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North Branch mayor campaign complaint results in maximum fine
A panel of three administrative law judges on Monday this week fined Tom Borchardt, of North Branch, the maximum penalty for his actions violating state campaign statutes. 
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Chisago County Fair full of fun!
Griffin Vaughn riding in his first horse show with aunt Tami Buus.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lindstrom Council clears way for mother-in-law units
The Lindstrom City Council unanimously approved allowing “mother-in-law apartments” last week,  based on a planning commission recommendation.  The city administrator commented that there’s a growing trend for older parents to reside with grown children, and Lindstrom has had potential applicants asking about providing this type of arrangement. 
Thursday, July 23, 2015

ABC group developing master plan in hopes of advancing to grand prize
You may be hearing talk around town, at church or in the ballfield bleachers about the greater Chisago Lakes corridor involvement in “ABC” or America’s Best Communities.  The Chisago Lakes corridor was chosen for a quarterfinalist community (story Press May 7) as part of a national contest which carries $3 million as a grand prize. 
Thursday, July 23, 2015

West Street project waiting until 2016; new clerk hired
Taylors Falls is postponing its planned work on West Street until next year.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Relay for Life Honorary Co-Chairs from Rush City and Lindstrom
Cyndy Tubbs of Rush City and Bob Bruber of Lindstrom are the 2015 Honorary Co Chairs of the Relay for Life in Chisago County.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Farm fields not suited to new project installing solar arrays
A group of neighbors spoke at last week’s County Board meeting expressing their opposition to a “community solar garden” proposed near their houses, off Kost Trail in Sunrise Township.  They want to protect their wide open viewshed of rolling fields and farmland.  The farmer meanwhile;  is leasing 40 acres for about 25 years, to a company in the business of producing solar energy.  The plan calls for a cluster of five community solar “garden”  panel arrays.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Triathlon comes to town Saturday,we want to see your event photos
I hope you had a chance to take in some of the Chisago County Fair over the weekend.  Other than the storm on Friday night, we couldn’t have asked for much better weather.  Thank you so much to all the great folks who serve on the Fair Board.  They work so hard all year just to make us smile.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Refreshing raspberry treats
Many of us get upset over opening a beautiful melon or pineapple only to find that what we thought would be ripe and ready to eat are not as ripe as they appear to be. With raspberries, blueberries and strawberries, what you see is what you get.. if you are picking them from a fruit patch or from your garden, you’re getting unblemished fruit. On the farm we had a huge vegetable garden, plus apple, plum, pie cherries, pear trees and even a mulberry tree. (You don’t know what a mulberry tree is? Your grandma or great grandma can tell you.)
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Karl Oskar Days fun for all involved
Karl Oskar Days car show is always a crowd favorite and some car enthusiasts give the vehicles, like this jalopy,  much more than just a cursory glance.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Split council votes on new events policy and wages

On a split vote the Wyoming City Council last week barely approved a policy related to special events.  

Council members Linda Nanko Yeager and Lisa Iverson opposed adopting the policy.  It requires that anybody using city property, including streets, let the city know ahead of time by filling out a special events permit application. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

LID and citizens invited to St. Croix invasives action plan
The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board had a visit from the invasive species coordinator for the St. Croix Strategic Plan effort Monday night this week.  

Angelique Edgerton acknowledged to LID Board members that recent news of zebra mussels establishing colonies in Forest Lake,  is not good news; but added this makes it even more imperative that everybody gets on the same page and coordinates a comprehensive approach protecting the St. Croix River’s watershed to keep from introducing aquatic invasives into the riverway.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Police budget to increase in 2016
The four-member Lakes Area Police Commission unanimously adopted the 2016 budget increase, presented at four percent,  last week.  

The funding formula remains 50 percent Chisago City’s responsibility and 50 percent Lindstrom’s.  There will be a special meeting of the commission at Lindstrom City Hall August 19 to discuss a “funding memo” being developed by the two city administrators.  They said it’s in draft form now,  and suggested a workshop meeting with only this item on the agenda.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Manor owner says he can pay for costs; city gives him ultimatum
Center City council members opened a regular meeting July 7 with Larry Merhiy, owner of the former Park Island Manor (hotel) property.

Council had discussed an option in late June to order an abatement and demolition of the building, and then bill Merhiy for the services. He reported in person July 7 that he was finally in the financial position to cover needed costs. He shared that he had received three quotes for the abatement, (hazardous material) ranging from $5,000 to $8,000, and he said that agreeing to any of those would save him several thousand dollars over a quote that the city had relayed from another contractor.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Karl Oskar Days was a great time;Chisago County Fair this week
Well we did it. We survived another Karl Oskar Days. Not only did we survive it, we thrived.  Attendance was great each and every day.  The weather was absolutely beautiful. From all accounts, vendors both food and craft, were very pleased with the turn out as well.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

What's blue, sweet and good for you?

