Award winner. The Friendship Café in the City Center Mall is the welcome mat to SACs, a vibrant community that is blossoming by the day. Through carefully nurtured partnerships with local government, business and nonprofits, the center is becoming the hub for Isanti County seniors across the age spectrum. The Isanti County Commission on Aging (ICCOA), a mostly volunteer group of trailblazers with a passion to serve, provides the energy and ideas that fuel the SACs mission. “It’s like food for the soul,” said Mary Sarault, chairman of the ICCOA Board of Directors, when asked to describe SACs. “It’s people visiting, enjoying activities and making connections, plus they’re able to get homecooked, nutritious meals at an affordable price.” “It’s kind of like a family,” said board member Jeannie Winselman. “Last year one of the waitresses here gave a winter coat to one of the fellows who comes in sometimes. We notice if they have a need, and we take care of them.” Housed for decades in an old parsonage that had little parking and was badly in need of repairs, the senior center was facing closure when the City of Cambridge offered it space in the mall. The move occurred in July 2014, and the Friendship Café opened that August. This fall, nearly 1,000 people were being served monthly. “We went out door knocking, we held fundraisers, and thanks to this community, we raised $120,000 to redo the space here in the mall. Our goal was to have a sustainable business that would help keep the senior center going,” Sarault said. Board member Lewis Leasure has coordinated the Friday volunteer breakfast for 20 years. He’s happy to see more people of all ages coming to enjoy it. “Finding ways to market the center to everyone” is a major focus for the board, said Eileen Stitz, who works with community relations and writes most of the grant applications for SACs. The center’s website, sacsmn. org, and the café’s Facebook page are new tools in the outreach effort. ECE presents the Touchstone Energy Community Award annually to an organization that embodies the Touchstone Energy values of integrity, innovation and commitment to community. As the local winner, SACs Enrichment Center will receive a $500 cash award, a plaque and will be entered in competition for the statewide Touchstone Energy Community Award. East Central Energy is a member-owned electric cooperative that serves nearly 59,000 homes, farms and businesses in east central Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. ECE provides electricity and highspeed internet, as well as community and business development and environmental services.

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Assembly of God Access Church (NB Campus) 4359 392nd St. North Branch, MN 55056 Sundays at 9am & 11am. 651-6747531. Kevin Haseltine, Lead Pastor Access Church (Isanti Campus) 201 Centennial Drive (Isanti Middle School) Isanti, MN 55040 Sundays at 11am. 651-674-7531. Kevin Haseltine, Lead Pastor Shaheen Eydgahi, Campus Pastor Harvest Church 601 Heritage Blvd. NE, Isanti. Located on the NE corner of CR5 & Hwy 65. 763-444-8883 Darren Sedler, Pastor. Wednesday night Bible Study. Dinner 6pm, Bible Study 6:30-8pm. Sunday Service 10:30 am. Baptist First Baptist Church 304 S. Main St., Cambridge, 763-689-1173. Call the church office or visit our website for current service times and programs. South Isanti Baptist Church 3367 Cty. Rd. 5 NE, Isanti. 763-444-5860, Pastor Bob Venneman. Sunday Worship 9:30am. Wednesday “Life & Light” Bible studies for all ages. Adults & children. For info call or go to Springvale Baptist Church 5-1/2 miles NW of Cambridge at Jct. of Cty Rd 14 & 6. 763-689-1373. Sunday School 9:30am. Morning Worship 10:30am. Second Sunday Potluck Dinner; Wednesday 7:15pm Adult Study Stanchfield Baptist Church 38850 Midway St. NE Stanchfield. 320-396-3391. Rev. Tim Walker, Lead Pastor. 9:15am. Sunday School for all ages, 10:30 am Worship Service. Wednesday Nights Clubs & Youths Sept.-May 6:30pm. North Isanti Baptist Church Lead Pastor: Travis Blake 2248 313th Ave. NE, Cambridge, MN 55008 Email: 763-689-3576. 8:30am Worship Service (traditional style) 10:45am Worship Service (contemporary style)

Sunrise Bible Church 41300 Second St., North Branch, Pastor David Stertz. Sunday school for all ages 9:30am, Sunday morning worship 10:30am, Sunday evening 6pm, Wednesday Kids 4 Truth & Bible studies for all ages 6:30pm. More info at www. or 651-674-4107. Evangelical Free Dale Evangelical Free Church 45268 Brunswick Rd, Harris, MN 763-689-5817 Pastor/Teacher Dr. Harvey Martin. Sunday School – all ages 9am. Sunday Service 10:25am. Awana, Wed. 6:30-8pm. Youth, Wed. 6:30-8pm Kost Evangelical Free Church 37405 Kost Trail, North Branch, MN 55056. Jct. of CR 11 & CR 72, SE of North Branch. 651-583-3281. Pastor, Dawson Grover. Kost Student Ministries Mondays 6:30pm. Worship Service Sundays 9:30am. More info: Oxlip Evangelical Free Church 9am Worhsip Service. 10:30am Coffee Time. 11am Sunday School. Pastor Leroy Scheumann. 29237 Roanoke St. NW, Isanti. E-mail: Jr. High youth/Awana Wed. 6:25pm. Sr. High Youth Mon. 6pm. Bone Builders 9am Tues. & Thurs. Lutheran Cambridge Lutheran Church (ELCA) 621 Old North Main Street, Cambridge. 763-689-1211 8:45am Festival, 9:05am & 10:20am Horizon Contemporary Worship. Splash! Kids’ Ministry released from all worship services. Radio service Sunday at 11am (KBEK 95.5 FM) Facebook: Cambridgelutheran Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) 320-396-2755. West Central Drive & Cty Rd 4 in northwest Braham. Pastor Richard Chronis. Worship Service 9:00am Traditional on 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays. Country/ Rock/Traditional Worship on the 2nd & 4th Sundays. Holy Communion celebrated 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sundays. Sunday School for ages 3 years old

thru 6th grade at 10:15am. Office hours 9 am-Noon Tuesday-Friday. Radio service Sunday at 9:30am (KBEK 95.5 FM) Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church Of Rush Point (ELCA) Laurie Weis, Interim Pastor. 320-3584829, 600 Rush Point Dr. 10am Worship with nursery available. 11am Fellowship officecalvaryrushpoint@ Faith Lutheran Church (ELCA) 2nd & Main, Isanti. 763-444-9201. Pastor Clifton Hanson. Sunday Worship 9:30am. Sunday School and Coffee hour 10:30am. Kingdom Kids Club 6:30pm-7:30pm every Wed. during school year. (3yrs-6th gr.) All are welcome! Staffed nursery available. Call for info. First Lutheran Church (ELCA) 43779 Gates Ave., Harris. 651-674-4971. Handicapped accessible. Pastor Caroline Harthun. Sunday 9:30am Worship, 10:30am coffee/ fellowship. Joy Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 1155 Joy Circle, Cambridge. 763-689-4355. Sunday Services: 8:00am Traditional. 10:30am Contemporary. Sunday School 9:15am Long Lake Lutheran Church (ELCA) 3921 277th Ave NW Isanti, MN 55040, 763-444-5315. Pastor Matt Flom. Sunday Worship 8am & 9:30am. Education/Sunday School hour 9:30am. Living Branch Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 6486 Elm St., North Branch, MN 55056. 651-674-5576 Handicapped Accessible. Pastor Micah Schmidt. Sunday: 8am Traditional, 9:15am Sunday School/Adult Bible Study with Nursery, 10:30am contemporary service w/ nursery. Tue. 1:30pm Bible study. Wed. 5:15-5:30pm Confirmation, 6:30pm Wings for Kids ages 3-12 yrs., Men’s Bible Study & Youth group.

