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Voters elect three new mayors

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BY BILL STICKELS III EDITOR@COUNTYSTAR.COM

Right after the election filings and primary election, it was a given that two of the area cities – Cambridge and North Branch – were going to have new mayors in 2019. But on election night, it became an official “triple play” as Isanti mayor George Wimmer lost his bid for re-election to Jeff Johnson. In what was at times a contentious race, at least on social media, Wimmer received 996 votes (44.95 percent), over 200 fewer than Johnson’s 1,214 (54.78 percent). The voting results in both Cambridge and North Branch were virtually identical to each other, with a sitting

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Bluejacket head football coach Shane Weibel proudly holds up the Section 7AAAAA championship trophy as the players break into their traditional post-victory rendition of the school song after the Jackets beat Andover 34-20 on Friday, Nov. 2. The Jackets will face Bemidji in their first state tournament appearance since 2005 at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at St. Cloud State University.

council member winning the mayor’s race. In Cambridge, Jim Godfrey (1,663 votes, 50.93 percent) edged out Mike Stylski (1,589 votes, 48.67 percent). The margin of victory was somewhat larger in North Branch, with Jim Swenson (2,181 votes, 56.39 percent) defeating Robert Canada (1,660 votes, 42.92 percent) by just over 500 votes. This means that, come the first meeting in January, there will be a vacated council seat in both cities that will be filled by the new councils via appointment. According to both Cambridge city administrator Lynda Woulfe and North Branch city administrator Renae Fry, the current council SEE ELECTION, PAGE 2

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‘Predator Hunters’ video leads to criminal charges BY JENNIFER KOTILA NEWS@PINECITYMN.COM

Young people are told not to set up meetings with unknown people they meet online, but a local vigilante is making some adults likely wish they’d followed that advice. Randy Lee McCray, of Isanti, who has been charged in Pine County with three felonies related to soliciting a child to engage in sexual McCray conduct, was exposed by “Josh” and his team, Predator Hunters USA – a vigilante team based out of Forest Lake whose mission is to expose sexual predators. The group sets up fake profiles on dating websites to attract predators of underage girls and boys. Once

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Members of the North Branch volleyball team’s bench rush out to join their teammates in celebrating their second-straight Section 7AA championship after the Vikings defeated Greenway 3-1 on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Cloquet. North Branch was given the #4 seed for the state tournament, which runs from Thursday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 10, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Vikings will face Watertown-Mayer in the quarterfinals at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8.

a relationship is established and a meeting place is set, the Predator Hunters video-record the encounter and turn over information to local law enforcement for prosecution. “I just want a safer world for the children of the present and future. My whole team has this passion,” said founder Josh of what inspired him and the team to begin doing this type of work about a month ago. Last names of team members are not being used due to safety precautions. All of the busts conducted by Predator Hunters USA are streamed live on the team’s Facebook page. Following an exposure, Predator Hunters USA posts a photo of the predator with their first name and city of residence. Although the team is actively SEE PREDATOR, PAGE 5

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ELECTION: Most incumbents re-elected FROM PAGE I

can ask for applications to fill the to-be-vacated seat as soon as they see fit; however, the appointment itself can’t be made until the seat is officially vacated. Neither city administrator knew when the councils will start the process. MOST INCUMBENTS RE-ELECTED Besides the Isanti mayor race, a majority of the area incumbents were successful in retaining their positions. Out of the Cambridge and North Branch council, Isanti and Chisago County Sheriff, and Cambridge-Isanti and North Branch school board races, only C-I school board member Nate Reibel failed to get re-elected.

CAMBRIDGE SAYS YES, NORTH BRANCH SAYS NO The second try proved to be the charm for Cambridge, as the vote to approve a one-half percent local sales tax increase to fund the building of a new library, plus paying off street improvement debt and increasing funds for parks and recreation was passed by a significant margin. The referendum passed with 2,115 (61.63 percent) yes votes, compared to 1,317 (38.37 percent) no votes. For North Branch, their sales tax referendum to fund future street improvements and upgrading Williams Park failed by an even larger margin than Cambridge’s passage – 2,493 (64.02 percent) no votes were cast on the referendum, with 1,401 (35.98 percent) yes votes being cast.

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Kersten Barfknecht-Conley 1,591 - 32.32% Bob Shogren 1,555 - 31.59% Darrick Wotachek 924 - 18.77% Corey Sprandel 831 - 16.88%

Brian Voss 1,803 - 30.77% Kathy Blomquist 1,652 - 28.20% Peter Schaps 1,220 - 20.82% Rob Kloer 1,123 - 19.17%

ELECTION RESULTS U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 8 Pete Stauber (R) 159,388 - 50.71% Joe Radinovich (D) 141,972 - 45.17% Ray Skip Sandman (I) 12,768 - 4.06% STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 31A Kurt Daudt (R) 12,327 - 69.08% Brad Brown (D) 5,502 - 30.83% STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 32A Brian Johnson (R) 11,351 - 63.47% Renae Berg (D) 6,522 - 36.47% STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 32B Anne Neu (R) 11,031 - 58% Jeff Peterson (D) 7,971 - 41.91%

Wayne Seiberlich 6,343 - 39.89% CHISAGO COUNTY SHERIFF Brandon Thyen 14,917 - 63.16% Ron Rollins 8,570 - 36.29% CHISAGO COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1 Chris DuBose 2,142 - 52.67% Jill Behnke 1,910 - 46.96% ISANTI COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 5 Susan Morris 2,285 - 69.41% Connie Thorp 1,000 - 30.38%

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CAMBRIDGE-ISANTI SCHOOL BOARD Timothy Hitchings 4,186 - 14.69% Nate Reibel 3,731 - 13.09% Brian Sturdevant 3,590 - 12.60%

Nicole Johnson 6,122 - 21.48% Lynn Wedlund 5,899 - 20.70% Aaron Berg 4,838 - 16.98%

ISANTI COUNTY RECORDER Karen Long 7,487 - 54.27% Michele (Mickey) Erlandson 6,269 - 45.44%

ISANTI COUNTY SHERIFF Chris Caulk 9,535 - 59.96%

Community Grief Seminar “Making it Through The Holidays”

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NORTH BRANCH SCHOOL BOARD Sarah Grovender 3,984 - 29.43% Kirby Ekstrom 3,634 - 26.84% Kevin Bollman 2,967 - 21.92% Chris Kester 2,817 - 20.81%

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NORTH BRANCH SCHOOL BOARD (2 YR SEAT) Heather Osagiede 3,388 - 53.98% Robert Benson 2,828 - 45.06%

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Facing the holidays as a grieving individual can be both overwhelming and seemingly impossible to deal with. We would like to invite all families to share in an evening program designed to give practical suggestions on how to cope with the additional stresses of the holiday season. The seminar will be held by Paul Johnson, nationally known speaker on grief issues and former faculty member of Bethel University. A special Christmas tree ornament in memory of your loved one will also be available for those who pre-register. We will provide one remembrance ornament in memory of each loved one whose family we have served the past year and to other families who pre-register by November 10th. An ornament is available in memory of each loved one even if your family was not served by our funeral home. Additional ornaments will be available through early December. To pre-register for this 24th annual seminar and order the Christmas tree ornament in memory of your loved one, call Cambridge at 763-689-2070 or Isanti at 763-444-5212.

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with Dennis Pederson on the history of the Rush City American Legion and VFW at Rushseba Town Hall, 51533 Forest Blvd., Rush City, in honor of 100 years of both organizations. For info call 320-358-4525.

Isanti Home for the Holidays Events Enjoy open houses at businesses throughout Isanti with refreshments, special sales and more, plus a craft/vendor fair on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Isanti Community Center (see Nov. 10 listings). For more info visit www.north65chamber. com.

NOV 14 Dementia Friends Information Session

NOV 8 Memory Cafe Come with your loved one or care companion to share concerns and experiences with memory loss from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at SAC’s Enrichment Center, 140 Buchanan St. N, Cambridge, with coffee, treats, activities, companionship. No set fee, but donations accepted. For info call Angie Detert (320) 364-1115.

Anniversary Open House The public is invited to celebrate the One Year Anniversary of Walker Methodist Levande from 2-4 p.m. at 2011 6th Lane SE, Cambridge, with refreshments and tours. RSVPs appreciated to 763-325-0100 or vsvoboda@walkermethodist. org.

NOV 9 Veterans Breakfast Military veterans and active duty personnel are invited to a free breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Cambridge-Isanti High School with students. Sponsored by CIHS Social Studies Dept. and American Legion. For info call Jeremy at 763-689-6435 or email jmiller@c-ischools.org.

Thanksgiving Bingo North Branch Knights of Columbus #10016 welcomes all Bingo players to Thanksgiving Bingo at 7 p.m. at St. Gregory’s Parish Hall, 38725 Forest Blvd., North Branch. Tacos served 6-7 p.m; drawing at halftime for all the fixins’ for Thanksgiving dinner. For info call Del at 651-674-5755.

NOV 10-11 The Addams Family Musical Braham Area High School will present “The Addams Family Musical” on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the high school, 531 Elmhurst Ave. S. Tickets $6 adults, $5 seniors and

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Braham actors bring ‘Addams Family’ to life Cody Hansen, as Uncle Fester, leads a creepy chorus in Braham Area High School’s presentation of “The Addams Family Musical.” The second weekend of performances will be Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. at the high school, 531 Elmhurst Ave. S. Tickets $6 adults, $5 seniors and students. For info call 320-396-4444.

students. For info call 320-396-4444.

NOV 10 Donate Blood Take the opportunity to donate blood from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5879 Wyoming Trail, Wyoming. To learn more and make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood. org or call 1-800-733-2767.

Ruby’s Pop-Up Pantry North Branch Ruby’s Pantry food distribution will be held 10-11:30 a.m. at Access Church, 4359 392nd St. North Branch. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. For $20 donation receive grocery items. Open to anyone; no income requirements. Bring own boxes. For info call (651) 260-8505 or visit www. rubyspantry.org.

Craft & Home-based Business Vendor Show The 5th annual Craft & Home-based Business Vendor Show will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Braham Event Center, 655 8th St. W, with gifts, jewelry, books, oils, furniture, baked goods and more. For info call 320-396-3177.

Annual Craft Fair The 6th annual Craft Fair will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 31075 Genesis Ave., Stacy. For information call 651462-5115.

Home for the Holidays Craft & Vendor Fair The Home for the Holidays Craft & Vendor Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Isanti Community Center, 208 1/2 1st Ave. NW. Hosted by Isanti Ambassadors. For info message Ambassadors on Facebook.

Chili Feed

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The public is invited to enjoy chili with all the fixins’ from 5-8 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Parish Hall, 230 Fern St. N, Cambridge. Freewill offering. Sponsored by the CTK Knights of Columbus, Council #12813. Proceeds to benefit our Tri-Parish youth. For info call 763-689-1221.

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NOV 11 Veterans Appreciation Dinner A veterans appreciation dinner will be offered at 6 p.m. at South Isanti Baptist Church, 3367 Cty. Rd. 5 NE, Isanti, with a meatloaf meal, message and gift. Spouses welcome. Event is free, but RSVP by Nov. 7 to 763-444-5860 or email pasbob@usfamily.net.

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Something for everyone

Books, Puzzles, Household Items, Party & Holiday Décor, Furniture, Women’s & Men’s Clothing, some Kids’ Clothing & Toys, etc. PLUS Handcrafted Items – Perfect for Gift Giving. Free coffee & cookies just for looking! Uptown Maple Commons Apts. • 38799 7th Ave. North Branch

Take the opportunity to donate blood from 12-6 p.m. at Braham Area High School, 531 Elmhurst Ave. S. To learn more and make an appointment, visit www. redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.

