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With election season among us, and the candidate filing period opening May 20 for many local races, we feel it is a good time to let our local candidates and our readers know how we plan on handling this season’s election coverage. ECM Publishers, Inc., the parent company of this newspaper, believes coverage of elections [...]

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Ray Queener, Superintendent Cambridge-Isanti Schools Entering the final month of the 2013-14 school year, I am pleased to celebrate the many successes of District 911 with you. I have quickly established the talents and character of our students, the dedication of district staff and the wonderful support of the Cambridge-Isanti community makes this a great [...]

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Remarkably, as Minnesota families rightly are concerned about college costs, Minnesota legislators are debating whether to allow colleges and universities to inform families that they can save dollars by having high school students take courses on postsecondary campuses. The Minnesota House and Senate have taken different approaches, which they now need to reconcile. Some Minnesota [...]

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Cayla Yund Guest Writer Social media has reached the point of no return. The way society communicates will forever be affected by the influence of social media. As a college student, I see the use of social media affecting the communication that happens around campus. Platforms like Snapchat and Instagram become a normal part of [...]

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Roxie Karelis The Refuge Network Children are our future; we all have a stake in the next generation. The future prosperity of any society depends on its ability to foster the healthy development of the next generation. When a society invests wisely in children’s development — socially, emotionally and cognitively — the next generation will [...]

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Jamie Schurbon,  District Manager, Isanti Soil and Water Conservation Distric A geologic atlas project is underway for Isanti County that will map the geology and aquifers below our feet in detail. “Think of it as an MRI of the ground — a 3-D map that will assist in areas such as groundwater permitting and making water management [...]

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Chad Filley Guest Columnist There are a few things that anyone contemplating a cruise must consider before saying “Bon Voyage.” The brochures make the thought of going on a modern day Titanic seem like one of life’s greatest decisions … It’s a no-brainer, right? My wife and I went on an August cruise to Alaska’s [...]

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