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Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA) County Rd 14, North Branch. 651-674-7047. Pastor Jon Yurk. Worship Sundays 8 & 10am, Sunday School, Bible Study & Adult Education 9am. Confirmation & EDGE Wed. at 6:30 p.m. E-mail:

Spring Lake Lutheran Church (ELCA) 8440 Erickson Road, PO Box 958, North Branch, MN 55056 (9 mi. E. of Cambridge on Hwy. 95, North one block on Erickson Road). 651-6744606. Mark Gruner, Pastor. E-mail: Sat., Jan. 14 8am Daisy Circle. 9am WELCA Workday. Sun., Jan. 15 9am Worship. 9:40am Sunday School. 10am Fellowship. Wed., Jan. 18 6:30pm Confirmation. Thurs., Jan 19 9am Men’s Coffee at County Market. 1pm Rose Circle. 7pm AA Meeting.


St. John Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 28168 Jodrell St. NE, North Branch, Located 6 mi. E. of Isanti on Co. Rd. 5; (or 7 mi. W. of North Branch on Co. Rd. 5); then 1-1/2 mi. S. on Co. Rd. 12. 763-444-5988, Kevin Zellers, Pastor; Sunday 9am Worship; 10:20am Adult Bible Study; Monday 10 am Bible study. E-mail: Christ Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS) 32962 Vickers St. NE, Cambridge, 763-689-5333 Sunday Worship 9am. Sunday School/Bible class 10:15am. (1.8 mi. E of Cambridge) St. John’s Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 980 West 4th Street, Rush City, Pastor Tim Renstrom 320-358-3623, Sunday 8:45am Worship, 7:30am Rise & Shine Bible Study, Monday 10am Longer Look Bible Study. St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 400 SE 8th St., (Isanti #4 E.), PO Box 37, Braham. 320-3963103. Tim Renstrom, Pastor. Sunday 8:45 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Study. 10:00am Worship.

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Spirit River Community A United Methodist Church 1321 Heritage Blvd. NE, Isanti, MN 763-219-0008. Reverend James H. Crecelius. Sunday Worship Service and Christian Education 10am. Non-Denominational Bethesda Church 38180 Hemingway Ave., North Branch, MN 952-226-6651. 9am Worship Service. 10:10am Coffee Break. 10:30am Sunday School and adult Bible studies. Lakeside Christian Church 32393 Rendova Cir. N.E., Cambridge (3 mi. E of Cambridge just off Hwy. 95). 763-689-3649. Pastor; Aaron Newton. Counselors: Pastoral Counselor Toni Nelson; Sunday 9:30am. Worship 10:45am. Gathering Grounds; Cabins for personal retreats. Call for reservation. E-mail Journey of Faith 763-762-0130 Dr. James A. Carter, Pastor Sunday Worship 10am. Junction Bowl, 123 Cajima St. NE, Isanti



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River Valley Christian Church IHS “Allowing the Holy Spirit to Transform Lives” 37126 Hwy 65 NE, Stanchfield MN (just North of Grandy on the West side of 65). Sunday Morning Worship & Children’s Church 10 am. Sunday Night Worship & Bible Study 5:30 pm. Wednesday Night Worship & Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Pastor Tom Bakke 763689-6987. Visitors Expected! River of Life Church Meeting at 150 Birch St. N., Ste 170, Cambridge. (Across from Minnco Credit Unon, Mark Radeke, Pastor. 763689-5115. Sundays 10:15 am. New Beginnings Church Cambridge 2275 335th Lane NE, Cambridge. Pastor Brian Hallberg. Assoc. Pastor RJ Sauvageau. Services Sunday 10am. Mid-week service: Wed. 7pm Verse by Bible teaching. Email: newbeginningscambridge@gmail. com. Find us on facebook. Pentecostal The Journey New Life Church NEW LOCATION! 145 2nd Ave SE, Cambridge Pastor David L. Willis. Sunday 10am Worship & Sunday school. Sunday 6pm Worship Service. Midweek Bible Study – Wed. 7pm. Call for details 763-689-4471.

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“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” —Matthew 7:12 NIV

he advice to do something nice for someone follows logically from the golden rule, i.e., to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matthew 7:12), and is, in effect, a summary of the Bible’s teaching on morality. We all know how good it feels when someone does something nice for us, and so we should return the favor, or perhaps “pay it forward,” as the saying goes. This can be done in so many simple ways, from helping someone with their chores, to inviting someone to eat with you or otherwise sharing your food, to just being there for others. It doesn’t have to be expensive; sometimes the best gift is the gift of our time. A patient and understanding listener is often the best therapist. On the other hand, gifts are also nice. Who doesn’t like to be the recipient of a thoughtful gift? And monetary gifts are always practical. Sometimes the nicest things we do are the things we do for those who don’t expect it, or deserve it. If someone deserves to be forgiven, then it’s not a big deal to forgive them. But if someone doesn’t deserve to be forgiven and we forgive them, that is a big deal. Do something nice for someone each and every day and occasionally do something really nice for someone who doesn’t necessarily expect it, or deserve it. – Christopher Simon




JANUARY 12, 2017

School board opts to go with status quo



“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” was the prevailing sentiment as the Cambridge-Isanti School Board held their annual organizational meeting on Thursday, Jan 5. The meeting, which is held on the first Thursday after the new year begins, is set aside to swear in any newly-elected board members and to establish board member assignments, as well as making official designations mandated by state law. First on the agenda was the election of a board chair, vice chair, clerk and treasurer. As nominations were opened up for each of the positions, the only person nominated was the one who was currently holding that position and therefore, no vote was needed. As a result, Tim Hitchings will again be board chair, with Gary Hawkins as vice chair, Lynn Wedlund as clerk and Heidi Sprandel as treasurer. The board also opted to maintain the current compensation for board members. The base pay will again be $250 per month, with an additional either $65 or $130 for each committee the board members are on with the amount depending on the length of the meetings. The chair will receive an additional $100 and the clerk and treasurer will get an additional $60 per month. It was noted the pay has not been changed since 2009. The Isanti County News was once again designated as the


Cambridge-Isanti School Board members (from left) Nate Reibel, Carri Levitski, Heidi Sprandel and Gary Hawkins were sworn in at the Jan. 5 meeting.

official newspaper, despite the fact their bid of $2.85 per inch was higher than the Isanti-Chisago County Star’s bid of $2.25 per inch. The deciding factor was the News’s estimated circulation within the school district being 3,000 higher than that of the Star. New board member Carri Levitski noted she doesn’t receive the News at her residence and requested the board add a request to them to distribute their paper to as much of the district as possible. People’s Bank was again selected as the official bank depository, with multiple other banks named as secondary depositories. The only designation that garnered any discussion was the naming of the official district attorney. While the board is satisfied with Kennedy &

