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DISTRICT 911 ‘DID YOU KNOW?’  Today, schools are not just responsible for teaching basic academic skills, they are also responsible for teaching our students social skills: “Ignore bullies and tell an adult if you feel threatened,” “Don’t talk to strangers,” “Treat people the way you want to be treated.” We are all familiar with those phrases […]

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Carol Bray Isanti County Master Gardener Serious gardeners just want to have fun. Every vegetable gardener seems to try a new variety of vegetable each year. For giggles, here are some vegetables that you can grow that have a “different” color than their norm. (Purple is a popular color for unusual colored veggies.) ‘Purple Passion’ […]

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Chad Filley Guest Writer Every family comes complete with its own series of stories. Some are funny, some are sad, but it’s these stories that become part of each family’s folklore. Take me out to the ball game It was the summer before (my oldest son) Trent entered third grade and he was playing in […]

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Carol Bray Isanti County Master Gardener The answer to “Is it spring yet?” can be different dates. The date for the start of the astronomical spring season each year is called the Vernal Equinox, one of two days on which the overhead path of the Sun moves across the equator. The actual date depends on […]

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Chad Filley Guest Writer When an old, crusty former teacher found out I was contemplating becoming a teacher he warned, “Children are like flatulence. You can barely tolerate your own and other peoples are horrendous.” Being young and naïve, I didn’t understand. The older I get, the more I understand his disillusionment, not so much […]

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Fran Strodtman Director, SACS on Third I am writing this last article for the paper with some sadness as I will miss all of you out there in senior citizen land, and those who have supported our services and me personally over the last 30 years. First, I thank the Isanti County Commission on Aging […]

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Bruce A. Novak Superintendent, District 911 It seems like school just ended for the summer. Yet here it is August, and we are preparing for another year, getting ready to go back to school. Parents often ask, “What can I do to help prepare my child for their first day of school?” Here are a […]

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