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Cambridge Council extinguishes fire chief selection controversy BY BILL STICKELS III EDITOR@COUNTYSTAR.COM

In order to avoid any future flare-ups in the selection process for naming the city’s fire chief, the Cambridge city council enacted a new set of guidelines for the naming of the chief position. Previously, the fire department randomly selected six current firefighters to form a selection committee to interview chief applicants. The committee would then make a recommendation to the entire

‘...I think we should honor the process.’ Jim Godfrey Cambridge Council Member department as to who they thought should be appointed, and the entire department would cast double-secret ballots (not only who each person voted for would be kept secret, but also how many votes each candidate received would not be revealed). The winner of

that vote would then be recommended to the city council for the final decision. The last time the chief was selected during the Nov. 6, 2017, council meeting, the council wound up taking the unusual step of not going with the department’s recommendation of selecting assistant chief Todd Tomczik and instead re-selected current chief Sean Okerlund. At the same time, going against the department’s recommendation set off alarms SEE FIRE CHIEF, PAGE 8

State releases North Branch test scores CONTRIBUTED NORTH BRANCH AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS


Getting right to the point Haley Karels counts out the score during the second annual Maddy Nelson Memorial Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Isanti Rodeo grounds. A total of 54 teams raised over $6,500 to go to the Maddy Nelson Memorial Foundation, which provides scholarships to high school students.

The Minnesota Department of Education has released district-wide MCA III results for the 2017-2018 school year. Scores on the MCA III reading test are measured in grades three through eight and again in grade 10. Scores on the MCA III math test are measured in grades three through eight and again in grade 11. NORTH STAR: NEW SYSTEM FOR ACCOUNTABILITY The foundation of North Star’s process for prioritization is a stage-based approach to school accountability that uses multiple measures of

evaluation, including achievement and progress over time on state tests, progress towards English language proficiency for students learning English, four- and seven-year graduation rates and consistent attendance. The new system reflects Minnesota’s commitment to equity and an accelerated sense of urgency in confronting disparities experienced by students who have been traditionally underserved, including students belonging to racial/ethnic student groups, English learners, students receiving special education services and students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. SEE SCORES, PAGE 5

Chrysler collection parks in Isanti BY JENNIFER KOTILA NEWS@COUNTYSTAR.COM

Four years ago, Greg Biskey bought the building at 117 Main Street in Isanti to display his collection of Chrysler cars and memorabilia. After a lot of hard work and improvements to the building by Biskey and his fiancé Denise Gilbertson, he opened The Old Chrysler Garage on July 6. “The original tin ceiling caught my eye,” Biskey said of the building which he thinks

is perfect for his collection. “It was in terrible shape, but after working on it all winter, I got it into decent shape.” Biskey created the floor and a mural on the wall to simulate being outside in a park, with green indoor/outdoor carpeting and a hand-painted brick walking path. Biskey admitted he did not know how time-consuming it would be to hand-paint the 3,200 bricks in the walkway. The building, originally built as a car dealership in

1918, makes it the perfect site to display cars from that era. On display are 14 Chryslers – all but one model are pre-World War II. The postwar model is a 1948 C-39 New Yorker. The oldest model is from the first year of Chrysler – a 1924 Model B-70 Phaeton. An interesting side note is that the building housing the Chrysler Garage was a Willy’s Dealership in 1920, when Walter Chrysler was the head of the Willy’s Corporation. SEE GARAGE, PAGE 8


Greg Biskey and fiancé Denise Gilbertson pose in The Old Chrysler Garage.

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Officer joins Cambridge Police Sara Samuelson was sworn in as an officer of the Cambridge Police Department at the Sept. 10 city councll meeting. Her father, Jay, who is a former officer himself, did the honors of pinning on her badge.

Cambridge Christian celebrates 40 years with block party Cambridge Christian School will celebrate 40 years of excellence with a Community Block Party open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 22, with a 1 p.m. ribbon cutting and block party from 1-6 p.m. at 2211 Old Main Street South, Cambridge. The event will feature live music by the Mystery Mountain Boys,

food vendors, car show, games, petting zoo and live auction. A bonfire will begin at 6:30 p.m. Patio blocks for the new courtyard can be purchased and engraved in memory of a loved one. For more info call 763689-3806 or go to cambridgechristianschool. org.

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ONGOING Women of Worth Bible Studies Local women are invited to attend a Women of Worth community Bible study at either: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m. at NorthBrook Church, 6197 Main St., North Branch, or 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays 9:0511:15 a.m. at Main Street Church, 6500 Main St., North Branch. Childcare Wednesdays only. For info email wow135wed@ or visit www.

SEP 14 Cambridge Customer Appreciation Event The 14th annual Customer Appreciation Event will be held 4-8 p.m. in downtown Cambridge with free food, cake and ice cream, two bands, classic car show, kids games, farmers market, scarecrow contest, business booths and prize drawings. For info visit north65chamber. com.

SEP 15 Cambridge Flea Market The Cambridge Flea Market runs from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Isanti County Fairgrounds, 3101 Hwy. 95 NE, Cambridge. Free coffee and cookies until gone. For info call Larry at 763-742-8036.

Cambridge City-Wide Garage Sales Cambridge will host its annual City-Wide Garage Sales with most starting at 8 a.m. Some sales begin earlier in the week. For info call North 65 Chamber at 763-689-2505.

Fall Festival & Downhill Derby The 10th annual Fall Festival & Downhill Derby will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 1050 Southview Ave., Braham, with derby racing, food, drinks, live auction, music, kids activities. For info call 320-396-3105.

Ruby’s Pop-Up Pantry 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.

Anderson County Park Fall Festival The 9th annual Fall Festival at Irving & John Anderson County Park will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with free nature bingo, face


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painting, wagon rides, canoe/kayak paddling, nature walk, monarch tagging, live animal program, free apple crisp & ice cream. Park at 27241 Furman St. NE, North Branch. For info visit or call 763-689-8220.

Parkinson’s Support Group Parkinson’s Support Group will hold their monthly meeting from 1011:30 a.m. at GracePointe Crossing Town Center, 1545 River Hills Pkwy., Cambridge, for those with the disease, their families, friends and caregivers. Refreshments served. Call Dale at (763) 444-9352 for info.

Peace Walk The bi-monthly peace walk in Cambridge will start at 9 a.m. in parking lot at Hwy. 95 and Birch St., lasts about half hour with positive messages supporting equal rights, protection of environment and an end to violence. Group walks first and third Saturdays of every month. For info email wendybronson@

Rum River Clean-Up Friends of the Rum River will host their 12th annual “Fun in the Rain or Sun” Rum River cleanup from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Put in at Rum River North County Park, St. Francis, and take out at Rum River Central Regional Park, Ramsey. Trash bags, gloves, snacks provided. To RSVP or if need canoe, call Wally at 763-689-9619, Ralph at 763-689-0812 or email Kriste at

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Christian folk duo comes to Isanti Christian folk group “The Gray Havens” will perform Sunday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. at Oxlip Evangelical Free Church, Isanti. $20 ticket includes concert, dessert and meet-and-greet with artists, plus raises funds for Pregnancy Resource Center/The Lex Specialty Clinic. Tickets can be purchased online at oxlip. org or

Almelund Apple Festival The annual Almelund Apple Festival will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Amador Heritage grounds on Hwy. 95 10 miles east of North Branch, with apple desserts to purchase, food, entertainment, museum and log cabin tours, vendors and kids’ activities. For info call 651-269-3580.

Coffee and Conversation “Women Thinking Out Loud” will host a conversation over coffee at 9:30 a.m. at Herman’s Bakery in Cambridge and at 10 a.m. at Northwoods Roasterie in Lindstrom. All women welcome to share thoughts on issues of the day. For info visit Women Thinking out Loud Facebook page or email

Quilt Bingo The 12th annual WELCA Quilt Bingo will be held at Fish Lake Lutheran Church, 43353 Cedarcrest Trail, Harris, with 11:30 a.m. lunch and 1 p.m. bingo and hand-crafted door prizes. Proceeds benefit Family Pathways food shelves, the Refuge and L’il Farm. For info call 651-674-4252.

Gerdin’s Cemetery Association Meeting The fall meeting of the Gerdin’s Cemetery Association will be held in the Lodge Room at Creamery Crossing, Isanti, with 1 p.m. lunch and 2 p.m. meeting. Seeking new members and nominees for office of secretary. For info call Barbara Ann Erickson at 763-444-4762.

SEPT 16 Pancake Breakfast The Isanti Lions will host a Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at the Isanti Community Center, 208-1/2 1st Avenue NW, Isanti.

Monarch Tagging Demonstration The public is invited to watch tagging monarch butterflies from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Sunrise Prairie Trail parking lot in North Branch by Tom Anderson of Monarch Strategy Group, plus learn monarchs’ natural history, how to collect milkweed seed and how to create a monarch garden. Free. For info email tomanderson444@gmail. com.

The Gray Havens Concert Christian folk group “The Gray Havens” will perform at 6 p.m. at Oxslip Evangelical Free Church, Isanti. $20 ticket includes concert, dessert and meet-and-greet with artists, plus raises funds for Pregnancy Resource Center/The Lex Specialty Clinic. Tickets can be purchased online at or

Grad Band First Rehearsal The East Central Grad Band will hold its first fall rehearsal at 7 p.m. in the Cambridge Middle

School band room, 31374 Xylite Street NE. The band is seeking adult musicians. Call Lynn Wedlund with any questions at 763-690-4121.

SEP 18 Alzheimer’s Support Group The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10-11:30 a.m. at GracePointe Crossing Town Center, 1545 Riverhills Pkwy. NW, Cambridge. For info contact Julie Tooker at 763-691-6166 or

Book Release Party A book release party will be held at 6 p.m. at North Folk Winery, 43150 Blackhawk Rd., Harris, for “Laurentian Divide,” by Sarah Stonich, second in her 3-book Northern Trilogy. Event is free; food, wine and beverages available for purchase. For info call Scout & Morgan Books at 763-6892474.