Graven, Superintendent Ray Queener asked the board to add the stipulation that the board has the option to go with another firm as needed. It was noted this might happen “once or twice” within the year. That addition was acceptable to the board; however, Board Member Wedlund asked if the board could get fee estimates from any law firm that the board might go with so they have that information at their disposal should they need to go with someone else. Finally, the board will continue to meet the third Thursday of each month, with the exception of October, November and December, where they will meet one week earlier in order to avoid scheduling conflicts with MEA week, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Volunteering is good. Change is good. Put them together and what have you got? Well, a name change, actually. Fairview Lakes Auxiliary, one of the largest hospital auxiliaries in the state, is changing its name to Fairview Lakes Medical Center Volunteer Organization. “Volunteers are so important,” said Katie Swanson, volunteer coordinator for the group based out of the Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming. “They plan, lead, organize and support fundraising events to support the hospital programs. They also volunteer within the hospital. Whether it’s a therapy dog in the building, visiting a patient or fundraising, volunteers are ordinary people who care about others and want to provide help and comfort.” The foundation is made up of professional medical staff and community members of various ethnic, gender and income status to create a solid group of volunteers who strive to make their community and healthcare better. According to Swanson, the commitment of each volunteer makes a significant impact in the day-to-day business of the hospital. FINANCIAL AND PERSONAL IMPACT The organization raises an average of $50,000 each year through fundraising events and donations. “The money raised by the Fairview Lakes Medical Center Volunteer Organization,” Swanson said, “goes right back into the hospital and the community it serves in the form of

purchasing medical equipment that is outside the budget that enhances patient care.” Some of the money also assists in providing college scholarships for local youth who wish to pursue a medical career. In addition to the practical and financial benefits of the volunteer program, many consider themselves ambassadors for healthcare in their communities. Not only are they learning new skills or enhancing skills they are passionate about, but volunteers build strong relationships and community ties. “They gain new friends, confidence, sense of satisfaction and feel like they are making a difference,” Swanson said. “Not only do volunteers give of themselves and their talents, but oftentimes they find that they receive much more than they give.”

OPEN HOUSE WILL ANNOUNCE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES The volunteer organization will host an open house on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 6:308:30 p.m. at Fairview Lakes Medical Center-Wyoming. A short presentation on the areas of need for volunteering will be given, along with hospital tours and the opportunity to sign up for fundraising events and other opportunities to serve, have fun and make a difference. Current open positions include gift shop cashier, valet parking attendant, Birthplace greeter, same-day surgery volunteer, pet visitor and social media wiz. For more information contact Katie Swanson at (651) 982-7775.

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in at $2.25 per column inch and the Isanti County News’s bid was at $2.85 per column inch, a 60 centsper-column-inch difference. Council Member Joe Morin was the lone vote against the bid, citing the Star’s bid featured a smaller font size. “That extra one point in font size does make a difference to me

and to the aging population,” Morin said. After the meeting, a representative for the Isanti-Chisago County Star acknowledged Morin’s concerns and indicated they will take that under advisement when making future bids. • Because of Mayor Marlys Palmer’s absence at the meeting due to illness, the council tabled appointing the Acting Mayor and 2017 com-


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Morke breaks school all-around record BY BILL STICKELS III EDITOR@COUNTYSTAR.COM


Making a smooth transition North Branch’s Paige Bauer hits her toe-shoot release move to the high bar during the Princeton Invite on Saturday, Jan. 7. The Vikings took second place in the meet with a 142.05.

At the start of the season, the Bluejacket gymnastics team was asked by their coaches to set personal goals for the upcoming season. For sophomore Char Morke, the goal was simple but succinct: “break a school record.” On Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Minnesota Gymnastics Judges Association Invite in Faribault, not only did Morke break a school record, but she broke what is considered in gymnastics as the individual record in the form of the school’s allaround record. To obtain the feat, the talented sophomore scored personal bests on the vault (9.25), bars (9.7) and beam (9.6) and added a near-best 9.65 on the floor, for an all-around score of 38.2. That total broke the 10-yearold record previously set by Chelsey Evenson in 2006. It is also the first time a Bluejacket eclipsed the 38-point mark as Evenson’s top score was 37.975. Bluejacket head coach Wendy Rooney was elated over the accomplishment. “It was exciting to see Char have such a fabulous day,” Rooney proclaimed. “We see her nail routines at


Char Morke set a school record in the all-around on Jan. 7.

practice a lot, but this was the first time she was able to hit all four events so perfectly in one meet.” Rooney credits Morke’s hard work and dedication for achieving her level of success. “She is a perfectionist in her execution, and all of her routines are beautiful to watch,” Rooney said. The accomplishment still hasn’t completely sunk in for the sophomore. “When I realized I broke the record I thought I was dreaming. It didn’t feel real, and it still doesn’t,” said Morke. “When Wendy told me I was beyond excited and so incredibly grateful.”

Buoyed by Morke’s performance, the Jackets took first place as a team in the meet, scoring a season-best 144.825, outdistancing second-place Austin by over 1-1/2 points. Perhaps more importantly, the score topped Anoka, who is currently the Jackets’ closest section 7AA competition, by almost four full points. With that goal now checked off, the natural question for Morke is “what is your new goal for the season?” Her answer might be surprising to some, but reveals the attitude that Rooney instills in all of her gymnasts. “Now my goal is for my team to qualify for state,” said Morke. But then, she did add a couple personal goals to the list. “I would like to break the school record for floor (9.75, set by Johannah Radziun in 2003), and I want to qualify for state in the all-around and to then break my own record at state.” The Jackets still have eight more regular season meets for Morke to capture the floor record. Then Morke and the team will see if they can check off the others during the Section 7AA meet on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Forest Lake.


GYMNASTICS The Bluejackets continued to raise their score meet-by-meet with a dual meet and invitational victories last week. On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Jackets traveled to Elk River to take on Rogers for the first time ever. Prior to this season, the Royals competed during the regular season as a combined team with Elk River. C-I “welcomed” the “newcomers” into the

conference with a decided, 143.2-137.475 victory. MollyAnn Harvey earned first place honors in the all-around, collecting a 36.725 score. Char Morke finished in second with a 36.05 and Hannah Haight completed the all-around sweep with a 35.45 score. Shelby Van Heel also came away with a first place finish on the beam with a career-high 9.3. On Saturday, Jan. 7, the Jackets took top honors at the MGJA Invite in Faribault with a score of 144.825. Morke was the

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star of the day, breaking the school all-around record (see article on the top of this page). Harvey also had another solid meet, scoring a 36.225 allaround, good enough for fourth place. WRESTLING The Bluejackets easily dispensed of Monticello in their dual meet on Friday, Jan. 6. C-I picked up eight pins en route to their 62-15 win over the Magic. The following day, C-I hosted their annual Invite, earning second place with 197.5 team points, behind only St. Francis’s 226 points. Jacob Mujwid earned C-I’s lone first place finish at 106 pounds. The Jack-

ets also collected second place finishes from Jordan Driscoll, Tate Torgerson, Jimmy Brown, Josh Schuster and Will Flemister. BOYS HOCKEY The Bluejackets pulled off their best victory of the season, beating rival Princeton 3-1 on Thursday, Jan. 5. After spotting the Tigers a 1-0 lead, Jared Konen tallied two straight goals and Austin Schlenker put the game out of reach for the Jackets. Two days prior, C-I fell to Duluth Marshall 7-3. Jordan Busse tallied two of the three goals for the host Jackets, with Schlenker picking up the other goal.

