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Charges filed in year-old fatal accident BY BILL STICKELS III EDITOR@COUNTYSTAR.COM


Antonio DeMeules

The driver in a fatal accident that occurred in Isanti County in September 2015 has now been charged with failure to stop for a collision causing injury or death. Adam Maki, 31, was charged by the Isanti County Attorney’s Office with the felony on Wednesday, Nov. 23. According to County Attorney Jeff Edblad, the ongoing investigation has now yielded sufficient evidence for

the charges. “Based upon a review of the follow-up investigation conducted by the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department which included additional information developed during the follow-up investigation and submitted in their follow-up report, I believe that there is now sufficient evidence for filing the felony complaint alleging failure to stop for a collision causing injury or death,” said Edblad. The accident, which made statewide news at the time, involved the death of 15-year-old Antonio DeMeules on 285th Avenue near

Isanti. At the time of the accident, DeMeules was reportedly skateboarding on the road after sunset when he was struck by a white pickup that failed to stop for the accident. Maki turned himself in 24 hours after the accident after security camera footage from the area identified the color and type of vehicle involved in the accident. At the time of turning himself in, Maki claimed he thought he had hit some sort of animal. SEE CHARGES, PAGE 5

Funeral home discussion leads to reprimand

North Branch hopes to light up the town


Everyone loves a walk or ride through a twinkling, colorfully lit holiday wonderland, and the North Branch Beautification Association is doing their part to bring that joy to North Branch. The nonprofit has started the Light Up North Branch Project with a Go Fund Me page to raise money to install holiday decorations on the streets of the city. As of Tuesday, over $1,750 had been raised toward the goal of $2,500. Phase 1 of the project will consist of lighting all 83 streetlight poles on Highway 95 with over 12,450 soft white LED Christmas lights from County Market on the west to Grand Avenue on the east. The lights have already been purchased and are being installed. The association will be reimbursed

The city of Isanti’s Planning Commission will be reprimanded following the disclosure it violated open meeting laws after its Nov. 9 planning commission meeting. What led up to the discovery of the alleged violations was a lengthy discussion regarding a resolution approving an amendment to the zoning ordinance, which the council ultimately approved without the planning commission’s recommendation that funeral homes be permitted within the district. The ordinance establishes the types of businesses allowed along the Minnesota Highway 65 corridor in order to make the highway a gateway into the city and attract travelers from the highway, as well as attract commercial and industrial businesses that will lower property taxes for homeowners. Currently, Strike Funeral Home lies within the district, and the city’s recommendation was that funeral homes not be permitted within the district. It was at the end of the discussion regarding the zoning ordinance that city council and planning commission SEE ZONING, PAGE 8



Searching high and low for ‘The One’ Wolcyn Tree Farm west of Cambridge offered acres and acres of choices to excited families on the hunt for a Christmas tree last Sunday afternoon. More photos page 2.



During a previous meeting, the Cambridge city council had decided that whoever won the two-year seat in the special election would take their place on the council at the next regular meeting after the election, rather than waiting until the beginning of 2017. So, at the beginning of the Nov. 21 meeting, Kirsten Barfknecht-Conley, who won the special election

by a narrow margin over current council member Michael Stylski, was sworn in as the newest member of the city council. Perhaps as a “welcome aboard” gift to Barfknecht-Conley, her first council meeting was short with no major decisions required on the three agenda items that were attended to. The first item was the renewal of 16 tobacco licenses and three 3.2 SEE COUNCIL, PAGE 5


Kirsten Barfknecht-Conley is sworn in by Mayor Palmer.

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On the Tannenbaum trail


(Above) Every tree leaving the lot goes through the wrapping machine for easy transport.

(Left) Kate Larson, of Cambridge, brought along family pooch Charlie to help pick out the perfect tree.


The Oquist family (from left), Kari, Garik, Claire and Matt, came all the way from Moundsview to Wolcyn’s Tree Farm for their tree on Sunday, Nov. 27. The day was overcast, foggy and just above freezing, but the farm was full of shoppers.


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from any future money coming in toward the goal. Phase 2 would add the same lights to all Grand Avenue poles by the schools. Phase 3 is to be determined by association members, and could be anything from lights on buildings to adding newer, holiday-themed lit decals on all light poles. The organization is open to ideas from the public.


Cambridge Lutheran serves free holiday meal Cambridge Lutheran Church offered its annual free Thanksgiving meal to anyone without a place to enjoy a traditional holiday meal on Nov. 24. Hundreds of meals were served by volunteers, including take-out meals for all officers on duty that day with the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office.

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTING FESTIVAL DEC. 3 The most recent project of the beautification association and its Christmas Committee is the first annual Christmas Lighting Festival to take place from 5-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, in Central Park. The event will open with children’s games and Christmas music by a DJ. At 5:30 p.m. the well-known Christmas tree in the park will be lit and Santa arrives. Children can take part in Christmas caroling at 6 p.m. Live entertainment with Jeff Brooks starts at 7 p.m. Other activities include a live nativity scene, hayrides, Christmas Market, hot cocoa and food, bonfire and an Anonymous Santa booth to accept donations of toys. The Beautification Association will also accept donations toward its lighting project and list the names of those who’ve already contributed. The North Branch Beautification Association depends solely on donations and membership funds to complete its projects. With a donation of $25 or more


North Branch Beautification Association has installed over 12,450 lights on poles along Highway 95.

givers will receive an annual family membership to the association and be named a supporting member. To make a donation visit https://www. Branch or call (651) 332-0779 for information.



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Li’l Farm Christmas Sale Li’l Farm Children’s Home will host its annual Christmas sale of new items provided by Minneapolis Gift Mart from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Christ the King Parish Hall, 315 N. Fern St., Cambridge.

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Donate Blood Take the opportunity to donate blood from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd., Wyoming. To learn more and make an appointment, visit www. or call 1-800-733-2767.

DEC 3 Li’l Farm Christmas Sale Li’l Farm Children’s Home will host its annual Christmas sale of new items provided by Minneapolis Gift Mart from 8 a.m. to noon at Christ the King Parish Hall, 315 N. Fern St., Cambridge.

Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale The 16th Annual Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chisago Lake Lutheran Church, 1 Summit Ave., Center City, with bluegrass music, cinnamon rolls, bake sale, lunch, crafters, Antique Corner, fresh lefse, raffle. For info call (651) 257-6300.

Santa Day Open House The North Chisago Historical Society will hold a Santa Day Open House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Historical Museum, 350 S. Eliot Ave., with free coffee, tea and cookies. The museum will feature holiday decorations. For info call (320) 358-4525.

Live Nativity The 21st Annual Live Nativity with live animals will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. at Long Lake Lutheran Church, 3921 277th Ave. NW, Isanti. Soup and chili supper, Grandma’s Attic open for holiday shopping. For

Double the fun at Braham’s Santa Day Santa and his Mrs. entertain these festive twins at last year’s Santa Day in Braham. The event will be held this year on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Dad’s Belgium Waffle Brunch (9-noon), Santa’s Gift Shoppe, children’s activities, photos with Santa, bake sale, holiday music and living manger scene. Check listings for other Santa visits and activities.

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North Branch Christmas Lighting Festival

Arts Salon

Holiday Bake & Craft Sale

The North Branch Beautification Association will host a Christmas Lighting Festival from 5-8:30 p.m. in Central Park with food, entertainment, vendors, kids’ activities, hayrides, live Nativity, Santa, bonfire and tree lighting ceremony. For a detailed schedule visit

Cambridge Center for the Arts hosts this informal gathering of artists and arts enthusiasts on the first Tuesday of the month from 5-7 p.m. at Sidelines Grill in Cambridge to discuss and share art, writing, song, acting, humor, etc. Enjoy food and beverage at your own cost. For info call (763) 552-0320.

