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August 10, 2020

Lindstrom peninsula building site to linger longer
Lindstrom City Planner Beth Richmond informed council last week the redevelopment site on the west end of the city is going to remain untouched at least until 2021.  She added, the developers “are switching strategies.” 
Friday, July 24, 2020


Region's sewer system to be run by corporate group
The Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commission met in special session Friday, July 31 and voted to put their money and trust into privatization.
Friday, August 7, 2020

Heartland bus is fare-free
The Heartland Express two-county transit system, serving Isanti and Chisago residents and businesses, is free to ride for the remainder of 2020.
Friday, August 7, 2020

KUBBers mark five years; virus no obstacle
There was something going on in a Chisago City yard, that opened out at the end of a long driveway off Lofton Avenue;  something that’s been going on for a thousand years, by many accounts.  
Friday, August 7, 2020

Fairview lot subdivision and prelim plat for Green Lake Villas; plus Applewood Nursery design OK'd
Land use issues dominated much of the discussion at the July 28 Chisago City Council meeting.
Friday, August 7, 2020

Chisago City Council reviews process for $135,000 in virus business relief
Chisago City has been allocated $377,901, based on population, in federal funds as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act. The funds can be used to reimburse costs of necessary, unbudgeted expenditures incurred by governmental units and local businesses between March 1 and Dec. 30, 2020, as a result of the Covid 19 public health emergency. The funds were issued by the federal government and are administered through the State of Minnesota.
Friday, August 7, 2020

North Branch Council gets earful of upset for Facebook activity
The first third of the North Branch Council meeting last week was taken up with public comment, with people filing into council chambers to talk  on a topic the city council did not even have on the agenda.  This was apparently public response triggered off of a Facebook page statement that a city council member may ask to pursue an investigation of issues and actions that marred the city’s utility the last year and a half. 
Friday, August 7, 2020

Swedish Immigrant Trail grows even further
County officials were on-site observing the bridge placement for the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail Tuesday this week. In photo: Parks Board member Judy Chartrand next to retired county parks director Laird Mork, left.  In back row, Chris DuBose, county commissioner; with Joe Tart, current parks director; Gregg Carlson in orange vest; with Kurt Schneider, county environmental services director and right, Joe Sausen, founder of the non-profit County Parks & Trails Foundation.  More photos on page 6.


Friday, August 7, 2020

School is starting soon - maybe... I wear a mask, but in my car?
We finally moved our son back to Mankato for another year of college, or so we hope.  As of right now the plan at MSU is to have about half the classes hybrid where half the students would come in for labs one week then the other half the following week. The classes that are not lab oriented sound like they will be online only. 
Friday, August 7, 2020

Use the abundance of summer squash in these delectible dishes
I am going to give you squash recipes. Not winter squash (I don’t want to think about winter) but zucchini and yellow summer squash. I bet you thought I forgot about zuc recipes. Not a chance! The soft-skinned and soft-fleshed squash with a shiny surface, are best when they are six to eight inches long. Larger squash tend to be dry and mealy inside. The entire squash is eaten -- seeds and skin included -- mashed, sauteed, stuffed, baked in casserole dishes and even made into jam (with a little pineapple added to the jam recipe)
Friday, August 7, 2020

Covid-19 not getting in way of Girl Scouts' pursuit of Silver Award, en route to Gold
In the era of Covid-19 when even the Minnesota state fair waved the white flag, two Girl Scouts found a way to forge ahead on their summer battle plan for earning a Silver Award.
Friday, July 31, 2020

New W&L Commission meets for first time
The new five-member North Branch Water & Light Commission met last week for the first time.  Chris Bibeau’s seat was the only carryover term retained from the discarded three-person group.  He is joined by appointees Thomas Hals, Nathan Keech, Mic Dahlberg and Terry Smith.
Friday, July 31, 2020

Taxes back on track, penalty grace period done
If you held-off on paying your property tax when county commissioners gave you some extra time, extending the non-payment penalty deadline in light of Covid-19, you were part of a small crowd. 
Friday, July 31, 2020

Half-year finances look fine for North Branch
Despite concern about  shortfalls in property taxes due to covid-19 in turn affecting local government budgets, and state aid being cut due to reduced revenues passing through the state;  North Branch Financial Director Joseph Starks said at last week’s city council work session, the city is “on track” in his the mid-year fiscal snapshot.
Friday, July 31, 2020

