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With election season among us, and the candidate filing period opening May 22 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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By Elizabeth Sias I’ve always loved traveling and exploring new places. I have fond memories of trips to the United Kingdom, as well as Florida, California, New York, Arizona, Wyoming and many more states with my family when I was younger. Until two weeks ago, it had been six years since the last time I [...]

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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 intriguing, timely idea which needs federal funds to get [...]

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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 Adjustment’s variance [...]

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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 maintain library operations at the current level. [...]

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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 lifestyle choice. It usually comes up with [...]

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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 calling customers,” Merl said [...]

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