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October 20, 2020

Chisago Lakes High School moving to all distance learning model starting Monday, October 12
The Chisago Lakes High School will be implementing a distance learning reset period for grades nine through 12 starting on Friday, October 9 after multiple students have tested positive for COVID-19.
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Fish Lake Township crash victim has died
The lone victim airlifted October 9 from a motorcycle crash scene on Anchor Avenue has died. The Chisago County sheriff’s office reports being advised by Hennepin Health that 44-year-old Daniel David Wagner, of Harris, passed away six days after being hospitalized. 
Monday, October 19, 2020

Special legislation for North Branch wireless internet effort fails
Monday this week in the fifth special session of the 2020 Minnesota Legislature, a bill was introduced to give North Branch a last ditch opportunity to fund internet improvements. It failed. 
Friday, October 16, 2020

$8 million for Highway 8 in just-passed bonding bill
The $8 million for future Highway 8 improvements authorized in the state bonding and jobs bill, passed in special session, was good news for local officials working to keep the projects on-track. House member Bob Dettmer voted in support of the bonding bill. Rep. Anne Neu and Brian Johnson voted no. The tally was 100 to 34.
Friday, October 16, 2020

Another segment of the Swedish Immigrant Trail opened!
The latest segment of the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail opened and many gathered for celebration Saturday, Oct 10.  This portion was made possible through a grant from the Environmental Trust Fund.  The off roadway trail now connects seven miles from the trailhead at Taylors Falls City Hall, westerly to a little past the city of Shafer.  A section east of Center City is undeveloped but then the trail picks up again in downtown Center City and continues to Chisago City.  Future plans are to connect the SIRT to the Sunrise Prairie Trail, in Wyoming. A trail from Washington County is also planned to be continued north from Scandia to Lindstrom.
Friday, October 16, 2020

Taylors Falls Lighting Festival parade, etc. are being held
With several visitors in the council chambers masked up and seated six feet apart-- the Taylors Falls City Council heard Monday night this week that barring any wave of local Covid-19 cases come November-- the Lighting Festival will still be happening. 
Friday, October 16, 2020

4H Youth Support 'Viking Vittles'
Northern Lights 4H Club of Chisago County is working with Viking Vittles for our Community Pride project!
Friday, October 16, 2020

County Board okays financial incentive for A1 Tire Service
The County Board met in person October 7 minus Commissioner George McMahon. Most county staff continue to report-in remotely for their items on the agenda, with the exception of the head of Environmental Services Kurt Schneider and HRA/EDA Director Nancy Hoffman who were in the room. 
Friday, October 16, 2020

North Branch School Board goes on tour of sites; hears activities faves
The members of North Branch School Board toured learning spaces and saw newly-installed mechanical and electrical/lighting as part of a Board tour of facilities last week.
Friday, October 16, 2020

Center City Council wrestles with short term rental regs; hears public works employee out for months
The county recently enacted a licensing process for Short Term Rental properties;  and Center City council had its first encounter last week applying this regulation within city borders. 
Friday, October 16, 2020

Halloween is still taking place, just a modified version, lots to do
This Saturday the Chisago Lakes Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group has a special event and you are invited.  They will be hosting Frank’N Steins at Moberg Park in Chisago City.  The event will feature two bands; Mean Gene and the Woodticks and the Devon Woorley Band.  The beer garden (socially distant) will open at 4pm and will feature beer from the Uncommon Loon. You will also be able to purchase food from Deutschland Meats beginning at 4 p.m. as well.  They will have t-shirts and steins available for purchase.  They do ask that you please bring cash.  See you there!
Friday, October 16, 2020

From dessert to casseroles
We are in the season of winter squash…….acorn, butternut, buttercup, hubbard and more that I don’t know about as there are so many shapes and sizes to choose from. Their hard to cut through so be care full when you’re cutting them. When cut, I use an ice cream scoop to scrape out the seeds and stringy flesh.
Friday, October 16, 2020

Heartland bus driver faces charges
A bus driver for Heartland Express faces felony theft charges for allegedly pocketing multiple fares that riders handed over as they boarded her bus. Incidents between September 30 and October 16, 2019 were cited in the criminal complaint.
Friday, October 16, 2020

