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Thimm to retire; says he'll volunteer as advisor through bond projects
Only two weeks after the Chisago Lakes School District passed a $63 million bond, Superintendent Joe Thimm announced that he will be retiring effective September 29 of 2017.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lindstrom Council reconciles simmering issues
Sometimes a city will be asked to intervene when there’s simmering neighborhood discord.  People will look to local government to reconcile all sorts of disputed standards and activities.  The city of Lindstrom had an unusual number of these type situations on the agenda last week:
Thursday, May 25, 2017

NB students helping clean up the community
North Branch students of all ages went out in the community for “Community Service Day” Friday, May 19. Some students were transported to sites by bus and others stuck close to the school grounds.  They washed windows at the library and city hall, picked up litter on the roadsides, painted garbage enclosures at public locations, they entertained residents at Ecumen, did chores appointed by public works, and a host of other tasks.  This is an annual event for the school district.  Pictured is the team painting the waste can enclosure at the fire hall.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

County Board takes back surrendered sled dog permit
The owners of Sunrise Township property proposed to house dozens of sled dogs have surrendered their Interim Use Permit, because they felt it was not in the dogs’ best interests to keep them indoors, even just overnight.  The IUP was approved by the county commissioners in November 2016 for Ryan Anderson and Melissa Carpentier Anderson,  for their property on River Road.  They planned to confine the dogs outdoors 24/7 with individual small huts. They explained they are sled dogs and as mushers they wished to maintain the outdoors exposure that the dogs are accustomed to.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Donor, recipient share unbreakable bond and maybe an ancestor or two
There is a family on the East Coast, who welcomed their baby boy into the world 26 years ago.  Around this same time a single parent, living in Lindstrom, was raising her two sons working “typing on a computer” in a government office.  This mom, Cheryl Ryan,  also was a longtime blood donor.  The way she tells the story she noticed a flyer while giving blood,  in the early 1990s, that was promoting a new thing, bone marrow transplants.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Memorial Day is our chance to honor the Veterans from our area, paddle time
For a brief minute this week we saw the sun.  It seems like forever since we have had warm sunshine on our faces.  Hopefully this weekend will be warm enough and more importantly, dry enough, to get out and enjoy ourselves.  I hope you will please make time this weekend to come out to one of the many wonderful Memorial Day services taking place in Chisago County.  We have all of the services listed on page 11 along with a ton of great advertisers who proudly sponsor the page.  Is the weekend long? Yes, but that offers you a chance to pay homage to the men and women who have fought and served our wonderful country.  If you go, you will be in for a somber ceremony, but that is on purpose. These brave men and women deserve nothing but the utmost respect and Monday is our chance to show just that. I hope to see you there.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Little bit of this and that
We recently had a garage sale in the Park and I had a few cookbooks I thought I would no longer be using so I set them out on the tables at  very reasonable prices… 5, 10, 15 cents. Putting them out my thoughts were, maybe I could use a couple of these books for recipes in my columns. It is said that once you have clothes, household items, books, etc. you should not take them back. That pretty much worked for me, except for a couple pretty glass plates and five cookbooks that no one wanted. I only had 9 there!   Yup, they’re in my workroom sitting on the desk waiting to be put back on the shelf!
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Funding approved for North Branch
The voters in the North Branch School District on Tuesday this week, based on preliminary tabulations,  supported all three special financing referendum questions.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lakeside students volunteer to clean up
Students in Mrs. Klecker’s class ventured out from Lakeside School and picked up litter in Chisago City as part of annual May Clean-up Day.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bonds on ballot in North Branch Tues., May 23
This coming Tuesday, May 23 the residents in North Branch Area School District 138 are going to the polls to vote on three ballot questions.  The district has adopted the logo and the catch phrase “Maintain-Improve-Invest” to describe the trio of ballot questions.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Close call at Wyoming city facility
May 14 the shared Wyoming City Public Works and Police headquarters was the scene of a small fire.  Wyoming Police Chief Paul Hoppe said there just happened to be an officer in the building on Sunday afternoon, doing reports, when there normally wouldn’t have been anybody around. He noted, “We were very fortunate the officer, (who used an extinguisher)  was here.”
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Township protectionism could result in incorporation
When supervisors heard rumblings at the March annual meeting about protecting Chisago Lake Township-- even if it means disbanding and becoming a “city” --Township supervisors chose to invite an expert on the topic to describe the process and take questions from township citizens. 
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Water & Light appointment complaint and Powell sentencing soon in court
The Memorial Day weekend is fast becoming known for discovering the Chisago Lakes water trail.  Join in the fun, this upcoming Monday Memorial Day Holiday May 29,  as the public again is officially invited to discover the water trail.  You will have time in the morning to attend a local memorial event and still participate.  Start wherever you want on the Chisago Chain using a kayak, canoe, standup paddleboard, or whatever you have that’s non-motorized and trace the trail (either all or a portion) to Allemansratt Park.  Enjoy a picnic lunch of your own making, and bring enough desserts to share. 
Thursday, May 18, 2017

