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Rural residents in our area might not be surprised to find a flock of wild geese or ducks swimming in their backyard ponds, but at about 3 p.m. Sunday, Robert and Shelley Schmidt of rural Harris found something else. A juvenile black bear was apparently cooling off in the water and enjoying a snack at [...]

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By Jon Tatting Rush City councilors on Aug. 13 welcomed four new members of the fire department and their families during a special badge ceremony led by Fire Chief Bob Carlson. Firefighters Mark Jones, Chris Bauer, Ernie Loerzel and Brad Carlson went through the required hours of training and have been serving the department since [...]

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By MaryHelen Swanson Two North Branch councilors called a halt to the city council meeting Monday night when the discussion over a liquor license became dragged out and complicated. A council of four was not acceptable to JE North Branch Liquor 2012 LLC (trade name: County Market Liquor) and their consultant Darcy Winter asked, prior [...]

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By Victoria Dahlin The Harris City Council met Monday, Aug. 13 with City Treasurer Marlys Balfany presenting the proposed 2013 budget. Council members Randy Carlson, Judy Hammerstrom, John Rossini and Mayor Dianne Miller spent a lengthy time going over first the revenue, and then the expenditures in great detail. The councilors asked many questions of [...]

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By MaryHelen Swanson Students at North Branch schools generally perform above state average on required tests. Last week, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Alternative Learning Lori Zimmerman gave the school board a report on MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments) test scores from 2011-12. Zimmerman began by noting that the children in the North Branch school system are [...]

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By MaryHelen Swanson The Primary Election was held Tuesday, Aug. 14 and voters in Chisago County came out to select final candidates for the Nov. 6 General Election. Thirteen percent of the 30,935 registered voters turned out for the election. Most of the voting action centered around County Commissioner Districts 1 and 5 where seven [...]

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