GIRLS HOCKEY CIMPC fell twice last week, losing 3-2 to Rogers and 7-2 to Grand Rapids. Alyson Niebur collected one of the two goals for the Jackets in each game, with Ashley Schintz picking up the other goal against the Royals and Addie Smrekar scoring against Grand Rapids. GIRLS BASKETBALL In a busy week, the Jackets went 1-2, falling to North Branch 57-41 and Brainerd 65-48 before coming up with a 69-57 win over Becker. Lanie Cox led the way for the Jackets in the two losses, collecting 13 and 15 points. She also added 20 points in the Becker victory, just behind Amanda

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BOYS BASKETBALL The Jackets fell twice to section 7AAAA teams last week, losing to Andover 65-61 and then falling to Duluth East 49-37. Henry Abraham was the top scorer in both games, collecting 25 points against Andover and 15 points against East.

BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING Coming out of their winter break, C-I fell to Monticello 96-82 on Thursday, Jan. 5. Then on Saturday, Jan. 7, the Jackets finished in 7th out of nine teams at Spring Lake Park.


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BOMBER SOUNDBITES points for Braham. GIRLS BASKETBALL The Bombers went 2-0 during last week’s games, beating Mora 53-46 and East Central 62-24. In the Mora game, Lizzie Altendorf was the top scorer with 18 points. Against East Central, Sierra Giffrow converted five threepoint baskets for 22

BOYS BASKETBALL The boys team went 1-1 for the week, keeping up their .500 season record at 5-5. On Jan. 3, the Bombers fell to Moose Lake-Willow River 7166. Braham rebounded from that loss with a 70-49 win over East Cen-

tral on Jan. 5. In the victory, Cody Carlson led the way with 17 points.

WRESTLING Rush City/Braham finished in sixth place in the Mora Invite on Saturday, Jan. 7, scoring 85 team points. Dalton Mielke was the top finisher, coming in second at 170 pounds.

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North Branch Area Schools Ashley Patneaude – 8th Grade Ashley is always willing to go the extra mile. She comes to school each day and has greatly improved. She is a positive role model for other students.

Carter Prenovost – 8th Grade Carter exhibits all of the character traits. He is a great leader for other students. He shows responsibility with his work ethic and compassion by supporting his classmates. Marley Reed – 8th Grade Marley brings great positive character to the classroom every day. She also spends her time tutoring other students. She is a joy to have in class and brings a smile to everyone.

Connor Smentek – 8th Grade Connor is a fantastic student to have in class. He is always willing to participate and helps his peers when needed. He also showed honesty by turning in money he found.

Colton – 4th grade Colton is a 4th grader in Becky Golden’s class. He was chosen as January’s student of the month as our focus is on cooperation. Colton will now work with his classmates without being asked and willingly joins other students in group work. Colton is very polite and is always using his manners. Madison Hadrava Madison is the NBAHS Student of the Month. She always comes in to the office with a smile on her face and a warm greeting to the office staff. She is always quick to offer help with anything and does so with a positive attitude. She is an excellent example of what it means to be a North Branch Area HS Viking! Victoria Kent – 8th grade The January student of the month for the middle school is Tori. Tori is an 8th grader who particpates in cross country in the fall and track and field in the spring. She advocates for herself, shows leadership, is friendly to all and volunteers to help others often.


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Fixed and Indexed Annuities Security and Comfortability. Two words that many people try to achieve in their lifetime. Whether it’s protecting your home, or finding a career that provides a steady income. You will try to find those simple words somewhere in your life. That is why insurance companies created a financial product that can give you both in and before retirement. Most people have 401ks, mutual funds, real estate, etc... to provide income during retirement. Which is great! All of those are great ways to prepare for retirement, but what happens if another 2008 blindsides us again? Annuities protect your hard-earned retirement funds from uncertain outcomes. Below are some of the benefits of annuities: 1. Zero percent floors: What if I could tell you that you could never lose any money in your investment? That’s exactly what annuities provide. Due to their insurance vs investment nature, these retirement planning vehicles allow you to get interest without risking your current assets. Now, what kind of returns can you get on

such a wonderful tool? Interest rates on products like this can still have very competitive rates of return. 2. Low fees: Unlike your mutual funds or 401k’s, agents that help you set up annuities get paid once and very little if any after that. This allows your money to grow better and faster because insurance companies don’t have to take out as much in fees. Also, some insurance companies will even get you an extra one percent right off the bat if you move your money over to them. 3. Guaranteed Lifetime Income: This is one of the best things about annuities. Some of them have a Lifetime Income rider that can be purchased that enhances the income you can get from this product. Also, if you live past your money, they will continue to pay you income. Most retirement vehicles, after the money has dispersed, will not pay you a dime after. A common concern: 1. After I put my money in an annuity, I can’t get it out until retirement or without a penalty.

a. Annuities do lock up your money for a set amount of years, but you can take out up to 10 percent per year without getting penalized. Also, if this money is meant for retirement, why would you want to take out any more than that? The current federal rule does make you keep any retirement money in until at least 59 1/2, but will also allow you to take up to 10 percent per year without penalty. Bottom line when it comes to retirement investments and different products, you have to pick the one that’s right for you and your financial future. I invite you to go out and talk with your insurance agent to discuss possible retirement options. You’d be surprised that insurance companies may have the answer to your retirement planning all along. How many of your financial advisors can say, “I’ve never lost my client a dime.” Insurance agents can. * This article is based on fixed or indexed annuities, not variable annuities.

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At East Central Audiology we are dedicated to keeping your hearing healthy. You may not notice a reduction in your hearing, but others will. Good hearing can bring back self confidence and allow you to feel socially connected to your friends and family. Untreated hearing loss can lead to social isolation, depression and dementia. East Central Audiology has serviced Cambridge and surrounding communities since 1995. Our professional team of audiologists provide affordable hearing solutions. We recommend fit, dispense and repair most brands of hearing instruments. In addition, the audiologists at East Central Audiology offer a 45 day trial period, interest free financing, 20 percent hearing aid discounts and complimentary hearing aid accessories. We have office locations in Forest lake, Cambridge, Pine City and Mora. To schedule an appointment with audiologist Lynne Hawley or Kay Lynn Naggatz please call 763-689-2121 or 1-866-900-HEAR (4327). Our office is conveniently located in the Crossroad Commons directly across Highway 95 from Perkins at 1001 1st Ave., E in Suite 101.

