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June 5, 2020

Chisago Lakes graduates in style, despite the space between them
Chisago Lakes seniors officially graduated Monday afternoon. Students and families graduated in a “drive-in” style graduation while watching speeches and listening on the radio. Above, Will Saueressig shouts with joy leaving the ceremony.
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Lots of interest in Nov. election
The campaign 2020  candidate filing window closed Tuesday and those who have thrown their hats in the rings, as of June 2 include:
Thursday, June 4, 2020

North Branch officially expands Water & Light Commission, taking applications now
The North Branch City Council voted last week to replace the old city ordinance guiding Water and Light Commission appointments and membership,  to reflect new legislation expanding the commission from three to five.  Governor Walz signed the bill the day after the council meeting.
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Area food shelf program finds support through Hiram Lodge 287
Chisago Lakes Masons (Hiram Lodge 287), along with hundreds of caring community members, raised an impressive $5,926 for Family Pathways’ Chisago Lakes Area Food Shelf. As part of their annual community fundraiser these funds were matched (up to $5,000) by Minnesota Masonic Charities, bringing the total of funds raised to $10,926. Because of Family Pathways buying power and network of food providers, this funding translates into over 33,000 meals.
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Watershed District managers look to better coordinate weed control
Eurasian Water Milfoil is no longer a top priority for natural resources programs funded out of state coffers, leaving some independent lake associations taking on the responsibility for controlling this invasive aquatic plant.
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Changes ahead for joint sewage treatment facility?
Discussion at Chisago City’s May 26 meeting focused on critical public services: sewer, water and fire protection.
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Destruction hit close (too) to home; seniors make the best of hand dealt
So this weekend, what to say? I spent hours upon hours watching the absolute horrific death of George Floyd and the utter destruction of South Minneapolis.  I have a brother who lives just blocks from the 3rd Precinct Police Station which burned to the ground so my weekend was consumed with their safety as well as their home.  I am happy to say they are all fine and as I write this, their home is safe.  For now.
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Easy to make with four ingredients
It’s starting to feel like summer the past couple of days, hasn’t it? The earth has finally warmed and the angle-worms are having a hay-day wiggling about in the damp soil. I know because I added on to my little garden and when loosening up the soil, there they were wiggling all over the place! I have a coffee can to put them in, with soil of course and save them to use when I’m fishing off the end of the dock. This is what I call “recycling” the worm. They are loosening the soil and then they’re on a hook to help in catching that big sunny! I like to use the “old-fashioned” wormy way of fishing. Frozen or canned corn kernels work too!
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Shafer City Council meeting
Shafer City Coiuncil met May 19 for a regular meeting. All members were present with engineer Lucas Jones absent.
Friday, May 29, 2020

County unemployment at 9.4 percent
The data is out and the covid-19 measures as expected created a huge jump in unemployment for Chisago County.  The number exceeds the state average and now stands at 9.4 prcent.
Friday, May 29, 2020

County Board debriefed on Covid related operations
The County Board meeting May 20 was mostly a time for catching up...the commissioners were seated several feet apart in the Government Center Board Room, where they heard from a Public Health Administrator on virus-related activities, the County Engineer had an update on the construction season, the Environmental Services Director spoke of projects in the works and the County Administrator got some feedback on measures to re-open the Government Center, at the same time reminding the Board this is still “a long ways away.”
Friday, May 29, 2020

Schools' History Project brings video, audio, film and artifacts together
An exuberant group of local history buffs have ensured that a big chunk of the many Chisago Lakes Schools’ histories are in a collection and out there for all to enjoy.
Friday, May 29, 2020

A socially distant Memorial Day honoring
North Branch American Legion Post 85, and VFW Post 6424, performed Memorial Day services at six local cemeteries on Memorial Day morning. Due to the present health threat, event times weren’t publicized, and volunteers performed the services without rifle squads, to keep numbers in line with current guidelines. Post 85 commander Rick Hals, and Post 85 Auxiliary president Michelle Still, presided over the ceremonies. The veterans are proud, and honored to continue this tradition despite these difficult times.
Friday, May 29, 2020

County Board to act on new license for short term rentals
There is a new ordinance up for a vote on the County Board agenda June 3-- that if adopted, would impose rules on short term rentals, often known as  “Air B&B” and “VRBOs” and any properties, be it a cabin, yurt, rural mansion or a farmhouse,  being offered out to the public for temporary habitation. 
Friday, May 29, 2020

