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October 28, 2020

Former sheriff plea entered, sentencing in December
In March of 2018 the Chisago County Human Resources Director received a complaint that the county sheriff was engaged in harassing behavior and acting in bad faith with a sheriff’s department female staff member. The distraught staffer was receiving written instructions to attend an out of town conference and book a room with one bed in order to stay overnight with the sheriff. Subsequent written instructions received included the possibility of dire consequences to the employee’s family if she told anybody about the harassments or if she failed to follow through.
Friday, October 23, 2020

Burglary suspects arrested after air and ground pursuit Saturday
A number of local law enforcement agencies, K9 unit, state helicopter and the sheriff’s drone team were involved last weekend in finding male suspects alleged to have been burglarizing a structure on Forest Boulevard in Lent Township. 
Monday, October 26, 2020

Quick change in learning model announced by North Branch school leaders
Students in North Branch District 138 will not have school Monday and Tuesday, October 26 and 27.  There is a COVID-related shift in learning models underway,  and staff and administrators are using the first two days next week to put things together.  This includes physical re-arranging of classrooms for creating greater social distancing and other measures to help make any transitions seamless, the superintendent explained to school board members in a work session October 22. 
Friday, October 23, 2020

Hwy. 8 funding phase in bonding bill approved in fifth special session
The $8 million for future Highway 8 improvements authorized in the state bonding and jobs bill, and passed in special session, was good news for local officials working to keep the projects on-track.  House member Bob Dettmer voted in support of the bonding bill.  Rep. Anne Neu and Brian Johnson voted no.  The tally was 100 to 34.
Friday, October 23, 2020

An October Wonderland
These kids in Chisago City took advantage of an early snowfall on Tuesday afternoon.  In just a few short hours they constructed these snowmen and about six others.  The snowmen are located along Old Towne Road if you want to see them before they melt.
Friday, October 23, 2020

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon hosts Franks & Steins
The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group held an event in Moberg Park, Chisago City last weekend, in lieu of the traditional indoor gathering.  Even though winter was making itself known-- the fire pits were burning and the crowd dressed right to enjoy music and more to support the veterans in this area.  Mean Gene and the Woodticks were one of the performing bands.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Stacy City Council discusses odors, Stacy Sports Bar update, property clean-up
Stacy City Council met October 13 for a regular meeting. All members were present.  City resident Tim Sawatzky commented on the lack of an extra maintenance worker. Sawatzky asked if that worker was truly needed.  Mayor Mark Utecht told Sawatzky the job was posted and the reason for not filling was the lack of candidates, that is why the position opening has been extended.
Friday, October 23, 2020

North Branch misses out on spending CARES Act on Internet
Last week in the fifth special session of the 2020 Minnesota Legislature,  a bill was introduced to give North Branch a last ditch opportunity to fund Internet improvements.  It failed.
Friday, October 23, 2020

Lindstrom Council briefs...
Covid-19 expenditures of some $38,000 covered by Lindstrom city government were reimbursed with CARES Act monies last week.
Friday, October 23, 2020

C'mon snow? Really? We haven't had our Halloween events yet!!
As I sit here writing this, I am staring out the window at what appears to be about four inches of fresh snow. So many things go through my mind.  Did I pull the snowblower out from under the deck? Did I remember to winterize the boat? Did we put straw on top of our lift station on our septic?  In one fell swoop my answers were easy...”no” to all.  Not ready for winter, I still have lots of fishing to do.. at least I hope to anyways.  I have plenty of walks in the park to do before getting on the boring-as-all- get out treadmill.  This won’t stick around...right???
Friday, October 23, 2020

Fall tradition of pumpkin pie
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.
Friday, October 23, 2020

4H Youth Support 'Viking Vittles'
Viking Vittles is a collaborative effort to address food insecurity in our community and is named for the North Branch School district mascot. Our club sponsored a food drive this past spring and we hope to increase our efforts through additional food drives or donor campaigns over the next several months. To support this effort, our club applied for and was awarded a grant through the 4H Helping Hands Food Award made possible by Compeer Financial.
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Virus case growth in county may have consequences
Readers might want to prepare for a very real possibility of the schools in Chisago County going to distance learning in the next several days. Hybrid models scheduling some days in the classroom building and some days on the Internet, would be a thing of the past if the spread of Covid-19 continues on its recent pace. 
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Fish Lake Township crash victim has died
The lone victim airlifted October 9 from a motorcycle crash scene on Anchor Avenue has died. The Chisago County sheriff’s office reports being advised by Hennepin Health that 44-year-old Daniel David Wagner, of Harris, passed away six days after being hospitalized. 
Monday, October 19, 2020

