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North Branch mayor attends State of the Union address BY CAITLIN NETZER NEWS@COUNTYSTAR.COM


U.S. Representative Rick Nolan (left) invited North Branch mayor Kirsten Hagen Kennedy to be his guest at the State of the Union address on Jan. 30.

North Branch mayor Kirsten Hagen Kennedy received an opportunity of a lifetime – attending the presidential State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 30. Kennedy was invited by Congressman Rick Nolan to attend the event. “Congressman Nolan understands that the decisions made in Washington ripple back to our local communities,” Kennedy said. “He invited me as a representative of my own community to help showcase how these policies have affected North Branch and cities like it. North Branch would have seen two large housing projects stopped if the proposed

of the trip, which she paid for out of personal funds. Kennedy also enjoyed a tour of the Capitol and was introduced to leaders in Washington whose decisions impact cities like North Branch. She also got to attend events hosted by Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “It was a great and inspiring experience,” Kennedy said. “I was impressed with Nolan’s many Republican colleagues that spoke so highly of him. Nolan also showed a commitment to crossing the aisle to work on bipartisan legislation that is good for all Minnesotans. It was refreshing to see respect, decorum and friendships with our

‘It was the best 14-hour day I’ve ever had.’ Kirsten Hagen Kennedy Mayor of North Branch Tax Bill would have cut the tax deduction for Private Activity Bonds.” Kennedy’s day was spent with Nolan while meeting elected officials and representatives from HUD and the Duluth Housing Authority. Kennedy also waited while Nolan took numerous votes and listened while he discussed issues facing North Branch. “It was the best 14-hour day I’ve ever had,” Kennedy said


Public forums look to ‘smoke out’ teens’ tobacco and e-cig use BY MEGAN BERGMAN NEWS@COUNTYSTAR.COM

The Isanti County Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery Coalition will host a series of forums throughout the county over the next few months. Their “Let’s smoke out the truth about e-cigs and other tobacco products” presentation will feature an in-depth look at the effects of tobacco products and the marketing of new products to specific age demographics – teens. “The tobacco use rate has jumped off the plate for one of the highest in the state,” said Deb Natzel, an Isanti County social worker and member of the coalition. “We are high – around 28.9 percent of 11th graders back in 2016 used (tobacco). And the 2018 numbers

are going to be worse when they come out.” Natzel said the coalition was formed in November of 2016. “I had gone to a conference about the opiate stuff, and I came back from that and talked with some folks here, and I was just like, ‘This is a big issue and our kids are at risk.’” Reaching out to a few stakeholders, Natzel had 25 people show up to the first meeting when they began to tackle opiates, and then switched focus when they read the Minnesota Student Survey data on tobacco use in Isanti County. Concerned about the staggering numbers they saw and the misinformation about what kids nowadays are using when it comes to tobacco products, the team decided they needed to shift their efforts to awareness

and the effects the new products can have on teens’ health and futures. FLAVORED PRODUCTS TARGET YOUTH Tobacco companies have switched their focus to demographics such as low-income and teenagers, creating marketing and products focused on this group. Coming out with cheaper forms of tobacco and flavored tobacco products are just some of the ways the enticement begins. A Facebook page for the product Splitarillos shows a flashy, colorful ad with different flavors of these smaller, cheap cigars with various flavors and reads, “Split it with your friends,” conveying a message of “Not only are we cheap, but you’ll have enough to share with your friends.”


These are the types of products the coalition wants to make Isanti County parents aware of to create knowledge and power that the consumers of these products could be their own children.

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Braving the cold to participate in winter traditions


Annika Antonson takes a seat on the Lumberjack ice sculpture during North Branch’s annual WinterFest on Saturday, Feb. 10, in Central Park.


The Englund family creates the hole at the Arctic Splash held Feb. 9-11 on Long Lake. The family has been cutting the ice for the event (formerly known as the Arctic Plunge) since 2001, using their family-owned ice cutting machines used to cut ice to sell at the Oxlip Store in the early 1900s for iceboxes. This cutter was acquired by the family in the late 1990s from Stillwater.

Rod Graham puts the finishing touches on one of the ice sculptures in Central Park in North Branch. Graham has partnered with fellow sculptor Larry Fisher in doing demonstrations as part of the city’s WinterFest for many years.



A new take on the traditional jumping into icy waters during the Arctic Splash this year was a tug-o-war over the ice hole between the Oak Grove Fire Department (pictured) and the U.S. Navy Sea Cadets. The Fire Department wound up winning, sending the Cadets in for a freezing dunk.

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ACT on Alzheimer’s and GracePointe Crossing will offer an Alzheimer’s Support Group from 10-11:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at GracePointe Crossing Town Center, 1545 Riverhills Pkwy. NW, Cambridge. Free, refreshments served. For info contact Julie Tooker at (763) 691-6166 or

Kids ages 6-10 will discover amazing things about Presidents Washington and Lincoln at Super Saturday: Hail to the Chief! from 10:30-11:45 a.m. at the Rush City Public Library, 240 W. 4th St., with scavenger hunts, games, crafts, snacks and stories. For info call (320) 358-3948.

Buffalo Dinner Art Salon Show The public is invited to view the work of local artists in the second floor gallery space of Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 300 Spirit River Dr. S, Cambridge, on display to March 1. For info email Marko Marian at marko.marian@ or call Sharon Howell at (763) 639-9881.


Fill a bag at Isanti’s annual used book sale Book sorters are almost lost in the piles of materials donated to the Isanti Library’s annual used book sale in this archive photo from 2015. The 5th annual sale, hosted by Friends of the Isanti Area Library, will run Friday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Junction Bowl, 123 Cajima St. NE, Isanti, with books, DVDs and CDs, plus book signings by local authors. For info call (763) 444-4585 or visit

Lenten Fish Fries A l l -yo u - c a r e - t o - e at Lenten Fish Fries will be offered 4:30-7 p.m. every Friday from Feb. 16-March 23 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 207 Cty. Rd. 23 NW, Isanti. There is a cost that goes to Knights of Columbus #10238. For info call (763) 444-9019.

FEB 16 Used Book Sale The 5th Annual Used Book Sale by Friends of the Isanti Area Library will run Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Junction Bowl, 123 Cajima St. NE, Isanti, with books, DVDs, CDs. Book signings by local authors. For info call (763) 4444585 or visit

Free Movie Night Isanti Parks will host a free movie night showing “Tangled” with doors and concessions open at 6:30 p.m., movie at 7 p.m. at Isanti Community Center, 208-1/2 1st Ave. NW, Isanti. For info call (763) 444-5512 or visit

FEB 17 Used Book Sale

The 5th Annual Used Book Sale by Friends of the Isanti Area Library will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Junction Bowl, 123 Cajima St. NE, Isanti, with books, DVDs, CDs. Book signings by local authors. For info call (763) 4444585 or visit

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, an end to violence, etc. Group walks first and third Saturdays of every month (not when below

A Buffalo Dinner will be held from 4-7 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1000 S. Jay Ave., Rush City, with buffalo roast and buffalo meatballs and sides. Drawing for handmade quilt. Tickets available from church office, Val’s Hair Studio; Fashion, Fabrics & More and Rush Printing, Inc. For info call (320) 358-4076.

FEB 25 Spectacular Wedding Fair

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

Free Writers Workshop Northern Lights Writers will offer a free workshop on point of view with Denise Devine from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Giese Memorial Library, 26855 Forest Blvd., Wyoming. Pre-meeting breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at Village Inn if desired. For info email nlwriters @ g or visit

Meet the Authors Five Minnesota mystery authors will talk about their short story contributions to “Cooked to Death: Lying On a Plate Vol. II” from 1-3 p.m. at Scout & Morgan Books, 114 Buchanan St. N, Cambridge. For info call (763) 689-2474.

FEB 18 Memory Loss Forum The public is invited to a forum for individuals and families experiencing memory loss issues or need caregiver support at 11 a.m. at Common Ground, 404 Cypress St. N., Cambridge, presented by Jayne Mund of the Isanti County Resource Guide.

Mid-Winter Dance The public is invited to a Mid-Winter Dance from 1-4 p.m. at Rush City VFW, 45 S. Alger Ave.,

Rush City, with a light lunch. Music by Dick Szplinski. Cost is $8. For info call (651) 674-7247.

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Surplus Food Distribution Cambridge Surplus Food Distribution (CSFD) will distribute food at the Isanti County Fairgrounds from 2-5 p.m. or until food is gone. Registration at 1:30 p.m.; no one allowed in parking lot before 1 p.m. If you did not register last month bring state ID or two utility bills in your name. Bring boxes for food. In case of inclement weather updates will be posted on Facebook, KBEK or call CSFD phone line (612) 402-6100.

Youth Smoking Forum The Isanti County Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery Coalition will host a free forum, “Let’s Smoke Out the Truth About e-Cigs and Other Tobacco Products,” from 6-8:30 p.m. at Braham Event Center, 655 8th St. SW. Free pizza at 6, forum at 6:30 p.m. For info call (763) 689-8141.

Free Master Gardener Class A free class on “Apple Diseases and Pests” will be offered from 6-7:30 p.m. at Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch, presented by Jim Birkholz of Pleasant Valley Orchard. For info or to register call (651) 277-0151 or visit

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

FEB 22 Sons of Norway Meeting The Sons of Norway, Rumelva Lodge, will host their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Isanti County Historical Society building on the Isanti County Fairgrounds, Cambridge, with “Lessons from Lefse” with Pastor Dan Bowman. Coffee and treats provided. All are welcome.

FEB 23 North Branch Schools Patron Tour North Branch Area Public Schools will offer a free Patron Tour from 7:45 a.m. to noon starting at the school district office, 38705 Grand Ave., with tours of all schools, classroom experience, speaking with students and lunch. For info contact Patrick at or call (651) 674-1018.

The 8th annual Spectacular Wedding Fair will take place from 12-3 p.m. at Cambridge Middle School, 31374 Xylite St. NE, with vendor booths, samples, demos, prize drawings. Runway show at 1:30 p.m. Free admission. For info visit www.

FEB 26-MAR 1 Crazy Fairy Tales Workshop Kids in 3rd-6th grade can take part in “Crazy Fairy Tales” with Homeward Bound Theatre Company Feb. 26-March 1 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Cambridge Primary School, to act out familiar fairy tales all mixed up. For info or to register call Community Education at (763) 689-6189.

FEB 27 Lunch & Learn - Creating Balance Cambridge Medical Center and North 65 Chamber offer “Creating Balance” at GrandStay Hotel & Suites, 300 Garfield St. S, Cambridge, with 11:45 a.m. check-in, noon-1 p.m. talk on living according to your values. Free; bring own lunch or purchase onsite. RSVP by Feb. 23 to or (763) 689-2505.

MAR 1 “He Said & She Said” Play Anoka-Ramsey Community College will offer the comedy “He Said & She Said” at 7:30 p.m. in


Room G-202 on the campus at 300 Spirit River Dr. S, Cambridge, set in WWI with funny misunderstandings at a dinner party. Tickets or information available by calling (763) 433-1100.

MAR 2 “He Said & She Said” Play

Anoka-Ramsey Community College will offer the comedy “He Said & She Said” at 7:30 p.m. in Room G-202 on the campus at 300 Spirit River Dr. S, Cambridge, set in WWI with funny misunderstandings at a dinner party. Tickets or information available by calling (763) 433-1100.

MAR 3 Master Gardener’s Spring Expo

The Chisago County Master Gardeners’ annual Spring Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at North Branch Senior High School, with classes and vendor booths. Cost is $10. For info call (651) 277-0151 or visit www3.extension.

Beauty and the Beast

Play Inc. will perform “Beauty and the Beast” at 7 p.m. at Hardy Performing Arts Center, 430 8th Ave. NW, Cambridge. Tickets at or call (763) 245-6716.

“He Said & She Said” Play

Anoka-Ramsey Community College will offer the comedy “He Said & She Said” at 7:30 p.m. in Room G-202 on the campus at 300 Spirit River Dr. S, Cambridge, set in WWI with funny misunderstandings at a dinner party. Tickets or information available by calling (763) 433-1100.

