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August 14, 2020

Application set for small business relief grants
The Chisago County Board August 5 authorized the small business relief grant application, clearing the way for county businesspersons to apply for $10,000 max grants, to help pay expenses related to Covid-19.   The grants are not meant to replace lost revenues, but can be applied to cover excessive expenditures to enact coronavirus measures and employee protections between March and December 2020. 
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

North Branch hosts Gov. Walz, and 'Telecommuter Forward'
A rain-soaked morning in North Branch drove a visit from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz from the front lawn of the city hall inside, to the council chambers.
Friday, August 14, 2020

North Branch set for hybrid learning
Students in North Branch Area District 138 will either be educated starting in September through distance learning K-12 or will attend school in the classroom. 
Friday, August 14, 2020

Chisago Lakes unveils reopening plan
ISD 2144 Superintendent Dean Jennissen, Chisago Lakes Schools, released the district reopening plan the end of last week, that a task force of some 60-plus district officials, instructors, etc. have put together. 
Friday, August 14, 2020

Small business relief monies; county application and distribution okayed
The Chisago County Board August 5 authorized the small business relief grant application, clearing the way for county businesspersons to apply for a $10,000 max grant, to help pay expenses related to covid-19.  The grants are not meant to replace lost revenues, but can be applied to cover excessive expenditures to enact coronavirus measures and employee protections between March and December 2020. 
Friday, August 14, 2020

Don Danielson - teacher, speaker and now author
Lindstroms’s Don Danielson’s  childhood was "lake oriented."  Camping, hunting, fishing, trapping, traipsing, ice-skating -- most anything associated with their backyard lake.  Never in his wildest dreams did he envision writing a book about the outdoors. Yet here he is with his first book “Come Autumn, Memoirs of a Hunter”.  

Friday, August 14, 2020

Shafer Council discusses bills
Shafer City Council met August 4 for a regular meeting.  All members were present as well as five in attendance.
Friday, August 14, 2020

Police looking into Lindstrom Planning Commission hacking
When governing units all over Minnesota are using a platform oftentimes hosting dozens of people logged-in ...something was bound to upset the applecart, and it did.
Friday, August 14, 2020

Still time to get your luminary; a get-away was the perfect medicine
My wife and I recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and now that the kids are gone, we decided to take a mini-vacation with just the two of us.  Let me begin by saying how much easier on the pocketbook renting a one bedroom cabin is.  We ended up staying in Orr, Minnesota, which is west of Lake Vermillion.  We have driven by the lake a bunch of times prior but never stopped to take a look.  Pelican Lake is a stunningly beautiful lake that is dotted with islands.  We stayed for four days and had such a great time.  If you have thought about visiting Pelican, I would urge you to do so.  The people in the community are so nice.  One thing I did notice was the use of masks is almost non-existent.  The only people I noticed wearing masks were waitresses and cooks.
Friday, August 14, 2020

Not just corn on the cob
It’s that wonderful veggie, corn, today. Looking through articles that pertained to corn, I came across this delightful legend concerning corn tamales that saved Cortez and his men from starvation and death. It seems that when the Indians finally realized that Cortez was not the Great White God, they decided to run him out of town by treating him like the usual enemy… depriving him of food.
Friday, August 14, 2020

Teen girl seriously hurt in Shafer Township
The sheriff’s office reports a 15-year-old girl was air lifted from the scene of an ATV crash Thursday morning, Aug 13. The authorities were called by a resident in Shafer Township, reporting witnessing a crash about 9:50 a.m. 
Thursday, August 13, 2020

Region's sewer system to be run by corporate group
The Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commission met in special session Friday, July 31 and voted to put their money and trust into privatization.
Friday, August 7, 2020

Heartland bus is fare-free
The Heartland Express two-county transit system, serving Isanti and Chisago residents and businesses, is free to ride for the remainder of 2020.
Friday, August 7, 2020

KUBBers mark five years; virus no obstacle
There was something going on in a Chisago City yard, that opened out at the end of a long driveway off Lofton Avenue;  something that’s been going on for a thousand years, by many accounts.  
Friday, August 7, 2020

