North Branch

Carla Norelius, a North Branch native, is retiring after a 44-year career with Fairview Lakes Regional Health Care and its predecessor organizations— For many people who live and work in the area, Carla Norelius is the face of Fairview. Whether it’s through mentoring in local schools, planning numerous community health care events or establishing relationships [...]

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Wholesome Health, a new fitness center, is now open in North Branch. Jacob Smith, owner and trainer, said the company’s mission is to empower anyone who wants to be fit through motivation, education and accountability. One-hour small group classes consist of weight training, cardio, core strengthening and flexibility. With four to six people per class, group [...]

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North Branch Boys Hockey The North Branch boys hockey team had a tough week, tallying three losses in three days. Last Thursday, the Vikings fell 10-0 to Princeton at home, then traveled to St. Paul Como Park for the second time in two weeks. In the first matchup, the Vikings lost 9-3 to the Cougars. [...]

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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis last week released a list of former priests with credible claims against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Among those on the list is Clarence Vavra, 74, who served at Church of the Sacred Heart in Rush City and St. Gregory Catholic Church in North [...]

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ALMELUND AN OLD-FASHIONED SANTA DAY IN ALMELUNDSaturday, Dec. 14 • 2-4 p.m., Amador Town Hall, 15740 Maple Ln. Santa will arrive in a fire truck at 2 p.m. Bring your camera. Coffee, cider and Christmas treats will be available; bring some cookies or bars to share. A craft sale for the Amador Heritage Center is set for 1:30 p.m. [...]

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A free Christmas party for children 1-12 years old with special needs is planned from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in North Branch. Make a craft, frost some cookies with Mrs. Santa Claus and have a picture with Santa. The party is co-sponsored by Family Pathways Youth [...]

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