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As parents prepare to send their youngsters back to school this fall, shootings in schools may have them wondering if Minnesota school buildings are safe? Those in the know say school buildings are very safe, but while there are crisis plans in place in most buildings, there’s no guarantee that all schools will be free […]

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Well-established group still working to improve programming at Wild River State Park Close to 30 years ago, Friends of Wild River State Park was a group of just three members. Now, that organization totals around 200 with a board of directors that numbers 15. The group works to enhance programming at the park and raise […]

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Left to right: Kaylynn and Kyra Shepard, 4 and 3-year-old sisters, were energized by the music of the Sweethearts Dinner Band during the Concerts in the Park: a Hometown Celebration concert at Central Park in North Branch Thursday. The band played for about two hours July 25. Photos by Derrick Knutson  

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For some area homeowners, conducting needed maintenance on their homes is a struggle. Some have disabilities that prevent them from completing the work, and there are those who simply cannot afford to fix their ailing houses. For East Central Minnesota homeowners experiencing situations that prevent them from making repairs to their homes, there’s now an […]

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Clinton Hill, as described by his mother Tessa Hill, was a gentle person, one who wanted to use his life to make a difference in the world. At the age of 10, Clinton Hill, a nature lover who called himself a “defender of the planet” started a group at his school called “Kids for Saving […]

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Families found another great time at the 141st Chisago County Fair in Rush City. While the heat and humidity made the early goings almost unbearable for many, especially the animals in the 4-H barns and show arena, comfortably warm weather did arrive in time for the weekend. As is tradition, locals entered their favorite foods, […]

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