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November 23, 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

Hemingway extension memo ok'd and Schoolview plat is finalized
The North Branch City Council last week approved a final plat, development agreement and letter of understanding with Chisago County getting the ball rolling on a development package, bringing over 100 homes and creating two commercial sites along the south side of #95 east of Grand Avenue. 
Friday, November 3, 2017

Take advantage of a great deal, this weekend is filled with stuff to do
With the help of some wonderful community members, you and I can take advantage of a half price energy audit. Done through Xcel Energy, the audit normally runs $120, but with those members I spoke about, your cost is lowered to just $50.  Xcel will come to your home or business and complete a thorough audit letting you know where you are losing money and where and how you can save money.  Please go to chisago.cleanenergyhub.us to register. Act now, there are only so many audits available at the $50.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Pumpkins are a fall favorite
It’s about pumpkins today. I have a few “Did you know?” facts about pumpkins that I didn’t know. They are 90 percent water. In the past, American Indians roasted long strips of pumpkin over an open fire as food. They once made mats out of these strips as well. It is said that the origin of pumpkin pie is that the Colonists sliced off pumpkin tops, removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. Then the pumpkin was baked in hot ashes. (I prefer to use the oven!)
Friday, November 3, 2017

Public hearing Nov. 28 on next year's street projects
The summer construction season may be months away but the Chisago City Council is already busy preparing for next year’s downtown street improvements.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Assault at Harris area group home alleged
A staff member at a vulnerable adult group home, located outside of Harris,  is alleging she was sexually assaulted at the house October 14.  Two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct have been filed against a 20-year-old man,  who authorities arrested and booked three hours after the alleged incident was reported at 10:20 p.m.   
Friday, October 27, 2017

Ecumen selling Parmly LifePointes to Monarch
Ecumen Parmly LifePointes in Chisago City is being sold to Monarch Healthcare Management of Mankato, Minnesota.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Eagle Scout brings ball pit to Doyle ballfields
Matt Stark, Chisago City, in photo holding sports ball,  built a ga-ga ball court at Rick Doyle Memorial Ballfields in Stacy as his Eagle Scout project. Local officials, Lions members and Scouts celebrated completion last week. Stark is the first Eagle in Troop 11 in over 20 years. The Troop disbanded in 2004 but reorganized in 2013.  The dodge-ball like game pit is next to the playground at the multi-field facility.  Stacy Lions sponsored the project. Scouts pictured inlude: Jacob Gibbs, Nate Unruh, Ruth and Steve Stark behind scout Bart Buske, Stacy Mayor Mark Utecht, with Lions members Tony Olivolo and Jerry and Darla Schroder, and to rt. Scout Leader Kirby Olson.

Friday, October 27, 2017

County takes step to remove fuel tanks, preparing Stacy site to sell
The abandoned gas station and car-wash at the northeast corner of Stacy Trail and the freeway;  has long been a sore spot with Stacy city officials.  The property went tax forfeit in 2014 after years of sitting un-used.  But, hopefully, by the time the next sales cycle of county-managed tax forfeit parcels rolls around--the County Board was recently told that the site should be on the list of available properties.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Funds awarded to North Branch to facilitate 68 units
The City of North Branch should be feeling some optimism with the announcement last week that North Branch has qualified for substantial funding for two projects awarded through Minnesota Housing. 
Friday, October 27, 2017

Buffer law enforcement duty accepted by Board; brew pub abatement ok'd
The county board, somewhat reluctantly, adopted a buffer ordinance last week so that local officials will act as the enforcement arm for the new state environmental protection laws affecting ag lands.  Known as the Buffer Law, the state requires certain widths of permanent vegetative buffers between active farmland and agricultural ditches and public waterways.  The measure is meant to slow, or eliminate sediment and chemicals entering into watersheds, trapping them before they seep into ditches and waterways.  Maps are available depicting where buffers need to be 16.5 foot, 30 or 50 foot wide,  and for several months local officials have been informing and notifying rural landowners of requirements.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Lindstrom lays out welcome mat for EMS, hires KO Days coordinator
Lindstrom City Council will meet and discuss details in a special “work session” November 2;  but so far it looks promising that there’ll be a new Lakes Region EMS base in town. 
Friday, October 27, 2017

Shafer Council okay's fire truck purchase, new phone/internet
Shafer City Council met October 17 for a regular meeting.  Tim O'Connor was not present.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Ojiketa Regional Park is a one-stop place for your Halloween excitement
This is your last weekend to take in some of the great Halloween festivites taking place in our area. Chisago City will hold their annual Falloween this Saturday at Ojiketa Regional Park.  The event runs from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.  If you have children that enjoy Halloween, listen to what there is to do: Hayrides all afternoon long, outdoor games all afternoon long, music and crafts including face painting all afternoon, and fair hair by Great Clips all afternoon. 
Friday, October 27, 2017

More apples...of course!
 Is it still apple season? Of course it is!  I have a little story that says you can eat pie anytime of the day.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Two hurt in Falcon Avenue motorcycle crash with farm combine
North Branch Police say a 54-year old man from North Branch, James Kevin Gervais and his passenger Denise Marie Ellingworth 56,  from Forest Lake were hurt when their motorcycle crashed into a combine that was crossing Falcon Avenue Thursday night, about 7:15 p.m.  The two were taken by ground transport to regions. Neither was wearing a helmet and according to preliminary details, alcohol may have been a factor.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Watershed Dist. managers let lakes tell their own story in sedimentation research
When the managers for the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District make decisions on which projects will get support and where district efforts will be effective in meeting goals for improving water quality-- they’ll first consider the science and then everything else.  District managers respond to citizen input, certainly, but long range goals and individual projects,  are founded on facts.

Last week the district managers were presented a fascinating study done by the St Croix Watershed Research Station analyzing core samples taken from the bottom of Moody, Shields and Comfort Lakes.  Moody is at the “top” of the watershed drainage, Shields is in the middle and Comfort has an outfall to a tributary to the Sunrise River.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sign gets new life in North Branch
The vintage soda advertisement that has overlooked the North Branch business district for decades got a facelift as part of a project through the city’s Beautification Committee.  Artist Tony Stafki,  www.WallArtByTony.com was chosen to do the honors. He tells the Press he’s been doing this for about 10 years.  He specializes in mural art, restoration of public artworks and faux finishes in residential and business applications  Stafki added, “I am very thankful I was selected by the North Branch Beautification Association to restore this North Branch heirloom.  Without their drive and vision this project would not have happened. To be able to add my name to the list of talented artists who have kept this mural alive for so many years is very humbling.”

Friday, October 13, 2017

Chisago Lakes football finds magic in mixing quarterbacks vs St. Francis
Even though it was a beautiful fall evening, homecoming was a bit of a downer for the students and fans at St. Francis High School last Friday night.
Wildcat quarterback Henry Trost rushed for 229 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Wildcat football team to a 49-19 thrashing of the St. Francis Fighting Saints.  The Wildcats led 21-0 after the first quarter and 35-0 at the half and never really let the Fighting Saints back into it.  Wildcat head coach Bill Weiss said, “We played up to our potential in all three phases of the game – offense, defense and special teams.  We played well together and were able to do some good things.”

Friday, October 13, 2017

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