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May 23, 2019

Lakes Area Police bodyworn cameras clear public comment phase
The Lakes Area Police Commission-- hearing no concerns from the public--voted unanimously last week to authorize the police department to continue  its bodyworn camera use. 
Thursday, May 16, 2019


Simple acreage lot splits just got much easier
Landowners who want to do a simple split of property, where a dwelling has existed prior to 1999, and where the dwelling will continue to exist after the split, now have a new cheaper, simpler way to divide off a small chunk.  
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Alumni Life Achievement honoree releases book continues work on local Monarch program
The North Branch Alumni Association honored a graduate of 1969 and a Class of 1984 alum at the annual Lifetime Achievement Awards this month.  North Branch graduates Tom Anderson and Karin Schaffner Vukich received their awards at an event at the Chisago County Senior Center. 
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Council handles variety-filled agenda
Stacy City Council met May 14 for a regular meeting. All were in attendance.  City attorney Amy Schutt briefed the council about a potential nuisance property abatement against a resident.  Schutt told the council the resident’s attorney has notified her the notice for the public hearing that had run had the wrong dates and a new one would be required.  The council then agreed to post and hold a new assessment hearing for the June meeting.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

North Branch calls work session on radio agreement
A couple of public safety issues were key action items on the North Branch Council agenda last week.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

County Board awards bid for County Road 39 to Knife River
Chisago County’s engineer Joe Triplett, brought the commissioners up-to-speed on some projects at the Board meeting May 15. 
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Lindstrom ups bid threshold to $175,000 to give engineer flexibility
A couple bids for street reconstruction in Lindstrom came in well above estimates and left city officials to get creative.  One option was to raise the project minimum  requiring formal bids. 
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Memorial Day is a day to reflect, say thank you to all Veterans
Can you believe how high the water is on our lakes?  I have people ask me all the time if this is the highest it has ever been.  I remember when we moved here in 1979, the water levels were much higher than they are now.  I remember flooded cabins all over the place.  I remember swimming out and crawling onto boat house roofs to fish.  So no, it's not the highest, but we have had such low levels for so long, we have become accustomed to huge beaches and low water levels.  Heck, way back when, the water was so low there was a road that went from the Lindstrom beach to over behind the library.  There are photos that show aerial shots, from when the water was so low, farm fields were planted out from homes between the lake and the houses.  I guess it's all cyclical. 
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Good to have neighbors with rhubarb
Last week I had asparagus recipes and mentioned that “June is bustin' out all over. We're almost there and the rhubarb is growing prolifically. It is good to have neighbors, especially if they have rhubarb growing in their garden or at the back of a mobile home! We have friends in the park who grow this very tart vegetable. Yes, it is a veggie, not a fruit. One of my friends tells me when the rhubarb is ready to start pulling the stalks whenever I want as she always has an over abundance. I'll be over Kay!
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Family gifts $100,000 to Taylors Falls Library
The Taylors Falls City Council was all smiles Monday night this week voting to officially accept a $100,000 gift left to the Taylors Falls Library to honor the selfless services of a longtime librarian.  The city council extended the city’s effusive gratitude to the family of Gloria and Charles Wilberg, who donated the money through a trust with the St Paul Foundation. 
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Clerk retires, road bid needs review
There was only one quote received for paving the city street area in front of the fire hall (Burnes Avenue) for the Center City Council to review last week, and due to exceeding the estimated cost the project is delayed.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

