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Pat Bettendorf was supposed to have Ruby the pit bull for just a weekend in 2003. But her personality and warm nature won over the family members’ hearts. “She was like a politician,” Bettendorf said. “It was like she wanted to stay, and she was just plotting her takeover.” The pup was put in obedience [...]

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The East Central Minnesota Grant Study Circle invites area residents to a special forum at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at the new Braham Area Community Center. The focus is on promotion and publicity, including print and social media. Presenters will share their experiences in promoting non-profit and for-profit events, and media representatives will talk [...]

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A Milaca man was killed Friday after he veered into the wrong lane on Highway 47, at the intersection of Highway 95, west of Cambridge. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Herman J. Bakke, 75, of Milaca, was heading southbound on Highway 47 driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am when he veered into the northbound [...]

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Isanti County’s first K-9 officer passes away Whether he was putting a smile on thousands of kids’ faces during a K-9 demonstration, or in pursuit of a suspect, Isanti County K-9 Nike put his heart and soul into his work. Nike, a 13-year old Belgian Malinois who joined the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department in 2003 [...]

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Tusen Tack started out of one room in 1989 with the mission to serve the community and provide affordable goods. This week, the Braham-based nonprofit organization celebrates its 25th anniversary. The organization brings people together who wouldn’t come together on their own, said task force member and long-time volunteer Dorothy Johnson. “You have people coming [...]

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A fundraising benefit for Jodi Geving will be hosted Saturday, Aug. 16 from 3-8 p.m. at the Hawk’s Nest establishment on the Purple Hawk Country Club. A chili feed with all the fixings, raffles, bake sale and silent auction will fill the afternoon. A highlight silent auction item will be a week’s stay on Gull [...]

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According to the Isanti County Relay for Life website, 14 teams and 110 participants raised $28,000 for the American Cancer Society during the Isanti County Relay for Life event held Aug. 8 at Spectacular Events in Isanti. Click on any photo below to begin slideshow. Photos by Rachel Kytonen

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