Lake Superior Storm Presentation Learn about the Great Mataafa Storm of 1905 on Lake Superior, marine weather forecasting and lifesaving equipment at 6:30 p.m. at Rush City Public Library, 240 W. 4th St., with Thom Holden, former director of Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center. Part of ECRL Reads program. For info visit www.ecrlib.org.

History Presentation on American Legion

NOV 12 Women’s Luncheon The Cambridge-Isanti Women’s Connection

The North Chisago Historical Society will offer a presentation at 7 p.m.

Senior Social Hour Senior Social Hour hosted by Friends of the Braham Library will meet at 2 p.m. at the Braham Event Center for special programs and socializing. Rachel Howell, Director of the East Central Regional Library system, will speak. Refreshments will be served. For info call Dixie Randall at (320) 3962683 or Gary Skarsten at (320) 396-3726.

NOV 15 Health and Screening Fair A Health and Screening Fair will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch, with chance to check blood pressure, balance, nutrition and other health concerns. All screenings provided free. For more information call 651-674-8658.

support local youth organizations. For info call 763-444-5512.

NOV 17 Peace Walk The bi-monthly peace walk in Cambridge will start at 9 a.m. in parking lot at Hwy. 95 and Birch St., lasts about half hour with positive messages supporting equal rights for all, protection of environment, and an end to violence. Group walks first and third Saturdays of every month (not when below zero). For info email wendybronson@ yahoo.com.

Arts Fest North Branch Community Ed will offer Arts Fest from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Branch Area High School and Middle School with over 200 crafters. No strollers or pets. Bring nonperishable food item for food shelf. $1 admission. Free shuttle goes between schools. For info call 651674-1025.

Super Saturday Terrific Tomfowlery

Kids ages 6-10 can enjoy goofy games, stories, crafts, snacks and more with a “turkey” theme from 10:30-11:45 a.m. at Rush City Public Library, 240 W. 4th St. For info call 320-358-3948.

Community Chili Feed The annual Community Chili Feed will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. in the area of SAC’s Enrichment Center at Cambridge City Center Mall, 140 Buchanan St. N, Cambridge. Proceeds benefit the annual Snowflake Parade.

Harvest Dinner Braham Ev. Lutheran Church is having their annual Harvest Dinner from 5-7 p.m. at 905 Central Dr. W, with a quilt raffle and bake sale. $10 adults; $5 children 5-12. For info call 612-390-0657.

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Lighted Snowflake Parade Cambridge’s 22nd Annual Lighted Snowflake Parade will start at 5:30 p.m. at 2nd Ave. and Fern St., heading north on Main Street and ending at City Center Mall. Only 80 units in parade keep it to less than one hour.

Isanti Free Movie Night A free showing of the movie “Ferdinand” will be held at 7 p.m. at Isanti Community Center, 121 Norelius St. NW. Doors/ concessions for purchase open at 6:30 p.m. and

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(CIWC) will hold its monthly luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Sherry Segal speaking on “My Journey from Hopeless to Joy in Christ,” music by Jenni Thyng, at Common Ground: A United Methodist Community, 404 N. Cypress, Cambridge. $14 at the door. To reserve a spot call Trudy Hervey at 763-228-3805 by noon on Nov. 9.

A “Dementia Friends Information Session” will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Chisago County Community Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch, with 90-minute info session and light lunch (also promoted as “Lunch and Learn”). RSVP by Nov. 5 to 651-674-1025 or www. nbaceonline.org, scroll to Senior Options, Class 77.

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So you think you’re a tough guy, eh?

I don’t necessarily consider myself to be the toughest person around. When it comes to physical pain, I don’t have much of a poker face. But what I do consider myself to be is stubborn. I usually won’t let pains or illness keep me from doing something, which I guess, depending on your perspective, could be considered to be “tough.” Either way, I just heard some news that makes my stubbornness or “toughness,” if you will, (and everyone else’s for that matter) seem menial. U.S. gymWorth a nast Simone Biles just finished Thousand competing in the world championships in Doha, Qatar, leading Words the U.S. team to a gold medal and claiming the all-around, Bill vault and floor gold medals, plus Stickels III a silver on bars and bronze on beam. Now, even casual fans of gymnastics, or just the Olympics, would question why this shows her toughness. She is, after all, the most dominant athlete to ever compete in the sport. Even when considering she took two years off from even practicing, it still doesn’t sound like something that would rise to the level of “toughest person on earth.” But, there’s this other tidbit of information. Just a day before competing, Biles was admitted to the hospital for a kidney stone. And according to reports, the stone still had not passed during the entire competition! I’ve had a kidney stone. When it was at its worst, I was at work and would throw up after just walking around for more than a minute or two. As I was driven to the hospital, every bump that the car hit was like another little jab into my gut. One of my coworkers, who liked to give people a hard time as often as possible, told me he was going to “let me have it until I found out it was a kidney stone.” Some people have gone as far as claiming that passing one is on par with delivering a baby, pain-wise. And here’s this 21-year-old repeatedly running, jumping, flipping, spinning and doing these tricks that no woman, and few men, could even comprehend to do. And let’s not forget that because of extremely stringent drug testing protocol, there was minimal pain medication she could take. In fact, drinking a ton of water, which is the natural method of helping to pass a stone, would have been discouraged in fear of diluting the mandatory urine sample too much. Sure, she didn’t perform at her best, falling twice during the all-around competition. But even in that, she showed her insane toughness, not only refusing to use it as an excuse, but, according to reports, being visibly angry at herself for not living up to her own personal standards. So the next time you consider skipping out on something because you don’t feel too good, just think “WWSD” (What Would Simone Do?). I’m guessing that might just be enough motivation to tough it out. Bill Stickels III is editor of the Isanti-Chisago County Star. He can be reached at 763-689-1181 ext. 107 or editor@countystar.com. Isanti-Chisago County Star is published every Thursday by Northstar Media, Inc., 930 Cleveland St. S., Cambridge, MN 55008. Periodicals postage paid at Cambridge, MN 55008. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Isanti-Chisago County Star, 930 Cleveland St. S., Cambridge, MN 55008

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Thanks to the voters of ISD #314 - Braham To the editor, An often used quote states, “With great power comes great responsibility.” And so it is with the Nov. 6, 2018, approval of the Braham Area Schools Operating Levy Referendum. On behalf of the district, I humbly thank the voters of ISD#314 for agreeing to take on this responsibility. Your commitment to today’s students, and for those to come, is a clear signal that education is valued here. It remains one of the greatest investments a community can make. The board, administration and staff of Braham Area Schools also accepts the responsibility to use these funds wisely. We are extremely proud of the great tradition we have in Braham, and your support will ensure that the district’s children continue to receive an outstanding education. As our motto reads: “Braham: big enough to offer opportunity, small enough to stand out!” Ken Gagner Superintendent ISD #314

Please donate deer hides to help local habitat To the editor, Open letter to all successful deer hunters: Congratulations on your successful hunt. We hope you created cherished memories with family and friends. As fellow hunters and volunteers

with the Isanti County Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, we would like you to consider donating your hide to the Hides for Habitat Program. MDHA’s Hides for Habitat program is a flagship program of MDHA, and since its inception in 1985 has generated nearly $5.23 million dollars and 865,000 hides to help fund statewide habitat projects. This program works because of hunters who donate their hides to the orange MDHA logo collection boxes around the state and because of dedicated chapters. Our chapter uses our funds to purchase trees, food plot seed, (corn, soybeans, sunflowers and a variety of Frigid Forage) to plant for habitat, helping a variety of wildlife. We have used funding from this program to help purchase land that is then turned into Wildlife Management Area, which is then open to the public for hunting. Some funding is also used for scholarships to send local kids to Forkhorn Camps. Our chapter sent 23 local kids this past summer. We can do more when you choose to donate your hide to an MDHA Hides for Habitat box. You can find the Isanti County Chapter boxes at the following locations: T & C Gas Station, Downtown Bradford E.C.’s Corner, Hwy 47 & 95 Olson Construction, Cambridge “The Deer Shack” Isanti County Fairgrounds, Cambridge Don’s Corner Service, Stanchfield East Central Diesel, Grandy

Sinclair Gas Station, Braham Rush Point Store, Rush Point Full Moon Bar, Harris Sinclair Gas Station, Isanti Jumpin’ Jacks, Weber Cooper’s Corner, Bethel Gerdin’s Auto, Bethel Super America, East Bethel Collision 2000, Andover Pack Leader, Anoka O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, St. Francis County Market, St. Francis Mau’s Corner, Hwy 47 & 8 County Line Bar, Downtown Crown Fleetwood Collision, Nowthen For more information on MDHA and the Hides for Habitat program, including where you can find other locations of boxes to donate your hide, visit MDHA website at mndeerhunters.com or call 800450-3337. Thanks for giving back to your Minnesota outdoor heritage! Kevin Kriesel, Chapter President Isanti County Chapter of MDHA

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exposing predators that are preying on underage girls and boys, Josh noted the team does “not wish any type of harm on these predators, and we ask the public not to be harassing these predators or their families in any way.” Thus far, about 27 predators have been exposed, according to Josh. The Facebook page has gained more than 20,000 followers and more than 18,000 likes since it began Oct. 7. The Predator Hunters USA team consists of Josh, about nine administrators, and about 19 decoys at this time. “They are all wonderful volunteers who put in a lot of time and sacrifice,” Josh said. Most of the volunteers work full-time jobs along with volunteering for Predator Hunters USA.

HOW THE OPERATION WORKS Team administrators provide basic upkeep of the Facebook page, responding to messages and comments, as well as helping the decoys. Administrators also send law enforcement all the evidence collected regarding a predator and their communications with the decoys. Decoys set up fake profiles on dating apps in order to attract predators. However, they do not seek out anyone, start conversations or initiate any type of sexual conversation or meeting, according to Josh. Decoys and administrators receive training about the process that must be followed and how things have to be done in order not to jeopardize possible future arrests or prosecutions of the predators. “Decoys make their age known and tell these predators they do not have to keep talking to them due to their age,” Josh said. “These predators are given many outs when it comes to continuing to talk and meet up with these under-

‘I always tell people that if I get hurt or die doing this, that is fine. I would rather it be me than a child.’ Josh (Last name withheld) Founder of Predator Hunters USA age decoys.” Following an exposure, the team turns over the chat logs from the dating apps, as well as the Facebook live video taken at the time of exposure, according to Laura. If any arrests are made due to exposures by Predator Hunters USA, the team posts the arrest and charges on the Facebook page. The team did not want to disclose the dating apps being used or additional information regarding exposures because they do not want predators to catch on to how the team is conducting its work, according to administrator Laura. “Our advice for those asking (about the dating apps the predators are on) is to check their child’s phone for any dating app or apps that can be used to chat,” Laura said. “(Predators) use any and all sites. Please just monitor your child’s phone. These predators have no limit to what they will use.”

Josh, founder of Predator Hunters USA, has been engaging with online sexual predators for just over a month with positive results.

GOAL IS PROSECUTION OF PREDATORS Although McCray is the only predator to be arrested at this point in time, there are other investigations taking place in communities where Predator Hunters USA has exposed predators. Josh could not release further information regarding other investigations, because the team does not want to interfere with the law enforcement investigation or possible charges.

