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May 27, 2018

Anderson found not guilty in Johnson's death
Carl Patrick Anderson of rural Lindstrom, was found innocent of charges of second degree murder filed against him for the death of Donn Johnson, on February 22,2017. The complaint alleged second degree murder without intent, not premeditated and also second degree murder while committing a felony (assault). 
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Eastbound Highway 8 ramp shutting down for 10 day project

Tuesday morning, May 29, the ramp off northbound Interstate 35 in Forest Lake, exiting to eastbound Highway 8 closes. The detour will be to get off 35 at Highway 97 in Forest Lake, where motorists will be directed north through Forest Lake on #61, where there’s an exit to pickup Highway 8 eastbound. The ramp closure is to allow crews to pave I-35 and a portion of the eastbound ramp. The site is expected to re-open in 10 days, or approximately the end of the first week in June.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Trail, highway design millions hang on Governor signing
A segment of the Swedish Immigrant Trail and Highway 8 design phase are hinging on the huge funding bills that, as of press deadline, were sitting on the Governor’s desk in St. Paul.
The bike trail made it through the prioritizing process by the Legislative Commission on Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund and is earmarked for $2,254,000.  The funds if approved will be available until June 30,2021.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Shafer Oaks feasibility study complete, microsurfacing ok'd
The Shafer City Council met May 15 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.  In the open hearing to the public Tamara Hessler, who resides in Shafer, told the council she had interest in the vacant council spot formerly held by Tim O'Connor.  Hessler expressed her love for Shafer and told the council she would love to help the city grow and prosper.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Town-within-a town proposed to meet housing needs
Paxmar, a Minnesota firm that packages comprehensive development plans and readies sites for approved builders, was in North Branch last week to explain a layout it proposes on 80 acres in the northwest corner of the city.  The development could require five years or so to fully build-out, the city council was told by a Paxmar representative May 15.  Many players are already expressing interest in being involved in the project, as far as bringing in a convenience store, a seniors’ building, etc. 
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Civic auditorium project wins $150,000
The Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation has awarded a capital project grant of $150,000 for the restoration and expansion of the 1916 Civic Auditorium in historic downtown St. Croix Falls.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Solar array, kennel approved by board
The developer of a solar energy facility on the Wagner parcel, on Olinda Trail, had the permit application ruled complete by county staff before solar arrays became regulated as Interim Use Permits-- so last week the County Board approved the array as a Conditional Use Permit. 
Thursday, May 24, 2018

County Board briefs .......
The following is an update on multiple road projects expected this season in the county:
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Lindstrom City Council gives veterans housing proposal a tentative green light
The Journey Home organization builds housing for veterans with disabilities,  and at last week’s Lindstrom City Council meeting the organization discussed its interest in putting two or three homes on an empty lot the city of Lindstrom owns,  on Newlander Avenue. 
Thursday, May 24, 2018

North Circle Food Hub delivering harvest near you
You probably shop on-line for home goods, concert tickets and clothes, so why not add food to your Internet adventure? 
Thursday, May 24, 2018

North Branch JROTC takes time for cadet inspection
North Branch Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Deb Henton, High School Principal Coleman McDonough and School Board Chair Kirby Ekstrom spent time with approximately 60 North Branch Junior ROTC cadets as part of cadet unit inspection last week.  Each participant in the program spoke personally with one of thedistrict officials about their experience and why they took advantage of the special program.  There was a 30-step drill demonstration and then lunch, followed by announcements of cadet awards for the year.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Honor our Veterans on Monday; grab a paddle - see you on the lake
This weekend is a huge one for families of past Veterans.  It is the day we honor those of us who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Those who have given their lives so you and I may enjoy the free life we take for granted each and every day.  Monday is our day to thank and remember those who put this country above their lives.  Whether you are a supporter of the armed forces or not, the life you lead, the freedom you enjoy, the peace and security that surrounds us is a direct result or impact of our veterans.  I am a huge supporter of veterans. They hold a dear spot in my heart and the local veterans both current and the ones whom we have lost are beyond incredible.  Come on out this Monday and honor those who have given their lives for our freedom.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bars good for graduation parties
Last week I had cookie recipes and this week it’s bar recipes. I read in one of my cookie cookbooks that a bar is a type of cookie that is baked in a rectangular or square baking pan with one to two-inch sides.  This cook book says there are six basic types of cookies – drop, molded, pressed, refrigerator, rolled and bar. Whoever says, “I’m going to make bar cookies.” Many bars are baked at the same temperature so I often make 2 or 3 different kinds at a time. You should see my kitchen counter with various size containers all over the place! I measure out the ingredients for each kind of bar in bowls, put the instructions by the recipe, look to see which kind of bar bakes the longest and start making bars! It sounds a little crazy but I have enough bowls, containers and baking pans in different sizes so it works. Just think of the variety of bars I can freeze to serve anytime.  They keep for a couple months or more if wrapped tightly in foil, then wrapped again. Be sure to write the name of the bars, where the recipe can be found and the date they were made, on a piece of masking tape and stick it on the wrapping.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

