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Due to “sins of the past,” the city of Isanti has a “wonderful surprise” in store for the street project in the Palomino neighborhood, Mayor George Wimmer informed Isanti City Council at its Feb. 7 meeting. In preparing for the project, city engineer Brad DeWolf discovered an expensive and unexpected repair that needs to take place. It was discovered there is a 10inch pipe going into a 6-inch pipe, and then back out to a 12-inch pipe. “You have a neighborhood going into that, which is obviously not a good thing,” Wimmer said, noting the pipes were installed by contractors when the development was constructed. However, it is going to fall on the city to fix it. The estimated cost of the repair is approximately

For nearly five months, residents of Minnesota State Representative Disttrict 32B, w which encomp passes much o of Chisago C County, inc cluding North B Branch, have b been without Anne Neu a voice at the state capitol. That changed on Tuesday, Feb. 14, as voters selected Republican candidate Anne Neu over Democrat Laurie Warner in a special election. Neu received 3,789 votes (53 percent), compared to Warner’s 3,327 (47 percent). The special election was needed because of a judge’s ruling last Sept. 8 declaring then-Representative Bob Barrett ineligible to hold office due to not legally residing within the district. At the time of the ruling, Barrett was running


Larry Fisher carves out a moose-shaped chair during the ice sculpting demonstration at North Branch Winter Fest on Saturday, Feb. 11. See page 2 and go to for more photos from Winter Fest.


for re-election, meaning the ruling voided the upcoming election and forced a special election for the vacated seat. The election was being watched closely by many political pundits as it was the first “post-Trump” election and was considered by some to be a litmus as to the public’s reaction to the national election. “I’m grateful to Chisago County residents for their support and trust to be their new voice in the legislature,” Neu said in a statement to the media. “I’m eager to roll up my sleeves and get to work with my House colleagues.” While the 7,119 votes cast is a relatively small percentage (approximately 25 percent) of the total number of eligible voters, it is also higher than most special elections, where as low as 10 percent turnout has occurred. Neu will be sworn in to her new position as soon as the election is certified.

Facebook page gives intimate look at county residents BY TARA GANN NEWS@COUNTYSTAR.COM

“Everyone has a story.” JoJo Spencer said that, believes it and is always ready to listen to anyone’s story. Spencer, owner and lead photographer at JoJo’s Photo and Studio, LLC, in Isanti, decided to use his interest in people, his talents as a photographer and society’s love for all things social media to create a Facebook page called “The Whole Picture of Isanti County.” “The goal was to let people see

that there is more than just what they see to the people of Isanti County,” Spencer said. He came across the Facebook page “Humans of New York” and thought the idea of having something similar in the area would be an amazing and unique opportunity to build community. “I love this community,” Spencer said. “I moved to the Cambridge area in 2006, and my wife and I volunteered with a lot of the youth including the old high school hangout and as a youth pastor with New Hope Church and spent a lot of time


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North Branch Winter Fest features family fun


(Right) Zayda Barton works intently on puzzle pieces during the first-annual Family Puzzle Race at the high school during North Branch Winter Fest on Feb. 11. Barton’s family finished in third place. (Above) Rylee Zarbok reacts excitedly as her brother Jamison and mother Gina put the final pieces into place. Their team, which also included grandma Karen Stramer, finished first in the race. BILL STICKELS III | COUNTY STAR


A multitude of vintage snowmobiles were on display during North Branch Winter Fest on Saturday, Feb. 11.


Grace Gabler and Natalie Dochniak try out one of the samples during the Chili Cook-off at the American Legion on Friday, Feb. 10.

These two try their hand at sitting on the snowmobile ice sculpture in Central Park on Saturday, Feb. 11. Several interactive sculptures were created for people to climb and be photographed on.


The Isanti-Chisago County Star’s own entry, featuring the “Cafeteria Queens,” took the Judge’s Choice award and $200 cash in the Chili Cook-off Friday night. Lunch ladies included (from left) Lori Zabel, Jean Detlaff and Lily Hughes (Callie Wasson not pictured).


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ONGOING Elof Wedin Exhibit & Life Drawings Cambridge Center for the Arts will host an Elof Wedin exhibit through March 7 showcasing several pieces from its collection, plus works from weekly Life Drawing sessions by local artists. Open Tuesdays 9 a.m.noon, Thursdays and Saturdays 1-4 p.m. in City Center Mall, Cambridge. For info call (763) 5520320 or visit www.cambridgecenterforthearts. org.

FEB 17 Free Family Movie The movie “Inside Out” will be shown free of charge at 7 p.m. at Isanti Community Center, 2081/2 1st Ave. NW, Isanti. Doors and concessions open at 6:30 p.m. For info call (763) 444-5512 or email

FEB 18 Ruby’s Pantry Food Distribution - Isanti Ruby’s Pantry food distribution will be held 9-10:30 a.m. at New Hope Church-Isanti, (formerly Elim Baptist Church), 114 Dahlin Ave, Isanti. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. For $20 donation receive grocery items. Open to anyone; no income requirements. Bring own boxes. For info call Joyce at (612) 760-4179 or Facebook at Ruby’s Pantry Isanti MN.

4-H Snowfest Youth in grades 5 and up are invited to spend a day at Wild River State Park on a snowshoe hike, cross-country skiing, learning about wildlife and having an outdoor lunch with youth from around the state from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a cost. Register by Feb. 15 by calling Jeremy Freeman at (651) 277-0150.

Peace Walk The bi-monthly Cambridge peace walk will start at 9 a.m. at the parking lot at Hwy. 95 and Birch and runs for half an hour. Keep sign messages positive. Anyone welcome on the first and third Saturdays of the month. No walk if below zero.

4-H Chick Day Chisago County 4-H will host “Chick Day” from 9:30 a.m. to noon at


Peterson’s North Branch Mill for youth in grades 3-12 with speakers on raising chickens, handson activities for younger children. For info call Jeremy Freeman at (651) 277-0150 or email

Writers Workshop on Conflict Northern Lights Writers will offer a free writing workshop on understanding conflict in a novel 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 interested. For info email nlwriters @ g or visit

Deer Hunters Banquet The local chapter of Minnesota Deer Hunters Association will hold its 20th annual Chapter Banquet at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 505 Spirit River Dr., Cambridge, with 4:30 p.m. social hour/raffles, 6 p.m. dinner, 6:30 p.m. program; over 55 guns given away. There is a cost; seating limited to 400. For info call Jeff at (763) 242-8677.

FEB 19 Cabin Fever Art Show and Sale Cambridge Center for the Arts will host its annual Cabin Fever Art Show and Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mill Ridge Terrace, 235 Fern St. N, Cambridge, with works by local artists. Refreshments served. For info call (763) 552-0320 or visit

150th Anniversary Rededication Sunday The public is invited to celebrate Fish Lake Lutheran Church’s 150th anniversary year starting with a 10 a.m. worship service on Rededication Sunday; potluck lunch to follow. Church is at 43353 Cedarcrest Trail (Cty. Rd. 8), Harris. For info contact (651) 674-4252 or office@fishlakelutheran. org.

Musical Extravaganza The Chisago Lake Lutheran Church invites the public to an afternoon of music in the sanctuary of the 1890s church at 1 Summit Ave., Center City, with solos, duets and ensembles to raise funds for


meeting for grades 7-12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Edelstein Auditorium; breakout sessions will be held for each sport. For info contact Patrick Tepoorten at (651) 674-1018 or

Hill” about three women in the 1960s who gave babies up for adoption. Shows are in Rm G202 at 7:30 p.m. on Feb 23, 24, 25; and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 26. Tickets are $8.

Writers Group

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

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

Best-selling author Brian Freeman will present a slideshow called “Stride’s Duluth” profiling real-life places featured in Freeman’s books from the Jonathan Stride series at two local libraries: Tuesday, Feb 21, at 6:30 p.m. at North Branch Area Library, 6355 379th St. and Monday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Cambridge Public Library, 244 Birch St. S.

a piano. Freewill offering taken; refreshments served after concert. For info call (651) 257-6300 or visit

FEB 21 Free Funeral Pre-Planning Seminar Learn about the basics of funeral pre-planning and funding options 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ecumen North Branch, 5379 383rd St., North Branch. Lunch provided. RSVP to Kari at (651) 829-7182 or

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 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. For info call (612) 402-6100.

Honey Challenge Workshop Chisago County 4-H will sponsor two workshops on pollination and the foraging behavior of honey bees at Peterson’s North Branch Mill: Grades 3-8 at 3-4:30 p.m.; grades 9+ at 5-6:30 p.m. For info call Jeremy Free-

man at (651) 277-0150 or email

Raising Rabbits Workshop Chisago County 4-H will sponsor a workshop on raising and showing rabbits from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Wyoming Area Library. Walk-ins welcome but RSVP preferred by calling Jeremy Freeman at (651) 277-0150 or email

Author Presentation on Duluth - North Branch Best-selling author Brian Freeman will present a slideshow called “Stride’s Duluth” profiling real-life places that have been featured in Freeman’s books from the Jonathan Stride series at 6:30 p.m. at North Branch Area Library, 6355 379th St. Call (651) 674-8443 for info.

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Cambridge Medical Center will host coffee and a free talk from 9-10 a.m. on “Dementia–Latest Research Shows WHAT?” at CMC Foundation Room; park in main lot off Dellwood and enter clinic registration doors. For info call (763) 688-6032.

Building Blocks for Life Preschool will hold a Preschool Carnival for ages 2-5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 1 mile east of Cambridge on Hwy. 95, with free carnival games, face painting, minnow races, balloon animals, corn dogs and more. Tour preschool and meet staff. For info call (763) 6892230.

Congress Comes to You Congressional staff for Congressman Rick Nolan will be at Wyoming library, 26855 Forest Blvd., Wyoming, from 6-7 p.m. to help constituents with issues with Federal agencies like the VA or Social Security. Call (218) 4913131 with questions.

