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March 7, 2021

County seeks public's help finding those responsible for huge dumping activity
A widespread dumping activity likely overnight Monday this week into early morning Tuesday, March 2 has county hazardous waste staffers scrambling to keep up with disposal and processing, and law enforcement focused on locating the dumpers.
Thursday, March 4, 2021


Seeds or people; the key is honoring transformation
In The Seed Keeper, due for general release by Milkweed Editions March 9, local author Diane Wilson has created her third installment on something she knows well; the loss-of-self endured over centuries by North America’s native people.
Friday, March 5, 2021

Chisago City makes second bid for state funds to rebuild North Avenue; Frankie's boat sales expansion approved
Chisago City will try again to win grant funds from the State of Minnesota to rebuild North Avenue. In 2017, the city made its first attempt to earn a share of Local Road Improvement Project funding for North Avenue, but came up empty-handed. No local road improvement grants were allocated by the state in biennium the following. Now LRIP funding is available once again. The city will seek $1 million for the $1.6 million project to rebuild the road that is deteriorating badly.
Friday, March 5, 2021

Midco buildout announced for So. Chisago Lake
Midco has announced that by December this year an area in south Chisago Lake Township should be connected to fiberoptic broadband service. 
Friday, March 5, 2021

Try something folksy and visit the History Center
Spring is coming and it’s time for something new  at the History Center in downtown Lindstrom!  The center is pleased to announce the NEW Folk Art exhibit is ready for viewing Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10-4.  Masks and social distancing are still required and hand sanitizer is provided and encouraged.
Friday, March 5, 2021

State TIF report says North Branch unlawful use of funds resolved
In the 2020 State Auditor’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Annual Legislative Report one city was listed as having an issue of non-compliance with TIF law,  and that was North Branch. 
Friday, March 5, 2021

Parking in downtown lot available ahead of roadwork #30 from #95, north
Chisago County will be reconstructing CSAH 30, starting at TH95 in downtown and continuing up to the city limits with Harris.
Friday, March 5, 2021

Don't want to turn the clocks back? New store in Center City to check out
There is  a proposal that is making its way through the MN House.  A bill proposing an end to daylight savings time for the state of Minnesota is gaining steam.  Currently the Federal government controls whether a state can change or not. If pressured by state leaders, the government has the ability to change much like Arizona, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, which do not follow current daylight savings time.  There have been countless studies that show the benefits of not changing times, including health, safety and in my opinion sanity.  The proposal is being considered in the MN House of Representatives. If you think this would be a good idea, I encourage you to contact your local legislators and let them know you support eliminating daylight savings in proposal HF72. 
Friday, March 5, 2021

Help with 'what's for dinner?'
Have you ever wondered what you should fix for a meal? Perhaps I can help you a bit.
Friday, March 5, 2021

Driver killed in two vehicle head on
A semi truck-pickup crash on Highway 95 in Scandia killed an 86-year-old Forest Lake man February 24.  State Patrol says Victor Falkner was northbound about 5:50 p.m. on Highway 95 at Pilar Road, when he crossed the centerline in his Colorado truck and hit the southbound 2011 International truck head-on.  The 43-year-old truck driver from Roosevelt, MN was not hurt.
Monday, March 1, 2021

People encouraged to be engaged in vaccine efforts
Each Monday around mid-day; the Chisago County Public Health page on the county website is programmed with an update on local virus data and to announce vaccination opportunities in the county.
Monday, March 1, 2021

County engineer brings roadwork update to board
You know spring is approaching in Minnesota when roadwork projects are lined-up to be awarded for bidding.  The Chisago County Board should be seeing a number of bids next month to be let, according to County Engineer Joe Triplett’s report last week. 
Friday, February 26, 2021

Township elections in early March
The township elections are approaching and local political parties are holding county conventions soon. 
Friday, February 26, 2021

COUNTY PARKS: Keeping up with the times
The Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail may have got ten the lion’s share of coverage in 2020 as a trailhead opened in Taylors Falls and gorgeous new bridges were set in place on a just-completed segment of the trail— but acres and acres of other county parks and trails  also deserve the spotlight. 
Friday, February 26, 2021

