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October 27, 2021

Local schools stress testing, communicating as Covid-19 response
Both Chisago Lakes and North Branch School Districts are continuing to offer in-school education as covid-19 cases increase many districts in Minnesota. Both stress testing for covid as an effective  pro-active way of keeping kids in school.  When vaccines become widely available for youngsters there will need to be discussion; but for now free testing kits are available to staff and student families to better assess illness.  No testing is done at school buildings.  Screening is absolutely optional. 
Friday, October 22, 2021

Outerwear Fair a success
Trinity Lutheran Church, Lindstrom, hosted the annual Outerwear Fair in the church parking lot and helped 50 families find winter outerwear for their children and themselves. If there is anyone who still needs a coat, snowpants or boots give Trinity a call at 651-257-5129 and they will do their best to help. They will be collecting more heavy adult coats to distribute in St. Paul in about a month.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

History Center opens new exhibit
The Chisago County Historical Society is pleased to announce that we have created a new exhibit entitled “Scouting Sampler” at the Government Center in Center City.  The new displays showcase the history of the various groups in the county – Camp Fire Girls, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.  The displays showcase the uniforms, recognitions, equipment, publications, photos and activities of each group going back many years.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Face coverings in courtrooms and public spaces in court facilities required
The Minnesota Judicial Branch today announced a modification to its guidance on face coverings in court facilities. Face coverings are required in courtrooms and public spaces in a court facility effective October 19, 2021, according to an order issued today by Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
Friday, October 22, 2021

Anticipation is making me wait...
The best things in life are worth waiting for - that’s the old saying which many of us disregard as hogwash.  Not local business owner Vince Marier.  The owner of Lindstrom Wheelhorse recently was rewarded for his patience, 26 years of patience.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Halloween - plenty to do locally, register for Home Show today
Can you believe that Halloween is just around the corner?  Wasn’t it just yesterday when we had a 60 degree day and the lake ice was almost off?  Life goes by so fast.
Chisago City will be holding the annual Ojiketa Haunt beginning this weekend and running October 22, 23, 29 and 30.  The theme this year is the headless horseman.  You will be scared as you maneuver the grounds of Ojiketa Regional Park, throughout the woods around creepy cabins.  The cost of the scare is $5 per body, but it goes down to $3 a body for a food or toiletry donation to go towards the local food shelf.

Friday, October 22, 2021

North Branch Vaccine Clinic October 26
Public Health will be hosting a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Tuesday, October 26 from 2:30-4:30 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch. This clinic is targeted for anyone 12 years of age and older; parent or guardian must be present for 12 - 17 year olds. This is for first doses only. Public Health will be administering the Pfizer Vaccine.
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Council wants North Branch veterans' memorial to get more public input
In a workshop format this week, October 19, North Branch Council members Amanda Darwin and Patrick Meacham and Mayor Jim Swenson decided that when the veterans memorial site comes back up for discussion on the agenda for October 26— there will be a request finalized for more information.
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Stacy inspector resigns, assessments for 311th and 307th adopted
Stacy City Council met October 12 for a regular meeting.  All were present except for council member Mark Ness.  The council held a public hearing for changes in the city’s business subsidy policy criteria. The policy had some small verbiage changes and mayor Mark Utecht told the council the city had no businesses subsidized. 
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Visual effects in Halloween baking
I’ve gone back and forth on Halloween recipes this season. I wanted to start including some last week, but many Halloween recipes are fun, but really about the visual effects rather than the practical effects. Sure they always taste good, but the real art to Halloween-themed recipes and food is in the design.
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Pandemic or not; Red Cross volunteer not letting up
Unlike most of America,  which has reduced personal travel and interactions with strangers during the past 18 months or so, Lindstrom resident Dave Ackerman has been putting in some serious miles, making human connections and seeing parts of the U.S. he didn’t even plan to.  Take Louisiana, for example, habitat galore for alligators and snakes.  Ackerman isn’t shy to admit these are not his favorite creatures. Yet, he recently returned from two weeks in Morgan City Louisiana. 
Friday, October 15, 2021

Outdoor shooting range regs sent back to planning
Commercial outdoor shooting ranges, for some reason, have become the hot potato issue of land use discussions. The County Board sent the work of drafting an ordinance regulating shooting range permits to the Planning Commission a year ago, September. The Board recently reviewed progress on the issue (Story Sept. 23) and last week the Board looked over what’s transpired again, and sent the wording back for more work.  They all concurred the ordinance is definitely not ready for a public hearing yet.
Friday, October 15, 2021