While the team wants to fully cooperate with law enforcement and prosecution, Josh noted that some agencies have been “super” supportive, and others not as supportive. However, Josh said he believes those not as supportive are more concerned about the team’s safety. Recently, some law enforcement agencies have been telling the team what types of evidence will be needed in

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order to arrest, prosecute and convict predators. “Instead of just exposing these predators, we want to try to get them all convicted,” Josh said. Law enforcement has taken statements from decoys in some of the cases, and, if a case is prosecuted, decoys, administrators and Josh may have to testify in court regarding their roles in exposing the predators. “We are all willing to cooperate,” Josh said. “Anyone on my team who would need to testify will. They are all aware of the risks that come along with this. I have a great, dedicated team who share my passion in this. We just want a safer world for the children of today and the future.” The work that Josh and his team takes part in is dangerous. They are not dealing with harmless, law-abiding individuals. Predators may have more sinister crimes in mind, like murder. When asked what safety precautions are taken, aside from conducting exposures on Facebook live, Josh explained he tries to have a second person with him for backup. He also has his permit to carry. “I always tell people that if I get hurt or die doing this, that is fine,” he said. “I would rather it be me than a child. My family knows the risks of what I am doing. They are very supportive.” In order to equip and fund the team’s efforts, Predator Hunters USA solicits gas cards, phones, old tablets and monetary donations on its Facebook page. It also sells T-shirts, bracelets, sweatshirts and decals. Predator Hunters USA is hosting a team meet and greet Saturday, Nov. 17, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Forest Lake American Legion, 355 West Broadway Avenue.

Isanti predator turns self in to Pine County Sheriff BY MIKE GAINOR EDITOR@PINECITYMN.COM

Randy Lee McCray, 53, of Isanti, has been charged with two felony counts of soliciting a child to engage in sexual conduct after McCray allegedly admitted coming to Pine City’s Robinson Park and attempting to meet what he thought was a 15-year-old female for sex. According to the criminal complaint filed in Pine County Court, on Oct. 29 deputies received a report that Predator Hunters USA had conducted a sting operation using a decoy to pose as a minor to discover adults who solicit minors. According to the report, between Oct. 27-29 a volunteer decoy using a dating application told a male she was communicating with that she was actually a 15-year-old female in 10th grade. In the electronic messages, the decoy asks if it “does not really bother him that she is only 15 years old,” and the male replies “Yes, a little.” However, according to the messages, the male then sent her explicit sexual messages and requested nude photos. The two made plans to meet in Pine City’s Robinson Park. On that day, a male from Predator Hunters USA went to the park and, while live-streaming video, found McCray in the pa-

‘It’s a tough one, especially when you throw out there the potential child abuse or younger people being involved. It’s hard to come out and say, ‘Absolutely don’t do that (to predator hunters).’’ Jeff Nelson Pine County Sheriff vilion. The two men spoke on the video, and McCray admitted texting the decoy. This video was immediately available on the Predator Hunters USA page on Facebook, where it received a great deal of attention from concerned community members. The Pine County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Oct. 31, McCray contacted them. McCray told them he had been “scammed.” He admitted to using a dating application, beginning on Oct. 27 to message a person he claimed was a 25-year-old female named “Briana Rose,” who subsequently informed him she was 15 years old. McCray then came to the Pine County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 1 and provided a statement to investigators following the Miranda warning. According to that statement, McCray again admitted he had

been told the female he was text messaging was 15, admitted texting the decoy about sexual conduct and admitted he went to Robinson Park to meet with the person he thought was a 15-year-old female. He stated he “knows he messed up.” McCray was arrested. He now faces a maximum sentence of three years, a $5,000 fine or both. PROBABLE CAUSE ISSUED Pine County Sheriff Jeff Nelson said that, even before McCray came to be interviewed in the Pine County Sheriff’s Office, Pine County officers had issued a PC (probable cause) to detain based on the information they had already received. “It’s not a warrant from the courts,” Nelson explained. “It’s an officer saying, ‘I’ve got enough reason to have this person arrested. If you

have contact with him, please arrest him for me.’ So that was already in place. “We’ll do that locally with people that we deal with (when) there’s enough probable cause to detain through law enforcement,” he continued. “Then we’ll say, ‘Yes, we have enough reason to arrest them.’ We’ll provide the documentation and then ask someone to go look for them. It doesn’t carry the same weight as a warrant, because that is through the courts, but we can rely on other officers.” However, instead of deputies going out to find McCray, McCray came into the sheriff’s office voluntarily, gave his statement and was arrested. PREDATOR HUNTERS A SURPRISE Nelson said he did not know about Predator Hunters USA until the McCray video came out, but said he had concerns about volunteer groups taking the law into their own hands. “I’m conflicted on it, because we also look at it from the point of safety,” he said. “Somebody’s putting themselves into a situation. The more attention that gets – you hope people will stop doing that activity – but it also might heighten their response or their preparation for a confrontation: carrying weapons or putting up a fight, or doing more than just running away. That’s what concerns me, and

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I’m assuming most of law enforcement sees those concerns too. It’s a tough situation.” He said that it could prove difficult to use information provided by a volunteer to prosecute a criminal case against a predator. “There’s entrapment; there’s stuff before we get the information which we cannot control, which may or may not make it prosecutable,” Nelson said. “If they stretch things ... and we rely on that information, when it starts going to court and we see that there’s gaps or there’s holes or concerns we can potentially put a lot of effort into a case that has no chance of being prosecuted.” Though he could not state that he supported groups like Predator Hunters USA, Nelson admitted that law enforcement had limited resources to try to track down predators, and that the group’s work could keep children from coming to harm. “It’s a tough one, especially when you throw out there the potential child abuse or younger people being involved,” Nelson said. “It’s hard to come out and say, ‘Absolutely don’t do that,’ and then at the same time thinking, ‘Well, that might mean there’s something happening to a younger child that could have been prevented.’”

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Carol R. Holmgren, age 70, of Cambridge, Minn., passed away Nov. 2, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minn. Carol Rose Schroeder was born Dec. 27, 1947, to parents Arnold J. and Theresa E. (Simon) Schroeder in Dubuque, Iowa. She grew up in rural Grant County, Wis., and graduated from Potosi High S School in 1966. Carol marrried Milton W. Tinkham o on Aug. 7, 1965, at Holy G Ghost Catholic Church in D Dickeyville, Wis. Together tthey had three daughters: Y Yolanda, Rhonda and M Melissa. On Oct. 16, 1975, C Carol married Frank Paul H Holmgren in Clear Lake, S South Dakota, and she g gained a son, Keith, and a another daughter, Kendra. Together Carol and F Frank spent over 40 happy y years with their family at home on Skogman Lake in rural Cambridge. On Aug. 7, 1994, Carol was blessed to receive a second chance at life with the gift of a kidney transplant. It gave her a new lease on life and a passion for helping others. With her new lease on life, Carol become a passionate volunteer for many organizations and mentor to many people. She served tirelessly on the Board of Directors of the Isanti County Home Delivered Meals program, as well as being a service volunteer. Shortly after receiving her successful kidney transplant, she served as a patient counselor to individuals suffering from kidney failure as well as to transplant patients. One of her greatest passions became serving our veterans, their families and the community through the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a member of Howard McCarty Unit 290 in Cambridge. She served her local unit with dedication and enthusiasm in most capacities including unit president numerous times. She also was well-known in the area as the bingo caller for Unit #290. She served as the Minnesota 10th District president in 1995-1996, and from 2004-2005 Carol served with great pride as the president of American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Carol also served as the American Legion Auxiliary Northwestern Divisional National Vice President for the year 2007-2008. Through the American Legion family, Carol and Frank found many lifelong friends who shared their interests and passions. Carol is survived by her husband Frank, and five children: Keith Holmgren of Carlsbad, Calif., Yolanda (Kevin) Dailey of Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kendra (William) Salmon of Fayetteville, N.C., Rhonda (Peter) DeBartoli of Staten Island, N.Y., Missy (Chris) Golden of Cambridge, Minn.; 10 grandchildren: Trever, Maddie, Bill, Reggie, Michael, Matt, James, Gabriella, Brianna, Martina; many nieces, nephews, cousins and treasured friends. Carol was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Leo, Paul and Gerald; and sister Geraldine. A memorial visitation will be held Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, from 4-7 p.m. at Strike Life Tributes, 720 1st Ave. E, in Cambridge. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at Cambridge Lutheran Church, 621 Old Main Street N, Cambridge, with a visitation also one hour prior to the service. If desired, memorials can be sent to the PKD Foundation or the Minnesota American Legion Auxiliary Past Presidents Parley Healthcare Scholarship Fund, State Veterans Service Building, 20 W. 12th Street, Room 314, St. Paul, MN 55155 or donor’s choice. Online condolences can be made at StrikeLifeTributes.com.

Marilyn Starr, 89, of St. Paul, formerly of Cambridge, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, at Prairie Senior Cottages in Isanti. She was born Dec. 20, 1928, in Cambridge, Minn., to Clifford and Cynthia (Babb) Starr. Marilyn graduated from Cambridge High School in 1946, then attended St. Cloud University where sshe graduated with a d degree in Physical Educattion. After college, Marilyn ttaught phy-ed in Cloquet, M Minn., and then at Bethel C College in St. Paul. She w went on to get a master’s d degree in counseling in G Greely, Colorado. In 1967, sshe took the position of D Dean of Women at Bethel C College where she conttinued to work until she rretired in 1983. After retirement, Marillyn worked with the Baptist General Conference in creating a program for retirees called BGC Gold, and coordinated and led many activities and trips all over the world. Marilyn was a lover of the outdoors and nature all her life. She was an avid downhill skier, frequently skiing the mountains of Colorado with a group of friends and skiing the Swiss Alps several times. She loved sailing, hiking, canoeing and photography. She and good friend Margaret Hill owned a cabin on Lake Pokegama in Grand Rapids and enjoyed many years of water skiing, pontooning, fishing and relaxing with many friends who had cabins nearby. In her later years, Marilyn lived at Scandia Shores in Shoreview where she made many friends and enjoyed walking, participating in endless activities, and singing in Scandia’s choir with her beautiful alto voice. In May of 2017, Marilyn moved to Prairie Senior Cottages in Isanti, Minn., going back to the beloved area where she grew up. She became part of the loving family at the Cottages where she continued walking and participating in many activities – still singing her old favorites. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents Clifford and Cynthia (Babb) Starr, brothers George and Stanley Starr and lifelong friend Margaret Hill. She is survived by her sister-in-law Alice Starr of Cambridge, and many nieces and nephews. Marilyn was a compassionate mentor and supporter to many students over the years. She was an influential leader and often stood up for women and others who were not able to have a voice at that time. She was a good friend to so many and the “fun-loving aunt” to her many nieces and nephews. Marilyn was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Celebration of Life was held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Cambridge. Online condolences at www.carlsonlillemoen.com. Arrangements were with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.

Arlys N. Hansen Arlys N. Hansen, age 84, of Cambridge, passed away unexpectedly Nov. 1, 2018. A full obituary will appear in next week’s edition. She is survived by husband Harold; children Amy (Kim) Fetterhaf, John (Allison) Hansen, Phillip (Jennifer) Hansen, Lawrence Hansen, Charles (Colleen) Hansen; sister Doris Lindberg; grandchildren Anna, Max, Christopher, Henry, Jimmy, Katherine, Claire, Kayla and Levi; other relatives and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Strike Life Tributes, 720 1st Ave. E, Cambridge. A time for visiting will be held one hour prior to the service and a luncheon will follow the service. Online condolences can be made at StrikeLifeTributes.com.

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Shannon M. Wisen Shannon Wisen, age 31, of Cambridge, died at home on Nov. 3, 2018, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Shannon Marie Wisen was born in Fridley on Feb. 16, 1987, to Troy and Laurie (Seymour) Slater. She was raised in East Bethel and graduated from St. Francis High School, Class of 2005. Shannon m married Joseph Wisen o on Sept. 8, 2012, and they m made their home in rural C Cambridge. Shannon w was employed by Clean R Response in St. Paul. She lloved her family and all of tthe family activities. She a also enjoyed trapshootiing, riding horses, going tto horse shows, braiding rreins and crafting. Shannon is survived b by her husband Joe; two c children, Memphis and K Kippling; parents Troy and Laurie Slater; sister Terri (Dakota) Hubbard; grandparents Gordon Seymour, Kris Seymour, Patricia Slater; great-grandma Jennie Slater; and by many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by grandparents Arlene Seymour, Terry Slater; great-grandparents Evelyn and Lester Palmer, Donald Slater; uncle Nathan Slater. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 19001 Jackson St. NE, East Bethel. A time for visiting will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. The family requests no blue flowers. Online condolences may be placed at StrikeLifeTributes. com.

