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April 24, 2019

Walker pleads guilty to criminal vehicular homicide
At a plea hearing before Judge John Hoffman in Washington County District Court April 5, former County Commissioner Lora Walker, 49, agreed to plead guilty to one count of criminal vehicular homicide.
Monday, April 8, 2019

Local children celebrate Easter in Chisago City and Lent Township
Bella and Brynlee were very excited to meet the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 13 at the Lent Town Hall for the annual Stacy Lions Easter Festival. More Easter celebration photos from Chisago City on page 22.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

North Branch to get $400,000 from state DEED business grant
The state Dept. of Employment and Economic Development announced last week it is awarding the City of North Branch $400,575 to be put into a project looping city watermain services on the north end of town.  State infrastructure grants also went to  Wadena and Spring Valley.  The grants are only for governmental units and publicly-owned infrastructure.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Local clean-up dates coming
Some local recycling days are coming up soon, many offered in recognition of Earth Day, April 22.  Take advantage of these to dispose of many items that are proving difficult to sell, can’t be donated or placed in household trash and maybe are not repairable or contain any useful parts.  Events include:
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Public Safety Telecommunications: critical part of providing public safety, helping those in distress
National Public Safety Telecommunications Week is April 14 – 20, 2019. The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office is honoring Public Safety Emergency dispatchers who serve as the lifeline between people in need and vital law enforcement, medical and fire services. These Public Safety Emergency dispatchers have dedicated their careers to providing superior service to the residents of Chisago County, tourists and those passing through the area. In most cases, the Emergency dispatcher is the first contact a person in distress will have with Emergency Responders and can make the difference between life and death.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

North Branch City Council OK's paving, tables commission appointment
There will be a “shave and pave” done on stretches of gravel road surface,  in the 372nd to 376th and Grand Avenue, Forest Blvd. and Hemingway area of North Branch.  City Council last week accepted a quote from Knife River contractors,  for $172,950. The only other submittal was Prefer Paving’s for approximately $197,000.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Stacy City Council gets updates on hockey arena, bar and grill
Stacy City Council met April 9, for a regular meeting. All members were present except council member Rebecca LaMotte. 
Thursday, April 18, 2019

More than just sandwiches for leftover ham
I'm assuming that many of you have already decided what you're serving for dinner or brunch if you are entertaining. After your Easter celebration, if there is leftover ham, there are several ways of using it besides making sandwiches. I'm not saying that sandwiches aren't a good way to use it, but there are many ways to make a meal using leftovers.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Ground breaking officially starts TF Elementary renovation
Chisago Lakes Superintendent Dean Jennissen, left, spoke during the groundbreaking for the Taylors Falls Elementary School projects.  Standing alongside are (retired) former supt. Joe Thimm and Taylors Falls Principal Jason Riebe, right.  The school projects, approved by voters in May 2017, include adding media center space, re-doing the main entry and upgrading restrooms in the elementary building.  This is part of a set of  new construction underway in the district-- including the community fitness center and high school improvements in Lindstrom;  a new 2-5 grade school on Karmel Avenue in Chisago City, north of Hwy. 8, and tennis/pickleball courts already in use at the middle school.  District offices (in Scottsdale Mall Lindstrom right now),  are re-locating to the Karmel Avenue school when it opens next year, and district educational programs have moved into the middle school, where offices had been based, eliminating rented spaces.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Seasonal incidents deal blow to city's bottom line
The wet early spring coupled with unusual snowcover, resulted in more than just deeper, faster water on the St Croix at Taylors Falls.  One of the city’s wastewater treatment facility lift stations flooded and has been operating on expensive back-up fuel and much personal attention ever since. Then, the municipal library basement took in water and that furnace had to get repaired.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

