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November 13, 2019

Marine on St. Croix man facing criminal vehicular homicide charge
A Washington County resident is facing four counts of felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor charges after being arrested in connection with a fatality on I-35 early Friday morning, November 1.  The crash closed the freeway and sent law enforcement on a search when only one vehicle was found at the crash site and it was apparent there had to have been two drivers involved.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Working behind the scenes; chaplains provide important 'ministry of presence'
When your job is to protect and serve, who’s going to be there when you need someone to lean on or help sort out your thoughts?  When you have filled in the last line on yet another senseless fatal vehicle crash report, will there be somebody you can talk to?
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Prep for spring starts now for LID Board
The Board for the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District or LID is laying  some plans for 2020.  After several years of low precipitation the Chisago Chain of Lakes has “bounced back” with a vengeance and some property owners get a little nervous about the encroaching lake levels.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Old school site opens to future.....
The site of the Lakeside Elementary School in Chisago City is being cleared.  Demolition began with the newest addition being torn down (light colored annex in upper left) and then the brick portion, which was a full-size school building, as the last part to come down.  The Chisago Lakes District voters approved a referendum to build a new school that opened this fall.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Wildcats are heading to state, lots to do this weekend, calling all Vets
Congrats to coach Bill Weiss and his Wildcat Football team for making it to the State Tournament.  These kids have had quite the year with dealing with some major injuries, but still managing to get hot at the right time. The public is invited to come watch the game at Centennial High School, at 1 pm Saturday.  Let’s go Cats!
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Is it a yam or a sweet potato?
Is a sweet potato as sweet as a yam? Let’s find out. The true yam is the tuber of a tropical vine and is not related to the sweet potato at all. The darker skinned potato that we find most often in the produce department is often mistakenly called a yam. This thick, dark orange potato has a bright orange, sweet flesh with a moist texture. It is found everywhere in American grocery stores, while yams are found in Latin American and the Caribbean. The true yam has a brown or black skin that looks a little like the bark of a tree, with an off-white, purple or red flesh. This tuber can grow more than seven feet long and can weigh up to 100 pounds. You could feed 50 or more people at a sitting!
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Moose Lake man in fatal I-35 crash
A 63-year old man from Moose Lake was killed in Chisago County when his vehicle was hit from behind and went off the freeway and crashed in the vicinity of North Branch. 
Monday, November 4, 2019

Grade shuffle puts K in ed center, grade 5 at Sunrise and LWC is in middle school
It’s official, the kindergarten classes in North Branch will be moving to brand new space in the still-being-remodeled Education Center.  The Ed Center on Grand Avenue is slated for completion in August 2020.  The space being freed-up in Sunrise River Elementary School with the kindergarten re-location,  will allow for fifth grade to move out of Middle School and back to the elementary facility. 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Council calls two meetings to discuss revised solar garden ordinance after planning commission endorses solar code
With its yearlong solar energy moratorium about to expire in December, the Chisago City Council set a special workshop meeting on possible solar ordinance revisions for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, and moved up its regular Nov. 26 council meeting to Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Wyoming holding 2020 road projects public hearing
The Wyoming 2020 street projects are being reviewed  in a hearing scheduled by the City Council for November 19.  The costs will be assessed to adjacent parcels and it’s important to attend this hearing and learn details, according to city engineer Mark Erichson.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

NB City Council sharpens budget pencil
North Branch City Council members set aside a portion of last week’s meeting to continue to absorb budget data and fiscal analysis, preparing for the final vote on a 2020 levy by December.  North Branch Finance Director Joseph Starks shared year to date numbers for city enterprise (revenue generating like liquor store) funds and general fund and the council took another glance at the Capital Improvement Plan.  He told council members to “reach out” to staff with any specific questions between now and when the vote comes on the final levy.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Falloween in Ojiketa Regional Park
Ojiketa Regional Park was host to the annual Falloween Festival.  Put on by Chisago City, the event is a kid friendly Halloween celebration filled with kids, games, trick-or-treating, arts and crafts and a kid-friendly haunted house.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Lions annual pancake breakfast
Chisago Lakes Lions members had to hustle at the annual breakfast at the Chisago Lakes high School Sunday October 27.  A steady stream arrived in search of fresh pancakes, french toast, sausage, and eggs plus to have a look-see at the silent auction items in the school foyer.  Pictured, top right: students in the Honor Society stepped up and made sure everybody had a full cup of coffee and a clean table.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Lots of fun at Ojiketa, kids shop day, calling all Veterans - please read
This Saturday, the folks at First United Methodist Church in Lindstrom are holding the annual Winter Wonderland Shop Day.  What on earth is that you ask?  It is an awesome place where children are allowed to shop for their parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles in a safe, controlled, beautifully decorated environment. 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

