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March 18, 2018

County attorney gets guilty verdict on aiding and abetting in 2016 drug overdose
The second of two criminal trials tied to the December 2016 overdose death of Cameron Johnson, 18,  concluded late Friday March 9.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Incumbent ousted in Sunrise Township voting
There were a total of 75 votes cast in the Sunrise Township election March 13.  Incumbent Jerry Bjork was re-elected with 63 votes. One write-in vote was cast for Jack Kopp.  Incumbent Deborah Kelleher was defeated by Mark Osland. He received 52 votes to her 23 votes.  These are three year supervisor seats.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Officers recognized for life-saving efforts
Lakes Area Police recognized the Lifesaving efforts of three department officers. Their speedy and skilled response to a January 13 report that Aaron Milles, center, was having a heart attack, proved to be truly lifesaving.  Those receiving their lifesaving pins at last week’s Police Commission meeting were Officers Barwin, left, Officer Kolbow, and VanHorn, right.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Youth who made threats to use firearm at North Branch high school pleads
The 17-year-old male connected to high school shooting threats, and who was arrested February 24 in North Branch, has entered a guilty plea to the felony charge of making terroristic threats.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Shafer City Council moves forward with Paxmar development agreement
Shafer City Council met March 6 for a regular meeting. Council member Brad Swenson was absent. 
Friday, March 16, 2018

Don't miss your chance to advertise in our Community and Visitor Guide
Well it finally looks like we have turned the corner and are heading towards seeing grass again.  What a long cold winter we have endured this season. I love the snow but the 40 below temperatures is what seems to get me and everyone down.  It will be just a matter of time before we are on the golf course and me in my boat not catching fish.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Taking you to the tropics
It’s about pineapples today. We all know what pineapples are and when this fruit catches your eye in the produce department which one would you buy?  Look for the ones that are plump; the larger the fruit the greater amount of edible meat. Gently squeeze the fruit; it should be slightly soft to the touch, yet firm. Sniff the bottom and it should have a sweet smell.
Friday, March 16, 2018

MnDOT announces 35 freeway projects
There is going to be lots of roadwork happening in the Lino Lakes, Forest Lake area this summer and next, and many attended an open house in Forest Lake at the senior center Monday this week to get informed about what to expect.
Friday, March 9, 2018

Menne sentenced to 8 years
One area man has been sentenced to state prison for unintentional murder and  his girlfriend is being tried in connection with the same death this week.
Friday, March 9, 2018

Public makes many suggestions on solar array rules

A handful of proponents of  renewable energy lent their voices to the debate at a county planning commission public hearing March 1, on amending the county’s permits for solar arrays.  Far more people, however,  showed up to contribute concerns about the proliferation of solar arrays, as the seven-member planning commission undertakes a re-write of the county’s solar  permits ordinance.

Friday, March 9, 2018

County Commissioner Lora Walker charged in fatal traffic collision
Chisago County Administrator Bruce Messelt says the county has no comment on vehicular homicide charges that have been filed in Tenth Judicial District Court in Center City against a county commissioner.   Charges against Lora Jean Waker, 48 of Stacy, alleged causing the death of another while  operating a motor vehicle in a grossly negligent manner.  Charges by summons were filed March 8 almost one year-to-the-day of a fatal crash on I-35, she is alleged to have caused.
Friday, March 9, 2018

­Home Show was well attended, many thanks aren't enough for Richard
I hope you had a chance to come to the Chisago Lakes Home and Business Expo over the weekend.  I was a bit nervous because our booth numbers were down a bit from last year, but the numbers that showed up to visit the show eased my fears.  We had a really nice turnout and the weather was great. It was so great spending time with readers and advertisers in such a comfortable environment.  Everyone seemed to be in really good spirits.  Thank you for everyone who stopped by to say hi and talk, we had some great conversations about everything under the sun.  Thanks to Bob Meyer, Coreen Agre, Jenny Reed, Wendy Redland, Becky Carlson, Cory Lindgren and Laurie Doughty for all of their hard work on and at the show.  It couldn't take place if it weren't for them.
Friday, March 9, 2018

Suspect ordered held until next court hearing, this week
A teen suspect in an alleged North Branch High School shooting threat was ordered held;  following a hearing to evaluate his release Friday March 2.
Friday, March 9, 2018