Blueberries are an old Indian food. They were a major food supply for many tribes who ate them fresh, cooked with meat or dried them in large amounts for winter use. They found that blueberries will grow after a forest fire on burnt-over ground, which was a plus for their food supply. The children spent a lot of time picking the berries which were considerably smaller than the commercially grown berries of today eating many of them as they picked. That sounds familiar. The berries are one of the most nutritious fruits that we eat, and they are available whether picking in the blueberry patches, at roadside stands or buying them in the grocery stores.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Toddler found in small pond
A 2-year-old was airlifted from the northwest corner of Chisago County, south of Hwy. 2 and west of Rush Lake,  at approximately 9 p.m. Sunday, July 5.  The preliminary information from the deputy at the scene is that the child was showing symptoms of near-drowning, after her father found the child in a landscaping water feature, in the front yard of the Nessel Township house. The basin held only about a foot of water. Preliminary information was that CPR was initiated and Braham First Responders and Allina ambulance, along with Isanti County sheriff personnel were also at the scene.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Creative Arts Group open house July 23 has much to celebrate
Friday, July 10, 2015

Jail design expenditure authorized 4-1
Last week the County Board voted 4-1 to advance a 120-bed law enforcement center one step closer to being constructed.   With Commissioner Lora Walker opposed, the Board directed staff to start project design and bid spec development.  The action also authorizes the county to contract with a lobbyist at a not-to-exceed $25,000 to make a case at the state capitol for state aid for the project.  The county seeks $12 million or approximately half of the project’s estimated costs.  The motion also allows for a financing advisor to become involved.
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Local talent helps make mean and green 'Shrek' ready for Masquers
A gentle giant will come to life when Masquers Theatre Company presents “Shrek the Musical” for 12 shows in July at Forest Lake Senior High School auditorium. A cast of 65 actors (including 30 children) are under the direction a Chisago City native, who also relies on  20 crew and pit orchestra members in producing the show. Teens and young adults who have performed in Chisago Lakes schools theatre programs also are appearing in some lead and featured roles in this Masquers presentation.
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Parade is an opportunity for couple to champion favorite cause
Roger and Cindy Kaske will ride in the Karl Oskar Days Parade in a few days as Grand Marshals,  not because they think they’re anything special;  but because they see it as a way to remind us  an average person can do alot to make a difference in the life of each man and woman in the military,  as well as those left behind. 
Thursday, July 9, 2015

County board hears HHS Dept. will get state money for child protection services
Child protection was a hot topic in the just-completed legislative session, and according to Chisago County Health and Human Services Director Nancy Dahlin, the bills passed are intended to strengthen the system with personnel and money.  Chisago county should get additional case workers and there are state funds tied to improved services,  for at least the next two years.
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Karl Oskar Days is upon us, lots to see, lots to do, pace yourself
Well, the wait is finally over.  Karl Oskar Days is in full swing.  What does that mean to you and me?  It means that there is absolutely no shortage of things to do this week and weekend. 
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Sharing recipes and a laugh!
Let the fun begin! The celebration of Karl Oskar Days is up and running, as of yesterday and for the rest of the week. There are so many things going on that you can take part in, watch or stand in line to get something to eat. I hope you will come and support and appreciate what the committees have done to make this great celebration happen. You and I have no idea how much time has been spent organizing all that is going on for these five days. I salute you, for making this a truly fun and exciting time in Lindstrom! I have to share a bit that made me laugh.
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Bike rider collides with car stalls Hwy 95 traffic July 3
The MN State Patrol reports that the 16-year-old male,  who collided with a vehicle while he was riding his bike in downtown North Branch Friday, July 3, received minor injuries and a possible concussion.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Student musical part of Spotlight's 10 year celebration
The Chisago Lakes High School production of White Christmas was honored June 14 at the annual Hennepin Theater Trust Spotlight Showcase. Their production earned 14 awards Overall Outstanding Production and Overall Outstanding Performance honors meant the cast was invited to perform a 4.5 minute medley at the Showcase. They did a tap dance number to I Love a Piano and finished with Love Will Keep Us Warm. “Because of their community involvement of raising funds for the USO and honoring veterans, the production also earned a Community Engagement Award. This was an exciting way to celebrate the hard work the cast put in to bring our community this wonderful production,”said Gerry Seaburg, a musical production contractor.
Thursday, July 2, 2015

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