MAR 4 Beauty and the Beast

Play Inc. will perform “Beauty and the Beast” at 2 p.m. at Hardy Performing Arts Center, 430 8th Ave. NW, Cambridge. Tickets at or call (763) 245-6716.

“He Said & She Said” Play

Anoka-Ramsey Community College will offer the comedy “He Said & She Said” at 2 p.m. in Room G-202 on the campus at 300 Spirit River Dr. S, Cambridge. Tickets or information available by calling (763) 433-1100.



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An embarrassment of riches I have repeatedly stated that one of my goals for the Star is to provide as equal coverage as possible of the various cities in our circulation area, especially in terms of the schools and specifically the high school varsity teams. The way I look at it, each school is one big team, and I fully endorse a “team-first” mentality. Most of the time, that hasn’t been much of a problem. Being the somewhat anal person I am, I have mapped out how to best give equal coverage to all the varsity teams throughout their schedules. And for most weeks, I have been able to then place photos of a majority of the games I and my photographers covered the previous week into the physical edition of the Worth a Star. Thousand That wasn’t the case last week. In what was a “perfect storm” of schedWords uling caused by doubleheaders, games played on Monday rather than Bill Tuesday and games against teams Stickels III from the Star’s sister newspapers’ areas, I found myself with photos from both Bomber basketball teams, the Rush City/ Braham wrestling team, four of the seven Bluejacket teams and three of the five Viking teams. Plus, we had a feature story on a C-I wrestler AND a feature on North Branch students playing on the St. Francis girls hockey team (who we admittedly haven’t covered in the past due to the small number of NB players on the team), as well as our weekly “Soundbites!” This equated to 10 games to choose action photos from, and to make matters worse, a comparatively smaller amount of space to put them in. In the face of a deadline and in order to maintain my sanity, I found myself having to temporarily abandon my impulse to meticulously calculate which teams have been in the most, which teams still have the potential to be covered and which games were the most “deserving” of coverage and simply go with which photos were the “best of the best” and would fit in the available space. What last week also did, though, is highlight how beneficial our website is to both us and our readers in terms of having an endless amount of space to use. I’m sure many of you have seen us promote “See for more photos from (input event name here).” But what I think we’ve failed to emphasize is that oftentimes we wind up putting in additional photos without advertising it in the physical paper. This is especially true with sports photos, but sometimes it also applies to non-sport events. Because of the insane number of extra photos last week, we did place a notice about going to our website to see additional photos. But even if we don’t do that, I would encourage our readers to go to our website and see if there’s extra coverage of events. I know that for some people, it’s not quite the same as seeing their picture in the physical paper, but it is the best way we have to continue to try and give everyone the coverage they deserve. Bill Stickels III is editor of the Isanti-Chisago County Star.

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Schools rely on community partnerships Community is a pivotal aspect of our sense of belonging. For students at Cambridge-Isanti Schools community provides meaningful relationships that afford real support for real needs. I know growing up in Grantsburg, Wis., the community support was vital to the success of our schools, programs and activities. Strong community support of schools is important today in Cambridge-Isanti Schools as it was during my time growing up in Grantsburg. Guest That same sense of toColumn getherness and Dr. Ray teamwork is prominent in Queener many of our local community groups. During my five years at Cambridge-Isanti, community groups have been critical partners. Research shows when schools, families and communities come together in order to support learning, students do better in school, stay enrolled longer and have greater satisfaction with their learning experience. Vibrant schools and healthy communities go hand-in-hand. What ties us together is important. As a school system, we are able to provide a critical link between important resources for students and their families and the com-

munity groups who offer valuable resources. The resources and contributions from our community groups help to support the common goal of student learning. The importance and influence of all who work with and invest in the education of children – whose future, in turn, will affect the future quality of life in the entire community cannot be overstated. Our partners share in the responsibilities and receive rewards based on the work we do together to enhance the academic and social growth of children while supporting their well-being. While there are so many to thank, I’d like to take some space to thank a few of our community partners. • Allina Health has partnered with our schools in many ways such as programs for kids, community forums and sponsoring the Walk to School program, to name a few. • The Rotary Club warmly welcomes our new teachers each year with a community luncheon. • Rotary, along with the Lions Club, generously donates dictionaries to every third grader each year. • The Lions Club also sponsors a compassion project at our primary schools each winter. • Continual partnerships with the North 65 Chamber allow for strong connections to businesses and other agencies. • Anoka-Ramsey Community

College partners on many projects not only for our students, but also in serving our communities. • Dollars for Scholars raises and distributes significant scholarships to students attending post-secondary training. • Isanti County agencies provide tremendous and continual support to our students and families. • Our partnerships with the City of Isanti and City of Cambridge allow for our students and families to have access to outstanding services and opportunities to enrich lives and allow students to thrive and grow in these supportive communities. As you can see, our partnerships are vast from those groups who help to stock our care closets with basic necessities for students in need to those who donate backpacks filled with school supplies. While I do not have the space to thank each and every one of our community partners, I sincerely thank you all for your compassion, dedication and commitment to our students’ success. Together let us continue to help children learn, have a direct impact on student achievement, and help solve real school/community problems. Being meaningfully involved in the education of students, the community’s future, is a key responsibility we all share. Dr. Ray Queener is superintendent of the Cambridge-Isanti school district.

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North Branch district considers North Branch mayor contracting private bus drivers throws hat in ring for District 8 seat BY BILL STICKELS III EDITOR@COUNTYSTAR.COM

As the old children’s song goes, “the wheels on the bus go round and round,” but for the North Branch School District, the question of whose wheels will be going “round and round” to pick up and drop off students is now up in the air. The district recently announced that due in part to a projected $1.5 million budget shortfall, but mostly due to a shortage of drivers, the district is looking into contracting with a private bus company to provide service for all routes within the district. According to Superintendent Dr. Deb Henton, this school year the district was forced to contract with a private company to run 13 of the district’s 37 routes. This “blended” method came at a cost that contributed $400,000 to the shortfall. “The decision to explore contracted busing is a monetary issue,” read a statement from the district. “The ‘blended’ model of transporting students – using both school district bus drivers and contractors as a result of a widespread driver shortage – resulted in $400,000 in additional cost this fiscal year. The school district cannot continue to use funds intended for the classroom to sustain this model, with a $1.5 million deficit next year and projected deficits in the future.”

Upon learning of this potential decision, a group of current staff bus drivers gathered and spoke during the open mic portion of the Feb. 8 school board meeting, with each of the seven speakers imploring the board to reconsider outsourcing all of the routes. “I’ve always taken great pride that I’ve worked for the school district. I do the job because I want to,” stated Cindy Edberg, who has been a driver with the district for 24 years. “We do a job that’s not always easy, (and) we know that we are in a crisis mode with a shortage of drivers. I continue to do all that I can to bring in new drivers. I talk at the gym, at the coffee shop.” Edberg also noted she has seen large turnover in drivers before, but the district was able to continue at full staff. “We can do this again,” Edberg said. “But we need the support of the school board and the district.” Several of the speakers brought up how close-knit staff drivers are to the students, compared to drivers from a private company. “Our drivers go the extra mile for their students,” said driver Sue Lakeberg, after rattling off a litany of examples. “We need these type of drivers, so we want to keep these drivers.” DRIVERS DESIRE TO RECRUIT Lakeberg and the other speakers echoed Edberg’s request to allow

the current drivers to help in the recruiting of drivers. “Let us go out and find drivers,” Lakeberg said. “Many have already started doing that, and we have already received one application, so it’s moving in the right direction.” Dave Devine, who has worked for various bus companies in addition to the school district, complimented the district on the quality of its fleet. “The North Branch buses are the best in the state,” Devine said. “And that tells me that North Branch cares about their kids. You have so many safety rules, it drove me nuts, but it was all for the safety of the kids. You’re not going to get that quality of school bus and quality of people from a private company. I’d hate to see the quality that North Branch has deteriorated by a private company.” The only formal action made by the school board on the subject was to direct administration to “make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions and reasons therefor” at a future meeting. In response to the drivers’ pleas, the district said, “School districts statewide are facing this driver shortage with no end in sight. Multiple efforts to attract bus drivers to NBAPS have failed. We cherish our bus drivers and ask for patience as we work through this process toward an acceptable solution for all.”

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Republican and Democratic officials.” THE OFFICIAL INVITATION The process to get invited to the State of the Union began with Nolan’s Chief of Staff Jodie Torkelson contacting Kennedy. Congressman Nolan then called her directly to invite her to the 2018 SOTU. “As a guest to the State of the Union, you receive a ticket for the upper House gallery, where seating is open,” Kennedy said. “I ended up sitting near our First Lady, courageous military members, Labor members, a DREAMer who shared her experiences with me. Bill Nye the Science Guy was just a row away from me, and it was exciting to see him in person along with all those working for our country and its future.” Kennedy said the event was wonderful and a whirlwind. “It was an amazing opportunity for a smalltown mayor from North Branch to see what really happens in Washington and meet all the people who make decisions that affect our everyday lives. I am a proud Minnesotan and a proud American – it was an honor to attend our SOTU and to be a guest of a leader that I respect and hold in high regard. I admire his ability to do what is right for all the citizens he serves.” Kennedy says her favorite part was enjoying all the opportunities and activities, as well as spending time with Congressman Nolan’s staff who were hospitable and welcoming. She says it helped put her at ease. REACTION TO THE SPEECH Regarding the actual speech, Kennedy explained, “The President said that he wants to work on


Mayor Kirsten Hagen Kennedy is declaring her candidacy for U.S. Representative in Congressional District 8, Minnesota. Kennedy is the second-term mayor of North Branch and an independent contractor for the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership in Chisago County. Kennedy is a single mother of five and holds a Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership through UM-Duluth. Kennedy is a respected Minnesota leader who continually works

to foster partnerships and has demonstrated her commitment through years of service to her region. She understands that federal and state governments must keep their promises to ensure that people receive the basics that they need to go about their lives. Recently, Congressman Nolan invited Mayor Kennedy to be his special guest to the State of the Union in Washington, D.C. She is committed to serving the citizens of CD8 and looks forward to asking for their support. For information email

Kids can act in ‘Crazy Fairy Tales’ Homeward Bound Theatre Company will offer “Crazy Fairytales” Monday, Feb. 26, through Thursday, March 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Cambridge Primary School. Third through 6th graders will take wellknown fairy tales such as Cinderella, Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood and mix them up! Participants will act out the characters that have been taken from their

familiar settings and suddenly placed into new settings or are now good instead of evil. These crazy fairy tales will help children to think outside the box and help develop their creative side. For more information and/or cost of registration call Cambridge Isanti Community Education at (763) 6896189 or register online at; click on Community Education, then Comm Ed Online Registration.

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Dentists bipartisan goals and get Democrats and Republicans working together on things like infrastructure – which, on face value, sounds great. But we need to follow through. That is what I am looking for. Actions speak louder than words. As mayor of North Branch, I can tell you that we have dire infrastructure needs. Traffic volume is building, our roads are in desperate need of repair, and a large rural portion of North Branch residents still have no high-speed Internet access and few housing choices. So while the speech is great, it’s a lot more important that the President works with all members to follow through on our critical needs.” TRIP TURNS INTO A LIFE-CHANGING DECISION The invitation and trip wound up becoming even more historical for Kennedy as, during a private moment, Nolan confided in her his plans to announce his decision to

not run for re-election, which he did two weeks later on Feb. 9. This announcement prompted Kennedy to decide to run for his seat herself (see Kennedy’s press release this page). “It (Nolan’s retirement) solidified my decision, along with deep discussions with my family,” Kennedy said. “Although I did not think it would be this soon.” Kennedy, who mastered at the University of Minnesota Duluth in Advocacy and Political Leadership, told the Duluth News Tribune that her original plans were to run for Congress in 2020, but Nolan’s retirement accelerated her timeline. Kennedy joins Isanti resident Leah Phifer as the only two DFLers to officially declare their candidacy, although many more candidates are expected to announce their intent to run for the seat in the near future.