Meet Children’s Book Author Meet award-winning, Minnesota author Laura Purdie Salas at 10:30 a.m. at Cambridge Public Library, 244 Birch St. S, as she uses humor to engage kids to fall in love with reading. For info call 763-689-7390 or visit

Strings Across the Ocean Concert East Central Regional Library presents Strings Across the Ocean with Minnesota musician Ross Sutter and Sweden’s prominent folk musicians, Anders and Maria Larsson, at 2 p.m. at North Branch Area Library, with vocals and a variety of instruments. For info call 651-674-8443.

Mindfulness Practice Classes Mindfulness Practice Classes with Mary Jo Meadow at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, Wyoming, will be held Wednesdays 5-6:30 p.m. Sept. 19–Oct. 24. By freewill donation. Register at

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Cambridge Corners Square Dance Club will host “Square Dancing for Beginners” from 6:45-8:15 p.m. at Isanti Primary School, 301 W. Cty. Rd. 5, Isanti. By donation, no partner needed, casual dress, all ages. Just show up or call Connie at 612-710-2527 or Paul at 612-201-0516, or visit cambridgecorners.

Swedish musician Anna Rynefors will give a new twist to the Nordic fairy tale “Three Billy Goats Gruff” with Swedish instruments and song at 3:30 p.m. at Rush City Public Library, 240 W. 4th


The North Branch Area Senior Resource Group will offer free lunch and information for seniors on Medicare from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch. Register by calling 651-674-1025.


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SEP 21-23 Women’s Retreat Rush City Evangelical Lutheran Church will host an All-Women’s Retreat Sept. 21-23 at Luther Point Bible Camp near Grantsburg, Wis., with the theme “The Cup of Your Life” with speaker Vernita Kennen. Cost is $125, open to 48 participants. For info call Kathy Olson at 651-248-0243.

SEP 22 Operation Christmas Child Training

A time of training and fellowship will be offered from 8:30-10:30 a.m. about the shoebox ministry Operation Christmas Child at New Hope Community Church, 33030 Vickers St. NE, Cambridge, with ideas, OCC support materials, giveaways and snacks. RSVP to occ.

Artisan Fair The 2nd annual Artisan Fair will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Long Lake Lutheran Church, 3921 277th Ave. NW, Isanti, with over 30 booths of artisans in glass, wood carving, fibers, painting, jewelry, quilting, ceramics and more. For info call 763-444-5315.

‘Wolves At Our Door’ Program (Rescheduled from June 26) The program “Wolves At Our Door” will be offered at 11 a.m. at Cambridge Public Library, 244 Birch St. S, about wolf biology, behavior, mythology and more by International Wolf Center. For ages 8 and up. No charge, but registration required at For info call 763-689-7390.

Community Block Party Cambridge Christian School will celebrate 40 years with a Community Block Party with 1 p.m. ribbon cutting, party 1-6 p.m. at 2211 Old Main St. S, Cambridge. Music by Mystery Mountain Boys, food vendors, car show, games, petting zoo, live auction, 6:30 bonfire. For info call 763-689-3806.


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Equal rights means rising up, not lowering down

I have stated many times that I am an ultimate “home team” supporter. All the way from high school to college to professional sports, I will forever root for the teams that represent where I live. This mentality even goes into international competition, where I root for U.S. athletes over their opponents – with one notable exception. I never have, and never will root for Serena Williams. I will admit that she is an incredible athlete who has accomplished an incredible amount of success in her sport. But along the way, she, her family, friends and entourage’s actions absolutely spoil any positivity I see in her. And this last weekend’s fiasco at the U.S. Open’s finals is just Worth a the latest example. Thousand I’m not going to go into the debate about whether the chair umpire made the Words right decisions in assessing the penalties Bill against Williams. After all, the rules are in place and the decision of a referee/ Stickels III official is final. What I do want to discuss is her complaints – both on the court and in the press conference – that the chair umpire was being sexist and that all Williams is trying to do is bring gender equality to tennis. First off, these complaints are coming from a person who has a history of being very condescending to many of her opponents and officials, to the point of even appearing to try and intimidate them. Remember, this is the same person who in 2009 threatened to shove a ball down the throat of an official who called a foot-fault on her serve. But, people do change. And considering that Williams is now a mother and that coming back to an elite level of competition after giving birth is extremely admirable, let’s leave the past in the past and give her the benefit of the doubt that she is legitimately looking to champion the cause of women’s equality. If she was fighting for equal pay/endorsements/coverage of women’s tennis compared to the men, I would be right behind her. But in this case, she is not. She is endorsing that women should be able to act as unprofessional and unsportsmanlike as some of the men. And that is something I can’t support. The whole purpose of creating equality is to have the oppressed rise up and receive the same positive conditions of the “preferred” class. It’s not to allow the oppressed to be able to get away with the same negative attributes. If afterwards she had simply accepted her punishment, apologized for her behavior and calmly made the argument that the men need to be held to the same standards of discipline as the women, it could have been used to improve both the women and the men. Instead, she choked back crocodile tears and declared that her actions will eventually lead to future women being able to act in the same bad manner. If nothing else, someone should remind Serena that she is and has been a role model for future generations of female tennis players. Then, show her a video of her worst actions on the court and ask her if she would like to see young girls on courts all across the country acting the same way? Sadly, at this point, I doubt she would see anything wrong with that. And until she proves me wrong, she will continue to be the one “home team” I won’t be rooting for. Bill Stickels III is editor of the Isanti-Chisago County Star. He can be reached at 763-689-1181 ext. 107 or Isanti-Chisago County Star is published every Thursday by Northstar Media, Inc., 930 Cleveland St. S., Cambridge, MN 55008. Periodicals postage paid at Cambridge, MN 55008. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Isanti-Chisago County Star, 930 Cleveland St. S., Cambridge, MN 55008

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letter on black fatherlessness perpetuated bigoted myths To the editor, I am writing in response to a letter from 9/6/18 (“Fatherlessness hurting blacks in America”). The letter succeeds only in perpetuating bigoted myths and is sorely lacking in substance. In an attempt to support his personal view, the author cites an obscure 26-yearold study based on one penal system (the Fulton County Jail) along with an unnamed “Tennessee representative” of whom we know nothing and have no reason to lend any credence. He then adds a few heartfelt, out-of-context, anecdotal quotes and magically arrives at single-parent households as an overwhelming cause of young black men in prison. This despite a 2018 study published by the U.S. Census Bureau showing parental marital status had “little impact” on outcomes for black youth (the study showed

similar results in the white population). This is the extension of the age-old myth that incarcerated young black men are raised without morals, guidance or values; that black women are incapable of raising healthy young men. The author fails to mention many other relevant, well-documented social and economic factors, such as the disproportionate amount of blacks incarcerated as compared to whites for the same crime, that blacks on average earn 12 percent lower wages for the same jobs when compared to their white coworkers, or the decades of wage, job and housing discrimination have left many young blacks concentrated in poor neighborhoods (making it more likely they will end up with low incomes as adults), to name a few. As to the quoted (and baseless) statement regarding black fathers, “(T)he few who were physically present weren’t there spiritually or emotional-

ly,” a recent 2013 report from the CDC shows that in-household fathers of all races were similarly engaged with their children. In fact, black fathers scored slightly better in most categories when compared to white and Hispanic fathers, respectively. The shameful perpetuation of this racist stereotype helps no one and diminishes everyone. Finally, the author finishes with a seemingly random attack on the “gay community.” He ignores the decades-long battle of gays to win marriage equality, as well as voluminous studies showing gay couples as successful as heterosexual couples in raising children into normal, healthy adults. Instead he echoes the ugly, nonsensical lie that gay marriage threatens heterosexual marriage and is a proximate cause of single-parent households, tacking a homophobic stab onto a mis-informed letter. Ken Vaselaar Isanti

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SCORES: Average reading scores above state average; math scores below, tests say FROM PAGE I

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT - READING RESULTS In reading, North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) overall scores (students meeting or exceeding proficiency measures) are slightly above statewide average. Sunrise River Elementary School students performed slightly below state average. Overall, middle school students performed a few percentage points better than state average. Fifth grade students outperformed the state average by six percentage points. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students performed slightly below state average. High school 10th grade students performed slightly above state average.

Average Reading Proficiency Score All Students North Branch Area Public Schools 59.50%

State 59.24%

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT - MATH RESULTS In math, NBAPS overall scores were below state average. Students at Sunrise River Elementary School scored 5.6 percent above state average. Students receiving free and/or reduced price meals continue to outperform the state average by almost 12 percent. As a whole, North Branch Area Middle School performed at state average. Sixth and eighth grade

students performed slightly above state average, while fifth and seventh performed at and slightly below state average. Students at the high school take the math assessment at the end of their 11th grade year. North Branch Area High School students continue to score below state average. The district and high school staff are responding and adapting instruction and resources to close this achievement gap.

Average Math Proficiency Score All Students North Branch Area Public Schools 54.02%

State 57.54%

OTHER DATA North Branch Area Middle School’s (NBAMS) multi-racial subgroup was recognized by the state for their math growth rate – 81.8 percent of the multi-racial subgroup met or exceeded typical yearly growth compared to the state average of 59.6 percent. The NBAMS Hispanic subgroup was also recognized for their superb daily attendance – 100 percent of Hispanic students attended school more than 90 percent of the time. North Branch Area High School was identified for comprehensive support for the percentage of students receiving special education services graduating in four years. The percentage fell below the 67 percent

used by the state. The high school and district is responding by conducting a needs assessment and assembling a leadership team that will develop an action plan to improve the four-year graduation rate for students receiving special education services. BEYOND THE NUMBERS NBAPS strives to offer a comprehensive education for students and is proud of the many unique options it provides students. Not only does NBAPS offer programs such as Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and PLTW Launch, robotics, Pro-Start Culinary, award-winning PBIS (positive behavior intervention and supports), Olweus Bullying Prevention PK-12, and world language K-12, each student in grades 5-12 receives a Chromebook for the entire school year. “We strive for continuous improvement,” said David Treichel, Director of Teaching and Learning. “The district analyzes academics and behavior on a continuous basis. Building-level leadership teams use a variety of student achievement data, including the MCA results, and behavior data to develop yearly growth goals at the building and student levels. This data, along with school and classroom student achievement data, informs district and building administrators, teacher leaders and licensed staff in creating viable action plans aligned to the district’s strategic plan and mission to ensure continuous growth for all learners.