Lindstrom Council briefs..
In a very brief meeting last week, all five Lindstrom City Council members attended in-person and masked.  Council learned 10 companies visited the site  for the Allemansratt Park foot bridge and boardwalk projects for a pre-bid meeting with the city engineer.  Jon Herdegen said bid opening is March 3, and he hopes to have several bids to bring to council for their March meeting to select from.
Friday, February 26, 2021

Shafer City Council okays township road share, discuss park improvements
Shafer City Council met February 16 for a regular meeting.  The entire meeting was done virtually.  In new business, the council discussed the Shafer Township road maintenance contract.  The council was told that Shafer Township has a new grader and labor costs have gone up.  The existing hourly rate billed to the city is $125 and hour and the new rate would be $150 per hour.   Shafter Township spends an average of 10 to 12 hours a year on shared roads.  The council approved the increase unanimously.
Friday, February 26, 2021

Could a new joint sewer treatment contract be needed? - good question
The group of cities involved in the Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commission last week saw the full extent of services Veolia could provide, starting a review of expanding the contract with the private firm.  Veolia, a worldwide environmental services provider,  recently tookover the public wastewater system that serves Wyoming, Stacy, Chisago City, Lindstrom, Center City and county sites with a special sewer district (Hazelden/Government Center.)
Friday, February 26, 2021

Find your vaccine? The state has you covered, great fish specials everywhere
If you are like me and wonder if you will ever get your vaccine, the state finally has a website that will contact you when a vaccine is offered to your “group”.  If you go to MN Vaccine Connector  at www.mn.gov/covid19/ vaccine/connector. From there you will be easily directed to a questionnaire that will ask you simple questions including contact information so when the time comes, the state will notify you your vaccine dose is ready.  I get that not everyone is on board with the vaccine, and I am not going to judge, but speaking solely for myself, I am getting one.  Hopefully sooner than later.
Friday, February 26, 2021

Flavorful stews easy to prepare
Grandma was right. Chicken soup really is good for you. It helps a lot of colds to disappear magically and I believe it. Soups and hearty stews are healthful and inexpensive and will satisfy a hungry family. In many home, the Dutch oven or a large saucepan on the stove with simmering soup or stew calls for a “m-m-m-m-m something smells really good!” and it really does.
Friday, February 26, 2021

Water and Light Commission vacancy could be addressed soon
A resignation from the North Branch Water and Light utility commission has city council venturing back into the process of appointing a member, again.  The utility commission went to five members from the traditional three-member format not long ago,  and council solicited new applicants for filling those seats.  The one remaining original commission term expired this January —and council filled that when the incumbent chose not to reapply.  The latest vacancy is created by Vice Chair Emil Dahlberg departing.
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Celebration of the Lakes a welcome event, even in the cold!
Finders of the Celebration of Lakes’ medallion were Ashley and Reese Shopa.  The clues led these ace hunters to locate the medallion, hidden at the new bridge on the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail outside of Taylors Falls.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Kids begin returning to school in the area
Thanks to the Taylors Falls Parents for Education, all students (Mrs. Greene's first grade class pictured) had a special pizza treat and special decorations to commemorate the day.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Arrowhead route info available for entire county
The Arrowhead Transit organization is releasing updated schedules and fare information for Chisago County in anticipation of the March 1 switch over of the Heartland Express format. 
Friday, February 19, 2021

Stacy City Council stays busy in Covid-19, subzero times
Stacy City Council met February 9 for a regular meeting.  Council member Tony Olivolo was absent.  The Press learned Olivolo passed away the following day.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Nuisance ordinance fine-tuned; Muddy Cow to open this spring
North Branch has adopted a nuisance ordinance that staff assured city council will now provide the city the proper tools to address parcels generating complaints. The ordinance “eliminates ambiguity” according to City Administrator Renae Fry, who reminded council members last week that the city’s been working on this updated ordinance for quite some time.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Celebration of the Lakes was great, dodgeball and snow sculpting up next
Wow, thank goodness this cold spell is hopefully over for the rest of the winter.  That was an incredibly long spell that we just endured.  I had the pleasure of dealing with frozen pipes both at the Press and at our house we recently purchased.  Apparently the trick to not spend a whole weekend trying to thaw pipes is to let the faucet just trickle out over night when the temps get the coldest.  Thanks to Kevin at EZ Testing for getting us back on track.
Friday, February 19, 2021


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