NAMI Mental Illness Support Group The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers a free support group for adults recovering from mental illness every Thursday from 6:308 p.m. at Cambridge Medical Center, 701 S. Dellwood St., in dining room B, led by trained facilitators. For info call Danie at (763) 219-6236 or (651) 6452948.

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

Anoka-Ramsey Community College will offer the play “Watermelon

Buffalo Dinner

First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rush City, 1000 So. Jay Ave., will host a Buffalo Dinner from 4-7 p.m. with buffalo roast and buffalo meatballs and sides. There is a cost. Call church at (320) 358-4076 for ticket info. Carry-out meals available. Drawing for a quilt at 7 p.m.

Faith & Fun Night

Cambridge Christian School will offer “See the Wonders of the World” with comedian Bob Stromberg (Triple Espresso) at 5 p.m. at Spirit River Community Center, 1321 Heritage Blvd. NE, Isanti, with dinner, show, silent auction and raffle to benefit the school. Tickets $35 at or (763) 689-3806.

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When it comes to Trump, Minnesota has been there, done that

An “outsider” holding a major political office position thanks to an almost cult-like following of supporters, hiring inexperienced staff, making controversial decisions, ruffling the feathers of the established politicos and waging nearly constant battles with the media. The reality of today’s national political scene is being talked about as if it is something new and completely foreign to many people. But for long-time residents and journalists in Minnesota, this should bring on a major case of deja vu. It seems strange to think that many people don’t recall when this exact same scenario played itself out in Minnesota when Jesse Ventura was elected governor back in 1998, but then I have to remind myself that the graduating class of 2017 wasn’t even born back then. For those of you who aren’t defined as being of the millennial generation, please bear with me while I give the youngsters a brief history lesson. Jesse Ventura was a former bodyguard, professional wrestler and actor who famously “shocked the world” by Worth a not only running as a third-party candidate for governor Thousand of Minnesota, but for soundly defeating two well-established candidates for the position. Because of it being a Words three-way race, Ventura received far fewer than a majority of the votes, garnering only 37 percent of the total votes, Bill which when doing the math, means that 63 percent voted Stickels III against him (Sound familiar?). During his first year in office, Ventura vetoed a whopping 45 bills that were passed by both the House and Senate, but only had three of those vetoes overturned, which could be looked at as the equivalent of all of President Trump’s executive orders. Governor Ventura definitely had a major feud with the media. He was best known for calling them “media jackals,” even going so far as to hand out new ID badges with that title. And it wasn’t just the major news outlets he disdained. Former Star editor Linda Noyce once wrote how she and her assistant editor were publicly chastised by Ventura for not introducing themselves as members of the media before asking him a question during a public meeting in town (Although, in total fairness to Ventura, she also wrote that he was actually very nice to them after the initial scolding). While not completely being known as thin-skinned, Ventura did not take criticism well and lashed out at anyone who dared to disagree with him. If Twitter had been around back then, I’m sure he would have been just as avid a user as Trump is. There are also a few other minor eerie similarities between the two. Ventura was criticized for not living at the governor’s mansion (much like first lady Melania Trump not living in the White House). Also like Melania, Ventura’s wife, Terry, was apprehensive about her position as first lady and preferred to stay in the background. Then there’s the whole foot-in-mouth disease that Trump and his staff seem to be afflicted with. Ventura certainly had that problem too. The best example was during an appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” when Ventura stated that Minneapolis was a better city than St. Paul because “those streets in St. Paul must have been designed by drunken Irishmen.” But here’s the thing – despite all his antics, Jesse Ventura wasn’t that bad a governor, at least in my opinion. During his single term in office, Minnesota actually prospered until the 9/11 tragedy occurred. So much so that citizens would get yearly tax-free refund checks thanks to a budget surplus (which was all his doing). There is one stark difference between the two events. That is the mentality of the general population. Ventura was elected during a relatively tranquil time. It was pre-9/11 and people were still feeling pretty good about the world around them. While there was some anti-Ventura movements, they were only minor. There certainly wasn’t anywhere near the vocal and physical protests that Trump received. So, who knows? Maybe history will repeat itself. Or maybe it will be the polar opposite. President Trump could go on to be another Jesse Ventura, but on a larger scale. Or he could turn out to be the biggest mistake in American history. Only time will tell. Bill Stickels III is editor of the Isanti-Chisago County Star.


Alcohol tax could help drunk driving victims’ families To the editor, In the past year there have been 95 deaths related to drunk driving in Minnesota. They are responsible for one third of the deaths due to traffic accidents. Many of these drivers have no insurance, no driver’s licenses and no recourse for the victims of these events. A recent incident involving a family and a drunk driver has caused me to reflect on a way to assist the survivors and family members of the traumatic events in which the survivors have to deal with the fallout of these situations. My proposal is to add a 10 cents on the dollar tax on alcoholic beverages to be set aside in a victim’s fund to offset the cost of the traumatic events. This can be tapped into for expenses incurred by these incidents. It is my understanding that the alcohol tax has not been increased since 1987. I feel that this is a common-sense way to address this issue. Richard Baxter Cambridge

Peace Walk a good start toward nonviolence To the editor, I read with great interest the article from your 2/9/17 edition profiling the

“Peace Walkers” group. While I read through their list of goals—which included “an end to violence” but said nothing about supporting individual liberty—I began to wonder about people in general and their readiness for “an end to violence” or if they would even understand the implications of it. We are a nation of hypocrites: we claim to value openness and honesty, yet elevate the antitheses of these values everywhere in public life; we claim to be “peaceful,” “non-violent,” “tolerant” and “open-minded,” yet repeatedly clamor for officially-sanctioned expressions of force and violence to be visited on myriad groups of “those people”…all in the name of satiating our animosities and prejudices without having to dirty our clean, dainty hands or sully our “respectable” outward reputations. The “Peace Walkers” group would appear to be a good starting point for the sorts of discussions we as a society desperately need to have, discussions about how, too often, we seek to live vicariously through the government and outsource to it all of our grotesque, twisted fantasies of violence against others of whom we disapprove but lack the courage to actually fulfill ourselves. And amid all of this, a lack of the sort of self-awareness and realization that, if it can be done to “those people,” it can be done to us, too. Matthew Rothchild Isanti


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Foundation money supplements funding A school district like ours, which remains one of the lowest-funded in the state, must do everything it can to maximize available funding as well as look for alternatives to create opportunities for students and staff. We ensure best use of our funding with a variety of cost-saving me a su r e s as NB School such our energy ef ficienNews cy efforts, Dr. Deb grants and partnerHenton ships. One of our most successful partnerships is in the news this week, as the North Branch Area Education Foundation (NBAEF) announced grant recipients for 2017. The idea of creating an educational foundation was first brought forward as part of the school district’s 2008-2013 strategic plan. Interested community members and staff worked hard to create what has become a wonderfully successful asset to our students and community. For the last several years, the NBAEF has very successfully raised funds for education through a variety of events; most notably the “Perfect 10” event each fall that raises tens of thousands of dollars.

I am extremely grateful to the businesses and organizations that support the event, and the community members and staff that attend each year and give so generously. Much of the money raised from these events is used to create grant opportunities for staff. This year, the foundation awarded $21,204 in grants to cover the cost of equipment like laser engravers, field trips, musical instruments and much more. It’s “Fund a Dream” program purchased a classroom set of virtual reality glasses that allow users to take virtual field trips anywhere in the world. I recently strolled around the Lincoln Memorial and Mount Rushmore without ever leaving my office! NBAPS is deeply grateful for the foundation and the passion for education its members bring to the community every day. We thank them for their tireless support of our school district! Working with our partners, like the NBAEF and many organizations and private businesses, we are able to enhance the educational experience at NBAPS. These partnerships are one way NBAPS finds resources to benefit our students by supplementing increasingly inadequate state education funding. Dr. Deb Henton is superintendent of North Branch Area Public Schools.



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A sugarbeet grower told us about how crop insurance is working for his farm in the Red River Valley. A school board member in Canby is concerned about meeting the food needs of local families. An ethanol producer shared his plans to expand his operation and hire more workers. And a Morristown turkey grower knows all too well the risks that come in her line of work thanks to outbreaks like the 2015 avian flu. My staff and I heard these stories and more during our Farm Bill and rural economy tours. We joined with agriculture leaders From the from around the state and hosted Capitol Minnesotans at forums and Sen. Amy meetings in sixteen counties to Klobuchar hear their priorities for the next Farm Bill as well as ideas for our rural economy. Despite recent challenges like the avian flu outbreak, intense flooding, and low commodity prices, Minnesota’s 75,000 farms have continued to produce and help feed the world. In order for them to continue meeting those challenges head on, lawmakers need to provide the certainty and stability they need for effective long-term planning. That starts with a strong Farm Bill, which is why I’m kicking off 2017 with a focus on its 2018 reauthorization. As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I know there’s plenty to be proud of in the current Farm Bill. One provision I worked to pass helps clear the way for more


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cess. In Marshall, we heard stories about Minnesotans being left to cope without a high-speed connection. Take Nathan Green, who recalled his hopes of moving with his wife Laura and daughter to their family farm. That dream ended when they realized there was no broadband access at the farm. Laura telecommutes for work, and their daughter’s education will depend on a highspeed connection – without broadband, the move was a nonstarter. That’s unacceptable. We can do right by our rural communities by seizing the opportunity to expand broadband access through the Farm Bill’s Rural Development Title. And let’s help ensure that we remain the top turkey producer in the country and that natural disasters or outbreaks like the avian flu don’t spell the end for a family farm by strengthening the safety net and mandatory livestock disaster funding. Minnesota’s agriculture community makes the most of their seasonal opportunities. Nationally, we rank near the top in wheat, corn, and soybean production each year. That strong output is part of a major economic force: Minnesota’s agriculture industry is the fifth largest in the country and supports nearly 350,000 jobs across the state. As I was reminded time and time again across our state, federal agriculture policies matter not just to farmers but to everyone in rural Minnesota. I am committed to working with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle for an even stronger Farm Bill. Amy Klobuchar is the senior United States Senator from Minnesota.




