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June 19, 2019

Deadline set on North Branch radio contract
The County Board voted unanimously last week to notify North Branch there’s a July 15 deadline for the city officials to get the ARMER contract signed, or North Branch will be disallowed from access to the talk groups and frequency. 
Friday, June 14, 2019

Bone Lake access closed for Zebra Mussel treatment
The public boat landing on Bone Lake in Scandia will be closed from Monday, June 17 through Wednesday, June 26 for a zebra mussel treatment pilot project.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Midsummer Grand Marshal gets well-earned nod
North Branch Midsummer Days Grand Marshal Dave Reider has manufactured parts for engines, generators and other machines and tools that you have certainly used at least once,  and maybe even daily;  and you’ve probably never given a second thought to it. 
Friday, June 14, 2019

See 'the channel' before it's too late
By now you have to have heard either by ear or social media.  The channel between North Lindstrom and North Center is navigable by boat. To say that the word is out would be the understatement of the year. Right now there are probably close to 200 or more boats per day navigating their way through the channel.
Friday, June 14, 2019

County Board, lawmakers review session outcomes, look to future
The County Board and three state lawmakers last week shared a rare visit with state lawmakers.  In recent years as the legislative sessions ended with “special” past-deadline action the local lawmakers didn’t make it to the government center.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Taylors Falls council gets trail head update, jail B&B sold
The Taylors Falls City Council gave a rezone and conditional use permit application a 4-0 approval vote, with John Tangen absent, paving the way for new owners of the Old Jail Bed and Breakfast property.  It won’t be a B & B any longer, but it will be available for short term stays, more like a vacation rental by owner or VRBO format,  the council was advised.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Center City public works has potentially costly problem
A potentially very costly flooding of a sewer manhole in Center City took up much of the city council’s time and attention last week.  Public Works Director Eric Garner reported with the level of North Center Lake rising;  the water could overtop an in-ground sewer access point at any time.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Shafer Council discusses blighted home on Reflection Avenue
Shafer City Council met June 4 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Get out to Harmony in the Park; Let's Go Fishing needs you
If you have not renewed your subscription to the Chisago County Press, this will be the last issue you will be receiving.  Every year we have to set a cut-off deadline and this day has come.  Just because you get cut-off doesn’t mean you can’t ever get the Press again, rather it just means you will need to send a payment or call us to get your subscription up and going again. We can get you re-instated in the matter of minutes.  You can mail a check to Chisago County Press: PO Box 748, Lindstrom, Mn 55045.  You can call us at 651-257-5115 to do it over the phone.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Anytime sweet treats
According to last weeks temperatures, summer is here, but not according to the calendar going from cloudy and cool temperatures to 85 degrees and sunny in a matter of a couple days brings out some complainers. It's too hot or too cloudy and rainy. I have three grandchildren who live in San Diego where the temperature flip-flops between 65 to 75 degrees but it does get warmer at this time of year. When I talk (actually talk!) to Kelly and if the temperature is in the 80's it's sweltering! Enough about the weather...it's always here!
Friday, June 14, 2019

Suspect in alleged Sunrise Township shooting/burglary no longer at-large
Chisago County authorities are letting readers know that a suspect wanted in connection to a shooting May 16 in Sunrise Township, has been apprehended. 
Friday, June 7, 2019

North Branch and Chisago Lakes celebrate 2019 graduates
The North Branch and Chisago Lakes high school classes of 2019 graduated June 2 and June 3 respectively. Student speaker at North Branch Ashley Darst compared the construction activity on-going at the school to how her classmates should anticipate life constantly changing.  Chisago Lakes had three speakers: English instructor Bryon Rogers, and students Emma Gervais, and Emilia Smith.  More photos from both commencement events inside.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Congress holds field hearing at local business
A subcommittee of the United States Congress held a 90-minute hearing last week, looking into the Internet’s limitations in rural America.  The companies providing communications services have no motivation to install infrastructure to very few customers in the country.  Access that is spread far apart and that is expensive to install is not cost-effective.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Hazelden campus to demo old units, build new
Several years ago Hazelden-Betty Ford,  in rural Center City,  adopted a long term plan to replace or renovate all six of its men’s treatment units. The addiction treatment and recovery services organization replaced the “Silkworth” and “Tiebout” units in 2014, with the construction of a new two-story building, succeeding the one-story capacities of the older duo. 
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Mayor challenges solar code amendments
An amended ordinance that would have ended Chisago  City’s six-month moratorium on solar energy construction failed to gain passage at the May 28 Chisago City Council meeting when Mayor Bob Gustafson put on the brakes.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Radio agreement still a no-go for North Branch Council
The North Branch City Council continued rejection of the interim emergency radio agreement with Chisago County.  The council last week was more divided than the first time the temporary agreement was turned down.  It voted 3-2 last week, with Council members Kelly Neider and Joel McPherson supportive of signing the temporary contract.  The county has been seeking signatures for a 2019-only agreement, meant to replace a five-year  emergency network accessibility and subscription agreement from 2012-2013.  The system is know as ARMER or Allied Radio Matrix of  Emergency Radios that is restricted as to talk groups and frequency accessibility,  which all came about after the 35W bridge collapse and  related communications difficulties.  Narrowbanding was ordered by the federal government after 9-11.  Chisago County built a set of new radio towers to improve signal connections and also provided area emergency responders with specially-programmed radios to become part of a new allied matrix in the state.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Life is fast...so darn fast, great news - summer means Harmony
Monday night I officially became an old person.  Our daughter and baby graduated high school making us empty nesters eventually (fingers crossed).  “Enjoy this now Matt because soon it will be gone” my dad would utter over and over again when our kids were little tykes.  Of course I would roll my eyes because when possibly could a parent know more than a young adult?  Never of course.   But dang it if the old boy wasn’t right.  In fact he was spot on about everything.  Why does it take us so long to realize things when we could be enjoying the moment while it’s actually happening?  Man, I would like a re-do.  Now that I have gone through making all of my mistakes, I would like a chance at actually being a good parent.  I know it’s not going to happen realistically but I will head down the same path as my dad and his dad and try to pound it into my kid’s heads to enjoy the here and now.  I hope I didn’t raise a couple of blockheads like myself.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