Flor revocation delayed; waiting on County vote
The City of North Branch granted local waste hauler Terry Flor until the end of June to have his business base, on north Harder Ave. cleared of disallowed recyclable materials that were in violation of conditions of his permit.  He has unauthorized materials like mattresses,  appliances, mechanical equipment, metal containers and other items still on site.
Friday, July 31, 2020

ArtReach's 10th annual member's show can be viewed in a socially distanced gallery or online
The 10th Annual Members Show at ArtReach St. Croix opened on Thursday, July 9 with a mostly outdoor reception. This year’s exhibition features work by 39 member artists and represents many different kinds of art most was created by artists who live or work in the St. Croix Valley.
Friday, July 31, 2020

Where did the summer go? Shop, eat locally, that truck has suds on it
One would expect with the whole pandemic and most people staying close to home that our summers would be dragging on with nothing to do. I will admit - that is a huge fantasy of mine, to have nothing to do and actually be bored.  I had visions of fishing every day, fixing stuff around the house and just sitting on the porch staring at nothing in particular. 
Friday, July 31, 2020

Different ways to prepare green beans
Have you been enjoying fresh green beans as much as I have? Whether or not they come from your garden, roadside stand or the farmer’s market, there is nothing quite like the flavor of this green veggie... except for tomatoes, corn, etc. Here I go, liking every veggie that grows in the garden. Lucky me!
Friday, July 31, 2020

Karl and Kristina on the go
You may have noticed that the statue of immigrants in Lindstrom, who are foundational characters for a set of beloved Swedish novels, is missing...but not due to any political controversy.  The landmark on mainstreet, the ever-stoic Karl Oskar and Kristina,  pictured above southbound on I-35, were transported July 15 to the cities for some upkeep.  A coating on the figures, which were renovated a couple years ago, wasn’t holding up.  No word yet on when they should return.
Friday, July 24, 2020

Virus numbers' steady increase locally a concern
Chisago County Health and Human Services Director Robert Benson reported to the County Board last week that the coronavirus case numbers were going up  about one-per-day locally and yet the lone virus-related death has held steady for weeks in Chisago County.   
Friday, July 24, 2020

Elms Estates residents get another year to clear out; public meeting set for Aug. 4
Residents of Lindstrom's Elms Estates met Wednesday July 15 for an update about their pending relocation.  Owner Rosita Meehan had planned to vacate the property two years ago with the hopes of selling the property.  Residents were given a two year notice to either move their park models or vacate.  Currently there are 15 homes remaining. Because of various circumstances the evacuation date has been extended and a meeting was called by the city to inform residents about potential financial help available.
Friday, July 24, 2020

Stacy city leaders hear a glowing audit presentation
Stacy City Council met July 14 for a regular meeting.
Friday, July 24, 2020

County Board spends time on land use permits, plats
A number of small sized subdivisions got their  approvals last week from the County Board. The County Commissioners also scheduled a special meeting for yesterday, July 22 to discuss COVID-19 CARES Act funds distribution and early budget numbers for next year.  The Board was to meet at 9.a.m.
Friday, July 24, 2020

Church secretary role can be integrated in both spiritual, physical health worlds
Members of First United Methodist Church in Lindstrom-- never fear, your secrets are safe with Carol Schmidt.  Retirement looms right around the corner for the church secretary, the church is interviewing possible successors this week.  Still, in doing an interview for this newspaper she was all about discretion. 
Friday, July 24, 2020

Virus numbers good and bad, we have hope of a summer celebration
There is something else happening with the virus in Minnesota and I assume nationally. The fact that numbers seem to increase of positive tests (due to more testing), the number of deaths is plummeting.  We have had it beaten into our way of thinking that deaths lag positive tests. Well the number of deaths has remained very low for a long duration now and the number of positive cases has increased.  Whatever the medical profession in Minnesota has stumbled across to minimize deaths is, it’s working. Working well.  I have a good friend who works down at the coronavirus headquarters (Bethesda) and they tell me the numbers in the ICU have never been lower with virus patients.  They also told me the doctors and nurses are trying many different therapies including lying patients on their bellies and they are having great success.  More good news!
Friday, July 24, 2020

Unusual summer salads
It’s the season of lots of fresh fruits and veggies. For that matter, some are always in season. I’m not big about having tomato, lettuce, cucumber and a bit of shredded cheese sprinkled over the top. IN the winter, I like to make Waldorf salad, a variety of coleslaws, cottage cheese with a variety of fruit, or carrot and raisin, etc. but not just a plain old TLC salad (I previously mentioned). I have looked in a lot of my cookbooks to find something a bit unusual and this is what I came up with.
Friday, July 24, 2020


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