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Comfort Lake now dealing with zebra mussels; check boats, trailers carefully
Comfort Lake is infested with zebra mussels. The first encounter with the invasive species was July 13 when a citizen sent a photo electronically to the Comfort Lake Forest Lake Watershed District staff,  with the caption, “Is this a zebra mussel?”
Friday, July 28, 2017

Threshing Show enjoyed by all
The 2017 Almelund Threshing Show enjoyed beautiful weather, plenty of people and a boatload of unique tractors. All the guests had a great time at the show.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

4Hers to compete at state fair
4Hers to compete at state fair
Thursday, August 17, 2017

North Branch Council seats new planning commission
The newly-seated North Branch Planning Commission will consist of five members;  with the four year terms going to Joel McPherson and Brian Voss, three year term to Mackenzie Guptil, a two year term to Laurie Warner and the one year term to Gary Schaefer. 
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Taylors Falls approves conduit financing, deer hunt and border cities
Taylors Falls City Council, minus, member Larry Julik Heine, unanimously approved $8 million in conduit financing for Community Asset Foundation, a non-profit corporation that built and owns The Lodge, a senior community in Taylors Falls.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pair of Ki Chi Saga Days Grand Marshals recognizable, filled with pro-active spirit
Two very recognizable faces will be in the lead vehicle at Ki Chi Saga Days  parade this weekend-- Jackie and Kevin Stenson.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sheriff's Department cooperating in billing scam investigation
Chisago County is in line with over 200 other government entities;  awaiting in the county’s case, a few thousand dollars as restitution, as one of the agencies allegedly double-billed or failed to credit squad car components.  Captain Keith Hoppe explained that as fleet manager he’s been asked by a state agency looking into the scam to compile purchase orders and billing/payment records. which will go to build a case against the dealership that held the “state bid” and served as the conduit for law enforcement vehicles from the factory. 
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Why is the front page white? Ki Chi Saga Days is up and running
Okay, okay, I know you have seen it.  Our front page is blank. No we didn’t run out of news.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sowing the fruits of your labor
To everything there is a season. A time for sowing, and a time for reaping. We have sowed and now we are reaping. Now is the time for harvesting tomatoes, among other veggies and fruits from the garden. One of the things I like about tomatoes in my garden is the anticipation of seeing the marble size green fruits growing into a larger bright red globe ready to pick and eat. I have learned not to pick a tomato when it looks ripe, hiding in the leaves of the plant, only to find that it needed more growing time to reach that brilliant color. Granted, there are tomatoes that are yellow or pink.
Let’s get right to tomato recipes.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Technology brings records out of church basements
If you enjoy doing research into your family tree you know that you can unlock truckloads of information using the Internet.  And, now you can add the historic records of Chisago Lake Lutheran Church, in Center City,  to that vast electronic file cabinet.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tractor Caravan rolls through town
The annual tractor caravan rolled through North Branch on its way to the Almelund Threshing grounds last weekend.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

County Historical Society buys new downtown site
The next few months are going to bring change to the county historical society, as it divests itself of two houses and moves headquarters into side-by-side commercial buildings on mainstreet Lindstrom.  

