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June 24, 2019

Deadline set on North Branch radio contract
The County Board voted unanimously last week to notify North Branch there’s a July 15 deadline for the city officials to get the ARMER contract signed, or North Branch will be disallowed from access to the talk groups and frequency. 
Friday, June 14, 2019

June means graduation - even in jail
Chisago County, with its just-opened public safety  facility, is expanding and enhancing rehabilitative programs for offenders.  The corrections part of what the public safety center represents is now prominently in the mix.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Enrichment Week rewarding for everyone involved
The Chisago Lakes Community Education department-sponsored “Enrichment Week” was on-going all this week,  in areas of the high school.  It was a full house of youngsters enrolled in everything from creating simple recipes to doing arts & crafts and making pottery,  to getting exercise playing floor hockey and dodgeball,  and a host of outdoor sports.  Above, the foods class and their session instructor Deena Parker, rear center, with their smoothies.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Chisago City debating tougher solar garden standards
Following a June 12 workshop session, the Chisago City Council appears headed toward extending its current moratorium on construction of solar gardens in the city limits. Without an extension, the moratorium would end June 20.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Thieling appointed to fill city council vacancy
The Stacy City Council met June 11 for a regular meeting.  The council began the meeting hearing from interested individuals seeking to fill the vacant council seat. Rebecca LaMotte stepped down a few months ago.  Five citizens expressed their interest. In the end, the council selected Dennis Thieling because of his familiarity with city workings. Thieling is on the parks board as well as a couple other city groups. 
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Raspberries and Kubb, both are awesome, letting out big exhale
The great folks behind Stepping Stones Preschool at Lakes Free Church in Lindstrom are having a sale.  Sadly they re closing their doors after 21 years of getting our local children ready for school.  They have been such a wonderful asset to the community and will be sorely missed.  After 21 years of teaching children, you may have guessed, they have amassed quite a surplus of items such as toys, books, arts and crafts and everything else that goes with young children in the classroom.  They are holding a sale this week and if you have young children, or if you run a daycare, or if you run another preschool in the area, this is a must for you.  As they say in the business, everything must go.  The sale runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Free Church.  They ask that you use the south door of the church - it will be easy to find.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

The secret to great muffins
Let's make muffins today, tomorrow, or whenever. They are quick and easy to make and a good “go along” with coffee, tea or milk or just to eat as a snack when you're hungry. Don't over-mix the dry ingredients with the liquid ingredients as it can cause the muffins to have little air tunnels or holes in the batter and ruin the texture. A minimum of stirring (no more than 15-20 seconds) is enough to break down larger lumps; smaller ones dissolve during baking. The batter may look like you haven't combined the ingredients well enough but do what it says in the instructions....don't over-mix!
Thursday, June 20, 2019

One airlifted from crash on Forest Blvd
The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office has identified a man seriously  hurt in a crash with a semi tractor trailer
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Bone Lake access closed for Zebra Mussel treatment
The public boat landing on Bone Lake in Scandia will be closed from Monday, June 17 through Wednesday, June 26 for a zebra mussel treatment pilot project.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Midsummer Grand Marshal gets well-earned nod
North Branch Midsummer Days Grand Marshal Dave Reider has manufactured parts for engines, generators and other machines and tools that you have certainly used at least once,  and maybe even daily;  and you’ve probably never given a second thought to it. 
Friday, June 14, 2019

See 'the channel' before it's too late
By now you have to have heard either by ear or social media.  The channel between North Lindstrom and North Center is navigable by boat. To say that the word is out would be the understatement of the year. Right now there are probably close to 200 or more boats per day navigating their way through the channel.
Friday, June 14, 2019

County Board, lawmakers review session outcomes, look to future
The County Board and three state lawmakers last week shared a rare visit with state lawmakers.  In recent years as the legislative sessions ended with “special” past-deadline action the local lawmakers didn’t make it to the government center.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Taylors Falls council gets trail head update, jail B&B sold
The Taylors Falls City Council gave a rezone and conditional use permit application a 4-0 approval vote, with John Tangen absent, paving the way for new owners of the Old Jail Bed and Breakfast property.  It won’t be a B & B any longer, but it will be available for short term stays, more like a vacation rental by owner or VRBO format,  the council was advised.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Center City public works has potentially costly problem
A potentially very costly flooding of a sewer manhole in Center City took up much of the city council’s time and attention last week.  Public Works Director Eric Garner reported with the level of North Center Lake rising;  the water could overtop an in-ground sewer access point at any time.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Shafer Council discusses blighted home on Reflection Avenue
Shafer City Council met June 4 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Get out to Harmony in the Park; Let's Go Fishing needs you
If you have not renewed your subscription to the Chisago County Press, this will be the last issue you will be receiving.  Every year we have to set a cut-off deadline and this day has come.  Just because you get cut-off doesn’t mean you can’t ever get the Press again, rather it just means you will need to send a payment or call us to get your subscription up and going again. We can get you re-instated in the matter of minutes.  You can mail a check to Chisago County Press: PO Box 748, Lindstrom, Mn 55045.  You can call us at 651-257-5115 to do it over the phone.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Anytime sweet treats
According to last weeks temperatures, summer is here, but not according to the calendar going from cloudy and cool temperatures to 85 degrees and sunny in a matter of a couple days brings out some complainers. It's too hot or too cloudy and rainy. I have three grandchildren who live in San Diego where the temperature flip-flops between 65 to 75 degrees but it does get warmer at this time of year. When I talk (actually talk!) to Kelly and if the temperature is in the 80's it's sweltering! Enough about the weather...it's always here!
Friday, June 14, 2019

