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By Greg Hunt Members of the Northern Lights Express alliance have been hitting several government meetings recently to keep their project in the public’s collective mind. The high-speed light rail proposed to run from Duluth to Minneapolis along the present Burlington Northern-Sante Fe line is an ...Read More
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By Greg Hunt Just because something was done wrong in the past still doesn’t make it right today. But try to tell the Isanti County Board of Adjustment and the Zoning Office that. Louis Kryzanowski, a resident on Long Lake southwest of Isanti, attempted to do so last Thursday at the Board of Adjus...Read More
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By Rachel Kytonen The Friends of the Cambridge Public Library is asking for the community’s help. This past week, members of the Cambridge business community received a letter in the mail from the Friends organization making an urgent plea for contributions to plug a $34,000 budget hole and mainta...Read More
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On being vegetarian in a meat lovers’ society By Elizabeth Sias “You’re crazy!” “Why would you do that to yourself?” These are most often the reactions I get upon telling people I’m now a vegetarian. And it’s not that I go around spontaneously informing strangers of my new lifest...Read More
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In his 30-year sales career at the Scotsman/Isanti County News, Merl Thomas has seen his share of change. However, one thing Merl never changed—his face-to-face interaction with his customers. “Thirty years ago I went to work at the Scotsman. They put a notebook in my hand and told me to start c...Read More
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By Rachel Kytonen The last couple of months, this newspaper has been filled with stories and photos regarding different non-profit organizations and businesses embarking on fundraising campaigns or putting out calls for help. Due to the current economic situation, donations from private parties aren...Read More
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Since the Twins finished nowhere near the playoffs this year, the ball season is officially over for me. Not pulling the Homer Hankie from the sock drawer won’t taint the memories of a fun-filled 2011 on the diamonds. I am one of those aging players who doesn’t know how to hang up the glove—an...Read More
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By Elizabeth Sias I’ve always had a passion for animals. I remember watching Animal Planet as a kid, learning all about pods of whales, prides of lions and herds of horses while obsessing over nature documentaries. When I was 12, my mom heard about Little Elk Ranch, a horse camp for children and t...Read More
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