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October 3, 2022

Stacy City holds annexation comment session with Lent Twp.
Stacy City Council met September 13 for a regular meeting. All members were present.  The meeting began with an open hearing to the public for the future potential annexation of a portion of Lent Township.
Friday, September 23, 2022


Wyoming takes another step towards city facility projects; hears issues at open mic
Wold Architects will move forward on developing bid documents and provide construction management for a Wyoming city hall, public works facility re-do and public safety/fire hall structure.  Council agreed to contract for the services from Wold for $397,000.
Friday, September 30, 2022

End of season road report includes wild parsnip battle

The end of season report given by the county engineer to the County Board, included the announcement that wild parsnip has developed a troublesome presence on county road rights-of-way,  and there’s going to have to be some comprehensive herbicide spraying.  Engineer Joe Triplett said the department has been unable to keep up with eradication of this particularly noxious plant,  and an herbicide contractor will be active on roadways in the coming days.  Triplett said the highway department is cooperating with Chisago County Soil and Water Conservation District invasive plant specialists in this effort.

Friday, September 30, 2022

County adopts early 2023 levy
The maximum county levy for 2023 was established by the County Board last week unanimously, but everyone made a point of stating that this can be reduced between now and December.  The action put the levy at a 6.9 percent increase or a local levy of $45,453,000.
Friday, September 30, 2022

Code amendment for slaughterhouse permits sent back to planning commsssion
The land use amendment requested to allow for slaughterhouse operations under certain conditions, in the rural areas of the county is headed back to square one. 
Friday, September 30, 2022

Chisago Lakes crowns homecoming king and queen!
Twin brother and sister Dan and Bri Wille were crowned the Chisago Lakes Homecoming King and Queen on Monday, September 26 at a schoolwide pep rally. The pair were picked from 10 candidates on each side. The Wildcats will host St. Francis for homecoming on Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m. Food trucks will be open before the game starting at 5 p.m.
Friday, September 30, 2022

Water & Light manager says work to commence on Hwy. 95 in October
The North Branch Water & Light utility commission met last week for about one half-hour with Commissioners Baxter and Peterson absent.
Friday, September 30, 2022

Homecoming week in Chisago Lakes, come out and have some fun!
The Chisago Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce did a great job decorating local businesses last week. You will notice a great fall theme at many businesses in our area that includes hay bales, pumpkins and gourds.  Like it or not fall is here - I miss summer already...
Friday, September 30, 2022

Homecoming brings back memories
It’s Chisago Lakes’ homecoming this week, so I’m sure the parties will be aplenty for all of the home activities and the main event football game against St. Francis on Friday night.
Friday, September 30, 2022

Review, comment online for Highway 8 future framework
Representatives from the cities along Highway 8 saw their ideas and issues related to the highway;  all in one place, September 28 at the Chisago Lakes Area Library.  City specific drawings and general information are also posted on the Chisago County HRA/EDA website for public education and input. If you have a few minutes up to the feedback deadline of October 5, take a look at the chisago county HRA/EDA website and click on  “presentation boards” listed about in the middle of the home page under Highway 8 Strategic Framework.
Friday, September 30, 2022

North Branch crowns homecoming royalty
North Branch Homecoming is already happening, Friday night, with the regular events taking place including the game at 7 p.m. against a new cooperative high school Rock Ridge, a combination of Virginia, Gilbert-Eveleth area students.  Pictured are  Queen Juliana Orellano and King Kelly Steele, chosen by the student body for the festivities this week. Coronation was Monday.
Friday, September 23, 2022

North Branch Council voting on budget next week
The North Branch City Council, with Patrick Meacham participating on-line, last week took a quick look at next year’s levy and budget. Council will vote Sept. 27 setting a maximum for 2023 taxes so there is a figure the county tax statements can be calculated from for upcoming mailings.  By end of December the final numbers need to be adopted. Elected officials, between fall and end of the year, are allowed to reduce numbers enacted but can not increase them.
Friday, September 23, 2022

LAPD gets contract, levy up seven percent
The cities of Lindstrom and Chisago City are sharpening their pencils to work a 7.4 percent Lakes Area Police Department budget increase into property tax levies, while also tackling  non public-safety needs.  The budget for the law enforcement agency shows costs shared 50-50 by the two cities are proposed to go up in each by $67,751.
 

