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October 22, 2018

County Board denies legal services to beleaguered ex-sheriff
The Chisago County Board voted unanimously October 3 to deny a request for the defense and indemnification of former Sheriff Rick Duncan  The ex-sheriff is facing a civil lawsuit,  filed by a former crime analyst he supervised as sheriff.  (See Press stories May 1 and June 28)
Thursday, October 11, 2018


County waste facility needs to address good problem to have
Chisago County is dealing with huge utilization of its household hazardous waste facility-- which many would consider a good problem to have.
Friday, October 19, 2018

NBAHS play adapted to work zone conditions
North Branch student actors were not to be deterred this fall, even though their performance space in the auditorium is torn apart as part of a huge construction and remodel project at the high school.  The show must go on-- so the theatre group decided to make this a dinner theatre experience and run the fall show “I Hate Shakespeare” in the lunchroom-commons area in the high school. 
Friday, October 19, 2018

Winner winner... maybe not, Chisago City is the place to be for Halloween
So I had this big article written telling you what a miracle it was that we had won the lottery and all of the great things I had planned for my share of the winnings.  And, how sad I was to be saying goodbye to the newspaper business and all of the great friends I have made.  I was going to go on and on about how the money wouldn't change me.  Well, at least the last part is true, I will not be changing anytime soon, that's because I came so close but didn't match enough numbers to spend the next few years on a beach in Mexico.  Hey, a guy can dream can't he?  Maybe next time. 
Friday, October 19, 2018

Comfort foods for colder days
Brrrr! I didn’t think I would be wearing my winter jacket at this time of the year. I had kept it in the back of my closet to put on just in case. ‘Just in case’ came earlier than I thought it would. As I write this morning, keep in mind that I write this column about a week ahead of publishing time, I’m looking out the window at a beautiful golden tree, swaying, really swaying, in the wind. A lot of trees have lost their leaves in the past two weeks taking a lot of the beauty of the autumn colors away. Don’t even think about what’s down the road. We will still have some comfortable sunny days... speaking from a ripened Minnesotan!
Friday, October 19, 2018

Driver acquitted in Taylors Falls incident
Bonnie Lea Rushfeldt, 68, of Dresser, Wisconsin was found innocent last week of a misdemeanor charge of careless driving related to an incident at The Drive In in Taylors Falls in July 2017. 
Friday, October 19, 2018

Southbound Interstate 35E closes again this weekend between Columbus and Vadnais Heights
Southbound Interstate 35E will close again this weekend to complete repairs on concrete pavement joints between the I-35E/I-35W split in Columbus and Ramsey County Road 96 in Vadnais Heights. If the weather cooperates, crews will begin closing all ramps along the southbound interstate at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. The southbound roadway will fully close by 8 p.m. and will reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 15. During the closure, there will be no access to the southbound interstate in the project area, although roadways will remain open across I-35E.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Town's Edge to bring 371 housing units to area
One comment period on the environmental aspects of a major North Branch development plan wrapped up in early September,  and now another North Branch Environmental Assessment Worksheet is open for public review until October 24.  Environmental Assessment Worksheets are mandatory on large scale development sites in Minnesota and this new EAW is for the 371 unit  Town’s Edge.  This plat is proposed by Graphic Homes in the northwest corner of Forest Boulevard and 375th.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Quilt Club steps-up
Quilt-making at its core is all about making something out of nothing.   And, for a group of local quilting ladies who call themselves the “Sew and Sews” their  handcrafts opened their hearts to a new world.  This month they will be helping support an action network that few members knew much about.  A quilt made to honor the memory of a Sew and Sews member who recently passed away, is being auctioned for education in Africa.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Event celebrated Chisago County's role as solar capital of Minnesota
Over 100 people were at  the Chisago Lakes High School Performing Arts Center in Lindstrom Thursday, October 4, as solar energy took center stage at the Chisago Lakes High School Performing Arts Center in a celebration of the county’s role as the Solar Energy Capital of Minnesota.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Council congratulates Neska on retirement, Angel Hill sidewalk repair approved
Taylors Falls City Council enthusiastically hired a new maintenance staff member to fill a department vacancy with the retirement of Bill Neska.  Paul Stenger, who brings experience and the ability to work odd, long hours, to the job-- was hired at $24 an hour, unanimously.
Interviews were done in a special session October 3. Eight applications were submitted and three made the interview cut.  Stenger starts October 29.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tiller Sunrise pit expansion; public comment underway now
Chisago County got a look last week at the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for a 10-acre expansion of an existing Tiller Corp. mining operation, on River Road just outside of Sunrise.  Tiller wants to remove 600,000 tons total out of the expansion site or about 25,000 tons of aggregate in an operating season.  This will be a smaller operation than the existing pit.  According to County Auditor’s staff-- Tiller was reporting anywhere from 36,000 to 55,000 tons of aggregate mined for tax purposes the last three years.  County aggregate tax is at 15 cents per ton so Tiller has remitted from $5,400 to $7,500 annually.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Shafer Council discusses looming large water tower fixes, reduce to one November meeting
The City of Shafer met October 2 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.  With no public hearings, the council moved to consent agenda. 
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Center City Council hears of fire hall project glitch
First on the council's agenda was an issue with the new Fire Hall-- the problem being, according to the city engineer," the amount of clearance in the trusses." Original drafting of the building had overlooked headroom size. "So," the engineer stated, "An extra $10,000 is needed for new, better trusses." And to adjust for the oversight, the council unanimously approved the funding.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

