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March 28, 2020

Second case of COVID-19 confirmed in Chisago County
As of Thursday night, March 19, local authorities confirmed there has been a COVID-19 diagnosis of a Chisago County resident.
Friday, March 20, 2020


Chisago County Board holds special meeting staying on top of virus situation
Chisago County Emergency Operations Manager Scott Sellman gave the Chisago County Board an update Wednesday on the county response and operations efforts connected to the covid-19 virus situation.
Friday, March 27, 2020

Community pitching in help and hope
North Branch bus drivers (4.0 Student Services) are pitching- in and bringing bagged meals to a number of disbursement sites in the North Branch District.  Bus distribution is from 3 to 4 p.m. daily.
Friday, March 27, 2020

Operations of govt., democracy being revised, reworked
The number of incidents of confirmed coronavirus in Chisago County grew Friday last week and no doubt will continue to.  The second person ill with covid-19 in this county was announced  March 20, two days after the first case was declared. The two subjects are in their 30s and 40s and neither had any travel history, so Chisago County Public Health Department Administrator Courtney Wehrenberg said officials are assuming these are “community acquired.”
Friday, March 27, 2020

Gravel to be thing of the past; Peterson wins roundabout bid
If you are not a fan of gravel roads-- just hang around for five more years or so and then there will only be 11 miles of gravel left in the county.  Under the five year transportation plan the County Board recently reviewed, County Engineer Joe Triplett explained that the county is doing well on identified projects, but there’s still much to address.
Friday, March 27, 2020

Lindstrom Council to interview seven who seek vacant city council post
The process of filling a vacant seat on the Lindstrom City Council was finalized last week, when council set March 30 and 31 as interview dates for seven people who have filed letters of interest.  The idea is to be prepared to choose an appointee at the April 16 council session.  Member AnnMarie Brink’s last meeting was February, and there are about eight months remaining on the term.  The seat then goes on the November ballot.
Friday, March 27, 2020

Local street has impromptu 'social distancing' parade with spare time
Many folks found themselves with all sorts of spare time with the state-wide shutdown of non-essential businesses and limited gatherings, so one neighborhood in Chisago City got creative.
Friday, March 27, 2020

Chisago City cancels meeting, restricts access to city offices, DMV
At a brief March 17 emergency meeting, Chisago City Council members sat in a circle six feet apart and took several actions to protect the public, city staff and themselves from COVID-19.
Friday, March 27, 2020

North Branch Water & Light grants retirement request for former GM
The former general manager for North Branch Water and Light,  Mark Petsche, was granted an official retirement date of January 31, 2020 in unanimous action by Water and Light Commission members, after a closed session March 17. 
Friday, March 27, 2020

Shafer City Council gets good audit news, future meetings on-hold
Shafer City Council met March 17 for a regular meeting. All members were in attendance with attorney James Monge and engineer Lucas Jones absent.
Friday, March 27, 2020

All County Veterans' Memorial pavers still available as year 15 celebrated
The year 2020 marks 15 years since a group of local veterans had the foresight to envision a lasting tribute to those who serve--the All County Veterans Memorial in Lindstrom.
Friday, March 27, 2020

Click bait? Not here, you can help make masks for SCRMC
What a week.... not going to delve into the negatives of the national problem - there is enough of that everywhere you turn.  I like to focus on the good.  Tell me my head is in the sand and I'm oblivious, I don't care.  For days I followed each and every latest breaking news any outlet would put out.  What did that get me? I'm pretty sure there was the beginning on an ulcer in my stomach and my sleep pattern was non-existent.  When I say that I focus on the good news it doesn't mean I ignore everything, I pay attention to the Governor because his pressers have an impact on all of us.  I read the synopsis of the President's pressers.  But just take a look on the internet and how the headline writers thrive on end-of-the-world headlines, being part of the media I am utterly and thoroughly disgusted.  This situation is as serious as it gets, but instilling fear achieves nothing - but clicks.
Friday, March 27, 2020

