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home : news July 20, 2017

Armed car-jacker victim of deadly force
Sheriff Rick Duncan, North Branch Police Chief Dan Meyer and Tiffani Nielson, MN State Patrol Communications called a news conference regarding the use of deadly force incident outside of Harris, Monday this week.  News outlets gathered a few hours after the shooting, at 2 p.m. at Fireman’s Park on 440th in Harris.
Sheriff Rick Duncan, North Branch Police Chief Dan Meyer and Tiffani Nielson, MN State Patrol Communications called a news conference regarding the use of deadly force incident outside of Harris, Monday this week.  News outlets gathered a few hours after the shooting, at 2 p.m. at Fireman’s Park on 440th in Harris.

A theft of a car in North Branch ended with one man dead in an officer-involved shooting Monday, July 10.
Monday, July 10, 2017


Sheriff deputies assisting in missing person search on St. Croix
The Chisago County sheriff’s deputies assisted Wisconsin authorities and National Park Service repsonders Wednesday and Thursday this week looking for a missing kayaker.  The green kayak came ashore at Rock Island  on the Wisconsin side and authorities were notified about 8 p.m. Wednesday.  A tackle box and car keys were in the kayak. 
Friday, July 14, 2017

Grand Marshals well-known for their heritage promotion
The Karl Oskar House in Ki Chi Saga County Park wasn’t always in that spot.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Trail closes July 17 for repairs/improvements
Sunrise Prairie Trail will be closed for repairs and maintenance beginning Monday, July 17.  The county parks and trails director said the paving and crossing improvements are being done by Hardrives (see story Press June 29) and will be complete by the end of August.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Karl Oskar Days - you can't tell me there isn't anything to do
Well here we go, here comes one of he biggest celebrations in Chisago County.  I am referring to Karl Oskar Days of course.  The celebration actually began last night with Harmony in the Park.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Summer fresh raspberries
What fruit is round, red, about as large as a marble with seeds all over it? I’m sure you would say it’s raspberries and now you get a star for that. Hurrah, raspberries are in season. Just another fresh fruit of summer. I really enjoy the sweetness of this berry. However I have issues about the seeds stuck between my teeth after eating them. We have peaches that are almost completely free of fuzz, so when will the raspberries become seedless? Never! I enjoy just eating them out of my hand and have vivid memories of picking berries from the prickly bushes, popping some in my mouth as I picked, if my hands weren’t rubbed with 6-12 mosquito repellent. Yuk!
Friday, July 14, 2017

Center City Council gets update on Fire Hall, awards Center Ave. paving project
Center City Council met July 5 (switched from the Fourth) for a regular meeting. All members but Scott Anderson were present.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Shafer City Council accepts resignation of council member, joining solar program
Shafer City council met July 3 for a regular meeting.  All members were present with the exception of councilmember Jeff Behnke.  The council quickly moved to consent agenda unanimously. 
Friday, July 14, 2017

County board business in brief...
The county board meeting the day after the Fourth of July was brief;  with Commissioner Lora Walker absent and business kept to the basics. 
Friday, July 14, 2017

STAR Ratings for 2016 show local giving, revenue up
The Minnesota Gambling Control Board annually releases “Star Ratings” for organizations that run charitable gaming that generates revenue through bingo and pulltabs.  The idea behind the state specially authorizing groups to raise money through regulated gambling, is to restrict access to gaming and also make sure the proceeds are going to charitable causes.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Film crew finds log home builder's parcel picture-perfect

On the Friday before the Fourth of July Holiday, when half the nation was probably knocking off work early-- the cast and crew for a film being made in Sunrise Township were plugging away late into the afternoon, nailing scene-after-scene on what was scheduled to be the final day of a 17-day shoot. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Discovery Center building construction underway aiming for October 2018 opening
Under bright sunshine and witnessed by a large and enthusiastic crowd of supporters and contributors, the first shovels broke ground at the site of the new Discovery Center at Fourth Avenue and Kent Street in the heart of downtown Osceola, Wisconsin.  The ceremony was June 27.  Key donors who stepped up early and contributed generously to the Inspire capital campaign were the first to hoist the gold shovels, followed by Village officials and community leaders.  State Senator Sheila Harsdorf and a representative from Senator Tammy Baldwin’s office were also on hand to participate. A future generation of community leaders – the Osceola High School Marching Band – got the celebration off to a rousing start as they marched down Chieftain Street to Fourth Avenue.  Emcee Robert Bullard welcomed the crowd, and the program officially began as the band played The Star-Spangled Banner.  The theme of the celebration – Cherish the Past, Nourish the Present, Forge the Future – was chosen to reflect the concept for the Discovery Center itself, which is designed to showcase Osceola’s remarkable history at the same time that it serves present and future technology, community and business needs.
Friday, July 7, 2017