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Joyce E. Johnson passed away on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at GracePointe Crossing Gables West in Cambridge, Minn. She was 91 years old. Joyce was born at home in Grandy, Minn., on Aug. 23, 1925. She attended Stakes School and Cambridge High School. For many years prior to her retirement, she worked as a nanny for numerous children. She w was also employed as a h housekeeper for the presiident of the University of M Minnesota. Joyce loved to b bake and cook. The family e enjoyed her caramel rolls, ssugar cookies, bread pudd ding and apple bars. She lloved to read and was a dev voted Christian who read h her Bible and prayed for ffamily daily. She was preceded in death by her parents Elmer and Ellen Johnson; brothers Ted (Jean) Johnson and LeRoy (Helen) Johnson; sisters Gladys (Vern) Wold, Irene Garrison, Jeanette Johnson and Ruth Johnson. She is survived by her sisters Laverne Pfouts and Della Pearson; brothers Floyd Johnson and Roger (Lorna) Johnson; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at the Stanchfield Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Walker officiating. Music was provided by Sherree Lane. Interment was in the Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham. Condolences may be posted at

Adyline Victorine Nelson, 89, of Cambridge, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at GracePointe Crossing Gables West. She was born in Princeton, Minn., on Sept. 16, 1927, to George C. and Mary Ellen (Baker) Hastings, the youngest of six children. The family moved to Wisconsin for a short time, before moving to the Mille L Lacs area. From there they m moved to the Iron Range, w where she attended Greenw way Coleraine High School. B Because the family moved sso often, she was unable to rreach graduation, though it w was always her desire. Late er she lived with a brothe er in Oregon, where she w worked for Western Union. R Returning to Grand Rapids, M Minn., a few years later she moved to Minneapolis. She worked and attended the Minnesota School of Business. She was a successful business woman before the age of 25. While in Minneapolis she met and married Melvin Nelson and to this union, six sons were born. The family moved to the Day area in 1961, and in 1965 moved to Cambridge. At age 39 and six sons later, Adyline earned her GED at St. Cloud, which she was very proud of. Starting as a teenager, and through the years, as a freelance writer, she wrote human interest material, (sometimes to pay the rent), also speeches for high school, college graduates and other honorees. In 1971 she started work for the Isanti County Sheriff ’s Department, retiring in 1991. She had an inner love for Isanti County and its great people. After retiring she did tutoring and volunteering. She enjoyed growing herbs and flowers, writing, reading, but most of all she loved the time spent with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers Wayne, Ervin, Harold and Elwood and sister Violet. Adyline is survived by her sons Rolland (Jo) of Isanti, Gary (Wendy) of Mora, Barry (Kelly) of Ocala, Fla., Bruce (Rhonda) of Rush City, Robert (Lori) of Cambridge, Charles of Oak Grove, 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren with two more on the way, as well as other relatives and friends. A Memorial Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home. Online condolences at Arrangements are with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.

Roland Cleveland, of North Branch, was recently elected as the vice president of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD). The election took place during the Association’s annual convention Dec. 4-6, 2016, in Bloomington, Minn. Cleveland has served on the Board of Supervisors for the Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) since 1987. He is a graduate of the MASWCD/U of M Extension Service Leadership Institute, a program designed to build leadership skills of SWCD supervisors and employees. He has served on the MASWCD Board of Directors representing the metro area SWCDs and has been a member of several important Association committees. “Roland’s experience in conservation issues as a supervisor for the Chisago SWCD, and in past leadership roles with the Association, gives him a real advantage as Vice President of our organization,” said LeAnn Buck, Executive Director of MASWCD. The MASWCD is a notfor-profit association that represents Minnesota’s



Mayme From Mayme From, age 88, of Cambridge, passed away peacefully Feb. 11, 2017, at her home. Mayme was born April 6, 1928, in Squaw Lake, Minn., to Jonas and Fina (Perkio) Wart. She worked at Sears for over 20 years. Upon her retirement, she became a member of the Garden Club and volunteered at the Shalom Shop and SACS in Cambridge. Mayme was also very much involved with her church. She loved music of all kinds and even took Finnish classes to know more about her heritage. Mayme was loved by many family members and extended friends. Mayme is survived by three daughters Patricia (Robert) Parker of Chandler, Ariz., Vicki Frey (Pete Maniatis) of Edina and Diane Meagher (Edward Line) of Isanti; grandchildren Rachel Parker and Sharla Sharkey; brother Walter Wart of Kelso, Wash., as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Gene; brother Bill Wart and sisters Vienna, Lee and Ailie. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at North Isanti Baptist Church in Cambridge with visitation one hour prior to the service. Online condolences can be made at StrikeFuneral. com.

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

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

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

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

Spring Lake Lutheran Church (ELCA) 8440 Erickson Road, PO Box 958, North Branch, MN 55056 (9 mi. E. of Cambridge on Hwy. 95, North one block on Erickson Road). 651-6744606. Mark Gruner, Pastor. E-mail: Thurs., Feb. 16 9am Men’s Coffee at County Market. 1pm Rose Circle. 7pm AA Meeting. Sun., Feb 19 9am Worship, 9:40am Sunday School. 10am Fellowship.


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

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

New Beginnings Church Cambridge 2275 335th Lane NE, Cambridge. Pastor Brian Hallberg. Assoc. Pastor RJ Sauvageau. Services Sunday 10am. Mid-week service: Wed. 7pm Verse by verse Bible teaching. Email: newbeginningscambridge@ Find us on facebook. Pentecostal The Journey New Life Church NEW LOCATION! 145 2nd Ave SE, Cambridge Pastor David L. Willis. Sunday 10am Worship & Sunday school. Sunday 6pm Worship Service. Midweek Bible Study – Wed. 7pm. Call for details 763-689-4471.

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urrent brain imaging technology reveals that people who are extremely altruistic have amygdalas which are extremely sensitive to the plight of others, becoming active when they see someone in distress. The amygdala operates as a kind of “emotional radar,” warning us to pay attention when there is a potential emergency and prodding us to act. Altruists, it turns out, are naturally empathetic. The world is a better place because some people have an emotional radar system for the plight of others. These are the folks who will automatically run up to the child who has fallen off of her bike to see if she is alright, or who will stop when they see a car wreck to render assistance, and these people are even more sensitive to others’ facial expressions. Psychopaths, on the other hand, react to others’ distress with relative calm, and research has shown that their amygdalas are smaller and less active in situations which call for empathy. Perhaps we will soon find out whether it is possible to inculcate more altruistic behavior through early learning, because the world certainly needs more altruists and fewer psychopaths. – Christopher Simon




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FACEBOOK: Featured faces surprised by response FROM PAGE I

a range of topics about their lives. Jeni Zortman was recently featured on the page and shared intimate, raw thoughts on becoming herself and was surprised by the outreach she received from others. “I received several comments and private messages on my post encouraging me and thanking me for being willing to be real about such a taboo topic,” Zortman said. “People feel very received when they connect with someone of similar background, especially when they think there’s no way anyone could possibly know what they’ve been through.” Zortman hopes the page continues to grow and keeps connecting people in the community through shared experi-

ences, ideas and goals. “I am hoping that leads to deeper relationships that climb off the page,” she said, “and into the real world to build each other up.” Austin Hockert was part of the first group of people to be featured on the page. He said he was motivated to participate because he liked the idea of the page and what it was trying to do by capturing the diversity of Isanti County. “It brings people together,” Hockert said, “and gives other people in the community the chance to see who is living next door and get to know them.” After he was featured, Hockert was surprised by the outpouring of support he received from not only people he knew, but also strangers. “It seemed to get a lot of attention,” he

said. “Both people I knew and people I didn’t know seemed to reach out and show their appreciation for what I had to say.” MORE CONNECTION IN 2017 Spencer added fellow artists/photographers Megan Medin and Ariel Jenniffer as administrators of the page as it began to grow. The trio work as a team interviewing and photographing featured guests. Medin, who doubles as Spencer’s assistant, said what she loves most about the page is helping peo-


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ple see the beauty in who they are. “I love that it is natural and raw photography and the way it ties into their stories,” Medin said. She is eager to bring some diverse personalities to the page in the

coming year. The ultimate goal for the page in 2017 is growth, according to Spencer. “We want to reach more people,” he said, “connect more people and inspire more people.”

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$261,000, Wimmer added. Although no action was required at the time by the council, Wimmer wanted to inform them of the unexpected repair before it comes before the council for a decision. Wimmer also noted the four to fiveblock length of pipe to be replaced is part of the whole looping for the city east to Highway 65. “Hopefully there won’t be any more surprises like that,” Wimmer said. Another unexpected expense the city might need to address is hiring another part-time stormwater sewer employee due to stricter enforcement regulations from the state. “Greater obligations we get to enforce and get to pay for, apparently,” Wimmer said. SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT FOR REGIONAL BMX RACES The council approved a special event permit for the weekend of Feb. 25-26 for Rum River BMX. Saturday’s races will be charity events, raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and

Sunday’s races are regional points races for USABMX DK Gold Cup Series. The event is expected to bring in an estimated 800 people per day from all over the U.S. During discussion, it was noted that Rum River BMX is the number one track in the U.S. for the second year in a row. ODDS AND ENDS In other business, the council: • Approved a resolution regarding its goals for 2017. • Approved Jeff Miller to fill a vacant seat on the city’s planning commission. • Accepted a grant from Partners in Healthy Living for the River Bluff Preserve trail maps. • Approved a conditional use permit for the operation of Whiskey Road Pub and Grub at Rum River Mall. • Approved the final plats for Fairway Greens phase nine and Sun Prairie third addition. • Approved a special event request for this summer’s downtown street dances.


New business opens in downtown Cambridge Members of the North 65 Chamber of Commerce, along with Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer, join Eric Lunneborg (with scissors) for the grand opening of his Farm Bureau Financial Services office at 145 Main Street South.