Chisago conservation planner hired The Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District announces that a dedicated staff person will be assigned to work on the “One Watershed, One Plan” plan to administer conservation efforts within the Lower St. Croix River Watershed by bringing stakeholders together from a number of entities, not just using political boundaries. Starting Nov. 1, Mary Jo Youngbauer began work in the position of Lower St. Croix Watershed Conservation Planner. Her duties include working with landowners and stakeholders in Pine, Chisago, Isanti, Anoka and Washington counties, all of which have some portion of the county included in the Lower St. Croix River. Youngbauer grew up in the Lower St. Croix watershed and knows the watershed very well. She obtained a master’s in horticulture from the University of Minnesota. In April 2010, Youngbauer began work as a Water Resource Technician with the Chisago Soil & Water Conservation District. Her work included meeting with urban landowners, identifying locations that could be used for installing Best Management Practices, designing practices and

guiding the landowner through implementation and maintenance. In the past couple years, her focus has shifted to more rural settings as she has become familiar with the federal Farm Bill programs. She recently completed training to become a Certified Conservation Planner through the Natural Resources Conservation Service. “I’m excited to lead this new way of doing things in the Lower St. Croix,” Youngbauer said. “It makes sense to work together with all the players in the watershed rather than each county doing its own thing. We can coordinate efforts, share tips and tricks, and help protect the St. Croix River as one team.” Her first tasks will be to introduce herself to all the parties in the watershed and start determining where outreach efforts should be focused to have the most impact. For information on upcoming watershed meetings where the public can provide input and ideas, or for any other information, contact Youngbauer at 651-6742333, by email at mary. youngbauer@mn.nacdnet.net or by stopping in at 38814 Third Avenue in North Branch.


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Access Church 4359 392nd St. North Branch, MN 55056 Sundays at 9am & 10:30am. www.accesschurchonline.org 651-674-7531. Kevin Haseltine, Lead Pastor

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. www.daleefc.com

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. firstbaptistcambridge.org North Isanti Baptist Church Lead Pastor: Travis Blake 2248 313th Ave. NE, Cambridge, MN 55008 www.nibchurch.com Email: nibchurch@msn.com 763-689-3576. 8:30am Worship Service (traditional style) 10:45am Worship Service (contemporary style) Springvale Baptist Church 5-1/2 miles NW of Cambridge at Jct. of Cty Rd 14 & 6. 763689-1373. Sunday School 9:30am. Morning Worship 10:30am. Second Sunday Potluck Dinner; Wednesday 7:15pm Adult Study 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 southisantibaptist.org. 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. stanchfieldbaptist.com

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, Wed. Kids 4 Truth & Bible studies for all ages 6:30pm. More info at sunrisebiblechurch.org or 651-674-4107.

Catholic St. Elizabeth Ann Seton 207 Whiskey Rd NW, Isanti, MN. 763-444-4035 Email: annseton76@gmail. com. Mass: Tues. & Wed. 7:30am. Sun. 8:30am. stelizabeth-isanti.org.

Christ Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS) 32962 Vickers St. NE, Cambridge, 763-689-5333 Pastor Samuel L. Biebert. Sunday Worship 9am, Sunday School/Bible Class 10:30am www.christcambridge.com Faith Lutheran Church (ELCA) 2nd & Main, Isanti. 763-444-9201. Pastor Clifton Hanson. Sunday Worship 9:30am. 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. faithlutheranisanti.com

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, Josh Jensen Kost Student Ministries Mondays 6:30pm. Worship Service Sundays 9:30am. More info: www.kostefc.org Oxlip Evangelical Free Church 9am Worhsip Service. 10:15am Coffee Fellowship. 10:45am Sunday School. Mon. 6pm Sr. High Youth. Wed. 6:25pm AWANA/ Jr. High Youth. Tues/Thurs. 9am Bone Builders. Pastor Leroy Scheumann. 29237 Roanoke St. NW, Isanti 55040. www.oxlip.org Email: oxlip@oxlip.org. 763-444-5134

Lutheran Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) 320-396-2755. West Central Dr. & Cty Rd 4 in northwest Braham. Pastor Julie Beck. Sunday 9:00am Worship Service, 10:00am Little Lambs (for children under 5). Wed. 6:00pm Youth Enrichment. Office hours 9am-Noon Tuesday-Friday. Radio service Sunday at 9:30am (KBEK 95.5 FM)

First Lutheran Church (ELCA) 43779 Gates Ave., Harris. 651674-4498. Handicapped accessible. Pastor Caroline Harthun-Wooldridge. Sunday Worship 9:30am, with Sunday School.10:30am coffee andfellowship. Email: firstlutheran@q.com www.firstlutheranharris.org Joy Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 1155 Joy Circle, Cambridge. 763-689-4355. Pastor Daniel Lewis. Sunday Services: 8:00am Traditional. 10:30am Contemporary. Adult Bible Class 9:15am www.joylutheran.net Living Branch Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 6486 Elm St., North Branch, MN 55056. 651-674-5576 Handicapped Accessible. Pastor Micah Schmidt. Tuesdays, 1pm Women’s Bible Study Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm Pre-K to 4th Grade. 6:308:00pm 5th to 8th Grade & High School Sundays, 8:00am “Traditional” Worship with Communion; 9:15am Sunday School & Bible Study Hour; 10:30am “Contemporary” Worship with Communion livingbranch.org

Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church Of Rush Point (ELCA) Pastor Vicki Vandervegt. 320-358-4829, 600 Rush Point Dr. 10am Worship with nursery available. 11am Fellowship my.calvaryofrushpoint.org. officecalvaryrushpoint@ gmail.com

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Cambridge Lutheran Church (ELCA) 621 Old North Main Street, Cambridge. 763-689-1211 8:40am Festival Traditional, 9 & 10:15am Horizon Contemporary Worship. KidZone Kids’ Ministry dismissed from all services. Radio service Sunday at 11am (KBEK 95.5 FM) cambridgelutheran.org. Facebook: Cambridgelutheran

3921 277th Ave NW Isanti, MN 55040, 763-444-5315. Interim Pastor Bob Rusert Lay Associate Pastor Sue Olson Worship at 8 & 9:30am. Sunday School Education hour 9:30am. Wednesday Worship and Childrens Church 6pm. longlakeluth.org

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 400 SE 8th St., (Isanti #4 E.), PO Box 37, Braham. 320-396-3103. Tim Renstrom, Pastor. 9:00am Sunday School & Adult Bible Study. 10:15am Worship.ststephensbraham.org

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). 651-674-4606. Vicki VanderVegt, Pastor. sllchurch.org Email: sll.church@gmail.com. Thurs., Nov. 8 9am Men’s Coffee at County Market Fri., Nov. 9 9am Volunteer at Global Health Ministries Sun., Nov. 10 8:30am Worship 9:30am Sunday School, Fellowship 4pm Confirmation at Calvary Thurs., Nov. 15 9am Volunteer at Global Health Ministries 1pm Rose Circle 7pm AA meeting

Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA) 38460 Lincoln Trl, North Branch. 651-674-7047. Pastor Jon Yurk. Worship Sundays 8 & 10am, Sunday School and Coffee Hour 9am. E-mail: office@trinitynorthbranch.org or visit www.trinitynorthbranch.org

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. 763444-5988, Paul Anderson, Pastor; Sunday 9am Worship; 10:20am Adult Bible Study; Thursday 6:30pm Bible study. Email: stjohnlutheran@att.net

Main Street Church 6500 Main St., North Branch, MN, 55056. 651-674-4090 Pastor Ralph Holbrook Sunday Worship 10am Children’s Church 10am. Youth Gathering 11:10am www.mainstreetfamily.org

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (LCMC) 31075 Genesis Ave., Stacy, MN 55079 651-462-5115. Pastor Ben Hollingstead. 8am and 9:30am Services, Sunday School during 9:30am Service. Email stjohns@midconetwork.com. Website stjohnslutheranchurchstacymn.org St. John’s Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 980 West 4th Street, Rush City, Pastor Tim Renstrom 320-3583623, Sunday 8:45am Worship, 7:30am Rise & Shine Bible Study, Monday 10am Longer Look Bible Study. stjohnsrushcity.org

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Methodist Common Ground A United Methodist Community 404 North Cypress St. North, Cambridge. 763-689-2071. Pastors Amelia & Andrew Buschena. Sunday 9:30am. Worship. Livestream of services and more info at commongroundumc.org. Everyone Counts!

Spirit River Community A United Methodist Church 1321 Heritage Blvd. NE, Isanti, MN 612-888-4255. Reverend Pastor Guy E. Sederski. Sunday Worship Service and Christian Education 10:30am. spiritrivercomm.org

Non-Denominational Bethesda Church 38180 Hemingway Ave., North Branch, MN 952-226-6651. Pastor Mark Huber. 9am Worship Service. 10:10am Coffee Break. 10:30am Sunday School and adult Bible studies. bethesdachurch.com Lakeside Christian Church 32393 Rendova Cir. N.E., Cambridge (3 mi. E of Cambridge just off Hwy. 95). 763-689-3649. Pastoral Care; Neil Bonkoski. Ministry Coordinator Jeff Bonkoski. Administrative Assistant Sharon Dahl. Sunday 9:30am. Worship 10:45am. Gathering Grounds; Cabins for personal retreats. Call for reservation. E-mail lakesidesecretary@ gmail.com. lakesidechurchcambridge.org

Journey of Faith Bible based worship. 651-600-9878. faiththroughaction777@gmail. com. Sunday fellowship 9 am, Worship & Youth Ministry 10 am Come as you are. All welcome. Junction Bowl. 123 Cajima Street, NE, Isanti. Refreshments served. NorthBrook Church Meeting in North Branch Area High School. Church Office: 651-277-0100 Frank Gomes, Pastor. Come join us at 10am. Worship Service – nursery provided - children’s church (2 yrs old-2nd gr.); Mon. - Fri.: (call for details) “Life Groups”, Bible Studies, Youth Ministry. E-mail us at northbrook@ izoom.net or visit us on the web at nbchurchmn.org River of Life Church Meeting at 150 Birch St. N., Ste 170, Cambridge. (Across from Minnco Credit Unon, Mark Radeke, Pastor. 763-6895115. Sundays 10:15 am. riveroflifehome.com 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 10am, Sunday Night Believers Service 6pm, Wed. Night Worship & Bible Study 6:30pm. Pastor Tom Bakke (763) 689-6987 Church Office – 34006 Petersburg St NE; Cambridge, MN 55008. We are a “Real Family, Loving Jesus, Loving Each Other, Loving the World” Visitors ARE Expected!

Pentecostal The Journey New Life Church 145 2nd Ave SE, Cambridge Pastor David L. Willis. Sunday 10am Worship & the Word & Kids’ Church. Sunday 6pm Worship & the Word. Wed. 7pm Family Breakout Classes. 763-689-4471. Thejourneynlc.org

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Voters in both the cit ities of Cambridge and North h Branch will have a question on their ballots on Nov. 6 ask king citizens if they will ap pprove a local option sales tax in ncrease. With two cities that clo ose to each other (and both beiing covered by this newspaperr), there has been some confusion on regarding the speciďŹ cs ďŹ of ea ach of these ballot questions. empt to resolve some In an atte of this conf nfusion, here is an overview comparing the two differentt referendums.

