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June 24, 2018

Public hearing hours-long; Lindstrom City Council next stop for major development
The Lindstrom planning commission meeting to review a 100-plus unit rental housing complex, restaurant and marina on the west side of Lindstrom ran four and a half hours Monday this week.  The project made it through this early phase of what promises to be a test of the city’s land use process. 
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Defensive coordinator Justin Voss to take over North Branch football program after Ferraro departure
After their most successful season in over a decade, the North Branch football program was left looking for a new coach. Former boss Sam Ferraro left the Vikings to take the same position with the Forest Lake Rangers football squad, leaving the vacancy.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Scenes from Midsummer Days
Fun was had by all at North Branch Midsummer Days last weekend.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Officials gather to review housing processes, policies
It isn’t very often that elected city officials and zoning staff from the cities in Chisago County get a chance to meet with each other in the same room  and take a look at a common issue.  At a county HRA/EDA workshop last week, at the Lakes Region EMS Community Room, dozens of city officials had the chance to do just that.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Project to expand ed center taking shape and transfer of busing to 4.0 school services ok'd
A short-handed North Branch School Board was asked to make some major decisions last week.  Board member Sarah Grovender  was excused. Mindy Michaud’s seat was empty and her name plaque had already been pulled, as  school officials announced she moved and relinquished her Board seat.  The net result is four of the six-member Board will be up for election.  The Michaud seat will be filled in November along with three Board seats normally expiring.a
Friday, June 22, 2018

Class of 2018 is a special group, if you are free July 29, we could use you
Over the last few weeks, I have been making fun of the graduation season that is in full swing. If you have read my column you would have seen that the only person being made fun of was myself.  As you know, self deprecation is one of my building blocks in life. If you can’t laugh at yourself who can you? Besides, the intended butt of the joke is always someone who is most deserving. 
Friday, June 22, 2018

LAPD Officer to be awarded Exceptional Service award in Reno
The National Association of School Resource Officers presents Lakes Area Officer Cory Spencer with a Regional Exceptional Service Award next week during the association’s school safety convention. Region 8 consists of Colorado, Kansas, Wisconsin, Montana, North and South Dakota, Wyoming and Minnesota.  The national group encompasses  nine regions.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Take advantage of fresh berries
Of course it’s more strawberries again today. Why? These beautiful red, sweet berries add so much to so many varieties  of desserts, muffins, breads and salads. A light, nutritional dessert is great to serve after a meal or to have as an afternoon or evening  treat.  With a cup of coffee, iced tea or a glass of ice water, take advantage of fresh berries while they are in season. Some recipes call for a 10-oz. pkg. of sweetened frozen berries with juice or a 20 oz. bag of frozen unsweetened strawberries.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Cambridge man dies allegedly fleeing Chisago County sheriff's pursuit June 16

A motorcycle high speed chase Saturday in the North Branch area resulted in the fleeing driver being kiled, when the motorcycle left the roadway and struck a driveway approach on Golden Avenue.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Grand Marshal contributions being recognized
This year’s North Branch Midsummer Parade Grand Marshal is a lifelong active community member who easily meets the criteria that a grand marshal ought to.  He is the newly-elected North Branch Legion Post Commander and will be installed in July.  He has served outside the Post in local government, and  his professional background  in contracting placed  him at the center of many of North Branch’s progressive years.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Center City Council fields Pioneer Lake level complaints
Several Pioneer Lake property owners attended the Center City Council meeting last week and alleged the lake depth has dipped abnormally.  The residents blame a culvert replacement project done last fall.  A rotted, buckled culvert connecting Pioneer to North Center Lake, underneath Main Street, was impacting the intergrity of North Main Street.  It was removed and a new outflow and water filtration system was installed under the road, between Pioneer and North Center Lakes. 
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Center City fire hall project and other business on agenda
The lake level discussion took up much of the Center City Council agenda time (see seperate story) but the council last week also managered to review a request from Calendar Isle homeowners to have the city takeover the private road network.  Homeowner’s Association head Rick Hogendorf said the association decided they pay enough property tax and should be getting more city services.  In particular, the neighborhood is plowed under association contract with the city, but everybody else gets plowing as part of the cost of their taxes, he explained.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Chisago Lakes students paint wonderful mural before summer departure
Mrs.  Carlson's Environmental Art Class painted a 13 feet tall, 24 feet wide mural this spring in the Chisago Lakes High School Cafeteria. The class consisted of 12 seniors and three juniors.  They had only nine weeks to design, plan, and paint.  The theme is “Old School Postcard.”  Students tried to include all that is in the Chisago Lakes School District.  In the word “Chisago” there are symbols from the surrounding communities and the famous coffee pot pours water to create the St. Croix River. “This has been the most cohesive group to paint a mural. Everyone got along so well, and as a group, they focused on making the mural great.  It was always their primary goal I am proud of this group and excited for everyone to see it when they enjoy lunch or stroll through the building.”
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Midsummer Days kick-off a season of celebrations; graduation apology
This weekend is a big one in North Branch. MidSummer Days are here and the summer celebrations are officially under way.  MidSummer Days begins today (wednesday) and runs through Sunday.  Because of the date of this paper, I will jump to Thursday’s events.  The carnival in Central Park will open at 4 pm with rides and games and of course food.  The Legion will hold a meat raffle at the Legion at 4:30 pm.  Also at the Legion there will be bingo under the tent which will run all day until 10pm. 
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Strawberry season soon upon us
It’s the season of strawberries…yea!!  Yes, strawberries can be purchased any time in the grocery  but there is nothing like the taste of berries home grown or picked from a berry patch. I checked with the berry patch in Shafer this week and was told that because of the warm/colder weather this spring, normal picking time would be a little later than in the past years, which would be around the 19th or 20th of this month.   I have my “strawberry picking” jeans…..red stained knee pants and I’m set to go.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

