The Isanti County News The Isanti County News covers community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for the cities of Cambridge, Isanti, and Braham, Minnesota and their surrounding areas. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:43:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bombers defend 7A championship with shutout Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:43:58 +0000 Only in Duluth can go from Quinn Richmond catching a bomb TD in sunny weather…

Only in Duluth can you go from Quinn Richmond catching a bomb TD in sunny weather…

On a crazy night of weather in Duluth, Braham football took care of business with a 36-0 shutout over East Central in the Section 7A championship to earn a second-straight berth in the State tournament. The Bomber defense did a great job swarming to the ball to limit the damage by the Eagles while gathering three turnovers.

Senior co-captain Randy Braund: “This is one of the best feelings in the world, being out here and defending our section championship. We came in just playing hard– not expecting to win– and I think it showed out on the field.”

Braund capped off Braham’s first possession with a 5-yard touchdown run, with Jacob Ambrose making a heads-up deflected catch for the two-pointer. Ryan Larson spun and ran on a reception for the Bombers’ next touchdown, then Quinn Richmond converted a perfect John Larson throw into a 48-yard TD for a 20-0 edge just before halftime.

When the sleet and snow began coming down in the third quarter, Braham added scores on a J. Larson muscling run and Richmond slamming in a TD run following a recovery of an Eagle fumble.

The Bombers will open Class A State at noon on Saturday, Oct. 8 on Brainerd’s new Adamson Field turf against the Section 6A champ– either Upsala-Swansville or Royalton.

…to the Braham and East Central teams playing in a ice-pellet shower a half-hour later. The Bomber defense picked off two passes and forced an Eagle fumble in the 36-0 section championship victory.

…to the Braham and East Central teams playing in an ice-pellet shower a half-hour later. The Bomber defense picked off two passes and forced an Eagle fumble in the 36-0 section championship victory.  Photos by Greg Hunt

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Elizabeth (Bettie) Anne Jacobson Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:20:18 +0000 Elizabeth  (Bettie)   Anne  Jacobson

Elizabeth Bettie Anne Jacobson, 83, of Cambridge MN passed away on Monday, October 27, 2014 at GracePointe Crossing Gables West Care Center.
She was born on May 30, 1931 in Minneapolis, to Lloyd R. Chase and Dorothy (Aspi) Chase. Bettie grew up in South Minneapolis where she attended school and graduated from South High School.
On February 18, 1949 she was united in marriage to Alton Jacobson from Cambridge. They resided in Cambridge throughout their married life and raised four children. In 1966 they built a home in Cambridge where she lived for the next 48 years.
Once the children were all in school, Bettie began to work seasonally for the Department of Natural Resources. One of her duties was to climb the 70 ft. tower and watch for fires. She would eventually work full time becoming the office manager, retiring from the DNR in 1993 after 25+ years of service. After Bettie and Al retired they often traveled, visiting many different parts of the world. Bettie was a member of the Cambridge Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, was active with the Ladies Aide, a member of the Lutheran Church Couples Club and also volunteered in the church office. She was a Girl Scout Troop Leader for eight years. She also was a member of the Grandy Nine Womens Golf League for many years. Bettie and Al enjoyed square dancing and ball room dancing. Bettie especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; father Lloyd R. Chase, mother Dorothy (Aspi) Grosnick 2001; husband Alton in February 2004; sister Catherine Mike and brother Roger Chase.
Bettie is survived by her children, Karen (John) Krueger of Cambridge, Pam (Steven) Baar of Isanti, Mark (Charlene) Jacobson of Everett, WA, Kent (Kimberly) Jacobson of Lino Lakes; 11 grandchildren, Julie Krueger (Steven) Higgins of Braham, Eric Krueger of Braham, Tanya Krueger of St. Cloud, Sondra Baar of Farmington, Heidi Baar (Scott) Haldeman of Woodbury, Michelle Jacobson of Everett WA, Ryan Jacobson of Everett WA, Kelsey Jacobson (Eric) Grue of Isanti, Lindsey Jacobson of Colorado Springs, CO, Coryn Jacobson of Lino Lakes and Emma Jacobson of Lino Lakes; 8 great-grandchildren, Bradley Anderson, Samuel Anderson, Benjamin Higgins, Anthony Krueger, Scarlett Shippey, Aubrey Haldeman, Conner Jacobson and Sydney Jo Haldeman; brother Roy (Ann) Chase of Fort Dodge, IA; sister-in-law Patt Nicholls of Naperville, IL as well as nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Cambridge Lutheran Church with interment in the Cambridge Lutheran Cemetery. Online condolences at Arrangements are with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.