The public is invited to a Holiday Bake & Craft Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Red’s Appliance Parts Building, 523 N. Main, Cambridge. Proceeds go to Isanti County Humane Society Share the Care.


Ethnic Potluck Supper

Benefit Concert for Veterans

The North Chisago Historical Society will host an Ethnic Potluck Supper at 6 p.m. at Rushseba Town Hall, 51533 Forest Blvd., Rush City. Jon Ekstrom will entertain and lead Christmas caroling. For info call (320) 3584525.

Tim Hadler and Catrina Campbell will offer a concert from 2-5 p.m. at Braham Event Center to benefit GUMI Camp USA for vets recovering from PTSD. Freewill donation only; food available for purchase, silent auction. For info visit Facebook. com/timhadlermusic.

DEC 5 Donate Blood Take the opportunity to donate blood from 1-7 p.m. at Harris Covenant Church, 43680 Gates Ave. To learn more and make an appointment, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

DEC 6 Donate Blood Take the opportunity to donate blood from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Culver’s, 105 Opportunity Blvd. N, Cambridge. To learn more and make an appointment, visit www.

DEC 7 Donate Blood Take the opportunity to donate blood from 12-6 p.m. at Howard McCarty American Legion Post 290, 220 S. Main St., Cambridge. To learn more and make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood. org or call 1-800-733-2767.

DEC 8 Troy Heling & Tush Concert We R Able will offer an Arts RX concert with guitarist Troy Heling and vocalist Tush at North Country Coffee Shop in the North Branch Outlet Mall with a 5 p.m. meal and 5:30 p.m. concert. Pre-registration required



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Art Show Gala Opening Cambridge Center for the Arts will host a Gala Opening from 5-7 p.m. for its 2016 Members’ Art Show with refreshments and live music at 140 Buchanan St. N. (City Center Mall). Exhibit will run through Jan. 7, 2017. For info call (763) 5520320.


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“The Gift of the Magi” Dinner Theater Play Inc. Community Theatre will present “The Gift of the Magi” at Northern Lights Banquet Center, Milaca, with 6 p.m. dinner buffet and 7 p.m. show. There is a cost. For info and tickets call (320) 369-4622 or visit

Jingle Bell Ball The Cambridge Ambassadors will host their 6th annual Jingle Bell Ball from 6:15-8 p.m. at Cambridge Intermediate School cafeteria for kids of all ages. Adults free; kids $15. Dance with more than a dozen princesses to Sound Patrol DJ. Contact via Facebook/Cambridge Ambassador Program.

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Donate Blood Take the opportunity to donate blood from 1-7 p.m. at Coborn’s Marketplace, 209 6th Ave. NE, Isanti. To learn more and make an appointment, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

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A Christmas for Kids event for kids ages 3-10 will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 1 mile east of Cambridge on Hwy. 95, with registration at 8:45 a.m. Free lunch served at noon. Kids will learn the story of Jesus’ birth, sing songs, decorate cookies and make crafts. Call (763) 689-5333 for information.

Braham Santa Day Bring the family out for Santa Day at the Braham Event Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Dad’s Belgium Waffle Brunch (9-noon), Santa’s Gift Shoppe, children’s activities, photos with Santa, bake sale, holiday music and living manger scene. For info call (320) 3963177.

Holiday Bake & Craft Sale The public is invited to a Holiday Bake & Craft Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Red’s Appliance Parts Building, 523 N. Main, Cambridge. Proceeds go to Isanti County Humane Society Share the Care.

Harris Legion Santa Day Harris Legion Post 139 will host Santa Day at the Legion Hall, 43662 Ginger Ave., Harris, with a 1:30 p.m. event when various age groups will hunt in straw piles for money; and at 1:45 p.m. Santa will visit. Coffee, hot chocolate and donuts available. For info email

“The Gift of the Magi” Dinner Theater Play Inc. Community Theatre will present “The Gift of the Magi” at Northern Lights Banquet Center, Milaca, with 6 p.m. dinner buffet and


7 p.m. show. There is a cost. For info and tickets call (320) 369-4622 or visit

Mystery Mountain Boys in Concert

The Mystery Mountain Boys will be in concert at 7 p.m. at Spring Lake Lutheran Church, 8440 Erickson Rd. NE, North Branch. Refreshments to follow. Freewill offering will be taken.

DEC 11 “The Gift of the Magi” Dinner Theater

Play Inc. Community Theatre will present “The Gift of the Magi” at Northern Lights Banquet Center, Milaca, with noon lunch buffet and 1 p.m. show. There is a cost. For info and tickets call (320) 369-4622 or visit www. northernlightsbanquet. com.

DEC 12 Women’s Luncheon

The Cambridge-Isanti Women’s Connection (CIWC) will hold a Christmas celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Judy Adams leading “Fun Times and Games,” Abrahamson Sisters concert and lunch at Spirit River Community Center, 1320 Cty. Rd. 5 NE, Isanti. There is a cost. Childcare available upon request. For info call Linda at (763) 552-0801 or Trudy at (763) 228-3805.

DEC 13 Family Law Clinic

The Refuge Network will sponsor a free Family Law Clinic from 6-8 p.m. in Room 16 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 38460 Lincoln Tr., North Branch, on basics of Dissolution and Custody, with a chance to speak to a lawyer. For more info visit or call (651) 2572890.

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Greg Shaleen, a 10-year fundraiser, awaits trial in the recent Hunger Relief Bail or Jail event held in North Branch to benefit Family Pathways food shelves.

Bail or Jail raises over $30,000 To the editor, Family Pathways Hunger Relief Bail or Jail Fundraiser “suspects” and sponsors in East Central Minnesota raised $25,000 for Family Pathways Food Shelves. Fundraisers in Polk County, Wis., raised $5,500, resulting in a $30,500 grand total. Family Pathways can’t thank these fundraising “suspects” enough. This year’s mock court hearings were held at The Oak Inn in North Branch and Famous Dave’s in Forest Lake. Judges Kirsten Kennedy, Stev Stenger and Curt Liljenburg committed many ruthless suspects. Judge Stev Stenger resisted attempts at bribery. All suspects have been found guilty of “Crimes of Compassion.” Congratulations to Greg Shaleen of The Shaleen Team – Edina Realty and his commitment to fundraising for the last 10 years! This is an incredible achievement and Family Pathways appreciates Greg’s support. The participation of these generous jailbirds, sponsors, judges and jailors makes a huge impact in making sure Family Pathways’ Food Shelves are adequately stocked during the holiday and winter months. Even small donations have the potential to improve a person’s quality of life. Our pocket change becomes powerful when pooled together. Family Pathways has a mobile food truck and food shelves in Chisago City, Forest Lake, North Branch, Cambridge, Pine City, Sandstone, Onamia, St. Croix Falls and Frederic, Wis., plus a food partnership in Mora. Last year, Family Pathways served 18,922 people and distributed over 2.3 million meals. Caitlin Netzer Family Pathways, North Branch

Cub Scouts thankful for fun fall outing

To the editor, On behalf of the Cambridge Cub Scout Pack 235, a most sincere thank you goes out to John and the Windmill Acres crew. They are always welcoming and adaptive to all our needs. In October 2016 the Cub Scouts and their families enjoyed many activities provided by the farm – hayrides, corn maze, animal feeding, followed by a campfire with hot chocolate, s’mores and hot dog roast. We look forward to this event every year and future ones, like camping, on the Windmill Acres grounds. Darrick Wotachek, Cub Scout Master Carri Levitski, Assistant Cub Scout Master

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Trio Wolf Creek changes student’s life To the editor, My daughter is a sophomore at Trio Wolf Creek Distance Learning Center and this is her story: Cheyenne has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism. She previously was in a traditional type of school until 8th grade. In traditional school she was dealing with bullying issues, and we were not happy with the lack of action on bullying and lack of accommodations and technology available. Cheyenne was becoming more and more reclusive at school and dreaded going even though she was a good student. I decided a change was needed for her sake, but I didn’t want to have her lose social skills in an exclusively online school format. A coworker suggested I look into Trio Wolf Creek’s program. Trio Wolf Creek’s mix of independent online work and having the option of campus days twice weekly to work on social skills has been incredible. I couldn’t believe how individualized her learning and graduation plan is. I had never experienced that level of personalization in traditional school. Her learning manager Martha has been amazing with suggesting different technology to try. The school is amazing with providing online tutoring and one-on-one learning options. If she is stuck on a topic, Cheyenne knows all it takes is an e-mail to the instructor to schedule campus time for oneon-one or an online session.