LAPD agreement finalized by Chisago and Lindstrom
With minimal discussion, and a positive recommendation by the Chisago City Police Commission, the Chisago City Council May 22 accepted proposed changes to the police joint powers agreement with the City of Lindstrom. On the recommendation of City Attorney Thomas Miller, the changes were accepted as amendments to the existing contract rather than creating a new contract.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Lions help out Red Cross with blood donations
Blood Drive donors were welcome to give blood at Brink’s Market, along with the Chisago Lakes Lions who supported the event.  There were 20 pints collected. Lions members shown are: Ron Boneske, Jim Koenig, Tracy Quarnstrom, Gary Gerke, Peggy Wheeler, and Dave Perry.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Silver tsunami will require strategic budgeting and aligning of services, regional agency representative says
At this time of the year, the word “senior” brings to mind house parties and caps and gowns-- but, there was a recent reminder for the County Board that  seniors are a growing constituency that is going to require planning and fiscal support. 
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Memorial Day - A time to remember
The Girl Scouts participated in this year’s Memorial Day Cermony at the Veterans’ Memorial in Lindstrom, Troops 57926, 56329, 56332, 52925, 55207 52962 and 57426 are pictured at the site of the memorial where the wreath is displayed honoring women  servicemembers.  Boy Scouts participating are with Troop 159, Lindstrom.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Controversial paving issue put to rest at Birch Lake Estates
The Chisago City Council approved a number of zoning issues and one request for deferred assessment at a fast-paced council meeting May 22.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Memorial Day was perfect; the new Community Guides are here
What a beautiful weekend we had for the Memorial Day events and all of the outdoor festivities people were taking part in.  Yes it was hot, but I am NOT complaining. After the winter we just endured, we can use the heat to warm ourselves and our souls. 
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Oh so tasty rhubarb desserts
Can you  believe it’s June already? I won’t say the usual “where did May go?”…… I just said it!
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Anderson found not guilty in Johnson's death
Carl Patrick Anderson of rural Lindstrom, was found innocent of charges of second degree murder filed against him for the death of Donn Johnson, on February 22,2017. The complaint alleged second degree murder without intent, not premeditated and also second degree murder while committing a felony (assault). 
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Eastbound Highway 8 ramp shutting down for 10 day project

Tuesday morning, May 29, the ramp off northbound Interstate 35 in Forest Lake, exiting to eastbound Highway 8 closes. The detour will be to get off 35 at Highway 97 in Forest Lake, where motorists will be directed north through Forest Lake on #61, where there’s an exit to pickup Highway 8 eastbound. The ramp closure is to allow crews to pave I-35 and a portion of the eastbound ramp. The site is expected to re-open in 10 days, or approximately the end of the first week in June.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Trail, highway design millions hang on Governor signing
A segment of the Swedish Immigrant Trail and Highway 8 design phase are hinging on the huge funding bills that, as of press deadline, were sitting on the Governor’s desk in St. Paul.
The bike trail made it through the prioritizing process by the Legislative Commission on Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund and is earmarked for $2,254,000.  The funds if approved will be available until June 30,2021.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Shafer Oaks feasibility study complete, microsurfacing ok'd
The Shafer City Council met May 15 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.  In the open hearing to the public Tamara Hessler, who resides in Shafer, told the council she had interest in the vacant council spot formerly held by Tim O'Connor.  Hessler expressed her love for Shafer and told the council she would love to help the city grow and prosper.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

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