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By MaryHelen Swanson, editor— Concerned I am concerned with a stadium proposal that would rely on $72 million from electronic pull-tab and electric bingo money. Take it from one who (I’ll admit it) is all too familiar with gambling and how it so easily relieves you of your hard-earned cash, that $72 million is taxpayers’ money. […]

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By MaryHelen Swanson, editor Wonderful, Wow, Way to go! Three big W’s for M&M’s®. This past weekend, while on a road trip with my husband, we stopped at an isolated gas station/C-store for that inevitable break one must take after riding for hours while consuming another station’s large coffee. On the way back to the […]

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By MaryHelen Swanson, editor Each year, as I write about the community service award recipients, the goodness of mankind is reaffirmed. It is in learning how others care for their fellow citizens that I find energy to continue my own service to my neighbors, with the realization it is the right thing to do. Is […]

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By MaryHelen Swanson, editor The State Wrestling tournament this weekend will be a little more exciting for the Oehlers family of North Branch. Ed Oehlers III, a 1976 graduate of NBHS will be there as the assistant wrestling coach in North Branch, along with coach Tony Aho and the NB boys who advanced to the […]

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By MaryHelen Swanson, editor I still haven’t mastered my simple cell phone. There are only a few things I can do with proficiency: make calls, text and take and send photos. Maybe that’s enough, I really don’t have time for a lot of other options. But that is not the case with my grandchildren or […]

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By MaryHelen Swanson, editor It’s been a wonderful winter, as far as I am concerned. My nerves have been spared days and days of negotiating to the office on slippery roads and I am ever so grateful for that. Passing Fish Lake this morning I noticed that fish houses are disappearing fast and scavenger birds […]

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