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home : news : news February 26, 2015

Authorities arrest recently-released Level 3 sex offender
A Level Three sex offender released from prison February 19 upon serving his sentence;  has been re-incarcerated by local authorities, reportedly for violating conditions of his release. A roommate at the house where the offender resided was also booked in connection with disorderly conduct and damage to property.  


Thursday, February 26, 2015


Lindstrom Council red-lights new police headquarters

Lindstrom is frequently cited in its annual audits for having a relatively small debt burden per capita and for having well-conceived debt service scenarios for the debt the city does have.  For better or worse--  Lindstrom City Council members don’t like to take on a major expense without first having a firm understanding of how it’s going to be paid for. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lent voters to see three questions
Voters in Lent Township will see questions asking for a yes or no vote, on their ballot March 10, in addition to selecting a candidate running for one supervisor seat.  

Lent citizens petitioned the Township Board demanding the ballot include allowing residents to vote yes or no increasing the board to five supervisors,  and allowing a new combined clerk/treasurer to be appointed.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wyoming street bonding is OK'd unanimously by council members
The city council vote moving the Wyoming Streets and Utility Improvements project forward to the bid stage was unanimous Feb 17, after city council members reviewed the approximately $5 million plan in short order,  in a special meeting at the Maranatha Church.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Find yourself a straw bale and get growing
A few dozen avid gardeners set aside their ice chippers and jumper cables for the day, and showed up at the Wyoming Area Giese Memorial Library to learn about straw bale gardening from the guy who literally wrote the book about it, Minnesotan Joel Karsten.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

North Star solar project permit advancing
The developer for the “North Star” solar energy project has filed for a combined high voltage transmission line (of about one mile in length) and for a permit to allow installation covering about 800 acres of solar array sites.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wyoming Council's 'new blood' approach tested by appointment
It would be safe to say that most people expected the street improvements project public hearing to provide the drama for the Wyoming City Council session last week, but it didn’t turn out that way.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Solar projects' honeymoon might be over as local officials' scrutiny grows
A quartet of solar farms proposed for development in Chisago County, which is nearing the end of about a year-long permitting review by the MN Utilities Commission, are just now attracting a second-look from local elected leaders. 
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Home Show was great; local sports teams having great year
Thank you to all who braved the weather and ventured out to the 2015 Home, Garden and Business Show.  Attendance was suprisingly better than last year with close to 2,000 people.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Serving pork a different way
Do you know of someone who “pigs out” when you are serving a meal? We have a relative who has a growing boy (age 16) who can eat not one, but three hamburgers at a meal, along with whatever is being served. Before the family left for dinner at someone else’ home, his Mom would give him a couple of peanut butter sandwiches to sort of fill him up a bit so he wouldn’t pig out at the dinner table. Did it work? Yes and no. It depended on whose home they were at!
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chisago Council says yes to police offices; project awaits Lindstrom vote
With their counterparts on the Lindstrom City Council expected to vote on the same plan tonight, Thursday, Feb. 19, Chisago City council members agreed Feb. 10 to move ahead with building new offices for the Lakes Area Police Department.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Learn more about road turnback costs at your township meetings
An issue impacting township budgets will be road reversion, or “turnback,” the topic for this story. Is there anybody who doesn’t think transportation issues are some of the most complex things facing taxpayers of today?    Getting a handle on  the labyrinth of funding mechanisms and pots of money and what seems to be an endless list of projects, seems an impossible effort.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sex offender notice being provided at Feb. 24 public meeting
A level three sex offender public notification meeting is being held Tuesday, February 24 to inform the public about  the release of an offender planning to live north of Lindstrom, in the vicinity of Lange Avenue and County Road 14.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