Look on the back recipes
Today my recipes come from the back of the box, a soup can, etc. I don’t know about you but when I’m cooking and some ingredient comes from a box or a container, I always check to see if there is a recipe I might like to try. You would be surprised (maybe not) of the recipes I’ve accumulated. Because the recipes are printed on a sturdy container, I keep them in a pile with a rubber band around them in my “back of the box” file!
Friday, March 9, 2018

Wal-Mart searched, felony suspect apprehended after fleeing Wyoming traffic stop
Wyoming, Forest Lake and state patrol, along with area deputies have detained a wanted man who fled Wyoming in a car, pulled over about 3:30 a.m. for headlights out.
Monday, March 5, 2018

Local writer finds Chisago Lakes FFA eager to carry the message of Barnyard Buddies and their wise advice to STOP for Peace
Second and third graders at Primary School in Chisago City were learning about conflict resolution last week with a story read aloud by Chisago Lakes high school FFA students.  This had all the hallmarks of being just a fun storytime, but the message in the lesson was so very important in this era of societal conflict.
Monday, March 5, 2018

Home Show weekend Saturday & Sunday; let's go skiing on the golf course?
This weekend is Home Show weekend.  The weather is supposed to be wonderful, so you can’t use that as an excuse.  This year’s show is packed with some great businesses who want nothing more than to say hi to you and explain what their businesses excel in.
Friday, March 2, 2018

Lakes Area Police agreement sub-committee starts talks on actual Lindstrom proposal
The second meeting of a six-person subcommittee looking into revising the Lakes Area Police department joint powers agreement took place February 20.  Subcommittee member Jeremy Dresel was visible on a monitor and contributed via the Internet, as he was out-of-town.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

County Board: school funding affects economy
School district superintendents were thrilled to find the Chisago County Board is in their corner when it comes to finding equity in state funding streams for schools.  Superintendents for Forest Lake, North Branch, Chisago Lakes districts and the Rush City High School Principal, and St Croix River Education District Director Jamie Nord,  were given time on last week’s County Board agenda to discuss the seemingly-unsolvable problems with school funding in Minnesota.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Radio upgrade made optional; costs trimmed
The outcry from Chisago county law enforcement and firefighters opposing a new fee schedule recently associated with emergency radios was immediate, and the county board’s response has been equally as swift. 
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Food shelf re-stocking with a little help from its friends
Picture above:  Laurel Charter of Hazelden Betty Ford presents $850 to food shelf coordinator, right, Mandy Clybor.

If you would like to donate to the 2 for 1 Food Shelf Fund through Masonic Lodge #287-- checks can be made out to the Lodge, P.O. Box 681, Lindstrom,MN 55045.

Shown rt; Larry Brattain with Clybor,  presenting a $500 check on behalf of the Taylors Falls Lions Club, to the Family Pathways food shelf here in Chisago Lakes.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

'Beyond the Yellow Ribbon' enlists community resources to support veterans and their families
Forty individuals representing a cross-section of government officials,  community agencies, and civic organizations gathered at the Chisago Lakes Library Feb. 21 to learn more about a non-profit, community based program called “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.” Those attending had responded to an invitation to become part of a Chisago Lakes Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Steering Committee.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Shafer City Council discusses finishing Shafer Oaks with builder; apartment sizes
Shafer City Council met February 20 for a regular meeting. All members were present.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Fish are excellent source of nutrition
We are in the Lenten season of the Christian church, and I know that many of you refrain from eating meat on Fridays at this time. All fish are excellent sources of protein, vitamins and minerals and are relatively low in calories and fat.  All fish, fatty ones included, have much less saturated fat than most meat. In fish, the higher-fat foods are recommended because the type of fat they contain - Omega-3 fatty acids – can help lower blood cholesterol and help ease the pain of arthritis
Thursday, March 1, 2018

LFD celebrates incoming officers, new firefighters
The Lindstrom Fire Department celebrated new members and displayed a new lighter-duty rescue truck as the party moved from the fire station to Lindstrom city hall last week. 
Monday, February 26, 2018

Student, 17, arrested for threatened shooting at North Branch High School
Local authorities came together late Saturday and Sunday last weekend to address a potential incident police say was serious enough to be treated as a threat to the safety of North Branch Area Public Schools.
Monday, February 26, 2018

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