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Make time to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6. With a presidential election, two state constitutional amendment questions and key positions up for election in state and local races, your vote matters more than ever. Our opinion pages have been filled the past few weeks with letters to the editor for and against the marriage amendment, […]

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When I was little, maybe 7 or 8, a family of squirrels took residence in a pine tree in our front yard. We may have never been aware of their existence, except that one day my brother and I found three tiny, still hairless baby squirrels lying at the base of the tree trunk, still […]

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ECM Publishers, Inc., the parent company of this newspaper, believes coverage of elections from start to finish is important. Following are some of the guidelines we embrace toward fulfilling fair and consistent election coverage as adopted by our ECM Editorial Board. Filing Statements Each candidate running for a local office receives one free filing statement […]

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I felt a great sense of American pride and patriotism during a visit to Kansas City, Mo. late last week. When we arrived in Kansas City last Thursday, the first thing we did was a tour of Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs. We learned a lot about the founder of the Chiefs, […]

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The latest in a line of maddening mass killing sprees by an unstable person occurred last Thursday in Aurora, Col. when super-kook James Holmes played out his fantasies by killing 12 moviegoers and injured 58 more innocent victims. With each new attack comes the circuitous debate about gun control, particularly focussing on assault weapons. Holmes […]

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Help us feed the hungry. It’s time again for ECM Publishers, Inc. and the Isanti County News’ annual food shelf drive. This year’s motto selected by ECM’s Community Affairs Council is ‘happiness is …. a full tummy!’ All of our ECM newspapers are participating in a Community Food Shelf Drive that runs through July 20 […]

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Summer is here, and there are plenty of outdoor activities around Isanti County to keep us busy. Last year was my first time at Rodeo Jubilee Days in Isanti, as well as my first experience with the Isanti County Fair. I have to say, I had never heard of Outhouse Races, and I’d bet you […]

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