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May 26, 2022

STAR ratings for charitable gambling released by state
Annually the Chisago County Press shares data and star ratings for area charitable gambling organizations.  The Star Rating system was created to quickly show the community at what level the organization is supporting lawful expenditures to charity endeavors.
Friday, May 13, 2022

North Branch Council sees concept for old Main Street School lot
In other business during the regular North Branch City Council session, following the special joint meeting with utility commissioners:
Council heard of an Eagle Scout project approved by Parks, Trails and Open Space.  Collin Van Tassel will build and install bluebird nesting boxes in the Clayton Anderson Memorial Nature Park.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Electric assets sale terms approved, ECE okay is next
In a special meeting last week with three of five North Branch city council members and all Water & Light Utility Commission members attending— officials voted in support of continued negotiations on a purchase agreement with East Central Electric (ECE) cooperative, for disposition of North Branch’s electric distribution system assets. 
Friday, May 20, 2022

St. Bridget's gives Hannah's Arms a rest; boutique remains
St. Bridget of Sweden Church in Lindstrom has put Hannah’s Arms, Saturday parenting and family crafts sessions, on hold.  The Baby Blanket Boutique, however,  does continue to provide goods to support families with new children or expecting, and remains open to the public two days each week. 
Friday, May 20, 2022

Wishes & More comes through for Grace
In a wooded North Branch neighborhood of recently-built suburban family homes clad in earth tone exteriors;  it’s impossible to miss the blindingly white English cottage, complete with dormers, pink trim and flower boxes bursting with blooms.
Friday, May 20, 2022

Roundabout project to impact Lofton, Green Lake Trail & Chisago Blvd.
Construction on the roundabout at the intersection of County Road 24 (Old Towne Road) and County Road 23 (Lofton Ave. & Chisago Blvd.) south of Chisago City will begin the week of June 6, with the road closure & detour happening on the 8th, after school is out for the summer.  Given that this intersection is situated between the lakes and there is not a good or easy way to detour traffic here, the traffic impact will be substantial.
Friday, May 20, 2022

Is that the dump? Nope just South Center
Saturday afternoon we decided to take a boat ride after a long day working in the yard.  We like to just slowly putt around the lake and unwind like alot of folks do in this area.  We were over by Pancake Island on South Center when we passed a group of four 20-somethings on a pedal boat.  The boat was barely above water, it was clearly meant for two people. But there were two men paddling in the front and two women on the back enjoying beverages.  Heck it was warm out, I was enjoying a beverage myself.  But as we passed them, a girl on the back finishes off her beer in a bottle, shakes the bottle and proceeds to throw it in the water. 
Friday, May 20, 2022

Finally, it's grilling season
I look forward to grilling season every year. The sweet smelling smoke wafting in your face, the seasonings, the meat, everything about grilling is great. I love grilling sides, and the nice weather that comes with it. And boy is spring the perfect time. A little breezy, not too hot. It just screams at you to get your butt out on the deck or patio and fire up the grill and make a good meal.
Friday, May 20, 2022

Storms rip through Lakes Area, causing damage
A quick and dramatic rise in air temperature and strong winds wreaked havoc on the Chisago Lakes Area, Monday this week,  from Chisago City- Lindstrom to Taylors Falls. Hundreds of trees were downed in the region, creating a long day and night of work for power restoration crews.  According to staff, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation campus employees in Center City were told in excess of 100 trees fell.  Above,  is a view looking south on Olinda Trail at the high school in Lindstrom. 
Friday, May 13, 2022

SBA honors local entrepreneurs
National Small Business Week arrived last week in North Branch, bringing a special recognition for the owners of the Sunrise Flour Mill in the North Branch industrial park, who got into grains and the milling busness as a hobby at first. 
Friday, May 13, 2022

Center City not having a lucky year; council hears of sampling water
Center City had just bounced back after experiencing the theft and destruction of a city pickup truck, and now the latest mishap has city insurers reviewing coverage for a crash involving a  Center City Fire department rig and a passenger car.  The rig was part of honoring deceased firefighter Brian Olson, and was returning from the funeral when the collision occurred in Lindstrom.  Reports are the car involved missed a red light and T-boned the rig.
Friday, May 13, 2022

Chisago Lakes Prom 2022 was a dream for students!
Chisago Lakes 2022 Prom-goers gathered for a photo Saturday, May 7.  Prom took place at Earle Brown Center in the Twin Cities.
Friday, May 13, 2022