Friday, September 23, 2022

Lent Twsp. hosts Walk for Animals
Northwoods Humane Society held its popular fundraiser Saturday at Lent Township Hall, called Walk for Animals. Northwoods is on Hwy. 8, just outside of Forest Lake in Chisago County.  The organization took in a total of 1,388 animals last year and adopted out 1,258.
Friday, September 23, 2022

CLJSTC continues to fine tune Veolia contract language
Well into the privatization of the publicly-owned sewer assets, that serve the south end of Chisago County, there are still questions about cost sharing and responsibilities. The Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commissioners met this week, with Lisa Iverson absent,  and discussed a few lingering issues.
Friday, September 23, 2022

North Branch gets good news with credit rating boost
The financial situation for the City of North Branch has brightened with recent upgrades in the city credit profile, giving Moody’s Investors Service reason to increase the rating for general obligation debt to A1 from A2.  The rating is an important factor in borrowing and impacts interest rates attached to loans and how the city is viewed as an investment.
Friday, September 23, 2022

Lindstrom City Council sets max levy; agrees work still to be done
The Lindstrom City Council last week was somewhat divided on adopting next year’s maximum levy as a couple council members requested more information, particularly on other cities’ salary increases. They weren’t comfortable supporting the proposed six percent pay hike for city staff being included in the formulas. 
Friday, September 23, 2022

What a great way to end summer, Kids Outerwear Fair next week
Last weekend Shafer held its 100 year celebration of Shafer Days.  Congratulations to the city and the residents for a great celebration.  As always, the weather can be a bit dicey in mid-September but the clouds cleared and made for a beautiful weekend.
Friday, September 23, 2022

Bobbin' for apples
It’s officially apple season in the Norton household, as Aly has been cranking out her famous homemade apple sauce, and we’ve been picking apples at our neighbor’s house, a friend’s house, and now my in-law’s house who  moved a lot closer to us this summer from Warroad.
Friday, September 23, 2022

State extends Water & Light, ECE territory revision review
The state has extended the deadline for comments and responses in connection with  an application before the MN  Public Utilities Commission, altering the service territory of the soon-to-be-former North Branch Water & Light.  The deadline to comment to the PUC electronically is now September 20 and the deadline for any responses to those comments is Sept 30.
Friday, September 16, 2022

Taylors Falls hotel agreement extended, levy won't change much
The real estate deal that had a deadline of September to sell the city lot on mainstreet Taylors Falls to a boutique hotel developer, has been extended.  Would-be buyer Amy Dills acknowledged defaulting on the original deal, and asked the city council Monday night this week to give her more time to finish engineering details and line up financing. The deadline for the sale was moved to December 26.
Friday, September 16, 2022

Let's Go Fishing East Central non profit hits 1,000; third boat coming
The non-profit Let’s Go Fishing chapter in this area has just gone over the 1,000 participants mark, a genuine milestone for what is currently a two-pontoon-boat operation.  And, not any too soon, Let’s Go Fishing is in the midst of adding a third boat to accomodate demand, according to Rick Olseen, local organizer and Let’s Go Fishing Board member.
Friday, September 16, 2022

GoBoat Motel redevelopment plans scrapped; new VRBO code adopted
The survey for a trailhead in Center City for the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail corridor generated over 100 responses and the results are still being compiled.  Mayor Jill Behnke told the city council last week the results will be shared at a future public meeting, yet to be scheduled.
Friday, September 16, 2022

Wyoming City Council adding $466,000 to preliminary levy
Wyoming City Council was short one member when the preliminary levy for next year came up for a vote last week. The 2-2 vote on the proposed maximum levy at a 9.7 percent increase, meant the motion died. (Member Ohnstad was absent) 
Friday, September 16, 2022

Rush City Correctional Facility not taking visitors due to COVID concern
The Minnesota Department of Corrections has closed off visitation at the Rush City Correctional Facility until further notice, due to an explosion of covid-19 positives among the population.
Friday, September 16, 2022

Shafer Council agrees to 13% preliminary levy hike for 2023
Shafer City Council met September 6 for a regular meeting. Council member Patti Kowalski was absent.
Friday, September 16, 2022


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