Isanti County Broadband Survey

The Isanti County government is conducting a Broadband/Internet Study funded by the Blandin and Initiative Foundations to assess the current level of broadband internet service and need in the area.   To help better understand and meet those needs, please complete one or both of the following surveys.

For Business Survey Please Click Here: http://projects.designnine.com/survey/isanti-county-business-broadband-survey

For Residential Survey Please Click Here: http://projects.designnine.com/survey/isanti-county-residential-broadband-survey

Learn All About Minnesota’s Grand Own Homes

Minnesota Book Award winner, Larry Millett, is visiting the Cambridge Public Library on Saturday, June 10 at 10:30 am to talk about his book, Minnesota’s Own:  Preserving our Grand Homes.  In this book Mr. Millett and his photographer, Mike Schmitt, welcome readers into homes from across the state that have been lovingly preserved, saved so that they can remain jewels among the state’s living architecture.  The book is a lavishly illustrated account of 22 great Minnesota houses and the remarkable people who built and preserved them.

Millett is the author of several other non-fiction books including Minnesota Modern, Once There Were Castles and the Twin Cities:  Then and Now.  His ever popular fiction stories surrounding the adventures of Sherlock Holmes include Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders, Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon and the newest title just out, Sherlock Holmes and the Eisendorf Enigma.

Mr. Millett’s visit is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.  The event is free and open to the public.

Give the Gift of Reading

Chisago County

Help make the holidays warmer for young Chisago County residents this year with the gift of a book.  All four East Central Regional library branches in Chisago County are participating including the Chisago lakes Area Library, the North Branch Area Library, the Rush City Public Library and the Wyoming Area Library.

  1. Simply select a tag from the tree at the library
  2. Purchase a new book for the child identified on the tag
  3. Return your unwrapped book with the tag to your library no later than Wednesday, December 14th!

All books will be given to the Chisago County Health and Human Services for distribution to young Chisago County residents.  Monetary donations are also accepted and will be used to purchase books for donation.

Isanti County

Ages and genders of those youths are put on the Give the Gift of Reading tree at the Cambridge Public Library.  Everyone is encouraged to pick a tag off the tree, select an age-appropriate book for the child or teen, and return it unwrapped to the Cambridge Public Library no later than 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.

If you need help finding a book, library staff can assist you with picking a title. Or simply make a donation by giving cash or dropping off a check made out to ECRL at the Cambridge Public Library circulation desk. Library staff will use the money to choose a book for you.

Once all of the books are received, they are wrapped and given to Isanti Family Services in time to be delivered by Christmas. Your help will ensure each child or teen receives the precious gift of reading this Christmas. Let’s spread the Christmas spirit with books this holiday season!

Don’t miss Norm Barnhart and his comedy magic show!

 

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Loosen your shoelaces because Norm Barnhart’s comedy magic will knock your socks off. Bring the family and see for yourself during a special performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 in the lower level meeting room at Cambridge Public Library.

Barnhart has presented comedy and magic full time for almost 30 years across Minnesota, Wisconsin and in all 50 states. He delights audiences of all ages with his clean humor and impressive sleight of hand.

“I love to hear the sound of laughter and the looks of astonishment that comedy magic brings,” Barnhart says. “It’s fun entertainment that audiences across Minnesota and Wisconsin have enjoyed for years.”

Last-Minute Election Information

If you’ve suddenly realized that you’re not quite prepared for the upcoming elections, your friendly local librarians are ready to help you out. Except where it’s noted otherwise, all of the following information comes from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s web page.

Register to vote in Minnesota
http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=204

Find your polling place
http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

Need a ride to your polling place?
http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=1631

Interested in absentee voting?
http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=211

Need to know how to return your absentee ballot?
According to the MN Secretary of State, there are four ways you can return your absentee ballot:
1.   Mail back your ballot in the pre-paid envelope provided by your local election official.
2.   Up until 5 p.m. on the day before the election, you may deliver your ballot in person to your local election official.
3.   You may also have someone else return your completed ballot, sealed in its envelope, to your local election official until 3 p.m. on Election Day. Persons delivering ballots may not do so for more than three voters.
4.  If you are worried about your ballot not arriving on time using First Class mail, you may choose to pay for package delivery service to return your ballot. Ballots must be received by your local election official by 3 p.m. on Election Day.

Find your local election official
(which will also tell you where you can submit an absentee ballot):
https://minnesota.overseasvotefoundation.org/vote/MN-ElectionOfficialDirectory

Find out which candidates and issues you’ll see on your ballot
http://myballotmn.sos.state.mn.us/Default.aspx

Interested in Political Fact-Checking?
http://www.factcheck.org/ (a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” organization
http://www.politifact.com/ (a project of the Tampa Bay Times newspaper)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about elections and voting
http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=1530

Wondering about other voting and election topics that you don’t see here? http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=134  (Main page for Minnesota Voting Info)

As always, if you need anything else, don’t hesitate to contact your local ECRL library branch (http://www.ecrlib.org/branches.html). We’re happy to help you find the information you need!

Robin Duple
Branch Librarian, Pine City Public Library