As a mother it is reassuring to me that with an email or text I have access to her learning manager to touch base on how she is doing, or if I have a question or concern, the staff responds very quickly to communications. Cheyenne has progressed from a withdrawn student that would never go to lunch or activities, to being active on student council and enjoying lunch with friends. Her grades have never been better, and she has actually been able to progress past some of her more difficult educational needs. I truly believe if we had stayed in traditional school she would not be the student she is today. If you are looking for a different option for your student but don’t care for exclusively online options, I highly recommend looking into Trio Wolf Creek, check out the website and take a tour of the school. Sheryl Davidson Isanti

“Pippin” an enriching experience for playgoer To the editor, The fall musical “Pippin” presented by the Cambridge-Isanti drama department was definitely not a Christmas show, but maybe, in a very special way, it really was. From the moment I took my seat in the Hardy Center, I was surrounded by the magic of the moment even before the curtain was raised. Magicians dressed in beautiful costumes surrounded us with their charms and distractions, girls floated on silken

ribbons from the ceiling, and the stage was set by Director Kelly Fairchild-Fahrni for a very, very special evening. I failed to read the director’s notes until after the production so when I finally understood the story and the implications, it was like an epiphany moment. Hurrah! This is man. This is us. This is me. Surrounded always by the hoopla of the world, tempted by the distractions of the world, always searching, as Pippin did, but never fully comprehending that the fulfillment was right in front of us ... love. And so it connects with Christmas. The malls are playing Christmas music even before Thanksgiving, and we are all rushing and buying into the mood of searching for just the right everything. We are Pippin. And again the everything is right in front of us. It is the birth of Christ. To you, Kelly Fairchild-Fahrni, to your team, to your wonderful cast and behind-the-scenes people, thank you for an awakening moment and an enriching experience. The play was so finessed and so artfully presented that I felt it was a true experience that lived for a long bit after. And the touching moment, and really scary moment at the end when the young boy turned and picked up the “glammer” of the left glove and was surrounded by the “evil ones,” was provoking. Will he, too, be caught by the “rush?” Oh, so well done! So very, very well done! Della Theis Cambridge

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COUNCIL: Additional ice rink costs to be paid with street improvement surplus FROM PAGE I

off-sale liquor licenses. According to City Administrator Lynda Woulfe, all applications were properly filled out and all of the businesses applying were in compliance with all regulations and had all paid their taxes. The council approved all of the renewal requests. Next up was an abatement of a public nuisance at the address of 223 5th Ave SW. According to Carri Levitski, who authored the resolution, a fire at that residence in June 2015 made the residence uninhabitable. After the original house was removed, an open foundation was left, which has raised multiple complaints of being a blight and safety hazard. According to the report, the homeowner

originally requested that he rebuild on the current foundation; however, an inspection yielded many structural issues that would have to be met. Since then, the property has gone untouched. Levistski stated that multiple attempts to contact the property owner have gone unreturned, so the city has moved forward with abatement proceedings. The foundation at the residence will be removed and the remaining hole will be filled at a cost of $7,400, which will be billed to the homeowner. The final item on the agenda was a request to designate one side of Horseshoe Drive as no parking. According to Public Works/Utilities Director Todd Schwab, the road, located just

north of Highway 293 and intersecting with South Main Street at two points, is only 28 feet wide. If cars are parked on both sides of the street, it is very difficult if not impossible for larger vehicles such as school buses and emergency vehicles to make it through between the parked cars. The problem has become progressively worse as there has been an increase in the number of overflow cars from the two apartment complexes adjacent to Horseshoe Drive to both the north and south. Additionally, whenever it snows, cars from those two apartments are moved onto Horseshoe Drive in order to plow their parking lots. Schwab stated he has talked with the owner of the only property that abuts the road on

CHARGES: Driver facing 3 years in jail FROM PAGE I

Originally, no charges were pressed against Maki as it was believed that DeMeules was skateboarding down the center of the road, as well as wearing dark clothing. Investigators at the time said they “believe this is a terrible accident and not done with malicious intent.” Recently, however, the accident was brought back into the headlines when Twin Cities-based KMSP-TV aired an investigative report alleging that local officials hadn’t done due diligence in conducting their investigation. The story, which aired on Nov. 10, interviewed DeMeules’s family, and

brings up evidence that the family claims they themselves had turned up, including the fact that Maki was on his cellphone at the time of the accident and later did a search for an app that would enable him to listen to the local police scanners. At the very least, the family claimed in the story, Maki should have been charged with manslaughter based on the infamous “ignorance loophole” that was revealed in the well-known Amy Senser case in 2012. According to state law created as a result of the Senser case, drivers must stop and investigate as soon as possible after hitting any object with their vehicle.

The family also disputes the conclusion that DeMeules was in the middle of the road, asserting that the location of the damage to Maki’s truck and additional statements made by first responders contradicts that conclusion. Without expanding on his reasoning, Edblad stated he did not believe that Maki violated that statute. Additionally, Edblad did not indicate if the KMSP story had any bearing on the county attorney’s office now pressing charges. If convicted of these charges, Maki faces a maximum sentence of three years in jail.

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Ecumen-North Branch 5379 383rd Street, North Branch, MN 55056 Mitzi Mellot from RHONDA J. MAGNUSSEN, LLC., will outline the process for an interested person to initiate a petition for guardianship and/or conservatorship. This presentation would be most beneÀcial for family members. There is no cost for this presentation, however RSVP is appreciated.

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the side of the street that will be deemed no parking and the homeowner has no problem with the new parking restrictions. CITY FINANCIAL UPDATES HEARD DURING SPECIAL MEETING Before the regular meeting, the council did hold a special meeting to get updates on the city’s long-range financial plans, including getting a revised preliminary levy and ice rink costs. According to Director of Finance Caroline Moe, staff has been able to decrease the preliminary levy to a 3.2 percent increase, down from the original 3.5 percent. This is the number the city will present to citizens in attendance at the joint Truth in

Taxation meeting on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the CIHS Performing Arts Center. Moe also presented yet another cost increase to the outdoor ice rinks the council approved in July. According to Moe, the cost to build the warming house has doubled from the originally projected cost. Additionally, a second set of boards needs to be purchased new rather than used because it would be nearly impossible to find used boards that would perfectly fit. Moe said in order to cover these and any possible future additional expenses to the project, she is advising the council to approve using excess money from the 2016 street project, which came in significantly under budget. The council approved the recommendation.