Suspect in alleged Sunrise Township shooting/burglary no longer at-large
Chisago County authorities are letting readers know that a suspect wanted in connection to a shooting May 16 in Sunrise Township, has been apprehended. 
Friday, June 7, 2019

North Branch and Chisago Lakes celebrate 2019 graduates
The North Branch and Chisago Lakes high school classes of 2019 graduated June 2 and June 3 respectively. Student speaker at North Branch Ashley Darst compared the construction activity on-going at the school to how her classmates should anticipate life constantly changing.  Chisago Lakes had three speakers: English instructor Bryon Rogers, and students Emma Gervais, and Emilia Smith.  More photos from both commencement events inside.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Congress holds field hearing at local business
A subcommittee of the United States Congress held a 90-minute hearing last week, looking into the Internet’s limitations in rural America.  The companies providing communications services have no motivation to install infrastructure to very few customers in the country.  Access that is spread far apart and that is expensive to install is not cost-effective.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Hazelden campus to demo old units, build new
Several years ago Hazelden-Betty Ford,  in rural Center City,  adopted a long term plan to replace or renovate all six of its men’s treatment units. The addiction treatment and recovery services organization replaced the “Silkworth” and “Tiebout” units in 2014, with the construction of a new two-story building, succeeding the one-story capacities of the older duo. 
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Mayor challenges solar code amendments
An amended ordinance that would have ended Chisago  City’s six-month moratorium on solar energy construction failed to gain passage at the May 28 Chisago City Council meeting when Mayor Bob Gustafson put on the brakes.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Radio agreement still a no-go for North Branch Council
The North Branch City Council continued rejection of the interim emergency radio agreement with Chisago County.  The council last week was more divided than the first time the temporary agreement was turned down.  It voted 3-2 last week, with Council members Kelly Neider and Joel McPherson supportive of signing the temporary contract.  The county has been seeking signatures for a 2019-only agreement, meant to replace a five-year  emergency network accessibility and subscription agreement from 2012-2013.  The system is know as ARMER or Allied Radio Matrix of  Emergency Radios that is restricted as to talk groups and frequency accessibility,  which all came about after the 35W bridge collapse and  related communications difficulties.  Narrowbanding was ordered by the federal government after 9-11.  Chisago County built a set of new radio towers to improve signal connections and also provided area emergency responders with specially-programmed radios to become part of a new allied matrix in the state.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Life is fast...so darn fast, great news - summer means Harmony
Monday night I officially became an old person.  Our daughter and baby graduated high school making us empty nesters eventually (fingers crossed).  “Enjoy this now Matt because soon it will be gone” my dad would utter over and over again when our kids were little tykes.  Of course I would roll my eyes because when possibly could a parent know more than a young adult?  Never of course.   But dang it if the old boy wasn’t right.  In fact he was spot on about everything.  Why does it take us so long to realize things when we could be enjoying the moment while it’s actually happening?  Man, I would like a re-do.  Now that I have gone through making all of my mistakes, I would like a chance at actually being a good parent.  I know it’s not going to happen realistically but I will head down the same path as my dad and his dad and try to pound it into my kid’s heads to enjoy the here and now.  I hope I didn’t raise a couple of blockheads like myself.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

One of my favorite fruits
Today’s column is about one of my favorite fruits ...cherries. I guess I have a lot of favorite fruits and this is good. We are encouraged to include a good amount of fruits and veggies in our meal planning or as a snack. I was reading information about this fruit and didn't realize there were so many varieties that I'd never heard about. My favorite is the dark skinned bing cherry. I wait for them to be available in the produce department and they are here.
Many dessert recipes call for cherry pie filling so I'll go with that today.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Veterans brave a cold and rainy Memorial Day to honor those who've been lost
Veterans and the public weathered rainy, damp conditons Monday at Fairview Cemetery in Lindstrom.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

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