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Implementing ditch buffer law more complex than thought
The County Board continues to assemble needed expertise in addressing issues with the county’s system of agricultural ditches. The commissioners earlier this summer approved (see Press June 29) engaging a St Cloud law firm to help in the process of “redetermination.”  Last week,  the Board (Commissioner Lora Walker absent) approved Bolton and Menk to lend its ditch engineering skills to review six ditches-- that may or may not be functioning the way they were meant to.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Zoomobile stops in the area
The Minnesota Zoo sent a mobile animal program out to East Central Regional Libraries and last week the hissing cockroaches and other unusual friends landed at Chisago Lakes Area Library.  The community room was filled with members of the public wanting to see the exotic creatures. Pictured Donny Crook of the MN Zoomobile.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Like tractors? You haven't seen anything like the Threshing Show
This weekend is one of the more fun events in our area. The Almelund Threshing Show runs Friday through Sunday.  For those of you who have never attended the show, you don’t know what you are missing.  The Threshing Show is filled with over 700 tractors,  as far as the eye can see.  When you set foot on the threshing grounds, you instantly step back in time, a time when farming ruled and talk was about crops, not presidents.   
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Peaches are the 'fruit of calmness'
It is the season of fresh peaches. There are hundreds of types of peaches but basically two major categories: clingstone and freestone. The flesh of freestone peaches separates easily from the pit and has a firmer texture than the clingstone. The clingstones flesh “clings” to the pit (stone) Both of them can be used interchangeably in most recipes. Fragrance is one of the best signs of ripeness but should feel firm but not soft to the touch. (Don’t do the “Please don’t squeeze the Charmin” thing!) Don’t buy them if they have wrinkled skin, brownish spots or a bit of green. 
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Keeping loved one's spirit alive also benefits Let's Go Fishing
Could there be anything more appropriate than a memorial fishing tournament that raises money,  and the funds are subsequently donated in support of a volunteer group that takes seniors and the disabled out on area lakes to fish? 
Friday, August 4, 2017

The St. Croix Master Watershed Stewards were kept busy from 10 a.m. on into the early afternoon last Saturday, as crowds of Interstate State Park visitors stepped up to display tables to learn how the river is impacted by activities within its watershed. 
Friday, August 4, 2017

CLJSTC advises hike in long term capital fund
The monsoon rainfalls in July could have been timed better for performing required maintenance at the Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Plant.  Add a power outage or two affecting lift stations, and local wastewater system operators are dealing with more than the usual challenges this summer.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Internet concerns about mechanics' lien is a 'non-story' NB city attorney says
One thing’s certain -- the North Branch city law firm Miller & Stevens never has a dull week.  The latest item to require attention is a mechanic’s lien making the rounds on the Internet.  It was filed against Chisago County and the City of North Branch-- alleging unpaid bills on a development in Interstate Business Park.

Friday, August 4, 2017

North Branch Council is considering surcharge on energy bills for roadwork
Elected officials in North Branch hope to hear from residents on whether “franchise fees” are an idea whose time has come. 
Friday, August 4, 2017

No objections heard, council proceeds with street projects, assessments
The Chisago City Council on July 25 awarded a contract for street improvements  for Shoquist Drive, Sportsman Drive, Jennifer Court and James Court to low bidder Hardrives, Inc. With a bid of $309,525. Other bidders were: Valley Paving, Inc. $320,609.60, Dresel Contracting, Inc., $399,080.07; and Knife River Corporation, $388,631.85.
Friday, August 4, 2017

The epitome of inspiration
Jordan Bergeman and his son Jeffrey competed in the sprint triathlon Sunday.  Bergeman who swims with Jeffrey in a raft behind him, bikes with a trailer behind him and runs with a jogging stroller, says he sees how much joy it brings to Jeffrey’s life. That along with their strong faith is why he enters the competitions.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Vernette Naatz
Vernette Lucille Naatz, (Peterson) passed away peacefully on July 22, 2017 at the age of 94.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Wow, what a weekend, great weather, great times and so much fun!
That giant breeze that you felt on Monday was a cumulative exhale from an exhausting weekend.  We had an amazing weekend of fun, but it was almost too much to take in. First off, a super huge thank you to the great folks who put together this year's Center City Days. They promised big changes and boy did they deliver. The street dance was awesome, the town triathlon was great and everyone had a great time. Hopefully they keep the parade next year, because it was a lot bigger than anyone expected for a first time parade in 20 plus years.  Thank you to the Center City Days committee for all of your hard work!
Friday, August 4, 2017

Zucchini squash are multifaceted
We are right in the middle of the season for zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, and many other veggies. Today it’s about green and yellow summer squash. These versatile summer squash can  be used interchangeably in most recipes or combined together to make a colorful ingredient to salads or other dishes. The ideal size for these squash, for most recipes, is about 6 to 7-inches long and about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. If you’re going to prepare them sliced, dipped in beaten egg, coated with bread or cracker crumbs and fried in butter or olive oil (yummy) you will want the larger size… about 9-inches long and about 2 to 2-1/2  inches in diameter.
Friday, August 4, 2017

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