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September 26, 2022

Stacy City holds annexation comment session with Lent Twp.
Stacy City Council met September 13 for a regular meeting. All members were present.  The meeting began with an open hearing to the public for the future potential annexation of a portion of Lent Township.
Friday, September 23, 2022

North Branch crowns homecoming royalty
North Branch Homecoming is already happening, Friday night, with the regular events taking place including the game at 7 p.m. against a new cooperative high school Rock Ridge, a combination of Virginia, Gilbert-Eveleth area students.  Pictured are  Queen Juliana Orellano and King Kelly Steele, chosen by the student body for the festivities this week. Coronation was Monday.
Friday, September 23, 2022

North Branch Council voting on budget next week
The North Branch City Council, with Patrick Meacham participating on-line, last week took a quick look at next year’s levy and budget. Council will vote Sept. 27 setting a maximum for 2023 taxes so there is a figure the county tax statements can be calculated from for upcoming mailings.  By end of December the final numbers need to be adopted. Elected officials, between fall and end of the year, are allowed to reduce numbers enacted but can not increase them.
Friday, September 23, 2022

LAPD gets contract, levy up seven percent
The cities of Lindstrom and Chisago City are sharpening their pencils to work a 7.4 percent Lakes Area Police Department budget increase into property tax levies, while also tackling  non public-safety needs.  The budget for the law enforcement agency shows costs shared 50-50 by the two cities are proposed to go up in each by $67,751.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Lent Twsp. hosts Walk for Animals
Northwoods Humane Society held its popular fundraiser Saturday at Lent Township Hall, called Walk for Animals. Northwoods is on Hwy. 8, just outside of Forest Lake in Chisago County.  The organization took in a total of 1,388 animals last year and adopted out 1,258.
Friday, September 23, 2022

CLJSTC continues to fine tune Veolia contract language
Well into the privatization of the publicly-owned sewer assets, that serve the south end of Chisago County, there are still questions about cost sharing and responsibilities. The Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commissioners met this week, with Lisa Iverson absent,  and discussed a few lingering issues.
Friday, September 23, 2022

North Branch gets good news with credit rating boost
The financial situation for the City of North Branch has brightened with recent upgrades in the city credit profile, giving Moody’s Investors Service reason to increase the rating for general obligation debt to A1 from A2.  The rating is an important factor in borrowing and impacts interest rates attached to loans and how the city is viewed as an investment.
Friday, September 23, 2022

Lindstrom City Council sets max levy; agrees work still to be done
The Lindstrom City Council last week was somewhat divided on adopting next year’s maximum levy as a couple council members requested more information, particularly on other cities’ salary increases. They weren’t comfortable supporting the proposed six percent pay hike for city staff being included in the formulas. 
Friday, September 23, 2022

What a great way to end summer, Kids Outerwear Fair next week
Last weekend Shafer held its 100 year celebration of Shafer Days.  Congratulations to the city and the residents for a great celebration.  As always, the weather can be a bit dicey in mid-September but the clouds cleared and made for a beautiful weekend.
Friday, September 23, 2022

Bobbin' for apples
It’s officially apple season in the Norton household, as Aly has been cranking out her famous homemade apple sauce, and we’ve been picking apples at our neighbor’s house, a friend’s house, and now my in-law’s house who  moved a lot closer to us this summer from Warroad.
Friday, September 23, 2022

State extends Water & Light, ECE territory revision review
The state has extended the deadline for comments and responses in connection with  an application before the MN  Public Utilities Commission, altering the service territory of the soon-to-be-former North Branch Water & Light.  The deadline to comment to the PUC electronically is now September 20 and the deadline for any responses to those comments is Sept 30.
Friday, September 16, 2022

Taylors Falls hotel agreement extended, levy won't change much
The real estate deal that had a deadline of September to sell the city lot on mainstreet Taylors Falls to a boutique hotel developer, has been extended.  Would-be buyer Amy Dills acknowledged defaulting on the original deal, and asked the city council Monday night this week to give her more time to finish engineering details and line up financing. The deadline for the sale was moved to December 26.
Friday, September 16, 2022

Let's Go Fishing East Central non profit hits 1,000; third boat coming
The non-profit Let’s Go Fishing chapter in this area has just gone over the 1,000 participants mark, a genuine milestone for what is currently a two-pontoon-boat operation.  And, not any too soon, Let’s Go Fishing is in the midst of adding a third boat to accomodate demand, according to Rick Olseen, local organizer and Let’s Go Fishing Board member.
Friday, September 16, 2022

