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March 19, 2019

Local charter school reassures parents
Members of the school board for the local charter school, Phoenix Academy, put on their game faces; wrestling with a meeting agenda last week they clearly would rather not to be dealing with. 
Thursday, March 14, 2019


Park donation on Sunrise River to be discussed by North Branch Council March 19
The North Branch City Council has received a request from the Schmidt Family and the Trust for Public Land for a letter of city official support to acquire 55 acres for a passive park. The parcel is east of Grand Ave. and north of Highway 95, and has 15 acres abutting the Sunrise River. 
Thursday, March 14, 2019

See conservation through a youthful and local lens
If she’d been born a musician, then Cadence Eischens would no doubt be writing songs for i-Tunes or YouTube spreading an activist message about conservation. But, she’s a photographer.  So she uses images, to show people just how key it is to support all things in the natural world.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

HHS director at her final County Board session
Health & Human Services Director Nancy Dahlin was on the County Board agenda last week for the final time in her 30-year career of working in public health and social welfare programming. Dahlin lives outside of Rush City,  on part of a farmstead that’s been in her family since 1902.  She  gave an emotional final monthly wrap-up.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Chisago Lakes to act March 21 on revising budget
The Chisago Lakes School Board plans to take a vote next week, March 21, on proposed budget reductions to implement for the 2019-2020 school year.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

North Branch Schools budget reduced by $2.3 mill
The public hearing for citizen feedback on proposed budget reduction measures for North Branch Area Public Schools last week attracted very few people. The 20 or so FCCLA Club student-members in the audience were the exception. They wore their red club logo shirts to demonstrate opposition to eliminating this program, and FACS (Family and Consumer Science)  due to the advisor being one of the 37 full-time equivalent staff positions to be eliminated.  


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Center City Council hears request from bars for docking expansion
Three bar-restaurant owners approached the Center City Council last week to see if the city would consider purchasing dockage, providing boaters space on North Center Lake, to tie-up within walking distance of the business district.  The city provides a small dock for tie-ups, which was donated by Jill Behnke and there’s also  a larger wood fishing pier on that end of the lake--not suitable for docking-- provided through a MN Department of Natural Resources pier grant program.  Boaters are also allowed to beach their craft on the shoreline.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Uggh more snow, Vikings trip to state was amazing, sub winners
Okay it's official - I am sick of the snow.  I have always been one that says I can take the snow but not the bitter cold temps.  My feelings are beginning to change.  It is one storm after another.  Now they say we are possibly going to have thunderstorms this week on top of all the snow? Someone is not happy with us.  Last week I wrote about bringing my ice auger for the May fishing opener, I have changed my thoughts about the opener. I may just fish off the ark or at the very least off the top of my house.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Veggie and bean chili goodness
It is the season of lent in the Christian church. At this time many people do not eat meat on Friday. When I was growing up Mom was very strict about observing this practice.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

80 year old mystery-fire deaths, topic of book
Few headlines on the Chisago County Press front pages from the 1930s ran all the way across the width of the paper, but this one did.  A mother and her seven children died in a house fire in April 1933 and the magnitude of this tragedy warranted the top of page one. 
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Split vote grants TIF development agreement amidst continued opposition
The Lindstrom City Council voted 3-2 last week;  approving the development agreement with Northland for its proposed 92 apartments, marina and restaurant complex, on Hwy. 8 at the east edge of South Lindstrom Lake.  Councilmembers Ann Marie Brink and David Waldoch were the no votes.
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Blue signs program funding tapped, up to township fees now
The blue signs that carry parcel fire identification numbers, making it easier for  emergency responders to locate an address in the country,  have been installed using the last of outside funding that Chisago County accessed for this.  
Thursday, February 28, 2019

County Engineer: Department ready for winter to exit, preps for 2019
Chisago County has accepted its last delivery of road salt, and is at the max it can order tis season...so highway personnel are crossing their fingers that winter exits on a speedy note.  County  Engineer Joe Triplett said, “I think we’re sitting all right,” regarding the department responding to (hopefully not many) storms.  He added the lastmultiple bouts with snow left the plow operators needing a little break.
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Emergency communications agreement re-worded, distributed as interim contract
There are still issues to be straightened out and avenues to be explored, but the county commissioners agreed February 20 on language for an interim emergency radio system subscription and use contract. 
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Public works to get a streamlined working process for storm water
The Wyoming City Council met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, February 12, going over a handful of topics for approval.
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Shafer City Council discuss truck damage, sex offender ordinance
Shafer City Council met February 19 for a regular meeting.  Council member Terry Smith and city attorney James Monge were absent.
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Home Show brings mixed emotions with excitement for the near future
This weekend is a sad and exciting event all wrapped into one. The 2019 Chisago Lakes Home, Garden and Business show is this Saturday and Sunday. 
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Good for you, great tasting too

I am going to give you recipes using sweet potatoes today. This great-tasting, good-for-you veggie can be used in many ways, as in boiling, baking, frying or microwaving. They freeze well after being cooked, and don't put them in the fridge unless they are cooked. They get an A+ in nutrition. One medium sweet potato provides about 135 percent of the recommended vitamin A, more vitamin C than a tomato, plus vitamin E, B-12, potassium, fiber and just a trace of fat. All of this with only 130 calories.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Sex offender public hearing draws many at Lent Township
Close to 100 community members came out on a snowy Tuesday night for a community meeting about a Level 3 sex offender (Frank Aguilera) who will be moving to the area of Frontier and 320th Street in Lent Township.
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Center City, county dealing with water line freeze at old jail
The water service that connects into the empty county jail in Center City apparently has frozen, and water was gushing into the lower level of the building as city leaders and county officials met at Center City Hall Tuesday morning to lay out a plan. 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Auctioneer Hall of Fame welcomes LeeAnn Vande Kamp
It was 1991.  Local auctioneer LeeAnn Vande Kamp was an auctioneer-in-training clerking and recording bid numbers for veteran auctioneer Frank Imhofe. He suddenly tossed the bidding action over to her and excused himself.
Friday, February 22, 2019

North Branch Council back to running at full strength
The North Branch City Council appointed Joel McPherson to the empty seat, created when Jim Swenson was successful in his run for mayor.  The vote was 3-1 February 12, with Swenson opposed.
Friday, February 22, 2019

North Branch Foundation distributes proceeds to cover school needs
Friday, February 22, 2019

Review of first concepts for Lakeside School, Fairview properties raises environmental, density concerns
Members of the Chisago City Park Board, Economic Development Commission and Planning Commission gathered in the city council chamber Feb. 12 to review a high-level concept plan for potential future development of the Lakeside School property on the west end of the city, and the former Chisago Lakes Hospital site on the east. In addition to city officials, more than 25 citizens, many of them residents around Little Green Lake, packed the council chamber for what was billed as a workshop meeting.   
Friday, February 22, 2019

Stacy Council OK's nine year abatement for Fox Valley Metrology
Stacy City Council met February 12 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.
Friday, February 22, 2019

Snow, snow oh no... Chisago Lakes Home show is coming
I can't believe I am sitting here looking out the window at yet even more snow and more to come, like three more rounds still.  I have long told people that I don't mind the snow, it’s the bitter cold I can't stand.  I still stand by what I say, but trying to find somewhere to throw the freshly shoveled snow is starting to hit a nerve.
Friday, February 22, 2019


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