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Council asked to reconsider appointing process; judge denies Furman's restraining order
North Branch Mayor Kirsten Hagen Kennedy promised when elected she would work to revise some of the functions of North Branch’s municipal  government;  and it was clear in a special meeting last week this is easier said than done.
Thursday, October 8, 2015

North Branch community gets a look at all sorts of vehicles
North Branch Community Education put on a great event where vehicles of all kinds were at the parking lot by the middle school for kids to enjoy...even a state patrol helicopter landed on the community soccer fields for examination by young and old alike. CWO Greg Burgess was piloting the copter for this event and he kept an eye on things.
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Celebrating 70 years on precious path together
In 1945 when Lillian Bloom accepted an invitation to visit her childhood sweetheart Les Johnson,  at his Naval base in Corpus Christi, she had no clue that he would ask her to marry him.  But he did, and she said yes. And within days, at the ripe old ages of 20 and 21, the two were joined by God.
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Learn more about Emerald Ash Borer impacts, commerce restrictions Oct. 28
Chisago is one of 10 counties in Minnesota under quarantine for emerald ash borer.  To try to keep the deadly insect from spreading, the state Dept. of Agriculture is proposing formal regulations to contain an infestation found in August, in standing trees,  at the southern end of Chisago County. 
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fall is a favorite time of the year
I hope you have had a chance to get a good look at the rust, red, yellow and gold colored leaves hanging onto the branches tightly before they give up and fall to the ground. Spring and autumn are my favorite times of the year. In spring the buds on the trees are waiting patiently for warmer weather to give birth after winters’ cold weather. And I am excited to see the pussywillows with their fuzzies (catkins) come out of their brown covering. I love spring! We get through the changing weather of summer and autumn appears, giving way to the brilliant colorful leaves painting a picture that is beyond words. Before long, they are driven to the ground by the breezes, scattering them over the ground. Years ago we raked them into piles, jumped in them, burying each other under the leaves. And when evening came we had a bonfire (watched closely by mom and dad) and roasted marshmallows... memories. We can’t do these things today. I love autumn.
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Lions prowling around town, picking up garbage
Chisago Lakes Lions members had a beautiful day Sept. 26 for highway clean-up and eight club members put in 20 hours total along Highway 8 between Lindstrom and Chisago City. Meeting up at Brink’s parking lot, for this photo were: Gary Gerke, left, with Dave Hledt, Doug Lumby, Clark Malcomson and Jim Koenig, rt.  Also on the cleanup team that day but not pictured: Don Endres, Bruce Johnson, Bob Jennissen,

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thousands have Water Festival memories
Friday, September 24, marked the 13th year of Chisago County Children’s Water Festival.  Once again this year, approximately 700 fifth grade students from  Chisago County converged on Ojiketa Regional Park in Chisago City for this day-long, hands-on, learning opportunity.  Since 2003, over 9,000 students from the North Branch Middle School, Wyoming Elementary, Taylors Falls Elementary, Rush City Elementary, Forest Lake North Lakes Academy and Chisago Lakes Lakeside School have taken part in this event.
Thursday, October 1, 2015

RushLine open house message; provide input now
The plan to provide mass transit to this region,  from around Forest Lake, down  to St Paul, is in outline form  but the finished product is still a ways-off.

The Rush Line Task Force Policy Advisory Committee held an open house in the Headwaters Library complex in Forest Lake, Sept 22, where people were advised transit officials mostly want to start hearing from the public before finalizing a project for local governments to sign-off on.  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Rain garden projects awarded by Center City Council, manor issues remain
The Center City rain garden projects on Busch and Mobeck Avenues, were awarded in a special meeting of the city council September 25.  Shoreline Landscaping, Chisago City,  will do both streets’ designs for $73,000 aproximately. 
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Chisago City adopts double-digit levy hike, Dec. 8 hearing set
Chisago City council members have approved early increases of $97,162 in the general fund budget and $214,100 in the city levy for taxes payable 2016.
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Collecting for the needy children; stay off the roads, my kid is driving
The beauty of colored leaves is just ahead of us. Actually, we have deciduous trees in our park and one of them is already covered with golden leaves; a preamble of what’s to come. What a beautiful gift God has given us.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

More apple dessert recipes to try
The beauty of colored leaves is just ahead of us. Actually, we have deciduous trees in our park and one of them is already covered with golden leaves; a preamble of what’s to come. What a beautiful gift God has given us.

