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March 1, 2021

Water and Light Commission vacancy could be addressed soon
A resignation from the North Branch Water and Light utility commission has city council venturing back into the process of appointing a member, again.  The utility commission went to five members from the traditional three-member format not long ago,  and council solicited new applicants for filling those seats.  The one remaining original commission term expired this January —and council filled that when the incumbent chose not to reapply.  The latest vacancy is created by Vice Chair Emil Dahlberg departing.
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Driver killed in two vehicle head on
A semi truck-pickup crash on Highway 95 in Scandia killed an 86-year-old Forest Lake man February 24.  State Patrol says Victor Falkner was northbound about 5:50 p.m. on Highway 95 at Pilar Road, when he crossed the centerline in his Colorado truck and hit the southbound 2011 International truck head-on.  The 43-year-old truck driver from Roosevelt, MN was not hurt.
Monday, March 1, 2021

People encouraged to be engaged in vaccine efforts
Each Monday around mid-day; the Chisago County Public Health page on the county website is programmed with an update on local virus data and to announce vaccination opportunities in the county.
Monday, March 1, 2021

County engineer brings roadwork update to board
You know spring is approaching in Minnesota when roadwork projects are lined-up to be awarded for bidding.  The Chisago County Board should be seeing a number of bids next month to be let, according to County Engineer Joe Triplett’s report last week. 
Friday, February 26, 2021

Township elections in early March
The township elections are approaching and local political parties are holding county conventions soon. 
Friday, February 26, 2021

COUNTY PARKS: Keeping up with the times
The Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail may have got ten the lion’s share of coverage in 2020 as a trailhead opened in Taylors Falls and gorgeous new bridges were set in place on a just-completed segment of the trail— but acres and acres of other county parks and trails  also deserve the spotlight. 
Friday, February 26, 2021

Lindstrom Council briefs..
In a very brief meeting last week, all five Lindstrom City Council members attended in-person and masked.  Council learned 10 companies visited the site  for the Allemansratt Park foot bridge and boardwalk projects for a pre-bid meeting with the city engineer.  Jon Herdegen said bid opening is March 3, and he hopes to have several bids to bring to council for their March meeting to select from.
Friday, February 26, 2021

Shafer City Council okays township road share, discuss park improvements
Shafer City Council met February 16 for a regular meeting.  The entire meeting was done virtually.  In new business, the council discussed the Shafer Township road maintenance contract.  The council was told that Shafer Township has a new grader and labor costs have gone up.  The existing hourly rate billed to the city is $125 and hour and the new rate would be $150 per hour.   Shafter Township spends an average of 10 to 12 hours a year on shared roads.  The council approved the increase unanimously.
Friday, February 26, 2021

Could a new joint sewer treatment contract be needed? - good question
The group of cities involved in the Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commission last week saw the full extent of services Veolia could provide, starting a review of expanding the contract with the private firm.  Veolia, a worldwide environmental services provider,  recently tookover the public wastewater system that serves Wyoming, Stacy, Chisago City, Lindstrom, Center City and county sites with a special sewer district (Hazelden/Government Center.)
Friday, February 26, 2021

Find your vaccine? The state has you covered, great fish specials everywhere
If you are like me and wonder if you will ever get your vaccine, the state finally has a website that will contact you when a vaccine is offered to your “group”.  If you go to MN Vaccine Connector  at www.mn.gov/covid19/ vaccine/connector. From there you will be easily directed to a questionnaire that will ask you simple questions including contact information so when the time comes, the state will notify you your vaccine dose is ready.  I get that not everyone is on board with the vaccine, and I am not going to judge, but speaking solely for myself, I am getting one.  Hopefully sooner than later.
Friday, February 26, 2021

Flavorful stews easy to prepare
Grandma was right. Chicken soup really is good for you. It helps a lot of colds to disappear magically and I believe it. Soups and hearty stews are healthful and inexpensive and will satisfy a hungry family. In many home, the Dutch oven or a large saucepan on the stove with simmering soup or stew calls for a “m-m-m-m-m something smells really good!” and it really does.
Friday, February 26, 2021

Celebration of the Lakes a welcome event, even in the cold!
Finders of the Celebration of Lakes’ medallion were Ashley and Reese Shopa.  The clues led these ace hunters to locate the medallion, hidden at the new bridge on the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail outside of Taylors Falls.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Kids begin returning to school in the area
Thanks to the Taylors Falls Parents for Education, all students (Mrs. Greene's first grade class pictured) had a special pizza treat and special decorations to commemorate the day.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Arrowhead route info available for entire county
The Arrowhead Transit organization is releasing updated schedules and fare information for Chisago County in anticipation of the March 1 switch over of the Heartland Express format. 
Friday, February 19, 2021

