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December 19, 2018

Coleman convicted of third degree murder in death of child
Make the punishment fit the crime. On its surface this timeless adage usually seems pretty straight forward. 
Wednesday, December 12, 2018


Santa continues to spread joy throughout the area
Jayda Farber and Sophia Anderson enjoyed breakfast with Santa Saturday. The event was held at the Chisago County Senior Center in North Branch.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

County Board keeps levy hike under 8 percent
Members of the public attending last week’s county taxation information meeting mostly had issues with their individual land valuation circumstances;  and none were opposed to the fact that county spending is increasing by almost eight percent in 2019.  Final action by the Board last week adopted a levy increase for 2019 of 7.88 percent (minus the $24,000 levy increase for the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District which stands alone. Those properties will see a 7.9 percent increase.)
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Recycler's license suspended until facility can comply
After 42 years in the business of hauling garbage, Terry Flor obviously doesn’t appreciate being told how to run his business, Terry’s Disposal.  His decisions however, create legal hassles-- the latest of which is the county  suspending his license to run a materials recycling facility.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Shafer City Council to increase water bills to aid water tower fixes
Shafer City Council met December 4 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

EAW complete; County Board to review pit soon
Plans by Tiller Corp. to expand an aggregate mining operation in Sunrise Township have been on-hold for a while;  as environmental review took place prior to processing a permit. Last week the Environmental Assessment Worksheet got the thumbs-up from the Chisago County Planning Commission.  Tiller now can move into the next phase where its Interim Use Permit application gets addressed. 
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Center City encounters hurdle at old jail; levy unchanged
The old county jail in Center City is being put into a deep sleep until it can be marketed and sold; and that necessitates that water service be shut-off for winter.  Without heat in the building pipes could freeze and burst and because everybody has moved to the new jail, damage could go un-noticed.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Nothing like a live nativity to get you in Christmas spirit; we need your socks
This Saturday you, your family and your friends are invited to the live Nativity at First United Methodist Church, Lindstrom.  The shows are 100 percent outdoors, so please dress accordingly.  You will get to see the December 25 scene in Bethlehem that changed the world.  I always have trouble describing the show other than it will move you.  I love it.  Please take my word, it is worth getting bundled up and sitting outside for a bit.  
Thursday, December 13, 2018

It's the season for cookies
 It is the season of winter……..Br-r-r-r. Special  parties, shopping, baking, homemade gifts and whatever else you have on your list of things to get done in the days ahead before the celebration of Christmas. My list isn’t very long as each of our 5 children takes  a holiday and entertains the rest of the family at their home. All of our grandchildren are young adults and they appreciate given gift cards which lead them to choosing something they would like to have. Our one great-grandson is in to the “Peppa Pig” craze so that’s easy to do. Yea for the pigs!
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Trial starts in connection with snowmobile death on Chisago Lake
The trial of Eric Joseph Coleman opened in district court in Center City Friday December 7. He faces charges of third degree unintentional murder, criminal vehicular homicide and causing bodily injury in the death of Alan Giesenkoetter, 8. The boy died from injuries sustained when a snowmobile operated by Coleman struck him on Chisago Lake, January 26, 2018.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Food and toy drive a huge success
Chisago Lakes Rotary in partnership with the Chisago City Fire Department and the Chisago Lakes High School National Honor Society spent Saturday, Dec. 1 braving the evening snow to bring Santa’s sleigh to neighborhoods in Chisago City to collect food for the food shelf and toys for Anonymous Santa. In all 841 pounds of food, 250 toys and $545 were donated. Thanks to all who took part making this a fun and fruitful collection.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Solar farm halt to be considered while code reviewed
The Chisago City Council is considering placing a halt on solar community energy installations. 
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Schlumbohm still the winner after recount
The Lindstrom City Council races in November ended with two candidates just a single-vote-apart, and the automatic recount has been completed.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Local lighting festivals a joy to all
Center City, Lindstrom and Chisago City held their Tree Lighting Festivals over the weekend.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Tree lightings were a blast, still time to see Santa, Christmas meal needs your help
Wow, what a weekend we had for tree lighting ceremonies.  Lindstrom had the luck of a beautiful snowfall during theirs. Chisago City and Lindstrom both had tons of people come out to kick off the Christmas season.  The kids who attended got to see Santa and Mrs. Claus and from the looks of it, they couldn't be more excited.  Thanks to both of the cities for doing such a wonderful job, it was great. 
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Warm you up, good for you too!
Millions of Americans, as well as in other countries, eat soup often. This staple has come a long way since the cavemen made the first-known broth-based meals dating back to 6000 B. C. Common ingredients at that time included the hippopotamus and other animal bones. Although they didn’t have modern cooking supplies, an animal carcass supplied the leak-proof pouch needed for cooking the soup. Don’t ask why the carcass didn’t catch fire while the soup was cooking! I’ll stick with a huge kettle or Dutch oven.  It is said the word “soup” most likely came from the Old English word “sop” meaning to soak up liquid or broth with a piece of bread. This reminds me of the traditional Swedish Christmas dinner called, “dop-eh-greeta” phonetically pronounced by Alice! Sorry about that my Swedish friends.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Schlumbohm still winner after recount for Lindstrom City Council seat
The Lindstrom City Council races a few weeks ago ended with one contest just a single-vote-difference, and the recount has been completed. 
Friday, November 30, 2018

