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November 20, 2019

Board votes 4-1 to make auditor-treasurer appointed
The voters of Chisago County could be losing one more county official that they used to elect. The county auditor-treasurer  will become an appointee of the Board, on a 4-1 commissioner vote last week setting the transition into motion.  At one time assessor was an elected position, the county recorder was an elected position and these two were made appointees.  Now the auditor-treasurer position held by Dennis Freed, is on its way to being appointed.
Thursday, November 14, 2019


Shrek is coming to Chisago Lakes!
The Chisago Lakes Fall Musical is SHREK.  It runs at the Performing Arts Center at the high school in Lindstrom Nov. 21, 22, 23 and 24.  Saturday and Sunday are 2 p.m. showtimes.  Thursday and Friday evening shows are at 7 p.m.   The cast traveled to the Primary School in Chisago City to do a few scenes to promote the show and high-fived students as the special program ended.  


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Ditch hearings Tues. Nov. 19 part of busy week for Board
The county commissioners have a very busy week ahead of Thanksgiving;  with a special session Monday, Nov. 18 to discuss the emergency radio subscription contracts and fees to be finalized for 2020, plus their regular meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 20 and sandwiched in the middle are hearings starting early, Tuesday, November 19 for the re-establishment of County Ditches 1, 2 and 3.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Tiller pit permit hangs on condition
The Tiller company’s permit that would allow the aggregate pit in Sunrise Township to expand by 10 acres, was approved by the County Board last week.  But the 5-0 vote doesn’t give a green light for hauling out of the added mining area just yet.  A condition included in the vote requires Sunrise Township and Tiller to come to an agreement on what the township wants done with a three-quarter mile stretch of River Road--the township road between the pit and the main transport road, County Road 9.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Veterans Day 2019
Students at TF Elementary were shown currency from other countries from a local Vet.

Chisago Lakes High School recently held the annual Voice of Democracy essay contest. Winners of this year’s contest were Kaia Douglas, first place, John Douglas, second place and Naomi Boudreau third place.  Bob Swanson and Rick Globensky of VFW Post 1678 presented the winners with prize money.  Also pictured is CLHS english teacher Dan Wagner.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Shafer City Council handles insurance, tele-work, and hears of mini-storage planned
Shafer City Council met November 5 for a regular meeting.  All members were present with city attorney James Monge absent. 
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Center City City Council tables dog and fence ordinances requesting more information
Two public hearings scheduled for the Center City Council meeting last week were opened and quickly recessed,  and should be re-opened when adequate information is available to take action.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Census official gives County Board an update and explains local Complete Count Committee
Ten years ago Minnesota had the second-best response in completing 2010 Census forms,  out of all the states.  Wisconsin was number one.
In 2020 the Census returns for its Constitutionally required headcount-- and last week the Chisago County Board got an idea of how it’s all supposed to work, from Census Partnership Specialist Jim Accurso.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Veterans Day was great all around; turkey and bingo - what a combo
I had the absolute pleasure to help serve at the annual Veterans Day Dinner Monday evening at Zion Lutheran Church. I have helped quite a few times but I certainly wasn’t prepared for what I saw.  We (a massive group of wonderful volunteers) served over 430 service men and women and their families. 
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Slightly tart but delicious
It’s the season of cranberries and a lot of other foods as well. We are approaching Thanksgiving Day and I don’t know about you, but we always have cranberries in some form, mostly whole cran sauce. I’m not going to talk much about the crimson berry as you know what a cranberry looks like and tastes like. Cranberries are a fruit that makes you pucker your lips if eaten without sugar. I was reading about cranberries in one of my cookbooks and found there are a lot of things I didn’t know. Be sure to take advantage of the berries when they are on sale at the grocery stores for use in recipes that call for fresh or frozen berries at a later date. Lets go ahead with some good recipes.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Working behind the scenes; chaplains provide important 'ministry of presence'
When your job is to protect and serve, who’s going to be there when you need someone to lean on or help sort out your thoughts?  When you have filled in the last line on yet another senseless fatal vehicle crash report, will there be somebody you can talk to?
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Marine on St. Croix man facing criminal vehicular homicide charge
A Washington County resident is facing four counts of felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor charges after being arrested in connection with a fatality on I-35 early Friday morning, November 1.  The crash closed the freeway and sent law enforcement on a search when only one vehicle was found at the crash site and it was apparent there had to have been two drivers involved.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Prep for spring starts now for LID Board
The Board for the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District or LID is laying  some plans for 2020.  After several years of low precipitation the Chisago Chain of Lakes has “bounced back” with a vengeance and some property owners get a little nervous about the encroaching lake levels.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Old school site opens to future.....
The site of the Lakeside Elementary School in Chisago City is being cleared.  Demolition began with the newest addition being torn down (light colored annex in upper left) and then the brick portion, which was a full-size school building, as the last part to come down.  The Chisago Lakes District voters approved a referendum to build a new school that opened this fall.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Wildcats are heading to state, lots to do this weekend, calling all Vets
Congrats to coach Bill Weiss and his Wildcat Football team for making it to the State Tournament.  These kids have had quite the year with dealing with some major injuries, but still managing to get hot at the right time. The public is invited to come watch the game at Centennial High School, at 1 pm Saturday.  Let’s go Cats!
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Is it a yam or a sweet potato?
Is a sweet potato as sweet as a yam? Let’s find out. The true yam is the tuber of a tropical vine and is not related to the sweet potato at all. The darker skinned potato that we find most often in the produce department is often mistakenly called a yam. This thick, dark orange potato has a bright orange, sweet flesh with a moist texture. It is found everywhere in American grocery stores, while yams are found in Latin American and the Caribbean. The true yam has a brown or black skin that looks a little like the bark of a tree, with an off-white, purple or red flesh. This tuber can grow more than seven feet long and can weigh up to 100 pounds. You could feed 50 or more people at a sitting!
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Moose Lake man in fatal I-35 crash
A 63-year old man from Moose Lake was killed in Chisago County when his vehicle was hit from behind and went off the freeway and crashed in the vicinity of North Branch. 
Monday, November 4, 2019

