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Community gardens are hubs for learning-while-growing, says Master Gardener programmer
Lindstrom Community Garden is full of vegetable plants and many containers dedicated to individual species. It’s on city owned land about a block south of city hall.  Inquire with city staff about reserving a plot for a fee, or stop and chat with gardeners whenever they’re present.
Lindstrom Community Garden is full of vegetable plants and many containers dedicated to individual species. It’s on city owned land about a block south of city hall.  Inquire with city staff about reserving a plot for a fee, or stop and chat with gardeners whenever they’re present.

For being in a state with weather that supports outdoor gardening maybe 30 percent of the year-- Chisago County’s Master Gardener program is enjoying strong growth and interest.  Extension Service program representative and local Master Gardener coordinator Sue Humble,  says in 2016 there were 2,200 hours dedicated locally by Master Gardeners. They held classes that were filled to capacity, they educated the public at area community gardens, they write a column for area newspapers and contribute much more.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Midsummer Days enjoys beautiful weather and great turnout
North Branch Midsummer Days crowned its new ambassadors on Friday night. Elise Toussaint, Madison Irons and Michaela Egan will represent Midsummer Days for the next year. The event was held at the North Branch American Legion.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sunday liquor sales start in July
Sunday sale of alcohol was given the green light by the Lindstrom City Council 4-0, in compliance with a new state law that goes into effect first of July.  There was no discussion. Council member David Waldoch was absent for the vote, due to attending a League of MN Cities conference. He arrived late in the meeting.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Veterans on county probation get an agent who knows
When judges in Center City open a case file and see probation agent Wade Coles’ name as the offender’s supervisor,  the judge immediately knows the person standing for judgment is a military veteran.  Coles recently completed his first full year as the county’s first ever probation agent working only with Chisago County veterans.  Word is it’s been a positive program.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Early Ambassador of all things Swedish makes return visit
Thomas Wolfe said you can’t go home again, but Helen Fosdick and her daughter Tori, who have lived in California for 18 years, recently did just that. They returned to Lindstrom recently to stay at Fridhem, the yellow house on South Lindstrom Lake they once called home. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Fridhem was built in 1895 by B. B. Fullerton of Minneapolis and also served as a summer house for Frank Larsen, publisher of Chicago’s Svenska Amerikanen Tribunen.  Ironically, after decades as a private family residence, Fridhem is once again a vacation home, available for weekly or daily rental via the wonders of the internet.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lots to do this weekend including PraiseFest and Winehaven's festival
If you are looking for some real fun locally this Sunday, look no farther than first United Methodist Church in Lindstrom.  That is the location of this year’s Praise Fest. Before you get all freaked out because of the religious sound of the event, hear me out. Praise Fest is made up of bands from all of the local churches who play all day at the FUMC bandshell.  You will not be bombarded by churches trying to get you to join, you will be welcomed by all to come and enjoy some awesome music in a park like setting.  I have been to Praise Fest before, it is great. Everyone is there to have fun, eat some unbelievably good food and converse with neighbors and friends.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

It's strawberry picking time
Yes, you can buy strawberries in the grocery store but they don’t have the same delicious flavor as fresh picked. Each year I mention my “strawberry picking jeans” with the stained knees and every year I wash them after the picking season is over but the stains remain. I wonder how long  I’ll be picking and then have to throw them away. One of our daughters always went picking with me but she moved to Colorado last summer. I called her and asked if she would come home to help me pick.  What a joke that was! It’s not the getting down by the rows to pick, it’s the getting up!! If you should see me lying down between the rows, stop and pick me up and I’ll be good to go for another 30 feet! That’s what happens when you’re 80 years old.  Woe is me!! !  Bud would say,” We’re still on the right side of the grass!!”
Thursday, June 22, 2017

