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July 21, 2019

ARMER issue appears to be resolved in NB
Two minutes into their city council meeting July 9, the North Branch council members called a closed session to meet with the city attorney. The five council members came back into open session about 20 minutes later, announcing a resolution to a long-festering legal disagreement between the county and city, over an emergency radio network access agreement. 
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Wannigan Days Grand Marshals keeping it all-in-the-family
For their roles in getting people on-the-river and promoting appreciation of the St. Croix River through paddleboat rides, and canoe rentals;  and for their continuous support of the Taylors Falls school and local community the co-Grand Marshals honored for this year’s Wannigan Days are Amy Frischmon and Dan Raedeke. 
Thursday, July 18, 2019

KO Ambassadors crowned!
Congratulations to Karl Oskar Days’ newly designated ambassadors who were named at coronation,  Sunday, July 14, at the Chisago Lakes High School Performing Arts Center.  From left to rt:  Abby Pratt, sponsored by Parmly on the Lake senior living, Olivia Koesters, sponsored by Virga Chiropractic and Keegan Miller, sponsored by Wolf Creek charter school.  They’ll reign over the full slate of K.O. Days happenings next summer.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

County Commissioner and council discuss shared issues
Stacy City Council met July 9 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

KARL OSKAR DAYS -- A Little Bit of Sweden
From the parade to the car show to the basketball and tennis/pickleball tournaments to some relaxing morning fishing at Beach Park and to the snuff box hunt, Karl Oskar Day festival-goers had a blast throughout the week.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Public health priorities are focus of long term plan
Chisago County Public Health has four priorities that staff plans to promote over the next five years: improving mental health of county citizens, seeing a reduction in adverse childhood events, enhancing healthful food security and fighting obesity. 
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Karl Oskar Days was a blast! We already can't wait until next year
I hope you all had  a chance to take in one or more of the awesome Karl Oskar Days events last weekend. If the celebration seemed a little bit different this year, that’s because it was. The event was revamped and boy could you tell. I thought it was great. Pauline Hinsch took over as the Karl Oskar Days organizer with visions of change and bringing a bit of fresh air into an already successful celebration. There hadn’t been much new and exciting the past couple of years, but Pauline and her awesome group of volunteers added new events such as pickleball and tennis tournaments and even a homerun derby.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Fresh blueberry season is here!
It's time to sing the blues and time to eat the fresh blue jewels. When the first white men arrived in the Western Hemisphere they found it over-flowing with wild fruits and berries. Friendly Indians helped the Pilgrims survive that first bad winter by offering them dried blueberries The Indians knew a lot about dried blueberries. They were an important year-round food staple added to soups, stews and pounded into meat. Indian tribes felt that the blueberries were considered a prize because on the blossom end of each blueberry a calyx is formed in the shape of a perfect five point star. The legend was that the Great Spirit sent the “star berries” to relieve hunger during a famine.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