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Roger Lyle Stegeman, of Mora, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the St. Clare Living Community in Mora. He was 88 years old. Roger was born on July 28, 1929, in Mora, Minn., to parents Conrad and Ethel (Ulrich) Stegeman. He grew up on the family farm, attending country school in rural Mora. Roger’s first real job, aside from helpiing on his parents’ farm, w was setting pins at a local b bowling alley. He began an a almost 40-year career with L Land o’ Lakes as a bulk m milk hauler before moving iinto ice cream production a at the plant. He worked his w way up to warehouse forem man before retiring. On Feb. 19, 1950, Roger w was united in marriage to R Ramona Ruth Schultz at O Ogilvie Lutheran Church. Roger and Ramona lived in Mora until the early 1960s when they purchased a hobby farm west of Mora. For a number of years Roger kept one milking cow, two pigs and 100 chickens on the farm. He always had a huge garden and apple trees to feed his family, but also enough to share with neighbors and friends in need. In 2013, after suffering a stroke, Roger moved to the St. Clare Living Community in Mora where he made many new friends and reconnected with some old longtime friends. Roger loved to dance! He could take over the dance floor with his waltz and polka moves. He began dancing as a young man and continuing into his final days. Roger enjoyed fishing trips with his sons, watching and feeding the birds, putting together jigsaw puzzles and taking long walks. Roger was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church and served in various capacities. He was also a member of the Ann Lake Sportsman Club for many years. Roger will be remembered by all for his outgoing, generous, humble and friendly nature, and for being able to make everyone laugh. He will be deeply missed. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ramona, grandson David, sisters Hazel (Maurice Clark and William Brockman), Marion (Ralph) Williams, and Irene (Magnus) Risdahl, and sister-in-law June Stegeman, and brother-in-law Roy Foust. He is survived by his children Rick (Kathy), Doug (Lisa), and Dan; nine grandchildren: Jeff, Brandi (Lance) Blanchet, Amanda Stegeman (Huy Doung), Melissa (Adam) Noreen, Mark (Trista), Christy (Kyle) Fletcher, Anthony (Brittany), Solie and Emma; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers Lloyd and Vernon (Vickie); sister Clara Foust; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church of Mora with Rev. Rick Marcy officiating. A Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in the Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at

Gregory Blaine Wallin, 65, of Rush City, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at The Estates at Rush City. Greg was born on Dec. 27, 1952, in Braham, Minn., to Blaine and Phyllis Wallin, joining big sister Connie. The small family of four moved to Brooklyn Park when Greg was 2, and soon Julie and Patty joined the ffamily. In school, Greg was very a active in choir and was sellected to be part of a small M Madrigal group of singe ers participating in many c concerts and contests. G Greg graduated from Coop per High School in 1971. S Shortly after graduation, G Greg began working at T Team Electronics and then m moved to specialize in the iinstallation of after-market car stereos. In 1975 Greg joined his dad at Jesco, Inc. working as a mason laborer. While there, he earned the nickname “Hammer,” which stuck with him the rest of his life. In the early 1980s, Greg moved in with his grandmother and uncle, James and Clara Lundahl, to assist them with the farm. He was a great companion and help to both of them, and all three benefited from this relationship. While living in Dalbo, Greg also worked a variety of different jobs including a cabinet shop, part-time bartender and cook at the Dusty Eagle, and in the automotive department at Walmart. In 2003, Greg suffered a series of small strokes and was unable to return to the farm. He stayed in several different care facilities, finally landing at The Estates at Rush City (formerly Golden Living) in 2010. Greg really enjoyed living there and it became home to him. Although Greg could no longer get around without a wheelchair, he still enjoyed eating, teasing the staff and challenging anyone and everyone to arm wrestle – which he generally won. Greg was preceded in death by parents Blaine and Phyllis Wallin. Greg is survived by sisters Connie (Kent) Lee, Julie (Tim) Englund, and Patty (Craig) Conlon, four nieces, four nephews, three great-nieces and three great-nephews. We will be forever grateful for the wonderful care Greg received at The Estates. They became an extension of our family, giving Greg the care we could not provide. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at Salem Lutheran Church of Dalbo. Interment was in the church cemetery. Online condolences at Arrangements by the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.

Darlene Augusta Blomquist, 85, of Cambridge, formerly of Piedmont, S.D., passed away on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at GracePointe Crossing Gables West. She was born on June 9, 1932, in Rolling Green Township, Minn., to Elmer and Augusta (Kleine) Graham. On March 4, 1950, Darlene was united in marrriage to Dallas Blomquist, a and to this union two sons w were born, Dallas Jr. and B Barry. They made their h home in Grandy, Minn., ffor several years before m moving to Cambridge, liviing in the Edgewood area. W While in Cambridge, Darllene worked at Control D Data for several years. Aftter retiring they moved tto Piedmont, S.D., in 1981 a and spent their retirement years there. Dallas passed away in October 2015 and Darlene returned to Stanchfield and lived with her granddaughter, Shannon Blomquist, who cared for her. Darlene was preceded in death by her husband Dallas Blomquist Sr., sons Dallas Blomquist Jr. and Barry Blomquist, grandson Chris “Kip” Blomquist, sister Yvonne Barnes, and brothers Roger and Denny Graham. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Nancy (Jim) Graham of Cambridge, grandchildren Tracy (Brandon) Bistodeau of Braham, Tristan (Brianna) Greene of Isanti, Shannon Blomquist (Jason) of Stanchfield, great-grandchildren Breana Blomquist, Nikisha Brown, Mitchell Blomquist, Jordan Blomquist, Dalton Wickeham, Madison Blomquist, great-great-grandchildren Caiah and Jaxon, brother Jerry Graham of Wisconsin, as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at Springvale Baptist Church, 410 Co. Rd. 6 NW, Stanchfield, MN 55080. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will take place at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D., in the spring. Online condolences at Arrangements by the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.

Paul Oium Paul Oium, age 80, a long-time resident on Spectacle Lake in Cambridge, Minn., passed away peacefully on Jan. 9, 2018, at home. Paul Glenn Oium was born on Sept. 23, 1937, in Madison, Minn., to Glenn (Bud) and Judy (Johnson) Oium. He was raised in Madison and graduated from Madison High School in 1956. Paul attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and graduated in 1960. He moved to Cambridge and began his career as a social worker at Isanti County Family Services and later at the Minnesota State Hospital. After a long career in social work he retired and attended Dunwoody Technical Institute in Minneapolis to study his passion of baking. Paul liked nothing better than making cakes, pies and cookies. He loved hosting parties at his house, particularly on the 4th of July. This past year he celebrated his 50th Anniversary living on Spectacle Lake. Paul made many friends on the lake and in Isanti County. Paul was active in DFL politics, the East Central Minnesota Men’s Circle, and the East Central Minnesota Pride Organizations. Paul is survived by his sister Nancy (Richard) Ghelfi; and brothers Dave and Mark (Kathy) Oium, his nine nieces and nephews and many close friends. A Celebration of Life will be held in June at Spectacle Lake with private internment at Hegre Cemetery in Madison, Minn. Online condolences may be placed at

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Michael Sjodin Michael Irving Sjodin, of North Branch, passed away on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at his home. He was 74 years old. Michael was born on Nov. 21, 1943, at the Braham hospital to parents Elton Eugene and Helen Adeline (Peterson) Sjodin. Michael married his wife Susan (Kleven) on Jan. 221, 1966, in Mora, Minn. Michael is preceded in d death by his parents, sister D Donna Rae Jones, brother D David Eugene Sjodin, his ffavorite grandma Pearl P Peterson, as well as many a aunts, uncles and cousins. Michael is survived by h his wife Susan, sons Troy ((DeLynn) and Travis (Collleen); grandchildren Kayla, B Benjamin, Hannah; sister M Marilyn White; brothers Elton (Carol), Richard (Penney), Daniel (Donna), Gregory (Kim), Bradley (Roberta); as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora with Rev. Julie Beck officiating. A memorial visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday. A spring inurnment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora. Condolences may be posted at

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Helen Dahlin Huddleston Helen Martha Dahlin Huddleston, of Marshalls Creek, Penn., passed away in hope of the Resurrection on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Penn. She was 84 years old. Born on July 25, 1933, in Saint Paul, Minn., she was the daughter of the late Alfred Dahlin and Marta Magnusson, both immigrants from Sweden. Helen grew up on the family farm in Rush Point, Minn., the youngest of five siblings, and attended first a oneroom schoolhouse and then Braham High School. She was the first member of her family to go to college, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota. After her graduation, she served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant JG for two years, stationed in Bremerton, Wash. During her marriage to Charles F. Huddleston, Jr., she and her family lived and made homes in Minnesota, Oklahoma, New Jersey and finally, Pennsylvania. Throughout her career, Helen worked as an Occupational Therapist helping patients to overcome their disabilities in Washington state, Minnesota, Oklahoma, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. For 20 years she worked with disabled veterans at the VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre. A faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Craig’s Meadows for 48 years, Helen sang in the choir and served on the Worship and Music Committee, and for many years made the church’s annual Advent Wreath. Helen loved to travel, especially with family, both within the USA and abroad. In her retirement, she traveled to Biloxi, Miss., to volunteer in the clean-up after Hurricane Katrina and once rode an elephant in Thailand! Helen was preceded in death by her daughter, Sarah Huddleston Nerino, and her great-granddaughter, Emma Butcher. She is survived by daughter Martha with husband John Nowik of North Plainfield, New Jersey; and by son John Huddleston with wife Sylvia of Marshalls Creek; also by 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A public visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 16, from 2-4 p.m., then again 6-8 p.m. at the Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home Inc., 27 Washington St. East, Stroudsburg. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Craigs Meadow, 139 Craigs Meadow Road East, Stroudsburg.


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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton 207 Whiskey Rd NW, Isanti, MN. 763-444-4035 Email: annseton76@gmail. com. Mass: Sat. 5pm, Sun. 9:30am. Mon., Tues., & Thurs. 8:00am. Wed. 8:30am.

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. 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) 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 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 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.

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. 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: 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. Email: 763-444-5134 Lutheran Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) 320-396-2755. West Central Dr. & Cty Rd 4 in northwest Braham. Pastor Julie Beck. 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 Schoool 10:15 am. Office hours 9 am-Noon TuesdayFriday. Radio service Sunday at 9:30am (KBEK 95.5 FM) 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 officecalvaryrushpoint@

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

study. Confirmation, 6:30pm Wings for Kids ages 3-12 yrs., Men’s Bible Study & Youth group.

Christ Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS) 32962 Vickers St. NE, Cambridge, 763-689-5333 Pastor Jason Schulz. Sunday Worship 9am. Sunday School/Bible class 10:30am. (1.8 mi. E of Cambridge)

Salem Lutheran Church 4638 381st Ave. NW, Dalbo, MN 55017. 763-689-1687 Join us for worship every Sunday at 10am, Sunday school for 3 yrs to 6th gr. begins at 10:30am. Coffee fellowship after worship www.

Long Lake Lutheran Church (ELCA) 3921 277th Ave NW Isanti, MN 55040, 763-444-5315. Pastor Matt Flom. Feb. & March Sunday Worship at 10:30am. Education/Sunday School hour 11am. See website for Lent schedule

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. First Lutheran Church (ELCA) 43779 Gates Ave., Harris. 651-674-4498. Handicapped accessible. Pastor Caroline HarthunWooldridge. Sunday Worship 9:30am, with Sunday School.10:30am coffee andfellowship. Email: Fish Lake Lutheran Church 43353 Cedarcrest Tr., Harris, MN 55032. Office Hrs. Mon. 9-Noon, Tues.-Thurs. 9-3pm, Fri. 9-Noon. 651-674-4252. Worship Services Sunday 10am. Everyone Welcome. 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 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. Wed. 5:15-6:30 Bible

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. Email: Thurs., Feb 15 9am Men’s Coffee at County Market. 1pm Rose Circle. 7pm AA Meeting. Sun., Feb. 18 9am Worship. 9:50 Sunday School. 10am Fellowship. 1pm Bowling at JJ’s NB. Wed., Feb. 21 6pm Soup Supper. 6pm Youth & Education Committee. 7pm Lenten Worship. 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, Paul Anderson, Pastor; Sunday 9am Worship; 10:20am Adult Bible Study; Thursday 6:30pm Bible study. Email: St. John’s Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 980 West 4th Street, Rush City, Pastor Tim Renstrom 320-358-3623, Sunday 8:45am Worship, 7:30am Rise & Shine Bible Study, Monday 10am Longer Look Bible Study.

Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA) 38460 Lincoln Trl, North Branch. 651-674-7047. Pastor Jon Yurk. Worship Sundays 8 & 10am. Sunday School 9am. E-mail: office@ or visit Methodist Common Ground A United Methodist Community 404 North Cypress, Cambridge. 763-689-2071. Amelia & Andrew Buschena. Sunday 9:30am.Worship. 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 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. 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. Lakeside Christian Church 32393 Rendova Cir. N.E., Cambridge (3 mi. E of Cambridge just off Hwy. 95). 763-689-3649. Pastor; Steve Newton. Pastoral Counselor Toni Nelson; Administrative assistant Sharon Dahl.

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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.

Journey of Faith - Bible based worship. 651-6009878. 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 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 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. 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 Prayer & Worship 6pm, Wed. Night Worship & Bible Study 6:30pm. Christmas Eve Service 10am. Week Devoted to God Dec. 31-Jan. 6. 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 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.

On Being Humble “Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.” —Proverbs 29:23 NIV

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e all know that self-praise stinks, or to quote Jesus, “those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12 NIV) This is an astute observation, and one which has many applications to life. Jesus made this statement while pointing out how religious leaders or teachers often desire to be exalted by fancy titles and seats of honor. Little has changed in two thousand years; people still like fancy titles and “seats of honor” (e.g., the corner office). Perhaps we are hardwired to respond to hierarchies and pecking orders, and we all know people who just can’t stand it if they aren’t the top dog. Jesus’ statement appears to be a recommendation to humble ourselves so that others will then exalt us, and in the social realm, this frequently happens—we praise others precisely because of their humility. But the more important lesson here concerns the spiritual realm. In the kingdom of heaven, he who is least among you will be the most exalted. Pope Francis is frequently praised for his genuine humility, just as his namesake St. Francis was, earning him the nickname “il Poverello” or the little poor man. There is no better example of this than that of God becoming man, and Jesus’s greatest acts were his acts which showed the most humility, for example when he washed his disciples’ feet (John 13). So humble yourself, and genuinely strive to put others first, seeing them as better than yourself. – Christopher Simon




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Isanti police officers spotlighted during council meeting BY JENNIFER KOTILA NEWS@COUNTYSTAR.COM

Isanti police officer and School Resource Officer Adam Gau continues to impress for his work in Isanti and its schools, receiving the 2017 School Resource Officer of the Year award from the Minnesota Juvenile Officers Association and the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association at the Feb. 7 Isanti City Council meeting. “I think that everybody that works with Adam understands the tremendous things that he has done,” said Mayor George Wimmer, noting that it is the fourth year in a row that Gau has earned some major award. “We’re just so very proud of his work. It reflects greatly upon our service and our police department as a whole, which has just been a phenomenal thing for us as a city.” Wimmer added that the city takes great pride in Gau’s work, and students



Isanti police officer Adam Gau (left) was honored by mayor George Wimmer and the city council on Feb. 7 for receiving two major service awards recently.

New Isanti police officer Tanner Hagen (hand raised) is sworn in by mayor George Wimmer while a number of his fellow officers look on.

in the schools are in a much better, safer environment than they would be without Gau’s service. “Awards in law enforcement aren’t always that prevalent,” said Council Member Ross Lorinser, noting Gau’s achievements are very impressive. “There are many officers that go their entire career without an award. Keep up the fire you have.

the best officer possible. There were several officers present to witness Hagen’s swearing in as an officer. Wimmer also asked Gau to say a few words about Hagen. “All of us here support Tanner very much,”Gau said. “That’s why you see the level of support. These guys were here for him. They weren’t here for me – they

You found your niche in the schools in doing what you do. To keep up that fire and ambition year after year is a good thing, and I appreciate that.” NEW OFFICER IN ISANTI After presenting Gau his awards, Wimmer swore in new Isanti police officer Tanner Hagen, noting those supporting him want to make him

TOBACCO: Forums to include free pizza FROM PAGE I

do some of these products sell for less than a dollar, they are attractively packaged and also avoid the FDA’s prohibition on flavored cigarettes. “One man I talked to thought e-cigs were just there to help people quit smoking,” Natzel said, “but that’s how they are marketed. Now we have all of these studies coming out and talking about how dangerous it is. We are just really hoping to educate the public for all people to know what’s in these products and hoping to get people to realize this is what our kids are using.” FORUMS WILL EDUCATE FAMILIES The three presentations will be offered over the next few months at various locations. Each event will begin with free pizza and water, and the presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. The first event will be held at Braham Event Center on Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 6-8:30 p.m. The second will be in the Performing Arts Center at Cambridge-Isanti High School on Wednesday, March 14, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The last presentation will be held on Wednesday, April 11, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Isanti Middle School. For more information, visit icsaparc. or call (763) 6898141.

‘We are just really hoping to educate the public for all people to know what’s in these products and hoping to get people to realize this is what our kids are using.’ Deb Natzel Isanti County Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery Coalition

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are here for Tanner.” Hagen was with the Explorers program since the ninth grade, Gau said, noting that several of the law enforcement officers present have been his Explorers advisors in the program. Hagen was one of the original six members of the Explorers program. “We are very proud to have him here,” Gau

said. “He has earned the amount of respect that you see for him here tonight. He has earned that very, very much. As Mr. Lorinser was saying, in law enforcement that’s a hard thing and rare, so for him to have that at this stage in his career, he’s leaps and bounds ahead of any other candidate that you could have chosen.”

Tobacco companies forced to run ads on addiction SUBMITTED CLEAR WAY MINNESOTA

The nation’s largest cigarette manufacturers intentionally designed cigarettes to make them more addictive. That’s just one of the facts featured in new ads the tobacco industry has been court-ordered to run. The tobacco companies have never had to publicly admit, until now, that they conducted extensive research to make cigarettes as addictive as possible, manipulating nicotine levels, making design changes like new filters and adding chemicals to make them easier to get hooked on. To help make sure the message about the tobacco industry’s deception gets out, Minnesota health advocates are amplifying the tobacco industry’s ads to make sure more people will see them. This includes social media ads and other digital and newspaper ads in Minnesota. “Things have changed in the media landscape in the 11 years since Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard and Philip Morris USA were first ordered to run these ads,” said Mike Sheldon, Senior Communications Manager of ClearWay Minnesota. “For example, the tobacco companies aren’t run-

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Eight is not enough for Bluejacket gymnasts Team enters section meet determined to extend title streak to nine BY BILL STICKELS III EDITOR@COUNTYSTAR.COM

How long has the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket gymnastics team reigned supreme over Section 7AA? The last time the Jackets failed to advance to the state team gymnastics meet, the youngest current members of the team – 7th-graders Laci Lorinser and Alison Barber – were still a year away from entering kindergarten. Even the three seniors on this year’s team were in third grade the last time C-I didn’t hoist the top trophy. That doesn’t mean that this year’s team is taking anything for granted, though. “They are very motivated to defend their section title from last year,” said head coach Wendy Rooney. “Their confidence has been building over the past few weeks and they look forward to putting forth their best team effort of the season at the Section meet.” One look at their season scores proves why the Jackets should be feeling confident. After lower-than-expected scores for the better part of the season, the Jackets have rattled off three straight season-high totals to end the regular season, culminating in a score of 148.45, the highest score any Bluejacket squad has reached since 2009. “Throughout the first two months of the season we were constantly battling injuries and illnesses,” said Rooney. “But besides losing Shelby (Van Heel)

for the season with a broken foot, we’re now at full strength.” The team’s confidence has also led to a slight, but noticeable change in their mindset. “Earlier in the season they were hoping to have successful routines,” Rooney said. “And now they go into meets expecting to have successful routines, because that’s how they’ve been training.” The team also knows that the rest of the section isn’t just going to hand over the trophy, especially last year’s runner-up Anoka, who didn’t lose a single member from last year’s team that only lost to C-I by three-tenths of a point. The Tornadoes are also entering sections on an upswing by recording their highest score of the season in their final regular season meet. At the same time, the Jackets know that, as the saying goes, they control their own destiny. “Anoka is a very talented team, but we don’t plan on paying attention to anyone other than ourselves at the Section meet,” said Rooney. “If we do our job, we will be happy with the results.” Whether those results translate into a ninth-straight section title will be determined on Friday, Feb. 16, in St. Francis. VIKINGS CHANCES HAMPERED BY INJURIES Even before the season started, the Viking gymnastics team knew they would be in a dogfight to earn their first section championship since 2015. Including

North Branch, five teams could have conceivably had a chance of winning Section 7A at the start of the season. Since then, however, two things have happened. Sartell-St. Stephen has distanced themselves from the rest of the field, scoring good enough for a #3 ranking in all of Class A, and North Branch has found themselves riddled with injuries. In the very first meet of the season, the Vikings lost senior Alexis Olson to a severe knee injury. Then, in the team’s first home meet, freshman Bekah Fish suffered a sprained ankle that still isn’t fully healed. Finally, just as they were getting Bekah back to full competition, Bekah’s sister Angie suffered her own foot injury that will hamper her performance at sections. Adding all that up, the Vikings will look towards sections as a chance to put their best meet of the season together in order to vault ahead of a couple teams and perhaps come home with the runner-up trophy. The Vikings also hope to see senior standout Keeley Ertl, who has been battling back issues of her own lately, come away with another trip to the individual state meet in the all-around. That, along with perhaps one or two other Vikings finding their way to individual state, will be good enough to put a silver lining on what has otherwise been a somewhat cloudy season.


Seventh-grader Alison Barber looks to help the Bluejacket gymnastics team continue their section championship streak to nine in a row during the Section 7AA meet, which will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 in St. Francis.


BOYS BASKETBALL In their only action of the week, the Jackets pulled off a 75-70 win over a strong Monticello team. Henry Abraham had a spectacular night, picking up 28 points. But it wasn’t just a oneman show as Luke Malamisuro collected 15 points, London Williams added 14 points and Alex Ledahl chipped in 10 points. The win gives C-I a 14-6 season record with a half-dozen games remaining before the playoffs start. GIRLS HOCKEY CIMPC’s positive season came to a screeching halt in the section quarterfinals as host Elk River topped the Bluejackets 5-1. Ashton Parnell came up with the Jackets’ lone goal of the game, which tied the score at one apiece in the first period. But the Elks added four unanswered goals in the second and third periods to end CIMPC’s season. WRESTLING The Jackets ended their regular season with a match against the always-strong STMA

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Knights on Friday, Feb. 9. Once again the Mississippi 8 champs proved their mettle by topping the Jackets 45-22. Jacob Mujwid, Tate Torgerson, Mason Friesz, Marty Puttbrese and Will Flemister recorded wins in their matches against the Knights.


GIRLS BASKETBALL In their lone game of the week, C-I fell to Monticello 47-36. Amanda Westberg eclipsed double-digits in the game, picking up 14 points. BOYS HOCKEY Because of a scheduling quirk, the Jackets wound up playing three games in three days, losing all three of them. On Thursday, Feb. 8, the Jackets fell to Chisago Lakes 7-2. Easton Parnell and Derek Becklin picked up the Jacket goals in the game. The next night, C-I got hammered by STMA by a score of 15-0. Then, to close out the hectic stretch, C-I traveled to Pequot Lakes to face Northern Lakes. The Jackets fell to the Lightning 5-2, with Nathan Schibilla and Luke Miller collecting goals after C-I spotted the hosts five goals.


C-I’s Henry Abraham looks for an opening around a Monticello defender during the Jackets’ game on Thursday, Feb. 8. Abraham had 28 points to lead C-I to a 75-70 win over the Magic.