If the soup mood hits you
I don’t have to tell you that hopefully, the cold and snow of winter is past. I saved calendars back to 2009 or older, as I like to look back and see what was going on at this time a few years ago, such as high and low temperatures, grandkids sports activities, and in the winter, when it’s ICE OUT, printed with a bold pink marker. Ice fisherman of the north land... heads up! This is how it went... May 2 ‘13, (Can you believe that!) March 18, ‘12, (on March 19, it was 79 degrees and on March 26 it was 37 degrees.) April 12, ‘11, March 30, ‘10 (no snow at all in March) and March 6, ‘09. We’ll see what this year brings.
Friday, March 27, 2020

Chisago County Board holds special meeting staying on top of virus situation
Chisago County Emergency Operations Manager Scott Sellman gave the Chisago County Board an update Wednesday on the county response and operations efforts connected to the covid-19 virus situation.
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Impact of COVID-19 containment effort being felt throughout Chisago County
The reality of school being closed for the whole state of Minnesota-- has brought home the seriousness of all things related to coronavirus.  In the wake of the no school order, basically a host of other sites closed-off in Chisago County;  where numbers of people might congregate or be grouped together in close quarters.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Franconia Township seats Sparby
The 162nd Annual Franconia Township meeting was held Tuesday, March 10 at Franconia Town Hall.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Council looks into water filtering
Stacy City Council met March 10 for a regular meeting. All members were present.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Update from Fish Lake, Sunrise Townships
The incumbent supervisor won in Fish Lake Township last week. Corey Johnson received 36 votes to challenger Chad Hoppe’s eight votes.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Chisago Lake Township annual meeting lightly-attended
There were a couple dozen folks attending the Chisago Lake Township annual meeting last week. With no contest for the supervisor seat election, retained by incumbent Sherry Stirling, things are pretty quiet. And, Clerk Jeanette Peterson won every vote of the 23 ballots cast.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Lengthy discussion at Lent annual meeting gives new plow truck OK
The annual Lent Township meeting got underway at the Lent Town Hall on Tuesday, March 9 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

North Branch City Council grant JJ's license extension
There were two North Branch City Council members participating in last week’s meeting via remote technology and two in the chambers, with the mayor absent.  Business items handled included approving an extension to the JJ’s liquor license,  in light of an issue of non-compliance.  The type of license requires having a full service restuaranton-site, which the city became officially aware had not been the case at JJ’s since February 27.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Lakes Area Police crimes, services on a gradual rise
The four members on the Lakes Area Police Commission heard last week that part one and part two crime incidents are up slightly from 2018.  Lindstrom City Council member AnnMarie Brink’s successor, Laurie Burington, attended her first session.  Brink resigned due to a change in residence.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

North Branch School Board adopts budget trimming plan
The North Branch School Board stuck to the plan and unanimously approved the recommended budget reduction measures, in a Board meeting early this month, re-scheduled due to spring break.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Vitamin rich broccoli recipes
When I was at the grocery store last week standing in the produce department, I was looking at my list of foods I was going to buy. Looking through my list I remembered I’d forgotten to write down something that I wanted to get for part of our supper meal. So I stood there. (I bet that’s never happened to you, it comes with age!) Then my brain kicked in. It was broccoli! The dark green bunches were staring me right in my face. We don’t have to think about what is in season. I’ve said before, we are grateful that we have fresh fruits and veggies right at our fingertips all year round.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Local volunteers needed, food access sites announced in NBAPS district
Not surprisingly-- area food shelves are looking for volunteers as their usual roster of community helpers has decreased due to the coronavirus virus ripple effects. Family Pathways would also appreciate your food donations, pet food, hygiene items etc. coming in to support their mission. Food shelf locations are in the Chisago City industrial park off Liberty Lane, west of Lofton and north of Hwy 8, and in North Branch, a half-block south off mainstreet, on the one-way at Pizza Pub.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Chisago County buildings closed to non-essential services
The COVID-19 virus is a health pandemic according to the World Health Organization. It is becoming increasingly concerning for the United States and Minnesota. Chisago County continues to prepare and implement the best practices to limit the spread of the virus to you, your family, and your community.
Thursday, March 19, 2020


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