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North Branch police reports major arrests and incidents that occur in the city limits. Chisago County Sheriff’s Office reports major crimes and arrests within Chisago County. The time refers to the time the incident was reported on the corresponding date.

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The East Central Regional Library Board in December approved new operating hours at all but one of the 14 library branches across the six county area. The new hours begin March 4 and are listed below.

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In February 2001 I wrote my first article on pruning apple trees. The Chisago County Master Gardeners were getting ready to present our third annual Garden Bonanza in the lobby of the Fairview Lakes Hospital, and one of our class presenters was Jim Birkholz, owner and operator of Pleasant Va…

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School board appreciation week is the week of Feb. 19, and we honored our school board at its regular meeting last Thursday evening. Your school board consists of Kirby Ekstrom, Tim MacMillan, Cathie Pascavage, Darryl Goebel, Mindy Michaud, and Sarah Grovender.

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Community Partnership’s Partners for a Drug Free Chisago County Coalition released its 2017-2018 student survey about two weeks ago, and it shows some increases in substance use among county teens.

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North Branch Mayor Kirsten Hagen Kennedy announced her candidacy Sunday for the 8th District congressional seat currently held by Rick Nolan, who will be retiring from the post at the end of his current term. 

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North Branch police reports major arrests and incidents that occur in the city limits. Chisago County Sheriff’s Office reports major crimes and arrests within Chisago County. The time refers to the time the incident was reported on the corresponding date.

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With football season over, and many long winter days still to come, you may be looking for some fun events to help fill the time. Our wonderful community education staff has you covered! Here’s some ways to while away the hours this winter:

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The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office has saved several lives using automated external defibrillators in the past 5 years.

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North Branch Area Public Schools has an initiative to educate parents and students how to be safe online.

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Thinking about gardening might be tough right now — as the ground is still frozen and wisps of snow blow across the land — but some people in the Rush City area are already planning for spring, and they’ve got a big project on the docket that fits with the season: a community garden.

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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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North Branch police reports major arrests and incidents that occur in the city limits. Chisago County Sheriff’s Office reports major crimes and arrests within Chisago County. The time refers to the time the incident was reported on the corresponding date.

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The North Branch Area Middle School spelling bee was Jan. 18, and seventh grader Elayna Goeltl was declared the 2018 champion.

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At Thursday’s work session, I delivered an unfortunate message to the school board. North Branch Area Public Schools will require $1.5 million in reductions for the 2018-19 school year. Most of the reasons will be familiar to a community experienced with budget reductions going back a decade…

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North Branch residents will be able to sit back, munch some popcorn and relax during a series of indoor and outdoor films this spring, summer and fall in the city.

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The flu season is here. Last year, the Rush City school district was hit hard with seasonal influenza.

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At about 9:40 p.m. Jan. 24, North Branch police and fire department personnel were dispatched to a report of a house fire in the 36900 block of Falcon Ave. When officers arrived, they found the house fully engulfed, according to a press release from the North Branch Police Department.

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North Branch Outlets — now dubbed Shops at Gateway North — at I-35 and Highway 95 has been a draw for the entire region since opening in 1992 and continues to be a hub of retail options.

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Rush City farmer Craig Mold has lived his entire life in Rush City and was the son of a farmer and his wife. What started out as a family dairy farm is now corn and soybeans.

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The man who struck a truck, an ice house and two people — injuring them both — on Chisago Lake with his snowmobile Friday was allegedly drunk at the time and is facing a trio of charges in relation to the incident.

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At about 9:40 p.m. Jan. 24, North Branch police and fire department personnel were dispatched to a report of a house fire in the 36900 block of Falcon Ave. When officers arrived, they found the house fully engulfed, according to a press release from the North Branch Police Department.

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North Branch police reports major arrests and incidents that occur in the city limits. Chisago County Sheriff’s Office reports major crimes and arrests within Chisago County. The time refers to the time the incident was reported on the corresponding date.

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Every judge has their own unique background and history, including strengths and weaknesses. Can anything be done if someone feels that the assigned judge may not be the best one to hear their case? There are a number of options.

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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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Tom Anderson sat at his kitchen table Thursday of last week, sipping a hot cup of coffee. Occasionally he’d look into his backyard, where the bright morning sun glinted off the crystalline snow.