Ice fishing on local lakes is one of Minnesota’s favorite winter pastimes. It can be a beautiful scene out on a frozen, snowy lake. It can also be a dirty mess. It’s not difficult to find piles of garbage left next to an abandoned fishing hole. While this garbage is ugly and unsightly during the winter, it can be dangerous to wildlife and water quality after the ice melts away. Wild animals are often curious about the litter left behind and may end up tangled in it or become sick from eating it. It is illegal in Minnesota to leave garbage, including human waste and cigarette butts, on the ice. It’s also inconsiderate, so please take a moment at the end of the day to

clean up your fishing site. Carry all garbage away with you and dispose of it in a proper trash receptacle. Officers often record the name and location of ice houses during the fishing season. If a large amount of trash is left in an area, officers can track down the owner and issue a warning or a fine. Littering can carry both a civil and criminal ticket, each carrying its own penalty. The easiest way to avoid a fine is to do what your parents always told you: clean up after yourself! It benefits you and the environment, and it only takes a few moments. When you are packing for the big fishing trip, throw a garbage bag in and you’ll be all set. Susan Humble is with the Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District.




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A little time on the pail BY LOREN W. BRABEC NEWS@COUNTYSTAR.COM


Martin Puttbrese rolls up his STMA opponent during C-I’s regular-season finale on Friday, Feb. 9. The senior will look to lead the Section 7AAA #4 seed Jackets through a difficult team tournament on Friday, Feb. 16, at CIHS.

Jacket wrestlers underdogs despite high state ranking BY BILL STICKELS III EDITOR@COUNTYSTAR.COM

There are few situations when a team can be ranked just outside of the top 10 in the state, but still be considered somewhat of a long-shot to win their section tournament. That is once again the bind the Bluejacket wrestlers find themselves in as they host the Section 7AAA team tournament this Friday, Feb. 16. Section 7AAA is once again living up to its reputation as arguably the deepest section in the state, having four teams in the top 12 in Class AAA, based on the latest rankings on Cambridge-Isanti, who has been holding firm to the #11 ranking, was seeded fourth for the section tournament and will face #5 seed Blaine at 4 p.m. The Jackets were given this “low” ranking based on losses to #3 seed St. Francis, by a score of 33-32 and #2 seed

Forest Lake, by a score of 3627 during the regular season. Anoka, who has been ranked as high as second in the state this season, was given the #1 seed. If their match during the Bluejacket Duals is any indication, the Jackets should be able to get past the Bengals in the quarterfinals match. In that match, the Jackets handed the Bengals a 46-22 loss. Barring a Blaine upset in the rematch, or a major upset of Anoka in their quarterfinal match against either #8 seed Andover or #9 seed Champlin Park, the Jackets will face Anoka in the semifinals beginning at approximately 6 p.m. on Friday. The winner of the section tournament will advance to the state tournament on March 1 at the Excel Energy Center. VIKINGS FOCUSED ON INDIVIDUAL SECTIONS Because they aren’t able

to field wrestlers at several weight classes, the North Branch Vikings are aware that they have very slim chances of advancing to a championship in the Section 4AA tournament. For the season, the Vikings could only manage three team head-to-head wins. Despite that win-loss record, the Vikings were given the #4 seed in the section. The Vikings will face #5 seed St. Paul Johnson in the quarterfinals after both teams were given a first-round bye in the 11-team tournament. If they are able to get past Johnson, the Vikings will most likely face #1 seed South St. Paul, who easily topped North Branch 60-19 earlier in the season. Instead, the Vikings will be focused on individual success and hopefully the advancement of multiple wrestlers to the state tournament during their section individual tournament on Feb. 23-24 at South St. Paul.

I was going to go ice fishing as soon as I began the retirement chapter of my life, but it took six weeks for it to happen. Stuff got in the way, and although my time on the ice was limited to just an hour and a half on Friday, Jan. 26, it was long enough to test my rusty and Guest neglected auger and to verify Column that I still remembered how Loren W. to bait a winterBrabec time hook. Ice fishing b became a casualty many years ago when I began writing Braham Bombers boys’ and girls’ basketball articles for weekly publication in this paper. As though that weren’t enough, I authored 11 books for the boys’ team (2004-2014) and seven for the girls’ (2008-2014). I spent days at my main job and nights in a gym somewhere. It was a grueling pace, but the winters flew by! Finally, ice fishing got its day! It was about 35 degrees ABOVE zero when I drove to Lory Lake with just the bare essentials. I chose a spot I frequented 30 years ago when I’d come here after my young children had gone to bed. Yes, it had been a long, long time, and a stiff wind shouted at me that it perhaps should have been a bit longer! The handle of my auger nearly scraped the surface of the ice before it finally broke through. I soon discovered that I was standing on 20 inches of ice above 18 feet of water. Good, I thought, as I positioned my little car in a futile effort to block the big, icy wind. My optimism soared as I dropped the first minnow down

the ice hole. Impaled on a limegreen ice jig, the minnow wriggled seductively, and immediately, I thought about all the tips and techniques I had learned from “In-Fisherman” magazine back in the mid-80s. Did I have enough split shot on that line? Were they the appropriate distance from the minnow? Trying to shake off those irritating questions, I knew I’d still have to pay at least a little attention to the finer details. They can, after all, make the difference between success and failure. I drilled another hole and dropped a minnow on a bare hook down the circular shaft. All set for some hot action, I inverted my pail and plunked down on a boat cushion to do some bobber-watching. In my jacket pocket was a pack of wax worms, but clearly, I wouldn’t be using them on this day. With the wind already rocking my bobber all around the hole, I’d never notice the tiny movement it makes when an interested fish quickly inhales the bait. I’d stick to minnows, vary their depths if necessary, and hope for the best. Nothing beats bobber-watching when it suddenly jumps, lies over, or begins its slow descent down the ice hole. However, on this day, there was no jumping, only one lay-over and just two slow descents. My best was two crappies. Since there was no one to give them to and since they failed to revive themselves in the hole, I took them home. I remembered my Uncle Bob’s oft-spoken words: “Well, we’ll just have a bigger potato and a little more salad!” So, I’m hoping to go again soon. Gosh, it’s been three weeks already! And you know, even retired guys are busy. Oh, would you pass that salad, please? Loren Brabec is a contributing sports writer for the Isanti-Chisago County Star and author of several Braham sports books.


BOYS HOCKEY The Vikings are coming down the home stretch of their regular season, picking up a pair of easy wins last week. On Friday, Feb. 9, North Branch topped Dodge County 5-0. Cody Moline and Wyatt Garin each had a pair of goals in the game, with Justin Sachs picking up the other one. Trevor Mellen and Jake Turek shared the shutout as North Branch outshot Dodge County 34-17. The next day, the Vikings skated past conference and section rival Princeton 6-1. Brady Meyer picked up another hat trick in the game, with Dawson Johnson adding two goals and Moline picking up the last tally. After giving up the first goal of the game, Mellen stopped the remainder of the Tiger shots on goal to earn a 33-save victory. The Vikings only have one more game left on Thursday, Feb. 15, before section play begins on Feb. 22. North Branch should receive the #2 seed in

Section 5A. BOYS BASKETBALL In their only action of the week, the Vikings fell to Rogers 77-46. Dylan Ramberg had 14 points in the game and Brady Brodin was close behind with 13, but only three other players put points on the board in the loss. GIRLS BASKETBALL The Vikings got off to a slow start against Rogers in their only action of the week, and couldn’t recover, falling to the Royals 66-39. Jillayna Hoppe’s 13 points were North Branch’s only double-digit scoring for the game. WRESTLING In their final match of the regular season, the Vikings fell to Zimmerman 42-30. All of North Branch’s scoring came via pinfall and one forfeit. Both Austin and Sam Sonnek picked up pins for the Vikings, along with Isaac Maki and Caleb Norwig. BranJOHN OLSON | COUNTY STAR don Swanson earned the forfeit North Branch’s Roger Thomas digs the puck out of the corner and away from a sprawled-out Dodge County victory at heavyweight to con- player during the Vikings’ game against the Wildcats on Friday, Feb. 9. North Branch shut out Dodge County clude the scoring. 5-0 to improve their season record to 18-5 at the time.


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Helping out a student in need Bluejacket boys basketball head coach Mike McDonald (center) presents Liz Johnson flowers, a gift basket and a check for $2,500 for her to use for a special occasion. Johnson, a CIHS junior, is battling a rare form of sarcoma cancer. The money was raised as part of a “Coaches vs. Cancer” event held at CIHS on Friday, Feb. 2, during a double-header between the Jackets and St. Francis. The money was raised via cookie and t-shirt sales, a raffle, a three-point shooting contest at halftime of both games, along with donations.


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Rush City citizens gather to try and save clinic for a clinic,� Oare added.


Residents of the Rush City area learned two weeks ago that Fairview Lakes Area Clinic/Pharmacy will be closing with little warning and no reason other than it is a financial decision. Since the news of the closing broke, a group of concerned citizens has gotten together for a last-ditch effort to prevent the closing. The vitality and growth of Rush City – population 3,100 – hangs in the balance according to resident Jason Oare, who said the news comes after the recent closing of the city’s grocery store. Oare is part of the Save the Rush City Clinic Committee. He and Mayor Dan Dahlberg, Mike Carroll and Joanne Ploetz spoke to residents of the community at a public meeting held on Tuesday, Feb. 6. “Seniors want to live closer to clinics, and families want to relocate where there are good schools and medical services,� Oare explained. “People who go to the clinic in Rush City also patronize other businesses while in town. A lot of people moved to town because there was a real good clinic and school.� Oare told those gathered that Fairview applied for a building permit to remodel at their current location at 760 W. Fourth Street. FRUSTRATION WITH LACK OF ANSWERS According to the group, the unofficial word is that it will be closed in the spring and no one from Fairview hospital/clinic has been able to tell Rush City’s clinic advisory council why they are leaving and what it would take for them to stay. “We don’t have answers as to why they want to close the clinic,� Carroll said.


Concerned citizens gathered on Feb. 6 at a meeting of the Save the Rush City Clinic Committee and suggested options to help keep the Fairview Lakes Clinic/Pharmacy open in Rush City. Fairview announced two weeks ago the clinic would close due to ďŹ nancial reasons.

Services would be available at Pine City or North Branch, and he added, it was obvious the Fairview pharmacy would also be closing. He said it was “extremely frustrating� because Fairview, who took over the city-run hospital 20 years ago, guaranteed a physician and enhanced ambulance service. “Rush City Clinic has the second-highest satisfaction rating in the Fairview system. We need to continue to hold their feet to the fire,� Carroll stated. Ploetz said when Fairview took over the hospitals, clinics and pharmacies of Chisago City, North Branch and Rush City known as the Lakes Region, they made a commitment to have a clinic in the towns where hospitals had been closed.

“We’d like to hold them to that commitment,� she said. “We have been promoters of Fairview.� Ploetz expressed frustration and disappointment because they, as an advisory council, had not been informed of the closing though they had heard of letters going out to that effect. Rush City has the highest clinic financial ratings, according to Rush City Mayor Dan Dahlberg. “The city has provided options of location to keep the clinic in town,� he said, explaining that a remodel of the current clinic would be about $1.5 million, and building new would be about $2 million. He said he was told Fairview only had $500,000 to spend on such a project. “We’re dealing with a $5 billion corporation that say they have only $500,000

OPTIONS OFFERED TO RESIDENTS Rush City is not the smallest city served by Fairview. Milaca, at a couple hundred lower in population, boasts a clinic, pharmacy, specialty services and surgery. The next closest Fairview clinic to Rush City is Pine City, which is 11 miles north on I-35, but it does not list medical doctors on staff. North Branch, located 21 miles south on I-35, also has a Fairview Clinic that offers same-day appointments and urgent care services. Cambridge Medical Center, which is operated by Allina, is actually closer at 18 miles when taking county roads, according to GoogleMaps. Members of Save the Rush City Clinic Committee handed out envelopes stamped and addressed to the city which will be turned over to Fairview. They also offered a list of helpful hints for writing an impact letter about how the clinic has been a benefit and what closing it would mean. They are asking residents and those who use the clinic to write letters expressing their need for a clinic in Rush City and the value it adds to the area. Fairview clinics only had a brief statement regarding the pending closing. “We thank the members of the Rush City community who have shared their concerns with us,� an unidentified spokesperson said. “We are working with city leaders and community members to discuss viable options for continuing to provide care to the Rush City community.� Ailene Croup is a freelance writer with the Star’s sister paper, The Pine City Pioneer.