The season of pumpkins
We are in the season of pumpkins. Ask any American what to do with a pumpkin and you’ll most likely get one of two answers; make pumpkin pie or a jack-o-lantern. Now there are so many different ways of making use of the great pumpkin. From pies to muffins, cookies, pudding, fruit breads, cakes and more. We can harvest and cook the pumpkin or pick up several cans at the grocery store for baking or cooking.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

CLHS students finish class project in Allemansratt
Students in the Chisago Lakes agri sciences class finished the bridge on the new trail in Allemansratt Park as part of their Forest Resource Management class.  Allemansratt is located in Lindstrom, between North Lindstrom and North Center lakes.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Council accepts land offer for fire hall from EDA
The Lindstrom property where the decrepit manufactured wall factory once stood,  could house the new Lindstrom Fire Department.  The lots, off Sylvan Avenue,  south of city hall were cleared of structures and land leveled when it became obvious after years of trying to market the old cement tip-up wall plant-- that there was no interest commercially. 
Thursday, October 24, 2019

County administrator; HHS Director openings and county appointed-Auditor discussed
It’s bound to be awkward to have to look to the County Administrator for advice on a topic when the topic is the county administrator.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Part science, part brute force, a little art and a dash of improvisation
There were times during a state horseshoe forging competition near Almelund last weekend that you couldn’t tell the men from the horses.  They literally had to lean on each other to make things work; forelegs intertwined with thighs as hands cradling hooves became one. The belly of the horse had to rest against the farrier’s shoulder like it belonged there. 
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Shafer City Council meeting briefs
Shafer City Council met October 15 for a regular meeting.  Council member Terri Smith, city attorney James Monge and treasurer Drew Hill were all absent.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Lots to do locally before Halloween; Kids Outerwear Fair begins Thurs.
This weekend is the last weekend before Halloween.  There is still plenty of time to enjoy the spirit of Halloween before the big day.  Ojiketa Haunt is in full swing with the 2019 scare campaign.  I am told the crowds have come out in droves to enjoy a local scare for a very reasonable price.  For only $5, you can enjoy acres of haunted buildings and woods.  Get this, if you bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the local food the price then drops to $3 per person.  You can’t argue with those prices folks.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Squash recipes not to miss
I am talking about winter squash today. They may look weird or scary, but don’t be afraid.  These hard-shelled varieties showing up in stores and farmers’ markets are chock full of vitamins, nutrients and flavor.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

State and local officials get up close, personal with Hwy. 8 needs
You wouldn’t have given a second thought last week if you saw a Heartland Express bus tooling along on Highway 8; unless you knew who the passengers were.  A host of local highway advocates took members of the Senate Capital Investment Committee on a tour of the Hwy. 8 corridor to explain about hoped-for highway improvement projects.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Ecumen Point Pleasant Heights comes together for food drive
Residents of Ecumen Point Pleasant Heights in Chisago City recently came together to serve the community.  They conducted a food drive and collected over 300 food items plus $390, which they donated to Family Pathways.   The local food shelf serves 2,900 households annually including more than 12,000 meals.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Stacy's future with solar continues as discussion topic
Stacy city council met October 8 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.  Kendall Nygard from Go Green Energy gave a brief presentation to the council. Nygard said her company facilitates green energy for cities and specializes in grant writing. Nygard emphasized her company was working with the city of St. Cloud and there was a potential spot for Stacy to join their grant request.  Nygard was hoping to schedule a work session with the council in the near future. The council set a meeting for Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

PUC could settle with Frontier with action today
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will meet today (Oct. 17) to review a stipulated settlement,  that is the product of negotiations amongst the Department of Commerce, Office of the Minnesota Attorney General, and  the company that’s been under investigation by state regulators-- Frontier Communications Citizens Telecommunications. 
Thursday, October 17, 2019

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