Dance with a princess at ball SUBMITTED CAMBRIDGE AMBASSADORS

The Cambridge Ambassador Program is hosting its 6th Annual “Jingle Bell Ball,” a holiday dance party for boys and girls of all ages on Friday, Dec. 9, in the Cambridge Intermediate School cafeteria. Registration is $15 at the door from 6:15 to 6:30 p.m., and the Sound Patrol DJ will play dance music from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Parents may drop off their children or stay and watch. There is no charge for adults. A dozen princesses will also be there to dance with chil-

dren in attendance. Take advantage of the Earlybird Special and save $5 per child by mailing in a registration no later than Monday, Dec. 5, to Jingle Bell Ball, 28626 Drake St. NW, Isanti, MN 55040. Include the name(s) of the child(ren) along with $10 for each child. Checks can be written to “CAP” or “Cambridge Ambassador Program.” The Cambridge Ambassador Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit service-based mentoring program for the young women and girls of Isanti County.


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Isanti officer honored for education efforts SUBMITTED NEWS@COUNTYSTAR.COM


Veteran Lowell Durham and his wife Rosemary show a certificate of appreciation for his years of military service awarded recently by Allina Health Hospice. Lowell, his sons and grandsons have a combined 40 years of service to the armed forces.

Family honored for 40 years combined military service SUBMITTED NEWS@COUNTYSTAR.COM

Allina Health Hospice recently honored local veteran Lowell Durham and his family for 40 years of combined service in the military. A “We Honor Vets” service was held to reflect and acknowledge their service. Attending the pinning ceremony, which included a personal thank you from the hospice team, a

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framed certificate, card and pin was Lowell, wife Rosemary, and sons Jack, Darrel and Alan Durham. Son Brian was unable to attend. Three generations of Durhams have served in the military since the 1940s including: father Lowell served from 19481952 and during the Korean Conflict; son Alan served in peace time SUBMITTED from 1975-1978; son Darrel served from 1978-1995 Lowell Durham served in including during Desert the U.S. Navy from 1948Storm; grandson Chris- 1952. topher Durham served one year in combat in Operation Iraqi Freedom and enlisted in the National Guard for six years from 2002-2008; grandson James Durham served during Operation Afghanistan Enduring Freedom, doing seven tours of duty from 2007-2015.

Officer Adam Gau, school resources officer with the Isanti Police Department, was recently honored with the “Education Star Award” by the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths organization at its statewide conference held Nov. 16-17 in Duluth. Gau was one of 10 Minnesota individuals and organizations honored for their efforts to reduce the number of traffic deaths and serious injuries in the state. The awards are given annually to those who show excellence in TZD’s emphasis areas of enforcement, emergency medical and trauma services, education, engineering, child passenger safety and judicial/court systems. Recipients have shown leadership and commitment to improving traffic safety throughout the state and building partnerships with others in the field. Gau was honored for forming partnerships to educate communities about the importance of traffic safety. As president of the Minnesota

Zachary John Anderson

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Zachary was born on Sept. 1, 2016, and weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces. Parents are Shuani Ryberg and Zachary Anderson of North Branch. Grandparents are John and Carissa Ryberg of North Branch; Jamie Beltz of East Bethel; Shelly Anderson and Zachary Anderson of Ramsey. Great-grandparents are Jenny Wilcox of Stacy; Peter Nelson of White Bear; Kristy Pavek of Harris; John Ryberg of Almelund; George and Donna Anderson of North Branch; Walter and Pam Mickelson of Cambridge.

Arya was born on Sept. 7, 2016, and weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces. Parents are Heidi Thomas and Michael Halvorsen of Stacy. Grandparents are Lena Harhaj of Stacy; Chris Wunderlich of Stacy; Carl Thomas of Shoreview; Herry Halvorsen and Mike Halvorsen of Harris. Great-grandparents are Nancy Harhaj of Burnsville; Kenny and Meisha Hanson of Forest Lake; Don and Rose Halvorsen of Forest Lake.

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

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

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

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

Spring Lake Lutheran Church (ELCA) 8440 Erickson Road, PO Box 958, North Branch, MN 55056 (9 mi. E. of Cambridge on Hwy. 95, North one block on Erickson Road). 651-6744606. Mark Gruner, Pastor. E-mail: Fri., Dec. 2 9am Quilting Sat., Dec. 3 9am Christmas program practice. Sun., Dec. 4 9am Worship, Communion 9:40am Sunday School. 10am Fellowship. Mon., Dec. 5 7pm Daisy Circle. Tues., Dec. 6 1:30 pm Iris Circle. 7pm Council Meeting. Wed., Dec. 7 6:30 pm Confirmation. Thurs., Dec. 8 9am Men’s Coffee at County Market.


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

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Non-Denominational Bethesda Church 38180 Hemingway Ave., North Branch, MN 952-226-6651. 9am Worship Service. 10:10am Coffee Break. 10:30am Sunday School and adult Bible studies. Lakeside Christian Church 32393 Rendova Cir. N.E., Cambridge (3 mi. E of Cambridge just off Hwy. 95). 763-689-3649. Pastor; Aaron Newton. Counselors: Pastoral Counselor Toni Nelson; Sunday 9:30am. Worship 10:45am. Gathering Grounds; Cabins for personal retreats. Call for reservation. E-mail

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

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Main Street Church 6500 Main St., North Branch, MN 55056. 651-674-4090 Pastor Ralph Holbrook, Sunday Worship 10:00am. Children’s Church 10am. churchoffice@

Northbrook Church Meeting in North Branch High School Auditorium, Church Office: 651-277-0100 Frank Gomes, Pastor. Come join us at 10am. Worship Service – nursery provided children’s church (2 yrs old2nd gr.); Mon. - Fri.: (call for details) “Life Groups”, Bible Studies, Youth Ministry. E-mail us at northbrook@ or visit us on the web at

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St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 400 SE 8th St., (Isanti #4 E.), PO Box 37, Braham. 320-3963103. Tim Renstrom, Pastor. Sunday 8:45 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Study. 10:00am Worship.

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Get a personalized letter from Santa! ZONING: Long-standing funeral home Braham Girl Scouts will again be helping Santa send personalized letters to area children or adults of any age before Christmas. To make sure Santa can get a letter to your loved one, mail the information below to: Girl Scouts, 400 Circle Drive, Braham, MN 55006. Please include: 1. Child/person’s name and age 2. Your name and relationship to child 3. Activity child likes

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4. Gift child wants or is getting 5. Child’s hometown 6. Name and full address of where letter will be sent Santa needs a $3.50 donation (cash or check) that he will share with the Braham Area Girl Scouts. Deadline for Scouts to receive information is Dec. 18. Letters from Santa will be mailed by Dec. 19. Call Santa’s helper at (320) 396-3628 with any questions.


member Paul Bergley disclosed that the planning commission, with the exception of one member, discussed the zoning ordinance outside of a scheduled meeting. Wimmer noted the discussion was a violation of open meeting laws, and those who participated would have to be reprimanded. METRO CREATIVE GRAPHICS

DISCUSSION REGARDING ZONING ORDINANCE Not allowing funeral homes would mean that Strike Funeral Home, which lies within the district and has been operating within the city for 51 years, is now nonconforming. It also means that Strike Funeral Home can continue to do business as is for as long as it remains in business, but it could never expand in its current location within the city. Council and planning commission members Paul Bergley and Steve Lundeen argued the case for funeral homes to be included within the district as well as allowing variances for certain businesses that have been in the community a long time and give Isanti a “small-town” feel. Mayor George Wimmer and Council Member Ross Lorinser argued that allowing variances and exceptions for businesses

like Strike Funeral Home opens up the door to every other nonconforming property in town to request a variance, and that would destroy everything the city has been trying to do to attract businesses in order to lower taxes for the residents of the city. STRIKE ALREADY NONCONFORMING Wimmer pointed out that Strike Funeral Home is already nonconforming due to being 17 parking spaces short of what is needed for a business of its size, and the fact that its stormwater pond lies on a residential lot. “If you were to do any kind of expansion to the business, you have to bring it up to the 17 parking spaces already needed for parking spaces and whatever additional parking spaces would be needed due to the expansion,” Wimmer said. Bergley and Lundeen both stated their difficulty telling a business it could not change something simply because it was nonconforming. Bergley pointed out that Community Development Director Roxanne Achman talked about businesses requesting variances. “They could request a variance,” Wimmer said, “but we have never given a variance because you have to have very specific reasons to give a vari-

ance.” One solution discussed was building a parking lot on one of the adjacent lots. “You can’t just put up a parking lot,” Wimmer said. “That’s not going to generate anything.” He felt that with the lot as small as it is, any new business would not be able to build enough parking space for its own use, as well as additional parking for Strike Funeral Home use.

