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Smitty's settles out-of-court
The civil lawsuit against the manager and owner of Smitty’s bar, on Railroad Avenue,  in Chisago City has been settled out of court.  The dollar amount remains confidential, but is six figures.  The suit was filed one year ago and had been scheduled for a jury trial in Center City this spring.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Three class of 2017 Chisago grads to get diploma and AA degree at commencement
A two-fisted graduation awaits a trio of seniors at Chisago Lakes High School who will be accepting dual educational degrees for the first time in school history.  
Anne Nelson, Lindsey Albrecht and Jesseca Fusco are earning Minnesota State College and University system (MNSCU) associate degrees, at the same time they receive their high school diploma--  and they didn’t even need to leave the high school building to achieve this.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

US Rep. Nolan on spring district visit
As a member of the Transportation Committee in the U.S. House, Rep Rick Nolan told members of the public who came to meet with him at Center City this week,  that committee members have not seen President Trump’s “trillion dollar” infrastructure and roads plan yet, which was promised in the campaign.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

First Chisago County farm in the Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification program
The Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is excited to announce that Chisago County has its first farm certified in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP).  This voluntary program works with farmers and landowners to identify and mitigate risks to water quality on a field by field basis. To date, the MAWQCP has certified 365 farms across Minnesota, representing virtually every kind of agricultural production.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

When broadcasting live turns ugly; grab your dancing shoes and head to Lindstrom
If you have yet to see or read about the story of the man who was mad at his girlfriend  so he decided to kill another man to get back at her, you must live under a rock.  To compound the matter, this killer decides to kill an innocent elderly man and then post it on Facebook.  It seems like everyday, something happens in the world that involves social media that leaves me shaking my head. 
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Asparagus king of veggies
We are in the season of rhubarb and asparagus.  I’m not sure which pokes their head through the soil first but which ever it is I’m o.k. with either one. I chose asparagus recipes for today.  Because it can be difficult to grow and harvest, asparagus cost more per pound in the produce department than most other veggies. But to most of us the taste is worth the expense. You who grow asparagus in your garden have the king of veggies in the spring right in your hand.  Lucky you!  
This quick cooking veggie is low in calories with just 22 calories in 6 spears, low in sodium, lots of vitamins C and A, potassium and fiber.  I would say this is a very nutritional food. It is best when used soon after buying. To keep for three to four days cut about 1-inch off the bottom of each stalk, place in a jar or water glass with about 1-inch of water and refrigerate. Do not wash asparagus until it’s ready to be cooked. Swish or spray the tips with water to get any specks of dirt out.
Of course it’s asparagus recipes today.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Level 3 offender sought by Minnesota Department of Corrections
The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) is seeking a Level 3 predatory offender who is no longer complying with the conditions of his release from prison.
Monday, April 17, 2017

One vehicle crash kills Taylors Falls man
State Patrol is investigating a one-vehicle fatal crash near the Taylors Falls round-about reported Friday morning, April 14,  about 3 a.m.
Friday, April 14, 2017

Man walking killed at Wyoming I-35 freeway exit ramp
The Minnesota State Patrol reports a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle and killed at the freeway exit ramp to Wyoming,  about 1:45 a.m. Friday morning April 14.  
The victim was taken to Fairview Medical Center but died of his injuries.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Local Girl Scouts donate over 1,000 boxes of cookies to troops
The Mid Du Lac Girls Scouts from the local Chisago Lakes area did a fantastic job selling cookies this year. The girls sold cookies with the option for their customers to purchase cookies for our military serving overseas. Local troops 56332, 55207, 57426, 52925, 56329, 53747, 57664, 56850, 57661, 57662 and 57663. They sold over 1000 packages of cookies that will be spread around the world to our military. These cookies will benefit some  local Minnesota military.  The cookies will be distributed through Treats for Troops. Some of the girls also donated a variety of personal care items and reading material for the treat boxes in addition to making cards for the Troops, which are very much appreciated.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter Egg Hunt brings out the cutest bonnets
Of all the faces at the Chisago City Easter Egg Hunt and spring gathering event at Paradise Park last weekend-- Katelynn Runeberg was probably the sweetest.  The kids who came to the annual event were invited to don their best Easter bonnet for a prize-- and she did not disappoint.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Facility upgrades, long deferred needs, key projects along with annual tech levy
Voters in the North Branch School District 138 are being asked to cast a ballot May 23 on a bond issuance.  The district seeks to borrow for a number of deferred and long term needs.  It has been about 15 years since a local levy has passed for North Branch schools. 
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fire department gives council sticker shock with project prelims
Many capital projects in their  early design stages see the perceived must-haves get thinned out as reality sets in.  Center City Fire Hall improvements are no exception.  Council members were quick to inform the fire department spokesperson at the council meeting last week that the project, at a very early estimate of $500,000,  is not going to win approval.   
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Shafer City Council moves forward on road construction project, extends payoff 2 years
Shafer City Council met April 4 for a regular meeting. All members were present with Luke Jones filling in for city engineer Jon Herdegen.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

