The Solar Garden at Eichten’s Farm in Center City was shown to the public at an open house and ceremonial ribbon cutting on Wednesday, October 19. On hand were representatives from the Chisago Lakes School District and Ecumen, two major subscribers, as well as reps from Innovative Power Solutions, Xcel Energy and the major funders. They joined Ed...
The completion of construction for the North Star solar array-- the biggest single solar facility site in the midwest-- was celebrated October 19.
Eighth-grader Khyah Harper scored a golden goal with 6:48 left in the first overtime to give the sixth-seeded Viking girls’ soccer team a 2-1 win over top-seeded Princeton in the Section 7A championship game on Thursday October 20. The win sends the Vikings to the state tournament for the first time in team history. The opening round game...
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A Coon Rapids man was indicted on criminal sexual conduct and pornography possession and porn making-charges by a grand jury recently convened in Center City. The criminal sexual activity allegedly took place in Chisago City.
Playing in their fifth section championship game in the last 12 seasons, it looked like the top-seeded Wildcats were going to finally overcome all obstacles and get to the state tournament as they led the Duluth Denfeld Hunters 1-0 late in the game. But the second-seeded Hunters scored with ten minutes to go in regulation and scored a golden goal six minutes into the first overtime to beat the Wildcats 2-1. The loss ended the season for the Wildcats. The game was played at Chisago Lakes High School on Thursday, October 20.
Winifred (Winnie) W. Benson of Center City departed this life on October 20, 2016 after a 30 month battle with cancer. She was at her home, surrounded by her loving husband, daughter and family when she took her last breath in this world. Winnie was born March 26, 1948 in Granite Falls, Minnesota to Robert E. Lende and Winifred Leah Winter. Robert died prior to her birth. At three years old, she was adopted by her step-father Harry J. Skinner. She graduated from High School in Willmar, Minnesota and attended St Cloud State College where she met and married James (Jim) L. Benson (in Willmar) on March 8, 1969.
Sunrise River Elementary School in North Branch likes to celebrate its Farm-to-School program in the fall. This is a concerted effort matching local growers to supply produce for public schools. Lessons on where food comes from are being taught in class and Sunrise invites area farmers-- who raise chickens, (see photo below) goats, ducks, and grow apples and vegetables-- to participate in school activities. The young students love to be up-close to the farm animals and they also have garden beds in front of the school for hands-on learning about plants, from seed to harvest. Plus, there’s always a tractor, above, on Farm to School day the kids can climb on. The school Food Service Department gets into the spirit sporting overalls, bandanas, straw hats and seed caps and the kids get a little agri-hip with their clothes too.