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July 26, 2021

Mark your catalytic convertor and avoid costly loss of important vehicle part
The Victory Auto Service & Glass business is host location for a catalytic convertor marking event Saturday July 24. Victory is located a little north of the Wyoming Elementary School, on the other side of Forest Blvd. at 260th. The address is 5428 260th Street, between Fallbrook and Forest Blvd.
Thursday, July 22, 2021


Hiland sentenced to eight years in family stabbing
District Judge Catherine Trevino sentenced Tyler Hiland, age 26, to 96 months in St. Cloud State Correctional Facility July 16 for his plea of guilty to felony assault  in the December 2020 stabbing of his mother and father.
  

Friday, July 23, 2021

Is it triathlon time already? The Chisago County Fair has started
Wannigan Days has come and gone.  What a beautiful weekend for the celebration.  We were able to take in most of the celebration and there were people everywhere.  The parade was packed both with people watching and the number of floats.  It did take quite awhile for the parade to make it across the bridge because the parade started at 6pm in St. Croix Falls and we didn’t see our first float until well after 7pm.  Didn’t matter, it was beautiful out and we enjoyed some great food from the Lions and St Joe’s Catholic Church by the Drive-In.
Friday, July 23, 2021

Covid-19 case numbers ramp up
Chisago County is seeing a small spurt in covid-19 prevalence and in the last approximately two weeks there are 29 more people who are counted as covid positives and two more people have died since the first week of July.  Chisago County has 54 deaths attributed to the virus.
Friday, July 23, 2021

Minnesota enters drought warning stage
Chisago County is officially classified as being in an extreme drought state. There are low stream flows in the region with river gauges showing data measurements in the 10th percentile of all data points.  The St. Croix River is measured at St Croix Falls and the term “scrapable” is its description, at flows of less than 2,000 cubic feet per second.
Friday, July 23, 2021

Bike trail funding won for North Branch-Harris segment
The long-hoped for plan to do 2.6 miles of paved  Sunrise Prairie Regional Trail connecting North Branch and Harris, made it through the just-ended legislative special session.  The trail and a basic trailhead near the sheriff’s district office on Hwy 61, Harris, are approved for funding as a 2022 project. 
Friday, July 23, 2021

Vaping store closure appealed, council seats two to Water and Light Commission
The owner of the vaping goods store that North Branch officials shutdown recently for violating terms of licensing asked city council July 13 for another chance. 
Friday, July 23, 2021

Stacy Council meeting briefs...
Stacy City Council met July 13 for a regular meeting.  Jennie Carlson was absent. 
Friday, July 23, 2021

Lindstrom Council ok's pre-development plan for large tract; HOA on its own
Lindstrom City Council wants to see new housing activity so strongly that it voted unanimously last week to spend an estimated $15,000 on preliminary design and interagency networking on the Old Holt Farm site, near Ki-Chi-Saga County Park. The land between Kroon Lake and South Center Lake, on the east side of Olinda Trail, can be made more attractive to a developer with a master plan and an outline for extending services, help for navigating shoreland district rules, for relocating the intersection of Glader and Olinda and more.  City Administrator John Olinger said the number of projects that need to happen to facilitate housing there scares-off developers and the city needs to get involved, especially in applying for grants.
Friday, July 23, 2021

Some lighter fare for the hot temps
If the weather forecast holds up, the day this column comes out, we’re set to start six straight days of temperatures above 90 degrees.
Friday, July 23, 2021

Lakes Area Police get commission approval to structure for code enforcement hours; lobbyist for public safety building sought
Two part time positions on Lakes Area Police Department will be combined to create a fulltime officer for code enforcement detail for Lindstrom and Chisago City. 
Friday, July 23, 2021

Odd-even, watering restrictions in place for North Branch Water & Light customers in response to state alert
Recent calls for statewide water conservation are impacting water providers like North Branch Water & Light. 
Friday, July 23, 2021

CL High School marching band sports new uniforms
In just a year and a half and in spite of a pandemic, the Chisago Lakes Band Boosters raised enough funds, in conjunction with the Chisago Lakes High School Activities Department, to enable the high school Marching Band to purchase 110 new uniforms for the Marching Wildcats. At a total price of $32,442 the new uniforms include a pair of bib slacks, an overlay jacket, an Aussie hat, and garment bag. The Band Boosters raised a total of $16,500 through various fundraisers and direct contributions. The last time the band purchased new uniforms was in the early ‘90’s.
Friday, July 9, 2021

A homegrown Karl Oskar Days Grand Marshal
This weekend’s 2021 Karl Oskar Days Parade will be led by Grand Marshal David Waldoch.  His many years of public service in local government and general civic activity locally, are the outgrowth of Waldoch’s philosophy that life is to be lived beyond being a bystander.
Friday, July 9, 2021

One acre buildable recommended to be reduced by half
A discussion about allowing outdoor shooting ranges was tabled by the county planning commission members last week,  but they did write a draft ordinance for the codebook replacing the county’s one acre buildable standard. 
Friday, July 9, 2021

