• Jeannie Winselman and Audrey Clough SAC’s Enrichment Center
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February is American Heart Month, a good time to educate everyone on heart disease and how it can be prevented. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. About 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day--that is an average of one death every forty seconds.…

  • Dr. Carlo Galeazzi, Ed.D., Founder Art and Science Academy
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There are currently 44 states that have charter schools. Minnesota was the first state to pass charter school legislation and currently stands at number 3 in a national ranking of policies that govern charters. Charter schools are public schools, funded with public dollars and tuition free.

  • Superintendent Dr. Ray Queener Cambridge-Isanti Schools
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Community is a pivotal aspect of our sense of belonging. For students at Cambridge-Isanti Schools community provides meaningful relationships that afford real support for real needs. I know growing up in Grantsburg, Wisconsin the community support was vital to the success of our schools, pro…

  • Jeannie Winselman and Audrey Clough SAC’s Enrichment Center
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Valentine’s Day is almost here. This holiday has been celebrated as far back as the 14th century. In 18th century England, it evolved into an occasion to express love by giving flowers, greeting cards, trinkets and candy. Today, Valentine’s Day means different things to different people and …

  • Jeannie Winselman and Audrey Clough SAC’s Enrichment Center
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It’s that time again to find out if the groundhog will see his shadow. February 2 is the day we observe Groundhog Day. That’s the one day each year people in North America count on a groggy groundhog to rise at dawn and issue a six-week weather outlook.

  • Jeannie Winselman and Audrey Clough SAC’s Enrichment Center
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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, so it is a good time to spread the word about this sight-stealing disease. Glaucoma is often called “the sneak thief of sight” since there are no symptoms and, once you lose your vision, it is permanent.

  • Reid A. Zimmerman PhD, CFRE Interim Executive Director
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As Family Pathways begins its New Year of service in our communities, we find ourselves reflecting upon the organization’s development in 2017 to meet the ever growing challenges of a diverse, rural, and small town geography. We work on behalf of the 250,000 people in six counties of Eastern…

  • Superintendent Kenneth Gagner Braham Area Schools
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My wife tells me I have a short memory. I’m not sure if she was just giving me an example of a declarative sentence (I taught fifth-grade for 20-plus years) or there was something else to it. I guess I don’t remember the exact circumstances.

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With five kids ranging from 14 to 1, I am finding it harder and harder to plan the perfect birthday celebration for each.

  • Chief Deputy Lisa Lovering Isanti County Sheriff’s Office
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Many years ago, I was at a fatal car accident in Braham. An older lady had died in the crash. I was by my squad directing traffic, when an older gentleman approached me. He was in tears and visibly shaking. He asked me the name of the lady who had died, because it looked like the car driven …

  • Chris Caulk, Sheriff Isanti County Sheriff’s Office
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Many of us have heard the saying that no one person is an island (John Donne). I would take a more broad approach to that sentiment and say that no agency is an island.

  • Dr. Ray Queener, Superintendent Cambridge-Isanti Schools
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This time of year ushers in an interesting mix of renewed energy, optimism, planning and resolutions to do something better and be someone better. Sometimes this season is a reminder of what we have, and maybe sometimes what we don’t. It’s a time of joy and celebration, and for some, a time …

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I was privileged enough to participate in a ride-along with Isanti County Deputy Thomas Jerome this past Saturday with the intention of writing a story that could help open the eyes of the public to just what happens during an evening of patrol.

  • Marcia Westover, City of Cambridge Community Development Director
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The city of Cambridge has 15 amazing parks that are open to the public. Year-round activities are offered for everyone. Hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, playing, picnicking, canoeing, geocaching, skating, summer concerts, and bird viewing are just a few activitie…

  • John Nordin Isanti County Master Gardener
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Did you plant a young tree this year? How about last year? Certain young trees benefit from protection during our harsh winter season. Even if the tree is suitable for our climatic zone, young bark is thin and often at risk. One of the most common concerns for deciduous trees is sunscald. Tr…

  • Kenneth G. Gagner, Superintendent Braham Area Schools
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As Sunday evening was fast approaching I jokingly told my wife she needed to write this month’s article, and to my surprise (I must have looked a little tired after nervously watching the Vikings game), she said yes. Keep in mind she has a dry sense of humor.

  • Jeff Eklund, Principal Braham Area Elementary
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The year is just flying by. Quarter No. 1 is in the books. Thank you to all of our parents for stopping in during conference time. As an elementary school we had over 96 percent of our families spend some time with their child’s teacher. This communication between family and school is one of…

  • Jeannie Winselman and Audrey Clough SAC’s Enrichment Center
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In the spirit of the Christmas season, Dec. 12 is National Poinsettia Day. Poinsettias are the most popular Christmas plant. In 2002 the House of Representatives created Poinsettia Day to honor Paul Ecke, the father of the poinsettia industry. This date also marks the death of Joel Roberts P…

  • Andy Romstad Cambridge Lutheran Church
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Fake Christmas trees are an abomination unto the Lord. My late father believed that. Cut your tree yourself. Decorate close to Christmas. Leave it up ‘til the needles drop. Make your children unwind old lights, checking each bulb. Frustration forms character.

  • Jeannie Winselman and Audrey Clough SAC’s Enrichment Center
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Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke. And if a stroke doesn’t cause death, it may cause physical or mental disability. On Monday, Nov. 6, Angie Larson, a student registered nurse, will be doing a presentation on stroke awareness at SAC’s Enrichment Center. She will inform us on how to recog…

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My name is Tiffany Kafer and I am a new part-time reporter for the Isanti County News. I am looking forward to covering community events, writing feature stories and getting to know even more members of the community.

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In 2008, during the Great Recession, Minnesotans voted by a considerable margin to amend the state constitution to increase their taxes. The state sales tax was increased by three-eighths of one percent for 25 years with the increased revenue to be dedicated to four distinct purposes.