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Longtime North Branch Area High School French Teacher Andrea Grote died yesterday afternoon after a battle with cancer. Services for Grote are as follows: •Visitation/Wake – 4-8pm, Friday, May 24, High School Auditorium (7pm Prayer Service) •Funeral Mass – 10:30am, Saturday, May 25, St. Gregory’s Church, North Branch •Reception – Noon, Saturday, May 25, High […]

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Immanuel Lutheran welcomes new pastor When the Rev. Brian Bergin retired as pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Almelund last year, the congregation took time to draft a mission statement before calling a new pastor: “A welcoming community, rooted in Christ, growing in faith and serving with joy.” That mission statement appealed to the Rev. […]

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The body of missing 27-year-old Danielle Jelinek, of Oakdale, was found by authorities near the area of 261st Street and Kodiak Avenue in Chisago Lakes Township May 10 around 3 p.m., according to a press release from the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office. A Minnesota State Patrol Helicopter along with agents from the Minnesota Bureau of […]

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Driver and passenger escape accident unscathed When 17-year-old Kyler Burggraff saw something big, black and hairy lumbering toward his car as he drove on County Road 9 in Harris around midnight April 14, he hardly had time to react. The sizable beast coming toward his vehicle was a large, male black bear. “I saw it […]

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The old Main Street School site in North Branch has looked like a large soccer field since the school was demolished about two years ago, but construction on the site might be a possibility again after the North Branch Area Public Schools School Board accepted an offer on the land at its April 25 meeting. […]

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  Albert Tanko is more than just an artist who works with an unusual medium; he’s a man who risked death to make a better life for himself in America. Tanko, 52, lives off County Road 5 and Zodiac Street between North Branch and Isanti with his wife of 30 years, Ann. Together, they have […]

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