Taylors Falls tables license for Springs Inn; ups budget for park restroom
Taylors Falls City Council faced a standing room only council chambers Monday night.  A hotel license for the Springs Inn was on the agenda and owner Richard Berget and his on-site manager were interrogated before the issue was tabled on a 5-0 vote until the next council meeting.
Friday, October 15, 2021

Center City tables street vacation, talks non-readable water meters
A couple of repeat agenda items took up the majority of the two-hour meeting of the Center City Council last week. Action on vacating a city street and a request from the Calendar Isle homeowners association to transfer their private infrastructure to the city system again ignited extended discussions with no resolution.
Friday, October 15, 2021

Special Olympics Truck Convoy makes its way through Chisago County
North Branch is home to a number of Special Olympics participants and they posed for a group photo on the I-35 bridge in North Branch during the “World’s Largest Truck Convoy” a two-day event to raise money for programs the Special Olympics organization provides.
Friday, October 15, 2021

Shafer City Council
Shafer City Council met October 5 for a regular meeting.  Council member Nick Brehm was absent. 
Friday, October 15, 2021

Franks 'n steins - beer and fun, happy birthday to a real gem
If you are looking for a bit of fun this weekend look no further than Chisago City.  On Saturday at the Uncommon Loon Brewery the public is invited to the second annual Frankensteins.  A fundraiser for the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, you will enjoy food provided by Deautschland Meats, live music by The Farmers Daughters and Austin Healy, and a huge silent auction.  Every beer sold at the loon during the event will donate $1 to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.  The event runs from 3pm to 10pm and is a free-will donation to attend.
Friday, October 15, 2021

Soups for the perfect fall days
Fall is primetime for soup weather. The temps start to cool down (finally!) and it turns into sweatshirt and sweatpants weather. It’s when you want the comforting warmth of a nice creamy concoction or hot, brothy soup.
Friday, October 15, 2021

Health director to board: County needs to up its Covid game
It could be the variant virus dubbed “Delta” or it could be caused by the weather changing or it could be greater population numbers being indoors— but Chisago County is seeing “climbing” Covid-19 case numbers, according to Health and Human Services Dept. Director Robert Benson.
Friday, October 8, 2021

King and Queen crowned in CL
On Tuesday morning the Chisago Lakes students chose their 2021 King Conner Wheeler, and Queen Ally Nelson. The homecoming game is tomorrow, Friday night, versus Cambridge Isanti.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Veterans monument upgrade; trail run pit stop
You may have noticed a runner and a few friends  being followed by a support ATV on the Sunrise Prairie Trail; making their way through Chisago County last Saturday. Downbursts of rain accompanied the entourage on their final leg of an almost non-stop 100 mile run to raise money for a veterans’ program. 
Friday, October 8, 2021

Power outage tied to fatal crash
A power outage in the Chisago Lakes Area October 2 is being traced back to a fatal single car crash the night before. Reports of loss of power were spread widely throughout Chisago City and the east side of Lindstrom;  affecting oxygen machines, garage doors, an apartment building elevator, fire and burglary alarm systems and more while generating dozens of calls for police service.
Friday, October 8, 2021

North Branch Council briefs...
The North Branch City Council adopted the proposed levy at a $5,073,949 total (story in Press Sept. 23) and between now and the finalization of the 2022 numbers, the council will hear from the public November 29 at 6:30 p.m.  North Branch expects to bring in $4 million in ad valorem property taxes alone, which in 2020 this was $3.3 million.  Total revenues will be closer to $6 million with grants, permits, licences, etc.
Friday, October 8, 2021

Squashing the boring sides
If you’re like me when it comes to dinner, sides can be challenging. I can usually figure out a main dish to enjoy for dinner pretty easily, but then at times I struggle with sides. I find myself defaulting at times to just canned or frozen veggies, which are fine, but just get kind of bland and old after a while.
Friday, October 8, 2021

Health director to Board; County needs to up its Covid game
It could be the variant virus dubbed “Delta” or it could be caused by the weather changing or it could be greater population numbers being indoors
Friday, October 8, 2021

Chisago City proposes 6.15 percent levy increase
At its Sept. 28 meeting, the Chisago City Council set a public hearing on the proposed 2022 tax levy for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16. At that hearing, city residents are invited to comment on the proposed 2022 budget and 6.15 percent tax levy increase.
Thursday, October 7, 2021

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