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Jacket Volleyball reaches section championship Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:31:05 +0000 Claire Sheehan had 28 kills and 15 digs in the 7AAA semifinals against Forest Lake Wednesday evening.

Claire Sheehan had 28 kills and 15 digs in the 7AAA semifinals against Forest Lake Wednesday evening.

In their final home match of the season, top-seed Cambridge-Isanti downed No. 5 Forest Lake 25-11, 26-24, 25-20 in the Section 7AAA semifinals Oct. 29. Claire Sheehan finished with 28 kills, including knocking down the clinchers in Games 2 and 3. More kills came from Korbyn Felde (6), Greta Holt (5) while Sydney Larkin set the table with 31 assists.

The Bluejackets (26-4) will face No. 2 seed North Branch in the 7AAA championship match, 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 in the Chisago Lakes H.S. gym. The teams split their two meetings this season, but the Jackets beat the Vikings in the Oct. 7 conference match which helped C-I lock in the Mississippi 8 crown.

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Unless safety repairs are met, Arlington building to close Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:27:35 +0000 An Isanti County judge has ordered the residents of the Arlington Apartments, as well as the Q Mandarin Buffet, to vacate the building by Nov. 24 unless safety repairs are corrected.

The Arlington building, 100 Main St. S., has been declared a hazardous building by the Cambridge City Council.

City Administrator Lynda Woulfe explained as a result of the council action, the city has the authority to require the building be vacated due to life safety issues. Since the outstanding life safety issues outlined in the May 2014 court order have not been completed, the city’s building official issued a “notice to vacate” to all tenants.

During an evidentiary hearing Oct. 22 before Judge Amy Brosnahan, Brosnahan ordered the owner of the property, Kenneth Weestrand, of Plymouth, to comply with the court’s order dated May 14, 2014, by making the listed repairs by Nov. 24. Weestrand must present the city building inspector with satisfactory evidence that the repairs have been completed in a manner consistent with the Minnesota State Building Code and Minnesota State Fire Code. If the repairs aren’t completed by Nov. 24, the entire building must be vacated on that date.

The court order lists over 50 needed corrections to the Arlington building per the city’s building inspector. Issues include a wide variety of items including unsanitary carpeting, missing ceiling tiles, electrical wiring deficiencies, missing window screens, inoperable windows, deficiencies associated with the State Fire Code, missing and non-operable smoke alarms, non-functioning sprinkler systems, broken door locks, bed bugs and scabies.

Woulfe said the city is sympathetic to the significant impact the vacation will have on all residents and explained in a letter sent to the residents that the city encourages them to use the resources of Isanti County Family Services to help transition to new living arrangements.

Woulfe said approximately 15-20 residents live in the Arlington Apartments. She explained the building is in foreclosure, with the foreclosure sale scheduled for Nov. 19.

Background information  from January

At the Jan. 6, 2014, council meeting, Economic Development Director Stan Gustafson explained prior to 2008, city staff has been working with the owner of the Arlington Apartments to resolve some of the hazardous conditions found on the property.

Gustafson explained the city received $220,600 in March 2008 through a Small Cities Development Grant to help rehabilitate the units at Arlington Apartments. However, Gustafson explained the funding had to be returned to the state when the owner of Arlington failed to secure his required financing for the project.

Gustafson said since the close of the grant, staff has continued to work with the owner to bring several issues into compliance relating to housing, building and fire codes.

The council approved at its Jan. 6 meeting a resolution ordering the repair or removal of hazardous conditions located at 100 Main St. S.

