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Gov. Mark Dayton leaves tumultuous political year with a smile

T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter A confident looking Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton plopped an M & M into his mouth and jokingly fielded a reporter’s question on whether the past year had been tough. “I signed up for tough,” said … Continue reading

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With little or no snow cover, Jack Frost may be nipping at your septic system

It’s beginning to look a lot like potential problems for rural septic systems this holiday season. “It may not be such a happy new year for some households if we don’t get snow cover before temperatures really start to drop,” … Continue reading

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Cravaack statement on House-Senate payroll tax compromise

 U.S. Representative Chip Cravaack (MN-8) released the following statement regarding the House-Senate compromise to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits for two months prior to their January 1 expiration: “A year-long extension of these provisions is truly what … Continue reading

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Judge Steven Ruble retires after 25 years on the bench

Twenty-five years seems like an awfully long time. “But once you look back, you realize it’s not so long after all,” said Judge Steven Ruble. Ruble retired Friday, Dec. 16 as a judge in Mille Lacs County District Court after … Continue reading

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Seniors, Santa and dancing

The seniors gathered at the Chisago County Senior Center in North Branch enjoyed the lively tunes of Florian Chmieleski as they danced around the room. They also enjoyed the visit from Santa who brought each an apple, orange and a … Continue reading

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Rep. Cravaack's TSA bill clears Senate

By Brett Neely Rep. Chip Cravaack achieved a rare legislative victory in a year generally marked by gridlock on Capitol Hill when the Senate on Monday night unanimously passed his bill authorizing expedited airport security screening for soldiers traveling on … Continue reading

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Fun with Santa in Harris and Almelund

(slide show) – Santa made the rounds last Saturday, stopping with his wife at Almelund and also stopping by the Legion Hall in Harris. Children enjoyed diving into the straw for money at Harris, a chocolate covered doughnut and buying … Continue reading

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County boardroom overflows with residents for property-tax hearing

By Derrick Knutson For the fourth year in a row, Chisago County is proposing a zero percent property-tax levy increase. One might think that would be good news and an overflowing crowd of complaining residents wouldn’t have showed up at … Continue reading

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Tax levy increase kept to zero

By MaryHelen Swanson LarsonAllen LLP has completed the annual look at the books for the North Branch school district, for the year ending June 30, 2011, and concluded it was a clean audit. The process went smooth and fast this … Continue reading

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NB council approves final property-tax levy

LGA back in the mix to reduce levy amount By Derrick Knutson Some last-minute budget cuts lead to the North Branch City Council approving a final property-tax levy that’s about 2.4 percent higher than last year’s levy. At its regular … Continue reading

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