Grade shuffle puts K in ed center, grade 5 at Sunrise and LWC is in middle school
It’s official, the kindergarten classes in North Branch will be moving to brand new space in the still-being-remodeled Education Center.  The Ed Center on Grand Avenue is slated for completion in August 2020.  The space being freed-up in Sunrise River Elementary School with the kindergarten re-location,  will allow for fifth grade to move out of Middle School and back to the elementary facility. 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Council calls two meetings to discuss revised solar garden ordinance after planning commission endorses solar code
With its yearlong solar energy moratorium about to expire in December, the Chisago City Council set a special workshop meeting on possible solar ordinance revisions for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, and moved up its regular Nov. 26 council meeting to Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Wyoming holding 2020 road projects public hearing
The Wyoming 2020 street projects are being reviewed  in a hearing scheduled by the City Council for November 19.  The costs will be assessed to adjacent parcels and it’s important to attend this hearing and learn details, according to city engineer Mark Erichson.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

NB City Council sharpens budget pencil
North Branch City Council members set aside a portion of last week’s meeting to continue to absorb budget data and fiscal analysis, preparing for the final vote on a 2020 levy by December.  North Branch Finance Director Joseph Starks shared year to date numbers for city enterprise (revenue generating like liquor store) funds and general fund and the council took another glance at the Capital Improvement Plan.  He told council members to “reach out” to staff with any specific questions between now and when the vote comes on the final levy.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Falloween in Ojiketa Regional Park
Ojiketa Regional Park was host to the annual Falloween Festival.  Put on by Chisago City, the event is a kid friendly Halloween celebration filled with kids, games, trick-or-treating, arts and crafts and a kid-friendly haunted house.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Lions annual pancake breakfast
Chisago Lakes Lions members had to hustle at the annual breakfast at the Chisago Lakes high School Sunday October 27.  A steady stream arrived in search of fresh pancakes, french toast, sausage, and eggs plus to have a look-see at the silent auction items in the school foyer.  Pictured, top right: students in the Honor Society stepped up and made sure everybody had a full cup of coffee and a clean table.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Lots of fun at Ojiketa, kids shop day, calling all Veterans - please read
This Saturday, the folks at First United Methodist Church in Lindstrom are holding the annual Winter Wonderland Shop Day.  What on earth is that you ask?  It is an awesome place where children are allowed to shop for their parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles in a safe, controlled, beautifully decorated environment. 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

The season of pumpkins
We are in the season of pumpkins. Ask any American what to do with a pumpkin and you’ll most likely get one of two answers; make pumpkin pie or a jack-o-lantern. Now there are so many different ways of making use of the great pumpkin. From pies to muffins, cookies, pudding, fruit breads, cakes and more. We can harvest and cook the pumpkin or pick up several cans at the grocery store for baking or cooking.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

CLHS students finish class project in Allemansratt
Students in the Chisago Lakes agri sciences class finished the bridge on the new trail in Allemansratt Park as part of their Forest Resource Management class.  Allemansratt is located in Lindstrom, between North Lindstrom and North Center lakes.
Thursday, October 24, 2019


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