There is no way Karl Oskar Days are here already? Wow, time really flies
I hope you and your family had a wonderful Fourth of July.  It was an odd year having it fall in the beginning of the week. Lots of us had to come to work on Monday only to get Tuesday off. I favor the holidays that land on Fridays or Mondays personally.  We didn't do anything special, just spent the weekend relaxing with friends and puttering around the house.  Just the way I like it, relaxed.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Recipes you'd maybe like to try
We recently returned from a vacation in northern Minnesota with 14 of us and three dogs, all in three campers and one large tent…..what fun that was!! The best part being Bud and I didn’t have to share our camper with any of them! On these trips I always bring a large print book to read or food magazines to page through looking for recipes that I think you or I would like to try.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Board awards trail paving and safety crossings
Sunrise Prairie Trail gets some TLC this summer,  with a bid award last week by the County Board.  Hardrives Inc. will resurface 15 miles of the route, with three inches of bituminous.  (The City of North Branch also is using a grant extending the trail, shifted  onto the east side of old Hwy. 61 or Cty. Road 30)
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ohio church group and Make A Wish in Lent
You may have noticed a jet black coach bus passing through North Branch multiple times last week. It was carrying a group of church youth, traveling to and from a Make A Wish project site.  They trekked from their host church in the Twin Cities,  to Sam Levasseur’s house in Lent Township, nearly every day.  Sam is wheelchair bound and has sensitivity to insects, sun, etc.  He sustained brain damage during birth 13 years ago and Sam is the reason the busload of church youth traveled from their home base in Ohio,  just to do a good thing here.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Praise Fest brings out the best
The Praise Fest at United Methodist Church provided great people watching, like this little one who figured out how to get those rings to go over the top of the bottle,  for a prize.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ditch alignments to be addressed with legal help
The county is heading into a process of redetermination, or what might be a lengthy expensive tussle over the locations of some official ditches. 
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fourth of July? You have options, we are in need of some local volunteers
So we are in full swing in our area’s summer celebrations.  Since the 4th of July lands next week, we will take a break from all of the festivities. Not sure about you, but these mid-week holidays are not my cup of tea. They make the whole work week kind of wonky.  I would prefer them on Fridays or Mondays to stretch out the weekends. 
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Irresistible strawberry desserts
Strawberries are burstin’ out all over again this week. In the golden olden days this berry was loved by royalty, a natural symbol of love. My thought is, why aren’t strawberries given as a gift on Valentines Day rather than flowers or candy.”  The produce department could put berries in a little basket with a strawberry shaped note card saying something like, “I love you as much as each seed on each of these berries!” That would be about 200 seeds on a medium/large berry. Maybe I’ll patent that idea! Go ahead and laugh! I think I’m getting more sentimental and  goofier as I grow older. Ya just gotta have a little fun sometimes.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Community gardens are hubs for learning-while-growing, says Master Gardener programmer
For being in a state with weather that supports outdoor gardening maybe 30 percent of the year-- Chisago County’s Master Gardener program is enjoying strong growth and interest.  Extension Service program representative and local Master Gardener coordinator Sue Humble,  says in 2016 there were 2,200 hours dedicated locally by Master Gardeners. They held classes that were filled to capacity, they educated the public at area community gardens, they write a column for area newspapers and contribute much more.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Midsummer Days enjoys beautiful weather and great turnout
North Branch Midsummer Days crowned its new ambassadors on Friday night. Elise Toussaint, Madison Irons and Michaela Egan will represent Midsummer Days for the next year. The event was held at the North Branch American Legion.



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sunday liquor sales start in July
Sunday sale of alcohol was given the green light by the Lindstrom City Council 4-0, in compliance with a new state law that goes into effect first of July.  There was no discussion. Council member David Waldoch was absent for the vote, due to attending a League of MN Cities conference. He arrived late in the meeting.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Veterans on county probation get an agent who knows
When judges in Center City open a case file and see probation agent Wade Coles’ name as the offender’s supervisor,  the judge immediately knows the person standing for judgment is a military veteran.  Coles recently completed his first full year as the county’s first ever probation agent working only with Chisago County veterans.  Word is it’s been a positive program.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Early Ambassador of all things Swedish makes return visit
Thomas Wolfe said you can’t go home again, but Helen Fosdick and her daughter Tori, who have lived in California for 18 years, recently did just that. They returned to Lindstrom recently to stay at Fridhem, the yellow house on South Lindstrom Lake they once called home. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Fridhem was built in 1895 by B. B. Fullerton of Minneapolis and also served as a summer house for Frank Larsen, publisher of Chicago’s Svenska Amerikanen Tribunen.  Ironically, after decades as a private family residence, Fridhem is once again a vacation home, available for weekly or daily rental via the wonders of the internet.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lots to do this weekend including PraiseFest and Winehaven's festival
If you are looking for some real fun locally this Sunday, look no farther than first United Methodist Church in Lindstrom.  That is the location of this year’s Praise Fest. Before you get all freaked out because of the religious sound of the event, hear me out. Praise Fest is made up of bands from all of the local churches who play all day at the FUMC bandshell.  You will not be bombarded by churches trying to get you to join, you will be welcomed by all to come and enjoy some awesome music in a park like setting.  I have been to Praise Fest before, it is great. Everyone is there to have fun, eat some unbelievably good food and converse with neighbors and friends.
Thursday, June 22, 2017


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