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Gymnastics teams to face stiff competition at sections BY BILL STICKELS III EDITOR@COUNTYSTAR.COM

Both the Cambridge-Isanti and North Branch gymnastics teams have followed relatively similar paths during the 20162017 season, and now both teams appear to be facing similar obstacles as they compete in their respective section meets this Saturday, Feb. 18. The Bluejackets and Vikings started out the season as early favorites to win their section meets, at least based on initial rankings from the Minnesota State High School League Gymnastics Coaches Association. In the very first rankings put out on Dec. 20, C-I enjoyed a very comfortable five-point lead over their next closest competition in Section 7AA. In turn, North Branch was sitting at almost four points ahead of their closest competition in Section 7A. Fast forward to last week’s final regular-season meets and things have significantly changed for both teams. While both teams have celebrated very successful regular seasons (C-I went undefeated in dual meets, earning another Mississippi 8 conference championship and North Branch’s only dual meet loss was to C-I), the two teams find themselves having a battle on their hands in order to accomplish their goals of making it to state as a team. TORNADO WARNING Although the Jackets are still the favorites to capture their eighth-straight section crown, the Anoka Tornadoes have been quietly closing the gap on C-I. In their last regular-season meet, Anoka scored a season-best 144.075. Meanwhile, the Jackets’ top score of the season came on Feb. 2 at 145.25. According to C-I head coach Wendy Rooney, her team is fully aware of Anoka’s threat and is in the right frame of mind coming into this meet. “I expect it to be a very competitive meet,” said Rooney. “(But) I know that our girls are very driven to do well and will fight hard to retain our section title.” In analyzing the competition, Rooney said there is one key component that


North Branch’s Angie Fish and the rest of the Vikings are hoping for continued success on the beam at the section meet, which is key in accomplishing their goal of qualifying for state.

could be the deciding factor. “Our team depth is going to be a huge factor in the meet. Anoka has some very high-scoring routines, but I feel from top to bottom we have a higher scoring potential,” she said. Despite that, Rooney said the team isn’t getting ahead of themselves. “We still need to perform with confidence and not think about what anyone else is doing. We can only control the routines we perform, so that’s where 100 percent of our focus will be.” Additionally, even though they have been ranked in the top five in the state for most of the year, Rooney thinks that the best is yet to come from the Jackets. “The girls have been working hard at some upgrades that will boost our start values – particularly on vault,” she hinted. “We’re also as close to full-strength as we’ve been all season, so we’re getting back some routines that we didn’t have earlier in the season.” Due to a scheduling conflict at Forest Lake, who is hosting this year’s section meet, competition will be on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 5:30 p.m. rather than the traditional Friday evening. A THREE-WAY RACE The North Branch Vikings are facing

a slightly different scenario as two other teams have not only caught up to them in the rankings, but have in fact gone slightly ahead. Becker, who was last year’s section champ, has leapfrogged the Vikings and now has a two-point lead over North Branch. Additionally, Sartell-Saint Stephen is in a virtual tie with the Vikings. Despite this turn of events, head coach Chris Johnson indicated that her team is confident going into sections. “This is a competitive group of gymnasts with a high team spirit,” she said. “When they went to a meet with a strong opponent they would always do their best and were proud of themselves even when it wasn’t enough to win a meet, such as against Cambridge.” Johnson also points to the results of the recent Class A True Team meet that featured all three of the teams. “If you look at the True Team scores, they were very tight. Sartell was just barely above us and we were just ahead of Becker. It was enough to know going into sections that one fall could change everything.” Johnson also credits that meet with pointing out something for the girls to work on that might be a key in capturing their third section title in the last four


Senior Kayla Hammes and the rest of the Bluejackets are gunning for their eighthstraight section title on Saturday, Feb. 18 in Forest Lake.

years. “All our team needs is a solid day by staying confident and calm and not allow the sounds at sections to interfere with their routines. I knew after True Team we needed to train with loud noises to get used to the big-meet atmosphere.” Like with the Jackets, Johnson indicated that the Vikings have been working to increase their scores for sections. “They all added skills during the season to max out the bonus in their routines to be consistent now as we go into sections,” Johnson said. North Branch’s section meet is hosted by Big Lake this year. Competition is scheduled to begin at noon on Saturday, Feb.18.


BOYS HOCKEY North Branch’s torrid scoring and winning streak continued with two more victories last week, bringing their winning streak to seven. On Tuesday, Feb. 7, despite firing 40 shots on goal, the Vikings prevailed in a “low” scoring game, winning 4-2 over St. Paul Highland Park. North Branch’s goals were scored by Justin Sachs, Cody Moline, Ryan Byrkit and Brady Meyer. The team ramped it up again on Saturday, Feb. 11, turning the rematch against Cambridge-Isanti into an even bigger rout than the game just two weeks prior. The Vikings scored three times in each period en route to a 9-3 win over the Jackets. Cody Moline collected four of the nine goals in the game, with Nick Fairbanks also collecting two goals. With only two games left in the regular season (one was played on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and the other on Thursday, Feb. 16), the Vikings are in a very solid position in the Section 5A standings and should get a top-four seed once the playoffs start on Feb. 21.


(Above) Haley Hadrava rolls around a screen set up by teammate Alicia Skroch during the Viking’s game against St. Michael-Albertville. (Right) Dylan Ramberg drives to the basket while being closely defended by a Rogers player.


GYMNASTICS The Vikings finished the regular season with a 140.2-138.25 win over

St. Francis, securing themselves as Mississippi 8 runner-up. The Vikings will now compete in the Section 7A meet on Saturday, Feb. 18, in Big Lake with a shot at advancing to state (see article on the top of this page).

GIRLS BASKETBALL North Branch fell twice last week, losing 72-29 to STMA and 73-55 to Rogers. Against the Knights, Savannah Linkert came up with 11 of the Vikings’ points, with Cianna Selbitschka picking up nine points. The Vikings did have three players in double-digits against the Royals. Katherine Carlson came up with 16 points, with Jillayna Hoppe picking up 13 points and Selbitschka adding another 12 points.

BOYS BASKETBALL North Branch came away from the week with another three losses. On Tuesday, Feb. 7, they fell to STMA 83-54. Zach Gazda was high-scorer for the Vikings, picking up 17 points. Brady Brodin also contributed 10 points. On Friday, Feb. 10, Rogers topped North Branch 76-34. Jonah Marcussen lead the Vikings with 11 points. The following day, North Branch fell to Cloquet 86-58.




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Brooklyn Terwilliger has been pressed into varsity action due to injuries. The freshman responded by leading the Jackets in scoring during the Monticello game.


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WRESTLING C-I finished out their regular season with victories over Annandale and Milaca in a triangular on Friday, Feb. 10. The Jackets easily topped Annandale 53-18. C-I collected six pins and one tech fall in the match. It was a much tighter battle against host Milaca, as the Jackets pulled out a 33-30 win over the Wolves. C-I needed a deciding pin by Will Flemister at 285 pounds to complete the come-from-behind victory. Tate Torgerson and Martin Puttbrese also picked up pins, with Jacob Mujwid adding a tech fall and Jimmy Brown recording a major decision for the team. The Jackets finished the regular season with a 21-8 record and a #13 rank in Class AAA. C-I was given the #4 seed for the Section 7AAA tournament and will go against Coon Rapids at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, in Forest Lake. A win against the Cardinals will most likely mean the Jackets will face #1 seed Anoka, who is also the #3 ranked team in the state. St. Francis, who is ranked fourth in the state, is the

GYMNASTICS The Jackets officially clinched the Mississippi 8 conference championship with a 144.65118.925 win over Princeton. C-I now looks to claim their eighth-straight section title on Saturday, Feb. 18, in Forest Lake (see article on page 9). GIRLS HOCKEY CIMPC saw their season come to a heart-breaking end with a 2-1 double-overtime loss to Andover in the Section 7AA quarterfinals on Thursday, Feb. 9. Bluejacket goalie Claire Belkholm, playing in her final high school game before moving on to play in college, kept CIMPC in the game, making 34 saves. Alyson Niebur was the lone Jacket scorer in the game. The Jackets finished the season with an even 13-13 record. BOYS HOCKEY The Jackets took one on the chin, falling to North Branch 9-3 on Saturday, Feb. 11. Senior Austin Schlenker scored all of C-I’s goals, picking up the hat-trick. C-I did bounce back and topped Hutchinson 3-1 on Monday, Feb.

13. Derek Becklin, Caleb Wessel and Jared Konen each had a goal in the game and Logan Hyland earned the first star of the game thanks to his 31 save performance.

BOYS BASKETBALL The Jackets fell twice last week, losing to Big Lake 80-65 and Monticello 78-63. In both games, the inside/outside combination of Luke Johnson and Henry Abraham led the scoring for C-I. Johnson scored 21 and 22 points, with Abraham adding 18 and 21 points in the losses.

GIRLS BASKETBALL The Jackets’ struggles continued with two more losses, and to add injury to insult, C-I saw another player go down. An emotionally drained Jackets lost to Big Lake 43-25 on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Amanda Westberg had nine points in the game. On Friday, Feb. 10, C-I fell to Monticello 62-52. Brooklyn Terwilliger was the bright point of the week, coming off the bench to replace an injured Jackie Olander and leading the Jackets in scoring with 14 points. Lainie Cox also had 13 points and Westberg added 11 points of her own.

Ice fishing and science Experimenting with a few winter activity combinations BY LOREN W. BRABEC NEWS@COUNTYSTAR.COM


Rush City/Braham’s Eric Eskuri gets a pin on his Chisago Lakes opponent during their match on Thursday, Feb. 9.


WRESTLING Rush City/Braham came away with a solid 46-30 win over Chisago Lakes on Thursday, Feb. 9. Each weight class wound up being lopsided victories for one of the teams as all but one match was decided via pin or forfeit. The only weight that wasn’t decided that way was still a major decision in favor of Rush City/Braham’s Daniel Mielke. Chisago Lakes actually held a slim, 30-28 lead going into the final three weights before RC/Braham collected two pins and a forfeit. Collecting pins for RC/Braham were Dylan Mielke, Dalton Mielke, Jesse

Anderson and Eric Eskuri. BOYS BASKETBALL In their only game of the week, the Bombers topped Isle 88-34. GIRLS BASKETBALL The Bomber girls are in the middle of their longest winning streak of the season, at four games. Last week, they defeated East Central 46-36 and Isle 7662. In the low-scoring East Central game, Amelia Fiedler was the top scorer with 13 points. Lizzie Altendorf also picked up double-digit points, scoring 10.