CAMBRIDGE’S VERSION As a free newspaper delivered to over 13,000 The Cambridge city council approved putting their refereach week, we do not have the customary endum on the ballot almost exactly a year ago. This will be revenue that subscriber newspapers rely onsecond to ballot questhe city’s tion, with the ďŹ rst one rejected in 2016. offset printing and delivery costs. The primary project that will be funded by the sales tax increase will be the construction of a new library. The council put a cap of $8 million of the sales tax to be used for this project. Unlike the last referendum, the exact location of the proposed new library is unknown. However, the council approved building it somewhere in or near the downtown area. Remodeling and expanding the

Your contribution helps keep quality, SAME AMOUNT reporting, photography and local information The e one major similarity in both questions is the amount of available to everyone in our communities. the proposed sales tax increase. AMY BECKMANN | COUNTY STAR

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Fourr months after her 40 0th birthday in n August 2003, Sherrri Flannigan an found a lump in he er breast whiile in the sh shower. Fift fteen years latter, “life iss good.� Ho owever, Flan nnig igan said the though hts of cancer er never reall lly go away. y. It’s alwayss in the back of her mind d. Remem mbering th hat day, Flan nnigan sa aid of the lump, “It fellt enormous. It was like e, ‘How the heck did th his just happ ppen overnig ight?’� She e had her ye yearly check kup nine mon nths earlierr, and the lu ump had nott been therre. She had not had a ma ammogram m before, bu ut there was no history of breast ca ancer in her family, eith her.

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Meeting on sexual offender set for Nov. 8 CONTRIBUTED ISANTI COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

A Level 3 Community Notification meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at Cambridge Middle School.This notification and information is provided pursuant to Minnesota Statute 244.052. The notification is for Thure Holmberg, Palm Street NW, Isanti, who has served his

sentence imposed on him by the court and is transitioning within the community. Holmberg was convicted of 4th degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, and the victims were known to him. Representatives from the Department of Corrections and the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office will be available to provide useful information on public safety at this meeting.

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Every fall since 2006, a community within each of the seven counties in Lakes & Pines Community Action Council’s service area (Aitkin, Carlton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine) has hosted an Operation Community Connect, a day when area residents can obtain resources under one roof. Public,

private and nonprofit agencies will discuss homelessness/housing options, education opportunities, medical information, legal assistance, financial assistance, employment opportunities, mental health information and food support. This year’s Operation Community Connect event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 304 S. Main St., Cambridge. A free

meal will be provided. Heartland Express will provide public transportation to the event for those who need it. Contact Heartland Express at 651-213-5790 to schedule a ride from within Isanti County and mention it is to and from the event and the fee will be waived. For information email compass@firstbaptistcambridge.org or call 952-994-6156.

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A 27-year-old man died from injuries sustained in a single-car crash on I-35 near Harris early Saturday morning, Nov. 3. According to the Minnesota State Patrol report, at approximately 3:52 a.m. Jacob Richard Guy, of Rush City, was driving north on Interstate 35 near Harris when he collided with the

west concrete barrier, causing his Volkswagen Jetta to roll, coming to a rest on the west side of the interstate. Guy, who was reportedly not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the car and was discovered by responding law enforcement on the east side of the interstate. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The State Patrol’s incident report does not state if alcohol was involved.

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Council hears new library location proposal city would handle the build-out of the interior, or it could be a lease of a turnkey project, where it would be completely built out to the city’s and library’s standards. That would literally be a ‘no cash out-of-pocket’ for the city.” Finally, Baas reminded the council that since the property has been and currently is exempt from property taxes, placing the library there wouldn’t be costing the city any property tax revenue.

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Even before a single ballot on the Cambridge sales tax referendum vote had been counted, the Cambridge city council might have found a new home for the library. During the Nov. 5 city council meeting, the council heard an intriguing presentation from Brian Baas, of BJ Baas Builders, regarding a proposed placement of a new library at the old Gracepointe Crossing Gables East location at the corner of Highway 95 and Dellwood Street. According to Baas, he is about to close on the purchase of the property, which is currently sectioned into three parcels encompassing 3.9 acres. Baas indicated he was considering combining the parcels into one large lot. As for the building itself, Baas indicated his initial plans are to demolish the western portion of the building, while keeping the eastern, newer portion intact. The portion that would remain would be roughly 39,525 square feet in size. “The western portion was built in the ’50s,” Baas said. “All the interior walls are concrete masonry. It’s a difficult building to renovate. It’s narrow and it does contain asbestos in that portion. Therefore, the costs of renovating that portion of the building will be prohibitive.” Baas indicated there would be plenty of parking, plus there could be overflow parking at the nearby Cambridge Primary and Intermediate Schools. The building currently has three stairwells and an elevator, an existing fire suppression system, plus a generator for backup power. In addition, the lower level of the

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The Cambridge city council heard a presentation by Brian Baas, of BJ Baas Builders, on Nov. 5 in which he outlined his proposal to purchase the former GracePointe Crossings East building, demolition a portion and renovate the rest to house the Cambridge Public Library and East Central Regional Library offices. This drawing shows a potential elevation looking west from Dellwood Street at the corner of Highway 95.

building has “look-out” windows, “which makes it less of a basement and more of a functioning office space,” according to Baas. Baas drew up two initial site plans for the property. The first features green space in the area where the older section currently sits, which Baas said could feature a playground, an outdoor event space, or even a splash pad or other recreational features. It would also have expanded parking to the west. The second site plan featured an indoor community event center that would be roughly 13,000 square feet, also with outdoor green space. “The architect identified that area as seating a minimum of 500 people and probably up to 1,000 if it was auditorium-type seating,” Baas said. “So it could be used for large events, it could be rented for weddings, etc.” Baas also indicated that either site plan could include amenities like a

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SLIGHTLY MIXED RESPONSE Since Baas had previously presented his proposal to the Library Task Force, reactions have already been made by some in the community. Although this was the first time he had heard the proposal, council member Joe Morin indicated he heard from a couple downtown business owners who weren’t thrilled with this location. “I was walking downtown and I was approached by two owners,” Morin said. “And they said ‘The city is lying to us. You promised the library would be downtown and the old health care center is not downtown. I’m not sure I’m for this (the referendum) now.’ And all I could tell them is to not get mad until after we see if the referendum passes.” On the other hand, city administrator Lynda Woulfe indicated a number of downtown business owners were in favor of the location. “We met with several of the key people from the Downtown Task Force,” Woulfe said. “They were happy with this site. And I specifically asked them if they felt this fulfills the promise to keep the library in the downtown proximity, and they all answered ‘yes.’” From the library’s perspective, ECRL Board of Directors member Karen Lee indicated she thinks this is an excellent option. “I think this site is an ideal location,” Lee said. “Especially with the proximity to the schools. Also, as the Library Task Force went around, it was unanimous that this was a really good thing to pursue further. If I could have picked a location for the library, this is ideal.” Ultimately, the council agreed it was at the very least an idea to look into further in the near future, once more information and the results of the referendum are known.

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CHAMBER LUNCHEON Progressive Networking Luncheon Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:00 to 1:00 PM Check in opens at 11:45 AM Chapala Mexican Restaurant 200 2nd Ave. SE, Cambridge, MN 55008 At the Progressive Networking Luncheon, guests network their way through a delicious three course meal, sitting with different groups of 6-8 people for each course. There is always time for member introductions and announcements at the end of each luncheon. Cost: $15 RSVP required by Monday, November 19 to info@north65chamber.com 763-689-2505

COFFEE WITH COLLEAGUES Tuesday, November 13, 2018 7:30 – 9:00 AM City Center Market – Celebrating 40 years! 122 Buchanan St N, Cambridge, MN 55008 Come when you can– this is an open house style networking event. Cost: Free RSVP appreciated but not required by Monday, November 12 to info@north65chamber.com 763-689-2505

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HOLIDAY EVENTS NOVEMBER 8-11, 2018 28th Annual Home for the Holidays, Isanti NOVEMBER 17, 2018 Snowflake Parade, Cambridge Visit the event calendar at www.north65chamber.com for details.

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OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE AND SERVE Winter coats sought for Rush City coat exchange The annual Rush City winter coat exchange will begin Monday, Nov. 5, at City Hall, 325 S. Eliot Ave. Donations of new or gently used, clean coats, mittens, hats or scarves are needed and can be left at City Hall. Anyone in need of any of these items is encouraged to stop at City Hall, check out the donations and take what they need. This event is sponsored by Rush City Cares.

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Grab a tag from Christmas Caring Tree, buy gifts On Monday, Nov. 19, the Christmas Caring Tree will be set up in the Rush City Unity Bank entry covered with “wish tags” from children in the Rush City school district. The public is invited to select a tag, purchase gift(s) for the child and bring them (unwrapped) to Brenda Nessel at the bank by Friday, Dec. 7. The lobby is open Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sponsored by Rush City Cares. For info call Joanne at 320-358-3138 or Shari at 320-358-3463.

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Volunteers needed for Anonymous Santa The nonprofit Anonymous Santa

is seeking volunteers to help provide “Christmas with dignity” to children of families in crisis in Chisago County. Volunteers needed on Dec. 16 at Main Street Church, 6500 Main St., North Branch, to unload and set up toys, then again on Dec. 22 to clean up and repack. All ages are welcome to help. Volunteers also needed to help run the toy distribution on Dec. 20 and 21. Due to confidentiality, these volunteers must be over 18 years of age. Contact Lena at 651-242-8192 to schedule volunteer time or for information call 651-983-0496. New toys can be dropped off at the Chamber office, 6063 Main St., Suite B, North Branch, by Dec. 10. Teenage items are always needed.

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Braham seeks donated coats New or gently used, clean coats can be donated to the “Sharing Warmth This Winter” coat drive running through Nov. 15. Coats can be donated at City Hall, Braham churches and Frandsen Bank. All coats will be given away on Thursday mornings starting Nov. 9 from 8 a.m. to noon at Braham Food Shelf in the Braham Event Center, 655 8th St. SW. For info call Tish at 763-244-0450.

Self-published author winners named Minnesota libraries have announced the winners of their first annual self-published author contest. The winning young adult title, “Journey’s Middle,” was written by B.K. Parent, a patron of the Wildwood Library in Mahtomedi, retired school psychologist and lifelong storyteller. The winning adult fiction title, “Betting on Paradise,” was authored by Lizbeth Selvig. Finalists in the young adult category include “Evalene’s Number”

by Bethany Atazadeh and “They’re Always With You” by Mary Lockman. Finalists in the adult fiction category include “Nerve Damage” by Tom Combs and “Castle Danger” by Chris Norbury. Winners were announced Oct. 11 at the Minnesota Library Association Conference. Winners receive $1,000 and a write-up in Library Journal. East Central Regional Library has purchased the winning and finalist books for its collection in paperback.

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North Branch mayor Kirsten Hagen-Kennedy (third from left) met with representatives of the Korea International Trade Association recently, along with GPS::45::93 President Nancy Hoffman (second from right).

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Delegates from the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) met with members of GPS::45::93 on Friday, Oct. 26, in North Branch to discuss trade between the Republic of Korea and businesses in East Central Minnesota. The delegation was led by Tiger Minsok Chu, the president and chief representative of KITA in Washington D.C., and Han-Koo Yeo, minister counselor for Trade, Industry and Energy currently serving as an attaché to the Korean Embassy. “South Korea is a strong trading partner of businesses in East Central Minnesota,” said Nancy Hoffman, president of GPS::45::93 and Executive Director of the Chisago County HRA/ EDA. “We see additional opportunities to sell our region’s products in their nation. We greatly appreciate them meeting with us, and look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership.” At the meeting, Hoffman provided the Korean delegation with an overview of the GPS region and its assets for

development. A local business with ties to the Republic of Korea also presented, as Dan Kellogg, Director of Operations at Rosenbauer America of Wyoming, Minn., explained how GPS region companies have strong regional ties. Rosenbauer recently delivered a fire truck to a Korean oil refinery. The Korean delegation’s visit to North Branch concluded a five-state tour across the United States to bring attention to the value of trade between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea and seek out future opportunities for commerce. In their remarks, Chu and Yeo praised Minnesota as a market for considerable growth in Korean investment in the future, and also acknowledged historical ties between Minnesota and the Republic of Korea dating to the Korean War. The visit from the Korean delegation is part of GPS’s ongoing efforts to build awareness about the region’s economic development potential and assets. Contact GPS President Nancy Hoffman at 651-674-5664 or nancy@chisagocounty. org for more information.

