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February 22, 2020

Stacy City Council hears water concerns, e-tabs may be coming
Stacy City Council met February 10 for a regular meeting. Council member Tony Olivolo was absent.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Celebration of the Lakes a huge hit in return to roots
The Celebration of the Lakes featured an ice carousel built and run by the Chisago Lakes Rotary Club.  People enjoyed fire pits, bag toss, along with a bar as they slowly circled around.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Water & Light unionization voting deadline February 25
Employees of North Branch Water & Light must have their ballots in by Tuesday February 25 regarding their unionization vote.  The water and light commissioners received notice that the utility workers were organizing, (Press story January 2.) The commission hired labor attorneys to oversee the process, and voting is underway.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Township ballots full of non-races this March
Looks like there are no candidates challenging incumbents for township elections come March 10.  This year clerks are also up for election and no incumbent clerks have challengers.  There’s always the possibility for a write-in campaign, which can sometimes be  a surprise.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Watershed Dist. gets 2019 inspection report
As the list of nasty things in local waters continues to grow...zebra mussels, flowering rush, milfoil, curlyleaf pondweed, spiny water fleas, and more; the inspections coordinator for the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake watershed district has grown pretty nimble at directing the mission to contain invading aquatic species.  
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Veterans Services update
There is a second coffee talk session for veterans coming to Zion Lutheran Church, Chisago City.  The county Veterans Service Officer Bryan Brown has been meeting informally every third Tuesday morning, with vets at the North Branch Legion, and according to Brown there has been enough demand that he’s adding a gathering at Zion, which will be on the second Tuesdays of the month.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Celebration of the Lakes was great, local athletes doing amazing things
So how about that weather we had for the Celebration of the Lakes? It was beautiful, with the exception of Friday’sbitter cold wind.  The sun was out almost all weekend and so were the smiles on people’s faces out on the lake.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Minutes from pan to table
Today’s recipes have to do with sausage... specifically Polish sausage or kielbasa. Polish sausage is easy to prepare. Because it is a smoked product and fully cooked, it doesn’t take long to prepare. Simmered in water, grilled, sliced in half-inch pieces and sauted, it takes just a few minutes from opening the package to bringing it to the table. One of our favorites meals is Polish with sauerkraut and boiled potatoes. We had this combination of foods quite a lot when I was growing up and I have to say it’s one of the children’s and grandchildren’s favorites meals when they come to our house for supper. I have prepared other meals using Polish sausage and I’ll share them with you.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

TF finally gets their ribbon cutting ceremony!
The ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Taylors Falls Elementary School last week, with a guest of honor-- Hall of Fame inductee Duane Olson doing the cutting. Supt. Dean Jennissen is hold end to right. Prinicpal Jason Riebe is in the center next to Olson and kids and staff are also getting involved.  Taylors Falls got a new media center, remodeled areas for expanded class space and a new entry, among other building improvements authorized by voters in a referendum that also allowed the district to borrow funding for a new elementary school in Chisago City and the Wildcat Community Center.

Friday, February 14, 2020

WinterFest brings out the sleds, old and new
North Branch WinterFest always attracts the snowmobilers, and this year was no exception. The collection of sleds parked  at JJ’s Pizza and Bowl is a draw for vintage snowmobile lovers, like these guys looking over the entries last weekend.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Park usage fee gets early look
Chisago County’s Park Board has sent a recommendation to the County Commissioners to adopt a new user fee and tournament/large event fee for county parks.  The County Board discussed the proposal February 5, with new County Parks Director Joe Tart and Environmental Services Department Director Kurt Schneider.
Friday, February 14, 2020

Sex offender meeting well-attended
A public notification meeting in North Branch, February 6, alerting the community  of a registered sex offender moving into Lent Township, was attended by about 30 people.
Friday, February 14, 2020

Center City Council meets shorthanded, gets crime stats
The organizer for Chisago Lakes/Beyond the Yellow Ribbon gave an update to the Center City Council at the regular meeting last week, minus members Lloyd Vetter and Madonna Higgins.  Beyond the Yellow Ribbon became an official organization, under the parent umbrella,  last May and has been busy building its military family services and roster of volunteers, said organizaer Cory Boogaard. He explained that when contacted by a serviceperson or a veteran or family, the first thing checked is if there’s a program through the county social services/veterans’ office that would be useful or provide needed help.  The Beyond the yellow Ribbon mission is to do the things that aren’t readily accessible.  The group adopted families for the holidays, and cleaned summer storm damage, installed donated handicap access ramps, things like that, he said.
Friday, February 14, 2020

