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October 16, 2019

Local officials see long arm of the Lake Improvement Dist. at work during projects tour
 In photo Jerry Spetzman and Gary Garske, EOR engineering, used maps to explain some of the LID workings.  See story.
 In photo Jerry Spetzman and Gary Garske, EOR engineering, used maps to explain some of the LID workings.  See story.

The main takeaway from a field trip enjoyed by local officials last week and organized by the Lake Improvement District;  is that the LID doesn’t operate in a vacuum.  There’s a citizen Board of Directors with seven members who decide a budget and choose priority projects meant to carry out the mission of the LID.  The county staff of Jerry Spetzman and Susanna Wilson Witkowski work with a contracted consultant from EOR engineering.  They rely on a network of volunteers collecting water quality measurements (there are 20 lakes within the LID)  while the Chisago County Soil & Water Conservation District partners on best designing and coordinating water quality projects,  and local agricultural agencies are improving water quality monitoring  and addressing practices in the fields and where livestock live. 
Thursday, October 3, 2019


Walz checks out Wyoming for Manufacturer's Week
To bring attention to Manufacturers’ Week in Minnesota Governor Walz, left, visited Rosenbauer, in the Wyoming Industrial Park.  A global supplier of firefighting apparatus-- the company has been an anchor enterprise in Wyoming for years (formerly as General Safety)  Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan was slated to tour another local manufacturing facility, Wyoming Machine, in Stacy, earlier in the week.  Wyoming Mayor Lisa Iverson, pictured with a Rosenbauer official and County Commissioner George McMahon, to right, were pleased to host the Governor.  
Wyoming SplitRocks Entertainment Center was also set up for a luncheon and career fair focused on manufacturing job opportunities.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Ditch process near public hearing point
The re-establishment of ditches in Chisago County has hit an important point in a very lengthy and complicated process.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Almelund FD hosts open house despite cold, damp Saturday
Almelund Fire Department held its Fire Prevention Week open house Saturday.

Mother Nature tried to ruin the day, but plenty of residents came out to show their support to the local firefighters.

Visitors were treated to warm food as well as desserts and fun activites for the children. 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Shafer hockey rink complete
Shafer City Council met Ocotber 1 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Center City Council reviews Sheriff contract
Sheriff Brandon Thyen had the main agenda item at last week’s Center City Council meeting, reviewing the patrol contract for 2020. 
Friday, October 11, 2019

Fire Prevention Week open houses; a fix for box elder bug problem
The weather just doesn’t seem to want to cooperate on the weekends lately does it?  The forecast is grim for this weekend with potential snow.  Yuk.
Friday, October 11, 2019

...and apples one more time!
Friday, October 11, 2019

Fatal crashes involve local motorists
There was a fatal accident involving a pedestrian on I-35 about a mile north of the Highway 8 intersection, in Wyoming, that was reported about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, October 5. 
Monday, October 7, 2019

Chisago Lakes crowns Homecoming Royalty
Chisago Lakes Homecoming Queen and King Paige Bergquist and Kaleb Bruce were announced after voting was tallied Monday this week. The Wildcats play Andover this Friday night, tomorrow,  in Lindstrom.


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Lindstrom levy set at an early six percent hike
The Lindstrom City Council took care of some smaller items in addition to adopting a preliminary 2020 levy increase September 19.  On a 3-1 vote--with member AnnMarie Brink absent and David Waldoch opposed, a levy of $2,295,308 and $64,000 for the Economic Development Authority were acted on. 
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Final days of nature center
Warner Nature Center is going away.  And, if there are future plans for the environmental learning facility and its  woodlands they haven’t been declared.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

