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Talks underway on land sale to Superior Silica
The handful of people attending Monday night’s North Branch City Council meeting heard from acting Mayor Joyce Borchardt and city staff about the process for bringing the proposed Superior Silica Sands project to council. (Mayor Lindquist and Council member Furman were absent.)
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Karl Oskar Days a success for everyone
The 2014 Ambassadors, Caitlin McCallum, EmmaLeah Trandahl and Lillian Meierhoff pictured with new Junior Royals Daniel Christensen and Kylie Slettom. More Karl Oskar Days pictures can be found on the Chisago County Press's Facebook page!
Thursday, July 17, 2014

A community re-visits Civil War sacrifice

In just 10 years of residing in Taylors Falls Dr. Lucius B. Smith became such an integral part of town history that even 150 years after his death,  there are still people coming together and remembering the spirit of the man.  
Lucius Smith came to Taylors Falls in 1853.  His drugstore and doctor’s office was in a building partway up the hill from the river (across from the Old Jail B & B.) He also served one term as mayor, according to local historian Fay Caneday. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Relay for Life Honorary Co-Chairs from North Branch and Lindstrom
Brittany Peterson of North  Branch and Pat Kennedy of Lindstrom are the 2014 Honorary Relay for Life Co-Chairs in Chisago County.
Brittany was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2012, one of the youngest persons in this state with no history of risk factors such as a family history and no environmental risks or habits such as smoking. With the support of her dedicated husband and parents, she went through six surgeries and several immuno-therapies at the University of MN.  Since January 2013, she has dropped from being considered high risk to now being a low risk for the return of the cancer. She has to only go through one more precautionary therapy in the next few months and is feeling great, she says.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Karl Oskar Days had a huge turnout, two more big events coming - Co. Fair and Tri
What a great weekend for a celebration!  Karl Oskar Days was a huge success this year.  There were people everywhere.  Saturday was a zoo, wether you were running in the Loppet or in the park, it was a madhouse.  It was absolutely wonderful.  I spoke with two food vendors, they both said this was their best weekend (dollar wise) of the year so far.  The dance was packed,  the parade had a great turnout and the human foosball was a huge hit. 
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Strawberry and rhubarb together
We’ve had recipes for strawberries and rhubarb in previous columns and today I’m going to combine both of them in each recipe. I hope there are strawberries available at the berry patches or in your garden, but if not, you can buy them in the grocery store of course. Rhubarb? If you don’t grow it, perhaps a friend or neighbor will share some with you. I was asked if I had recipes using them other than in desserts, salads or jam and jellies. I’m sorry but I don’t.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stillwater Lift Bridge lane closures for two-week bridge inspection
Motorists crossing the St. Croix River on the Stillwater Lift Bridge will encounter alternating lane closures and delays starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 14.

Boat and other water traffic will not be impacted. The normal lift schedule will not change. The lane closures are necessary as crews conduct an in-depth inspection of the bridge.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Karl Oskar Ambassadors crowned
The three Karl Oskar Ambassadors were crowned on Wednesday, July 9. From left to right, they are Caitlin McCallum, Lillian Meierhoff and EmmaLeah Trandahl.
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Familiar face for Grand Marshal
In the olden days there was a saying that a lady should only have her name appear in the newspaper two times...once upon announcing her marriage and in a notice of her death.
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Healthcare reform ledger sheet still being balanced
The County Board heard reports of both good and bad fallout, attributed to federal healthcare reform.  The county is experiencing some cost reductions in some areas, but on the other hand anticipated federal aid  for case management mandates that fell on the county shoulders, has been less than what was expected.
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Township hearing from public July 15
Chisago Lake Township Board holds a public hearing Tuesday, July 15 on the future of the Moody House situated on a section of land at the Moody Round Barn historic farmsite, south of Chisago City on Lofton Ave.

The Chisago County Historical Society and Chisago Lake and Franconia Townships established the site as a public space and started preservation efforts on the home and historic round barn.  Much of the funding came from the townships’ park acquisition fee revenues, which is collected when developers plat new projects.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New cell tower ordinance wording sent back to planning commission to be refined
The agenda for the Wyoming City Council meeting included action for the new communications and cell phone tower code-- but last second concerns expressed by a Verizon legal representative convinced the council to hold-off.  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Talks continue for senior dining site in county's southern half
The congregate dining program that had been providing meals through cash/vouchers, at a Lindstrom restaurant,  may be replaced soon, according to a spokesperson for senior services through Catholic Charities, St. Cloud Diocese.  Ruth Huntzinger tells the Press the organization is negotiating with a local establishment “to see if this will be a good fit,”  and there should be something to announce soon.  She wasn’t sure if the program will be back in 2014 or if it will not be until 2015.  
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Center City to hold August hearing on South Center Manor
Center City council members have gone two months with zero contact or any response to certified mail from Larry Merhiy, owner of the South Center Manor property on Park Island Road.
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Strawberry recipes for summer yummies
We are in the season of strawberry picking and have been for a couple weeks. Generally speaking, we can purchase strawberries any time of the year, but you and I know the flavor is just not the same as homegrown or berries picked from a berry patch. Strawberries were loved by royalty (that counts me out but they’re still one of my favorite fruits). Shaped like a heart, colored bright red (with 200 seeds on a medium berry), it is a natural symbol of love. The next time you plan to bring flowers to your special person, bring a basket of strawberries instead. Maybe she’ll make a berry pie for you. See how that goes for you!
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Karl Oskar Days already? Yes, and it is going to be great! Congrats to the Sperrys
Well it is finally here.  Karl Oskar Days has officially begun.  The ambassadors are chosen, the hunt for the snuff box is underway, and the weather looks beautiful. Tonight (Thursday) there is a cribbage tournament at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Suspect takes area law enforcement on chase from Wyoming to Lino Lakes backyard deck
Wyoming Police initiated a traffic stop about 6:30 p.m. July 2 on a vehicle that was the subject of a complaint, and when they attempted to detain the driver, Thomas Weller, 46 of Oakdale, he fled south on I-35. The vehicle was halted using “stop sticks” at County Road 23 in Lino Lakes. Weller was taken into custody after a foot chase, with help from the Forest Lake K-9 officer. 
Monday, July 7, 2014