Minnesota Design Team in North Branch FIVE STAR STORIES Here are the five most-read stories on our website from Sept. 2-8. 1. New teachers start at Cambridge-Isanti schools 2. Ask a Trooper: What is legal when it comes to ATVs? 3. Jacket football coach resigns 4. Kissner named ‘Midwest Bookseller of the Year’ 5. North Branch welcomes new teachers

The Minnesota Design Team will be in North Branch from Oct. 4-7 conducting its study of the city with input from citizens to generate ideas for improvement of the downtown area and other city projects. A free community dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, at North Branch High School to kick-off the process. Reservations are required. Watch

the Facebook page “Minnesota Design Team - North Branch” for details on how to register. On Saturday, Oct. 6, the group will make its community presentations at 7:30 p.m. at North Branch High School. Refreshments will be provided. For more information call City Hall at 651-674-8113.

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Paul W. Nebel, age 89, of Cambridge, died on Sept. 6, 2018, at The GracePointe Crossing Gables. Paul was born on Nov. 21, 1928, in Braham to Fred and Hadena (Erickson) Nebel. He was next to the youngest of seven children. Paul graduated from Braham High School in 1946 as Valedictorian of his class. He attended Bethel College, then the U University of Minnesota, g graduating in 1951 with a B BS and a BEE with High D Distinction. He was hired b by Honeywell the same y year. Paul married his high sschool sweetheart, Lola N Nelson, in 1953. In 1955, P Paul chose to join the Navy iinstead of being drafted. H He went to Officer Candid date School in Newport, R R.I., for three months a and was commissioned a as Lieutenant JG. After three years of active duty, 1955-1958, much time as Aircraft Maintenance Officer aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga, Paul was back at Honeywell. He was part of design teams of control systems for various military and commercial aircraft. Honeywell’s Aero Division became Aero/Space with the advent of NASA’s Apollo program. Quite a few Apollo and subsequent space shuttle documents have Paul’s name on them. He was lead engineer for the main engine controller of the space shuttle. Paul enjoyed woodworking and building furniture for family members and friends. His biggest building project was when he built his retirement home on Paul’s Lake in 1983. After having a contractor frame the house, Paul did all the finishing inside over the next five years. The move to Cambridge was August 1987, and Paul retired in December 1988 after 37 years at Honeywell. After a couple of years with a workshop in a basement room, he built a 24x36 workshop across the road. Paul used his woodworking skills for many projects, including several projects for First Baptist and GracePoint Church in New Brighton. Paul enjoyed music and singing in church choirs. While at the University, he was in the Male Chorus for two years. He also led the Stanchfield Baptist Church choir for the first two years he was at the U of M, driving to Stanchfield every Wednesday evening for practice, then back on Sunday for services, while carrying a heavy load of engineering courses. Paul was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Jerrold Nebel, Claribelle Carlson, Lucille Nebel, Carl Nebel, Harriet Skjod and Frederick Nebel. Paul is survived by his wife Lola of Cambridge; daughters LuAnn (Peter) Sidney and Carol Berglund; granddaughters Rachel Berglund and Laura Berglund; sisters-in-law Margaret Nebel and Gloria Lundeen; brother-in-law Glen Nelson; nieces and nephews; along with many relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at First Baptist Church, 304 Main Street S., Cambridge, with visitation 1-2 p.m. at the church. Private inurnment at Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery. Online condolences may be placed at

The Chicago Cubs lost a loyal fan on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, when Ronald George Zabilka passed away at age 82. Ron was a loving husband x 2 and dad to five daughters, a stepson, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mom Adele Ryan; his stepfather Herbert J. R Ryan; his wife of 40 years H Harriett J. (Wood) Zabilk ka; and son-in-law Terry J Jackson. Ron is survived by his w wife Barbara J. (Olson) Z Zabilka of Cambridge; d daughters Patricia C. Fowle er (David) of Lynnwood, W Wash., Linda L. Jackson o of Zimmerman, Pamela S S. Zabilka (JoAnn Hoffm man) of Cambridge, Laura L L. Zabilka of Princeton, P Paula F. Frisk (David) of M Minnetonka; and stepson Richard E. Olson (Cindy) of Collierville, Tenn. Ron spent his career working over 40 years for Prudential Insurance Company in Chicago, Hobart, Ind., and Plymouth, Minn. He started in the mailroom because his best friend told him it was a great place to meet girls. During his career he managed the Underwriting, Claim and IT departments. He shared a solid work ethic with his daughters and taught them to be strong, independent women; and he was so proud of all of their achievements. In turn, they called their dad the Rock of Gibraltar. Ron was instrumental in starting a job program for people with developmental disabilities partnering with the Dakota Organization of Minnesota. Ron lived a full life enjoying bowling, golf, fishing, traveling, dancing and spending time with his family. He was an avid fan of Da Cubs and Da Bears. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, with a time of visitation one hour prior at the Swanson Funeral Chapel in Pine City. The interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Pine City. In lieu of flowers the family supports a donation to St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development, 3395 Plymouth Road, Minnetonka, MN 55305 in Ron’s name. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City, Swanson Chapel.

Joan Nordenstrom, age 86, of Cambridge, Minn., passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 8, 2018. Joan Elisabeth Carlberg was born to Andrew and Agnes Carlberg on Feb. 23, 1932, in Stanchfield Township, Isanti County, Minn. Joan was confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church in Rush Point, Minn., and graduated from Rush City High School in 1949, g giving the commencement sspeech as the valedictorian o of her graduation class. J Joan put herself through b both Augsburg College and G Gustavus Adolphus Colllege obtaining a Bachelor o of Arts degree in English. Joan married Conrad N Nordenstrom, Jr. on June 88, 1957. They moved from M Minneapolis to their farm iin Isanti in 1958. Joan w worked at North Branch H High School for 32 years in tthe English Department in addition to earning her Master’s Degree in Education from St. Thomas University. Joan is survived by sons John (Monica), Paul (Kim), Dale (Diane); brother Curtis Carlberg; sister Cathie (John) Noreen; grandchildren Jared, Dana, Logan, Drake, Greta (Alex), and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Andrew and Agnes Carlberg; husband Conrad Nordenstrom; son Mike Nordenstrom; brother Adar Carlberg; sisters-in-law Lorraine Carlberg and Muriel Carlberg. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, at Strike Life Tributes in Cambridge, Minn., and also one hour prior to the memorial service at St. Andrew Lutheran Church on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1450 237th Avenue NE, East Bethel, Minn., with lunch at the church following the memorial service. Memorials to Samaritan’s Purse preferred in lieu of flowers.



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The City of North Branch welcomes the newest industrial business – Flashing By Design – to its manufacturing family. Flashing By Design, a Minnesota-born business, will be constructing a nearly 19,000 square foot facility in the city south of Andersen Windows and east of Northern Lights Steel fabrication. According to Carla Vita, Community Development Director, the city of North Branch has a strong history and commitment to manufacturing. “We see the value and importance of manufacturing to the sustainability of our city, county, region and state,” she said. “To assist the business, we worked on a Tax Increment Financing package to write down the costs of the project.” Vita thanks Falcon Bank, Springsted and the city team for helping on the project and bringing the company to the city’s industrial family.

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Max was born on Aug. 24, 2018, and weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces. Parents are Emily Essing and Jonathan Sampson of North Branch. Grandparents are Mark Essling of North Branch; Andrea Szondy of North Branch; Doug and Kristi Sampson of North Branch.

Hawthorne was born on Aug. 28, 2018, and weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces. Parents are Malinda and Zachary Gahm of Isanti. Grandparents are Gerald Paulsen of Corcoran; Vanessa Koshak of Circle Pines; Chuck and Laurie Gahm of Milaca.

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

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

Baptist First Baptist Church 304 S. Main St., Cambridge, 763-689-1173. Call the church office or visit our website for current service times and programs. North Isanti Baptist Church Lead Pastor: Travis Blake 2248 313th Ave. NE, Cambridge, MN 55008 Email: 763-689-3576. 8:30am Worship Service (traditional style) 10:45am Worship Service (contemporary style) Springvale Baptist Church 5-1/2 miles NW of Cambridge at Jct. of Cty Rd 14 & 6. 763-689-1373. Sunday School 9:30am. Morning Worship 10:30am. Second Sunday Potluck Dinner; Wednesday 7:15pm Adult Study South Isanti Baptist Church 3367 Cty. Rd. 5 NE, Isanti. 763-444-5860, Pastor Bob Venneman. Sunday Worship 9:30am. Wednesday “Life & Light” Bible studies for all ages. Adults & children. For info call or go to Stanchfield Baptist Church 38850 Midway St. NE Stanchfield. 320-396-3391. Rev. Tim Walker, Lead Pastor. 9:15am. Sunday School for all ages, 10:30 am Worship Service. Wednesday Nights Clubs & Youths Sept.-May 6:30pm.

Sunrise Bible Church 41300 Second St., North Branch, Pastor David Stertz. Sunday school for all ages 9:30am, Sunday morning Worship 10:30am, Sunday evening 6pm, Wed. Kids 4 Truth & Bible studies for all ages 6:30pm. More info at or 651-674-4107.


