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Islamic cemetery denial is reversed 4-0
The red star indicates where the proposed cemetery would go.
The red star indicates where the proposed cemetery would go.
The Chisago County Board held a special session March 15 and voted 4-0 with Lora Walker absent, to authorize a permit for a new cemetery that had been denied 3-2 in December 2016.  The two earlier yes votes were from Ben Montzka and Mike Robinson.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Much-debated project is a 'go'
Lindstrom City Council, minus Mayor Keith Carlson, had just enough votes to finalize an agreement last week with Chisago Lake Township on a contentious road improvement and trail project,  involving 288th and Lakelawn Drive. 
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pack 144 holds its annual Pinewood Derby
Saturday, March 4, Chisago Lakes Cub Scout Pack 144 held its annual Pinewood Derby at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Boys from kindergarten through 5th grade competed with cars that they built with their adult partners.  This year's race was held on a newly purchased track, made possible with donations from multiple local organizations.   Pack 144 would like to thank all of these groups who donated to the new track, along with the many others in the community who help support Scouting: Chisago Lakes Lions Club, St. Paul Firefighters, Scandia Lions Club, Scandia Heating, Swenson's Catering, and Midwest One Bank.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Water goes flying at Wild Mountain's SlushFest
Wild Mountain held it’s annual Slush Fest March 18. Brave skiers tried their best to make it down the hill and across the pond of water. As you can see some made it...some didn’t.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Status quo followed at Chisago Lake Township annual meeting
There were just 31 voters participating in the Chisago Lake Township election March 14.  Supervisor Sherry Stirling, was re-elected and Treasurer Judy Straub was also returned, with no challengers filing.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Lent Town hall meeting contentious at times, proposed budget changes
With a proposed levy $175,000 higher than it had ever been, the annual Lent Town Hall meeting had plenty of small town fireworks.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

A trip to Mexico was a breeze; you are all invited to 'Caring for Creation' March 27
So my family finally saved enough money to take a trip out of the country.  We took a spring break trip to Mexico. I won’t bother you with boring dribble about our trip (oh except for waiting for a rental car until 2 a.m.).  It was the first trip we have taken with absolutely no agenda. No places to go, no people we had to see. If you know me, you know that I am a busy body. I have to always be doing something.  So I went into this trip very tentatively. 
Thursday, March 23, 2017

The best macaroni and cheese
With the way the temperature has been fluctuating for the past weeks, I’m not sure what direction I should be going with recipes.  How about a couple hot recipes for cooler weather, and for warmer weather.  That should cover it. These are also meatless recipes regardless of your choice of whether to eat meat or not. If you like pasta these recipes will cover that as well. I’ll start with cool weather foods.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Freeway crash victim identified by state patrol
The Minnesota State Patrol has released the name of the victim in the two-vehicle fatal crash March 11 on I-35 involving a county commissioner. The 2017 Ford Fusion that was reportedly hit head-on by Commissioner Lora Walker about 3:20 p.m. March 11 was being driven by Gary Anthony Briskey, 62, Gordon, WI.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Shafer City Council adopts ABC request for lodging tax, reluctantly raises water and sewer rates
Shafer City Council met March 7 for a regular meeting. Council member Brad Swenson was absent.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bunkie's comes down in a hurry
The old Bunkie’s Bowling building was torn down last week in a rapid-moving project that saw the whole structure razed while most people were working for the day. A new Casey’s General Store will go in the place of Bunkies.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Taylors Falls reinvents Wannigan Day, council adopts three percent lodging tax
The Taylors Falls City Council minus member Larry Julik Heine; unanimously approved a lodging tax of three percent Monday night this week.  The council was advised that this is part of an economic revitalization effort being advanced by the ABC group, which is competing for millions of dollars in prizes in a contest sponsored by The Weather Channel, CoBank and Frontier Communications.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Therapy dogs provide connection, redemption
Scout-the-dog was only too happy to lie on her blanket, in the sunny corner of the juvenile section of the Chisago Lakes Library,  Saturday morning, while youngsters eager to read books aloud to her, shared the blanket.  Kids seem to lose their inhibitions while reading to a canine companion and Scout sure is a good listener. At 11-years-old there is nothing about her that’s anything but smile inducing.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wyoming holds streets open house; must mean spring is not far-off
Wyoming City street projects on Goodview Avenue south of Wyoming Trail-- and 250th from #61 to Goodview-- were presented in-depth at an open house at city hall March 9.  Residents could look at roadway designs and aerial depictions of segments of the work area, laid end-to-end on long tables, and speak directly with one of two WSB engineers attached to the open house.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wind, wind go away, DON'T come back another day! Get up, get out and volunteer
Could you believe how windy it was last week?  It wasn’t just a gust here and there, it was sustained house shaking wind.  I was really surprised we didn’t have more power outages with the wind storm. 
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Making the most of nature's own goodness
It’s maple syrup time. From Vermont comes a legendary story about the discovery of maple sugar. The story is, “ An Indian squaw was preparing moose meat for her brave, boiling it in the sweet water that came from a tree near her wigwam. She was an industrious squaw and while the meat boiled, she busied herself with a pair of moccasins. She became so engrossed in her work that she forgot about the meat.  When it suddenly occurred to her that her warriors dinner was about to burn up she was terror stricken, but it was not burned.  Later she wept for joy, for not only was the meat was very tender, but the sweet water had turned into a brown syrup.  She tasted it and nothing sweeter had ever passed her lips.  When her warrior returned she told him about it. He ate as he had never eaten before.  They tapped the tree for more of the sweet water. Like a dutiful husband, proud of his wife’s cooking, he went out and told his friends. They tapped the tree again for some of the sweet water and every day was a feast day while the sap ran. The Indians decided that this was heaven sent and that was the beginning of maple syrup.) It sounds to me that it was more than a legend.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

