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August 24, 2019

Township citizens group to apply for Border to Border grant
People who live in Franconia Township are all about getting more fiber into their lives-- fiber optic that is. 
Thursday, August 22, 2019


Mentzer Trail utilities extension engineer study accepted by council
On the shore of South Lindstrom Lake it wouldn’t be overly dramatic to say there’s been a situation in the vicinity of Mentzer Trail.  There are 22 wastewater systems that the county reportedly identifies as functioning in an “unknown” manner, there are four parcels that have no sewer system at all;  seven homesites use a holding tank and 22 have a mound system.  According to the feasibility study for a project to extend city sewer out into the township, on Mentzer,  there are also 12 vacant lots.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Shop With a Cop at Target in Forest Lake
Shop with a Cop moved to the Target store in Forest Lake with the closing of the Shopko in North Branch.  The event matches law enforcement and EMS with area kids who are identified by social services for the annual event. This year 30 kids shopped with Lakes Area Police, North Branch Police, Lakes Region EMS and Washington county and Chisago county sheriff’s personnel.  According to Chisago County Sgt. Anklan the Salvation Army, and Family Pathways contributed to the program.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Ki Chi Saga Days Celebration brings out the best in the community
Ki Chi Saga Days was a beautiful weekend for the Chisago City community to come out and celebrate with each other and enjoy days chock full of activities.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Ki Chi Saga Days was awesome, hands free - a work in progress
What a great weekend for Ki Chi Saga Days!  Other than a little wind late on Saturday night, it was absolutely beautiful.  I spent a lot of time up town enjoying the festivities and there were people everywhere.  Sunday we had a nice breeze for the parade which is normally a scorcher, so that was great.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Try one of these mini recipes
If you are cooking for one, two or three people, you may wonder how much to prepare for a meal to serve four or more. Many recipes are easy to double or triple the ingredients. Cooking for two can mean trying new recipes, down-sizing the amount of ingredients used or increasing the amount for a larger amount of people you serve. But you know that already don't you!
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Kids enjoy Snake Discovery program at CL Library
Emily Roberts brought her Snake Discovery (snakediscovery.com) program to the Chisago Lakes Area Library August 9.  Kids and adults learned all about amphibians and reptiles, including a turtle --when put on its shell--would flip back onto its feet. You could also hold a gecko, and various types of snakes. Even the librarian, top photo, got into the thick of things and helped youngsters to hold a snake.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hallberg Family Foundation provides donation for firefighter safety trailer
The Wyoming City Council accepted a substantial donation from the Hallberg Family Foundation at its regular council meeting Tuesday, August 6.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Frontier state review: final comments on possible settlement being accepted

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, with the Dept. of Commerce,  have been looking into issues with Frontier Communications service quality, customer service and billing practices for about two years. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Almelund Threshing Show brings out fun, friends and family
Thursday, August 15, 2019

TF 'Night Out' bike winners
Delighted and lucky winners of the bike drawing at National Night Out in Taylors Falls. Pictured, left to right, Corbin, Wyatt, and Myla.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

TF Council gets good sidewalk bid; ok's electronic bill payments
Sidewalk repairs scheduled for this summer in Taylors Falls will still be done, with an acceptable bid awarded Monday this week to local business Lawrence Creek Contracting, for aboout $36,000, the lowest of three prices received.  The sidewalks to be done include at the community center-- which was bid out last year but there wasn’t time to get it done. 
Thursday, August 15, 2019

County HHS seeing income maintenance numbers go up
Despite the repeated assurances from the national media that the United States’ economy is booming-- it appears Chisago County social services programs are on track to tally their busiest year of at least the last three. 
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Ki Chi Saga - the perfect ending to a great summer, so much to do
If you are looking forward to a last hurrah before school starts and don’t want to fight with 1.8 million people at the state fair, Chisago City has just what you are looking for.  That’s because this weekend is Ki Chi Saga Days.  This is the 52nd year of the celebration and this years event will be bigger and better that ever. 
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Cool summer salads
Today's column brings a lot of different salad recipes that come from a cookbook called, “Tastes for the Seasons.” I put this 70 page cookbook together many, many years ago...written in 1974. The recipes in this book have come from family members and friends.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Tractor caravan heads to Threshing show!
This tractor could be yours....the 2019 raffle prize got to take part in the Almelund Threshing Show tractor caravan last weekend, when tractors started off in Isanti County, and traveled east this time, ending up as always at the Threshing Show Grounds just east of Almelund.  The caravan is an annual tradition the weekend prior to the Threshing Show.  See inside for show details and schedules.


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Music: in the key of community
Last Sunday Trinity Church in Lindstrom was filled with people, and why is that news you ask?  This was no regular congregation of Lutherans. The church was where more than 200 people were entertained by gifted performers,  from one extended family.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

MN PUC okays electric territory swap for ECE
Some 40 years ago state officials divided up service areas for electrical systems in Minnesota-- and East Central Electric and North Branch Water & Light have co-existed ever since. When a building development comes in and it makes more sense to switch service areas, the two utilities will sit down and work things out and that’s what’s happening for the new addition to the Lucht’s Crossing housing plat.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Shafer Council gets good news on burned out vacant home, tractor woes continue
Shafer City Council met for a regular meeting Monday August 5.  All members were present except Terry Smith and attorney James Monge.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Threshing Show is here already, come out to support a great cause
Well if you are like me, this whole hands-free thing is a major change in life. Of course it’s a great law and should have been implemented years ago, but yet I am still having a bit of a time adjusting.  I was never a text and drive person, but I certainly was a read a text person (I know it’s just as bad).
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Making the most of zucchini
It's zucchini season, and time to make the most of this veggie that grows so quickly. If you have zucchini plants in your garden you know you have to be watchful of how fast they grow. One of our sons has a garden and grows zucchini, just two plants this year, and I told him he had better have his neighbor check the garden as they were going to be gone three days. Sure enough, he came home to zucchini that were about a foot long and round as a softball. So much for that!


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Local farmer finds solar 'crop' keeps pollinators happy
In any given day a farmer  may need to be a mechanic, a welder, chemist or a carpenter, or maybe even invent a piece of equipment...whatever it takes to get the job done. Rural Center City farmer Keith Johnson has somehow found a way to squeeze environmentalist into his litany of skills to get the job done.  In this case the job is to boost pollinator numbers.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Center City negotiates fire hall contract to close out project
In a special session July 24 the Center City Council, minus Council members Scott Anderson and Donna Higgins, unanimously agreed on final payment for  Structural Buildings of Minnesota on their fire hall bill.   The city council negotiated a $5,000 credit to the final invoice and will send a little over $16,000 to the Becker-based company.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Stacy Daze starts Friday, August 2
The Stacy Lions club, pictured,  invites you to the community celebration.  The parade Grand Marshals are charter Lions Club members Jerry Schroeder and wife Darla.  Stacy Lions were established in 1977, so these two have been involved in bettering the community and Lions activities for 42 years.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Internet based market and EBT combine for SNAP client purchases
The North Circle Farmers Market is celebrating its fourth year of offering local produce, meat, eggs and more online. There are pickup locations throughout Chisago County.  Also, the state nutrition program electronic benefits transfer cards can be used at a drop-site for the first time this season.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

County documents can be accessed on web at Landshark
Now-a-days where people have come to expect instant access to information, one of the most document intensive Chisago county departments is keeping up with the demand, and even leading public records colleagues elsewhere when it comes to information access. 
Thursday, August 1, 2019


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