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December 16, 2017

Menne found guilty by jury, sentencing in February
The jury took only about an hour returning a guilty verdict Thursday this week, supporting charges of unintentional third degree homicide against Lindstrom resident, Alexander Menne. 
Friday, December 15, 2017

Citizens call for solar array permitting changes
Chisago County has worn its reputation for being known as ‘solar capital of Minnesota’ proudly,  but the glow has worn-off for a group of landowners in the south end of the county. Approximately 25 to 30 citizens attended what ended up being a two-hour sit down with zoning officials and County Commissioner Rick Greene last week, to air concerns over proliferating solar array sites. 
Monday, December 11, 2017

Council considers lodging tax, park smoking ban; OKs street project
Two proposed new ordinances had their first reading at the Nov. 28 Chisago City Council meeting with public hearings set for Jan. 23.
Monday, December 11, 2017

Texting for 9-1-1 not a direct service for Chisago; yet
You may have seen or heard this week on television or radio, about how it is now possible to text for 9-1-1.  Emergency communications organizations in Minnesota have been working for a few years to provide the ability to text 9-1-1. The MN Department of Public Safety announced a soft statewide text option rollout starting Tuesday this week-- but voice-calling is still the quickest and best option, officials stress.
Monday, December 11, 2017

Chisago Lakes Rotary getting in the holiday spirit
Saturday, Dec. 2 the Chisago Lakes Rotary in cooperation with the Chisago City Fire Dept., and Chisago Lakes National Honor Society spent four hours traveling the streets of Chisago City collecting toys for Anonymous Santa and food for Family Pathways food shelf. The effort collected over 250 toys, 779 pounds of food and $450 cash to help our community. The event took a little longer this year partly because of the tremendous generosity of our community, but mostly because of the number of kids (both young and old) who needed to sit on Santa’s lap, along with the length of their lists.
Monday, December 11, 2017

North Branch proceeds on franchise fee, council votes 4-1 to draft ordinance
The North Branch City Council on a 4-1 vote inched the city closer to instituting some level of a franchise fee, to be dedicated to paying for deferred street projects.  (See Press story November 23 on fee public hearing.)  Among reasons for the fee approach expressed by council is a flat franchise fee is a fair method of spreading expenses for supporting municipal transportation costs over all property owners and renters, non-profits, and non-taxable school sites. It is a predictable source of revenue.
Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas celebrations were great, lots more chances to meet Santa
Wow what an unbelieveable weekend we had for tree lighting festivals.  The temps were unseasonably warm and the crowds were massive.  Yes massive.  I was looking around the Chisago City festival trying to get a decent guess on numbers and I think there had to be over 500 people in the park. I have been to plenty of these events and this was easily the most people ever to attend the lighting festival. Thanks so much to the cities of Lindstrom, Center City and Chisago City for putting together a great weekend to celebrate small-town Christmas.
Monday, December 11, 2017

Meals ready in no time with canned soup
December? With the warmer weather we’ve been having lately and  no snow on the ground, as of yet, it feels like early November. However it did get colder last week and actually, according to the calendar, winter doesn’t arrive until Dec. 21st. As my neighbor would say, “It is what it is!” Perhaps there will be snow on the ground by the time you read this column. Get your shovels and broom out. Better to be ready than not. Ours has been out on the deck for about a month, falling over when we get strong winds…bang-ity-bang!
Monday, December 11, 2017

Northern county township lands nearly $2 million in state grant
Fish Lake Township has won $1.833,724  as a state economic development grant to improve broadband service in the township.  Township Clerk Andrea Nekowitsch tells the Press everybody who worked on this application is excited and the township supervisors have started to work on finalizing details with provider CenturyLink. When a timeline and other matters are worked out there will be an update.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

No injury reported in North Branch school bus rear-end accident
Ice-coated roads were causing difficult driving conditions all over Chisago County Tuesday morning and North Branch was no exception.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Decades of tradition in final season
The Christmas display at 8785 Green Lake Trail, rural Chisago City will be lit up for a final season in memory of Raymond and Betty Pliscott. Christmas was always the most favorite time of the year for them. Even when times got tough they always made sure Christmas was a big celebration for family and friends. No one would leave without a full stomach and a gift.
Friday, December 1, 2017

City Council workshop on Lakes Area P.D. contract well attended
Lindstrom City Council and in fact, many local councils, hold “workshops” periodically which is an informal meeting format, allowing staff and elected officials to devote time on one or two issues to be picked apart and discussed more so than a regular 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. meeting agenda allows.  No votes are taken in workshop.  If action is needed, the matter goes onto a regular council agenda.
Friday, December 1, 2017

