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January 18, 2019

Frontier Communications failed in providing adequate or reliable service
Frontier Communications has failed to provide adequate, reliable phone and internet service to its Minnesota customers, according to an investigation by the Minnesota Commerce Department. The investigative report was filed with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Friday, January 4, 2019.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Voss, Swenson take offices, vacant seat to be appointed
North Branch City Council last week finalized citizen appointments and council members got dibs on their committee work for 2019-- but there’s still a gap in the Parks, Trails & Open Space Committee.  With two empty slots it really can’t do its work until it’s full. 
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Chisago City Council installs new member; considers future land redevelopment
After being duly sworn in, newly elected council member Craig Meyer took his seat with the Chisago City Council at the Jan. 8 organizational meeting. He joins Mayor Bob Gustafson and Council Members Marie Rivers, Jeremy Dresel and Mark Anderson.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

'Tis the season to access lakeshore invasives
A comprehensive, multi-year plan of attack to eradicate an invasive weed species in the Chisago Lakes area,  is being put together this winter;  but the Center Lakes Association took some necessary action last weekend  to begin the phragmites offensive.  A couple dozen volunteers showed up on the shoreline near the county Government Center on North Center Lake Saturday morning,  to weed-whack and snip their way through a massive grove of phragmites.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

SnoBarons awards Hay Days grants for local trail projects
This time of year Ed Clark is  doing one of his favorite chores-- handing out money.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Citizenship takes a group effort
When Immanuel Church in Almelund ran an ad looking for a music director four years ago, two applicants responded. One asked for too much money and that left Momoh Freeman (pronounced moe-moe).  According to one of the hiring committee members Norm Peterson, as soon as they heard Momoh play the piano there was no debate.  “We thank God for dropping this man in our church,” Peterson states.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Let's get out and celebrate winter, even if it hasn't happened yet
What an odd, odd winter we have had to date.  So little snow, such high temperatures.  Kind of feels like a Missouri winter so far. Well, if the talking heads on television know their stuff, they say we are headed for a deep freeze.  That will help our community out in getting ready for the 2019 Winter Blast.  Many of you remember the Winter Blast as the Celebration of the Lakes. The name has changed but the fun hasn’t. 
Thursday, January 17, 2019

The origins of the banana
 Do  you remember the commercial jingle, “I’m Chiquita banana and I’ve come to say……?” I am sure the older of us remember it but I don’t think the younger set hasn’t a clue what that’s about. I’m sure you know what the recipes are for today.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Minecraft Day; Library volunteers power-up
Last year, a local home-school family was taking the long drive south of the Twin Cities, to a location in Bloomington, so the siblings could participate in a Minecraft videogaming gathering.  Minecraft is the top-selling PC game by number of all time.  It originated in 2011 as a creation of Swedish game designer Markus Persson.  It’s now developed through Mojang (Microsoft) and can be played on Xbox or Play Station, on a number of devices, phones, or on your desktop computer.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Burington appointed to council; public facilities citizen advisors needed in 2019
Two well-qualified people were considered last week as potential appointees to fill a council seat emptied upon Kevin Stenson winning the mayor’s race in Lindstrom. In the end, after spontaneous interviewing of interested applicants Laurie Burington and Katie Werman Roche, council  appointed Burington to serve the council term. 
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Center City Council fills seat with former Mayor Behnke
Center City Council appointed Jill Behnke to the vacant council seat, created by Mark Wolcott’s winning election as mayor in the last election. (Incumbent Larry Houger did not file.)
Thursday, January 10, 2019

County Board names Greene as 2019 chair
Rick Greene was chosen unanimously as Chair of the County Board in 2019.The Board annual organizational meeting was Tuesday morning this week and Ben Montzka got the nod to serve as Vice Chair.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Shafer City Council welcomes new faces, thanks Vogel for service
Shafer City Council met Monday, January 7 for a regular meeting. The meeting was pushed back a week due to New Year's Eve.  All members were present except for council member Tamara Hessler.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Goodbye to a couple of politicians, hello to new chamber director Katie
This week (and last) city councils and township boards welcomed new faces.  As is with any election, you will see familiar faces stepping down. We have a couple of Mayors that need recognizing. Keith Carlson has served on the city council and as mayor of Lindstrom for nearly 60 years. He looks young for serving that long doesn't he? Obviously I am joking about the years, but Keith has served the city of Lindstrom for a very long time.  I have known Keith for as long as I can remember, and he is a great person. You may not agree with some of his political decisions, but show me a politician that everyone loves.  Keith has been a business owner, a chamber director, and has sat on about a thousand other committees and boards.  Thank you Keith for your dedication to our community.  Congratulations on your retirement.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Plan healthier meals with veggies
I am going to give you a variety of vegetable recipes today. With a wide variety of textures, colors and wonderful flavors, veggies are right at the top when you plan healthier meal lists for your family. Few veggies contain any fat; none contain cholesterol (unless you drench them with sauce or butter.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

A look back on 2018
The Year 2018 was when many of the boxes on local community to-do lists got checked-off.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Making a difference
Lakes Region EMS trailer was bursting at the seams with holiday joy.  All toys were
delivered to the Anonymous Santa program, helping local families in need this holiday season.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Tiller permit up next; EAW sufficient, County Board declares
There was a negative finding by the County Board December 19 on the need for Tiller Corp. to delve any deeper into environmental aspects of its plan to expand a gravel pit in Sunrise.  The next step, then, is working through the county planning commission drafting an aggregate mining permit that will regulate this expanded opertaion, off River Road on the west edge of the state park.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Shafer City Council passes small wireless facility amendment
Shafer City Council met December 18 for a regular meeting.  All members were present with city engineer Lucas Jones absent.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

New Public Works Director headed to Lindstrom, 3.2% levy hike OK'd
The Lindstrom Council mainly focused on the Northland financial assistance request at the Dec 20 meeting, (story Dec 27) but council members also:
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Saying goodbye to a couple of staples in our local law enforcements
So this week we have a couple of community icons who have earned a well-deserved retirement.  Its not often you have someone spend an entire career at one place but that makes it even more impressive.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Start the new year off healthy
Yes, January is here already. The hustle and bustle of the last two weeks has really slowed down, unless you have to return gifts for larger or smaller sizes or if you already have some item that needs to be returned. That’s where gift cards and money come in handy. It was an easy gift selection for 22 grandchildren this year and they were happy about the gift.  Good job, Gramma!
Thursday, January 3, 2019

In the county board report in our December 27 newspaper edition, the county attorney salary was reported in error as being the same as the sheriff.  The County Board okayed a 2019 wage for the attorney of $123,000 not $125,814. 
Thursday, January 3, 2019

4Hers lend shelter some cheer
4-H Ambassadors delivering supplies to “A Place for You” Erin Sabo and Joshua Goulet drop off the collected items needed for the shelter.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Criminal charges filed against Chisago County's former sheriff
The Anoka County Attorney has charged former Chisago County Sheriff Rick L. Duncan, 53, with two felony counts for incidents in which the former sheriff allegedly stalked and threatened violence  against a former sheriff’s department staff member and alleging that his actions constituted misconduct of a public officer-- a gross  misdemeanor.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Lindstrom Council keeps TIF alive on split vote
The Lindstrom City Council mustered a split vote Thursday December 20, approving a modification to the Tax Increment Financing District boundaries in which redevelopment income generated through the future use of actual TIF can be expended.  The designated area  in which the city can reinvest TIF monies, is basically the entire city-- modified last week to include annexed areas not previously drawn within the district border.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

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