Evangelical Free Dale Evangelical Free Church 45268 Brunswick Rd, Harris, MN 763-689-5817 Pastor/Teacher Dr. Harvey Martin. Sunday School – all ages 9am. Sunday Service 10:25am. Kost Evangelical Free Church 37405 Kost Trail, North Branch, MN 55056. Jct. of CR 11 & CR 72, SE of North Branch. 651-583-3281. Pastor, Josh Jensen Kost Student Ministries Mondays 6:30pm. Worship Service Sundays 9:30am. More info: Oxlip Evangelical Free Church 9am Worhsip Service. 10:15am Coffee Fellowship. 10:45am Sunday School. Mon. 6pm Sr. High Youth. Wed. 6:25pm AWANA/ Jr. High Youth. Tues/Thurs. 9am Bone Builders. Pastor Leroy Scheumann. 29237 Roanoke St. NW, Isanti 55040. Email: 763-444-5134

Lutheran Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) 320-396-2755. West Central Dr. & Cty Rd 4 in northwest Braham. Pastor Julie Beck. Worship Service 9:00am Traditional on 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays. Country/Rock/ Traditional Worship on the 2nd & 4th Sundays. Holy Communion celebrated 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sundays. Sunday Schoool 10:15 am. Office hours 9 am-Noon TuesdayFriday. Radio service Sunday at 9:30am (KBEK 95.5 FM) Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church Of Rush Point (ELCA) Pastor Vicki Vandervegt. 320-358-4829, 600 Rush Point Dr. 10am Worship with nursery available. 11am Fellowship officecalvaryrushpoint@

Christ Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS) 32962 Vickers St. NE, Cambridge, 763-689-5333 Pastor Jason Schulz. Sunday Worship 9am. Sunday School/Bible class 10:30am. (1.8 mi. E of Cambridge) Faith Lutheran Church (ELCA) 2nd & Main, Isanti. 763-444-9201. Pastor Clifton Hanson. Sunday Worship 9:30am. Coffee hour 10:30am. Kingdom Kids Club 6:30pm-7:30pm every Wed. during school year. (3yrs-6th gr.) All are welcome! Staffed nursery available. Call for info. First Lutheran Church (ELCA) 43779 Gates Ave., Harris. 651-674-4498. Handicapped accessible. Pastor Caroline HarthunWooldridge. Sunday Worship 9:30am, with Sunday School.10:30am coffee andfellowship. Email: Joy Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 1155 Joy Circle, Cambridge. 763-689-4355. Pastor Daniel Lewis. Sunday Services: 8:00am Traditional. 10:30am Contemporary. Adult Bible Class 9:15am Living Branch Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 6486 Elm St., North Branch, MN 55056. 651-674-5576 Handicapped Accessible. Pastor Micah Schmidt. Sunday: 8am Traditional, 9:15am Sunday School/Adult Bible Study with Nursery, 10:30am contemporary service w/ nursery. Wed. 5:15-6:30 Bible study. Confirmation, 6:30pm Wings for Kids ages 3-12 yrs., Men’s Bible Study & Youth group.

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Long Lake Lutheran Church (ELCA) 3921 277th Ave NW Isanti, MN 55040, 763-444-5315. Pastor Matt Flom. Worship at 8 & 9:30am. Sunday School Education hour 9:30am. Wednesday Worship and Childrens Church 6pm. See website for Lent schedule

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

Salem Lutheran Church 4638 381st Ave. NW, Dalbo, MN 55017. 763-689-1687 Join us for worship every Sunday at 10am, Sunday school for 3 yrs to 6th gr. begins at 10:30am. Coffee fellowship after worship www. 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. Vicki VanderVegt, Pastor. Email: Thurs., Sept. 13 9am Men’s Coffee at County Market. Sun., Sept. 16 8:30 am Worship, 9:30 a.m. Sunday School, Fellowship. Wed., Sept. 19 6:30 p.m. Youth & Education Committee. Thurs., Sept. 20 2 p.m. Rose Circle at Ecumen, 7 p.m. AA meeting. St. John Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 28168 Jodrell St. NE, North Branch, Located 6 mi. E. of Isanti on Co. Rd. 5; (or 7 mi. W. of North Branch on Co. Rd. 5); then 1-1/2 mi. S. on Co. Rd. 12. 763-444-5988, Paul Anderson, Pastor; Sunday 9am Worship; 10:20am Adult Bible Study; Thursday 6:30pm Bible study. Email: St. John’s Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 980 West 4th Street, Rush City, Pastor Tim Renstrom 320-358-3623, Sunday 8:45am Worship, 7:30am Rise & Shine Bible Study, Monday 10am Longer Look Bible Study. St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 400 SE 8th St., (Isanti #4 E.), PO Box 37, Braham. 320-396-3103. Tim Renstrom, Pastor. 9:00am Sunday School & Adult Bible Study. 10:15am Worship.

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Methodist Common Ground A United Methodist Community 404 North Cypress St. North, Cambridge. 763-689-2071. Pastors Amelia & Andrew Buschena. Sunday 9:30am. Worship. Livestream of services and more info at Everyone Counts! Main Street Church 6500 Main St., North Branch, MN, 55056. 651-674-4090 Pastor Ralph Holbrook Sunday Worship 10am Children’s Church 10am. Youth Gathering 11:10am Spirit River Community A United Methodist Church 1321 Heritage Blvd. NE, Isanti, MN 612-888-4255. Reverend Pastor Guy E. Sederski. Sunday Worship Service and Christian Education 10:30am.

Non-Denominational Bethesda Church 38180 Hemingway Ave., North Branch, MN 952-226-6651. Pastor Mark Huber. 9am Worship Service. 10:10am Coffee Break. 10:30am Sunday School and adult Bible studies. Lakeside Christian Church 32393 Rendova Cir. N.E., Cambridge (3 mi. E of Cambridge just off Hwy. 95). 763-689-3649. Pastoral Care; Neil Bonkoski. Ministry Coordinator Jeff Bonkoski. Administrative Assistant Sharon Dahl. Sunday

9:30am. Worship 10:45am. Gathering Grounds; Cabins for personal retreats. Call for reservation. E-mail

Journey of Faith Bible based worship. 651-600-9878. faiththroughaction777@gmail. com. Sunday fellowship 9 am, Worship & Youth Ministry 10 am Come as you are. All welcome. Junction Bowl. 123 Cajima Street, NE, Isanti. Refreshments served. NorthBrook Church Meeting in North Branch Area High School. Church Office: 651-277-0100 Frank Gomes, Pastor. Come join us at 10am. Worship Service – nursery provided - children’s church (2 yrs old-2nd gr.); Mon. - Fri.: (call for details) “Life Groups”, Bible Studies, Youth Ministry. E-mail us at or visit us on the web at River of Life Church Meeting at 150 Birch St. N., Ste 170, Cambridge. (Across from Minnco Credit Unon, Mark Radeke, Pastor. 763689-5115. Sundays 10:15 am. River Valley Christian Church IHS “Allowing the Holy Spirit to Transform Lives” 37126 Hwy 65 NE, Stanchfield MN (just North of Grandy on the West side of 65). Sunday Morning Worship & Children’s Church 10am, Sunday Night Believers Service 6pm, Wed. Night Worship & Bible Study 6:30pm. Pastor Tom Bakke (763) 689-6987 Church Office – 34006 Petersburg St NE; Cambridge, MN 55008. We are a “Real Family, Loving Jesus, Loving Each Other, Loving the World” Visitors ARE Expected!

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

This directory is paid for and made possbile by the participating churches listed.

NO COST Respite Care Openings! The Gathering is a group, non-medical 4-hour respite program held from 10 am – 2 pm on the 2nd and 3rd Tuesday each month at Karmel Covenant Church. Our mission is to provide a safe and enjoyable setting for seniors experiencing long-term illness and provide caregivers the opportunity for several hours of respite. We provide care receivers an opportunity for fellowship, activities (crafts, light exercise, games), lunch and socialization. For more information contact the Gathering Coordinators, Mary Duvall at 763-389-3392 or Bob Mashuga at 320-689-0453

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


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GARAGE: Isanti museum has 14 Chryslers on display FROM PAGE I

All but one car in Biskey’s collection has been restored, but not by Biskey – he always bought them in working condition. Three of the cars in his collection were “frame-off” restorations, meaning the car was taken completely apart down to its bare frame. Every single car was driven onto the display floor. The cars hail from all over the U.S., from New York to California, and Biskey bought most of them before there was an internet. Although Biskey goes to a couple of cars shows each year, his collection was mostly just kept in a pole shed, which he noted was not a good environment and the reason he sought a build-

ing in which to display his collection. Some of the cars on display in the heart of Isanti are quite rare, Biskey noted. He has a 1932 Imperial convertible (Model CH), one of only nine remaining. He also has two Airflows, which were kind of a specialty car not seen very often anymore, Biskey said. When Biskey started collecting cars 35 years ago, he decided to stick with only Chrysler, telling people there was “not enough money or room in the barn” to expand the collections to other makes. It was Biskey’s good friend, Clint Randall, who was a big influence on Biskey’s collection. Randall, who passed away a few years ago, was an enthusiastic Chrysler collector, and

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This 1924 Model B-70 Phaeton is the oldest car on display.

Biskey bought his first car from him. There is a tribute to Randall on display at the museum. OTHER MEMORABILIA Other items that can be found on display are old newspaper advertisements, signs, an original booklet from the opening of the Chrysler Building in 1930, an original pair of tickets to Major Bowes Amateur Hour – a radio show sponsored by Chrysler,

and 1934 World’s Fair memorabilia when the Airflow was introduced. Biskey noted he is still not finished and is still hanging other items from his collection. In addition to his interest in the cars, Biskey would like to learn more about the history of the museum building, which he states was owned by a local Larson family from the time it was built until a few years before he bought it.

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Henry Abraham was the Bluejackets’ top boys finisher during the Norm Ayen Invite on Friday, Sept. 7.


Jordan Merwin came in 12th for the C-I girls during the Norm Ayen Invite.


Kendra Fanth picked up C-I’s top two finishes during the Jackets’ home meet versus Monticello. The junior touched the wall first in the 100 fly and 500 freestyle.