VIOLATION DISCLOSED In the course of discussion it was disclosed that all planning commission members except Jim Kennedy stayed after adjournment of a recent meeting talking about the issue. “I hope not,” Wimmer said, “because if you guys talked as a planning commission, that is a violation of the open meeting law. Now we have to reprimand you guys for that. It’s illegal.” Wimmer said he would be following up on the violation of the open meeting law. The city council approved the resolution establishing the types of businesses allowed along the Highway 65 corridor with funeral homes not a permitted use.

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Third-graders at Isanti Intermediate School look through the dictionaries just given to them by the Cambridge-Isanti Rotary and Cambridge Lions. Roger Anderson (left) shows a couple of the kids where the longest word in the English language is located inside the book. The two organizations gave out 400 dictionaries to students at both Cambridge and Isanti schools as part of the annual, national distribution project. All told, over one million dictionaries have been distributed to kids across the country.

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Cambridge signs sister city proclamation with Croatian town This article appeared in a newsletter for the Croatian company Cortec/EcoCortec with photos from the Cambridge delegation’s visit. The last few days were more than exciting for our Cortec/ EcoCortec team. We have welcomed a delegation from the city of Cambridge, Minn., and had the honor of being their hosts and showing them a part of beautiful Croatia. The delegation from Cambridge included Joseph Morin from the city council; Lynda Woulfe, city administrator; Stan Gustafson, economic development director; and Tim Bliss, production manager at Cortec Advanced Films of Cambridge. They visited Croatia for the signing of a sister city agreement between the city of Beli Manastir, located in the region of Baranja, and the city of Cambridge, Minn. The sistership of the two cities was initiated by our president/ CEO of Cortec Corporation, Boris Miksic, as a result of longterm successful businesses of both Cortec’s manufacturing facilities, Ecocortec in Beli Manastir, and Cortec Advanced Films in Cambridge. After flying to the Croatian capital of Zagreb, Cambridge’s delegation traveled to Beli Ma-


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The delegation from Cambridge (from left) Stan Gustafson, Lynda Woulfe, an unnamed Croatian representative, Joe Morin and Tim Bliss pose in front of the Beli Manastir city council building.

nastir the next morning. They attended the formal part of the ceremony that was organized as part of a “Day of Beli Manastir� celebration. EcoCortec’s General Manager Dijana Zrinski greeted the guests and invited them to an Exhibition of Ethnology Center of Baranja’s Heritage. This truly exceptional exhibition was designed through four themes in order to highlight richness of traditional culture of Baranja, demonstrating its lifestyle, before and now. The team also visited a Hungarian commu-

nity in Baranja (Baranja is the Croatian region bordering Hungary). They were given a very warm welcome by city representatives of the Hungarian town of Mohac and enjoyed a delicious Hungarian “paprikaĹĄâ€? and popular Croatian sweet specialties known as â€œĹĄtrudle.â€? Our friends from Cambridge, along with Cortec’s team, attended a formal meeting in City Hall with Mayor of Beli Manastir, Ivan Dobos. After a formal welcome and greetings followed by short speeches,

presents were exchanged between the city government of Beli Manastir and Cambridge. Both delegations gave interviews to various networks as this event generated large media interest. After that, everybody attended a festive event organized as part of “Day of Beli Manastir.� During this event a formal signing ceremony of Proclamation of Sistership between the two cities was conducted. Speeches were given by Joseph Morin from Cambridge City Council and Mayor of Beli Manastir. Our guests were greeted also by other participants of local government and had the opportunity to see some beautiful artistic performances. In the afternoon everybody walked to the main square to see a performance of “Legend of St. Martin.� At the end of the day our team along with representatives of city and local government enjoyed Baranja’s cuisine at Hotel Patria. Next day, after a tour of the EcoCortec plant, Mayor Dobos gave a tour of this amazing region which could not be fulfilled without tasting Baranja’s famous specialties at one of the most successful family farms in this region. Everyone enjoyed tasting gastro-specialties such




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BLUEJACKET GYMNASTICS Head coach: Wendy Rooney Assistant coaches: Charlie Wilson, Megan Schultz, Deb Hegquist (part-time volunteer) What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference? 8 - 0 duals/conference; M8C Champions Who are the players to watch this year? Our team has a lot of depth and any gymnast can step up and play a huge role in our success. We have a number of girls that have been individual qualifiers for the state meet, including: Hannah Haight (12), Kayla Rakowiecki (12), Madi Douglas (11 - hoping to return to competition mid-season after undergoing off-season surgery), Char Morke (10), MollyAnn Harvey (10). What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? This team works well together and they motivate each other to be their best. As long as they continue with the strong work ethic

we’re used to seeing from this group, we should have a very strong showing this season. What challenges will the team face? Staying healthy is always the number one challenge. What are your goals for the 2016 season? Our goals are to defend our JV M8C Championship and our Section 7AA Championship. We would love to place higher at State than we did last season (5th). Who is the opponent to watch for this year? St. Francis, Anoka and Blaine always have the potential to bring in top-level club gymnasts to add strength to their teams. Big Lake and North Branch should be strong as usual in our conference.


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Head Coach: Christine Johnson Asst. Coach: Ron Trunk What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference? Last years record - 142.65; Conference record - 141.8; third in the conference Who are the gymnasts to watch this year? Last year’s lone state qualifier Keeley Ertl will lead the team and will be adding even more skills this year. Alexys Olson and Paige Bauer will again be solid all-arounders. Annie Gladitsch has excellent form on floor and beam. Ashley Robillard will be strong on vault and beam. We are excited to add club gymnasts Michaela Egan and Angie Fish, who both should contribute this year to another run at qualifying for state. What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? Staying healthy, confident as a team


and working hard to add skills on each event. We have two new gymnasts to help the team succeed and only lost one senior. Being positive as a team member and supporting each other. What challenges will the team face? Strong section assignment again this year; and a short amount of time to get routines together and ready for season. What are your goals for the 2016 season? Conference title and a strong showing at the section meet both individually and as a team. Who is the opponent to watch for this year? Conference: Cambridge; Sections: Becker and Sartell.

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VIKING GIRLS BASKETBALL Head coach: Jerome Huselid Assistant coaches: Alison Trampe, Kendall Norman, Tom Kingsland What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference? 14-13 overall record, 6-7 conference record, tied for 5th in the middle of the Mississippi 8 Conference (10 total teams) Who are the players to watch this year? We have a lot of talented, young players with little experience. It will be fun to see many develop and contribute to our team. It will be exciting to see some of the players emerge. What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? We do not have a lot of height this year. Defense and fast-paced basketball need to be our key this year. We must be an aggressive team that plays up-tempo. What challenges will the team face? We will face the loss of some great senior leaders and two big scorers from last year:

Courtney Selbitschka, second all-time scoring leader at North Branch, and Morgen Coleman, who is playing at Hamline. Kalley Hartmann was also a great post player that graduated and is now playing at Wisconsin Stout. We will be a young team, so we will need to learn to deal with adversity and be able to learn quickly as the season progresses. We also need scorers to step up. What are your goals for the 2016 season? Our goal is to have pride in our defense. We want to get out and press, be scrappy, and play an uptempo game. Who is the opponent to watch for this year? Chisago Lakes will be a very good team. Every conference opponent will be tough again this year. There is no easy game in the conference.


