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home : news May 24, 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


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

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

Interior items auctioned; Society site sold
The “Gustaf Anderson House” in Lindstrom is being sold by the Chisago County Historical Society.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Chisago Lakes School District 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.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Old Towne Road assessment complaints reviewed
During an April 25 public hearing, the Chisago City Council heard objections from two of 115 property owners recently assessed for a share of the cost of reconstructing Old Towne Road last summer. Residents Debbie Shanahan and Rick Bruce objected to the assessment saying property owners had not been told before road construction started that they would be assessed for the project.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Documentary series to premiere at Shafer Barn
Ever wonder how European and Scandinavian settlers were able to make their way to Chisago County a few hundred years ago?  And, once they had found their piece of paradise  what sort of contributions were they able to make as this wilderness became a state?
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Karl Oskar Days button winners announced!
Friday, April 28, 2017

Regional trail owners, county staff staying on-track for grant use

At the end of December 2016 the County Board gave staff a directive;  setting the end of the first quarter of 2017 as a target date for finalizing acquisition of parcels along the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail.  The Board extended this deadline last week.

Friday, April 28, 2017

A night North Branch High School students will never forget
The mirror in the North Branch High School weightroom was perfect for a final check of upswept hairdos, back zippers,  and bowties.  The line-up for Grand March wound its way from the south end of North Branch High School where everybody gathered through the workout room, to the main gym, where the formal Grand March was set-up for those who wanted to participate.
Friday, April 28, 2017

ABC contest outcome disappoints; but solid plan not going on shelf
Two-plus years ago the ABC (America’s Best Communities) revitalization campaign/contest sent out a call for entries.
Friday, April 28, 2017


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