County Board briefs....
County Board briefs.....
The County Board heard last week there’s been some input received from some of the subscribers to the county-run ARMER radio network.  The disputed 2019 interim contract has been the topic at multiple meetings.  The county administrator informed the commissioners it is, “...moving in a good direction.” 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Shafer City Council sells plow truck, looks to sell meters and hydrants, set public hearing for Saloon
Shafer City Council met April 2 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.  With no public hearings scheduled the council quickly moved to consent agenda.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Center City Council hears snowplow damage complaint, hires clerk, reviews roofing issues
The Center City Council met, minus Lloyd Vetter, last week and handled a variety of matters.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Mother-Son dance a blast for everyone!
Moms and young sons of the Chisago Lakes School District came out in force to take part in the April 5 “Friday Night Jammin’ Fun” event.  This is more than a dance, there’s make your own sundaes, games, bingo, a yo-yo performer entertained, and much more...Community Education thanks all the staff and volunteers who make this happen, especially the custodians.  Also, thanks Angie Hanson, Hodroff Photo-graphy, Madlove DJ, National Honor Society students who pitched in and performer Dazzling Dave (above).
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Snow? I'm close to breaking point, lots to do despite weather
I cannot believe as I write this we are in a winter storm watch. They are predicting anywhere from 5 to 18 inches of snow.  Not ready for this. I just spent the day on Sunday getting my boat ready for the fishing season.  C'mon Mother Nature - give us a break.  Not sure anyone welcomes wet, heavy, snow that's so heavy a snowblower can't throw it.  I am trying to stay positive about this, but it is getting hard. 
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Breakfast or brunch options
It's going to be a combination of three foods today...eggs, bacon and pork sausage (breakfast sausage). This is often a breakfast combination, along with a slice of toast. We hear so much about what we should or shouldn't eat because of whatever. The latest I've heard is we should only be eating two eggs a week. Not long ago it was said that it's o.k. to eat an egg three or four times a week. What to do! I guess it's your choice. Cholesterol in the yolk is what the concern is about. I like scrambled eggs...made with one whole egg and one egg white. It tastes and looks the same as using two whole eggs. I'm a bit ahead of the game!
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Day of Action puts domestic violence front and center
Monday, April 8, 2019

The big 50!!
Scenes from the 50th anniversary of Chisago Lakes' 50th Annual Variety Show.
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Emergency radio contract makes for packed-house
There were a couple dozen citizens in the County Board audience March 20, hoping for a discussion with the  county commissioners about the status of access to the county’s emergency radio  system. Cities and townships recently received a notice of non-compliance with terms of the radio use agreement.  Because there had been a “default” the county gave an April 1 date for when it would cancel the ability to use the ARMER network for emergency radios communications.
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Mediation resolves some of Lindstrom's growth plan; appointing, hiring on agenda
Lindstrom is part-way to resolving a set of contested annexations, the city council heard last week.  City Administrator John Olinger brought an annexation agreement for some properties that Chisago Lake Township opposed coming into the city.   Olinger reminded council six parcels were part of a boundary adjustment process and four had been opposed by the township. 
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Water & Light's role in North Branch growth discussed
For North Branch Water & Light Commission to take action;  only two of the three members need to vote yes, and that’s exactly what happened last week when the commissioners accepted a request to waive trunk and water access fees for “Cherokee Place.” 
Thursday, March 28, 2019

It's fish fry time
There is still time to take in the popular fish fry, at Lindstrom’s St. Bridget’s Catholic Church.  The meal is served every Friday during Lent and is held in the fellowship hall.  Above: Bill Schlumbohm, John Nelson, Steve Sandgren, Chuck Fitzer and David Kimlinger prepare for the dinner rush.
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Wyoming City Council briefs...
The Wyoming City Council had a short meeting on Wednesday, March 20 when Mayor Lisa Iverson was absent and council member Joe Zerwas used the city’s new remote location attendance policy to “attend” the meeting from Mesa, Arizona.
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Women's Expo is a can't miss, there is still time to get some fish
I had the chance to take in the Chisago Lakes Variety Show on Friday.  What a great time that was. We have some amazingly talented kids in our school right now.  So many great musicians, singers and even comedians.  There was a skit that involved students and faculty playing the Family Feud that was so funny.  Shane Kargel played Alex Trebek and was hilarious.  The stage band was great and so were the cloggers.  All in all it was a great time and the crowds seemed to really be enjoying themselves.
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Many health benefits of salmon
Good morning, or afternoon, It's recipes that are “fishy” today, honing in on salmon. Reading through articles about salmon, the overall health and heart-smart benefits of this cold water fish, along with sardines, herring and mackerel, have been around for a long time.
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Street overlays and Willow Grove agreement acted on at North Branch City Council
At the regular March 12 North Branch City Council meeting the application from Stacey Wynter for a permit to offer massage therapy, at a spa called Laughing Waters,  at 38880 Oakview,  was approved 3-0. Mayor Jim Swenson and Joel McPherson were absent. 
Thursday, March 21, 2019

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