FOOTBALL The Jackets pulled off a “SportsCenter Top 10”-worthy victory over Chisago Lakes on Friday, Sept. 7, by way of a 34-28 overtime score. Trailing by seven with just a second left in the game, C-I quarterback Brody Nelson scrambled and heaved a mini Hail Mary to Luke Malamisuro, who outjumped the Wildcat defense to haul in the touchdown. The Jackson Lindberg extra point tied the game at 28 and forced overtime where C-I finished off the come-from-behind win with a Levi Wilkins touchdown and a defensive stop on the Wildcats’ attempt. Before the miraculous events, C-I held a 14-6 lead in the second quarter before Chisago Lakes rattled off three straight touchdowns to take a 28-14 lead at halftime. Individually, the Jackets were led by Kaden Slepica on the ground with 101 yards rushing and one touchdown on 20 carries. Quarterback Nelson completed four of nine pass attempts for two touchdowns, with Austin Chromy hauling in the other TD pass. Also scoring for the Jackets was Gaven Ziebarth. Defensively, despite giving up four touchdowns, the Jackets limited Chisago Lakes to just 208 total yards, with 146 coming on the ground and 62 coming via passes. GIRLS TENNIS Year after year, the Jackets are making a habit of starting their season hot, and this year is no exception. Last week, C-I competed in five matches in six days, winning all five of them to run their season record to 9-2. Last week’s wins were almost all done convincingly. The Jackets topped Chisago Lakes 7-0, Monticello 6-1 and both Blaine and North Branch 5-2. Their lone nail-biter was against St. Paul Harding, where the Jackets pulled out a close 4-3 win over the Knights.

GIRLS SOCCER C-I went an even 1-1-1 last week. The Jackets started out with a 3-1 win over Rockford. All of the scoring in the game came in the second half. Next came the tie, with the Jackets knotting the final score against rival Princeton. The lone loss of the week came at the hands of Becker by a 2-1 score. BOYS SOCCER The Jackets picked up their first win of the season, topping Princeton 3-1 on Thursday, Sept. 6. The win was sandwiched between a pair of losses by scores of 7-2 against Rockford and 4-0 against Anoka. GIRLS SWIMMING AND DIVING The Jackets were bested by a strong Monticello team in their only meet of the week, with the Magic earning a 101-82 victory. The Magic dominated a majority of the events, with Kendra Fanth picking up C-I’s only two first-place finishes, in the 100 fly and 500 freestyle. The Jackets also “won” the 100 breaststroke and 400 free relay due to Monticello swimming exhibition via swimming’s version of the “mercy rule.” BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY The Jackets hosted their annual “Bluejacket Invite” at Isanti Middle School on Friday, Sept. 7, with both the boys and girls teams finishing fifth in the meet. Individually, Henry Abraham was the top finisher for the boys, coming in 12th with a time of 18:10.2. On the girls side, junior Jordan Merwin also finished in 12th, with a time of 21:05.8. VOLLEYBALL C-I’s struggles continue as they lost 3-1 in both of their non-tournament matches last week. After capturing the first games versus Anoka, the Jackets fell in the next three games on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Two days later, C-I lost to Chisago Lakes in four games, with C-I’s one victory coming in the third game to avoid the sweep.

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Maddie Nelson sends a ball over the net during Braham’s 3-1 win over Hinckley-Finlayson on Thursday, Sept. 6. BY BILL STICKELS III EDITOR@COUNTYSTAR.COM

FOOTBALL The Bombers bounced back from an unusual lopsided regular-season loss, coming out with a convincing 28-6 win over Crosby-Ironton. Braham held a slim 8-6 lead halfway through the third quarter before putting the game away with three unanswered touchdowns to seal the victory. The game was actually closer than the score indicated, as the Rangers had more total offensive yards than the Bombers (260-239), but the Bombers made the most of their opportunities to pick up the win. The Braham touchdowns were evenly spread out between Ryan Roslin, Carson Shockman and Luke Bendickson, with Roslin also adding a “pick-six” to account for the other touchdown. Roslin did the yeoman’s work, rushing for 154 yards, along with hauling in one pass for 14 yards.

VOLLEYBALL Braham picked up another win on the season, topping Hinckley-Finlayson 3-1 on Thursday, Sept. 6. Unfortunately, the team also lost in all four of their matches at the Sauk Rapids-Rice tournament on Saturday, Sept. 8. The Bombers were swept all four times, losing to Holdingford, Royalton, Little Falls and Kimball Area 2-0.

BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY The Bombers’ runners competed in the Pine City Invite on Thursday, Sept. 6. For the girls, Sarah Erbtoesser came in with a 35th place finish as Braham’s only varsity competitor. For the boys, Kevin Laman came in 48th and Brody Newton was close behind in 50th.

North Branch’s Brandon Swanson and Dawson Drost (#79) drag down the Hermantown quarterback during the Vikings’ game against the Hawks on Friday, Sept. 7. Despite a solid defensive effort, the Vikings lost to the Hawks 16-6. BY BILL STICKELS III EDITOR@COUNTYSTAR.COM

BOYS SOCCER The Vikings have jumped out to a very satisfying undefeated season so far in this young campaign. Last week’s victory came against PACT Charter School, by a score of 4-1. The Vikings tallied two goals in each half, with Connor Mattson picking up half of the scores, and Jose Flor and Nathan Korkowski picking up the other two. PACT’s lone goal came late in the game as the Vikings used their large lead to empty their bench and give several reserve players some experience. The team’s lone “blemish” came by way of a 4-4 tie against St. Michael-Albertville, making their season record 3-1. GIRLS SOCCER The young Vikings experienced a few more growing pains last week, falling twice, but also picked up their first victory of the season. North Branch was routed by a traditionally strong STMA team 11-1 in their first conference action of the season. The Vikings also suffered a tough 3-2 loss to


Lily Johnson knocks knees with a Richfield player during North Branch’s 3-2 loss to the Spartans on Monday, Sept. 10.

Richfield, giving up a 2-0 halftime lead. Scoring goals for the Vikings were Sylvia Linkert and Chloe Kopp. The team’s win came against Mesabi East by a score of 4-0. Sophomore Paige Bauer picked up a pair of goals in the win, with Emmie Meyer and Megan Honrud scoring the other two. FOOTBALL The Vikings running attack ran right into a staunch Hermantown defense, who stifled the North Branch runners all game, leading to a 16-6 Hawk win. The game, which was played in Hinckley due to North Branch’s home field still not being completed, saw the Hawks jump out to a 9-0 halftime lead. The Vikings managed their lone score of the game in the fourth quarter, and the offense was threatening to take the lead, but a costly fumble turned into a game-clinching touchdown drive for Hermantown. VOLLEYBALL North Branch only had one match last week, topping Buffalo 3-1 on Thursday, Sept. 6. Although still led by Cianna Selbitschka’s 13 kills, the Viking attack was much more spread out as Lydia Langevin

collected 10 kills, Reagon Irons earning 7 kills and Paige Peaslee adding 6 kills. Haley Hadrava and Paige Sheehan again equally shared the assists, collecting 17 and 15 assists respectively. GIRLS TENNIS While the young Viking squad was lean on the team wins last week, they were heavy on the positive effort. North Branch lost all three matches for the week, falling to STMA 6-1, 7-0 to Buffalo and 5-2 to Cambridge-Isanti. Miaya Volkman continues to be a bright spot for the Vikings, winning two more singles matches. Her loss to Buffalo was the first time the “fourth singles phenom” has tasted defeat this season. BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY Last week’s meet for the Vikings saw the team run at the Pine City Invite, where the boys came in third and the girls came in ninth. For the boys, Joseph Nihart and Matthew Stuber led the way, each picking up a top-five finish by placing fourth and fifth, respectively. On the girls side, Cora Hudella was the Vikings’ top finisher, coming in 16th.

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The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced that the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office recently charged Curtiss Allan Wright, of Isanti, with eight tax-related felonies and eight tax-related gross misdemeanors. Wright was charged with four felony counts of willfully attempting to defeat a tax law by failing to file sales tax returns, four felony counts of willfully failing to pay sales taxes, four gross misdemeanor counts of knowingly failing to file sales tax returns, and four gross misdemeanor counts of knowingly failing to pay sales taxes. According to the complaint, Wright operated a business in Minneapolis, Shake Shoppe, which collected sales tax on purchases made by customers. He allegedly told department investigators that he was collecting sales tax but admitted that he did not file a sales tax return or remit the sales tax he collected to the state. The complaint

states that Wright failed to file a sales tax return and failed to remit the sales tax he collected in every quarter of 2014 and each year from 2015 through 2017. According to the complaint, Wright owes more than $27,000 in sales tax, penalties and interest. Each tax-related felony charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. Each tax-related gross misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison, a $3,000 fine, or both. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Many of the department’s criminal case referrals come from public tips. The Minnesota Department of Revenue has a 24-hour tip line for anyone who suspects that a person or business is violating Minnesota tax laws. Local callers may dial 651-297-5195 or call tollfree by dialing 1-800-657-3500. Tips can also be submitted to the department by email at Tipsters may choose to remain anonymous.

Monarch butterfly tagging open to public The public is invited to watch a demonstration of tagging monarch butterflies from 2-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Sunrise Prairie Trail parking lot in North Branch. Through the efforts of the Monarch Strategy Group, the city is aiming to become the “Monarch Capitol of Minnesota.” Founder Tom Anderson, a

professional naturalist, and members of the organization will be tagging the butterflies. Numbered, lightweight tags are affixed to the wings of the monarchs and are used to study their migration to central Mexico. There is no charge. For information email


Isanti City Council approved the 2019 preliminary budget and levy at its Sept. 4 meeting. The proposed preliminary property tax levy is approximately $2.73 million. Finance director Mike Betker noted the preliminary taxable market value in the city increased by 10.86 percent over last year. According to the League of Minnesota Cities, dividing the market value by the levy yields the proposed preliminary tax rate – in Isanti’s case, 72 percent, a decrease of 9.55 percent from 2018. The final budget and levy will be discussed and approved at the Dec. 4, 2018, meeting of the Isanti City Council. UPDATED CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN The council approved an updated 10-year capital improvement plan for 2019-2028. The previous plan was approved in 2010 and included recommended improvements through 2020. However, the majority of the items in the previous plan are completed or in need of a revised project schedule. The new plan shows anticipated projects and scheduled maintenance programs through 2028, including estimated costs of the projects and schedule of when the projects will take place. Identified in the capital improvement plan were projects in four areas, including multi-modal and transportation corridor enhancements, street system management, sanitary sewer collection and treatment system, and water supply and distribution system.