NB wraps up school year with graduation
The 108th Commencement of North Branch High School was on Wednesday, June 7. At top, a group of seniors takes the day seriously. Bottom right, a senior waves to friends and family. Bottom left, William Eichholz gives his speech.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Council unanimous on moving fire hall project to design phase
The Center City Council, with member Donna Higgins absent, heard that the Center City Fire Dept. Fire Relief Association IS on-board with making payments, to retire future debt, on a proposed fire hall expansion and improvements project. 
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Midsummer Days Grand Marshal found sense of community in NB
The Grand Marshal leading this Sunday’s North Branch MidSummer Days Parade sat down for an early morning interview wearing his firefighters’ heavy canvas pants, suspenders over a Twins T-shirt, and his MN fire chief’s association ballcap.  The apparel was no prop for the photographer, though. Kevin Grote’s pager had sounded about two hours earlier rousting him out of bed to assist at a rolled truck crash, on the northbound side of I-35.  He had responded with one of the North Branch department’s smaller rigs,  and still managed to keep an appointment with a reporter at County Market deli.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Shafer City Council approves first road construction payout, discuss solar sunscription
Shafer City Council met June 6 for a regular meeting. All members were present with city attorney Ted Alliegro absent.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Quilt of Valor presented to Robert Rongitsch
Just days before his 93rd birthday the family of veteran Robert Rongitsch and his wife Marlys surprised the obviously beloved father and grandfather with a quilt of valor.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Midsummer Days in North Branch; Harmony in the Park is making music
This weekend the good folks in North Branch invite you up to enjoy their Mid-Summer Festival.  The festival begins today with a carnival with rides in Central Park and family friendly Bingo that runs all day at the Legion.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

'Taters... what could be better?
I am going to share potato recipes with you today. The following information will help tell which variety is best to use when a recipe just calls for potatoes.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Did North Branch Council over-step filling W&L post?
Tenth Judicial District Judge Bridgid Dowdal is reviewing arguments to dismiss a civil lawsuit against the City of North Branch,  alleging the council acted illegally when it rescinded an appointment of a resident to the Water & Light Commission.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Next generation of cyclists in popular region for biking
It’s entirely possible that some of these youngsters in the North Branch bike rodeo (see photo left) will someday hit the bigger horizon for a bicycle tour of Minnesota, and beyond.   During the month of June they will have  two local opportunities, to see just who these long distance bike riders are and maybe even learn why they do what they do, as hundreds of bicyclists will be traveling through Chisago County in two special events. 
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Council gets serious tackling long-deferred paving repairs
North Branch “pavement management” has been pretty much non-existent the last decade or so-- and the city council is newly-determined to address street needs.  Funding, as always, is the big problem.  The council was advised the city could expend $1.2 to $1.3 million to just keep pace with delayed and current needs.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

CL sends off graduating class with excitement
These relieved group of seniors pose for a quick photo after the Chisago Lakes graduation ceremony.  The commencement took place Monday night in the gym.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

2017 Grads are a special group; grab your lawnchairs - Harmony is here
Congratulations to the Chisago Lakes and the North Branch seniors for making it through school.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Deciding if you'll like it or not
About three weeks ago I had rhubarb recipes in this column. Guess what….more rhubarb recipes.  A friend of mine who works in the produce dept. at Brink’s was telling me that his wife had made all of the recipes in that column and they were delicious, which made me happy. I’m not “patting myself on the back” as all of the recipes come from various cookbooks.  I try to choose recipes you might like to make and have been asked several times if I’ve tried all of them. No, but having cooked for about 60 years I can pretty much tell by the ingredients what the outcome will be and whether or not you might like to make it. I’m sure there are many “seasoned” homemakers who do the same thing.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Trudeau Law Enforcement Award goes to Wyoming police officer
Wyoming Police Officer Rachel Columbus has been selected to receive the 2016 James Trudeau Law Enforcement Award. This award is given annually to one law enforcement officer in recognition of outstanding dedication and service to youth in our community. Officer Columbus was nominated by Wyoming Elementary fifth grade teacher, Amanda Vinzant, who said, “Officer Columbus is a great role model and a positive reflection of the police in the community.” Columbus graduated from Bemidji State University in 2004 and joined the Wyoming Police Department in 2006.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Gov. signs state bonding bill, jail getting $3 million
The new Chisago County Law Enforcement Center project is slated in the state bonding bill to receive $3 million.  The Corrections Department only got a handful of law enforcement related projects included in the bill and Chisago county’s facility was one of those.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wannigan Days-- a chance for local band to strut its stuff
If a Boz Scaggs-Van Morrison-Sade style of song is your thing, then mark your calendar and save next Saturday for Wannigan Days’ weekend appearance of “Everyday People.” 
Thursday, June 1, 2017

North Branch Council in brief...
The North Branch City Council last week-- in a special-scheduled meeting due to the school bond vote--moved a couple projects along and set hearings for other matters in the pipeline.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Memorial Day a time to reflect
The Memorial Day services held at Kost Evangelical Free Cemetery in North Branch featured this bugler from American Legion Post #85.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

New liquor store gets city council OK in North Branch
There’s going to be a second North Branch Municipal Liquor Store, next door to County Market. City council members voted 4-1, with Robert Canada opposed, to authorize staff to sign a seven-year lease for 2,840 square feet of off-sale space. The other North Branch off-sale is behind Holiday on the east side of I-35.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

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