Category Archives: General News

Cambridge 0.5 Percent Sales And Use Tax

Starting October 1, 2019, Cambridge will have a 0.5 percent sales and use tax. The Minnesota Department of Revenue will administer this tax. Revenues will fund the projects identified as; construction of a new facility to house the Cambridge Public Library and the East Central Regional Library Headquarters; street improvements outlined in the Street Capital Improvement Program; and outdoor park improvements described in the park master plan in Resolution R19-038 and Ordinance No. 698.

This 0.5 percent sales tax applies to retail sales made into Cambridge. The use tax applies to taxable items used in the City if the local sales tax was not paid.

Federal Reserve Bank Business Survey Results In

As follow up to the survey of business conditions the East Central Regional Development Commission conducted earlier this month in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the results have been tabulated and are posted on

There are two documents posted – one for survey results for the entire state of Minnesota, and one with the results for just Central Minnesota.

There were 55 responses from Central MN. The results show that for the most part business conditions are pretty good, with most businesses reporting that sales and profits are up or holding steady, but that hiring remains a challenge for businesses. Please see the results for all the details.

2019 Race the Rum 5K & 1 Mile race results

Race the Rum 5K & 1 Mile was held on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Congratulations to these race winners:

1 Mile overall: 1st Place-Hunter Jacobson, 2nd Place – Andrina Gross, 3rd Place – Parker Leiseth

5K Youth Division: 1st Place – Rudy Challander, 2nd Place – Makenna Sjoberg, 3rd Place – Isaac Peltier

5K Women’s Division: 1st Place – Jennifer Zanol, 2nd Place – Kari Terhell, 3rd Place – Mari Bostrom

5K Men’s Division: 1st Place – Jesse Haugen, 2nd Place – Josh McCormick, 3rd Place – Kyle Johnson

Community Health Needs Assessment Results

At this month’s North 65 Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, we featured a presentation of the results of the Community Health Needs Assessment presented by Nicki Klanderud, Manager of Community Engagement at Cambridge Medical Center, and Sarah Motl, Community Health Supervisor at Isanti County Public Health Department.

View the presentation here.

SBA National Small Business Week Virtual Conference

For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Association will host the National Small Business Week Virtual Conference on May 7-8, 2019. The virtual conference will include educational webinars on starting and growing a business, mentoring sessions and business resources. The virtual conference is free of charge, but registration is required.

Click on the link below to register.

Protect Yourself from Tax Scams

As the income tax filing season approaches, the Minnesota Department of Revenue warns you to beware of scams attempting to steal your personal information.

What do I need to know?

Individuals or organizations may falsely represent themselves as being from the department. Use caution and never provide personal information unless you are sure the situation is legitimate.

When we contact you by phone, mail, or email, we will never:

  • Demand immediate payment without first mailing a letter.  
  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way, such as with a prepaid debit card.
  • Threaten to contact police or law enforcement agencies to arrest you for not paying.

What if I receive a suspicious phone call or letter?

If you are concerned about a possibly fraudulent contact from someone claiming to be from the department, call us at 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094 (toll-free). We can determine if the contact you received was legitimate.

What if I receive a suspicious email?

We will never ask you to provide, update, or verify personal information if you did not previously email us. Do not respond to such emails, and contact us with questions or concerns.

Phishing (as in “fishing for information” and “hooking” victims) is a scam involving emails sent to trick you into revealing personal and financial information. When you send scammers this information, they can use it to steal your identity.

Where can I learn more about scams and identity theft?