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October 19, 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

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

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

Eagle Scout project adds storage at T.F. park
Taylors Falls Lions sponsored the Eagle Scout Community Project for Alex Schmidt this summer...the assembly of the storage shed started when the kids were all still wearing shorts.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

North Branch gets 2019 road update
North Branch’s elected officials celebrated the completion of paving 372nd,  south of the school complex on Grand Avenue,  last week. The improved one mile section is now an attractive option and hopefully reduces numbers of vehicles looking for alternate routes on surrounding neighborhood streets.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Vacuum truck starts leaf clean-up in North Branch
This time of year the experts will tell you to keep leaves out of the street so they don’t get crushed by vehicle tires and washed down into area lakes in a big rain event.  There is a major exception to this wisdom, though,  and that’s residents in the urban areas of North Branch. 
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Lindstrom FD Open House fun for everyone
At top, Firefighter Leif Frauendienst keeps an eye on Jace, Hadlee and Jordyn as they climb on a fire truck..
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Center City Fire Department
Center City was all about the kids-- there was face painting and pumpkins to take home, and trucks were open to climb in and around.  The Center City department also had chili for a freewill donation and plastic fire helmets and snacks.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Halloween fun and Age Well event, let's move Halloween to Saturday
So, along with the dreaded cold temps that seem to plague us here comes the onset of the Halloween season.  The folks at Chisago City would like to invite you to the annual Ojiketa Haunt. They take the entire Ojiketa Regional Park and transform it into a haunted payground to scare even the bravest of souls.  This year to coincide with the big Area 51 gathering, the theme is Aliens. 
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Fall seasonal veggies finally ready to eat
In the autumn season of the year, there are some veggies that are finally ready to eat, like cabbage, winter squash (Buttercup, Butternut, Acorn and the fancy orange globes with a striped knob on top -- I think they are called Turban squash), spaghetti squash and pumpkins to make pumpkin pie. Of course pumpkins are also used for making Jack-O-Lanterns along with goofy shaped gourds and various colored dried cobs of corn used for decorating our yards.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Walz checks out Wyoming for Manufacturer's Week
To bring attention to Manufacturers’ Week in Minnesota Governor Walz, left, visited Rosenbauer, in the Wyoming Industrial Park.  A global supplier of firefighting apparatus-- the company has been an anchor enterprise in Wyoming for years (formerly as General Safety)  Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan was slated to tour another local manufacturing facility, Wyoming Machine, in Stacy, earlier in the week.  Wyoming Mayor Lisa Iverson, pictured with a Rosenbauer official and County Commissioner George McMahon, to right, were pleased to host the Governor.  
Wyoming SplitRocks Entertainment Center was also set up for a luncheon and career fair focused on manufacturing job opportunities.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Ditch process near public hearing point
The re-establishment of ditches in Chisago County has hit an important point in a very lengthy and complicated process.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Almelund FD hosts open house despite cold, damp Saturday
Almelund Fire Department held its Fire Prevention Week open house Saturday.

Mother Nature tried to ruin the day, but plenty of residents came out to show their support to the local firefighters.

Visitors were treated to warm food as well as desserts and fun activites for the children. 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Shafer hockey rink complete
Shafer City Council met Ocotber 1 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Center City Council reviews Sheriff contract
Sheriff Brandon Thyen had the main agenda item at last week’s Center City Council meeting, reviewing the patrol contract for 2020. 
Friday, October 11, 2019

Fire Prevention Week open houses; a fix for box elder bug problem
The weather just doesn’t seem to want to cooperate on the weekends lately does it?  The forecast is grim for this weekend with potential snow.  Yuk.
Friday, October 11, 2019

...and apples one more time!
Friday, October 11, 2019

Fatal crashes involve local motorists
There was a fatal accident involving a pedestrian on I-35 about a mile north of the Highway 8 intersection, in Wyoming, that was reported about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, October 5. 
Monday, October 7, 2019

Chisago Lakes crowns Homecoming Royalty
Chisago Lakes Homecoming Queen and King Paige Bergquist and Kaleb Bruce were announced after voting was tallied Monday this week. The Wildcats play Andover this Friday night, tomorrow,  in Lindstrom.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Lindstrom levy set at an early six percent hike
The Lindstrom City Council took care of some smaller items in addition to adopting a preliminary 2020 levy increase September 19.  On a 3-1 vote--with member AnnMarie Brink absent and David Waldoch opposed, a levy of $2,295,308 and $64,000 for the Economic Development Authority were acted on. 
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Final days of nature center
Warner Nature Center is going away.  And, if there are future plans for the environmental learning facility and its  woodlands they haven’t been declared.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Local officials see long arm of the Lake Improvement Dist. at work during projects tour
The main takeaway from a field trip enjoyed by local officials last week and organized by the Lake Improvement District;  is that the LID doesn’t operate in a vacuum.  There’s a citizen Board of Directors with seven members who decide a budget and choose priority projects meant to carry out the mission of the LID.  The county staff of Jerry Spetzman and Susanna Wilson Witkowski work with a contracted consultant from EOR engineering.  They rely on a network of volunteers collecting water quality measurements (there are 20 lakes within the LID)  while the Chisago County Soil & Water Conservation District partners on best designing and coordinating water quality projects,  and local agricultural agencies are improving water quality monitoring  and addressing practices in the fields and where livestock live. 
Thursday, October 3, 2019

County Board gets update on roads and ditch projects
The road construction season is grinding to a halt, but the county roads department has plenty to do in the off-season.  County Engineer Joe Triplett reports that his department’s role in a county ditch system benefit and alignment analysis is a couple months away from conclusion yet.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Goodbye ol' buddy - you will be missed, fire prevention week starts
As I sit here staring at my screen, I am at a loss for words. One of my very close friends and a staple in our community has passed away.  Ron Holt, who grew up here, raised his children here and built a successful accounting business, left us Monday night.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Still in the fall apple mode
I’m still in the apple mode. Stay with me! My apple guru pointed me in the direction of just how good apples are for us. I may have shared this information with you a couple years ago during apple season, but it bares repeating.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

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