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January 19, 2020

North Branch Water & Light in turmoil
North Branch Water and Light utility is without a general manager, at least for the time being.  The GM and an office staff member were placed on unpaid leave of absence December 30.  According to records North Branch Police were sent at 10:04 a.m. to escort the two away from the utility office property. 
Thursday, January 16, 2020


Spelling Bee winners crowned in Chisago
The Chisago Lakes Spelling Bee was held Monday night this week. Pictured are winners: Kathryn Anderson, first place, seventh grade;  Tasman Anderson, second, grade 5 and Steven McGeary, grade 6, in third place. The local bee had 39 contestants. Top finishers in school districts advance to the region competition in Sartell, in February
Thursday, January 16, 2020

LAPD new location next to Chisago City Fire Hall preferred
The four member Lakes Area Police Commission reviewed a couple locations for a new police headquarters and directed staff to flesh-out early costs for the site that rose to the top--a government-owned lot off Karmel Avenue, near Chisago City Fire Hall.
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Local company to the rescue on streetlight change-out and growth area not slam-dunk
The Center City Council was only too happy to approve a resolution to address the street light situation, spending about one sixth the cost that was anticipated. 
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Shafer City Council appoints committees, discusses road conditions
Shafer City Council met January 7 for their first meeting of the year. All members were present with the exception of attorney James Monge.
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Township building is beautiful, calling all alumni, school survey
This past weekend we attended Karen Palmquist's celebration of life. Karen who served as post master of Lindstrom for years, was a staple in our community and a very good friend of our family.  Judging by the number of people there, she must have touched a lot of peoples’ lives as well.
Thursday, January 16, 2020

From entree to dessert
When you’ve decided what to fix for dinner or supper, as we call it, do you think of what goes with what? They, and I don’t know who ‘they’ is, say you should make your combination of foods colorful rather  that one color as in chicken, mashed potatoes, cauliflower. If you don’t care about what color your food is that you have prepared, that’s just fine with me and whole lot of others. If you’re a busy person and don’t have time to prepare a good meal, think of something you can make ahead of time and refrigerate to be eaten in the next day or two.
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Coloring kids win prizes
The Chisago County Press annual holiday coloring contest winners have collected their prizes and agreed to photos.  Pictured: rt. Hailey Hansen, 5, and 6-year-old Kenrick Waldemar, and above, Madelyn Barton, 10.  Way to go kids. Stay creative.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Montzka is 2020 Board Chair; county admin interviews begin
The Chair for the County Board in 2020 is District 4 Ben Montzka, the commissioner for the area of Wyoming-Stacy.  Montzka was seated during the organizational meeting the first Tuesday of a new year. 
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Frontier under new review for 'overcharging'
The regulators at the state Department of Commerce are opening another investigation into Frontier (Citizen) Telecommunications. 
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Debate on probation term caps expands
A debate on revising probation guidelines for felony and gross misdemeanor offenders in Minnesota is heating up.  Observers believe the amendments being advanced for probation in Minnesota, includeing a five year cap on certain offense levels, is either a step in the right direction towards offenders getting back to a normalized community role or changes to probation would weaken the right to impose local controls over penalties.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Wyoming Council briefs...
Wyoming City Council attended to a few pending items of business  at the end 2019. 
Thursday, January 9, 2020

You can find only Chisago County Amazon locker inside of Brink's
The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office probably generates an initial complaint report almost every week on a report of a missing delivered item.  Last week, a watch, ordered for Christmas that Amazon tracking systems showed was left at a Franconia Township residence December 23,  still  had not turned up by Dec 30. 
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Hultquist family reunions delve deep into heritage and are whole lot of fun
It’s the deeply-rooted families in this area that help to make for a unique communityl, and as we enter a new decade, we cleberate families like The Hultquists who have held family reunions in this area for 31 years...the most recent was December 29 at the beautiful, new Chisago Lake Township Hall, north of North Lindstrom Lake.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Why can't I trust the Vikings? You need to be in the home show
What a weekend that was with the Vikings pulling out a win in New Orleans.  I would like to say I knew they had it in them, but that would be a big fat lie.  I hate, hate, hate that I am ingrained to expect the worst with Minnesota teams such as the Vikes and the Twins.  I honestly think it’s a generational thing that is passed down from our parents and their parents etc.  I can vividly remember watching the Vikings with my dad where he would get up during the third quarter and head to the garage to change the oil or something else (not sure he was doing anything at all, just not watching the game). 
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Warm up with chili
How about making a crock-pot or large saucepan of chili tonight or tomorrow morning? Have family or friends over at the end of the day for a hot bowl of chili, with crackers, warm French bread and no dessert needed. You can serve toppings such as sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped green onion, Parmesan cheese, sliced black olives, etc. No matter how you cook it, chili warms the soul on a cold and blustery day.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