Local authorities investigating fatal fire in Chisago City
One person reportedly died in a fire in Berglund Mobile Home Park, west of Lofton Avenue and just north of Hwy 8. Firefighters were called to the scene about 2 a.m.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Lighting Festival figurehead truly a noble lady
Mary Anne Mattson may have officially “retired” 11 years ago,  but life’s pace hasn’t slowed much. She cares for a one-year-old great grandchild two days a week, works for Shafer Township as treasurer, paying the government bills and fielding phone calls about rough roads...and her extensive gardenbeds on the Mattson farmstead are as tidy as can be.
Friday, November 24, 2017

City Council reviews franchise fee during public hearing Nov. 14
North Branch council opened the public hearing last week on potentially enacting a franchise fee on energy customers (gas or electric) in the city and just one person spoke.  Derek Green’s concern was inflation of the fee-- he mainly wanted some kind of guarantee in the ordinance it couldn’t be increased at-will by elected officials in the future,  and get out-of-control.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Lindstrom has more questions on 3 percent lodging tax, action tabled
The America’s Best Communities contest gave legs to an economic revitalization plan developed by the group competing in the national competition-- except for the proposed lodging tax, which is still in-limbo.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Council addresses cost of 2018 downtown park, street improvements
The Chisago City Council and City Administrator John Pechman met Nov. 14 to discuss details of next summer’s street work and downtown improvements.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Taylors Falls officially kicks off the holiday season with lighting festival
With Thanksgiving also comes the Christmas season and Taylors Falls cordially invites you and your family to the annual Lighting Festival.  The festival runs three days - Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday has an arts and crafts sale at the depot from 1-8 pm.  There is a community hike from 1-2 pm that will meet at the community center (depot) and departs from there.  The Folsom House is open for tours from 3-8 pm.  At 5 pm, Mrs.Claus will read to children at the library.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanks for turkey leftovers
Thanksgiving….a time to give thanks for all we have in our lives. Often, surgeons will ask the patient or family to pause for a moment of prayer before a surgery or an illness. We all need prayer in our lives and to be thankful for each day. Thanksgiving…..the giving of thanks not just today but everyday.
Friday, November 24, 2017

City council tells staff to solicit new fire hall quotes
The full Center City Council voted last week to direct staff and firefighters to take a more surgical approach on plans for expanding and improving the fire hall.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Vets and Taylors Falls students; a great combination
Taylors Falls  students got some quality time with area veterans last week as part of a longtime program offered at the school.  There’s a light lunch at the Taylors Falls fire hall too.  Photos show some of the activities the kids enjoy with the visiting veterans, Don and Verna Grover.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Student Voice of Democracy, Patriot Pen winners recognized
The Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen are two contest that VFW Post 1678 sponsors for Chisago Lakes students.  The Voice of Democracy is for high school students and  requires the participants to write and deliver a speech on a topic. This year’s topic was: “ American History: Our Hope for the Future”.  The first place winner in Voice of Democracy was Isabelle Lindahl (12th grade) Katherine Peterson (10th grade) received 2nd Place and Zachary Doyscher (10th grade) 3rd place. 
Friday, November 17, 2017

It's that time of year
We are in another “season of” at this time of year….. mainly pheasants, ducks and deer. Hunters have been outfitted with all sorts of hunting clothes.  Our family deer hunters with their  bright orange jackets, pants, gloves ,caps and heavy boots, hand and toe warmers (at least our hunters use the warmers) take a brunch break  at Grammas every year. They look like a bunch of left-over jack-O-lanterns coming through the door with either a smile on their faces telling me they were successful or a frown and I know what that means. After a meal; home-made caramel-cinnamon rolls as an appetizer, (a given every year and I dare not stop making them), orange juice, eggs, bacon, raisin toast and hash browns, they all head for the couch or floor with arms wrapped around pillows, snoozing until it’s time to go out in the fields again. Oh, what memories  that I get to re-live every autumn!
Friday, November 17, 2017

Trick or Treat on Mainstreet participants
Some of the visitors at the Food Shelf on Friday’s Trick or Treat on Main Street each received a grab of candy, a honey crisp apple, and a king size pack of cookies.
Friday, November 3, 2017

County Board real estate update shows no 'solar effects'
Anybody who is trying to sell a home or vacant property is likely pleased with the rebound of real estate in Chisago County; but for staff in the county assessor and auditor offices, sales activity also means data-updating and monitoring how it all impacts the county overall tax capacity.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Routine addition of chlorine underway in Lindstrom system
The water customers of the City of Lindstrom can expect to see about another week of chlorination of city water, and Public Works Director Mark Dzubay is confident there won’t be any additional measures needed once this response to a coliform non-compliant city water sample is complete. He said the problem was more than likely due to handling of the sample and he has no concern about the city water system.
Friday, November 3, 2017

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