The building holds 20 units and was built in 1902. The housing code inspection report notes city staff conducted an inspection of each of the 20 apartment units as well as the common areas of the building.

The report states: “The apartments and common areas are not being maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. The carpeting is very heavily stained, ripped and torn in several areas, causing a tripping hazard, and covered by debris. The community bathrooms were filthy and there was no evidence of them being cleaned and maintained. Ceiling tiles were stained and missing in several locations, leaving the debris above uncovered and falling down. Each unit had violations of the housing code.”

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Cambridge Intermediate School retains ‘reward’ school status Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:26:52 +0000 fr_Dist911One of the highlights of the Multiple Measurement Ratings presentation during the Oct. 23 Cambridge-Isanti School Board meeting was Cambridge Intermediate School retaining its “reward” school status.

Director of Teaching and Learning Tim Truebenbach presented the comprehensive analysis of the MMR results for the school district. He provided a brief overview at last month’s meeting.

Truebenbach explained MMR is a school rating system determined by the results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments for students who were enrolled in the district as of Oct. 1. He said the MMR is good information for the district, but reminded the board, “it’s one test, one time.”

He explained MMR consists of four measurements: proficiency, growth, achievement gap reduction and graduation. These four measures are combined to form one overall score known as the MMR, with the graduation measure only applied at the high school level.

Truebenbach explained only the two intermediate schools in the district are eligible for a MMR designation. For a second consecutive year, Cambridge Intermediate School received the designation of a “reward” school — performing in the top 15 percent of MMR-eligible schools.

“It’s good we don’t have any negative designations, and we should be very happy Cambridge Intermediate is a ‘reward’ school, but we can never be satisfied and will continue to use the data to help drive our instructional decisions,” Truebenbach said. “These results give us better resources and refined data that will allow us to perform data retreats, and we can also use this information with our instructional coaches and our professional learning communities.”

Truebenbach acknowledged the district will continue to work to improve its results.

“These results will allow us to dig into data as far as data retreats, and allows us to get a glance into our district classroom buildings,” Truebenbach said. “These results will allow us to continue our collaborative discussions. We will never be satisfied and will always keep working and keep improving. I know our principals and teachers are in the process of looking over this information. It really is a foundation piece for us.”

Superintendent Ray Queener said the district will continue to move forward in a positive direction.

“We are maximizing our systems and our instructors,” Queener said. “We have the right tools in place, and we are working on getting everything aligned and moving in the right direction.”

Isanti Middle School-Minnesota Center showcase

Isanti Middle School-Minnesota Center Principal Randy Pauly, as well as Dean of Students John Droubie, updated the board on some new initiatives taking place within the schools.

Pauly explained the Minnesota Center Chromebook initiative was implemented as a pilot project for paperless classrooms. The purpose of the initiative is to increase student engagement, higher order of thinking skills, collaboration, communication, motivation and organization.

The student work utilizes electronic portfolios using Google and Google Classroom.

“This has been really great in our classrooms, and the kids are really taking ownership of their Chromebooks and really taking care of them,” Pauly said. “From the first day of school, kids have been asking when they can take their Chromebooks home with them, and hopefully that will be in place by December.”

Another new initiative touched on by Ryan Kolbeck, Adam Gau and Bret Lemm, as well as student leaders, Samantha Titus, Madi Borer and Isaac Jarvela, was WEB – Where Everybody Belongs.

The WEB program is a middle school orientation program designed to help students succeed, with the focus on eighth-grade WEB leaders mentoring and providing support for sixth-grade students who are new to the middle school building.

The WEB leaders were selected through an application process and help enhance and build their leadership skills. The program also serves as an anti-bullying program, with WEB leaders expected to look for bullying behaviors and stop them.

Besides the orientation, WEB leaders provide academic follow-ups, social follow-ups and leader-initiated contacts.

School Resource Officer Gau said he’s seen and heard positive comments about the WEB program.

“As a parent of a sixth-grader at the school, I can say my daughter feels the program has been a very solid, positive program for the school,” Gau said. “As the school resource officer, I can say, so far to this point, bullying issues have reduced by 40 percent. I feel by the time our current sixth-graders are eighth-grade WEB leaders, we’ll see a 70 percent reduction.”