Council Member Paul Bergley asked for clarification regarding the pedestrian bridge/tunnel crossing Minnesota Highway 65, which was in the previous plan and included in the new plan. He noted the council had talked about this when discussing the Coborn’s project and safety issues for people crossing Highway 65. Mayor George Wimmer explained that the cost of the project was included in the plan as a place holder. If the project were to take place, the city would seek state and/or federal funding to cover at least half of the total costs of the project.

ODDS AND ENDS In other business, the council: · appointed Arissya Simon to the planning commission after conducting an interview. · approved the replacement of Generation RIO H4 Miox Chlorination unit in the water treatment plant. The current system is failing and needed to be repaired or replaced. The cost of repairs would have been approximately $52,000, and the cost to replace is $76,700. This is an unbudgeted expense, and money will be transferred from the fund balance to cover the cost. · approved a motion to reject the only bid received for the 2018 storm system maintenance project and go out for bids again this fall or in the winter for the 2019 construction season. The bid that was received by the city was $175,670, nearly $40,000 higher than the engineer’s estimated cost of the project.

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Ask A Trooper: Are construction zone limits enforced when workers aren’t present? Question: Are construction zone speed limits enforced even when no construction workers are present? How about on weekends and holidays? Answer: If the posted speed limit signs are visible and placed in a construction zone, that speed limit is the maximum speed allowed, no matter what time, date or if workers are present or not. The speed limits are established for not only the safety of the construction workers, but also for the Ask a safety of the motoring public. The white/black speed limit Trooper signs are the official regulatoSgt. Neil ry sign. The orange signs serve as a warning; even though Dickenson they are not regulatory, they are intended to provide clear instructions to help you drive safely. Law enforcement actively enforces all speed limits, especially in a work zone. Cost of a speeding violation will vary by county, but it will typically cost a driver more than $110 with court fees for traveling 10 mph over the limit. Fines double for those traveling

20 mph over the limit, and fines for speeding in a work zone are more than $300. A driver can lose their license for six months for going 100 mph or more.

Higher Speeds, Bigger Problems - Greater potential for loss of vehicle control. - Increased stopping distance. - Less time for driver response for crash avoidance.

Safety Tips - Put the distractions away. Distracted driving is a leading factor in crashes in Minnesota. The driver needs to focus 100 percent of their attention on the road. - Move over for construction workers and their vehicles if there is room to do so. - Never drive impaired. - Wear your seatbelt as it can save your life. - Check out for road closures, detours and traffic incidents. Sgt. Neil Dickenson is Minnesota State Patrol Public Information Officer for the state’s northeast region. Send questions concerning traffic-related laws or issues to neil.dickenson@state. mn or by mail to Minnesota State Patrol, 1131 Mesaba Ave., Duluth MN 55811. Follow Dickenson on Twitter at @MSPPIO_NE .

Learn how to square dance in Isanti Cambridge Corners Square Dance Club will host “Square Dancing for Beginners” on Tuesdays starting Sept. 18 from 6:45-8:15 p.m. at the Isanti Primary School, 301 W. County Road 5, Isanti. New dancers will be accepted

through Oct. 16. The first session is free, then a suggested donation each time, with a discount for youth. No fancy footwork, just walking to music! Casual dress. All generations, no partner necessary; lots of fun and

exercise. Just show up or call Connie at 612-710-2527 or Paul at 612201-0516. More information at There’s a link to the group’s Facebook page to view news, posts and pictures.

ISANTI COUNTY COURT REPORT The following felony charges were filed in Isanti County Court on Sept. 3-7, 2018. All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Kole Fredrick Krueger, (DOB 01/14/ 1989), of Cambridge, was charged Sept. 4, with threats of violence. Jeremy Patrick Rice, (DOB 11/19/ 1976), of Mora, was charged Sept. 6 with 5th degree drugs - possess schedule 1, 2, 3, 4 - not small amount marijuana. Dennis Vang, (DOB 01/02/1992), of Brooklyn Park, was charged Sept. 7 with prostitution - hires/offers/ agree to hire; individual believes age 13 to 16; penetration or contact; solicit child or believe to be a child through electronic communication to engage in sexual conduct. Richard S. Duana, (DOB 05/15/ 1980), of Burnsville, was charged

Sept. 7 with prostitution - hires/ offers/agree to hire; individual believes age 13 to 16; penetration or contact; solicit child or believe to be a child through electronic communication to engage in sexual conduct. Jeffery Christopher Gusciora, (DOB 10/19/1971), (no city given), was charged Sept. 7 with prostitution hires/offers/agree to hire; individual believes age 13 to 16; penetration or contact; solicit child or believe to be a child through electronic communication to engage in sexual conduct. Daniel Ryan Bornhorst, (DOB 08/19/1986), of Mounds View, was charged Sept. 7 with prostitution hires/offers/agree to hire; individual believes age 13 to 16; penetration or contact; solicit child or believe to be a child through electronic communication to engage in sexual conduct.

CHISAGO COUNTY COURT REPORT The following felony charges were filed in Chisago County Court on Sept. 3-7, 2018. All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Harry Maddox III, (DOB 05/29/1957), of Columbia Heights, was charged Sept. 4 with check forgery - offer/possess with intent to defraud. Sarah Morgan Meyerdirk, (DOB 07/12/1999), of Shafer, was charged Sept. 4 with 5th degree drugs - possess schedule 1, 2, 3, 4 - not small amount marijuana; aiding and

abetting theft - take/drive motor vehicle - no owner consent. Christopher Paul Sanvig, (DOB 05/17/1973), of Harris, was charged Sept. 4 with two counts of violating no contact order - within 10 years of the first of two or more convictions. Ashley Marie Thornell, (DOB 08/18/1999), of North Branch, was charged Sept. 4 with domestic assault - by strangulation. Jean Marie Petersdorf, (DOB 06/29/1973), of Zimmerman, was charged Sept. 5 with check forgery - offer/possess with intent to defraud.

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Fall lawn care tips Spring and summer may be the seasons associated with landscaping and lawn care, but tending to lawns and gardens is a year-round job. Fall is the last chance that homeowners have to address the landscaping around their homes. Fall lawn care differs from spring and summer lawn care. Homeowners who want their lawns to thrive yearround can take advantage of the welcoming weather of fall to address any existing or potential issues. • Keep mowing. It’s important that homeowners continue to mow their lawns so long as grass is growing. As fall transitions into winter, lower the blades so the grass is cut shorter while remaining mindful that no blade of grass should ever be trimmed by more than one-third. Lowering the blades allows more sunlight to reach the grass in the months ahead. • Remove leaves as they fall. Some may wait to pick up a rake until all of the trees on their properties are bare. Allowing fallen leaves to sit on the ground for extended periods of time can have an adverse effect on grass. Leaves left to sit on the lawn will suffocate the grass by forming a wall that deprives the lawn of sunlight and oxygen. The result is dead grass and possibly fungal disease. Leaves may not need to be raked every day, but homeowners should periodically rake and remove leaves from their grass, even if there are plenty left to fall still hanging on the trees. • Repair bald spots. Homeowners may end up with a lawn with bald spots come September. Autumn is a

great time to repair these bald spots. Lawn repair mixes contain mulch, seed and fertilizer to repair bald spots, which can begin to recover in as little as seven days. Before applying such products, remove dead grass and loosen the top few inches of soil. Follow any additional manufacturer instructions as well. • Aerate the turf. Aerating reduces soil compacting, facilitating the delivery of fertilizer and water to a lawn’s roots. While many homeowners, can successfully aerate their own turf, it’s best to first have soil tested so you know which amendments to add after the ground has been aerated. Gardening centers and home improvement stores sell soil testing kits that measure the pH of soil, but homeowners who want to test for nutrients or heavy metals in their soil may need to send their samples to a lab for further testing. Fall lawn care provides a great reason to spend some time in the yard before the arrival of winter.

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

SwiCounty County Swift Job Job Opportunies Opportunies Swift County is currently recruiting for the following positions: Swift County is currently recruiting for the following positions: - Restorative Practices - Restorative PracticesCoordinator Coordinator - Case Aide/Family Support and Educator Case Aide/Family Support and Educator - Communications & Corrections Officer - Communications & Corrections Officer - Legal Assistant/Officer Manager Swift County excellent pay with a benefit - Legal offers Assistant/Offi cer Manager package that includes health, dental, life, vision and Swift County offers excellent pay with a benefit package includes health, disability insurance, paid-time-off, and that PERA pension. dental, life, vision and disability insurance, paid-time-off, and PERA pension. An application packet and MN Merit link can be found An application packet and MN Merit link can be found at www.swiftcounty. at Questions can be answered by calling 320-314-8321. com/jobs. Questions can be answered by calling 320-314-8321. Swift County is anisequal employer. Swift County an equalopportunity opportunity employer.

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ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you may want to be everywhere at once when the social invitations arrive. But this week you will have to pick your RSVPs carefully. Spend time with close friends.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Focus most of your energy on a work assignment that has been looming for some time now, Libra. Once it is off your plate, you can focus your energy on everything else.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 You may have a lot of things on your mind, Taurus. The best way to handle this kind of situation is to find a quiet place and think about all the answers you need.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Don’t worry if people do not always understand your intentions, Scorpio. You are a natural born leader, and you have to make some challenging decisions from time to time.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 A spending spree is not the way to go right now, Gemini. You have to be more responsible with your money. Ask a relative or friend to help you work on a budget. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Problems have a funny way of sticking around even when you try to avoid them, Cancer. Rather than running from difficult decisions, it is time to meet them head on. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, if you have had an overwhelming week, you can find a restful spot to recharge. Plan a spa weekend or even just a quiet hike through a state park . VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 A change of scenery is something you can use right now, Virgo. Pack up an overnight bag or backpack and hit the road for some spontaneous adventures.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, you may find yourself as the life of the party sometime this week. Embrace the limelight but make sure to set aside some time for rest and relaxation. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 You have a big event on the horizon that you have been planning, Capricorn. If it has been taking up too much of your energy, try delegating a few tasks to get some relief. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, try to be supportive of those around you even when you may not agree with all of their reasoning. Diplomacy will help you keep a good group of friends. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, if you can’t figure out something that is puzzling you, it’s best to take it to a few other people who may offer a fresh perspective.

