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January 23, 2020

North Branch Council tables action on anonymous complaint, alleging poor behavior at Water and Light meeting
A complaint lodged anonymously against Water & Light Commission member Chris Bibeau was received and tabled, by the North Branch City Council last week. The “complaint” will be put on the January 28 meeting agenda.  The city council appoints members to the three-person utility commission even though the utility is a seperate entity from the city.  After elements of due process, like holding a review hearing for the subject of a complaint to speak-- council can remove a member if warranted.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

New county administrator selected 5-0
The County Board last week unanimously offered the job of County Administrator to Chase Burnham; one of about 40 applicants and six finalists who went through interviews earlier this month.  The choice of Burnham was no surprise.  He’s been deputy administrator and stepped in as interim administrator when Bruce Messelt left late last summer,  and has served as clerk of the board in the eight years he has been with Chisago County.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Lindstrom Council accepts member's resignation

Lindstrom Council accepted AnnMarie Brink’s resignation last week, and declared a vacancy for the at-large seat.  Her final council meeting is next month. Brink is moving out of Lindstrom so she can no longer serve. She’s been an active council person, rarely absent, serving on multiple committees and participating in organizations, and council expressed how much she will be missed.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Rush City prison 20 years later
The 20th anniversary of the Rush City Correctional Facility was marked with open tours, certificates for long time employees, cake and speeches this week.  But the focus was all on the prison staff. 
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Stacy Council says city shall clear sidewalks, anybody fined for not shoveling to get refund; mayoral term discussed
Stacy City Council met January 14 for a regular meeting. All members were present.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

North Branch industrial park lots sold to local business to expand
North Branch Council still had the spirit of the holidays in granting a reprieve 5-0, regarding a fine on a homeowner for not shoveling his sidewalks.  Dan Kaiser explained his predicament  to the council members and asked for the fee to be waived. His fine covers two hours of city public works staff time when the city staff cleared sidewalk alongside the first-time homeowner’s property.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Natural gas pipeline test waters permit is up for public comment open until February 6
Northern Natural Gas Company is seeking a permit from the state to discharge water used in testing its pipeline that cuts north and south through the length of Chisago County.  The discharge permit is a tentative yes, from the MN Pollution Control Agency, but there is a public comment period open until February 6.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Exhibit at History Center 'Quilts of the Past'
The Chisago County Historical Society is pleased to announce that a new exhibit is now open at the History Center in downtown Lindstrom.  “Quilts of the Past” is a collection of 25 quilts covering a time period of 150 years. Some of the quilts are from the CCHS collection and others were loaned to the museum by the Amador Heritage Center, CCHS members and volunteers.  In addition to all the colorful quilts in many patterns, the exhibit includes quilted toys, doll quilts, patchwork aprons, sewing machines, sad irons, vintage needle books, sewing items and many informative charts on quilts and quilting. 
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Blue Monday has finally affected me; grab your date - it's polka time
Did you know Monday was a holiday besides Martin Luther Day? Apparently it was "Blue Monday".  I had to look it up myself, but apparently it is known (not medically) as the most depressive day of the year.  Maybe people have broken their resolutions already, maybe they have realized how much they spent over Christmas or maybe we know this is going to be one long winter.. who knows?  I will admit, I got into the negativity of this "Blue Monday" while listening to the radio. For the one millionth (I know it's not a word) time I was subjected to a Peloton commercial.  For those of you who have lived under a rock for the last four months, Peloton is an exercise bike, and you can join riding groups “live” on the screen of your $3,000 bike.  Not that I am opposed to exercise or exercise equipment, but these commercials are the most annoying ever.  The "instructors" are yelling at their classes encouraging them to do better.  They sound like drill sergeants belittling their new recruits.  I know, I know, I am getting old - but for $39 a month I can hire someone local to yell insults at me...
Thursday, January 23, 2020

The joy of a good oatmeal treat
In the dead of winter, it takes more than a bowl of Wheaties to fuel your body. So, jump start the day with oatmeal! Oatmeal isn’t what it used to be. It’s better. Winter’s best breakfast now comes in a variety of textures and flavors. Besides old-fashioned and quick oats, we now have instant oats, flavored with everything from traditional, apples and cinnamon, maple and brown sugar and more. As a result, oatmeal is a hot choice for breakfast.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Male hurt Sunday making a snowboard video in Interstate Park should be OK
The St. Croix Falls and Taylors Falls fire and rescue teams and Chisago County sheriff personnel, along with Lakes Region EMS and North Air Care should all be relieved and proud.  There is good news regarding a bluff fall victim unresponsive Sunday night, when responders arrived to aid him. 
Monday, January 20, 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

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

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

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