Karl Oskar Days finally here!
It’s here... no, not the summer heat - my goodness is it hot... I am talking about Karl Oskar Days.  One of the largest if not the largest celebration of the summer, Karl Oskar Days has something for everybody. Not joking - everybody.
Friday, July 9, 2021

For KO Days, everyone is a Swede!
It’s time to perfect your “välkommen” and “tack så mycket”, Karl Oskar Days is starting this week!
Friday, July 9, 2021

Frozen meals for seniors offered July 15 at Rush City
Catholic Charities offers senior citizens in the Central Minnesota access to additional food support at temporary pop-up sites each month. Healthy frozen meals are packaged in oven- and microwave-safe containers and handed out via a no-contact drive-through. This week, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday,  July 15, meals will be distributed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 425 S. Frandsen Ave., Rush City.
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

New Swedish flag arrives in Lindström for Karl Oskar Days!
In early May, 2021, Sally Barott, Shafer, met with the Lindström Park Board to ask them to support a new idea she had for Karl Oskar Days. The idea --- fly the Swedish Flag during Karl Oskar Days on the large flag pole at the Lindström Lakeview Motel.  Owner of the motel, Richard Berget, gave permission and the plans moved forward.  Another good reason to fly the flag --- it is the 25th Anniversary of the Royal Visit from the King and Queen of Sweden in 1996 for the Swedish Immigration Jubilee year. The Royal Visit started at the Moberg Statue in Chisago City and then to Lindström and Nya Duvemåla, Karl Oskar House location on Glader Blvd. (FYI, Sally has written a letter to Their Majesties telling them about the large Swedish Flag honoring their visit, which will be flown July 7-11 for Karl Oskar Days, and every year after, just at Karl Oskar Days.) Then stored at Lindström City Hall.
Friday, July 2, 2021

Area lunch distribution still happening
The Chisago Lakes summer free food distribution is funded by the federal lunch program and this week during the Monday distribution, there were over 400 boxes of food items handed out.  Anybody can come by Lakeside Elementary School, on Karmel Avenue in Chisago City, Monday mornings, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.   Staff will help you to pick-up a box of food good for a week’s worth of breakfast and lunch.  (The program is closed the week of Monday July 5) These Monday distributions go until August 16.  This program is meant for providing food security for all youth age 18 and younger.  The boxes contain cereal, milk, juice, and an assortment of lunch items ranging from chicken nuggets to mini corn dogs to small pizzas and fruits and veggies.  Pictured are the Chisago Lakes Food Service staff who packed the boxes in the cafeteria area of the new Lakeside School.  The public can collect the boxes inside the entry door connecting at the bus-pickup and drop-off area.


Friday, July 2, 2021

Moratorium in place while city addresses shoreland code
Without discussion, the Chisago City Council on June 22 voted unanimously to implement a six-month moratorium on all new Planned Unit Subdivisions Dock Permits and Variances within its Shoreland Overlay District. The moratorium does not affect projects that have already been granted preliminary or final plan or plat approval, nor does it include public projects that address environmental threats through installation of essential sewer and water services.
Friday, July 2, 2021

Wastewater system contract costs to expand
Members of the Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commission shifted the public-wastewater operations to a private firm in August 2020.    Almost 12 months into this relationship with Veolia Water North America,  the commission is taking steps toward expanding the contract. 
Friday, July 2, 2021

Council deals with two e-cig businesses with non-compliance history
The Cloud X vaping store in North Branch, in the cluster of storefronts behind Holiday gas station, on Old Main Street, was shutdown by council last week.
The negatives in the business’s track record involved multiple complaints, tickets issued by law enforcement and little interest demonstrated by the operators to cooperate. 

Friday, July 2, 2021

North Branch City Council rubber stamps utility commission decision to wind down; names two to transition committee
There was an item on the North Branch City Council agenda last week for elected officials to express official support of the water and light utility commission’s June 16 vote to “wind down” the utility. (Story Press June 24.)
Friday, July 2, 2021

Careers start in high school
A host of local officials took a field trip to North Branch Area High School  last week.  Community economic development leaders were invited to familiarize themselves with what’s going on in today’s public school experience. There were North Branch Mayor Jim Swenson and Carla Vita representing the city. Jim Stein, Chisago County HRA/EDA Chair attended. School Board member Sara Grovender was also there.
Friday, July 2, 2021

Happy Fourth of July! Boat parade time
This past week we saw massive crowds at both Harmony in the Park in Lindstrom and Music in the Park in North Branch. “The World According to Garth” played at Harmony and the “Dweebs” played in North Branch.  I happened to drive by each of the venues as I was delivering papers and holy moly - there were tons of people at each!  We have seen these local music in the park events grow from just a few people here and there to can’t miss.  Even across the river at the Music on the Overlook they have seen attendance skyrocket.  It is awesome to see people having such a great time locally.
Friday, July 2, 2021


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