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CITY WIDE Garage #1– 2240 Red Pine Dr. • Cambridge Tea pot collection, lots of crystal. #2 – 775 Taft Loop S • Cambridge Household items, women’s clothing, furniture, holiday decorations. #3 – 977 16th Ave. SE • Cambridge Sept. 14 & 15, 7am-4pm. Multi-Family Sale. Sports collectibles, bikes, clothing, craft items, weight set, wedding decor, lots of household, and much more. #4 – 1024 329th NW Ave. • Cambridge Large desk, massage chair, power painter, lawn mowers, like new vacuum, many new things, new coat, garden tiller, new treadmill, oriental screen four door, unique LV light, iron bed, rocker and stool.


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NOTICE OF SELF STORAGE SALE Please take notice Cambridge Self Storage, located at 503 Cleveland Street South, Cambridge MN 55008, intends to hold an auction of the goods stored in the following units in default for non-payment of rent. The sale will occur as an online auction via on 9/24/2018 at 10:00AM. Unless stated otherwise, the description of the contents are household goods and furnishings. Danny Scott (2 units). All property is being stored at the above self-storage facility. This sale may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Certain terms and conditions apply. See manager for details. Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Sept. 6, 13, 2018

PUBLIC NOTICE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed proposals will be received by the Project Administrator, located at 37 28th Avenue North, Suite

102, St. Cloud, MN 56301, before 3:00 PM local standard time on Friday, October 5, 2018, for the Rush Estates I Apartments/owned by Chisago County HRA/EDA. Bids may be dropped off in person or sent by email to Jo Kesler at jkesler@cmhp. net. Emailed or dropped off bids must include all required attachments. If contractor discovers discrepancies or disagrees with anything in the bid documents, they may alert the Owner and Project Administrator during the pre-bid walk through, or shall notify Owner and Project Administrator via phone or email PRIOR to the bid deadline date. Bids will be opened at 3:01 p.m. on October 5, 2018. Bidders must have attended a Mandatory Pre-Bid bidders walk through scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2018 at: Rush Estates 1 Apartments Owned by Chisago County HRA/ EDA 220 West Division Rush City, MN 55609 The Rush Estates 1 Apartments (Chisago County) is seeking competitive bids for the renovation of

Koppen Gardens Apartments. Work includes but not limited to: Shingle replacement, Gutter/downspouts, A/C shelves, Concrete repairs, Asphalt overlay, Cabinets, Fixture and plumbing upgrades. - Bid Documents may also be obtained by contacting: Jo Kesler Central Minnesota Housing Finance Agency 37 28th Avenue North, Suite 102 St. Cloud, MN 56301 320-258-0677 Bidding general contractors are required to have a current Minnesota Residential Building Contractors License and sufficient insurance coverage. Refer to other bidding requirements described in General Contractor Bidding Instructions/Requirements. Submit your offer on the bid form provided. Bidders may supplement this form as appropriate. Your offer will be required to be submitted under a condition of irrevocability for a period of 30 days after submission. The Owner Reserves the right to accept or reject any or all offers. Published in the Isanti-Chisago

County STAR on Sept. 13, 20, 2018

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed proposals will be received by the Project Administrator, located at 37 28th Avenue North, Suite 102, St. Cloud, MN 56301, before 3:00 PM local standard time on Friday, October 5, 2018, for the Rush Estates II Apartments/owned by Chisago County HRA/EDA. Bids may be dropped off in person or sent by email to Jo Kesler at jkesler@cmhp. net. Emailed or dropped off bids must include all required attachments. If contractor discovers discrepancies or disagrees with anything in the bid documents, they may alert the Owner and Project Administrator during the pre-bid walk through, or shall notify Owner and Project Administrator via phone or email PRIOR to the bid deadline date. Bids will be opened at 3:01 p.m. on October 5, 2018. Bidders must have attended a Mandatory Pre-Bid bidders walk through scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on

September 24, 2018 at: Rush Estates II Apartments Owned by Chisago County HRA/ EDA 100 North Elliot Avenue Rush City, MN 55609 The Rush Estates 1 Apartments (Chisago County) is seeking competitive bids for the renovation of Koppen Gardens Apartments. Work includes but not limited to: Window replacement, Doors, Reroof Shingles, Gutter/downspouts, A/C Sleeves, Concrete repairs, Asphalt overlay, Cabinets, Fixtures and mechanical and plumbing upgrades.Bid Documents may also be obtained by contacting: Jo Kesler Central Minnesota Housing Finance Agency 37 28th Avenue North, Suite 102 St. Cloud, MN 56301 320-258-0677 Bidding general contractors are required to have a current Minnesota Residential Building Contractors License and sufficient insurance coverage.

Refer to other bidding requirements described in General Contractor Bidding Instructions/Requirements. Submit your offer on the bid form provided. Bidders may supplement this form as appropriate. Your offer will be required to be submitted under a condition of irrevocability for a period of 30 days after submission. The Owner Reserves the right to accept or reject any or all offers. Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Sept. 13, 20, 2018


You are hereby notified that after September 27, 2018, the contents contained in the following storage spaces will be sold to the highest bidder to satisfy the charges due for rent plus incurred costs by Thompson Mini Storage, Cambridge. The storage spaces include: Kyle Harrington, Unit #33, household contents, amount due $240.00 Published in the Isanti-Chisago County STAR on Sept. 13, 20, 2018

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Thurs., Sept. 13, 10 a.m. Robert and Ann Johnson, owners. Located 14029 92nd Ave., Milaca, MN 56353. From the junction of Highways 23 & 169 in Milaca, go east on 23 ¼ mile to Cty. Rd. 2, then head south/south east 1 ¾ miles to site. Tractor, windrower, farm machinery, lumber & wood working tools, collectibles, lawn mower, boat & sporting items. Siemers Auctioneers. Mitchell Siemers, Auctioneer Lic. # 48-16-016. 320-267-1799 www.midwestauction

Thursday, September 27, 9:00 a.m. Nelson's Heritage Corner, Jim and Gladys Nelson, owners. Location: 2147 113th Avenue, Mora, MN. From the junction of Highways 23 and 65 in Mora, take 65 south seven miles to 120th Avenue; then west/southwest one mile to auction site. Follow the auction signs. Collectible tractors, vintage autos and trucks, tools and shop related items, threshing machines, stationary engines, firearms, antique and primitive farm machinery and related items, antiques, primatives and collectibles. Siemers Auctioneers, Mitchell Siemers, auctioneer, Lic. #48-16016. 320-267-1799,

4-H Annual Rummage Sale. Every Thurs. & Fri. starting 9-13-18, 8-5. $5 a bag. Too big for a bag, make an honest offer. New items added weekly. Next 10 weeks. Books 25 for $1. 4-H building , at Kanabec County fairgrounds, Mora.

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102 Services Alterations and clothing repairs, 25 years experience. 320-3964152 Contact Rosemary. Braham Diesel Problems? Call the experts: East Central Diesel 763-689-9470 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 the Isanti- Chisago County STA R.

Our newspaper has end rolls for sale! These 33” tall end rolls of blank news- paper are great for: Artwork, coloring paper for kids, wrapping packages for mailing, packing material for shipping, creating banners. Lining pet cages and so much more! Cost is .45 cents per pound. (rolls average 15-25 pounds) Call 763689-1181 x 100 to find out what is in stock. Can be picked up in our Cambridge office. 930 Cleveland St. Roof problems? Carpentry service? We can save you money 320-674-0755. Save $1,000 a year. Up to 30 channels FREE, Daves TV Repair. Call: 320-515-0270

114 Roofing/Siding Steel Metal Roofing, LLC. Celebrating 10 years excellency! Hail and insurance jobs welcome. For free estimates call 320-223-2571. Licensed, insured, and bonded #RR635442

Wood stoves for sale, good shape. Call 320-279-1983.

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

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

301 Farm Misc Looking to rent available, productive, tillable farmland. Call/text 612-730-5941.

351 Antiques Antiques wanted: Redwing crocks and pottery, pocket knives, signs, general store items, railroad, oil paintings, light fixtures, postcards. Call Gary, 320-679-2535, cell 651-238-0909.

355 Furniture For Sale: Reconditioned washers, dryers, ranges, refrigerators. Rick's Home Furnishings 320-679-4047. For Sale: White lacquer and miscellaneous office furniture, drawing table, queen size bed in rural Mora. 320-679-1220.

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



3 cord loads of mixed hardwood, 16 in., split, $525 per load; 20 in. split, mixed Hardwood for outdoor stove, 3 cord load, $495. 320-679-1815 5 cord loads. 20 foot pole length firewood. $575 delivered within 25 miles radius of Mora. 320-679-1815

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

362 Miscellaneous For Sale: Garage door opener $125 OBO, lift chair $150 OBO, antique tractor and all attachments $500 OBO, chrome grill & chrome side boards for Chev or Ford $150 all. Call 320-438-9018. 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!

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

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

Thurs., Sept. 13, 4:30 p.m. Lee Anderson Estate Auction. Lloyd Anderson, owner. Real Estate Open House: Thurs., Sept. 6 5 p.m.-7 p.mLocated at 650 3rd Ave. NW, Milaca, Mn 56353. From the stoplight on Highway 23 and Central Avenue in Milaca go north on Cental Avenue ¾ mile to 7th Street North, then go west 2 blocks to auction locaton. Follow signs. Real estate, Chevrolet truck & Ford Taurus X, yard & shop items, furniture & household items. Siemers Auctioneers, Mitchell Siemers, Auctioneer, Lic. #48-16-016. 320-267-1799. www.midwestauction Sat., Sept. 22,10a.m. Auction. Donald Koll, owner. Located 101 S Prospect Ave., Ogilvie, MN 56358. South side of Hwy. 23 in Ogilvie. Watch for signs. Antiques & collectibles, Model T parts, trains, bikes, toys, tractors, shop tools, garage, outdoor/misc. 10% Buyers Premium. Robyn Auction Company, Byron Robyn, Auctioneer, Mora. 320-291-9566. Lic. #33-21. Find us on Facebook at Robyn Auction Company.