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Jackets take away section title from Huskies BY BILL STICKELS III EDITOR@COUNTYSTAR.COM

If you win the turnover battle, you will win the game. That long-standing football adage has been proven completely true by the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets during their run to their Section 7AAAAA championship. In two postseason games, the Jackets have forced five turnovers by both Chisago Lakes in the section semifinal game and again last Friday night by Andover in the section finals. That differential, coupled with an offensive attack that is reminiscent of some of C-I’s most potent teams, led the Jackets to a 34-20 win over the Andover Huskies, securing C-I’s first trip to state since 2005. “It was a great team win,” simply stated head coach Shane Weibel. The biggest play of the game against Andover actually happened to be the very first play of the game as the Huskies fumbled the opening kickoff, giving C-I the ball deep in Huskies territory. A few plays later, senior Ryley Nelson found the endzone on a 9-yard run, making the score 7-0 just a minuteand-a-half into the game. Andover would close the gap to 7-6 on a touchdown of their own, but C-I would again extend the lead, thanks to a 20-yard run by Kaden Slepica.

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Cambridge-Isanti’s Semler pounces on an Andover fumble on the opening kickoff of the Jackets’ 34-20 Section 7AAAAA championship win over the Huskies on Friday, Nov. 2. The Jackets will need to continue to capitalize on turnovers as they make their way through the state tournament, starting with Saturday’s game versus Bemidji.

That pattern would repeat itself once more in the second quarter, with the Huskies scoring a touchdown, but missing on a two-point conversion, only

to have Slepica hammer his way into the endzone to again extend the lead, this time to 2012 in favor of the Jackets. Andover would score one

final time, just before halftime, but this time, they were successful in their two-point conversion, tying the score at 20-20 as the teams went into the locker rooms. The second half was all Bluejackets, as the Jacket defense clamped down, intercepting Andover passes four times, while pitching a second-half shutout. That was all the Jackets’ offense needed as C-I first found paydirt on a nifty 64-yard quarterback keeper by Brody Nelson, giving C-I a 26-20 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Jackets clinched the game with another Slepica hard run for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. For the game, Ryley Nelson and Slepica would evenly carry the offensive load, with Nelson picking up 117 yards on 24 carries and Slepica running for 114 yards on 23 carries. But it was the second-half effort by a defense that might not look too impressive statistically after facing offensive juggernauts like Buffalo, Elk River and even Andover during the regular season that was the highlight of the game. “Matt Braaten and the defensive staff have done a great job this year in adjusting,” credited Weibel. “Each week brings a new challenge for the defense, and I couldn’t be happier how they have handled it.”

A RETURN TO STATE TOURNAMENT ACTION The Bluejackets will have to do more of the same to keep their postseason alive as they enter the State Class AAAAA tournament with a quarterfinal game against Section 8 champion Bemidji, which will be held at St. Cloud State University on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. The Lumberjacks enter the state tournament with a 9-1 record, with their only loss coming to Sauk Rapids-Rice. “Bemidji is good, but there is no such thing as a bad team at this point,” said Weibel. “We have to continue to execute and win the turnover battle. That will be key.” But even if the team can’t maintain this momentum, coach Weibel stresses they must keep their composure. “We always say to the kids that bad stuff is going to happen,” Weibel said. “Things may not go our way, but it’s ‘how do we respond?’” Should the Jackets get past the Lumberjacks, they would play the winner of undefeated St. Thomas Academy versus 8-2 Tartan in the semifinals at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Class AAAAA Prep Bowl championship game is slated for 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, also at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Vikings volleyball rallies for section championship BY BILL STICKELS III EDITOR@COUNTYSTAR.COM

It might not have been the perfect match they were hoping for, but the North Branch volleyball team showed their mettle in winning their second-straight Section 7AA championship and earning another trip to the state tournament at Xcel Energy Center this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 8-10. In winning the section crown, North Branch defeated Greenway 3-1 on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Cloquet. While the results itself were predicted by most, the way the Vikings achieved the win was uncharacteristic for the team who had steamrolled their way through their previous three section matches. North Branch started the first three sets trailing to the Raiders, meaning they had to play catchup a majority of the time. “There was a lot of nerves up there,” said head coach Mike Selbitschka. “We do have a lot of younger players who weren’t used to playing in big matches like this. But, to their credit, I think those nerves went away quickly.” Coach Selbitschka was also quick to credit Greenway’s play for his team’s struggles. “Greenway put up a great challenge, like we knew they would,” Selbitschka said. “Their number six (outside hitter Hallie Shevich) was a big factor for them.” In the first two sets, the Raiders were able to hold onto a small lead until roughly midway through the set before the Vikings collected themselves, went on a points run

to take the lead and then put the set away somewhat comfortably, with scores of 25-18 and 25-19. In the third set, however, the Vikings couldn’t quite climb out of the early hole, and wound up losing their first set of the entire tournament by a score of 20-25. “We just couldn’t get into our system in that third set,” said Selbitschka. “Their number 8 (middle hitter Claire Vekich) kept us out of our system.” Rather than demoralizing the team, however, the Vikings bore down for the fourth set, jumping out to a commanding 9-1 lead before clinching the set, match and championship with a 25-16 win. “We made an adjustment for that fourth set,” said Selbitschka. “We just told our blockers that no matter where (Vekich) was, we would double-block her, which really slowed her down and allowed us to get back into our system.” Additionally, coach Selbitschka credited the team with motivating themselves. “We were listening to them in their own huddle, and they were really pumping themselves up, saying ‘we’re not going to lose this,’” said Selbitschka. Individually, Cianna Selbitschka had a strong match, collecting 21 kills and 18 digs. But it wasn’t a one-player show as Reagan Irons collected 14 kills and Lydia Langevin added 10. “Reagan has really come to become an offensive threat in the middle for us,” said Selbitschka. “She has a great connection with (setter) Paige Sheehan. And she helps to open up our offensive pressure so teams can’t focus only

on Cianna.” And while not showing up in the stats, Selbitschka credits libero Kylie Kline as being a major contributer to the win. “Greenway was serving to her most of the match,” Selbitschka said. “But Kylie has gotten real comfortable in her role and taken ownership in it. She is playing confidently and is expecting to make a good pass rather than being afraid of making a mistake.” A STACKED TOURNAMENT AHEAD With the pressures of defending their section crown behind them, the Vikings now look ahead to the pressure getting ramped up tenfold for the state tournament. Despite their stellar 26-4 record, the Vikings were handed the #4 seed for the state tournament, where they will face #5 seed Watertown-Mayer in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 5 p.m. “Every team in the tournament this year was a #1 section seed,” noted Selbitschka. “I was hoping for a better seed given our success last year, but it didn’t shake out that way. (#2 seed) Marshall beat Rochester Century during the regular season, and we lost to Century. So that one loss to a common opponent might have hurt us.” Despite the lower-than-hoped-for seed, however, coach Selbitschka feels confident in his team’s chances in the tournament. “No matter what seed we got, it’s going to be a real battle. It’s not like last year when Maple Lake was the one dominant team. This year, it could be anyone’s championship.”

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Viking libero Kylie Kline was the target of a majority of Greenway’s serves during the Section 7AA final match in Cloquet on Saturday, Nov. 3. North Branch was able to shake off both nerves and the Raiders attacks thanks in part to the junior’s consistent passing. North Branch will now battle in the state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center Nov. 8-10.


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Middle school: North Branch Area Middle School’s November Student Achiever is Sam Goulet, 8th grade. Sam plays soccer, participates in Math League, is an office runner and a solid student in the classroom.

Mrs. Goebel’s fourth grade class at Isanti Intermediate School is showing great compassion through hermit crabs. Two students in the class have food allergies, one of them severe. Because of this, the class had to find a way to celebrate birthdays that didn’t involve food. While Mrs. Goebel thought the class may decide to enjoy a game or a movie, the class was ambitious and ended up adopting a class pet. The class now cares for seven hermit crabs and are enjoying a special journey as a class. Not only are they demonstrating much respect for the unique needs of each other as peers, they are learning how to be responsible and collaboratively care for their pets. We are impressed with the character of the class,, their respect for one another, and all they have been learning.. Great job, Mrs. Goebel’s class!

High school: North Branch Area High School’s Student Achiever is Clint Mattson, 12th grade. Clint Mattson is a fantastic choice for student achiever. Not only is Clint funny and easy going, he is a hard worker and strives to do his best every day. Besides being a great student and a huge help in the office, Clint is also involved in school baseball and helps with events around the school such as the 9th grade retreat.

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Ask A Trooper: Can an owner be cited or sued if farm animals get hit on road? Question: My neighbor has cattle and horses, and I know they had gotten out of their fences and onto the road a few times. If they are struck by a vehicle, can he get cited or sued? Answer: Law enforcement could cite your Ask a neighbor, and he Trooper could be sued civilly by someone Sgt. Neil who was injured or sustained loss Dickenson because of an incident like this. Minnesota state law says: “It shall

be unlawful for any owner or any person having the control of any such animal to permit the same to run at large in the state.” In my career, I have responded to crashes where farm animals were struck by a vehicle and the occupants were injured. If farm animals are on the road, law enforcement will assist in getting them off the road and to the rightful owner before they get hit. Normally, this is done without taking enforcement action. However, I believe repeated offenses would warrant enforcement action, especially if an officer knows there is a history of animals (being at large) involving the same owner. Animal owners shall make sure

that all fencing is in adequate condition and maintained to prevent injuries to the animals and motorists if the animal is struck. Anytime you see a farm animal on the roadway, call 911 and report it. Law enforcement will assist in the removal and provide emergency lights to warn other approaching motorists. Sgt. Neil Dickenson is Minnesota State Patrol Public Information Officer for the state’s northeast region. Send questions concerning traffic-related laws or issues to neil.dickenson@state.mn or by mail to Minnesota State Patrol, 1131 Mesaba Ave., Duluth MN 55811. Follow Dickenson on Twitter at @MSPPIO_NE .

Church offers free Thanksgiving dinner CONTRIBUTED CAMBRIDGE LUTHERAN CHURCH

Wondering what to do for Thanksgiving dinner this year? Join Cambridge Lutheran Church for its annual community Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 621 Old Main Street N, Cambridge. The church started the tradition in 2002. Why? So that everyone has a place to go, food to eat and people to be with on Thanksgiving. Volunteers will

serve a hot, traditional turkey meal with all of the fixings. Sit-down or take-out is available. Everyone is welcome. No cost. Freewill offering received. Take-out meals are available from 10:30-noon. Please RSVP to order take-out meals. Volunteers are needed to donate pies, bake a turkey, help serve or clean up. To offer to help call Joanne at 651-983-1686 or email joannerevoir@ yahoo.com.

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ISANTI COUNTY COURT REPORT The following felony charges were filed in Isanti County Court on Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2018. All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty. David Lee Lammers, (DOB 08/20/1968), of Isanti, was charged Oct. 30 with simple robbery, false imprisonment - intentional restraint. Brent James Trader, (DOB 01/25/2000), of North Branch, was charged Nov. 2 with 5th degree drugs - possess schedule 1, 2, 3, 4 - not small amount marijuana.