New creamery owner brings blood, sweat and cheers to landmark's second 100 years
The expansive interior of the long-abandoned Alme-lund Creamery is much more solid than you’d expect. Judging from its shattered windows and non-existent roof this cavernous structure ought to be crumbling.   But the 40 foot central columns and footings are solid, and there’s no wobbly appearance at the upper reaches of the brick-block walls.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Shafer City Council retains code official, public works hire ok'd and tractor arrives
Shafer City Council met July 2 for a regular meeting.  All members were present with Attorney James Monge and Finance Director Drew Hill absent.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Library so much more than books
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Center City council hears about Pioneer Lake, again
The depth of Pioneer Lake is being brought up again to the Center City Council, despite a survey last season of riparian property owners that demonstrated zero consensus for lake level tinkering.  Plus, at several meetings on the lake level held last year, the DNR Regional Hydrologist had explained the city council can’t do anything about lake levels, and lakes are state regulated.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Vilhelm Moberg's family visits Chisago Lakes area
The family of Vilhelm Moberg, Swedish author of  'The Emigrants' saga,  toured this area from July 4 through July 7 to walk in the footsteps of their grandfather and uncle. They were led by Sally Barott, of Swedish Circle Tours. The group of 35 hailed from Stockholm Sweden, South Carolina, Michigan, Texas and Louisiana. Touring stops included the Karl Oskar House, at Kichi-Saga Park, the house Moberg relied on for creative inspiration and a model of where Karl Oskar and Kristina book characters may have lived.  He found it during his visit here in 1948. Fictional character Karl Oskar (brought to life by Sven S.) met the group along with local dignitaries and volunteers staffing the house. Lindstrom Mayor Kevin Stenson presented the group with 2019 Karl Oskar Days buttons. Plastic Products Company representative Twyla Mitchell gave replicas of the Lindstrom Coffee Pot Water Tower. They also toured the pioneer Glader Cemetery, rode on a Taylors Falls Scenic Riverboat, and saw Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia, the Karl Oskar & Kristina statue and Moberg’s desk at the Chisago County Press Office.   More highlights were antique shopping at Almelund Mercantile, the Vilhelm Moberg statue and WineHaven Winery in Chisago City.  The tour concluded with the group attending Chisago Lake Lutheran Church Worship Service, in Center City, July 7. 
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Channel is closed but Karl Oskar Days is now open for business!
This weekend’s Karl Oskar Days celebrates both Karl and wife Kristina, even though she’s not the festival’s namesake. Ex-mayor and this year’s Grand Marshal Keith Carlson was featured in a piece last week and Joan, his wife who is sharing Grand Marshal honors, got short shrifted in coverage. Joan Carlson is a terrific ambassador for the city. She didn’t hold elected office; but she was a constant positive force behind a number of civic initiatives and as Lindstrom’s First Lady understood the dedication and personal sacrifice sometimes required in being a community leader.  Well done Joan.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Still strawberry picking time; try one of these!
I believe we are still picking strawberries. Having had cool, rainy and warm weather, the berries weren't sure when to ripen. The picking has been good the past week and I've frozen several package of strawberry sauce to be enjoyed in the months ahead. If you're not fond of strawberries, and I can't imagine who wouldn't be, you probably won't be interested in today's recipes. This the last of strawberry recipes for the year.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Interim county administrator duo named
On the heels of Chisago County Administrator Bruce Messelt’s announcement that he’s in line to become administrator at Sherburne County,  the commissioners last week assigned assistant county administrator Chase Burnham and Human Resources Director Renee Kirchner to serve as administrator in Messelt’s place until a new administrator can be hired here.  Messelt came to Chisago County about eight years ago.  He plans to be in Sherburne in September-- and he has some un-used leave here so commissioners needed to take action on interim coverage of the administrator position.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Board sends ARMER agreement back to North Branch's court
The North Branch City Council announced after a closed session meeting July 25 with city attorney Vince Stevens, that North Branch will move forward on seeking a restraining order against the county.  The action is presumably to halt county action which is in “default” (putting a mid-July deadline) of a contract regulating North Branch’s access to a statewide first responder radio network. 
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Fatal motorcycle crash in Center City July 10
The Franconia Township man who crashed his motorcycle into a parked vehicle in downtown Center City Wednesday, July 10, has been identified by the sheriff’s office as Ronald C. Carlson, age 60. 
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Farmers' Market has been a wonderful gathering place this summer
Moberg Park hosts the Friday night farmers’ market throughout the summer, and last week kids could exercise a little creativity at a Chisago City Art in the Park session, making midsummer flower crowns and coloring pre-printed Dala horse graphics.  A Swedish chorus also performed on the mobile stage for market-goers.  In photo above-- the art table was consistently busy with youngsters making and admiring their own festive crowns.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Walker sentenced to in-home monitoring
Sentencing for Lora Walker, a former Chisago County Commissioner, was held in Stillwater June 26 before District Judge John Hoffman.  

Friday, July 5, 2019

Summer assignment for Commissioners; find replacement for County Administrator
The view out of his office window isn’t the only thing that will be different for Chisago County Administrator Bruce Messelt come September.  His administrative challenges are going to change dramatically, in his role as the new administrator for Sherburne County.  Messelt  heard last week, just a couple days after his interview as one of five finalists, that he was the top choice of the Sherburne County Board. All that needs to happen is dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s in a contract.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Keith Carlson can add Grand Marshal to his resume
This year’s Karl Oskar Days Grand Marshal has been elected mayor of Lindstrom seven times, he also served five four-year terms as a city council member.   For as many times that he has been in the Karl Oskar Days parade it’s kind of surprising he hasn’t been Grand Marshal.
Friday, July 5, 2019

No progress at Chisago City solar energy workshop, mayor walks-out
The Chisago City Council pulled double duty last week, having agreed that its regular June 25 meeting would be followed by a workshop session to discuss the proposed solar energy ordinance and to view maps and locations of properties being considered for solar installations.  As a result, developers and affected landowners came to the June 25 meeting with maps and documents in hand, ready to go over them with the council.
Friday, July 5, 2019

CLJSTC may find allies in invasive eradication
The exceedingly wet spring and cooler early summer temps impacted operations at the Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commission system; but Plant Supervisor Mark Nelson reports things are starting to find a balance. 
Friday, July 5, 2019

How can it be? Karl Oskar Days is just around the corner
In this paper you will find the beginning trickle of ads for Karl Oskar Days.  Yes it’s finally here, the big one.  This year’s Karl Oskar Days will be like no other. Bigger, better and a ton of events to take in.  In this Press you will find the official schedule for the all-new Karl Oskar Days.  Some of the new events this year include a free movie at Lions Park, a photo show, a beer sampling, a tennis tournament and a pickle ball tournament, a home-run derby at Ki Chi Saga Park for kids grades 5-9, a basketball tournament, inflatables in the park and a street dance featuring Ben Johnson.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Oh, it's berry picking time!
It is definitely berry picking time, whether at a berry parch, the Farmer's Market or your garden. When I was growing up we had a big berry patch and spent most of the morning picking and putting them in quart-size wooden containers to sell when steady customers called to see if the berries were ready. They always brought the containers back when more berries ripened. When we were picking, I think I ate more than I put in containers, and yes there was always plenty for us. I think of the wooden quart-size boxes that were brought back to be re-filled with the sweet, juicy, red berries. We recycled and didn't even know it, way back then.
Friday, July 5, 2019

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