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Chamber Mission: North 65 Chamber of Commerce, led by its members, promotes business growth, provides resources, and enhances partnerships to support a thriving community.

MEMBERSpotlight CMK Financial Services, LLC Katie Christenson 763-312-6010 CMK Financial Services is a new Tax, Accounting and Business Consulting firm based out of Cambridge, MN. Katie Christenson, an Enrolled Agent (like a CPA but federally licensed by the IRS) started the business in 2015 when she moved back to the Cambridge area after spending 16 years in Chicago. She can provide representation for any individual or business before the IRS for any tax matter in any state. She has over 15 years of accounting and business consultation experience in a wide range of industries from start-ups to multi-million dollar firms. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and is very involved in the outdoors. 2 Enterprise Ave., NE Suite C4 Isanti, MN

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council (the "Council") of the City of North Branch, Chisago County, Minnesota, will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., at the City Hall, in the City of North Branch, Minnesota, relating to: (i) the proposed adoption by the North Branch Economic Development Authority (the "Authority") of a modification to the Redevelopment Plan for North Branch Redevelopment Project Area No. 1, the proposed establishment by the Authority of Tax Increment Financing (Economic Development) District No. 2016-1 within North Branch Redevelopment Project Area No. 1; (ii) the proposed adoption by the Authority of a Tax Increment Financing Plan therefor, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 469.174 through 469.1794, inclusive, as amended; and (iii) approving amendments to the City’s business subsidy criteria, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Sections 116J.993 through 116J.996. Copies of the modification to the Redevelopment Plan, the Tax Increment Financing Plan and the amended business subsidy criteria, as proposed to be adopted will be on file and available for public inspection at the office of the City Clerk at City Hall. The property included in North Branch Redevelopment Project Area No. 1 is described in the Redevelopment Plan on file in the office of the City Clerk. The property proposed to be included in Tax Increment Financing (Economic Development) District No. 2016-1 is described in the Tax Increment Financing Plan on file in the office of the City Clerk. Maps of North Branch Redevelopment Project Area No. 1 and Tax Increment Financing (Economic Development) District No. 2016-1 are set forth below:

All interested persons may appear at the hearing and present their views orally or in writing prior to the hearing. Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Jan. 12, 2017

THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION YOU ARE NOTIFIED THAT: 1. Default has occurred in the conditions of the Mortgage dated August 8, 2003, executed by Richard S. Schmitz, Carmen K. Schmitz, Richard L. Ohmann, Lisa Ohmann and Carl Ohmann, as Mortgagors to Village Bank, as Mortgagee, and filed for record September 3, 2003, as Document Number 443310, in the Office of the Registrar of Titles, Anoka County, Minnesota; and the Mortgage was also filed for record, on September 15, 2003, as Document No. 322981, in the office of the Isanti County Recorder. The land described in the Mortgage has registered land in Anoka County and does not have registered land in Isanti County. 2. The Mortgage has been assigned as follows: Village Bank to Going Broke Holdings, LLC, a Minnesota limited liability company, by that Assignment of Mortgage dated May 24, 2016, recorded May 24, 2016, as Anoka County Registrar of Titles Document No. 2137982.001; and the said Assignment of Mortgage dated May 24, 2016, was recorded in Isanti County on October 24, 2016, as Isanti County Recorder Document No. A461990. 3. The original principal amount secured by the Mortgage was: $150,000.00. 4. No action or proceeding at law is now pending to recover the debt secured by the Mortgage, or any part thereof. 5. The holder of the Mortgage has complied with all conditions precedent to acceleration of the debt secured by the Mortgage and foreclosure of the Mortgage, and all notice and other requirements of applicable statutes. 6. At the date of this notice the amount due on the Mortgage, and taxes, if any, paid by the holder of the Mortgage is $100,007.22. 7. Pursuant to the power of sale in the Mortgage, the Mortgage will be foreclosed, and the two (2) parcels of land described below will be sold by the County Sheriff of Anoka County, Minnesota, at public auction on February 8, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, 13301 Hanson Blvd NW, Andover, MN 55304, to pay the debt then secured by said Mortgage and the taxes, if any actually paid by the Mortgagee, on the premises and the costs and disbursements allowed by law: Parcel One (1) (Anoka County Property) – Legal: Lot 15, Block 2, Westwood Acres, Anoka County, Minnesota. Parcel Two (2) (Isanti County Property) – Legal: The West Half of the Southwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter, Section 12, Township 35 North, Range 22 West, Isanti County, Minnesota. Together with a 66 foot nonexclusive easement over and across part of the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section 1, Township 35 North, Range 22 west, Isanti County. Minnesota. The westerly line of said easement is described as follows: Commencing at the southwest corner of the Southwest Quarter of Southwest Quarter of Section 1; thence South 87 degrees 02 minutes 42 seconds East, assumed bearing, along the south line of said Southwest Quarter of Southwest Quarter, a distance of 330.62 feet to the point of intersection with the east line of the west 330 feet of the Northwest Quarter of Northwest Quarter of Section 12 and the point of beginning of the line to be herein described; thence North 14 degrees 35 minutes 08 seconds East, a distance of 449.82 feet to the point of intersection with a line drawn from a point on the east line of said Southwest Quarter of Southwest Quarter of Section 1, distant 4 rods north of the southwest corner of said Southwest Quarter of Southwest Quarter and there terminating. Also together with a nonexclusive easement over and across the east 66 feet of the west 396 feet of the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of said Section 12. Subject to and together with a 66 foot nonexclusive easement over and across part of the West half of the Northwest Quarter of said Section 12, the center line of said easement is described as follows; Beginning at the southeast corner of the west 330 feet of the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of said Section 12; thence easterly, along the south line of said Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter, to the northeast corner of the West Half of the Southwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of said Section 12 and there terminating. Also subject to and together with a 60 foot radius nonexclusive easement over and across part of said West Half of the Northwest Quarter, the center of said easement is the terminus of the previously described center line. 8. For purposes of complying with Minn. Stat. Sec. 580.025, subd. 2, the following is the applicable foreclosure data for each parcel: Parcel 1 (Anoka County Property) - Said property has a physical street address of 8727 Able Street NE, Blaine, Minnesota 55434, and a property identification number of 31-31-23-41-0074. That Going Broke Holdings, LLC, which is the person holding the mortgage, is not a transaction agent as defined in M.S. Sec. 58.02, subd. 30. The name of the residential mortgage servicer and the lender or broker and the residential mortgage originator, as defined in sec. 58.02, is Going Broke Holdings, LLC. Parcel 2 (Isanti County Property) - Said property has a physical street address of 9088 - 315th Avenue NE, North Branch, Minnesota 55056, and a property identification number of 07.012.1002. That Going Broke Holdings, LLC, which is the person holding the mortgage, is not a transaction agent as defined in M.S. Sec. 58.02, subd. 30. The name of the residential mortgage servicer and the lender or broker and the residential mortgage originator, as defined in sec. 58.02, is Going Broke Holdings, LLC.