North Branch Council in brief...
The North Branch City Council held a very brief meeting May 9, minus member Kathy Blomquist. 
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Come paddle with friends on Memorial Day; Chisago City Farmers Market open
If you are looking for something fun and inexpensive to do over Memorial weekend, we have something extremely fun for you.  Grab your paddle and kayak and take part in the annual Memorial Day Paddle.  It is a chance to see our local lakes in a more serene way than using a motor. 
Thursday, May 18, 2017

It is rhubarb season again
Do you remember the song “June is bustin’  out all over?” Well, if you’re among the older generation you will remember it but as of right now,  it’s “rhubarb is bust-in out all over”. In days gone by rhubarb was often thought of as a vegetable but a I think of it as a fruit. Rhubarb is one fruit that likes cold weather. It is referred to as an immigrant of the colder parts of Asia, probably Siberia. Skip Siberia…I can  pick it right  now when it’s not so cold, here in Lindstrom! Needless to say, it’s about rhubarb today and probably next week as well, as I have lots of good recipes to share with you….starting with...
Thursday, May 18, 2017

CL School Bond is approved
Voters in the Chisago Lakes School District approved a $65 million bond  proposal in a referendum held Tuesday this week.  The total was yes votes 1,780 to 1,423.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Under assurance pulltabs can pay for new fire hall; council advances project
The Center City Council unanimously approved moving forward with a fire hall improvements project, supporting a motion last week directing an architect to develop plans and specs.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

North Branch Outlet Mall rebounding under new ownership
The message that the North Branch HRA/EDA heard last week was the new owner of the North Branch Outlet Mall is “...very serious about reviving the center and is not closing it or tearing it down."
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sen. Koran and county commissioners talk issues
The Chisago County Board voted 4-0 last week on a resolution sending a message to state lawmakers that the county dislikes bills being considered at the Capitol in St Paul that erode local decision-making. 
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Lions help clean up Highway 8
Chisago Lakes Lions members dedicated hours of their Staurday last week to pick-up litter along Hwy 8 in Chisago City. Pictured are Mike Gray, back left,  going clockwise-- Tim Stoffel, Doug Lumby, Joel Jordet, Jim Koenig, Gary Gerke. Dave Heldt, Don Endres, Bonnie Vasatka, Alycia Sprague, Gregg Carlson and Ron Boneske.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

TF Council tackles ongoing chores; approves liquor license for new owner of bar in town
The city of Taylors Falls will have completed lining all of its sewer pipes by next year. The city council approved a contract for this season’s pro-active lining to Visu-Sewer, of Blaine,  on a quote of about $44,000.  The city has been doing about 1,500 feet annually in an effort to get all the sewer routes lined-- which Mayor Mike Buchite pointed out actually saves money long term in helping avoid costly repairs.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Referendum passes, will be wonderful for the community; Mother's Day here
Well it looks like the Chisago Lakes School referendum has officially passed.  According to the numbers we were given, there were over 3,000 people that took part in the vote. That number is absolutely amazing to me. As a community we should be very proud that over 3,000 take that much ownership in our community. While the vote may or may not have went the way you voted, the bottom line is it passed and I truly believe that this will help the community.  A community center could be exactly what Chisago Lakes needs.  Either way, if you took part in the vote thank you. I would be writing this if the referendum lost as well.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Jazz up your hamburgers
Good morning….or afternoon. One day last week while listening to the radio, after I read the “Press”, the talk was about hamburgers as this is hamburger month. Is it possible they read last weeks’ column saying the same thing? One never knows but I doubt it!  It is burger recipes today, specifically cooking them on the grill. 
Thursday, May 11, 2017

North Branch Council hears balance is strong, audit good
The North Branch City Council, minus member Kathy Blomquist,  received the city financial audit last week for 2016.

Council heard the city had about a 70 percent fund balance at year end (100 percent would mean it had cash on hand for a whole fiscal year) which is necessary for cash flow from year to year.  County-collected taxes are only distributed twice-yearly.

The 70 percent is “strong” said accounting firm presenter Doug Host.

He also told council North Branch has been buying down long term debt at a rate of about $2 million annually and has been able to erase about $10 million. The “concerted effort” to address the debt is a good thing, he said.  Host advised  the council to keep an eye on the debt service dedicated line item so it stays a priority.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Chisago Lakes high school prom goers pose on the Gammelgarden bridge in Scandia.
Chisago Lakes high school prom goers pose on the Gammelgarden bridge in Scandia.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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