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Head coach: Jody Ledahl Assistant coaches: Jeff Kurowski, Matt Braaten, Mandy Crittenden, Emily Lindell What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference? 7-20; 4-9; 8th place Who are the players to watch this year? Lainie Cox (All-Conference last season), Jana Swanson (AC-honorable mention last season). - Unfortunately, Swanson injured her ACL in the opening game of the year and is out for the season. What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? We will be relatively young at the guard positions, so limiting turnovers will be key. We have also been bit by the injury bug the last few seasons, so staying healthy will be a huge key for us. What challenges will the team face? Depth will be a big challenge for us this season. What are your goals for the 2016 season? Our goals will be to

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BLUEJACKET BOYS BASKETBALL Head coach: Mike McDonald (30th season at Cambridge-Isanti) Assistant coaches: Bill Baumann, Jeremy Miller, Jeff Salo, Jason Knighton-Johnson What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference? 7-20 overall, 4-9 in Mississippi 8 Conference Who are the players to watch this year? We return a lot of experienced players including Luke Johnson (All-Conference), Henry Abraham (AC), Westen Olson (Honorable Mention AC) Colin Lundeen (HMAC), Levi Wylie, Cody Cottrell, Joah Carlson, Ben Stoffel, Alex Ledahl and Jack Nelson. What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? We would like to play more up-tempo and utilize our depth. Luke Johnson’s size and strength, coupled with good perimeter play led by

Abraham and Olson, are two of our strengths. What challenges will the team face? We play a tough conference and non-conference schedule. There are no games that we can take for granted for an easy win. We have a lot of returners, yet only have three seniors on our roster. What are your goals for the 2016 season? Compete for conference and section titles. Who is the opponent to watch for this year? No clear-cut favorites in conference or section. Blaine, Duluth East, Forest Lake are capable of winning, but we think that with our returning experience that we can challenge. BILL STICKELS III | COUNTY STAR

(Row 1, from left) Gavin Svitak, Jack Nelson, Luke Malamisuro, Cody Cottrell, Alex Ledahl, Ben Stoffel, Henry Abraham, London Williams. (Row 2) Elian Alvarado, Westen Olson, Luke Johnson, Colin Emmanuel Lundeen, Austin Chromy, Levi Wylie and Joah Carlson (Not pictured) Levi Wylie and Ben Johnson.



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Head coach: Alex Kuhlman Assistant coaches: Gary Dreissig (Varsity Assistant) Jim VanEerden (JV) and Justin Voss (9th) What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and

finish in the conference? 4-23 overall, 0-13 conference and finished last in the conference. Who are the players to watch this year? We lost about 10 of our top 11 players from last season, so with a

new coach and with so many new faces our minutes are really up for grabs. We have some talented young players that are inexperienced, but if they can adjust to the varsity level quickly we should be competitive this season. What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? Our success will depend on how quickly our guys can adjust to the varsity level. With how many minutes per game that we lost from last year’s team, it is going to be vital to our success that we have some players that step up into huge varsity roles this season. What challenges will the team face? The lack of experience will be something that challenges us. Also, with a new head coach and so many new faces, it is important that we gel as a team quickly. What are your goals for the 2016 season? Our goals are to show noticeable and substantial improvement from last year, as well as improve as the season moves along. We are at a point that we are building a program and changing a culture, so our goals aren’t based on wins and losses as much as it is improvement on skills/fundamentals and work ethic. During the off season, our

guys have worked extremely hard, and I hope the results reward them for that work. Who is the opponent to watch for this year? Monticello will be tough coming off their state season last year and they return some high-end talent. Chisago Lakes lost a number of key guys from their state team, but they bring back some experienced talent that should keep them near the top of the conference.

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VIKING BOYS HOCKEY Head coach: Matt Cottingham Assistant coaches: Aaron Bistram, Toby Palewicz, Zach Fairbanks, Tyler Byrkit What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference? 7-18 regular season record, 2-9 and tie for last place with Monticello with 6 points Who are the players to watch this year? Forward Brady Meyer, who is a 10th grader; forward Cody Moline, an 11th grader; goalie Trevor Mellen, an 11th grader; and forward Ryan Byrkit, a 12th grader. What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? We have a lot of depth this year at every position. Our team speed is going to be tough to match. We only graduated three players

from last year’s team. Overall, just keep improving throughout the whole season. What challenges will the team face? Staying healthy all season long. What are your goals for the 2016 season? To finish in the top four in our conference, make a bid for a 1 or 2 seed in sections. And make it to the State tournament. Who is the opponent to watch for this year? Monticello, Pine City, Princeton.


(Varsity roster, in numerical order) Conner Lee, Ryan Byrkit, Jared Kozar, Zachariah Larson,Derrick Isaacson, Nick Fairbanks, Jacob Richards, Bryant Meyer, Nick Jensen, Justin Sachs, Cody Moline, Matt Kratzke, Joe Fabini, Brady Meyer, Trevor Mellen, Jake Turek, Tim Moll and Trevor Minor (JV players are also included in the photo, but no roster was provided).

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BLUEJACKET WRESTLING Head coach: Neil Jennissen Assistant coaches: Jesse Jennissen, Tom Campanaro, Travis Fuhol, Kyle Groves, Kevin Kostecka (Middle School coaches: Bob Nassif, Steve Sworsky, Steve Tischer and Nate Nassif) What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference? 15-10 overall, 4-0 East Division Mississippi 8, Final Four Section 7AAA Who are the wrestlers to watch this year? Tate Torgerson is our lone returning state qualifier from last year. Joining him are Jordan Driscoll, Casey Schlickenmayer and Will Flemister, who each placed third at last year’s section meet. What challenges will the team face? The Bluejacket lineup will be dominated with underclassmen

this season, look for them to make many strides of improvement during the course of the season. What are your goals for the 2016 season? We should challenge St. Francis for Mississippi 8 Eastern conference honors and rival both Anoka and St. Francis for a top three spot in this section dual meet campaign. Who is the opponent to watch for this year? St. Francis is the favored team in the M8 East, while Anoka should be the team to beat in Section 7AAA.


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On Wednesday, Nov. 23, North Branch Area High School (NBAHS) senior Rhianna Rinke signed a letter of intent to continue her education and athletic career at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). Rinke will compete in cross country and track for the northern Minnesota University, and hopes to major in exercise science and pursue a career as an occupational therapist assistant. While attending North Branch Area Public Schools, Rinke was a five-time state qualifier in cross country. She was named all-state her soph-

omore year, and was named all-conference five times. In track, Rinke participated in the state tournament four times, was all-state in the onemile three times and all-conference four times. Outside of athletics, Rinke participated in National Honor Society, Pit and Symphonic Band, Student Council, Drama Club and Link Crew. She also represented NBAHS as a Powerade Athlete of the Year finalist. “This is amazing, and we are all very proud of Rhianna,” said NBAHS Activities Director Matt Lattimore. “She will be missed here, but will no doubt go on to do great things in athletics and life.”


Rhianna Rinke (center), with mother Teresa Hastings (seated left), recently signed a letter of intent to compete in cross country and track at University of Minnesota Duluth. Her coaches included (from left) Jeremiah Letourneau, Tom Kingsland, Kathy Robatcek and Anna Geary.

Jackets open seasons Thanksgiving weekend


Amanda Westberg attempts to drive the lane around a Faribault defender during the Jackets’ game on Saturday, Nov. 26. C-I fell to the Falcons 51-44.