JANUARY 12, 2017 9. The time allowed by law for redemption by Mortgagor(s) or Mortgagor’s personal representatives or assigns is Six (6) months after the date of sale. If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, the date on or before which the mortgagor must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property redeemed under section 580.23 is at 11:59 p.m. on August 8, 2017, unless the redemption period is postponed or reduced to 5 weeks under Minn. Stat. Sec. 580.07 or 582.032. 10. THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR’S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED. Date: December 16, 2016 Going Broke Holdings, LLC MORTGAGEE Attorney(s) for Mortgagee or Assignee of Mortgage: BARNA, GUZY & STEFFEN, LTD. Charles M. Seykora 400 Northtown Financial Plaza 200 Coon Rapids Blvd. Coon Rapids, MN 55433 763-780-8500 THIS COMMUNICATION IS FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Dec. 22, 29, 2016 and Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That Default has occurred in the conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: 01/26/2007 ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $230,212.67 MORTGAGOR(S): Fred L. Bly and Bridget J. Bly, Husband and Wife MORTGAGEE: Household Industrial Finance Company DATE AND PLACE OF FILING: 02/05/2007 as Document No. 375294 in the Office of the County Recorder, Isanti County, Minnesota The mortgage was assigned for value as follows: Assignee: LSF9 Master Participation Trust Assignment dated: 04/19/2016 Assignment recorded: 05/20/2016 Assignment recording information: Document No. A458383 Assignee: U.S. Bank Trust N.A. as Trustee for LSF9 Master Participation Trust Assignment dated: 10/04/2016 Assignment recorded: 10/10/2016 Assignment recording information: Document No. A461624 All in the records of the County Recorder in and for Isanti County, Minnesota. TAX PARCEL I.D. NO.: 16-076-0350 LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: SITUATE IN ISANTI COUNTY, MINNESOTA, DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: LOT 5, BLOCK 2 RUM RIVER LANDING, ISANTI COUNTY, MINNESOTA. Abstract Property STREET ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 703 11th Ave. S., Isanti, MN 55040 COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Isanti LENDER OR BROKER AND MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR: Household Industrial Finance Company RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE SERVICER: Caliber Home Loans Inc. THE AMOUNT CLAIMED TO BE DUE ON THE MORTGAGE AS OF 12/30/2016: $276,297.18. THAT no action or proceeding has been instituted at law to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof; that there has been compliance with all pre-foreclosure notice and acceleration requirements of said mortgage, and/or applicable statutes. Pursuant to the power of sale contained in said Mortgage, the Mortgage will be foreclosed, and the mortgaged premises will be sold by the Sheriff of Isanti County, Minnesota at public auction as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: 02/23/2017 at 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: Isanti County Sheriff’s Office, 509 18th Avenue SW, Cambridge, MN 55008 to pay the debt then secured by said mortgage and taxes, if any actually paid by the mortgagee, on the premises and the costs and disbursements allowed by law. The time allowed by law for redemption by said Mortgagor(s) or Mortgagor’s personal representatives or assigns is 6 months from the date of sale. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the mortgage is not reinstated under Minn. Stat. §580.30 or redeemed under Minn. Stat. §580.23, the mortgagor must vacate the mortgaged property by 11:59 p.m. on 08/23/2017, or the next business day if 08/23/2017 falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday. MORTGAGOR(S) RELEASED FROM FINANCIAL OBLIGATION ON MORTGAGE: None. THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR’S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS

THAT MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED. Dated: 12/29/2016 U.S. Bank Trust, N.A., as Trustee for LSF9 Master Participation Trust, Mortgagee/ Mortgage Assignee Klatt, Augustine, Sayer, Treinen & Rastede, P.C., By Brian G. Sayer, Attorney for Mortgagee/Mortgage Assignee 925 E 4th St., Waterloo, IA 50703 THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Dec. 29, 2016; Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE General Notice of Corporate Dissolution of Red’s TV & Appliance, Inc. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Please be advised that the Minnesota Business Corporation known as Red’s TV & Appliance, Inc., heretofore organized and existing under the provisions of Minnesota Statutes Chapter 302A, doing business at 523 North Main St., Cambridge, MN 55008, is in the process of dissolving. Pursuant to shareholder and director resolution dated December 23, 2016 the corporation will be dissolved in accordance with the provisions of Minnesota Statutes Section 302A.727. A Notice of Intent to Dissolve, as provided for under Minnesota Statutes Section 302A.721 has been filed by the corporation with the Minnesota Secretary of State on December 23, 2016. All debts owed to the corporation and all claims against the corporation will be received by H. J. (Red) Palmer and must be presented in writing at 523 North Main Street, Cambridge, MN 55008, by March 31, 2017. Dated: December 23, 2016 /s/ Marlys A. Palmer Corporate Secretary Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Dec. 29, 2016; Jan. 5, 12, 19, 2017


STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF ISANTI IN DISTRICT COURT TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT PROBATE DIVISION Court File No. 30-PR-16-98 IN RE: ESTATE OF Franklin J. Manske aka Franklin Julius Manske, DECEDENT NOTICE AND ORDER OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR FORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND FORMAL APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS It is Ordered and Notice is given that on Feb. 7, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., a hearing will be held in this Court at Isanti County Government Center, 555 18th Avenue SW, Cambridge, Minnesota, on a petition for the formal probate of an instrument purporting to be Decedent’s Will dated February 5, 1999, and for the appointment of Roger Manske whose address is 608 4th Avenue East, West Fargo ND 58078 as Personal Representative of Decedent’s Estate in an unsupervised administration. Any objections to the petition must be raised at the hearing or filed with the Court prior to the hearing. If the petition is proper and if no objections are filed or raised, the Personal Representative will be appointed with full power to administer Decedent’s Estate, including the power to collect all assets; pay all legal debts, claims, taxes and expenses; sell real and personal property; and do all necessary acts for Decedent’s Estate. Notice is further given that, subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801, all creditors having Claims against Decedent’s Estate are required to present the claims to the Personal Representative or to the Court within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred. BY THE COURT Dated: 12/23/16 James E. Dehn Judge of District Court Dated: 12/23/16 Tracy Gullerud Court Administrator By: Beverly Harren Deputy Clerk Attorney for Petitioner Thomas J. Meinz ID# 7181X 107 Sixth Avenue South Princeton MN 55371 Telephone & Fax: 763/389—1243 Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Jan. 12, 19, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE NORTH BRANCH PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the North Branch City Council will hold a PUBLIC HEARING on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. or thereafter at the North Branch City Hall, 6408 Elm Street, to consider textual changes to the Zoning Ordinance submitted by Kelly J. Neider. PROPOSED REQUEST:


