The North Branch City Council set the city’s preliminary 2015 budget and property tax levy at its meeting Monday. The proposed levy, $4,094,559, reflects a 5.2 percent increase from the 2014 final levy. The state auditor must certify the city’s final 2015 levy by Dec. 27. Between now and that date, the council can pare [...]

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People can spend big bucks to feel safe at home. Homeowners also can find peace of mind by taking a mental inventory of what they already have in place and following some easy, cost-effective tips — many at no cost — from local law enforcers who know what the bad guys look for when committing [...]

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by Rachel Kytonen rachel.kytonen@ecm-inc.com Enjoy a meaningful evening of musical entertainment, while helping those suffering from AIDS, during a Sept. 27 concert in Cambridge hosted by Our Response. The purpose of Our Response, which launched in late 2009, is to unite East Central Minnesota to respond to global poverty, disease and suffering. To carry out [...]

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Lent Town Board Supervisor Gene Olson paid a call to the Stacy City Council Sept. 10 to ask about some perhaps un-neighborly activity along Fir Trail that had been reported to the township. Olson also brought pictures. Olson said that the owners of the Sunrise Estates Mobile Home Park had approached the township with a [...]

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RC volleyball collects 3-0 wins It’s been a whirlwind season for the Rush City volleyball team, which is 7-0 in non-tournament play. The Tigers continue to combine veteran leadership skills to take care of business by sweeping all five Great River Conference opponents to date. The real test, though, comes on Thursday, Sept. 25, when [...]

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Rinke, Belland, Bear finish in top 20 Ten Viking cross-country runners earned personal best times at the renowned Milaca Mega Meet on Saturday, when 4,400 racers gathered to compete on the crowded Stones Throw Golf Course. North Branch top girls runner, sophomore Rhianna Rinke, confirmed her spot as an elite state-caliber runner by placing ninth [...]

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