One of my favorite fruits
Today’s column is about one of my favorite fruits ...cherries. I guess I have a lot of favorite fruits and this is good. We are encouraged to include a good amount of fruits and veggies in our meal planning or as a snack. I was reading information about this fruit and didn't realize there were so many varieties that I'd never heard about. My favorite is the dark skinned bing cherry. I wait for them to be available in the produce department and they are here.
Many dessert recipes call for cherry pie filling so I'll go with that today.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Veterans brave a cold and rainy Memorial Day to honor those who've been lost
Veterans and the public weathered rainy, damp conditons Monday at Fairview Cemetery in Lindstrom.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

From end of WWII until now, Boy Scout Troop has produced leaders
Lindstrom Boy Scout Troop 159 celebrates its 75 year anniversary this year. It was chartered June 1, 1944 through its home organization Trinity Lutheran Church, Lindstrom.  The troop has been very fortunate to have the church as a partner for 75 years.  The Methodist Church served as charter organization for the Cub Scouts Pack.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Shafer Council approves wireless; reviews vandalism -related water bill
Shafer City Council met May 21 for a regular meeting.  Council member Terry Smith was absent. 
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Talks between Minnesota agency and Frontier moving toward resolving issues
The MN Public Utilities Commission agreed to a request by the Department of Commerce for an extension of the May 20 deadline for commenting on the Frontier telecommunications service review.  The deadline for all replies by all parties, is now July 1. 
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Shopko tax decision is in county's favor up to this point
Chisago County learned early this month that Minnesota tax court decided in the county’s favor, and there should be an increase in the market valuation on the North Branch Shopko store.  The county had compromised on a valuation-- putting the property at about 50 percent of what an actual commercial property sale comparable had been or approximatly $5 million.   But, Shopko sought a valuation around $2.4 million and filed in MN Tax Court opposing valuations for 2015 to 2017 tax years. 
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Memorial Day thoughts, we lose another icon; boaters be cautious
What a weekend we had for  a long Memorial weekend.  Yes, the weather was bad for the Monday services, but in a way it was kind of appropriate for the mood of the services.  I attended a couple of them and the rain and wind didn’t deter any of the people who took time out of their long weekend to come honor those who have served our great country. 
Thursday, May 30, 2019

How much rhubarb do you need?
Here I am again with rhubarb recipes. For those of you who aren't fond of rhubarb I think I'm finished with recipes using rhubarb for the year.....maybe not. How much rhubarb is needed to make a pie? To make a 9-inch pie you will need 6 cups diced. The young, early season rhubarb that is about 3/4-inch in diameter is the best to use when baking a pie, whereas the thicker stalk is best when making sauce. When should you stop harvesting rhubarb? In last weeks Press in the “Outdoors” column, Jerry Vitalis (Chisago County Master Gardener) talks about this question. I quote: “ After the rhubarb harvest is over, around the first of July, the plants should be allowed to grow into strong leaf growth for healthy leaves come spring.” Thanks for enlightening us Jerry. Someone told me they pick rhubarb into August because the plants keep producing. Whatever!
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Man wanted for attempted murder in Sunrise Township; three others in custody
The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office would like to know the whereabouts of a male believed to have been involved in an incident, May 16 in Sunrise Township. Authorities were called to what was initially described as a home invasion about 40 minutes after midnight. On arriving they found a 22-year-old male sustained serious injury from a gunshot wound. There were multiple suspects fleeing the scene.
Friday, May 24, 2019

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