County commissioner involved in wrong-way fatal crash
The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a two vehicle crash March 11 that left one man dead and a Chisago County commissioner hospitalized. 
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Lakes Area Police Commission celebrates promotion, clean audit
Lakes Area Police Commissioners met last week and accepted the 2016 audit,  and promoted Sergeant Katie Larson to a newly-created Captain post as part of a minor restructuring following Kevin Stenson’s retirement as chief the end of 2016.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

County Board OK's ICBMN cemetery permit in special session
The Chisago County Board held a special session March 15 and voted 4-0 with Lora Walker absent, to authorize a permit for a new cemetery that had been denied 3-2 in December 2016.  The two earlier yes votes were from Ben Montzka and Mike Robinson. The cemetery permit was for the The Islamic Community of Bosniaks of Minnesota.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

ICBMN Cemetery permit being discussed in County Board special session this week
The County Board has called a special start time for its regular Wednesday March 15 meeting this week.  The commissioners will meet in a special closed session at 3 p.m. to first discuss whether to reconsider the county’s denial of a Conditional Use Permit for the Islamic Community of Bosniaks Cemetery. The ICB of MN filed suit to have the MN Court of Appeals review the land use denial and rule if the denial had foundation in the record or if it was arbitrary. (Press story March 9).
Monday, March 13, 2017

Home Show a success for all involved
During the Home & Business Show hours there was a stream of visitors to the Alumni Room for the Chisago Lakes-Taylors Falls districts. The collection displays all sorts of historic items and yearbooks, which this group was enjoying.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Monticello punches ticket to state at Wildcats' expense
Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake 3, Chisago Lakes 1
With the score tied 1-1 early in the second period, the Monticello Moose scored a shorthanded goal to take a 2-1 lead over the Chisago Lakes Wildcats at the Section 5A championship game for boys’ hockey.  The Moose added another goal less than two minutes later and held on for a 3-1 win over the Wildcats.  The loss ended the season for the Wildcats.  Monticello is participating in this week’s state tournament.  The section championship game was played last Thursday, March 2 at Elk River High School before a standing room only crowd of over 1,000 people.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bond information meetings start soon in Chisago Lakes
Chisago Lakes School officials are excited to show the plan to the public for the upcoming, approximately $65 million bond issue.  The vote is Tuesday May, 9.  Informational meetings are being held starting March 21, at Taylors Falls Elementary at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

County Board hears VSO retiring and Medicaid concerns
Chisago County Commissioners heard last week that the recruitment of a successor to Al Budde is starting soon. Budde is retiring as county Veterans Service Officer May 31.  He also served the county as child support staff director for years before stepping in as VSO,  when Jim Halstrom retired.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Home show was a great time; now is your time to make it in the guide
Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed the home show this weekend. I have not heard the numbers but the crowd was steady all weekend long. The show featured over 75 vendors and they seemed happy with the turnout. Thank you to all who worked so hard to make this year’s show a success. 
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Short-on-time dinner recipes
We all know what chicken is do we not?  So it’s chicken recipes, specifically preparing chicken using a cream soup as one of the ingredients. First I’ll give you a bit of information concerning the fat content of skin-on or skin-off when baking or cooking chicken.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

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