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August 19, 2019

Frontier state review: final comments on possible settlement being accepted

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, with the Dept. of Commerce,  have been looking into issues with Frontier Communications service quality, customer service and billing practices for about two years. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019


Kids enjoy Snake Discovery program at CL Library
Emily Roberts brought her Snake Discovery (snakediscovery.com) program to the Chisago Lakes Area Library August 9.  Kids and adults learned all about amphibians and reptiles, including a turtle --when put on its shell--would flip back onto its feet. You could also hold a gecko, and various types of snakes. Even the librarian, top photo, got into the thick of things and helped youngsters to hold a snake.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hallberg Family Foundation provides donation for firefighter safety trailer
The Wyoming City Council accepted a substantial donation from the Hallberg Family Foundation at its regular council meeting Tuesday, August 6.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Almelund Threshing Show brings out fun, friends and family
Thursday, August 15, 2019

TF 'Night Out' bike winners
Delighted and lucky winners of the bike drawing at National Night Out in Taylors Falls. Pictured, left to right, Corbin, Wyatt, and Myla.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

TF Council gets good sidewalk bid; ok's electronic bill payments
Sidewalk repairs scheduled for this summer in Taylors Falls will still be done, with an acceptable bid awarded Monday this week to local business Lawrence Creek Contracting, for aboout $36,000, the lowest of three prices received.  The sidewalks to be done include at the community center-- which was bid out last year but there wasn’t time to get it done. 
Thursday, August 15, 2019

County HHS seeing income maintenance numbers go up
Despite the repeated assurances from the national media that the United States’ economy is booming-- it appears Chisago County social services programs are on track to tally their busiest year of at least the last three. 
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Ki Chi Saga - the perfect ending to a great summer, so much to do
If you are looking forward to a last hurrah before school starts and don’t want to fight with 1.8 million people at the state fair, Chisago City has just what you are looking for.  That’s because this weekend is Ki Chi Saga Days.  This is the 52nd year of the celebration and this years event will be bigger and better that ever. 
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Cool summer salads
Today's column brings a lot of different salad recipes that come from a cookbook called, “Tastes for the Seasons.” I put this 70 page cookbook together many, many years ago...written in 1974. The recipes in this book have come from family members and friends.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Tractor caravan heads to Threshing show!
This tractor could be yours....the 2019 raffle prize got to take part in the Almelund Threshing Show tractor caravan last weekend, when tractors started off in Isanti County, and traveled east this time, ending up as always at the Threshing Show Grounds just east of Almelund.  The caravan is an annual tradition the weekend prior to the Threshing Show.  See inside for show details and schedules.


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Music: in the key of community
Last Sunday Trinity Church in Lindstrom was filled with people, and why is that news you ask?  This was no regular congregation of Lutherans. The church was where more than 200 people were entertained by gifted performers,  from one extended family.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

MN PUC okays electric territory swap for ECE
Some 40 years ago state officials divided up service areas for electrical systems in Minnesota-- and East Central Electric and North Branch Water & Light have co-existed ever since. When a building development comes in and it makes more sense to switch service areas, the two utilities will sit down and work things out and that’s what’s happening for the new addition to the Lucht’s Crossing housing plat.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Shafer Council gets good news on burned out vacant home, tractor woes continue
Shafer City Council met for a regular meeting Monday August 5.  All members were present except Terry Smith and attorney James Monge.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Threshing Show is here already, come out to support a great cause
Well if you are like me, this whole hands-free thing is a major change in life. Of course it’s a great law and should have been implemented years ago, but yet I am still having a bit of a time adjusting.  I was never a text and drive person, but I certainly was a read a text person (I know it’s just as bad).
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Making the most of zucchini
It's zucchini season, and time to make the most of this veggie that grows so quickly. If you have zucchini plants in your garden you know you have to be watchful of how fast they grow. One of our sons has a garden and grows zucchini, just two plants this year, and I told him he had better have his neighbor check the garden as they were going to be gone three days. Sure enough, he came home to zucchini that were about a foot long and round as a softball. So much for that!


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Local farmer finds solar 'crop' keeps pollinators happy
In any given day a farmer  may need to be a mechanic, a welder, chemist or a carpenter, or maybe even invent a piece of equipment...whatever it takes to get the job done. Rural Center City farmer Keith Johnson has somehow found a way to squeeze environmentalist into his litany of skills to get the job done.  In this case the job is to boost pollinator numbers.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Center City negotiates fire hall contract to close out project
In a special session July 24 the Center City Council, minus Council members Scott Anderson and Donna Higgins, unanimously agreed on final payment for  Structural Buildings of Minnesota on their fire hall bill.   The city council negotiated a $5,000 credit to the final invoice and will send a little over $16,000 to the Becker-based company.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Stacy Daze starts Friday, August 2
The Stacy Lions club, pictured,  invites you to the community celebration.  The parade Grand Marshals are charter Lions Club members Jerry Schroeder and wife Darla.  Stacy Lions were established in 1977, so these two have been involved in bettering the community and Lions activities for 42 years.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Internet based market and EBT combine for SNAP client purchases
The North Circle Farmers Market is celebrating its fourth year of offering local produce, meat, eggs and more online. There are pickup locations throughout Chisago County.  Also, the state nutrition program electronic benefits transfer cards can be used at a drop-site for the first time this season.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

County documents can be accessed on web at Landshark
Now-a-days where people have come to expect instant access to information, one of the most document intensive Chisago county departments is keeping up with the demand, and even leading public records colleagues elsewhere when it comes to information access. 
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Construction of solar project along CR-22 becomes an issue for Chisago City Council
Construction of a one megawatt solar energy garden underway along County Road 22 at 275th St. put solar energy back in front of the Chisago City Council July 23. Council member Marie Rivers moved to add the solar energy discussion to the council’s otherwise brief agenda.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Weather had some input last weekend, Relay for Life is Saturday
I usually begin my column describing what beautiful weather we had for another local celebration. Not this time.  As everybody knows by now, Scandia and the surrounding areas were rocked by severe winds (possibly a tornado) on Sunday afternoon.  Trees were downed as well as damage reported to many homes.  It was an odd storm because it came during an absolute deluge of rain, in fact we couldn't even hear the sirens at our house because the rain was so loud.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Get a boost of Vitamin A
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Center City Days 2019 entertains despite the weather
At top, the Friday night Kiddie Parade crew posed in front of the Center City Fire Truck, in their super hero costumes.   The rig accompanies parade participants and gives a blast of its horn every once in a while to clear the road.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

County Fair shows off Chisago's best talent
Chisago County Fair Talent Show first and second place winners stood for a picture.  Those who won first in their category advance to perform at the State Fair in August: Back row left Gigi Bragg, in pre-teen,  and from teen contestants, center front Ali Petrik and in “open” group, right Lauren Cameron.  Second place finishers were Aaron Holt in “open” Lauren Houle in teen, left and pre-teen runner-up was Gabriella Campbell.


Thursday, July 25, 2019

North Branch man is second fatality on Highway 95 in two days
The state patrol has identified the victim in a fatal three-vehicle crash west of North Branch, in Isanti County, July 24.  David Winberg, 56 of North Branch was a passenger in a Kia Soul that was shoved into another car waiting to make a turn off Highway 95.  The incident was reported about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday at Hornsby and Highway 95.  This is the second fatality on this stretch of Highway 95 in two days.
Thursday, July 25, 2019


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