ERA measure finds no local support
Minnesota House members representing Chisago County either failed to vote or voted in opposition to two recent actions related to the Equal Rights Amendment.  In St Paul;  the House voted overwhelmingly in favor of  sending direction to Congress to lift an expiration date and extend ratifying the ERA.  The measure HF 71 passed 81-0. 
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Shafer Council ok's installation of fiber optic line, discusses new pole shed, Tool Cat purchase
Shafer City Council met May 7 for a regular meeting. Council member Brad Swenson was absent as was city attorney James Monge.   With no public hearings, the council moved quickly to consent agenda. 
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Chisago City Council earmarks $117,000 extra in street repairs
At a special workshop  May 7, the Chisago City Council agreed to spend an additional $117,000 to repair streets.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Los Alamos National Laboratory presents local grad with chance to help blaze a trail for science and industry
The prestigious National Laboratory at Los Alamos, in New Mexico, has offered Lindstrom native and Bethel Class of 2019 graduate, Aidan Tollefson,  a post bachelor position.  
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Fishing opener was...next subject, LARF this weekend in Lindstrom
I have a lot of friends who golf. A lot.  Nothing puts me to sleep quicker than them talking about a recent round they shot.  Don't get me wrong, I love to hear the story - if it has a good ending or it makes me laugh, but in many cases, it is just someone rehashing their round shot by shot.  Why do I mention this? Because I am going to tell you how my day of fishing went last Saturday on the fishing opener.  Keep in mind what I just wrote about golf. So here goes... My day began at 6 am and by 6:30 a.m. I, and a good friend,  were on the water.  From there on fishing was terrible.  Now, I got the point across without boring you to tears.  Maybe next year I will have a better day to elaborate on and on about.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Spring-fresh asparagus is best
If you're about the same age as I am you will remember the song “June is bustin out all over.” It's not June but something is bustin out all over and that would be asparagus. This is one of my favorite spring vegetables, along with rhubarb that's bustin out all over too. It's about asparagus today.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Plan of local attack reviewed at invasive phragmites workshop
The tall grassy planting called phragmites, enjoyed widespread use in commercial landscaping and private plantings.  It wasn’t generally believed a decade ago that even the invasive species of the plant could produce viable seed, during our  brief growing season in Minnesota.  However, as a researcher explained during a phragmites information forum at St Bridget’s Church,  seed has been found viable in soils in the southern third of the state,  for lengthy periods.  And, the rhizomes, which give this weed the ability to spread over large areas,  are as tough as you’ll find in the natural world. 
Monday, May 6, 2019

Visitors check out Shafer-Franconia FD at breakfast
The Shafer-Franconia Fire Department invited the public Sunday, April 28 to breakfast at the fire hall in downtown Shafer. Visitors enjoyed pancakes, sausages, eggs, coffee and juice and helped support the department at the same time. Towards the end of summer-- during Shafer Days-- the raffle prize, lower photo, will be given away. Tickets are $5 each. The prize includes trailer, riding mower, chainsaw, pressure washer and more.


Monday, May 6, 2019

Chisago City grapples with funding deferred street repairs
Crumbling streets and how to repair them dominated discussion at the April 23 Chisago City Council meeting.
Monday, May 6, 2019

North Branch takes a pass on radio contract, for now
The North Branch City Council declined last week to adopt the interim 2019 contract for subscribing to the emergency radio system.  The allied radio matrix of emergency radios or ARMER system is regulated statewide and access and usage calls for a contract.  A five-year agreement for all the police, fire and municipal users in the county expired in 2018 and an interim one-year agreement is making the rounds for approval.
Monday, May 6, 2019

Chisago County board briefs...
The county engineer is expecting a bid soon on a project the county is cooperating with the city of North Branch on-- extending Hemingway Avenue, off #14 (Lincoln Trail) northward to a new intersection with Hwy 95.
Monday, May 6, 2019

Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, stood proudly in front of their leaders and peers, April 12, during an awards ceremony, presenting a medal of valor. Staff Sgt. Andrew Brant of Stacy, received an Army Commendation Medal with Valor for heroic actions six-month ago as part of Task Force Stalwart in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Monday, May 6, 2019

Quick and easy gelatin desserts
Do you remember the jingle “J-E-L-L-O”? If you are in the later part of your life you will know what I mean. Gelatin is the proper name and the brand name is Jello. A little bit of gelatin information that you're probably thinking I could have skipped in this part of todays column. Hang in there! Gelatin is gotten from the white connective tissue in the skin, and from the bones of animals, basically beef and veal. In the early days, homemakers made their own gelatin by boiling calves' feet for half a day, straining the broth through flannel (not once but several times), and finally clearing it with egg whites. That's all I'm going to say about how gelatin came to be.
Monday, May 6, 2019

Kids and parents enjoy Easter festivities in TF
The historic Taylors Falls Folsom House lawn and the landmark Angel Hill Methodist Church right next door-- combine for the perfect setting for an Easter special event.   Lively over-sized handpuppets shared an Easter message in the church sanctuary,  and then the children take a few steps outside the church and search for plastic candy-filled eggs.   The weather for this annual tradition was perfect, thank you to all who make this happen.


Friday, April 26, 2019

Lakes Area to use bodyworn cameras
Lakes Area Chief of Police Bill Schlumbohm attended a multi-day police chiefs’ conference in St. Cloud last week,  and the timing couldn’t have aligned any better for the upcoming introduction of bodyworn cameras in the Lakes Area Police Department. 
Friday, April 26, 2019


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