Utility employee takes over as GM, temporarily
The interim General Manager for North Branch Water & Light recommended last week that the utility commission needs to name a successor to the interim GM. There are no finalists selected yet to bring in as permanent General Manager, and interim GM Bob Cockriel of WSB Engineering has been under a contract that has gone beyond the original plan of 12 weeks, and he needs to move on.
Friday, May 29, 2020

Memorial Day was incredible; get your keys - time to send off seniors
Wow what an amazing turnout the area had for Memorial Day.  Nobody was sure what it would look like with the stay-at-home stuff, but people came out in droves. What was even more impressive was how people did consciously make an effort to social distance even with larger crowds. What it comes down to is just how much reverence and respect our area has for those men and women who have served our great country.  Taking time out of a long weekend to honor those men and women seems like it would be hard, but it’s apparent how important they are.  Thank you to all who came out, and thank you to the American Legions and the VFW’s for allowing us to pay our respects formally.
Friday, May 29, 2020

It's got to be rhubarb again
Now that everyone’s rhubarb is going to seed its time to enjoy its wonderful sweet-tarty taste!
Friday, May 29, 2020

Lindstrom Bakery treating 2020 seniors with cupcakes and a card
There’s so many things that the Class of 2020 seniors are missing out on: prom, graduation, last day celebrations, even large graduation parties. 
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Summer cancellations from COVID-19 concerns now include Karl Oskar Days and the County Fair
The Lindstrom City Council voted May 21 to call off Karl Oskar Days this summer.  The entire summer outdoor concert series Harmony in the Park has also been called off, in a follow-up vote after just the first two musical performances were cancelled last month.  Lindstrom City Council discussed the celebration and decided the events cannot be offered and still follow guidance for virus avoidance.  The council expressed hopes the events coordinator will be able to develop some sort of virtual experience for the KO Days Ambassadors and create something online in the vein of a Karl Oskar tribute or virtual event, to keep the community engaged.
Friday, May 22, 2020

EMS is important public safety partner
To mark EMS Week, Lindstrom Fire Department sent a photo of the  Lakes Region EMS team working with firefighters doing training. The fire department and others in the community celebrate all the emergency medical services for the desire to serve, and true dedication and skills EMS crews bring to situations. 
Friday, May 22, 2020

Covid-style commencements being announced
There will be contact-free diploma distribution for students of Wolf Creek on-line charter school for the upcoming graduation.  The school said guidance from the state directing districts to discourage any kind of physical proximity among members of the senior class and loved ones,  has resulted in scheduling a couple days for diploma pick-up;  which will happen in a 15 minute window that the student must reserve with their Learning Manager.  The days are Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5. The Wolf Creek school parking lot will be set aside for vehicles (two per student) and for posing for individual photos. 
Friday, May 22, 2020

Stabbing suspects apprehended swiftly
Two suspects have been charged in what the Medical Examiner concluded was a stabbing death in Sunrise Township,  Friday, May 15. 
Friday, May 22, 2020

Candidates filing until June 2, process impacted by no contact restrictions
Filing ends June 2 for federal, state and county offices.  It opened Tuesday, May 19 and the first in the chute at the county was incumbent Commissioner Mike Robinson, for District 5 on the County Board. (Below, purple on map)
Friday, May 22, 2020

Lions still doing their part
The Chisago Lakes Lions Club took to the ditches for thir annual spring cleaning day.  16 Lions came out before the rain and cleaned from Lindstrom to Chisago City. Lions who cleaned were: Kevin Stenson, Bonnie Vasatka, Doug Lumby, Mary Linehan, Don Bungum, Bob Jennissen, Jim Koenig, Mike Gray, Sally Swanson, Dan Swanson, Jim Wizik, Joy Koeppel, Beth Carlson, Laura Carlson, Gary Gerke and David Heldt.
Friday, May 22, 2020

The order is lifted, now it's time to help local businesses, green and gold
Well as usual in my column, I write about something and by the next paper it has already happened.  The Governor has gently opened the state up as of Monday morning. 
Friday, May 22, 2020

Simple ground beef casseroles
It’s about ground beef today, or hamburger, as most people call it. Many recipes tell us to drain off the fat after browning hamburger, but a lot of fat often stays behind. Even though it’s an unwanted contributor to cholesterol in the bloodstream, that fat, which rises to the top of whatever the final preparation is, it’s not good for us. Some five years ago, a physical chemist and physician published a sort of recipe in a journal of medicine to give home cooks a way of removing both cholesterol and fat from the hamburger.
Friday, May 22, 2020

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