County Board meets with Rep Neu; blue address markers coming soon
Still working short-handed while Commissioner Lora Walker recuperates from injuries sustained in a freeway crash, the Chisago County Board met last week mostly to do informatiom-gathering. 
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Happy Easter to your family, and thank you so much for making this paper great
Thanks to all who have sent in their early renewals for the Chisago County Press. If you have not yet, you will be receiving a blue card in the mail very soon. Simply fill it out send it in with your payment and we will make sure you don’t miss a single issue of the Chisago County Press. As I always say, it is with your great readership and our wonderful advertisers that we can make a newspaper work in today’s world.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Thursday, April 13, 2017

What to do with leftover ham?
Next Sunday we will be celebrating Easter and many of us will be preparing dinner for family, relatives or friends. It is a tradition for me when writing this column to have recipes using leftover ham.  What to do if you are invited to dinner and don’t have leftover ham? Go to the deli and buy the amount of ham needed for the recipe.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

So far, so good on trio of big screen projects
The following is a Q&A with actor Paul Cram, who grew up in Chisago County. He is in the  film “Wilson” with a cast that includes Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern and Judy Greer among others.  It hit theatres nationwide about a week ago and was celebrated with a premier at the Twin Cities Film Fest in St. Louis Park.  It’s in wide release now. 
Friday, April 7, 2017

Lakeside passes a ton in food drive items
Lakeside staff and students held its annual Food Drive March 23-30.  The goal was 2,000 units!  Lakeside ROCKED collecting over 2,400 items, $131, and these items weighed in at 2,545 lbs.  That is over a TON of food!  Way to go Lakeside!
Friday, April 7, 2017

Chisago City gears up for Sunday sales, softens penalties
The Chisago City Council on March 28 unanimously approved a revised liquor ordinance that now includes microbreweries, tap rooms and (effective July) alcoholic beverage sale on Sunday. The council action followed a brief public hearing where no members of the public came to comment.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Charter School is okay'd for Access Church site
North Branch Access Church was approved to house a charter school for grades K-3, based on action March 28 by the city council the church is one step closer to housing what is dubbed “Phoenix Academy.”
Friday, April 7, 2017

Local party for documentary premieres to be in Shafer
If you don’t already know about the St. Croix Valley now is the time you learned about its history and formative events.  And, even if you already have a good grasp on the region’s coming-of-age story, the premier of a St. Croix set of documentaries is still an event not to missed.
Friday, April 7, 2017

North Branch Council takes issue with doings in St. Paul
The major item at the North Branch City Council meeting was bringing the charter school permit back onto the table and acting on it, but the council also addressed:
Friday, April 7, 2017

ABC competition has brought this area together no matter what the outcome
In a little more than a week, the moment we have all been waiting for arrives. It is decision time for the America’s Best Community competition our Chisago Lakes Community is fully engrossed in. 
Friday, April 7, 2017

A little taste of the tropics
It’s pineapple recipes today. There is so much information about this fragrant fruit from where it originated, how it traveled from country to country and I won’t begin to name all of them. When I think of pineapple, the Hawaiian Islands come to mind. From Kona to Honolulu, then on to California was a long journey to ship pineapple and most of the fruit spoiled on the way. The obvious answer was canning the fruit which must be completely ripe, picked and canned in a short period of time. Otherwise, since they spoil within 24 hours in the field, fresh pineapples for the market have to be picked green and let ripen to where ever they are being shipped. They change color, and have the appearance of a ripe fruit, but the flavor is never up to that of the plant-ripened fruit. Canned pineapple of top quality is usually the highest in flavor to choice fruit bought fresh. For additional flavor, buy pineapple in its own juice, not in thick syrup. Well, I just bought a pretty much green fresh pineapple and it’s sitting in my utility room slowly ripening. I’ll be checking it often to make sure it doesn’t spoil.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Paul Douglas visits spreading message about climate change
Over 370 residents turned out on a Monday night for a Community Conversation on Climate Change and Stewardship.  The seminar was put together by local groups and was spearheaded by ChisagoâLakes Middle School science teacher Pat Collins.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

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