Stacy City Council stays busy in Covid-19, subzero times
Stacy City Council met February 9 for a regular meeting.  Council member Tony Olivolo was absent.  The Press learned Olivolo passed away the following day.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Nuisance ordinance fine-tuned; Muddy Cow to open this spring
North Branch has adopted a nuisance ordinance that staff assured city council will now provide the city the proper tools to address parcels generating complaints. The ordinance “eliminates ambiguity” according to City Administrator Renae Fry, who reminded council members last week that the city’s been working on this updated ordinance for quite some time.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Celebration of the Lakes was great, dodgeball and snow sculpting up next
Wow, thank goodness this cold spell is hopefully over for the rest of the winter.  That was an incredibly long spell that we just endured.  I had the pleasure of dealing with frozen pipes both at the Press and at our house we recently purchased.  Apparently the trick to not spend a whole weekend trying to thaw pipes is to let the faucet just trickle out over night when the temps get the coldest.  Thanks to Kevin at EZ Testing for getting us back on track.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Take brownies to the next level
I am going to tickle your sweet tooth today. The focus is on different varieties of brownies. But first, I have a couple tips for you. If you are on a low-fat diet, consider substituting apple sauce for the oil (same amount) in your brownies and use only egg whites. Also, when both shortening and eggs are called for in a recipe, first put the egg into a measuring cup. Swirl it around, then add to batter. Next measure the shortening in the same cup... it will slide right out. Also, if you would rather not use frosting in a can, you can make your favorite chocolate frosting for a 9x13 cake. When greasing a cake pan, grease only the bottom of the pan. The brownie or cake top will be even rather than rounded at the top.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Arson charges dropped in 2020 structure fire incident
The prosecution has dismissed one charge of arson against a former Rush City resident, due to a vital witness being unavailable. The felony charge against Matthew Mahlon Niles, 27,  had been connected to a fire that consumed a structure on Government Road, in March 2020.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Wyoming sees 2021 street work feasibility report, OK's hybrid for P.D.
The Wyoming street improvements projects feasibility study was accepted by city council members last week, with member Dennis Schilling absent. The work will go out for bids next and opening of bids should be in April/May, council was advised.
Monday, February 15, 2021

UPDATE: Fatal crash west of Rush City Friday morning
The preliminary details of the two vehicle crash in Nessel that kiled three men are starting to come together, although the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office can not release the names of victims just yet.
Friday, February 12, 2021

Center City addresses major fire equipment needs
The Center City Fire Chief brought a laundry list of capital equipment needs to the city council’s budget committee last week making a case for about half a million dollars in expenditures. 
Friday, February 12, 2021

Water & Light finalizes disconnect notices; mural project gets early okay
North Branch Water and Light Commission Chair Terry Smith brought his black velvet bag of magic tricks to last week’s meeting, literally. He had placed marbles in the bag and whoever pulled out the white marble  would be on the utility’s two member personnel subcommittee.  James Baxter, newest commission appointee,   pulled the white one and joins Chair Smith on the subcommittee.   
Friday, February 12, 2021

Franconia, Chisago Lake townships not broadband state grant finalists
Chisago Lake Township and Franconia Township were not on the list of grantees for the much anticipated state 2021 broadband project financial assistance. 
Friday, February 12, 2021

Romantic meal at home
Today it’s all about romantic meals for you and your sweetheart.  These recipes are bound to put you in the mood....to eat!
Friday, February 12, 2021

Grumpy Old Men Worship Service at CL Lutheran
As part of the Chisago Lakes Chamber of Commerce Celebration of The Lakes, Chisago Lake Lutheran Church is having its 2nd Annual "Grumpy Old Men Worship Service" at Chisago Lake Lutheran Church, Center City at 9 a.m. on Sunday, February 14.  It will be a Drive-up Outdoor Worship Service in the Lower Parking Lot of the church. Stay in your car...or...wear your Long Johns and Grumpy Old Men Clothes, bring a chair/lawn chair,  sit on a 5 gallon bucket and pretend fish! It's a 30 minute service. Bring your own coffee or hot chocolate to enjoy.  CDC requirements: social distancing, wearing masks  And no smoking please.
Friday, February 5, 2021

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