County Board gets update on roads and ditch projects
The road construction season is grinding to a halt, but the county roads department has plenty to do in the off-season.  County Engineer Joe Triplett reports that his department’s role in a county ditch system benefit and alignment analysis is a couple months away from conclusion yet.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Goodbye ol' buddy - you will be missed, fire prevention week starts
As I sit here staring at my screen, I am at a loss for words. One of my very close friends and a staple in our community has passed away.  Ron Holt, who grew up here, raised his children here and built a successful accounting business, left us Monday night.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Still in the fall apple mode
I’m still in the apple mode. Stay with me! My apple guru pointed me in the direction of just how good apples are for us. I may have shared this information with you a couple years ago during apple season, but it bares repeating.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Climate protestors show up to Chisago County
A demonstration and literature distribution event,  to heighten awareness of activities endangering our planet,  took place at the Chisago County Government Center Friday, Sept. 20.  The “global day of action” supported by LiveAble Planet MN and Women Thinking Out Loud-- attracted a few dozen local residents.  To connect with others who are fighting for the future, see their websites,  and also let state legislators and congresspeople know what meaningful actions must you’d want to see being taken.  A gathering put together by Great River Greening, is October 23 at 7:30 p.m. at McNamara Alumni Center at the U of M in Minneapolis.  Business leaders explore top environmental issues at this Business Forum. Tickets are $50.


Thursday, September 26, 2019

Early levy set at just under 6%
With the County Auditor and Chief Deputy Auditor seated at the table-- the County Board bandied about a number of 2020 levy hikes last week before settling on 5.75 percent.  The auditors provided quick financial impact scenarios for everything from a 6.2 percent hike to a 3.5 increase. 
Thursday, September 26, 2019

State, local patrols; mixed reports on hands free law
Agencies that enforce our laws on the road are reporting fairly good compliance with the hands-free law that went into effect August 1. 
Thursday, September 26, 2019

After being skipped for input, Wyoming votes to not split cost with Chisago City

Iris Avenue is a shared road between Wyoming and Chisago City, but after a resurfacing project that went forward without Wyoming’s input, the city doesn’t feel it should share the cost.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

County Board gives early OK's to revisions on home occupation, solar
The County Board got an early look at a proposed  revised ordinance that will regulate home businesses on two tiers,  and make staff-granted permits for “minor”commercial-industrial operations more readily available. 
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Taylors Falls city staff back up to full strength
There will be a new but familiar face at city hall in Taylors Falls, at least three days a week,  starting next week. City Council members voted 5-0 Monday to fill a vacancy left in the wake of Adam Berklund’s resignation.  The “new” staffer is Steve Heth, previously a  city engineer and now retired from Bolton Menk. 
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Fall Harvest Festival this weekend, farmer's market has spicy suprise
On Friday, the good folks that put on the Chisago City Farmers Market invite everybody to the market.  They are celebrating Heritage Days with a hispanic theme.  Along with a Mexican food truck, there will be a mexican market and even a mariachi band playing.  You can even make a mexican wrestling mask at the arts in the park table. The  farmer’s market takes place every Friday at Moberg Park in downtown Chisago City and runs from 4-6 pm.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Perfect apple not always best tasting
It is apple season.  Can you tell by looking at the apple if it’s the best in the bunch? The most perfect-looking apple is rarely the tastiest. Think about these tips when you are buying apples. Each apple variety has its own size. Brown webbing on the skin isn’t a bad sign. Called russeting, this discoloration on the skin of certain varieties is caused by pre-harvesting conditions such as cool and/or wet climate. It doesn’t affect the taste. Shiny doesn’t mean fresh. Apples straight from the commercially grown trees have a natural dusty gray or white waxy bloom, which seals in moisture. The apples that make their trip to the grocery stores are usually machine washed and brushed, which removes this protective coating making the apples shinier, not tastier. Apple pickers often coat washed apples with an edible wax to make more appealing and add to their shelf life. Our home-grown apples in our orchards do not go through this process. What you see is what you get, right off the trees. Hooray for our homegrown apples!
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Zemlin sentenced for three counts of porn possession
A trio of felonies arising from a special BCA investigation into child Internet pornography,  resulted in a former local public school teacher being sentenced September 18 to 90 days. 
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Homecoming King and Queen crowned in North Branch!
Homecoming King and Queen for North Branch were announced Monday this week.  The Vikings of North Branch play Duluth East this Friday (tomorrow) night.  Pictured are 2019 Royals Chloe Triggs and Carter Whitman.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Chisago Lakes bullying response complied with policy
Chisago Lakes Schools District 2144 appears to have been absolved of any direct responsibility tied to a complaint alleging unaddressed bullying caused a 15-year-old student to take his life in April 2018.
Thursday, September 19, 2019


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