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Creativity is key to winter family fun BY KAY WEBER NEWS@COUNTYSTAR.COM

Winter can get a bit long without some breaks for a few fun family activities. When the weather permits, traditional recreation is still popular: sliding (in many forms), skating, skiing and building snow forts. The more family participati ng, the better the memory and experience Guest for the children. If it’s Column a blustery, Kay cold day, indoor games Weber and making snacks still get a lot of votes. Creativity and brainstorming with everyone can get new ideas flowing and bring agreement among family members – a good learning process, too. In talking with several families in the area, there was a diversity of recreation and activities being tried. And in their areas of common interest, a family “personality” began to come to light. Creativity was a key to making it all fun for all. FIRST FAMILY BUILDS TOGETHER The first family of four – Dad, Mom, with a son and daughter of early elementary age – like sliding, skating and building forts when they are outdoors. Their creativity especially shows when designing their outdoor structures. They use a small round wastebasket to make the bricks, and then use their plastic summer pool for the roof. If interest lasts, they spray a design with watercolors on the outside. Indoors, they like to read together. A favorite book series is “The Magic Tree House.” They also have friends over and do activities with extended family like bake cookies or exchange puzzles and put them together. Family outings are especially fun. They are members of TPT with public television and like their free events around the Twin Cities. SECOND FAMILY READS TOGETHER The second family, Timothy and Amanda, have three children ages seven, four and two. They enjoy reading books and participating in library activities. They have used the “Mango” program to teach a second language to their children. They especially like “read & do” books. They have tried making snow molasses candy after reading “Little House in the Big Woods,” and tap maple syrup from their own maple trees. They also like connecting with other families and their children, and include games that encourage cooperation and teamwork. Outside, they like to hike, watch the birds and go to state parks. This year for Christmas, they received “activity op-

tions” from family as gifts. So now they are working on craft kits they received, and have some outings to attend, coming up soon. THIRD FAMILY LEARNS TOGETHER The third family, Josh and Melissa, have five children who are home schooled. She likes to combine indoor winter activities with the learning process. “It’s fun to make history come alive,” Melissa said, “and make a craft, play a game or cook a recipe that helps us delve into history even more. One year we enjoyed a George Washington lunch with friends with recipes from Washington’s era. The kids dressed up in some costumes from that time period. Later the kids enjoyed taking a virtual tour of Mount Vernon and ‘exploring’ the amazing mansion and land of George Washington’s.” (http://www. Melissa and Josh also like to entertain other families in their home, with everyone bringing a diversity of food to share. IDEAS ARE EVERYWHERE FOR WINTER FUN Ideas are everywhere – in the newspaper, at state parks, in the library and on the Internet. Party themes seem to be popular. Some families invite friends or family over and focus on an art fest, music concert or tropical theme party, complete with costumes, special foods and activities like games using a coconut as a ball. Outside, one could pull out the slip-and-slide and add snow to the activity or have a bonfire with s’mores or play soccer in the snow. If your family has young children, making snow cones is often suggested or bringing in a dishpan of snow and adding imaginary play figures/ vehicles. Early elementary kids might enjoy having an outdoor hot chocolate stand ( or doing a science project on how to melt ice (www.thespruce. com). Volunteer field trips are suggested for upper elementary ( or making snow ice cream ( By the middle school years, your youth might like outdoor bowling with frozen water balloons, or indoors – a family fashion show, making up various winter garb choices. High school teens, with less time available, may enjoy doing virtual tours to suggest family vacation trips or doing the evening candlelight skiing/snowshoeing in the area. Hopefully, these general suggestions will spark your family’s creativity for winter recreation ideas. Whatever your family chooses to do, may it lift everyone’s spirits and make winter more fun for you. Kay Weber is a local freelance writer.


Cambridge-Isanti welding students received top awards in the recent Ridgewater College Skills Fest competition. Welders included (front row from left) Kody Puck, Izak Springer, Logan Hyland, Zack Kruse. (Back row) Kohl Horsch, Isaiah Kram, Connor Nesbit, Tristan Klontz. Not pictured: Instructor Greg Doom.

Welders take firsts in competition SUBMITTED CAMBRIDGE-ISANTI HIGH SCHOOL

The results for C-I students are as follows:

Tig welding Cambridge-Isanti High School welders had another outstanding year competing in the Ridgewater College Skills Fest competition. The contest tested students on their welding skills, blueprint reading and welding theory knowledge. Seniors Isaiah Kram, Tristan Klontz, Kody Puck and Kohl Horsch received the top awards with first-place finishes in Tig, Mig, Arc and Gas welding processes. Seniors Connor Nesbit and Zack Kruse had second-place finishes in the welding events of Mig and Gas welding.

1st place: Kohl Horsch

Mig welding 1st place: Tristan Klontz 2nd place: Connor Nesbit

Gas Welding 1st place: Kody Puck 2nd place: Zack Kruse

Arc welding 1st place: Isaiah Kram


The North Branch Area High School Air Force Junior ROTC team took third place at the recent Upper Midwest JROTC Challenge, competing in events like marksmanship, Knowledge Bowl, color guard and physical fitness.

Cadets win third place at Midwest Challenge SUBMITTED NORTH BRANCH AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

On Friday, Feb. 9, the North Branch Area High School Air Force Junior ROTC program placed third in the Upper Midwest Junior ROTC Challenge at Cretin-Durham Hall High School in St. Paul.

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Youth encouraged to volunteer on President’s Day SUBMITTED FAMILY PATHWAYS

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NORTH BRANCH INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 138 REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING NORTH BRANCH AREA EDUCATION CENTER ROOM 126 JANUARY 11, 2018 The School Board of Independent School District 138 met in regular session on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 6:15 p.m. in the North Branch Area Education Center Board Room. Chair Ekstrom called the meeting to order. Roll Call: Kirby Ekstrom, Tim MacMillan, Darryl Goebel, Sarah Grovender, Mindy Michaud, and Superintendent Henton. Absent: Cathie Pascavage Others in Attendance: Bill Stickels III, Annette Krist, Noelle Olson, Lori Zimmerman, Becca Johnson, David Treichel, Kirstin Perales, Stacy Johnstone, Kelly Johnson, Lori Lavin, Jon Ellerbusch, Pat Tepoorten, and Arle Chambers Approval of Agenda: Moved by Grovender, seconded by Goebel and carried unanimously to approve the agenda. Recognition: Board Chair Ekstrom presented Board Member Darryl Goebel with a certificate for completing Phase I, II, and III of the MSBA training. Superintendent Henton and Director of Teaching and Learning David Treichel introduced Kelly Johnson and Lori Lavin who were presented with a certificate for being named TIES Exceptional Teachers for 2017. They were recognized at the December 12th TIES Education Technology Conference. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT Superintendent Henton introduced Sunrise River Elementary School Principal Lori Zimmerman and Assistant Principal Becca Johnson who gave a presentation on initiatives happening at Sunrise, including building goals, balanced literacy, targeted learning and instruction, and much more. CONSENT ITEMS Moved by Michaud, seconded by Goebel and carried unanimously to approve the consent items. A. Minutes of December 14, 2017 Policy Committee Meeting B. Minutes of December 14, 2017 Regular School Board Meeting C. Authorization of Payments, Transfers, and Investment Activity · 2016A Bond Account – Bank 06 – $0.00 · Accounts Payable, Bank 07 – $1,085,822.08 · Auxiliary, Bank 12 - $54,810.27 · Payroll, Bank 13 - $2,616,123.90 · Scholarship, Bank 18 - $4,500.00 D. Personnel 1. Michael Johnson, retirement effective March 30, 2018, as Director of Building and Grounds at North Branch Area Public Schools 2. Hannah Emerson, resignation effective December 22, 2017, as Lunchroom/Playground Assistant at Sunrise River Elementary School and School Age Care Adult Assistant at North Branch Area Education Center 3. Sonja Watson, leave request effective April 30, 2018 through October 12, 2018, as SPED Assistant at Sunrise River Elementary School 4. Theresa Bloomquist, employment effective December 19, 2017, as Schoolkeeper at North Branch Area Middle School 5. Brittney Anderson, resignation effective December 11, 2017, as School Age Care Adult Assistant at North Branch Area Education Center 6. Scott Tolzmann, employment effective January 2, 2018, as SPED Assistant at North Branch Area Middle School 7. 2017-18 Extra Curricular Winter Coach Positions 1. Sean Huset, Class 6, Step 4, as Middle School Boys Basketball Coach 2. Jeremy Gravdahl - Volunteer Wrestling Coach 3. John Morrison - Volunteer Wrestling Coach 4. Justin Retherford - Volunteer Wrestling Coach

E. Pay Equity Report F. North Branch Middle School Deferred Maintenance & Alterations Contract Award Letter G. Acceptance of Donations

OPEN MIC No one signed up for open mike. OLD BUSINESS There was no old business. NEW BUSINESS A. TIES Superintendent Henton updated the school board on TIES and the financial difficulties they have been having. Superintendent Henton and Board Member Michaud will cast votes on January 24th on behalf of the school district on whether to dissolve. Superintendent Henton will keep the board apprised of the vote. B. Approval of RFP for Contracted Bus Services Moved by Michaud, seconded by MacMillan and carried unanimously to approve request for proposals for contracted bus services. C. Approval of First Reading of Policy 403 - Discipline, Suspension, and Dismissal of School District Employees Moved by MacMillan, seconded by Grovender and carried unanimously to approve the first reading of Policy 403 Discipline, Suspension, and Dismissal of School District Employees. D. Approval of First Reading of Policy 601 - School District Curriculum and Instructional Goals Moved by MacMillan, seconded by Michaud and carried unanimously to approve the first reading of Policy 601 School District Curriculum and Instructional Goals. E. Approval of First Reading of Policy 603 - Curriculum Development Moved by Michaud, seconded by MacMillan and carried unanimously to approve the first reading of Policy 603 Curriculum Development. F. Approval of First Reading of Policy 604 - Instructional Curriculum Moved by MacMillan, seconded by Grovender and carried unanimously to approve the first reading of Policy 604 Instructional Curriculum. G. Approval of First Reading of Policy 612.1 - Development of Parent and Family Engagement Policies for Title I Programs Moved by Goebel, seconded by Grovender and carried unanimously to approve the first reading of Policy 612.1 Development of Parent and Family Engagement Policies for Title I Programs. H. Approval of First Reading of Policy 613 - Graduation Requirements Moved by Grovender, seconded by MacMillan and carried unanimously to approve the first reading of Policy 613 Graduation Requirements.