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A recent Facebook video showed a fish that was frozen in lake ice. A man used a chainsaw to cut around it and lifted out an ice chunk perhaps one foot square by eight inches thick. The bass had apparently been attacked by a northern pike which was protruding through the bottom of the ice block, its mouth still around the bass. Loren This, to me, surely is W. Brabec a fish story and could never have happened without the intervention of some crafty person who wished to show his chilly art. Nevertheless, it reminded me of ice fishing episodes past, during which unusual occurrences took place above the ice, below the ice and even within the circular channel that links the two. Some of these events would not escape even the poorest observer, while others would require the keen observational powers of a trained professional. The video also got me thinking about the ease of combining certain outdoor activities. Often, as I fish on the ice, there is ample time to don a pair of skis or snowshoes and stroll around, seeking whatever there is to seek. Even tossing the football and flipping a Frisbee are not out of the question. Back in the ’80s when I was faithfully reading InFisherman magazine, then the “Bible” of piscatorial education, I encountered an article describing the author’s day during which he hunted deer in the morning and fished his favorite open-water lake in the afternoon. The combination of buck and bass was interesting to me, although I haven’t yet participated in that particular pair of pursuits. Also at that time, I was trying the

ice fishing techniques described in the magazine by such renowned writer-anglers as Al and Ron Lindner, Dave Csanda and Doug Stange. Like in our relationships with others, little things mean a lot, and in the case of ice fishing, those little things included the color of the jig and even the location of the sinkers attached to the line. Yes, success supposedly lay in the details, and I was determined to find out whether that was truth or magazine drivel. Ice fishing and science! My experiments largely occurred on Lory Lake northwest of Braham and Little Pine Lake west of Finlayson, but any lake could have served as the laboratory. I discovered that a lively minnow, impaled carefully on a small hook, could still swim quickly and effortlessly. If the fish were being finicky and unwilling to chase this dashing prey, it behooved the fisherman to make the little guy less energetic. That could be done by clunking it on the head, or more appropriately, placing a sinker on the line. Weight it down to slow it down! Success could now be measured in minutes. Without any, one could assume the minnow was still too lively, and another sinker could be added to the line and/or perhaps one of them could be moved closer to the minnow to reduce his swimming radius. It was good stuff – theory really – and my concerted efforts proved fruitful many times. Attention to the little details of winter activities can make or break success and fun. Stay warm. Stay hydrated. Pay attention to what adorns your surroundings and make your own creative concoctions by mixing in kids with photography, snowmen, saucers, red cheeks, warm blankets and hot chocolate. You’ll never forget those combinations and neither will they! Loren Brabec is a contributing sports writer for the Isanti-Chisago County Star and author of several Braham sports books.

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The North Branch Area High School speech team took first place in the medium-sized school category on Saturday, Feb. 11, in Zimmerman. There were 23 schools with around 400 students competing. Several NBAHS students placed in the final round at the tournament. Natalie Olinske was the Informative champion. Ellie Ehrich placed second in Poetry. Paul Willard placed fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking. Three Dramatic Duos placed in the final round – Mya Severson and Ellie Ehrich placed fifth, Zach Fluegel and Jalen McDonough placed sixth, and Ruth Elkerton and Megan Malone placed seventh. Cole Joyal placed seventh in Extemporaneous Speaking. Zach Fluegel placed eighth in Serious Drama.

The speech team consists of around 30 members this year. “This is the strongest start we’ve had to a season in several years,” said Head Coach Mindy Lattimore. “I can’t wait to see what the year brings. We have incredibly hard-working students that are determined to improve from week to week.” Brittany Ahner and Scott Tolzmann are serving in their first year as assistant coaches. They are both former speech team members from NBAHS. “They have been a wonderful addition to the coaching staff,” Lattimore said. The team will compete in Milaca on Feb. 18 and Princeton on Feb. 25. The team has several meets between now and the beginning of April. All speech meets are open to the public.


The North Branch speech team took first place in their first competition of the year on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Haupert wins CMS annual geography bee SUBMITTED CAMBRIDGE-ISANTI SCHOOLS


Cambridge Middle School eighth-grader Tyler Haupert is this year’s Cambridge Middle School Geography Bee Champion. Haupert beat out second-place Abigail Scott, third-place Elias Bingham and six other finalists: Annalise Aboody, Annabelle Almquist, Chase Carstensen, Cordell Strombeck, Aiden Swiekatun, and Micheal Syverson. Haupert answered seven out of seven preliminary round questions correctly and nine out of 12 final round questions correctly en route to this year’s title. Close to 210 Cambridge Middle School eighth graders participated in this year’s

geography bee. From a seven-question preliminary round, nine finalists were selected to compete in the final round. A special congratulations to this year’s finalists as all nine answered at least six out of seven questions correct in the preliminary rounds! During the final round seven students were eliminated, setting up a two-student championship round. Tyler won by correctly answering Norway to a question asking which Scandinavian country administers the whaling archipelago of Svalbard in the Barents Sea. Tyler will now take a state qualifying test for the opportunity to compete against other Minnesota schools’ Geography Bee champions.

Tyler Haupert is presented with his first place certificate and medal for winning the Cambridge Middle School’s annual geography bee by his teacher, Bill Glaser.


JROTC scores well at competition North Branch Area High School (NBAHS) Air Force JROTC recently competed against 10 other JROTC units from five Midwestern states in color guard, unarmed drill, knowledge bowl, fitness competition and inspection. Points from each competition were added together to determine overall winners. NBAPS cadets took first place in color guard and third place overall. North Branch JROTC is only in its second year of existence.

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Garden Expo springing up in North Branch March 4 BY JERRY VITALIS CHISAGO COUNTY MASTER GARDENER

On Saturday, March 4, the Chisago County Master Gardeners will present the Annual Garden Expo at the North Branch High School. Registration opens at 8 a.m., and the expo runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with vendors and workshops. Many on our mailing list have already sent in registration for the classes they want. I can’t list all the great things going on at the Expo. I can only highlight the classes for each session. Each session has five offerings. Session I includes learning about raising peppers, raising hydrangeas, dealing with common weeds, organic farming and tea time from your garden. Session II includes growing blueberries, native plant pocket gardens, growing a healthy lawn, pruning your landscape shrubs and fairy gardens. Session III includes backyard orchard basics, lilies – jewels of the garden, backyard chickens, square foot gardening and grafting basics. Keynote speakers are Jan and Bob Welsh from the Minnesota DNR. Their

topic will be “How to Attract the Wildlife You Love and How to Get Rid of the Wildlife You Don’t.” There will be time to browse the lunchroom area to shop from local vendors. They have a great variety of products to buy and expertise to go with it. In fact, some don’t attend all the classes, but rather spend time learning tips from the vendors. Visit the Chisago County Master Gardeners booth and ask questions that we hopefully can answer or just meet us one on one. I will be taking orders for bare root fruits and vegetables. There will be a lunch period for visiting with vendors or eating. You can bring your own lunch, go out to eat or buy a pre-ordered lunch that must be ordered by Feb. 24. This should be sent in with registration. The cost is only $10 per person for the entire day if you pre-register. Walk-in registration is $15 per person. Early registration closes on Feb. 24, and I strongly suggest you do because some of the classes are already filling up. For more information contact Sue at the Extension Office at (651) 277-0151.

The Armed Forces Reserve Center in Cambridge will be filled with thoughts of gardening and spring as the Isanti County Master Gardeners present the 14th Annual “Burst Into Spring” horticultural event on March 11 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This annual event will provide attendees educational classes conducted by several University of Minnesota educators and Master Gardeners from Isanti and Chisago counties. Registered attendees will enjoy morning coffee and donuts during the keynote speaker, Joel Karsten, with a BS in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota, who will present “Straw Bale Gardening,” followed by educational classes, lunch, door prizes and afternoon cake. With several classroom sessions to

Isanti school receives $500 donation Isanti Intermediate and School For All Seasons Principal Mark Ziebarth accepts a generous donation of $500 from Isanti Mobil Manager Justin Audette and Croix Oil. The money will be used to purchase science and math supplies for the schools.

Police seek info on Casey’s break-in SUBMITTED CAMBRIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT

‘Burst Into Spring’ garden show set for March in Cambridge SUBMITTED ISANTI COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS


choose from, the event will feature speakers on “Selecting the Perfect Plants for Your Small Flower Gardens,” “Starting Seedlings,” “Growing Succulents in Minnesota both Indoors and Out,” “Basic Botany for Gardeners,” “Root Vegetables – From Garden to Table,” “Strawberries and Raspberries,” “Strawberries and Blueberries,” “Bountiful Harvest – Now What?” and Gary Skarsten with “The Buzz about Roses!” There will also be a silent auction, door prizes and vendors with garden-oriented and gift items for sale. Vendors and silent auction will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $26 for a full-day of classes and is due by March 1. Pre-registration is encouraged as class sizes are limited. Registration forms and more information can be found at or call the Master Gardeners at (763) 689-1810.

On Feb. 12, at approximately 3 a.m., the Cambridge Police Department, along with the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office, responded to Casey’s General Store, 2290 Main Street South, Cambridge, on an alarm call. Upon arrival on the scene by law enforcement, it was determined that someone had broken into the store and had stolen several items. During

a canvass of the area, law enforcement personnel were able to locate several items that are of evidentiary value and are currently working on several leads. The matter is currently under active investigation. Anyone who may have information regarding this case or know of any unusual activities in the area are asked to contact Detective Matt Giese at (763) 689-9567. Detective Giese can also be reached via the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office at (763) 689-2141.

