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Over the last three weeks, I’ve seen, first hand, one of the nation’s biggest challenges. Our organization had a position to fill.  Sixty people applied, many of whom probably could do the job well.    Here are several conclusions from reviewing their applications, and interviewing 12 people. 1. No surprise, but expanding the economy is [...]

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It’s coming up on winter in Minnesota and school closings and delays, though something we try to avoid, are a fact of life sometimes. On those occasions when a closing or delay may be an eventuality, our transportation department is watching and testing conditions closely overnight so any necessary announcements can be made well in [...]

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By Supt. Deb Henton, North Branch Area Schools— If you haven’t heard already, let me be the first to tell you that enrollment was not what we thought it was going to be this year. It was much higher! It is my great pleasure to tell you that, as of Oct. 11, we are only [...]

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There are several reasons why fall is a good time to be adding or replacing evergreens in your landscape. One of the main reasons is that most nurseries and garden centers offer a fine selection of trees and shrubs, including evergreens, at discount prices this time of year. They prefer selling at a reduced price [...]

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Since Halloween is right around the corner, and ghosts, goblins and other frightful beings are bound to be about, I’m going to write about a very apt topic for this week: fear. Muhahaha! Specifically, I’m going to draw attention to a fear of mine that really has no logical base. I’m talking about coulrophobia, folks. [...]

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I was covered in sawdust when I was finished, hands tired and back aching a bit. But you know what? It made me feel pretty manly. Yes, I recently put another checkmark on my man card by sanding and refinishing a kitchen table – a project I’d had no past experience doing. I was doubtful [...]

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