CHISAGO COUNTY COURT REPORT The following felony charges were filed filed in Chisago County Court on Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2018. All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Aaron James Hirsch, (DOB 10/17/1980), of Wyoming, was charged Oct. 29 with fugitive from justice from other state; domestic assault by strangulation; domestic assault - subsequent violation. John Wesley Simonson, (DOB 06/04/1977), of Columbia Heights, was charged Oct. 29 with 5th degree drugs - possess schedule 1, 2, 3, 4 - not small amount marijuana. Justine Marie Kangas, (DOB 02/05/1993), of Chisago City, was charged Oct. 30 with 5th degree drugs - possess schedule 1, 2, 3, 4 - not small amount marijuana. Joshua James Nelson, (DOB 07/31/1985), of Center City, was charged Nov. 1 with two counts of predatory offender - knowingly violates registration req. or intentionally provides false information.

Nonprofits can apply for health grants CONTRIBUTED ALLINA HEALTH

From now through Feb. 14, 2019, Allina Health is inviting community nonprofits and local governments to apply for a Neighborhood Health Connection Grant. Nonprofit organizations and government entities working in communities served by Allina Health in central/ southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin are eligible to apply. Neighborhood Health Connection Grants support communities in building social connections through healthy eating and physical activity. Examples include, but are not limited to: · Expanding a community garden to provide opportunities for community members to grow their own food and share a weekly meal together. · Hosting a series of healthy cooking classes

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FIVE STAR STORIES Here are the five most-read stories on our website from Oct. 28 - Nov. 3. 1. North Branch development may default on agreements 2. Letter to the editor: Sewer/water decision short-sighted (Published in Nov. 30, 2017 edition) 3. 2018 General Election Guide: Isanti Mayor 4. 2018 Primary Election Guide: Chisago County Sheriff 5. Center for sexual assault victims opens Go to countystar.com to see these stories and more from previous issues. ISANTI-CHISAGO


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Egyptian love story ‘Aida’ coming to Cambridge CONTRIBUTED CAMBRIDGE-ISANTI THEATRE DEPT

The Cambridge-Isanti High School Theatre Department will perform the musical “Aida” the weekend of Nov. 16-18. Winner of four 2000 Tony Awards, Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” is a triumphant love story between an Egyptian prince and a slave that transcends warring nations and brings a country together. An enslaved Nubian princess, Aida, finds her heart entangled with Radames, an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the Pharaoh’s daughter, Amneris. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart

against the responsibility that she faces as the leader of her people. Aida and Radames’ love for one another becomes a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity. Performances will be at the Hardy Performing Arts Center, Cambridge, on Friday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now by calling 763-689-6466 or order online at www. showtix4u.com. Adults $8, seniors $6 and students $5. Prices will be $2 more at the door.

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Radames (Sam Haseth) asks his father to spare Aida (Shiri Samsa) and the rest of the slaves (from left) Ashley Kroeschel, Abby Bettendorf, Grace Maxwell and Anna Almquist from being sent to the copper mines.

CAST LIST Aida Shiri Samsa Radames Sam Haseth Amneris Samantha Titus Mereb Kara Olson Minister Zoser Jonah Brady King Amonasro Gabe Albert Nehebka Annie Lind Pharaoh Anders Baxter Ensemble Anna Almquist, Henry Baxter, Abby Bettendorf, Ari Carlile, Chloe Carstensen, Liliana Foesch, Madison Franklin, Maisie Gartner, Raeann Goetz, Shea Harvey, Gabby Holboy, Ashleigh Kroschel, Kate Larson, Aidan Lester, Becca Maikkula, Grace Maxwell, Ashley Norman, Elijah Porter, Abigail Shogren, Molly Siedlecki, Julia Pendergast

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Amneris (Samantha Titus) makes her entrance through the grand, Egyptian set in the opening scene of ‘Aida.’

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Aida (Shiri Samsa) tries to escape her Egyptian captors by taking a soldier hostage.

Kelly Fairchild-Fahrni, Director Jared Faust, Assistant Director Aaron Knudsvig, Music Director/Choreographer Viva Anderson, Technical Director/Producer Scott Niederkorn, Sound Engineer/Tech Booth Supervisor Chuck Vrchota, Lighting Design Consultant

Technical Crew Julie Bisilia, Julia Curtis, Mackenzie Duncan, Desiree Graber, Jesse Jorgenson, Braden Kohn, Ian Lindberg, Jordan Merwin, Andrew Milz, Oliver Tang

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT IS HERE.

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Radames’ soldiers declare “Fortune Favors the Brave” during Cambridge-Isanti’s performance of ‘Aida.’

Learn how to get personalized coverage you can afford. Attend a FREE Medicare Workshop and learn more about Medicare and the affordable plan options from Medica. Thursday, 29 • 10:00am Tuesday, 13 • 10:00am Day, DateNov. • Time Day, Date Nov. • Time Isanti Co. Historical Society Flagship Location Location Bank 33525 Flanders St. NE 711 6th Ave. NE Address Address Cambridge, MN 55008 Isanti, MN 55040 City City Tuesday, 4 • 6:00pm Wednesday, Day, Date •Dec. Time19 • 1:00pm Day, Date Dec. • Time AmericInn Isanti County Historical Society Location Location 38675 33525 Flanders St. NE Address Address14th Ave. North Cambridge, MN 55008 City City Branch, MN 55056 763-689-8482 9:00 - 5:00 Monday - Friday Melissa Skiba Licensed Insurance Agent Melissa Skiba Insurance mskiba@tcunderwriters.com, www.HealthPlanHelpMN.com RSVP not required to attend

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Radames’ soldiers round up a new batch of Nubians to be used as slaves for the King.

A salesperson will be present with information and applications. For accommodation of persons with special needs at meetings, call 1-866-458-8835 (TTY: 711), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central, seven days a week. Medica is a Cost, HMO-POS and PPO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Medica depends on contract renewal. © 2018 Medica. Y0088_5042 CMS Accepted


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NOTICE OF SELF STORAGE SALE

NOTICE OF SALE OF STORED PROPERTY

Please take notice Cambridge Self Storage, located at 503 Cleveland Street South, Cambridge MN 55008, intends to hold an auction of the goods stored in the following unit in default for non-payment of rent. The sale will occur as an online auction via www.storagetreasures.com on 11/20/2018 at 10:00AM. Unless stated otherwise, the description of the contents are household goods and furnishings. Steven S. Jensen. All property is being stored at the above self-storage facility. This sale may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Certain terms and conditions apply. See manager for details. Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Nov. 1, 8, 2018

You are hereby notified that after November 15, 2018, the contents contained in the following storage spaces will be sold to the highest bidder to satisfy the charges due for rent plus incurred costs by Thompson Mini Storage, Cambridge. The storage spaces include: Brian Delling, Unit #86, household contents, amount due $213 Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Nov. 1, 8, 2018

NOTICE OF SELF STORAGE SALE

Storage, located at 503 Cleveland Street South, Cambridge MN 55008, intends to hold an auction of the goods stored in the following unit in default for non-payment of rent. The sale will occur as an online auction via www.storagetreasures.com on 11/27/2018 at 10:00AM. Unless stated otherwise, the description of the contents are household goods and furnishings. Deanne Anderson; Pat Schmitz. All property is being stored at the above self-storage facility. This sale may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Certain terms and conditions apply. See manager for details. Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Nov. 8, 15, 2018

NOVEMBER 8, 2018

STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF ISANTI DISTRICT COURT PROBATE DIVISION TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court File No. 30-PR-18-80 Estate of: KENNETH J. PLUNSKE, Decedent NOTICE AND ORDER FOR HEARING ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION OF INTESTACY, DETERMINATION OF HEIRSHIP, APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS

Please take notice Cambridge Self

It is Ordered and Notice is given that on November 13, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., a hearing will be held in this Court in Room A, Isanti County Courthouse, 555 18th Avenue SW, Cambridge, Minnesota 55008, for the adjudication of intestacy and determination of heirship of the Decedent and for the appointment of Joann H. Plunske, whose address is 6808 401st Avenue NW, Dalbo, Minnesota 550175115. as Personal Representative of the Estate of the Decedent in an unsupervised administration. Any objections to the petition must be filed with the Court prior to or raised at the hearing. If proper and if no objections are filed or raised, the Personal Representative will be appointed with full power to administer the Estate, including the power to collect all assets, to pay all legal debts, claims,

taxes and expenses, to sell real and personal property, and to do all necessary acts for the Estate. Notice is also given that (subject to Minnesota Statutes section 524.3801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the Personal Representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred. BY THE COURT John D. Klossner, District Court Judge, Probate Division Tracy Gullerud, Court Administrator Dated: 10/5/2018 Sara A. Grife, Deputy Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Nov. 1, 8, 2018

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Auctions

No Reserve Live Auction. Sun., Nov. 18, 11:32 a.m. 17999 Mission Creek Run, Pine City, MN. Arli and Judy Johnson, owners. 1992 JD 320 lawn tractor with mower and snowblower; 1994 Honda TRX-200 four wheeler; hand wrenches; hand power tools; beautiful household furniture; misc. Auction will take less than 2 hours. Auctions By Norby, Col. Kevin C. Norby, auctioneer, Lic. #33-03 320-279-0712 www.norbys.net

Want to Buy all kinds of silver objects. Please call Mike at 763-843-0867

Thurs., Nov. 15, 10 a.m. Milaca Area Tool & Machinery Auction. Kevin Wedell & local farmers, owners. Located at 14382 130th Ave., Milaca, MN 56353. From the stoplight in Milaca go west on Highway 23 1 ¼ miles to County Road 112. Turn north ½ mile to 130th Avenue, and then continue north 1.4 miles to site. Follow signs. Lawn & garden equip., construction tools & shop items, sporting & recreational, antiques & collectibles, automobiles & trailers, farm machinery & attachments, hay & livestock equip., outdoor boiler, pool table & furniture. Siemers Auctioneers. Mitchell Siemers, auctioneer. Lic. #48-16-016. 320-267-1799.

Rentals/ Commercial

Alterations and clothing repairs, 25 years experience. 320-3964152 Contact Rosemary. Braham

Diesel Problems? Call the experts: East Central Diesel 763-689-9470 eastcentraldiesel.net

Merles Water Conditioning 651-777-1349 mywatermn.com Water Softener Repairs, Filter changes, Preventitive Maintenance, Iron Removal, and so much more! Please see our ad in the Professional and Service Directory of the Isanti- Chisago County STA R.

Our newspaper has end rolls for sale! These 33” tall end rolls of blank news- paper are great for: Artwork, coloring paper for kids, wrapping packages for mailing, packing material for shipping, creating banners. Lining pet cages and so much more! Cost is .45 cents per pound. (rolls average 15-25 pounds) Call 763689-1181 x 100 to find out what is in stock. Can be picked up in our Cambridge office. 930 Cleveland St.

Roof problems? Carpentry service? We can save you money 320-674-0755.

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Handy women of East Central MN. Painting, tiling, organizing and cleaning. Great prices. 320-703-9014

159 Health Care East Central A u d i o l o g y Audiology and hearing aid care. Cambridge 763-689-2121.

201 Child Care Deb's Tiny Tots experience. Infant thru school ages. Certified CPR/First Aid. Braham. 763-333-4990.

20 ft. pole-length basswood, 5 cord load, $450 delivered. Outdoor stove wood 320-679-1815 22 in. heavy split basswood. 3 cord loads, $420 delivered. Outdoor stove wood 320-679-1815 5 cord loads. 20 foot pole length firewood. $575 delivered within 25 miles radius of Mora. 320-679-1815 Dry oak firewood. $130 pickup load. Boiler oak cut and split $175/cord. Free local delivery. 320-241-6983. Wanted: Standing saw timber and firewood, (320)679-1815.