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I. Approval of First Reading of Policy 616 - School District System Accountability Moved by Michaud, seconded by Goebel and carried unanimously to approve the first reading of Policy 616 - School District System Accountability. J. Approval of First Reading of Policy 620 - Credit for Learning Moved by Goebel, seconded by Michaud and carried unanimously to approve the first reading of Policy 620 - Credit for Learning. K. Approval of First Reading of Policy 805 - Waste Reduction and Recycling Moved by Michaud, seconded by Grovender and carried unanimously to approve the first reading of Policy 805 Waste Reduction and Recycling. L. Approval of First Reading of Policy 903 - Visitors to School District Buildings and Sites Moved by Goebel, seconded by Michaud and carried unanimously to approve the first reading of Policy 903 - Visitors to School District Buildings and Sites. M. Approval of First Reading of the Following Policies Moved by MacMillan, seconded by Michaud and carried unanimously to approve the first reading of the following policies. These policies reflect updates to the legal and cross references (including changes in statute numbers and/ or names, new statutes, rules, or cases), and minor corrections. The substance of the policy is not affected. 1. Policy 515 - Protection and Privacy of Pupil Records and FORM 2. Policy 524 - Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy 3. Policy 602 - Organization of School Calendar and School Day 4. Policy 614 - School District Testing Plan and Procedure 5. Policy 618 - Assessment of Student Achievement 6. Policy 619 - Staff Development for Standards 7. Policy 701 - School District Budget 8. Policy 806 - Crisis Management BOARD REQUESTS No formal request for information. INFORMATION The board reviewed the December 2017 issue of the Board and Administrator. COMMITTEE REPORTS A. SEE (Schools for Equity in Education) – None B. Negotiations – None C. MSBA Report – Board Member Ekstrom reported that he is still the MSBA Director for District 9. His term will expire January 2021. Next month Chair Ekstrom will report on the Leadership Conference he attended on January 11th and 12th. D. MSHSL – None E. SCRED Report – None F. Staff Development Report – None G. Community Education – None H. OPEB Committee Report – None I. Policy Committee Report – None DATES TO REMEMBER A. January 25, 2018 School Board Work Session, 5:30 pm, North Branch Area Education Center, Room 118 B. February 3, 2018 School Board Retreat, 8:00 am, Middle School Media Center C. February 8, 2018 Regular School Board Meeting, 5:30 pm, North Branch Area Education Center, Room 126 D. February 22, 2018 School Board Work Session, 5:30 pm, North Branch Area Education Center, Room 118 Adjournment Moved by Goebel, seconded by MacMillan and carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 6:53 p.m. /s/ Cathie Pascavage, Clerk Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Feb. 15, 2018

NORTH BRANCH INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 138 NORTH BRANCH AREA EDUCATION CENTER SCHOOL BOARD WORKING SESSION January 26, 2018 The School Board of Independent School District 138 met in a Working Session on Thursday, January 25, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 118 at the North Branch Area Education Center. Chair Ekstrom called the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all. Roll Call: Kirby Ekstrom, Cathie Pascavage, Darryl Goebel, Sarah Grovender, and Superintendent Henton. Absent: Tim MacMillan and Mindy Michaud Others in Attendance: Todd Tetzlaff, Coleman McDonough, Jennifer Eldred, Lori Zimmerman, Laura Yust, Diane Solberg, Jon Ellerbusch, Pat Tepoorten, and Arle Chambers Items Discussed Budget Discussion for 2018-19 Jon Ellerbusch, Director of Finance and Human Resources, presented the budget forecast for 2018-19. The district is facing a $1.5-million-dollar deficit. There are many factors which contribute to the need for reductions, including declining enrollment, insufficient state funding, increased transportation costs as a result of the need to contract numerous routes, a special education cross-subsidy of roughly $2.9 million, and the need to continue building the unassigned fund balance. The Board members reviewed the budget timeline as presented by Pat Tepoorten, Community Relations Director. The budget forecast will be presented to all staff on Friday, January 26. During the months of February and early March, the Superintendent and the Director of Finance and Human Resources will gather staff input regarding the budget. A public meeting will be held on March 8, 2018 at 5:30 pm in Room 126 to present the budget recommendation. The school board will adopt the final budget prior to June 30, 2018. Adjournment Chair Ekstrom adjourned the meeting at 6:34 pm. /s/ Cathie Pascavage, Clerk Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Feb. 15, 2018


gage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: 06/23/2017 ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $129,548.00 MORTGAGOR(S): Kara L. Weeks, a single person MORTGAGEE: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Lake Area Mortgage, a Division of Lake Area Bank DATE AND PLACE OF FILING: 06/27/2017 as Document No. A467482 in the Office of the County Recorder, Isanti County, Minnesota The mortgage was assigned for value as follows: Assignee: Caliber Home Loans, Inc. Assignment dated: 11/13/2017 Assignment recorded: 11/16/2017 Assignment recording information: Document No. A471233 All in the records of the County Recorder in and for Isanti County, Minnesota. TAX PARCEL I.D. NO.: 02.048.0130 LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: LOT 14, CHI-GAK-WA SHORES 4TH ADDITION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF ON FILE AND OF RECORD IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER, ISANTI COUNTY, MINNESOTA STREET ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 2580 Paradise Trail NW, Isanti, MN 55040 COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Isanti LENDER OR BROKER AND MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR: Lake Area Mortgage, a Division of Lake Area Bank RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE SERVICER: Caliber Home Loans THE AMOUNT CLAIMED TO BE DUE ON THE MORTGAGE $132,360.63 AS OF 02/28/2018. THAT no action or proceeding has been instituted at law to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof; that there has been compliance with all pre-foreclosure notice and acceleration requirements of said mortgage, and/or applicable statutes. Pursuant to the power of sale contained in said Mortgage, the Mortgage will be foreclosed, and the mortgaged premises will be sold by the Sheriff of Isanti County, Minnesota at public auction as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: 04/12/2018 at 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: Isanti County Sheriff’s Office, 2440 S Main St, Cambridge, MN 55008 to pay the debt then secured by said mortgage and taxes, if any actually paid by the mortgagee, on the premises and the costs and disbursements allowed by law. The time allowed by law for redemption by said Mortgagor(s) or Mortgagor’s personal representatives or assigns is six (6) months from the date of sale. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the mortgage is not reinstated under Minn. Stat. §580.30 or redeemed under Minn. Stat. §580.23, the mortgagor must vacate the mortgaged property by


NOTICE OF SALE OF STORED PROPERTY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the contents in the following storage spaces will be sold to the highest bidder taking all the contents of the unit to satisfy charges due for rent and incurred costs. To be auctioned in high/low sealed bids on March 2 and 5, 2018. Contents must be moved by March 8. Call Cambridge Self Storage at (763) 689-3496 for details of closed auction. Contents at 503 Cleveland St. S., Cambridge. Brian Petschen - Unit C-60 Jessica Sandstrom - Unit J-79 Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Feb. 15, 22, 2018


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The School Board of North Branch Independent School District 138 held its Organizational meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the North Branch Area Education Center. Roll Call: Kirby Ekstrom, Tim MacMillan, Darryl Goebel, Sarah Grovender, Mindy Michaud, and Superintendent Henton Absent: Cathie Pascavage Others in Attendance: Bill Stickels III, Annette Krist, Noelle Olson, Lori Zimmerman, Becca Johnson, David Treichel, Kirstin Perales, Stacy Johnstone, Kelly Johnson, Lori Lavin, Jon Ellerbusch, Pat Tepoorten, and Arle Chambers The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all. Nomination of Officers Chair Motion by Michaud, seconded by Goebel to nominate Kirby Ekstrom as Chair. After a call for more nominations and none being received, Kirby Ekstrom was elected as Chair unanimously. Vice Chair Motion by Ekstrom, seconded by Goebel to nominate Tim MacMillan as Vice Chair. After a call for more nominations and none being received, Tim MacMillan was elected as Vice Chair unanimously. Clerk Motion by Michaud, seconded by MacMillan to nominate Cathie Pascavage as Clerk. After a call for more nominations and none being received, Cathie Pascavage was elected as Clerk unanimously. Treasurer Motion by Grovender, seconded by MacMillan to nominate Mindy Michaud as Treasurer. After a call for more nominations and none being received, Mindy Michaud was elected as Treasurer unanimously. Setting Of Board Salary Moved by Goebel, seconded by MacMillan and carried unanimously to keep the current reimbursement of $60 per meeting and $125 for all day meetings lasting more than four hours. Moved by MacMillan, seconded by Goebel and carried unanimously to keep the current reimbursement for officers at the following amount: Chair at $800 annually; Vice Chair at $500 annually and Clerk and Treasurer at $300 annually. Designation of Official Newspaper Moved by Michaud, seconded by Goebel and carried unanimously to designate the Isanti-Chisago County Star as the official newspaper. Appointment of Law Firm – Knutson, Flynn & Deans Moved by Ekstrom, seconded by Michaud and carried unanimously to keep Knutson, Flynn & Deans as the district law firm. Designation of Official Depositories – Wells Fargo Bank, Associated Bank, MN Trust Bank, Minnco Credit Union, Neighborhood National Bank, and North Star Bank Moved by MacMillan, seconded by Grovender and carried unanimously to designate Wells Fargo Bank, Associated Bank, MN Trust Bank, Minnco Credit Union, Neighborhood National Bank, and North Star Bank as the official depositories. Delegation of Authority to Make Electronic Funds Transfers on Behalf of the School District. Designate Jon Ellerbusch, Paula Vaughn, Jennifer Thompson and Susan Shockley Moved by MacMillan, seconded by Michaud and carried unanimously to desig-


nate Jon Ellerbusch, Paula Vaughn, Jennifer Thompson and Susan Shockley the authority to make electronic funds transfers on behalf of the school district. Setting Board Meeting Dates for 2018 Moved by Michaud, seconded by Grovender and carried unanimously to set the board meeting dates for 2018. The meeting dates for 2018 are as follows: 2018 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE

District Staff Development


Native American Parent



Grovender (Alternate - Michaud)


MacMillan, Michaud Ekstrom, MacMillan, Goebel

January 11, 2018

Organizational and Regular Meeting

Policy Committee

January 25, 2018

Work Session



February 8, 2018

Regular Meeting



February 22, 2018

Work Session



March 8, 2018

Regular Meeting

Legislative Liaison


April 12, 2018

Regular Meeting

MSBA Legislative

Ekstrom, Pascavage

Work Session


Superintendent Henton

April 26, 2018 May 10, 2018

Regular Session

June 14, 2018

Regular Session

July 12, 2018

Regular Session

August 9, 2018

Regular Session

September 13, 2018

Regular Session

September 27, 2018

Work Session

October 11, 2018

Regular Session

October 25, 2108

Work Session

November 8, 2018

Regular Session

December 13, 2018

Regular Session

Authorization to use current check signer plate until new plate is processed Since there were no changes to the officers, this item did not need to be acted upon. Approval of Resolution Providing Limited Authorization for the Superintendent and Director of Finance and Human Resources to Sign Contracts Member MacMillan introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption: RESOLUTION PROVIDING LIMITED AUTHORIZATION FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT AND DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES TO SIGN CONTRACTS

Meetings will be held at 5:30 pm. Appointment of Board Committee Representatives Moved by Goebel, seconded by Michaud and carried unanimously to approve the following committee assignments for 2018: COMMITTEE



Personnel Committee (Chair & V. Chair

Ekstrom, MacMillan


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WHEREAS, Independent School District No. 138, North Branch, Minnesota (the “School District”) is an independent school district duly formed and organized pursuant to Minnesota law; and WHEREAS, Minn. Stat. § 123B.52, subd. 2 allows a school board of an independent school district to authorize the superintendent and business manager to sign contracts within the school district’s adopted budget, and WHEREAS, Minn. Stat. § 123B.52, subd. 1 stipulates that contracts made without compliance with that statute shall be void. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board that the Superintendent and Director of Finance and Human Resources shall have the authority to execute and deliver contracts within the School District’s adopted budget, as approved by the School Board. Any transaction in an amount exceeding the minimum for which bids are required must first be specifically authorized by the School Board and must fulfill all other applicable requirements. The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Member Grovender, and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Ekstrom, MacMillan, Goebel, Grovender, Michaud and the following voted against: None whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted. Adoption of School Board Policy Book Moved by MacMillan, seconded by Grovender and carried unanimously to adopt the School Board Policy Book. Adjournment Moved by MacMillan, seconded by Michaud and carried unanimously to adjourn the Organizational meeting at 6:15 p.m. to go into the Regular Board Meeting. /s/ Cathie Pascavage, Clerk Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Feb. 15, 2018

First-time homebuyer loans available SUBMITTED CHISAGO COUNTY HRA-EDA

Minnesota Housing announced over $60 million is available to provide affordable mortgages to firsttime homebuyers through a collaboration with Minnesota cities and counties, including $937,132 for Chisago County. Homebuyers can take advantage of these resources through the Minnesota Housing Start Up loan program, which offers fixed interest rates and downpayment and closing cost loans up to $12,000 for eligible first-time homebuyers. Buyers can purchase homes in Chisago County

that cost up to $306,000. Income limits vary by location and household size, going up to $103,900. Minnesota Housing is a state agency that provides access to safe and affordable housing and builds stronger communities across the state. Minnesota Housing offers purchase, refinance and home improvement loans, as well as financing for affordable rental housing throughout the state. “Minnesota Housing’s affordable loans, combined with the support of the Chisago County HRAEDA and local lenders, will help more families achieve homeownership,”

said Minnesota Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal. First-time buyers can get started by contacting participating lenders in the Chisago County area. Visit for a full list of approved lenders, current interest rates and program eligibility. Minnesota Housing collaborates with individuals, communities and partners to create, preserve and finance affordable housing. Find out more at www.mnhousing. gov. Follow us at www. and on Twitter @ mnhousing.