GoBoat Motel redevelopment plans scrapped; new VRBO code adopted
The survey for a trailhead in Center City for the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail corridor generated over 100 responses and the results are still being compiled.  Mayor Jill Behnke told the city council last week the results will be shared at a future public meeting, yet to be scheduled.
Friday, September 16, 2022

Wyoming City Council adding $466,000 to preliminary levy
Wyoming City Council was short one member when the preliminary levy for next year came up for a vote last week. The 2-2 vote on the proposed maximum levy at a 9.7 percent increase, meant the motion died. (Member Ohnstad was absent) 
Friday, September 16, 2022

Rush City Correctional Facility not taking visitors due to COVID concern
The Minnesota Department of Corrections has closed off visitation at the Rush City Correctional Facility until further notice, due to an explosion of covid-19 positives among the population.
Friday, September 16, 2022

Shafer Council agrees to 13% preliminary levy hike for 2023
Shafer City Council met September 6 for a regular meeting. Council member Patti Kowalski was absent.
Friday, September 16, 2022

Zion raises funds for Ukraine
Zion Lutheran Church of Chisago City recently had a visit from Emma Wagner (right), Manager for Congregational Engagement, Lutheran World Relief.  Wagner came to thank Zion for their gift of $8,000 for Ukrainian Aid.  Lutheran World Relief is providing emergency needs; mobile medical equipment, temporary housing and supportive services to prevent sex trafficking in Ukraine and for refugees in Poland.  Pictured with Wagner is Sara Kerkes, Zion Pastor.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Shafer Days celebrates 100 years! Come enjoy Apple Fest on Sunday
Well the Vikings’ win over Green Bay had everyone in good spirits around here.  Who knows how the year will shake out, but it was priceless watching the opponent’s quarterback sulk on multiple occasions.
Friday, September 16, 2022

Cabbage is king
Cabbage seems so bland but in reality, it’s such a versatile food and has many uses. Mostly for sides, but it can really make an otherwise bland dish pop as well.
Friday, September 16, 2022

Library board denies reconsideration of contested book
The East Central Regional Library Board adopted the recommendation of its reconsideration committee Monday this week and a contested book will remain where it is. The ECRL received a request from a Chisago County resident at its August meeting, to relocate the non-fiction title It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris. (Press story Aug. 11 edition) The Board sent the issue to the reconsideration committee for deeper review and advice.
Thursday, September 15, 2022

Man took his own life in shooting Sept. 1 at residence in Wyoming
Wyoming City Police say a female was accidentally injured and a man sustained fatal injuries, whenauthorities responded to a report of gunshots at an address,  on Finley Avenue September 1.
Thursday, September 8, 2022

Motorcycle driver hurt in U-turn crash Sunday
A motorcycle crashed into the rear of a car attempting a U-turn on Highway 8, leaving the motorcyclist with life threatening injuries. The crash happened about 4:15 p.m. Sunday, August 28.  Local emergency responders went to the intersection of Highway 8 and Highway 95 in Franconia and found Glen Brakner, 53, of Lindstrom seriously hurt.  Authorities said he was not helmeted.
Friday, September 2, 2022

Lent-North Branch officials find consensus
Leaders of Lent Township and the City of North Branch came to consensus this week, on key elements in an orderly annexation process additionally dividing out the township into Chisago City  and Stacy.  If all things go as planned the state Office of Boundary Adjustments could be holding public hearings on an annexation package fairly soon.
Friday, September 2, 2022

Local couple wins ATV from Rotary fundraiser
Remember seeing this ATV on display at the Home Improvement Expo last winter?  Well, the main prize, part of a fundraiser for Rotary and Lions, has been touring the town celebration circuit and a winner was just announced at Frankie’s Saturday, Aug. 20, during the Bass Tourney.  The winner is Barb Prindle. The Tracker 450 ATV is valued at $6,800 and Frankie and Deb Dusenka are acknowledged by Lions and Rotary members for their making this fundraiser possible.  Deb is pictured third from left, with Barb and Fred Prindle, and Rotary rep Bill Mack to right.  To left side are Lions member Gary Gerke and Rotary rep Roger Trivette, in hat.
Friday, September 2, 2022

Road numbering revised by Board
Chisago County has lost three county roads in its system. These stretches of roadway did not disappear, but they switched over from county road status to County State Aid Highway or CSAH designation.  It’s all part of the process of responding to the ever-changing flow of state aid and local funding and, County Engineer Joe Triplett added, “driver confusion.”
Friday, September 2, 2022

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