'They're great! Wait, what party are they?'and fire prevention week is here
It appears this whole Kavanaugh debacle is mercifully coming to an end. I am not going to try to pretend I know boo about politics, but as obtuse as I am, I am smart enough to be sickened by people’s actions. For one second, let’s set the Kavanaugh thing aside and look at the bigger picture which is the ultra - uber - over the top partisanship that is ripping our country apart right now.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Eye sparkling carrot dishes
I may be late with this column using carrots in recipes. There are so many vegetable and fruit recipes to choose from that I have to think back to see if I have chosen one or the other previously. That could be a while ago. If I’ve not shared these recipes with you in the past, I’m good to go.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Law Enforcement
The sheriff patrol deputies joined other law enforcement assisting with catching a car thief. The pursuit came out of Rush City and went down I-35 about 3 a.m. October 4. Forest Lake Police deployed stop sticks in the freeway just over the line in Anoka County, and the tires were flattened and the car came to a halt. The driver went to the hospital for drug related medical care,  and a female passenger was brought to Chisago County jail on warrants.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sheriff, commissioners and other candidates field questions
The public attending last week’s MN House candidate forum were clearly disappointed that neither of the incumbent Republican state Representatives participated. 
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Chisago Lakes crowns royalty for their homecoming week
Chisago Lakes High School celebrated the beginning of homecoming week with Coronation Tuesday, October 2.  The Homecoming Court was made up of the following seniors: Bryce Burds, Colton Degginger, Shane Kargel, Manny Rosario, Beau Stiller, Jackson Waltman, Hope Dorcas, Hannah Gillach, Hallie Johnson, Lydia Rehder, and Ashli Salokar, and Lindsey Tyrrell. King and Queen, Shane Kargel and Lindsey Tyrrell, were crowned the 2018 homecoming royalty.   The Wildcats play St. Francis Friday night in Lindstrom.


Thursday, October 4, 2018

State agency looking into Frontier notice shortcomings
The MN Public Utilities Commission meets today (October 4) to decide what   if any action is needed  to remedy the fact that almost 30 percent of Frontier’s Minnesota customers failed to receive company notice of public hearings meant to gather complaints about Frontier service. 
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Bids for sewer line to new school rejected, early levy OK'd
The Chisago City Council on Sept. 25 worked its way through a lengthy agenda that saw some long-awaited projects move two steps forward and one major project take a giant step back.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Manufacturer makes room for high school work program
There’s a banner hanging at Chisago Lakes High School printed with the district motto Engage, Educate, Empower.  These words would nicely describe a new work program partnership between the high school and a Chisago City manufacturer, Kendall Howard.  The work program connects a student with a paid spot in a corporate setting. This one is for hands-on manual skills development, but future work sites cuold be for exploring a career where client/personnel and mangement skills need to be top notch.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Homecoming week at Chisago Lakes, welcome to the Lindstrom Brickyard
This is a big week in Chisago Lakes. It’s homecoming week which means you will most definitely see (my daughter included) kids dressed in all sorts of costumes since they have a different theme every day.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Recipes that mom would make
More apple recipes today? No-o-o-o-o. I’m not sure if you’re happy about that or not. My “apple file” is over-flowing so I think I’ll take a couple days of looking through the recipes and thin the file out! Since there is still a lot of time before the apple picking season is over I will refrain from apple recipes, for a while.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Homecoming Royals named in North Branch
The North Branch High School homecoming court as selected in student voting, was announced Monday this week.  Pictured are King and Queen Ian Scheele and Abby Lyons.  Also nominated for finalist voting-- Matt Courtright, Conner Hartmann, Logan Rustom and Dawson Drost.  The lady royalty candidates included:  Emily Kristo, Lily Burnoski, Chloe Goebel and Amy Johnson. The North Branch Vikings play in the just-completed stadium Friday night this week, versus Hibbing.


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Lindstrom Overlook project moves ahead
The Lindstrom City Council met September 25 for yet another Northland Properties proposal for a large-scale apartment building.  The proposed site of the now reduced to 92 apartments is where the Dinnerbel Restaurant stands.  The proposal was initially for 105 units and since has been brought down at the urging of the council to 92. City Hall was filled with residents all hoping to get a chance to voice their opinion.
Thursday, September 27, 2018


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