Taylors Falls Lighting Festival braves on despite bad weather
Santa and Mrs. Claus enjoy the parade with their elves
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Improvements result of cooperative effort for Moberg Park, downtown Chisago City
Chisago City’s Old Towne Road and the area surrounding Moberg Park have undergone extensive work over the last two construction seasons.  It’s all part of a plan to tie Chisago City together and give the blocks along Hwy. 8 a sense of place.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Neighborhood donates safety alarms to Family Pathways
As the president of Neighborhood Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electrical for over 20 years, William Sherk knows the dangers of carbon monoxide not only as a professional, but also with the loss of a loved one. “Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and can be deadly. I want to remind everyone how important it is to have at least one working carbon monoxide alarm in your home. With regular check-ups of your heating systems as well as battery replacement every six months and alarm replacement every five to seven years, you’ll be well-prepared to prevent tragedy.” Sherk stated.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

New bond rating 'stable' and no rate hikes next year
The two newly-appointed commissioners for North Branch Water & Light, Peter Schaps and Chris Bibeau,  voted last week with the third sitting commissioner North Branch Mayor Kirsten Hagen Kennedy, to accept a budget for next year-- one that does not involve any rate hikes. 
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Rain couldn't keep the throngs from Lighting Festival; lots more this weekend
We went to the Taylors Falls Lighting Festival lastFriday.  You may recall the weather was anything but favorable.  It was a steady cold rain that basically never stopped until late Friday night.  We discussed how many people we thought would be at the parade and festival due to the inclement weather.  I assumed there would be a fraction of what is considered a normal crowd. Guess what? I was wrong.  It was absolutely packed.  People were everywhere, getting wet and not caring a bit about it.  It was awesome.  The parade was great, longer than I can rermember, and the lighting of the streets was so impressive.  Thanks so much to the committee members who work so hard just so the thousands of people who come over the weekend can enjoy it.  It is such a great event and it seems to only get better with time.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

The legend of cranberries
We have celebrated all that we are thankful and grateful for and that said, this should be happening in our daily lives every day, no matter how big or small.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!!
Chisago Lakes Primary School always has childrens’ artwork that brings a fresh perspective to the holidays-- especially the ever popular depictions of turkeys.  This year one of the assignments was to draw “disguised” turkeys, which are adorning the hallways.


Thursday, November 22, 2018

No need for EIS on Town's Edge, North Branch says
North Branch council voted 5-0 last week to declare there is no need for an Environmental Impact Statement, for the huge new neighborhood proposed south of town called Town’s Edge. 
Thursday, November 22, 2018

Shafer City Council passes ordinance on small cell phone structures, and considers water billing hike
Shafer City Council met November 13 for the one meeting this month. The council eliminated the first meeting due to the November 6 election.  City council member Tamara Hessler and City Finance Administrator Richard Hill were absent. 
Thursday, November 22, 2018


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