Covid situation status quo for Health & Human services
The federal emergency order issued under President Trump in 2020, in response to the pandemic, has been extended again to mid-July.
Chisago County Health & Human Services Director Robert Benson told the County Board this national action has resulted in giving staff a brief reprieve, as their workload will be impacted with a return to normal status.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Love storms - until they wreck your house
Wow - that’s all I can say.  The storm that came through Monday was a real eye-opener.  First, the radar looked bad, then it looked like it was all pushing more northerly and...wham.  Our house is in Center City and from the looks of it, Center City took the brunt of the storm.  I’m not going to pretend to be a meteorologist (although some say I have the hair for it) but the way our two very large trees that are now uprooted are lying it sure looks like wind rotation.  We had one tree fall across the road and the other tree fell directly onto our house.  The wind was then so strong it blew the tree down along the roof to the other side.  Tornado? Who knows - probably not.  Incredibly frustrating? Absolutely.  Sorry about the chain saw noise you will be hearing all summer long.
Friday, May 13, 2022

Already time to dip a line into the water
Last year at this time, I shared some of my favorite fish recipes in honor of fishing opener, and we’ll do the same this year.
Friday, May 13, 2022

North Branch applicants for city council appointments have May 23 deadline
If you have been considering applying for the vacant seat on the North Branch City Council there’s only a few days to act.
Thursday, May 12, 2022

Highway 95 week-long road closure in Franconia Township begins May 16
Motorists will encounter a road closure and detour on Highway 95 in Chisago County on Monday, May 16 as crews complete a drainage repair project.
Thursday, May 12, 2022

North Branch prom a perfect night for many
North Branch Area High School Prom 2022 was held last weekend, at Kellerman Event Center in White Bear Lake.  Pictured is a group gathered in one of the spaces.  The historic building has been restored and decorated to handle intimate occasions or large gatherings and prom-goers enjoyed the location.
Friday, May 6, 2022

Stacy-Lent merger agreement has a ways to go before it is sent for state OK
A draft agreement, supposedly incorporating recommendations from both Lent Township and Stacy city officials,  detailing a proposed merger of the City of Stacy and Lent Township was revised and re-written for over two hours Monday night.  The agreement remains incomplete and a second joint meeting was scheduled for May 19 at 7 p.m., at Stacy City Hall.
Friday, May 6, 2022

Bluebirds can bring happiness
In 2003 local birder Gloria Peterson attended the Minnesota Bluebird Recovery Program Expo, held in North Branch.  As the conservancy effort working to reboot numbers of bluebirds continued over the ensuing 19 years,  those glorious and perky birds became part of her life. She was recruited at that expo to monitor a length of a bluebird nesting box trail, “I have a hard time with the word no,” she quipped. 
Friday, May 6, 2022

North Branch soliciting apps for council seat
North Branch City Council saw a council member step down as of April 19.  Amanda Darwin notified the city administrator she needed to resign ASAP for personal reasons and council last week then officially declared a vacancy.  Darwin was not in attendance at the council meeting April 26.
Friday, May 6, 2022

Local Girl Scouts collect for Troops from Minnesota
Girl Scout cookie season 2022 has just ended. This year the girls learned how to run a successful business despite the challenges of supply chain shortages. They faced a peanut butter shortage that affected the availability of two kinds of cookies. A shortage caused by lack of packaging impacted two more varieties. The girls persevered and collected more cookies for donation this year than they did in 2021, collecting close to 500 more boxes for donations! Thank you to all of the customers who supported them and who donated cookies to Treats for Troops from Minnesota. Girls across the Mid Du Lac service unit (Chisago Lakes Area) from troops  56332, 56329, 57764, 57426, 57664, 57663, 57926, 57765, 57939, 58114, 58290, 58251 and 58242 collected 1,370 packages of cookies this year to be distributed through Treats for Troops from Minnesota, to thank the men and women serving our country.
Friday, May 6, 2022

Annexation agreement ambassadors
Two members of the Lent Town Board came to the April 26 Chisago City Council meeting to seek Chisago City’s collaboration in pending annexation discussions. Lent Town Board Chair Rick Keller and Vice Chair Troy Nelson came to the council meeting to talk about Lent Township’s proposed merger with the City of Stacy and to invite Chisago City to be part of an orderly annexation process.
Friday, May 6, 2022

Point Pleasant to add age 55+ townhomes
Chisago City Council approved a preliminary plan, a conditional use permit, variances and sale of land all related to Ecumen’s plans to add 22 rental townhomes for adults aged 55 and older at Point Pleasant Heights, 28600 Fairway Lane, Chisago City.
Friday, May 6, 2022

Mothers Day is not to be taken lightly
This Sunday is Mothers Day.  One day a year we honor those beautiful women who raised us and made us the women and men we are today.  One day.  Something wrong with that reasoning.  Mothers Day should be celebrated multiple times a year if not quarterly.  Okay maybe that’s a little aggressive, but after living through what I put my mom through and looking back now at her never ending love and support when I most certainly didn’t deserve it, she should have a statue dedicated to her. 
Friday, May 6, 2022

Finally! Let's spring into fresh recipes
Now that “second winter” seems to be over, we can finally move on to the springtime recipes that I’ve been holding on to!
Friday, May 6, 2022

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