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February 3, 2023

Lindstrom mayor, council member resign immediately
At the end of the Lindstrom City Council meeting January 19, Mayor Kevin Stenson and Council member Laurie Burington announced their intention to resign immediately. They left city government as of midnight Thursday.
Friday, January 20, 2023

Water project taking shape along Highway 61
The Highway 61 earth moving equipment you may have observed, is not initiating a housing project— it is wetland restoration work.  Contractors will re-grade and improve the hydrology in the area between the Heims Lake outlet and the wetland east of Highway 61 connected to Comfort Lake-Sunrise River. 
Thursday, February 2, 2023

One act plays on stage Saturday
Chisago Lakes Area High School Performing Arts Center was the host site for a one-act contest last weekend.
Friday, January 27, 2023

Water & Light not in favor of electric conditions
The North Branch City Council unanimously tabled a vote on terminating the city’s power purchase contract with SMMPA earlier this month; opting to wait and see how the five Water & Light utility commissioners would vote.  (See city council story Press Jan 12.)
Friday, January 27, 2023

County Board approves permit for nine dogs; District 1 opening on county planning commission
In something of a surprise move— Chisago County commissioners, with the exception of Jim Swenson— took a chance on the people behind an application to house nine dogs on property in Sunrise Township.  Their Interim Use Permit was authorized 4-1 last week.
Friday, January 27, 2023

Taylors Falls City Council dynamic not yet settled
Taylors Falls City Council started off 2023 holding two meetings this month, with a three-hour second meeting Monday night this week to organize.  The former membership of the council rarely required more than one meeting per month. 
Friday, January 27, 2023

Wyoming Council approves sending East Viking Boulevard out for bids
The Wyoming City Council met shorthanded last week and in a very brief meeting approved,  minus Mayor Lisa Iverson, soliciting bids for the East Viking Boulevard rebuild and the new bridge. 
Friday, January 27, 2023

Thanks Kevin and Laurie, don't worry the Celebration is still on
A few weeks back we had the Lindstrom City Administrator John Olinger step down. This past week we had the current Mayor Kevin Stenson and council member Laurie Burington step down as well.
Friday, January 27, 2023

Cracking into the coconuts
Many of us are wishing we were somewhere warm right about now. Mother Nature has done a number on us this year already with the massive amounts of snow, slush and sleet, the sub zero temperatures over Christmas, and more freezing coming up.
Friday, January 27, 2023

Lindstrom, Stacy on list of Emerald Ash Borer infestations
Chisago County was placed in ash tree EAB quarantine status a couple years ago when a population of Emerald Ash Borers made their way into southernmost Chisago.  Emerald Ash Borers (EAB) were first found in the state in 2009 and are in much of the southern third of Minnesota. The EAB typically takes about five years to kill a host tree.
Thursday, January 26, 2023

Spellers shine at Chisago Lakes Bee
Pictured above are the top three finishers from the 2023 Chisago Lakes Spelling Bee. First place was Tess Campbell (right). Second place was Jackson Rhea (left) an third place was Charlotte Cossor (middle). Campbell’s winning word was ‘solidarity’. The top three will move on to compete in a regional spell bee in St. Cloud. Below, the three placewinners are pictured with judges (from left to right) Jeff Norton and Matt Silver of the Chisago County Press and Lindstrom Mayor Kevin Stenson.
Thursday, January 26, 2023

Good turnout for extension of 17 info open house
There were a couple hundred visitors to the Open House last week about a project extending County Road 17 from near the freeway directly easterly to County Road 14. The two-hour open house was held at Lent Township Hall.
Thursday, January 26, 2023

Chisago City Council seats Battles
The Chisago City Council welcomed new councilmember Nicole Battles to its ranks at the Jan. 10 organizational meeting. Battles assumes the seat previously occupied by Mark Anderson who chose not file for reelection. 
Friday, January 20, 2023