North Branch American Legion hosts national commander
Members and guests of North Branch American Legion Post 85 had the honor of welcoming their National Commander Michael Helm for a dinner banquet.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Zac Bartz is still present today,people are reading the paper
Thank you so much for coming out to the Wildcat boys hockey game Friday.  The place was packed and the first ever Zac Strong awards were very moving.  We have a photo of the winners and nominees in this edition’s sports page.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Celebrating National Cherry Month
This is National Cherry Month, along with canned goods, snack food and grapefruit. Today it’s cherries. We have fresh, frozen and canned cherries to enjoy all year round. You can use Bing, maraschino (pronounced mara-sKeno) and pie filling to make pies, tarts, cakes, bread, cobblers, candy, preserves and even Cherry Blobs (recipe to follow.) I’m sure you have a favorite recipe using cherries in some form or another, but try one of these for a change.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Regional Library System honors exiting long-time board member
Keith Carlson, center, was recognized for his service to the East Central Regional Library system.   Library board members are limited to no more than three consecutive three-year terms, which Carlson has served, so he could not be re-appointed for 2015.  He is succeeded by Lindstrom resident William Schlumbohm Sr.  Carlson is pictured receiving a certificate of appreciation and an official mug from Carla Lydon, representing the regional library offices, and County Board Chair Rick Greene.  The Regional Library Board consists of three appointees from each of its six county members.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Public meeting Feb. 17 on city 2015 street work
Wyoming citizens are invited to find out about a 2015 streets and utility/stormwater improvements package at a public hearing Tuesday, Feb 17.  

The session is being held in conjunction with the regular 7 p.m. city council meeting,  and due to the expected citizen interest, the Maranatha Church on Forest Blvd. (old Hwy 61) is the site for this meeting.  The church can accommodate a much larger crowd than city council chambers can. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Public meeting Feb. 17 on city 2015 street work
Wyoming citizens are invited to find out about a 2015 streets and utility/stormwater improvements package at a public hearing Tuesday, Feb 17.  

The session is being held in conjunction with the regular 7 p.m. city council meeting,  and due to the expected citizen interest, the Maranatha Church on Forest Blvd. (old Hwy 61) is the site for this meeting.  The church can accommodate a much larger crowd than city council chambers can.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Solar array site hearings underway
The fact-gathering portion of the state’s review of an application to develop several Aurora LLC solar energy sites began this week in Chisago City. The first of a series of hearings in locales where solar arrays are proposed was opened Monday by Administrative Law Judge Barbara Case. 
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Council addresses frozen water lines with new policy to share costs with owner
While an optimist would hope the city has seen its deepest freeze for this winter, Taylors Falls City Council members on Feb. 9 adopted a policy to combat frozen water lines in the future.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Center City Council hears from CCFD
Center City council members on Feb. 3 welcomed Fire Chief Bob Bray with an annual report from the fire station.

Last year was harsh for the department in terms of experienced firefighters retiring from the force. The department accepted resignations from Kendall Fernstrom, Troy Granfors, Steve Johnson and Karl Ruser, who had given nearly 70 years in combined service.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Counties stressed providing for state program creation
Changing the structure of long- entrenched government programs is alot like changing course for an aircraft carrier.  It happens slowly and you have to be on the lookout for submarines and mines.

The Chisago County Board  listened to the Health and Human Services Director last week describe implementation concerns tied to the switchover of clients onto MNChoices-- a new structure for providing subsidized services and care programs.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

New member takes his seat on LID; audience hears of 2015 plans
About 35 people attended the Chisago Lakes Lake Lake Improvement District annual meeting, Feb 2, in the lower level conference room at the Government Center.  
The newest LID member, Gary Schmumacher, is now serving in one of two “at large” seats. He was selected by paper ballot vote out of four applicants seeking the position vacated by Lou Sibik.  Mike Mergens was also returned to his North Center Lake Area seat, he was not challenged.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Home, Garden, Business show
I know this is very late notice, but tonight (Thursday) at the Chisago Lakes Arena, there is something special taking place.  One of our hundreds of youth hockey players will receive the Zac Strong Award.  The award is in honor of Zac Bartz who courageously battled a painful rare cancer for years before finally being called to Heaven.  Zac was the epitome of strong, no matter how painful his life was, he always wore a smile and always wanted to be with his buddies.  This award will be presented to an athlete during the varsity hockey game - which by the way the tickets are only $1 to get in.  I invite you to come enjoy a touching ceremony to Zac and cheer on the Wildcats.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Polish sausage: good and quick
Today’s recipes have to do with sausage... specifically Polish sausage or kielbasa. Polish sausage is easy to prepare. Because it is a smoked product and fully cooked, it doesn’t take long to prepare. Simmered in water, grilled, sliced in half-inch pieces and sauted, it takes just a few minutes from opening the package to bringing it to the table. One of our favorites meals is Polish with sauerkraut and boiled potatoes. We had this combination of foods quite a lot when I was growing up and I have to say it’s one of our and our children’s and grandchildren’s favorite meals when they come to our house for supper.
I have prepared other meals using Polish and I’ll share them with you.

Thursday, February 12, 2015


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