Upcoming Red Cross blood drives Chisago County • 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 25 at the Chisago City Farmers’ Market, 10625 Railroad Ave., Chisago City. Isanti County • 12:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. July 29 at Harvest Christian Center, 1455 County Road 5 NE, Isanti.   First time homebuyer workshop For those looking to purchase their first home, [...]

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Suspect currently in custody in Isanti County   Those who live near 400th Street and Golden Avenue in North Branch likely noticed an increased police presence in the area around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. According to information from the North Branch Police Department, authorities from North Branch, the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office and even a K-9 [...]

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The city of North Branch received a letter from Superior Silica Sands July 9 stating that the sand fracking business has reneged on the decision it made last month to not build a trans-loading station for frac sand in North Branch’s ESSBY Business Park. At that time, Superior Silica Sands President and CEO Rick Shearer [...]

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Multiple authorities were needed to apprehend a man who reportedly pulled a gun and then a knife during a July 2 traffic stop near Wyoming that escalated into a high-speed chase on Interstate 35 southbound. In the aftermath, Thomas Edward Weller, 45, of Oakdale, Minnesota, was charged with four felonies — second-degree assault with a [...]

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Part two in a three-part series After the spring Minnesota just endured, it might seem like drought is an impossibility. But as anyone who has lived long enough in this state knows, as the summer months progress, Mother Nature can turn off the taps and weeks can pass with little to no precipitation. Hot, dry [...]

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North Branch Area Public Schools Superintendent Deb Henton gave her last report on the four-day school week at Thursday’s School Board meeting. The district will be going back to the five-day week next year due to changes in the state school funding formula that gives more authority to school boards use non-voter-approved levies. North Branch [...]

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