Lemm said the WEB program has been well-received.

“This has been a great opportunity for our eighth-graders to show their leadership skills,” Lemm said. “We have two WEB leaders for every eight to 10 students, with a total of 40 WEB leaders.”

The last initiative touched on by Pauly was the school’s “Power Hour.” He explained Power Hour provides intervention and enrichment opportunities; provides middle school students choice in their classes; offers an extrinsic incentive to do well in class; and builds relationships between students and staff that extend beyond purely academic.

Power Hour electives include things such as strength training, art exploration, school newspaper, outdoor activities, community involvement, basketball camp and cooking.

“We are looking at giving our middle-schoolers some choices,” Pauly said. “We want to give them some choices so they can work harder and see the fruits of their labor, and not just in grades. The Power Hour gives them an opportunity during the day to get outside of the classroom and not be in academic mode so much. This also allows the kids to see their teachers in other avenues besides teaching.”

Queener applauded the administrators, staff and students of Isanti Middle School-Minnesota Center.

“These administrators took on three huge initiatives this year while having to move to Isanti Intermediate School-School For All Seasons due to construction and then having to move back to their building,” Queener said. “These three large-scale initiatives went flawless, and I applaud you for all your efforts. Thank you to all the students and staff for all your work on this.”

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All invited to attend Young Life banquet Nov. 2 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:25:55 +0000 fr_YoungLifeIf you’re looking for an opportunity to invest in the transformation of kids lives, consider supporting East Central Minnesota Young Life.

Young Life’s annual fundraising event will be held from 6:29-7:47 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Cambridge Lutheran Church. Dessert and drinks will be served.

This year’s event has a football theme titled “Verizon Halftime Report.” The local Verizon store is sponsoring the event so all proceeds will directly benefit the youth of Young Life.

East Central Young Life’s leaders, staff and committee are dedicated to the kids in the East Central Minnesota area, including Cambridge, Isanti, North Branch, Princeton and surrounding areas. They are equipped with resources, training and hearts for teens, leaders said, so that Young Life’s mission can be carried out and that every kid can know the love of God.

Bill Berg, pastor at New Hope Community Church, serves as co-chair of the Young Life CREW, which stands for Committed Recruiters, Encouragers and Workers.

“Our kids today need a variety of fans in their life for them to succeed,” Berg said. “I encourage everyone to come out and be a supporting fan in the lives of our kids in this community. Statistics say that every kids needs at least seven positive adults in their life for them to do well.”

Besides dessert and drinks, the event will feature a variety of interactive activities, including a football toss, kicking field goals, listening to a “halftime report” that talks about the status of the Young Life program, video testimony from students and CREW members involved with the program and more informational activities. Berg, along with Jeff Edblad and Lenny Sedlock, will serve as the “halftime” commentators.

There will also be an opportunity to bid on six tickets to the Nov. 15 Minnesota Gophers versus Ohio State college football game, as well as opportunities for people to financially invest and partner with Young Life.

“The halftime report will be similar to what you see during halftime reports of football games,” Berg said. “It’ll be fun, full of banter, and include live ‘on the field’ interviews, as well as pre-recorded interviews. The halftime report will allow us to talk about what issues kids today are facing and what they’re going through, and how can we counteract that with the right game plan. We will be presenting information about Young Life in a very interactive and unique way.”

East Central Minnesota Young Life has two clubs. Young Life Club is for high school (grades 9-12) and meets from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Mondays. Wyldlife Club is for middle school (grades 6-8) and meets from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Every club welcomes new kids, and there is no need to call or preregister. For a detailed schedule, visit

Berg said the event is geared more toward adults.

“We want to people to know Young Life is here, and doing well, and we’d love for you to come out and check out what is happening,” Berg said. “The event is an opportunity for people to learn about our program, in a fun atmosphere. The event will have a football theme, with our Cambridge-Isanti Bluejacket colors and decor.”

About 30 kids from East Central Minnesota Young Life attended Young Life camps this past summer.

