Government

Larry Southerland spent his life as a public servant working for the people that mattered the most to him — his constituents of his lifelong residency in Isanti County. Southerland, who was raised in Braham, served in the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department beginning in 1971, and later was elected sheriff for three terms, from 1990 [...]

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Local gun shop owners weigh in on gun ownership, safety in light of increased permits to carry —This is the final installment of a two-part series appearing in both the ECM Post Review and Isanti County News. Click here for part one. The gun industry can become guilty by association following a senseless crime or major [...]

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An arts and science charter school is hoping to open in the city of Isanti in the fall. During the Isanti City Council meeting March 18, the council approved a text amendment to allow for educational institutions within the B-2 General Business District as a conditional use. Community Development Director Roxanne Achman explained as of January 2014, [...]

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The Cambridge City Council learned of Woody’s Auto plans to expand and Local Pawn’s plans to relocate downtown during the March 17 council meeting. City Planner Marcia Westover explained Steven Wudel, owner of Woody’s Auto, is requesting an interim use permit for automobile sales and service. Wudel currently runs his business at 119 Main St. [...]

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Since 2006, Isanti County has had the largest decrease in drunken driving arrests in the state of Minnesota. According to research by Isanti County Judge James Dehn, using newly released statistics by the Department of Public Safety, Isanti County has had a 67.6 percent decrease in DUI arrests from 2006-2013. Dehn feels this decrease is [...]

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Visitors to the Isanti County Government Center soon will be subject to a new, less intrusive security measure. County commissioners on March 5 agreed to purchase a security scanner, resembling the kind used at major airports, for $18,296 from the Rapiscan company. After the meeting, Isanti County Jail Administrator Dennis Valentyn and Sheriff Bill Guenther [...]

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Isanti Mayor George Wimmer was involved with the drafting of District 911’s beliefs, mission, parameters, objectives and strategies, and now wants other community members to get involved. During the March 4 Isanti City Council meeting, District 911 Superintendent Ray Queener, and Director of Teaching and Learning Tim Truebenbach, explained the district is going through a [...]

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