Watch for tree-cutting crews SUBMITTED MN DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION

Motorists traveling on area highways in central Minnesota may encounter periodic lane closures and flaggers as tree clearing work is scheduled through March. Work will occur on weekdays, on good weather days, at these locations: · Highway 65 Braham from Highway 107 north one mile to 411th Avenue NE in Isanti County. Routine removal of trees from the roadside clear zone. · Highway 107 Braham from Highway 65 north one mile to Isanti County Road 4. Routine removal of trees from the roadside clear zone. · Highway 95 Princeton from the

roundabout at Rum River Drive going east one mile in Mille Lacs County. Routine removal of trees from the roadside clear zone. Highway 10 Elk River from west of Joplin Street to east of Upland Street in Elk River (two miles) in Sherburne County. Remove selected trees in preparation for the upcoming two-year Lake Orono bridge replacement project set to begin July 2017. Disruption to traffic is expected to be minimal as the work will take place off the highway; however, there will be occasions when equipment parked along the highway may require a lane closure or flagging operation. For updated statewide road conditions, call 511 or visit

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Cambridge Public Library is excited to introduce Reminiscence Toolkits to its collection for people looking to create special moments with loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia. The kits are tote boxes filled with themed items people can touch, taste, see, smell and hear – senses that may help generate stories, unlock fond memories and engage the brain. Six kits are available with themes including knitting and sewing, fishing, hunting, cooking, gardening, and outdoors and handyman tools. The Reminiscence Toolkits can be checked out for three weeks and must be returned during open hours to any East Central Regional Library branch. In 2016, Cambridge Public Library received a grant from the Cambridge ACT on Alzheimer’s group to purchase resources on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, caregiving and brain health. The goal: to increase awareness and provide support information for a dementia-friendly community.


Special kits to encourage reminiscing in Alzheimer’s patients are available to check out from the Cambridge Public Library.

The six new Reminiscence Kits will complement the resources previously purchased with the grant funds (books, audiobooks, DVDs and Brain Fitness Kits), already well-used in this dementia-friendly community. The kits were developed by Effingham Area Alzheimer’s

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for ersatz beliefs, ersatz love and ersatz relationships. Jesus is the real deal and settling for anything else is an artificial, inferior substitution. A king named Solomon had the position and ability to choose the real or the ersatz. He chose ersatz and his spiritual heart became clogged. “I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 Jesus answered a woman who wanted the real, but did not know how to get it. “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4: 13-14 His invitation to this woman extends to us today to take Him, the One who is fully real and completely true. Take Him into our lives not in moderation, but excessively. Mark Radeke is pastor of River of Life Church, 150 Birch St. N. Suite 170, Cambridge. He can be reached at (612) 483-7419.

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

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

Shovelers/truck & bobcat operators needed for snow removal Landscapers/ Mowers Patio/paver installation, mowing & more Jon's A-1 Maintenance 612-363-6169

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of Chisago County Ride the veterans transit bus to either VA St. Cloud or VA Minneapolis. Call Wendy at 651-213-5605 for details. Alterations and clothing repairs, 25 years experience. 320-3964152 Contact Rosemary. Braham Dave's Garage Door service. Spring replacement, servicing, doors, and openers. (763)286-3002. East Central S a n i t a t i o n Commercial & residential, container service, carts provided. 763-689-2171 or 763444-9862 Merles Water Conditioning 651-777-1349 Water Softener Repairs, Filter changes, Preventitive Maintenance, Iron Removal, and so much more! Please see our ad in the Professional and Service Directory of this newspaper.

Our newspaper has end rolls for sale! These 33” tall end rolls of blank news- paper are great for: Artwork, coloring paper for kids, wrapping packages for mailing, packing material for shipping, creating banners. Lining pet cages and so much more! Cost is .45 center per pound. (rolls average 15-25 pounds) Call 763689-1181 x 100 to find out what is in stock. Can be picked up in our Cambridge office. 930 Cleveland St. Painting, tiling, organizing. Handy Women of East Central Minnesota. Great pricing, 320-703-9014.

115 Heating & Cooling Crown Royal outdoor wood stoves. 20 year limited warranty. www.woodstovemn. com. 320-679-2567, 763-552-6743.

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Children’s Ministry Director Cambridge Lutheran Church, located north of the Twin Cities, is looking for an energetic & innovative individual to lead a ministry program that reaches children (birth-6th gr.) & their families through education, service, worship & fellowship activities. Related experience desired. 3/4-full time. Send resume to

157 Part Time Mora Subway is now hiring part time. Must be friendly and able to work in a fast paced environment. We offer competitive wages, PTO, 401K and profit sharing. You must have open availability. Apply in person, or at

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

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

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





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

Looking for that perfect gift for an anniversary or birthday? Think about giving a subscription to the Kanabec County Times. Call our office today (320)679-2661 to start delivery – we accept Visa or Mastercard! 223 Hand-loaded ammo. 50 rounds in plastic boxes. 52 grain Hornady bullets. $20 per box. 612-209-5443.

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

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Efficiency apts. for rent, Mora. All utilities included, $395/month. 320-515-1887. Meadowbrook 1 & 2 BDRM apartments- Mora, starting at $635 + electric. Available immediately. No smoking, no pets. Contact Denny, 507-269-7639.


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For Rent: 2 bedroom home, washer, dryer, 1 car garage. $850 month plus utilities, Pine City. 612-242-8911 to place your ad.

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506 Interested in buying or renting a Lake Home in Pine City. Please call 612-804-8243 with details.


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

351 Antiques Buying Antiques: Pocket watches, guns, Redwing pottery, marbles, toys, wood duck decoys, postcards, pocket knives, calendars. Gary, 320-679-2535, 651-238-0909.

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High school diploma or equivalent required. Previous bus driving preferred. Current Minnesota CDL and school bus endorsement preferred but will train if needed. Must be able to obtain a valid MN CDL with air brake endorsement. Starting at $16.68/hr.

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PT NA/R for Skilled Nursing 1-7.5 hrs/wk and 1-15 hrs/wk 6:30am-2:30pm 19 hrs/wk 2:30pm-10:30pm 22 hrs/wk 10:30pm-6:30am We are also looking for Casual Cooks to fill in on an as needed basis in our Culinary Services department.

Substitutes Needed! North Branch Schools is in need of people willing to work as substitute, on-call, behavior and special education assistants in all school buildings. Desire to work with children and a flexible schedule is important. Call Heidi at (651) 674-1001 for information. Applications are available on our website:

We offer competitive wages and a comprehensive benefit package for employees working 30+ hrs/wk. To take advantage of these opportunities contact Nancy Dobbins in Human Resources

St. Clare Living Community of Mora 110 7th Street N, Mora, MN 55051 (320) 679-8328 Fax (320) 679-8350 SCLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer under the Employment tab.

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CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY HOME OF OSCEOLA Now has openings for the following positions: Regular PT Openings: CNAs • $500 Sign On Bonus All shifts available, Áexible scheduling. Housekeeper 20 Hours/Week • No Holidays

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PT Manager Position in Cambridge Do you have experience with retail management? Do you like customer service and working with supplements, body care, soaps, lotions and other natural products? Are you self-motivated, creative and have great time management skills? If you answered YES to these questions, City Center Market has an opportunity for you! We want a Health & Body Care Department Manager 25 hrs/wk and we provide wonderful benefits: • Flexible Schedule • Generous PTO • 20% Purchasing Discount • Competitive Salary & Profit Sharing Please contact Gayle at 763-689-4640 or send cover letter & resume to Deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 24 by 5pm.

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Bankruptcy $965* • Divorce/Custody $570* DUI/Civil/Other starts $330* *court fees addtional • debt relief agency

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2-BR, 2-BA 1,200-sf Mora home w/garage, $1,150 incudes utilities 320-232-3573.

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

Wed., Feb. 15, 2 p.m. Restaurant Auction. (Live on-site auction,with online bidding available). Owner retiring, must sell. Located at 945 Hwy. 123, Sandstone, MN. See website for more details, pictures, videos and online bidding. Call for financials. MLS# 4784819. Open House dates: Sat., Jan. 28, 2-4 p.m. Sat., Feb. 11, 2-4 p.m. Les Stromberg, Auctioneer, Lic. # 33-17. 320-279-0935-Direct, 800-262-5092-Office. www.bhgrealestate

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1st position is working with 4 great guys, they are very active in their community, 2nd position is working with 3 wonderful women who are energetic and also love to be on the go. All training provided. Must have current Driver’s License, Car Insurance and pass a background study. We offer health benefits and PTO, E/O weekend off. These positions are as fun as you make them so if you want a career working with an amazing group of people contact Lisa by phone at 320-679-3840 or at

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: Annette Krist Kanabec Publications 107 S. Park St., Mora, MN 55051 or e-mail to





$500 Sign-on Bonus on second paycheck & $500 Retention bonus at 1st anniversary

Rise specializes in customized employment for persons with disabilities and employment challenges. This FT position provides case management, job placement and retention services for persons with SPMI/mental health disabilities out of our Milaca office. We are looking for an individual with a strong vocational/job placement background in community employment and experience delivering community based services and outreach to persons served. Individual must have knowledge of mental health field and able to work well independently, meet deadlines, maintain placement quota and communicate effectively with community partners, service teams and employers is required. Compliance with DHS Rule 11 and MVR background checks required. Position requires ability to travel to meet business needs on a daily basis with use of a personal vehicle. Rise supports a person-centered culture and offers competitive wages and benefits. Benefits: medical, dental, short & long-term disability, life insurance, flexible spending account, mileage reimbursement, 401(k), PTO and 10 paid holidays. Submit cover letter and resume to Maeta at Equal Opportunity Employer


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Based in Fridley, MN • Excellent Health Care Highlights: • $4,000 Sign-on Bonus. Benefits, food and clothing allowance. • Drivers are allowed to take their trucks home. • We can accommodate • We run 2014 and newer one small pet. trucks.

Compensation: After probationary period we offer full benefits including driver paid health insurance and/or low cost family health insurance, food and clothing allowance. All breakdown time is paid on an hourly basis and driving will be pay based on percentage of load. A salary review is completed after 125 days and the first year with the potential for salary increases.