Sportsman's Club is an ageless asset
The Chisago Lakes Sportsman’s Club is neither for men nor sports.  Now that that’s perfectly clear, what is it for, you ask. For nearly 60 years the 11 acre site on the frontage road between Chisago City and Lindstrom, has quietly been a place to go and relax in a pastoral setting, while blasting the daylights out of airborne clay discs.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Legislative business forum takes Town Hall twist
The North Branch Chamber of Commerce and city hall co-hosted an information session last week  meant for area businesspeople to get questions answered about any new measures affecting the business world.  State Representatives Bob Barrett, Brian Johnson and Senator Sean Nienow were slated to appear and interact with business community members at the North Branch Library.  Sen. Nienow  was a no-show, and unfortunately, the bulk of the event lacked any useful information about how new legislative actions will be administered or implemented or what businesspeople should know
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Family Praise had a wonderful turnout
The Family Praise and BBQ Fest last weekend featured seven worship teams/bands,  entertainment including the Marcio family Elvis Experience, and a barbecue rib cookoff. Kids enjoyed inflatables and activities. Local worship teams/bands included: First United Methodist Church, Testify, Maranatha Assembly of God, Zion Lutheran, Hosanna Lutheran from Forest Lake, Lakes Free Church, and St. Bridget's Catholic Church. The activity is a community outreach by Lindstrom First United Methodist Church. This was its sixth year of hosting the event.
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Street assessments reduction made on Chisago City's proposed street work
Chisago City residents who will pay for street work near their homes this year learned June 24 that the assessments will be lower than projected thanks to favorable bids.
CDL Homes LLC, or Ecumen Parmly LifePointes, will bear a large majority of the  assessment as most of the project will be comprised of work on Fairway Lane (which serves the Point Pleasant Heights community) and the portion of 282nd Street extending to Lakeview apartments and “Vitalize!” wellness center.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Love of live entertainment is just one of his many 'Grand Casino stories'
Wanted: Your Grand Casino story.  When Stacy area resident Tony Olivolo saw the notice posted this spring at the casino seeking patron testimonials,  he walked into the interview room and asked which of his stories they would  like to hear.  Apparently Olivolo has a host of stories, having frequently won playing machines at the casino, he has also won a motorcycle, a $9,000 drawing, a Bingo coverall for $1,199 and  much more; although he doesn’t play cards at the casino because he prefers the free less formal Texas hold ‘em nights that area bars and veterans’ posts schedule. Olivolo swears (in his hybrid Boston-Minnesota accent) that he frequents the casino purely for the entertainment factor.   He mentions he won a trophy for sinking the longest putt in a golf tournament on the casino course, but most of that story is about spending time with Viking football greats who played in the event. 
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Karl Oskar Days is next week, we are looking for a champion of the community
Don’t look now, but Karl Oskar Days begins next week.  That’s right, the granddaddy of celebrations here begins a week from today.  In this edition of the Press, you will find three pages packed with events taking place from July 9-13. As always, Karl Oskar Days begins Wednesday.  Be the lucky finder of the snuff box and get some cold hard cash.  Clues are posted at the Press, Wally Carlson’s BP, Lindstrom Foods and the Antique Mall. 
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Little bit of this and that
The 4th of July is tomorrow. How can that be? For me, and a lot of others, the days seem to fly by quicker than a cat on a hot tin roof! A while back, I received a very unique clock as a birthday gift. Being retired, it was very appropriate for me. The numbers on the clock we all mixed up at the bottom of the clock. Above them was the message, “Who cares?!” Time goes by quickly. Make the most of each day.
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Midsummer Ambassadors crowned
North Branch Mid Summer Ambassadors top left are: Grace Oslund, Kayla Bulver and Ashley Swanson.  
Friday, June 27, 2014

Area high water results in emergency no wake order
Due to the excessive rainfall amounts recently, and to protect property from erosion and wake action, the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office is enacting an emergency Slow No-Wave restriction (within 300 feet from shore) on the following lakes:
East and West Rush Lake, Horseshoe Lake and Little Horseshoe Lake, Goose Lake, Mandall Lake, Robour Lake, Fish Lake, Little Lake, and Comfort Lake, on both sides of the highway.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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