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FROM PUBLIC NOTICES, PAGE 16 The applicant, Ms. Kelly J. Neider, is requesting City Council approval to allow Recreational or Fitness Instruction as an Interim Use in the R3 High-Density Residential Zoning District. Pertinent information about this request is on file at City Hall. Interested parties are encouraged to submit written or oral comments on this matter at or before the Public Hearing. FOR THE COMMISSION: Nathan Sondrol GIS Planning Specialist 651.674.8113 Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Jan. 12, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE NORTH BRANCH PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the North Branch City Council will hold a PUBLIC HEARING on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. or thereafter at the North Branch City Hall, 6408 Elm Street. This public hearing is to consider an ordinance amendment to eliminate one-acre lots within the 20-year growth area. Pertinent information about this amendment is on file at City Hall. Interested parties are encouraged to submit written or oral comments on this matter at or before the Public Hearing. FOR THE CITY COUNCIL Richard Hill Interim City Administrator 651.674.8113 Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Jan. 12, 2017


bridge, Minnesota. Regular City Council Meeting December 19, 2016 Members Present: Mayor Marlys Palmer, Council Members Howard Lewis, Lisa Iverson, Joe Morin and Kersten Conley. Members Absent: None • Meeting was called to order at 3:07 pm. • Adopted Resolution R16-092 Decertifying TIF District 6-12 (NRI). • Approved lease renewal - New Beginnings Community Church for Woodcrest Park Church. • Approved Resolution R16-093, Amending 2016 General Fund Budget. • Approved Resolution R16-094, Authorize Inter-Fund Transfers. • Discussed establishment of a Sister Cities Commission. • Viewed a presentation on Croatia Sister City visit to Beli Manister, Croatia. • Adopted Ordinance No. 630 Amending Cambridge City Code Title IX: General Regulations, Chapter 95 Pigeons as Farm Animals. • Adopted Ordinance No. 631 Approving the Planned Unit Development and Zoning Map amendment, Menard, Inc.; Ordinance No. 632 Approving the Future Land Use Map Amendment, Menard, Inc.; Resolution R16-095 Approving the Vacation of Drainage and Utility Easements, Menard, Inc.; Resolution R16-096 Approving the Preliminary Plat for Menard 2nd Addition; and Resolution R16-097 Approving the Final Plat for Menard 2nd Addition. • Adopted Ordinance 633 Amending Title VII: Traffic Code, Section 71 Parking Regulations. • Approved seeking reimbursement for an employee’s time spent on civil matters (deposition testimony, court appearance, court testimony, etc.). • Authorized Progress Payment #3 to MN Ice for $132,498.40 for the ice rink project. • Presented outgoing Council member Lewis with a Certificate of Appreciation for his four years of service on the City Council. • Adjourned meeting at 5:37 pm. Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Jan. 12, 2017



The complete minutes are available for public inspection at the office of the City Administrator, 300 – 3rd Ave. NE, Cam-


SUMMARY PUBLICATION The City Council of the City of Cambridge adopted Ordinance 634 2017 Fee Schedule. The ordinance sets all fees for the City for the calendar year of 2017. The complete ordinance is available for public inspection at the office of the City Administrator, 3003rd Ave. NE, Cambridge, Minnesota. Adopted this 3rd Day of January, 2017 Date of Publication: January 12, 2017 ATTEST: Lynda J. Woulfe, City Administrator Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Jan. 12, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON GRANTING OF A BUSINESS SUBSIDY AND AMENDMENT TO BUSINESS SUBSIDY CRITERIA NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Commissioners (the “Board�) of the North Branch Economic Development Authority, Chisago County, Minnesota (the “Authority�), will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at approximately 3:30 p.m., at City Hall, 6408 Elm Street, in the City of North Branch, Minnesota (the “City�), to have the Board consider approving amendments to the Authority’s business subsidy criteria and granting a business subsidy to Premier Marine, Inc. in connection with the construction and equipping of a new manufacturing facility with a building footprint of 151,640 square feet and total building square feet of 164,890 that includes manufacturing, assembly and accessory space, storage and office space (2nd floor and mezzanine space) (the “Project�). The building will be located in the City. The summary of the terms of the proposed amended business subsidy criteria and the proposed business subsidy is available for inspection at the office of the Secretary of the Authority, City Hall, during regular business hours. After the public hearing the Board will consider approving the business criteria, as amended, and granting the business subsidy. A person with residence in or the owner of taxable property in the granting jurisdiction may file a written complaint with the City if the City fails to comply with Sections


116J.993 to 116J.995, and no action may be filed against the City for the failure to comply unless a written complaint is filed. All interested persons may appear at the hearing and present their views orally or in writing prior to the hearing. BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS /s/ Secretary, North Branch Economic Development Authority Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Jan. 12, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF NORTH BRANCH STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF CHISAGO ORDINANCE NO. 244-17 AN ORDINANCE REPEALING EXISTING CITY CODE CHAPTER 2, ARTICLE V, DIVISION 4, SECTIONS 2-207 TO 2-210 OF THE NORTH BRANCH CITY CODE, RELATING TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION, AND ENACTING A NEW SECTION 2-207 DESIGNATING THE CITY COUNCIL AS THE CITY’S PLANNING AGENCY. SECTION 1 AMENDMENTS City Code Chapter 2, Article V, Division 4, sections 2-207 to 2-210 are hereby repealed. City Code Chapter 2, Article V, Division 4, section 2-207 is hereby amended to state: The City Council is hereby designated as the Planning Agency for the City pursuant to Minnesota Statutes section 462.354, subdivision 1 (as may be amended). The City Council shall thus have the authority to take all actions of a Planning Agency, including: reviewing amendments to the comprehensive plan (Minn. Stat. § 462.355, subd. 3), reviewing the purchase and sale of public property and capital improvement projects (Minn. Stat. § 462.356, subd. 2), reviewing zoning ordinance amendments (Minn. Stat. § 462.357, subd. 4), and any and all other duties of a Planning Agency. SECTION 2 EFFECTIVE DATE This Ordinance shall take full effect and be in full force from and after its passage and publication according to law. Passed and adopted by the North Branch

City Council this 3rd day of January 2017. CITY OF NORTH BRANCH BY: Kirsten Hagen-Kennedy, Mayor ATTEST: Richard Hill, Interim City Administrator Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Jan. 12, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF NORTH BRANCH STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF CHISAGO ORDINANCE NO. 245-17 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE NORTH BRANCH CITY CODE, CHAPTER 2, ADMINISTRATION; ARTICLE V, BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS RELATING TO TERM OF OFFICE, REMOVING OF MEMBERS SECTION 1 AMENDMENTS City Code Chapter 2, Article V, Division 1, section 2-126 to state: Division 2 - Economic Development Authority Sec. 2.153. Term of Office Appointments made by the Mayor and approved by the Council shall be made at its first meeting in January. Appointees shall serve six-year staggered terms. One or more members’ terms will expire annually. Upon expiration of term, the appointee shall continue until reappointed or a successor is appointed. In the event of a vacancy, the Mayor shall appoint with the Council approval a person to complete the unexpired term. City Code, Chapter 2, Article V, Division 3, section 2-179 to state: DIVISION 3. - PARKS, TRAILS AND OPEN SPACE ADVISORY COMMISSION Sec. 2-179. - Term of office. Appointments by the city council shall be made at its first meeting in January. Appointees shall serve staggered three-year terms. One or more members’ terms will expire annually. Upon expiration of a term, the appointee shall continue until reappointed or a successor is appointed. In the event of any vacancy the city council shall appoint a person to complete the unexpired term. Sec 2-181 - Removal of members.