Stacy City Council welcomes back familiar face, sets committees
Stacy City Council met January 10 for their first meeting of 2023.  All members were present.  The meeting began with the swearing in of Mayor Mark Utecht and council member Marie Lawrence and newly elected council member Dennis Thieling.
Friday, January 20, 2023

Center City Council takes action officially to halt ironworks
It’s official. The Center City Council voted 5-0 last week to authorize the city attorney to commence litigation to resolve the contested issues surrounding the ironworks business, operating at County Roads 9 and 12. Attorney Ted Alliegro said the specific vote was needed for the record.  A court date was not announced.
Friday, January 20, 2023

Katie's Glen gets split Wyoming Council vote; water fees upped
With the duty of swearing-in re-elected members Claire Luger and Dennis Schilling taken care of;  the Wyoming City Council this month proceeded to unenthusiastically vote to approve a new small lot housing plat.  Several neighboring property owners had stated their opposition to the 39-lots proposed on open land east and south from Goodview Park, that will result in losing hundreds of trees.  They asked the city to downsize the number, and to retain woodlot that serves as buffer. A citizen also said soils should be investigated for hazardous waste from the site’s former use as a hog farm.
Friday, January 20, 2023

North Branch Council not ready to sever ties with power agency
The North Branch City Council met last week,  including the two incumbents and new Mayor Kevin Scheiber and new Council members Peter Schaps and Travis Miles. 
Friday, January 20, 2023

Lindstrom, Stacy on list of Emerald Ash Borer infestations
Chisago County was placed in ash tree EAB quarantine status a couple years ago when a population of Emerald Ash Borers made their way into southernmost Chisago.  Emerald Ash Borers (EAB) were first found in the state in 2009 and are in much of the southern third of Minnesota. The EAB typically takes about five years to kill a host tree.
Friday, January 20, 2023

Vikings loss on me - sorry; pray for cold weather? Yes, this time
If you are looking for a scapegoat to blame the Vikings’ loss on, (yes that’s exactly what we do around here), look no further.  When I wrote last week that I would not be watching the game on Sunday afternoon, I had every intention of following through.  But, me being an athlete at the apex of shape, I sprained my ankle bowling in Osceola the night before.  Yes bowling folks.  To my credit I did bowl a 199 before my age caught up to my skills... So here I sat with ice on my ankle watching the beloved purple (not my ankle— the team).  Just like every meaningful game I have watched, it ended in the same Hindenburg fashion.  I apologize to you, the state of Minnesota, the team and to my wife, because listening to me had to be worse than nails on a chalkboard.
Friday, January 20, 2023

Hot dishes for cold temperatures
Cold temps and wet snow call for one thing in the kitchen: hot dishes.
Friday, January 20, 2023

Old outhouse sites yield best 'fishing' results
Perhaps what Mark Youngblood does in his spare time would best be described as fishing, underground.
Friday, January 13, 2023

Township ballot filing closes soon
Township office filing is open for just a few more days. 
Friday, January 13, 2023

Man shot while wielding weapon formally charged
The county attorney’s office has formally booked/charged the North Branch man involved in a sword-wielding incident in North Branch at the end of last September.  Erik Hammer, 31, was not booked on charges until last week, due to being transported for medical care when police officers discharged firearms,  and one deputy shot Hammer with less-than-lethal rounds from a specialized gun.
Friday, January 13, 2023

New council holds first meeting
Two newly-elected Taylors Falls council members and a mayor holding office for the first time struggled somewhat with finding their footing,  in the formal organizational meeting portion of the council session this week.
Friday, January 13, 2023

Shafer City Council briefs...
Shafer City Council met January 3 for their first meeting of 2023.  All members were in attendance with Attorney James Monge and Engineer Lucas Jones attending via Skype.
Friday, January 13, 2023

Why are the Vikings now in the playoffs? Because of yours truly
It seems like every week I am sadly writing about a fixture in the community passing away.  I regret to say it is happening yet again.  Mark Karnowski has left us. The Karnowski name has been in the Chisago Lakes area for what seems like forever. 
Friday, January 13, 2023

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