Select senate committee holds hearings on state's role in creating housing that's affordable, and streamlining code regulations
The Minnesota Legislature is back in session as of Tuesday this week, but over the break, since adjournment last spring--a select committee of five senators started holding hearings on one especially vexing issue: affordable housing. A research organization estimates Minnesota could use 125,000 more units than what’s currently being made available.  
Friday, February 14, 2020

Taylors Falls Council briefs...
The agenda before the Taylors Falls City Council, member Ross Rivard absent, was a quick one Monday this week, Two grant opportunities were authorized for city groups to apply for:  one is a communications radio funding program through FEMA and the other monies would be for the HPC to compile design standards guidelines for Angel Hill.
Friday, February 14, 2020

Celebration of the Lakes is really back...bigger and better than ever!
This is one of the tougher columns for me. That’s because this paper went to print before the “Official” decision on suitable ice thickness for the Celebration of the Lakes has been okayed by the Sheriff.  All things are pointing towards a “full go” for the celebration as I write Tuesday, so...this weekend marks the return of the newly branded, re-invented Celebration of the Lakes.  The official kick off  is Friday with the beginning of the medallion hunt. All clues will be posted at the Chamber building in Lindstrom.  At 4:30 pm, there is a snowman building contest in Moberg Park (on Hwy 8) in Chisago City.  Supplies and snow will be provided, just come ready to build.  Also at Moberg Park on Friday there will be candlelight snowshoeing. Food trucks and Anderson’s will be there serving ice cream.
Friday, February 14, 2020

Focusing on casseroles
We are in the season of comfort foods otherwise known as soups, oven meals and casseroles. I am going to focus on casserole meals today.
Friday, February 14, 2020

Kids enjoy Wolf Ridge Center overnight camping
The Chisago Lakes Middle School annual overnights to the environmental learning center in northern Minnesota had a great week to be outdoors...this is Tom Tengwall’s class on site. Mr Hinsch’s class followed...the Wolf Ridge Center is near Finland, MN.
Friday, February 7, 2020

LID meeting seats members; at-large seat needs filling
About 80 people voted in the Lake Improvement District election Monday this week. Current at-large member, Steve Paquay was seated to represent Area 4. This creates an empty at-large post.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Farmers need to be aware of nitrogen restrictions in fall
As of fall 2020, nitrogen fertilizer applications on farm fields will be restricted in areas of Chisago County determined to be vulnerable to groundwater contamination.
Friday, February 7, 2020

North Branch Council grants more time to Terry's Disposal
Terry Flor’s Conditional Use Permit remains in effect, but he has until June 30 to bring his business property on Harder Avenue into compliance with clean-up stipulations imposed by North Branch.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Mental heath help is available and free, Super Bowl show was umm....
As I wrote last week, we have some amazing seminars for the public this weekend regarding mental health.  Chisago Lake Lutheran Church in Center City is holding three seminars beginning today, and running on February 12 and 19.  The title is Mental Health & Faith with guest speaker Rev. Cary Wilkerson.
Friday, February 7, 2020

'Peanuts, get your peanuts here'
It’s all about nuts today... specifically peanuts. This legume, which is a nut, is also called a ground nut, earth nut, monkey nut and goober. They grow on small green busheds about 18 inches tall. When the flowers on the bushes fade, their stems fall down and go into the ground where they develop into pods. Peanut grow inside these pods and remaining underground until they are dug up, just like potatoes. The circus gets credit for informing the general public about the peanut. When the Barnum and Bailey Circus rolled across the country, it brought with it lion tamers, clowns, acrobats, and peanut vendors who walked around the grounds shouting “Peanuts, peanuts, get your peanuts here!” Many Americans who had never heard of the peanut before the circus came to town ate their first one under the big top. Don’t ask where the peanuts originated... that’s another story. So it’s peanut recipes today.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Water & Light complaint to go before NB City Council
The North Branch Water & Light commissioner facing anonymous complaints about his “conduct” will be invited to meet with the North Branch City Council.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Lady Vikes hold off last ditch effort from Wildcats
North Branch 37, Chisago Lakes 35
For two teams that can lack scoring punch at times, the North Branch-Chisago Lake match up went as most figured: a low-scoring, defensive grinder.
North Branch held a slight lead at halftime, only to see Chisago Lakes power back and take the lead before a late Viking run gave them the much-needed victory.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

It's that time of year again...
It’s that time of year when area heating, cooling, appliance and plumbing service company owner William Sherk gets to do his part to balance the universe, and push-back on the tragedy of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Thursday, January 30, 2020

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