The city council, by a four-fifths vote of its members shall have the authority to remove any member of the parks, trails and open space commission from office, whenever, in its discretion, the best interests, of the city shall be served. City Code, Chapter 2, Article V, Division 4, section 2-209 to state: Division 4. - Planning Commission Appointments by the city council shall be made at its first meeting in January. Appointees shall serve three-year staggered terms. One or more members’ terms will expire annually. Upon expiration of a term, the appointee shall continue until reappointed or a successor is appointed. In the event of any vacancy, the City Council shall appoint a person to complete the unexpired term. Sec. 2-212. Removal of Members. The City Council, by four-fifths vote of its members, shall have the authority to remove any member of the planning commission from office, whenever, in its discretion, the best interests of the city shall be served. City Code, Chapter 2, Article V, Division 5, section 2-231 to state: Division 5 - Public Utilities Commission Appointment by the city council shall be made at its first meeting in January. Appointees shall be a customer of either its water and/or electrical services. Appointees shall serve three-year terms. Upon expiration of a term, the appointee shall continue until reappointed or a successor is appointed. In the event of any vacancy, the city council shall appoint a person to complete the unexpired term. Sec. 2-237. Removal of Members -The City Council, by four-fifths vote of its members, shall have the authority to remove any members of the public utilities commission from office, whenever, in its discretion, the best interests of the city shall be served. SECTION 2 EFFECTIVE DATE This Ordinance shall take full effect and be in full force from and after its passage and publication according to law. Passed and adopted by the North Branch City Council this 3rd day of January 2017. CITY OF NORTH BRANCH BY: Kirsten Hagen-Kennedy, Mayor ATTEST: Richard Hill, Interim City Administrator Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Jan. 12, 2017

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North Branch junior goalie Trevor Mellen makes a save during the Vikings’ game against Chisago Lakes on Thursday, Jan. 5. The Wildcats edged out a close 3-2 victory over North Branch.



North Branch’s Jillayna Hoppe scored 23 points against Cambridge-Isanti during their game on Tuesday, Jan. 3, enabling the Vikings to beat the Jackets 57-41.

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GYMNASTICS In their first meet after the holiday break, the Vikings took second place at the Princeton Invite with a score of 142.05, behind champion Perham’s 142.55. Individually, the team was led by Annie Gladitsch’s first place finish on floor with a 9.55. Alexys Olson and Keeley Ertl shared second place honors on the bars with matching 8.85 scores and Paige Bauer came up with a solid 9.3 beam score, good enough to tie for second place on that event. Ertl also tied for second in the all-around with a score of 35.95. BOYS HOCKEY The Vikings went 2-1 last week, continuing on their solid season. North Branch sandwiched a 3-2 loss to Chisago

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BOYS BASKETBALL The Viking boys team took it on the chin twice last week, falling 50-47 to Carlton on Tuesday, Jan. 3, and then losing to St. Anthony Village 89-36 on Saturday, Jan. 7.

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NEWS BRIEFS Opportunity for knitters, crocheters, quilters The ladies of Faith Lutheran Church in Isanti invite interested knitters, crochet enthusiasts and quilters of all ages to come to their monthly meeting held the second Saturday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Embroidery & Ink, 118 W. Main St., Isanti. This month’s meeting is Saturday, Jan. 14. The ministry started making baptismal blankets and expanded to prayer shawls and lap blankets for those in the military, homebound or other people in need. For information or directions, contact Debbie Bray at (763) 444-8303 or the church office at (763) 444-9201. •

wish. No artistic talent necessary. Cost is $25 members, $35 non-members. For information contact Cambridge Center for the Arts, 140 Buchanan St. N. #178, at (763) 5520320 or arts4cambridge@ •

Hall of Fame reception open to public Join North Branch Area Public Schools in celebrating this year’s inductees into the Viking Hall of Fame at a reception on Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. in the North Branch Area High School commons. All are welcome to attend; refreshments will

be served. The reception will be followed by the boys basketball game at 6:45 p.m. This year’s inductees include Bill Baumann, Matt Fletcher, Kris Kozlovsky-Kolinski and Craig Ploetz. •

St. Scholastica kicks off raffle sales

Students at St. Scholastica HSC Academy in Isanti will sell raffle tickets from Jan. 13-Feb. 26 as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle. A $5 ticket gives the opportunity to win a 2017 Jeep Compass or $20,000 cash, vacation packages, electronics or other prizes totaling $40,000 in value.

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The public is invited to schedule a private paint party through the Cambridge Center for the Arts in the month of January. A group of 8-15 attendees is required. The center offers a variety of sample paintings to choose from. Each party lasts two to two and a half hours. The center supplies all the materials and snacks. Attendees may bring wine if they

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605 Park Brook Rd NW, Isanti – $157,900

27085 Riverview Dr, Peace Twp – $64,900

11857 Wren St. NW, Lot 18 Lanesboro Ct., 34494 Lanesboro Ct., ChisChisago Lk Twp – $55,000 ago Lk Twp – $419,900 Coon Rapids – $189,900

708 Edgewood St. SW, Isanti – $224,900

807 Marion St. SE, Isanti – $224,900 Carol D. 612-267-2454

430 2nd Ave SE, Milaca – $94,000

312 Cedar Rd, East Bethel – $99,900 Verna C. 612-802-1903

New Hope Office 9220 Bass Lake Rd. New Hope, MN 55428 763-283-1183

410 2nd Ave SE, Milaca – $145,000

435 Central Ave S, Milaca – $224,900

1655 148th Ln NE, 14140 Guadalcanal St. NE, Ham Lake – $286,900 Ham Lake – $439,900

401 McLean St, Mora – $7,999

21XX 242nd Ave NW, 2616 234th Court NW 24733 Crooked River Rd, 28638 Quarry St, 729 Popplewood Ct, Pine City – $77,000 Pomroy Twp – $114,900 Saint Francis – $46,900 Saint Francis – $212,900 Waite Park – $171,900

585 Taft Loop S, Cambridge – $224,900 Jaren J. 612-221-1596

2719 Davis St. S, Cambridge – $229,900

Forest Lake Office 167 N. Lake St. Forest Lake, MN 55025 651-982-1400

2760 260th Ave, Whited Twp –$550,000

44085 Forest Blvd, Harris – $129,900

XXX SpringBrook Tr, Mora – $15,000

1732 Old Hwy 23 W, Ogilvie – $199,900

12700 2nd Ave N, Zimmerman – $87,500

Find Your New Home with one of our Preferred Greater Midwest Realty Agents!

Call a Preferred Agent Today! Wayne Trevor 612-670-3957

Jaren Johnson 612-221-1596

Brian Morey 651-210-1800

Karen Hommell 651-263-0721

Colleen Warner 612-961-8154

Michelle Charles 612-490-4317

Lisa Lovering 612-750-1496

Patrick Kenny 651-528-9772

Carol Deline 612-267-2454

Verna Campbell 612-802-1903

Megan Kenny 651-278-9035

Gaye Christoferson 763-843-2554

Katherine Mell-Bowers 651-485-4735

Len Greenberg 763-516-6792

Isanti-Chisago County Star January 12, 2017  
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