“We are getting great support from our community and we have several business owners in the community helping send kids to camp by paying their transportation costs, and we have a good CREW in place comprised of business owners, school teachers, pastors and community members,” Berg said. “We have a good mix of people on our leadership team. The main goal of Young Life is to introduce our kids in the community to a relationship with Jesus and allow them to live life to the fullest.”

The event will serve as an opportunity for people to learn about Young Life.

“This event will help people learn about our vision, explain what’s happening with Young Life and allow them to support this ministry,” Berg said. “We have a lot of churches and youth groups in the community, which is great; Young Life is another ministry trying to reach kids, which is a great thing.”

Berg reiterated the importance of kids having positive relationships with adults.

“We have kids in this community who really don’t have a positive relationship with their parents, or adults in their lives,” Berg said. “Kids need to know they’re loved and cared for and Young Life provides these opportunities for them. During our fundraising event, you’ll hear directly from youth who have benefited from the Young Life program, and have truly amazing stories.”

For more information about East Central Minnesota Young Life, visit or call 763-689-3823.

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Local author publishes new book of poetry Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:24:28 +0000 Sharon Sheppard will hold a book signing Nov. 8 at Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge in recognition of her new book of poetry, “As If It Were Visible.” Photo by Rachel Kytonen

Sharon Sheppard will hold a book signing Nov. 8 at Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge in recognition of her new book of poetry, “As If It Were Visible.” Photo by Rachel Kytonen

For over 30 years, Sharon Sheppard has been writing poetry. She started writing when her kids were younger, but also because she enjoyed it and had a flair for it in school.

Sheppard, of Isanti, has recently released her second book of poetry titled, “As If It Were Visible.” Sheppard will hold a book signing in recognition of her new book from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge. The event will feature a discussion with Sheppard, some poetry readings, and books will also be available for purchase.

Sheppard’s first book of poetry, titled “All We Ever Wanted,” was published about one year ago.

“I never started writing poetry with the intention of writing a book, but then I felt I had written enough poems worthy of publishing a book,” Sheppard said. “It’s been about one year between the two books. About 60 percent of poems in my latest book are new poems I’ve written this past year. The rest of the poems in the book I’ve written over the past 10 years, but the second book contains all new poetry.”

“All We Ever Wanted” is filled with about 90 different poems on a wide variety of subjects from Sheppard’s childhood, nature, seasons, the ocean, animals, emotions, curiosity, imagination and more.

In the book’s introduction, Sheppard writes, “This second book was born of the same close observation and pondering of life that hatched the first book. There is love here, and bewilderment. Awe and curiosity. Sadness and joy. I am very grateful for those who helped create these experiences in my life.”

Sheppard’s new book is dedicated to her mother-in-law, Vangie, and her dear friend Terry, who both passed away this past year. It’s also dedicated to her four grandchildren, Bruce, Kate, Eva and Ella.

Sheppard explained the title of her latest book, “As If It Were Visible,” came from the last line of the last poem printed in the book. The last poem in the book, “All For Me,” describes the beauty of winter and Sheppard’s thoughts that the beauty is all for her. The last line of the poem being, “The feeling poured off of me as if it were visible.”

Writing for others inspires Sheppard.

“When I write, I write with other people in mind,” Sheppard said. “I write poems I feel other people can relate to, and I’ve received good feedback on my first book of poems. I like poems that surprise you and give you a little something extra. Writing the second book is like giving birth to your second child. The first one was really exciting, and you learned a lot. The second one comes along and you know it’ll be a different experience, but you want it to be as good as experience as the first one, but it also needs its own space and identity.”

Sheppard has always enjoyed writing.

“In high school, I loved to write and had a flair for writing poetry,” Sheppard said. “I also had small kids in grade school and wanted to make sure they knew about the enjoyment of poetry. Later on, life got complicated, and I felt I kind of wrote my way through that.”

Poetry is something Sheppard hopes her grandchildren will remember her by.

“I like the fact that my poetry and my books will be something my grandchildren can still have of me when I’m gone,” Sheppard said. “They’ll have something of me left with them of what I was, and what I am. I think it’ll be something good that I’ll be able to leave behind.”