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Black rotted manure, lg load, fast delivery. Also firewood. 320241-6983 or 479-2446952.

Goldadore Puppies Golden Retreiver/Ivory Lab cross. Look Ivory Lab. 7Wks. Beautiful & Sweet. Shots, wormed, & dews. $300. 715-483-9127. Pet Sitting & Hobby Farm Care. Available Holidays! Rogues and Rascals. (763) 689-8940

355 Furniture For Sale: Side-byside Frigidaire refrigerator, in-door water & ice. Model year 2002, $200 320-679-1020. For Sale: Reconditioned washers, dryers, ranges, refrigerators. Rick's Home Furnishings 320-679-4047.

For Sale: 2 lawn mowers, Rider Yard Machine, MTD, 16.5 HP. Runs good, $275; Husqvarna walk behind, Kohler 173 cc., $75 320-515-1663.

Where those in the know go Sell your stuff quickly in the Classifieds. It’s simply the best way! To place an ad, stop in at THE ISANTI-CHISAGO COUNTY STAR or CALL 763-689-1181 OR GO TO

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362 Miscellaneous Looking for that perfect gift for an anniversary or birthday? Think about giving a subscription to the Kanabec County Times. Call our office today (320)679-2661 to start delivery – we accept Visa or Mastercard!

GUN & KNIFE SHOW November 24 & 25 Saturday 9-5pm, Sunday 9-3pm Cambridge AFRC (Armory) 505 Spirit River Dr. S. 763-754-7140 $5 admission CrocodileProductionsInc.com

368 Household/ Appliances 14.5 upright Amana freezer. Used 4 years. $175. 763-689-0641

401 Auctions Nov. 18, 11:32 a.m. No Reserve Auction. Arli & Judy Johnson, owners. Located at 17999 Mission Creek Run, Pine City, MN 55063. 6 miles south of Hinckley, MN on Interstate 35 to Beroun Exit 175, Go up ramp to Beroun Crossing Road, then 200 ft. west to Frontage Road, ( Pine County Road 54), then 1 mile north to Mission Creek Road, go around curve appx. 200 ft., then north, 2nd place on the right. 1992 JD 320 lawn tractor, water cooled, mower and snow blower; 1994 Honda TRX-200 four wheeler; hand wrenches; hand power tools; beautiful high quality household furniture; misc., etc. Auction will take less than 2 hours. 10% Buyers Premium. Robyn Auctions, Byron Robyn, auctioneer. Lic. #3321, 320-291-9566. Auctions By Norby., Col. Kevin C. Norby, auctioneer, Lic. #3303 www.norbys.net 320-279-0712.

You’ve Got It!

Somebody Wants It! Sell it in the classifieds 763-689-1181 or www.countystar.com

451 Rentals/ Commercial 2 Office Suites avaliable 2 rooms each, 221 Union St S, Mora, next to the theatre. Heather 320-679-4569 Apartment for rent: 2 bedroom, utilities included. $850/month. Mora. 320-515-1887. Available immediately: 2-BDRM apartments at Meadowbrook, in Mora. $770/month + electric. No pets or smoking. Contact Denny, 507-269-7639. Northern Oaks North Branch Subsidized Senior Apartment available. 952-935-6256

Meadowbrook 1 & 2 BDRM apartments- Mora, starting at $670 + electric. Available immediately. No smoking, no pets. Contact Denny, 507-269-7639.

Office Space for Rent in Downtown Pine City – Call 651-442-0905.

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SEEN OR HEARD SASQUATCH?

REPORT DISCRETELY. If you’ve heard or seen anything similar to what is already reported below, you may be one of many people in Northern Minnesota to have had an encounter. If so, you are not crazy. This is real, and we know it. If you’ve heard things like wood-on-wood tree knocks; high-pitched, sustained screams; long howls (the likes of which are much louder and deeper than that of wolves or coyotes); heard loud penetrating roars, grunts, growls, yelps, whoops, or inexplicable deep barks – WE NEED TO TALK. If you’ve heard distant chatter, perhaps in an indistinguishable language, coming from areas where such sounds would otherwise be illogical – CONTACT ME. Other highly credible people in your area have reported hearing the same type of vocalizations. If you’ve seen clearly arranged rock or stick displays, this is also being reported. We’ve documented tree structures in your area made with uprooted, uncut sticks and found large footprints and taken reports from eyewitnesses who have seen and smelled the animal itself. You may be yet one more person to have had these same experiences. If so, please contact me. Your name will not be used without express permission from you. As a side note, it can be quite liberating to speak to someone who knows the truth. I want nothing from you except your story. If you are the property owner on the land where your encounter occurred, we may compensate you for your story. Call, text, or email me – Jeff 651-302-3800 • jjs5perctr@gmail.com

Recycling one ton of paper conserves

7000 gallons of water. Learn more about how and why to recycle at home. recyclemoreminnesota.org


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NOVEMBER 8, 2018 Now Hiring: Bartenders and Off Sale Clerks. Apply in person at Isle City Hall or Isle Municipal Liquor Store. No phone calls, please.

Janitorial Help needed in Cambridge. Tues.-Sat. 5-10am; Sat. 9pm-5am; Sun. 8pm-5am. $13/hr. Call 612-296-2339

TMAs & CNAs If you want to work for a FUN familylike environment, we have a spot for you caring for our amazing residents! Position requirements: NA/R’s must be currently active on the MN Nursing Assistant Registry. These FT and PT positions offer competitive pay with experience credit, shift differential pay, PTO and holiday pay. A comprehensive benefit package is available for positions scheduled 30+ hours per week. To take advantage of these opportunities contact Human Resources St. Clare Living Community of Mora 110 7th Street N, Mora, MN 55051 (320) 679-8328 Fax (320) 679-8350 nancy.dobbins@bhshealth.org EOE

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Experienced Pressmen needed at NorthStar Media! This position is responsible for helping with the operation of our 12 unit Goss Community printing press. Qualified candidates should be able to work well with teams and have a minimum of 1 to 2 years experience in a commercial or newspaper printing environment. Familiarity with color, registration and routine maintenance a must. Duties will include making the press ready to print, running the press, cleaning, change overs and routine press maintenance. Benefits include: * Health Insurance * Paid Vacations * Paid Holidays * 401(k) Plan Day shift - No nights or weekends. Job Type: Full-time

Minnesota Energy Resources, a subsidiary of WEC Energy Group, is currently recruiting for a field Technician for our Pine City, MN, location. Visit www.wecenerg group.com and search 4416BR to apply.

A New Dawn Mental Health, LLC, a locally owned and expanding mental health agency, is seeking highly motivated practitioner to fill an ARMHS position in our Chisago and Isanti service area. Requirements are a 4 year degree in applicable field and 2 year's experience in mental health. Please email resume to Austina at newbeginningsmh@ outlook.com

Production Workers Full-Time. Burnett Dairy Cooperative is currently looking to hire full time employees in our cheese production facility. All fulltime employees are eligible for our full benefits package including health, vision, dental, long-term/short-term disability, paid vacation/sick time, 401 (k) with generous company match, profit sharing, employee bonus referrals and discounts! We have 1st and 3rd shift avaliable. Must be 18 years or older to apply. Physical and Drug Tests Required for all Positions. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V Questions call Jamie 715-689-2010.

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Please apply online at www.federatedcoops.com

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Federated Co-ops is looking for friendly cashiers to work a variety of shifts including days, nights and weekends at our Scandia location. Qualified candidates must possess a customer first attitude, multi-task, excellent math skills, attention to detail and ability to frequently load product (50 lbs). Previous retail experience is a plus.

Nursing Superheroes needed at

North Branch

NOW HIRING LPN, RN, CNA & RA

FT and PT positions available. FREE NAR CLASSES and a SIGN ON BONUS. Offering competitive wages and benefits. Please see website for more information and job descriptions www.ecumen.org/careers or call Amy @ 651-237-3055

Send resume/application to NorthStar Media 930 S. Cleveland St. Cambridge, MN 55008

AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled

PTE Inc. is seeking a Full Time Operator. No experience necessary. Please apply in person at 1518 Industrial Blvd, Mora or call 320-679-4535. Looking for a General Construction Laborer for a variety of work. Must have a valid drivers license and great work ethic. Contact C&A Campbell Construction 320-629-4674 or stop in at 635 13th ST SW Pine Cityto pick up an application.

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NOW HIRING COOKS Now hiring experienced cooks. Competitive wages, must be able to work varied shifts, nights & weekends. Apply in person or by email tdawgsbargrill@gmail.com

Homes in Hugo, Dellwood, White Bear, Wyoming, North Branch, Harris, Stanchfield, Pine City, Brook Park $250 Sign on Bonus Starting wages range $12.00 to $17.00/hr. Weekend differentials, Overnight differentials Year-end bonus Paid training Medical, Dental, 401(k), Paid Personal Leave We have full-time, part-time, and relief positions available Community Living Options provides 24-hour residential care and supervision to adults and children with intellectual developmental disabilities, mental health and medical challenges. For interview call Polly @ 651-237-1087 or email: Trainer@clomail.com Apply online at CLO-MN.com

Our creative design department produces advertising & internet materials for our newspapers and regional shopper in East Central Minnesota. As a graphic designer you will work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment. Must have the ability to manage multiple projects and the ability to work creatively to conceptualize and design effective ads while meeting our quality standards. You must possess excellent design & communication skills. Desired Skills: A two-year degree in graphic design & experience preferred. Must be proficient with Mac OS and Adobe Creative Suite. Web ad design and newspaper ad/print ad design experience is preferred. We offer a competitive compensation and benefit package. Send Resume to: Misti Hamlin Kanabec Publications • 107 Park St. S., Mora, MN 55051 or e-mail to misti@moraminn.com

Resident Assistants

NA/R certification is preferred.

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To take advantage of these opportunities contact Human Resources at

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St. Clare Living Community of Mora 110 7th Street N, Mora, MN 55051 (320) 679-8328 Fax (320) 679-8350 nancy.dobbins@lsfhealth.org Eastwood Senior Living is managed by St. Clare Living Community of Mora

2 FT Openings

EOE

Position is responsible for nursing assessment of infants and children and education to mothers, fathers and families related to pregnancy, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, family planning, newborn care and parenting. Nurse will monitor growth and development through physical assessment, developmental screenings and help to create a safe and caring home for children while fostering healthy relationships within the family. Professional nurses also work with community partners to address needs and provide resources. Qualifications include: PHN in MN and current licensure as a RN in MN. $23.59 to $32.37 DOQ. Deadline is 11/25/18. Apply at www.chisagocounty.us.

RUDDY’S RENTAL AND PARTY TOWN

Do you like working with your hands on cars, snowmobiles, 4-wheelers, lawn mowers or any engines? Would you like to, or do you have an interest in learning small engines & repairs?

Ruddy’s Rental is your place – we can help!

MECHANIC/SHOP TECH NEEDED DUTIES INCLUDE: • Planning maintenance schedules • Small engine diagnostics, troubleshooting & repair including gas, diesel, hydraulic & electrical systems • Documenting repairs • Trade school training helpful Full and Part-time help needed. Apply in person 21380 Forest Blvd Forest Lake, MN Work in Rental. Own your Future.

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NorthStar Media has a PT/FT position open in our inserting department. Willing to work flexible hours; requires some heavy lifting. Starting wage $11/hr. Send resume/application to NorthStar Media 930 S. Cleveland St. Cambridge, MN 55008

HOUSEKEEPING We are currently seeking to fill a PT position with a hard-working and dedicated candidate. Experience is a plus, but not required. These positions offer a friendly work environment, PTO and Holiday pay. Please contact Human Resources St. Clare Living Community 110 7th Street N Mora, MN 55051 (320) 679-8328 Fax (320) 679-8350 nancy.dobbins@lsfhealth.org EOE

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