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The North Branch City Council decided to implement franchise fees at its Dec. 12, 2017, meeting to help fix some of the city’s ailing roads. At its April 10 meeting, the council took the formal action needed for those fees to go into effect.

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Anyone with questions about signing up for the citywide garage sales can contact Tonya Orbeck at tonya.orbeck@ecm-inc.com or 763-691-6001. 

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Shops at Gateway North and the North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce present a check for $300 to Faith Vincent, who found the Winter Fest Medallion in Riverwalk Park by the new retaining wall in an Irish Spring Soap box. Pictured from left are Weston Birkeland from Shops at Gateway North, Fa…

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People braved the below average temperatures Feb. 10 to take part in the festivities in North Branch at the annual Winter Fest celebration. Here, a snowmobiler rides in the parking lot at JJ’s Bowl and Lounge for the Vintage Snowmobile Expo and Ride.

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Steve Schmidt and his wife, Therese, live in a sprawling old farmhouse off Hemingway Avenue in North Branch. The inside is decorated with vibrant art from a number of equatorial countries.

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The City of North Branch is considering traffic control options to help alleviate congestion in the Grand Avenue-Highway 95 area, an intersection that sees high volumes of traffic due to all of the school district’s buildings being located near the thoroughfare.

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If I had the power to give an award for “the best, funniest, most inspiring family movie of the year,” there’s no question which one I’d give it to: “Wonder.” I don’t have that ability. But I hope I can convince you that this is one of the best movies in many years to take children and grand…

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At North Branch Area Public Schools we are always looking for opportunities to attract new students. Enrollment continues to be a challenge for many public school districts including North Branch.

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The North Branch City Council made two appointments to the parks, trails and open space commission, one to the Water and Light Commission and one to the Economic Development Authority at its meeting Jan. 9.

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After being pulled over by a police officer in North Branch Dec. 28, a North Branch man allegedly admitted to that officer he had drug paraphernalia in his car and an open warrant for his arrest out of Wisconsin.

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After 70 years of doing business in North Branch and giving the profits back to North Branch residents and business owners through transfers of those profits to the general fund to help lower the amount necessary for the annual tax levy, North Branch Municipal Liquors has opened a second location.

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Access Church in North Branch has a food distribution every second Saturday of the month, 10-11:30 a.m. They are one of many Ruby’s Pop-Up Pantry locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The next food distribution is Jan. 13.

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Kathy Lindo remembers “flying” into the North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce office on a spring day about 18 years ago to drop off her resume for the Chamber’s director job.

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The Oak Inn Restaurant in North Branch has stood the test of time for the past 30 years. Owner Gloria Bergstrom has been through ups and downs since she bought the business on Jan. 1, 1988.

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Last year’s Winter Fest was downright tropical, with temperatures hovering in the high 50s and low 60s. That weather made the name of the annual North Branch celebration seem like a bit of a misnomer, but the event went off as planned, nonetheless.

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Recently Chisago County Master Gardeners Dave Smith and Dianne Patras-Smith received the Community Livability Award from the Minnesota State Horticultural Society for all their hard work on the Williams Park Community Garden in North Branch.

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This is the season when some new and different plants come into the home to help celebrate the holiday season. Some of the information in this article comes from one written by Andy Birkey, and entomology technician, who wrote about nuisance pests on Christmas trees.

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When Julie Solle was asked by the North Branch American Legion 11 years ago to organize the Midsummer Ambassador Coronation, she thought it would be a one-time gig.

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After about an hour of discussion Nov. 28 about whether or not to utilize franchise fees to help pay for needed road maintenance in North Branch, the council decided to postpone a vote on the issue until its next regular meeting in December.

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Just a week prior to the inaugural North Branch Christmas Festival parade, there were only a handful of floats signed up to take part in the event, but that number ballooned days before the parade commenced, making it a spectacular sight Saturday for spectators. The parade started on Elm Str…

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The city of North Branch has 105 miles of local streets and road infrastructure to maintain. This consists of 70 miles of asphalt pavement and 35 miles of gravel.

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North Branch City Council members and city staff are so excited about the state money that was secured for two housing projects in the city that the funding was mentioned twice at the Oct. 24 meeting — during a presentation by the companies that will be managing the projects and during the m…

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When asked about what the Boy Scouts do in North Branch, most people might say that they sell popcorn, wreaths and concessions at the soccer fields or maybe they might say nothing at all. Many people think that Scouts are out camping and having fun with no regard to their community, which co…