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North Branch Area Education Foundation (NBAEF) is a foundation that was started in 2008, by a small group of volunteers who saw a need.  They wanted to help North Branch Area Schools, enhance academic excellence in the classroom by raising money to provide grants to educators in North Branch. Today, our vision is the same: [...]

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By Howard Lestrud, ECM Online Managing Editor  Wipe that sweat off your brow and replace it with dreams of snow sickles hitting your face while out on a snowmobile ride. Many snowmobile enthusiasts will do a little dreaming when they visit the Sno Barons Snowmobile Club’s annual Hay Days event in Almelund, Sept. 8-9. The [...]

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By Hilda L. Solis On Labor Day 2012 and every day, one of my top priorities is to help those looking for work get the training they need for good-paying jobs. By 2020, 17 of the 30 fastest-growing occupations will require a postsecondary certificate or degree. In fact, employers are actively looking to fill nearly [...]

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Dear Ms. Hauge, As your local electric cooperative, we appreciate when members ask questions, voice opinions on issues, and get involved in their member-owned business. It is that same involvement and dedication that built East Central Energy (ECE), 76 years ago, when the areas we serve did not have access to electricity. For-profit utilities refused [...]

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By Aaron Lynch, Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau This time of year, I often find myself thinking about all of the activities I want to participate in, projects I want to get done, and vacation I want to spend. It then dawns on me that it is already August and the door on a seemingly [...]

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It’s been an open secret amongst our local politicians for over a year that the Sunrise River Power Station will not be built.  LS Power’s actions since March of 2010 have led the utility company down other paths that do not include a Power Plant in Chisago County. In the past year-and-a-half LS Power has [...]

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