A look back on 2019
In 2019 a number of school district building projects approved by voters the year before, started opening up. 
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Phragmites may be mandated for removal; not everybody supports however
A recently announced recommendation from the committee to re-classify phragmites is awaiting a final determination by the MN Department of Agriculture Commissioner.   Any official appeal challenging the recommendation needs to be filed by January 17 during the comment period that’s open now.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

It takes a village of businesses, volunteers and spirit to put on Holiday meal
The 29th Chisago Lakes Area Christmas Day community meal is now complete. Thanks to the generosity of many, an estimated 165 people were served a full Christmas Day meal in the fellowship hall of the Lindstrom First United Methodist Church.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

New Auditor-Treasurer in office
For the first time in decades, Chisago County has a new Auditor-Treasurer.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

You need an address to mail a card?? Home show is growing
Last week I wrote about local icon Dorothy Berntson turning 105. I asked the public to please send her a birthday card which I provided her mailing address. One problem, I forgot to mention her street address.  So forgive me but here is her address again - correctly.  Dorothy Berntson, 2955 Lincoln Drive, Roseville, MN 55113.  We still have time to get her cards before her birthday.  Thanks for helping!
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Almonds most popular nut
Do you like nuts? As in almonds? Just a bit of info about this nut: The almond is the most widely known and eaten tree nut. It is not a true nut like the pecan and walnut. But rather a stone fruit like the peach or plum. Throughout history, man has used almonds. The almond is mentioned in the Bible in Genesis and Numbers and the word almond, in ancient Hebrew, means “gift from God.” When the beautiful white blossoms with pink tinges open, it is a sign of winter leaving and the coming of spring when the bees pollinate the almond trees. When the nuts are ready for harvest, they can either be roasted or eaten raw. Speaking of roasted nuts, you will find that most recipes using almonds call for roaster or toasted almonds. By roasting or toasting them, they are more flavorful. To roast them, spread almonds in a shallow pan coated lightly with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until light brown; stirring often. Immediately remove them from the pan onto a plate to cool as they will keep browning after you take them from the oven. To toast them, put them in a dry frying pan in one layer over medium heat. Stir or shake the pan until light brown. Again, immediately remove them from the pan.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

North Branch Water & Light drops base water fee $5 per month
The year 2020 will bring slightly reduced water fees for residents of North Branch. A reduction of $5 per month or $60 annually, was acted on in a special session December 26 of the utility commissioners. The reduced fee is effective as of January billing.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Christmas coloring contest winners!
The Chisago County Press had lots of entries submitted for the Holiday Coloring Contest, which closed Dec 18.  The 2019 coloring contest winners are here on the front page:  in the age group for ages 3 to 5 the entry we chose was by Hailey Hansen, 5 years old, who even added candies in her front walkway.  In the age group 6 to 8 the winner was Kenrick Waldemar, 6 years old.  He went full out rainbow on his winter cottage coloring.  Madelyn Barton, 10, won the 9 to 11 age group.  Winners can stop by the office here in Lindstrom and collect their prize and artwork anytime during business hours.  Others who entered can retrieve their drawings if they want them back, we’ll hang onto them.


Thursday, December 26, 2019

Sewage Treatment Commissioners award Phase I to Pember
The Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commission awarded a bid last week for the multi-year systemwide improvements and repairs that are part of a facilities plan adopted in 2019.  The vote was unanimous;  minus members Tony Olivolo, Stacy and Jeremy Dresel, who is one of Chisago City’s two members.  The commission consists of one each from Center City, the county board, and Stacy-- and two from Wyoming, Lindstrom and Chisago City. Memberships are based on use and capacity in the regional wastewater treatment operation.
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Bike trail bid goes to Peterson Company
Peterson Companies, on Wyoming Trail, Chisago City, will be building the next segment of Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail, into Taylors Falls and the trailhead next to city hall.  The bid was awarded by the County Board last week from seven bidders that responded to the request for submittals put out in November.
Thursday, December 26, 2019


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