Senior Brennon Skelton picked up two goals during Cambridge-Isanti’s season opening game against Bloomington Kennedy on Saturday, Nov. 26. Unfortunately for the Jackets, the Eagles topped the Bluejackets 9-3.


Milestone reached in season-opening game (Left) Braham’s Lizzie Altendorf sinks her 1,000th point on a free throw during the Bombers’ first game of the season against Moose Lake/Willow River on Tuesday, Nov. 29. (Above) Fans and teammates congratulate Altendorf on the accomplishment.



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12 Beef Buying all dairy cattle, all beef cattle. Brent Besser. East Central Livestock. 320-679-4333.

16 Lost & Found LOST BENGAL CATHARRIS AREA. Silver/gray, neutered male. Leopard like spots. Microchipped. Text/call with info/sightings. Reward for safe return. 651-356-4434

20 Notices Royalton Township is looking for quotes for a Minnesota Licensed Sewer Inspector, on a part time basis, as needed. For specifics & quote information call: Royalton Town Hall at: 320-396-2982. Roberta Folkestad, Clerk.

52 Cars '89 Firebird, great project, needs engine instal. 350 tune port inj. engine incl. T-tops, pearl white paint, black & white cloth int. 763-670-9694.

60 Boats & Accessories Slip for rent Sunnyside Marina Stillwater,MN, St. Croix River. 16' x 50' on pier #3. Competitive rate. NO wake zone. Cable tv, electric Call Gene @ 612-669-6025. Lease before Dec.1st for a discount.

101 Snow Maintenance Parker Snow Plowing. Alleys, driveways, lots. Business/residential. Call 651-347-5848. Will do snowplowing in Mora. $15 for most driveways 320-679-4020. Will snowblow your driveway and shovel sidewalk town of Mora 320-679-3396.

102 Services Alterations and clothing repairs, 25 years experience. 320-3964152 Contact Rosemary. Braham East Central S a n i t a t i o n Commercial & residential, container service, carts provided. 763-689-2171 or 763444-9862 Merles Water Conditioning 651-777-1349 Water Softener Repairs, Filter changes, Preventitive Maintenance, Iron Removal, and so much more! Please see our ad in the Professional and Service Directory of this newspaper.

Roofing Problems: Call Joe's Roofing. 35 years experience. Licensed, insured. 612-845-0289/ 320-679-4443.

112 Tree Service Stump/tree removal to fit budget. Precise and lawn friendly since 1997, 320-679-5253.

115 Heating & Cooling Crown Royal outdoor wood stoves. 20 year limited warranty. www.woodstovemn. com. 320-679-2567, 763-552-6743. Furnace 96% efficient. 2 stage installed $1,599. Licensed and bonded. 763-269-2601


Currently looking for Full-time 3-11pm shift to join our front desk team. Must be able to work weekends. Computer knowledge a must, customer service experience preferred Please apply at 300 S. Garfield St.

Signe & Olivias is hiring for PT/FT days and evenings. Direct care w/elderly, experience preferred but will train. Call 320-272-0115. Now hiring bartenders, cooks and servers. Some experience preferred. Competitive wages. Flexible hours. Applications available. If interested please call Kev's Depot 320-364-1311. The Minnesota Judicial Branch is hiring Senior Court Clerks for our Kanabec County Courthouse. Full-time position with benefits package available. To apply, go to Questions? Email Mandy.Peterson@

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. Place an ad today! Call 763-689-1181 or go to - click on Classifieds, place an ad!



Rentals/ Commercial

For Sale: Good mixed hay, 4'x5' bales. No rain, $20 cash. Will load, 320-679-4098.

355 Furniture For Sale: Reconditioned washers, dryers, ranges, refrigerators. Rick's Home Furnishings 320-679-4047.

358 Firewood Wanted: Standing saw timber and firewood, (320)679-1815.

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


For Rent: 1-BDRM house, in Mora, $575 plus utilities 320-515-1887.

Meadows Edge Senior Apartments Isanti Unit available with subsidy 952-935-6256 763-445-0733 G & G Storage: 10x16, 10x20, 10x24, 10x26. Call Richard 320-679-2638 or Donald 320-679-2913. Meadowbrook 1 & 2 BDRM apartments- Mora, starting at $635 + electric. Available immediately. No smoking, no pets. Contact Denny, 507-269-7639.


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!

Rentals/ Commercial Taking applications for 3-BDRM apartment and garage-Mora. Avail. Dec. 1st. $835/month utilities included. No smoking, no pets. Denny 507-269-7639

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

403 Boutiques Grandma's Thrift Store. Helping the community by keeping prices low and affordable-Donations needed-Main Street Hinckley. 10:30am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday 320-629-7754

406 Sales Buy & Sell Old Records Vinyl, LPs 45s,Cassettes,stereos CDs Go Johnny Go 4775 Banning Av White Bear Lake M-F 1-8 Sat 10-4 612-735-1643

452 Rentals/ Residential 2 Bedroom Basement apartment. Lake view w/deck, $800/mo. utilities included. 605 1st Street SE Pine City. Call 320-629-3132. Pine City's Woodhaven Apartments. Nice 1 bedroom “GROUND LEVEL” wooded view $620/mo. Plus electric, laundry on-site, no dogs. Call 651-983-5771

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North Branch North Branch ACE Gymnastics Center offers gymnastics instruction for competitive team program, non-competitive and high school team classes. We are looking for experienced gymnastics instructors and/ or previous gymnasts with a desire to coach. NBACE classes are taught in a safe, positive, fun atmosphere for girls ages 4 to 17 years old and all abilities. Salary/wages are based on experience. We have multiple days and hours available. Please call the Community Education Office if interested at 651-674-1023. Affordable Court Plans – Save! We accept payments-No co-signer required! Bankruptcy $956* Divorce/Custody $570* DUI/Civil/Other starts $330*

Adult Assistants – School Age Care 25-30 hrs/wk, $11.50/hr starting, times will vary Playground Assistants – Sunrise River Elementary 15 hrs/wk, $10.68/hr starting, 9:45 am -12:45 pm daily Playground/Adult Assistants - SAC and Sunrise River 30-35 hrs/wk, benefits, two hourly rates between the positions. Apply online at under the employment tab

Office Clerk 30 Hours Per Week • M-F 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Provides the County Attorney’s Office with primary clerical support, including but not limited to back-up reception duties – responding to visitors to the office, answering and directing telephone calls, processing and directing mail and other written communication – perform photocopy and scanning projects as assigned; file maintenance activities; run interoffice errands/deliveries; order office supplies; and perform other duties as assigned. Qualifications: H.S. graduate or equivalent, one year of clerical/office experience, type 30 wpm. $13.17 to $14.20. Deadline to apply 12/8/2016.

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Sub Schoolkeepers Needed Hourly rate of pay $12.22/hr (add $0.50/hr for night shift). Cleaning Experience Preferred. We are looking for people willing to work second shift as a substitute, on-call, schoolkeeper in all school buildings. Desire to work with a flexible schedule is important. Duties include but are not limited to emptying garbage, vacuuming rooms, etc. High school diploma or equivalent required. Contact Dixie at (651) 674-1090 for information. Apply online at under the Employment tab.

