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February 25, 2021

Water and Light Commission vacancy could be addressed soon
A resignation from the North Branch Water and Light utility commission has city council venturing back into the process of appointing a member, again.  The utility commission went to five members from the traditional three-member format not long ago,  and council solicited new applicants for filling those seats.  The one remaining original commission term expired this January —and council filled that when the incumbent chose not to reapply.  The latest vacancy is created by Vice Chair Emil Dahlberg departing.
Thursday, February 25, 2021


Celebration of the Lakes a welcome event, even in the cold!
Finders of the Celebration of Lakes’ medallion were Ashley and Reese Shopa.  The clues led these ace hunters to locate the medallion, hidden at the new bridge on the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail outside of Taylors Falls.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Kids begin returning to school in the area
Thanks to the Taylors Falls Parents for Education, all students (Mrs. Greene's first grade class pictured) had a special pizza treat and special decorations to commemorate the day.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Arrowhead route info available for entire county
The Arrowhead Transit organization is releasing updated schedules and fare information for Chisago County in anticipation of the March 1 switch over of the Heartland Express format. 
Friday, February 19, 2021

Stacy City Council stays busy in Covid-19, subzero times
Stacy City Council met February 9 for a regular meeting.  Council member Tony Olivolo was absent.  The Press learned Olivolo passed away the following day.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Nuisance ordinance fine-tuned; Muddy Cow to open this spring
North Branch has adopted a nuisance ordinance that staff assured city council will now provide the city the proper tools to address parcels generating complaints. The ordinance “eliminates ambiguity” according to City Administrator Renae Fry, who reminded council members last week that the city’s been working on this updated ordinance for quite some time.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Celebration of the Lakes was great, dodgeball and snow sculpting up next
Wow, thank goodness this cold spell is hopefully over for the rest of the winter.  That was an incredibly long spell that we just endured.  I had the pleasure of dealing with frozen pipes both at the Press and at our house we recently purchased.  Apparently the trick to not spend a whole weekend trying to thaw pipes is to let the faucet just trickle out over night when the temps get the coldest.  Thanks to Kevin at EZ Testing for getting us back on track.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Take brownies to the next level
I am going to tickle your sweet tooth today. The focus is on different varieties of brownies. But first, I have a couple tips for you. If you are on a low-fat diet, consider substituting apple sauce for the oil (same amount) in your brownies and use only egg whites. Also, when both shortening and eggs are called for in a recipe, first put the egg into a measuring cup. Swirl it around, then add to batter. Next measure the shortening in the same cup... it will slide right out. Also, if you would rather not use frosting in a can, you can make your favorite chocolate frosting for a 9x13 cake. When greasing a cake pan, grease only the bottom of the pan. The brownie or cake top will be even rather than rounded at the top.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Arson charges dropped in 2020 structure fire incident
The prosecution has dismissed one charge of arson against a former Rush City resident, due to a vital witness being unavailable. The felony charge against Matthew Mahlon Niles, 27,  had been connected to a fire that consumed a structure on Government Road, in March 2020.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Wyoming sees 2021 street work feasibility report, OK's hybrid for P.D.
The Wyoming street improvements projects feasibility study was accepted by city council members last week, with member Dennis Schilling absent. The work will go out for bids next and opening of bids should be in April/May, council was advised.
Monday, February 15, 2021

UPDATE: Fatal crash west of Rush City Friday morning
The preliminary details of the two vehicle crash in Nessel that kiled three men are starting to come together, although the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office can not release the names of victims just yet.
Friday, February 12, 2021

Center City addresses major fire equipment needs
The Center City Fire Chief brought a laundry list of capital equipment needs to the city council’s budget committee last week making a case for about half a million dollars in expenditures. 
Friday, February 12, 2021

Water & Light finalizes disconnect notices; mural project gets early okay
North Branch Water and Light Commission Chair Terry Smith brought his black velvet bag of magic tricks to last week’s meeting, literally. He had placed marbles in the bag and whoever pulled out the white marble  would be on the utility’s two member personnel subcommittee.  James Baxter, newest commission appointee,   pulled the white one and joins Chair Smith on the subcommittee.   
Friday, February 12, 2021

Franconia, Chisago Lake townships not broadband state grant finalists
Chisago Lake Township and Franconia Township were not on the list of grantees for the much anticipated state 2021 broadband project financial assistance. 
Friday, February 12, 2021

Romantic meal at home
Today it’s all about romantic meals for you and your sweetheart.  These recipes are bound to put you in the mood....to eat!
Friday, February 12, 2021

