City Council Members Marlys Palmer and Kersten Barfknecht-Conley; Derek Ogren; Mayor Jim Godfrey; Council Member Lisa Iverson; and Deputy Fire Chief-Emergency Management Director Will Pennings accept the $1,000 check for the long-term recovery fund from the Rotary Club of Cambridge-Isanti during the Cambridge City Council meeting July 1. Photo by Noelle Olson

The Cambridge City Council accepted a check for $1,000 for the long-term recovery fund from the Rotary Club of Cambridge-Isanti during the City Council meeting July 1.

“The city was in charge of fundraising and getting $10,000 worth of donations. The Initiative Foundation was going to match that $10,000 if we were successful by our goal by June 30,” said City Administrator Lynda Woulfe. “This goes to our focus on emergency management and making sure that our community has the opportunity and resources that it needs to recover quickly after a disaster. The Disaster Relief Fund is not for city expenses. It is for residents and businesses to help them get over a hurdle in case of a disaster like a tornado, train derailment and those type of things.”

The long-term recovery committee, named HART (Hope and Action Recovery Team), was formed a couple of years ago. According to Community Development Director Marcia Westover, HART’s mission statement is, “Creating a strong, resilient community that can withstand and recover from any disaster through advanced planning that can facilitate the community’ s recovery.” The purpose statement is to “Utilize community partners to plan, manage, and meet a wide variety of needs for services and financial resources after a community disaster.”

“We’re planning on meeting twice a year. We’re working on volunteer and case management agreements,” Westover said. “It’s an ongoing process, but we are getting there.”

Woulfe said the next Third Thursday event in Cambridge is on July 18, and Chilson Jewelers and The Cambridge Bar & Grill are having a bean bag tournament and all of the entry fees will be donated to the disaster relief fund.

Anyone wishing to donate to the disaster relief fund can either mail or drop off a check made payable to Initiative Foundation, with “Cambridge Disaster Relief Donation” written in the memo. The address is: City of Cambridge, 300 Third Ave. NE, Cambridge, MN 55008.

Any questions regarding HART can be directed to Will Pennings at 763-552-3271 or

“On behalf of everyone up here (city council), I want to thank all of those organizations that generously donated to the city,” Mayor Jim Godfrey said. “If it is ever us, we can be ready to respond appropriately.”

Road closures for Third Thursday events

Cambridge Police Chief Todd Schuster said the Discover Downtown Association held its first Third Thursday event June 20. They met again on June 25 and decided to continue them for July and August.

Schuster requested the following sections of roadway in the downtown area be closed for the Third Thursday events on July 18 and Aug. 15: Main Street North between 15th Avenue and Second Avenue North, Main Street South between 15th Avenue and Third Avenue South, and Second Avenue Southwest between Main Street South and Ashland Street. The roads will be closed 4-10 p.m.

“There were no complaints about traffic or anything after the first event,” Schuster said. “It’s a minor traffic disruption.” The council approved the street closures unanimously.

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