Special session bill is make-or-break for North Branch internet plan funding with CARES Act dollars
Monday this week in the fifth special session of the 2020 Minnesota Legislature, a bill was introduced to give North Branch several extra weeks to spend its CARES Act monies. The deadline for cities to have their appropriations spent is November 15. North Branch asked Senator Koran and Representative Neu to get special legislation approved to extend this to December 30. (Rep. Johnson who also has a section of North Branch in his House district was not listed on the legislature’s website as a co-author.)
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

North Branch Council vacancy to be filled by appointment
North Branch is accepting applications to appoint someone to fill the council vacancy created by the Brian Voss resignation. Council agreed Tuesday October 13 to set an October 30 deadline for applications to be submitted. 
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Wyoming Police seek body worn camera policy adoption, devices could be on-the-street by December
Wyoming Police hold a public hearing with the city council November 4 to review a policy implementing body worn cameras. The Wyoming Police department has the policy posted on the website and on social media (Twitter) and there is a survey if citizens also want to participate in that. On Wyoming City website go to the Public Safety lettering on the home page.
Friday, October 9, 2020

Scouts and Foster Shoppe; positive pair
My Girl Scout Troop and I recently earned our Bronze Award by helping foster children. We learned about foster children in Minnesota and Chisago County and how we could help them. We found this organization called ¨Safe Haven Foster Shoppe¨ and learned about their mission. They provide backpacks filled with blankets, new clothing, pajamas, shoes, personal hygiene items and a book.
Friday, October 9, 2020

'Owlls' help Ojiketa put best face forward
The Chisago City Parks Department would like to recognize this great group of volunteers, affectionately known as the O.W.L.L.S. group (Ojiketa Wednesdays laughs lunch and service), according to Doris Zacho, Parks Superintendent, the unbelievable amount of work that the O.W.L.L.S. have done in Ojiketa Regional Park since this group was established is hard to comprehend. “This group has done wonders for the structures and overall beauty of this heavily used park.”
Friday, October 9, 2020

N.B. Water & Light new union contract ok'd on a 5-0 vote
The five members of the North Branch Water and Light Commission last week unanimously adopted a newly-negotiated union contract for the utility employees.  The contract is effective January 2020 through December 2021. 
Friday, October 9, 2020

Fire Prevention Week is our time to thank those among us; fair time
This week is a big week locally.  This is Fire Prevention week.  This is normally a week where al the local fire departments go and visit the schools and show the kids all of the bells and whistles on a fire truck  It is also a week that usually has open houses for the public to come see what their local fire hall has been up to.  It goes without saying that Covid has its say this year and sadly most fire departments have been forced to postpone their open houses until hopefully next year. 
Friday, October 9, 2020

More about apples plus salads
Apples, apples, apples and more apples! Are you tired of apple recipes? This might be the last column using apples, but one never knows!
Friday, October 9, 2020

NBAPS sees COVID-19 numbers grow at Area Education Center, moves Pre-K to first graders to remote learning
The North Branch Area Education Center has reported six new cases of COVID-19 since Wednesday, September 30, and by October 8 the decision was made to shift Pre-Kindergarten through first grade students to remote learning.
Thursday, October 8, 2020

County Board gets COVID-19 update and medical van purchase approved
The Chisago County Public Health department is hearing that a lot of people are running into delays and obstacles in getting tested for COVID-19. The county hears you and is working on it. 
Thursday, October 8, 2020

FSP shows off new facility
Scenes show the new education, creation, retail and gallery spaces in the Franconia Sculpture Park Commons facility.  The supporters’ attribution wall greets visitors.  The outdoor deck allows visitors to enjoy the vista and fresh air.  Franconia Sculpture Park is open for October Fest with special food and entertainment Oct. 17 from 3 to 10 p.m. 
Monday, October 5, 2020

North Branch adopts lowest levy hike in years
North Branch’s levy and budget for 2021 were adopted last week in regular session.  The increase is less than many surrounding cities have been adopting, Finance Director Joseph Starks was quick to point out.  The final numbers get adopted in a few weeks, but the preliminary hike is 1.99 percent, which compared to the last six years or so, is the lowest growth adopted.
Monday, October 5, 2020

Cares Act assistance: apply by October 21
Even as Covid-19 case numbers keep growing with the virus nowhere near contained-- the money that is meant to relieve some of  its negative economic impacts is disappearing.  Chisago County small businesses and non-profits are reminded that the deadline for CARES Act assistance to boost your bottom line is October 21.
Monday, October 5, 2020

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