Sheppard’s source of inspiration comes from a variety of sources.

“A big source of inspiration for poets is other poets; I have a lot of poetry books in my library and I also read online,” Sheppard said. “Another big source of inspiration has been nature. I see a lot of parallels in nature to life in general. And I love the beauty of the world. My family, my struggles in life, my childhood, things I think about in private. … All these are fodder for poems.”

Sheppard hopes her books provide a reminder about the miracle of life.

“If I had to sum up what I would want my book to say to people, I’d say pay attention to the little everyday things in life and realize what a miracle you have been invited to participate in,” Sheppard said. “We are so often distracted by the big sweeping responsibilities and difficulties of our lives, and they demand that we take care of business. But do not lose track of love. Do not lose track of the fact that all around you, eternity is slowly unfolding, and you are its witness.”

Scout & Morgan Books, 114 Buchanan St. N., Cambridge, can be reached at 763-689-2474.

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“Back to the 80s” comes alive on CIHS stage Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:23:12 +0000 Cambridge-Isanti High School and the production artistic team of the fall musical invites the community to attend the stage show, “Back to the 80s.”

Performances will be in the Cambridge-Isanti High School Richard G. Hardy Performing Arts Center Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Nov. 13, 14, and 15 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m.

Under the Direction of Kelly Fairchild-Fahrni, Music Directors Frank Wells and Justin Kennedy, and Choreographer, Aaron Knudsvig, join the “class of 1985” as they experience the fun and heartbreak of growing up in a totally awesome decade. From the era that brought the world The Rubik’s Cube, Max Headroom and “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” comes the “totally awesome” musical “Back to the 80s.” In the style of movies such as “Back to the Future,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “The Karate Kid,” “Back to the 80s” is a nostalgic romp through the greatest hits of the decade.

“Back to the 80s” tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School as remembered through the eyes of now 30-something Corey Palmer. 17-year-old Corey is madly in love with his next-door neighbor, Tiffany Houston, one of the coolest girls in the school. However, she is too busy mooning over Michael Feldman, the hottest guy around. Michael and his friends are athletic and good-looking — the kind of guys that Corey and his best friends dream of being. However, while they may not be the coolest in school, they are still one up on Feargal McFerrin III, whose best friend is his computer, and who believes the crazy notion that one day CDs will replace cassette tapes.

Throw in a Star Wars dream sequence, high-energy dance routines, the obligatory 80s party scene, copious amounts of blue eye-shadow, twenty cans of hairspray, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written, and the result is a musical that not only will delight and amuse audiences of any age, but will also inspire any young cast. “Back to the 80s” is a high-energy musical with contemporary flair that will certainly entertain all audiences.

Reserved seating tickets will be available online at (making it possible to purchase using credit-bank cards), beginning Nov. 1. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour prior to each show. $8 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults. Direct your questions to, or you can call the ticket booth at 763-689-6466, and leave a message.

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Total Wellness Coaching plans move to expanded location Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:21:51 +0000 Fitness, Yoga, and Cycling Instructors:  Adam Page, Darcy Rylander, Stephanie Edoff, Monica Ahlman, Sheila Heinrich and Jennifer DeJarlais. (Not pictured: Michele Lahood, Sherry Johnson, Robyn Vosberg-Torgerson, Leslie Gastoni, Kate Bendickson, Jenna Norby, Nicole Zeier and Tiffany Schomel).

Fitness, Yoga, and Cycling Instructors: Adam Page, Darcy Rylander, Stephanie Edoff, Monica Ahlman, Sheila Heinrich and Jennifer DeJarlais. (Not pictured: Michele Lahood, Sherry Johnson, Robyn Vosberg-Torgerson, Leslie Gastoni, Kate Bendickson, Jenna Norby, Nicole Zeier and Tiffany Schomel).

Total Wellness Coaching has outgrown their current space and will be in their new, expanded location, beginning in January 2015.

By doubling their space to over 6,000 square feet, TWC can offer even more variety of programs, classes and services, as well as being able to lower the investment making programs more affordable for all.