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Deputy Recorder I Reviews documents for recording requirements, calculates and collects necessary fees, return documents that do not meet recording standards, determines appropriate routing of documents, assure payments accompany documents, track documents through other departments, enters and certifies abstract land record documents, works with vital records and operates imaging equipment. You must be highly detail oriented with excellent proof reading skills. Qualifications: Specialized training in real estate or legal and computer courses or land records management. $14.26 to $15.38 normal hiring range. $14.26 to $19.47 full range. Deadline to apply is December 11, 2016. Apply at

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PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTIFICATION OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That default has occurred in the conditions of the Mortgage dated December 30, 2010 executed by Robert F. Lanoue and Judith A. Lanoue, as mortgagor, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (“MERS”) as Nominee for American Mortgage & Equity Consultants, Inc., as mortgagee, recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Kanabec County, Minnesota, on January 5, 2011 as Document Number 238312, which was subsequently assigned to Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC by an assignment of mortgage that was recorded on August 17, 2016 as Document Number 257077 which mortgage conveyed and mortgaged the following described property situated in the county of Kanabec and State of Minne-

sota, which property has a street address of 1930 205th Ave Mora, MN 55051, and Tax Identification Number 02-00820-00: That part of the South 476.4 feet of the West Half of the Southeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 10, Township 39, Range 24, Kanabec County, Minnesota, lying west of the following described line: Commencing at the Southwest corner of the Northwest Quarter of said Section 10; thence on an assumed bearing of North 89 degrees 57 minutes 13 seconds East along the South line of said Northwest Quarter 1757.67 feet to the point of beginning of the line to be described; thence North 03 degrees 22 minutes 39 seconds East 477.28 feet to the north line of said South 476.4 feet and said line there terminating. That the original principal amount secured by said mortgage was $131,359.00; that there has been compliance with any condition precedent to acceleration of the debt secured by said mortgage and foreclosure of said mortgage required by said mortgage, any note secured thereby, or any statute; that no action or proceeding has been instituted at law to recover the debt remaining secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof, that there is claimed to

be due upon said mortgage and is due thereon at the date of this notice, the sum of $125,511.38. That by virtue of the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the said mortgage will be foreclosed by the sale of the above described premises with appurtenances, which said sale will be made by the Sheriff of Kanabec County, Minnesota, at the Sheriff’s main office at 18 N. Vine Street, Suite 143, Mora, MN 55051, on January 5, 2017 at 10:00 o’clock a.m., at public auction to the highest bidder, to pay the amount then due on said mortgage, together with the costs of foreclosure, including attorney’s fees as allowed by law, in accordance with the provisions of said mortgage. The time allowed by law for redemption by the mortgagors, their personal representatives, or assigns is six (6) months from the date of said sale. THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR’S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES,SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES

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ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED. If the mortgage is not reinstated under Minn. Stat. §580.30 or redeemed under Minn. Stat. §580.23, the mortgagor must vacate the property by 11:59 p.m. on July 5, 2017, unless the foreclosure is postponed pursuant to Minn. Stat. §580.07, or the redemption period is reduced to five (5) weeks under Minn. Stat. §582.032. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT BY A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Nicholas P. Edwards Shelton, Harrison & Pinson, PLLC Attorney for Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC 701 Highlander Blvd., Suite 270 Arlington, TX 76015 P 817.522.7550 F 817.375.2006 Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 2016




THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NORTH BRANCH, MINNESOTA, ORDAINS: The following is the Official Summary of Ordinance No. 244-16 approved by the City Council of North Branch on November 15, 2016. A complete copy of this Ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s Office. SECTION 1 FEE SCHEDULE The 2017 Fee Schedule was adopted. A complete copy is available in the City Clerk’s Office. SECTION 2 EFFECTIVE DATE This Ordinance shall take full effect on January 1, 2017, and be in full force after its passage and publication according to law. Passed and adopted this 15th day of November 2016. CITY OF NORTH BRANCH BY: Kirsten Hagen-Kennedy, Mayor ATTEST: Richard Hill, Interim City Administrator Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Dec. 1, 2016

You are hereby notified that after December 2nd 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: Beau Hixson, Unit #138, household contents, amount due $476.00 Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 2016



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It was pretty while it lasted

The area’s first significant snowfall on Wednesday, Nov. 23, coupled with the warm November temperatures, made for some picturesque scenes like this one at Paul’s Lake. The beauty didn’t last, however, as late November thunderstorms completely melted all of the snow less than a week later.

…than an evening at Chanhassen!


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North Branch Area Chamber Of Commerce Planting the seeds of Success! December 2016 Chamber News 6063 Main Street, Ste B. • PO Box 577 • North Branch, MN 55056 • 651-674-4077 • Office Hours M-F 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Theraplace, LLC Felicia O’Brien • 651-775-9804 6448 Main St., Suite 15, North Branch The place for individual, couple, family & group therapy.

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Charles Dicken’s Christmas • Santa Day • Christmas Lighting Festival • Mrs. Claus Storytime Breakfast with Santa • Afternoon Tea • Church Christmas Program • Mystery Mountain Boys The Christmas County Spelling Bee • Many Christmas Church Services


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Networking Thursday, Dec. 1 • 9 -10am Held at & hosted by: Nike Factory Store North Branch • 38500 Tanger Drive

Registration forms online at Appreciating our Committee Volunteers Committees are a vital part of our organization! We would like to thank the following members for dedicating their time to help keep our Chamber moving forward. Ambassador The Ambassador Committee seeks new Chamber memberships and builds relationships within the business community. Al Schulz, Stearns Bank Andrew Devall, WCMP Barb Peterson, Andersen Corporation Jay Reed, Viking Coca Cola Jim Antolik, Re/MAX Results Karl Amlie, Express Employment Professionals Rebecca Chambers, WebDuck Designs Tony Peterson, North Branch County Market

Bring your business cards Free to attend, refreshments provided RSVP required by Nov 29 Buy Local The Buy Local Committee is committed to encourage our community to shop locally. Christine Larson, Empire Insurance Group Helen Rosing, ECM Publishers Jenelle Boyce, Rapid Press Printing & Copy Center Jennifer Neumann, Prism Design & Embroidery Joe Scarmell, Empire Insurance Group Kelly Neider, Get Fit Now Kirsten Kennedy, Kirsten Kennedy Consulting Membership Services The Membership Services Committee manages the Chamber services and programs that help our members prosper. Brittany Olson, Olson Insurance Frank Gomes, NorthBrook Church Helen Rosing, ECM Publishers Promotions The Promotions Committee connects our businesses and local residents through community events. Carol Rice, Landmark Personnel Charlie Hult, Lampert Lumber Jenelle Boyce, Rapid Press Printing & Copy Center Jennifer Neumann, Prism Design & Embroidery

DIRECTOR’S CORNER Happy Holidays! It has been my pleasure to serve as the North Branch Area Chamber Board President over the past year. I want to thank all of you for your involvement in the Chamber programs in 2016. I have enjoyed getting to know many of you and learning more about your businesses and the many products and services you offer. As we approach a New Year, we can all look forward to many more opportunities to network and make stronger connections to our community. The success of the Chamber requires your continued involvement. I would like to thank our current

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board of directors: Frank Gomes (Vice-President), Christine Larson (Past-President), Brittany Olson (Treasurer), Janelle Boyce (Secretary), Jennifer Neumann, Helen Rosing, Kelly Neider, Jay Reed and Charlie Hult. It has been a pleasure working with you all. Your dedication and commitment to the Chamber has been appreciated. A special thanks to our Chamber staff. Kathy, Kris and Evette have worked very hard over the past year to make the programs and activities possible. As the year comes to a close, I am looking forward to the holidays and a new year filled with many opportunities to promote and enhance the businesses in North Branch. I really enjoy working with all the

people in our community and sharing stories of success. If you would like to get more out of your Chamber membership, I would encourage you to attend one of our Chamber committee meetings. Each of the four committees meets once each month to network and develop the programs offered by the Chamber. The experience can really help promote and enhance your business. Success starts with you! Your participation and membership is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your involvement and support of the North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce! Respectfully yours, Tony Peterson President, North Branch

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