Getting ‘connected’

Skyler Eastman, 10, of North Branch, has no problem finishing off his 
cotton candy courtesy of Northbrook Fellowship and its exhibit. Courtney James and Kalley Hult, students at North Branch High, strike a pose with the popular Flo character from Progressive Insurance. Olson Insurance Agency, out of North Branch, used the display as part of their exhibit. Ben Swanson (left) and friend Jacob Nihart, both 10 and from North Branch, battle for the puck in a skills game offered by the North Branch Youth Hockey Association. Jamel Johnson shares a smile while operating a robotic vehicle with help from Grace Lundgren and Emerson Peaslee. The girls represent Team 7290 Jagwires, an all-girl robotics team consisting of seventh- and eighth-graders from North Branch Area Middle School. They, along with two boy teams, also from North Branch schools, built their own robots for competition in the FIRST Tech Challenge.
Doug Enns traveled from Brainerd to demonstrate his arsenal of yo-yo skills at the Bridge of Grace exhibit. With him is North Branch youngster Ryan, who knows a few tricks of his own.
Photos by Jon Tatting
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Jamel Johnson shares a smile while operating a robotic vehicle with help from Grace Lundgren and Emerson Peaslee. The girls represent Team 7290 Jagwires, an all-girl robotics team consisting of seventh- and eighth-graders from North Branch Area Middle School. They, along with two boy teams, also from North Branch schools, built their own robots for competition in the FIRST Tech Challenge.

Local businesses and organizations took advantage of some face time with the public at the annual Community Connections Expo Saturday, March 15, at North Branch Area High School.

This five-hour event — a free business and home show for the communities of North Branch, Almelund, Harris, Stacy and Sunrise — allows groups to share their wares and services. Some included interactive exhibits for children and adults.

It’s also an opportunity for parents to sign up their kids for upcoming sporting activities, while others enjoy the many giveaways and door prize drawings.