Often people will say that many things happen in threes. Well, this is the third week of apple recipes so I guess this is it. I might sneak a couple more recipes here and there, using apples as the ingredients though!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

SEAL legacy lives on in Camp Spehar training session, completed by local young men
A summer camp experience is practically a rite of passage for any American youth...time spent away from home and modern conveniences;  being thrown into a group of new friends, learning camp songs and how to paddle a canoe are all fairly common chapters in Minnesotans’ lives.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Split vote adopts new LID boundary
The County Board last week voted 3-2 to authorize re-establishment of the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District,  enlarging the outline of the special taxing district by hundreds of parcels. 
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Historical Society members argue for 50-50 split from house sale; meeting site re-located
The Chisago Lake Township Board has had some successes recently in the real estate market. We earlier announced the sale of the old township hall on Broadway in Lindstrom. And September 15 the supervisors met to divvy-up proceeds from selling  the house and five acres, split off from Moody Round Barn Park.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Water & Light finances rebounding; painting ok'd
The North Branch water and light commissioners were told last week to  keep their eyes towards the west,  as  watertower painting contractors would be arriving soon. 
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Shafer Days brings out the neighborhood for some fun
Shafer Days had beautiful weather over the weekend.  The sun brought out smiles among these youngsters playing in the inflatable.  People packed the streets of Shafer for a car show, a parade and much more.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Chisago Lakes Homecoming Royalty crowned
Chisago Lakes Homecoming Week started with coronation Monday of King Thomas Braski and Queen Maggie Ellerbusch.  The Wildcats take on Monticello on the gridiron tomorrow night, Sept 25.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Early info on local half-cent tax; multiple union contracts approved
The County Board’s subcommittee on budget and finance recommends the full County Board should enact a local option half-a-cent sales tax.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Lindstrom Council unanimous on 2016 levy; handles full agenda
If you have some input for Lindstrom elected officials on next year’s budget and tax levy,  December 17 is the public hearing on the levy. Last week council voted 5-0 on the preliminary number which gets finalized in December. 
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Homecoming this week; booya and North Branch Fall Harvest
This Friday is a big one at Chisago Lakes Schools. This week you might have noticed students in all schools dressed up in fun, bright, and sometimes very loud clothing. They are partaking in all of the district-wide homecoming fun at every school.  You will see painted faces, crazy hair, pajamas, Hawaiian shirts, farmer attire to name a few.  All of the fun and games lead up to  the big game Friday night.  The Wildcat football team will take on conference foe, Monticello Magic.  The Magic (yes Magic) are undefeated this year and will pose quite a challenge to our boys.  If we can pack the stadium and really elevate the atmosphere, maybe the Wildcats will finish being in first place in the division.  The game starts at 7 p.m. sharp.  I hope to see you there.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hooray for our home grown apples!
It is apples again. This information mostly speaks to the varieties of apples shipped in from other countries or the huge orchards in other parts of our country. Can you tell by looking at the apple if it’s the best in the bunch? The most perfect-looking apple is rarely the tastiest.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Local child donates birthday gifts to Fairview Hospital
Fairview Lakes hospital and medical center is within sight of Quinlyn Ryan’s elementary school,  in Wyoming.  And, it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine an adult arriving for work at the school, to be reminded daily of  the personal struggles facing patients just inside the medical center walls.  But, for a 7-year-old to realize that Fairview Lakes posed an opportunity to make this world a little better place, is remarkable. 
Thursday, September 17, 2015

North Branch crowns their Homecoming royalty
North Branch High School crowned the 2015 Homecoming King and Queen Monday.  Chasse Thomas and Hope Jensen will reprecent the senior class during homecoming. Congratulations Chasse and Hope!
Thursday, September 17, 2015

2016 proposed local levy gets shaved by 3.5 percent
Taylors Falls City Council members on Sept. 14 passed a preliminary budget and tax levy for 2016.

The city will consider a general fund budget of $606,868, with a net reduction of $9,800 including a $27,000 drop in the amount to be owed to the county for policing services.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

County gets aid to implement state recommendations
The 2014 Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children released almost 100 recommendations to improve child protections in the state.
Chisago County is beginning to implement some of those recommendations with state monies that were also appropriated. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

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