North Branch man killed in I-35 crash May 11
Friday, May 11 a North Branch man was killed when his motorcycle crashed with a Ford Fusion in traffic on I-35 about 3 p.m.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Walker will not seek re-election as county commissioner
Editor's Note: County Commissioner Lora Walker issued the following statement May 10.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Prom was a night to remember for Chisago Lakes students
The Chisago Lakes High School held its annual prom Saturday at Earle Brown Heritage Center. Students took advantage of the nice weather for prom photos.
Friday, May 11, 2018

LAPD contract hurdles being cleared amicably
The Lakes Area Police joint powers agreement that’s been under review for months, is nearing the final draft.  It appears the police services for Lindstrom and Chisago City have been defined and there is an understanding of “base” service and the cities are adding tools to re-calculate cost sharing in the future.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Board welcomes sheriff; expresses trail damage concern
The full Chisago County Board, with Commissioner Lora Walker on Skype,  oversaw installation and the oath of office for new Chisago County Sheriff Brandon Thyen and approved his recommendation that Justin Wood serve as Chief Deputy,  and then the Board handled a brief business meeting.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Center City Council gets request to take over private road and fire hall update
There has been an informal request from Calendar Isle, in Center City, asking the city to takeover the neighborhood’s street system.  The private roadway includes a causeway, that connects the “island” to the Pleasant Knoll-Hwy 8 area,  and council voiced concerns about the condition of this and wanted more information about standards to which the streets are built as well.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Plat, church school charter permit OK'd
A large land area (see graphic) in North Branch was addressed by the city council as a package platting, titled “North Branch Meadows” in approving zoning actions needed to move along a plan to build housing for adults in assistive programs for managing mental health.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Shafer Council says goodbye to fellow council member, purchases new furnace
Shafer City Council met May 1 for a regular meeting. All members were present. The council, after consenting the agenda, discussed the furnace in city hall.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Tell Mom you love her; get your tunics and your cloaks out
This weekend is of course one of the most important days of the year. A time we plan for months, meticulously looking for the right item in store after store. Wondering will this work? What if I fail? Maybe I need to buy another item?  I of course am speaking about... the fishing opener.  Just kidding, I am referring to Mother’s Day.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Warm weather brings thoughts of salad
Yippy, the ice was out on South Lindstrom Lake last week! Reading from the Minneapolis newspaper, the last time the ice went out so late was May 5, 1857. I can hardly believe that someone was keeping records of ice out on the lakes that long ago. I guess I am wrong.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Fox CSG 1 LLC: Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact
SUMMARY: The Rural Development’s Rural Business Service (RD-RBS) has made a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) with respect to a request for possible financing assistance to Fox CSG 1 LLC for the construction of a 5 megawatt solar production facility in Chisago County, Minnesota
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Wyoming 2 CSG 1 LLC: Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact
SUMMARY: The Rural Development’s Rural Business Service (RD-RBS) has made a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) with respect to a request for possible financing assistance to Fox CSG 1 LLC for the construction of a 5 megawatt solar production facility in Chisago County, Minnesota
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Robbery response yields two suspects in custody
Lakes Area Police officers along with state patrol, Wyoming Police and sheriff deputies apprehended two male suspects who were suspects in a robbery reported Friday May 4. Lakes Area Chief of Police Bill Schlumbohm reports no other suspects are being sought and any potential danger to the public is passed. 
Friday, May 4, 2018

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