Fairview lot subdivision and prelim plat for Green Lake Villas; plus Applewood Nursery design OK'd
Land use issues dominated much of the discussion at the July 28 Chisago City Council meeting.
Friday, August 7, 2020

Chisago City Council reviews process for $135,000 in virus business relief
Chisago City has been allocated $377,901, based on population, in federal funds as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act. The funds can be used to reimburse costs of necessary, unbudgeted expenditures incurred by governmental units and local businesses between March 1 and Dec. 30, 2020, as a result of the Covid 19 public health emergency. The funds were issued by the federal government and are administered through the State of Minnesota.
Friday, August 7, 2020

North Branch Council gets earful of upset for Facebook activity
The first third of the North Branch Council meeting last week was taken up with public comment, with people filing into council chambers to talk  on a topic the city council did not even have on the agenda.  This was apparently public response triggered off of a Facebook page statement that a city council member may ask to pursue an investigation of issues and actions that marred the city’s utility the last year and a half. 
Friday, August 7, 2020

Swedish Immigrant Trail grows even further
County officials were on-site observing the bridge placement for the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail Tuesday this week. In photo: Parks Board member Judy Chartrand next to retired county parks director Laird Mork, left.  In back row, Chris DuBose, county commissioner; with Joe Tart, current parks director; Gregg Carlson in orange vest; with Kurt Schneider, county environmental services director and right, Joe Sausen, founder of the non-profit County Parks & Trails Foundation.  More photos on page 6.

Friday, August 7, 2020

School is starting soon - maybe... I wear a mask, but in my car?
We finally moved our son back to Mankato for another year of college, or so we hope.  As of right now the plan at MSU is to have about half the classes hybrid where half the students would come in for labs one week then the other half the following week. The classes that are not lab oriented sound like they will be online only. 
Friday, August 7, 2020

Use the abundance of summer squash in these delectible dishes
I am going to give you squash recipes. Not winter squash (I don’t want to think about winter) but zucchini and yellow summer squash. I bet you thought I forgot about zuc recipes. Not a chance! The soft-skinned and soft-fleshed squash with a shiny surface, are best when they are six to eight inches long. Larger squash tend to be dry and mealy inside. The entire squash is eaten -- seeds and skin included -- mashed, sauteed, stuffed, baked in casserole dishes and even made into jam (with a little pineapple added to the jam recipe)
Friday, August 7, 2020

Covid-19 not getting in way of Girl Scouts' pursuit of Silver Award, en route to Gold
In the era of Covid-19 when even the Minnesota state fair waved the white flag, two Girl Scouts found a way to forge ahead on their summer battle plan for earning a Silver Award.
Friday, July 31, 2020

New W&L Commission meets for first time
The new five-member North Branch Water & Light Commission met last week for the first time.  Chris Bibeau’s seat was the only carryover term retained from the discarded three-person group.  He is joined by appointees Thomas Hals, Nathan Keech, Mic Dahlberg and Terry Smith.
Friday, July 31, 2020

Taxes back on track, penalty grace period done
If you held-off on paying your property tax when county commissioners gave you some extra time, extending the non-payment penalty deadline in light of Covid-19, you were part of a small crowd. 
Friday, July 31, 2020

Half-year finances look fine for North Branch
Despite concern about  shortfalls in property taxes due to covid-19 in turn affecting local government budgets, and state aid being cut due to reduced revenues passing through the state;  North Branch Financial Director Joseph Starks said at last week’s city council work session, the city is “on track” in his the mid-year fiscal snapshot.
Friday, July 31, 2020

Flor revocation delayed; waiting on County vote
The City of North Branch granted local waste hauler Terry Flor until the end of June to have his business base, on north Harder Ave. cleared of disallowed recyclable materials that were in violation of conditions of his permit.  He has unauthorized materials like mattresses,  appliances, mechanical equipment, metal containers and other items still on site.
Friday, July 31, 2020

ArtReach's 10th annual member's show can be viewed in a socially distanced gallery or online
The 10th Annual Members Show at ArtReach St. Croix opened on Thursday, July 9 with a mostly outdoor reception. This year’s exhibition features work by 39 member artists and represents many different kinds of art most was created by artists who live or work in the St. Croix Valley.
Friday, July 31, 2020

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