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December 4, 2021

Wyoming to welcome new chief later this month
The City of Wyoming plans on having the new Public Safety Director and Chief of Police start December 20.  Neil Bauer, from Woodbury Police,  will succeed Paul Hoppe, who retires from Wyoming as of January 1, 2022.  Hoppe took the reins in Wyoming in 2009.
Monday, November 29, 2021

Proposal lands Chisago in new Congressional District #6
The Minnesota Legislature should be viewing maps of political districts that have been redrawn— by the time it reconvenes January 31, 2022.
Friday, December 3, 2021

Road improvement hearing gets resident push-back
ity business towards the end of the year can go two ways— either it gets very busy wrapping up loose ends of projects, permits and things with deadlines;  or it can slow to make room for the Holidays and city officials’ calendars filling up. 
Friday, December 3, 2021

Taylors Falls Lighting Festival
The lighting festival in Taylors Falls was a blast for all attendees. Although there wasn't snow on the ground, that didn't stop revelers from putting their own lighting touches on their outfits, like this young gal.
Friday, December 3, 2021

Christmas season is here, so much to do, opportunity galore
What an amazing turnout the Taylors Falls Lighting Festival had over the weekend.  This was easily the biggest turnout I have ever seen.  The streets were jam packed with parade goers despite a stiff cold wind.  Thank you so much to Geri and her army of volunteers who made this year’s festival one to remember.  Last year the parade was a drive-thru version because of Covid, so I think everyone was ready to get out in person and have some wintery fun.
Friday, December 3, 2021

Holiday favorites from some readers
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and all of your gatherings were fun, festive and full of good food.
Friday, December 3, 2021

Chisago City man charged with arson
Charges were filed against a  44-year-old Chisago City man who is accused of first degree property damage, first degree arson, theft and tampering with a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission.
Friday, December 3, 2021

BCA names officers involved in Forest Lake shooting
There are two Forest Lake officers and a Washington county deputy on administrative leave,  as the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigates a fatal shooting the three were involved in,  November 28 in Forest Lake.
Thursday, December 2, 2021

Controversial middle school teacher reinstated through arbitration
A middle school teacher who showed a controversial video to his seventh and eight grade students was officially back on the job last week.
Friday, November 26, 2021

Welcome back; Lighting Festival parade returns
Taylors Falls is very familiar territory to this year’s Lighting Festival Royal Lady of the Village, Wendy Szczepanski. 
Friday, November 26, 2021

Sewer rates up
Customers of municipal sewer in the greater Chisago Lakes Area will see rates charged to their cities increase by three percent starting in 2022, and this will surely be passed on to the residents in sewer and water statements.  Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commission members voted unanimously to adopt next year’s recommended budget and all of its future assumptions at their November CLJSTC meeting. 
Friday, November 26, 2021

Author: Patience and persistence all part of process
EDITOR'S NOTE: Chances are (it happened to us) that the words ‘foul hook’ entered into a search on the Internet will find text about snagging fish with no bait or lure— just a hook, embedded in a part of the fish that is not its mouth. A foul hook is frowned upon in most communities of fishermen.  It is illegal in Minnesota.
Friday, November 26, 2021

Shafer City Council looking elsewhere for inspector, learns of budget changes
Shafer City Council met November 16 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.
Friday, November 26, 2021

Vape/tobacco store shut down in NB
The North Branch council  expressed zero surprise at a recent council session when an agenda item called for consideration of revoking a license for a vaping/tobacco store.  When issuing a business license last August council had no legal option to deny at that time, it was stated. By October— police had received a complaint about underage sales of products and after an investigation, a citation was issued.
Friday, November 26, 2021

Council ponders necessary street improvements
After reviewing the engineer’s annual rating of Chisago City streets, the city council on Nov. 16 discussed how it could improve as many “red” streets as possible. Red streets, as shown on Engineer John Goodman’s detailed map of the city, are those in the greatest need of repair or reconstruction, for a total  2.2 miles.
Friday, November 26, 2021

Chisago County board briefs...
After a few years of a concerted bridge repair and replacement effort leveraging state and federal monies— Chisago County Engineer Joe Triplett reports that the County Road 56 bridge becomes the last of the fracture critical spans in the county needing attention. 
Friday, November 26, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving to all, it's TF Lighting Festival week!
So this is Thanksgiving week  I wanted to take a moment to give some thanks, so bear with me.  I would formally like to thank you the readers for your support over the decades that my family has been involved in the paper.  I would like to thank our wonderful advertisers who recognize a small town newspaper still holds value by reaching and educting the public in areas other media can't. 
Friday, November 26, 2021

One of the best cooking times of the year
Thanksgiving can limit your creativeness in the kitchen when you’re cooking for a large group. There’s certain expectations for a Thanksgiving dinner from guests. Turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, cranberry, green bean casserole etc.
Friday, November 26, 2021

LAPD bodyworn camera audit positive; North Branch program policy OK'd
Lakes Area Police have gone through the first bodyworn camera audit of their history of using these cameras and passed with flying colors. 
Friday, November 19, 2021

Survey on NB Veterans' Memorial open Dec. 10-Jan. 7
North Branch City Council accepted a two-pronged approach to collecting community input in an effort to come to a resolution on locating a veterans’ memorial in Central Park. 
Friday, November 19, 2021

Emerging farmer issue taking root here
It used to be that when  the topic of diversity in agriculture came up it was related to expanding options for crops.  Farmers can find themselves in a rut with the big three; corn, beans, hay, when other crops promote more biodiversity.   As the trend shifted towards developing local markets for small farming of vegetables, fruit orchards, mushrooms, heirloom grains, and value added products— the word diverse came to mean something different entrely. 
Friday, November 19, 2021

North Branch Patriot Pen and Voice of Democracy winners announced
North Branch Area Middle School students Amelia Lattimore (1st place),  Athena DeFlorin (2nd place), and Jayden Norwig (3rd place), were recognized on Veterans Day for their efforts in the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. Lattimore will move on to the regional competition. Regional winners have the opportunity to move on to the state and national competitions. First place received a check for $50, and second and third place received a check for $25.
Friday, November 19, 2021

Stacy City Council working at filling building official spot
Stacy City Council met November 9 for a regular meeting. All were present. City clerk Sharon Payne was absent.
Friday, November 19, 2021

Thanksgiving community meal, our Gift Guide has everything
We are getting very close to Thanksgiving and (gulp) Christmas.  The folks at Chisago Lake Lutheran Church in Center City are once again putting on their community Thanksgiving meal.  Yes our good friend Covid is hindering our dining in options again this year, but they are committed to having the meal even if it is carry-out.  There is a small army that will be spending their Thanksgiving morning preparing meals.  The dinner is free to anyone and will be distributed in the lower level of the church parking lot.  They are asking people to please make a reservation by calling 651-257-6300.  If you would like to volunteer, they would love to have you. Please call Chris at 612-810-6770.
Friday, November 19, 2021

Let's give thanks for everything we have
I won’t wax poetic on all the problems in the world right now. There’s plenty of other places for that, so we don’t need to do that in my plain ol’ food column.
Friday, November 19, 2021

Bye Bye Birdie on stage Nov. 18-21
There’s a large cast in the Chisago Lakes High School musical— Bye Bye Birdie— soon performing on-stage. The show includes 11 middle school students  rounding out the roster.
Friday, November 12, 2021

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