Requirements: • Must have a CDL A license prefer one year of experience. Will consider military driving experience and new CDL drivers! • Must be able to pass a background check and full physical. Contact Pete: 763-571-9508 or

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Rum River East is looking for an Academic and Behavior Manager to join their school. Min. 2 yr post-secondary degree in behavior science, education or related field required or comparable experience working with youth who have special education needs is acceptable. Prefer CPI training. Full-time 7.5 hrs/day from 7:30am-3:30pm, $16.69 hr. Apply online today at www.applitrack. com/cambridge/onlineapp. Cambridge-Isanti schools

Cambridge-Isanti Schools wants you to be a substitute instructional assistant! Make a difference in our classrooms assisting students and make $11.94/Hr with a flexible schedule. High school diploma or GED and 60 college credits or a passing grade on the district IA exams required. Apply online today at cambridge/onlineapp

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The company runs paper logs with an excellent safety record.

Finishing Room Lead Distinctive Cabinet Design is seeking a full-time highly motivated, experienced Finishing Room Lead. Applicants should have knowledge of the millwork industry and finishing materials. Experience with color matching and automated spray systems is required. Health/Dental benefits, 401k, paid holidays and paid vacation are offered with this position. Submit resume to

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NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT LIEN FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that default has been made in the terms and conditions of the Declaration of Villages on the Rum I Owners’ Association (henceforth the “Declaration”) recorded in the office of the Recorder for Isanti County, Minnesota on October 14, 2002, as Document No. 305236, which covers the following property: Lot 43, Block 3, Villages on the Rum, Common Interest Community No. 5, Isanti County, Minnesota WHEREAS, pursuant to said Declaration, there is claimed to be due and owing as of February 2, 2017, from Amber Winger and Zachary Oslund, title holders, to Villages on the Rum I Owners’ Association, a Minnesota non-profit corporation, the principal amount of Seven Thousand, Eight Hundred Fifty-six and 90/100ths Dollars ($7,856.90) for assessments, late fees and related charges, plus assessments, collection costs, attorneys’ fees and other amounts will be incurred since said date, including costs of collection and foreclosure; WHEREAS, no action is now pending at law or otherwise to recover said debt or any part thereof; WHEREAS, the owners have not been released from the financial obligation to pay said amount; WHEREAS, pursuant to the Declaration and Minn. Stat. §515B.3-116(h), said debt created a lien upon said premises in favor of Villages on the Rum I Owners’ Association as evidenced by the lien statement recorded on January 26, 2017, in the office of the Isanti County Recorder as Document No. A464116; WHEREAS, pursuant to the power of sale granted by the owner(s) in taking title to the premises subject to said Declaration, said lien will be foreclosed by the sale of said property by the sheriff of said county at the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department, 509 - 18th Avenue SW, Cambridge, MN 55008, on March 29, 2017, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., at public auction to the highest bidder, for cash, to pay the amount then due for said assessments, together with the costs of foreclosure, including attorneys’ fees as allowed by law. The time allowed by law for redemption by the unit owners, their personal representatives or assigns is six (6) months from the date of said sale. The following information is provided pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Sections 580.025 and 580.04: Street Address of Property: 839 Winsome Way NW, Isanti, MN 55040 Name of Transaction Agent, Residential Mortgage Servicer, Lender &/or Broker: N/A Tax Parcel Identification Number of the Property: 16-092-0790 Transaction Agent’s Mortgage Identification Number, if known: N/A Name of Mortgage Originator, if stated on mortgage: N/A Date on which Occupant must vacate Property, if mortgage is not reinstated under Section 580.30 or property redeemed under 580.23: 11:59 p.m. on September 29, 2017. If the foregoing date is a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, then the date to vacate is the next business day at 11:59 p.m. REDEMPTION NOTICE THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR’S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED. Dated: February 2, 2017 TOOHEY LAW FIRM, P.A. By: Jennifer C. Toohey, I.D. #0343742 Attorneys for Lienor 11108 Zealand Avenue North, Suite 203 Champlin, MN 55316 (763) 746-0845 Lienor: Villages on the Rum I Owners’ Association By: Jennifer C. Toohey


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Have you ever thought of teaching? You may be eligible to substitute teach if you have a short-call substitute license obtained through the Minnesota Department of Education. Call (651) 674-1001 for more information. Daily rate of pay is $130. Applications are available on our website at:

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ISANTI-CHISAGO COUNTY STAR Its: Attorney in Fact THIS INSTRUMENT WAS DRAFTED BY: TOOHEY LAW FIRM, P.A. 11108 Zealand Avenue North, Suite 203 Champlin, MN 55316 (763) 746-0845 File No. 115019.005 Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Feb. 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Pursuant to the provisions of Minnesota Statutes 580.07, the forgoing Notice of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale originally scheduled for February 8, 2017, has been postponed to March 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the office of the Anoka County Sheriff, 13301 Hanson Blvd NW, Andover, MN 55304. If the Mortgage is not reinstated under Minn. Stat. Sec. 580.30 or if the property is not redeemed under Minn. Stat. Sec. 580.23, the Mortgagor must vacate the property on or before 11:59 p.m. on September 10, 2017. Dated: February 7, 2014 Mortgagee: Going Broke Holdings, LLC BARNA, GUZY & STEFFEN, LTD. Attorney for Mortgagee 400 Northtown Financial Plaza 200 Coon Rapids Boulevard Minneapolis, MN 55433 Phone: (763) 780-8500 THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. 704522-v1 Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Feb. 16, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE NORTH BRANCH PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of North Branch will hold a PUBLIC HEARING on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. or thereafter at the North Branch City Hall, 6408 Elm Street. This public hearing is to consider a modification of the zoning ordinance regulating Accessory Structures restrictions within City Code for the following zoning districts and subsequent section of City Code: Rural Residential section 66-448, Ag 1 section 66-385, and Ag 2 section 66-416. PROPOSED REQUEST: The proposed ordinance language modification adds language to the section of City Code to allow for accessory structures to store non-ag related items. Pertinent information about this request is on file at City Hall. Interested parties are encouraged to submit written or oral comments on this matter at or before the Public Hearing. FOR THE CITY COUNCIL Carla Vita Community Development Director 651.674.8113 Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Feb. 16, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE NORTH BRANCH PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the North Branch City Council will hold a PUBLIC HEARING on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. or thereafter at the North Branch City Hall, 6408 Elm Street. This public hearing is to consider a modification of the zoning ordinance regulating the number of allowed dogs per City Code Section 6-29 and to define residential and commercial kennels. PROPOSED REQUEST:

The proposed ordinance language would modify the requirements from a residential or commercial kennel. Pertinent information about this request is on file at City Hall. Interested parties are encouraged to submit written or oral comments on this matter at or before the Public Hearing. FOR THE CITY COUNCIL Carla Vita Community Development Director 651.674.8113 Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Feb. 16, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE NORTH BRANCH PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the North Branch City Council will hold a PUBLIC HEARING on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. or thereafter at the North Branch City Hall, 6408 Elm Street. This public hearing is to consider a request from Kelly & Kelly Neider, owner of Fit Now Studio, to obtain an Interim Use Permit (CUP). The property is zoned R3 (High Density Residential). City Code states that an Interim Use Permit, is required for Recreational or Fitness Instruction (66-313.5). PROPOSED REQUEST: The applicants, Kelly & Kelly Neider, are requesting City Council approval for an interim use permit to allow for Recreational or Fitness Instruction at their property of 39048 Forest Avenue. Pertinent information about this request is on file at City Hall. Interested parties are encouraged to submit written or oral comments on this matter at or before the Public Hearing. FOR THE CITY COUNCIL Carla Vita Community Development Director 651.674.8113 Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Feb. 16, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE NORTH BRANCH PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council will hold a PUBLIC HEARING on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. or thereafter at the North Branch City Hall, 6408 Elm Street. This public hearing is to consider a request from Abundant Life A.G. Church, to obtain and expand their existing Conditional Use Permit (CUP). The property is zoned RR (Rural Residential). City Code states that a Conditional Use, is required for elementary schools. Access Church (AKA Abundant Life AG Church) is working with Phoenix Academy Charter School to operate a division of the school for grades Kindergarten thru 3rd grade. PROPOSED REQUEST: The applicant, Abundant Life A.G. Church, is requesting City Council approval for a conditional use permit to allow for the addition of an elementary school at 4359 – 392nd Street, Property ID # of 11.00388.00. Pertinent information about this request is on file at City Hall. Interested parties are encouraged to submit written or oral comments on this matter at or before the Public Hearing. FOR THE CITY COUNCIL Carla Vita Community Development Director 651.674.8113 Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Feb. 16, 2017


28, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. or thereafter at the North Branch City Hall, 6408 Elm Street, to consider a Comprehensive Plan land use guide plan amendment and zone change for Casselberry Development LLC. GENERAL LOCATION: East of the Southeast Corner of TH 95 and County Road 14 (AKA Grand Ave). LEGAL DESCRIPTION: That part of the North 18 feet of the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 21, Township 35, Range 21, Chisago County, Minnesota, lying east of the West 68 feet thereof, as measured at right angles to the north and west line of said Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter, and lying west of the following described line: Commencing at the northwest corner of said Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter; thence easterly along the north line of said Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter, a distance of 760.02 feet; thence South 00 degrees 26 minutes 57 seconds East, assumed bearing, parallel with the west line of said Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter, a distance of 18 feet, more or less, to the south line of said North 18 feet and said line there terminating. AND That part of the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter, Section 21, Township 35, Range 21, Chisago County, Minnesota, lying South of the southerly right of way line of MN Trunk Highway No. 95 and lying west of the following described line: Commencing at the southwest corner of said Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter; thence easterly along the south line of said Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter, a distance of 760.02 feet; thence North 00 degrees 26 minutes 57 seconds West, assumed bearing, parallel with the west line of said Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter, a distance of 445 feet, more or less, to the southerly right of way line of MN Trunk Highway No. 95 and said line there terminating. EXCEPTING THEREFROM That part of the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 21, Township 35, Range 21, Chisago County, Minnesota, described as follows: Commencing at the southwest corner of said Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter; thence North 89 degrees 10 minutes 46 seconds East, assumed bearing, along the south line of said Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter, a distance of 33 feet to the east line of the West 33 feet of said Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter, as measured at right angles to the west line of said Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter; thence North 00 degrees 26 minutes 57 seconds West, along said east line of the West 33 feet, a distance of 62.00 feet to the point of beginning of the parcel to be described; thence North 89 degrees 10 minutes 46 seconds East, a distance of 347.37 feet; thence North 00 degrees 26 minutes 57 seconds West, a distance of 360.20 feet, more or less, to the south right of way line of MN Trunk Highway No. 95; thence westerly and southwesterly along said south right of way line, a distance of 416 feet, more or less, to its intersection with said east line of the West 33 feet of the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter; thence South 00 degrees 26 minutes 57 seconds East, along said east line of the West 33 feet, a distance of 190.74 feet to the point of beginning and there terminating. PROPOSED REQUEST: A Comprehensive Plan Land Use Guide Amendment from LU 2 (Medium Density Residential) and PUB (Public) to C (Commercial) and a Zone Change from R2 (Medium Density Residential) and R1 (Single-Family Residential) to B3 (Regional Business District). Pertinent information is on file at City Hall. Interested parties are encouraged to submit written or oral comments on this matter at or before the Public Hearing. FOR THE CITY COUNCIL Carla Vita Community Development Director Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Feb. 16, 2017



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the North Branch City Council will hold a PUBLIC HEARING on Tuesday, February


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the North Branch City Council will hold a PUBLIC HEARING on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. or thereafter at the North Branch City Hall, 6408 Elm Street. This public hearing is to consider a request from Graphic Homes, Inc. to consider a subdivision plat for Lucht’s Crossing 2nd Addition. This proposed plat would create 18 lots for single-family homes between an extension of Harder Avenue and 384th Trail. Mr. Steve Rindahl, representing Graphic Homes, LLC, is proposing this plat. PROPOSED REQUEST: The applicant is requesting City approval of the plat of 18 single family lots in a proposed subdivision named Lucht’s Crossing 2nd Addition with an average lot size of 12,372 sq ft – ranging from 11,064 sq ft to 14,227 sq ft. The subdivision is located at the northerly extension of Harder Ave at the intersection of Harder Ave and 384th Trail. Pertinent information about this request is on file at City Hall. Interested parties are encouraged to submit written or oral comments on this matter at or before the Public Hearing. FOR THE CITY COUNCIL Carla Vita Community Development Director Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Feb. 16, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE SUMMARY PUBLICATION OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL The complete minutes are available for public inspection at the office of the City Administrator, 300 – 3rd Ave. NE, Cambridge, Minnesota. Regular City Council Meeting January 17, 2017 Members Present: Mayor Marlys Palmer, Council Members Joe Morin, Kersten Conley, Lisa Iverson, and Jim Godfrey. All present, no absences. ·Meeting was called to order at 6:04 pm. ·Agenda and Consent Agenda were approved. ·Council discussed future bike-walk trail options. ·Approved the contract amendment with SEH for additional engineering services for the Trunk Highway 95 Improvement Project not to exceed $189,900. ·Committee appointments were made. ·Approved the pay equity report submission. ·Approved Ordinance No. 635 amending Title IX: General Regulations, Chapter 92 Nuisances, to include Engine Braking language. ·Approved $1,000 payment to Isanti County for the preparation of the Isanti County Master Trail Plan. ·Authorized staff to obtain quotes and spend up to $30,000 to move the existing garage at 105 Cypress Street South to the new ice rink facility to provide a maintenance equipment storage facility. ·Authorized staff to transfer ownership of the old ice rink maintenance equipment storage facility to the school district and remove from the City’s insurance listing. ·Approved Resolution R17-005 Authorizing Inter-fund Transfers. ·Approved reconsidering the appointment of the extraterritorial person for the Planning Commission. ·Appointed Mike Stylski to the Planning Commission. ·Adopted the policy titled Public Safety Critical Incident and/or Post Traumatic Stress Assistance Guidelines. ·Adjourned meeting at 8:42 pm. Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Feb. 16, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE APPROVED MINUTES OF THE REGULAR EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING Rum River Special Education Cooperative Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Regular Executive Council meeting of the Rum River Special Education Cooperative was called to order at 10:26 a.m., at the Mora Schools Board Room. Executive Council members present were: Craig Schultz, Julia Espe, Dean Kapsner, Kathy Belsheim, Ken Gagner, Ray Queener, and Tim Truebenbach; and Pauline Bangma, Director of Special Education. Others in attendance: Tracy Wells, Jeannine Miller and Howard Armstrong. The Board reviewed the amended agenda. Moved by Tim Truebenbach, seconded by Ray Queener, to approve the agenda. Motion carried. The Council reviewed the Consent Agenda. Moved by Kathy Belsheim, seconded by Dean Kapsner, to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried. The Consent Agenda consisted of the following: • Approved the November 9, 2016 Executive Council Meeting Minutes • October and November Payment Distribution and P-Card Detail • Received the RR East, RR North and RR South Education Programs Enrollment • RRN Lease Extension • Cory’s Complete, LLC • Shared Services Agreement The Council discussed and action was required on the following: • The decision to act on the RRS and RRE project proposal was tabled. Pauline will contact BWBR to request a revision of their proposal and an opportunity to discuss the proposed services and deliverables. • A motion to approve the revised FY 17 budget and send it to the Governing Board for final approval was made by Dean Kapsner and seconded by Ray Queener. The motion carried. • The Executive Council discussed the proposal to move the salary and benefits of some of the staff working at the RRSEC main office from federal to state. On January 5, a meeting of the RRSEC Business Managers will be held and this proposal will be on the agenda. A motion to postpone definitely the proposal to move RRSEC staff from federal to state until the Executive Council meeting on February 8, was made by Ray Queener and seconded by Julia Espe. The motion carried. • The Fiscal Management Agreement was amended to acknowledge that indirect fees would not be applied to federal dollars being used to pay tuition costs beginning July 1, 2016. A motion to approve the amended Fiscal Management Agreement and forward it to the Governing Board for final approval was made by Ken Gagner and seconded by Tim Truebenbach. The motion was carried. The Council discussed the following: • Discussed was the breakdown of how the FY 16 HRA costs were paid. Projected FY 17 HRA costs were presented. • Superintendents were given a breakdown of the FY 16 indirect bills for their district. • Pauline discussed her recommendation to add a 1.0 FTE Reintegration Specialist/ Behaviorist and a Special Education Coordinator beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. A work session to discuss the additional coordinator will take place in January. All superintendents will participate. • Policy #520 - Student Surveys and Public Notice Form was reviewed and accepted for first reading. It will be forwarded to the Governing Board for review and approval at their January meeting. • Policy #427 - Workload Limits for Certain Special Education Teachers was reviewed and accepted for first reading. It will be forwarded to the Governing Board for review and approval at their January meeting. • Policy #506 - Student Discipline was reviewed and accepted for first reading. It will be forwarded to the Governing Board for review and approval at their January meeting. • Pauline shared that the RRSEC setting IV educational programs (RRN, RRS, RRE) received a $64.000 staff development grant from MDE for the purpose of reducing the use of restrictive procedures in these settings. There being no further business to discuss the meeting adjourned at 12:24 p.m. Minutes by Pauline Bangma Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Feb. 16, 2017



FEBRUARY 16, 2017


Over 225 guests came out to support the annual Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Foundation Scholardazzle fundraiser on Saturday, January 27.

Scholardazzle event breaks profit records JOHN OLSON | COUNTY STAR

Ring the bell! AWF professional wrestler and Rush City native Jacob Savage (left) pins his opponent during his match held at Braham High School on Saturday, Feb. 11. The regional pro wrestling organization held matches as a fundraiser for the North Branch Activities Department.

Future Farmers essay contest opens SUBMITTED CULVER’S

In honor of National Future Farmers of America Week – Feb.1825 – Culver’s will kick off its third annual FFA Essay Contest to award three winners the funds to send their FFA chapters to the National FFA Convention & Expo in

Indianapolis, Oct. 25-28, 2017. Culver’s will award prizes for the top three essays, providing winners with $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500 respectively. To submit their essays, FFA members should visit Culvers. com/essaycontest. The contest ends March 31, 2017, at 5 p.m. CST.


The annual Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus Foundation Scholardazzle fundraising event in January was the most successful yet, raising the most scholarship money in the event’s history. More than 225 guests attended the event at Spirit River Community Center. Their contributions broke the record by more than $13,000, with more than $75,000 being raised to support Cambridge Campus students. This amount raised will fund roughly 45-60 scholarships. The event included a social hour, dinner by LeFebvre’s Catering, student speakers, live student music group, Faculty Jazz Ensemble, silent/live auction, cake auction, games and prizes. “We owe high gratitude to all of the supporters of Scholardazzle and the Cambridge Campus Foundation,” said Lea Jacquemart, Development Director of the Anoka-Ramsey Cambridge Foundation. “They are true

visionaries for our students, workforce and community. Through their donations to the event alone, we were able to increase the funds for student scholarships from last year. It truly takes a village to support our students—and the Cambridge community has demonstrated yet again they are that village.” The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus Foundation would like to thank all of those who supported the event, including event sponsors. The foundation also sends a special thank you to the students who helped make the fundraiser possible including: Sam Pioske (student speaker); Matthew Moros, Chase Griffin, Carolyn Helland and Jennifer Cralley (art ties); and Lily Truebenbach, Chloe Truebenbach, Audrey Butarian-Larson and Franny Butarian-Larson (live music group, “She’s My Sister”). For more information about scholarships and scholarship events at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, visit AnokaRamsey. edu/about-us/foundations-alumni.




Isanti-Chisago County Star February 16, 2017  
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