DNR will hold seminar for landowners, tree farmers SUBMITTED MN DEPT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

The 20th annual landowner, tree farmer meeting, hosted by the DNR’s Cambridge Forestry office, will be held Friday, Feb. 16, from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at Common Ground Church, 404 Cypress St., Cambridge. “This is a great opportunity to learn from professional foresters and meet other woodland owners,” said Jeff Wilder, DNR forester. This year’s meeting will address a variety of topics, including:

• Identifying and managing tree problems • Making your home safe from wildfires • Converting logs to lumber • Maintaining chainsaws • An introduction to the Minnesota State Forestry Nursery • Fun facts about wildlife The meeting is free and open to all landowners interested in improving their woods. RSVP by Monday, Feb. 12, by contacting Vikki Olsen at vikki.olsen@state. or (763) 689-7100 ext. 222. Light snacks will be served.


Making all the pieces fit The Tribbett family made quick work of a 500-piece puzzle to take first place in the second-annual puzzle race as part of the North Branch WinterFest on Saturday, Feb. 10. The family completed the task in almost exactly one hour to claim the top prize. The race was put on by North Branch Community Education.

Foreign owners of farms must report to USDA SUBMITTED U.S. DEPT OF AGRICULTURE

The Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) requires all foreign owners of U.S. agricultural land to report their holdings to the Secretary of Agriculture. The Farm Service Agency administers this program for USDA. All individuals who are not U.S. citizens, and have purchased or sold agricultural land in the county are required to report the transaction to the Farm Service Agency within 90

days of the closing. Failure to submit the AFIDA form (FSA-153) could result in civil penalties of up to 25 percent of the fair market value of the property. County government offices, realtors, attorneys and others involved in real estate transactions are reminded to notify foreign investors of these reporting requirements. If you have any questions regarding this notification please call the Isanti County Farms Service Agency at (763) 6893354 extension 2.

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Auctions Saturday, Feb. 24 10 a.m. Bostrom's Hay Auction. Located 3 miles south of Isanti on Hwy. 65 to 265th Ave., west ½ mile. Hay, straw, firewood. 5% buyers premium, 5% commission. Auctioneers: Lyle Bostrom Lic. #30-29, 612-270-6395; Nathan Bostrom, Lic. #30-47; 763-286-6840; Cullen Bartz, Lic. #30-48; Jeff Nosbusch, Lic. #30-43 www.bostromsauc

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Free to great home: (George), Siamese male, neutered, front declawed. 11 years Sept. 2018. Large vocabulary. Adults or teens only, not young children. Personal things included. 320-272-9980.


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Drivers: $3000 Sign On Bonus! CDL-A or B Delivery Locally in St. Paul! Excellent Pay & Benefits Call 855-976-6836 Wanted –Laborer On pole-shed construction, no exper. necessary, long hours, heavy lifting, able to do heights. Call 9am-8pm 320-629-3204

Chisago County Public Works Position Opportunities GIS Specialist

This position provides assistance and expertise with enterprise GIS maintenance, map production, GIS application/interface configuration and development, user training/troubleshooting and other duties that support the asset management and data information systems functions for Public Works. Minimum qualifications include a four year degree in GIS, MIS, computer science, land surveying or related field. GIS certification, four years experience, valid drivers license. $23.59 to $32.37 DOQ

Project Engineer

HIRING FAIR Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 3:00-6:00pm • Flexible Hours-Days, Nights, Weekends • Looking for all positions — Sales, Cashiering,Yard/Receiving, Morning Stock


Competitive Pay plus an additional $2.50/hour on the weekend Team member discounts Instant Pro¿t Sharing Bonus Endless career opportunities

Interviews on-the-spot!

Must be 18 years of age with HS Diploma or 19+ years of age with no HS Diploma. For more information please stop by the Building Materials desk and ask for Human Resources. Where: 2355 Second Ave SE, Cambridge, MN 55008

WANTED Wanted Full Time employee on our 400 cow dairy farm. This person would operate a skid steer and work with dairy cattle. No experience necessary. Regular time off, bonuses and benefits.


Responsible for providing complex highway engineering design and analysis. Determines data collection needs, geometric design, pavement design, hydrologic and hydraulic design. Interprets state and federal regulations, preparation of environmental permits and reports. Determines right-of-way and highway easement needs. Minimum qualifications include a four year degree in civil engineering and four years of experience and a valid drivers license. $27.78 to 38.21 DOQ.

FEBRUARY 15, 2018

Your spark makes us Walmart #2352 2101 Second Ave., SE • Cambridge, MN 55008


Overnight Maintenance: Janitorial 10pm-7am Starting at $12.50

Cap 1 (Unloading/Stocking/ Price Change) 4am-1pm Starting at $11.00

Walmart is an equal opportunity employer.

Assistant County Surveyor

Responsible for technical work involving the supervision of field survey and drafting personnel. Assists the county surveyor in the planning, coordination and administration of land survey projects. Plans and assigns the work of drafting and field survey staff and reviews their work for accuracy and compliance. Interprets legal descriptions, surveys and boundary disputes. Minimum qualifications include licensure as a Minnesota Land Surveyor OR 15 years of experience. Valid drivers license. Must have a complete understanding of GIS Arc Map and CAD drafting. $24.94 to 34.24 DOQ Apply at: Deadline to apply is February 23, 2018.

Fleet Maintenance Supervisor Coordinates and performs a variety of complex and routine duties involved in the maintenance and repair of County vehicles and equipment. Provides direction and oversight of the fleet mechanics, inventory control technician and seasonal employees. Recommends vehicle and equipment replacement, schedules and performs repairs and preventive maintenance, DOT inspections, assists in obtaining specifications for equipment and makes sure all specifications are met. Minimum qualifications: AA degree or a two-year technical certificate in fleet maintenance repair and three years experience as a heavy equipment technician. Valid drivers license, CDL license, MN DOT Commercial Vehicle certification number. Previous supervisory experience. $24.88 to $34.18 DOQ. Apply at: Deadline to apply is February 23, 2018.

St. Clare Living Community of Mora RNs AND LPNs

Cap 2 (Unloading/Stocking/ Price Change) 2pm-11pm Starting at $11.00

Cashier Starting at $11.00

To apply for open positions please apply online at

St. Clare Living Community of Mora NAR’s

St. Clare Living Community is currently seeking skilled and dedicated individuals to fill our licensed nursing positions. *Ask about our Progressive Sign-On Bonus* These positions offer a highly competitive salary base, compensation credit for experience, shift differential pay, comprehensive benefit package for employees working 30+ hours per week, holiday pay and PTO. To take advantage of these opportunities stop in or contact Human Resources. St. Clare Living Community of Mora 110 7th Street N, Mora, MN 55051 (320) 679-8328 Fax (320) 679-8350

We are seeking FT and PT NAR’s currently active on the MN Nursing Assistant Registry. These positions offer tuition reimbursement, shift differential, PTO/EIB and Holiday pay. Benefit package available to employees working 30+ hours per week. *Ask about our Progressive Sign On Bonus* 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


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PHONE: 763-689-1181 | FAX: 763-689-1185

FEBRUARY 15, 2018

RUDDY’S RENTAL AND PARTY TOWN ~ All Positions Now Available ~

Shop Local, Work Local Come grow with Ruddy’s Rental Family Business Mechanic: Duties include planning maintenance schedules, small engine diagnostics and repair including gas, diesel, and electrical systems. Welding helpful. Yard/Warehouse: Duties include maintenance and minor equipment repair, help with deliveries and set up, loading equipment, demonstrating use of equipment to customer, maintain clean facility, have an interest to learn and grow. Counter/Customer Service: Duties include putting customers into the correct piece of equipment, computer/writing of contracts, phone answering skills, scheduling/reservations, maintenance/cleaning the facility.

Apply in person at Ruddy’s Rental 21380 Forest Blvd • Forest Lake, MN 651-464-7368

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Unusual Opportunity! Full-time Housekeeper Experience required Great Pay!

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Part-time Cook

PT Cashiers / Counter Sales – Scandia

Experience required Stop in and fill out an application

80 West 4th St., Rush City, MN 320-358-3661

80 W 4th Street, Rush City

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Imperial Plastics, Inc. in Mora, MN is hiring! • Production Supervisor

Print & Web

2nd Shift

• Process Technician 2nd Shift

• Assembly Operator 1st shift

2nd shift

Responsible for representing the interests of Chisago County in all matters in which the county may be involved, including, but not limited to child support enforcement, civil commitments, licensing appeals, tax appeals, contracts and condemnation actions. The attorney will be expected to manage a full caseload including reviewing reports initiating and/or responding to legal matters. Administers and enforces the laws of the State of Minnesota and Chisago County by performing legal work involving legal research, proposing solutions to issues or enforcement of applicable statutes, rules or procedure, appear at jury and court trials, appeals and contested cases. Qualifications: Graduation with J.D. and admission to the Bar of the State of MN. Two years experience preferred. Attorney II acts as the lead Civil Attorney. $67,309 - $91,104 (Attny I) $75,046 - $101,941 (Attny II) Deadline to apply 2/28/2018. Apply at:

All positions offer competitive pay, PTO, paid holidays, 401k, STD/LTD, medical and dental. Apply online and review job descriptions at:

LAUNCH YOUR CAREER TODAY Apply now to become a Part-Time, Pine County Sheriff ’s Department Corrections Officer! Essential Duties, Part-Time Corrections Officer: This position performs tasks related to care, custody, discipline and occupations of inmates ensuring a healthy, safe and secure environment. Correctional Officers process all adult and juvenile arrests by conducting searches and medical screenings, attempt inmate grievance resolution, transport and escort inmates to various locations and generate and maintain required documentation and reports. Assigned duties are performed in a supervised environment. Applicants must be available to work evenings, weekends, and holidays. Benefits: • Paid time off, personal days and holidays • Medical and dental benefits • PERA retirement

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.

• Machine Operator

Assistant County Attorney I or II

• Rewarding and challenging career • Advancement opportunities • Competitive Salary


• On the job training - Jail Academy courses • Get paid while training in a new career

Minimum Qualifications: Applicant must be 18 years of age and have a High School diploma or equivalent Minnesota Drivers License required. No felony convictions. Preferred Qualifications: Degree in law enforcement, criminal justice or a related field and/or one (1) year of experience as a Corrections Officer in a correctional facility or similar setting. Starting Salary: $18.77 - $24.86 (2018 Salary Schedule) Closing Date: March 2, 2018 @ Noon

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

An Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer. • Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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: Apply online at

“A Senior Community & Life Enrichment Center”

Resident Assistants We are currently seeking to fill our Full and Part Time Resident Assistant positions with dedicated and compassionate individuals. NA/R certification is preferred. *Ask about our Progressive Sign On Bonus* 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 Eastwood Senior Living is managed by St. Clare Living Community of Mora EOE

Hospice Clinical Director Ecumen Hospice North Branch is currently seeking a Clinical Director to join its team providing services in Chisago County and East Central Minnesota. The Clinical Director is responsible for the management of all direct care staff and ensures that the health and safety of all patients are met. Minimum Required Qualifications: Graduate of an accredited school of professional nursing. 2+ years nursing experience in Medicare-Hospice. Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse within the state in which working and must maintain licensure. CPR certified. Current valid driver’s license and proof of vehicle insurance. Ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written formats. Able to follow all safety rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the facility including but not limited to: Vulnerable Adult and Abuse Policy, HIPAA, Patient’s Bill of Rights, Universal Precaution, AWAIR, OSHA, Right to know and SDS. To apply, please go to our website at

For more information on this exciting career opportunity and how to apply, visit: (Select Departments>Jail>Jail Careers) or contact Pine County Administrator’s Office at (320) 591-2620.

Now Hiring Direct Support Professionals

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FEBRUARY 15, 2018

• Dental Implants • Laser & Cosmetic Dentistry • Cerec Single Visit Crowns • Family & General Dentistry

Matthew J. Peterson, D.D.S., P.A. Lissa M. Cisneros, D.D.S. 135 Opportunity Blvd. S. Cambridge, MN 55008 763-689-1554

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Isanti-Chisago County Star February 15, 2018  
Isanti-Chisago County Star February 15, 2018