TWC will be doubling space in their TRX Suspension Training Program. This will allow more participants per class; thus, lowering the cost per participant by 50 percent.

“We have a great following in our TRX programs,” said Tina Brown, one of TWC’s TRX Trainers. “However, the cost has been a deterrent for some. This way many more can experience the overall strength, balance, cardio, and core workout that TRX provides. Once clients try it, they love it.”

“We will also be able to expand our fitness and yoga classes, personal training, boot camps, cycling and high school athletic team programs (both in and out of season),” said Julie Page, owner-trainer of the company. “It is fun and exciting to have the space to provide opportunities for TWC to meet the needs of its current and future members.”

Julie Page, Owner-Trainer and Tina Brown, Trainer.

Julie Page, Owner-Trainer and Tina Brown, Trainer.

All of TWC’s current instructors and members are excited about the move. Members will continue to receive the benefits they are currently receiving, like free use of showers and discounts on cycling and other specialty seminars.

TWC is currently open at 807 N. Main St., Cambridge. For more information call 763-237-3245 or visit

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Nevis slips past Bombers in 5A tourney Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:48:58 +0000 There were many amazing athletic plays in the Oct. 28 Section 5A match, such as this Angela Bendickson digging save during the Bombers’ win in game four against Nevis.

There were many amazing athletic plays in the Oct. 28 Section 5A match, such as this Angela Bendickson digging save during the Bombers’ win in game four against Nevis.

Fans making the trek to Crosby-Ironton for the 5A South Subsection playoff round Oct. 28 were treated to a wild back-and-forth volleyball match between the young Braham squad and Nevis. The Panthers had just enough power to advance with a 23-25, 25-14, 25-21, 19-25, 15-10 victory that evening.

The Bombers opened the playoffs Oct. 24 at home with a 25-14, 25-12, 25-13 win over conference partner Ogilvie, improving their record to 20-7 on the season. They advanced to take on three-time defending section champ Nevis who may not be as star-studded as past Panther teams but still had formidable guns in hitters senior Denia Brown and junior Hannah Bliss.

Game one saw Braham never trailing, pulling away from an 11-11 tie on an Angela Bendickson ace and a strong serving run from Lizzie Altendorf. Carley Lynch finished with 5 points in the game, using her deft second-touch tips to keep the Panthers off-balance. Emily Lindquist pounded home the game-winner, her third point of the opener.

Brown asserted herself early in game two and finished with 9 points. The Bombers led 14-13 until the Panthers ripped off 12 straight points behind the serving of Allison Booker and a few Braham hitting errors.

Braham's Emily Lindquist challenging the Panther front line with a tip during the Game 4 victory.

Braham’s Emily Lindquist challenging the Panther front line with a tip during the Game 4 victory.

Nevis maintained the momentum in game three as Bliss became the go-to hitter with 6 points. An Altendorf kill had Braham tied at 15-15 and were close again at 19-20 when Bliss finished off a crazy-long point filled with diving saves, including two from Braham’s Amelia Fiedler in the back row.

But in game four, it was Braham jumping out to early leads of 10-3 and 12-4, with Steph Braund finding the floor with scoring tips. Bliss hits pulled Nevis back to within 13-11, but Kaylie Paitl was found for 3 kills by setter Lynch. Lindquist added a key block to make it 23-18 before Angela Bendickson served in the game-winner.

Brown and the Panthers came out firing in the rubber game, with her 3 kills and a block creating a 6-1 edge out of the gate. Points from Paitl, Braund and another big Lindquist block brought the Bombers back to within 9-13, but Booker sealed the deal with a kill down the left line for match point.

Nevis (14-16) will play Sebeka (23-7, 3-0 winner over Onamia Oct. 28) in the Oct. 30 5A North Subsection finals at Pierz. Browerville (22-5) and Verndale (20-9) are alive for the South Subsection match that night. The 5A championship will be Nov. 1 back in Pierz.

Strong all-around player Allison Booker (right) begins the Nevis celebration after her kill down the line was the match-clincher.

Strong all-around player Allison Booker (right) begins the Nevis celebration after her kill down the line was the match-clincher.

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