Special legislation for North Branch wireless internet effort fails
Monday this week in the fifth special session of the 2020 Minnesota Legislature, a bill was introduced to give North Branch a last ditch opportunity to fund internet improvements. It failed. 
Friday, October 16, 2020

$8 million for Highway 8 in just-passed bonding bill
The $8 million for future Highway 8 improvements authorized in the state bonding and jobs bill, passed in special session, was good news for local officials working to keep the projects on-track. House member Bob Dettmer voted in support of the bonding bill. Rep. Anne Neu and Brian Johnson voted no. The tally was 100 to 34.
Friday, October 16, 2020

Another segment of the Swedish Immigrant Trail opened!
The latest segment of the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail opened and many gathered for celebration Saturday, Oct 10.  This portion was made possible through a grant from the Environmental Trust Fund.  The off roadway trail now connects seven miles from the trailhead at Taylors Falls City Hall, westerly to a little past the city of Shafer.  A section east of Center City is undeveloped but then the trail picks up again in downtown Center City and continues to Chisago City.  Future plans are to connect the SIRT to the Sunrise Prairie Trail, in Wyoming. A trail from Washington County is also planned to be continued north from Scandia to Lindstrom.
Friday, October 16, 2020

Taylors Falls Lighting Festival parade, etc. are being held
With several visitors in the council chambers masked up and seated six feet apart-- the Taylors Falls City Council heard Monday night this week that barring any wave of local Covid-19 cases come November-- the Lighting Festival will still be happening. 
Friday, October 16, 2020

County Board okays financial incentive for A1 Tire Service
The County Board met in person October 7 minus Commissioner George McMahon. Most county staff continue to report-in remotely for their items on the agenda, with the exception of the head of Environmental Services Kurt Schneider and HRA/EDA Director Nancy Hoffman who were in the room. 
Friday, October 16, 2020

North Branch School Board goes on tour of sites; hears activities faves
The members of North Branch School Board toured learning spaces and saw newly-installed mechanical and electrical/lighting as part of a Board tour of facilities last week.
Friday, October 16, 2020

Center City Council wrestles with short term rental regs; hears public works employee out for months
The county recently enacted a licensing process for Short Term Rental properties;  and Center City council had its first encounter last week applying this regulation within city borders. 
Friday, October 16, 2020

Halloween is still taking place, just a modified version, lots to do
This Saturday the Chisago Lakes Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group has a special event and you are invited.  They will be hosting Frank’N Steins at Moberg Park in Chisago City.  The event will feature two bands; Mean Gene and the Woodticks and the Devon Woorley Band.  The beer garden (socially distant) will open at 4pm and will feature beer from the Uncommon Loon. You will also be able to purchase food from Deutschland Meats beginning at 4 p.m. as well.  They will have t-shirts and steins available for purchase.  They do ask that you please bring cash.  See you there!
Friday, October 16, 2020

From dessert to casseroles
We are in the season of winter squash…….acorn, butternut, buttercup, hubbard and more that I don’t know about as there are so many shapes and sizes to choose from. Their hard to cut through so be care full when you’re cutting them. When cut, I use an ice cream scoop to scrape out the seeds and stringy flesh.
Friday, October 16, 2020

Heartland bus driver faces charges
A bus driver for Heartland Express faces felony theft charges for allegedly pocketing multiple fares that riders handed over as they boarded her bus. Incidents between September 30 and October 16, 2019 were cited in the criminal complaint.
Friday, October 16, 2020

Special session bill is make-or-break for North Branch internet plan funding with CARES Act dollars
Monday this week in the fifth special session of the 2020 Minnesota Legislature, a bill was introduced to give North Branch several extra weeks to spend its CARES Act monies. The deadline for cities to have their appropriations spent is November 15. North Branch asked Senator Koran and Representative Neu to get special legislation approved to extend this to December 30. (Rep. Johnson who also has a section of North Branch in his House district was not listed on the legislature’s website as a co-author.)
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

North Branch Council vacancy to be filled by appointment
North Branch is accepting applications to appoint someone to fill the council vacancy created by the Brian Voss resignation. Council agreed Tuesday October 13 to set an October 30 deadline for applications to be submitted. 
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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