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Sat. Sept. 15, 10 am Dave and Sharon Gusk, owners; 16628 Alabaster Rd, Pine City. Directions from I-35 Beroun exit #175go East on Beroun Crossing Rd. about 2.4 miles to Cross Lake Rd., go South about 2 miles to Alabaster Rd, continue 1.75 miles to sale site, watch for auction arrows. Lunch sold on grounds. Tractors & Farm Machinery: 4430 H John Deere tractor-diesel-wide ront, 3020 John Deere tractor-gas-wide front; Woodworking Tools: Jet 6 inch planer jointer, Craftsman shaper, Makita wood mitre saw model 1013; Sporting Items: 1953 Alumacraft 14 ft. boat & trailer w/18 hp Mercury outboard; Antiques & Household Items: 5-10-12 gallon Red Wing crocks, 4 gal. Red Wing butter churn, asst. household linens, dishes; Truck-5th Wheel Camper: 1997 Ford F-250 Ext. Cab; Amazing Auctions 320-630-6651 Auctioneer: Doug Maser, Lic.#33-24



Sun. Sept. 16, 12 pm Estate of Benjamin Thoreson, owner, 4621 Madison St., Bruno, MN 55712 Real Estate AuctionLive and Online Bidding; For Pre bidding-online & date of sale, go to zingauctions Property built in 1978, 1.5 story w/2 full baths & 3 bedrooms. Detached 1 car garage w/lean-to for extra storage & small storage shed in backyard. Property has drilled well & mound septic-both passed recent inspections. One owner home & close to Moose Lake & Duluth. Buyer needs to be pre-approved w/lender prequalification letter. Open House: Sept. 6: 11:30am-2:30pm and Sept. 9: 11:00am3:00pm. Also can be viewed by appt. Call Doug Maser, licensed Realtor-Heartland Realty, Inc. 320-630-6651 Thurs., Sept. 20, 10 a.m. Don Ryan Estate Auction, Rose Ryan, owner. Located 1379 230th Ave., Ogilvie, MN 56358. From Ogilvie, Hwy. 47 north 6¼ miles to Cty. Rd. 26, then west ¼ mile to site. Follow signs. Scooters, snowmobiles & sporting items, antiques, collectibles, tools, & primitives, stationary engines & carts, tractors, garden tractors, & machinery, Petro Liana signs & advertising collectibles, playhouse, livestock equipment & misc. items. Siemers Auctioneers, Mitchell Siemers, auctioneer. Lic. # 48-16-016. 320-267-1799. www.midwestauction

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Garage Sale. Clothing, Household, furniture, mini fridge, microwave, etc. Sept. 8, 10-3. 5908 Chippewa Trail, North Branch, MN

For Rent: Mora 2bedroom available now. Starting at $740 plus electric. 320300-0606. Quam's Mobile Home Park rental. New refurbished unit. Come and see. 2 BDRM with 2 big porches. $500 monthly rent. $500 last month deposit. $600 security deposit. Utilities paid by resident. No pets. 320-237-7330.

Huge Garage Sale: September 12-14 9am-6pm and September 15 9am2pm. Vintage Comic Books and toys, 100's of Rubber Stamps, Vintage Mink coat and silverware, Red Hat, XXL clothes, baby and toddler stuff, Coke Machine, Snowmobile, Holiday Decorations, Portable Ice House, 1972 wedding dress size 14, Household and Misc. 12917 Sunset Trl S. Pine City. County 7 to County 53. Follow pink signs.

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Looking to fill positions immediately! Stop in and fill out an application for a quick on-the-spot interview. Anderson & Koch Ford in North Branch is looking for two full-time (one of which is a management position), and one part-time employee for the detail shop. Responsibilities include deep cleaning inside and out of vehicles, and keeping garage clean and safe. This position is perfect for a detail-oriented person with prior experience. The position requires standing, bending and walking for extended periods. The ideal candidates should be 18 years old or older for the full-time/management positions, and 17 years old or older for the part-time position. A drivers license is mandatory. Competitive wages, benefits and uniforms for full-time employees.

Call Bill or Patrick at 651-674-4465 or email resume to

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PTT CCashiers hi / Counter C t Sales S l – Scandia S di Federated Co-ops is looking for friendly cashiers to work a variety of shifts including days, nights and weekends at our Scandia location. Qualified candidates must possess a customer first attitude, multi-task, excellent math skills, attention to detail and ability to frequently load product (50 lbs). Previous retail experience is a plus. Progressive Living Solutions is a local North Branch residential adult foster care provider supporting high functioning adults with mental illness and other disabilities. Looking for kind and caring staff to assist us in our supportive, fun, and laid-back social environment. No physical cares or restraining actions required. Offering a competitive hourly wage, paid training, annual bonus, and a $500.00 new hire bonus. Now hiring for 3:00pm – 10:15pm Direct Care positions and 10:00pm – 7:30am Awake Overnight positions with rotating weekends. Please call to discuss this opportunity! (651) 277 - 7777

PTCC’s Continuing Education and Customized Training Center is looking for instructors in:

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NOW HIRING LPN, RN, CNA & RA SIGN ON BONUS Competitive Wages Block scheduling, updated work atmosphere, matching 401k, and more! Please see website for more information and job descriptions or call Amy @ 651-237-3055 AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled

Have you ever thought of working with kids in a classroom setting? Instructional Assistants/Paras are needed in classrooms throughout the East Central MN area, and now is your chance to get FREE ParaPro Exam test-prep courses through Cambridge-Isanti Schools! A ParaPro Certificate will prepare you for employment in a HIGH DEMAND career close to home. The session runs Mondays and Wednesdays Sept. 17- Nov. 12. There are no classes on 10/31. The test will be on Nov. 14. Classes are held at 540 5th Ave NW, Cambridge, MN.

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Come Grow with Us and Join a Top 100 Companies to Work for! Stearns Bank is looking for a Limited Part Time Teller for our Pine City, MN & North Branch, MN locations. JOB SUMMARY Position is responsible for processing a variety of financial transactions including check cashing, withdrawals, deposits and loan payments. This position will float between the 2 locations on a limited, as needed basis to cover vacations, sick time, leave of absences, etc. Hours will include rotating of Saturdays up to twice monthly. Successful candidate must have flexible availability, have cash handling experience, excellent customer service and communication skills.

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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.

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Part-Time Liquor Store Clerks The City off North h Branch, h Minnesota is accepting applications l ffor part-time Liquor Store Clerks and Stock Person. These positions require availability for variable shifts that include evening, weekend, and holiday availability. Ideal candidates will demonstrate excellent communication skills, have good customer service skills, possess the ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks, and have previous experience in a retail environment, preferably in the liquor industry. Main responsibilities of the position are customer service, stocking of sales floor shelves and walk-in cooler, and general janitorial duties. The successful candidates will be available to work variable shifts Sunday through Saturday. Holiday and weekend availability is essential. Applications are available at North Branch City Hall, at both North Branch Municipal Liquor Stores, on the City website at, or on the liquor store website at Application deadline is 4 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2018. Positions open until filled. Application to be submitted to Deb Dahlberg, Liquor Store Manager, City of North Branch, P.O. Box 910, North Branch, Minnesota 55056, 651-674-8113; or can be dropped off at either location of North Branch Liquors, 5846 Old Main St or 5466 St. Croix Trl, Suite M, North Branch, MN. 651-674-4082 ext. 1. EEO/AA.

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Case Aide This position provides office support to staff members in the Child Protection Unit as well as SSIS mentoring. 2-3 years of clerical experience is required and excellent computer skills. Previous experience in a Human Services setting is preferred. Apply on-line at http// Testing must be completed by September 24, 2018. Deadline is September 21. $16.95 to $23.17 DOQ.

Now Hiring Direct Support Professionals Homes in Hugo, Dellwood, White Bear, Wyoming, North Branch, Harris, Stanchfield, Pine City, Brook Park $250 Sign on Bonus Starting wages range $12.00 to $17.00/hr. Weekend differentials, Overnight differentials Year-end bonus Paid training Medical, Dental, 401(k), Paid Personal Leave We have full-time, part-time, and relief positions available Community Living Options provides 24-hour residential care and supervision to adults and children with intellectual developmental disabilities, mental health and medical challenges. For interview call Polly @ 651-237-1087 or email: Apply online at Part-Time and On-Call positions for Direct Care Staff available at Serenity Haven located in Mora The position includes duties associated with chemical dependency issues that includes but not limited to medication administration. Must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Must have a current drivers license and proof of insurance. Must be trained or the ability to be trained in CPR/First Aid. Background checks completed. Please call Jodie at 320-679-3580 with interest.

IMMEDIATE OPENINGS IN MORA for private in-home caregiver positions. Excellent working

$500 HIRING BONUS! Success Homes North, Inc. is hiring for direct care positions. $12-$13 per hour. If interested, call Tianna at 763-552-5020 Narveson Management is hiring a PT Housekeeper and PT Housekeeping Inspector. Must be able to work Friday and Saturdays. 320-532-5121. The Village at Izatys 8478 Par 5 Drive Onamia MN 56359. Wanted: Semi-truck drivers & tractor operators for October sugarbeet harvest. Primarily auto-shift semis. No CDL required. Great housing & meals included, 320-875-4525, leave message.

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Heavy Equipment Operator/Mechanic The City of Mora is accepting applications for a full-time Heavy Equipment Operator/Mechanic. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, Class B CDL, and 2 years related experience, plus automotive mechanics vocational training or a combination of education and experience. Starting wage range $21.79 to $24.05 per hour depending on qualifications, plus excellent benefits. For more information and to receive the required application packet contact: City of Mora, 101 Lake St. S, Mora, MN 55051. Website - Telephone - (320) 225-4804 Email - Position opened until filled. Application deadline is September 24, 2018. The City of Mora is an equal opportunity employer.



SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

Where to Find the Best Real Estate & Agent Moline Realty, Inc

Katherine Reiners Willmert Call/Text 763-300-5387

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Isanti-Chisago County Star September 13, 2018  
Isanti-Chisago County Star September 13, 2018