Grumpy Old Men Worship Service at CL Lutheran
As part of the Chisago Lakes Chamber of Commerce Celebration of The Lakes, Chisago Lake Lutheran Church is having its 2nd Annual "Grumpy Old Men Worship Service" at Chisago Lake Lutheran Church, Center City at 9 a.m. on Sunday, February 14.  It will be a Drive-up Outdoor Worship Service in the Lower Parking Lot of the church. Stay in your car...or...wear your Long Johns and Grumpy Old Men Clothes, bring a chair/lawn chair,  sit on a 5 gallon bucket and pretend fish! It's a 30 minute service. Bring your own coffee or hot chocolate to enjoy.  CDC requirements: social distancing, wearing masks  And no smoking please.
Friday, February 5, 2021

As of March 1 Arrowhead Transit absorbs Heartland Express

Arrowhead Transit is the new name behind Heartland Express as of March 1.  The new organization defined as “county centered” is still working on details about Chisago County’s transit structure.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Chisago Lakes crowns Snowcoming King & Queen
Homecoming kind of came and went during covid-19 peak so the Chisago Lakes High School is celebrating Snow Days instead.  Monday there was a coronation ceremony celebrated in the school gym, with only immediate family members allowed, but it also aired on the CL YouTube channel.  The King is Jaxsyn Lundeen and Queen is Maggie Wille.
Friday, February 5, 2021

NB wireless internet project on track, city council hears
Genesis, a wireless internet service provider, based in Braham, anticipates having point to point wireless available for customers in North Branch by the end of this month. 
Friday, February 5, 2021

Vaccine is close, just a bit longer... Celebration of the Lakes stuff to do
As we patiently wait for the vaccine to be available for many of us, the sense of seriousness is real.  Looking at the COVID-19 numbers in Chisago County, it appears we have had 4,550 cases total.  That is 831 per every 10,000 people, bringing the positivity rate to right around eight percent.  Sadly we have also had 36 deaths in our County.  It seems like yesterday when we had a story of the first fatality from the pandemic.  It is so close, we can get through this..keep trying hard and we will come out on the other side.
Friday, February 5, 2021

Cold weather rule: eat soup
Millions of Americans eat soup each day. I would be in the 75 percent bracket of that statement. Chicken soup is our favorite, with homemade noodles. Mom always told us, “When you have a cold, make some chicken soup.” Is it just an old wives’ tale? According to doctors at Miami’s Mount Sinai Medical Center, mom was right. “For a long time, doctors have believed that drinking any hot liquid eases cold symptoms, but research has proved that hot chicken soup is especially beneficial. In a study of ways to clear up nasal mucus, doctors compared sipping chick soup, hot water and cold water. “Chicken soup has a decongestant effect,” says a pulmonologist from Mount Sinai.” So, in this cold winter weather, make chicken soup!
Friday, February 5, 2021

I-35 drive by shooting suspect gets maximum sentence
The district court in Center City held a remote hearing Monday morning this week to send Trinidad Garcia, 28, of Forest Lake, to prison. He was sentenced to 120 months as the maximum for a drive-by freeway shooting and concurrent 60 months, for illegally possessing a firearm.  A third count of second degree assault was deemed to be a lesser offense and was not considered at this time in the judge’s pronouncement of sentence.
Friday, February 5, 2021

First defendant in Harris stabbing death sentenced
A local woman accused of aiding and abetting a stabbing death outside of Harris last summer was sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison this week. 
Friday, February 5, 2021

Truck-car crash on I-35 sends Lindstrom man to hospital
A Lindstrom man reportedly sustained injuries in a two-vehicle crash, about 3 p.m. on I-35 Sunday Jan 31. 
Monday, February 1, 2021

Lindstrom Council revises former Meredee's/Dinnerbel agreement; ponds with invasive goldfish to be poisoned
The agreement between the City of Lindstrom and the company behind a proposed restaurant, marina and apartment complex on the site of the old Dinnerbel/Meredee’s has been revised, again.  Project financing issues remain unresolved but in the meantime, Northland asked the city council to agree to revise the Tax Increment Financing contract wording that is integral to assisting in making the project happen.  Lindstrom will redirect approximately $3.3 million in property tax payments back to Northland to cover expenses for the project. The expected revenue is based on the “increment” equal to the increase in parcel value,  from what it generated as an undeveloped unimproved site and its estimated $14 million new project valuation.
Friday, January 29, 2021

Kids happy to be back in school
District 2144 students appeared happy Tuesday this week, spending time again inside of Taylors Falls Elementary, and other elementary grade buildings— as the Chisago Lakes District green and gold days calendar started up again.  Half of students are in the building at a time in the every other day hybrid model.  The middle school and high school were to open with a gold day, Wednesday, for their start of the third term.  Later in February students will all have additional days of in-person learning.  A color-coded calendar is on the district website www.isd2144.org.  Distance learners enrolled in the Wildcat Academy program and ECFE kids are on a separate calendar and specific information is being sent directly to home addresses.


Friday, January 29, 2021


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